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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 17, 2014 at 3:08 a.m.


Everyone is invited to congregate at the river for the 26th annual Community Easter Sunrise Service.

The service, organized by Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church and with participation from community leaders and area choirs, starts at 7 a.m. Sunday at Little Rock’s First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park. Call (501) 664-3600 or visit


Easter’s coming and eggs are being hidden all over, ready to be found. Communities are pulling out all the stops with their egg hunts. Among the more unique hunts, Angels Care Animal Rescue will host its annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt with doggie treat-filled eggs, games and costumes with registration starting at noon Saturday at Reservoir Park Pavilion in Little Rock. Participation is $10. Call (501) 541-1057. Sometimes there are other activities attached. For instance, Petit Jean Mountain State Park near Morrilton hosts a weekend full of activities at its Great Escape Weekend, Friday-Sunday. The nature-related family activities and hikes will conclude with a giant Easter egg hunt, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Activities are free. Call (501) 727-5441 or visit


Country rock singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert, known for hits including “Bottoms Up” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” takes over Verizon Arena in North Little Rock on his Let It Ride Tour, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $36-$48.50.

Call (800) 745-3000 or visit See story on Page 5E.


Strummers, pluckers and singers will gather in downtown Mountain View for the annual Arkansas Folk Festival, Friday-Sunday. In addition to the informal jam sessions all over town, there will be scheduled music at the courthouse, Artisans Market on the Square and free admission to the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Most events will take place Friday and Saturday, with the parade and rodeo on Saturday. Admission is free. Call (870) 269-8068 or visit See story on Page 4E.


Learn all about recycling and sustainability while having fun at Arkansas Earth Day Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Heifer Village, 1 World Ave., Little Rock. There will be information booths, games, music, food and many hands-on activities, all with a “green” theme. General admission is free, but some activities have fees. Call (501) 374-1111 or visit


“Hooked on a Feeling” while “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”? Five-time Grammy and two-time Dove winner B.J. Thomas performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in Riceland Auditorium, Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas-Stuttgart, 2709 U.S. 165 S., Stuttgart.

Tickets are $20 and $30. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895, or visit


Violinist Alexander Markov will solo in Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Geoffrey Robson in a concert titled “Beethoven on Fire,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 rounds out the program. Tickets are $20-$38, $6 for students, free for any secondary-level student involved in an orchestra, band, choir or private or group lessons with ID and a ticket voucher from a music program director. Call (501) 450-3265 or visit


“Tohoku - Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers,” a special traveling cultural exhibit from Japan consisting of the work of nine photographers and one multigenerational photographers’ group from Tohoku, Japan, goes on display Friday through May 30 at Emergent Arts, 341A Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. The exhibit pairs photographs taken in the 1940s with present-day images. Students traveling to Japan in July will host a special outdoor Japanese tea room during the Spa City’s monthly Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m. May 2, to raise funds for their trip. Co-sponsors are the Hot Springs Sister City Program, Emergent Arts and the Japan Foundation.

Opening-weekend hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; regular hours will be noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. Call (501) 655-0836 or (501) 545-6960 or visit


Pianist/composer Norman Boehm, a faculty member at Hendrix College in Conway whose specialty is arranging large orchestral works for smaller forces, will play his reduction of the second movement, “Larghetto,” of Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 2 as part of a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. His program will also include his arrangement of On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Frederick Delius and works by Arnold Bax and John Ireland. Admission is free. Parking will be available in the university’s Lot 8 off Campus Drive.

Call (501) 569-3294.


The tournament is coming to its final holes at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, as the golf comedy The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig wraps up its run at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday. Doors and the buffet open 90 minutes before curtain. Tickets are $31-$35, $23 for children 15 and younger; show only, $25, $15 for children. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit

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