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WAITERS: For Blues on the River.
  • WAITERS: For Blues on the River.

Mel Waiters and other big-name blues acts will highlight the annual Blues on the River festival on Saturday at the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock.

Joining Waiters will be Lenny Williams, Jeff Floyd and J. Blackfoot, plus more local and regional acts. A variety of foods and beverages will be available for purchase.

Gates open at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 3. Admission is $35 at the gate, but $25 advance tickets are available at Ugly Mike’s, Uncle T’s, Norris Furniture and Butler Furniture in Little Rock and 101 Wireless in North Little Rock. Call 433-0102.

Violinist guest stars with Conway Symphony

Acclaimed violinist Alexander Markov will perform with the Conway Symphony Orchestra next week during his residency with the University of Central Arkansas’s College of Fine Arts and Communication. The Moscow native, a Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, has appeared with some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

The CSO will perform its spring concert, “Virtuosity and Mortality,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Markov will be the soloist for Jules Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais” and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen.”

Tickets for the CSO performance are $20 for the general public, $5 for UCA faculty and staff and free to UCA students.

On Wednesday, Markov will give a master class for UCA students and a recital with piano accompanist at 7:30 p.m. at Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall on campus. The recital is free and open to the public.

Call 501-450-3293 for more information.

Dancing for Earth Day

“On Common Ground,” a community dance project, will be part of the Arkansas Earth Day Festival on Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Center. The festival will also include eco-friendly live entertainment, food and beverages, games and exhibits from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The dance project honors “self, others and the Earth,” according to a press release. “On Common Ground” features 11 diverse dance groups from the region. City employees will be honored because they “work behind the scenes every day to keep our community beautiful, safe and clean,” the release said. The Earth Day performance will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday to conclude the festival.

Admission is free; donations are accepted.

Also, Heifer International, near the Presidential Center at 1 World Ave., will hold free Earth Day tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 907-2863.

Civil rights film screened

“Why Only Killen?” is a documentary that examines whether justice was served in the Mississippi civil rights murders of 1964. The film will be screened on Tuesday at the Main Library’s Darragh Center. The Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center is sponsoring the free event.

In 2005, Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen was convicted in Mississippi of manslaughter 41 years after the deaths of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County. The documentary asks whether adequate justice was rendered by the state. It is widely believed that many others were complicit in the killings, but none beyond Killen has been prosecuted for murder.

The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Margaret Block, a freedom singer and veteran of the civil rights movement, will recall time spent with two of the victims, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, and lead the crowd in freedom singing. Call 918-3049.

Woo at the Zoo

Want to learn some of the hysterical happenings that center around animal mating? The Little Rock Zoo will show you at “Woo at the Zoo” on Saturday. The fun and educational evening won’t actually involve animals mating, but will be full of facts you likely didn’t know about the animal world.

The event is not recommended for anyone under 21 years of age. In case of rain, “Woo” will be held inside at the newly opened Cafe Africa.

Guided tours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and live music with food and beverages is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Call 666-2406.

Chorale tribute

The Arkansas Choral Society with the Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble from the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present “An American Tribute” on Thursday at First Baptist Church. The show features “The Testament of Freedom” by Randall Thompson, with words from the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and “Song of Democracy” by Howard Hanson plus two songs from Aaron Copland’s one act opera, “The Tender Land.”

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 62 Pleasant Valley Drive. Tickets are $12 and children under 12 are free. For information or reservations please call 851-2383 or 568-1077.

Quick hits

The River City Men’s Chorus will offer two shows of its free spring concert, “Americana!” The group will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church … The Farmers’ Market will reopen for 2007 on Tuesday, April 24, and will run every Tuesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. More than 200 vendors are lined up to sell all types of fresh produce, breads, flowers and crafts in the River Market pavilions. Farmers get first priority to set up, but crafters, vendors and others can obtain space. Visit www.rivermarket.info or call 375-2552 … Revelers can enjoy the return of the Peabody RiverTop parties beginning Friday with Memphis cover band the Venus Mission, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 … The Shrine Circus returns to Barton Coliseum with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $12 for box seats and $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 for general admission. Active military and their families will be admitted free. Call 565-5992 or 680-7817 … The Community Theatre of Little Rock opens “Crimes or the Heart” at the Arkansas School for the Blind’s Woolly Auditorium on Friday for the next two weeks. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call 663-9494 for reservations … Pinnacle Mountain State Park will celebrate National Astronomy Day on Saturday with the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society leading assorted activities, including a solar viewing. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free. Call 868-5806 … The Diamond State Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Activities run both days from 8 a.m. to midnight and include a benefit dance. Tickets are $15, with children 12 and under admitted at no charge. Call 372-8341 or visit www.drsa.org.

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