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Yuni Wa at White Water Tavern on Thursday

Yuni Wa, Little Rock’s most prolific purveyor of dark electronica, will perform at White Water Tavern alongside Jon Jon.
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'Arkansongs' radio show to celebrate 25 years with UCA event

Both UCA and the Old State House Museum have lent memorabilia to the exhibit, which will include the 1959 Grammy award for Song of Year won by Jimmy Driftwood, a washboard that belonged to Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, and Louis Jordan's saxophone.
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This week's 'Hip Hop Hello' radio show spotlights Avian Alia, Bxmbi and Sterling Smith

In the latest episode of "Hip Hop Hello," a weekly radio program on Bentonville Community Radio, host Clint Schaff interviews rapper and singer Avian Alia, event planner Bxmbi and entrepreneur Sterling Smith, all of whom are based in Northwest Arkansas.

No Tears Project ensemble receives a South Arts touring grant

Grants in the range of $5,000-$15,000 were given out to 16 artists and ensembles from major cities across the country through a program called Jazz Roads Tour, which is designed to "tighten the pay gap faced by artists when compared to their touring expenses."
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Calling all feline connoisseurs: there's a cat show in Little Rock this weekend

Featuring six judging rings and four different divisions of competition, the show promises the opportunity to gawk at over 40 different breeds of cat, who will be strutting their stuff in the hopes of impressing judges with their "health and appearance."

That roller dance at the Super Bowl halftime show? A Little Rock native choreographed it

About nine minutes into Usher’s halftime performance a slew of roller skaters catapulted onto the stage. That choreography was the work of Sean-Christopher Freeman, who got his start dancing at Parkview High School.
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Historic Dreamland Ballroom fundraiser on Saturday

Radio personality Poolboy emcees with Arkansas Repertory Theatre Executive Director Will Trice, and the centerpiece of the evening is a dance competition featuring professional ensembles like the Desi Indian Dancers, hula hoop masters Katie Sunshine & Co., and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli.

Ballet Arkansas presents 'Swan Lake' at Robinson Center this weekend

Prepare yourself for a devastating ending.
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FORMAT Festival will 'take a pause' in 2024

"As music, art and technology continue to grow and progress forward, so shall FORMAT, and we will spend this next year reimagining elements of the festival to ensure we continue to deliver exciting and new experiences for our dedicated fans," explained a post on FORMAT Festival's social media pages.

Levar Burton discovers Arkansas ties on PBS' 'Finding Your Roots'

Burton, the luminary host of "Reading Rainbow," sat down with Henry Louis Gates Jr. to peek back at his family tree — and found that both his great-grandfather and grandfather were educators in Arkansas.
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Arkansas Country Music Awards announce 2024 nominees

This year's most nominated artists include Marybeth Byrd, David Adam Byrnes, Cliff Prowse, Sylamore Special and Andy Wallis, all of whom received four nominations.

Frailstate, Diet Sweets and Sonic Fuzz transformed Stickyz into a DIY paradise

True to Arkansas style, each band varied starkly in ethos and energy, spanning from slouchy downtempo grooves to heavy rock to dreamy indie pop. 

A requiem for Toby Keith

Toby Keith died Monday at the age of 62. The country superstar first got the music bug while observing the house band at Billie Garner’s Supper Club in Fort Smith.

Playwright Theresa Rebeck to speak at Hendrix College

While her five Broadway productions — "I Need That" (2023), "Bernhardt/Hamlet" (2018), "Dead Accounts" (2012), "Seminar" (2011) and "Mauritius" (2007) — are a good place to start, Rebeck's full bibliography encompasses over two dozen plays.

2024 FreshGrass lineup includes Jason Isbell, Trampled by Turles and Molly Tuttle

Alongside Fayetteville's Arkansauce and Fort Smith's JD Clayton, the rest of the stellar lineup includes Valerie June, Aoife O'Donovan, S.G. Goodman and more.

Play set in south Arkansas debuts on Broadway

Starring Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll and Michael Esper (as well as Elle Fanning and Natalie Gold in supplementary roles), "Appropriate" was written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a Black playwright who spent his summers visiting his grandparents in Camden.

Local bookstore offers 10-week literary course on Taylor Swift

Every Tuesday for 10 weeks starting on March 12, Paper Hearts, a Little Rock bookstore, will host a course that includes topics intersecting Swift’s discography and literary classics. The class will be taught both in person and online, but spots are filling up.

El Dorado Film Festival returns after three-year hiatus

Running from Feb. 8-11, the El Dorado Film Festival is led by "Tapawingo," a wacky homage to "Napolean Dynamite."

Squirrel Flower and Greg Mendez in Fayetteville Thursday

The 2023 releases by both Squirrel Flower and Greg Mendez garnered praise from outlets like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Paste. On Thursday, they perform at George's Majestic Lounge.

Two-day music fest in memory of Michael 'Bircho' Birch this weekend

Split between White Water Tavern and Vino's, the memorial festival will include performances from Loch Ness Monster, Zilla, Ashtray Babyhead, John McAteer and his Demands, The P-47s, Big Boss Line and more.
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