Welcome Mat: September 2019

Your monthly “to do” list: What to climb, free up your schedule, get funky, show up, and ROARRRRRR for

Free Up Your Schedule for This

There’s a lot to take in at this year’s ACANSA Arts Festival of the South, but here are some of the events we’re most excited about:

Stewart Fullerton’s Homecoming Queen: A Night of Intimate Storytelling & Standup

Sept. 13-14 at The Rep Annex Black Box Theatre in Little Rock

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

Sept. 17-22 at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock


Sept. 21 at Pulaski Technical College: The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) in North Little Rock

Jessica B. Harris, Author and Food Historian

Sept. 26 at The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse in North Little Rock

Aerie, featuring the work of Lisa diStefano & George Marks

Sept. 12 – Nove. 7 at the Argenta Gallery in North Little Rock

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta and Time for Three

Sept. 28 at the Robinson Center in Little Rock


Roar for This

Upward of 66 million years ago, Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the lands of what is now western North America. However, recent breakthroughs in Halloween-costume technology—also: internet memes—have meant that the undisputed king of the dinosaurs has risen to prominence once again, with the now-ubiquitous inflatable costume making regular appearances in viral videos across the web—and even American Ninja Warrior. If you’ve ever wanted to run a mile in a T-rex’s shoes, this untimed Running of the Rexes fun run at War Memorial is just the ticket. 

When: Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m.

Where: War Memorial Park in Little Rock

Details: Registration is $30; costumes are available for purchase at registration, with proceeds going to future development of Rose Creek Park; trexrun.com

Show Up for This

Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sept. 3 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock


Ansley West Rivers

Sept. 17 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock


Tonya Lewis Lee

Sept. 20 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville


Susan Orlean

Sept. 28 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock


Get Funky for This

Anyone familiar with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series knows the artists chosen to perform in the literal workspace that doubles as a stage rank among the best musicians of our day. So when New Orleans five-piece Tank and the Bangas beat out more than 6,000 acts to become the winners of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, the hip-hop-slash-R&B-slash-funk-slash-jazz outfit shot straight to the top of our must-hear list. Today, their performance on Tiny Desk has over 8 million views. But why settle for video when you can see them in person?

When: Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

Where: The Rev Room in Little Rock

Details: $20, revroom.com

Climb for This

Once a year, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch—one of the premier destinations for rock climbing in The Natural State—plays host to an event that takes the endurance aspect of climbing and pushes it to the extreme: a 24-hour rock-climbing event where teams of two compete to climb as many routes along the ranch’s sandstone crags as they can. Those who are gluttons for (a little less) punishment can compete in the shorter 12-hour contest. Registration to climb in the event has already closed, but watching 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell from the epic party held on the solid ground is arguably even more fun.

When: Sept. 22-29

Where: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jasper

Details: $45 weekend pass if purchased online, $50 at the ranch; twofourhell.com