Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, eight brothers raised on the south side of Chicago, play original tunes with hiphop, jazz, soul, reggae and rock elements at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fine Arts Center, East Arkansas Community College, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City. Tickets are $15. Call (870) 633-4480, Extension 352, or visit eacc.edu.
Divas and Desserts
Soprano Mary Ann Robinson and singer and pianist James Maase, the church’s music director, will perform, under the umbrella title “Cabaret of Love Songs,” for the biennial “Divas and Desserts” fundraiser, 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock. The program will include songs and duets by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Loewe, Charles Strouse, Hoagy Carmichael, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim.
Homemade desserts and coffee will be served in the church’s Great Hall after the concert. Sponsor is the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Foundation. There is no charge, but a “love offering” will be taken to benefit the Lou Sanders Music Endowment. Call (501) 664-3600.
Hot Springs’ Pocket Theatre, Ramble and Ravine streets, will stage Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Feb. 14-15 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 16. Tickets are $10, $5 for K-12 students. Call (501) 623-8585 or visit pockettheatre.com.
Gallery open house
The Art Group, having now moved lock, stock and furniture from its Maumelle Boulevard studio in North Little Rock to the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, will offer its first open house, 4-8 p.m. Friday. The gallery is currently showing collections of 16 local artists; hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (501) 690-2193 or visit theartgroupmaumelle.com.
The Arkansas State University Museum, in the west wing of Dean B. Ellis Library, 320 University Loop Circle, Jonesboro, will mark Black History Month at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Tinker Fest, a fair in which participants take apart, invent or otherwise tinker with gadgets, toys and other contraptions to learn more about how things work, and in this case focusing on the work of black inventors. The event is free and is sponsored by the Arkansas Discovery Network.
Mid-South photography by Nadia Price Bates Strid is on display through Feb. 28 in the museum atrium. Strid (1919-2013), one of Memphis’ first female professional photographers, also lived for several years at Heber Springs.
Museum hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call (870) 972-2094 or visit museum.astate.edu or facebook.com/ASUMuseum.
John Morgan, aka “The Ragin’ Cajun,” headlines this week at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road. Show times for the special engagement are at 7:30 p.m. today ($8), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday ($12). Call (501) 228-5555 or visit loonybincomedy.com.
Cellist Felice Magendanz Farrell and pianist Timothy Smith will give a recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Arkansas Tech University’s Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 W. Q St., Russellville. The program will include Variations concertantes, op.17, by Felix Mendelssohn; Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, op.102 No. 1, by Ludwig van Beethoven; and the Cello Sonata, op.6, by Samuel Barber. Admission is free. Call (479) 968-0368 or visit www.atu.edu/music .
Met: Live in HD
Soprano Renee Fleming, fresh off singing the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl, sings the title role in Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, accessible to Arkansas audiences via The Met: Live in HD, at the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, the Tinseltown in Benton and the Razorback Cinema 16 in Fayetteville. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Visit FathomEvents.com for ticket information.
Weekend, Pages 34 on 02/06/2014
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