EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $10-$35.
High art, get ye low, says the East Village Opera Company. Or more accurately, the company, through co-leader Peter Kiesewalter, says, “We have a profound love and respect for opera, but it's so dramatic, so over-the-top by today's standards, that it cannot be delivered with a straight face. You need a little bit of irreverence in it.” That means EVOC embraces the “pomposity” of both rock and opera by taking selections from “Carmen” and “La Boheme” and punking them up, often mashing them together with music from the likes of the Who and Eminem. As bizarre as it sounds, the show has garnered rave reviews. It encores on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.