The Weekend Ten

The top things to do and places to be

Posted: August 28, 2014 at 2:22 a.m.


Labor Day Weekend gets some serious horsepower at the annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races, Friday-Sunday. The Bar of Ranch in Clinton is being invaded by mules and very fast horses for the event, which includes clinics, shows, trail rides and music in addition to the big races. Admission is $25 per day Friday-Saturday, $15 Sunday. Children ages 6-12 get in for half price. Call (501) 745-8407 or (501) 745-5250 or visit


Arkansas State Parks are taking the long weekend to celebrate their history, culture and amenities with Legacy Week. Just some of the special events planned are hands-on crafts at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, a memory quilt project and ice cream social at Scott's Plantation Agriculture Museum and preservation programs and clean-ups at the nature-oriented parks such as Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena. Admission for most events is free. Call (888) 287-2757 or visit See story on Page 5E.


Spa City will be singing the blues at the 18th annual Hot Springs Blues Festival from Friday through Sunday at downtown's Hill Wheatley Plaza. Acts include Heavy Suga and the Sweetones, Charlotte Taylor, Gypsy Rain and Larry Garner. Tickets are $10-$15. Special guest Guitar Shorty kicks off the festivities with a free concert at 8 p.m. today at the Ohio Club, 336 Central Ave. Call (501) 815-2939 or visit See story on Page 4E.


The eyes play tricks in the "Making the Unbelievable Believable" show, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St. Presented by the Masters of Illusion, the family variety show includes illusions, comedy and juggling. Tickets are $10, free for children 12 and younger. Call (501) 613-1318.


The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center salutes black filmmakers with the Filmmakers Corner Film Festival, 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday. The festival will include local and international works and selections from festivals such as South by Southwest and the New York Documentary Film Festival. Admission is free, but reservations are required. The museum is at 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock. Call (501) 351-0452 or visit


For the 63rd year, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts a weekend of arts and crafts, antique farming equipment displays and Civil War re-enactors at the Clothesline Fair, Saturday-Monday. Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. Call (479) 846-2990 or visit


Martina McBride, three times the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist and four times Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fine Arts Center, East Arkansas Community College, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City. The concert opens the college's 2014-15 Performance Season. Tickets are $39. Call (870) 633-4480, Extension 352 or visit


The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View pays tribute to the late, great Grandpa Jones with performances Friday and Saturday: Guitarist Doyle Dykes headlines the 7 p.m. Friday show ($12) with Kathy Mattea headlining at 7 p.m. Saturday ($20). Backing both performers will be Jones' wife, Ramona, and the Jones Family Band (including daughter Alisha Walls and son Mark Jones). Call (870) 269-3851 or visit


Puppeteer/ventriloquist Marc Rubben (whose characters include a dirty old grouch, a fortune-telling swami and a hippie who's been hiding out for 40 years but can't remember why) headlines shows at 7:30 p.m. today ($7) and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday ($10) at the Loony Bin Comedy Club, in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Interstate 430 and North Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Call (501) 228-5555 or visit


Legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray will perform with the Tulsa-based Steve Pryor Band at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Auditorium, 36 S. Main St., Eureka Springs. Tickets are $55 and $75. Call (479) 253-7333 or visit

Weekend on 08/28/2014