Culturalist: July 2018

Where to be this month

There are many ways to fête our nation’s independence. One way is with fireworks. Another is hot dogs. But the 43rd annual Devil’s Den Games way? A “field day” extravaganza with horseshoes and egg tosses and potato-sack races and softball and homemade ice cream? That’s about as all-American as you can get. (

We learned everything we thought we needed to know about improv from Tina Fey’s Bossypants: Say yes, and then add something of your own. And that’s great advice and all, Tina, but for those of us who really want insight from the pros in the know, there’s a master class for that. A Second City master class, to be specific: a five-day crash course at Walton Arts Center taught by Second City alums who’ll take you from acceptably funny to Fred-Armisen funny by the end of the intensive. (And if not, it’ll at least be good for a laugh.) (


77th annual Johnson County Peach Festival in Clarksville


Forest Concert: Amasa Hines at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


Firefly Fling at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville


39th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival


Rogers Cycling Festival


32nd annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs

Through 7.28

Julie Blackmon: midwest materials pop-up show by robert mann gallery in downtown bentonville

If you’ve run your fingers across a Dower handbag, all hand-burnished leather and painstakingly hand-stitched seams, you’ve likely asked, How does he do it? How does the artist, Jack Lloyd, make something so sleek and structured and sophisticated by hand? Find out this month at Jack’s workshop at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School, during which you’ll learn from the master himself—and come away with a tote of your own making. (

He loves funk, but you love roots rock. They love Americana, but she loves singer-songwriters. Keep the peace this summer at the Peacemaker Music & Arts Fest, a genre-meshing outdoor festival HQed in downtown Fort Smith. Headliners include Grace Potter, Anderson East, Rival Sons, The Cadillac Three, and Funky Meters. Passes range from $39 to $175—but you better get on it. (


…for al fresco concerts, like these 10 (10!!) at Rogers’ Walmart AMP this month

7.8: Thirty Seconds to Mars

7.12: Kenny Chesney

7.13: Janet Jackson

7.19: Modest Mouse

7.20: Halsey

7.21: Niall Horan

7.22: Kidz Bop Live

7.25: Pentatonix

7.29: Weezer with Pixies

7.31: Coheed and Cambria with Taking Back Sunday