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
BODYTRAFFIC Dance Co.
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 Rockclintonschool.uasys.edu
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
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