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Ani DiFranco with Diane Patterson at UA Pulaski Tech

Expect the seats at UA Pulaski Tech to be filled with new converts as well as longtime fans who know just where every pregnant pause falls in “32 Flavors.” 
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'Every Brilliant Thing' at The Rep dissects depression — and turns its audience into a neighborhood

Chad Bradford, the stunning performer behind The Rep's production of "Every Brilliant Thing," careens between a boy’s reckless enthusiasm to a teenager’s angst to an adult’s worry about his own potential depression and does it in a way that masterfully raises and lowers the energy in the room.
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FORMAT Festival starts Friday in Bentonville

The inaugural festival promises music, art and technology experiences from a combined nearly 100 talented artists — a full-body sensory experience.

'Monarch' is a rhinestone soap opera and Beth Ditto will save it all

In which White County, Arkansas, native Beth Ditto plays Gigi, the red carpet crashing, working momma who bowed outta the fame game but is obviously destined to be a star despite the fact that it is her sister, not she, who's been deemed heir apparent to Dotty Roman's (Susan Sarandon) musical throne.

Slideshow: Earth, Wind & Fire at Simmons Bank Arena

With quite possibly the most well-known ode to this particular month of the year in their repertoire, September is prime touring time for Earth, Wind & Fire. Arkansas Times staff photographer Brian Chilson was at Simmons Bank Arena to catch snapshots of the show Saturday night.

'Radium Girls' opens at The Weekend Theater Friday

Tricia H. Spione directs D.W. Gregory’s rapidfire two-act play “Radium Girls,” penned in 2000 through the lens of young women working in factories in the early 1900s, where they were hired to paint the faces of watches and dials with radium, often dipping the brushes in their mouths to moisten them — and, for many of them, unknowingly accelerating their death by radium poisoning.

Fox Green is back (and fully-formed) with 'Holy Souls'

“Holy Souls" is confident, sturdy yet loose and, rarer still, joyful.
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Japanese Breakfast to grace the Momentary on Saturday

Michelle Zauner is a two-time Grammy nominated artist and New York Times best seller. She has three superb albums under the name Japanese Breakfast and is heading to the Momentary.

Seis Puentes hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Food Fest Saturday

Seis Puentes Education and Resource Center marks the occasion with a festival in the Argenta District of North Little Rock, offering in its second year free dance workshops from Ballet Quetzalli; interactive activities with Laman Library and Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub; and food from local vendors and food trucks like Kalua’s, DolceLuna Bakery and Tacos Godoy.

Fula Brothers at The Joint on Thursday night

Kamale ngoni player, Mamadou Sidibe, hails from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa, and his interplay with the fingerstyle guitar work of Walter Strauss is going to fill a 100-seat cabaret theater in Argenta Thursday night. 

Kevin Brockmeier and Meghan Reed at Argenta Reading Series Saturday

A gifted fiction writer with a knack for teasing out the subtleties of adolescent awkwardness and for reinventing the art of the ghost story, Little Rock author Kevin Brockmeier is the featured speaker for the rekindled Argenta Reading Series, which takes place in a charming storefront-turned-church-turned-nightime literary venue.

Pianist Michelle Cann gives recital at UA Little Rock Thursday night

On the program are some dreamy selections with an eye toward women composers: Florence Price’s “Sonata in E minor” and “Fantasie Nègre No. 1 in E minor”; Clara Schumann’s “Four Pièces fugitives, Op. 15”; Margaret Bonds’ “Troubled Water,” and ballades by Chopin and Brahms to boot.
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Little Rock gets a kick out of the Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group has been pushing the limits of music for decades, and have graced the stages in Las Vegas, New York and Chicago. They visited the capital city this weekend with their latest tour, “Speechless.”

Speaking of Melissa Carper, check out this scene from 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds'

Melissa Carper's "Makin' Memories" on the USS Enterprise = match made in heaven. Or, outer space.

Dazz & Brie's work on 'Rise and Shine' snags two of Arkansas PBS's 21 Emmy nominations

Also among Arkansas PBS' nominations: food journalist and author Kat Robinson for "Arkansas Dairy Bars," Nathan Willis for "7 Days: The Opioid Crisis in Arkansas," Collin Buchanan and Corey Womack for work on the acclaimed children's series "Blueberry's Clubhouse," and photographer Terrell Case for "Exploring Arkansas From Above." Go, public television! 

Symone dishes with Hillary Rodham Clinton in new Apple TV series, 'Gutsy'

Look for a certain Arkansas diamond in "Gutsy," the new (and seemingly abundant on Arkansas connections) series from Apple TV+ in which Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton talk to badass women who inspire them. 
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Statehouse Convention Center holds Arkansas Comic-Con for the weekend

Voice actors from cartoon classics and big screen epics are heading to Little Rock for Arkansas's Comic-Con this weekend. The days will be chock full of costumes, talent and Q&A panels.

Artspace and Windgate team up on $36 million artist colony in East Village

Here comes the ArtSpace Windgate Campus — a $36 million, 94,000-square-foot, 60-unit facility coming to the East Village area of Little Rock.
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Blue Man Group heads to Robinson Center this weekend

The group may be mute, but the innovative instruments and trickery speaks for itself.

Lost Forty's Festival of Darkness zombie beer celebration returns in October

Lost Forty is celebrating the return of its limited release barrel-aged Nighty Night Imperial Stout with its annual Festival of Darkness, a zombie lumberjack-themed beer apocalypse party on Oct. 22.