Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. ‘Organic Matters: Arkansas Women to Watch’
Through Jan. 21: The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is the site for an exhibit featuring the works of four female Arkansas artists, “whose works recortextualize natural imagery to explore gender, sexuality and the object.” This is part of a national exhibit sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and was organized by its Arkansas State Committee. Admission is free.
asc701.org | 870.536.3375
2. Harlem Globetrotters
North Little Rock
Jan. 8: Bring the whole family out to enjoy the antics and energy of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. This 320+ city tour celebrates the team’s 90th anniversary. Children of all ages will enjoy the wizardry and skill of this one-of-a-kind entertainment. Tickets are $28 to $121 each.
verizonarena.com | 501.975.9000
3. ‘Peter and The Starcatcher’
Jan. 15 through Feb. 7: We all love the magic of “Peter Pan,” but have you ever wondered how Captain Hook came to be Captain Hook? Bob Hupp, producing artistic director at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, calls this play the equivalent of “Wicked” to “The Wizard of Oz.” This Tony Awards-nominated work is being presented at The Rep and is a co-production with Fayetteville’s TheatreSquared.
therep.org | 501.378.0405
4. MLK Day at Oaklawn
Jan. 16: Oaklawn Park is always a great place to visit, especially during the live racing season. And on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the races will be highlighted by the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. “Come cheer on the 3-year-olds” as they race “toward” the Arkansas Derby.
oaklawn.com | 501.623.4411
5. Old-Timey, Fermented Foods Workshop
Jan. 16: Join Plantation Agriculture Museum Park interpreters for a seminar about how to continue past culinary traditions. Attendees will learn how to make — and take home — sauerkraut, kimchi, a sourdough starter and fresh vegetables prepared using wet and dry brine methods. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. and costs $15 per person.
6. Mountain View B&B Overnight Bicycle Ride
Jan. 16 through 17: Join the Arkansas Bicycle Club for a 40-mile ride. You’ll depart from Narrows Park at Greers Ferry and ride to a bed-and-breakfast in Mountain View with stops at diners along the way for lunch.
arkansasbicycleclub.org | 501.912.1449
7. ‘Kinky Boots’
Jan. 19 through 24: You do not want to miss the musical feel-good, Broadway hit “Kinky Boots.” Based on a true story and a book by legendary Tony Awards-winner Harvey Fierstein, it is the story of Charlie Price, who returns home to run his family’s shoe factory. To save the business, he teams up with drag queen Lola, and the drama and bigger-than-life music and dance numbers ensue.
waltonartscenter.org | 479.443.5600
8. ‘Jupiter and Beyond’
Jan. 23: Enjoy the sounds of “the rarely heard Martinu Oboe Concerto” as the Fort Smith Symphony presents an evening of classical music, including Beethoven’s Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus.” Tickets are $25 to $43.
fortsmithsymphony.org | 479.452.7575
9. ‘Elvis Lives!’
Jan. 28: “Shake, Rattle and Roll” your way to the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas for “Elvis Lives!” — a rousing extravaganza that pays tribute to the King. The multi-media presentation features three top impersonators who portray Elvis at various stages in his career. It’s a must-see for Elvis fans.
uca.edu/reynolds | 501.450.3265
10. 35th Annual Soup Sunday
Jan. 31: Soup Sunday is one of the longest-running fundraisers in Arkansas. It’s a family-friendly event with games for children, a silent auction, live music — this year from The Big John Miller Band — and soups, breads and sweet fare from 35 restaurants. This year’s VIP chef is Tim Morton of the beloved 1620 Savoy. Proceeds benefit Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families.
aradvocates.org | 501.371.9678