Block, Beer, & Bourbon (and Burgundy) tonight to support KUAR and KLRE

The Friends of KLRE/KUAR are hosting the 2020 edition of Block, Beer & Bourbon (and Burgundy!), Saturday, January 11th, at the Albert Pike Masonic Center, 712 Scott Street in Little Rock. VIP Reception – 6:00 – 7:00 pm Main Event – 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Guests will enjoy tastings of carefully selected beers, bourbons, and Burgundy wine from O’Looney’s Wine and Liquor, cocktail buffet from the Pantry, and fabulous tunes from the Rodney Block Collective.

This year, take home your own commemorative tasting glass! VIP tickets will include access to exclusive tastes of rare bourbon, beer, and wine at the pre-party reception.

2FAN at HAM – Vice and Virtue tonight at Historic Arkansas Museum

Join Historic Arkansas Museum in 2020 for another great year of 2FAN!

For the first 2FAN of the year, they’ll hold the opening reception for Vice and Virtue, an exhibit by Melissa Wilkinson. Providing the musical entertainment for the evening is Little Rock’s The Cons of Formant.

Beverages and appetizers will be served in the Stella Boyle Smith Atrium including Arkansas-made beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing.

2nd Friday Art Night is sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation, with special thanks to 107 Liquor. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Vice and Virtue
Second Floor Gallery
January 10 – April 5, 2020

Melissa Wilkinson uses the traditional processes of painting to meditate on issues of gender, identity construction, and beauty by embracing the tactile in an increasingly technological and dehumanizing time. Her works embrace dichotomies, such as obscuring and revealing, attraction and repulsion, good and evil, the past and the present, and masculine and feminine. Vice and Virtue consists of appropriated images sourced from disco, private Tumblr accounts, and late 70’s/early 80’s “tomboys” who informed Wilkinson’s identity and sense of self as a queer person. Wilkinson’s meticulously crafted watercolor and ink wash paintings straddle the line between abstraction and representation and invite the viewer to consider how gender is perceived and displayed.

Melissa Wilkinson received her BFA in painting from Western Illinois University in 2002 and her MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University in 2006. She serves as Associate Professor of Art-Painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She lives in the Memphis, TN area.

Little Rock chosen as 2020 Hottest Foodie City!

Little Rock has been named “America’s Next Hottest Foodie Destination 2020” by the Foodie Flashpacker blog. Little Rock won 39% of public votes, beating out 32 other cities from around the country including Walla Walla, WA, Albuquerque, NM, Dallas, TX and Minneapolis, MN.

No other city even came close to Little Rock!

Food and travel bloggers, and general public were invited to vote for Little Rock.  Voting started on December 16 and ran for a week.

Foodie Flashpacker Nathan Aguilera has spent the past six years traveling and eating dishes across 60+ countries on 5 continents. Nathan shares his experiences with people everywhere through the Foodie Flashpacker blog.

Winners of Historic Arkansas Museum’s 15 Ever Nog-Off announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the Historic Arkansas Museum’s 15th Ever Nog-off!!

People’s Choice Award (favorite eggnog voted on by guests)
Marriott Hotel – Brown Sugar Bourbon Nog
“loved, loved, loved it!”   “classic!”   “delicious spin on a traditional nog, tastes like Christmas in a cup!”  “best surprise”Taster’s Choice Award (voted on by the panel of celebrity tasters: Ashlei King of Fox 16, Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib, and Rusty Mathis of Ben E Keith Foods MidSouth)
South on Main – Bootleg Eggnog
“good traditional nog”   “loved the balance of this eggnog”

Egg, No Nog Award (best non-alcoholic eggnog voted on by the panel of emerging tasters: Rhett Booher, Tess Kramer, and Mary Olive Smith)
South on Main – Bootleg Eggnog
“has a great ratio of egg vs whatever nog is”   “good, creamy texture”    “perfect nuttiness”

Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog (favorite non-traditional eggnog voted on by the guests)
Capital Hotel – Banana Rum Eggnog
“Yum!”  “Vanilla wafer goodness!”   “Outstanding”

Historic Arkansas Museum thanks ALL of the amazing partners who make this event happen. And thank you to the two panels of tasters.

This is easily the most popular event at any 2nd Friday Art Night site throughout the year.  There was a line out the door down the street all the way to the light at Cumberland.

Have a wonderful season and happy nogging to ALL!