Looking for sports? Pulaski County has it Saturday, Dec. 4, with college basketball at Alltel Arena and professional boxing at Barton Coliseum.
The improved Arkansas Razorbacks, 4-0 going into Tuesday’s game at home against Tulsa, play host to No. 4 ranked Illinois at Alltel Arena beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster (975-7575) or the arena box office (975-9000).
Jermain Taylor (21-0) takes his biggest step in his young boxing career when he faces off with middleweight title contender William Joppy (31-3) at Barton Coliseum. The 12-round fight will conclude an eight-bout card that begins at 7:30 p.m. Taylor’s WBC Continental Americas championship belt is on the line Saturday.
Another title fight features superlightweights Paulie Malignaggi (18-0) and Sandro Casamonica (34-4, 21 KO’s) meeting for 12 rounds for the WBC International title.
Other fights at press time were Koba Gogoladze against Roque Cassiani (lightweights), Andre Berto (a 2004 Olympian) against Michael Robinson (junior middleweights), Terry Smith of Little Rock (20-1-1) against Demetrice King (heavyweights), Danny Santiago against James Brock (light heavyweights) and Will Mitchell of Crossett, making his pro debut, against Michael Taylor of Texarkana (junior welterweights).
Tickets range from $15 to $270 and are available through Ticketmaster or the coliseum box office (372-8341).
Looking for a parade? Little Rock’s annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade is Saturday, Dec. 4, starting at 3 p.m. on the corner of Broadway and Second Street, and North Little Rock will welcome in the holiday season with its parade on Sunday, Dec. 5, starting at 3 p.m. on Main Street.
Dr. Seuss’ “Grinch” will serve as Grand Marshal of Little Rock’s parade, which proceeds to Capitol Avenue and then the State Capitol, where the official Capitol lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. Families can meet and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus before the parade at the Little Rock Visitor Information Center at historic Curran Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will receive free photos with Santa, candy and refreshments.
Looking for music with holiday twist? Here’s a couple of must-sees:
The River City Men’s Chorus, led by David Glaze, have taken up where Glaze left off with his biennial holiday show at Trinity United Methodist Church, Mississippi and Evergreen streets. The RCMC will put on its holiday extravaganza of song (gospel, pop, classical and more) on Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 6 p.m. at the church. The shows are free.
And Nashville songwriter Wood Newton will return to his home state Friday, Dec. 3, to perform at 2nd Place Cafe, 222 E. Eighth St. at the Second Baptist Church. The duo of Panache will open the show at 7:15 p.m.
Newton has released the CD “My Roots Are in These Trees,” which includes his versions of four of his biggest hits: “Bobbie Sue,” “Twenty Years Ago,” “What I Didn’t Do,” and the 2001 epic story song he produced for David Ball, “Riding With Private Malone.” The first single from the new CD, “Bubba’s In Baghdad,” will be released on Rope A Note Records to 1,300 country radio stations Dec. 13.
Panache — the versatile pair of Kathy Cooper and Peggy Pearson — will offer Christmas music on harp and flute, as well as soprano recorder, keyboards and dulcimer.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students. The venue is non-smoking, non-alcohol.
Former Sen. Dale Bumpers will help open the new Sidney Sanders McMath Library on Friday at 7 p.m. Bumpers and Central Arkansas Library System president Judith Faust will speak at the dedication ceremony of the library, 2100 John Barrow Road. The library officially opens to the public on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., and Saturday’s events will include performances by the Parkview High School Madrigals, a string quartet, a mime troupe and other local performers.
The facility’s regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
You may find the book you’ve always been looking for at the Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries’ “Biggest Book Sale Ever Volume II,” which will be held in conjunction with a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library basement, 100 Rock St., and the nearby Cox Center basement. Patrons will have the chance to buy paperback books in the Main Library basement for 50 cents and hard cover books for $1. The basement at the Cox building has been recently restocked and will offer a variety of titles at a fraction of the cost. All purchases made in the Cox Basement will be tax-free. River Market Books & Gifts in the cox Center will be offering 50 percent off “gently read” books.
Bob Boyd Sounds will be on hand to provide traditional holiday tunes from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Darragh Center. Refreshment’s will be provided.
The Old State House Museum’s annual seasonal soiree is set for Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Area choirs will provide entertainment and kids can enjoy hands-on activities. Homemade cookies will be served at the free event.
Also Dec. 5, the Historic Arkansas Museum will hold its 37th annual Christmas Frolic and Open House from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free event features living history presentations, carol singing, live music, dancing, all washed down with hot cider and ginger cake. The museum store will be open for shopping, too. The HAM is at Third and Cumberland streets.
Residents of Quapaw Tower, 700 E. Ninth St., the landmark 14-story condominium overlooking the Clinton library, are planning a holiday celebration of the rebirth of metropolitan living in Little Rock on Saturday, Dec. 4, showcasing 11 renovated owner-occupied condominiums at an open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be available in the club room. Tickets are $10; call 374-9238.
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