In conjunction with First Thursday on the Fayetteville square, the Walton Arts Center will kick off the Artosphere Festival with a local farmers market, the opening of a visual arts exhibit, Structuring Nature, free music from April Verch and 3 Penny Acre on Tyson Plaza and a lecture featuring Michael Pollan. Events begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. The city is sponsoring free parking in the large parking lot on the corner of West and Dickson Street for this event. Patrons are encouraged to bring nuts or peanut butter to donate to local food banks in place of payment.
The arts center announces journalist and best-selling author Michael Pollan as the featured speaker for the 3rd Annual Artosphere Festival. The conversation will take place Thursday (today) at 7:30 p.m. in Baum Walker Hall and will be facilitated by KUAF News Director, Kyle Kellams. A Q&A session and book signing will follow in the lobby. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org.
Pollan, who has been writing about food and nature for over 25 years, is currently the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism and director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Pollan’s writing has won him numerous awards. In 2009, he was among the top 10 “New Thought Leaders” selected by Newsweek. In 2010, he was honored as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Additionally, many of Pollan’s essays have been published in various anthologies, including Best American Essays and Best American Science Writing.