Alison Kraus at Alltel
ALISON'S ON: Alison Krauss and Union Station play Alltel.
Alison Krauss, with Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, plays Alltel Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12.
The Grammy-winning bluegrass group was forced to reschedule a March date at Alltel when Krauss developed throat problems. She's fine now, promoters say. Tickets are $34.50 and $39.50 through Ticketmaster (975-7575) or the arena (975-9000).
This week at Wildwood
American popular music with an Italian twist is on the menu at Wildwood Park as it continues its Festival of Music and the Arts. “From Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa” is the program, highlighting the numerous singers of Italian descent who have left their mark on the American pop music scene. An Italian dinner will accompany the cabaret show, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in Wildwood’s Italian Courtyard Cafe. Artists from the Festival singers and orchestra will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $50. Call 821-7275, ext. 232.
Also this week, winemakers Chris Lake and Mike Byrum will lead the discussion “Growing Grapes and Making Wine” at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, in the courtyard cafe. Admission is $5. On Sunday, opera fans can see a video of “Tosca,” the opera that will be staged at Wildwood next week. The showing is at 4 p.m. in the cafe and admission is free.
Travs still home
The minor-league baseball Arkansas Travelers continue their longest home-stand of the year by entertaining the Tulsa Drillers and Springfield Cardinals through June 15. The Drillers series concludes Friday, June 10. For the opening night of the series with the Cardinals on Saturday, free soccer balls will be given out to the first 1,000 paid children, and the costumed Blooper will entertain throughout the game, which starts at 7:10 p.m. Sunday’s 2 p.m. game is an Academy Sports and Outdoors sponsored game, with team photos being given away. Kids can run the bases after both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.
General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Call 664-1555.
Dogs run at Oaklawn
America’s top retriever dogs will compete Friday and Saturday in the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship in the infield of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The events are free. The top 12 hunt test and field trial retrievers and their handlers will be on hand, along with the top 12 “Big Air” dogs. The public will enter through a gate in the north parking lot off Central Avenue. Concessions will be available in the infield, along with tents featuring sponsors of the Crown Championship national competition. The event will be taped for viewing later in June on ESPN. The infield opens at 2 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, with the conclusion at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 501-321-2027.
Check out the EpiSphere
The Aerospace Education Center and AYPN (Arkansas Young Professionals Network) will hold “Cocktails in the Cosmos” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at the facility on Roosevelt Road. The event is the first of several planned surrounding the opening of the EpiSphere, the new digital dome planetarium at the center. Tickets are $35 each, and proceeds will fund educational programming for the AEC. Call 376-4629.
Tomatoes in Warren
Tomatoes are ripening on the vine in Bradley County, and that means it’s time for the traditional Pink Tomato Festival, full of music and fun on the town square in Warren through Saturday, June 11.
The 49th annual festival will draw statewide politicians for its 10 a.m. parade on Saturday and the All-Tomato Luncheon, held at 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Friday events start at 9 a.m. on the town square with arts and crafts, the Arkansas Game and Fish mobile aquarium, a rock dig, face painting, turtle races, tomato packing contest, carnival midway and entertainment. The headlining music act is Bucksnort, featuring Shanna Dorey, playing the street dance starting at 7 p.m. and DJ Jamalot leading a street jam at 8 p.m. Shenandoah is the center stage headliner on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Admission on the square is free; there are charges for rides.
A ticket is required to the All-Tomato Luncheon on Saturday. A 5K run/walk kicks off Saturday’s activities at 7 a.m. Activities on the square begin at 9 a.m. The traditional tomato eating contest is at 11:30 a.m.
Jay Leno’s Harley Davidson motorcycle, on a national tour to raise money for tsunami relief, will help open the motorcycle exhibit, “Designs through Time: Motorcycles Past, Present and Future,” at Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery. The Leno bike, bought by Waste Management on eBay for $800,000 and signed by more than 60 celebrities, will be on display at the museum through Friday, June 10. The “Designs through Time” exhibit, which showcases vintage and modern-day bikes in showing the role of technology and design in motorcycle history, opens Saturday, June 11, and runs through Aug. 28. The bikes are on loan from private collections around the world and include a 1917 Excelsior, 1929 Harley Flathead and 1948 Indian Chief. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6.35 for adults, $5.85 for children and $5.35 for senior citizens. Call 396-7050 or visit www.amod.org.
Golden anniversaryfor Diamond State chorus
The Diamond State Chorus, celebrating its 50th year, will bring together several singing groups to North Little Rock High School’s East Campus for “50 Years of Harmony,” beginning at 6 p.m. Joining the Diamond State Chorus will be the Cabot Show Choir and the Wynne High School boys and girls choruses, plus a special performance from the winner of the Diamond State Chorus senior scholarship. Tickets at the door are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for students. Call 791-7464 or www.diamondstatechorus.com.