Little Rock Culture Vulture

Cultural events, places and people in the Little Rock area


Sculpture Vulture: Snow

Here are some Little Rock sculptures in Riverfront Park amidst the snow.

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Dan Glanz’s BORIS

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Laurel Peterson Gregory’s BUNNY BUMP

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Chapel’s THE CENTER

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Mark Leichliter’s TOGETHER

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Kathleen Caricof’s INFINITY

Darrell Davis' A CHANGE OF DIRECTION

Darrell Davis’ A CHANGE OF DIRECTION


Clinton School and River Market Present A RUSSIAN CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS

New Year’s Eve Production at ARVEST on Ice in the River Market

The Grand Jete Dance Troupe is made up of children 10-16 years of age from Moscow, Russia. They are known as one of the best youth dance groups in the region and have toured the United States and Europe under the direction of Ekaterina Anseeva and Tatyana Duginova.

The troupe has prepared a special performance for Central Arkansas during the 2012 holiday season! Performances are FREE, but donations are encouraged and will go to support the initiatives of Peacework and partnering orphanages in Moscow. Previous tours have included the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia; Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; and various venues in Dallas, Texas.

River MarketDowntown Little Rock is where you will find festive holiday fun! Bring your family and friends to enjoy Russian ballet and ice skating on New Year’s Eve.
Monday, December 31, 2012
River Market East Pavilion
4:00pm
(The ice skating rink will be open from 9am – 7pm)

If you are unable to attend the New Year’s Eve production, join us at any of the other performance venues on tour – completely free and open to the public!

Dec. 29 First United Methodist Church – Carlisle 6:00pm
Dec. 30 First United Methodist Church – Benton 6:00pm
Jan. 2 St. James United Methodist Church – Little Rock 6:30pm
Jan. 3 Christ of the Hills UMC – Hot Springs Village 5:30pm
Jan. 4 Highland Valley UMC – Little Rock 6:30pm
Jan. 5 First United Methodist Church – Hot Springs 5:00pm

About Peacework in Russia
Peacework is a nonprofit global service organization that has worked with children’s homes in Russia since 1991, from Blagoveschensk in the far east, to Ulyanovsk, Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, Pavlovsk, and Moscow in the west. Peacework works alongside its Russian community partners to improve the living conditions for the children, provide educational and inspirational programs, and offer support for the rocky and difficult transition from the only home they’ve often known as a child into Russian society.

The children and youth in the Grand Jete Dance Troup work with the youth at Orphanages #51, #105, and others in surrounding Russian villages of Noginsk, Istra, and Serviev Posad, sharing their dancing talent and helping to smooth the challenges of growing up in Moscow and its surroundings.


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The Thaw Must Go On

Several cultural institutions are opening up today as the thaw out continues.  Among those open are the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Museum of Discovery and Arkansas Arts Center.  The Central Arkansas Library System is expecting many, if not all, of its branches to reopen today as well.

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of White Christmas reopened last night and continues through December 30.

As always, best advice is to call ahead to ensure other cultural institutions, movie theatres, and other entertainment venues are open.


Slow in the Snow

Many museums and cultural institutions in Little Rock remain closed or have limited hours.  If in doubt, call ahead.

The Central Arkansas Library System had hoped to open today at 1pm, but announced this morning that they’ll be closed until 10am tomorrow.  They recommend contacting a location before driving there because some branches may not be able to be open.

For information on the Arkansas Rep performance of White Christmas call 501-378-0405 or check the Rep’s Twitter account @TheRep.

 


NO White Christmas tonight

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre stage will be like Arkansas most years on December 25th. In other words, no White Christmas. Repeat, tonight’s performance has been cancelled.

Ticket holders for tonight’s performance should call the Rep Box Office at 501-378-0405.

This is also a good time to remember the Rep in year end giving.

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sNOw Business

Little Rock’s various museums are closed today because of inclement weather. It is a good day curl up with a book checked out from the Central Arkansas Library System. Of course this should have been checked out earlier, but it is always a good idea to have a book or two on hand.

And it is also a good time to consider end of year donations to these or other cultural institutions.


End of the World – Film to Follow

The ancient Mayan’s predicted the world would end on December 21st, 2012. While Little Rock Film Festival organizers don’t think that will happen, but just in case they’ve decided to throw a party!

Tickets are on sale at lrff.eventbrite.com and all proceeds will go to benefit the Little Rock Film Festival and its initiatives, including the Little Rock Horror Picture Show and the Argenta Film Series. The Little Rock Film Festival is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

At eight o’clock on Friday December 21st spend the evening with us at Lulav at 6th and Center in downtown Little Rock. The Funk a Nites will provide entertainment. The Funk a Nites include members of Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines, two of the most popular rock bands in the state!

The LRFF will have a photo booth for your last photo on Earth and a palm reader to see what might happen in your future (In case the Mayan’s were wrong).

The Little Rock Horror Picture Show showcases the very best in genre entertainment from around the world and will take place March 22-24. Tickets for this and all our events can be purchased at http://lrff.eventbrite.com