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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published November 8, 2012 at 2:20 a.m.

— Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend:

Singer-author-motivational speaker LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the Gatlin Brothers, will sing pop, gospel, country and patriotic music at 7 p.m. Friday at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home. Tickets are $15, $7.50 for students, plus handling fees. Call (870) 508-6280 or visit

Magnolia premiere

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the South Arkansas Symphony and conductor Kermit Poling will give the Arkansas premiere of Shadows for Piano and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, commissioned by Biegel and a group of eight orchestras, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 318 E. MainSt., Magnolia.

The program will also feature two works by Antonio Vivaldi: the Piccolo Concerto with Sally Horak, the orchestra’s principal flutist, as soloist, and the Gloria, with soloists Jenna Tucker, soprano, and Karen Watkins, mezzo-soprano, and the El Dorado High School Heritage Singers and choirs from Southern Arkansas University and Texas Woman’s University. Tickets are $20-$25, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students, $5 for children. Call (800) 792-0521 or visit

Biegel gave the Zwilich piece its world premiere Oct. 28-29, 2011, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and has since played it with the Fairfax (Va.) and Wheeling (W.Va.) symphony orchestrasand the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston in the United States and the Niagara Symphony in Canada.

Idol winner

Lee DeWyze, 2010 American Idol winner, will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at Juanita’s, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (501) 372-1228 or visit

Youthful wizardry

Young area magicians will offer a free magic show for families, under the auspices of local magicians’ association Art of Illusion, at 2 p.m. Sunday in Wesley Hall, Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock (enter on church’s south - Lee Avenue - side). Admission is free. Call (501) 663-9380 or visit

Barbecue and Barbie

The Historic Arkansas Museum welcomes fans of Barbie and barbecue this weekend:

Friday, in conjunction with the monthly Second Friday Art Night, the museum is holding an opening reception, 5-8 p.m., for two new exhibits: “Beyond the Expected: Norwood Creech, Paulette Palmer and Edward Wade Jr.,” on display through Feb. 3, and “Jared Hogue: Mini Faces,”up through Jan. 6. Pioneering African American Aviators author Edmond Davis and Arkansas Pie author Kat Robinson will sign their books; the evening will also feature music by John Cook and barbecue from James Beard Award-winning Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna. Admission is free.

10 a.m.-noon Saturday, in conjunction with the “Barbie: The 11 1/2-Inch American Icon” exhibit, on display through Jan, 6, the museum welcomes young people and their Barbies to “Tea With Barbie.” Simultaneously, adults can talk with collectors and other grownup fans at “Vintage Barbies: Show and Tell Memories.” Admission is free; reservations are required for the tea. Call (501) 324-9351.

Four-soup benefit

Empty Bowls, a community soup kitchen, will be serving four varieties of homemade soup with bread and dessert lunch and dinner to benefit Conway nonprofit Bethlehem House, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at oneChurch, 1058 Front St., Conway. Vendors and artisans will also be selling wares at the Empty Bowls Market Place.

Tickets are $10, free for children 10 and younger; all proceeds go to help build the new homeless shelter.

Call (501) 205-0905 or visit

Soldiers’ stories

Hari Jones, assistant director and curator of the Washington-based African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, will speak on the contributions black soldiers made during the war and the impact onmodern-day America at 6 p.m. today in the auditorium of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock. Admission is free. Call (501) 683-3563 or visit

Play dates

A.J. Spiradigliozzi, Shua Miller and Jeff Ward put on every Shakespeare play in less than 90 minutes in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (Abridged), 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Nov. 16-17 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 18 at the Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Conway. Tickets are $12. Call (501) 733-6220, e-mail ConwayLanternThea or visit

The high-flying farce Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, takes off at Arkansas State University, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday-Wednesday in ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. “Meet the company” dessert reception follows Friday’s performance. No kids under 6. Call (870) 972-2781 (ASU1) or visit

A New York-based cast and director will put on a staged reading of Marginalia, the latest theatrical work by Arkansas neurologist/playwright Richard G. Pellegrino, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. Admission is by free ticket; call (501) 227-0421.

One-act operas

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Music Theatre Workshop will stage two one-act operas - Gallantry by Douglas Moore and A Game of Chance by Seymour Barab - at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday in the university’s Fine Arts Center auditorium. Admission is free. Call (870) 460-1060.

‘Khaki Spectacular!’

The Ozark Arts Council and Harrison radio station KHOZ-AM, 900, and KHOZ-FM, 102.9, will put on the council’s annual “Khaki Spectacular!” Veterans Day variety show, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Theatre, 115 W. Rush St., Harrison. Admission is free. Call (870) 391-3504 or visit

Ballet auditions

Arkansas Festival Balletwill hold auditions Saturday for its spring storybook ballet, The Adventures of Pinocchio, at the studios of the Arkansas Academy of Dance, Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road. The schedule: dancers ages 8-11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; dancers 12 and older, 11:45-1:30 p.m. Take a full-frontal photograph of the dancer wearing leotard and tights with feet in first position and arrive at least 20 minutes before audition time. There is a $20 audition fee and for those cast, a $100 production fee. Production dates are May 16-19. Call (501) 227-5320 or visit

Weekend, Pages 41 on 11/08/2012




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