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Brad Neely's 'China, IL' premiers Oct. 2


Fort Smith native Brad Neely, who we called "the funniest man on web TV" in a 2007 profile, is headed to regular TV. At 11 p.m. Oct. 2, his new show, "China, IL" debuts on Adult Swim. It brings together characters from his cult-favorite "Neely Comics" series of web videos, including Frank and Steve Smith (A.K.A. the Professor Brothers) and Babycakes, all of which Neely will voice. Indie film star Greta Gerwig ("Baghead," "Hannah Takes the Stairs") provides the voice of Steve's assistant, Pony, and Hulk Hogan voices the university's dean.

The Oct. 2 closing date draws nigh for three exhibits at UALR: "Advancing Tradition: 20 Years of Printmaking from Flatbed Press"; "Thoughts from China," ceramics by James Tisdale; and "ROUX," images of African-American "fore-mothers" by four printmakers, including local artist Delita Martin.

Flatbed Press, in Austin, turns out over-sized and multi-media prints, such as Julie Speed's "Women's Studies," a photo polymer gravure that combines illustrations by Gustav Dore and her own artwork, and Luis Jimenez' powerful lithograph "Abu Ghraib." Katherine Brimberry, co-founder of Flatbed, will give a lecture at 1:40 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.

 "Thoughts" features sad elfin figures that Tisdale during a fellowship in China; the artists of "ROUX" print on magnolia leaves and feathers and poured plaster to create feminine and family images.

Read the full review of UALR's shows, and another review of "So Many Open Houses," an art installation project by Low Key Arts in Hot Springs, at the Eye Candy blog on the Arkansas Times website.

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