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.
9 — Arkansas’ first lady, Ginger Beebe, will be on-hand to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Home and Garden Seminar & Show at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This year’s show will focus on raised-bed gardening, one of the largest growing segments in home gardens. For more information about the show, contact Ruby Poteet at 870-879-1378 or email@example.com. For more information on the Master Gardener program, contact the county extension office, or visit www.arhomeandgarden.org/master_gardener.htm.
9 — Johnny Tarangelo will be performing his show, “The Man of Many Voices,” on at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Sponsored by Old Town Theatres Centre, dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. Dress for the event is causal and the atmosphere warm, friendly and welcoming, according to a spokesman. The shows are kid-friendly, though geared more for older teenagers and adults. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, call 870-535-2646.
14-15 — “Love Letters” will be presented by the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org; by calling 870-536-3375; or at the box office.
14-17 — The charming classic tale of “The Gingerbread Man” will be brought to life by the John McLinn Ross Players on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Center, 1200 N. University Drive. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb 14-15; and 3 p.m. Feb 16-17. School matinees are available for “The Gingerbread Man” beginning Feb. 11. Individuals as well as groups can book by calling Alexis Skinner at 870-575-8428 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host the 26th annual Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The benefit will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a reception and silent art auction featuring original art works by UAPB faculty, students, alumni and other Arkansas artists. Also available will be an assortment of framed art prints by regionally and nationally renowned artists. Dinner is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with live entertainment, followed by the recognition of this year’s honorees. Individual tickets for the benefit are $100. For additional information regarding tickets, sponsorships, advertisements and reservations, contact the Office of University Relations and Development at 870-575-8701 or the University Museum and Cultural Center 870-575-8234.
19 — The local annual Talent Hunt competition for high school students in grades nine through 12 will be held at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater of Pine Bluff High School. Sponsored by the Tau Phi Graduate Chapter and Tau Sigma Undergraduate Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., this competition is designed for high school students in the Pine Bluff area. Applications may be obtained from members of the Tau Phi Graduate Chapter and Tau Sigma Undergraduate Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., or you by calling 870-692-1064 for further information. Students may also get applications via e-mail by submitting the request to email@example.com, ATTN: J Horton, Talent Hunt chairman. The deadline for submitting the application is Feb. 15.
22-23 — The Pine Bluff Art League will host a two-day painting workshop, taught by well-known Arkansas artist, Sheila Parsons, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the A/B meeting room of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. The cost of the workshop is $50 for PBAL members and $65 for non-members. To sign up for the workshop, contact workshop chairman, Gerry Delongchamp at 870-692-5001.
23 — Kaine Company, a locally owned publishing company, will host a Winter Author Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza. The festival will feature local and surrounding authors from Central Arkansas. Books will also be available for signing and purchase. For more information, contact Tiffany Jones at 870-718-5915 or Ericka Reams at 870-592-3555.
28 — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will hold its Photography I with Eric Maynard class beginning Feb. 28 and continuing each Thursday through April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $85 for members and $105 for non-members. For more information, contact ASC at 870-536-3375, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.artssciencecenter.org.