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THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2020 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Season Sponsor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“An elegant force of musical invention, Fred Hersch can not be discounted in any discussion of the top contemporary jazz pianists.”
LA Times

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 and WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“One of America's best songwriters—skilled at shambling country-folk tunes about poor folks, right-wing crapulence and his own screw-ups.” 
Rolling Stone

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Season Sponsor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“Cleary embodies the heart and soul of the Crescent City, keeping the sound and the fury of its legendary piano pounders alive and kicking.”
No Depression

TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2020 at 6:30 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A special reading and discussion at Ron Robinson Theater featuring Silas House, author of Southernmost. Moderating the discussion is OA contributor and editor-in-chief at Sibling Rivalry Press, Seth Pennington.

“An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller about a man on the run that explores themes like the pain of atonement and the necessity of reconciliation, being published at a time when understanding across cultural and political divides seems wider than ever." —Salon.com

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“Now living in the States, Villafranca has emerged as a commanding presence on the jazz scene, not just in the U.S. but throughout the world.”
DownBeat

THURSDAY, MAR. 12, 2020 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Season Sponsor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“In a short­attention­span world overloaded with sensory stimulation, there aren’t many artists who can stop you in your tracks with a single song.”
American Songwriter

SUNDAY, MAR. 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Featuring Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster

“It is as if, just by listening to him, a person is taken into his confidence. That trust—the negligible distance between what Moreland feels and what he sings—can create a beguiling intimacy. He is confessing, but expects no absolution.”
The New Yorker

THURSDAY, MAR. 26, 2020 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Season Sponsor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"…[Mary Gauthier’s] Rifles and Rosary Beads, is not only one of the most arresting American singer-songwriter records in recent years, but one of the most vital pieces of art to come out of those two wars.”
Rolling Stone Country

TUESDAY, MAR. 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A special reading and discussion at Ron Robinson Theater featuring Leesa Cross-Smith, author of So We Can Glow: Stories. Moderating the discussion is OA contributor and author of A Few Seconds of Radiant FilmstripKevin Brockmeier.

“Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

THURSDAY, APR. 16, 2020 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Season Sponsor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“Ranky Tanky proved that exotic music can be both unfamiliar enough to be surprising, and yet familiar enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads. When it works, it’s the best of both worlds.”
Paste

THURSDAY, APR. 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

Season Sponsor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.”
MacArthur Foundation