Culturalist: May 2018

A month of muddy tires, murals, makers and Georgia (O'Keeffe) on our minds

The latest installment of Thea Foundation’s Art Department series has us intrigued: “My drawings usually begin by ‘painting’ with hair-like algae,” the artist, Arkansas native Katherine Rutter says in her statement. “[It’s] an intuitive process that allows me to connect with my subconscious, like one might find images in clouds.” Watch Katherine in action from May 1 through May 4, when she’ll be painting a mural on the gallery’s walls—then swing by the night of the 4th for the big reveal at the opening reception. (

Listen, we’re all about Little Rock’s posh Gran Fondo ride—we’ll do just about anything for a pastry and a good cup of joe. But this is Arkansas, and sometimes, we need to get a little mud on the tires. Enter the Dirty Fondo. Held the day after its more refined sibling, this 25- or 50-mile ride starts and ends at Scott’s Marlsgate Plantation and eschews the pavement for dirt and gravel. But not to worry: There’s still coffee. Bonus: boxed lunch. Much more important bonus: Champs.

…to Cattywampus Co-op’s Spring Bizarre, where you can expect a full day of wares-browsing, beer-swilling, food-truck-noshing and dancing to Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo. On our shopping list: jewelry by Bang-up Betty, handbags by Dower, prints by Lisa Krannichfeld, coco-salt scrub by Creek Baby and whatever goodness Fayetteville’s Mom & Pop Shoppe’s got going on. (

Through 5.27:

TheatreSquared presents The Hound of the Baskervilles at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville


Quapaw Quarter Association’s Spring Tour of Homes in Little Rock’s Central High School Neighborhood Historic District


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Raiders of the Lost Ark: In Concert at Robinson Center in Little Rock


Chicago at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock


The Sound of Music at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville


Africa Day Fest on Little Rock’s South Main Street

5.25 – 8.26

60th annual Delta Exhibition at Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock


Dave Matthews Band at Walmart AMP in Rogers