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— Also in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Queen of El Dorado?

Michael Shotton and Canadian band Jeans ’n Classics will join the South Arkansas Symphony and a community choir to pay tribute to the music of Queen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. The program will include Queen hits “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Music director Kermit Poling will conduct. Tickets are $20-$25, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students, $5 for children. Call (800) 792-0521 or visit

UCA exhibitions

The University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery of Fine Art will open two exhibitions, “Juried Bodies of Work: The Baum MFA Biennial” and “Small Talk: Works on Paper by Heather Gordon,” with a reception, 5-7 p.m. today in the gallery, west wing, Mc-Castlain Hall, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

The MFA Biennial features mixed-media works by Jo Ann Block, porcelain sculptures by Erica Nickol and acrylic paintings on Plexiglas and canvas by Carmen Niichel, all of whom recently completed their master of fine arts programs in Studio Art at UCA.

The exhibitions will remain on display through Oct. 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-5792, e-mail or visit baum.

Blytheville illusions

Illusionist Reza will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ritz Civic Center, 306 W. Main St., Blytheville, under the auspices of the Arts Council of Mississippi County. Mike Bliss, finalist onNBC’s America’s Got Talent and Fox’s 30 Seconds to Fame, will be Reza’s “special guest.” Tickets are $15, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (870) 762-1744 or visit

Russellville photos

The Arkansas River Valley Arts Center will open its September gallery exhibitionof photography by Lyndia Dixon with a reception and gallery talk, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the center, 1001 E. B St., Russellville. The exhibition will be up through Sept. 28. Admission is free. Call (479) 968-2452 or visit

Flute lecture-recital

Flutist Christina Smith, a faculty member at Kennesaw (Georgia) State University, will present a lecture-recital involving orchestral excerpts and works for solo flute at 7 p.m. Sunday in Riceland Hall of Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Ave., Jonesboro. Smith will also hold a master class, 9-11:50 a.m. and 1:20-4:40 p.m., also in Riceland Hall. Admission to the concert and master class is free. Call (870) 972-2094.

Mena theatricals

Ouachita Little Theatre, 610 Mena St., Mena, will stage two short plays, Jean Giraudoux’sThe Madwoman of Chaillot and Elaine May’s The Way of All Fish, at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Sept. 14-15 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 16. Audience members will help choose which of the two plays will be the theater’s entry in the American Association of Community Theaters competition in February. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and those 60 and over. Call (479) 243-0186 or visit

Weekend, Pages 32 on 09/06/2012


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