Baklava, gyros, a new "It's All Greek to Me" combo (gyro sandwich and Greek fries covered in feta, herbs and lemon juice) and Greek-inspired Loblolly Creamery ice cream flavors are on the menu for the 34th annual International Greek Food Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock. Admission is $3 or three canned food items for the Arkansas Foodbank, free for children under 12, with free parking at and trolley service from neighboring church parking lots. Proceeds benefit seven area nonprofits. Call (501) 221-5300 or visit greekfoodfest.com.
A cast of more than 100 will be onstage as Arkansas Festival Ballet stages Beauty and the Beast, with choreography and staging by Artistic Director Rebecca Miller Stalcup and music by Pierre Adenot, Alan Menken and Japanese singer-songwriter Kamijo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre, in MacArthur Park, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. Anna Gaydos and Bella Marbaise divide the role of Belle, with Ballet Arkansas company members Zeek Wright as the Beast, Paul Tillman as Gaston and Meredith Short Loy as Plumette. Tickets are $32, $17 for students and children. A photo opportunity with the cast will follow each performance. Call (501) 227-5320, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit arkansasdance.org.
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will host a tribute to Sonny Burgess, 7 p.m. Friday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. The tribute will begin with a screening of Nathan Willis' documentary about Burgess, Arkansas Wildman, followed by a performance by his longtime band, the Legendary Pacers. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $10. Call (501) 320-5728 or visit arkansassounds.org or butlercenter.org. See story on Page 4E.
Things will get a bit untidy in downtown Little Rock as the Museum of Discovery hosts its annual Messtival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Kids can make all the messes they want and learn at the same time as they take part in activities such as the Human Car Wash, the Mud Kitchen and the Giant Slip 'n' Slide. Admission is $10, $8 for children. Call (501) 396-7050 or visit museumofdiscovery.org.
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The Little Rock Wind Symphony's "Sunday Samba" program focuses on music that expresses motion and dance, 3 p.m. Sunday at Pulaski Height United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock, part of its Diversions chamber concert series. The program will feature works for clarinet sextet, clarinet quintet and brass quintet, plus pieces for soprano saxophone, clarinet and accordion and alto flute and classical guitar. Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens 65 and older, free for students. Call (501) 666-0777 or visit tickets.lrws.net or lrwindsymphony.org.
Voice finalist and Marion native Barrett Baber performs at 7 p.m. today in Riceland Auditorium, Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, 2709 U.S.165 South, Stuttgart. Bald Knob native and Stuttgart resident Anna Marie opens the show. Tickets are $20, $30 additional for a pre-show (6 p.m.) meet-and-greet, $200 for a table for eight; proceeds benefit the Phillips Community College Stuttgart Foundation. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895 or 1896, or visit pccua.edu/GPC.
Downtown Heber Springs will be hopping during the annual Springfest, noon-8:30 on Friday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, including arts and crafts, music, a petting zoo and a Volkswagen show in Spring Park, 301 Sugarloaf St.; on the Courthouse Square, 300 block of Main Street; and additional locales throughout the city. General admission is free. Call (501) 270-2204 or visit downtownhebersprings.com.
Arts and crafts, music, fishing, a race and a lot of steak will make for a packed weekend at the Magnolia Blossom Festival in downtown Magnolia. The annual festival includes a craft beer tasting, Baggo tournament, magic shows, and the World Championship Steak Cook-off. General admission is free but some events, including the steak cook-off, have ticket fees. Call (870) 234-4352 or visit blossomfestival.org.
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Get out and unplugged by celebrating National Kids to Parks Day in the great outdoors Saturday. State parks across Arkansas, including Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine and Bull Shoals-White River State Park at Bull Shoals, will celebrate the day with special programs and activities. Admission is free. Call (888) 287-2757 or visit arkansasstateparks.com.
The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View showcases some fancy fingerwork over Thumbpicking Weekend, Friday-Saturday. Friday will feature a matinee concert with Evan Twitty in the Craft Village, 2-3 p.m., and a concert with Twitty, Danny Dozier, Randy Bucker and All Star Jam, 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Saturday, spectators can watch competitions in the Auditorium starting at 2:15 p.m. and concerts with Pat Kirtley and Thom Bresh at 7 and 8 p.m., respectively. There will also be special workshops. Tickets for the evening show or the matinee are $12 each, combo tickets are $19.50 and workshops are $45. Call (870) 269-3851 or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com.
Weekend on 05/17/2018
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