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.
7:30 p.m. Stanley Russ Hall, room 103, UCA. Free.
Monica Staggs is a real life superhero, except that sometimes her world-saving is a bit dubious (think Tarantino — she's been cast in three of his films, both volumes of "Kill Bill" and "Death Proof"), and sometimes she flings herself from moving 18-wheelers and ends up with four skull fractures ("Joyride"). But usually she flies through the air ("Bewitched"), falls down stairs ("Crash") and jumps rooftop to rooftop ("Four Dogs Playing Poker"), as breezy as can be. This North Little Rock girl turned Hollywood crash dummy (a.k.a. stuntwoman) has doubled for everyone from Nicole Kidman to Uma Thurman, and she's in town to tell all — what's been fun, what's been dumb, why she'll fight in lingerie but never go topless on camera, her unabashed fear of heights and how her whole career goes back to her middle school dance classes. (Did we mention that she's brash, fast-talking and hilarious?) Check out her creds at MonicaStaggs.com, check out her stories at UCA on Wednesday night. CF
BLESS THE MIC: TAVIS SMILEY
7 p.m. Philander Smith College. Free.
Tavis Smiley's career as a radio and TV host spans more than two decades now. After starting out in Los Angeles doing local radio spots, Smiley became a regular contributor to the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," discussing issues of race and discrimination against minorities. Some of his past jobs include hosting "BET Tonight" and "The Tavis Smiley Show" on NPR. Today, you can hear him on PRI and watch him on PBS on his self-titled shows with guests who run the gamut of politics, academia, sports and entertainment. Alongside Terry Gross and Charlie Rose, Smiley is one of the most successful and widely known interviewers in public media. This will be the final installment of Philander Smith's Bless the Mic series under President Walter Kimbrough's tenure. RB
ROBERT EARL KEEN
9 p.m. Revolution. $25.
I've never seen Robert Earl Keen play a concert, but I saw him at a live taping of NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" a few years back and he was the epitome of the laid-back, irreverent entertainer, a perfect counterpoint to host Peter Sagal's adenoidal yuppie smugness.That is to say, it was an odd pairing, but worked out surprisingly well. Keen was quick-witted and hilarious and didn't give Sagal an inch. After introducing Keen as "the singer/songwriter all the other singer/songwriters want to be," Sagal said that "Rolling Stone once called you The Grateful Dead for frat guys. I'm not quite sure what that means, but I like it. I guess it's songs you can sing along to especially when you're drunk." "Right," Keen said, "if you run out of mushrooms you can drink Keystone." That's true, though woe to the unlucky soul who has to hang out with frat guys whose bellies are full of cheap suds and psychedelics. Even the literate, easygoing country anthems of Keen probably couldn't keep that situation from turning tragic. So will this show be full of frat bros tripping their flip-flops off? Maaaaaaybe. A far more likely scenario on a Thursday night in Little Rock: A roomful of Keen diehards, gripping Bud Light longnecks and singing along to every song. The show is 18-and-older. RB
ARKANSAS TRAVELERS OPENING GAME
7:10 p.m. Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$12.
Man, can you believe it's already baseball season again? It seems like only a few days ago that I was watching the Cardinals win the World Series. Maybe it's the fact that we didn't have a winter this year. Or perhaps it's simply that as the cosmos continues its incomprehensibly massive expansion further and further into the realm of the unknowable void, time itself is speeding up, imperceptibly at first, but increasing exponentially. Either way, time flies, huh? Anyways, the Arkansas Travelers make their return to Dickey-Stephens Park this week for a three-game series against the RockHounds of Midland, Texas. In a couple of weeks, the promotional giveaways get rolling, starting with Mike Trout Pinstripe Jersey Replica Shirt Night on April 21. Mike Trout Bobblehead Doll Night is May 19. You can get a planter kit on Go Green Sunday, April 22, or Travs Tube Socks on July 14. Probably the biggest giveaway — Clunker Car Night — is Aug. 17, followed by pre-game Midget Wrestling on Aug. 18. This year's concerts include Band of Heathens on June 15, Honeytribe on July 21 and Walter "Wolfman" Washington on Aug. 4. But even without any promotions or concerts or giveaways or doo-dads you can always count on the cheap fun that is minor league baseball. Affordable admission? Reasonably priced beer and snacks? An uncomplicated, almost guaranteed good time? Sign me up. RB