Monthly Archives: February 2014

March lineup at Clinton School of Public Service

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its March lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.


Sam Taggart, author of The Public’s Health and We All Hear Voices (Photo by Rusty Hubbard for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Sam Taggart, doctor, Arkansas historian and author of The Public’s Health: A Narrative History of Health and Disease in Arkansas: March 3 at noon (book signing to follow)

*UPDATE: Because of inclement weather, Sam Taggart has been rescheduled for March 10 at noon. 

Dr. Sam Taggart has recently published The Public Health, which is a narrative history of the evolution of health and disease in Arkansas over the last 200 years. From the scourges of smallpox, cholera and yellow fever in the 19th century to polio, AIDS and drug abuse in the 20th century, The Public’s Health takes a close look at the health and diseases of the people of Arkansas, the tools … Read more >

SoMa Mardi Gras Parade: Bon Temps on South Main


This Scene was originally published in the Feb. 26, 2014, issue of Sync.

The season of Carnival comes to an end Tuesday, but not before Little Rock celebrates the season with a Mardi Gras parade on South Main Street complete with floats, beads and king cake.

The City of Little Rock, SoMa and the SoMa Business Alliance present the SoMa Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday at noon. The parade begins at Main and 24th streets and ends at Main and 12th streets, and spectators are encouraged to line the route with folding chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. The parade takes place rain or shine.… Read more >

Science Is for Lovers at Museum of Discovery


Valentine’s Day might has come and gone, but there are still a few days left in the month of love to celebrate the holiday. That’s according to the Museum of Discovery, at least, which presents its Science After Dark happy hour with Science Is for Lovers: The Science of Passion.… Read more >

New shops (and locations) in the Heights and SoMa

The month of February has welcomed new boutiques to both the Heights and South Main neighborhoods.

1899034_10100993793147567_809808187_nIn the Heights, Southern Accented opened at the corner of Kavanaugh Boulevard and Polk Street (in the same strip of storefronts as Eggshells and Cafe 5501). The women’s clothing and gifts boutique opened doors Jan. 27, but bad weather has push the grand opening celebration to Saturday. Join owners Katy Julian and Meagan Murphy for a party featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and shopping from 6-8 p.m. Southern Accented is at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite A in Little Rock.

When we talked Lara Kahler at Moxy Modern Mercantile back in January, she said she and co-owner and husband Jon Estelita were set to open in mid-February. Moxy pealed back the paper on Feb. 11 to reveal a store filled with vintage home goods, fun gifts and gourmet foods — check their Facebook page for and idea of what they carry, from plush kids’ toys to candles and coasters. Moxy Modern Mercantile is located at 1419 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock.

And while on the subject of Moxy, I couldn’t help but notice Sweet Home Furnishings & Clement‘s new home across the street. … Read more >

Shakespeare in the South: Tales at South on Main


Oxford American and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre team up to bring a special Shakespeare-themed Tales from the South to South on Main next week. Shakespeare in the South, which made its Tales from the South debut in 2012, is Tuesday and features stories by Greg Brownderville, Stacey Margaret Jones and Sara Shumaker. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats at a table are $15 each. General admission tickets (no table) are $10 and are available first come, first served. Tickets are available online here.

Also coming soon in the world of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: Swing Along with Shakespeare at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Junior League Building. The Bard Ball features a swing band and a sneak peek at the upcoming AST season. Tickets for the event are $75 in advance.… Read more >

Peace, love and Hair: 1960s musical opens at Robinson


This Scene was originally published in the Feb. 12, 2014, issue of Sync.

Central Arkansans have a chance to see the original rock musical when Celebrity Attractions brings Hair to Robinson Center Music Hall next week.

The musical follows a “tribe” of politically active hippies living in New York City in the 1960s. Scenes depict burning draft cards, a mockery of the American flag, hallucinogenic trips, anti-war protests and orgies — what more could you want from a musical about the 1960s counterculture?… Read more >

ACH surpasses 100,000 valentines for child inpatients

Lexi, a patient last year at Arkansas Children's Hospital last year, with the valentines she received through the ACH "send a valentine" promotion. (Submitted photo)

Lexi, a patient at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, with the valentines she received through the ACH “send a valentine” promotion in 2013. (Submitted photo)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital started a Valentine’s Day promotion on Feb. 4 with a goal of collecting 35,000 valentines, or enough for at least 10 to go to each of its inpatients, both at the hospital and in ACH clinics. On Monday, the hospital was nearing that goal with 25,000 total valentines received. But in the last two days, staff has been overwhelmed by a huge uptick in numbers — yesterday, the total spiked to 92,472, and as of today, that number has risen to 101,077 —  almost triple the original goal.

To send your own valentine to a child at ACH, visit, choose a design, pick a message (or fill out your own) and hit send. The process is free — all it requires is the sender’s name and email address.… Read more >

LRFF and CALS honor actor with weekend of film

Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses with the award he won for best actor in a drama for his work in "Capote, " at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2006. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses with the award he won for best actor in a drama for his work in “Capote, ” at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2006. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Following Oscar Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death over the weekend, the Little Rock Film Festival and Central Arkansas Library System have announced they’ll offer free screenings of three of Hoffman’s films.

Magnolia screens Friday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m.; Charlie Wilson’s War screens Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Capote screens Sunday at 4 p.m. All screenings are in Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Ave.) and are free.… Read more >

Clybourne Park is smart, honest and hilarious

Shaleah Adkisson and  LeeAnne Hutchison. Photo by John David Pittman.

Shaleah Adkisson and LeeAnne Hutchison. Photo by John David Pittman.

I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud as hard as I did the night I saw Clybourne Park.

These aren’t light-hearted giggles, though. The opening of the first act is as tense as they come, while audience members wonder what’s got Russ (Robert Ierardi) so down that he’s having a pajama day while eating ice cream straight out of the carton. His overly perky wife, Bev (LeeAnne Hutchison), a perfect caricature of the 1950s housewife, flitters around the house gabbing incessantly to him and their maid, Francine (Shaleah Adkisson). But when the other characters enter — namely the couple’s priest friend Jim (Ryan Berry), a very combative ambassador from a neighborhood association named Karl (Jason O’Connell), and Francine’s husband, Albert (Lawrence Evans) — the white people get really awkward, Francine and Albert do their best to maintain their composure and Bev tries to smooth everything over with iced tea.… 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.