Thursday, April 12, 2018
Brad Paisley's "Weekend Warrior World Tour" makes a stop at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena, 7 p.m. today. The country superstar's show includes performances by Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Tickets are $19-$129. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
2 BROTHERS GRIMM
Go Into the Woods -- literally and figuratively -- at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock, as Wildwood and Praeclara stage the Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)/James Lapine (book) "fairy tale" musical, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bevan Keating directs and conducts. Tickets are $30, $15 for students. Call (501) 821-7275 or visit wildwoodpark.org.
3 BEETHOVEN AND BLUE JEANS
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will don denim and play music by Ludwig van in its annual "Beethoven and Blue Jeans" concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. at Broadway, Little Rock. Orchestra members and conductor Philip Mann will wear jeans and encourage patrons to likewise do so. The program of works inspired by visual art -- Finding Rothko for Chamber Orchestra by ASO composer of the year Adam Schoenberg; Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" -- is part of the orchestra's Canvas Festival, combining visual arts with the performance of live symphonic music. Impressionist painter Barry Thomas will create a work on-stage in real time. A pre-concert Beer & Brats street party -- 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday in front of Robinson -- features free brats, local beer and music from the Episcopal Collegiate School Steel Band. Party admission is part of the ticket price -- $15-$65, $10 for students and active duty military, free for K-12 students to the Sunday matinee with a paying adult. Call (501) 666-1761, Extension 100, or visit ArkansasSymphony.org.
The doors are opening at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Designer House XXIV, Friday-May 13. This year's house, decorated by several area designers, is in Valley Falls Estates, 8 Valley Creek View, Little Rock. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The Concerto Cafe will be open 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tickets are $20 for one day, $35 for the run of the show. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit arkansassymphony.org; text (501) 804-0106 for reservations for six or more.
Give your tastebuds a trip around the world at the annual Food & Foam Fest, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 W. Broadway, North Little Rock. The Arthritis Foundation fundraiser includes hundreds of beers, ciders and wines and food tastings from central Arkansas restaurants. Tickets are $40, $65 VIP. Call (501) 232-8660 or visit arthritis.org/foodfoamfest.
The River City Men's Chorus performs '60s chart-toppers -- including a trio of Motown tunes and songs by the Beach Boys, Lennon & McCartney, the Temptations and a medley titled "Wild Things!" -- in "The Beat Goes On," 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday and April 19 at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive at Cantrell Road, Little Rock. David Glaze conducts. Admission is free. Doors open one hour before "curtain." Call (501) 377-1080 or visit rivercitymenschorus.com.
7 BIRDS OF CHICAGO
Birds of Chicago (Allison Russell and JT Nero) and guests Smokey & The Mirror (husband-wife folk duo Bryan and Bernice Hembree) close out the 2017-18 Archetypes & Troubadours Series at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock, 8 p.m. today. Doors open at 6 for dinner and drinks. Tickets are $25, $32 for reserved seating, $34 for premium reserved. Call (800) 293-5949 or visit metrotix.com. See story on Page 4E.
The Debussy Trio -- Marcia Dickstein, harp; Angela Wiegand, flute; and David Walther, viola -- performs at 7 p.m. today Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., Little Rock. The program includes a preview of a forthcoming world premiere, Eyes Wide Open by Gernot Wolfgang (it officially debuts at the American Harp Society national conference June 29); Sonate (La Deuxieme) by Claude Debussy; and works by Don Davis, Paul Gibson, Lucas Richman, Walther, Roger Neill and Ian Krouse. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Call (501) 375-2342, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit christchurchlr.org.
A plethora of plaid will take over the grounds of Lyon College in Batesville for the annual Scottish Festival, Friday-Sunday. The weekend celebrating Scottish heritage includes piping competitions, handmade crafts, highland games and traditional foods. General admission is free but some activities have fees, such as the Scottish Feast and Ceilidh, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, $50, $25 for children. Call (870) 307-7071 or visit lyon.edu/scotfest. See story on Page 4E.
Troops from all over the United States are expected in Helena-West Helena from Friday-Sunday as the Delta Cultural Center hosts the 155th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Helena. Battle scenarios will take place at several Cultural Center sites, including Battery C and Fort Curtis, and there will be living-history characters and musical performances. Registration is required for some events. Call (870) 338-4350 or (800) 358-0972, email info@DeltaCulturalCenter.com or visit deltaculturalcenter.com.
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