Weekly roundup: Block Street Block Party, UARK Theater sign, the smoking ban and more

A recap of happenings in Fayetteville and on the Flyer from May 16 through May 22, 2011.

News & Views

Dalai Lama events now available on YouTube – University of Arkansas officials last week announced that video recordings of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville are now available online.

A&P Commission Roundup: May 2011 – Officials from the University of Arkansas and the Walton Arts Center on Monday spoke in favor of a city bond extension to help fund an expansion of the arts center’s facilities in Fayetteville.

Tuition increase proposed for University of Arkansas at Fayetteville – Under the proposal, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville would see a $13.53 estimated tuition/mandatory fee increase per credit hour. (This proposal was approved)

UARK Theater sign being removed for repair – The UARK Theater sign, a 71-year-old Dickson Street landmark is being removed for repair.

Now open: Walmart Market off Wedington – A new Walmart Market opened at 8 a.m. on Wednesday (May 18) at 3475 W. Black Forest Drive, just off Wedington Drive in Fayetteville.

First Thursday Fayetteville announces call to artists for June event – Organizers of the street side art walk program during First Thursday Fayetteville are seeking artists for the June 2 event.

Public comments nearly split during smoking ban discussion – The third and final reading/discussion will take place at the next regular council meeting on June 7. If passed, the new law will take effect Jan. 2, 2012.

The Flyer’s Instagram account gets some props – Getting a mention is always great, but we were especially honored to be included in the company of NBC News, ABC News, NPR, and CNN.

Now open: Twin Kitchen – Twin Kitchen is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photos: 2011 Block Street Block Party – Mayor Lioneld Jordan, along with members of the Fayetteville City Council and organizers of the first ever block party, kicked off the festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Fayetteville Public Meetings – A list of public meetings scheduled in Fayetteville for the week of Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, 2011.

» 2011 Charlie Brown used book sale underway at Vandergriff Elementary
» ‘Find it in Fayetteville’ totes to be distributed Friday at Baum Stadium

Arts & Events

Man Bites Dog recap: Hot Dog Eating Fiasco preliminary round (photos) – Local hot dog eater Michael Jordan edged out the favorite (and Lightbulb Club bartender) Joseph McDermott in the finals of the Man Bites Dog Hot Dog Eating Fiasco prelims on Saturday, May 14.

Sassy’s, Grub’s hosting food drive for Widespread Panic tickets – Two local restaurants are giving away 16 tickets to the to the Widespread Panic show on Sunday, June 19 show at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Bob Seger, Darius Rucker, and Lady Antebellum to perform during Walmart shareholders week – Country stars Darius Rucker and Lady Antibellum are scheduled to play May 31, and legendary performer Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will play June 1.

Coming here: She Wants Revenge, June 8 at George’s – She Wants Revenge will be in town June 8 for a show with Los-Angeles band Nico Vega.

Insomniac Studios to produce local covers compilation – Local producer / engineer Adam Putman from Insomniac Studios announced last week that he plans to produce a compilation album of local music.

» Rock the Runway for Education set for May 18 at Arkansas Air Museum
» Improv Showcase planned to benefit family of Sean Phillip Mabrey
» Ozark Couture: Nature as Muse fashion show set for May 20
» 19th Annual Dogwood Walk scheduled for May 21

Columns & Features

Music Briefs: Matthew Dear, Led Bib, Beastie Boys, Danger Mouse – Music Briefs are provided by DJs from KXUA 88.3 FM, a student-run radio station broadcasting out of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Weekend Mix: Black Lips, Vandervelde, The Black Keys, and more – Before you turn up the volume on this week’s mix, cross your fingers for no rain on May 22. It’s Block Street Block Party day and we don’t need no stinking water on it.

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» Flyer Guide: Block Street Block Party 2011