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story.lead_photo.caption Bluesman Robert Finley performs Friday in El Dorado. Special to the Democrat-Gazette

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Turkey tales

Storytelling initiative The Yarn covers intense family interactions during the holiday season in a program titled "Turkey, Tinsel and Tension," 8 p.m. today at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit or the Facebook event page,

Hope holiday bazaar

The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council holds its annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring blown glass, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, fishing lures and Christmas decor by area artists and crafters, 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Monday at the ArtStation, 200 E. Division St., Hope. Admission is free. Call (870) 777-8200.


Youth Orchestra concert

The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and conductor Geoffrey Robson performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Woolly Auditorium, Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2400 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Arkansas Symphony Principal Horn David Renfro will solo in the Larghetto by Emmanuel Chabrier; the program will also include the Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner and the Nutcracker Suite by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $10, free for K-12 students. Call (501)-666-1761, Extension 1, or visit

El Dorado blues

Bluesman Robert Finley, recently a semifinalist on NBC's America's Got Talent who performs frequently in El Dorado, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Griffin Restaurant, 101 E. Locust St., in El Dorado's Murphy Arts District. Doors open at 5. Tickets are $25, $35 for reserved seating in advance, $5 higher day of show. Call (870) 444-3007 or visit

Jonesboro Nutcracker

The Foundation of Arts stages Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday at the Forum Theater, 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro. Sponsor is NEA Baptist. Tickets are $17 and $15, $15 and $13 senior citizens, military and Arkansas State University students, faculty and staff; $8 children 12 and younger. Friday's performance is "Pay What You Can." Call (870) 935-2726 or visit at

Monticello musical

A crafty slave seeking to win his freedom contrives to fulfill his young master's young love as the University of Arkansas at Monticello Music Theatre Workshop stages A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart), 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday in the Fine Art Center Auditorium at UAM, 371 University Drive off U.S. 425, Monticello. Tickets are $15-$20. Call (870) 460-1888 or visit


MAD on Ice

The MAD on Ice Skating Rink opens Saturday in El Dorado's Murphy Arts District, operating through Jan. 5, 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday (with special hours during school vacation). Tickets are $12 for unlimited skating (one uninterrupted session), free for MAD members Tuesday-Thursday; skate rentals, in adult and children's sizes, are $3. Visit

Two types of skating aids or "helpers" — Bobby the Seal and Tommy the Reindeer — are available for rental at $15 for a 90-minute cycle. Helmets will be available for free on a first come/first served basis. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent (who does not need to be on the ice). Each skater must fill out a waiver form — available on-site and online. Season passes are $199 plus tax; a pay-as-you-go skating punch card offers "skate nine times and the 10th is free."


Stuttgart Christmas concert

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of traditional and pops Christmas music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Riceland Auditorium, Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas-Stuttgart, 2709 U.S. 165 South, Stuttgart. Israel Getzov conducts. Tickets are $45 and $35. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895, or visit

Elton John has added North Little Rock's Simmons Bank Arena as a July 3 stop on his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour. Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)


Elton John at arena

Elton John has added an Arkansas stop among 24 new concert dates on his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," performing at 8 p.m. July 3 at North Little Rock's Simmons Bank Arena. Tickets — $69.50, $124.50 and $224.50, plus service charges — go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the arena box office and via or More information is available at VIP packages include premium tickets, onstage photo opportunities at Elton John's piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs and custom merchandise.

Rector at Robinson

Tickets — $35, $45 and $65 plus possible service fees — are on sale for a concert by alt-contemporary pop singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and University of Arkansas graduate Ben Rector, on "The Old Friends Acoustic Tour" with special guest Cody Fry, 8 p.m. March 20 at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Visit or

Zac Brown Band performs April 17, 2020, at Simmons Bank Arena on the spring 2020 leg of the country-rock group's "Owl Tour." Special to the Democrat-Gazette

Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band will perform at 7 p.m. April 17 at North Little Rock's Simmons Bank Arena, on the spring 2020 leg of "The Owl Tour" with special guests Amos Lee and Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd. Tickets — $29.50, $59.50, $79.50 and $99.50, plus applicable fees — go on sale at noon Friday at the arena box office and via or

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