Bobby Watson teams up with NWA Jazz All-Stars at Walton Arts Center

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:

Students on stage

Northwestern Arkansas students take the stage this weekend at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 495 W. Dickson St., as part of the centre’s Procter & Gamble Ghost Light programming:

◼️ At 7 p.m. Friday, the stages of the Dhirana Academy of classical dance “The exiled king”, a narrative of the 5th century BC Hindu epic “The Ramayana”.

◼️ The Northwest Arkansas All-Star Jazz Youth Ensemble, students from seven local high schools, plays with the alto saxophonist Bobby watson at 6 p.m. Sunday. The concert is the culmination of 10 weeks of training with jazz professionals from the region.

Tickets for each performance cost $ 15. Covid-19 protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing, are in place. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

Bentonville Gallery

“Life Cycle” by Jessica Mongeon (left) and “Fallen Limbs” by Steven Wise will be on display Thursday at Bentonville 211 South Gallery. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

“Origin: Jessica Mongeon and Steven Wise”, Mongeon’s paintings relating natural phenomena to childbirth, and Wise’s landscapes derived from his study of the Ozark Mountains, are on display today at 211 South, inside the Northwest Arkansas offices of Engel & Volkers, 211 S. Main St., Bentonville. The exhibition will remain open until July 23. The opening hours of the gallery are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday; 8 am-noon Saturday during the Bentonville Farmer’s Market; and by appointment. Free entry. Call (479) 268-5170 or visit

Fundraiser Webinar

The Arkansas Arts Council will be hosting a free webinar, “How To Create A Fundraising Plan That Works!” at 10 a.m. on May 19. Brenda Mauldin, owner of Brenda Long Mauldin Grant Writing & Development Consulting, will outline the main components of a fundraising plan for nonprofit organizations. The webinar is designed for staff of fundraising organizations or volunteers responsible for developing official fundraising plans and budgets. The workshop is part of the GetSmART program! Learning series. Register at For more information, call (501) 324-9775 or email [email protected]

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