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story.lead_photo.caption Visitors to the Arkansas State Fair walk the midway Thursday night as rides and food booths light up the night sky. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal


There are new foods, new rides and an extra day at the State Fair, today-Oct. 22. Admission at the gate is $10, $5 for children and ride bands are $30. Tickets in advance at Walgreens are $7.99, $3.99 for children and $27 for armbands. Fair parking is $10, but free shuttle service is available on weekends from the State Capitol. Gate admission includes general admission to concerts, including headliners Vince Neil, Freddie Jackson, Tracy Lawrence, Ann Wilson of Heart and Coolio, but there are additional costs for premium seating. Call (501) 372-8341 or visit See story on Page 5E.


A shoe factory-owner and a cabaret drag queen strike up a partnership in the musical Kinky Boots, with a score by Cyndi Lauper and script by Harvey Fierstein. Performances of the touring production are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Robinson Center Performance Hall, Markham Street and Broadway. Tickets are $28-$77. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit See story on Page 4E.


A beautiful young French widow exploits her shallow 17th-century suitors until a witty and misanthropic traveler from England turns her world upside down (with the help of a couple of well-placed falsehoods) in The School for Lies by David Ives, adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope, through Oct. 29 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Sixth and Main streets, Little Rock. Director Giovanna Sardelli will give a preshow director talk, 6:15 p.m. today, in advance of the second of two previews at 7; curtain times for the run are 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $48 and $38, $20 for students ($15 day-of student rush). Call (501) 378-0405 or visit See story on Page 4E.


Country star Jason Aldean has resumed his They Don't Know Tour and will perform at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $33-$170. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit


Survivors and their supporters will turn downtown Little Rock pink at the annual Race for the Cure on Saturday. The competitive 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the pre-race ceremony at 7:40, the run/walk at 8 and the 2K family fun run/walk at 8:20. All races start on Broadway between Capitol Avenue and Fourth Street in Little Rock. Registration is $30, $20 for children. Call (501) 202-4399 or visit


Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood celebrates fall with a day full of outdoor activities at the annual HarvestFest, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Kavanaugh Boulevard from Walnut Street to Monroe Street will be blocked off for vendors, food, music stages, children's activities and crafts. Admission is free. Visit


Blues-rock guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Center for Humanities and Arts, main campus, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock. Tickets are $39 (standing room), $69 and $89 (reserved seating), $125 (VIP, premium reserved seating; entry to the Ben E. Keith Foods VIP Room, featuring food and libations; VIP parking; and a separate private entrance to the theater). Call (501) 812-2221 or visit See Music Scene on Page 5E.


The Arkansas Chamber Singers will "Sing the Universal," 7:30 p.m. Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., Little Rock, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. The program will include sacred music by Claudio Monteverdi, William Byrd, Giovanni da Palestrina, Felix Mendelssohn, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Pablo Casals, Herbert Howells, Anton Bruckner and Karl Jenkins, and songs by Zoltan Kodaly, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vincent Persichetti, Dan Forrest and Kim Andre Arnesen. John Erwin conducts. Tickets are $15, $10 students in advance, $18 and $12 at the door. Call (501) 377-1121, email or visit

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Just in time for Halloween and opening on Friday the 13th, "Boo! Images of the Macabre," explores eerie landscapes, creepy creatures, ghostly figures and other "mysterious intersections of reality and imagination," with a reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Windgate Gallery, Center for Humanities and Arts, at UA-Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. Ann Prentice Wagner, the Arkansas Arts Center's drawings curator, will give a gallery talk at 6:30. Barry McVinney, saxophone, and Ron Hall, piano, will provide entertainment. "Boo!" will be on display through Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Reception and gallery admission are free. Call (501) 812-2715 or email


Brews, tunes and art converge at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock, for this month's 2nd Friday Art night, 5-8 p.m. Friday. The opening reception for "Body/Ecology: Daniella Napolitano and Carmen Alexandria Thompson" will also include a book signing with Brian Sorenson, author of Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History, music by John Burnette and beer by Stone's Throw Brewery. Admission is free and the exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 7. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit

Photo by Staton Breidenthal
The Arkansas State Fair.
Photo by AP file photo
In this Sept. 8, 2016 photo, country singer Jason Aldean poses for a portrait.

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