Arkansas Arts

Riverfest Morris Day and the Time
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Little Rock's annual music festival, Riverfest, is suspending operations after four decades.

The Riverfest, Inc., board of directors announced Tuesday that 2017 was the last year for the music festival in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The festival's executive director, DeAnna Korte, says rising costs and more competition from other festivals made it difficult for Riverfest to continue.

Korte says hot and rainy weather in May and June also affected Riverfest's ability to be successful.

Photography Exhibit Explores Arkansas Family's Grief

Jun 20, 2017
Nina Robinson

An exhibit now on display at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock showcases how a documentary photographer grieved for a beloved family matriarch.

The exhibit is titled “Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album.” Photographer Nina Robinson has been telling stories through her photos for national publications for many years now. Her most recent project began as many others have, as an attempt to capture the nuances and complexities of southern life.

For the past several years, Beth Ditto was known as the dynamic frontwoman of the dance-punk band Gossip. She established herself as a singer with a helluva voice who embraced being queer, feminist and fat.

Movies In The Park
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The annual Movies in the Park film series begins Wednesday night in the River Market. Each Wednesday through the end of next month, movies will be screened at the First Security Amphitheater beginning at sundown.

Eight movies will be shown this summer, which is the 13th year for the series today overseen by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. All screenings are free.

Delta Regional Authority

One of the state’s most culturally significant regions is receiving a boon to its arts and development sectors. The Delta Regional Authority announced that nearly $460,000 will now be available to innovators in the fields of art and culture through its Creative Placemaking Initiative.

“Investments in our arts and culture sectors are an incredible contributor to our innovation, to our entrepreneurship, and having a more inclusive economy for our communities,” said Chris Masingill, DRA Federal Co-Chairman.

An Arkansas town with a population of about 10,000 will once again be host to one of the nation’s smallest but most enduring film festivals. The 16th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest is kicking off Friday in Batesville. Screenings are happening on two consecutive weekends, April 14-15 and April 21-22, at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Co-founder and executive director Judy Pest says this year’s slate of about 30 short and feature length films continues the festival’s somewhat challenging mission of showcasing depictions of rural life.

Comedian Patton Oswalt making fun of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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Former Arkansas governor and two-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has never been one to shy away from the opportunity for a joke no matter how good his material.

Comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Patton Oswalt were able to find some humor in Huckabee's jokes on Thursday's episode of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

Patton Oswalt read Huckabee's Twitter jokes with a deadpan delivery offering hokey intros like, "Do you guys like listening to music?" and "traveling's weird."

Jeff Nichols
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An Arkansas-born film writer and director will chair a state group hoping to build a film community in Arkansas.

Little Rock native Jeff Nichols was announced Wednesday as the chair the Arkansas Cinema Society, which plans to bring together residents to watch films, share ideas and provide connections with other filmmakers.

Nichols also plans to host three seminars on filmmaking during the first year of the society.

On this episode of Arts & Letters, University of Central Arkansas writer and professor John Vanderslice talks about his book Days On Fire. The novel explores the tumultuous days of painter Vincent Van Gogh from his early life in Holland to his hospitalization in St. Paul's Asylum in Saint Remy. Along the way, we discuss Van Gogh's many obsessions, including the painter's relationships with religion, women, family and work. 

Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony

Feb 21, 2017

On this episode of At the Symphony, we preview Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor. Known as the "Resurrection" Symphony, this expansive work represents something of a quest to discover the answers to the fundamental questions to life, the meaning and purpose of human existence and the problem of the afterlife. Lasting nearly and hour and a half, the work contains measures of tragedy, despair and exaltation.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform the the on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26.

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