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8/31/15 1:54 P

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Book on Ancient Greece, Macedonia by UALR History Professor Dr. Edward Anson published
ualr historyInternationally renowned scholar and University of Arkansas at Little Rock history professor Dr. Edward Anson had a second edition of his book, “Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians,” released this summer.
Published by Brill Academic, the book is extensively revised from his 2004 edition, with new cuneiform material and a bibliography that includes 80 new entries.
“It has been a decade since the first edition, and much new research has been added since the original,” Anson said.
Eumenes of Cardia was a royal secretary who became a major contender for power after the death of Alexander the Great and was close to securing control of the Asian remnants of Alexander’s empire. Anson’s book argues that, despite traditional telling, Eumenes’ defeat and death were not caused by the fact that he had Greek rather than Macedonian origins.
The book may be purchased at Brill Academic and Barnes and Noble. The UALR Ottenheimer library also holds a copy.
Additionally, Anson had three chapters published in books this summer:
• “Alexander at the Beas” in “East and West in the Empire of Alexander: Essays in Honour of Brian Bosworth” by Oxford University Press
• “‘Shock and Awe’ à la Alexander the Great” in “The Many Faces of War” by Oxford University Press
• “Counter-Insurgency: The Lessons of Alexander the Great” in “Greece, Macedon, and Persia: Studies in Social, Political and Military History, A Festschrift honoring Waldemar Heckel” by Oxbow Books
Anson has published more than 50 encyclopedia articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles.
His recently published books, “Alexander the Great: Themes and Issues” and “Alexander’s Heirs: The Age of the Diadochi,” was called “essential for all college and university libraries” by the American Library Association.
Anson is renowned for his work and study of fourth century B.C. Greek history. He is acclaimed by scholars all over the world for his area of specialization in the era of Alexander the Great and his successors.
His degrees include a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Drake University.



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8/31/15 11:23 A

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Mozart in A tonight
The St. Luke’s Festival of the Senses, our parish’s arts series, is gearing up for new year packed with exciting concerts and arts events. The year kicks off Monday, August 31st at 7pm with Mozart in A, a chamber music program.
The selections will be Mozart pieces composed in A major: Piano Concerto No. 23 and the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.musicians performing are Tatiana Roitman, piano; Kiril Laskarov, violin; Eric Hayward, violin; Katherine Williamson, viola; and Stephen Feldman, cello.
Festival of the Senses is funded by private donations, the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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8/30/15 11:56 A

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'........... Casey G. Horn’s TRANQUILITY

One of the newest sculptures in the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden is Casey G. Horn’s Tranquility.
Made of bronze and stainless steel, the inspiration for the piece was the Chinese word (character) 安 Ān: peaceful, content, safe.
As Horn says: You can derive a story from the composition of the character. It breaks down into two parts: ornamental roof and woman. Read in this way, “a woman is at peace in a beautiful home.”
The curved shapes in Tranquility mimic the lines in some other nearby sculptures as well as the foliage in the park. However, it is unlike any of the other sculptures. It both stands out and blends in with its surroundings.
Tranquility was purchased by the Sculpture at the River Market committee.



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8/29/15 5:23 P

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Meshugga Klezmer Band tonight at The Studio Theatre
Come hear Arkansas’s premiere (maybe only) klezmer ensemble!!!
It all begins tonight at 7:30 pm at The Studio Theatre. For only a $10 cover, experience the joy of Meshugga Klezmer Band (Meshugga.org)
Meshugga Klezmer Band was formed in Little Rock in 1999 and has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, for bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and at Jewish food festivals, Juanita’s Cantina, Wildwood Park, the Afterthought Lounge, Acoustic Sounds Café, and private parties. They have played on the stage of both the Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium and the Ron Robinson Theater.
Klezmer music has eastern European Jewish folk roots and is characterized by the cantorial, vocal, often crying style reminiscent of Jewish prayer. Like the cantor, the lead musicians sob, laugh, and slide from note to note.
The musicians include:
Jim Harper: clarinet
Izzy Getzov: violin
Stephanie Smittle: vocals
Rand Retzloff: drums
Peter Miller: guitar
Casey Huie: Trombone
Roland Gladen: bass



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8/29/15 5:19 P

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Dave Anderson’s ONE BLOCK at Christ Church
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Little Rock is showing a collection of Dave Anderson’s One Block photos.
Little Rock photographer Dave Anderson followed the reconstruction of a single block in New Orleans from 2006 to 2010. This delivers a powerful portrait of the storm’s ongoing physical and psychological impact on a neighborhood and its residents.
Using portraiture, still lifes and abstract images, Anderson’s photos document the evolution of both the street and its houses as residents literally rebuild their lives, exploring the very nature of community while testing its resilience. Anderson’s compassionate treatment of the neighborhood’s straitened financial circumstances and its courageous reconstruction has drawn comparisons to coverage of the Great Depression by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and other Farm Security Administration-funded photographers.
Seventy years later, between the devastation left by Katrina and the current housing crisis, the stability and permanence of the American home are once again in jeopardy, lending Anderson’s record a heightened, timely pertinence. One Block is an extension of Anderson’s optimistic belief that the good within each of us is what unites us, as well as his hope that this commonality will afford us the grace to both endure and emerge from our current turmoil.
Copies of Anderson’s book One Block are available for purchase at the church.



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8/28/15 1:07 P

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National Bow Tie Day
Today is National Bow Tie Day. Though there is not specifically a sculpture in Little Rock with a bow tie, one of the newest sculptures in Riverfront Park mimics the shape of a bow tie. Valerie Jean Schafer’s Butterfly Banner evokes not only a butterfly but a bow tie. However, the imagery goes beyond that.
This is drawn from a visual vocabulary inspired by Native American artifacts from prehistory. While a banner was originally a small stone or wood counterweight for the atlatl (a weapon predating the bow and arrow) this enlarged representation speaks of the beauty of Native American culture beyond the usual stereotypes. The sculpture embraces tradition, as it reveals Native Americans as inhabitants of the Americas far longer than most people believe. At the same time, the simplicity of the form evokes a sense of elegance with a decidedly contemporary feel.
Dean Kumpuris 2014It is fitting that it is located in Riverfront Park. The Trail of Tears went through the park as Native Americans were forcibly moved west. It serves as a reminder of the heritage of Little Rock. Not all of the City’s past was glorious; but in remembering the past, it helps to look forward to a better future.
It is also appropriate to feature this sculpture today for another reason. A driving force behind the placement of sculptures in Little Rock is bow tie clad City Director Dr. Dean Kumpuris.



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8/28/15 12:51 P

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A Rowdy Faith tonight at 8 at The Undercroft
Appropriately for a music series serving beer which takes place in a church, The Undercroft welcomes A Rowdy Faith tonight at 8pm.
Alisyn Reid & Cate Davison make up this folk/Americana singing duo. As their official bio states they dabble in “singing, songwriting, storytelling, vocal harmonies, awkward on-stage rambling: the whole package.” Catch their act Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. And there’s homebrew from Undercroft Beers.
Reid and Davison Cate first sang together ten years ago on a beach in South Carolina. They went their separate ways, wrote their separate songs, but have brought their voices together again as A Rowdy Faith. They consider their music folk/Americana, but each have distinct influences—Reid’s music has elements of country and rock and roll, while Davison’s has evidence of jazz and blues.
The Undercroft is in the lower level of Christ Church. Access it through the street level red door on Capitol Avenue, just to the east of Scott Street.



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8/26/15 9:31 P

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Tonight’s Oxford American Local Live at South on Main – Marcella & Her Lovers
Tonight at 7:30pm at South on Main, join the Oxford American magazine for this week’s Local Live concert. This week it features Marcella & Her Lovers! As always, Local Live is free and open to the public. To guarantee a table/seat for this popular series, call ahead at (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.
Whether arcing the curve of the highest golden high, or lighting the depth of the lowest blue low, the music and voice of Marcella Simien and her Lovers can take you there, to that magic spot where time slows down, worry and concern retreat, and everybody feels fine, primed and ready for an unforgettable time.
Like savoring the flavors in a dish made by a master chef, one detects in Simien’s music subtle yet devastating touches of the Memphis and Muscle Shoals sounds infused with the fingerprint of her Creole ancestors—that now laughing, now sighing Zydeco accordion and exhortations shouted in Creole French.
Throughout, Simien’s voice, an instrument fierce and galloping with dignified pleading, floats above the music’s cradled melee like a night star, fondly reminding us of a mysterious past while at once exciting us with the romance of the uncertain future.
An eclectic mixture of the dark magic of Louisiana swamps and the angelic grind of Memphis soul, Marcella’s repertoire spans Stax classics to wall-of-sound pop unforgettables.
Learn more at: marcellaandherlovers.com



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8/24/15 11:47 A

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Little Rock Look Back: The Quapaw Line

On August 24, 1818, the Quapaw Line was drawn. Starting at La Petite Roche and heading due south, this line formed the boundary between the Quapaw tribe lands and public lands available for settlement. Though by 1824, the Quapaw were forced to give up all of their lands, the line continued serve as an important marker. In the ensuing six years, the first permanent settlement of Little Rock took place and streets were planned.
It is interesting to note that the 1818 treaty referred to La Petite Roche as the Little Rock. Some have speculated that this is the first official use of “Little Rock” to designate the outcropping. When the Post Office was established in March 1820, it was given the name Little Rock.
There is a marker commemorating the beginning of the Quapaw Line located at La Petite Roche in Riverfront Park. The first segment of the line is also noted in the park. There are also sunken markers place along the line at various points. In MacArthur Park, at the corner of 9th and Commerce Streets, there is a marker noting that the line passed through at that location.
A good account of walking the Quapaw Line through downtown Little Rock can be found on this website.
Most of what is now called the Quapaw Quarter was located to the west of the Quapaw Line. However, it did take its name from the fact that the tribe had once lived in that area and was later sequestered to lands near it. The name for the area was chosen by a committee composed of David D. Terry, Peg Newton Smith, Mrs. Walter Riddick Sr., Dr. John L. Ferguson, and James Hatcher. They had been appointed to a Significant Structures Technical Advisory Committee to advocate for preservation of important structures as a component of the City of Little Rock’s urban renewal efforts.



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8/24/15 11:44 A

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Tonight at 6 at South on Main, Clinton School & Oxford American present “Jazz: Integrated Art in Segregated America” symposium
This evening at 6pm at South on Main, Oxford American in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service presents “Jazz: Integrated Art in Segregated America,” a symposium and panel discussion surrounding music and race.
The discussion will be led by Dr. Jackie Lamar, Professor of Saxophone at University of Central Arkansas’s College of Fine Arts and Communication. A jazz performance will follow the panel discussion. Thanks to sponsors Clinton School of Public Service, UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, Piano Kraft, Rosen Music Company, and Arkansas Arts Council for helping make this event possible.
Featured panelists include Little Rock-based singer Irene Crutchfield; bassist Bill Huntington (born, New Orleans, LA); drummer Alvin Fielder (pictured), based in Jackson, MS; and bassist London Branch, also based in Jackson, MS. The symposium event is free and open to the public. South on Main’s doors open at 5:00 PM. with light food and drinks available for purchase.
At 8pm, the Oxford American presents jazz ensemble The Southeast Quartet at South on Main. This event is $10 regular, or $5 students/artists payable in cash at the doors on the night of the show.



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8/23/15 6:34 P

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Be a Part of Fountain Fest – Design Public Art for the Fountain
Your public art installation proposal could put you at the center of this fall’s Fountain Fest, hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries. Submit your entry on the following pages so you can be in the running for this prestigious art installation in front of the Arkansas Arts Center. The winning artist’s name(s) will be included in publicity about this event, and there is a cash prize.
The AAC Contemporaries are seeking an artist or a group of artists to create a (temporary) art installation centered on or around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain in front of the AAC. The selection process will be by jury.
Art Installation initial proposal shall include a written description of the project and a sketch (or more if needed). The written description can include a list of materials that will be used and ideas about execution. Deadline for initial proposal is September 11. Jury will narrow down the applicants to no more than the top four. The finalists will be notified by Wednesday September 18, letting them know that they have been selected to expand upon their proposal. Interviews with the finalists will follow. The artist or group which is selected will be notified by September 21.
The artist (or group of artists) who is selected as the winner will be awarded $1,000 to offset cost of materials and time.
Please feel free to visit the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain in person, for help with visualizing the size and scale for your proposed project. Click here for fountain dimensions and views
Artists may submit their proposal any time before September 11 via this form, including the written description of the idea and attaching a jpeg (300 dpi) of the proposal sketch, or may send a package via the US Post Office to Arkansas Arts Center Attn: Spencer Jansen PO Box 2137 Little Rock, AR 72203 containing a written description of the proposed idea along with sketch(es). All (postal) mailed entries must be received before September 11.
2015 marks the third annual Fountain Fest, an outdoor party around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries. Funds raised will go toward purchasing artwork and to fund Contemporaries projects that support the AAC.
The Contemporaries is an affiliate-membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center whose members are made up of young art enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the arts.



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8/18/15 11:00 A

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The Arkansas Arts Council wants to hear from you! Take their Strategic Planning survey
August 18, 2015
The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is in the process of developing a new strategic plan that will guide the agency for the next five years. To help us understand the needs and issues of our constituents,
Got a few minutes to spare? The Arkansas Arts Council would appreciate your input by taking their short survey.
Your feedback will help them better understand how they can continue to advance and empower the arts for the benefit of all Arkansans. Thanks for your support of the arts in Arkansas!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QHVH33P



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Remember end of WWII with a visit to MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

With this month marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is a good time to remember the museum in Little Rock dedicated to preserving Arkansas’ rich military history.
Located in the historic Arsenal Tower in MacArthur Park, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History honors the Arkansans who have served in the armed forces. Exhibits feature artifacts, photographs, weapons, documents, uniforms and other military items that vividly portray Arkansas’s military history at home and abroad.
Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty:
Japanese American Soldiers in World War II
This exhibit focuses on the military experience of Japanese Americans during World War II including stories from veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. To prove their loyalty to the United States government, many Japanese American men joined the army as part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team or as part of the Military Intelligence Service.
Other exhibits include:
From Turbulence to Tranquility: The Little Rock Arsenal
Capital In Crisis and Celebration: Little Rock and the Civil War
Alger Cadet Gun
Camden Expedition
David Owen Dodd
Through the Camera’s Eye: The Allison Collection of World War II Photographs
By the President in the Name of Congress: Arkansas’ Medal of Honor Recipients
Conflict and Crisis: The MacArthur- Truman Controversy
Duty, Honor and Country: General Douglas MacArthur
The Sun Never Sets on the Mighty Jeep: The Jeep During World War II
War and Remembrance: The 1911 United Confederate Veterans Reunion
First Call – American Posters of World War I
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is a museum of the City of Little Rock. It is led by executive director Stephan McAteer who works with the MacArthur Military History Museum Commission.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



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8/16/15 11:45 P

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Single Tickets On Sale at Ark Rep on Monday
The 2015-2016 season is the 40th one for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The audience gets the gifts. It is not too late to subscribe, but for those wanting single tickets, the wait is almost over. Single tickets go on sale on Monday, August 17.
The season kicks off with William Shakespeare’s Scottish play about the Thane of Cawdor and his wife Lady M. The cauldron the witches stir is not the only toil and trouble on the heaths and moors of Scotland. It will run September 11-27.
Next up is the Tony winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This tuneful, witty musical with book by Rachel Sheinkin and songs by William Finn, will play from October 16 to November 8.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be the holiday show running from December 4 to January 3. It will be a regional premiere of this musical featuring a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright and a score by the Oscar winning team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater.
Starcatcher2016 will start off with another regional premiere–Peter and the Starcatcher. This prequel to the Peter Pan stories is by Rick Elice. Though a play, it does have some songs by Wayne Barker and Elice. This winner of five Tony Awards will be on stage from January 15 to February 7.
BridgesThe regional theatre premiere of The Bridges of Madison County will take place on the Arkansas Rep stage from April 8 to May 1. This musical has a Tony winning score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Marsha Norman.
The main stage season will conclude with a world premiere play Windfall. Directed by Tony winner Jason Alexander, this comedy by Scooter Pietsch looks at greed among a group of office workers. It will run from June 10 to 26.
The artwork for the shows for the 40th anniversary season was created by Marty Baragiola of Baragiola Creative.



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8/15/15 11:43 A

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DR. STRANGELOVE tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater at 7pm
Stop worrying and learn to love the bomb with Stanley Kubrick’s black (& white) comedy Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It will be shown this evening at 7pm at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.
This 1964 film both satirizes and foreshadows Cold War mentality and decisions. It stars George C. Scott and Peter Sellers (who essays three roles including the title Edward Teller-inspired character). Others in the cast include Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynne, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones and Slim Pickens – who has the ride of his life.
The film was produced and directed by Kubrick from a script he wrote with Terry Southern and Peter George. Kubrick was nominated for three Oscars (producer, director and adapted screenplay). The film’s fourth Oscar nomination went to Sellers as Best Actor.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included it in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Admission is $5, with refreshments available for purchase



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Go GOOD WILL HUNTING at 10pm tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater
The 1997 Oscar winning GOOD WILL HUNTING will be shown at 10pm tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater. Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor), Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (Original Screenplay) took home the golden statuettes for their work on this film.
The movie also stars Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Casey Affleck, and Cole Hauser. Directed by Gus Van Sant, it tells the story of a janitor at MIT who is a math savant. As he tries to embrace his genius, he must also grapple with the impact this has on his own self-value and his relationships.
Filmed for an estimated $10 million, it grossed over $138 million in its initial release.
Admission is $5, with refreshments available for purchase.



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Clinton Center admission is FREE today for President Clinton’s Birthday
President Clinton’s birthday is next week. But the Clinton Presidential Center is offering visitors the present. Today from 9am to 5pm, the Clinton Presidential Center admission fees will be waived. Also offered for free will be the audiotour featuring President Clinton’s narration.
In addition to the chance to visit the Dinosaurs exhibit and the permanent exhibits, the Clinton Center is hosting a special event today from 9am to 2pm.
Kick off the new school year at our Annual Head of the Class Bash. The first 1,500 students will receive FREE backpacks and back-to-school supplies! The Clinton Center will also provide immunizations, haircuts, fun activities, ACT/SAT/PSAT prep coupons, and much more. New this year, there will be “Hour of Code” computer science tutorials. The Head of the Class Bash is sponsored by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with the 3M Company, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas STEM Coalition, AT&T Arkansas, New Tyler Barber College, and the Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson.
WHEN:
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Head of the Class Bash: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free Admission Day: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.



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Arts Abound Tonight at 2nd Friday Art Night
Friday Art Night proves there is a cure for the Summertime Blues. It offers visual art, music, food and drink! You can eat, drink, learn, appreciate, and be merry!
At Historic Arkansas Museum from 5 to 8 pm there will be a free opening reception for two new exhibits: Katherine Rutter & Ginny Sims in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists and PopUp in the Rock: The Exhibit in the Second Floor Gallery. Enjoy live music by John Willis and the Late Romantics and #ArkansasMade brews from Moody Brews. Delicious appetizers provided by Boulevard Bread.
Down the street, the Old State House Museum will be offering musical performances by traditional folk artists Mockingbird from 5-8 p.m. The Old State House Museum will be open for self-guided tours and Mockingbird will play in the acoustically-rich 1836 Arkansas House of Representatives chamber. The room is one of the most historically significant rooms in the state, and this is a fun way for you and your family to see and experience it.
A few blocks south, Christ Church will be featuring the works of John and Judy Shantz Honey and their exhibit “Reflections on Abstraction.”
John Honey is a member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Arkansas League of Artists. He has studied the use of water-based mediums and collage under several nationally recognized artists. He is constantly challenged to find a different approach for including the elements of design in his paintings. He favors abstraction over realism as a means of expression. John’s work has been seen in juried exhibitions at the Arkansas Art Center.
Judy Shantz Honey enjoyed an interest in art as a child, and this interest continued through her studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and in the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center. She has also studied with nationally recognized art instructors in art workshops around the United States and in Mexico. Watercolor, acrylic, and collage are her primary mediums, with work on paper and on canvas. She is a member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, the Arkansas League of Artists and the Arkansas Arts Council.




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Have late night fun with BEETLEJUICE at 10pm tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater
Before he was Birdman, Michael Keaton was Beetlejuice (or technically Betelgeuse). Tonight the CALS Ron Robinson Theater gives you the opportunity to again experience this film on the big screen.
In the 1988 Tim Burton comedy, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis star as a pair of recently deceased homeowners who contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” played by Keaton in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Jeffery Jones and Catherine O’Hara play the homeowners and Wynona Ryder stars as their sympathetic daughter. The cast also includes Glenn Shadix, Robert Goulet, Susan Kellerman and Dick Cavett.
Earlier this week, plans for a sequel with Ryder were confirmed.
Beetlejuice starts at 10pm. Admission is $5, and refreshments will be available for purchase.



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Have a Blast with Summer Oven presented by Red Octopus Theater

Members of the cast rehearse “Free Yoga” a sketch for Red Octopus Theater’s upcoming Summer Oven sketch comedy show.
Summer Oven, the new original sketch comedy show by Red Octopus Theater, will run August 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at The PUBLIC Theater, located at 616 Center Street, in downtown Little Rock, AR. Doors will open at 7:30PM and the show will start at 8:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students and are available before the show. There are no online ticket sales or reservations. There will be refreshments available. The show is recommended for mature audiences and child tickets are $567, plus a lock of hair.
August in Arkansas makes you want to kiss the person that invented air conditioning and drink your own weight in sweet tea. Naturally, Summer Oven is about Arkansas’s oppressive summer heat and all the crazy it brings out in us.
Several new sketches planned for the stage include “Mr. Science”, the story of a local kids science show host who has reached his breaking point with baking soda volcanoes. “An Apology for Hulk Hogan” where a wrestling fan tries to apologize to everyone Hulk Hogan has insulted. “Free Yoga,” the sign says free, but what about your soul? Also “Humid Hair, the newest beauty trend and “The Sweat Report”, Arkansas’s newest web weather forecast.
“We don’t want to remind you it’s hot, we want to make you laugh while you sweat,” said Jason Willey, Red Octopus Executive Producer.
The cast includes Sandy Baskin, Brian Chambers, Lesley Dancer, Drew Ellis, Michael Goodbar, Sam Grubb, Jeremiah Herman, Evan Tanner, and David Weatherly. Performances are open to all ages, but recommended for mature audiences because of adult language and situations, again, child tickets are $567 and a lock of hair.
Red Octopus Theater has been performing original, live sketch comedy in central Arkansas since 1991.
For more information please contact Red Octopus Theater at (501) 291-3896, or RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com. Red Octopus is also online at www.redoctopustheater.com.



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8/13/15 12:44 P

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Explore the Transformation of Arkansas during Civil War and Reconstruction at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Through December 31, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is featuring the exhibit “Freedom! Oh, Freedom!” Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866.
The Civil War radically changed the lives of all Arkansans, especially those of African descent. Across the country freed Africans were no longer property or simply viewed as a part of the South’s agrarian society. The war destroyed a society and an economy that had enslaved Africans and used them as chattel property.
“Freedom! Oh, Freedom!” tells a story of transformation, as it will allow visitors the opportunity to explore the African American perspective of the Civil War from the lens of slavery, the contributions of African American soldiers, and what happened through and after the Reconstruction Era.
The transformation was not swift or seamless as the United States government made empty promises to the newly freed African Americans, however in the aftermath of the Civil War Arkansas’s African Americans seized new opportunities and freedoms to create a new way of life as citizens of the United States. African Americans used the war to participate in their own emancipation. Former enslaved people experienced not only physical liberation from the ties of slavery, but a transformation of the spirit from bondage to freedom.
African American politicians emerged after the war ended and took seats in the state general assembly in 1869. The state general assembly even passed the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1873, which provided for equal access to all public institutions and outlawed segregation. However, as Reconstruction came to an end in 1874, Democrats replaced Republicans and began altering the civil rights laws and enacting segregationist policies in their place. African Americans maintained some representation in the general assembly until 1893, but it was nearly a century later when Arkansans elected another African American to the legislature in 1973. The fight for full equality, the fight for justice,and the fight for civil rights had just begun.
This exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resource Council, funded by the Arkansas Real Estate Transfer Tax. All pictures are courtesy of the Arkansas History Commission.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.



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Women in Bicycling is topic of today’s Old State House Museum Brown Bag lunchtime lecture
Today at noon, the next installment in the Old State House Museum’s Brown Bag series takes place. Misty Murphy will discuss Women in Bicycling.
The bicycle was one of many factors that helped open the world to women in the 1890’s and early 1900’s.
From changes in clothing styles to increased mobility, the advent of the bicycle marked a turning point in the social life of women around the nation and at home in Arkansas.
Misty Murphy is the regional trails coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas Council. A native of small-town Arkansas, she loves local history and keeping alive the traditions unique to the state.
The Old State House Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.



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Tonight’s Oxford American Local Live at South on Main features MellowDee Groove
Tonight at South on Main at 7:30 PM, this week’s installment of the Local Live concert series features MellowDee Groove presented by the Oxford American magazine.
Local Live showcases the best of local and regional music talent and is always free and open to the public. Call ahead to South on Main to make your reservations and ensure a table: (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.
MellowDee Groove is a Little Rock band that’s been together for two years. They play original neo-soul music infused with rhythm and blues and a touch of funk. The group is fronted by Debra Bell-Willis with backing vocals by Pamela Bailey, Jamaal Lee (drums), Cloyd Willis (bass), Lucas Murray (guitar), Brian Austin (guitar), and Gavin Hawkins (keys).



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The Studio Theatre offers six musicals in 2015-2016; one show still remains in current season
The Studio Theatre has announced the shows for their second season.
Up first, however, is Dogfight which will close out the first season. Adapted from the 1991 movie of the same name, Dogfight is a story of compassion, heartbreak and redemption. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013, Dogfight runs August 20- August 23 at The Studio Theatre located at 320 West 7th Street in downtown.
The 2015-2016 season includes six musicals. Four of them will be making their Little Rock premieres. One of the other musicals will have its first non-touring production in Little Rock.
The new season kicks off on October 22 with a show filled with scary tales about the evils of doing bad. It is the satire Reefer Madness based on the non-satirical but unintentionally hilarious 1936 movie of the same name.
This musical, written by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, premiered in Los Angeles in 1998 and Off Broadway in 2001. The Studio Theatre production will be directed by Ryan Whitfield. The show will run from October 22 until October 31.
The Studio Theatre had a hit in 2015 with Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. In January 2016, they will present his first musical Songs for a New World. This song cycle premiered Off Broadway in 1995 and has become a popular show throughout the US. The musical style of the score varies broadly. The thing that unites the songs is the concept of making a choice or taking a stand.
The production will be directed by Monica Clark Robinson. Songs for a New World will run January 21 to 24.
Once upon a time, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine wrote a musical based on the Grimm Brothers’ folk tales. Into the Woods will be the third show next season. Opening on Broadway in 1987, it may have lost the Tony for Best Musical to The Phantom of the Opera, but it has not suffered as a popular musical.
This production of Into the Woods will run from March 10 to 26. It will be directed by Rafael Castanera, who beautifully directed Nine earlier this year.
Based on the Alice Walker novel and the Steven Spielberg movie, The Color Purple will be the fourth musical of the season. Running from May 12 to 22, it will be directed by Crystal Mercer.
After it premiered in Atlanta in 2004, it made it to Broadway the following year. The show has a book by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman. The songs are by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The show was nominated for 11 Tonys and won one.
The 1980s hair bands will be honored by the 5th show as Rock of Ages takes the stage. Directed by Justin A. Pike, it will run from July 14 to 24. With a book by Chris D’Arienzo, the musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe.
Rock of Ages first played Off Broadway before transferring to Broadway. It closed in January 2015 after playing more than 2300 performances on Broadway.
The final musical of the 2015-2016 season is James and the Giant Peach. Based on the Roald Dahl book, this musical features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The pair were nominated for a Tony for their score of the musical version of A Christmas Story.
This show will run from August 11 to 21. It will be directed by Mark Burbank. He is also directing Dogfight which features a score by Pasek and Paul.
(This is not connected to the production offered by the Arkansas Arts Center a few seasons back.)



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Go to the “Suggin Territory” at Historic Arkansas Museum
In this heat, it is nice to be able to travel to a different time and place in the comfort of air conditioning. Historic Arkansas Museum’s current exhibit “SUGGIN TERRITORY: THE MARVELOUS WORLD OF FOLKLORIST JOSEPHINE GRAHAM” offers a chance to visit a bygone era in Arkansas.
Josephine Graham (1915-1999) a.k.a. “Josus,” was a celebrated artist and folklorist of Arkansas’s White River culture. Her “Suggin” folk paintings depict the Depression-era folk history of the White River region.
Though professionally trained as a painter at Columbia University, Graham’s paintings are intentionally primitive in style, inspired by the stories and lives of “Suggins,” a playful term she used in reference to the people living along the White River.
Through more than twenty exhibitions, over 100 paintings, and a self-published cookbook, she shared the wonder and charm of her native region with the world. Graham was a founding member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists and founder of the Suggin Folklife Society.
The exhibition continues through November 29, 2015.



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Final Day of 2015 Little Rock Picture Show
No rest for the weary! The last day of the 2015 Little Rock Picture Show starts at 11am with Backyard Blockbusters at the Studio Theatre. The Last Survivors starts at 11:15 at Vino’s.
The afternoon features four blocks of shorts:
Arkansas Shorts Block 1 – 1:30 – Studio Theatre
International Shorts Block 3 – 1:45 – Vino’s
International Shorts Block 2 – 3:45 – Vino’s
Arkansas Shorts Block 2 – 4pm – Studio Theatre
At 5:45, Aura will be shown at Vino’s. The final two screenings will take place at the Studio Theatre with filmmaker David Allen in attendance. At 6:15, Boo will be shown. Dog Soldiers will close out the 2015 edition of the Little Rock Picture Show at 8:15.



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August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day
August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day (or Book Lovers Day or Book Lovers’ Day — take your pick).
However you punctuate it, today is a day for those who love to read. It is set aside to encourage you to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate today than to while the hours away lost in a book.
A few years ago Huffington Post offered these suggestions as activities for this “holiday.” I’ve annotated them with thoughts of my own.
1) Visit your local library (bonus points if you hum “A Trip to the Library” or “Marian, Madame Librarian” when you do)
2) Reread an old favorite (CliffsNotes don’t count-except for Faulkner because Mala Rogers said it was okay.)
3) Drop some literary references (commiserate a sports loss with a “there is no joy in Mudville;” describe something tiny as Lilliputian; express frustration with “Fiddle dee dee”)
4) Get a new bookshelf (or build one. or get a book about how to build one.)
5) Give the gift of reading (read to someone — just make sure it is age appropriate — the original Grimm Folk Tales are not intended for pre-school audiences)
6) Hit up a literary haunt (Jay Jennings can probably suggest several Arkansas locations, or you can go to the Capital Bar many journalists have scribbled notes on napkins there which have made there ways into political books)
7) Host your own book club (or crash your neighbor’s)
8) Host a book lovers party (or tell people you went to one dressed as the Invisible Man–either Wells or Ellison version)
9) Contact your favorite living author (just make sure there isn’t a restraining order because you already have tried this. repeatedly. at inappropriate locations and times)
10) Donate (it does seem a sin to throw away a book. so pass it on)

So visit the Central Arkansas Library System or WordsWorth Books. Make a pilgrimage to Piggott to see where Earnest Hemingway wrote part of A Farewell to Arms (which my classmates and I dubbed A Farewell to Leg because of the line, “I put my hand on my knee, it wasn’t there.”). Crack open that book at home. Go down a rabbit hole in search for your Green Light, your Dulcinea, or your Holy Grail. For younger audiences, chew on a board book, marvel at a pop-up book, experience a scratch ‘n’ sniff book.
Whatever you do today, don’t let it go by without touching a book! (Episcopalians have it covered with the BCP.)



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NOSFERATU with a live original score is a highlight of Saturday’s Little Rock Picture Show
At 9:15pm tonight at the Studio Theatre the silent film classic Nosferatu will be shown. It will be accompanied by a live original score by Mainline Divide. While it is a highlight of today’s activities with the Little Rock Picture Show, it is by no means the only film or music event of the day!
Things get going this morning with Apt 3D (11am – Public Theatre), Jackrabbit (11:15 – Studio Theatre with filmmakers Carleton Ranney, Destin Douglas and Rebecca Rose Perkins in attendance), and Time Lapse (11:15 – Vino’s).
This afternoon features The Divine Tragedies (1:30 – Public Theatre), Filmmaker Panel (2pm – Studio Theatre), International Shorts Block 2 (2pm – Vino’s), Dude Bro Party Massacre III (3:30 – Studio Theatre with filmmakers Jon Salmon, Alec Owen and Kelsey Gunn in attendance), International Shorts Block 1 (3:45 – Public Theatre) and Arkansas Shorts Block 2 (4pm – Vino’s).
The documentary Backyard Blockbusters will be shown at Vino’s at 5:45pm, while at 6pm a Music Composing Panel with Rocky Gray will take place at the Public Theatre. At 7pm, The Last Survivors will be shown at the Studio Theatre. The Music Videos Block will be shown at 7:30 at the Public Theatre. At 8pm, Apothecary, Ozark Shaman and Amonkst the Trees will be at Vino’s. Capsule will be at the Public Theatre at 9:30. Booyah! Dad will take the stage at the Studio Theatre at 11pm.
The night will end as the new begins at midnight with the Deep Red 40th Anniversary Screening at the Public Theatre.



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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND presented by Ark Rep SMTI junior students tonight and this weekend
The Tony nominated musical Once on This Island, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is being presented tonight, tomorrow and two times Saturday by the senior level students in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI).
Performances are at 7pm tonight (Thursday the 6th), Friday and Saturday with a 1pm matinee on Saturday the 8th, as well. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the Rep box office or stopping by in person. You can also order them online .
Once on This Island is based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. Set in the French Antilles, it mixes Caribbean mythology with elements of Romeo and Juliet as well as Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 1991. Four years later, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in London.
Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) is The Rep’s annual training program for aspiring young artists in Arkansas. Under the direction of Capri, SMTI is an intensive, audition-based theatre training program designed exclusively for motivated young artists who are serious about the arts and musical theatre.
The SMTI staff is comprised of professional directors, choreographers, musicians and designers. Daily rehearsals are structured similarly to a professional summer stock experience and include instruction in musical theatre techniques, multi-media, costume and stage make-up, dance and vocal coaching.
Each session – broken into Select (ages 10 – 12), Junior (ages 13-15) and Senior (ages 16-23) – involves intensive daily rehearsals culminating in a public workshop performance of a selected musical or musical revue.



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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND presented by Ark Rep SMTI junior students tonight and this weekend
The Tony nominated musical Once on This Island, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is being presented tonight, tomorrow and two times Saturday by the senior level students in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI).
Performances are at 7pm tonight (Thursday the 6th), Friday and Saturday with a 1pm matinee on Saturday the 8th, as well. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the Rep box office or stopping by in person. You can also order them online .
Once on This Island is based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. Set in the French Antilles, it mixes Caribbean mythology with elements of Romeo and Juliet as well as Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 1991. Four years later, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in London.
Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) is The Rep’s annual training program for aspiring young artists in Arkansas. Under the direction of Capri, SMTI is an intensive, audition-based theatre training program designed exclusively for motivated young artists who are serious about the arts and musical theatre.
The SMTI staff is comprised of professional directors, choreographers, musicians and designers. Daily rehearsals are structured similarly to a professional summer stock experience and include instruction in musical theatre techniques, multi-media, costume and stage make-up, dance and vocal coaching.
Each session – broken into Select (ages 10 – 12), Junior (ages 13-15) and Senior (ages 16-23) – involves intensive daily rehearsals culminating in a public workshop performance of a selected musical or musical revue.



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Marcie Cohen Ferris will discuss THE EDIBLE SOUTH at special Legacies & Lunch at noon today
Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of The Edible South, is a professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ferris’ research and teaching interests include the history of the Jewish South and the foodways and material culture of the American South. The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Regionexamines the visceral connection between Southern food and the politics of power from the colonial period to the present.
At this special Legacies & Lunch, co-hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Clinton School of Public Service, Ferris will talk about the power of food to nourish cultures as well as people’s bodies and the way it helps people understand the South – from scholars and chefs to casual consumers and hardcore foodies. Books will be available for purchase, and Ferris will sign copies after her talk.
The Butler Center’s Legacies & Lunch program is free and open to the public and supported in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). It was founded in 1997 to promote the study and appreciation of Arkansas history and culture. The Butler Center’s research collections, art galleries, and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute building at 401 President Clinton Ave. on the campus of the CALS Main Library.



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Cleanup day at William E. Woodruff House announced for Saturday, Aug 8

The historic Woodruff house.
The QQA acquired the William E. Woodruff Housein December 2014 with the help of the City of Little Rock and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The QQA has donated interior and façade easements to protect the house in perpetuity, and we continue to work with the City and AHPP to stabilize the house and make repairs before selling it for development.
On Saturday, August 8 from 8am to 12 noon, join other volunteers at the Woodruff House (1017 East 8th Street) for a cleanup day.
The main task is basic landscape cleanup surrounding the house. Before the house can be treated for termite damage and repaired, weeds and shrubs surrounding the foundation must be removed. There is also trash on the property that needs to be picked up.
Volunteers must sign a waiver before working, they will be available on site. Volunteers should wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and bring work gloves. If you would like to be involved but can’t join us on the 8th, you can help by donating cold drinks, snacks, or lunch to our volunteers. Contact the QQA office at qqa@quapaw.com or 501-371-0075 to make arrangements. If you have supplies you would be willing to let us borrow, drop them by QQA office, clearly labeled with your name and phone number, or just bring them with you when you volunteer.
If you’re interested in sponsoring this or future work days at the Woodruff House, please contact the QQA office at qqa@quapaw.com or 501-371-0075.
The Quapaw Quarter Association’s mission is to promote the preservation of Little Rock’s architectural heritage through advocacy, marketing and education. Incorporated in 1968, the QQA grew out of an effort to identify and protect significant historic structures in Little Rock during the urban renewal projects of the early 1960s. Throughout its existence, the QQA has been a driving force behind historic preservation in Greater Little Rock.



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Explore the Mindbender Mansion at the Museum of Discovery

It’s hot outside, but there are plenty of cool things to do inside. The Museum of Discovery has the exhibit “Mindbender Mansion” now through September 7.
Mister E. and the Mindbender Society invite you to enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of puzzles, brainteasers, and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 11 individual brain teasers and the three group activities in this fun and unconventional new exhibit.
Visitors to Mindbender Mansion will be greeted by the wacky Mr. E., master brainteaser and puzzler extraordinaire, and current curator of the Mindbender Society. He will explain the mysteries of Mindbender Mansion and how to become a member of the eccentric Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords. The clues can only be found by solving key puzzles found in select themed areas.
Throughout the exhibit visitors will find a combination of tabletop brainteasers they can solve on their own and larger group challenges that require assistance from their fellow mansion guests.
The group challenges include:
Feeding Frenzy-Kitchen mayhem is guaranteed in a race to beat the clock by filling T.V. dinner trays (with five kinds of food) on a fast moving conveyer belt.
Spelling Fever-Hopscotch meets Scrabble® in this race to spell correct words within a limited amount of time by hopping on letter squares that light up.
Amazing Maze-In this version of the classic steel ball labyrinth game visitors must work together to tilt a table in different directions, guiding a ball into six holes as quickly as possible.
Upon completing each of the select brainteasers and group challenges, visitors will have gathered the necessary clues and secret passwords to become a member of the Mindbender Society and add their portrait to the “Wall of Fame.”



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Last day to vote on new chimp name at LR Zoo!

You have until midnight tonight to help the Little Rock Zoo select the name of the new male chimp.
He was born July 18, 2015, to chimp Mahale. Name choices for the baby were selected by keeper staff. Presented in alphabetical order the choices are:
Jumoke – Swahili for “everyone loves the child.”
Kgosi – a Setswana term for “king” or “chief.” The baby’s grandfather was named “King Richard.”
Kibale – named after Kibale National Park in Uganda; this is similar to the baby’s mother, Mahale, who was named for Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania.
Voting will take place online at the Zoo website until TONIGHT! Visit www.LittleRockZoo.com/babychimp to vote. Results will be posted after noon on Monday, August 3.
This marks the second birth for Mahale, who gave birth to Kendi on August 29, 2015. While paternity tests have not been conducted, keepers suspect the likely father of the baby is Kijana, the alpha male chimpanzee of the group.
The best opportunity to see the new baby and the chimp family is during the 1:30 p.m. scatter feed at the Great Ape exhibit every day. However, mom and baby have access to an indoor air conditioned area; they have the choice to venture outside or not.
The chimp’s birth is the result of efforts by the chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP is an organization with members from other AZA accredited zoos that makes breeding and companionship recommendations for endangered animals.
The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.



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Little Rock author Frank Thurmond book signing today at That Bookstore in Blytheville

Little Rock author-filmmaker-actor-musician Frank H. Thurmond will have a book signing for his latest work Ring of Five: A Novella and Four Stories, published by Et Alia Press. It will take place today (August 1) from 1pm to 3pm at That Bookstore in Blytheville.

In this historically grounded thriller, Ring of Five recounts the Cold War intrigue of real-life British master spy Kim Philby, the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s James Bond. When the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) discovers a mole is betraying deadly secrets to the enemy, it assigns its best agent to investigate. But what if this spy hides a shocking secret of his own and the investigator becomes the investigated? This riveting story is a thrilling and timely adventure blending espionage, politics, and love and betrayal.

Of Thurmond’s book, actor Michael York, whose films include Cabaret and Austin Powers and who is author of Accidentally on Purpose, states, “I’m enormously impressed with Ring of Five. It is a beautifully constructed story that holds the attention—and the tension—to the end. This is all the more laudable as it’s a known story, but Thurmond makes the historical facts come dramatically alive. Ring of Five is a most engrossing and enjoyable read. ”

Thurmond learned of the story while living and studying in Oxford, England where he was intrigued to hear of the so called “Cambridge Spies,” known as the most notorious double agents of the Cold War era.

Thurmond was born in Paragould and grew up in Crossett and Little Rock, where he attended Hall High School. He studied English and music as a Donaghey Scholar at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and pursued graduate degrees at Southern Methodist University and Oxford University. Thurmond is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a visiting writer in residence at Lyon College in Batesville.

Thurmond’s first book was a memoir entitled Before I Sleep: A Memoir of Travel and Reconciliation, which recounts his adult experience of meeting his previously unknown birth father. It was featured in the 2014 KUAR’s Arts & Letters Father’s Day special, which is available on KUAR.org.

Previously, Thurmond’s work has appeared in various publications, including the International Herald Tribune; The Best of Tales from the South, Volume 6; Toad Suck Review; and in William Safire’s language book, No Uncertain Terms.



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Movies in the Park tonight features THE INCREDIBLE HULK
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MITP072915The eleventh season of Movies in the Park ends in a big way – a big green, hulking way. The 2008 adventure film The Incredible Hulk starts tonight at sundown at the First Security Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park. Tonight’s sponsor is Polk Stanley Wilcox architects.
Little Rock’s own Movies in the Park, brought to you by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Little Rock, finishes its 11th annual season tonight, Wednesday, July 29 at the First Security Amphitheatre. Movies are shown every Wednesday during the season and begin at sundown.
Based on the comic book and mindful of the 1970s TV series, The Incredible Hulk was directed by Louis Laterrier. Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier whom unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he.
Edward Norton plays the title character. Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt and Tim Blake Nelson also star. Others in the cast include Ty Burrell, Christina Cabot and Lou Ferrigno (who played the Hulk in the aforementioned TV series).
Families, picnics and pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, no glass containers please. A parent or adult guardian must accompany all children and youth under the age of 18 and an ID is required. The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings and movies will start at sundown each week. For more information please visit http://moviesintheparklr.net.



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FingerPrints Band with Candy Williams play tonight as part of 2015 “A Work of Art” Jazz Week
After two days of daytime performances, the 2015 “A Work of Art” Jazz Weeks shifts to evening today. Tonight at 7pm and 9pm FingerPrints Band featuring Candy Williams will perform at Cajuns Wharf.
“A Work of Art” is the primary fundraiser for the Art Porter Music Education scholarship program. All proceeds from the week-long fundraiser benefit the scholarship fund. “A Work of Art” concludes in early August in observance of the birth month of Art Porter, Jr. Attendees enjoy a week of unique educational experiences by an impressive group of local artists, music students and national recording artists.
Ticket information is available at www.artporter.org.



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Tonight at South on Main – the Local Live concert features Nan Maureen
at 7:30 PM join the Oxford American magazine for this week’s Local Live concert at South on Main, featuring jazz singer Nan Maureen!
As always, Local Live is free and open to the public. To guarantee a table/seat for this popular series, call ahead at (501) 244-9660. Local Live is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.
Nan Maureen is a jazz vocalist who has been performing for many years in the Arkansas area, giving a special vocal touch to all the old jazz standards that everyone enjoys. She has recorded several albums and currently is the female vocalist for the Swing Band Reunion. She has been privileged to sing with the backing of many notable jazz musicians such as Art Porter and Charles Thomas and for this performance she will be joined by Bob Boyd on keys. To learn more about her go to www.nanmaureen.com.



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Minors in Music play at River Market today at noon as part of A Work of Art Jazz Week 2015

The Art Porter Music Education “Minors in Music” will perform a free concert. This is part of the annual “A Work of Art” Jazz Week.
Minors in Music is a music education program that benefits musically gifted Arkansas students. The name is a spin-off from The Minor Key, a television show produced by Art Porter Sr. on AETN that showcased talented Arkansans. Minors in Music continues that legacy by providing the same opportunities for aspiring music students.
Under the direction of Dr. Danny Fletcher, the program combines workshops, musical and educational relationships with professional musicians and educators with a community service component to create a customized training program. The program emphasizes that the key to using music as a community-building tool is to ignite an early appreciation for community engagement within young musicians and give them the tools they need to become leaders and innovators. Music is transformative because it benefits students educationally and socially and connects a total population universally! Minors in Music educates, encourages and empowers young people!
APME has a unique opportunity and responsibility to inspire the next generation of musicians, whether as educators, performers or producers, to explore non-traditional opportunities, and create interactive ways to inspire communities and future generations. It’s been said that true talent is often like a treasured family heirloom. As it’s passed down, each recipient polishes it, refinishes it, and makes it his own. Minors in Music are APME’s treasured family heirlooms. Their skills will be polished and refinished into their particular style and passed on to the next talented generation.



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“A Work of Art” – Jazz Week 2015 Kicks off today at Little Rock City Hall at noon

Today at noon at City Hall, the City of Little Rock will host an event introducing the 2015 “A Work of Art” Jazz Week. The kickoff features the first concert of a week-long series of awe-inspiring performances. The agenda includes the introduction of Madison Moline, the 2015 Art Porter Music Education scholarship recipient, a performance by the students from the “Minors of Music” program and details on the concerts scheduled for the rest of the week.
“A Work of Art” is the primary fundraiser for the Art Porter Music Education scholarship program. All proceeds from the week-long fundraiser benefit the scholarship fund. “A Work of Art” concludes in early August in observance of the birth month of Art Porter, Jr. Attendees enjoy a week of unique educational experiences by an impressive group of local artists, music students and national recording artists.
Ticket information is available at www.artporter.org.



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Tonight’s QQA Preservation Conversations: Fine Art Repair and Appraisal Workshop

QQAJennifer Carman and Laura Bryan will be collaborating to discuss art repair and appraisal to coincide with the Antiques Roadshow making its way to Little Rock on July 25.
Jennifer Carman, of J. Carman, Inc., is an art appraiser and advisor and works on everything from pottery to paper. Jennifer helps with a variety of appraisal projects.
Laura Bryan, of Bryan and Devan conservation, works to conserve and rehabilitate artifacts that have seen years of wear or abuse.
Together these women will discuss conservation methodology and appraisal. The event will be hosted at historic Curran Hall. Beer and wine will be provided.
It will start at 5:30 pm.



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HARRY POTTER marathon this week at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Neither expelliarmus nor Avada Kadavra will stop the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater ‘s (RRT) Harry Potter Movie Marathon.
The screening of all eight movies from Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 1 will celebrate Harry Potter’s July 31 birthday. Special Harry Potter-themed concessions, activities, and prizes are part of the festivities at 100 River Market Avenue.
Sun, July 26 6 pm Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)
Mon, July 27 7 pm Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)
Tue, July 28 7 pm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
Wed, July 29 7 pm Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13)
Thu, July 30 7 pm Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(PG-13)
Fri, July 31 7 pm Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (PG)
Sat, August 1 2 pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 1(PG-13)
Sat, August 1 7 pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 2(PG13)
Tickets are $7 each for single tickets. Concessions will be available for purchase at every showing, and beer and wine are available at screenings scheduled after 5 p.m.
Some planned activities for movie-goers include being sorted into Hogwarts houses, competing for House Cup points, photo booths, and a horcrux scavenger hunt. Unique treats include candy from Kilwin’s and magical ice cream from Loblolly Creamery. Doors open and activities begin one hour before show time.
If you see one or all 8, be sure and use #CALSPotterMarathon on social media.



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Now’s the time to nominate museums and libraries for National Medal for Museum and Library Service
National MedalLittle Rock is blessed to have a dynamic library system and over a dozen exciting museums. Let’s face it, the words “dynamic” and “exciting” are not always synonymous with libraries and museums.
Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select museums and libraries with the nation’s highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2016 award which recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities. Nomination forms are due October 1, 2015.
All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, school, and special libraries, archives, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including general, art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history and anthropology), as well as historic houses and sites, arboretums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and planetariums are eligible.
Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories, and receive positive media attention. Approximately thirty finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured by IMLS during a six-week social media and press campaign.
Winning the medal elevates an institution’s profile and can positively impact fundraising, programming, and outreach activities.
Anyone may nominate a museum or library for this honor, and institutions may self-nominate. For more information, reach out to one of the following contacts.
Program Contact for Museums:
Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist
202-653-4635, mfeitl@imls.gov
Program Contact for Libraries:
Katie Murray, Staff Assistant
202-653-4644, kmurray@imls.gov
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.



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Wildwood Park partnered with nine talented and hard-working Earth 7 AmeriCorps team members for several months. They made such a positive impact on the landscape here. Among their many accomplishments, Earth 7 planted more than 1600 bedding plants, removed 800 pounds of weeds, distributed 60 cubic yards of mulch, planted 16 new trees, rewired the Park’s pavilion, revamped the Cabe Theatre’s lighting inventory, restored 11 benches, and worked on 2 miles of trails including the new Wild 40 and the Ruth Allen Dogwood Trail.
NCCC AmeriCorps teams are groups of young people ages 18 – 24 who provide one or more years of volunteer service to nonprofits and communities in need across the United States. Thank you for your awe-inspiring help, Amy B. Stewart (Team Leader), Jillian Kelly (Assistant Team Leader), Daniel Bracamontes, Kara Churchill, McKenzie Dunlap, Jessica Faylor, Thomas Moore, Mike Mwrigi, and Gabriel Pope. While in Little Rock, they worked with Michael Drake, the City of Little Rock’s Chief Service Officer and Lauren Faehl, the City’s AmeriCorps coordinator.
Alongside them were Wildwood’s Grounds Manager David Pickens, Facilities Manager Kevin Thompson, and some very fine volunteers including Tom Bruce, Pulaski County Master Gardeners, Bill Toland, members of Central Arkansas Master Naturalists and Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, Jim Patterson, and John Cooke of Stageworks.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, these individuals are among 62.6 million volunteers who last year gave 7.7 billion hours of time across the country to make our communities better places to live. At the Park in 2014, volunteers provided upwards of 4000 hours of service to assure that Wildwood is thriving and fulfilling its mission to enrich the lives of Arkansans of all ages by creating community through nature and the arts.
The various volunteers bring to life Wildwood Park for the Arts’ green spaces, performances, and programs like Art in the Park and the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts. From the gardens to greeting guests, from administrative tasks to the woods, your every hour counts and is deeply appreciated!



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USS LR 1944On August 27, 1944, the first USS Little Rock was launched in Philadelphia at the Cramp Shipbuilding Company shipyards. A 10,000 ton light cruiser, it first touched water in the Delaware River.
The sponsor of the ship (who broke the champagne bottle on the hull) was Mrs. Ruth May Wassell, the wife of Little Rock alderman Sam Wassell. The main address was delivered by Congressman Brooks Hays, whose district included Little Rock. A crowd of 5,000 was gathered to witness the launch.
According to the Associated Press Congressman Hays called light cruisers, “the hottest item of naval combat.”
The congressman further elaborated:
The people of Little Rock are proud to have such a ship as this bear their city’s name.” said Mr. Hays. “Even those of us who know little about the classification of naval vessels know that the cruisers have distinguished themselves in the Pacific war and that this is the outstanding type of combat vessel for that area. The navy men tell us that the cruiser is the ‘work horse of the navy.’ big enough to go into any battle, fast enough to lead any task force.
Carrying, as it has, the heaviest load in the Pacific where the greatest battles have taken place, the cruisers have added luster to naval history. We hope that, in the time remaining before our enemies are put down, the Little Rock will take her place along side the Boise, the San Francisco, the Helena, and the Chicago, preserving the prestige of the cruisers.
We are glad to honor the workmen and the company for which they work. I am sure we are all impressed with the spirit of teamwork which produced the results we observe today. In March 1943, the keel was laid and for 18 months materials for the ship have come from everywhere. The taxes to pay for it will be assessed against men and women of great and little resources. Teamwork from beginning to end did the job.
So with the war. A glorious victory lies ahead, but there is much remaining to be done. Only teamwork can supply the dynamic power yet needed to complete that victory. Every ship launching is a reminder of the power that comes to a people who work together to achieve.”
Other guests at the ceremony included United States Senator John L. McClellan and Congressman and senator-elect J. William Fulbright. Alderman Sam Wassell was also present. He and his wife hosted a dinner for the Arkansas delegation and other dignitaries the night before the christening while they were in Philadelphia.
At the request of the Secretary of the Navy, Little Rock Mayor Charles Moyer designated Mrs. Wassell for the honor of sponsoring the USS Little Rock. There are not details as to why Mayor Moyer made the designation. A first cousin of Alderman Wassell, Dr. Corydon Wassell had been an early World War II hero and was a favorite of President Franklin Roosevelt. That may have been a reason for the designation.
The Little Rock City Council sent a bouquet of roses to the ceremony, fitting since the city’s nickname at the time was “City of Roses.” After the launch, Mrs. Wassell sent a telegram to Mayor Moyer and the Council
Thanks a million for the beautiful bouquet of red roses. They made the christening of the cruiser Little Rock perfect. I wish it could have been possible for you to have been present. The cruiser is 600 feet long and will have a crew of 1,200 men. I was so proud of our city. Little Rock has something to be proud of.



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A plan to transform four neglected blocks of Main Street in downtown Little Rock into an arts district has earned yet more international recognition. The University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architect’s plan The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization for Little Rock has won Honorable Mention in Urban Design (Concept) of the International Awards 2015 sponsored by Architecture Podium.
The Creative Corridor retrofits a four-block segment of downtown Main Street through economic development catalyzed by the cultural arts rather than Main Street’s traditional retail base. The goal is to structure an identity for the Creative Corridor rooted in a mixed-use work-live environment but sensitive to the historical context. The incremental approach employs three developmental phases to transform the corridor space into a downtown node. Planning and design for the Creative Corridor was funded by a 2011 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“This is yet another in a growing line of international, national and regional recognition for the Creative Corridor. It is a testament to the outstanding design team at the UofA Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architect. I am grateful for their efforts on this project,” said Mayor Mark Stodola.
“I am also appreciative of the outstanding local effort to take this plan and execute it,” Mayor Stodola continued. “I look forward to seeing the excitement of the arts organizations up and down Main Street with their creative talent literally spilling out on to the sidewalks.”
The Creative Corridor features elements such as marquees, green and low impact development elements, and an art installation made from street lamps of different eras from city neighborhoods.
The Creative Corridor has also received other honors, including a 2014 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, 2013 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. It also won a Charter Award in the Neighborhood, District and Corridor category in the 2013 Charter Awards, sponsored by the Congress for the New Urbanism, and it was short-listed for the 2013 World Architecture Festival Awards in the Future Projects – Masterplanning category.
On September 14, at 3:00pm, a ribbon cutting will take place on the Creative Corridor.



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Award winning Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls being shown tonight
July 16, 2015 The award winning film Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls will be shown tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater tonight.
The screening starts at 7pm.
The Arkansas Times, Little Rock PFLAG, Central Arkansas Pridefest, the Central Arkansas Library System and the Ron Robinson Theater present a special screening of Little Rock director Mark Thiedeman’s “Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls” to benefit Out in Arkansas, the Times’ coming LGBT publication. Tickets are $25.
A coming-of-age story about a gay teenager at a Catholic boarding school, “Sacred Hearts” has been widely praised: It won the Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Made in Arkansas at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival, and Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette called it one of last year’s best releases. Filmmaker magazine has called Thiedeman “a star,” and The Hollywood Reporter said he was a director to watch.
Following the screening, Hendrix College professor and Arkansas Times columnist Jay Barth will host a panel discussion with Thiedeman and local LGBT leaders about the fight for equality in Arkansas post-Obergefell. A reception in the lobby of the theater will follow with complimentary drinks and light appetizers.
Out in Arkansas will be a daily online publication focused on the LGBT community in Arkansas. To donate or for more information, visit arktimes.com/outinark.
To purchase advance tickets, call Kelly Lyles at the Arkansas Times at 501-492-3979.
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Little Rock musical mainstay, bandleader, and trumpter-extraordinaire David Rosen (of Rosen Music Company) will bring his 18-piece big band to the South on Main stage for a night of jazz. Enjoy an evening of timeless jazz classics from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.
This is a ticketed event with a $10 cover charge payable in cash only at the doors beginning at 5:00 PM when South on Main opens to the public.
Music will start a 7:00 PM.



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If Jurassic World has put you in the mood for more dinosaurs, the Clinton Presidential Center has just what you need. Through October 18, it is featuring Dinosaurs Around the World through October 18.
Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! With 13 life-sized animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements, you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life!
Dinosaurs Around the World invites you to grab your prehistoric passport to Pangea and discover how continental splits driven by plate tectonics, land bridges revealed after sea level fluctuations, and new landforms created by volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe. These left each of the seven continents with its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. During their 172 million year reign, dinosaurs adapted into a variety of forms including enormous long-necked herbivores, the mighty T. rex, and more.
“We are thrilled to host the global premiere of Dinosaurs Around the World and look forward to sharing this interactive and scientific exhibit with our visitors,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. “Our summer exhibits are highly anticipated by the community because they are specifically designed to appeal to the entire family.”
In addition to advanced animatronics, Dinosaurs Around the World also features information about the geologic time scale, geology, geography, and climatology. The exhibition questions how the dinosaurs lived on each continent, how they interacted with each other, how geography impacted their behavior and diets, and what the continents were really like at the time.
The exhibit also features an area that chronicles the accomplishments of four U.S. Presidents who worked to preserve the fossil-rich areas in North America where dinosaurs once roamed. Exhibit artifacts include items from the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman. This display includes a dinosaur skull replica on loan from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, an area that President Clinton designated as a national monument in 1996.
Dr. Gregory M. Erickson, a world-renowned dinosaur paleontologist, is the Senior Scientific Advisor for Dinosaurs Around the World. Dr. Erickson received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree from Montana State University, and a Ph. D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted post-doctoral research at Stanford University and Brown University before joining the faculty at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Dr. Erickson is currently the curator for the Florida State University Museum and holds research appointments with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, The Field Museum in Chicago, and University of Alaska’s Museum of the North in Fairbanks. Dr. Erickson is working with Imagine Exhibitions as an advisor, writer, and editor of the paleontology copy for the Company’s Dinosaurs Around the World exhibition.
Dinosaurs Around the World is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, through October 18, 2015. Tickets are available to purchase at the Clinton Center



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XANADU is magical fun

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology was never like this. The god, goddesses, muses and mythical creatures that romp and skate through Xanadu are having more fun than I remember from my studies in high school and college.
Based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly flop of the same name (and lifting some pages from the equally floptastic Clash of the Titans) the stage musical aspires only to be a tongue-in-cheek, eye-winking, breezy, entertainment. What the book, by Douglas Carter Beane, lacks in plot believability, it makes up with jokes and heart.
xanaduAs main muse Clio and her Australian alter-ego Kira, Courtney Speyer brings a light-hearted touch to the role. She spends most of the show on roller skates, which is no easy task. Speyer charms not only her leading man but also the audience as she sings, dances and jokes her way through the story.
Kevin Crumpler plays the object of her affection. With bright eyes, a broad gleaming smile, and a cheery personality, he is an obvious match for Speyer. His pleasant and powerful singing voice is nicely used throughout the show as well. Crumpler has a deft comic timing which was put to good use, especially in moments when Sonny’s dimwittedness and naiveté get the best of him.
Greg Blacklaw is equally at home as a harried businessman as he is as Zeus. Though he spends more time as the former, the latter is actually fleshed out more by the book. Regardless, Blacklaw brings gravitas when necessary as well as a sense of nostalgia and longing to the roles.
Though everyone in the cast seems to be having fun, undoubtedly the two having the most fun are Amy Young and Gabi Baltzley as two scheming evil muses (representing tragedy and epic poetry). They mug, leer, giggle, cackle, and chew scenery (Baltzley quite literally) as they sing and zing while throwing stumbling blocks in the way of the hero and heroine.
The cast is rounded out by Tye Davis, Adriana Napolitano, Bridget Davis and Brian Earles. These proteans zip between the 1940s, 1980 and Ancient Greece all the while singing and dancing. Earles had a cameo as Hermes that was both deadpan and saucy — not an easy feat.
Multi-hyphenate Justin A. Pike directed the show. (The artistic director of the Studio Theatre, he also designed the scenery and co-designed the lighting.) He kept the story going briskly without making it seem rushed. With the slight book, it cannot afford to drag lest the audience think too hard. Trusting his actors and audience, he doesn’t skip over the jokes in the book, but he also doesn’t hammer them home. This understanding of audience and of actors’ abilities are marks of his adroitness as a director.
Hannah M. Sawyer’s costumes pay homage to both Ancient Greece and 1980. Let’s face it, with flowing light fabric, there really wasn’t too much different between the two. Sawyer creates a unique look for each muse in both color and style. She also created attire which allowed a variety of movement. Her 1940s clothes were classic and avoided the temptation to be caricatures. On the other hand, her mythical creatures were over-the-top and the hilarious.
Bob Bidewell’s music direction maximized the vocal abilities of the singers. The singers’ voices blended well together in the variety of vocal styles in this score. This music from 1980 is not the strongest, which offers its own set of challenges. Bidewell and the cast succeeded in making it work on stage. He also led the four-piece orchestra through Jeff Lynne and John Farrar’s score.
Xanadu plays today at 2pm. It resumes performances July 16 to 18 at 7pm and the 19th at 2pm. It is like a summer cocktail – frothy, light, a touch sweet and refreshing.



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25th Anniversary of Nichols & Simpson organ at Christ Church celebrated tonight with Evensong and Organ Recital
July 12, 2015 by Scott Leave a comment
Nichols & Simpson, Inc., Organbuilders has a stellar world-wide reputation as a manufacturer and tuner of organs. And they are located in Little Rock.
Many of the churches in Central Arkansas have Nichols & Simpson organs. One of those is Christ Church at Capitol and Scott Streets. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the dedication of that organ, the church has scheduled a Evensong service to be followed by an organ recital featuring Michael Kleinschmidt.
The choir of Christ Church will sing Evensong. The music will include the “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis,” “Collegium Regale” by Herbert Howells, and “Psalm 150″ by César Franck.
Michael Kleinschmidt, canon musician at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, will be the organist. An organ recital by Mr. Kleinschmidt will follow the service. From 2010 until March of this year, he served as canon for cathedral music at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. He previously served at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, All Saint’s Parish in Boston and St. Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York. He holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Kleinschmidt is an accomplished organist, having played in recital across the world, including an All-Bach concert at Saint Mark’s on the Flentrop Organ in 2012. He also has a keen appreciation for the ministry of music in children, and serves on faculty of Royal School of Church Music summer courses.
A festive reception will follow the Evensong and recital.



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Song of the Sea was nominated for Best Animated Feature earlier this year at the Oscars.
This Belgium film set in the British Isles tells the tale of Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal. She goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world and other magical beings like her.
An international cast of actors voice the characters in this film including David Rawl, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan, and Lucy O’Connell. It was directed by Tomm Moore, based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Will Collins.
It screens this afternoon at 2pm at the Ron Robinson Theater. Admission is $5 with concessions available for purchase.
This is part of the Kid Flix series.



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Don’t Refuse THE GODFATHER, PART II tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater
July 11, 2015 by Scott Leave a comment
Arguably the best sequel ever, The Godfather, Part II is the only sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture after the original film also won that award. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 epic examines both the rise of Michael Corleone and the early days of his father Vito Corleone.
Al Pacino returns as Michael with Robert De Niro taking on the role of younger Vito. Both men were nominated for Oscars with De Niro taking home the Best Supporting Actor award. Others in the cast include the return of Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Abe Vigoda and James Caan along with newcomers Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo, and Troy Donohue. Danny Aiello, Bruno Kirby and Harry Dean Stanton can also be seen in small parts.
The screenplay was by Coppola and Mario Puzo, on whose novel the first two films were based. The Godfather, Part II was nominated for 11 Oscars. In addition to De Niro’s win and the Best Picture trophy, it won for Director (Coppola), Screenplay (Coppola and Puzo), Art Direction and Score.
Tonight at 7pm, this big film returns to the big screen as the Ron Robinson Theatre screens it as part of the Great Directors series. Tickets are $5, with concessions available for purchase as well.



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EVENT: The 57th Annual Delta Exhibition
Date: July 10 - September 20
Location: Arkansas Arts Center
Description: Today, the Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media and is a showcase for t...

EVENT: Brown Bag Lecture Series - The Quest for a Municipal Auditorium in Little Rock
Date: July 29
Location: Old State House Museum
Description: From Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt: The Quest for a Municipal Auditorium in Little Rock.

EVENT: XANADU - The Musical at Studio Theatre
Date: July 9 - July 12
Location: The Studio Theatre
Description: It's the 80's! DISCO and ROLLER SKATING! Worlds collide with hilarious and wonderful results.





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Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food and fun

The 32nd Annual POPS! on the River, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and sponsored by Landers Fiat, will pack Riverfront Park and the River Market Entertainment District with music, fireworks, classic cars and more Saturday, July 4. The free, family-friendly event features a salute to our American troops, a classic car show and more




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Martinez and Binns present evening of song tonight
June 30, 2015 by Scott
Starting tonight at 7:30pm in the Lobby Bar, there will be an evening of music featuring the amazing talents of Erin Martinez on vocals, Mark Binns on vocals and piano, Pat Lindsey on drums, and Brian Wolverton on bass.
It’ll be a relaxed evening filled with jazz, soul, rock, musical theatre, and some other fun musical surprises!
There is no cover and no age limit at the Lobby Bar. It’s a friendly environment appropriate for all ages. The bar has a wide variety of wines, beers, ciders, hot cocoa, and soft drinks.
Binns is Musical Director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. He has also worked with The Studio Theatre. Martinez has appeared on stage at the Weekend Theatre and the Studio Theatre. In 2013, she performed in New York City with multiple Tony winner Jason Robert Brown.
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Scottish Play to Strut on Ark Rep Stage for Students Thanks to Shakespeare in American Communities Grant
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ark repThe Arkansas Repertory Theatre was one of 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states selected to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through the Shakespeare in American Communities grant. Participating theater companies will present productions of Shakespeare plays to students from at least 10 schools. The Rep has received a $25,000 grant to support a week of student matinee performances of Macbeth.
The awards mark the 13th consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The Rep will produce Macbeth in September 2015 on its 377-seat main stage performance space on Main Street in downtown Little Rock as the first of its landmark 40th MainStage Season. The theatre will open the production with a week of free student matinees, attended by schools from across Arkansas.
Shakespeare in American Communities introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has benefited more than 2.5 million individuals, including 2.1 million students, with live performances and educational activities.
“Arts Midwest is so proud to once again partner with the National Endowment for the Arts to support the activities of 40 outstanding theater companies that will bring Shakespeare’s plays alive for students across the country,” says Susan Chandler, vice president of Arts Midwest. “Shakespeare in American Communities’ goals of introducing students to the art form of theater and to Shakespeare’s timeless themes of love, ambition, jealousy, courage, and betrayal will be brilliantly executed by these theaters.”
One hundred and two theater companies across the United States have taken part in Shakespeare in American Communities since its inception 13 years ago. These companies have presented 33 Shakespeare plays through 8,600 performances and 29,000 educational activities at more than 7,900 schools in 3,400 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, to enhance the educational impact of Shakespeare in American Communities, Arts Midwest and the NEA have developed a comprehensive Shakespeare in American Communities website in order to share resources and grantee spotlights.
View the complete list of the 40 theater companies that have been selected to participate in Shakespeare in American Communities for 2015-2016 at http://www.shakespeareinamericancommunitie
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Bike ride at Delta Heritage Trail at Barton this Saturday. Trains will be the focus on this rails to trails park.



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Wild Hog Festival in Helena-West Helena this weekend. Very loud.



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Delta Heritage Trail State Park is offering a Birding Hike on Sunday, April 27 from 10:00am until 10:30am starting at the Visitor Center – Search for the birds that make Delta Heritage Trail State Park their home on this guided hike for fledgling birders and old pros alike. There is no cost to join, and participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars if possible. For more information, contact Maggie or Sam at 870-572-2352 or click here to visit the website.

Bike the Rail will be Saturday, May 3 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at the Delta Heritage Trail State Park – Travel with a park interpreter down the former route of the Missouri Pacific’s Delta Eagle passenger train on this 10-mile bike ride. The cost is $10 and includes bike rental, if needed. Participants should meet at the park’s Visitor Center. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Maggie or Sam at 870-572-2352 or click here to visit the website.





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The Wild Hog Music Festival and Motorcycle Rally is Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27 on Cherry Street in Downtown Helena – Everyone is invited to downtown Cherry Street for this world-famous event. The festival includes a poker run, bike show, bike parade, dyno shootout, and the Ms. Wild Hog Contest. 3-day wristbands for non-bikers are available for $20. Visit www.wildhogmusic.org for a full schedule of events. For more information, contact Leslie Chin at 870-572-3408.




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Saturday is going to be a beautiful day! If you don't have an outdoor plan, consider making one! Take the little people to the park, go hike at Petit Jean, walk around at Garvin Woodland Gardens, tackle Pinnacle, walk the Riverfront trail, just whatever you can do to enjoy the beauty!

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Anyone signed up for the Downtown Dash on Saturday, March 15? The Junior League of Little Rock is hosting it.

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Thank you for the info. Friday is our Date Night and our son will be away at Drill all weekend so we can find something fun to do.

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What are your plans this weekend? The Little Rock Marathon is going on Saturday and Sunday, UALR baseball team is play Indiana-Purdue this weekend, UALR Basketball playing ASU Red Wolves on Saturday and it is homecoming. Also, here is a link to other things going on in Arkansas over the weekend www.arkansasonline.com/events/2014/m
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