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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published October 17, 2013 at 3:21 a.m.

Country singer Luke Bryan brings his “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.


Country singer Luke Bryan brings his “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” including “special guests” Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line, to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m. today. The concert is sold out, but more tickets might become available, $40-$66. Then at 7:30 p.m. Friday rock superstars Bon Jovi bring their “Because We Can” tour to Verizon. Tickets are $34-$159.50. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit See story on Page 4E.


The 65-plus rides on the Arkansas Federal Credit Union Midway, the fair food (including the four-patty Mega Burger), livestock and craft judging and plenty of other attractions continue through Sunday at the 74th annual Arkansas State Fair, at the State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard St., Little Rock. Free concerts on the Wendy’s Main Stage (8 p.m., a limited number of VIP seats are $12:) R&B singer Ginuwine today; R&B singer Johnny Gill on Friday; and rock band Everclear on Saturday. The Professional Bull Riders Tour will be “Ridin’ in the Rock,” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday in Barton Coliseum; tickets are $10-$20, $25 for VIP seats; buy ’em in advance ( and they include fair gate admission ($8, $4 for children 6-12 and adults 60 and older, free for children under 6; fairgrounds parking $5 per vehicle). Call (501) 372-8341 or visit


Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock will be painted pink for the Race for the Cure, 8 a.m. Saturday at Broadway and Second Street. There’s also a pasta party, Dine Out for the Cure and Three Miles of Men. Registration is $26 for the run/walk, the Family 2K and for supporters and spectators. Registration for the competitive run is $36. Call (501) 202-4399 or visit


Steroid-tainted former baseball player Jose Canseco and actor-narrator Peter Coyote will be among the star guests as the 22nd annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival continues through Sunday at the Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Canseco and director Bill McAdams Jr. are expected to attend the world premiere of Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, all part of the so-called Closing Night Reception & Awards Ceremony; tickets are $25. At 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Coyote will receive the festival’s inaugural Career Achievement Award in Documentary as part of a program that will feature film clips and a question-and-answer forum. Festival tickets range from $5 for an individual screening to a $175 all-inclusive VIP pass. Call (501) 538-2290 or visit or


There are one-of-a-kind gifts galore for sale at the annual War Eagle Fair, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at War Eagle near Rogers. The huge fair features crafts of all types by people from across the region and it always draws a big crowd. It’s best to approach from the south via U.S. 412 and Arkansas 303. Admission is free but parking is $2. Call (479) 789-5398 or visit


The animals at the Little Rock Zoo get some spooky visitors as the annual Boo at the Zoo returns, 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Oct. 25-31. Trick or-treating, rides, games, music and the haunted house are all back and, new this year, there will be a hayride and an enchanted forest. A Dia de los Muertos celebration with Hispanic dancers and food vendors, as well as other Boo activities, follows Nov. 1. Advance tickets are $8 and wristband admission, which includes most activities inside the zoo, is $18. Prices are $2 more at the gate. There’s also a pre-Boo Adults Only night today, $25. Call (501) 666-2406 or visit


Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott are just a few of the nearly 70 acts performing through Saturday at the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival at the Mulberry River Mountain Ranch, 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, off Arkansas 23 north of Ozark. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day and close at midnight (10 p.m. on Saturday) and you can camp on the grounds. Admission: $160 for a three-day pass, $105 two-day pass; single-day admission: $65 Thursday or Friday, $75 on Saturday. A full schedule, information and tickets are available at; call (785) 749-3434 or email See story on Page 4E.


Violinist Jennifer Frautschi, who played Mozart with the Arkansas Symphony a decade ago, returns as soloist in Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra in Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks concerts, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway. Robert Moody, music director of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) and Portland (Maine) symphony orchestras, will conduct. The rest of the program: Rainbow Body by ASO Composer of the Year Christopher Theofanidis and the Symphony No. 2 in e minor, op.27, by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Sponsor is JPMS Cox. Tickets are $14-$53, $10 for active military members and students, free to the Sunday matinee for K-12 students with a paying adult. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit


Blues, funk and Afro-beat band Velvet Kente and reggae, R&B and gospel group Butterfly & Irie Soul headline The Soul Experience, 7 p.m. Saturday in the River Market East Pavilion, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Vendors and food trucks will be on the premises. “Doors” open at 6:30. Tickets are $15 (plus a service fee if you buy ’em online — visit; a portion of the proceeds goes to Neighborhood Renew, a nonprofit founded by Sweet Soul Restaurant co-owner Andrea Sanders, toward community youth events.

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Blue October, the alternative rock band from Texas will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Juanita’s, 614 President Clinton Ave. The group was formed in 1995 and released its seventh album, Sway, in August. Tickets are $27. Call (501) 372-1228 or visit

Weekend, Pages 31 on 10/17/2013

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