… blank canvases, unused pastels, errant brushes—is another artist’s treasure, which is why the Mena Art Gallery holds an “artists’ garage sale” throughout the month of January each year. Aspiring artists can score like-new materials at a fraction of the cost, and pros with overflowing studio cabinets can relieve themselves of creativity-killing clutter. (menaartgallery.com)


Pony Up

There are the obvious reasons we get excited each January for Oaklawn’s opening day: the thoroughbreds, the people-watching, those insanely delish corned-beef sandwiches. But really, if we’re being honest? We’re just as excited to have another reason to grab a pie at Deluca’s and a brew at Superior while in the Spa City. (oaklawn.com)

Soooo … We weren’t sure how we’d feel about “experimental and psychedelic banjo music.” But then we listened to a few tunes by Ozark Mountain Music Festival’s headliner, Tall Tall Trees. Let’s just say we know where we’ll be on the evening of January 19, and that’s in front of Basin Park Hotel’s main stage in Eureka Springs. (ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com)


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Robinson Music Center in Little Rock

… are at the heart of The Humans, the Stephen Karam play New York Times called “blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad, and altogether wonderful.” Directed by Shana Gold, TheatreSquared’s production promises to be just as hysterical—and just as heartbreaking. (theatre2.org)

With selections from Bizet’s Carmen, de Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain (featuring pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, this duo of performances the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s calling “Tchaikovsky’s Passion” is sure to get you feeling all starry-eyed and lovey-dovey. (arkansassymphony.org)