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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: Ralphie May, Feast in the Field, more




Comedian Ralphie May is set to perform at Rev Room at 7:30 p.m. May’s comedy special, Ralphie May: Unruly, debuted on Netflix on Feb. 27 and was filmed at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $20, and seating will be limited on a first-come basis. Tickets will benefit the family of Sonny Smith, a Johnson County reserve sherrif’s deputy who was shot and killed during a burglary investigation. May grew up in the Johnson County town of Clarksville. Click here to purchase tickets.


In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, the Centers for Youth and Families will present a free screenning of ReMoved at the Chenal 9 Imax at 6:30 p.m. The independent film depicts the life of a 10-year-old girl and her experiences in the foster care system after her removal from her home and separation from her brother. According to the center’s website, the screening is aimed to educate others on foster care and create connections to build healthier families. For more information, visit the organization’s website here.


The Central Arkansas Library System ends its winter-spring lineup of films at the Ron Robinson Theater with a … Read more >

Quick Picks: Discover the Dinosaurs, Diamond Chef Arkansas, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Little Rock-based spoken word poet Amoja “The Mo-Man” Sumler will teach writing and performance techniques to youths at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creative Kids Spoken Word Camp from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees must bring a lunch, but snacks will be available. Registration includes a $15 fee. For more information, click here.


Nashville, Tennessee, rapper Young Buck — one of five members of hip-hop group G-Unit, along with 50 Cent — stops in Little Rock for a show at IV Corners Bar & Grill. He is currently promoting the group’s latest six-song EP, The Beast is G Unit. Doors open at 9 p.m., and presale tickets are $20.


Discover the Dinosaurs, an educational traveling exhibit that holds up to 40 replicas of moving and static, museumlike dinosaurs, will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly adventure explores the prehistoric era and holds additional attractions such as mini golf and dinosaur rides. Tickets range from $16-$22 and can be purchased here.


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Get your fill of performing arts this weekend

Feeling like you haven’t seen enough onstage this summer? How about you take the rest of the week to catch up — after all, this is your last chance for several of these performances, including those by the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, The Rep and Armadillo Rodeo.

Follow links to find out more about each performance.

Garrett Whitehead (left) as Pippin and Evan Tyrone Martin as Leading Player

Garrett Whitehead (left) as Pippin and Evan Tyrone Martin as Leading Player in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s Pippin

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Succinct Shakespeare: Compleat Wrks opens at The Rep

This Scene was originally published in the June 4, 2014, issue of Sync.

Avery Clark is one of three cast members in The Rep's Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Avery Clark is one of three cast members in The Rep’s Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

If you’re looking for a crash course in William Shakespeare, you could sit down and read through the poet and playwright’s complete works — some 38 plays — or you could witness bits and pieces from the entirety of his canon in a quick trip to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre sometime this month.

The Rep’s final production of the 2013-14 season is The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), which parodies the best of the Bard of Avon while staying true to many of the themes and characters of the original plays.

So: Can you really fit 38 plays into one two-hour performance?… Read more >

Hilarious Second City cast here through Saturday

Photo by Todd Rosenberg // Sarah Shook and Adam Peacock are two of six Second City cast members at The Rep.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg // Sarah Shook and Adam Peacock are two of six Second City cast members at The Rep.

The Second City is part sketch comedy, part improvisation and all hysterically funny. The Chicago-based comedy troupe opened at The Rep last week and wraps up on Sunday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you have this weekend to see live some actors who may end up being some of the biggest stars in comedy. The Second City is to the comedy world what the Mickey Mouse Club was to ’90s/2000 pop: the training ground for those who are going to make it.… Read more >

The Second City begins two-week run at The Rep

This Scene originally appeared in the April 30, 2014, issue of Sync

Second City Blue Tour

Are you a fan of Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? What about comedians like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris? Then you’ll want to reserve a seat for when The Second City improv comedy group makes a stop at Arkansas Repertory Theatre — those actors and more all got their start in The Second City.

With its home base in Chicago since 1959, The Second City has also had a traveling troupe since 1967. This is the group’s ninth trip to The Rep, the most recent being in 2011. The cast that comes to Little Rock this week on the Happily Ever Laughter tour includes Scott Morehead, Adam Peacock, Liz Reuss, Marlena Rodriguez, Ted Tremper and Sarah Shook.… 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.