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State of the arts: Why you should make a visit to Arkansas’s major museums

Check in on upcoming programming at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Momentary, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Native American History and more.
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Fred Armisen will bring laughter and noise to Fayetteville in August

Comedian and actor Fred Armisen, best known for his tenure as a Saturday Night Live cast member and as the co-creator of "Portlandia," will appear in Fayetteville on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Get ready for a new Ashley McBryde album

"The Devil I Know" is McBryde's fourth major label release and the follow-up to "Lindeville," which was something of a concept album about a fictional town full of colorful characters.

'Clyde's' opens at The Rep on Wednesday

The Rep’s final production of the 2022-2023 season is another look at what happens behind the scenes among co-workers, but the setting this time is the kitchen of a truck stop diner outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.

June movie screenings at Ron Robinson Theater

CALS Ron Robinson Theater is bringing 10 movies to the big screen during June.

New Kari Faux album garners praise from Pitchfork

"REAL B*TCHES DON’T DIE!", the third LP from Little Rock rapper Kari Faux, dropped on Friday, May 26.

Devastatingly frank singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson is playing in Fayetteville

Both of his albums were produced by seminal sad girl and frequent collaborator Phoebe Bridgers.

Mutants of the Monster festival starts Thursday

In addition to convincing doom metal luminaries Pallbearer to play their first hometown gig in over two years, Mutants of the Monster is bringing an insane amount of talent to venues across North Little Rock this weekend.

Critically-acclaimed memoir by Clinton-based journalist Monica Potts is officially out

“The Forgotten Girls: A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America” arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, May 30.

AMFA hosts artist talk with LaToya M. Hobbs, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Dario Robleto

Getting to hear just one of these world-class artists speak would be enough to justify attendance, so the fact that all three of them will be in the same room means you’ve got no excuse. Come out on Thursday, June 1.

Disc golf is becoming all the rage, and Arkansas is at the center of the new movement

James Lecy, a 20-year veteran to disc golf, said he was hooked from day one.

Playing into a trance: Joshua Asante's origin story

Before Joshua Asante was even born, the idea that he was chosen followed him around. After learning by way of pure intuition that she was pregnant with Joshua, his mother attended a tent revival where a minister passed her by, stopped in his tracks and then turned around. “He touched her womb and kind of lost his cool,” Asante said. Because his mother hadn’t yet told anyone about the baby, she took the clergyman’s gesture as an affirmation that all the mystical energy she’d been feeling around her gestating child was something to take seriously. These expectations shaped his creative life.

New country-tinged record from Isaac Alexander

"Country McGee" was recorded at Cinderella Sound — a space with shag carpet on the walls that just happens to be Nashville's oldest running independent studio — with the accompaniment of legendary session players like Wayne Moss, Lloyd Green, Charlie McCoy and Hargus "Pig" Robbins.

National Book Award-winning Nate Powell announces his next graphic novel

"Fall Through," releasing via Abrams ComicArts, is described by Powell as "an interdimensional 1990s punk soap opera."

Bright Eyes flirted with the peculiar and the profound at The Hall last week

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst’s music is often unabashedly political, and there are plenty of messed up things going on in the world of Arkansas government that are worth riffing on, but Oberst chose instead to devote much of the stage banter at his recent Little Rock show to confusing, faux-conspiratorial rants.

AMFA announces inaugural concert series

Though absent any Arkansas musicians, the schedule of nearly-monthly shows they're bringing to the AMFA is robust, with much Southern representation and a healthy dose of jazz, soul, blues and singer-songwriter sensibilities. 

Little Rock mermaid Brittany Sparkles is featured in Netflix docuseries

Little Rock's Brittany Sparkles is featured in "MerPeople," a four-episode Netflix documentary series on professional mermaiding that comes out today.

Buddhist retreat center in the Ozarks written about by The Guardian

Located in Parthenon, an unincorporated area near Jasper, the center was founded in 2007 by Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche, a monk from the Nyingman school of Tibetan Buddhism.

ACS is bringing Diane Ladd and Laura Dern to Little Rock next week

Mother/daughter acting duo Diane Ladd and Laura Dern will be in Little Rock at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 to talk about their new co-written book, "Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)," which was released via Grand Central Publishing in April.

Arkansas Times Film Series screens 'F for Fake' (1974) Tuesday night

The second-to-last film completed film by Orson Welles, the director behind “Citizen Kane,” “F for Fake” is a trailblazing, video essay-esque exploration of essential themes at the heart of artmaking, like authenticity and authorship.