Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $39-$147.
Is there another band that rose to fame during the Classic Rock Decade — let's call it 1970-1980 — for which there is broader consensus than Fleetwood Mac? (Side note: I'm referring to the Buckingham/Nicks lineup of the band; the earlier incarnations certainly had their merits, e.g. 1969's majestic "Then Play On"). Sure, you'll hear people dis the giants from that era all the time. The Eagles were and are huge, and sold a ton of records. But they also inspire passionate hatred. Ditto for your Billy Joels and your Elton Johns and your Peter Framptons. But have you ever heard any credible person (basically anybody who's not a gadfly, curmudgeon, spoilsport or stick in the mud) claim that Fleetwood Mac sucks? No, you have not. And why is that? It's because the band made music that was sophisticated and catchy, but also real and human. They were massively popular and despite the ubiquity of many of the group's hits, I never change the dial when "Rhiannon" or "Go Your Own Way" or "Dreams" comes on, even though I've heard 'em a zillion times. The band's hits are simply indelible parts of the pop landscape, one of the few groups that just about everyone can agree on.
CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA
Noon. Clinton Presidential Center. Free.
So before you head on over to the inaugural Arkansas Times' Heritage Hog Roast in Argenta, you should definitely stop by the 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens. As Daniel Walker noted on Eat Arkansas (which should definitely be part of your daily blog reading), the event promises live music (from Grupo F5, Chico Style and Niris), dancing, kids' activities, games and, of course, delicious food and drinks. If you guessed that that last part meant food trucks, well DING!-DING!-DING! We have a winner! The festival boasts "the best in gourmet food trucks, as well as the best international and authentic Mexican food from around the city served right in Downtown Little Rock." There will be Mexican beers available (and some domestics too), as well as real-deal, authentic margaritas. All proceeds from the event will go toward higher education scholarships, including the Patricia Guardado Scholarship fund at UALR.
ARKANSAS TIMES HERITAGE HOG ROAST
Noon. Sixth and Main streets in Argenta. $10-$30.
So surely, by now, you've heard about the Arkansas Times' Heritage Hog Roast, right? Y'all, this is going to be an epic celebration of slow-cooked, smoky pork. Seriously, there are going to be 11 teams roasting 125-lb. heritage-breed hogs from Falling Sky Farm and Freckle Face Farm, each team competing to see who can create the most succulent, melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece of porcine perfection, along with scrumptious side dishes. That means you can sample from 11 different approaches to winning from some of the tastiest and most celebrated chefs and restaurants in the area. But do you wanna know a secret? Everyone is going to be a winner at this thing, because here's why: hundreds of pounds of delicious pork and side dishes + wine and excellent craft beers from Schlafly + a fantastic lineup of music, including The Lost Bayou Ramblers = Yes! Awesome!
KABF PLEDGE DRIVE LAUNCH PARTY
8 p.m. Revolution. $5.
Little Rock community radio station KABF-FM 88.3 recently announced some lineup and scheduling changes, part of a "reorganization to better serve its listeners and the community on the eve of its 29th year on the air," according to a press release. That means the addition of some new shows (a drive-time music show), the return of some established programs and, of course, fund-raising. The spring pledge drive starts Saturday and goes through May 18. They're kicking things off with a pledge drive concert (18-and-older) that boasts a great lineup of music, emceed by Shoog Radio host Cheyenne Matthews, Ursula and Adam Hogg, with performances from Amy Garland and Nick Devlin, Color Club, Big Piph and Ezra Lbs. If you care about KABF and want to see it continue, show your support by making a tax-deductible donation.