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Quartets combine to celebrate at AAC

click to enlarge AMERICAN-CELTIC: Cathie Ryan at Sesame's.
  • AMERICAN-CELTIC: Cathie Ryan at Sesame's.
Quartets combine to celebrate at AAC The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of the Clinton Presidential Center opening continues with its chamber music groups combining for “A Celebration of American Music” on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Arkansas Arts Center. The concert, which will complement the public opening of the AAC’s “Art and the White House: Presidential Selections 1960-2000” exhibit, will feature the Rockefeller, Sturgis and Quapaw quartets, ASO co-concertmaster and violinist Kiril Laskarov and ASO pianist Carl Anthony. They will perform Barber’s “Quartet in B minor Op. 11,” Boury’s “Quartet in G Major,” Kernis’ “String Quartet No. 1 Musica Celestis” and selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” Ellen A. Plummer, executive director of the Arts Center, will give a talk, “What’s American About American Art,” at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 666-1761 for reservations. Best Impressions, the restaurant inside the AAC, opens at 5 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 907-5946. More screenings at Main Library The Reel Film Festival, being held in conjunction with the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center, continues with documentary films held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18-19, at the Darragh Center of the Main Library, 100 Rock St. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute has organized the festival, with films that have an association with the former president, politics, music and the world. Thursday, which marks the dedication of the Presidential Center, will feature films celebrating Clinton’s legacy. They include KATV, Channel 7, news director Randy Dixon’s “396 Days” (3 p.m.), which follows the Clinton campaign from Oct. 3, 1991, to Clinton’s election a year later; a series of short films put together by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for the Democratic Convention, including “The Man From Hope”; Harry Thomason’s “The Hunting of the President” (5:40 p.m.), about the well-funded effort to discredit Clinton while in office; and “The War Room” (8 p.m.), the behind-the-scenes look at the 1992 campaign run by James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Friday’s films, falling under the genre of “Reel Individuals,” will define the individuality of the creative and unique mind. The programs begin at 10:30 a.m. Each program is $5 and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A complete list of synopses is available at www.arktimes.com and on the film institute’s website at www.docufilminst.org. Something to Cherish: Cathie Ryan Cathie Ryan, the former lead singer of the acclaimed Irish-American super-group Cherish the Ladies for seven years, has gone solo and will perform in concert for the Arkansas Celtic Music Society on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Sesame’s, 17 Rahling Circle in west Little Rock. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. Although Ryan grew up in Detroit, the soprano was surrounded by Irish traditional influences, including spending time being mentored by Joe Heaney, the master of the “old style” of Celtic singing. Call 602-5508 or visit www.celtic musiclive.com for more information. Homes turn festive for NLR tour. The Junior League of North Little Rock will take you “Home for the Holidays” with its third annual tour of homes in the exclusive Heritage Park Circle of North Little Rock through Sunday. Participants will enjoy a guided tour of four homes in the neighborhood with entrances off of McCain Boulevard and North Hills Boulevard. Noted designers include Terry Williams of Terry Williams Interiors and Jennifer Wallace of J. Wallace Interiors. A luncheon in the historic E.O. Manees House in downtown North Little Rock kicks off the tour on Thursday, Nov. 18, followed by a preview tour of the decorated homes. Williams also will open his house for luncheon attendees. Tickets to Thursday’s event is $25 and are good for a tour any time during the weekend. Call 372-1436 for reservations. Regular tours are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and available at the Junior League office, the Park Hill Crye-Leike office and any Curves location in the area. Tickets will also be available at the Heritage Park entrances. Proceeds benefit the community programs of the Junior League of NLR. Visit www. Jlnlr.org for more information. Stroll through the Trees The CARTI Auxiliary’s 28th annual holiday benefit and extravaganza, the Festival of Trees, features four days of parties and fun for all Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 18-21, at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center at Interstate 30 and Col. Glenn Road. Friday’s Festival After Dark features local cover group GroanUps providing live entertainment while festival-goers enjoy an informal jingle bell jam with dining, dancing and auctions. Tickets are $25 and the event starts at 7 p.m. Tours of the decorated trees run all through Sunday, with tickets $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 and up. Women will want to check out the Holiday Luncheon on Friday (11:30 a.m., $40), while kids will enjoy Breakfast with Santa on Saturday (9 a.m., $15). This all leads into the big event, the Tux ’n Trees charity event Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 and include dining, dancing and live and silent auctions. Memphis Soul Revue will provide the entertainment. All tickets may be purchased at the door, or call 660-7612. The Festival of Trees benefits Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute.
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