The Arkansas Hospitality Vendor Showcase & Convention takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. A joint effort from the Arkansas Restaurant Association, the Arkansas Travel Council and the Arkansas Lodging Association, the showcase features seminars and training to help attendees improve running a business in the restaurant or tourism industry. A bartending competition and gala will take place. Entry is $5.
The Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind marks 75 years with Dining in the Dark, a dinner experience that teaches how darkness enhances one’s senses, at Noah’s Event Venue from 6:30-9 p.m. The fundraiser supports the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind’s mission of employing individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The event also includes a lighted reception and auction. Tickets are $150.
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre kicks off its season with Puss in Boots, which runs Friday through Oct. 4 but holds a special Pay-What-You-Can preview night Thursday at 7 p.m. The family-friendly musical follows Puss the Cat as he uses his feline smarts to conquer obstacles and help lift his owner’s spirits. A $1 minimum is required for the preview night, and individuals can purchase up to six tickets.
Taking inspiration from 1863’s Salon des Refuses in Paris, the Arkansas Arts Center presents the Delta des Refuses Exhibition, a presentation of the artwork that was not selected for the center’s 57th annual Delta Exhibition, from 5-8 p.m at the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Public Library. The original Salon des Refuses featured works rejected from the Paris Salon and included artists such as Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet.