Category archives: Arts & Culture

Art Scene: Paint the Town

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Urban revitalization and creativity intersect in Fort Smith’s ‘The Unexpected.’ Photographs courtesy of 64.6 Downtown and Charlotte Dutoit   to one school of thought, “curiosity kills the cat.” Another view, which the Fort Smith, Ark., urban-revitalization organization “64.6 Downtown” subscribes to, is that curiosity yields often-surprising revelati[...]

Let the Games Begin!

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Tourism is big business in Arkansas. Photographs courtesy of AHA   2014, 23 million people visited our fair state. Further, they spent $5.9 billion partaking of cuisine offered in our restaurants, touring our many attractions, visiting state and national parks, trying out their luck at our racing and gaming facilities and luxuriating or “roughing [...]

Arkansas' Most Instagramable Locations

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While scrolling through the feeds of popular Instagrammers, it is easy to spy iconic landmarks and imagery from around the world. From the reddish hue of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Eiffel Tower located in the sprawling metropolis of Paris, France; from the infamously “closed” Vance Creek Viaduct Bridge high above the treetops in Washingto[...]

Meet Les Brandt

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“Call me when you’re 15 minutes away and I’ll come meet you at the start of my road,” Les offered by phone as we barreled up Arkansas’ famous Pig Trail highway towards Huntsville, Arkansas. Two weeks earlier we had heard of a famous woodworker named Les Brandt who lived in the hills outside of Eureka Springs. We decided his work was interesting and arranged [...]

August's Top 10 Things to Do

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1. Super Summer Saturdays Little Rock Aug. 1: The entire family will enjoy the fun while celebrating the Clinton Presidential Center’s current exhibit, “Dinosaurs Around the World.” The free, educational activities include digging for dinosaurs, creating fossils and building your own dinosaur. Admission is free, and the event takes place from 10 a.m. to [...]

Final Thought

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June, my high school class, the Class of ’70, held its 45th reunion. I hated to miss the gathering, but I chose to go to Southeast Asia with two Vietnam War veterans. I hope to someday pass along a story or two from that trip, but right now I’m thinking about some of my old classmates and the summer of 1970. It was the first summer I had an honest-to-goo[...]

July's Top 10 Things to Do

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1. Oaklawn’s Spa Blast Hot Springs July 3: Bring the entire family out to Oaklawn Park for a day of fun. There will be a misting tent, a kids zone with inflatables, a rock wall, petting zoo, concession stands and more. The party begins at 4 p.m., with live music from six bands, including Hillbilly Vegas and Brian Kelley, and the fireworks will start at a[...]

Art Scene: Delta Exhibition

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Each summer, some of the top, most innovative artwork is amassed for one amazing show at the Arkansas Arts Center. This year, more than 70 juried works in mediums including, but certainly not limited to, photography, painting, sculpture and woodwork will be unveiled at the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. Photography courtesy of Arkansas Arts Center  [...]