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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 6, 2014 at 3:03 a.m.


The barricades are back up at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre as Jean Valjean, Enjolras and the devilish Thenardiers return for Les Miserables. Previews for the hit musical have already started, with a director’s talk at 6:15 p.m. and showtime at 7 today at the theater, 601 Main St, Little Rock. Regular performances start Friday and continue through April 6, with curtain times at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $45-$60. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit

See story on Page 5E.


Country singer Billy Currington makes the second stop on his “We Are Tonight Tour” (with supporting acts Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice), 7:30 p.m. Saturday at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. Tickets are $45, $49 for general-admission floor access (no chairs), $140 “4-pack.” The arena is using its Credit Card Entry (formerly Paperless Tickets) system. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit See story on Page 5E.


The Arkansas Symphony, conductor Philip Mann and Toto, too, head over the rainbow for “Wizard of Oz with Orchestra,” 8 p.m.Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock, part of the orchestra’s “Acxiom Pops Live!” series. The orchestra plays the musical score (recorded separately from the voice track) for a full-length screening of The Wizard of Oz, complete with all the dialogue and all the E.Y. “Yip” Harburg/Harold Arlen songs, delivered by Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, Munchkins et al. Tickets are $18-$59, $10 for active military and students, free to the Sunday matinee for K-12 students with paying adult via the Entergy Kids’ Ticket.

Call (501) 666-1761 or visit


A young shepherd has fun rousing the villagers with false wolf alarms until he pulls the wool over their eyes once too often in The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Alan Keith Smith’s adaptation of Aesop’s fable, opening Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, MacArthur Park, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Curtain times: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through March 28, with special 2 p.m. March 25-28 spring-break matinees. Tickets are $12.50.

Call (501) 372-4000 or visit


Comics lovers should have plenty to sort through at the River City Comic Expo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Dealers in comics, graphic novels, toys, cards, movies and games will be on hand, and featured guests are James O’Barr and Dennis Calero.

Admission is $5. Call (501) 492-9007 or visit


Help make the capital city fresh at the Keep Little Rock Beautiful Citywide Cleanup Kickoff on Saturday. It starts at 8 a.m. at Western Hills Park with speeches by Mayor Mark Stodola and other community leaders. The cleanup begins at 8:30 at Western Hills Park, Murray Park and Interstate Park, as well as more than 25 neighborhoods.

Participation is free. Call (501) 765-3530 or visit


Pulaski Heights Elementary School presents its annual Picassos, an adults-only night of food, drinks and art that’s all about the children, 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Works by the school’s pupils will stand including pieces by artists such as Stephen Cefalo, Tanya Fitzgerald, John Kushmaul and Matt McLeod. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door and proceeds benefit arts programs at the school. Call (501) 519-1914 or visit


A wealthy couple tries to discover the fountain of youth through experiments on a group of poor and elderly people in Hendrix College’s world-premiere production of The Hourglass Project, which its author, Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Lee Blessing, describes as “a speculative comedy about the future.” It continues its run, 7:30 p.m. today-Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cabe Theatre at Hendrix, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Admission is free; reservations are strongly recommended. Call (501) 450-1343 or visit


The town of Camden comes to life with flowers for the annual Camden Daffodil Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the home and garden tours, the festival includes the championship steak cook-off, an art show and sale, children’s activities and a 5K race. General admission is free, but there are fees for tours, the cook-off and the race. Call (870) 836-6426 or visit See story on Page 8E.


Impressionist Ron MacClosky will put on his one-man show, Groucho Marx in Three Acts, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday as the inaugural performance at the New Community Theatre, 207 W. Second Ave., Pine Bluff. Tickets are $30-$40. Call (870) 535-2646 or visit

Weekend, Pages 31 on 03/06/2014

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