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GREATER LITTLE ROCK

COMEDY

MARCH 16-19: Bud Anderson. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; March 18, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; March 19, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

MARCH 23-25: Drew Thomas. The Loony Bin, March 23-24, 8 p.m.; March 25, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; March 26, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

MARCH 23: Sommore, D.C. Curry, Damon Williams. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $35-$65. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

MARCH 30-APRIL 2: Steve Hirst. The Loony Bin, March 30-31, 8 p.m.; April 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

APRIL 7-APRIL 9: Tracy Smith. The Loony Bin, through April 7, 8 p.m.; April 8, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 9, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

APRIL 8: Mike Epps & Friends. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $52. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

APRIL 13-17: The Sandman. The Loony Bin, April 13-14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; April 17, 8 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

APRIL 28-30: Larry Reeb. The Loony Bin, April 27-28, 7 p.m.; April 29, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 30, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

MAY 4-7: Tim Gaither. The Loony Bin, May 4-5, 8 p.m.; May 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; May 7, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

MARCH 19: Ballet Arkansas: "Come Dancin'." Ballet Arkansas's annual fund-raiser returns with musical accompaniment by The Dizzy Seven, auctions, dinner and cocktails. For tickets or more information, call 223-5150 or visit balletarkansas.com. Argenta Community Theater, 6:30 p.m., $80, $600/table of 10. 405 Main St., NLR. 353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org.

APRIL 1: Eggshibition XX: "Evolution of the Egg." The annual fund-raiser auctions off eggs decorated by artists and celebrities. All proceeds go to Youth Home. 7 p.m., Jack Stephens Center, UALR, $50. 2801 S. University Ave. youthhome.org.

APRIL 2-3: The Autism Dance Project with "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" and "Lilium Modern Dance Co." Dance companies celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. 7 p.m. April 2, 3 p.m. April 3, Arkansas School for the Blind, 2600 W. Markham. theautismdanceproject.eventbrite.com.

APRIL 7-13: Arkansas Literary Festival 2011. Little Rock's eighth annual literary festival features authors, panels, performances, workshops and talk by featured guest David Sedaris. arkansasliteraryfestival.org.

APRIL 9: Girl Talk Teen Conference 2011: "Getting Ready for Our World." A day-long conference about education, networking, finance, peer pressure, self-esteem, health and more. Hilton Garden Inn, 4100 Glover Lane, NLR, abhprojects.com/girl-talk.html.

APRIL 16: "Blooms!" Festival. A celebration of springtime in Arkansas with guided garden tours, demonstrations, food and live entertainment. 10 a.m., Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 20919 Denny Road. $10, $5 kids. 821-7275, wildwoodpark.org.

APRIL 16: Heifer's Hunger Awareness Event. Experiential educational event. 6 p.m., Heifer Village, 1 World Ave. $20. 907-2852, heifer.org/heifervillage.

APRIL 21: Arkansas a la Carte. Tastings of dishes from 20 Arkansas restaurants and a silent auction to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital. Chenal Country Club, 6:30 p.m., $100. 10 Chenal Club Blvd. 821-4141, 364-1476 archildrens.org.

APRIL 23: Arkansas Earth Day Festival. For more information, visit arkansasearthday.org. North Shore Riverwalk, 10 a.m. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www.northlittlerock.org.

APRIL 29: Foamfest 2011. Sample over 100 varieties of beer and wine while listening to live local bands. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Arthritis Foundation. For more information, visit arthritis.org. River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.e. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.

MAY 6: "Craws For a Cause." The state's largest crawfish boil features over seven tons of crawfish, drinks and music from Boom Kinetic. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7 p.m., $45 adv., $55 d.o.e. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. crawsforacause.com.

MAY 7-8: Quapaw Quarter Association's "Spring Tour of Historic Homes" 2011. 5:30 p.m. May 7, 1 p.m. May 8, $18 adv., $20 after May 1.

MAY 15: Jewish Food Festival. The Jewish Federation of Arkansas's annual celebration of ethnic food and culture. For more information, visit jewisharkansas.org. River Market Pavilions. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.

MAY 20-22: Greek Food Festival. The largest ethnic festival in the state, with food, drinks and live entertainment. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. 1100 Napa Valley Drive. 221-5300. greekfoodfest.com.

FILM

MAY 26: Riverflicks: "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., free. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www.northlittlerock.org.

JUNE 1-5: Little Rock Film Festival 2011. The annual festival returns for a week of film, workshops, parties, visiting filmmakers, galas and more. For more information, visit littlerockfilmfestival.org.

JUNE 2: Riverflicks: "Grease." North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., free. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www.northlittlerock.org.

MUSIC

MARCH 17: Patti LaBelle. Statehouse Convention Center, 7:30 p.m., $43.50-$61. 7 Statehouse Plaza.

MARCH 17: Matt White, Brendan James, Lauren Pritchard. Juanita's, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 372-1228. www.juanitas.com.

MARCH 18: 8Ball & MJG. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com.

MARCH 19: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: "St. Patrick's Day Celebration." Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m. March 19, 3 p.m. March 20, Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

MARCH 19: John Sinclair. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.

MARCH 19: Trampled By Turtles. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com.

MARCH 20: Days of the New. Juanita's, $15 adv., $20 d.o.s., 10 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com

MARCH 21: Cory Branan. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.

MARCH 23: G-Love & Special Sauce. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com.

MARCH 27: Destroyer, The War on Drugs. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com.

APRIL 3: Exene Cervenka (of X), Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds). White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.

APRIL 6: Cage the Elephant, Biffy Clyro. Revolution, 8:30 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com.

APRIL 8: Arkansas Chamber Singers: Bach Cantata. St. James United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., $15 general, $10 seniors and students. 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. 225-7372. www.stjames-umc.org.

APRIL 15: British Sea Power. 9 p.m., $10. Stickyz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com.

APRIL 16-17: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: "Pictures at an Exhibition" season finale. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m. April 16, 3 p.m. April 17. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

APRIL 17: Little Rock Wind Symphony: "Wildflowers!" Second Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m., $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive.

APRIL 19: Nat Baldwin. 6 p.m., $5. Dreamland Ballroom, 800 W. 9th St. 255-5700, dreamlandballroom.com.

APRIL 26: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: "The Soldier's Tale." Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $22. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.

APRIL 29: Arkansas Choral Society Spring Concert. First Baptist Church of Little Rock, 6:30 p.m. 62 Pleasant Valley Drive. 227-0010.

APRIL 29: James Taylor. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. $45-$69.50. 975-9001. verizonarena.com.

APRIL 30: T-Model Ford. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.

MAY 5: Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com.

MAY 20: "A Gaither Family Homecoming." Verizon Arena. 7 p.m., $26.50-$36.50. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 975-9001. verizonarena.com.

MAY 20: "Jazz for Peace." Featuring Nick DellaRatta and local jazz musicians. Dreamland Ballroom, 7 p.m., $35. 800 W. 9th St. 255-5700.

MAY 21-22: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: "The Piano Men." Pianist Jim Witter performs Billy Joel and Elton John's hits with the ASO. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m. May 21, 3 p.m. May 22, Markham and Broadway. 666-1761, arkansassymphony.org.

MAY 27: Riverfest 2011. With Nelly, Digital Underground, Charlie Daniels Band and more. Downtown Little Rock, $25. downtown.

JUNE 4: "Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown." With Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and more. North Shore Riverwalk, 2:30 p.m., $34-$74. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www.northlittlerock.org.

SPORTS

MARCH 19-20: UALR Men's Baseball vs. Arkansas State. UALR, 4 p.m. March 19, 1 p.m. March 20. 2801 S. University Ave. 569-8977.

MARCH 26: South Central Bike Polo Championships. Little Rock hosts 36 teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico for the first annual regional bike polo championship. For more information, visit lrbpolo.blogspot.com. MacArthur Park. 503 E. 9th St.

MARCH 26-27: Arenacross. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m. March 26, 10 a.m. March 27, $15-$20. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 75-9001. verizonarena.com.

APRIL 3: UALR Men's Baseball vs. Western Kentucky. UALR, 1 p.m. 2801 S University Ave. 569-8977.

APRIL 5: UALR Men's Baseball vs. Oral Roberts. UALR, 6 p.m. 2801 S University Ave. 569-8977.

APRIL 14-16: Arkansas Travelers vs Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. April 14-15, 6 p.m. April 16, $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 664-1555. www.travs.com.

APRIL 25-28: Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 664-1555. www.travs.com.

APRIL 30-MAY 2: Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. April 30, 2 p.m. May 1, 11 a.m. May 2, $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 664-1555. www.travs.com.

MAY 6: MacArthur Park 5K. MacArthur Park, 7 p.m., $25 adv., $35 d.o.e. 503 E. 9th St. 375-0121, macarthurpark5k.com.

MAY 14: Cycle for Sight. The third annual endurance ride to raise awareness and funding for eye research and outreach. North Shore Riverwalk, NLR, 8:30 a.m., $35. uamshealth.com/cycleforsight.

MAY 14: Fight For Air Climb. The American Lung Association's annual stairclimb features a vertical race to the 39th floor of the Metropolitan Tower. 8 a.m., 452 W. Capitol Ave. $25 registration. 975-0758. fightforairclimb.org.

MAY 14: Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis. An evening fund-raiser walk to raise awareness about the digestive diseases. Clinton Presidential Center, 5 p.m., free. 590-8948. cctakesteps.org/littlerock.

MAY 18-19: Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 664-1555. www.travs.com.

MAY 23: Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind Golf Classic. Country Club of Arkansas, 11 a.m., $135. 3 Country Club Circle, Maumelle. albgolf.eventbrite.com.

JUNE 11: CARTI Tour de Rock. Cycling enthusiasts ride between 10 and 100 miles. Burns Park, 7 a.m., $30 adv., $35 d.o.e. 2700 Willow St., NLR. 791-8537. carti.com.

THEATER

MARCH 22-APRIL 13: "Southern Hospitality." The Futrelle Sisters (of "Dearly Beloved" and "Christmas Belles") have to save Fayro, Texas, their beloved hometown, from extinction. Murry's Dinner Playhouse. $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 562-3131, murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

MARCH 24: "What My Husband Doesn't Know." A successful, urban couple is torn apart by an affair. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $39.75. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

MARCH 29-31: "The Aluminum Show." Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

APRIL 8-MAY 1: "Hairspray." A round, cheery Baltimore teen's dream comes true when she lands a spot dancing for the popular Corny Collins Show. Based on the cult classic by John Waters. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. 601 Main St. $20-$40. 378-0405. www.therep.org.

APRIL 8-9, 15-16, 22-23: "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." While Hitler is invading Poland in 1939, the Frietags, an elite family of German Jews in Atlanta, are more concerned with Ballyhoo, the upcoming social event of the season. By Alfred Uhry. The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org.

APRIL 20-24: Disney on Ice: "Princess Wishes." Verizon Arena, 7 p.m. April 20, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 21, 7 p.m. April 22, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. April 23, 3 p.m. April 24. $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 975-9001. verizonarena.com.

APRIL 26-MAY 11: "Chapter Two." George, a young widower, meets a young, charming woman. The two fall in love, but soon find that the memory of George's late wife presents an obstacle to their relationship. By Neil Simon. Murry's Dinner Playhouse. $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 562-3131, murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

APRIL 29-MAY 15: "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom." No one likes Bradley, the class bully and the oldest kid in the fifth grade. But with the help of Carla, the new school counselor, Bradley learns to believe in himself. Arkansas Arts Center. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com.

MAY 6-7, 13-14, 20-21: "Good Boys and True." An all-male boarding school is torn apart when a disturbing videotape involving a respected prep-school senior is found on campus. By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St. $14 general, $10 students and seniors. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org.

MAY 20-22: "Alice in Wonderland." Arkansas Festival Ballet presents the storybook ballet classic. Arkansas Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. May 20-21, 2 p.m. May 22, $20 general, $15 children and students. 501 E. 9th St. 372-4000, 227-5320, arkansasdance.com.

MAY 24-JUNE 8: "Always Patsy Cline." A revue of the legendary country singer's greatest hits as told through her correspondence with fan Louise Seger. Murry's Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. $23-$33. 562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

MAY 24-26: "Beauty and the Beast." Disney's classic re-telling of the classic fairy tale. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. May 24-25, 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m. May 26. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson.

JULY 1-3: Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: "As You Like It." Shakespeare's comedic masterpiece follows Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, as she falls in love with Orlando, a disinherited family friend, and exiles herself in the Forest of Arden. For more information, visit arkshakes.com. Argenta Community Theater, July 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org.

BATESVILLE

FILM

MARCH 23-27: Ozark Foothills Film Festival 2010. Batesville's film festival celebrates its 10th year with screenings, workshops, visiting filmmakers and a special screening of the recently completed and restored Fritz Lang classic, "Metropolis," with live musical accompaniment from Alloy Orchestra. University of Arkansas Community College, other venues. ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org.

EVENTS

APRIL 8-10: Arkansas Scottish Festival 2010. The 32nd annual festival features bagpipe bands, vendors, food, drinks and the traditional Highland Games. For more information, visit lyon.edu. Lyon College, free. 2500 Highland.

CONWAY

BOOKS

APRIL 14: "An Evening with Alan Michael Parker." The Pushcart Prize-winning poet and author of "Cry Uncle" speaks in Reves Recital Hall. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave. www.hendrix.edu.

COMEDY

APRIL 9: "An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood." The "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" comedians visit UCA as part of the school's "Night-Out Series." Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 201 Donaghey Ave.

DANCE

APRIL 28: Russian National Ballet: "Cinderella." Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 201 Donaghey Ave.

THEATER

APRIL 14-22: "Urinetown." The Tony-winning musical explores a dystopian future in which water is scarce, expensive and monopolized by the corrupt Good Urine company, which puts the people in a "pay to pee" scenario. Snow Fine Arts building. University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m. $10. 201 Donaghey Ave. uca.edu.

APRIL 21: "Legally Blonde." Elle Woods, a cheery undergrad, leaves the sorority house and heads to Harvard Law. Based on the movie of the same name. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey.

JUNE 17, 24, 26, JULY 1-2: Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: "The Tortoise and the Hare." A children's theater retelling of Aesop's timeless fable about a foot race between a cocky hare and a deliberate turtle. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 10 a.m. June 17, 2 p.m. June 24, noon June 26, 10 a.m. July 1-2. 201 Donaghey Ave.

JUNE 23-24, 26, JULY 1-2: Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Webber and Rice's classic rock musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph, the boy who is sold into slavery and escapes to find more trials and tribulations on his way back home. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. June 23-24, June 26; 2 p.m. July 1-2, 2 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave. arkshakes.com.

JUNE 25-26, 29-30: Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: "Othello." William Shakespeare's great tragedy explores ambition, fame, jealousy, sex and war during the Venetian/Turkish wars of the 1500s. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. June 25, 29-30; 2 p.m. June 26. 350 S. Donaghey.

CABOT

EVENTS

MARCH 22-23: "Strawberries!" Carnival. Carnival rides, pageants, food, entertainment, vendors and Cabot's very own strawberries. juniorauxiliaryofcabot.com/strawberryfest.html. Cabot Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln.

THEATER

APRIL 8-16: "Harvey." A 1950s community goes abuzz after a friendly, unassuming neighborhood man becomes best friends with an imaginary, 6-foot-3-inch rabbit named Harvey. Cabot Community Theatre, Cabot Community Center, 6:30 p.m. 508 N. Lincoln. 501-941-2266, cabotcommunitytheatre.com.

EUREKA SPRINGS

EVENTS

MARCH 26: Eureka Springs Kite Festival. All day. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Hwy. 23 S. 479-253-6596.

APRIL 8-10: Annual UFO Conference. Three-day symposium of lectures, workshops and extraterrestrial fans and scholars reconvenes in Eureka Springs. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 207 W. Van Buren. 800-552-3785. ozarkufo.com.

MAY 1-31: Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts. Exhibits, gallery walks, receptions, demos, live music and more all throughout the month of May downtown. mayfestivalofthearts.com.

MUSIC

JUNE 2-5: Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. Featuring Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop and more. Various venues. eurekaspringsblues.com.

FAYETTEVILLE

COMEDY

MAY 25-26: Ron White. 7 p.m., also 9 p.m. May 26, $46-$76. Walton Arts Center. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

EVENT

APRIL 12: "An Evening with David Sedaris." Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $33-$49. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

LECTURES

MAY 11: His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Walton Arts Center, 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

MUSIC

MARCH 18: The Pink Floyd Experience presents "Animals." Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $24-$60. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

MARCH 19: Arlo Guthrie with the Burns Sisters. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $26-$52. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

MARCH 30: Hayes Carll. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $12. 519 W. Dickson St. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge.com.

APRIL 8: Cage the Elephant. George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge.com.

APRIL 8: Maceo Parker. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $25-$75. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

APRIL 17: American Legacies: the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $32-$52 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

MAY 1: Lucinda Williams, Billy Joe Shaver. Arkansas Music Pavilion. 8 p.m., $16-$77. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive. 479-442-2776, arkansasmusicpavilion.com.

MAY 27: Primus. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 8 p.m., $16-$77. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive. 479-442-2776, arkansasmusicpavilion.com.

THEATER

APRIL 15-MAY 1: "Reasons to be Pretty." When an off-handed remark by a young, working class Manhattanite gets around to his girlfriend's social circle, a group of close friends are pulled into the argument. By Neil LaBute. For more information, visit theatre2.org. Walton Arts Center, Nadine Baum Studios. 8 p.m., $22-$24. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

MAY 3-8: "Les Miserables." The musical masterpiece based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name follows a band of French students, prostitutes and proletariat as they fight for revolution. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $22-$24. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600. visit waltonartscenter.org.

MAY 20-22: Arkansas New Play Festival. Staged readings and workshops from playwrights from around the state. Walton Arts Center, Nadine Baum Studios. 8 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St. 479-443-5600.

HOT SPRINGS

EVENTS

MARCH 17: The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade. The quirky celebration returns with John Corbett ("Sex and the City") serving as Grand Marshal. Bridge Street.

MUSIC

MARCH 20-26: Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. A week of workshops, film screenings and live music from A Place to Bury Strangers, PeeLander A, Surf City and more. Various locations. valleyofthevapors.com.

JUNE 5-18: Hot Springs Music Festival. 200 international musicians come together to produce 21 concerts and over 250 open rehearsals. Most events free, some $5-$25. Various locations. hotmusic.org.

APRIL 15: Bobby Rush. Maxine's, 8 p.m., $30 adv., $35 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave. maxinespub.com.

THEATER

MARCH 24-APRIL 3: "The Best Times of the Heart." Four one-act plays directed by Karina Martinez, Ann Wilson, Katie Garner and Linda Rickel. Pocket Community Theater, 7:30 p.m. March 24-26, 31, April 1-2, 2:30 p.m. March 27, April 3. $5-$10. 170 Ravine St.

MAY 4: "Marilyn: Forever Blonde." The iconic beauty tells her own story in song. Central Theater, Central Ave. 501-922-6899. arktwks.org.

OZARK

MUSIC

JUNE 2-5: Wakarusa 2011. Four days of camping by the Mulberry River with more than 75 bands including My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Mumford & Sons and more. $69-$595 (VIP), camping fees. Mulberry Mountain. wakarusa.com.

SEARCY

MUSIC

April 21-23: Harding University Spring Sing. Annual student musical variety show. 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sat. Benson Auditorium, 870-279-4255. hardingtickets.com.

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