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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.


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.


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 >

Rumpelstiltskin opens at Children’s Theatre


Friday is the opening production of Rumpelstiltskin by the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre. The center presents the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 8. Tickets for adults and children are $12.50.

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Velveteen Rabbit opens at AAC Children’s Theatre


Sure, there are some pretty dark themes in Margery Williams’ story of a beloved stuffed rabbit that is going to be burned after its owner comes down with a nasty case of scarlet fever. But The Velveteen Rabbit remains a family favorite. The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre presents a stage adaptation opening the day after Thanksgiving. Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. Tickets for children and adults are $12.50 each.… 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.