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.
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.
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 >
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North Little Rock’s Good Food by Ferneau hosts a Meet the Artists Party in honor of Ballet Arkansas at 6:30-8:30 p.m. The $40 event allows visitors to kick off Ballet Arkansas’ new season by meeting the company’s new ballet mistress, Laura Hood Babcock, along with five choreographers. Menu items include fresh jalapeno, hummus-stuffed mushrooms with almonds, deviled eggs, smoked chicken salad sliders and more.
Youth Home’s annual Steak and Eggs Benefit Breakfast takes place at The Butcher Shop from 6-10 a.m. The menu features steak, biscuits, eggs and more. Hosts from KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz will be present. Tickets are $10 and go toward purchasing school supplies for students in need.
Easter Seals holds its Rollin’ on the River event at 7 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center. The event features a 5K and 2K family fun walk to raise money for the organization, which aids individuals who have disabilities. There will also be games and activities for children. Registration is $10 for ages 2-10 and $25 for ages 13 and older.
Ron Robinson Theater will show two films, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Roar. The 1971 Willy … Read 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
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 >
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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 >
Looking for a dog-friendly place to grab a pint this weekend? Diamond Bear Brewing Co. offers just that on Saturday. (Sept. 13). Visit the brewery from 2-5 p.m. with your (leashed) pup and support the Humane Society of Pulaski County with Brews and Barks. The event promises a hot-dog cook-off and free craft beer samples. Plus, if you haven’t been to the brewery since it opened its new facility in the spring, this will be a perfect opportunity to see the new digs.… Read more >
Blakely White (left), 5, and Benjamin Parker, 6, paint on a canvas outside Art Outfitters during the 2013 Pop Up in the Rock event on Seventh Street in downtown Little Rock. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL
Community development organization Pop Up in the Rock has chosen Park Hill as the location for its third event, which is held Saturday (Sept. 13) on JFK Boulevard between avenues B and E. Organizers behind the annual event select a part of town that is dominated by cars and reimagines it for a day as a bike-friendly, foot-trafficked community where outdoor activities, pop-up shops, food trucks, art vendors and more bring the area to life.… Read more >
Paula Morell of Tales from the South. Arkansas Democrat Gazette/CARY JENKINS
Late in December, Tales from the South announced it had made the final top five programs in the storytelling category of Internet radio service Stitcher Radio’s annual awards for radio and podcast programs. Tales from the South is up against This American Life, Snap Judgement, RISK!, The Moth and StoryCorp for recognition as Best Storytelling program.
You can vote for Tales from the South — in addition to programs in various other categories, including Most Original Show, Best Interview of the Year, Best Investigative Reporting and more — on Stitcher.com. Voting is allowed once a day and continues through Jan. 13.… Read more >
Matt McLeod’s featured painting for the 2013 Thea Arts Festival.
Thea Arts Festival posted on Facebook this morning that the Thea Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 festival. The third annual festival is scheduled for April 26 and, like in past years, will include live music, art and dance demonstrations, food from local restaurants and hands-on activities in addition to displays of works from a couple dozen of the region’s finest artists.… Read more >