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The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members at its 48th annual banquet on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Statehouse Convention Center.
The event begins at 6 p.m. The inductees are:
Gary Anderson, a football star at the University of Arkansas who went on to play in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Ray Brown, who played at Arkansas State and spent this past season, his 20th in the NFL, with the Washington Redskins; Bernie Cox, who has coached football at Little Rock Central since 1975 and has won seven state championships and 16 conference titles; John Daly, a winner of two of golf’s “majors” and one of the most notable golfing figures; Bettye Fiscus Dickey, a Wynne native and the first University of Arkansas women’s basketball player to score more than 1,000 points in her career, finishing with 2,073 points; Paul Eells, the longtime sports director at KATV, Channel 7, and “Voice of the Razorbacks”; Fred Grim, who led Arkansas to the NCAA Tournament in 1958, was a college basketball all-star and was drafted by the NBA before going into coaching at Green Forest; Charles Ripley, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in state history at Little Rock Parkview, winning five state championships; Henry Hawk, star football player at what is now the University of Central Arkansas, a coach, a marathoner and one of the nation’s top runners in his age division; E.C. O’Neal, a star basketball player at Arkansas Tech University in the early 1950s, and Jay Freeman, one of the highest ranked tennis players the state has produced, an invitee to Wimbledon in 1974, and winner with partner Gus Palafox of eight national doubles championships.
Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Call 663-4328 or visit www.arksportshalloffame.org.
The excitement and daring of freestyle motocross comes to Alltel Arena Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25. The Freestyle Motocross Association show, at 8 p.m. both nights, will featire its top FMX driver. Tickets are $19.75 for adults, $9.25 for children ages 2-12, and may be bought at the arena box office, 975-9000, or all Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or 975-7575.
Sounds of New Orleans
Trumpeter Duke Heitger will bring his New Orleans All Stars for a night of traditional Crescent City jazz on Friday, Feb. 24, at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. The show, part of the Wildwood Jazz Supper Club Series, begins at 8 p.m.
Heitger has been called the heir to Louis Armstrong and has played throughout the world.
Tickets are $35. Call 821-7275. Wildwood is on Denny Road, just off Kanis Road, in West Little Rock.
Mardi Gras parade in the River Market
Join fellow revelers in the River Market district on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when Cupid’s Lingerie and KMJX-FM, Magic 105 present the first Mardi Gras parade for Little Rock. The idea, according to the sponsors, was to bring a little taste of home to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and to bring a feel of New Orleans to Little Rock locals.
Tom Wood and Sharpe Dunaway from Magic 105 will broadcast live from the River Market and area clubs starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The parade is set for 8 p.m. and will start at the corner of East Second and Commerce streets, proceeding on to President Clinton Avenue and ending two blocks west at Cumberland. The streets along the parade route will be closed to thru-traffic and barricaded beginning at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in joining the parade can call 217-5170 or 217-5112. Participants will be welcome at no charge; just bring enough beads or other freebies to throw to patrons for the length of the parade. Already lined up are the Arkansas Twisters cheerleading group, the Sirens; the UCA cheerleaders, and a Cupid’s Lingerie float.
The UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will open its spring production season with “Spunk,” a show based on three stories by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted by George C. Wolfe. “Spunk” will run through Sunday, Feb. 26. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and UALR faculty and staff. For more information, call 569-3456.
The William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock will open the exhibit “Portrait of a People: Black Life on the North Side of the River 1850-2000” on Thursday, Feb. 23. The project, on the library’s first floor, was created by the Association for the Preservation of North Little Rock African American History and features photographic and narrative accounts of the black community in the city. Admission is free. The exhibit will run through March 30. Call 758-1721.
Weekend Theater continues ‘Angels’
The Weekend Theater’s “Angels in America: Perestroika” continues with shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The play is scheduled to run through March 4.
Winner of the 1994 Tony Award for Best Play, “Angels in America: Perestroika” is the second half of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic (the first half was last season’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”) and continues the journey across a landscape of sex and drugs, politics and religion and life and death during the 1980s and into the ’90s.
Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for seniors (65 and older) and students.
Call 374-3761 for reservations.
Be like Bond
The Old State House Museum will play host Saturday, Feb. 25, to a James Bond-inspired benefit presented by the 1836 Club, a group of young professionals who support the activities of the museum. The “February Fling” will feature music, martinis and a raffle for prizes from such sponsors as Normandy and Monroe, Bradford Marine, Dillard’s, Bensky Furs, Faye’s Diamond Mine and more. Come in your snazziest cocktail attire. Tickets are $25, with raffle tickets $5 each. The event starts at 7 p.m., and you must be present to win the prizes.
Call 324-8649 for tickets or more information.
London organist performs at Trinity
Malcolm Archer, the organist and master of the choristers at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, will give a recital at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. The event is free.
Archer’s recital pieces will include “Suite Gothique” by Leon Boellmann, “Prelude and Fugue in A minor (BWV 543)” by J.S. Bach, “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens, “Carillon de Westminster” by Louis Vierne and Archer’s own “Suite for Organ (four movements).” Archer has composed more than 100 works and has recorded several albums.
The church is at 310 W. 17th St. in the Quapaw Quarter. Call 372-0294 or visit the Cathedral’s website at www.trinitycathedral-lr.org.
The UALR men’s basketball team ends its home season at Jack Stephens Center by hosting Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tip-off is 5 p.m., and tickets range from $8 for end zone bleacher seats to $35 for club seating.
Call 565-8257 for tickets or more information.
ImprovLittleRock, a local narrative sketch comedy group that performs competitive skits with suggestions from the audience, continues its monthly shows at the Public Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25. Both shows start at 10:30 p.m.
Friday’s show will be another edition of Theatresportz, where two teams play each other in head-to-head improv competition, with their efforts scored by a judge and improv subjects tossed out by the audience. On Saturday, the group plans a new show, Micetro: Improv Battle Royale, where only one of the troupe will be left standing. The audience again provides suggestions but this time will also decide the winner.
ImprovLittleRock uses stories and experiments with narrative structures over gags and gimmicks in the style of Keith Johnstone. The troupe consists of actors, composers and even government employees, all with various levels of professional improv experience, from Improv Boston to Theatresports Seattle to Geva Comedy Improv in New York.
Admission is $7. The Public Theatre is at 616 Center St. Call 374-7529.