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story.lead_photo.caption The cast of Nunsense at the Lyric Theater in Harrison: (from left) Serena Bolonsky, Lisa Johnson, Jeanie Hunt, Karen McKaig and Ann Lemley.

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'Strings Attached'

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra string players will be soloists in "Strings Attached," the second in the orchestra's Intimate Neighborhood Concerts Series, 7 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock.

Violinists Tricia McGovern Freeney, Meredith Maddox Hicks and Katherine Williamson will be out front for Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Three Violins in F major. Principal violist Katherine Reynolds will be the soloist for Henri Vieuxtemps's Elegy for viola and strings. The program also includes J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Slo-Mo by Adam Schoenberg, the orchestra's 2017-18 Composer of the Year. Geoffrey Robson conducts.

Tickets are $29, $10 for students and active duty military. Call (501) 666-1761, Extension 1, or visit

Puppet at play

A shy, inquisitive student (Max Churchill) whose outlet for his creativity is a Christian puppet ministry has his world turned upside down when his puppet takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own in Hand to God by Robert Askins, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and March 15-17, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 18 at the at Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. The play is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, senior citizens (65 plus) and military. Call (501) 374-2615 or visit or

Shakespeare at Tech

Jacob Smith and Diana Morris will play the title roles as Arkansas Tech University students stage Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Techionery Theatre, 1502 N. El Paso Ave., Russellville. Tickets are $8, $5 for those with a valid ATU ID. Call (479) 968-0605.



At its 2nd Friday Art Night reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Historic Arkansas Museum opens an exhibit, "#5WomenArtists," featuring the work of five 20th-century Arkansas-connected artists -- paintings and landscapes by Jamie Goza Fox (1887-1979); paintings of rural scenes by Essie Ann Treat Ward (1902-1981), aka Grandma Moses of the Ozarks; charcoal drawings of landscapes, townscapes and animals by Elsie Mae Ford (1901-1977); and paintings and drawings by Natalie Smith Henry (1907-1992) and Neppie Lee Conner (1917-2006).

The exhibit, in collaboration with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, celebrates Women's History Month. The reception, in the museum's Stella Boyle Smith Atrium, will feature appetizers, beverages (including Arkansas-made beer) and music by Charlotte Taylor and Matt Stone. The exhibit will be on display through March. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit

2nd Friday jazz trio

The Michael Carenbauer Jazz Trio -- Michael Carenbauer, guitar; Bill Huntington, bass; and Jay Payette -- will perform 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock, during 2nd Friday Art Night. Admission is free; refreshments will be provided. The museum can validate parking at the DoubleTree hotel; metered parking near the hotel is free after 6 p.m. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit


Bizarre Bazaar

More 50 vendors will offer homemade, hand-crafted items, including prints, cards, paintings, mixed media and sculpture, jewelry, decor, bath and body product and clothing at the Bizarre Bazaar, 2-6 p.m. Saturday in the River Market Pavilions, behind the Ottenheimer Market Hall. 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Sponsor is the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. Admission is free; beer, wine and mimosas (for those 21 and older -- bring ID) and soft drinks will be available with a portion of proceeds benefiting Central Arkansas Habitat for Humanity. Call (501) 375-2552 or (501) 320-3503 or visit the website,

Percussion showcase

Composer and percussionist Michael Burritt, a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, will join the University of Central Arkansas Percussion Ensemble for the grand finale showcase of the university's 2018 Percussion Festival, 5 p.m. Saturday in the Recital Hall, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Admission is free. Email

Lyric Nunsense

Food poisoning that almost wipes out a convent spurs the survivors to put on a musical fundraiser as the Ozark Arts Council and the Theatre Company of the Ozarks stage Dan Goggin's musical Nunsense, 7 p.m. Saturday and March 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 18 at the Lyric Theater, 113 W. Rush Ave., Harrison. Tickets are $12 in advance, $10 for students and senior citizens; at the door, $15 and $13. Call (870) 391-3504 or visit

Violin-piano duo

The Kobayashi/Gray Duo -- Laura Kobayashi, violin, and Susan Keith Gray, piano -- performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Civic Center, 306 W. Main St., Blytheville, under the aegis of the Arts Council of Mississippi County. The program will include the Much Ado About Nothing Suite by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and pieces by Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price, Hilda Jerea and Gwyneth Rollin. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, free for children 12 and younger with an adult. The Arts Council's annual gala Meet the Artists Reception in The Ritz precedes the concert, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The concert introduces the hall's new theater-style seats. Call (870) 762-1744 or visit

Historic walk

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will take a stroll through Fayetteville's Mount Nord Historic District, 11 a.m. Saturday, starting at the corner of West Mount Nord Street and North Mock Avenue. It's the agency's first "Walks Through History" tour of 2018. Co-sponsors are the Washington County Historical Society and the Arkansas Humanities Council. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9880, email, or visit


Singer competition

Fifteen young singers from colleges and universities across the country, finalists in the the Kristin Lewis Foundation's 2018 Vocal Scholarship Auditions, for singers who demonstrate the greatest potential for careers in opera performance, will perform, competing for five financial scholarships, in the Finals Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College main campus, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock. The top recipient receives an intensive one-week, all-expense-paid trip to Vienna for voice lessons, vocal coaching with collaborative pianists from the Vienna State Opera and acting and language/diction lessons. George Shirley, the first black tenor to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera, will be one of three judges. Admission is free. Visit

Tabuchi at El Dorado

Branson-based fiddler Shoji Tabuchi headlines The Shoji Tabuchi Show: American Dream Tour, 2 p.m. Sunday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. Tickets are $40 and $30. Call (870) 862-4747 or visit

Grand Prairie Gatsby

The National Players will put on their touring production of The Great Gatsby, adapted by Simon Levy from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, 3 p.m. Sunday in Riceland Auditorium, Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, 2709 U.S. 165 South, Stuttgart. Tickets are $35 and $25. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895 or 1896, or visit


Turnpike Troubadours

Tickets for the Turnpike Troubadours' Sept. 1 concert at 8 p.m. at Little Rock's Robinson Center Performance Hall, 462. W. Markham St. at Broadway, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Tickets, $29.75-$49.75 plus fees, can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, at (800) 745-3000 and online at

Weekend on 03/08/2018


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