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Author Danielle Dreilinger unearths 'the secret history of home economics' at CALS Ron Robinson

Author Danielle Dreilinger, as a guest of The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, will tackle the underexplored history of home economics in a talk drawn from her book, “The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live.”
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Arkansas filmmaker Amman Abbasi's latest debuts at SXSW

Pakistani-American filmmaker Amman Abbasi, who attended Hall High School and Central High School as a teenager, will premiere his 2024 film "Yasmeen's Element" at this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin.

'Footloose,' Jane Austen and work from MacDowell Fellow James Anthony Tyler at The Rep in 2024

The Rep's upcoming season is made up of five wildly different plays, set up for nearly back-to-back runs in the summer of 2024. You've got "Footloose," tried-and-true musical "Hello, Dolly!" and Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice," plus work by Little Rock local playwright Joseph Scott Ford and MacDowell Fellow James Anthony Tyler.

Stark inspirational works, vibrant paintings meet up at Hearne

Black and white scratchboard drawings by Perrion Hurd and vibrant, hyper-saturated with color paintings by Kennith Humphrey create an excellent juxtaposition at Hearne Fine Art.

Garrard Conley's new book is a queer love story set in Puritan New England

Glowing reviews of Garrard Conley's forthcoming book, "All The World Beside," a queer love story set in Puritan New England, which critic Edmund White says “teaches us that in Puritan America the scarlet letter was not A for adultery but H for homosexuality and that the only romance with God is tense and tragic.”

Five reasons to go see Stevie Nicks at Simmons Bank Arena in March

In honor of the news today from Simmons Bank Arena that Our Lady of Layered Fabrics Stevie Nicks will be paying a visit to Central Arkansas next spring, here are five reasons to go and pay homage.

Camden-born singer Ne-Yo would like to clarify his position on trans youth

Ne-Yo's comments (and apology, and reversal) come at a politically fiery moment, when Republican legislators across the country are pushing to enact bans on gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth, when our own state legislators are interrogating medical professionals about their genitalia and when far-right political fearmongerers would have you believe that healthcare for trans youth is synonymous with surgery.

The 2023 Porter Fund Literary Prize goes to Jay Jennings

Arkansas journalist Jay Jennings is the newest recipient of the Porter Fund Literary Prize, a $5,000 award given annually to writer of distinction with an Arkansas connection. Jennings has written for Sports Illustrated, Tennis, Time Out New York, Artforum, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, Gravy, The Lowbrow Reader and the Oxford American, where he was an editor from 2015 to 2021.

Arkansas Arts Council awards $5K to 18 Arkansas artists and performers

Arkansas Arts Council announced the recipients of its annual Individual Artist Fellowships which, in 2023, were awarded for achievements in "multisensory works with a tactile component, community engagement, contemporary craft with metal component, oil or acrylic painting on canvas, written theater monologue and stand-up comedy."

Arkansas Arts Council receives $821,300 from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Arkansas Arts Council, an organization that's been channeling funding to Arkansans from the National Endowment for the Arts since 1966, scored big this week with a grant for $821,300 — the largest NEA grant the group has ever received. 

Geoff Robson selected as new symphony conductor after four-year search

After auditioning guest conductors from far-flung symphonies during its four-year search for a new director, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra picked a candidate from its own home team.

Where you need to be May 18: Arkansas Times Tacos & Tequila

Picture it: a bevy of competitors vying to win your favor (and the Golden Taco Trophy) with their best taco offerings, including Santo Coyote, Big Whiskey's, The Cajun Trouxth, Dogtown Tavern, El Sur, The Peppermint Hippo and reigning champions Jimmy’s Jerk Chicken & BBQ, plus Hornitos Tequila-spiked cocktails. That's all happening at Arkansas Times Tacos & Tequila, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at Argenta Plaza. 

Bladesmith Lin Rhea named 2023 Arkansas Living Treasure

Rhea will be honored at a reception 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM) in Little Rock, concurrent with the grand reopening of the museum’s Knife Gallery, which includes displays of several of Rhea’s knives.

Screening of documentary 'The Janes' Saturday benefits Arkansas Abortion Support Network

If you don't know what you're doing Saturday afternoon and you have a few bucks to throw toward reproductive justice in our state, consider this HBO doc screening benefiting the increasingly difficult work that the Arkansas Abortion Support Network does to help pregnant people in Arkansas.

New music from Adventureland

Adventureland's latest is a gorgeous record full of layered harmonies and delicate guitar work, and for me, it's collectively about transience, listlessness, being in love with your friends, and about the ways in which adolescence occasionally pokes its head through the doorway of the room where adulthood long ago set up living quarters.

Clarice K. Abdul-Bey and Ameria Jones turned Edith Ware McClinton's memoir 'Scars from a Lynching' into a radio play

Clarice K. Abdul-Bey and Ameria Jones have turned an Arkansas family's story into radio theater in an adaptation of Edith Ware McClinton's account of the lynching of William Jack Ware and his twin brother Jim Ware in a small town in Calhoun County in the 1890s. The hour-long take is titled "Scars Brought Into Focus: The Silver Screen of the Mind * Images * Memories (A True Horror Story Based in Arkansas.)"

The first woman to hike all 11 National Scenic Trails talks at Ron Robinson Tuesday night

Did you vote yet? OK. Good. If you did, and you need a distraction from watching the Election Day midterm results roll in, Arlette Laan is giving a talk at Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater. She's the first woman to have hiked all 11 National Scenic Trails — over 18,000 miles total. 

Whoa Dakota's 'Lovin' a Cowboy' is the rodeo lament you need this weekend

"I wanted to record it because I think it beautifully expresses the feeling of being attached to someone who can't prioritize you," Ott said, "no matter how much they may want to."

Matt Pike (Sleep, High on Fire) lands at White Water Tavern with new project Pike vs. The Automaton

If you’re a fan of any of Pike’s other projects (or classic conspiracy theories), you’ll definitely want to check it out. There’s also the possibility you’ll learn of some sweet new conspiracy theories, especially if you’ve never heard of the Reptilians.

New music from Little Rock hardcore outfit Second Life

An absolutely fierce track from a band whose live performances are defined by urgency and power, whose merchandising efforts are bent toward justice and whose messages are worth getting (and staying) pissed off about.