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Big finale for Spa Music Fest

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SPA SOUNDS: Music Festival wraps up.
  • SPA SOUNDS: Music Festival wraps up.

The Hot Springs Music Festival winds down this weekend with concerts in the Spa City featuring its apprentice and mentor musicians. On Saturday, the Festival Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Players will perform at First Baptist Church, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Works by Ibert and Shostakovich will be featured.

On Sunday, the Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform at the Hot Springs Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. The group, under the direction of festival founder Richard Rosenberg, will play Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’ ” (arranged by Gustav Mahler).

Other events this week include the Festival Symphony Orchestra performing Ravel, Debussy and Schubert at the Hot Springs Youth Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and the Festival Chamber Players Promenade at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday at 7:30 p.m., where the chamber apprentices will play an assortment of chamber music favorites.

The Festival, in its 11th year, brings together apprentices and orchestral mentors from throughout the world to Hot Springs for two weeks. Rehearsals are free, while the performances have varying ticket prices, usually $15.

For tickets or more information, call 501-623-4763 or visit www.hotmusic.org.



‘Rocky Horror’ at Weekend Theater
Get ready to see and have some fun on stage, like “doing the Time Warp,” when the Weekend Theater presents the campy musical “The Rocky Horror Show” (yes, the one that also became a cult film) beginning Friday, June 16, at the theater at Seventh and Chester streets.

John Thompson directs this gender-bending, glam-rock musical that serves as a send-up to bad horror and science fiction films. The original stage show, with book, music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien, inspired the phenomenal cult classic movie.

The cast includes Carl Carter, Shaylea Harding, John Frank Tyndall III, Drew Ellis, Jason Willey, Regi Ott, Susan Andrews, Duane Jackson, Andy Hall and Byron Taylor.

Admission is $18 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. The show is strongly recommended for mature audiences. Special kits with the appropriate paraphernalia for the “complete Rocky Horror experience” will be sold in the lobby before each show.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the next three weekends, plus a special midnight performance Friday, June 23, and a “Gender Bender Bash” on July 1. Call 374-3761 for reservations or more information.



Travs, Texas League All-Stars in town
The Arkansas Travelers may be having one of their worst seasons at the worst time -– the last year of Ray Winder Field – but the best of the Texas League will be in town on Tuesday, June 20, when the TL All-Star Game is held at Ray Winder.

All-Star night begins with a home run derby at 6 p.m., as Texas League sluggers take aim at the big screen in right field. Gates open at 5 p.m.

The All-Star game begins at 7:10 p.m. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 14 and under. Box seats are available for $8.

John Kruk, the “ESPN Baseball Tonight” analyst and former National League All-Star, will emcee two contests sponsored by Really Nuts!: the Nuttiest Peanut Vendor, bringing in all-star vendors from minor league parks around the country to see who has the most accurate toss, and the Nuttiest Fan Contest, with the winner getting an all-expenses-paid trip to Hershey, Pa., “The Sweetest Place on Earth.”

Kruk, a former Texas League All-Star, also will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Meanwhile, the Travs can’t wait to get the new second half of the Texas League started, while they play out the first half string with a series against the Wichita Wrangers Thursday through Sunday, June 15-18.

Sunday’s game is at 2 p.m. and allows kids to run the bases after the contest. Games on Thursday through Saturday are at 7:10 p.m.

Regular admission prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children, but some discount coupons are available at various sponsors. Visit www.travs.com for more information or cal 664-1555.



Happy Birthday
The Old State House Museum will be celebrating Arkansas’s 170th birthday as a state on Saturday, June 17. The party runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the museum grounds, and admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children over age 3. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks available, and the kids can enjoy hands-on activities, games and entertainment of an old-fashioned nature. Plus, there will be items for bid in a silent auction.

Call 324-9685.



Dad’s Day fun
Maybe dad needs a cruise for his special weekend. Pinnacle Mountain State Park will offer two days of cruises on Lake Maumelle Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18. Hours are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. beginning at Jolly Roger’s Marina on Highway 10. Park interpreters will ride along on the cruise along the shoreline to provide information about the lake, the area and surrounding mountains.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Call 868-5806.

Meanwhile, the Little Rock Zoo will be serving up barbecue for dad on Sunday, June 18. Zoo hours Sunday are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations for the barbecue are required; call 666-2406.



Good golly at the MOD
The Museum of Discovery will feature the program “Gollyology,” which according to the MOD is the study of tricks that make you say “Golly.” Rhys Thomas, a circus artist, returns to the MOD with his follow-up to “Science Circus” on Thursday through Saturday. Kids can learn about the rotation around the center of mass and how a gyroscope works while Thomas flips glass plates and balances spinning balls on top of kids’ heads.

Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and over. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Call 396-7050.



Argenta library opens with Trout Fishing
The William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock will officially open its Argenta Branch downtown on Thursday, June 22, starting with a ribbon cutting and reception at 10:30 a.m. A family festival starts at 6 p.m.

The Argenta Branch is at 506 Main St. The family fest will be held in the area adjacent to the library and will feature a free two-hour concert by Trout Fishing in America, the Northwest Arkansas duo loved by adults and children alike.

Also, local artist Jim Tindall will draw caricature portraits, while Don Baer, better known as “Mr. Don the Magical Balloon Man,” will be on hand to custom-design balloon animals and hats for the kids. Free hot dogs, sodas, and snow cones will be available, and everything is free. Bring lawn chairs and stay a while.

The 2,550-square foot Argenta Branch Library will have an initial collection of 7,500 books, a children’s section, newspapers and other periodicals, new DVDs, six public computer stations with high-speed Internet access and other software applications, wireless Internet access, notary service, photocopy machine, reading and study areas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday though Saturday. The phone number is 687-1061.

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