BACK AGAIN: Folkie Pete Morton.
n Artament Bash, the Arkansas Arts Center’s annual holiday shopping extravaganza, will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, at the AAC, 9th and Commerce streets, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Works by regional and local artists will be featured, including ornaments, glass, jewelry, pottery, wood-turned objects, toys, frames, books and other gift items. In addition, Arkansas artists Jane Hankins, Rae Ann Bayless, James Hayes and Ron Mynatt will be on hand to discuss their works. A trunk show featuring jewelry by artist Ayala Bar is also scheduled.
Holiday music and refreshments will also be part of the event. Admission is free to AAC members and $15 for non-members. Arkansas Arts Center members receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases. AAC memberships will be available at the door. Call 372-4000 or visit www.arkarts.com for more information.
n The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, noted for its spring Greekfest, unveils a new fall event this weekend. Merry Market, set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, at the church on Napa Valley Drive, will feature more than 30 artisans and craftsmen from around the U.S. with their one-of-a-kind items. And yes, the church will offer its famed baklava, always a hit at Greekfest, for purchase along with other snacks and beverages.
The market runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds, 1100 Napa Valley Drive in West Little Rock. Admission is free and free parking is available at the Agape Church across the street from Annunciation.
The church will also accept orders this weekend for holiday pastries. An assortment of prepackaged tins can be shipped anywhere in the country.
For more information, call 221-5300.
n British folk singer Pete Morton makes his sixth trip to Little Rock to perform for the Little Rock Folk Club on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Morton, noted for a strong traditional-style voice and strident guitar style, has played worldwide for nearly two decades.His “Another Train” has been covered by numerous artists, and he’s recorded five solo albums of original material and an album of traditional songs
The show is at the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Thomson Hall, 1818 Reservoir Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
n Enjoy food from many of the top independent restaurants in the area and help support the Arkansas School for the Deaf with the 15th annual Silent Sunday on Nov. 7.
The event, sponsored by the Central Arkansas Independent Restaurant Operators (CAIRO), is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center, and it’s the biggest all-you-can-eat buffet in Arkansas. Such restaurants as Beechwood Grill, Bene Vita/Loca Luna, Boulevard Bread Co., Bruno’s Little Italy, Cajun’s Wharf, Capers, Ciao and Ciao Baci, Doe’s, Faded Rose, Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some, Mr. Mason’s, Sesame’s, Sonny Williams Steakroom and Trio’s will be represented. A complete list of restaurants and what they’re bringing can be found at www.silentsunday.org.
Admission is $18 in advance for adults ($20 at the door) and $5 for children ages 6-12. Live entertainment and door prizes also are part of the event. Call 324-9506.
n Clay Walker brings Nashville country music to Hot Springs’ Summit Arena on Friday, Nov. 5, with rising country newcomer Jeff Bates opening the show at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for the lower level and $20 for the upper level; they’re available through all Ticketmaster outlets or at the arena (321-1919).
The Beaumont, Texas, born Walker has strung together a series of country hits of the past 11 years, with four platinum and two gold albums, as well as 11 No. 1 singles. His latest release is “Say No More,” produced by Byron Gallimore.
The deep-voiced Bates, a Mississippian whose performing career started in Little Rock when he was 28, has a style reminiscent of Trace Adkins. Bates hit the charts recently with “The Love Song.” He left Little Rock for Nashville in 1997 and has finally seen the hard work pay off.