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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published January 17, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

— Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Dinner drama

Studio for the Arts/Imperial Dinner Theatre, 1401 Arkansas 304 E., Pocahontas, will stage Of Mice and Men, adapted by director Kelly Grooms from the novel by John Steinbeck 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26, Feb. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17. Dinner is at 6:30 Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Dinner/show tickets are $24.95, $21.95 for students with ID;

show-onlytickets are $15 and $12. Call (870) 892-0030 or visit

Plucking instruction

The University of Central Arkansas’ Community School of Music starts two beginner guitar classes next week at UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway:

UCA guitar professor Smokey Emerson will teach the 12-week Adult Guitar Class for Beginners (age 16 and up), 6-6:50 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 125, Snow Fine Arts Center. Maximum enrollment is 10; tuition is $150, with a $7 materials fee payable to theinstructor at the first class.

Nate Mathew’s Beginner Guitar Class for students ages 9 to 15 meets 6-6:45 p.m. Thursdays, same room. Maximum enrollment is eight; tuition is $140. The instructor recommends students bring acoustic guitars.

Registration ends Tuesday. Call (501) 450-5755 or (501) 450-3672, e-mail or or visit

Met’s Maria

The Met: Live in HD series will bring the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuardato big screens - the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, the Conway Towne Center and the Tinseltown 14 in Benton - at 11:55 a.m. Saturday. Approximate running time: 166 minutes. Visit for ticket information.

Flag-inspired art

Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, will open an exhibition of the “Red, White and Blue” series of flag-inspired paintings, sculptures, prints and metal works by Little Rock artist and Navy veteran JeffSmoot, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition will be up through March 9. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. Call (501) 664-8996.

Ballet auditions

Arkansas Festival Ballet will host audition classes for three summer intensive ballet training programs at the Arkansas Festival Ballet/Arkansas Academy of Dance Studio, Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Call (501)227-5320 or visit; audition forms and more information, including audition requirements, are available at the ballet companies’ websites.

Kansas City Ballet, Saturday, registration at 2 p.m., class 2:30-4. $25 audition fee. school/summer/intensiveauditions.html

Oklahoma City Ballet, Jan. 26, registration 1:30 p.m., class 2-3:30. $20 audition fee.

Long Beach (Calif.) Ballet, Feb. 3, registration 2:30 p.m., class 3-4:30. $20 audition fee. summer3wk.html.

Weekend, Pages 35 on 01/17/2013




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