The big biannual bonanza for brides-to-be is on the way. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Bridal Show is set for 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center, 100 E. Markham St., Little Rock. Florists, caterers, fashion retailers and vendors for everything wedding-related will be on hand with samples and advice. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Very Important Bride tickets are $50 and only available online. Visit arkansasbridalcommunity.com.
Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton celebrates our national symbol with Eagle Awareness Weekend, Saturday-Sunday. The weekend's activities include field trips to Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, programs and a birds of prey exhibition. Admission is free. Call (501) 727-5441 or visit petitjeanstatepark.com.
HISTORY BY EXAMPLE
Learn about the early days of the Natural State as Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, presents National Arkansas Day, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Featuring a traveling Old State House Museum exhibit and a fur trapper re-enactment camp, the event examines trivia and facts about Arkansas history. Admission is free. Call (501) 868-5806 or visit arkansasstateparks.com.
A casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath in a world of smartphones and social media, is at the center of Naomi Iizuka's Good Kids, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Jan. 17-18 and 23-25 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Weekend Theater, 1001 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. The play contains mature content and language. Tickets are $16, $12 for students, senior citizens and military. Visit centralarkansastickets.com; for more information, call (501) 374-3761.
The African Children's Choir, children age 7-12 representing several African nations, is marking its 50th time to tour since its founding in 1984, with two Arkansas performances this weekend:
• 7 p.m. Friday at Bryant's First United Methodist Church, 508 N. Reynolds Road, Bryant. The program, titled "Just As I Am," includes children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel tunes. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Call (501) 847-0226 or visit africanchildrenschoir.com.
• 7 p.m., Saturday, Riceland Hall at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, part of ASU's part of the 2019-20 Lecture-Concert Series. Admission is free. Visit AState.edu/LectureConcert.
Nearly 30 singers will take part in the Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. The judges: Annie Burridge, general director of Austin Opera; Carroll Freeman, faculty member at the Georgia State University School of Music; and mezzo-soprano and Malvern native Beth Clayton. Admission is free. Call (501) 975-4699. Winners head to the Midwest Region finals, Feb. 1 in St. Louis; the Feb. 24 national semifinals and March 1 grand finals take place at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
— Compiled by Jennifer Nixon
and Eric E. Harrison
Weekend on 01/09/2020
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