Thursday, May 5, through Saturday, May 7, photographer Kelly Anderson-Staley will take portraits in the Nineteenth Century tintype process at the Arkansas Arts Center. All attendees who sit in for a portrait will receive a digital scan for their personal use, while the tintype portraits will become a part of Anderson-Staley’s photographic project. Sessions come in fifteen minute intervals and are $15 for AAC members and $20 for non-members. Call 501-396-0376 to schedule a session and visit the Facebook event page for times.
Friday, May 6, also sees the opening of the 55th Annual Young Arkansas Artists exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Free and open to the public, the exhibition showcases the work of young artists in kindergarten through 12th grade. The works are judged by a panel and the winners receive a monetary award for their school. The exhibit runs through July 24.
Be sure to swing into Thea Foundation at 6 to check out the latest work from Michael Church along with heavy hors d’oeuvres and music by A Rowdy Faith.
Another great event on Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. – the Encyclopedia of Arkansas will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a party at the Arkansas Studies Institute. As a non-native, the EOA has been indispensable in my understanding and engaging with the state of Arkansas, and figures into the lives of native Arkansans on a daily basis. At the party, more than a few announcements will be made about the future of the EOA, and it’s free to attend. If you need an introduction to what the encyclopedia means to the state, tune in to KABF on Friday between noon and 2 p.m. to hear Butler Center manager David Stricklin interview EOA editor Guy Lancaster.
Saturday, May 7, marks the 43rd Annual Territorial Fair, put on by the Historic Arkansas Museum. Beginning at 10 a.m., visitors can experience what life was like in territorial Arkansas. Tours of the McVicar house will be offered, as well as a plethora of exhibits on the museum grounds featuring blacksmiths, traditional territorial food and drink, pioneer games, and living history performances.
Wednesday, May 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Ron Robinson Theater will host a curated collection of digital shorts from filmmakers across the state of Arkansas, presented by the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize and AETN’s Student Selects Project. Awards and THEA Foundation scholarships will be award at evening’s end.
There’s plenty going on during 2nd Friday Art Night, May 13. Arkansas Capital Corporation Group is unveiling its newest exhibition. Called “Naturals”, the exhibit will feature four artists whose work explores the natural world using a variety of mediums. Virmarie DePoyster, Heidi Hogden, Logan Hunter, and Anna Sheals work will be displayed beginning at 5 p.m.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum, there will be an opening reception for Robert Lemming and Louis Watts. Lemming’s work is inspired by fossils but resembles deep sea plant life; and Watts draws minimalist abstract drawings. The evening will feature live music by the Marchese Hendricks Project and drinks provided by Bonnerdale-based Bubba Brew’s Brewing Company.
Another can’t-miss show at the White Water Tavern—and there’s a bunch of them in May—happens on Friday, May 13, at 9:30 p.m. This time, it’s Bonnie Montgomery, fresh off her win for Outlaw Female at the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards. Montgomery is bringing her raucous country and western stylings for an evening of pure Americana bliss, so be sure to be there.
This is one for the Adia Victoria crowd: on Saturday, May 14, at 9 p.m., Seratones take the stage at the legendary White Water Tavern. Hailing from Shreveport and fronted by madwoman AJ Haynes, Seratones have been traveling the country making a name for themselves with their unique brand of rock ’n’ soul. Plus, their Dave Hoffpauir’s new favorite band, and that means a lot. Opening the show will be Little Rock veterans Bombay Harambee. Advanced tickets can be purchased here for $7.
On Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., Arkansas Sounds presents a concert from Arkansas natives Charlie Rich, Jr. and Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers. Rich, Jr., will pay tribute to his late father, Grammy winner and music legend Charlie Rich, while Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers will bring their signature boogie woogie to the stage, highlighting their sixty-year-long career. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance.