Culturalist: April 2019

Where to be this spring

The concept of using a personal residence as a concert venue dates back all the way to the days of Mozart and the chamber music of the 16th century. But the practice has persisted through the ages in genres ranging from folk to hip-hop. This month, the Home Sweet Home Festival is presenting an entire weekend inspired by the idea, featuring intimate concerts from both touring and local talent spread across eight Bentonville homes. You’ll want to get tickets for this one early (festival passes are available online) because venue capacities are sure to be limited. (

Although most readers might know the Renaud brothers for their grittier subject matter—gun violence, drug addiction, war—with this one-hour AETN documentary, the Peabody Award-winning brothers turn their cameras on something more, ahem, colorful: the 100,000-mile story behind the Crystal Bridges American Museum of Art’s groundbreaking State of the Art exhibition. Best of all? Even if you miss the debut screening on April 13 at The Galleries at Library Square in Little Rock, you can catch the film when it airs on AETN at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26. (;

Throwback Thursdays at the Kenda Drive-in in Marshall


Starsky & Hutch


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


The Fast and the Furious


Back to the Future


Dukes of Hazzard

Every year, without exception, choosing who to see at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Lit Fest in Little Rock feels an awful lot like a choose-your-own-adventure. Do you go with cookbooks or James Bond? Civil rights or songwriting? Graphic novels or … Well, you get the picture. Thing is, however, no matter what choices you make, how you opt to plot it out, one outcome’s pretty well guaranteed: This year, as every year, is sure to be one for the books. (

Bonus: In case you’re wondering, here’s who we’ve got on our calendars:

4.27: Dorie Greenspan, 1 p.m. at Ron Robinson; Esmé Weijun Wang, 4 p.m. at the Main Library’s Darragh Center; Maurice Carlos Ruffin, 4 p.m. at Ron Robinson, (also at the Argenta Reading Series on 4.25); Rick Bragg, 7 p.m. at Ron Robinson.


A Conversation with Dr. Madeleine Albright at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock

4.3, 4.10, 4.17, 4.24

Jazz in the Park at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park in Little Rock

4.17 – 5.5

Native Gardens at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock


Laura Bush at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville


Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View

4.20 – 6.22

Heavy Metal: Arkansas Women to Watch 2019 at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff


Toad Suck Daze in Conway

5.3 – 6.30

61st Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock


North Arkansas  Woodcarvers 40th Annual Woodcarving Show and Sale at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home


Bentonville Film Festival


Made in Arkansas Film Festival at CALS Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock

5.25 – 9.9

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

This year, the annual Artosphere Festival at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville will celebrate its 10th anniversary by honoring another less terrestrial milestone—that of mankind’s first steps on the moon, just shy of 50 years ago. While the festival remains focused on the intersection of arts, nature and sustainability, this year’s Artosphere will host everything from a series of live music events and conversations about our place in the universe, to screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Apollo 13. In other words: It’ll be out of this world. (

Though it might not be as catchy as, say, “Snap, Crackle, Pop,” make no mistake: Spark, Discover, Craft—better known as the daily themes behind NWA’s three-day food festival at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville—is sure to be way, way more delicious. Now in its fourth year, the event funnels no shortage of flavors and tastemakers (last year saw 72 restaurants and breweries) into the region, playing host to a mashup of largely unprecedented collaborations. Case in point: “Discover,” aka Saturday’s big ticket, is a chef’s-table event put on in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation. (