An Evening with Monica Potts

An Evening with Monica Potts

May 25, 2023

Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar.

 

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse

301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Monica Potts is a senior politics reporter for the website FiveThirtyEight. Her previous work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, among other publications, and on NPR. She was a 2015–16 New America Fellow and is a former senior writer with The American Prospect. She lives in Clinton, Arkansas. monicapotts.com

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.


An Evening with Ben Grimes

An Evening with Ben Grimes

February 23, 2023

Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar.

 

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse

301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Ben is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He received a BFA in Regional Theatre from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and has appeared in stage productions in regional theaters across the country. Ben is passionate about developing new voices and work in theatre and was a founding member of Moment to Moment Productions in Little Rock, Arkansas and also served as the co-artistic director of Drove Theater Company in New York City.

After more than a decade working professionally on stage and feeling disconnected and lost, Ben joined the US Army in 2006. As an Airborne Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. In 2017, he again deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. After his last deployment, Ben began to reintegrate back into theatre to heal from the stress of combat. He found a deeper connection to the material and that working in an ensemble environment helped to elevate his feelings of isolation and depression. These discoveries led Ben to enroll in the Clinton School of Public Service where he received his Master’s in Public Service.  Ben’s research and studies in theatre practiced as a public service inspired him to launch Riverside Actors Theatre, a theatre company that uses the vehicle of theatre and storytelling to address trauma and the struggles that veterans and other at-risk populations commonly face.

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.


An Evening With Margie Raimondo

An Evening with Margie Raimondo

April 27, 2023

Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar.

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse

301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Chef Margie Raimondo’s roots in her culinary career were planted at a young age. Both parents’ families immigrated from Italy to an urban community in south Los Angeles, where most of the source of their food were the rabbits and chickens they raised and the vegetables they grew in the yard of their urban house.

As an adult, she always planted a seasonal garden with herbs and vegetables for her kitchen. In 2014 after a 20-year marketing career in Silicon Valley, she moved to Italy to broaden her culinary skills by living on farms and learning more about farming, food preservation and production.

When she returned home to Little Rock, she planted her first seeds at Urbana Farmstead, a one-acre urban farm that grows seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs to sell in her market and to make fresh, prepared meals and preserves. Her menu is inspired by the ever changing seasons which gives her healthy and nutrient-dense whole food to transform into delicious food.

Urbana Farmstead Market is more than a market for farm produce. It offers specialty foods from Italy and other artisan producers, extra virgin olive oils, and freshly baked bread. Visiting Urbana Farmstead is reminiscent of Chef Margie’s childhood days, filled with artisanal ingredients, seasonal farmer’s market produce and authentic Italian hospitality.

When she is not in the kitchen or the garden, she writes about the intersection of food, agriculture and farming. Her genre is heritage food and farm storytelling through film and cookbooks.

www.urbanafarmstead.net

www.raimondostudio.com

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.


An Evening with Paula Martin

An Evening with Paula Martin & Brad Williams

January 26, 2023

Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar.

 

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse

301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Paula Martin was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and spent her formative years in Little Rock. After extensive traveling, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans before going on to create and produce Arkansas’ internationally-syndicated “Tales from the South” radio show. Her poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction have won multiple national and international awards and been published in anthologies, collections, literary magazines and journals. Paula has two published novels, four poetry collections, and has recently collaborated with musicians as a song lyricist and songwriter.  A recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Governor’s Arts Award, and the 2017 Inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, Paula is a writer, teacher and healer who has been helping people tap into their own divine essence for over 25 years. Her first songwriting album, Highway 300 Ride, is slated to be released in December 2022.

Brad Williams was born and raised in the Arkansas Delta, only 18 miles from Johnny Cash’s home and 39 miles from Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The gumbo-laden farmland formed his appreciation for all types of music including the Sun Studio era, Bluegrass, Gospel and the Blues. Brad has combined all of his influences into a 25-year career in music. Brad’s tunes have been heard in motion pictures (Valley Inn), on television (Sundance’s – Rectify, Tyler Perry’s series – If Loving You Is Wrong, TLC’s Trading Spaces), and on various other advertising spots including Arkansas State Parks and Tourism. The Salty Dogs have been and continue to be Brad’s main project. Over the last 20 years, The Salty Dogs have achieved numerous awards such as the 2003 Arkansas Times Musician’s Showcase Winner for Best Original Band in Arkansas, 2018 Central Arkansas Music Awards for Best Country Artist, and the Country Music Association’s 2021 Vocal Band of the Year. Brad has just released his first solo album, The Greatest Is Love, on November 25th via Hymnal House Recordings.

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.