Quick Picks: Festival of Wines, Hawgs for a Cause, more

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09/30

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Ron Robinson Theater presents a 6:30 p.m. program in honor of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning Alice Walker novel The Color Purple, which has been criticized for its language, sexuality and violence. Actresses Verda Davenport Booher and Vivian Norman will re-enact an interview with Walker. The program includes a writing competition and screening of the novel’s 1985 film adaptation. The event is free and open to the public.

10/01

Festival of Wines at Dickey-Stephens Park’s concourse area features cuisine from area restaurants and hundreds of wines from around the globe. From 6-8:30 p.m., the benefit for the American Heart Association includes tastes from Ciao Baci, The Pantry and more. Tickets are $60.

10/01

The seventh annual Hawgs for a Cause is the “ultimate tailgate party” in support of the Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled (AEDD). The evening includes a barbecue dinner, a beverage bar, local news personalities and live music. The event takes place at the AEDD Multipurpose Center at 6 p.m. Entry is $50 in advance, $55 at the door.

10/02

Helena native and blues artist CeDell Davis has plenty of stories. As a child, he was diagnosed with polio, and in 1957, a stampede at a St. Louis club left him so injured that he has since used a wheelchair. Still, the 88-year-old continues to wow audiences with his variation of playing slide guitar. He plays White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

10/02

To support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Little Rock will hold its Light the Night Walk at the River Market pavilions at 6:30 p.m. The fundraising campaign aids the society’s research toward finding a cure. So far, local teams have raised more than  $38,028 of its $90,000 goal.

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