Monthly Archives: May 2015

Quick Picks: Ralphie May, Feast in the Field, more




Comedian Ralphie May is set to perform at Rev Room at 7:30 p.m. May’s comedy special, Ralphie May: Unruly, debuted on Netflix on Feb. 27 and was filmed at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $20, and seating will be limited on a first-come basis. Tickets will benefit the family of Sonny Smith, a Johnson County reserve sherrif’s deputy who was shot and killed during a burglary investigation. May grew up in the Johnson County town of Clarksville. Click here to purchase tickets.


In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, the Centers for Youth and Families will present a free screenning of ReMoved at the Chenal 9 Imax at 6:30 p.m. The independent film depicts the life of a 10-year-old girl and her experiences in the foster care system after her removal from her home and separation from her brother. According to the center’s website, the screening is aimed to educate others on foster care and create connections to build healthier families. For more information, visit the organization’s website here.


The Central Arkansas Library System ends its winter-spring lineup of films at the Ron Robinson Theater with a … Read more >

Quick Picks: Echo Ellis book reading, Wine & Food Festival, more




To honor Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS documentary Time of Fear will screen at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The film explores how 16,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to relocate to military camps in the racially segregated region of southeast Arkansas during World War II. Time of Fear uses scenes from home movies and exclusive interviews to present native Arkansans’ reactions. Admission is free, and beverages will be provided.


Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro hosts Cocktails with Echo Ellis, a book reading and signing by local author Suzi Parker, from 8-10 p.m. Parker’s recently released novel, Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter, follows a female journalist who unravels a mystery in the Mississippi Delta. Parker will also speak on the book and what it’s like being a writer.


The Colors of Rhythm Percussion Concert will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. The concert will feature three talented percussionists from India: Ustad Taufiq Qureshi on the djembe, Pandit Milind Tulankar on the jal tarang and harmonium and Ramdas Palsule on the tabla. Tickets are $15.


The Wildflowers — formed … Read more >

Spotlight on Little Rock Film Festival shorts: The Other Side

For partners Kate and Abby, getting to the other side is one bullet-ridden game of chicken.

The Other Side, a 20-minute short dark comedy directed and written by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Scott Brown, follows a young couple that discovers the victim of their failed burial job, Ethan (Brandon Bales), is actually a survivor, emerging from a body bag that was thrown in the desert to find his chance at survival is in the couple’s hands. But the three come across bigger life-and-death circumstances when they are faced with an unexpected confrontation with a gang of bigoted meth heads.

The Other Side took off on the festival circuit in March when it premiered at the Taos Shortz Film Fest in Taos, New Mexico, where it was awarded People’s Choice Honorable Mention.

Filmed in the scorching temperatures of a Palmdale, California, desert, the short begins with Kate (DeDe Drake) and Abby (Lidiya Korotko) on the open road exploring the dark side to the age-old joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” But it’s learned that Abby actually longs to reach a more fulfilling side of her relationship with Kate.

The characters of Kate and Abby, which each had hundreds … Read more >

2015 Movies in the Park season announced

89A5095D-8EF9-4B83-A018-F1F82FE5C3E8Little Rock’s annual Movies in the Park makes its return in June to kick off its 11th season, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau announced via news release May 11. Through July, a mix of classic and recent movies — including romantic comedies, action flicks and family-friendly films — will show each Wednesday at sundown at the First Security Amphitheater in the River Market District, and picnics and pets are welcome.

The amphitheater will open an hour before films begin.

The 2015 schedule is as follows:

Learn more about Movies in the Park here.… Read more >

Quick Picks: Greek Food Festival, Jazzlights in the Park, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Jonathan Butler | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The Thea Foundation hosts its inaugural Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton at 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton presidential library. The fundraising event — typically held in Washington, D.C. — will highlight the foundation’s 13 years of supporting Arkansas’ arts communities and will feature performances by past scholarship winners. Dinner will include an address from former President Clinton. Tickets start at $1,000. For more information, click here.


Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals will show how dogs can also be divas at its annual Paws on the Runway at 6 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. Local celebrities will help pets down the runway as KTHV-TV, Channel 11’s Craig O’Neill emcees the event. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and auctions will also be featured. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for runway seating. Buy tickets here.


The 31st annual International Greek Food Festival kicks off Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The free festival celebrates culinary traditions of the church’s members and their forefathers. Dishes such as falafel, pastitsio and more will be … Read more >

Review: Project Elan unplugs, then plugs you in

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

“Please, don’t let me block you,” threatens guitar-toting Maddie, the high-school-age girl who just doesn’t understand why her boyfriend, Nathan, can’t accept that checking into her favorite Starbucks location on Facebook is becoming way more important than actual human interaction with him.

After all, there’s a whole world out there to connect to through Instagram, Twitter and other forms of social media. But that’s exactly what the Arkansas Repertory Theatre doesn’t want you to do. At least for a couple of hours every night until May 16.

Project Elan, The Rep’s first original musical in its 40-year history, premiered May 5. Written by several of the company’s Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) program alumni and SMTI founder Nicole Capri, Project Elan is a culture-relevant musical that chronicles various struggles and characteristics of the millennial generation’s relationship with technology and signals the program’s 10th year.

Full of a cast of current and former SMTI participants, the musical follows six main story lines, a style inspired by the film Love Actually, Capri says, and represents various ages within the millennial generation from elementary school to 30s.

“I’ve been working with young people for over 25 … Read more >

#90DayProbation team plans 10-city tour

#90DayProbation, a locally produced play written by local Fredrick Buffington, shows how a young man balances personal relationships, volunteering and business endeavors while managing his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The production, based on Buffington’s life, made its debut at Philander Smith College in Little Rock on April 2.

The play is planned to embark on a 10-city tour in a month, with its first showings June 5-6 at 7 p.m. at Philander Smith, the team announced via news release.

Other tentative dates are planned as far as October, but no solid dates are available, Buffington says in an email.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, but its Eventbrite page lists a $15 early-bird special that ends May 15.

Read Sync‘s preview of #90DayProbation here, and keep up with the play by visiting its website.… Read more >

Quick Picks: Disney on Ice, Spring Tour of Homes, more


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy begins at 7 p.m. at Verizon Arena. The five-day spectacular includes high-speed stunts, an undersea world and more as characters from Disney’s Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and more show magic on ice as Toy Story toys escape from Sunnyside Daycare and embark on a journey toward home. Tickets range from $16-$61 for adults and are $13 for children 12 and under. For more showtimes and to buy tickets, click here.


Listen to stories on motherhood at Listen to Your Mother at Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The live reading is part of a national series that celebrates Mother’s Day by allowing local writers, storytellers and bloggers to perform original works of various themes about mothers. Ten percent of ticket proceeds will support the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. General admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased here.


The Quapaw Quarter Association’s 51st Spring Tour of Homes showcases the new and older buildings that illustrate the diversity of Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter and the need for preservation of historic buildings. This year’s tour includes Christ Episcopal Church on Scott Street, … Read more >

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