Pride NWA




Pride Parade 2008

Pride NWA

Several organizations are coming together to celebrate diversity in Northwest Arkansas this week for Pride Week. Lead organizers are NWA Center for Equality and NWA Pride. For information go to: Here is a schedule of events. 


Screening of “For the Bible Tells Me So” at 7 p.m. at the Jones Center in Springdale. Hosted by the Walmart Pride Associate Resource Group and the NWA Center for Equality. The documentary chronicles the lives of five families who reconnect with their religious faith when they realize that one of their children is gay. Daniel Karslake, the film’s producer and director, and Randi and Phil Reitan, one of the families featured in the film, will be special guests and will answers questions after the film. 


8 a.m. 5K FunRun on Scull Creek Trail. Registration at the Walton Arts Center parking lot. Entry fee is $5. 

10 a.m. Pride Parade travels Dickson Street from East Avenue to West Avenue. The Reitans will be the parade Grand Marshals. Their son Jake and filmmaker Karslake will also be at the parade.

11 a.m. Pride Picnic at Agri Park on Garland Avenue. The family friendly event will feature music by Big Bad Gina.

7:30 p.m. Salon Theater, showing “Outlaugh” and “April’s Shower”

at Tymythy’s Salon, 130 E. Poplar St., Fayetteville


1 p.m. Tea Dance with music by DJ Remix at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, 901 W. Cleveland St., Fayetteville


6 p.m. Two-hour gay history feature will be broadcast on KXUA  88.3



Romantic Music


Soprano Echo Sibley and baritone Xavier Moore will be accompanied by pianists Aurélien Boccard and Christopher Lacy in a concert of German Romantic music at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parrish Hall. They will perform work by Brahms, Mahler and Berg. The program will close with Boccard performing Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel. The concert is presented by The University of Arkansas Fulbright College department of music, the John Harrison Opera Foundation and St. Paul’s Friends of Music. 



John Mueller as Buddy Holly

Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper

John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party will come to the Walton Arts Center for a 7 p.m. show on Tuesday. The performance features two hours of rock ‘n roll classics such as “Rave On,” “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace.” Mueller previously starred in the U.S. touring version of the Broadway hit musical “Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story.” He plays Buddy Holly and Jay P. Richardson, Jr. portrays the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony, star of the “Legends of Rock and Roll” at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, plays Ritchie Valens. They will be backed by a four-piece band that includes Grammy winner Mike Acosta on saxophone. Tickets are $20-$35.



Nunsence cast members (left to right) Michael Shuman, Debboe Reynolds, 

Alaina Stroud, Jennifer Leaton, Jan Reidmueller.


The Little Sisters of Hoboken-Debbie Reynolds, Alaina Stroud, Jennifer Leaton, Jan Reidmueller and Vicki Roberts-will be joined by Michael Shuman for benefit performances of the comedy “Nunsense” at White Auditorium on the Northwest Arkansas Community College campus in Bentonville. The benefit for the Village Players scholarship fund, is directed by Karen McCauley with music direction by Carolyn Springer-Smith and choreography by Katy Roberts. Performances at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or online at


The Nuclear Review

The Proposition One (Non-Radioactive) Nuclear Review, a traveling multimedia troupe that educates the public on the dangers of all things atomic, will stop in Fayetteville this week on their 30-plus city disarmament tour. Peace activists Ellen Thomas, Steve Mowbray and Jay Marx will discuss the “Proposition One: Peace Through Reason” campaign at 7 p.m. Friday at United Campus Ministries, 902 W. Maple St. in Fayetteville. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m., clips from a film about Proposition One and music by Dan Dean and Laura Kelly. The presentation will offer new ways to think about nuclear weapons and nuclear issues, by converting the nuclear weapons program into “human programs.” Proposition One offers a legislative solution to the nuclear weapons issues. Proposition One aims to put nuclear disarmament and economic conversion on the ballot in every state.

“We use entertainment, stories, songs and film to educate people on everything you ever wished you didn’t need to know about nuclear weapons from Alpha particles to X-rays, from Americium to Yellowcake, from Alamogordo to Zimbabwe, and from ambivalence to di-Zaster (or Nuclear Zero),” campaign coordinator Jay Marx said in a statement.

The OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology is hosting the event. Go to for information.



Singer songwriter Candy Lee will perform from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Smiling Jack’s to celebrate the 501(c)3 status of Spay Arkansas. Spay Arkansas is raising money to buy a mobile surgery van that will offer low-cost spay and neuter services.

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