Arkansas Arts

Robinson Center Music Hall Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and others used crow bars Tuesday to rip up part of the stage at Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall, formally signifying the start of renovations to the venue.

The $68 million project will modernize the facility, which was built in 1939.  The work will improve its acoustics and seating, while enabling it to host any touring Broadway production.

Stodola said it has taken a lot of work to get to this point.

An exhibition of blown glass by artist Dale Chihuly is to open at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is to attend the opening gala.

The invitation-only reception is set for Friday night at the Clinton Center. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday and will run through Jan. 5.

One of Chihuly's pieces is in the Clinton Center's permanent collection. In 2000, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock hosted a special exhibition of his works.

The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is preparing to host a temporary exhibition of blown glass works by artist Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly's artworks go on display May 17. Organizers say Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chihuly are to attend an invitation-only reception on May 16.

The show will run through Jan. 5.

Curators are to use indoor and outdoor spaces at the Clinton Center to display the works, which present extremes of shape, color and form.

One of Chihuly's pieces is in the Clinton Center's permanent collection. 

Organizers of the Arkansas Literary Festival are announcing the lineup for this year's event, which runs from April 24 through the 27.

Susan Gele with the Central Arkansas Library System says more than 80 presenters will be in Little Rock for the festival, including romance and suspense writer Catherine Coulter and Mary Roach, who the Washington Times has called “America's funniest science writer.”

Strauss, Gulda And Beethoven

Nov 12, 2013

Geoffrey Robson explores the Viennese Waltz with Strauss's Overture to Die Fledermaus, the varied styles of Gulda's Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra and Beethoven's often overlooked Symphony No. 4.

It's the third installment in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series.

The full hour-long version of this At the Symphony aired Thursday, November 7 and Friday November 8.

In marking the second anniversary of its opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is announcing a major exhibition of contemporary artists that will open late next year.

The museum in Bentonville announced Monday that the show, called "State of the Art," will open Sept. 13 and run through Jan. 5., 2015.

Crystal Bridges curators have visited more than 400 artists' studios to select pieces for the exhibition, which will feature works by more than 100 artists.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.

Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame To Honor Six Inductees

Oct 18, 2013
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation is honoring six inductees in its 21st annual ceremony.

The event will be held at the State House Convention Center Saturday with over 900 people are expected to attend.

Inductees included a professional athlete, recording artist, and engineer.

Chairman of the foundation, Charles Stewart says donations and proceeds go to other non profits in Arkansas, "working to improve education, youth development, health and wellness  in black and other underserved communities."

Robinson Auditorium Center Music Hall
City of Little Rock

The Little Rock Board of Directors is to decide Tuesday afternoon whether to allow a special election for voters to decide whether to use a two percent tax to fund a massive renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

But there are concerns that there hasn’t been enough discussion about the funding.

The extensive plan was unveiled last week, calling for $60 million worth of renovations to the building, which was built in 1939. The cost rises to $68 million when including the expense of relocating staff and paying for a special bond election.

Robinson
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Little Rock city leaders are to decide next Tuesday on whether to allow voters to decide a proposal to fund the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

Tuesday evening the Board of Directors heard a presentation detailing upgrades to the facility.  Earlier in the day advocates for the project detailed it for reporters.  You can view a PDF of the presentation here.

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