DALE HAWKINS: Still rocking.

Hoxie film to be screened
A special screening of the film “Hoxie: The First Stand,” about that town’s voluntary desegregation in 1955, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Darragh Center of the Main Library, 100 Rock St. After the showing, University of Memphis filmmaker David Appleby will talk about the making of the film and Hoxie students from the era will join NAACP lawyer Christopher Mercer Jr. for a panel discussion of the event. Russell Wigginton of Rhodes College will be moderator.
After Hoxie desegregated, the newly formed White Citizens Council came to town to organize residents to fight the school board. They succeeded in getting an injunction against the desegregation order, but the school board and superintendent fought the injunction and won.
The program is free, but seating is limited. Call 374-1957 (Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site) or the Butler Center of the Main Library (918-3056) or email CALS at caryc@cals.lib.ar.us to reserve a seat.
Hawkins highlights OA launch party
Rock ’n’ roll great Dale Hawkins will perform at the Old State House Museum on Thursday, Aug. 25, at a launch party for the Oxford American’s seventh annual “Southern Music Issue.” Hawkins is one of the artists featured in the issue, which also includes Loretta Lynn, Wilburn Brothers, Sammi Smith, Cowboy Jack Clement, Ricky Skaggs, Johnnie Lee Wills, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. A CD containing 29 songs from the featured musicians is included with the issue.
Hawkins’ concert, also featuring Wiley and the Checkmates, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The show and an Oxford American subscription package is available for $35. Call 501-450-5376.
Travs at home
The Arkansas Travelers continue their last home stand of the year at Ray Winder Field, playing host to the Frisco Roughriders through Sunday, Aug. 21, and then meeting the Wichita Wranglers for four games starting Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Game times are 7:10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday against Frisco. All games are at 7:10 against Wichita, and the series with the Wranglers concludes Aug. 26. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call 664-1555.
Carter, Scooby Doo appear at KIDZ Fair
Teen crooner Aaron Carter highlights Citadel Radio’s KIDZ Fair, set for Alltel Arena on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Along with Carter and a visit from Scooby Doo and Shaggy, other entertainment will include kid-friendly music, dancing, a taekwondo exhibition, gymnastics, Mark Martin’s race car, a giant slide and twin spin ride, a fish aquarium and more.
Tickets are $15 in advance at Citadel Radio Center, 700 Wellington Hills Road, and each ticket will admit five people. Tickets at the door, also admitting five people each, are $20. Last year’s event was attended by more than 13,000 people. More details are available at www.kidsfaironline.com or call 401-0200 or 401-0218.The
Royal treatment of ‘Guys and Dolls’
Benton’s Royal Players will open a production of the popular Frank Loesser Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Jerry Van Dyke Royal Theatre, 111 Market St.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical resumes Thursday, Aug. 25, with the same time schedule.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and $8 for groups of 15 or more. Call 315-5483.
Hightower on hand
Jim Hightower, the political activist and commentator, will offer his perspective on politics, “Let’s Stop Beating Around the Bush,” as the featured speaker of the J.N. Heiskell Distinguish Lecture on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Main Library. The free program begins at 7 p.m. Call 918-3032.