The top things to do and places to be

Posted: July 31, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.


Little Rock's chefs will trot out some of their best temptations during Little Rock Restaurant Month beginning Friday. For the month of August, participating restaurants will offer discounts and specials. Call (501) 376-4781 or visit


Visitors can have a gravity-defying good time at the annual Lamanpalooza celebration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. This year's festival moves to the William F. Laman Public Library's newly reopened Argenta Branch, 420 Main St., North Little Rock, where bouncy houses and a zip line join with other games, crafts and activities to celebrate the library's Summer Reading Program. Admission is free. Call (501) 687-1061 or visit See story on Page 4E.


Shutter bugs will snap away at the Little Rock Photo Expo, Friday-Saturday at the Embassy Suites, 11301 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock. The conference and trade show will include keynote speakers Hanson Fong and Joe McNally and a variety of classes, 5-10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is $99.99. Call (501) 224-2020 or visit


All ages are invited to walk as much or as little as they'd like for a good cause at the eighth annual Walk for Children and Families, Friday at Cooks Landing, North Little Rock. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the walk over the Big Dam Bridge begins at 6:30. Music, pizza and games will follow. Registration is $20, $50 per family and will go toward renovating Methodist Family Health facilities. Parking and free shuttle service will be offered from Crystal Hill Elementary School. Call (501) 906-4201 or visit


Female barbershop-style chorus Top of the Rock will showcase tunes they'll be performing at the Sweet Adelines International competition in November in Baltimore, at "Hot August Night: Women Gone Wild!", 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock University Theater Center for the Performing Arts, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (501) 231-1119 or visit


It's all about the pecs, quads and abs at the Arkansas State Bodybuilding Championships, Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. It starts at 10 a.m., with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in the morning, $30-$35 that evening. Visit


The 2014 Faulkner Chamber Music Festival gets underway this weekend with a faculty recital featuring the Kontras Quartet -- Dmitri Pogorelov and Francois Henkins, violins; Ai Ishida, viola; and Jean Hatmaker, cello -- at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock. The program will include Ludwig van Beethoven's "Harp" Quartet, op.74, and, with Aaron Tubergen, viola, and Will Preece, cello, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence." A second faculty recital will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at UALR, with a student recital at 3 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Snow Fine Arts Center at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Admission to all programs is free; a complete schedule is available at Call (773) 251-4719.


Makers, artisans and tinkerers come together to share skills and ideas, and inspire creative engineering at "Tinkerfest Meets Theaterfest," 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff. Visitors can learn to use familiar objects to build mini robots, masks, top-hat fascinators and light-up jewelry. Admission is free, courtesy of the Arkansas Discovery Network and local sponsor Central Maloney. Call (870) 536-3375, email or visit


The Mid-America Science Museum, 500 Mid-America Blvd., Hot Springs, will host Night @ the Museum: An Amazon Voyage, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The benefit (all proceeds go toward the development of the museum's science education program), marking the last weeks of the "Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches" exhibition that closes Aug. 10, will feature dancing, Amazon-theme food and a photo booth with a 60-pound "life-like" anaconda. Radio station KLAZ-FM, 105.9, is a co-sponsor. Guests must be at least 21. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call (501) 767-3461.


Hot Springs Gallery Walk marks its 25th "birthday," 5-9 p.m. Friday and the Spa City's fine art galleries are hosting special events, including exhibitions, gallery talks and demonstrations, and even a "women's paint out" with peach bellinis (10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Gallery Central, 800 Central Ave.) throughout the weekend. Call (501) 321-2335 or (501) 545-6960; a complete schedule and a list of participating galleries is available at

Weekend on 07/31/2014