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story.lead_photo.caption Pentatonix — (shown, from left) Kevin Olusola, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and Matt Sallee — performs Wednesday at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, with opening act Echosmith.

A two-week music festival involving students from Hebei Vocational Art College in Shijiazhuang (Hebei Province), China, and from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, kicks off today.

The festival -- which includes workshops, lectures and various social opportunities -- culminates with a series of four free 7 p.m. public performances (reserve seats at

• July 30: Harwood Recital Hall, HSU, 604 N. 12th St., Arkadelphia

• Aug. 1: Woodlands Auditorium, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village

• Aug. 2: Harwood Recital Hall

• Aug. 3: Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock

AMP a cappella

Grammy-winning a cappella quintet Pentatonix performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers, part of the 2018 Cox Concert Series. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $35-$99.50 plus fees; buying four lawn tickets at the same time, the "LAWN 4-PACK," discounts tickets to $30 each. Call (479) 443-560 or visit

Bluegrass Monday

"Bluegrass-retro-rockabilly-hillbilly" band The Kody Norris Show -- Norris; Mary Rachel Nalley, fiddle and mandolin; Josiah Tyree, banjo; and Tyler Wiseman, upright bass -- will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the Collins Theatre, 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould, part of Jonesboro public radio station KASU-FM's Bluegrass Monday concert series. The station will literally "pass the hat" to pay the group; suggested donation is $5 per person. Doors open at 6. Call (870) 972-2367, email or visit the Bluegrass Monday Facebook page.

Anime screenings

Fathom Events' "Studio Ghibli Fest 2018" and GKIDS will screen Hayao Miyazaki's animated classic Princess Mononoke, dubbed into English (with the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith and Billy Bob Thornton), 12:55 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Wednesday and with English subtitles, 7 p.m. Monday, at the Regal Breckenridge 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 in Little Rock, the Tinseltown in Benton and the Malco Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville. Ticket information is available online at or

Dreamcoat, tryouts

Arkansas Public Theatre will stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice), 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 2-4 and 9-11 and 2 p.m. July 29, Aug. 5 and 12 at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St., Rogers. Presenter is Harps Food Stores. Doors and concessions open an hour before curtain. Cabaret seats are $35 per person, $60 per table of two; balcony seats are $23. Call (479) 631-8988 or visit

The theater company will also hold auditions for the musical Sunset Boulevard (music by Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film), 7 p.m. July 31 at the Victory Theater. Auditions will include readings from the script, singing and a dance combination. An audition packet, including audition times, scenes, character descriptions and a rehearsal schedule, is available at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will take place Aug. 1. Production dates are Sept. 14-16, 20-23 and 27-30.

Madagascar Jr.

Marty the Zebra, Alex the Lion, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and a group of plotting penguins escape to explore the world in Madagascar -- A Musical Adventure, Jr. (music and lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan, book by Kevin Del Aguila, based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture). The Arts Center of the Ozarks and Bentonville-based Trike Theatre team up to stage the musical, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. July 29 at the center, 214 S. Main St., Springdale. Tickets are $15, $12 for students. Call (479) 464-5084 or visit

Dance classes

Western Arkansas Ballet, 4701 Grand Ave., Fort Smith, will register dancers age 4-adults, 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 for its 2018-19 ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop classes. Schedules and tuition information are available at Call (479) 785-0152.

Governor's Awards

Sept. 7 is the deadline to nominate artists, arts patrons, arts educators and corporations for the Arkansas Arts Council's 2018 Governor's Arts Awards. The awards honor current Arkansas residents or Arkansas-based corporations for outstanding contributions to the arts community in seven categories: Arts Community Development, Arts in Education, Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts, Individual Artist, Folklife, Patron and Lifetime Achievement. Nomination forms are available online at; call (501) 324-9767 or email A spring 2019 awards ceremony will honor the winners.

Pentatonix performs Wednesday at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, with opening act Echosmith (shown) — (from left) Graham, Sydney and Noah Sierota.

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