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This article was published June 26, 2014 at 2:21 a.m.


Jamie Lynn Spears


Square dancers from across the nation have promenaded to Little Rock for the National Square Dance Convention, continuing through Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. Registration is $75, $37.50 for ages 5-17. Visit See story on Page 4E.


Little Rock galleries are trading old exhibits for new with major openings this weekend. The Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, welcomes the 56th annual Delta Exhibition. Also, the center hosts "Susan Paulsen: Wilmot," a collection of photographs documenting the southeast Arkansas town from 1995 to 2012. Both exhibits open to the public Friday and remain on display through Sept. 28. Exhibit admission is free. A reception for members will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. today. Nonmember tickets to the reception are $15. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit

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Check out airplanes and antique cars and watch formation flying as the North Little Rock Municipal Airport, 8200 Remount Road, hosts its second annual Airport Day and Car Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission, hot dogs and drinks are free. Call (501) 835-5654 or visit


Las Vegas performer Dave Hoover will offer his tribute to Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. today and Friday at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. Friday night's show will also include an Elvis look-alike contest. Opening act and master of ceremonies is Roger Robinson, former baritone of the Stamps Quartet. Tickets are $25, $50 for limited VIP seating at tables of four close to the stage, a special meet-and-greet with Hoover, a copy of his latest CD, a signature scarf and signed photo. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association. Call (501) 353-1443 or visit


The Center for Artistic Revolution will hold its 10th annual Corazon: The Art of the Heart silent auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at Boswell-Mourot Fine Art, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. The auction will feature the work of several area artists. The nonprofit helps provide a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youngsters. Admission is free and so are the refreshments; That Arkansas Weather will provide the music. Call (501) 244-9690 or visit

4 m 4 The Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, unveils a new exhibit, "The Places in Arkansas That Keep Calling Me Back" by photographer Paul Caldwell. A preview party with the artist is 6-8 p.m. Friday and the exhibit will continue through Aug. 14. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call (501) 224-1335 or visit


The Mirana Middle Eastern Dance Co. presents its annual "Arabian Nights Spectacular" concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Admission is by $10 donation; refreshments are part of the package. Call (501) 837-9305 or (501) 455-1229.


Jamie Lynn Spears headlines the kickoff concert for the 2014 Showtime Concert Series, 7 p.m. Saturday on the outdoor Showtime Stage in downtown El Dorado's Union Square, 300 N. Jefferson St. Subsequent concerts will feature Joshua Scott Jones on July 26 and Logan Mize on Aug. 23. Singer-songwriter Bethany Russell will be the opening act. Sponsors are Main Street El Dorado, Murphy USA and radio station KIX-FM, 103.3. Admission is free. Call (870) 862-4747, email or visit or


Hooking a big one could have a mighty big payoff at the Big Bass Bonanza, Friday-Sunday all along the Arkansas River. Sponsored by the Arkansas Hospitality Association, the bonanza awards thousands of dollars in prize money to fishermen from across the state. Entry is $90 for one day, $170 for two days, $250 for all three days. Call (501) 376-2323 or visit


The parade of festivals continues to roll on. This Saturday brings the Purple Hull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race in Emerson. The festival includes a parade, dance and pea-eating contest. General admission is free. Call (870) 547-3500 or visit

• This weekend also brings the 34th annual Malvern Brickfest, with its brick toss, brick car derby, fireworks and music with headliner Tracy Lawrence, Friday-Saturday in Malvern City Park. General admission is free. Call (501) 458-1115 or visit


The Winter Olympics were months ago and the Summer Games don't come around for another two years, but Jacksonville will pay tribute to the games at its annual Olympic Day celebration, 10 a.m. today at the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club, 1 Boys Club Road. There, children ages 6-15 can participate in NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, where they'll learn and practice some football basics. Admission is free. Call (501) 982-4171.

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