Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:
THEATER: Rogers Music Man
Arkansas Public Theater Stages “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, September 22-24 and September 29-October 29. 1; 2:18 p.m., Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St., Rogers. Doors and concessions open one hour before curtain time. Tickets cost between $25 and $55; visit arkansaspublictheatre.org. For more information, call (479) 631-8988.
Four friends who swore while still in high school to be in each other’s weddings find out how hard it is to keep that promise in “Always a Bridesmaid” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooton, on stage from Tuesday to October 15 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. The cast includes Kelley Ponder, Julie Vest, Emory Molitor, Leigh Anne Marchesi, Sara Nichols and Paige Reynolds. The buffet opens 90 minutes before curtain time – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (the first three Wednesdays – September 14, 21 and 28 – are matinees), 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets (dinner and show included) cost between $37 and $41, $27 for children 15 and under; Show at only $27. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit murrysdp.com.
“Horrible injuries at the playground” by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Rajiv Joseph, which spans a 30-year relationship between two “broken souls,” opens the Arkansas State University Theater Department’s 2022-23 season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 30 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
The rest of the lineup (unless otherwise noted, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Simpson Theatre):
◼️ November 11, 13 and 18-19, Fowler Center’s Drama Theatre: “Little Women”, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, book by Allan Knee, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
◼️ February 17-18 and 24-25: “Peter and the Starcatcher” by Rick Elice
◼️ April 14-15 and 21-22: “The Trail to Oregon!” by Jeff Blim, Matt Lang and Nick Lang, musical satire based on the educational video game “The Oregon Trail”.
MUSIC: Chosen conductor
Nelio Zamorano takes over the management of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Community Orchestrareplacing Victor Ellsworth, the conductor of the orchestra since 1998, who has retired.
A violinist from Cochabamba, Bolivia, Zamorano has been a member of the Conway Symphony Orchestra for five years and has occasionally filled in for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He teaches strings at the Anthony School in Little Rock, violin at the Young Musicians of America in Little Rock and the Palmer Music School in Conway, and is an adjunct professor of violin at Central Baptist College in Conway.
Founded at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Community Orchestra is now part of the educational and community mission of the Arkansas Symphony. Musicians of all experience levels rehearse once a week and are not required to audition. The community orchestra’s 2022-2023 schedule has not yet been released.
DANCE: Fundraising “Sinatra”
The Fort Smith-based Western Arkansas Ballet performs original choreography to music by Frank Sinatra and other “Rat Pack” artists for an “Evening with Sinatra” fundraiser, 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Arts on Main and at the King Opera House, 509 Main St. and 427 Main St., respectively, in Van Buren. The evening will include a pre-show reception and dinner. Tickets are $80. A second extended matinee performance at 2 p.m. on October 9 will include additional dances not performed on Saturday evening. Tickets are $15. Call (479) 785-0152 or visit waballet.org before October 5.
FILM: On-screen collaboration
The Arkansas Film Society is partnering with northwest Arkansas-based Micheaux Film Labs for a documentary screening and production training for color makers in central Arkansas this week:
◼️ “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Doors open at 6; a Q&A discussion on film as cultural preservation with producer Tanisha Joe-Conway will follow. Admission is free but registration is required; visit micheauxfilmlabs.org/programs.
◼️ A Filmmaking Workshop for Color Makers, 1-4pm Saturdays at Waymack and Crew, 301 Main St, Little Rock, offers hands-on training from working filmmakers (mentors include SeJames Humphrey, writer and director of “Nice Guys Finish Last,” and DeShunn Berry of the web series “Change Gonna Come”) and an opportunity for budding filmmakers to shoot an experimental short film. Free entry; places are limited and registration is required — visit micheauxfilmlabs.org/programs. A post-lab social network, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rock It! Lab, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock, will feature wine from the collection of Flyght Black, music by Sean Fresh, a screening of the Film Lab and a panel discussion on experiences of creatives of color. This event is open to the public but registration is required.
ETC.: window workshop
QQA, in partnership with Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association and historic preservation labor advocate Marshall Ray, offers a Window Restoration and Weatherization Boot Camp, Oct. 25-29 at Ernest Green House, 1224 W. 21st St., in the historic Dunbar neighborhood of Little Rock. Green was one of the Little Rock Nine and the first black graduate of Little Rock Central High School.
Bob Yapp will provide hands-on instruction to a group of 18 artisans. By the end of the week-long workshop, participants will have restored at least nine of the historic property’s original windows.
QQA seeks students from across the state; the ideal trainee “will have a strong desire to learn or improve the skills of the hand tools used in the restoration of wooden windows and [in] considering the construction industry as a profession,” according to a press release, and “[s]Since this is a workforce development program, we are looking for applicants between the ages of 18 and 25. ” as well as some evening meals at the inn.
There is a $500 entry fee if selected and it is expected that each nominee will be sponsored by their community or organization and receive appropriate recognition for their achievements. Limited scholarships are available to help with expenses through the generosity of program sponsors: Preserve Arkansas, the City of Little Rock, and Carol St. John Young.
Submit a letter of interest by September 16 via email to [email protected] The Program Steering Committee will review all applications and notify participants of their acceptance by September 23. Call (501) 371-0075 ext 4 for more information.