The LR Winds 25th Flag Day Salute kicks off a celebration – 71Bait

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and arts this weekend:

FUN: Cat Conclave

The Gulf Shore Region of the Cat Fanciers’ Association Presents a Two Day All-Breed Cat Show, “The Crown Jewels of the Gulf Coast Region”, 8:30am-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday at Governors’ Hall I at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main Streets, Little Rock. Vendors will sell all kinds of items for cats and their humans, and a cat rescue organization will be on site. Tickets are $12, $6 for children and seniors, $25 for a family package. Visit

MUSIC: Flag Day Celebration

The Little Rock Winds headline the 25th Flag Day salute, “A Stars and Stripes Celebration”, 7 p.m. Sunday behind the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at MacArthur Park, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock.

Israel Getzov conducts the band in marches, patriotic songs, show tunes and “Casey at the Bat” by Randol Alan Bass, narrated by Rev. Steve Hancock, retired senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. The concert begins with the presentation of the colors by the Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard; The Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Military veterans and active members receive special recognition when the band performs service songs from all US Armed Forces. Blue Bell Creameries will provide free ice cream and Woodman Life will provide free hand flags; Central Arkansas Water will provide complimentary ice water for attendees to use in their own bottled water. Bring beach chairs and picnic baskets with you.

A silent auction for the baton gives attendees the chance to conduct the band’s performance of “Sleigh Ride” during their Christmas concert on December 8th. Sponsor is the Stone Bank. Admission and trolley service before and after the concert between MacArthur Park and the Central Post Office parking lot at 600 E. Capitol Ave. are free. (Parking near the park is limited. The concert will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit

Army band ensembles

Ensembles of the 106th Army Band will perform (weather permitting) during the 2nd Friday Arts Night from 5pm to 8pm Friday on the lawn of the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock. The band’s 5-star brass quintet performs at 5:30pm; the 106th jazz combo enters the stage at 6:30 am. There will be cold drinks. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit

Festival of the spa town

The Hot Springs Music Festival will be revived on a limited basis this weekend at the Central Theater, 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs:

◼️ Today at 7:00 p.m.: Concert “New Beginnings”, with chamber program, including “Canzona No.2” for brass quartet by Giovanni Gabrieli; “Three Etudes on Themes of Gershwin” (“I Got Rhythm”, /”Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”) for solo clarinet, arranged by Paul Harvey; “Duetto for Cello & Bass” by Gioacchino Rossini; “Music for Trumpet and Strings” by Eric Ewazen; “Fantasy on a Peruvian Melody for string quartet and percussion”, arranged by Maureen Nelson; “Etude for a Quiet Hall” for solo marimba by Christopher Deane; and the “String Quartet No. 12” in F major, Op. 96, “American”, by Antonin Dvorak.

◼️ 19:00 Friday: “Collage Concert”, a collection of what festival organizers call “serious, fun and improvised performances”.

◼️ 7 p.m. Saturday: “Celebrations Concert”, with the third movement of the “String Quartet No. 2” by Alexander Borodin; “Duet for Horn and Bass” by Otto Nicolai; the first movement of the “Clarinet Quintet” by Johannes Brahms; and “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets range from $10 to $35. Visit; Visit for more information.

ART: paintings and ceramics

“Still Life: Anne Greenwood and Lane Chapman”, Greenwood paintings and Chapman ceramics will be on display with an Art Night reception on the second Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Gallery at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. The exhibition will remain open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until September 25. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit

“Arkansas Masters”

“A Master from Arkansas: The Work of John Howard”, Celebrating the work of college arts leader and artist John Miller Howard, opening with a reception today from 5-7 p.m. at the Ben J. Altheimer Gallery at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff. The exhibition, in association with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, consists of 16 paintings from the university’s John Howard Legacy Collection and the center’s permanent collection, depicting landscapes, houses, still lifes and abstract paintings. It is open until December 3rd. 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. Admission is free. Call (870) 536-3375, email, or visit

Young artists online

Mindset, by Kya B. of Bentonville, is part of the 61st Annual Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition, viewable online at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts’ website, (Special to the Democrat Gazette)
“The 61st Annual Young Arkansas Artist Exhibition,”
65 works by K-12 students from across the state will be featured in a virtual exhibit on the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts’ website, Guest judge Emily Jean Hood, assistant professor and arts education coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, selected the works from a total of 402 submitted by teachers from 81 different schools in 22 cities; 41 of these works received special awards – one Best in Class and two honorable mentions for each class, along with a winner of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists Award for Achievement in Watercolor and the Ray Smenner Award for Achievement in Painting. Support for the exhibit comes from Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Mid-Southern Watercolorists.

DANCE: ‘Snow White’ en pointe

Arkansas Festival Ballet and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra perform “Snow White” – Choreographed by Rebecca Miller Stalcup to an original score by the Orchestra’s Music Director, Kermit Poling – Saturday at 2pm and 7pm at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado.

Nathan Young, in his fourth season as a company dancer with Grand Rapids (Mich.) Ballet and a graduate of Festival Ballet, will dance the role of the Prince. Festival ballet dancers Mary Clark Allen in the matinee and Ava Wylie in the evening share the role of Snow White with Lizzie Clark as the Rose Fairy, Gray Parrish as the Midnight Fairy and Keira Eady as the Evil Queen. Tickets cost $25. Call (870) 310-2244 or visit

COMEDY: Regan at the WAC

photo Comedian Brian Regan performs at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville on Sunday. (Special Democrat Gazette/Courtesy Netflix)
Comedian Brian Regan
, whose latest special “On The Rocks” is currently streaming on Netflix, performs Sunday at 7 p.m. at Baum Walker Hall at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 495 W. Dickson St. Tickets cost $59.50 to $64.75 plus fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

ETC.: Radio milestone

The employees of the public radio show “Arts & Letters” celebrate the broadcast of their 100th episode with a zoom event. “Arkansas to Hollywood” Friday at 8 p.m. It will feature live music by Jesse Wells of Welles; a visit to writer, director, producer and writer Harry Thomason, the focus of the 100th episode; and the “Technical Wizardry” of Joseph Fuller of Orchestra of One. Register at

The episode aired on May 27th and 29th on KUAR-FM, 89.1. It was dedicated to retired UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson and the memory of the late KUAR Station Chief Ben Fry.

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