Arkansas Arts

Local & Regional News
4:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Plans For The Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Credit Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

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 27th and 28th.

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.

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Fine Art & Tourism
6:11 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Crystal Bridges About To Log 1 Millionth Visitor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville hasn't been open even two years but the northwest Arkansas hot spot is about to welcome its 1 millionth visitor.

When it opened on Nov. 11, 2011, museum organizers expected between 150,000 and 300,000 visitors per year. The first year brought in 650,000 patrons, lured in part by free admission to the museum's regular collection.

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Local & Regional News
11:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New Art Exhibit At The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: "Shades Of Greatness"

One of the works of art featured in the exhibit.
Credit Mosaic Templar Cultural center

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating the opening of the new art exhibit, “Shades of Greatness”, this Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

The traveling exhibit has over 30 original pieces of art inspired by the history of the Negro League. Both national and regional artists will be featured. Quantia Fletcher, the Assistant Director of the center says this exhibit is special to Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arkansas Rep Prepares For New Education Facility

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Credit Peter James Zielinski / Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Construction work continues on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s new education space. 

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Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Music Icon Launches Artists’ Careers With Arkansas And Tennessee-Based Business

Al Bell, former chairman of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records, starts Arkansas-based business for rare music talent.

A new business venture in North Little Rock and Memphis seeks to change current norms in the recording industry.

Music mogul Al Bell grew up in Arkansas and later became chairman of Stax Records and president of Motown Records.

Bell says he is once again working with authentic artists who no longer fit into conventional categories

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Local & Regional News
7:15 am
Sat June 29, 2013

New Photography Exhibit At The Laman Public Library

Credit Laman Public Library

The Laman Public Library has a new photography exhibit for visitors. “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues” will be displayed until August 24th.

Dan Noble, spokesman for the library, says the exhibit features 90 photographs, some over 100 years old. He encourages people of all ages to come see them.

"It's just a great exhibit...people can just stop by on their lunch break or make a little afternoon out of it but I think the people of Arkansas would really be interested in seeing this," said Noble. 

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Local & Regional News
7:23 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Puppets Provide Laughs In “Avenue Q” At The Arkansas Rep

Leah Monzillo and Ethan Paulini as Nicky
John David Pittman Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Comedy is often the vehicle that inspires people to have crucial conversations about important issues.

Through the month of June, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre 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.

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Hollywood & Arkansas
3:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Exhibit To Feature Arkansans In The Movies

Little Rock native "Bronco Billy" Anderson dances amid gunfire in The Great Train Robbery.

A new exhibit focusing on the lives of Arkansas-born entertainers who went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood will soon open at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

Lights! Camera! Arkansas! will review the careers of movie stars and directors who all had their origin in the state. Jo Ellen Mack, the museum’s curator, says recent stars and filmmakers like Mary Steenburgen, Lisa Blount and Jeff Nichols will be featured, as will entertainers from the silent movie era.

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Books News
12:10 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Author And Humorist David Sedaris Comes To Little Rock

Credit David Sedaris Books

Comedian, author, and frequent public radio contributor, David Sedaris, will be in Little Rock on Tuesday for his spring book tour.  

We called him up to find out more about what he likes to read, his typical day, and his latest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

Some interesting tidbits interview: 

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Music Industry Figure To Give Little Rock Lecture

Longtime music industry figure and Arkansas native Bill Carter is set for a speaking engagement in Little Rock.

Carter is to speak June 5 as part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Legacies and Lunch series. Carter grew up in Rector and built his career as an attorney and agent for popular music stars.

The Rolling Stones summoned Carter for help after an arrest in Arkansas, and he represented Reba McEntire at the start of her career.

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