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Arlo Guthrie, on a special "Back By Popular Demand" tour of his epic song "Alice's Restaurant," headlines Oxford American magazine's annual "Books, Bourbon & Boogie" fundraising gala, 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, with a 6 p.m. reception.

Tickets are $150-$200, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Call (800) 293-5949 or visit the website, Metrotix.com, or OxfordAmerican.org/Gala.

'Essentially Elgar'

A program titled "Essentially Elgar" opens Trinity Episcopal Cathedral's 2018-19 Chamber Music in the Cathedral Series, 7 p.m. Monday at the cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock.

Arkansas Symphony co-concertmaster Kiril Laskarov, with pianist Scott Carrell, will play the Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, op.108, by Johannes Brahms and, with pianist Jason Pennington-Saugey, the Violin Sonata in e minor, op.82, by Edward Elgar. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Smittle and Pennington-Saugey will perform Leonard Bernstein's cycle of recipe songs, La Bonne Cuisine Francaise. Tickets are $20. Call (501) 372-0294, email victoria@trinitylittlerock.org or visit tinyurl.com/trinityelgar.

Pulaski Tech premiere

Theater students at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College will premiere The After, written and directed by Werner Trieschmann, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday in the Center for Humanities and the Arts Theater on the college's Main Campus, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock.

The play, which involves a school shooting and its aftermath, is for mature audiences. Tickets are $7, $5 for students. Call (501) 812-2715 or visit uaptc.edu/charts.

'Kahlo's Garden'

"Frida Kahlo's Garden," focusing on the garden at Casa Azul (Blue House), the lifelong home in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City of Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, opens Saturday at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main St., Springdale. The exhibition features photographs of the artist and her home and garden, reproductions of several of her paintings, information about native plants that grew in her garden, a dress from the state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced much of her attire and examples of pre-Hispanic artifacts and folk art that Kahlo and Rivera collected.

An all-day celebration Nov. 16 will include lectures, self-guided tours, art activities and an evening reception; a full schedule is available online at acozarks.org/frida-kahlos-garden. Lance and Tareneh Manning and the Jones Center are sponsoring the exhibition, which will remain up through Jan. 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call (479) 751-5441, email info@acozarks.org or visit acozarks.org.

Kids in the Woods

Also at the Arts Center of the Ozarks this week, Northwest Arkansas-based children's and youth theater troupe Arts Live Theatre will stage Into the Woods, Jr. (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine) with a cast of 43 area students, 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

Tickets are $15, $10 children 12 and younger. Visit the website, artslivetheatre.com. A 1 p.m. pre-matinee Saturday and Sunday "Fairytale Tea Party" gives the audience a chance to meet the characters for light refreshments.

Country Meadows

Country singer-songwriter Travis Meadows performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the 801 Media Center at 5 Star Productions, 801 N. A St., Fort Smith, part of the AACLive! Presents series. Tickets are $40. Call (479) 719-8931 or visit AACLive.com.

Noises Off

The audience watches as the cast of a fictional farce titled Nothing's On gradually dissolves into dissension, hatred and chaos during its 10-week run, first from backstage and then onstage, in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and 14-17, 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fort Smith Little Theatre, 401 N. Sixth St., Fort Smith. Doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Tickets are $27 for Thursday's opening-night gala, $12 for all other shows. Call (479) 783-2966 or visit fslt.org.

Writers conference

Poet Allison Joseph and short-story writer Megan Mayhew Bergman will headline the second annual C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, named for the Mountain Home native and award-winning poet (1949--2016), Friday-Saturday at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

There will be two Friday afternoon writing workshops: Conway writer and educator Monda Strange Fason will lead "Diving Into the Wreck: #MeToo and the Power of Telling" and Amy Letter of Drake University will lead "Comics 101." Each workshop is limited to 15 participants. Joseph will read from her work at 6 p.m. Friday in the College of Business Auditorium; a reception will follow.

Bergman will read from her short-story collections at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the McCastlain Hall Ballroom. Saturday's lineup will also include a book fair; craft talks on writing, publishing and editing; information on how to balance writing, work and home life; and readings from creative works. A complete schedule is available online at cdwrightconference.org/2018-schedule.

Conference-only registration fee is $100; add one pre-conference writing workshop for $35. Admission to just Bergman's talk, which includes a buffet lunch, is $25. Call (501) 450-5108, email cdwrightconference@gmail.com or visit cdwrightconference.org/conference.

Arlo Guthrie, on a special “Back By Popular Demand” tour of his epic song Alice’s Restaurant, headlines Oxford American Magazine’s annual “Books, Bourbon & Boogie” fundraising gala Wednesday at Little Rock’s Ron Robinson Theater.
Photo by Nikolas Muray
“Frida Kahlo’s Garden,” including photographs of the artist (Frida in Rocking Chair by Nikolas Muray) and her home and garden in Mexico City, opens Saturday at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale.
Country singer-songwriter Travis Meadows performs Thursday in Fort Smith.

Style on 11/04/2018

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