- Arkansas Black Hall of Fame/Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity
- ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN ARKANSAS: Clinton presidental diarist Janis F. Kearney hosts a conversation with Annie Abrams, Elizabeth Eckford and Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton at UA Pulaski Tech on Thursday evening.
A CONVERSATION WITH ANNIE ABRAMS, ELIZABETH ECKFORD AND DR. SYBIL JORDAN HAMPTON
6 p.m. UA Pulaski Technical College, Center for the Humanities and Arts. Free.
The voicemail of Annie Abrams is art. "Service is the rent we pay to stay on God's earth," she informs those who call. "I'm paying my rent. Do you have rent to pay today?" Abrams, a longtime Little Rock activist, gives that one-sentence explanation for her decades of work — labor that spans time from the desegregation of Central High to establishing the MLK Day parade to, a few weeks ago, when I saw her at a meeting on policing. She challenges you to join her. So, since she can do that with a voicemail, I'd recommend hearing her speak at length. Abrams will be joined by Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, and Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, who was the first black student to attend all four years at Central High School and went on to head the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, in a panel discussion moderated by Clinton presidential diarist Janis F. Kearney. The women will discuss their part in the continuing struggle for civil rights. You may learn how to "pay your rent." JR
'ON THE ROW'
7 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Free.
In May 2016 — a little less than a year before Arkansas's death row at the Varner Supermax facility near Gould would become the subject of international headlines — Kathy McGregor was there teaching a writing workshop. There was
ARKANSAS TIMES MUSICIANS SHOWCASE
8 p.m. Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack. $5.
The 26th Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, which kicked off last Thursday night, heard first from a Jonesboro quintet with early 2000s angst and tricks up its sleeve — like when the guitarist removed his axe and slipped on back to the drum throne mid-song, relieving the drummer to sneak around to
LUNCH AND LEARN: WILLIAM GRANT STILL
Noon. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.
The man some call the "Dean of African-American composers" grew up right here in Little Rock, and Central Arkansas residents have a few chances to hear some of his music this spring. First up: This free lunchtime program at Mosaic Templars gives a primer on William Grant Still's life and work. Still earned two Guggenheim Fellowships and honorary doctorates from Oberlin College and Pepperdine University, and he was astonishingly prolific, with five symphonies and eight operas, ballets and countless engagements as an arranger, conductor, instrumentalist and recording manager. Maybe more importantly, he was blowing some minds with his original material; until the 1950s, Still's first symphony was the most widely performed symphony by an American composer, and his "A Bayou Legend" was the first opera by an African-American composer to be performed on national U.S. television. He also wrote a piano concerto called "Kaintuck' " after taking a train trip through Kentucky in 1935, and that piece will be excerpted by
- 'AMERIKA': Larry Crane (whose work is above), Michael Darr and Mike Gaines will open their studios in the Pyramid building for 2nd Friday Art Night.
2ND FRIDAY ART NIGHT
5-8 p.m., galleries and other venues downtown. Free.
8 p.m. The Undercroft. $10, beer available for donations.
Recent memory of Mandy McBryde's voice includes a Donna Summer-y cameo on a disco earworm for the soundtrack of the film "White Nights"; the crushing coal miner ballad she penned, "West Franklin," from The Wildflower Revue's self-titled debut; her pitch-perfect take on "The Last Time I Saw Richard" at pianist John Willis' Joni Mitchell tribute; and some lovely, wispy riverside tunes at last fall's Legends of Arkansas festival. If it's been a while or if you're yet to hear the songwriter, catch her here at this cave-like underground venue right downtown; it's a true listening room, the right kind of space for delicate, unfolding melodies like McBryde's. SS
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10.
This one's for fans of Snarky Puppy or Trey Anastasio, a Chicago jam quartet with amazing chops and Zappa-level complication to its arrangements.
- 'BLACK IRISH': Shannon McNally takes tunes from her latest album, produced by Rodney Crowell, to South on Main Saturday night.
9 p.m. South on Main. $10.
The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour in Oxford, Miss., was my first introduction to the spellbinding Shannon McNally, but most people probably found her music by way of the notable names in the performer's liner notes and stage bills:
FUSION 2018: 'THE GREAT EXPEDITION: THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE AND ITS IMPACT ON ARKANSAS'
6 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center. Free; reservations required.
The Clinton Center's "The Great Expedition" exhibition features such things as original documents from the Louisiana Purchase that added Arkansas to the union for about 3 cents an acre, as well as artifacts from William Dunbar and George Hunter's expedition from northern Louisiana into Arkansas to explore the "Washita River" and Hot Springs' hot springs. Visitors will see Dunbar's journal, his eyeglasses and a replica of the boat the explorers used: the "Aux Arc" keelboat. But here's what this To Do is really about: The
- 'LOVE IS LOVE': Rosalind Russell stars as ace reporter Hildy Johnson alongside Cary Grant in "His Girl Friday," to screen at the Ron Robinson Theater as part of a February love-themed series.
'HIS GIRL FRIDAY'
6 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater. $3.
The American imagination loves a brassy "girl reporter": Brenda Starr, Lois Lane and Amy Archer, that fast-talking, hard-boiled newspaper woman Jennifer Jason Leigh played in The Coen Brothers' undersung 1994 gem, "The Hudsucker Proxy." Here, Howard Hawks flipped the script on bromance "The Front Page" and recast the second lead as a woman — one who's acknowledged as an equal in the male-dominated newsroom. The renamed Hildy Johnson — played here by Rosalind Russell, to great effect — is the quick-witted ex-wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, delivered by Cary Grant with that strange, stilted city accent that seems to show up only in 1940s Hollywood. The movie's been praised for its lightning-fast, overlapping dialogue, its litany of jokes, its superb cinematography and for placing a badass female lead at the forefront of the action. The Central Arkansas Library System screens it here as part of a Tuesday night movie series, themed "Love is Love" for the month of February. SS