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To DNA from Pres. Robin Loucks:
Attend the hearing, and submit a written comment on, the proposed I-30 highway expansion bordering the Downtown neighborhood and the MacArthur Park Historic District, to be discussed from 4 to 7 p.m., Thu. Apr. 16, at Horace Mann Middle School cafeteria, 1000 E. Roosevelt Rd. Officials will only record those written comments.
At our last monthly meeting, DNA members got updated on expansion plans, and concluded these would hurt our redeveloping neighborhood. We urge you to do your part to protect our neighborhood, and make your voice heard to officials.
DNA has learned planners intend to take riverbank city parkland for a wider bridge over the Ark. River. A replacement bridge is needed, since the current one is cracked.
Let us debate whether a wider bridge is truly needed.
DNA members were reminded the entire project arose to relieve the congestion on the stretch. This expansion would allow commuters to other counties to drive 70 instead of 60 M.P.H. on their way home – in the peak 15 min. of each day where congestion is greatest.
The benefits do not outweigh losses and costs, DNA members concluded.
DNA members also learned last week about an absolute link being asserted between adding I-30 lanes and adding I-630 lanes – westward to University Ave. Both highways must be widened or the entire project will fail, DNA heard.
The original I-630 project damaged our neighborhood; so will adding lanes in the Right-of-Way. It is easy to see potential damage to MacArthur Park & Historic District, Mt. Holly Cemetery, and other landmarks.
Press officials about whether full funding is in hand for this i-30 expansion. Only two-thirds of the money is available today, DNA learned. Nor is there any money to widen I-630. Where would the state get this money?
Perhaps by taking if from General Revenues, and giving it to highway officials. There was a bill to do exactly that in the latest legislative session. It was pulled down; observers widely expect its return. And a stronger case would come from advocates pointing to a major project in the capital city blocked by a shortfall in funding.
Demand full funding be in hand before construction begins. Object to setting up a false crisis halfway through, lamenting there is no money to finish this approved project on the two highways.
Press officials on the exit ramps. DNA learned the Ninth and Sixth St. Exit Ramps are to be closed entirely. What do you think?
The Cantrell/LaHarpe Exit Ramp would be demolished and rebuilt on steel girders, and extend to link with the new Broadway Bridge. This would overshadow the main library, the Historic Arkansas Museum, and other major buildings. Let’s keep that Exit Ramp where it is now! Speak Up!
The Complete Streets Ordinance deferred in January has been scheduled for the Tuesday April 21, 2015 Little Rock Board of Directors’ Hearing. This meeting is at 6 PM in the Board Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 500 West Markham. This will be a Public Hearing on the issue. Those in support and opposition to the ordinance will have the chance to address the Board of Directors with their issues or concerns.
You may also send Board Members, City Manager and Mayor your comments:
Mayor Stodola email@example.com
City Manager Bruce Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Members email@example.com or you may contact them individually at the following addresses:
Director Hendrix Ward 1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Doris Wright Ward 6 email@example.com
Director Lance Hines Ward 5 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Brenda Wyrick Ward 7 email@example.com
Director Fortson At Large firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Adcock At Large email@example.com
Director Richardson Ward 2 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Webb Ward 3 email@example.com
Director Cazort Ward 4 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Kumpuris At Large email@example.com
|Ron Robinson Theater|
|100 River Market Avenue-1 Pulaski Way. Learn more.|
|River Market District|
|April 18: Arkansas Times presents Rivergrass Revival featuring Ralph Stanley with Family & Friends, Juanita’s, 614 President Clinton
April 18: 5th Annual Turkish Food Festival, River Market Pavilions.
April 19: Inaugural India Fest 2015, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., River Market Pavilions.. Learn more.
|Saturdays with Bobby’s Bike Hike:
Historic Neighborhoods Bike Tour, 9 a.m. Discover Little Rock’s rich, colorful history on this 2-hour bicycle tour through the City.
Pork & Bourbon Bike Tour, 11:30 a.m. Sample your way through some of the South’s favorite delicacies – Ribs, southern sides and desserts, local craft beer and bourbon. Learn more.
|Southside Main Street, south of I-630
Wednesdays: South on Main’s Local Live Music Series. April 8-Cutty Rye. April 15-SeanFresh. April 22-David Rosen Septet.
|In Downtown North Little Rock,|
April 19 Fleetwood Mac (rescheduled)
April 23 Chris Tomlin
May 6-10 Disney on Ice
June 6 Brit Floyd
June 20 Black & Brown Comedy Get Down
July 27 Eagles
|Argenta Arts District|
|In Downtown North Little Rock. For more information link here.|
|April 10-11: “I Love You, But You’re Sitting on My Cat!” at The Joint, 310 Main Street, Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m. Learn more. Thru June 5.
April 16: Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series featuring Tim Sparks, The Joint, 7:30 p.m. Learn more.
April schedule for Arkansas Travelers and special events, link here.
April 24-25: Blues on the River Weekend, North Shore Riverwalk. Learn more.
May 2: Argenta Arts Festival. Learn more.
9th & Commerce, MacArthur Park
The Mid-Southern Watercolorists 45th Juried Exhibition.
30 Americans opens April 10.
|The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
ASI Building, 401 President Clinton Avenue
Reflections on Line & Mass: Paintings & Sculpture by Robyn Horn. Thru April 24.
Christ Church Arts
509 Scott Street
The Plein Air Painters of Arkansas. Painters include Victoria Harvey, Clarence Cash, Tom Herrin, Greg Lahti, Sean LeCrone, John Wooldrige and Diana Shearon. Thru June 30.
1200 President Clinton Avenue
120 River Market
Esse Purse Museum 1510 South Main, SoMa
What’s Inside: A History of Women and Handbags, 1900-1999.
Common Threads. Thru May.
Pyramid Place, 221 W. 2nd
200 E. Third
The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3. Thru May 3.
40 Years of The Arkansas Times
We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas
The Knife Gallery
MacArthur Park, 503 E. 9th Street
Waging Modern Warfare! General Wesley K. Clark
Vietnam, America’s Conflict
Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese American Soldiers in World War II
501 W. 9th Street
Creativity Arkansas. Thru April 15.
500 President Clinton Avenue
The Bare Bones Exhibit. Thru April 26.
Mindbender Mansion. Thru September 7.
300 W. Markham Street
Different Spokes. Thru February 2016.
Ongoing: Arkansas First Ladies’ Gowns; Pillars of Power; On the Stump: Arkansas Politics, 1819-1919; First Families of Arkansas; As Long as Life Shall Last: The Legacy of Arkansas Women.
602 President Clinton Avenue
Downtown Little Rock Partnership
Membership & Downtown Update submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Street Food Truck Festival & Fridays
|Entertainment highlights from Arkansas Times here.
Little Rock (LRCVB) event listings here.
The Weekend Theatre
World premiere of this new play from Phillip H. McMath, the author of The Hanging of David O’ Dodd. True story of how one man tried to stop the Holocaust. Learn more.
Curbside Couture Fashion Show
Sunday, April 12, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Center
Unique fashion show challenging students to create outfits out of repurposed materials without sewing machine. Korto Momolu in attendance. Learn more.
BlessTheMic: Amy DuBois Barnett
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Philander Smith College, ML Harris Auditorium
Award-winning print and online media executive, writer and motivator. Author of Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Ever Dream Of and More. Featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Teen People, Honey Magazine and Ebony. Free. Open to the community.
Members of The Knights Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Center
Hosted by Chamber Music Society of Little Rock. An extraordinary ensemble “at the forefront of the future of classical music in America” (Los Angeles Times). Their enthusiasm and goal of intimate, vibrant music making leads the New York Times to ask, “Is there another orchestra that seems to be having as much fun when it plays as the Knights do?” For more information and tickets link here.
Ballet Arkansas at The Rep
Dancers will perform the concert version of George Balanchine’s incomparable ballet, Who Cares? performed to a delightful musical score by George Gershwin. The concert will also feature a new work by Hilary Wolfley, winning choreography from our Visions choreographic competition, excerpts from Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias and Marius Petipa’s Raymonda, and a new contemporary piece by former Hubbard Street dancer Greg Sample. Tickets are available at therep.org or
by calling The Rep Box Office at 501-378-0405.
Arkansas Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrating its 12th year, the festival’s theme for 2015 is “Let’s Get Back to Our Roots.” Information booths, food vendors, entertainment by Paul Morphis and the “Great Cloth Diaper Change.” Learn more on Facebook.
Mount Holly Garden Series
Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.
Mounty Holly Cemetery: Bell House
Featuring demonstration by Mike Engle on how to make TUFFA planters and filling them. Sponsored by Margaret Wyatt and the Downtown Dames. All are welcome.
Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.
Webster University, 200 W. Capitol, Suite 1500
Advisors available to talk with you about your future at Webster University, downtown Little Rock or Little Rock Air Force Base. Application fee waived for those who attend. Learn more.
|Clinton School of Public Service|
|All events are free and open to the public. However, reservations are required by phone 501-683-5200 or by email. Location, Sturgis Hall unless otherwise noted. Learn more about each of these programs here.
April 13: “The Golden Hour: Africa’s Rise and the Challenge for American Diplomacy,” Todd Moss, chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. 12 noon. *Book signing to follow.
April 15: “Who Cares?” with Michael Bearden, Ballet Arkansas’s artistic director. Presentation on George Balanchine and his impact on the world of dance. Ballet Arkansas is authorized by the Balanchine Trust to perform a piece of his work at the upcoming spring show April 17-19 . Ballet Arkansas will also perform the award-winning piece of Ballet Arkansas’s first annual Visions Choreographic Competition. 12 noon.
April 17: Irene Hirano Inouye, president of the U.S.-Japan Council. In partnership with Hendrix College. 6 p.m. Non-profit organization dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between the United States and Japan.
April 18: Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education, Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center, 6:30–9:30 p.m. In partnership with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, founded Todd Rundgren. Learn more.
April 20: The Barefoot Lawyer-Chen Guangcheng. 6 p.m., book signing to follow. The blind son of a poor farmer in rural China who became a self-taught lawyer and political activist. Through the help of the American embassy he left China following imprisonment. Story of a man who believe in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle.
|Nearby DLRP Member Events
April 10-14: Baptist Health Bolo Bash-United States Tennis Association Tournament. Learn more.
April 17: Arkansas Sounds Concert featuring Brian Nahlen, 7 p.m. CALS Hillcrest Hall, 1501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Tickets $5, available at the door one hour before the show. Learn more.
April 25: Fringe: IV Party on the Edge benefitting CHI St. Vincent. Learn more.
|Save the Dates|
|April 23: 13th Annual Empty Bowls. Next Level Events (Old Train Station). Benefits Arkansas Foodbank. Learn more.
April 23-26: Arkansas Literary Festival. Learn more.
April 24: Main Street Food Trucks Friday kick-off. 10:45 a.m. – 1 :30 p.m., corner of Main and Capitol. Fridays thru June 26. Learn more.
April 24-26: Sculpture at the River Market. Learn more.
April 24-26: The Winning Numbers, a new comedy by S. Christopher Boggs, The Studio Theatre of Little Rock. Learn more.
April 26: Mount Holly Cemetery Picnic benefit. Learn more. Ticket deadline April 15.
May 1: MacArthur Park 5K & Corporate Team Cup Challenge. Learn more.
May 2: River Market Farmers’ Market reopens. Learn more.
May 2: “farm fresh” at the Zoo, 7-10 p.m. Learn more.
May 7: Go Red for Women Luncheon, Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom. Benefits American Heart Association. Learn more.
May 9-10: Quapaw Quarter Association (QQA) 51st Spring of homes. Learn more.
May 11-17: Little Rock Film Festival. Learn more.
May 22-24: Riverfest. Learn more.
September 16-20: ACANSA. Learn more.
September 26: 2015 Big Dam Bridge 100. Registration open now for Arkansas’s largest cycling tour. Link here.