Only single tickets ($25-$50) are available for the family-friendly comedy A Christmas Story, on stage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre through Dec. 26.
Ticket seekers should call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 and inquire about any cancellations. Standing Room Only tickets ($25) will be sold at the Box Office starting at 6 p.m. before each performance.
Based on the 1983 comedy film, the play concerns 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who desperately desires an official Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but between run-ins with his younger brother Randy and school bully Scut Farkus, he's not sure he'll survive until Santa Claus shows up.
The cast includes Jason Harper and Cole Ewing and is directed by Rep resident director and director of education Nicole Capri. Evening curtains are at 7 p.m. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
To read Lindsay Irvin's story about the production in the December issue of Little Rock Family and watch exclusive rehearsal video click here.
Brown Sugar Bakeshop, a specialty dessert parlor that serves a range of treats from old-fashioned blond walnut brownies to modern Italian limoncello cupcakes, has opened its new shop at 419 E. Third St. in Little Rock's River Market district. Brown Sugar was formerly in the River Market at 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.
Christmas ornaments painted by Zoo animals will also be on sale. Admission is free.
Proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit the Little Rock chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers efforts toward conservation and continuing education.
For more information call (501) 664-0030.
To help keep grease and oil from building up in drains, Little Rock Wastewater is offering a free Can the Grease starter kit to Little Rock rate payers.
The kit includes an aluminum can with a heat-resistant liner for residents to use when disposing of grease and oil. After cooking, pour the grease into the can instead of into the kitchen sink. When the can is full, close the bag and dump it in a trash can. Then replace the liner.
Little Rock Wastewater advises that residents should never flush, rinse or wash the following down the drain:
For more information call (501) 688-1400.
Cake Crystals are edible three-dimensional cake decorating accessories that look like the real thing.
Each jewel is approximately 1.3 cm in width and fully faceted, top and bottom, to catch the light.
Designed to have a very light flavor so they don't interfere with the taste of your confection, they are available in five colors: blue sapphhire (with a hint of raspberry), green sapphire (with a hint of green apple), clear diamond (hint of vanilla), pink sapphire (hint of strawberry) and lavender sapphire (hint of grape).
Cake Crystals are made of Isomalt and won't get sticky in the same way regular sugar candy will.
To use: "Polish" each jewel with cooking oil to create the best possible shine prior to placing on a cake or other confection. For best results, place Cake Crystals on a cake when it's ready for display. Placing them in a refrigerator and taking them out again can sometimes cause them to become cloudy and require re-polishing.
Price is $15 for 2.75 ounces, $53 for eight ounces. To purchase call (877) 890-7071 or click here.
Carl Moneyhon, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a specialist in the history of the American Civil War and the South, will discuss Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution, and Public Opinion at 6:30 p.m. today (Dec. 9) at the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Little Rock.
The lecture is held in conjunction with Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition that opened at the CALS Main Library Dec. 1. The exhibit examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.
The traveling exhibition, composed of panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents (including a draft of Lincoln's first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Thirteenth Amendment) is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center that's touring the United States.
A reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free. To RSVP e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (501) 918-3032.
For more information call Susan Hill Gele at (501) 918-3086.
The vibrant Rwandan arts movement will be celebrated at a show featuring the work of Ivuka Arts Kigali from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10 at Stone Ward, 225 E. Markham St. (above Big Whiskey's), Little Rock. Admission is free.
Since its inception in 2007, Ivuka has become the face of Rwandan art. Through Ivuka’s mentoring program, artists who formerly struggled to make a living are honing their skills, finding platforms for exposure, and gaining name recognition.
The evening will begin with cocktails, a silent auction and live painting by Ivuka founder Collin Sekajugo, followed by a presentation on Rwanda and Ivuka Arts. The silent auction will close at 8:35 p.m. and the evening will conclude with the opportunity to meet Sekajugo along with artists Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza.
For more information call Clay Parker at (501) 472-4049 or click here.
Michael Buble opened his show at Verizon Arena Tuesday with the 1953 torcher Cry Me a River. Being a newcomer to the Buble phenomenon, I think I was the only person in the audience of 6,216 who wasn't smitten before he started. But it didn't take long for me to see the attraction.
I expected the vocal accuracy, the full-bodied voice, the grace exhibited while delivering timeless standards like All of Me and Georgia on My Mind. But I didn't know how funny he can be, as he proved in a saucy opening monologue and even more so when introducing the whipsmart talent that makes up his 13-piece band. Hearing him banter with the audience was one of the high points of the evening.
As far as his performance goes, Buble is a rat terrier of a singer, capable of seizing a song by the throat. He always shakes it up but rarely kills it.
Part of this may be be due to his glowing personality and what seems to be a sense of himself as a lucky guy, a saloon-style crooner who finds himself performing to arena-sized audiences.
He can also, thanks to a clean, sometimes staccato attack, achieve astonishing heights, as he did with his chop-timed rendition of Mack the Knife. But even at his most ordinary, he's pleasingly competent.
Opening the show was New York-based Naturally 7, unique in that every instrument sound heard while they perform is created from the voices of the band members. "A cappella is singing without instruments," explained the band's founder Roger Thomas. "Vocal play is when you become the instrument," which the seven members did with grand style -- especially Thomas' brother Warren, who is pretty much indistinguishable from the drum set he transforms into on stage.