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'Power to the Peaceful': Five questions with Crystal C. Mercer

Four hundred and sixty-seven hours of stitching went into Crystal C. Mercer’s new children’s book, “From Cotton to Silk: The Magic of Black Hair," out on Et Alia Press March 20.

Arkansas Arts Center rebranded as Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts; fundraising goal surpassed by $8 million

The Arkansas Arts Center has a new name: the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Leaders gathered at a press conference today to announce the new name and provide an update on its facility, which is being renovated and expanded. 
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Drink/Drank/Drunk, a boozy playlist for your inauguration week toasts

In January 2021, the Arkansas Times raises a glass to all things boozy with a series we’re calling Drink/Drank/Drunk. Here's a playlist to accompany the occasion.

Bernie Sanders meme arrives in Arkansas

Bernie's been busy.

Crystal Bridges’ craft exhibition expands the definition of the art form

And bodes well for things to come at the museum.

Faulkner County drag queen Symone sparkles on season premiere of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

No "porkchop" for Symone.

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50 Arkansas artists who made good noise in 2020

Here — in no particular order — are 50 Arkansas artists/musicians/podcasters who, thankfully, didn't keep quiet this bizarro year. Tell us what we missed, find something you like, throw in the artist's coffers what you can to support it, and pray like hell they'll muddle through to a time when they can perform it for you in person.

Rage and Unleash: A Q&A with Terminal Nation's Stan Liszewski

We talk with Stan Liszewski of Terminal Nation about social media dysphoria, being pissed off in 2020 and his band's new record, "Holocene Extinction."

RIP country star and Crossett native K.T. Oslin

Kay Toinette Oslin, a Grammy-winning pioneer in country music and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. She was born May 15, 1942, in Crossett, Ark., and grew up in Memphis and Houston.

Arkansas Cinema Society hires NWA program director; plans to open ACS office in the region

From the Arkansas Cinema Society today comes news that Kody Ford, a Fayetteville resident, UCA/University of Arkansas graduate and founder of The Idle Class magazine, will become ACS' director of statewide outreach and educational programming/NWA program director.
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The slacker's guide to last-minute Arkansas gifts

If you’ve let this much of December go by without making a gift-giving plan, we’ve got a few suggestions, most made in Arkansas and all made to delight the recipient.

Compassion Works For All concert features sets from Big Piph, Greg Spradlin, Rodney Block

Compassion Works For All, a Little Rock-based organization that offers therapeutic programs to incarcerated people and others, is re-airing its virtual benefit concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

ASO streams free "Home for the Holidays" concert Sunday afternoon

Featuring Broadway star Laura Leigh Turner ("Mean Girls"), ASO's "Home for the Holidays" concert is free to watch, streamed live from Robinson Center Music Hall, and features ASO Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov and trumpet player Ross Ahlhorn. 

Little Rock's former drag darling Symone lands on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Arkansas has a queen on the RuPaul runway. Go, Team Symone!
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Ballet Arkansas and SoNA collaborate for virtual 'Sleighride Together'

Ballet Arkansas is teaming up with Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) for two world premieres choreographed by Ballet Arkansas's Executive and Artistic Director Michael Fothergill and contemporary choreographer Madison Hicks.

Meet Black Paper Party, the Arkansas company shaking up the digital gift wrap aisle

Check out Black Paper Party, an Arkansas-based wrapping paper company launched by three Black women to introduce more Black representation in wrapping paper imagery.

Visit 21c Museum's "Refuge," virtually or in-person

Banished from evocative gallery showings in a winter that calls for hunkering down hardcore, art enthusiasts and politically minded thinkers should put 21c Museum’s new exhibit “Refuge” on their radar.

Low Key Arts' Arkansas Shorts goes up, drive-in style, Jan. 2

The festival will showcase films created by participants in LKA's Inception to Projection filmmaking program

Arkansas Craft Guild Showcase goes up this weekend at the state fairgrounds

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Prayer, Praise, Problem: A Q&A and excerpts from poet Geffrey Davis

We talked with poet Geffrey Davis over email about his latest, “Night Angler,” a 96-page wonder that manages to make a poem about evasive trout feel as if it belongs next to an elegiac verse for Tamir Rice or, as in “Pillow Kombat with the Ultimate Sleep Fighter,” alongside a meditation on Davis’ life as a new parent. 
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