Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:
ART: “Delta Voice”
The first of three video segments of “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 exhibited online Wednesday via the Art Museum of Arkansas YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/arkansasmuseumoffinearts. The following “episodes” will debut on August 31 and September 7. The virtual exhibition will be in place indefinitely.
The videos represent the 2022 edition of the museum’s “Delta Exhibition”, which since 1958 has “enhanced the visibility of artists in the region and reflected changes in the cultural landscape”, according to a press release. It transitioned from an annual juried exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center to this collaborative virtual series during the institution’s transformation into the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. It is in partnership with regional museums: the works of Alvarez and Davis with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Saint-Louis; Walton’s with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. It will become a triennial exhibition when the museum reopens, now scheduled for spring 2023.
The Arkansas Cinema Society is hosting a screening of “Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South” and a panel discussion with the artists, August 31 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a screening reception. Free entry; reservations are encouraged. Visit arkansascinemasociety.org.
MUSIC: Symphonic season
The Conway Symphony Orchestra presents its 2022-23 season with its annual free concert in the park, at 7:15 p.m. on September 23 at Laurel Park on Robinson Avenue in Conway.
The orchestra’s fall performances will be at Reynolds Performance Hall; the spring concerts will be held in the 450-seat concert hall at the new Windgate Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, both at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.
The rest of the lineup (unless otherwise indicated, 7:30 p.m.; Israel Getzov conducts):
◼️ Oct. 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 Modeste Moussorgski and “Symphony No. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
◼️ December 3: “Holiday Spectacular!”, featuring the Conway Men’s Chorus; The Arkansas Festival Ballet dances excerpts from The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. And there will be a visit from Santa Claus.
◼️ March 4: solos by pianist Ana Maria Vera in Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”; also on the program: “Fratres” by Arvo Part with first violin Linda Hsu as solo violin and “Les Pins de Rome” by Ottorino Respighi.
◼️ April 22: Soprano, native of Little Rock and alumnus of UCA, Kristin Lewis, performs tunes and excerpts from her favorite operas.
Season tickets cost between $95 and $190; individual tickets, which go on sale Sept. 15, are $25-$45 for Reynolds Hall concerts, $30-$60 for Windgate Center, with UCA faculty discounts; $10 for children 10 and under accompanied by 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 is hosting a workshop, “Using the podcast as a creative tool” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at American Business Engine, Suite 2848, 400 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. Consultant Ti King and artist-business expert Elizabeth Silverstein will examine the ins and outs of podcasting targeting “creatives” in Arkansas. It will also prepare attendees for the Arkansas podcast convention on Sept. 8. Admission is free but in-person seating is limited so registration is required via eventbrite.com/e/394619937857. This workshop will also be available on Zoom. E-mail [email protected] or visit tinyurl.com/y7sj73va.
Lori Thornton, a professional genealogist and university librarian, is the guest speaker at the hybrid Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. Genealogy Workshop 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on October 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 broadcast live and cannot be viewed later.
Sessions include “Online Resources for Researching the Southeastern States”, 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: Wills and Probate for the Genealogist – Find out what records are available” and “Social Media for Genealogists”. Doors open at 9 a.m. Free entry. Free validated parking is available in the surface parking lot across from the Main Library and at the Rock Street and President Clinton Avenue parking lot.