Culturalist: June 2018

Where to be this month

Wanna know how to dry-age a steak at home? Need help with your reverse sear? Get the scoop when Jess Pryles, the Austin-dwelling Australian better known as the “Hardcore Carnivore,” kicks off the PK Grills Cookout weekend with a master class on all things meat. Afterward, hang around the PK HQ for live music and Blue Canoe brews. (

Music by The Salty Dogs and Rodney Block? Check. Bounce houses? Check. Alaskan dumplings, Loblolly cones and the pinkest of lemonade from Arkansas’ tiniest food-trucker? Check, check and check. Sounds like the inaugural East Village Street Food Jam at the Clinton Presidential Center is gonna be a great place to park it on a summer afternoon. (

Photo credit: David McClister, Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

… and making a stop at Verizon Arena, Willie Nelson’s bringing friends such as Sturgill Simpson and The Head and the Heart, along with several others, as part of his traveling Outlaw Music Festival. (

Art credit: Steven Barker, Not of One Mind, 2017, black watercolor on Bristol paper, 70 1/2 x 31 inches

There’s plenty to catch the eye in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s new garden-themed exhibition, but it’s the installation by Portland artist Jessica Pezalla, Unfading Flowers, that really leaves an impression. Handmade ferns, vines and 290 paper flowers emerge from shamrock-green walls, suspending in time those springtime days you wish would never end. It’s captivating. (And totally Instagrammable.) (


Hank Williams Jr. at the MAD Amphitheater in El Dorado


13th annual Stueart Pennington Running of the Tubs in downtown Hot Springs


182nd Statehood Celebration at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock


Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at the Walmart AMP in Rogers


Wine & Food Feastival at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock


21st annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper


Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers


Diana Krall at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville