A & E news, May 15 

UCA has announced its 2008-2009 season for Reynolds Performance Hall. In keeping with past bookings, it's a mix of multicultural fare, nostalgia-laden concerts and a little country flair. The season opens with three shows of Golden Dragon Acrobats of China, Sept. 19-20. During the school's Homecoming Week, on Oct. 9, the Temptations and the Four Tops will perform. Famed saxophonist Branford Marsalis plays with the 30-member Filharmonia Brasileira in a tribute to Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos on Oct. 20. “Minus One,” a program of modern dance featuring the 29-member Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal is on Nov. 11. The Boys of the Lough offer “A Celtic Christmas” on Dec. 7. In 2009, the Argentine ballroom dance show “Tango on Fire” runs on Feb. 5. The Poncho Sanchez Latin jazz band performs on March 5, and the season culminates with bluegrass legends Rhonda Vincent and the Rage on April 30.

Season tickets are on sale by phone, 866-810-0012. More information is at ucad.edu/reynolds. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 11.

Country-pop fans, take note. Teen sensation Taylor Swift is coming to the Tyson Track Center on June 20 with Love and Theft. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50.

The Argenta News Blog reports that there's movement to reopen the Checkmate Club, the notorious downtown North Little Rock bar that's long sat dormant.

New York indie-pop darlings Bishop Allen, which features Little Rock native Christian Rudder, are in the studio working on their third album and preparing for a European tour.

Make sure you steadily check Rock Candy (arktimes.com/blogs/rockcandy) in the coming weeks. Leading up to the film festival, it'll feature filmmaker Q & As and trailers, and during the festival, Lindsey Millar and Derek Jenkins will blog live. The following weekend, Millar and John Williams will be all over Riverfest, filing regular dispatches and pictures on all the food, music and hoorah.



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