From sparkling sequins to cozy bookshops, there's a little something for everyone this weekend. Let's get into it.


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Thursday, Jan. 19

Ying Quartet at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral // Presented by the Chamber Music Society, this concert will feature a combination of "brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world" thanks to the world-renowned Ying Quartet. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.


Friday, Jan. 20

Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // Let's go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this monthly walk invites you to stroll through the Argenta Arts District’s lineup of special exhibits and events. Highlights include a culinary showcase with Vito & Vera at Bang-Up Betty and an insect-centric exhibit with Marcus Vasquez at Laman Library. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Miss Gay America 2023 at the Robinson Center // Bring on the sequins and hairspray. Contestants vying for the crown will take the stage in the final night of the country's longest running pageant for female impersonators. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Taylor Fest at The Hall // Are you ready for it? This traveling show has been roaming the country, throwing dance parties tailor-made for Swifties (and the Swiftie-adjacent) with all the hits. Doors open at 8 p.m. Learn more here.


Saturday, Jan. 21

Paper Hearts Bookstore Soft Opening // Get excited, bookworms. The pop-up has found a home. Paper Hearts announced this week it found a permanent home in Pettaway Square, a 300-SF store at 420 E. 21st St. It's still in the preliminary stages, but you can be one of the first to check out the new digs. And yes, the book truck is still coming, and pop-ups are still on the calendar. Stop by 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Learn more here.


Thursday - Saturday, Jan. 19-21

Cult Classic Movies at Ron Robinson Theater // The popcorn is flowing at the downtown theater, and the lineups just keep getting better. Up first is 1984's "The Last Starfighter" on Thursday, followed by "A Nightmare on Elm Street" on Friday and closing out with an interactive screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 9 p.m. Saturday. Learn more here.

More CALS news: Main Library to Undergo Large-Scale Renovation, Galleries & Bookstore to Close Permanently


Thursday - Sunday, Jan. 19-22

Week of Racial Healing // Tuesday was officially the National Day of Racial Healing, but organizers in central Arkansas have continued observance all week long. The final few days include a community dialogue and panel discussion at UA Little Rock Downtown and a gathering at the Arkansas State Capitol. Learn more here.