Third Friday Artwalk in Argenta — 5-8 p.m. April 17, at Argenta Art Co. (7th and Main), Argenta Studios (401 Main St.), Thea Foundation (4th and Main) and other venues on and off Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Highlights: new work by Dan Thornhill at Argenta Art Co., work by V.L. Cox, Sherrie Sheppard, Doug Gorrell, Delita Martin at Argenta Studios, UCA Shakespeare Theater group readings at Thea Foundation.
Bruce Jackson’s “Portraits from a Prison: A Collection of Photographs from Cummins Prison” opens April 16 at the Arkansas Studies Institute in time for the Arkansas Literary Festival.
V.L. Cox is the featured artist in “Origins,” to be held 6-9 p.m. April 17 at M2
Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center off Hwy. 10; Charles Henry James (that’s his work at the top of this post), Jacey Dalton and Sean Fitzgibbon will have work there as well. A portion of sales goes to Altrusa International.
Michael Swade is showing new jewelry at River Market ArtSpace, 301 Clinton.
Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery is hosting a reception 6-9 April 18 for an exhibit of new work by Ernest Nipper and Diana Baker Ashley.
Mostly they want you to buy plants, but White Wagon Farm and Sage House Gallery is (are?) having its (their?) “Art in the Garden Weekend” April 18 and 19.
If you’re in Bentonville, check out the “Art Experience 2009” Montessori benefit auction of work by Lisa Bauer, Hank Kaminsky, Mark Rademacher and Zeek Taylor 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the Bentonville Plaza Building, 609 SW Eighth.
In Conway, check out the contemporary American Indian art from the collection of retired UALR professor J.W. Wiggins in the AETN atrium, 350 S. Donaghey.
Yes, there’s a chainsaw carving contest (and sale) that organizers claim features great art, April 17 and 18 at the Old Hitchin’ Post Campground outside Eureka Springs.
MFA graduate Kyle McKenzie is showing his thesis work, “Empty Walls,” at UA’s Fine Art Gallery; reception is 2-4 p.m. April 25.
Rogers is having its gallery walk 6-8 p.m. April 17: At Julie Wait Designs, paintings by Charles Pearce; at Poor Richard’s Art, Sally Bowen’s pottery and John Murdoch’s pottery; at Zephyr Blevins, work by Joann Lacey.
By now we’ve heard the summary of President Obama’s biography so many times it’s rarely notable any more, but when you process stories through the brain of Bob Dylan, things always get more interesting.
“He’s like a fictional character, but he’s real,” Dylan told Times Online on his reaction to reading Obama’s autobiography Dreams of My Father. “First off, his mother was a Kansas girl. Never lived in Kansas though, but with deep roots. You know, like Kansas bloody Kansas. John Brown the insurrectionist. Jesse James and Quantrill. Bushwhackers, Guerillas. Wizard of Oz Kansas. I think Barack has Jefferson Davis back there in his ancestry someplace. And then his father. An African intellectual. Bantu, Masai, Griot type heritage - cattle raiders, lion killers. I mean it’s just so incongruous that these two people would meet and fall in love. You kind of get past that though. And then you’re into his story. Like an odyssey except in reverse.” Dylan views the rise to the presidency as a kind of tragic downfall: “Barack is born in Hawaii,” he continued. “Most of us think of Hawaii as paradise – so I guess you could say that he was born in paradise.”
Dylan then talks about how significant the sacrifices of Obama’s mother were to his success and that he seems to be the type of person who would have been successful in any career. But will Obama “make a good president?” the interviewer asked.
“I have no idea,” said Dylan. “He’ll be the best president he can be. Most of those guys come into office with the best of intentions and leave as beaten men. Johnson would be a good example of that … Nixon, Clinton in a way, Truman, all the rest of them going back. You know, it’s like they all fly too close to the sun and get burned.”
I know, I know. It’s fun and it’s good for ratings, but it is sexist. It is a popularity contest in which women are judged strictly on physical attractiveness. To hear 103.7 tell it, every one of the “babes” agrees to be seeded and no one has ever expressed a problem with the yearly tournament.
There was a great piece in this morning’s Arkansas Leader about a bill by Joan Cash, D-Jonesboro, that would set energy efficiency savings goals for public electric and natural gas utilities. The act would also require those utilities to develop an energy efficiency plan for meeting those goals. It sounds like a progressive bill, and it is by Arkansas standards, but the energy saving goals set forth were pretty conservative… Check out Shale Watch for more.
Love watching all those shows for free from the comfort of your own computer, any time you like? Well, that might not stick around, at least in its current form, for very long. Newspapers haven’t been able to monetize internet ads the way they can in print form and it looks like television and cable companies might be having the same problems. Here’s an interesting look at this from the International Herald Tribune.
The free video Web site Hulu, a joint venture of NBC Universal and the News Corporation, counted 35 million unique viewers in February - only a fraction of the hundreds of millions who watch TV every month, but a 42 percent jump from January, according to comScore. The ratings for some programs, like “Lost” on ABC, would rise as much as 25 percent if online views were included, according to the ratings service Nielsen.
Nevertheless, television executives are developing a different model in which only subscribers to traditional cable and satellite services would be able to gain access to the full breadth of shows online.
Leading the charge are the cable and satellite companies, which worry that the proliferation of free video on the Web - and downloadable shows on Apple’s iTunes - may be harming the $60- billion-a-year subscription video business by allowing people to unplug their cable services.
Damn. I guess all good things must come to an end.