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Galways star in ASO’s ‘Masters’

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FLUTED: Galway and wife to play with ASO.
  • FLUTED: Galway and wife to play with ASO.

Sir James Galway, one of the world’s great flutists, and his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, will perform in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s annual Masters concert on Thursday (Oct. 12), at Robinson Center Music Hall at 8 p.m.

ASO Music Director David Itkin will conduct. The program includes Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8,” Mozart’s “Flute Concerto No. 2” and “Overture to La Clemenza di Tito,” and Cimarosa’s “Concerto for Two Flutes,” which will be performed by Galway and his wife.

The Los Angeles Times said of Galway, “All performing musicians aspire to the condition of James Galway: He has a technical mastery so complete that it makes everything look easy … No one in their right mind, or ear, could object to such committed, insightful and lovable performances.” The Washington Post said Galway is “as fine and fluent a flutist as the world affords.” Newsday went so far as to say Galway was more than a flute-player, “he is the world’s only flute personality.”

Galway has sold more than 30 million albums. His most recent was the Sept. 15 release, “My Magic Flute,” which is loaded with works by Mozart and features Galway, his wife and renowned harpist Catrin Finch.

Tickets range from $31 to $126 and are available online at www.arkansassymphony.org or by calling 666-1761, ext. 21.



Ride a B-17

The Experimental Aircraft Association will bring a Boeing B-17, dubbed the “Aluminum Overcast,” to the North Little Rock Airport at noon Thursday for rides and tours of the iconic World War II plane available Friday through Sunday.

Rides, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, cost $385 for non-members of the EAA and $425 for non-members.

Tours are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $10 per family, or $6 for adults and $5 for students. There is no charge for WWII vets.

For more information or to book a flight, visit www.b17.org or call 800-359-6217. The airport is at 204 Aviation Way just off Highway 107 and Maryland Street.



Watergate reporter Bernstein to present Darragh Lecture

Award-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, best known as half of the reporting duo of Woodward and Bernstein, who broke the Watergate story for the Washington Post in the 1970s, will present the Fred K. Darragh Distinguished Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Main Library’s Darragh Center.

Bernstein’s talk is titled “Investigative Reporting: From Watergate to the Age of Clinton, to the Era of Bush.”

Woodward and Bernstein’s coverage of the Watergate scandal earned the Post a Pulitzer Prize for public service. The two reporters wrote “All the President’s Men” and “The Final Days,” detailing the last days of the Nixon presidency. Bernstein left the Post in 1976.

Bernstein is currently a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine, and his biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton will be published by Knopf next year.

The program is free. Call 918-3032 for reservations. A reception follows the lecture.



Fall and football getRed Octopus send-up

The local Red Octopus sketch comedy troupe will take on football season, national politics, Halloween and plenty more with its show “Woo Pig Zombie!” opening Monday, Oct. 16, at Easy Street Cabaret, 307 W. 7th St.

Monday night’s admission is $8. The show runs through Oct. 21. $10 will be charged for the rest of the run (wear a costume, however, and get in for $8). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the frivolity starts at 8 p.m.

The crew includes Sandy Baskin, Krystal Berry, Brian Chambers, Josh Doering, Jason Gregory, Jami Kath Harrison, Michael Henderson, Jennifer Pierce and Jason Thompson. Red Octopus has been performing since 1991. For more information, call 372-3530.



Joe Johnson, Hawks take on Rockets

National Basketball Association exhibition action returns to Alltel Arena, bringing Joe Johnson back to his hometown with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Oct. 13. The Hawks will play the Houston Rockets, led by center Yao Ming.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12.25 and are available through the arena box office (975-9000) and all Ticketmaster outlets (Harvest Foods stores, 975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com).



Quick hits

The Weekend Theater wraps up “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” with performances on Friday and Saturday at the theater, 7th and Chester streets. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 … Grab the young ’uns and see “Barney Live!” this weekend at Alltel Arena. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $19 and are available through the arena box office or Ticketmaster outlets … A.J. Calloway, the former co-host of BET’s “106 and Park,” will appear at Philander Smith College on Tuesday, Oct. 17, as part of the school’s “Bless the Mic” lecture series. Calloway will speak about hip-hop culture at 7 p.m. in the M.L. Harris Auditorium … Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma will sponsor Little Rock Sex Fest 2006 on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Easy Street Piano Bar on Seventh and Center. The event, featuring live music and educational demonstrations from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., is designed to promote health and safe sex. Admission is $10. Arkansas native Bob Dorough, a top jazz pianist and songwriter for the “Schoolhouse Rock” TV show, will perform at the Old Statehouse Museum on Thursday, Oct. 19. The 7 p.m. show is sponsored by the Old Statehouse and the Oxford American. Tickets are $15. Call 501-450-5376.

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