Jazz trumpeter Duke Heitger returns to Wildwood Park, this time with his New Orleans All Stars, for an evening of traditional New Orleans jazz with some Arkansas flavor on Friday, March 23.
The night begins with dinner at 7 p.m. and a concert at 8 p.m.
Heitger’s show will focus on Arkansans Alex Hill and Joe Bishop. Hill collaborated with such greats as Fats Waller, Edie Lang and Bessie Smith. Bishop composed “Blue Flame,” Woody Herman’s theme song. The New Orleans All Stars will also give a new styling to such songs as “Arkansas Blues” and “Little Rock Getaway.”
Wildwood is on Denny Road, just off Kanis Road in West Little Rock. Call 821-7275 for tickets or more information, or visit www.wildwoodpark.org.
Violinist Tereza Stanislav will perform with pianist James Lent at the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock’s last show of the season on Thursday, March 22.
The 7 p.m. concert will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, at Mississippi and Evergreen streets.
The program includes Mozart’s “Sonata in E minor, K. 304,” Brahms’ “Sonata No. 2 in A Major,” Strauss’ and “Sonata in E Flat, op. 18.”
Tickets are $20 at the door. Call 664-5823.
Ozark Filmfest opens in Batesville
The 6th annual Ozark Foothills Filmfest, scheduled for the last two weekends in March, opens this weekend in Batesville with a focus on motor sports. The opening night movie is “Dirt,” which chronicles as year at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Three other independent films scheduled to be screened will focus on motor sports.
The opening night party begins at 8 p.m. Thursday at Josie’s Steakhouse. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for festival society members (food not included). “Shiner,” a short film about young shop mechanics, will be screened prior to “Dirt.” The latter film’s director, Jeff Bowden, will be on hand for the state’s premiere of the award-winning documentary.
Other events in Batesville include a discussion with Kansas City’s Doug Talley Quartet, “How to Listen to Jazz,” at the MorningSide Coffee House, at 4 p.m. Friday (free); film screening of the Hitchcock silent film “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” with original music by the Doug Talley Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday ($10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 members); screenings starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday of “Too Violent,” “Big Red Ball,” “Cabin Field,” “Thunder on the Farm” and the indie showcase, with some filmmakers in attendance ($5/$4/$3); more screenings starting at 1 p.m. of “Billy” and “Fairy Godmothers of the Ozarks”; a screening at 2:45 p.m. of “The Old Gray Lady: Arkansas’s First Newspaper” about the Arkansas Gazette; screenings at 4:45 p.m. of “A Place to Dance.” All screenings are at Independence Hall at UACCB, admission is $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, $3 members for each session. A screening at Josie’s starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday will feature “Biker Stories,” “Demolition 7,” “4-Cylinder 400” and “Biker Stories 2.
Sunday’s program features screenings starting at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Independence Hall, plus a free screening at 5 p.m. of the “Best of the Little Rock 48-Hour Film Project.”
The festival moves to Little Rock’s Market Street Cinema on March 29-April 1.
For more information, visit www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org.
Watch that ink
Tattoo artists from all over the region will convene at the Clear Channel Metroplex Saturday through Monday for Inksplosion 2007. The event includes a concert headlined by Memphis rockers Saliva, along with Ligion and a host of local and regional bands, on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 per day and $35 for a three-day pass. Call 217-5000 for more information.
Chanticleer on Friday
The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer performs for the “Trinity Presents …” series at Trinity United Methodist Church on Friday, March 23, starting at 7 p.m.
The New Yorker magazine dubbed Chanticleer “America’s favorite choral ensemble” while the Los Angeles Times noted the group’s “luxurious perfection” in a performance. The 12-man group was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto and is based in San Francisco. Its repertoire covers everything from Renaissance to jazz to gospel to new age. The group’s latest CD is “Sound in Spirit,” an album of scared chant.
The show is free, but a ticket is required. Call 377-1161.
Cruisin’ in the Rock gets started for a new season on Friday at the River Market pavilions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, the antique cars are cool, and participants and spectators will enjoy classic rock ’n’ roll music while having the chance to win prizes. To bring a car to the show, call Carol Dolan at 370-3201 … The Weekend Theater will open “Visiting Mr. Green” on Friday at its theater, at Seventh and Chester streets. Alan Douglas directs the drama about a corporate exec who nearly runs over an elderly retiree, and they end up getting to know each other well over the next six months. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 … There’s still more professional basketball at Alltel Arena this season, as the Arkansas RimRockers play host to Dakota in games on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $12. Call 975-4667 … The ImprovLittleRock crew is back on the Public Theatre stage, at 616 Center St., for its improvisational comedy and competition between the funny guys. The audience makes the suggestions and the troupe acts them out. Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and admission is $7. Call 374-7529 or visit www.myspace.com/improvlittlerock … Grab the children and have “Breakfast With the Gorillas” at the Little Rock Zoo on Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. The keepers will offer a special chat about the zoo’s gorilla contingent, including its newest member, Mosi. Admission, including the breakfast buffet, is $12.95 for members and $8.95 per members’ child; $16.95 for nonmembers and $10.95 for nonmembers’ child. Call 661-7218 for reservations … If you think you’re tough enough, the annual Toughman/Toughwoman Contest is Friday and Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. Start time both nights is 8 p.m. Anyone bold enough to get in the ring and wrestle or box is welcome, and spectators will enjoy the fast-paced action. Tickets are $15, $17 and $25 each night. Call 800-883-4897 for tickets or to compete.