Monthly Archives: April 2014

May lineup of Public Programs at Clinton School of Public Service

19179122_BG1The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its May lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.

“Ending World Hunger: Meeting the Challenge,” Ambassador David Lane: May 1 at 6 p.m. 

Ambassador David Lane is the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and the chief of the United States Mission to the United Nation Agencies in Rome, Italy. He has served in leadership roles in the President Obama and the President Clinton administrations, including assistant to President Obama, counselor to the chief of staff, and chief of staff to the United States Secretary of Commerce, as well as executive director to the National Economic Council under President Clinton. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of the ONE Campaign, an international advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. During his tenure with the ONE Campaign, he successfully merged

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The Second City begins two-week run at The Rep

This Scene originally appeared in the April 30, 2014, issue of Sync

Second City Blue Tour

Are you a fan of Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? What about comedians like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris? Then you’ll want to reserve a seat for when The Second City improv comedy group makes a stop at Arkansas Repertory Theatre — those actors and more all got their start in The Second City.

With its home base in Chicago since 1959, The Second City has also had a traveling troupe since 1967. This is the group’s ninth trip to The Rep, the most recent being in 2011. The cast that comes to Little Rock this week on the Happily Ever Laughter tour includes Scott Morehead, Adam Peacock, Liz Reuss, Marlena Rodriguez, Ted Tremper and Sarah Shook.… Read more >

Q&A with Lit Fest author Amy Azzarito

Sometimes we can’t fit everything in the print edition of Sync. Here’s the full Q&A with Past & Present author Amy Azzarito, who appears at noon Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival. 

Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them, by Amy Azzarito

Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them, by Amy Azzarito

With a passion for research and design, it’s no surprise that Amy Azzarito found a way to marry the two when she first began writing for decor and do-it-yourself blog Design Sponge.

Azzarito started her Design Sponge column in 2009 with a simple structure: Take a time period in decorative history, give a short lesson and then provide a DIY project that’s influenced by the period. In 2011, she became managing editor of Design Sponge, and last year, turned the concept behind her column into a book called Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them.… Read more >

Weekend full of festivals: Books, art, food and more

A version of this Scene originally ran in the April 23, 2014, issue of Sync

Everyone’s talking about the Arkansas Literary Festival, which takes place at various venues in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock from Thursday to Sunday. In this week’s issue of Sync, we highlight some special events you won’t want to miss and talk to four presenting authors in town for the weekend.

But if you’re not a literary nut, fear not. There’s plenty more going on this weekend to keep you busy.… Read more >

50 years after the Fab Four

This Scene originally appeared in the April 9, 2014 issue of Sync.

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Beatlemania sweeps Argenta half a century after the first British Invasion when a special exhibition of Beatles photos opens Friday.

The British Invasion 50 Years Later, presented by the Argenta Arts District and Retro Images Archive, is a celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance onThe Ed Sullivan Show. Two hundred archival images will be spread over seven locations throughout Argenta, including Greg Thompson Fine Art, Pennington Studios, The Joint, THEA Foundation, Art Connection, the William F. Laman Public Library and Galaxy Furniture. The exhibition runs through April 19.

Retro Images Archive supplied the images, just as it did for the JFK 50 Years Later exhibit in 2013, and all images have been framed and prepared by Bryan & Devan Conservation in Little Rock.… Read more >

Vintage hat exhibit to open at Esse Purse Museum

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Anita Davis knows more than just great purses. She knows stylish hats, too.

This spring, Davis’ Esse Purse Museum presents its first temporary exhibit, The Milliner’s Art, since its opening in June 2013. The exhibit features vintage hats from 1910 to 1960 from the collections of Davis and Catherine Nugent.

An opening reception (with tea and scones) for The Milliner’s Art is Sunday (April 6) from 1-4 p.m., and the exhibit will run through June 8. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

Esse Purse Museum’s permanent collection features a decade-by-decade look at women’s purses and the things inside them. The museum is located at 1510 S. Main St., Little Rock.… Read more >

April lineup of Public Programs at Clinton School of Public Service

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its April lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.

State of the City

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Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola speaks in the City Hall rotunda during his State of the City address in March 2013.

Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service: April 1 at 11:30 a.m. (Clinton School of Public Service)
Little Rock Mayer Mark Stodola will join more than 1,000 mayors across the country in a day of recognition to highlight the impact of national service on city challenges. National Service Members from across Central Arkansas and the Mayors from cities where National Service Members are deployed will be recognized for the important impact National Service Members make in communities across Arkansas and the country. The event will recognize and thank the hundreds of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serving in cities across Arkansas and encourage citizens to give back to their … Read more >

Ice cream of the crop: A conversation with the Loblolly team

For the version of the Q&A that ran in the April 2, 2014, edition of Sync, click here

The Loblolly Creamery team: Sally Mengel, 26; Dan Moore, 24; and Rachel Moore, 26.

The Loblolly Creamery team: Sally Mengel, 26; Dan Moore, 24; and Rachel Moore, 26.

Loblolly Creamery began a little more than two years ago with a few test batches of vanilla for friends and an award-winning debut at the arkansas Cornbread Festival.

In a very short time, the company — whose core team is made up of Sally Mengel, 26, Rachel Moore, 26, and Dan Moore, 24 — has expanded to provide an array of treats, from sorbets to boozy milkshakes, at more than 15 locations in central Arkansas. And that’s not including its homebase in the soda fountain at The Green Corner Store on South Main Street. The small-batch creamery’s buttermilk and lavendar recipes are featured in Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States, an ice cream cookbook by Lindsay Clendaniel released in March. After celebrating its second birthday on April 1, the Loblolly team looks forward to a busy summer season, when they’ll be churning out 20 gallons a week each of vanilla and caramel for the soda fountain alone.

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Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.