Comedian Dave Attell, the host of the Comedy Central TV show “Insomniac,” will appear for one night only at the Loony Bin Comedy Club on Monday, May 16. His shows are at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $25.
Attell went around Little Rock on his last visit filming an “Insomniac” episode. “I’m looking forward to getting there, but we won’t have time to stay out all night. It’s a bus tour and we’ve got to keep going” he said. “I thought it was a great bar town the last time. It was a lot of fun.”
Attell describes his show as “very blue and not blue collar. It’s kind of raw, and not for everybody.”
Shawn Rouse will open the show. Call 228-5555.
Poetry of Rumi
Coleman Barks will read his translation of the poetry of Rumi on Monday, May 16, at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre main stage in a benefit for Arkansas Hospice and the Arts Cooperative Team. Barks, accompanied by David Darling on cello and Glen Velez on hand drum, will read from his translations of the timeless works as well as from his own original poems. Arkansas poet Red Hawk opens the show reading his original works and debuting his latest book, “Wreckage with a Beating Heart.” For more information visit www.blueskyexperience.org or call 877-725-8849.
Jazz for a museum
The Mosaic Templars Jazz Band will perform at a benefit for the Mosaic Templars Phoenix Fund on Monday, May 16, at Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar in the River Market district. The fund has been established to help with the rebuilding of the Mosaic Templars America Headquarters Building on West Ninth Street and Broadway, which was destroyed by fire on March 16. The building, once home to one of the world’s largest and most successful groups of black entrepreneurs, was to become a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage as the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The jazz group, made up of local talent, will play from 5-9 p.m., and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the door on a first-come first-served basis. Call 683-3615.
For other donations to the fund, send checks to Mosaic Templars Phoenix Fund, P.O. Box 16270; Little Rock, AR 72231.
Golf in Fort Smith
The Nationwide Tour, one step below the PGA Tour for the nation’s best golfers, will be in Fort Smith this week for the $450,000 Rheem Classic, sponsored by Rheem Manufacturing Co. The tournament at the historic Hardscrabble Country Club will feature such players as David Gossett, who has won the PGA Tour, former Arkansas Razorback Andrew Dahl, Little Rock’s Bryce Molder and longtime Arkansas amateur standout Ron Richard, along with a host of Nationwide tour regulars. Previous Hardscrabble winners Zach Johnson and Franklin Langham have moved on to the PGA Tour.
The event also will be televised for the first time nationally on The Golf Channel Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day (condensed same-day broadcasts will air from midnight to 1:30 a.m.). Tee times start at 8 a.m. each day.
Tickets for the entire tournament are $25, and one-day tickets are $10.
The tournament will also feature a 19th Hole Comfort Zone for fans at the Hardscrabble indoor tennis courts Thursday through Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. with live music each night. Nightly admission is $5 and a full cash bar and appetizers will be available. The parties are open to ages 21 and up.
For more information, call 479-782-3410.
Downtown labyrinth walk
Christ Church, at 509 Scott St., will feature a special tour of the exhibit “History of the Labyrinth” on Friday, May 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Second Friday Art Night. The exhibit explores the history of the labyrinth from 3500 B.C. to 2004 through prints of mixed media collages by artist Charlotte Durgin. Volunteers will be on hand to guide walks at downtown Little Rock’s only permanent indoor labyrinth.
Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. There is no admission charge. Call 375-2342.
Cruisin’ on Friday
Cruisin’ in the Rock, the monthly show of classic cars and contemporary fancy rides, is normally the third Thursday of the month at the River Market, but will be held this month on Friday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free.
Also, the River Market gets the weekend cranking on Thursday, May 12, with its second Big Downtown Thursdays party, featuring local blues group Max Taylor and the Blue Katz from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the pavilions. Admission is free; beer and food are available for purchase.
Travs enjoy home
The Arkansas Travelers are finding there’s no place like home, where they’ve won the majority of their games this spring (while losing most of them on the road). The Travs will be back in town Friday, May 13, for the start of a five-game series with Texas League East Division rival Tulsa. Game times are 7:10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday; 2 p.m. on Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
Special events include a baseball scorebook clipboard going to the first 1,000 paid adults on Friday; Travelers replica jerseys to the first 1,000 paid kids on Saturday; and the Family Fun Fest outside the stadium beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by a pregame kids clinic on the field with the Travs starting at 12:45 p.m. Monday’s game is a Sonic School Day affair for central Arkansas schools, but all ages are welcome.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Call 664-1555.
Tour the sub
Tours of the U.S.S. Razorback submarine, docked on the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River near the Main Street Bridge, will begin Sunday, May 15, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Regular tours will be conducted Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Call 791-8543 for more information and special group tour packages.
Given that America has been repeating many of her old mistakes since 9/11, it might be a good time to bone up on our history — specifically, Arkansas’s role in one of our darkest moments of racial injustice. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced to relocate to military-controlled concentration camps. These included more than 16,000 men, women and children sent to two camps in southeast Arkansas, at Rohwer and Jerome. At 9 p.m. Monday, May 16, on AETN (Comcast Channel 3, broadcast Channel 2) catch the nationwide PBS broadcast of “Time of Fear,” documenting the experience of those incarcerated at the Arkansas camps. “Time of Fear” was part of the “Life Interrupted” project and a partnership between UALR and the Japanese-American National Museum in Los Angeles. It is a must-see for any American — a true cautionary tale, especially in today’s fear-filled world.
Sen. Linda Collins-Smith (R-Pocahontas) made a run at imposing a stronger ethics requirement on the legislature, but she fell short. Her bill got a 20-6 favorable vote in the Senate, but as amendment to an initated act, an ethics reform measusre of 1988, she need 24 votes.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.
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