We've plugged the opening of the jukebox musical "Ring of Fire" in the newly renovated Rep elsewhere in the current issue. But it bears mentioning that before the musical officially opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, the theater will stage two preview performances.
On Wednesday, there's a Gala Preview, which kicks off with a red carpet reception at 6 p.m.; tickets, which were nearly sold out at press time, are $100.
Alternately, those on a budget should consider the preview performance on pay-what-you-can night on Thursday, Sept. 15. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Rep's box office the day of the performance. Before that performance, at 6:15 p.m., the Times' Lindsey Millar will serve as a moderator in a discussion about Johnny Cash's legacy in Arkansas with "Arkansongs" host Stephen Koch and Beth Wiedower of the Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative.
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Millar again serves as a moderator for a panel on Cash in Arkansas that includes Christy Valentine with Arkansas State University and Sonny Burgess and Bobby Crafford of The Legendary Pacers.