The holidays were a whirlwind. These low-key local activities should help you get your feet back on the ground.


Thursday, Jan. 3

First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest: It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your Hillcrest shop 'n' sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the discounts, later hours, pop-up vendors and live music. For more info, click here.


Friday, Jan. 4

Feed Your Mind Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center: Over the course of a season, the AAC Children’s Theatre produces nine shows, six mainstage and three tours. The AAC's exhibit "Behind the Seams: The Children's Theatre Costume Shop" takes a look at what goes into developing each show's original designs from conception to final curtain. Grab your lunch and stop in to hear designers Erin Larkin and Nikki Gray discuss all things costume. The free program takes place during the noon lunch hour. For more info, click here.

New Brew Friday at Stone's Throw Brewing: The hoppin’ monthly get-together dedicated to premiering brand new brews is back, and this time around the crew is releasing Sour Shamus, a callback (with a tart twist) to the brewery's first recipe, the Shamus Oatmeal Stout. This brew is part of the Barrel-Sour Series from a single barrel, so get your fill before it's gone, and hear from head brewer Theron Cash about the Sour Shamus brewing process while you're at it. Come check it out for yourself from 4-10 p.m. For more info, click here.

Grand Opening at Gleanings: Located at 900 S. Rodney Parham Road, this new art space was developed alongside Gallery 360 with the idea of featuring artists and makers who use discarded, found and repurposed materials in their creations. To celebrate its opening, Gleanings will feature "Pieces," an exhibit by Becky Botos highlighting works on canvas, mini-collages, decorative gourds and jewelry. Opening night runs 7-11 p.m. For more info, click here.


Saturday, Jan. 5

Opening Day at Painted Tree Marketplace: Eat your heart out, Chip and Joanna. Showcasing hundreds of vendors, this shopper's haven is opening its newest location in west Little Rock at the corner of Chenal and Wellington. Expect booths full of fashion, home decor, beauty and more. Opening day hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Intro to Homebrewing at The Water Buffalo: The brewing supply store is going all in on the brews this Saturday morning. Students can expect lessons on ingredients, instructions and methods, as well as the overwhelming urge to host brunch at their place and show off their new skills. The course starts at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.

Yoga for Men Workshop at Arkansas Yoga Collective: Local yogi Wesley Pilcher is dismantling stereotypes this weekend with this two-part event. The first session is all about helping you see the bigger picture of health and balance, while the second sesh will break down the fundamental postures every guy should incorporate into his daily routine. Part one kicks off at noon and part two begins at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.


Friday & Saturday, Jan. 4 & 5

"Steel Magnolias" at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: Get with it, Clairee. This is the '80s. Check out Bearden Productions Center for the Arts' production of this classic Southern tale, complete with plenty of sass, of course. You have three chances to see it: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. For more info, click here.


Sunday, Jan. 6

Sunday Morning Coffee Ride with The Meteor: You don’t have to be a pro cyclist to enjoy the perks of an early morning bike ride. Meet at The Meteor to join in on this weekly ride, a casual 15-20 miles along the River Trail at 15 mph or less, and finish with a free cup of freshly brewed coffee. We call that a win. Be there at 9:45 a.m., all levels welcome. For more info, click here.