As they say a little south of us, "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!" Our friends at CARTI are having their second annual good times benefit bash on the Arkansas River, the Ragin' Cajun Bash from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the River Market Pavilions. The party includes a crawfish boil with all the trimmings, silent auction and live music by Lagniappe. All proceeds to to the CARTI Foundation and cancer patients of Arkansas.
The CARTI Foundation Leadership Council, comprised of younger professionals in the community, came up with the idea of the cajun bash last year and it was a huge success, with more than 600 folks showing up. The admission is $25 per person, $40 per couple.
Meanwhile, at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway, the Russian National Ballet will present "Swan Lake," beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
Here's what the New York Times had to say about the Ballet's performance earlier this month:
The Russian National Ballet's "Swan Lake," performed on Saturday night at the congenial Queensborough Community College theater in Bayside, told the familiar story of lovelorn swans and princes clearly and prettily enough, but without much poetry. Founded in Moscow in the late 1980's and now under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, a former Bolshoi Ballet dancer, the company presented a touring production, attributed to Petipa and Ivanov, that looked, with the exception of a few odd bits of unfamiliar choreography, as if it were intended as a primer for the classic.
Marianna Chemalina was better as the glitteringly evil Odile than as the spiritual Odette, in dancing that was sometimes abrupt and perfunctory, with little nuance to the phrasing. The most interesting cast member was Ruslan Mukhambetkaliev, a very young and untried-seeming Prince Siegfried with a long, lyrical body line and buoyant jumps. His fourth act was more "Giselle" than "Swan Lake," more a passionately exhausted Albrecht than Siegfried, but it worked.
Dennis Spvizhkov's Jester was blessedly unforced, and Alexander Daev danced an appropriately oppressive, muscular Rothbart. The liveliness of many subsidiary dancers saved the evening, among them Vlacheslav Aksenov as a sweetly befuddled Tutor and Valeria Guseva, Viktoria Krakhamaleva, Olga Grigorieva and Ekaterina Selskaya as the four little swans. Anna Nekhlyudova stood out for her quiet radiance leading the Spanish Dance, and Tatianna Smirnova was amusingly sly in the Hungarian Dance, in choreography attributed to Yuri Grigorovich.
And back in Little Rock, trombonist Tony Baker will guest star with the Little Rock Central High Jazz Band in a show at Trinity United Methodist Church starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.