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By Brittany Powell

This article was published August 8, 2008 at 2:40 a.m.

— 1. Get a read on things. Guests will find an expansive collection of historical, rare and valuable papers and books at the Arkansas Antiquarian Booksellers Association's Book and Paper Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Jacksonville Community Center, 105 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. This year's show features up to 40 book dealers from across the country and Canada, and appearances by more than 15 authors. Admission is $5. Call (501) 336-9313.

2. Take flight. Ed Dwight, author of Soaring on the Wings of a Dream:The Struggles & Adventures of the "First Black Astronaut" Candidate, will be discussing and signing his book at Hearne Fine Art, 500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 110, 5-8 p.m.

today and at 1 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is displaying a mixed-media painting and bronze sculpture by the artist. Admission is free. Call (501) 372-6822.

3. Mix it up. The a capella quartet Blend will perform 1950s and '60sclassics like "Stand by Me," and "In the Still of the Night" at The Ritz, 306 W.

Main Street, Blytheville, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15, $10 for children;

ages 5 and under are free. Call (870) 762-1744.

4. Say "I do." The Democrat-Gazette is hosting its annual Fall Bridal Fair,1-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Among the 100 featured vendors will be caterers, travel agents, photographers and disc jockeys.

Those attending can sample wedding cake and the chocolate fountain, or snap a photo in the vintage photo booth. The Democrat-Gazette will give free planners to brides-to-be, and one couple will win $1,000 to spend with any vendor at the fair. A fashion show of more than 50 outfits starts at 4 p.m.

Reserved seating is available for $10.

General admission is $5. The fair takes place at the Statehouse Convention Center, Broadway and Markham Street.

Call (501) 918-4539.

5. Eat for a cause. Angels of Mercy Inc. is hosting a fundraiser dinner Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1620 Restaurant, 1620 Market St., Little Rock. The local nonprofit organization provides housing and education for people in need. Speaking will be James E. Hinton II. Tickets are $25. Call (501) 838-4610.

6. Enjoy dinner conversation. Conway Community Arts presents TheDining Room through Sunday at Mc-Castlain Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

The play, set in the 1980s, is a series of vignettes taking place in a dining room.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$10. Call (501) 733-6220.

7. Feel the rhythm. The Molly Thacker Dance Company of Mena willbe performing at the Ouachita Little Theatre, 610 Mena St., Mena, at 7:30 p.m. today. The dancers will be bellydancing in full costume to a selection of exotic music. Tickets are $8, $5 for students. Call (479) 243-0186.

8. Backtrack. The Arkansas Genealogical Society is hosting a one day"Let's Get Started in Genealogy" seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, 10900 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock.

The event will feature guest speaker Desmond Walls Allen, and requires no prior experience. Registration is $10.

Call (501) 912-3587.

9. Go to the ball. Prepare to be enchanted by Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, showing through this weekend at the Center on the Square, 111 W. Arch St., Searcy. Show starts at 7 p.m. today-Saturday. Tickets are $15-$18. Call (501) 368-0111.

10. Appreciate art. From 5 to 8 p.m.

today various galleries and museums in downtown Little Rock will host entertainment at Second Friday Art Night. Participating galleries include the Arkansas Arts Center, Cox Creative Center, Hearne Fine Art, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the River Market ArtSpace and Ten Thousand Villages. Guests can walk or take the free shuttle. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9351.

Weekend, Pages 66 on 08/08/2008






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