The list includes beer, Beethoven and Sonny and Cher.
Thursday, April 12
Crescendo Party at the Arkansas Symphony Designer House: When an event is this fabulous, it only happens every few years. This gala marks the opening night of Designer House (more on that later) with a night of eats, drinks and entertainment before the home opens to the public. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. at 8 Valley Creek View. For more info, click here.
The Debussy Trio at Christ Episcopal Church: With a unique blend of 20th and 21st century music, this trio has offered new experiences for audiences for 26 years, and is now bringing its show to Arkansas as part of the Arts@Christ Church series. The show starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Mamma Mia!" Singalong night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Here we go again. If you haven't seen The Rep's production of this world-famous musical — of if it took everything in you not to belt out every word the first time you saw it — this one-night-only show is for you. Not only can you join the cast on your favorite tunes, but you can also get in on a pre-show tasting with Zin Wine Bar. Sips start at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Art of Motion and Music: The Origins of Contemporary Dance in America at the Arkansas Arts Center: Ballet Arkansas is once again teaming up with the AAC for another night featuring a lecture by artistic director Michael Fothergill, and this time he'll discuss the transition from classical ballet to neoclassical, modern and contemporary dance. A wine reception kicks off the evening at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Bridge to Terabithia" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre: Cue the waterworks. This classic story takes the community theater stage to tell the tale of Jesse and Leslie and the fantasy kingdom of Terabithia. Showtime is 7:30. For more info, click here.
Friday, April 13
Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock: It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include cheese dip, craft beer and live music at the Old State House Museum, as well as a pop-up with THe Green Corner Store and The Dandy Line Kitchen at Bella Vita Jewelry. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
RockStar Lounge at Cajun’s Wharf: Hosted by an outreach group of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation known as the Envoys, this annual event is headlined by Slippery When Wet, a high-energy Bon Jovi tribute band. The party starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Food & Foam Fest at Dickey-Stephens Park: Who's thirsty? Yeah, so are we. Now in its 21st year, this annual event celebrates craft beer and good eats with loads of samples up for grabs. The brewery list includes Lost Forty, Rebel Kettle and a whole lot more. And if the thought of all that makes you hungry, never fear. There will be plenty to wash down the drinks with eats from places like Purple Cow, Vino's and Blue Cake Company. Proceeds from the event go toward Arthritis Foundation programs and services. The fun starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Grand Opening at Designer House: As the signature fundraising event of the ASO Guild, this month-long affair brings the top interior designers from across the state to one luxurious home, giving them each a space to decorate in their own unique style. Along with hosting a number of themed events in the house, guests also have the opportunity to tour it during regular hours. Beginning on Friday, those hours will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. Sundays. For more info, click here.
Saturday, April 14
Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer Event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock: Now in its fifth year, FOX16 News anchor Donna Terrell is back this year with more yoga warriors, bigger and better than before, to bring awareness to colon cancer. Join in for a free and fabulous yoga sesh, prizes and smoothies. The class starts at 10 a.m., bring your own mat. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Made - Arkansas Proud at War Memorial Stadium: We're all about that #shoplocal life, meaning this market is right up our alley. Designed to feature local creators, this market will offer shoppers their choice of unique pieces of art, jewelry, eats and plenty of crafts handmade or produced here in The Natural State. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Art of Fashion with Cameron Silver at the Arkansas Arts Center: More fashion? Don't mind if we do. In this popular lecture series, distinguished guests discuss the role of fashion in art, history and culture. This weekend, guests will hear from Cameron Silver — a global celebrity stylist, international best-selling author and fashion authority — with a lecture titled "Decades: A Century of Fashion with Cameron Silver." The begins with brunch bites at 10:30 a.m. and the lecture starts at 11 a.m., followed by a pop-up shop at noon. For more info, click here.
Pop, Rock & Hip Hop: The 80s Concert and Social at South on Main: Listen, we don’t need to explain why this is on the to-do list; it’s all in the title. But you should know that there will be live performances from The Rodney Block Collective, Bijoux, Dee Davis, DJ HY-C and many musical guests. It starts at 9:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14
"Into the Woods" at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Things are about to get magical, y'all. This Tony Award-winning musical, which got its own movie adaptation in 2014, weaves together your favorite fairy tales and magical characters, following the likes of Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. You have three chances to see the show: Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, April 15
Brunch & Brews: Lost 40 Tap Takeover at EJ's Eats and Drinks: Now, this is brunch. EJ's has had a lot of exciting changes in the past few months — like the fact they now serve breakfast — and this is just the icing on the cinnamon roll. Stop in from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
9th Anniversary Paella Party at The Pantry: No, you’re not in a time machine. It really has been nine years since The Pantry's original location first opened its doors, and that is worth celebrating, friends. Join in on their famous paella and grilled brats while you enjoy beer, wine and cocktail specials. Cheers to that. The party lasts from 1 - 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
The Beat Goes On: The Music of the 60s at Second Presbyterian Church: Ok, so maybe you are in a time machine. The River City Men’s Chorus spring concert will feature the music of The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, The Beatles and lots more. Showtime is 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15
Beethoven & Blue Jeans + Beer & Brats Street Party at the Robinson Center: Keep it casual. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform pieces inspired by visual art, including Schoenberg's "Finding Rothko," Ravel's "Ma Mère l’Oye" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" with everyone in casual attire — even the musicians. But before each performance, the ASO will bring back the Beer & Brats Street Party in front of the Robinson Center, complete with brats, beer and live music via the Episcopal Collegiate School Steel Drum Band. The street party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with showtime at 7:30 p.m. It picks up again for round two at 1 p.m. on Sunday with showtime at 3 p.m. Plus, guests are encouraged to bring food items to donate to the Arkansas Foodbank. Whew. Beethoven's been busy. For more info, click here.