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The annual ATA World Expo.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Skilled tae kwon do artists will duke it out and show off their skills at the annual ATA World Expo. Tournaments and competitions begin today and continue through Sunday with most events at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets, Little Rock. Spectator admission is $10 per day, $20 for the whole event. Visit ataworldexpo.com. See story on Page 4E.
Janet Jackson performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. Gates open at 6:30. Tickets are $35-$129.50 plus fees; call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website, amptickets.com.
• And Kenny Chesney, on his "Trip Around the Sun Tour 2018" with Old Dominion, headlines at 7 p.m. today. Gates open at 6. Tickets, $60-$109 plus fees, are available only from Ticketmaster. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com.
It's the second Friday of the month and, at downtown Little Rock museums, that means 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. Friday. At the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., country musician Erin Enderlin will perform an indoor concert and guests can look through exhibits like "A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans." Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit oldstatehouse.com.
• Meanwhile, the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock, presents music by Gentlemen Jazz, refreshments and the opening of "Justin Bryant: That Survival Apparatus." Call (501) 324-9351 or visit historicarkansas.org.
• And the Butler Center Gallery West, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, will celebrate the opening of "A Legacy of Brewers: The Paintings of Nicholas, Adrian and Edwin Brewer -- Three Generations of Arkansas Artists," on display through Oct. 27. Call (501) 320-5700 or visit butlercenter.org.
Soul singer Bettye LaVette headlines, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Main Campus, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock. Boogie-woogie blues pianist and singer/songwriter LaLa Craig will open the concert. Tickets are $35-$50, $20 standing room ($10 for UA-PTC students); $75 for premium reserved seating and access to the Ben E. Keith VIP room. Visit uaptc.edu/lavette. See story on Page 4E.
5 'SUMMER NIGHTS'
The musical Grease (book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey) is onstage through Aug. 25 at Murry's Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12:45 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday; Wednesday matinees only, July 18 and 25 and Aug. 1. Doors open and meals start 90 minutes before curtain. Tickets are $33-$35, $23 for children 15 and under; show-only tickets are $25 and $15. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit murrysdp.com.
6 PAINTINGS ETC.
The Arkansas League of Artists Members' Show goes on display with a reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday at Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery, 108 W. Sixth St., Little Rock, during downtown Little Rock's 2nd Friday Art Night. The exhibit, consisting of drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media and pastels, chosen by juror Matthew Lopas, professor of art at Hendrix College, will be on display through Aug. 24. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free. Call (501) 725-8508, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mattmcleodgallery.com.
Books of all sizes, shapes and subjects are available at major discounts at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries Used Book Sale. During the sale in the CALS Main Library's basement, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks are $1, with further discounts for school teachers and librarians. Main sale hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. FOCAL members and those who buy a $5 wristband can shop 5-7 p.m. today and starting at 9 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Call (501) 918-3000 or visit cals.org.
Ozark Folk Center State Park's Craft Village, 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View, stays open late for a Handcrafted Evening in the Park, 6-9 p.m. Friday. The park's staff of craftsmen will be hard at work making pots, candles, jewelry and other items. Craft Village admission is free for this event; a shuttle will run visitors from the lower lot to the village. Admission to the 7 p.m. evening concert in the park auditorium, home of Ozark Highlands Radio, is $12, $7 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. Call (870) 269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com.
Break out the lawn chairs and relax in a historic setting for some Music in the Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Historic Washington State Park. The lawn of the 1874 Courthouse will feature "music from the past to the present." The Williams' Tavern Restaurant will be open for business and general admission is free. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.
The road to true love -- and the transfer from silent films to talkies -- never does run smooth, as exemplified in the musical Singin' in the Rain (songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, book based on the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green for the MGM film). It's on stage 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Wednesday-July 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 22 at the South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. Fifth Street, El Dorado. Sponsor is Murphy USA. Tickets are $10-$30. Call (870) 862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org.
• Benton's Young Players are also Singin' in the Rain this weekend, 7 p.m. today-Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton. Sponsor is Everett Buick GMC. Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens and college students, $6 for younger students. Call (501) 315-5483 (LIVE) or visit theroyalplayers.com.
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