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, March 5

What: The State of French Colonial Archeology in Arkansas

Where: Old State House Museum

Where: 12-1 p.m.

Fabrics and textiles are critical parts of archaeological history, including in Arkansas.  Elizabeth T. Horton will discuss some of that history in a wide-ranging talk where she examines some of the largest assemblages of well-preserved textiles and basketry from the Southeastern United States: the Ozark Bluffshelters of Arkansas and Missouri and Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: Arkansas Craft Beer Week: Throw Back Thursday

Where: Flyway Brewing

When: 4-9 p.m.

Flyway Brewing is celebrating Arkanas Craft Beer Week with a throwback. They are offering $5 Crest Feather flights. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: Crafty Devils Club: Bella Vita Jewelry

Where: Losty Forty Brewing

When: 5:30-8 p.m.

Are you a crafty devil? This fun workshop will teach you how to make beautiful earrings, using glass beads and metal charms. Reservations are $30 and include one pair of earrings, one beer and snacks. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: First Thursday “Shop-n-Sip”

Where: Hocott Garden’s Center

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out on the chance for some great live music, free Lost Forty beer, food trucks and some amazing store discounts. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: 2020 Presidential Election Discussion

Where: UA Little Rock Downtown

When: 6-7 p.m.

Politics can be dizzying. That’s why Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford will be discussing the Super Tuesday results and the presidential election in this engaging lecture. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: In the Kitchen with Chef Shane Henderson

Where: eggshells kitchen co.

When: 6-8 p.m.

Get ready for a night of food and fun. Shane Henderson of Ben E. Keith Foods will be leading a cooking class that benefits the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Tickets are $50. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball

Where: Junior League of Little Rock

When: 6-9 p.m.

Junior League of Little Rock is banding together to raise funds and awareness for Arkansas Autism Foundation. Snack on hors d’oeurvres and enjoy beer and wine while bidding on auction items and artwork. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: Monsterboy concert

Where: Fassler Hall

When: 7-10 p.m.

Let loose with this electrifying music project. Their alt-hybrid-pop sound will get you dancing on the tables! Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5

What: Otis with Southbound Revolver concert

Where: Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack

When: 8:30 p.m.

Coming south central Kentucky, Otis is a blend of classic American sounds, from blues to roots music to rock and roll. Come see their great show tonight. Tickets are $6. Find out more here.


Thursday, March 5-Saturday, March 7

What: Arkansas Theatre Festival

Where: UA-Pulaski Tech: The Center For Humanities and Arts

When: Multiple times

3 Days, 12 Plays, 2 Monologue Competitions, 6 Workshops

You can buy day passes for each day – Thursday and Friday passes are $50 and Saturday passes are $60.

A Gold Pass gets you into every event for all three days. This pass is $160.

Workshops are free. Includes shadow puppetry, musical theatre audition preparation and more. Workshops held at 1 and 2:15 p.m. every day.


Friday, March 6

What: Daisy Chain Make & Take

Where: Argenta Bead Company

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Argenta Bead Company is embracing a 70s vibe for this month’s SoMa After Dark. Make your own daisy chain bracelet or choker for only $6. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6

What: Sandwiching in History: Baker House

Where: The Baker House

When: 12-1 p.m.

North Little Rock is filled with history, and this week, you can get an inside view at a historic Victorian house. This free event will look at the Baker House and the long history behind the structure. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6

What: AMRtists Drawing Exhibition Opening Reception

Where: Thea Foundation

When: 5-7 p.m.

This exhibition will feature a variety of sketches from the team of architects and designers at AMR. This is the opening reception for the exhibition, which will run from March 6 to 27. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6

What: St. Paddy Cats with Cookies

Where: SoMa Animal Clinic

When: 5-8 p.m.

Drop into the SoMa Animal Clinic to see the adorable cats. There will be green punch and cookies as the clinic celebrates an early St. Patrick’s Day. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6

What: Shoe-shi with the Crew

Where: Kemuri

When: 5:30-7 p.m.

The Red Shoe Crew is holding a fundraising event at Kemuri. There will be plenty of sushi and drinks, a portion of which will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6

What: Disco in the Garden

Where: The Bernice Garden

When: 6-9 p.m.

Get your groove on at the Bernice Garden this Friday. This free event will feature tunes from Linwood Polk – all from the 70s of course. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6

What: Magic Show with Dako Albeik

Where: Nexus Coffee & Creative

When: 7-8:30 p.m.

Prepare to be amazed during this night of magic. Dako Albeik will be demonstrating his feats of magic at Nexus. The show is $10 and patrons receive free popcorn with the purchase of a drink. Find out more here.


Friday, March 6-Saturday, March 7

What: PBR: Unleash the Beast bull riding

Where: Simmons Bank Arena

When: 7:45 p.m. (Friday), 6:45 p.m. (Saturday)

See the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete against the fiercest bulls on the planet.

This is the latest stop on the PBR UTB season, which consists of 26 stops

This event features two hours of pyrotechnics, music and bone-crushing bull-riding.

This will be 2017 PBR World Finals Champion Ryan Dirteater’s last ride in Arkansas. He has been one of the most successful riders of the last decade, amassing more than $1.6 million in winnings.

The show will also include the Miniature Bull Riders, which features youngsters aged 8-13 riding miniature bulls. These bulls weigh 600-1,000 pounds.

Tickets range from $14 to $109.


Friday, March 6-Saturday, March 7

What: Arkansas State Golden Gloves

Where: North Little Rock Community Center

When: 7 p.m.

This weekend is the peak of the boxing season for young boxers. They will go toe-to-toe in the annual Arkansas State Golden Gloves tournament. Find out more here.


Saturday, March 7

What: Low Ivy Spring Brunch Debut

Where: Me and McGee Market

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Looking for a great breakfast? Look no further than Low Ivy Catering’s spring brunch debut at Me and McGree Market. Find out more here.


Saturday, March 7

What: New Plants for the Spring with Janet Carson

Where: River Valley Horticultural Products

When: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Janet Carson is a gardening expert, and she’s here to help you whip your garden into shape for spring. During this workshop, she will discuss new plants that you can incorporate for your garden this year. Find out more here.


Saturday, March 7

What: CALS Con 2020

Where: CALS Library Square

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This is a celebration of fandoms of all kinds.

There will be activities for all ages, from a superhero drawing class to button-making to a LEGO play time.

You can bring your Pokemon deck or borrow one of the library’s during a fun Pokemon Hangout tournament from 1-3 p..

Are you as big a geek as you think? At 3 p.m., you can test your wits during the Trivia Tournament.

At 6 p.m., there will be a free screening of the 1989 Batman film, starring Michael Keaton, at the Ron Robinson Theater.



Saturday, March 7

What: Thinking of an Overnight Paddle?

Where: Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

When: 1-2:30 p.m.

This workshop will walk you through the basics of planning an overnight trip on the water.

It is aimed at beginning paddlers, but all skill levels are welcome.

You can even earn your beginner Paddle Sports patch in the Outdoor Skills Program by attending this workshop.

Did you know? There are 2,340 named lakes and reservoirs in Arkansas. There are more than 9,700 miles of rivers and streams in Arkansas.



Saturday, March 7

What: Intro to Pottery

Where: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

When: 1-3 p.m.

This class will introduce participants to working with clay in the ceramics studio.

You will learn hand-building techniques, including pinch, coil and slab methods, as well as how to use glazes.

You’ll even learn how to use the pottery’s wheel!

By the end, you’ll get to work on your own pottery work and have it fired in the Hub’s kiln.

This class starts March 7 and meets every Saturday through April 4.

Cost: $60 for Innovation Hub members and $120 for non-members.

Did you know? Pottery is one of the oldest decorative arts. The first kind of pottery, earthenware, can date back 9,000 years in some cases.


Saturday, March 7

What: Batman (1989) screening

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater

When: 6-8 p.m.

Which Batman movie is your favorite? If you said the George Clooney one, you’re wrong. This week, CALS is hosting a free screening of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman featuring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Find out more here.


Saturday, March 7

What: Island Trap (play)

Where: UA Pulaski Tech: The Center for Humanities and Arts

When: 7-8:30 p.m.

This award-winning play remixes the story of The Odyssey, incorporating raps, beatboxing and more. Find out more here.


Saturday, March 7

What: Reckless Kelly with Lazy Desperados concert

Where: Revolution Music Room

When: 8:30 p.m.

Before heading to Austin to grow their musical talent, Cody and Willy Braun, the brothers who partially make up Reckless Kelly, grew up in Idaho, which forms the backbone of their music. This band has had a run of acclaimed albums. Find out what you’ve been missing. This concert is $20 in advance at $25 on the day of the show. Find out more here.


Saturday, March 7

What: The Get Down

Where: Revolution Music Room

When: 9 p.m.

This concert and social party, presented by the Rodney Block Collective, is a who’s who of talented musicians in Arkansas. It will feature Rodney Block, Bijoux an Cody Belew. Tickets are $15. Find out more here.


Sunday, March 8

What: Wine and Tango Gala

Where: Diablos Tacos and Mezcaleria

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tango Scala will present a dazzling show while you can enjoy brunch and Spanish tapas, as well as a selection of premium wines and mescal. Find out more here.


Sunday, March 8

What: Spinning on a Wheel or Drop Spindle Workshop

Where: Stifft Station Gifts and Sundries

When: 2-4 p.m.

This workshop will teach the basics of spinning on a wheel, so that you can really get crafty! The class is $50. Find out more here.

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