Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown

Friday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater • $25

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy-jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their magical musical chemistry to audiences. Violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith, and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy and jazz inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing–inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Tickets & more info »

The Arkansas River

Help Us Preserve Arkansas River Flood History

Have you taken photographs or video footage of the Arkansas River flood? We would love to have your help preserving and remembering this historic event. CALS is collecting photos and video of the 2019 Arkansas River flood to document the impact on our region. Submissions will be preserved as part of the archival collection at CALS. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this project! Submit your photos »

roosevelt thompson

Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey[at]cals[dot]org. Contributions may be viewed here »

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 Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located in Library Square. The Research Room of the Roberts Library is shared by the Butler Center and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture. Here, 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
Campus Parking Lot Rates

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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.

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

May

10

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Aug

24

2019

on view now

Patrick McFarlin – Fifty Years of McFarlin Oil: Paintings and Sculpture by an Arkansas Traveler

McFarlin has been making art under the moniker McFarlin Oil for more than fifty years. This exhibition of paintings and sculptures follows McFarlin from his time creating works of sculpture during the Bay Area funk movement back to his home state of Arkansas as he works through the eighties and beyond, painting his varieties of Ships of Fools as well as large so-called Manic-Expressive narrative paintings.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

13

2019

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy-jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their magical musical chemistry to audiences. Violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith, and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy and jazz inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt—which accounts for the “Hot Club” portion of their name—with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing–inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, represented in the “Cowtown” part of their name. This performance features a special musical tribute celebrating 50 years since the release of The Band‘s self-titled album, featuring Arkansas music legend Levon Helm!

Tickets are $25, all general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm, and the concert starts at 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Acansa Arts Festival

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
8:00 p.m.