An Evening with Joe David Rice

January 2020, date TBADoors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar. Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Born in northeast Arkansas, Joe David Rice attended the University of Arkansas before earning a graduate degree in environmental planning from the University of Illinois. A former owner of a canoe outfitting business on the Buffalo River, he also owned the second largest cave in the state at one time. He retired from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism in 2017 after 30 years as the state’s tourism director, serving under five governors.

Taking advantage of his vast knowledge of the state, Rice has produced Arkansas Backstories, a two-volume book exploring the state’s lesser-known aspects. Few Arkansans realize the state produced a challenger to John F. Kennedy in the race for the Democrat Party’s Presidential nominee in 1960 or that the first African-American to run for President was a native of Little Rock. Or that Arkansas hosted the world’s first UFO conference way back in 1975. These and other fascinating tidbits make Arkansas Backstories a must for residents and ex-pats alike.