Casting Crowns: At Alltel.

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Atlanta’s Casting Crowns, a rising force in Christian rock music, will headline a show Friday, Oct. 14, at Alltel Arena. They’ll be joined by Building 429 and Tony Nolan. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $31.75 and $24.75 through Ticketmaster or the arena.


LR NBA star at Alltel

Little Rock’s Joe Johnson will lead the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks in an exhibition game against the New Orleans Hornets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Alltel Arena. Tickets start at $8, through Ticketmaster.


Black Hall of Fame inducts six on Saturday
A critically acclaimed actor, the all-time record setting Baseball Hall of Famer and a legendary R&B bandleader are just part of the newest class of inductees into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and the six will be honored at the 13th Annual Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center.

The inductees, who are being recognized for their lifetime achievements and accomplishments, are: Fran Bennett, an actress from Malvern who has guest starred in “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Roots II,” “One Day at Time” and “In the Heat of the Night”; baseball star Lou Brock, who was born in El Dorado and recorded 3,023 hits and 938 stolen bases; Martha Dixon, a life-long resident of Clark County who created two successful fashion businesses; Harvard educator David Evans, a native of Phillips County and published author; Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Louis Jordan, a native of Brinkley credited as the “father of rhythm and blues.”


The event begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information or for tickets, visit or call 377-1950.

Chamber Singers celebrate
The Arkansas Chamber Singers’ 50th season starts off with a celebration of centuries of music. The “Songs and Psalms in Celebration of Singing” concerts will be held at two locations on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15.

The first night finds the Chamber Singers at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St. On Saturday, the performance is at St. James United Methodist Church at 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. Both are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

The program includes Tallis’ “If Ye Love Me,” Purcell’s “Come, Come Ye Sons” and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” accompanied by harp, organ and timpani.


Call 377-1121 or visit

Hip-hop lecture II
Thomas Shapiro, professor of law and social policy at Brandeis University, will be the speaker Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the second in a series of “Bless the Mic” lectures at Philander Smith College. Shapiro, who wrote “The Hidden Cost of Being African-American” and “Black Wealth, White Wealth,” will speak at 7 p.m. at the Kendall Center lecture hall.

The “Bless the Mic” lecture series is free. Books are available for sale through Pyramid Art, Books and Custom Framing, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the college.

Pinnacle Rendezvous
Experience life in the early to mid-1800s through an authentic Native American village, a mountain man camp, a pioneer settlement, lumberjack camp and more at the 14th annual Pinnacle Mountain Rendezvous on Saturday and Sunday at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Native dress, cultural education, authentic cooking demonstrations, a children’s village, dancing and other features make the event fun for all ages.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, though some activities require a small fee. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Call 868-5806 or visit

Pagans howl
Some spooks scare while others make you laugh. Red Octopus’ sketch comedy theater troupe is in the latter category as it sends up all things Halloween in “Pagans on the Slab,” opening Monday, Oct. 17, at Vino’s Brewpub. The show runs through Saturday, Oct. 22, and admission is $10 (Monday’s cut-rate deal for “starving artists and starving seniors” is $7). Showtimes are 8 p.m. Shows on Oct. 18-19 are non-smoking, and the performance is recommended for mature audiences.

Encore performances are also scheduled for Oct. 28-30 at The Third Space, next door to Easy Street Piano Bar at Seventh and Center streets.

The cast includes Red Octopus regulars Sandy Baskin, Jason Gregory and Jennifer Pierce, along with Public Theatre founder Michael Henderson and local Call 301-8007 or visit for more information.

Werner in Eureka
Singer-songTickets for Saturday’s show are $20 in advance, available online at, and $25 at the door. Call 479-363-0363.


Revving up the motors for Big Cruisefest
In the largest car show in the state, hundreds of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from throughout the nation will fill Riverfront Park and the River Market pavilions Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, for the second annual Big Cruisefest.

The cars include Bill Clinton’s 1967 blue flake Ford Mustang convertible and Scott Romine’s “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger from his “Dukes of Hazzard” car collection. The Arkansas Street Rod Association will sponsor an adults only tricycle race, and on display will be cruiser flame throwers, hydraulics, neons and Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie II” mobile.

Door prizes include a 350-Crate motor. Vendors will line the midway with bikes, cars and more. Kids will want to visit the “Cruisin’ Corral,” have a picture taken with Spiderman and see magician Derrick Rose.

Friday’s hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the night concludes with a ’50s style sock hop starting at 7 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Participant registration is $35 at the door. Call 370-3201 or 517-1966.

On the stage
The Public Theatre debuts its production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Thursday, Oct. 13, at its theater at 616 Center Street. Show dates are Thursday through Saturday for two weeks, and showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Call 374-7529 or visit

“Necessary Targets,” written by Eve Ensler and directed by Helene Rush, concludes its run at the Weekend Theater with 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 for reservations.

Haunting site
Emoba, the Museum of Black Arkansans, will open its Haunted Cathedral on Friday, Oct. 14, featuring live actors and animatronics housed in a 14,000-square- foot Gothic church building. We’re told it’s tame for youngsters but fun for adults, and will be open every day but Sundays up until Halloween weekend, when it’s open every day. Call 372-0018 for hours. Admission is $10.

Breakfast with orangutans
The Little Rock Zoo will feature an unusual breakfast for animal lovers on Saturday with a look at the world of the zoo’s orangutans. A buffet breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and members’ admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children, which includes the price for breakfast and zoo admission. Non-members’ tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. Call 666-2406 ext. 122 or visit for more information.

Sub shifting
The U.S.S. Razorback will temporarily move upstream while its home east of the Main Street Bridge is undergoing work for the North Shore Maritime Museum. You’ll find the sub on the east side of the Broadway Bridge for up to three months, just off the North Shore Riverwalk. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to dusk on Sundays. For more information, call 371-8320.

Cold concert
Florida-based alternative-metal band Cold, discovered by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, is touring in support of its new album, “A Different Kind of Pain,” and appears at the Clear Channel Metroplex on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show (doors at 6 p.m.) are $12 in advance, or $15 the day of. For tickets call 217-5089, 877-725-8849 or visit

The band has had a complex couple of years, enjoying radio success in 2003 with the singles “Suffocate” and “Stupid Girl.” Since then, their lineup shifted, with guitarist Terry Balsamo moving to Evanescence to replace Little Rock’s Ben Moody. In his stead is Matt Loughran, who played with his band mates in the past incarnation of the group, then called “Grundig.” Vocalist Scooter Ward, bassist Jeremy Marshall and drummer Sam McCandless round out the group.

Opening the show will be Smile Empty Soul and Flyleaf, a small-town Texas quintet lead by Lacey Mosley, who may be diminutive in size but not in vocal power.

The Band on KABF
Catch a one-hour special on Levon Helm and The Band featuring singer/guitarist Robbie Robertson on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. during KABF’s “Collage” program. The special is running in conjunction with the Capitol Records release of “The Band – A Musical History,” the five-CD and DVD box set. Robertson produced to the group’s retrospective. “Collage” is a three-hour program that runs weekly on KABF, 88.3, from noon to 3 p.m.