Here are a few of the things going on in, or a short distance from South Logan County in the coming days.
Battle of the Bands
The annual Battle of the Bands at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will take place at 6 p.m. March 1 in the Breedlove Auditorium, located at 5120 Grand Avene on the UAFS campus.
Hosted by the Campus Activities Board, the event features area bands vying for a cash prize while growing their fan bases. Awards will be given for first place, second place and the crowd favorite.
For more information, contact the CAB at email@example.com or 479-788-7328.
Western Arkansas Ballet welcomes you to explore the world of Snow White. This ballet in an adaptation of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale about poison apples and magical mirrors.
Follow Snow White’s journey as she escapes the Evil Queen’s castle, traverses the darkness and meets the Dwarves, who aid her in her adventure. Audiences will not only enjoy the tale of Snow White, as told through ballet, but will also experience new choreographic works by guest choreographer, Joanne Whitehill, and the Western Arkansas Ballet Staff.
Snow White and Other Dances will be held at ArcBest Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and students through university (purchase student ticket and present university id with the ticket at the door). Purchase tickets online at www.waballet.org, or at the WAB Studio, 4701 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith or at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center Box Office on March 3.
USO Style Dance
Come experience the fun and nostalgia of a 1940s USO style dinner and dance in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District, at Dawson’s, located at 7718 Fort Chaffee Blvd. in Fort Smith. Attendees are invited to dress in military or vintage attire.
Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple for the Chaffee Crossing Historic District benefit and include a barbecue dinner, drinks and dancing. Doors open at 6 and dance lessons will be given from 6 to 6:30 for an additional $10, and there will be $5 dances with instructors all night. Dancing starts at 7 featuring the UAFS Jazz Band, Jazz Cats and Don Bailey Quartet with a performance by Marus Coker and Sydnie Klienhenz. There will also be a silent auction.
For tickets visit chaffeecrossing.com or call 479-452-4554.
Little Stones screening
The Zonta Club of Fort Smith and the Golden Z Club of UAFS will offer a public screening of the film “Little Stones” at the university in March.
“Little Stones” is an award-winning documentary that weaves together the lives of four women around the world who use art to bring attention to domestic violence, sex trafficking, extreme poverty and female genital mutilation.
The feature-length film will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the auditorium of Windgate Art & Design on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Graffiti artist Panmela Castro uses her street art in Brazil to bring attention to domestic violence. Dancer and sociologist Sohini Chakraborty helps sex trafficking survivors reclaim their bodies through dance therapy. Senegalese hip-hop star Sister Fa, or Fatou Diatta, uses her fame to start conversations about female genital mutilation in West Africa, where the topic remains taboo. Fashion designer Anna Taylor, formerly of Little Rock, was still a college student when she met an unemployed seamstress named Judith in Nairobi. After hiring Judith, Taylor went on to found Judith & James, which trains impoverished Kenyan women to produce high fashion clothing, including clothing Taylor debuted at New York’s Fashion Week in 2013.
Rocks and Minerals
Visit the Janet Huckabee Nature Center, located at 8300 Wells Lake Road in Fort Smith, for an exciting and informative table-top program on Arkansas rocks and minerals, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 3.
Look at and feel the different variety of rocks found in Arkansas (and some not). Remember all rocks contain minerals, so you will see and learn the composition of rocks in the Natural State.
Denis Dean, an Arkansas Master Naturalist will present this display for families of all ages.