Correction: The 2015 Faulkner Chamber Music Festival’s opening faculty recital starts at 3 p. m. Saturday Aug. 1 in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave. Because of incorrect information from UALR, an item in this article gave an incorrect starting time. Clarksville hosts its annual salute to fuzzy, juicy fruit with the Johnson County Peach Festival, today-Saturday. The party will include all the usual activities, including arts and crafts, games, music, children's activities, tours, bake-offs and peach pie-eating contests. General admission is free. (479) 754-9152 or visit jocopeachfestival. See story on Page 5E. 2 POISON. Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels, in the midst of his solo "True Grit" tour, performs at 8 p. m. Saturday in Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs, U. S. 70 East (East Grand Avenue), Hot Springs. Reserved seating is sold out but lawn seating is part of the gate admission: $59. 99, $36. 99 for children under 4 feet tall and adults 55 and older, free for kids 3 and younger. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit MagicSprings. 3 PROTRACTORS. Parents on the lookout for school supplies and uniforms -- or nonparents looking for good deals -- will be out in droves for the annual Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday. Starting at 12:01 a. m. Saturday and ending at 11:59 p. m. Sunday, a variety of goods, including book bags, protractors, uniforms and shoes, will be free of sales tax. Call (501) 682-7104 or visit freetaxweekend. The Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock will be a frothy, foamy playground at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival, 5:30-9 p. m. Saturday. The craft beer celebration will offer samples from more than 100 breweries around Arkansas. Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door and attendees must be 21 or older. Email 5zero1promotions@gmail. com or visit garbf. And speaking of beer, Stone's Throw Brewing, 402 E. Ninth St. , Little Rock, hosts its second annual "Block on Rock" beer, music and food festival, 3-10 p. m. Saturday. The event, marking the second anniversary of the opening of its taproom and benefiting Preserve Arkansas and the Arkansas Brewers Guild, will close off the 300 block of East Eighth Street and the 800 block of Rock Street, along which 15 food... Source: www.arkansasonline.com
THIS was my first salsa dance session and I could not have asked for a more bewitching setting. Stepping out on a palm-studded beach near Trinidad in southern Cuba, I was instantly lost in Latin music. I had come to the island with a group of travellers all keen to shimmy too and our trip was one to make the heart of any dirty dancing hopeful skip a beat. The island is the world’s biggest exporter of musical dance styles, especially those that let the hips and booty do the talking. Rooted in its West African slave and Spanish colonial cultures, its thrilling creations – salsa, rumba, mambo and more – have been pumping out floor fillers for decades. But if a more leisurely sensual charge is your thing then no matter where you go on the island there is sure to be a cobbled plaza where you can soak up a serenade from musicians in old-style zoot suits and nifty straw trilbies while you sip a... Every place I visited, from the colourful capital Havana to funky Santiago, catchy melodies, many from The Buena Vista Social Club’s famous repertoire, would rise from rooftops and spill on to streets making me feel I had been catapulted into an... Some of my best hours though were spent on shady terraces mastering moves from maestros. A few I must say were definitely mangos. That’s local slang for a handsome hunk and once you have seen trees there festooned with the fruity globes you realise what a compliment that is. I also became adept at knowing my bongos from my congas and can knock out some mean drum beats now... Music and dancing are reason enough to discover Cuba, but there is now the ‘go before it’s too late’ one too. Frozen in a time warp, part Communist Russia part 1950s America, the country that’s like nowhere else is hovering on the cusp of momentous change. The US’s embargo-lifting olive branch to leader Raoul Castro and his 55-year-old revolutionary socialist regime, coupled with steady spread of privately owned businesses, should improve life for its 11 million patient and patriotic citizens. But some fear opening doors will usher in mass-market conformity, and unique Cuba will end up indistinguishable from many other sunny spots. For now though horse and traps ferry children to school along empty, litter-free. Source: www.express.co.uk
Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Douglas Watt: Pilgrim of Slaughter . The Edinburgh author launches his much awaited new novel, which continues the adventures of Gaelic speaking lawyer John MacKenzie, and his sidekick Davie Scougall. On the eve of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 , John and Davie discover a series of gory murders. drawn into a world of papist plots, Presbyterian secret societies and religious and political upheaval, the pair follow a trail of clues left by a self-proclaimed ‘Messenger of God’. 30pm, Blackwell’s , South Bridge. Tickets are free and may be obtained from the shop’s front desk, by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing events. edinburgh@blackwell. Celebrity Organ Recital: Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey) plays Bruhns Praeludium in E Minor , Whitlock Sonata in C Minor (ii) Canzona (iii) Scherzetto , Alain Suite pour orgue , Anton Heiller Tanz-Tocata and Schumann Six Fugues on the name B-A-C-H. 8pm, St Giles Cathedral , High Street. Tickets cost £8/£5 (students), accompanied children free, and may be purchased from the Cathedral shop (0131 226 0673) or on the door (sta). Festival Exhibition: Gordon Mitchell RSA. The acclaimed and prolific Edinburgh artist describes himself as an ‘abstract expressionist’, and intends his work to be thought-provoking. 11am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, Scottish Arts Club , 24 Rutland Square. Ends 30th August 2015. Hanne Darbovan: accepting anything among everything. German artist Darbovan (1941-2009) created a vast body of idiosyncratic works, documenting her attempt to index life as it is lived. amongst the weight of world history and culture. accepting anything among everything is centred on the work Life/Living (1997-98), a monumental installation of hundreds of framed works that form a systematic representation of the years 1900-1999. Darbovan was one of the last century’s most... this exhibition will create a spectacular monument to an extraordinary individual. Preview tonight 6-8pm, then 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 12 noon-5pm Saturday & Sunday in August only, then 10am-5pm Tuesday to. Source: www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk
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