‘Barkus on Main’ brings Carnival and dogs to the streets

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:

FUN: Putting on the dog

Downtown Little Rock Partnership offers a dog parade, beer garden, hurricane station, crawfish boil, okra and lots of pearls for the “Barkus on Mardi Gras Main Dog Parade and Block Party” noon-5 p.m. Sunday along 300-700 blocks of Little Rock Main Street.

The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. at Seventh and Main, heading north to Fourth and Main; enter your pup ($20 for one dog, $35 for two) at tinyurl.com/57vasfx9. The entry fee also includes a tote bag filled with goodies and special offers for owners and dogs and eligibility to win prizes in one of seven categories. The sponsor is Hounds Lounge Pet Resort & Spa.

THEATER: Eaters of ‘Quiches’

The Studio Theater, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock, Stages “Five Lesbians Eating Quiche” by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, with contributions from Sarah Gitenstein, Mary Hollis Inboden, Meg Johns, Thea Lux, Beth Stelling and Maari Suorsa, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 in advance, through CentralArkansasTickets.com; $30 at the door. For more information, call (501) 374-2615 or visit studiotheatrelr.com. Covid-19 protocols require face coverings for all customers and recommend social distancing. The theater presented the play on April 2 as part of the South West Theater Conference in Kerrville, Texas.

Musical “Gospel”

Ouachita Baptist University Theater Arts Department Stages 2012 Revival of Musical “The spell” (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by John-Michael Tebelak, loosely based on the Gospel of Matthew), 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jones Performing Arts Center, 409 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia. Tickets are $12. Call (870) 245-5555 or visit obu.edu/boxoffice.

MUSIC: Awards Party

Pianists Karen Walwyn and Linda Holzer, mezzo-soprano Nesheeda Golden and baritone Ronald W. McDaniel ll will perform pieces by the Little Rock native Florence B. Price, celebrating his role in Arkansas’ black cultural heritage, for the Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association’s Anniversary Party and Concert, 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501.W. Ninth Street, Little Rock. Free entry; pre-registration is required by today April 7 at tinyurl.com/v7mc2dpx.

Price, born in what is now the historic Dunbar neighborhood of Little Rock in 1887, was the first black American composer to have her music performed by a major American orchestra and one of the first black classical composers to attract attention. international attention. Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an official proclamation in 2021 observing her April 9 birthdate as Florence Price Day in Arkansas.

DANCE: ‘Pachuquismo’ at UCA

La Mezcla, an all-female dance and music company based in San Francisco, presents its touring production of “Pachuquism” by Vanessa Sanchez – a multi-disciplinary rhythm performance that layers tap dancing with Mexican zapateado, featuring a band that brings together jazz and traditional music Son jarocho from Veracruz, Mexico – at 7:30 p.m. today at Reynolds Performance Hall of the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway.

The nine-person cast, wearing full zoot costumes, portrays the experiences of 1940s “las pachucas” through movement, word and video. A question-and-answer session with Catherine S. Ramirez, professor of Latin American and Latin American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, follows the performance. Funding comes from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Production Grant.

Tickets are $15, $5 for children, students and UCA students, faculty and staff. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/Reynolds.

ART: ‘Flowers’ and ‘Places’

RS Perry’s “Ukraine Sunflowers” will be on display Friday at Christ’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)
“Flowers and enchanting landscapes”, paintings by RS Perry, and “Aware Places”, paintings by Thom Shock, will be on display at a reception Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish House Gallery of Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott Street, Little Rock. The paintings will be in place and available for sale, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday until the end of June. Free entry. E-mail [email protected]

MOVIE: Birthday “Rainy”

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies celebrate 70 years of “Sing in the rain” bringing it back to the big screen:

◼️ Sunday, Little Rock — 4 p.m. at Regal Breckenridge 12 and Movie Tavern and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Colonel Glenn 18; in Fayetteville — 4 p.m. at the Razorback cinema; and in Fort Smith — 4 p.m. at the Malco Ft Smith Cinema.

◼️ Wednesday in Little Rock — 4 p.m. at Regal Breckenridge 12 and Movie Tavern and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Colonel Glenn 18; in Fayetteville — 7 p.m. at Razorback Cinema; and in Fort Smith — 7 p.m. at the Malco Ft Smith Cinema. Get tickets and more information at fathomevents.com.

ETC. : Re: Path of tears

Daniel Littlefield, director of the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, gives a presentation on the history of the Trail of Tears and the Federal Indian Removal Act in Arkansas, titled “Little Rock: A Pivot Point on the Trail of Tears”, at noon today at UALR Downtown, 333 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

Littlefield will discuss the removal of American Indians as a federal policy, its implications for Indian Affairs in the next century, the origin of the term Trail of Tears, and popular misconceptions about it. In recognition of La Petite Roche’s Tercentenary of Little Rock, the lecture will also cover the significance of the role Little Rock played in moving the Five Great Tribes of the Southeastern United States to new lands west of Arkansas.

Free entry. Register to attend the event in person at ualr.at/trail or virtually at ualr.at/trailvirtual.

Ride-o Rodeo

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, partners with Recycle Bikes for Kids and NovelT’s for the first Bike Rodeo Community Event, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The center will provide 50 free bikes for children 17 and under (while supplies last) as well as spare bike parts, including seats and tires. Visitors can take advantage of a bike decorating station, then take their new, tricked-out bikes for a test drive on an obstacle course. Sponsors also include the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation. Admission is free and the event requires no registration. Call (870) 536-3375 or visit asc701.org.

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