Who doesn't love a good cocktail, right? And who doesn't love "Jersey Boys," the Tony- and Grammy-winning jukebox musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons?
Say, here's an idea: what if the Arkansas Times was to have a contest for the best "Jersey Boys"-inspired cocktail, and give the winner a pair of tickets to see the musical June 19 at Robinson Center Music Hall, plus entry to the official after-party at Boscos, where that person's winning cocktail would be served? Sound keen? Bet.
Here's the deal: email your cocktail recipe to email@example.com and put "JERSEY BOYS COCKTAIL" in the subject line. We'll select the most promising recipes, then your trusty and (very) seasoned Times cocktail experts will try them out and anoint a winner. The contest is open from through June 6, and the usual caveats apply (no Times employees, don't scalp the tickets, etc.).
Feel free to get all crazy and "mixologist" with this thing, but know that if your recipe is too out-there, calling for emulsified durian oil or pulverized fresh loganberries or something else that no self-respecting bartender has ever heard of, then you might not win. Cool? OK. Aaaand... go!
UPDATE: Congrats to Rock Candy reader Diane Hudson, who won our drawing.
Your good friends here at the Times know how much you all love the music concerts, and also how much you all love winning free tickets to the music concerts.
So how would you like to win a pair of tickets to see Ben Taylor at Juanita's on May 9? Taylor has released several albums of stylistically diverse contemporary folk over the years, most recently 2012's "Listening." If you're into the breezy, laid-back singer/songwriter vibe of such artists as Josh Rouse or maybe Jason Mraz, you will likely find much to dig in Taylor's tunes. Also, Taylor is a student of the martial arts. And his parents are famous musicians, something he discusses right here.
Check out this video of him and a buddy cold porchin' it, playing guitars and singing his song "Nothing I Can Do."
If you would like to be entered in Rock Candy's drawing, just send an email to robert bell at arktimes dot com with "BEN TAYLOR" in the subject line (in all caps like that, if you please) by noon o'clock on May 8 and you'll be entered. We'll draw the winning name that afternoon. You can also get tickets here, if you want to play it safe or if you just don't like drawings or something.
OK, Floyd freaks, we've got a pair of tickets to give away to Tuesday's Brit Floyd show at Verizon Arena. One of the most widely acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute acts in the world will be performing five albums in their entireties, and you could win two tickets.
All you need to do is email me (robert bell at arktimes dot com) with "BRIT FLOYD" in the subject line by noon on Monday, April 29 and you'll be entered in our drawing. I'll draw the winning name that afternoon. Sound good? Cool. Good luck!
Congrats to Molly Miller, Dawn Jackson, Tim Jones, Matilda Louvring and Dan Limke, they each won a pair of tickets to see "Monty Python's Spamalot" at Robinson Center Music Hall.
For everyone else, tickets are still available for the critically acclaimed comedy, Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., $27-$64.
Congrats to Kim Gibson, who won a pair of tickets to see Pink Floyd tribute act Brit Floyd April 30 at Verizon Arena.
After the jump, you can read Kim's story about discovering Pink Floyd at a young age via her older brother's 8-track tapes and continuing to find meaning and inspiration in their music years later.
Tickets to the Brit Floyd show are available here.
All you "Life of Brian"-quoting geeks out there are likely already aware that "Monty Python's Spamalot" will be at Robinson Center Music Hall April 1-2. It's probably a safe bet too that there are a couple-three of y'all out there who wouldn't mind winning two tickets to see the musical comedy in person.
Well pardners, five of you will be in luck: The Times will be giving away five pairs of tickets for the April 1 performance. "Spamalot" on April Fool's Day? Does it get any better than that? No, it does not.
All you have to do is correctly identify where in Arkansas The Holy Grail is located in five of the following six photographs and you'll be entered. Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with "FIND THE GRAIL" in the subject line. The deadline for entry is Friday, March 29 by noon. Winners will be drawn and contacted that day.
Oh yeah, one thing: DON'T WRITE THE ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS. YOU WON'T BE ENTERED IN THE CONTEST AND ALSO IT KINDA MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE YOU CAN'T READ INSTRUCTIONS. Cool? Thanks.
The photos are included after the jump.
On April 30, Brit Floyd, one of the biggest Pink Floyd tributes going, will stop off at Verizon Arena for a three-hour show featuring lasers, lights and other assorted trippy what-have-you. The band will perform five Floyd albums in their entirety: "Wish You Were Here," "Animals," "Dark Side of the Moon," "The Wall" and, uh, "The Division Bell."
Most of you Floyd fiends have probably made peace with the fact that if you haven't seen the band by now, you're probably not going to. Heck, if you were born after 1980 or so, it's highly unlikely that you saw the band in any incarnation. But if there's one group (besides The Beatles) whose music endures and continues to connect with new generations of listeners, it's Pink Floyd. I think a "Dark Side of the Moon" blacklight poster has come standard with every college dorm room since about 1974.
So here's the deal: if you'd like to win a pair of tickets to see "The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show" at Verizon Arena, email me (robertbell at arktimes dot com) with your best Pink Floyd-related story. It could be about anything. Maybe you met your S.O. in the crowd on the "In the Flesh" tour in '77. Maybe you found a dusty old 8-track copy of "Dark Side" in your older sister's room and it blew your mind. I'm looking for funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking or otherwise endearing stories about what Pink Floyd's music means to you. And remember what that other British guy said one time: brevity is the soul of wit.
Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. March 25 (that's the same day tickets go on sale for the show — they're $55). I'll post the winning story on Rock Candy on Wednesday, March 27.
Hit the "more" for full writers' guidelines, contest rules, and entry forms.
ALCHEMY SONGWRITING COMPETITION
7:30 p.m. The Ford Theater. $10.
The second annual Alchemy Songwriting Competition kicks off Friday in Conway, featuring 10 finalists who will perform their original tunes for a panel of judges that includes Academy Award winner and Arkansas native Mary Steenburgen (who's been writing songs herself, lately), singer/songwriter Treva Blomquist and Andy Davis, founder of the Music Empowers Foundation.
The competition is also a fundraiser for Blackbird Academy of Arts, an arts education nonprofit based in Conway. The grand prize is a trip to Los Angeles and a recording sesh with producer Tim Pagnotta.
On deck for the competition are Arkatext of Conway (more here from this week's issue), Rachel Pearl of Springhill, Tenn., Tom Mix and Shawn Keeter of Mt. Vernon, Sally Howell of Benton, Half Priced Hearts of Conway, The Outset of Tulsa, Jordan Anderson of Lonoke, Austin Jones of Little Rock, Brandon Alanis of Cabot and Allison Pierce of Little Rock.
Categories for the competition include the following: longest beard; thickest beard; most original beard; and best Abraham Lincoln (no mustache). Winners will be determined by The Ancient Council of Beard-Judging Elders (or someone), who shall hand down the verdicts at the South Main Mardi Gras celebration Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
All contestants will need to be certified clean-shaven between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at The Root. Need more info? Call 501-414-0423 or email: theroot at therootcafe dot com.
UPDATE: Congrats to Charis Cook, who won a family four-pack of tickets, and Sharon Sweeney and Melanie Berman, who each won a pair of tickets.
So there's this Cirque Elf who's been running wild all over Central Arkansas. We managed somehow to get photos of him at five different places.
If you can correctly identify where he's at in the five photos below, you could win a family four-pack of tickets to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Robinson Center Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Identify at least 3 correctly for a chance to win two tickets.
Email your answers to tiffany at arktimes dot com with CIRQUE DREAMS as the subject line. Deadline for entry is Wednesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. Winners will be drawn and notified by noon that day.
UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners: Michele Rodgers, Robin Hensley, Beverly Dickson, Jamey Johnson and Harold Hughes.
This year features the return of the popular Beer & Brats Street Party before the concerts, with free bratwursts and $2 Diamond Bear beer for concert ticket holders.
To enter, send an email to email@example.com with BLUEJEANS in the subject line. We'll draw for names a week from today, let's call it noon on Nov. 9, and announce the winners here on Rock Candy.
UPDATE: And we have our winners. Congrats to Rock Candy readers Upton Siddons and Greg Dillon.
Ballet Arkansas's season debut is coming up this weekend at Wildwood Park for the Arts. The show is called "American Images," and is "inspired by artworks, ideas, and events from the American cultural landscape," according to Ballet Arkansas.
The Times is giving away two pairs of tickets to Friday's 7:30 p.m. opening performance, which includes a champagne reception afterward with cast and choreographers. The first two people to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with BALLET in the subject line will win a pair of tickets.
After the jump is a press release with more details about the program.
UPDATE: And we have our winners. Congratulations to Jennifer Molayem, Alex Handfinger, Chris Cranford, Heather Salley Holland, Justin Nickels, Dan Limke and Justin Hinton.
Good morning Rock Candy readers. Say, are any of ya'll fans of the Toronto-based pop outfit Stars? You know they're playing at Revolution next week, Thursday, Oct. 11, to be precise, with opening acts Diamond Rings and California Wives.
We've got several pairs of tickets to give away, so if'n you're interested in going, you should send an email to email@example.com with STARS in the subject line by noon on Oct. 9 and you'll be entered. We'll draw names shortly thereafter and announce the winners on the blog.
Normal caveats apply: no Times employees, don't go scalping the tickets if you win, and so forth.
We've got a quick ticket giveaway for all you fans of political comedy: The Capitol Steps are bringing their singing and satirizing act to Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The first five people to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org will each win a pair of tickets to tonight's show. Just put CAPITOL STEPS in the subject line. I'll update when I've gotten emails from the five fastest keyboard-slingers.
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