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story.lead_photo.caption Gospel singer Guy Penrod performs today at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.

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Studio Blackbird

A former prison inmate (Duane Jackson) who has adopted a new identity encounters the young woman (Maddy Meigs) with whom he had a passionate relationship 15 years previously, when she was 12 and he was 40, in Blackbird by David Harrower, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. Citing graphic language and intense subject matter, the theater is recommending it for mature audiences. The production is part of the American Association of Community Theatre's biennial AACTFest Competition. Tickets are $10. Call (501) 374-2615 or visit or

The Diviners

A former Kentucky preacher working on a farm in a small town befriends a youth with a special gift of finding underground water in The Diviners by Jim Leonard, which he Arkansas State University-Beebe theater department will stage 7 p.m. today-Saturday in the Owen Center Auditorium, 910 N. Pecan St., Beebe. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free. Call (501) 882-3600 or visit

Will Rogers Today

Randall Reeder personates the quintessential American sage in Will Rogers Today, 6 p.m. today in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center, Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home. It's part of the university's Gaston Lecture Series. Admission is free. Call (870) 508-6109.

'Pray About Everything'

Grammy- and Dove Award-winning gospel singer Guy Penrod -- on his "Pray About Everything" tour -- performs at 7 p.m. today at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. Presenters are the Boomtown Opry and First Baptist Church, El Dorado. Doors open at 6:15. Tickets are $20, $30 Artist Circle (includes early admittance at 5:30 and a pre-show question-and-answer session with Penrod. Call (870) 665-9315. Call (870) 863-7177 for more information.


Jonesboro 1st Friday

Guitarist-storyteller and northeast Arkansas native Justin Vinson and Friends perform a mix of originals and Americana favorites for First Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Forum Theater, 115 E. Monroe St., Jonesboro. Tickets are $7, $5 for children, senior citizens, military and Arkansas State University students, faculty and staff.

Jonesboro's Foundation of Arts is also holding a "Breakfast With Ballerinas" with the cast of the Nutcracker Ballet, including breakfast, a photo booth, make-a-craft and story time with the Sugarplum Fairy and Clara, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 801 S. Main St., Jonesboro. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, with a 10 percent discount with a Nutcracker Ballet ticket purchase.

Call (870) 935-2726 or visit

Paintings and prints

A solo exhibit of paintings and monoprints by Tony Saladino goes on display with a 5-9 p.m. reception Friday at Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827A Central Ave., Hot Springs, in conjunction with the Spa City's monthly downtown Gallery Walk. The exhibit will be up through Dec. 1. Sculpture and woodwork by Robyn Horn, Jill Kyong, Sandra Sell and Gene Sparling and ceramics by Kari Albright and Michael Ashley will also be on display. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. Call (501) 321-2335 or visit


Michigan rapper

Michigan rapper NF (aka Nathan Feuerstein), touring in support of his album Perception, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena. Tickets are $25-$45 plus service charges. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

E-flat major, e minor

Kiril Laskarov, co-concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, solos in the Violin Concerto in e minor by Felix Mendelssohn on the 1712 "LeBrun" Stradivarius with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and conductor Israel Getzov, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Also on the 34th season opener: Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, "Eroica." Tickets are $20-$38, $5 for children and students with ID. Call (501) 450-3265 or (501) 269-1066 or visit


'As Time Goes By'

The North Little Rock Community Concert Band closes out its 2018 concert season with a concert titled "As Time Goes By," music celebrating phases and events in North Little Rock history, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Patrick Henry Hays Center, 401 W. Pershing Blvd., North Little Rock. The program includes salutes to the city's early railroad history (The Iron Horse Across America by David Bobrowitz), the origin of Argenta (Argentum by Arkansas native Randall Standridge), Camp Pike during World War I (Solid Men to the Front by John Philip Sousa), the Old Mill ("Tara's Theme" from Max Steiner's score for Gone With the Wind, arranged by Ross Hastings), and the heritage of the names Bryant and Brandon (Interruptions by North Little Rock's Steven Bryant and Grace Preludium by W. Francis McBeth, Arkansas' first composer laureate). Rico Belotti conducts. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-2576 or visit


Marvel Universe Live

Tickets -- $21.50-$76.50 plus service charges ($16.50 opening night discount on the three lower ticket tiers) -- go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Marvel Universe Live, 7 p.m. March 8, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 9 and 11 a.m. March 10 at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

Alabama at Verizon

Tickets -- $35-$129.50 plus service charges -- go on sale at noon Friday for country band Alabama's 50th anniversary tour show, with special guests the Charlie Daniels Band, 7 p.m. March 23 at Verizon Arena. There is a limit of eight tickets per household. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

'Fluffy' at Robinson

Tickets -- $39-$58 -- go on sale at 10 a.m. today for comedian Gabriel Iglesias' "Beyond the Fluffy" World Tour show, 8 p.m. April 25 at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Call (501) 244-8800 or (800) 745-3000 or visit or

Randall Reeder plays Will Rogers in Will Rogers Today.
Land Forms VII by Tony Saladino is on display at Justus Fine Art Gallery in Hot Springs.
Overlay 1 by Tony Saladino is on display at Justus Fine Art Gallery in Hot Springs.

Weekend on 11/01/2018


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