'Everything is fine': Climate change opera 'Sun and Sea' brings 25 tons of sand to the Momentary this week

At the Momentary this week: an inventively staged cyclical opera about climate change and modern-day malaise.

Arkansan William Grant Still looms large as The Met stages its first-ever opera by a Black composer

Little Rock composer William Grant Still's name looms large as the first opera by a Black composer heads to the Met.

Tammy Faye Bakker's "radical" sincerity: A Q&A with Jessica Chastain

Chastain came to Filmland to promote “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” which she produced, and which is based on a 2000 documentary of the same name.

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts gives update on museum renovations

In a virtual board meeting Monday, leaders at Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts gathered at the museum's temporary Riverdale location to announce updates on the museum's multi-million dollar renovation and on its reopening, slated for 2022.

Arkansas's anti-vax contingent makes a cameo in NYT spotlight on 'Designing Women' premiere in Fayetteville

The two-act comedy places the Sugarbaker sisters et al. in a relatively current moment, eavesdropping "on the women and a few new characters as they contend with the pandemic, the possible financial collapse of their firm and the 2020 presidential election." And, maybe unsurprisingly, the theater's COVID protocols elicited outrage from those unwilling to present proof of vaccination in order to attend.

Weekend plans: Downtown food trucks, Greek food festival, Filmland and brunch, of course

A weekend roundup.

An auspicious opening night at Filmland 2021

The good news is that Filmland is back, it's awesome and it feels safe. The bad news: You've missed one of the festival's greatest film offerings, and possibly the best festival weather.

UA grad Ayana Gray's debut novel "Beasts of Prey" being developed for Netflix

Little Rock resident and University of Arkansas alum Ayana Gray is having a good year. Like, a "seven-figure book deal" kinda year.

Spooky Arkansas songs

It's spooky season in The Natural State. Embrace the night and howl at the moon with this playlist from Arkansas artists.

Campout edition of Valley of the Vapors returns this weekend in Hot Springs, plus Friday night gallery walk and an arts and crafts fair

Valley of the Vapors is back, Campout Edition.
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Never a better time to be a Hog fan

Those of us who’ve ceded our physical and mental health in the name of Razorback fandom are finally feeling vindicated for that absurdity.

A fiery program from the Arkansas Symphony this weekend: Stravinsky, John Adams, Ravel and a guest cellist

A fiery program from the Arkansas Symphony this weekend: Stravinsky, John Adams, Ravel and guest cellist Gabriel Martins.

Outsider folk art has taken over the UA Little Rock galleries and it's glorious

The series, gallery director Brad Cushman said, “features visionary makers of pictures and sculptural objects inspired by a divine spirit, as well as seemingly ordinary people making marks and transforming commonplace materials into extraordinary art to communicate messages to a keen observer.”

Seis Puentes holds Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Food Festival this weekend

Ballet Quetzalli, Oscar Gomez, Mariachi Arrieros, DJ Miguel Gomez and more.

UPDATE Arkansas Repertory Theatre gives a free performance of "The Fantasticks"

To conclude its 2021 “Rep Outdoors” series and usher in an official return to the theater next season, The Rep offers a one-night-only, outdoor, free performance of Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt's musical "The Fantasticks" at Murray Park 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

Ballet Arkansas gives free performance at Southwest Community Center in October

“Movement in the Parks ensures all within our community have access to world-class dance performances in stunning outdoor settings, free of charge,” said Michael Fothergill, Ballet Arkansas’s executive and artistic director.

Catch SocietyCon, an expo for makers and entrepreneurs, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds this weekend

Check out SocietyCon, an expo at the state fairgrounds this weekend that gathers together local makers across the fields of art, entertainment, business and tech.

'Don't box yourself in': Dylan Turk wants to spark an art economy that works for everyone

Dylan Turk, special projects editor of architecture and design at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and co-founder of KIN, talks about the creative economy in Arkansas and democratizing access to art.

Judsonia's own Beth Ditto will star in "Monarch," a forthcoming musical drama from Fox

Beth Ditto — fashion icon, earth-shattering vocalist for the group Gossip, actor and crafter extraordinaire — will join Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins in FOX's forthcoming musical drama "Monarch," to premiere in January 2022.

"Like a magpie," new storytelling project at Hendrix collects vignettes from underexplored Arkansas communities

We talk to Hendrix College professors Maxine Payne and Tyrone Jaeger about their "AV Arkansas" storytelling project and the value of stories in our small, complicated state.