The musical On Your Feet!, the story of Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer and musician Emilio Estefan (book by Alexander Dinelaris), will be onstage 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's hits include "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga" and "Turn the Beat Around."
Tickets are $38-$77 plus fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website, waltonartscenter.org.
Red Octopus Pagans
Sketch comedy troupe Red Octopus maintains its seasonal tradition for the 27th year with Pagans on Bobsleds XXVII: Pre-Existing Tradition!, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, military and students. They're recommending the show for mature audiences for "bawdy talk, adult situations and reindeer nudity."
Call (501) 291-3896, email RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com or visit redoctopustheater.com.
Hope holiday concert
Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson will be on the podium for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hempstead Hall, University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana, 2500 S. Main St., Hope. It's part of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council program series. Tickets are $26-$41, $16 for students. Call (870) 722-8565 or visit Hempsteadhall.com.
The Conway Men's Chorus offers its 21st Christmas concert, "WinterSong 2018," 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The program will include "The Boar's Head Carol," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The First Noel," "Mary, Did You Know?," "What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby?," "Let It Snow" and the "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," plus the chorus' traditional audience sing along. Jordan Bennett conducts. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free. Call (501) 327-5151 or visit conwaymenschorus.org.
"Decadent Chemistry: Heroines and Abstracts," small two-dimensional works by 38 artists, opens Monday at Stage Eighteen, 18 E. Center St., Fayetteville, with a First Thursday reception, 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The displayed works will be for sale through Feb. 2. Admission to the reception is free; a cash bar will be available. Gallery hours are available online at stage18live.com/calendar. Call (479) 310-0153.
Springdale for season
At the Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main, Springdale, this week, the ACO Chorale will perform its "'Tis the Season" concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. And the Northwest Arkansas Audio Theater will put onstage Tony Palermo's radio-play adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15. Tickets for all performances are $10, $5 for students, plus fees. Call (479) 751-5441 or visit acozarks.org.
The recipients of the Arkansas Arts Council's 2019 Governor's Arts Awards, to be honored at a ceremony in the spring:
• Arts Community Development: Steve Clark, Fort Smith, founder and CEO of Propak Corp., a national logistics and supply chain management company, and the founder of 64.6 Downtown, a nonprofit created to drive cultural and economic development to downtown Fort Smith
• Arts in Education: The Center for Children and Youth, Fayetteville
• Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts: Murphy USA, El Dorado
• Folklife: Oxford American, Little Rock
• Individual Artist: Marjorie Williams-Smith, Little Rock
• Judges Recognition Award: Anthony Tidwell, Hot Springs, artist, barber, mentor and educator
• Patron Award: Jim and Joyce Faulkner, Little Rock
• Lifetime Achievement Award: Billie Jo Starr, Fayetteville.
Letters to authors
The Library of Congress is accepting applications through Dec. 14 from Arkansas for its 2018-19 Letters About Literature reading-and-writing contest for students in grades 4-12. The contest, now in its 26th year, asks students to read a book, poem, speech or essay by an author, living or dead; to think about how that work affected him or her; and to write to the author on the work's impact. Cash prizes of up to $2,000 are available.
For the first time, entrants will submit letters electronically, via the website, tinyurl.com/arkletters. More details, including instructions for entering and deadlines, are available online at read.gov/letters or library.arkansas.gov.
Funding for the contest comes from a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which administers the program through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.
'Unleash the Beast'
Tickets -- $13-$108 plus service charges, increasing $5 day of show -- go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday for the Professional Bull Riders' "Unleash the Beast," 7:45 p.m. March 1 and 6:45 p.m. March 2 at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena (soon to be Simmons First Arena). Expected to participate: Arkansas native Chase Outlaw and PBR stars Ryan Dirteater and Kaique Pacheco. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
The cast — (from left) Jeremiah Herman, Sarena Crowe, Scott Dombroski, Jon Hatton, Josh Doering, Jason Willey, Courtney Beard and Alli Clark-Howland — gathers for Red Octopus’ Pagans on Bobsleds XXVII: Pre-Existing Tradition.
Style on 12/02/2018
Print Headline: On Your Feet! in Fayetteville; Pagans in Little Rock