brian nahlen

Brian Nahlen: An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Singer/songwriter Brian Nahlen, a North Little Rock native, will perform a few Beatles favorites, such as “Blackbird,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and original music from his debut album, Better Than I Thought It Could Be, to be released in February, 2015. Tickets are $5, general admission, and will be available at the door of Hillcrest Hall at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show.

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the wildflowers

The Wildflowers (Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, & Mandy McBryde)
An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, and Mandy McBryde have recently formed the Wildflowers, performing music with folk, country, rock, and blues influences. This concert will feature a brief solo set by each artist, followed up with a full set to be performed by the trio with a backing band. Tickets are $10, general admission, and available at www.cals.org/tickets and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but may be picked up at the will-call table in the lobby of the theater at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show. If not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at that time.

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Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas

Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas

While little has been written about the USS Arkansas, this battleship carried the state’s name through a Mexican invasion, two world wars, and into the atomic age.

Now the intriguing history of the ship and its rightful place in modern history is told in a new book: Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas by Ray Hanley and Steven Hanley, just released from Butler Center Books.

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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: 501.320.5700
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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Every
2nd
Mon.

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.

thru

Apr

24

2015

on view now

Reflections on Line & Mass: Paintings & Sculpture by Robyn Horn

Robyn Horn, a noted painter and sculptor based in Little Rock, is an abstract artist who is drawn to forms, textures, negative space, tension, and movement. She seeks to preserve the individual character of her materials and to combine the curving lines of nature with the angular lines of geometry. Horn began showing work in 1988 and has been included in exhibitions around the world. Her work has been collected by museums throughout the United States and in London, and she has received numerous awards, including a Winthrop Rockefeller Memorial Award from the Arkansas Arts Center and a Distinguished Service Award from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

thru

May

30

2015

on view now

Captured Images: Photographs from the Collection

From Bruce Jackson’s poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library System’s collection presents a diverse representation of the people and places of Arkansas. Featured artists also include Gary Cawood, Thomas Harding, Benjamin Krain, David Mann, Barney Sellers, and more.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

thru

Jun

27

2015

on view now

An Exhibition by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers

From Bruce Jackson’s poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library System’s collection presents a diverse representation of the people and places of Arkansas. Featured artists also include Gary Cawood, Thomas Harding, Benjamin Krain, David Mann, Barney Sellers, and more.

Loft Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

1

2015

Legacies & Lunch: Dr. Brian Mitchell
Exiled: The Story of Arkansas’s Free Black Expulsion of 1860

Following John Brown’s Harper ferry raid, Arkansas would become the only state to prohibit free blacks from residing within its borders. Free blacks within the state were given only two options: Leave the state by January 1, 1860, or be sold into slavery. Hundreds of free blacks were uprooted from their homes and with few states willing to accept them, many roamed the nation in bands and small family groups in hope of finding sanctuary. The lecture will explore this little-known chapter of Arkansas history and will shed light on the state’s other Trail of Tears.

Legacies and Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
CALS Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Apr

10

Jul

25

2015

White River Memoirs

The White River and its tributaries represent the most ecologically intact watershed in the continental United States. Over a million people inhabit it, living in 234 communities in 60 counties. For the past two years, Chris Engholm has traveled the White River in a cedar strip canoe, listening to people connected to it and collecting the artwork of 25 fine artists who maintain a special relationship with the river. This artwork, photographs, and information about the river are presented in White River Memoirs.

Concordia Hall Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

17

2015

Brian Nahlen
An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Singer/songwriter Brian Nahlen, a North Little Rock native, will perform a few Beatles favorites, such as “Blackbird,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and original music from his debut album, Better Than I Thought It Could Be, to be released in February, 2015. Tickets are $5, general admission, and will be available at the door of Hillcrest Hall at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show.

7:00pm
Hillcrest Hall
1501 Kavanaugh Blvd.

May

6

2015

Legacies & Lunch: Chris Engholm
White River Memoirs

The White River and its tributaries represent the most ecologically intact watershed in the continental United States. Over a million people inhabit it, living in 234 communities in 60 counties. For the past two years, Chris Engholm has traveled the White River in a cedar strip canoe, listening to people connected to it and collecting the artwork of 25 fine artists who maintain a special relationship with the river. This artwork is showcased in a gallery exhibition, White River Memoirs, on view in Butler Center Galleries, 401 Pres. Clinton Ave., now through July 25, 2015. At Legacies & Lunch, Engholm will discuss his experiences and present visual documentation of his findings.

Legacies and Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
CALS Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

May

29

2015

The Wildflowers (Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, & Mandy McBryde)
An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, and Mandy McBryde have recently formed the Wildflowers, performing music with folk, country, rock, and blues influences. This concert will feature a brief solo set by each artist, followed up with a full set to be performed by the trio with a backing band. Tickets are $10, general admission, and available at www.cals.org/tickets and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but may be picked up at the will-call table in the lobby of the theater at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show. If not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at that time.

7:00pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
401 President Clinton Ave.