Here are a few of the things going on in the area in the coming days.
1 Konsplosion: A blue-colored Power Ranger, the swashbuckling Jack Sparrow, mysterious anime characters and several “Star Wars” stormtroopers are among those plotting to commandeer a Fort Smith venue for three days. The sixth annual Konsplosion! — The River Valley Comic Con will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, and the all-ages event will feature special celebrity guests, games, vendors, pop-culture panels and many children, teenagers and adults in eye-catching costumes, said Brooklyn Shock, event chairperson. Featured guests will include Michael Copon (Power Rangers Time Force, CSI: Miami) and freelance artist/illustrator Odis “Ryngs” Holcomb, as well as appearances by the manipulative-arts group Bound By Fire, the 501st Legion’s Diamond Garrison group, the Fellowship Cosplay and more.
2 Catapult: Finalists on America’s Got Talent Season 8, Catapult features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create magical shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter. You’ll never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will create next – you’ll be surprised and delighted again and again. Tickets for this show are $35, $27 and $20 and can be purchased through the box office or online.Purchase Tickets Online at http://almapac.org/?page_id=17 or dall 479-632-2129 to purchase by phone. The show is presented by the Alma Education and Arts Foundation.
3 Making God Laugh: The Fort Smith Little Theatre currently has Making God Laugh in its second week of production. The play is set for evenings Wednesday through Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. nightly. A family ‘dramedy’ directed by Lora Rice, this play will have you in splits at the humor that can be found when families gather for various holidays. But the story told by a talented set of actors, will also tug at your heart-strings, and make you lovingly remember your own families. Tickets are $12 perperson and can be obtained by calling the box office at 479-783-2966, Extension 2.
4 Gospel Sing and bean supper: The First United Methodist Church of Paris will host an Old Time Gospel Singing event Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church, which is located across the street from the Paris Post Office. The event is free of charge. If you would like to participate, bring your voice, guitar or brass instruments and there will be a sign up of order. Pianists will be present. Requests will be taken also. Also, a bean supper will be held in the basement of the church from 4 p.m. until to 8 p.m. the same day. The menu consists of pinto beans, cornbread, tea and dessert for a donation as a fundraiser for the Paris UMC Food Pantry. OVERSET FOLLOWS:Carry out meals will be available. For information call Paris First UMC at 963-8000.