Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:
"Acansa to Arkansas: Maps of the Land," chronicling changes in Arkansas place names, population demographics and geography via maps from 1722 until early statehood, opens with a 2nd Friday Art Night reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday at Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. John Willis will perform; beer from Water Buffalo Brewing will be available. The exhibition will be on display in the museum's 2nd Floor Gallery through July 7 and again Sept. 13-Jan. 5. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the reception and the exhibit is free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit HistoricArkanas.org.
The North Little Rock Community Concert Band will kick off the outdoor portion of its 2019 season, 7 p.m. Friday under the big canopy in the center of Lakewood Village, on McCain Boulevard between McCain Mall and North Hills Boulevard, North Little Rock. The 75-member ensemble will assay a program that Music Director Rico Belotti calls "Just for Fun" that includes E.F. Goldman's On the Mall march; Leroy Anderson's The Syncopated Clock; Fred Jewell's Trombone Blues; a Disney Film Favorites medley arranged by Johnnie Vinson; Karl King's circus galop The Big Cage; and a Big Bands Play Folk Songs medley arranged by James Ployhar. Audience members should tote lawn chairs or blankets. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-2676 or visit nlrcommunityband.com.
Baritone Emery Stephens and pianist Naoki Hakutani perform for the Little Rock Musical Coterie's monthly get-together, 11:30 a.m. Friday at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Ave., Little Rock. The program includes several spirituals -- "Swing low, sweet chariot," arranged by H.T. Burleigh; "City Called Heaven" and "Witness," arranged by Hall Johnson; and "Ride on, King Jesus," arranged by William Cutter; plus Burleigh's "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors," "Prayer" and "For You There Is No Song" by Leslie Adams and "Genius Child" by Robert Owens. The meeting also includes a luncheon catered by Don Bingham. Admission is $30. Call (501) 350-8988.
The Morris Foundation and magician Maxwell Blade host "Let Your Light Shine," a fundraiser for the Park Avenue Community Association's Park Avenue Light Uptown Project, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Malco Theatre, 817 Central Ave,, Hot Springs. The lineup of performers includes Blade, who in addition to some magic will debut songs from an Elton John tribute show that will premiere in the fall; singers Shirley Chauvin Miller, Sylvia Stems and Amy Hale; fire artist Ryan Steiger; and musician Tommy Stanco. Doors open at 6; things start off with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Artists Gary Simmons and Richard Stephens will offer live demonstrations; there will also be live, silent and bachelor-bachelorette auctions. Tickets are $50, $75 for VIP seating. Call (501) 623-6200. The project involves eventually installing 77 Central Park-style street lights along the Spa City's Park Avenue.
Downtown Smackover hosts the 48th annual Smackover Oil Town Festival, Friday-Saturday centering on Broadway and 10th Street. The festival encompasses free concerts each night -- J.T. Stocks Gospel Night with Southern Koast and Haley Creek Boys Friday, the Cummins Prison Band and Jason D. Williams on Saturday -- plus Saturday horseshoe pitching, arm wrestling, turtle races, bingo, Bunco, rod wrenching, a drill bit toss, pipe tote, rib cook-off, children's activities, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the yellow duck race down No Name Creek, vendor booths and festival food favorites. Admission is free. Call (870) 725-3521, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit smackoverar.com or facebook.com/SmackoverOilTownFestival.
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will display and auction off 40 pieces of artwork by area artists under age 40 at its 31st annual ArtWorks auction, 7 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 601 Main St., Little Rock. Special guest emcees include Billy St. James of radio station KPZK-FM; Wess Moore and Donna Terrell of KLRT-TV; Rep board member James Bobo; and Lance Restum of the Arkansas Travelers. The fundraiser also includes music, an open bar and appetizers from local eateries including Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co., Capers, Copper Grill, Golden Eagle of Arkansas, Allsopp & Chapple and Atlas Bar. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $50 ($40 if you're under 40). Call (501) 378-0405 or visit TheRep.org.
Pianist Antonio "Nio" Ajero will solo in the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn with the South Arkansas Symphony and conductor Kermit Poling, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the First Financial Music Hall at the Griffin, 101 E. Locust St., El Dorado. The program also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter." Tickets are $15-$40. Call (870) 444-3007 or visit eldomad.com.
Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, U.S. 70 East (East Grand Avenue) opens the water park operations Saturday. The park, currently open on weekends, transitions to daily operation May 25. Season passes are $74.99; general admission is $59.99, $39.99 for "juniors (under 48 inches tall) and seniors (age 55-plus); all prices are plus tax. Call (501) 318-5370 or visit MagicSprings.com/buy-tickets.php.
Lena Martin, Kelsey Corder and Emily Wright are the recipients of the 2019 Dot Callenan Scholarships, named for the late choreographer and teacher, and set up to help young dancers transition into careers in college or in a professional venue. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where Callenan taught, has agreed to match the scholarship for students seeking a degree in dance.
Weekend on 05/09/2019
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