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Quick Picks: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

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 >

Nog-Off, exhibit openings at Historic Arkansas Museum on Friday


Raise a glass: The Historic Arkansas Museum celebrates its 10th Ever Nog-Off on Friday. From 5-8 p.m., stop by the museum to taste nogs from Cache, Capital Bar and Grill, The Empress of Little Rock, Loblolly Creamery, Bridget Fennel Farris, John Selig and family, and Stone’s Throw Brewing. A winner will be determined by “culinary celebrity judges” — that’s Mayor Mark Stodola, lawyer and blogger Joel DiPippa, and Sync‘s food writer, Emily Van Zandt.… Read more >

Simply abstract: A conversation with artist Ray Wittenberg

A shorter version of this interview was originally published in the July 16, 2014, edition of Sync. 


In between his time spent working at Oxford American and playing in a couple of local bands, Ray Wittenberg finds time to paint. His career as an artist dates back to 2000 when he and his wife, Tina Turner, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stuck with a case of writer’s block, Turner suggested Wittenberg take a drawing class to clear his mind. At the recommendation of a mentor in Santa Fe, Wittenberg headed to New York City in 2002 for a year of intense training in drawing and painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Counting music, minimalism and his time in New York as major influences, Wittenberg has been painting more than ever lately. His first exhibit, “So What!” It’s the Least I Can Do …, is currently on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum.… 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.


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 >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.