- From Russia, with love.
Arkansas Twisters, who won their first game of the season last Friday on the road, open their Arena Football 2 home season at Alltel Arena on Saturday, April 8, against the Amarillo Dusters.
The game will celebrate the new Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum that opens later this summer at Alltel Arena. Hall of Famers from all eras in sports will be making appearances at the game to meet with fans and sign autographs. The first 2,000 fans will receive Hall of Fame posters to be signed by the Hall of Famers in attendance.
Hall of Famers expected to attend include Paul Eells, the “Voice of the Razorbacks”; former Harlem Globetrotter Hubert “Geese” Ausbie; former Arkansas State Head Coach and Dallas Cowboy staffer Larry Lacewell; former Hogs All-America quarterback Billy Moore; former UCA and Washington Redskins linebacker Monte Coleman; former Razorback basketball “Triplet” Marvin Delph; former Razorback great and Major League Baseball player Kevin McReynolds; former Hogs great and Chicago Bulls player Joe Kleine, and All-Century Athlete Clyde Scott.
Pre-game Twister tailgate parties will precede every home game, and Saturday’s free tailgate runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $2 beer, live music and complimentary hot dogs and cokes. Children can enjoy a kids’ section with a new Twisters inflatable jumper from Pump It Up.
Kickoff is 7:05 p.m. Tickets range from $10 for upper bowl ends to $23 for the lower middle bowl, rows 3-8. If any seats remain for rows 1 and 2 of the lower bowl, they are $38.
Call 975-5425 for more information or to purchase tickets, or visit www.arkansastwisters.com.
RimRockers show fan appreciation
The Arkansas RimRockers conclude their regular season on Thursday with hopes that a win at Alltel Arena will extend their season in the NBA Development League Playoffs. Thursday’s game with Albuquerque will be Fan Appreciation Night, with all end zone seats priced at $5.
High school students looking for prom outfits will want to attend the game, as the RimRockers will be giving away a prom package that includes a tux, dress, photos, dinner and limo. Also, Pulaski Technical College will be giving away a free semester of tuition.
For ticket information, call 975-4667.
Chamber music finale
Three chamber groups of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will come together for the ASO’s “River Rhapsodies,” the last concert of the season, on Tuesday, April 11, at the Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall.
Showtime is 8 p.m. The Rockefeller Quartet will perform Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”). The Rockefeller, Quapaw and Sturgis quartets will join with John Dahlstrand on double bass to perform Tschaikovsky’s “Serenade, Op. 48.”
The Quapaw Quartet, founded in 1980 as the resident string quartet of the ASO, includes violinists Eric Hayward, Meredith Maddox and Ryan Mooney and cellist Melita Hunsinger. The Rockefeller Quartet’s roster is made up of violinists Christian Baker, Long Long Kang and Katherine Reynolds and cellist Daniel Cline. The Sturgis Quartet’s lineup is violinists Daniel Stachyra, Joanna Whang and Tatiana Kotcherguina and cellist Will Preece. Dahlstrand is in his fifth season as bassist and Arts Partner with the ASO, and he performs around the world with harpist Elisabeth Chardonnet in the chamber music ensemble Duo Millenia.
Cafe 42, the restaurant inside the presidential center, will serve a pre-concert dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the Great Hall terrace will be available for pre-concert cocktails.
Tickets for the concert are $20 and the four-course dinner is $19.95. Call 666-1761 or visit www.ArkansasSymphony.org for tickets or more information. Reservations are required for the pre-concert dinner; call Café 42 at 537-0043.
Russian Trio plays free concert
The Ekaterinburg Trio — the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble from Russia also known as the “Kat Trio” — will perform a free concert on Thursday, April 6, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1700 Napa Valley Drive. The concert begins at 7 p.m. A nursery will be provided.
The classical trio from Ekaterinburg is touring as artists-in-residence in Madison, Wis., with Wisconsin Public Radio and the Chazen Museum of Art. These world-class players offer unique Russian arrangements and transpositions of timeless melodies. The trio members are violinist Victoria Gorbich, clarinetist Vladislav Gorbich and pianist Viatcheslav Ovchinnikov, all graduates of the Ural State Music Conservatory.
For more information, call 225-9231. To hear the Kat Trio, check out the group’s website at www.thekattrio.net.
UALR’s Friends of the Arts will hold a season-ending gala Saturday, April 8, dubbed “Finale” and benefiting the UALR Arts Scholarship Fund. Central Arkansas’s leading arts organizations are partners in the event, which also will honor Central Arkansas arts patrons Chip and Cindy Murphy.
The black-tie-optional celebration includes a 7 p.m. reception with dinner at 8 p.m. in the Jack Stephens Center. Entertainment will feature songs from classic American lyricists and composers sung by UALR students. Along with UALR’s Friends of the Arts, event partners include the Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Festival Ballet, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts.
Tickets are $100 per person ($75 deductible) and will benefit the scholarship fund for UALR arts and performance students. The Murphys are being honored as the first recipients of the Bringing the Arts Together Award.
For more information, call 569-3022.
Elephant cellist plays free show
Composer and cellist Jami Sieber, whose cello playing has been known to wow both people and elephants, will perform a free concert at UALR’s Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9.
Sieber was invited in 2001 to Thailand to meet and play music with the Thai Elephant Orchestra. She played the cello in an open field, and one by one the elephants came out of the surrounding trees forming a circle around the cellist. Then they began swaying their trunks to the music and Sieber reportedly began to cry.
Two improvisational pieces with the Thai Elephant Orchestra, recorded live in Thailand, are featured on Sieber’s CD “Hidden Sky,” which will be available for sale at Sunday’s concert.
The composer will be joined by Michaelle Goerlitz, who specializes in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion styles. Call 569-3096.
Jewish Food Festival
Enjoy all the aspects of Jewish food and culture at the Jewish Food Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the River Market Pavilion.
Admission is free. Last year, more than 10,000 people attended the inaugural event.
This year’s festival will include traditional Jewish foods for sale such as old-fashioned corned beef sandwiches, lox, bagels and cream cheese, kosher hot dogs, matzah ball soup and more. Cultural and religious booths will showcase Jewish life, from ancient Israel to contemporary times in Arkansas. Entertainment will include contemporary and traditional Jewish music.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.
Ballet at Peabody
The Jack Mitchell Big Band will be providing the live music, and beginners can have dance instruction during the party as Ballet Arkansas presents the 3rd annual “Come Dancin’ ” benefit event Saturday, April 8, at the Peabody Hotel. The party starts at 7 p.m. Teachers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio and the Fred Astaire Dance Studios will be available for instruction. Live and silent auctions feature such items as a fur coat, a walk-on part for “The Nutcracker” in December, and classes for one year at Shuffles and Ballet II Dance Studio.
Tickets are $50 per person. Call 223-5150 or visit www.balletarkansas.org.