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Big bluegrass names appear at Mulberry Mountain 

EMMITT: Brings mandolin to Mulberry Mountain.
  • EMMITT: Brings mandolin to Mulberry Mountain.

Sam Bush, Drew Emmitt and Big Smith are just some of the big names in national and regional bluegrass and “newgrass” music who will appear at the two-day Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival near Ozark on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23.

The music and camping festival will also feature food and arts and crafts at the Mulberry River Mountain Ranch, a 620-acre lodging and events facility about 14 miles north of Ozark just off Highway 23.

Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon will serve as Main Festival Stage emcee, and the music gets started at noon Friday with Wildwood, a trio from Fayetteville. Other Friday acts are (in order) Dave and Tanya from Mountain of Venus, Charliehorse, the Cindy Woolf Band, Vince Herman, Shanti Groove and Big Smith, which will wrap up the main stage music at 12:30 a.m.

Still on the Hill opens Saturday’s session at noon, followed by Wildwood, Two High String Band, My-Tea Kind, Ten Mile Tide, Blueground Undergrass, Drew Emmitt and the Sam Bush Band.

An after-hours stage is planned for both nights from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

A two-day festival pass is $62 and a Saturday pass is $36. For more information call (toll free) 866-667-1919 or visit www.mulberrymountainmusic.com.



Folk club opens with famed Scotsman
The Little Rock Folk Club’s fall season opens Saturday, Sept. 23, with Brian McNeill, the Scotsman who is prodigious on nine instruments and has written such folk classics as “The Roving Dies Hard” and Any Mick’ll Do.”

McNeill has published two novels featuring a musician detective hero, and has matching CDs with tunes that go with the books. He’s also got a composition book featuring many of the songs from the 25 albums he made with the legendary Battlefield Band. Besides co-founding the Battlefield Band, McNeill also helped found such supergroups as Clan Alba and Feast of Fiddles, and he’s played in duos and trios with some of the biggest names in folk music.

McNeill produced the Scots Women concert for Celtic Connections and later received national recognition for his contribution to Scottish music when he was appointed Head of Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

The concert Friday begins at 7:30 p.m. at Thomson Hall in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, with children under 12 admitted free.



Big Apple films at Market Street
Central Arkansas residents can vote for their favorites in the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, at Market Street Cinema.

For the third year, the theater will run a feature length film (about two hours and 10 minutes running time) of each of the entries to the Manhattan event. Film-goers will get a brochure about the movies and card to vote. Theaters from all 50 states, Canada and England will submit their results to New York. The festival lineup will be announced on Monday, Sept. 25. The festival winner gets equipment to make a feature-length film that will be submitted to the bigger film festivals around the world. “Your vote has an impact,” said Market Street owner Matt Smith.

Showtimes are 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. both days, with a 9:15 screening on Saturday.

Admission prices are $6 for afternoon showings and $7.50 for the nighttime screenings.

Also, Market Street will be the local theater for screenings of the new “Project Greenlight” release “Feast,” a comedy-horror film that Smith says is similar to such blood-letting horror flicks as “From Dusk Till Dawn.” Showtimes are 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.



Family show at Robinson
“King Solomon Lives,” a musical production about a Nubian prince that has been compared to Disney’s “The Lion King” because of its color and pageantry and appeal to the entire family, is scheduled to be performed twice at Robinson Center Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23. Both shows are at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $35 to $45 and are available through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com or Harvest Foods stores) or the Celebrity Attractions box office (244-8800).



Kids fun with Kidz Fair
More than 10,000 people reportedly attended last year’s Kidz Fair at Barton Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds, and an even bigger crowd is expected on Saturday for Kidz Fair 2006. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The first 5,000 children to visit the fair will receive a free gift bag of coupons and goodies from various fair sponsors such as Gator Park, the Central Arkansas Library System, Arkansas Forestry and Ernie Reys World Martial Arts.

Tickets are $15 in advance for a family of four and $5 per person the day of show. Parking is free, and food and drink vendors will be on hand.

Call 401-0200 or 372-8341 for advance tickets or more information.



Antique pens, watches on display
Premier collections of antique pens, writing instruments and watches will be on display Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Hall at the Little Rock Antique Fountain Pen and Watch Show. Antique inkwells, fountain pens, blotters and other items, including watches, will be for sale. Also, on-the-spot repair of vintage pens will be available along with free appraisals.

Admission is $5. Hillcrest Hall is at the corner of Lee Avenue and Kavanaugh Boulevard.



Unity all around
The Central High School neighborhood will be hopping Saturday, Sept. 23, with the Unity Street Festival, part of the Unity in the Community weekend.

Saturday’s festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live entertainment and vendor booths, a kid’s corner with moon jump, face painting, puppet shows and arts and crafts; and basketball, volleyball and other sports for older youths. The Central High National Historic Site museum will be open, and Central High can be toured.

During the day, Unity Conference workshops will be held at the high school. Sylvia Mendez and Sandra Robbie of Orange County, Calif., will present “Mendez v. Westminster: For All the Children/Para Todos los Ninos,” a short documentary about school segregation among Mexican Americans of Orange County (3:30-5 p.m. in the Central High library). The International Association for Experiential Education and Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp will host a “play” workshop on teambuilding and cooperative play (1-2:30 p.m. in front of the high school). The Little Rock School District’s Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) will offer workshops on mentoring (10 a.m.-noon in the high school).

Call 821-3714 or 541-7289, or visit www.littlerockunity.org.

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