Museum of Discovery’s ‘Tinkerfest’ returns for tenth yr

Leisure choices in Arkansas this weekend:


Museum’s ‘Tinkerfest’

For the tenth yr, the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, holds its “Tinkerfest,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, celebrating “innovation, exploration and discovery whereas uniting know-how with craftspeople, artists and households” by means of greater than 30 actions, all outdoors, based on a information launch.

Company of all ages can use uncooked supplies and instruments to create machines, launch rockets and discover artwork. Building actions embody a large-scale bridge development (through presenting sponsor Kiewit-Massman Building), a Matchbox automobile ramp, a automobile take-apart, drone demos, chain reactions, water play and Lego constructing challenges.

As a part of the museum’s covid-19 protocols, a restricted variety of tickets can be obtainable in two-hour increments — 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tickets may even allow friends admission into the museum all day.

“Tinkerfest” actions are included within the museum’s common each day admission — $10; $8 for youngsters 1-12, senior residents, lecturers, Little Rock metropolis workers and lively and retired navy; free for these youthful than 1 and for members. Go to


Andrea Robinson (high) performs Truvy with Laura Grimes as Shelby in “Metal Magnolias” at Argenta Neighborhood Theater. (Particular to the Democrat-Gazette/Warren McCullough)

‘Metal Magnolias’

Argenta Neighborhood Theater, 405 Essential St., North Little Rock, opens its manufacturing of Robert Harling’s “Metal Magnolias” at 7 p.m. immediately with further reveals at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Sept. 24-25, 7 p.m. Sept. 24 and a couple of p.m. Sunday and Sept. 26.

Six Southern ladies collect to gossip in a hair salon within the fictional Chinquapin Parish, La., and share one another’s lives. The forged: Patti Airoldi as M’lynn, Kayren Grayson Baker as Clairee, Laura Grimes as Shelby, Andrea Robinson as Truvy, Beth Ross as Annelle and IJ Routen as Ouiser. Heather Norris directs, with music by Charlotte Taylor, costumes by Samantha Key and scenic design by James Norris.

Doorways open one hour earlier than curtain. Viewers members are required to indicate proof of vaccination upon arrival to the venue, and are requested to stay masked except actively consuming or consuming through the efficiency. Exceptions can be made for these with a medical or non secular exemption. Tickets are $35. Name (501) 353-1443 or go to

PB ‘Miracle Employee’

The Arts & Science Heart for Southeast Arkansas phases “The Miracle Employee” by William Gibson, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and a couple of p.m. Sunday because the inaugural manufacturing for the middle’s Adam B. Robinson Jr. Black Field Theater, 623 S. Essential St., Pine Bluff. Anna Grace Bailey performs Annie Sullivan with Lily Jennings as Helen Keller. Sponsor is Simmons Financial institution. Tickets are $18, $13 for senior residents and middle members, $10 for college kids. Name (870) 536-3375 or go to

Sci-fi readers theater

The Pocket Theatre, 170 Ravine St., Scorching Springs, presents a “Sci-Fi Theatre” readers theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, together with an essay on the mysteries of outer house, “The Million 12 months Picnic” from Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” and Orson Welles’ 1938 radio play of “The Struggle of the Worlds.” Admission is free. Name (501) 623-8585 or go to

Jonesboro ‘Footloose’

Jonesboro’s Basis of Arts phases “Footloose the Musical” (music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, ebook by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, based mostly on the film of the identical identify, further songs by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman) at 6 p.m. Saturday, Monday and Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 26 on the Discussion board Theatre, 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro. Tickets are $18 and $16, $16 and $14 for youngsters, senior residents, navy and Arkansas State College college students, school and employees. Name (870) 935-2726 or go to

‘Jungle E-book KIDS’

The Royal Theatre’s Younger Gamers stage “Disney’s The Jungle E-book KIDS” (music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson with further lyrics by Marcy Heislet, ebook tailored from the basic Disney animated movie — screenplay by Larry Clemmons — and Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle E-book”), 7 p.m. today-Friday, 2 and seven p.m. p.m. Saturday and a couple of p.m. Sunday on the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton. Sponsor is Valhalla Restaurant & Axe Throwing. Tickets are $15; $12 for senior residents 60-plus, navy and school college students; $6 for college kids as much as twelfth grade. Go to; for extra data, name (501) 315-5483 (LIVE).


Singer Genine LaTrice Perez and pianist Karen Walwyn appear with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in its free “Celebrate Little Rock, Together” concert today at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall. The concert will also be simulcast live to a big screen in the Dunbar neighborhood. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

Singer Genine LaTrice Perez and pianist Karen Walwyn seem with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in its free “Have a good time Little Rock, Collectively” live performance immediately at Little Rock’s Robinson Heart Efficiency Corridor. The live performance may even be simulcast reside to an enormous display screen within the Dunbar neighborhood. (Particular to the Democrat-Gazette)

Live performance simulcast

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will simulcast its free “Have a good time Little Rock, Collectively” live performance at 7:30 p.m. immediately at Robinson Heart Efficiency Corridor to an out of doors display screen at West fifteenth and South Chester streets, close to Philander Smith School, in Little Rock’s Dunbar neighborhood.

Admission to the simulcast is free; attendees are inspired to take their very own chairs. Reserve free tickets for the in-person live performance at Robinson, 426 W Markham St., Little Rock, at

The Dunbar group was dwelling to composer Florence Value, whose orchestration of her “Piano Concerto in One Motion” will obtain its world premiere on the live performance with pianist Karen Walwyn as soloist. This system additionally features a portion of Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, music by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin and Genine LaTrice Perez singing Aretha Franklin songs.

Name (501) 666-1761 or go to

Park efficiency

The Conway Symphony Orchestra opens its 2021-22 season with a live performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Laurel Park, 2310 Robinson Ave., Conway. Music Director Israel Getzov can be on the rostrum; the orchestra will play “all of your basic favorites from Bugs Bunny to ‘The Lord of the Rings,'” based on a information launch, together with John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Eternally” and choices from “The American Scene” by Arkansas native William Grant Nonetheless. Admission is free; take a picnic, picnic blanket and/or garden chairs; depart pets at dwelling. Name (501) 269-1066 or go to or

‘Damaged Requirements’

The Muses Undertaking presents a cabaret-style program pairing 150 years of early Western European music (1600- 1750) with American huge band and jazz requirements from the primary half of the twentieth century (1910-50) in “Damaged Requirements: Fascinating Rhythm,” 6 p.m. today-Saturday and three p.m. Sunday on the Muses Cultural Arts Heart, 428 Orange St., Scorching Springs. Tickets are $35, free for artists, college students and lecturers who name to register by immediately — (501) 609-9811. Sunday’s matinee is bought out; name to be positioned on a ready checklist. Covid-19 protocols embody checking temperatures on the door; masks are non-obligatory and social distancing is beneficial.

Arkansas Tech University brass players perform for “Brass in the Clouds” Saturday at Mount Nebo State Park. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

Arkansas Tech College brass gamers carry out for “Brass within the Clouds” Saturday at Mount Nebo State Park. (Particular to the Democrat-Gazette)

‘Brass within the Clouds’

The Arkansas Tech College Trombone Choir and the Tuba/Euphonium, Trumpet and French Horn Ensembles carry out for the annual “Brass within the Clouds” live performance, 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Sundown Level in Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 Arkansas 155, Dardanelle. This system will embody works by Erik Morales, Eric Ewazen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gary Schlecta, John Stevens and John Williams. Take a blanket or chair. Admission is free. Name (479) 229-3650 or (479) 968-0368 or go to


‘African Violets 101’

Danny Tidwell of the Arkansas African Violet Society will provide a chat titled “African Violets 101” for the Mount Holly Backyard Sequence, 9 a.m. Saturday within the shade of the Historic 1889 Bell Home at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 Broadway, Little Rock. A steered donation advantages cemetery tasks. Free parking is accessible contained in the cemetery. Name (501) 372-3372 or e-mail

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