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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.
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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.

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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.

To-Do List: Mohsin Hamid speaks at virtual Hendrix College event

Hamid speaks as a guest of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language; email hendrix-murphy@hendrix.edu to register for the talk.

Pharoah Sanders' new record is full of violins, celesta and incense smoke

The Little Rock octogenarian and free jazz legend returns with "Promises," an enchanting 46-minute exercise in free jazz and meditation.
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Take me to Tiny Town

There is a Tiny Town of my dreams. Tiny Town is a real place, of course, in my hometown of Hot Springs. It is a unique tourist destination on Whittington Avenue, just northwest of downtown. I visited once as a child, and I remember it as this odd place, created as a labor of love, which is exactly the kind of thing I value now that I am older.

A Q&A with Arkansas designer and HGTV star Chris Goddard

Chris Goddard, designer and principal of Goddard Design Group in Springdale, is one of eight contestants on HGTV’s “Design Star: Next Gen.” After three decades of design work, Goddard’s known in the Northwest Arkansas area as much for his personal aesthetic as he is for being able to shape the look of a space in his clients’ image.

ASO gives free performance of Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' and Vivaldi's 'Spring'

This spring concert from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is presented virtually and with free admission. Streamed from the Robinson Center Performance Hall in downtown Little Rock, the program features Prokofiev’s 1936 symphonic fairy tale for children and Vivaldi's "Spring."

Just give Symone the 'Drag Race' crown already

With an as-yet-unannounced number of episodes left, anything can happen, but put my money on the the queen from Conway. 
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Hip Hop in the Rock at Simmons Bank Arena canceled

The concert was originally scheduled for April 18 and will not go on as planned "due to multiple unforeseen circumstances including the COVID-19 pandemic."

Hot Spring locals on undersung spots, misconceptions about Spa City

We ask a few of our favorite locals about Hot Springs’s undersung delights, and about what we non-residents tend to miss (or misconceive) about Spa City.

Nostalgia, wanderlust and 'Boat Songs': Five Questions with Bonnie Montgomery

For ears that have been quarantining in landlocked Arkansas for a solid year now, Montgomery’s lo-fi pandemic album is a balm, spinning visions of sticky tropical air, the pristine Aleutian Islands and the heady electricity of romance’s first spark. 

Pharoah Sanders collaborates with London Symphony Orchestra on first new album in over a decade

The nine-movement piece for saxophone, strings, keyboards and electronics is called "Promises," composed by a British composer/producer/DJ named Sam Shepherd.
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A crystal hunter's tale of Arkansas magic underfoot

Crystal mining is a hobby for some and a living for others. For German-born rock hound Dominik Schley, it's both. That's why he now calls Arkansas home.

'Daddy's Country Gold': Melissa Carper on her new record, Nashville's love affair with jazz and being gay in traditional country music

“Daddy’s Country Gold" is real deal country music, the kind that dabbles freely in blues and jazz and swing, and it funnels every ounce of charm and honeysuckle that Carper lends to outfits Sad Daddy and Buffalo Gals and amplifies it exponentially.
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