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ENTERTAINMENT: SoMa Pride Parade set Saturday; country’s Dave Gibson sets showcase in native El Dorado | Arkansas Democrat Gazette




Pride Parade and Festival

The SoMa Pride Parade starts at noon Saturday, along Main Street from 22nd Street to 12th Street in Little Rock. It takes place in the midst of a daylong street festival, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with music (including, on the Main Stage, MonsterBoy Lives at 1 p.m., The Baby Magic at 2:30 and Butterfly from New Orleans at 4); an adults-only area (with a series of drag performances and beverages from Stone’s Throw Brewing and Rock Town Distillery), a kiddie corner, roughly 100 vendors and food trucks, along Main Street south of Interstate 630. Visit


‘The Power of a Song’

Country singer-songwriter and El Dorado native Dave Gibson will recount songs and stories from his more than 40-year career in “The Power of a Song,” a songwriter showcase and special capital campaign fundraising event, 7 p.m. Friday in the Callaway Theatre at the South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. 5th Street in El Dorado. Tickets are $25, $15 for center members. Call (870) 862-5474 or visit


‘Smoke on the Mountain’

A preacher and a musical family perform traditional and bluegrass gospel songs and share stories and beliefs at a North Carolina Baptist church during the Depression in “Smoke on the Mountain,” by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey, with musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, onstage through June 29 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday (12:30 p.m. Wednesday matinees only, June 5 and 12) and 12:45 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday. The buffet opens 90 minutes before curtain time. Tickets (including meal and show): $42-$44, $30 for children 15 and younger; $30 show only. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit

‘Light Blind’

Riverside Actors Theatre in partnership with Nightingale Theatre Collective presents a staged reading of “Light Blind” by Ben Grimes, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. It’s the story of a 15-year-old, who after murdering his father’s meth dealer, finds himself trying to negotiate “the heartless and complicated labyrinth of the modern-day justice system,” according to a news release. An in-depth talkback with the cast and playwright follows each performance. Admission is free but there’s a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Visit

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