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THE WEEKEND TEN

The top things to do and places to be

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 5, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.

William Shakespeare photo illustration by Kirk Montgomery

1 SHAKESPEARE

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre kicks off its eighth season with William Shakespeare’s comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and June 13 and 15 at the Village at Hendrix, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. June 19, 21 and 22 at the new Argenta branch of the Laman Library, in the 400 block of Main Street, North Little Rock. Admission to all eight shows is pay-what-you-can (suggested donation is $15). Meanwhile, running in repertory at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 7:30 p.m. June 20, 24, 26 and 28 and 2 p.m. June 21 and 29, and the musical Pippin (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Roger O. Hirson), 7:30 p.m. June 11-12, 25 and 27 and 2 p.m. June 13, 22, 25 and 27. Tickets are $28, $23 for senior citizens, students and active military members. Call (866) 810-0012 or visit arkshakes.com. See story on page 4E.

2 SHKSPR

If you don’t feel like traveling to Conway to see Hamlet, catch the 43-second version as part of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s season closer, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) by Reduced Shakespeare Co. founders Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, Friday-June 29 at the Rep, Sixth and Main streets, Little Rock. A 6:15 p.m. director talk precedes today’s 7 p.m. preview; curtain times are 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$35 today), $25-$40 thereafter. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit .therep.org/attend. See story on page 5E.

Avery Clark (from left), Patrick Halley and Ethan Paulini star in The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

3 SUMMER

And speaking of Shakespeare, the Hot Springs Children's Dance Theatre will stage a theater-dance version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Friday at the Woodlands Auditorium, Ponce de Leon Center, DeSoto Boulevard and Balboa Drive, Hot Springs Village, and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Klipsch Amphitheater at Garvan Woodland Gardens, 540 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs. Edmond Cooper choreographs to Felix Mendelssohn's score. Hot Springs Village tickets are $17 and 12.50; visit hsvpoa.org. Buy Garvan Gardens tickets, $12.50 (via PayPal) by email, hotspringscdt@gmail.com.

4 SOUNDS

Music lovers will head up the mountain for the annual Wakarusa Music Festival, today-Sunday at Mulberry Mountain near Ozark. This year's lineup includes The String Cheese Incident, The Flaming Lips and Umphrey's McGee. Full event passes are $204 while three-day passes are $139 and two-day passes are $109. Sunday passes are $59. Taxes and fees apply. Call (785) 749-3434 or visit wakarusa.com.

5 SCREEN

Argenta Community Theater needs a movie screen and to raise the money, it's joining with Precipice Theatre and hosting an evening of theater, music, acrobatics and barbecue. Screaming for the Screen starts at 6 p.m. today at the theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock, and will include a silent auction and music performances by Mandy McBryde, Michael Hall, John Burnette Band and a performance of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love. Whole Hog Cafe will supply the food. Tickets are $20. Call (501) 353-1443 or visit argentacommunitytheater.com.

6 STARS AND STRIPES

Long may the Little Rock Wind Symphony and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History wave. They'll celebrate Flag Day with the 18th annual Stars and Stripes Celebration, 7 p.m. Saturday outside the museum in MacArthur Park, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. Following the presentation of colors by the U.S. Air Force Color Guard, Boy Scout Troop 604 leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem, the Wind Symphony and conductor Karen Fannin will perform patriotic music and show tunes. Admission is free. Take picnic baskets and lawn chairs or blankets and tattered flags, for which the museum will provide proper disposal. Blue Bell Creameries will supply free ice cream, Woodmen of the World free flags to wave and Premium Refreshment Services free bottled water. Rain date is the same time Sunday. Call (501) 666-0777 or (501) 376-4602 or visit lrwindsymphony.org.

7 SADDLE

Hundreds of cyclists will pedal their way through central Arkansas as the CARTI Tour de Rock returns for its 11th year, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The ride, which begins and ends at North Little Rock's Burns Park Soccer Complex, has route options of 30, 50, 68 and 100 miles. Regardless of ride length, all participants are invited to enjoy music, barbecue and beer at the after party. Ride registration is $50. Spectators may attend the party for $10. Call (501) 296-3406 or visit carti.com.

8 SPOTS

Paint on some whiskers and head out to the Little Rock Zoo for the Cheetah Chase Fun Run, 8 a.m. Saturday. This family event, called "Eye of the Tiger," includes music and costume contests for best big cats, best animals and best tigers. Registration is $35, $25 for children 1-12 and includes zoo admission. Call (501) 666-2406 or visit littlerockzoo.com.

9 SERVANT

A maid in 1963 Louisiana is at the center of Caroline, or Change the latest production at The Weekend Theater, Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock. Performances of the award-winning musical start at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through June 22. Tickets are $20, $16 for ages 65 and older and students. Call (501) 374-3761 or visit weekendtheater.org.

10 "SOMEWHERE (OVER THE RAINBOW)"

Suzanne Goulet ("Liza Minnelli") and Denise Rose ("Judy Garland") bring Liza and Judy Together Again, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Pine Bluff Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave., Pine Bluff. Tickets are $35-$45. Call (870) 535-2646 or visit pbcommunitytheatre.org.

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