Get your tickets for Bard Ball 2012 Today!

Bard lovers and brew lovers unite!

Argenta Community Theatre will be transformed into a lantern-lit beer garden as we share an evening of beer tasting, hearty appetizers, and revelry. You’ll also be treated to Broadway Star Lawrence Hamilton’s exquisite vocal stylings as he sings from Big River, the infectious live folk/jazz/rock/pop tunes of Don’t Stop Please, and musings on Huck Finn from Porter Prize-Winning poet Greg Brownderville.


Argenta Community Theater
Saturday, March 10
7:00pm – 11:00pm
$75 per person

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Warwick Sabin, publisher of Oxford American, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Tickets include delicious fare from Starving Artist Café, wine and beer, and entertainment. There will also be fantastic prizes will be on the block in our silent auction, including a painting created live by artist Steve Griffith during the event, special Cardinals baseball ticket packages, and a once-in-a-lifetime “Aerial Foliage Tour of Arkansas” on a private plane.

This promises to be a unique and fun event—where else can you enjoy fine brews while raising a toast to the Bard in Arkansas?

*No one under 21-years old admitted. ID’s will be checked at the door.

Purchase Tickets

Purchase tickets online 

Or contact Liz Parker at or 501-852-0702.

Or visit PK’s in downtown Conway.

More information about the artists participating in the event:

Lawrence Hamilton

The career of Lawrence Hamilton has been paved with bold and creative achievements worldwide. 
A native of Foreman, Arkansas he attended the Foreman Public Schools and received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. While performing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida he was discovered by talent manager Tommy Molinaro who invited him to come to New York to audition for famed New York Actor/Director Geoffrey Holder. Thus began his fantastic journey. Lawrence made his 1979 Broadway debut in Timbuktu starring Eartha Kitt.
Other credits: Play On, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Wiz, Uptown it’s Hot, Blues in the Night, Ragtime and many others.  National Tours and Regional Theater Productions:
The Hot Mikado, for which he received the Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Big River, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twist, Eubie, Apollo, It was just like Magic.

Don’t Stop Please

Direct from Conway, this band has been getting noticed across the state.  Currently a finalist in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, they are known for their excellent musicianship and eclectic style.

“As far as I can tell, the music of Don’t Stop Please pleases everyone who hears them. They extend and mix boundaries with grace and ease, and they give spark and brightness to any formula. No picnic should exclude them. “

-Marc Smirnoff, Oxford American Editor

Greg Brownderville

Greg Alan Brownderville, a native of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas, teaches Creative Writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in the Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, Measure, and several other journals and magazines. He was chosen for the 2007 Porter Prize by past winners, including Lewis Nordan, Donald Harington, and Leon Stokesbury, and is the youngest person ever to receive the award, given annually to a writer with an Arkansas connection. He was nominated on the strength of his book Deep Down in the Delta, a collection of his original poems interspersed with folktales he gathered in Arkansas. In 2008 Brownderville completed an MFA at the University of Mississippi.

Warwick Sabin

Publisher of The Oxford American magazine. In 2009 he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. Previously he worked on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was president of the student body. He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to the Arkansas Business “40 Under 40″ in 2003, and he has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Little Rock.