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Quick Picks: A Taste for Business, Science After Dark, more

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Panera Bread Co., Diamond Bear Brewery, Cantina Laredo and others will gather when A Taste for Business, formerly known as Taste of the Town, visits Verizon Arena to feature more than 30 eateries from 5-7:30 p.m. On the concourse level of the arena, a mix of local restaurants and caterers, national chains, and drink distributors will provide samples, and local businesses will have vendor booths. A $20 ticket — $15 in advance — gets you in the door of this annual food showcase presented by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.


The Museum of Discovery hosts another installment of its monthly Science After Dark from 6-9 p.m. With a little help from local breweries, SeptemBEER will present the science of brewing beer. Demonstrations, samples and games will be available during the 21-and-up educational event. Science After Dark also allows adults to experience exhibits within the museum. Entry is $5 and free for museum members. Bring extra cash for drinks and pizza.


The Alchemy Songwriting Showcase is the closing of the 2015 Alchemy Songwriting Competition. In Conway’s The Brick Room Event Center at 7:30 p.m., the Top 10 songwriters from the competition will perform for a … Read more >

Quick Picks: An Evening With Dianne Reeves, Thea Paves the Way, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Rock the Runway takes place from 7:30-11 p.m. at Twin City Limousines and Event Center in downtown Little Rock. The third annual fashion show raises support for Fighting Fancy, a nonprofit that provides beauty products to women in chemotherapy. The event will feature designs and trends from local boutiques and designers. The dress code is black-and-white cocktail attire. Tickets are $100, $150 for VIP, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The Albert Pike Masonic Center holds the seventh annual Shine A Light on Literacy fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. The event will educate guests on Literacy Action of Central Arkansas’ efforts to promote literacy in the metro area. Its programs promote job literacy, family literacy and health literacy. Drinks, a wine pull and an auction will be featured. Tickets are $50.


An Evening With Dianne Reeves fills the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 7:30-10 p.m. Five-time Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves will perform at this fundraiser, which will benefit outreach and educational programs through Mosaic Templars. The opening act will be Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers. Tickets are $100 for general admission, $75 for premium balcony seating and $50 for regular balcony … Read more >

Quick Picks: Tequila Tasting Party, Jazz in the Park, more


Canadian comedian Landry visits the The Loony Bin this week, bringing inspiration from his personal life into his stand-up routine. Landry, who has appeared on the third season of TV One’s Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, is also the winner of the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and Best Male Comic at the Atlanta Stands Up Awards in 2010. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. each night, with additional performances at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and $10 Friday and Saturday.


Jazz in the Park begins its fall lineup with a free performance by Dizzy 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the History Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Dizzy 7 play big band, Latin and other musical styles, and the members have performed at metro area events and locations such as Riverfest, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and more. Jazz in the Park is a partnership with Art Porter Music Education Inc. and takes place each Wednesday. The performance is open to the public.


Jazz musician Anat Cohen performs at 8 p.m. at South on Main. Cohen is a clarinetist and saxophonist who grew up with musical influences in her … Read more >

Quick Picks: American Taekwondo Association World Expo, Arkansas Legends ProCamp, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


The American Taekwondo Association World Expo 2015 begins Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. The five-day conference is filled with activities, training, tournaments and special events. Friday’s Masters’ Ceremony, held from 8-10 p.m. at the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden, can be viewed via live telecast at the convention center’s Governor’s Hall. Click here for more information.


Loblolly Creamery and Rock Town Distillery partner to raise money for the Thea Foundation through a Loblolly Ice Cream Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Loblolly Creamery, housed in The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain, will serve sodas, ice cream and floats made with Rock Town Distillery spirits. Ten percent of sales at the happy hour benefits the foundation, and throughout July, ten percent of Loblolly’s Thea Foundation-inspired blueberry pie ice cream will support the foundation, as well.


Children ages 7-14 will learn football techniques and receive mentoring from athletes Darren McFadden, D.J. Williams, Martrell Spaight and Peyton Hillis at the second annual Arkansas Legends ProCamp from 9 a.m. to noon at Verizon Arena. All four athletes are former University of Arkansas players and are playing or have … 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


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.


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

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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: 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: Ragin’ Cajun, Fashion Footprints, more

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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 >

ASO presents Swingin’ Holiday Extravaganza pops

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The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents its holiday pops performance, the Swingin’ Holiday Extravaganza, at Connor Performing Arts Center this weekend. Expect to hear popular holiday classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” as well as tunes from holiday movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Tenor Destan Owen and soprano Mandy Gonzalez provide vocal accompaniment with Philip Mann conducting. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s matinee begins at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $19-$58.… Read more >

Celebrate 10 years with the Clintons, Spacey, more

This post was originally published as The Scene in the Nov. 12, 2014, issue of Sync.

Nick Jonas headlines Celebrate 10 on Nov. 15 in Little Rock // Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Nick Jonas headlines Celebrate 10 on Nov. 15 in Little Rock // Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

The Clinton Presidential Center’s 10-year anniversary celebration may be set to last three years, but the center’s not wasting any time in kicking off the celebration. In partnership with Arkansas Foodbank, the Clinton Foundation presents Celebrate 10, a community concert, on Saturday.

The foundation announced the concert’s headliners last week, and the lineup includes Nick Jonas, Amos Lee, Court Yard Hounds and Kool & The Gang. Rounding out the celebrity appearances is Kevin Spacey, who is named the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Jonas, probably most well-known as the baby of the Jonas Brothers, released a self-titled second studio album Nov. 11 that showcases a decidedly more mature sound. Lee is a laid-back, folk- and jazz-influenced singer-

songwriter known for singles such as “Sweet Pea” and “Arms of a Woman,” and country music duo Court Yard Hounds is composed of sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, two-thirds of the 1990s and early 2000s country-pop band Dixie Chicks. Kool & The Gang is one of the most popular funk and … Read more >

Harvest Music Fest announces 2014 lineup

Les Claypool's Duo de Twang plays on the main stage at the Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival in 2013. NWA Media/MICHAEL WOODS

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang plays on the main stage at the Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival in 2013.

If you love outdoor music festivals but you’re not attending Wakarusa this weekend — because, hello, 90-degree temps with chances of thunderstorms — you’ll be excited to know that the other festival on Mulberry Mountain, Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival, released its lineup today.

Harvest Fest, which is Oct. 16-18 this year on the same campground as June’s annual Wakarusa, takes advantage of cooler weather and colorful leaves while focusing on a lineup that leans more toward bluegrass, roots and jam.

The festival’s headliners this year are namesake act Yonder Mountain String Band along with Trampled by Turtles, and Railroad Earth, The Jawhawks, Lettuce, The Devil Makes Three, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tea Leaf Green, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Jerry Douglas Band all fall in the next couple of tiers. Other notable acts include The Oh Hellos and Wille Watson (of Old Crow Medicine Show fame), along with Arkansas bands Mountain Sprout, The 1 Oz. Jig and Swamp Bird.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $121 for the weekend. Check out the full lineup … Read more >

Special events leading up to grand opening of Rob Robinson Theater

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

The Little Rock Film Festival and Central Arkansas Library System celebrate the opening on the festival’s new home base this weekend and next with a series of events at Ron Robinson Theater, located in newly opened Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock.

The single-screen theater includes stadium-style seating for 315 and state-of-the-art projection, lighting and sound systems. In addition to Little Rock Film Festival screenings, the theater will be used by CALS, the Clinton School of Public Service and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Opening events get kicked of Friday (Jan. 17) with Jacob Hatley’s Ain’t in It for My Health, a documentary about musician and Arkansas native Levon Helm, at 7 p.m. A Q&A with Helm’s daughter, Amy Helm, follows at 8:30. Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers perform at 9 p.m.… Read more >

Local bands compete for spot at Wakarusa

NWA Media/MICHAEL WOODS Jake Cinninger, a guitarist in the Chicago-based jam band Umphrey's McGee, playing at Wakarusa 2013. Umphrey's McGee is on lineup for Wakarusa again in 2014.

Jake Cinninger, a guitarist in the Chicago-based jam band Umphrey’s McGee, playing at Wakarusa 2013. Umphrey’s McGee is on the lineup for Wakarusa again in 2014.

This Scene was originally published in the Jan. 15, 2014, issue of Sync.

You might discover your new favorite band Saturday night at Stickyz during Waka Winter Classic. If nothing else, you’ll get a say in which of five regional bands is awarded stage time at Wakarusa Music Festival this June.

Waka Winter Classic travels to 16 cities through Feb. 1 in search of a local or regional band (or musician) from each tour stop that will join the festival’s lineup. The showcase has been held at Stickyz since 2012.… Read more >

The Secret’s out: Two nights of Secret Sisters at White Water

This Scene originally appeared in the Jan. 1 issue of Sync

The harmonies of Alabama sisters Lydia and Laura Rogers fill White Water Tavern when the duo, performing old-fashioned country folk as The Secret Sisters, take the stage for two nights of music.

The Sisters released their self-titled debut album with Universal Republic in 2010 under executive producer T Bone Burnett, a producer known for his work with artists such as Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and Natalie Merchant. The duo’s second album, Put Your Needle Down, is due this spring and will be “more of a pop effort” rather than traditional country folk, says the band’s keyboardist, Brooks Tipton.… Read more >

Make the holidays pop: ASO holiday pops at Robinson

This Scene originally appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of Sync

Never been to an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concert? Make Holiday Fantasy, a part of the symphony’s Pops Live series, your first.

This Christmas concert is a collaboration between ASO and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The show is written and directed by Nicole Capri, director of education at The Rep, together with ASO’s music director Philip Mann.

“I wanted to create a nostalgic show reminiscent of the holiday showcases that were popular when I was a kid,” Capri says, “similar to something you might see at Radio City Music Hall.”… 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.