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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published December 5, 2013 at 2:55 a.m.

Actor-comedian Tommy Davidson headlines two shows Sunday Dec. 8 at the Loony Bin Comedy Club.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Davidson headlines

Actor-comedian Tommy Davidson (In Living Color) will headline two shows, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road. Tickets are $25. Call (501) 228-5555 or visit

‘Art Wyrks’

The work of nine central Arkansas artists goes on display in “Art Wyrks,” a group art show, 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Arts Connection, 204 E. Fourth St., North Little Rock, to benefit the nonprofit after-school and summer visual arts program for North Little Rock high school students.

Matt McLeod, Dominique Simmons, Tod Swiecichowski, Barbara Satterfield, Stephen Cefalo, Julie Holt, David O’Brien, Angela Davis Johnson and Shannon Rogers will be selling paintings, pastels, photogravure prints, sculpture and earthenware “priced for accessibility,” McLeod says, as part of the exhibition. Admission is free. Call (501) 837-4491.

Christmas Belles

The Pocket Theatre, 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs, will stage Christmas Belles by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 13-14 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15. Tickets are $10, $5 for K-12 students. Call (501) 623-8585 or visit

Wind Symphony

The Little Rock Wind Symphony presents “ Christmas With the Wind Symphony,” 7:30 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

Soprano Suzanne Bannister will sing “O Holy Night” by Adolph Adam and join the Don Roberts Elementary School Children’s Choir for “Christmas Glory Hallelujah,” arranged by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi. The choir will also sing “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” by John Williams.

The Basso Voce Quartet will perform an arrangement of a traditional tune, “Ding Dong Merrily (on Low)”; Brent Walker will be the narrator for Randol Alan Bass’ The Night Before Christmas.

Karen Fannin conducts. There will be a pre-concert silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 senior citizens, free for students. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit

‘Tinsel and Tutus’

Dancers from Arkansas Festival Ballet and Voices of Central Arkansas (formerly the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir) will join the Conway Symphony Orchestra for its annual “Tinsel and Tutus” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The program will feature highlights from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker plus seasonal tunes and an audience sing-along. Concert sponsor is Conway Corp. Tickets are $20-$38, $6 for children/students. Call (501) 450-3265 or visit

Brass-band Christmas

The Natural State Brass Band will give a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock. Russell “Rusty” Morris conducts. Admission is free. Call (501) 920-2539.

Pied Pipers

The Pied Pipers, backed by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, will put on a Christmas performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, as part of the college’s Spotlight Series. Bill Tole conducts the singers and the 15-piece band. Tickets are $35. Call(870) 633-4480, Extension 352, or visit

Christmas Story

The Royal Players will stage A Christmas Story, adapted by Philip Grecian from a story by Jean Shepherd, 7 p.m. today-Saturday and Dec. 12-14 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15 at the Royal Theatre, 111. S. Market St., Benton. Sponsors are Mayor David and Nancy Mattingly. Tickets are $10, $8 senior citizens, $5 students. Call (501) 315-5483 or visit

Lighting & shopping

The Bernice Garden, 1401 Main St., Little Rock, will hold its fifth annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Market, 5:30-8 p.m. today. Area merchants will stay open late, there will be music and Studio Main will host free holiday photo shoots for children 10 and younger. Food vendors and nearby restaurants will make treats and beverages available; locally made gifts, arts and crafts will be for sale. Admission is free; visit the Facebook page,

Searcy dinner shows

Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St., Searcy, will stage It’s a Wonderful Life, James W. Rodgers’ adaptation of the classic film, with dinner at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 7:30 Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14 and 20-21; dessert at 6:30, show at 7:30 Dec. 12 and 19; lunch at 12:30, show at 1:30 Dec. 15.

Dinner/show tickets are $29, $24 for adults 55 and older and students; for the Dec. 15 matinee, $27 and $21; Thursday Dessert Theater tickets $18; show-only, $15. Call (501) 368-0111 or visit

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