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story.lead_photo.caption This week’s top picks in local concerts, fundraisers and events

06/18: Kids and parents can find Sesame Street in downtown Little Rock with the arrival of Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing at Robinson Center Music Hall. Showtimes are 3 and 6:30 p.m., and tickets through all Ticketmaster outlets are $24, $30.15 and $38.30. The touring Sesame Street production tells the story of Elmo and Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, and includes singing and dancing from characters such as Grover, Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Murray and more.


06/20: Stickyz presents a rare treat with a show by Bobgoblin, a power-pop outfit formed in Dallas in the early ’90s by Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School graduate Hop Litzwire. The group, which released its 1997 album Twelve-Point Master Plan on MCA Records, includes Rob Avsharian and Tony Jannotta. The trio disbanded in 2004 but reunited in 2012. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover. Local openers include rock trio Glittercore and anti-pop band The Talking Liberties.

06/20: Jazzlights in the Park features modern, progressive jazz from groups such as the Yellowjackets, Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers, The Julia Buckingham Group, Twice Sax and That Arkansas Weather. Tickets for the night of jazz at First Security Amphitheater are $25-$35 and available via, and net proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas and its projects and programs. The music starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m.

06/20: The legendary Sonny Burgess celebrated his 85th birthday in May (the rockabilly legend was born May 31, 1929, in Newport), but Sonny Burgess’ 85th Birthday Bash is this Friday at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. Featuring Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers and Arkansas musicians Rodney Block, Bonnie Montgomery, Kevin Kerby, and Brad Williams and Nick Devlin of The Salty Dogs, tickets are $10 and available at


06/21: The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of Arkansas African-American history, hosts Juneteenth 2014, a block-party styled celebration commemorating the end of slavery, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event includes live music, poetry, children’s activities, food trucks, nonprofits, voter registration drives and vendor booths. The day also includes a free preview screening of American Experience: Freedom Summer at 1 p.m., followed by a panel discussion.

Wild at the Zoo

06/21: The Little Rock Zoo opens at night for an adults-only event where guests learn about the strange and interesting world of animal mating with Woo at the Zoo. Tickets for the 6-9 p.m. walking tour are $35, and the evening includes adult beverages, live music, food and a special silent auction with paintings by the zoo’s animals. Attendees must be 21 or older. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation and the American Association of Zookeepers Little Rock Chapter.


06/24: The Texas League takes a short break for its Texas League All-Star Game at Dickey-Stephens Park. The game starts at 7:15 p.m., and tickets range from $7 for general admission to $13 for box seats. Arkansas Travelers on the north squad include Brian Hernandez, Alex Yarbrough, Adam Melker, Orangel Arenas, David Carpenter and Michael Roth. The Travs end the first half of the season Thursday through Sunday with a homestand against the Springfield Cardinals.


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