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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: Legends of Rhythm, Zoo Snooze, more

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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 >

Quick Picks: Czech That Film Festival, Mini Comic Con, more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo


Little Rock’s Movies in the Park kicks off its 2015 lineup with a screening of Divergent at sunset (approximately 8:18 p.m.) at the First Security Amphitheater. The 2014 sci-fi film follows Tris (Shailene Woodley), a teenager who discovers she is considered a member of a targeted faction of society and embarks on a quest to learn more. The event is free to the public.


Get acquainted with the world of gin and tonics at the Gin & Tonic with David Burnette class at Eggshells Kitchen Co. from 6-8 p.m. Burnette is the bar manager at South on Main, a SoMa restaurant known for its inventive menu options. Registration for the class is $50, which covers all drinks and light snacks. For more information, click here.


The Czech That Film Festival will set up in Little Rock to present five films made in the Czech Republic at Ron Robinson Theater. The event begins with a 7 p.m. showing of Clownwise on Friday, with four other films to be screened Saturday. Czech actress Eva Jenickova, who has a role in Clownwise and other notable Czech projects, will be present. The festival is … Read more >

Quick Picks: Documentary screenings, live music, beer dinner

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Top events this week in central Arkansas: 


Catch a screening of The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain at Riverdale 10 Cinema. A $10 admission fee includes a discussion and Q&A with Mustain and the director, Matthew Wolfe, following the documentary. The screening begins at 7 p.m.


The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents a Capital Hotel Concert at 5:15 p.m. at the Capital Hotel. The event is free and open to the public.… Read more >

Co-opt: UALR artists showcase work at South on Main



Co-opt: An Evening of Fine Arts with UALR returns to South on Main for a showcase of student work from the fine art department of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Works from the school’s painters, sculptors, printmakers and illustrators will be displayed throughout the venue, and the theater, dance and music departments will perform onstage. The showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public, but it’s suggested that you call (501) 244-9660 to make a reservation.

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Crafting a career: A conversation with artist Morgan Hill

A shorter version of this Q&A with Little Rock artist Morgan Hill ran in the June 25, 2014, issue of Sync.

Even if you haven’t heard of Morgan Hill, chances are you’ve seen her work — especially if you spend any time in the downtown Little Rock neighborhood SoMa. She’s responsible for Moxy Modern Mercantile’s wall-sized logo made of yarn hanging behind the register. Her faceted wooden jewelry is for sale in the Esse Purse Museum gift shop, where she works part time. And a large wooden sculpture at South on Main was specially commissioned for the space. While she’s making her mark on the art community in the capital city, Hill draws inspiration from her life growing up in Wynne. Also on her resume? Midcentury furniture design, taxidermy and some of the most awe-inspiring costumes you’ve ever seen.

Arkansas artist Morgan Hill in front of her piece featured at South on Main

Arkansas artist Morgan Hill in front of her piece featured at South on Main

When someone asks, “What kind of art do you do?” what do you say?Read more >

SoMa Mardi Gras Parade: Bon Temps on South Main


This Scene was originally published in the Feb. 26, 2014, issue of Sync.

The season of Carnival comes to an end Tuesday, but not before Little Rock celebrates the season with a Mardi Gras parade on South Main Street complete with floats, beads and king cake.

The City of Little Rock, SoMa and the SoMa Business Alliance present the SoMa Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday at noon. The parade begins at Main and 24th streets and ends at Main and 12th streets, and spectators are encouraged to line the route with folding chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. The parade takes place rain or shine.… Read more >

Shakespeare in the South: Tales at South on Main


Oxford American and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre team up to bring a special Shakespeare-themed Tales from the South to South on Main next week. Shakespeare in the South, which made its Tales from the South debut in 2012, is Tuesday and features stories by Greg Brownderville, Stacey Margaret Jones and Sara Shumaker. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats at a table are $15 each. General admission tickets (no table) are $10 and are available first come, first served. Tickets are available online here.

Also coming soon in the world of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: Swing Along with Shakespeare at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Junior League Building. The Bard Ball features a swing band and a sneak peek at the upcoming AST season. Tickets for the event are $75 in advance.… Read more >

5 Ways to get geared up for Valentine’s Day

We’re two weeks out from the Hallmark lovers’ holiday, Valentine’s Day. Here are five upcoming Valentine’s Day-themed activities and events for you to share with your loved one, your BFF or your kids.

Find Your Heart in Hillcrest: Scavenger hunt // Now through Feb. 12

Organized by the Hillcrest Merchants Association, this scavenger hunt began on Jan. 28 and will continue for the next couple of weeks, ending on Feb. 12. Twenty-two Hillcrest merchants have hidden hearts in their businesses; you must find 10 and drop a filled out card at a box located at each of those 10 locations to be eligible to win the Heart of Hillcrest prize of over $2,000 in gift cards, services and goods.

Included in the prize package is $50 to Full Moon, $50 to Box Turtle, two massage gift certificates to Advanced Health Spa, lunch for two at Canon Grill, a heart-shaped pizza for two with drinks at Damgoode Pies and more. The winner will be drawn Feb. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church.… Read more >

Weekend full of holiday shopping and sipping

The weekend ahead is full of holiday events in downtown Little Rock, especially those which encourage finishing up your Christmas shopping with some handmade gifts by local artists and artisans.

If you’re a fan of our local Etsy merchants, head to the River Market Saturday for the Holly Trolley Handmade Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in both pavilions. The market is in conjunction with Holly Trolley Day organized by the River Market and Argenta to offer free rides on the trolley (free rides are from 8:30 a.m. to midnight).… 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.