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ACANSA Arts Festival kicks off

ACANSA Arts Festival kicks off

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – ACANSA is an arts event never before seen in Central Arkansas.

26 special performances from opera to ballet and even mime will combine with special gallery exhibitions in Little Rock and North Little Rock to produce an event involving hundreds of artists.

On Tuesday, it all begins at the Governor's Mansion with a special reception.

The Governor and Mrs. Beebe will welcome visiting artists to the mansion and salute volunteers who have put it all together.

So where does the term ACANSA come from? It was a Quapaw Village and its name means "southern place." Many people regard the term Arkansas as being native American for "downstream people," but that's actually what "Quapaw" means.

By the looks of it, ACANSAS could certainly be the original Arkansas. But, whatever the history, it's making history in the arts.

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Little Rock, Ark - Brandon D. Campbell, Little Rock Fashion Week's founder and executive producer, will produce the bridal fashion shows at the 5th annual An Unforgettable Bridal Fair & Special Events Expo on Sunday September 28, 2014 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, located at 134 Convention Blvd. at Hot Springs, AR 71902.

“I’m excited to be working on the bridal runway shows again,” says Campbell. “The clothing styles that will be seen are going to amaze guests. Everyone should expect an out of the box type of bridal show that will provide a positive and enjoyable experience.”                                                    

Old Haunted Warehouse in Little Rock to begin fourth season

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Little Rock, AR - September 17, 2014:  The Old Haunted Warehouse, Central Arkansas’ Best Haunted Attraction, will begin its fourth season of operation on Friday, October 3rd at 3400 Brown Street in Little Rock beginning at 7 pm.  The professionally operated family oriented haunted attraction strives to deliver non-stop scares, entertainment, and laughs to all who visit.  This season will focus on the Blackout Experience where guests are led through the haunted attraction using only a glow stick.

13 things to do in central Arkansas this weekend

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Soiree) – Little Rock Soiree has constructed a list of 13 things you can do this weekend in central Arkansas. Take a look and start making some plans!

Thursday (Sept. 11)

1. The Art of Motion: Tango at Arkansas Arts Center

Friday (Sept. 12)

2. Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour at Verizon Arena

3. Second Friday Art Night

Saturday (Sept. 13)

4. Inaugural Pop Up Shop at Verizon Office Park, Building 3

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11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

'Creative Corridor' reaches halfway point

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Part of Main Street is shutting down for three weeks, starting September 10th. It's all a part of the city's effort to revitalize the downtown area.

"We're halfway through with the project," said John Honeywell, Director of Little Rock Public Works. We've completed the 100 block "The 200 block is nearing its completion and we started on the 300 block."

The old Main Street has quickly been transforming into the new 'Creative Corridor,' and it's been several years in the making. But continued construction means the street has to shut down between Third and Fourth.

"I'm going to have to change my route a little bit to get there," said Caitlin Savage, who works nearby.

She believes shutting down the 300 block will likely back up traffic.

"I hope everyone leaves a little bit early when that's closed," Savage said.

Local celebrities participate in the 'Dancing with Our Stars' event

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