Monthly Archives: November 2014

Velveteen Rabbit opens at AAC Children’s Theatre

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Sure, there are some pretty dark themes in Margery Williams’ story of a beloved stuffed rabbit that is going to be burned after its owner comes down with a nasty case of scarlet fever. But The Velveteen Rabbit remains a family favorite. The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre presents a stage adaptation opening the day after Thanksgiving. Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. Tickets for children and adults are $12.50 each.… Read more >

Celebrate Black (Hops) Friday at Stones Throw Brewing

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While everyone else is fighting over big-screen televisons and PlayStations on Black Friday, you can be celebrating Black (Hops) Friday. Or at least that’s what Stone’s Throw Brewing suggests. The nanobrewery invites you to skip the leftovers and come out the day after Thanksgiving to sample its new Black Hops Cascadian Dark Ale. Hot Rod Wieners will be there slinging hot dogs, and the brewery promises to have the Arkansas Razorbacks versus Missouri Tigers game on. What’s not to like? The brewery opens at 11 a.m. Friday.… Read more >

Prepare for Thanksgiving meal with the Go!bbler Turkey Trot

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Work off some of those Thanksgiving meal calories before the turkey even hits the table with the Go!bbler Turkey Trot on Thursday morning. Presented by Go! Running, the event gives runners and walkers the option of a 3-mile, 4-mile or 6 1/2-mile trail. Since the run is a fun one, there’s no entry fee and no timing chips. Although entry is free, participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the Arkansas Foodbank. The “race” begins at 8 a.m. at Go! Running in the Heights.… Read more >

8 holiday shopping alternatives in central Arkansas

Christmas shopping doesn't have to be like this. I promise. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo)

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be like this. I promise. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo)

Like it or not, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas. But if thinking about completing your holiday shopping gives you nightmares of lines at the mall and crowded parking lots at big-box stores, consider these creative, local alternatives (and sleep in on Black Friday!).

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Girls’ Nite Out: Thursday, Nov. 20 (6-9 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 21 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 22 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The Conway Regional Women’s Council brings its annual holiday shopping extravaganza, Dazzle Daze, back to Conway at the Conway Expo Center. More than 85 merchants from around the country sell everything from gourmet food items to holiday decorations. Tickets for Girls’ Nite Out are $25, and a general shopping pass is $5.… Read more >

10 ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center

President Bill Clinton speaks to a crowd of thousands at a Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Statehouse Convention Center about the opening of his Presidential Library in 2004.

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With so much going on to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center, it’s frankly hard to keep up with all of the options. To make things easier, here’s a rundown of the 10 must-dos when it comes to Clinton Center-centric events — well, the ones that are this weekend, anyway (you’ll have to check back for updates, as the official anniversary celebration will take place over the course of three years).… Read more >

Co-opt: UALR artists showcase work at South on Main

 

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Co-opt: An Evening of Fine Arts with UALR returns to South on Main for a showcase of student work from the fine art department of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Works from the school’s painters, sculptors, printmakers and illustrators will be displayed throughout the venue, and the theater, dance and music departments will perform onstage. The showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public, but it’s suggested that you call (501) 244-9660 to make a reservation.

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Celebrate 10 years with the Clintons, Spacey, more

This post was originally published as The Scene in the Nov. 12, 2014, issue of Sync.

Nick Jonas headlines Celebrate 10 on Nov. 15 in Little Rock // Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Nick Jonas headlines Celebrate 10 on Nov. 15 in Little Rock // Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

The Clinton Presidential Center’s 10-year anniversary celebration may be set to last three years, but the center’s not wasting any time in kicking off the celebration. In partnership with Arkansas Foodbank, the Clinton Foundation presents Celebrate 10, a community concert, on Saturday.

The foundation announced the concert’s headliners last week, and the lineup includes Nick Jonas, Amos Lee, Court Yard Hounds and Kool & The Gang. Rounding out the celebrity appearances is Kevin Spacey, who is named the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Jonas, probably most well-known as the baby of the Jonas Brothers, released a self-titled second studio album Nov. 11 that showcases a decidedly more mature sound. Lee is a laid-back, folk- and jazz-influenced singer-

songwriter known for singles such as “Sweet Pea” and “Arms of a Woman,” and country music duo Court Yard Hounds is composed of sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, two-thirds of the 1990s and early 2000s country-pop band Dixie Chicks. Kool & The Gang is one of the most popular funk and … Read more >

Fourth year brings regional fame for Cornbread Fest

This post was originally published in The Scene in the Nov. 5, 2014, issue of Sync.

Tara (right) and Becca Austin (behind Tara), of Little Rock, offer their twins' Sloan and Calvin, 2, a sample of cornbread at the inaugural Cornbread Festival on S. Main Street in Little Rock in 2011. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND

Tara (right) and Becca Austin (behind Tara), of Little Rock, offer their twins’ Sloan and Calvin, 2, a sample of cornbread at the inaugural Cornbread Festival on S. Main Street in Little Rock in 2011. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND

When gates open at the fourth annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival on Saturday, you’ll notice a few things have changed. There’s a fancy new presenting sponsor (Landers Fiat). You now have the option to vote by text (cornbread of the future!). Cosmo, the festival’s loveable cornbread mascot, takes 3-D shape for the very first time, and will be roaming around and available for photos. And, perhaps most importantly, competition this year will revolve around amateur hour.

Instead of categorizing competition into amateur and professional groups of traditional and nontraditional, only amateurs will compete this year, while professionals are invited to showcase their recipes. And prizes for amateurs have increased — 17 teams are competing to receive $1,200 for Best of Show, $750 each for Best Traditional and Best Nontraditional, and $500 for Best Side Dish. Winners are chosen by a popular vote, but three well-known local judges … 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.