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story.lead_photo.caption Carlos Santana performs today at the Walmart AMP in Rogers. Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Roberto Finzio

The 58th "Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition," showcasing work by Arkansas K-12 students, goes on display Tuesday at the Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock.

A panel of art professionals selected 79 works for the exhibition, representing 47 schools, out of 500 works in a variety of media entered by 145 public, private- and home-school educators and private art instructors. A grand juror will choose one Best in Class and two Honorable Mention awards for each grade, as well as recipients of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists Award for Achievement in Watercolor and Ray Smenner Award for Achievement in Painting.

Members of the Arkansas Art Educators Association will also select one Teacher's Choice award from each grade level. The awards will be presented as part of a Family Festival and Awards Ceremony, 10-11:30 a.m. May 11 in the Arts Center's Alice Pratt Brown Atrium.

The exhibition will remain up through June 30. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit

Legend at risk

A young Elvis impersonator at a run-down Florida panhandle bar suddenly must compete for his job with a newly instituted drag show in The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, which TheatreSquared opens on Wednesday at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville. Curtain times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through June 2. Tickets are $17-$48 (with discounts for SNAP recipients and patrons under 30). Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

Santana at the AMP

Carlos Santana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and winner of 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys, performs at 7:30 p.m. today at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers, part of his Global Consciousness Tour and the amphitheater's Cox Concert Series. Gates open at 5. Tickets are $42.50-$136.50 plus fees.

Leon Bridges takes the stage Wednesday at the Walmart AMP in Rogers.
Leon Bridges takes the stage Wednesday at the Walmart AMP in Rogers.

Also at the Walmart AMP this week: Leon Bridges, on his "Good Thing Tour" with Jess Glynne, brings his mix of pop, R&B and jazz to the stage, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $35-$69.50 plus fees.

Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

Earle at Eureka

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle, backed by his longtime band The Dukes, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at The Auditorium, 36 S. Main St., Eureka Springs. Earle's current album is Guy, featuring the songs of the late Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark. Americana/alt-country band Junior Brown opens the show. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $45-$85. Visit

Songwriters Kat Higgins and Chris August will take part in the weeklong 2019 Power of Music Festival in Bentonville.
Songwriters Kat Higgins and Chris August will take part in the weeklong 2019 Power of Music Festival in Bentonville.
Songwriters Kat Higgins and Chris August will take part in the weeklong 2019 Power of Music Festival in Bentonville.
Songwriters Kat Higgins and Chris August will take part in the weeklong 2019 Power of Music Festival in Bentonville.

Power of Music

Brumley Music Group's I'll Fly Away Foundation's weeklong 2019 Power of Music Festival kicks off Tuesday with a four-day songwriting retreat, followed by three days of performances, Friday-May 5 in and around downtown Bentonville.

Songwriters Kat Higgins (Carrie Underwood's "Mexico") and Chris August (three-time Dove Award winner) will take part in a showcase, 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, on Bentonville Square, 102 E. Central Ave, Bentonville, in partnership with Downtown Bentonville Inc. for its First Friday in May. The lineup -- 4:30-5:30: Tater, Mater & Squarsh, featuring one song with the students at Teen Action Support Center in Springdale; 5:35-5:55: foundation songwriting instructor Candy Lee performing songs she wrote with youngsters during I'll Fly Away's "You Can Fly" program; 6-6:30: "Songwriters Show" preview with Higgins and August; 6:45-8: Memphis-based band The ShotGunBillys. Admission is free.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Meteor Guitar Gallery, 128 W. Central Ave., Bentonville, music industry executives Shelby Kennedy, Chris Oglesby and Stephen Linn conduct a music-business master class titled "How to Make It in the Music Industry." Cost to attend: $50, $75 including a five-minute song critique.

A 90-minute set by Higgins and August, featuring songs they wrote during the Songwriting Retreat, concludes a 7-10 p.m. Saturday Ozark Regional Songwriters Association Songwriters Showcase at the Meteor Guitar Gallery. Tickets are $20-$55.


"Beer & Hymns," a community singalong benefiting the children in Springdale schools, is set for 5-7 p.m. May 5 at the Bike Rack Brewery at 8th Street Market, 801 S.E. Eighth St., Bentonville. Visit

Cellist Edgar Moreau solos Saturday in Fayetteville with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.
Cellist Edgar Moreau solos Saturday in Fayetteville with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

SoNA gets it Rite

Cellist Edgar Moreau solos in Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and conductor Paul Haas, closing out the orchestra's 2018-19 season, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. The program will also include Silvestre Revueltas' Sensemaya and Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Tickets are $32-$55. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

'Small Works'

The Arkansas Arts Council's touring "Small Works on Paper" exhibition, 39 pieces by Arkansans that are no larger than 18-by-24 inches, opens Wednesday and remains on display through May 28 at the University of Arkansas' Mullins Library, 365 N. Mcllroy Ave., Fayetteville. Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Visit Call (501) 324-9767 or email

A Kid Like Jake

Arkansas Public Theatre stages A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearce, involving a precocious 4-year-old whose preference for Cinderella over G.I. Joe and a fondness to play dress-up could cause his parents concern, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 9-11 and 2 p.m. May 5 and 12 at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St., Rogers. The play contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences. Cabaret seats are $29, $48 per two-person table, $22 for balcony seats. Call (479) 631-8988 or visit

Fenix 'Openings'

"Openings," a celebration of renewal, awakening and Mother Earth by members of the Fenix Fayetteville Cooperative and by ceramicist Amy Jones, opens Wednesday at Fenix Fayetteville, 16 W. Center St., Fayetteville. Also on display through May 31: artworks by students of Leilani Law from her 2018-19 mentorship program, including drawings, paintings, prints and mixed-media works with an emphasis on allegory in art. There will be a First Thursday opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Visit

Ballet season

Ballet Arkansas opens its 2019-20 season Oct. 17-20 with the world premiere of Sleepy Hollow at the Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College main campus, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock.

In the same "vein" as the 2018-19 opener, Dracula, the multimedia production, choreographed by Ballet Arkansas artistic and executive director, Michael Fothergill, to music yet to be determined, designed in collaboration with the creative team at Cranford Co.

The rest of the lineup:

• November, exact dates and location to be announced: "Debut," a mixed-repertory program showcasing new choreography by Ballet Arkansas' professional company and work by other neoclassical and contemporary choreographers.

• Dec. 13-15, Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. at Broadway, Little Rock: Annual production of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in the pit.

• Feb. 20-23, UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater: Sergei Prokofiev's Cinderella, with choreography by Fothergill after Frederick Ashton, with a community cast of 40 dancers — "the first Ballet Arkansas production outside of The Nutcracker to do so in many years," according to a news release.

• April 24-26, 2020, UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater: Evening performances of "Masterworks," evening performances, "high-profile repertory from international choreographers and live accompaniment by a world-renowned musician"; matinees of Snow White, featuring "a community cast of 20 local dancers."

Ballet Arkansas will also kick off the Acansa Arts Festival, Sept. 13.

Ticket and season subscription information will be available at Call (501) 223-5150.

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