Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
8 p.m., Juanita's. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
A lot of bluegrass outfits adhere strictly to the traditions of the genre, at times so much so that it feels a little academic and sterile. The Dixie Bee-Liners probably won't be accused of being overly devoted to convention. Their take on bluegrass weaves in other influences and instrumentation, particularly country and some flute playing that recalls British folk acts like Fairport Convention. Lead singer Brandi Hart sings in a clear, clean tone, harmonizing beautifully with the other band members on the group's latest, "Susanville," a concept album about travelers on the interstates and blue-line highways of America. Plinking, plucking banjo and mandolin strings move the songs forward while the fiddle scrapes out beautiful melodies and buzzing drones alike. This show would probably a good bet for anyone who's into that Be Good Tanyas/Avett Brothers indie-bluegrass milieu. RB.
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $22-$52.
Can Celebrity Attractions and Broadway in Little Rock at large continue its successes of the past year? If there's a show that'll keep up the trend, it'll be "Chicago," a tried-and-true classic. For the uninitiated, the musical follows working-girl chorus dancer Roxie Hart, who, after killing her partner-in-adultery, winds up in jail, befriending Velma, a sultry vaudeville star and soon-to-be tabloid superstar. Filling this production's role of sensationalist lawyer Billy Flynn is John O'Hurley, the "Dancing with the Stars" all-star, former "Family Feud" host, and the eccentric J. Peterman, maybe the best supporting character in the entire "Seinfeld" universe.
7 p.m., Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs. $20.
Although everybody knows the Jitterbug and the Charleston and the Mashed Potato and Macarena and the Stanky Leg, there's little doubt that the Twist was the ultimate dance craze, evidenced by the multiple chart-topping singles it spawned in the early '60s. Though the original "Twist" was written and first recorded by Hank Ballard, of Midnighters fame, it was Chubby Checker who took the song to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 not once, but twice. Checker had other big dance craze hits as well, including follow-ups "Let's Twist Again" and "Slow Twistin'" as well as "Pony Time," "The Hucklebuck," "The Fly" and "Dance the Mess Around." 2011 finds Checker playing the nostalgia circuit, with upcoming appearances at casinos around the country and a spot on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise alongside Little Anthony & the Imperials, Lou Christie, and that thing Mike Love insists on calling the Beach Boys. RB.
ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
7:30 p.m., The Village at Hendrix. Pay what you can.
As it has in years past, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre takes a two-for-us, two-for-the-masses approach with its 2011 season. From The Bard: "Othello" and "As You Like It." From Aesop and Andrew Lloyd Webber, respectively: "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." New this year and much appreciated, the festival splits time between Conway and North Little Rock. Furthermore, in Conway it splits time between Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA and the green at The Village at Hendrix. Shakespeare's comic romp "As You Like It" kicks off the season (and inaugurates the green at The Village at Hendrix) on Thursday night and continues at 7:30 p.m. for the following three nights. Meanwhile, Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare" debuts at 10 a.m. Friday at Reynolds. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opens Thursday, June 23, at Reynolds. The North Little Rock portion of the program, which includes four performances of "As You Like It," starts on Friday, July 1, at the Argenta Community Theater. For more information and a full calendar, visit arkshakes.com. LM.