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

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


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.


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.


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.


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: 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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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: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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 >

8 holiday shopping alternatives in central Arkansas

Christmas shopping doesn't have to be like this. I promise. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo)

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be like this. I promise. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo)

Like it or not, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas. But if thinking about completing your holiday shopping gives you nightmares of lines at the mall and crowded parking lots at big-box stores, consider these creative, local alternatives (and sleep in on Black Friday!).

Dazzle Daze

Girls’ Nite Out: Thursday, Nov. 20 (6-9 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 21 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 22 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The Conway Regional Women’s Council brings its annual holiday shopping extravaganza, Dazzle Daze, back to Conway at the Conway Expo Center. More than 85 merchants from around the country sell everything from gourmet food items to holiday decorations. Tickets for Girls’ Nite Out are $25, and a general shopping pass is $5.… 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 >

Weekend full of festivals: Books, art, food and more

A version of this Scene originally ran in the April 23, 2014, issue of Sync

Everyone’s talking about the Arkansas Literary Festival, which takes place at various venues in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock from Thursday to Sunday. In this week’s issue of Sync, we highlight some special events you won’t want to miss and talk to four presenting authors in town for the weekend.

But if you’re not a literary nut, fear not. There’s plenty more going on this weekend to keep you busy.… Read more >

New shops (and locations) in the Heights and SoMa

The month of February has welcomed new boutiques to both the Heights and South Main neighborhoods.

1899034_10100993793147567_809808187_nIn the Heights, Southern Accented opened at the corner of Kavanaugh Boulevard and Polk Street (in the same strip of storefronts as Eggshells and Cafe 5501). The women’s clothing and gifts boutique opened doors Jan. 27, but bad weather has push the grand opening celebration to Saturday. Join owners Katy Julian and Meagan Murphy for a party featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and shopping from 6-8 p.m. Southern Accented is at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite A in Little Rock.

When we talked Lara Kahler at Moxy Modern Mercantile back in January, she said she and co-owner and husband Jon Estelita were set to open in mid-February. Moxy pealed back the paper on Feb. 11 to reveal a store filled with vintage home goods, fun gifts and gourmet foods — check their Facebook page for and idea of what they carry, from plush kids’ toys to candles and coasters. Moxy Modern Mercantile is located at 1419 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock.

And while on the subject of Moxy, I couldn’t help but notice Sweet Home Furnishings & Clement‘s new home across the street. … Read more >

5 Ways to get geared up for Valentine’s Day

We’re two weeks out from the Hallmark lovers’ holiday, Valentine’s Day. Here are five upcoming Valentine’s Day-themed activities and events for you to share with your loved one, your BFF or your kids.

Find Your Heart in Hillcrest: Scavenger hunt // Now through Feb. 12

Organized by the Hillcrest Merchants Association, this scavenger hunt began on Jan. 28 and will continue for the next couple of weeks, ending on Feb. 12. Twenty-two Hillcrest merchants have hidden hearts in their businesses; you must find 10 and drop a filled out card at a box located at each of those 10 locations to be eligible to win the Heart of Hillcrest prize of over $2,000 in gift cards, services and goods.

Included in the prize package is $50 to Full Moon, $50 to Box Turtle, two massage gift certificates to Advanced Health Spa, lunch for two at Canon Grill, a heart-shaped pizza for two with drinks at Damgoode Pies and more. The winner will be drawn Feb. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church.… Read more >

Moxy on Main: Vintage-inspired shop to open in SoMa

Photo by Arshia Khan

Photo by Arshia Khan

This Scoop was originally published in the Jan. 8, 2014, issue of Sync.

The Southside Main Street district of downtown Little Rock continues its steady growth as another shop prepares to open on the 1400 block of Main Street.

If you’ve passed down Main Street lately, you might have noticed a window tiled with colorful logos and the promise “coming soon” between The Green Corner Store and Boulevard Bread Co. The space is going to be home to Moxy Modern Mercantile, a shop offering a mixture of authentic vintage furniture, retro home accessories, modern gifts and gourmet foods.… Read more >

Weekend full of holiday shopping and sipping

The weekend ahead is full of holiday events in downtown Little Rock, especially those which encourage finishing up your Christmas shopping with some handmade gifts by local artists and artisans.

If you’re a fan of our local Etsy merchants, head to the River Market Saturday for the Holly Trolley Handmade Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in both pavilions. The market is in conjunction with Holly Trolley Day organized by the River Market and Argenta to offer free rides on the trolley (free rides are from 8:30 a.m. to midnight).… Read more >

Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale Saturday at Metroplex

Marianne Kirksey from Conway checks out the watercolor painting by artist Delia Prather while Kirksey was shopping at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale on Saturday. The sale included pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry and wood pieces of original works by the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School faculty and students.  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/KAREN E. SEGRAVE

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/KAREN E. SEGRAVE
Marianne Kirksey from Conway checks out the watercolor painting by artist Delia Prather while Kirksey was shopping at the 2007 Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale.

More than 100 Arkansas Arts Center Museum School instructors and students will be on hand selling original artwork at the Museum School Sale Saturday at the Clear Channel Metroplex. The sale is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and offers unique and affordable photography, paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, fused glass, metalwork and more. Pieces make great Christmas, birthday or hostess gifts if you’re not in the market to collect art of your own. (But really, why wouldn’t you be? The Museum School is home to some amazing local talent.)

If you’re a member of the Arts Center, be sure to catch the special members-only preview Friday from 6-9 p.m.  The night provides the first pick of this year’s sale items, as well as refreshments. Memberships will be sold at the door and online if you’re not already a member.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Arts Center’s website.… Read more >

Few of our favorite things

This week’s issue was dedicated to 21 of our favorite things as a Sync staff, from the great outdoors to cultural experiences to yummy food. With the holidays coming up, these are a few of our faves from the shopping section: 

Eggshells Kitchen Co.

Register for your wedding or pop in for a stocking stuffer; either way, you’ll find everything you could ever dream of needing for a kitchen in this corner spot in the Heights, from appliances and utensils to rubs, salsas and mixes. And if you’re still somewhat clueless in the kitchen, like I am, the friendly staff will guide you in the right direction. Also keep your eyes peeled for cooking demonstrations by the area’s best chefs. (sm)… Read more >

Esse gift shop

A couple weeks ago when I was lucky enough to meet Anita Davis and get a tour of her magical museum of purses on South Main, I fell in love with the museum’s gift store. It’s a wacky, modern collection of purses, jewelry, cards and more, some made by local artists and designers.

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Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.