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Love from ASO, Rep with ‘My Fair Lady’ 

BAYLESS: Back at Trinity.
  • BAYLESS: Back at Trinity.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and actors from the Arkansas Repertory Theatre are combining forces for a semi-staged performance of “My Fair Lady” on Friday and Saturday at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The shows, part of the ASO’s Pops, Live series, are at 8 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall. Ticket prices range from $16 to $70 and are available through the ASO box office at 666-1761.

Robert Hupp, the producing artistic director of the Rep, is the stage director for Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” regarded as one of Broadway’s best shows and which produced such songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

Broadway actors Catherine LaValle and Samuel Maupin star as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. LaValle starred in the show when the Rep produced it for its MainStage season in 2004-05, and she recently performed on Broadway in “The Light in the Piazza.” Maupin, a native of Virginia, has performed in “Accomplice” and “Whodunnit” on Broadway and was in the Rep’s “The Retreat From Moscow” last season.

The show, based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” will feature full orchestra, costumes, singing and dancing. Other cast members include Bob Hulsey as Colonel Pickering, Don Bolinger as Alfred P. Doolittle, Candace Hinkle as Mrs. Pierce, Judy Trice as Mrs. Higgins, Aaron Gentis as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Bill Jones as Zoltan Karpathy and Mary Katelin Ward as the Flower Girl. Mathew Tatus, Byron Taylor, Michael Davis, Seth Kinney and Alanna Newton will portray multiple roles. Also performing will be the UALR Concert Choir, directed by Bevan Keating.

Visit www.arkansassymphony.org for more information.

Trinity presents pianist

Pianist John Bayless returns to perform for the “Trinity Presents …” series on Friday, Feb. 9. The show at Trinity United Methodist Church, at Evergreen and Mississippi streets, begins at 7 p.m.

Bayless toured with Rosemary Clooney in 2001 and has recorded since 1985. High Fidelity magazine described Bayless as having “an extraordinary imagination, sly wit, tremendous musicality and an imposing technique.” He’s played with a variety of pop orchestras throughout the U.S.

While admission is free, a ticket is required. Call 377-1161. Childcare is available; call 666-2813 for reservations.

Film fest at UALR

UALR’s Middle Eastern Studies Program will hold its first Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema on Thursday, Feb. 8. The program includes a lecture on Arab cinema by Joel Gordon, a professor at the University of Arkansas.

The free festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. with Gordon’s talk following lunch in the Donaghey Student Center Meeting Room C. The two movies to be screened are “Sleepless Nights,” Egypt’s entry for the 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (and the country’s biggest box-office hit in a decade), and “Valley of the Wolves,” a 2006 film based on a Turkish television series of the same name. The movie is set in northern Iraq during the occupation of Iraq and begins with U.S. forces capturing 11 Turkish special forces soldiers.

For more information, call 683-7029.

Nolan back on bench

Former University of Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson, who led the Razorbacks to the 1994 national championship, the 1995 national final and the 1990 Final Four, is back in coaching as a consultant to his longtime friend and coach Andy Stoglin of the Arkansas RimRockers. Richardson plans to be on the bench — or more specifically behind it one row — for the time being as the RimRockers compete at home in the NBA Development League. Richardson will be on hand when the RimRockers play league-leading Fort Worth in games on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at Alltel Arena. Richardson began helping Stoglin and former Razorback Pat Bradley, a RimRocker assistant, two weeks ago while the team was mired in a 16-game losing streak. Last week, the RimRockers ended that skid by beating Fort Worth on the road.

Richardson was fired from his UA post in 2002. He’s worked as a volunteer coach for the Panama national team, and his current role as consultant is also on a volunteer basis.

Tipoff for both RimRocker games is 7 p.m., and ticket prices start at $10 through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com). For more information, call 875-4667.

Bates program planned

The Sid McMath Library at 2100 Barrow Road will celebrate Black History Month with a program on Daisy Bates, the 1957 Little Rock Central desegregation crisis and the Little Rock Nine from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The program is free and open to all ages. Call 374-1957.

Quick hits

The state’s largest RV show will be Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11, at the Statehouse Convention Center. More than 125 recreational vehicles will be on display, from typical motor homes to camping trailers, with manufacturing representatives on hand to answer questions. Also, many vendor booths will feature vacation specials, RV accessories and more, and prizes will be given away. Tickets are $4 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted at no charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday … The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Saints and Sinners Masked Ball is scheduled for Saturday at the Peabody Hotel ballroom. Tickets are $250 for the silent and live auctions, cocktails, dinner and dancing. Call 378-0445 … Rob Best of Simply the Best Catering and Best Impressions restaurant in the Arkansas Arts Center will be the featured chef Saturday at the River Market Cooking Club (9 a.m., $10). Call 375-2552 to register … Mediums, the art gallery at 3000 Kavanaugh, will hold St. V’s Speed Dating Adventure at 7 p.m. Saturday. The singles party will offer a chance to meet new friends and maybe find you that date for Valentine’s Day. Call 612-7914. Tickets are $5 … UALR’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play Troy on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (men’s tipoff is about 7 p.m.). Call 565-8257.

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