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The Weekend Ten: Top things to do, places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 28, 2013 at 2:36 a.m.

Cirque du Soleil Quidam

Cirque du Soleil artist Adrienn Banhegyi skips rope in the show Cirque du Soleil: Quidam!, which will be at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena on Feb. 28, 2013. (By Karen E. Segrave)
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— 1 STUNTS Journey into an imaginary world at Cirque du Soleil: Quidam, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday atNorth Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. The story of an imaginative little girl’s journey includes the bright colors and gravity-defying skills you expect from Cirque du Soleil. Tickets are $37.50-$97.50 plus additional fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

2 STRIDES Hundreds of serious runners will tackle the hills of Little Rock and North Little Rock during the annual Little Rock Marathon. The marathon, half-marathon and 10K races are sold out, but you can always join the supporters and well-wishers lining the route. The general start time is 8 a.m. Sunday at President Clinton Avenue. You can also visit the Health & Fitness Expo, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. There are still spaces in the 5K Fun Run/Walk, 8 a.m. Saturday with registration available for $40 at the Expo Friday. The Little Rockers Kids Marathon wraps up at noon Saturday in the River Market. For more information, call (501) 371-4639 or visit littlerockmarathon.com.

3 STRINGFELLOW Musician and songwriter Ken Stringfellow, known for songs performed by The Posies, R.E.M. and Big Star, will be in town performing at Stickyz, 107 River Market Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (501) 372-7707. See story Page 4E.

4 SINGERS The Arkansas Chamber Singers and the University of Central Arkansas Concert Choir will sing the Requiem by Maurice Durufle (with soloists Katy Hoover, mezzo soprano, and Timothy Barlett, baritone) and Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo in a concert titled “Singing for Breath!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. MississippiSt., Little Rock. John Erwin will conduct the singers and members of the Arkansas Symphony. Tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens and students in advance, $18 and $12 at the door. Call (501) 377-1121.

5 SONS (AND DAUGHTERS) The American Boychoir, 45 boys in grades 4-8 from across the country, will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The program will include two numbers with the Conway-based Central Arkansas Childrens’ Choir - “Gloria in excelsis” by Leo Delibes and “This Is the Day” by Gerald Smith. The rest of the program will be chosen from a list that includes pieces by Stephen Paulus, Heinrich Schutz, MauriceDurufle, Rene Clausen, Felix Mendelssohn, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, George Gershwin and John Philip Sousa.

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz is the music director. Tickets are $30-$40, $10 for children, free for UCA students with current ID (limit two). Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/reynolds.

Voices Without Borders, a choir of 45 Little Rock area elementary schoolchildren, will put on a Black History Month concert with the theme “More African-Americans You Didn’t Know About” at 10 a.m. today at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, West Ninth Street and Broadway, Little Rock. I.J.

Routen is the conductor. Admission is free. Call (501) 683-3636.

6 SHAKESPEARE Historic Washington State Park routinely takes visitors back to the 1800s, but they go even further back this weekend during Shakespeare in the Park. The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Va., will pay a visit and present performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Twelfth Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the WPA Gym. There will be a pre-show performance at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are $5, $3 for children 6-12.

Also, during the day Saturday, there will be a series of workshops on Shakespeare performance. Workshops are $5 each. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.

7 SONNY, STAN, STUNNING Narvel Felts, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Stan Perkins and the Stunning Cunning Band willperform for the Arkansas State University Museum’s first “Rockabilly Boogiefest,” 6 p.m. Saturday in the ASU Military Science Building (formerly the National Guard Armory), 1921 Aggie Road, Jonesboro. Terry Wood will be the master of ceremonies. The festival is a benefit to raise money toward development and production of a new and permanent museum exhibition “on the history and heritage of Rockabilly in Northeast Arkansas,” set to open in 2016. Tickets are $20, $10 for ASU students, free for children under 12. Call (870) 972-2781 or visit astate.edu/tickets.

8 SYMPHONY Pine Bluff Symphony principal oboist Lorraine Duso Kitts will be the soloist in Lille Bror Soderlundh’s Oboe Concertino with the orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Pine Bluff. The rest of the “Classics in the Popular Vein” program: the overtures to The Abduction From the Seraglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and William Tell by Gioacchino Rossini; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt; Wood Notes by William Grant Still; and the Emperor Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr. Charles Jones Evans conducts. Tickets are $30, $12 for K-12 students, preferred seating; $25 and $8, general admission. Call (870) 536-7666 or visit pinebluffsymphony.com.

9 SLUGGERS As baseball season approaches, little players can show off their skills at Pitch, Hit & Run, 10 a.m. Saturday at Dupree Park, Jacksonville. This skills competition, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is forchildren ages 7-14, and local winners will advance to the sectional level. Participation is free, but participants must provide a copy of their birth certificate. Call (501) 982-4171.

10 SCREEN The Metropolitan Opera will put its production of Richard Wagner’s Holy Grail opera Parsifal, with tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, on big screens - the Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock, the Tinseltown 14 in Benton and the Conway Towne Center in Conway - at 11 a.m. Saturday, part of The Met Live in HD series. Information, including how to get tickets, is available at metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx.

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