Spring Break at the Clinton Center with Peanuts and the Arkansas Symphony

This Spring Break, the Clinton Center invites students to enjoy fun and FREE activities.  

With partners like the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Center invites families to engage in interactive musical activities. Students will have the opportunity to play different types of instruments and meet local musicians.  

Additionally, students can enjoy Peanuts-themed activities inspired by the Center’s current temporary exhibits, “Pigskin Peanuts” & “Heartbreak in Peanuts.”  

March 23 – 27, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Center

March 23: Interactive musical activities with local musicians & Peanuts activities

March 24 – 26: “Instrumential Petting Zoo” with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra & Peanuts activities

March 27: Interactive musical activities with local musicians & Peanuts activities

Spring break activities are FREE; however, admission fees to tour the Museum apply.

Peanuts character Franklin is focus of Clinton Center program today at noon

Today at noon at the Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall, Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly will share the story of a schoolteacher who changed the course of Peanuts history.

During this special presentation, “The Story of Franklin: Just Another Kid in Peanuts,” the duo will describe their roles in the creation of Franklin, the first African American character in the Peanuts comic strips. The event will be held in conjunction with the two temporary exhibits, “Pigskin Peanuts” and “Heartbreak in Peanuts.”

In the wake of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Glickman, a Los Angeles school teacher, began a vibrant correspondence with Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, as a result of her outreach to nationally syndicated cartoonists regarding the lack of diversity in popular comic strips.

She shared the response she received from Mr. Schulz with Ken Kelly, a longtime friend and father with young children, who then wrote a letter of support to Schulz from the perspective of an African American parent.

Free Admission at Clinton Presidential Center today

Clinton Library 3The Clinton Presidential Center was supposed to be free on Monday in honor of the George Washington Birthday Federal Holiday.  Since the facility was closed due to the inclement weather, they have extended the offer today.  Also free are audio tours narrated by President Clinton.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the new temporary exhibits, “Pigskin Peanuts” and “Heartbreak in Peanuts.”  In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, the Clinton Center – in partnership with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California – celebrates the life and legacy of the creator of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the entire Peanuts gang.

“Pigskin Peanuts” features Schulz’s football-themed Peanuts comic strips. It also highlights how Charles Schulz often explored the theme of fairness in his comic strip and believed in giving everyone equal opportunity.

“Heartbreak in Peanuts” underscores the prevalence of love in the comic strip. Both exhibitions feature reproductions of Charles Schulz’s original Peanuts strips, student activities within the exhibition, 5–foot sculptures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and themed objects and ephemera.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Clinton Presidential Center

PEANUTS exhibits next up at the Clinton Library

CPC PeanutsNEW TEMPORARY EXHIBIT “PIGSKIN PEANUTS” & “HEARTBREAK IN PEANUTS”
January 17 – April 5, 2015

In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, we will be hosting two new exhibitions that will premiere at the Clinton Center from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. “Pigskin Peanuts” will feature Schulz’s football-themed Peanuts comic strips. It will also highlight how Charles Schulz often explored the theme of fairness in his comic strip and believed in giving everyone equal opportunity. “Heartbreak in Peanuts” underscores the prevalence of love in the comic strip. Students will experience the joys and sorrows of unrequited love Peanuts-style. Both exhibitions will feature reproductions of Charles Schulz’s original Peanuts strips, student activities within the exhibition, 5-foot sculptures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and themed objects and ephemera.

 

“PIGSKIN PEANUTS” & “HEARTBREAK IN PEANUTS” FAMILY-FRIENDLY EXHIBIT OPENING & RECEPTION

January 16, 2015
5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6 p.m. Program Begins

To celebrate the grand opening of “Pigskin Peanuts” & “Heartbreak in Peanuts,” the Center invites guests of all ages to a very special reception. Our guest host, Snoopy, will be serving some of his favorite foods: pizza, chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, and root beer! Our other special guest, Karen Johnson, executive director at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, will lead an interactive discussion about the artist, the exhibits, and his wonderful cast of characters. Be one of the first to see this exciting tribute to Charles Schulz and his beloved Peanuts gang.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Center will host family programming on Saturday, January 17, in coordination with the grand opening of our newest exhibitions, “Pigskin Peanuts” and “Heartbreak in Peanuts” from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rose, California. The curator of the exhibition will kick-off the program with an interactive discussion and prize giveaways. Snoopy will also make appearances for guests to have photos taken. There will also be “Peanuts”-themed activities  for the family to enjoy.

Snoopy Appearances:
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
All appearances will be in the lobby of the Clinton Center.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but regular admission is required to tour the exhibitions.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN inaugurates new Studio Theatre in downtown LR

TST YAGMCBLittle Rock’s newest downtown performance space opens tonight.  The premier production of The Studio Theatre is You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz with book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner.  Additional songs were written by Andrew Lippa.

The show is directed by Jeremy Hall and musical directed by Bob Bidewell.  Drew Samuelson is the technical director.

The cast for the show is Mark Burbank-Charlie Brown, Rachel Garrett Bland – Lucy, Sam Barker-Linus, Gabi Baltzley-Sally, Brandon Nichols-Snoopy and Kent Wulf-Schroeder.

The show runs June 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 at 7:30pm.  There is a special performance on Sunday, June 22 at 5:00pm.

For more information, visit www.thestudiotheatre.org