BILLY BOB: In 'Chrystal.'

Thornton film opens at Market Street
“Chrystal,” the film starring Arkansans Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Blount that was filmed last year in the Eureka Springs area and shown at the Sundance Film Festival, will have its Arkansas premiere on Friday at Market Street Cinema, with a special screening with Blount on Saturday.
Blount, a native Arkansan, and her husband, actor-producer Ray McKinnon, will attend the 7 p.m. showing of the movie on Saturday, April 9. After the screening, they will field questions from the audience, and a special event for Market Street supporters will be held at Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Sum later that night.
Friday’s screening times of “Chrystal” are 1:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Times remain the same through next week.
The film is a serious love story with the character played by Thornton trying to win back his love, played by Blount. The film is rated R. For more information on the film, visit and click on the “coming attractions” section.
Chicago soprano
Soprano Nicole Cabell, a third-year member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, appears on the UALR Artspree stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the college’s Fine Arts Building. Cabell was selected to represent the United States at the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition, and she’s performed Gershwin songs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She will perform a wide variety of works – from Ravel (Greek songs in French) to Dvorak (Gypsy songs in German) to Harold Arlen (including “Come Rain or Come Shine”) and more. Tickets are $20 for the main floor and $17 in the balcony. UALR and all other students are admitted free, thanks to underwriting by the nonprofit Marilyn Horne Foundation, founded by the concert and opera singer in 1993.
ASU’s Delta blues
“Imagining the Delta” is the theme for the 11th annual Delta Blues Symposium, being held Thursday through Saturday, April 7-9, and sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Scholars, students, artists and performers will examine and celebrate the Delta’s rich cultural resources in the free symposium, and Thursday’s events include a 7 p.m. concert by Little Milton in the Student Union.
The symposium opens Thursday at 10:30 a.m. At 7 p.m. Friday, poet Jo McDougall and novelist John Dufresne will read in the Fowler Center Grand Hall.
Saturday sessions begin at 8:30 a.m., featuring literature, photography and a presentation by poet/actor Billy Jean Young at 4 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. The Delta Composers Concert at 5 p.m. in Riceland Hall brings the event to a close. Call 870-972-3043 or visit the Symposium website at for more information.
CTLR breaks in ‘Glass’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” will be staged by the Community Theatre of Little Rock beginning Friday, April 8, at the Woolly Fine Arts Building on the Arkansas School for the Blind campus. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the next two weeks. Andy Hall directs. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students are over 55. Call 663-9494 for reservations.
Fais do do at Magic Springs;tulips at Garvan Gardens
Crawfish and Cajun music will be in abundance at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Theme in Hot Springs on Saturday, April 9. The family oriented Mudbug Music Festival begins at 11 a.m. and will run until midnight. Besides the boiled mudbugs, other Cajun delicacies will be served. Call 321-1700. Magic Springs is on U.S. Highway 70 east of town.
And while you’re in Hot Springs, this weekend would be a great opportunity to catch the tulips in bloom at Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Tulip Extravaganza, running through Sunday, April 10. The gardens will also be playing host to the fourth annual Antique and Classic Boat Show on the dock at Lake Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dozens of restored wood boats will be on display. Admission to the gardens is $7 adults, $6 for seniors age 55 and older, $4 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.
Call 501-262-9300. The gardens are just off the U.S. Highway 270 bypass and Carpenter Dam Road.
Jewish celebration
Celebrate 350 years of Jewish culture and cuisine in America at the Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, April 10, in the River Market Pavilion. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jewish communities from around Arkansas will participate. A variety of Jewish dishes will be for sale as well as Jewish art, and live music and history presentations will also be part of the festivities. Admission is free; the food items are sold individually. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. Call 663-3871 for more information.