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The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published August 22, 2013 at 4:11 a.m.


Brian and Terri Kinder

1 RIDE Join the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by pedaling and walking your way around central Arkansas. The Bike & Hike for ALS begins at 7 a.m.

Saturday at the River Trail Station in North Little Rock. There are options for bikers and hikers and bikers only, with both routes ending where they began for an after-party of music, food and drinks. Registration is $45, $30 for children under 18. Call (501) 470-8559 or visit

2 RETURN Arkansas native singer-songwriter Iris DeMent is planning a weekend homecoming with two state shows: 7:45 p.m. Friday, part of the Fayetteville Roots Festival, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville - $49 plus service charges, also provides entry into other Friday festival shows; call (479) 443-5600 or; and 8 p.m. Saturday at South on Main, 13th and Main streets (formerly Juanita’s), Little Rock - the show is officially a sell-out but some tickets may be available at the door; call (501) 374-0000 or

See story on Page 4E.

3 RUG RATS If your little ones are Kinder-fans, you might want to take them to the Arkansas Arts Center at 11 a.m. Saturday. Singer/ songwriter Brian Kinder will present Kindersongs Concert in the Children’s Theatre. Tickets are $5. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit See story on Page 4E.

4RED Red Octopus Theater will put on its latest sketch comedy show, #OctopiLittleRock, at 8 p.m. today-Saturday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Doors open at 7:30; the show is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, students and members of the military; the first 10 people to help “protest” (“What are they rebelling against? Whatever you got!” - Red Octopus provides the signs, “you provide the gusto!”) get in for half price. Call (501) 291-3896, email or visit

5 RICK Comedian Rick Gutierrez, whose life and experiences will be the basis for an HBO series,returns to the Loony Bin in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road, to headline shows at 7:30 p.m.

today ($7), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($10). Call (501) 228-5555 or visit

6 ROAR If you’d rather see comedy on the big screen than the small stage, three area cineplexes - the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, Tinseltown in Benton and Conway Towne Center in Conway - will screen Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla, recorded from the comedian’s Aug. 2 show at the Fillmore Detroit, plus “exclusive footage,” at 8 p.m.

today. Tickets are available online at

7 REEL Arkansas Movie Makers Organization will hold its second annual Little Rock Filmmakers and Actors Ball, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Little Rock Club, 30th floor, Regions Bank Building, 400 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. For $65 (plus fees), you get a Full Access Pass that includes a pre-dinner cash bar, entertainment and the finals of the Miss/Ms. Filmmaker International spokesmodel competition; a formal, sit-down dinner; the ball (must be 18 to attend); a professional dance expo; and a free group dance lesson, plus after-dinner entertainment and dancing. An After-Dinner Pass (admission at 8:30), including cash bar access and the after-dinner entertainment and dancing, is $29.50 (plus fees). Call (501) 960-1512; get tickets online at

8 RECONNAISSANCE Do you love exploring and scavenger hunts? You can learn all about geocaching as Pinnacle Mountain State Park presents its Geocaching Weekend, Saturday-Sunday. Interpreters will teach participants about the state park geocache tour and the basics. Admission is free. Call (501) 868-5806 or visit

9 RACE The Race for the Cure is right around the corner and it’s celebrating a milestone birthday. Komen of Arkansas starts the 20th anniversary season with a special kick-off and celebration at The Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be music, games, children’s activities and a meet-and-greet with 2013 Fired Up for the Cure police officers and firefighters. For the day, Race for the Cure registration will be $20.

All other activities are free. Call (501) 821-5552.

10 REFINED The Delta Visual Arts Show will get a boost at Evening With the Arts, 6 p.m. Saturday at Newport Country Club on Country Club Road in Newport. The art auction and fundraiser includes the sale of more than 100 pieces of art, including two pieces that will be created by Matt Coburn and Lori Weeks at the event. Tickets are $20. Call (870) 523-1009.

Weekend, Pages 31 on 08/22/2013

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