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WICKED generates a lot of Green in Little Rock

The Broadway sensation WICKED flew out of Robinson Performance Hall on Sunday, January 19th after a record-setting 24-performance return engagement in Little Rock, presented by Celebrity Attractions. Welcomed by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, WICKED’s third play in Little Rock grossed over $3.9 million in sales and was seen by more than 50,000 patrons.

Based on a statistical analysis by The Broadway League, the New York City-based national trade association for the Broadway industry, the local economic impact of this year’s engagement of WICKED in Little Rock can be estimated at over $12.7 million. This estimate includes economic impact generated by patrons, tourism, hotels, dining at local restaurants, parking and more. It also includes the cost of local supplies and local labor involved in the production.

The cultural phenomenon returned by popular demand after successful runs in 2010 and 2013, providing a significant impact on the local economy once again. “We are overwhelmed by the support of Broadway and by the love Arkansans have for WICKED. The show has certainly turned Little Rock into the Emerald City,” says Kristin Dotson, CEO of Celebrity Attractions. “It has been extraordinary way to kick off 2020, with patrons coming from 74 of Arkansas’ 75 counties and from each of its neighboring states. It is also exciting to see the impact that WICKED had on downtown Little Rock during the run.  Restaurants, hotels and retail establishments have benefited from the number of visitors in town for the production.”

Celebrity Attractions has helped drive the local economy by showcasing high-profile Broadway, concert and comedy events.  Since its reopening in 2016, Robinson Performance Hall has become Little Rock’s definitive center for live entertainment, offering more than 320 performances with more than 479,000 patrons attending ticketed events.

Celebrity Attractions will announce its 2020-2021 season in just a few weeks.

Arkansas Sounds relives the glory of Magic 105 tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Growing up in Little Rock in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, you were likely to listen to radio station KMJX, better known as Magic 105.

Tonight (January 24), Arkansas Sounds pays tribute to Central Arkansas radio station Magic 105 (1980-2008) with photos and audio clips.  The event will be at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

It will also feature a panel discussion with former Magic 105 on-air personalities including Tom Wood, Tommy Smith, Carole Kramer, David Allen Ross, Sharpe Dunaway, Danny Joe Crafford and many more!

FREE ADMISSION! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show will start at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available.

Ownership change in the works for South on Main; Oxford American 2020 concerts remain there at present

Today it was announced that South on Main owners/operators Chef Matthew and Amy Bell will be relocating outside of Arkansas and will be transitioning restaurant/venue operations to new proprietors after the first week of February 2020.

The Oxford American put out a statement that it is grateful for their generosity of culinary talent, commitment, and investment in the creation of South on Main. They’ve made South on Main a special place for so many people in our community. For seven years they have been enthusiastic partners of the Oxford American in the shared pursuit of enhancing our region’s cultural landscape. We thank them and wish them the very best.

The OA staff are working with the new operators to ensure no interruption of Oxford American concerts. At this time, all Oxford American shows will proceed as scheduled.

This includes the following concerts:

      • January 30 | Fred Hersch Trio (Jazz Series)
      • February 18 | Todd Snider (Special Addition)
      • February 19 | Todd Snider (Special Addition)
      • February 20 | Jon Cleary (Americana Series)
      • February 26 | Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators (Special Addition)
      • March 12 | John Fullbright (Archetypes & Troubadours Series)
      • March 15 | John Moreland (Special Addition)
      • March 26 | Mary Gauthier (Americana Series)
      • April 16 | Ranky Tanky (Archetypes & Troubadours Series)
      • April 23 | Miguel Zenón Quartet (Jazz Series)

Patrons having questions about tickets, should contact the Oxford American directly by phone at 501-374-0000 and speak with Kendel Haycook at extension 201.

“Off the Grid” tonight at the CALS Williams Library.

Tonight at 6pm Theo Witsell and Dr. Story Matkin-Rawn will present “Off the Grid: Nature, Black Power, & Freedom on the AR Frontier.”

The program will take place at the Sue Cowan Williams Library.

Through images, stories, and botanical specimens from the field, historian Story Matkin-Rawn and ecologist Theo Witsell will share their research on the challenges of frontier life and use of wild resources among newly freed African Americans in the Natural State following the Civil War.

Story Matkin-Rawn serves as vice-president of the Arkansas Historical Association and is an associate professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, where she teaches courses on Arkansas, Southern, and Civil Rights history. She received her PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin in 2009. Her article “The Great Negro State of the Country: Arkansas’s Reconstruction and the Other Great Migration,” which appeared in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly in 2013, won the Violet B. Gingles Prize. This presentation on African American life on the Arkansas frontier is part of her current project, a book manuscript titled “A New Country: An African American History of the South’s Last Frontier, 1865–1940.”

Theo Witsell is the ecologist and chief of research for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Prior to that, he served as a botanist for the agency for nineteen years, researching and protecting rare species and habitats across the state. His research interests include the historical ecology of Arkansas and the intersections of human history and our natural heritage.

For more information, please contact 320-5744