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The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published December 26, 2013 at 3:35 a.m.


Rocker and TV “reality” show star Bret Michaels will take the microphone at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, for a performance at 10:30 p.m.

Friday. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on show day. Call (501) 372-1228.


The Little Rock Marathon isn’t until March, but this weekend brings the inauguration of a new central Arkansas marathon. The Three Bridges Marathon takes runners over the Big Dam Bridge, the Two Rivers Bridge and the Clinton Presidential Bridge starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at the base of the Two Rivers Bridge in Little Rock. Registration is sold out, but spectators are welcome. The website suggests several locations for spectators, including Cooks Landing in North Little Rock, Burns Park Dog Park, Rockwater Marina and Two Rivers Park. Call (501) 951-3773 or visit


A mugging and bigamy lead to plenty of comic troubles in Run for Your Wife, the Christmas show at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. Tuesday is the last day for the production, which has show times at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Sunday matinee is at 12:45 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Sunday. Tickets are $31-$35, $23 for children 15 and under, $25 for adult show-only, $15 for children show-only. The special New Year’s Eve show, $60, will include dinner, show, post-show dancing, champagne and party favors at midnight and a post-midnight breakfast buffet. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit


Rumble and ramble over the fields around the mountain as Pinnacle Mountain State Park offers a Holiday Hayride, 3-5 p.m. Saturday. After the guided ride through the woods and fields in the park, guests can sit around the campfire for stories and hot chocolate. Admission is $12, $6 for children 6-12 and advance payment is required. Call (501) 868-5806.


Mike Baldwin is headlining shows at 7:30 p.m. today($7) and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday ($10) at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. And the headliner for Tuesday’s New Year’s Eve show will be Pat Godwin (aka Paddy G) - show only at 7 p.m. ($12), with a special 10 p.m. “Ring in the New Year Show,” $25, that includes hats, horns, leis, party poppers, snacks and a midnight champagne toast. Call (501) 228-5555 or visit


Tuesday is the last day of 2013 and also the last day to check out the holiday lights in Garvan Woodland Gardens, 500 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs.

The pathways of the gardens are lighted with nearly 4 million lights in animated displays, 5-9 p.m. daily. Admission is $10, $5 for children 6-12. Call (501) 262-9300 or visit


Billed as Arkansas’ largest drive-through light display, Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends will continue through Tuesday at Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park,off U.S. 63 in downtown Pine Bluff. This year’s extravaganza features more than 220 displays and 1.2 miles of lights and is open 6-9 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Call (870) 536-7600 or visit


Downtown Fayetteville is even brighter than usual this year with Lights of the Ozarks. Instead of just the downtown square, the light displays spread down Block Avenue to Dickson Street, lighting up every day at 5 p.m. through Tuesday. When the weather cooperates, they also offer carriages ($10,$5 for children), camels ($5) and ponies ($5, $10 for pictures). Call (479) 521-5776 or visit


On the other side of the state, Blytheville is home to the Lights of the Delta through Friday at 3089 Louisiana Ave., Blytheville. Hours are 5:30-9 p.m. today, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. The drive-through lighting bonanza includes 6 million lights on a 40-acre site. Admission is $10 per vehicle with up to 12 passengers, $20 for small buses, $50 for full-size buses. Hayrides are also allowed, at $30-$40 per trailer. Call (870) 762-9788 or visit

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Weekend, Pages 27 on 12/26/2013

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