"Tapping the Ozarks," a new film by University of Arkansas students Danny Henkel and Alyssa Becker, focuses on NWA beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in the region, highlighting companies like Home Brewery, Fossil Cove, Core, Saddlebock, and West Mountain. The film's official premiere was last month at Fossil Cove, but the filmmakers put it online for free last night.
Next week, the Arkansas Times is collaborating with the Little Rock Film Festival to present a brand new monthly film series at Ron Robinson Theater. We're kicking it off at 6 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 23 with a special showing of "Beverly Hills Cop," featuring Little Rock's own Judge Reinhold, a.k.a Detective Billy Rosewood, who will do a Q&A and answer all of your burning questions about the making of the film. /more/
Last week, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announced that it would kick-off its 23rd annual lineup with a screening of "Glen Campbell .. I'll Be Me." Today, the festival released more details about its program. George Takei will close the festival with a presentation of his film "To Be Takei" (about his "playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love") followed by a Q&A. /more/
Filmmaker Oliver Stone will be in Little Rock September 20 at Central High School's Roosevelt L. Thompson Auditorium for a partial screening of his new documentary "The Untold History of the United States," followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A. /more/
Here we have it: The first serious challenger to Lo Thraxx's "Deep Waters" for best local album cover of the year (This is an actual contest, by the way). Also, more importantly, it's 607's 40th album (40!), "GrowTivation," and easily one of his most ambitious yet, with references to Goodie Mob and Lime-A-Ritas (in the same song) and 16 tracks of aggressive, technically impressive rap. He calls out the LRPD for jamming it's scanners on "10-4" and even pulls out some Auto-Tune on "I See You."
Fayetteville garage pop band High Lonesome — named for the Barry Hannah collection — has a new record out this week, "Get Some Young." Come for the Kendrick Lamar references and stay for the surf rock guitar and good vibes.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has been sounding the alarm of a nationwide crisis in mental health services since 2011. On the other side of the Atlantic, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom is struggling to provide adequate mental health services. For us mental health professionals in Arkansas, these jeremiads ring a familiar bell.
The fake polling operation by Republican Stacy Hurst's campaign for state House barked up the wrong tree today. Retired Justice Jack Holt said he was voting for Clarke Tucker no matter what information they were putting out.
The Democratic Party candidates for top offices in Arkansas are centrists, with records of bipartisanship in public life. In each race, Republican opponents are from the extreme right end of the spectrum.