PADDY'S PARADE: In the River Market.

March with the Irish
The sixth annual Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade will come a few days earlier than the traditional holiday, with dancers, bands and other celebrants marching Saturday, March 12, starting at 1 p.m. from the old train station at Victory and Markham streets.
The parade route will travel east on Markham, concluding at the River Market.
Two marching bagpipe bands, the Lyons College Pipe Band from Batesville and the Red River Pipes and Drums from Shreveport, will be featured in the parade. Other musical performers will include Irish folk band Cairde, featured on the Shamrock Lawncare float, and musicians from the Arkansas Celtic Music Society of Arkansas. Irish dancing, antique cars, Irish wolfhounds, the River Rail trolley, clowns, floats and more will be in the procession.
After the parade, “Dancing at the Crossroads” takes over from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Pavilion of the River Market. The McCafferty and O’Donovan Schools of Irish Dance will provide entertainment. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Peggy Monahan, a 21-year employee of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, will be the parade’s grand marshal. Monahan is one of the founding members of the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, the organization sponsoring the parade. Monahan’s mother was born in Sligo, Ireland, and her father came from Galway, Ireland. Monahan, who grew up in New York and New Jersey, came to Little Rock more than 20 years ago when her husband was transferred here to run Modern American Mortgage Co.
Call 868-6416 or visit for more information.
Artspree shows off fancy footwork
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, now in its 26th year of touring internationally, offers an exciting fusion of live music, comedy, singing and percussive dance in the show “Incredible Feets,” set for Thursday, March 10, as part of UALR’s Artspree entertainment program.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. in UALR’s Performing Arts Center.
Footworks made a Smithsonian Institution tour of Japan and its performers were artists with “Riverdance” in London. The first half of the show features six routines of dance that reflect diverse cultures, from step to clogging to tap, and tells the story of how the various peoples settled in America; the second half focuses on various styles of music, from Celtic to African-influenced.
Tickets are $17 for the balcony and $20 for the main floor. Call 569-3288.
Stringy serving
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series at the Arkansas Arts Center is focused on “Mozart and Rossini” on Friday, March 11.
The Quapaw Quartet, along with guest artists Catarina Lichtenberg on mandolin, Kelly Johnson on clarinet, Daniel Cline on cello and John Dalstrand on bass, will perform “Duo for Cello and Bass,” Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Mandolin and Strings,” and Mozart’s “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major K. 581 ‘Stadler.’ ”
Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. The Best Impressions restaurant in the arts center is open before the concert. Call 666-1761 for tickets.
State basketball finals at Alltel
The best high school boys and girls teams in the state converge on Alltel Arena this weekend for the finals of the state high school basketball tournaments in all classifications.
The games tip off at 3:30 p.m. Friday with the Class AA boys final. Four games are scheduled for Friday, and six are set for Saturday, culminating with the Class AAAA Boys final at 8:15 p.m.
For ticket information, call 975-9016.
Tribute to Elvis
Eddie Miles, whose Elvis Presley show is regarded as one of the best in the world, will bring his “A Tribute to Elvis” back to Murry’s Dinner Playhouse for 10 shows beginning Friday, March 11.
The special performances are not part of Murry’s regular season-ticket schedule. Ticket prices are $29 on Friday and Saturday nights and $27 for other performances, with prices including dinner.
Showtimes Tuesday through Saturday evenings are 7:45 p.m., with dinner served from 6 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. Sunday’s evening show is at 7 p.m., with dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.
Sunday and Wednesday matinees are at 1 p.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Call 562-3131 for reservations.
Let the elephants eat cake
It will be a birthday weekend for the Asian elephants at the Little Rock Zoo, as the zoo celebrates the 54th and 55th birthdays of Ellen and Mary on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The elephants will be presented an “Elephant’s Delight Cake,” while visitors can enjoy ice cream and regular cake, and the zookeepers will talk about the elephants at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Zoo admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 1-12. Call 666-2406.
Hightower featured at Sierra Club awards
Talk radio personality and book author Jim Hightower will be the speaker for the Sierra Club of Arkansas’s 2005 Conservation Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 12, at the Clinton Presidential Center.
The banquet begins at 5:15 p.m. with library tours starting at 5:30 p.m. The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. The Sierra Club honorees include Congressman Vic Snyder, Jo Luck and Heifer International, the William J. Clinton Foundation, Bryan Day and the Little Rock Parks Department. A silent auction and music entertainment are part of the festivities. Tickets are $50.
Call 301-8280 for tickets or more information.
Women’s work
The Old State House Museum will play host to the Arkansas Women’s History Institute’s annual Women’s History Symposium on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This symposium is titled “Good Work, Sister” and it will focus on the role of Arkansas women during World War II. Emily Yellin, author of “Our Mothers’ War,” will be the speaker. The $20 participation fee includes lunch. Call Georganne Sisco at 324-8641.
UALR music gala
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock shows off its diverse music department in its annual spring semester gala on Sunday, March 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building and UALR’s old student union. UALR encourages all music lovers and especially senior high school students to attend the free event, which will feature student ensembles, soloists and faculty discussions. The UALR Community Orchestra and the concert choir will perform, along with the gospel chorale, two jazz combos, a guitar ensemble and more.
Slamming poet
Gary Mex Glazner, who originated the poetry slam, where poet-performers are scored by judges chosen from the audience, will discuss his book “How to Make a Living as a Poet” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, in the board room of the Main Library in the River Market district.
Glazner, winner of the individual series in the 1998 Poetry Olympics, is the poet-in-residence and coach of the Precision Poetry Drill Team at Desert Academy in Santa Fe, N.M. Glazner also is curator of the Word Art series at the Governor’s Museum in Santa Fe. His poetry has appeared in anthologies, periodicals, on CD, radio and television. His poems have been translated into Chinese, Moldavian, Nepali and Vietnamese.
Glazner’s books will be available for sale and signing Sunday, and refreshments will be served. The program is free, but seating is limited. Call 918-3032.
‘Messiah’ set
Looking ahead to next Thursday: The Arkansas Choral Society will present the Easter Portion of Handel’s “Messiah” on March 17 at First Christian Church, 1500 N. Mississippi. The concert, which brings the Choral Society together with singers from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School, begins at 7:30 p.m. The combined chorus will be accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra all under the direction of Hart Moore, FCC’s minister of music.
Tickets are $12. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Call 225-5656.
Food talk
The Flaming Spoons cooking club will present “The Flaming Spoons Dinner Club Tells All” at noon March 17 in the Cox Creative Center in the River Market district. The presentation by the group, which includes Irene Wassell, food editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is part of the center’s Third Thursday Book Talks and is free. Bring a sack lunch; drinks are provided. Call 918-3032 for reservation or more information.

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