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Tickets on Sale for 3rd Annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show

Passes are on sale for the 3rd Annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show, which will be held March 20-23 in the brand new CALS Ron Robinson Theater, the new home of the Little Rock Film Festival.

Are you a horror flick fan?

Get your passes for the 3rd Annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show, which will be held March 20-23 in the brand new CALS Ron Robinson Theater1 Count Pulaski Way, Little Rock, the new home of the Little Rock Film Festival.

Opening night will be on Thursday March 20 and followed by an after party at WT Bubba’s on President Clinton Avenue.

This year, they're doing something a little different: Not only are they offering a full-festival pass ($50 a pop) that gets the pass holder into the opening night film and every screening and party with priority access over all other pass holders, they are now also offering day passes for festival-goers.

The day passes ($20 apiece) will allow the film fan with less time take in a full day of films. They’ll be seated following the full festival pass holders and will be granted entry to the party at the end of the night their pass is good for. 

Stay tuned here for more info about the Little Rock Horror Picture Show including details about the opening night film and other films.

Passes for the 3rd Annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show are now on sale online here.

Take a Complimentary Yoga Class at Lululemon on Sundays

On a budget after the holidays but need to get in a yoga workout? 

Lucky for you, lululemon athletica at the Promenade at Chenal, 17819 Chenal Pkwy., Little Rock, is offering complimentary yoga classes over the next four Sundays right in the store.

Here is the schedule:
  • Feb. 2 - Yoga with Peyton Rose from Barefoot Studio at 10:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 9 - Spin & Bare with Camden and Alex at Zenspin Studio West, 27 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, at 6:30 p.m. Register at lululemon. A link to register online will be available later!
  • Feb. 16 - Yoga with John Willis from Barefoot Studio at 6:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 - Yoga with Brandi Soucy from Blue Yoga Nyla at 6:15 p.m.
The classes are free and open to the public. Yogis should just bring a mat (if you have one-- if not, they have extras) and some water.

For more information, check out their Facebook page here or call (501) 821-0091. 

AETN Original Documentary 'Champion Trees' to Premiere in March

A new documentary "Champion Trees" exploring the history and beauty of the state's largest trees will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) March 3 at 7 p.m.

The 60-minute original documentary highlights 19 trees in 15 Arkansas communities, as well as the artwork of Linda Williams Palmer who has driven nearly 7,000 miles to document and artistically interpret select champion trees. The film explores these natural wonders and how they influence and inspire the people around them.

For more information, visit: or contact

Learn the Science of Good, Bad Habits at Museum of Discovery Tonight

It's that time of the month again when the super-fun adult "Science After Dark" gets underway at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 150, Little Rock.

From 6-8 p.m. today (Jan. 29), the monthly event will focus on the science of good and bad habits. There will be junk food science experiments, nicotine demonstrations, technology etiquette, recycling with Keep Arkansas Beautiful and much more. Damgoode Pies will sell pizza by the slice. Yum!

"Science after Dark" takes over the museum the last Wednesday of each month. Educators at the museum pick a cool science-related topic and develop an interactive program for adults 21 years and older. The museum will be open.

A cash bar is available.

General admission is $5 per person. All Museum of Discovery members get in free.

For more information about the fun event or the museum, click here or call (501) 396-7050. Get a preview of the event below.

Big Rock Yoga to Open in West Little Rock

There is a new place to practice your poses.

Big Rock Yoga, 10700 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, is opening its doors this week and giving yogis a chance to roll out their mats for free.

Today (Jan. 29), the studio will have a pre-opening class that will allow visitors to see the new studio, take a free class designed for beginners to the experienced yogi, and hear what Big Rock Yoga is up to. It is open to the public and will get started at 6:30 p.m. They suggest getting there at 6:15 p.m. to get ready for the class. Get more information about the class here.

Its grand opening week will kick off on Friday (Jan. 31) with a free all-levels yoga class at 6 p.m. More free basics and all-levels yoga classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 1-2). Click here to see the schedule. The classes are open to fans of their Facebook page. Click here to 'Like' the page!

The studio has other classes in its lineup, including Power Hour and Power Yoga Basics. Owner Wendy Cook is a certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher who has taught yoga the last 10 years in Tyler, Texas, where she had a studio, The Yoga Spot.

Get more information about the yoga spot here.

Pulaski Tech Kicks Off Big Rock Reading Series Next Week

Poet Jericho Brown

Mark your calendars!

Pulaski Technical College will kick off its spring Big Rock Reading series next week on Thursday, Feb. 6 with a reading, Q&A and book signing by poet Jericho Brown.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall in the Pulaski Technical College Campus Center, 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock. 

Brown is an assistant professor at Emory University. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.  His first book "Please" won the American Book Award and his second book, "The New Testament", is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. Poems have appeared or will soon appear in publications such as Callaloo, The Nation, The New Yorker, Oxford American, The New Republic, 100 Best African American Poems, Ascent of Angles and The Best American Poetry.

Brown’s reading is the first of three events in Big Rock Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public.

On March 18, the Big Rock Reading Series will host a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on Writing for a Living in Central Arkansas” with Bobby Ampezzan, editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s High Profile section; Annie Bergman, senior editor at Heifer International; and Eliza Borné associate editor at the Oxford American.

The three writers will discuss their careers in writing and editing outside of academia, talk about their educational and career paths, and describe the various jobs they do on a day-to-day basis. The focus of the presentation will be practical information for anyone interested in the field of writing and editing. A Q&A will follow.

The Big Rock Reading Series concludes April 25 with readings, a Q&A and book signings with poet Charlotte Pence and short story writer Adam Prince at 11 a.m. The event is in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival, which is announcing its lineup today (Jan. 29). Check the blog for more details!

For more information about the series, call Sandy Longhorn at (501) 812-2302 or via e-mail at or click here.

New Film Production Group Downtown Begins New Movie This Week

Lights! Camera! Action!

A new production company employing 25 people opened the first week of January in the 200 Commerce building in downtown Little Rock and this week, began production of a new film, "All the Birds Have Flown South."

What's really cool is that the film will be shot in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton and Bryant and  film stars are some familiar faces: Little Rock native Joey Lauren Adams of "Chasing Amy," "Dazed & Confused" and "Big Daddy"; Paul Sparks of "Mud" and "Boardwalk Empire"; and Dallas Roberts "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Walking Dead." 

The plot goes like this: After the death of his overbearing mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon, their lives begin to unravel as obsession and disease consume them all.

Arkansas natives Josh and Miles Miller are the creators, producers and directors of the new film. Also producing is Kathryn Francis Tucker, daughter of downtown realtor Rett Tucker (Moses Tucker) and Becky Tucker. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked on such feature films as "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise and "Just Go With It" with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.

Get more information and stay up-to-date on filming here.

Argenta Film Series to Screen 'Blackfish' Tonight

Get an eye-opening look at performing killer whales and their treatment in the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry at a free screening of "Blackfish" at the Argenta Community Theater tonight (Jan. 28).

The award-winning indie flick is being screened at 7 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. It's part of the Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series, which has screenings and discussions every third Thursday of the month. Admission is free.

The movie tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Seating is limited, so RSVP at Check out a preview below.

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