Music series

Symphony launches new musical series in Fayetteville

the Northwestern Arkansas Symphony launches a new musical series, titled “SoNA Beyond”, Saturday at 6pm with a concert titled “Voces Latinas (LatinX Voices)” at Fayetteville Public Library Events Center, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville.

The concert marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. Orchestral musicians and program curators Lia Uribe, bassoon; Fernando Valencia, percussion; Raul Munguia, violin; and Cristian Martinez Vega, violin / viola, set up the program; Joining them will be Pedro Oviedo, viola; Michael Puryear, cello; Orlando Scalia, clarinet; and Tomoko Kashiwagi, piano. The program will include works by Adina Izarra, Manuel Ponce, Astor Piazzolla, Angelica Negron and Jorge Mockert.

Free entry; the orchestra asks you to register online on

A free outdoor pre-concert event at 4:30 p.m. at the library’s Gathering Glade will feature food from area Hispanic chefs and live salsa music from Son Sin Gnero, plus a chance to mingle to artists and leaders of the Hispanic community.

The series, according to a press release, will present “the vast array of possibilities for classical music and [reach] the public and the community at large in new and innovative ways. It will feature orchestral chamber musicians, outdoor educational concerts and community partnerships. Many programs will be free or low cost.

The series will include at least two more concerts, with dates to be announced, at the Fayetteville Public Library: tabla player Sandeep Das will perform in February and, to celebrate National Poetry Month, singers SoNA and Music Director. Terry Hicks will perform in April, focusing on “the ability of music to turn words on the page into sound”.

Support for the series comes from the Walmart Foundation. Visit

Elsewhere in Entertainment, Events, and the Arts:

Hispanic heritage

Central Arkansas Library System Marks National Hispanic Heritage Month until October 15 with virtual and take-out events in English, Spanish and bilingual.

The range includes:

◼️ The second free bilingual, distanced yoga session on October 16 at 10 a.m. on the roof of the parking garage adjoining the Main Library, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock. The instructor is Lydia Bush. Take your own rugs. Registration is required – email [email protected]; call (501) 320-5785 for more information.

◼️ A discussion in English via Zoom of the book “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, 11am on October 5th. The library will provide the English and Spanish versions of the book; call (501) 320-5785 to reserve a spot and make arrangements to pick up the book.

The library also offers a series of virtual films, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (“entry” is free; no registration required; link to join:

◼️ September 29: “Landfall”, focusing on the protests that toppled the governor of Puerto Rico in 2019 following Hurricane Maria. 92 minutes.

◼️ October 6: “Voices of the sea”. A mother longs to escape the hardships of Cuba for a potentially fatal American dream. 82 minutes.

◼️ October 13: “The infiltrators.” The true story of two young immigrants, members of a group of Radical Dreamers on a mission to stop deportations, who are deliberately arrested by the US Border Patrol and placed in an obscure for-profit detention center. 95 minutes.

Library branches will organize additional events. Call (501) 320-5785, email [email protected] or visit

Regional art exhibition

Susan Clifton’s “Angler Fish Mask” is part of “Our Art, Our Region, Our Time,” on display starting Thursday at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

“Our Art, Our Region, Our Time”, 73 works by 64 artists representing 16 towns in northwest Arkansas, will be on display with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 495 W. Dickson St.

The exhibition remains open until November 5. The opening hours of the gallery are noon to 2 p.m. on weekdays. Users must wear a mask. The gallery also opens one hour before and during intermission for performances at the arts center, for which clients will be required to show proof of a negative covid-19 test within 72 hours or proof of full vaccination.


Online Artistic Conference

The Arkansas Arts Council “ArtLinks 2021: bouncing forward” Online Arts Conference, October 6-7, focuses on the economic impact of the arts on Arkansas heritage and Arkansas tourism.

Highlights will include keynote speaker Ron Finley discussing urban gardening; the National Endowment of the Arts sponsored presentation “Our Town”, examining creative approaches to rebuilding communities; and an overview of the new Arts + Technology Boot Camps, created by Arkansans for the Arts and approved by the Arkansas Legislature.

It’s free, but prior registration is required; visit For more information call (501) 324-9767, email [email protected] or visit

Award winning game

The room

Gina Stevensen’s “Book of Esther” is the recipient of the 2021 Kernodle New Play Award from the Department of Theater at the University of Arkansas. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

The Department of Theater at the University of Arkansas gave its Price of the new Kernodle 2021 game to Gina Stevensen for her play “Book of Esther”, about a young woman struggling to find her voice within her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn.

The reading committee, made up of graduate students and faculty members, selected him from over 150 works by playwrights from across the country. The competition, which honors AU faculty member George Kernodle, comes with a cash prize, the opportunity to further develop the script, and potential mentors from guest artists to work with graduate students from the ‘UA. AU faculty member and director of the award, John Walch, said he plans to offer a reading as part of the university’s new Spring Play Festival.

Stevensen teaches dramatic writing at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Writer’s Rock in New York.