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"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.

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.

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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. 

'We fought the laws, and the laws won': Temple Live moves concert date following state's cease and desist

In a press conference-turned-concert today onstage at its 1,100-person capacity theater in Fort Smith, the owners of Temple Live announced they would move the date for their venue's controversial May 15 Travis McCready (of Bishop Gunn) concert to fall within the state's directives for opening large indoor venues.

Oluwatobi Adewumi wins Derwent Art Prize

McNeil, Ark.-based artist Oluwatobi Adewumi won one of two 2020 Derwent Art Prizes for his 2017 work in hyper-realistic charcoal, "Doublesided."

Here's Brad Williams and Isaac Alexander covering Sister Rosetta Tharpe, because we deserve it

Here's The Salty Dogs' frontman Brad Williams with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and designer Isaac Alexander, filtering Sister Rosetta's observations through a sound they're making under the name The Eulogy Brothers. 

UPDATE: State to issue cease and desist for May 15 concert in Fort Smith; venue says show will go on

Gov. Hutchinson stated in his daily press briefing that the Department of Health will issue a cease and desist order to Temple Live in Fort Smith for its May 15 concert plans.

Hear from Mike Brown, the Fort Smith venue owner hosting first live COVID-era concert

Governor Hutchinson's May 4 directives on the re-opening of indoor and outdoor venues indicate closures will be lifted on May 18, but that's not what the event calendar at Fort Smith's Temple Live says.

Second Friday Art Night goes digital

Downtown Little Rock's longstanding monthly date with its art-loving community is going virtual, with art tours from Central Arkansas Library System, Nexus Coffee and Creative, Historic Arkansas Museum and more.

Ballet Arkansas, Opera in the Rock and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra pay artists amid canceled performances

Canceled performances and lost revenue mean big pivots for arts organizations in Little Rock, several of which are scrambling more furiously than ever to be sure their performers get paid and that their organizations stay afloat.  

Author and fiber artist Crystal C. Mercer secures funding from PEN America and Dramatists Guild Foundation

Poet, author and fiber artist Crystal C. Mercer talks resources and ingenuity in the era of COVID-19.

Shoog Radio's got your weekly livestream calendar

Shoog Radio's amplifying local musicians through the airwaves every Tuesday afternoon on KABF, and now they're listing local bands' livestreams.

Oxford American podcast gets $350K grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

"Points South," a podcast from the Oxford American, is the recipient of a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

SXSW to open up its film festival collection online for free

SXSW is turning the film festival selections it had slated for its now-canceled 2020 lineup into an online festival. 

Hoard local music, not toilet paper

While you're clamoring for supplies and checking in on your vulnerable loved ones, consider throwing a few bucks toward a local artist or creator.