The Clinton Presidential Center celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with the Arkansas Jazz Festival, featuring “Blue” Lou Marini. Held in partnership with the Arkansas Jazz Educators and the University of Arkansas at Monticello, this FREE, two-day festival will be held at the Clinton Center Park and will showcase the talent of jazz bands from around the state.
Featured artist, Lou Marini, has been a member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Saturday Night Live Band, and the Blues Brothers Band. He is an original member of the Blues Brothers Band, since the first appearances on Saturday Night Live, and appeared in both movies, as well as all recordings and tours.
Arkansas Jazz Festival
April 24 – 25, 2015
Clinton Presidential Center Park
Schedule of Performances:
Friday, April 24
3:30 p.m. Central High School Jazz II
4:30 p.m. West Memphis High School
5:30 p.m. Benton Junior High School
6:30 p.m. Harding University
7:30 p.m. Bryant High School
Saturday, April 25
9:00 a.m. Central High School Jazz II
10:00 a.m. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
11:00 a.m. El Dorado High School
12:00 p.m. Arkansas Tech University
1:00 p.m. Jonesboro High School
2:00 p.m. Texarkana, Texas 8th Grade
3:00 p.m. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
4:00 p.m. Pea Ridge High School
5:00 p.m. Texas High School
6:00 p.m. University of Arkansas at Monticello, Featuring Lou Marini
The Peeps Show, a new original sketch comedy show by Red Octopus Theater, will run April 24, 25, 30 and May 1, 2, at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street, in downtown Little Rock, AR. Doors will open at 7:30PM and the show will start at 8:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students and are available before the show. No reservations are necessary and there will be refreshments available. The show is recommended for mature audiences, children tickets are $549.
Red Octopus Theater, performing since 1991, starts off their 2015 season with The Peeps Show, a show about spring, warm weather, rebirth and marshmallow candies. The Peeps Show will also begin a series of productions featuring aspiring Red Octopus members.
The Peeps Show will feature five new faces for audience members as well as a strong cast of veteran performers. New performers auditioned earlier in 2015 for a spot in a Red Octopus show and perhaps an invitation to join the regular cast.
Jason Willey, Red Octopus Board Member said, “Sketch comedy and theater, in general, need new blood to keep it going and to keep it fresh. We held auditions after getting a lot inquiries and we found some funny people. Hopefully, we won’t scare them all off.”
The Peeps Show will exam the many facets of Spring, sparing no one or thing in it’s path. Religious themes pop up in “Jesus Saves”, about the onslaught of retail business on holidays. The show will feature live coverage of the Arkansas Legislature in, “So This Is What They Did Now…” The children’s PBS show “Bumblechunks & Friends” will teach kids about Easter around the world. And Park rangers, Thomas and Tom will get you ready for your “first date hike” up Petit Jean in “Love at the Top.” There will be some old favorites mixed in and a bunch of new material all lampooning all your favorite things to love and hate about the change in seasons. So come out and support live sketch comedy with Red Octopus Theater.
The cast includes Brian Chambers, Alli Clark, Drew Ellis, Michael Goodbar, Evan Tanner, David Weatherly and Jason Willey and featuring Scott Dombroski, Sam Grubb, Nichole Henry, Jeremiah James Herman and Anderson Penix.. Performances are open to all ages, but recommended for mature audiences because of adult language and situations, again, child tickets are $549.
A highlight is the Author! Author! Party at 7pm which allows ticketholders the chance to visit with other festival attendees as well as many of the authors and personalities who are here for the festival.
Earlier in the day, the used book sale continues from 9 to 5 in River Market Books & Gifts and from 10 to 4 in the basement of the main library.
The first session of the day is T. Geronimo Johnson on “Satire of the South.” It will take place at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at noon. Johnson is the author of Welcome to Braggsville.
At 6pm Michael Shermer will discuss The Moral Arc at the Ron Robinson Theater.
It is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.
Featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Ring of Fire,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “See Ya Later, Alligator,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more, this thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Rock and Roll’s best kept secret… revealed, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
Performances are at 8pm on Friday (4/24) and Saturday (4/25) and 2pm matinees on Saturday (4/25) and Sunday (4/26). Though all four of the legendary singers played at Robinson Auditorium, due to that facility’s renovation, this production will be held at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center.
The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau is the presenting sponsor of Million Dollar Quartet in Little Rock.
“The Legend of Robin Hood takes the audience on an action-packed journey that’s familiar to so many generations,” said Todd Herman, executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center. “The audience will be entertained as Robin Hood and his gang take them on adventure after adventure through Nottingham.”
Swords will clash. Arrows will fly. Truth and justice will be championed. From the treetops of Sherwood, the call rings out: “Come to the forest, all ye of stout heart and true. Rally to Robin Hood and his Merry Band as they outwit and outclass the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham. Now is the time to find your heart and your courage. Now is the time to liberate England’s honest poor from the strangling grasp of tyranny.
The cast for The Legend of Robin Hood includes:
- Noah Kaplan of Virginia Beach VA, as Robin Hood
- Katie Campbell of Little Rock as Marian of Lea
- Jordan Taylor of Little Rock as the Old Woman
- Drew Posey of Jonesboro as the Sheriff of Nottingham
- Paige Carpenter of Lonsdale as The Prioress of Kirklees
- Richard Nelson of Little Rock as Forrester Willie
- Margaret Lowry of Little Rock as Much
- John Isner of Little Rock as Little John
- Mark Hansen of Little Rock as Will Scarlet and Sir Guy of Gisbourne
- Jeremy Matthey of Little Rock as Alan-a-Dale
- Genevieve West Fulks of Jonesboro as Ellen of Lea
- Keara Billings of Little Rock as an ensemble member
- Kate Kelly of Little Rock as an ensemble member
- Gabriel Moleta of Brazil as an ensemble member
Bradley Anderson is the artistic director. Keith Smith is the playwright for the production. Sets are designed by MA Hare; costumes are designed by Erin Larkin; technical direction by Drew Posey; lighting design by Penelope Poppers; properties design by Miranda Young; fight choreography by Brett Ihler and Sarah Gasser is the stage manager.
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre presenting sponsor is Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the season sponsor is Dr. Loren Bartole, ‘Family Footcare’; Pay What You Can Night is sponsored by Dorothy Morris.
Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre is supported in part by: The Shubert Foundation, the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performances for the public Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm.
Over 700 sculptures will be displayed this weekend. They range in size from a few inches to over ten feet tall. Some are figurative, others are abstract. The sculptures run the gamut in materials from woods to stone to metals.
Tonight the events start at 6:30 with the Preview Party, followed by the Bronze & Brewskis Party from 8:30 to 10:30. Guests at the first party will have the chance to select the winner of a new outdoor sculpture commission.
Tomorrow the show runs from 9am to 5pm and is free. At 1pm and 3pm there will be Segway tours of the Riverfront Park Sculpture Promenade, which cost $25 to participate. At 2pm, a docent led tour of the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden is free.
Sunday, the show runs from 10am to 4pm. There will be a Segway tour at 1pm ($25 to participate) and a docent led tour of the Sculpture Garden at 2pm (free). From 11am to 3pm, several food trucks will be set up for visitors to the show and sale to purchase food.
At 3pm, there will be the presentation of the Peer Award, selected by the participating artists. Also at that time, the winner of the $60,000 Public Art Competition will be presented.
Participating artists for the 2015 Sculpture at the River Market Show and Sale are: