‘Hometown’ circus set in Hot Springs, Greenbrier

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FUN: ‘Hometown’ circus

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

For 180 years since the Zoppe family (Arkansas residents for more than 35 years) began traveling Italy’s cobbled roads in 1842, Piccolo Zoppe presents “an intimate European-style circus” for which “no audience member is taller than 18 feet away” from the ring,” according to a news release. Acts include the Zoppe horses, performing dogs, aerialist performances, jugglers and acrobats; Concession stands offer European-style street food and “all the circus favorites, popcorn, cotton candy and other delicious treats.”

MUSIC: Many hands

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Piano Ensemble and the UALR Extended Education Advanced Piano Ensemble will perform Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Entry 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. 6, Carl Maria von Weber’s “Invitation to the Dance” and “Ride of the Valkyries” from Richard Wagner’s opera ” Die Walkure” and piano four-hand works by Maurice Ravel, Cecile Chaminade, Aram Khachaturian and Moritz Moszkowski. Naoki Hakutani is the director.

ART: ‘Positive visit’

“Positive visit,” multisensory, interactive “murals” by Brande Wilkerson that viewers can physically manipulate to create different abstract designs are displayed with a reception, 6-8 p.m. 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 the Argenta Third Friday Art Walk, Friday and December 16, or by appointment – call (501) 416-0973 or (501) 353-1443. Presenting gallery is Pinnacle Fine Arts of North Little Rock. Entry is free.

ETC.: ‘Stateswomen’ writers

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

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Thomason speaks

Film, television producer and director and native of Arkansas Harry Thomason will give a lecture covering his journey from Arkansas to Hollywood and his experience filming a movie (“The Great Lester Boggs”) in Beebe in 1974, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. 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. Entry is free. Call (501) 882-3600 or visit asub.edu.

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

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Writer rescheduled

The Central Arkansas Library System and Political Animals Club of Central Arkansas have announced a postponement of a visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman to promote her new book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” originally scheduled for Wednesday, through 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock offer. Those who have registered will be kept their spaces; those unable to attend on the new date should email [email protected] to release their seats.

TICKETS: ‘Aladdin’ at Robinson

Tickets — $29-$99 plus fees — go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. for the North American touring 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), comes to Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. February 1-3, 2 and 7 p.m. :30 February 4 and 1 and 6:30 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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