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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published February 21, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.

— Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Simon in Stuttgart

The Montana Repertory Theatre will perform its touring production of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play Biloxi Blues at 5 p.m. Sunday in Riceland Auditorium, Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Stuttgart Campus, 2709 U.S. 165 South, Stuttgart. The university recommends the play, which focuses on a young New Yorker’s coming of age while in basic training in Biloxi, Miss., for those of high school age and older. Tickets are $30, $22.50 and $15, Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895, or at the website,

Arts show in Newport

A capacity “crowd” of 146 artists from six states and 60 Arkansas communities (primarily artists who grew up in the Delta, live or have lived in the Delta or who produce Delta-themed work) will display pottery, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and other works at the fifth annual Delta Visual Arts Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at 10 venues in downtown Newport. The venues include the Iron Mountain Train Depot on Front Street, the Newport Business Resource Center and the old post office on Hazel Street and in three heavy-duty tents. Host is Newport’s Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts. Visitors can mingle with artists and consume free beverages at receptions, 4-6 p.m. in all 10 venues. Workshops for children and adults are scheduled throughout the day. Call (870) 523-1009 or e-mail director@

Concerts, play at ASU

The Merling Trio - Bruce Uchimura, cello; Renata Artman Knific, violin; and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano, in residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University - will give a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Riceland Hall, Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The performance is part of the university’s 2012-13 Lecture-Concert Series. The trio, which takes its name from Danish violin maker Paul Merling, will play “Autumn”from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi; the Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV/25, by Franz Josef Haydn; Oblivion and La Muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla; and the Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, op.90, “Dumky,” by Antonin Dvorak. Admission is free. Call (870) 972-2094 or visit lecture-concert-series.

Also at ASU this week, the Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform for the university’s biennial Chancellor’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the Fowler Center. The program will include David Martynuik’s song cycle Songs of Memory and Imagery, David Maslanka’s “ Liberation”and a trio of works by retiring professor of music Tom O’Connor, a member of the ASU faculty since 1978. Dale Miller and Timothy Oliver will conduct. Admission is free. Call (870) 972-2094.

And the University Theatre will stage The Voice of the Prairie by John Olive at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Monday-Wednesday in the Fowler Center. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow Friday’s opening night performance. Children under 6 years oldwill not be admitted. Call (870) 972-2782 (ASU1) or visit

One-acts at OBU

Ouachita Baptist University’s theater arts department will stage Harrison, TX - a trio of one-act plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote (“Blind Date,” “The Dancers” and “Spring Dance,” all of which are set in the fictional Texas town) at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Monday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Verser Theater on OBU’s Arkadelphia campus.

Tickets are $8. Call (870) 245-5555 or visit

ASU-Beebe play

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will stage Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Owen Center Theater, ASU-Beebe, 910 Pecan St., Beebe.

The play is recommended for mature viewers. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for senior citizens, students, military members and educators. Call (501) 882-8951 or visit

Riverfest bargain

Riverfest will be selling $10 tickets for the annual Memorial Day weekend festival (May 24-26) through March 22 (maximum four), or until they sell out, via the website,

Regular gate admission will be $35, free for children 6 and under. Call (501) 255-3378.

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