Monthly Archives: May 2014

Red Octopus Theater: I want your Spring Showmance

This Scene originally appeared in the May 28, 2014, issue of Sync.

Red Octopus Theater presents Spring Showmance, opening Friday at The Public Theatre. The sketch comedy group’s spring performance pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of being an actor.

Red Octopus Theater presents Spring Showmance, opening Friday at The Public Theatre. The sketch comedy group’s spring performance pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of being an actor.

Little Rock’s oldest sketch comedy group marks the slow arrival of warm weather with Spring Showmance, opening Thursday at The Public Theatre.

If you’re not familiar with Red Octopus Theater, here’s a recap: The sketch comedy group has been around since 1991, writing and performing original comedy to entertain the masses in central Arkansas. The group of 15-20 produces five or six shows a year at The Public Theatre, usually based around holidays and seasons, like their annual Pagans on Bobsleds comedy at Christmas.… Read more >

David Sedaris to return to LR for discussion, book signing

Fans of humorist David Sedaris should mark their calendars for June 13, when Sedaris will visit the Little Rock location of Barnes & Noble for a discussion and book signing of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, his latest collection of essays.

According to a Barnes & Noble press release, there are a few stipulations to attending the event:… Read more >

Splice Microcinema: Back to the original format

This Scoop originally appeared in the May 21, 2014, issue of Sync.

A scene from Le Mepris by Jean-Luc Godard, the director who was the focus of Splice Microcinema’s April programming.

A scene from Le Mepris by Jean-Luc Godard, the director who was the focus of Splice Microcinema’s April programming.

The Little Rock Film Festival might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean fans of good film need to wait a whole year for more interesting screenings. Especially if you’re into alternative, cult classics and the underground arthouse film scene, in which case you should check out Splice Microcinema, a fairly new weekly alternative film series.

“We’re still green and are finding our footing, but we’re focused on showing films on nondigital film formats — 16 mm, mostly (the vinyl of film),” says Haven Hamilton, one of Splice Microcinema’s organizers. “Underground classics, alternative/rediscovered American cinema, iconic arthouse films that need to be seen in a crowd, deep cuts from cult movie history, countercanonical whatever — we show pretty much everything you won’t see anywhere else.”… Read more >

Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls stands out among LRFF shorts

I’m not usually one for film shorts. Of course part of the appeal and challenge of the medium is in the filmmaker’s ability to raise questions, evoke emotions and create something beautiful in a short time frame. But I still enjoy something with more time for a real story arc.

Harrison Tanner Dean plays Max in Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls.

Harrison Tanner Dean plays Max in Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls.

Mark Thiedeman’s Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls, is able to do both, though — create a believable world with carefully crafted characters while being incredibly beautiful and moving in a swift 40 minutes.… Read more >

Chihuly exhibit to open at Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Presidential Center’s newest temporary exhibit, Chihuly, opens Saturday with a lecture from world-renowned American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is known especially for his massive, intricate, colorful pieces (sometimes in the form of chandeliers) made up of clusters and spirals of glass, as well as large, wavy-edged bowls.… Read more >

4 places to catch alternative movie screenings this summer

With the Little Rock Film Festival gearing up next week, let’s take a look at some more opportunities for film this summer.

KABF presents Movie in the Garden at Bernice Garden on May 9 with a screening of Weird Science.

KABF presents Movie in the Garden at Bernice Garden on May 9 with a screening of Weird Science.

1. First, KABF is hosting its first Movies in the Garden tonight at The Bernice Garden. A screening of 1980s teen classic master John Hudges’ Weird Science begins at sundown. Before that, fill up on food from trucks, popcorn, wine and beer and enjoy live DJ sets beginning at 5 p.m. The movie is free, but food and drinks will cost you. RSVP here. Stay tuned on whether this will be a recurring collaboration between KABF and Bernice Garden.… Read more >

Thea Foundation’s quarterly Art Department is Friday

Under by Lisa Krannichfeld, featured artist at the Thea Foundation's The Art Department.

Under by Lisa Krannichfeld, featured artist at the Thea Foundation’s The Art Department.

The Thea Foundation presents its quarterly young professionals event, The Art Department, featuring the artwork of Lisa Krannichfeld from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, music by The Funkanites and a chance to win a piece by Krannichfeld.

Entry is $10, but check the Thea Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at 5 p.m. Friday for a password that will get you a $3 discount on admission.… Read more >

Hilarious Second City cast here through Saturday

Photo by Todd Rosenberg // Sarah Shook and Adam Peacock are two of six Second City cast members at The Rep.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg // Sarah Shook and Adam Peacock are two of six Second City cast members at The Rep.

The Second City is part sketch comedy, part improvisation and all hysterically funny. The Chicago-based comedy troupe opened at The Rep last week and wraps up on Sunday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you have this weekend to see live some actors who may end up being some of the biggest stars in comedy. The Second City is to the comedy world what the Mickey Mouse Club was to ’90s/2000 pop: the training ground for those who are going to make it.… Read more >

Community Theatre to donate portion of proceeds to American Red Cross

New Trip PosterCommunity Theatre of Little Rock will be donating a portion of proceeds from its performances of The Trip to Bountiful this weekend to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of the April 27 tornadoes in Vilonia and Mayflower.

“One of our former board members messaged us Monday morning and made the suggestion that we try to help out the folks in Vilonia and Mayflower,” Chris Boggs, president and publicity coordinator of CTLR (and an executive producer/cast member in Trip to Bountiful) said in an email this week. “So I got on the horn with the rest of the board and we decided to act fast and get the word out.”

Admission is $16 for adults; $14 for military, students and seniors age 65 and over; and $6 for children ages 4-9. Boggs said the percentage that will be donated has not been determined yet, but the donation amount will be decided on Sunday after sales for the weekend. “I’m imagining that it will be a good amount,” he said. 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.