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Here's "This America" from Kai Coggin, voted Arkansas Times' 2020 Best Poet

Here's "This America," the latest from poet Kai Coggin, who was voted Best Poet in Arkansas Times' Best of Arkansas 2020.

Ballet Arkansas teams up with ASO for a free outdoor Sunday afternoon concert

Featuring a 4,300-square-foot mural, Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
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DOT releases debut EP, "Welcome to the DOTosphere"

If your year needed a handful of new songs that cover clambakes, skinnydipping, the alienation brought about by technology and ghosts who speak through Marshall amps, you’re in luck.

Take a Wednesday night meditation class with your local Buddhists

Sit in on a class with the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock.

From acorns, a suffrage event grows at UCA: UPDATE

The University is now registering for the 6 p.m. Nov. 9 Zoom performance and live Q&A for Core's performance of "Nevertheless, She Persists," with original music by Christian Meyer, recently recorded at Crystal Bridges.

New Lucero coming in January, with murder balladry, Irish folktales and touches of classic rock

Beloved rock outfit Lucero spent two weeks (masked up) at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis in July, and the fruits of those sessions will be out in January — a full-length LP called "When You Found Me."

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Trick-or-treat?

With All Hallows Eve a couple weeks away and the state’s coronavirus cases on the rise, we wanted to know what families who would normally be making memories trick-or-treating are doing for Halloween this pandemic year, when Halloween falls on a Saturday. 

'Party Down': A nod to Little Beaver (and a playlist)

Forrest City native Willie George Hale became an important and widely respected R&B guitarist, both in studio sessions and as a solo artist, and his tunes later became sampling fodder for the likes of Jay-Z and Erykah Badu.

Pandemic puts live music venues on the riverfront in choppy economic waters

While barbershops and churches and gyms and restaurants across the country are easing their doors open incrementally, theaters, nightclubs and performing arts centers remain mostly dark. Worse, many of them have been deprioritized or left out altogether when it comes to monetary relief packages.

Frea Buckler show goes up at The New Gallery

British artist Frea Buckler, whose hard-edge, saturated-color geometric works have been exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and seen in galleries in New York and Denver, brings “Loop Sequence” to The New Gallery at 1619 Scott St. starting Nov. 6.
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CALS screens series inspired by Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"

Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” an acclaimed novel set in the lives and minds of soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War, is the inspiration for a series of virtual film screenings in November from the Central Arkansas Library System and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock.

Buys' "Delta in Blue" series coming to Justus

Jeri Hillis' oil painting "Maxine's Rear Window" (of the Hot Springs bar) and Dennis McCann's "Arcade" add to a historical theme to Hot Springs' Justus Fine Art in November. 

Big Piph's "The F.A.M. Project" seeks candidates for mentorship program

The F.A.M. Project will mentor eight 10th-12th graders from Jefferson and Pulaski counties and, encouraging entrepreneurship through a hip-hop lens, ask them to dream up a project that provides “a quantitative benefit to an underserved community in Central Arkansas for their relative age range or younger.”

Watch David Hill talk about 'The Vapors' at a virtual Clinton School event tonight

I'm really excited to get to talk tonight with David Hill, the Hot Springs native and author of the fantastic book "The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice." I'm moderating a virtual discussion with him at 6 p.m. today for the Clinton School of Public Service's virtual speaker series.
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‘Strangeness in the Proportion’: A Q&A with Jen Fawkes

We talk with author Jen Fawkes about her debut short story collection, "Mannequin and Wife," ahead of her appearance at Central Arkansas Library System's Six Bridges Book Festival Saturday, Oct. 17.

RIP Bob Boyd (1936-2020)

We mark the passing of an Arkansas music educator, performer, entrepreneur and mentor Bob Boyd (May 26, 1936-Oct. 8, 2020), whose proprietorship of the Boyd Music store fostered a love of music among young Central Arkansas musicians for 38 years.

Pandemic music from Rodney Block, Yuni Wa, Bonnie Montgomery, Princeaus, Brad Byrd and more

New music, out and forthcoming, from Rodney Block, Bonnie Montgomery, Bailey Bigger, Yuni Wa, Princeaus, and Brad Byrd.

You can get a pendant of Mike Pence's fly from Bang-Up Betty

Within hours of that fateful moment in the Oct. 7 vice presidential debate when a fly alighted atop Michael Richard Pence's fleecy helmet of hair, Bowers' company Bang-Up Betty had fashioned a souvenir to mark the occasion.

UCA gets $3 million gift for new arts center

The Alice L. Walton Foundation makes a gift to the capital campaign.

"Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President," "9 to 5: The Story of a Movement" and more at the Hot Springs doc fest drive-in

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the longest-running documentary film fest in North America, is putting on a virtual/drive-in hybrid of an event this year, with a total of 110 films (50 feature-length, 60 shorts); 50 percent of which are directed by women and 47 percent made by filmmakers of color.
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