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

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published January 17, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.

— 1 MONSTER Grave Digger, Nitemare and Incinerator will crush everything in their way when the Monster Jam returns to Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Advance tickets are $22-$37, with additional fees.

Tickets for children ages 2-12 are $7 in advance in select areas. All prices increase $2 the day of the event. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

2 MATRIMONY Those preparing for their walk down the aisle - and the party afterward - can do some one-stop shopping at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Bridal Show, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. With fashion shows, musical acts and nearly 200 vendor booths, there will be help for brides-to-be on just about every aspect of the big day.

Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Reserved fashion show seating is $20. Call (501) 378-3807 or visit arkansasbridalcommunity.com.

3MAYComedian Ralphie May, born in Chattanooga and raised in Clarksville, will headline a show at 8 p.m. Friday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Tickets are $49, $39 and $29 plus handling fees with an online 20 percent discount for the cheaper seats - enter code “TOOBIG” at ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. See story Page 3E.

4 MANN The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will be “Pulling Out All the Stops” with the debut concert in its new 2013 Stella Boyle Smith Trust Intimate Neighborhood Concert Series, 7 p.m. today at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock. Organist Justin Bischoff will be the soloist on Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ; Philip Mann will also conduct the Overture to The Barber of Seville by Giacomo Rossini, Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony No. 35. Tickets are $25, $35 for premium seating, $10 for students and active members of the military. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit arkansassymphony.org. See story Page 4E5 MATTE Enjoy nature scenes inside and with a string quartet providing background music at the Thea Center, 401 Main St., North Little Rock. A collection of nature-inspired photographs by John Sykes Jr., Democrat-Gazette chief photographer, is on display through Jan. 25. The exhibit reception, which includes music by an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra string quartet, will be 5-8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call (501) 379-9512.

6 MELODY Organist David Briggs, artist-in-residence at St. James Cathedral in Toronto and organist emeritus at Britain’s Gloucester Cathedral, will give a recital at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock. Briggs’ program will include works by J.S. Bach and Franz Liszt, organ transcriptions of orchestral works by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Edward Elgar and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and an improvisation on a submitted theme. Sponsor is the Central Arkansas Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Admission is free. Call (501) 225-4203.

7METApproximately 30 young area singers will participate in the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 10 a.m.

Saturday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave. Winners go on to a regional competition in Memphis in February; winner of that round heads to New York for the National Semi-Finals on the Met stage. National Finalists compete in a public concert with the Met Orchestra. Admission is free. Call (501)569-3294. Bass Eric Halfvarson, one of the judges, will offer a master class at 3 p.m. Sunday in the same concert hall. Admission is free.

8 MADNESS Precipice Theatre of Little Rock will stage Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan.

25-26; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday;

and 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 27 at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Tickets are $13, $10 for senior citizens, members of the military and students. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Wolfe Street Foundation. Call (501) 224-4256 or e-mail lrprecipicetheatre@gmail.com.

9 MUSEUM The 2013 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, the 18th annual, opens at 5 p.m.

today and remains up through Feb.

20 in Arkansas State University’s Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. Juror Anne Coffin, founder and director of International Print Center in New York, picked 55 prints by 46 artists for the exhibition. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment.

Admission to the exhibition and today’s opening reception are free.

Call (870) 972-2567.

10 MEMORIAL The commemorations of the Civil War continue as the Arkansas Post Museum State Park and Arkansas Post National Memorial, both near Gillett, remember the battle of Arkansas Post, which took place Jan. 9-11, 1863. Activities include soldier camps, interpretive programs, children’s activities, a period ball and a memorial service.

The camps open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is free. Visitors are asked to park at designated spots in Gillett and ride the shuttle to the parks. Call (870) 548-2207.

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