Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tales from the South farm-to-table dinner with Natchez’s Alexis Jones

Are you a fan of Tales from the South, the radio show of Southern story-telling? What about good, local food made by one of the area’s best chefs?

Jody Hardin, right, leads a tour of the organic farm planned for the 63 acre property of St. Joseph Center of Arkansas in North Little Rock. Hardin, President of Business Development and Fundraising for St Joseph Farm, discussed plans to repurpose the former St. Joseph Orphanage into an agricultural and education center. // Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo by Benjamin Krain

Jody Hardin, right, leads a tour of the organic farm planned for the 63 acre property of St. Joseph Center of Arkansas in North Little Rock. Hardin, President of Business Development and Fundraising for St Joseph Farm, discussed plans to repurpose the former St. Joseph Orphanage into an agricultural and education center. // Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo by Benjamin Krain

If so, you should think about attending Tales from the South’s farm-to-table dinner at St. Joseph Farm this Saturday. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 to allow people to find a seat and get settled. Natchez’s Alexis Jones is behind the menu for the night, and Vino’s is behind the beer. Stories from Stephanie Eddleman, Pat Gillum, Katrina Hine will follow, sharing their personal tales of gardening and farming experiences. Plus, expect live music by Bonnie Montgomery and dessert from Loblolly Creamery.

All proceeds from the dinner go to help put on the farm’s first annual Farm Fest, a weekend event Oct. 18 and 19 that … Read more >

Hockadoo! Memphis is maybe The Rep’s best yet

Photo by Stephen Thornton for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Photo by Stephen Thornton for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre

There’s a laundry list of reasons you should see Memphis, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s opening show of its 2014-15 season: the musical won four Tonys, including Best Musical, in 2010. Music and lyrics are by David Bryan, keyboardist for Bon Jovi (!). The Little Rock cast boasts incredible talent assembled from all of the country.

But with the musical’s setting in Memphis, Tennessee, less than a two-hour drive from Little Rock, much of the show’s music, lyrics and themes will hit closer to home for Arkansas audiences than those who have never been to Beale. To sit in the audience at The Rep’s Memphis is to witness a show about an old friend, or a relative you once met. Sure, he has a shady past and some truly deplorable habits, but man, could he sing!

Memphis delves into the role music played in racial divisions in the 1950s Bible Belt. One Huey Calhoun (Brent DiRoma), a lovable dope who can’t get enough of “that underground sound” despite his bigoted mother’s better judgement, is an unlikely hero. He and his mother are poor, and without an education or conventional work ethic, … Read more >

Craft-beer tasting at Diamond Bear, dogs welcome

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Looking for a dog-friendly place to grab a pint this weekend? Diamond Bear Brewing Co. offers just that on Saturday. (Sept. 13). Visit the brewery from 2-5 p.m. with your (leashed) pup and support the Humane Society of Pulaski County with Brews and Barks. The event promises a hot-dog cook-off and free craft beer samples. Plus, if you haven’t been to the brewery since it opened its new facility in the spring, this will be a perfect opportunity to see the new digs.… Read more >

2014 Pop Up in the Rock takes Park Hill

Blakely White (left), 5, and Benjamin Parker, 6, paint on a canvas outside Art outfitters during the 2013 Pop Up in the Rock event on Seventh Street in downtown Little Rock. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL

Blakely White (left), 5, and Benjamin Parker, 6, paint on a canvas outside Art Outfitters during the 2013 Pop Up in the Rock event on Seventh Street in downtown Little Rock. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL

Community development organization Pop Up in the Rock has chosen Park Hill as the location for its third event, which is held Saturday (Sept. 13) on JFK Boulevard between avenues B and E. Organizers behind the annual event select a part of town that is dominated by cars and reimagines it for a day as a bike-friendly, foot-trafficked community where outdoor activities, pop-up shops, food trucks, art vendors and more bring the area to life.… Read more >

Heights boutique hosts Ellen Hunter NYC trunk show

Ellen Hunter // photo via ellenhunternyc.com

Ellen Hunter // photo via ellenhunternyc.com

Little Rock boutique Proposals hosts a trunk show with New York designer Ellen Hunter Sept. 5-6 at its location in the Heights.

Hunter, a Memphis, Tennessee, native with family ties in Little Rock, has become well-known in the fashion industry for her collection of combs, headbands and other hair accessories. Her pieces have been seen on celebrities from Carrie Underwood to Beyonce, and they’ve been featured in InStyle Weddings, People, and Town and Country.

The trunk show at Proposals offers shoppers the unique experience of talking with the New York-based designer while shopping her collection or planning a custom piece.… Read more >

Arkansas Lit Fest presents Banned Books Week writing contest

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In celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27), the Central Arkansas Library System’s Arkansas Literary Festival presents the Perks Letter Writing Contest for Pulaski and Perry County high schoolers.

The contest is named for Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an epistolary novel — hence the style of contest. Entries to the contest are to be written as letters addressed to a friend and will be judged based on creativity, humor, flow and originality. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 18 (the contest opened Sept. 1), and a winner will be announced Sept. 25 at Ron Robinson Theater. (Read more contest rules and submission guidelines here.)… 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.