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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 20, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/KIRK MONTGOMERY


Why not harness some of that March wind for colorful fun in the fresh air? The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge outside Eureka Springs is once again playing host to the annual Kite Festival 10 a.m.-4p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Kaleido Kites, this family event includes vendors, contests and hands-on instruction in making and flying kites. General admission is free. Those who want to visit the dozens of tigers, lions and other exotic animals that call the refuge home must pay the admission fees: $20 for adults, $15 for ages 13-19, $10 for ages 65 and older and children 4-12. Call (479) 253-6596 or visit


After getting some pointers, people can put their skills to the test at the Kite-Flying Competition, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Admission is free. Call (501) 868-5806 or visit


Heifer International is celebrating 70 years of fighting hunger and poverty worldwide with Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Heifer Village, 1 World Ave., Little Rock. The party includes visits from Heifer’s “animal ambassadors” and many games and hands-on crafts for children. Admission is free. Call (501) 907-2697 or visit

See story on Page 4E.


The weather’s warmer and it’s time to take the bicycles out of hibernation. One way to get them spruced up and back in top riding shape is at Pedalpalooza, a bicycle swap meet. Bikes, bike parts and bike accessories will be there for trading and buying, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the River Market. Admission is free. Call (501) 375-2552 or (501) 224-7651 or visit


The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters have brought their concert of sea chanteys, patriotic songs, opera, Broadway and traditional choral music to Arkansas and they have four performances to go. At 7 p.m. today, they will sing at Harding University’s Administration Auditorium in Searcy. Call (501) 279-4343. They sing at James H. Clark Auditorium at 2201 Prince St., Conway, at 7 p.m. Friday. Call (501) 450-4890. They move to the Alma Performing Arts Center, 103 E. Main St., Alma, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call (479) 632-2129. The final Arkansas concert will be at the East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (870) 633-4480. All concerts are ticketed, but the tickets are free. Visit


Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock, will screen the documentary The Cherokee Word for Water 6 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Friday in the museum’s Ottenheimer Theater. A reception will precede today’s “sold out” screening; a question-and-answer session with director/producer Charlie Soap and co-writer/producer Kristina Kiehl will follow both. Admission is free but reservations are required; for Friday seats, call (501) 324-9351, email or visit


Arlington, Texas-based a cappella quintet Pentatonix - Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola - will sing up a storm at 8 p.m. today at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. All of the $38 tickets have sold (as they have pretty much everywhere else the band is visiting on its current 30-city American tour). But in the unlikely chance that one becomes available, keep checking


Boebe Productions brings its touring production of the musical Sweet Charity (music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, book by Neil Simon) to the stage at 7:30 p.m. today of the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Tickets are $30-$40, $27-$37 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children (however, the show is being recommended for mature audiences as some content may not be suitable for kids), with discounts for UCA faculty, staff and students. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit


Precipice Theatre will stage Fool for Love, Sam Shepard’s dark comedy involving former lovers (Ricco Ardemagni and Heather D. Smith) re-waging battles and engaging in new ones at a desert motel, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through March 30 at the Public Theater, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Tickets are $14, $11 for students and senior citizens. A portion of all proceeds benefits Wolfe Street Foundation. Call (479) 530-0723 or email


Continuing on area stages this week: A doggedly righteous inspector hunts a bread thief who broke his parole across years and France on the eve of revolution in the musical Les Miserables (the creation of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel), 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through April 6 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are $45-$60. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit

Things get comically chaotic between rival golf teams over who gets the best golfer on the course in The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig, through April 19 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (with the exception of 12:30 p.m. matinees March 26 and April 2, no evening shows those dates), 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Doors and the buffet open 90 minutes before curtain. Tickets are $31-$35, $23 for children 15 and younger; show only, $25, $15 for children. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit

A young shepherd learns that freaking out his neighbors once too often can be carnivorously counterproductive in The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Alan Keith Smith’s adaptation of Aesop’s fable, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through March 28 (with a week of special 2 p.m. spring-break matinees starting Monday) at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, MacArthur Park, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Tickets are $12.50. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit

Weekend, Pages 33 on 03/20/2014

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