ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Miller orchestra, touring ‘American in Paris’ on stage this week – Arkansas Democrat

The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs big-band classics, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. at Broadway, Little Rock. Nick Hilsher directs. Tickets are $40-$63 plus service fees. Call (501) 244-8800 or visit

American in Paris

A World War II veteran tries to make his mark as a painter in newly-liberated Paris, where he meets a mysterious young Parisian ballet dancer with a haunting secret in An American in Paris (music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, inspired by the Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron film). A touring company brings the show to Conway, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave. Tickets are $30-$40, $10 for children and students. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit

Jazz at the Joint

Seattle guitarist Tim Lerch joins the Ted Ludwig Trio for Jazz at the Joint, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock. Tickets are $30. Call (501) 425-1528, email [email protected] or visit

Frank exhibit, play

“Anne Frank — A History for Today,” a touring exhibit that tells the story of Frank, her Jewish family and friends and the horrors of the Holocaust, on loan from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, will be on display Monday-Feb. 21 in the lobby of the Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The exhibit consists of photographs and text (English and Spanish) on large, freestanding panels. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Feb. 17 and 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Feb. 18-20 and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 16.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the National Players will stage The Diary of Anne Frank, in a new theatrical adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in Reynolds Performance Hall. The play contains mature content, including violence, adult language and sexual references and is intended for a mature audience. Tickets are $10. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit

Fingerstyle guitarists

Fingerstyle string band Finger Food — Steve Davison, Micky Rigby and Danny Dozier — play guitar and banjo, 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, for the church’s next Festival of the Senses series. Admission is free; a reception follows in the church’s parish hall. Call (501) 753-3578.

‘Stray Love’

Storytellers tales of pet rescues and explore how the canine and feline friends enhance the human experience in “Stray Love” from The Yarn storytelling initiative, 7 p.m. Monday at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit the Facebook event page,

Architecture lecture

Steve Clark, founder of Propak, a transportation and supply chain management company, and 64.6 Downtown in Fort Smith will discuss “The Role of Public Art in Creative Placemaking,” 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Windgate Center of Art + Design, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. It’s part of the Architecture and Design Network’s 2019-20 June Freeman lecture series. A 5:30 reception precedes the lecture. Admission is free. Email [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

Harding Valentine

Jazz singer Jaimee Paul and her husband, trumpeter Leif Shires, will perform an evening of love songs for the concert half of a Valentine’s dinner and concert, Tuesday at Harding University in Searcy, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel of the David B. Burks American Heritage Building (907 E. Market Ave,) and the concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium (908 E. Park Ave.). The dinner menu includes filet mignon and salmon with roasted potatoes, asparagus and a flour-less chocolate cake and a fruit garnish. Tickets are $25 ($50 per couple); visit For more information, call (501) 279-4343.

Rogers exhibit

“Reflections of the Black Experience,” including artworks by Brian Elenbarger, Marzelle Williams, Gregory Janicke, Nick Palmer and Leona Hunter-Wade, covering the black American diaspora to the modern-day black experience in America, opens with a reception at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Rogers Experimental House, 121 W. Walnut St., Rogers, during the “Art on the Bricks” Art Walk. Arkansas Arts Academy fifth- and sixth-grade students will perform at 4:45 p.m.

The exhibit, curated by Kinya Christian, features visual excerpts of the 1619 Project, led by Nikole Hannah-Jones with The New York Times, Feb. 29-March 31, into the Trammel Gallery at the Rogers Historical Museum‘s Hailey Building, 313 S. Second St., Rogers. An artist talk-back will take place there at 11 a.m. Feb. 29.

Admission to the reception, the exhibit and the talk-back are free. Call (479) 366-3182 or email [email protected].

Country Megaticket

Live Nation and the Walmart AMP are packaging six country concerts this summer at the amphitheater 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers, into one 2020 “Country Megaticket,” $199.50 to $525 (plus fees):

• Kenny Chesney with Michael Franti Spearhead, June 11

• Rascal Flatts with “special guests,” July 17

• Old Dominion with Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce, July 23

• Jason Aldean with Brett Young, Mitchell Tenpenny and Dee Jay Silver, July 31

• Chris Young with Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith, Aug. 21

• Lady Antebellum with Jake Owens and Maddie Tae, Aug. 27.

Call (479) 443-5600 visit or

Arts awards tickets

March 6 is the deadline to buy tickets — $35 — to the 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards luncheon and ceremony, noon March 17 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, 1800 Center St., Little Rock. Call (501) 324-9767, email, visit or mail checks to the Arkansas Arts Council, 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR., 72201.

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