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Poetry reading scheduled for UCA Downtown

Poetry reading scheduled for UCA Downtown

CONWAY, Ark. — A poetry reading featuring Arkansas-based poets Terry Wright and Marck L. Beggs will take place onTuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at UCA Downtown.

Wright, dean of the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication, is the author of seven poetry books and chapbooks, most recently, Fractal Cut-Ups, (Kattywompas) and Graphs, (Kairos Editions). He is professor of Writing and is also a visual artist who enjoys writing poems to correspond with selected original art works.

Beggs is the author of four full-length books of poetry, most recently Blind Verse and Catastrophic Chords, (both from Salmon Press). He is professor of English and former dean of the Graduate School at Henderson State University. He is also a musician who serves as the vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter for the band Dog Gods.

Crisis communication talk set for UCA Downtown

Crisis communication talk set for UCA Downtown

CONWAY, Ark. — Dr. JJ McIntyre, associate professor in the University of Central Arkansas Department of Communication, will deliver a presentation titled Crisis Communication in the New Normal on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at UCA Downtown.

McIntyre is an internationally published author who has worked on a number of grants with agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the USDA. He is also an active crisis communication consultant for businesses and state agencies. 

“In today's world, businesses and other types of organizations cannot afford to ignore crisis planning or hope to recover from a crisis without a strong communication response,” McIntyre said. “My presentation will be an introduction to crisis communication with emphases in the nature of crises and dispelling some commonly held myths about crisis communication. This discussion should be valuable to local businesses and other community organizations.” 

'PostSecret: The Show' coming to UCA

'PostSecret: The Show' coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — PostSecret: The Show, an immersive, live version of the original online community art project, will present never-before-seen secrets March 11 in the University of Central Arkansas’ Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.

PostSecret — which started as the blog, PostSecret.com — has garnered half a billion visitors and half a million anonymous secrets, which were later compiled into six best-selling books. Later next month, projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide will lead the Reynolds audience through crowd-sourced narratives, revealing the true stories behind the secrets, which range from hopeful to sexual to shocking.  

Pulaski Tech presents 'An Evening with Graham Gordy'

Pulaski Tech presents 'An Evening with Graham Gordy'

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Actor and playwright Graham Gordy, who is also the co-creator and executive producer of the new Cinemax drama "Quarry," will be the guest speaker at Pulaski Technical College's Big Rock on the Map series on March 10.

The event will include film clips from Gordy's well-known work such as The Love Guru (2008), War Eagle, Arkansas (2007), and Spanola Pepper Sauce Company (2010). Gordy's short films have won awards at the South by Southwest festivals, Austin Film Festival, Nashville Festival and Slamdance. He also was a writer for the Sundance Series "Rectify."

The Big Rock on the Map event will begin at 6 p.m. in the college's Center for Humanities and Arts Theater located at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.

This event is free and open to the public. 

'Mamma Mia!' coming to UCA for two February performances

'Mamma Mia!' coming to UCA for two February performances

CONWAY, Ark. — The long-running hit musical “Mamma Mia!” will visit the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall for performances on Feb. 15 and 17.

Both performances are set for 7:30 p.m.  While the Feb. 15 performance is sold out, tickets are still available for the Feb. 17 show. 

“Mamma Mia!” is the ultimate feel-good show that combines ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Writer Catherine Johnson brings the funny tale to the stage of a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father. On the eve of her wedding, her quest brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they visited 20 years earlier.

Doktor Kaboom performs at UCA's Reynolds Hall

Doktor Kaboom performs at UCA's Reynolds Hall

CONWAY — Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter.

Doktor Kaboom will entertain students and families at University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall on Friday, Feb. 5 as part of the Main Stage Educations Series. Schools may attend the 12:30 p.m. school matinee, and the public is invited to the 6:00 p.m. evening performance.

In Live Wire: The Electricity Tour! Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors.

UCA Symphonic Band performance set for Feb. 10

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band will give its first concert of 2016 on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.

This concert, free and open to the public, is the only one of the 2015-2016 academic year that will feature just the symphonic band, comprising both music and non-music majors. The band will play five selections: “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, “Fanfare to ‘The Hammer’” by Anthony O’Toole, “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff conducted by graduate student Nathan Rakow, and “Marche Militaire Française” by Camille Saint-Saens.

“This first concert of the new year is always a challenge for us,” said Brantley Douglas, associate director of bands at UCA as well as the symphonic band’s conductor. “We have just a little over a month to prepare an entire concert. The students have been working very hard to get ready for this program.”