From 6-8 p.m. today (Jan. 29), the monthly event will focus on the science of good and bad habits. There will be junk food science experiments, nicotine demonstrations, technology etiquette, recycling with Keep Arkansas Beautiful and much more. Damgoode Pies will sell pizza by the slice. Yum!
"Science after Dark" takes over the museum the last Wednesday of each month. Educators at the museum pick a cool science-related topic and develop an interactive program for adults 21 years and older. The museum will be open.
A cash bar is available.
General admission is $5 per person. All Museum of Discovery members get in free.
For more information about the fun event or the museum, click here or call (501) 396-7050. Get a preview of the event below.
There is a new place to practice your poses.
Big Rock Yoga, 10700 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, is opening its doors this week and giving yogis a chance to roll out their mats for free.
Today (Jan. 29), the studio will have a pre-opening class that will allow visitors to see the new studio, take a free class designed for beginners to the experienced yogi, and hear what Big Rock Yoga is up to. It is open to the public and will get started at 6:30 p.m. They suggest getting there at 6:15 p.m. to get ready for the class. Get more information about the class here.
Its grand opening week will kick off on Friday (Jan. 31) with a free all-levels yoga class at 6 p.m. More free basics and all-levels yoga classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 1-2). Click here to see the schedule. The classes are open to fans of their Facebook page. Click here to 'Like' the page!
The studio has other classes in its lineup, including Power Hour and Power Yoga Basics. Owner Wendy Cook is a certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher who has taught yoga the last 10 years in Tyler, Texas, where she had a studio, The Yoga Spot.
Get more information about the yoga spot here.
Mark your calendars!
Pulaski Technical College will kick off its spring Big Rock Reading series next week on Thursday, Feb. 6 with a reading, Q&A and book signing by poet Jericho Brown.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall in the Pulaski Technical College Campus Center, 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock.
Brown is an assistant professor at Emory University. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book "Please" won the American Book Award and his second book, "The New Testament", is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. Poems have appeared or will soon appear in publications such as Callaloo, The Nation, The New Yorker, Oxford American, The New Republic, 100 Best African American Poems, Ascent of Angles and The Best American Poetry.
Brown’s reading is the first of three events in Big Rock Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public.
On March 18, the Big Rock Reading Series will host a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on “Writing for a Living in Central Arkansas” with Bobby Ampezzan, editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s High Profile section; Annie Bergman, senior editor at Heifer International; and Eliza Borné associate editor at the Oxford American.
The three writers will discuss their careers in writing and editing outside of academia, talk about their educational and career paths, and describe the various jobs they do on a day-to-day basis. The focus of the presentation will be practical information for anyone interested in the field of writing and editing. A Q&A will follow.
The Big Rock Reading Series concludes April 25 with readings, a Q&A and book signings with poet Charlotte Pence and short story writer Adam Prince at 11 a.m. The event is in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival, which is announcing its lineup today (Jan. 29). Check the blog for more details!
Lights! Camera! Action!
A new production company employing 25 people opened the first week of January in the 200 Commerce building in downtown Little Rock and this week, began production of a new film, "All the Birds Have Flown South."
What's really cool is that the film will be shot in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton and Bryant and film stars are some familiar faces: Little Rock native Joey Lauren Adams of "Chasing Amy," "Dazed & Confused" and "Big Daddy"; Paul Sparks of "Mud" and "Boardwalk Empire"; and Dallas Roberts "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Walking Dead."
The plot goes like this: After the death of his overbearing mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon, their lives begin to unravel as obsession and disease consume them all.
Arkansas natives Josh and Miles Miller are the creators, producers and directors of the new film. Also producing is Kathryn Francis Tucker, daughter of downtown realtor Rett Tucker (Moses Tucker) and Becky Tucker. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked on such feature films as "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise and "Just Go With It" with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.
Get more information and stay up-to-date on filming here.
Get an eye-opening look at performing killer whales and their treatment in the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry at a free screening of "Blackfish" at the Argenta Community Theater tonight (Jan. 28).
The award-winning indie flick is being screened at 7 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. It's part of the Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series, which has screenings and discussions every third Thursday of the month. Admission is free.
The movie tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.
Seating is limited, so RSVP at lrff.eventbrite.com. Check out a preview below.
Are you excited about the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's latest production "Clybourne Park" in their 2013-2014 season?
Lucky for you, Little Rock Soirée is giving away two pairs of tickets to see the Tony Award-winning production at the theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock, running through Feb. 9.
Enter for your chance to win here by noon Wednesday (Jan. 29) and we’ll announce the winners on our Facebook page Wendesday by 4 p.m.
Written by Bruce Norris and directed by Rep founder Cliff Baker, "Clybourne Park" tells the story of a a white couple who sells their home to a black family (the fictional Younger family from "A Raisin in the Sun"), causing an uproar in their middle-class neighborhood. Fifty years later in 2009, the same house is changing hands again, but the stakes have changed.
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances are at 7 p.m., while Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees performances are at 2 p.m.
For more information about the play and programs coming up, click here.
Start your week off right with a Broadway show down in Hot Springs Village.
The show "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now," which will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 27-28) at the Woodlands Auditorium, 1101 Desoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village, features tap dancers, a one-man beat box phenomenon and an infectious six-piece band channeling everything from blues, to rock, to salsa. "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" turns tap shoes into instruments of rhythm while mixing genres of music that drive the show.
The fun doesn't end with the conclusion of the concert, though. The "Get Up, Let Go & Dance" after-party will offer light hors d’oeuvres, cash bars and space for dancing and is free to all ticket holders of the concert. It will be held in the Ponce de Leon Center’s Ouachita Activities Building just across the way from the Woodlands Auditorium.
Reserved Seating is $25 and can be purchased online at www.HSVTicketSales.com or by calling the Woodlands Auditorium box office at (501) 922-4231
Below is a preview of the show!
Tomorrow (Jan. 25), baseball fans will have the opportunity to meet 65 former Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball players who are in town for the 20th Century Travelers Family Reunion at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Dr., North Little Rock.
The weekend, which will celebrate the careers of those who played for the Travelers between 1963 and 2000, will be highlighted by an open-to-the-public awards dinner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 25) in the Silver City Ballroom of the Wyndham Hotel.
Al Hrabosky, former Traveler and the 1975 National League saves leader, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Other attendees include:
The Travelers alumni group will give a Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sportswriter Jim Bailey. The 1964 Pacific Coast League Eastern Division Champions, who won 95 games and set a minor league team home run record, will be recognized, as well.
Call Sandy Kurosaki at (501) 840-1473 to get more information and to purchase tickets for the awards dinner ($75 each).