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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published January 31, 2013 at 2:23 a.m.


Troika Entertainment’s national tour of the musical

West Side Story (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyr

ics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents)

closes out a three-day run at 7:30 p.m. today at Rob

inson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and

Broadway, Little Rock. Tickets are $62.50, $49.50,

$36 and $25; call (501) 244-8800 or (800) 982-2787

or visit

2 RHYTHM The Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform The Little Rock Nine at 7 p.m. today in Riceland Auditorium, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart campus, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, 2709 U.S. 165 S., Stuttgart. Washington, an England, Ark., native, choreographed the dramatic dance production; the performance celebrates Black History Month.

Tickets are $27, $18 and $12; call (870) 673-4201 Extension 1895 or visit pcccua.


3REMEMBRANCE Civil rights activist and author Simeon Wright will be the featured storyteller for a Tales From the South Tin Roof Project show today at Starving Artist Cafe, 411 Main St., North Little Rock. Wright is the author of Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till. Till, a Chicago teen and Wright’s older cousin, was lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman in a small Mississippi town in 1955. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner, drinks and music by Finger Food with Steve Davison and Micky Rigby; show starts at 7. Tickets are $7.50, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited. Visit or e-mail (The show will air at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 on central Arkansas public radio station KUAR-FM, 89.1.)

“For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a look at how visual images have promoted racial equality over three decades, is on display through March 16 at the William F.

Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-1720 or visit

4RIDGE The Ridge Piano Trio - Chiharu Iinuma, piano; David Gillham, violin;

and Tom Landschoot, cello - will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., part of the university’s Artspree series.

The program: Piano Trio No. 3 in B-flat major, K.502, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;

Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Astor Piazzolla;

and the Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, op.87, by Johannes Brahms. Tickets are $20, $10 for students, free for UALR students; call (501) 569-8993 or visit

5 ROMP Roger M. Eaves plays a Hollywood writer who gets an unexpected surprise when the tomboy teenage daughter (Courtney Bennett) he hasn’t seen in 16 years shows up in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures, through Feb. 9 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Doors open/dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m. for Sunday matinees; 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday matinees, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets (including buffet and show) are $33 Sunday evening-Thursday, $35 Friday-Saturday, $31 Sunday matinees, with discounts for children and show-only. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit the website, murrysdinnerplayhouse.


6RESOURCEFUL Improvisational troupe ImprovLittleRock will put on a pair of GroundhogDay shows Saturday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock:

ImprovLittleRock Comedy Throwdown!, 7 p.m., two teams playing a series of improvisational games fueled by audience ideas and possibly participation.

ImprovLittleRock Winter Comedy Watch, 10 p.m., dozens of small scenes based on audience suggestions.

Tickets to each are $8; call (501) 374-7529.

7 RIDERS Riders will try desperately to hang onto bucking bulls as the Professional Bull Riders return to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $17-$52. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

8 REPRESENTATION The Arkansas Arts Center welcomes two World War II-themed exhibits to its galleries starting Friday. “Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066” tells the story of Japanese-American internment camps through replicated ID tags and artwork created from suitcases, trunks and other artifacts. Photographs taken across America just prior to the war are on display in “Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass.” Both exhibits remain on display through April 21 at the Arts Center in MacArthur Park, 10th and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (501) 372-4000.

9 (F)REEZIN’ People in Conway will be Freezin for a Reason on Saturday. The 5K/10K walk/run to benefit the Arkansas Children’sHospital Foundation starts at 9 a.m. at Conway High School West’s John McConnell Track and Field Stadium, 2300 Prince St. The 2K Family Run follows at 10:45 a.m. Registration is $25 for the 2K and 5K, $30 for the 10K in advance, $35 day-of for all events, free for children 13 and under. Call (501) 450-0512 or visit

10 AU REVOIR ... Two downtown Little Rock exhibits end their runs this weekend: “In Pieces,” a collaboration between Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya and photographer Dean West, closes Friday at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7; $5 if you’re 62 and older, retired U.S. military and/or a college student, $3 for children 6-17; free for kids under 6 and active U.S. military. Call (501) 748-0425.

With a more historic angle, “Arkansas in the Civil War: Battle Colors of Arkansas” draws to a close Sunday at the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Sunday. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685.

Weekend, Pages 33 on 01/31/2013

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