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.
Now in its third season, the Wilkins Music and Comedy Show entertains audiences with two hours of laughs and classic songs from the 1950s through the present day. Shows storm The RayLynn Theater's stage three nights a week, leaving a trail of microphones, bright-red curtains, and burned out funny bones in their wake. Led by husband-and-wife team Tom "Ray" and Susan "Lynn" Wilkins, the diverse cast tallies up more than 125 years of combined performing experience. Laugh, sing along, and applaud the overhead lights' riveting performance as onstage actors in be-sparkled garb do the same.
A storied minor-league franchise for more than 100 years, the Arkansas Travelers have been the Double-A affiliate of the Anaheim Angels since 2001, serving as the stomping grounds for stars such as Francisco Rodriguez, Ervin Santana, and John Lackey and capturing Texas League championships in 2001 and 2008. With two tickets to a Travelers game ($8 each), you and a friend can witness this season's budding stars hone their swings and windups while you wash down bunts, base hits, and botched double plays with two hot dogs ($2.50 each). Prior to the sixth inning, dart to the information desk at Dickey-Stephens Park to drop off a message to be displayed on the stadium's 18' by 32' videoboard. Arkansas Travelers' baseball games are family-friendly experiences, so videoboard messages will be subject to review—meaning that messages should avoid vulgarity, obscenity, and complicated communications to alien overlords.
A-level seats are located throughout the orchestra and mezzanine levels, whereas B-level seats are spread throughout the entire hall. You can look at the online ticketing store for more info. Seats will be assigned based on when you redeem your Groupon on the night of the performance, so plan on arriving early.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.