Culturalist: January 2019

Good Vibrations, horse-racing-season elation, a silent-film-meets-symphonic-music combination, and a 50th-anniversary museum celebration

Into small works on paper? Protest imagery more your thing? How about contemporary paintings from one of Arkansas’ finest? Fresh off their 50th-anniversary celebration, all this month the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff is putting up some pretty amazing new exhibits—making a trip down there all the more tempting. (


Low Key Arts presents Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film at the Malco Theater in Hot Springs


Architecture and Design Network presents The Unexpected Modernism of Frank Doughty at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock


Tim Ernst presentation and book signing at James A. Gaston Visitor Center in Bull Shoals

1.16 – 2.10

Every Brilliant Thing at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville


Justin Timberlake at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock


Wild Kratts Live 2.0 at Robinson Center in Little Rock


The Original Harlem Globetrotters at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock


Whose Live Anyway? at Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville


40th annual Eagles Et Cetera Festival at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Chopin & Mendelssohn at Robinson Center in Little Rock

Well, sorta. It’s not really hush-hush—but the Fort Smith Symphony is giving Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film City Lights what you might call the “the not-so-silent treatment.” As the 1931 early-era rom-com plays on the screen, the FSS will perform the Chaplin-composed score. Play your part by coming dressed in ’30s attire. (

… if the California musical sensation known as The Beach Boys, whose good vibrations defined both era and genre, were to make a stop at Little Rock’s Robinson Auditorium? Yeah, it sure would. Fun, fun, fun, one might say. (

For 115 years, it’s been about the same: The gates open. The horses start. They round the track. A winner’s named. Repeat. But y’know what? We appreciate that consistency—and even as the folks at Oaklawn are ramping up to build a $100 million expansion (look for it next year), we’ll still be going out to Hot Springs for the horses. And also: 50-cent corned-beef-sandwich day. That’s a good draw, too. (