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Pride in Conway and NW Arkansas
June is Gay and Lesbian Pride month, and various Gay Pride events continue throughout the state. While Little Rock’s main events were last week, Conway and Fayetteville will celebrate Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26. The Northwest Arkansas Gay Pride Parade in Fayetteville will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, beginning on the southwest corner of the square in Fayetteville, and ending at Powerhouse Seafood and Grill. On Sunday, the Fellowship Pride Picnic hosted by Interweave (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and straight allies group) begins at 1 p.m. at Agri Park Pavilion Hwy 12. For more information on Fayetteville events, call 479-267-3163.
The Conway Pride Parade and Festival takes place Sunday, and people are encouraged to participate at the1 p.m. start in front of the “Pink House,” 1605 Robinson. The parade ends at Simon Park, where the festival activities will be held. There’ll be food and information vendors, and live entertainment by the Chicklettes, All Else Fails, P4P Players, Michael Henderson, Captain Curtis Fritts and In the Spirit Community Choir. For more information, call 501-603-2138.
The new White River Amphitheater at Batesville’s Riverside Park will play host to a three-day Mountain Jam Music Festival Thursday through Saturday, June 23-25, featuring some big names on the national and regional jam scene, as well as camping, arts and crafts, food vendors with traditional festival fare as well as vegetarian and international food, and other activities. The music kicks off with the famed Big Brother and the Holding Co. (the backup band for Janis Joplin), the Schwag, Devon Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Code Talkers and Further Down on Thursday. Friday’s lineup features the Schwag, Jed Clampit and Friends, Liquid Groove Mojo, Tony Moser Project and Jason Murphrey. Saturday’s schedule is Ken Smith, Bella Sun, Starroy, Maia Archote, Bryant (featuring former Head East lead singer Tom Bryant), Bowlegged Rooster (featuring Tony Spinner of Toto) and the Motley Crue tribute band Wild Side.
Tickets are $25 for a weekend pass that includes camping and parking or $10 each day in advance and $15 per day at the gate. Tickets are available online at batesvillepromotions.com or can be charged by phone at 870-698-9234, Ticket outlets include: Quatlebaum’s Music in Searcy, George’s Liquor in Newport, Backbeat Music in Jonesboro, Tommy’s Famous Pizza in Mountain View, Square One Music in Mountain Home, and Been Around Records in Little Rock.
‘Fighter Pilot’ flies in to IMAX
The Aerospace Education Center welcomes a new film, “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag,” to its IMAX theater with an all-day event at the center on Saturday, June 25. The AEC will hold a flight contest on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Those in attendance can enter to win a flight around Little Rock courtesy of Central Flying Service and passes to the NASA Space Center in Houston.
The film opens on Friday with showtimes at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday times are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Little Rock Air Force Base will also place an F-22 flight simulator in the center’s lobby Friday through Sunday.
Travs start over
The Arkansas Travelers start the second half of the Texas League season at Ray Winder Field facing the Corpus Christi Hooks Thursday through Sunday, June 23-26. Game times are 7:10 the first three nights, with a 2 p.m. start on Sunday. The first 1,000 paid adults showing up Friday will get Travs seat cushions. On Saturday, the first 1,000 paid adults receive a Travs trucker cap, plus prizes will be awarded to fans for the best 1970s look. Kids run the bases after each weekend game, including Sunday’s afternoon contest.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Some promotional discounts are available (including for Sunday at Academy Sports and Outdoors), and box seats are an additional $2 over the general admission price. Call 664-1555.
The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, which enjoyed a successful spring show, will rock with a summer series of rock acts starting Wednesday, June 29, at Maxine’s in downtown Hot Springs; The festival will run nightly through July 3, and shows begin at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 18 and up.
Some of the acts scheduled include Ashley Milk of Hot Springs; the touring Spinto Band, which has a sound comparable to Franz Ferdinand or the Cure; Middlefinger, a melding of ska, jazz and punk; the indie-pop Resident Genius, and Eureka Springs’ Opal Fly, paired with the 11-piece Little Rock art punk band Soophie Nun Squad.
For complete band information and links check www.valleyofthevapors.com. Call 501-318-1831 for tickets.
Popping at Conway
The Conway Symphony Orchestra and the old-school folk group the Boomers will be providing the entertainment before the traditional fireworks light up the sky at the 20th annual Pops in the Park and Lights Over the Lake at Beaverfork Lake near Conway on Saturday, June 25. The event is free, and the Boomers start the entertainment at 6 p.m. The jazzy/bluesy/country Smooth Reflections follow, the Armed Forces are saluted at 8:15, and the Conway Symphony performs starting at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Music of Mexicois coming June 30
The LULAC Mariachi Spectacular, scheduled for Thursday, June 30, at the Riverfest Amphitheatre, will include the internationally renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan from Mexico City. The free concert will begin at 8 p.m. and will also feature the San Antonio-based female mariachi band Las Altenas.
The concert is being held in conjunction with the 76th League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention, scheduled for June 27-July 2 in Little Rock.
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