Music legend Todd Rundgren released his 25th solo studio album "Global" earlier this month, and spent a few days in Little Rock in support of its release. On Saturday, April 18, I headed out to Arkansas Record and CD Exchange in North Little Rock for Record Store Day. They had food trucks, free merch and a special guest appearance by Rundgren himself. A steady line of Rundgren fans shuffled in line for over 3 hours getting an autograph and photo op. He even stayed an extra hour — missing lunch, apparently — to continue to signing autographs as his wife, Michele, offered to take pics with people's cameras.
I'm been out of town for a week and have a lot to catch up on, but here's a quick endorsement for Little Rock rapper Goon des Garcons' new video, for "SHIT ON YOU," the opening track from his latest mixtape, "YOUNG DIRTY BASTARD."
The Sculpture in the River Market preview party is tonight, and people who paid the $100 to attend will get to vote on which artist they think should win the commission for a sculpture to be placed at the northwest corner of the intersection of Chenal Parkway and Chenal Valley Drive.
Robyn Horn's paintings and sculpture in “Reflections on Line and Mass" at the Butler Center Galleries in the Arkansas Studies Institute are an example of the work of one of the finest artists working in Arkansas today (and yesterday and tomorrow). If you have seen the show, head down to the River Market district, because tomorrow is its last day.
Fleetwood Mac is a band that embodies change and transformation. After a slew of different lineups, they hit their stride in the mid-‘70s, around the time that many of their fellow Boomers were settling down and starting families. Maybe that’s why their most beloved songs contrast a sort of jaded wisdom with hopeful confidence – the perfect soundtrack for growing up while still feeling young and looking forward to the future.
An email about a new acquisition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art went astray in my mailbox, so I am late in reporting that Grant Wood's "The American Golfer" (1940) has been added to the collection.
Bryan Collier, an illustrator, three-time Caldecott Medal Winner and six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, is showing originals and prints of his work at Hearne Fine Art through June 13. Along with the show, "Page Turners," Collier will sign books at 5:30 p.m. April 23 at the gallery, as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival.
The hunger-relief organization Arkansas Foodbank holds its "Empty Bowls 2015" fund-raising art auction Thursday at Next Level Events in the Union Station to benefit its work. Artwork in all media — including bowls created specially for the event — will be auctioned, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75. "Full Glasses" follows at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $35.
The "Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery" exhibition (which the Denver Art Museum dubbed "Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery") at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art "shines with star power," says Westword arts writer Michael Paglia.
John Hornor Jacobs doesn’t have much time to sip wine from plastic cups, mingle with the literati, or ponder the state of literary affairs, because his agent sold eight books in a single year last year, and he’s been hustling to get those contracts fulfilled ever since. Jacobs, a Little Rock native and Central High graduate, will return to the Arkansas Literary Festival this month to make up for it, his first time back at the event since 2011.
The Little Rock Film Festival announced the lineups to its World Shorts, Cinematic Nonfiction and Golden Rock Narrative and Documentary competitions this afternoon. The list includes Bob Byington's "7 Chinese Brothers" (starring Jason Schwartzman), Kornél Mundruczó's Cannes Film Festival award-winning "White God," Sundance award winning documentaries "Cartel Land," "(T)ERROR" and "How to Save the World," National Lampoon documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant and Dead," and many more.
Mugs Cafe — sounds like a place to see mugs, right? You will this Friday night, when you head to the cafe, 515 Main St. in Argenta, where "The Original Selfies — Artists Self Portraits" is on exhibit. Mugs is just one of nine venues that will be open for Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m., this month.
Susan Schwalb, who is credited with a renaissance in silverpoint and who was an inspiration to Arkansas silverpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith, will give a talk tonight at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building (Room 161) of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Over the weekend, Little Rock indie pop band Knox Hamilton played a show in Portland, and on their way out town, while they'd stopped to "take in the sights" at Multinomah Falls, the band's van was robbed. They lost four guitars, a bass, and various other equipment and valuables (including cash, phone chargers, passports and a guitar strap hand-made by one of the band member's mothers!) that they'll undoubtedly need to continue their tour — their next show is scheduled for April 25. The band has a GoFundMe campaign set up for fans to help out.
More great stuff from Fayetteville label Let's Talk Figures. This is from an excellent new EP by production duo TAPE.SET, a.k.a. Hutch Landfair and Andrew McClain. It's the ideal soundtrack for a bike ride on the International Space Station, or for dying on the beach.
A friend just pointed me to this interesting post by Ian Crouch of the New Yorker about the U.S. Postal Service's brand-new Maya Angelou stamp, which was officially issued last week in a ceremony featuring Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The stamp features a quotation — "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" — that, as the Washington Post pointed out, wasn't actually written by Angelou, but by the poet Joan Walsh Anglund.
Jason Aldean brought his brand of hard-driving, modern country music to Verizon Arena Saturday night on his aptly named Burn It Down Tour, firing up his army of fans with his sturdy rock-tinged voice, energetic stage presence and an outright blaze of pyrotechnics.
A hearty recommendation for the very smart scare-flick "It Follows," in theaters now. Low budget, high concept, and simply the best American horror film I've seen since "The Blair Witch Project." I won't say too much, lest I give away the film's genuinely creepy premise, but I will say that it's a through-the-looking-glass story that owes more than a bit to films like "Ju-On" and other topsy-turvy-terrifying horror flicks of Asia. Thinly-veiled teenage sex angst and worries about venereal disease have never been so scary. Seriously: see it now.
HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which premiered last April, has consistently shown itself to be a Daily Show-level contender for the humor-news crown. Up for discussion on the show last night: the myriad ways major poultry producers exploit chicken farmers. Also featured in the video: Arkansas Republican Rep. Steve Womack, who gets plucked and roasted for placing a rider on the agriculture appropriations bill that forbids the USDA from enforcing already-written protections for the nation's poultry farmers.
In Touch magazine reports that it has obtained a Springdale police report containing allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed teen that it says it has confirmed was Josh Duggar, a minor at the time and now a prominent lobbyist for the Family Research Council and a leading voice for legal discrimination against gay people.
The Bentonville Film Festival, launched this year by actress Geena Davis and held earlier this month from May 5-9, earned a number of largely positive notices from major outlets like the Huffington Post ("At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues"), the L.A. Times ("Bentonville Film Festival pushes diversity message from year one") and the New York Times ("Bentonville, Ark., Hosts a Film Festival Without a Movie Theater"), most of them centering on its unique and vital agenda — promoting diversity and gender equality in filmmaking — and its celebrity cache (e.g. an acting workshop taught by Robert De Niro, a softball game led by Rosie O'Donnell, etc.).