Schedule

Dream Land

Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street

Friday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: FREE

Public premiere of AETN documentary on the culture of Little Rock's Ninth Street corridor, the music of the Dreamland Ballroom and African-American history in Arkansas. Little Rock's West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness of the street's former glory days. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Taborian Hall housed varied and important black businesses, including professional offices, a USO, the Gem Pharmacy and the Dreamland Ballroom. By the 1930s, Dreamland was firmly established as a stop on the "Chitlin Circuit," which showcased regional and national African-American bands and stage shows. It was also host to local musicians, dances, socials, concerts and sporting events. This documentary seeks to recognize, memorialize and share this history. The spirit and hard work of the people and the implications of federal programs such as Urban Renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program are explored. West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have patiently waited for their story to unfold so new audiences can connect to their historical past and unknown future.

The Wildflower Revue

The Wildflower Revue

Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $15

A southern gothic girl-group vision of mournful mountain melodies, heavenly hillbilly harmonies and epic tales of sin-soaked country outlaw heroines. Featuring Amy Garland Angel, Mandy McBryde, and Bonnie Montgomery.

Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough

Friday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $15

92 year old legendary AR jazz pianist, singer, composer and producer. Dorough has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Lenny Bruce, Blossom Dearie and Sugar Ray Robinson and is perhaps best known for composing and performing songs for the Schoolhouse Rocks! instructional cartoon TV series. Dorough wrote and directed episodes of Schoolhouse Rocks! from 1972 to 1996. He's a member of the AR Jazz Hall of Fame.

sounds in the stacks

Sounds in the Stacks

Sounds in the Stacks is a series of free piano concerts at branches of the Central Arkansas Library System. Concerts are Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by Piano Kraft and KATV 7.

Upcoming concerts:

Dell Smith, solo R&B/jazz piano and vocal
February 23 • Williams Library

William Staggers, pop/R&B piano and vocal
March 1 • McMath Library

Tommy Priakos, solo classical/pop piano and vocal
April 20 • Thompson Library

Michael Heavner, solo pop/country piano and vocal
May 16 • Milam Library

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