January 3, 2019

Read, Learn and Play This Weekend

It is the first weekend of the New Year and there are several interesting literary, musical, film and other events happening around the state. There are several great options to keep the kids busy while they read, learn and play this weekend. Keep them busy and everyone will say happy until school starts back!  Happy First Weekend of 2019!

Photo Credit: Walton Arts Center

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Fayetteville)

Northwest Arkansas audiences will be the first to see this new musical on tour. After a sold-out engagement off-Broadway in New York City, the company will rehearse and present their first public tour performances of the tour at the Walton Arts Center! This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania).

Venue: Walton Arts Center
Date: January 4 – January 5
Time: There are 3 showtimes to choose from
Admission: Prices Vary- Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Horticulture Industries Show (Fayetteville)

The 2019 Horticulture Industries Show conference features education and vendors for growers and curators of vegetables, fruits, Christmas Trees, master gardens, public gardens, sustainable agriculture, urban farming and more.

Venue: The Chancellor Hotel
Date: January 4 – January 5
Time: There will be multiple presentations during the two-day conference
Admission: Varies- Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Arkansas Shorts- A Night of Short Film  (Hot Springs)

“Arkansas Shorts- A  Night of Short Film” is an annual event showcasing short films in three categories: those made by native and current residents of Arkansas; by North American filmmakers; and by international filmmakers. The films, 10 minutes in length or less, are directed by professionals, amateurs, hobbyists and beginners alike. All genres of film are represented including narrative, experimental, documentary, music video, animation, etc.

Venue: Malco Theatre
Date: January 5
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $10/ Screening Block, $20  For All Three Blocks
Contact: Click Here

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Photo of the Week: Longbow Resort

Reader’s Lounge Book Exhibit & Author Panel (Little Rock)

The Reader’s Lounge Book Exhibit & Author Panel™ was created with a mission to connect authors and readers in an intimate gathering as authors discuss important societal topics presented in their stories. Since 2016, the Reader’s Lounge Book Exhibit & Author Panel has grown beyond expectations and is now being planted around the world. Attendees can expect a free, family-friendly gathering with the opportunity to have up-close-and-personal conversations with a diverse line-up of authors from around the world as the event serves as an exclusive ‘Readers Meet Up’ for book lovers of all ages.

Venue: Philander Smith College
Date: January 5
Time: 1 p.m.- 7p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Arkansas State University

A-State Women’s Basketball vs. ULM (Jonesboro)

Cheer on the Lady Red Wolves in a basketball game this weekend!

Venue: First National Bank Arena
Date: January 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Prices Vary
Contact: Click Here

Mini-Camp: That’s Gross! (Bentonville)

This camp is best for ages 6-11 who want to be a little gross! They will be investigating things like, what makes us burp and testing how far we spread germs, to getting up close and personal with our digestive system. This mini camp will be spent embracing the inner yucky! Put on your rubber gloves and get ready for some science! You must pre-register for this mini-camp.

Venue: Amazeum (1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR)
Date: January 4
Time: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Admission: $60 Amazeum members/$70 non-members
Contact: Click Here

Header photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism.

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