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THE WEEKEND TEN

The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 19, 2012 at 4:29 a.m.

— 1 HEARTY

The legendary Tom Petty & the Heart

breakers will headline a concert, with

Regina Spektor as “special guest,”

at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at North Little

Rock’s Verizon Arena. Tickets: $27.50-

$99.50 plus handling charges. The

arena will be using its paperless ticket

ing system for up to 5,000 seats. Call

Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit

ticketmaster.com or livenation.com.

2 ARTY This weekend, the Arkansas Arts Center is particularly kid-friendly. It starts Friday with the opening of the 51st Young Arkansas Artists exhibit, a showcase of works by children in kindergarten through 12th grade, which will continue on display through May 27. Admission is free. On Saturday, families can learn about the ways technology and art work together through hands-on activities and a demonstration by comic book artist Mitch Breitweiser at the Digital Dialogues Family Festival, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5, $20 per family. Regular Arts Center hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit arkarts.com.

3 GREEN Have some planet-friendly playtime with crafts, games and music at the Arkansas Earth Day Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Heifer Village, 1 World Ave. There will also be lectures on ways to “green your life,” information booths and parents can participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Challenge at 11 a.m., an attempt to break the world record for largest simultaneous worldwide diaper change. Admission is free. Call (501) 907-2697 or visit arkansasearthday.org.

The Legendary Greasy Greens will play for the 2012 “Give Earth a Dance,” an Earth Day benefit for the Arkansas Sustainability Network, 7-11 p.m. Saturday in Thomson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1818 Reservoir Road. The event will feature a donation bar, light snacks and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (501) 225-1503, e-mail info@GiveEarthaDance.org.

4 SCENE Familiar storybook characters’ dreams come true - before they get a shock from reality - in Into the Woods (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine), which the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Opera Theater will stage at 7:30 p.m.

Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock.

Tickets are $15, $5 for students.

Call (501) 569-8993 or visit ualr.

edu/music.

Also at UALR this weekend, the theater arts and dance department will present its spring dance concert, Body Works, at 8 p.m. today-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, in University Theatre, UALR Center for Performing Arts. The program includes an homage to modern dance icons, an Asian-influenced fan piece, a neoclassical ballet and a Studio 54-type disco segment.

Tickets are $7, $5 for students and senior citizens. Call (501) 569-3456 or e-mail skstone@ualr.edu.

5 SINGS Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is the headliner for this year’s First Thaw Festival at Harding University. Her concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday in Benson Auditorium, 915 E. Market Ave., Searcy. Tickets are $25. Call (501) 279-4106 or visit firstthaw.com.

6 STRINGS Musicians and craftsmen will descend on Mountain View this weekendfor the Arkansas Folk Festival, Friday-Sunday. Expect scheduled performances and impromptu jam sessions throughout downtown Mountain View and at the Ozark Folk Center. General festival admission and admission to the Ozark Folk Center craft village will be free. Call (870) 269-8068 or visit yourplaceinthemountains.com.

7KEYPianist Michael Brown will give a recital under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. today in the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock. He’ll play his own Constellations and Toccata; the Piano Sonata in D major, D.850, “Gasteiner,” by Franz Schubert;

and works by Isaac Albeniz and Claude Debussy. Tickets are $25, $10 for students. Call (501) 661-0520 or visit chambermusiclr.com. Brown will also give a presentation at 9 a.m. today in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Admission is free.

Call (501) 450-1249 or e-mail griebling@hendrix.edu.

8 HEE!

Teen improvisational troupe Armadillo Rodeo will perform a long-form “Mockumentary” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. The format includes an audience suggestion that the performers turn into a quasidocumentary-style, full-length play. Admission is $8; all ticket and refreshment-sale proceeds go toward sending the kids to the Teen Comedy Fest 2012, May 11-13 in Chicago. Call (501) 374-7529 (PLAY).

9 GENT Life, or at least this pair of concerts, is a cabaret for the River City Men’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m.

Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St., in Little Rock. The chorus will perform cabaret-style numbers in various configurations, including the opening and title numbers from Cabaret, Irving Berlin and Manhattan Transfer medleys, “Embraceable You,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “All That Jazz” from Chicago. David Glaze conducts. Admission is free;

doors open one hour ahead of time. Call (501) 377-1080 or visit rivercitymenschorus.com.

10REPRESENT The Humane Society of Pulaski County is celebratingfour-legged friends at their Walk for the Animals, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Center Park, 1200 President Clinton Ave. Dogs are welcome to participate in the walk and compete in games, contests such as Musical Sits and Best Dog Trick.

Walk registration is $25 and other events are free. Call (501) 812-9574 or visit hspceducation.org.

Increase your heart health by taking part in the Central Arkansas Heart Walk, Saturday at Burns Park in North Little Rock.

The walk starts at 9 a.m. But if cycling is more to your taste, the Heart Hospital Cardiac Classic starts at 7 a.m. for a 50-mile ride and 8 a.m. for a 20-mile ride.

Participation in the walk is free, though pledges and donations are accepted. The Cardiac Classic is $35. Call (501) 375-1178 or visit centralarkansasheartwalk.org.

Weekend, Pages 31 on 04/19/2012

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