This year, Friday the 13th falls on a Saturday, but Little Rock’s in luck: The Clinton library is about to make its debut, and surely never in the city’s history will such celebration be launched. The hotels will be full, the streets packed and the names big: With Bill Clinton, the presidents Bush, Aretha Franklin, Al Franken and folks from across the Big Pond on hand, it’s time to think about tomorrow, or actually Saturday, when things get going.
Inaugurating the week-long “Arkansas Globecoming” celebration is an event that pays tribute to our homeboy jogger and McDonald’s drop-in: the Presidential Fun Run 5K. Aretha Franklin will be paying her respects to the former president Tuesday, Nov. 16, (say a little prayer you can still get tickets), and “Little Rock’s Largest Ever Fireworks Display” (sponsored by you-know-who) will light the sky Wednesday, Nov. 17. Then, of course, it’s time to check out the library, open to the public Friday, Nov. 19.
The schedule, by day (also available online at www.arkansasglobecoming.com):
SATURDAY, NOV. 13
8 a.m.: The Presidential Fun Run. The 5K run starts at the corner of Broadway and Markham streets and ends at the site where Gov. Clinton announced he’d run for the presidency, the Old State House. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 day of. Proceeds go the city Parks and Recreation Department. Call 918-5321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.presidentialfunrun.com.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. “Construction Site: Clinton Presidential Center.” Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. Exhibit of work by nationally recognized architectural photographer Tim Hursley, whose shots of the Clinton library ran in the New York Times and Newsweek. Continues through Jan. 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 324-9351.
9 a.m.-6 p.m.: “Presidential Pathways in Arkansas” exhibit. Main Library, 100 Rock St. A first-floor exhibit of photographs and memorabilia focuses on visits by 19 presidents (besides the native son) to Arkansas. A Presidential Memories Station will collect patrons’ stories about the visits. Life-size cutouts of former presidents are on the second floor, available for visitors’ photo ops. A collection of political buttons and books about President Clinton are displayed in the Butler Center on the third floor.
9 a.m.-8 p.m.: “From the Shores of the Euphrates to the Shores of New England,” National Bible Museum exhibit. Hilton Little Rock, I-630 and University Avenue. The story of the English Bible is told with rare printed and manuscript Bibles, archeological finds and historical artifacts. Continues through the week at the hours listed. Sunday hours 1-6 p.m. Tickets $17 weekends, $15 weekdays, $8 for seniors, $32 for family of four. 870-946-2799.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Presidential Shoe Display. Statehouse Convention Center. Footwear of 12 former presidents handcrafted by Johnston and Murphy, including shoes made for Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and others. Continues daily through Nov. 19.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Komen Foundation Build for the Cure Idea House Tours. First Security Bank building. Open daily (except Mondays) through Nov. 21. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Thursday evening hours 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets $20. 202-4009.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: “The White House Collection of American Crafts.” Gallery I, Fine Arts Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ceramics, silver and other fine crafts assembled by Hillary Clinton for a show in the White House. On loan from the Clinton Presidential Center. Continues daily through Dec. 14. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday. 569-8977.
3-5 p.m., 7-9 p.m.: Judy Baker Goss’ “First Farewell.” Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. Goss’ play is about Sarah Bernhardt’s 1906 stop at the Choctaw Station (now the Clinton School of Public Service of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and her affect on a 16-year-old girl. Katie Choate as the teen-ager and Judy Trice as Sarah Bernhardt join Mark Johnson, Steve Broadnax, Mike Mueller, Susan Nichols, Bill Trice and Sean Addington and Jennifer Pierce in a reading of the play. Limited seating. Free; reservations required. 666-1723.
7 p.m.: Shirley Caesar in concert. Barton Coliseum, State Fairgrounds. The gospel singer who’s performed for both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations will sing. Tickets $15-$30. 372-8341.
SUNDAY, NOV. 14
2 p.m. Dedication of six new sculptures in Riverfront Park. City Director Dean Kumpuris will lead the event, featuring six privately funded works, starting at the entrance of the presidential library on President Clinton Avenue and following a trail through Riverfront Park to the River Market fountain.
MONDAY, NOV. 15
7 a.m.: Political Animals Club breakfast. Little Rock Hilton, 925 S. University. Skip Rutherford, president of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, will provide an insider’s view on the planning, building and opening of the Clinton Presidential Center. For tickets, contact Linda Ratliff at email@example.com or 570-2266.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: “Arkansas Travelers” exhibit. Horace Cabe Gallery, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. The history of the Arkansas Traveler, from the legend of 1840 to the busloads who campaigned across the country of 1992 for President Clinton, is told with rare campaign memorabilia, sheet music, newspapers, handbills, baseball-related artifacts and more. Continues through the week at the hours listed; Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m. 324-9351.
10 a.m.: “Art and the White House” lecture and luncheon. Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Park. Tour of the exhibit, “Art and the White House: Presidential Selections 1960-2000,” and talk by Betty C. Monkman, curator emerita of the White House. Coffee will be served before the tour, the talk will be at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served afterward. Tickets are $10 for the lecture, $30 for lecture and luncheon. Reservations are required for lunch. 396-0351.
3-5 p.m.: Book-signing with White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. River Market Artspace, 301 President Clinton Ave. Mesnier will autograph copies of his new book, “Dessert University: More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier.” Free. Proceeds benefit the Central Arkansas Library System. 324-2787 or www.rivermarketartspace.com.
6-8 p.m.: Clinton Week Concert Series. Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. Five concerts, five nights, five styles of music, opening with the Hunter Brothers (gospel). Free. 324-9685.
6 p.m.: Battle of the Bands. Clear Channel Event Center Metroplex, 10800 Col. Glenn Road. Middle and high school students will perform and a musical instrument drive will be held. Sponsored by the Millennium Education Music Project and Play It Again Arkansas with VH1 Save the Music Foundation. 771-7797.
6:30 p.m.: Lecture by Janis F. Kearney. Darragh Center, Main Library, 100 Rock St. Kearney, former publisher of the Arkansas State Press newspaper, will talk about her experiences as President Clinton’s diarist. The event is co-sponsored by the Central High School National Historic Site. Free.
7:30 p.m.: An Evening with Al Franken, Arkansas Repertory Theater, 601 Main St. The former Saturday Night Live star who grew up to write “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” and host an Air America Radio talk show will provide political humor. The main event is sold out, but $50 tickets to a live video feed at The Rep are available. 378-0405.
TUESDAY, NOV. 16
10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.: Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute “Reel Film” Fest. The Darragh Center, Main Library, 100 Rock St. Harry Thomason’s “The Hunting of the President,” Larry Foley’s “22 Straight” about Razorback football in the 1960s and “The War Room” documentary of Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign are among the films on the schedule. $5 per film, $15 per day, $50 for a four-day pass. Continues through Nov. 18. (See article on page 58.) 501-321-4747 or www.hsdfi.org.
11 a.m.: Launch of City Year, with President Bill Clinton. Central High School. The former president will swear in 40 members of the nationwide citizen service organization. 537-8450.
11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Presidential Pavilion at the River Market. 400 President Clinton Ave. The three-day arts and crafts market features artists from Arkansas and the region. Continues at the same hours Nov. 17, noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 18. 370-3260.
11:30 a.m.: Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, with President Bill Clinton. Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Halls. Clinton will give the keynote speech. 374-2001.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Sister Cities International Fashion Show. Woman’s City Club, 501 S. Scott St. The Little Rock Sister Cities Commission fund-raiser features creations by Little Rock designer Connie Fails. Tickets are $125. 666-6226.
1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.: “Afternoon Delight” and “Art After Hours.” Amy Howard Richmond Fine Art, 201 E. Markham St. Art show and sale of work by Arkansas college students and their teachers benefits the Thea Foundation. Ten percent of sales of all art will be donated to the foundation, which provides visual and performing arts scholarships to Arkansas high school seniors. Tickets $25 for the first reception and $40 for the second. 833-8304 or www.theafoundation.org.
2-4 p.m. Nov. 16: Governor’s Mansion tea and tour. 1800 Center St. First Lady Janet Huckabee will serve tea and lead a tour of the renovated mansion. Tickets $20, children under 12 free. 324-9805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-6 p.m.: An Evening of Readings: The Poets of the Clinton Presidency. Ottenheimer Theater, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. Hendrix College Theatre Arts students will read poetry reflecting on the Clinton era, including work by Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove. Seating is limited. 501-450-1314. (The students will also present a scene from Dove’s “The Darker Face of the Earth” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at Hendrix’s Cabe Theatre in Conway. Matinee 2 p.m. Saturday. 501-450-1343 to reserve free tickets.
4:30-6:30 p.m.: “Bridging the Divide: Racial Reconciliation for the 21st Century.” University Theatre, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University. The College of Professional Studies and the National Conference for Community and Justice will host a panel discussion on President Clinton’s role in racial conciliation. Panelists include Sanford Cloud Jr., president and CEO of the organization; Bob Evans, executive director of Plowshares Inc.; and others. Free, reservations required. 569-3244 or www.ualr.edu.
5:30-8 p.m.: Reception honoring the legacy and achievements of President Clinton. Robinson Center. Arkansas leaders will hold a reception to honor President Clinton and pay homage to African Americans whose work with him advanced a progressive political agenda. (Invitation only.) 866-PRES-LIB.
6-8 p.m.: Clinton Week Concert Series. Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. The Dave Rogers Trio (jazz). Free. 324-9685.
7-10 p.m.: Young Professionals Presidential Celebration. Gusano’s, 313 President Clinton Ave. With live music. Tickets $12 members, $15 nonmembers. 940-4653 or www.aypn.org.
7 p.m. Arkansas Rimrockers season opener. Alltel Arena. Tickets at 975-HOOP (4667). Also Nov. 18.
7:30 p.m. “The Little Baby Snoogle Fleejer.” Arkansas Arts Center. Children’s Theatre adaptation of the book by President Jimmy Carter and his daughter, Amy Carter. Tickets $14. 372-4000. Also 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20.
8 p.m.: A Presidential Celebration with Aretha Franklin. Robinson Center Music Hall. The Queen of Soul sings for Arkansas’s version of The King, with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Lower balcony tickets $115, mezzanine tickets $145, side orchestra tickets $250 and orchestra tickets $300 at press time. 666-1761.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17
11:30 a.m.: The Governor’s Mansion: A Homecoming. Statehouse Convention Center. Arkansas’s first lady, Janet Huckabee, will be joined by her predecessors Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Bumpers, Betty Tucker, Gay White and Barbara Pryor at a luncheon to raise funds for renovation and additions to the Governor’s Mansion. Tickets $100. 324-9805 or email@example.com.
11:30 a.m.: Peggy Scranton's class at UALR will feature all 10 directors of presidential libraries. Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Free as space is available.
2-4 p.m.: “A Gift to the Nation: The National Gallery of Art.” Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Earl Powell III, director of the National Gallery, will give a talk in conjunction with the exhibit “The White House Collection of American Crafts” in Gallery I. Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Center. Limited seating. Free; reserve at 569-3296.
2 p.m. Lecture by Earl Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art. Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Free.
5 p.m.: Better than Ezra, the North Mississippi Allstars, B-Side. Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free concert of pop rock, blues jam and hip-hop music. Tickets required. Available at Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n ’Roll Chicken Shack’ 107 S. Commerce St.
5:30-7:30 p.m.: John Glenn at the Museum of Discovery. 500 President Clinton Ave. The astronaut and former U.S. senator will give a talk at the opening of the museum’s exhibit, “Space and the Presidency.” Artifacts from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will be on display. Tickets $50. 396-7050 (ext. 212), 800-880-6475 or www.amod.org.
6-8 p.m.: Clinton Week Concert Series. Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. The Cate Brothers (rock ’n’ roll). Free. 324-9685.
6 p.m.: Hard hat tour of Central High School. 2125 Daisy Bates Drive. National historic site rangers will lead a tour of the school, including work being done to renovate the interior with a grant from Save America’s Treasures. Free.
9 p.m.: Arkansas’s Largest Ever Fireworks Display. Riverfront Park. The brightest and best, sponsor Jennings Osborne and family promise.
THURSDAY, NOV. 18
10 a.m.: Clinton Presidential Center dedication ceremony. 1200 President Clinton Ave. The current and former presidents of the United States, their wives, statesmen from around the world and invited guests will be admitted to the presidential park for the ceremony. Mortals may watch on large screens to be placed on President Clinton Avenue. The library will open to the public on Nov. 19. 347-3047.
10 a.m. “Art and the White House.” Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Park. Docent-led tours of an exhibit of 40 works of art selected by presidents and first ladies of eight administrations to hang in the White House. (Also “Diana Walker: Photojournalist.”) Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Continues through Jan. 23. 372-4000 or www.arkarts.com.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Comedian Al Franken tapes his radio show before an audience at UALR's Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Free
1-4:30 p.m.: Free admission to the Little Rock Zoo. 1 Jonesboro Drive, War Memorial Park. 666-2406.
6-8 p.m.: Clinton Week Concert Series. Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. Kory Montgomery (blues). Free. 324-9685.
FRIDAY, NOV. 19
7 a.m.-7 p.m.: Clinton Presidential Center opens. 1200 President Clinton Ave. The park and presidential library will be open these days for extended hours to the public. 374-3047. Extended hours continue Saturday, Nov. 20.
6-8 p.m.: Clinton Week Concert Series. Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St. Shawn Camp (country). Free. 324-9685.
7 p.m.: “What’s American about Ameri-can Art?” Arkansas Arts Center. Gallery talk by Executive Director Ellen “Nan” Plummer.
8 p.m.: The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s “A Celebration of American Music.” Arkansas Arts Center. Featuring performances by the Quapaw, Rockefeller, and Sturgis quartets. 666-1761.
8 p.m.: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Rock opera music. Alltel Arena, NLR. $30-$50, through Ticketmaster (975-7575) or the arena box office (975-9000).
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Hot Springs Day at the Old State House. The Hot Springs Community Band will play. The Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau will issue commemorartive trading cards featuring a photo taken at the library dedication ceremony as long as the supply lasts. Free.