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SPRING ARTS CALENDAR

GREATER LITTLE ROCK

ART

MARCH 22-MAY 5: "Ron Meyers: A Potter's Menagerie exhibition." Plates, platters, bowls, yunomi, drawings. Arkansas Arts Center.

MARCH 25-30: "JFK 50 Years Later." Archival photographs from Rogers Photo Archives, galleries in downtown North Little Rock.

JUNE 7-SEPT. 8: "Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House." Paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries from a London collection. $12 adults, $10 seniors, free to members. Arkansas Arts Center.

THROUGH JULY 21: "Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard." Photographs documenting the masters of the art form.

BOOKS

APRIL 18-21: Arkansas Literary Festival. The 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, a gathering of readers and writers that will include more than 80 presenters at venues on both sides of the river. Main Library.

MAY 2: Reading by authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Benefit for the Arkansas Literary Festival. Circle B Ranch, 17300 Burlingame Road. 7 p.m., $75, www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org or CALS library branches.

MAY 3: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana. Reading and book-signing with the Oscar-winning writers. RSVP necessary. 501-918-3029. Christ Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., free.

COMEDY

MARCH 25: Doug Stanhope. Juanita's, 7 p.m., $27.

MARCH 26: Jim Gaffigan. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $48-$58.

EVENTS

MARCH 21: Bless the Mic: Touré. Presentation from the novelist, essayist, cultural critic and co-host of "The Cycle" on MSNBC. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m., free.

MARCH 26: Betsy Fischer Martin. Presentation from the executive producer of NBC's "Meet the Press." Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free.

APRIL 18: 2nd Annual Seersucker Social. With prizes for most-dashing seersucker-wearing gentleman and lady, live music, croquet and drinks. Old State House Museum, 6 p.m., $50.

APRIL 24-28: Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m. April 24-26, 24, 7 p.m.; April 25, 7 p.m.; April 26, 7 p.m.; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. April 27, April 28, 2 p.m., $13-$46.

MAY 4: Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast. Whole-hog cooking competition, with live music, beer and more. Downtown North Little Rock. Noon-10 p.m. $25.

FILM

MARCH 22-24: Little Rock Horror Picture Show. Horror film fest hosted at Argenta Community Theater and The Joint. Argenta Community Theater, March 22-24, $43 (event pass).

MAY 14-19: 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival. Various venues in Downtown Little Rock.

MUSIC

MARCH 21: Hinder, Aranda, Acidic. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $25.

MARCH 21: Randy Rogers Band. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of.

MARCH 22: The Apache Relay, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $10.

MARCH 22: Confederate Railroad. Juanita's, 10 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of.

MARCH 22: Nappy Roots. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m.

MARCH 23: Pinback, JP Inc. All-ages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

MARCH 23: The Stone Foxes, Stella Luss, Randy Harsey. Juanita's, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

MARCH 24: Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady. Juanita's, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

MARCH 25: Soul Asylum. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $20.

MARCH 26: Aaron Carter, The Supporting Cast, Nikki Flores, Petrel, Pricecrew. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

MARCH 26: The Hudson Falcons, Dressed for the Occasion. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

MARCH 29: John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7.

MARCH 31: Machine Gun Kelly. Juanita's, 8 p.m., $20.

APRIL 3: The Hot 8 Brass Band. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $15.

APRIL 4: Chamber Music Society of Little Rock. Featuring Sebastian Baverstam on cello. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25.

APRIL 4: Corey Smith. 18-and-older. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20.

APRIL 6: Amp Out Alz 2: A Rock & Roll Event Benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas. Featuring Geezer. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of.

APRIL 6: Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour. Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $35-$91.

APRIL 7: Futurebirds, The Whigs. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

APRIL 9: The Almost. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of.

APRIL 11: Third Day, Colton Dixon, Josh Wilson. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $21-$43.

APRIL 12: Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, Bad Years, Glittercore, Crooked Roots. Juanita's, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

APRIL 12: Frightened Rabbit, Wintersleep. All-ages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of.

APRIL 12: George Strait, Martina McBride. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $86-$109.

APRIL 13: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: "Midori & Tchaikovsky." Featuring Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro Overture" Robinson Center, April 13, 8 p.m.; April 14, 3 p.m.

APRIL 13: Bam Margera, Hunter Moore, members of CKY. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15-$40.

APRIL 13: Hazynation. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8.

APRIL 19: Adam Carroll. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

APRIL 19: Casey Donahew Band, Brian Keane. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of.

APRIL 20: Grupo Fantasma. Juanita's, 10 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

APRIL 21: Gwar, Warbeast, Wilson. 18-and-older. Revolution, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of.

APRIL 22: Twiztid, Hed PE, Glasses Malone, Potluck. Juanita's, 8 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of.

APRIL 24: JT Hodges, Luke Williams, Wes Burnett Band. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

APRIL 25: Mansions on the Moon, Carousel. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

APRIL 26: Collin Raye, Big Shane Thornton, Brandi Shae. Juanita's, 9:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of.

APRIL 26: Paleface, Graham Wilkinson. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $6.

APRIL 27: Mulehead. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

APRIL 27: Randall Shreve & The Sideshow. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6.

MAY 3: Fleetwood Mac. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $39-$147.

MAY 7: Red, We as Human, Southbound. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

MAY 8: The Devil Makes Three, Jonny Fritz. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of.

MAY 8: Sick Puppies, Amsterdam, The Revolutioners. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $22 day of.

MAY 9: Ben Taylor, Treva Blomquist, Cliff Hutchison. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.

MAY 11: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: "Cirque de la Symphonie." Featuring acrobats, contortionists and aerial flyers along with classical and contemporary music. Robinson Center, May 11, 8 p.m.; May 12, 3 p.m.

MAY 23: Mary Gauthier. All-ages. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $20.

MAY 24-26: Riverfest. Performers TBA. Riverfest Amphitheatre, $35. 400 President Clinton Ave.

JUNE 8: Earl & Them. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8.

THEATER

MARCH 21-31: "Treasure Island." World premiere of a new musical version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale. Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

MARCH 19-APRIL 7: "Rex's Exes." Comedy in which the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmy Wyvette — teeter on the brink of disaster again. Murry's Dinner Playhouse. Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35.

APRIL 1-2: Monty Python's "Spamalot." The Tony- and Grammy-winning musical comedy from the Monty Python creative team. Robinson Center Music Hall, April 1-2, 7:30 p.m., $27-$64.

APRIL 5-20: "Doubt: A Parable." John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play about Father Flynn, a beloved and progressive parish priest, and Sister Aloysius, the school's rigidly conservative principal, set in 1964 at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx. The Weekend Theater. Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16.

APRIL 12-13: "The Odds Against 'U.S.'." An original play written and directed by Chris E. James. Argenta Community Theater, Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., $20-$30.

APRIL 16-MAY 12: "See How They Run." A former American actress and wife of the vicar shakes things up in a sleepy English village. Murry's Dinner Playhouse. Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35.

APRIL 24-MAY 12: "Death of a Salesman." Arthur Miller's tragic masterwork, hailed as the greatest American play ever. Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

MAY 3-18: "The Paris Letter." Jon Robin Baitz's story of Wall Street powerhouse Sandy Sonenberg, who finds his personal and professional life threatened by the unraveling secrets of his past. The Weekend Theater. Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16.

MAY 21-JUNE 9: "Steel Magnolias." Comedy about six Southern women who meet at a local beauty parlor to discuss their lives. Murry's Dinner Playhouse. Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35.

JUNE 5-30: "Avenue Q." The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical; contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

JUNE 19-23: "Jersey Boys." Robinson Center Music Hall, Wed., June 19, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 22, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

JUNE 21-22: "Much Ado About Nothing." Argenta Community Theater, 7:30 p.m.

BATESVILLE

FILM

APRIL 3-7: 12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and other venues. $3-$25.

BENTONVILLE

ART

THROUGH MAY 27: "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell," 50 paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers, $12 for non-members. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

MAY 11-AUG. 12: "American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life." Works from the Musee de Louvre, High Museum of Art, the Terra Foundation for American Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges.

CONWAY

MUSIC

MARCH 26: UCA Dixieland Jazz Band. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.

APRIL 2: Amy Grant. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.

APRIL 3: Lake Street Dive. Concert in Worsham Performance Hall, no tickets required. Hendrix College, 8 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.

APRIL 15: The 5 Browns. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.

THEATER

JUNE 6-8: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: "Much Ado About Nothing." The Village at Hendrix, 7:30 p.m.

JUNE 12-13, 15: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: "Oliver!" Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m.

JUNE 16: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: "Much Ado About Nothing." Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m.

JUNE 20, 23, 26-27, 29-30: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: "King Lear." Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m.

JUNE 23, 26, 29: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 2 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE

COMEDY

MARCH 26: Doug Stanhope. UARK Bowl, 8 p.m., $25.

MUSIC

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

MARCH 28: Garrison Keillor: A Brand-New Retrospective. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $38-$76.

MARCH 29: James McMurtry. George's Majestic Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $15.

APRIL 2: Kool & The Gang. Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $75.

APRIL 7: Bob Schneider. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $18.

APRIL 8: Kris Allen. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15.

APRIL 9: Slightly Stoopid. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25.

APRIL 17-18: Umphrey's McGee. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25.

APRIL 19: American Aquarium. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $7.

APRIL 19: Caravanserai: Orchestra of Fes directed by Mohammed Briouel with Francoise Atlan. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10-$25.

APRIL 20: Casey Donahew. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

APRIL 20: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $18-$48.

APRIL 25: Stoney LaRue. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $17.

MAY 4: Corey Smith. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

MAY 5: Delbert McClinton. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $25-$75.

MAY 7: Sick Puppies. George's Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $20.

MAY 18: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas: A Tribute to John Williams. Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $28-$48.

THEATER

APRIL 9-14: "Anything Goes." Cole Porter's high-seas musical comedy. Contains mild adult situations. Walton Arts Center, April 9-11, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 14, 2 and 7 p.m., $40-$63.

APRIL 18-MAY 12: "Next to Normal." The critically acclaimed musical drama about a family's struggle with mental illness. Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m., $10-$22.

APRIL 26-28: "American Idiot." Musical based on Green Day's best-selling album of the same name. Contains some mature themes. Walton Arts Center, Fri., April 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 28, 2 p.m., $53-$79.

MAY 22-26: "War Horse." A horse named Joey and a young man called Albert form an unbreakable bond that carries them through the battlefields of World War I. Contains scenes of war that might not be suitable for youngsters. Walton Arts Center, Wed., May 22, 7 p.m.; Thu., May 23, 2 and 7 p.m.; Fri., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 25, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., May 26, 2 p.m., $49-$63.

HOT SPRINGS

MUSIC

MARCH 23: Air Review, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass. Maxine's, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 door.

APRIL 4: Ray Tarantino. Maxine's, 8 p.m., free.

OZARK

MUSIC

MAY 30-JUNE 2: Wakarusa. Featuring Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, STS9, Snoop Lion and more. Mulberry Mountain, $150-$660. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark. www.wakarusa.com.

JUNE 6-8: Thunder on the Mountain. Featuring Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich and many more. Mulberry Mountain, $91-$507. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark.

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