AUSSIE POP: Air Supply coming to Magic Springs.
‘It’s your kids, Marty’
The Arkansas Times Movies in the Park returns Wednesday, July 20, at Riverfest Amphitheatre with the 1985 Michael J. Fox hit “Back to the Future.” Gates open at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Coolers, picnics, chairs, blankets, Frisbees, footballs and the like are welcome. Last week’s film, “Top Gun,” was postponed to Aug. 2 because of rain and wet grounds. The previous film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” drew a crowd estimated by Little Rock Police at 1,200 people.
Donny on tour
Despite the best efforts of his publicity company to not get the word out, the one-time teen singing sensation and former TV variety show star Donny Osmond will be appearing at Robinson Center Music Hall on Thursday, July 14. Osmond, who was the featured voice in the Osmond Brothers group and their hit, “One Bad Apple,” also had a solo career with such songs as “(It’s Only) Puppy Love,” and he starred on “The Osmonds” with sister Marie.
Tickets for “An Intimate Evening of Music With Donny Osmond” are $35 and $25 through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com) or the Celebrity Attractions office at Third and Spring streets. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Theater bids happy goodbye
The Hot Springs Pocket Theatre opens its production of “The Second Time Around,” written by Henry Denken, on Thursday, July 14. Director Bill Schuler works with a cast of seven in this comedy. It will be the last production at the old Pocket Theater address, 2138 Higdon Ferry Road, as the fall production of “Harvey” will premiere at the new theatre, 170 Ravine St. “The Second Time Around” will be presented July 14-16 and July 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees July 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students through 12th grade. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning June 27th.
Reservations may be made by calling 501-525-7529 or visiting the website, www.pockettheatre.com.
Party with the Twisters
The on-field season may have turned out disappointing, but the party’s still going on for the Arkansas Twisters, who have a Twisters Thursday shindig at the River Market pavilion scheduled for Thursday, July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Based on the “Big Downtown Thursdays” concept, the Twisters offer music, $2 beers, $1 soft drinks and a pep rally with the Sirens dance team. Proceeds go to a local charity. Food is also available from River Market vendors.
The Twisters meet Macon at Alltel Arena on Saturday, July 16, at 7:05 p.m. Tickets start at $10 in the upper deck and $21 in the lower bowl. Call 975-5425.
Nutt on the ‘hot seat’?
University of Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt may or may not be feeling the pressure of winning come this fall, but he’ll be feeling the heat Tuesday, July 19, at the 31st annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas Toast and Roast beginning at 6 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. KTHV Channel 11 sports anchor and funnyman Craig O’Neill will lead the barbs, while Arkansas State University basketball coach Dickey Nutt (the football coach’s brother), KATV Channel 7 sports director and “Voice of the Razorbacks” Paul Eells and former Razorback and local personality David Bazzel share the dais. Individual tickets are $150. Call 374-6661. The event also kicks off the second annual Bid for Kid’s Sake online auction. Visit www.bbbsca.org through July 31.
We (Heart) Travs
The Arkansas Travelers will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in July -– Wednesday, July 20, to be exact — when they take on the Tulsa Drillers at Ray Winder Field. The next home stand actually starts on Tuesday, July 19, with the regular bingo night. But on Wednesday, come dressed in a red shirt or suspenders and receive free admission courtesy of Travs general manager Bill Valentine. More fun comes later in the week, when the Travs give away 1977 replica jerseys on Friday, July 22, and John Daly bobblehead dolls on Saturday, July 23. Game times are 7:10 p.m. each night. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Call 664-1555 or visit www.travs.com.
Airy blast from past
Classic Australian pop-rock balladeers Air Supply will appear at Magic Springs’ Timberlake Amphitheater in Hot Springs on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. in the theme park’s summer concert series. Air Supply was famous for such hits as “Reminiscing,” “All Out of Love,” “Lost in Love” and “Here I Am.” Admission is free with a regular park admission, and after 5 p.m. the one-time concert admission price is $23.95. Call 501-624-0100 or visit www.magicsprings.com.
Fishing in Hot Springs
The FLW Tour Championship will be held through Saturday, July 16, on Lake Hamilton, with weigh-ins at Summit Arena in Hot Springs each afternoon. The tour, in its 10th year and featuring some of the best anglers in the business, will have a $1.5 million purse up for grabs Saturday. Boats launch from the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery on Lake Hamilton. All events, including the boat and tackle show at the arena, are open to the public at no charge. Daily weigh-ins are at 5 p.m. The boat and tackle show opens at 2 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 501-321-2277 or 800-772-2489 for more information.
The NPC Arkansas State Body Building, Fitness and Figure Championships will be held at Robinson Center on Saturday, July 16. Prejudging will be at 11 a.m. and the finals will be at 7 p.m. Tickets for the prejudging portion are $15 for the first four center rows and $11 for all other seats. Prices for the finals are $30 for the first four center rows, $25 for rows 5-10 and 1-10 on the sides and $22 for all other seats. Separate tickets will be required for the prejudging and the finals. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com) or the Celebrity Attractions office.