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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published February 27, 2014 at 2:51 a.m.


The National Theatre’s stage production of War Horse appears on movie screens in Benton and Conway tonight.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Theater ‘cinecasts’

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse (adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) will appear on more than 350 U.S. movie screens - including the Tinseltown in Benton and the Conway Towne Center in Conway - at 7 p.m. today.

Meanwhile, The Met: Live in HD will “cinecast” the Metropolitan Opera production of Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock and the Tinseltown in Benton.

Information and tickets are available at

ASU Magnolias

The Arkansas State University Theatre will stage Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday-Wednesday at ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

A “meet the company” dessert reception follows Friday’s opening-night performance. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 6 won’t be admitted. Call (870) 972-2781 or (870) 972-2037 or visit

Percussion festival

The University of Central Arkansas will host the annual Percussion Festival, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in Snow Fine Arts Center at UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

High school ensembles will kick off the performance schedule at noon, followed by clinics at 1. A grand finale concert featuring guest clinicians and the UCA Percussion Ensemble will round out the day.

Admission is free. Call (501) 450-5750, email or visit

Comedy ‘voice’

Mike Speenberg, “the Voice of His Generation,” will headline shows at 7:30 p.m. today ($7) and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday ($10) at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, in Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road. Call (501) 228-5555 or visit

Cash lineup

Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform, with singer and comedian Mark Lowry as host, for the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Ave., Jonesboro.

Tickets - $100, $70 and $40 (plus service fees), with a limited number of $200 (plus fees) VIP tickets that include a special backstage pre-show setting - go on sale Friday. Call (888) 278-3267 or visit or Proceeds go to funding the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess and to support a scholarship fund in Cash’s name.

Weekend, Pages 34 on 02/27/2014




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