Category archives: Arts & Culture

Feature: Going Greek

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This month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) will host the university’s largest annual gathering of alumni at its Taste of Little Rock to raise money for student scholarships. Photography by Sara Blancett Reeves   2015 Taste of Little Rock event, an annual affair featuring tastings from more than three dozen central Arkansas restau[...]

Final Thought

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me a pack rat. You can also say I’m sentimental and fairly disorganized. For instance, right now I’m sitting at my office desk, and near my elbow is last month’s copy of AY, just begging to be put away neatly on a shelf. If I did that, though, that copy would leave behind the half dozen other AY mags lying near it. I’d hate to have to separate them. I[...]

Local Literary Community Grows

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Catch Live from the Back Room at Vino’s once a month to hear excerpts from local writers and their latest projects.   Jackson considers himself a bit of a writer. Discovering an interest in playwriting, he lived in New York for a spell before coming back to Little Rock to finish college at UALR. Upon his arrival home in 2011, he noticed the literar[...]

From Twitter to Instagram: The Hashtag

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Instagrammer Mauren Kennedy investigates the ins and outs of "the hashtag"   referred to as either the pound sign or the number sign, the # symbol has transformed into what is known as the "hashtag." It was almost eight years ago that I encountered one of these tags for the very first time on a simple, yet blossoming social media site called Twitte[...]

A Day of Giving Virtually

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This twelve-hour event hopes to raise $1 million for Arkansas charities. Illustration by Sally Nixon   Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation last year and raised millions of dollars for ALS research showed just how much a good cause can benefit when the Internet gets behind it. The Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF) and the Arkansas Non-[...]

Art Scene: Finding Life’s Passions

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Jonesboro, Ark., artist Brenda Wiseman, a nurse by trade, picked up a paintbrush and discovered another of her life’s passions. By Casey Rinaldi / Photography by Steve Jones   One of art’s most unique qualities is symbolism. Great meaning can be inferred and expressed through strong symbolic usage within artwork, and few know this better than B[...]

The Importance of Food and Community

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Food is essential to building healthy, vibrant and connected communities.   consumers about sustainable food production is key to conserving precious natural resources and protecting our environment. Chefs, farmers and ranchers in Arkansas are bringing people together in interesting and unique ways to reintroduce them to their food system. In th[...]

Why Instagram?

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Instagram has grown explosively and exponentially since its inception in mid-2010.   social media platform just shy of its fifth birthday, Instagram has grown explosively and exponentially since its inception in mid-2010. Though Instagram’s accelerated growth can be attributed to the fact that social media giant Facebook purchased the booming netwo[...]

Exploring ‘Local Live’

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Little Rock’s Hidden Music Gem Photography by Jeff Smithwick   Rock’s momentum in becoming a proud foodie city is in full swing. So much so that locals are crying out for more in all realms — including music. However, it’s all a matter of knowing where to look, and South on Main provides a stage music lovers won’t want to miss. Local Live, the [...]