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story.lead_photo.caption Freshwater shell and pearl fishing that produced mother-of-pearl buttons in the 19th century continues to this day along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

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Wildwood recital

Canadian tenor Neal Banerjee and pianist Adam Savacool will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. today in the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre, Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. It's part of the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts 2018 Summer Music Festival.

Banerjee will sing German opera arias and lieder and art songs by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss; the WAMA Festival Chorus will join him for several choral selections. Admission is by $15 donation, which supports student scholarships. Call (501) 821-7275 or visit

The rest of the festival lineup: Violinist Michael Barta and pianist Carl Anthony, 7:30 p.m. July 12, and mezzo-soprano Satia Spencer & Friends, 7:30 p.m. July 19.

River pearls

Freshwater shell and pearl fishing along the Mississippi River and its tributaries in the Arkansas Delta region -- mussel shells were used to make pearl buttons during the 19th century -- will be the subject of a talk by Richard Spilman, education coordinator of the Delta Cultural Center, noon-1 p.m. today at the center's Miller Annex, 223 Cherry St., Helena-West Helena. Admission is free; feel free to pack a brown-bag lunch. Visit

Canadian tenor Neal Banerjee is shown in this photo.

Weekend on 07/05/2018



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