Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
"CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY"
7:30 p.m., The Weekend Theater. $14-$18.
It's funny, it's poignant, it's bittersweet and it's one of the most widely-produced pieces of theater in recent memory. Renowned playwright Lynn Nottage's debut explores racial and moral issues of the 1950s through the perspective of 17-year-old Ernestine Crump, who, after the death of her mother, is uprooted from rural Florida by Godfrey Crump, her widower father, and plunked down in urban Brooklyn. When her sister-in-law, a flighty, gin-headed whackadoo who fancies herself a "free spirit" moves in and butts heads with the newly-religious Godfrey, the mood of the house becomes, in a word, tense. The familial mood becomes taut as the African-American Crumps find themselves with a new matriarch in Gerte, a German immigrant who turns the household multi-ethnic in a racially tense 1950 New York City. From the two productions I've seen, "understatement" and "subtlety" aren't watchwords for this, a play originally aimed at teens, but the sharp, topical issues of politics, blind religion, feminism and multi-culturalism in a less-tolerant society stand as relevant now as ever. The production continues the following night and runs each Friday and Saturday through the month. JT
7:30 p.m., Cabe Theatre, Hendrix College. Free.
Fifty-one years after his death, eccentric Heber Springs photographer Michael Disfarmer has managed to achieve a considerable place in the spotlight. He was the topic of an award-winning 2009 album by Bill Frisell, titled, yep, "Disfarmer"; inspired a full-length piece of Samuel Beckett-like puppet theater in New York called, again, "Disfarmer"; and had his iconic self-portrait nationally broadcast during the 2008 Academy Awards when the Coen brothers needed a photograph during the "Best Editing" nomination for their pseudonym, "Roderick Jaynes." Now, the late folk iconoclast is the subject of another ode to his legacy, this time in — you guessed it — "Disfarmer," a new play from local columnist, playwright (and frequent Times contributor) Werner Trieschmann. The production bounces from decade to decade from the portraitist's career in the '30s and '40s to just last decade, when two New York City galleries rolled into town in a frenzied race to find as many original prints as possible by the newly en vogue photographer. This reading of the play launches Hendrix's 2010-11 Public Events series and is followed by an audience and cast discussion. JT
7 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.
Look, I'm as Hog-besotted as the next guy. I dream, often, of 12-win seasons and a 500-yard passing game. I plan my week around Saturdays. But a pep rally? Isn't that a tradition that loses its pep after high school (if not before)? Maybe that just depends on the ingredients. Friday's rally, the culmination of a week of Hog-geared boosterism in Little Rock, has some of the traditional elements: the cheerleaders and the pom squad, the live mascot and the marching band will all do their things (the band is doing a rendition of "Ring of Fire"). But then things get interesting. 10 Horse Johnson, the self-described "Ozarks-born/LA-bred/Little Rock-based country comedy band," famous locally for penning a campaign song for Dwight David Honeycutt, will debut its new Hog call, "Woo Pig Fever." After that, the Oxford American will present "A Night of Arkansas Music," with three local treasures performing: honky tonk heroes The Salty Dogs, roots-tinged singer/songwriter extraordinaire Jim Mize and the True Soul Revue, a collection of artists who recorded for erstwhile True Soul Records, Little Rock's finest soul and R&B label. Then, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Hogs win 70-0. Woo pig. LM
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