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Now - Jan. 11: A Fertle Holiday at The Joint, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. An original two-act comedy chronicling the Fertle Family’s trouble ridden holiday reunion in the tiny town of Dumpster, Arkansas, as they attempt to entertain their rich relatives from San Diego.

The Main Things comedy trio brings the quirky family to life by portraying all the relatives and townspeople needed to create the illusion of a big, bustling Christmas get-together. Tickets cost $20. Call 372-0205 or visit www.TheJointArgenta.com.

Now - Feb. 2: Face to Face and Portraiture Now Exhibiting at the Arkansas Arts Center. In the Face to Face exhibition, the artist invites the viewer to share what he or she has discovered in the mirror, and far more. From the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., comes the Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge exhibition which focuses on the intersection of contemporary drawing and portraiture. Call 372-4000 or visit www.ArkansasArtsCenter.org.

Now - March: Wild Winter Country let’s families go snow tubing, throw snowballs at targets, roast s’mores and meet Santa. Fun for the whole family.Visit www.WildWinterCountry.com or call 753-8600.

Now – Jan. 19: George Fisher: The Presidents Exhibit at Laman Library, Main Branch. George Fisher, born in Searcy, was a political cartoonist whose work influenced and helped define politics for a generation. He created a series of visual metaphors and themes that were widely associated with the politicians he caricatured and became a part of Arkansas political folklore. Fisher approached national issues and figures with the swagger afforded a Washington outsider. His unapologetic depictions of the Nixon, Carter, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations are represented in this exhibition of 30 drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center Library Collection of George Fisher Cartoons. Call 758-1720 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Now – Jan. 28: Tales from the South is a radio show taped live on Tuesday nights at Starving Artist Cafe in the Argenta Arts & Entertainment District. Cost: $7.50 plus dinner. Visit www.TalesFromTheSouth.com or call 372-7976.

Jan. 9: Live at Laman offers an evening of musical entertainment every second Thursday of the month for 7 p.m. at Laman Library. This month’s act: Ashley McBryde- Raw talent combined with a whiskey washed sense of humor has been used to describe this singer-songwriter. Mentor and famed co-writer, Lisa Carver described her as a “writer’s writer.” Put her on a stage and you will see and hear that she is the nicest bad girl you’ve ever met. Visit www.LamanLibrary.org or call 758-1720.

Jan. 9 and 11: Fiddler on the Roof Auditions at the Argenta Community Theater. Casting all roles - Dancers and Ensemble Vocalists. Preparation: 16 Bars from show or in style of show; bring performing arts resumé and head shot. Show dates are July 22 - 27. For more information call 353-1443, email fiddlerontheroof@argentacommunitytheater.com or visit www.ArgentaCommunityTheater.com.

Jan. 11: ZUMBA with Carla Townsend at Laman Library, Main Branch from 11 a.m. to noon. Get a head start on those anticipated holiday calories now. It’s free and open to the public. Call 758-1720 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Jan. 11: David O. Dodd: The Man, The Myth and the Wind… at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History to commemorate the execution of David O. Dodd, known as the “Boy Martyr of the Confederacy,” a panel discussion will take place over the story of Dodd, his life and execution, and for some the perceived martyrdom that has come from his execution. Call 376-4602 or visit www.ArkMilitaryHeritage.com.

Jan. 17: March 1: Winter Sucks! at The Joint for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Winter Sucks! That’s something all Arkansans can agree on, and this musical sketch comedy will be just the cure for your cabin fever. Topics include driving on icy roads, falling in love in a Laundromat and living with a slob. Plus, the Fertle Family returns in a sketch about how everyone in Arkansas tends to stay home and hibernate when it’s cold outside. But don’t you stay home, or you’ll miss the “winter-only” show. Tickets cost $20. Call 372-0205 or visit www.TheJointArgenta.com.

Jan. 21: Fit 2 Live at Laman presents “Cooking Matters” from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Laman Library, Main Branch. Cooking Matters, an innovative nutrition education program offering six-week signature courses, teaches individuals and families the skills they need to cook healthy meals and get the most from their food budgets. The Cooking Matters classes are hands-on, full participation classes taught by volunteer chefs and nutrition experts.Note: Advanced registration is required for this program. Email Debra.Wood@LamanLibrary.org, call 771-1995 x105 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Jan. 24 - 25: Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at Verizon Arena for 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $20 adults and $5 kids. All tickets $2 more day of show. Additional fees may apply. Party in the Pits: Saturday and Sunday 4:30-6:15 p.m. Pit passes cost $10. Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena box office, call 975-9000 and all TicketMaster retail outlets, online at www.TicketMaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Jan. 25: ZUMBA with Carla Townsend at Laman Library, Main Branch from 11 a.m to noon. Get a head start on those anticipated holiday calories now. It’s free and open to the public. Call 758-1720 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Jan. 25 - April 6: The Smithsonian’s “The Evolving Universe” Exhibition at Laman Library, Main Branch. Through compelling and beautiful photographs, visitors will learn about how Smithsonian scientists study the far reaches of space and the evolution of the universe. This exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the National Museum of Natural History. We can never see the universe as it is right now, only how it was in the past. In this exhibition, visitors will journey from the here and now of Earth to beyond our galaxy, traveling back through time and out into space. The very nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away. When we gaze at it in the sky, the light hitting our eyeballs left it four years ago, so we’re seeing Alpha Centauri as it was in 2006. In this sense our telescopes are also time machines: the most distant galaxies we study are billions of light years away, and we are seeing them as they were before the Earth was formed. Call 758-1720 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Jan. 28: Fit 2 Live at Laman presents “Cooking Matters” from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Laman Library, Main Branch. Cooking Matters, an innovative nutrition education program offering six-week Signature Courses, teaches individuals and families the skills they need to cook healthy meals and get the most from their food budgets. The Cooking Matters classes are hands-on, full participation classes taught by volunteer chefs and nutrition experts from communities large and small. Note: Advanced registration is required for this program. Email Debra.Wood@LamanLibrary.org, call 771-1995 x105 or visit www.LamanLibrary.org.

Feb. 1: Professional Bull Riders at Verizon Arena 8 p.m. Ticket Prices: $12.50 - $52.50, increase day of show. The PBR’s Velocity Tour is about one thing: hunger. And it’s coming your way. Buckle Up. This is the stepping stone to the glitz and glamour of the elite Built Ford Tough Series, but there’s nothing minor-league about it. These are young men dreaming of the big time. To make it, they have to get past the same monsters you see every week on national television, and superstar veterans looking to stand in their way. Tickets available at the Arena Box Office, 975-9000 or through TicketMaster locations, 800-745-3000, visit www.TicketMaster.com.

Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum: Located on the west side of Verizon Arena. Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 663-4328 or visit www.ArkSportsHallOfFame.com for more information.

Mark Twain Riverboat & Sandbar: Enjoy a refreshing river breeze, delicious southern flavors, entertainment, fun filled afternoons, and unforgettable sunsets. Fall/Winter Schedule: check the website for specifics. Friday Night Social Cruise includes live entertainment and hors d’oeurves; Saturday Dinner & Sunset Cruises includes catered dinner buffet.

Murray Lock & Dam Cruise: Experience the adventure of the River’s Lock System, 1-5:30 p.m. includes lunch. For reservations or additional information on group and private events, visit www.DamRiverboat.com or call 372-5777. The U.S.S. Razorback Submarine: Visit the USS Razorback (SS 394), a BALAO Class Fleet Submarine located at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. Ask about Birthday Parties and Group Overnight Stays. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Monday - Thursday. Visit www.AIMM.museum for details. To schedule a group tour call 371-8320 or e-mail: info@AIMM.Museum. The Beacon of Peace and Hope and surrounding Peace Garden presents a special welcome to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM). Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) worked with the City of NLR and the submariners to build this monument for peace and reconciliation.

North Little Rock Animal Shelter’s Mobile Adoption Unit: Lakewood Village Shopping Park every Friday from 1- 7 p.m. Call 791-8577 for details.

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