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Tonight's the night: Festival of Ideas weekend kicks off with gala

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Arkansas Times account executive Sarah DeClerk in a dress by Matthew Richmond image
  • Arkansas Times account executive Sarah DeClerk

One more time with feeling: We're throwing a big party tonight, and you should come. We're calling it the Arkansas Times Influentials Gala on account of it being a celebration of the 50 people we highlighted in our recent Influential Arkansans issue, but in retrospect, perhaps "gala" wasn't the right word. When I think "gala," I think tuxedos and ice sculptures. This is a party. There'll probably be suits and fancy cocktail dresses — like the one above, designed by Matthew Richmond, that Sarah DeClerk will be modeling — but there'll also be blue jeans and tennis shoes. Tickets are $25. The money benefits the Old State House and there'll be open bar and appetizers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call Paige at the Times at 375-2985 to reserve your tickets.

Tomorrow, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., we've got the Festival of Ideas going on throughout downtown at the Old State House, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Main Library and the Clinton School for Public Service. Here's the full schedule. Everything is FREE. Two late additions that we're particularly excited about: Scott Stewart, whose company Slabtown Customs specializes in building tiny but entirely habitable houses, will be at the Historic Arkansas Museum to talk about his business and the tiny house movement at 3 p.m. AND he'll have one of his tiny houses outside the museum (on the Second Street side) for you to tour all day. And Dr. Jamie Hestekin, who's leading an award-winning project at the University of Arkansas to turn algae into biofuel, is bringing a remote-controlled car that runs on bio-fuel. He's speaking at 3 p.m. at the Main Library.

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