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Laman Library welcomes Air Force band quintet

Laman Library welcomes Air Force band quintet

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The William F. Laman Public Library System announces a special show featuring The Midwest Winds on April 10 at 2 p.m.

The Midwest Winds is an ensemble of the United State Air Force of Mid-America based out of Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. During Sunday’s show, the band will give a lesson on each instrument played and have a narrator on hand reading stories to music.

The Midwest Woodwind Quintet is tailored to deliver a world class, professional musical product to small group settings and concert halls. This dynamic performing ensemble's library includes works from renaissance to contemporary styles, popular marches, and patriotic crowd pleasers.

The Midwest Woodwind Quintet is called on to provide music for small military retirements, changes of command, holiday caroling for military and civilian employees, and other official military functions.

Impressionists And Their Influence on view at Arkansas Arts Center

Impressionists And Their Influence on view at Arkansas Arts Center

The Impressionists and Their Influence is on view through June 26 at the Arkansas Arts Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6-17.

Tanaia Esaw: America's Next Top Model?

Tanaia Esaw: America's Next Top Model?

By Dawon Johnson (published in The Vision Magazine Spring Issue)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas has produced two “America’s Next Top Model” winners, and it could be home to a third. Well, if the show is on-air for 10 more years. That’s when Tanaia Esaw, an eight-year-old model from Little Rock, will be eligible for the highly rated reality show.

“I think I’m the best model. When I come out on the stage everybody screams my name,” says Esaw. “I understand when I’m doing good, because people scream out ‘go on girl’ and ‘you better work that stage.’ Modeling makes me feel very happy. It is my life.”

Esaw, a second-grader at Romaine Elementary School, got her start modeling in the summer 2009 at the inaugural Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW). Since her debut, she has appeared in several fashion shows, a commercial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Marade.

Old Statehouse Museum calling all actors

Old Statehouse Museum calling all actors

The Old State House Museum announces the formation of its new theatre and living history company. 

The search is on for a company of actors to perform in various productions and as living history characters. Chosen actors will be utilized at special events and on weekends at the museum.  The museum encourages a variety of people, of diverse backgrounds and ages (high school and above), to audition.

Auditions will be held April 2 -3. To schedule an audition or to find out more, please call (501) 324-8654 or e-mail michaeln@arkansasheritage.org. Participants should prepare two contrasting, one-minute monologues (one Shakespeare and one modern piece) to audition.

Student film entries eligible for $2,500 scholarships

Student film entries eligible for $2,500 scholarships

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will accept entries for “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase,” which highlights the creativity and talent of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students, through Friday, April 8.

Marking its fifth year, “Student Selects” is an annual event that grants these future filmmakers the opportunity to submit their film and video handiwork for possible broadcast on AETN, streaming on www.aetn.org and screening at the Little Rock Film Festival.

“We’re receiving great youth-generated films, and it’s not too late to enter,” Casey Sanders, AETN producer and Little Rock Film Festival youth and education coordinator, said.

'Pretty Girls Rock: Embracing Your Beautiful'

'Pretty Girls Rock: Embracing Your Beautiful'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC), a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage in partnership with L’Oréal, will host Pretty Girls Rock! Embracing Your Beautiful on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

This event will be held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, located at 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

MTCC will host an afternoon of beauty, entertainment and culture. The event will feature the reigning Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady, as guest speaker and entertainment.

Visitors will receive makeup tips and hands–on demonstrations from local makeup artists as well as free beauty products courtesy of L’Oréal.

For information please call 501-683-33593 or visit www.mosaictemplars.com.

Scholarships available at Oxford American Writers' Summit

Scholarships available at Oxford American Writers' Summit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Oxford American will offer five scholarships (including tuition, room, and board) for Arkansas college students to attend the inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers occurring June 21–26, 2011, at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

"These scholarships will allow the most promising young writers at Arkansas colleges to learn from some of the best writers and editors in the nation," said Marc Smirnoff, editor of The Oxford American.  "We are pleased to be able to extend this opportunity to our home-state students."

The scholarships will be awarded to the five best student applications (as judged by the Summit’s Fiction and Creative Nonfiction admission boards) received from two- and four-year Arkansas colleges and universities.