Monthly Archives: December 2013

Because of Winn Dixie a heartfelt holiday musical

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From left: Danny Philips, Riley Costello, Julia Landfair, Imari Harden and Sydni Whitfield

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of Because of Winn Dixie is a must-see this holiday season. Directed by John Tartaglia (Tony-nominated for Avenue Q), the show made its world premiere at The Rep on Dec. 5, but because of icy weather opening weekend and demand for the show, the show’s run has been extended to Jan. 5. If your family has a Christmas tradition of seeing a movie together over the holidays, switch it up this year and head to The Rep for an emotional and  captivating musical that is as well suited for adults as it is for kids.… Read more >

Make the holidays pop: ASO holiday pops at Robinson

This Scene originally appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of Sync

Never been to an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concert? Make Holiday Fantasy, a part of the symphony’s Pops Live series, your first.

This Christmas concert is a collaboration between ASO and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The show is written and directed by Nicole Capri, director of education at The Rep, together with ASO’s music director Philip Mann.

“I wanted to create a nostalgic show reminiscent of the holiday showcases that were popular when I was a kid,” Capri says, “similar to something you might see at Radio City Music Hall.”… Read more >

Capital Hotel tree makes Top 10 list

Isn’t it great when your hometown lands on a list worth bragging about? Little Rock was named Kiplinger’s No. 1 Great Place to Live earlier this year, and that was fun. Now, we’ve made on Forbes’ Travel Guide Blog’s list of 10 Luxury Hotels’ Dazzling Holiday Trees, care of the efforts of Capital Hotel and Tipton & Hurst. Also on the list? The Bellagio (Las Vegas, yes that Bellagio), The Ritz Carlton (Charlotte, N.C., made of macarons), and Claridge’s in London, fancified by Dolce & Gabanna. Not bad company.… Read more >

Weekend full of holiday shopping and sipping

The weekend ahead is full of holiday events in downtown Little Rock, especially those which encourage finishing up your Christmas shopping with some handmade gifts by local artists and artisans.

If you’re a fan of our local Etsy merchants, head to the River Market Saturday for the Holly Trolley Handmade Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in both pavilions. The market is in conjunction with Holly Trolley Day organized by the River Market and Argenta to offer free rides on the trolley (free rides are from 8:30 a.m. to midnight).… Read more >

Thea Foundation calls for featured festival artists

Matt McLeod's featured painting for the 2013 Thea Arts Festival.

Matt McLeod’s featured painting for the 2013 Thea Arts Festival.

Thea Arts Festival posted on Facebook this morning that the Thea Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 festival. The third annual festival is scheduled for April 26 and, like in past years, will include live music, art and dance demonstrations, food from local restaurants and hands-on activities in addition to displays of works from a couple dozen of  the region’s finest artists.… Read more >

Every dog has its play: Because of Winn Dixie at The Rep

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Julia Nightingale Landfair as Opal and Taran as Winn Dixie

This Scene was originally published in the Dec. 4, 2013 issue of Sync.

The performer responsible for the title role in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s latest production is just like any other actor. He’s expected to show up to rehearsals. He’ll run through the script dozens of times before opening night. He’s even got an understudy. The only difference is that if he gets tired and lays down in the middle of a scene, there’s not much the rest of the crew can do about it.… Read more >

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