Off Center, the official name of Norman Jones' new incarnation of the space that used to house Easy Street, will open at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, with Cody Belew and Co. There's no cover charge. Live music, which will typically happen Tuesday through Saturday, otherwise will start at 8 p.m. and cost $3 to $5. General manager Jordan VanNess says that all door proceeds, regardless of cover, go directly to performers. Wednesdays will be open mic night for singers, pianists, poets and the like. Find the music schedule for January on arktimes.com.
Jason McHughes, Ivan Yarborough and other musicians expect to return to the recording studio within a month or two to finish the Art Porter Sr. tribute album that Buddy Habig (see Obit, page 19) was working with them on at the time of his death.
Also, a project under the name McHughes & Habig consisting of original compositions should be released sometime this year and will be titled, “Another Damn Thing.”
Late last year, the Library of Congress, as it does annually, added 25 films to the National Film Registry “to be preserved for all time.” This year's selections brought the registry's number to 500. Two of this year's films have Arkansas connections, “A Face in the Crowd” and “Hallelujah.”
The former, filmed in Piggott by legendary director Elia Kazan, featured Andy Griffith in his first starring role. It hit theaters in 1957. The latter, released in 1929 and directed by King Vidor, featured one of the first all-African-American casts in a major motion picture. It was shot partly in the Arkansas Delta.