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Yale Drama Prize-winning author Rachel Lynett explains their theater company’s 'laugh first' ethos, what it means to write 'historical heresy' and why all their plays are love stories

The very word “play,” Lynett points out, is one we should learn to take more literally; theater exists to surprise, and one way to do that is to upend expectations or to get the audience to “laugh first” — two words which serve as a hallmark for Lynett’s eponymous theater company.

The post-pandemic art world in Arkansas

More gallery space, more programming, more culture on tap.

Arkansas Times Recommends: The Meyer's and "Sasquatch" edition

Strategies for the Ant Invasion of 2021, painted rocks, the gospel of "Sasquatch" and more.

Arkansas soul gold, rescued from must and mold: Check out William Stuckey’s “Love Of Mine"

The 1979 record, laid down on tape for an Arkansas label called Symplex Records, was re-released in late January on Athens of the North, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based record label that specializes, its website reads, “in reissuing and officially licensing long lost, rare — and, above all, amazing — soul, disco, funk records.”

ASO dips its toes back into live performance with Mozart's "Jupiter" finale and Prokofiev's "Classical"

"A full-circle moment for sure,” Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Interim Artistic Director Geoffrey Robson said of the programming.

Arts and the Park kicks off this weekend in Hot Springs, with nods to Henry Glover and George Hunt

Hot Springs’ Arts and the Park, an annual 10-day spring festival meant to highlight the vibrant city’s arts scene, this year honors native artist George Hunt and native musician Henry Glover (pictured below), who would have turned 100 in 2021.

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Kaleidoscope LGBTQ+ Film Festival starts Thursday

On the lineup, a look at the life of trans musician Billy Tipton, a feature about a young girl's gender dysphoria and a portrait of a Chinese family struggling to reconcile sexuality and tradition.

Scenes from 'Spring on 7th,' a day festival at the Seventh Street Mural Project

Moms and dads and punk rockers and kiddos co-mingled in a quarter mile stretch of road yesterday under the Union Pacific railroad underpass.

'Minari' grandmother Yuh-Jung Youn wins Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars

Just as Yuh-Jung Youn did in the film for which she was nominated, she did at the ceremony, bringing levity and warmth and sincerity to her acceptance speech as she won the award for Best Supporting Actress.

Conway native Symone wins 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Symone, boy name Reggie Gavin, a drag queen from Conway, Arkansas, is America’s next drag superstar.

Helltown, born and raised: A Q&A with Bankroll Freddie

Bankroll Freddie on skirting death, homemade banana pudding and Megan Thee Stallion.

Old State House's new Barton Coliseum exhibit goes up virtually April 25; in-person April 27

“Play It Loud” opens virtually at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, on the Old State House’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and opens in-person on April 27. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Arkansas playwright Rachel Lynett wins 2021 Yale Drama Prize

Lynett's play "Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson)" is the winner of the 2021 Yale Drama Prize, selected this year by Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel. 

Happy birthday, Al Green

Happy 75th, Reverend.

Rodney Block, Joshua Asante, Tim Anthony and Suthurn Faze join drummer Brannen Temple at Afrodesia Recording Studio

This Thursday, Austin-based drummer Brannen Temple brings his band Temple Underground to Little Rock's Afrodesia Studio of Performing Arts for a live recording and concert, featuring sets from Dallas-based Suthurn Faze and from Rodney Block, Joshua Asante and Tim Anthony. 

Arts, crafts and plants at Dunbar Garden this Saturday

Dunbar Garden, the 2-acre outdoor classroom that serves students from Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School and Dunbar Magnet Middle School, is throwing a spring shindig, COVID-cautionary style.

Crystal Bridges Museum announces major expansion

The museum founded by Alice Walton will be enlarged by 50 percent to increase gallery space and community educational and gathering venues.

Scores from the Little Rock estate sale scene

Finders, keepers.

UA Fayetteville music professor Jeffrey Murdock on his Grammy win, the pandemic and singing the things you can’t say at the Thanksgiving table

We caught up with 2021 Grammy winner and UA Fayetteville professor Murdock to learn more about his trajectory as a teacher, the importance of representation and about what he’s blasting on his car stereo right now.

Jo McDougall on Arkansas Youth Poetry Day, working during the wee hours and why eliminating arts in school is ‘courting shallow thinking’

Ahead of Arkansas Youth Poetry Day, we talked with state poet laureate Jo McDougall about her work and about her drive to foster new young poets.