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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 14:43:00

No Laman Writers Fellowship this year

Because of Laman Library's financial straits, the library will not award its yearly writer's fellowshp. Mary Furlough, the interim director at the library, has informed the judges that she hopes to be able to award the fellowship again some time in the future.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 16:26:00

Ann Patchett, Robert Wyatt, graphic design, poetry and more

My wife Grace recommended Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder" to me. Here is what Grace said on her blog: "This book has everything I like a book to have: an original and complex female character, intrigue, and weird science. Don’t want to give away the plot, so I’ll just say this: Amazon rainforest, hallucinogenic mushrooms, pregnant women."

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Friday, November 21, 2014 - 10:27:00

Tav Falco on his new Arkansas-set film, 'Urania Descending'

Though he's most often associated with Memphis, Panther Burns frontman Tav Falco grew up in rural Arkansas, out in the country between Gurdon and Whelen Springs. Falco has announced that he'll be releasing a new album, "Command Performance," in February, and a photography book, "Tav Falco's Wild & Exotic World Of Musical Obscurities," as well, but he's also just premiered his new feature film

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:18:00

James Bonner watercolor giclee sale benefits HAM

The Historic Arkansas Museum is selling giclees of a watercolor by James M. Bonner, "December Snow," to raise money for its unique living history program.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 16:53:00

Heights Taco & Tamale eyeing early 2015 opening

Heights Taco & Tamale Company, the new Tex-Mex restaurant from Yellow Rocket Concepts, the restaurant group behind Big Orange, Local Lime, Lost Fort Brewing and ZAZA, is planning to open February 2015. The restaurant is located at 5805 Kavanaugh Boulevard in the former home of Browning’s.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 14:19:00

Why one curator left Crystal Bridges: Kevin Murphy explains

Lee Rosenbaum, who blogs as CultureGrrl, reveals an interview she had with former Crystal Bridges Museum of Art curator Kevin Murphy, in which he said he regretted what he saw as a desire to put on popular, contemporary shows rather than delve deeper into the early American collection, his area of expertise.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 13:33:00

Thanks to everyone who turned out for 'Who is Dayani Cristal?' at RRT last Friday

We had a good crowd at the second film in our monthly series last week at Ron Robinson Theater, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” Big thanks as well to our partners in showing the documentary — the Little Rock Film Festival, El Zócalo and our two guests from Arkansas's immigrant community.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:28:00

Meet us At the Corner, in January

It used to be, “Let’s go to The Hop.” Now, the Hop is closing, and new song will be, “Let’s meet At the Corner,” when Kamiya Merrick opens up her “modernized” diner at 201 E. Markham St. the first of January. The Hop will close Nov. 26.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:12:00

New music round-up: The Brothel Sprouts, Vile Pack, Ten High, Churner and Kevin Kerby

Here's a song from "Good Enough," the recent debut record from Fayetteville's The Brothel Sprouts, who make imaginative indie rock that's loose and wild and kind of manic.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:12:00

Get some Pie Shop pie into your face right now

Don't wait, don't hesitate. There's pie at Terry's, and you need to eat some of it.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:07:00

A growler full of local beer scene updates

There are a lot of exciting things happening in our Arkansas beer community right now, so many it's almost hard to keep up.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 15:08:00

Museum School Sale Friday and Saturday

There is more artwork at the sale than you can throw an paintbrush at — paintings, photography, ceramics, etchings, jewelry, woodwork, stationery, drawings, printmaking, glass, fiber art — at the Arkansas Arts Center's Museum School Sale, Friday and Saturday at the Clear Channel Metroplex.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 09:15:00

A tasty change of pace at Park Island Market and Cafe

At Park Island Cafe, the food is as delicious as it is healthy, providing a nice change of pace in the Spa City.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 14:05:00

Don Bacigalupi leaving Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art President Don Bacigalupi, whose vision widened the contemporary collection of the Bentonville museum, has been chosen by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas to be the founding director of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, slated to open in 2018 in Chicago. Bacigalupi will leave Crystal Bridges Jan. 14, 2015.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:17:00

Climbing a mountain of pancakes at Mimi's

Pancakes are awesome, so let's talk about pancakes. Because the only thing better than talking about pancakes is shoving them by the forkful into our face-holes.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:47:00

Guest Mix: Big Piph

I'm honestly not the best w/ playlists. I tend to to start building them, stop, claim I'm gonna round them out to perfection, and then never do. As a result, I stay playing the same 5 songs over and over when it's questionable if they are even the best fit.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 16:29:00

More on State of the Art, by Brad Cushman, Nathan Larson and yours truly

University of Arkansas at Little Rock gallery director Brad Cushman and gallery assistant Nathan Larson have posted their two bits about "State of the Art: Discovering American Art," and so have I.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 16:01:00

Long Underwear, the Useless Web, Organized Konfusion, Getting away for a while and more

I recommend getting away for a while. Me and the missus are out here eating Walmart produce in the country and it is all right. The German came to visit us this week and showed us a fine new way to cook pasta. The German – we met him on our honeymoon trip to Europe and on his direction had swallowed some mind-benders and spent twelve hours in a nightclub in East Berlin, where we had decided, mid-dancing, to move to Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 17:13:00

Big 2nd Friday: Prints, political satire, death row art

This Friday's 2nd Friday Art Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and later at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, is going to require some fancy footwork to see all the work on display. Here, in alpha order, the galleries and what's up.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:16:00

New music from NOUNS, Rino El Camino, DMZ, OsiSteele and LRG PZA

Here's something from Conway punk band NOUNS, from a split EP they released this week with HeadCold called "Downer." This first thing that strikes you is the defiantly ugly album art, which looks like a collage commemorating a boring summer camp. Also, though, the art reflects this song perfectly: messy and maximalist and awkwardly colored. There's a lot of glitchy Casio noodling and angry post-hardcore energy and also it seems like they're having a good time.

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