Other venues for entertainment, events and arts this weekend:
theater: “Bird @ the bar”
Actors Theater of Little Rock Stage “Bard @ The Bar Midsummer Night’s Dream” A revised version of William Shakespeare’s comedy, zipped to 60-75 minutes, premieres today at 7pm at The Rail Yard, 1212 E. Sixth St., Little Rock.
The story basically remains the same: four young lovers (Dalton Carroll, Britoni Padilla-Dumas, Mackenzie Holtzclaw, Riley Heffer, and a couple who change hands several times throughout the play) get lost in an enchanted forest. Including, the intrigues of the Fairy King and Queen (Michael Goodber and Shaina Tippit) and the mischievous Fairy Puck (Georgian Burbank). Meanwhile, a gang of “forced workers” (including Coty Mansfield, Destany Duguid and Tyler Wisdom) are improperly doing woodwork to stage for the Duke’s upcoming wedding. .
Admission is free, but the theater encourages donations of at least $10. Seats are limited, so please reserve your tickets. Visit centralarkansastickets.com. (Tip the performers in cash or through Venmo.) Count Porkula and other Rail Yard eateries are open all night. For more information, visit actorstheatrelr.org.
Benton’s Royal Players Presents Michael Frayn’s Comedy “Noise Off” Thursday through Saturday and August 18-20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday and August 21st at 2:00 pm at the Royal Theater, S. Market St. 111, Benton.
Admission to the ‘Second Thursday’ performance on August 18 is free in partnership with the City of Benton. Visit the Benton Municipal Complex (114 S. East St.) for a “community night.” Benton Chamber of Commerce, 607 N. Market St.; or downtown Benton’s Merchant, Oil Shop, Sparks Jewelry and Relix Tattoo Studio.
Otherwise, tickets are $15. $12 for seniors 60 and over, military personnel, and college students (with valid ID). $8 for K-12 students. Sponsored by Campbell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Visit theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com.
art: “Waiting” in Bentonville
“waiting,” Paintings and other works by Britt Borcher and Madison Svengard, winners of the second annual University of Arkansas MFA Call for Art at 211 South, will be available Friday at the Engel & Volkers storefront at 211 South, 211 S. Main St., Exhibited in Bentonville. The exhibition runs until his November 4th. Gallery hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, by appointment. Admission is free. Call (479) 268-5170 or visit nwa.evrealestate.com/211-South.
“Current” in Fayetteville
“current” Works by Dylan DeWitt and Casey Ramirez will be on display at the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, 495 W. Dixon Street, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, at a Friday reception from 5-7 p.m. will be on display. “Reflection” interactive installations, scale prints and drawings. Affiliated with the University of Arkansas School of the Arts. Admission to the reception and gallery is free. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 60 minutes before performances and during intermission. Visit waltonartscenter.org.
movie: “dirty” anniversary
big screen comeback “Dirty Dancing” To celebrate its 35th anniversary, it will take place Sundays at 3:00 and 7:00 pm and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at Breckenridge 12 and Colonel Glen 18 in Little Rock. Sunday and Wednesday at 7pm at Little Rock’s Movie Tavern. Sunday at 3pm and Wednesday at 7pm at the Razorback Cinema and Marco Fort in Fayetteville. Smith Cinema in Fort Smith. The screening will also include a behind-the-scenes short and a new interview with co-star Jennifer Gray. Ticket information is available at fathomevents.com.
etc. : Washita Fair Co., Ltd.
Featuring everything from livestock, fair food, carnival rides, preserved fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade quilts, crafts, photography and more, the 2022 “Family Fun Should Be” exhibit . Ouachita County Fairwill run through Saturday at the Ouachita County Recreational Center (a former Boys & Girls Club facility), 2708 Mt. Holly Road, Camden. Admission to the gate and parking are free. Carnival armbands are $25. Call (870) 818-4871 or (870) 818-7444 or visit ouachitacountyfair.com.
At Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, “Photo Walk” Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m., highlight architectural elements of four structures in the University of Arkansas Faye Jones School of Architecture + Design Botanical Garden: Verna Garvan Pavilion, Sunrise Bridge, and Joy Manning Scott Full Moon. The Bridge (both in the Asian Garden) and Anthony Chapel. Attendees will have the chance to take pictures inside and out while the gardens and chapel are closed to other guests.
Lead Property Manager and Official Photographer Julia Mann will lead the walk, providing tips and information on photography and history. Admission is $20, children ages 4-12 are $5, members are free. Participants are required to bring water or other hydration (no glass containers, alcohol, smoking or e-cigarettes allowed on site). To register, visit worldwidephotowalk.com, click Find a Walk, and search for “Architecture at Garvan Woodland Gardens.”
audition: De facto “idol”
Arkansans can audition for Season 6 “American Idol” Via Zoom on Monday, “Face to face in front of the producers, [receiving] Sign up at americanidol.com/auditions for more information including specific audition details, location, full eligibility requirements, submission forms and terms and conditions. You can also use the website. Submit a full online audition.