Runners of all speeds and abilities are gathering to hit the streets at the annual Little Rock Marathon. The 5K, 10K and kids runs will take place Saturday with the full and half marathons Sunday. There's a new course this year with the start and finish lines on La Harpe Boulevard. Online registration has closed, but you can register for races that still have openings at the expo, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets, Little Rock. Registration is $50-$225. Call (501) 371-4639 or visit littlerockmarathon.com.
The Professional Bull Riders will roar into North Little Rock's Verizon Arena with "Unleash the Beast," 7:45 p.m. Friday and 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18-$106. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Italy, China, Cuba and Egypt are just a few of the places guests can visit at Wildwood Park for the Arts' 10th annual Lanterns! festival. The park, inside and out, will be transformed into a variety of "vistas" with decorations, food, games and performances, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Wildwood, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for children 6-12, increasing by $2 each at noon that day. Call (501) 821-7275 or visit wildwoodpark.org.
Get ideas and tips on preparing for the spring planting season at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard St., Little Rock. Attendees can find how-to demonstrations with experts, seminars, demonstrations and vendors. Tickets are $10 per day, free for children 12 and under. Call (501) 821-4000 or visit argardenshow.org.
The third annual Putt Putt Pub Crawl to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Little Rock's River Market District (check in at Willy D's, 322 President Clinton Ave.). The cost for the event, sponsored by Yuengling, is $100 for teams of four and includes event T-shirts, drink specials and nine holes of putt-putt golf. Costumes are encouraged. Hole location sponsors are Dugan's Pub, Skye Bistro/Stratton's Market, Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, Damgoode Pies, Willy D's, Gusano's, Big Whiskey's, Revolution Taco, and Flying Saucer. To buy tickets, visit tinyurl.com/ucpputt. Call (501) 906-4500.
Smooth jazz soprano saxophonist Marquis Hunt and his band (aka MarQuis and MOOD) will perform at 8 p.m. today at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock. Admission is $15. Call (501) 244-9660 or visit southonmain.com.
Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, will be the site of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's March "Sandwiching in History" tour, noon Friday. The church, founded in 1882, opened its current west Little Rock building, its third location, in 1968. Admission is free; participants are encouraged to provide their own lunches. Call (501) 324-9880, email email@example.com or visit arkansaspreservation.org.
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The touring troupe from the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., will present a weekend of Shakespeare in the Park at Historic Washington State Park, Washington, performing the drama Macbeth on Friday and the comedy The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with pre-show entertainment at 7, in the 1940 WPA Gym. Tickets are $10, $5 for children 6-12. The performers will also present four workshops for ages 14 and older on Saturday for $5 each. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.
Japanese taiko drum ensemble Tao will perform a program titled Drum Heart, 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Tickets are $30-$40, $10 for children, free for UCA student tickets with valid student ID. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/reynolds.
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Tracey Wilson Rice and Charlsie Falcon will split the role of faded silent film diva Norma Desmond as the South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado, stages the musical Sunset Boulevard (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the classic Billy Wilder film), 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and March 8-9 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 11. Tickets are $25, $15 for center members, $5 for students. Champagne "Red Carpet Night" receptions with light hors d'oeuvres, 7 p.m., will precede both Friday night performances. Call (870) 862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org.
Weekend on 03/01/2018