The Little Rock Farmers Market opens for the season with entertainment, face painting and a visit from mascot Dean the Bean, Saturday in the River Market pavilions, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. The market, with food and craft vendors, is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Dean will be on "hand" 9-11 a.m.; face painting is 8-10 a.m. Admission is free; the market will continue Saturdays through September. Call (501) 375-2552 or visit rivermarket.info. See story on Page 4E.
Toys and cars join princesses at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena for Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment, 7 p.m. today-Sunday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The show features "stars" from Toy Story 3, Cars, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. Tickets are $16-$71 plus fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Get the scoop on family heirlooms at the Arkansas Artifact Fair at the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Archivists, curators and appraisers will be on hand 2-5 p.m. Sunday to evaluate photos, posters, letters, diaries and other items. There is an emphasis on World War I, but all artifacts are welcome as long as they are small enough to carry. Photos of furniture and other larger pieces are permitted. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit oldstatehouse.com.
Tabriz, the biennial fundraiser for the Arkansas Arts Center, kicks off with "Tabriz: Auction in the City," 6 p.m. today at the Arts Center in MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. The New York-theme gala's silent auction takes guests for a walk around Central Park with street-vendor food carts and exclusive beer and wine selections; the auction will include more than 300 Arkansas-made items, unique art, parties, events and experiences. Tickets are $50. At 6 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center, the black-tie "Tabriz: The Silver Anniversary Gala" will feature cocktails, dinner and a live auction, followed with a performance by The Midtown Men," four members of the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. Tickets, $750, include a ticket to tonight's "Auction in the City." The event raises money for art acquisitions and Arts Center educational programs. Call (501) 396-0383 or visit arkansasartscenter.org/tabriz.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra co-concertmasters Kiril Laskarov and Andrew Irvin will solo in two double violin concertos -- the famous one by J.S.Bach in d minor, BWV 1043, and the world premiere of the Double Concerto by Michael Fine -- in the orchestra's final 2016-17 Intimate Neighborhood Concert, 7 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. Also on the program: the original chamber orchestration of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite. Philip Mann conducts. Tickets are $25, $10 for students and active-duty military. Call (501) 666-1761, Extension 100, or visit ArkansasSymphony.org.
• The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles concert, 6 p.m. Sunday in Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. at Broadway, Little Rock, will culminate in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra playing "Side-by-Side" with the pros of the Arkansas Symphony with Philip Mann on the podium, playing Ottorino Respighi's The Pines of Rome. Youth Orchestra cellist Wilson Vanderslice, winner of the 2016 Stella Boyle Smith Concerto Competition, will play portions of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto. The younger musicians in the Prelude and Preparatory ensembles and the Academy Orchestra will play film music and arrangements of works by Antonio Vivaldi, Giacchino Rossini and Carl Orff. Tickets are $15. Call (501) 666-1761, Extension 100, or visit ArkansasSymphony.org.
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The Cinco de Heights street festival, noon-4 p.m. Saturday along Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights' neighborhood, marks Cinco De Mayo while supporting the Arkansas Foodbank. The event will feature music by the Good Time Ramblers, a golf-cart float competition and parade, a golf cart giveaway, kids activities and a mojito-margarita-beer zone. Admission is free. Visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/events/1677216022579435.
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In a modern riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester, a homeless mother of five living with her children on the streets of the inner city, struggles with learning literacy in In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday (and May 18) through May 20 and 2:30 p.m. May 21 at the Weekend Theater, 1001 W. Seventh St. at Chester Street, Little Rock. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and senior citizens; call (501) 374-3761 or visit weekendtheater.tix.com.
The McCrary Sisters (Ann, Deborah, Regina and Alfreda) perform at 8 p.m. today at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock, part of Oxford American's 2016-17 Concert Series and the finale for the 2016-17 Archetypes and Troubadours subseries. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $25-$40. Call (800) 293-5949 or visit Metrotix.com. See Music Scene, Page 4E.
An expanded Bernice Garden Market, adding artists, craftspeople, jewelers and vintage vendors selling everything from kitschy kitchenware and early edition books to antique paper products, retro clothes, unique artwork, one-of-a-kind jewelry and other locally crafted goods, reopens Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Bernice Garden, 1401 Main St., Little Rock. The market will continue Saturdays through the spring and summer. Call (501) 410-3938, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit thebernicegarden.org.
Everything in downtown Conway will be hopping with games, music, and, yes, toads, during the annual Toad Suck Daze festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Aside from toad races, there will be a kids zone, contests and performances by groups including Dokken and the City Boyz. Admission is free. Call (501) 327-7788 or visit toadsuck.org.
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