Culturalist: February 2019

Where to be this month.

It’s not time travel, but it’s close. At the threshold of the two-toned Mosaic Templars State Temple at Ninth and Broadway, recently rehabbed with $500,000 of state funds, you’ll hear what things had been like once—what it was like before the 1920s-era structure, once the heart of the African-American business district, became the lone survivor of a three-building complex. Once inside, you’ll see it as it is today, and the promise that its future holds. The best part of this Sandwiching in History Tour? You can do it all during your lunch break. (

In an interview she did with us a few years back, artist Joëlle Storet said, “It’s very interesting when you have two households of two different cultures—because in the end, you don’t have two different cultures. It becomes one.” With her new exhibit at the Thea Foundation’s Art Department, “Awakening,” an exploration that delves into how those influences, those cultures contribute to Joelle’s sense of self, suffice it to say that the Fayetteville artist has found a voice all her own. (

2.1 – 4.14

Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo/Fotografiando Frida: Retratos de Frida Kahlo at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock


Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College’s Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHARTS) in North Little Rock


The 15th annual Chocolate Festival at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hot Springs


Book of Mormon at the Robinson Center in Little Rock


From California, With Love at Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Co. in Paris


An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in the Murphy Arts District in El Dorado


iPhoneography Workshop at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

2.27 – 3.24

The Wolves at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville

To hear his friends tell it, the late Ron Robinson wasn’t much into gold trinkets, or ivory tusks, or Faberge eggs. Instead, as a collector, he focused on his interests—on items related to Arkansas, things like commemorative pillows and first-day stamps. But also: film. This month, the Galleries at Library Square in Little Rock hosts a sprawling collection of vintage movie posters from Ron’s collection, including everything from 1938’s The Arkansas Traveler to the original True Grit and Sling Blade. (

By the numbers, the live story-telling outfit known as The Moth is plenty impressive, with 34,423 stories told and 52 million podcast downloads annually. But it’s only in listening to the stories that performers tell—personal narratives about heartbreak and overcoming it, life’s highs and lows—that you get the real measure of the show’s impact. Or better yet, go to the Robinson Center in Little Rock and experience the show for yourself. (