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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published February 13, 2014 at 2:53 a.m.


The Baltimore Consort — (front row) Mindy Rosenfeld, Jose Lemos, Larry Lipkis, (back row) Ronn McFarlane, Mary Anne Ballard and Mark Cudek — performs a program of love songs Friday at Harding University in Searcy.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Consort concert

The Baltimore Consort, one of the world’s premier early music ensembles, will put on a concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Administration Auditorium at Harding University in Searcy. The program, titled “Cupid’s Cabinet,” will include love songs of the British Isles, France, Spain and the New World. The concert is part of the university’s Concert Lyceum Series. Tickets are $3. Call (501) 279-4343.

Big-band extravaganza

Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will perform a show billed as “the Rat Pack performing a Prairie Home Companion show on Austin City Limits,” 7 p.m. Friday at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home. The show is part of the university’s Performing Arts Series. Sponsor is Integrity First Bank. Tickets are $35, $17.50 for students 18 and younger, plus fees. Call (800) 965-9324 or (870) 508-6280 or visit

Competition winners

Percussionist Michael Barnes, 19, of Lawton, Okla., and 24-year-old cellist Nathan Cottrell of Memphis, the grand prize winners in the Delta Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 Young Artist Concerto Competition, held Jan. 11, will join the orchestra and conductor Neale Bartee at 3 p.m. Sunday at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Barnes will perform the first and fourth movements, “Saudacao” and “Despedida,” respectively, from the Marimba Concerto by Ney Rosauro. Cottrell will solo in Schelomo by Ernest Bloch. A 200-voice children’s chorus, composed of students from area elementary schools, will sing “I Hear America Singing” by Andre Thomas, “Dry Your Tears, Afrika” by John Williams (from the movie Amistad) and “Inscription ofHope” by Randall Stroope.

Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for students. Call (870) 972-2781 or visit

Conway cabaret

Faulkner Academy of Arts presents a cabaret show of love songs, funny and sad, from Broadway and by contemporary singers, at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Conway Dinner Theater, 2201 Washington Ave., Conway. Jenny Ruud, Shannah Rae, David Allison and Jacob Clanton are among the performers. Admission is by donation (they’re requesting $10); reserve or buy in advance special dessert plates of pie, fruit and candies ( Chocolate Delight or Spring Lemon) - call (501) 339-7401 or visit

Picnic, sort of …

Performing Arts Center on the Square will stage Summer Brave by William Inge, a revision of his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1953 play Picnic, in a dinner-theater setting, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 20-22, 27-28 and March 1-2 at Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St., Searcy. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30, except for the March 2 matinee (12:30 and 1:30 p.m.). Tickets are $29, $24 for students and senior citizens for the evening dinner theater, $18 for Feb. 20 and 27 dessert theater shows (dessert at 6:30, curtain at 7 p.m.), $27 and $21 for matinee brunch; $15 show only. All tickets plus 8.5 percent sales tax. Call (501) 368-0111 or visit

Elegant benefit

Bijoux, lead singer of Onyx the Band; Little Rock jazzman Rodney Block; Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe; and DJ Mal from radio station KZTS-FM, 101.1 (“Streetz 101.1”), will provide the entertainment for “An Evening of Elegance,” a fundraiser for 9-year-old St. Jude Children’s Hospital leukemia patient Teecumpsey Wiggins, 7 p.m. Friday in the Rotunda of the Pulaski County Courthouse, 401 W. Markham St., Little Rock. The event will feature an hors d’oeuvres buffet, wine and a silent auction. Guests can register as potential bone-marrow donors with the Be the Match organization. Hosts will be Deedra Wilson of KLRT-TV, Fox 16, “Streetz 101.1” DJ No Name and Miss Central Arkansas, Brooke Cornelius. Dress is black tie. Tickets are $20, $35 couple. Call (501) 766-1703 or (501) 349-7471.

Hallelujah musical

As part of 2nd Friday Art Night, radio station KUARFM, 89.1, and the Old State House Museum will screen King Vidor’s classic Hallelujah, a 1929 musical that Vidor shot in Arkansas, 6-8 p.m. Friday at the museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock. KUAR general manager Ben Fry, who also teaches courses in film history and criticism at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will introduce the movie and lead a post-screening discussion.

A 5 p.m. reception will precede the screening, part of the monthly “Second Friday Cinema” series of Arkansas-related movies, in conjunction with the museum’s “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” exhibit. Admission is free.

Call (501) 324-9685 or email

History quiz bowl

Students in grades 6-12 from across the state will show off their knowledge of black history in the Black History Quiz Bowl, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock. Admission is free. Call (501) 683-3592 or visit

The center will also open an exhibit titled “Repurposed Wonders: The Sculpture of Danny Campbell” with a reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. Campbell, an art professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, creates sculptures out of discarded objects, including tire treads and automotive parts. The exhibition will be up through April 26. Admission is free.

Maine memories

The University of Central Arkansas Theatre will stage Almost, Maine by John Cariani at 7:30 p.m. today-Friday and Feb. 19-21 in the Bridges/ Larson Theatre, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Tickets are $10, free with a current UCA ID. Call (501) 450-3265 or visit

Big-band valentine

The Stardust Big Band celebrates Valentine’s weekend at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Crystal Ballroom, Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Admission is $8, free for students 18 and younger.

Call (501) 767-5482 or visit

Weekend, Pages 35 on 02/13/2014




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