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Quick Picks: Mud Run, Fountain Fest, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The Charity Olive Hour features a live and silent auction at Next Level Events to support Special Olympics Arkansas. There will be 10 live-auction items, as well as more than 350 silent-auction goodies that athletes across Arkansas have created. The event’s $30 entry fee also includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.


The Arkansas Arts Center’s third annual Fountain Fest presents another unveiling of the work of the center’s art-design-contest winner. Fountain Fest also features tastes from ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood-Oven Pizza Co., David’s Burgers and Cupcakes on Kavanaugh. A Louis Vuitton purse worth more than $1,200 will be raffled. The outdoor fest takes place around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain at the center. Tickets are $40.


Arkansas Life magazine presents The Modern Arkansas Table Launch and Tasting Party at Loft 1023 in downtown Little Rock from 6-8 p.m. The Modern Arkansas Table is the magazine’s first-ever cookbook and features 40 recipes from some of Arkansas’ best chefs. The admission fee to the launch event includes a recipe tasting, a copy of the book, drinks and a three-month subscription to Arkansas Life. … Read more >

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

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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 >

Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

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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: Greek Food Festival, Jazzlights in the Park, more

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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 >

Quick Picks: Around the World Thursday, Rock Star Lounge, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The third Thursday of April will bring the taste of the Philippines to the metro when Forty Two at the Clinton Presidential Center hosts its Around the World Thursday. Reservations are required for the three-course dinner that gives diners a taste of various countries every month. Tickets are $27.95. Call (501) 537-0042 to make a reservation.


Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band, encourages dancers to grab their best sequined glove and perfect their moonwalk for the Rock Star Lounge, presented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Cancer Institute. The event will be held at Rock Town Distillery and will include food trucks such as Southern Salt Co. and Loblolly Creamery. Attendees are asked to don their best rock star outfits. The party kicks off at 7 p.m. and costs $75 in advance, $100 at the door. For more information, click here.


The Point 94.1 FM and Searcy’s Sunrise Motorsports presents the Pipes and Tails Crawfish Boil and Bike Show at theRiver Market pavilions. The motorcycle show will feature live music and more than $1,500 in prizes. The show begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $5, … Read more >

Review: Nine a local take on an Italian tale

Photo by Grant Dillion

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 >

Be Italian: Nine to premiere at Studio Theatre

Photo by Grant Dillion

Photo by Grant Dillion

With just 12 women and one man — played by both a child and adult — the story of Italian film director Guido Contini comes to life onstage when Nine: The Musical premieres Friday at The Studio Theatre.

As an adult, Contini struggles with forming a plot for his next production while balancing his romantic troubles, which stem from pivotal experiences in his childhood. As a boy, Contini attended a strict Catholic school with corporal punishment and scary nuns that left a traumatic effect, says James Norris, who plays Contini.

But near the school was a beach where a prostitute lived and taught young Contini about love, and he became consumed. The title relates to key moments in Contini’s life at age 9.

Throughout Nine, viewers are taken on a surrealistic journey where, like a Greek chorus, 12 women surround Contini and embody characters from his past and imagination — and even the imagination of other characters. The women include his wife, mother, muse, mistress, producer Liliane Le Fleur and more, and they also take on roles as reporters, fans, aunts and churchgoers.

Le Fleur, dressed in a fur coat, black gloves and flashy … Read more >

Quick Picks: Get Down in the Garden, Nonviolence Youth Summit, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Get Down in the Garden, a fundraising party presented by the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, will feature continuous performances of the song “Teach Your Children,” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bernice Garden. Funds will be used to buy a piano for the not-yet-open Center for Humanities and Arts building at Pulaski Technical College. For more information or to make a donation, visit here.


Nine: The Musical will premiere at The Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. The play chronicles the story of film director Guido Contini and his efforts to craft his next project while being pursued by many beautiful women. The show runs through April 19 and shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Opening night’s admission is $50. Tickets for additional shows are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.


The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission will present the Nonviolence Youth Summit XII: Knock Out Bullying from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Little Rock Job Corps Center. This year’s keynote speaker is professional boxer Roy Jones Jr. State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge … Read more >

A gift in the garden: A conversation with artist Katherine Rutter

This Q&A was originally published in the Aug. 20, 2014, issue of Sync.

One hundred twenty hours. That’s how long Katherine Rutter spent on the mural in The Bernice Garden that she finished in early August before leaving Little Rock to see what opportunities await in California. When the Ferndale native decided to move west, she realized she couldn’t go without leaving some sort of gift for the city. Rutter, 29, took a break from finishing her oversized piece to talk with us about her artistic process and the importance of public art to the culture of a city.

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Installation artist speaks at Arkansas Arts Center

By now you’ve probably seen the yarn bomb at the Arkansas Arts Center that went up mid-September. The installation is one of the largest yarn bombs in the country, second only to the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, yarn bombed in August. The AAC installation covers 1,200 square feet at the front of the museum as well as 10 surrounding trees and nine light poles.

Yarn bomb installation at Arkansas Arts Center

Yarn bomb installation at Arkansas Arts Center.

The project was headed up in part by Chelsye Garrett, a Donaghey and McNair scholar currently earning her BFA in applied design at UALR. Garrett coordinated bi-weekly knit nights held at the Arts Center and the UALR applied design studio, and offered knitting lessons and free material. She put out calls for “critters” (knitted or crocheted animals), out-of-state contributions and other embellishments to attach to the installation.… Read more >

2013 sculptures at Bernice Garden

The Bernice Garden unveiled six new sculptures last night at its fifth annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest. The yearly party celebrates the sculptures and the artists who made them, and also gives the South Main community a first glimpse at the public works of art.

The deadline for artists to submit sculpture proposals is in the spring, and chosen artists (or teams of artists) are given a budget for their piece. The selected sculptures for 2013-14 will be installed for a year.… 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.