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Box Turtle Hosts 'Biggest Event of the Year' This Saturday

Mark your calendar for one of the biggest sales Box Turtle has ever hosted!

The Hillcrest boutique is hosting a secret sale this Saturday (July 12) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m with special discounts only available for these three hours.

Called the ‘biggest event of the year,’ discounts include 50-75% off all summer clothing, shoes and accessories, 30% off everything else in the store including jewelry and 10% off new fall arrivals.

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will also be offered.

Visit Box Turtle’s Facebook page here for more info!

Happy shopping!

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Instagram Fridays: This Week in Pictures


We are so excited to see Iriana's has a new patio! 


The Soirée team enjoyed this pineapple infused margarita at Cantina Laredo, now on the menu! #sharingiscaring


While getting ready to go live for our KATV Good Morning Arkansas segment, we were tempted to have a sip of this boozy float from Loblolly! 


Our day was made when the ice cream truck made a stop at our office this week to deliver cool treats!

If you want to keep up with our behind-the-scenes shenanigans, give us a follow at @LittleRockSoiree

New Galleries, Art Nights at Historic Arkansas Museum, Butler Center Galleries

Those in need of an art fix this weekend should be able to find what they're looking for at the Historic Art Museum and Butler Center Galleries.

Between the two of them, art enthusiasts can enjoy two Second Friday Art nights and three new exhibits that open Friday.

Over at the Historic Arkansas Museum is two exhibits that feature art from a Little Rock area painter and a collection of advertising from the 19th and 20th centuries from Marsha Stone.

The "Kateri Joe: Thank Your Lucky Stars" exhibit will feature the work of Joe, who is a self-taught artist. It's her first full exhibit and is based on the universal relationship of humanity and the Cosmos. The exhibit will be open through Sept. 7.

"A Beauty on It Sells Advertising — Art from the collection of Marsha Stone" exhibit gives a glimpse into the history of advertising and the materials used in the late 19th and early 20th century. The exhibit will be open through Jan 5.

As part of the Second Art Friday Night, the museum will have an opening reception for the new exhibits, in addition to live music and refreshments. The event is set for 5-8 p.m.

Over at the Butler Center, the "Arkansas Homemakers: Home Demonstration and Extension Clubs," includes photographs from the Arkansas History Commission and paintings by Katherine Strause to celebrate 100 years of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs. The exhibit will be open through Sept. 27.

The center's Second Art Friday Night is set for 5-8 p.m.

'Next To Normal' Starts at Weekend Theater Tonight

Come to the Weekend Theater Saturday or Sunday to audition for the musical Chicago.

The second show of The Weekend Theater's 22nd season, "Next To Normal," begins tonight (Friday) at 8.

The Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical follows a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect it has on her family. The musical is directed by Ralph Hyman, with music direction from Lori Isner.

The musical has nine shows scheduled from July 11-27. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students and seniors and can be purchased here.

Below is a complete list of show dates and times.

Friday, July 11 — 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 12 — 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 — 2:30 p.m.

Friday, July 18 — 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 — 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 — 2:30 p.m.

Friday, July 25 — 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 — 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 27 — 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Tour de France at Colonial Wine & Spirits

The Tour de France is a multiple-stage bicycle race through France that takes place over a 23-day period and covers about 2,200 miles each summer. With each stage, the race passes through areas of rich history when it comes to wine and beer.

If you've ever wanted to sample a few of those drinks, then you're in luck. Colonial Wine & Spirits is giving you the chance to taste various wines and beer from the areas on the days the riders pass through on the race.

This week, tasters have been able to sample drinks like Vielle Provision Saison Dupont and a Godiva Cream Cocktail. Today (Friday), as the race enters Epernay, tasters will get the chance to sample Jacques Copinet Brut Champagne and Rosé, and Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne. 

The race is only entering its seventh stage of 21 on Friday, so you've got plenty of time left to enjoy a variety of drinks! For a list of some of the drinks to come, click here

Colonial Wine & Spirits is located at 11200 W. Markham St. in Little Rock.

Go-and-See: 48 Hour Film Project at Ron Robinson Theater

Let's say you were given a character, a prop, one line and a genre to create a film in 48 hours. What would you do? 

A few weeks ago, that's exactly what several Arkansas filmmakers were tasked with accomplishing as part of The 48 Hour Film Project. The filmmakers were given one character, either Zoltar or fortune teller Zelda Nickelson, one prop, either a journal or a diary, and one line, either "It's fantastic! I love it," or "It is fantastic. I love it."

The filmmakers then drew a genre from a hat. From there, they were off to create a film in 48 hours.

What was created in those two days will be shown this weekend in screenings at the Ron Robinson Theater

The first round of screenings is set for tonight (Friday) at 7. The second and third rounds will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to the screenings are $10 and can be purchased here.

On July 19, the film project will hold a Best of Screening, also at the Ron Robinson Theater, to showcase the top 10 films and hand out awards for categories like Best Use of Character, Prop and Line, Best Musical Score, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Actress, Best Directing and Best Film.

Tickets to that screening are $12 and can be purchased here

For more information on the film project, click here.

Weekend To-Do List: 9 Events to Check Out

This weekend has plenty of interesting options around the metro area, including tons of arts events, plays and films. Here are a few events to keep in mind.

Thursday (July 10)

The Art of Motion: Tango at Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock: If you've always wanted to tango, put on your dancing shoes and get to the Arkansas Arts Center on Thursday. Lessons will be given by international dance instructors. After the instructional time, participants will be able to practice their new moves and dance the night away. The lesson starts at 7 p.m. and no partner is needed. The class is free for Arkansas Arts Center members and $10 for non-members. For more information, click here.

"Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock: The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute and Central Arkansas Library System are presenting an advanced screening of a new documentary on an Arkansas native and "Rhinestone Cowboy." The film centers on the pride of Billstown, Glen Campbell, and his final tour. "Glen Campbell: I'm Me" follows the Grammy Award-winning country music artist on his Goodbye Tour after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, check out our story.

Loblolly Creamery Happy Hour at The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain, 1423 Main St., Little Rock: What better way to spend the evening than enjoying ice cream and boozy floats from Loblolly Creamery while benefitting the Thea Foundation. You'll have the chance to do just that Thursday at The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain on Main Street. The night will include the treats from Loblolly and spirits from Rocktown Distillery. A portion of the night's sales will benefit Thea. Loblolly also has a special flavor, blackberry sweet corn, that it will donate 10 percent of its sales to Thea during July. All ages are invited to the happy hour event. For more information, click here.

Friday (July 11)

Second Friday Art Night at Historic Arkansas Museum and Butler Center Galleries, 200 E. 3rd St. & 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: It's time for another Friday art night. The Butler Center will have works from Katherine Strause and Elizabeth Griffin Hill, and materials from the Arkansas History Commission and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension. For more information, click here. Over at the Historic Arkansas Museum, two new exhibits will be on display. Live music and refreshments will be provided.

Saturday (July 12)

South Main Vintage Market at The Bernice Garden, 1401 S. Main St., Little Rock: It's the only time this month you'll be able to shop for vintage pieces, from furniture to kitchenware to clothing and much more, at the South Main Vintage Market this month, so be sure you don't miss out! The market features items at least 20 years old for those with an eye for the classics. Southern Salt Food Co.'s food truck will serve breakfast and lunch. In addition, the McGehee Piano Co. will be bringing back the community piano. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Thursday-Sunday (July 10-13)

"RENT: The Musical" at Community Theatre of Little Rock, 328 W. 7th St., Little Rock: The Community Theatre of Little Rock is closing out its 58th season with "RENT." The musical is a Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a group of impoverished young artists and musicians in New York City's lower east side. The musical has showings this weekend at 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $8 for kids ages 4-9. Purchase them here. For more information, click here or check out our story.

American Taekwondo Association's World Expo, Little Rock: The American Taekwondo Association's World Expo is in full swing! This weekend, the events include the Tournament of Champions and the International Team Sparring Competition. For more on the expo, check out the story at our sister publication, Arkansas Business, or click here.

Friday-Sunday (July 11-13)

"Next To Normal" at The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St., Little Rock: Come see the Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, "Next To Normal," that tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect it has on her family. The musical is directed by Ralph Hyman, with music direction from Lori Isner. The musical also has show dates of July 18-20 & 25-27. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Click here to purchase.

The Little Rock 48 Hour Film Project at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock: Several Little Rock area filmmakers were given 48 hours to make a movie based on three elements and a genre drawn out of a hat. What was made from those films will be shown this weekend at the Ron Robinson Theater. The films will be shown Friday through Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. The film project will also have a "Best Of" screening July 19. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. For more on the project, click here.

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