Robert Pruitt, whose striking charcoals of African-American figures go on exhibit Thursday at UA Little Rock (“On Their Own Terms”) and Feb. 9 in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” show, will talk about his work at the Crystal Bridges’ “Art, Space Travel and Beyond with Robert Pruitt” roundtable starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

Pruitt — who according to a Crystal Bridges press release plans to launch a work of art into space via balloon — will be joined at the “Drinks and Discussion” event by Joel Gordon of the Amazeum, who’ll about the design of a balloon the museum will launch; Darrell Health and his collection of meteorites; Dr. Ross Carroll of Arkansas Balloon Space Missions, whose 6-foot-tall high altitude balloon is used to launch objects; and Bruce McMath, who’ll talk about what the International Dark Sky Association is doing to protect against nighttime light pollution.

The event is free; find more information at 479-657-2335.