Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 12:39:00

A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in Little Rock

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.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 12:11:00

New video from Goon des Garcons, 'SHITONYOU'

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."

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:29:00

Letter from Lynette (V.L. Cox) on D.C. and doors

V.L. Cox, who took her "End Hate" door installation to Washington, D.C., weekend before last, has shared her thoughts on the experience, and I will post them here. 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 15:15:00

Sculpture in the River Market: We'd vote for Warrick

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.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 15:14:00

Last call to see Robyn Horn show at Butler Center Galleries

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.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 11:41:00

Live Review: Fleetwood Mac returns to Verizon with classic lineup reunited

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.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 16:06:00

Duffer alert: Golfer painting by Wood new to CBMA

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.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 15:00:00

Illustrator Bryan Collier at Hearne Fine Art

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.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 14:05:00

Thursday night: Fill those Empty Bowls for the Foodbank

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.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 16:36:00

'Van Gogh to Rothko': It's got 'star power'

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.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 13:50:00

Review: "The Incorruptibles" by John Hornor Jacobs

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.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 16:55:00

Little Rock Film Festival announces 2015 lineup

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.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:19:16

Selfies, 'Eluvium and Formation': What's up Friday night in Argenta: UPDATE

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.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:33:00

Silverpoint artist Susan Schwalb at UALR tonight, April 18

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.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:16:00

Help Knox Hamilton replace their stolen gear

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.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 09:29:00

New music from Tral Wayz, The See, Big Piph, headcold and more

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.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 15:30:00

Maya Angelou: Behind the Stamp

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.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 13:34:00

Live Review: Jason Aldean at Verizon Arena

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.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 18:59:00

Satterfield's 'And then I' starts spring tour

Barbara Satterfield ceramic installation of women in conversation is now in Heber Springs, at the Community Center and the Cleburne County Library. She sends an update

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 15:36:00

Staff Picks: 'It Follows,' slow-motion cowboys, a guide to songbirds in Arkansas and more

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.

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