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Quarantine, "Backroads"-style: A Q&A with Amy Garland

We caught up with Amy Garland Angel in between her gigs as DJ, musician, entrepreneur and mother, and then called her for a follow-up when the pandemic hit. 

Bookselling in the time of COVID-19: Arkansas shops turn the page during the pandemic

Bookstores in Arkansas are learning to deal with a new no-touch normal in the visual, but also historically tactile, world of books. 

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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. 

'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.
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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."

'Undercurrents of the night': A Q&A with Clyde Clifford of Beaker Street

We talk with Clyde Clifford, the long-time host of beloved album rock radio show Beaker Street, about his return to the airwaves Friday night.

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.
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Restaurant owners approach May 11 dine-in closure lift with caution

We talked with six local restaurant owners about how they’re planning to proceed with Monday's lift on dining room closures.

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.

Fort Smith's Temple Live hosts May 15 indoor concert with "COVID operating protocol"

A Fort Smith venue plans to host what might be the state's first real COVID-19-era concert.
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'Arkansas' director Clark Duke talks timing, barbecue, and The Flaming Lips

Glenwood native Duke's directorial debut never got a chance to ring across a receptive room at its corona-canceled SXSW debut, but its May 5 release on streaming platforms means, at least, that it has a fighting chance of finding that audience anyway, even without a red carpet rollout.

More quarantine entertainment: Livestream local bands, Shelter-in-place Film series, dive into Openculture.com

Livestream local bands, set your calendar for the Shelter-in-Place Film Fest, or take a deep dive into openculture.com.

Check out Barbershop Books' storytime series, ASO's Mid-Day Music Moments and more

Need to shake up your calendar? Check out Librivox, Barbershop Books' storytime series and more.

Quarantine To-Dos: Drums By Distance, Ubu.com and a virtual community quilt

A few additions to your quarantine entertainment calendar.

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.  

On the Fritts: Lonoke repairman rescues fallen musical gear

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