ACANSA Arts Festival

ACANSA Arts Festival

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 7:00pm


ACANSA Arts Festival of the South exists as a visual and performing arts festival dedicated to building a more dynamic and engaging community through the arts and enriching the cultural vitality of the region. By fostering creative collaborations among artists, patrons, businesses, and community institutions, we facilitate the creation and presentation of more compelling art that encourages public dialogue, economic innovation, exposes people to a wider array of artistic experiences, and makes our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live.

7:00pm: Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies
Written by and starring Jessica Sherr, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies is an up close and personal “conversation” with the two-time Oscar-winning and ten-time Oscar-nominated actress, Bette Davis. This 90-minute one-woman show escorts audiences to the 1939 Academy Awards. Miss Davis, nominated for Best Actress in the film “Dark Victory,” is pitted against Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind.” When The Los Angeles Times leaks the Oscar winners, what will the bold, defiant and disillusioned Bette Davis do next?

Location: Argenta Community Theater - North Little Rock

7:00pm: Tatiana R. Mann and Friends
The extraordinary Tatiana Roitman Mann and Friends return to the ACANSA Festival with Friends to share an exquisite evening of music. Tatiana R. Mann and Friends promise unusual repertoire in an intimate setting. Babbitt in celebration of the composer’s 90th birthday at Tanglewood’s Contemporary Music Festival. Tatiana is a recipient of Tanglewood’s Peggy Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship.

Location: New Deal Salon - Little Rock

7:00pm: Jessica B. Harris
Jessica B. Harris is a James Beard award-winning food historian, internationally-renowned speaker, and one of the world’s leading experts on African Diaspora cooking. She’s the author of the memoir, My Soul Looks Back (Simon and Schuster, 2017), a finalist for the PEN/Open Book Award, about her days in Harlem in the 1970s with James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone and other leading black intellectuals and artists of the time. The author of twelve critically acclaimed cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora, Harris’ book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, was the International Association for Culinary Professionals 2012 prize winner for culinary history.

Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse - North Little Rock

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