Culturalist: July 2019

Where To Be This Summer
Image courtesy of David D. Dawson

7.6

Swingin’ Timber Documentary Screening at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock

There’s nothing left of the town of Claybrook today, but during the 1930s, the Crittenden County logging and farming community was home to an all-black multiple-championship-winning baseball team known as the Claybrook Tigers. On July 6, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will honor the team with a free screening of Swingin’ Timber, a documentary chronicling the development of the town by successful African-American entrepreneur John C. Claybrook and his efforts to keep his sports-loving son from leaving the family farm by building him a baseball stadium and a team to play in it. (mosaictemplarscenter.com)


7.12-14 

Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs

8.3 

Hayes Carll at The Rev Room in Little Rock

8.9-10 

MAD Battle band competition in El Dorado

8.13 

An Evening with Temple Grandin at Fayetteville Town Center

8.21-25 

Fayetteville Roots Festival

8.22-25 

Arkansas Cinema Society’s Filmland in Little Rock

9.4 – 10.6 

Million Dollar Quartet at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock

9.6 

She: An Exhibition of Female Artists at M2 Gallery in Little Rock

9.13 

Lost Forty Brewing and Pallbearer’s “The Legend” collaboration pilsner release party and concert at Rev Room in Little Rock

9.13-29 

ACANSA Arts Festival of the South in Little Rock and North Little Rock

9.14

Mac-n-Cheese Mania at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock

9.14

Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots: It’s Just the Two of Us, Sorry at Robinson Center in Little Rock

9.22 

Main Street Food Truck Festival in Little Rock


The Salt Lake herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah), 27 June 1897. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

7.13

Tesla Fest at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs

These days, the name Tesla is most commonly associated with Elon Musk’s pioneering luxury electric-car company. But if it wasn’t for Nikola Tesla, the visionary inventor and electrical engineer responsible for the AC electric motor, Musk likely wouldn’t be where he is today. So in celebration of what would’ve been Tesla’s 163rd birthday, the Mid-America Science Museum will host the fourth annual Tesla Fest, where a new generation of young scientists can learn about the inventor’s contributions through themed activities and an electrifying caged-lightning demonstration. (Search “Tesla Fest” on Facebook)


On the first Thursday of each month through most of the fall, the Old State House Museum will come alive! Featuring games, activities, food, libations and costumed performers portraying historical figures, this adults-only event gives guests a chance to party on the museum’s front lawn and visit the exhibitions after hours for a modest $5 admission fee. Since the inaugural Night at the Museum-themed event back in March, subsequent events have riffed on the theme with the likes of “Raiders of the Lost Arkansas,” “Back to the Future” and “National Treasure.” Just be sure to double-check your belt. The Monkey probably stole your keys. (Search “Nights at the Museum” on Facebook)


There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to TheatresSquared’s 2019 season. First and foremost, there’s the grand opening of T2’s new 50,000 square-foot, $34 million theater space and permanent home. The Fayetteville theater company broke ground on the new building two years ago in June, and from the looks of the space, the wait was more than worth it. The facility features a mainstage theater, as well as a studio performance space, which allows the organization to add a seventh show to its lineup. The theater’s eight dedicated guest-artist apartments will make it even easier to bring fresh talent to the region. And thanks to the development of the building’s commons area, patrons can enjoy TheatreSquared all day long with coffee, small-plate and cocktail offerings. T2’s grand opening season is set to be a doozie as well, beginning with a stage adaptation of the Academy-Award winning comedy Shakespeare in Love and including other selections such as the T2 originals My Father’s War and a new interpretation of the classic A Christmas Carol, an award-winning new boxing drama called The Royale and the five-time Tony-winning musical Matilda. (theatre2.org)


8.24

SOAR NWA Hot Air Balloon Festival at Drake Field in Fayetteville

If you’ve lived in Arkansas for any stretch of time, you know fall’s a time to keep your eyes on the ground—specifically, for the increasingly narrow window when fall colors ignite the landscape. Come Aug. 24, though, you’ll want to keep your eyes on the skies. This year marks the inaugural SOAR NWA, a hot air balloon festival held at Fayetteville’s Drake Field. In addition to a full day of ballooning, live music, a car show, an appearance by the governor, pancakes, beer—and an evening of balloons lighting up like lanterns—organizers are all also offering daredevils a different perspective: a handful of slots for skydiving (those less inclined to see the world from 2 miles off the ground can take in the skydiving show put on by Skydive Fayetteville). The best part? Proceeds help support Open Avenues, an NWA group that supports individuals with disabilities. (soarnwa.com)