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The energetic dance ensemble Urban Bush Women, which has established new trends and approaches to dance performance while addressing social and political issues, will appear at Hendrix College on Monday, March 27.
The free performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Auditorium. Seating is first-come, first-served.
The African-American troupe was founded almost 22 years ago by Kansas City native Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and, in her words, its design “brought forth the vulnerability, sassiness and bodaciousness of the women” she experienced growing up there. Inspired in recent years by pioneering dancer-choreographer Pearl Primus and a trip Primus took to Africa in 1949, Zollar says her now Brooklyn-based ensemble uses women’s experiences as a vehicle for her choreographic voice while performing before diverse audiences the world over. She has created more than 40 dances and, before starting UBW, studied with Dianne McIntyre and Sounds in Motion.
Her Urban Bush Women show features high-energy upbeat music fused with surprising, creative, fluid moves of the eight dancers.
For more information, call 450-4545.
“Delirium,” Cirque du Soleil’s first arena touring show, completes its two-day stay at Alltel Arena with an 8 p.m. show Thursday, March 23.
Tickets range from $69.25 to $99.25 through all Ticketmaster outlets or the arena box office, 975-7575.
The show, with reformatted music from other Cirque productions, brings music to the forefront of the daring circus antics, with four IMAX-size screens above a 130-foot by 25-foot stage. The two-and-a-half-hour show includes more than 40 performers, from stilt-walkers to trapeze artists.
Former Arkansas Times reporter John Haman will see his drama “Undraped,” a look at art and life, staged at the Weekend Theater beginning Friday, March 24, and running for three weekends.
Alan Douglas will direct the play, which was staged in readings at Hendrix College in Conway and the Nebraska Repertory Theater in 2004.
“The cool thing is to actually do a play where the whole audience doesn’t know how it ends,” Douglas said. He says that Haman has been closely involved with the production.
The play revolves around artist Joseph Wainwright, whose creative impulses were curtailed by the death of his longtime friend and model. A striking young female neighbor arrives and agrees to pose for a series of paintings done in secret, kept even from Wainwright’s wife, who thinks of herself as his main source of creativity.
Duane Jackson stars as Wainwright, and Samantha Porter is his wife. Sarah Bragg, Thomas McLeod and Tom Crone are also among the cast.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday this weekend, March 31-April 1 and April 7-8. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 for reservations.
Zabala stars in ‘Sondheim at 75’
The Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts Cabaret Series returns Friday, March 24, with Adriana Zibala starring in “Sondheim at 75.”
Showtime is 8 p.m. at Wildwood, on Denny Road off Kanis Road in West Little Rock.
The songs of Sondheim, one of America’s and Broadway’s most treasured artists, come to life from such shows as “A Little Night Music,” “Company,” Into the Woods” and “Passion.”
Mezzo-soprano Zabala, who is scheduled later in the year to star in the opera “Carmen” at Wildwood and who has appeared in previous summer shows there, will cover the Sondheim spectrum with such classic songs as “Send in the Clowns.” Tickets are $35. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
Call 821-7275 for reservations.
Make you Smiley
Rickey Smiley, who has performed at the nation’s top comedy houses as well as having sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center in New York and Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, brings the “Ultimate Entertainment Experience With Rickey Smiley” to Robinson Center Music Hall on Sunday, March 26.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets range from $23.25 in the balcony to $33.25 in the orchestra section.
Smiley has been on the tour circuit for 12 years with his brand of “clean” comedy, mixed with a down-home Southern humor.
Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, from Celebrity Attractions’ office,
Batesville and Heber Springs will have opening events for the fifth Ozark Foothills Filmfest, running for three weekends beginning Friday, March 24, and focusing this year on the culture of Mexico.
A free opening reception will be held at Heber Springs’ Trademark Designs featuring “Posters From the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, 1936-56” beginning at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Thursday, March 30.
The movies kick off at 6 p.m. at Heber Springs’ Gem Theater downtown with “Homenaje a Tenochtitlan: Installation for Day of the Dead” and “Rivera, Orozco, Siqueros: Walls of Fire.” Then at 8 p.m., “Pasajero: A Journey of Time and Memory” will be screened with producer Eugene Rodriguez. Admission for each session is $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
Eugene and Lucina Rodriguez shift to Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville on Saturday for a free lecture at 1 p.m., discussing their musical compositions, then screening “Pasajero.”
Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), a famed Mexican band led by Lucina Rodriguez, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Independence Hall. Mariachi great Julian Gonzales will also appear at the concert. Tickets range from $6 to $10.
Sunday’s screenings shift back to Heber Springs with “Chulas Fronteras” and “Del Mera Corazon” at 2 p.m. and “A Silent Love” at 7 p.m., both at the Gem. Tickets are $6 and $4.
Visit www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org for more information.
The Mummy Coffin, part of the Museum of Discovery’s general collection, is back on display and can be viewed during regular museum hours. The museum acquired the mummy case as a gift in 1973. It was taken out of viewing for repairs and cleaning in 2003, when the MOD merged with the Children’s Museum. The coffin was made in Apu (Panopolis), Egypt, circa 600 B.C.
Admission to the MOD is $7 for adults, $6 for children ages 1-12 and seniors over 65. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum of Discovery is at 500 President Clinton Ave. Call 396-7050.
The schedule has turned kind to the Arkansas RimRockers, Central Arkansas’s NBA Development League basketball team. The RimRockers are finishing the season with seven straight games at home, and this weekend meet the Austin Toros in a pair of games at Alltel Arena.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for either game range in price from $10 for end zone seats to $50 for courtside, through Ticketmaster or the team’s office, 975-4667.
Movies in the Park delays start to March 29
The second year of the free Movies in the Park film series was scheduled to begin March 22, but cold weather forced the organizers to move the opening to Wednesday, March 29, at Riverfest Amphitheatre.
The first film will be the Johnny Depp-starring “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” The park opens at 5 p.m. and the show begins at dark. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring ice chests with drinks, picnic baskets, chairs, blankets and anything else they might need. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.
The rest of the Movies in the Park schedule remains the same as announced last week, with the next film, “Jurassic Park,” set for April 5, followed by “About a Boy,” April 19 (held in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival); “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” May 3; “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” May 17; “Men in Black,” May 31, and “Shrek,” June 7.
For more information about the season, visit www.moviesintheparklr.com via the Internet, or call 373-1111.