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UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson on concert crowds, COVID-19 and the live music scene

If there’s anyone well-situated to weigh in the question of how to navigate concerts (and social life) safely alongside the delta variant’s rampage through the South, we figure it’s Dr. Cam Patterson. Here’s what he had to say.

A weekend To-Do List: 'Pride and the Power of Love' at ESSE Purse Museum, Summer Soulstice X, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, Ashley McBryde and more

A weekend to-do list.
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A Q&A with Jamee McAdoo

She was Arkansas Times readers' pick for Best Actor/Actress.
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A very short Q&A with Heather Brown

Arkansas Times readers voted her Best Radio Personality.
illustration of Little Rock interior designer Kelley Kolettis

A very short Q&A with Kelley Kolettis

Arkansas Times readers' pick for Best Interior Designer/Decorator.
illustration of writer/director Jeff Nichols

A very short Q&A with Jeff Nichols

Arkansas Times readers voted him Best Filmmaker.

Danielle A. Jackson takes the helm at Oxford American

Memphis native Danielle Jackson, who joined the Oxford American in February 2020 as managing editor, will succeed Eliza Borné as the magazine's fourth editor since its inception in 1992.

Jen Fawkes wins 2021 Porter Fund Prize

The annual Porter Fund Literary Prize, founded in 1984 by novelist Jack Butler and novelist and lawyer Phil McMath, goes to fiction writer Jen Fawkes.

More than 'Minari': Criterion Channel offers up deep cuts from Arkansas filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung

Lee Isaac Chung deep cuts on Criterion's streaming service this month.

Heat and pandemic be damned, Phish offered a 'temporary reprieve from gravity' at the Walmart AMP last night

It was the band’s first ever date in Arkansas, which felt like a kind of personal validation somehow. And it was the band’s first public show since closing out a short run in Mexico in February of 2020. Expectations were running, ah, high among those I met in the queue at the gates and inside on the lawn.
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Wanna get into the White Water Tavern when it reopens? Better bring your vax card

Reopening its doors amidst a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly infectious and more fatal delta variant, Capitol View/Stifft Station's beloved dive bar will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result upon entry.

All the Pallbearer news that's fit to print: new project from Joseph Rowland, electric bassoonist covers "The Legend"

New music from Joseph Rowland, plus the electric bassoon cover of "The Legend" we never knew we needed.
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Trenton Lee Stewart’s ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ is an enterprise in emotional memory

The Little Rock author, whose beloved middle-grade novels spawned a new "Disney Plus" adaptation, specializes in riddles, puzzles, mazes and daydreams.

Hot Springs eyes plans for entertainment venue on former Majestic Hotel site

Proposed plans from R.A. Wilson Enterprises detail a $2.1 million entertainment venue on the five acres that formerly housed the Majestic Hotel.
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Check out "Humankind" photography exhibit at Argenta Branch Library

Styled after a 1955 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, the exhibit ushers in the reopening of the Argenta Branch Library after a pandemic hiatus.

Change of the guard: White Water Tavern reopens in August under new ownership

Through its 45-year history, it's stayed just the way we like it: crusty, unpretentious, sweetly familiar. And here’s the good news: After a year and change of being shuttered, the place looks largely the same ahead of its reopening.

Catch Firebrand Theatre Co.'s interpretation of "The Tempest" in Conway this weekend

Through Sunday, July 11, a new theater company called Firebrand will be re-interpreting William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on the campus of Hendrix College.

Arkansas River Wild: Samuel Ellis of Rock Town River Outfitters navigated a flood, a pandemic and a 'Lime scooter epidemic'

In addition to guided sunset tours through downtown, locals and tourists can rent kayaks and float the Little Maumelle River, rent road or hybrid bikes from the River Market or explore the bike trails at River Mountain Park on mountain bikes from Rock Town’s new location in Two Rivers Park.

To-Do List: The Rep's 'Marie and Rosetta,' Mary Gauthier, Argenta Plaza Summer Series, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' on the riverfront

Coming up: The Rep takes "Marie and Rosetta" to War Memorial Park, Mary Gauthier at Fayetteville Roots HQ, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' at Movies in the Park and more.

Meet Barbara Hendricks — lyric soprano, Swedish citizen and refugee advocate from Ouachita County, Arkansas

How Barbara Hendricks sang her way out of rural Arkansas, onto the world’s biggest opera stages and into the lives of refugees across the globe.
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