This week on “No Small Talk,” we catch up on some arts and culture news and implore you to get outside this weekend.
After a summer hiatus, Omaya and Stephanie are back with some arts and entertainment news.
First up, (0:25) a star-studded lineup is in the works for Arkansas Cinema Society’s “Filmland” event, set for Thursday, August 23-Sunday, August 26.
Richard Linklater’s (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyhood,” “School of Rock”) 1998 heist film “The Newton Boys” is the first screening, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. He and fellow filmmaker/ACS Board Chair Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Mud,” “Midnight Special”) will discuss the film afterward. The after-party will be at Cache Restaurant.
Friday’s screenings are devoted to Arkansas filmmakers: Jennifer Gerber’s “The Revival,” 12:30 p.m.; Amman Abbasi’s “Dayveon,” 4 p.m.; and the Arkansas premiere of Daniel Campbell and Graham Gordy’s “Antiquities,” 7:30 p.m. (All screenings are followed by a discussion with the filmmakers with Nichols moderating. The “Antiquities” discussion will include actor Mary Steenburgen and executive producer Gary Newton.)
Executive Director Kathryn Tucker said:
“Including more Arkansas productions in Filmland has been a top priority for ACS. We want to give local filmmakers a bigger platform to amplify their work and reach more people.”
Steenburgen returns Saturday for a screening and discussion of episodes of Will Forte’s Fox series “Last Man on Earth,” 12:30 p.m., with Forte, Steenburgen John Solomon and Ted Danson joining Nichols onstage for a Q&A session. Next up: Forte’s “MacGruber,” 4 p.m., after which Forte and Soloman will be joined by Steenburgen, Nichols and director (and “Lonely Island” star) Jorma Taccone. Finally, the documentary “Survivor’s Guide to Prison” screens, 7:30 p.m., with a discussion from producers Christina and David Arquette and writer/director Matthew Cooke afterward. Saturday’s after-party kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Rev Room, with music from Phoenix.
And, a block of Arkansas Shorts screens 12:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by Josh and Miles Miller’s “All the Birds Have Flown South,” 4 p.m. Tickets go on sale next week. For announcements to come, visit arkansascinemasociety.org.
(6:40) There’s a new track from ever-evocative Arkansas hip-hop artist Goon des Garcons, accented with a Japanese verse from another Arkansas-connected rapper, Tsukiyomi. Check out “Perfect Blue”:
Also new this week (7:33): Couch Jackets recorded a session with the Audiotree platform, a video series that’s become known for showcasing up and comers in the music world. Check out “Fake Internet,” “Thigh Tattoo,” “Don’t Think Just Breathe,” “Kathy Was All Woman” and “Oh Opossum, My Opossum” from your favorite joy purveyors.
And in case you missed it, Couch Jackets launched a new music video this week for “Pillos N Rillos,” a tune from their latest record, “go to bed.” Moral of the story: pies, not pistols. And revenge is a dish best served cold in Des Moines, Iowa.
Also (8:23): Congrats to Jose Padua, winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, awarded to Padua from the University of Arkansas Press for his collection, “A Short History of Monsters.” The prize and series are named in honor of Miller Williams, an acclaimed poet, the founding director of the University of Arkansas Press, and a long-time professor in the U of A creative writing program. Padua reads in the downtown New York literary scene and has spent the last 10 years living in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The panel said that Collins also said that Williard wrote “natural sounding poems that lead us to striking insights and strange destinations” and that beneath the surface of Padua’s “lively, soulful poems” there was “a smart, sympathetic mind at work.”
Check out Padua’s blog, where you’ll find “Grinderman,” a gem Padua wrote about hypothetically embodying Nick Cave:
Taking my wife to her pre-natal appointment this morning
I wonder what it would be like if I weren’t me
but were Nick Cave instead.
“How are you today?” the doctor will ask my wife.“Good,” my wife will say.
“And how are you?” the doctor will ask me
and I’ll say, “Doctor there’s death out on the plains,
and in the cities are men and women walking who are thinner than shadows,
their souls are lost like flies.”
“I’m glad to hear that,” the doctor will say
as he turns back to my wife, rubs jelly on her stomach,
then places the sensor on the left side
to listen for the baby’s heartbeat.
“Sounds good,” he’ll say.
I’ll brush my pitch black hair away
from my eyes
and stand straight and tall
like the devil’s pitchfork.
“Doctor,” I’ll say, “I am a shell of a man
in this world, which is not of me,
which hovers above me like a bird of prey
at the end of time. Yet I, alone,
am the one who will not abandon you.”
“Thanks,” he’ll answer.
“Doctor, I once knew a woman who got snake eyes
every time she rolled the dice
down on the bayou.
Every time she picked them up it was
Pow Pow POW!”
“That’s a great story, Nick. It’ll make a great motherfucking song,”
he’ll say—that is, if he’s one of those doctors who uses
the word “motherfucker” with his patients
(there aren’t many, and for that I blame society).
Later, when we’re home, my wife will say,
“Nick, could you pick up some pre-natal vitamins at the store?
I just noticed that I’m all out.”
“Sure, babe,” I’ll say,
and I’ll step out of the house wearing the stubble
on my cheeks, black jeans
and a pink Hello Kitty tee shirt,
and I’ll drive down to the store in a ’64 Cadillac convertible,
staring down everyone who looks my way
as I wait for the light to change.
At (9:55), Omaya recaps his summer travels, and (14:50) we include some recommendations from Omaya and Stephanie. In brief: go outside.
Finally, (18:25) The Move for the week: grab an after-work beer at Mr. Chen’s or Mike’s Cafe and go catch faculty members of the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival (Katherine Williamson, Yaira Matyakubova, Ryan Mooney, Emily Taubl and Andrius Žlabys) playing weird, wild classical repertoire at UA Little Rock’s Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.