ON STAGE: 'Necessary Targets.'

Weekend Theater on ‘Target’
“Necessary Targets,” Eve Ensler’s newest work since her acclaimed Obie Award-winning hit, “The Vagina Monologues,” will be presented by the Weekend Theater beginning Friday, Sept. 30, for three consecutive weekends. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater at Seventh and Chester streets.
The play is a series of sometimes humorous and sometimes tragic vignettes about a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker who travel to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war. The pair subsequently emerges deeply changed, too. Ensler based the work on interviews she conducted with women who survived the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Helene Rush is the director. Rebecca Burton and Felicia Richardson star as the two Americans sent to counsel the war refugees. Cast members include Tricia Spione, Patti German, Rachel Archer, Julie Flinn and Julie Atkins.
Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 for reservations.
Rock with classics
Tribute bands playing the music of Led Zeppelin, Queen and KISS will highlight the KMJX-FM, Magic 105 Birthday Party on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex.
Local band Plowdog will join Zoso (the Zep cover band), Queen for a Day and Strutter (playing Kiss covers). The gate opens at 2 p.m., and free tickets are available at Clear Channel (call 217-5089 or visit www.magic105fm.com). Beer and food will be available for purchase. There will be a drawing for a restored 1981 Corvette.
Little Rock and Hot Springs will both host “Oktoberfest” parties this weekend.
Little Rock Lutheran High School will play host to its seventh annual October celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, food and activities for all ages. Bratwurst, roast chicken and assorted pastries will be available, and a polka band will perform. Admission is $1. Call 954-9281.
Hot Springs’ 31st Annual Arkansas Oktoberfest is Friday and Saturday Sept. 30-Oct. 1, and the German-themed festival of music, arts, crafts, food, dancing and German-style beers will be held at Magic Springs Theme Park for the third year.
Jody Evans, the Arkadelphia native who reached the finals and finished third on USA Network’s “Nashville Star” earlier this year, will open for Mark Chesnutt in a country music concert Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater.
Friday activities run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the Waterloo German Band, Art on the Corner, arts and crafts and more. Saturday’s Polka Party runs from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. with the Waterloo German Band, arts and crafts and contests for all ages. Following Evans’ performance, fireworks will light the sky, then Chesnutt will conclude the night.
Admission to the festival is $5 each day. For more information call 501-321-1700.
Coleman calls
If you’ve never seen Walt Coleman speak to a group, you’re in for a high-energy treat when the National Football League referee addresses the monthly “Legacies and Lunch” gathering at the Main Library’s Darragh Center at noon Wednesday, Oct. 5.
“Arkansas Milkman and NFL Flagman: An Arkansas Autobiography by Walt Coleman” will feature the Little Rock native and fifth-generation member of the family that started Coleman Dairy talking about his Sunday adventures on the gridiron. An official for more than 30 years, he’s been with the NFL since 1989, refereeing some of its biggest games. The program is free. Bring a lunch, and the sponsoring Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will supply the drinks. Reservations are suggested; call 918-3049.