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Greater Little Rock

BOOKS

APRIL 10: An Evening with Murphy Visiting Writer Trenton Lee Stewart. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m.

APRIL 24-27: Arkansas Literary Festival. Award-winning fiction writers, journalists, screenwriters and artists offer presentations, panels, workshops, readings and book signings. Various venues in downtown Little Rock.

COMEDY

APRIL 30-MAY 11: The Second City. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Sun., 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $35.

APRIL 4: Mike Epps and Friends. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $50.15-$58.85.

CULTURAL EVENTS

MARCH 20: Bless the Mic: Paula White. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m., free.

APRIL 26: 4th Annual Indie Arts and Music Festival. Kavanaugh Boulevard between Walnut and Palm streets, 11 a.m.

APRIL 27: Jewish Food Festival. War Memorial Stadium, 8:30 a.m.

MAY 3: Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast. Whole-hog cooking competition, with live music, beer and more. Argenta Farmers Market Plaza, 5 p.m.

JUNE 7-8. AnimeCon Arkansas. Clarion Hotel Medical Center, $15-$35.

DANCE

APRIL 25-27: Ballet Arkansas, "Momentum." Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $30-$35.

FILM

MARCH 20: "Girl Rising." Gathr Film Series screening. UA Breckenridge Village, 7:30 p.m., $10.

MARCH 20-23: Little Rock Horror Picture Show. 3rd annual horror film series. Day passes can be purchased for $20, festival passes for $50. Ron Robinson Theater, 10 p.m.

MARCH 27: "Hide Your Smiling Faces." Gathr Film Series screening. Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $10.

MARCH 28: Del Shores' "Southern Baptist Sissies." Presented by The Weekend Theater and the Little Rock Film Festival to kick-off Shores' appearance at the Ron Robinson Theater. Ron Robinson Theater, 7:30 p.m., $13.50.

MARCH 30: "Fruitvale Station." Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5.

APRIL 4-6: "Mandela." Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5.

APRIL 18-20: "Inside Llewyn Davis." Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5.

MAY 2: "Her." Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5.

MAY 13-18: Little Rock Film Festival. The Ron Robinson Theater, The Argenta Community Theater, The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and other Little Rock venues.

MAY 29-31: "The Grandmaster." Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5.

MUSIC, large venues

MARCH 20: Pentatonix. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m.

MARCH 21: Rich Homie Quan. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 p.m., $20-$50.

MARCH 28: Cher. "Dressed to Kill" Tour, featuring Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $36.50-$127.

March 30: Rachel Barton Pine and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. Wildwood Performing Arts Center, 3 p.m., $10-$30.

APRIL 2: Merle Haggard. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $50-$80.

APRIL 12-13: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m. April 12, 3 p.m. April 13, $14-$53.

APRIL 19: Brantley Gilbert. The "Let It Ride" tour. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $36-$48.50.

APRIL 22: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, chamber, Beethoven and Wagner. Clinton Presidental Center, 7 p.m., $23.

APRIL 22-23: Cirque Du Soleil: Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $52.50-$152.50.

APRIL 24: Little Rock Wind Symphony, "Pictures at an Exhibition." Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m.

MAY 3-4: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Pops, "The Music of James Taylor." Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m. May 3, 3 p.m. May 4, $18-$59.

MAY 8: REO Speedwagon. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $52-$88.50.

MAY 10: Iris Dement. Ron Robinson Theater.

MAY 14: Brit Floyd "Discovery World Tour." Featuring music from all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums and a light and laser show. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $55.

MAY 15: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, "Mozart by Candlelight." Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 7 p.m.

MAY 23-25: Riverfest. Featuring Hank Williams Jr., Salt-N-Pepa, Buckcherry and other performers to be announced. First Security Amphitheatre and other stages, $20 adv.

JUNE 1: Little Rock Wind Symphony, "Sunday Serenade." St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3 p.m.

JUNE 7: Little Rock Wind Symphony, A Stars and Stripes Celebration. MacArthur Park, 7 p.m.

JUNE 10: Bruno Mars. The "Moonshine Jungle" Tour. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $66-$99.

JUNE 16: Glenn Miller Orchestra. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $50.50-$66.50.

JUNE 20: Night of the Proms. Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, The Pointer Sisters and Nile Rodgers backed by Il Novecento and Fine Fleur. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $45-$99.

MUSIC, small venues

MARCH 20: Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Stays in Vegas. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

MARCH 22: Kevin Kerby and Brent Best, RTB2. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m.

MARCH 22: Big Piph, Tomorrow Maybe. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m.

MARCH 23: Protest the Hero, Battlecross, Safety Fire, Intervals, Night Verses. Juanita's, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

MARCH 23: Lost and Nameless Orchestra. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $5.

MARCH 25: Air Loom. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

MARCH 26: The Salty Dogs. South on Main, 7:30 p.m., free.

MARCH 27: AfroZep. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7.

MARCH 28: Benjamin Del Shreve. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $7.

MARCH 28: The Salty Dogs. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

MARCH 29: Matt Stell and Deep Roots. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

MARCH 29: Graham Wilkinson, Sarah Hughes. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

APRIL 2: Local Live: Amasa Hines. South on Main, 7:30 p.m., free.

APRIL 3: Dax Riggs. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10.

APRIL 4: Shinyribs. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

APRIL 5: Bombay Harambee, Teenagers, Pagiins. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m.

APRIL 5: Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

APRIL 8: The Goddamn Gallows. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7 adv., $10 day of.

APRIL 9: Local Live: John Willis. South on Main, 7:30 p.m., free.

APRIL 9: The Slackers. Juanita's, 9 p.m.

APRIL 10: G-Eazy, Torey Lanez. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $15.

APRIL 10: Tech N9ne, Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies, 870 Underground. Revolution, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of.

APRIL 11: Marsha Ambrosius. Juanita's, 9 p.m.

APRIL 12: Michael Shipp Band. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m.

APRIL 13: Midnight Special, "The Classic Rock Experience." Juanita's, 8 p.m., $15.

APRIL 13: "That Nashville Sound": A Tribute to Ray Price. Featuring performances by Katmandu, Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, Mark Currey, Dave Almond, Ben Meade, Lauralee Williard, Buddy Case, and John Talley. South on Main, 5 p.m., $10.

APRIL 14: Rehab. Juanita's, 8 p.m.

APRIL 15: Eisley, Merriment. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

APRIL 15: Lee Bains, The Glory Fires. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

APRIL 17: Paul Wall, Triggaman, Young Jose, The Corner Kingz. Revolution, 9 p.m., $20-$30.

APRIL 17: The Sideshow Tragedy. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5.

APRIL 18: Adam Carroll record release. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

APRIL 18: Wrangler Space, "Widespread Panic Tribute." Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6 adv., $8 day of.

APRIL 19: Four On The Floor. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6.

APRIL 20: Touch, "Grateful Dead Tribute." Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $4.

APRIL 20: Wayne Static, We Are The Riot, Dark From Day One. Juanita's, 7 p.m., $15 adv.

APRIL 25: Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Fine Peduncle. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

APRIL 25: Zoogma. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

APRIL 30: Moot Davis. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m.

MAY 2: Of Montreal. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $18 day of.

MAY 4: Black Star Riders. Juanita's, 8 p.m.

MAY 5: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tera Melos, Vattnet Viskar, Fear The Aftermath. Juanita's, 7:30 p.m., $14 adv., $16 day of.

MAY 6: Old Man Markley. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

MAY 9: Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd, Transit, Divided By Friday. Juanita's, 8 p.m.

MAY 15: Wild Belle, Caught A Ghost. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

THEATER

MARCH 5-APRIL 6: "Les Miserables." All-new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $50-$55.

MARCH 7-22: "The Water Children." The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $12-$16.

MARCH 20-30: "Fool for Love." A play by Sam Shepard. The Public Theatre, 7 p.m. Thu.-Sat., $14.

MARCH 29: Del Shores' "My Sordid Best." Del Shores' one-man show. VIP tickets available. Ron Robinson Theater, 7:30 p.m., $28.50-$48.50.

JUNE 4-29: The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged). Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $30-$35.

VISUAL ARTS, HISTORICAL EXHIBITS

THROUGH MARCH 2014: "Lights! Camera! Arkansas!" Old State House Museum.

THROUGH APRIL 6: Mid-Southern Watercolorists "44th Annual Juried Exhibition," Historic Arkansas Museum.

THROUGH APRIL 20: "Earthly Delights: Modern and Contemporary Highlights from the Collection," Arkansas Arts Center.

THROUGH APRIL 27: "Ties that Bind: Southern Art from the Collection," Arkansas Arts Center.

THROUGH APRIL 27: "Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America," Clinton Presiden tial Center, $7 adults, $5 college students, $3 ages 6-17.

THROUGH MAY 4: "Ciara Long: A Different Perspective," Historic Arkansas Museum.

THROUGH MAY 24: "Southern Voices," contemporary quilts, Butler Center Galleries.

THROUGH JUNE 1: "The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South," Arkansas Arts Center.

THROUGH JUNE 22: "A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America," Historic Arkansas Museum.

THROUGH JUNE 29: "Inciteful Clay," ceramics dedicated to social commentary, Arkansas Arts Center.

MAY 9-JULY 27: "53rd Young Arkansas Artists," Arkansas Arts Center.

JUNE 27-SEPT. 28: "56th annual Delta Exhibition," Arkansas Arts Center.

JUNE 27-SEPT. 28: "Susan Paulson: Wilmot," Arkansas Arts Center.

Batesville

FILM

APRIL 2-6: Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Screenings of narrative and documentary features, shorts and animation, with visiting filmmakers and a screenwriting workshop. Various venues in Batesville, $25.

Bentonville

VISUAL ARTS

THROUGH APRIL 21: "At First Sight," watercolors from the collection of Alice Walton, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

THROUGH JULY 7: "The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism," works by Paul Gaugin, Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and others, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

MAY 17-SEPT. 15: "American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution," Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Conway

MUSIC

APRIL 7: Pianist Norm Boehm. Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m.

APRIL 21: Wind Ensemble Outdoor Concert. Grounds outside Staples Auditorium, Hendrix College, 5:30 p.m.

APRIL 22: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40.

THEATER

MARCH 20: "Sweet Charity." Neil Simon and Bob Fosse's 1966 musical. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40.

Fayetteville

COMEDY

APRIL 12: Sinbad. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $25-$55.

MUSIC, large venues

APRIL 3: Laura Aikin. Walton Arts Center, 8:15 p.m., $75.

APRIL 8: Joe Nichols, Backroad Anthem. Washington Regional Hospital Gala. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $75 (main floor sold out).

APRIL 25: Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, "Straighten Up and Fly Right." A tribute to Nat King Cole. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $36-$52.

MAY 3: Mariachi Los Camperos. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10-$25.

MAY 6: Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $49-$79.

MAY 20: Shannon Wurst. Walton Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., $10.

MAY 29: Chapel Series Concert: Cry You One. Walton Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., $10.

MAY 30: Chapel Series: The Dover Quartet. Walton Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., $10.

MUSIC, small venues

MARCH 20: Blackberry Smoke. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $17.50.

MARCH 21: Carolyn Wonderland. George's Majestic Lounge, 6 p.m., $5.

MARCH 22: Voltaire. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15

MARCH 26: Icon For Hire. George's Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $12.

MARCH 29: Terrapin Flyer, Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $18.

APRIL 1: Band of Heathens. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10.

APRIL 3: Stoney LaRue. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $17.

APRIL 4: Royal Southern Brotherhood, Samantha Fish. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 5: Tab Benoit, The Cate Brothers. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 6: Elephant Revival. George's Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $15.

APRIL 9: The Lacs, Moonshine Bandits. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 10: Josh Abbott Band. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 11: The Paul Thorn Band. George's Majestic Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $20.

APRIL 13: Blue October. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25.

APRIL 18: Catherine Russell Group. Walton Arts Center, 7 and 9 p.m.

APRIL 18: Split Lip Rayfield. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $12.

APRIL 19: Tragikly White, Ultra Suede. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10.

APRIL 22: Trampled by Turtles. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 23: Randy Rogers Band. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 24: Whiskey Myers. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10.

APRIL 26: Zoogma. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $12.

APRIL 27: Slightly Stoopid. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $27.50.

APRIL 29: GRIZ. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $18.

APRIL 30: St. Paul and The Broken Bones. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10.

MAY 3: Leftover Salmon. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

THEATER

APRIL 1-6: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Wizard of Oz." Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Tue., 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $26-$83.

APRIL 10-May 4: "Hamlet." Walton Arts Center, 7:30 Wed.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. Wed. $10-$35.

APRIL 23: The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25.

JUNE 17: "SPANK! Harder." Sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey" parody, Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $20-$45.

HOT SPRINGS

MUSIC

JUNE 1-14. Hot Springs Music Festival. Hot Springs National Park, $150.

OZARK

MUSIC

JUNE 5: Wakarusa 2014. Campout and music festival featuring The Flaming Lips, The String Cheese Incident, STS9, BASSNECTAR, Umphrey's McGee, Dr. Dog, and many others. Mulberry Mountain, $179.

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