Arkansas Entertainment

"Jazz In The Park" Begins This Week

Jun 4, 2013
River Market Info

Jazz enthusiasts, and people just looking for something to do, can check out the new “Jazz in the Park” series starting this Wednesday at 5:30 in the evening.

The weekly music event will take place at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Dianna Long, Director of River Market Operations, says many different types of jazz will be featured.

"It is a really good opportunity for somebody that thinks they might like jazz...and its for jazz lovers too, we encourage everybody to come and try it," said Long. 

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Three

May 20, 2013
Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Communities throughout the Arkansas Delta often battle against a rising tide of economic woes. As factories close and labor-intensive jobs leave small towns, populations dwindle in many rural cities.

For decades, outside investments from banks and charitable organizations helped stimulate marginal growth, but most of the heavy lifting necessary to revitalize communities must be done by the people who live there.

In downtown Helena, a building that was once a post office is now a hub for various programs that provide important services to women and families.

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Two

May 13, 2013
Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Helena-West Helena is part of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. According to U.S. Census data, the county’s population decreased over 17 percent in the last ten years, which means by some estimates the population is less than half of what it was in the 1950s. However, new community-led efforts in Helena-West Helena seek to make the area’s history and culture a catalyst for investment and growth.

Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening

May 7, 2013

Organizers haven't set a date yet but the restoration of the Johnny Cash home in Dyess is on track to open in 2014. 

The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building. The structures should be ready for visitors in fall of next year.

The home is being renovated to look as it did when the Cash family moved to the Dyess Colony in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression.

Malcolm Glover / KUAR

The City of Helena-West Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas is no stranger to the hardships that have plagued many communities across the country during the economic downturn.

High unemployment, a struggling education system, political upheaval, a crumbling infrastructure, and even unresolved racial inequalities were once the hallmarks of this unified city in the impoverished Arkansas Delta. However, new research findings show some positive demographic trends and community development projects have some residents saying Helen-West Helena is finally making a comeback.

toadsuck.org

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

MacArthur Unleashed Dog Park's Facebook Page

Starting Saturday, Little Rock will have a second dog park.  

MacArthur Unleashed Dog Park, located between 9th Street and Interstate 630, will hold its grand opening Saturday, March 30, at 12:40 p.m., rain or shine.

Leland Couch, with the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department, said the park has various fun features that both small and large dogs will enjoy.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
arkansasarts.org

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will undergo a renovation and be closed between June of 2014 until September of 2016.

The symphony is planning to use the Wally Allen Ballroom at the State House Convention Center as a substitute during the renovation.

Christina Littlejohn, the Executive Director of the Orchestra is inviting the public to an open rehearsal on Friday night, March 29, 7.15 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the State House Convention Center.

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
ArkansasLiteraryFestival.org

Tickets for a reception and book reading by two well-known authors will be on sale starting Wednesday.

Academy Award-winning authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, known for their adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, will be in Little Rock from May 2-3.

“It’s always terrific when we can bring amazing authors to Little Rock. So, hopefully the audience will enjoy the authors as much as we enjoyed bringing them to Little Rock,” said Brad Mooy, with the Arkansas Literary Festival.

people running for Little Rock marathon
littlerockmarathon.com

Over 13,000 people are expected to be joining the 2013 Lucky themed Little Rock Marathon this weekend.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Sharon Lee, a spokeswoman for the marathon, says among the runners, all 50 states will be represented this year as well as 30 foreign countries.

“The tourists that it brings into the city of Little Rock this one weekend will probably contribute about $5 million to the economy here in the city of Little Rock,” said Lee.

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