SMILEY FACE: Comedian at the Conclave.

The Omega Psi Phi fraternity’s 74th Grand Conclave is expected to bring 10,000 visitors to Little Rock, and it’s also bringing several entertainment events to Robinson Center Music Hall this weekend that are open to the public.

The grand officers of Omega Psi Phi arrived Wednesday, and registration begins Thursday. Fraternity events are scheduled for the Peabody Hotel, the Statehouse Convention Center and Robinson Center Music Hall.


National morning radio host Tom Joyner will air his “Sky Show” from Robinson Center from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday. The event is free and open to the first 2,600 people in line.

Fraternity exhibits will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Statehouse Hall 1. A career fair is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. in the Statehouse Hall 2. The public is invited to participate in the Omega Psi Phi golf tournament at Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.


The first of several major entertainment events is Friday’s Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, Jerry Butler and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Saturday’s public events include the tours of the exhibit hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Statehouse, the Feed America food giveaway at St. Mark Baptist Church from 8 a.m. to noon, the American Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Statehouse, and the NitroMed health fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Peabody Salon A.


Comedian Ricky Smiley will host a comedy/step show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Center. Tickets are $25 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday, the Neal Roberson Ministries and the Christianaires will perform at a gospel show at Robinson Center beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Tickets for the concerts may be purchased at the fraternity registration area in the Peabody from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Conclave officially begins Monday, July 24, and concludes on July 28. The exhibits are open daily to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. next week at the Statehouse. A Talent Hunt is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Robinson and admission is free.


Little Rock Nine members Ernest Green and Ed Lewis will address a public program at Little Rock Central High School on Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Playoff-bound Twisters meet rival Tulsa

Enjoy country music, be a biker for a night and even sip some Capt. Morgan (if you’re old enough) when the 8-6 Arkansas Twisters play host to the 10-4 Tulsa Talons in an Arena Football League 2 game at Alltel Arena Saturday, July 22. The Twisters, who clinched a playoff berth last weekend despite losing at Oklahoma City, will try to improve their standing with two more regular-season games remaining, both at home.

Capt. Morgan is the game’s sponsor, so look for specials around the concourse area. It’s also being dubbed “Biker Night.” Fans who wear biker leather can get $2 off the ticket price at the door.

The first 1,000 fans will receive a leather-jacket-clad Coach John Gregory bobblehead doll. Also, register at the team’s Coca-Cola display at the arena or at any participating Shell service station for a chance to win Radar’s Gander Mountain 4-Wheeler, which will be given away Saturday.

The fun gets going before the arena doors open with a tailgate party starting at 4:30 p.m. on Alltel Arena Way in front of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum entrance. Country music artist Dennis Farmer will perform. Free Cokes and hot dogs and $2 beer will be available, and children can enjoy the Twisters inflatable jumping area.

Tickets for the game start at $10. Game time is 7 p.m., and the arena doors open at 6. Call the team office at 975-5425 or purchase tickets through Ticketmaster (975-7575, or most Harvest Foods stores). Youths under 18, college students, military, seniors, police, firefighters and EMTs receive $2 off the normal price if they purchase at the gate.

Check out the stars

Stars start looking big and bright in the mid-summer, and Pinnacle Mountain State Park will be offering a Star Gazing Cruise on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, starting from Jolly Roger’s Marina on Lake Maumelle. The cruise starts at 9 p.m. and costs $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. A park interpreter will point out constellations, passing satellites and other sights.

Seating for the boat is limited, call 868-5806 or visit

Classic Kansas at Magic Springs

The classic rock music continues another week at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Theme Park in Hot Springs with Kansas performing at Timberwood Amphitheater on Saturday, July 22.

Kansas is known for such hits as “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry on My Wayward Son,” but the progressive-influenced band first gained fame partly though Clyde Clifford’s “Beaker Street” late-night radio show on KAAY-AM, 1090, in the early 1970s. “Song for America,” one of the regular spins by Clifford in those days, remains an anthem among Kansas fans.

Though original member Kerry Livgren no longer tours with Kansas, the band still has many of the recognizable (if older) faces: drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/violinist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/lead vocalist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is free with a regular theme park admission ($49.95 for a season pass, $39.95 for a one-day pass, $29.95 for children and for arrivals after 5 p.m.). Parking is $8. Magic Springs also offers a pre-concert meal in a pavilion area next to Timberwood starting at 6 p.m.

Magic Springs is on U.S. Highway 70 just east of downtown Hot Springs. Call 501-624-0100.