Best Bets: February

Theaters bring something for everyone to stage

Posted: February 4, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Feb. 6 "An American in Paris" -- The romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7; 1:30 & 7 p.m. Feb. 8; 8 p.m. Feb. 9; 2 & 8 p.m. Feb. 10; and 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $36 and up. 443-5600.

Feb. 4

Photo Workshop -- With "Soul of a Nation" artist Ming Smith, 1-3 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. During this guided workshop, Smith will lead guests downtown, offering tips in street photography. Dress for the weather; guests will meet in the South Lobby for registration before walking downtown. All image taking devices welcome. Free. 657-2335.

"The Humans" -- As darkness falls outside a ramshackle pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night, secrets are revealed, and family tensions reach a boiling point in this drama by Stephan Karam, through Feb. 18, TheatreSquared in Fayetteville. $17-$48. 443-5600.

Feb. 5

"Fifty From Fifty" -- An exhibit of artifacts acquired during each of the Shiloh Museum's 50 years, from 1968-2018, through Jan. 12, 2019, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in downtown Springdale. 750-8165 or shilohmuseum.org.

BookTalk @ Night -- "The Humans" by Stephen Karam, 6:30 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Feb. 6

Books & Brews -- "A Study in Scarlet Women" by Sherry Thomas, 6 p.m., Core Public House on Mall Avenue in Fayetteville. Hosted by the Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

"An American in Paris" -- The romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7; 1:30 & 7 p.m. Feb. 8; 8 p.m. Feb. 9; 2 & 8 p.m. Feb. 10; and 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $36 and up. 443-5600.

Feb. 8

Crimes and Clues Book Club -- "2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas" by Marie-Helene Bertino, 9:30 a.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Feb. 8-9

"My Funny Valentine" -- With comedians Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC's "Seinfeld" and a veteran of "The Tonight Show," and Dena Blizzard, featured comic at The Laugh Factory and Gotham Comedy Club, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $25-$35. 443-5600.

Feb. 9-25

"The Producers" -- Bialystock and Bloom -- names that should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film, 8 p.m. Feb. 9-10; 2 p.m. Feb. 11; again Feb. 15-18 & Feb. 22-25, Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers. $23-$35. 631-8988.

Feb. 10

Starrlight Jazz Club Series -- Grammy nominated Donny McCaslin seamlessly transitions from mainstream modern to funky fusion to laid-back balmy ballads, all flavored with his own experimental style, 7:30 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $30-$50. 443-5600.

Artinfusion's Annual Black Hearts Ball -- Jazz, blues & soul from Seratones, a favorite of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, appetizers, cocktails and more, 8-11 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. $45 for ages 21 and older. Register at 657-2335.

Feb. 11

Family Sunday -- I Heart Art, with music, hands-on fun, a photo booth & more, noon-5 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free for the family. 657-2335.

Feb. 12

BookTalk -- "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, 1 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Feb. 13

Books and Brews -- "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow, 6 p.m., Core Public House on Mission Boulevard in Fayetteville. Hosted by the Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Feb. 14

Library Book Club -- "Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. Register at 657-2335.

Playwriting Workshop -- Scene Study from "The Humans" with playwright Stephen Karam, 2 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

T2 Artist Forum -- "Ozarks at Large" host Kyle Kellams will converse with Tony Award-winning playwright Stephen Karam, TheatreSquared artistic director Bob Ford and play director Shana Gold in conjunction with TheatreSquared's production of "The Humans," 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Feb. 15-16

"Wonderland: The REAL Story" -- A new script by Missy Gipson presented by the Young Actors Guild, 6 & 7:30 p.m., Greenwood Performing Arts Center. $10. weareyag.org.

Feb. 15-17

"In the Middle of Nowhere" -- A play by Kent R. Brown examining the ways that fear poisons the soul like a virus, ravaging all who come in contact with it, 7:30 p.m., 1725 S. Smokehouse Trail in Fayetteville. Featuring Terry Vaughn and Tim Gilster. Donations requested. Email Smokehouseplayers@gmail.com.

Feb. 15-20

"Under Milk Wood" -- Sometimes heartfelt and often hilarious, this "play for voices" chronicles one day in a small Welsh coast town, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-17 & Feb. 19-20, Breedlove Auditorium at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Presented by Theatre@UAFS. $6. 788-7300.

Feb. 16-24

"The Little Foxes" -- In an avaricious family of Southern entrepreneurs in 1900, a woman considers killing her husband, bartering her daughter and double-crossing her brothers to get the ruling interest in a cotton mill, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 2 p.m. Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-24, Fort Smith Little Theatre. $12. 783-2966 or fslt.org.

Feb. 16-25

"Life Is a Dream" -- Written by Pedro Calderón de la Barca in 1635, the play wrestles with the relationship of free will and fate, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17; 2 p.m. Feb. 18; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-24, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, University Theatre in Fayetteville. $5-$20. 575-4752.

Feb. 17

Shiloh Saturday -- Fossils, 10-11 a.m., Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in downtown Springdale. Free. For families. 750-8165.

Asleep at the Wheel -- The Grammy Award-winning Austin, Texas-based country music band, 7:30 p.m., Eureka Springs City Auditorium. $20-$40. theaud.org.

Feb. 18

Music From the Backyard and Front Porch -- With Lauren Pelon, featuring music by America's indigenous peoples and immigrant communities in addition to her own compositions, 2 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Feb. 21

Sandwiched In -- "George Washington Carver" with Curtis Gregory, park ranger at George Washington Carver National Monument, noon, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Free. 750-8165.

Trillium Salon Series -- With Katy Henriksen of KUAF and University of Arkansas music professor Er-Gene Kahng and the music of Florence Price, 7-8:30 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. Register at 657-2335.

Feb. 22-25

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" -- Ichabod Crane is the schoolmaster of Sleepy Hollow, a little community in 1790. Even while strange sounds and mysterious happenings follow the young teacher, he persistently professes his disbelief in all things supernatural, until riding home one evening, Ichabod comes face to face with Sleepy Hollow's most feared and famous ghost, Arts Live Theatre in Fayetteville. 521-4932.

Feb. 24

Read Across America -- Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a performance of "The Cat in the Hat,' face painting and birthday cake, 10:30 a.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

"Ain't Servin' Them Rich, Silk-Hatted Fellers" -- A program on World War I draft resistance in the Ozarks with Blake Perkins, author of "Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks," 11 a.m., Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in downtown Springdale. 750-8165 or shilohmuseum.org.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra -- A dance orchestra with an authentic 1920s and 1930s feeling, 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $10. 443-5600.

Feb. 25

African-American Athletes in Arkansas -- A panel discussion with Evin Demirel, author of "African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali's Tour, Black Razorbacks and Other Forgotten Stories," 2 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

"Shh! We Have a Plan" -- Presented for children by Theatre Company Cahoots NI, 2 & 4 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $9-$15. 443-5600.

Feb. 27

Birding Basics -- Preparing your backyard for nesting season with Amy Tucker from Wild Birds Unlimited, 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. Free. faylib.org.

Mummenschanz "you & me" -- Swiss based theater troupe Mummenschanz has been dazzling audiences for 45 years, 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $19-$35. 443-5600.

Feb. 28

Spotlight Talk -- Panel Discussion: African-American Athletes in Arkansas, with author Evin Demirel and guest speakers Sidney Moncrief and National High School Sports Hall of Fame coach Oliver Elders, 7 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum. Free. Register at 657-2335.

-- Becca Martin-Brown

bmartin@nwadg.com

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