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The Rep announces 2015-16 season

The Rep's Robert Hupp announces the theater's 2015-16 season.

The Rep’s Robert Hupp announces the theater’s 2015-16 season.

Arkansas Repertory Theater announced the lineup for its 2015-16 season this evening at a reception for Rep members, media and special guests. Producing artistic director Robert Hupp said that in honor of next season being the theater’s 40th anniversary, the productions for the next year have been specifically chosen to represent the best of what The Rep has to offer.

One highlight of the announcement was that Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame will direct the world premiere of the season’s closer, Windfall, in June.

See below for Sync’s live tweets from the announcement this evening.… Read more >

Arkansas Arts Center calls for entries for annual exhibition

Jim Badami is silhouetted against Robin Tucker's 2013 piece titled "Grace and Faith (I Remember It All)" hung in the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center.  / ADG file photo

Jim Badami is silhouetted against Robin Tucker’s 2013 piece titled “Grace and Faith (I Remember It All)” hung in the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. / ADG file photo

The Arkansas Arts Center has announced a call for its 57th Annual Delta Exhibition, an exhibit that showcases talent from across the Mississippi Delta region. Exhibiting artists must live in or have been born in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas.

The exhibition will be open July 10 through Sept. 20. Juror for the exhibit is George Dombek, a watercolorist and previous Delta Exhibition exhibitor and award winner. Dombek will assign awards to the winning exhibitors — a $2,500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. A $250 Contemporaries Delta Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary group of the AAC.

Artists’ entries must be submitted by April 17. Visit for more information on the exhibition and submissions.… Read more >

UALR vs. ASU matchup in Little Rock

UALR's Josh Haggins, left, drives to the basket against ASU'S Anthony Livingston, during the first half of their first matchup this season in Jonesboro. /ADG file photo

UALR’s Josh Haggins, left, drives to the basket against ASU’S Anthony Livingston, during the first half of their first matchup this season in Jonesboro. /ADG file photo

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Arkansas State University at the Jack Stephens Center on Feb. 19. Tipoff for the women’s game is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s at 7:30 p.m.

Both women’s teams are at the top of the Sun Belt Conference, with UALR in first with a 14-1 conference record and ASU in second at 12-2. The Red Wolves beat the Trojans 70-69 at their Jan. 29 matchup in Jonesboro.… Read more >

First ever WLR Food Truck Festival is Saturday


Who doesn’t love a good food-truck meetup? The folks at Chenal Pointe at the Divide (6400 Divide Parkway) present the first ever West Little Rock Food Truck Festival this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., inviting central Arkansans to come out for food from local trucks, live music and vendors.

According to the event’s Facebook page, food trucks to expect in attendance include The Pie Hole, Waffle Wagon, Hot Rod Wieners, Katmandu Mo Mo, The Southern Gourmasian and Beast Food Truck.

Check the Facebook event page for more information, including inclement weather updates.… Read more >

Quick Picks: PBR tour comes to Verizon

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Travel across the world for a taste of Belgium with Forty Two at the Clinton Presidential Center’s Around the World Thursday. Reservations are $27.95 and include three courses.


Who says Carnival is over? Mardi Gras in Arkansas at Next Level Events benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The party starts at 8 p.m. and features entertainment by Boom Kinetic.… Read more >

ACH aims to collect 150,000 valentines for patients


For the third year, Arkansas Children’s Hospital is collecting valentines via its website to distribute to the 271 children who are patients at the hospital. To send your own valentine to a child at the hospital, visit, choose a design, pick a message (or fill out your own) and hit send. The process is free — all it requires is the sender’s name and email address.

The hospital has a goal of 150,000 valentines this year. Last year, the hospital set a goal of 35,000 valentines and tripled that, receiving a total of 108,000 valentines from every county in Arkansas and every state in the country.… Read more >

Quick Picks: Weekend studded with theatrical openings, Home Show

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The Central Arkansas Library System presents The Godfather at Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.


Celebrity Attractions presents Camelot at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center for just four performances. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $42-$68.50 and available through Ticketmaster.


The hills are alive at The Weekend Theater with The Sound of Music — that much-loved musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein about Maria and the von Trapp family. The production opens Friday and continues on the weekends through March 1 with a couple of additional Thursday dates.


The Community Theatre of Little Rock opens Rehearsal for Murder at The Studio Theatre on Friday. This murder mystery was adapted from a 1982 TV film about a playwright left heartbroken after the supposed suicide of his fiance on the night of her Broadway debut. Performances continue on weekends through March 1.


The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Dancing & Romancing at the Connor Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19-$58.


The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock hosts the 63rd … Read more >

An interview with the cast of The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man continues through Feb. 8 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Read our preview of the show here and our review here. Visit for ticket and showtime information.

On how director Gilbert McCauley first came across The Whipping Man:

“He said that one of his MFA students said, ‘Hey, I’ve read this play, I really think you should read it — it’s called The Whipping Man.’ Gilbert’s like, ‘Send it to me.’ So the student sent it, he read it — and the next day [Gilbert] got a phone call from Bob at Arkansas Rep saying, ‘Hey, we’re interested in doing The Whipping Man, are you available?’ And he had just literally finished reading it.”

— Michael A. ShepperdRead more >

Quick Picks: Throwback film screenings, soup, basketball, RVs + more

julia roberts, richard gere in pretty woman



The Harlem Globetrotters return to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Tickets are $25-$115 including fees through Ticketmaster outlets. Find more information here.


Join the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for its February edition of Sandwiching in History, which features a tour of the Matthews-Clauson-McCullough House at 10226 Mill Road in Sherwood. The tour begins at noon.


The Ron Robinson Theater presents Pretty Woman at 7 p.m. as part of its Rewind series. Admission is $5. More information here.


In the market for a recreational vehicle? The 39th annual Arkansas RV Show is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. Adults admission is $5. Find more info here.


The Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families invites families to slurp soup for a good cause Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. The 34th Annual Soup Sunday begins at 4 p.m. Regular admission is $25 and goes up to $30 after 5 p.m. Friday. More information here.


As a winter fundraiser, the Arkansas Brewers Guild hosts a tap takeover featuring local … Read more >

34th annual Soup Sunday this weekend


Sipping soup for a good cause? Sounds like a perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday.

Arkansas Advocates from Children & Families presents its 34th annual Soup Sunday, which brings people together to taste soups from around 30 different area restaurants while raising money for the organization. The event is 4-7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Statehouse Convention Center. The Big John Miller Band will provide entertainment, and a silent auction and kids activities round out the event.

Regular admission is $25 (through 5 p.m. Feb. 6 — after that, ticket prices rise to $30). A $50 VIP ticket allows you to enjoy the VIP chef’s signature soup, this year prepared by Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant, in addition to complimentary wine and beer. Admission for ages 5-17 is $5, and children 5 and younger get in free.

Visit for tickets and more information.… Read more >

The Whipping Man makes you think, and that’s a really good thing

Michael A. Shepperd, Ryan Berry and Damian Thompson as Simon, Caleb and John in The Whipping Man. Photo courtesy of The Rep

Michael A. Shepperd, Ryan Berry and Damian Thompson as Simon, Caleb and John in The Whipping Man. Photo courtesy of The Rep

Almost a week removed from my experience viewing The Whipping Man (because that’s what it is, an experience) at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, I’m still trying to piece together my feelings about it. I’m still replaying scenes — some racing with dialogue, some tense in silence — as I try to work out questions left unanswered by the play that follows a Confederate Jewish soldier who waits with two former slaves for his family’s return.

In a pre-show interview several weeks ago, the actors said The Whipping Man would be a show about relationships. At its core, that’s what it is. It’s a reminder that despite our own notions about how different groups of people — black and white, young and old, religious and not — interact or should interact in theory, there’s really no compass for how those interactions will play out, neither now nor in the context of the play’s Civil War era. Wounded soldier Caleb and former slaves John and Simon (played by Ryan Barry, Damian Thompson and Michael A. Shepperd, respectively) challenge one another’s

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Quick Picks: Whirling Dervishes, pizza, beer, science + more

Whiling Dervishes performs at Albert Pike Memorial Center in Little Rock on Saturday and Sunday. / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Whiling Dervishes performs at Albert Pike Memorial Center in Little Rock on Saturday and Sunday. / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Celebrate a collaboration between Moody Brews and Damgoode Pies with this Moody Brews debut at Damgoode Pies’ 6706 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, location. There will also be $2 pizza slices.


Science After Dark returns with the Science of Mixology from 6-9 p.m. at the Museum of Discovery. General admission is $5 per person and free for museum members. This event is reserved for ages 21 and up.


Celebrate the release of Swampbird’s newest album, Something To See, with a party at Stickyz. Also on the bill are Dead Soldiers and Blackwater ‘64. The 18-and-up show begins at 9 p.m., and cover is $7.… Read more >

Science After Dark extends hours, moves to Thursdays


Museum of Discovery’s monthly after-hours program, Science After Dark is back — and it’s moving. Instead of the last Wednesday of the month, the science-based happy hour will recur on the last Thursday of the month and has been extended by an hour.

The next event is Jan. 29 from 6-9 p.m., and the theme of the evening is The Science of Mixology. The night’s programming includes Louis Uzcategui of Big Orange Midtown, molecular mixology with chef Stephen Burrow of Forty Two, lessons in distilling with Rock Town Distillery, the history of prohibition with the Old State House Museum and more.

There’s a cash bar by Juanita’s, beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing, and pizza by the slice by Damgoode Pies. The event is 21 and up. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, visit Science After Dark’s Facebook page.… Read more >

Rumpelstiltskin opens at Children’s Theatre


Friday is the opening production of Rumpelstiltskin by the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre. The center presents the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 8. Tickets for adults and children are $12.50.

For more information, visit

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ASO, Opera in the Rock present Mozart’s Magic Flute


The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Opera in the Rock present Mozart’s The Magic Flute as part of the symphony’s Intimate Neighborhood Concerts.
The Magic Flute premiered in 1791 in Vienna; this interpretation of the classic opera will take place at Albert Pike Masonic Center at 712 Scott St., Little Rock.

The Friday evening show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for 7 p.m. Thursday. General admission is $25, and students get in for $10. Visit for more information.… 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.