Cue the Sugar Plum Fairy! Ballet Arkansas brings the magic of “The Nutcracker” to the Robinson Center Music Hall stage this weekend (Dec. 13-15) and we’re giving away tickets!
Enter here for a chance to win either one four-pack or a pair of tickets for a performance, also featuring the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 11). A winner will be notified
For more information on the "The Nutcracker," visit www.BalletArkansas.org or call (501) 666-1761.
Read Little Rock Soiree's story featuring Ballet Arkansas's Executive Director Lauren Strother and the ambitous growth plan that will put the company front and center in December's issue here.
Back in September, renovation plans for the Robinson Center Music Hall were released with the work budgeted at $68.6 million — with $60 million of that being actual building costs. And if plans are on track, will be completed by 2016.
In order to complete this major restoration project, the Restore Robinson Campaign is having an election this week.
Here is what the ballot says:
An issue of bonds of the City of Little Rock, Arkansas in one or more series in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $73,500,000 for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of renovations and additions to, and furnishings and equipment for, Robinson Auditorium. The bonds will be payable from and secured by a pledge of the collections of the existing 2% tax levied by the City upon the gross receipts from motels, hotels, restaurants, cafes, cafeterias and all other establishments engaged in the business of selling prepared food for consumption on the premises of such establishment. The proceeds of the bonds will also be used to provide a debt service reserve and pay costs of issuing the bonds.
Early voting for the bonds is happening from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. today (Dec. 9) at the Pulaski Regional Building, 501 W. Markham, Little Rock.
Tomorrow (Dec. 10) is the regular voting/election day. From 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., polls will be open at locations all over Little Rock. See the full list of polling places here.
It looks like E. Leigh's is expanding yet again.
On Friday (Dec. 6), the ultra-popular women's clothing boutique announced that it would be opening an even larger Little Rock location-- three times the size of its current spot-- this spring. This comes shortly the opening of its third location in Conway this fall.
Here is the big announcement made on its Facebook page:
SURPRISE! We are BEYOND excited to announce that we are opening a NEW, BIGGER (3x the size of our current spot!) Storefront Location for our LIttle Rock customers! We are staying on Kavanaugh in Hillcrest just half a block down from our current location...which will be used for our online headquarters! This new location is being completely renovated and we will open the new spot just in time for our 2nd birthday party, April 2014! This has been one of the most excited projects yet. It is because of our loyal Little Rock customers that we have been able to grow and expand, and we cannot wait to build you the storefront you ladie's deserve!
Stay up-to-date on upcoming sales and the new expansion by following them on Facebook here.
‘Tis the season of giving!
That’s why our editors are sharing a few of their favorite things in this month’s Soiree Insider and giving you – the reader – a chance to win one of these items. Talk about the spirit of giving!
Everything from miracle eye cream and a massage to customized stationary and must-have running gear made our wish list this year.
Here’s the complete list:
Would you like a chance to win one of the gifts mentioned above? Visit www.littlerocksoiree.com/holidaygiveaway to see how to enter!
Happy Holidays, readers!
It’s party season, y’all! Holiday celebrations are in full swing, and whether you go out on the town to get into the “spirit” of the season (we had to) or prefer to throw your own festive shindig, we’re spreading holiday cheer with our favorite crowd-pleasing cocktail recipes. From ciders and champagne to reinvented eggnog and spiked coffee — these holiday-inspired drinks will get your party buzzing or just warm your bones on a chilly night.
1. The Grinch
Ciao Baci, Neil Pedrick
This refreshing, festive cocktail will chase away even the worst case of the holiday bah humbugs. You’ll go from as cuddly as a cactus, to as happy as a Who in no time.
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
2. Brandy Cobbler
Big Orange Midtown, Lee Edwards
Don’t let the ice deceive you; one sip of this classic brandy drink will warm you up in an instant. We advise to take small sips because this cocktail packs a punch.
Mix ingredients and pour into a Julep cup over crushed ice. Garnish with mint or fruit.
3. Damson Plum Fizz
South on Main, David Burnette
A silky and plum-flavored spirit, this gin-based cocktail is smooth and rich – a great cocktail to get the celebration started.
Mix ingredients with ice and shake. Serve in a martini glass garnished with a cinnamon stick.
4. The Hoelzeman Holiday
Amanda Hoelzeman, editor
This hot cider, equal parts spicy and sweet, will impress all of your holiday guests and make your house smell amazing. Makes four servings.
Combine the cider, zest, cinnamon and cloves in a nonreactive saucepan over moderate heat. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain, dividing among four mugs. Add 1.5 ounces of the applejack and a 1/2 ounce of the vodka to each mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
5. The McGrew CristO
Sandra McGrew, editor-in-chief
As the temperature drops, warm up with this delicious, flavorful spiced coffee. A blend of zesty orange and rich coffee, this holiday hand-warmer will bring joy to any celebration.
Rim a glass coffee mug with sugar. Add liqueurs and fill with hot coffee. Stir. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and orange zest.
6. The Poinsettia Paige
Paige Henley, account executive
Made with sparkling wine and St. Germain, this is a festive and elegant drink perfect for intimate gatherings or big celebrations.
Mix ingredients and garnish with fresh strawberries or rosemary.
7. Katie’s Moscow Mule
Katie Peek, senior account executive
Mix up this simple and classic cocktail with vodka, ginger beer and lime for a refreshing holiday option.
Build the cocktail over ice in a copper mug. Add vodka, squeeze a wedge of lime and top with ginger beer.
8. The Cobb Nog
Graham Cobb, sales manager
Enjoyed by the fire, in the snow or after dinner, this smooth and indulgent creamy drink is truly a classic with a twist.
Fill a pint glass with crushed ice. Add ingredients. Shake. Then shake the drink. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.
9. Luci’s Jingle Jangle Mocktail Punch
Luci Deere, account executive
You don’t need alcohol to make a holiday drink taste great! For expecting moms and designated drivers, try this non-alcoholic punch that is just as festive and fun.
Mix all ingredients in punch bowl. Add desired garnish and ice.
Donate a jar of peanut butter and get your picture with Santa in Hillcrest tonight!
Santa Claus and Advanced Health Spa are teaming up with C.A.R.E for Animals to host a peanut butter drive benefitting the Arkansas Foodbank from 4-8 p.m. at 615 Beechwood St., Little Rock. Pictures with Santa will be available for children of all ages and even pets for one jar of peanut butter. C.A.R.E. will also have pets visiting Santa available for adoption.
Tonight also marks the first Thursday in December where Hillcrest merchants host Shop N Sip. There will be live music, food, shopping and sipping.
For those not needing a picture with Santa but still interested in donating one of the most needed items for the Arkansas Foodbank, Kroger in Hillcrest will have a box to accept donations of peanut butter.
For additional information, click here or call (501) 663-2600.
Help the working homeless in Little Rock while shopping and eating local at the Green Corner Corner Store & Soda Fountain this month.
Each month, customers at the store may choose to round up their total purchase to the nearest dollar and donate to a local nonprofit. And this month, the store, 1423 S. Main St., Ste. D, Little Rock, will be rounding up its change for the Our House.
Our House provides the working homeless– individuals and families– with shelter, housing, job training, education, childcare and summer youth programs in order to equip them with the skills to be successful in the workforce, the community and their own families.
And as an added bonus, Loblolly Creamery, the store's soda fountain, will be serving up Our House coffee and cake limited edition ice cream flavor -- a smooth coffee ice cream with chunks of house-made gluten-free chocolate cake-- all-month long. Half of the sales from that flavor will benefit the nonprofit.
For more information, call the store at (501) 374-1111.
It's time to shop! Several places around central Arkansas are offering parties, sales, deals and more this week to save you some money and add to your wardrobe and decor.
Here 's what made our list: