Still Innovative At 37
UAFS season offers ‘Cinderella’ and Steampunk
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.
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.”