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President Clinton stars in Argenta Theatre opening gala

President Clinton stars in Argenta Theatre opening gala

by Karen Martin, InArkansas.com

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - RSVP by Feb. 10 to attend the Opening Act Gala Celebration -- featuring President Bill Clinton -- in honor of the grand opening of Argenta Community Theater, 501 Main St., North Little Rock, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19. 

The theater is a non-profit organization committed to serving the community and state through education and advancement of the performing arts.

Main Street in North Little Rock will be closed and transformed into a dining and performance venue for the Gala Celebration, featuring entertainment by Lawrence Hamilton, Arkansas Festival Ballet and Ballet Arkansas. The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7:30 p.m. Guests include Gov. Mike Beebe, attorney general Dustin McDaniel and North Little Rock mayor Patrick Henry Hayes.

Literary Festival seeks "Tales from the South"

Literary Festival seeks "Tales from the South"

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - "Tales from the South" radio show, in conjunction with William F. Laman Public Library and the 2011 Arkansas Literary Festival, is looking for great true stories to be told by the people who lived them. Top three stories will receive $100 each, and writers will read their winning story on the internationally-syndicated radio show on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Starving Artist Cafe' in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, AR. Judging is by a panel of writers, professors, and editors.

Symphony orchestra steals hearts

Symphony orchestra steals hearts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Couples that Stole your Heart on Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at the Robinson Center Music Hall. This concert is the third concert in the ACXIOM Pops Live! Series and is sponsored in part by Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and friends in honor of Dale and Lee Ronnel’s 50th Anniversary.

Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson conducts this concert full of music to remind you of some of the very best movie couples. Also at the Saturday evening performance, the Stella Boyle Smith Trust, purchaser of the guest conducting role auctioned at Opus XXVI, will pass the baton to Dr.

Your chance to be a star at Weekend Theatre

Your chance to be a star at Weekend Theatre

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Weekend Theater, 7th & Chester in downtown Little Rock, announces auditions for three musicals on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 5 p.m. Actors only need to attend one audition day although they should be prepared to stay up to five hours.

Gypsy will be directed by Andy Hall with music direction by Lori Isner.  It will rehearse May 7-June 16 with performances June 17-July 10. The role of Mama Rose has been precast.  There are roles for boys and girls ages 8-18 as well as adults.  There are a few roles that are non-singing/dancing roles.  Those auditioning for Gypsy should wear comfortable clothing for a dance audition.

My Fair Lady will be directed by Allison Pace with music direction by Lori Isner.  It will rehearse June 18-July 21 with performances July 22-August 13. There are roles for actors age 16 and up.

North Little Rock goes Hollywood

North Little Rock goes Hollywood

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's 26th Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 17th at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. A reception begins at 5:15pm followed by dinner and program at 6:45pm. Doors open at 5:00pm.

Sponsored tables of ten are available for $600.00 or individual tickets can be purchased for $60 per person.

The program will feature director and producer Harry Thomason, as well as actresss and writer Joey Lauren Adams.

Rep opens "A Raisin in the Sun"

Rep opens "A Raisin in the Sun"

By Karen Martin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun” opens today and runs through Feb. 6.

Lorraine Hansberry's celebrated drama tells the story of an African-American family living on Chicago's south side in the 1950s. Recently widowed, Lena Younger receives a life insurance check for $10,000 and plans to buy a house for her family, freeing them from the cramped tenement she shares with her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson. Her son Walter Lee has other ideas.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Ticket prices start at $20. To purchase click here.

A review of the production will appear on InArkansas.com Saturday.

Source: InArkansas.com

Celtic music group plays Laman Library

Celtic music group plays Laman Library

by Karen Martin

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Celtic music will be performed by Lark in the Morning at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the William F. Laman Public Library as part of its monthly concert series "Live at Laman."

Lark in the Morning plays music that the Scots Irish brought to the hills of Arkansas on string, wind and percussion folk instruments. Featured musicians are Allen Alverson on harp, whistle and fiddle, Starr Mitchell on hammered and mountain dulcimers and George West on fiddle and harmonica.

"Live at Laman," which is free, takes place every second Thursday of the month on a stage overlooking the pond in the plaza or inside in the auditorium, depending on the weather. Lark in the Morning’s performance will take place in the auditorium.

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