Wildwood Park will host outdoor music performances; Summer on the Square returns to El Dorado

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:

Mozart in the Wild

Soprano Kelly Singer joins Arkansas Symphony musicians Charlotte Crosmer and Meredith Hicks, violins; Timothy MacDuff, viola; and Jacob Wunsch, cello, for “Music in the Wild”, 8 p.m. Friday in the Butler Gazebo at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock.

The first half of the program, entitled “Mostly Mozart and a Little Von Trapp”, includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the overture and three arias – “Voi che sapete”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news /2021 /Jun/24/entertainment-notes/”Bravo! Che bella voce!” and “Venita, inginocchiatevi!” – from “The Marriage of Figaro” (with the singer in the role of Susanna and the sopranos Shea Williamson in the role of Cherubino and Kira Keating in the role of the countess); Singer singing “Alleluia” from “Exsultate Jubilate”; and the “String Quartet No. 9” in A major, K.169.

The second half consists of selections from “The Sound of Music” by Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Dixit Dominus Domino meo”, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/24/entertainment-notes/”Alleluia “, https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/24/entertainment-notes/”The sound of music,” https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/24/ entertainment-notes /”My Favorite Things,”https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/24/entertainment-notes/”Do-Re-Mi,”https://www.nwaonline.com/ news/2021/jun/24/entertainment-notes/”Sixteen Going on Seventeen,”https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/24/entertainment-notes/”Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry mountain”.

Customers are encouraged to take their own chairs and blankets and maintain social distancing. A variety of pre-packaged beverages and snacks will be available at the donation-based concession stand. Park management asks attendees to wear masks indoors when ordering concessions and when social distancing is not possible.

The sponsor is the law firm of Mitchell Williams. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. A free taxi service will transport customers from ticket control to the gazebo. Visit wildwoodpark.org.

Summer in the square

Summer on the Square returns to El Dorado this weekend – and July 24 and August 28 – with the Grill Wars cooking contest and “Showdown at Sunset”, a historical re-enactment; “Music in the Square”; the Night Cruise classic car show; concerts at First Financial Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District; food vendors; and one amusement area with inflatable structures and interactive games. Free entry. Take lawn chairs and respect social distancing. Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be available.

Saturday program:

  • ◼️ From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the fourth annual Grill Wars, sponsored by Delek US, featuring a Double Feature Steak Cook-off (a Steak Cookoff Association-sanctioned event in which teams can cook two steaks) and Grilled Cheese challenge. Entrants will compete for a total of over $3,000 in cash prizes, bragging rights and, for the grand double steak champion, a PKGO grill. Check-in is at 8:00 AM at Jefferson Avenue and Elm Street; the competition starts at 9 am. The entry fee is $150 for each steak cuisine ($300 for both), $25 for the Grilled Cheese Challenge. Visit steakcookoffs.com; for more information, call (870) 862-4747 or visit mainstreeteldorado.org.
  • Steak plates (steak, baked potato salad, baked beans, a bun, dessert and a drink) prepared by four-time SCA World Champion Johnny Joseph, will cost $25 per plate from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. h. Only 100 plates will be available; reserve by calling (870) 862-4747.
  • Grill Wars winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. and awards will be presented on the west side (Jefferson Avenue) of the Union County Courthouse.
  • ◼️ From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., El Dorado Masonic Lodge 13, 106 N. Washington St., celebrates its 175th anniversary with an open house.
  • ◼️ 11am-5pm, Fun Zone and vendors open.
  • ◼️ 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Music on the Square. The Randall Lawson Band performs the Motown, rock and country classic, followed, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., by 17-year-old Smackover native Brody McKinney, and, from 4-5:30 p.m., by Malvern-based Crutchfield the Band. .
  • ◼️ 2 p.m., Ferris wheel races.
  • ◼️ 4pm, Cruise Night, classic cars, hot rods and other novelty automobiles on Washington Avenue.
  • ◼️ 6:00 p.m. South Arkansas Art Center Spotlight, featuring a revival of the center’s spring showcase “On Broadway: A Musical Revue”
  • ◼️ 6:30 p.m. “Confrontation at Sunset”, historical re-enactment of the 1902 shooting murder in Courthouse Square, east side of the Union County Courthouse. The sponsor is the South Arkansas Preservation Society.
  • ◼️ 7 p.m., blues singer-songwriter Tab Benoit at First Financial Music Hall, 101 E. Locust St. in the Murphy Arts District of El Dorado. General admission is $5, free for first responders with badges. Call (870) 444-3007 or visit eldomad.com. For more information, visit mainstreeteldorado.org.

Bluegrass Monday

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers – (L to R) Cody Pearman, Wayne Brewer, Gary Brewer, Mason Brewer – perform for Bluegrass Monday at Paragould’s Collins Theater. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers perform for Jonesboro’s public radio station KASU-FM, 91.9’s Bluegrass Monday, 7 p.m. Monday at the Collins Theater, 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould. Brewer, vocals, guitar and old-school banjo, with two of his adult sons – Wayne, vocals, fiddle and double bass, and Mason, vocals, mandolin and double bass – and Cody Pearman, banjo. Admission is $10, free for ages 18 and under; a $40 VIP ticket covers a personal meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., a choice of CD, hat or t-shirt, and a prime seat. Visit kasu.org/tickets. For more information, call (870) 972-2367, email [email protected] or visit the Bluegrass Monday Facebook page.

Globetrotter tour

The tour

The Harlem Globetrotters’ 150-city “Spread Game” tour brings the team to Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock at 2 p.m. on August 1. (File photo Democrat-Gazette/Brett D. Meister)

The 150 cities of the Harlem Globetrotters “Spread Game” The tour brings the team to Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock on August 1 at 2 p.m. There is a limit of nine tickets. All participants aged 2 and over will need a ticket. The Globetrotters “https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/24/entertainment-notes/ “Spread Game” incorporates streetball moves and what a press release calls “interactive family entertainment”.

A $25 Magic Pass allows fans to join the Globetrotters on the field before the game, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., to shoot hoops and get autographs and photos. All fans must have a match ticket and Magic Pass for entry, including all children and parents/guardians wishing to accompany them. Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on the court.