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Erica Sweeney

Erica Sweeney

Twirls, twinkle toes, and Sugar Plum Fairies. Ballet Arkansas premiered its holiday classic fairy tale “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 9, now back on its home stage at Robinson Center. This longtime central Arkansas holiday tradition features a 200-plus cast with Ballet Arkansas’ 13 professional company members and hundreds of local …

It’s been a long wait — about five years, in fact — but Ballet Arkansas officially moved into its new space in downtown Little Rock’s Creative Corridor on October 25. “Everyone is so excited it’s really happening,” says Laura Hood Babcock, Ballet Arkansas’ artistic associate. And, the new space offers …

Austin Pendleton is a true character actor, who has appeared in hundreds of films and plays. While his face is most likely recognizable to audiences, his name may not be quite as familiar. In fact, “the most famous actor you’ve never heard of” is the tagline of the film about …

Billy Hayes’ story is likely a familiar one. In 1970, Hayes was arrested in Turkey for smuggling hashish, and after five years in prison, he escaped in 1975. He chronicled this experience in his book “Midnight Express,” published in 1977, which was made into an Oscar-winning movie of the same …

Mike Edmonds has had an extensive film and theater career, and a documentary about his life and work, “Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story,” will make its North American premier at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Edmonds, who was born with chondroplasia (also known as dwarfism) and raised …

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is going big for its 25th anniversary with more films, more special guests and a few throwbacks. As the oldest nonfiction film festival in North America, HSDFF, which runs Oct. 7-16, is a mainstay in the Spa City, bringing in filmmakers, festivalgoers and industry …

Ballet Arkansas is taking the show on the road for the 2016-17 season, proving its status a truly statewide ambassador. The season features multiple performances in Bentonville and one in Hot Springs, collaborative arts projects and a new home base, when Ballet Arkansas soon officially moves into its location on …

With classics like “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “Rapunzel,” a brand-new original pirate tale and a handful of other fun productions, the 2016-17 Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre season features something for everyone. And, youngsters (and adults) can soon show off their skills to land a part in one of the shows. “Each …

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