Fayetteville artist Kathy Thompson is unveiling her Hboxes Oct. 1 at the First Thursday Art Walk. Thompson will discuss Hboxes and will be accepting commissions to create the personalized history boxes, or Hboxes, for clients who provide keepsake material for Thompson to create her magic. Thompson came up with the idea of using sentimental objects to create art, when she realized that many people have items that they do not want to let go of, but don’t know what to do with.
“By reusing old keepsakes to create new works of art to pass down through generations, Hboxes preserves personal mementos as valued works of art,” Thompson said.
Similar boxes designed by Thompson can be seen at Bordino’s and at Arsaga’s at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Kathy Thompson Studio is at 3 E. Mountain St., a half block east of the downtown square. Go to http://scrbe.us/hboxesfilm to see and hear Thompson talk about Hboxes from her studio.
In addition to the premiere of Hboxes, The First Thursday Art Walk will feature gallery and studio tours from 5 to 8 p.m. at ddp gallery, Fayetteville Underground and Jammin’ Java. At 6 p.m. 3 Penny Acre will perform on the Town Center Plaza, followed by a film from the I-540 Film Festival. Special guests will be dogs from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter that will be looking for homes. There will also be a donation station for the “With a Can, We Can” project, which collects nonperishable food for distribution to area food bannks. All events are free. Bring seating for the music and movie.
The lighthearted romantic comedy, “The Wedding Singer,” will be presented Monday and Tuesday at the Walton Arts Center. The new touring production will debut on the WAC stage, kicking off the show’s national tour. The cast and crew of 39 are in Northwest Arkansas for 10 days perfecting the debut performance.
The musical comedy is based on the 1998 film that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and is crammed with 80s pop-culture and songs from that era. Audiences will be transported back to a time when hair was big and there was no Facebook.
“The Wedding Singer” opened on Broadway in 2006, with music by Matthew Sklar and writing by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, former head writer for “Saturday Night Live” and author of the original screenplay. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards and three Drama League Awards.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $30.50 to $45.50 and can be purchased by calling 443-5600 or at waltonartscenter.org.
Bikes, Blues & BBQ
By the time you’re reading this, Bikes, Blues & BBQ will be in full swing on Dickson Street and at the Tyson Track Center and Baum Stadium parking lot in the 15th Street area. And, this year, there’s a third venue, The AMP at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, which will feature a car show and concerts.
One of the most popular events at BBBBQ is the bike parade, aka The Parade of Power. The Parade of Power will start at 4 p.m. Saturday from the Tyson Track Center, travel 15th Street to Razorback Road, through the University of Arkansas campus, go east on Dickson Street to College Avenue and travel south back to the original staging area on 15th Street.
Music stages will be the Main Stage on Dickson Street, the Southern Stage at the Tyson Track Center/Baum Stadium parking lot area and at The AMP.
Headliners will be Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot on Thursday night at The AMP and Marshall Tucker Band, Steve Pryor and Oreo Experience, a Jimi Hendrix tribute, on Friday night at The AMP. Tickets for those shows are $10 each night.
For more information, see the Sept. 17 Free Weekly at www.freeweekly.com. For the most current updates throughout the event, go to www.nwabikers.com.
If you’ve never made a trip to the tiny, quiet and beautiful little town of Cave Springs, plan to go there for the annual Cave Springs Days Fall Festival Friday night and all day Saturday. Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a BBQ dinner and live music. Saturday, the day will begin with the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. There will also be festival and food vendors, a car show and parade, a dog show, magician and a dunk tank.