Welcome Mat: June 2019

Your monthly “What to” List

Get Amped for This

Trillium Salon Summer Solstice Block Party in Fayetteville

Even if the name “Asha Mevlana” doesn’t ring a bell, her home—aka the tiny house made to resemble a GIANT amplifier—probably strikes a chord. Well, this month, Asha has partnered with Northwest Arkansas’ Trillium Salon Series to host the series’ Summer Solstice Block Party, featuring a performance from members of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and musician-slash-installation artist Craig Colorusso. Sounds like a (tiny) house party you don’t want to miss. (Search “Trillium Salon Art Block Party” on Facebook)

June 21: Trillium Salon Summer Solstice Block Party

Celebrate This

Mosaic Templars’ Juneteenth Celebration in Little Rock

The logo shows two manacled dark-skinned hands breaking the chain that holds them. Immediately below appear the words “Celebrate Freedom.” For as simple as the image and message might be, the effect is powerful when you consider the history—that this day commemorates the end of slavery in America, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 finally reached the banks of Galveston, Texas, in June 1865—when the enslaved people there were told that they were free. Nowadays, the celebrations are typical of festivals, with rock climbing, barbecue vendors, face-painting, a new exhibition at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center—and performances by Grammy-nominated artists Carl Thomas and VaShawn Mitchell, along with local favorite Bijoux. But the message behind all of this is clear: It won’t be forgotten. It can’t be. (mosaictemplarscenter.com)

June 15: Mosaic Templars’ Juneteenth Celebration

Go Outdoors For This

Sure, you could bushwhack, scrounge, trek, ramble, wade, rut, slog and bivouac in the great outdoors. But if you’re looking for something a little less off the beaten path (and activities where you’re a little less likely to avoid the pests mentioned on page 66), here are our picks for the best ways to get outside this month.

June 1, 15 and 29: Yoga at the Gardens at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs | garvangardens.org

June 17: Northwoods Full Moon Ride | hotsprings.org/events/event/3855

June 21: Camp Out at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville | crystalbridges.org/calendar/summer-campout

June 22: Stars over the Battlefield (A star party at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society) | facebook.com/SugarCreekAstro

Take A Blurry Photo of This

Fouke Monster Festival in Fouke

Though it’s reportedly been stalking the woods near Boggy Creek since 1908, the so-called Fouke Monster took to the big screen in the early 1970s with the successful low-budget horror film The Legend of Boggy Creek. This month, the town is fully embracing its monstrous notoriety with the Fouke Monster Festival, where several of the film’s stars will return to Fouke to help celebrate the legacy of the film and its titular monster. (Search “2019 Fouke Monster Festival” on Facebook)

June 15: Fouke Monster Festival

Czech This

Czech That Film festival in Little Rock

The traveling Czech That Film Festival is the largest Czech cultural event in the United States, with stops in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and … Little Rock? That’s right. For the past five years, Little Rock has hosted the festival’s lineup, which highlights the best of Czech cinema. This year’s festival kicks off June 7 at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock with a screening of the family drama Short Cut, followed by a Q&A with director Jakub Šmíd. An after-party will be held at our favorite Czech eatery, The Pantry Crest. (arkansascinemasociety.org)

June 7-8: Czech That Film Festival