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A decade at the ‘Crypt’

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One of the traditions of fall is now 10 years old. Little Rock Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School students will again present their historical, educational and not-near-as-spooky-as-you’d-think "Tales of the Crypt" on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Mount Holly Cemetery, 10th and Broadway streets downtown. If you’ve yet to see this performance, you’re missing out on Arkansas history come to life. Actors write their own scripts, and act in period costumes in a candlelit tour. It all began when Leigh Baker from the Arkansas Historic Preservation office contacted Susan Taylor, a Parkview English teacher, about presenting a program similar to a living history show she had seen in Mississippi. Taylor, with help from colleagues Judy Goss and Fred Boosey, selected the first group of student performers and directed them to research the local and state historic figures buried at Mount Holly. More than 1,000 people attended that first year, and the crowds have continued to grow. The performances — two separate tours of eight stops on the north and sounds sides of the property, each tour taking about an hour — run continuously from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The preservation office is no longer associated, but First Presbyterian Church has joined the Mount Holly Cemetery Association and Parkview in sponsoring the event, which remains free. Donations, though, are welcome. Call 447-2362 for more information. ASO celebrates Bernstein — with a Bernstein Jamie Bernstein Thomas, the daughter of iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, will help the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra showcase the legacy of her father in "Bernstein on Broadway" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9, at Robinson Center Music Hall. Thomas sticks around for Sunday’s ASO Crayola Concerts Family Series program at Robinson Center as well, beginning at 3 p.m. The Friday and Saturday shows kick off a new season of Pops Live! performances. With singer-songwriter Thomas narrating, ASO music director David Itkin will lead works from "Candide," "Wonderful Town," "On the Town" and "West Side Story," and the ASO will be joined by special guests from New York theater: soprano Cynthia Watters, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash, tenor Jeffrey Picon and baritones Hugh Russell and Matthew Carey. Reserve at 666-1761. Thomas’ "Bernstein Beat: What Makes Music Dance?" family concert at 3 p.m., composed along with Bernstein protege Michael Barrett, will also feature her father’s music, with her narration geared toward a younger audience. It’s modeled after Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic, which were televised for 20 years. ASO assistant conductor Israel Getzov will conduct. Education pre-concert activities begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $6 for children. Murry’s crazy about Pasty Joni Morris, the nationally renowned entertainer and recording artist, will bring her "Portrait of Patsy Cline" show to Murry’s Dinner Playhouse for one week, Oct. 12-17. Morris and her band After Midnight will perform Cline’s most recognized hits, including "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The San Francisco Chronicle reported of Morris: "It’s almost spooky how Joni conjures up the country Western legend with tremendous style and fidelity." Dinner times are 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Curtain times are 7:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $26 Tuesday-Thursday, $28 Friday-Saturday and $24 on Sunday. Call 562-3131 for reservations. Irish trio flies in A trio of world-class folk musicians will unite for a traditional Irish music concert at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in the River Market district at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Flutist Paul Smyth, piper Michael Cooney and guitarist Ged Foley will combine forces in a show sponsored by the Arkansas Celtic Music Society. The Irishmen are on a two-week tour throughout the country promoting two new CDs: Cooney’s debut record, "A Stone’s Throw," and Smyth’s debut, "Up and Away." Foley produced and played on both CDs. Admission is $15, with tickets for sale at the door. Free films at Quapaw Quarter UMC The Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church will start up its fall Faith in Film series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, with "Stigmata," starring Gabriel Byrne and Patricia Arquette. Steve Charton will lead the discussion. Admission is free, and popcorn and drinks are available. The series features documentaries or films with discussion led by a variety of hosts and will run through Nov. 18. Congressman Vic Snyder and his wife, Rev. Betsy Singleton, will give a talk on "Luther" on Nov. 11. Call 375-1600 for more information. Antique time at Alltel Arena Antiques lovers will want to check out the 3rd annual Cherry Lane Antiques and Fine Art Show at Alltel ArenaFriday through Sunday, Oct. 8-10. The show will draw both the folks looking for a "road show" appraisal on their antiques as well as a collection of art and antiques for sale. Friday’s preview party, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., is $20 per couple. Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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