JAZZY: Banu's Porter.

New Orleans singer and bandleader Banu Gibson will be joined by pianist David Boddinghaus for a salute to Cole Porter — “Cole Porter Tonite” — at Wildwood Park on Friday, March 9.

The show, part of Wildwood’s Cabaret series, includes dinner at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m.


Gibson will cover many of the famed songwriter’s tunes, including “What Is This Thing Called Love,” “Love for Sale” and “Anything Goes,” as well as medleys of songs from such Porter-written Broadway hits as “Kiss Me Kate.”

For tickets, call 821-7275 ext. 232 or 888-278-7727 ext. 232 or visit www.wildwoodpark.org. Wildwood is on Denny Road, just off Kanis Road in West Little Rock.



Chapman leads Jam

Steven Curtis Chapman will highlight a big lineup of Christian contemporary music artists in the Winter Jam 2007 show at Barton Coliseum on Sunday, March 11.

Showtime is 6 p.m. Others on the bill include Hawk Nelson, Britt Nicole, Jeremy Camp and Sanctus Real.

Tickets are $10 and available through the coliseum box office, 372-8341.


Civil rights on film

Motion pictures and documentaries, including a student-produced documentary, will be screened Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, at “The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival” at Market Street Cinema, 1521 Merrill Drive.

The films are related to the civil rights movement in the United States and the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. Admission is free (limit of four tickets per person), but a ticket is required and can be picked up at the Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center, 2125 Daisy Gatson Bates Drive, before Saturday or at the theater during the weekend.

The festival is sponsored by the national historic site, in partnership with the Market Street Cinema and the Ozark Foothills Film Fest.

Saturday’s lineup of films begins at 2 p.m. with Disney’s “Ruby Bridges,” the true story of 6-year-old who was one of the first black students to integrate a public elementary school in New Orleans. “The Ernest Green Story,” the Disney film that chronicles the story of the only senior in 1957-58 among the Little Rock Nine, is set for 4 p.m. Both films will be preceded by “A Girl Like Me,” a seven-minute documentary directed by Kiri Davis exploring the standards of beauty imposed on today’s African-American girls and how it affects their self-image.

“Time of Fear,” an hour-long film about the relocation of 110,000 Japanese-Americans forced to relocate during World War II to camps, including two in Southeast Arkansas, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. “The Little Rock Nine,” an hour-long film directed and produced by Fern Levitt, examines the students who desegregated Central in 1957 and includes an interview with former President Bill Clinton. The 9 p.m. show will be preceded by a 10-minute documentary, “Separate But Equal: The Ruling that Changed the Future,” by students Sarah and Emma Bailin.

The festival resumes at 1 p.m. Sunday with “Mendez vs. Westminister: For All the Children (Para Todos los Ninos),” about the 1943 California court order to end segregation in public schools, which set an important legal precedent for ending segregation in the U.S.

“Hoxie: The First Stand” is a 56-minute documentary directed by David Appleby that follows the voluntary desegregation of the Arkansas town’s schools in 1955 following the Brown v. Board of Education decision. It begins at 2 p.m.

“Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey” is a 52-minute documentary about one of the Little Rock Nine, and will be screened at 4 p.m.

“The Lost Year,” directed by Sandra Hubbard, is a 60-minute documentary recounting the events around the closure of the Little Rock public schools in 1958-59. Hubbard will attend the 7 p.m. screening and participate in a question and answer session.

Sunday’s 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. showings will be preceded by the Bailins’ student documentary. The 4 p.m. Sunday showing will be preceded by “A Girl Like Me.” The 1 p.m. film will be preceded by the short film “Nine From Little Rock.”

Valley of Vapors opens with Lucero

More than 30 international bands will participate in the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival March 13-18 in Hot Springs. Lucero, Thunderbirds Are Now, Call Me Lightning, The Dials, Farmer Jason (from Jason and the Scorchers), and Japanese comic-action punks PeeLanderZ help make this lineup the biggest in the festival’s brief, three-year history.

The festival also opens its new home, the Low Key Arts Building, a 6,000 square foot space at 118 Arbor St. in downtown Hot Springs that has undergone six months of renovation. Lucero, along with Brian Martin and the Blacks, will play during Wednesday’s grand opening. Rock poster artist Jay Ryan will also have artwork on display. Doors open at 7 p.m., and limited $10 tickets are on sale at CDs for Less, Our Daily Bread and Maxine’s, all in Hot Springs.

For a sneak peek at the venue, a free show with PeeLanderZ and River City Tanlines is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Farmer Jason will lead a kid’s matinee show, another first for the festival, at the Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Rock shows continue at the Low Key Arts Building through Sunday, and tickets are $5 Thursday through Saturday and $2 on Sunday. Many of the acts are participating in the South-by-Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas. For a complete schedule, see www.valleyofthevapors.com.

Quick hits

Andrea Wiley, a Hollywood director and producer, will be on hand to present her new documentary film, “Soulmate,” at the Statehouse Convention Center on Saturday. Showtime is 6 p.m. and admission is free … County-level winners from throughout Arkansas will convene at the UALR’s University Theatre Saturday, March 10, for the Arkansas State Spelling Bee. The contest will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free. The winner gets a trip to the National Spelling Bee. Call 378-3807 … Outstanding pianists will go for the gold in UALR’s Piano Festival Gold Medal Finale Concert on Saturday at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. The event begins at 4 p.m. and admission is free.