‘Sesame Street Live!’ Set to cast spells in the arena

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and arts this weekend:

FUN: Muppet Magic

Fans can join Elmo on a journey to discover the “Power of Yet” in “Sesame Street Live! Do Your Magic”, 4:00 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturday at North Little Rock’s [email protected] Bank Arena, the restricted audience arena. Tickets range from $17 to $57 plus service charges. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.

family day

Arkansas PBS aims to “enhance community spirit through family-friendly fun, entertainment, and educational activities.” family daySaturday 10am-4pm at the nationwide network headquarters, 350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite PBS KIDS characters and meet and take photos with special guests including Alma from “Alma’s Way”, Buddy from “Dinosaur Train”, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and Daniel Tiger. There is a chance to meet animals from the Little Rock Zoo, two 20-minute live science demonstrations from the Museum of Discovery, music by Momandpop and Papa Rap, arts and crafts with the Conway Alliance for the Arts, a giant brain from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission mobile aquarium, story time with Arkansas PBS Education Department staff, tours of the network’s studios including a meet-and-greet with Blueberry from Blueberry’s Clubhouse, an instrument petting zoo from the Conway Symphony Orchestra, food truck and hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and drinks from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The network will also launch the 2022 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, which will collect donations of new and gently used sweaters.

Admission is free; RSVP at myarkansaspbs.org/familyday.

MUSIC: Quartet concert

The Danish String Quartet — Frederik Oland and Rune Tonsgaard Sorenson, violins; Asbjörn Norgaard, viola; and Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin, cello – perform today at 7:30 p.m. under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock at the Center for Humanities & Arts Theatre, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock . The program includes the “Divertimento” in F major, K.138, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Three divertimentos for string quartet” by Benjamin Britten; the “String Quartet No. 14” in D minor “Death and the Maiden” by Franz Schubert; and traditional folk arrangements by members of the quartet. After the concert, there will be a meet-the-performers reception with complimentary wine and light snacks. Admission is $25 and free for students of all ages. Call (615) 775-6744 or visit ChambermusicLR.com.

‘All That Viola’

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra violist Timothy MacDuff, along with pianist Naoki Hakutani and cellist David Gerstein, will perform a concert entitled “ “All That Viola”, kicking off the first “Close Up! Steinway Salon Chamber Series” at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Little Rock, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at 14901 Beau Vue Drive, Little Rock.

MacDuff and Hakutani will play “Two Pieces for Viola and Piano” by Ukrainian composer Borys Lyatoshynsky and “Marchenbilder” by Robert Schumann; MacDuff and Gerstein will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Duet” for viola and cello “With Two Eyeglasses Obbligato”; and the three musicians will perform the “Trio” in A minor, Op.114, adapted from the “Clarinet Trio” by Johannes Brahms. Tickets cost $25. Call (501) 940-1562 or visit steinwaylr.com/close-up.

Horn of Plenty Memorial

The North Little Rock Community Concert Band concludes its 2022 season with a concert conductor Rico Belotti calls “A Cornucopia of Memories” Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center, 401 Pershing Blvd., North Little Rock.

The program includes KL King’s United Nations March; “The Loyal Legion” March by John Philip Sousa (in honor of Sousa’s birthday); “Jazzin’ It Up” with Harry Richards’ saxophone group (celebrating instrument inventor Adolphe Sax’s birthday); “Times Remembered” by Charles Booker (in memory of the band members’ former school and university band directors); Michael Brown’s “Symphonic Portrait” (based on the old North Little Rock High Spirit song “Our Director” and in memory of the band’s founder, J. Raymond Brandon); and since Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were elected on November 6, 1860 and 1861 respectively, Clare Grundman’s The Blue and the Grey. To conclude the concert: Mark Williams’ arrangement for concert band of Peter I Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in memory of the composer’s death on November 6, 1893. The concert is dedicated to Janet Gonyea, Ramey Herren and Gail Russell, former band members who have died since their died last concert. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-2576 or visit nlrcommunityband.com.

THEATRE: ‘Sounds & Sweet Aires’

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theater will explore the musicality of Shakespeare’s work in Sounds and Sweet Aires, the first in his Experience Shakespeare at the Max series, on Friday at 8pm at The Max Event Venue, 1007 Spencer St., Conway. The program includes live music; actors including Aidan O’Reilly, Steven Marzolf and Betsy Jilka telling stories from the stage; and “a special surprise remote performance from one of our favorites [Shakespeare Theatre] Alumni who are now performing on Broadway in New York City,” says managing director Chad Bradford, who will also serve as presenter. The theater company will also unveil its 2023 season. Tickets cost US$20. Visit arkshakes.com.

Eldorado ‘Death Trap’

The South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado, Stages “death trap” by Ira Levin, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10-12 November and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Center will host an opening night champagne reception on Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Admission tickets are $20. For all other performances: $15, $10 for Center members, $5 for students. Sponsors are Southern Bancorp and Nexans AmerCable. Call (870) 862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org.

ART/EXHIBITIONS: military memories

Three veterans share military memories for “Lens, Pens, and Texts: Remembering the War Through Photography, Writing, and Song”, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock:

• Bruce Wesson, a US Army first lieutenant who led a five-man combat photography film crew in Vietnam from 1967-1968. A collection of his photographs is on display in the museum’s Vietnam Galley.

• Pat C. Hoy II, author of numerous works and textbooks on composition, former Mellon Visiting Professor of English at Hendrix College, who has also taught at the US Military Academy, Harvard and New York University.

• Paul Tull, director of Freedom Sings Arkansas, who will discuss how music can help veterans.

Admission is free. Call (501) 772-6636 or visit littlerock.gov/macarthur.

UCA seniors

Works by older art students at the University of Central Arkansas will be on display today with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Baum Gallery, McCastlain Hall, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Gallery opening hours are Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 5pm, Thursday from 10am to 7pm, with a special visit on November 13 from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-5793 or email [email protected]

Pine Bluff ‘potpourri’

The Potpourri Exhibition 2022, featuring work by Little Rock-based artist John Kushmaul, is on view at the Loft Gallery at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ ARTSpace on Main, 623 S. Main St., Pine Bluff through December 1. It previews Kushmaul’s artworks that will be featured in the silent auction that is part of the center’s December 3 fundraising gala, “Potpourri: Roaring for the Arts.” Admission to the gallery is free; Opening hours of the gallery: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Call (870) 536-3375, email [email protected], or visit asc701.org/potpourri.

Gallery of the spa town

Paintings by Susan Baker Chambers and paintings and prints by Tony Saladino will be on display Friday with a monthly Gallery Walk reception from 5pm to 9pm at the Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827A Central Ave., Hot Springs. The exhibition will be on view until November 30th. The opening hours of the gallery are from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call (501) 321-2335 or visit justusfineart.com.

COMEDY: “Queen of Cleanliness”

Called the “Queen of Cleanliness”. Comedian Chonda Pierce debuts new material from her life “This is Better Than Fiction” for “Chonda Pierce: Live in Concert”, Saturday 7:00 p.m. at Independence Hall, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2005 White Drive, Batesville. Tickets range from $26.75 to $55.75. Visit tinyurl.com/bdfscxny.

TICKETS: ‘Tootsie’ in the tune

Celebrity Attractions brings “toosie” (Music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Robert Horn, based on a story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart and the film of the same name), at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. on Broadway, 7 January 13 , January 14, 7.30 p.m. and January 14, 1 p.m., and January 15, 1 p.m. Tickets — $37 to $93 — go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the Robinson Center Box Office, CelebrityAttractions.com and Ticketmaster.com; Call (501) 244-8800.

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