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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published February 7, 2013 at 3:09 a.m.

— Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Author x 3

The Arkansas Literary Festival will offer an author preview, “Three on Three,” at 6:30 p.m. today in the Darragh Center, Central Arkansas Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock. The tipoff event for the April 18-21 festival will feature three Arkansas authors - Kevin Brockmeier (The Illumination), Nickole Brown (Sister) and festival Chairman Jay Jennings (Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany) - discussing the work of three other authors who will attend the festival: novelist Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk); poet, documentary producer, editor and visual artist Frank X Walker; and novelist Karen Russell (Swamplandia!).Admission is free. Call (501) 918-3098 or visit

Love and art

The Art Loft Gallery and Wine Bar, 1525 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, and Raimondo Winery will host a gallery event titled “Love Is in the Air,” 5:30-9 p.m. today and Friday. A $15 ticket ($27 fortwo, $49 for four) includes wine and olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings; handmade pasta and sauce from the Italian Kitchen at Lulav; and a commemorative 8-by-10 signed-and-numbered, limited-edition, studio-quality, ready-to-frame print of Love Is in the Air by artist Melody Lile. Call (501) 203-7653.

Judging ballet

Lyn C. Wiltshire, a dance faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, will select for presentation at the annual Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival in April one or more of five pieces that Arkansas Festival Ballet will perform for her at 7 p.m. Friday at the Arkansas Academy of Dance/Arkansas Festival Ballet Studio, Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road.

The performance is open to the public; suggested donation is $10.

Call (501) 227-5320 or email info@ArkansasDance. org.

Nothing on?

The University of Central Arkansas Theatre will stage The Emperor’s New Clothes, based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen and geared primarily toward children 4-10, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday in the Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain; running time is approximately 45 minutes. The show will subsequently tour area elementary schools and day care centers. Call (501) 450-5092 or visit

Elvis’ women

The Lantern Theatre and Conway Community Arts will stage All the King’s Women by Luigi Jannuzzi at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Feb. 15-16 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 17 at the Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Conway. Tickets are $12. Call (501) 733-6220, e-mail ConwayLanternThea or visit

Elvis tribute

And speaking of Elvis, “tribute artist” Michael Cullipher will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ouachita Little Theatre, 610 Mena St., Mena. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and senior citizens 60 and older. Call (479) 243-0186 or visit

Animal songs

Baritone Stephen Swanson and pianist David Gompper, faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Music, will give a recital of pieces from their Albany Records album Animal Songs: Bestiaries in English, French and German at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arkansas Tech University’s Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 W. Q St .,Russellville. Admission is free. Call (479) 968-0368 or visit

Sunset on the Nile

The Mirana Middle Eastern Dance Company offers “a casual evening of dinner,dancing and costume modeling” for its annual Sunset on the Nile benefit dinner, 6 p.m. Sunday at Lulav, 220 W. Sixth St., Little Rock. Tickets are $30; for mandatory reservations, call (501) 455-1229 or (501) 837-9305 or visit

Weekend, Pages 33 on 02/07/2013




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