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'Minari' is a major Oscar contender with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and more

As anticipated, Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” a Sundance darling and Golden Globe winner that’s set in rural Northwest Arkansas, is officially an Oscars favorite this year.

Arkansas Times Recommends: Zillow gone wild, folly-proof bird feeders, more 'Minari' minutiae, cheese dip secrets

Arkansas Times Recommends is a series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things they’ve been enjoying this week.
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Yes, "Minari" really is that beautiful. Here's how to watch it at home.

The only thing lovelier to us right now than all those vaccine card selfies? Lee Isaac Chung's "Minari," a Sundance darling that's set in rural Northwest Arkansas. 

Kevin Brockmeier's 'The Ghost Variations' brings ghosts out of the ether and into the everyday

Brockmeier, the Little Rock-raised author of eight books that probe the fantastical, offers one hundred vignettes on a wide range of ghostly perspectives.

Weekend To-Do List: Drive-Thru Native Plant Sale At Pinnacle, Diana Al-Hadid at the Momentary, Kevin Brockmeier on "The Ghost Variations"

Central Arkansas Master Naturalists hold a drive-thru native plant sale, Kevin Brockmeier talks about his new collection of ghost stories and a Diana Al-Hadid exhibit opens at the Momentary.

Hot Springs producer-songwriter Henry Glover wasn't just behind the scenes, he was inventing the scenes

Hot Springs National Park turns 100 years old this year, as would have one of its most groundbreaking natives, songwriter and producer Henry Glover.

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MacArthur Park reboot: A Q&A with Victoria Ramirez of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

The Arkansas Arts Center has a new name to go with its $142 million new building in MacArthur Park. We talked with Executive Director Victoria Ramirez about the renovation and what it means for art in Arkansas. 

A review of the late John Churchill's "The Problem with Rules"

Churchill’s book arrives a year and change after his death, in a dispiriting moment. The foreword, written by his youngest son Hugh and his brother Larry, notes that liberal arts deliberation is sorely lacking through the pandemic as we struggle to balance public health services and the needs of the economy.

Jason Weinheimer of The Libras on pandemic-era collaboration, being a reluctant frontman and "that Little Rock thing"

Weinheimer, along with bassist Chris Michaels and guitarist Charles Wyrick, will play a set on the front porch of Control Records in the Hillcrest area of Little Rock, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4 for the neighborhood’s monthly Shop and Sip happy hour hang.

"Minari," set in rural Arkansas, takes home Best Foreign Film at Golden Globes

"Minari," Arkansas native Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical film about his childhood in rural Washington County, took home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language.
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A virtual weekend To-Do List: Mutants of the Monster, 'Minari,' Dreamland Shakedown, ASO's 'Serenades,' Trillium's '1,000 cranes for peace' and more

Mutants of the Monster, ASO's "Serenades," a Dreamland Shakedown and more this weekend.

Sci-fi feature “The Chariot” starring Thomas Mann, John Malkovich, wraps filming in Little Rock

“The Chariot” is writer/director Adam Sigal’s third feature film. “It's a science-fiction dark comedy,” Sigal told us. “It’s a very strange, sort of quirky David Lynch-esque film.”

‘Dreamland Shakedown’ event this Saturday is ‘making history sexy’ with a tribute to vintage Black art

Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Duke Ellington have all performed in the Dreamland Ballroom at Taborian Hall, which has stood at Little Rock’s West Ninth St. for over 100 years now, and this weekend, a lineup of local Black performers hits the stage for “The Dreamland Shakedown: A Celebration of Vintage Black Art.”

Julia Roberts to play Pine Bluff's Martha Mitchell in Starz Watergate drama

Julia Roberts will star as Martha Mitchell, the Pine Bluff native who was married to John Mitchell, attorney general under President Richard Nixon, in a forthcoming Starz adaptation of Slate's "Slow Burn" podcast.
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Blackness, whiteness, art and anti-democracy: A Q&A with Dr. Nell Irvin Painter

We talk with scholar and artist Dr. Nell Irvin Painter ahead of her discussion tonight as part of CALS' Six Bridges Book Festival.

Arkansas film 'Minari' snags 10 Critic's Choice Awards nominations

Sundance darling "Minari," set in rural Arkansas, scored 10 nominations from the Critic's Choice Awards. Arkansas Cinema Society hosts a virtual screening of the film Thursday night.

UA Little Rock alum's "Sompasauna" features photography of egalitarian bathing spaces

Up at the the Windgate Center of Art and Design at UA Little Rock from Feb. 22-March 19 is "Sompasauna," an exhibit from UA Little Rock alum and adjunct photography professor Dylan Yarbrough.

SoNa makes premiere recording of Florence Price's "Quintet in A minor" at Crystal Bridges

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will record a quintet by Little Rock-born composer Florence Price (1887-1953) in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, to be released Feb. 25 as a virtual concert. 

Why an Arkansas film called "Minari" is in the Golden Globes' foreign-language category, and why that's a problem

It's official. "Minari," the acclaimed new film from director and former Arkansas resident Lee Isaac Chung, is nominated for a Golden Globe — in the Foreign Language category. And for many, that's a problem.

David Hill's 'The Vapors' to be adapted for TV

A TV adaptation of Hot Springs native David Hill's "The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice" is in the works.
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