Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wait Until Dark a smart, suspense-filled thriller


Truth be told, I’m not such a fan of scary anything. Movies, stories, TV shows, nothing. But I’ve never considered what it’d be like to be scared from the stage, so when I heard about The Rep’s most recent production, Wait Until Dark, my curiosity got the better of my nerves.

I say this to tempt the other scaredy-cats out there to get it together and give Wait Until Dark a chance. The chills come from suspense and intrigue more than a pop-out-and-say-boo kind of scare.

I won’t give away too much plot-wise, but the story centers around a woman named Susy (Amy Hutchins) and three con men who want a doll from her — a doll filled with heroin, naturally. Susy lost her sight in an accident a year prior, and her husband is gone most of the play, which takes place more or less within the span of 24 hours in Susy’s apartment. With the help of her neighbor, Gloria, a surly but loyal 8- or 9-year-old, Susy holds her own despite her blindness, which causes most people to underestimate her.… Read more >

November lineup of Public Programs at Clinton School of Public Service

19179122_BG1The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its November 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.

Legacies & Lunch: Justice Troy Poteete, executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association: Nov. 5 at noon at CALS’ Ron Robinson Theater (in partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)

Troy Poteete was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court by Chief Chad Smith in 2007 and is the executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association, an organization he helped found. Justice Poteete also founded the Historical Society in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, served as executive director of the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, and was a delegate to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional Convention. In 2000, Justice Poteete was appointed executive director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, a tribal entity jointly created by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee Nations to administer their interests in the 96-mile section of the Arkansas … Read more >

Blue Canoe Brewing Co.’s Laura Berryhill is making a name for female brewers

This Q&A was first published in the Oct. 15, 2014, issue of Sync

Laura Berryhill of Blue Canoe Brewing Co. // Photo by Arshia Khan

Laura Berryhill of Blue Canoe Brewing Co. // Photo by Arshia Khan

No, Laura Berryhill isn’t just the merch girl. In fact, she might just know more about craft beer than you do.

Having been around the homebrewing process since childhood, Berryhill, 31, jumped at the chance to start brewing again about a year ago when her friend Patrick Cowan mentioned he had some old brewing equipment lying around. Now, the two are close to opening Blue Canoe Brewing Co. at 425 E. Third St. in downtown Little Rock. While Berryhill juggles the hobby-turned-side-business with her work as a private scrub tech at Arkansas Bone and Joint Orthopedic Surgery, she’s crossing her fingers that all the brewery’s paperwork goes through in time to open the tap room’s doors Nov. 1.

Q: How did you get into brewing beer?

A: I actually brewed beer with my grandparents. My grandpa, my grandma and my dad [brewed] when I was growing up. My papaw and my dad were real big into brewing, and I was just the capper at the end of the assembly line. My dad was a … Read more >

Esse Purse Museum exhibit honors 10 years of Clinton Presidential Library

Esse Purse Museum LogoEsse Purse Museum and the Clinton Presidential Center join forces for the first time for Handbags for Hillary, a temporary exhibit featuring handbags given to Hillary Clinton while she served as first lady of the United States. The exhibit opened today (Oct. 14) and runs through Nov. 30 at Esse, 1510 S. Main St. in Little Rock.

You can see Handbags for Hillary at regular museum hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday) with the price of regular admission ($10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military and students; free for ages 5 and under).

The exhibit serves to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Library.

Learn more about Esse Purse Museum and Anita Davis, the woman behind it, 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.