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Quick Picks: Mac-O-Lanterns, Boo!seum Bash, more

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10/28

Fantastic Cinema presents Fantastically Horrifying Shorts at The Studio Theater from 7-9:45 p.m. The brainchild of the Film Society of Little Rock, Fantastic Cinema will show 18 short films in celebration of Halloween. Films include J.T. Seaton’s The Peripheral, Jerry Ochoa’s This Neighborhood and more. Tickets are $8.

10/29

Metro museums host the annual Big Boo!seum Bash from 6-8:30 p.m. Now in its 20th year, the bash will have several downtown locations — including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and more — providing a safe place for families to trick-or-treat and engage in games and other activities. The Old State House Museum’s Big Boo!seum’s theme is Monsters! A free shuttle to the locations will be provided.

10/30

The Clinton Presidential Center hosts a “culinary experience unlike any other” when The Next Course Fundraiser fills its Great Hall at 6 p.m. in support of Youth Home. As the meal moves from wine reception to five-course dining experience, executive chefs Shane Henderson and Stephen Burrow will provide instruction preparing the courses. Seating is limited to 192 guests, and tickets are $125.

10/30

Balloon Glow and Mac-O-Lanterns begins at 5:30 p.m. with pumpkin carving and tethered balloon … Read more >

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

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

9/10

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.

09/10

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.

09/11

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: Meet the Ballet Arkansas artists, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

8/20

North Little Rock’s Good Food by Ferneau hosts a Meet the Artists Party in honor of Ballet Arkansas at 6:30-8:30 p.m. The $40 event allows visitors to kick off Ballet Arkansas’ new season by meeting the company’s new ballet mistress, Laura Hood Babcock, along with five choreographers. Menu items include fresh jalapeno, hummus-stuffed mushrooms with almonds, deviled eggs, smoked chicken salad sliders and more.

08/21

Youth Home’s annual Steak and Eggs Benefit Breakfast takes place at The Butcher Shop from 6-10 a.m. The menu features steak, biscuits, eggs and more. Hosts from KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz will be present. Tickets are $10 and go toward purchasing school supplies for students in need.

08/22

Easter Seals holds its Rollin’ on the River event at 7 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center. The event features a 5K and 2K family fun walk to raise money for the organization, which aids individuals who have disabilities. There will also be games and activities for children. Registration is $10 for ages 2-10 and $25 for ages 13 and older.

08/22

Ron Robinson Theater will show two films, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Roar. The 1971 Willy Read more >

Quick Picks: Greek Food Festival, Jazzlights in the Park, more

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05/13

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.

05/14

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.

05/15-17

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: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

04/30

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.

05/01

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.

05/01

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 >

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 >

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 >

Beat the heat in July with 8 cool art experiences

July is here and it’s hot. Surprise! Looking for a way to cool off that doesn’t involve the mall, the movie theater or a crowded pool?  Retreat to one of these galleries (or art-based events) for a shot of culture instead.

Chihuly

Clinton Presidential Center: May 17 to Jan. 5

See stunning works by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is credited with elevating glass blowing from a craft to a fine art, and he’s know for his huge chandelier installations as well as his standing reeds, both of which can be seen in this temporary exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Chihuly at the Clinton Presidential Center. Photo by Stephanie Maxwell

Chihuly at the Clinton Presidential Center. Photo by Stephanie Maxwell

56th annual Delta Exhibition

Arkansas Arts Center: June 27 to Sept. 28

The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture features contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and its bordering states. Works in the exhibition were chosen from more than 1,300 images from 468 artists. See pieces of art that represent the region and its spirit from some of the areas most accomplished and up-and-coming artists in the South and Midwest.… Read more >

Chihuly exhibit to open at Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Presidential Center’s newest temporary exhibit, Chihuly, opens Saturday with a lecture from world-renowned American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is known especially for his massive, intricate, colorful pieces (sometimes in the form of chandeliers) made up of clusters and spirals of glass, as well as large, wavy-edged bowls.… Read more >

Weekend planner: Clinton and SoMa

What to do in Little Rock with a free weekend and awesome weather?

First up is the Head of the Class Bash at the Clinton Center. Now, if you have children, this might be enticing because it’s something to take the tots to for face painting, bounce houses and whatnot, but also free immunizations and haircuts. Wait. I could use a free haircut… I’ll get back to you on whether or not there’s an age max for those.… 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.