Other entertainment, events and arts venues this weekend:
ART: ‘Delta Voices’
The first of three video segments from “Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South,” highlighting the work of sculptor Renata Cassiano Alvarez and painters Vaughn Davis Jr. and John Isiah Walton, will be shown online Wednesday through the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/arkansasmuseumoffinearts. Subsequent “episodes” will premiere on August 31st and September 7th. The virtual exhibition will be open indefinitely.
The videos represent the 2022 edition of the museum’s “Delta Exhibition,” which since 1958 has “increased the visibility of the region’s artists and reflects changes in the cultural landscape,” according to a press release. It has evolved from an annual juried exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center to this collaborative virtual series during the institution’s transformation at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. It is in collaboration with regional museums: the works of Alvarez and Davis with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Walton’s with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. It will become a three-year exhibition once the museum reopens, now scheduled for spring 2023.
The Arkansas Cinema Society hosts a screening of “Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South” and a panel discussion with the artists, Aug. 31 at the Ron Robinson Theatre, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Doors open at 6pm for a pre-screening reception. Admission is free; reservations are recommended. Visit arkansascinemasociety.org.
MUSIC: Symphonic season
The Conway Symphony Orchestra previews its 2022-23 season with its annual free Concert in the Park, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 23 at Laurel Park on Robinson Avenue in Conway.
The orchestra’s fall performances will take place in Reynolds Performance Hall; The spring concerts will be in the 450-seat Concert Hall of the new Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts, both at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.
The rest of the lineup (except as noted, 7:30 p.m.; Israel Getzov directs):
◼️ October 30, 4 p.m. Violinist Alexander Markov performs classical selections and a work for electric violin. Also on the program: “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky and “Symphony No. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
◼️ December 3: “Holiday Spectacular!”, with the Conway Men’s Chorus; The Arkansas Festival Ballet dances parts of “The Nutcracker” by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. And there will be a visit from Father Christmas.
◼️ March 4: pianist Ana Maria Vera solos in Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”; also on the program: “Fratres” by Arvo Part with concertist Linda Hsu as solo violinist and “The Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi.
◼️ April 22: Kristin Lewis, soprano, Little Rock native and UCA alumna, performs arias and excerpts from her favorite operas.
Season passes cost $95 to $190; single tickets, which go on sale Sept. 15, are $25-$45 for Reynolds Hall concerts, $30-$60 for the Windgate Center, with discounts for UCA faculty; $10 for children 10 and under with paying adults and UCA students with ID. Call (501) 450-3265 or (501) 269-1066 or visit conwaysymphony.org and facebook.com/conwaysymphony.
ETC.: Podcast workshop
The Arkansas Arts Council hosts a workshop, “Using the Podcast as a Creativity Tool”, Saturday 10am-1pm at American Business Engine, Suite 2848, 400 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. Consulting expert Ti King and artist business expert Elizabeth Silverstein will examine the ins and outs of podcasts aimed at the “creatives” of Arkansas. It will also prepare attendees for the Arkansas Podcast Convention on September 8th. Admission is free but in-person seating is limited, so please register at eventbrite.com/e/394619937857. This workshop will also be available on Zoom. e-mail [email protected]s.gov or visit tinyurl.com/y7sj73va.
Lori Thornton, professional genealogist and academic librarian, is the featured speaker at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hybrid. Genealogy Workshop 2022, 9:30am-3:30pm Oct. 1 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Participants can attend in person or participate virtually via Zoom. Visit tinyurl.com/mw5p5v3 or register (in person or virtually) at tinyurl.com/mtbrpms5. The workshop will not be recorded or streamed live and will not be viewable at a later date.
Sessions include “Online Resources for Southeastern States Research,” https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/aug/23/delta-voices-exhibit-showcases-3-mid-south -artists/”Descendant Research: Finding DNA Matches and Other Contemporary Cousins”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/aug/23/delta-voices-exhibit-showcases-3-mid-south- artists/”Left Behind: Testaments and Probate for the genealogist — Find out what records are available” and “Socials for Genealogists”. Doors open at 9 a.m. Entry is free. Free validated parking is available on the surface in front of the main library and in the parking deck on Rock Street and President Clinton Avenue.