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Johnny Cash Exhibit Opens in Little Rock Oct. 10

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Johnny Cash strumming his guitar onstage in Hot Springs, October 1968. Courtesy: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture unveils a brand-new exhibit about one of Arkansas' greatest musical legends, Johnny Cash. Opening in downtown Little Rock's Underground Gallery in the Arkansas Studies Institute this Friday, Oct. 10, "Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon" illustrates the profound ways in which Arkansas affected Cash's music.

The exhibit explores the life of the Man in Black through never-before-seen photographs, newspaper images, historical documents, audio recordings and other memorabilia. Visitors will discover Cash's Arkansas connections over the decades, from his 1930s childhood in Dyess to his comeback in his later years.

The exhibit's opening day celebrates Cash's music with three concerts on Oct. 10, including Billy Nesbitt's performance for local schools (10:30 a.m.). As part of Second Friday Art Night, the Shape Note Singers from Mountain Home will perform at the exhibit reception from 5-8 p.m. And at 6:45 p.m., Jeff Coleman and the Feeders will bring their sound to the Ron Robinson Theater, to be followed by W.S. Holland Band at 7:30 p.m. All performances are free, but seating is limited.

The exhibit will be open for field trips; click here for more information. Teachers can also access lesson plans and educational materials to before and after visiting the exhibit; click here for teacher resources.

"Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon" will be open from Oct. 10-Jan. 24. The Underground Gallery at the Arkansas Studies Institute is located at 401 President Clinton Ave. in downtown Little Rock. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

For more info, visit

Pictured above: Cash strums his guitar on stage in Hot Springs, October 1968. Courtesy: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

Magic Springs Transforms into Magic Screams Oct. 11-Nov. 2; Win Tickets from Little Rock Family

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A trick-or-treat trail, haunted houses, and thrilling rides -- Magic Springs Water & Theme Park transforms into a Magic Screams, the ultimate Halloween hang-out for families from Oct. 11-Nov. 2. Plus, Little Rock Family will be giving away tickets to our readers each Wednesday in October (more details below)!

Here are five things your family will love at Magic Screams!

1. Kiddie Treats

On the trick-or-treat trail, kids can play games for candy prizes. Kiddos can also brave the haunted house made especially for them, called "Shiver Me Timbers." The pirate-themed attraction offers a milder experience for smaller children. Or, hop on one of the kids' rides for a little thrill.

2. Coasters and Rides

Bigger kids can take a whirl on some of their favorite Magic Springs rides and coasters, including the SkyShark, X-Coaster, The Gauntlet, Wild Thang, Big Bad John, Ozark Mountain Taxi Co., Razorback Roundup and the Carousel.

3. Haunted Houses

In addition to the kiddie haunted house, "Shiver Me Timbers," Magic Screams features two themed haunted houses. Braver souls can wander into the two terrifying attractions -- "Psychophobia" and "Paradox."

4. Superhero Fun

The fun isn't all frightening -- superhero fans can participate in a superhero-themed contest at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 for a chance to win up to four 2015 season passes. Contestants will have the first chance to meet and greet Wolverine; a public meet-and-greet will be held immediately following the contest, and will be followed by a screening of Despicable Me 2. All three activities will take place in the Split Rock Grill.

5. Movie Screenings

New this year, families can catch a classic Halloween flick at the Split Rock Grill. Movies shown include Despicable Me 2 (Oct. 11-12), Corpse Bride (Oct. 18-19), Beetlejuice (Oct. 25-26) and Monster House (Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2). All films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Info

Tickets are $29.99, children over 3 and under 48 inches in height $19.99. $10 discount tickets are available at area Walgreens, or visitors may bring a non-perishable food item and receive a $5 discount. Food items will be donated to the Project Hope Food Pantry in Hot Springs.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Little Rock Family Giveaway

Little Rock Family will give away two admission tickets to Magic Screams each Wednesday in October (Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29). Visit our Facebook page each Wednesday and follow the instructions for your chance to win!

Weekend To-Do List: 13 Events to Check Out

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There's live music, soirée's (had to), and various theatrical performances to enjoy this weekend. Here are just a few events to check out. Enjoy! 

Thursday (Oct. 9)

Argenta Block Party at Argenta Farmers Market, 520 Main St., Little Rock: Don't miss out on the chili cook-off, hot dogs, live music and Loblolly ice cream at the Argenta Block Party on Thursday. The fun goes from 5-8 p.m. 

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Rockefeller Quartet at Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock: Come enjoy the sounds of ASO's Rockefeller Quartet at a free concert Thursday evening at Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. The show is an hour long and begins at 5:15 p.m. 

Beer & Bräts at MacArthur Park, Ninth Street, Little Rock: This annual fundraiser helps raise money for improvements to MacArthur Park by hosting a night of beer and bräts. There will also be music from Mark Currey. Adults get in for $15. Those between 13-20 get in for $10 and kids 6-12 get in for $7. The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 375-0121.

Annual Associates Supper at Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock: This yearly event includes a reception, a southern feast and music entertainment. It all takes place on the lawn of the Old State House Museum. Tickets are $100. Proceeds go to the mission of the Old State House Museum. The event is from 6-9 p.m. For tickets, contact Sammye Johnston at 664-1879 or For more information, click here.

The Art of Motion: Tango at Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock: Come learn the art form that is the tango at the Arkansas Arts Center on Thursday night. You'll receive instruction from international instructors and after the lessons, you'll get to show off your new moves. You don't need a partner to attend. The class goes from 7-10:30 p.m. and is $10 for non-members. For more information, click here.

Little Rock Wind Symphony at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock: The wind symphony will kick off its 2014-15 year with "Energy & Reflection," conducted by Timothy Oliver. The show goes from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and free for students. For more information, click here.

Friday (Oct. 10)

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon at Butler Center Underground Gallery, 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: Through Jan. 24, the Center for Arkansas History and Culture is hosting Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon. The exhibit will feature nearly 100 items, including newspaper clippings, photographs, original works of art, memorabilia and historical documents. The story of Cash will begin with his birth and continue to include later visits and concerts in Arkansas. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be Cash's shows for Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller during Rockefeller's re-election campaign in the late 1960s. The exhibit is free. There's an opening reception set for 5-7:30 p.m. Friday. Cash's drummer, W.S. Holland, and his band will perform at the reception. For more information, click here

Bonerama at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock: Everyone's favorite restaurant in the South Main District is hosting a night of New Orleans-based music with the brass funk band Bonerama. The show begins at 10 p.m. Friday and is $17. For more information, click here.

Sunday (Oct. 12)

Little Rock Mid-Century Modern Tour at Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock: The Quapaw Quarter Association is hosting its inaugural tour of mid-century modern architecture in Little Rock. The tour will start at 1 p.m. at the Tower Building. Tickets are $15 for QQA members and $20 for non-members. For more information, click here.

Friday-Saturday (Oct. 10-11)

Amy Garland at Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd St., Little Rock: Amy Garland, a singer-songwriter that blends folk, R&B, bluegrass, pop and country, will perform as part of the Historic Arkansas Museum’s Second Friday Art Night. The event goes from 5:30-8 p.m. and includes music, art and refreshments. For more information, click here.


"A Quiet End" at The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St., Little Rock: It's the next-to-last weekend to see "A Quiet End," one of the earliest dramas on AIDS, at The Weekend Theater. The play follows three men — a teacher, an aspiring jazz pianist and an unemployed actor — who live in a rundown Manhattan apartment and have been shunned by their families because they have AIDS. Tickets to the show are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information and to reserve tickets, click here.

Friday-Sunday (Oct. 10-12)

Arkansas State Fair at State Fair Grounds, 2600 Howard St., Little Rock: It's that time again. Rides, games and everything fried. Enjoy the state fair Friday through Oct. 19. Some of the music acts include George Thorogood, Travis Tritt and Dru Hill. For more information, click here.

"The Rainmaker" at The Community Theater, 328 W. 7th St., Little Rock: The Community Theater's 59th season continues this weekend with "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash. The play follows a family suffering through a drought. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. the play will run through Oct. 19. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Esse Purse Museum to Showcase 'Handbags for Hillary' Exhibit

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President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wave to supporters during an event Saturday at the Old State House in Little Rock marking the 20th anniversary of Clinton's decision to run for president.


Sorry, Bill, but this one’s for Hill. 

As you probably know, the Clinton Presidential Library is celebrating a decade in Little Rock and the whole city is celebrating with 10 days of exhibits and events featuring the former First Family.

One of the establishments joining the fun is the Esse Purse Museum & Store with the exhibit “Handbags for Hillary.” The third special display of the year will follow Hillary from LR to DC by taking a look at handbags she received along the way.

What you will see: An incredible array of purses from one of the most compelling times in our state’s history.

What you won’t see: Any tags that say “If found, please return to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”

You can see “Handbags for Hillary” from Oct. 14 through Nov. 30 during regular store hours, which are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Museum admission of $10 ($8 for seniors, military, and students; children under 5 free) includes the special exhibit.

10 Things to Do at the Arkansas State Fair

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Arkansas State Fair! From Oct. 10-19, families can celebrate the milestone anniversary by enjoying all that the fair has to offer -- from rides and slides to livestock competitions and professional bull riding.

Here are 10 things to do with your family at the 2014 Arkansas State Fair!

1. 75th Anniversary Parade

To commemorate the big year, the Arkansas State Fair will host a special parade in downtown Little Rock -- the first State Fair parade in the state since 1986. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, with marching bands, floats, cars, animals and more promenading down Broadway to Capitol Ave. and concluding on the east side of the State Capitol building. The event is free to the public.


2. Midway Rides

You'll find 56 carnival rides in the massive midway, including several new rides like The Enterprise, a ride that exerts centrifugal force on riders as it transitions from horizontal to vertical. Other new rides include Hang 10, YoYo, Baja Buggies and Happy Swing. Ride tickets are not included with gate admission.


3. Professional Bull Riding

Alright, cowboys and girls. The Professional Bull Riders Tour rides into Barton Coliseum with veteran competitors and up-and-coming riders. Ridin' in the Rock performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18. General admission tickets are $10, reserved seats $20; gate admission to State Fair is not included.


4. Fair Food

You can smell that deep fried goodness for a mile -- play it safe with perennial favorites like funnel cakes, cotton candy and corn dogs. Or, try one of the inventive new fair foods, including Cajun fried ribs, fried peaches and cream, bacon-wrapped fried chili dog, a French fried baked potato or even fried lemonade. Either way, you can choose from approximately 50 delicious food vendors when your family needs a snack.

5. Live Concerts

Check out the concert lineup, which will please fans of all musical tastes. "Bad to the Bone" George Thorogood will kick things off on Oct. 10. The week will also include performances from country artist Travis Tritt (Oct. 11), '90s R&B group Color Me Badd (Oct. 15), Sisqo-fronted R&B act Dru Hill (Oct. 16), classic rockers REO Speedwagon (Oct. 17), and "Cooler Than Me" singer Mike Posner (Oct. 19). All concerts are included with general admission. Premium upgraded concert seats are available for $15.

6. Livestock Competitions

This annual tradition showcases some of the state's finest beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits. The Junior Livestock Sale of Champions will be held in Barton Coliseum at 1 p.m. Oct. 17. Livestock competitions will also be held daily on the fairgrounds. Families can also wander through the livestock stalls to chat with the competitors and meet the animals.

7. History Museum

Do you know the fair has its very own Arkansas State Fair History Museum? The museum has been open for five years! You can relive the 75 years of history in the museum, which is located adjacent to the Farm Bureau Arts & Crafts building. Music lovers can also check out classic rock memorabilia in the Barton Rock and Roll Museum located inside the northeast concourse of Barton Coliseum. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily for both.


8. Attractions, Attractions, Attractions

Take a break from the high-flying rides in the midway to enjoy a few popular attractions, including the dancing, 9-foot-tall Rock-It the Robot. Another hit is the Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, featuring animals from around the world and pony rides for kids. And don't miss shows like the Swampmaster Gator Show, New York Daredevil High Dive Show and the Show Me Swine Racers.

9. Creative Arts

In the Farm Bureau Arts & Crafts Building, visitors will see artists displaying their crafts, hobbies and even cooking skills. Judging for the Gold Medal Flour Cookie Challenge with take place at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 13, and an Arkansas Photography Contest for amateur photographers will be judged at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 10. Other competitions include amateur wine, floral arrangements, honey, ice cream, pies, barbeque and chili.

10. Fireworks Finale

The 75th Anniversary Arkansas State Fair will end with a bang on Oct. 19, with a fireworks show lighting up the night sky. Following the main stage act that evening, the fireworks will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m.


Ticket information:

Advance Purchase Ride Passes are available at 77 participating Walgreens stores in Arkansas and redeemable for a one-day unlimited ride armband at the State Fair. The special $22 pass can be redeemed at midway ticket booths any day of the fair, except Dollar Day (Oct. 13), and will save patrons $3.

Advance gate admission tickets are $5.99, children and seniors $2.99. Advance gate admission tickets may be purchased at Walgreens locations through October 10, or at the Fair Ticket Office and online at before 5 p.m., Oct. 10.

Regular gate admission is $10, children ages 6-12 and seniors ages 60 and older $5, children under six free; fairgrounds parking is $5 per vehicle.

Families can also take advantage of daily deals and specials, including Dollar Day in which admission, parking and rides are $1 each; Kiddie Days in which children ages 6 and under can ride Kiddie Rides free; and more. Click here for all fair promotions.

Tulips Turns 12 Today

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Birthdays upon birthdays around here, and we do love a good celebration. We’re so excited for our friends at Tulips as they party away the day honoring 12 whole years in the Heights.

For one day only, the boutique is showing its appreciation for all you wonderful people by offering 25% off any one item, so quit wasting time and get over there.

The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with bells on. So stop by, send some well wishes and have a grand old time, or as the poet hath wrote: Go insane, go insane. Throw some glitter, make it rain. 

Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Here’s to another dozen, Tulips! Cheers!

Healthy Habits: 5 Important Vitamins You Need During Pregnancy

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In our October issue, Dr. Kimberly K. Reynolds, a practicing physician at The Woman’s Clinic, P.A., who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, shared a few rules for necessary diet changes for a healthy pregnancy. She detailed which foods women should skip completely and which are safe to consume in moderation. You can read the full article here.

Dr. Reynolds also gave a few suggestions for vitamins and supplements that women should plenty of during pregnancy. Here are five she recommends:


You need 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily to help build Baby’s bones and teeth. Get your daily dose through milk products or non-dairy sources like broccoli, dark leafy greens, sardines, or calcium supplements.

Folic Acid

“Taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily for at least 1 month prior to pregnancy and 600 micrograms of folic acid daily during pregnancy may help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s spine and brain called neural tube defects,” says Dr. Reynolds. You can supplement your prenatal vitamin with foods like dark green leafy veggies, orange juice, beans and fortified cereal.


“During pregnancy, you need double the amount of iron; the daily recommended dose of 27 milligrams will help your body make more blood to supply oxygen to your baby. Prenatal vitamin supplementation and foods rich in iron should be part of your daily intake,” says Reynolds. Stock up on animal proteins, or veggies like soybeans and spinach.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Found in many kinds of fish, omega-3 fatty acids are important to your baby’s brain and eye development. Women should eat a least two 6-ounce servings of low-mercury fish or shellfish (such as shrimp, salmon, catfish, pollock, scallops and sardines) per week. If you aren’t a seafood lover, another solution is DHA supplementation and most prenatal vitamins now contain this mercury-free omega-3 fatty acid. DHA supplementation is not a replacement for seafood intake, but can help improve the nutritional deficiency.

Vitamin D

“Pregnant women need 600 international units of vitamin D a day,” Reynolds says. “Good sources are milk fortified with vitamin D and fatty fish, such as salmon. Exposure to sunlight also converts a chemical in the skin to vitamin D.”

Bonus: Water!

“By drinking 64 fluid ounces of water (approximately 8 cups) per day, plus adding 1 cup per 1 hour of light exercise, you are preventing dehydration,” says Dr. Reynolds. “In the third trimester, dehydration can lead to preterm labor.”

Dreamy Park Pics That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Natural State

Krista Campbell Photography

Sterling Imageworks

Whitney Bower Imaging 

Kim Boyd of Zoë Weddings

Melissa Brawner Photography

Tyler Rosenthal Photography

Heather Canterbury Photography

H&H Photography by Blakelee Tinkler


What is it about temperatures like these that make us want nothing more than to spend our whole days in a park?

Since that’s not an option (boo), we instead fill our free time with lovely photos of even lovelier couples enjoying the great outdoors.

While we stare longingly out the window, here are a few of our favorite shots of Arkansas Brides taking advantage of the gorgeous parks and gardens the Natural State has to offer.





Two Rivers Park


Dunbar Community Garden


Wildwood Park for the Arts



Wildwood Park for the Arts


Photography by Krista Campbell PhotographySterling ImageworksWhitney Bower ImagingKim Boyd of Zoë WeddingsMelissa Brawner PhotographyTyler Rosenthal Photography, Heather Canterbury Photography and H&H Photography by Blakelee Tinkler

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