Arts Scene

Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on KUAR & at Noon on KLRE
  • Hosted by Ann Nicholson

Arts Scene explores what's happening in the arts in Arkansas. Since 1985, Ann Nicholson has produced and hosted this weekly fine arts magazine.

Where there is an arts performance, art exhibit, or a literary artist with a new book, Nicholson is there. She maintains close connections with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, UALR Artspree and Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs.

"I want our listeners to gain a new experience from each program. I look for persons in the arts that I think will not only indulge my interests, but also those in the audience. I try to give them a little bit of extra personal background that they wouldn't get anywhere else," says Nicholson.

Born in India, the daughter of a British Army Officer, and educated in India, Kashmir, Scotland, and England, Nicholson immigrated to Canada in 1958 and then to the United States in 1962. She received a double BA degree in music education and music history from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Nicholson continued her graduate education in Musicology at the University of Kentucky. Ann was the recipient of the 2003 Aha! Cultural Spirit Award, in recognition of her years of work supporting the arts community in Arkansas.

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Author Richard Ford, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize (for Independence Day) and featured guest of the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, talks about his latest novel, Canada.  The process of writing, the development of characters and setting are topics of this discussion with the writer who once called Little Rock home.

Violinist Midori & Jazz Musician Chris Brubeck

Apr 7, 2013

Internationally acclaimed violinist Midori visited Little Rock to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and work with young musicians in the area. She talks about her performances, philanthropic efforts and the need for youth orchestras.

Also, Chris Brubeck of the group Triple Play discusses  writing symphonic music for orchestra, jazz and the need to keep improvising, while touching on the influence of his father, Dave Brubeck.

Kevin Cole: Straight From the Soul

Oct 21, 2012

Native son, Kevin Cole, returned to the city of Pine Bluff to showcase and celebrate 25 years of artistry with a retrospective exhibition hosted by the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Poetry Slam Champ Reads at UALR

Feb 6, 2012

A reading by poet Patricia Smith will take place at UALR on February 6, 2012.

Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including the 2008 National Book Award finalist Blood Dazzler, chronicling the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series Selection.