Weekend Guide: 8 Events to Help You Thaw Out

Will all these activities go on as planned? Will winter weather keep us indoors a few more days? We’ll find out together. Let’s get into it.

Editor’s note: As the forecast develops, so will event plans. Double check with organizers for any updates before you head out.


Thursday, Jan. 18

Arkansas Talent Semifinals at Ron Robinson Theater // It’s time to shine for 12 local singers. Hosted by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, this competition brought almost 100 central Arkansans to the stage in November to show their stuff, and now only a dozen remain. The final round will be held in May with guest judges Bonnie Montgomery, Rodney Block, Geoffrey Robson and “American Idol” winner Kris Allen, and the winner will headline ASO’s Home for the Holidays concert next Christmas. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.


Friday, Jan. 19

Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // Let’s go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this monthly walk invites you to stroll through the Argenta Arts District’s lineup of special exhibits and events. Highlights include the opening of an exhibit featuring the work of Meikel Church and Vincent Griffin at Argenta Library that benefits Potluck Food Rescue. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

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“We Have Just Begun” Screening at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // As part of the Arkansas Cinema Society’s Dreamland Film Series, this documentary on the 1919 Elaine Massacre and its lasting effects is making its Arkansas premiere. Following the screening, filmmaker Michael Warren Wilson will join theatergoers for a Q&A. Showtime is 6 p.m. Learn more here.

“Misery” Screening at Ron Robinson Theater // Everyone loves a fan, right? Well, maybe not when that fan is Annie Wilkes. The downtown theater is bringing the Stephen King classic back to the big screen, so watch your ankles and prepare to squirm. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.


Saturday, Jan. 20

Sip & Stretch at Diamond Bear Brewing Co. // This one’s for the girls (who like yoga and beer). Local yogi Shanley Barnett will host an all-levels class in the brewery’s Ol’Bart restaurant complete with your choice of Diamond Bear brew, bloody mary or mimosa. The flow starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here.

Taylor Fest at The Hall // Are you ready for it? This traveling show has been roaming the country, throwing dance parties Taylor-made for Swifties (and the Swiftie-adjacent) with all the hits, and now it’s back. Doors open at 8 p.m. Learn more here.


Sunday, Jan. 21

“Yellowman” Opening Night at The Weekend Theater // The downtown stage’s first show of the year, “Yellowman” is written by Dael Orlandersmith and “explores the negative associations surrounding male Blackness as well as the effect these racial stereotypes have on Black women.” Showtime is 2:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensemble Side-By-Side Concert at the Robinson Center // We often talk about the ASO’s incredible youth programs, but we don’t often get to share news of events like these. On Sunday, the youth orchestra will take the stage alongside the ASO and get a taste of what it’s like to go pro, while audiences get to experience their talent firsthand. Showtime is 6 p.m. Learn more here.

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