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COME HINDER: To Clear Channel.
  • COME HINDER: To Clear Channel.

The Clear Channel Metroplex will feature major heavy-rock shows on back-to-back nights, starting with Oklahoma City-based Hinder on Thursday, March 1.

Hinder broke on the scene with the hit “Get Stoned” and its following grew from there with the hits “Lips of an Angel” and “How Long.” Hinder will be joined on the bill with Finger Eleven and Black Stone Cherry. Tickets are $25 through all Ticketmaster outlets. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta alternative rock band Sevendust is in concert on Friday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Sevendust is about to release its newest CD, “Alpha.” Tickets are $20 and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets.

Blooming weekend

 The annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show starts at noon Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center and runs through Sunday.

The ballroom will feature speakers, vendors, floral displays, demonstrations and more. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors. Tickets for children age 6-12 are $1. Call 821-4000.

Afternoon teas of light lunch and gourmet treats catered by Capriccio Grill are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 and include a goody bag (but not admission to the Flower and Garden Show). Call 821-4000 for reservations.

Theater watch

The music of Ray Charles is brought to the stage in the touring musical show “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” (See Jim Harris’ column on page 19.) The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, March 6-8, at Robinson Center. Tickets range from $14 to $44 and are available through Celebrity Attractions at 244-8800, or through all Ticketmaster outlets.

“Standing on my Knees,” which examines the effects of mental illness on a gifted young poet, continues at the Weekend Theater Friday and Saturday, Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 for reservations.

The Phoenix Theater’s “Boy Gets Girl” concludes its run this weekend at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 663-3641.

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse will open the Tony Award-winning “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” beginning Tuesday, March 6. The show features music from the 1950s and ’60s. Call 562-3131 for showtimes, prices and reservations.

Tabriz at AAC

The biennial Fine Arts Club benefit Tabriz, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be held March 1 and 3 at the Arkansas Arts Center. Thursday’s opener features a casual beer and hot dog night with silent auction. Saturday’s black-tie event that includes dining, dancing and live auction.

Tickets for Thursday’s event are $45 per person; Saturday night tickets are $350. 200 items will be auctioned.

The Arts Center is closed to the public through March 6 for Tabriz. Call 372-4000 for more information.

Tenor at Wildwood

George Dyer, a regular performer in the Wildwood Park operas, will star in “An Evening with George Dyer — Tenor Extraordinaire,” part of the Wildwood After Dinner Opera Series, on Friday, March 2.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m. at Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre.

Dyer has performed in such shows as “Tosca,” “La Boheme,” “Carmen,” “Rigoletto” and “The Barber of Seville” and will sing favorites from his many performances. Joining Dyer will be Strats Pavlov on piano and Enrique Castro on guitar.

Tickets are $35. Call 821-7275.

Quick hits

The Morehead College Glee Club will perform a free concert at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1400 Ringo St., on Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. … Brian and Jeanette Driscoll will debut their new CD in a concert Friday, March 2, at Advent Arts and Acoustic Cafe in Conway. The show, at Advent Lutheran Church, 900 Farris Road, begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students … Elvis impersonator Eddie Miles continues his annual weeklong show at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse through Sunday, March 4. Call Murry’s at 562-3131 for times and prices … The UCA Concert Choir, under the direction of John Erwin, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. James Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. The show is free.

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