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Adaptation of Little Rock author Trenton Lee Stewart's 'Mysterious Benedict Society' coming soon to Disney+

Attention parents and nerds (i.e. subscribers of Disney+), here's something to add to your queue: a new adaptation of Little Rock author Trenton Lee Stewart's wildly popular young adult series "The Mysterious Benedict Society." The eight-episode series debuts June 25 and stars Kristen Schaal and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development," "Veep").

Duane Jackson steps down as director of The Weekend Theater

After three years as The Weekend Theater's artistic director Duane Jackson is resigning from the position at the volunteer-run, social justice-minded theater company at the corner of 7th and Chester streets in downtown Little Rock.
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Punk rock baseball and 'The Sandlot' tonight at Interstate Park

Punk rock baseball at Interstate Park tonight.

Judy Tenenbaum dead at 71

Argenta Community Theater co-founder and philanthropist Judy Tenenbaum died unexpectedly last Thursday.

Arkansauce, Erin Enderlin, The Salty Dogs among winners at 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards

The Arkansas Country Music Awards, held Monday, June 7 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, paid tribute to The Natural State's legacy of country music with performances from Amy Helm, Bonnie Montgomery, Shawn Camp, Mark Currey and others.

Check out this illustrated history of Louisiana's first Black lieutenant governor, penned by UA Little Rock prof Brian Mitchell

Mitchell worked with editor Nick Weldon and illustrator Barrington Edwards on the book, which follows Dunn as he was born into slavery, emancipated at age 10, elected lieutenant governor of Louisiana in 1868 and died mysteriously in 1873, just as he was poised to become Louisiana's first Black governor.

Weekend To-Do List: Erin Enderlin, 'Baggo, Brats & Blues,' Rev. Horton Heat with Dale Watson and more

Erin Enderlin at the Old State House Museum, the Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest, Charlotte Taylor at The Rail Yard for Habitat for Humanity and more.

Free outdoor concerts every Sunday in June at Red & Blue: Levelle Davison, Isaac Alexander, Salty Dogs, John Paul Keith and more

Note "Rhythm in the Rock," a music and food fest going up every Sunday afternoon in June at Red & Blue Event Venue (1415 W. 7th St).

'Put some beef on it': Five Questions with Joe Yoder of Joe and The Feels

"Beef" and the rest of the tracks on "Unsupervised," like Yoder's music with Little Rock outfit The See, are the sort of melody-driven pop rock anthems made for howling along to in a sweaty circle of friends at a concert — were they not concocted in a concertless era.

Bobby Bones crushes a school bus and dangles above the Grand Canyon for new Nat Geo show

Garland County native and radio/TV mogul Bobby Bones has a new show on the National Geographic channel called "Breaking Bobby Bones."
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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.

Kopps and consistency send Razorbacks to SEC semifinals

The best team in college baseball has been the one in Fayetteville from start to present, and Arkansas fans are dying for that to read “finish” by the time June is over.

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.

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.
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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.

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.
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