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



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.


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.


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.


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


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 >

Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


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 >

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 >

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