Arkansas Entertainment http://ualrpublicradio.org en Plans For The Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/plans-second-annual-arkansas-sounds-music-festival <p>Organizers are making plans for this year’s Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. The performances will be at the Main Library in Little Rock, the First Security Amphitheater, and various River Market Pavilions on September 27<sup>th</sup> and 28<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Susan Gele is a spokeswoman for the Central Arkansas Library System. She says the festival includes some of last year’s performers, as well as many new acts.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:46:21 +0000 Maggie Carroll 9726 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Plans For The Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival Oaklawn, Planning Commission Work On Expansion http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/oaklawn-planning-commission-work-expansion <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">City planners in Hot Springs have imposed a set of conditions on Oaklawn Park's planned expansion of its casino-style gambling operation.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The thoroughbred race track wants to expand its number of tables and machines by about 50 percent.</span></p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:24:10 +0000 Associated Press 6378 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Oaklawn, Planning Commission Work On Expansion Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival To Take Place After Shortage Scare http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bradley-county-pink-tomato-festival-take-place-after-shortage-scare <p></p><p>In South Arkansas, the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival will indeed take place this weekend.</p><p>The festival honors the pink tomato, Arkansas’s official fruit and vegetable, in a week long celebration complete with live music, games, and contests.</p><p>Arkansas tomato fans had a scare when the tomatoes were said to be in short supply just weeks before the festival.</p><p>Low temperatures in April stunted the progress of the tomatoes.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:46:02 +0000 Bekah Hall 6301 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival To Take Place After Shortage Scare Puppets Provide Laughs In “Avenue Q” At The Arkansas Rep http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/puppets-provide-laughs-avenue-q-arkansas-rep <p></p><p>Comedy is often the vehicle that inspires people to have crucial conversations about important issues.</p><p></p><p>Through the month of June, the <a href="http://www.therep.org/">Arkansas Repertory Theatre</a> is relying on the humor and outspokenness of foul-mouthed puppets to bolster dialogue about racism, sexuality, and almost every aspect of the human experience.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:23:00 +0000 Malcolm Glover 5772 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Puppets Provide Laughs In “Avenue Q” At The Arkansas Rep "Jazz In The Park" Begins This Week http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/jazz-park-begins-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jazz enthusiasts, and people just looking for something to do, can check out the new “Jazz in the Park” series starting this Wednesday at 5:30 in the evening. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The weekly music event will take place at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Dianna Long, Director of </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">River Market</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Operations, says many different types of jazz will be featured.</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:16:16 +0000 Maggie Carroll 5673 at http://ualrpublicradio.org "Jazz In The Park" Begins This Week Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Three http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hope-rising-helena-west-helena-arkansas-part-three <p></p><p>Communities throughout the Arkansas Delta often battle against a rising tide of economic woes. As factories close and labor-intensive jobs leave small towns, populations dwindle in many rural cities.</p><p></p><p>For decades, outside investments from banks and charitable organizations helped stimulate marginal growth, but most of the heavy lifting necessary to revitalize communities must be done by the people who live there.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:18:12 +0000 Malcolm Glover 4748 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Three Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Two http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hope-rising-helena-west-helena-arkansas-part-two <p></p><p>Helena-West Helena is part of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. According to <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/05/05107.html">U.S. Census data</a>, the county’s population decreased over 17 percent in the last ten years, which means by some estimates the population is less than half of what it was in the 1950s. However, new community-led efforts in Helena-West Helena seek to make the area’s history and culture a catalyst for investment and growth.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 12:04:49 +0000 Malcolm Glover 4333 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Two Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/johnny-cash-home-dyess-set-2014-opening <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="3">Organizers haven't set a date yet but the restoration of the Johnny Cash home in Dyess is on track to open in 2014.&nbsp;</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="3">The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building. The structures should be ready for visitors in fall of next year. </font></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 11:18:16 +0000 Associated Press 4003 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part One http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hope-rising-helena-west-helena-arkansas-part-one <p></p><p>The City of Helena-West Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas is no stranger to the hardships that have plagued many communities across the country during the economic downturn.</p><p></p><p>High unemployment, a struggling education system, political upheaval, a crumbling infrastructure, and even unresolved racial inequalities were once the hallmarks of this unified city in the impoverished Arkansas Delta. However, new research findings show some positive demographic trends and community development projects have some residents saying Helen-West Helena is finally making a comeback.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 12:01:16 +0000 Malcolm Glover 3879 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part One Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/toad-suck-daze-opens-weekend-proceeds-go-toward-college-scholarships-and-pre-k-program <p></p><p>The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.</p><p>Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.</p><p>Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Kezia Nanda 3658 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program