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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:58:00

Delta Exhibition winners: A slideshow

Dawn Holder's porcelain blades of grass, in "Grass Variation (Mown Path)," won the Grand Award in the Arkansas Arts Center's 59th Delta Exhibition that opened last Friday. The award is worth $2,500; juror Betsy Bradley, director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, chose the Grand Award and Delta Award winners; members of the Arts Center's Contemporaries group chose the winner for the Contemporaries Award. The Delta Awards were $750; the Contemporaries Award was $250.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 17:13:00

Architects see challenges for Arts Center redesign

The layout of the Arkansas Arts Center, with its two entrances, confusing connectivity and a crazy quilt of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, presents a number of challenges for its renovation and expansion, architects from the Studio Gang firm told the board of directors today.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 16:55:00

Joel Edgerton to direct adaptation of former Arkansan Garrard Conley's memoir about surviving conversion therapy

Actor/director Joel Edgerton ("Loving," "The Gift") has adapted Garrard Conley's memoir, "Boy Erased," and will direct the story of Conley, who grew up in Arkansas and later survived conversion therapy, Deadline reports.

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Today's headlines: Health, Trump flunks Scout oath, crime

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 13:25:00

Cinemax cancels "Quarry" after first season

“Quarry,” the eight-episode series based on the work of author Max Allan Collins andco-created by Michael Fuller and Little Rock native Graham Gordy, will not return to Cinemax for a second season.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 13:19:00

ASO Associate Conductor Geoff Robson makes Carnegie Hall debut tonight

Violinist and conductor Geoffrey Robson, associate conductor of the Arkansas SymphonyOrchestra since 2008, was awarded the first Respighi Prize for Conducting this week, bestowed by the Chamber Orchestra of New York to honor the legacy of Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936).

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 11:39:00

Brit Floyd at Verizon Arena

Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd brought its Immersion tour to the north shore Monday. Blame it on post-Riverfest musical exhaustion or the earliness in the week, but the perennial arena favorite played to a smallish crowd of 1,218 with a few rowdy flashes.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 13:31:00

Parable/Paragon: A review of The Rep's "Godspell"

If you've ever seen a production of "Godspell," you'll be familiar with the juxtaposition of flower children and holy scripture, conceived originally as a thesis by a Carnegie Mellon music student in 1970. Bell-bottom-clad actors regale us with the perils of worshiping both God and money. Someone pretends to smoke pot, probably. The hair is big, the costumes are bigger, and Judas' betrayal of Jesus gets the "Soul Train" treatment. Almost always, the feeling is one of looseness, liberality, improvisation. That's not the case with this "Godspell," in which nearly every second of the musical is tightly choreographed, leaving no room for error.

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Monday, June 5, 2017 - 09:43:00

Riverfest 2017: flute solos, fireworks and fidget spinners

Whether you had a good time at Riverfest largely depends on when you were there. We've yet to get a report of the attendance numbers, but eyeballing the crowds this year in comparison to last year's tells us the intermittent rain deterred plenty of potential Riverfesters.

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Today's headlines: Health, Trump flunks Scout oath, crime

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 08:35:00

Wiz Khalifa brings the party

Wiz Khalifa throws a party in his headlining set for Riverfest.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:33:00

Delta Regional Authority launches seed investment program for arts projects

The Delta Regional Authority announced this week that it will partner with ArtPlaceAmerica, the Rural Policy Research Institute, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Development Organizations, Springboard for the Arts and others to contribute nearly $460,00 to the Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative, an effort to spur economic growth through seed investments in the Delta’s arts and culture sectors.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:25:00

Dotty Oliver: August 7, 1949 – May 29, 2017

We note the passing of Dotty Oliver — former editor of the Little Rock Free Press, environmental activist and author of “Mistress of the Misunderstood."

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:20:00

White Water Tavern named among Esquire's "24 Best Bars in America"

Along with Austin's Half Step, NYC's Slowly Shirley and D.C.'s Columbia Room, Little Rock's favorite railroad dive gets a shout-out from Esquire this morning.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:57:00

Molly McCully Brown named inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow

Molly McCully Brown has been named the inaugural recipient of The Oxford American Literary Project’s Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship, to be accompanied by a $10,000 stipend, housing and a nine-month editorial apprenticeship at the magazine in support of McCully Brown’s debut work of creative nonfiction.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:53:00

Forrest City native wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

Forrest City native Patricia Spears Jones was announced as the 11th winner of the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:45:00

Guns N' Roses and Sturgill Simpson land at War Memorial Stadium August 5

In an extension of the "Not in This Lifetime" tour, Guns N' Roses will land at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock Saturday, August 5, with special guest Sturgill Simpson.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:09:00

Bentonville judges choose 'Red Dirt Rug' for ArtPrize

A panel that included Arkansas arts professionals met Monday night at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville to listen to five pitches for an ArtPrize award to create public art in Grand Rapids, Mich. The jury — Dayton Castleman, museum manager at 21c Bentonville; Don Desmett, curator of the Western Michigan University ArtPrize venue; Shannon Dillard Mitchell, independent curator; Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and Marc Mitchell, curator and director of exhibitions, co-director of graduate studies, and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas — chose Rena Detrixhe's "Red Dirt Rug," a 1,000-square-foot rectangle of red dirt she'll imprint with carved shoe soles, for the $5,000 prize. You can see read more about the ArtPrize winner here and see a video of the presentations in Bentonville here.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:13:00

U of A grad's "Damnation" slated for series with USA Network, Netflix

“Damnation,” the Depression-era drama from University of Arkansas graduate and “Longmire” writer Tony Tost and “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie, has been ordered to series by the USA Network, and is expected to premiere in October.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:11:00

Check out Phillip Rex Huddleston's "Southern Writers" prints

Little Rock-based composer, artist and educator Phillip Rex Huddleston has created a “Southern Writers” series of prints, featuring portraits of Eudora Welty, Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain and others.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:16:00

Justin Bryant: 'Color in Space' at Arts & Science Center

"Justin Bryant: Color in Space" at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, in Pine Bluff, features work by a native of that city who's gotten much deserved attention in the pages of the Arkansas Times, which featured him in last year's Visionary issue and in a cover story about the exhibition "Here. African American Art from the Permanent Collection of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas."

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 13:44:00

"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" at Arkansas Times Film Series tonight

Before you dive in to "Twin Peaks: The Return" Sunday, catch Lynch's contentious 1992 prequel, "Fire Walk With Me" at Riverdale 10 Cinema tonight, screened as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series in partnership with Film Quotes Film.

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