The music of black composers once again takes center stage

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MUSIC: Music rediscovered

Violinist Andrew Irvin and pianist May Tsao-Lim perform works by two Black American composers whose music has been recently rediscovered, Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock.

The program, titled “Lost and Found: Rediscovered Gems from the Classical Repertoire,” includes the “Sonata” in G minor for violin and piano by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George; “Fantasie No. 1” for violin and piano in G minor by Florence Price, originally from Arkansas; and the “Violin Sonata” in E flat major by Richard Strauss.

A reception meeting with the musicians will follow. The concert will also be broadcast live and then available online via Free entry.

The concert closes the church’s 2021-22 Festival of the Senses series. Partial funding comes from grants from the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Call (501) 753-3578 or email [email protected]

“Just One More Game” is part of the “Doyle Young – Painted Stories: Reflections of Days Gone By” exhibit at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette) ART: ‘Painted Stories’

“Doyle Young – Painted Histories: Reflections of Days Past,” watercolors by Young seeking to capture places he lived — the delta regions of southern Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana — are on display Saturday, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. June, in the main gallery of the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith.

The exhibition will continue until September 25. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free entry. The reception is free for RAM members, suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Call (479) 784-2787 or visit

photo Author Imani Perry discusses her book, “South to America,” Thursday at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. (Special for the Democrat-Gazette/Sameer Khan) LITERATURE: “Southern” perspectives

Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will talk about her book, “From the South to America”, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Perry posits through his book that “the meaning of America is inextricably linked to the South, and that our understanding of its history and culture is key to understanding the nation as a whole,” according to a press release.

The event is part of the CALS 2022 Speaker Series and honors Maurice Smith, who served as former Governor Bill Clinton’s chief of staff. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; free entry. Beer, wine and concessions will be on sale. Prior registration is required; visit

photo Singer Amy Grant (above), comedian Preacher Lawson and Blue Man Group are part of the 2022-23 season at Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette) THEATER: UCA season

A touring company brings its production of the parody musical “Spamilton”, at 7:30 p.m. on September 17, kicking off the Reynolds Performance Hall 2022-23 season at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

  • The rest of the Broadway Series touring shows (all performances at 7:30 p.m.):
  • ◼️ November 19: “Anastasia”
  • ◼️ February 5: “Stand up!”
  • ◼️ February 8: Blue Man Group
  • evening series (all shows at 7:30 p.m.):
  • ◼️ October 15: A Night of Comedy with Preacher Lawson
  • ◼️ December 10: “A Charlie Brown Christmas live on stage”
  • ◼️ February 16: “Lucy Loves Desi: A funny thing happened on the way to the sitcom”
  • ◼️ February 23: Mnozil Brass
  • Pops Series (all shows at 7:30 p.m.):
  • ◼️ September 30: Amy Grant
  • ◼️ November 10: Neal McCoy
  • ◼️ Nov. 12: “RESPECT: The Aretha Franklin Story” (as a “concert experience”)
  • ◼️ March 10: Floyd Nation
  • Distinguished Speakers (all at 7:30 p.m.):
  • ◼️ Oct 28: Frank Warren: “PostSecret and Mental Health”
  • ◼️ April 4: Steve Burns: “What happened to Steve?”
  • Main Stage Education (introduces young students to professional live theater through touring productions):
  • ◼️ 10 a.m. Oct 7, 2 p.m. Oct 8: The Magic of Kevin Spencer
  • ◼️ 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. December 12: “Doktor Kaboom: The science of Santa Claus”
  • ◼️ 12 Feb. 2 p.m., 10 a.m. and 13 Feb. 12:30 p.m.: “The Gruffalo”
  • ◼️ 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 17: “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System”
  • ◼️ 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 21: “The Wizard of Oz”
  • Three performances for Main Stage EDUCATION are also on the program (all at 7:30 p.m.):
  • ◼️ January 20: Purple Piano: A Celebration of Prince Speakers ($25, $10 for children and students)
  • ◼️ March 14: Celtic Angels Ireland ($30-$40, $10 for children/students)
  • ◼️ April 29: Tapestry — the Carole King Songbook ($30-$40, $10 for kids/students).

Individual series prices range from $90 to $130; Performing Arts packages (all three series) range from $245 to $380; individual tickets for all shows in the Broadway, Pops and Night Out series, from $27 to $40, go on sale July 25. (Tickets for Blue Man Group go on sale Sept. 13.) Speaker tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. /students; for Main Stage EDUcation shows $10, $5 for children and students.

Call (501) 450-3265 or visit

DANCE: Dance Camps

Western Arkansas Ballet hosts summer dance camps at his studios, 4701 Grand Ave., Fort Smith.

June 13-17:

◼️ “Sleeping Beauty” ballet camp for children aged 4 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and “Nutcracker” ballet camp for children aged 6 to 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 30 hrs, with lessons in ballet technique, study explorations in music, dance history, nutrition, creative expression and dance vocabulary, culminating in a short studio performance on the last day. Each $75.

◼️ “Eleve” camp for young people aged 10 to 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., an opportunity for young dancers to deepen their knowledge and skills in dance, with “Nutcracker” choreographies and other ballets , with extended technique lessons and additional lessons in dance training, stage makeup, hair, vocabulary, and “a fun ballet game Jeopardy” with a performance on the final day. $150.

June 20-22:

◼️ “Coppelia” ballet camp for 8-9 year olds, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $85.

◼️ “Hip Hop” camp, discovery of the world of hip-hop, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for dancers 8-9 years old and 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. for dancers 10 years old and over. $35.

The registration deadline is June 6; forms are available at the studio or online at

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