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story.lead_photo.caption LaVerne Bell-Tolliver (right) shakes hands with Audrey Evans at a book signing during the Arkansas Literary Festival at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Darragh Center. - Photo by Thomas Metthe

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:


Clinton School series

Rod Bigelow, executive director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, will host a panel discussion with Ann Prentice Wagner, curator of drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center, and Crystal Bridges Interpretation Manager Stace Treat titled "Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art," 6 p.m. today at Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. The talk is in conjunction with "The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art," currently on display at Crystal Bridges.

Also this week at Sturgis Hall, incoming Repertory Theatre board Chairman Ruth Shepherd, long-time board member Bill Rector and Rep founder Cliff Baker, heading up the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's interim management team while it tries to raise enough money to resume operations, will discuss "The Arkansas Repertory Theatre: What We Are Doing to Reimagine," noon Thursday.

Admission to both programs is free. Call (501) 683-5239 or email

Opera and Broadway

Soprano Eleanor Pearl and tenor D.C. Miles, both Arkansas natives, will perform "a little bit of Broadway and a lotta bit of zesty dramatic opera and art songs" with pianist Elizabeth Vaughan-Oja, 7 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave., Pine Bluff, and 7 p.m. Thursday at First Methodist Church, 317 S. Main St., Monticello. Admission is $7 to each performance.


First Twenty-Five

LaVerne Bell-Tolliver, the first black student to attend Forest Heights Junior High, will lead a discussion about her new book, The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little Rock's Public Junior High Schools (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), with Pinkie Thompson and Kathleen Bell, who desegregated Pulaski Heights Junior High and whose oral histories are included in the book, for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' June Legacies & Lunch, noon Wednesday in the Darragh Center, Central Arkansas Library System Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock. Admission is free; patrons should pack their own lunches -- the Butler Center provides beverages and desserts. Admission is free. Call (501) 320-5700 or visit the website,


Great War online

The Arkansas State Archives* has created "Arkansas in the Great War," a three-part online exhibit chronicling Arkansas during the World War I era, created through Google Arts & Exhibits and containing more than 250 high-resolution images of photographs, letters, government documents and maps. The website:

The first section, "Mobilizing the State for War," profiles Arkansas before the United States' entrance into the war and how the state readied to meet the challenge. Part two, "The War at Home," examines the impact the war had on the state and explores the contributions made by women and black citizens to the war effort. The third, "In the Trenches," details Arkansans serving in Europe and the events immediately after the end of the war.

Funding for the exhibit came from a Bridge Fund Endowment grant from the Arkansas Community Foundation that supports the teaching and promotion of Arkansas history. Call (501) 682-6900.

Film showcase

June 30 is the deadline to submit narrative or documentary films to the Arkansas Cinema Society for its annual showcase, Aug. 24 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Short films must have a running time of less than 50 minutes; feature films will have a running time of 50 minutes or more. Submissions must be written, directed or produced by an Arkansan and/or filmed in Arkansas, and must have been produced no earlier than 2015. Filmmakers must be available for a post-screening conversation with the audience. Submit films via Without A Box -- Email or visit the website,

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 by Georgia O’Keeffe is part of “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art” at Crystal Bridges. A talk in conjunction with the exhibit takes place today at Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
“Men waiting to enlist, June 5, 1917” (shown) and “Soldiers training at Camp Pike in Little Rock” are among the photographs in the Arkansas State Archives’ “Arkansas in the Great War” online exhibit.

Style on 06/05/2018

*CORRECTION: “Arkansas in the Great War,” a three-part online exhibit chronicling Arkansas during the World War I era, is the work of the Arkansas State Archives. A previous version of this column incorrectly described the exhibit’s creator.


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