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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 29, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.


Musical performances for the weekend

The Main Library celebrates fandom (shown Doctor Who) with CALS con.


It's all Arkansas all the time at Legends of Arkansas, Saturday in Julius Breckling Riverfront Park in Little Rock. The family friendly festival of music and arts will include stunts, magic, skateboarding and aerial performances as well as interactive art and live painting, workshops and musicians including Good Time Ramblers, Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts and Swampbird. The gates open at 11 a.m. with music starting at noon. Admission is free. Call (870) 540-9867 or visit See story on Page 4E.


A Rockabilly Reunion featuring Ace Cannon, Stan Perkins and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers at 6 p.m. Saturday rounds out the 2013-14 Performance Series of the Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas at Stuttgart, 2709 U.S. 165 S., Stuttgart. Tickets are $20 and $15. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895 or visit


Disney singing star Zendaya is set to hit the boards of the Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park in Hot Springs, 8 p.m. Saturday. The star of the series Shake It Up is the first performer in the park's 2014 Concert Series. Tickets are $49.99 online, $54.99 at the gate, and season tickets are $74.99. Ages 55 and older and children under 48 inches tall are $33.99. Reserved seating is an additional $5-$10. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit See story on Page 5E.


Murry's Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, offers A Second Helping at the buffet and onstage through June 21. That's the title of the current production (subtitle is The Church Basement Ladies Sequel; music and lyrics by Little Rock native Drew Jansen, book by Greta Grosch). Monica Clark-Robinson, music director Kelley Ponder, Paula Gribble and Lindsey Wright play the the church ladies; director/choreographer Don Bolinger plays their pastor. Shows are at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (with the exception of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday matinees June 4 and 11, no evening shows those dates), 12:45 and 6:45 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


Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, will be the place to be for fans of all stripes at CALS Con, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. This celebration of fandom includes panel discussions, workshops and a costume contest for fans of Harry Potter, Adventure Quest, Dr. Who, My Little Pony and just fandom in general. Admission is free. Call (501) 918-3000 or visit


Passion on and off the stage or screen is the inspiration for Red Octopus Theater's Spring Showmance!, 8 p.m. today-Saturday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10, $8 for students, senior citizens and all military personnel. Call (501) 291-3896, email or visit


The Little Rock Wind Symphony's Chamber Players will put on a Sunday Serenade at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock, part of the ensemble's Diversions chamber concert series. Performers will include the Wind Symphony Brass Choir with organ, a woodwind octet and the Quapaw Brass Quintet. Program includes Richard Strauss' Solemn Entry; selections from Act II of The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and works by J.S. Bach, Franz Krommer, F.W. Meacham and Calixa Lavallee. Karen Fannin conducts. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, free for students. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit


Tail Waggin' and Tail Gating, a day of music, art and barbecue to honor Kathy Woods and Out of the Woods Animal Rescue, is back on the calendar. The event was originally scheduled for April but inclement weather intervened so they're trying it again, 2-5 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot outside Stephano's Fine Art Gallery, 1813 N. Grant St., Little Rock. In addition to music performances and food from Cross-Eyed Pig, there will be an auction, raffles and a wine pull, all to benefit Out of the Woods. Admission is free. Call (501) 563-4218.


Walkers and runners will turn green, purple and pink as they make their way through Little Rock in the Run or Dye Little Rock Color 5K, 9 a.m. Saturday at Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Registration is $57 for individuals. Teams of four or more are $52 per person. Call (312) 670-8951 or visit


The Spa City Blues Society hosts its first Craft Beer Festival, 6-9 p.m. Saturday in Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs. Breweries will have personnel in attendance providing information and beer samples, several area restaurants will offer food samples and there will be entertainment. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day-of. Visit or

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