Arkansas Times Recommends is a series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week. In anticipation of Arkansas Times' Festival of Ideas this Saturday at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, we recommend things that make us think.
Break out your neon spandex and elbow pads! On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Downtown Partnership will be hosting a full afternoon of events centered around the 30th anniversary of the 1986 BMX bike racing epic "RAD," followed by a screening of the film with star Bill Allen in attendance.
Painters Dustyn John Bork of Batesville, Heidi Carlsen-Rogers of Bella Vista and Steve Spencer of Little Rock have been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships in the visual arts category from the Arkansas Arts Council and will be recognized at a reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Historic Arkansas Museum.
The Tyson Scholars of American Art program, established at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with a $5 million endowment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, has made its first Don Tyson Prize Award, to the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
“Damnation,” the upcoming USA network drama from University of Arkansas graduate and “Longmire” writer Tony Tost, which shares a class struggle sensibility with Western heist film “Hell or High Water,” will share its director as well.
Aj Smith's portrait of Dr. Joycelyn Elders is just one of several great works of art you can see now at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at Ninth and Broadway. The museum uses Natural & Cultural Resources Council grants to build a collection of work by African American artists, most (if not all) of whom have an Arkansas connection.
Brad Cushman, who when he is not making art is the director of the Fine Art Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is showing mixed media paintings and etchings starting today, Sept. 16, at Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive.
ARCHITECT magazine has named Marlon Blackwell Architects of Fayetteville the top firm in the design category of its national 2016 Architect 50 awards. The magazine, the journal of the American Institute of Architects, said this about the firm's designs:
In conjunction with the exhibition "AfriCOBRA NOW: Works on Paper," artists Kevin Cole, Michael D. Harris and Moyo Okediji will attend a reception tonight (Friday, Sept. 9) at Hearne Fine Art, 5:30-8 p.m., and give a tour and talks Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Poet Jo McDougall and novelist/playwright Phillip McMath kick off the first of a literary series to take place in an unlikely venue: B. Barnett, a women’s fashion boutique in the Pavilion in the Park shopping center.
The award-winning University of Arkansas Community Design Center has claimed two more prestigious prizes, these from the American Architecture Awards Program of the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art and Design.
After nearly 10 years of renovation efforts led by nonprofit Hostelling Arkansas Inc., the 1917 Craftsman-style building in MacArthur Park known as “Fire Station 2” will officially reopen as the Firehouse Hostel and Museum with a free public celebration at noon Sunday, Sept. 18.