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MUSIC REVIEW: Kids, singers shine with ASO

posted: 12/20/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

A number of kids in the audience nearly stole the Pops Live! "Swingin' Holiday Extravaganza" show from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, conductor Philip Mann, and guest Broadway singers Destan Owens and Mandy Gonzalez on Friday night at Pulaski Academy's Connor Performing Arts Center in Little Rock.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 12/18/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

1 SWINGING Singers Destan Owen and Mandy Gonzalez join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for an explosion of Christmas music and holiday celebration at the Swingin' Holiday Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pulaski Academy Connor Performing Arts Center, 12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 12/18/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARGENTA ART WALK 5-8 p.m. third Friday of the month, downtown North Little Rock. Music, art, food.

Music: Benefit's celebrity singers stretch karaoke to extreme

posted: 12/18/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

It doesn't always occur to people that that face on the evening news or that voice on rush hour radio has hidden talents. Like singing. Or dancing. Or performing with a menagerie of animals.

Music: Hot didgeridoo! Sammons is coming back to Maxine's

posted: 12/18/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Several years ago singer-songwriter Paul Sammons had a more or less weekly gig at Maxine's, a downtown bar on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs. But Sammons flew the coop, so to speak, in search of greener pastures. Now, for at least one night, Sammons will return to his old Arkansas haunt.

Music Scene: Singers, drummers, guitarists, horns fill musical bill

posted: 12/18/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Chris Duarte will return to central Arkansas for a show at Juanita's, with Steve Hester & Deja VooDoo opening the show at 8 p.m. today.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 12/18/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Jingle-bell flutes The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble will give three performances of its “Jingle Bell Rock” Christmas concerts: 1 p.m. Saturday at Country Club Village, 1925 Malvern Ave.; 3 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, 239 Central Ave.; and 6:30 p.m. Monday in Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, all in Hot Springs.

Caged bird in song

posted: 12/14/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Maya Angelou, the most famous former resident of the Lafayette County town of Stamps, overcame a troubled childhood and forged a career that culminated in her delivery of her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," at the first inauguration of another famous Arkansan -- President Bill Clinton.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Two choirs, orchestra shine in 'Messiah by Candlelight'

posted: 12/14/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

A 70-voice choir consisting of members of the Adult Choir of Second Presbyterian Church and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Concert Choir will perform the Christmas portion and "Hallelujah" chorus of George Frideric Handel's Messiah with orchestra for "Messiah by Candlelight," 7:30 p.m. Monday at the church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Nutcracker touring ballet features 12 area children

posted: 12/14/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

A dozen area children will join the professional dancers from the Moscow Ballet for four performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker, a touring production of Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in Baum Walker Hall at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.

Dance review: Nutcracker excels at holiday favorite

posted: 12/13/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

The Nutcracker delivered an early Christmas treat Friday night, bringing its annual holiday parade of soldiers, snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy to a new venue at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center. The performances by both the dancers and musicians were nothing short of magical.

Music Review: Singers raise voices in joyous harmony

posted: 12/13/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Verizon Arena wasn't the only packed concert venue Friday night, as the auditorium was full for the Arkansas Chamber Singers' annual Christmas at the Old State House.

Music review: Brooks' energetic nostalgia a hit for fans and eardrums

posted: 12/13/2014 2:13 a.m. Gallery Discuss

He will likely never get credit, but on Thursday night at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena, Garth Brooks found ways to travel back in time.

REVIEW: Garth Brooks rocks arena

posted: 12/12/2014 3:19 a.m. Gallery Discuss

He will likely never get credit but on Thursday night at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena Garth Brooks found way to travel back in time.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 12/11/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

1 SUGAR PLUMS Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra present their annual festival of dancing treats, children and rodents in a new location. Performances of The Nutcracker start at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center, 100 Victory Lane, Maumelle.

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