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Art nights on both sides of the river Friday

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Little Rock and North Little Rock will be having gallery walks on Friday, Aug. 11. Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night will route art lovers via the River Rail to galleries and museums from the River Market district to the Arkansas Arts Center on 9th Street between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. North Little Rock’s downtown Argenta neighborhood will feature its Argenta Artwalk during the same hours.
Stop in at the Cox Creative Center, at 120 Commerce St. near the Main Library, to see the 2006 Small Works on Paper juried exhibition. The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday and admission is free. The exhibition will remain up through Sept. 2. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Area artists include Lynn Bell, Win Bruhl, George Chambers Jr., David Dodson, Terry R. Bean, Kathy Lindsey, Diane Ziemski, Robert Reep, Katherine Strause, Kenna Westerman, Brian Cormack, Rachel Koops, Dennis McCann and Ben Krain. In its 19th year, the exhibition is presented by the Arkansas Arts Council, and this year’s show features 39 works by 37 state artists.
The Little Rock tour also includes the Clinton Museum Store, Hearne Fine Art, the Historic Arkansas Museum and River Market ArtSpace, where a turned wood exhibit by Dr. Bob Miller debuts (see related picture on page 35).
In North Little Rock, the band Subdue will be playing in the courtyard of Arkansas Art Gallery at 5th and Main streets, as well-wishers celebrate artist V.L. Cox’s birthday on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. Cox will be opening a working studio the next week at 501 Main St. across from Arkansas Art Gallery, with a grand-opening reception at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.
Other stores open for the Argenta Artwalk are Baker House Gallery, Pennington Studios, AM Architecture and Galaxy.

Head ’em up, move ’em out
Former President Bill Clinton has long been a fan of the Western, and the Clinton Presidential Center will welcome all cowboy fans to “Back in the Saddle Again: A Roundup of Cowboy Heroes” on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12. Meet some of the larger-than-life heroes from the TV and movie Western era, including Will Hutchins from “Sugarfoot,” Jess Harper from “Wagon Train” and “Laramie,” Denny Miller from “Wagon Train” and Ty Hardin from “Cheyenne.”
Singer Johnny Western will perform in concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ($5 admission), and the cowboys will hold autograph sessions from 3-5 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. (free, but museum admission is required; other museum exhibits are closed during the late session).
Saturday’s activities include two symposiums, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and two autograph sessions, at noon and 4:30 p.m.
Call 374-4242 for more information.

Quick hits
Gridiron, the musical spoof of Arkansas politicians and personalities put on by the Pulaski County Bar Association, continues at the Arkansas Repertory Theater, 601 Main St., with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30. Call 378-0405 … Red Octopus’ annual sketch comedy salute to the summer, “Sweatin’ to the Pagans” continues at Easy Street Cabaret, 301 W. Seventh Street, with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors, and the show is recommended for mature audiences … The Clear Channel Metroplex will host a “Back to School Kids Expo” on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free immunizations, gymnastics performances, dance, taekwondo and cheerleading will be part of the event, and the group Jump 5 will be signing autographs. Admission is free … A master gardeners’ clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the River Market pavilions. Bring questions, comments and soil samples; seeds and bulbs will be given away ... Arkansas’s first Home Movie Day will be Saturday, at the Main Library’s Darragh Center. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies earlier this summer invited anyone with home move to submit them for the show, and they’ll be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 100 Rock St. Home Movie Day is part of an international movement now in its fourth year to preserve and archive personal historical records and snapshots of our past.


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