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
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.
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 >
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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.
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.
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 >
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 here. … Read more >
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Elf continues through Jan. 4 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Read our preview of the show here and our review here. Visit therep.org 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >