Welcome Mat: December 2019

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Randy Rainbow

Earlier this year, Randy Rainbow of YouTube fame was pretty surprised to learn that he’d been nominated for an Emmy. Or as he put it on Twitter: “HOLY $#%. I’M LITERALLY NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY!” Of course, for anyone who’s followed the jack-of-all-trades viral entertainer, this won’t come as much of a surprise. Though much of his material pulls no political punches (some of his more popular titles include the likes of “A Very Stable Genius” and “Desperate Cheeto,” sung to the tune of “Despacito”), in short: He’s a much-needed voice for the times.

Where: Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

When: Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Details: waltonartscenter.org

Circle ‘Round for This

Om for the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. Family. Gratitude. Gifts. Pie. However, all that goodness invariably, inevitably carries with it a darker undertone: the never-sugarcoated stress of feeling oneself pulled in too many directions at once. Fortunately, the good folks at Yoga in the Rock are offering a fine way to recenter the aforementioned self. With Om for the Holidays—hosted at the newly opened geodesic domed marvel just outside Benton—participants will have a chance to hear from Holly Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala, nosh on some good food from Crave Fuel and, of course, practice yoga. The best part? Proceeds benefit Compassion Works for All’s prison yoga and mindfulness programs.

Where: The Dome (3600 Kayce Lane), Benton

When: Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Details: facebook.com/yitrAR

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Nadi Cinema: Good Morning Karachi

In 1970, the French-Algerian film Z won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, marking the first Oscar ever awarded to a Middle Eastern or North African film. Since then, Middle Eastern cinema and its exposure to Western audiences has continued to grow, with films from the region regularly garnering accolades from critics, festivals and awards programs. It’s a trend that the University of Arkansas’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies has been highlighting with its Nadi Cinema series, focused this season on Arab women directors. The final installment in the series, set to screen this month, is the 2013 Pakistani drama Good Morning Karachi—the story of a young woman whose dreams of rising out of poverty to become a successful model are at odds with a country roiled by violent political turmoil.

Where: Hembree Auditorium at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

When: Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Details: Search “Nadi Cinema: Good Morning Karachi (Pakistan 2013)” on Facebook

Do A Spit Take for This

The Brewery Comedy Tour

This month, Stone Throw Brewing is serving up more than just delicious craft beers. As one of over 900 stops on the nationwide Brewery Comedy Tour—and the only stop in The Natural State—the brewery’s Stifft Station Taproom will play host to a handful of up-and-coming comedians, hailing from both Los Angeles and New York, so hilarious you’ll have to pour one out for your funny bone. Visit herronentertainment.com for a list of potential acts, and follow the show’s Facebook event for the lineup announcement in the coming weeks.

Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing Stifft Station Taproom in Little Rock

When: Dec. 21, 9 p.m.

Details: Search “The Brewery Comedy Tour at Stone’s Throw” on Facebook

Get in the Spirit for This

Holiday Hangout 2019

Full disclosure: It’s long been a dream of ours to set up a quasi-permanent residence somewhere at the White Water Tavern (perhaps underneath the pool table?), but while logistics, city codes and common sense might pre-empt the putting into effect of any such musing, the holiday season offers the next best thing: The White Water Holiday Hangout. A three-day music festival, the now decade-old collaboration with Last Chance Records and Tree of Knowledge offers attendees the chance to post up at the storied Little Rock music venue for the better part of the weekend, filling their ears with the likes of the Legendary Shack Shakers, Patrick Sweany, Adam Faucett, among many others.

Where: The White Water Tavern in Little Rock

When: Dec. 6-8

Details: facebook.com/WWTHolidayHangOut