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'Who the F*** Is That Guy?': A Q&A with Michael Alago

Alago joins the lineup of hosts for this year’s Mutants of the Monster festival, presented digitally on the Arkansas Times YouTube channel August 28-30.

Follow your local garden Instagram influencer

Hurma Akmyradova’s Instagram account bio reads as follows: “Germinated in Turkmenistan. Transplanted to the US. Fruits in Little Rock, AR. Zone 8b,” and the reasons she has 16,000 followers make themselves pretty immediately apparent.

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Cue up/download Kami Renee's 'Couldn't Help It'

“Couldn’t Help It,” swaddled in a mirage of flute riffs and accented by Kami Renee’s call-and-response vocal hooks (which are actually all, in fact, Kami), is your summer anthem, as suitable for isolation and headphones as it would have been for all the dance parties we are definitely not having anytime soon; thanks, 2020.

Tune in to Rah Howard's podcast, "The Process"

Tune in on your podcast platform of choice to hear Dazzmin Murry speak about “How Artists Are Navigating Through the Health and Racial Pandemics,” or men’s footwear designer Chike Walker on his creative process, or Southwest Boaz on the genius of Sam Cooke. 

Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, Miki Gaynor, Christine DeMeo and more at Queertopia tonight

Queertopia, an annual showcase of queer talent in Central Arkansas, goes up tonight at the North Little Rock drive-in movie theater.

Greg Spradlin talks Jim Dickinson, converting from ‘Southern Baptist to Southern Buddhist’, and his long-time-coming album 'Hi-Watter'

Despite a history packed with thwarted record contracts and wrong legal turns, the Pangburn (White County) native ended up making his dream record, mastered by Grammy winner Tchad Blake and tracked by a roster of musicians that includes the likes of David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), a good chunk of Elvis Costello’s backing band and a legendary but elusive B3 player, the late Rudy Copeland.
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Catch (remote) concerts from Er-Gene Kahng and Thomas Echols at the Trillium Salon Series

Concerts from Er-Gene Kahng & Co. and from visiting guitarist Thomas Echols are next up on the Trillium Salon Series.

Listen to Jeff Nichols talk about "Creating in Non-Coastal Communities"

Filmmaker Jeff Nichols makes the case for "Creating in Non-Coastal Communities" in a July 31 webinar.

Watch "John Lewis: Good Trouble" tonight with the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement

Tonight, the Shelter-In-Place Virtual Film Series screens Dawn Porter's "John Lewis: Good Trouble," a 2020 documentary about the life of civil rights legend and legislator John Lewis.

More meditation than memoir: A review of J. Chester Johnson's "Damaged Heritage"

If we truly wish to go beyond the project of personal reconciliation and create the structures we need for an equitable and just world, we are going to require a deeper understanding of the nature of evil than the one Johnson offers here.
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Mutants of the Monster digital festival to feature The Body, Hull, Suplecs, Redbait, Terminal Nation, Dorthia Cottrell

There's little hope of gathering together physically in sweaty accord under the banner of the heavy music scene in Arkansas, so Mutants of the Monster, the micro-festival that's been championing those sounds locally over the course of several years, is going digital.

Stream CALS' "Monday Maladies" series

Every other Monday at 7 p.m. through August, the Central Arkansas Library System’s Encyclopedia of Arkansas is hosting a series of lectures on the history of medicine, disease and containment in The Natural State.

King Biscuit Festival postponed until 2021

The King Biscuit Blues Festival, which won Best Live Music Festival in our 2020 Best of Arkansas poll, is postponed until next year.

Little Rock Black Pride events up July 24-25

Little Rock Black Pride, a series of events across downtown Little Rock next weekend, traverses ground between the ballroom and the discussion panel.
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Check out Benito Lubazibwa's digital Black business platform, Shop Black Live

ReMix Ideas’ online shopping event, Shop Black Live, goes live every weekend on Facebook, giving you a chance to acquaint yourself with the work of Black creators and entrepreneurs in Central Arkansas and elsewhere in the state.

Order Freshawn Womack's "The Wood Witches"

Freshawn Womack — the Little Rock saxophonist who blew minds at Won Run’s Arkansas Times Musician Showcase set earlier this year — is also the author and illustrator of a new graphic novel, “The Wood Witches,” and its theme of hitting “reset” on the world’s power structures couldn’t be more timely.

"Vietgone" playwright Qui Nguyen speaks Friday morning for Murphy Arts District event

El Dorado native Qui Nguyen talks about his theater, playwriting and screenwriting career with Murphy Arts District tomorrow morning via Facebook Live.

A Q&A with David Hill on his new book 'The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice'

A son of Hot Springs writes about the mob and gambling.

Baroque 2.0: Soprano Elijah McCormack makes ancient music feel new again

For male soprano Eli McCormack, ancient music has everything (and nothing) to do with gender identity.

'Tell My Mama I’m Back': Joshua Asante on depression, diamonds and keeping his new single 'as Black and as spacey' as he could make it 

Tracked and mixed in spaces adjacent to Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Asante's new pair of songs make a pretty clear case for why he calls his music “astral soul.”
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