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Weekend To-Do List: Rodney Block at Wildwood, Pride Gay-llery Walk in Hot Springs, Tails and Tunes at the zoo

Rodney Block at Wildwood, a Pride-themed art walk through downtown Hot Springs and an after-hours shindig at the zoo this weekend.

Intermission's End: A post-pandemic concert fashion slideshow

We caught up with concertgoers at the door of a beloved pizza dive to take the temperature of post-pandemic concert fashion in Little Rock.
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New director, new Smithsonian exhibit at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Quantia "Key" Fletcher, who joined Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in 2008, has been named as museum director as an expansive Smithsonian exhibit gets installed across two floors of the museum.

Fayetteville duo transforms hardwood into fine percussion instruments

Lots of time and craftsmanship go into every piece from Buffalo Drum Co.

Three free outdoor concerts from Arkansas Symphony Orchestra this week

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is bowing out at season's end with a series of free outdoor concerts from three of its ensembles — the Rockefeller String Quartet, the ASO Brass Quintet and the Quapaw String Quartet.

A nod to Raye Montague, the Little Rock native who the U.S. Navy calls their "hidden figure"

On Raye Montague, a Little Rock native whose accomplishments as an engineer are highlighted in "Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering.”

'Parklet' in Hot Springs named for Henry Glover; plaque installed on the city's Walk of Fame

A plaque and a park for Hot Springs music mensch Henry Glover.

Arkansas Made: Humor, surrealism and ingenuity in our state’s material history

With vivid photography from Rett Peek and devoted attention paid to the makers’ techniques, and to the economic and cultural circumstances that framed their varied work, the books make Arkansas’s material history feel exactly as it should: textured and lively and tangible.

Curtains Up: Studio Theatre, The Rep, Murry's and TheatreSquared announce modified 2021 show lineups

Live theatre returns to Arkansas this month and, while there’s not a full contingent of performances in the offing, it is a start. Here's how a few of the city's theatre companies are tackling a virus that’s turned their worlds upside down. 

Invisible, In Plain Sight: The art and music of Michael Jukes

Jukes has been a creative dynamo since he escaped from the clutches of North Little Rock’s Northeast High School in the early 1970s, and he’s been making compelling music and comics ever since, all without achieving what famous Arkansas recluse Charles Portis called “escape velocity” from Arkansas. That is not to say Jukes didn’t try.
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The Rep is back in July with a play about Sister Rosetta Tharpe

First up in "The Rep Outdoors" series: "Marie & Rosetta," playwright George Brant's 2017 play about Cotton Plant, Ark. native Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her relationship with contralto Marie Knight.

50 Cent is hanging out by the champagne fridge at Warehouse Liquor in SoMa

Warehouse Liquor on Main St. has a 50 Cent special today.

Microshorts, paper rainforests and Fort Smith history at CALS Made in Arkansas Film Festival this weekend

Get out the projector (or turn on the TV); Central Arkansas Library System's Made in Arkansas Film Festival is going virtual this weekend.

Yale Drama Prize-winning author Rachel Lynett explains their theater company’s 'laugh first' ethos, what it means to write 'historical heresy' and why all their plays are love stories

The very word “play,” Lynett points out, is one we should learn to take more literally; theater exists to surprise, and one way to do that is to upend expectations or to get the audience to “laugh first” — two words which serve as a hallmark for Lynett’s eponymous theater company.
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The post-pandemic art world in Arkansas

More gallery space, more programming, more culture on tap.

Arkansas Times Recommends: The Meyer's and "Sasquatch" edition

Strategies for the Ant Invasion of 2021, painted rocks, the gospel of "Sasquatch" and more.

Arkansas soul gold, rescued from must and mold: Check out William Stuckey’s “Love Of Mine"

The 1979 record, laid down on tape for an Arkansas label called Symplex Records, was re-released in late January on Athens of the North, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based record label that specializes, its website reads, “in reissuing and officially licensing long lost, rare — and, above all, amazing — soul, disco, funk records.”

ASO dips its toes back into live performance with Mozart's "Jupiter" finale and Prokofiev's "Classical"

"A full-circle moment for sure,” Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Interim Artistic Director Geoffrey Robson said of the programming.

Arts and the Park kicks off this weekend in Hot Springs, with nods to Henry Glover and George Hunt

Hot Springs’ Arts and the Park, an annual 10-day spring festival meant to highlight the vibrant city’s arts scene, this year honors native artist George Hunt and native musician Henry Glover (pictured below), who would have turned 100 in 2021.

Kaleidoscope LGBTQ+ Film Festival starts Thursday

On the lineup, a look at the life of trans musician Billy Tipton, a feature about a young girl's gender dysphoria and a portrait of a Chinese family struggling to reconcile sexuality and tradition.
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