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Gatlin in benefit Popular country artist Larry Gatlin will headline an acoustic concert on Friday, Aug. 5, at Robinson Center Music Hall. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $40, $35 and $30 from all Ticketmaster outlets (most Harvest Foods stores, 975-7575 or www.ticketmaster.com) or the Celebrity Attractions office at Third and Spring streets. The show will benefit the Andy Mayberry for Congress campaign. Wiggles return Australia’s The Wiggles, entertainers of the pre-school crowd, will perform two shows at Alltel Arena Tuesday, Aug. 9. The group, seen on the Disney Channel, will bring along its usual friends (Capt. Feathersword, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur and the Wiggly Dancers) and the Wiggles themselves will spend time mingling with the audience. Shows are at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets or the arena box office. ‘White Chicks …’ continues “A Coupla White Chicks Sittin’ Around Talkin’ ” starring Natalie Canerday and Nora Wells continues this week at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St. The show is set in a well-equipped Westchester kitchen and describes a week in the life of two sharply different housewives. Maude Mix (Wells) is a no-nonsense, strait-laced WASP who is governed by the attitudes of Better Homes and Gardens. Hannah Mae Bindler (Canerday) is a bawdy and bold ex-cheerleader from Austin, Texas, who has just moved in next door. At first grudgingly, and then wholeheartedly, these two opposites become the best of friends. Canerday, whose resume includes the films “Sling Blade” and “October Sky,” is a regular with Wells in Murry’s Dinner Playhouse shows. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Call 374-7529. Christian rock at Magic Springs Contemporary Christian music stars Jars of Clay and Taylor Sorenson will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. The event is part of Christian Youth Day. The Grammy-winning Jars of Clay’s latest release is “Who We Are Instead.” Taylor Sorenson’s “The Overflow” is his first full-length album after his well-received EP debut disc, “The Fill.” The concert is free with paid admission to the park ($39.95 for a season pass, $24.99 for a concert admission after 5 p.m.). Upcoming in the Magic Springs concert series are country superstars Diamond Rio on Aug. 13, the Charlie Daniels Band on Aug. 20, Arkansas-born country sensation Joe Nichols on Aug. 27 and Texas honky-tonk star Pat Green on Sept. 3. Call 501-624-0100 or visit www.magicsprings.com. The park is east of Hot Springs on U.S. Highway 70. LR group observes atom-bomb dates Events on Saturday and Tuesday will observe the 60th anniversary of the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to bring World War II to an end. A memorial service at 8 a.m. Aug. 6, the anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb, in the blue tents behind the River Market pavilion area will be followed by a film, educational exhibits, and origami and shadow games for children. On Aug. 9, the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Medea Benjamin, founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink, will discuss nuclear nonproliferation and will sign her new book, “Stop The Next War Now,” at the Darragh Center of the Main Library, 100 Rock St. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sponsors of the free events are Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), the Women’s Project, the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice (ACPJ) and the Little Rock Quaker Meeting. At least 120,000 were killed outright by the bombs. Many others died months or years later from radiation after-effects. NLR outdoors The Argenta Adventure Community Breakfast will feature food, arts, crafts and entertainment at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, downtown. Call the sponsor, Main Street Argenta, at 975-8777 for more information. Hunt wild orchids Pinnacle Mountain State Park will hold a wild orchid hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Park interpreters will lead walks through the Arkansas Arboretum and point out the various orchids. The event is free. Call 868-5806 or visit www.arkansasstateparks.com for more information.

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