An Evening with Sybil Hampton

An Evening with Sybil Hampton

October 24, 2024

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

Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, a distinguished educator and advocate, has held key roles in education and philanthropy. Her impactful work spans consulting, public speaking, and global engagements on racial equality. As one of the first African American graduates of Little Rock Central High School, her personal experiences fuel discussions on inclusivity and social justice worldwide.

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.

BIO

Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton is a lifelong educator and social justice foot soldier.  Prior to retiring in 2006, Dr. Hampton served as President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (Little Rock, Arkansas) and Contributions Manager, Education and Culture at the GTE Corporate Foundation (Stamford, Connecticut).  Twenty-three years of her career were spent in academic administrative positions at Iona College (New Rochelle, NY), the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin) and Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas).  Early in her career she taught at the Louis Champlain Elementary School and worked at the Social Security Payment Center (Chicago, Illinois)..

After completing an undergraduate degree in English Literature at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), Dr. Hampton earned a Masters of Science in Teaching (the University of Chicago), a Masters of Education and a Doctorate in Higher Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College (New York, New York).  Southwestern University awarded her the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

Her honors and awards include: 2019 Alumni Diversity Leadership Award, the University of Chicago; 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, Teachers College, Columbia University; 2017 Award of Excellence, the Little Rock Central High School Tiger Foundation; 2013 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site’s Soul of Humanity Award; 2005 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Award; 2005 Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) Lifetime Achievement Award and 14th Annual James A. Joseph Lecturer; 2002 Arkansas Region, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Humanitarian Award; Arkansas Business Top 100 Women in Arkansas 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Following retirement Dr. Hampton  served as Interim General Manager of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  She continues to work as a consultant and public speaker focusing on issues related to economic, educational and social justice, governance, strategic visioning and planning, as well as academic advising and student developmental support services.  Dr. Hampton traveled to Northern Ireland as a result of a grant awarded by the American Embassy in London to Corymeela to speak, primarily with high school students throughout the country about the American school desegregation struggle after the 1954 Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court Decision.

As the first three year African American graduate of Little Rock Central High School in 1962, Dr. Hampton makes presentations and leads discussions with young student visitors to the National Park Service’s  Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, uses Zoom and Teams to work with students in their classrooms across the nation and in Northern Ireland as well as airmen in Saudi Arabia and at the Little Rock Air Force Base.  She recently made an International Day to End Racial Discrimination presentation, answered questions about her role in the Little Rock Central High School desegregation struggle and discussed what it means to be inclusive for RSW Group employees worldwide.

Dr. Hampton served as President of the Little Rock Aesthetic Club and the Little Rock Club, and formerly was a board member of the Japanese American National Museum, Arkansas Blue Cross, Blue Shield , the Blue and You Foundation, the Foundation for the Mid-South and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.  She currently is a member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Reynolds Institute on Aging Advisory Board, the Mount Holly Cemetery Board, and is a Life Member of the Girls Scouts of America, the Arkansas Symphony Guild and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.


An Evening with Skip Rutherford

An Evening with Skip Rutherford

August 22, 2024

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

Skip Rutherford is Dean Emeritus of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service In Little Rock, the nation’s first to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree. Rutherford served as Dean from 2006-2021.

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.

BIO

Prior to becoming Dean, he coordinated the planning, construction and opening of the Clinton Presidential Library and Park in Little Rock.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received the Journalism Department’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations. He has served as a visiting professor at Lyon College, the University of Arkansas, the University of the Ozarks, and the University of Central Arkansas and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Hendrix College.

He serves on the Board of Trustees at Lyon College, the Advisory Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) and the board of directors of the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital System.

He has been named Headliner of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association; Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association; Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Times; and was recognized as Tourism Person of the Year at the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism.


An Evening with Steve Davison and Finger Food

An Evening with Steve Davison and Finger Food

May 23, 2024

Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

$35/ticket. Cash bar.

 

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse

301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Finger Food is a feast not only for guitar lovers, but also for anyone with a passion for acoustic music. The guitarists perform “in the round” and trade songs and stories about their compositions and their approach to the guitar in a casual concert setting. The music focuses on contemporary instrumental American Fingerstyle Guitar with folk, jazz, Celtic, classical and blues influences.

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The guitarists are very different stylistically and these different styles contribute to an evening of broad musical tastes. They will play solo, duets and trio work.  The guitarists also will be performing on some very unique custom built instruments and historic instruments.

Danny Dozier is a legendary guitarist in the state of Arkansas. Danny’s solo performances showcase his wide range of guitar styles and his superb choice of material. He has performed at the Ozark Folk Center in many configurations over the years, fronts the Danny Dozier Band at gigs around the state and the country and is the two-time winner of the Merle Travis Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Ozark Folk Center. Danny has just released a CD with fiddler extraordinaire and producer Tim Crouch.

Steve Davison is a Little Rock guitarist who performs on the 6 and 12 string guitar. He tours the country with artists such as Ken Bonfield and Peter Janson. They have performed at acoustic venues around the country and shared the stage artist such as Larry Coryell, Muriel Anderson, Peter Janson, Tim Farrell, Dakota Dave Hull, Ken Bonfield, Doug Young, Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks and other guitarists.. Steve was also the winner of the 2005 Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival in the solo category and has been a featured artist on AETN Presents. Steve has performed at the Montreal Guitar Festival, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in California and the Memphis Guitar Festical in Tennessee. In 2015 Steve won the Ozark Folk Center, Merle Travis Fingerstyle Guitar competition in the contemporary section. Steve was chosen Guitarist of the Year for 2019 by the Arkansas Country Music Associatio. More information about Steve is available at www.stevedavison.com

Micky Rigby is an exceptional guitarist from Little Rock who has performed at multiple acoustic venues across the state. Micky was a runner up at the Merle Travis Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Ozark Folk Center and was a familiar face at Acoustic Sounds Café in the past in Little Rock. Micky has an extensive repertoire and is an accomplished player of the guitar and the banjo.


An Evening with Janis F. Kearney

An Evening with Janis F. Kearney

April 25, 2024

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

$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar.
Food by Heritage Catering.

 

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse

301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Janis F. Kearney is President and Founder of the Celebrate! Maya Project.  She is an author, book publisher, and writing instructor, born to southeast Arkansas cotton sharecroppers. From 1993-2001, Janis served in the Clinton Administration, working briefly in the white house media affairs office before being appointed by President Clinton, as Director of Communications for the US Small Business Administration. In 2014, Janis founded the Celebrate! Maya Project, with the primary goal of promoting literacy, the arts and history in Arkansas schools and communities, in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou’s contributions to literature and the arts.

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.

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From 1993-2001, Janis served in the Clinton Administration, working briefly in the white house media affairs office before being appointed by President Clinton, as Director of Communications for the US Small Business Administration. In 1995, she was selected by President Clinton as the first-ever Personal Diarist to a President. She served in that role through June 2001.

In July 2001, Janis was selected as a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and continued the fellowship for two years. She was a Humanities Fellow at DePaul University from 2004-2006, and a Visiting Professor at Arkansas State University in 2007-2008.

In 2003, Janis and her husband founded Writing our World Publishing, a small, independent publishing company.  She has written or co-written 17 books, including Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir; Conversations: William J. Clinton…from Hope to Harlem, and Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

In 2014, Janis founded the Celebrate! Maya Project, with the primary goal of promoting literacy, the arts and history in Arkansas schools and communities, in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou’s contributions to literature and the arts.  She also founded the Read.Write.Share Writers Project, which includes memoir-writing seminars, lectures, and workshops around the state, including the WOW! Spring Writers Weekend, and Youth Writing Workshops, held in Arkansas each year.

Her honors include:

  • 2016 Inductee into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame
  • Former president, and current board member of the AR Pioneer Chapter of Pen Women
  •  Former executive board member of LifeQuest of Arkansas
  • Former board member of the AR Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Former board president of the International Women’s Forum of Arkansas.
  • Founder and president of the Celebrate! Maya Project of Arkansas.
  • Inductee into the National History Makers Archive
  • Recipient of the University of Arkansas’ Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Recipient of the prestigious University of Arkansas Journalism Lemke Award.

Janis is married to Bob J. Nash, former Director of Presidential Personnel for the Clinton White House. They reside in Little Rock. They have a blended family of three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.   You can reach Janis at https://bio.site/janisfkearney