… at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville when New York artist Carrie Mae Weems stops by for a lecture. You might remember seeing one of her most revered photo series, The Kitchen Table, when it was on view in the museum’s Black Unity exhibition. Good news: The series is now part of the Crystal Bridges collection. (crystalbridges.org)


… courtesy of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock’s The Gift of the Magi, a musical retelling of O. Henry’s beloved short story on love, sacrifice and the true meaning of Christmas. (therep.org)


… the Big Apple without leaving Little Rock at the 49th Collectors Show and Sale. An annual Arkansas Arts Center event, the sale features a curation of works, priced from under $500 to $85,000, hand-picked from New York City’s top galleries by the AAC Collectors Group.  (arkansasartscenter.org)


 

That’s Spanish for “dinner and a show,” and that’s what’s on offer when the Latin Jazz All Stars take the stage at South on Main in Little Rock. Keep an ear out for Chilean singer Claudia Acuña’s smooth vocals, along with conga player Chembo Corniel—he nabbed a Grammy nom this year for Best Latin Jazz Album. (southonmain.com)


That’s how you’ll leave the Robinson Center in Little Rock after Ballet Arkansas’ annual production of The Nutcracker, which features both company members and a “community cast” of the cutest little mice and angels you ever did see. (balletarkansas.org)


Plus …

12.2

Mariel Capanna’s Little Stone, Open Home at Good Weather in North Little Rock

12.9

The CycloFrost cyclocross race on the north shore of Lake Fayetteville

12.15-17

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays concert at the Robinson Center in Little Rock

12.19-23

Finding Neverland at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

HANDMADE HOLIDAY

12.2:

Wampus Wonderland Holiday Craft Show at Fayetteville Town Center

Expect watercolor prints, woven wall hangings, soy candles poured in vintage glass jars, minimalist ceramic jewelry. Oh, and pie.

12.16:

Little Craft Show at The Record in Bentonville

Expect upcycled leather clutches, hand-thrown planters, sustainable face serums, mudcloth pillows.