March Culturalist

A month’s worth of museums, Mary Poppins and Fleetwood Mac

THEREP_MARYPOPPINS-(no-credits)-page-0013/4 – 4/12 Mary Poppins at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre

LITTLE ROCK | Taken literally, the idea of a magical, musically inclined nanny summoned via burnt scraps of paper shot through a chimney is, at best, a little unsettling. (Spoonfuls of sugar as a medical palliative—also questionable, and pretty well debunked by common sense and the world’s dentists.) But while our sense of whimsy has long been quenched, there’s something about this adaptation of the classic cinematic staple (and books of the same name) that makes us believe—and feel like a kid again. (therep.org)


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3/5 Vienna Boys Choir at Wildwood Park for the Arts

LITTLE ROCK | Even in watching the videos posted to YouTube, you really can’t help but feel moved. Maybe it’s knowing that similar choral performances given by the Vienna Boys Choir have endured for more than 500 years, or that the group first gave a voice to the likes of Haydn, Schubert and Mozart. But really, in hearing these dulcet tones, you can’t help but recall how from age 10 to 14 you were likely despising the concept of algebra or cutting gym—and decidedly not performing Verdi, Brahms and “Amazing Grace” for rapt audiences around the globe. If you miss the Wildwood performance, you can catch the choir at Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village on March 7. (wildwoodpark.org)


TheNewMuseum3lo_Page_133/7 Reopening of The Mid-America Science Museum

HOT SPRINGS | Laser light shows. An indoor cave with tunnels and rope ladders. “Caged Lighting,” aka the world’s most powerful conical Tesla coil. At first, we found ourselves thinking, “jeepers, we sure wish this sort of thing had been around when we were kids.” (Having first opened in 1979, turns out it was.) But with a full-blown renovation funded with $7.8 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation—meaning revamped exhibits, four hands-on workshops (think two-story interactive water towers and stop-motion animation), among so much else—the Mid-America Science Museum is poised to make the STEM fields even more appealing to our young potential scientists. (And truth be told, we can’t wait to do some experimenting ourselves.) (midamericamuseum.org)


Fleetwood-Mac-Photo-Approved-Photo-20143/11 Fleetwood Mac at Verizon Arena

NORTH LITTLE ROCK | It’s been almost 40 years since Rumours (the tenth best-selling album of all time, it should be noted) debuted, and more than 16 years since “songbird” Christine McVie flew the coop. But despite years of heartaches and hubris, addiction and uncouplings, the gang’s all together for the first time in decades. And those three-part harmonies that made favorites such as “Go Your Own Way” and “Dreams” just so darn magical? They’re just as strong as ever. (verizonarena.com)


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3/12 Dr. Dog at Hendrix College

CONWAY | With a sound touted as everything from “psychedelic” to “rootsy,” “quirky” to “controlled chaos,” indie darlings Dr. Dog seem a natural fit for the liberal-arts set. But even if you’re years removed from the college campus, you can still spend an evening head-bopping and foot-tapping to the lo-fi harmonies and retro-tinged rock produced by this scrappy sextet. Not able to snag a seat? Good news: The band released its first live album—Live at a Flamingo Hotel—in January. (facebook.com/khdxradio)


MoviesRiverdale Cinema Classic Movie Series

LITTLE ROCK | The post-Oscar season landscape at the movies is, well, pretty darn bleak. Why settle for a B-list blockbuster when you can revisit the classics on the big screen at Little Rock’s recently renovated Riverdale 10 for $5 a pop? This month, you can take in Singin’ in the Rain on 3/10 and Nightmare on Elm Street on 3/12. Coming attractions include Casablanca and Goodfellas. (riverdale10.com)


The Calendar

Mar. 1: Little Rock Marathon

Mar. 3: Women of Ireland at the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall

Mar. 4: Architecture Speaker Series: Deborah Berke at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

Mar. 4-8: SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock

Mar. 6 Rescheduled for March 13: 18th Annual Food & Foam Fest at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock

Mar. 7: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ Masterworks III at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

Mar. 8: Cr(eat)e Food Series: Art Inspires Cuisine at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

Mar. 10-15: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

Mar. 11: Dan & Shay at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville

Mar. 12-14: Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

Mar. 13-14: NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship at University of Arkansas’s Randal Tyson Center

Mar. 14: Celtic Cultural Celebration at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock

Mar. 14-15: ASO Pops’ Here to Stay: A Gershwin Experience at Connor Performing Arts Center in Little Rock

Mar. 19: Dirty Dozen Brass Band at South on Main in Little Rock

Mar. 29: Hogeye Marathon in Fayetteville

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