A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Sharon Douglas, who has performed one-woman cabaret shows in New York and London, brings her “friendly-fire satire” to Wildwood Park in “Miss Pandora’s Neighborhood Watch” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13. A complimentary Southern mix-and-mingle reception begins at 7:30 p.m.
Douglas describes “Miss Pandora” as an alter ego character from the mythical Deep South. As “Miss Pandora,” Douglas presents a slightly offbeat civics lecture with songs on life and manners in the fictional Hush-Hush, Miss.
Inspired by some of Little Rock’s renowned residents over the years, Douglas is dedicating the show to Lucy Lockett Cabe (for whom Wildwood’s theater is named), William Moore Clark, Carrie Dickinson, Kitty Downie, Rollie Remmel, Stella Boyle and Elizabeth Young.
Tickets are $35. Call 821-7275, ext. 232. Wildwood is at 20919 Denny Road.
Gilbert and Sullivan at UALR
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Opera Theatre department will stage Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $10; UALR students can obtain free tickets by calling 569-8993.
Edward Crafts, director of the UALR Opera Theatre, says the operetta is “probably the best” of all the Gilbert and Sullivan works, full of great music and whimsically eccentric characters. The UALR cast includes Dominique Holloway and Shea Williamson as Mabel, Matthew Tatus as Frederick, Tyler Whiteside as the Pirate King, Beau Humble as the Major General, Paul Hiblong as the Police Sergeant, Nancy Carlton as Ruth, Charles Holloway as Samuel, Sarah Jane Kershaw and Melanie Chapman as Edith, Kaede Wilson and Melissa Lain as Kate, and Meghan Cordes and Donna Willis as Isobel. Soloists and chorus will be conducted by Bevan Keating, UALR Opera Theatre musical director.
ASO brings Brahms
A vast assemblage of regional choirs and solo singers will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in its annual spring Masterworks concert on Saturday and Sunday. Brahms’ “Requiem” will be performed along with Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 7” at Robinson Center Music Hall.
Soprano Patricia Johnson and baritone Philip Kraus will be featured in Brahms’ “Requiem” along with the Harding University Chorus, the Henderson State University Concert Choir, the Hendrix Concert Choir, the University of Central Arkansas Concert Choir and the Ouachita Baptist University Singers.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $16 to $55. Call 666-1761 for tickets.
Jewish Food Festival returns
The annual Jewish Food Festival returns to the River Market pavilions on Sunday, April 15. Visitors can enjoy traditional Jewish foods such as corned beef sandwiches, lox and bagels, falafel and kabobs, egg creams, rugelach and more.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 663-3571.
The University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble, led by Ricky Brooks, will present an evening of music Wednesday, April 18, spanning the past century in celebrating the university’s 100th birthday. Included in the performance is the world premiere of “Centra-fuge,” a musical work commissioned by the UCA Band in recognition of the school’s centennial. “Centra-fuge” was composed by Chuck Booker, director of bands at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
The free show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Performance Hall on campus. A reception will follow in the balcony lobby.
Rushdie to give lecture
Salman Rushdie, the writer who had to go into hiding for nine years after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his execution over the publication of Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses,” will give a lecture on fear and morality at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Fayetteville Town Center. The talk is part of the University of Arkansas Distinguished Lecture Series.
Rushdie has published several books, including a children’s book. His latest novel is “Shalimar the Clown.”
AETN will broadcast the documentary “The Old Grey Lady,” about the Arkansas Gazette newspaper, on Friday, April 13, from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. … Easy Street Cabaret at Seventh and Center streets will feature two nights of magic with the Masters of Illusion on Friday and Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors … The Museum of Discovery will hold “Bug Fest” through Saturday, where visitors can learn all about bugs from around the world. Call 396-7050 … April’s “Cruisin’ in the Rock” cool car show at the River Market pavilions is Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 370-3201 … If you’re out on the town Friday night, check out the free movie in the River Market that’s part of 2nd Friday Art Night. “Ghost World” will be screened at 8 p.m. in the Darragh Center of the Main Library. It’s rated R … Celebrate Earth Day at the Little Rock Zoo Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m., with gift giveaways and hands-on activities. Call 666-2406 or visit www.littlerockzoo.com … Weekend Theater regular Duane Jackson stars in the one-man show “The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me” at 8 p.m. Saturday. Jackson plays 10 mostly gay characters who attempt to make sense of what it means to be gay in America. Call 374-3761 for reservations … More than 300 bikes will be competing for more than $2,500 in cash and prizes at Motorcycle Mania on Saturday at the Clear Channel Metroplex, I-430 and Col. Glenn Road. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. Call 217-5000.