Culturalist: October 2018

Where to be this month

There’s a lot of spooky stuff on tap this month—we’re looking at you, Forest of Fright in Piggott, and at you, too, Haunted Argenta ghost tours—but some of us prefer our scares with a side of Bette Midler. And with a beer. That’s why, come Tuesdays this month, you’ll find us at Boos & Booze at Little Rock’s Ron Robinson Theater. (


The Exorcist


The Addams Family






Hocus Pocus

It’s 2008. It’s Detroit. It’s an auto plant. It’s … beyond bleak. In Skeleton Crew, staged by TheatreSquared in Fayetteville this month, playwright (and Motor City native) Dominique Morisseau puts us on the line—and on pins and needles—as her cast of characters navigates lives on the brink. (


The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena


Houndmouth at The Rev Room in Little Rock


Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert at the Walmart Amp in Rogers


MusicFest in El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District


The World Cheese Dip Championship at the Clinton Presidential Center


John Fullbright at South on Main in Little Rock


School of Rock at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville


Arkansas Cornbread Festival on Little Rock’s South Main Street


Chicago at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway


The Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville

Amy Helm, the only child of The Band’s Levon Helm, might have been born in upstate New York, but she’s got Arkansas coursing through her veins. She comes “home” this month, stopping by George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville in support of her new album, This Too Shall Light. Recorded in LA at the same compound where The Beach Boys laid down Pet Sounds, it’s a deeply personal album that includes “The Stones I Throw,” a 1965 track cut by her father during his pre-The Band days, and “Gloryland,” a soulful hymn that Amy sang with her father during his final encore in 2012. (

Ballet Arkansas kicks off a milestone season with a super-dramatic hi-tech spectacular, aka a full-length staging of Dracula featuring multimedia projections, 360-degree sound and world-premiere choreography by artistic director Michael Fothergill. How’s that for a 40th-anniversary party? (