Check out this Talking Heads cover from The Wildflower Revue at the trio's Dreamland Ballroom shindig earlier this year, featuring a mean violin solo from Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Geoffrey Robson and Bonnie Montgomery singing in French. The trio performs with special guests at Ron Robinson Theater Friday, April 21, 7 p.m., and you can grab tickets here.
And, in case you missed it: a new little fairytale from Conway quartet Couch Jackets. It involves: a dream sequence with an angel who grants enchanted vaporizers to "the disillusioned strangers that needed them most," four men walking and holding hands well before Netherlanders Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees made a statement by doing so, a basketball showdown that ends in someone's hand getting shot off and an epilogue for closure.
I talked with Marita Golden – teacher, lecturer, author, literary activist and co-founder/President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation – ahead of her appearance Thursday, April 27 at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 6:30 p.m. as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival.
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
Ernest Dumas reaches into history, some personal, for moments in Arkansas's view of refugees. It was brought to mind by the current crisis in Europe and the political divisions over whether the U.S. should respond to the needs of the displaced.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.