Neoclassical ballet

Ballet Arkansas plans a show at MacArthur Park

Entertainment options in Arkansas this weekend:

Dance — Outdoor Ballet

Ballet Arkansas offers its first “Movement in the Parks” performances, noon and 3 p.m. Saturday at the MacArthur Park Lookout, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. The new series, in partnership with Little Rock Parks and Recreation, features live dance performances at Little Rock parks.

Members of the company of 14 professional dancers will perform “Aperture”, a contemporary ensemble work choreographed by Alice Klock and Florian Lochner; “Grand Pas Classique”, a pas de deux choreographed by Victor Gsovsky for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1949 to music by Daniel-François Auber; “An Ode,” a neoclassical work choreographed by Michael Fothergill, executive and artistic director of Ballet Arkansas, in the style of George Balanchine, for four dancers to a violin sonata by Antonio Vivaldi; and a preview of Fothergill’s choreography for “The Great Gatsby,” the ballet company’s 2021-22 season opener, Oct. 21-24 at the Center for Humanities and Arts Theater at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College. in North Little Rock.

Free entry. Visit

MUSIC — Harlem Quartet

The Harlem Quartet — (left to right) Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violins; Jaime Amador, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello — performing today at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)

The Harlem Quartet — Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violins; Jaime Amador, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – performs at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, opening the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock’s 2021-22 season.

On the program: “String Quartet No. 23” in F major, K.590, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Strum” by Jessie Montgomery; “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie (arranged by Dave Glenn and the Harlem Quartet); “Lyric for Strings” by George Walker; “Fugato” by Adonis G. Matos; “Lyric Quartet” by William Grant Still; “At the Octoroon Balls” by Wynton Marsalis; and “Cuarteto en Guaguanco” by Guido Lopez-Gavilan.

Tickets are $25, free for students of all ages. Covid-19 precautions will be in effect. Visit chamber; for more information, call (615) 775-6744 or email [email protected]

The Quartet members will answer questions and preview their evening concert at noon today for an hour-long “Lunch and Learn” session at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock. It will be available live to schools and the public with support from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Email [email protected] or [email protected] for link information.

THEATER – “In the breech!”

With the crew and main male actors fighting in World War II, the director’s wife combines William Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V’ with an all-female cast in George Brant “In the panties! » – which the Ouachita Baptist University Theater Arts Department stages, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Monday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Verser Theater at the OBU, 410 Ouachita Ave., Arkadelphia. Tickets are $10; visit For more information, call (870) 245-5555.

SCIENCE — Cubic Feet of Life

“Life in a Cubic Foot” will be on display Saturday at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)

“Life in a Cubic Foot”, a traveling exhibit centered on research by Smithsonian Institution scientists and photographer David Liittschwager into what a cubic foot of soil or water – aka a biocube – reveals about the diversity of life on planet Earth, will be on display Saturday at the Mid-America Science Museum, 500 Mid America Blvd., Hot Springs.

The exhibit focuses on life in diverse environments, including the coral reefs of French Polynesia, the ocean off the coast of California, and New York’s Central Park, through collages of photographs, models, items interactive and exhibition videos.

The exhibit, organized by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibits Service in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, will run through Jan. 2. Sponsors are Red Oak Ridge and Weyerhaeuser.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $8 for children 12 and under, seniors, teachers, and active or retired military. Call (501) 767-3461 or visit


Camden Barn Sale

More than 130 vendor and artist booths from across the country will operate for the Camden Barn Sale, billed as the largest arts and crafts show in southern Arkansas, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Stadium, 302 Center St., Camden. Also involved: food vendors, musical entertainment, a children’s zone with inflatable games and the St. Louis Catholic Church spaghetti dinner. Free entry. Visit

Conway ArtsFest

Conway Alliance for the Arts’ 15th annual Conway ArtsFest includes in-person and streaming performances, a scavenger hunt, and art kits for kids.

Programming includes (unless otherwise stated, all events are free):

◼️ Kids Art Kit Pickup, while supplies last, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Conway Public Library, 1900 Tyler St., Conway.

◼️ Conway League of Artists Fall Art Show, same hours, Sat-Oct. 30 Conway Public Library

◼️ Public Art Scavenger Hunt, Mon-Oct 2, in conjunction with the Conway Public Art Board, map and entry information to be posted on

◼️ Second Annual Black Artist Showcase, 8-9 p.m. October 1, attend live at Studio Downtown, 1100 Oak St., Conway, or stream live at

◼️ UCA Students for the Arts Film Festival, 12-8 p.m. October 2, Stanley Russ Hall 103, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway

◼️ Light Up the Night, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2, Fifth Annual Neighbors Art Show, arts activities, live performances, food trucks, Front Street & The Brick Room, 1020 Front St., Conway.

‘Treasure hunt

December 20 is the deadline to submit nominations to the Arkansas Arts Council for the next Arkansas Living Treasure. The designation honors Arkansans who are masters of a folk or traditional art or craft, including but not limited to traditional song writing, folk dancing, blade making, weaving and the quilt.

An independent panel of practicing artisans and craft and folk art professionals will review nominations and select the recipient based on quality of work, overall significance of the work, awareness of the community and the total contribution to the field of traditional and/or folk crafts. arts. A reception in honor of the recipient will be held in the spring.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (501) 324-9348, email [email protected] or visit

Arts Assistance Grants

Arkansas-based arts groups that have experienced financial hardship or loss of program capacity due to loss of revenue during the covid-19 pandemic may apply for an Arkansas Arts Council American Rescue Plan Grant until October 15.

Qualification criteria include organizational quality, based on artistic excellence and artistic merit; the potential to have a significant and immediate impact on the artistic workforce; importance to the organization’s mission and core work; the ability of the organization to carry out a proposal, including the adequacy of the budget, the resources involved and the personnel; and the extent to which the organization assists underserved populations.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $15,000. The funding comes from the $784,000 the Arts Council received from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is one-time and can be used for salary support; fees/allowances for contract staff; facility costs, such as rent and utilities; costs associated with health and safety supplies; and/or costs associated with marketing, promotion and technical support. Apply via the portal site: New users will need to create an account to apply. Call (501) 324-9768 or email [email protected]