Louis Jordan was at one time a household name. The R&B legend had more than 50 Top 10 hits, acted in a slew of movies and appeared in a number of ads throughout his career. Stephen Koch, producer of KUAR 89.1’s Arkansongs, has made it his duty to restore Jordan’s name to the public consciousness. Koch’s play, Jump! The Louis Jordan Story, debuted in 2008, and Koch has recently published a biography titled Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B.
Robert Bean is a narrative artist from Little Rock who believes in combining words with images when creating his storyline art. Bean visits the Arkansas Arts Center for a painting class titled Telling Stories Visually. The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. class is $48 for Arts Center members and $60 for nonmembers. The class is suggested for adults. Bean, who seeks the story in every image and the image in every story, teaches attendees how to develop narratives in their paintings and drawings.