There is much ado-ing in the next few weeks at the University of Central Arkansas.

Children’s play

The UCA Theatre will present "The Spider and the Bee" by Steven Press at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday in Reynolds Performance Hall. 

UCA Theatre’s traveling troupe of players, The Cadron Company, will perform the production.

This story finds the Spider weaving his web and thinking that math and science are more important than anything else in the world. 

He’s interrupted by the Bee who enjoys singing and poetry and can’t imagine a world without art. So, who’s right? The Butterfly and Ladybug have to make that decision.

The production is under the direction of Liz Parker. Cast members include Aron Long and Hali Free, both of Beebe, Allison Benton of Corning and Karen Palmer of Sheridan. Costume design is by Eriko Terao of Japan with set design by Kirsten Seidel of Cabot.

The play is appropriate for all ages, especially children age 4-11. 

Admission is free. Tickets are not required and seats are not reserved. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

UCA Theatre’s website is www.uca.edu/theatre.

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French horn 

recital

Brent Shires will present a horn recital Feb. 1, in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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Rich Little

An Evening with Rich Little is set for Feb. 4 at UCA. 

Billed as the world’s greatest celebrity impersonator and impressionist, he has appeared on such popular television shows as Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell, Dean Martin, Laugh-In, and Julie Andrews. He also hosted his own variety show and appeared on Hollywood Squares.

Ticket prices for the Reynolds Performance Hall event on the University of Central Arkansas Campus are $10 to $40. More information is available by visiting http://uca.edu/publicappearances/ or by phoning 501-450-3682.

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Spike Lee

The UCA Distinguished Lecture Series presents Spike Lee  at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Reynolds Performance Hall.

The Academy Award nominated actor, director, producer and writer is credited with "revolutionizing the role of Black talent in cinema."

In addition to feature films, he also has worked on documentaries, sports programs and projects for cable and network television. His critically acclaimed documentary, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," earned two Emmy Awards.

Lee is currently working on a Broadway musical titled "Passing Strange." Tickets are $15 and available by visiting http://uca.edu.ticketforce.com/ or by calling 501-450-3682.

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History symposia

Two symposia Feb. 11, have the title: "Who Will Build Arkansas if Her Own People Do Not?" The first, from 3-5 p.m., is "A Historical Perspective on the Arkansas Gazette’s Role in the Central High Crisis" with keynote address by Minnijean Brown Trickey and includes a panel discussion with Trickey, Wadie Moore, Jerry Dhonau and Bill Lewis, moderated by Ernest Dumas, College of Business Auditorium.

The second is at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall: "Woodruff: A Culture of Non-Violence, and The Crisis Mr. Faubus Made: The Role of the Arkansas Gazette in the Central High Crisis," A Q&A with filmmakers and panelists will follow.    

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Live from the Met

Captured live from the Metropolitan Opera: "Nixon in China," Feb. 13, Reynolds Performance Hall, 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $15 for the general public; call Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 or toll free in Arkansas at 1-866-810-0012 or visit http://www.uca.edu/tickets/.

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UCA Theatre

A true story provides the basis for "Court Martial at Fort Devins," presented by the UCA Theatre Department Feb. 10-11 and Feb.16-18.

The plot centers on several young Black women who are promised training as medical technicians in the Women’s Army Corps. A racist colonel doesn’t like the idea so they are relegated to cleaning duty. When two of the women refuse to accept the demotion, an emotion-charged court martial takes place.

This production is rated PG-13. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridges-Larson Theatre on the UCA campus in Conway. Admission is $10 for the public, with UCA students with proper school identification receiving two free tickets. Phone 866-810-0012 for more information. 

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Wynton Marsalis

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis comes to UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall on Feb. 22.

Called "the finest big band in the world today," the orchestra features 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.

The group’s repertoire includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other members of the orchestra, as well as masterworks by Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers.

Tickets range from $10 to $40 and can be ordered by visiting http://uca.edu/publicappearances/ or by calling 501-450-3682.

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Baum Gallery

The Spring Season of Exhibitions at UCA’s Baum Gallery, on view through Feb. 24, includes: 

• "Intersecting the Book: When Artists, Writers and Graphic Designers Create 2D Worlds," an exploration of Designer Novels, Neo-Comics, Artists’ Sketchbooks, Post-modern Layout and Contemporary Illustration, by visiting artist Doug Casson.

• "Improvised Intaglio: Jiri Anderle Prints from the Baruch Foundation," representative works by central-European artist Jiri Anderle.

• "Earth: Fragile Planet," visual statements about the state of the world’s environments, organized for travel by the Society of Illustrators, New York City.

• Habitats: Portraiture by Kat Wilson, a series of contemporary photographs that explores connections between people and objects.

• "Axis Mundi in Levittown," UCA Department of Art Faculty Show featuring Holly Laws, a multi-media installation inspired by Abraham Levitt’s post-World War II design of the quintessential American suburb). Baum Gallery is in McCastlain Hall.

Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 10 a.m.. to 7 p.m, Thursdays.