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The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 21, 2013 at 12:33 a.m.

— 1 CULTURE It’s a well-lighted journey through different cultures as Wildwood Park for the Arts celebrates its annual Lanterns! Festival, Friday-Sunday. This year’s cultures - Asia, The Caribbean, Germany, Ancient Greece, New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Shakespearean England and Venice - will be explored through food, music, theater and decorations throughout the park at 20919 Denny Road. Festival hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, $5 for children ages 6-12. Call (501) 821-7275 or visit

2 CONCERTO Jennifer Higdon, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s composer of the year, will be on hand as the orchestra performs her Concerto for Orchestra in concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Forthe Masterworks program titled “Truth and Triumph,” Philip Mann will also conduct the Symphony No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Tickets are $18-$58, $10 for active military and college students, free to the Sunday matinee for K-12 students with a paying adult. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit See story Page 4E.

3 CAMILLE Adam Savacool will solo in the finale of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony with the Little Rock Wind Symphony and conductor Karen Fannin, part of “An Organ Extravaganza!” concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock. Savacool, the church’s organist, will also accompany the ensemble in arrangements of works by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Haydn Wood, Eugene Gigout and J.S. B Bach. Tickets are $10, $8 senior citizens, free for students. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit

4 CAMERA The Argenta Film Series will screen the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated, which chronicles how volunteer coach Bill Courtney in 2009 turned inner-city Memphis’ Manassas High School’s football team from a perennial doormat into a winner - at 7 p.m. today at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. Lindsey Millar of the Arkansas Times will do a post-screening question-and-answer session with Courtney. Sponsor is the William F. Laman Library. Admission is free; seating is limited. Visit or

5 CULTURE Gov. Mike Beebe, former Arkansas legislator Richard Mays, former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackelford and Patricia Brown, director of the Arkansas EconomicDevelopment Commission’s Small and Minority Business Development Division, will speak as part of the Governor’s Black History Program, at 10 a.m. today at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, West Ninth Street and Broadway, Little Rock. And speaking of high school football movies, the center’s Family Movie Night, 6 p.m. Friday, will feature a screening of the 2000 film Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. Admission to both evenkirts is free. Call (501) 683-3636.

6 COLLEGE And speaking of documentaries, Pulaski Technical College will screen Towncraft, produced by Arkansas native Burt Taggart, which explores the Little Rock punk rock scene in the late 1980s and early ’90s, at 6 p.m. today in the R.J. Wills Lecture Hall, second floor, Campus Center, Pulaski Tech Main Campus, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock. Sponsor is Pulaski Tech’s Libraries Committee. Admission is free. Call (501) 812-2324.

7 CONSTRUCT The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock will move in to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena for the 61st annual Home Show, noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. More than 200 vendors will demonstrate new products to make your home spiffier and more efficient. Therewill also be experts on hand to answer questions and host seminars. Admission is $8, $7 with an Arkansas Flower and Garden Show ticket, free for children. Call (501) 758-3646 or visit home-show.

8 CHLOROPHYLL Chris Olsen, P. Allen Smith and other experts will share their knowledge of plants, flowers, landscaping and even wines at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. General admission is $8, $6 for ages 60 and older and free for children 16 and under. You can get a $1 admission discount if you present your Home Show ticket stub. The special Friday evening “Homegrown Entertaining” presentation with Olsen is $40. Call (501) 821-4000 or visit

9 CADENCE Get in step with the history, heritage and culture of Africa as African drum master Zinse Aggine presents African Rhythms at the Museum of Discovery. The informal, hands-on program starts at 2 p.m. today and Friday and at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 500 President Clinton Ave. Admission is $10, $8 for ages 1-12. Call (501) 396-7050 or visit

10 COLORFUL The Arkansas Glasshoppers bring out their shiny, colorful, breakable collections for the annual Depression Era Glass Show & Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Fairgrounds’ Hall of Industry, 2600 Howard St. Admission, good for both days, is $5. Call (501) 868-4969.

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