Watch as determined teams paddle furiously across Maumelle’s Lake Willastein (off Club Manor Drive) in the River Cities Dragon Boat Festival. The festival starts 6 p.m. Friday with a tailgate party featuring music by Rodney Block, decorated team tents, food trucks, fireworks and children’s activities. The races start about 9 a.m. Saturday and should wrap up around 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Protection Center. Call (501) 364-5490 or visit rivercitiesdragonboatfestival.com. See story on Page 4E.
The area around the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock, will be jumping and buzzing at the annual Juneteenth celebration, noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Musical performers include Shanice, Sir the Baptist, Big John Miller Band and special host Larry Dodson of the Bar Kays. There will also be vendors, food trucks, living history, film screenings and a kids zone with video games, face painting, laser tag and a rock climbing wall. Admission is free. Call (501) 683-3593 or visit mosaictemplarscenter.com.
Sample the offerings from some of central Arkansas’ best mobile kitchens at the East Village Street Food Jam, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Almost Famous, Count Porkula, Wok-n-roll and Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co. will be among the participants in the food truck festival, presented by Riceland Foods. The Salty Dogs, the Going Jessies and Rodney Block/Black Superman will perform starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5, free for children 5 and younger. Call (501) 375-0121 or visit centralarkansastickets.com.
Sample more than a hundred wines, beers and spirits and consume food items from area restaurants and caterers (including Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur’s, Bonefish Grill, Boulevard Bread Co., Blue Cake Co., Chenal Country Club, the Capital Hotel, the Faded Rose, Little Greek Fresh Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe) at Wildwood Park for the Arts’ 20th annual Wine & Food FEASTival, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday in the park’s Cabe Festival Theatre complex, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. Entertainment includes dance music from the Greasy Greens; also a cork pull, a raffle and a silent auction. There’s limited parking on the park grounds; Mercedes-Benz of Little Rock will shuttle sippers from Denny Road lots. Tickets are $75; proceeds support arts education programs. Call (501) 821-7275 or visit wildwoodpark.org.
“Don’t Touch My Crown,” exploring the history and culture surrounding black Americans’ hair, opens today and remains on display through Aug. 31 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 501 W. Ninth St, Little Rock with a reception, 6-8 p.m., featuring refreshments and music by Off the Cuff. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is free. Call (501) 683-3593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An 11-year-old girl seeking adventure encounters a family apparently blessed with unending youth in Tuck Everlasting — The Musical (music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, book by Claudia Sheer and Tim Federle, adapted from the novel by Natalie Babbitt), 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, June 21-23 and 28-30, 2:30 p.m. June 17, 24 and July 1, at the Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. Tickets are $25, $20 for students, adults 65+, and military. Call (501) 374-2615 or visit centralarkansastickets.com or studiotheatrelr.com.
Gabriella Perez plays Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, transformed via elocution lessons from linguistic martinet Henry Higgins (Thom Miller) into a fine lady, as the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre stages My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe’s musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with subsequent performances 7:30 p.m. June 27 and July 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 1 and 7 and 2 p.m. June 24 and July 4, in Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. It’s running in repertory through July 8 with William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I and The Winter’s Tale. Tickets are $32, $25 for students, senior citizens and active military. Call (866) 810-0012 or visit arkshakes.com.
Country singer Lorrie Morgan performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hempstead Hall, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2500 S. Main St., Hope. Tickets are $35-$75. Call (870) 722-8565 or visit hempsteadhall.com.
Makes and models of all stripes have converged on top of the mountain for the Mid-America Old-Time Auto Association’s 60th annual Petit Jean Show and Swap Meet, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through Saturday, based on the grounds of the Museum of Automobiles, 8 Jones Lane, adjacent to Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton. Call (501) 727-5427 or visit museumofautos.com.
Blues music fills the hills at the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, through Sunday. Coco Montoya headlines the main concert, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eureka Springs Auditorium, 36 Main St., Eureka Springs, with Carolyn Wonderland as the opening act. Tickets are $20-$40. Call (479) 253-7788 or visit theaud.org. Through the weekend at venues around the town, performers include John Nemeth, Brick Fields Band and Tony Redman. Some performances are free but some have admission prices. Call (479) 253-7377 or visit eurekaspringsblues.com.
Weekend on 06/14/2018