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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: 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: ‘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: An Evening With Dianne Reeves, Thea Paves the Way, more

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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 >

The Rep, Stone’s Throw to launch beer-naming contest

 

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In honor of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s opening production for its 40th season, the theater company is partnering with Stone’s Throw Brewery to launch a Macbeth-inspired beer, the theater announced Aug. 12.

There’s just one little thing missing: a name.

Beginning Aug. 17, The Rep and Stone’s Throw will open the Macbeth Beer-Naming Contest, and they’re asking for your help. Need some inspiration? The beer will be a Scottish red ale, with the red paying tribute to the battles of Macbeth, and there will be a hint of rye for spice. “It’s a malty, full-bodied beer that is easy to drink,” the theater says in a news release.

Entries will be allowed until Aug. 21, and the top five names will be announced Aug. 24. From Aug. 24-26, voting will be open, with the winner being announced Aug. 27 at the brewery’s 402 E. Ninth St. location in Little Rock at 6:30 p.m.

A free growler and pair of tickets to Macbeth will be awarded to the person who submits the name that receives the most Facebook likes by the end of the voting period.

Submit entries here.

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth shows at The Rep from … Read more >

Quick Picks: Food pairing at Southern Gourmasian, Back-to-School scavenger hunt, more

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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: 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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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: Czech That Film Festival, Mini Comic Con, more

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06/03

Little Rock’s Movies in the Park kicks off its 2015 lineup with a screening of Divergent at sunset (approximately 8:18 p.m.) at the First Security Amphitheater. The 2014 sci-fi film follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), a teenager who discovers she is considered a member of a targeted faction of society and embarks on a quest to learn more. The event is free to the public.

06/04

Get acquainted with the world of gin and tonics at the Gin & Tonic with David Burnette class at Eggshells Kitchen Co. from 6-8 p.m. Burnette is the bar manager at South on Main, a SoMa restaurant known for its inventive menu options. Registration for the class is $50, which covers all drinks and light snacks. For more information, click here.

06/05-06

The Czech That Film Festival will set up in Little Rock to present five films made in the Czech Republic at Ron Robinson Theater. The event begins with a 7 p.m. showing of Clownwise on Friday, with four other films to be screened Saturday. Czech actress Eva Jenickova, who has a role in Clownwise and other notable Czech projects, will be present. The festival is … Read more >

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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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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 >

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 >

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