- 'RAIN': Of the cirque variety.
Folks in the front row might need weather gear when the Canadian circus troupe Cirque eloize performs “Rain” at the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets range from $12 to $35.
“Eloize” is the flashes of heat lightning seen on the horizon in the Magdalen Islands and is the inspiration for the seven founding members of Cirque eloize, which blends theater, dance and circus on stage. “Rain” features trapeze, juggling, contortion, acrobatics and aerial rings, and even some water and other surprises. The show is considered suitable for all ages.
Daniele Finzi Pasca, the director of “Rain,” is creating, writing and directing the entertainment for the closing ceremonies of the XX Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, later this month.
Call 866-810-0012 for tickets, or visit the online link www.uca.edu/reynolds.
Riverdale debate and poetry night
Besides its regular lineup of movies, the Riverdale 10 theater on Cantrell Road will be featuring special events on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11.
On Friday, Arkansas Times columnist Warwick Sabin and Stephens Media columnist David Sanders will debate the state’s minimum wage proposal in a Toastmaster’s Debate from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $6.
Saturday, the focus turns to spoken word with a poetry slam sponsored by Mediums Art Gallery and Jimmy Cheffen. Local poets will compete for cash prizes, and the audience will choose the winner. The poetry slam begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $6.
The Riverdale 10 offers beer along with its usual concessions on special event nights.
“Love Letters,” a play by A.R. Gurney, will be presented for two shows only by the Community Theatre of Little Rock this weekend at Woolly Auditorium on the Arkansas School for the Blind campus.
Tricia H. Spione directs the play, based on letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people. The cast includes Jim Watkins, Kevin Smith, Sharon Cound, Anne Stermock, Rebecca Jones and Brigette Brumbelow.
The shows will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The $15 ticket price includes a dessert reception before each show. Call 663-9494 for reservations or purchase tickets at the door.
RVs en masse
More than 125 recreational vehicles will be on display from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 10-12, at the Statehouse Convention Center in the 30th annual Arkansas RV Show. It’s the largest show of its type in the state, with nearly 100,000 square feet of RV exhibits and such vehicles as motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and camping trailers. The exhibits will feature resorts, campgrounds, RV accessories and more, plus factory reps will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $4, with children 12 and under admitted free of charge.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 225-6177 for more information.
Basketball twin bill
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock men’s and women’s teams both will be in action Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Jack Stephens Center on campus. The women open the action at 4:30 p.m. against Florida International. The men’s game between the Trojans and Savannah State should begin at about 7 p.m. Tickets range from $8 for end zone tickets to $35 for the club level, and include both games. Call 565-8257.
The Old State House Museum will hold its annual Valentine Fair on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children and the young at heart can create colorful valentine cards and learn the history of Valentine’s Day through a variety of hands-on activities, including paper filigree. Admission is always free at the museum. Call 324-9685 or visit www.oldstatehouse.com via the Internet.