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Quick Picks: Disney on Ice, Spring Tour of Homes, more

 

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

05/06

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy begins at 7 p.m. at Verizon Arena. The five-day spectacular includes high-speed stunts, an undersea world and more as characters from Disney’s Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and more show magic on ice as Toy Story toys escape from Sunnyside Daycare and embark on a journey toward home. Tickets range from $16-$61 for adults and are $13 for children 12 and under. For more showtimes and to buy tickets, click here.

05/07

Listen to stories on motherhood at Listen to Your Mother at Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The live reading is part of a national series that celebrates Mother’s Day by allowing local writers, storytellers and bloggers to perform original works of various themes about mothers. Ten percent of ticket proceeds will support the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. General admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased here.

05/09-10

The Quapaw Quarter Association’s 51st Spring Tour of Homes showcases the new and older buildings that illustrate the diversity of Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter and the need for preservation of historic buildings. This year’s tour includes Christ Episcopal Church on Scott Street, … Read more >

Quick Picks: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

04/30

The 11th annual UCA Film Festival takes place at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The festival highlights films in the categories of five minutes or less, music video and experimental, narrative short and documentary. The event kicked off in 2005 and highlights the work of University of Central Arkansas students. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

05/01

Toad Suck Daze, an annual free-admission, family-friendly festival, will include arts, food, live entertainment, a rock wall, petting zoo and more on the streets of downtown Conway beginning at 3:30 p.m. Since the early 1980s, the education-centered festival has raised money to support educational initiatives and scholarships, and it hosts the World Championship Toad Races. The festival closes Sunday. Visit here for more information.

05/01

Relay for Life begins at the Clinton Presidential Center at 6 p.m. The event, part of a national effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society, honors those who have had cancer and to remember lost loved ones. So far, according to the society’s Relay for Life website, there are 33 teams and 294 participants who have raised more than … Read more >

Clinton School announces January public programs

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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its January 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.

A panel discussion: “Young and African-American in 2015,” Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. 

The Clinton School and the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy are hosting a panel discussion: “Young and African-American in 2015” on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This timely discussion follows the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fl.; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Eric Garner in New York City; and New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.… Read more >

November lineup of Public Programs at Clinton School of Public Service

19179122_BG1The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its November 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.

Legacies & Lunch: Justice Troy Poteete, executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association: Nov. 5 at noon at CALS’ Ron Robinson Theater (in partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)

Troy Poteete was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court by Chief Chad Smith in 2007 and is the executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association, an organization he helped found. Justice Poteete also founded the Historical Society in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, served as executive director of the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, and was a delegate to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional Convention. In 2000, Justice Poteete was appointed executive director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, a tribal entity jointly created by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee Nations to administer their interests in the 96-mile section of the Arkansas … Read more >

David Sedaris to return to LR for discussion, book signing

Fans of humorist David Sedaris should mark their calendars for June 13, when Sedaris will visit the Little Rock location of Barnes & Noble for a discussion and book signing of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, his latest collection of essays.

According to a Barnes & Noble press release, there are a few stipulations to attending the event:… Read more >

Chihuly exhibit to open at Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Presidential Center’s newest temporary exhibit, Chihuly, opens Saturday with a lecture from world-renowned American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is known especially for his massive, intricate, colorful pieces (sometimes in the form of chandeliers) made up of clusters and spirals of glass, as well as large, wavy-edged bowls.… Read more >

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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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 >

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 >

Weekend of screenings, celeb appearance at Ron Robinson Theater

Still photo from Stripes: (from left) Bill Murry, Judge Reinhold, Harold Ramis and Warren Oates. Arkansas Democrat Gazette file photo

Still photo from Stripes: (from left) Bill Murry, Judge Reinhold, Harold Ramis and Warren Oates. Arkansas Democrat Gazette file photo

In honor of actor, writer and comedian Harold Ramis, who passed away Feb. 24, Little Rock Film Festival and Central Arkansas Library System hold a screening of Stripes on Friday at Ron Robinson Theater. Ramis wrote and starred in the 1981 film that also starred Bill Murray and John Candy. Other well-known works of Ramis’ include Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, which he co-wrote and directed, and Ghostbusters, which he co-wrote and starred in.… Read more >

March lineup at Clinton School of Public Service

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its March 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.

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Sam Taggart, author of The Public’s Health and We All Hear Voices (Photo by Rusty Hubbard for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Sam Taggart, doctor, Arkansas historian and author of The Public’s Health: A Narrative History of Health and Disease in Arkansas: March 3 at noon (book signing to follow)

*UPDATE: Because of inclement weather, Sam Taggart has been rescheduled for March 10 at noon. 

Dr. Sam Taggart has recently published The Public Health, which is a narrative history of the evolution of health and disease in Arkansas over the last 200 years. From the scourges of smallpox, cholera and yellow fever in the 19th century to polio, AIDS and drug abuse in the 20th century, The Public’s Health takes a close look at the health and diseases of the people of Arkansas, the tools … Read more >

Special events leading up to grand opening of Rob Robinson Theater

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

The Little Rock Film Festival and Central Arkansas Library System celebrate the opening on the festival’s new home base this weekend and next with a series of events at Ron Robinson Theater, located in newly opened Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock.

The single-screen theater includes stadium-style seating for 315 and state-of-the-art projection, lighting and sound systems. In addition to Little Rock Film Festival screenings, the theater will be used by CALS, the Clinton School of Public Service and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Opening events get kicked of Friday (Jan. 17) with Jacob Hatley’s Ain’t in It for My Health, a documentary about musician and Arkansas native Levon Helm, at 7 p.m. A Q&A with Helm’s daughter, Amy Helm, follows at 8:30. Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers perform at 9 p.m.… Read more >

Clinton School announces January public programs

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its January lineup of speakers and programs. 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.

Ying Ma, author of Chinese Girl in the GhettoJan. 21 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. (book signing to follow)

Ying Ma writes regularly about China, international affairs, the free market and conservatism, and much of her research explores the nexus between political and economic freedom with respect to China’s rising influence on the global stage. She is the author of Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, a memoir about getting to know freedom from post-Mao China to inner-city Oakland, Cal. She is also a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based free-market think tank.

Paul Schmitz, author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up: Jan. 22 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. (book signing to follow)

Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, which has advanced the leadership of over 5,000 diverse young adults … Read more >

Mark Spitzer to read at Faulkner County Library

UCA professor of creative writing and editor of the university’s Toad Suck Review Mark Spitzer will read Tuesday from his two latest books, Crypto-Arkansas and After the Octopus. Both were published by Spuyten Duyvil Books in New York this year.

Crypto-Arkansas is an account of Arkansas’ legendary monsters told in poetic form, formatted in a waterfall of lines — some rhyme, some don’t — like something pulled from a Shel Silverstein work. There are footnotes and references back to Spitzer’s research scattered in the lines of poetry. He calls the style “investigative poetry.”… Read more >

Free film screening, Q&A with Jason Baldwin

Image via IMDB

Image via IMDB

The School of Mass Communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock hosts a free screening of West of Memphis, a documentary about the case against the West Memphis Three, on campus Wednesday (Oct. 23). Jason Baldwin, one of the defendants in the case, as well as Pam Hobbs, mother of murder victim Stevie Branch, will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.

If you’ve never seen the documentary, plan to be there Wednesday; and if you have seen it, go for the Q&A with Baldwin and Hobbs.

The screening begins at 6 p.m. in the UALR Donaghey Student Center Building, Room 214C. Click here for more information.… Read more >

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