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Change of the guard: White Water Tavern reopens in August under new ownership

Through its 45-year history, it's stayed just the way we like it: crusty, unpretentious, sweetly familiar. And here’s the good news: After a year and change of being shuttered, the place looks largely the same ahead of its reopening.

Catch Firebrand Theatre Co.'s interpretation of "The Tempest" in Conway this weekend

Through Sunday, July 11, a new theater company called Firebrand will be re-interpreting William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on the campus of Hendrix College.
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Arkansas River Wild: Samuel Ellis of Rock Town River Outfitters navigated a flood, a pandemic and a 'Lime scooter epidemic'

In addition to guided sunset tours through downtown, locals and tourists can rent kayaks and float the Little Maumelle River, rent road or hybrid bikes from the River Market or explore the bike trails at River Mountain Park on mountain bikes from Rock Town’s new location in Two Rivers Park.

To-Do List: The Rep's 'Marie and Rosetta,' Mary Gauthier, Argenta Plaza Summer Series, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' on the riverfront

Coming up: The Rep takes "Marie and Rosetta" to War Memorial Park, Mary Gauthier at Fayetteville Roots HQ, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' at Movies in the Park and more.

Meet Barbara Hendricks — lyric soprano, Swedish citizen and refugee advocate from Ouachita County, Arkansas

How Barbara Hendricks sang her way out of rural Arkansas, onto the world’s biggest opera stages and into the lives of refugees across the globe.

New music from Little Rock trio Affection out today, 18 years after the fact

Like much of the music that’s come from Brasher, Morgan and Benjamin in the projects they’ve played in individually, Affection’s 2021 LP — recorded in 2003 — is both smart and wholly danceable.

In a nod to native Levon Helm, Fayetteville renames arts corridor project 'The Ramble'

The project will eventually connect the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the University of Arkansas’ Art and Design District with trails and pedestrian/cyclist connections. It is slated for completion by January 2024.

To-Do List: Hunter Foster's 'Layman,' 'Wonder Woman 1984' at the riverfront, a radio play on KABF-FM 88.3 and more

Coming up in July.

Artist V.L. Cox on 'escape velocity' and keeping an eye on home from her perch in Peekskill, New York

"I’ve had CEOs of billion-dollar international companies come up to me at events and art openings over the past few years and say, 'I’m very concerned about what’s going on down there.' They don’t care if Arkansas is a beautiful state. They don’t care about sports. They care about how people are treated and where to put their next multi-million-dollar business expansion. They care about their investments and their reputation."

'Nature always wins': Robbie Brindley talks kudzu and chaos

The images in Robbie Brindley's new book, "Kudzu and the Usual Erosion" were shot on 120 film on a Mamiya RB 67 camera — big enough to require a tripod and using a process that's "a lot more like fishing," Brindley told me. "You have to be very calm and patient.” 
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Steve H. Broadnax III and Ari Edelson give free workshops at The Rep in July

You may not be able to catch a show at The Rep's space on Main Street just yet, but you can visit for a workshop.

RIP Frank Bonner, Little Rock native and actor of "WKRP in Cincinnati" fame

Belatedly, we mark the passing of Frank Bonner, the Little Rock native who brought a little bit of Arkansas Razorback spirit to each episode of "WJRP in Cincinnati" in his role as station sales manager Herb Tarlek.

Weekend To-Do List: Rachel Ammons, March for Black Women and Girls, American Aquarium and more

Classical music at Wildwood, psychedelta at Four Quarter Bar and more this weekend.

Adaptation of Little Rock author Trenton Lee Stewart's 'Mysterious Benedict Society' coming soon to Disney+

Attention parents and nerds (i.e. subscribers of Disney+), here's something to add to your queue: a new adaptation of Little Rock author Trenton Lee Stewart's wildly popular young adult series "The Mysterious Benedict Society." The eight-episode series debuts June 25 and stars Kristen Schaal and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development," "Veep").
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Duane Jackson steps down as director of The Weekend Theater

After three years as The Weekend Theater's artistic director Duane Jackson is resigning from the position at the volunteer-run, social justice-minded theater company at the corner of 7th and Chester streets in downtown Little Rock.

Punk rock baseball and 'The Sandlot' tonight at Interstate Park

Punk rock baseball at Interstate Park tonight.

Judy Tenenbaum dead at 71

Argenta Community Theater co-founder and philanthropist Judy Tenenbaum died unexpectedly last Thursday.

Arkansauce, Erin Enderlin, The Salty Dogs among winners at 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards

The Arkansas Country Music Awards, held Monday, June 7 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, paid tribute to The Natural State's legacy of country music with performances from Amy Helm, Bonnie Montgomery, Shawn Camp, Mark Currey and others.

Check out this illustrated history of Louisiana's first Black lieutenant governor, penned by UA Little Rock prof Brian Mitchell

Mitchell worked with editor Nick Weldon and illustrator Barrington Edwards on the book, which follows Dunn as he was born into slavery, emancipated at age 10, elected lieutenant governor of Louisiana in 1868 and died mysteriously in 1873, just as he was poised to become Louisiana's first Black governor.

Weekend To-Do List: Erin Enderlin, 'Baggo, Brats & Blues,' Rev. Horton Heat with Dale Watson and more

Erin Enderlin at the Old State House Museum, the Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest, Charlotte Taylor at The Rail Yard for Habitat for Humanity and more.
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