2010, A to Z 

A year of pop culture in Arkansas.

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"Antiquities" Local filmmaker Daniel Campbell, 29, proved Arkansas-made film is in good hands with his deadpan, quirk-fuelled "Antiquities." Clocking in at a brisk 14 minutes, the short follows antique mall scrub Terrence (Jason Thompson, stand-up comedian and drummer for The Reds, in a hilariously awkward role and wig) and his callous, curt boss, Blundale (a scene-stealing Roger Scott), playing hooky from work, landing in strip clubs and urban barbershops and talking about Terrence's object of affection, Marissa (Jennifer Pierce). The film's punchy John Hughes by-way-of Wes Anderson charm helped it land the Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Made in Arkansas at the 2010 Little Rock Film Festival and spots in film festivals from Oxford, Miss., to Portland, Ore. And it looks like the auteur-in-training isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Campbell tells us he recently secured $5,100 from 31 backers in order to make his next short, "The Orderly," a Southern Gothic comedy about a psychiatric hospital orderly charged with getting two patients to a home five hours away with only three hours to spare. JT.

Brother Andy "You'll know him when you see him." In some Little Rock music circles, it's a bit of a joke about Andy Warr, the giant, neckbearded young rocker who toes that line between backwoods Syd Barrett and a "foretold" musical Moses for the Little Rock Sound. Since winning the 2010 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase with his main band, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Warr has released his Big Damn Debut in "Mystical Indian Hitmakers," is soon to release "Hell's Angles," the sequel to that album, this New Year's Eve, and has strapped on and plugged in as a regular member of Detroit rockers Sweet Eagle, Dixie metal outfit Iron Tongue and Southern synth-funkers Pilot Whale. As if he wasn't hard enough to miss to begin with, the unmistakable 6'6" redhead made sure he was omnipresent and inexhaustible in 2010, too. He makes us feel lazy. And short. JT.

Country music: Central Arkansas is never going to draw all the big concerts. We're too small and our demographics don't match up with the fanbases of some of the world's biggest pop stars (in other words, sadly, there probably aren't enough of us willing to shell out $50 or more to see Lady Gaga or Kanye). But when it comes to contemporary country, you'd think we were Nashville for the concerts we get. To wit, every winner (and most of the nominees) of this year's Country Music Association Awards played Central Arkansas in 2010 or late 2009. Here's just a sampling of the names who played in 2010: Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait, Reba, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart, Lee Ann Womack, Joe Nichols, Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Loretta Lynn, Justin Moore and Gary Allan. LM.

Dude-tats. Also known as "bro-tats," this local tattoo phenomenon picked up steam in 2010 as more and more local musicians got tattooed variations of Thick Syrup Records head honcho Travis McElroy's bearded silhouette. For his part, McElroy got a massive tattoo of Andy Warr on his chest with the words "In Warr We Trust" floating in a laurel above. Dude-tatter Matt Quin most succinctly captured the motivation behind the trend: "When your brother dies, you get his name tattooed, RIP and that stuff. The way we're doing it celebrates your friends while they're alive. Like, 'I love the shit out of you. I love you so much I'm going to get your name or face tattooed on my body.' "LM.



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