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Wildwood Park?s 104 bucolic acres are home to woodland trails, manicured gardens, and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. In service of the center's continuing mission to encourage lifelong learning and fertile imaginations, the expansive grounds host myriad events that marry culture and art, from annual festivals to year-round children?s education programs. Beyond artistic pursuits, visitors can simply savor the center's natural splendor by taking in the sights of the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, wending through the Carl Hunger Wildflower Glenn, or spotting ballerinas in the wild at the park?s eight-acre swan lake. The nonprofit park maintains its gardens, education projects, and other artistic hallmarks purely through help from its community, including volunteers, individual donors, and arts organizations.

20919 Denny Rd
Little Rock,
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"When you think of like New York, Milan, and L.A. and all these major cities there’s something that’s missing. It’s a freshness," Brandon D. Campbell told Arkansas Times in 2009, the year he debuted the first Little Rock Fashion Week. It's not that he has anything against the style of those towns—after all, as a TV writer and producer, he worked on red-carpet coverage for networks such as E! and MTV. But throughout his career, he retained a lingering fascination with the creativity bubbling just under the radar in his hometown.

Today, burgeoning clothing designers, up-and-coming models, and local boutiques all shine in the spotlight during Little Rock Fashion Week, exciting audiences with new styles and, as importantly, making connections, both local and national. Models are sourced from the community in an open casting call and selected by a panel of local movers and shakers such as boutique owners, journalists, and strutting experts.

7 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock,
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Harlem Globetrotters Playing Three-on-Five

Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating [roster](http://gr.pn/PHdb6w) of Globetrotter favorites?including three female players?takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard [TNT](http://gr.pn/rOe0P4) sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker [Quake](http://gr.pn/QTIGVh), whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 [Too Tall](http://gr.pn/PHdmPh) and 7-foot-4 [Stretch](http://gr.pn/1dYrbUt), the team?s tallest member. During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters? extensive travels haven?t gone unnoticed: they?re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.

One Verizon Arena Way North
Little Rock,
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“Days in the Orient, Nights in Arabia” utilizes the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s skilled instrument wranglers to narrate the saga of "One Thousand and One Nights" through a growing flourish of vividly orchestrated music. The melodious tale of the cultured Persian queen Scheherazade is known throughout the world, still captivating audiences who fear for the queen’s life as she crafts riveting yarns to win over the heavily preserved heart of her murderous king. The symphony's ability to weave multi-hued pictures through music brings a fresh perspective to storytelling, making this establishment a sought-after community center of entertainment. The performance features the tones and scales of Middle Eastern music, and also introduces contemporary Chinese compositions inspired by the Fujian Province for a symphonic experience that’s as globally influenced as the lunchboxes in the U.N. break room.

201 Donaghey Ave
Conway,
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When Ken Goodman survived a car wreck at age 4, his parents feared that his nearly severed tongue would never speak again. After a complicated surgery and months of healing, they found he could not only speak but sing. Years later, he nabbed lead roles in musical-theater classics such as Bye Bye Birdie and The Music Man. His lengthy list of performances also includes operas, pageants, and a concert for the Austrian ambassador to the United States. These days, Ken flaunts his melodious vocals at the Vienna Theatre, the 75-seat performance space he owns with his wife, Stephanie. Here, he adds his tuneful spin to renditions of Broadway standards and folk duets with humming radiators. Nestled within the century-old Simon Mendel building, the theater is one of the few structures to survive the fire of 1928 and the man versus building tickle war of 1987.

424 Central Ave
Hot Springs,
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Nearly a century ago, the Hippodrome opened as a combination movie palace and vaudeville theater, spending more than 70 years hosting big names such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Following a double-decade period of slow business and bad hairstyles, the Hippodrome closed down in 1990. Now, however, after an exhaustive restoration project that reanimated the theater’s chandelier-lit arches, the mural above the proscenium stage, and the grand-theater boxes that hearken back to opera’s heyday, the Hippodrome reopens to the delight of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

426 West Markham Street
Little Rock,
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