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Sounds in the Stacks tonight at CALS Fletcher Branch Library

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Live music in the library tonight at the CALS Fletcher Branch from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Featured artist: Ship of Fools. Admission is free; registration not required.

Just show up ready to have a good time and bring along friends and family!

The John Gould Fletcher branch of CALS is located at 823 N. Buchanan Street.

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HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND is tonight’s $2 Terror Tuesdays film on CALS Ron Robinson Theater screen

The Spider's Web Poster$2 Terror Tuesdays continue tonight (6/25) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater with 1960’s HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND

Horrors of Spider Island is a 1960 West German horror film directed by Fritz Böttger from his screenplay, and produced by Gaston Hakim and Wolf C. Hartwig. T

he film stars Alexander D’Arcy as a talent agent who invites several girls to a club in Singapore. Their plane ride ends abruptly when they crash-land into the ocean. D’Arcy and the women make their way to an island where they find a larger spider web, and chaos ensues!

The film (also known as The Spider’s Web, and in German as Ein Toter hing im Netz – which translates to A Dead Man Hung in the Net) was first released in the United States in 1962, as an Adults-Only movie titled “It’s Hot in Paradise.” Three years later, trimmed of its nude scenes, it was re-released in the U.S. as a horror/sci-fi monster film, “Horrors of Spider Island”.

The showing starts at 7pm.  Cost is $2.

A Decade of the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden

Wayne Salge’s SIZZLING SISTERS, one of the original sculptures installed in the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden

On June 25, 2009, members of the Sculpture at the River Market committee and City leaders broke ground on the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden in Riverfront Park.

The groundbreaking followed an unveiling of the design plans for the new sculpture garden, which will be located east of the Peabody Hotel near the Forever a Rose garden and the Jack Fleischauer Garden.

“As part of the continuing improvements to Riverfront Park, we wanted to put more sculpture into the park to complement the new gardens, Peabody Park, and the upcoming La Petite Roche plaza,” said City Director Dean Kumpuris. “At the 2008 Sculpture at the River Market, six pieces were bought through proceeds from the show and sale to be placed in the park in 2009.”

According to Kumpuris, seven new pieces will join a dozen other sculptures in the park and along President Clinton Avenue that have been installed since 2004.

The sculpture garden features natural terraces and walkways. The design creates a space to host receptions, weddings or other events as well as to allow visitors to enjoy the sculptures in solitude.

The seven pieces which will be installed are “Full of Himself” by Jan Woods, “Cascade” by Chapel, “Bateleur Eagle” by Pete Zaluzec, “Sizzling Sister” by Wayne Salge, “Conversation with Myself” by Lorri Acott,  “First Glance” by Denny Haskew, and “Straight and Narrow” by Lisa Gordon.

“This is only the start,” said Sculpture at the River Market Chair Jane Rogers. “In addition to continuing to place sculpture in Riverfront Park, the committee is discussing ways to place public art throughout the city. In the months to come, we hope to be able to make some more announcements about sculpture and public art in Little Rock.”

The sculpture garden is made possible through the support of the Vogel Schwartz Foundation. Robert Vogel represented the family during the ground-breaking ceremony commending the city of Little Rock on their efforts to support the art community.

Six main stage performances highlight 41st season of Ballet Arkansas

Following a successful 40th Anniversary season, Ballet Arkansas is excited to reveal plans for the upcoming 2019/2020 season. With six main stage performances and a variety of special and collaborative events, 2019/20 is designed to appeal to a broader audience base and to foster more community involvement in Ballet Arkansas productions.

Main Stage Performances
Sleepy Hollow, October 17-20, 2019, UA-PTC CHARTS Theater – The kickoff to this upcoming season will be a mixed multimedia world-premiere, full-length production of Sleepy Hollow. Designed in collaboration with the creative team with Cranford Co., the production will start the season with a spooky tone, similar to the tone set by last season’s wildly popular production of Dracula.

Debut, November 2019, Argenta Community Theater – Debut is a bold mixed repertory program that highlights the choreographic skills of the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas, placing their works alongside the work of celebrated neoclassical and contemporary choreographers. Stretching the boundaries of contemporary dance, Debut explores new territories of movement and will leave audiences wanting more.

Nutcracker Spectacular, December 13-15, 2019, Robinson Performance Hall – The holiday tradition for many families in Arkansas, the Nutcracker Spectacular is the largest holiday production in Central Arkansas. Featuring the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas, performing alongside a community cast of over 200 local children and adults, the production engages the community in the celebration of a holiday classic. Performances will include live accompaniment from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and at least 2 local choral ensembles. Ballet Arkansas’ discounted student matinee performances, serving over 2,200 children each year, will be held on December 12-13, 2019.

Cinderella, February 20-23, 2020, UA-PTC CHARTS Theater – Audiences will have a ball at one of 4 performances of Ballet Arkansas’ world-premiere Cinderella.  Perfect for families, this iconic ballet has a comedic twist, and is paired with drama and virtuoso dancing. This production will feature a community cast of 40 dancers – the first Ballet Arkansas production outside of The Nutcracker to do so in many years. Cinderella is a “must-see” this season!

Snow White, April 25-26, 2020 Matinee Performances, UA-PTC CHARTS Theater – Another popular tale, Ballet Arkansas’ telling of Snow White is a fresh take on a beloved classic and will feature a community cast of 20 local dancers. Performed at the intimate UA – Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater, Snow White will be the final performance of the season.

Masterworks, April 24-26, 2020 Evening Performances, UA-PTC CHARTS Theater – Composed of high profile repertory from acclaimed international choreographers, and live accompaniment by a world renowned musician, Masterworks is the perfect climax to the 2019/20 season. Presented by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Masterworks brings the best repertory that dance has to offer to Central Arkansas.

Michael Fothergill is the Executive and Artistic Director, Catherine Garratt Fothergill is the Associate Artistic Director and Erin Anson is the General Manager.  Dancers for the 2019-2020 season include Hannah Bradshaw, Lauren Hill, Kaley Kirkman, Matthew Larson, Toby Lewellen, Meredith Loy, Amanda Sewell, Deanna Stanton, Megan Tillman, Paul Tillman, Isabelle Urben, and Zeek Wright.  New for the 2019-2020 season are Leah Morris, Adrian Vendt, and Lauren Yordanich.

Happy Birthday to Buddy Villines

On this date in 1947, future Little Rock Mayor Floyd G. “Buddy” Villines was born.  A 1969 graduate of Hendrix College, he served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He later graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School.

Villines’ first interaction with Little Rock City Hall was as an employee in the City Manager’s office.  After joining the private sector, he returned to City Hall in 1985 serving on the Little Rock City Board of Directors.  He was re-elected in 1989.

While on the City Board, he was chosen as Vice Mayor for a two year term in 1987 and 1988.  The following year he was selected as Mayor for a two year term.  In 1990, Villines was elected Pulaski County Judge; he resigned from the City Board in December 1990 to take office.

Villines served as Pulaski County Judge for 24 years, from January 1991 until December 2014.  He is the longest serving County Judge in Pulaski County history.

Explore “The Power of Story” today at CALS Main Library in session led by Hilary Trudell of The Yarn

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Hilary Trudell, founder and executive producer of The Yarn Storytelling, will present a storytelling workshop at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main library.

Participants will learn the art of storytelling and have the option of signing up to do storytelling programs at other library branches if they wish to do so.

Join CALS on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in the Harper Lee room on the 5th floor of the Main Library.

Parking is free and light refreshments will be provided!

Grand Re-Opening of Historic Arkansas Museum Children’s Gallery today!

Join Historic Arkansas Museum today (June 22) from 9am to noon for the grand re-opening of the Sturgis Children’s Gallery.

This free event will showcase a brand new permanent exhibit designed especially for kids 4-10 years old. Based on the museum’s historic site, children can interact with all the things they see but can’t touch on the grounds tour: use a skeleton key to unlock the front door of a period-inspired playhouse, pick plush vegetables from a mini garden, pump a bellows to stoke a cooking fire, and dress up in 19th century clothing.

Featuring hands-on kids’ crafts with Zig Zag art studio, silly songs with comedic duo mömandpöp music, plus a special kids’ art show and yummy snacks!

Sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation