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David Sanborn, the smooth jazz saxophone great, will headline the Little Rock Jazz Festival on Friday, June 23, at the Riverfest Amphitheatre.
Joining Sanborn is an array of local and national jazz artists, including Genine Perez and the Dave Rogers Trio, along with Gerald Johnson, Eric Ware, Carl Mouton, Cliff Aaron and Ed Lanier. Along with the jazz, both international and American food will be available for purchase, and you can drink some of that food down at a wine tasting. Arts and crafts also will be on display.
Tickets are $25 for lawn seating and $30 for reserved seats. The proceeds benefit Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, Cycle-Breakers and LISA Academy Music Program. For more information, visit www.sdpentertainment on the web.
More than 30 chefs from Little Rock area restaurants will be cooking up specialties in the 20th annual Great Chef’s Event, “A Taste of Little Rock,” on Monday, June 26.
The event, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex on Colonel Glenn Road off Interstate 430, will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas. Besides the food from the local chefs, Glazer’s Inc. will sponsor a wine tasting, and beer will be provided by Harbor Distributing. Live and silent auctions are planned, while a lucky patron could win a diamond in a drawing.
Tickets are $50. Call 664-4343 or 800-488-2277.
Gay Pride parade, more set for Conway
The third annual Conway Gay Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, with events continuing into Sunday evening. John Schenk and Robert Lloyd, the organizers, will begin the parade at noon from “The Pink House” at 1605 Robinson Ave., with the parade continuing on to Simon Park.
Events at Simon Park begin at 1 p.m. with live music by the Chicklettes, Cool Conductor, Tiny Terrors and Love Child. Michael Henderson (vocalist and owner of Easy Street Piano Bar in Little Rock) and Douglas Cochrane (a Broadway singer) also will perform. Maya Mocha Iman, Miss Gay Arkansas U.S.A., and this year’s Mr. Gay Pride are also expected to attend the festivities along with the festival’s first Drag King, “Digger Moonshine.” Belly dancer Lasy Anema will entertain, and vendors will be around to sell Pride gear.
Later, after the festival concludes around 7 p.m., the revelry will move to Little Rock and Backstreet night club on Jessie Road, Schenk says.
Gay Pride is held annually in the last weekend in June in remembrance of the day in 1969 when gay people in New York decided to fight back against a police attack outside their beloved meeting place.