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Cultural events, places and people in the Little Rock area

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A Year Long Party for Arkansas Rep 40th Season

The 2015-2016 season is the 40th one for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The audience gets the gifts.

The season kicks off with William Shakespeare’s Scottish play about the Thane of Cawdor and his wife Lady M. It will run September 11-27.

Next up is the Tony winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This tuneful, witty musical with book by Rachek Sheinkin and songs by William Finn, will play from October 16 to November 8.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be the holiday show running from December 4 to January 3.  It will be a regional premiere of this musical featuring a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright and a score by the Oscar winning team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater.

2016 will start off with another regional premiere–Peter and the Starcatcher.  This prequel to the Peter Pan stories is by Rick Elice. Though a play, it does have some songs by Wayne Barker and Elice.  This winner of  five Tony Awards will be on stage from January 15 to February 7.

The regional theatre premiere of The Bridges of Madison County will take place on the Arkansas Rep stage from April 8 to May 1.  This musical has a Tony winning score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Marsha Norman.

The main stage season will conclude with a world premiere play Windfall.  Directed by Tony winner Jason Alexander, this comedy by Scooter Pietsch looks at greed among a group of office workers.  It will run from June 10 to 26.

The Rep also has three special offerings during the 2015-2016 year.

From February 11-14, Rebecca Wells, author of the “Ya-Ya Sisterhood” novels will present a one-woman show about the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive production will be called Broken Wings and will play from March 1-12 of 2016.

From May 3-15 the Second City will return to Little Rock for Second City: Hooking Up. 

The Rep’s 40th season features comedy, tragedy and musicals spanning from Elizabethan times to world premieres.  It truly is a showcase of the Rep’s mission and the breadth and depth of the Rep’s commitment to bringing great stories to life for Little Rock audiences.

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Debra Berke discusses “Out of the Ordinary” design this evening 

As the founding partner of the architecture and design firm that bears her name, Deborah Berke oversees a staff of fifty, a skilled team that deals with a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from campus master plans, cultural and arts facilities, university buildings, hotels – Bentonville’s 21c Hotel among them – and custom residences. All projects, large and small, share the Berke imprimatur: a “knowing simplicity”.

An award winning design professional, Berke has been an adjunct professor of Architectural Design at Yale University since 1987. Additionally, she has taught at a number of campuses across the country. In 2005, the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a BFA in 1975, awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.

Registered as an architect in a dozen states including Arkansas, Berke will talk about creating buildings that are “inevitable though not predictable”. She will describe the relationship between a designer’s vision, life patterns and place.

Berke’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the collaborative effort of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Architecture and Design Network. For additional information, contact

Supporters of the Architecture and Design Network include the Arkansas Arts Center, the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, the Central Arkansas section of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and friends in the community.

March 3, 2015 – 6:00 pm, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall

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Artist of Distinction Vadim Gluzman headlines ASO River Rhapsodies Chamber Concert tonight 

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Philip Mann, Music Director and Conductor, presents the fifth concert of the 2014-2015 Landers FIAT River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series: Artist of Distinction: Vadim Gluzman, on March 3rd at 7:00 PM.

ASO musicians are joined by the Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction for chamber music by Dohnanyi, Stephanie Berg, Auerbach, and Bruch in the beautiful Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

A cash bar is open at 6 PM and at intermission, and patrons are invited to carry drinks into the hall. Media sponsor for the River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series is KUAR/KLRE.

Tickets are $23; active duty military and student tickets are $10 are can be purchased online at; at the Clinton Presidential Center box office beginning 60 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 100.


Richard Sheppard Arnold Artist of Distinction: Vadim Gluzman, violin

Algimantis Staskevicius, Tatiana Kotcherguina, Kiril Laskarov, violin

Ryan Mooney, Katrina Weeks, viola

Felice Farrell, David Gerstein, cello

DDG Trio: Leanna Booze, Beth Wheeler, Lorraine Duso-Kitts, oboe


DOHNANYI: Serenade in C, Op. 10

BERG: The Featherlight Ballet

AUERBACH: Lonely Suite “Ballet for a Lonely Violinist”

BRUCH: String Quartet in A minor

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“Privacy in the Age of Big Data” at Clinton School at noon today

Today at noon at the Clinton School, Theresa Payton will discuss issues surrounding privacy in today’s data-mining world.  

Payton was the White House Chief Information Officer from May 2006 until September 2008. 

She was the first woman to hold that position and her team served President George W. Bush and over 3,000 members of the executive office. 

Payton is the founder and CEO of Fortalice, a team of cybercrime fighters protecting against internet predators. 

“Privacy in the Age of Big Data” highlights the many positive outcomes of digital surveillance and data collection while also outlining those forms of data collection to which we may not consent, and of which we are likely unaware.

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Little Rock Look Back: Arkansas Territory Authorized 

On March 2, 1819, the Arkansas Territory was authorized by an act of Congress, to take effect  on July 4, 1819.

The Arkansas Territory was created from the portion of the Missouri Territory. It originally encompassed all of what is now Arkansas and much of what is now Oklahoma. The westernmost portion of the territory was removed on November 15, 1824, a second westernmost portion was removed on May 6, 1828, reducing the territory to the extent of the present state of Arkansas.

The Territorial capital was Arkansas Post from July 1819 until June 1821. At that point in time it was moved to Little Rock. In 1819, there was no permanent settlement in Little Rock. It would my be until early 1820 that a permanent settlement would be established.  On 1818, the Quapaw Treaty had anticipated a future settlement in Little Rock. 

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with Read Across America Day

Oh, the places you’ll go when you read!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day with the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and millions of others at events and programs on Monday, March 2 and throughout the week.

On Monday, March 2, from 4-7 p.m., The Cat in the Hat and Pete the Cat will join participants at Park Plaza Mall, 6000 W. Markham Street, for crafts, reading, and fun. Events at branch libraries may be found below. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Main Library
    Dr. Seuss Storytime with Lupe Pena Valadez • Saturday, March 7 • 10:30 a.m.
  • McMath Library
    Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash • Monday, March 2 • 6:00 p.m.
  • Terry Library
    Dr. Seuss Family Night • Monday, March 2 • 6:30 p.m.
  • Thompson Library
    Dr. Seuss Family Night • Thursday, March 5 • 6:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Library
    Dr. Seuss on the Loose Party • Saturday, March 7 • 10:30 a.m.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read. The goal is to show America’s children the joy of reading and build a nation of readers.

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$1 Day at Museum of Discovery Today

From 1pm to 5pm today, admission to the Museum of Discovery is only $1 per person.

The Little Rock Marathon will still be finishing up to the west of the museum, but that means there will be other activities to enjoy in addition to the Museum.

A featured exhibit is Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed.  This new and in-depth look at the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Earth educates as well as excites visitors. 

It dispels common misconceptions and engages young and old visitors alike with hands on interactive exhibits like a fossil dig pit, timeline matching game, and much more. Guests can get up close looks at life-size skulls, arms, feet and everything in between.


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