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The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 12, 2012 at 4:40 a.m.


Country singer Miranda Lambert will be “On Fire 2012,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, with “special guests” Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. Lambert is touring in support of her new album Four the Record. Tickets are $51.75 and $36.75 plus handling fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit The arena will be using its paperless ticket system for up to 4,000 seats. See story Page 4E.


The Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute brings a taste of New Orleans to Little Rock with its annual CARTI Ragin’ Cajun Bash, 6 p.m. today at Little Rock’s River Market. Tickets to the crawfish boil, which includes music and dancing, are $40 at the door. Call (501) 296-3406 or visit The River Market gets cooking again for the Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off event, 5-9 p.m. Friday. This benefit for The Allen School includes music and an amateur cooking competition. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Call (501) 301-4824.


More than 100 authors and other literary luminaries will take part in sessions, panels, performances, workshops, presentations, book sales and book signings as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, today-Sunday centering on the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, and spreading out to other venues in the River Market and Argenta Arts districts and downtown Little Rock. Among events requiring tickets: “Author! Author!,” a cocktail reception with the authors, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Main Library ($25 in advance, $40 at the door) and three foodcentered workshops ($20 each, only available online). Freebies include “Pub or Perish,” an evening of readings; a book fiesta for children; a film; concerts; and a street fair. See a complete schedule at or


German percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, 24, will be the soloist in the North American premiere of the Mojave Concerto for Marimba by Michael Torke with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Philip Mann, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Torke, the orchestra’s first Composer of the Year, will be on hand as well. Tickets are $14-$52, $10 for students and members of the military, free to the Sunday matinee for youngsters kindergarten age to 12 with a paying adult. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit See story Page 4E.

5 LAND Celebrate Mother Earth at the Little Rock Zoo’s Party for the Planet: An Earth Day Celebration, all day Saturday. Interactive educational booths throughout the zoo will provide information and demonstrations on how to protect the planet while special “Creature Feature” interactive talks and music will also continue during the day. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and zoo admission is $10, $8 for ages 60 and older and 12 and under. Call (501) 666-2406 or visit

6 LIVE The South Arkansas Symphony will join creator/producer/host Tommy Tallarico and the Texas Woman’s University Choir for “Video Games Live,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St., El Dorado. The program will feature music from popular video games accompanied by exclusive video footage, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and interactive segments. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for students, $5 for kindergarten to age 12. Call (870) 862-0521 or visit

7 LUKE The Rodland Duo — sisters Carol, viola, and Catherine Rodland, organ — will give a viola-organ recital at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, under the auspices of the Central Arkansas Chapter, American Guild of Organists. The program will include two sonatas, originally for viola da gamba and harpsichord, by J.S. Bach; works by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, John Weaver and Augusta Read Thomas; and an arrangement of “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter. Admission is free. Call (501) 753-4281.

8 LUG NUTS Whether they’re driven by horsepower or pedal power, wheeled vehicles are all the rage. Cars and trucks of all makes and models will park at the big Goodsell Truck Accessories Car & Truck Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 401 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. In addition to the vehicles on display, there will be also be swap meets and car sales. Admission is free but donations to the Boys & Girls Club are accepted. Call (501) 982-2245. In Little Rock, the Pulaski County Court Appointed Special Advocates will host their annual Pedal Car Races with games, fun and music, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the River Market. Admission is $5 per child. Call (501) 340-6946 or (501) 340-6741.

9 LYON Break out your kilt and get ready for Highlandstyle fun and games at the 33rd Arkansas Scottish Festival, Friday-Sunday at Lyon College, Batesville. Bagpiping and drumming competitions, dancing, sheepdog demonstrations, games, a car show, a parade and children’s activities are on the schedule for this year’s celebration, with most of the activities taking place Saturday. This year, the Lyon College Pipe Band will kick things off a day early with a Celtic Concert, 7 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church, 775 E. Boswell St., Batesville. General admission is free. The Ceilidh and Scottish Feast on Saturday evening is $40, $25 for children under 12. Call (870) 307-7488 or visit

10 LOCOMOTIVE Train enthusiasts can explore booths of memorabilia, model trains, accessories and modular layouts at the Railroadiana Show and Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Arkansas Railroad Museum, 1700 Port Road, Pine Bluff. Admission is $5, $2 for children 6-12. Call (870) 535-8819.

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