Culturalist: September 2017

Where to be this month


… at Ron Coleman Mining’s Crystal Digging Lecture Tour in Jessieville for your chance at unearthing a glittering quartz treasure because, you know, finders keepers. (





… on your to-do list to celebrate Sgt. Pepper’s 50th at Beatles at the Ridge—which in turn celebrates That One Time The Beatles Deplaned in Walnut Ridge. (



It’s a clever acronym, MAD. Short for El Dorado’s newly branded Murphy Arts District, it’s also likely how most folks felt upon hearing, years ago, that the south Arkansas town had a $100 million plan to revitalize the community through the arts (as in, They must be crazy, that’ll never happen). Crazy they might have been, but darn it if they didn’t pull it off. The plan’s Phase I—the renovated Griffin Auto Building (soon-to-be home for a farm-to-table restaurant, a cabaret theater and a 2,000-seat music hall), an 8,000-seat amphitheater and a 2-acre playscape—opens Sept. 27 with a truly impressive lineup of performances to celebrate the occasion. Expect a musical fruit salad of acts such as Lyle Lovett, Ludacris, Train, ZZ Top, Migos and Smokey Robinson with the South Arkansas Symphony. (

… with legends of the genre Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ as they join forces on stage at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville in a collaboration that’s certain to get your mojo working. (




… at Greers Ferry’s Great Southern Stone Skipping Championship, which has competitions for both kiddos and those who still think they’re kiddos. (









… at Arkansas Arts Center’s The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, an exhibition that showcases Shaker rockers and Eames chairs and everything in between (and beyond). (






Central Arkansas’ ACANSA Arts Festival is back for the fourth year in a row with more than 20 incredible performances and events to choose from. These are just a few of the ones we’re most excited for:

9.19-24 | Park’s Pants by Nancy Nolan at the Argenta Gallery
9.21 | Secret Sisters at South on Main
9.21-22 | Not About Heroes at the Arkansas Repertory Theater Annex
9.22 | Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
9.23 | Complexions Contemporary Ballet at UALR’s Center for Performing Arts
9.24 | Gospel Brunch at Wildwood Park for the Arts