Dave Rosen Big Band

Dave Rosen Big Band

Saturday, July 26
8:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Jazz lovers may jump at a chance to hear a 17-piece big band in July. Arkansas Sounds' concert series will host the Dave Rosen Big Band. Tickets are $10, general admission, and are available at www.arkansassounds.org and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue.

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Dave Rosen Big Band

Ben Nichols

Friday, August 29
7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ben Nichols is the front man for the Memphis-based alt-country band Lucero, which has earned critical praise for its gritty, rootsy, and almost punk approach to country rock and for Nicholsí emotive, whiskey-soaked vocals. Tickets are $20, general admission, and are available online, and from Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue.

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Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch: Frank Sata

Wednesday, August 6, noon-1pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

As a young boy, Frank Sata was one of thousands of Japanese Americans who spent time in Arkansas during World War II, imprisoned by their own country merely because of their ancestry. Mr. Sata's father, J.T. Sata, was an accomplished artist who documented his family's time in camps in Arkansas and Arizona in a series of remarkable oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Some of that art is currently displayed in Concordia Hall of Butler Center Galleries, as part of Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome. At Legacies & Lunch, Mr. Sata will discuss his internment experience, his father's art, and the ways his work as an architect reflects his memories of his years in Arkansas. This special program will be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater and is co-hosted by the Clinton School of Public Service.

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finding family facts

Finding Family Facts

Every second Monday
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Arkansas Studies Institute Building, Room 204
401 President Clinton Ave.

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5754
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Room 204, 401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Apr

11

Jul

24

2014

on view now

Detachment: Work by Robert Reep

Detachment is an exhibition of mixed media collage by Robert Reep, a Little Rock artist and owner of Chroma Gallery. Reep describes his artwork as "spirited and sophisticated artifacts that reflect [his] curiosity, emotion and enthusiasm for the inventory and activity of daily life."

Loft Gallery

Apr

11

Aug

23

2014

on view now

Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome

This show features artwork created by people held in the Japanese American internment camps in Arkansas during World War II. The exhibition was inspired by the Butler Center's remarkable collection of art work from the camp at Rohwer, donated by Rosalie Santine Gould of McGehee, and by the extraordinary generosity of people who lived in the camps or had loved ones who did and wanted the Butler Center to have more art created at the camps at Rohwer and Jerome.

Concordia Gallery

June

13

Aug

30

2014

on view now

State Youth Art Show 2014: An Exhibition by the Arkansas Art Educators

This show features dynamic works of art by talented students across Arkansas, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The works featured are the Best of Show winners from seven regions of the state. The Arkansas Art Educators is a group of art teachers from around the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide high quality in-service training and to promote student art.

West Gallery

Jul

11

Sep

27

2014

on view now

Arkansas Homemakers: Home Demonstration and Extension Clubs

This exhibition celebrates 100 years of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs with photographs from the Arkansas History Commission and paintings by Katherine Strause. The exhibition is inspired by A Splendid Piece of Work, by Elizabeth Griffin Hill; excerpts of this book are presented as well.

Underground Gallery

Jul

26

2014

Dave Rosen Big Band

Jazz lovers may jump at a chance to hear a 17-piece big band in July. Arkansas Sounds' concert series will host the Dave Rosen Big Band. Tickets are $10, general admission. More info»

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
8:00 p.m.

Aug

6

2014

Legacies & Lunch: Frank Sata

As a young boy, Frank Sata was one of thousands of Japanese Americans who spent time in Arkansas during World War II, imprisoned by their own country merely because of their ancestry. Mr. Sata's father, J.T. Sata, was an accomplished artist who documented his family's time in camps in Arkansas and Arizona in a series of remarkable oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Some of that art is currently displayed in Concordia Hall of Butler Center Galleries, as part of Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome. At Legacies & Lunch, Mr. Sata will discuss his internment experience, his father's art, and the ways his work as an architect reflects his memories of his years in Arkansas. This special program will be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater and is co-hosted by the Clinton School of Public Service. More »

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
noon - 1:00 p.m.

Aug

8

Nov

1

2014

Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock's History Lives

Drawings, blueprints, and photographs of buildings in Little Rock's historic Quapaw Quarter.

Butler Center Loft Gallery

Aug

29

2014

Ben Nichols, an Arkansas Sounds Concert

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ben Nichols is the front man for the Memphis-based alt-country band Lucero, which has earned critical praise for its gritty, rootsy, and almost punk approach to country rock and for Nicholsí emotive, whiskey-soaked vocals. During breaks from Lucero, Nichols has recorded acoustic-based material, including an EP featuring Nichols on acoustic guitar, Rick Steff (of Cat Power) on accordion and piano, and Todd Been (of Glossary) on pedal steel and electric guitar. This EP, titled The Last Pale Light in the West, comprises songs based on characters and situations from Cormac McCarthy's novel, Blood Meridian. Nichols has been described as "a blistering diesel train of a singer and a songwriter of rare versatility" by The Austinist.

Tickets are $20, general admission, and are available online, and from Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
7:00 p.m.

Sep

12

Dec

27

2014

An Exhibition by the Arkansas League of Artists (ALA)

An annual juried exhibition of works by ALA members in a variety of media.

Butler Center West Gallery

Sep

12

2015

Mar

15

2015

Echoes of the Ancestors: Native American Objects from the University of Arkansas Museum

An artistic display of objects created by Native Americans in ceramics, wood, grass, cane, and shell materials.

Butler Center Concordia Hall

Oct

10

Jan

24

2015

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon

An exhibition of posters and other resources by the UALR Center for Arkansas History & Culture.

Butler Center Underground Gallery