Opera House of the Ozarks opens summer festival

Elsewhere for fun, events and art this weekend:

music: Mountainside Opera

Opera of the Ozarks Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Theatre, 16311 US 62, 5 miles west of Eureka Springs, featuring Giacomo Puccini )’s opera “La Rondine” kicks off the 2022 Summer Festival.

The 2022 season, titled “Love on the Rocks,” focuses on love that goes wrong, and as of July 22, the company of 37 young singers and professional orchestras from across the country has performed a total of 22 fully staged and costumed operas Performance.

“La Rondine” plays in the programme (2nd July and 2nd, 6th, 13th, 16th and 22nd and 3pm, Wednesday and 10th July at 3pm) with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ” Cosi fan tutte” production (Saturday & June 30 at 7:30pm, July 5th, 8th, 12th & 21st and July 17th at 3pm) and Stephen Sondheim’s” Little Night Music” (Tuesdays and July 1st, 7th, 9th, 15th and 20th and July 3rd at 3pm).

This season also includes:

◼️ “Pinocchio”, a children’s outreach work (adapted from a play by John Davis, by Mozart, Jacques Offenbach, Gaetano Donizetti, Giovanni Pergolesi, Arthur Sir Sullivan and Giuseppe Verdi soundtrack) at the venue in northwest Arkansas.

◼️ Chamber Concert at Inspiration Point on July 18th at 7:30pm.

◼️ Two Broadway cabaret shows, July 14th at 7:30pm at Millar Lodge, Mount Sequoyah, 150 N. Skyline Drive, Fayetteville, including plenty of hors d’oeuvres, and July 19th at 6pm at Eureka Springs 75 Prospect Ave .The Crescent Hotel, including dinner. (Both cabaret venues have cash bars.)

One-way tickets $25-30, discounts for children under 18 and students; Fayetteville Cabaret $40, Eureka Springs Cabaret $65. Call (479) 253-8595 or visit opera.org.

kids rhythm

Arkansas Arts Council and Mosaic Templar Cultural Center will host “And the beat don’t stop,” A children’s hip-hop lyric performance Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Center, 501 West 9th Street, Little Rock. Children will perform their songs at a workshop at the center on May 28. Admission is free.The workshop is a partnership between the Center, the Arkansas Central Library System (specifically the Hillary Rodham Clinton Library and Learning Center), and the Arkansas Arts Council, and aligns with the current Center exhibit “And the Beat Don” ‘t stop: 50 years of hip hop.” Visit facebook.com/events/2035474653313711 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

theater: “Practical Cat”

Jonesboro Arts Foundation staged musical “cat” (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, adapted from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by TS Eliot) Today through Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 2pm at E. Monroe in Jonesboro Ave. 115 Forum Theatre. Neale Bartee conducting the Delta Symphony Orchestra. The sponsors are St. Bernards Healthcare and Medical Group Tickets are $18-20, children, seniors, military and Arkansas State University students, faculty and staff are $16-18. Sunday’s show is all about doing your best. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit foajonesboro.org.

pleasure: Celebrate elk

Buffalo River Elk Festival Returns to Jasper’s Downtown Plaza, Arkansas 7, Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm, including entertainment, local arts and crafts, food vendors, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s annual Elk Label lottery and Outdoor activities. (According to the press release, Newton County has been dubbed the “elk capital of Arkansas.”)

Friday’s schedule includes music from 1 p.m. and culminates with headliner 7 South performing country and southern rock. Saturday’s event actually starts at 7am with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hut followed by a Kids Fishing Derby at Bradley Park (registration starts at 8am). Judging for the Dutch Oven Cooking Competition will begin at 1pm at Harp’s Realty, Arkansas 7, after which festival participants can taste the results; the winner will be announced at 3pm. The Arkansas State Champion Elk Calling Contest begins at 1:15.After a series of live music performances, the festival ends with a fireworks display at 9:50 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free; tasting bowls for the cooking competition are chargeable. Find the full schedule and event map at buffaloriverelkfestival.com. Call (870) 416-2708.

Ian Holm (from left), Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich save the world from the ultimate evil in “The Fifth Element.” (Democratic Gazette/Deep Quest Special Issue)
“Elements” Screening

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Luc Besson’s film release “fifth Element” By bringing it back to the big screen, Sunday at 3pm and Wednesday at 7pm at Breckenridge 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 in Little Rock, Cinemark Town Center in Conway, Razorback Cinemas in Fayetteville and Malco Ft. Fort Smith Smith Cinema. The screening will also include an interview with Besson as well as excerpts from the film. For ticketing information, visit fathomevents.com.

ETC. : ‘Potluck, Poison Ivy’

Stephanie Streett, Executive Director of the Clinton Foundation, Makes the ‘Top Stories’ of the Month Potluck and Poison Ivy, today at The Joint at 301 Main Street in North Little Rock. Opening at 6 p.m. Salty Dog will be a “music guest.” Admission is $35, including dinner. Visit potluckandpoisonivy.org.

Streett oversees the strategy and management of the Clinton Presidential Center and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program on behalf of the Foundation. Streett spent eight years in the Clinton White House and previously served on Capitol Hill as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

photo Isabelle McCalla (from left), Christy Altomare, Syndee Winters and Susan Egan will “be” a Disney princess for “Disney Princesses – Concert” on October 29 at the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Tickets go on sale Friday. (Democratic Gazette special issue)
singing princess

Tickets – $31-66 plus possible fees – go on sale Friday at 10am “Disney Princesses – Concert” October 29 at 7pm at the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock, 426 Markham Street, Broadway. “An all-star quartet of Broadway and animated film icons” – Christy Altomare, Susan Egan, Courtney Reed and Syndee Winters (subject to change) – will perform over 30 Disney princess songs with “their amazing music director” [Benjamin Rauhala] and the charming prince [Adam J. Levy]celebrating all Disney princesses with an unforgettable night of songs, animations and stories,” according to a press release. Call (501) 244-8800 or (800) 745-3000 or visit RobinsonCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com.

Royal Comedy Tour

Comedians Somore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J and Ravel Crawford in 17 cities Royal Comedy Tour This fall, it will stop at North Little Rock on October 28 at 8 p.m. [email protected] Bank Arena, the arena’s reduced seating, more intimate footprint. Tickets – $63-$103 plus tax – go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.

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