Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
HeARTworks, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church’s arts and spirituality mission, is teaming with RD Productions for four quarterly concerts in 2006, with the first scheduled Sunday, March 19, at the church sanctuary at 1601 Louisiana St. Jennifer Niceley will open the show at 5:30 p.m., followed by Kevin Gordon. Gordon’s single, “O Come Look at the Burning,” is in regular rotation on Americana radio, and he has written songs recorded by Keith Richards, Scotty Moore and Bo Ramsey and has co-written and performed with Lucinda Williams, among others.
Doors open for the show at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance by calling 385-1600 or 658-3729, or at the door.
St. Paddy’s parades, big and small
Hot Springs will again be having what it claims is the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade anywhere, while Little Rock keeps growing its parade and plans to feature marching bagpipe bands this year.
The Hot Springs parade, dubbed the “First Ever Third Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” is Friday, March 17, with comedian Pauly Shore serving as grand marshal. The 98-foot parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Green fireworks will be shot from Spencer’s Corner on Central Avenue after the parade, and a pub crawl will stop at several downtown watering holes.
Added this year to the festivities is a street dance on Broadway in the downtown entertainment district following the parade. The pub crawl has an admission fee (register starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites), but all other events are free. For more information call 501-321-2027 or visit www.hotsprings.org.
Little Rock’s 7th annual parade is Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. and will feature the Lyon College Pipe Band and the Red River Pipes and Drums from Shreveport. The parade begins at the end of Markham Street near the old train station and concludes in the River Market, with the “Dancing at the Crossroads” celebration from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the River Market’s East Pavilion. For more information, visit www.LRIrishParade.com.
The Museum of Discovery will be overrun with a variety of bugs with its three-day “Insectomania” hands-on learning exhibit, running Thursday through Saturday, March 16-18, in the Museum Center, 500 President Clinton Avenue. The annual exhibit highlights unusual insects, arachnids and other invertebrates, and includes a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula and a Rainforest Bird-Eating Tarantula. The Discovery Court will serve as a race track for cockroaches. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 for ages 1 to 12 and for seniors 65 and over, and $7 for ages 13-64. Call 396-7050 for more information.
Some future stars on the men’s professional tennis circuit will be hitting the Rebsamen Tennis Center courts during the next 11 days at the St. Vincent Auxiliary USTA Tennis Tournament, beginning Saturday, March 18, and running through March 26. Qualifying rounds will be held Saturday, and regular tourney matches begin on Monday. Admission is free to the matches. The special events held around the tournament serve as a fund-raiser for New Outlook, which provides assistance to cancer survivors regardless of ability to pay or where they receive treatment. One event includes Sunday’s “Play With the Pros” junior pro-am event, with a $30 entry fee. The men’s and mixed doubles pro-am on Monday, March 20, has a $250 entry fee. Family Night With the Pros will be held Tuesday through Friday at 5 p.m. and includes an informal dinner with the players and host families. Tickets are $7.50. Carats on the Court is a dinner party and fund-raiser on Thursday, March 23, at Pavilion in the Park, with live music by Amnesia. Tickets are $50.
Call 501-552-3550 or visit www.New-OutlookTennis.com.