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Reflections from Koch exhibit The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins is an excellent permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington. A Smithsonian website describes the exhibit as telling “the epic story of human evolution and how the defining characteristics of our species have evolved over 6 million years as our ancestors adapted to a changing world.” Another Smithsonian website explains the exhibit to be “based on decades of cutting-edge research by Smithsonian scientists, and is the result of an international collaboration with over 60 research and educational organizations and over 100 researchers from around the world.” It says the Koch exhibition offers “an immersive, interactive journey through … scientific evidence for human origins and the stories of survival and extinction in our family tree during times of dramatic climate instability.” Since the exhibit’s introduction in March 2010, I’ve had the opportunity to visit it twice. The exhibit contains videos, charts and graphs, sculptures, artifacts, busts of early human ancestors like Australopithecus and Neanderthal displayed as they probably looked, and much more. The question that begs to be asked is this: Why did David Koch finance an educational exhibit in the nation’s capital while contributing to the campaigns of politicians who oppose public education, teachers, scientific research, any reforms to prevent future economic crises, and any regulations to reduce human contributions to climate change? David and his brother Charles possess over $25 billion each from the success of their oil and coal empire Koch Industries. They invested hundreds of millions of those dollars in this year’s elections to defeat President Obama and other Democrats and independents. The Koch brothers’ political arm, Americans for Prosperity, was extremely successful promoting Fox-Republican-Tea Party candidates in Arkansas and elsewhere. They financed candidates who support policies that historically have benefitted primarily the plutocrats: 1) tax cuts and subsidies for the already rich and Big Business and 2) elimination of regulations that protect competitors, labor, public servants, consumers, and the environment. The plutocratic abuses of the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, the Reagan-Bush Era, and the Bush-Cheney Regime all led to economic hardships for the masses and gave rise to progressive reforms to save capitalism from itself: Theodore Roosevelt’s Square Deal, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Clinton-Gore’s restoration of economic growth and government surpluses, and the Obama-Biden responses 4

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to the Great Recession. David and Charles Koch are no cretins. Both are educated, knowledgeable people who know that climate change is a clear and present danger. The emphasis of the Koch exhibit on the nation’s mall is that great advances in human evolution have come during times of great climatic change. What David H. Koch seems to hope is that visitors will leave his exhibit with the idea that all climate change is a natural, cyclical occurence. Nevertheless, there are two exhibit panels that clearly show that there is nothing natural about the current cli-

mate change. They show the drastic increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere that has occurred since the burning of fossil fuels began in earnest in the 1860s. They also explain that carbon levels and the earth’s temperature have always coincided. Mr. Koch apparently feels that most visitors won’t wonder why the extreme acceleration of greenhouse gases has occurred — especially within the last 30 years. In fairness, the Koch exhibit is not about climate change. It is about human evolution. However, the survival of our species depends on the political and cul-

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I was surprised, and frankly quite disappointed, that your latest weekly edition failed to capture as its cover story, perhaps the most anticipated election results of the past 3 years, the U.S. Presidential Election. International papers even found it to be one of the hottest and most discussed topics of interest of their readers as they underscored the results as this news made headlines in many of their publications this week. No matter your political persuasion, one cannot deny the news worthiness of this general election and its significance to our nation, and indeed, to this world. Hoping you will give our president the respect he is due and honor the monumental political victory that undeniably reelected our first black president whether you voted for him or not. The popular vote and electoral vote spoke with firm resolution and decision that clearly resonates President Obama’s re-election to be primary, headline, special-edition news. Anika T. Whitfield Little Rock Editor’s note: Our publication deadline last week fell before election results were known. Check arktimes.com for daily news.

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ationally, the election turned out well. Both the victory of Barack Obama and the defeat of Mitt Romney are reasons to rejoice, and Democrats retained control of the Senate, where they can block the worst of the Republican schemes to shake down the lower and middle classes for the benefit of the upper. The outlook isn’t brilliant closer to home. The Republicans will have a majority in the legislature now, and the only bright spot about that is that Charlie Fuqua, Loy Mauch and Jon Hubbard won’t be in it. Reactionary and intensely partisan, the Republicans likely will block any legislation that appears even mildly progressive, such as the proposed extension of health care to more low-income Arkansans. First as legislator and then as governor, Mike Beebe has been the ultimate centrist compromiser, but even he will find it hard to reach constructive agreement with this new bunch. And when his term ends in two years, if the Republicans elect their own governor, which is possible, Arkansas will become fully aligned with the sad, sullen politics of other Southern states. Arkansans seem once again eager to get on the wrong side of history, just as they were in 1957. Whence this lemming-like craving for destruction? It needs study. (But at least students at the University of Arkansas didn’t riot to protest the re-election of a black president, as happened at Ole Miss. And, as we said, that Devil’s Triumvirate of legislative candidates was rejected. Slavery supporters, Lincoln haters, advocates of capital punishment for children, this group in office would have made Arkansas the second-most despised and ridiculed of states, just behind our neighbor to the east.) Meanies blocked medical marijuana (bad), but just barely (good). Tender-hearted Arkansans will try again, and eventually prevail. And it was to the voters’ credit that they quashed the latest plot to give public money to private developers, though Republican legislators will come up with another. State money for sharp operators is the only sort of generosity they endorse. In the new Congress, Sen. Mark Pryor will be the only Democrat and only moderate among the six-member Arkansas delegation, all the others crouching far to the right. Just a few years ago, Arkansas had a Vic Snyder in Washington; now we don’t even have a Blanche Lincoln or a Marion Berry, and they’re sorely missed. We’re glad it turned out the Republicans couldn’t fix the election with the voting-machine manufacturers, as some of us had feared; that foolish third-party candidates of the Ralph Nader sort gained no traction; that Latino voters stood up to their bishops; that the worst of the anti-women candidates for the U.S. Senate were defeated, though these retained the support of irresponsible Republican leaders like Mike Huckabee. The downward spiral continues for our former governor. He may have the next Republican presidential nomination sewed up.

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t took more than a year, but the Little Rock Police Department finally decided a complaint against Lt. David Hudson, who beat a Hillcrest restaurant customer Oct. 29, 2011. Police Chief Stuart Thomas decided that Hudson would be suspended for a month without pay because the force he used during the arrest of the customer “exceeded the force which was reasonable and necessary.” Significantly, the chief’s suspension letter had no discussion of whether Hudson had any business trying to arrest Chris Erwin in the first place. Erwin had been asked to leave a party room in Ferneau’s restaurant where a private party was being held. He left — grudgingly according to some witnesses. On a sidewalk outside the restaurant, where Hudson was working off-duty as private security, Erwin asked Hudson who wanted him to leave. According to Hudson’s account, he told Erwin the information “was not relevant.” He ordered Hudson to leave (on what authority is unclear). When Erwin “continued to refuse,” Hudson moved to arrest Erwin. He pushed him against an outside wall of the restaurant. Hudson said Erwin struggled, but he also acknowledged that Erwin never attempted to strike him. Hudson wasn’t restrained. He said he determined that Erwin wasn’t going to comply and struck him multiple times in the “facial area,” wrestled him to the ground and took him into custody. Erwin’s offenses: Resisting arrest (arrest for what?), criminal trespass (of a public sidewalk?) and disorderly conduct (putting his face in the way of a police officer’s fist?). Ultimately, the charges were dismissed. The prosecution, in delaying a response to requests for evidence, indicated it didn’t have much to work with. Erwin has filed a civil rights lawsuit. The police department’s hand was forced into a rare suspension here because a cell phone video was made when Hudson beat a smaller man as shocked

onlookers shouted for him to stop. Hudson is a 34-year veteran of the force and no stranger to disciplinary reviews. He’s been named in 28 department and MAX citizen complaints and susBRANTLEY maxbrantley@arktimes.com pended four times. He was exonerated by the department four times for use of excessive force. None of those cases had benefit of video testimony. If a cop beating someone for the crime of refusing to move along isn’t a firing offense you have to ask: What does it take to get fired from the Little Rock Police Department? A manslaughter charge finally resulted in a firing recently, but it was of a cop with a long list of past disciplinary problems and suspensions. Thomas’ decision on Hudson sends a chilling signal. Even with multiple witnesses and video, a beating of a non-criminal for backtalking an officer acting as a private security guard is not a firing offense. It gives the public every reason to wonder what happens when the lights are out, no videos are running and confrontations occur in poorer parts of town. It’s a wonder, really, that anybody is ever brave enough to complain about the actions of a Little Rock cop. What’s the point? If you were Chris Erwin, or anybody else, would you want to run into David Hudson when he’s in a bad mood? The chief can cover up for bad actors, but maybe not forever. Three lawsuits are pending over fatal police shootings of non-criminals. As far as we know, none produced so much as a caution letter for cops involved or improvement of police procedures for handling difficult but non-criminal people like Chris Erwin and the three men slain. These cases may yet force changes and accountability in Little Rock policing that, regrettably, the chief still resists.

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ill Reconstruction ever cease to be the frame of reference for recording the advance of history in this part of Dixie, as in “Arkansas Republicans claimed majority control of the House on Thursday for the first time since Reconstruction … ”? Plainly, not soon. The quotation is from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s account of the voting last week for the state House of Representatives. The newspaper supplied the virtually identical description of votes for the state Senate, as did much of the media in reporting the Republican victories. The reference to Reconstruction does more than define the length of time — 138 years — since Republicans last owned a legislative majority. It also defines a cause — maybe the biggest cause — of the shifting allegiance of a large share of white voters in Arkansas and the South over that period. That is the attitude toward black political participation and power. There is no point in arguing over the precise share of the electorate that has been and still is governed in no small degree by fear of the exercise of political power by black citizens and now consummately exercised by a single black man, Barack Obama. More than 70 percent of white

voters in Arkansas voted for Mitt Romney, a man with whom most of them shared few economic and ERNEST social goals and litDUMAS tle culturally, but they took him eagerly over the Democrat who was nothing but a champion of the middle class in all his tax and budget policies, his giant healthcare reform, his banking reforms, college loans, and on and on. What would account for that but race? Never before had campaigns for local or state offices been tied to a single national figure, at least to the extent that Arkansas Democratic candidates were tied to Barack Obama. Democratic state legislators were exposed as accomplices to Obama on healthcare reform. Ads attacking a Democratic legislator would carry a picture of a black man in doctor’s scrubs with a stethoscope around his neck. See, under Obamacare you are going to have to go to a black doctor. Unless you are really honest, like the two Republican legislators who wrote extensive justifications for slavery and the Confederacy, you no longer employ openly racist shibboleths. Dog whistles work fine.

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itt Romney was far from being the only Republican thinker “shell-shocked” by his defeat. So was the author of this elegant communication I’d received after a column predicting that the 2012 election would mark the end of Richard Nixon’s “Southern strategy.” “You are such a liar. You are not a journalist or a columnist, but rather a whore for the Democratic Party... November will solve the problem when we kick your Satanic ilk out of our government. May you get a form of incurable cancer and die a long and painful death.” Needless to say, my pious interlocutor mentioned no particulars. People like him never do. However, my intuitions proved correct: As far as the Electoral College is concerned, the GOP has turned into a strictly Confederate/Cow State party. In the short term, stunned disbelief and futile posturing are apt to prevail. Why change what’s never worked since 1865? But the rest of us shouldn’t feel too smug. The nation has experienced a brush with disaster. Who’d have guessed that the $250 million man was as vulnerable to having smoke blown up his wazoo as George W. Bush? There’s no telling what mad crusades Romney’s neoconservative advisors might

have talked him into launching. One expects a degree of competence in a tycoon; a money guy is supGENE posed to be a numLYONS bers guy. That Mitt Romney was as deluded about his chances as Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Peggy Noonan, Charles Krauthammer and the rest of the GOP Marching and Chowder Society comes as a shock. Final tally: Obama 53%, Romney 45% — Minnesota’s tenth consecutive Democratic presidential vote. Not even close. Adepts of the Fox News infotainment cult ought to be asking themselves tough questions. “On the biggest political story of the year,” writes The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf, “the conservative media just got its [posterior] handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while The New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find.” His name is Nate Silver, a number-

Speaking of the two slavery apologists, both were narrowly defeated by massive efforts for the Democrats, but still they carried the white votes in their districts. The 10 to 20 percent of African-American votes beat them, thus vindicating the men’s own fears of black power. The stories about the GOP in 2012 regaining the power lost at the end of Reconstruction suggests a restoration of the party of Lincoln after nearly a century and a half in the wilderness. But the GOP today bears little resemblance to the band from whom power was wrested nine years after the Civil War. Republicans today would call them flaming liberals. With whites, nearly all Confederate sympathizers, sidelined, about 1,300 immigrating Republicans and 23,000 freed slaves did the voting and elected themselves to office, installing exactly one Democrat in each house of the legislature. The Republicans enacted full rights for African Americans, raised taxes everywhere, began a system of publicly funded universal education for both whites and blacks and the first state college, built railroads (662 miles), turnpikes and levees, and passed the first environmental laws. They would have been called socialists but the planters hadn’t heard the word. Those Republicans were a trifle corrupt and they ran things with an iron fist. The latter was fully justified by the

relentless violence and intimidation, most of it undertaken by stray vigilantes but also by the Ku Klux Klan and county militias organized by both the Republican and Democratic parties, which murdered and plundered with impunity. One estimate was that 385 Republicans were murdered in two years. Both parties followed disgraceful courses from 1874 until today. Native whites — Democrats — rebelled at giving blacks full citizenship, including voting rights, but had to acquiesce in a constitution that did so in order to end Reconstruction. Then they set out to banish blacks altogether from the political process through the white primary, the Australian ballot, the poll tax and Jim Crow laws. The Republican Party carried on inconsequentially for a while, then a decade into the 20th century its leaders decided the Democrats had the right idea and they made the Republican Party “lily white” and won the approval of the Republican president, Bill Taft. So blacks were banished from both parties and had absolutely no say in government at any level until the end of World War II. To complete the circle, in reverse, the new Republican majority in January will take up where Democrats left off more than a century ago, making it harder for minorities, the poor and the feeble to vote.

crunching whiz-kid who came to politics after helping to revolutionize baseball stats. His FiveThirtyEight blog aggregates and analyzes data from as many state and national polls as he can find — operating on the principle that the larger the sample, the smaller the margin of error. In 2008, Silver called 49 of 50 states correctly. Any poll can be wrong. However, if 18 out of 20 polls show Obama leading in Iowa, then there’s a high-probability he’s ahead there. An 84.3% chance, Silver thought. (Silver forecast Minnesota as 99.7% likely for the president, Florida, 50.3%) Anyway, as the 2012 election approached, Silver’s numbers showed a steadily increasing likelihood of Obama’s winning at least 7 of 9 “swing” states, and hence the election. So did Princeton biophysicist Sam Wang’s, whose record is slightly better than Silver’s. Other data crunchers got similar results. Confronted by unwelcome facts, Foxified pundits did the usual. They invented an alternative reality. One Dean Chambers, proprietor of the website unskewedpolls. com began his analysis this way: “Nate Silver is a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the ‘Mr. New Castrati’ voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program.” Incisive, don’t you think? Unintimidated, Silver responded sarcastically via

twitter: “Unskewedpolls argument: Nate Silver seems kinda gay + ??? = Romney landslide!” A veritable industry sprung up on Fox News and elsewhere arguing that not only Silver but everybody except Romney’s private pollsters were twisting the evidence to favor President Obama. Why anybody would sacrifice his own professional reputation to give false confidence to a favored candidate’s supporters was never explained. Meanwhile, like Romney himself, Fox News viewers long conditioned to mistrust any source of information that’s not explicitly conservative took to “Mittmentum” as readily as the sheep in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” chanting “Four legs good, two legs bad!” Even “mainstream” TV networks attracted to a “cliffhanger” narrative for commercial reasons downplayed what state-by-state numbers kept making clear: close national tracking polls mainly reflected that Romney had big leads in the South, but trailed almost everywhere else. By Election Day, Silver’s model gave President Obama a 90.9% chance of winning. In 2012, Silver went 50 for 50. They ought to put the bespectacled analyst out in Times Square like Santa Claus, so Dean Chambers and the Foxified fakers who questioned his integrity can line up to kiss… Well, to pay their professional respects. www.arktimes.com

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he distinction between these Razorback footballers and those from a season ago isn’t as disparate as the records (9-1 through 10 games last year, 4-6 this time) might indicate. A methodically poor effort against South Carolina in a 3820 loss Saturday wasn’t out of character for this team, but perfectly illustrative of just how much of a football season is played within narrow margins. You’ll recall that last year, Arkansas was the benefactor of wondrous timing, and occasional moments of absurdity. The Hogs got a big lift against Vandy when Jerry Franklin collected a loose football and sprinted 96 yards to the other end zone, then watched the Commodores’ kicker choke away a routine shot at overtime in the last seconds. They shifted the momentum toward a Tennessee rout with Joe Adams’ awe-inspiring punt return, cemented a big win over Carolina with a crushing Jake Bequette sack and shortcircuited an Ole Miss rally with a late Eric Bennett interception. Those little vignettes carried Arkansas all the way to Dallas and a Top 5 seasonending ranking last year, and more to the point, allowed a flawed team to masquerade as a national power. This year, as the Hogs have again struggled to keep the offense diverse and the defense engaged, those episodic selections from a given game are simply not aiding the team in any way. Your setting: Saturday at WilliamsBrice Stadium. It’s a tight, 14-10 game at Columbia, and the Cocks have the moxie and personnel to take a gutsy plunge on a fourth-and-six play from the Razorback 42. Just a little less than 100 seconds remain in what has been a very evenly played half, and Steve Spurrier, rarely evincing the same flair he crowed about during his stint in Florida, took the dare. He let Connor Shaw chunk one downfield, where a diminutive part-time basketball player named Bruce Ellington somehow escaped that oh-so-smothering Hog coverage for a crippling TD before halftime. That didn’t cement the game, though it hardly gave Arkansas fans any hope, as this team has a fascinating compulsion to hit the 10-point mark and just sit on it for seemingly hours. The Hogs held Carolina to a field goal to open the third quarter, then started moving the ball and getting some calls. DJ Swearinger committed two personal fouls, assisting the Razorbacks to a comfy station at the Gamecock 36. This budding momentum was gone in an instant: Swearinger was quite literally handed a chance to redeem himself when Tyler Wilson lofted yet another illadvised, off-target throw into a hornet’s

nest of sorts, and Swearinger raced 69 yards the other way. That was it, too. 31-10 after the BEAU PAT? Might as well WILCOX have been 99-0. CBS’ second-tier team of Tim Brando and Steve Beuerlein repeatedly offered empathy in the form of give-these-guys-creditfor-not-quitting comments as some of the younger players demonstrated some pride. It was genuine, but also obfuscated something more telling: While many young players were getting the chance to shine on a national stage, even with the outcome long decided, Wilson remained on the field. I don’t expect readership from any of these loons who are currently tearing off construction paper chain-links in the Broyles Athletic Complex under a “Days Left On The Lusitania” badge. That said, wouldn’t it be something if Brandon Allen got to play again this year? The albatross of the Alabama game was thrown onto his shoulders and he gamely braved it without much support or pledges of confidence from his coaches. Now, though the season remains essentially lost, he sits idly as Wilson makes a bevy of poor decisions and takes a few more chops to the gourd. It’s distressing. Allen is part of the youth movement that is set to absorb this program for the next couple of seasons. Keon Hatcher and Demitrius Wilson will be back next year trying to emerge as leaders of a receiving unit that won’t have one with Cobi Hamilton gone, and they caught Wilson’s scoring throws Saturday. Jonathan Williams and Nate Holmes are seeing more activity in the backfield. Otha Peters is flexing his ample muscles as a long-term linebacking solution. If Arkansas has a hope of beating Mississippi State, it actually rests with the coaches’ acceptance of this as a dead-fish season and the decision to turn Tyler Wilson out gracefully so he can rehabilitate a flagging draft profile. Allen is a sharp kid who desperately needs those coveted “reps” and the chance to make up for the occasional gaffe with a moment of brilliance thereafter. That page should’ve been turned after the loss to Ole Miss, where Wilson played badly enough most of the game to be put on ice anyway. Allen should start and play the entirety of the last two games. He’s deserving, Wilson merits a little rest on his own right, and this program can’t extract much sweetness from the last two weeks in any realistic scenario. Even a win at Starkville with Wilson at the helm will feel empty.

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Boths a crowd  “In Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh, Republicans defeated Democrat Mark Critz in what was one of the year’s most expensive races, with both sides spending a combined $13.7 million.” “Tux and Xedo are a brother/sister pair that were bottle-raised from 5 days old. Both are nearly identical with black and white tuxedo markings and deep amber eyes.” Avoid redundancy and confusion by not overusing both, whether dealing with candidates or kittens. In the first example, make it “... with the two sides spending a combined $13.7 million”; in the second, substitute “They” for “Both”. The first is an example of journalistic negligence too, I suspect. If one side spent considerably more than the other, as probably happened in this case, the reporter should have proceeded to give the amount for each. To do otherwise implies that the two sides are equally culpable. Reporters do that a lot, trying to appear objective, but often the attempt only misleads their readers. Opposing sides are not always equally at fault. They weren’t at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese might say that the opposing sides weren’t equally at fault for what happened at Hiroshima either.   “McConnell took the studs when it was suggested that he should work with the president.” I saw a mention of “took the studs” by The Word Detective the other day, and it took me back. My father

used that expression, but I haven’t heard it in years. The Dictionary of American Regional English says that DOUG “studs” in this case SMITH dougsmith@arktimes.com is “a fit of stubborn opposition, balkiness,” usually appearing in the phrase “take [or took] the studs.” DARE says the expression is found mainly in the South, and gives this example: “We was doin’ all right till ol’ Deacon Jones took the studs, but it ain’t no more use talking no more tonight.” DARE does not explain the origin.   Stanley Johnson saw a newspaper column in which “something was described, a new trend of some kind, perhaps, as ‘hovering’ into view. That is of course wrong. The writer meant something was approaching, probably gradually. Things that hover are already where they are going. It occurs to me that the writer had some unconscious recollection of the somewhat nautical phrase ‘hove into view,’ ‘hove’ being the past tense. I don’t remember ever encountering the present tense. ‘Heave into view’ sounds like something that should be confined to the bathroom.” Some years ago, I heard a lady just back from vacation talk about riding on a Hoovercraft. Only hours later did I realize what she meant. 

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HEALTH CARE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND OTHER DEMOCRATIC IDEALS. Barack Obama was elected to a second term in the White House, turning back a Republican who vowed to revoke the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned Parenthood and move the country closer to a plutocracy. ARKANSAS REPUBLICANS. They are now in the majority in the Arkansas legislature. DRINKERS. Voters in Benton, Sharp and Madison counties voted to allow the sale of alcohol and Springdale voted to allow booze to be sold on Sunday. TAKING THE LAW INTO ONE’S OWN HANDS. An unidentified bystander fired away at fleeing robbers at a Little Rock bank Monday, hitting, fortunately, only the bumper of a car he thought was the getaway car. It wasn’t. Police were able to arrest the robbers without the help of Trigger. CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART. The Bentonville museum

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celebrated its first anniversary by releasing attendance figures since Nov. 11, 2011: 600,000.

It was a bad week for … MEDICAID IN ARKANSAS NOW. It appears state revenues will fall short of existing needs for Medicaid support by about $140 million. MEDICAID IN ARKANSAS TOMORROW. The new Ayn Randian legislature is likely to spurn new federal dollars to expand Medicaid. PEOPLE IN PAIN. Voters rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized medical marijuana in the state, but only by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. THE PULASKI COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE. The county Board of Equalization lowered the office’s appraised real-estate values by $2 billion, lowering the values of 5,052 properties and making other corrections. The $2 billion was more than half the rise in values determined by the office. For many homeowners, this would be in the “good week for” category.

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Election fatigue edition THE ELECTION IS OVER, and even though The Observer is a fan of political horseracing, let us be the first to say: Good riddance to it. Though the guy we wanted in the Top Office managed to pull out a win — and though Pulaski County once again proved itself to be a blue island in the middle of increasingly red sea, which suits us fine — we’re always glad to see our neighborhood polling place receding in the rearview mirror, no matter how all the tabulating turns out. There’s just something about elections that puts everybody in a foul mood, The Observer included. Perhaps it’s our sense of helplessness, all of us knowing that for once our future has to rely not only on our own wits and good sense, but on The Other Guy’s. The Observer’s job description requires Yours Truly to be an incorrigible eavesdropper in public places, and we can tell you: In the months leading up to the election, we’ve overheard a heck of a lot of grumbling voices, with people obsessively hashing and re-hashing and re-re-hashing the thoughts and quirks and motives and hidden biases of politicians who they’ll more than likely never meet in person. As a very smart guy once told us: You have to be a little crazy to run for office in the first place, and trying to figure out why crazy people do what they do might be a sign you’re crazier than they are. Whether you believe Good Sense won this go-round depends on which side of the increasingly-high political fence you’re on, of course, and the prevailing wind seems to be you’re either sure The Zombie Horde has been vanquished, or Beelzebub once again reigns triumphant. Not a lot of air between those two extremes these days, though it would be nice to get back to a country where there was some wiggle room. Maybe even a wide median, where we could plant some flowers. But, to get back to the original point: Good riddance to ballots and booths and “I voted” stickers. Adios to PACs and Super-PACs and annoying glimpses of

Sarah Palin’s smirking face and dogcontemplating-arithmetic eyes on the nightly news. We’ll love you again on the ’morrow, Madame Politick. For now, though, we’re anxious to get on to the next, more pressing debate: pumpkin pie or sweet potato? WHILE THE OBSERVER is normally reticent to use this space for grousing, griping, nitpicking, complaining, kvetching, airing grievances, bitching, moaning or otherwise venting spleen, we’re going to make an exception this week, because we’ve lately noticed a supremely irritating and potentially dangerous trend on the highways — especially on the interstates — of this fine state, and it’s one that seems to grow worse by the minute. Namely, we’ve found that when we’re cruising along in the left lane to pass someone and have allowed for even one freaking millimeter of space between us and the car in front of us, some jackass passes on the right to try insert himself into this space. Now, The Observer is a friendly, lawabiding sort. We’re not one of these concealed carry vigilante types who’s just waiting for the opportunity to pull out the gat and start throwing lead every which way. But boy howdy, if you want to get our blood up, just cut in front of us in line. Any line — the movies, post office, DMV, grocery store, wherever. But it rarely ever seems to happen in those places, because most people are courteous and follow the implicit social contract of staying in your place and not cutting. Why the highway is somehow an exception to this rule is beyond us. After all, it’s far more dangerous to cut the line when it’s all moving at 80 miles an hour than when standing still at the bank, right? So there it is. No scientific evidence to support our theory that more people are driving like discourteous, impatient idiots, just pure, gut-feeling conviction based on several years of personal experience. Anybody else out there feeling like us on this one?

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Mack McLarty, the Arkansan political consultant who was chief of staff in the Clinton White House, recently coauthored an op-ed in the Washington Post suggesting a bipartisan solution for the impending end of Bush tax cuts and mandated spending cuts. He writes that President Obama should ask Mitt Romney to craft a bipartisan plan — “he can’t really believe that the deficit can be solved with zero new revenue, including from individuals as wealthy as he is. ...” And he should also bring in McLarty’s former boss, Bill Clinton. “He should bring his basic math skills, and his considerable political skills, to the table to help craft a solution to deficit reduction that creates jobs and doesn’t stifle them.” McLarty says the president should draw on past work by SimpsonBowles and others and that his plan should include “entitlement reform” and “revenue generation.” Businesses who opposed Obama should get engaged, he says. (Try telling that to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mack.) “These times demand big ideas,” writes McLarty. One added comment: And some contributions from rich people. Until the Republican Party is ready to move in that direction, big action isn’t possible.

Asa goes to pot The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington inspired an Arkansas connection. Asa Hutchinson, the former Arkansas congressman and former administrator of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, became a popular target for debate panels and media interviews in the revived discussion about pot legalization, with Hutchinson solidly in the anti-camp. Hutchinson obliged many of his callers, perhaps for publicity, because he’s widely expected to be a candidate for Arkansas governor again in 2014. Hutchinson, for example, was quoted in Politico about legalization: “ ‘The stage is set for a confrontation of massive proportions,’ ” Politico quoted Hutchinson as saying. Hutchinson told Politico that he saw only two options for the Obama administration if it doesn’t ignore the new laws (as it has largely ignored existing medical marijuana laws). It could sue the states or step up enforcement of federal drug laws by federal agents. Wrote Politico: “The most likely federal response, Hutchinson predicted, would be a lawsuit arguing that federal law trumps any state efforts. The administration should ‘have the courts decide finally that federal law CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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Start-up dreams are made of these The ARK Challenge launches 15 companies. BY LINDSEY MILLAR

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ara Beck wants to change how fashion boutiques sell online. She and her brother Will Carter believe they’ve hit upon an idea that could yield $8 million in revenue in three years. Their company, Btiques, provides what they call a social commerce platform, which allows small boutiques to conveniently sell their merchandise on social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Through their platforms, Beck says, independent retailers can upload a product image, price and other sales details, and with a simple click of a button, push the information out into social networks. Last week, after Beck delivered a 10-minute presentation of her business plan to a roomful of investors and techies in the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, she and her brother received promise of $150,000 in funding, a remarkable feat considering that they only conceived the idea for Btiques nine weeks ago. Btiques’ funding and existence owe to The ARK Challenge, a three-month startup accelerator in Fayetteville that concluded its term Nov. 8 at Crystal Bridges with presentations from 14 participants. The ARK follows a proven model — give an entrepreneur access to seed money, workspace and mentors, and she can turn an idea into a fully-fledged tech company in a matter of months — and adds a local twist. It separates itself from other accelerators by targeting companies focused on retail, food processing and logistics, not coincidentally areas in which the likes of Northwest Arkansas heavyweights Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport thrive. The ARK kicked off in August with 15 teams, selected from more than 80 applicants (one withdrew before the presentation). Participants moved to Fayetteville from as far away as Singapore and India. Each received $18,333 in start-up money in exchange for a 6 percent stake in each company, guidance from more than 50

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READY FOR THE PITCH: The crowd waits to hear from ARK Challenge companies.

business mentors and access to The Iceberg co-working facility, a 5,600-squarefoot basement space in downtown Fayetteville equipped with whiteboards, wireless Internet and plenty of workstations. Applying to The ARK came naturally to Beck and Carter. They’re from Rogers originally; both went to the University of Arkansas and have worked in marketing and sales in Northwest Arkansas. They were accepted into The ARK based on their plan for POSTPORT, a social mediadriven travel app, but after five weeks of trying to flesh it out and explore their potential market, they tossed that plan by the wayside and conceived Btiques. In the lexicography of start-ups, such a change in course is known as a pivot. While traditional business people might be skeptical of abandoning a company and creating a new one in such a short period, the pivot is common in start-up culture. A dating site was the original vision of the

creators of YouTube. Groupon began as a community promoting political action. Flickr spawned from a multiplayer online game. “Adaptability and agility shows something, I’m hoping,” Beck said after event organizers announced Btiques as one of three $150,000 winners. It may demonstrate an ability to execute, a quality echoed among investors. “At the core of all of this — it doesn’t matter if its Facebook or Apple — it’s the people who do it who are the real secret sauce,” said Chris Miller of the $36.4 million venture capital fund Meritus Ventures of Knoxville. “In the investment community, we say bet the jockey and not the horse.” Funding for The Ark comes from a number of federal and state partners, chiefly three jobs-focused federal agencies and Winrock International. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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Four years after Arkansans voted for John McCain over Barack Obama by one of the widest margins in the country, Arkansas voters cast even fewer ballots for President Obama. Statewide he only managed 37 percent of the presidential vote, losing all but eight counties. Only 11 counties gave the president more votes in 2012 than 2008: Chicot, Monroe, Phillips, Ashley, Jefferson, Lee, Ouachita, Lafayette, St. Francis, Mississippi and Crittenden. In 10 counties, mostly in the northern part of the state, the president garnered at least five percent fewer votes: Stone, Randolph, Sharp, Izard, Pike, Newton, Polk, Baxter, Clay and Fulton.

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INSIDER, CONT. trumps and that the state law violates the federal law,’ he said.” Naturally a states-rights Republican federalist would desire a massive federal response against activities of which he disapproves. Voter suppression? He’ll leave THAT to the states. So, then, the Arkansas political relevance. Hutchinson suggests no tolerance for the wishes of some states to end punishment for use of a drug that an increasing number of people view as benign, less problematic even than legal alcohol. Arkansas barely turned back a medical marijuana initiative this year. It enjoyed broad support in Hutchinson’s hometown of Fort Smith. Backers promise to be back in 2014, potentially Hutchinson’s gubernatorial year, with a tightened proposal to allow sick people access to marijuana. Voters for that proposal might be cool to a candidate who opposes legalization of cannabis.

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Time to RSVP Mark your calendars. In December, the Arkansas Times is sponsoring two special programs in partnership with the Clinton School for Public Service and the Little Rock Film Festival. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Argenta Film Series at the Argenta Community Theater will screen “Paradise Lost,” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s 1996 documentary about the child murders in West Memphis and the three men who came to be known as the West Memphis Three. Following the film, one of the three, Jason Baldwin, will make his first public appearance in the state since he and Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley were released from Arkansas prisons last year after submitting an Alford plea, under which a defendant asserts innocence while pleading guilty. He’ll be joined by filmmaker Joe Berlinger and Times contributor Mara Leveritt, the author of “Devil’s Knot” and a forthcoming sequel that also explores the West Memphis Three case. On Thursday, Dec. 13, Baldwin, Berlinger and Leveritt will participate in a panel discussion at the Clinton School entitled “The Case for Cameras in Court.” Judges rarely allow trials to be videotaped. Had Berlinger and Sinofsky not been allowed to film the trials of Baldwin, Echols and Misskelley, most believe Baldwin and Misskelley would still be in jail and Echols, who was sentenced to death, would have been executed. To RSVP for the Argenta Film Series screening and panel discussion, visit lrff.eventbrite.com. To RSVP for the Clinton School panel discussion, email publicprograms@clintonschool. uasys.edu or call 501-683-5239. www.arktimes.com

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Race-divided city now finds blacks pitted against one another. BY GRIF STOCKLEY

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he Perfect Racial Storm,” the title given to the Arkansas Times’ Feb. 8, 2008, cover story following the 2007 shooting death of 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow by a West Memphis policeman, has proven to be an understated metaphor for what is transpiring in Crittenden County these days. The furor in the black community over the child’s death that brought New York City activist Al Sharpton to West Memphis to preach at his funeral was nothing more than a spring rain compared to the torrent of accusations, protests and litigation that has followed in the last four years since I wrote that article. Some of the bitterest recent public recriminations in the black community in Crittenden County have been internal as reformers publicly accuse other African Americans, including local, state and national officials, of corruption and selling out their own people. These charges have been denied and counter-charges have been made accusing the reformers of being interested only in acquiring power and publicity. By way of contrast, this fall much of the country (outside the South at least) was held spellbound by the astonishing spectacle of two of the once least-likely contenders for the presidency imaginable — a mixed-race but self-identified African American with a suspicious name, and a member of the Mormon faith — jousting for the most powerful job in the world. In public presentations by the candidates race was not an issue. But, of course, race was an issue since literally millions of Americans, black and white, including Arkansans, voted for a candidate who looked like them. Is race really such an issue in the 14

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Delta? Reads a caption from an article detailed in the Times’ 2008 article, Critin the November 2012 issue of National tenden County itself was a perennial Geographic about the beatings suffered poster child for the state’s historical comby former VISTA volunteers who created mitment to the implementation of white Respect Inc., an umbrella organization for supremacy through peonage, lynching, Arkansas civil rights groups in the late outrageous disparities in educational 1960s: “The Delta has something going funding and unequal justice. Articles and for it: Race is always out on the table in photographs from West Memphis and plain view and is sometimes honestly Crittenden County appeared in national discussed.” publications such as Time and LIFE, The operative phrase here is “somechronicling some of the white South’s times honestly most notorious discussed.” Even excesses, indeed, those who take rivaling the horoffense at one ror of Emmett more sad porTill’s 1954 murder trait of Arkansas’s across the river in Money, Miss. racial past cannot really be surprised By 1980 the at the continuing civil rights moveuproar. As histoment in Arkansas rians of Arkanwas already a trip PAUDERT: Reactive v. pro-active sas race relations down memory lane. Republican now document on Winthrop Rockea regular basis, the state’s reputation feller’s two terms was purchased by as governor had an unwavering paved the way for commitment to a more restrained white supremacy, and hopeful racial atmoimplemented by slavery, murder, sphere within the rape, lynching, state. Black voting, HILL: NAACP lacks authority. racial massacres, which had made segregation, massive stealing of resources the difference in both Rockefeller’s elecintended for the black community, disfrantions, was taken very seriously, especially chisement, racial cleansing, discrimination, by blacks themselves. In West Memphis, and an official and unofficial recounting of of all places, where one in three persons in racial history that bordered on propaganda. 1980 was African American, Leo Chitman, Many older black citizens, particularly a black man, was elected mayor with 16 in the Arkansas Delta, remember white percent of the vote in a six-person race that supremacy as a bare-knuckled affair well had no provision for a run-off. Suddenly, into the 1960s, no apologies expected this act was deemed undemocratic, and for vigilante behavior and misconduct over the loud protests of the state NAACP, by white law enforcement. Indeed, as at the first opportunity the Arkansas legis-

lature crafted a law that required majority elections (run-offs) in all county and local races. (The law has been slightly amended since.) Fast-forward to the present era and the on-going racial conflict in Crittenden County. In retrospect, given the intent of the federal voting rights act and the history of the often successful efforts of the state of Arkansas and its subdivisions to control and/or marginalize black voting in heavily black areas, it was perhaps inevitable that the federal judiciary would intervene by sanctioning the creation of super-majority black districts of 60 percent through the process of redistricting. This crucial litigation brought by advocates in the Delta (known as the Hunt Consent Decree to lawyers) was intended to rectify vestiges of discrimination in the electoral process. Central to this story, it would ultimately result in the election of African-American Circuit Judge Victor Hill. Today, according to the 2010 Census, the racial percentages in West Memphis have flipped. The white population in West Memphis is 33 percent. In some ways, West Memphis is like many towns in the Delta as white flight continues to take its toll on public resources. As will be seen, in one significant way it is not. As a result of the federal redistricting litigation in the 1980s, there was a dramatic increase in the number of blacks elected to positions within Crittenden County (and elsewhere in parts of the state where significant numbers of African Americans reside, including Pulaski County). In the ’60s and early ’70s, black protests and boycotts in the Delta had no direct means of resulting in change. The Hunt Consent Decree litigation has changed all that. For some time there have been six blacks on the West Memphis City Coun-

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cil out of a total of 10 (not counting the mayor), but the levers of power are in the hands of whites. The mayor is white, and key city officials are white, as well as the vast majority of policemen and firemen. A change in the black leadership began to emerge with the shooting death of DeAunta Farrow. Initially, African-Americans in West Memphis seemed united. A group called the Concerned Pastors and Citizens met with city officials, including police Chief Robert “Bob” Paudert in August 2007, but accomplished little of substance. The Concerned Pastors and Citizens group began to fall apart. Though on the surface after the disintegration of the pastors’ group there seemed to be no organizational challenge to the perceived abuses by the West Memphis Police Department, clearly the black community was providing a barrage of complaints to their ward representatives, James Pulliaum, Herman Coleman, Lorraine Robinson and Marco McClendon. Some of the black councilmen, responding to constituents in their wards, became irate over the continuing reports of overly aggressive tactics of the West Memphis Police Department under the leadership of Chief Paudert, who is white. Like a number of police departments throughout the country, the West Memphis police engaged in what has been termed proactive police measures. Paudert announced in August 2009, two years after Farrow’s death, that, after consulting with the mayor, the West Memphis police would have different enforcement policies for the east and west neighborhoods in the city. “Starting today ... we will be a reactive police force in the east sections of the city. They don’t want us in their community.” Paudert said, “For my police officers and this department, it is not a black/white thing, its [sic] about people. The fact is, most crime is committed in the black community. We risk our lives going into those communities to protect them. Then they complain about us.” He said that the complaints were affecting the department. “It is hard on our officers. We are losing them. We lost two today to Memphis. We are demoralized by the action of our employers.” He called for public support of the police. Councilman Pulliaum, who worked for 15 years as a patrolman and jailer for the Crittenden County Sheriff’s office, was an early supporter of Paudert and is still sympathetic to the principle of

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“active” policing. In a recent interview, he added, however, that in order for this technique to work, law enforcement has to know the community and earn its trust. Pulliaum, who has represented Ward Two on the City Council for 17 years, said that after taking the job as chief of police in West Memphis, Paudert seemed to change overnight. Black officers in senior positions began to leave the WMPD or were fired. An article in the Evening Times newspaper quoted Councilwoman Lorraine Robinson as saying that her constituents were “outraged” by Paudert’s decision to treat the east side of West Memphis differently. White council member Tracy Catt, who represents Ward One, also told the the Times that “every portion of this city deserves to have police presence.” On Aug. 31, 10 days after changing the policy, Chief Paudert announced that the police department was resuming active policing on the east side of town. Controversy

would remain, however, over the actions of the West Memphis Police Department. Some in the black community decided that it was worth trying to reform an organization that had a long tradition in Crittenden County: The NAACP. In 2004, three years before Farrow’s death, a challenge had been made to the leadership of Willie Catha-Jones, who had served as president of the Crittenden County NAACP since 1994. Hubert Bass, now a Crittenden County justice of the peace, agreed to run against CathaJones, but before the vote took place, Dale Charles, president of the Arkansas Conference of Branches of the NAACP, drove from Little Rock to West Memphis and postponed the election. Catha-Jones was re-elected the following week. Efforts by the reformers to change the leadership of the Crittenden County NAACP got in high gear in 2010. The reformers were led by Hubert Bass; Sha-

baka Afrika, owner of Afrika Books and Cultural Center, and Lawrence Brown. Brown, 33, with a doctorate in health and public policy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation at Morgan State University in Baltimore, was uniquely qualified for the role. Like a number of AfricanAmerican leaders, he is also a preacher and served briefly as a temporary pastor at the Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Memphis. In March 2010, in a single-spaced fivepage letter, Brown wrote the national offices of the NAACP in Baltimore, setting out in detail specific allegations and violations of the organization’s policy in four areas: (1) the use of West Memphis police to intimidate NAACP members opposed to Catha-Jones’ leadership; (2) the failure of Catha-Jones to support efforts of the black community to protest the actions of the West Memphis Police Department; (3) the failure of the leadership to conduct official business meetings from December 2009 to April 2010, and (4) the failure of Catha-Jones to provide him with requested records of the Crittenden County NAACP during her tenure to determine the fiscal condition of the branch. Brown warned of litigation if these matters were not addressed. On May 8, 2010, 20 members of the Crittenden County NAACP signed their names to a letter requesting a meeting with Catha-Jones, who responded by letter that the chapter must follow “protocol” and that such a meeting would be out of order. Catha-Jones’ actions satisfied neither the members of the reform group nor some black members of the City Council. CathaJones had a history with the City Council: According to the Evening Times, in 2009 she had “come under criticism from several [black] council members for intervening in city affairs.” Councilman Coleman said that a press conference held by Paudert with her sitting next to him “was an example of the police chief getting Jones to say whatever they wanted [Jones] to say.” Other members questioned her authority. “Council members also voiced displeasure when it was announced that Catha-Jones was notified of [the hiring of] a temporary internal affairs director at the police department before the council was told of the change.” Her response was that the community had to work with the police. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Neither the national or state office of the NAACP took steps to address the complaints of the reformers. So the decision was made to challenge Catha-Jones directly by contesting the next election of officers, to be held on Nov. 15, 2010. The reformers, including Brown, gained control of the election machinery by electing one of their group, Bass, as supervisor of the Election Supervisory Committee of the Crittenden County NAACP. The election would prove to be a rowdy affair. When, as expected, Dale Charles came from Little Rock to “supervise” the election at the Neighborhood Center on East Polk Avenue in West Memphis, he was removed from the premises. Reformer Shabaka Afrika was elected president. Bass filed a lawsuit on Dec. 30, 2010, in Crittenden County Circuit Court to require Catha-Jones to accept her defeat and turn over all property of the organization to Afrika and arguing that Charles had no authority to intervene. After a hearing on Feb. 2, 2011, Judge Hill found that the new election was valid and that the old officers had “failed to follow proper procedures to contest [the] election.” Catha-Jones was ordered to turn over property of the NAACP in her possession to new president Afrika. Apparently following the advice of the state and national offices of the NAACP, Catha-Jones refused to comply with the court’s orders. On March 8, 2011, Hill found CathaJones to be in “willful contempt of this court’s orders” and ordered her confined to jail “for 30 days, or until such time as she complies with the orders of this court.” She would spend three days in jail. Her non-compliance cost the national office a total of around $5,000, depending on how one figures it. In an order dated March 31, 2011, Hill further detailed his reasons for his detention of Catha-Jones, stating in part, that the evidence had showed that “Charles had no other business in Crittenden County that evening than to impress his will upon the members of the Crittenden County NAACP, and to usurp the election in favor of his friend, Catha-Jones. The deputies acted properly in escorting him from the premises. These officers should be commended for the restraint they displayed when confronted with a man described as ‘irate’ and ‘irrational’ by the witnesses who were present that evening and who testified at the Feb. 2 hearing.” Hill’s order noted that a letter from “outside persons” (officials from the national and state offices of the NAACP) did not constitute authority to interfere with his jurisdiction and nothing would until he either changed his order or was overruled. The judge had thrown down

results. A cynic might conclude that with Charles out of the way, Africa’s election could hardly have been fair. Attempts to reach Charles and CathaJones for comment for this story were unsuccessful. Besides the judge’s ruling, however, evidence that it was an honest and fair election comes from a participant who, in light of his subsequent actions, can only be described an as impartial observer. In his recent interview, James Pulliaum says he knows it was a fair election because he helped count the votes; he’d been asked by Hubert Bass for help. Afrika was also a candidate for the city council election Nov. 6. Though he remains a member of the Crittenden County NAACP, Pulliaum did not support Afrika for the city council. He acknowledged he voted for Afrika for president of the NAACP, but says that he has only attended one or two meetings during the time Catha-Jones or Afrika has been president. In his opinion, neither individual reached out to the membership. Pulliaum made no secret that he was a supporter of one of Afrika’s opponents in the city council election. The council needs young people, he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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the gauntlet to the state and national offices of the NAACP. On Oct. 26, 2011, Roger C. Vann, CEO of the national NAACP, wrote members that the board of directors had voted to “suspend the charter of the Crittenden County Branch pursuant to Article XI of the Bylaws ...” Van said, “The National Office has been forwarded several inappropriate communications published in the local newspaper which misrepresented how the NAACP does its work in the community. This abuse was clearly a misuse of the NAACP brand and trademark which has precipitated the action now being taken. Our hope is that in the future we can reactivate the branch.” Since then, the national NAACP has formally intervened in the case and contends that Hill did not have jurisdiction to enter any orders. As of Nov. 7, no final hearing had been scheduled. What had started as a protest against alleged police misconduct would become a much broader campaign against what the reformers saw as corruption on a number of fronts. Given their prior experience with Dale Charles in the 2004 Crittenden County NAACP election, clearly the reformers had taken care to insure that a new election would have different

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The reformers condemn in the harshest terms the electoral corruption that exists in the Crittenden County black community. The Evening Times regularly chronicles allegations and convictions of electoral fraud. As merely one example, a special election in 2011 for the vacated House District 54 seat that covers much of Crittenden County has resulted in convictions in federal court for a conspiracy that involved payoffs and other abuses involving absentee ballots. Pleading guilty were the winner, Hudson Hallum, and his father, Kent Hallum, West Memphis City Councilman Phillip Carter and Sam Malone, who was serving as a West Memphis police officer, quorum court justice and West Memphis School Board member. Five other charges in state court arising out of the investigation have been filed against Crittenden County Quorum Court and Earle School Board member Eric Cox, fellow JP Lorenzo Parker, who is the West Memphis Parks and Recreation director, and three other defendants: Leroy Grant, Amos Sanders and Lisa Burns. All but two of the defendants in the 2011 special-election scandal are black. On Sept. 9, 2012, the Evening Times reported that “The Hallums, Carter and Malone admitted that some ballots voting for Hallum’s opponents were destroyed and also admitted that votes were purchased for such items as chicken dinners and they sought out discounts on half-pints of vodka to help out the campaign.” The reformers have become increasingly vocal in their denunciation of their opponents, which now include the city’s white power structure, allegedly corrupt Crittenden County blacks, allegedly donothing black elected officials in city and county government, and the state and national NAACP. In an e-mail dated

Sept. 28, 2011 to the Crittenden County NAACP members, Afrika wrote, in part, “We have all these Afrikan[sic]-American officials ... Most of these “negroes [sic] are bought, paid-for, rented, leased, borrowed, sold-out, and or simply foolish.” Pointing out the tiny percentage of blacks in West Memphis who work for the city, he called on the members to “do simple research. Find out how your leaders make a living. Who do they work for? Who are they contracted through or by? Who are their spouses and family members employed by? Do they represent you or their employers and bosses? They may be your friend, fraternity brother, or even your pastor, but whose interests do they really serve? As responsible adults and particularly black people whose entire reality has been shaped by systematic injustice for generations, we have a moral responsibility to do so ...” On Facebook at ourview.naacp, the rhetoric of the reformers is even harsher — inflammatory and racist, says the Evening Times. Interviewed for this article, managing editor Gary Meece said in an e-mail that Afrika “is not a spokesman for the black community, though he styles himself as such. ... [he] is a troublemaker and a publicity hound but that does not make him newsworthy. He and his chapter were bounced out of the NAACP for his racist rhetoric.” He has also said that Afrika has libeled him and members of his staff, and individuals are considering legal action. Afrika, who also ran and was defeated for a position on the West Memphis School Board, responded to Meece’s charges by saying that he is a “liar.” He acknowledged that questions have been raised about whether he is actually a legal resident in the second ward. He has a home in Marion but his business, Afrika Books and Cultural Center, is located in Ward Two in West Memphis. No “Johnny

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come lately” to the civil rights struggle in West Memphis, he says that he and his wife were two of the plaintiffs who brought the redistricting litigation. Whatever the final outcome of the litigation in Judge Hill’s Court, Afrika’s leadership has become a bone of contention in the black community. In an interview on Nov. 2 with him, Hubert Bass and Lawrence Brown, who acted as Afrika’s campaign manager during the recent Ward two election, it was acknowledged that none of the black city councilmen supported Afrika’s council candidacy. On Nov. 6, Afrika received 611 votes, finishing third in a three-person race for a seat on the council against two other black candidates. In his recent e-mail, the Times’ Meece said that “generally individuals of all races get along well here ... there is some residual racial resentment ... No doubt there are incidents of mutual distrust ... .” So long as the subject of race is avoided in West Memphis, a recent and very short visit suggests support for the view that at least in public “all races get along well here.” On the other hand, an outsider would be hard-pressed to dismiss an e-mail from Crittenden County Election Commissioner Pat Henderson, who described meetings of the Crittenden County Democratic Party as events where “everyone consistently sits with all the whites on one side and all the blacks on the other side. If there are disagreements that require a vote, all the whites vote together, and all the blacks vote together.” Henderson, who is black, had been quoted in an Evening Times article earlier in the year as saying, “There is already a divide, not only on this [Democratic] committee, but in the whole county. ... We’ve got to come together.” Though Bob Paudert has moved on from the West Memphis Police Department, the reformers are not satisfied. They have a litany of complaints ranging from brutal, illegal searches to the reckless behavior of police that resulted in the wrongful deaths of six people, three black and three white. According to James Pulliaum, the new chief, Donald Oakes, has made improvements. At the end of the day in Crittenden County, what constitutes an honest discussion about race seems to be in the eye of the beholder.

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Additionally, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, Winrock and two Arkansas-based seed-stage venture capital funds, Fund for Arkansas’ Future and Gravity Ventures, put in the investment money that initially staked the teams and provided $150,000 to two winners. Gov. Mike Beebe, attending last week’s event, surprised the ARK Challenge organizers by announcing the state would fund a third winner. Representatives of each investor, plus two non-investor venture capitalists and a national mentor, picked the winners. Before the selection process, Gov. Mike Beebe made a pitch for Arkansas as an entrepreneurial haven. “Arkansas in general and Northwest Arkansas in particular have a disproportionate entrepreneurial success rate. We have per capita probably matched just about anybody in terms of the number of entrepreneurs who have taken risks and successfully developed the kind of business operation that is envied not just across the country, but around the world.” The governor requested that each of the companies that emerged from The Ark make its home in Arkansas. If Btiques is successful, shoppers will know its name (and tagline: “You’re unique, shop unique.”), If the other two winning companies are successful, only those working behind the scenes in ecommerce will know them. MineWhat, led by Janakiram (Ram) Ganesan and Pavan Kumar Thiruvuru Vijayan of Bangalore, India, provides automated assistance to move customers through an ecommerce site and tracks customers’ behaviors to predict what they want to buy. “It’s the online equivalent of being in Best Buy and buying an HD TV and having the guy in the blue shirt direct you to the Monster Cables,” explained Kristian Andersen, a marketer and investor with Gravity Ventures who served as a mentor to MineWhat. StackSearch, led by Mark Brandon and Sloan Ahrens of Fayetteville, builds off a similar premise — that decreasing the time it takes customers to find the product they’re looking for increases sales. StackSearch gets users to products quickly through what’s called faceted search, or guided navigation. When you shop Amazon by department and then drill down into subcategories, you’re using faceted search. Brandon said his faceted search is faster than his competitors because of “precomputation.” “It’s like McDonald’s. Their key to speed is building a bunch of burgers and leaving them under a heat lamp. We compute millions and possibly billions of product combinations and make them hot and ready to serve. Our competitors are mostly loading their queries from scratch.”

In the coming days, ARK investors will negotiate with each of the three winners on the terms of their optional $150,000 funding. The money promised by Gov. Beebe will come from the General Improvement Fund and will either filter through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Quick Action Closing Fund or the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Funding is in place for the administration of The ARK for another round, and investors have once again pledged their support. The next competition will likely run from June to September to allow for participants who’re still in college. At Crystal Bridges, Kristian Andersen likened the excitement surrounding the culmination of The ARK to the thrill of being a football fan at the NFL combine. That’s an apt metaphor. Each is built on identifying ability and trades in jargon that can be difficult to penetrate. But because of initiatives like The ARK, more Arkansans may be casually tossing around terms like “deal flow” and “behavioral analytics” in the not-too-distant future. If a couple of local start-ups grow to national stature, what’s been a fairly insular culture may tilt more mainstream. Leaders of Acumen Brands of Fayetteville, the ecommerce company behind the popular CountryOutfitter.com store many insiders peg as the most likely to explode, provided guidance to three ARK ecommerce companies. The company also volunteered to beta test the products. If the likes of MineWhat and StackSearch do what their founders say they do, Acumen is poised to reap the benefit well before any of its competitors. That sort of synergy is already at work with graduates of The ARK. Beck, of Btiques, said her company was planning to talk about getting tech assistance from Truckily, a mobile app company that connects food trucks to eaters. SpareTime, a platform for advancing philanthropy and aimed at the millennial generation, plans to work with MineWhat to increase user engagement. SpareTime also seems well positioned to collaborate with Farmetto, a company that aims to connect small farmers with retailers in a streamlined manner, to address issues like food insecurity, said Jeannette Balleza, director of The ARK Challenge. Asked if The ARK was like camp, where after weeks of living on junk food and caffeine, participants would hurry to their far-flung homes after the Crystal Bridges event, start-up guru and investor Jeff Amerine said he expects most of the companies to keep some presence in Northwest Arkansas because of the proximity to customers (like the hundreds of suppliers to Walmart with offices in Bentonville). “We want to be a camp where we nail their feet to the floor,” he said.

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can be fussy scene-setters when necessary, geometric abstraction when just a whisper of atmosphere is what works. To mark his 30th anniversary, The Rep is exhibiting Nichols’ drawings, photographs and set models on the third floor of the theater. Nichols talked about them with a reporter, moving from photo to mock-ups, explaining what box sets are (three walls) and the stagecraft of Jo Meilziner. The technically complex set for “West Side Story” (1994-95 season) is “one of my favorites of all time,” Nichols said. For Leonard Bernstein’s musical, Nichols created an all-white set; all color was supplied by lighting and costumes. Two tall structures on either side of the stage could both revolve and move left and right. One had a balcony on one side and windows on the reverse; as the structure moved off stage, the view of Tony and Maria kiss on the balcony transformed to a view of them through the windows — like a camera’s “dolly shot,” Nichols said. He’s made it rain on stage in two pro-

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ductions, “The Rainmaker” (1994-95) and “The Grapes of Wrath” (2000 -01). In the former, the rain poured off the edge of a tin roof stage left, fed by a hidden hose and filling troughs made to look and function as steps. In the latter, the set was created entirely of raw pine Nichols bought fresh cut in Prairie County — he was portraying rusticity — and the rain falling at the end of the play created the sweet smell of wet pine. That production also included a truck — created from a Model-A Ford given to the Rep — that moved about the stage on a track and pivoting castors. For Terrence McNally’s “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” (1993-94), Nichols constructed a working shower on stage and a swimming pool 3 feet deep, 16 feet wide and 4 feet long, a pool no one will swim in for fear of getting AIDS. Nichols, 57, a native of Morrilton, says his architectural and construction talents likely derive from his mother, Juanita Nichols, who drew the blueprints for the building that housed the Conway County

Center for Exceptional Children, which she founded. Her father, Nichols’ grandfather, was a carpenter who taught Nichols as a boy how to build things, and who would drive to Little Rock from Atkins after Nichols started working at The Rep to watch him construct sets. A largely self-taught student of art and architecture (Nichols likes the work of Little Rock’s Charles Thompson) Nichols draws inspiration from both. A collage by African-American artist Romare Bearden inspired the background of his set for August Wilson’s “Fences” (a set that also required Nichols to create from hand-carved Styrofoam the brick façade of the central structure, a ramshackle house). For the set of David Auburn’s “Proof” (2002-03) Nichols and Hupp drove through Hillcrest looking at Craftsman homes. For “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1987-88), Nichols called Amnesty International and asked them to describe the grim jails of South America (they declined to help; he turned to the use of jailor’s shadows and a projection of a spiderweb against the high walls of the cell to convey the dark drama). Sometimes Nichols sketches his ideas; sometimes he goes right to his ¼-inch scale models, making his ideas come to life with balsa wood sticks and black foam board. Sometimes, the ideas are slow in coming. “I bang my head a lot,” he said. Always, he’s listening to his “kicking stereo,” and depending on the show he could be listening, he said, to anyone from Copeland to Coltrane. Can the rhythms be detected in the set design? “I hope so,” Nichols said. Of Nichols’ design for “The Grapes of Wrath,” Hupp said the sets “rose to the level of Steinbeck’s novel.” Hupp said that he likes to “direct plays that have an epic sweep,” anchored in some part of history, and that Nichols’ sets for Shakespeare’s works — including the recently concluded “Henry V” — are “among my favorites.” “I like clean. I like simple,” Nichols said. And he loves mid-century American plays. He wanted to design a set for “Death of a Salesman” so much that when Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square offered him the job, he took it, moving to Memphis for two weeks, designing and building the set, all for $800. He’s looking forward to the Rep’s production of Arthur Miller’s play next spring — but is waiting until his preplay meeting with Hupp to begin translating his mental images to reality. “I’m getting better at it,” he said.

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A&E NEWS HEY THERE, FILMMAKERS WHO ARE EITHER Arkansas natives or who reside in Arkansas, do you have a film that’s 10 minutes or shorter including the credits, with an aspect ratio of 16:9 in DVD format that you’d like to screen the evening of Jan. 5 at the Central Theater in Hot Springs? Well alright, the fine folks at Low Key Arts would like for you to submit your film for consideration for the 6th Annual Arkansas Shorts night of short films. What you’ll need to do is send two (2) DVD copies of your flick, along with a short description of the film, its length, production date and the name and city of residence of the director to: Low Key Arts/Arkansas Shorts; 118 Arbor; Hot Springs, AR 71901. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1 and final selections will be announced Dec. 20. ON MONDAY NIGHT’S TOP 12 PERFORMANCES on NBC’s “The Voice,” Cody Belew took on the Tina Turner hit “The Best.” It’s fair to say the judges were very impressed with what they saw, with Adam Levine invoking comparisons to The Purple One. “You know, Cody, yow! One of my favorite parts about what you do is, I think you’re one of the best natural performers that is remaining in this contest.” Levine said, adding that Belew reminded him of “Prince but without a guitar.” Blake Shelton opined that Belew is fated to be a performer. “You own the stage,” Shelton told Belew. “You’re meant to be on the stage.” Christina Aguilera said she enjoyed Belew’s performance, but “if you stick around, I would love to see a little more uptempo, adding that she wants “to see more bopping around the stage from” him. Belew’s coach, CeeLo Green, positively heaped praise on the Beebe native: “I enjoy you as a person, as a personality, as a friend and as a comrade in this competition,” Green said. “Speaking of competition, you don’t allow it cause you to become cold and calculated and calloused completely. You remind us that this is still fun, because you’re so fabulous and you’re so free and you flow,” he said. It’s a pleasure, and win, lose or draw, man, I enjoy you and I think a lot of people do, judging by the response.” Of course, the Times goes to press on Tuesday, before we’ll find out whether Belew was one of the top 10 vote-getters and will therefore stay on to compete again. Be sure to check Rock Candy Wednesday for the lowdown.

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THE TO-DO

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THURSDAY 11/15

FRIDAY 11/16

ARGENTA FILM SERIES: ‘THE INVISIBLE WAR’

JUNIOR BROWN

7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

“The Invisible War” is a documentary about the long-overlooked epidemic of rape within the U.S. armed forces. The film screened last month at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Times contributor Matt Rowe praised the film and said its stories “are heartbreaking, sickening and should not be ignored.” Rowe also pointed out that the film “is not just about the problem in the military. Confronting rape and sexual assault is a discussion many people do not want to have because it is uncomfortable. By seeing these men and women come forward, by bravely showing their faces, anyone can begin to empathize with others dealing with the trauma following sexual assault, and the hard steps that must be taken to regain some sense of normalcy.” Director Kirby Dick will attend the screening and will speak at the Clinton School of Public Service at noon Thursday. If you can’t make Thursday’s screening, the film is also playing at UALR’s EIT building at 6 p.m. Wednesday. All of the events are free. RB

BY ROBERT BELL, CHEREE FRANCO & LINDSEY MILLAR

8 p.m. Revolution. $15.

Man, if you don’t know the name Junior Brown by now, lemme just run this by you: The Jimi Hendrix of Country. Yes. Now, I mean no disrespect in the least to all-time greats like Chet Atkins or James Burton or any of the 1,352 guitar pickers in Nashville, but Brown is not only an innovative, incredibly versa-

tile badass on the guitar: In addition to the fret-board fireworks, he also writes great songs and sings them in a baritone that’s as deep and clear as a country well. Brown plays a hybrid double-neck guitar called the “guit-steel,” named for its combination of standard six-string and lap steel in one convenient package. And he shreds on both of them. A few years back, I was talking to an acquaintance who’s a huge music buff and also a gifted

guitar player about the best concerts we’d seen. I’d never known him to dig country at all, but he said that handsdown the best concert he’d ever seen was Junior Brown. He didn’t hesitate or qualify the statement or get down to genre specifics or anything: “What’s the best show you ever saw?” “Junior Brown.” Just like that. The Salty Dogs, Arkansas’s premier classic country act, open the all-ages show. RB

THURSDAY 11/15

DR. DOG

8:30 p.m. Revolution. $18 adv., $20 day of.

Back in the spring and summer of 2005, Dr. Dog’s “Easybeat” was near inescapable among my crowd. It seemed like it was playing at every get-together or dinner party or after-party or pre-party or wherever you were, there it was. “Easybeat” is one of the best examples of the type of shaggy, classic rock-informed pop that’s not trying to take over the world nor reinvent the wheel. It’s just fun. That is unless you’re of those joyless, cynical, stick-in-the-mud types who can’t admit to digging something unless it’s super obscure and you knew about it first and can thus lord your superior tastes over everyone. Though I suppose if you just flatout don’t like rock music, you’re probably not going to like Dr. Dog. The Philly five-piece has released several albums over the years, including this year’s “Be the Void.” While their subsequent records aren’t carbon copies of “Easybeat,” they never stray too far from the Beatles/Beach Boys blueprint. But so what? What Dr. Dog does, the band does really well. Opening the 18-and-older show is whimsical psych purveyor Cotton Jones. RB 24

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EXQUISITE CORPSE: Death metal titan Cannibal Corpse comes to Juanita’s Saturday.

SATURDAY 11/17

CANNIBAL CORPSE

9 p.m. Juanita’s. $17 adv., $20 day of.

Ah Cannibal Corpse, one of the longest-running and most successful death metal bands ever. Besides earning the enmity of Sen. Bob Dole and a cameo in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” the pioneering New York-based death metal group is probably best known outside of metal circles for its gruesome, controversial album covers, nearly every one of which has required some toned-

down version to pass muster with The Man and make its way to record store shelves, tucked somewhere in between Candlebox and The Carpenters. I’ve got to say, though, that its album covers don’t seem quite as shocking here in 2012, in the wake of years of generic, gory network procedurals and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” On second thought, the cover for “Butchered at Birth” is still pretty foul by nearly any standard. The band’s song titles, too,

aren’t exactly dinner table conversation: “Meat Hook Sodomy,” “Hacksaw Decapitation,” “A Skull Full of Maggots” and trust me, those are some of the tamer ones. The band’s latest, the simply titled “Torture,” is another chapter in the ongoing story of Cannibal Corpse, one of death metal’s true survivors. Also performing are Cannibal Corpse tour mates Misery Index and Hour of Penance, and Arkansas’s best death metal act, Vore. RB

IN BRIEF

WEDNESDAY 11/14 All you fans of classic stoner rock will not want to miss Lo-Pan, who play Downtown Music Hall, with Red Devil Lies, 8 p.m., $5. England in 1819 is a father-and-sons trio out of Baton Rouge, La., that plays lush, layered chamber rock. They play Stickyz with Laundry for the Apocalypse and This Holy House, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $5.

SATURDAY 11/17

607, BEAR COLONY

9 p.m. Revolution. $6.

All right, Adrian Tillman, a.k.a. 607, is back with “YIK3LIF3! The Lord and The Duchess,” his follow-up to last year’s “YIK3S!” It’s been out since Halloween, 19 tracks with the kind of lines that further cement Tillman’s status as one of the sharpest and funniest rappers around, and not just in Arkansas. Exhibit A, from the foreboding, awesome “AK-47 Percent” (with guest Yk) “I pledge allegiance to my flag and my clique / Promise I won’t act like Romney when I’m rich / He don’t know no poor folks, so you can tell Mitt bitch-ass that this the AK-47 percent.” This is a co-record release show with Little Rock’s Bear Colony, whose “Soft Eyes” was released Tuesday on Esperanza Plantation. The 13-track album is a bit of a departure from the band’s last record, 2007’s “We Came Here to Die.” Band leader Vincent Griffin is still essentially crafting hazy bedroom pop that happens to be recorded with a full band, but this time around, the guitars are often pushed out of the foreground by an array of electronic sounds and buzzing washes of synthesizer. You can get 607’s new album at iam607.com. Bear Colony’s new album is on Spotify or you can pick up the limited edition vinyl at the show. RB

THURSDAY 11/15 Juanita’s has lined up an evening of local hip-hop, with T.Jay, Alisyn Reid, Flint Eastwood, J.G. and DJ Jay $outh, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. For eardrum-punishing hardcore, check out God City Destroyers, Lost Empires and Peckerwolf, Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. Up in Fayetteville, the Walton Arts Center has fiddle virtuoso Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soul, 7 p.m., $10-$25. White Water Tavern hosts singer/ songwriter Tim Easton with The Spring Standards and Adam Faucett, 9 p.m., $7. Designing Hope is a fashion show fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital & Camp Sunshine, Next Level Events, 6 p.m., $25-$55.

FRIDAY 11/16

LORD SIX: 607 plays an album release show for his latest, “YIK3LIF3!” Saturday at Revolution. Also on the bill is Little Rock’s Bear Colony, who just released the fulllength “Soft Eyes.”

SATURDAY 11/17

TIMOTHY K. MOORE

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing. Free.

BIANCA PHILLIPS

Noon-3 p.m. Green Corner Store. Free.

For 364 days a year, it pretty much sucks being vegan in Little Rock. But this Saturday, those of us who take our veggies sans bacon and/or butter are

in for a double feature from two vegan chefs. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Arkansas native Timothy K. Moore will be at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, answering questions and signing his two books “47 Tips to Reverse Your Diabetes” (through eating plant-based foods, we assume, since this is his whole schtick) and “Vegans Eat What?” After vegging out at Pyramid, head over to the Green Corner Store, where another Arkansas native and vegan, Bianca Phillips, will be signing copies of her

book “Cookin’ Crunk: Eating Vegan in the Dirty South,” from noon till 3 p.m. Moore and Phillips have different M.O.’s — Moore more straightforwardly wants to keep us healthy, and Phillips, with her meat-free take on family specials and the sugary fare such as a peanut butter and banana Elvis cupcake, wants to keep us happy. But really, both author/chefs have the same goal — to create dishes free of animal-derived products that nourish both body and soul. CF

He’s coming to his hometown instead of Austin, where he now lives, because his mom, Joan Nichols, asked him to speak at her church as part of its regular Trinity Presents Performance Series. The program will cover the arc of his career, with Nichols talking about how he got into film and how he came to make his three highly

regarded features — “Shotgun Stories,” “Take Shelter” and “Mud.” There’ll be clips of each shown. I’m moderating the discussion, which should be mandatory for aspiring filmmakers. No one in Arkansas and few in the broader film world have received the sort of critical praise Nichols has at such a young age (he’s 33). LM

MONDAY 11/19

‘AN EVENING WITH JEFF NICHOLS’

7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church. Free.

How’s this for glamour? Little Rock filmmaker Jeff Nichols is flying to Little Rock from Rome, where he’s presiding over the jury at the Rome Film Festival.

Blues rockers Interstate Buffalo play The Afterthought, a venue the band has been packing out recently, 9 p.m., $7. The always entertaining Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers bring their blend of contemporary jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul to The Joint, 9 p.m. Fayetteville’s metal-informed post-rockers Fauxnz play White Water Tavern with local classic hardcore torchbearers R.I.O.T.S., 10 p.m. Burlesque is the name of the game at Maxine’s, which hosts The Foul Play Cabaret and Red Snapper Burlesque, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. The Cadillac Black brings its rocking country back to Stickyz, for an 18-andolder show with The Wild Feathers, 9:30 p.m., $8. Gary Kimble and Richard Springle star in the national tour of the off-Broadway play “Pass It On: An Evening with Bill W. & Dr. Bob,” about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Argenta Community Theater, Friday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.

SATURDAY 11/17 You can meet footwear magnate Steve Madden at the Park Plaza Mall Dillard’s 2:30 p.m. Discovery has several Cool Shoes alums, including DJ Max, Wolf-e-Wolf, Jason D, Kichen and g-force. As always, Dominique Sanchez and The Discovery Dolls will also keep you entertained, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. The Jokers Wild Comedy Tour features Sheryl Underwood, Bruce Bruce, J. Anthony Brown and Damn Fool, Robinson Center Music Hall, 8:30 p.m., $51-$62. Vino’s has a packed night, with Jab Jab Suckerpunch, Peckerwolf, Crooked Roots and Matt Jewett & The Rowdy Dow, 9 p.m., $5.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14

MUSIC

Ben Colture. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. GREEN LIGHTNING: The charming Irish lads in Celtic Thunder will bring their whimsical England in 1819, This Holy House, Laundry for songs and witty banter to the stage of Robinson Center Music Hall Thursday, 7:30 p.m., the Apocalypse. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ $45-$150. Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Arkansas at Monticello, 3 p.m., free. 346 University Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., Drive, Monticello. 870-460-1026. www.uamont. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. edu. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, Lo-Pan. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. “The Invisible War.” In the EIT Building. UALR, 6 plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-3191. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Logan Venderlic. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, 8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Michael Carenbauer and Bill Huntington. RJ Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Mudpuppies (headliner), Chris DeClerk (happy Tao, 7 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7 p.m.; Dec. 5, 7 p.m.; Dec. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 12, 7 p.m.; Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; Dec. 26, 7 p.m. 5501 Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows. p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-0080. www.rjtaorocks. html. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot com. Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 771-2994. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.fern- Artist Professional Development. Artchurch Studio, $5 donation. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Tim Easton, The Spring Standards, Adam eaurestaurant.com. Springs. 501-318-6779. www.artchurch.org. Faucett. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The THURSDAY, NOV. 15 T.Jay, Alisyn Reid, Flint Eastwood, J.G., DJ Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501Jay $outh. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Marc Rubben. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. Bluesboy Jag & Jawbone. Prost, 8:30 p.m. 322 juanitas.com. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. www.loonybincomedy.com. Brian Ramsey Trio. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­ 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst- Marc Rubben. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ans of n-howl.com. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson Celtic Thunder. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 www.loonybincomedy.com. St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com. p.m., $45-$150. Markham and Broadway. www. littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Dr. Dog, Cotton Jones. 18-and-older show. Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Dunbar Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of. 300 Community Center, 6 p.m., $5. 1001 W. 16th St. for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. 501-376-1084. Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., com. $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. Walton Arts streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub. Center, 7 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live enterFayetteville. 479-443-5600. tainment. Downtown Hot Springs, 4-8 p.m., free. God City Destroyers, Lost Empires, Peckerwolf. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 2012 Tease ‘n Tassels. Featuring the Diamond Dames & Debs burlesque show. Miss Kitty’s Saloon, 9 p.m., $10. 307 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201. 501-374-4699. 26th National Philanthropy Day. The Peabody Little Rock, 11:30 a.m. p.m., $50. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-607-0954. www.peabodylittlerock.com. Reception to honor Dr. Terrence Roberts. Philander Smith College, 5:30 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. WOW. Includes sample selections of drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Eleven, 21-and-older only. Email membership@crystalbridges.org to register. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 6 p.m., $30. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges.org.

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EVENTS

EVENTS

FILM

International Film Festival. Includes a variety of international films and food. The University of

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Dazzle Daze. Holiday shopping event with more than 90 vendors. Raises funds for Conway Regional Women’s Council. Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, Nov. 15, 6-9 p.m.; Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15-$30. 2501 E. Oak St., Conway. 501-513-3586. “Tribal Trails.” The Pahsetopah family discusses Native American culture and traditions. Museum of Discovery, Nov. 15, 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m.; Nov. 16, 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m.; Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., $8-$10, free for members. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www.amod.org.

FILM

Argenta Film Series: “The Invisible War.” Director Kirby Dick will be in attendance. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater. org. International Film Festival. See Nov. 14.

LECTURES

Kirby Dick. The director of the acclaimed documentary “The Invisible War” will discuss epidemic of rape within the U.S. Military. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.

SPORTS

UALR Lady Trojans vs. Missouri State. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $5-$38. 2801 S. University Ave.

BENEFITS

Arkansas AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Food, wine, entertainment by 2011 Miss Gay Arkansas Zia D’yor and her troupe, and a silent auction of Carole Katchen’s paintings of “Girls, Drag Queens and Divas.” Food by Loca Luna Restaurant. AAF will receive a percentage of the arts sales. Rodgers House, 7 p.m., $10. 400 W. 18th St. Benefit for Sara & Tawny. Benefit to help cover funeral costs for the families of Tawny Rodriguez and Sara Besancon, who were killed in a car accident recently. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Designing Hope. Fashion show fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital & Camp Sunshine. Next Level Events, 6 p.m., $25-$55. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746. designinghope. eventbrite.com. Support Our Sistahs Roll Bounce. Fundraiser for the Dorcas House, a battered women and children’s shelter in Little Rock. Arkansas Skatium, 7 p.m., $5. 1311 S. Bowman Road.

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

MUSIC

101 Old School Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Aces Wild. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $7. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Bombay Black. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. The Cadillac Black, The Wild Feathers. 18-andolder show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-

COMEDY

J.R. Brow. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7-$10. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. www.uarkballroom.com. Marc Rubben. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

DANCE

Little Rock Salsa night. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $5. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com.

EVENTS

Beyond Boundaries of Belief. Featuring Dr. Bo Chen. Arkansas Studies Institute, 3 p.m., free. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700. www. butlercenter.org. Dazzle Daze. See Nov. 15. Homeschool Friday Fun — Artful Architecture. Register at crystalbridges.org. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2:30 p.m., $45. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges.org. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight-ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. “Tribal Trails.” The Pahsetopah family discusses Native American culture and traditions. Museum of Discovery, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., $8-$10, free for members. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www.amod.org.

FILM

Sacred Feminine in Tibet. Screening of two films, “Sky Dancer” and “In the Minds of All Beings,”

about the sacred feminine in Tibet. Ecumenical Buddhist Society, 7 p.m., Donations accepted. 1015 W. 2nd St. 501-376-7056. www.ebslr.org.

BOOKS

Jerry Fitzpatrick. The author of “Tales from the Trails of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Bus Driver” will sign copies of his book. Hastings, Benton, 5 p.m. 1421 Military Road, Benton. 501-778-5116.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17

MUSIC

Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Bear Colony, 607. Record release show for each act. 18 and over admitted. Revolution, 9 p.m., $6. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. The Big Dam Horns. The Joint, 9:30 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Borrisokane, Growl, Burnt. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. maxinespub.com. Brian Ramsey. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Cannibal Corpse, Misery Index, Hour of Penance, Vore. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Nov. 16. Dry County. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. G-force, DJ Max, Wolf-e-Wolf, Jason D, Kichen. Featuring Dominique Sanchez and The Discovery Dolls. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Jab Jab Suckerpunch, Peckerwolf, Crooked Roots, Matt Jewett & The Rowdy Dow. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. Raising Grey. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Rouxster, Steve Howell Trio. Thirst n’ Howl, 9 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Third Degree (headliner), Greg Madden (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Tragikly White. 18-and-older show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Weakness for Blondes. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewa-

tertavern.com.

COMEDY

Jokers Wild Comedy Tour. Featuring Sheryl Underwood, Bruce Bruce, J. Anthony Brown and Damn Fool. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8:30 p.m., $51-$62. Markham and Broadway. www. littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Marc Rubben. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Phunbags Comedy Improv. UARK Bowl, 8 p.m., $5. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. www.uarkballroom.com.

DANCE

Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www. arstreetswing.com.

EVENTS

24th Annual Fall Antique Show. Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-244-5167. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale. Shop for gifts created by Museum School faculty and students. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 a.m., free. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. www.clearchannelmetroplex.com. Breakfast with Big Cats. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $13-$22. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www. littlerockzoo.com. Dazzle Daze. See Nov. 15. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Fiber Artists for Hope: American Spring -- A Cause for Justice. Discussion moderated by Adjoa Aiyetoro, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 1:30 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. hearnefineart.com. “Free the Mind Retreat.” 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ecumenical Buddhist Society, $40-$120. 1015 W. 2nd St. 501-376-7056. www.ebslr.org. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. “Lights in the Landscape.” Holiday lighting display. Garvan Woodland Gardens, Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m., $5-$10. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs. 501-262-9300. www.garvangardens.org. Meet Steve Madden. Meet the footwear designer. Dillard’s, 2:30 p.m. 6000 W. Markham. 661-0053. www.dillards.com. “Prelude to Prairie Grove: Fall 1862 in Little Rock.” Old State House Museum, 10 a.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. River Market ice skating. River Market Pavilions, through Jan. 6: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; noon-8 p.m., $9. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. holidaysinlittlerock.com. “Tribal Trails.” The Pahsetopah family discusses Native American culture and traditions. Museum of Discovery, 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., $8-$10, free for members. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www.amod.org.

POETRY

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SPORTS

Bulldog Blitz 5k Run/Walk. Quitman High School, 4 p.m., $15-$20. 6275 Heber Springs Road West, Quitman. 870-230-2832. Central Arkansas Roller Derby. Rock n Renegades vs. Big Dam Rollers. Includes canned food drive. Skate World, 7 p.m., $5-$10. 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off. Grass Volleyball Tournament. Four-on-four volleyball tournament at the soccer practice field. University of Central Arkansas, 9 a.m., $70 per team. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. www.uca. edu.

BOOKS

Baobab Book Club Discussion: “Fight Stress & “Writing the World Through Food with Crescent Live!.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, Dragonwagon.” Book signing to follow, includes 3:30:30 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. cookies and drinks. Main Library, 1 p.m., free. 100 hearnefineart.com. S. Rock St. www.cals.lib.ar.us. Bianca Phillips. The author will sign copies of her book “Cookin’ Crunk: Eatin’ Vegan in the Dirty South.” Green Corner Store, 12 p.m. 1423 Made From Scratch: Over the River and Main St. Suite D. 501-374-1111. www.thegreenThrough the Woods. Culinary Workshop with cornerstore.com. Don Bingham. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Chef Timothy K. Moore. Moore is the author of 10 a.m., $80. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 727“47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes” and “Vegans 5435. www.uawri.org. Eat What?!” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 11 a.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501- SUNDAY, NOV. 18 372-6822. hearnefineart.com. Garry Craig Powell. Featuring the author of “Stoning the Devil.” WordsWorth Books & Co., Fire & Brimstone Duo. Performing on the patio 3 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www.wordsworthor inside restaurant. Revolution, 6-9 p.m., free. books.org. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. rev-

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room.com. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Pegi Young. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com. Texas Hippie Coalition, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Knee Deep. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Luncheon with the dancers from Ballet Arkansas, followed by a short performance. Lunch at the 11:30 show, tea, sandwiches and desserts at the 3 p.m. show. Garvan Woodland Gardens, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., $20-$40. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs. 501-262-9615. www.garvangardens.org. Drop-In Drawing. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 12 p.m., free. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges.org. Fashionetta 2012. Fashion show hosted by the Beta Pi Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Call or e-mail for ticket information. Statehouse Convention Center, 3 p.m., $25. 7 Statehouse Plaza. 501-804-5270. “Free the Mind Retreat.” 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ecumenical Buddhist Society, $40-$120. 1015 W. 2nd St. 501-376-7056. www.ebslr.org. “Lights in the Landscape.” See Nov. 17. “Live from the Back Room.” Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. River Market ice skating. See Nov. 17

Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. Touch, Grateful Dead Tribute. Bring a hula hoop for dancing. Ernie Biggs, 8 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.

DANCE

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. www.revroom.com. Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Dunbar Community Center, 6 p.m., $5. 1001 W. 16th St. 501-376-1084.

EVENTS

Hillcrest Community Thanksgiving Service. Contributions of money and non-perishable food items will go Arkansas Foodbank. Pulaski MONDAY, NOV. 19 Heights Methodist Church, 7 p.m., Donations accepted. 4823 Woodlawn Drive. “Lights in the Landscape.” See Nov. 17 7th Street Peep Show. Featuring three or four Live Trivia by Challenge Entertainment. The bands per night. Bands sign up at 6:30 p.m. Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal and play 35-minute sets (including setup) on a Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsfirst-come, first-served basis. House band is The grill.com. Sinners. Solo artists, DJs and all other perform- Lupus Support Group Meeting. Levi Hospital, ers welcome. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $1. 923 W. 7th St. 6:30 p.m., free. 300 Prospect Ave., Hot Springs. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. 501-622-3334. www.levihospital.com. Julia Buckingham. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., River Market ice skating. See Nov. 17 free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; afterthoughtbar.com. schedule available on website. Dinner served Reggae Nites. Featuring DJ Hy-C playing roots, 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. reggae and dancehall. Pleazures Martini and Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. Grill Lounge, 6 p.m., $7-$10. 1318 Main St. 501501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. 376-7777. www.facebook.com/pleazures.bargrill. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Chili Cookoff and Downtown Holiday Lights kick-off. Chili cooking starts at 1 p.m. at THIS WEEK IN THEATER Exchange Street parking garage. Lighting cer- “A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol.” Comedy emony at Arlington Lawn Park is free. Downtown about a live radio broadcast that’s plagued Hot Springs, 4 p.m., $4. Central Avenue, Hot with all manner of complications. Nov. 15 is Springs. 501-623-7771. pay-what-you-can night. Bring a gently worn “Lights in the Landscape.” See Nov. 17 pair of running shoes to donate and receive $1 River Market ice skating. See Nov. 17 off admission. The Public Theatre, Nov. 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.; Nov. 22-24, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 2, 2 and Little Rock Touchdown Club: Gus Malzahn. 7:30 p.m., $14-$16. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $10-$25. 11301 www.thepublictheatre.com. Financial Centre. 501-312-9000. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare UALR Trojans vs. Milwaukee. Jack Stephens (Abridged).” Three actors attempt to play every Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $5-$38. 2801 S. University role in every Shakespearean play written. Lantern Ave. Theatre, through Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., $12. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. TUESDAY, NOV. 20 501-733-6220. www.conwayarts.org/index.html. “Hansel and Gretel.” Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts Division of Music Opera Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst Theatre will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s n’ Howl, 6 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501famous opera. Jones Performing Arts Center, 379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Ouachita Baptist University, Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30 Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central p.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., $10. 410 Ouachita Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. St., Arkadelphia. The Burnt. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 West “Pajama Tops.” Farce in which a would-be phi7th . 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. landering husband gets a surprise when his wife Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford secretly invites the girl he’s been seeing on the Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. side to spend the weekend with them. Murry’s Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Dinner Playhouse, through Dec. 30: Tue.-Sat., 6 Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlitand 5:30 p.m., $15-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. tlerock.com. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. Michael Carenbauer. RJ Tao, Nov. 20, 6:30-9 “Pass It On: An Evening with Bill W. & Dr. Bob.” p.m.; Nov. 27, 6:30-9 p.m.; Dec. 4, 6:30-9 p.m.; Gary Kimble and Richard Springle in the national Dec. 11, 6:30-9 p.m.; Dec. 18, 6:30-9 p.m.; Dec. tour of the off-Broadway play about the founders 24, 6:30-9 p.m. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603of Alcoholics Anonymous. Argenta Community 0080. www.rjtaorocks.com. Theater, Nov. 16-18, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m., The Rex Bell Trio & Friends. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-372-5662. www. free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. wolfestreet.org. thejointinlittlerock.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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METHOD MAN: Daniel Day Lewis stars in Steven Spielberg’s critically adored, sure-to-be a blockbuster “Lincoln.� Market Street Cinema times at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Rave showtimes are valid for Friday only. Chenal 9, Lakewood 8, Riverdale and the full lineup of McCain Mall showtimes were not available by press deadline. Find up-to-date listings at arktimes.com. NEW MOVIES The Details (R) — A family of raccoon invaders hilariously disrupts the suburban drudgery of Toby Maguire and Elizabeth Banks. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:00. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (PG-13) — Final film from the late Bollywood giant Yash Chopra. Rave: 11:20 a.m., 3:05, 7:25, 11:05. Lincoln (PG-13) — Steven Spielberg’s biopic about Abraham Lincoln, with Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field. Breckenridge: 12:35, 3:50, 7:15, 10:25. Rave: Noon, 1:00, 3:30, 4:30, 7:00, 8:00, 10:30, 11:30. Samsara (PG-13) — Visual poetry on 70mm, from the cinematographer of “Koyaanisqatsi,� meaning you can practically smell weed smoke just from watching the trailer. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. The Sessions (R) — Helen Hunt is a sex surrogate who helps the seriously disabled John Hawkes. This has gotten universally great reviews. Rave: 9:55 a.m., 12:20, 3:00, 5:30, 7:55, 10:25. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13) — Vampire movie sequel starring the girl who cheated on the guy, plus the other guy, the werewolf one. Oh yeah, get this: It’s the last one in the series! Breckenridge: 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30. McCain Mall:10:00 a.m., 10:30, 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30. Rave: 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 (XTreme), 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:15, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45. RETURNING THIS WEEK Alex Cross (PG-13) — Pretty much “Tyler Perry’s ‘Death Wish’ meets ‘Seven.’ � Breckenridge: 10:05 a.m., 1:05, 4:05, 7:25, 9:50. Arbitrage (R) — Finance thriller in which Richard Gere must juggle his crumbling hedge fund, his mistress and a bloody crime. Market Street: 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:15.

Argo (R) — A group of Americans in revolutionary Iran make an improbable escape, based on actual events, from director Ben Affleck. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05. Brave (PG) – Animated fantasy tale of a Celtictype girl who must save her kingdom from something or other. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50. The Campaign (R) – In which Ricky Bobby goes to Washington with the weird-beard from the “Hangoverâ€? films. Movies 10: 12:35, 2:45, 4:55, 7:00, 9:55. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) – Third gloomy Batman flick from director Christopher Nolan. Movies 10: 12:30, 4:00, 7:45. Easy Money (R) — Scandinavian crime thriller about the tangled connections between various underworld elements. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. The Expendables 2 (R) — Sequel to the film in which a bunch of current and former action movie stars get together for tea and cake and explosions and cheekily self-referential jokes. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15. Flight (R) — Denzel Washington is a pilot with a substance abuse problem, from director Robert Zemeckis. Breckenridge: 12:40 (opencaptioned), 3:40, 7:10, 10:15. Rave: 9:55 a.m., 12:05, 1:05, 3:25, 4:25, 7:05, 8:05, 10:20. Here Comes the Boom (PG) — “The Zookeeperâ€? star Kevin James is a teacher in this one. Breckenridge: 10:15 a.m., 12:45, 3:45. House at the End of the Street (PG-13) — Bunch of terror happens to “Hunger Gamesâ€? star Jennifer Lawrence. Movies 10: Noon, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) – Latest iteration in the series about a crew of wacky animated animals. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40. The Man with The Iron Fists (R) — Martial arts action flick, directed by and starring RZA, from producer Quentin Tarantino. Rave: 4:50, 10:00. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) — Basically it’s Cabbage Patch Kids the Movie, but with just one Cabbage Patch Kid. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. Paranormal Activity 4 (R) — Part four of the “Paranormal Activityâ€? franchise finds this asdffzzzz ‌ Oops, fell asleep at the keyboard on account of powerful boredom. Rave: 11:20 p.m.

ParaNorman (PG) — Stop-motion animated film about a kid who talks to ghosts, from the studio that made “Coraline.� Movies 10: 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 6:45, 8:55 (2D), 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10:00 (3D). Pitch Perfect (PG-13) — Competitive groups of singers have singing competitions and so forth. Breckenridge: 10:20 a.m., 1:20, 4:25, 7:35, 10:10. The Possession (PG-13) — A family must confront a terrifying something or other but more importantly, this stars Matisyahu. Yes, really. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35. Sinister (R) — Bunch of terror happens to Ethan Hawke and his family. Breckenridge: 10:10 a.m. Skyfall (PG-13) — Latest Bond film is sure to be a blockbuster. Breckenridge: 12:30, 1:15, 3:30, 4:40, 7:05, 7:50, 10:10. Rave: 10:40 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 12:55, 1:55, 3:10, 4:10, 5:10, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:50, 10:50, 11:50. Stolen (R) — Nicolas Cage is a “master thief� whose daughter is kidnapped and something or other and blah blah. Market Street: 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:00. Taken 2 (PG-13) — Sequel to the kidnapping-based action film, with Liam Neeson. Breckenridge: 10:25 a.m., 12:40, 4:45, 7:45, 9:55. Rave: 2:25, 7:35. Wreck-It Ralph 3D (PG) — Animated movie about a video game character. Breckenridge: 10:10 a.m., 12:50, 7:40 (2D), 4:35, 10:05 (3D). Rave: 10:50 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1:30, 2:20, 4:20, 5:05, 7:10, 7:50, 10:05, 10:40 (2D), 9:50 a.m., 12:30, 3:40, 6:35, 9:15 (3D). Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, www.fandango.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com. Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380, www.regmovies.com.

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‘SKYFALL’: Daniel Craig stars.

A Bond best  Director Sam Mendes adds grit to franchise. BY SAM EIFLING

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aniel Craig was born in 1968, six years after the first James Bond movie was released and 44 years before the release of the 23rd Bond flick, “Skyfall.” That comes high in this discussion of “Skyfall” because much of the film is predicated on how old Bond is — it’s a hard life of late nights, fistfights, martinis, bedding beautiful women only days or hours before they’re killed, getting shot in the torso, and on and on, and Craig spends much of the film looking weathered, haunted. His blue irises pop all the more dramatically with scarlet capillaries flowering around them. Never one to smile easily, this Bond is your “Dark Knight” 007, a hero so burdened by the mantle that he appears not only mortal but perhaps ready to welcome whatever fate may find him. To borrow a line from Auric Goldfinger: Mr. Bond, we expect you to die. The trouble, though, is that a world capable of killing James Bond is one that probably also needs him. That fact is underscored early in “Skyfall” when a hacker manages to detonate a hefty slab of MI6 headquarters in London — a shot aimed not at M (played again by a stone-cold Judi Dench) but right past her, a warning. The mastermind has a list of NATO deep-cover operatives that he’s bent on exposing, and M must send an unsteady Bond into the field to bring him down, perhaps too soon after 007 has taken a spot of friendly fire from a fellow field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris). Virtually nothing goes right for the guy, up to and including his finding the source of the hacks and attacks is a deliciously wicked Javier Bardem, who delivers murderous crazy as no one else can. Bond flicks have always been as much style as substance, and in Sam Mendes’ first bite at the franchise (and only his sixth

directorial credit since 1999’s “American Beauty”) he shades an evocative Bondworthy universe of menacing Macau casinos and Chinese skyscrapers and Turkish traintop fisticuffs and Scottish Highlands vistas. But he also soaks it in shadows. You’ll lose track of the times you see a backlit Bond, skulking or fighting in silhouette. The soundtrack, beginning with Adele’s stunning theme song and continuing through Thomas Newman’s varied, evocative score, matches any achievement yet in a series of films known for their music. The obligatory femme fatale, played by Berenice Marlohe, could be neither any more femme nor any more fatale. Even where the script does modernize MI6, it does so with aplomb. The new Q, a geek-chic Ben Whislaw, surprises Bond by equipping him with a pistol and a radio, and joking about the lack of an exploding pen. After generating more sequels and more revenue than any non-Potter franchise in cinema history, the Bond brand can withstand these evolutions. In grit and tone, “Skyfall,” like “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale” before it, reflects the success of the “Bourne Identity” movies as much as the previous Bond installments. It’s gawdawful hard work being a spy, and the post-Cold War fracturing of power and threat has only complicated matters for the intelligence agencies of American and British cinema. The scales have been falling from the West’s eyes for some time now; an anti-hero government agent seems more in line with what we know our agencies to be capable of. “Skyfall” reflects that sense of moment while also touching on something timeless. As a movie, “Skyfall” is quite good; as a Bond movie, it’s superb. Haggard and battered though Craig’s Bond may be, his continued longevity is assured when this is the state of his stories.

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ LOCAL LIME, the latest restaurant from the chefs who brought Little Rock ZaZa and Big Orange, is scheduled to open on Tuesday in the Promenade at Chenal across from the Nike Factory store and the Chenal 9 movie theater. The new venture is a partnership between Scott McGehee and John Beachboard, who started ZaZa and Big Orange together; Herren Hickingbotham, who’s also an investor in Big Orange, and Ben Brainard, a local chef who’ll serve as the owner/ operator of Local Lime. Brainard, a Little Rock native, trained under McGehee at Boulevard before serving as chef at the short-lived Valentine’s restaurant at Dickey-Stephens Park. More recently, Brainard has managed the Little Rock outlet of ZaZa. The tagline at the bottom of the sign outside of Local Lime reads “tacos and margaritas.” The former, Brainard said, are “California-style street tacos” — made with soft corn tortillas and small enough that they can be consumed in two or three bites. The latter reflects the Local Lime bar’s tight focus, said Lee Edwards, newly hired to run Local Lime’s bar and eventually oversee the burgeoning restaurant group’s beverage service. Edwards said Local Lime has a broad selection of tequila and mezcal, which they’re going to push through flights and a rotating list of interesting cocktails, including six or seven margaritas — a house margarita that Edwards said is “hands down the best frozen margarita in the South and possibly in the South” along with nontraditional takes like a pineapple and cilantro margarita and a basil and jalapeno margarita. The dining room of Local Lime is oriented around a large horseshoe bar, which Brainard said lends itself to a menu with a number of appetizers, including several nachos and a ceviche that uses sushi-grade tuna and is one of Brainard’s favorites. Beyond tacos and apps, the menu also includes several entrees, including a bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp dish, as well as a selection of salads that McGehee said are unlike any in town. A patio in front of the restaurant features a retractable ceiling and walls, which means the restaurant will be able to use it year-round. Local Lime’s hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. It will likely be closed on Monday, Nov. 26. The restaurant’s phone number is 4482316. The address is 17815 Chenal Parkway, Suite F-105. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 34

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DIRTY SOUTH BISCUIT: A biscuit topped with fried chicken, cheddar cheese, pickles and honey mustard at Dogtown Coffee and Cookery.

Dogtown does lunch, breakfast right Cozy NLR restaurant might have best biscuits around.

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e’ve been on the hunt for some of Central Arkansas’s best biscuits and have found them at Dogtown Coffee and Cookery. We’ve been trekking out to North Little Rock to work our way through the enticing offerings of this small, cozy joint just off JFK Boulevard. We also discovered Dogtown’s merits do not end with breakfast; it offers both breakfast and lunch items seven days a week. So if the biscuits aren’t enough to hook you, something else surely will. We first sampled Dogtown’s “True Southerner” breakfast ($6), which is simply a clever way of saying biscuits and gravy, nothing more. The biscuits here are quite an achievement in the field of flour and water, and finer we have not had in Central Arkansas. All the necessary elements are here: a golden brown exterior, tender, flaky inside with a noticeably healthy helping of butter for a rich, dense and delectable biscuit. These biscuits would have made a wonderful companion to any number of condiments, whether sweet or savory. We could not pass up the offer of a few ladlefuls of creamy, white sausage gravy. In regard to biscuits and gravy, we generally find fault with the gravy. The perfect gravy, in our book, must be thick, peppery, rich, and generously endowed with crumbled sausage. Dogtown’s sausage gravy could afford a bit more sausage and a pinch more pepper. As it was, the gravy leaned a little on the bland side. Luckily, another round at breakfast brought us slightly better fortune. The “Dirty South Biscuit” ($5.50) is topped

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QUICK BITE Fluffy biscuits, golden waffles, and fried chicken make for an honorable breakfast menu at Dogtown Coffee and Cookery. A few Southern standards and a handful of delicious surprises make this a breakfast worth waking up for. The lunch menu shines equally as bright with exemplary shrimp and grits, pulled pork sliders with potato salad, and a spicy burger with jalapeno relish. Whether you visit them for breakfast or lunch, chances are you’ll be leaving Dogtown in good spirits. HOURS 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. OTHER INFO Credit cards accepted, drive-through available. No alcohol.

with crispy fried chicken strips, cheddar cheese, dill pickle slices and a coarseground honey-mustard dressing. This is one gorgeous biscuit dish. The handful of golden chicken strips, with crunchy exterior and juicy interior, played particularly well with the briny dill and sharp zest of mustard seed. A touch of honey added a much-appreciated sweet note to the mix. A number of items on Dogtown’s breakfast menu taunted us, but the “Waffle Melt” sandwich ($8) won. Dogtown’s decision

to replace ordinary bread with two crispy waffles is not only brilliant, it makes us wonder what else we should be attempting to stuff between two waffles — meatballs, peanut butter and jelly, corned beef? Questions yet to be answered. In this case, Dogtown’s waffle sandwich takes two bright, golden waffles and fills them with smoked turkey slices, thick-cut bacon, and cheddar cheese, then throws the entire thing on a buttered griddle as you might treat a traditional grilled cheese. The waffles come out with a crunchy crust, buttery and greasy, the cheese is perfectly melted. Thick-cut bacon such as this is a beautiful thing, offering a bit more chew than its thinner, often overdone counterparts. The sandwich gets a light dusting of powdered sugar and is paired with a cup of thick maple syrup for dipping. It was a sweet, salty, crispy delight. With such wonderful breakfast and brunch options, we were a little afraid that lunch would not be able to deliver equally exceptional dishes. But Dogtown’s lunch items might outshine their morning predecessors. You will definitely not want to miss Dogtown’s version of shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage ($12.95). Creamy, tender, perfectly cooked grits form the delicate base for the dish, which gets topped with a handful of plump, pink shrimp and slices of spicy sausage and smothered with a signature “slap-yo-mama-sauce,” a rich cream-based sauce with hints of lobster stock. It was decadent. Another lunch item that hits the mark is the trio of pulled pork sliders ($9). The tender pork comes sopped in a sweet and spicy house-made Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. The pork is piled high on two buttered and griddled rolls, which get a faint char from their brief stint on the burner. Lastly, the pork is crowned with a pickled slaw, which adds a crunchy and slightly sour element to an already exceptional dish. The sliders are paired with a chunky, creamy potato salad heavy with dill, which despite its side-item status may be one of best iterations of potato salad we’ve ever tasted. Despite having made several visits to Dogtown Coffee and Cookery, we feel we have only scratched the surface of a menu that likely holds many more tasty treasures. Perhaps on our next visit we’ll try the house burger with jalapeno relish, chicken fried steak sandwich, or Creole omelette topped with sausage and their “world championship” cheese dip. With such great things going on at Dogtown, it’s no surprise that they have developed quite a loyal following.

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ARGENTA MARKET Deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. Emphasis here is on Arkansas-farmed foods and organic products. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. L daily, D Mon.-Sat., B Sat., BR Sun. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-0600. LD Tue.-Sat. ASHLEY’S The premier fine dining restaurant in Little Rock marries Southern traditionalism and haute cuisine. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BELWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm at this lostin-time hole in the wall. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BL Mon.-Fri. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. The fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items. Also serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, stuffed potatoes and salads. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmetto-go location. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-9030. Serving meals to go: LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining, though excellent tapas are out of this world. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-6030238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3761195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar with lots of TVs, pub grub and regular drink specials. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-3768. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N. Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub where you’ll find traditional fare like burgers and fish

and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4500. D daily, BR, L Sat.-Sun. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts for 30 years. Chicken salad’s among the best in town. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Sat. (drive-through only). KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-

4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro with continental and Asian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. L Mon.-Fri., D daily. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes

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PHO THANH MY It says “Vietnamese noodle soup” on the sign out front, and that’s what you should order. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-3740777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.

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CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2254346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. The sandwiches are basic, and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat.

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4 SQUARE CAFE AND GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis and a daily selection of desserts. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-2622. BLD daily. CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close at 4 p.m.).

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CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.

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BROWNING’S MEXICAN GRILL New rendition of a 65-year institution. Some holdover items in name only but recast fresher and tastier. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9956. LD daily, BR Sat-Sun. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL Burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads are the four main courses of choice. Sizes are uniformly massive, quality is uniformly strong, and prices are uniformly low. 11525 Cantrell Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-221-0018. LD daily. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. LA REGIONAL The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily.

WHAT’S COOKIN’, CONT. KAT ROBINSON, food writer and former Eat Arkansas blogger has written a new book called “Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of The Natural State.” It’s filled with features on dozens of pies from restaurants all over Arkansas (see her November 2011 feature in the Times), the result of many hours on the road and testing out 400 varieties of pie. The book also features stories about the piemakers themselves. The book is $19.99. It’s available via arkansaspie.com. 36

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ike many a girlchild who grew up in the ’80s, l took home ec in junior high school, where my longest relationship with a sewing machine produced an apron in the most hideous fabric imaginable. I envy the whippersnappers these days, with their opportunity to work with local sartorial stars like Korto Momolu, a first runner-up on “Project Runway”, on fashion designs of their own making. As with most things in high fashion, there’s a twist: the students, ranging from ninth to 12th grade, are using recycled materials like newspapers in their garments. But if you’re envisioning something close to the “Derelicte” fashion from the movie “Zoolander”, stop right now — Momolu said these kids

have some serious design ability. “I saw some very interesting ideas — some of them were almost like evening wear,” Momolu said of the garments she saw on a recent visit to Episcopal Collegiate. “One piece was breathtaking — it had a 20-foot long train. I gave them ideas about how to make [the pieces] more wearable,” but the designs themselves were great. “I was very impressed,” she said. “It’s cool how they’re so excited about it.” The public will have the chance to view the designs from Episcopal and other area schools during a runway show at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the great hall at the Clinton Presidential Center. There will also be designs made from recycled

hearsay ➥ PLEASANT RIDGE TOWN CENTER will host a holiday open house from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18. ➥ To get your fashion fix while you’re waiting for December’s Curbside Couture show at the Clinton Center, visit the DESIGNING HOPE RUNWAY SHOW, scheduled for 6:309:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Next Level Events. Admission is $25 and benefits Camp Sunshine. The show will feature designs from Romáa by Linda Rowe Thomas, Jeante and Dillard’s McCain. ➥ L&L BECK ART GALLERY presents its November exhibit, “Still Life.” This month’s giclee drawing will feature the work, “Egrets”. The exhibit will run through the month of November, and the giclée drawing will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 15. The gallery also has all giclees on sale for 10 percent off through Dec. 22.

materials from local pros like Momolu, Connie Fails, Erin Lorenzen and Missy Lipps. There will be three categories featured: accessories, single ready-to-wear and total design. While not all of the designs will be featured on the runway, the others will be on display and available for purchase. Admission to the event is free, Momolu said. She said the project is a way to introduce kids to the concept that recycling can be about more than sticking cans and bottles into a special bin. Curbside Couture Monday, December 2, 2012 6:30 p.m., Clinton Presidential Center For more info: www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org

➥ THE PROMENADE AT CHENAL is sponsoring the Make a Wish to Grant a Wish event now through the end of the year. Drop coins in any fountain on the Promenade’s grounds and the proceeds will go to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. ➥ Find out what goes into makeup and other beauty products at THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY AT SCIENCE CAFÉ, scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 27 at The Afterthought. Science Cafe Little Rock is co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is a monthly public forum on a variety of topics. This month’s panelists include representatives from L’Oreal, Power Technology Inc. and UAMS. Admission is free. ➥ Starting Nov. 17, STANLEY JEWELERS will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for holiday shopping. Weekday winter hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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he point of this one is, now that the long political campaign and the election are over, there are no Ol’ Moi opinions left in the old kit bag. I’m fresh out. Just don’t care. Drained dry of scoff and chortle. Indifferent to issues and issuers, down to the minutiae of the public-sphere minutiae, down to the bedrock Huckabite ridiculi. On account of this sudden opinion drouth, I’ve given over the space this week to some nonpartisan noncontroversial ratiocinations on the low-priority topics of putting meat on the holiday table and rednecks taking over TV. • Another deer season underway with a record number of first-day kills. Not surprising since there’s about as much sport in deer-hunting now as there is in shooting cows. Hard not to kill one with your car on the way in to your lease. And turkeys getting nervous, especially those up around the Yellville Drop Zone and those who’ve seen the grisly background axe-murder in the Sarah Palin YouTube. So much for the meat, and now for the necks. • One TV season ape-dookeys on cop shows, another hospital dramas, another mob family sagas, or baseball and war miniseries, or sitcoms or Britcoms. Last season it was ghost hunters, nonfictional night stalk-

ers of the green-lit paranormal. And this season has been laid claim to by rednecks. You’ve got the BOB duck dynasty, the LANCASTER swamp boys, the Bayou Billionaires, the Lady Hoggers, the Rocket City Rednecks, the Moonshiners, and Little Miss Redneck Honey Boo Boo. Now comes Redneck Island, where redneck-survivalist types compete for prizes that include a personalized outhouse, an ice chest full of cold beer, and a lifetime supply of lizard jerky. I don’t know nothing about no lizard jerky but I could go for a new skinning knife or one of them classy antler chandeliers. It’s my theory that the TV programmers’ 2012 fascination with neckery is rooted in all the news and trumped-up excitement that attended the Tea Party politicking leading up to the 2010 elections. I don’t know that for a fact, though, or much of anything else about rednecks for a fact. I don’t even know what a redneck is. What qualifies you as one? What differentiates the authentic neck like Junior Samples from the obvious imposter neck like Larry the Cable Guy? Or the obviously genuine Jerry Lee neck from the obviously phony

Mickey Gilley neck? It’s largely a subjective thing, a judgment call — like Justice Potter Stewart’s description of pornography as something that’s hard to define but you know it when you see it. But you need to be stout or scrawny to be a redneck, although being neither doesn’t disqualify you. The scrawny need to be of a scrawny type that used to be called wormylooking, and the stout need to be of a certain porcine aspect that’s rarely seen in this country outside of redneckery but that’s common among Germans and Russians who derive from stolid peasant stock. Real necks are obliged to sport appropriate headware, and you can’t go wrong here with the giveaway company-logo ballcap, which you don’t have to doff even for sex or funerals or when you get baptized but might want to for the National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance. You don’t want a propeller beanie, a porkpie or Stetson, or even a cap that might lead someone to think you’d have truck with Michael Moore. Hatless you’ll need either a close buzz or a full mane apparently heavily cootie-colonized. Crooked teeth don’t count against the aspirant neck, especially if they jut over a bashful chinny smile indicative of at least one prison term. There’s a distinctive redneck vocabulary, recognizable as such, but it isn’t very large. You don’t necessarily have to have tattoos.

It should qualify you if at one time or another you had a new baby daughter and seriously mulled naming her Squirrelene. Or if you’ve ever been boogered up something awful from having been run over by a combine. Or if you have more than one house-pet cougar, and give them free run of the doublewide, and share their litterbox. You don’t have to have been to the Opry, or even like country music, but you have to admire or profess admiration for Patsy Cline and George Jones. Texans would like to be rednecks, but they’re 99 per cent too far west. That’s because Redneck Country has distinct geographical limitations. And the western border of it runs from around Beaumont to Tulsa, and the northern border from Tulsa to Springfield, Mo., to Bowling Green, Ky., and on then to Richmond. The Carolinas don’t have many rednecks, and I don’t know why that is. South Carolinians especially strike me as just a bunch of angry little Tidewater pricks. Completely lacking in the typical redneck languor. Gamecocks — a perfect mascot for them. But Georgia is almost 100 percent neck, even their African Americans, even Jane Fonda when she was there. Heirs of Jeeter Lester one and all. Florida has a lot of rednecks too, except metropolitan Yankee retirees can’t be rednecks, and Jews can’t, and singing cartoon rodents, crickets and dwarves can’t.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Luminist Tradition in American Art,” light in art from the 19th century through today, through Jan. 26, with “Illuminating Landscapes,” gallery talk by Kevin Murphy, 1 p.m. Nov. 15; “Moshe Safdie: The Path to Crystal Bridges,” both through Jan. 28; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.

MOUNTAIN VIEW SKILLET RESTAURANT, Ozark Folk Center: Arkansas Craft School fundraising gala, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, with live and silent auctions of creations of the school’s instructors, students and supporters, to benefit scholarship fund. $25 per person, $45 per couple. 870-269-8397.

CONWAY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, Baum Gallery: “The Final Show,” BA/BFA juried senior exhibition, opens with receptions 5-7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18, runs through Dec. 7. McCastlain Hall. 501-450-5793.

RUSSELLVILLE RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 B St.: “Holiday Jubilee,” annual fundraiser, 7-10 p.m. Nov. 16, Russellville Country Club, 186 Country Club Plaza, featuring live and silent auctions of artwork including pieces by Gloria and Bill Garrison, $50; work by 40 area artists, through November. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 479-968-2452.

HOT SPRINGS BLUE ROCK STUDIO ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, 262 Hideaway Hills: Mixed media by Carol Small, “Santas and Chicks” by Karen McInturff, hand-carved flutes by Carole Kane, paintings and cards by Glenda Field, notebooks and cards by Nancy Dunaway, “mouse traps” by Terri Davy, felt art by Barbara Cade, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8. 501-262-4065. Directions at barbaracade.com.

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “50 for Arkansas,” work donated by Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, through Jan. 6; “Multiplicity,” exhibition on printmaking from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, through Jan. 6. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “From the Vault: Works from the Central Arkansas Library

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System’s Permanent Collection,” including historical paintings by Donald Draper, works on paper by visionary artist Arthur Grain, sculpture by Mary Cockrill and more, through March 23, 2013, Arkansas League of Artists exhibition, through Jan. 26; “Solastalgia,” work by Susan Chambers and Louise Halsey, through Jan. 26. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “American Spring: A Cause For Justice,” quilts dealing with societal issues such as racism, civil rights, violence, discrimination, social justice and intolerance, in partnership with Fiber Artists for Hope and Sabrina Zarco, through November (more at the Central High School Museum Visitors Center); “And the Band Played On,” mixed media paintings and sculpture by Kevin Cole. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays,” exhibition from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., through Dec. 9. 758-1720. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Faces of the Delta,” drawings by Aj Smith, through Nov. 16; “Photographing the Landscape,” work by Jay Gould, Frank Hamrick, Chad Smith and Luther Smith, through Nov. 29, lecture by Smith 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29; “BA and BFA Senior Exhibitions,” Gallery III, through mid-December. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-3182.

ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITS ARKANSAS STATE LIBRARY, 900 W. Capitol Ave.: “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” Arkansas History Commission traveling exhibit, through Nov. 16. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: “American Spring: A Cause For Justice,” quilts dealing with societal issues such as racism, civil rights, violence, discrimination, social justice and intolerance, in partnership with Fiber Artists for Hope and Sabrina Zarco, through November (more at Hearne Fine Art); exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Beyond the Expected: Norwood Creech, Paulette Palmer and Edward Wade Jr.,” through 9-Feb. 3, 2013, “Jared Hogue: Mini Faces,” through Jan. 6, 2013, “Barbie Doll: The 11 ½-inch American Icon,” through Jan. 6, 2013; “A Collective Vision,” recent acquisitions, through March 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. More art listings can be found in the calendar at www.arktimes.com

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