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'Of Mice and Men': Joseph Graves (left) and Michael Stewart Allen star in Rep production.
  • 'Of Mice and Men': Joseph Graves (left) and Michael Stewart Allen star in Rep production.

Hello to cello
Cellist Zuill Bailey will be the guest performer Saturday and Sunday in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Beethoven in “Bailey and Beethoven Five” at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The Symphony will perform Bee-thoven’s Fifth Symphony, while Bailey, with his 300-year-old cello, will perform Korngold’s “Concerto for Cello in C major, Op. 37” and Saint-Saens’ elegant “Concerto for Cello No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119.” The concert will also feature Herold’s “Overture to Zampa.”

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $16 to $46. Call 666-1761 or visit www.arkansassymphony.org.

Bailey will also perform in Conway on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Hendrix’ Reves Recital Hall, joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free. Call 501-450-4545.



Mexican author visits
Carlos Fuentes, the author of “The Death of Artemio Cruz,” will give two talks while in Little Rock next week, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Monday and the Old State House Museum on Tuesday.

Fuentes will discuss “Mexico and the U.S.: History, Trade and Migration” at UALR’s University Theatre as part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series Monday at 4:30 p.m. His Old State House reading and commentary begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both events are free. Call 569-3296 or 324-9585.

Steinbeck on stage

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's "Of Mice and Men" continues through Sunday, Oct. 30. The play stars Joseph Graves and Michael Stewart Allen as the two itinerant farm workers in the Depression.

Call 378-0405 for tickets. Prices range from $20 to $30.





UAPB features ‘American Taboo’
New York Times best-seller list author J.L. King will appear in Pine Bluff on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff theater department performs the play “American Taboo” at Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium. King, who wrote the controversial book “On the Down Low” about the secret homosexual lifestyle he led while being married, will field questions during a discussion after the play, which begins at 7:30 p.m. UAPB will also perform “American Taboo” on Oct. 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for students and $10 general admission. Call 870-575-4741.

“American Taboo” is a drama about a young educator who seeks therapy to live a happy life as a black, homosexual male. In conjunction with the play, the theater program is working with the UAPB Health Services Department to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, and information will be available about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer, two major causes of death in the black community.



Scooting’ on
Fashion Fridays at Nu Cuisine Lounge, at Cumberland and Markham streets, will feature the Vespa Launch Party, showing off new models of the motor scooters. The event begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and VIP valet parking will be available for all Vespa drivers. Call 378-7500.



Pop the cork
Chateau aux Arc Winery in Altus will unveil its new tasting room on Saturday, Oct. 22. The 4,100-square-foot tasting room and gift shop features amenities and a decor designed to epitomize the elegant, laidback style typically associated with California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries. The 4-year-old winery is owned by Audrey House, who became the youngest winemaker in the United States when she purchased one of the country’s oldest stands of Chardonnay grapes. Chateau aux Arc’s day-long celebration, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., marks the release of two new wines, a zinfandel and a petite syrah, as well as the un-corking of the Chateau’s popular 2003 Cabernet. Other free events include a demonstration from noon to 6 p.m. by artisan Bob Wright of Mountainburg, who will carve grape wine stoppers and handcrafted writing pens from old vine Chardonnay wood. Barbecue will be for sale throughout the day, and the Acoustic Refugees will be performing folk and blues standards starting at 6 p.m. The winery is just off Interstate 40 at exit 41. Call 800-558-9463 or visit www.chateauauxarc.com.



Cats, dogs and auctions
The Humane Society will host its 13th annual “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” a silent and live auction, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Doubletree Hotel Ballroom. Society supporter Sammye Johnson will be honored at the gala. Auction items will cover such categories as pets, children, fashion, home, garden, indulgence, dining, entertainment, travel, and professional services. Patrick Cunningham, Stephano, Rene Hein, Sandy Hubler, Kevin Kresse and others will have artwork to bid on.

Tickets are $45 at the door.



CTLR shows ‘Spirit’
The Community Theatre of Little Rock opens its season with Noel Coward’s “Blythe Spirit,” a three-act comedy, on Friday and Saturday at Woolly Auditorium at the Arkansas School for the Blind. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and the play continues next weekend.

In “Blythe Spirit,” an English novelist invites a medium for dinner, both to get material for a new book and expose her as a charlatan, but his plans go awry.

Call 663-9494 for reservations.



Boo at the Zoo
“Boo at the Zoo,” the annual hauntfest at the Little Rock Zoo, opens Friday, Oct. 21. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will continue through this weekend and next, concluding on Halloween night. Treat stations can be found throughout the zoo, and kids can participate in a costume contest each night. Visit the haunted house, fun house, the Birds of Prey live show, and ride the haunted train. Admission is $5 at the gate ($4 in advance). Call 666-2406.



Children’s carnival
The Scimitar Shrine Temple will sponsor a Halloween Carnival from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the temple. The children’s event is a fund-raiser for the Shrine Hospital Telemedicine Program and will have 25 booths and food concessions. Halloween costumes are welcome. Tickets for games and concessions will be sold at the door. Call 565-5992.




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