“Days in the Orient, Nights in Arabia” utilizes the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s skilled instrument wranglers to narrate the saga of "One Thousand and One Nights" through a growing flourish of vividly orchestrated music. The melodious tale of the cultured Persian queen Scheherazade is known throughout the world, still captivating audiences who fear for the queen’s life as she crafts riveting yarns to win over the heavily preserved heart of her murderous king. The symphony's ability to weave multi-hued pictures through music brings a fresh perspective to storytelling, making this establishment a sought-after community center of entertainment. The performance features the tones and scales of Middle Eastern music, and also introduces contemporary Chinese compositions inspired by the Fujian Province for a symphonic experience that’s as globally influenced as the lunchboxes in the U.N. break room.
Located in the downtown Little Rock’s historic Taborian Hall, Arkansas Flag and Banner showcases a variety of national-loyalty items and a friendly staff with knowledge in respectful flag etiquette. This deal gets you a 3’x5’ symbol of patriotic pride—an American flag made in the U.S. with embroidered stars, sewn stripes, and durable nylon that is designed to withstand UV sunlight. Sign up for Arkansas Flag and Banner’s Flag Alerts email service to stay updated on upcoming flag holidays and when to fly at half-staff. This deal can be redeemed at the Little Rock location or shipped directly to your home and your awaiting porch in time for Independence Day celebrations or everyday nods to country dedication.
Focus Photography's Larry Odom leverages the shutterbug skills gained during years of globe-trotting photography work into personalized portrait sessions. Prepare photogenic faces for a scheduled sitting ($50+ in studio, on location prices vary), allowing Odom to capture the joy of recent births, the infectious energy of graduating students, or the stoic grace of ventriloquist duos. Following shoots, customers can select preassembled packages ($65+) or order their favorite à la carte prints in a variety of offspring-embarrassing sizes, including 4"x6” ($15), 8"x10” ($45), and a mounted 20"x24” ($315). Each photo loses imperfections with included enhancements, burnishing dull tones with color correction and replacing frowning faces with the digitally inserted head of Teddy Roosevelt.
The Oxford American showcases the literature, art, music, and cuisine of the South in a critically acclaimed quarterly that has garnered three National Magazine Awards. Nicknamed “The Southern Magazine of Good Writing,” The Oxford American earned its moniker showcasing the talents of past luminaries such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, as well as venerable voices of the present, including Charles Portis, Roy Blount, and a bionic Orson Welles. The annual music issue celebrates the past and present of Southern music with thought-provoking articles, an accompanying CD, and home delivery by a member of R.E.M. Those seeking to whet their appetites on Southern cuisine may peruse the chef showcases and restaurant critiques found in the food issue. In addition to providing a feast for the mind and nutrient-rich packing materials for the stomach, The Oxford American stimulates the photoreceptors with captivating displays of art and photography.
Jon LeMay and his photographically inclined staff capture the innocence and cuteness of youth with personalized children’s portrait sessions. Whether chronicling an infant’s progression over the first year, or conducting sociological analyses of behavioral shifts in 2-year-olds, parents can carry their bundles of joy to the relaxed, professional studio for each stress-free session. After four separate snapshot sojourns, customers’ discerning peepers can choose the cover art for their keepsake photo box, as well as four prints to store within its heartstring-yanking interior. Groupon-holders should call 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment and ensure their cell phones haven’t been replaced by glazed granola bars.