Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
The gentlemen who make up Little Rock's Runaway Planet have been playing bluegrass together since 2001, and that level of polished collaboration is evident in their crisp, fiery live performances. Catch this traditional string band at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Disney on Ice's "Frozen" continues at Verizon Arena through May 8 (7 p.m., plus 11 a.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.) Trey Johnson plays "aggressive folk" with Jason Willmon at happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m. The Second City improve group out of Chicago begins its "Hooking Up" run at The Rep, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $35 (through May 15; May 14 last 9:30 p.m. show).
Little Rock Parks and Recreation presents a Therapeutic Recreation Arts Festival at the Clear Channel Metroplex, a day of hands-on activities with a joyous mission: "to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and their nondisabled peers by encouraging creativity through the arts," 10 a.m., free. Songwriter Brian Nahlen plays a set at Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, 6 p.m., free. Long-haired Southern rockers The Cadillac Three join Texas boogie band Quaker City Night Hawks at Revolution, 9 p.m., $20. Benton rockers Just Sayin' play Cajun's, 9 p.m. National Theatre of Scotland wraps up its five-day run of the award-winning new show, "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart," at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $25.
Film music composer John Williams' work distills dramatic bits from predecessors Erich Korngold, Richard Wagner and Bernard Hermann, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will interpret his scores for "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Jaws" and "E.T.," among others, 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., $19-$58. Amy Garland, host of KABF's "Backroads" and one-third of the mellifluous trio The Wildflowers, brings her band to White Water, 9 p.m. Learn how to operate a printing press, keep a beehive and start a fire with a bow at the Historic Arkansas Museum as it revives life as it was during Arkansas's territorial era at the 42nd Annual Territorial Fair, 10 a.m., free.
Sunday is Mother's Day, and The Empress of Little Rock is doing a heightened version of its weekly high tea ceremony in honor of the day, featuring specialty tea and "Downton Abbey"-style delicacies: clotted cream, lemon curd and cucumber sandwiches, 3 p.m., $45. 374-7966.