Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday-Saturday To-Do: 'JFK 50 Years Later

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

The exhibit JFK: 50 Years Later opens Monday in Argenta pic
  • The exhibit "JFK: 50 Years Later" opens Monday in Argenta.

Argenta Arts District

It's been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet in Dallas. Some of us remember the Camelot era he ushered in; others of us are too young. For the former, the photos that make up the exhibit "JFK 50 Years Later" will provoke all sorts of memories; for the latter, they'll be illuminating.

Monday through Saturday, eight venues in North Little Rock's historic downtown are showing some 120 photographs from the collection of Rogers Photo Archives, grouped in segments of JFK's life, from family to the Space Race to his assassination.

Along with the exhibits, there will be special events: Filmmaker Craig Renaud will show a short film he created for the exhibition at a 7 p.m. Monday opening reception at the Argenta Community Theater and Gov. Mike Beebe will read JFK's inaugural address at noon Tuesday, March 26, 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. March 26.

Also scheduled: "Shooting JFK," a talk by former United Press International photographer Willie Allen, 6 p.m. March 27 and 4 p.m. March 30; a screening of Oliver Stone's film "JFK" at 7 p.m. March 28 at the ACT, and an auction of work by Arkansas artists at 7 p.m. March 30 at the ACT.

Ticketed events will raise money for the Argenta Arts Foundation and the "Moonshot Project" to boost college success through the arts. Venues include The Joint (301 Main St.), THEA Foundation (401 Main St.), Starving Artist Cafe (411 Main St.), Art Connection (204 E. 4th St.), Pennington Studios (417 Main St.), Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.) and the Paint Box Gallery (705 Main St.).

Call 225-5600 for ticket information; exhibits are free.

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