Weekend To-Do List: 7 Artistic To-Do’s

If you’re a lover of the arts, this weekend is full of can’t-miss events just for you. From art walks and exhibit openings, to ballet performances and film screenings, there’s an arts event this weekend to satisfy everyone’s cultural cravings. Also on this weekend’s roster: a cooking class for couples, great shopping opportunities and a two-day pioneering workshop complete with a whiskey dinner. Yep, this is gonna be a good one.


Friday (March 20)

Argenta Art Walk, North Little Rock: The Third Friday Argenta Art Walk features nine walkable venues with amazing art, live music and more from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 20. During the walk, Argenta Gallery will host an opening reception for Carole Katchen’s “Art Then and Now;” Greg Thompson Fine Art will showcase “Southern Landscapes Exhibition,” featuring works by Southern regional artists Walter Anderson, Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap and more; and Art Connection will display new paintings, prints, mixed media and jewelry created by teen artists. Six more venues will have art on display as well. Find out more here.


Court 13 & Q&A with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Producers, Ron Robinson Theater, Little Rock: Calling all film and music buffs! At 7 p.m. this Friday, the Little Rock Film Festival, in partnership with the Arkansas Times Film Series, will present short films and music videos from the New Orleans film collective, Court 13, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Following the shorts, guests may stay for a Q&A with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” producers Casey Coleman and Nathan Harrison. Admission is $5 and you can learn more here.  


Table for Two: Roasted Lobster Tails with Ginger Sauce, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Morrilton: Need a new date-night idea? Sign up for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s upcoming Table for Two cooking class and learn how to make roasted lobster tails with ginger sauce. Executive Chef Robert Hall will demonstrate how to cook the entree while you and your significant other enjoy a freshly prepared appetizer. After the demo, you and your sweetheart will step up to the stove and practice your new cooking skills. Afterward, you’ll dine by candlelight and enjoy a decadent dessert. The class begins at 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, and includes overnight lodging on the mountain and continental breakfast. Tickets are a mere $125 per person. To register, click here.


“Arkansas, As Is” Opening Reception at Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock: Cantrell Gallery will host an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 20, for Daniel Coston’s newest exhibit “Arkansas, As Is.” Refreshments will be served and the artist will be present. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will hang from March 20-May 9 and will showcase Coston’s recent acrylic paintings. For more info, click here.


Turning Pointe Gala for Ballet Arkansas, Albert Pike Memorial Temple, Little Rock: Get ready for the sautés, jetés, cabrioles, etc. Ballet Arkansas’ signature annual fundraiser, Turning Pointe, is taking the stage this Friday, March 20, at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple. The evening will kick off with a cocktail hour, buffet dining and a silent auction, followed by entertainment by Ballet Arkansas company members. The evening will conclude with dessert, coffee and dancing to the music of Dizzy 7. Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Friday-Saturday (March 20-21)

“I Love You, But You’re Sitting On My Cat” at The Joint, North Little Rock: Presented by The Main Thing, “I Love You, But You’re Sitting on My Cat” is an original comedy featuring the Fertle Family from Dumpster, Arkansas. The fictional family has fallen on hard times and comes up with a surefire method to win money gambling. They all take a bus trip to the “glittering casinos of Oklahoma,” and chaos ensues. Theatre-goers can enjoy cocktails, craft beers, wines, European-style coffees and more while watching the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Admission is $22 per person. For reservations, call 372-0205, or click here.


Saturday-Sunday (March 21-22)

Georgia Pellegrini Pioneering Weekend, South on Main, Little Rock: If you haven’t heard of Georgia Pellegrini, listen up. This Southern lady gardens, harvests, travels and more. She is the author of three bestselling books and has been featured in numerous publications and on TV shows like “The Today Show” and “Iron Chef America.” She calls her way of life “modern pioneering” and she’s bringing it to Little Rock this weekend. Hosted by South on Main, this four-part event/pop-up shop includes a lunch on Saturday with workshops like homemade mason jar butter with flavorings and homemade mason jar scented candles. There’s a VIP whiskey dinner Saturday night at 7 p.m. Yes, a whiskey dinner. With three courses. Sunday holds a gospel brunch and book signing. Make your reservations by clicking here. But don’t wait, spots are limited and they’re going fast. Read more about her weekend lineup here.

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