PopUp in the Rock is back! Part of a national movement called the “Better Block” project, PopUp in the Rock focuses on enhancing parts of our city by temporarily transforming a few blocks into a thriving community-oriented area. This Saturday, October 26, Seventh Street will include pop-up shops, a children’s library, bike lanes, a beer garden, art classes and an outdoor movie area. “It exhibits elements of the city we believe are important, which are multiple transportation options, and an active street edge," says event chair Chris East.
The goal of this event – organized by StudioMain and Create Little Rock – is to inspire permanent change and enhance the quality of life for residents. For more information, check out the organization’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/PopUpInTheRock.
What: PopUp in the Rock
Where: Seventh Street (between Izard and Cross streets)
When: October 26 (shops open from 9:00a.m.-4:00pm; after 4:00p.m, outdoor movie presentation and live music)
Starting at 6 p.m., the brewpub will be pairing two of its brews with two Loblolly ice creams, including pear sorbet and banana bread ice cream.
Or, if you want go non-alcoholic, the house-made root beer will be available to go with Loblolly's double vanilla for a classic root beer float!
And they won't mind a bit if you want to pick your own beer or cider on tap and top it off with a scoop of the selected ice creams.
As an added bonus, Vino's will be screening the B-horror flick "The Stuff" just in time for Halloween. The movie begins at 7:30pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, call (501) 375-8466.
Starting tomorrow (Oct. 23) and opening Friday, Oct. 25, the Tony-Award winning production "Red" will take center stage at the downtown Little Rock theater.
In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center’s exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade,” The Rep will be staging the revealing Rothko drama "Red." Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp will direct the production, which will star Rep favorite Joe Graves of "Othello," "The Tempest," "Of Mice and Men," "Moonlight and Magnolias" as the abstract artist Mark Rothko.
Written by John Logan, whose Hollywood screenplays include “Hugo,” “Gladiator” and “Skyfall," and set in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, "Red" drops you inside the world of the painter, chronicling the tormented artist’s two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.
Here is a look at the special events for the play this week:
Get a full look at the special events here.
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances are at 7 p.m., while Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees performances are at 2 p.m.
Purchase tickets online here, call (501) 378-0405 or visit the theatre Box Office, 601 Main St., Little Rock.
For more information about the play, click here. Check out a preview of the play below.
A new place will be giving locals a new reason to jump.
Altitude Trampoline Park, a trampoline family fun center, will be opening its doors at 15707 Chenal Pkwy., in Little Rock on Dec. 13. It was originally scheduled to open Nov. 15.
Altitude will offer more than 200 inter-connected trampolines. Test your jumping skills on any number of obstacles, shoot hoops on our basketball lanes, or even launch yourself into Arkansas' largest foam pit.
And if you're into the team sports, join in a fun game of trampoline dodgeball on one of the two fully enclosed dodgeball courts.
Single jumper rates are $12.75 for a one-hour pass, $21 for a two-hour pass and $27 for a three-hour pass. Take the family for $29.95 for a one-hour pass (includes two adults and two children).
Get more information here and preview of the place below.
The Clinton School of Public Service has a big week lined up for its free lecture series. Appearances from chef Pati Jinich, Ben and Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen and The Rep's artistic director Bob Hupp and more will run Monday through Friday (Oct. 21-25).
Here they are:
Monday (Oct. 21)
“Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking,” author Pati Jinich
Jinich is the chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. and author of “Pati’s Mexican Table,” which is also the title of her popular public television series. Born and raised in Mexico City, she served as a political analyst and has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She left policy work to pursue her lifelong passions: to research, write about, test and cook Mexican food, and to share her knowledge and adventures in that cuisine and culture with others. The lecture will be at 6 p.m. and a book signing will follow.
Tuesday (Oct. 22)
Ben Cohen, co-founder, Ben and Jerry’s
Cohen is the co-founder of Vermont-based ice cream giant, Ben and Jerry’s. Cohen resigned as CEO of Ben and Jerry’s in 1996 and has since taken a very active role in social activism, promoting issues throughout the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, for organizations such as the Anti Displacement Project. Check out the lecture at noon.
Wednesday (Oct. 23)
“Patton Veterans Project,” founder and president, Benjamin Patton
The Patton Veterans Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to benefit servicemen and women and military families coping with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They use the power of digital media to support, heal and empower veterans and military families coping with combat-related trauma. The youngest grandson of WWII’s General George S. Patton Jr., Benjamin is also the co-author of “Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom.” The lecture start at noon. A book signing will follow.
Thursday (Oct. 24)
“Team Rubicon” president and co-founder, Jake Wood
Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Since its creation in January 2010, TR has impacted thousands of lives – in Haiti, Chile, Burma, Pakistan, Sudan, and here at home, in Vermont, Maryland, Missouri, and Alabama. TR reaches victims outside the scope of where traditional aid organizations venture. The skills cultivated on those same battlefields – emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, teamwork and decisive leadership – are invaluable in disaster zones. The lecture will get started at 6 p.m.
Friday (Oct. 25)
“Red,” a panel discussion
Arkansas Repertory Theatre producing artistic director Bob Hupp will host a panel discussion on the upcoming production of “Red,” which is being produced in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center’s upcoming exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade.” Written by John Logan and set in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, “Red” chronicles the artist’s two-year struggle to complete a set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. The lecture will be from noon-1 p.m.
Admission to each lecture is free.
Reserve your seats for each lecture by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (501) 683-5239.
Think your Halloween costume is top-notch? Prove it! Several places around central Arkansas are hosting costume contests with a chance to win tons of cool prizes.
Here are the contests you can enter:
Here are a few other contest to be on the lookout for:
Have a costume contest not listed? Let us know in the comment box below!
The annual fall event is having its final days this weekend. Don't miss the entertainment, rides (including a full-size roller coaster), livestock shows, a petting zoo, pony rides, exhibits, talent competitions, beauty competitions, eats and drinks, and daily promotions.
Check out some of the fair action that photographer Mark Wagner was able to catch this week!
Deggeller Attractions of Stuart, Fla., has brought the midway attractions to the fair once again. Fairgoers looking for exciting and thrilling carnival rides have been pleased with the selection of 65-plus rides. Several new rides can be found on the Arkansas Federal Credit Union Midway, including Vertigo, a thrill ride that takes riders soaring 100 feet above the midway.
Johnny Gill and Everclear concludes the fair’s headliner concerts Friday and Saturday (Oct. 18-19). All of these performances take place on the Wendy’s Main Stage.
The concert series is free with gate admission, but this year, they are offering special VIP seating for each show. Preferred concert seating tickets are available for $12 here.
The Arkansas State Fair is presenting Ridin’ in the Rock when the Professional Bull Riders Tour (PBR) stampedes into Barton Coliseum on consecutive nights, Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19. The PBR Touring Pro Division features up-and-coming bull riders as well as tour veterans competing to qualify for the PBR World Finals.
Regular daily admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6 to 12) and senior adults (ages 60 and over) and free to children under six. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per vehicle.
For more information about the fair, click here.
The Joint's "Arkansanity" will be ending its long run at The Joint Saturday (Oct. 19).
The cabaret-style theater/coffee shop/bar, 301 Main St., North Little Rock, is wrapping up its latest production "Arkansanity," a sketch comedy show put on their very own The Main Thing comedy trio.
This original collection of comedy sketches and funny music all pokes fun at life here in The Natural State. One skit will feature the popular Fertle family from Dumpster, Ark., the subject of its previous plays, "Last Night at Orabellas" and its most recent "Weiner Day at the Rollercade," and as an added bonus, there will be a science fiction piece that was chosen as one of Saturday Night Live's best film shorts ever.
Guests are able to enjoy beer, wine, European-style coffees, snacks and desserts throughout the show at their table.
The show is for all ages and will have its final shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night (Oct. 18-19).
Tickets the show are $20. For reservations, call the theatre box office at (501) 372-0205 or stop by The Joint at 301 Main St., North Little Rock.
Next up in the lineup is Little Rock and a Hard Place, running from Oct. 25 - Nov. 16: This is the story of a Californian who dies in a car accident while passing through Little Rock in 1995. When he arrives at the pearly gates, St. Peter can't decide whether to send him to heaven or hell, so he sends him to Little Rock, where he is given a chance to earn his wings.
Get a look at the Main Thing's full season here.