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Black history museum opening in Little Rock

A new state museum opens Sept. 20 in Arkansas to honor African American heritage. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is on the site of the Mosaic Templars of America, a fraternal organization founded by two former slaves to offer insurance to blacks that covered sickness, death and burial.

The site, in the heart of what was then the black business district on Little Rock's Ninth Street, became much more than an insurance office. It provided black-owned businesses retail space, opened a nursing school and had a ballroom.

On opening day, the public can enjoy live music while viewing the exhibits. Admission is free year-round.

The center will include exhibits on the history of blacks in Arkansas, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, the Mosaic Templars and the life of sculptor Isaac Scott Hathaway.

At its peak in the 1920s, the Mosaic Templars had more than 100,000 members and chapters in 26 states, the Caribbean, and South and Central America. When the headquarters was built in 1913, Booker T. Washington delivered the dedication speech. Details:

Associated Press


‘The Beast that Crawled onto the Big Screen – Again'

According to the folks who plan the lineup at the “B” Movie Celebration in Franklin, if you've never seen “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” or “Attack of the Crab Monsters,” you just haven't lived. During the Sept. 26-28 weekend of sub-par-yet-addictive cinema, you'll also see science fiction aplenty and B-list erotic films that are more ridiculous than sexy. Details: 800-838-3006;

Boston Globe


Where the girls are (in Hollywood Beach)

Women can have fun in the sun in Hollywood – Hollywood Beach, that is – with the Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway Package at the new Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Until Dec. 18, the $597 per person package covers three nights' accommodations, breakfast, champagne upon arrival, tropical cocktails and a cooler crammed with goodies. Add a third or fourth girlfriend for $117 each. Tax and tips extra. Details: 800-227-6963;

Chicago Tribune


Major hits out of left field

Hits are no less important in popular music than in the national pastime. This is made plain at the “Take Me Out: Baseball Rock” exhibition, through Sept. 28 at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the Joe DiMaggio reference in Simon & Garfunkel's “Mrs. Robinson” to the New York Mets adopting “Who Let the Dogs Out?” as their 2000 anthem, baseball has long figured prominently in popular music – and vice versa. Details: 216-781-7625;

Boston Globe