SHARON DOUGLAS: Opens Wildwood season.
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre has added an additional show to the final weekend of its run of the comedy/drama “Steel Magnolias.” A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed Saturday, Sept. 24, on the Rep’s main stage, in addition to shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, when the show closes.
Tickets are $30 for the orchestra section, $28 for the first mezzanine and $20 for the second mezz. All performances other than the 2 p.m. Saturday additional show have sold out. Call 378-0405.
James Brown at UCA
Legendary soul singer James Brown, who has performed for more than a half-century, brings his band and backup dancers to the University of Central Arkansas’s Farris Center on Thursday, Sept. 22, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students.
Cabaret at Wildwood
Cabaret comedienne opens the Wildwood season at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 with "Out of Bounds," a musical commentary on the Little Rock cultural scene. Tickets are $35. Call the box office at 821-7275, ext. 232, for more information.
Chorus has ‘Faith’
Little Rock’s River City Men’s Chorus opens a new season with an expanded schedule. The group will present the program “Faith,” a concert of inspirational choral masterpieces, at its regular 3 p.m. Sunday time, with an additional 7 p.m. Monday show at Trinity United Methodist Church, Evergreen and Mississippi streets. The shows are free.
The RCMC is led by David Glaze. Composer Jess Anthony and soloists Michael Watson and Bernard Turgeon will be among the singers featured in the program, which includes “Hospodi Pomilui,” sung in Russian, and the spiritual “Ain-A That Good News” by William Dawson.
For more information, call 377-1080 or visit www.rivercitymenschorus.com.
Dinner honors Pfeifer
Supporters of the art programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will hold their annual Gallery Dinner in Gallery I from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The dinner is dedicated to the memory of Susan Pfeifer, an artist and collector who died last December. In Gallery II, the show “Highlights from the Susan Pfeifer Collection” will feature work by artists famed internationally, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and locally, including Sammy Peters and Kathy Holder. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 569-3296.
Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School’s acting classes will present an original murder-mystery dinner theater presentation, “The Last Hurrah!” by Sinovia Mayfield and Angela Paladino at the MacArthur Military Museum in MacArthur Park beginning Thursday, Sept. 22. A cast of 45 acting students will join the audience as former graduates at a class reunion. The evening’s dinner, consisting of both vegetarian and meat entrees, will be furnished by The Olive Branch. The performances on Sept. 22, 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1 will begin at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), and dinner is served as part of the play.
Tickets are $20. Call 447-2362 for reservations, or purchase tickets at the school, 2501 Barrow Road.
The Museum of Discovery in the River Market district welcomes back the exhibit “Predators” beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, and running through Jan. 15. The exhibit shows the amazing ways animals sense, track and capture prey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $6.35; children ages 3-12, $5.85; seniors, $5.35. Call 376-7050 or visit www.amod.org.
UALR’s theater debut
“How I Learned to Drive,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paula Vogel, opens the UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance season with performances Sept. 27-Oct. 2 in Haislip Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts. The cast includes Don Bolinger as Uncle Peck and a group of student actors. The play is a metaphor for a woman’s journey through life. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Friday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 2. General admission is $7; student, faculty and seniors is $5. The play is recommended for mature audiences. Call 569-3456.
Festival of wines
More than 500 wines will be featured at the second Festival of Wines, at the Acxiom Veranda downtown from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The event, presented by Alltel Corp. and Jack Stephens Heart Center at St. Vincent, will include wine tasting by region, with appetizers made available by local restaurants. Silent and live auctions with trips, wine tastings, art and more also will be part of the night. Tickets are $60 at the door or $50 at the American Heart Association, 901 W. Second St. All proceeds benefit the Heart Association. Call 375-9148.
Chris Bowen of One Stone Reggae Band is presenting “Reggae Rhythms,” a celebration of Bob Marley featuring the Jamaican guitar legend Earl “Chinna” Smith, who played with Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Lauryn Hill, Joss Stone and more, on Friday, Sept. 23, at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom. Smith and Joseph Israel, a Fayetteville resident who also will appear, are on an acoustic tour and will perform with One Stone. Admission is $10 and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Chinna Smith and Joseph Israel take their show to Fayetteville on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of the international music and spoken word Peace on Earth Music Festival at the University of Arkansas’s Greek Theater on Dickson Street from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Along with Smith and Israel, the musical entertainment will include salsa group Papa Rap and DJ Tores, folk artist Geoff and Leslie with Kelly Mullhollan, roots dancehall DJ Hod-I from Santa Cruz, and D. West and the Unknown SolJahs with Empress Pelayah, performing a fusion of alternative, hip-hop, reggae and jazz. Spoken word artists include Clayton Scott, internationally acclaimed slam poet, and Curtis Tate, actor and storyteller of African and African-American traditional tales. Admission is free.