A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
8 p.m., the Rep. $20-$35.
The Rep knows its demographic. The majority of the theater's offerings is family oriented fare — big, boisterous musicals, classic comedies, enduring dramas. But once or twice a year, the theater latches onto something more contemporary and edgy. On its face, “Doubt” doesn't seem to fit that bill. Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, the drama centers on the dealings of nuns and priests and varying perceptions of Catholic duty. But at its core, “Doubt” explores themes current — pedophilia in the Catholic church — and elemental — the idea of moral uncertainty. The battle brews between Sister Aloysius, a hard-nosed nun who insists against coddling her students, and Father Flynn, a priest who believes parishioners should be embraced like members of the church's family. Their two schools of thought underpin the tension that arises when Sister Aloysius comes to suspect Father Flynn of “interfering” with the school's first black student. Directed by the Rep's founding artistic director, Cliff Fannin Baker, “Doubt” is the winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Play, and the 2005 Pulitzer for Drama. The play's author John Patrick Shanley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Moonstruck,” is currently directing a feature film adaptation of his play.
JIM MIZE / ISAAC ALEXANDER
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
I called “Release It to the Sky,” Jim Mize's sophomore album on Fat Possum Records, the album of the year in a year-end countdown a few weeks back, and I'll continue to sing its praises until — well, until he puts out another one. With a full-throated, gravelly storm of a voice, Mize sings simple, elemental songs of things slowly going to hell. The 50-something insurance adjustor might be our state's best lyricist. Buy the damn record. Here's your chance: Mize usually lugs around a big black bag full of albums at his gigs. Come with cash. Come, too, with anticipation. It's fairly rare to see Mize and his back-up band, the Germans. The Germans — Dave Hoffpauir, Jason Weinheimer and Charles Wyrick — always manage to add an extra heft to the material, particularly by sharpening the edges with guitar skronk — a welcome addition to anything alt-country-leaning. Isaac Alexander makes up a gig he had to cancel two weeks ago. As the lead singer of Big Silver and the Easys, Alexander starts with a solid base of the Beatles and builds — a hearty dose of the Band in the former, the likes of Elvis Costello and Jellyfish in the latter. While Beatlesque melodies are pretty much a given, who knows what Alexander's latest solo foray will yield? Last year, the singer/songwriter traveled to Nashville a half dozen or so times to record a solo record. A thick vinyl release may be on the horizon. In the meantime, check the demos on his MySpace page (myspace.com/isaacalexander).
BEHIND THE MASK: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBER AND MODERN BROADWAY
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.
On Friday and Saturday nights, three renowned vocalists join the ASO to present a revue of the songs of perhaps Broadway's most loathed and loved contemporary composer, Andrew Lloyd Weber. Teri Dale Hansen stars in Bravo's film version of “Street Scene.” Leah Hocking has starred, most recently, in “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia” on Broadway. Featured most lately in “Les Miserables,” Aaron Lazar will sing with the New York Pops in April. Israel Getzov, the director of orchestras at UCA and the conductor of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, conducts the symphony and vocalists through all of Weber's best known compositions, including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Les Miserables,” “Chicago,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Ragtime.” The ensemble reprises its performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at Robinson.