by Max Brantley
Let's change the subject from football to entertainment and ideas.
It will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at several downtown venues — the Old Statehouse, Historic Arkansas Museum, the Clinton School and the Downtown Library.
BUT PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Everyone is also invited to a gala FRIDAY NIGHT, SEPT. 21, at the Old State House to honor the 50 people we named influential Arkansas in our Sept. 5 issue. This is a BENEFIT for the OLD STATE HOUSE. It costs $25. BUT. You get cocktails, substantial food fare and a chance to meet our honorees and even a few of us. Links to gala signup here.
Editor Lindsey Millar has orchestrated the Saturday schedule of speakers drawn from the ranks of Influential Arkansas featured in our Sept. 5 cover story. They'll talk and take questions during one-hour sessions at venues within easy reach for walking and trolleying back and forth.
PLEASE NOTE: Each session will last less than hour, both to allow set up for succeeding sessions and to give people time to move among venues to attend multiple events.
Again, the full program and buttons to click to register for seats are right here. A two-page ad on the program also appears in the print edition of the Times.
Speakers include master knifemaker Jerry Fisk; a quilting expert, Irma Gail Hatcher; a cooking demonstration by chef/restaurateur Scott McGehee; architect Reese Rowland; a UA chemistry professor, Jamie Hestekind, pioneering use of algae as alternative fuel; filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud, UA President Donald Bobbitt; civil rights lawyer John Walker (have questions for him? I'll be moderating that session); Oxford American publisher Warwick Sabin; Chris Bouldin, a smart alecky T-shirt entrepreneur; fashion designer Korto Momolu; organic farmers Sue and Rusty Nuffer; concert impresario Michael Marion (how did he land Jimmy Buffett?); library boss Bobby Roberts, and more.
Click the link, check the schedule and reserve a free seat. Reservations aren't required, you can roam freely, but priority for seats will go to those who've signed up.
Please join us.