Arkansas Arts

A new map and website celebrating nearly 460 Arkansas writers is being launched Tuesday. It's called "A Reader's Map of Arkansas." It serves as an update of a similar work published by the late poet C.D. Wright in 1994. 

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Arkansas Times

A renowned traveling exhibit of art and artifacts showing the role of African Americans throughout history is now on display at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have been amassing primary source documents, artifacts and fine art for more than 30 years. Although they live in Los Angeles, since 2007 their collection has toured the nation. It’s been visited by more than 5 million people. This is the first time it has been shown in Arkansas.  

The Threshold of Structure

Apr 7, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with poet Terry Wright, whose book Graphs published by Kairos Editions in 2008 and chapbook Fractal Cut-Ups from Kattywompus  Press in 2011 demonstrate the organic heuristics of mashing up data and Internet search strings to produce prose poetry.

Courtesy of Mike Ammons

A 67 year-old homeless man hit and killed by a car in Little Rock last year was once one of the world's foremost Beatles fans and collectors. He was even financially supported at the end of his life by a $10,000 check from Yoko Ono.

KUAR's Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with Will Stephenson of the Arkansas Times about his reporting on Fred Arnold's lifelong love of the Beatles.

Arts Scene: If All Arkansas Read The Same Book

Mar 24, 2016

If All Arkansas Read the Same Book is a project begun in 2001 when the Arkansas State Library chose a book that it then introduced statewide, also then bringing in the author to encourage a wider reading public. The first author was Terry Kay, and his book, To Dance with the White Dog.

To read is one of the greatest gifts. To be immersed in a book, in a story to the exclusion of all else. What could be better? It gets better with me, because I can talk about the book with the author. And the 2015 State Library choice is Jenny Wingfield, and her novel, her first: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Greg Henderson

A play about former President Bill Clinton takes to the stage in Little Rock this week. 

The one-man show, "Bill Clinton Hercules," was written by attorney Rachel Mariner who represented Clinton in a harassment case brought by Paula Jones. 

Actor Bob Paisely is performing the piece at the Arkansas Reparatory Theater starting Thursday. The show runs through Saturday.

Arts Scene: UALR Opera Gala, UALR Shakespeare Scenes

Mar 9, 2016

Part 1: The Second annual UALR Opera Gala is a chance for those of us who are looking at the voice department with interest, following last year's gala under its director, Rosella Ewing. She is my first guest, and brings us up to date on the developments and activities during the past year and the program to be heard at the gala this coming Thursday.

The UALR Opera Gala is Thu., March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Arts Scene: Lynn Kompass, Lily Afshar, Joe Graves

Mar 9, 2016

Part 1: The third Artspree concert of 2015-2016 brings the Stallard-Eller-Kompass trio from the University of South Carolina. Just before pianist Lynn Kompass and I were to tape the following interview, the trio became a duo. The group’s soprano had an unexpected conflict. However, all three members have considerable careers as soloists, over and above their many faculty commitments, and so they had back up plans.

Part 1: Hendrix College in Conway has a wonderful tradition in the theater department, where, each Spring, a guest director is in residence for several weeks, working with students on the play of choice suggested by the director and approved by the department. This year, Melora Kordos is here. The play chosen is Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Chicago-born Melora grew up in a theatrical family. An exceptionally fine high school laid the groundwork for what has become her career.

Mourner's Bench

Feb 26, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Arkansas Delta novelist and Ph.D student Sanderia Faye, whose novel Mourner's Bench published by The University of Arkansas Press in 2015, recounts the experiences of Sarah Jones from the summer of 1964 to the fall of 1965. Sarah is an eight year old who has to “navigate the growing tensions of the fictional small town of Maeby, Arkansas.”

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