The Cantrell Gallery opens an exhibition of panoramic images – 71Bait

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and arts this weekend:

ART: Panoramic Images

“A Broader View of Arkansas: A Panoramic View of Picturesque Arkansas”, Panoramic paintings by Paul Caldwell, on display with a reception on Friday from 6pm to 8pm at the Cantrell Gallery, 8208 Cantrell Road, Little Rock.

The exhibition will remain open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July 1st. Admission is free. Call (501) 224-1335 or visit

‘Soul’ painting

“Longhua Xu: The Soul of Arkansas”, Paintings by Longhua Hu, the Arkansas Arts Council’s 2019 Arkansas Living Treasure, will be on display Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum’s Cabe Gallery, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. The exhibition will be on view through October 16, with a reception on June 10 at 5pm as part of the 2nd Friday Art Night in the spa town.

Paintings by Hot Springs artist Longhua Xu will be on display Friday at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum. (Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism)
Xu immigrated to Hot Springs from China with his family in 1989. This series of paintings was created from photographs of family outings with Xu’s late wife, their children and grandchildren; Paintings of farmers’ markets, swap meets and other social events “are love letters to his adopted country,” according to a press release.

The opening times of the gallery are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit

‘friends etc.’

“friends etc.” – Oil painting by Arkansas artist Natalie Conway – is on 5/13, 211 South, at the offices of Engel & Volkers Northwest Arkansas, 211 S. Main St., Bentonville. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; during Bentonville Farmers Market, 9-12 Saturday; and by appointment. E-mail [email protected] or visit

photo He Doesn’t Do Agape At All, part of Boyfriends, Etc. Oil Painting by Arkansas artist Natalie Conway, is on display at 211 South in Bentonville. (Special issue of the Democrat Gazette)
Paper cuts and portraits

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, will host a reception for the exhibits “In Between” by Tammy Harrington and “Life’s a Card Game” by Rashawn Penistertoday 5-7 p.m.

In Between, which runs until July 30, combines Harrington’s work as a printmaker with the Chinese folk art of paper cutting. Until June 25, Penister’s exhibition features mixed-media portraits inspired by the phrase “To play the cards you’re dealt,” cutting playing cards into various shapes and creating portraits of well-known figures including Miles Davis and Kendrick Lamar . and anonymous subjects.

Admission is free. The opening hours of the gallery are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (870) 536-3375 or visit

photo Jaydon Clark plays Marty in Benton’s Young Players production of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.” (Democrat-Gazette special/Matthew Burns Photography)
THEATER: Musical “Madagascar”.

Benton’s Young Players stage “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.” (Music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan, book by Kevin Del Aguila, based on the animated feature by DreamWorks), 7pm Thursday through Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton. The production uses a strobe light and uses haze. Sponsor is Saline County Children’s Dentistry. Tickets are $18; $15 for seniors 60+, military and students with valid ID; $8 for K-12 students. Visit

MUSIC: “Together Again”

The River City Male ChoirIn its first live performance in more than two years, “Together Again” comes as a song, Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday and May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

The approximately hour-long program, which is performed without an intermission, includes “Come to the Music” and “The Awakening” by Joseph M. Martin; “Danza” by Linda Spevacek; “Courage Lives” by Mark Patterson with alternative lyrics by David Glaze; “We Pray for Peace”, music by Jean Sibelius, lyrics by Carolyn Winfrey Gilette, with a choir for the audience; and arrangements of “What a Wonderful World”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, https:/ /”Feeling Good”, cantrell-gallery-opens-panoramic-paintings-exhibit/”Always look on the bright side of life”, paintings exhibition/”We Rise Again” and the traditional spirituals “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Like a River in My Soul”. Glaze conducts.

Doors open one hour before “curtain time”. Admission is free. Call (501) 377-1080.

photo Organist Kevin Kwan performs at the Cathedral of St Andrew in Little Rock on Friday. (Special issue of the Democrat Gazette)
Organ Honors

Kevin KwanOrganist and Music Director for Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia, will perform a concert celebrating the life of Robert Young Ellis and commemorating Emily Cooper Gibson at the Nichols & Simpson organ in the Friday at 7:30 p.m Cathedral of St. Andrew, 617 Louisiana St., Little Rock.

The programme: “Prelude and Fugue” in C minor, BWV 546, by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Ciacona” in E minor by Dieterich Buxtehude; “Fantasy” in A minor by Cesar Franck; “Suite on Christ and Luke” by Carl Haywood; “Meditation on ‘Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether'” by Gerre Hancock; Jerusalem, My Happy Home and Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound” by George Shearing; and an improvisation on Haywood’s “We Shall Overcome.”

Speakers are the Central Arkansas Chapter, American Guild of Organists; the Robert Ellis Trust; and Gerald Gibson. Admission is free. Call (501) 374-2794.

“Howling” Winds

The Little Rock Winds Chamber Players will be there “Howl at the moon,” Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Highland Valley United Methodist Church, 15524 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock. The program includes Dana Wilson’s saxophone quartet Howling at the Moon; Florence Price’s Octet for Brass and Piano; Gordon Jacobs “Old Wine in New Bottles”; and the second and third movements from Philip Sparke’s “Dance Movements”. Tickets cost $15 and are free for students. Visit

Timeless Hymns

“Timeless Treasures of America’s Favorite Hymns” is the subject of the Little Rock Musical Coterie meeting on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock. Organist Janine Tiner and pianist Eloise Stowe accompany the audience singing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” by Henry Van Dyke, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chisholm, “Amazing Grace” by John Newton, “Here I Am “. Lord” by Dan Schutte and “God Be With You Until We Meet Again” by Jeremiah Rankin. Guests are Don Brazile, tenor; Suzanne Loerch, soprano; the Ladies Ensemble of the Hot Springs Music Club; violinist Celia Wallace; and pianist Don Bingham. A meet-the-performers reception will be held in the Sanctuary Atrium. Admission is free. Call (501) 327-1118.

MOVIE: “Made in Arkansas”

More than 50 new short films, feature films and documentaries as well as “a few favorites from the virtual festivals 2020 and 2021” will be shown as part of the Made at the Arkansas Film Festival, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Beer, wine and concessions are sold throughout the festival and there are breaks between each block. Day passes are $10; Weekend passes are $30. To purchase tickets and find a full schedule of events, visit

Festival Preview

Jonesboro’s Foundation of Arts, in partnership with the Arkansas Cinema Society, offers a foretaste in April 2023 OASIS film and digital festival, which will be held alongside the existing OASIS Arts & Eats, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Forum Theater, 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro. Admission is free. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit

The event will include a 6:00pm screening of “Antiquities,” filmed largely at a used furniture store in North Little Rock. A recorded question-and-answer session follows with producer, writer and actor Graham Gordy and producer, writer and director Daniel Campbell.

The Oasis Festival, taking place April 21-23, 2023, is “a celebration of film and the art of filmmaking in the Northeast Arkansas region and throughout the state of Arkansas,” according to a press release.

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