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Art Amiss 9
There’s a cool thing going on in Northwest Arkansas and tonight at 7 p.m., you can enter this world for Art Amiss 9 at the Dickson Theater.
Twenty-one artists were selected from more than 200 entries to showase their work, which will range from photography and paintings to 3-D work like the kinetic sculptures of Mark Krause.
Krause’s forged metal sculptures are on about a 18-inch radius and when spun on their axis and engage other parts of the sculpture. Krause has worked with Hank Kaminsky and previously was part of the late Gallery 111. This will Krause’s first Art Amiss show.
One of the most talked about artists of the spring Art Amiss show will be returning. Showing her latest work in her second Art Amiss outing will be Amanda Salov, who does small mixed media ceramics that are so anomalous that they have been compared to confections.
In addition to the visual arts, other creative types will also be showcasing their work.
Haley Duke, the president of Art Amiss, says “No matter what, be there at 9.” That’s when the fashion show starts and according to Duke it’s going to have an enormous “wow” factor surprise, that none of the organizers are revealing.
The fashion show will carry the theme of Art Amiss 9, “Retro Futurism.” Duke said that for the first time, the entire Art Amiss event has been staged to revolve around one consistent theme to create a more cohesive show.
Thirty models will be showing the work of local jewelry designers Kacey Edwards, Roxie Hunt and Nikki Gibbs and clothing designers Abby Unruh, Chavon Sewell, Jordan Fisher and Anna Branch. Leslie Pennel, who is coordinating the fashion segment, said the designers have all created pieces that mirror the “Retro Futurism” theme. Hair styles too will stick with the them and will be created by Shine Salon and Mayapple Salon.
Anna Branch, of Fayetteville, who is studying fashion design in Dallas, has created a ‘50s looking ensemble that is partially made with chicken wire.
But the action will be happening before and after the fashion show. There will be music by Hosta, Jesus Chrysler Supercar, a Devo tribute band and DJ EQ.
Admission is $5 and the first 100 people will get free chapbooks and CD’s.

Gary Carter at Terra
Terra Studios, east of Fayetteville, is showing the work of Northwest Arkansas glass artist Gary Carter during November. Carter received a 2008 Governor’s Arts Award and his work was among those selected to appear in the 2008 Arkansas Arts Calendar. Carter first began working in glass in 1994 at Terra Studios where he worked for almost 10 years. He is represented by River Market Art Space in Little Rock and Terra Studios and is a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild and the Arkansas Arts Council’s online registry. Terra is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is located just off Ark-16, 14 miles east of Fayetteville.

Sweeny Todd
The Broadway touring company of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” will stage the musical tale of the19th century London murderer at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Walton Arts Center. For this production, the set is stripped to the bare necessities and the actors utilize only a few essential props to set the different locations.  Tickets are $42 to $50.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal will be at the Walton Arts Center tonight for a 7 p.m. performance of the contemporary ballet, “Minus One.” “Minus One” is a collage of eight of choreographer Ohad Naharin’s earlier works which spans 13 years and contains a wide range of musical styles such as bossa nova and cha-cha. At 6 p.m., prior to the performance, there will be a question and answer session with Pierre Lapointe, principal ballet master of Les Grands Ballets in the McBride Studio. Tonight is also the closing night for the outdoor exhibit, “Slow Dancing” at the WAC. Tickets for “Minus One” are $18 to $30.

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