Two two-fers for week two of 2017

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Heads up to a few fun things happening in Central Arkansas this week!

the-princess-bride-1987-0Movie buffs are in for a treat, as two local theaters are screening American classics. On Tuesday, January 10, Riverdale VIP Cinema presents the 1979 comedy The Jerk, which was co-written by Steve Martin and provided his first starring role in a feature film. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets for Riverdale’s deluxe reclining seats are only $8.50 for this special showing. Then, on Saturday, January 14, scale the Cliffs of Insanity with the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, which will be showing The Princess Bride at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $5! Fun facts: Both films are on Bravo’s list of “100 Funniest Movies” (The Jerk at No. 80 and The Princess Bride at No. 50); the films’ directors are father and son (Carl and Rob Reiner, of The Jerk and The Princess Bride, respectively); and both theaters serve beer and wine. For more info and to buy tickets, visit Riverdale Cinema and the Ron Robinson Theater.

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Also on Saturday are two opportunities to step into the past and enjoy the crafts of yesteryear. At the Lower White River Museum State Park in Des Arc, a rag rug workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Methods of making no-sew rugs from fabric scraps have been handed down over the generations, and this workshop will teach the traditional and useful skill. $10 includes all materials. Participants should either bring a lunch or plan to visit an area restaurant during a midday break. To reserve your spot, call (870) 256-3711. Those who’d rather enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor should head to Conway for Antique Alley at the Conway Expo Center. 100-plus exhibitors from more than 10 states are bringing everything from architectural salvage to vintage advertising—all from the 1950s and earlier. The show runs January 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and January 15 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children, and is good all weekend. For more info, please call 501-230-5728. Happy hunting!