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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:02:50

What to see in "Van Gogh to Rothko" at Crystal Bridges

Van Gogh, Picasso, Kahlo, Rousseau, Modligliani, Dali, Motherwell, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Rothko: Works by these and other masters in the collection of the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, N.Y., will come to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Saturday as part of a national tour. The exhibition includes more than 70 masterworks, including paintings and sculpture.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:29:00

Voting, Tumblrs, Halloween costume ideas, Alex Harvey and more

Arkansas Times Recommends is a weekly series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying (or, in Max's case, not enjoying) this week.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:55:00

Beckman draws the line at the Arts Center

Anyone who has ever drawn with charcoal knows how tempting it is to draw outlines in soft, fat, black as night lines. It feels good. But it can really screw up what you're drawing. Unless you are William Beckman. In that case, your fat, black mark emphasizes the gorgeous contour of the human body without turning the figure into a paper doll. A review of the exhibition "William Beckman: Drawings" at the Arkansas Arts Center.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:51:00

New album from 607, 'GrowTivation'

Here we have it: The first serious challenger to Lo Thraxx's "Deep Waters" for best local album cover of the year (This is an actual contest, by the way). Also, more importantly, it's 607's 40th album (40!), "GrowTivation," and easily one of his most ambitious yet, with references to Goodie Mob and Lime-A-Ritas (in the same song) and 16 tracks of aggressive, technically impressive rap. He calls out the LRPD for jamming it's scanners on "10-4" and even pulls out some Auto-Tune on "I See You."

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:45:00

New restaurant Walker's Wings and Things makes a splash

It's easy to overlook small neighborhood eateries — but it's certainly a shame when they're as good as Walker's Wings and Things.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:17:00

Hotel Pines photo exhibit: Krain, Henry, Ballard, Adams, Worthen and more

In the hope their work will encourage a preservation effort, Rita Henry and her fellow photographers in the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club have taken it on themselves to record the ruins of the 100-year-old Hotel Pines in Pine Bluff, a once-luxe spot designed by George Mann and decorated by Paul Martin Heerwagen. An exhibition of their photographs and a documentary video, “100 Years of Light Through the Pines,” runs noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Nov. 3-8, at the High Cotton Event Center, 220 Barraque St. in Pine Bluff.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:07:00

Moody Brews and Apple Blossom to partner

Little Rock based Moody Brews and Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville have announced that they will collaborate on a beer called Earl Grey ESB.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:46:00

New music round-up: High Lonesome, The Yellow Hope Project, Lo Thraxx, Xellow and Trasspassers

Fayetteville garage pop band High Lonesome — named for the Barry Hannah collection — has a new record out this week, "Get Some Young." Come for the Kendrick Lamar references and stay for the surf rock guitar and good vibes.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:11:00

A six-pack of breweries I'd like to see in Arkansas

With another fantastic Arkansas beer festival season in our rear-view mirror, I've been reflecting on just how great of a year it was for our beer scene. This year great additions like Caldera, Founders, Summit and Mother's Brewing have begun fighting for our shelf space and dollars, making for the most exciting year ever for our fledgling scene. Who's next? What can distributors do to top this year? Well, I have some suggestions.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 09:13:00

Garth Brooks coming to Verizon in December

For the first time in 23 years, Garth Brooks is coming to Arkansas on his World Tour with Tricia Yearwood. He'll play two shows at Verizon Arena: 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 12 and Saturday Dec. 13. Tickets go on sale Friday Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. (or as the press release puts it: "10 a.m. sharp!") and will be available at or 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are $73.25.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 16:12:00

Ride with the Times to Dombek studio, 'State of the Art' at CBM

We're all set: On Nov. 8, the Arkansas Times' Art Bus will head out at 7 a.m. sharp to Fayetteville and then Bentonville for a full day's enjoyment of contemporary art, plus lunch and dinner, for only $109 per. We'll see art by George Dombek, Robyn Horn, the 102 artists of the "State of the Art" exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum, and, if you like, another exhibit at 21c Hotel.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:37:00

Live Review: Nahko and Medicine for the People at Rev Room

Thursday night, Portland, Oregon’s Nahko and Medicine for the People brought their “musical medicine” to Little Rock’s Revolution Music Room, a fitting venue for the socially-conscious music collective. Their uplifting medley of folk, urban and world music, as well as hypnotizing videos featuring their music have enchanted activist-minded music fans across the world in the relatively short time they have been creating music together.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:21:00

Psych of the South: Blues Foundation's 'It's Called Love' (1968)

Blues Foundation was from Prescott, Arkansas and traveled 100 miles to Jaggars Recording Studio in Little Rock to record this fuzzed-out gem in the fall of 1968. The 45 was released on Jaggars’ house label, Jaguar Records. I featured “It’s Called Love,” on "Lost Souls Volume 1," a compilation of 1960s garage bands from Arkansas (recently re-released on vinyl by Get Hip Records) and, while preparing for the release in 2007, I tracked down Hershel Cannon, Blues Foundation's singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Below are excerpts from that interview.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 08:01:53

Non-traditional cakes, classic deliciousness

They say you can't bake a cake without breaking some eggs, but that's not necessarily true.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 17:01:00

'Nosferatu,' longform by Patrick Radden Keefe and Derek Jenkins' Mixcloud mixes

This week: F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, reporting of Patrick Radden Keefe for the New Yorker and Mixcloud mixes from Arkansas expat Derek Jenkins.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:27:00

Taylor Shepherd, Steve Adair and more at M2 Gallery

Outsider artist Taylor Shepherd and "emerging artist" Steve Adair are showing work at M2Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center on Cantrell. Reception tonight, Oct. 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:08:00

Megan Lewis at Cantrell Gallery

Little Rock painter Megan A. Lewis has a one-woman show at Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road; reception is tonight, Oct. 24, from 6 p.m to 8 p.m.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:34:00

'Who Is Dayani Cristal' next in Arkansas Times Film Series

Save the date: The second installment in our new film series collaboration with the Little Rock Film Festival is coming up at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. We'll screen "Who Is Dayani Cristal," a new documentary by the actor Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver. The film weaves together two stories that attempt to humanize the immigrant experience, one where officials try to identify a dead man found in the Arizona desert with the words "Dayani Cristal" tattooed on him and no other forms of identification. The other narrative follows Bernal as he portrays as a migrant traveling from Honduras.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:44:00

Nan Plummer is named head of Kentucky art group

Former Arkansas Arts Center director and Arkansas Children's Hospital development officer Ellen "Nan" Plummer is leaving Arkansas to become president and CEO of LexArts in Lexington, Ky.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:07:00

Guest Mix: Greg Spradlin

This is my Saturday night/Sunday morning mix. At my house, marking the ebb and flow of days is almost ritual. For years, my wife Robyn and I did not officially end our week and signal the beginning of the weekend without dropping the needle on Hound Dog Taylor’s "Genuine House Rocking Music" LP.

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