ARTS IN CONCERT6 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. $15-$25.
As arts organizations the country wide shed staff, Ballet Arkansas
took a dramatically different tack. It hired an artistic director and created a professional dance company, composed of six professional dancers, many of whom moved from elsewhere to join the troupe. This weekend, director Arleen Sugano and her company — Jonathan Bostick, Case Dillard, Kelsee Green, Lauren McCarty, Grace Tilley, and Paul Tillman — inaugurate their season with original pieces choreographed by Sugano as well as pas de deux's from “Le Corsaire” and “Don Quixote.” Pianist Clark Erickson and guitarist Danny Fletcher accompany the ballet. Before the performance, an art reception features work by Heike Talbert, Charlotte Carooms, Tanya Sweetin, Susan Williams, Vicki Kovaleski and Jon Shannon Rogers. There'll be light hors d'oeuvres. Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m., is a second performance; same price and location.