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Cultural events, places and people in the Little Rock area


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Heritage Month – Knoop House

Knoop HouseToday’s historic property is unique for Little Rock.  It is one of the only (if not the only) Art Moderne style residence in Little Rock.

The Knoop House was built in 1936-1937 in Hillcrest for Werner and Faith Knoop. Designed by the architectural firm of Brueggeman, Swaim & Allen, the Art Moderne style of the house departed dramatically from, the mere typical period revival styles of the Hillcrest neighborhood. The Knoop House was (and still is) an outstanding Modernistic architectural statement in an area filled predominantly with English Revival, Colonial Revival, American Four Square, and Bungalow styles.

The house was built by Werner and Faith Knoop in 1936-1937.  In 1948, the original garaged was enlcosed and a new garage was added to the front of the house. Mr. Knoop was a mechanical engineer and founding principal in what is now the Baldwin & Shell Construction Company.  After having served on the school board, in 1957 Mr. Knoop became the first Mayor of Little Rock under the “new” city manager form of government and continued to serve the City on various committees even after his term as Mayor ended. Faith Yingling Knoop was a well-published author of magazine articles, textbooks, and children’s books.

The Knoop House’s simple, restrained detailing is typical of the Art Moderne style, as is the emphasis upon large uninterrupted expanses of smooth wall surface, the preference far a light palette and the selection of such modern materials as metal casement windows and glass block.

The Knoop House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August 1990.


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The Science of Space tonight at the Museum of Discovery

science spaceIn space, no one can hear you scream!

But they can hear you have fun learning about the Final Frontier tonight at the Museum of Discovery.

Tonight offers a great lineup for May’s Science After Dark! The Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will be there with telescopes and more, a planetarium will be set up downstairs, Kevin Delaney will present ‪#‎thespacestrugglesarereal‬ and more!

Plus don’t forget to bring cash for Damgoode Pies and Stone’s Throw Brewing!

Science After Dark is only for those kids who are aged 21 years and up.  Admission is $5, but is free for Museum members.

 


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Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? tonight at Ron Robinson Theater

ferrisbFerris Bueller may have taken the day off, but his shenanigans are on the screen tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater.

Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara star in this ultimate movie about skipping school.  Jeffery Jones plays Broderick’s nemesis Dean Edward Rooney with Jennifer Grey playing his other nemesis, Jeanie Bueller. Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward (who fell in love while filming the movie and are now married) play the Bueller parents while Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen, Virginia Capers and Kristie Swanson make cameos.  Former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein steals his scenes as the droning social studies teacher discussing the Laffer Curve and Voodoo Economics.

The sights and sounds of Chicago are showcased in this John Hughes masterpiece from 1986.

The movie starts at 7pm tonight. Admission is $5. Concessions are available for purchase as well.


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Heritage Month – Villa Marre

villamarreThe Villa Marre is located at 1321 Scott Street. The Second Empire-style Villa Marre was built in 1881 by Italian immigrant and Little Rock saloonkeeper Angelo Marre, who also served on the Little Rock City Council.

The distinctive home features a mansard roof covered in patterned slate, a central tower topped by wrought-iron cresting, and hood molding above the doors and windows. Marre died in 1889, and his widow, Jennie, remained in the house until about 1900. Arkansas Governor Jeff Davis rented the house for a few years, and in 1905, the home was purchased by E. B. Kinsworthy, former state senator and attorney general of Arkansas.

It is probably most famous today for being the outdoor exterior of Sugarbakers design firm in the CBS sitcom “Designing Women.”  For several years, it was the home of the Quapaw Quarter Association. It later returned to a private residence.  Currently it is a venue for weddings and other events.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1970.


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Tonight at South on Main’s Local Live Concert – Luke Pruitt

llsom lukepAt 7:30 tonight, Luke Pruitt will take the stage at South on Main for the Oxford American’s Local Live free concert series . Call ahead at (501) 244-9660 to reserve your seat at a table for this popular series. Local Live is made possible by the generous support of Ben and Jane Hunt Meade.

Although Luke Pruitt spent several years honing his songwriting craft in Nashville, Tennessee, it was moving back to his hometown of Fort Smith that gave the songwriter the inspiration for his Songs of Home album series, which Pruitt describes as “a sort of op-ed about the American Dream in a post 9/11 world.”

In Pruitt’s debut EP Songs of Home, pt. 1, released in 2014, we hear the story of a young millennial kid playing for tips and dreaming of a future in music success, as well as a hometown story about Vietnamese immigrants in Fort Smith who were forced to adapt to a new home after the fall of Saigon, and have built their own American Dream as restaurant owners. Part 1 gives good insight into Pruitt’s influences not only in songwriting, but in classic American literature, as his stories have both poetic and prosaic tendencies.

Songs of Home, pt. 2 will be Pruitt’s first full length release, due out in 2015, and will finish the story of the American Dream that the writer started in part 1.


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Archetypes and Troubadours headed to South on Main as part of Oxford American music series

OA archetypes 15162e6b4_1320267846-oxa_logoTickets are now on sale for the 2015-2016 Oxford American Music Series at South on Main. There are three different series offered throughout the year. Today looks at the Archetypes and Troubadours.

Archetypes and Troubadours

AUGUST 27, 2015 – POKEY LAFARGE

8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Pokey LaFarge to the South on Main stage! Pokey is kicking off our 2015 – 2016 Concert Series as part of the Archetypes & Troubadours sub-series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible in part by the generosity of The Summer Foundation.

OCTOBER 22, 2015 – LEO BUD WELCH WITH GUEST JIMBO MATHUS

7:30 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to bring Leo Bud Welch to the South on Main stage as part of our Archetypes & Troubadours Series! Welch is welcomed by the Esse Pure Museum. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible in part by the generosity of The Summer Foundation.

MARCH 10, 2016 – THE FAIRFIELD FOUR

8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome The Fairfield Four to the Little Rock! These guys are the third show in our 2015 – 2016 Archetypes & Troubadours Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible in part by the generosity of The Summer Foundation.

APRIL 7, 2016 – RUTHIE FOSTER

8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Ruthie Foster to the South on Main stage! Foster is the fourth and final show in our 2015 – 2016 Archetypes & Troubadours Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible in part by the generosity of The Summer Foundation.

Tickets for the series range from $71 to $114. Single tickets (available June 15) tickets will range from $12 to $35.


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Heritage Month – Van Frank Cottages

Van FrankToday’s historic property is actually four separate structures that are linked by the design and builder.  The Van Frank cottages are significant architecturally. Located between the MacArthur Park Historic District, to the immediate north, and the Marshall Square Historic District, a few blocks to the southeast, the Van Frank cottages represent a transition between the two.

While typical of the scale and speculative nature that characterizes the Marshall Square Historic District, the Van Frank cottages are reflective of the MacArthur Park Historic District in stylistic detail and in the ancestry and occupations of their owners and occupants.

Built in 1908, the cottages were the rental property of Philip R. Van Frank. They are the only existing historic houses associated with this civil engineer, who was instrumental in the improvement of Arkansas’ rivers.

Each of the four cottages is simply,  yet finely crafted with Colonial Revival details. In their unaltered state they are typical examples of the period. The cottages have been the residences of many individuals of diverse backgrounds.

The four cottages were added to the National Register of Historic Places in October 1985.

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