Wind Symphony celebrates fall
Flutes, bassoons, piccolos, trumpets, French horns and tubas are represented in the all-volunteer, nonprofit musical group the Little Rock Wind Symphony, which will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Second Presbyterian Church.
As always, the Wind Symphony performance is free and a ticket is not required. The group is under the direction of Wendell Evanson.
Second Presbyterian Church is at Pleasant Valley Drive and Cantrell Road. For a complete instrument, member and appearance listing, visit the group’s website at www.lrwindsymphony.org or call 666-0777.
Tapping the art
The Arkansas Arts Center, at 9th and Commerce streets, will have plenty of hops on hand for the hipsters starting 7 p.m. with its second installment of "Art on Tap." Music will be provided by Afrodesia, and imported brews — from Spaten to Bitburger to Weihenstephaner to Newcastle — will flow. Admission is $20, $10 for AAC members, and free for members of the AAC’s auxiliary group, the Young Professionals, who also are sponsoring the event. The turnout at last year’s debut was estimated at 1,000, according to a AAC spokesperson.
BOO! A spooky zoo
BOO at the Zoo, the event that makes kids scream with delight each year, starts Friday, Oct. 22, and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 24, and picks up against Thursday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 31.
Thursday, Oct. 21, will be a special members-only/VIP member night with the same hours. Children can trick-or-treat on the zoo grounds in a safe, adult-supervised environment. Admission is $5, $4 for pre-sale admission. Armbands for unlimited amusement rides can be purchased for $10 on Thursday, Oct. 28.
The comedy behind Clinton
There was a person behind those seemingly impromptu comic one-liners from President Bill Clinton when he responded to often intense situations. The man behind the Man is former presidential humor speechwriter Mark Katz, who will speak starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Darragh Center at the Main Library. Katz will stick around afterward for a catered reception and signing of his new book, "Clinton and Me: A Real Life Political Comedy." For more information on the free event, call 918-3032.
Levy’s political rally
Sometimes overshadowed by the Capital City, the small neighboring city of Levy gets its day for the 47th annual Levy Day Old Time Political Rally on Saturday, Oct. 23. At 5 p.m., a parade led by the North Little Rock West Campus Marching Band will line up at the Levy Baptist Church, 3501 Pike Ave., and end at the Kroger parking lot, 4300 Camp Robinson, with live entertainment and guest speakers including state Sen. Mary Ann Salmon and Patrick H. Hays, mayor of North Little Rock. In case of rain, events will take place at the North Heights Community Center, 4801 Allen St.
Racing can be an adventure
Central Arkansas will be the site of an 8-to-14-hour wilderness/urban race on Saturday, Oct. 23. That’s when participants will take on the challenging "Raid the Rock" adventure race, which requires a three-person coed team to trek, run, mountain bike and canoe through a 50-mile mystery course the participants have mapped out. Late registration is still available for teams of three (must include one female), in two divisions — premier (ages 18-39) and masters (ages 40 and up). Entry fee is $450 per team plus an $8 one-event USARA license.
Operated in conjunction with the "Raid the Rock" race will be the "Down and Dirty" 5K fun run/walk on a course stopped with a 300-foot mud pit. That run begins at 8 a.m. at Two Rivers Park. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes given to the best. Registration is $20 and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21-22 at Little Rock City Hall. On race day, participants can register from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the registration tent at the park.
Register or get more information on both events by logging onto www.raidtherock.com or calling 529-3052.
After a 2-1 start, including a “two-fer” sweep in Texas the past two weeks, the Arkansas Twisters Arena Football 2 League team plays its first home game of the season in Alltel Arena on Saturday, April 28, against Corpus Christi.
Damien Echols, freed from Death Row in today's West Memphis Three plea bargain, released the following statement today:
To all my friends and family, my attorneys and advocates, and to those of you from every corner of this earth who have stood beside us these long years, please know that I will forever be indebted to all of you for helping me to become a free man. Each and every day I was the beneficiary of acts of kindness and humanity from people of all walks of life, of all ages, nationalities, religions and political persuasions.
Mike Huckabee, who left Arkansas, where he built the platform for his media success and which, incidentally, has an income tax, is putting down expensive roots in a beach development in Walton County, Fla., east of Destin — a $3 million home.
Over the past three years, his Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has been on a buying spree, purchasing the vast photo morgues of 11 great (and greatly cash-strapped) American newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and The Detroit News.