Movies in the Parking Lot – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Raiders of the Lost Ark.jpgMovies in the Parking Lot is a FREE EVENT provided by the Arkansas Cinema Society, The Root Cafe and The Downtown Little Rock Partnership.  Foodtrucks are open starting at 5pm tonight, the movie starts at sundown, approximately 6pm.

All the fun takes place in the Root Cafe parking lot.

Steven Spielberg’s 1981 action romance stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davis, Denholm Elliott, and Wolf Kahler,  Alfred Molina made his film debut in this movie.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, it won four (Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects). It also picked up a Special Oscar for Sound Effects Edicting.

Movies in the Parking Lot is a fun way to get to know your neighbors and fellow movie buffs! Bring your folding chair and enjoy the food trucks! Nach’yo Nachos, Dark Side Coffee Co., Lost Forty Brewing, and Ocko’s Hibachi Island

 

Painting Party in an Alley today in Downtown Little Rock

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Make your mark on Downtown Little Rock.  Literally.

Help the Downtown Little Rock Partnership make downtown a little brighter! Join them for a painting party behind The Rep in Baker’s Alley (running from Sixth to Seventh Streets between Main and Scott Streets) as they add some color to a brand new gathering space.

They will have all the supplies ready.  All you need to do is show up — but wear a pair of old shoes and clothes and see what a few hours of hard work and fun fellowship can do for our home.

The fun runs today (November 9) from 9am until 1pm.

Live music, coffee, snacks and materials provided. Wear your old clothes and shoes!

Artober – On My Wall – The Downtown Little Rock Partnership’s Matt McLeod Main Street Mural

October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month.  Next up is “On My Wall.”

Well this mural is not on MY wall, but it is on a wall, and I really like it.

A few years ago, Matt McLeod painted this mural during the Main Street Food Truck Festival. The painting highlights some of the structures and iconic images which are found on Main Street in downtown Little Rock.  It is now on display in the offices of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership

31 years of Little Rock’s flag

On October 18, 1988, the City of Little Rock Board of Directors adopted the first official flag for the City of Little Rock.

The adoption of Ordinance No. 15,566 was the culmination of a design competition which had been spearheaded by Little Rock City Director Sharon Priest (later Little Rock Mayor, Arkansas Secretary of State and Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership).

Prior to the Official Board of Directors meeting that day, a press conference was held in the Little Rock City Board Chambers for presentation of the City’s flag.  The City Beautiful Commission, a commission of the Department of  Parks and Recreation, sponsored a the contest which received a total of fifteen flag designs.

The flags were judged October 12, 1988, by City Directors and City Beautiful Commission Members. Director Sharon Priest presented the winning flag and introduced David Wilson, a law clerk at the Mitchell Law Firm, who designed the flag chosen for the $1,000 first prize. The second-place winner was Craig Rains, who received $500; and the third-place recipient was David Tullis, who received $250.

The flag was adopted by the City Board that night by a 6-0 vote; former mayor and current director Charles Bussey was absent.  Those voting to adopt the flag were Mayor Lottie Shackelford and directors Sharon Priest, Tom Prince, Buddy Villines, Buddy Benafield and Tom Milton.  Priest would be a future mayor while Prince, Villines and Benafield had all served as mayor.

The official description of the flag is as follows:

As the official flag of the City of Little Rock, its symbolism is described as follows: A clean white background of the banner represents the optimism and open potential that the city has to offer. The royal blue horizontal broad stripe symbolizes the Arkansas River which borders Little Rock, and has served as an economical and historical emblem since the city’s beginning. The forest green stripe runs vertical to the royal blue stripe, creating a cross which symbolizes the location and statute of Little Rock—a city serving not only as the crossroads of Arkansas, but a crossroad of the mid-southern United States as well.

The strong forest green color depicts the fields, parks and forests which contribute to the natural beauty of the city. The seal of the flag is a modernized adaptation of the current Little Rock seal. The razorback red silhouette of the great State of Arkansas shows her capitol, the City of Little Rock, represented by the centered star. The star rises directly above “The Little Rock”—the protruding cliff along the Arkansas River, which was discovered in 1722 by French explorer La Harpe, when the city was given the name. The Arkansas River behind the rock and the symmetrical oak leaves in the border of the seal are a stylized illustration of what the flag’s stripes represent—the natural beauty of the city. Finally, the gold color of the seal and bordering stripes symbolize the superior economic history, and the future economic potential that is available in the City of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Parker Millsap returns to South on Main stage tonight

“Witnessing Parker Millsap sing for the first time is a jarring experience, because the sights and sounds just don’t seem to match up: the slightly built [Oklahoman] has a bluesy, powerful rasp of a howl that sounds equally suited for juke joints or church tents.” —Rolling Stone

Parker MillsapTonight (September 18) at 7:30 PM the Oxford American welcomes Parker Millsap back to the South on Main stage!

Doors open at 5:30 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This show is a special addition to their 2019-2020 Concert Series and is made possible in part by Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

Tickets are $25 (General Admission), $30 (Reserved), and $32 (Premium Reserved)—available via Metrotix.com or (800) 293-5949.

At 26 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. He’s had a string of highlights in recent years including his network television debut on CONAN, a performance with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival in London, an Austin City Limits taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year. He has also received praise from The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeLA TimesAustin Chronicle, and Rolling Stone to name a few.

He first picked up an acoustic guitar at nine, then plugged in and went electric after getting into Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, eventually starting a cover band with classmate, Michael Rose who still plays bass with him today. Over the years he recruited musicians Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Andrew Bones (Drums) to join his band.

Parker’s first three full-length releases—2012’s Palisade, 2014’s self-titled LP, and 2016’s The Very Last Day—showcased a primal mastery of acoustic folk rock, with their flourish for revelation and fiery dynamics, all recorded with extreme precision, purpose and efficiency.

Parker’s newest album, Other Arrangements, (released via Thirty Tigers) finds him taking bold steps in new directions. Associated press says “Parker Millsap rocks harder than ever on his fourth album.” And Rolling Stone calls Other Arrangements Parker’s “tightest, sharpest and most infectious set of songs to date.”