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story.lead_photo.caption 7/3/16 American Taekwondo Association World Expo and World Championships, through Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Special to the Democrat-Gazette


ATA Martial Arts estimates 20,000 people from most of the United States as well as South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and South Korea have been pouring into Little Rock this week, marking the 50th anniversary of the Taekwondo Association during its annual World Expo through Sunday. The culmination of the week's activities is the Tournament of Champions, continuing through Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets. Tickets are $15 per day; a full-event pass is $25; admission is free for kids 5 and younger. Visit


A practically perfect nanny helps a British family in Mary Poppins, the stage musical version of the classic Disney film, through Aug. 24 at Murry's Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Doors and the buffet open 90 minutes before showtime — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, with 12:45 p.m. matinees only on Wednesdays through July 31. Tickets are $33-$37, $25 for children 15 and younger, $25 show-only. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit


The erstwhile Main Street Mall, Capitol Avenue and Main Street in downtown Little Rock, enters a time warp, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, for the Downtown Little Rock Partnership's '80s Mall Party. Everything will be totally '80s, including music, arcade games, a lip-sync contest and appearances by Marty McFly and the time-traveling DeLorean from the movie Back to the Future. There will also be burgers and fries and adult drinks. Tickets are $20, $40 VIP. Call (501) 375-0121 or visit

Ricky Skaggs


Ricky Skaggs headlines the Red, White & Bluegrass Festival, 8 p.m. Saturday at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. The venue opens at 6 p.m.; Interstate Thirty opens the show at 7. Also this weekend, the park's Wave Pool is the spot for "Dive-In Movies," showing Ralph Breaks the Internet at dusk Friday. Park admission is $49.99, $39.99 for children and senior citizens. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit

5 'OLD MAN & ME'

Pop-rockers Hootie & the Blowfish, on their "Group Therapy Tour" with Barenaked Ladies, perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart AMP, 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $29.50-$129.50 plus fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

Spike Lee. AP/Jordan Strauss/Invision


The Central Arkansas Library System will screen Spike Lee's 1989 movie Do the Right Thing as part of a "30th Anniversary and Celebration of Spike Lee," 8 p.m. Friday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Doors open at 7. Admission is $5. Call (501) 320-5715 or visit


Enjoy free watermelon while watching skilled craftsmen demonstrate their handiwork for Homegoods Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Plantation Agriculture Museum, 4815 Arkansas 161 South, Scott. Vendors will sell crafts and there will be craft demonstrations and activities for children. Admission is free. Call (501) 961-1409 or visit


Friends of Central Arkansas Libraries presents its three-times-a-year used book sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock. FOCAL members can also shop early, 5-7 p.m. today and starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Paperbacks are $1 and hardbacks are $2. Call (501) 918-3000 or visit

Rocky Mountain Road quilt, on display at Historic Arkansas Museum


"Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts," covering the history of quilting in Arkansas through a selection of bed toppers made before 1900, many of them prior to the Civil War, goes on display with a 2nd Friday Art Night reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday at Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. Ten Penny Gypsy will perform. The exhibit remains up in the museum's Cabe Gallery through Oct. 31. Also opening Friday: "The Arkansas Territory Collection — Commemorating 200 Years," up through Sept. 8, and "Glint and Glimmer: Recent Acquisitions That Shimmer and Shine," up through Oct. 1. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the gallery and the reception are free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit

Mamma Mia! — (from left) Jenny Moses (Rosie), Rita Woodward (Donna Sheridan) and Amanda Gilmore (Tanya). Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Justin A. Pike


A young woman's search for the identity of her birth father on the eve of her wedding brings three men from her mother's past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago in Mamma Mia! (based on ABBA songs by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, book by Catherine Johnson). It's onstage at the Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and July 18-20, 25-27 and Aug. 1-3, with "singalong" matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 21, 28 and Aug. 4. Tickets are $25, $20 for senior citizens (65 and older), military and students. Visit For more information, call (501) 374-2615 or visit

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