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Double the Ballet


ON THEIR TOES: Festival Ballet.
  • ON THEIR TOES: Festival Ballet.

Arkansas Festival Ballet will perform two shows of “Rep at the Rep” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St. Showtime both nights is 7:30 p.m. and advance tickets are $20 ($25 at the door).

The mix of classical and contemporary ballet is choreographed by Mark Bush, who was newly named the AFS’s artistic director. The show will include guest dancers from California and the Nashville Ballet, including Brian Williamson, who danced in last season’s “Swan Lake.” The production opens with a new work choreographed by Laura Hupp, who danced with the American Ballet Theater in New York. The work is titled “Okay with Fauré,” an ensemble piece of contemporary dance performed to the jazz impressionist interpretation of Gabriel Fauré and harmonica by Toots Thielemans. The show also includes the classical duet “Le Corsaire pas de deux,” with the AFB’s Julian Aronson and guest artist Johnny Zhong from China, and “The Red Shoes,” a one-act ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and featuring Aronson and Williamson, plus a sneak peek at “Cinderella Ballroom pas de deux,” which the AFB performs June 2-3, 2007.

A Director’s Circle reception will be held before Friday’s performance starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include reserved seating for the show.

Call 227-5320 for tickets or visit arkansasdance.org for more information.

Good eats, good cause
As many as 50 of the leading restaurants in Central Arkansas will provide food and drink at the annual Silent Sunday, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Statehouse Convention Center’s Governor’s Hall. The event is a fund-raiser for the Arkansas School for the Deaf to buy computers for students. Admission is $20 for adults ($18 in advance) and $5 for children ages 6-12. Call the School for the Deaf at 324-9506.

Old-fashioned rally
Enjoy a family bike ride, parade and music from the John Miller Band and meet many of the politicians running in local in statewide races when the North Little Rock Sertoma Club will hold its election year Downtown Old-Time Political Rally on Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown North Little Rock.

The bike ride begins at 9:30 a.m. on the River Trail, and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Trolley Bar off Main Street, working its way to the City Services Building. The music and other entertainment begins at 11 a.m., and is free.

Call 834-7846 for more information.

Boyd’s Sounds at benefit
Bob Boyd and his band, the Bob Boyd Sounds, will perform at a benefit for the Women and Children First shelter on Friday, Nov. 3. The show will be held at 2nd Place Cafe at Eighth and Cumberland streets beginning at 7:15 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $10.

The Bob Boyd Sounds play big-band-style music from the 1930s to pop hits from the 1990s. The band features Boyd in keyboards, Pat Henry on horns, David Higginbotham on upright bass and Randy McDonald on drums.

Call 374-9284.

Theater watch
The reborn Phoenix Theater Co. concludes its run of “Art,” the award-winning play by Yasmina Reza, on Friday and Saturday at the Public Theatre stage, 616 Center St. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. The play, directed by Helene Rush, stars Charles Sanchez, Tucker Steinmetz and John Thompson. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 663-3641 or visit www.thepublictheatre.com.

The Weekend Theater opens the 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Play, “Take Me Out,” this weekend. A special wine and cheese benefit performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, while regular shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater, Seventh and Chester streets across from Vino’s.

Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out” is a humorous and hard-hitting look at masculinity, sexuality and race in the world of baseball. When the mixed-race popular star player of the world champion New York Empires casually reveals he’s gay, he expects the news to be accepted by friends and fans, but it instead sets off a firestorm of bigotry. Ralph Hyman directs the show.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Call 374-3761 for reservations.

Quick hits
The Black Community Developers Inc., celebrating its 25th anniversary, will honor founder William Robinson Jr. on Saturday, Nov. 4, in a Toast and Gala Benefit. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Inn Metro. Call 379-1538 or 833-3223 for ticket information … The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Opus XXII is Saturday at Robinson Center, with food prepared and presented by Galatoire’s Restaurant in New Orleans and entertainment by Broadway performer Lawrence Hamilton, along with a live auction and dancing with the ASO’s Big Band. The show starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $250, benefiting the ASO education program; call 666-1761 … Sneak a peek at this year’s edition of the UALR Trojans when they play an exhibition game with Ouachita Baptist University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Jack Stephens Center. The UALR Women of Troy will play the Ouachita women in an exhibition at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 569-UALR for ticket information … The seventh annual National Conference for Community and Justice Walk as One will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, followed by pizza and soft drinks for all walkers. The event starts at the River Market. For registration information, visit www.walkasonearkansas.org … Big-band-style trumpeter Doug Scharf, who has backed such artists as Elton John and Sheena Easton, will headline a benefit show in Searcy on Friday, Nov. 3, dubbed “Music of the Greatest Generation: A ‘Radio Show.’ ” Singer Bob Duda, the Harding Jazz Band and more are on tap. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Searcy High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 and benefit the Searcy Humane Society. Call 501-279-4386.


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