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PROCTOR: Date at Rep.
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Marathon madness
The fourth Little Rock Marathon will be run Sunday, March 5, taking participants on a scenic tour of the capital city and its historic neighborhoods and finishing at the state Capitol.

Up to 4,000 runners are expected to participate. For the running stragglers who missed the online or early registration, the signup for the marathon will resume at the Health and Fitness Expo, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at Robinson Center Exhibit Hall. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and all participants must pick up their official race packet there. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand with the newest designs in fitness gear, shoes, clothing and jewelry and the latest developments in fitness and nutrition.

Entry forms are available online at www.littlerockmarathon.com. Registration at the Expo is $85.

The official start for the race is 8 a.m., but there is also a 6 a.m. early start for athletes who will need more than 6 hours to complete the 26.2 miles. The wheelchair start is at 7:55 a.m.

The race begins at Cross Street and Capitol Avenue and proceeds over the Broadway Bridge and through North Little Rock, back over the bridge and through the River Market and on to the Quapaw Quarter, past Central High School, then steadily climbing up to the Hillcrest neighborhood and down through Allsop Park. The route works its way toward the river and Murray Park dam, then backtracks toward downtown and the finish.

Besides the runners tackling the marathon course, there will be teams breaking up the distance into quarters, a half-marathon, walkers of both the marathon and half-marathon, and a kids’ competition. At various points along the route, groups will be stationed to cheer on the runners and provide water or Gatorade.

The race is a sanctioned qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

All marathon participants receive the official race T-shirt, personalized race number, marathon finisher’s T-shirt, results book, access to the post-race refreshment area, free admission to the post-race party, finisher’s certificate, and the world’s largest finisher’s medal.

A limited number of tickets are available for the pre-race Pasta Party at the River Market on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A post-race celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the River Market.



Rep’s ‘Bad Dates’ on Second Stage
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre puts its Second Stage to use again this year with the one-woman comedy “Bad Dates” starring Mary Proctor, opening Friday, March 3.

Proctor last appeared at the Rep as Kate Keller in the Rep’s “The Miracle Worker,” directed by the Rep’s artistic assistant Brad Mooy, who directs this show as well.

The Theresa Rebeck play explores the world of dating through the exploits of newly single restaurant manager and shoe connoisseur Haley Walker (Proctor). Walker, in the setting of her bedroom, relates the very real tales of one dreadful date after another, hoping for a change in the trend.

Rebeck has written and produced for television, including “NYPD Blue” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Her plays include “Omnium Gatherum,” “The Butterfly Collection,” “View of the Dome,” “The Family of Mann,” “Loose Knit” and “Spike Heels.”

Proctor’s theater credits include the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Theatre Company, Meadow Brook Theatre, Cape May Stage, Orlando Shakespeare Festival and the Delaware Theatre Company.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Wednesday. “Bad Dates” runs through March 19. All tickets are $20, and the Second Stage is set up for festival seating. There are fewer than 100 seats available for each show.

A regularly priced public sneak preview is Thursday, March 2. Friday’s opening night show will include a reception with the cast and crew in the lobby. The March 8 performance will be sign-interpreted for the hearing impaired.

For tickets, call 378-0405 or 866-684-3737, or go online at www.therep.org.



Chamber Singers salute Mozart
The happy birthday tidings for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who would be 250 years old this year, continue when the Arkansas Chamber Singers present “Happy Birthday Amadeus” on Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m.

The show, the season-ender for the ACS, is scheduled at St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive.

The group will sing “The Coronation Mass” and “Misericordias Domini” with orchestral accompaniment.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 377-1121 or purchase tickets at the door. For more information on the Singers, visit www.ar-chambersingers.org.



Flowers galore
Arkansas home gardeners will be out in full force this weekend, March 3-5, for the annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, the largest show of its kind in the state, with more than 10,000 people expected to attend at the Statehouse Convention Center.

The volunteer Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Inc. organization plans the event, in which plant enthusiasts can share new ideas on gardening, landscaping and horticulture practices through an array of seminars, demonstrations and exhibits. Plants will also be available for purchase.

Daily admission is $7 for adults (a $10 three-day pass is also available), $5 for seniors, and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 800-459-7469 or visit arflowerandgardenshow.org.

Along with the show, an afternoon tea will be offered Friday through Sunday. The full-service light lunch will be served by Capriccio Grill in the upstairs area of the Statehouse Convention Center, adjacent to the Wally Allen Ballroom.

Seatings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $25 per person and does not include a ticket to the Flower and Garden Show. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 821-4000.



Family Day at Arts Center
In conjunction with its exhibit “African Masterpieces from the New Orleans Museum of Art,” the Arkansas Arts Center will hold a special free Family Day titled “African Masterpieces: Rhythm and Design” on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium.

Docent-led tours are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The tours are free, or families can take their own individual tours through the “African Masterpieces” exhibit.

Also, visual arts workshops will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., plus drumming workshops led by African master drummer Stephin Booth at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The workshops are $6 per person and space is limited; reserve a spot by calling 396-0367.

Regular gallery hours at the Arts Center, at 9th and Commerce streets, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 372-4000 for more information.

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