Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
Larry the Cable Guy, the country comedian and former member of the Blue Collar Comedy team with Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvald, brings his solo “The Right to Bare Arms Tour” to Alltel Arena on Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at 8 p.m. All seats are $42.75 and available through all Ticketmaster outlets (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com, Harvest Foods stores, Celebrity Attractions) or the arena box office (975-9000).
Komen Race will fill streets
More than 40,000 women are expected to pound the pavement for Central Arkansas’s 13th annual Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 7, and thousands more whose lives have been touched by breast cancer will watch from the sidelines.
This year’s fund-raiser features the Women’s 5K, the Will Run 5K Under 27 minutes race, a Family 2K walk/fun run, and the Three Miles of Men along the course. (There will also be a Kayak for the Cure event launched from Cook’s Landing in North Little Rock.) The 5K starts in downtown Little Rock, goes over the Broadway Bridge, through North Little Rock and returns to Little Rock over the Main Street bridge, ending at Fourth and Gaines streets.
The survivor parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Second and Broadway streets.
The $25 registration closes at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Colony West. On race day, registration is $30 and takes place between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Third and Broadway streets.
The Women’s 5K begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call 202-4009 or visit the website at www.ar-raceforthecure.org.
Patricia Neal visits Pine Bluff Film Festival
Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal will be the special guest at the 13th annual Pine Bluff Film Festival Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8.
The festival includes silent movies, a children’s matinee on Saturday (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” in which Neal starred), and symposiums led by film buffs John Beatty and Foster Hirsch.
The big event of the festival is the Grand Performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the film “Hud,” starring Paul Newman and Neal, whose performance won her the Best Actress Oscar. Neal will be interviewed by Hirsch on stage after the screening. All films will be shown at the Community Theatre on Second Street in downtown Pine Bluff.
Other films being screened are “In Harm’s Way,” starring Neal and John Wayne, at noon Friday; “The Hasty Heart,” with Neal, Ronald Reagan and Richard Todd, at 4 p.m. Friday; classic silent film “The Wind,” starring Lillian Gish, at 7:30 p.m. Friday; the 11 a.m. children’s matinee on Saturday (children’s tickets are two tickets for $1); Neal’s film “A Face in the Crowd,” with Andy Griffith and partially filmed in Piggott in Northeast Arkansas, at 1 p.m. Saturday; “The Fountainhead,” with Neal and Gary Cooper, at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday’s events are dedicated to silent films, with the classic “Sunrise” showing at 1 p.m., followed by the festival’s first Silent Film Contest, with top entries shown starting at 3 p.m.
Admission to each film is $3, and a festival pass is available for $25. Admission to the Grand Performance is $15.
Call 870-535-2646 or 870-536-7600, ext. #2146.
Charlie Daniels, Jason D.and more at El Dorado
El Dorado native son Jason D. Williams and famed country fiddler and band leader Charlie Daniels are the headliners for the 19th annual El Dorado MusicFest, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the historic downtown area.
Country singer Trent Summar and South Arkansas native blues guitarist Michael Burks are also on the bill, along several regional music acts.
There will be vendor booths and arts and crafts at the festival.
Burks and Williams will be on the stage Friday. Summar will open for the Charlie Daniels Band on Saturday. The main stage will be at Jefferson and Elm streets in downtown El Dorado.
Saturday’s fun for children, Kid’s World, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is $10 per day and $15 per weekend for adults, and $5 for children under 12. For more information, visit www.musicfesteldorado.com.
Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy, the authors of the book “Souls of My Sisters,” will appear at “The Woman in the Mirror” Women’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Main Library’s Darragh Center Auditorium.
The free conference runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
Call Chlarissa Pope at 952-0858 or Rev. Hezekiah Stewart at 378-0176 for more information.
The Statehouse Convention Center will be the site Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. of the Natural State Expo, an event designed to celebrate and promote community resources for sustainability. From grease-burning fuels and solar energy to local food and green building, the Natural State Expo will showcase the sustainable side of Arkansas. Commercial and non-profit vendors and exhibitors will be on hand, and kids can participate in a children’s expo area. The Community Education Area will feature panels and discussions on sustainability topics such as food, water, energy, shelter, and lifestyles and community.
Admission is $1. Call 837-7959 or visit www.naturalstateexpo.org.
Playwright to attend UALR production
Bruce Robinson, author of the play “Byrd’s Boy,” will lead a talk-back with the audience during the Oct. 6 performance of the play at the UALR Haislip Arena Theatre.
“Byrd’s Boy,” described as “a comedy about serious things,” will be performed Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 5-8 and Oct. 12-15. Based on actual events, it tells of the relationship between a night watchwoman and a befuddled vagrant who may or may not be the son of Admiral Byrd. The show stars local actress Verdie Davenport and Jay Raphael, chairman of the UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call 569-3456.