When the staff of Little Rock Soiree heard that the brains behind ZaZa --John Beachboard and Scott McGehee -- were opening a restaurant specializing in well-imagined gourmet burgers, salads and shakes, collective mouths began to water.
Kings of the quality ingredient and masters of the well-paired flavor combination, Beachboard and McGehee make salad and pizza magic at ZaZa, and now bring their energy and creativity to burgers and beyond at Big Orange at Promenade at Chenal, 17809 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock.
Read all about Big Orange in the December issue of Soiree by clicking here.
Get a free week or free enrollment (a savings of $79) if you join the newly opened Snap Fitness at 1401 W. Capitol Ave. in the Victory Building across from the state Capitol in downtown Little Rock by Dec. 31.
The facility, which is open 24/7, is an easy walk from the state Capitol complex. It features ground level access, free instruction and workout plans, and modern cardio and strength-training equipment. Group classes are in the works.
Request a free pass to try the facility before joining. Single, joint (two adults billed to one account) and family memberships (two adults and two minors) are offered, each with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Single month-to-month memberships are $34.95 per month. Joint memberships are $49.95 a month. Family memberships are $59.95 a month.
Visit the facility during staffed hours (11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday or by appointment; call 501-246-8266) to learn about prepaid bonus plans (six-month or 12-month), senior discounts, and daily gym use for non-members.
Those who join will also have access to Snap Fitness at 400 N. Bowman Road, Little Rock, and other Arkansas locations in Russellville, Fayetteville, Dumas and Crossett.
To learn more click here.
Little Rock Wind Symphony, directed by Karen Fannin, presents its holiday concert, A Christmas Extravaganza, at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 4) at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.
The program includes favorite Christmas carols such as Adeste Fideles, O Holy Night, Jesu of Man's Desiring and Sleigh Bells performed by the Little Rock Wind Symphony, soprano Laura Storm, Don Roberts Elementary School Children’s Choir and the Basso Voce quartet.
The audience will have a chance to sing along with the LRWS.
Admission is free. For more information call (501) 666-0777.
Fort Smith lovebirds Nicole Marsh and William Franklin are engaged to be married on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in their hometown.
William and Nicole met in 2003 while they were seniors at Northside High School. However, for the first two years of high school, they didn't have classes together and didn't know each other at all.
“As I was leaving school one afternoon during our senior year,” Nicole said, “a friend of mine stopped and gave me a hug goodbye. William was standing outside the football locker room and happened to witness this. He called out, ‘You've never given me a hug goodbye!’ Not even knowing him, I walked over and gave him a hug. Two weeks later we were officially dating and have been together for eight years now.”
William proposed to Nicole on their summer vacation trip to Las Vegas in 2011.
“He took me to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris Hotel and made me the happiest girl in the world. I can’t wait to marry my best friend.”
Sigh. Aren’t they just the SWEETEST! Eight years?! So amazing. Congratulations ya’ll!
Beaty Photography took their engagement portraits.
Who knew Ebenezer Scrooge could dance? And twirl a cane like a baton?
There are many surprising aspects of the infamous grump that are revealed in Arkansas Repertory Theatre's lavish production of A Christmast Carol, the Musical, which opened Friday.
Charles Dickens’ instructive 1843 classic -- a meditation on social welfare, poverty, and redemption -- is re-imagined with frisky melodies by Alan Menken and witty lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, creators of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Seussical: The Musical.
A massive Edwardian set designed by the Rep's brilliant Mike Nichols somehow fills the stage without limiting the amount of space needed to accommodate vast numbers of performers, adorned in period costumes and headgear (expertly rendered by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case), who support the transformation of Scrooge from miserable miser to Christmas celebrant.
The production, directed by Alan Souza, stars David Benoit as Ebenezer Scrooge -- portly, well-dressed, imperious, dismissive of the woes of others -- "It has nothing to do with me," is his mantra toward the many supplicants who are waved away by his ever-present cane -- but capable of change.
He absolutely owns the role, maintaining Scrooge's unique personality and power even when visited by his dead former business partner Jacob Marley (Ryan G. Dunkin), dancing in his nightshirt and slippers with fearsome spirits in chains (one of them headless) and lectured by the often impertinent ghosts of Christmas past, present and Christmas yet to be.
The singing and dancing is exuberant -- big voices and fancy footwork abounds, especially from Monica Clark-Robinson as party-throwing Mrs. Fezziwig and a romantic interlude with young Scrooge (Kirt Thomas) and his once-beloved hoop skirt-wearing Emily (Laura Medford).
And the many children in the cast hold their own on vocalizing while adding just the right note of innocence to balance Scrooge's slowly eroding cynicism.
The show continues through Dec. 25. Evening shows are at 7 p.m. and matinees are at 2 p.m.
Tickets start at $30. Call The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or click here.
Show kids the real meaning of generosity from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today (Dec. 3) at Heifer Village, 1 World Way, Little Rock. At Heifer International’s Celebration of Living Gifts, children can see how the gift of a goat, llama or camel to one hungry family can help end hunger and poverty.
Animals from the Heifer Ranch in Perryville will be in attendance to meet visitors and pose for photos. Guests can put together an Alternative Gift Coupon Book to use throughout the year, featuring goats, llamas, water buffalos and other animals.
Kids can create a photo frame to take home, and show off their geography knowledge at Animals Around the World, a mapping game matching animals with the countries where they’re used.
Take a Green Building Tour and learn what Heifer does at home to protect the environment. Find unique fair-trade items from around the world at Shop@Heifer, along with Heifer books and merchandise.
At the Living Gift Market, learn about Heifer gifts that keep on giving, and take the opportunity to give a gift yourself. You will receive a handsome card to give away and a hungry family will receive hope for a better future.
For more information call Tracey Chesser at (501) 907-2889.
Admit it. It's Friday. And like me, you're not focused 100-percent on the deadline you're supposed to meet(sorry boss). Instead you're focused on the fun stuff you'll be doing this weekend (for instance, crafting something cool you found on Pinterest). Am I right?
Hence my new weekly blog post (if I can remember to do it each week) is: Friday Finds from Pinterest. This is where I'll kill time before the 5 'o clock closing bell that sets me free for the weekend and share with you my favorite "re-pins" from Pinterest this week. BTW...I'm addicted to this site; hope you're following along.
No 2: Cuteness. I'm pinning the heck out of some stuff for no other reason than that their cute-factors are off the charts. This baby. This couple. This idea. This father-daughter dance. Serioulsy. So cute!
No. 3: Baby's Breath. I'm loving this because it's an afforable way to have breathtaking flowers (pun intended). I'm seeing it used in so many ways! In bouquets and other floral decor for rustic, elegant, winter-themed andcontemporary weddings.
No. 4: Moments. Although there's not a lot of use for these in terms of stealing the ideas, I love inding these "moments captured." Creative moments, silly moments and completely IN LOVE moments (this one too!) make "Photo Ideas to Steal" my new favorite board.
No. 5: Food that makes me really hungry. Donuts? Yes. And yes! Creative reception food at its best: Cookie dough balls, root beer floats, mini comfort foods, individual-sized bottles of champagne ... PLEASE invite me to your wedding if you're serving food like this!