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Quick Picks: Mac-O-Lanterns, Boo!seum Bash, more

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10/28

Fantastic Cinema presents Fantastically Horrifying Shorts at The Studio Theater from 7-9:45 p.m. The brainchild of the Film Society of Little Rock, Fantastic Cinema will show 18 short films in celebration of Halloween. Films include J.T. Seaton’s The Peripheral, Jerry Ochoa’s This Neighborhood and more. Tickets are $8.

10/29

Metro museums host the annual Big Boo!seum Bash from 6-8:30 p.m. Now in its 20th year, the bash will have several downtown locations — including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and more — providing a safe place for families to trick-or-treat and engage in games and other activities. The Old State House Museum’s Big Boo!seum’s theme is Monsters! A free shuttle to the locations will be provided.

10/30

The Clinton Presidential Center hosts a “culinary experience unlike any other” when The Next Course Fundraiser fills its Great Hall at 6 p.m. in support of Youth Home. As the meal moves from wine reception to five-course dining experience, executive chefs Shane Henderson and Stephen Burrow will provide instruction preparing the courses. Seating is limited to 192 guests, and tickets are $125.

10/30

Balloon Glow and Mac-O-Lanterns begins at 5:30 p.m. with pumpkin carving and tethered balloon … Read more >

Quick Picks: Ghost Hunting, Arkansas’s Reel History, more

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10/07

The Legacies & Lunch program presents Arkansas Sounds Gone By at noon at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library. The free program highlights songs about Arkansas or written by state natives. Using tunes taken from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ Ron Robinson Sheet Music Collection, performers such as Bob Boyd, Richard Hunter, Stephanie Smittle and more will lead the showcase. Click here for more information.

10/08

Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts Dreaming Sophia, a six-piece band that specializes in “eclectic folk,” at 7 p.m. Drawing inspiration from Ozark culture, the band has created songs featuring jazz and alternative-rock characteristics, too. Entry is a suggested donation of $15, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert takes place at Wildwood’s pavilion.

10/08

In a city said to have plenty of haunted locations, one ghost hunter is presenting a way for locals to see it for themselves. Pulaski Technical College and Rhonda Burton of Arkansas Ghost Catchers present a Ghost Hunting Class and Investigation at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at 6:30 p.m. The $25 class will guide students on hunting equipment and techniques, along with providing evidence of spirits. Students will also participate in … Read more >

Quick Picks: Festival of Wines, Hawgs for a Cause, more

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09/30

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Ron Robinson Theater presents a 6:30 p.m. program in honor of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning Alice Walker novel The Color Purple, which has been criticized for its language, sexuality and violence. Actresses Verda Davenport Booher and Vivian Norman will re-enact an interview with Walker. The program includes a writing competition and screening of the novel’s 1985 film adaptation. The event is free and open to the public.

10/01

Festival of Wines at Dickey-Stephens Park’s concourse area features cuisine from area restaurants and hundreds of wines from around the globe. From 6-8:30 p.m., the benefit for the American Heart Association includes tastes from Ciao Baci, The Pantry and more. Tickets are $60.

10/01

The seventh annual Hawgs for a Cause is the “ultimate tailgate party” in support of the Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled (AEDD). The evening includes a barbecue dinner, a beverage bar, local news personalities and live music. The event takes place at the AEDD Multipurpose Center at 6 p.m. Entry is $50 in advance, $55 at the door.

10/02

Helena native and blues artist CeDell Davis has plenty of stories. As a child, he was diagnosed with polio, … Read more >

Quick Picks: Meet the Ballet Arkansas artists, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

8/20

North Little Rock’s Good Food by Ferneau hosts a Meet the Artists Party in honor of Ballet Arkansas at 6:30-8:30 p.m. The $40 event allows visitors to kick off Ballet Arkansas’ new season by meeting the company’s new ballet mistress, Laura Hood Babcock, along with five choreographers. Menu items include fresh jalapeno, hummus-stuffed mushrooms with almonds, deviled eggs, smoked chicken salad sliders and more.

08/21

Youth Home’s annual Steak and Eggs Benefit Breakfast takes place at The Butcher Shop from 6-10 a.m. The menu features steak, biscuits, eggs and more. Hosts from KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz will be present. Tickets are $10 and go toward purchasing school supplies for students in need.

08/22

Easter Seals holds its Rollin’ on the River event at 7 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center. The event features a 5K and 2K family fun walk to raise money for the organization, which aids individuals who have disabilities. There will also be games and activities for children. Registration is $10 for ages 2-10 and $25 for ages 13 and older.

08/22

Ron Robinson Theater will show two films, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Roar. The 1971 Willy Read more >

Quick Picks: Food pairing at Southern Gourmasian, Back-to-School scavenger hunt, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

07/29

The Quapaw Quarter Association presents another food pairing event at Southern Gourmasian as part of the association’s 2015 Summer Suppers. Five courses of Asian-Southern fusion dishes will be served with beers and ciders from Stone’s Throw Brewing. Tickets are $50.

07/30

To kick off football season, Noah’s Event Venue hosts a Preseason Party at 7 p.m. Presented in part by KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz, the event includes former Razorback football players, local television broadcasters, vendors and more. There will also be tailgating tips. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $25.

08/01

The Good Start Back-to-School scavenger hunt takes place at the Promenade at Chenal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event gives children the opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt in order to take home free school supplies and be entered to win prizes such as an iPad, gift cards and more. Snacks, wellness check-ups and vision screenings will be provided.

08/01

The Great Arkansas Beer Festival will be held at 6 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. To celebrate the craft beer community, the festival provides samples of more than 350 beers from across the state and country, with … Read more >

Quick Picks: Drum Corps International, Harry Potter marathon, more

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07/22

The annual Drum Corps International tour stops for a Little Rock performance at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. The organization is a nonprofit for junior drum and bugle corps. DCI Arkansas includes competing teams from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin and more. Tickets are $27. For ticket information, click here.

07/23

Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts its last Guest Artist Recital with a performance by soprano Maria Natale at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit Wildwood’s site.

07/25

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies presents the 2015 Genealogy Conference at the Ron Robinson Theater from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Genealogy Gems owner Louise Cooke will be the speaker for this day-long workshop that explores using newspapers, Google and more to find information on ancestors. A meet and greet will be held Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the Butler Center’s Room 124. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

07/25

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts its third annual Vintage Military Vehicle Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicles from the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association … Read more >

Quick Picks: Daft Punk tribute, Independence Day celebrations, more

Thomas Bangalter, of Daft Punk, accepts the award for record of the year for "Get Lucky" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. Duo Daft Punk will receive a tribute when One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk performs at Rev Room on Thursday. | Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Thomas Bangalter, of Daft Punk, accepts the award for record of the year for “Get Lucky” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. Duo Daft Punk will receive a tribute when One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk performs at Rev Room on Thursday. | Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

07/02

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk will honor French duo Daft Punk at Rev Room at 9 p.m. One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk is a two-piece group that even wears chrome helmets and often performs on a pyramid-shaped stage to help audiences get a taste of the Daft Punk experience live. The show will feature Daft Punk hits and the tribute band’s own remixes. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Buy tickets here.

07/03

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs will celebrate the Fourth of July through its annual Spa Blast, a free family-friendly event that features food, live entertainment and fireworks. Entertainment for children will include bounce houses, a rock wall, a petting zoo and more. There will also be a music lineup featuring 270 … Read more >

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

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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

06/25-27

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.

06/26

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.

06/27

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 >

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

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 05/20

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.

05/21

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.

05/23

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.

05/29

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Quick Picks: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

04/30

The 11th annual UCA Film Festival takes place at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m. The festival highlights films in the categories of five minutes or less, music video and experimental, narrative short and documentary. The event kicked off in 2005 and highlights the work of University of Central Arkansas students. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

05/01

Toad Suck Daze, an annual free-admission, family-friendly festival, will include arts, food, live entertainment, a rock wall, petting zoo and more on the streets of downtown Conway beginning at 3:30 p.m. Since the early 1980s, the education-centered festival has raised money to support educational initiatives and scholarships, and it hosts the World Championship Toad Races. The festival closes Sunday. Visit here for more information.

05/01

Relay for Life begins at the Clinton Presidential Center at 6 p.m. The event, part of a national effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society, honors those who have had cancer and to remember lost loved ones. So far, according to the society’s Relay for Life website, there are 33 teams and 294 participants who have raised more than … Read more >

Review: Nine a local take on an Italian tale

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Heather Smith (left) as Luisa Contini, Antisha Anderson-Scruggs (top center) as Carla Albanese, Rachel Van (right) as Claudia Nardi and James Norris (bottom center) as Guido Contini. Photo by Grant Dillion

In a little theater in downtown Little Rock, there’s a Venetian spa where Italian film director Guido Contini is stressed about his next project but distracted by the many women of his past and present.

And there’s an intimate — but committed — audience watching it all unfold.

This isn’t the 2003 revival or 2009 film you may have seen. This is Nine: The Musical at The Studio Theatre, and it’s got a style of its own.

Knowing that this is Arkansas Repertory Theater Production Manager Rafael Colon Castanera’s directorial debut in Little Rock, it’s refreshing to see how 14 people move on and off a stage as compact as The Studio Theatre’s. And viewing this show on its second night, it’s easy to picture how the cast and crew progress as the show completes its run.

Contini (James Norris) takes off to a spa with his wife, Luisa (Heather Smith), but he is still pressured by producer Liliane La Fleur (Mary Ann Hansen) to create a new film … Read more >

Quick Picks: Ragin’ Cajun, Fashion Footprints, more

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04/08

Bolo Bash Luncheon, an annual event to aid Baptist Health Medical Center in continuing programs, buying equipment and supporting nurses, begins with a silent auction at 11 a.m. at the J.A. Gilbreath Conference Center at the hospital’s Little Rock campus. This year’s speaker is American fashion designer Nicole Miller. Tickets for the luncheon are $150. For more information, click here.

04/09

CARTI’s Ragin Cajun Bash, presented by Iberiabank, takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the River Market pavilions. The all-you-can-eat crawfish boil includes all the trimmings, live music, drinks, an auction and raffle items. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Learn more about the Louisiana-inspired event here.

04/09

Esse Pursue Museum will host Fashion Footprints: Purse-onal Stories, a celebration of the personal ties mothers, daughters, sisters and more share through clothing and accessories. A collaborative effort between the museum, the Capital Hotel, Oxford American and designer Linda Rowe Thomas, the event will feature drinks, bar fare and a confessional camera to share personal stories. Tickets are $35 and can be bought here.

04/10

Breakfast at Tiffany’s will show at Ron Robinson Theater at … Read more >

Quick Picks: Discover the Dinosaurs, Diamond Chef Arkansas, more

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03/25-26

Little Rock-based spoken word poet Amoja “The Mo-Man” Sumler will teach writing and performance techniques to youths at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creative Kids Spoken Word Camp from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees must bring a lunch, but snacks will be available. Registration includes a $15 fee. For more information, click here.

3/27

Nashville, Tennessee, rapper Young Buck — one of five members of hip-hop group G-Unit, along with 50 Cent — stops in Little Rock for a show at IV Corners Bar & Grill. He is currently promoting the group’s latest six-song EP, The Beast is G Unit. Doors open at 9 p.m., and presale tickets are $20.

03/27-29

Discover the Dinosaurs, an educational traveling exhibit that holds up to 40 replicas of moving and static, museumlike dinosaurs, will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly adventure explores the prehistoric era and holds additional attractions such as mini golf and dinosaur rides. Tickets range from $16-$22 and can be purchased here.

03/28

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Quick Picks: Ballet Arkansas fundraiser, Girl Scout Cookie + beer pairing, more

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03/20

Ballet Arkansas’ annual fundraiser, Turning Pointe Gala, includes a silent auction, a buffet and entertainment, such as performances by the Ballet Arkansas company and Ballet Arkansas Youth Division, from 6-11 p.m. at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple. Tickets are $125.

03/20

Women Phenomenal: A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs will honor Women’s History Month by celebrating central-Arkansas women at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Guests will include RSVP Catering owner Yolanda Hughes and Goddess Products Inc. founder Leanna Godley. The free event, which includes lunch, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

03/21

Diamond Bear Brewing Co. will host a Girl Scout Cookie and beer pairing from 2-5 p.m. The event will cover six pairings and is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $18.

03/21

The 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam, which explores how American soldiers were faced with following White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens from the Vietnamese city formerly known as Saigon or risking treason by saving South Vietnamese people, as well, will screen at the Ron Robinson Theater. The free showing starts at 1:30 p.m.

03/24

The University of Arkansas Razorbacks take

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Splice Microcinema: Back to the original format

This Scoop originally appeared in the May 21, 2014, issue of Sync.

A scene from Le Mepris by Jean-Luc Godard, the director who was the focus of Splice Microcinema’s April programming.

A scene from Le Mepris by Jean-Luc Godard, the director who was the focus of Splice Microcinema’s April programming.

The Little Rock Film Festival might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean fans of good film need to wait a whole year for more interesting screenings. Especially if you’re into alternative, cult classics and the underground arthouse film scene, in which case you should check out Splice Microcinema, a fairly new weekly alternative film series.

“We’re still green and are finding our footing, but we’re focused on showing films on nondigital film formats — 16 mm, mostly (the vinyl of film),” says Haven Hamilton, one of Splice Microcinema’s organizers. “Underground classics, alternative/rediscovered American cinema, iconic arthouse films that need to be seen in a crowd, deep cuts from cult movie history, countercanonical whatever — we show pretty much everything you won’t see anywhere else.”… 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.