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Listen Up! It's Time to Celebrate 'Record Store Day' April 19

In case you haven't heard, vinyls are making a comeback and have been for quite some time.

Music lovers will convene Saturday (April 19) at Arkansas Record & CD Exchange, 4212 MacArthur Drive, North Little Rock, in recognition of “Record Store Day” 2014, a worldwide event that celebrates the unique culture of independent record stores.

This event from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. invites the public to peruse the store’s massive collection of records, both new and old, and to participate in activities, including an interactive DJ turntable spin and free music giveaways. Special promotional vinyl, CDs and collectibles are made exclusively for Record Store Day and are available for order before the event.

"Record Store Day" began in 2007 to raise awareness about the special role the nation’s nearly thousand independently owned record stores play in their communities.  The Arkansas Record & CD Exchange, now hosting its 6th Record Store Day event, is the only participating store in central Arkansas that has taken the pledge.

For 30 years, the Arkansas Record & CD Exchange has supplied central Arkansas with records, CDs, tapes and memorabilia from every era of music and pop culture.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Record & CD Exchange on Facebook or call (501) 753-7877.

Tribute to Ray Price at South on Main Sunday

Join The Oxford American magazine for a special benefit event honoring the music of Ray Price this Sunday at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock.

Starting at 5 p.m., the "That Nashville Sound" program will profile Ray Price’s life and music, with a rotating cast of central Arkansas musicians playing two sets led by members of The Salty Dogs. Guest performers also include Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, Mark Currey, Dave Almond, Trey Johnson, Paul DeWeber, Ben Meade, Lauralee Williard, Buddy Case and John Talley.

Country singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ray Price, is widely praised for being one of the best male voices of the genre, and is long hailed as an originator of the “Nashville Sound.” One of his best-known “Nashville Sound” recordings, “For the Good Times,” was a No. 1 hit on the country music chart. Written by Kris Kristofferson, the song also landed at No. 11 on the popular music charts. 

Price passed away in December 2013 and it’s especially fitting that the Oxford American honors Price’s legacy in the wake of the their 2013 Tennessee Music issue, as he contributed so much to the state’s musical heritage. His final album, "Last of the Breed," was a collaborative effort with fellow country greats Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, and earned Price a Grammy Award in 2008.

This is a ticketed event. All tickets (both reserved, and general admission) are $10, and are on sale here. Reserved seats guarantee a seat at a table. General admission tickets grant access, but do not guarantee a table. Doors will open at 4 pm on the day of the show, at which time will call tickets are available for pick up.

Get more information here.

Fashion Show to Benefit Easter Seals Tonight

Image by Easter Seals Arkansas

Fun, food and fashion - all for a good cause. 

The Fashion Event, a fashion show benefitting Easter Seals, will feature spring looks from local boutiques tonight at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza.

Professional and Easter Seals models will showcase the latest styles from 12 of Little Rock’s premiere boutiques.  Participating retailers include Barbara/Jean, Scarlet, The Independent, Roberson’s Jewelry, Beehive, Beyond Cotton, Forsythes/Kristin Todd, Greenhaw’s, Proposals, Vesta’s, Whippersnappers, and The Toggery. 

Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for reserved seating.  For more information, visit www.eastersealsar.com, or call (501) 227-3700 or email: tleoncavallo@eastersealsar.com. 

Easter Seals Arkansas is a non-profit organization, providing exceptional services to people with disabilities or special needs in the Little Rock area.  Some of the services include a children rehabilitation center, adult living center, adult training and wellness center, outpatient therapy, two preschools, and employment training.

Get Moving: 7 April Events for Outdoor Families

Learn about great Arkansas float trips, like canoeing on the Little Missouri River, at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center on April 5.

Float trips, blooming tulips, bike rides and amusement parks -- we'll be spending our weekends outside this April! Here are seven events in central Arkansas to get your family out of the house.

Arkansas Floats at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center --Learn about water trails and paddling areas for all experience levels from Arkansas Game & Fish Commission educators. 1-2 p.m. April 5. For info: (501) 907-0636, CentralArkansasNatureCenter.com. FREE!

Bobby's Bike Hike Historic Neighborhoods Bicycle Tour in Downtown Little Rock -- Discover Little Rock’s rich, colorful history while pedaling through quiet, tree-lined streets, city parks, and historic places on this two-hour, seven-mile bicycle tour through the city. All ages and fitness levels will enjoy, but children must be strong, capable riders. Reservations recommended. 9-11 a.m. each Sat. $27.50, students $22, kids under 12 $16.50, kids under 4 $9. For info: (501) 613-7001, BobbysBikeHike.com.

Garden Stroller Strut at Garvan Woodland Gardens -- Parents and caregivers of young children are invited for this short interactive walking tour. The group will meet in the Pratt Welcome Center each Fri. through Sept. 26. 10:30-11 a.m. Free with Garden admission. For info: (501) 262-9606, GarvanGardens.org.

Magic Springs Water & Theme Park Opens in Hot Springs -- Enjoy fun for the whole family starting April 12, including thrill rides, family-friendly rides, and plenty of attractions for little ones. Crystal Falls Water Park opens Saturday, May 10. Theme park dates & hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 12, 13, 19, 26 & 27. $54.99. For info: (501) 624-0100, MagicSprings.com.

Spring Canoe Float at the Little Maumelle Boat Launch -- Experience the beauty of spring on this guided 4.5-mile paddling adventure. Prior experience is not required, but participants should be comfortable around water. Advance payment and registration required. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12 & 27. $40 per canoe. For info: (501) 868-5806, ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain.

Tulip Extravaganza at Garvan Woodland Gardens -- Garvan's 135,000 vibrant tulips put on a show during this annual event. To complement the tulips, beautiful hyacinths, daffodils, azaleas, and dogwood blossoms make a lovely and fragrant display. The flowers are at their pique through mid-April. Bloom times vary according to temperatures and rainfall. Check the Gardens' Facebook page for current photos. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily through April 15. $10, ages 6-12 are $5, under 6 are free. For info: (501) 262-9300, GarvanGardens.org.

Wetland Walk-a-bout at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center -- Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Arkansas River Trail and on the William E. "Bill" Clark Presidential Part Wetlands boardwalk. This half-mile guided stroll will offer opportunities to view native plants and wildlife. All ages and strollers are welcome. 2-3 p.m. April 13. For info: (501) 907-0636, CentralArkansasNatureCenter.com. FREE!

For more outdoor events in April, see our full online calendar here.

Support Dunbar Garden This Month at Green Corner Store

Image by Lauren James

Help bring more local food to the table and foster an appreciation for gardening among locals 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 Dunbar Community Garden.

The Dunbar Garden is a two-acre outdoor classroom with a mission to preserve the relationship between education and the natural world by providing hands-on, outdoor education for children, teenagers and adults.

And as an added bonus, Loblolly Creamery, the store's soda fountain, will be serving up Dunbar Garden's Plum Drunk limited edition ice cream flavor -- lightly honeyed ice cream with red wine soaked plums-- all-month long. It was the winner of the flavor contest last month! Half of the sales from that flavor will benefit the nonprofit.

For more information, call the store at (501) 374-1111.

Celebrity Cocktail Month at Colonial Wine & Spirits Continues Tonight

Every Thursday in April, west Little Rock's Colonial Wines & Spirits, 11200 W. Markham, is hosting a special cocktail mixer at its tasting bar, a part of its Celebrity Cocktail Month.

From 5-7 p.m. today (April 10), Mayor Mark Stodola will stop by to talk about the Quapaw Quarter Tour of Homes.

Each Thursday in April, Colonial Wines & Spirits is hosting local celebrities from the arts, media, politics, food and gardening at the Tasting Bar. Along with the opportunity to meet with these Little Rock tastemakers and trendsetters, you’ll get to sample a signature cocktail created in their honor.

The celebrity guests will also talk about current projects or events they are planning and promoting. Next up in the lineup is travel writer and food blogger Kat Robinson on April 17 and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conductor Philip Mann on April 24.

Click here to get more info about the special program!

Soirée Insider: 8 Ways To Enjoy Some Fashionable Fringe Benefits

Gallery by Dean Wheeler
This spring, fashion is all about fringe. We welcome this tasseled trim movement as our wardrobes finally shift from winter to spring. From sleek leather cocktail dresses and flirty tanks, to soft boho handbags and head-turning accessories, these eight fringed favorites are the perfect addition to every woman’s closet.

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This spring, fashion is all about fringe. We welcome this tasseled trim movement as our wardrobes finally shift from winter to spring. From sleek leather cocktail dresses and flirty tanks, to soft boho handbags and head-turning accessories, these eight fringed favorites are the perfect addition to every woman’s closet.

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Why the Huffington Post Agrees Little Rock is Awesome

Image by Paul Barrows

As if we didn't already know this, but Little Rock is indeed a wonderful city. Humility may be lost on some of us here at Soirée becuse we truly get to experience the best the city has to offer on a daily basis and the best part - we get to share it with you. It's a great gig! What's especially exciting is the growth we continue to see in communites across town and that it's getting noticed beyond our city limits. 

For its CityLove series, The Huffington Post featured a piece that highlights three Little Rock neighborhoods, the River Market District, South Main (SoMa) and Argenta in North Little Rock.

Check out what Grant Stevens had to say about not only these gems, but the city as a whole here. 

 

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