Arkansas Arts

Robinson Center
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

After nearly two and a half years of work, a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. for Little Rock's Robinson Center. A $70 million renovation is being completed on the auditorium which first opened in 1939.

“H. Clinton comm. report” by Jon Kennedy depicts Hillary Rodham Clinton and her commission report concerning new educational standards. December 15, 1983.
UALR Center for History and Culture

Many are familiar with the often unsophisticated world of newspaper comic strips but there are some comics with more thought – political and editorial cartoons. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for History and Culture is out with a new virtual exhibit, “No Laughing Matter: Political Cartoons and the Arkansas Historical Perspective.” UALR historian, Dr. Barclay Key, joined KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman this week to talk cartoons.  

Robinson Center Gretchen Hall Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Christina Littlejohn
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Free tickets will be handed out Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the steps of the newly renovated Robinson Center in Little Rock for a thank you concert later this month by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It comes as final work is being done before next week's grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

History of the Arkansas Gazette: Part One

Oct 21, 2016
Courtesy of the Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Today on Arts & Letters, we talk with journalist, researcher, and professor Donna Lampkin Stephens. Her book, If It Ain't Broke, Break It: How Corporate Journalism Killed the Arkansas Gazette, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2015 "offers a firsthand account of how and why the Arkansas Gazette, then the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River, died after perhaps the country’s last great newspaper war."

The 25th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival begins this weekend. More than 100 documentaries will be screened over 10 days, with many filmmakers taking part in discussions afterward. You can find a full lineup of  documentaries and events here.

Matt DeCample, communications director of the festival, says one highlight this year is a showing of For the Love of Spock, a look at Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy. 

2016-17 Opening Night: Mozart & Schubert

Sep 28, 2016
arkansassymphony.org

On this episode of At the Symphony, we preview and explore Stephanie Berg's Ravish and Mayhem, Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, which will feature pianist Elisso Bolkvadze at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s concerts October 1st and 2nd.

You can listen to At the Symphony, Thursday, January 28 at 11 a.m. and Friday, January 29 at 7 p.m. on KLRE Classical 90.5. At the Symphony airs the Thursday and Friday before each concert in the ASO Masterworks series.

David Monteith / KUAR

The Robinson Center is eager to show off the expanded capabilities of its new theater once renovations are completed in November.

Ed Payton, CEO of Celebrity Attractions, announced Monday that The Lion King will be in the theater’s lineup of Broadway musicals for the 2017-2018 season. It and Broadway’s longest running musical, Phantom of the Opera, are shows that were not physically possible in the musical hall prior to the Robinson Center’s renovations.

All Wars Are Civil Wars

Sep 23, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we explore the historical fiction of Andrew Malan Milward's collection,  I Was A Revolutionary, interrogates historical Kansas from the Civil War to the present through literary fiction and artifacts, including Wikipedia entries, photographs, maps and satirical cartoons.

A&L Short: Kevin And Gus Kerby

Sep 12, 2016
Kevin and Gus Kerby
Mary Ellen Kubit

 

    

This back-to-school season, we highlight a father and son musical team from central Arkansas who spent a large part of their summer playing, practicing and laughing together.

Kevin and Gus Kerby sat down in the KUAR studios with J. Bradley Minnick of Arts and Letters. They talked about how playing music together has fostered a good sense of humor and strengthened their relationship.

Jeff Waddle Jeanfo
Alden Walters / KUAR News

Jeff Waddle looks like he rides a Harley Davidson. He’s an artist in Little Rock, whose work is full of arrows and stars wiggling through sheets of metal or brightly painted pieces of wood. But many of the sculptures in his studio are chunks of glossy, light green steel by Waddle's long-time friend, the French artist Jean Faure, known simply as Jeanfo.

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