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New Movies: Bridesmaids, Miral, Potiche, Priest

New Movies: Bridesmaids, Miral, Potiche, Priest

In theaters this week: Judd Apatow's girlie comedy Bridesmaids plus Julian Schnabel's Palestinian drama Miral, Cathereine Deneuve in French comedy Potiche, and vampire thriller Priest.

Take a trip down Rock n Roll memory lane

Take a trip down Rock n Roll memory lane

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.The William F. Laman Public Library hosts Feelin’ Groovy: Rock and Roll Graphics, 1966 – 1970, June 10 – August 19, 2011.

During the 1960’s, a new wave of rock bands converged in the Haight-Asbury district in San Francisco. Their concerts were advertised with handbills and posters illustrated with vivid colors, thick distorted lettering and bizarre imagery. These handbills and posters from the 1960s and 70s are part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Permanent Collection of Art.

P. Allen Smith, food bloggers bake and bloom in Argenta

P. Allen Smith, food bloggers bake and bloom in Argenta

Lifestyle expert and garden designer P. Allen Smith will join North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays and the Argenta Arts Foundation on Saturday, May 14, at 9 am at the Argenta Farmers Market to unveil the new rose beds filled with Knock Out Roses and Pink Double Knock Out Roses throughout the Argenta Arts District.

Peggy Cornett, curator of plants at Monticello, will also be on hand. An expert on historic plants, Cornett will be in Little Rock for a lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service.  The announcement will coincide with the Argenta Farmers Market, and will be followed by a book signing of Smith’s new cookbook, P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, which focuses on cooking with fresh, in-season produce.

LR Film Festival around the corner

LR Film Festival around the corner

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –The Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Little Rock Film Festival to be held on June 1, 2011 – June 5, 2011.

The Little Rock Film Festival is an annual film and cultural event held each year in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, based in the thriving historic River Market District.  Back for its fifth year, the festival showcases the best in narrative, documentary and short films from local Arkansas filmmakers, as well as films from all around the world.  Every film in competition at the festival makes its Arkansas premiere during the festival, with many films being regional, national or world premieres as well.

The festival has hosted more than 350 films from over three dozen countries and brings together notable actors, directors, and producers from all around the globe. They also conduct daily educational workshops for all ages that consist of panels with industry leaders.

Laman features 'Babies' in documentary film series

Laman features 'Babies' in documentary film series

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The William F. Laman Public Library System of North Little Rock announced Babies as the next installment in their documentary film series, Movie Mondays, on June 13th at 6 p.m.

Babies is a look at one year in the life of four newborns from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. Hattie is in San Francisco, Mari's in Tokyo, Baryarjargal lives out in the Mongolian steppes, and Ponijao is born amid the simple straw huts of Namibia.

Follow this quartet through their first year of life, a chronicle that director Thomas Balmes and producer Alain Chabat have likened to a nature documentary that happens to focus on humans.

Expanding minds through music

Expanding minds through music

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Pulaski County Youth Services, under the direction of Mr. Charles Mobley, is eager to announce its second annual six-week music program which will begin Monday, June 20, 2011. The Our Club Music Program will be located at Hall High School and has established partnerships with the Little Rock School District, SAIED Music Company, Potluck Food Rescue, and consultant Sterling Ingram.

Family-friendly concert Saturday in NLR on the river!

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Considered by many to be the founding fathers of Southern Rock, Arkansas' own music pioneers Black Oak Arkansas will come to Central Arkansas this weekend for a one-night-only performance as they headline a new all-day family concert benefit event called A Dandy Day at the Park.   A Dandy Day at the Park will take place on Saturday, May 7, on the north banks of the Arkansas River at Riverfront Park in North Little Rock and will feature seven top rock, blues and folk bands from all around Arkansas, Memphis and Texas.
The concert event, the first in a new planned series this summer by Blue Collar Concerts, is meant to provide an affordable day of high-quality entertainment for families who are watching their wallets.