- BREL: From Paris to LR.
The Weekend Theater continues the musical production "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" Thursday through Sunday at the theater at Seventh and Chester Sts. Curtain is 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Kathryn Pryor, Ralph Hyman, Mary Berry and Alan Douglas perform the songs of the Belgian-born Brel in the arrangement first performed off-Broadway in 1968. Admission is $18 for adults and $14 for seniors and students.
'Queens' author at WordsWorth
Jill Conner Browne, author of the “Sweet Potato Queens” series of books, will appear at WordsWorth Books & Co. on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The Jackson, Miss.-based Browne, who only appears at independently owned bookstores, will speak and sign books beginning at 6 p.m. WordsWorth is in the Heights, at 5920 R St. Browne has written “The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love,” “God Save the Sweet Potato Queens,” “The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner),” “The Sweet Potato Queens’ Field Guide to Men” and her newest release, “The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner and Divorce Guide.”
Admission is free and tiara is optional. Browne’s first four books are available in paperback and are $13.95. The newest release, in hardback, is $22.95. It is also available in compact disc for $29.95.
For more information, call 663-9198.
Girls night out
When the Chippendales come to town, it’s deemed the “Ultimate Girls Night Out!” Need we say more. So, girls, get out to the Clear Channel Metroplex on Friday, Jan. 27, for the famed Chippendales men’s revue.
The show begins at 8 p.m. The events center is at 10800 Colonel Glenn Road off Interstate 430.
Tickets are $25 and $20 and available at Cupid’s Lingerie on Rodney Parham, Cupid’s Lingerie and More on 65th Street and Cupid’s in Hot Springs, as well as RAO Video in Little Rock and Abby Road in Little Rock and Jacksonville. Call 217-5000 for more information.
Charity Ball at Embassy
Formerly known as the Hope Ball, the Black and White Charity Ball on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Embassy Suites will feature music by Barrett Baber and the local cover band GroanUps. Full bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a live auction will also highlight the event, along with a drawing for a Rolex. The event begins at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the event help pay for the housing of cancer patients while they are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or bone marrow transplants at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and CARTI. Tickets are $100 per person. Call 370-1553 or 228-2227.
The Arkansas Big Buck Classic, which has grown into the largest outdoors and hunting event in the state, will be held Friday through Sunday at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Besides the largest deer racks and bucks of the past season, visitors can enjoy a chili cook-off and more. Hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. For more information, call 985-1533 or visit www.bigbuckclassic.com.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will play “side by side” with its youth orchestra program on Saturday, then will entertain youths on Sunday in shows at Robinson Center Music Hall.
For the third year in a row, ASO and the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra will perform together beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25. The event helps benefit music education programs by the ASO.
Sunday’s ASO’s Alltel Crayon Concerts Family Series show is “Carnival of Animals,” starting at 3 p.m. Conducted by ASO assistant conductor Israel Getzov, the family concerts last one hour with optional free activities starting at 2 p.m. The “grand zoological fantasy” opens with a young boy, tired from practicing the piano, falling asleep in his room with the radio still on, and holding his toy lion. As he sleeps to the sounds of Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” his toys — a regal lion, a 7-foot kangaroo-magician, a school of fluorescent fish, a graceful ice-skating swan, a dancing dinosaur skeleton and more -– come to life. The show is brought to life by award-winning puppeteer Bob Brown’s oversized puppets, props and scenery.
Tickets for Sunday’s show are $8. Call 666-1761.
Winter may never get cold enough, but the Old State House Museum is going to celebrate the winter season anyway with its annual Old-Fashioned Winter Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free.
The Old State House has modeled the fair after London’s Frost Fairs, which were common from the 1500s to the early 1800s. Vendors set up stalls on the ice of the Thames where they sold food, fair souvenirs, books and toys. Horse races, puppet shows, games of skittles and ox roasts were common activities. The Old State House will recreate the atmosphere of those Frost Fairs, though not on ice, with colorful booths and similar activities. Children can make snowflakes, play period games like “bowls” and “skittles,” and enjoy warm refreshments.
Free film classes
Cinematographer and director Jeffrey Seckendorf and film and TV casting director Mark Tillman will teach a pair of free, concurrent acting and filmmaking classes Saturday and Sunday at Cineposium 2006 at the Statehouse Convention Center. The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
Seckendorf will talk about visualizing a film from start to finish. Seckendorf began teaching film courses in the mid-1980s at the International Film and Television Workshops. His recent cinematography credits include the feature film “Jesus the Driver.”
Arkansans interested in acting will want to sit in on Tillman’s class about character development, resumes, head shots and the guilds. Tillman’s television credits include MTV’s “Faking the Video,” ABC’s “MacGyver,” UPN’s “As If” and daytime soaps “All My Children” and “General Hospital.”
The event, coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, is free but registration is required either online at www.1800ARKANSAS.com/film or by calling 1-800-275-2672.