White going solo
For almost four years, Ron White has been performing with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy on “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” which has sold out in more than 90 cities and spawned a motion picture and DVD. Now, White has his own solo comedy tour, and he’ll perform two shows at Robinson Center Music Hall, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 2. All seats are $37.75 and tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets (most Harvest Foods stores or by calling 975-7575) or at the Celebrity Attractions office at Third and Spring streets.
Folk Club welcomes Isla
Isla, a Celtic duo based in Nashville, Tenn., will headline the Little Rock Folk Club’s show Saturday, April 2, at Thomson Hall in the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Isla (pronounced “eye-lah”) is composed of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Deborah Packard and Scottish guitarist Peter Cairney. The two promise an evening of tales of timeless human experience rooted in the traditions of American and Scottish music. Packard’s lilting style illuminates the variety of Isla’s music, from Celtic love ballads to spry reels to traditional Appalachian folk tunes. Cairney, who came up during the 1970s British folk revival when traditional songs were being presented in a rock ’n’ roll fashion, is a skilled guitarist.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. The UUCLR is at 1818 Reservoir Road, and showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 663-0634 or visit www.lrfolkclub.org for more information.
Robert McCord, a columnist with the Arkansas Times and the former executive editor of the old Arkansas Democrat and senior editor of the old Arkansas Gazette, will share stories of his career in journalism at the Butler Center’s “Legacies and Lunch” program on Wednesday, April 6, at the Main Library. McCord’s career includes writing for Army newspapers and working for every newspaper in Little Rock and North Little Rock, starting when he worked as a photographer and reporter for the Democrat while in high school. The University of Arkansas graduate obtained his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He was also a special correspondent for Business Week and the Christian Science Monitor during the Central High desegregation crisis of 1957-58. He owned and published the North Little Rock Times from 1958-68. McCord helped organize the Arkansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was instrumental in helping it persuade the state legislature to pass one of the nation’s strongest Freedom of Information laws in 1967.
The program, beginning at noon in the Darragh Center, is free. Bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided. Call 918-3049 for more information.
Hendrix College professor Norman Boehm will serve as conductor of a 15-piece ensemble when the UALR’s Department of Music performs “Baby Brucker II,” a chamber ensemble version of Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 4, in UALR’s Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Members of the University of Central Arkansas’s music department and artists from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will also participate. The concert is free and will include an illustrated talk by Boehm. Parking is free in Lot 8 on the campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 569-3294.
Ready to karaoke?
For folks who haven’t yet dared to step to the mic and karaoke, and for all who already have, Saturday is your day. T’s Tunes Karaoke will be at the Belvedere stage in Riverfront Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, for a free karaoke outdoor party. Karaoke CDs and other prizes will be awarded, and more than 10,000 songs are available to sing to. For more info, call 563-1769 or visit www.tstuneskaraoke.com.
‘Annie’ still gunning
Murry’s Dinner Playhouse continues “Annie Get Your Gun” through May 1. Irving Berlin’s greatest musical comedy success, it’s the story of Annie Oakley pitting her natural genius at the trigger against the sharp-shooting of Frank Butler, rifle star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show — until she learns the meaning of the words to one of the best songs in the show: “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.” Other great songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.”
Showtimes Tuesday through Saturday are at 7:45 p.m., with buffet dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday showtimes are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (buffet at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.). Tickets are $27 for Sunday through Thursday shows ($25 for Sunday matinee) and $29 for Friday and Saturday performances. Call 562-3131.
Doubling the quartets
Andrew Irvin will perform on violin with the Rockefeller and Sturgis quartets in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Ann Nicholson, a local classical music radio host, will narrate as the Rockefeller quartet performs Rideout’s “Ferdinand the Bull” for solo violin. The groups also will perform Borodin’s “Quartet No. 2 in D Major” and Beethoven’s “String Quartet Op. 59, No. 1 — ‘Razumovsky.’ ” Tickets are $20. The AAC’s Best Impressions restaurant will remain open leading up to the start of the concert. Call 666-1761 for tickets.
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
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Before Pearls breaks its brief silent treatment about Razorback basketball's latest bid to shake off listless irrelevance, we'll spend a word or two on the Belk Bowl, where the football team draws a Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia Tech in Charlotte.