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Quick Picks: Mud Run, Fountain Fest, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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: 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.


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Quick Picks: Ragin’ Cajun, Fashion Footprints, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


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.


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.


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.


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

Arkansas Lit Fest presents Banned Books Week writing contest


In celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27), the Central Arkansas Library System’s Arkansas Literary Festival presents the Perks Letter Writing Contest for Pulaski and Perry County high schoolers.

The contest is named for Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an epistolary novel — hence the style of contest. Entries to the contest are to be written as letters addressed to a friend and will be judged based on creativity, humor, flow and originality. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 18 (the contest opened Sept. 1), and a winner will be announced Sept. 25 at Ron Robinson Theater. (Read more contest rules and submission guidelines here.)… Read more >

David Sedaris to return to LR for discussion, book signing

Fans of humorist David Sedaris should mark their calendars for June 13, when Sedaris will visit the Little Rock location of Barnes & Noble for a discussion and book signing of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, his latest collection of essays.

According to a Barnes & Noble press release, there are a few stipulations to attending the event:… Read more >

Q&A with Lit Fest author Amy Azzarito

Sometimes we can’t fit everything in the print edition of Sync. Here’s the full Q&A with Past & Present author Amy Azzarito, who appears at noon Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival. 

Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them, by Amy Azzarito

Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them, by Amy Azzarito

With a passion for research and design, it’s no surprise that Amy Azzarito found a way to marry the two when she first began writing for decor and do-it-yourself blog Design Sponge.

Azzarito started her Design Sponge column in 2009 with a simple structure: Take a time period in decorative history, give a short lesson and then provide a DIY project that’s influenced by the period. In 2011, she became managing editor of Design Sponge, and last year, turned the concept behind her column into a book called Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them.… Read more >

Enter CALS contest: New Year, New Reads


For the second year, Central Arkansas Library System is giving away a Kindle Fire to the winner of its New Year, New Reads contest.

The contest requires participants to read or listen to a book (any book) and submit a 14-word review. (Last year, reviews had to be contained to 140 characters.) The most creative 14-word book review submitted between Jan. 6 and Feb. 16 will win the Kindle Fire.

Entries can be submitted three ways: tweet it to @calibrarysystem using the hashtag #NYNR14; email; or in person at your local branch. Entries submitted in person may be eligible for alternate prizes.… 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.