This week, we talk about “The Red Shoes,” the 1948 film that inspired Scorsese and Gene Kelly, and the next film up in the Arkansas Times Film Series. Also, Dillon Hupp, Executive Director of the ACANSA Arts Festival, stops by to talk about this year’s lineup.
But first, we catch up on a little arts and entertainment news:
We mark the death of Ron Robinson, former CEO for the CJRW advertising firm and namesake of the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.
We also make note of a re-release of Monk Higgins’ “Extra Soul Perception,” a Conway County saxophonist whose soul stylings were sampled hundreds of times. A note from Real Gone Records on the re-pressing:
For its first-ever vinyl repress, we have preserved the unusual “unipak” design of the original LP, and have pressed up 1000 copies in limited edition translucent blue vinyl; and for its CD debut, we’ve added liner notes by Skip Heller that place Higgins and this album in the broader context of ‘60s and ‘70s jazz and R&B. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, and released on our co-branded Real Gone Music/Dusty Groove imprint, this is some of the tastiest stuff we’ve ever reissued!
Also, dig “Destiny’s Calling,” the new collaboration from match-made-in-moon-mall-heaven, Osyrus Bolly and Yuni Wa. For fans of Chromeo and R&B that references multiple grammatical constructions.
Next (3:52), we talk with Dillon Hupp, Executive Director of the ACANSA Arts Festival, a symposium of performances in dance, visual art, poetry, comedy and music inspired by founder Charlotte Gadberry’s 2012 visit to the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Check out a handful of acts headed to Little Rock for the ACANSA festivities:
Momix, a dance company that works with visual illusion, initially formed from a celebration of the work of Erik Satie:
“Warriors Don’t Cry,” a one-woman play inspired by the life of one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Patillo Beals:
Long-tenured and long-revered comedy troupe Upright Citizens’ Brigade:
And the premiere of “The Glow,” a one-man stage show from Big Piph that the educator/rapper describes as “kinda like a TED Talk meets a hip hop concert with an OG Spike Lee narrative.”
Next (22:31), we talk about “The Red Shoes,” the enchanting 1948 film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger that changed the way filmmakers like Gene Kelly and Martin Scorsese thought about image and color.
We’ll screen it in full, blazing restored color this Tuesday as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series. Meanwhile, check out the film’s famous ballet scene. (Or, reserve your enthusiasm for the big screen Tuesday night.)
Finally (35;17), we make some recommendations:
Omaya suggests you catch what’s left of the Kaleidoscope Film Festival, chiefly the closing film, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”
Stephanie suggests you absorb the confection candy pop stylings of Whoa Dakota’s “Patterns,” a new EP from a Little Rock native who’s playing at Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack Saturday night with our favorite girl gang, Dazz & Brie.
The Move for the week? Monday night, go catch Eric Mann, a New York-Based actor/yogi/director/filmmaker who’s returning to Little Rock to screen three of his short films in support of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s revitalization efforts. More on that in this week’s To-Do List!
Following that, go hear The Uh Huhs at the White Water Tavern. Here’s why: