This week, we check in on new music from Or, Ghost Bones, Spirit Cuntz, Colour Design and Couch Jackets, look over the panel lineup for the Bentonville Film Festival and talk with Osyrus Bolly and Bill Kopsky about their work at the Arkansas Public Policy Panel.


First up (0:54), Arkansas Public Policy Panel Executive Director Bill Kopsky and musician/thinker Osyrus Bolly talk about the APPP’s work helping people across the state, particularly in South Arkansas and in rural communities of color, “get involved and make their communities stronger.” They’re honoring some of the women in Arkansas that keep the wheels of community-focused advocacy work turning with “Celebrate AR Women” Tuesday, April 10 at The Root, featuring sets from Osyrus Bolly and Yuni Wa. Here’s a look at what Osyrus has been up to on the musical front.


Osyrus also clued us in to a forum Thursday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center called “Know Your Rights,” a collaboration between Arkansas Youth Coalition for Social Change, Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Citizens First Congress and the JBM & Associates PR Agency, where a group of legal experts will be on hand to educate young people about their rights.

Next (22:40), we talk gender and representation in film, and take a look at the panel lineup for the upcoming (and inclusion-championing) Bentonville Film Festival, to take place in Northwest Arkansas May 1-6.


Other news (33:44): “The Organizer,” a film depicting the story behind Wade Rathke and ACORN in Arkansas and beyond, screens May 12 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Also this week, a revived Riverfest announced a partial lineup of headliners.

At around the 37:13 mark, we talk about a few favorites on the new local music front, some of which we’ve linked to here for your listening pleasure:

Ghost Bones:



Colour Design:

Spirit Cuntz:

Couch Jackets:

Finally (43:13), Omaya recommends the Film Society of Little Rock’s new free screening series on the patio at Crush Wine Bar, the first of which is “Predator,” to be shown at Crush 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

And Stephanie recommends making the trek up to Stage Eighteen and Fenix Fayetteville in Northwest Arkansas sometime in April for one of the events surrounding “Intersections,” a full month of art and performance in support of women. It’s born of a partnership between a bunch of badass women creators in the Northwest corner (NastyWomen NWA, Inverse Performance Art Festival, Of Note/Trillium Salon Series, ArkansasStaged) and partially benefits Brave Woman, a grassroots organization that partners with abuse survivors.

The Move for the week (46:03): Bermuda Triangle is playing at Hendrix College courtesy of the campus radio station, KHDX. (Do they still call it the “10-Watt Tower of Power?”) Tickets are $15, and you need to email with your name and how many tickets you would like to reserve. You pay at Will Call the night of the show.