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PASSION PLAY: (From left) Pryor, Bragg and Haman in Sondheim musical.
  • PASSION PLAY: (From left) Pryor, Bragg and Haman in Sondheim musical.

The official Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29, starting with an observance wreath thrown from the Broadway Bridge at 10 a.m. From there, a procession to the Little Rock National Cemetery takes place, with Gov. Mike Huckabee speaking at 11 a.m. According to the groundskeeper, all 500 seats were filled last year, with some people standing.

Meanwhile, throughout the state there will be both somber memorials and celebratory events (see listings in the Calendar beginning on page 40) throughout the weekend, including Old Fort Days in Fort Smith and the Pioneer Days Rodeo Parade in Van Buren. In Hot Springs, visitors to Lake Catherine State Park can take in Memorial Day Mania on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Activities include hikes, lake tours, nature programs, swimming and sandcastle-building competitions, and it’s all free. Hot Springs also gets the Miss Arkansas Pageant events kicked off at the Convention Center with the Little Miss Arkansas Pageant on Saturday. Call 501-262-2284 for more information.

Passionate

Kathryn Pryor, Sarah Bragg and John Haman star in "Passion," the Stephen Sondheim musical being performed at the Weekend Theater at Seventh and Chester streets. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 26-27 and June 1-2, and 2:30 p.m. May 28 and June 3. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. (See review under Music Reviews.)



Spend day with Travs
The 2006 version of the Arkansas Travelers doesn’t seem to have enough starting pitching, relief pitching or timely clutch hitting, but the team still has its fans. And in this last season of play at Ray Winder Field, fans might want to spend their day-after-holiday afternoon Tuesday, May 30, watching the Travs, who are in last place in the Texas League East Division, take on the Frisco RoughRiders. Game time for the “Businessperson’s Doubleheader,” as it’s being called, is Tuesday at noon. The teams will play a pair of seven-inning games. The teams are back on the field at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday for single games.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children, but discounts are available through area Exxon stations. Call 664-1555.



Farmers Market moves for weekend
With Riverfest taking over the River Market and neighborhood surroundings through the Memorial Day weekend, the Farmer’s Market will make its annual return to its old home, the parking lot at Sixth and Scott streets, on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll find Arkansas peaches, eggplant, strawberries, watermelon, beans, peas, corn, herbs, plants, greens, tomatoes, plums, berries, goat cheese, beets, cucumbers, peppers and more.

The market will be back in the River Market Pavilions on Tuesday, May 30, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Massing the voices
Christ Episcopal Church will present William Byrd’s “Mass for Four Voices” at two services on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 25. At both noon and 7 p.m., four men will sing the Mass, written in 1602. At the evening service, the men will be accompanied by a women’s choir singing anthems appropriate for Ascension Day.

Ascension Day in the Christian Church is celebrated each year 40 days after Easter in commemoration of the departure of Christ from his disciples after the resurrection. The day has been celebrated since the 4th century.

Byrd, born in 1543, is considered the father of British music. For many years he provided music for religious services for the English royal family, and his music is still performed in church services throughout Europe and North America. This Mass setting is designed to be sung unaccompanied by musical instruments.

Christ Church is at 509 Scott St. in downtown Little Rock. Call 375-2342.



Dance in Eureka
“The Calling,” a multimedia dance performance that is said to be “rooted in compassion, ignited by vision and driven by life,” will be performed at Eureka Springs’ City Auditorium May 26-28. Mosaic Trio Progressive Ballet Co., formed in 2004 by Tamarah Jonason, will perform the work, which combines art mediums and various dance styles.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and $7 for children 5 and under. Call 479-253-7788.

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