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8 Events to Beat the Winter Blahs, February 19 – 21


This weekend there are exhibits showcasing artists from the Mid-South and the Delta, an island musical and music to surf to, and worlds beyond imagination. Enjoy some dueling banjos, learn some new outdoor skills, or experience a lantern festival this weekend around Arkansas.


Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism

Exhibits and Acquisitions to the Delta Cultural Center Collection: The Last Five Years – Helena-West Helena

This exhibit is a retrospective overview of the activity of the curatorial department of the Delta Cultural Center during the last five years. More than 20 traveling or temporary exhibits have been displayed in the changing galleries of our Visitors Center. Over 300 objects have been added to the museum’s permanent collection through generous donations from patrons or through purchases of objects deemed desirable to our mission. This exhibit highlights art, Civil War artifacts, Blues musical instruments, and other recently added objects that are related to the history of the Arkansas Delta. Also highlighted are the exhibits that have been shown, and any objects that may have been added to collection from those exhibits. This is a chance for visitors to see collection objects that are often times not on display.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Saturday, March 26, 2016
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DCC Visitors Center
141 Cherry St.
Helena-West Helena, AR



Carrie Waller, American (Indianapolis, Indiana, born 1976), Celebration, 2012, watercolor on paper, Gold Award Winner,Mid-Southern Watercolorists 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, courtesy of the artist and Mid-Southern Watercolorists. 

Mid-Southern Watercolorists 46th Annual Juried Exhibition – Little Rock

Mid-Southern Watercolorists (MSW) is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1970. Their goal is to enrich the stature of watermedia and encourage the recognition of its significance in our culture. This organization furthers the interest of painters and patrons by its programs and by its competitive and non-competitive exhibits. It also provides opportunities for study by art students and others engaged in art making and in appreciation of arts.

Opening Celebration Friday, February 19, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

Friday, February 12, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arkansas Arts Center
Little Rock, AR


Once On This Island: A Musical – Little Rock

From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team that brought you Seussical and Ragtime, comes this Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning musical set in the Caribbean Sea concerning a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes. From the first song you will be enthralled by the music and engaging lyrics of this magical story which includes hints of Romeo and Juliet and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid.

Friday, February 12, 2016 – Sunday, February 28, 2016
Sunday, Friday, Saturday
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Weekend Theater
Little Rock, AR
Admission: $20 adults, $16students & seniors


Surfs Up

Surfs Up – Hot Springs Village

The Hot Springs Village Concerts Association presents Surf’s Up. Enjoy the music of the Beach Boys, the Hondells and others performed by this talented group of five with tunes ranging from “Surfin’ USA” to “Johnny B Good” and so much more. It guarantees and evening of great entertainment. So high energy you may find sand in your shoes. This show is part of a five concert package for only $85.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – Friday, February 19, 2016
Woodlands Auditorium
Hot Springs Village, AR
Admission: $27


Lanterns at Wildwood

LANTERNS! Festival

Wildwood’s annual deep-winter festival celebrates the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. Held over three magical evenings – Feb. 19 – 21, 2016 – guests are transported to far away lands and times as they stroll through the beautifully lit pathways of Wildwood’s gardens. Cultural vistas feature live entertainment, food, drink, games and more throughout the Park’s Butler Arboretum and inside the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre.

Friday, February 19, 2016 – Sunday, February 21, 2016
Wildwood Park for the Arts
Little Rock, AR
Admission: $8 for adults online and $10 at the gate. For children ages 6-12 tickets are $4 online and $5 at the gate, and children 5 and under attend FREE!




Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil®, envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

Friday, February 19, 2016 – Sunday, February 21, 2016
Verizon Arena
North Little Rock, AR



Annual Outdoor Skills Weekend – Kirby

Discover how fun playing outdoors can be while sharpening your skillsets at Daisy State Park! Throughout the weekend, we will offer various workshops to help you learn new outdoor skills. On the final day of the event you’ll have the opportunity to show off your new skillset by participating in a friendly challenge with other participants. This weekend is sure to be lots of fun for the entire family!

Friday, February 19, 2016 – Sunday, February 21, 2016
Daisy State Park
Kirby, AR

Admission: $10 per person for workshops, other designated programs free


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Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Fayetteville

Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity that is almost unthinkable coming from just two banjos and one voice. She with the earthy sophistication of a post-modern, old-time singer-songwriter; he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots; together, the married couple employs the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat that you won’t soon forget. It’s a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities!

Friday, February 19, 2016
8 p.m.
Baum Walker Hall
Fayetteville, AR
Walton Arts Center

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