If you're looking for evidence as to why this weekend is special, how about promises of new art exhibits, a Jedi challenge and a "robot wrestling spectacular"?

 

Thursday, February 16

Third Thursday in The Heights, Little Rock: It's like pregaming for the weekend, and we love it. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours until 8 p.m., and shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, sales and specials. This month, they're going all in on the eats. We suggest stopping by Heights Taco & Tamale Co. for $5 salsa trio and cheese dip, Baja Grill for $4 margaritas and Boulevard Bread Co. for happy hour and free fries with your cocktail purchase. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.

Key Connections to Humanity Opening Reception at Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock: Featuring powerful work from Angela Davis Johnson, Bryan Massey, David Clemons John David Pittman this exhibition doubles as a fundraiser for Blue Door Ministries, an organization that helps provide children in Kenya with food, medical care, education and more. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, February 17

Third Friday Argenta Art Walk in downtown Argenta, North Little Rock: It's time to go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this fun walk is all about strolling through the Argenta Arts District’s monthly lineup of special exhibits. Walkable galleries include Barry Thomas Fine Art & Studio, Core Brewery, Thea Foundation, Argenta Branch of Laman Library, studioMain, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Claytime Pottery, Argenta Gallery, Southern Women Artisan Guild, House of Art and Mugs Café. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

AfterHours at Playtime Pizza, Little Rock: Forget the diet, you need to cut loose. AfterHours is essentially the adult swim of Playtime Pizza where you can play a ton of games, mini golf, bumper cars, mini bowling, go-karts or laser tag, all while you enjoy drink specials and tons of pizza. This month, six lucky couples can compete in a round of The Newlywed Game to win an ultimate date night prize package valued at $200. The late night party lasts from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. For more info, click here.

"Titanic: The Musical" Opening Night at The Weekend Theater, Little Rock: You may know how the story ends, but you haven't seen it told like this. The show that took home five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will be at The Weekend Theatre through March 12. This opening night performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, February 18

Star Wars Science at Museum of Discovery, Little Rock: We've got a great feeling about this. The MoD is getting all kinds of Star Wars-y for the whole family. You can learn how to build a lightsaber, visit Rey's salvage yard, test your midichlorian might with the Jedi challenge and lots more. Stop in from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.

MLK Race to Stop the Violence 5K at the Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock: This run/walk through downtown is more than your average 5K. Organizers of this event work with community forces to "help bring awareness and solutions to crime and violence in Little Rock." The race starts at 8 a.m. at the State Capitol. For more info, click here.

Midwest Winds Woodwind Quintet at Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock: As an ambassador to the Air Force Band of Mid-America, this group connects with audiences across a 10-state region through performances and educational outreach events, and is now bringing its show to Arkansas as part of the Arts@Christ Church series. Audiences can expect everything from classical pieces to pop music. The show starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

Beer, Brats and Bots at The Innovation Hub, North Little Rock: Come one and all to watch robots fight to the death, or to final error, at least. Yep, this "robot wrestling spectacular" really is exactly what it sounds like. Teams have been working to make their bots ready for the ring, and now we get to see it all go down, and with plenty of beer and brats to go around. Doors open to the public at noon. For more info, click here.

North of South Opening Reception at Drawl Southern Contemporary Art, Little Rock: The newest exhibition to come to this gallery in The Heights highlights works from our neighbors in northwest Arkansas. Featured artists include Alice Andrews, Dayton Castleman, Sam King, Linda Lopez, Ed Pennebaker and Kat Wilson. The reception lasts from 4-7 p.m. For more info, click here.