Weekend Planner: Little Rocktoberfest, Little Rock Nine 60th Anniversary, ACANSA Events and More

This weekend there are two big events in central Arkansas. The first is the ACANSA Arts Festival. ACANSA’s mission is to encourage and increase participation in visual and performing arts, promote the cultural vitality of the south, and generate opportunities for local commerce in Little Rock, North Little Rock and throughout central Arkansas. The second…

Hot Springs Film Festival Introduces New Interim Executive Director

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is continuing its streak as the longest-running nonfiction film festival in North America. As it prepares for its 26th year, it welcomes a new interim executive director: Jennifer Gerber. Gerber is taking former Executive Director Courtney Pledger’s place. Pledger is now director of the Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN).…

Arkansas Author Shines a Light on State’s Athletic Past

In an effort to learn about past racial diversity in sports, author Evin Demirel recently published a nearly 200-page anthology entitled African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali’s Tour, Black Razorbacks & Other Forgotten Tales. “I don’t want to shy away from our past,” says the former-Latin-teacher-turned-writer. “I want to learn more about it, grapple with it and share…