Roaring trucks at Alltel 

AT ALLTEL: Monster wheelies.
  • AT ALLTEL: Monster wheelies.
With children’s tickets priced at $5, the high-energy U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam monster truck show at Alltel Arena on Friday and Saturday is definitely geared toward family audiences. And anybody with young boys knows they love monster trucks.

See such mammoths as the world champion “Gravedigger,” which runs over and pile drives autos. Maximum destruction is planned when the custom-built, 12-feet-tall, 10,000-pound monster trucks start rolling with their 1,500-horsepower engines built for short, high-powered bursts of speed. In a lineup that sounds like WWE, other featured trucks include “Black Stallion,” “Blacksmith” and “Iron Warrior.” The trucks will engage in side-by-side racing and free-style performance.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Advance adult tickets are $17.50, plus handling fee. Children’s tickets, with the handling fee that goes to the bus shuttles available in Little Rock and North Little Rock, total $6.25 and are available through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com) or the arena box office (975-9000). Ticket prices increase $2 the day of the show.

For more information, visit www.monsterjamonline.com.

HBO Poets at Mediums
Mediums gallery poets will go up against the HBO Def Poets Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25-26, in “Illegal Poetry.” The shows begin both nights at 8 p.m. and feature HBO’s own Def Jam Poet Abyss and Christopher Haman of BET’s “Comic View.” Abyss has starred on “Def Poetry Jam” on seasons 1 and 2, and was instrumental in starting the first Word Youth Poetry Slam. Abyss is also the co-founder of Project A.R.M and is part of the NACA Tour.

Food and wine will be available.

Tickets for either night are $10. Call 612-7914 or visit www.myspace.com/mediumsgallery.

Youthful concert
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra members will team up with their youthful counterparts in the ASO’s Youth Orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 27, in the fourth annual “Side By Side” concert at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The show is at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the ASO’s music education programs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $6 for children. Call 666-1761.

Improv is back
The ImprovLittle Rock troupe returns to the Public Theatre, 616 Center St. in downtown Little Rock, for its two-night show of impromptu sketch comedy and competition. The narrative-based team uses stories and experiments with narrative structures over gags and gimmicks for a show of unscripted comedy, and audience suggestions are key to the show.

The group performs what it calls Theatresportz and Micetro. The shows start at 10:30 p.m. both nights, and admission is $7. Call 374-7529.

Theater watch
Back at the local theaters this week:

• “Noises Off,” a comedy spoof of a British bedroom farce, continues at Woolly Auditorium on the Arkansas School for the Blind campus and is presented by Community Theatre of Little Rock. The show runs and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call 63-9494.

• “West Side Story,” the fabled Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, continues for four days at the Weekend Theater, Seventh and Chester Streets. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The show, directed by Jamie Scott Blakey with musical direction by Lori Isner, is a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” set among the slums of New York and involving rival gangs.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Last week’s evening shows were sold out. Call 374-3761 for ticket availability.

Horning in for biggest buck
The Big Buck Classic, deemed the largest deer hunting and outdoor sports event in Arkansas, returns for three days at Barton Coliseum.

The show kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday and runs until 8 p.m. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m. are 6 p.m. See a live exotic animal display featuring a lion, let the kids take in rock climbing and other games, and enjoy the KABZ-sponsored chili cookoff on Saturday. Door prizes include a Chevrolet Silverado. Deer hunters bring in their racks from the previous season to find out who took home the biggest deer.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.bigbuckclassic.com.

More boats at Statehouse
The boat shows continue at the Statehouse Convention Center this weekend with the Little Rock Sports and Boat Show, featuring top-rated boats, fishing tackle and gear and more. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 7 to 14. Children 6 and under are admitted at no charge. Call 901-867-7007 or visit www.exposouth.com.

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