Stay “in the know” about all the great events going on around Arkansas. AY’s Publisher, Heather Baker, will tell you what the hot spots are this weekend.
Thursday, Jan. 3
What: Little Rock Trojans women’s basketball
Where: Jack Stephens Center
When: 6:30 p.m.
It’s game time tonight! Cheer on the Little Rock Trojans as they take on the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at the Jack Stephens Center. Make sure that Little Rock’s own women’s basketball team has a big crowd for their return home. This University of Arkansas Little Rock team is ready to make some noise!  Tickets are $8-$50.
Thursday, Jan. 3-Sunday, Jan. 6
What: West Side Story
Where: Royal Theatre (Benton, AR)
When: 7 p.m., 2 p.m.
Fall in love with one of the great musicals of the 20thcentury! This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in New York, has unforgettable characters and music. This is a must-see for anyone!  Tickets are $15 for regular admission; $12 for seniors, military and college students with ID; and $6 for students in 12thgrade and lower.
Friday, Jan. 4
What: Hot Springs Gallery Walk
Where: Hot Springs
When: 5 p.m.
Take a stroll around Hot Springs and admire the fantastic artwork that Arkansas has to offer during the first Hot Springs Gallery Walk of 2019. A tradition for 28 years, the Gallery Walk allows visitors to see the great exhibits and galleries in Hot Springs. Drop by Kollective Coffee+Tea, Whittington Gallery, the Artists’ Workshop Gallery and more to see what creative works local, state, and national artists have on display. It’s no wonder that Hot Springs is one of the top destinations for art in the U.S.!
Friday, Jan. 4-Saturday, Jan. 5
What: Steel Magnolias
Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
When: 7 p.m., 2 p.m
Get ready to laugh and cry this weekend at Steel Magnolias! Telling the story of a group of small-town Southern women as they deal with a loved one’s death, this 1987 play is sure to tug at your heartstrings. There are three chances to see this production, which is staged by the Bearden Productions Center for the Arts, this weekend, including a matinee on Saturday.
Evening tickets are $15 at the door and $10 presale. Matinee tickets are $14 at the door and $9 presale.
What: A Fertle Holiday (original play)
Where: The Joint (301 Main St., NLR)
When: 8 p.m.
Little Rock is a hotbed for comedy right now, and there’s no better place to see great comedy than The Joint. This weekend, go see The Main Thing’s original comedy A Fertle Holiday, which tells the story of a holiday in the small town of Dumpster, Arkansas. It’s sure to be a hoot! General admission tickets are $24. Get them here.
Saturday, Jan. 5
What: Kids in the Kitchen
Where: Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library
When: 1 p.m.
Something’s cooking in Little Rock this weekend! Get your kids excited about cooking and nutrition with a fun “Kids in the Kitchen” lesson. The lesson will include a physical activity, as well as a food tasting. As part of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, which is administered from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, this program provides free nutrition education to children and families in Arkansas.
What: Intro to Homebrewing
Where: The Water Buffalo and Buffalo Brewing C
When: 10 a.m.
Want to learn a new hobby in 2019? Then try your hand at homebrewing! In this free class, you will learn how to use the equipment in a standard beer making kit and how to whip up your own brew. Start the year off right with a homemade beer!
What: Arkansas Shorts – A Night of Short Film
Where: Malco Theatre – Hot Springs
When: 4 p.m.
If you’re in the mood to watch great movies, look no further than Arkansas Shorts – A Night of Short Film. Now in its 12thyear, this festival is a showcase for the best up-and-coming filmmakers in the state as well as nationally and internationally. Tickets are $10 per screening block or $20 for all three blocks plus an afterparty.
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