Arkansas Arts

Arkansas Rep Prepares For New Education Facility

Jul 15, 2013
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Peter James Zielinski / Arkansas Repertory Theatre

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

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

New Photography Exhibit At The Laman Public Library

Jun 29, 2013
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. 

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.

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.

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: 

Music Industry Figure To Give Little Rock Lecture

May 23, 2013

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.

Steven Teske

A book dedicated for school-aged children just came out earlier this spring.

Natural State Notables features 21 people from Arkansas who became famous.

They include U.S. president Bill Clinton, Walmart creator Sam Walton, as well as a woman who saved Arkansas Children’s Hospital from closing during the Great Depression.

Author Steven Teske said he was inspired to write something for kids.

“We really need a book for children that tells them about people in Arkansas. Something that a 4th grade levels. Something that can be used in classrooms.”

Sequoyah National Research Center

A research center collecting writings and art of Native Americans hopes Arkansans will be more aware of racial issues.

Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR had just received a $20,000 grant to preserve Herschfelder-Molin Collection which depicts stereotypes of Native Americans.

The Clinton Presidential Center Park will be the site of the 15th  annual Cinco De May Fiesta Saturday, celebrating Latino culture with activities planned to attract residents from around the state.

Michel Leiderman, an organizer for the event, says in addition to appearances by local and state officials, attendees can look forward to many different activites.

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