Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:
ART: ‘Delta Voice’
The first of three video segments “Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South,” Highlighting the work of sculptor Renata Casiano Alvarez and painters Vaughn Davis Jr. and John Isiah Walton, the exhibit goes 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 be held indefinitely.
The videos represent the 2022 edition of the museum’s “Delta Exhibition,” which since 1958 has “increased the visibility of the region’s artists and reflected changes in the cultural landscape,” according to a news 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 in partnership with regional museums: Alvarez’ and Davis’ works with the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis; Walton with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. It will be a triennial exhibition after the museum reopens, now scheduled for spring 2023.
The Arkansas Cinema Society hosts a screening of “Delta Voices: Artists of the Mid-South” and a panel discussion with the cast, 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: Symphony season
Conway Symphony Orchestra A preview of its 2022-23 season is the annual free Concert in the Park, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 23 at Laurel Park on Robinson Avenue in Conway.
The orchestra’s fall performance will be in Reynolds Performance Hall; The spring concerts will take place in the 450-seat concert hall of the Windgate Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, both at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.
The rest of the lineup (as noted, 7:30 p.m.; conducted by Israel Getzov):
◼️ Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Violinist Alexander Markov performs classical selections and electric violin works. 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 Chorus; Arkansas Festival Ballet dances parts of “The Nutcracker” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. And there will be a visit from Santa.
◼️ March 4: Pianist Ana Maria Vera solos in Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”; Also on the program: “Fratres” by Arvo Part with concertmaster Linda Sue as solo violinist and Ottorino Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.”
◼️ April 22: Soprano, Little Rock native and UCA alumna Christine Lewis performs signature arias and excerpts from her favorite operas.
Season tickets are $95-$190; Individual tickets on sale Sept. 15 are $25-$45 for the Reynolds Hall concert, $30-$60 for the Windgate Center, with discounts for UCA faculty; Adults paying $10 for children 10 and under 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 hosts a workshop, “Using Podcasting as a Creative Tool,” Saturday 10 am to 1 pm at American Business Eng., Suite 2848, 400 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. Consulting expert Tee King and artist-business expert Elizabeth Silverstein will examine the ins and outs of podcasting aimed at Arkansas “creatives.” It will also prepare attendees for the Sept. 8 Arkansas Podcast Conference. Admission is free but individual seating is limited, so registration via eventbrite.com/e/394619937857 is required. This workshop will also be available on Zoom. Email [email protected] Or visit tinyurl.com/y7sj73va.
Lori Thornton, a professional genealogist and academic librarian, is a featured speaker for the Central Arkansas Library System’s Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Hybrid. 2022 Genealogy Workshop, 9:30 am-3:30 pm 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 broadcast live and will not be available for later viewing.
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 Milan and Other Contemporary Cousins,”https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/aug/23/delta-voices-exhibit-showcases-3-mid-south-artists/”Back Left: Genealogist for Wills and Probate — Learn What Records Are Available,” and “Social Media for Genealogists.” Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission is free. Free valid parking is available at the Main Library and on the surface of the parking deck at Rock Street and President Clinton Avenue.