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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published January 23, 2014 at 3:15 a.m.


From left to right, Monster Jam, Broadway Rox! and "The Evolving Universe" all happening this weekend.

Clybourne Park is playing at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.


The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock, begins 2014 with a production of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park. Previews have already begun for this story of race relations and real estate, with a final preview at 7 p.m. today. A pre-show director talk starts at 6:15 p.m. Opening night is 8 p.m. Friday and the production continues through Feb. 9. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25-$40. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit

The Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, will host a panel discussion about the production with Rep artistic director Bob Hupp as host, and director Cliff Fannin Baker and University of Arkansas at Little Rock historians Jess Porter and John Kirk as panelists. The talk starts at noon today in the Clinton school’s Sturgis Hall. Admission is free and reservations are accepted. Call (501) 683-5239. See story on Page 4E.


The monster trucks are coming to smash everything in their paths as Monster Jam returns to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. A pre-show Party in the Pits, 4:30-6:15 both days, will give fans the chance to meet the drivers and see the trucks up close. Tickets are $30.10-$45.55. Pit Passes are free at Hardee’s locations or $10 for adults and $5 for children through ticket sales locations.

Call (800) 745-3000 or visit See story on Page 4E.


Some clever and rebellious farm animals engage in a peaceful, though noisy, attempt to protest their working conditions in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, adapted by George Howe and James E. Grote from the children’s book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsey Lewin. The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre’s pro-duck-tion runs 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 9 at the Arts Center in MacArthur Park, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Tickets are $12.50 ($10 for Arts Center members.) Call (501) 372-4000 or visit See story on Page 5E.


Pianist Norman Krieger, who played Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in November 2011, returns to play the composer’s other piano concerto - the No. 2 in B-flat major, op.83 - with the orchestra and conductor Philip Mann, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Works by Antonin Dvorak round out the “Bohemian Rhapsody” program. Tickets are $14-$53, $10 for active military members and students, free for K-12 students (with paying adult) to the Sunday matinee. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit See story on Page 3E


Grand opening festivities continue into a second weekend at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Central Arkansas Library System’s new Arcade Building, President Clinton and River Market avenues, Little Rock, under the aegis of the Little Rock Film Festival. Today’s schedule includes a program titled “Emerging Processes in History Design: The Arcade Building From a Graphic Designer’s Perspective” at noon; Undercurrents, a performance featuring dancers Emily Karnes and Anthony Bryant, choreographed by Rhythm McCarthy, at 5:30 p.m.; and a screening at 7:30 p.m. of a segment of the Sundance series Rectify, a drama created by Arkansas native filmmaker Ray McKinnon with writer Graham Gordy, about a man wrongly convicted of rape and murder, freed by DNA evidence, who is now trying to cope on the outside. A screening at 7 p.m. Saturday of the feature film Ladder 49, with director Jay Russell, closes the festival. Admission to all events is free; find a complete schedule at


Curious about what robots are really like outside of science-fiction movies? Stop by the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, during the final weekend of “Robots + Us”, an exploration of the world of robotics through interactive exhibits and displays. The exhibit continues through Sunday and museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for ages 1-12. Call (501) 396-7050 or visit


The evolution of the universe and its component parts - planets, stars and galaxies - via 27 full-color photographs, eight light boxes, 11 illustrated text panels, 24 sidebars and an introductory video in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s traveling exhibit, “The Evolving Universe,” which goes on display Saturday at the William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock. It’ll be up through April 6; library hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. Call (501) 758-1720 or visit


For the 35th year, DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck turns its attention to birds of prey during Eagles et Cetera, Friday-Sunday. The park will offer a full list of programs, including eagle tours, falconry demonstrations, owl prowls and the chance to meet raptors.

Most activities are free, but there are charges for boat tours and golf course safaris. Call (501) 865-5810 or visit

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And speaking of cinema, a series of made-in-Arkansas films and shorts, screenings of films by independent filmmakers, panel discussions, presentations and a free workshop for young filmmakers are all part of the Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest, continuing through Friday at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 36 S. Main St., Eureka Springs. The festival culminates in an “IndieAwards Show” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and an after party. A full-access pass, $25, includes all screenings, special presentations, panels, awards show and after party; a one-day pass, $10, includes screenings, presentations and panels on that day only, plus the awards show and after party.

A pass for the awards show only is $5. A full schedule is available at Call (479) 363-8185.


Broadway Rox!, a concert “experience” celebrating hits from Broadway musicals (including Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Rent, Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray), will be on the stage of the East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, at 7 p.m. Friday. The show is part of the center’s Spotlight Series. Tickets are $35. Call (870) 633-4480, Extension 352, or visit

Weekend, Pages 29 on 01/23/2014

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