It's been a frosty few days here in the capital city. You need something to help bust up the cabin fever and we know just how to do it. Here's what's going on around town.
Friday (Feb. 20)
Mardi Gras in Arkansas at Next Level Events, 1400 W. Markham St, Little Rock: In its fourth year, this event is hosted by The Connection and benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. Complimentary wine and beer, a cash bar, beads and the musical stylings of Boom Kinetic will keep the party going. Bring a mask. The party starts at 8 p.m. For more information, click here.
Saturday (Feb. 21)
West Little Rock Food Truck Festival at Chenal Pointe at The Divide, 6400 The Divide Parkway, Little Rock: We just couldn't wait for the thaw. The WLR apartment complex will host a slew of food trucks including Katmandu MoMo, Hot Rod Wieners, Waffle Wagon, Beast, The Pie Hole and more, as well as vendors and live music. It takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a sweater, y'all. For more information, click here.
POP UP BAR! Maxine's TapRoom Live from Big Orange Midtown, 207 N. University Ave., Little Rock: The Big Orange crew is hosting bartenders Jacqueline Shin and JD Paul from the Fayetteville joint Maxine's Tap Room. Enjoy the tastes of NWA as the Maxine's team mixes up some signature craft cocktails during Reverse Happy Hour. They'll be there from 9 p.m.-midnight. For more information, click here.
Friday & Saturday (Feb. 20 & 21)
"Frost Bite Me" at The Joint Theater, 301 Main St., North Little Rock: Stop by The Joint and get your dose of The Main Thing. They've got a show full of sketch comedy and parodies, including an original piece about Sherwood, Arkansas’ number one private eye. Plus, The Joint has plenty of food and drink to make the night even better. The show starts at 8 p.m. both nights. For more information, click here.
Sunday (Feb. 22)
Lights, Camera, Action! Academy Awards Gala at the Chenal Country Club, 10 Chenal Club Blvd., Little Rock: If you always thought you belonged more on the red carpet than the sofa, take your rightful place at the Wolfe Street Center's annual Oscars watch party gala sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
A Beer & Brats Afternoon at The Capital Hotel, 111 Markham St., Little Rock: We've got a bit of a dream scenario on our hands here. You'll be able to enjoy Lost Forty's brews alongside Capital Bar & Grill's all new housemade bratwurst plates while you listen to Arkansas native folk musician Bonnie Montgomery. And we thought Sunday afternoons couldn't get any better. The event starts at 1:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
Friday-Sunday (Feb. 20-22)
The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham St., Little Rock: Come one green thumb, come all to the state's biggest gardening event. More than 75 exhibitors will flood the show’s marketplace with the tools, tricks and trinkets to inspire your warm weather outdoor escapades and numerous fully landscaped display gardens. There are also speakers, how-to seminars and activities for the kiddies. For more information, click here.
Thursday-Sunday (Feb. 19-22)
"The Sound of Music" at The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St., Little Rock: Yes, THAT "Sound of Music." Catch the plight of Maria and the von Trapps, seeing it on stage in all its glory. Revisit an old favorite or introduce your kids to a new obsession. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, click here.
"How to Kill: World War II Watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker" at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock: Based on the series of poems by WWII soldier Keith Douglas, the work of Robert Andrew Parker is a more gentle take on the poems' harsh themes, creating an odd and fascinating contrast. For more information, click here.