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Sherwood tattoo artist makes Top 3 on ‘Ink Master’

Courtesy of SpikeTV

Courtesy of Spike TV

Back in June, Sherwood tattoo artist Matt O’Baugh and his apprentice, Katie McGowan, embarked on an inky journey to the top spot of Spike TV’s Ink Master.

Now, weeks after McGowan’s elimination, O’Baugh holds a spot in the show’s Top 3.

With the grand prize of $100,000 and an editorial feature in Inked magazine in mind, Black Cobra Tattoos owner O’Baugh won Tuesday night’s challenge on composition, contrast, saturation and details. The remaining artists were tasked with tattooing four different designs in four different ways, each drafting a design based on skulls that all the artists would tattoo on a human canvas within 90 minutes.

Winning the 15th challenge of the season automatically placed O’Baugh in the Top 3.

Be sure to tune in to the Oct. 13 live finale, a first in Ink Master history, to see which artist takes the grand prize.

For more on O’Baugh and McGowan, click here and here.… Read more >

Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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 >

#90DayProbation team plans 10-city tour

#90DayProbation, a locally produced play written by local Fredrick Buffington, shows how a young man balances personal relationships, volunteering and business endeavors while managing his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The production, based on Buffington’s life, made its debut at Philander Smith College in Little Rock on April 2.

The play is planned to embark on a 10-city tour in a month, with its first showings June 5-6 at 7 p.m. at Philander Smith, the team announced via news release.

Other tentative dates are planned as far as October, but no solid dates are available, Buffington says in an email.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, but its Eventbrite page lists a $15 early-bird special that ends May 15.

Read Sync‘s preview of #90DayProbation here, and keep up with the play by visiting its website.… Read more >

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

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


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.


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.


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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

10 ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center

President Bill Clinton speaks to a crowd of thousands at a Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Statehouse Convention Center about the opening of his Presidential Library in 2004.

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With so much going on to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center, it’s frankly hard to keep up with all of the options. To make things easier, here’s a rundown of the 10 must-dos when it comes to Clinton Center-centric events — well, the ones that are this weekend, anyway (you’ll have to check back for updates, as the official anniversary celebration will take place over the course of three years).… Read more >

November lineup of Public Programs at Clinton School of Public Service

19179122_BG1The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its November lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.

Legacies & Lunch: Justice Troy Poteete, executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association: Nov. 5 at noon at CALS’ Ron Robinson Theater (in partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)

Troy Poteete was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court by Chief Chad Smith in 2007 and is the executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association, an organization he helped found. Justice Poteete also founded the Historical Society in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, served as executive director of the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, and was a delegate to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional Convention. In 2000, Justice Poteete was appointed executive director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, a tribal entity jointly created by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee Nations to administer their interests in the 96-mile section of the Arkansas … Read more >

Heights boutique hosts Ellen Hunter NYC trunk show

Ellen Hunter // photo via

Ellen Hunter // photo via

Little Rock boutique Proposals hosts a trunk show with New York designer Ellen Hunter Sept. 5-6 at its location in the Heights.

Hunter, a Memphis, Tennessee, native with family ties in Little Rock, has become well-known in the fashion industry for her collection of combs, headbands and other hair accessories. Her pieces have been seen on celebrities from Carrie Underwood to Beyonce, and they’ve been featured in InStyle Weddings, People, and Town and Country.

The trunk show at Proposals offers shoppers the unique experience of talking with the New York-based designer while shopping her collection or planning a custom piece.… 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 >

Creative use of space: Art Studios 221 at Pyramid Place

This Scoop was originally published in the Aug. 20, 2014, issue of Sync

While some downtown workers use their lunch breaks to catch up on personal emails, take a walk or actually grab a quick bite, others use the hour a little more creatively. You’ll find people doing just that on the second floor of the Pyramid Place, the mixed-use building in redevelopment at the corner of Center and Second streets that, when built in 1907, was called the city’s first skyscraper.

Art Studios 221, open since March 2012, is home to a range of artists getting inspired in the downtown office space. The studios mostly house artists working in 2-D. “Since we can’t have a kiln up here, we don’t have any potters,” says Amanda Judd, building manager at Pyramid Place. “But it’s a real versatile group up here.”… Read more >

August artists news roundup

John Harlan Norris featured at Thea Foundation’s quarterly Art Department

A piece in John Harlan Norris' exhibition "Cast" opening Aug. 8 at Thea Foundation.

A piece in John Harlan Norris’ exhibition “Cast” opening Aug. 8 at Thea Foundation.

Thea Foundation‘s Art Department, a quarterly exhibition meant to get the young professional crowd in central Arkansas involved in the local arts community, hosts its fourth installment Aug. 8. Jonesboro artists John Harlan Norris shows an exhibit called “Cast: John Harlan Norris” which explores the different roles people play in their everyday life.

The Aug. 8 opening reception is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, or $7 with a special event password to be revealed on the foundation’s social media outlets at 5 p.m.

The reception also offers an open bar (!), heavy hors d’oeuvres, music by the Funkanites and a drawing for a painting by Norris. “Cast” will remain on display at the Thea Foundation through the end of August.… 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.