ARKANSAS TIMES FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
11 a.m. various downtown venues. Free.
Assembling 50 of the most influential people in the state into a recent cover package got us thinking: Why limit this collection of impressive doers and thinkers to one cover story? Why not devote a weekend to them?
On Friday, we'll honor all of them with a cocktail reception at the Old State House Museum. You're invited. Tickets are $25 (proceeds benefit the Old State House) and include access to open bar and appetizers (call 375-2985 to reserve yours).
On Saturday, nearly 20 from our group of influential Arkansans will give FREE talks, demonstrations and participate in panel discussions at the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library, the Clinton School, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House.
Starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until around 5 p.m., you'll have a chance to watch the likes of restaurateur Scott McGehee give a cooking demonstration (noon, Historic Arkansas Museum), master knife maker Jerry Fisk (11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Historic Arkansas Museum) show how he makes some of the most coveted blades in the world, and Brent and Craig Renaud (1 p.m., Clinton School) show clips from some of their not-yet-released documentary work.
We've got names familiar and prominent participating — UA System president Donald Bobbitt (11 a.m., Main Library), Verizon Arena general manager Michael Marion (noon, Old State House), library director Bobby Roberts (noon, Main Library), fashion designer Korto Momolu (noon, Historic Arkansas Museum), state Rep. John Walker (1 p.m., Old State House) and Oxford American publisher Warwick Sabin (3 p.m., Clinton School).
We also have a handful you probably don't know, but should, such as Scott Stewart (3 p.m., Historic Arkansas Museum) of Slabtown Customs, who makes tiny, habitable houses and will have one on display; and start-up expert Jeannette Balleza (4 p.m., Clinton School), director of the technology business incubator ARK Challenge, who'll bring along a number of the entrepreneurs currently at work on their tech start-ups. And that's not even the full lineup.
See the full schedule and RSVP to attend (to ensure you have a seat).