- 'WHAT IS ART?': It's a play.
Horacio Gutierrez, considered among the world’s foremost pianists, has wowed critics and audiences alike with his diversity, poetic insight and technical mastery. Debuting professionally in 1970 with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gutierrez has appeared regularly with the world’s greatest orchestras.
The native of Havana, Cuba, will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, for the ASO’s Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series show at Robinson Center Music Hall. Gutierrez and the Symphony, directed by David Itkin, will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” while the ASO will also perform a variety of Halloween seasonal favorites: Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.”
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $16 and are available through the ASO box office, 666-1761, ext. 21.
Gutierrez appeared at the age of 11 as guest soloist with the Havana Symphony. He became an American citizen in 1967. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he resides in New York City.
The ASO’s River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series continues with a show Tuesday at the Clinton Library featuring the Rockefeller and Sturgis quartets. The Rockefeller Quartet will perform Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 23 in F Major” and the Sturgis Quartet plays Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 4.”
The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, and tickets are $25 through the ASO box office. Cafe 42 in the presidential center will be open for dinner at 5:30 p.m.
The reorganized Phoenix Theater Co. will stage its first production beginning Friday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St. “Art,” the award-winning comedy by French playwright Yasmina Reza, will be staged on Friday and Saturday nights for three weekends.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Helen Rush will direct a cast of Charles Sanchez, Tucker Steinmetz and John Thompson as friends who argue over the artistic merits of a painting that is merely a framed white canvas.
Call 663-3641 for more information.
The Community Theatre of Little Rock opens Neil Simon’s “Sweet Charity” musical with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and music by Cy Coleman. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Woolly Auditorium on the School for the Blind campus. Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The show will run Oct. 27-29 as well. Call 663-9494.
The Children’s Theatre will stage “The Reluctant Dragon,” based on the book by Kenneth Grahame, for three weekends beginning Friday. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children. Call the Arkansas Arts Center at 372-4000.
Weekend Theater regular Alan Douglas performs a one-man show, “I Am My Own Wife,” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the theater at Seventh and Chester streets. The play won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award and is based on a true story inspired by interviews the playwright conducted over several years. The show concerns Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived the Nazi years and the subsequent East German communist regime. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. call 374-3761.
Christ the King Catholic Church will hold its 17th annual Spaghetti Supper on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the Church on Pleasant Valley Drive. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, with a maximum of $25 per immediate family. Call 225-0749 … Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes and check out “Boo at the Zoo,” which opens at 6 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5. “Boo at the Zoo” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday; and Oct. 26-27 and Oct. 29-31. Children can enjoy the Boo Express Train, Haunted House, Fun House and Beauty Shop of Horrors, plus there is a nightly costume contest. Call 666-2406 … The Humane Society of Pulaski County’s annual “Reigning Cats and Dogs” fund-raiser is Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel. Live and silent auctions will help raise money for the organization, and cover band Blue State will provide the live music. Tickets are $45 in advance (Whisker’s, the Humane Society Shelter, River Market Artspace, Faux Pas and The Showroom on Cantrell) and $50 at the door … Experience Arkansas history with Native American storytellers and costumed “pioneers” at the 15th annual Rendezvous at Pinnacle Mountain this weekend at the state park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is $7 per vehicle. Call 868-5806 … The Arkansas Hospitality Association will hold its 62nd annual trade show and convention at the Statehouse Convention Center on Monday through Friday Oct. 23-27, featuring local celebrity “Iron Chef” competitions starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, along with chef demonstrations and vendor exhibits open to the public on Oct. 25-26. Admission at the door is $5. Call 376-2323.