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The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 25, 2013 at 3:14 a.m.


Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream


Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Death of a Salesman, with TV, film and stage actor Robert Walden playing title character Willy Loman, opens Friday at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock. A 6:15 p.m. pre-show director talk precedes a preview performance at 7 p.m. today; curtain times are 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through May 12. Following the opening-night show there will be a champagne reception and cast meet-and-greet in the lobby. Tickets $20-$35 if you buy them today, $25-$40 during the run. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit attend. See story Page 5E.

2 Lunge Join Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella for an evening of fantasy as Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream hits Verizon Arena. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today-Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12.75-$45.75 plus additional fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit


The Jewish community will share its rich culture and foods with central Arkansas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the River Market. The Jewish Food and Cultural Festival features edibles such as challah, blintzes, latkes and rugelach and special booths on Jewish traditions and crafts. There will also be music by groups including the Meshugga Klezmer Band. Admission is free. Call (501) 663-3571 or visit

It’s a chance to have fun and feed others as the Arkansas Foodbank hosts its annual Empty Bowls Charity Dinner and Auction, 6-9 p.m. today at 4301 W. 65th St. Local restaurants will supply the food and there will be live and silent auctions. Admission is $65. Call (501) 569-4329 or visit

4 LOVEY Birds do it. Bees do it. But how? Get the answers at the Little Rock Zoo’s Woo at the Zoo, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, an adults-only event that examines the world of animal mating. Food and music follow the zoo tour. Tickets are $35. Call (501) 662-7212 or visit

5 LOOKY North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District shows a passion for all things art-related with hands-on activities for all ages, demonstrations, music and art sales at the second annual Thea Arts Festival, 9 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday. The festival is presented by the Thea Foundation and is designed to increase support for arts in education. Admission is free. Call (501) 379-9512 or visit

6 LIVELY Step out for something out of the cookie-cutter ordinary. Etsy Little Rock presents its Indie Arts & Music Festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday in front of The Shoppes on Woodlawn, 5423 Woodlawn Drive. in Hillcrest. Independent artists will set up shop selling handmade jewelry, clothes and crafts alongside food vendors and musicians. Admission is free. Call (501) 891-1157 or visit events/161544747335441.


A young lad with a terrible case of aunts discovers “humanity” in a collection of giant bugs living inside a magically colossal fruit in James and the Giant Peach, opening Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. David Wood penned the adaptation from the Roald Dahl classic. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 12 at the Arts Center in MacArthur Park, 10th and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Arts Center members). Call (501) 372-4000 or visit See story Page 4E.

8 LEGEND The Arkansas Choral Society and the University of Arkansas at Monticello Concert and Chamber choirs, with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will offer “A Mozart Montage,” including a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass in C major, K.317, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Tickets are $15, $10 for students with ID, free for children 12 and under. The event will also include a silent auction. Call (501) 376-8484 or visit The combined choral forces will repeat the concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at UAM. Admission is free.

9 LISTEN Ten young classical musicians who placed highly in the annual Ibla/ Ragusa competition, held in July in Ragusa, Sicily, will perform in the Ibla Grand Prize International Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Argenta Community Theatre, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. The lineup includes four pianists: Jason Chiang and Ian Miller from the United States, Liisa Pimia from Finland and top winner Laehyung Woo from South Korea; two sopranos, Audrey Ann Southard Rumsey (U.S.) and Eijan Raisanen (Finland); two Polish accordion players, Tomasz Ostaszewski and Patryk Sztabinski; and piano duo Yuka Munehsia (Japan) and Samuel Fried (Switzerland). The Alan Storeygard Trio (“and friend”) will also perform. Admission is free but you must reserve a ticket at IBLA2013.

10 LOUD Burgers, karaoke, door prizes and the announcement of its 2013-14 season are on tap as the Weekend Theater holds a “Rock ’n’ Roll Celebration” fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Box, 1023 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. Tickets are $30, $50 per couple. Call (501) 374-3761, e-mail or visit

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