Monthly Archives: August 2013

Travel: Chattanooga

My first mug of beer at the 19th annual Southern Brewers Festival.

My first 6-ounce pour at the 19th annual Southern Brewers Festival.

From Little Rock: 474 miles

Time: 8 hours there, 6 hours back (change to EST right outside of Chattanooga)

Occasion: Chattanooga Southern Brewers Festival. What caught my eye about this fest was the lineup of North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Galactic. The brewfest aspect was an added bonus, and since a few of my friends who are from there rave about Chattanooga’s awesomeness constantly, I figured this was a good chance to see what this little Tennessee town was all about.… Read more >

One for the pocketbooks: Q&A with Anita Davis

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR. Anita Davis amongst the displays at her Esse Purse Museum in the Southside Main Street district in downtown Little Rock.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR.
Anita Davis amongst the displays at her Esse Purse Museum in the Southside Main Street district in downtown Little Rock.

This Q&A was originally published in the July 24, 2013, issue of Sync

Anita Davis’ most recent project is Esse, a museum showcasing her purse collection. The museum’s permanent exhibit looks at purses as expressions of the women who carried them, featuring not only the bags themselves, but also their contents, along with photos and informational placards to give some history of the time period. Everything about the museum, from decor and design to the detail in each display, is striking.

Q: Esse is a museum devoted to your collection of 3,000 purses, only 300 of which are displayed in the exhibit. Why are purses so special?

A: There are so many different materials they are made of — it’s kind of like art. When you get them all together, there’s metal mesh, and there’s Bakelite and Lucite and straw … just so many different things that can keep your interest.

Each of them tell a story — some of them have a really nice scent inside, and sometimes they smell like smoke. It tells … Read more >

Weekend planner: Clinton and SoMa

What to do in Little Rock with a free weekend and awesome weather?

First up is the Head of the Class Bash at the Clinton Center. Now, if you have children, this might be enticing because it’s something to take the tots to for face painting, bounce houses and whatnot, but also free immunizations and haircuts. Wait. I could use a free haircut… I’ll get back to you on whether or not there’s an age max for those.… Read more >

Crossing Borders at Oxford American gallery

Today I was excited to have lunch for the first time at Oxford American‘s new restaurant and performance venue, South on Main. While the restaurant is still in its soft opening phase (and will open for lunch Monday), the service and food were excellent and the space is really something to see. Sync will have plenty of time to talk about food and beverage there soon enough. Today what I wanted to share is the OA gallery and exhibition next door.… Read more >

NMA tonight at Rev Room

I usually leave the music previews to Shea, but I just have get a word in when one of my favorite live acts comes to Little Rock. Free tonight and looking for a good show? Please oh please go see North Mississippi Allstars at the Rev Room. If you like folksy, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll that’s kind of jammy and makes you want to dance, then this will be absolutely the most fun you’ve had at a live show in Little Rock in months. Maybe all year. Maybe just since the last time NMA was in town.

This clip is from their last show in Little Rock, a March date (also at Rev Room) which was also being professionally filmed for a live DVD.

Bassist Chris Chew wasn’t touring for health reasons, so that’s Lightnin’ Malcolm filling in. Other two members of the band are brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson — that’s Luther killing it on guitar. Cody’s usually on drums, and then there’s always his electric washboard solo which is pretty epic. WHEW. Every time I’ve seen them it’s been unforgettable and I’m sure tonight won’t be any different.

If you go, let me know in the comments section!… Read more >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.