Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
6 p.m. James H. Clark Auditorium, Conway. Free.
When he was 34, Michael Fosberg found out he was an African-American. He hadn't known anything about his biological father until then, and with fair skin, he always thought of himself as white. Meeting his father and learning of his heritage inspired his autobiographical one-man play, "Incognito," in which Fosberg inhabits more than a dozen characters to tell a story of race and identity. Last summer at Arkansas Governor's School, Nicole Penn was so moved by Fosberg's performance of "Incognito" that she decided to do everything she could to bring Fosberg back to Conway for a free public performance. So she made and sold friendship bracelets, solicited donations from community groups and launched a GoFundMe campaign. Penn, an Asian adoptee, said on her GoFundMe page, "Having personally faced many of the elements of confusion, doubt, and insecurity about my heritage that are captured throughout the play, I was impacted so much so that I made it my mission to share Mr. Fosberg's message of tolerance and self acceptance" with my hometown. LM
FRIDAY 4/29-SUNDAY 5/8
ARTS AND THE PARK 2016
Hot Springs venues. Launch party $25 ($35 at door); check schedule for other ticket prices.
Hot Springs celebrates all the arts with 10 days of activities across town, starting Friday with music and crafts in Adair Park downtown and an evening launch party at the Mid-America Science Museum, where artist Thomas Everett Green will premiere a video installation. The following days will be filled with open artist studios and demonstrations; performances by theater groups and the Arkansas Symphony Youth and Academy Orchestras; an "Artists Who Teach Pop Up Gallery"; poetry readings, the Spa City Blues Jam; jazz; a film workshop; more music, more art and a Mother's Day brunch. You'll need a program: Go to hotspringsarts.org and click on Arts & The Park for a schedule and more information. LNP
'DOROTHEA LANGE: GRAB A HUNK OF LIGHTNING'
Noon. Arkansas Arts Center. Free.
Dorothea Lange was nothing short of a complete and total badass. Born in Hoboken, N.J., Lange weathered childhood polio that left her with a withered foot, an unhappy marriage that she boldly abandoned (shocking in the early 20th century), and five decades of social and political upheaval to become one of the most renowned photographers in all of American history. Most famous for her Depression-era photograph "Migrant Mother," a black-and-white still featuring an impoverished woman with furrowed brow staring in the distance while her two children cling to her shoulders, Lange was the first female to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship (in 1941). (The photograph is on exhibit at the Arts Center.) Perhaps Lange described her personal mission best when she discussed her early years as a portrait photographer: "The discrepancy between what I was working on in my portrait frames and what was going on in the street was more than I could assimilate. I set myself a big problem. I would go down there ... to see if I could grab a hunk of lightning." This 110-minute film, directed and narrated by Lange's granddaughter, seeks to chronicle how she did just that. HS
PAUL MCCARTNEY 'ONE ON ONE'
8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $42.50-$280.
The only way you might not have known that the Walrus will be in Little Rock this week is if you've been in your Yellow Submarine frolicking around the Octopus' Garden Eight Days a Week.
"Get Back!" you say. "I haven't just been Twist and Shout-ing Any Time at All. I've been working. I want Money (That's What I Want), and it's been A Hard Day's Night."
"But you have heard about Sir Paul's impending appearance, right?" I ask. "You know he's headed here with his Band on the Run?"
"I'm not some Fool on the Hill," you say. "Who couldn't notice he's traveling Across the Universe to sing his Silly Love Songs?"
"I don't think they're so silly," I say. "I think maybe you should just Let It Be."
"Say Say Say!" you say. "I Got to Get You Into My Life."
"As a matter of fact," I say, "I'm Free As a Bird."
"The Girl Is Mine!" you shout jubilantly. "Hey Jude, you can Drive My Car."
"But my name is Heather."
"Yeah, but that's not a McCartney song."
"Actually, it is."
". . . I'm Amazed." HS
PATTI LUPONE 'COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA ... PLAYED THAT PART'
7:30 p.m. Fort Smith Convention Center. $42-$45.
Last July, then-66-year-old Patti LuPone did from the stage what many a theatergoer has always wanted to do but never dared: Grabbed a glowing cellphone right out of the hand of a texting audience member during Lupone's and Michael Urie's "Shows for Days" at New York's Lincoln Center. "It was so easy because it was right there," she told the Wall Street Journal. "So I just touched her on the arm, we smiled at each other, then with my other hand I just palmed the phone, and I couldn't believe I had it." The daughter of two school administrators, LuPone grew up in the Long Island town of Northport, and swears she knew at the age of 4 she was destined to be on stage. She was a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York's Juilliard School and received her first Tony Award — for best actress in a musical — at 31 for her portrayal of Eva Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Evita." She entered Generation X's collective consciousness, however, with her portrayal of Libby Thatcher, the matriarch in the ABC series "Life Goes On," the first network series to feature a major character with Down syndrome. According to the New York Times, " 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda ... Played That Part' is an amusing, honest, passionate autobiography in which Ms. LuPone looks back at her career." HS
TURKISH FOOD FESTIVAL
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Raindrop Turkish House.
If you've ever wanted to know more about whirling dervishes or if you're just hungry for shish kebabs and stuffed grape leaves and other delicious Turkish fare, head over to the Raindrop Turkish House at 1501 Market St. on Saturday. Along with food, there will be traditional arts and crafts, henna tattooing, Kazhak music, folk dances, Jonathan Gomes on the oud, the Parkstone Band, a drum show and, of course, a gift shop. You'll learn about Turkish culture and leave full, danced out and decked out. Istanbul Mediterranean Restaurant is a sponsor. LNP
SUNDAY COURT SQUARE MUSIC CONCERT
2 p.m. Mountain View Court Square. Free.
Mountain View has been called the folk music capital of the world, and for good reason. Garry Murray, who's played fiddle, banjo and guitar with Darius Rucker, is from there, as is Lucas Pool, two-time winner of the National Old-Time Banjo Competition, who's worked with uber-famous comedian and picker Steve Martin. This concert series, produced by Ozark Folk Center State Park, runs for an hour every first Sunday of the month from May through October under the shade of the oak tree on the east side of the courthouse. Afterward, the band hosts an open pickin' session. This Sunday the Roger Fountain Band is scheduled to play some traditional fiddle tunes. HS
ST. LUKE'S FESTIVAL OF THE SENSES
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Free.
ARMusica musicians Andrew Irvin (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concertmaster), principal ASO harpist Alisa Coffee and St. Luke's organist Jason Pennington will present ARMusica Pastorale, an evening of spring-inspired music. Hear Salzedo's "Scintillation"; Dussek's "The Lass of Richmond Hill"; Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending"; and Cesar Franck's "6 Pieces d'Orgue" in the sanctuary of St. Luke's at 4106 JFK Blvd. There will be a reception for the musicians afterward in Wilder Hall. LNP
WEDNESDAY 5/4-SATURDAY 5/7
46th ANNUAL WORLD FAMOUS ARMADILLO FESTIVAL
8 a.m. Hamburg Town Square. Free.
Judging by the number of armadillos on the sides of Arkansas roads, I'd say the mammals (yes, they really are mammals) aren't big runners, but you can celebrate the finer attributes of these cousins of sloths (yes, they really are sloth cousins) by participating in the Armadillo Festival 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk sponsored by Ashley County Cares, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research and programs ($25 and $15 entry fees, respectively). Or maybe you prefer a slower pace like our armored friends, which you can enjoy by watching the talent show or one of three magic shows, or try your luck at (new this year!) the cornhole tournament. As for me, I'm just crossing my fingers that the Armadillo Derby and the Miss Armadillo Pageant of previous years haven't been phased out. HS