Sherwood ‘Ink Master’ contestants remain in competition

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Missed Lost Forty Brewing’s Aug. 11 viewing party for the latest episode of Spike TV’s Ink Master? Don’t worry, your favorite Sherwood-based tattoo artists are still in the running.

For this week’s “Predator/Prey” elimination competition, the 12 remaining tattoo artists grouped in teams of four, and each team member had to tattoo a matching animal print on a human canvas — at the same time. This week’s animal theme resulted in tattoos of a Brazilian rainbow boa, cheetah and crocodile print, which also led to the judges’ high expectation of accurate and cohesive textures.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 10.04.36 AMSherwood’s Katie McGowan of Black Cobra Tattoo was a member of the team that tattooed cheetah spots on a woman. Unfortunately, the human canvas had a panic attack during the session, and McGowan’s team was unable to finish the work.

The animal prints were judged on the entire team’s ability to execute the textures, and discrepancies in sections of the cheetah print led to McGowan’s team taking a loss this week, judges noted.

Although Black Cobra Tattoo owner Matt O’Baugh was on the Brazilian rainbow boa team that did receive praise, there wereScreen Shot 2015-08-13 at 9.59.39 AM
critiques from judges on the size and placement of the scales, … Read more >

Quick Picks: Breakfast With the Elephants, Color Vibe 5K, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


White Water Tavern holds its first Storytellers Club — a set time for those to tell, or listen to, true personal stories about adventures, happiness, anger and more — from 8-11 p.m. Storytellers must register and be 13 or older. The Storytellers Club views storytelling as an art form and a way to teach and entertain.


Breakfast With the Elephants at the Little Rock Zoo is an all-ages activity to encourage enrichment activities for animals while enjoying a light breakfast. Enrichment helps animals exercise their bodies and stimulate their minds, the zoo says. The activity is from 8-9 a.m. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and tickets include admission to the zoo.


The Color Vibe 5K brings color zones and a dance party to the Barton Coliseum at 9 a.m. A custom color powder is thrown on runners during different stations of the race. Online registration is $55 for a team runner, $65 for individuals and free for children 12 and under. In-person registration is $70 for a team runner, $75 for individuals and $10 for children.


Pinnacle Mountain State Park presents the Summer Star Party from 9-11 p.m. Park … Read more >

Quick Picks: South Main Vintage Market, Shakespeare at the Shelter, more

Tammy Caple, of Benton, works on setting up her booth at the South Main Vintage Market at Bernice Garden in August 2014. | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Tammy Caple, of Benton, works on setting up her booth at the South Main Vintage Market at Bernice Garden in August 2014. | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Our House holds its fourth annual Shakespeare at the Shelter on Friday and Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The project brings together Our House clients, alumni and staff to study the works of William Shakespeare in order to practice skills beneficial in the workforce, such as confidence and teamwork. Tickets are $20 and will benefit the shelter’s kitchen and learning center.


Arkansas Sounds presents The John Bush Quitent at 7 p.m. at the Ron Robinson Theater. Little Rock native John Bush is a saxophonist who, along with his band, plays jazz music inspired by his upbringing. The band’s music has been compared to other Arkansas jazz artists such as Louis Jordan and Pharoah Sanders. Tickets are $10.


South Main Vintage Market sets up shop at The Bernice Garden for another market filled with unique vintage and antique items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vintage items are at least 20 years old, and antique items are at least 50 years old. The market will also sell “upcycled” items, made from … Read more >

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

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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: Drum Corps International, Harry Potter marathon, more

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AP file photo


The annual Drum Corps International tour stops for a Little Rock performance at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. The organization is a nonprofit for junior drum and bugle corps. DCI Arkansas includes competing teams from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin and more. Tickets are $27. For ticket information, click here.


Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts its last Guest Artist Recital with a performance by soprano Maria Natale at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit Wildwood’s site.


The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies presents the 2015 Genealogy Conference at the Ron Robinson Theater from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Genealogy Gems owner Louise Cooke will be the speaker for this day-long workshop that explores using newspapers, Google and more to find information on ancestors. A meet and greet will be held Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the Butler Center’s Room 124. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.


MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts its third annual Vintage Military Vehicle Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicles from the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association … Read more >

Quick Picks: Little Rock Fashion Week, Steak Cook-Off Championship, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo (2014)


Little Rock Fashion Week, which began July 13, continues events until Saturday. Some are free, such as Wednesday’s Beyond the Runway, a panel discussion providing a behind-the-scenes perspective of Little Rock Fashion Week at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. The event closes Saturday with Big Night, a feature of fall-winter clothing, at 8 p.m. between Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue. Tickets are $60, and the dress code is red cocktail attire.


Comedian Julie Scoggins visits Little Rock for a four-night performance at The Loony Bin Comedy Club. Scoggins has toured for more than 15 years and can be heard on various syndicated radio shows. She performs at 7:30 p.m. each day, with 10 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 on Wednesday and Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday.


Arkansas Sounds presents Iron Tongue and Adam Faucett & the Tall Grass at 7 p.m. at theRon Robinson Theater. The two groups will pair for an evening that will show off their talents, which include rock, blues and more. Tickets are $10.


The Arkansas Steak Cook-Off Championship takes place from 1-10 p.m. … 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 >

Ron Robinson Theater announces summer, fall/winter 2015 movie schedule

The Ron Robinson Theater has revealed its summer and fall/winter movie lineups, which offers 29 screenings that range from family friendly, comedy, horror, adventure and more. Some screenings honor important dates related to the film, such as Back to the Future on Oct. 21, which shows on the date lead character Marty McFly used the DeLorean time machine to travel to the future, and a week-long showing of all eight Harry Potter films to recognize Potter’s July 31 birthday (there will also be Harry Potter-themed concessions).

Tickets for the showings are $5 each, except for Harry Potter showings, which cost $7 each or $25 for an eight-movie pass.

Beer and wine will be available for all screenings scheduled after 5 p.m.

Summer 2015

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Quick Picks: New Play Fest readings, Monty Python screening, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Update: Reading times for the Arkansas New Play Fest at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre have changed. 


What Will It Take? A Dance Narrative will show Thursday through Saturday at The Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with an additional performance Saturday at 2 p.m. The narrative — written, choreographed and directed by Michael Goodbar and Allyson Bode — is a story of loss, love, connection and more. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.


The Ron Robinson Theater begins its summer movie lineup by showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 10 p.m. The film marked its 40th anniversary this year. Tickets for the screening are $5. Beer and wine will be available at the screening and all Ron Robinson screenings after 5 p.m.


As a part of TheatreSquared’s 2015 Arkansas New Play Fest, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre will hold two play readings in the theater’s lobby. At 2 p.m., Uncle by Lee Blessing will be read, and Dust by Qui Nguyen will be read at 7 p.m. Dust is a coming-of-age story about an Asian-American teenager who plans to find her father. Uncle is a comedy following a writer who … Read more >

Sherwood’s Katie McGowan, Matt O’Baugh star in ‘Ink Master’

Matt O'Baugh & Katie McGowan of Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood| Courtesy of Spike TV

Matt O’Baugh & Katie McGowan of Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood | Courtesy of Spike TV

Two native Sherwood tattoo artists will soon put central Arkansas on the ink-filled map.

Katie McGowan and Matt O’Baugh, of Black Cobra Tattoos, will star in season six of Spike TV’s Ink Master, a reality-TV competition that pits 18 tattoo artists against one another until one winner is crowned and takes home the $100,000 prize. Ink Master‘s new season premieres tonight at 9 p.m.

And this season, it’s master vs. apprentice.

Not only will each competitor have to face the other artists from across the country, they have to rival against someone from their own shop, too.

O’Baugh, owner of Black Cobra Tattoos, has been a tattoo artist for 14 years. Aside from being an award-winning artist, he also has experience as a blacksmith and knife maker. O’Baugh prides himself on his versatility, as he has been known to create tattoos that range from darker, dramatic works to more colorful and majestic portraits. View his work here.

McGowan, O’Baugh’s apprentice, has been a tattoo artist for five years. Her works are colorful, bold and have also won her various awards. She … 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 >

August: Osage County brings the heat


Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

Nothing says downright dysfunctional like a Weston family reunion in the Oklahoma heat. Dark comedy and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County — written by Tracy Letts, who received a Pulitzer Prize for the play — premiered at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on June 5, a hot day perfect for reminding audience members of the flaws that might afflict their own families and providing an opportunity to laugh out loud at them.

In a home near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the county seat of Osage County, an emergency brings the Weston daughters together once again. Patriarch Beverly (Cliff Baker, The Rep’s founding director) has run off one August day, leaving cancer patient and seemingly proud pill-popper matriarch Violet (Susanne Marley) to call on her three daughters, Barbara Fordham (LeeAnne Hutchison), Ivy (Brenny Rabine) and Karen (Kathy McCafferty) for comfort — and also because misery loves company, right?

As the wait for Beverly’s return drags on, family secrets unfold and things gets heated (think: slaps, whacks and the occasional dragged-by-the-hair scenario).

Violet is crude, foul-mouthed but insanely funny, which translates to Barbara, essentially a younger version of her mother, though she’d never admit it. Barbara travels to the … 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: Czech That Film Festival, Mini Comic Con, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Little Rock’s Movies in the Park kicks off its 2015 lineup with a screening of Divergent at sunset (approximately 8:18 p.m.) at the First Security Amphitheater. The 2014 sci-fi film follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), a teenager who discovers she is considered a member of a targeted faction of society and embarks on a quest to learn more. The event is free to the public.


Get acquainted with the world of gin and tonics at the Gin & Tonic with David Burnette class at Eggshells Kitchen Co. from 6-8 p.m. Burnette is the bar manager at South on Main, a SoMa restaurant known for its inventive menu options. Registration for the class is $50, which covers all drinks and light snacks. For more information, click here.


The Czech That Film Festival will set up in Little Rock to present five films made in the Czech Republic at Ron Robinson Theater. The event begins with a 7 p.m. showing of Clownwise on Friday, with four other films to be screened Saturday. Czech actress Eva Jenickova, who has a role in Clownwise and other notable Czech projects, will be present. The festival is … 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.