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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: A Taste for Business, Science After Dark, more

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09/24

Panera Bread Co., Diamond Bear Brewery, Cantina Laredo and others will gather when A Taste for Business, formerly known as Taste of the Town, visits Verizon Arena to feature more than 30 eateries from 5-7:30 p.m. On the concourse level of the arena, a mix of local restaurants and caterers, national chains, and drink distributors will provide samples, and local businesses will have vendor booths. A $20 ticket — $15 in advance — gets you in the door of this annual food showcase presented by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

09/24

The Museum of Discovery hosts another installment of its monthly Science After Dark from 6-9 p.m. With a little help from local breweries, SeptemBEER will present the science of brewing beer. Demonstrations, samples and games will be available during the 21-and-up educational event. Science After Dark also allows adults to experience exhibits within the museum. Entry is $5 and free for museum members. Bring extra cash for drinks and pizza.

09/26

The Alchemy Songwriting Showcase is the closing of the 2015 Alchemy Songwriting Competition. In Conway’s The Brick Room Event Center at 7:30 p.m., the Top 10 songwriters from the competition will perform for a … 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: 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: American Taekwondo Association World Expo, Arkansas Legends ProCamp, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

07/08-12

The American Taekwondo Association World Expo 2015 begins Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. The five-day conference is filled with activities, training, tournaments and special events. Friday’s Masters’ Ceremony, held from 8-10 p.m. at the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden, can be viewed via live telecast at the convention center’s Governor’s Hall. Click here for more information.

07/09

Loblolly Creamery and Rock Town Distillery partner to raise money for the Thea Foundation through a Loblolly Ice Cream Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Loblolly Creamery, housed in The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain, will serve sodas, ice cream and floats made with Rock Town Distillery spirits. Ten percent of sales at the happy hour benefits the foundation, and throughout July, ten percent of Loblolly’s Thea Foundation-inspired blueberry pie ice cream will support the foundation, as well.

07/10

Children ages 7-14 will learn football techniques and receive mentoring from athletes Darren McFadden, D.J. Williams, Martrell Spaight and Peyton Hillis at the second annual Arkansas Legends ProCamp from 9 a.m. to noon at Verizon Arena. All four athletes are former University of Arkansas players and are playing or have … 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: 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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 05/20

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 >

Quick Picks: Disney on Ice, Spring Tour of Homes, more

 

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05/06

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy begins at 7 p.m. at Verizon Arena. The five-day spectacular includes high-speed stunts, an undersea world and more as characters from Disney’s Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and more show magic on ice as Toy Story toys escape from Sunnyside Daycare and embark on a journey toward home. Tickets range from $16-$61 for adults and are $13 for children 12 and under. For more showtimes and to buy tickets, click here.

05/07

Listen to stories on motherhood at Listen to Your Mother at Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The live reading is part of a national series that celebrates Mother’s Day by allowing local writers, storytellers and bloggers to perform original works of various themes about mothers. Ten percent of ticket proceeds will support the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. General admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased here.

05/09-10

The Quapaw Quarter Association’s 51st Spring Tour of Homes showcases the new and older buildings that illustrate the diversity of Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter and the need for preservation of historic buildings. This year’s tour includes Christ Episcopal Church on Scott Street, … Read more >

Quick Picks: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

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04/30

The 11th annual UCA Film Festival takes place at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The festival highlights films in the categories of five minutes or less, music video and experimental, narrative short and documentary. The event kicked off in 2005 and highlights the work of University of Central Arkansas students. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

05/01

Toad Suck Daze, an annual free-admission, family-friendly festival, will include arts, food, live entertainment, a rock wall, petting zoo and more on the streets of downtown Conway beginning at 3:30 p.m. Since the early 1980s, the education-centered festival has raised money to support educational initiatives and scholarships, and it hosts the World Championship Toad Races. The festival closes Sunday. Visit here for more information.

05/01

Relay for Life begins at the Clinton Presidential Center at 6 p.m. The event, part of a national effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society, honors those who have had cancer and to remember lost loved ones. So far, according to the society’s Relay for Life website, there are 33 teams and 294 participants who have raised more than … 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.