Monthly Archives: June 2015

Ron Robinson Theater announces summer, fall/winter 2015 movie schedule

The Ron Robinson Theater has revealed its summer and fall/winter movie lineups, which offers 29 screenings that range from family friendly, comedy, horror, adventure and more. Some screenings honor important dates related to the film, such as Back to the Future on Oct. 21, which shows on the date lead character Marty McFly used the DeLorean time machine to travel to the future, and a week-long showing of all eight Harry Potter films to recognize Potter’s July 31 birthday (there will also be Harry Potter-themed concessions).

Tickets for the showings are $5 each, except for Harry Potter showings, which cost $7 each or $25 for an eight-movie pass.

Beer and wine will be available for all screenings scheduled after 5 p.m.

Summer 2015

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Quick Picks: New Play Fest readings, Monty Python screening, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Update: Reading times for the Arkansas New Play Fest at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre have changed. 


What Will It Take? A Dance Narrative will show Thursday through Saturday at The Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with an additional performance Saturday at 2 p.m. The narrative — written, choreographed and directed by Michael Goodbar and Allyson Bode — is a story of loss, love, connection and more. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.


The Ron Robinson Theater begins its summer movie lineup by showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 10 p.m. The film marked its 40th anniversary this year. Tickets for the screening are $5. Beer and wine will be available at the screening and all Ron Robinson screenings after 5 p.m.


As a part of TheatreSquared’s 2015 Arkansas New Play Fest, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre will hold two play readings in the theater’s lobby. At 2 p.m., Uncle by Lee Blessing will be read, and Dust by Qui Nguyen will be read at 7 p.m. Dust is a coming-of-age story about an Asian-American teenager who plans to find her father. Uncle is a comedy following a writer who … Read more >

Sherwood’s Katie McGowan, Matt O’Baugh star in ‘Ink Master’

Matt O'Baugh & Katie McGowan of Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood| Courtesy of Spike TV

Matt O’Baugh & Katie McGowan of Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood | Courtesy of Spike TV

Two native Sherwood tattoo artists will soon put central Arkansas on the ink-filled map.

Katie McGowan and Matt O’Baugh, of Black Cobra Tattoos, will star in season six of Spike TV’s Ink Master, a reality-TV competition that pits 18 tattoo artists against one another until one winner is crowned and takes home the $100,000 prize. Ink Master‘s new season premieres tonight at 9 p.m.

And this season, it’s master vs. apprentice.

Not only will each competitor have to face the other artists from across the country, they have to rival against someone from their own shop, too.

O’Baugh, owner of Black Cobra Tattoos, has been a tattoo artist for 14 years. Aside from being an award-winning artist, he also has experience as a blacksmith and knife maker. O’Baugh prides himself on his versatility, as he has been known to create tattoos that range from darker, dramatic works to more colorful and majestic portraits. View his work here.

McGowan, O’Baugh’s apprentice, has been a tattoo artist for five years. Her works are colorful, bold and have also won her various awards. She … Read more >

Quick Picks: All-Arkansas Preps, Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, more

Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale


Pulaski Tech Craft Corner Workshop will cater to those interested in exploring the world of Pinterest at the Pulaski Technical College’s Tom Steves room in its Business Technology Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop focuses on the basics such as creating an account, following other users, and learning more on pins and boards. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and the event is $10.


Violinist Tarn Travers, who has traveled across the country, Japan and Europe, to perform is stopping at Wildwood Park for the Arts for a 7:30 p.m. show. Travers has experience as both an orchestral and chamber musician, including time as a violinist with the New World Symphony. Tickets are $15.


The 46th annual NQA Quilt Show sets up at the Statehouse Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event. Presented by the National Quilting Association Inc., the event contains workshops, vendors, quilting exhibits and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.


The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents its annual All-Arkansas Preps banquet, which honors the top high school athletes in the state who play in nine different sports, … Read more >

August: Osage County brings the heat


Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

Nothing says downright dysfunctional like a Weston family reunion in the Oklahoma heat. Dark comedy and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County — written by Tracy Letts, who received a Pulitzer Prize for the play — premiered at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on June 5, a hot day perfect for reminding audience members of the flaws that might afflict their own families and providing an opportunity to laugh out loud at them.

In a home near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the county seat of Osage County, an emergency brings the Weston daughters together once again. Patriarch Beverly (Cliff Baker, The Rep’s founding director) has run off one August day, leaving cancer patient and seemingly proud pill-popper matriarch Violet (Susanne Marley) to call on her three daughters, Barbara Fordham (LeeAnne Hutchison), Ivy (Brenny Rabine) and Karen (Kathy McCafferty) for comfort — and also because misery loves company, right?

As the wait for Beverly’s return drags on, family secrets unfold and things gets heated (think: slaps, whacks and the occasional dragged-by-the-hair scenario).

Violet is crude, foul-mouthed but insanely funny, which translates to Barbara, essentially a younger version of her mother, though she’d never admit it. Barbara travels to the … Read more >

Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


South on Main hosts a Celebration of Graham Gordy from 5-7 p.m. Local screenwriter Gordy — known for The Love Guru, War Eagle, Arkansas and Rectify — will be honored for his creation of the coming Cinemax drama Quarry. Quarry follows a marine who returns from Vietnam to his Memphis home in 1972 and becomes shunned and involved in a web of corruption. Tickets for the event are $50.


Untapped Presents: Legends of Rhythm will take audience members back in time by showcasing various points in tap dance history through tributes at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7:15 p.m. Styles made famous by Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Vera Ellen and more will be highlighted live by members of Untapped, a professional tap dancing company. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here.


Children ages 6-12 and their families are welcome to meet nocturnal animals and then get some shut eye at Zoo Snooze at the Little Rock Zoo’s Zooventure Education Center from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Tents and sleeping bags are welcome for snoozing under the stars, and optional sleeping areas are available inside. Entry is $30 … Read more >

Quick Picks: Czech That Film Festival, Mini Comic Con, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Little Rock’s Movies in the Park kicks off its 2015 lineup with a screening of Divergent at sunset (approximately 8:18 p.m.) at the First Security Amphitheater. The 2014 sci-fi film follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), a teenager who discovers she is considered a member of a targeted faction of society and embarks on a quest to learn more. The event is free to the public.


Get acquainted with the world of gin and tonics at the Gin & Tonic with David Burnette class at Eggshells Kitchen Co. from 6-8 p.m. Burnette is the bar manager at South on Main, a SoMa restaurant known for its inventive menu options. Registration for the class is $50, which covers all drinks and light snacks. For more information, click here.


The Czech That Film Festival will set up in Little Rock to present five films made in the Czech Republic at Ron Robinson Theater. The event begins with a 7 p.m. showing of Clownwise on Friday, with four other films to be screened Saturday. Czech actress Eva Jenickova, who has a role in Clownwise and other notable Czech projects, will be present. The festival is … 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.