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The ASO's "Bedtime with Bach" series is your new lullaby

Musicians, Irvin said, are “used to this process of practice, rehearse, rehearse, concert. And it’s kind of like, we need to get our fix. We need our audience. We need to be playing for people. And we don’t have that, so hopefully we can have a new way of doing it for the time being, until we can get back in the hall.”

Six off-the-beaten-path streaming services

So you’ve been “socially distanced” for a while now and have driven yourself crazy trying to find something else on Netflix, Hulu or Prime that you might want to watch. What now?

Available now: A Criswell sketchbook

A decade of sketches by one of Arkansas's best.

2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase postponed until April 18

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finals, now scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at the Rev Room!

Hoard local music, not toilet paper

While you're clamoring for supplies and checking in on your vulnerable loved ones, consider throwing a few bucks toward a local artist or creator.

2nd Friday Art Night is canceled

The shows will go on, but not the after-hours merriment.

Coronavirus precautions mean canceled concerts in Arkansas

A wave of concert cancellations is making its way through Arkansas, and we're tracking those cancellations here as we receive word of them.

Check out the trailer for 'Arkansas'

Here's the trailer for Clark Duke's directorial debut "Arkansas," based on the John Brandon novel of the same name. Duke, a native of Glenwood, shot part of the film in Arkansas and co-stars.

Hear Hemmed In Hollow's "Find Myself" ahead of the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finals

Ahead of this Saturday's showcase finals, we're giving a little preview of each of our five finalists. One of those is Hemmed In Hollow, a charming "newgrass"-ish outfit with sweet violin, even sweeter harmonies and mountain music sensibilities. Here's their track "Find Myself," featuring Hemmed In Hollow frontman Kolton Thomas.

Check out The Trashcan Bandits' "The Daily Grind" ahead of the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finals

Ahead of this Saturday's showcase finals, we're giving a little preview of each of our five finalists. One of those is The Trashcan Bandits, a clarinet-centric, noir-folk throwdown that's half middle finger, half "mazel tov." Here's "The Daily Grind." 

Artspace for LR/NLR gets Windgate boost

A grant of $650,000 will go toward the predevelopment stage of a live/work space for visual and performing artists.

Check out Tiny Towns' "Ottawa" ahead of the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finals

Check out "Ottawa" from showcase finalists Tiny Towns, a quartet from Jonesboro that knocked our socks off with mathematical timing, Vulfpeck sensibilities and mad style.

Guy Choate's "Gas! Gas! Gas!" is an illustrated look at Army life

Both Choate and illustrator Evan Hallmark will be onsite at the Central Arkansas Library System's Bookstore at Library Square for Second Friday Art Night, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, March 13.

Little Rock musicians mourn the loss of Ramona Smith and Ivan Yarbrough

The Little Rock music community continues to memorialize and mourn the deaths of two of its elder statespersons: bassist Ivan Yarbrough and vocalist Ramona Smith. Yarbrough and Smith were not only collaborators with one another, but with countless other jazz and soul musicians of Central Arkansas for decades.

Buy local art, support public education at Picassos

The getting-out-of-the-house weather is here. Follow those urges and bring yourself to the Museum of Discovery from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, for Pulaski Heights Elementary's Picassos.

UA Monticello hosts Arkansas's first "musician-only" residence hall

In August, a 1967 campus building, Royer Hall, will reopen as a "co-ed living-and-learning community exclusively for students enrolled in choral and instrumental music courses."

'Designing Women' to premiere as play in Fayetteville

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason has recreated the TV sitcom "Designing Women" for the theater.

At the helm of Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre: A Q&A with Katie Campbell

"I believe that children are deserving of artistic experiences that speak to them,," Campbell told us, "not because they will be future adults, but because of who and what they are right now as young people."

Alice Walton wins 2020 Getty Medal

The Getty Medal, awarded by the J. Paul Trust to recognize patrons of the arts, will be awarded Alice Walton for "expanding access to the arts and arts education," Getty News has announced. 

Five more properties on the National Register

Three homes, a cemetery and a 1915 former grocery store in Elaine are added.