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Don’t let the frigid temps keep you from leaving the house. There are great events this weekend across the state. We are off to the races with opening day at Oaklawn Park and dazzled as Cinderella dances at the ball. You can celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hunt for that treasured vintage find or enjoy a couple of concerts.
Established in 1993, the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr Commission is an offspring of the Martin Luther King Federal Holiday Commission and was established under then Governor Bill Clinton by executive order. The commission works to celebrate and extend the legacy of MLK by advocating and providing opportunities for youth within Arkansas. Their signature event, Mega Kingfest, is the summation of all of their values. This year’s keynote speakers include 90s sensation Kel Mitchell, Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, Miss Arkansas 2016, and retired educator & activist Annie Abrams. Visit arkingdream.org/news.php for a full schedule of Mega Kingfest events.
January 11-16, 2017
Various Venues in Little Rock
Known for his boogie-woogie piano playing reminiscent of Dr. John, A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist, roots-rock artist whose exploratory music incorporates pop, blues, folk and jazz. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s unique jazz piano and blues-tinged voice have established him as a singular artistic force. Now, he takes the stage for a performance that features classics by his father including timeless songs like “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” and “Workin’ At the Car Wash Blues”, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced them both.
January 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Walton Arts Center
505 W. Spring St
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.
January 13, 2017 – January 15, 2017
426 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
There is simply nothing quite like standing at the rail as a few thousand pounds of flesh, hooves and high hopes comes charging down the home stretch. And, for every year since 1904, that’s what Oaklawn Racing has served up from January through April. The 2017 live racing season kicks off the season this weekend. Oaklawn Racing & Gaming has a history of good times stretching back more than a century.
January 13, 2017
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
2705 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
More than 100 exhibitors from 10+ states sell architectural salvage, old advertising, antique toys, linens, primitives, glassware, antique furniture, and more from the 1950s and before. Parking is free.
January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conway Expo Center
2505 E. Oak St.
Conway, AR 72034
Admission: $5 adults, $1 ages 12 and under
Producer Danny Dozier announced the next show in the “Concerts in the Loft” series. Finger Food, an instrumental guitar concert series features Steve Davison, Micky Rigby and Danny Dozier. This concert series includes complimentary beverages and hors d’oeurves. Daniel Haney will open the show. The Concerts in the Loft are fundraisers to help continue with the construction of Maxfield Park in historic downtown Batesville and donations are accepted. Opening the show for Finger Food will be guitarist Daniel Haney.
January 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Loft on Main Street Batesville
267 E. Main St.
Batesville, AR 72501
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