Elsewhere in entertainment, events and arts this weekend:
MUSIC: Free ‘winch’
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is offering a free community concert focused on its horn section entitled “Winds on the Plaza”, Today at 7:00 p.m. at Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock, 510 N. Main St., North Little Rock. Artistic Director Geoffrey Robson conducts Christopher Theofanidis’ Ancient Airs and Dances; the Divertimento in B flat major, KV 186, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and the “Octet” in E flat major, Op.103, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Admission is free; Bring your own chairs, snacks and soft drinks. “RSVP” via arkansassymphony.org/plaza-rsvp. Call (501) 666-1761.
“Parking” in Conway
The Conway Symphony Orchestra opens its 2022/23 season with its annual Free concert in the park, Friday 7:15 p.m. at Laurel Park, 2310 Robinson Ave, Conway. Israel Getzov conducts the 75-strong orchestra. Admission is free; Bring picnic blankets and/or lawn chairs (but please leave pets at home). Parking is available on the Conway Regional Hospital lot on Robinson Avenue across from the park and on the Conway Public Schools Administration and Conway High School lots on Prince Street, which are within walking distance. Call (501) 450-3265 or (501) 269-1066 or visit conwaysymphony.org.
Two choral ensembles from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – the UA Little Rock Concert Choir and Night Shift – perform in a “Broadway Storefront”, Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. The program will include selections from “Oklahoma!”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/ “Anastasia, “https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/”Waitress”,https://www.arkansasonline.com /news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/”Shrek”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos -winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/”The Little Mermaid”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza -concert-today-in-argenta/”The Addams Family”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta /”The Color Purple” and “Assassins”. A reception follows. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and UALR staff. Call (501) 916-3291 or email [email protected]
Pianist Linda Holzer will see the Arkansas premieres of pieces by Arkansas composer Florence Price, American composer Gwyneth Walker, Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov and Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom in a concert titled “Ears Wide Open” Friday at 7:30 p.m p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at the UALR. Admission is free. Call (501) 916-3294.
The Vanderbilt Melodores, an a cappella group from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, will hold a free open during Arkansas State University’s Beebe’s Family Week today at 7:30 p.m. at The Grove behind State Hall on campus, 1000 Iowa St -Air concert give. Bee. It’s part of the university’s 2022-23 Lecture-Concert Series, which has partnered with Student Activities and Great Western Dining Services to offer free food to the first 300 concert-goers beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call (501) 882-3600 or visit www .asub.edu.
FUN: Museum Tinkerfest
Makers, artists, engineers and craftsmen gather for the 11th year craft festival, Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., inside and outside the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Participants will use raw materials and tools to build unique machines, launch rockets, research art and create crafts; Presenting sponsor Kiewit-Massman provides construction equipment and other construction-related activities. The list of activities includes robot competitions, car disassembly, drone demonstrations, parachute drops, water features and Lego building challenges. According to a press release, a sensory station will offer activities for neurodivergent guests “in a calming and soothing environment.”
Tinkerfest activities are included with regular museum admission: $10, $8 for children 1-12 and seniors, teachers, Little Rock City employees, and active and retired military personnel, free for infants under 1, with SNAP discounts -Recipient. Visit museumofdiscovery.org.
Spa City Spa Con
Actress Lori Petty (“Point Break”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/ “A League of Their Own, “https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/”Tank Girl”, https://www. arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/”Orange Is the New Black”) is the celebrity headliner for SpaCon 6.0, celebrating all forms of comics and pop culture Friday through Sunday at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. Other celebrity guests include Beau Billingsly (voice of Jet Black in “Cowboy Bebop”), Mark Rolston (“Aliens”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the -plaza-concert-today-in-argenta/”Lethal Weapon”, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/sep/22/asos-winds-at-the-plaza-concert-today-in- argenta/”Shawshank Redemption”) and Arkansans Rodger Bumpass (the voice of Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants”) and actress Ashlie Atkinson. Day passes Saturday through Sunday are $20; Weekend passes are $35, $45 purchased day. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Call (501) 321-2277 or visit spa-con.org.
Camden Craft Fair
More than 75 booths from vendors and artists from across the United States will sell traditional and contemporary crafts and “authentic” foods Camden Craft Fair, formerly the Camden Barn Sale and billed as ‘South Arkansas’ Largest Arts & Crafts Show’, Saturday from 9am to 3:30pm at Coleman Stadium, 302 Center St., Camden. The event features various forms of entertainment throughout the day and a Kids Zone. Admission is free. Call (870) 836-6426 or visit ExploreCamden.com.
ART: M2 EXP
M2 Gallery, 1300 Main Street, Little Rock opens a new biennial exhibition, “M2 EXP: The M2 Experience”, Friday, 6-9pm, which gallery owner Mac Murphy describes as “something different, something unexpected, something more than your typical art exhibition/gallery opening”. The exhibition includes some pieces only at the opening and others that will be on view through October 14 by Ashley Murphy, MILKDADD, Bryan Frazier, William Goodman, Michael Shaeffer, Crystal C. Mercer, Charles Henry James, Taylor Shepherd, Sabine Danze, Tim West and Cheryl Keller. The opening hours of the gallery are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, text (501) 944-7155 or visit facebook.com/m2gallery.
Festival of Murals
The 7th Street Mural Festival will “educate the community about the Seventh Street Murals, their artists, and their important messages of peace and justice,” according to the Facebook page facebook.com/events/303749711690342 Sunday noon. Centered on the 7th Street Mural Project’s headquarters at 2486 W. Seventh St., Little Rock, it will also feature art, food, music, children’s activities and discussions with artists and nonprofits. Guests have “a unique opportunity to use their artistic skills and help us paint one of the murals”. Admission is free; Parking is available behind (but not in front of) the nearby Whitewater Tavern, at Kaufman Design and Ed’s Supply at 2611 W. Seventh St. The event is held in coordination with Arkansas Peace Week.
“Alchemy6: 18th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and 14th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition”, Highlighting the best of contemporary enamels, opens today at the Cushman Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Entry to the exhibition is free until October 14th. The opening hours of the gallery are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Call (501) 916-3182 or email [email protected]
LITERATURE: “Anger” and Racism
Kristin Henning talks about her recently published book, “Rage of Innocence”, 17:30. Monday to Friday University of Arkansas Courtroom at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Ave., Little Rock. The lecture is part of the lecture series of the faculty colloquium of the law faculty. Admission is free. Copies of the book are available for sale; a book signing will follow. Visit ualr.edu/law/faculty/faculty-colloquium-speaker-series.