Still In­no­va­tive At 37

UAFS sea­son of­fers ‘Cin­derella’ and Steam­punk

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RIVER VALLEY - BECCA MARTIN-BROWN

It’s one of the most bal­anced sea­sons we’ve ever had,” Stacey Jones, as­so­ciate vice chan­cel­lor for cam­pus and com­mu­nity events, says of the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s Sea­son of En­ter­tain­ment 37. “We have some of the top per­form­ers in the world in the ar­eas of mu­sic and theater per­form­ing in this year’s sea­son.”

Cre­ated by Jones to “keep the arts alive and en­ter­tain­ment a part of the com­mu­nity in which you and I chose to live,” the Sea­son of En­ter­tain­ment is made up of of­fer­ings at the 1,331-seat Ar­cBest Corp. Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter — in ad­di­tion to plays and con­certs by the univer­sity’s theater and mu­sic de­part­ments in Breedlove Au­di­to­rium — and dove­tails with the fifth sea­son of mu­si­cal per­for­mances in the in­ti­macy of the Blue Lion Down­town.

High­light­ing the Sea­son of En­ter­tain­ment are per­for­mances by world-renowned jazz mu­si­cian Bran­ford Marsalis and best-sell­ing coun­try mu­sic artist Martina McBride, along with a mu­si­cal ren­di­tion of “Cin­derella.” Also on the sched­ule are “Cirque Me­chan­ics: Pedal Punk,” a Steam­punk-in­spired show fea­tur­ing bi­cy­cles, cy­clists and ma­chin­ery hailed by The New York Times as “ex­cep­tional, evoca­tive, eye-catch­ing and grossly en­ter­tain­ing”; and “Gen­tri: The Gen­tle­man Trio,” an evening of lush or­ches­tra­tions and rich three-part har­mony de­scribed as “cin­e­matic pop.”

“For west­ern Arkansas res­i­dents, this is a lineup that will of­fer world-class en­ter­tain­ment for a short drive and a rea­son­able price,” Jones says.

COUR­TESY PHO­TOS

The Bumper Jack­sons will bring their eclec­tic mu­si­cal style to the Blue Lion Down­town for a Jan. 17 con­cert.

With a blend of

polka, coun­try, blues and other mu­si­cal gen­res, the Te­jas Broth­ers have es­tab­lished them­selves as an in­no­va­tive Texas mu­si­cal quar­tet. The band comes to the Blue Lion Down­town on Oct. 24.

The na­tional tour­ing show “Cin­derella” brings all the clas­sic mo­ments from the story as well as new twists. The Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein adap­ta­tion fea­tures songs in­clud­ing “In My Own Lit­tle Cor­ner,” “Im­pos­si­ble/It’s Pos­si­ble” and “Ten Min­utes Ago.”

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