Culturalist: November 2018

Where to be this month.
Image courtesy of Thea Foundation

As in, mountain bikes? If so, get thee to the first-ever Kessler Mountain Jam (formerly known as the Slaughter Pen Jam, when it was held, you know, there) for a weekend of communing with other mountain-bike likers. Expect bike races, ride clinics (for the newbies!), live music and cold beer—all along one of the area’s top trail systems. (fayetteville-ar.gov/kesslerjam)


11.1

Keith Urban at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock

11.2-3, 9-10

Peter Pan at Walton Arts Center

11.3

HarvestFest in Little Rock’s Hillcrest

11.8

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s Distinguished Speaker Series: Artist Julie Mehretu

11.8-10

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival

11.9

Bella Vita Jewelry’s 10th anniversary celebration during 2nd Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock

11.9

Bike Rack Records Release Party at The Record in Bentonville

11.13

Sun June at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville

11.15

John Paul White at South on Main in Little Rock

11.20-25

Love Never Dies at Robinson Center in Little Rock


Four times a year, Oxford American gives us Arkansans one more thing to be proud of: the fact that the National Magazine Award-winning quarterly calls Little Rock home. Once a year, it’s our turn to give back, and that’s by supporting the lit mag’s efforts at its annual fundraising gala, Books, Bourbon & Boogie. Not that it’s exactly a tough sell—especially this year, with Arlo and Sarah Lee Guthrie providing the entertainment. (Bonus: It’s the 50th anniversary of the folkster’s Alice’s Restaurant. Just one more reason to celebrate!) (oxfordamerican.org)



Been a few decades since your scouting days? Forgot how to use a compass, start a fire (sans a Duraflame!), build a lean-to? The friendly rangers at Pinnacle Mountain State Park are hoping to rectify this during their annual Survival Skills Weekend, where $20 gets you all the know-how you’ll need to rough it in the wild, wild wilderness—scout’s honor. (arkansasstateparks.com/parks/pinnacle-mountain-state-park)


It’s this bit of advice that opens The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s 1978 concert-film masterpiece that captures the historic farewell performance from one of the greatest rock outfits of all time: The Band. And Little Rock’s Ron Robinson Theater is taking that advice to heart this month with a 40th-anniversary screening of the film featuring Arkansas music legend Levon Helm (drummer and vocalist for The Band)—not to mention guest performances from fellow Arkansan Ronnie Hawkins, as well as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Young and more. (cals.org/ron-robinson-theater)


Image courtesy of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center