Art of Motion: Tango at Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center will host Art of Motion: Tango on Thursday, 0 from 7 to 10:30pm.

Art of Motion: Tango is a special arts event where guests can enjoy an evening of dance.  The AAC stresses that this event is perfect for people with no dance experience, dance experts or individuals who just want to watch.  No partner is needed.

Dance lessons begin at 7pm with instruction from both local and national tango teachers.  After the lesson, guests will be able to practice their new moves and dance the night away.

Admission is $10; free for Arkansas Arts Center members.

Art of Motion: Tango will continue on the second Thursday of each month through May 2013.  Future dates are September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10,  February 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9.

Cool Culture — Beat the Heat at LR Museums

Seeking a daytime escape from the heat of the day, most of Little Rock’s museums offer wonderful climate controlled environments at no charge.

Among those museums in LR which offer escapes to galleries at no charge are the Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Historic Arkansas Museum (fees do apply for tours of historic structures), Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterOld State House Museum, Butler Center Galleries  at the Arkansas Studies Institute, Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center and the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site.  In addition, members to the Museum of Discovery can visit it for free.

Tales from the South features Laura Parker Castoro tomorrow

Tales from the South‘s monthly “Tin Roof Project” this month features author Laura Parker Castoro.  She is a national best-selling author with thirty-nine (39) books published in the U.S.. Her work has also been published in fifteen (15) foreign languages, including among others German, French, Italian, Russian, Icelandic, Hungarian, Chinese and Japanese.Music is by the Salty Dogs and blues guitarist Mark Simpson

Tales From the South” is a radio show created and produced by Paula Martin Morell, who is also the show’s host. The show is taped live on Tuesday. The night is a cross between a house concert and a reading/show, with incredible food and great company. Tickets must be purchased before the show, as shows are usually standing-room only.

“Tales from the South” is a showcase of writers reading their own true stories. While the show itself is unrehearsed, the literary memoirs have been worked on for weeks leading up to the readings. Stories range from funny to touching, from everyday occurrences to life-altering tragedies.

The program takes place at Starving Artist Café.  Dinner is served from 5pm to 6:30pm, the show starts at 7pm.  Admission is $5, not including dinner.

You MUST purchase your ticket before the show

Tales from the South airs on KUAR Public Radio on Thursdays at 7pm.

Sculpture Vulture: Maribeth Anders’ SHADOW HOUSE


This month, the Sculpture Vulture highlights some sculptures from another Little Rock sculpture garden–the Bernice Garden on South Main Street.

Today’s sculpture is Maribeth Anders’ Shadow House. This fifteen foot tall sculpture is made primarily of painted wood. This is a permanent sculpture in the garden and was selected for inclusion in 2009.

Anders has lived in Little Rock for nearly three decades. She is currently a Visual Arts Instructor at Pulaski Technical College. Over the years, she has taught at the Arkansas Arts Center, the Little Rock School District and the UALR Community School of the Arts.

More of her work can be seen at her website at


Today, August 4, the Little Rock Zoo is partnering with Coleman Dairy to celebrate the dairy’s 150th anniversary.

Today from 9am to 4pm, there will be $1.50 admission per person! Children one and under are admitted free.  There will also be free parking all day.

The Little Rock Zoo has long been one of Arkansas’ great treasures. It all began modestly in 1926, with just two animals — an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained brown bear. Today, the Zoo has grown to include more than 725 animals representing 200+ species, many on the endangered list. The Zoo itself, has become one of the state’s greatest educational and conservation resources.

Many exotic worlds are yours to explore at the Little Rock Zoo. Experience the majesty of elephants and rhinos. Stick your neck out at the Giraffe exhibit. Marvel at the strength and beauty of lions, tigers and jaguars in our Big Cat Habitat. Monkey around at Spider Monkey or Lemur Islands. Or slither around to the Reptile House to go face-to-fang with a deadly reptile. And don’t forget to check-out the all new Lorikeet Landing exhibit where you can feed these beautiful birds nectar!

Visitors can also meet Maggie and Zazi, the new cheetahs as well as stop by the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe.

If you need a break from the action, stop by Cafe Africa for a bite to eat, ride the Over-the-Jumps carousel or take a relaxing and scenic ride on the Civitan train.

Before you leave, stop by the Safari Trader Gift Shop, where you can find all sorts of ZOOVENIRS to remind you of your visit. Whenever you visit, chances are you’ll see something new and exciting. We look forward to seeing you at the Little Rock Zoo.

Museum of Discovery presents TINKERFEST on August 4

The Museum of Discovery will host the first TinkerFest Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, an Arkansas Discovery Network event. As a member of the six-museum statewide consortium, the museum will showcase local makers and inventors and allow the public to create unique things made from ordinary objects.

Tinkering is free-form experimentation with use of screwdrivers, motors, wires, glue, and more. People can spend hours creating and building. Tinkering allows them to slow down and immerse themselves in a workshop environment.

TinkerFest will feature inventors and artisans from central Arkansas. Nearly 30 work stations will be set up both in- and outside the museum. Visitors will have the opportunity to construct elegant and delicious geometric shapes with gum balls and bamboo skewers; make one-of-a-kind jewelry from junk; take apart appliances and computers to actually see how they were designed and how they operated; repair recycled bicycles; make fun accessories, purses and wallets with duct tape; see a three-dimensional printer in action; disassemble a vehicle, and much more.

“Some of the best inventions have started as tinkering projects. It’s what has helped shape our nation,” said Joel Gordon, visitor experience director for the museum. A tinkerer at heart, Gordon manages the museum’s Tinkering Studio conducting workshops and encouraging imaginative creation. “For example, when the United States battled the Soviet Union for space exploration supremacy during the great ‘space race,’ people literally went into their garages and warehouses and started tinkering and creating. Innovation was the end result. People invented thermal gear, freeze-dried food, microwave ovens, hair dryers and the list goes on. It’s how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) got its beginning.”

“Another big tinkering explosion was the integrated circuit board. That one invention has led to the creation of computers, MP3 players and other advancements. And, who were these tinkerers? Future engineers, scientists, mathematicians and teachers. We need another space race, and people are starting to realize the time is now,” he stressed.

One can build just about anything from materials lying around the house, from flying objects to intricate circuit boards. Even movie-making can be considered tinkering. It is the use of imagination, ingenuity and hands-on creativity. The increased popularity of do-it-yourself shows, online tutorials, videos and books has spurred a renewed interest in tinkering.

TinkerFest sponsors are Kroger, FTN Associates, Ltd., Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District, and Spectra Energy.

Museum partners from around the country, including The Exploratorium in San Francisco, San Diego’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will participate in Saturday’s TinkerFest event. All three have strong working relationships with the Museum of Discovery and the Arkansas Discovery Network.

The Donald W. Reynolds Science Center at the Museum of Discovery’s mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive environment.


About Arkansas Discovery Network

The Arkansas Discovery Network, an innovative network of museums across the state, has received more than $10 million in funding from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation since 2006. The network strives to make hands-on, interactive museum experiences more accessible to the state’s schoolchildren and their families, especially those in rural areas. Partner museums include the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Texarkana Museums System in Texarkana, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro.

Arkansas Rep receives grant for HENRY V

Last week, it was announced that the Arkansas Repertory Theatre received a grant for its upcoming production of Henry V.  It was one of 42 nonprofit, professional theatre companies to receive grants from Arts Midwest to perform Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare for a New Generation.

Shakespeare for a New Generation introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare for a New Generation has benefitted more than 2.25 million individuals, including 1.9 million students, with live performances and educational activities. These awards mark the tenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the only performing arts organization in Arkansas to receive this year’s Shakespeare for a New Generation grant. The Rep will stage Henry V in September, offering the production to more than 20 schools through student matinee performances over a three-week run, reaching more than 1,500 students across Arkansas. The Rep reached more than 5,000 students last season through its Student Matinee Program.

This is the third Shakespeare in American Communities grant for Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The Rep was one of only seven theatres selected for the NEA’s inaugural program, staging Romeo and Juliet in 2004. The Rep then mounted an educational tour of The Comedy of Errors across the Mississippi Delta region in 2006.

“This Shakespeare in American communities grant allows us to expand the educational outreach component of our new season’s first Mainstage production,” says Bob Hupp, Producing Artistic Director for The Rep. “Shakespeare’s Henry V is both thrilling and poignant; the themes of the play: the quest for power, the cost of war, the price we are willing to pay for what we believe is right are as relevant to us today as they were 400 years ago.”

Henry V is politics, it is history, it is the human condition in extraordinary circumstances,” says Hupp. “To be able to explore these ideas with students across central Arkansas is a central objective of our work this fall. We look forward to bringing The Rep’s first foray into Shakespeare’s history plays to vivid life for audiences of all ages, and especially, with the help of this important grant, to enriching the experience for young audiences through a greater understanding of the creative, historical and cultural context of the play.”

Actor Tom Hanks, who is featured in the program’s educational film “Why Shakespeare?” says, “When I was introduced to Shakespeare in American Communities more than 10 years ago, I recognized its potential, given how important Shakespeare’s work was to me when I first began acting. However, I couldn’t have anticipated the incredible, widespread impact it’s had on students across the country. I commend the NEA and the participating theaters for their commitment to sharing Shakespeare’s legacy with future generations.”

Each of the 42 participating theater companies will present productions of Shakespeare plays to at least 10 schools. Accompanying educational activities include in-school residencies, workshops, or post-performance discussions.

“Arts Midwest is thrilled to celebrate the tenth year of this remarkable program,” said David Fraher, executive director of Arts Midwest. “Shakespeare in American Communities has been incredibly successful at reaching young and diverse audiences across the nation and we are pleased that we can engage so many talented theater companies this year.”

Ninety-four theater companies across the United States have taken part in the NEA’s Shakespeare program since its inception ten years ago. These companies have presented 30 of Shakespeare’s works  through 7,000 performances and 17,000 educational activities at more than 5,500 schools in 2,800 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six
nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, visit

About the NEA
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. For more information, visit

About The Rep

Founded in 1976, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state’s largest nonprofit professional theatre company. A member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT D), The Rep has produced more than 280 productions, including 40 world premieres, in its historic building in downtown Little Rock. Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp leads a resident staff of designers, technicians and administrators in the creation of seven or more productions for an annual audience in excess of 70,000. The Rep produces works that range from contemporary comedies and dramas to world premieres and the classics of dramatic literature. For more information, visit

2012–2013 Shakespeare in American Communities Selected Theater Companies 

– A Noise Within (Pasadena, CA)
– The Acting Company (New York, NY)
– Actors’ Shakespeare Project (Somerville, MA)
– Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY)R
– African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA)
– American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI)
– The American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA)
– Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Little Rock, AR)
– California Shakespeare Theater (Berkeley, CA)
– Classic Stage Company (New York, NY)
– Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX)
– Denver Center Theatre Company (Denver, CO)
– East LA Classic Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
– Epic Theatre Ensemble (New York, NY)
– Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (Fairbanks, AK)
– Folger Theatre (Washington, DC)
– Georgia Shakespeare Festival (Atlanta, GA)
– Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY)
– Hartford Stage Company (Hartford, CT)
– Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Cold Spring, NY)
– Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, ID)
– Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis, IN)
– Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Bozeman, MT)
– Nebraska Shakespeare Festival (Omaha, NE)
– The Old Globe Theater (San Diego, CA)
– Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)
– Park Square Theatre Company (Saint Paul, MN)
– The People’s Light & Theatre Company (Malvern, PA)
– Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR)
– Saint Louis Black Repertory Company (Saint Louis, MO)
– San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (San Francisco, CA)
– Seattle Shakespeare Company (Seattle, WA)
– Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA)
– Shakespeare Dallas (Dallas, TX)
– The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (New Orleans, LA)
– Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC)
– The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ)
– Theater for a New Audience (New York, NY)
– Touchstone Theatre (Bethlehem, PA)
– Utah Shakespeare Festival (Cedar City, UT)
– The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA)
– Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT)