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10 Events for Weekend Fun: Pooches & Pumpkins, Razorbacks and More

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It's the last weekend to visit the Arkansas State Fair, and the first weekend for the 2014 Boo at the Zoo! Plus, there's still plenty of pumpkin-picking to do. And, if you need a good scare, you can head to Magic Screams (read our full article here)!

Here are 10 ideas for family fun this weekend (Oct. 17-19), from dog costume contests to live music!

1. Razorback Football: University of Georgia vs. University of Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium: Get ready, Little Rock! The Hogs take on the Bulldogs at War Memorial this weekend. Ticket prices vary. 3 p.m. Oct. 18. For info:

2. Boo at the Zoo at Little Rock Zoo: This popular Halloween festival is back Oct. 19-Nov. 1 (plus an adult preview night on Oct. 17!) and filled with lots of howl-o-ween fun. The festival is appropriate for families with children of all ages, and features a safe environment for trick-or-treating. Don your costumes, stroll through the colorful lights and Halloween-themed decorations, and enjoy nightly dance contests, free carousel rides, glitter tattoos, live music, a dance party and more. Zoo is closed Oct. 18 for Razorback football game; 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 23-Nov. 1. $10; all-inclusive arm bands $20. For info: (501) 666-2406,

3. Arkansas State Fair at Arkansas State Fairgrounds: The fair continues through Oct. 19, with rides, a petting zoo, concerts and more. For more info, read our full blog post here.

4. Farm Fest at St. Joseph Farm in North Little Rock: A celebration on the picturesque 63-acre farm includes a pumpkin patch, sorghum-Sudan maze, tours through the seven-acre Food Forest -- a project designed to feed the hungry and planted with fruit, berry and nut trees. The opening weekend (Oct. 18-19) will feature music all day, hayrides, the Arkansas Craftsman Fair, local food and a pioneer village filled with costumed actors. $15 Sat., $10 Sun.; children under 12 $7; children 2 and under free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18-19. For info: (870) 370-4047,

5. Pooches & Pumpkins at The Good Earth Garden Center: There will be many fall-themed areas for family photos, a pet costume contest, free hot dogs, hayrides, balloons, face painting, live music and much more. Local rescue groups have been invited, too. Kids and pets in costume get little pumpkins while they last. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18. For info: (501) 868-4666, FREE!

6. 3rd Annual Paws on Pinnacle at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: This event features informative programs about caring for your dog, getting outside and hiking safely with your dog, and agility and working dog demonstrations. The final event of the day will be a dog "Howl-O-Ween" costume contest! Programs begin at 8 a.m., and the costume contest at 3 p.m. All well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to attend. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18. For info: (501) 868-5806, FREE!

7. 2nd Annual Biketoberfest at River Market Pavilions: The Little Rock River Market, Chainwheel and Recycle Bikes for Kids present this 2nd annual event that features bikes, beer, music, art and a stunt BMX show! Soft Drinks, water and beer are available for sale; with a portion of the proceeds going to the Arkansas Freedom Fund. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 19. For info: Admission FREE!

8. 5th Annual Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Clinton Presidential Library: This signature event for Autism Speaks generates funds for autism research, raises awareness and connects local families. There is no fee to walk in the event, but each participant who raises at least $150 will receive a commemorative t-shirt. The one-mile family fun walk begins at 10:25 a.m. This year, runners can also participate in the 2nd Annual Arkansas 5K, held in conjunction with the walk event. the run begins at 7 a.m.; registration is $20, plus an option for a 5K t-shirt. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 18. For info:

9. ASO Masterworks Series: Blazing Brass at Maumelle Performing Arts Center: Richard Jorgensen, principal trumpet with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, performs selections by composers Joseph Haydn and Anton Bruckner. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 & 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $19-$58, children are free to Sunday performance with the Entergy Kid's Ticket. For info: (501) 666-1761,

10. Justin Moore in Concert at First Security Amphitheatre: Local country musician (and dad!) Justin Moore brings his "Off the Beaten Path" tour to Little Rock for an outdoor concert in the First Security Amphitheatre. The night kicks off with opening act Backroad Anthem. $25.50. 7 p.m. Oct. 17. For info:

For more events, browse our full online calendar here.

Instagram Sneak Peek: Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co.


Ever since Your Mama’s Good Food (RIP) closed its doors in September, it’s left a hole in the heart of downtown Little Rock.

So let’s fill it with noodles! 

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. has been slated to move into the Center St. slot for well over a month now. The traditional (not Americanized) Chinese restaurant is dedicated to keeping the words "quality," "flavor" and "quick-service" all in the same sentence. 

Along with killer furnishings, Three Fold will also have an event room equipped with projection and audio systems for meeting and gathering needs. If you're interested in how the dumplings are made, you can even have a seat in the pastry kitchen to watch.

Three Fold's projected opening date isn't until mid-December, which is difficult when you're as impatient as we are. Recently, their Instagram has only gotten us more excited about the opening. 

See for yourself.




Weekend To-Do List: 15 Events to Check Out

It's another busy weekend in Little Rock and oh yeah, just in case you didn't know, the Razorbacks are in town. Here's what's happening around the metro for both game-day goers and non game-day goers. Enjoy! 

Thursday (Oct. 16)

Second Annual Contemporaries Fountain Fest at Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock: Thursday night is your opportunity to help out the Arkansas Arts Center at its Fountain Fest. The arts center is hosting a night of food, drinks, music and entertainment, and the proceeds are going toward new exhibits and projects for you to enjoy at the Arkansas Arts Center. It's a win-win situation. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, click here, or check out our preview story. The fest is slated for 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Art in the Park at Wildwood Park, 20919 County Road 40, Little Rock: Wildwood has a new program, Art in the Park, and to help kick it off, it's hosting some of the area's best artists. The works of art will be on display for free, daily, from 9 am. to 5 p.m. during the week, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Nov. 16. Wildwood is hosting a free reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. 

Hawgs for a Cause at AEDD Multipurpose Center, 105 E. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock: Who wouldn't like to enjoy some good barbecue and support a good cause? Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled is hosting a night of good barbecue, drinks and auctions — both live and silent. Items to bid on will include Razorback memorabilia, art, trips, home décor, holiday items, jewelry and much more. Tickets to the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. the event starts at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

Around the World: Bremen, Germany at Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Germany on Thursday at Forty Two at the Clinton Presidential Center. The night includes a five-course tasting menu and special entertainment. Tickets are $27.95 per person. To reserve tickets, call 537-0042. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

Artisan Workshop Series at Arcade Events Room, 100 Rock St., Little Rock: Ever been incredibly jealous of your friends iPhone photos? Then come learn better techniques to take your photo skills to another level. The class is $20 and begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, click here.

Friday (Oct. 17)

Boo at the Zoo Adult Night at Little Rock Zoo, One Zoo Drive, Little Rock: Get a sitter for the kids and come enjoy Boo at the Zoo Adult Night. It will have everything from rides, the haunted train, a haunted house, a costume contest, Frankenstein's Dance Party and a lot more. There will also be music, food trucks and, of course, drinks. Tickets are $25. The fun goes from 6-9 p.m. For more information, click here.

The Easy Leaves at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock: Songwriters Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield — The Easy Leaves — will bring their string band to South on Main for a free concert Friday night. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information on events at South on Main, click here.

Justin Moore at First Security Amphitheater, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: The Razorbacks are in town this weekend to play the Georgia Bulldogs and Arkansas native and country singer, Justin Moore, is kicking off game weekend with a concert. The gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 and can be purchased here. Prohibited items include coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs and cameras. For a full list of prohibited and allowed items, click here

Danse Mélange at Albert Pike Masonic Center, 712 Scott St., Little Rock: Arkansas Festival Ballet is presenting Danse Mélange, an exciting evening of dance that will feature Peter Grimes and an operatic tale by Benjamin Britten performed in collaboration with Praeclara Bevan Keating. Tickets are $15 to $20. For more information, click here.

Saturday (Oct. 18)

Fourth Annual Pooches & Pumpkins at The Good Earth Garden Center, 15601 Cantrell Road, Little Rock: All are invited to participate in an afternoon filled with family photos, free hot dogs, popcorn, beverages, balloons, face painting, live music and much more. There's even a pet costume contest, so be sure and bring your pets in costume. The event is free and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Georgia Bulldogs at War Memorial Stadium, One Stadium Drive, Little Rock: The Hogs are in the capital city this weekend to take on an SEC foe, the Georgia Bulldogs. Kickoff is 3 p.m., but you know when the Hogs are in town, the fun starts early with tailgating. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the stadium or online.

Hogtoberfest at Cache, 425 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: If you're going to the game, the folks at Cache have you covered. The game will be on in the upstairs lounge, but after the game is over, stick around for some food and drink specials. You'll also get to enjoy a musical performance from Mayday by Midnight.

"Pride & Joy" at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 Rock St., Little Rock: Come see a screening of "Pride & Joy," a Southern Food Alliance documentary and enjoy some sample food from local chefs. You'll also hear their views on Southern cuisine. The event is free and begins at 6 p.m. The film, directed by Joe York, will begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday (Oct. 16-18)

Feinstein's, 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock: The Heights boutique is hosting two trunk shows this weekend. Stop by and check out the early spring line from Lafayette and the latest jewelry from Deborah Gaspar. The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Southern Accented, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock: The clothing and gift boutique is partnering up with neighboring shop Domestic Domestic for a special trunk show featuring Arkansas-based collegiate apparel company CO-ED CO-OP. In honor of this weekend's game, Razorback apparel will be front and center. Southern Accented will have options for the ladies and Domestic Domestic will display merch for the gents. Woo Pig! 



Arkansas Baker to Branch Out Into Chocolate Business

A prolific Arkansas baker is branching out into the chocolate-making business. Ashton Woodward of Arkansas Fresh Bakery says his new Cocoa Rouge chocolate line will be available in Little Rock retail locations around Halloween. Cocoa Rouge will become one of the only chocolate companies making sweets in the state of Arkansas.

Cocoa Rouge is a line of Belgian chocolates, a style of chocolate-making that uses more milk chocolate than the cream and butter found in darker French chocolates. Woodward says he prefers the slightly sweeter chocolates as opposed to the deeper and bitter flavors of dark chocolate. Woodward says he will only sell assortments to start.

“It really stands as a symbol for the highest quality chocolates in the world,” says Woodward. “We want to do numerous other products, but where my interest is for Cocoa Rouge is the assortments.”

Because of the low temperatures required for chocolate making (typically 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit), there are very few chocolate companies in the South. Woodward had to set apart some space at his baking facility that stays cool and maintains a low humidity at all times. Woodward has invested in his facility with top-of-the-line equipment capable of producing thousands of pounds of chocolate at a time.

Woodward isn’t saying what specific retailers will be selling Cocoa Rouge, though he says more than a dozen of his current customers have expressed interest in carrying the new chocolate line. Woodward says he is also working with some new clients and wants to have Cocoa Rouge in more than 20 retail locations before the end of the year.

Cocoa Rouge chocolates are made in the same facility where Woodward bakes bread for more than four-dozen Little Rock eateries. Arkansas Fresh creates bread, buns and rolls for places like Big Orange, The Pantry, Hillcrest Artisan Meats, The Main Cheese and many other restaurants. He is also opening his own restaurant, Arkansas Fresh Café, in Bryant before the end of the year.

To hear a full interview with Woodward on Cocoa Rouge and Arkansas Fresh, and for more on the upcoming Bryant restaurant, visit our partner site Little Rock Foodcast.


Last Chance to Vote in Our 'Soiree Recommends' Poll

Last chance! From the best brunch spots to your favorite liquor store, Soirée wants to know your go-tos in Little Rock. Vote now for 2015 Soirée Recommends, a new and improved era for Platinum Service. 

We've provided 80 categories including where to go for a custom-made suit, best place for a mani/pedi, who serves up the best happy hour and which eatery offers the best cheese dip. 

You provide the names and click on the banner at the bottom of the page to submit them.

Click here to participate. 

Winners will be published in the January 2015 issue of Little Rock Soirée. The deadline to vote is TODAY, Oct. 17.

She Said Yes Hosting Allure Bridal Trunk Show Oct. 17-18

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Attention brides-to-be: If you've been eyeballing an Allure Bridal gown, but haven't pulled the trigger just yet, we have great news!

Our friends at She Said Yes are hosting an Allure Bridal trunk show THIS WEEKEND (Oct. 17-18) at their bridal shop in Rogers where guests will receive 10% off of any Allure gown! 

Stop by for sweet treats, champagne and the KILLER dress you've been looking for. 

But hurry! Appointments are going fast! Call (479)-631-2006 to schedule a time or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Q&A With the Cast of 'Wait Until Dark'

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Promo photo from the Rep


This month, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is putting on their first thriller in almost 20 years, and folks, it’s going to be a doozy. This 1960s spine-chiller has slimy conmen, a malicious bad guy and a blind woman who won’t go down without a fight. Combine that with a thick layer of suspense and we already have goosebumps.

We sat down with Bob Hopp, Rep Producing Artistic Director and director of “Wait Until Dark,” and the cast to get a sneak peak at the October show. We heard from Amy Hutchins and Nate Washburn, who play Susy and Sam, the couple you’ll be rooting for; Craig Maravich and Robert Lerardi, portraying the resident conmen Mike and Sgt. Carlino; and the man who will make your hair stand on end, Michael Stewart Allen as Harry Roat, Jr.

The show opens Oct. 24. For more information and tickets, click here.


OK, I’ve read the synopsis and it sounds terrifying, so tell me a little bit about your characters.

Amy: I play Susy Hendrix. I’m recently blind, only for about a year, and I’m still getting better at navigating the world without sight. I’m married to Sam, and the whole action of the play takes place in our basement apartment in Greenwich Village. We’re newlyweds, we’ve only been married for six months. At the start of the play, everything’s great with us.

Nate: Everything is great. I’m a photographer and through a weird twist of fate, something is lost in my apartment that certain gentlemen want to find. They have to keep me out of the place and get through her, con her.

Craig: So, yeah, we’re the certain gentlemen. 

Robert: We’re conmen, freshly out of prison. 

C: The two of us, Carlino and Mike, and Roat are partners.

Michael: I play Harry Roat, Jr. He's a sociopath, but he’s the mastermind of the whole con and he’s the one that’s really trying to get what is lost. Aside from these two guys, he’s just more willing to go places that other people are not, as far as what he’s willing to do. He’s not a very good guy.

C: As conmen, there’s a line that we won’t cross, but you’ve (Roat) got your sot of own set of rules.

M: Yeah, I’m sure I have that line, but its not in the play. I don’t know what his line is.


Yikes. So what is it about this show that makes it so unique?

A: Some of the action takes place in the dark and I can’t think of many plays where a good chunk of action happens in the dark.

M: I think that’s what makes it so spooky is that the audience engages their imagination. They're asked to use their imagination in a way that not many plays do, which I think is going to be more powerful because they’ll fill it in more individually with what happens in the dark than we can. That’s what scares you. That sound in the dark when you’re getting ready to go to sleep. That’s what really spurs the imagination. That’s what makes it special.

C: What makes it unique is that it puts everybody in the position of our protagonist. You really have to rely on your other senses besides sight, specifically sound. I think it’s really unique to be in a live setting and be in the dark and have to rely on your senses as an audience member in the play. I think it really successfully sets up and sustains this tension and this buildup of suspense. There’s a lot of twists and turns to the plot. It’s a very elaborate con that is going rather well, but there’s a lot of thinking on your feet. The audience is following that and then… It’s a weird play to talk about. I feel like I’ve said too much already. 

R: Imagine tension, tension, tension, black. Then what?


Wait, are we talking about a full blackout here?

Bob Hupp: What we’ve spent time doing in the theatre, it’s interesting. You go into a room that you think is dark, then you realize why it isn’t dark. All the technicians who are controlling what happens on stage are all in front of computer screens and those computer screens glow, and so do exit signs. When you turn the lights off and you think you're gonna be in total blackness you realize you’re not. That’s all technical, how you deal with that in a theatre, how you achieve that kind of blackout.

But the play is not told from her point of view because the audience sees what’s unfolding, but she's definitely the protagonist. So for her to win this battle of wits, she has to turn the tables and she has to make these men come into her world. Her world is darkness. The only way she can win is to play to her strength, and her strength is her perceived weakness, the same one these guys have been playing on for two hours to try to manipulate her into giving them what they want.

What’s interesting from a theatrical point of view is how, when you turn the tables, the entire audience comes into her world. How we create that technically is very challenging and very interesting. How they create that world and do everything that they have to do as actors, but to do it without probably the second most important sensory organ of an actor: sight, the first being speech. 

We have to craft it. Obviously, if its totally dark up there and you can’t see anything as an audience member, you’re just going to be on your cell phone. We have to find ways of creating that darkness and using that darkness as an element of surprise as an element of storytelling and to really tell the story from her point of view. That’s also what makes this play experience unique. You’re living it with her.

But it’s Halloween, it’s October. We haven’t done a thriller in 20 years. This is something that i think is a lot of fun. It’s not gross scary, it’s not like slasher film, it’s not oh-I’m-gonna-feel-sick scary. 

Keep in mind it was written in ’66. It is, for all intents and purposes, a period piece. It has that sort of retro quality to it that I like. It’s suspenseful. You spend your time trying to figure out who’s lying and who's telling the truth, what’s real and what’s not. That unfolds and climaxes in one of the most physical battles we’ve ever done on our stage, especially where light and the absence of light determine the outcome of the story. It’s very exciting and very difficult. 

M: If someone checks their cell phone at the wrong time, it would be bad.


We interrupt this interview to remind you not to be that guy. Don't check your phone during the show.


C: Hopefully people will be so caught up, and I think they will, in what’s happening, that’s shouldn’t be a problem. 

B: If someone’s checking their phone at THAT moment of the play, we’re doing something wrong. 


Seriously. Even though they're making jokes about it, don't do it.


When was the last time The Rep did a thriller?

B: I think it was a play called “The Woman in Black” (1996-97 season), which is also a movie. That was before my time and I’ve been here 15 years. We haven’t even done an Agatha Christie.


So what made you decide to do one this time?

B: Well, it’s a play that’s on everybody’s mind right now because it’s having a lot of revivals. Recently, there was a new adaptation written that has had some performances in some high profile theaters, but we chose not to do that adaptation. That version moves the play to the end of the Second World War and I was much more interested in the 1960s vibe of this play. It’s the last era you could pull off some of the things these guys say. 

[Mike and Carlino] are kind of like throwback ‘50s conmen and [Roat] is the dark side of the ‘60s. His character represents the complete disintegration of society and in some ways, one could make the case that our culture walked up to that precipice by 1972 when kids were being shot at Kent State. This play is perfectly poised in the mid-60s where America was kind of teetering either way, where you can get caught up in the work of the 1960s. This play doesn’t have those social overtones, There’s no politics, there’s no pop culture. There’s nothing like that in the play, but in terms of why the play right now, because in many respects, there are echoes of that era in our own world today. 

A: They’re menacing.

B: But not like Freddy Krueger, not Jason. A good comparison, is that movie Cape Fear with… this psychopath who imposes himself upon this family, a villain who’s both charming and deadly.


As actors, you’re being presented with all of these character and physical challenges. What has that been like? 

R: It makes it fun. It’s a great challenge, but also it’s a great time.

A: Once it’s cooking, it’s like a roller coaster ride. It’s just setting up that anticipation and building in those beats. It’s a challenge, but once we finish with rehearsals and we’ve explored everything, it’s going to be so exciting to do it in front of an audience who doesn’t know what to expect. It’ll be really fun.

B: This play is driven by plot. You don’t learn a lot about these characters’ backstories. You don’t learn that Roat had a sad childhood. All you know about these characters is all you need to know to exist in this one room in this one apartment over this 24-hour span.

You don’t get on a roller coaster because of a philosophical idea and you go to this play to have a thrilling time. 

C: That’s a true thing you can’t manufacture. You’re sitting in an audience and you know that this isn’t real, but when you have that true feeling of fear, people seek that. Whether it’s roller coasters or watching something, it’s one of those core, true human feelings. To be able to take everyone on that journey, I think it’s great. 


What's been the most fun or interesting part of playing your characters?

A: Oh, hands down, getting to play a blind character. It’s a totally new experience and it’s not something that’s normally asked of me as an actor. I spent some time at World Services for the Blind nearby. I got to observe people in classes who some have been blind for a very long time, some were recently blind, some partially blind. I had a domestic training class where I learned techniques for cleaning and cooking; a mobility training class where I learned to walk with sleep shades on with a cane and the proper way to do that. I got to observe people navigating the space they know really well and how you wouldn't necessarily know that they were blind.

You don’t portray a blind person and get it right instantly, it’s something you really have to work on, but it’s been a fun challenge.

N: I push Amy’s character into relying on herself, and doing that and not coming across as a terrible, terrible human being is a challenge. I’ve really enjoyed sort of finding the balance between that and the moments that we have that are really nice as well.

A: Everything is good in the beginning of the play. Yes, he’s trying to make her a better blind person and she’s a little resistant, only because it’s hard work. But they’ve got a good relationship.

C: I think one of the challenges, but I think it’s been really rewarding to tackle, is that any time you play a role, there’s detective work you have to do as an actor. In this case, because the storytelling is so precise and so important, it’s a challenge to figure out those plot points we really need to serve up to the audience, even the simplicity of my needing to leave this box of keys in this particular place because five minutes later, Susy’s going to have to find it, or she’s going to bump into something. There’s the tracking of where you put everything in terms of props as well as story that is really, really integral to making sure the audience stays on board for this elaborate con that’s being set up.

R: I get to eat a sandwich. No, I play a guy who's one a these guys from New York. I live in New York, so I see them all the time. We play guys who are down on their luck; this guy’s broke, he’s not very smart, but he does one thing kinda well: He’s a conman. It’s fun getting to play one of these guys that I see once in a while walking down 2nd Avenue.

M: I’ve played a fair amount of bad guys in my time, I guess. Normally when you approach a part that’s the villain, you sort of find out what makes them human, why they’re making the choices they’re making and what that’s about. I just did two years playing a really bad German officer in “War Horse.” That was a guy who was caught on the wrong side, he had the wrong ideas, he was misguided, so it sort of justified his actions. 

For [Roat], it was sort of just figuring out that he doesn’t have any remorse about the things that he does. He doesn’t have that line. It’s not about figuring out why he’s good, it’s figuring out how to make him charming, yet at the same time really, really menacing. He’s remorseless. I think that’s what’s so freaky about him is that he does horrible things and he doesn’t feel bad about doing them. That’s been really interesting to try and tackle psychologically.

A: He delights in it. 

M: Yeah, he thinks it’s fun. It’s so interesting. It’s rare you get to play a part that relishes in that that much. 

It’s a thriller. It’s just a down-and-out thriller. There’s not a lot of that in American theatre now days. That’s what makes it fun, makes it exciting. 


2nd Friday Art Night to Open Print Exhibit, Celebrate Clinton Center Anniversary in November

Image by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

The Historic Arkansas Museum has seven galleries of Arkansas-made art and artifacts.


We’re halfway through October and the Clinton Presidential Center celebrations are coming in hot. 

The Historic Arkansas Museum is joining the list of activities honoring the center’s decade of open doors by dedicating its 2nd Friday Art Night on Nov. 14 to the Clintons, alongside a reception kicking off Under Pressure: The Arkansas Society of Printmakers Exhibition.

The event goes from 5-8 p.m. and will feature some fabulous vegan eats from local eatery That’s So Raw and a signature cocktail titled the F.O.B.

The Greasy Greens, the same band that played on the White House’s North Lawn for then President Clinton’s birthday, will perform at 2nd Friday at 5 p.m.

2nd Friday will also feature a trunk show with Nancy McGraw of Just for Pearls and author Kat Robinson signing copies of her newest book, “Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta.” The Museum Store is offering 20% off merchandise and a free shuttle service.

There are many exhibits at the museum, so make sure you stop by and educate yourself. Under Pressure will continue through Feb. 4. 

For more information on the Historic Arkansas Museum, check out their website

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