This week in Arkansas Entertainment, Events and the Arts:

Nesting dolls

“Worlds Within,” Part 2 of the ESS Purse Museum’s three-part temporary exhibit, “The Collector’s Series”, opens today at the museum, 1510 Main St., Little Rock. The exhibition, until January 9, offers an introduction to matryoshki, also known as nesting dolls. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is $ 10, $ 8 for students, seniors (60+), and military. Call (501) 916-9022 or visit

“The art of a live performance”

Musician Damen Tolbert, faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will lead the next Arkansas Arts Council virtual GetSmART! workshop, “The Art of a Live Performance”, covering how to put together a successful musical event, from 10 am to noon on Monday. Admission is free; pre-registration is required, at For more information, call (501) 324-9349, email [email protected], or visit

The auditions of “Our city”

The Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main Street, North Little Rock, will be holding auditions from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday and from 6 pm to 8 pm on Sunday for “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Auditions will consist of readings from the script; Director Ben Grimes recommends reading the play and familiarizing yourself with the character (s) you plan to try out for. The sides (script pages) will be available during the audition. The plays are available for actors of all ages; the theater seeks a diverse set of actors of all races, ethnicities, sexes and ages. A list of the characters, including age groups, is available at

Most of the roles will be part of the set, and some actors will play multiple characters. The production dates, March 9-19, include three student day mornings. All cast members should be fully vaccinated before the start of repetitions, unless they are otherwise eligible to be vaccinated.

Email [email protected] to request an audition appointment. People without an appointment will be seen after those with a scheduled appointment.

Sponsors wanted

The Arkansas Marching Arts Association is seeking sponsorships for its 2022 indoor walking season, which begins in February.

The association will host six competitions with public schools across the state, including a two-day championship in April. Students can compete against each other and show their skills both to different schools and to judges with years of experience in the marching band. Sponsorships help provide accommodation and transportation for judges from other states.

There are four sponsorship levels: Platinum ($ 500 and above), Gold ($ 250), Silver ($ 150), and Bronze ($ 100). The association will list corporate sponsors as supporting music in schools and the organization’s efforts to enrich the state’s fine arts program through various promotional media. Visit or email [email protected]


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