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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published August 15, 2013 at 3:17 a.m.

Football legend Ray Lewis (shown) and gospel singer Kirk Franklin headline “A Night of Champions” at 7 p.m. Thursday at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.


Gospel singer Kirk Franklin and football legend Ray Lewis headline “A Night of Champions” at 7 p.m. Thursday at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, part of St. Mark Baptist Church’s three day “Dynamics Family Conference.” Tickets are $52.50, $37.50 and $27.50 (plus service charges). Call (800) 745-3000 or visit


Everything you might need to satisfy a bridezilla will be at the Statehouse Convention Center for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fall Bridal Show, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the musical performances and more than 100 vendor booths with information on invitations, flowers, venues and all other wedding-related paraphernalia, there will be a runway fashion show at 4:30. Admission is $7, $10 at the door. Call (501) 378-3807 or visit


Arkansas Festival Ballet dancers will be “Stepping Off the Canvas” at 7 p.m. Saturday for a program subtitled “A History of Dance From Rembrandt to Turner,” at the Arkansas Arts Center, 10th and Commerce streets, Little Rock. The performance will feature interpretations from works in the Arts Center’s “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London” exhibition.

Tickets are $25, $20 for Arts Center members. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit


Oaklawn’s Finish Line Theater, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs, salutes the 1960s at 7 p.m. Saturday. The lineup features Peter Noone With Herman’s Hermits, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams. Tickets are $20-$30. Call (501) 623-4411.

5 CHURN The racial strife of the 1970s jolts a Harlem family in the latest Weekend Theater production, The River Niger. The award-winning play by Joseph A. Walker will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Aug. 22-24. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and ages 65 and older and the theater is at Seventh and Chester streets. Call (501) 374-3761 or visit


Top of the Rock Chorus puts on its annual Hot August Night show, this year with the theme of “Back to School Celebration,” featuring a cappella, four-part women’s harmony in barbershop style, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the University Theatre, Performing Arts Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock.

Special guest quartet Major Trouble, silver medalists at the 2012 Sweet Adeline Region 25 Quartet competition, will also perform. Tickets are $20, $15 senior citizens and students. Call (501) 258-1389 or visit


From Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the guys who brought you Mystery Science Theatre 3000, comes “RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers,”a big-screen sneer at the 1997 big bug war flick (Paul Verhoeven’s cinematic adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s classic 1950s novel), 7 p.m.

today at the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, the Tinseltown in Benton and the Conway Towne Center in Conway. Tickets are available online at


Cycles galore will motor around the hills of Mountain View as the town hosts the annual Mountains, Music & Motorcycles event, Friday-Sunday. Most of the activities, including bike and car shows, a poker run, dancing and music, will take place Saturday.

General admission is free. Call (870) 269-8068 or visit


Eureka Springs and Harrison are gearing up for a tuneful weekend of bluegrass music. The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival, today-Saturday, includes scheduled performances, informal jam sessions and a watermelon social.

Most performances are free, but the Saturday night show at The Auditorium is $17.50-$22.50 in advance, $22.50-$27.50 at the door. Call (866) 947-4387 or visit

It’s not a long drive from there to the Northwest Arkansas Bluegrass Festival in Beacon Park, just five miles north of Harrison on U.S. 65.

Tickets to the festival are $8 today, $10 Friday, $12 Saturday, or $25 for all three days. Call (870) 741-1789 or visit


On area community theater stages this week: Performing Arts Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St., Searcy, stages the musical Oliver! (music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) at 7 p.m. today-Saturday and Aug. 22-24 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Sponsors are Sowell’s Furniture, First Community Bank and Lowery Drug. Tickets are $18. Call (501) 368-0111 or visit

Benton’s Young Players will stage Alice in Wonderland, adapted by Shaun and Vern Adix from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, at 7 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton.

Tickets are $10, $8 senior citizens, $5 students. Call (501) 315-5483 or visit

Five people take part in a life-changing, six-week class at the local community theater in Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, which Conway Community Arts and the Lantern Theatre are staging at 8 p.m. today-Saturday at the Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle St., Conway. The show, part of the theater’s Late Night series, includes mature audience themes and situations and is suggested for mature audiences only. Tickets are $10. Call (501) 730-3653, email or visit

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