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Scores from the Little Rock estate sale scene

Finders, keepers.

UA Fayetteville music professor Jeffrey Murdock on his Grammy win, the pandemic and singing the things you can’t say at the Thanksgiving table

We caught up with 2021 Grammy winner and UA Fayetteville professor Murdock to learn more about his trajectory as a teacher, the importance of representation and about what he’s blasting on his car stereo right now.
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Jo McDougall on Arkansas Youth Poetry Day, working during the wee hours and why eliminating arts in school is ‘courting shallow thinking’

Ahead of Arkansas Youth Poetry Day, we talked with state poet laureate Jo McDougall about her work and about her drive to foster new young poets.

To-Do List: Mohsin Hamid speaks at virtual Hendrix College event

Hamid speaks as a guest of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language; email hendrix-murphy@hendrix.edu to register for the talk.

Pharoah Sanders' new record is full of violins, celesta and incense smoke

The Little Rock octogenarian and free jazz legend returns with "Promises," an enchanting 46-minute exercise in free jazz and meditation.

Take me to Tiny Town

There is a Tiny Town of my dreams. Tiny Town is a real place, of course, in my hometown of Hot Springs. It is a unique tourist destination on Whittington Avenue, just northwest of downtown. I visited once as a child, and I remember it as this odd place, created as a labor of love, which is exactly the kind of thing I value now that I am older.

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The Klan and the Kulture Wars: A review of Kenneth C. Barnes' new book on white nationalism in 1920s Arkansas

Popular culture has trained us to think of the Klan as first and foremost a racist group, rather than a religious one. But centering racism does not help to explain why the KKK was so popular in places like Paragould, Harrison, and Bentonville — places that were almost exclusively white. What Barnes does, instead, is to show how the Klan operated at the nexus of religion, race, business, leisure, law and politics.

ASO gives free performance of Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' and Vivaldi's 'Spring'

This spring concert from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is presented virtually and with free admission. Streamed from the Robinson Center Performance Hall in downtown Little Rock, the program features Prokofiev’s 1936 symphonic fairy tale for children and Vivaldi's "Spring."

Just give Symone the 'Drag Race' crown already

With an as-yet-unannounced number of episodes left, anything can happen, but put my money on the the queen from Conway. 

Hip Hop in the Rock at Simmons Bank Arena canceled

The concert was originally scheduled for April 18 and will not go on as planned "due to multiple unforeseen circumstances including the COVID-19 pandemic."
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Hogs 'special' again

What was already Arkansas’s first Sweet 16 trip in 25 years is now the first Elite 8 squad on the Hill in 26.

Hot Spring locals on undersung spots, misconceptions about Spa City

We ask a few of our favorite locals about Hot Springs’s undersung delights, and about what we non-residents tend to miss (or misconceive) about Spa City.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild presents "Symphony of Flavors"

"Symphony of Flavors," an online fundraiser for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will feature virtual cooking demonstrations from local chefs.

Nostalgia, wanderlust and 'Boat Songs': Five Questions with Bonnie Montgomery

For ears that have been quarantining in landlocked Arkansas for a solid year now, Montgomery’s lo-fi pandemic album is a balm, spinning visions of sticky tropical air, the pristine Aleutian Islands and the heady electricity of romance’s first spark. 
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Arkansas basketball programs return to the postseason

In a matter of weeks, Arkansas’s two basketball programs took flight with such urgency and poise that, yes, Virginia, it started to feel like the 1990s around here all over again.

Pharoah Sanders collaborates with London Symphony Orchestra on first new album in over a decade

The nine-movement piece for saxophone, strings, keyboards and electronics is called "Promises," composed by a British composer/producer/DJ named Sam Shepherd.
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A crystal hunter's tale of Arkansas magic underfoot

Crystal mining is a hobby for some and a living for others. For German-born rock hound Dominik Schley, it's both. That's why he now calls Arkansas home.

'Daddy's Country Gold': Melissa Carper on her new record, Nashville's love affair with jazz and being gay in traditional country music

“Daddy’s Country Gold" is real deal country music, the kind that dabbles freely in blues and jazz and swing, and it funnels every ounce of charm and honeysuckle that Carper lends to outfits Sad Daddy and Buffalo Gals and amplifies it exponentially.

Big Piph on a mettle-testing pandemic, amusement park rides and being 'far from finished'

We talked with educator/performer Big Piph earlier this year about the pandemic and his new project "Far From Finished," during which he graciously indulged us in a set of extemporaneous “lightning round” questions. 

'Minari' is a major Oscar contender with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and more

As anticipated, Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” a Sundance darling and Golden Globe winner that’s set in rural Northwest Arkansas, is officially an Oscars favorite this year.
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