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Duck gumbo in Stuttgart
The World Championship Bud Light Duck Gumbo Cook-off routinely draws more than a thousand party-goers and many state celebrities. It’s also one of the highlights of Stuttgart’s biggest weekend, the Wings Over the Prairie Festival, which runs through Saturday, Nov. 26. Duck calling contests on Main Street, a carnival and outdoors vendor show and the Isle of Capri Sportsman’s Party also are major events during the weekend.
Friday night’s Sportman’s Party, held at the City Armory on 20th Street, will feature a dinner and dueling pianos from Willie D’s in Little Rock. Tickets are $20.
The 25th annual Duck Gumbo Cook-off begins at noon on Producers Rice Mill parking lot on Park Avenue, just south of Highway 79. Forty-eight teams, serving from elaborately designed booths, will compete, and live music will be provided by Cara Hays and Superflux. Admission is $20. Final judging starts at 3 p.m. and the party wraps up around 5 p.m.
The festival concludes Saturday night with the 70th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest on Main Street. Admission is free. Call 870-673-1602 or visit www.stuttgartarkansas.com
The award-winning Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker” has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, and it returns to Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall on Friday, Nov. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The all-Russian cast performs an original interpretation of this holiday favorite, produced by Moscow Ballet impresario Akiva Talmi. Tickets, available through all Ticketmaster outlets (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com) range from $18 to $43 for adults, $18 to $33 for children through 12 years old, and $15 to $40 for seniors and military.
Little Rock native Phyllis Yvonne Stickney returns from Hollywood to star in Towonda Kilpatrick’s gospel play “Can a Hoochie Become First Lady?” at Robinson Center Music Hall on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22.50 to $28.50 and are available at the Celebrity Attractions office (Third and Springs streets) or through all Ticketmaster outlets (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com).
Hamilton sets Christmas show
Arkansas native and Broadway actor Lawrence Hamilton will bring in hit R&B singer Freda Payne (“Band of Gold”) and famed tap-dancer Savion Glover for “Great Joy! A Very Special Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 2, at Robinson Center. Showtime is 8 p.m., and other singers and choral groups will join in for the show, which benefits the Philander Smith College choral department, led by Hamilton.
Tickets are $20, $30 and $40 and available through Celebrity Attractions (244-8800) or all Ticketmaster outlets (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com).