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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published September 12, 2013 at 2:54 a.m.


Sanctus Real performs Sunday in Forrest City.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Christian quintet

Contemporary Christian quintet Sanctus Real and Christian singer Francesca Battistelli will perform Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, East Arkansas Community College, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City. Tickets are $35. Call (870) 633-4480, Extension 352, or visit

Jackson sound

Lead singer Gavin Hope will join Canadian ensemble Jeans ’n Classics (in this case, a four-piece band and three female backup singers) and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for “The Music of Michael Jackson,” 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 youngsters in grades K-12. Call (800) 792-0521 or (870) 665-0521 or visit

Drifters tribute

Linwood Peel pays tribute to The Drifters in a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Country Club, 1100 Country Club Lane, part of the Old Town Dinner Theatre’s monthly dinner theater series. Dinner starts at 6. Tickets are $45 (includes gratuities); dress code is casual, “but conservative when in doubt.” Call (870) 535-2646 or visit

Lost in Yonkers

Community Theatre of Little Rock will stage Neil Simon’s autobiographical comedy Lost in Yonkers, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 and 2p.m. Sunday and Sept. 22 and 29 at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Tickets are $16, $14 for military, students (age 10 through college) and patrons 65 and older, $6 for children (4-9), free for children 3 and younger. $1 discount if you bring a pair of gently used running shoes. There will be a pay-what-you can “Pocket Preview” at 7:30 p.m. today. Call (501) 410-2283 (ACT3) or visit

Book signings

Author and journalist Denise White Parkinson will be signing copies of her new book, Daughter of the White River: Depression-Era Treachery and Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta (History Press, $19.99), a look at a 1930s revenge killing in DeWitt:

6-8 p.m. Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 W. Third St., Little Rock

1 p.m. Sept. 21, Words Worth Books, 5920 R St., Little Rock

2-4 p.m. Oct. 4 with Dewitt Publishing Co. at the courthouse in DeWitt

1-3 p.m. Oct. 19, Books-A Million, Lakewood Village, North Little Rock

1 p.m. Nov. 16, Pine Bluff/ Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. Fourth St., Pine Bluff

Last stand

The Gen. T.J. Churchill Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will put on a “Confederate Last Stand Observance” marking the 150th anniversary of the Union Army’s defeat of Confederate troops’ last attempt to defend Little Rock, Sept. 11, 1863, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Historic 10 Mile House, 6915 Stagecoach Road, Little Rock. The event will feature costumed re-enactors, a historical presentation and the firing of three cannons. Admission is free. Call (501) 529-3802.

Sisters quartet

Real Entertaining - sisters Rebecca, Emily, Abigail and Lydia VanderVate, ranging from 9 to 14, play 10 instruments including harmonica, violin, accordion and penny whistle - kick off Warfield Concerts’ fall lineup at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Malco Theater, 422 Cherry St., Helena-West Helena. Sponsor is H&M Lumber/Ace Hardware. Admission is by free ticket, available through the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce or the Tourist Welcome Center. Call (870) 338-8327 or visit

‘Opera Classics’

The Muses will offer an “Opera Classics” program at 3 p.m. Sunday at Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, the autumn part of its “Four Seasons in Art and Song” concert series.

The program will feature arias, duets and ensemble pieces from George Bizet’s Carmen; Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, La Boheme and Rigoletto; Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Ticketsare $25.

The concert begins “The Muses Opera Week,” which culminates at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 with a production of The Marriage of Figaro, the debut performance at the new Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., Hot Springs (formerly First Church of Christ Scientist). Patron tickets are $200, gala donor tickets, $100. A preview performance will be held at 7 p.m. Friday; tickets are $25, $15 for students with ID, $50 for donors.

Call (501) 609-9811 or visit

Organ recital

Brazilian organist Cristiano Rizzoto will give a recital of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis-Nicolas Clearambault, Josef Rheinberger, Antoine Giovannini, Louis-Claude Daquin, Theodore Salome and Gerald Near - sponsored by Central Arkansas Chapter, American Guild of Organists - at 8 p.m.

Friday at Greene Chapel, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Admission is free. Call (501) 519-1256.

Photography show

Recent works by Little Rock photographers Ray Chanslor and Rita Henry and photographer-illustrator Betsy Emil go on display in a show titled “Mapping the Darkness” with a 7 p.m. reception Saturday at Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood. The exhibit will be up through Oct. 26. Call (501) 664-8996 or email

Gallery opening

Conway Art LLC, 1100 Bob Courtway Drive, Conway, will hold its grand opening 6-8 p.m. Friday, showing pieces by artists Mary Lynne Nelson, Linda Flake and William McClanahan. A string quartet from the University of Central Arkansas will perform; the men of Renewal Ranch, a Perry County facility designed to help men with addictions, will serve sparkling water and appetizers. Admission is free but donations to assist in construction of a new building at Renewal Ranch will be accepted. Call (501) 205-1922 or (501) 908-6078.

Trans-Siberian tickets

Tickets - $44.50-$90.50 (with no additional fees; $1 out of each ticket goes to an as-yet unspecified charity) - go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at all Ticketmaster outlets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 8 p.m. Dec. 20 performance of the rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. There is an eight-ticket limit and the arena will be using its paperless ticket system. Call (800) 745-3000 or or

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