First Thursday to feature new art openings, music by 412 West

It’s the first Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time for an art party in downtown Fayetteville.

The city’s First Thursday Fayetteville is set for tonight (Sept. 1), and this months’ family festival, live music, and art walk on the square has a “Back to Cool” theme. (Get it?)

There will be live music with local supergroup 412 West on the main stage at 7 p.m., with a performance by The Institute of Jugglology on the kids stage beginning at 6:15 p.m.

As always, an art walk featuring several local artists and vendors will be set up around the square.

Galleries around the square typically host an opening during First Thursday as well, and this month’s event is no exception.

sUgAR, the University of Arkansas student off-campus art gallery, will host an opening reception for a new show titled Running Toward Dreams inside the gallery at 1 E. Center Street on the east side of the Fayetteville square. The show, which first showed in Tehran, Iran, is a touring exhibition featuring Iranian and American young artists. Here’s more info about the exhibit.

At Fayetteville Underground, a new show titled Ambiguity and Glitch will open Thursday night. The show features award winning multi media portraits by Little Rock artist, Lisa Krannichfeld, and, a curated exhibit of local and national artists exposing “glitches” in visual technology. The Underground will also host live music by Second Line Strings. Here’s more about the show.

You could also make your way down Center Street to check out the progress Puerto Rico artist Alexis Diaz is making on the huge mural he’s creating on the east-facing side of the old Mountain Inn building. Diaz is working on a mural as part of The Unexpected street art festival that began in Fort Smith last year.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. For a bit more info, visit