Category archives: Arts & Culture

Travel Arkansas: Music for the Masses

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Arkansas’ music festivals draw crowds while the weather’s warm and spirits are high. Photographs courtesy of the venues   weather means good music in Arkansas. The arrival of spring kicks off a procession of music festivals across the state that stretches well into the fall, a bounty that includes something for everyone, from sit-down classical pe[...]

Final Thought

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commencement season. At graduation ceremonies far and wide, speakers will look to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. And what will tomorrow’s leaders be doing? A few may be hanging on to every word, but I imagine many will be squirming from cellphone withdrawal, fingers twitching as they prepare to take tons of selfies with their diplomas. I avoided my own coll[...]

‘The Winning Numbers’

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Community Theatre of Little Rock Presents Locally Written ‘The Winning Numbers’   isn’t the only place for theater, and locals will be glad to know that, since the opening of the Studio Theatre on Seventh Street in the summer of 2014, a new stage is in town. From April 24 to 26, the Studio Theatre will play host to the Community Theatre of Littl[...]

Art Scene: Spa City Celebrates Culture

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Ten days of arts appreciation is never a bad thing to celebrate, and the 2015 Arts and The Park Art Festival, planned for May 1 through 10 in Hot Springs, Ark., will prove it. The event will feature visiting artists, workshops, live theater and musical performances, studio tours, poetry readings and more. Photography courtesy of Bramblitt   Hot Sp[...]

Feature: Designs & Dreams

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The Designers Choice Fashion Preview supports Timmons Arts Foundation’s mission to help at-risk kids dream big about the arts. Photography by Cindy Momchilov :: Makeup by Tamara Thomas   the thing about kids and dreams, said Theresa Timmons-Shamberger, executive director of the Timmons Arts Foundation: You can tell children to “dream big,” but i[...]

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-[...]