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The 31st Annual Saints and Sinners Gala Set for Jan. 31

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Bring out the black ties, boys. Saints and Sinners is back.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s largest annual fundraiser returns on Jan. 31 at the Statehouse Convention Center Wally Allen Ballroom. 

If you’re familiar with the Saints and Sinners Gala, you know that it’s no ordinary event. Along with dinner and the live and silent auctions, there is also music and dancing. However, the best part of the evening is the entertainment provided by none other than the all-star crew of The Rep.

“Saints and Sinners has the reputation of being the most fun black-tie gala of the year, and I honestly have to agree. The Rep knows entertainment, so everything about the event is infused with theatricality and wonder,” said Norris on The Rep’s website.

And he’s right. If the first half of the 2014 season is any indication of what’s to come, fasten your seat belts, people. 

Proceeds from the gala go toward making more of The Rep’s trademark magic happen on stage, as well as their Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) educational program and student matinees, for which a special donation will be taken.

“The Rep is where we gather as a community to learn, share and celebrate what is important to us,” said Johnson. “The theatre means so much to so many of us. Without it as the long-time anchor, there would be no Main Street Revitalization; there would be no Creative Corridor. Without it, we would not be nearly as cool a city!”

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets or sponsoring tables, contact Ronda Lewis at (501) 378-0445, ext. 203 or rlewis@therep.or, on The Rep’s website.

This Weekend's Argenta Holiday Art Sales

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The holiday season doesn’t just mean Christmas, it means New Year’s Eve, which means turning over a new leaf and sparkling new world views. And this, of course, means you shouldn’t look at the same walls you stared at for all of 2014, which means you need new art!

Lucky for you, Argenta is chalk full of art sales this weekend. Here’s the rundown of the latest and greatest.

 

Art Connection

Dec. 19, 5-8 p.m.

This holiday art sale has it all: zines, paintings, digital art, refreshments and live music. Enjoy the musical stylings of Tal Mims and Insofar, while the “out of school visual arts work program” will use proceeds to bring employment opportunities to high school students. 

For more information, click here.

 

Artist INC

Through Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Stop by the Argenta Gallery to feast your eyes on (and take home) some of the best NLR has to offer with thirty Artist INC artists’ work on display for your viewing and holiday shopping pleasure.

For more information, click here.

 

First Presbyterian Argenta

Dec. 19, 5-7 p.m.; Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 22-26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This NLR church is hosting a show featuring the work of Mary Ann Stafford, a nationally-recognized artist and past recipient of the Arkansas Art Educator Award. The works showcase her depictions of Arkansas scenes. The open house reception with Stafford is tonight, 5-7 p.m. in the fellowship hall, but the gallery will be open for purchases at the above listed times.

For more information, click here.

6 Things To See and Do This Weekend

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TGIF! Let's get this holiday soirée started early. Here's what's happening around the metro this weekend. Enjoy! 

Friday (Dec. 19)

Holiday Art Sales throughout Argenta: This is not a drill. There are a slew (a sleigh?) of holiday happenings and sales going on across the river. There’s one for the Art ConnectionArtist INCFirst Presbyterian Argenta and the Claytime Gallery. Check them all out and give your place a new look while you soak in the holiday happiness. 

 

Saturday (Dec. 20)

Lost Forty Brewing soft opening at 501 Byrd St, Little Rock: That’s right, hops lovers. It’s finally here. The much anticipated opening of central Arkansas’s latest brewhouse will offer lost of new things to make your tastebuds very, very happy. Doors open at 11 a.m. For more information, click here.

Arkansas vs. Southeast Missouri State at the Verizon Arena, North Little Rock: The Razorbacks and the Redhawks take the court this weekend in the only Hogs basketball game in NLR this season. In last year’s Verizon Arena game, the Hogs beat South Alabama (72-60) and then-sophomore Michael Qualls racked up another SportsCenter Top 10 Play, so we’re excited to see what they’ve got up their sleeves this year. Let’s get loud, y’all. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

 

Friday-Sunday (Dec. 19-21)

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Swingin’ Holiday Extravaganda at the Connor Performing Arts Center, Pulaski Academy Campus, 12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock: You have three chances to enjoy some live holiday cheer with the ASO, under the direction of Philip Mann, with the sweet sounds of tenor Destan Owens and soprano Mandy Gonzalez. The show is for all ages and will features all the favorite classics like “Deck the Halls” with a mix of hit move themes like "The Polar Express" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” For tickets and more information, click here.

Holiday Pop Up Shop at Studio Main at 1423 Main St., Little Rock: Surprise! The Green Corner Store and Studio Main are hosting a happy little holiday shop full of local artists, foodies and more. Not only can you get your hands on some awesome wares, but proceeds also benefit Our House, Community Breakfast and the Dream Center. Times and booths vary by day. For more information, click here.

12 Days of Cocktails at Big Orange Midtown, 207 North University Avenue #100, Little Rock: Nope, no turtledoves. BigO Midtown is featuring a new, holiday inspired cocktail every day until Christmas Eve. They’ve already given us holiday beers, honey sours, boozy hot chocolate and this Tree Lighting Ceremony cocktail (with fire!), and we’re pumped to see what’s next. For more information, click here.

Go For Gold With These Glam Finishes

Our approach to the holiday party season? Go for the gold. Add glitz and glam to your party look with these gold and embellished finishes.

(Clockwise from top, center):

  1. Triple tear earrings by Holly Zawes, $72, Vesta’s
  2. Gold and diamond ring, $8,695 Sissy’s Log Cabin
  3. Embellished clutch, $1,388, Barbara/Jean
  4. Single tear earrings by Holly Zawes, $45, Vesta’s
  5. Bracelets (top to bottom)
    .85 carats $4,835, 1.43 carats $6,995,1.47 carats $6,135, Sissy’s Log Cabin
  6. Cuff, $18.90, E. Leigh’s
  7. Black suede and gold heels by Diane Von Furstenburg, $458, Barbara/Jean
  8. Bracelet by Gurhan, 24 karat yellow gold. Price available upon request, Roberson’s
  9. Necklace, $18.80, E. Leigh’s
  10. Bracelets, $31.90 and $20.80, E. Leigh’s
  11. Gold Rolex, Cellini Cestello, $22,900, Sissy’s Log Cabin
  12. Kendra Scott earrings, $65, Indigo
  13. Gold clutch, $38.50, Indigo
  14. Ring, 22 karat yellow gold ring with diamonds by Arman. Price available upon request, Roberson’s

Tablescapes: Arkansas Florists and Event Designers Color Your World

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You chose “Exotic Destinations” as the muse for our tablescapes shoot this season. Arkansas’ top florists and event designers then chose far away places from which to create dream-wedding décor for your day.


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10 Events for Weekend Fun: Basketball, Symphony and Gingerbread Houses

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It's beginning to look (and sound and taste!) a lot like Christmas! This weekend's big events include the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's annual holiday concert, plus multiple gingerbread house workshops. Razorback fans can also attend men's and women's basketball games at Verizon Arena, or catch one of the final performances of "The Velveteen Rabbit" at Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre.

Keep reading for details on all 10 family fun events this weekend, Dec. 19-21!

1. Swingin' Holiday Extravaganza at Pulaski Academy Connor Performing Arts Center: Popular singers Destan Owen and Mandy Gonzalez return to lead a celebration of holiday music and festival, including traditional tunes “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The exciting and uplifting swing stylings of Owen and Gonzalez are sure to bring a smile to faces of all ages this holiday season! $19-$58; children free at Sunday matinee with Entergy Kids ticket. Performances are: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 & 20; 3 p.m. Dec. 21. For info: (501) 666-1761, ArkansasSymphony.org.

2. The Velveteen Rabbit at Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre: A Christmas-themed childhood favorite of the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner comes to life on stage. The Velveteen Rabbit is written by Alan Keith Smith and based on the story by Margery Williams. $12.50; AAC members are $10. Performances are: 7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Through Dec. 21. For info: (501) 372-4000, ArkansasArtsCenter.org.

3. Gingerbread House Workshop at the Capital Hotel: Kids construct their gingerbread houses with the expert instruction of the The Capital Hotel's pastry professionals. The gingerbread houses, candy, instruction, and an apron are provided, and snacks will be served. The class is limited, and advance registration is required. $55 per child; adults are $20. 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 20. For info: (501) 374-7474, CapitalHotel.com.

4. Women's SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Verizon Arena: This premiere showcase event promotes teams from two of the top women’s basketball conferences in the nation! Games are: 12:30 p.m. Texas vs. Texas A&M and 3 p.m. Arkansas vs. Oklahoma. Dec. 21. $18, kids 2-12 $12. For info: (501) 975-9000, VerizonArena.com.

5. University of Arkansas Men's Basketball vs. Southeast Missouri Redhawks at Verizon Arena: This weekend, you can also cheer on the Razorback men as they battle the Redhawks at Verizon Arena. $25 plus tax. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. For info: (501) 975-9000, VerizonArena.com.

6. Holiday Movies: It's a Wonderful Life (PG) at Colonel Glenn 18+XTREME: Don't miss the 1946 classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. In the film, an angel helps the conflicted George Bailey see what life would have been like if he had never existed. 2 p.m. Dec. 21. For info: (501) 687-0499, Cinemark.com.

7. Christmas Museum Open House at Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott: Bring the family and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere for the holidays while shopping in the gift shop (all items will be 20 percent off), making crafts, sipping hot mulled-apple cider or coffee, and nibbling on homemade treats. Activities will include the museum's annual graham cracker house contest, candle making, soap making, music, and various seasonal, period crafts. $1 per craft. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 20. For info: (501) 961-1409, ArkansasStateParks.com/PlantationAgricultureMuseum.

8. Gingerbread House Making at CALS Main Library: Kids craft gingerbread houses for free! 3 p.m. Dec. 20. For info: (501) 918-3000, CALS.org. FREE!

9. Caroling in the Forest at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Meet at the Kingfisher Trailhead to stroll into the forest and sing favorite Christmas carols along a paved path that is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight and your best singing voice. Visit with everyone afterwards as we serve hot chocolate around a campfire at the Pinnacle Pavilion. This fun family activity has quickly become a local winter tradition! 7-9 p.m. Dec. 20. For info: (501) 868-5806, ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain. FREE!

10. Music & Fun with the Kinders at CALS Main Library: Take a break from holiday hoopla for this fun and lively children's concert featuring Brian and Terri Kinder. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20. For info: (501) 918-3000, CALS.org. FREE!

Looking for more holiday fun? Check out these articles from Little Rock Family: 5 Christmas Tree Farms in Central Arkansas, 7 Places to See Holiday Lights, Where to Find Santa Claus, and 8 Holiday Shows for Families.

Weekend To-Do List: 8 Events to Start Your Christmas Off Right

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It's Christmastime, y'all! That means we've got festive activities coming out our ears, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Here's what's going on in the metro this weekend.

 

Thursday (Dec. 18)

Christmas Pajama Run at Go! Running, 1819 N. Grant St., Little Rock: A holiday twist on your routine is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Whether your routine looks more like a runner’s or a serial pj-wearer’s, you’re sure to fit right in with this crew. Come in your favorite seasonal pajamas, outfit, costume; it doesn’t matter. Plus, Go! Running is giving away free running shoes for a year, so you might want to be there. Meet at the store in The Heights, run starts at 6 p.m. For more information, click here

103.7 The Buzz’s 2014 Christmas Celebrity Karaoke at the Verizon Arena, North Little Rock: Just like the title suggests, it’s a night of hilarity, local celebs and surprise guests. The annual event is presented by Roadrunner Convenience Stores and will benefit Youth Home, Inc. You can purchase tickets at the Verizon Arena Box Office, by phone at (800)-745-3000 or by clicking here. For more information, click here.

 

Friday (Dec. 19)

Holiday Art Sales throughout Argenta: This is not a drill. There are a slew (a sleigh?) of holiday happenings and sales going on across the river. There’s one for the Art Connection, Artist INC, First Presbyterian Argenta and the Claytime Gallery. Check them all out and give your place a new look while you soak in the holiday happiness. 

 

Saturday (Dec. 20)

Lost Forty Brewing soft opening at 501 Byrd St, Little Rock: That’s right, hops lovers. It’s finally here. The much anticipated opening of central Arkansas’s latest brewhouse will offer lost of new things to make your tastebuds very, very happy. Doors open at 11 a.m. For more information, click here.

Arkansas vs. Southeast Missouri State at the Verizon Arena, North Little Rock: The Razorbacks and the Redhawks take the court this weekend in the only Hogs basketball game in NLR this season. In last year’s Verizon Arena game, the Hogs beat South Alabama (72-60) and then-sophomore Michael Qualls racked up another SportsCenter Top 10 Play, so we’re excited to see what they’ve got up their sleeves this year. Let’s get loud, y’all. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

 

Friday-Sunday (Dec. 19-21)

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Swingin’ Holiday Extravaganda at the Connor Performing Arts Center, Pulaski Academy Campus, 12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock: You have three chances to enjoy some live holiday cheer with the ASO, under the direction of Philip Mann, with the sweet sounds of tenor Destan Owens and soprano Mandy Gonzalez. The show is for all ages and will features all the favorite classics like “Deck the Halls” with a mix of hit move themes like "The Polar Express" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” For tickets and more information, click here.

Holiday Pop Up Shop at Studio Main at 1423 Main St., Little Rock: Surprise! The Green Corner Store and Studio Main are hosting a happy little holiday shop full of local artists, foodies and more. Not only can you get your hands on some awesome wares, but proceeds also benefit Our House, Community Breakfast and the Dream Center. Times and booths vary by day. For more information, click here.

12 Days of Cocktails at Big Orange Midtown, 207 North University Avenue #100, Little Rock: Nope, no turtledoves. BigO Midtown is featuring a new, holiday inspired cocktail every day until Christmas Eve. They’ve already given us holiday beers, honey sours, boozy hot chocolate and this Tree Lighting Ceremony cocktail (with fire!), and we’re pumped to see what’s next. For more information, click here.

Lost Forty Brewing Sets Soft Opening for Saturday

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It’s a good week to be a foodie, friends.

Lost Forty Brewing has been a topic of interest around central Arkansas for a couple of months now, especially as they’ve been ramping up with events and tasting parties.

But it’s all been leading up to this. Lost Forty is finally opening up to the public with a soft opening this Saturday, Dec. 20. Take a deep breath.

The brewery and tap/tasting room at 510 McLean St. has all sorts of brand new brews and snacks for you to fall in love with. The crew has been working tirelessly to get everything ready and now they’re just waiting for you to get there. 

Doors open at 11 a.m., but pace yourselves. With the loyal fleet of followers they’ve gained on social media and the success of recent tasting parties, it’s pretty clear Lost Forty is going to be around for a while. They’re not going anywhere.

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