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Freeman Foundation grants $34,000 to Japanese program

Freeman Foundation grants $34,000 to Japanese program

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- The Freeman Foundation presented Lyon College with a grant of $34,000 in order to enhance the study of Japanese language and literature.

The Foundation funds projects that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Asia, and it has awarded Lyon College a total of $200,000 since 2003.

Mieko U. Peek, instructor of Japanese at Lyon College, intends to use the grant to continue existing offerings in Japanese (beginning, intermediate, and advanced Japanese; Japanese Literature in Cinema), offer workshops for local K-12 teachers, host the Japan Lecture Series, and offer other campus based programs.  

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' opens Friday

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' opens Friday

Pirates of the Caribbean -- installment No. 4 -- arrives in theaters this week. Along with Johnny Depp, you get Penelope Cruz. Other new films include Bloodworth with Kris Kristofferson and Kill the Irishman with Ray Stevenson.

Calling all models

Calling all models

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's that time of year again! Little Rock Fashion Week is just around the corner, and prospective models are coming from all corners of the state for their chance to walk the walk at the big event.

The LRFW 2011 Model Search is May 21-22 at Moody Chapel AME Church (5630 Mabelvale Pike) in Little Rock. THV's Lauren Clark is one of the judges for the event, and she sat down for a chat with Executive Director Brandon Campbell about what to expect at the audition.

If you would like to audition to be a part of Little Rock Fashion Week, applications and instructions are available on their website.

New Movies: Bridesmaids, Miral, Potiche, Priest

New Movies: Bridesmaids, Miral, Potiche, Priest

In theaters this week: Judd Apatow's girlie comedy Bridesmaids plus Julian Schnabel's Palestinian drama Miral, Cathereine Deneuve in French comedy Potiche, and vampire thriller Priest.

PULP ARK turns new fiction into old-style radio drama

PULP ARK turns new fiction into old-style radio drama

Tommy Hancock, Pulp Ark Coordinator and Partner in Pro Se Productions, the company behind the first annual Convention/Creators' Conference being held in Batesville May 13-15, announced a rather unique event being held the evening of May 13 at the Cinnamon Stick, the historic building serving as the inaugural site for the first Pulp Ark.

"Friday night," Hancock stated, "we will be hosting an event we're calling 'Radio Lives Again.' The concept is simple in theory and we'll see how easy or hilarious or both it is in actual practice.  Basically we are taking scenes from various New Pulp stories written by authors in attendance at Pulp Ark and will be dramatizing them live on stage for an audience at 6 PM Friday.  We will do this in the style of old time radio, where actors come up to the microphones with scripts, act out the scene complete with sound effects and even possibly music.  No rehearsal, no second takes, true live radio like entertainme

Debut novel of local author published; available at PULP ARK convention

Debut novel of local author published; available at PULP ARK convention

Pro Se Press, organizers and founders of Pulp Ark, the first annual Creator's Conference/Convention for Pulp Writers being held in Batesville May 13-15th announced today that the first novel produced by Pro Se is now available and was written by an author local to the Batesville area!

YesterYear by Tommy Hancock is a pulp/super hero fantasy set in  a world where heroes and villains  have existed since the day the Stock Market crashed and the world almost collapsed in 1929. Common people were granted great powers and awesome responsibility. A world where one of them knew all the secrets, good and bad, and put them down in a book. A world where that man and that manuscript disappeared. Until now. YESTERYEAR is the first book in an epic series chronicling the adventures of Heroes and Villains, both in the Heroic Age of the 1920s-1950s and in the modern day.

PULP ARK to give away major upcoming Simon & Schuster novel

PULP ARK to give away major upcoming Simon & Schuster novel

Pro Se Productions, the company sponsoring PULP ARK, the first annual Pulp Convention/Creators Conference being held May 13-15 in Batesville, Ark., announced today that major publisher Simon and Schuster is one of the many publishers taking part in the activities.

According to Tommy Hancock, Pulp Ark Coordinator, Simon and Schuster is participating in Pulp Ark in order to promote the upcoming release of a major novel by Paul Malmont.  Malmont, best known for his best selling works 'The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril' and 'Jack London in Paradise' has completed 'The Astounding, The Amazing, and the Unknown'.   This novel, a sequel to 'Death Cloud Peril' follows pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard on adventures into the 1950s that will rival the fantastic pulp tales the future cultural icon wrote.  The first book in this two-book series was a fictional romp involving Hubbard, H.P.