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Eric E. Harrison

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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Ballroom replaces Letters, boys choir set at Wildwood

posted: 12/21/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Celebrity Attractions reports that a tour of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters starring Barbara Eden and Hal Linden, including a Jan. 16-18 stop in Maumelle, has been canceled "due to the producer's licensing issues."

Igibon gets a 12-month reprieve

posted: 12/20/2014 2 p.m. Discuss

After intense negotiation with their Valley Village shopping-center landlord, Igibon Japanese food has secured a 12-month lease extension for the restaurant.

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.


posted: 12/18/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

As of our deadline this week, negotiations were still underway between owner Batulzii "Crystal" Bataa, owner of Igibon Japanese Food House, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, and her landlord to stave off the Dec. 27 closure of the venerable west Little Rock Japanese restaurant. The phone number is (501) 217-8888. We'll keep you posted.

Lost Forty Brewing sets opening date

posted: 12/17/2014 2:17 p.m. Discuss

Lost Forty Brewing, 501 Byrd St., Little Rock, which started rolling out its Lost Forty Pale Ale and Bare Bones Pilsner earlier this month, has set a Saturday and Sunday Dec. 20-21 soft opening for its Pint & Pantry tap room, co-owner Scott McGehee confirms, with a partial opening to the public Wednesday Dec. 24 (yes, that’s Christmas Eve) and a full-scale opening Friday Dec. 26.

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.


posted: 12/11/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: 'Voices of Angels' The Muses Creative Artistry Project will present its ninth annual "Voices of Angels" Christmas concert twice this weekend in Hot Springs: at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge St.


posted: 12/11/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Lacking an agreement with the landlord, Dec. 27 will be the last day of business for Igibon Japanese Food House, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Owner Batulzii "Crystal" Bataa said Tuesday she'd be meeting for a final time that afternoon with the owners of the Market Place and Valley Village shopping centers, divided by Market Street off Rodney Parham, to see if they reach common ground.


posted: 12/09/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Mediaeval Baebes end tour at Walton Center

posted: 12/07/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

Don't call the Mediaeval Baebes a consort.

Entertainment Notes: Christmas movie double bill to show at 4 theaters in state

posted: 12/07/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are screening a Christmas double feature, "TCM Presents: A Christmas Carol and Christmas in Connecticut," the 1938 film version of Charles Dickens' classic tale with Reginald Owen as Scrooge and the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck comedy, at 2 and 7 p.m. today at the Breckenridge Village 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 in Little Rock, the Razorback 16 Cinema in Fayetteville and the Fort Smith Cinema in Fort Smith. Ticket information is available at

Neapolitan pizza pleases purists

posted: 12/04/2014 2:04 a.m. Comment 1

There are many, many, many styles of pizza -- thin, medium, thick or deep-dish crust, hand-tossed or rolled out; red, white or pink sauce with the spices cooked in or added separately; with "traditional" or specialty toppings.


posted: 12/04/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Music Soprano Maria Fasciano will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Philip Mann for a "Holiday Extravaganza," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City.


posted: 12/04/2014 1:44 a.m. Comment 1

Opened recently under our radar: Mr. Cheng's Authentic Chinese Cooking, 4629 McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, in the space previously occupied by Lemongrass.


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