Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:
ART: “Delta Voices”
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, appears online Wednesday through the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/arkansasmuseumoffinearts. Subsequent “episodes” will debut on August 31 and September 7. The virtual exhibition will last indefinitely.
The videos represent the 2022 edition of the museum’s “Delta Exhibition,” which since 1958 has “increased the visibility of artists in the region and reflected 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 into the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. It is partnered with regional museums: the works of Alvarez and Davis with the Museum of Contemporary Art St. 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 to happen in the spring of 2023.
The Arkansas Cinema Society hosts a screening of Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South and panel discussion with the artists Aug. 31 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Doors open at 6pm for a pre-screening reception. Admission is free; Reservations are encouraged. Visit arkansascinemasociety.org.
MUSIC: Symphonic season
Conway Symphony Orchestra previews its 2022-23 season with its annual free Concert in the Park, Sept. 23, 7:15 p.m. at Laurel Park on Conway’s Robinson Avenue.
The orchestra’s fall performances will take place in Reynolds Performance Hall; The spring concerts will be in the 450-seat Concert Hall in 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 (except as mentioned, 19:30; Israel Getzov directs):
◼️ October 30, 4:00 p.m. Violinist Aleksandër Markov performs classical selections and a piece for electric violin. Also on the program: “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky and “Symphony No. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
◼️ Dec. 3: “Holiday Spectacular!”, featuring the Conway Men’s Choir; The Arkansas Festival Ballet dances parts of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. And there will be a visit from Santa.
◼️ March 4: Pianist Ana Maria Vera solo in Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 1”; also on the program: “Fratres” by Arvo Part with concertmaster Linda Hsu as solo violinist and “Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi.
◼️ April 22: Little Rock native and UCA student soprano Kristin Lewis performs arias and excerpts from her favorite operas.
Season tickets are $95-$190; individual 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 adult and UCA students paying 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 Podcasting as a Creative Tool”, 10am-1pm Saturday at American Business Engine, Suite 2848, 400 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. Expert consultant Ti King and artist-business expert Elizabeth Silverstein will delve into the ins and outs of podcasting aimed at Arkansas “makers.” It will also prepare attendees for the September 8th Arkansas Podcast Convention. Admission is free, but in-person seating is limited, so registration is required via eventbrite.com/e/394619937857. This seminar will also be available on Zoom. Email [email protected] or visit tinyurl.com/y7sj73va.
Lori Thornton, a professional genealogist and academic librarian, is the featured speaker for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies System hybrid of the Central Arkansas Library System. 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 available for later viewing.
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: Wills and Probate for Genealogists — Learn What Records Are Available” and “Social Media for Genealogists.” Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission is free. Free validated parking is available in the lot in front of the Main Library and parking deck at Rock Street and President Clinton Avenue.