ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Composer in residence at UCA, jazz at Walton Arts Center


Composer in residence

Composer Michael Daugherty will be in residence Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The residence includes:

◼️ 1:40 PM – 2:30 PM Tuesday – Presentation/discussion: “The Chamber Music of Michael Daugherty”, Recital Hall, Snow Fine Arts Center.

◼️ 7:30 PM Tuesday – Concert: “This Land Sings, Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie,” featuring Daugherty’s 2016 song cycle for two singers and a chamber ensemble, Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts Concert Hall, 2150 Bruce St. at Donaghey Ave.

◼️ 7:30 PM Wednesday – Wind Ensemble Concert, Concert Hall, Windgate Center.

Admission to all three is free.

Daugherty has received six Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2011 for “Deus ex Machina” for piano and orchestra and in 2017 for “Tales of Hemingway” for cello and orchestra.

photo George Hinchcliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performs Friday at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. (Specially for the Democrat-Gazette/Stefan Mager)

Jazz at WAC

Two jazz concerts this week at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.:

◼️George Hinchcliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performs Friday at 8 p.m. The musical-comic program of the seven-member ensemble ranges from ABBA to ZZ Top, from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana, Lady Gaga and occasionally material from the score of a Spaghetti Western. It is part of the center’s 10×10 Arts Series; tickets cost $10.

◼️ The Aubrey Logan Band performs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Logan, a singer-songwriter and trombonist, leads her ensemble through a mix of jazz, funk, love songs, Calypso-infused rhythms and traditionally inspired fusions. Tickets cost $33 for theater seats and $53 for cabaret seats.

Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

photo Aubrey Logan leads her band during a Saturday night show at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Amy Gawlik, Al Gawlik Photography)


‘Shen Yun’ on stage

“Shen Yun,” featuring classical Chinese dance, multimedia effects and all-original orchestral works, takes the stage at the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $94-$184. Visit

photo Janis F. Kearney, President and Founder of the Celebration! Maya Project, author, publisher and writing instructor, “headlines” Potluck and Poison Ivy Thursday at The Joint Theater in North Little Rock. (Special to the Democratic Gazette)


‘Potluck and Poison Ivy

Janis F. Kearney, President and Founder of the Celebration! Maya Project, author, publisher and writing instructor, headlines Potluck and Poison Ivy, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Joint Theater, 301 Main St., North Little Rock. The Salty Dogs provide the musical entertainment. The doors open at 6:00 PM. Tickets (including dinner from Heritage Catering and the show) are $35. Visit



Classic spy thriller by Alfred Hitchcock “North-Northwest” returns to theaters nationwide in celebration of the 65th anniversary of its release:

◼️ May 19, 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Colonel Glenn 18 in Little Rock and the Towne Center in Conway; 2pm and 7pm at Central City 10 in Hot Springs; and 1 p.m. at the Jonesboro Towne in Jonesboro, the Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville and the Pinnacle Hills Cinema in Rogers.

◼️ May 22, 7:00 PM in all those theaters.

The first 30 attendees on May 19 will take home a special commemorative mini-poster (while supplies last, first come, first served). Ticket information is available at

Cary Grant plays an advertising executive who accidentally ends up in a deadly cross-country chase after being mistaken for a government agent. The cast also includes Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau.