Opera in the Ozarks opens summer music festival

Other entertainment, events and arts this weekend:

MUSIC: mountain opera

Opera in the Ozarks kicks off its 2022 Summer Music Festival with Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine at 7:30 pm Friday at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Theatre, 16311 US 62, five miles west of Eureka Springs.

The 2022 season, Love on the Rocks, is dedicated to love gone wrong and features a troupe of 37 young singers and a professional orchestra drawn from across the country, for a total of 22 fully choreographed and costumed opera performances up to 22 July.

In the repertoire of “La Rondine” (19:30 on Wednesday and 2, 6, 13, 16 and 22 July and 15:00 on 10 July) with productions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” (19:30 on Saturday and 30 June) . , 5, 8, 12 and 21 July and 15:00 July 17) and Stephen Sondheim’s Little Night Music (19:30 on Tuesday and 1, 7, 9, 15 and 20 July and 15:00 July 3).

The season also includes:

◼️ Pinocchio, children’s production (adapted and with a libretto by John Davis, set to music by Mozart, Jacques Offenbach, Gaetano Donizetti, Giovani Pergolesi, Sir Arthur Sullivan and Giuseppe Verdi) at Northwest Arkansas venues.

◼️ Chamber music concert, July 18 at 19:30 at Inspiration Point.

◼️ Two Broadway cabarets, July 14 at 7:30 pm at the Millar Lodge at Sequoia Mountain, 150 N. Skyline Drive, Fayetteville, including heavy snacks, and 6:00 pm on July 19 at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs. including dinner. (Both cabarets will have box office bars.)

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

children beat

The Arkansas Arts Council and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host “And the beat don’t stop” hip-hop themed performance for kids, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday downtown, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock. The youth will perform the songs they composed at the master class in the center on May 28. Free admission. 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 is being held in conjunction with the center’s ongoing exhibit, “And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip -hop. Visit facebook.com/events/2035474653313711 or email [email protected] gold [email protected]

THEATRE: “Practical Cats”

Jonesboro Foundation for the Arts stage musical “Cats” (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on T. S. Eliot’s The Old Possum’s Practical Cats Book), 7:30 pm today-Friday, 6:00 pm Saturday and 2:00 pm Sunday at the Forum Theater 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro. Neil Barty conducts the Delta Symphony Orchestra. Sponsors are St. Bernards Healthcare and Medical Group. Tickets are $18-20, $16-18 for children, seniors, military and students, faculty, and staff of the University of Arkansas. Sunday show – pay what you can. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit foajonesboro.org.

FUN: moose

Moose Festival on the Buffalo River returns to Central Jasper Square, off Arkansas 7, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday through Saturday, with entertainment, local art and handicrafts, food vendors, the annual Arkansas Play and Fish Commission Lottery, and outdoor activities air. (According to a press release, Newton County is billed as the “Moose Capital of Arkansas.”)

Friday’s schedule includes music starting at 13:00 and ending with country and southern rock headliners 7 South. Saturday activities actually start at 7am with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hut, followed by a kids’ fishing derby at Bradley Park (registration starts at 8am). The Dutch Oven Cook-off jury starts at 13:00 at Harp’s Realty on Arkansas 7, after which festival participants can taste the results; The winner will be announced at 3pm. The Arkansas State Moose Call Championship starts at 1:15 AM. After a series of live musical performances, the festival ends with fireworks at 21:50.

Entrance to the festival is free; there is a fee for tasting the cooking bowls. A full schedule and map of events can be found at buffaloriverelkfestival.com. Call (870) 416-2708.

Ian Holm (left to right), Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich save the world from absolute evil in The Fifth Element. (Special to Democrat-Gazette/Fathom Events)
Shows “Elemental”

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of Luc Besson’s film. “Fifth Element” bringing it back to the big screen at 3pm Sunday and 7pm Wednesday at Breckenridge 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 in Little Rock, Cinemark Town Center in Conway, Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville and Malco Ft Smith Cinema in Fort Smith . The screening will also include interviews with Besson and stills from the film. Ticket information can be found at fathomevents.com.

ETC.: “Potlak, Poison Ivy”

Stephanie Street, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, this month’s headlines. Potluck and Poison Ivy, today at The Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Salty Dogs will be “musical guests”. Tickets, $35, include dinner. Visit potlucandpoisonivy.org.

Streett oversees the strategy and management of the Clinton Presidential Center and the Presidential Leadership Fellowship program on behalf of the foundation. Stritt served eight years in the Clinton White House and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

A photo Isabelle McCalla (left to right), Christy Altomare, Cindy Winters and Susan Egan will become Disney Princesses at the Disney Princesses in Concert on October 29 at the Robinson Center in Little Rock. Tickets will go on sale on Friday. (Special for “Democratic Newspaper”)
Singing princesses

Tickets – from $31 to $66 plus possible fees – go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday. “Disney Princesses – Concert”, 7:00 pm, October 29, Robinson Center in Little Rock, 426 W. Markham St. on Broadway. An all-star quartet of Broadway and animated film icons – Christy Altomare, Susan Egan, Courtney Reed and Cindy Winters (subject to change) – will perform over 30 Disney Princess songs with “their magical music director”. [Benjamin Rauhala] and prince charming [Adam J. Levy]dedicated to all the Disney princesses in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation and stories,” the press release reads.

Royal Comedy Tour

Comedians Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez Jay and Lavell Crawford, we’re 17-town Royal Comedy Tour will make a stop in North Little Rock this fall at 8:00 p.m. Oct. 28 at [email protected] Bank Arena, an arena with less seating and a more intimate plaza. Tickets ranging from $63 to $103 plus taxes and fees go on sale Friday at 10:00 am at Ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.

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