This is a listing of activities of interest to residents of Southeast Arkansas. Anyone who would like to submit entries for consideration may do so in writing to the Entertainment Calendar, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71611. Since all activities are subject to change, it would be wise to confirm the activity with the sponsoring organization.
14-20 — The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. KingFest executive committee has announced the 30th annual KingFest celebration for Pine Bluff and Jefferson County in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and Arkansas State Rep. Tracy L. Steele, founder of The Stand Foundation and former executive director of the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, are keynote speakers. Hollingsworth will kick off the KingFest celebration at a joint meeting of the Downtown Pine Bluff and West Pine Bluff Rotary Clubs at noon Jan. 14. The public is invited to attend.
16 — To celebrate the opening of “Small Works on Paper,” an annual touring visual art exhibition coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will host a public reception from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and will include talks by the artists. Regular hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display at the A&S Center Jan. 9-30.
16 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will offer its photography I class with Eric Maynard beginning Jan. 16 and each Thursday through Feb. 20 from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. The cost of the class is $85 for members and $120 for non-members. The fee is payable at time of registration. For more information, contact ASC at 870-536-3375, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org.
17-18 — The gala opening celebration of the restored New Community Theatre will launch its 2014 season with the iconic comedian and actor, Marty Allen at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18 at the Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave. For ticket information, call 870-535-2646 or visit the website pbcommunitytheatre.org.
24-25 — Old Town Theatre will present a tribute to Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland at the New Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 for balcony, $35 for rear orchestra and $40 orchestra. For more information, call 870-535-2646.
25 — The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will present Jabberwock 2014, a talent and variety show, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 14 at the Delta Life Development Center, 715 Barraque St. Those who wish to participate must attend one audition. Competition is limited to middle/junior high school, high school and college students. Participants must bring audition music and performance attire. Talent should not exceed four minutes. For additional information, contact Betty Hayes Anthony at 870-643-0017; Dovie Burl at 870-872-2177; or Bonita Corbin at 870-489-1848.
25 — Pine Bluff’s Regional Park will host Polar Palooza: Run, Walk & Wade for Special Olympics. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. with check-in at 11:30. The cost is $25. The Ice Water Wade/Plunge begins at 2 p.m. with check-in at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $50. All paid participants will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, contact Travis Chisom at 870-489-3881. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics.