Culturalist: April 2018

Where to be this month.



On the genre-spanning new concept album produced by New Orleans blues-folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, singer Alynda Segarra channels both her Puerto Rican heritage and her roots in the Bronx without losing that trademark NOLA soul. She takes the stage at The Rev Room on April 27; Birmingham’s Waxahatchee opens. (

We don’t know how they do it, going from monster trucks to monster ballads to country crooners to Princess Ana to stand-up comedians, those folks at Verizon Arena. But they do.

4.6-7: Monster Jam 18 • 4.10: REO Speedwagon & Styx • 4.12: Brad Paisley • 4.18-22: Disney on Ice • 4.28: Kevin Hart

Care to know how jewelry handcrafted by a self-proclaimed “sailor-mouthed” creative in Little Rock found its way around the world? How Stacey Bowers’ feisty, feminist pieces, hand-hammered with phrases like “Nasty Woman” and “Nope,” have found themselves on the likes of Buzzfeed and Popsugar? How her “Smash the Patriarchy” pin landed on lapels from D.C. to Denver during the Women’s March? Swing by the Bang-up Betty 5th anniversary soiree at Electric Ghost and find out from the designer herself. (


Considering a renovation? Currently “dating” interior designers to see who’s the best fit? Consider the 24th Arkansas Symphony Designer House—the ASO Guild’s biennial fundraiser—a one-stop shop for viewing their work in the flesh, as two dozen-ish of the area’s most talented designers have worked to transform a Chenal Valley house into a dream home, each tackling a room in their own style. We’re particularly keen to see the pea-green dining room designer Joshua Plumlee of Ransom Interiors is dreaming up… (


Deer Tick & John Moreland at The Rev Room in Little Rock

For this second installment of Historic Arkansas Museum’s “History is Served” dinner series, Chef Mary Beth Ringgold of Capers fame is planning a menu that revisits the French and Spanish influences on Colonial Arkansas cuisine. Googling around, it seems like that could mean anything from peach tarts and sangria to buffalo ribs and turtle-egg omelettes. Oh, and wine. Lots of wine. (


Wildflower Weekend at Petit Jean State Park


Dr. Dog at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville


Food & Foam Fest at Dickey Stephens Park in North Little Rock


Delta Cultural Center’s Battle of Helena Reenactment in downtown Helena


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven & Blue Jeans at Robinson Center in Little Rock


Arkansas Brewgrass Festival at Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville


Into the Woods at Wildwood Park for the Arts’ Cabe Festival Theatre in Little Rock


Wild Wines at the Little Rock Zoo