It's another low-key lineup for the capital city, but there's still plenty of fun to be found. Let's get into it.

 

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Thursday, Jan. 12

L80's Night at Petit & Keet // BYO shoulder pads. Tonight marks the first of the restaurant's 2023 L80's (ladies + '80s) Night series, and you can kick it off in style with winter-themed cocktails, an all-night happy hour, '80s music and more in the Keet Corner Bar. The drinks start flowing at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, Jan. 13

Dreams & Opportunities: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Philander Smith College // Ahead of Monday's holiday, the college is teaming up with Southern Bancorp to host this event featuring a reenactment of the “I Have a Dream” speech by nationally recognized speaker BerThaddaeus Bailey and performances by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Westwind School for Performing Arts, as well as remarks from local leaders. The reception starts at 11 a.m. in the Sherman E. Tate Student Recreation Center, followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. Learn more here.

Looking for ways to get involved on MLK Day? Try this.

Second Friday Art Night in Downtown Little Rock // Bring on the 2FAN. It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights this month include artist/author spotlights at The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square and live music and drinks at the Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum. 2FAN runs 5-8 p.m. Learn more here

"Friday the 13th Part III" at Ron Robinson Theater // Mr. Voorhees requests the pleasure of your company on his very favorite day. The 1982 slasher brings some fresh (and some doomed) faces to Crystal Lake, and in the absolute best way possible: 3D. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

"Sugar in Our Wounds" Opening Night at The Weekend Theater // The first show of the year for the community theater, this production set in the Civil War South asks the question, "Is love powerful enough to set your true self free?" Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14

"The Breakfast Club" at Ron Robinson Theater // Whether or not you think the only thing scarier than Jason is a batch of unruly teenagers, this classic John Hughes film is sure to bring back all the coming-of-age nostalgia. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday - Sunday, Jan. 13-15

"Tootsie" at the Robinson Center // Work it, Michael Dorsey. This Tony-winning musical comedy based on the 1982 hit movie tells the story of a struggling actor — that'd be Dorsey — who goes out on a limb as an alter ego — that'd be Tootsie — and steals the limelight in the process. You have four chances to catch the show: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 1 p.m. Learn more here.

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Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 14 & 15

Music on the Patio at River Bottom Winery // Need a little fresh air? Located at BoBrook Farms, this winery's patio is the perfect place to enjoy local sips with live music from Christine DeMeo on Saturday and Casey Penn on Sunday. The music starts at 3 p.m. both days. (And yes, the patio's heated.) Learn more here.