Culturalist: August 2018

Where to be this month

We hinted at this in our June-issue roundup of outdoor films, but we’re still thinking about it, because 1) It’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. 2) It’s being projected outside at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, next to the super sci-fi Fly’s Eye Dome. 3) They’re encouraging you to decorate your bike (don’t forget the milk crate!) and ride the trails to the party. And 4) There’s a cash bar. BYO Reese’s Pieces and red hoodie. (

It’s not going to be what space nerds call “an outburst year,” like it was back in 2016 (upward of 200 meteors per hour!), but the forecast looks good for this month’s Perseids, that celestial phenomenon that lights up the night for a few weeks each August. The show will hit its peak—6o to 70 meteors per hour—the nights of Aug. 11 and 12, which is when you should plan on heading to DeGray Lake’s Perseids Meteor Shower Palooza for lake cruises, night hikes and the like, or just some quiet stargazing from the sandy lakeshore. (

Verizon Arena? Huge. Chicken wings? Relatively small by comparison—which makes the odds of finding The Chicken Wing to End All Chicken Wings at the second annual Wingstock Wing & Beer Festival pretty slim. But it can’t hurt to try, right? Expect 30 restaurants frying up all manner of all-you-can-eat chicken-wingy goodness—Lost Forty, Foghorn’s Express, Four Quarter Bar, Dugan’s Pub—as well as local brews to wash all your efforts down. (

Robert Baines, Australian (Melbourne, Australia, 1949 – ), Brooch, Post War High Society, circa 1950, 2010, silver, enamel, glass, electroplate, 1 3/16 x 2 61/64 x 2 61/64 inches (30 x 75 x 75 millimeters). Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Loupe, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Robert Baines.

Archaeometallurgy (n.): the study of the history and prehistoric use and production of metals by humans.

Robert Baines (b. 1949): an Australian artist who’s arguably one of the field’s leading scholars.

Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies (7.20-10.7): an Arkansas Arts Center exhibition of Baines’ jewelry creations, which combine Bronze Age goldsmith techniques with modern wit and whimsy. (


The El Dorado Film Festival

8.3 – 12.2

Todd Gray: Pop Geometry at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum


The Western Flyers at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View


Fort Smith Bicentennial Concert, featuring Trout Fishing in America at the Fort Smith Convention Center


The 42nd annual Hope Watermelon Festival


The Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District


Keith Urban at the Walmart AMP in Rogers


Discover the Grounds: Moon Gardens and Nighttime Pollinators at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville


Fayetteville Roots Festival (see page 11)


The Hot Springs Jazz Fest

Through 8.31

Don’t Touch My Crown at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock