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story.lead_photo.caption The Muses Creative Artistry Project performs opera arias and numbers from musicals in Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Jonesboro, Texarkana and Little Rock through Sept. 21. Recent additions to the troupe include mezzo-sopranos Kirsten Scott and Max Potter and tenor Timothy Stoddard.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project continues its 2018 Four Seasons in Art & Song season with a program titled "Opera Classics Plus! -- Sing to Love," with the troupe of professional singers, dancers and instrumentalists (plus students from the Arkansas School of Math Sciences and the Arts choir) performing arias, duets and ensembles from "beloved operas and musicals."

The program includes La Traviata, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Cosi Fan Tutti, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Les Miserables, West Side Story, The Secret Garden and Sweeney Todd.

The schedule:

• 10 a.m. Monday: Preview with opera performers, Kirk of the Pines Church, 275 Asturias Drive, Hot Springs Village. Admission is free. Call (501) 922-1333.

• 6 p.m. Wednesday, Student Show for performers, artists, students and teachers, Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., Hot Springs. Admission is free; call (501) 609-9811 for mandatory reservations.

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Arkansas State University's Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, part of the Fowler Center Series. Tickets are $35 and $25; $28 and $20 for senior citizens, students and Arkansas State faculty and staff; and $15 and $10 for Arkansas State students with ID. Call (870) 972-3471, (870) 972-2781 or (888) 278-3267 or visit

• 7:30 p.m. Friday: Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Horace C. Cabe Great Hall, 321 W. Fourth St.,, Texarkana. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for students. Call (903) 792-4992 or visit

• 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sept. 16, Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St., Hot Springs, and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Woodlands Auditorium, Ponce De Leon Center, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village. Tickets are $35. Call (501) 609-9811 or visit

• A modified version of the performance will also be a part of the Muses' "Kindred Spirit Award" dinner, 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Grand Ballroom of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, 1800 Center St., Little Rock.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock basketball head coach Darrell Walker will receive this year's award. Tickets are $200. Call (501) 609-9811.

Smile for the Camera

Peter Funt, son of Candid Camera creator and longtime host Allen Funt, will host Candid Camera's 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt, including "clips, quips and behind-the-scenes tales from the show's funniest moments," 3 p.m. today at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, University of Arkansas, 453 N. Garland Ave., Fayetteville. In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Academy, there will be preshow games re-creating classic TV game shows, 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the lobby. Tickets are $10. Call (479) 575-5387.

Rapper at Verizon

Rapper-singer-songwriter-producer J. Cole, on his "KOD" tour, with performers Young Thug, Jaden Smith, Earthgang, Kill Edward, headlines at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena. Tickets are $25-$99.50 plus service charges. (There is an eight-ticket-per-household limit). Call (800) 745-3000 or visit the websites, or

Jazz Eureka

Grammy-winning jazzman Larry Carlton headlines a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Eureka Springs Auditorium, 36 Main St., Eureka Springs, the culmination of the Jazz Eureka Festival. Tickets are $30-$60; visit

The festival kicks off with a Roaring '20s Party at 7 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave. Eureka Springs, featuring music by Four Score, snacks and drinks. Guests are encouraged to come in period costumes and provide their own blankets and/or chairs. Tickets are $10. Call (877) 643-4972 or visit the website, There will also be free afternoon concerts Friday and Saturday in Basin Spring Park.

Studio tour

Artists and craftsmen living and working within 30 miles of the courthouse square in Mountain View will open their studios for the 17th "Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour," 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16. The free self-guided driving tour, from Pineville south to Mountain View, west to Fox and east to Guion, provides an up-close look at 29 studios and 36 artists.

Artists, visitors, friends and supporters can attend a reception, 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Arkansas Craft School, on the Square in Mountain View. Call (870) 615-4825 or email or visit, and the Facebook page,

Rep reading auditions

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for a diverse company of actors age 16 and up, Saturday at Arkansas Repertory Theatre's Education Annex, 518 Main St., Little Rock, for its "Plays in Progress" reading series, staged readings of three new plays by central Arkansas playwrights: Unemployment by Werner Trieschmann (Oct. 6), Life Science by Judy B. Goss (Nov. 3) and Blood Moon by John Haman (Dec. 1). Actors must provide three head shots/resumes and prepare portions of the scripts that will be provided when they make an audition appointment -- email Company Manager/Resident Casting Director Peter Mensky at and put "Play Reading Appointment" as the subject line. The plays contain adult language and subject matter.

Rehearsals will take place the evening before and the day of each performance. Actors may be cast in more than one reading. A complete list of available roles and more details are available online at

Public art workshop

Forecast Public Art, a St. Paul, Minn.-based nonprofit that aims to improve communities through public art, will hold a two-day workshop, titled "Making It Public," for Northwest Arkansas artists interested in making public art, Oct. 20-21 at Art Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main St., Springdale. The workshop is open to artists of all disciplines, including, but not limited to, screen printing, sculpture and painting. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Sept. 24. There is no cost to participate. Support for the workshop comes from the Walton Family Foundation. Applicants must commit to attending both days, be new to public art and be a current resident of Northwest Arkansas. Apply online at

Peter Funt hosts Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! today at the University of Arkansas’ Jim and Joyce Faulkner Center in Fayetteville.
Kirsten Scott
Margaret "Max" Potter
Timothy Stoddard

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