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story.lead_photo.caption Medicinal roots will be among the elements of the annual Medicinal Herb Workshop on Saturday at the Ozark Folk Center.

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'Triple' Concerto

Kiril Laskarov, violin; David Gerstein, cello; and Tatiana Roitman Mann, piano, will solo in Ludwig van Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto in C major, op.56, with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Philip Mann, 7 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. The program, the conclusion of the orchestra's Intimate Neighborhood Concert season, also includes the Serenade for Strings, op.2, by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz and the Prelude and Fugue, op.85, by Moritz Moszkowski. Tickets are $29, $10 for students and military. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit

Anise and hyssop have medical uses. Special to the Democrat-Gazette


Herbalists huddle

Herb enthusiasts are gathering, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View, for the annual Medicinal Herb Workshop. Herbal merchants will show their wares. Instructors include Susan Belsinger, Bo Brown, Sasha Daucus, Dora Gonzalez and Tina Marie Wilcox. Sponsor is the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center. The registration fee, $85, includes an herbal luncheon (otherwise $15.50) and the Ozark Highland evening music concert. The field trip traditionally offered with this event has sold out. Register at For more information, call (870) 269-3851, Extension 1, or visit


Weekend Theater

The Weekend Theater, West Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock, will hold auditions for actors 18 and older for Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgus, 10 a.m. June 1 and 6 p.m. June 2. Director Michael Scott will cast via cold readings from the script. Rehearsals start June 15; production dates are July 26-Aug. 11. For more information, text Scott at (501) 247-2824 or or email


NEA grants

The Arkansas Arts Council has received $649,900 from the National Endowment for the Arts, in the endowment's Partnerships (State & Regional) category. It's one of four grants announced May 14 totaling $844,900 going to Arkansas organizations for fiscal 2019. Arts Council Director Patrick Ralston says the grant is in line with the amount the Arts Council receives every year from the NEA; the money goes toward funding arts in education ("such as artist-in-residency programs, curriculum development and after-school programs"); covers some Arts Council operational costs and two staff positions; and programs, including the annual Arkansas Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation competition.

Two grants are going to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville: a $30,000 "Art Works — Folk & Traditional Arts" grant to support a folk and traditional arts program at the University of Arkansas Libraries, and a $150,000 grant in the "Research Labs — Research" category, to support a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab on the arts, health and social/emotional well-being.

The Walton Arts Center Council Inc. in Fayetteville will receive a $15,000 "Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works" grant to support the arts center's Mosaix Festival.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) faces off against former ally The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as Thor: Ragnarok kicks off the 15th season of the River Market outdoor film series June 5 in the First Security Amphitheater.

Movies in the Park

The River Market's 15th-season Wednesday-night, free outdoor film series returns to the First Security Amphitheater, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, kicking off at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.) June 5 with Thor: Ragnarok (rated PG-13).

The rest of the lineup (all shows start at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m.):

• June 12: How to Train a Dragon 3 (PG)

• June 19; Dumb & Dumber (PG-13)

• June 26: Apollo 13 (PG)

• July 3: The Greatest Showman (PG)

• July 10: The Sandlot (PG)

• July 17: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (PG-13)

• July 24: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)

• July 31: The Help (PG 13)

Season sponsor is Arkansas Family Dental. Families, picnics and leashed pets are welcome, but not glass containers. Provide your own bug spray. An adult must accompany all children under 18 — and ID is required. The amphitheater will open an hour before the screenings begin (approximately 7:30). Call (501) 375-2552 or visit or the Facebook page,

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