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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 >

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

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

03/25-26

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.

3/27

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.

03/27-29

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.

03/28

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Quick Picks: Throwback film screenings, soup, basketball, RVs + more

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02/05

The Harlem Globetrotters return to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Tickets are $25-$115 including fees through Ticketmaster outlets. Find more information here.

02/06

Join the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for its February edition of Sandwiching in History, which features a tour of the Matthews-Clauson-McCullough House at 10226 Mill Road in Sherwood. The tour begins at noon.

02/06

The Ron Robinson Theater presents Pretty Woman at 7 p.m. as part of its Rewind series. Admission is $5. More information here.

02/06-08

In the market for a recreational vehicle? The 39th annual Arkansas RV Show is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. Adults admission is $5. Find more info here.

02/08

The Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families invites families to slurp soup for a good cause Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. The 34th Annual Soup Sunday begins at 4 p.m. Regular admission is $25 and goes up to $30 after 5 p.m. Friday. More information here.

02/10

As a winter fundraiser, the Arkansas Brewers Guild hosts a tap takeover featuring local … Read more >

Splice Microcinema: Back to the original format

This Scoop originally appeared in the May 21, 2014, issue of Sync.

A scene from Le Mepris by Jean-Luc Godard, the director who was the focus of Splice Microcinema’s April programming.

A scene from Le Mepris by Jean-Luc Godard, the director who was the focus of Splice Microcinema’s April programming.

The Little Rock Film Festival might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean fans of good film need to wait a whole year for more interesting screenings. Especially if you’re into alternative, cult classics and the underground arthouse film scene, in which case you should check out Splice Microcinema, a fairly new weekly alternative film series.

“We’re still green and are finding our footing, but we’re focused on showing films on nondigital film formats — 16 mm, mostly (the vinyl of film),” says Haven Hamilton, one of Splice Microcinema’s organizers. “Underground classics, alternative/rediscovered American cinema, iconic arthouse films that need to be seen in a crowd, deep cuts from cult movie history, countercanonical whatever — we show pretty much everything you won’t see anywhere else.”… Read more >

4 places to catch alternative movie screenings this summer

With the Little Rock Film Festival gearing up next week, let’s take a look at some more opportunities for film this summer.

KABF presents Movie in the Garden at Bernice Garden on May 9 with a screening of Weird Science.

KABF presents Movie in the Garden at Bernice Garden on May 9 with a screening of Weird Science.

1. First, KABF is hosting its first Movies in the Garden tonight at The Bernice Garden. A screening of 1980s teen classic master John Hudges’ Weird Science begins at sundown. Before that, fill up on food from trucks, popcorn, wine and beer and enjoy live DJ sets beginning at 5 p.m. The movie is free, but food and drinks will cost you. RSVP here. Stay tuned on whether this will be a recurring collaboration between KABF and Bernice Garden.… Read more >

50 years after the Fab Four

This Scene originally appeared in the April 9, 2014 issue of Sync.

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Beatlemania sweeps Argenta half a century after the first British Invasion when a special exhibition of Beatles photos opens Friday.

The British Invasion 50 Years Later, presented by the Argenta Arts District and Retro Images Archive, is a celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance onThe Ed Sullivan Show. Two hundred archival images will be spread over seven locations throughout Argenta, including Greg Thompson Fine Art, Pennington Studios, The Joint, THEA Foundation, Art Connection, the William F. Laman Public Library and Galaxy Furniture. The exhibition runs through April 19.

Retro Images Archive supplied the images, just as it did for the JFK 50 Years Later exhibit in 2013, and all images have been framed and prepared by Bryan & Devan Conservation in Little Rock.… Read more >

LRFF and CALS honor actor with weekend of film

Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses with the award he won for best actor in a drama for his work in "Capote, " at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2006. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses with the award he won for best actor in a drama for his work in “Capote, ” at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2006. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Following Oscar Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death over the weekend, the Little Rock Film Festival and Central Arkansas Library System have announced they’ll offer free screenings of three of Hoffman’s films.

Magnolia screens Friday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m.; Charlie Wilson’s War screens Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Capote screens Sunday at 4 p.m. All screenings are in Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Ave.) and are free.… Read more >

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