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Melba Pattillo Beals speaks at Sept. 23 installment of Oxford American's Landmark Series

"No Tears Suite" gets a release on Sept. 25, and you can catch a discussion with Melba Pattillo Beals and the musicians on Sept. 23 at Oxford American's Landmark Series.

Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmland goes drive-in this year

Arkansas Cinema Society takes its film fest offerings outdoors to MP Outdoor Cinema, a 180-car theater with a 36-foot screen at 6700 Allied Drive Way in Little Rock.
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Buffalo Gals' "Where the Heart Wants to Go" is a rural queer quarantine dream

There's a lot more to the new Buffalo Gals album than its quarantine soundtrack qualities, particularly its treatment of matters of rural queer identity.

New music coming from Pallbearer

Here's director Ben Meredith's video for the title track, which, promisingly, wanders the turf between Descarte's Dream argument, molecular gas clouds and classic Sabbath.

Creators' Village hosts songwriting camp in Northwest Arkansas

Dazzmin Murry's nonprofit, Creators' Village, is hosting a songwriter's camp in Bentonville, Friday Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13.

UA Pulaski Tech's CHARTS 2020-2021 season features Bobby McFerrin, Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Asleep at the Wheel, Ani DiFranco, Jane Lynch

The lineup of performances/events begins Jan. 6, 2021.

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Ashlie Atkinson, Matt Besser, Laina Dawes and a bunch of heavy music stalwarts take over the Arkansas Times YouTube channel this weekend for Mutants of the Monster

Performers include Dorthia Cottrell, Dirty Streets, Six Kills Nine, Terminal Nation, The Body, Oakskin, Heavy Temple, Barishi, Redbait, Rebelmatic, Hull, Wvrm, -16-, Eye Flys and Deadbird, with featured spots from actor and Arkansas native Ashlie Atkinson (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Mr. Robot”), producer Michael Alago, comedian Matt Besser, music journalist Laina Dawes and “Little Punk People” host Elliott Fullam.

Rodney Crowell speaks tonight for Oxford American's virtual "Landmark Sessions"

Crowell, an elder figure in the Americana idiom, has long infused his music with a literary bent, and he's leading a virtual discussion tonight on "words and melodies that evoke the familiar feeling of home."

Chadwick Boseman and Seth McFarlane are working on a drama series about the Little Rock Nine

Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, wrote a memoir in 2009 about her experiences at Central High, "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey To Justice At Little Rock Central High," and the book serves as the series' basis.

Dazzmin Murry launches nonprofit to connect creatives

Tune in on the Creators' Village Facebook page tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on “Understanding Profitability and Income Streams,” with Murry and panelists Dondrae “Ferocious” Vinson, Owner and Head Engineer at Ferocious Production Studios; BK Simmons, founder of Venture Noire; and Chris James, Founder and Owner of The House of Art and Roots Art Connection. 
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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.

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.

"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.

Juneteenth at Mosaic Templars: The Clark Sisters, Rodney Block, Bijoux and a "Savage" TikTok challenge

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating Juneteenth with performances from gospel group the Clark Sisters, trumpeter Rodney Block, vocalist Bijoux, magician Tommy Terrific, comedian Jay Jackson, and a family TikTok challenge.
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Buy a Pallbearer album today on Bandcamp; support BLM

Pallbearer, The Natural State's darlings of symphonic doom metal, are donating 100 percent of all proceeds from Bandcamp sales on Friday, June 5 to the Black Lives Matter global network.

New music from Crystal C. Mercer, Joshua Asante, Amos Cochran, Princeaus, Ben Brenner

A new EP and short film, "Black Glow Matters," is out from Crystal C. Mercer, along with music from Amos Cochran, Joshua Asante, Princeaus and blues performer Ben Brenner.

Check out Downtown Little Rock Partnership's pandemic Billy Joel parody

A pandemic parody from Downtown Little Rock Partnership and a host of local musicians.

North Little Rock Drive-In to screen Pallbearer, Pink Floyd and Adam Faucett concerts, anthology horror and dueling pianos

James Snyder the event promoter behind Metroplex Live and Juanita's Entertainment, has teamed up with vocalist/concert promoter Chris Terry (CT) to screen concert films, horror flicks and live performances in North Little Rock, drive-in movie style.

Arkansas Cinema Society and Hot Springs Doc Film Fest resurrecting the drive-in movie

Central Arkansans won't have to drive all the way up to the Kenda to catch a movie from the safety of their car: the Arkansas Cinema Society, Metroplex Live and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival are putting two flicks up on the big screen the next two weekends.

Arkansas Arts Council opens up COVID-19 relief subgrants

Starting Wednesday at noon, the Arkansas Arts Council will open up grant applications for nonprofits seeking a slice of the $441,500 AAC received from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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