January events you must see!

I would never forgive myself if I didn’t let you know about these exhibits and events that have been here for a while and are still going on now… but ending very soon!

Johnny Cash – The Man In Black

If you’re a Johnny Cash fan (and who isn’t?) and proud that he’s from around these parts, don’t miss the Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon exhibit… but hurry – it’s only here through January 24!  The hours are 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday at 401 President Clinton Avenue, which is the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

And if that exhibit doesn’t tell you more about The Man In Black than you ever wanted to know, you need to visit his boyhood home in Dyess!  It’s been restored and is now a museum telling the history of the Dyess Colony that was created there in 1934 to help folks out of the Great Depression. So, while you can learn some American history and Arkansas history as well as Cash history on this website, there’s nothing like seeing it in person. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9am to 3pm, $10 admission. This is an ongoing exhibit, but don’t put it off – it’s fascinating!

Arkansas in Hollywood

If you haven’t already seen Lights! Camera! Arkansas! at the Old State House Museum, you really must make time to visit… but be sure to go before March 1 cos that’s when the stage goes dark 🙂  Admission is FREE and you’ll be treated to wonderful displays of where Arkansas meets Hollywood – or vice versa.  Open to the public 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. I would be willing to bet there are some celluloid connections to Arkansans you didn’t already know!

Friday, January 9 – Second Friday Cinema

Looking for something special to do Friday night, January 9? The Old State House is hosting their Second Friday Cinema from 5pm to 8pm, and this month’s movie is The End of the Line, starring Mary Steenburgen and Levon Helm and was filmed on location in Benton. Can you recognize any of the local places? It also stars Wilford Brimley, Holly Hunter and Kevin Bacon.

Childrens Theatre

The Arkansas Arts Center will present Rumplestiltskin January 23 through February 8, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the young and young-at-heart. There is something magical about watching a live play, especially for children!

Bridal Shows!

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Bridal Show will be held Sunday, January 18, at the Statehouse Convention Center. If you’re getting married this year, this is THE event to go to! Tons of vendors, and drawings for great prizes!  If you miss this one, there will be another in Conway in February, and yet another in Little Rock in August – details TBA.

If you live in NW Arkansas, EventNation is having their Bridal Expo January 24 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. For more information on times and admission prices, click link above.

I think that’s about it for January. If you know of an event coming up, feel free to email me at thearkansasnative@gmail.com – thank you!


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