Monthly Archives: December 2014

Quick Picks: New Year’s Eve parties, last chance to see Elf and Chihuly

Dale Chihuly's Reeds installation at the Clinton Presidential Library in May 2014.  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

Dale Chihuly’s Reeds installation at the Clinton Presidential Library in May 2014. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

Top events this week in central Arkansas: 


Last chance to see the musical production of Elf at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. All shows are sold out, but 10 standing-room only bar-stool seats are available an hour before the performance for $40 each.


This is the final week of the Chihuly exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center. Regular admission is $7 for adults.

Read about other exhibit and show closings this weekend hereRead more >

An interview with the cast of Elf

Photo submitted by The Rep

Photo submitted by The Rep

Elf continues through Jan. 4 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Read our preview of the show here and our review here. Visit for ticket and showtime information.

On the best part of being in a Christmas musical:

“It’s always great to do a Christmas show because it’s full of fun and joy, it’s a great time of year and people are coming to the show to be excited … I think the biggest thing that’s exciting to me is it’s a fun time of year and it’s a fun show, so people come with a lot of joy.”

— David Hess (Walter Hobbs)

On the musical qualities of this production:

“It has a contemporary kind of pop sort of tuneful catchiness, but the orchestrations are a real throwback — it’s what excited our musical director for sure because he loves that old-school sound. [The music] also creates opportunities for the story to be a little different, in terms of the way these people who wrote the adaptation choose to use music to forward the story. It changes relationships and dynamics. All of this stuff you want to see from the movie is in there, … Read more >

Children’s Library presents Grinchfest with Craig O’Neill


Join Craig O’Neill at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library for Grinchfest, which features a reading of Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by O’Neill while in costume (!). Attendees are encouraged to wear their best Who attire, as well. In addition to costumes, there will be crafts, “Grinchy” snacks, a Mr. and Mrs. Whoville contest, “Grinch of the Year,” prizes and more. The all-ages event begins at 11 a.m. Monday.

Call the library at (501) 978-3870 for more information.… Read more >

ASO presents Swingin’ Holiday Extravaganza pops

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents its holiday pops performance, the Swingin’ Holiday Extravaganza, at Connor Performing Arts Center this weekend. Expect to hear popular holiday classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” as well as tunes from holiday movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Tenor Destan Owen and soprano Mandy Gonzalez provide vocal accompaniment with Philip Mann conducting. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s matinee begins at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $19-$58.… Read more >

Nog-Off, exhibit openings at Historic Arkansas Museum on Friday


Raise a glass: The Historic Arkansas Museum celebrates its 10th Ever Nog-Off on Friday. From 5-8 p.m., stop by the museum to taste nogs from Cache, Capital Bar and Grill, The Empress of Little Rock, Loblolly Creamery, Bridget Fennel Farris, John Selig and family, and Stone’s Throw Brewing. A winner will be determined by “culinary celebrity judges” — that’s Mayor Mark Stodola, lawyer and blogger Joel DiPippa, and Sync‘s food writer, Emily Van Zandt.… Read more >

UCA presents A Christmas Carol

The University of Central Arkansas presents A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to learn to live a more selfless life. This adaptation of the holiday classic promises “veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, stunning sets” and wonderful music and dancing, according to the UCA website. The performance begins at 3 p.m. at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Tickets are $30-$40.… Read more >

Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K for Arthritis Foundation


Don all the bells and whistles on Saturday for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk, a fun 5K geared toward finding a cure for arthritis. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes to run or walk the 5K or 1-mile route — though a “Jingle in Your Jammies” option is available to allow participants to donate and get a race shirt without working up a sweat in the cold.

The 5K begins at the Clinton Presidential Center at 11 a.m., and online registration closes at 2 p.m. Friday.… Read more >

Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade returns to downtown Little Rock

The Arkansas State Capitol lighting ceremony finishes with a fireworks display after Little Rock's Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade in 2009.

The Arkansas State Capitol lighting ceremony finishes with a fireworks display after Little Rock’s Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade in 2009.

The annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade returns to downtown Little Rock on Saturday. The parade begins at 3 p.m. at Broadway and Second Street, moves south on Broadway and turns left onto Capitol Avenue, ending at the state Capitol. Cash prizes of $500 to $1,000 in the parade float competition are available for school marching bands and nonprofit organizations.

Following the parade is the official Christmas tree lighting at the Capitol plus a fireworks show. This year’s Grand Marshal is Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell.

The winners of last year’s competitions were McClellan Magnet High School (first place) and Central High School (second) in the band competition, and House of Hope Transitional Living Center and Mabelvale Magnet Middle School Band tied for first in the float compeition, with MEMS coming in second.

For more information on the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade and activities, visit more >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.