Welcome in the new year with a cowboy — funny man Cowboy Bill Martin, that is — when the Loony Bin Comedy Club in Breckenridge Village presents the Texan for shows through Saturday, Dec. 31. Martin’s Texas twang and his good ol’ boy facial expressions have made him a favorite in the comedy club circuit from coast to coast.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and special-priced shows are Saturday at 7 p.m. (seating at 6:15 p.m.) and 10 p.m. (seating at 9:15 p.m.) Admission is $6 Thursday and $9 Friday; Saturday’s shows are $12 for the first seating and $25 for the second seating. The second show price includes party favors, snacks and champagne at midnight. Eric Meyers is the opening act for Martin.


Chad Daniels appears at the club Jan. 4-7. Daniels has moved into a headliner role after opening for such names as Dave Attel, Lewis Black and more.

Call 228-5555 for reservations.


Hoops, NASCAR at Alltel
The Arkansas RimRockers have only one game in state over the next two weeks, playing host to the Fort Worth Flyers on Friday, Dec. 30, at Alltel Arena in a 7:30 p.m. game. The RimRockers will honor NASCAR driver and Batesville native Mark Martin at the game, and there will be plenty of NASCAR memorabilia available. Martin will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $10. Call the team office at 975-4667, 800-851-1950 or Ticketmaster at 975-7575. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more through the team office.


Folk and Celtic
Conway-based folk trio Happenstance will headline a show Friday, Jan. 6, at Advent Arts and Acoustics Cafe in Conway, with Little Rock’s Peggy Loyd, a Celtic musician, opening the show at 7:30 p.m.

Happenstance is made up of Dan Clanton, Doug Coppock and Brooks Walthall.

Advent Arts is held at the Advent Lutheran Church, 900 Farris Road. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children over 12 (children 12 and under are admitted free).

Artwork by Sandra Ake also will be on display.


Call 501-450-3416.

‘Freedom’ at Robinson
“Freedom,” a five-act play about personal evaluation and self-acceptance by two Little Rock writers, will be staged at Robinson Center Music Hall on Friday, Jan. 6.

“Freedom” brings together — through coincidence, fate or serendipity — eight characters who are trapped in the waiting area of the St. Louis airport. The play’s dialogue is blended with dance, music and song, and addresses issues of culture, race, sex, greed, selfishness and sociality.

The playwrights are Jennifer Davis, 29, a student who moved from Oakland, Calif., to Little Rock six years ago, and Heidi Williams, 27, of Little Rock.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $23 through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com). For more information visit www.turnprojectcenter.com or call 838-1140.

Top bullriding at Alltel
The Professional Bull Riders Enterprise Tour calls itself “The Toughest Sport on Dirt.” It returns to Alltel Arena for two shows Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7. Both shows start at 8 p.m.

The tour features some of the world’s best cowboys trying to tame the toughest bulls in eight seconds. The Enterprise Tour is a step below the elite Built Ford Tough series of PBR; world champions Adriano Moraes and Chris Shivers both advanced from the Enterprise Tour to reach the sports pinnacle.

Tickets range from $17.75 to $41.75 for adults; children’s tickets (ages 2-12) are $9.25. Call Ticketmaster (975-7575) or the arena box office (975-9000).

Cookie rally
More than 1,000 Girl Scouts from around the state will gather at UALR’s Donaghey Student Center on Friday, Jan. 6, for a rally to kick off the sale of Girl Scout cookies. The rally will feature three climbing walls, a Mad Scientist Show, a DJ spinning records, a movie screening room and other games. Among the door prizes to be given away will be stuffed Labrador retriever.


Sales of Girl Scout cookies, which will begin in earnest after Friday’s event, help fund local programming, training, supplies and communication to girls and volunteers in the organization.

Phyllis Merriman, the chief executive of Girl Scouts Ouachita Council, says, “It will be the biggest Girl Scout party that Little Rock has ever seen.”

For more information, call 758-1020.

Globetrotters trot to state
The famed Harlem Globetrotters will bring their basketball antics to a pair of courts in Central Arkansas next week. They’ll first appear at Hot Springs’ Summit Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. They’ll come to Alltel Arena in North Little Rock for a game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Tickets for either show ($15 to $85 at Hot Springs, $15 to $95 at Alltel Arena) are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 975-7575.