Shared from the 2/5/2019 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette eEdition



The 2019 Shen Yun touring show is onstage today and Wednesday at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall.


The Final Thaw by Stephanie Kolpy is among the award winners in the annual Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, on display through Feb. 20 at Arkansas State University’s Bradbury Art Museum.


G-Music performs Sunday at Little Rock’s St. John Missionary Baptist Church as part of Art Porter Music Education’s annual “For the Love of Art” series.


Shen Yun shows

The Southern USA Falun Dafa Association’s 2019 Shen Yun touring show, representing centuries of Chinese culture through Chinese music, classical dance and other performance arts and with an orchestra, will be onstage, 7 p.m. today and Wednesday at Robinson Center Performance Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Tickets are $80-$150 plus processing fees; children under 5 won’t be admitted. Call (800) 380-8165 or (501) 244-8800 or visit

‘Small Works’ opens

The Arkansas Arts Council’s 2019 “Small Works on Paper” touring arts exhibition goes on display today in the Glassblock Gallery, Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center, University of Arkansas at Monticello, 514 University Drive, Monticello. It’ll remain up through Feb. 25; gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon-2:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.


Love of Art

Art Porter Music Education’s annual “For the Love of Art” series recognizes its late namesake, Art Porter Sr., with two events in Little Rock:

7 p.m. Wednesday, Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, with an all-star lineup of musicians, APME Minors in Music students and their Mentors in Music paying tribute to Porter ahead of what would have been his 85th birthday (Feb. 8, 1934).

6 p.m. Sunday, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2501 Main St., Little Rock, featuring performances by the Art Porter Singers, G-Music (former members of the Minors in Music program) and guests, gospel singer-songwriter Jermaine Dolly and multi-instrumentalist, gospel singer-songwriter and producer Restine Jackson.

Admission to both events is free; donations, on-site and online at, benefit APME’s scholarship program. Visit

Legacies & Lunch

Historian and writer Benji de la Piedra will discuss the life and career of Little Rock native and pioneering Washington Post journalist Herbert Denton Jr. and his father, Little Rock educator Herbert Denton Sr., in “The Two Herbert Dentons: A Principal and a Journalist, from Black Little Rock to Black DC and Beyond,” noon Wednesday in the Darragh Center, Central Arkansas Library System Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock. It’s the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ February Legacies & Lunch program; attendees take their own lunches and the Butler Center provides beverages and desserts. Admission is free; a library parking discount is available upon request. Call (501) 918-3030.

Poetry anniversary

Hot Springs’ Wednesday Night Poetry will mark its 30th anniversary Wednesday at Kollective Coffee + Tea, 110 Central Ave., Hot Springs, with a 6:30 p.m. open microphone session, a 7 p.m. session with a featured poet — in this case, Bud Kenny, Wednesday Night Poetry host since June 2015 — and a second open-mike round. Kenny will then hand the hosting reins to Kai Coggin. Admission is free. Call (501) 520-7344 or email

The program debuted in 1989 at Giancarlo’s Grotto Restaurant in the lower level of Spencer’s Corner and, despite fire, flood, weather, holidays and the closing of venues, it has gone on every Wednesday since, at 14 venues throughout downtown Spa City. Slam Poetry founder Marc Smith has dubbed it the longest running weekly open mic in America.


‘Small Prints’ awards

Juror Jose Diaz, chief curator of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, has chosen 14 prints for purchase awards for the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, on display through Feb. 20 at Arkansas State University’s Bradbury Art Museum, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro:

Chancellor’s Purchase Award: Iceberg, 2018, color archival inkjet, by Edward Bernstein

Les Christensen Purchase Award: Women on the March, 2018, lithograph, by Karen Brussat Butler

Carol & Dean Christensen Purchase Award: A Question We All Must Answer, 2018, archival pigment print, by Robert S. Hunter

Don A. Tilton Purchase Award: The Final Thaw, 2018, cyanotype, monotype, screen-print, diamond dust, watercolor and white gel pen, by Stephanie Kolpy

Cheryl Wall Trimarchi Purchase Award and President’s Purchase Award: Dark Days (January), 2018, linocut and screenprint, by Andrew Kozlowski

Beth and Scot Snodgrass Purchase Award: Singin’ the Blues, 2018, engraving and monotype, by Ashton Ludden.

Lindquist Purchase Award: Migrants, 2016, woodcut, by Ellen Nathan Singer

Mary and Don Vollman Purchase Award: Moneypit, 2018, color lithograph and screenprint, by Blake Sanders

Chucki Bradbury Art Purchase Award: Canary Climate Change, 2018, etching, aqua-tint, and chine colle, by Deb-rah Santini

Diane Haynes Purchase Award: Homeless, 2017, screenprint, by Sarah Sipling

College of Liberal Arts and Communication Purchase Award: Is This My America?, 2018, color lithograph and relief, by Ralph L. Steeds

Drs. Phyllis & Warren Skaug Purchase Award: What Matters, 2017, collagraph intaglio relief, by Bruce Thayer

Les Christensen Excellence in Art Purchase Award: Cheat-Ho Smiley, 2016, stone lithograph on digital inkjet, by Ella Weber.

The prints will become part of the university’s permanent collection. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday; and by appointment. Admission is free. Call (870) 972-2567.

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