Open Studios Artist Preview Exhibition as well as to more exhibits: Reflections (Carol Corning) and “Pass the Biscuits!”: The King Biscuit Blues Festival and Arkansas Blues
Friday, September 13 – 5:00pm Admission: Free CALS’ Roberts Library (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute building)
The ACANSA Arts Festival of the South kicks off three weeks of performing arts, visual arts exhibitions and presentations during a free Opening Reception. Inside CALS’ Roberts Library in downtown Little Rock’s River Market, the ACANSA Festival Opening Reception includes an exhibit featuring artists participating in the Little Rock Arts + Culture Commission’s Open Studios.
Just outdoors, Ballet Arkansas brings even more levity to the Festival’s launch with an innovative cross-pollination between visual and performance art. Art with a Twist explores the motion behind the creation of modern art when Ballet Arkansas dancers use their bodies to create four unique outdoor pieces of visual art.
Last week, ACANSA announced the highlights for for the Sixth Annual ACANSA Arts Festival of the South. The 2019 edition has a slightly different format taking place on three successive weekends in September.
Executive Director Dillon Hupp was joined by founder Charlotte Gadberry, Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, The Rep’s Ruth Shepherd, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Geoffrey Robson and students from Pulaski Academy to reveal more than a dozen events.
The Reveal Reception featured music by Brandon Dorris and Brian Wolverton, and guests took home goody bags that included this year’s iconic ACANSA poster featuring a commissioned painting by Arkansas artist Barry Thomas.
The schedule includes:
Hot Club of Cowtown–Friday, September 13, 8:00pm–Ron Robinson Theater
Stewart Fullerton’s Homecoming Queen: A night of intimate storytelling and standup—Fri & Sat, Sept. 13 & 14, 9:30pm–The REP Annex, Black Box Theatre
Gina Chavez–Saturday, September 14, 8:00pm — The Rail Yard
The Arts+Culture Commission’s Open Studios Little Rock will take place during the day on Saturday, September 14 with FREE tours of various visual and performing arts spaces.
Bill Bowers: All Over the Map — Thursday and Friday, September 19th and 20th, 7:00pm — The REP Annex, Black Box Theatre
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire – Tuesday – Saturday, September 17 – 22, 7:30pm – Argenta Community Theater
American Guitarist & Composer Bill Frisell – Thursday, September 19, 7:30pm – The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse
Tenors Unlimited – Friday, September 20, 8:00pm — Ron Robinson Theater
BODYTRAFFIC – Saturday, September 21st, 8:00pm – Pulaski Technical College: The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS)
Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies – Thursday, September 26th, 7:00pm – Argenta Community Theater
Tatiana R. Mann and Friends – Thursday, September 26th, 7:00pm – New Deal Salon
Jessica B. Harris, Author & Food Historian – Thursday, September 26th, 7:00pm – The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse
Dallas String Quartet Where Bach Meets Bon Jovi – Friday, September 27th, 8:00pm – Pulaski Technical College: The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS)
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta & Time for Three – Saturday, September 28th, 7:30pm – Robinson Center Performance Hall
Visit the ACANSA website for ticket ordering. Watch for more things to be added.
ACANSA Arts Festival presents Free Shakespeare this weekend!
Spend a mid-summer evening enjoying A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM July 20-22. All performances take place at the Clinton Center Ampitheater, 6:30 pm.
The event is totally free- no tickets are required, audience members can just come as they are to any and every show.
“ACANSA is so pleased to be working with the Clinton Center to bring this wonderful show to the community,” noted ACANSA executive director Dillon Hupp. “Shakespeare is timeless, and we are thrilled to offer three entirely free performances of a Midsummer Night’s Dream next weekend. We hope you will make your plans to join us and support some wonderful local artists!”
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is a romantic comedy that follows young lovers on the run and a group of amateur actors on their journey deep into the forest of Athens where they unknowingly stumble into the fairy kingdom. When the worlds collide, chaos ensues and the fairies realize they’ve made a mistake that has to be corrected before sunrise.
What to Bring:
Picnic, bug spray & sunblock
Concessions will be available.
The natural amphitheater overlooking the Arkansas River and Rock Island Bridge. Bring a blanket and pillows for the best seating locations.