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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 27, 2014 at 3:10 a.m.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/KIRK MONTGOMERY


Residents of Little Rock and North Little Rock should prepare for disruptions in usual traffic patterns as runners take over the streets for the Little Rock Marathon. The 5K Fun Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday but the marathon, half marathon and 10K all start at 8 a.m. Sunday, beginning and ending in downtown Little Rock. The marathon itself is sold out but the other races are $40-$85. There will also be a Health & Fitness Expo, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. Runners can do some carb-loading at the Pasta Party, 5-7 p.m. Saturday in the Marriott Little Rock’s Grand Ballroom, $25. A post-race party wraps things up, 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center’s Wally Allen Ballroom, $25. Call (501) 371-4639 or visit


A cavalcade of Christian musicians will flood North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena for Winter Jam, 7 p.m. Friday. This year’s tour includes performers Newsboys, Lecrae, Thousand Foot Krutch, Tenth Avenue North, Plumb, Colton Dixon and Derek Minor. Tickets are $10. Members of Jam Nation receive free and early admission for an artist Q&A and pre-jam party at 4:30 p.m., $29.99-$49.99. Call (501) 975-9000 or visit See story on Page 5E.


“The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South,” 85 paintings and drawings depicting the American South, opens Friday in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries at the Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Park, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. The exhibition, up through June 1, is the result of a collaboration with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, which showed a version of the exhibition in 2013 to mark what would have been the late artist’s 100th birthday (Cloar died in 1993). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (501) 372-4000or visit


Four soloists and eight college choirs will join conductor Philip Mann and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s massive Missa di Requiem, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Soloists will be Elisabeth Rosenberg, soprano; Christin-Marie Hill, alto; Kevin Ray, tenor; and Adam Cioffarri, bass; the choirs are from Southern Arkansas University, the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix and Philander Smith colleges, Harding University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, plus the Arkansas Chamber Singers. Aristotle is the concert sponsor; pre-concert American Airlines Concert Conversations, open to all ticket holders, start an hour before each “curtain” in Robinson Center rooms 102 and 103. Tickets are $14-$53, $10 for students and active duty military, free for K-12 kids to the Sunday matinee with paying adult. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit


Southside Main Street (SoMa) in Little Rock gears up for Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras Parade, noon Saturday. The floats, people and animals in costumes, car clubs and marching bands will follow a route from south Main and 24th streets to south Main and 12th streets.

Admission is free. Call (501) 412-3768.


More than 20 vendors from across the country will be showing, selling, trading and appraising fountain and ball-point pens of every age and make at the Arkansas Pen Club’s annual Arkansas Pen Show, noon-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel, 2 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock.

The event will also feature informal classes and demonstrations on penmanship and calligraphy and a special table for people who are writing with a fountain pen for the first time. Admission is $5 for one day, $10 for both, and includes a one-year club membership. Runners in Sunday’s Little Rock Marathon get in free. Call (501) 416-0103.


The Little Rock Wind Symphony is “Celebrating 20 Years!” with a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock. The program will include Ecstatic Fanfare by North Little Rock native Steven Bryant and several pieces from the first program in 1994. Pianist David Glaze and the church’s Adult Choir with organist Adam Savacool will join the band. Karen Fannin conducts. Tickets are available at the door and are $10, $8 senior citizens, free for students. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit


The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild will hold the 2014 Stella Boyle Smith Young Artists Competition for Arkansas musicians age 12-18 Saturday in the Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Nineteen pianists; string, bassoon, clarinet players; and percussionists will begin preliminary competition at 9 a.m., open only to teachers and parents; the 2 p.m. finals will be open to the public and admission is free. The preliminary winner in each category (strings, brass, woodwinds,piano/percussion) receives $250; first place wins $750 and second place, $500. Call (870) 403-2350.


Arkansas history and Shakespeare combine when Historic Washington State Park presents Shakespeare in the Park, Friday-Saturday. Performers from the American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Va., will be on hand for two performances - The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7:30 p.m.

Friday and Othello at 7:30 p.m. Saturday - in the 1940 WPA Gym with a pre-show musical performance starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, $3 for children 6-12. On Saturday starting at 9 a.m., they will present workshops on Speaking Shakespeare, Shakespeare & Clothing, Stage Combat and Shakespeare & Lighting Conditions. Workshops are $5 each. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit See story on Page 5E.


Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Charlie Rich Jr. and the Stunning Cunning Band will perform during the second Rockabilly Boogiefest, 6 p.m. Saturday in Arkansas State University’s Military Science Building, 1921 Aggie Road, Jonesboro. The Arkansas State University Museum, which is sponsoring the event and dedicating it to Newport native Burgess, will tape interviews with attendees about their experiences with rockabilly music; audience members are invited to wear period clothing. Tickets are $20; proceeds go toward financing a permanent museum exhibit on rockabilly. Call (870) 972-2781 or (870) 972-2074 or visit

Weekend, Pages 31 on 02/27/2014

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