THURSDAY 10/4, SATURDAY 10/6
‘AQURLD WAVES’ AT ‘THE WATER ABOUT US’
7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Thu. and Sat. HPER Center Swimming Pool, University of Central Arkansas. Free.
Water-human relationship status: It’s complicated. We’re made up of the stuff. We require it for survival. On the other hand, we can drown or get our cars fatally whopperjawed by a few scant inches of it. In an exploration of the watery ties that bind, the Atlanta/Dallas-based Core Dance Company, the St. Louis-based HEARding Cats Collective and local spoken word artist Chauncey Williams (a Central High grad, now studying at the UCA Honors College as a freshman) have joined forces for an underwater performance called “Aqurld Waves,” in which they’ll perform on “special instruments and devices underwater, project video on the water and on poolside screens, and execute movement sequences in the water and poolside,” a press release reads. “Audience members, who can choose to sit poolside or float in the water along with the artists, will experience a full sensory awareness of water, not only how it feels but how it sounds and affects our movements.” ASL interpretation will be provided, and attendance is free, but you’ll need to reserve a spot at uca.edu/cfac/water-about-us/aqurld. And if somehow the two words “underwater concert” don’t pique your interest, “Aqurld Waves” is part of “The Water About Us,” a weeklong celebration of our connection to water (which is, in turn, part of a series of events for Conway’s Eco + Arts Fest 2018; see the full schedule at conwayecofest.com) “The Water About Us” also includes a display of Adger Cowans’ “Water Photographs” — up in the Hallway Gallery at UCA’s McCastlain Hall through Oct. 12 — and collaborative works by Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan, an Israel-based couple who have been climbing ladders and seaside driftwood and all sorts of other things for over a decade to make public art on Jekyll Island, Ga.; in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood; and in their native Tel Aviv, among other locales. They’ll build a water-themed installation at Laurel Park (2310 Robinson Ave.) and a ceiling mural called “Wishing Well,” meant to “to evoke the molecules and movement of water. Components from those installations will be created by UCA students, to be reused by the artists in a permanent ceiling mural in UCA’s Office of Diversity and Community.
FRIDAY 10/5-SATURDAY 10/6
HOT WATER HILLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
4 p.m. Fri., Noon Sat. Hill Wheatley Plaza, 629 Central Ave., Hot Springs. $15-$25.
There is, as it turns out, absolutely no rule that parents must tolerate musical mediocrity in order to take their kids somewhere there’s a Cardboard House Construction project, a Custom Name Necklace workshop and something called Starstuff Storytime Theater. Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival, the kid-friendly fall counterpart to Low Key Arts’ beloved Valley of the Vapors, pairs raucous rock from Larkin Poe and J.D. Wilkes with mesmerizing pop riffs from the Tel Aviv-based Lola Marsh and Broncho this year, plus sets from Rah Howard, Miles Francis, The Violet Ultras, the Spa City Youngbloods, Reckless Saints, Modeling, Brian Martin and Bas Clas. See hotwaterhills.com for the full schedule. Tickets are $15/day pass, $25 for the whole weekend enchilada.
AMASA HINES: ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
9 p.m. Rev Room. $12-$15.
Heralded in with the buoyant single “Zatoichi ” — followed by the measured unfurling of a meditation-turned-outpour called “Life in the Wake of Eternal Noir” — is Amasa Hines’ newest EP, “Ivory Loving Glass.” The band is easily one of Arkansas’s chief musical exports over the last half-decade, and this marks Amasa Hines’ follow-up to a 2014 debut, “All the World There Is.” The new record, to our delight but not to our surprise, manages to reflect and rock out in equal measure. File between Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Curtis” and push repeat. Steward of electronic waves and beats Yuni Wa and venerable songwriter Isaac Alexander, two artists who could explode actual heads if they ever made an album together, open the show.
FRIDAY 10/5, SUNDAY 10/7
ARKANSAS CHAMBER SINGERS: ‘THE SINGING HEART’
7:30 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sun. Cathedral of St. Andrew, 617 S. Louisiana St., Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road. $15-$18.
The Arkansas Chamber Singers, an auditioned choral ensemble that’s sneaking up on a 40th anniversary next year, has its spring 2019 concert devoted to Haydn’s “Creation Mass” and its holiday concerts devoted to, well, holiday music. So now’s the chance for the ensemble to perform three- and four-minute gems from the likes of Purcell and Martin Shaw, programmed alongside Dan Forrest’s “Always Something Sings,” a 2015 love song to nature and life set to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem “Music.” Add to all that Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” a rhythmically challenging three-movement ode steeped in mystery, and set to W.H. Auden’s “Three Songs for St. Cecilia’s Day,” later published as “Anthem for St. Cecilia’s Day (for Benjamin Britten).” No doubt, in part, because his birthday falls on St. Cecilia’s Day, Britten is said to have written in his diary as early as 1935 that he’d been seeking a Latin text worthy of marking the patroness’ day, and found it instead in his collaborator Auden’s three stanzas. After beginning composition of the piece in the United States, Britten had to reconstruct the manuscript’s first section from memory; he and his partner Peter Pears decided to return to England in the midst of World War II, and the customs inspectors in New York confiscated the work, lest the music contain some sort of encrypted code. Get tickets at centralarkansastickets.com; $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
THE OPERA HOUSE: MAKING THE NEW MET
3 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater. $25.
From a collaboration between the Arkansas Cinema Society, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Arkansas District chapter of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions comes a screening of the PBS documentary “The Opera House: Making the New Met.” The 111-minute film from Director Susan Froemke tells the story of how “the old Met,” the lavishly appointed Metropolitan Opera House at Broadway and 39th St. in New York City, was laid aside to build a new home at Lincoln Center, a task that would prove as monumental as the House itself. Probably more importantly, though, it tells the story of the people that have fallen in love with opera, and of the voices that have built or graced The Met’s renowned stage; voices like that of revered soprano Leontyne Price, or of longtime Met General Manager Rudolf Bing, or of architect Kyna Leski, the daughter of the man who designed the hall’s much-photographed crystal chandeliers. Diane Kesling, a world-class mezzo soprano who’s sung in the legendary House — not to mention at the Houston Opera, La Scala, Seattle Opera, l’Opera de Nice, and others — leads a Q&A session after the screening, and money raised benefits winners of the Arkansas chapter of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions through their advancement to the regional and national divisions of the annual competition.
TRUST TREE: ROCKIN’ IN THE GARDEN’
4 p.m. Bernice Garden. Donations.
If Wakky Babies, Jamee McAdoo and Hard Rhythm are not household names in your household, may I suggest your playlist could use a dose of Trust Tree? Those performers, among others, were the source of dropped jaws and elevated serotonin levels at a Capitol View Studio concert this summer, in which the fruits of Trust Tree’s 2018 songwriting camps for girls were put on stage in concert and celebration. This Saturday, Trust Tree throws a party to benefit its 2019 Arts & Leadership programming, with beer from Lost Forty Brewing, a photo booth, a pumpkin carving station with pumpkins from Motley’s Pumpkin Patch, a glamour booth with the staff of Southern Blonde and Co., face painting, a zine-making table with zine masters Katie Osbourne and Lizzie Burnham, a poetry-writing station with poet Kara Bibb and performances from McAdoo, Wakky Babies and DOT — a trio comprised of Trust Tree Director Correne Spero and Trust Tree Music and Visual Art Program lead facilitators Melanie Castellano and Jordan Wolf. “At Trust Tree, we aim to provide a space where girls can bring their creative visions to life,” Spero told us, “and overcome self-limiting beliefs about what they can accomplish. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a position in 2018 where it seems as important as ever to emphasize to girls that their ideas and creativity matter. Our programs use art and music to help girls strengthen their confidence and leadership skills and to empower them to know that they can create the positive changes that they want to see in their communities.” Costumes are encouraged, and proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for next year’s songwriting camp, with supplemental funds awarded to girls who might otherwise not be able to attend Trust Tree programs.
HENRY ROLLINS: TRAVEL SLIDESHOW TOUR
8 p.m. Rev Room. $30-$155.
Henry Rollins — former Black Flag frontman punk rock pioneer, spoken word artist, sometimes actor, always activist — has a scrapbook. It’s one he’s put together over the course of his travels as a performer and perpetual sojourner, and one that implies a very intentional process of perspective-broadening. A review from New York State’s The Alt recalls Rollins’ trademark live wire of a voice declaring, “I wanted to go to every ‘Axis of Evil’ country, get a snowglobe and come back intact and say, ‘They were cool to me!'” Recalled, too, are moments of great pause and mystery. Rollins, as the late Anthony Bourdain did, seems like he’d rather talk economics with the line cook at the hotel restaurant than take the recommended winery tour, and he seeks out humanity’s commonality and contention in the more dangerous nooks and crannies of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran. Here, on tour stops like this one, he guides you through some of those moments with candor, enthusiasm and, evidently, some first-rate impersonations of George W. Bush. Admission is $30, and a $155 VIP pass gets you some face time with Rollins and early access to a seat. See arkansaslivemusic.com for tickets.
TUESDAY 10/9 POSTPONED: TUESDAY 9/16
24TH ANNUAL ‘TALES OF THE CRYPT”‘
5:30 p.m. Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 Broadway. Donations.
A lot of storied lives were led by those interred at Little Rock’s 175-year-old Mount Holly Cemetery, and nearly a quarter-century ago an English teacher at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet, Susan Taylor Barham, teamed up with playwright/educator Judy Goss, Fred Busey, the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to tell some of those tales with a program called “Tales of the Crypt.” Student performers were outfitted with period-specific costumery and assigned the role of some Arkansawyer interred there to re-enact graveside, and instead of the expected 300 attendees, Mount Holly’s website reads, 1,200 people showed up. The event is still going strong, and Arkansas figures like Eleanor Counts, Quatie Ross and David O. Dodd are represented by drama students in dialogue and monologue along one of the event’s tours, which begin at both the north and south ends of the cemetery. Admission is free, but anything you can donate goes to the maintenance fund for the cemetery.