There are always great things to do in The Natural State, and AY About You has compiled some of the most exciting events in Arkansas this weekend. Also, listen to 103.7 The Buzz every Friday morning for Morning Mayhem to learn more about what’s going on during the weekend and more, featuring AY About You President and Publisher Heather Baker.

 

 

Thursday, Jan. 11 

What: Made in Arkansas Film Festival – Reel Realities 

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Made in Arkansas Film Festival will be conducting a recurring monthly night of screenings at Ron Robinson Theater, and this January, the presented films consist of documentary shorts. These shorts include “To The Bone,” “I Remember,” “Arkansas High Country,” “IX,” “Of Concrete & Skin,” “The Man from Boggy Creek,” “Just Benjamin” and “The Road to Milan.” Screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.  

 

Thursday, Jan. 11 

What: The Comedy Zone: Tammy Pescatelli 

Where: Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville) 

When: 7:30 p.m. 

Stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli will be delivering her funniest takes this Thursday evening at the Walton Arts Center. As the winner of Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Showdown” she has plenty to say and much to laugh about. Tickets start at $31 and the show will take place in Starr Theater. 

 

Thursday, Jan. 11 

What: Little Rock Zoo Family Night

Where: Laman Public Library (North Little Rock) 

When: 5 p.m. 

Families are invited to enjoy a wild night at Laman Library with the Little Rock Zoo. Guests will be able to see real creatures from the zoo, and learn fascinating animal facts. Free and open to the public, this event is for all ages, and no registration is required. 

 

Friday, Jan. 12 

What: “The Thing” Screening 

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

“The Thing,” a 1982 Sci-Fi horror film, will be screening at the Ron Robinson Theater this Friday evening. As this is a R-rated film, it is based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s 1938 novella “Who Goes There?” and follows the story of those running from the Thing. Beer, wine and concessions will be available. 

 

Friday, Jan. 12 

What: The Beloved Community Festival: A Tribute to Unity & Culture 

Where: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville)

When: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Join Crystal Bridges for a night of celebrating the ideas of love, unity and community at The Beloved Community Festival. As a tribute to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this free event is open to the public and will include cultural cuisine, music, artistic showcases, inspirational speeches and community engagement. 

 

Friday, Jan. 12 

What: 2nd Friday Art Night 

Where: Downtown Little Rock 

When: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

It’s the second Friday of January, which means 2FAN fun is back in the city. This month’s participating locations include the Historic Arkansas museum, Old State House Museum, UA Little Rock Downtown, CALS Roberts Library, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sergio Valdivia Art and Hearne Fine Art. This month, Rock-It! Lab will also be participating with the live -art multimedia artist Sulac. 

 

Friday, Jan. 12 

What: Trey Kennedy – Grow Up Tour 

Where: Baum Walker Hall – Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville) 

When:7 p.m. 

Trey Kennedy, a classic comic hailing from Oklahoma, is heading to Northwest Arkansas this Friday night for a stop on his hilarious “Grow Up” tour. He is most known for his early-internet comedy fame on Vine, and currently has over 12 million followers on TikTok and Instagram combined. As host of the “Correct Opinions” podcast, his comedy special “Are You For Real?” is now available on YouTube. 

 

Friday, Jan. 12 

What: Paint & Swift

Where: Ol’ Bart at Diamond Bear (North Little Rock)

When: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m 

Calling all Swifties! Head on out to a Paint & Swift night at Ol’Bart at Diamond Bear this Friday evening. This event will feature live listening of all of Taylor Swift’s Eras, while painting “Mirrorball” themed art. Taylor-themed drinks and friendship bracelet making will also be included at this event. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through eventbrite. 

 

Friday, Jan. 12 

What: Film Screening of “Come Early Morning” with Special Guest Joey Lauren Adams 

Where: The Joint Comedy Theater (Argenta/North Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. 

The Joint will be hosting a special screening of “Come Early Morning,” a 2006 film written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams. This event is VIP, and will include a meet-and-greet and live Q&A with Adams. As this movie was filmed in Little Rock and North Little Rock, it has recognizable stars such as Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Tim Blake Nelson and Laura Prepon. 

 

Saturday, Jan. 13 

What: Vincent Van Gogh Exhibition On-Screen 

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

“Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing” will provide a unique bio of Van Gogh’s life and art through access to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. This will include interviews with historians, Van Gogh Museum researchers, views of Van Gogh’s remarkable painting and drawings and more. This showing will only be available this weekend. 

 

Saturday, Jan. 13

What: Ali Saddiq – I Got A Story to Tell Tour 

Where: Robinson Center (Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. 

Ali Saddiq, comedian and public speaker, is originally from Houston, Texas, and encompasses a unique form of stand-up. Known for his storytelling, he is most famous for his specials such as “The Domino Effect,” and “Unprotected Sets.” This show is for ages 16+ and tickets are available through TicketMaster. 

 

Saturday, Jan. 13

What: Interactive Screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Light, laughter, legs and the “time warp” will all be available for guests attending the first interactive screening of the year at CALS Ron Robinson Theater. This 1970s cult-classic will allow for the reliving adventure of Brad and Janet who stumble upon a strange castle and all who live there. As this is an interactive performance, guests are encouraged to dress the part. Prop bags will be available for $10. 

 

Saturday, Jan. 13 

What: Gladiator Night 

Where: The Joint Comedy Theater (Argenta/North Little Rock)

When: Doors open at 7 p.m, show starts at 8 p.m. 

Join The Joint this Saturday night for an evening of unbeatable stand-up comedy at Gladiator Night. As this is an interactive event, this is the public’s chance to decide which stand-up comics they would like to hear more, or less, from. Tickets start at $7. 

 

Saturday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 14 

What: Northwest Arkansas Comic Con 

Where: Rogers Convention Center

When: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Join Northwest Arkansas Comic Con for cosplay, panels, vendors and more this Saturday and Sunday. As this two-day event will feature a lot, headliners Booboo Stewart, Alan Tudyk and Rob Paulsen will be in-attendance. Tickets are available online. 

 

Sunday, Jan. 14 

What: 2024 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Wedding Show 

Where: Statehouse Convention Center (Little Rock)

When: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

All who are planning a wedding are sure to enjoy one of the largest wedding shows in the state this Sunday. This event serves as a one-stop shop to all of your wedding needs, and showcases the very best in the wedding business, from vendors to venues, in the Central Arkansas area. VIP ticket holders will be able to access the vent at 11:30 p.m. For more information, or to buy tickets, click here. 

 

RECURRING EVENTS

  • Crystal Bridges will be hosting an adult workshop in handbuilding ceramics through Thursday, Feb. 1. 
  • Annie Leibovitz at Work will be on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art through Jan. 29.
  • Join Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort for Thoroughbred racing from Dec. 8 – May 4 
  • Bar & Bites at Eleven will take place on Thursday and Friday nights from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. weekly at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts. 
  • Join Oaklawn Casino Racing Resort every Thursday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. for Hot Springs Village Day. 
  • Join Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort’s Mainline Sports Bar every Friday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for karaoke.
  • Head out to Mainline Sports Bar at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort every Thursday for Thursday night trivia hosted by Roger Scott.

 

D1 College Sports 

Men’s Basketball: 

  • Thursday, Jan. 11: UCA Bears V. Eastern Kentucky Colonels at home; 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 11: ASU Red Wolves V. Texas State Bobcats at home; 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: Arkansas Razorbacks V. Florida Gators at Florida; 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: UALR Trojans V. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at Tennessee Martin; 3:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: UCA Bears V. Bellarmine Knights at home; 3:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: ASU Red Wolves V. Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns at home; 2:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: UAPB Golden Lions V. Texas Southern Tigers at Texas Southern; 5 p.m. 

Women’s Basketball: 

  • Thursday, Jan. 11: Arkansas Razorbacks V. Mississippi State Bulldogs at home; 8 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 11: UCA Sugar Bears V. Lipscomb Bisons at home: 5 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 11: ASU Red Wolves V. Texas State Bobcats at home; 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: UCA Sugar Bears V. Austin Peay Governors at home; 1 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: UALR Trojans V. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at Tennessee Martin; 1 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: ASU Red Wolves V. Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns at home; 12 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 13: UAPB Golden Lions V. Texas Southern Tigers at Texas Southern; 3 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Jan. 14: Arkansas Razorbacks V. Alabama Crimson Tide at Alabama; 2 p.m. 

Gymnastics 

  • Friday, Jan. 12: Arkansas Razorbacks V. Georgia Bulldogs at home; 6:45 p.m. (Season-opener) 

Indoor Track & Field 

  • Friday, Jan. 12: Arkansas Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center, including Arkansas Razorbacks, UCA Bears, UAPB Golden Lions and UALR Trojans
  • Friday, Jan. 12-Saturday, Jan. 13: ASU Red Wolves at Commodore Challenge at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee

 

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