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Virtual Bingoflix: Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Tuesday, July 27, join us for Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark (2016, TV-MA)! In the post-apocalyptic future, the world is at war. The newly instated Soviet Russian Army has invaded the USA with the assistance of an evil German scientist who has created an army of super human soldiers,

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Nature Quest

Go on a nature-themed scavenger hunt at the Children’s Library. Get the first clue from the front desk from 9am – 6pm, and bring us back the code word for a prize! A new hunt occurs around the beginning of each month.

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Book Walk

Enjoy reading a fun story as you walk along the library grounds. The book we’ll read in June is Don’t Wake Up the Tiger

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

This ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required.

No matter who you are, there are many reasons to write about your life. The act of writing your story can be a healing and transformative journey; it helps identify the threads and themes in your life and make sense of what you’ve lived.

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Gregory Moore: Biota

On view Friday, June 11 to Saturday, September 25, 2021
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

In this exhibition of paintings on found objects, a secret world of plants and animals comes alive on decaying scraps from the human realm.

The Loft Gallery is located in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art.

Check the CALS Roberts Library website here: https://robertslibrary.org/visit/location-hours/ for gallery hours and visiting procedures.

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Arkansas Society of Printmakers: New Kids on the Print Block

On view Friday, May 14 to Friday, August 27
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Arkansas Society of Printmakers (ASP) is a community of artists, art collectors, and supporters of the art of printmaking dedicated to the mission of generating greater excitement and appreciation for printmaking as a unique art form in Arkansas.

The Underground Gallery is located in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History &

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Preschool Storytime

Join us each Wednesday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page for storytime, songs, games, and more!

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What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays

Wednesday is arguably the saddest day of the week. It’s not called “Hump Day” for nothing. Thankfully, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has a tasty new reason to visit Library Square – What’chu Eatin’ Wednesdays! There will be a different food truck every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out). After your belly is full, take a quick lunchtime stroll through the galleries or browse the shelves of the bookstore. Downtown is back in business and we’re ready to see you!

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Build Your Website with WordPress

Learn how to create and manage a website using the WordPress content management system. Three-part course.

Attendee Information

The class is being offered as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required, but you can register anytime (even during the session)! It might be helpful to install Zoom on your computer or mobile device beforehand (which you can do by clicking here).

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DIY Crafts

Join us for a variety of craft projects this summer, including painting, printing, and more.

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Schedule:

• 6/16: bath bombs & scratch art
• 6/23: paracord key chain
• 6/30: chalk prints
• 7/14: pour painting
• 7/21: cd mosaics
• 7/28: tic-tac-toe to go

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Wednesdays at Williams

Each program will feature an area food truck and an area business pop-up shop. Want to book your business for one of the available slots? Sign up here.

Scheduled vendors and trucks

07/21/2021
Food Truck: Nach’yo Nachos
Vendor: DiZine PieZes 07/28/2021
Food Truck: TBA
Vendor: Nayy & Company Accessories
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Little Rock Tales

Hang out with Mrs. K & learn about some cool stories from Little Rock’s past! 

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Creating with Nat

Learn tips and basics about painting while creating a work of art.

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Tail-Waggin’ Tutors Zoom

Join a zoom break out room to read to a furry friend. Remember to have a book ready if you aren’t joining at the library computers. This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Arkansas Sounds Presents: Michael Burks

Join us every Thursday for Arkansas Sounds Presents, a free online watch party of Arkansas music and culture.

On July 29 at 7pm CST, Arkansas Sounds Presents a tribute to the life and legacy of Arkansas blues guitar great, Michael Burks! Our watch party playlist celebrates the July 30th birthday of this award winning Camden, Arkansas artist with a rare three hour concert from Burks and his band recorded back home in Arkansas in 2010.

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Crafting with Opal

This is a craft along program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting & others.

This is a virtual program that the Nixon library does live on Facebook every Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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Guest Reader Storytime

Join us every other Friday at 10:00am on the CALS Kids Facebook page as we feature a special guest reader for storytime.

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Beat the Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Mr. David is not a fan of the heat so join him as we look for ways to beat the heat together.

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Virtual Bingoflix: Ouija Shark

Join us for Virtual BingoFlix: Sharkfest! Play bingo along to cheesy movie cliches during a virtual watch party for your chance to win a free movie pass to the theater once we reopen. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for a summer full of so-bad-they’re-good shark movies!

On Friday, July 30, join us for Ouija Shark (2020, PG-13)! A group of teenage girls summon an ancient man-eating shark after messing with a spirit board that washes up on the beach.

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Tales in the Shade

Outdoor storytime in the shaded patio area behind the library. Caregivers sign up by grabbing a carpet square and placing it on pre-measured taped markers. Volunteer will be managing handing out squares and inforcing spacing and mask protocols.

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Twitch Your Tail on CALS’ Animal Crossing Island

Follow along on the Twitch gaming channel as we build the Children’s Library island on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Share your friend code and join the fun.

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Summer Reading Celebrations

Join CALS and the City of Little Rock for some socially distanced fun and outdoor activities. We have grab & go activities and giveaways, including free books, fun prizes, and refreshments.

Thank you to our sponsors

 

CALS Executive Director’s Fund, Coulson Foundation, and Thoma Thoma

 

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday

Join us Saturday, July 31 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Music & Fun with the Kinders

Join Brian and Terri Kinder for a virtual concert that will have you dancing. Broadcast live on the CALS Kids Facebook page.

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Sports You May Not Know

Hey, sports fans, and those who aren’t, Mr David thought it might be fun to learn about some sports that you may have heard about but really don’t know how they are played or where to find them in Central Arkansas. Such sports as Fencing, Hocky, Lacrosse, rugby, and others.

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Teen Acting Academy

Instructors from Drama Kids International will present a seven week acting series. The series is virtual. Register by emailing outreach@cals.org.

Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Teen Storytime

In the style of late 2000’s Vlogger “Storytime” videos, Mr Hayden spins wild stories that surely can’t be real! But exist within the pages of books. Filmed and edited to look like a vlog, these click-bait style stories string teens along before revealing that they’re really there to summarize books and end letting teens know they can check them out at the library.

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Silent Movie Mondays

Watch some classic silent movies & find out why people love them decades later! Seating will be socially distanced in program room

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Makers Monday

Every Monday join Mr. David in a fun craft, where we use our imaginations to makes some fun projects.

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Tinker Tok: LEGO Time Lapse

Watch as we complete the LEGO building in time-lapse video.

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Beyond the Idea: Startups and their Stories: Sara Hurst and Bella’s Kitchen

Sometimes our best ideas are born from needs we can’t get fulfilled in the current marketplace. That’s the story of Sara Hurst’s brand Bella’s Kitchen. In this conversation, we’ll learn how not finding nutritious prepared food options for her growing toddler led to the creation of a ready-made wholesome meals service business.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.

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Jack Loves Books

Join us once a week this month as Mr. David is joined by a special book reviewer, 8 yr old Jack. Jack will advise us on some of his favorite books that he believes you should check out.

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Teen Anime Club

A weekly appreciation of all things anime.

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Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, make slime, play video games, and nerd out. For ages 11-18.

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Storytime

Sing and read along with stories for young readers.

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Kelly Houston Jones: “A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Kelly Houston Jones

Kelly Houston Jones will discuss her recently published book on the experience of slavery in Arkansas, A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Enslaved people’s labor changed the meaning of Arkansas’s acreage, while their labor transformed its landscape. They made the most of their surroundings despite the brutality and increasing labor demands of the cotton frontier,

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Crafting with Nat

Have an interest in painting? Join Natalee to learn tips and basics about painting while creating a work of art.

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Level 4 Plays: LIVE

Level 4’s Mr. Hayden revisits some favorite games and introduces some new ones every Thursday. This activity will be live at Level 4 in the Main Library, as well as interactive on Facebook and Twitch!

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Readers take turns picking out books to read to a therapy dog. Ages 5-15.

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What’s Your Hobby?

Join Mr David as he talks to other library workers about what they do for fun when not at the library.

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Teen Music Showcase

Teens show us what they’re listening to, and maybe we show them some of what WE listen to in return! Followed by Teen Karaoke.

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Video Game Showdown

Join Mr. David as he plays some of his favorite video games and talks about the joys of video games.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday December 21 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Aug 9, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Finding Family Facts (August 9)

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.

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Films for Hope and Healing: The Infiltrators

A true story of two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. The film follows Marco and Viri, members of a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. By Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov
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True Stories Book Club

This book club reads non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self-help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • February – Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
  • March – Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
  • April – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovski
  • May – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • June – Educated by Tara Westover
  • July – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • August –
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Shugri Said Salh

Shugri Said Salh discusses her book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert. Another hot one, this memoir provides a “fascinating look at a disappearing culture” and has been called “brilliant and riveting.”

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About The Last Nomad

“I am the last nomad. My ancestors traveled the East African desert in search of grazing land for their livestock,

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Made in Arkansas Showcase Screening

Made in Arkansas Film Festival and the CALS Ron Robinson Theater present an evening of short films!

Join us for a recurring monthly series featuring a lineup of Arkansas-made and regional films, followed by a filmmaker Q&A. Thirteen shorts from the 2020 & 2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festivals will be screened at the August 12 showcase:

Block 1: MIAFF 2020
Self Therapy, directed by Noah Arthur Woods
Chad &

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Movies Meant for the Big Screen: Jaws (1975, PG)

Movies Meant for the Big Screen return to CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Jaws (1975, PG): When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper and grizzled ship captain Quint offer to help Brody capture the killer beast,

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Garden Storytime

Join Mr David as take our first steps back to live programs. We will use the beautiful weather of an August morning to enjoy an outdoor storytime in our beautiful garden. We will use towels as well as hoola hoops to keep socially distant. Also we will ask parents to register for a space to keep the numbers set and not have to turn many away.

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Nixon Book Buddies

This book club reads fiction & non-fiction books.

Occurs the 3rd Tuesday of every month excluding holidays.
  • February – A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
  • March – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • April – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • May – A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
  • June – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
  • July –
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Terror Tuesday: House on Haunted Hill (1959, NR)

Terror Tuesdays return to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Enjoy a collection of classic horror films presented on the big screen!

In House on Haunted Hill, rich oddball Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: show up, survive a night filled with scares, and receive $10,000 each. The guest of honor is Loren’s estranged wife, Annabelle, who, with her secret lover, Dr. Trent, has concocted her own scheme to scare Loren’s associate,

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Thirsty Throwback Thursday: Back to the Future (1985, PG)

Now a part of Little Rock’s Entertainment District, the CALS Ron Robinson Theater is introducing an alleyway happy hour starting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays, followed by a classic film screening at 7:00 p.m. The Back to the Future trilogy is the first set of films to be featured in this series!

Thursday, August 19: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
Thursday, August 26: Back to the Future Part II (1989,

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Issues That Matter: Renters’ Rights and Habitability

The first of two forums that will delve into the status of housing in Arkansas. Some topics of discussion will include the quality of rental properties and how the state of Arkansas supports or doesn’t support its residential renters.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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The Experience of Owning a Small Business with Sara Hurst

In this program, the owner of Bella’s Kitchen, will be sharing her experiences with running a Small Business in Little Rock.

Speaker: Sara Hurst

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About Bella’s Kitchen:
The idea for Bella’s Kitchen came up after Sara needed to start feeding her daughter Bella solids, and she could not find any fresh prepared baby-led feeding options. Sara’s family loves eating fresh,

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Movies Meant for the Big Screen: Jurassic Park (1993, PG-13)

Movies Meant for the Big Screen return to CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Jurassic Park (1993, PG-13): Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday December 21 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Aug 23, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Terror Tuesday: Night of the Living Dead (1968, NR)

Terror Tuesdays return to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Enjoy a collection of classic horror films presented on the big screen!

In Night of the Living Dead, a disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave a graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic.

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Thirsty Throwback Thursday: Back to the Future Part II (1989, PG)

Now a part of Little Rock’s Entertainment District, the CALS Ron Robinson Theater is introducing an alleyway happy hour starting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays, followed by a classic film screening at 7:00 p.m. The Back to the Future trilogy is the first set of films to be featured in this series!

Thursday, August 19: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
Thursday, August 26: Back to the Future Part II (1989,

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wellRED Comedy Tour at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

CALS Arkansas Sounds brings the wellRED Comedy Tour back to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for TWO NIGHTS ONLY: Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28!

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) are stand-up comedy and writing partners. The trio has been touring nationally to sold out clubs and theatres for years pre-apocalypse and by god, they’re gonna do it again.

This year’s tour,

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wellRED Comedy Tour at CALS Ron Robinson Theater (SOLD OUT)

CALS Arkansas Sounds brings the wellRED Comedy Tour back to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for TWO NIGHTS ONLY: Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28!

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) are stand-up comedy and writing partners. The trio has been touring nationally to sold out clubs and theatres for years pre-apocalypse and by god, they’re gonna do it again.

This year’s tour,

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Terror Tuesday: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962, NR)

Terror Tuesdays return to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Enjoy a collection of classic horror films presented on the big screen!

In The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Dr. Bill Cortner and his fiancée, Jan Compton, are driving to his lab when they get into a horrible car accident. Compton is decapitated. But Cortner is not fazed by this seemingly insurmountable hurdle. His expertise is in transplants, and he is excited to perform the first head transplant.

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Thirsty Throwback Thursday: Back to the Future Part III (1990, PG)

Now a part of Little Rock’s Entertainment District, the CALS Ron Robinson Theater is introducing an alleyway happy hour starting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays, followed by a classic film screening at 7:00 p.m. The Back to the Future trilogy is the first set of films to be featured in this series!

Thursday, August 19: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
Thursday, August 26: Back to the Future Part II (1989,

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Movies Meant for the Big Screen: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, PG)

Movies Meant for the Big Screen return to CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, PG): After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T.

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Beyond the Idea: Startups and their Stories – Nitzia David of Nitzia’s Designs

Starting a business from your passions is a dream of many. Come listen to Nitzia David talk about her journey from crafting to creating beautiful floral designs for special occasions in this edition of Beyond the Idea: Startups and Their Stories.

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Meet a Dragon

Meet a real (bearded) dragon and learn about their care.

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Terror Tuesday: Dementia 13 (1963, NR)

Terror Tuesdays return to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Enjoy a collection of classic horror films presented on the big screen!

Dementia 13 picks up after John Haloran dies, and his wife, Louise, fears that she will be denied his inheritance. Fabricating a story about John traveling to the United States, she joins the rest of the Haloran family at their Irish estate as they hold a memorial for John’s sister, who died in a lake eight years ago.

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Terror Tuesday: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960, NR)

Terror Tuesdays return to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater! Enjoy a collection of classic horror films presented on the big screen!

The Little Shop of Horrors follows Seymour Krelboin, who works in the Skid Row flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik. In his spare time, Seymour creates a new plant species he names Audrey Junior in honor of his girlfriend Audrey. Audrey Junior begins speaking and demands to be fed human blood and flesh,

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Coming to America Book Club

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month via Zoom for a book discussion on the experience of Coming to America. September book title will be THE TWO FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman. CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Coming to America Book Club
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An Evening with Kristin Hannah

Come join us! Sign up to participate in the next event in Macmillan’s Book + Author series: a virtual book club event with Kristin Hannah for her #1 bestseller The Four Winds. We’ve partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion with fellow author Christina Baker Kline and participate in the live Q&A.

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Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author four novels, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. The book is a satirical novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Author Emily St. John Mandel calls it “…wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original.”

His novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year.

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Issues That Matter: Homelessness and Housing Uncertainty

The second installment of our panels on the status of housing in Arkansas. This forum will discuss some of the greatest barriers Arkansans face to securing stable, affordable housing and what resources exist to help those most in need of shelter in the Natural State.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways

Arkansas’s waterways are suffering from poor water quality, aging infrastructure and other concerns. This forum will address what needs to be done to protect these vital resources.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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