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On Florence Price and William Grant Still: Five Questions with Linda Holzer

"In an ideal world, Florence Price would have been invited back to her hometown after the construction of Robinson Center to appear with the Arkansas Symphony as the concerto soloist herself," Holzer said. "Robinson Center was a segregated facility for many years, and that invitation unfortunately never happened during Price’s lifetime."

Mark Barr's "Watershed" is electric

Barr has written an outstanding novel about characters he deeply cares about. That devotion, in turn, has allowed him to craft a delightful story about this country’s very first experience with a transformative technology, and about the lives of people who made up the first cross-over generation — those before and after the introduction of electricity.

Kai Coggin's "Incandescent" burns brightly

In “Incandescent,” the voices behind the poems are passionate. They don’t over-rationalize humanity or pan its essence through long-winded metaphors. Sometimes they’re overcome with uncontrollable emotion. Sometimes they can’t say anything at all. Sometimes they find fire and life in the unexpected, in a slosh of memory, in the cycles of the natural world.

Ho-Hum releases lost LP

"Memphysema" really does capture buzz of energy and excitement the band possessed in those days. As a re-introduction to Ho-Hum 25 years on, few bands or fans could ask for anything better.
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"Don't sleep on Arkansas": Opening Night at Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week

Former Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn told Thursday night's audience that representation of people of color, size inclusivity and an emphasis on sustainability were already emerging as elements in the Arkansas designers' collections, a welcome departure from the hegemony still largely present in many elements of New York Fashion Week. 

Vocal stamina wins at Simmons Bank Arena's Heart/Joan Jett concert

Maybe it was Jett’s long-sharpened road-dog skills or her devoted vegetarian diet, or whatever soothing tonic was in Ann Wilson’s ceramic coffee cup, but neither showed a shred of evidence of vocal atrophy, and both were surrounded by the kind of musicians and engineers who can make their music work in a stadium setting.

R.I.P., Bud Kenny

We note the passing of Bud Kenny, founder of the long-tenured Wednesday Night Poetry sessions in Hot Springs.

Another season, another loss to Texas A&M

Arkansas lost 31-27, and acquitted itself very well on the heels of the humiliation it just sustained against San Jose State. Alas, the team yet again could. not. freaking. FINISH. If this program needs a profound “culture change,” then yet another winnable game turned into an actual loss is not the ticket there.
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Jesse Burks: Foot surgeon by day, horror film auteur by night

Jesse Burks puts his knowledge of the human body to use as a talented foot surgeon — and in his budding career as a filmmaker.

Designer Korto Momolu's cannabis clothing line

How Little Rock designer Korto Momolu brought a weed-inspired collection to New York Fashion Week.

On jumping medium: Five questions with Jonathan Lethem

Ahead of Lethem’s visit to Arkansas as one of UA Fayetteville's 2018-19 2019-20 McIlroy Family Visiting Professors, we spoke to him about his love of used bookshops — he spent years working in them — gentrification, and what the election of Trump says about us as a society.

The art of drag: Five questions with M’Shay Victoria Foster, Miss Gay Diamond America 2019

M'Shay Victoria Foster — also known as Joel Little — is a Little Rock native and the winner of Miss Gay Diamond America 2019, a regional competition and a preliminary to the Miss Gay America pageant. Now living outside of Dallas, Foster is competing in the MGA pageant for the fourth time next week, and M'Shay thinks this may be her year to take it all.
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Guest Playlist: Shea Childs

We asked Shea Childs — professional midwife and Board Director at Low Key Arts — to tell us what she's listening to. Here's her playlist, "Once Upon A Time in America."

New music from Yuni Wa, Genine L. Perez, Bazi Owenz, bLAck pARty

A round-up of a few favorites that have crossed our desks lately from Arkansas musicians.

No Blueprint: A Q&A with conductor JoAnn Falletta

Performance Today named Falletta the 2019 Woman of the Year, heralding her quiet, systematic dismantling of the "male maestro" stereotype, her flawless technique and her "scintillating and sensual rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade,' " the very piece she'll conduct this weekend with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Fire Chad Morris

Just do it already, Hunter. How could it possibly be any more disastrous than retaining this guy another minute?

'Stonewall 50': Five Questions with Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press

"That’s why it’s so important to open the floor to everyone, to make a space for queer art — everyone has a story but not everyone will share it if they are not seen first," Pennington said. "If we nurture this community we have, if we can be brave in that way, what I hope most: more queer people will stay."

Ashlie Atkinson cast as series regular on USA Network's 'Mr. Robot'

From Deadline today comes news that Ashlie Atkinson — a Little Rock native and Hendrix College grad who appeared in Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" — will be cast on USA Network's "Mr. Robot."

Hogs so far: boring-ass, bad football

The program appears absolutely lifeless, and I’ll stop short of saying “is already lifeless.” It has been consumed by a pervasive apathy that has been a byproduct of decades — not just years, mind you — of asinine personnel decisions followed by pecuniary choices that resemble a young child flailing about it in a toy store with a fistful of saved money that the kiddo cannot WAIT to irrationally spend. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has never been more expansive and impressive, and yet has had the paradoxical misfortune of never feeling so empty.

Conway singer-songwriter is making tracks: A Q&A with Erin Enderlin

How Conway native Erin Enderlin's tunes have landed on the lips of Reba McEntire, Terry Clark, Randy Travis and Lee Ann Womack — and where Enderlin's going from here.
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