SEC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT12 p.m., Alltel Arena. $10-$90.
For the first time in three years, the women's conference tourney returns to Alltel Arena. For fans of the Hogs women's team, that means a chance to coax the recently on-fire squad on a run. The team opens the tournament at noon Thursday against the No. 9-seeded Ole Miss Rebels. If they win, they'll face Auburn on Friday at noon. Start feigning sickness now, hoops fans. For out-of-towners here to support their team and looking for something to do, downtown North Little Rock's Argenta arts district is generally pretty jumping, with good food, cold beer, etc. Ditto for the River Market in Little Rock, just a trolley ride away (at last, a reason for someone to use it!). The Times is hosting a showcase of some of the finest music in Central Arkansas on Friday night at 8 p.m. at Revolution, which is at the west end of the River Market on President Clinton. We'd love to have you.