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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published April 25, 2013 at 3:05 a.m.


The Texas Tenors — (from left) John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher — perform Friday with the South Arkansas Symphony in El Dorado.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Rocking Forrest City

Herman’s Hermits and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium, East Arkansas Community College, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City. The performance is part of the EACC Spotlight Series. Tickets are $35. Call (870) 633-4480, Extension 352, or visit

‘Homecoming’ recital

Pianist David Allen Wehr, formerly an artist-in-residence at Ouachita Baptist University, will play variations by Franz Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Joe Utterback and Ludwig van Beethoven at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in McBeth Recital Hall, Mabee Fine Arts Center, OBU, Arkadelphia. Admission is free. A reception will follow in the Hammons Gallery. Call (870) 245-5129 or (870) 245-5352.

Texas Tenors

The Texas Tenors - John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher - who in 2009 became the highest-ranking vocal group on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, perform with the South Arkansas Symphony and conductor Kermit Poling at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students, $5 for children. Call (870) 862-0521.

Organ memorial

Houston organist Daryl Robinson, winner of the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (where he also captured the Audience Prize), will give the 10th annual recital celebrating the life of Robert Young Ellis, professor of organ at Henderson State University from 1952 to 1987, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 617 S. Louisiana St., Little Rock.

Ellis died in 2003 at the age of 79. He also served as the organist for First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs and First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia.

Robinson’s program will include works by Marcel Dupre, David Ashley White, J.S. Bach, Anton Heiller, Sigfrid Karg-Elert and Pierre Cochereau. The recital is sponsored by Central Arkansas Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Admission is free. Call (501) 374-2794.

Resistance is futile

The Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, the Tinseltown in Benton and the Conway Towne Center in Conway will screen Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds at 7 p.m. today.

The two connected episodes, in which the Borg abduct and transform Capt. Jean-Luc Picard into a half-Borg, half-human called Locutus while the Enterprise crew races against time to intercept a Borg cube before it reaches Earth to enslave humanity, closed the series’ third season and introduced its fourth. The cinematic event precedes the Tuesday Blu-ray release of the third season and the separate release of the two episodes.

Those same theaters will show The Met: Live in HD “cinecast” of George Frideric Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare at 11 a.m. Saturday. For ticket information, visit LiveinHD.aspx.

Deadly comedy

Three malicious wives and three miserable, unloving husbands are involved in a life-and-death comedy as the Community Theatre of Little Rock stages The Smell of the Kill by Michele Lowe at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 3-4 and 10-11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 and 12 the the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Tickets are $14, $12 for military, students and senior citizens 65 and older, with a $1 discount if you bring a pair of “gently used” running shoes. Admission to today’s 7:30 p.m. “Pocket Preview” is free; donations will be accepted. Call (501) 410-2283 (ACT3) or visit

Freedom Fest

The third annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest will feature food, music, living history re-enactments (including musket and cannon firings) and more, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Prairie County Community Center, 710 Sycamore St., DeValls Bluff. Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers will perform at noon. Call (870) 659-5652 or email

Ciao and chow

Arkansas Festival Ballet will host a fundraiser, “Party Italiana - Ciao, Pinocchio!”, 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the home of Sandra and Jon Marbaise, 330 Midland St. in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood. The event will also feature music by Opera in the Rock, a silent auction and segments from the company’s production of The Adventures of Pinocchio (onstage May 17-19 at the Arkansas Arts Center). Tickets are $35. Call (501) 227-5320, e-mail or visit

Royal choral music

The Hendrix College Choir will give a concert titled “Music for Royal Occasions” - music by British composers Edward Elgar, C.Hubert H. Parry, John Tavener, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel for coronations and royal weddings, funerals and other celebrations- at 7:30 p.m. today in Greene Chapel, Hendrix, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Nancy Fleming will conduct the choir, organist Ansley Fleming and brass and percussion players from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-1248 or e-mail Student debates

The Intensive English Language department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will open its Pre-University Debates on American social issues to the public, at 8:30, 9:40 and 10:50 a.m. today in the Engineering Information and Technology Auditorium, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. International students at UALR will debate whether playing violent video games encourages violent behavior in youths, whether making possession of large-capacity bullet magazines illegal is the most effective way to reduce mass killings in the United States and whether incarceration is a moral and effective way to deal with crime. Judges will be Little Rock-area professionals and academics. Admission is free. Call (501) 569-3468 or visit

Flute recital

Susan Antonetti, a member of the music faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will give a recital with Ann Rye, piano; Katherine Reynolds, viola; and Alisa Coffey, harp, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. The program will include the Sonate en trio for flute, viola and harp by Claude Debussy and works by Francis Poulenc, Albert Roussel and Henri Dutilleux. Admission is free. E-mail

Vaudeville show

Wayne Doba and Andrea Conway-Doba will perform their musical vaudeville romance, The Dik & Mitzi Anniversary Show, 7 p.m. Friday in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center, Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home. Tickets are $15, $7.50 for children under 18. Call (870) 508-6280 or visit

Weekend, Pages 33 on 04/25/2013




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