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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 6, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

1 AVENUE The characters look like Muppets, but with adult themes, language and subject matter, Avenue Q (music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty), Friday through June 30 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock, is more South Park than

Sesame Street (and not appropriate for children). A

6:15 p.m. director talk precedes today’s 7 p.m. pre

view; curtain time for Friday’s opening is 8 p.m. and

there will be a post-show champagne reception and

cast meet-and-greet in the theater lobby. Curtain for all

other shows: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $25-$55 today, $30-$60 thereafter. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit See Story Page 4E.

2 ACROBATS The Greatest Show on Earth returns as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents

Fully Charged, Gold Edition at Verizon Arena in North

Little Rock. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today-Saturday,

11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $20-$50. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit tick


Masterpieces from London have crossed the Atlantic for the new Arkansas Arts Center ex

hibit. “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The

Treasures of Kenwood House, London” opens to the

public Friday and will remain on display through Sept.

8 at the museum, MacArthur Park, East Ninth and

Commerce streets, Little Rock. Admission is $12, $10

for ages 65 and older, $6 for students. Hours are 10

a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday.

Call (501) 372-4000 or visit

Hollywood and Arkansas may seem far apart, butthey’re actually closer than you might think. The Old State House Museum, MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock, explains all in “Lights!

Camera! Arkansas!” The exhibit includes costumes, scripts, film footage, awards, photos, posters and props relating to films shot in Arkansas and Arkansas natives such as Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Nichols and Joey Lauren Adams. The big “premiere” with refreshments and cocktail attire is 7-9 p.m. Friday, followed by the general opening Saturday. It continues through March 1, 2015. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit

4ADO The Bard (and Charles Dickens) begin entertaining central Arkansas audiences this weekend asthe seventh season of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre begins today. This summer’s roster includes King Lear, an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing, a children’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the musical Oliver! Most performances are at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey St., Conway. Much Ado will be performed at The Village at Hendrix in Conway and in the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock. The festival continues through June 30. Tickets are $10 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, $27 for King Lear and Oliver!, and pay what you can

for Much Ado About Nothing. Call (866) 810-0012

or visit

5 AMERICA A concert by the Little Rock Wind Symphony is the centerpiece of the 17th annual Flag Day Salute to the Red, White, & Blue, A Stars and Stripes Celebration, 7 p.m. Saturday near the MacArthur Museum of Military History in MacArthur Park, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. The concert will feature baritone Timothy Tucker in the Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, the service songs of all the U.S. armed forces and plenty of music by John Philip Sousa; Karen Fannin conducts. Admission is free; so is the ice cream, courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries, flags donated by Woodmen of the World and

bottled water provided by Central Arkansas Water.

Take picnic baskets, lawn chairs and the kids; in

case of rain, everything moves to Sunday. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit

6“ALL (OVER THE ROAD)” Country singer Easton Corbin will be the headliner at an 8 p.m. Saturday summer seriesconcert at the Timberwood Amphitheater at MagicSprings Water and Theme Park, U.S. 70 East (Grand Avenue), Hot Springs. Benton native Ryan Couran, a winner of KSSN-FM’s “Battle of the Bands” contest, will open the show at 7 p.m. Get in free with regular park admission - $54.99, with discounts for senior citizens 55 and older and “juniors” 48 inches or shorter, free for children 3 and younger; reserved seating is available for $10 or $5. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit

7AC/DC Red Octopus Theater turns up the juice on its sketch comedy lineup with its summershow, “Electric Octopus!” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and June 13-15 at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, members of the military and students. Refreshments will be available.

The show is recommended for mature audiences.

Call (501) 291-3896, e-mail RedOctopusTheater@ or

8AL FRESCO The North Little Rock Community Band performs “A Little Outdoor Music” at 7p.m. Friday at the Lakewood Village amphitheater, off McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. Music Director Rico Belotti will conduct selections from The Music Man, Sousa marches and more. Admission is free; bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call (501) 758-2576 or visit

9ADOLESCENTS A New York teenager, unwillingly transplanted to small-town Indiana, finds it hard tocope in the musical 13 (music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn), Friday through June 23 at the Weekend Theater, West Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock. Curtain time: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20, $16 for students and senior citizens 65 and older. Visit; for information only, call (501) 374-3761.

10ADULTS After a two-year hiatus, the Little Rock Music Parties are back with musicaimed at “grown-ups,” 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1818 Reservoir Road. The music focus is on R&B and rock standards performed by Marc Turner, Charlie Macom, Perry Israel and others. Suggested donation is $6. Call (501) 626-5889 or visit

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