38-photo ex­hi­bi­tion marks 60th year since school cri­sis

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - ERIC E. HAR­RI­SON

“Will Counts: The Cen­tral High School Pho­to­graphs,” a col­lec­tion of 38 prints made from the orig­i­nal black-and­white neg­a­tives Counts shot dur­ing the in­te­gra­tion of Lit­tle Rock Cen­tral High School in 1957-1959 while a pho­tog­ra­pher and edi­tor at the Arkansas Demo­crat, opens Tues­day at the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter in MacArthur Park, 503 E. Ninth St., Lit­tle Rock.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, on dis­play through Oct. 22, marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the in­te­gra­tion of Cen­tral High School. Counts (1931-2001) doc­u­mented more than two years of events sur­round­ing the in­te­gra­tion. He do­nated the prints to the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter in 1997.

Spon­sor is Bank of Amer­ica. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Tues­day-Sat­ur­day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit ArkansasArt­sCen­ter.org.

AMP-ing up

This week at the Wal­mart AMP, 5079 W. North­gate Road, Rogers — call (479) 443-5600 or visit amptick­ets. com (all tick­ets plus fees):

■ Post­mod­ern Juke­box and Straight No Chaser co-head­line, 7:30 p.m. to­day. Gates open at 6. Tick­ets are $39.95$79.95.

■ Match­box Twenty and Count­ing Crows per­form at 6:45 p.m. Thurs­day, part of the 2017 Cox Con­cert Series. Gates open at 5. Tick­ets are $35-$125.

Gen­eral in­ter­est

E.C. “Curt” Fields por­trays Gen. U.S. Grant — based on quotes from Grant’s memoirs, ar­ti­cles and let­ters that Grant wrote, state­ments from in­ter­views with him and first-per­son ac­counts from peo­ple who knew him or wit­nessed him dur­ing events — as part of the Delta Cul­tural Cen­ter’s Civil War Roundtable of the Delta, 6-7 p.m. Mon­day at Beth El Her­itage Hall, 406 Perry St., He­lena-West He­lena. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (870) 338-4350 or (800) 358-0972 or visit delta­cul­tur­al­cen­ter.com.

Con­cert hon­ors parks

The Hot Springs Con­cert Band will per­form at 6 p.m. Mon­day in Whit­ting­ton Park, 374 Whit­ting­ton Ave., Hot Springs. Craig Hamil­ton will con­duct a pro­gram cel­e­brat­ing Amer­ica’s na­tional parks, in­clud­ing Hot Springs. Wey­er­haeuser Corp. is a par­tial spon­sor. Ad­mis­sion is free, but the band will ac­cept do­na­tions. Take lawn chairs and pic­nic sup­pers. In case of rain or ex­ces­sive heat, the con­cert could move in­doors. Visit hot­springs­band.org.

His­tory walk

The Arkansas His­toric Preser­va­tion Pro­gram will visit the Siloam Springs Down­town His­toric District at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day for its Au­gust “Walks Through His­tory” tour. The tour is co-spon­sored by Main Street Siloam Springs. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (501) 324-9880, email info@arkansasp­re­serv­tion.org or visit arkansasp­reser­va­tion.org.

Chicks con­cert film

Dixie Chicks — DCX MMXVI — In Con­cert, from the Dixie Chicks’ re­cent tour, hits nearly 450 movie the­aters na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing the Breck­en­ridge 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 in Lit­tle Rock, the Con­way 12 in Con­way, the Ra­zor­back Cin­ema in Fayet­teville and the Malco Fort Smith Cin­ema in Fort Smith, 7 p.m. Mon­day. The tour brought the trio to North Lit­tle Rock’s Ver­i­zon Arena in Septem­ber 2016. Ticket in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at Fath­omEvents.com.

Theater preser­va­tion

Pre­serve Arkansas, in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Arkansas Her­itage, the Arkansas His­toric Preser­va­tion Pro­gram and the Arkansas Arts Coun­cil, will hold the His­toric The­aters Con­fer­ence, Thurs­day-Fri­day at the Winthrop Rock­e­feller In­sti­tute atop Pe­tit Jean Moun­tain, 1 Rock­e­feller Drive, Mor­ril­ton.

The con­fer­ence will in­clude ses­sions on pro­gram­ming, fundrais­ing, mar­ket­ing, and ren­o­va­tion and main­te­nance of his­toric struc­tures. It will also of­fer net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cred­its for ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­sign­ers and the chance for the­aters to join the League of His­toric Amer­i­can The­aters for one year, cour­tesy of the Mid-Amer­ica Arts Al­liance.

Con­fer­ence fee is $75, in­clud­ing four meals, two net­work­ing re­cep­tions and one overnight stay on the in­sti­tute cam­pus.

More in­for­ma­tion and on­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at rock­e­fel­lerin­sti­tute.org/in­sti­tute-pro­grams/his­toric-the­aters. Call (501) 372-4757 or visit Pre­serveArkansas.org.

Mean­while, Aug. 31 is the dead­line to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions for Pre­serve Arkansas’ 2017 Arkansas Preser­va­tion Awards for el­i­gi­ble projects in these cat­e­gories: Out­stand­ing Ser­vice in Neigh­bor­hood Preser­va­tion, Out­stand­ing Work by a Crafts­man, Ex­cel­lence in Preser­va­tion through Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Ex­cel­lence in Preser­va­tion through Restora­tion, Ex­cel­lence in Per­sonal Preser­va­tion Projects, Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Preser­va­tion Ad­vo­cacy, Out­stand­ing New Con­struc­tion in a His­toric Set­ting, Out­stand­ing Preser­va­tion Re­port­ing in the Me­dia, the Ned Shank Award for Out­stand­ing Preser­va­tion Pub­li­ca­tion, Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Preser­va­tion Ed­u­ca­tion, Ex­cel­lence in Her­itage Preser­va­tion and the Parker West­brook Award for Life­time Achieve­ment.

Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able on­line at Pre­serveArkansas.org; call (501) 372-4757 or email info@pre­servearkansas.org. A Jan. 19 cer­e­mony and din­ner in Lit­tle Rock will honor the win­ners.

UALR stage sea­son

The Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock theater arts and dance depart­ment will open its 2017-2018 sea­son with The All Night Strut, a mu­si­cal re­vue con­ceived by Fran Char­nas, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-14, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Univer­sity The­atre, Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, UALR, 2801 S. Univer­sity Ave., Lit­tle Rock. Direc­tor Stephen K. Stone and mu­si­cal direc­tor Michael Heavner are putting to­gether a cast of 14 singers and dancers who will per­form clas­sic tunes from the 1930s and ’40s.

The rest of the lineup (ex­cept as noted, all per­for­mances 7:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day-Sat­ur­day, 2:30 p.m. Sun­day, Univer­sity The­atre):

■ Nov. 16-19: Dance Har­vest 2017, fea­tur­ing mod­ern, jazz and bal­let chore­og­ra­phy by fac­ulty mem­bers past and present — Stone, Sa­man­tha John­son, Rhythm McCarthy, Robin Neveu Brown and Stephanie Thibeault.

■ Feb. 21-25: An Oc­toroon by Bran­don Ja­cobs-Jenk­ins, based on the 1859 play The Oc­toroon by Dion Bouci­cault, Hais­lip The­atre.

■ April 19-22: BodyWorks 2018, spring dance con­cert.

Tick­ets are $10, $5 for fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents, mil­i­tary and se­nior cit­i­zens. Call (501) 569-3456 or visit ualr.edu/ the­atre.

Arkansas Demo­crat

“Sur­rounded by news­men … ” a 1997 sil­ver gelatin print of a 1957 photo by pho­tog­ra­pher Will Counts, is part of the “Will Counts: The Cen­tral High School Pho­to­graphs” ex­hibit, open­ing Tues­day at the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter.

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