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Chris Maxwell fans: new Bob's Burgers box set is ready for takeout

New tunes from Chris Maxwell's TV writing duo, Elegant Too.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre is back in 2021-22 with Sondheim, 'Designing Women' and 'School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play'

After an inventive and abbreviated season outdoors, and "after what feels like an eternity," Executive Artistic Director Will Trice said, The Rep is back, and the lineup is incredible.
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Yola, Ledisi, Tab Benoit and Samantha Fish on the schedule for new West Ninth Street venue

The Hall, a new performance venue opening in October at 721 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock, announced a portion of its opening calendar today, with concerts scheduled from singer Yola, Granger Smith and more.

Filmmaker Thomas James Deeter, ceramicists Kensuke Yamada and Aaron Calvert among 2021 Arkansas Arts Council fellows

Arkansas Arts Council announced today the recipients of its annual Individual Artist Fellowships.
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Slideshow: 2,199 turn out for Foreigner at Simmons Bank Arena

With a half-sized "theater set-up" at Simmons Bank Arena, Foreigner played to a crowd of 2,199 last night.

Best of Arkansas 2021 Editor's Picks: Dazz & Brie for Best Pandemic Portfolio, AR'Ts for Best T-Shirt to Wear in Yell County

We throw a couple of editor's picks into the mix for our annual Best of Arkansas poll.
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$498K awarded to Dreamland Ballroom from National Park Service

The Friends of Dreamland, the nonprofit dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of the Dreamland Ballroom in downtown Little Rock's historic West Ninth Street, was one of 53 recipients of the African American Civil Rights grant, established in 2016 and awarded each year "to help preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality."

Danielle A. Jackson takes the helm at Oxford American

Memphis native Danielle Jackson, who joined the Oxford American in February 2020 as managing editor, will succeed Eliza Borné as the magazine's fourth editor since its inception in 1992.
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Jen Fawkes wins 2021 Porter Fund Prize

The annual Porter Fund Literary Prize, founded in 1984 by novelist Jack Butler and novelist and lawyer Phil McMath, goes to fiction writer Jen Fawkes.

More than 'Minari': Criterion Channel offers up deep cuts from Arkansas filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung

Lee Isaac Chung deep cuts on Criterion's streaming service this month.
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Wanna get into the White Water Tavern when it reopens? Better bring your vax card

Reopening its doors amidst a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly infectious and more fatal delta variant, Capitol View/Stifft Station's beloved dive bar will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result upon entry.

All the Pallbearer news that's fit to print: new project from Joseph Rowland, electric bassoonist covers "The Legend"

New music from Joseph Rowland, plus the electric bassoon cover of "The Legend" we never knew we needed.

Hot Springs eyes plans for entertainment venue on former Majestic Hotel site

Proposed plans from R.A. Wilson Enterprises detail a $2.1 million entertainment venue on the five acres that formerly housed the Majestic Hotel.

Check out "Humankind" photography exhibit at Argenta Branch Library

Styled after a 1955 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, the exhibit ushers in the reopening of the Argenta Branch Library after a pandemic hiatus.

Catch Firebrand Theatre Co.'s interpretation of "The Tempest" in Conway this weekend

Through Sunday, July 11, a new theater company called Firebrand will be re-interpreting William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on the campus of Hendrix College.

New music from Little Rock trio Affection out today, 18 years after the fact

Like much of the music that’s come from Brasher, Morgan and Benjamin in the projects they’ve played in individually, Affection’s 2021 LP — recorded in 2003 — is both smart and wholly danceable.

In a nod to native Levon Helm, Fayetteville renames arts corridor project 'The Ramble'

The project will eventually connect the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the University of Arkansas’ Art and Design District with trails and pedestrian/cyclist connections. It is slated for completion by January 2024.

Steve H. Broadnax III and Ari Edelson give free workshops at The Rep in July

You may not be able to catch a show at The Rep's space on Main Street just yet, but you can visit for a workshop.

RIP Frank Bonner, Little Rock native and actor of "WKRP in Cincinnati" fame

Belatedly, we mark the passing of Frank Bonner, the Little Rock native who brought a little bit of Arkansas Razorback spirit to each episode of "WJRP in Cincinnati" in his role as station sales manager Herb Tarlek.

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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