Monthly Archives: October 2013

Short run for Red at The Rep: Don’t miss it

The Rep’s current production, Red, isn’t for the faint of heart — there are insults screamed and objects thrown, and discussions of life and death, humanity and purpose. But it’s an important one to see because of the display of passion from both characters: Mark Rothko, played by Joe Graves, and his apprentice Ken, played by Chris Wendelken.

Rothko and Ken’s relationship is an enigmatic one. When he’s not being a complete megalomaniac, Rothko can be very thoughtful and academic. He questions Ken and pushes him to see and think in ways he hasn’t before. From starry-eyed apprentice on his first day on the job to his disillusionment with his employer, Wendelken plays the entire arc of Ken’s character wonderfully. He’s convincing, relatable and genuine, and gives a stunning monologue in Scene 3.… Read more >

Calling all budding taxidermists

Make a shoulder mount of a rabbit in the Sunday class.

An example of the rabbit shoulder mount.

Local artist Morgan Hill is calling for participants in a taxidermy workshop planned for Nov. 16 and 17. Classes will be taught by Mickey Alice Kwapis, founder of the Detroit Academy of Taxidermy, if there is enough interest in the workshop, says Hill. The workshop provides supplies and knowledge necessary to mount a small rabbit, either in a full-body mount in Saturday’s class or a shoulder mount in Sunday’s class. Classes start at 11 a.m. both days and last three to four hours. Cost is $175 each day or $300 for both days. Payment must be received by Oct. 31, and the weekend workshop must have 16 participants to take place. (Payment will be reimbursed if the workshop is cancelled.)… Read more >

John Logan’s Red opens at The Rep

Joe Graves and Chris Wendelken

Joe Graves and Chris Wendelken

The Rep’s most recent production, Red, about mid-century abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, opens Friday and continues its run through Nov. 10. In conjunction with The Rep, the Arkansas Arts Center opens its exhibit Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade this week as well.

You can read more about the play (and its partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center) in this week’s issue, but here are some outtakes from an interview with director Robert Hupp and actors Joe Graves (Mark Rothko) and Chris Wendelken (Rothko’s apprentice, Ken) about Mark Rothko as an artist, the storyline in Red and what it’s like on stage with a cast of only two:

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Free film screening, Q&A with Jason Baldwin

Image via IMDB

Image via IMDB

The School of Mass Communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock hosts a free screening of West of Memphis, a documentary about the case against the West Memphis Three, on campus Wednesday (Oct. 23). Jason Baldwin, one of the defendants in the case, as well as Pam Hobbs, mother of murder victim Stevie Branch, will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.

If you’ve never seen the documentary, plan to be there Wednesday; and if you have seen it, go for the Q&A with Baldwin and Hobbs.

The screening begins at 6 p.m. in the UALR Donaghey Student Center Building, Room 214C. Click here for more information.… Read more >

Festival lineup for reel fans: 22nd Hot Springs Doc Film Fest

This Scene was originally published in the Oct. 9, 2013, issue of Sync

Freda Kelly and Paul McCartney

Freda Kelly and Paul McCartney

Documentary film fans, it’s time to convene again in Hot Springs for 10 days of documentary film, panel discussions, workshops and parties with filmmakers.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, the only institute in the country devoted specifically to the genre of documentary film, opens its 22nd annual film festival Friday with a screening ofGood Ol’ Freda. Freda Kelly was The Beatles’ loyal secretary throughout the band’s entire career, following them from poppy heartthrobs to psychedelic rock stars, and she tells her stories about the iconic band for the first time in this film by Ryan White. This is one of the few documentaries concerning The Beatles with the full support of the remaining members of the band, according to film festival press materials.

New to the festival this year is the McKinnis Sports Documentary Series, which includes the world premiere ofMama Called, a documentary about the life and career of Paul “Bear” Bryant, a Fordyce native and longtime head football coach at the Univeristy of Alabama; 1, about Formula One racing from the producers of Oscar-winning … Read more >

Installation artist speaks at Arkansas Arts Center

By now you’ve probably seen the yarn bomb at the Arkansas Arts Center that went up mid-September. The installation is one of the largest yarn bombs in the country, second only to the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, yarn bombed in August. The AAC installation covers 1,200 square feet at the front of the museum as well as 10 surrounding trees and nine light poles.

Yarn bomb installation at Arkansas Arts Center

Yarn bomb installation at Arkansas Arts Center.

The project was headed up in part by Chelsye Garrett, a Donaghey and McNair scholar currently earning her BFA in applied design at UALR. Garrett coordinated bi-weekly knit nights held at the Arts Center and the UALR applied design studio, and offered knitting lessons and free material. She put out calls for “critters” (knitted or crocheted animals), out-of-state contributions and other embellishments to attach to the installation.… Read more >

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