Channing at Pine Bluff Film Fest
An appearance by the internationally renowned performer Carol Channing highlights the Pine Bluff Film Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, at the Saenger Theatre on Second Street. The festival includes films starring Clara Bow, James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and, of course, Channing’s, whose “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which also starred Julie Andrews, will be shown.
John Beatty will open the festival at 5 p.m. Friday, and the 1939 Cagney-Bogie film “The Roaring Twenties” starts the screenings. Admission is $5.
That’s followed by the 1927 Clara Bow silent film “It,” and featuring pianist Donald Sosin, regarded as the leading accompanist to silent films in the world today. Admission to this 7 p.m. show is $10.
Saturday films start at 11 a.m. with Cagney’s “The Public Enemy,” and the Redford-Farrow “The Great Gatsby.” Beatty (admission is $5 for each) and Foster Hirsch will moderate a symposium on history and film at 3:30 p.m. (admission is free), leading up to the highlight event: dinner and dance with Channing and her husband Harry Kulijan in attendance. Tickets are $100, cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which Channing has dubbed her favorite film, will be screened at 8 p.m.; admission is $20. Hirsch will interview Channing on stage after the movie, and she will perform a few of her notable songs.
Channing was a 1995 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, and has been a star since Time magazine cover story hailed her performance as Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She won a Tony for her 1964 portrayal of Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” She performed the role in more than 5,000 shows.
Root for Hogs, eat wild game
More than a dozen cooks will be firing up portable stoves to cook wild game, and big screen TVs will be showing the Arkansas Razorback game at Florida at the “Get Wild in Arkansas” Wild Game Cook Off at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 2. Gates open at 10 a.m. (the game starts at 11 a.m. on national television).
Live music will be performed by Mid-Life Crisis, children can enjoy various games on the field, and a silent auction will be set up. Admission is $10 admission for everyone over 14, and food and beverages (beer and soft drinks) will be available).
Moore at UCAMichael Moore, the controversial documentary filmmaker, will appear the University of Central Arkansas on Sunday, Oct. 3, giving a speech for the program “On the Eve of the Election.” Tickets were to be distributed on a lottery system through the college; visit www.uca.edu for more information.
Moore, who has also written best-selling books, released the box-office smash documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” earlier this summer, which criticizes the Bush administration for its handling of events since the terror attack on New York and Washington.
From Russia, ‘La Traviata’
The Stanislavsky Opera Company of Moscow will be touring the state with its production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The company makes its first stop in Texarkana at the Perot Theater on Saturday, Oct. 2. Tickets range from $5 to $38 (call 903-792-4992). The tour moves up U.S. 71 to Fayetteville on Sunday, Oct. 3, stopping at the Walton Arts Center. Ticket prices range $38-$50 for the 7 p.m. show at the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street.
The tour then travels to Helena as part of the Warfield Concerts Series at Phillips Community College/UA-Helena. The 7:30 p.m. show is free, but a reserved is required by writing the Warfield Concerts, P.O. Box 81, Helena, AR 72342.
Feel the beat from IndiaSri Umayalpuram Sivaraman, considered India’s greatest living percussionist, will kick off the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Artspree series with a concert on Thursday, Sept. 30. The 8 p.m. show is in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on campus. Admission is $20 and $17 for adults and $10 for non-UALR students. UALR students are admitted free. Call 568-3288 for more information.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
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