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story.lead_photo.caption Kevin Alan Browne (from left) plays Benny Southstreet, with Nick Narcisi as Nathan Detroit and and Cody Walls as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre production of Frank Loesser'scq EH musical Guys and Dolls in Conway. Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Eric White

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FRIDAY

Herbal art

"Melissa Cowper-Smith: Natural Treatment, 2018-2019," a series of pigment prints on handmade paper chronicling Cowper-Smith's interviews with herbalists in the Ozark and Central River Valley regions of Arkansas and their complex relationships to healing, illness, and belief, goes on display as part of the 2nd Friday Art Night activities, 5-8 p.m. Friday in the Loft Gallery, Galleries at Library Square (formerly the Butler Center Galleries), 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Southern Frayed will perform and light refreshments will be available. The exhibition will be up through Sept. 28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission to the reception and the exhibit are free. Call (501) 320-5790.

SATURDAY

Guys and Dolls

A cadre of New York gamblers, a corps de ballet of Hot Box Girls and a corps of not-so-successful Salvation Army soul savers take the stage at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, as the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre opens its production of Frank Loesser's musical Guys and Dolls (based on characters created by Damon Runyon), 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Subsequent performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 25 and 28 and July 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 23 and 30 and July 6; and 2 p.m. July 4. Tickets are $34, $28 for students, senior citizens and military. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit arkshakes.com.

'Bad Astronomer'

Phil "Bad Astronomer" Plait, who writes the Bad Astronomy blog and author of Bad Astronomy and Death From the Skies, delivers a lecture, titled Strange New Worlds: Is Earth Special?, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. The talk is a collaboration between the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society and the Central Arkansas Library System, with funding from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Call (501) 320-5715.

'Ties to the Past'

"Apron Strings: Ties to the Past," a traveling exhibit of 12 aprons from the Great Depression to the present through which curator Joyce Cheney tells the stories of resourceful and creative women, goes on display Saturday at the Delta Cultural Center, 141 Cherry St., Helena-West Helena. It will be up through Aug. 10. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. Call (870) 338-4350 or visit deltaculturalcenter.com or Facebook.com/DeltaCultural Center.

SUNDAY

'Pops for Pops'

Members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will offer a Father's Day concert of light classical and popular music, titled "Pops for Pops," 5 p.m. Sunday in Morrison Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock. Singer Stephanie Smittle will be the master of ceremonies and will sing the aria "O mio babbino caro" from Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. The program will also include two marches, two tangos for orchestra (choreographed by guest dancers), Ennio Morricone's "Love Theme" from the movie Cinema Paradise, the "Allegro" movement from Wolfgang Amdeus Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the "Andante non troppo" movement from Serenade for Strings by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Kiril Laskarov will be concertmaster; the musicians will play without a conductor. Popsicles will be available after the concert in the cathedral garth. Admission is free. Call (501) 372-0294 or email victoria@trinitylittlerock.org.

Jo McDougall, Arkansas' poet laureate, will accept a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Porter Fund at a June 20 gala at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/John Sykes Jr.
Jo McDougall, Arkansas' poet laureate, will accept a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Porter Fund at a June 20 gala at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/John Sykes Jr.

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Lifetime achievement

DeWitt native Jo McDougall, the current poet laureate of Arkansas, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, at a gala at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Former Gov. Mike Beebe will present the award, which carries a $5,000 cash prize. Tickets are $200. Call (501) 868-7172. McDougall is the fourth Arkansas writer to be given the Lifetime Achievement honor, which the fund awards every five years; the others are Donald Harington in 2004, Miller Williams in 2009 and Charles Portis in 2014.

TICKETS

Sesame Street Live!

Tickets — $16.50-$46.50 (plus applicable service charges) — are now on sale for Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena. All attendees age 1 and above must have a ticket; those 14 and older cannot come in costume. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com.

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