LITTLE ROCK 1 HOMECOMING
Arkansan Glen Campbell plays one last concert in Little Rock, 7:30 p.m. today at Robinson Center Music Hall. The iconic country music artist known for hits such as “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Gentle on My Mind,” as well as his variety show and a performance in the original version of True Grit, is on his The Goodbye Tour. Tickets are $50-$94. Call (800) 745-3000. See stories Page 4E.
2 HENRY The stage will be full of battles, banter and tennis balls as Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock, opens its 37th season Friday with William Shakespeare’s Henry V. The cast of 19 includes the return to the Rep of Arkansas native Avery Clark (Hamlet, The 39 Steps) in the title role. Director Bob Hupp gives a 6:15 p.m. talk preceding the 7 p.m. curtain for today’s preview. A post-show champagne reception and cast meet-and-greet follows the 8 p.m. Friday opening-night performance in the Rep lobby. Show times through Sept. 23: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$35 in advance (through today), $25-$45 thereafter. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit therep.org/attend. See story Page 4E.
3 HONORS It’s a celebration of a people, a culture and an art form at the Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival, today-Sunday. It starts with a Red Carpet opening event and reception, 6 p.m. today at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. More screenings, workshops, brunches and discussions will take place at Arkansas Baptist College and Philander Smith College. It all ends with an awards ceremony and tribute to late actor Curtis Tate, 6 p.m. Sunday at Dreamland Ballroom. Tickets are $10 for a one-day screening pass, $15 for two days, $25 for the award ceremony, $40 for opening night and $75 for a full festival pass. Call (501) 612-9698 or visit arbiff.com. See story Page 5E.
4 HEROES Blue Angels, Super Hornets, Black Daggers and Skyhawks will buzz through the air over the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville during the Heritage and Heroes Open House and Air Show, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The aerial displays start at 10 a.m. each day and the headlining Blue Angels start at 2 p.m. For those who choose to look closer to the ground, there will be special displays, a Kidz Zone, music, information booths and working dog demonstrations. Admission is free. Call (501) 987-3434 or visit littlerockairshow.com.
5 HUMOR Comedian and Clarksville native Ralphie May brings his “Too Big to Ignore” show to Little Rock, 8:30 p.m. Friday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway. Tickets are $42.50-$53. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
6 “HANGOVERS (AND MEMORIES)” Country group the Casey Donahew Band, touring on behalf of its new release Double Wide Dream, plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfest Amphitheatre, behind the River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall, off President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock. Tickets are $44-$81. Call (501) 375-2552 or visit gotickets.com/ venues/ar/riverfest_amphitheater.php.
The fall theater season gets under way this weekend with a fistful of productions in Little Rock and North Little Rock:
Red Octopus Theater opens Summer in the City 2.0: The Doppelganger!, a partially new, partially retreaded sketch comedy show, at 8 p.m. today-Saturday at Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Performances, though open to all ages, are recommended for mature audiences because of adult language and situations. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, military and students. Call (501) 291-3896, e-mail RedOctopusTheater@gmail. com or visit redoctopustheater.com.
Life in America when you’re down to your last dollar is at the center of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, opening Friday at Weekend Theater, West Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Sept. 22. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and adults 65 and older, available only at the door or online at weekendtheater.org; call (501) 374-3761 for more information.
The Main Thing, Arkansas’ new resident professional comedy company, suffers from Electile Dysfunction at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 10 at The Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock. The original two-act satire focuses on a family at odds over the election, turned into celebrities by a TV news team. Tickets to the all-ages show are $20. Call (501) 372-0205 or visit thejointinlittlerock.com. (The troupe’s Steve and Vicki Farrell, who moved to central Arkansas after a long career with comedy in Houston, will be the featured Tales From the South Tin Roof Project storytellers Tuesday at the nearby Starving Artist Cafe. Visit talesfromthesouth.com for information and to buy tickets.)
The theater season is heating up this weekend in Conway:
Actor-director Tom McLeod examines the life and art of Vincent van Gogh in a one-man show, Vincent by Leonard Nimoy, a co-production of the Lantern Theatre and Conway Community Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Sept. 14-15 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Conway. Tickets are $12. Call (501) 733-6220, e-mail ConwayLanternTheatre@gmail.com or visit conwayarts.org.
The University of Central Arkansas Theatre opens its 2012-13 season with Art by Jasmine Reza in a translation by Christopher Hampton, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Sept. 12-14 in the Studio Theatre, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The play is recommended for mature audiences and nobody, due to the configuration of the scenery, will be admitted after the play begins. Admission is free; tickets must be reserved in advance; call (501) 450-3265.
The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation’s Playwright’s Theatre will feature a dramatic reading of Hendrix alumnus James Mainard O’Connell’s play Conduit at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Cabe Theatre at Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Cast, crew, and director are also Hendrix alumni and students. The play involves a young journalist trying to piece together the murder of a black New Jersey teenager during the 2008 election season. An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-4597.
9 HARMONY British folksinger Sarah McQuaid will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Thomson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1818 Reservoir Road, under the aegis of the Little Rock Folk Club. McQuaid is touring the United States and the United Kingdom in support of her new album, The Plum Tree and the Rose. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $15; call (501) 663-0634 or visit lrfolkclub.org.
10 HARVEST Listen to the clangs of a bygone era as the Plantation Agriculture Museum, Arkansas 161 and U.S. 165 in Scott, presents its annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Collectors and enthusiasts will be on hand to explain how these antique engines worked. Admission to the show and the museum’s exhibits is free. Guided tours of the museum are $4, $3 for children. Call (501) 961-1409.
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