Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 17:08:00

Tangerine Dream, art theft, 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me' and more

Edgar Froese, the founder and only consistent member of the band Tangerine Dream, died on Tuesday, though it wasn't until today that the news really spread. Froese accomplished a lot of incredible and implausible things in his life — this is a man who both studied with Salvador Dali and recorded the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V. He also helped invent and legitimize Krautrock, electronic music and New Age, scored films by Fassbender, William Friedkin, Ridley Scott and Michael Mann, and was the only consistent member of a genuinely innovative band for several decades.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 11:20:00

Mary Steenburgen joins new Fox comedy, 'Last Man on Earth'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Little Rock's Mary Steenburgen has joined the cast of a new Fox series called "Last Man on Earth," created by and starring former SNL cast member Will Forte. The show, a single-camera post-apocalyptic comedy about the survivor of a "viral epidemic," also stars Kristen Schall, Mel Rodriguez and January Jones, and will be directed and produced by writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street").

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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:53:00

Tom Cruise in talks for 'Mena' film, about Arkansas drug smuggler Barry Seal

Deadline Hollywood reports that Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Edge of Tomorrow") are "in talks" to make the film, based on a script by Gary Spinelli.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:44:00

Ron Robinson Theater announces winter/spring film lineup

The Ron Robinson Theater announced more details about its Winter/Spring 2015 film programming this afternoon, explaining that they will be dividing their screenings into three categories: "The Classics," "The Rewind" (aimed at "young adults") and "Kid Flix."

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:22:00

John Waters, Rick Bragg and more announced for 2015 Arkansas Lit Fest

At a press conference at the Ron Robinson Theater this afternoon, Arkansas Literary Festival chair Brad Mooy announced the lineup for the 2015 event, due to be held April 23-26. The list includes filmmaker and author John Waters, Pulitzer Winner Rick Bragg, Ya-Ya Sisterhood series author Rebecca Wells, novelists Megan Abbott, Benjamin Percy, Brock Clarke and Jamaica Kincaid and "Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl" creator Issa Rae.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:14:58

Experience Penland artists at UALR: dates corrected

If you can't get to the Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (something I have longed to do), you can at least experience Penland at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where "The Penland Experience" exhibition features work by nearly 50 artists who have taught or been students there, open now through Feb. 26.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:18:00

Ben Harper, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper and more announced for Wakarusa 2015

Wakarusa, which previously announced The Roots, STS9, Young the Giant and others for their 2015 festival, set to be held from June 4-7 at Mulberry Mountain, announced more of its lineup last week and this morning. The group includes Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Thievery Corporation, Umphrey's McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Portugal. The Man and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:47:00

New music from Gibberish, ettiem, 2K Gang and more

This is from an album called "Winter Coat" by Fayetteville's Derek and Lorie Bromley, who make gorgeous, spacey indie rock together as Gibberish.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:57:00

Greg Thompson Fine Art celebrates its 20th

William Dunlap, Rebecca Thompson, Pinkney Herbert, John Harlan Norris, Glennray Tutor, Sheila Cotton ... if you like the work by these artists, you'll want to stop by Greg Thompson Fine Art for the gallery's 20th anniversary show.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 13:32:00

Arts Alliance will pay for exhibits at ailing Laman

The Mid-America Arts Alliance, which has partnered with the Laman Library to bring exhibits to its gallery, will underwrite the cost of two exhibits this year that the library otherwise could not have afforded.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:13:00

Here are the 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semifinalists

After weeks of deliberation, violent debate and black magic, we’ve come up with our final and definitive list of semifinalists for the 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. If you’ll notice, there are 20 of them. Also, this is one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever had, with great artists in a variety of genres from all over the state.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:53:00

John Lewis and Nate Powell's 'March: Book Two' available now

"March: Book One," the best-selling collaboration between North Little Rock native Nate Powell, Congressman John Lewis and co-writer Andrew Aydin, was one of 2013's best-received graphic novels, and today the follow-up, "March: Book Two," has been released by Top Shelf.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 15:56:00

Staff Picks: Jack Nicholson, National Magazine Awards, Memory Hole and more

This year's finalists for National Magazine Awards were announced earlier this week. I recommend scanning the list and reading the nominees that are available for free on the Internet. A special plug for friends of the Times whose work, or at least work on which they assisted, was honored.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 13:36:00

A Q&A with Alexander Jones of Bombay Harambee

With a brand new cassette-only release and a full-length LP on the way, Little Rock band Bombay Harambee is about to have a busy year. Members include Spaceman Dave on bass, Jason Griswold on drums, Alexander Jones on vocals and guitar and Trent Whitehead on guitar and vocals.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:02:00

New Kari Faux video, 'Gahdamn'

Recent L.A. transplant Kari Faux, who made our shortlist for Arkansan of the Year this week, released a new video this morning for her single, "Gahdamn," the opening track from her 2014 tape, "Laugh Now, Die Later." The clip features Childish Gambino, who gave her a huge boost with his remix of her song, "No Small Talk" (excerpted at the beginning here), and her frequent collaborator and fellow Little Rock native BLACK PARTY.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 10:13:00

Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney in Walmart AMP's Summer Season

Brantley Gilbert kicks off the Walmart AMP's summer 2015 lineup, released this morning, with a performance on May 1 — tickets go on sale Friday Feb. 27. Chicago plays on May 3, the Steve Miller Band on May 16, the Dave Matthews Band on May 19 and Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour" comes through town on July 30. Check their website for ticketing information and more.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 09:31:00

Watch the book trailer for Suzi Parker's novel 'Echo Ellis'

Little Rock journalist Suzi Parker, author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt" and a former contributor to Salon, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and other outlets, recently self-published her first novel, "Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter," about "a Southern reporter living in Bill Clinton's Arkansas who often finds herself in dangerous yet thrilling situations."

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 17:06:00

Alonzo Ford drawings in Pine Bluff

lonzo Ford is an Arkansas talent whose work, which focuses on Arkansas's rural past, deserves wide recognition. Fortunately, thanks in part to exhibits at Hearne Fine Art and now at the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, the Helena-area artist is becoming known to those of us in Central Arkansas.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 16:44:00

Central High neighborhood: What was, what is, what could be

The panel discussion “THEN AND NOW: the Central High School Neighborhood," at the Arkansas Arts Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, will feature Arkansas Historic Preservation historian Rachel Silva, architect Kwendeche, Central principal Nancy Rousseau and Central High Neighborhood Association president Vanessa McKuin, who is also the head of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:29:00

Watch a teaser for the new Jason Moore film, 'Sisters'

"Sisters," starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, is the new film directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore, director of "Avenue Q" and "Pitch Perfect." Previously titled "The Nest," the film follows two sisters in their thirties who learn their childhood home is up for sale, and is scheduled to be released in December.

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