RED OCTOPUS: Irreverent theater troupe's opens six-night run at 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at Vino's.
Looking for a bargain? You’ll find it at the Junior League of Little Rock’s Bargain Barn, being held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds’ Dodge Hall of Industry on Saturday, April 30, from 7 a.m. to noon. Admission is $3. Bargain Barn helps the League fund projects while providing the community an opportunity to purchase quality new and used merchandise at reasonable prices.
Early birds can beat the crowds by participating in the Bargain Barn Preview Party on Friday, April 29, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling 375-5557. Preview Party event items are priced double what their prices will be on Saturday, when shoppers will be allowed to line up at 3:30 a.m.
For more information call 372-8341.
Silent screen fun
David Briggs, organist emeritus at Gloucester Cathedral in England, will recreate the experience of the silent movie with organ accompaniment at Hendrix College on Sunday, May 1, with improvised organ music during a showing of the silent version of the 1925 film “The Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney. The free performance begins at 3 p.m. in Staples Auditorium. Call 501-450-1248.
Guns and murder
Murry’s Dinner Playhouse will conclude its run of “Annie Get Your Gun” on Sunday, May 1, then open “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” on Tuesday, May 3, for a run through most of the month.
Irving Berlin’s greatest musical comedy success, “Annie Get Your Gun” is the story of Annie Oakley pitting her natural genius at the trigger against the sharp-shooting of Frank Butler, rifle star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, until she learns the meaning of the words to one of the best songs in the show, “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.”
Showtimes are 7:45 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (dinner at 6 p.m.) and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday (dinner at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.).
“Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” will start such Murry’s regulars as Natalie Canerday, Glen Gilbert and Don Bolinger in a musical comedy about a love triangle at a motor lodge.
Ticket prices are $25 for matinees, $29 for Friday and Saturday shows and $27 for all other performances. Call 562-3131 for reservations.
Designs running out
Have you seen the Symphony Designer House yet? Your time is running short. The fund-raiser for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will be open only through Sunday, May 1. The house is at 6 River Ridge Circle and has a stunning view of the Arkansas River. Tickets are $15, and the home is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Call 666-1761 for more information.
The Arkansas Travelers return to Ray Winder Field for games against the San Antonio Missions starting Thursday, April 28. Game times are 7:10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Discount coupons are available to the games, while regular ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Box seats are $2 more. Call 666-1555 for more information on where to find discount tickets (most Sonic locations will have $3 discount coupons for the Friday and Saturday games).
Fireworks will be featured after Saturday’s game. Friday also features a Travs logo ball to the first 1,000 paid children. On Sunday, anyone with an AARP card will be admitted free.
Springtime at the Fairgrounds
The Arkansas Spring Livestock Show is Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1, at the State Fairgrounds.
The Fairgrounds will offer camper hook-ups available for nightly rentals. Livestock judging will take place in many buildings and arenas on the Fairgrounds.
Admission is free. For complete schedules, visit http://www.arkfairgrounds.com. For other information, call 372-8341.
The Arkansas Twisters are back home after two weeks on the road, looking for their first win as they play host to the Florida Firecats at Alltel Arena on Saturday, April 30. Doors open at 6 p.m., and kickoff is at 7 p.m. Following the game, the Fort Smith-based rock group Starkz will perform.
Ticket prices start at $10 for the upper deck and $21 for the lower bowl. Children under 18, college students, military, seniors, police, firefighters and EMTs get $2 off the regular ticket price.
Call the team office at 975-5425 or Ticketmaster at 975-7575.
Beale Street loads up with music
Such big names as Sarah McLachlan, Elvis Costello, Trey Anastasio, the Wallflowers and the Killers will be on the stages of the Beale Street Music Festival, which kicks off the annual Memphis in May celebration Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1. The international event usually draws thousands of Arkansans across the river.
Four stages will be set up at Tom Lee Park, at the foot of Beale Street by the Mississippi River, with a wide array of acts that range from pop to rock to hip-hop to indie-rock to blues to Irish. Music begins at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday.
Among the scheduled acts:
Friday, April 29: Trey Anastasio, the Wallflowers, Jack Johnson, Tommy Castro, Mavis Staples, Gavin DeGraw, Nickel Creek, W.C. Clark, Ingram Hill, Popa Chubby, Carey Bell, Seether, American Hi-Fi, Yo Gotti, Michael Tolcher.
Saturday, April 30: Nelly, The Killers, Los Lonely Boys, Guitar Shorty, Jonny Lang, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mooney, Collective Soul, Tesla, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Crossfade, Al Kapone, North Mississippi Allstars, Spin Doctors, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, Hubert Sumlin & Willie Big Eyes Smith, Little Feat, Todd Snider, Particle, Pinetop Perkins & Willie Big Eyes Smith.
Sunday, May 1: Sarah McLachlan, the Black Crowes, the Roots, Johnny Winter, Billy Idol, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Elvis Costello, War, James Cotton Blues Band, Lisa Marie Presley, Chevelle, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm.
Tickets are $22.50 per day or $58.50 for a full, three-day pass. For more information, visit www.memphisinmay.org.