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A Valentine to arts lovers: 2nd Friday Art Night

By Leslie Newell Peacock

5-8 p.m. Feb. 14, downtown gallery venues.

A scene from Louis Jordan's 1947 "Look-Out Sister" to be screened at the Old State House.

It’s a Valentine’s Day Art Night this month, and with the free libations and snacks at the galleries, you can celebrate cheaply and get a little art in, too.

Musicians Phillip Rex Huddlestone and John Willis will perform “Dream Baby, a Sonic Valentine” at the Historic Arkansas Museum (200 E. Third St.), which in addition to the exhibitions in its galleries (“In the Garden,” work by Danny Baskin and Lee Byers, and “Vice and Virtue” by Melissa Wilkinson) will host a trunk show of lampwork glass beads by Arkansas artist Laurie Ament. The thirsty will have several options, including local beer by Stone’s Throw Brewing and a non-alcoholic cocktail, Cupid’s Bow, by Mocktail Mo.

At the Bookstore at Library Square (120 River Market Ave.), in the funny-shaped building across from the Main Library, an exhibition of new work by Thristan “Tea” James Jackson will be accompanied by music of Au Dios Bass. The show goes down March 4.

Nexus Coffee and Creative Co. (301 President Clinton Ave.) celebrates with love songs; artwork by Rolling Hills Pottery, Adam Sperry and Come Alive Studios; and a vendor pop up event with Julie Duval of Peace, Love & Suds.

At the Old State House Museum (300 W. Markham St.), Stephen Koch of KUAR’s show “Arkansongs” will host a screening of Louis Jordan’s 1947 film “Look-Out Sister!” Koch, author of “Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B,” will talk about the film, which has an all-black cast, will moderate a question-and-answer session.



February 14
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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