Arts & Amusements

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Calling all dogs and their people...

This year's Krewe of Barkus in the Eureka Gras Parade can be the biggest and best yet with your participation: all you need do is let us know you're coming, dress up, and then show up with your pup on its leash!

This year's doggie theme is "Going Gangnam, Barkus Style." So start getting your costumes ready! Bright tuxedo jackets, bow ties and dark sunglasses will help us create Psy's iconic Gangnam look... your pooch can wear a tuxedo shirt or bright shirt with black trim and of course a bow tie and shades go well!

And of course Mardi Gras-themed/colored beads and adornments are most welcome. The parade is Saturday, Feb. 9, and we will start our march from the Post Office a 2 p.m. Bring your dog and join in the fun!

Please stop by Percy's Grooming & Pet Spa for further details and to register or call Rachel Brix at 479-244-9151. Info at:

Ozarks Chorale Spring rehearsals begin Jan. 8

If found yourself humming along during The Ozarks Chorale's wonderful holiday concerts, you may want to consider joining the nearly 50-voice choir as it has just started up its Spring rehearsal schedule this week. The initial registration and first rehearsal was held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Eureka Springs Middle School cafeteria. All further rehearsals will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

All singers from the surrounding Arkansas and Missouri area are welcome to join, and no vocal try-outs are required. "If you can commit to Tuesday rehearsals, have singing experience, and are sincere about joining a hard-working group that strives for quality choral sound," says Paul Gandy, Ozarks Chorale Board president, "please, join us. We'd love to have you."

ES High School to present "A Doll's House"

The League of Extraordinary Actors of ESHS Drama will present Ibsen's play "A Doll's House" on Jan. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. The Jan. 11 performance is free of charge. To thank our community for the fabulous new facility, to include the theatre. There are 240 seats. To reserve a free seat you will need to call the school with your name and the number of people in your party. Donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of the productions.

Tickets for the January 12, and 13 performances are $7 for Adult and $4 for students and senior citizens (60 and over).

Alternate dates for inclement weather are January 18, 19 and 20.

So you got a digital SLR camera for Christmas? Now what?

If this describes you, or if you've had an SLR for a while and still need to get a handle on how it works there is a one day, six-hour course just for you. "I call it a Digital SLR camera boot camp," says instructor David Bell. "Even those who shoot their SLR on automatic settings will benefit from this class."

The SLR Boot Camp is slated for Saturday, Jan. 12. It begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. It will be held at the Painter's Palette Art School at 201 Public Square in Berryville.

Bell is a long-time North Arkansas College photography instructor and photographer for Carroll County Newspapers. "There are just three basic controls on a camera that affect exposure," he said. "This class will cover those basics." Topics include F-stops, shutter speeds, film speed/ISO, exposure metering, lens focal lengths, and more.

"Part of the tools in the belt of photographers concerns an understanding of shutter speeds and how they affect the photograph as well as f-stops and how aperture size changes depth of field," Bell says. "We're going to pull all this together to help the photographer know what the camera is doing."

To register go to, or call 870-423-8036. Call for questions. Fee is $45 if pre-registered, or $55 the day of the workshop, if a space is available.

Writers Colony and Crescent team up for fantasy horror fest

To help raise funds for the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Crescent Hotel and the Writers' Colony are partnering to put on the First Annual Otherworlds Fantasy Fest during the weekend of Jan. 25-27. General conference sessions will be held in the Conservatory at the Crescent Hotel. The Writers Workshop will be held at The Writers' Colony. Participants will also take full advantage of "America's Most Haunted Hotel" with Ghost Tours and Midnight Theater. The Fantasy Fest also includes roundtable discussions, open mic readings, book signings, tarot card readings, Pages On Stage readings, and an imagination stimulation tour of Eureka Springs.

For more information about the Otherworlds Fantasy Fest, visit or call The Crescent Hotel at (479) 253-9766 for reservations.

Mardi Gras floats listen up!

A call for floats, bands, and costumed groups and individuals has been announced by the Krewe of Krazo, with this year's theme being "Aquarius Eureka." A Night Parade was added last year and will roll out on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. Floats participating in the night parade are asked to be lighted. Judges for the night parade at the Basin Park will determine best floats in determining float line-up for next year.

The Annual Day Parade will roll on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Day Parade trophy awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be judged by guests of four downtown hotels. To be eligible, applications must be returned by Jan. 30.

Led by the Grand Marshal, the "Krewe of Krazo" will roll out its seven permanent theme floats followed by a maze of other corporate and business floats. The annual "Cavalcade of Royal Chariots," consisting of convertibles carrying Dukes, Duchesses, and past Kings and Queens of the Realm, all draped in colorful parade capes, will be followed by costumers and other units.

Rolling from the Carnegie Library on Spring Street, the parade will loop around the courthouse on South Main Street and continue back on North Main, ending at the Grand Central Hotel.

This year, the Krewe of Barkus, headed by Krewe Captains Rachel and Ryan Brix, will strike out from the post office at 2 p.m, preceding the Krewe of Krazo parade units.

For details, contact or go to www.Parade.Ureeka.Org or call (479) 981-9551.

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