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Quick Picks: Mud Run, Fountain Fest, more

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10/22

The Charity Olive Hour features a live and silent auction at Next Level Events to support Special Olympics Arkansas. There will be 10 live-auction items, as well as more than 350 silent-auction goodies that athletes across Arkansas have created. The event’s $30 entry fee also includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

10/22

The Arkansas Arts Center’s third annual Fountain Fest presents another unveiling of the work of the center’s art-design-contest winner. Fountain Fest also features tastes from ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood-Oven Pizza Co., David’s Burgers and Cupcakes on Kavanaugh. A Louis Vuitton purse worth more than $1,200 will be raffled. The outdoor fest takes place around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain at the center. Tickets are $40.

10/22

Arkansas Life magazine presents The Modern Arkansas Table Launch and Tasting Party at Loft 1023 in downtown Little Rock from 6-8 p.m. The Modern Arkansas Table is the magazine’s first-ever cookbook and features 40 recipes from some of Arkansas’ best chefs. The admission fee to the launch event includes a recipe tasting, a copy of the book, drinks and a three-month subscription to Arkansas Life. … 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: ‘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: 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: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

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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: Ralphie May, Feast in the Field, more

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05/28

Comedian Ralphie May is set to perform at Rev Room at 7:30 p.m. May’s comedy special, Ralphie May: Unruly, debuted on Netflix on Feb. 27 and was filmed at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $20, and seating will be limited on a first-come basis. Tickets will benefit the family of Sonny Smith, a Johnson County reserve sherrif’s deputy who was shot and killed during a burglary investigation. May grew up in the Johnson County town of Clarksville. Click here to purchase tickets.

05/28

In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, the Centers for Youth and Families will present a free screenning of ReMoved at the Chenal 9 Imax at 6:30 p.m. The independent film depicts the life of a 10-year-old girl and her experiences in the foster care system after her removal from her home and separation from her brother. According to the center’s website, the screening is aimed to educate others on foster care and create connections to build healthier families. For more information, visit the organization’s website here.

05/28

The Central Arkansas Library System ends its winter-spring lineup of films at the Ron Robinson Theater with a … 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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Be Italian: Nine to premiere at Studio Theatre

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Photo by Grant Dillion

With just 12 women and one man — played by both a child and adult — the story of Italian film director Guido Contini comes to life onstage when Nine: The Musical premieres Friday at The Studio Theatre.

As an adult, Contini struggles with forming a plot for his next production while balancing his romantic troubles, which stem from pivotal experiences in his childhood. As a boy, Contini attended a strict Catholic school with corporal punishment and scary nuns that left a traumatic effect, says James Norris, who plays Contini.

But near the school was a beach where a prostitute lived and taught young Contini about love, and he became consumed. The title relates to key moments in Contini’s life at age 9.

Throughout Nine, viewers are taken on a surrealistic journey where, like a Greek chorus, 12 women surround Contini and embody characters from his past and imagination — and even the imagination of other characters. The women include his wife, mother, muse, mistress, producer Liliane Le Fleur and more, and they also take on roles as reporters, fans, aunts and churchgoers.

Le Fleur, dressed in a fur coat, black gloves and flashy … Read more >

Quick Picks: Get Down in the Garden, Nonviolence Youth Summit, more

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04/02

Get Down in the Garden, a fundraising party presented by the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, will feature continuous performances of the song “Teach Your Children,” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bernice Garden. Funds will be used to buy a piano for the not-yet-open Center for Humanities and Arts building at Pulaski Technical College. For more information or to make a donation, visit here.

04/03

Nine: The Musical will premiere at The Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. The play chronicles the story of film director Guido Contini and his efforts to craft his next project while being pursued by many beautiful women. The show runs through April 19 and shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Opening night’s admission is $50. Tickets for additional shows are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

4/03

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission will present the Nonviolence Youth Summit XII: Knock Out Bullying from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Little Rock Job Corps Center. This year’s keynote speaker is professional boxer Roy Jones Jr. State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge … Read more >

Quick Picks: Discover the Dinosaurs, Diamond Chef Arkansas, more

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03/25-26

Little Rock-based spoken word poet Amoja “The Mo-Man” Sumler will teach writing and performance techniques to youths at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creative Kids Spoken Word Camp from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees must bring a lunch, but snacks will be available. Registration includes a $15 fee. For more information, click here.

3/27

Nashville, Tennessee, rapper Young Buck — one of five members of hip-hop group G-Unit, along with 50 Cent — stops in Little Rock for a show at IV Corners Bar & Grill. He is currently promoting the group’s latest six-song EP, The Beast is G Unit. Doors open at 9 p.m., and presale tickets are $20.

03/27-29

Discover the Dinosaurs, an educational traveling exhibit that holds up to 40 replicas of moving and static, museumlike dinosaurs, will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly adventure explores the prehistoric era and holds additional attractions such as mini golf and dinosaur rides. Tickets range from $16-$22 and can be purchased here.

03/28

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