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Mark Barr's "Watershed" is electric

Barr has written an outstanding novel about characters he deeply cares about. That devotion, in turn, has allowed him to craft a delightful story about this country’s very first experience with a transformative technology, and about the lives of people who made up the first cross-over generation — those before and after the introduction of electricity.

Bridging the Divide: Crystal Bridges' new curator applauds the museum's mission in inclusivity

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is making a splash with its new, diversified exhibition spaces. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art got there first.

Kai Coggin's "Incandescent" burns brightly

In “Incandescent,” the voices behind the poems are passionate. They don’t over-rationalize humanity or pan its essence through long-winded metaphors. Sometimes they’re overcome with uncontrollable emotion. Sometimes they can’t say anything at all. Sometimes they find fire and life in the unexpected, in a slosh of memory, in the cycles of the natural world.

Ho-Hum releases lost LP

"Memphysema" really does capture buzz of energy and excitement the band possessed in those days. As a re-introduction to Ho-Hum 25 years on, few bands or fans could ask for anything better.
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Sneak peek at new Oyster Bar menu

We ran into new owner Chris Tanner there last week and got a look at the new menu: Blue crab cakes. Fish tacos. Smoked salmon chowder. And more.

"Don't sleep on Arkansas": Opening Night at Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week

Former Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn told Thursday night's audience that representation of people of color, size inclusivity and an emphasis on sustainability were already emerging as elements in the Arkansas designers' collections, a welcome departure from the hegemony still largely present in many elements of New York Fashion Week. 

Vocal stamina wins at Simmons Bank Arena's Heart/Joan Jett concert

Maybe it was Jett’s long-sharpened road-dog skills or her devoted vegetarian diet, or whatever soothing tonic was in Ann Wilson’s ceramic coffee cup, but neither showed a shred of evidence of vocal atrophy, and both were surrounded by the kind of musicians and engineers who can make their music work in a stadium setting.

Cox again starts "A Conversation to End Hate"

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 12 members strong and improbably still greater than the sum of its parts, graces the Robinson Auditorium...

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R.I.P., Bud Kenny

We note the passing of Bud Kenny, founder of the long-tenured Wednesday Night Poetry sessions in Hot Springs.

Designer Korto Momolu's cannabis clothing line

How Little Rock designer Korto Momolu brought a weed-inspired collection to New York Fashion Week.

On jumping medium: Five questions with Jonathan Lethem

Ahead of Lethem’s visit to Arkansas as one of UA Fayetteville's 2018-19 2019-20 McIlroy Family Visiting Professors, we spoke to him about his love of used bookshops — he spent years working in them — gentrification, and what the election of Trump says about us as a society.

The art of drag: Five questions with M’Shay Victoria Foster, Miss Gay Diamond America 2019

M'Shay Victoria Foster — also known as Joel Little — is a Little Rock native and the winner of Miss Gay Diamond America 2019, a regional competition and a preliminary to the Miss Gay America pageant. Now living outside of Dallas, Foster is competing in the MGA pageant for the fourth time next week, and M'Shay thinks this may be her year to take it all.
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Guest Playlist: Shea Childs

We asked Shea Childs — professional midwife and Board Director at Low Key Arts — to tell us what she's listening to. Here's her playlist, "Once Upon A Time in America."

New music from Yuni Wa, Genine L. Perez, Bazi Owenz, bLAck pARty

A round-up of a few favorites that have crossed our desks lately from Arkansas musicians.

Crystal Bridges adds work by Kehinde Wiley, Tanner's "The Good Shepherd" and more

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has announced its acquisition of a number of works by artists of color and women who are "pushing boundaries of representation," including Kehinde Wiley's "Portrait of a Florentine Nobleman" (2018).

No Blueprint: A Q&A with conductor JoAnn Falletta

Performance Today named Falletta the 2019 Woman of the Year, heralding her quiet, systematic dismantling of the "male maestro" stereotype, her flawless technique and her "scintillating and sensual rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade,' " the very piece she'll conduct this weekend with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

'Stonewall 50': Five Questions with Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press

"That’s why it’s so important to open the floor to everyone, to make a space for queer art — everyone has a story but not everyone will share it if they are not seen first," Pennington said. "If we nurture this community we have, if we can be brave in that way, what I hope most: more queer people will stay."

Ashlie Atkinson cast as series regular on USA Network's 'Mr. Robot'

From Deadline today comes news that Ashlie Atkinson — a Little Rock native and Hendrix College grad who appeared in Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" — will be cast on USA Network's "Mr. Robot."

Conway singer-songwriter is making tracks: A Q&A with Erin Enderlin

How Conway native Erin Enderlin's tunes have landed on the lips of Reba McEntire, Terry Clark, Randy Travis and Lee Ann Womack — and where Enderlin's going from here.

Arkansas Times Film Series: Omaya Jones talks "City of God"

We talk with Arkansas Times Film Series curator Omaya Jones about Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund's 2002 Academy Award-nominated crime film "City of God," next up in our screening series.
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