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Quick Picks: Mac-O-Lanterns, Boo!seum Bash, more

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10/28

Fantastic Cinema presents Fantastically Horrifying Shorts at The Studio Theater from 7-9:45 p.m. The brainchild of the Film Society of Little Rock, Fantastic Cinema will show 18 short films in celebration of Halloween. Films include J.T. Seaton’s The Peripheral, Jerry Ochoa’s This Neighborhood and more. Tickets are $8.

10/29

Metro museums host the annual Big Boo!seum Bash from 6-8:30 p.m. Now in its 20th year, the bash will have several downtown locations — including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and more — providing a safe place for families to trick-or-treat and engage in games and other activities. The Old State House Museum’s Big Boo!seum’s theme is Monsters! A free shuttle to the locations will be provided.

10/30

The Clinton Presidential Center hosts a “culinary experience unlike any other” when The Next Course Fundraiser fills its Great Hall at 6 p.m. in support of Youth Home. As the meal moves from wine reception to five-course dining experience, executive chefs Shane Henderson and Stephen Burrow will provide instruction preparing the courses. Seating is limited to 192 guests, and tickets are $125.

10/30

Balloon Glow and Mac-O-Lanterns begins at 5:30 p.m. with pumpkin carving and tethered balloon … Read more >

Quick Picks: Ghost Hunting, Arkansas’s Reel History, more

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10/07

The Legacies & Lunch program presents Arkansas Sounds Gone By at noon at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library. The free program highlights songs about Arkansas or written by state natives. Using tunes taken from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ Ron Robinson Sheet Music Collection, performers such as Bob Boyd, Richard Hunter, Stephanie Smittle and more will lead the showcase. Click here for more information.

10/08

Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts Dreaming Sophia, a six-piece band that specializes in “eclectic folk,” at 7 p.m. Drawing inspiration from Ozark culture, the band has created songs featuring jazz and alternative-rock characteristics, too. Entry is a suggested donation of $15, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert takes place at Wildwood’s pavilion.

10/08

In a city said to have plenty of haunted locations, one ghost hunter is presenting a way for locals to see it for themselves. Pulaski Technical College and Rhonda Burton of Arkansas Ghost Catchers present a Ghost Hunting Class and Investigation at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at 6:30 p.m. The $25 class will guide students on hunting equipment and techniques, along with providing evidence of spirits. Students will also participate in … Read more >

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, … Read more >

Quick Picks: ‘Puss in Boots,’ Dining in the Dark, more

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09/16-17

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.

09/17

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.

09/17

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 … Read more >

Quick Picks: An Evening With Dianne Reeves, Thea Paves the Way, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

9/10

Rock the Runway takes place from 7:30-11 p.m. at Twin City Limousines and Event Center in downtown Little Rock. The third annual fashion show raises support for Fighting Fancy, a nonprofit that provides beauty products to women in chemotherapy. The event will feature designs and trends from local boutiques and designers. The dress code is black-and-white cocktail attire. Tickets are $100, $150 for VIP, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

09/10

The Albert Pike Masonic Center holds the seventh annual Shine A Light on Literacy fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. The event will educate guests on Literacy Action of Central Arkansas’ efforts to promote literacy in the metro area. Its programs promote job literacy, family literacy and health literacy. Drinks, a wine pull and an auction will be featured. Tickets are $50.

09/11

An Evening With Dianne Reeves fills the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 7:30-10 p.m. Five-time Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves will perform at this fundraiser, which will benefit outreach and educational programs through Mosaic Templars. The opening act will be Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers. Tickets are $100 for general admission, $75 for premium balcony seating and $50 for regular balcony … Read more >

Quick Picks: Tequila Tasting Party, Jazz in the Park, more

09/02-06

Canadian comedian Landry visits the The Loony Bin this week, bringing inspiration from his personal life into his stand-up routine. Landry, who has appeared on the third season of TV One’s Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, is also the winner of the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and Best Male Comic at the Atlanta Stands Up Awards in 2010. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. each night, with additional performances at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and $10 Friday and Saturday.

09/02

Jazz in the Park begins its fall lineup with a free performance by Dizzy 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the History Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Dizzy 7 play big band, Latin and other musical styles, and the members have performed at metro area events and locations such as Riverfest, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and more. Jazz in the Park is a partnership with Art Porter Music Education Inc. and takes place each Wednesday. The performance is open to the public.

09/03

Jazz musician Anat Cohen performs at 8 p.m. at South on Main. Cohen is a clarinetist and saxophonist who grew up with musical influences in her … Read more >

Quick Picks: Breakfast With the Elephants, Color Vibe 5K, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

08/12

White Water Tavern holds its first Storytellers Club — a set time for those to tell, or listen to, true personal stories about adventures, happiness, anger and more — from 8-11 p.m. Storytellers must register and be 13 or older. The Storytellers Club views storytelling as an art form and a way to teach and entertain.

08/15

Breakfast With the Elephants at the Little Rock Zoo is an all-ages activity to encourage enrichment activities for animals while enjoying a light breakfast. Enrichment helps animals exercise their bodies and stimulate their minds, the zoo says. The activity is from 8-9 a.m. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and tickets include admission to the zoo.

08/15

The Color Vibe 5K brings color zones and a dance party to the Barton Coliseum at 9 a.m. A custom color powder is thrown on runners during different stations of the race. Online registration is $55 for a team runner, $65 for individuals and free for children 12 and under. In-person registration is $70 for a team runner, $75 for individuals and $10 for children.

08/15

Pinnacle Mountain State Park presents the Summer Star Party from 9-11 p.m. Park … Read more >

Quick Picks: Food pairing at Southern Gourmasian, Back-to-School scavenger hunt, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

07/29

The Quapaw Quarter Association presents another food pairing event at Southern Gourmasian as part of the association’s 2015 Summer Suppers. Five courses of Asian-Southern fusion dishes will be served with beers and ciders from Stone’s Throw Brewing. Tickets are $50.

07/30

To kick off football season, Noah’s Event Venue hosts a Preseason Party at 7 p.m. Presented in part by KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz, the event includes former Razorback football players, local television broadcasters, vendors and more. There will also be tailgating tips. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $25.

08/01

The Good Start Back-to-School scavenger hunt takes place at the Promenade at Chenal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event gives children the opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt in order to take home free school supplies and be entered to win prizes such as an iPad, gift cards and more. Snacks, wellness check-ups and vision screenings will be provided.

08/01

The Great Arkansas Beer Festival will be held at 6 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. To celebrate the craft beer community, the festival provides samples of more than 350 beers from across the state and country, with … Read more >

Quick Picks: Drum Corps International, Harry Potter marathon, more

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07/22

The annual Drum Corps International tour stops for a Little Rock performance at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. The organization is a nonprofit for junior drum and bugle corps. DCI Arkansas includes competing teams from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin and more. Tickets are $27. For ticket information, click here.

07/23

Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts its last Guest Artist Recital with a performance by soprano Maria Natale at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit Wildwood’s site.

07/25

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies presents the 2015 Genealogy Conference at the Ron Robinson Theater from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Genealogy Gems owner Louise Cooke will be the speaker for this day-long workshop that explores using newspapers, Google and more to find information on ancestors. A meet and greet will be held Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the Butler Center’s Room 124. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

07/25

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts its third annual Vintage Military Vehicle Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicles from the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association … Read more >

Quick Picks: Daft Punk tribute, Independence Day celebrations, more

Thomas Bangalter, of Daft Punk, accepts the award for record of the year for "Get Lucky" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. Duo Daft Punk will receive a tribute when One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk performs at Rev Room on Thursday. | Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Thomas Bangalter, of Daft Punk, accepts the award for record of the year for “Get Lucky” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. Duo Daft Punk will receive a tribute when One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk performs at Rev Room on Thursday. | Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

07/02

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk will honor French duo Daft Punk at Rev Room at 9 p.m. One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk is a two-piece group that even wears chrome helmets and often performs on a pyramid-shaped stage to help audiences get a taste of the Daft Punk experience live. The show will feature Daft Punk hits and the tribute band’s own remixes. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Buy tickets here.

07/03

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs will celebrate the Fourth of July through its annual Spa Blast, a free family-friendly event that features food, live entertainment and fireworks. Entertainment for children will include bounce houses, a rock wall, a petting zoo and more. There will also be a music lineup featuring 270 … Read more >

Quick Picks: New Play Fest readings, Monty Python screening, more

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Update: Reading times for the Arkansas New Play Fest at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre have changed. 

06/25-27

What Will It Take? A Dance Narrative will show Thursday through Saturday at The Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with an additional performance Saturday at 2 p.m. The narrative — written, choreographed and directed by Michael Goodbar and Allyson Bode — is a story of loss, love, connection and more. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.

06/26

The Ron Robinson Theater begins its summer movie lineup by showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 10 p.m. The film marked its 40th anniversary this year. Tickets for the screening are $5. Beer and wine will be available at the screening and all Ron Robinson screenings after 5 p.m.

06/27

As a part of TheatreSquared’s 2015 Arkansas New Play Fest, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre will hold two play readings in the theater’s lobby. At 2 p.m., Uncle by Lee Blessing will be read, and Dust by Qui Nguyen will be read at 7 p.m. Dust is a coming-of-age story about an Asian-American teenager who plans to find her father. Uncle is a comedy following a writer who … Read more >

Quick Picks: All-Arkansas Preps, Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, more

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06/18

Pulaski Tech Craft Corner Workshop will cater to those interested in exploring the world of Pinterest at the Pulaski Technical College’s Tom Steves room in its Business Technology Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop focuses on the basics such as creating an account, following other users, and learning more on pins and boards. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and the event is $10.

06/18

Violinist Tarn Travers, who has traveled across the country, Japan and Europe, to perform is stopping at Wildwood Park for the Arts for a 7:30 p.m. show. Travers has experience as both an orchestral and chamber musician, including time as a violinist with the New World Symphony. Tickets are $15.

06/18-20

The 46th annual NQA Quilt Show sets up at the Statehouse Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event. Presented by the National Quilting Association Inc., the event contains workshops, vendors, quilting exhibits and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

06/20

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents its annual All-Arkansas Preps banquet, which honors the top high school athletes in the state who play in nine different sports, … Read more >

Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

06/11

South on Main hosts a Celebration of Graham Gordy from 5-7 p.m. Local screenwriter Gordy — known for The Love Guru, War Eagle, Arkansas and Rectify — will be honored for his creation of the coming Cinemax drama Quarry. Quarry follows a marine who returns from Vietnam to his Memphis home in 1972 and becomes shunned and involved in a web of corruption. Tickets for the event are $50.

06/12

Untapped Presents: Legends of Rhythm will take audience members back in time by showcasing various points in tap dance history through tributes at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7:15 p.m. Styles made famous by Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Vera Ellen and more will be highlighted live by members of Untapped, a professional tap dancing company. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here.

06/12-13

Children ages 6-12 and their families are welcome to meet nocturnal animals and then get some shut eye at Zoo Snooze at the Little Rock Zoo’s Zooventure Education Center from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Tents and sleeping bags are welcome for snoozing under the stars, and optional sleeping areas are available inside. Entry is $30 … Read more >

Quick Picks: Echo Ellis book reading, Wine & Food Festival, more

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To honor Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS documentary Time of Fear will screen at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The film explores how 16,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to relocate to military camps in the racially segregated region of southeast Arkansas during World War II. Time of Fear uses scenes from home movies and exclusive interviews to present native Arkansans’ reactions. Admission is free, and beverages will be provided.

05/21

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro hosts Cocktails with Echo Ellis, a book reading and signing by local author Suzi Parker, from 8-10 p.m. Parker’s recently released novel, Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter, follows a female journalist who unravels a mystery in the Mississippi Delta. Parker will also speak on the book and what it’s like being a writer.

05/23

The Colors of Rhythm Percussion Concert will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. The concert will feature three talented percussionists from India: Ustad Taufiq Qureshi on the djembe, Pandit Milind Tulankar on the jal tarang and harmonium and Ramdas Palsule on the tabla. Tickets are $15.

05/29

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Quick Picks: Greek Food Festival, Jazzlights in the Park, more

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05/13

The Thea Foundation hosts its inaugural Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton at 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton presidential library. The fundraising event — typically held in Washington, D.C. — will highlight the foundation’s 13 years of supporting Arkansas’ arts communities and will feature performances by past scholarship winners. Dinner will include an address from former President Clinton. Tickets start at $1,000. For more information, click here.

05/14

Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals will show how dogs can also be divas at its annual Paws on the Runway at 6 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. Local celebrities will help pets down the runway as KTHV-TV, Channel 11’s Craig O’Neill emcees the event. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and auctions will also be featured. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for runway seating. Buy tickets here.

05/15-17

The 31st annual International Greek Food Festival kicks off Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The free festival celebrates culinary traditions of the church’s members and their forefathers. Dishes such as falafel, pastitsio and more will be … Read 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.