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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opens season with Respighi's 'Pines of Rome'

The program features violinist Jennifer Frautschi, whose work as a soloist prompted a critic to marvel at her “breathtaking conflation of grace and grit."
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It's all horror, all month long at Ron Robinson Theater in October

October picks include "Psycho," "Ghostbusters," "The Shining" and more.

Garrard Conley's new book is a queer love story set in Puritan New England

Glowing reviews of Garrard Conley's forthcoming book, "All The World Beside," a queer love story set in Puritan New England, which critic Edmund White says “teaches us that in Puritan America the scarlet letter was not A for adultery but H for homosexuality and that the only romance with God is tense and tragic.”

Five reasons to go see Stevie Nicks at Simmons Bank Arena in March

In honor of the news today from Simmons Bank Arena that Our Lady of Layered Fabrics Stevie Nicks will be paying a visit to Central Arkansas next spring, here are five reasons to go and pay homage.

Six Bridges Book Festival is imminent

Among dozens of others, the festival’s presenters include national bestsellers Andrew Sean Greer, Justin Torres, Rebecca Makkai and Curtis Sittenfeld, as well as Arkansas natives Kevin Brockmeier, Eli Cranor and Monica Potts.

Sylvan Esso absolutely rocked The Hall on Monday night

Hundreds of Little Rock fans were moving, grooving and drinking Monday night away with Sylvan Esso at The Hall.

FORMAT Fest is this weekend

Despite FORMAT Festival's controversial move from the 250-acre Sugar Creek Airstrip to the much smaller Momentary grounds in downtown Bentonville, the lineup is still impressive.

Yodel, but make it hardcore: A Q&A with Nick Shoulders

Though Nick Shoulders has been firmly based in Fayetteville since 2020, we spoke with him over the phone in Casper, Wyo., where he was “wandering the alleys in the shade” on day 45 of a 57-stop tour. From there, he reflected on his traditional origins, his new album and how the ancient mouth bow can be used as a resistance tool.

Jeff Nichols' new movie, 'The Bikeriders,' is coming to Filmland

Starring Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, "The Bikeriders" follows the tumultuous ascent of a fictional '60s Chicago-area motorcycle gang.

This week's 'Hip Hop Hello' radio show hosts belonging strategist Monica Kumar

In the latest episode of "Hip Hop Hello," a weekly radio program on Bentonville Community Radio, host Clint Schaff interviews Monica Kumar, a belonging strategist involved with NWA Welcoming Week.

Arkansas Times Film Series screens ‘The Mirror’ (1997) Tuesday night

Partway through Jafar Panahi's second feature film, the main character breaks the fourth wall, rips off her costume and declares she doesn’t want to act anymore, leaving it up to the crew to decide how to respond.

Oxford American awarded Whiting Literary Magazine Prize

Among this year's seven recipients are prestigious publications like n+1, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Paris Review, proving once again that the Conway-based magazine's reach and prowess is beyond regional.

Electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso arrives at The Hall next week

Though their songs are catchy and almost danceable, the foundation of synths on which they’re constructed is modular and stuttering, as if to temper the vocal sweetness of singer Amelia Meath.

Isaac Alexander benefit show features Big Silver, The Easys, The Screaming Mimes and more

It's basically a tour through Alexander's rich history of local collaboration over the past three decades, encompassing nearly every project he's ever been involved with.

Fresh albums from Ashley McBryde, Nick Shoulders, Como Sasaki and more

Miraculously, new albums from Ashley McBryde, Nick Shoulders and Como Sasaki as well as the long-awaited Everyone Asked About You reissue all dropped at midnight last night.

Little Rock Public Radio to host Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest

The selected artists — Common Roots from Fayetteville, Ethel Tamara featuring Concrete Rose from Helena-West Helena and Lead Pipe Conservatory Band from Harrison — will perform at The Hall on Friday, Oct. 13.

Annie Leibovitz exhibition opens soon at Crystal Bridges

What does it mean to take a picture of someone whose life revolves around being documented? This is one of the essential questions guiding the work of photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose new exhibition at Crystal Bridges opens on Saturday, Sept. 16.

This week's 'Hip Hop Hello' radio show features Bentonville producer Crazyups

In the latest episode of "Hip Hop Hello," a weekly radio program on Bentonville Community Radio, host Clint Schaff interviews Bentonville-based producer Crazyups.

Fall 2023 issue of Oxford American focuses on Southern film

The main stories for Issue 122 give close inspection to the work of established Southern directors Les Blank, Debbie Allen and Kasi Lemmons, as well as newcomer D. Smith, whose debut film is a documentary about four Black trans sex workers in Atlanta and New York.

Arkansas Comic Con promises appearances by William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd and more

This year’s Arkansas Comic Con will play host to William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd and Jonathan Frakes, actors whose sci-fi-related notoriety is stronger than their connection to comics.