Eight venues in Argenta open a six-day exhibit today of archival photographs of President John F. Kennedy, grouped by family, policy, the space race, his assassination and more. The official kick-off is tonight as filmmaker Craig Renaud shows a short film he created for the exhibition at 7 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater. Tomorrow, Gov. Mike Beebe will read JFK's inaugural address at noon on the steps of the Argenta Post Office, 420 Main St.
Writers will assemble for a discussion, "Where Were You?", for Starving Artist's Tin Roof Project, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (reserve tickets Tales from the South). Also scheduled: "Shooting JFK," a talk by former United Press International photographer Willie Allen, 6 p.m. Wednesday 27 and 4 p.m. Saturday (tickets are free; reserve for Wednesay at eventbrite) and for Saturday here; a screening of Oliver Stone's film "JFK" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the ACT (tickets free; reserve here), and a Walking Tour with John Rogers, owner of Rogers Photo Archive, which has made this exhibition possible, at 5:30 p.m. Friday beginning at The Joint. (Another tour will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Argenta Gallery Walk begins at 4th Street at 5:30 p.m. Friday. There will be street painting by the NLR High School students involved in the Art Connection at 2 Saturday.
The exhibit Argenta Arts District location and themes are as follows:
The Joint, 301 Main St. — Moon Shot: The Space Race
Thea Foundation, 401 Main St. — JFK: His Family
Starving Artist Cafe, 411 Main St. — JFK: The Kennedy Clan
Art Connection, 204 East 4th St. — JFK: The Arts and the Challenge for Public Service
Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St. — JFK: 1000 Days of Camelot
Pennington Studios, 417 Main St. — JFK: A Nation Mourns
Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main St. — JFK: From Campaigns to Cold War
Paint Box Gallery, 705 Main St. — Jacqueline Kennedy