Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
THURSDAY, MAY 8
Participating venues in downtown North Little Rock continue to showcase their culinary offerings with menu specials through May 10 during Argenta Restaurant Week. The musical networking event of Big Downtown Thursdays carries on with its second installment at the River Market pavilion, 5-8 p.m. Get a loading dose combination of local rock and house music at On The Rocks, where The Gettys and DJ Sleepy Genius will perform, 9 p.m., $5. As always, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio holds down its steady gig at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. The opportunity to meet and greet tutors and mentors who oversee after-school and youth leadership programs takes place at City Year Open House, 6-8:30 p.m., free, 610 President Clinton Ave.
FRIDAY, MAY 9
The Red Hot and Cool Jazz series celebrates “The Great Jazzmen of the Era” at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 7 p.m., $25. The final Battle of the Bands installment slugs it out at Counterpoint, 11 p.m., $5. Pay Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Ed Burks a visit as he mans the piano at Sonny Williams', 7 p.m., free. At White Water, Mac Sledge shares a bill with established local pros Sean Rock and The Toltecs, 9 p.m., $5. At Robinson Center, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 8 p.m., $16-$66. The Chippendales will do what they do best at Markham 801, $15 adv., $20 at the door.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
Rise with the roosters to shop for local-grown produce at the farmers markets in the River Market (7 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Fifth and Main in North Little Rock (7 a.m. to noon). The Hot Springs Cruisers 13th Annual Car Show revs up at Hot Springs Municipal Airport. Memphis musical divas The Venus Mission deliver a sexy set of tunes at Revolution, 9 p.m., $7. A localized Blues and Jazz Festival celebrating the Barrow Neighborhood Association will feature The “On Call Band” and William Staggers at West End Park, noon-6:30 p.m., free. For hip-hop fans, Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semi-finalists 4x4 Crew hosts “The Let Out Party,” which includes a video shoot and top local DJs, at Markham 801, 10:30 p.m., $10. Indoor gridiron warriors Arkansas Twisters take on Oklahoma City at Alltel Arena, 7 p.m., $11-$28.