Here are a few of the things going on in the South Logan County or surrounding area in the coming days, in addition to the Bearcats’ home playoff football game Friday night.

Booneville Girl In Jazz Concert

The Jazz Band and Jazz Catz at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will perform a fall concert of blues, contemporary pop, country and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, located at 55 South 7th Street.

Students performing in the concert include Nike Waters of Booneville.

The concert is part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37 and will feature songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Michael Buble, The Beatles, Bob Mintzer and Count Basie.

Additionally, local jazz legend Rick Endel will serve as the guest performer at the concert. Endel has served as a first call pianist in the River Valley for more than 30 years, where he has performed with local shows and national touring acts.

Don Bailey, director of the Jazz Catz, said the concert’s diversity of music offers “something for everybody to enjoy.”

“The jazz show is always entertaining. The diversity of styles and combination of the two different ensembles makes for a winning ticket,” Bailey said. “The Jazz Catz have put together a ‘Hooked on 4 Chords’ medley of hits from the past 50 years that will rock the crowd. We’ll have the people singing in the aisles.”

Beauty and the Beast

The Greenwood High School Theater will present Beauty and the Beast Nov. 16-18, at 6:30 p.m. nightly in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Historic Replica

Last Friday, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, arrived in Fort Smith. The ships are docked at 4831 Riverfront Drive where they will remain until their departure early Monday morning Nov. 20.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors, and $6 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com . Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No Maximum. Visit our website at www.ninapinta.org.

Odd Couple

Unger and Madison are at it again, but with a twist. In Neil Simon’s female version of his comic classic, you will follow the lives of Olive Madison, a slobbish divorcee, and Florence Unger, a stickler for neatness, as they clash and crash into hilarity. Simon always entertains and never disappoints.

The Smith Little Theatre is winding down the 2017 season with a funny Neil Simon classic, directed by Eric Wells, who has smoothly transferred from shining under the spotlight on the FSLT stage to the director’s chair. Under his direction, the FSLT has a cast mixed with some seasoned FSLT veterans and a couple of newbies debuting their stage presence.

The show is in its second week at the FSLT, located at 401 North 6th Street, and has evening performances set for Nov. 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. each night. Patrons may take their seats at 6:45 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 and are available tt the box office or by calling (479) 783-2966, Extension 2.

Free Concert

Corey Smith will perform a free concert at Centerstage inside the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., at 8 p.m. Nov. 17.

Country singer, songwriter, and guitarist Corey Smith was born in Jefferson, Georgia, just a few miles from Athens, the region’s musical center. Growing up with country music, he developed a writing style that steered clear of the genre tropes of trucks and backroad bonfire parties and pointed toward a less idealized but more natural view of what it was to be country in the 21st century.

He began to release his own self-produced albums beginning with 2003’s Undertones, followed a year later by In the Mood. He released three more albums (2005’s The Good Life, 2007’s Hard-Headed Fool, and 2009’s Keeping Up with the Joneses) on his own Undertone imprint before finally breaking into the country charts at number 17 with 2011’s The Broken Record, which came out on the Nashville label Average Joe’s Entertainment. He quickly followed up with Live in Chattanooga (2012) and the acoustic Maysville in the Meantime (2014), gaining new fans and admirers with each release.