‘Hometown’ circus set in Hot Springs, Greenbrier

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ENJOYMENT: ‘Hometown’ circus

Greenbrier-based Piccolo Zoppe puts on the Winter Circus, Friday-Dec. 4 at Hot Springs Airport, 525 Airport Road, Hot Springs, and “home” Dec. 16-Jan. 1 in Greenbrier’s Matthews Park, 25 Ivy St. Tickets are $25, $15 for “youth,” $30 for “necessary,” with a weekday family five-pack available for $70, online at piccolozoppe.com (where you’ll also find show times. ); $5 up at the door.

For 180 years since the Zoppe family (residents in Arkansas for more than 35 years) first walked the Italian cobblestone streets in 1842, Piccolo Zoppe offers “an intimate, European circus,” in which “no audience member is more than 18 meters from the ring,” according to a press release. Activities include Zoppe horses, dancing dogs, aerialist feats, jugglers and acrobats; concession stands offer European street food and “all the circus favorites, popcorn, candy canes and other goodies.”

MUSIC: Many hands

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Piano Ensemble and the UALR Extended Education Advanced Piano Ensemble will perform at 7:30 pm Tuesday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Admission is free. Call (501) 916-3291 or email [email protected]

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The program includes arrangements for two pianos and eight hands of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. Die Walkure” and four-hand piano works by Maurice Ravel, Cecile Chaminade, Aram Khachaturian and Moritz Moszkowski. Naoki Hakutani conducts.

ART: ‘Good Visit’

“Good Visit,” multisensory, interactive “wall sculptures” by Brande Wilkerson that viewers can transform to create different abstract designs, goes on display and reception, 6-8 pm Tuesday at Argenta Community Theatre’s ACT II – The Sharon Heflin Performing Arts Education Center, 315B Main. St. North Little Rock. The works will also be on public display during Argenta’s Third Friday Art Walk, Friday and December 16, or by appointment – call (501) 416-0973 or (501) 353-1443. The presenting gallery is Pinnacle Fine Arts of North Little Rock. Admission is free.

ETC.: ‘Stateswomen’ writers

Lindsley Armstrong Smith and Stephen A. Smith, authors of “Stateswomen: A Centennial History of Arkansas Women Legislators, 1922-2022,” will participate in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented to the nearly 150 women who served in the Arkansas General Assembly, 6 pm Tuesday in the Choctaw Building at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. A book signing will follow; copies of the book will be sold. It is part of the Clinton Presidential Center Presents series, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas and the Clinton Presidential Library. Admission is free, but registration for in-person or online entry is required. Visit tinyurl.com/ydxdf7t3.

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Thomason to say

Film, television producer and director and Arkansas native Harry Thomason will give a talk, covering his journey from Arkansas to Hollywood and his experience filming (“The Great Lester Boggs”) in Beebe in 1974, at 7:30 pm Tuesday in the Owen Center Theater at Arkansas State University-Beebe, 1102 W. College St., Beebe . It is part of the university’s 2022-23 Lecture-Concert Series. Admission is free. Call (501) 882-3600 or visit asub.edu.

Thomason created the TV series “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade,” with his wife, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and most recently directed a stage play he wrote based on the series at TheaterSquared in Fayetteville and Arkansas Repertory Theater in Little Rock. .

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The author rearranges

The Central Arkansas Library System and the Political Animals Club of Central Arkansas have announced the hosting of a visit by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter. Maggie Haberman to present his new book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” first scheduled Wednesday, until 6 p.m. January. 11 at the Ron Robinson Theatre, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Those who have registered will have their places reserved; those unable to attend on the new day should email [email protected] to free up their seats.

TICKETS: ‘Aladdin’ by Robinson

Tickets — $29-$99 plus fees — go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday for the North American Tour production of “Aladdin” (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, book by Beguelin based on the 1992 Disney animated film), coming to Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall, 7:30 pm February 1-3, 2 and 7:30 pm February 4 and 1 and 6:30 pm February 5. The shows are part of Celebrity Attractions’ 2022-23 Broadway season. Call (501) 244-8800 or visit CelebrityAttractions.com or Ticketmaster.com.


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