Arkansas Entertainment http://ualrpublicradio.org en Thousands Of Square Dancers Converge On Little Rock For Annual Convention http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/thousands-square-dancers-converge-little-rock-annual-convention <p>Nearly 4,000 square dancers and participants are converging on Little Rock for the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.&nbsp; Some are traveling from as far away as Germany, Japan, Sweden, Great Britton, the Netherlands, Australia and the Philippians.</p><p>The opening ceremony is set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center.&nbsp; Events will then take place there, at the Little Rock Marriott and Robinson Center through Saturday evening.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:11:46 +0000 Michael Hibblen 25371 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Thousands Of Square Dancers Converge On Little Rock For Annual Convention Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/work-begin-soon-68-million-renovation-robinson-auditorium <p></p><p></p><p>Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall will soon be closing its doors to begin two years of renovations to modernize the facility. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:40:42 +0000 Michael Hibblen 24221 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium 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