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We love a parade
Christmas parades can be found all over Central Arkansas this weekend, starting Saturday, Dec. 3, with Little Rock’s annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade that ends at the state Capitol in time for the Capitol’s annual lighting ceremony. Colleen Nick, founder of the Morgan Nick Foundation to recover missing children, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
The parade begins at 3 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Second streets, and proceeds to Capitol Avenue before moving west. Competitive floats, marching bands, classic cars, horses, creative holiday-themed entries of all kinds and Rudy the Reindeer will be featured, with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end.
The Capitol lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
Also, families can meet and greet Santa at the Statehouse Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free photos with the jolly ol’ elf along with candy and refreshments. The events are sponsored by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call 255-3300.
North Little Rock’s annual Sertoma Christmas Parade is Sunday, Dec. 4, beginning at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Music and Magic of Christmas.” The parade will begin at the intersection of Pershing Boulevard and Orange Street, move south on Main Street, and end at Main and East Washington. A tree-lighting ceremony will conclude the parade. Call 372-5959.
Sherwood will hold its Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade begins at Lantrip Street and proceeds down Kiehl Avenue to Oakbrook. Call 835-7600.
Burns Park will open its Hometown Holiday Lights on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., kicking off a Hometown Holiday festival in North Little Rock. The event also includes the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hometown Holiday Concert and Children’s Fair at North Little Rock High School’s East Campus auditorium on Friday beginning with a Santa visit at 6:30 p.m. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children 18 and under, with proceeds benefiting the local Boys and Girls Club. Call 374-0309 or 340-5305.
Admission to the Burns Park holiday light extravaganza is $5 per passenger vehicle, $10 per multi-passenger van and $20 per motorcoach.
Isaac Hayes at Gala
Soul music great Isaac Hayes will perform at the 10th annual Black Fire Fighters Christmas Gala on Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Center.
Hayes is renowned for the hit song from the movie “Shaft” and other outstanding music from a long and prosperous musical career as an R&B guitarist.
The black-tie event will run from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Call 975-7480.
Gospel at Robinson
Dorothy Norwood will bring her soulful sound of gospel to Robinson Center Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Norwood’s career began in Atlanta at age 8 touring with her family. She eventually moved to Chicago, where she sang with such notables as Mahalia Jackson, the famed Caravans, and Rev. James Cleveland.
Tickets are $18 and available through all Ticketmaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.com, 975-7575). For more information, visit www.dorothynorwood.com.
‘Holiday’ is back
David Glaze, who has entertained during the holiday season throughout Central Arkansas through the years, from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s event to his own variety show, has focused his attention for the past few years on conducting the River City Men’s Chorus. That group will be back again Sunday and Monday with “Holiday 2005” at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The group sings familiar and new arrangements, some a cappella and some with accompaniment, of traditional seasonal and spiritual favorites.
Sunday’s show is at 3 p.m.; Monday’s performance is at 7 p.m. Both shows are free, but they regularly fill the church sanctuary, so arrive early. Call 377-1080 or visit www.rivercitymenschorus.com.
Irish touch for Folk Club
Multi-instrumentalist Brendan Nolan, who grew up in Dublin, Ireland, will headline a show Friday for the Little Rock Folk Club at Thomson Hall in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road.
Nolan was raised in the 1960s and ’70s during a resurgence of Irish music led by such groups as the Dubliners and Planxty, whom he cites as influences. He spent a number of years in Canada, and for the past 10 years, he’s been based out of Florida and has performed in festivals throughout the Southeast, Texas and Wisconsin. Critics laud his rich Irish voice and arrangements.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students; children under 12 are admitted free.
Jamie Scott Blakey will direct the newest and sure to be controversial Weekend Theater production, “No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs,” opening Friday at the venue at Seventh and Chester streets.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 for reservations.
In Benton, the Royal Players will present “Annie Warbucks” at the Royal Theater on Market Street beginning Thursday, Dec. 1. Show dates are Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 8-11. “Annie Warbucks” is the sequel to the international smash hit musical “Annie.”
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for students up to college. Call 315-5483 for reservations.
Wildwood Park’s new year-round schedule means a Christmas opera, and in this case it’s Gian-Carlo Menotti’s classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” to be performed in three shows, including two this weekend at Wildwood Park’s Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The opera is suitable for all ages.
It will be performed at Conway’s Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
“Amahl” is the story of poor, crippled shepherd boy who is visited by the three kings in search of the Christ child, and through a miracle of generosity is healed. Cast members include Rachael Madigan, Christine Donahue, Richard Bournes and Rob Holden.
Adult tickets for the Wildwood shows are $30, $40 and $50. Children’s tickets are $15. Call 821-7275. For the Conway performance, tickets are $15 for UCA students and $25 for general admission.
Two nights of singing
The Arkansas Chamber Singers will perform their annual holiday show, this year titled “A Season of Promise,” on two nights at two downtown venues in Little Rock.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Singers will appear at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott St. Harpist Elizabeth Chardonnay will join the Singers as they perform a selection of favorites, including Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Nine Carols.”
The Singers repeat the show at 8 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott.
Tickets for either show are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 377-1121 or visit www.ar-chambersingers.org/concerts.htm.
NPR correspondent lectures at Petit Jean
Nina Totenberg, the legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito at the Winthrop Rockefeller Center on Petit Jean Mountain Thursday, Dec. 8. Totenberg is the first speaker in the Winthrop Rockefeller Center/University of Arkansas System Public Policy Lecture Series, and the program includes a reception and dinner. Totenberg has covered the court for NPR for years.
The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and Totenberg’s talk at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 501-727-5435 or go online at www.wrcenter.net.