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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

07/02

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.

07/03

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: Echo Ellis book reading, Wine & Food Festival, more

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 05/20

To honor Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS documentary Time of Fear will screen at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The film explores how 16,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to relocate to military camps in the racially segregated region of southeast Arkansas during World War II. Time of Fear uses scenes from home movies and exclusive interviews to present native Arkansans’ reactions. Admission is free, and beverages will be provided.

05/21

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro hosts Cocktails with Echo Ellis, a book reading and signing by local author Suzi Parker, from 8-10 p.m. Parker’s recently released novel, Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter, follows a female journalist who unravels a mystery in the Mississippi Delta. Parker will also speak on the book and what it’s like being a writer.

05/23

The Colors of Rhythm Percussion Concert will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. The concert will feature three talented percussionists from India: Ustad Taufiq Qureshi on the djembe, Pandit Milind Tulankar on the jal tarang and harmonium and Ramdas Palsule on the tabla. Tickets are $15.

05/29

The Wildflowers — formed … Read more >

Quick Picks: UCA Film Festival, Toad Suck Daze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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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Clinton School announces January public programs

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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its January lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.

A panel discussion: “Young and African-American in 2015,” Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. 

The Clinton School and the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy are hosting a panel discussion: “Young and African-American in 2015” on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This timely discussion follows the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fl.; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Eric Garner in New York City; and New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.… 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 >

November lineup of Public Programs at Clinton School of Public Service

19179122_BG1The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its November lineup of public programs and speakers. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, unless listed otherwise.

Legacies & Lunch: Justice Troy Poteete, executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association: Nov. 5 at noon at CALS’ Ron Robinson Theater (in partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)

Troy Poteete was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court by Chief Chad Smith in 2007 and is the executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association, an organization he helped found. Justice Poteete also founded the Historical Society in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, served as executive director of the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, and was a delegate to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional Convention. In 2000, Justice Poteete was appointed executive director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, a tribal entity jointly created by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee Nations to administer their interests in the 96-mile section of the Arkansas … Read more >

Clinton School announces January public programs

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced its January lineup of speakers and programs. The programs are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239.

Below is a list of programs and descriptions from the school’s press release. All events listed here take place in the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall.

Ying Ma, author of Chinese Girl in the GhettoJan. 21 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. (book signing to follow)

Ying Ma writes regularly about China, international affairs, the free market and conservatism, and much of her research explores the nexus between political and economic freedom with respect to China’s rising influence on the global stage. She is the author of Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, a memoir about getting to know freedom from post-Mao China to inner-city Oakland, Cal. She is also a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based free-market think tank.

Paul Schmitz, author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up: Jan. 22 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. (book signing to follow)

Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, which has advanced the leadership of over 5,000 diverse young adults … 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.