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.
Ailey II dances in
Ailey II, the famed Sylvia Waters-led student dance group of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater of New York, will perform at Robinson Center Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The concert is being co-sponsored by Ballet Arkansas and the Tidwell Project, run by local dance instructor Michael Tidwell.
One of the dance numbers planned is the acclaimed Alvin Ailey masterpiece “Revelation,” with moves coordinated to a collection of spirituals. Also, the group will display the inventive choreography of Scott Rink’s new “Bitter Suite” as well as new work by choreographers Camille A. Brown and Doug Varone alongside regular Ailey repertory favorites.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $38 through Ticketmaster outlets (975-7575) or Celebrity Attractions office at Third and Spring Sts.
For more information, call 223-5150.
Brian McKnight in play
Soulful hit singer Brian McKnight will star in “Cheaters,” a spiritual play coming to Robinson Center Music Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1-2.
The all-star cast also includes Wendy Raquel Robinson from “The Steve Harvey Show,” James Avery from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Michael J. White from the film “Spawn,” R&B singer Selena Johnson and actress Karen Melina White.
All seats for both shows are $29.75 plus service charges through Ticketmaster or the Celebrity Attractions office, Third and Spring streets.
Trick or treat the museum way
Eight of Little Rock’s museums and visitor centers will be open for family Halloween trick or treating Monday, Oct. 31, in the 10th annual, free “Big Boo!-seum Bash.” The sites blend together into one giant storytelling and Halloween fun spot, and families can either drive to each location or ride a free shuttle bus to each stop.
Bash locations are the Little Rock Visitor Information Center at Historic Curran Hall, Historic Arkansas Museum, Museum of Discovery, Central High School National Historic Site, Old State House Museum, Clinton Presidential Center, EMOBA and MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Each location will present a different activity, and visitors can learn about each site’s place in history while getting spooked and treated.
The Bash runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 255-3300 or visit www.littlerock.com.
Boo at the Zoo
More fun nights for children and adults continue at the Little Rock Zoo with its annual “Boo at the Zoo” Thursday through Monday, Oct. 27-31. Treat stations are set up throughout the zoo, and a costume contest is held each night. Visit the haunted house, fun house, see the live Birds of Prey show and ride the haunted train. Admission is $5. Call 666-2406.
On the stage
The Public Theatre continues its run of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” at its theater at 616 Center St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27-29, and Nov. 3-5.
The classic revolves around a faded, alcoholic Southern belle, Blanche Dubois, who comes to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Call 374-7529.
The Children’s Theatre at the Arkansas Arts Center opens “The Legend of Robin Hood” on Friday, Oct. 28, with weekend shows through Nov. 13. It’s the classic legend of the swashbuckling prince of thieves and his Merry Men, who rise up to help England’s poor from the strangling grasp of tyranny. Admission is $14 for adults and $11 for children, and showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 372-4000.
The Community Theatre of Little Rock’s “Blithe Spirit,” by Noel Coward, continues at Woolly Auditorium at the Arkansas School for the Blind. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Friday’s show will be interpreted for the deaf; Saturday’s patrons are invited to come in Halloween costume for a contest. For reservations, call 663-9494.
ASO spooks the kids
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present its “Halloween Spook-tacular!” on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall. The one-hour show, led by ASO assistant conductor Israel Getzov, is part of the Alltel Crayon Concerts Family Series, and tickets are $8. Optional preshow children’s activities begin at 2 p.m. Mussorgsky’s spooky “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Harry Potter” movie orchestration will be performed. Kids can come dressed in Halloween costume for a costume contest.
Call 666-1761 for tickets.
Ashlee Simpson performs in Fayetteville
Pop star Ashlee Simpson will appear at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a benefit for hurricane victims. Tickets range from $40 to $60, and Simpson has waived her artist fee, meaning all proceeds will be donated to Red Cross.
The 21-year-old Simpson, sister of actress Jessica Simpson, started in ballet before landing TV rolls in her early teens. MTV has featured her in “The Ashlee Simpson Show.” Her hits include the chart-topping “Pieces of Me” and “Boyfriend.” The band Barefoot will open the show at 8 p.m.
Call 479-443-5600 or visit www.waltonartscenter.org.