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ASO paints ‘Portrait’
In its latest Masterworks offering, this showcasing the violin work of Andrew Irvin, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will feature a seagoing program Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6, featuring music by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Hovhaness and Debussy.
“A Portrait of the Sea” begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The concert begins with Sibelius’ “Laetare Anima Mea for Violin and Orchestra,” then moves into Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini.” Then it’s on to Hovhaness’ “Mysterious Mountain” and Debussy’s “La Mer.”
Tickets range from $16 to $46. Call 666-1761 or purchase tickets at the Robinson Center box office the day of show.
Ron Furr, one of the top Elvis impersonators, brings his show to the American Legion Club, 315 E. Capitol Ave., at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5. Tickets are $15. Call the Legion at 372-2608.
Red Hawk flies in
Noted poet Red Hawk will perform Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Darragh Center in the Main Library. The show runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free.
Red Hawk, English teacher at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will read a selection of his work. He will be accompanied by percussionist Jud Martindaleand Andrea Kielpinski-Sadler, who will entertain the audience with a harp, drone and vocals.
Red Hawk was the Hodder Fellow in the Humanities at Princeton University in 1990-1991. His recent book of poems is “Wreckage With a Beating Heart.”
Reservations are recommended; call 918-3032.
The Arkansas Festival Ballet will bring in artists from the internationally renowned Nashville Ballet for the program “Something New,” a show at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Nov. 5.
A special Director’s Circle pre-performance reception will begin at 7 p.m. in the north lobby. The ballet begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the reception and show are $30; tickets for the show only are $20. Call the Arkansas Festival Ballet at 227-5320.
Kaczynski’s brother speaks at meeting
David Kaczynski, brother of the “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski, will speak at the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Holy Souls Catholic Church’s Allen Center. A reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.
David Kaczynski will also appear at the Weekend Theater’s opening night performance of “The Exonerated” on Friday, Nov. 4 (see related story).
For more information on the coalition’s dinner, call Rhonda Pritts at 664-0340, ext. 379.
‘Oklahoma!’ plays at Walton Center
Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville has two big weeks of theater, beginning Nov. 4-6 with the Broadway musical “Oklahoma!” Then, on Nov. 10-11, famed actors Ed Asner, Mike Farrell and Sharon Gless will star in “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial.”
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s landmark musical “Oklahoma!” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $38, $42, and $46.
The newly conceived national tour is adapted from the Cameron Mackintosh presentation of the Royal National Theatre production directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Susan Stroman, recently seen in London and on Broadway.
Between its major theater shows, the Walton Arts Center will feature the improvisational string chamber music group the Turtle Island String Quartet with jazz piano great Kenny Barron on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Turtle Island String Quartet, created by violinist David Balakrishnan in 1983, has explored such genres as R&B, hip-hop and salsa.
Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $20, $25 and $30. Tickets for “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial,” based on the famed Scopes trial of the 1920s, are $30, $35 and $40.
Call 479-443-5600 or buy online at www.waltonartscenter.org.
‘Streetcar’ finally running at Public
Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which was original penciled in to start last month, actually kicks off Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St.
Williams’ classic drama, directed by Michael Henderson, is set in post-war New Orleans and tells the story of faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois, who comes to live with her sister, Stella, and her abusive oaf of a husband, Stanley Kowalski.
Ralusrai Richardson plays Stanley and Jeremy Estill will perform the role of Mitch, Stanley’s best friend.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Call 374-7529.
Jump on shopping
ARTament Bash is the Arkansas Arts Center’s annual kickoff of the holiday shopping season, and will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Work by local and regional artists, and holiday decorations from elegant hand-painted glass ornaments to silver snowmen, will be available along with other specialty gift items such as candles and Red Apple Inn toffee.
Arkansas Arts Center members will be admitted free and receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases. Non-member admission is $15. The Arts Center is at 9th and Commerce streets.
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!