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The benefit of shamelessness: A Q&A with "That's What She Said" cofounder Leigh Wood

A Q&A with Leigh Wood, cofounder of the Northwest Arkansas live storytelling series "That's What She Said." We talk about the series, what makes a good story, and the benefit of shamelessness.

A twin city "Delta Exhibition" for 2020

The annual juried show will find a home in two Argenta galleries and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Cannabis comedy: A Q&A with Matt Besser on his stoner stand-up special, 'Pot Humor'

A Q&A with comedian and Little Rock native Matt Besser about his new stand-up special "Pot Humor," which explores stoner culture, pot semantics and parenthood.

Brandon Allen gets a shot; and Musselman's promising start

Brandon Allen toiled for multiple franchises, on and off practice squads, and had never seen the field for an NFL game. And then suddenly, fate intervened.
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Time for Yurachek to make his mark

You’d be taxed to identify a worse month for a college football program than the one Arkansas just experienced in October 2019.

Straight outta Westark: Rudy Ray Moore

‘Ghetto expressionist’ Rudy Ray Moore hustled and cursed his way to underground fame — and above-ground cultural influence.
Picture of men at a bar at Coletta's Italian restaurant, an Elvis favorite in Memphis.

A music lover's guide to Memphis

Set the radio dial to WEVL-FM, 89.9, Memphis' all-volunteer local radio station. We’re about to drive you to the spots in the town that gave birth to rock ’n’ roll and is full of soul.

Feeding strangers on the Pig Trail: Martin Philip's "Baker Maker Roadshow"

How Martin Philip left Fayetteville for a career in opera, ended up head baker at King Arthur Flour instead, and returned home with a bike full of biscuits.
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"Dolemite Is My Name" is low-key inspirational

How did this whole story remain stuck in time for 45 years? And why does it feel so fresh anyway?

Eric Church toasts Little Rock at Simmons Bank Arena

Eric Church was well worth the wait.

'Hyphen Music': A Q&A with Derek Trucks

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 12 members strong and improbably still greater than the sum of its parts, graces the Robinson Auditorium stage for the third time Nov. 16.

Nate Powell made a Soophie Nun Squad family tree

The National Book Award-winning illustrator is, proudly, a co-founder of one of the most riotous and joyful performance art projects of Little Rock's musical history, Soophie Nun Squad (1992-2006), and he's documented the band's offshoots and collaborations in an elegant family tree.
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Ballet Arkansas's "Sleepy Hollow" is angular, ghoulish

In this alternative telling of "Sleepy Hollow," there is no main event, only a satin pointe shoe covering a bloodied toe. It’s an image that carries its own kind of gore.

Furious in Hogville

You don’t have to watch the previous six games of 2019 or any of 2018 to get up to speed; you can watch a single Razorback game, get a full-frontal picture of everything that is wrong within three tortured hours, and then continue or stop at your leisure. The tone rarely changes — it’s black comedy to the hilt — but the jokes always seem fresh.

A Living Room for Contemporary Arts: Arkansans meet the Momentary

Wide arching double rainbows perfectly framed the stage Oct. 5 at the first event held on the green of the Momentary, a 63,000-square foot-contemporary art and performance space that will open Feb. 20, 2020, in Bentonville. The Momentary is another Walton family project, broadening the mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

On Florence Price and William Grant Still: Five Questions with Linda Holzer

"In an ideal world, Florence Price would have been invited back to her hometown after the construction of Robinson Center to appear with the Arkansas Symphony as the concerto soloist herself," Holzer said. "Robinson Center was a segregated facility for many years, and that invitation unfortunately never happened during Price’s lifetime."

Mark Barr's "Watershed" is electric

Barr has written an outstanding novel about characters he deeply cares about. That devotion, in turn, has allowed him to craft a delightful story about this country’s very first experience with a transformative technology, and about the lives of people who made up the first cross-over generation — those before and after the introduction of electricity.

Kai Coggin's "Incandescent" burns brightly

In “Incandescent,” the voices behind the poems are passionate. They don’t over-rationalize humanity or pan its essence through long-winded metaphors. Sometimes they’re overcome with uncontrollable emotion. Sometimes they can’t say anything at all. Sometimes they find fire and life in the unexpected, in a slosh of memory, in the cycles of the natural world.

Ho-Hum releases lost LP

"Memphysema" really does capture buzz of energy and excitement the band possessed in those days. As a re-introduction to Ho-Hum 25 years on, few bands or fans could ask for anything better.

"Don't sleep on Arkansas": Opening Night at Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week

Former Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn told Thursday night's audience that representation of people of color, size inclusivity and an emphasis on sustainability were already emerging as elements in the Arkansas designers' collections, a welcome departure from the hegemony still largely present in many elements of New York Fashion Week. 
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