This month: new catfish festival in North Little Rock


North Little Rock Parks & Recreation is bringing you a new event for the whole family, featuring a good ol' Southern favorite: catfish! Sunday, October 29, come out to the Burns Park Soccer Complex and, for only $1 per adult and no admission fee for ages 12 and under, enjoy:

  • Live music by Runaway Planet and Joseph Darr
  • Bounce houses
  • Face painting
  • North Little Rock Fire Department truck
  • Baggo boards
  • Food trucks

All funds raised from the Catfish Road Festival will go toward the expansion of the One Heart Playground, built for children of all abilities in Burns Park.




Family four-pack giveaway: Cirque du Soleil's Crystal


Here's your chance to bring your family to Cirque du Soleil's first ever show on ice, coming to Verizon Arena in October! Crystal is a breakthrough ice experience where world-class ice skating and unexpected acrobatics fuse to create the first on-ice experience from Cirque du Soleil. 


To enter to win four tickets, click here. That's it! We will choose a winner this Friday (October 6).




This month: Relive the golden age of early aviation


A 1929 Ford Trimotor Airliner, one of only 199 made by the Ford Motor Company, will be on display for free and giving rides for a fee from October 12 through October 15 at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport as part of an annual tour around the country. Rides can be booked online or by calling 1(877)952-5395. The plane will fly low and slow around Central Arkansas, along the Arkansas River and looping through Conway. For the film buffs: the plane visiting North Little Rock is the very plane seen in Public Enemy with Johnny Depp and The Family Jewels with Jerry Lewis.




Oxford American to present Lucinda Williams at CHARTS


The nonprofit Oxford American, "A Magazine of the South," will present its 25th anniversary gala, "Books, Bourbon & Boogie," featuring Lucinda Williams and her band on Thursday, November 2, at the Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) on the UA-Pulaski Technical College's main campus at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock. Tickets include a pre-concert reception beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert. Lucinda Williams is a critically acclaimed American rock, folk, blues and country music singer-songriter. 

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This month: classic and antique boats stop in North Little Rock


For the first time, the Heartland Classics Antique and Classic Boat Show will be stopping in North Little Rock this Saturday, October 7, docking at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. Free and open to the public, the show will be a static display including some of the classic boats completing the 370-mile Arkansas River Odyssey that begins in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and ends in Pendleton, Arkansas. After the show, the boat owners will cruise the Arkansas River and enjoy the local area.




Thea Foundation opens doors after renovations


We've missed the Thea Foundation in the local art scene as they've quietly been updating their gallery space and are glad to see their doors open again! Stop by, say hello and check out their new gallery during weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Restaurant Spotlight: Kamikaito by Kiyen's


The much-anticipated opening of the Argenta Arts District's Kamikaito was worth the wait! We stopped by for lunch this week and enjoyed generous portions of the chicken and shrimp hibachi. The newly decorated interior makes the large space more intimate with dividers, rustic chic tables and self-playing piano in the corner for a little extra ambience. The large front windows are blocked by an area that will soon be serving ice cream and to-go meals. The menu includes an extensive sushi list, hibachi, soups and noodles. 


Last week, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the restaurant is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The phone number is (501)891-6172.





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Upcoming Events


Dork Reunion

Fridays & Saturdays

October 6 - November 18

The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse



Air1 Positive Hits Tour

Thursday, October 5

Verizon Arena



2017 Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine

Thursday, October 5 Dickey-Stephens Park



Heartland Classics Antique and Classic Boat Show

Saturday, October 7 Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum



Katt Williams Saturday, October 7 Verizon Arena



Race 13.1 Little Rock

Sunday, October 8

Clinton Presidential Center/Arkansas River Trail



North Little Rock FireFest

Tuesday, October 10

McCain Mall



Jimmie Vaughan: Blues with a Texas Accent

Thursday, October 12 UA-Pulaski Tech - The Center for Humanities and Arts



1929 Ford Trimotor Airliner Stop in North Little Rock

Thursday, October 12 - Sunday, October 15

North Little Rock Municipal Airport



Jason Aldean

Friday, October 13

Verizon Arena



Boo! Images of the Macabre

Friday, October 13 - Friday, December 15

UA-Pulaski Tech - The Center for Humanities and Arts



Six Bridges Regatta

Saturday, October 14

Arkansas River



Susan G. Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 14

Downtown North Little Rock & Little Rock



Pink Event

Saturday, October 14

McCain Mall



Google Cardboard Workshop

Saturday, October 14

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub



Fall Fun at the Hub Friday, October 20 Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub



Argenta Art Walk

Friday, October 20

Main Street, Argenta Arts District



Bruno Mars

Sunday, October 22

Verizon Arena



Potluck & Poison Ivy

Thursday, October 26

The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse



Cirque du Soleil: Crystal - A Breakthrough Ice Experience

Thursday, October 26 -

Sunday, October 29

Verizon Arena



Holiday Open House

Saturday, October 28

Red Door Gallery



Dogtown Film Series: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark 

Saturday, October 28

Argenta Community Theater



Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke: Sinners and Sanctified Tour

Thursday, November 2 Verizon Arena



Books, Bourbon & Boogie Gala featuring Lucinda Williams

Thursday, November 2

UA-Pulaski Tech The Center for Humanities and Arts



Casting Crowns

Friday, November 3 Verizon Arena



Dogtown Film Series: Mud

Tuesday, November 7 Argenta Community Theater



Dogtown Film Series: Greater

Wednesday, November 8

Argenta Community Theater



Ballet Arkansas's Big Bands and Ballet

Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 11

UA-Pulaski Tech The Center for Humanities and Arts



Three Course Wine Dinner

Monday, November 13 Ristorante Capeo



Chris Stapleton

Thursday, November 16

Verizon Arena



The 2017 Cosplay Con & Anime Experience

Friday, November 17 - Saturday, November 18 Verizon Arena



A Fertle Holiday

Friday, November 24 - Saturday, January 13 The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse



Potluck & Poison Ivy: Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Thursday, November 30

The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse



Joe Bonamassa Saturday, December 2 Verizon Arena



Big Church Night Out

Sunday, December 3 Verizon Arena



Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!

Thursday, December 14

Verizon Arena



University of Arkansas Men's Basketball

Saturday, December 16

Verizon Arena



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