Culturalist: Spring 2020

Where to be this spring

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we’ve opted to focus on events scheduled for mid-May through June. Of course, all of these dates are subject to change, and everything depends on what the coming months bring.


Through 6.21 

A Family Affair: Three Artists, Three Visions, One Family at Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

Starting 5.29 

All in the Family: Paintings by Dennis, Connie and Jason McCann at the Windgate Gallery, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College

Blue eyes are recessive. As are cleft-free chins, freckle-free cheeks and an inability to roll one’s tongue. And while the genetic predisposition to less physically evident traits—say, an aptitude for art—might be up for debate (a search for “artistic genes” is a sure-fire way of tumbling down an hours-long internet rabbit hole), sometimes the proof is in the palette. Or the pencil. Or the chisel. Or better yet, two local exhibitions this season. First up, at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, sculptor Robyn Horn is sharing the space with her mother, Dede Hutcheson, and sister, Karen Hutcheson. A few months later, at Pulaski Tech’s Windgate Gallery, artist Jason McCann will show with his mother, Connie, and father, Dennis. Although these shows are unlikely to solve that long-longstanding conundrum of nature versus nurture, it shows there’s at least gotta be something in the water. (fsram.org; charts. uaptc.edu/windgate-gallery)


6.5 

Russellville’s Sesquicentennial Celebration

The town of Russellville was officially incorporated 150 years ago on June 7, 1870. But Dr. Thomas Russell, an early settler for whom the town is named, arrived in the area in 1835. (Fun fact: The settlement was almost named for another early family, the Shinns, but a vote put to the area’s residents gave Russell the honor by a margin of a single vote.) Actually, Dr. Russell’s living relatives, along with other families and business owners with longtime connections to the town, are set to be interviewed for an upcoming documentary by filmmaker Hans Stiritz, chronicling Russellville’s 150-year history. The documentary is just one of several projects planned to commemorate the town’s sesquicentennial. The celebration will center on a June 5 public event in Russellville’s Depot Park featuring live music, food, the works. A new mural at 203 N. Commerce St. from Arkansas Tech University artist-in-residence Tiffany Black is scheduled to be completed in time for the festivities as well. Curious how the town has changed over the years? A walking tour of Russellville’s historic neighborhoods and homes will feature large period photographs stationed where they were taken, providing a living then-and-now experience. If only Dr. Russell could see how far his hometown has come. 


5.16

Little Rock Oddities & Curiosities Expo at Statehouse Convention Center 

5.19 

Oxford American South Words: Beth Macy at Ron Robinson Theater 

5.30 

A Conversation with Hasan Minhaj at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville 

6.4 

Urban Farm Fest at Heifer International in Little Rock 

6.6 

Cats at Robinson Center in Little Rock

6.14 

Wood Block Printing Workshop with Stacey and Cindi at Stifft Station Gifts and Sundries in Little Rock 

6.14 

Ladies Du Fayetteville Duathlon 

6.19 

Northwestern Arkansas Pride Weekend 

6.20 

Juneteenth at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock 

6.20 

Battle of the Sommeliers at Mount Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville 

6.27 

Bob Dylan and His Band and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock 

6.27 

The Cate Brothers 50-Year Anniversary Encore at George’s in Fayetteville