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Party comes first for Griffin I just received an email survey from Tim Griffin a couple of days ago wanting my opinion concerning the handling of the Benghazi attack by the Obama administration. The survey comes complete with a video in case I’m not already “appalled” with the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton. I’m quite frankly sick of Tim Griffin’s attempt at acting like he is working in the best interest of Americans. House Republicans voted to defund embassy security, so why isn’t he pointing that out? Where is his anger over the fact that many more Americans are dying because of people’s ability to get their hands on assault weapons and high capacity magazines? If we are going to spend taxpayer dollars over investigations, let’s start with Tim Griffin’s seemingly never-ending quest to further the political agenda of his party at the expense of the American people. And, if Tim Griffin really wanted my opinion, and not just some kneejerk response in the form of a multiple choice answer, he would have provided a comments section in his survey. Lynn Calhoun Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Not the same I love going to Arkansas Travs games. It’s a family tradition and before I got too old to sit through the 110-degree heat in August, I used to plan my birthday celebration there every year. If I got real lucky, Clunker Car Night fell on my birthday too. What would I do with a clunker car? Who knows, but winning one was my lifelong dream while I slurped the mustard dripping from my hot dog as the organ music lifted my soul. I have never felt more American than when I was at these games. In fact, as I hold my hand over my heart, the National Anthem still brings tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my body every single time I hear it at these games. Bottom line, baseball is about as American as it gets. That being said, I loaded up the family and headed down to the stadium the other night. We got our peanuts, hot dogs, and drinks, held our hands proudly over our hearts as the Anthem was sung, and sat down to play ball. In a very short time, I noticed something was wrong. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it, but then it hit me. Where was the organ music? Where was the uplifting “bum, bum, bum, bum,” of the keys that brought me to my feet in joyous unison with my fellow fans as I cheered for my team? Where were all the events between innings? Yes, 4

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there were a few, but nowhere near as many as before and even the recorded music was low and choppy if played at all. What is going on? There were long moments of silence to the point I finally turned around and asked one employee about it. He told me that the organ player isn’t there all the time, but is there on other days. As I sat there looking foolish with my mouth open in disbelief, a woman turned to me and whispered, “It’s all changing, it’s not the same.” I was shocked. This is not baseball, it’s someone’s folly and an obvious attempt to pinch pennies to restructure

and change a tradition that we all hold dear. I say pinch pennies, because after inquiring about what in the world is happening to my favorite team, I hear that even the food is changing, by outsourcing concessions that will soon reduce quality and probably increase prices. They also aren’t going to allow church groups or Boy Scout groups to raise funds by working vendor stands anymore either. Really? After surviving two horrible wars, a horrible recession, our paychecks cut, constant bickering and fighting amongst each other as politics split our country

right down the middle, higher taxes, and basically struggling to make ends meet from day to day, I say this: Knock it off. A Travs game is the one thing I can take my family to for a reasonable price, enjoy time together along with my other fellow Americans, and everyone eats a hot dog or peanuts together and gets along. In fact, catching a foul ball just so you can hand it to a smiling kid is an achievement that everyone strives for. So whoever is behind all these changes so your personal profit margin goes up while you steal the historical, traditional happiness from an activity we all have grown up with and come to love, shame on you. You want to put all these treasured things on the chopping block? Well, put my ticket price on that too because I won’t pay it again and be ripped off with a mediocre experience. I’ll find another venue to support. Good luck with those empty seats. V.L. Cox North Little Rock

From the web In response to the “Terrible 10 of the 89th General Assembly” published May 9: It is a testament to just how pitiful this latest crop of legislators is when the despicable media whore Andy Mayberry doesn’t even make the list of “10 Worst.” Brian Rezin In response to the Arkansas Blog reporting on the arrest of state Treasurer Martha Shoffner: The people of Arkansas better wake up. The rest of the world has decided public officials are worth their pay and much more. When a high official cannot afford to buy dog food or even entertain friends then something is wrong with the pay scale. Is it any wonder you have crooks and officials in financial deep water? Your elected officials’ pay scales are 50 years behind the times. It’s wonderful to have an adoring and loving fan base but you must say love with more than a smile and a vote. Otherwise you’re just asking for more Shoffners. Enterprising officials will capitalize on their base and earn money legitimately in other venues. That is, if they’re talented. But state officials shouldn’t need a night job and have to fly all around the country to make a living. Doubling officials’ salaries is past due. I know Mark, Dustin, Mark, Mike and Martha will agree as well as Asa. Hard.drive

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t’s kind of piling on, admittedly, but we feel compelled to join the call for state Treasurer Martha Shoffner to resign. Awkwardly compelled, that is. She has not yet been convicted of the criminal charges filed against her, and that’s an important point. The presumption of innocence has not been repealed. (Though the current Arkansas legislature is apt to try.) Gov. Mike Beebe, a lawyer himself, addressed the point persuasively in a statement: “I think Martha Shoffner should resign, and I think she should resign immediately. While everyone is presumed innocent until legal proceedings are complete, it would be very hard for the treasurer’s office to function properly under her continued leadership. When you are elected to any public office, your conduct is held to a higher level of expectations to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. These alleged actions are far worse than that.” And the allegations against her are directly related to the duties of the treasurer’s office. It’s hard to see how the treasurer could effectively manage state investments while she’s facing criminal charges of mismanagement of state investments. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel confronted the issue well, also: “If proven to be true, these actions are a betrayal of her oath to our constitution and to our people. Although Ms. Shoffner is presumed innocent, I believe that she should resign immediately to allow the work of the treasurer’s office to continue.” Both Beebe and McDaniel are Democrats, as is Shoffner, as are many of the officials calling for her resignation. Even the state chairman of the Democratic Party, Will Bonds, wants her to go. (In or out of office, she’ll be a heavy load for the Democrats to carry in next year’s elections.) Republicans, of course, are united in demanding her removal, one way or another. If nothing else, she’s brought us together. Even her own lawyer has said she should resign. She may have done so by the time this sees print.

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here’s embarrassment in the young gubernatorial campaign of state Rep. Debra Hobbs of Rogers. Announcing her candidacy last week, Representative Hobbs said “I feel like this is what God wants me to do.” But sources close to God say that He gave her no encouragement and was at most indifferent to her campaign. “He’s not actively opposed, but He’s a little miffed that she’s dragging Him into her race,” said a reliable source who would speak only on condition of anonymity. “Especially since she’s running in a Republican primary. He’s always kept His distance from those.” The Hobbs camp has admitted to faulty research, but as yet there’s no indication that failure to win God’s support will cause Hobbs to drop out of the race. An observer predicted she’ll now seek endorsement from Jason Rapert. “He’s the next closest thing.”

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The crash of Martha Shoffner

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y overriding emotion about the fate of state Treasurer Martha Shoffner is sadness. Is this because of embarrassment? I once endorsed her over an able candidate. Is it partisanship? Inevitably her implosion accrues to the benefit of a continuing takeover of state government by Republican zealotry. (Unless, that is, the squeaky clean Republican Duncan Baird happens to be the next elected treasurer.) Is it just the human tragedy? Shoffner has made a mess of her 68-year-old life and the lives of many others. She’s also delivered another blow to trust in public servants. Maybe it’s all of that. If you don’t know by now, Shoffner, a former state legislator and second-term treasurer, was arrested at her home in Newport Saturday by FBI agents after a confidential informant had recorded her taking a $6,000 kickback for guiding lucrative state investment business to the informant, a securities salesman who commanded about a third of the state’s billion-dollar bond business thanks to his payments to Shoffner. It was continuation of a string of payments to cover rent on Shoffner’s Little Rock apartment and followed other alleged smaller gratuities, plus a $4,700 cash contribution to a campaign fund-raising event that the FBI thinks Shoffner pocketed. In the end, Republican complaints about Shoffner’s investment decisions came to nothing. The famous Legislative Audit Committee hearing that Shoffner tried to avoid was nothing but a Republican show trial — and an uninformed one at that. Auditors misled the public about some fundamental investment truths, one being that nobody can predict future interest rates with reliable certainty. It was never about the trades. It was about the kickbacks. But with the hot light on Shoffner (FBI agents attended the audit committee meetings because of a months-old tip about Shoffner) what did she do? According to the criminal charge, she continued to stick her hand out. Last week, she solicited help from

the broker to buy property in Newport. Buttressed by the tape of that call, FBI agents were lying in wait when he went to her home days later bearing his customary boxed MAX pie, with a roll of 60 $100s BRANTLEY hidden inside. The jig was up. maxbrantley@arktimes.com Shoffner’s arrest Saturday opened a floodgate of stories from current and former employees about their old boss, people who felt they had nowhere to turn previously. One said Shoffner hurled a phone at her. Another said Shoffner called her derogatory names when she sent her every morning to fetch bacon biscuits for Shoffner and her dog Fred (extra crispy bacon; if not it was sent back to the Capitol cafeteria). At a minimum, Shoffner was unqualified to handle billions in state investments, even in the relatively limited range in which state demand deposits must be kept. It’s one of several state offices that shouldn’t be popularly elected, but be solely an administrative function. It’s always been corrupting to have the state treasurer elected on campaign money supplied by banks and investment houses. Such legal influence peddling is only marginally more acceptable than illegal kickbacks. But this situation can be changed only by constitutional amendement. Sad. Sad to see public trust abused. Sad to hear the fear and abuse reported by people who worked for a state elected official. Sad to see a 68-year-old woman — clueless, broke and grasping in a $53,000-a-year job with billion-dollar responsibilities — in a jail mug shot for a pie delivery straight out of “Shawshank Redemption.” Saddest of all is the admission by federal prosecutors that they essentially had no provable case until Shoffner, with full knowledge that feds were after her, called for the pieman one more time.

OPINION

Syrian war: Iraq redux

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mericans are instinctively wiser young Tom Cotton, than their leaders when it comes the Arkansas conto foreign policy, at least until gressman who has their emotions are manipulated to sup- shown that he will port mindless war. say anything for A poll early this month showed that only the cause, notwithERNEST 5 percent of Americans support sending standing truth, logic DUMAS troops to overthrow the Syrian govern- or history. Cotton ment, 12 percent want to arm the rebels and said the U.S. should arm the rebels and only 16 percent favor air strikes on Syrian take over Syria’s skies to speed Assad’s fall. installations. All the rest have had enough Liberals have joined the cause. Obama’s of Middle East war and they sense, if only former foreign policy planning director vaguely, that 60 years of intervention in the wrote a piece for the Washington Post bitter rivalries of the Muslim world have recalling Bill Clinton’s shame for not actnot served us well. They have changed ing to stop the genocide in Rwanda and America irretrievably for the worse. warning Obama that he would earn censure, But the neocons who told us that Sad- too, if he failed to throw in with the revoludam Hussein had and was about to use tionaries decisively. Other voices followed. weapons of mass destruction are beating Obama has played the crisis with a balthe drums for the United States to take ance of support, caution and diplomacy, a bigger role in ousting Bashar al-Assad, except for last year’s foolish warning that including arms for the rebels, air support the deployment of chemical weapons and ground troops if necessary. would be a “game changer,” but the critRepublican hawks in Congress, includ- ics are pushing him perceptibly toward ing Sen. John McCain, are disingenuously the cliff. If he yields, that — not Benghazi pushing President Obama to get tough to — will be the shame of his presidency. demonstrate American “credibility” while The United States has no stake in deftly saying they aren’t advocating that whether the Sunnis or the Shias rule the United States go to war. Syria, regardless of whether Assad is a The big guns are shrewd enough to thug. Whoever is the more brutal, Assad mount the pressure while keeping their or the insurgents, it is a matter of degree. powder dry with vague assertions about Whatever the outcome of that increascredibility, but they sent to “Meet the Press” ingly sectarian war, it will yield far worse

Still Ripe for Reform?

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ast February, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation released a report I authored titled “Ripe for Reform: Arkansas as a Model for Social Change.” It highlighted the state’s recent progressive patterns on a variety of public policy matters ranging from pre-K-12 education, children’s health access, and tax and budget decisions that maintained key state services even through two recessions. Under both parties’ leadership, Arkansas had been an example of pragmatic progressivism that contrasted it with the states around it. Just as important as what the state accomplished, it was noteworthy that Arkansas generally avoided divisive social legislation. In explaining the patterns, the report pointed to Arkansas’s small size that allows grassroots politics to have an impact on policy, the fact that advocacy groups work remarkably well together in coalitions, and a distinctly depoliticized state judiciary that allowed state courts the independence to make tough decisions, in addition to the state’s populist political culture. However, the report concluded with a warning about the heightened polarization being expressed in the

political rhetoric in the state. Last week, I was asked to reflect upon the recently concluded session JAY of the legislature for BARTH the future of progressivism in Arkansas at the regular postlegislative session sponsored by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. There, I grappled with whether “Ripe for Reform” is now simply a historical document or whether it remains a viable model for political change in an emphatically two-party (and GOP-trending) Arkansas. Despite the sharpened polarization of issues such as abortion, guns, and charter education during the session, the passage of the “private option” suggests that pragmatic progressivism hasn’t entirely departed with the shift in legislative power at the Capitol. Like past key reforms on education and children’s health, it is an imperfect, but clear step forward for the state. The question: Does that major legislation mark the last gasp of the tradition or does it show the durability of Arkansas’s pragmatic progressivism?

consequences for Syrians, all their neighbors, Israel and the United States than even the brutal Assad could inflict before the uprising. The product will be either a radical Sunni government, hostile to the United States and Israel, or else ceaseless sectarian and tribal anarchy — or both. Hezbollah, the Shiite guerrilla army from neighboring Lebanon, has joined the war to maintain Syrian dominance over the Sunni majority. Our Shiite government in Iraq is quietly sympathetic to Assad. Shiite Iran is helping him. The Sunni regimes in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere want us to get more involved against the Shias in Syria and Iran because they fear doing it themselves. What have we ever gained by these interventions? In 1953, President Eisenhower acceded to the British, who were mad that Iran’s democratically elected president, Mohammed Mossadegh, and parliament had nationalized the British petroleum cartel. The CIA overthrew the secularist Mossadegh, had him kept under house arrest for the rest of his life, and installed the corrupt and ruthless shah. The Iranians have never forgotten. Twenty-five years later, they drove the dictator out, put the radical Islamists in charge, held 52 Americans hostage for 144 days, and brought on an endless series of U.S. diplomatic disasters. President Reagan’s dispatch of Marines to Lebanon in 1983 to cover his failure to discourage Israel in the slaughter of Palestinians in two refugee camps ended with the deaths of 241 Marines, a

humiliating retreat and loss of U.S. face. President George H.W. Bush’s successful dislodging of Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991 and the subsequent maintenance of forces in Arabia led to two attacks on the World Trade Center, in 1993 and 2001, with all the terrible consequences for America’s liberty and sense of security. President Reagan’s decision to arm the Mujahideen to fight the Russians and the communist regime in Afghanistan doubtlessly helped the Russians decide to go home, but it put a radical branch of the Mujahideen — the Taliban — in control, which gave al Qaeda safe haven in the Afghan wilds. After 9/11, President George W. Bush paid the tribal warlords to help and sent American troops to dislodge our old Taliban allies so that we could then go after al Qaeda. Our old arms were turned against us. Told by his vice president that America had to establish a friendly beachhead in Islam, preferably in Iraq, to spread American influence, President Bush engineered the WMD sham and invaded Iraq. There is no need to list all the horrors that flowed from that, in blood, treasure, self-esteem, international prestige and the perpetual threat of retaliation from Islamists at home and abroad. The Shiite government we helped install is getting increasingly nasty cracking down on the restless Sunni minority. And we should want to give it one more shot, in Syria, the one spot where we might ignite war across the whole region?

Progressive victories will be less consistent than in the past — especially in areas like tax policy — but they unquestionably remain possible. First, there are lessons to be learned from the health care expansion episode on future public policy debates. As in that case, policies that are framed in terms of their economic benefit to the state will be advantaged. Fortunately, many of the key priorities of progressive groups are easy to frame as economic positives for the state. Further expansion of early childhood education, advancement of afterschool programs, movement away from juvenile incarceration to community-based treatment, and the DREAM Act all represent investments with exceptional returns for the state. But, framing alone will not create the change that progressives envision for the state’s future. Groups engaged in progressive work on the state have to go beyond legislative lobbying to hone a variety of tools for social change. Lobbying state agencies on rules and regulations, using direct democracy, building real grassroots organizations throughout the state, and litigating when necessary (remember it was the Lake View cases that drove education reform in the state) all have to be part of the progressive movement’s tool chest. To thrive, Arkansas’s progressives will have to show new agility and ambi-

dextrousness in the policy-making arena. The coalitional work that has been a hallmark of social change efforts in Arkansas becomes paramount. Indeed, the victories for progressives during the session aside from the “private option”— positive energy and early childhood reforms, stymying extreme school choice efforts, and stopping the so-called “highway robbery” budget legislation — all reflected bipartisan approaches, engaged active constituency groups, and were coalitional in nature. Most key progressive failures of the session were absent those elements. Next, progressives cannot wait until final debates on the policies that they care most about to engage in the policymaking process. Most important, they have to fight efforts to alter the rules of the game by limiting access to the petition process and the ballot box and by attacking the tradition of separation of powers and the independence of the Arkansas judiciary. These proposals all center on taking away tools of political change and reducing grassroots power. All this said, vital is whether pragmatists win the governorship and the Speaker’s race in the House (no matter which party controls that chamber) in the next two years. That is the most important variable determining just how ripe for reform Arkansas remains. www.arktimes.com

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It was a good week for ... A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO AN ABORTION. Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright granted an injunction against enforcement of Act 301, which would make most abortions illegal after 12 weeks, saying the state law’s ban was likely unconstitutional. ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE. The General Assembly convened briefly to adjourn, which meant that Gov. Mike Beebe’s vetoes of three election-related bills by Sen. Bryan King stand. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. The state GOP, which has been calling for state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a Democrat, to resign in light of her handling of state investments, got to witness her arrest on Saturday by the FBI. ATTENTION TO A HOG FARM PERMIT IN THE BUFFALO WATERSHED. State legislators were to visit the C&H Hog Farm at Mount Judea, which will house 6,500 pigs near Big Creek, a tributary of the Buffalo River. The National Parks Conservation Association has added its opposition to the process by which the farm was permitted to objections by the National Park Service and Arkansans who want the Buffalo to stay clear of pig excrement. A

protest was called for Wednesday at the Ozark Cafe in Jasper during the legislators’ luncheon there.

It was a bad week for ... STATE TREASURER MARTHA SHOFFNER. Shoffner was arrested at her home Saturday by the FBI on charges she took cash in return for official favors after she accepted a pie box filled with $6,000 from a source who was wired. The source, who has been granted immunity and who other sources say is Steele Stephens of the St. Bernard Financial Services firm in Russellville, told the FBI he had paid Shoffner a total of $36,000 in six payments every six months, plus almost $5,000 in cash for a campaign event, in return for an increasing share of the state bond business. The charges will be turned over to a grand jury to decide whether to indict. If convicted, Shoffner faces not more than 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. HEEDING CALLS TO RESIGN. As of Tuesday, Shoffner had not heeded calls for her resignation by Gov. Mike Beebe, Attorney Gen. Dustin McDaniel and the Arkansas Republican Party and the Arkansas Democratic Party. She told reporters after a hearing in federal court Monday that she was not resigning. She did not go into the office Tuesday.

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Buggy THE OBSERVER WAS COMING OUT of a department store in North Little Rock last Saturday when we saw him. The guy, who had exited the store just before us, had purchased a can of bug spray, and as The Observer and Spouse walked past in the parking lot, he proceeded to uncap said bug spray and then douse himself in the stuff, writhing around in a dense cloud of chemicals, trying to hose down every square inch of his body while looking as if he was doing an interpretive dance. He must have used half a can. Where were you going on that warm May afternoon that made you think you needed to varnish yourself in antinoseeum juice, Bug Spray Dude? We’re confident that adventurers headed for the deepest, darkest heart of the Amazon rainforest don’t use that much repellent, much less somebody venturing out on an afternoon less than three weeks removed from Arkansas’s last recorded snowfall. We cut him a wide berth, holding our breath and trying not to laugh as we pushed our cart through his lingering fog of sticky overspray. The Observer is always watching, Citizens, but sometimes the things you do weird us right the hell out. SPEAKING OF ADVENTURERS: Junior got a double bed the other day, his legs having grown off the end of his twin bed by an uncomfortable foot. He’s still too long for this one, but at least he can sprawl in all directions. For a teenage boy, that’s close enough. Buying new and bigger furniture for his small bedroom in our cozy house meant getting rid of some things. He’s 13 now, and as much as we want to keep him a kid forever, time waits for no parent. He’s still got boxes of toys he outgrew long ago, mostly because his Ma and Pa keep picking them up and tucking them in boxes. One of the things we all agreed to let go of was his dinosaurs. Like a lot of kids, Junior was nuts on dinosaurs when he was a kid, wheedling a platoon of plastic T-Rexes, stegosauruses (stegosauri?), and hadrosaurs out of us over the years. When he would come to us in the toy store at 5 or 6 holding yet another dinosaur, we

would speak to him of the value of a dollar. In our mind, though, we imagined the respected paleontologist Dr. W.S. Observer — arms etched with tattoos made by firelight in Fiji — stepping to the lectern of the Explorer’s Club in London. We imagined the good doctor doffing his sun-beaten Indiana Jones hat, sending up a cloud of honest dust, before addressing the assembly on his latest discoveries. And so, the Old Man indulged both Junior and our own heartfelt dreams for him. He has since moved on. Now, it’s computers, looking forward instead of backward, but with just as much chance for glory if he plays his cards right. His carefully-tended herd has languished in a box under the bed for years. And so it was that the other day, The Observer gathered them up and put them up for adoption on Facebook: Herd of friendly dinos seeks new keeper, their old herder grown too elderly to care for them. Must have fenced bedroom and plentiful imagination. Inquire at the Arkansas Times, City of Little Rock, Planet of Earth. They were snapped up quickly, others having clearly listened to their own Old Man’s speeches about the value of a dollar. They’ll be leaving soon, and a little bit of The Observer’s heart will go with them. We’ve squirreled back a few of our favorites: a tiny diplodocus, Junior’s favorite. A tiny triceratops, The Observer’s favorite. A plant eater that Junior carefully and secretly wounded with purloined nail clippers at age five, painting the stump of an arm red with a marker to show the wound. The world of his imagination was always like that: a bit morbid, but with the understanding that bad things can happen, even to good dinos. As of this writing, Junior’s herd is in a box in The Observer’s office: a colorful, horrible jumble of claws, tails, spikes and fierce, toothy grins. Someday soon, their new owner will come for them, taking away a thousand memories that it would be selfish to keep. Soon they will be leaving. We will resist the urge to snatch back the box and slam the door when the time comes. That said, we definitely won’t watch them go.

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Evidence mounts on Shoffner source Evidence is mounting that the securities salesman who provided confidential information to the FBI about state Treasurer Martha Shoffner was Steele Stephens, the broker who began enjoying a huge share of Shoffner’s bond business in 2010. Two highly placed sources have told the Arkansas Times that they were certain Stephens was the wired informant who delivered cash to Shoffner in a pie at her Newport home Saturday. Monday, Stephens didn’t take calls. But his boss at St. Bernard Financial Services in Russellville, Robert Keenan, had told the Times he’d talked to Stephens, who assured him he was not involved. On Tuesday, Keenan had decided Stephens was lying to him. Keenan said he looked again at the criminal charge and decided that the time line of the source’s involvement with Shoffner could fit Stephens after all, if you counted his time with both St. Bernard and an earlier employer. “I asked him, ‘Are you involved?’ ” Stephens reportedly responded, “The FBI told me I can’t say anything.” Keenan said he then asked when that counsel from the FBI occurred. In January 2012, Stephens reportedly responded. That’s when the confidential source began talking with the FBI in the Shoffner case. “So I said, OK, it’s him,” Keenan said. Stephens never officially confirmed that. But Keenan said “there are so many dots.” He said Stephens continues to work at the firm (he didn’t respond to the Times’ request for a call), because he didn’t want to move rashly. But he said he’d begun notifying all relevant regulatory authorities to “see what they say.” Keenan reiterated that anything Stephens had done was without his knowledge. “I’m crushed. He’s a great guy.” He said Stephens is required to sign a lengthy questionnaire every year about his business. Among them is whether he’d made any contributions to anyone without the firm’s permission. He said he had not. “Obviously that’s not true,” Keenan said. “It’s like family when you’re in a little firm. You believe in your people. It’s like if somebody told you your son’s got a drug problem. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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hen he was 16 and living in his native northern Uganda, Okello Sam was abducted into a rebel army, where he was tortured and made to fight. Two years later, he escaped during the chaos of battle only to find that his family had been dispersed to parts unknown by other rebels. So he made his way south to the capital, Kampala, where he not only survived, but thrived, continuing his education and beginning a career in music and theater. By 1996 — 10 years after he was abducted — he was married, had a child and was an emerging star in the Ugandan arts scene. But tragedy once again changed his life’s trajectory. His teenaged brother and 50 other young people were abducted from a boarding school in northern Uganda by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group notorious for filling its forces with kidnapped child soldiers. The LRA later killed Sam’s brother. Sam’s reaction was to purchase 40 acres in northern Uganda, protected from the fighting by the Nile River, and start a boarding school, Hope North, to shelter children from further horrors of war. The school has since supported more than

3,000 children. Sam’s story of survival and service resonated with Clinton School of Public Service administrators and students when Sam came to the school to deliver a lecture last September, ultimately leading to a long-term partnership between the Clinton School and Hope North. One Clinton School student recently returned to Little Rock after spending four months at the school. Four more students just left to take his place. “Hope North started as an emotional reaction: There was a problem in the north I needed to deal with,” Sam, 43, said in early May at the Clinton School for Public Service. He was in Little Rock for two days to meet with Clinton School students amid weeks of conducting dance and theater workshops in schools in Wisconsin to raise money for Hope North and spread the school’s story. “But over the years my vision has been growing, and I’ve always been asking the question of [how we can achieve] sustainability.” That goal dovetails nicely with the Clinton School’s philosophy, said Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick, director of international programs at the school. “It’s a great partnership for the Clinton School because it

provides us with an opportunity for the students to practice some of the skills they learn on projects that Okello has identified as needs. We’re not going to come in and tell you what you’re going to do as the Great White Hope.” Hope North not only provides children and teens with educational and vocational training, it works in surrounding communities on matters of health, agriculture and conflict resolution. There’s not been any military conflict in Uganda for several years (though Kony infamously remains at large), but peace is hardly a cure-all, Sam said. “What we are dealing with is the aftermath of a rebellion that took over 25 years. We have a generation of children whose parents were captured and they were born in the rebellion either in the Sudan or Congo — a lot of them say they don’t belong to any country. You also have people beginning to return to villages and struggling with issues like land. You don’t know which land used to belong to your people. You’re also dealing with a community that was living in an IDP [internally displaced person] camp for over 20 years surviving on handouts from NGOs,” non-governmental organizations. Now, he said, the NGOs “are saying, ‘Look the war is not there, so survive,’ and people are finding it very difficult. They have never been working, so it’s absolutely a new philosophy to them to be able to work and feed [themselves]. “Also, you have a whole community that for years was traumatized and never got any counseling. There’s a lot of violence. Families breaking up. Lots of killings. Basically, it’s a system breakdown.” In a country full of thorny problems, reintegrating former child soldiers into society is perhaps the thorniest. Kony’s diabolical method for enlisting child soldiers haunts Uganda, Sam said. “Kony would come to a village and abduct children. First thing they do is threaten them with horror. They say to a child, ‘OK, you kill that person, one of your friends.’ If you refuse, then they ask your friend to kill you. So the children are frightened immediately. They do it in public when everyone is around. Then they take you for a week or so, train you, then bring you back to your village where you were abducted from and ask you to kill people. The kid then fears to come back to the village where he was abducted because he has committed a crime. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

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STUDENT NAME ORGANIZATION COUNTRY PROJECT DESCRIPTION Jessica Boyd Habitat for Humanity Colombia Researching financial markets to diversify and expand Habitat for Humanity Colombia’s funding streams. Andre Breaux Respire Haiti Haiti Developing a needs analysis for an education program aimed at stopping child abuse. Kayla Brooks Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Uganda Assessing a grandmother-support program in order to determine the most effective way to scale it. Kathleen Brophy Hope North Uganda Developing an internal and external asset map for an integrated food and water sustainability plan. Angela Bukenya Nepal Nutrition Foundation Nepal Researching strategies to improve nutrition for women and children in rural Nepal. Matt Caston Peacework-Belize Belize Developing strategies for engaging Ministry of Education public school teachers within the Belize Ministry of Education. Sara Chapman Hope North Uganda Implementing a feasibility study for developing a sustainable guest lodge as a source of revenue and vocational training center. Krystle Chipman Youth Business Trust Belize Belize Developing and starting a young entrepreneur’s association. Mara D’Amico Natural Doctors International Nicaragua Working to combat domestic abuse and increase women’s access to health services. Calandra Davis African Technology Kenya Supporting science and technology Resource Network research in East Africa. John Delurey Kolomotu’a Resilient Tonga Measuring perceived impacts of present Green and Healthy Zone and future climate change on the Kolomotu’a community. Charles Fleeman PCI Media Impact Tanzania Supporting a communication initiative aimed at reducing the unsustainable harvesting of bush meat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

Your first reaction would be to say, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ “ Keenan said, “It’s a PR nightmare. We haven’t done anything wrong as a firm. My dad taught me you can’t do crap like this because it eventually comes out.” Steele Stephens’ father, Steve Stephens of Little Rock, also has been employed as a registered securities rep at the firm, but retired this year on his 83rd birthday, Keenan said. When the Times told Heath Abshure, the state securities commissioner, of the Times’ reporting that Stephens figured in the probe, he responded: “We are working on it. Although the Department’s enforcement actions are civil, the effect on a respondent’s reputation mirrors that of a criminal case. As soon as the Department files its complaint, the damage is done. Therefore, I tell my examiners and attorneys that they are not to file an action until they are absolutely sure they can prove each allegation in the complaint. “With regard to the identity of the confidential source, the Department is reaching out to the likely suspects in an effort to get them to talk to us. Cooperation is something the Department considers in its enforcement matters. Obviously, lack of cooperation is also considered.”

Bass Pro yes, Costco no One of those periodic urban retail myths — that Costco was looking at a location in Otter Creek — that a reader passed to the Times served as a reminder to check in with Tommy Hodges of Otter Creek Land Co. on the Bass Pro Shops development he finally landed for his property at the I-30/430 interchange. No, Costco isn’t coming. But construction on the Bass Pro Shops outlet is moving along and the store should open, complete with four-acre fishing lake, by October or November. First Security Bank will have a branch on an outparcel about that time, too. A restaurant may also be among the first new developments. Next year, Hodges said, he hopes to have open a high-end outlet mall, with complementing hotel and restaurants. He said a glitzy lineup of tenants has already been assembled, but he’s not ready to release it yet. The opening of the Bass Pro, with its expected big traffic, should firm up commitments from many businesses, including some retail operations with plans for freestanding businesses. www.arktimes.com

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DARIUS RUCKER: Plays Friday night on the Miller Lite Stage.

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y the time this is published, the stages will be going up, streets will be blocked off, vendors will be arranging their wares, PA systems will be going live and the River Market district will be a buzzing hive of activity, all in preparation for the 36th annual Riverfest and the thousands of people it will bring downtown. As with most events of its age, Riverfest has changed over the years, growing from an event with mostly classical music into a three-day affair with multiple stages, food and clothing vendors, carnival rides and games, wiener dog races, a Baggo tournament and a bunch of other activities.

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The music is still the central component of the festival, though. Lineup kvetching has become something of an annual tradition, with a seeming bevy of Facebook detractors bemoaning the headlining acts. Most complaints run along the lines of “Worst lineup ever. Gawd. Why didn’t they get Daft Punk and Kanye West? Wah.” But, as has been pointed out many a time, booking a couple of the biggest of big-name acts would take up most if not all of the music budget. The organization this year spent about what it did last year on entertainment, said DeAnna Korte, executive director. That was $650,000-$700,000. Obviously, Riverfest isn’t aiming to be a Coachella or Austin City Limits Festival. It’s run by a nonprofit organization that is supposed to put on an event with broad appeal and something for most everyone in a small-ish Southern state, while maintaining an affordable ticket price. Yes, Hangout Music Fest had a great lineup this year. It was also $230 for a three-day pass.

That said, tickets to Riverfest have been purchased in 35 states total, so the appeal is not strictly local or even regional. Early discounted tickets for Riverfest started at $10 for a three-day pass and went up to $17.50. If there are even one or two bands you’d like to see, that is indisputably a bargain. Even the full gate price of $35 is a deal. And there are also plenty of free activities for families in the KidZone and Family Zone areas. But have the organizers ever considered doubling or tripling the ticket price, and therefore the music budget? “We reevaluate every year and those conversations have come up,” Korte said. “I think at some point what it comes back to is, we want to offer something for everybody. I think once you raise that ticket price, you become strictly a music festival.” And Riverfest is more than just music. For instance, if you haven’t checked out the Super

Retriever Series, you are missing out. It’s like a longjump for dogs but with a huge tank of water instead of sand, and it’s awesome. The Baggo tournament should be a good time as well. There are teams from as far away as Sacramento, Calif., coming in to compete. New this year: The Museum of Discovery will be open during Riverfest for the first time in years, with discounted admission. Also, The Stickyz Music Tent is now the Stickyz Music Stage (read more about it on page 26). “It is going to be located between the amphitheater stage and the Bud Light stage down in what I call the grassy knolls at the Clinton Center, close to the Bill Clark wetlands,” Korte said. “It’ll be a really nice atmosphere; you can throw a blanket down. We’ve got some really great music on that stage.” The full music lineup is available on page 20. The schedule for other activities is available at riverfestarkansas.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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9:45 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center) Arkansas loves us some Chris Daughtry. The former “American Idol” contestant has played here in The Natural State several times in the last couple of years. And while he’s not drawing quite the crowds he was a few years ago (Verizon Arena in 2009, Robinson Center in 2012), Daughtry seems to have settled into a comfortable space in the contemporary rock landscape: not as popular as whatever the flavor-of-themonth might be, but with an enduring fan base that very much digs his earnest brand of stadium-ready alt-rock bombast. So take that, Taylor Hicks. Daughtry and crew have been on a multi-leg tour this year with Mississippi bubble-grunge stalwarts 3 Doors Down.

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8 p.m., Miller Lite Stage (First Security Amphitheatre) Rodney Atkins has paid his music biz dues and then some. The Tennessee native signed his first record deal in 1997, but only really broke through seven years later in 2004, with “Honesty (Write Me a List),” which hit No. 4 on the country singles chart. The title track from his 2011 album, “Take a Back Road,” went to No. 1. The singer mined familiar country music territory for “Back Road”: relationships (“She’s a Girl,” “She’d Rather Fight”), small-town living (the title track, “Growing Up Like That”), family (“Family,” “He’s Mine”) and so forth. Atkins’ tunes are mostly of the pop/Southern rock hybrid that’s more or less dominated Nashville for the last several years.

DARIUS RUCKER

9:30 p.m., Miller Lite Stage (First Security Amphitheatre) Talk about your unlikely careers: Darius Rucker fronted ’90s alt-rock lite megastars Hootie & The Blowfish, whose biggest record, “Cracked Rear View,” sold 16 million copies, then he went solo with a mostly well-received R&B album, then he was like, “I’m going country,” and that caused some head-scratching on the part of nearly everyone. But then lo and behold, Rucker’s like a bona fide big-name country artist now. He signed to Capitol Nashville. His song “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” hit No. 1, and in October, Rucker joined the Grand Ole Opry. Rucker’s newest record, “True Believers,” is out this week. Expect to hear some fresh tunes off the new album.

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6 p.m., Miller Lite Stage (First Security Amphitheatre) As far as the award for “Band Most Likely to Have Throngs of Riverfest-ers Waving Their Hands in the KELLY ROWLAND: Plays Saturday night on the Miller Lite Stage.

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Air and Singing Along to the Chorus” goes, the smart money is on reggae/funk/pop veterans Sugar Ray performing their breezy 1997 hit “Fly.” It’s the sort of indelible, powerfully mindless pop tune that has soundtracked millions of laid-back frat boy bro-downs and Smirnoff Ice-fueled girls-nights-out over the years. Not that one should expect a huge degree of sophistication from a band whose first album was called “Lemonade and Brownies” and whose most recent collection bears the title “Music for Cougars.” Singer Mark McGrath is, of course, ultracharming and hunky in a bleached-blonde So-Cal kind of way. He’s also probably logged more hours on VH-1’s “I Love the Whatevers” than anyone short of Michael Musto.

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Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry proves that some sounds will never, ever, ever die, namely, classic rock. That’s the framework to which the band adds Pantera-esque groove, post-grunge yowling, Skynyrd-style swagger, a bit of hair-metal balladry and just a touch of mainstream country. The band’s latest album, “Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea” (2011), embodies the Black Stone Cherry ethos. You’ve got your strutting riff-monster opening track (“White Trash Millionaire”), your breakup anthem (“In My Blood”), your baby-please-don’t-go ballad (“Stay”), your small-town family tribute (“Like I Roll”). And you’ve got two tracks (“Blame it on the Boom Boom” and “Let Me See You Shake”) that, without question, should absolutely be on the playlist of any selfrespecting Southern strip-club DJ.

BUSH

9:30 p.m., Miller Lite Stage (First Security Amphitheatre) Bush is the rare British band that was enormously popular in the U.S., but only moderately successful in the U.K. It also provided a cautionary example of the often profound differences that exist between U.S. and U.K. slang, but everybody over here pretty much got over that. The group was often derided as one of the many “Nirvanabes” that sprouted up in the wake CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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of the grunge titan’s success. And for sure, the similarities between the two bands were hard to ignore, but Bush soldiered on longer — and sold many more albums — than most of its contemporaries. Its debut, “Sixteen Stone,” sold more than 6 million copies on the strength of hits like “Glycerine” and “Comedown.” Heck, remix album “Deconstructed” (1997) went gold. The band called it quits back in aught-two, but studly frontman (and husband of Gwen Stefani) Gavin Rossdale reformed the band with mostly new members in 2010, releasing the Bob Rock-produced “The Sea of Memories” in 2011.

KELLY ROWLAND

8:30 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center) How awesome was Kelly Rowland’s speech last week inducting the great Donna Summer into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Rowland positively gushed, exuding adoration for the late disco queen and for the abiding power of music in general. It was clear from her speech that Summer was an enormous influence on the former Destiny’s Child member. That inspiration is also apparent from listening to Rowland’s 2011 album, “Here I Am,” which boasts several of the type of dance-floor-diva tracks Summer pioneered. Rowland recently released a single from her forthcoming album “Talk a Good Game,” out June 18. The sparse, spare “Dirty Laundry” dishes candidly on Rowland’s feelings of envy over her own solo career not reaching the stratospheric heights of Beyonce. If this song is any indication of how good the new album will be, Rowland might not have any reason to lament being in her friend and bandmate’s shadow anymore. She’s also just signed a deal to become a judge on the U.S. version of “The X Factor,” a role she handled in the U.K. series in 2011.

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7:45 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)

Florida Georgia Line — a twosome made up of a dude from Florida (Brian Kelley) and another from Georgia (Tyler Hubbard) — plays the sort of goodtime pop-country that was engineered specifically for going muddin’, swimming in the crik with a 30-pack of Keystone Light on the tailgate, driving over to pick up your gal for a date (and hoping she wears them real short cutoffs), doing shots with your best buds at The Electric Cowboy and so forth. It might be light on substance, but it’s heavy on rural-type party vibes and even has a bit of rapping (“It’z Just What We Do”) and autotune (“Dayum Baby”).

DIERKS BENTLEY

9:45 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center) Dierks Bentley is no stranger to these shores, having performed in Arkansas a couple-three times in recent years. The Arizona native’s career caught on in 2003 with bluegrass-tinged country-rocker “What Was I Thinkin’,” which went to No. 1 on the country chart and had enough crossover appeal to reach No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bentley embodies the comfy, pop-savvy middle ground of contemporary country music. He’s not as rock-informed as Jason Aldean nor as self-consciously “outlaw” as Eric Church, but he’s nowhere near as milquetoast-pop as Rascal Flatts. Bentley is to country in 2013 what Bon Jovi was to hard rock in 1987. CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

7:30 p.m., Miller Lite Stage (First Security Amphitheatre) There are probably more than a few people who’ll come to Riverfest solely on account of the fact that Drive-By Truckers are playing. That could be said of other acts on the lineup as well. But the Truckers have earned what’s got to be one of the more dedicated followings of any currently operational rock outfit, on the strength and consistent high quality of their huge back catalog. “Literate” is one

of those descriptors that gets applied to the Truckers pretty regularly, which seems like a bit of a lazy way of saying that the band writes songs that are rich with a storyteller’s detail and inhabited by a midsize city’s worth of fully formed characters who experience the full spectrum of emotions. Another great thing about the band: The guitars sound purely awesome. One thing is for sure: The Truckers’ audience will be one of the most raucous and singing-along-with-every-word-est crowds of the whole festival. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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9:30 p.m., Miller Lite Stage (First Security Amphitheatre) For music lovers of a certain vintage, Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” was simply inescapable. Though he’d been playing for some time (notably with Humble Pie), Frampton hadn’t quite hit the bigtime until that 1976 double LP sold 6 million copies in the U.S. alone and became the biggest-

selling live album of all time, a distinction it held for a decade, until it was eclipsed by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s live box set “Live/197585.” Shortly after his Riverfest concert, Frampton will depart on “Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour,” a two-month excursion in which the classic rocker will share the stage with a ton of other guitar greats, including Robert Cray, Steve Cropper, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Chairman of the Board himself, B.B. King.

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day, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and run through the close of the last event each day.

ADMISSION: Riverfest 2013 threeday discounted tickets will be available at select Walgreen’s locations around the state. These tickets will be sold for $17.50 (while supplies last). Admission at the gates is $35 for a three-day pass, cash only. Online tickets can be purchased for $30. Tickets ordered online will be held at the Will Call Tent on President Clinton Avenue in front of the Museum of Discovery. Children ages 6 and younger get in free with a paying adult. There is a VIP package available for $500, which includes two full passes with access to VIP pavilions for the weekend, complimentary Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola and wine throughout the weekend, complimentary dinner each evening and complimentary Yarnell’s ice cream (while supplies last), reserved seating in the First Security Amphitheatre and a print/poster of the Riverfest 2013 Festival artwork.

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Private parking is available around the festival area for various fees. The Little Rock Riverfest shuttle will depart from the east side of War Memorial Stadium at Markham and Van Buren streets in Little Rock and will drop off on La Harpe Avenue behind the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Building. Riverfest return shuttles to War Memorial will pick up in Little Rock where they dropped off. The North Little Rock shuttle will pick up at the North Little Rock High School north parking lot and will drop off at Third and Kumpuris streets at the Clinton Presidential Center. Return shuttles to North Little Rock will pick up at Third and Kumpuris where they dropped off. Shuttle prices are $3 round trip, or $2 if you bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Arkansas Food Bank Network. Shuttle hours start at 5:30 p.m. Fri-

PURCHASES: Most purchases require RiverMoney, which can be purchased with cash only at any Arvest RiverBank located throughout the festival site. RiverMoney is non-refundable and must be used for all Riverfest purchases except souvenir items, some artwork and River Market purchases. WHAT NOT TO BRING: Coolers, outside beverages and food, Camelbacks, audio recording equipment with an external microphone, cameras with detachable lenses, video recorders, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, rollerskates, rollerblades, cane umbrellas and any and all weapons (including pocket knives). Unless specifically trained to assist the disabled, pets are not allowed into the festival.

FIRST AID: Riverfest offers two first-aid stations, one located near First Security Amphitheatre and the other in Clinton Presidential Park. RIVERFEST RECYCLES: Riverfest’s recycling program encourages festival-goers to collect recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Festival-goers can participate by returning collection bags (available at the festival kiosks throughout the grounds) for a chance to win prizes, including Riverfest merchandise.

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become a member of the arkansas arts center today and enjoy a free members-only preview and reception on june 6 at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and English Heritage and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Artsand the Humanities with additional funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane. This event is presented in Arkansas by Bank of the Ozarks, Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. and the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The event is sponsored in Arkansas by Chucki and Curt Bradbury, Sandra and Bob Connor, Remmel T. Dickinson and Lisenne Rockefeller.

FOOD DRIVE: Riverfest has teamed up with the Arkansas Foodbank Network to collect nonperishable food items throughout the weekend. Everyone who brings a donation to one of the seven food collection points will receive a coupon for a free Coca-Cola drink. The festival also offers $1 off shuttle rides in exchange for donations at the Little Rock and North Little Rock shuttle points. www.arktimes.com

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Papa John’s Eat-In Tent

Hardee’s Exhibit

Verizon Karaoke Stage

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INTERNATIONAL REGGAE: Singer Richie Spice headlines the Stickyz Music Stage Sunday night at Riverfest.

MOVING TO THE EAST SIDE Stickyz Music Tent becomes Stickyz Music Stage at Riverfest. BY ROBERT BELL

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fter a couple of years of local and rising national acts playing in the Stickyz Music Tent underneath the Broadway Bridge, the venue-within-a-venue will make a move east this year from the tent to an outdoor stage near the Clinton Presidential Center. The Times recently caught up with Stickyz co-owner Chris King, who filled us in on what to expect from the new Stickyz Music Stage. Be sure to check out the full lineup of great local, regional and even international acts on page 20.

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we were doing, typically there was a large gathering of people outside of the tent and they just decided it was time to find a bigger space for it. It’s going to be down by the Bill Clark Wetlands? Yeah, it’s going to be just east of the I-30 overpass there, right on the river. If you’re familiar with the area, it kind of creates a natural amphitheater-type environment because it’s sloped down to the river right there on two sides, and so the stage is going to be down at bottom. It’s going to be pretty cool. It’s going to be in a little pocket there between the two main stages and it’s going to be a real high traffic area for it. Are you excited? Really excited. I think it’s a great

placement for it. I was excited when they told me that’s where it was going to move, because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past that area and thought, “Oh, it’d be cool to do a little show down there sometime.” So it just worked out and they get all the credit for having the idea. What size stage are we talking? Will it be similar to what was in the tent? Yes. The actual physical stage size itself won’t be much larger than what it was in the tent. The difference is really going to be the sight lines, coming from a tent, where you really had to be inside to be able to see what was going on, to removing the lid and actually putting it there in more of an open-air space. It’s really going to give a lot more exposure

than we’ve had previously. What about lineup this year? What are you excited about? I’ll tell you, I’m really excited about Richie Spice coming in. I say that because this is the third year that I’ve been booking a lot of the acts with Riverfest, and I’ve tried to get an international reggae act every year and I’m so excited that it finally worked out. Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, another act I’m excited about, bringing in some jump blues from Chicago. In addition to bringing in a lot of the strong locals that we’ve got onboard, we like to look for more niche-y type musical genres for the Stickyz Stage, maybe something that’s not necessarily represented on the main stages. So we’re able to pull off the reggae show, the blues show, we’re bringing Ana Sia in for an electronic dance show. I’m really excited about the Ho Hum reunion. Those shows are too few and far between. Is there anything else that’s going to be different with your operation this year or any other things you’re looking forward to? You know, the fact that it’s a larger stage setup, that’s the real excitement that we’ve got for this year. That, coupled with the fact that it’s going to be 15-20 degrees cooler than it was last year.

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A&E NEWS WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GOOD COCKTAIL, RIGHT? And who doesn’t love “Jersey Boys,” the Tony- and Grammy-winning jukebox musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons? Say, here’s an idea: what if the Arkansas Times was to have a contest for the best “Jersey Boys”-inspired cocktail, and give the winner a pair of tickets to see the musical June 19 at Robinson Center Music Hall, plus entry to the official after-party at Boscos, where that person’s winning cocktail would be served? Sound keen? Bet. Here’s the deal: email your cocktail recipe to tiffany@arktimes.com and put “JERSEY BOYS COCKTAIL” in the subject line. We’ll select the most promising recipes, then your trusty and (very) seasoned Times cocktail experts will try them out and anoint a winner. The contest is open through June 6, and the usual caveats apply (no Times employees, don’t scalp the tickets, etc.). Feel free to get all crazy and “mixologist” with this thing, but know that if your recipe is too out-there, calling for emulsified durian oil or pulverized fresh loganberries or something else that no self-respecting bartender has ever heard of, then you might not win. Cool? OK. Aaaand... go!

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BY ROBERT BELL

THURSDAY 5/23

FLOWING ON THE RIVER

5:30 p.m. River Market Pavilions. $35.

This looks to be a fine way to get yourself in the Riverfest spirit: A wine and craft beer tasting the night before things kick off. You can mill about the River Market Pavilions and sample from an array of beverages while experts, including Bruce Cochran of Custom Beverage, fill you in on all of the interesting tidbits and tasting notes of each beverage and their respective vintners and brewers. And what would a booze tasting be without some delectable nosh to accompany it? Providing

hors d’oeuvres will be Blue Coast Burrito, Your Mama’s Good Food, Bray Gourmet, Brenda J. Majors Catering, Palette Catering, Newk’s Express Cafe, Boscos, Cabot Cafe and Cake Corner, Sufficient Grounds Cafe, Cheers in the Heights and J&M Foods. FreeVerse Duo provides the live musical entertainment. Also of note, this event is a fundraiser for Argenta Community Theater’s upcoming ACTing Up Summer Camp, which will provide students in grades K-8 with the opportunity to learn about stagecraft, theater, film and filmmaking. There are a small number of scholarships available. Find out more at ArgentaCommunityTheater.com.

FRIDAY 5/24

MAD NOMAD

9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.

LOUISIANA NATIVE: Mary Gauthier plays at White Water Tavern Thursday.

THURSDAY 5/23

MARY GAUTHIER

9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $20.

I’ve listened to and loved plenty of sadly beautiful music in my time: Leonard Cohen, Cat Power, Nick Drake, Townes Van Zandt, Jackson C. Frank. All of those folks have made timeless records that have resonated on a deep emotional level. I have never been as emotionally wrecked as I was after listening to Mary Gauthier’s 2007 album “Between Daylight and Dark.” I fired the album up on the ol’ Spotify, thinking, “OK, what’s up next? Acclaimed folk singer/songwriter I’ve never listened to before. I’ll check out some of her tunes, play a few of them from throughout her catalog and write up a To-Do. No biggie.” What I heard stopped me from doing anything else other than listening and trying to keep my eyes from welling up, which had become a very tall order by the time the final strains of the last song, “Thanksgiving,” were ringing out. I listened to the entire album start-to-finish. The playing is masterful, the instrumentation full and rich but never overshadowing Gauthier’s extraordinary voice, which 28

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is smoky and smoldering one moment, clear and high the next. And of course, the songs are just devastating. I started to listen to Gauthier’s 2010 album “The Foundling,” which has to be her most personal work. But by the time I got to the second song, “Mama Here, Mama Gone,” it was frankly just too much to take. It’s not maudlin, it’s neither selfpitying nor over-the-top nor anything else that might diminish its power and thus make it easier to withstand. It’s a simple, beautiful, utterly devastating song that becomes truly wrenching if you know Gauthier’s backstory, of her troubled upbringing and how she finally made contact with her birth mother later only to be denied a meeting. But Gauthier never wallows in misery. She faces down some of the most painful feelings imaginable with honesty and grace. A lot of very good singer/songwriters have come through in the last few years. Very few have been close to the stature of Mary Gauthier. I believe she deserves to be counted among the ranks of the great. This show is not to be missed. Winnipeg native Scott Nolan opens the all-ages show.

Mad Nomad is one of the newer entries on the Little Rock musicscape, having formed in September. But they’re not exactly taking the leisurely route, having already finished up their first full-length, the nine-song “Black Out,” available at this album-release show. The group plays an amped-up sort of indie rock that’s informed by the classics (Replacements, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr.) and unabashedly guitar-centric. They remind me a bit of the Springsteengone-punk sounds of Against Me! circa

“New Wave.” Most of the tunes are of the fist-pumping, triumphant sort, but they slow down the pace a bit on the Southern-rock-riffing “Me Tarzan, You Jane” and they break out the acoustic guitars on the wistful “When You Were Here.” The band includes Joe Holland, Jacob Mahan, Jesse Bell, Adam Hogg and Chris Honea. Hogg’s piano playing adds some nice texture to the guitar squall. The album, good on its own merits for sure, is also a promising indicator of things to come. Good-time party-rockers Booyah! Dad and The Bootheel of Springfield, Mo., will open the show.

RECORD RELEASE: Mad Nomad plays an album release show at White Water Tavern Friday.

IN BRIEF

THURSDAY 5/23

SATURDAY 5/25

7TH STREET UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL 1 p.m. 7th Street. $10.

Little Rock’s 7th Street has long held a special place in the city’s cultural landscape. Within a few blocks of each other, you’ve got The Weekend Theater, 7th Street Tattoos, Art Outfitters and Vino’s, all of which qualify as institutions at this

point. So what better way to celebrate the spirited artistic hub than with an annual festival featuring art, music, food, beer and more? An outdoor stage in the lot just east of 7th Street Tattoos will host a raft of bands and other entertainment, including magic tricks, sideshows, fire spinners, spoken word performances and music from Austin Jones and Smooth Spirit, Itinerant Locals, Go Fast!, Jab Jab Suckerpunch,

Peckerwolf and This Holy House. Inside Vino’s, they’ll be screening episodes of “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and other cartoons from 5-9 p.m., followed by live music from Flameing Daeth Fearies, Sam Walker, Neon Skin and Flint Eastwood. There will be beer, margaritas and carnival food vendors in the lot next to 7th Street Tattoos and Vino’s, naturally, will be serving up beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches and more.

SOUL SURVIVORS: Collective Soul plays at Timberwood Amphitheater Saturday.

SATURDAY 5/25

COLLECTIVE SOUL

8 p.m. Timberwood Amphitheater. $50-$60.

Magic Springs gets the live music rolling at Timberwood Amphitheater with a concert from erstwhile bubblegrunge megastars Collective Soul. The Georgia quartet has kept things rolling all these years. After splitting with Atlantic Records back in 2001, after several hits

and millions of units sold, Collective Soul came back in 2004 with “Youth,” which is a real head-scratcher for anybody who hadn’t thought about the band since “Shine” was blasting out of car stereos all over the country long about 1994. No lie: it sounds a hell of a lot like Bowie singing for, say, Supergrass (for real, singer Ed Roland sounds eerily similar to the Thin White Duke at times — eerily similar). They dialed the power-pop/glam sound

back a bit on subsequent albums, but Collective Soul is clearly a band that is much more than a one-hit-wonder grunge-lite nostalgia act. As with all the Timberwood concerts, the show is free with admission or $5-$10 for reserved seating. In other Magic Springs news: At 10 a.m., the park hosts a grand opening ceremony for its newest attraction, the four-story water complex Splash Island. Radio Disney star Tiffany Thornton will be there.

daries it raised, but also via the sinister otherworldliness of the characters, the stunning visual qualities of Kubrick’s dystopian vision and the groundbreaking soundtrack by the pioneering electronic musician Wendy Carlos. Based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel, it provoked enormous controversy on release, on account of its brutal violence, which is still shocking more than four decades

later. The film was censored in the U.S. and banned in the U.K. for decades. Though it was a hit with audiences and many critics, the film had notable detractors upon release (Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert among them) and does now as well. It’s definitely not for everybody, but any film buffs who haven’t watched “A Clockwork Orange” owe it to themselves to see it.

TUESDAY 5/28

VINO’S PICTURE SHOW: ‘A CLOCKWORK ORANGE’

7:30 p.m. Vino’s. Free.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 classic “A Clockwork Orange” is one of those works that stands out among its contemporaries and even among its creator’s massively influential oeuvre. The film left an indelible mark on the culture not only through the philosophical quan-

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse just opened its production of the touching yet funny “Steel Magnolias,” which runs 6 p.m.Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m. Wed. and 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sun., $15-$35. Folk-rock singer/songwriter Ben Robbins plays a free show at Maxine’s, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY 5/24

If you’re looking for something not quite so Riverest-y to do Friday night, The American Guild of Organists presents a recital to benefit the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., free, donations accepted. Texas-based blues-blaster Wes Jeans brings the 12-bar tube-amp jams to Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. The Sideshow Tragedy and Damn Arkansan offer an evening of Americana/roots rock at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Up in Fayetteville, A Concert for Campers has performances by John Henry & Friends, Brick Fields, Houston Hughes, Dividend and Joey Largent, with proceeds helping to send children to Camp Quest Oklahoma, Nightbird Books, 7 p.m., donations accepted. If you want to keep the good times going after things wind down at Riverfest, check out Lawler and Ewell’s 5th Annual Bday Bash with Raydar and Shaolin, Joe C, Noodles and JDawg, Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 adv., $10 day of. The Center for Artistic Revolution’s Rainbow Camp is a sure bet for LGBTQ and ally youth, Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, Friday-Monday.

SATURDAY 5/25

In Eureka Springs, the May Festival of the Arts continues with a concert from veteran folk duo Trout Fishing in America, The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Anyone with an interest in sustainable food systems and fighting against the forces of Big Ag will probably want to be at the March Against Monsanto at the Arkansas State Capitol, 1 p.m. Nashville indie-folk duo Elenowen (married couple Josh and Nicole Johnson who were on season one of NBC’s “The Voice”) play a free show at Juanita’s with Cliff Hutchison, 7 p.m. Maxine’s has an evening of burly rock, with Opportunist (featuring members of Holy Shakes), Booyah! Dad, Tiger High and Black Horse, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. In Fayetteville, space-rock riffmeisters Mothwind play an 18-and-older gig at The Lightbulb Club with locals Dying, $5. Psychpop quartet Tsar Bomba plays with Bombay Harambee at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. www.arktimes.com

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AFTER DARK Raydar and Shaolin. With Joe C, Noodles, JDawg. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 adv., $10 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Mad Nomad. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Ray Bridgemay (album release). Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. 20919 Denny Road. Riverfest. First Security Amphitheatre, May 24, 6 p.m.; May 25, 11 a.m.; May 26, 1 p.m., $35. 400 President Clinton Ave. The Sideshow Tragedy, Damn Arkansan. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Trey Johnson. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Wes Jeans. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com.

All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to calendar@arktimes.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 23

MUSIC

Ben Robbins. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Christine DeMeo. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Mary Gauthier, Scott Nolan. All-ages. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $20. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. newks.com. Moonshine Mafia (headliner), Chris DeClerk (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. New Music Test. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 21 and older, $10 20 and younger. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www.senortequila.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.

COMEDY

Tim Homayoon, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

HORSE PLAY: The Tony-winning “War Horse” comes to the Walton Arts Center Thursday through Sunday. See Theater listings for times. Tickets are $49-$63. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600. woodlawnshoppes.blogspot.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 24

MUSIC

American Guild of Organists recital. To benefit the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., free, donations accepted. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. 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. 501-2211620. www.1620savoy.com. A Concert for Campers. Performances by John Henry & Friends, Brick Fields, Houston Hughes, Dividend and Joey Largent, with proceeds helping to send children to Camp Quest Oklahoma.

Nightbird Books, 7 p.m., donations accepted. 205 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-2080. www.nightbirdbooks.com. Crash Meadows. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Ed Bowman (headliner), Darryl Edwards (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Hosty Duo, El Dude Brothers. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz. com. Jamie Lou Duo. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Jason Breaux Music. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Lawler and Ewell’s 5th Annual Bday Bash with

EVENTS

3 Lives Blood Drive. Remington College-Little Rock, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. 19 Remington Drive. 501-312-0007. www.remingtoncollege. edu. CALS Great Library Scavenger Hunt Day Party. Main Library, 6:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. www. cals.lib.ar.us. Flowing on the River. Craft wine and beer festival to benefit Argenta Community Theater’s ACTing Up Summer Camp. With music from FreeVerse Duo. River Market Pavilions, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. “How Can I Afford Retirement?” workshop. 6:30 p.m. Register at gfi.uark.edu. Oley E. Rooker Library, free. 11 Otter Creek Court. 501-907-5991.

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The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Tim Homayoon, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

DANCE

Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. www.blsdance.org. Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com.

EVENTS

Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-9682452 or email artscenter@centurytel.net. River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. www.arvartscenter.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. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street. Rainbow Camp. Camp for LGBTQ and ally youth. Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, May 24-27. 1720 Ferncliff Road. 501-821-3063. www. ferncliff.org.

BENEFITS

Organ recital by Scott Dettra. Benefit for the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., Free, but donations accepted. 509 Scott

COMEDY

The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Tim Homayoon, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.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

Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. “Going Back Home.” Events designed to recreate the atmosphere of Twin Groves during the Great Depression, when the library building was constructed, including talk by Holly Hope about the art and architecture of Silas Owens Sr., film loop of local storytellers talking about working with the WPA and growing up in Twin Groves, children’s games, picnic, concert, photography exhibit. Faulkner County Library Twin Groves Branch, 10 a.m. p.m. 10 Twin Groves. 501-335-8088. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market. Sixth and Scott Streets. 7 a.m. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. March Against Monsanto. Arkansas State Capitol, 1 p.m. 5th and Woodlane. Rainbow Camp. Camp for LGBTQ and ally youth. Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, through May 27. 1720 Ferncliff Road. 501-821-3063. www. ferncliff.org. Splash Island grand opening. Ceremony features Disney Channel star Tiffany Thornton. Magic Springs, 10:30 a.m., $30-$40. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. www. magicsprings.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 26

MUSIC

Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. www.lonestarsteakhouse.com. Riverfest. First Security Amphitheatre, 1 p.m., $35. 400 President Clinton Ave. Spring Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, May 26-June 1, $12 per day, $12 for overnight

EVENTS

Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. thebernicegarden.org. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Rainbow Camp. See May 25. Rock ‘n Stroll 5K. Registration closes half hour before race. Clinton School of Public Service, 9 a.m., $30-$35. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5200. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.

MONDAY, MAY 27

MUSIC

Irish Traditional Music Session. Open to all musicians, dancers and listeners. “SloPlay” session begins at 6 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, May 27, 7 p.m.; second and Fourth Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Palisades, 3D Arcade, Truth and Lies. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownmusichall.com. Spring Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through June 1, $12 per day, $12 for overnight camping. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501662-4918.

EVENTS

Rainbow Camp. See May 25.

TUESDAY, MAY 28

MUSIC

Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam Fundraiser. 7:30 p.m. Thirst n’ Howl. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Brian & Nick. 5:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. Monroe Crossing. Bluegrass, part of the San Damiano concert series. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m. 12415 Cantrell Rd. 501-613-7878. New York City Queens. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-3285556. www.bearsdenpizza.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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7th Street Underground Festival. Music, poetry and arts festival, with food, beer, sideshow attractions and more. Vino’s, 1 p.m.-1 a.m., $10. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Brian Ramsey. Flying Saucer, May 25, 9 p.m.; May 31, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501372-8032. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See May. 24. Collective Soul. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., free with admission or season pass, $5-$10 for reserved seating. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Damn Arkansan, The Lonely Wild. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www.bearsdenpizza.com. The Downs. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Elenowen, Cliff Hutchison. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., free. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Just Sayin’ (headliner), Jeff Kearney Duo (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. May Festival of the Arts: Trout Fishing in America. The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. Mayday by Midnight. All-ages show. Revolution, 10 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. Midas Coven. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Morning View. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Mothwind, Dying. 18-and-older. The Lightbulb Club, $5. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479444-6100. Opportunist, Booyah! Dad, Tiger High, Black Horse. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. 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. Riverfest. First Security Amphitheatre, May 25, 11 a.m.; May 26, 1 p.m., $35. 400 President Clinton Ave. 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. Stiff Necked Fools, Interstate Buffalo. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.

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stickyz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Trout Fishing in America. The Auditorium, 7 p.m. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. Tsar Bomba, Bombay Harambee. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. You Me and Everyone We Know, Squid the Whale, The Orphan The Poet. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Spring Bluegrass Festival. See May 27. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Unscene Patrol, Sick Sarcasm, Kyle Thurman Band. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com.

DANCE

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. www.littlerocksalsa.com.

EVENTS

Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. www.rivermarket.info.

Science Cafe: The Illusion of Time. The Afterthought, 7-9 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock.

FILM

Vino’s Picture Show: “A Clockwork Orange.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.

LECTURES

“The Saps at the Battle of Vicksburg.” Brian Brown speaks at Civil War Roundtable monthly meeting. Second Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio Missions. Dickey-Stephens Park, May 28-30, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

MUSIC

Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Becoming the Archetype, Bermuda, The Burial.

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Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jocko. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila (Maumelle Blvd.), 7 p.m., free. Senor Tequila (Maumelle Blvd.), May 29, 7 p.m.; June 12, 7 p.m.; June 26, 7 p.m. 9847 Maumelle Blvd., NLR. 501-758-4432. Spring Bluegrass Festival. See May 27. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.

COMEDY

Christine Stedman, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, May 29-30, 7:30 p.m.; May 31-June 1, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­ di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com.

DANCE

Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub.

POETRY

Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows. html.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio Missions. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.

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Auditions for “Spamalot.” Rehearsals are June 8-July 11, with performances from July 12-28. The Weekend Theater, Sat., May 25, 10 a.m.; Sun., May 26, 6 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-3743761. www.weekendtheater.org. “Scooby-Doo! Live Musical Mysteries.” ScoobyDoo and the gang have been called in to help solve an epic mystery in Northwest Arkansas. Walton Arts Center, Tue., May 28, 6 p.m.; Wed., May 29, 3 and 6 p.m., $19-$76. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Steel Magnolias.” Comedy about six Southern women who meet at a local beauty parlor to discuss their lives. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse,

AFTER DARK, CONT. through June 9: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “War Horse.� A horse named Joey and a young man called Albert form an unbreakable bond that carries them through the battlefields of World War I. Contains scenes of war that might not be suitable for youngsters. Walton Arts Center, Thu., May 23, 2 and 7 p.m.; Fri., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 25, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., May 26, 2 p.m., $49-$63. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,� photographs by Gordon Watkinson, May 24-Sept. 22; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,� Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Stirring the Soul of History,� newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams, unveiling 5:30-8 p.m. May 30 in celebration of museum’s 5th anniversary, third floor auditorium; “Forty Years of Fortitude,� exhibit on Arkansas’s AfricanAmerican legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 6833593. HOT SPRINGS GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Splash of Glass: A James Hayes Art Glass Installation,� 225 pieces of art glass in 13 areas of the garden, through September. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 501262-9300. EUREKA SPRINGS ARTIFACTS GALLERY, 37 Spring St.: Jimmy Leach, paintings, reception 1 p.m. May 25. ARVEST BANK, 151 E. Van Buren: “Meet the Artist,� 4-6 p.m. May 23. BASIN PARK ART FAIR: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. May 25. CHELSEA’S CORNER CAFE, 10 Mountain St.: “Drink and Draw with Robert Norman,� 7-11:45 p.m. May 29. EUREKA SPRINGS MUSIC PARK, North Main Street: Opening of park, 10:45-11:45, music 2-6 p.m. May 25. EUREKA THYME, 19 Spring St.: Ceramics by Ken Starbird, fabric art by Sandy Starbird, 1-9 p.m., artist reception 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. May 25. FUSION SQUARED, 84 Spring St.: Bev Rinehart, 3-7 p.m. May 25. JEWEL BOX GALLERY, 40 Spring St.: Photographs by Melanie Myhre, 2-5 p.m. May 25. 479-253-7826. STUDIO 62, 335 W. Van Buren: “Art as Prayer,� 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Wed. 479-363-9209.

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The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational� through June 7. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 35

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BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5816 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Arkansas Artists & Their Works,” sculpture by Andy Huss, raku vessels by Winston Taylor, collaborative works by Megan Chapman and Stewart Bremner, paintings by Missy Wilkinson. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25; “No I’m Not, He Is: A ‘Flying Snake’ and ‘Oyyo’ Comic Retrospective,” drawings by Michael Jukes, through May 26. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: 22nd annual “Southern Watercolorists Special Open Membership Exhibit,” through June 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Dream Weavers.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: Arkansas League of Artists’ “Spring Members Show,” juried exhibition, through June 28. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “A Spring Celebration,” featured artist Gino Hollander, through May. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Prehistoric Daydreams,” recent work by Brad Cushman and Amy Edgington, through July 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Kinfolk and the Apothecary Dream,” drawings and collages of the artist’s family with images of the Elaine race riot by Angela Davis Johnson, through June. 663-2222. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Glennray Tutor, Pinkney Herbert, Guy Bell, Ed Rice, John Hartley, Robyn Horn, Daniel Blagg, Rebecca Thompson and others, through July 9. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Beautiful Uprising,” new woodcuts by LaToya Hobbs, through June 8. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Backyard Birds,” through May. 660-4006. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Robin Parker, featured artist for May. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “Relic,” new work by Emily Galusha, also work by Lisa Krannichfeld and Dan Thornhill. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: “Cityscapes,” paintings by Marty Smith; gourds by Dawn Clark. STUDIOMAIN, 1423 Main St.: “From Bauhaus to Our Haus,” 20th century architecture. TERRY HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY, 7th and Rock Sts.: “Learning to See: Students of Stephen Cefalo,” 46 figurative works by the artist’s students at UALR and the Arts Center, through June 2. 765-7688. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK:

‘OUTSIDE AN OUNFO’: Phyllis Galembo’s photograph and other artworks related to Haitian vodou, including mid-20th century vodou banners encrusted with sequins, libation bottles and portraits of practitioners, are on exhibit at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Fine Arts Center in a show called “Sacred Symbols in Sequins.” The exhibition runs through July 26. “Sacred Symbols in Sequins,” sequined Vodou flags, banners, portraits, bottles, through July 26, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977.

TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORARY SALON OF FINE ART, 204 Exchange St.: Paintings by regional and Arkansas artists. 501-624-0516.

BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” through May 28, $12 non-members ages 19 and up; 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.

ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Reflected by Three: William Detmers, Scott Lykens and G. Tara-Casciano,” prints, ceramics, sculpture, through Aug. 4; “Painting in the Open Air: Day and Night,” paintings by Jason Sacran, through July 7, “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: JapaneseAmerican Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602.

HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Sheliah Halderman, Teresa Widdifield, paintings, through May. BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Ra ku (noun): Definition — pleasure/comfort/ contentment,” ceramics by Kelly Edwards; new work by Mark Hatfield, through May. 501-3182787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas’ Historic Structures,” work from the “Plein Air Festival,” through May. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: “Fresh Paint,” new work by René Hein, Dolores Justus, Rebecca Thompson and Emily Wood, through June 1. 501-321-2335. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Fabio Inverni, paintings. 501-318-4278. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 626 Central Ave.: “Hot Springs Plein Air Festival Exhibition,” through June 2. 501-624-0489.

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CAR Presents The Ninth Annual Corazón Heart-Art Auction Boswell-Mourot Fine Art

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Onward and upward, downtown Little Rock Film Festival move worked well. BY LINDSEY MILLAR

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f anyone was skeptical of the Little Rock Film Festival’s move away from a cineplex in Riverdale to downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock, surely their doubts were assuaged after this year’s fest. Festival organizers estimated that more than 25,000 had ventured out for the 80 films that screened at downtown venues on each side of the river. That number is slightly more than last year’s attendance — a strong count for a seven-year-old, mid-sized festival when one of the biggest, Sundance, draws around 45,000. This year’s festival demonstrated that a winning formula could be improved. The two main theaters, Argenta Community Theater and The Rep, could comfortably accommodate far greater crowds than the largest primary theaters of festivals past and,

since they and other venues screened one film or program at a time, lines were manageable and rare. Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Rep turns out to be an excellent movie theater. The seating is plush and the projector screen supplied by the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI) was ample. The biggest coup of the festival — and perhaps the one least noticed by a sizeable chunk of the attendees — also came courtesy of the AMPI and its executive director, Courtney Pledger. She convinced fellow Little Rock native Brad Simpson, a producer on films like “World War Z” and “Far From Heaven,” to come to the festival and bring along Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon, the young stars of the terrifically popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films, which Simpson also produced. A 10 a.m. screening of the latest film in the

MOVIE REVIEW series filled the 370-seat Rep Theatre and a meet-and-greet and autograph session at the Little Rock Zoo drew nearly 1,000 people. That sort of populist programming is important for the future growth of the festival. (It’ll have plenty of room to grow with its 325-seat Arcade theater, set to open in fall, in addition to the Rep and the ACT next year.) But the LRFF will always be focused on putting the smaller, headier fare on a pedestal. Sometimes it even draws crowds to rival mainstream movies. “Bridegroom,” the latest doc from honorary Arkansan Linda BloodworthThomason, won the Arkansas Times Audience Award. It’s about Shane Bitney Crone, who lost Tom Bridegroom, the love of his life, in an accident. I missed it, but Max Brantley wrote warmly about it on the Arkansas Blog. “It is a story about the travails of a same-sex couple deprived of rights others enjoy (visiting a loved one in a hospital, for example), along with the simple hazards of being gay in some families and some places. Hard to see how this story wouldn’t touch just about anyone.” The film also won the audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival, where Bill Clinton introduced it. Crone, in accepting the audience award at the LRFF, said Clinton had shared with him his passion for Arkansas and Little Rock and, after his reception at the festival, he understood why. Another modest movie that had people buzzing was “Short Term 12,” the opening night film that won the festival’s Golden Rock Award for Narrative Feature. It’s sly, funny and gutpunching-ly sad, the rare fiction film about troubled kids that feels honest. The acting is as good as I’ve seen this year. Two of the young stars, Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield, came for the opening night post-screening Q&A, which I moderated. They were joined by director Destin Daniel Cretton, who came to the festival last year with another movie. He’s an object lesson in the dividends the LRFF’s hospitality pays. He had a good time last year, so he agreed to screen “Short Term 12” in Little Rock immediately following an award-winning premiere at SXSW and then stuck around for four more days for the full festival experience. With more positive buzz at festivals, “Bridegroom” and “Short Term 12” could be mainstream hits. The winners of the festival’s two cash prizes are more likely films you wouldn’t see outside of a film fest. “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker,” the stunning documentary profile of a man Dr. John called “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie

piano genius New Orleans has ever produced,” took home the $10,000 Oxford American Award for Best Southern Film. It was a great year for unconventional music documentaries. “Maharajah” deftly deconstructed Booker’s playing through demonstrations from the likes of Harry Connick Jr., while also setting a mood of dark, funky mania with wonderfully strung together archival footage of not just Booker, but of ’70s era New Orleans. The Levon Helm documentary, “Ain’t in It for My Health,” which drew a strong crowd for its one showing, eschewed the talking head approach almost entirely in favor of a naturalistic portrait of Helm at work and rest. The scene of him and regular collaborator Larry Campbell humming and strumming, trying to puzzle out how to finish a long-lost Hank Williams song, was one of the best moments of the festival for me. I missed “These Birds Walk,” the winner of the inaugural Heifer International Social Impact Film Award, which also came with a $10,000 prize. It’s about Pakistani humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi and the runaway children he cares for. In our preview last week, David Ramsey called it “more tone poem than traditional documentary,” but said that filmmakers Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq “have the documentarian’s knack for unflinching observation — the portrayal of childhood is startlingly intimate.” I missed most of the Arkansas films, too, but it’s heartening to see feature-length films like Juli Jackson’s “45RPM,” which won the Made in Arkansas Best Feature prize (see all of the prize winners on page 27), included. This was the first year that prize was presented. If memory serves, that’s because there’ve been next to no feature-length films shot in Arkansas that made the festival. Like the LRFF, Arkansas film appears to be ascendant. I happily didn’t miss many of the parties. As in years past, they were grand affairs. Who likes free food and booze in unique settings (the Junction Bridge, the vacant 17th floor of the Bank of America building)? Most everyone. With cars and drivers ready to drive filmmakers to the next venue and free hotel rooms throughout downtown (the folks from “Short Term 12,” who stayed at the Capital Hotel, made a short stop-motion clip on the Twitter app Vine thanking the festival for the “nicest room we’ve ever stayed in”), word of the LRFF as the premier filmmaker’s film festival is likely to keep spreading. That bodes well for us festivalgoers.

Beers to 40 Years The Friends of KLRE/KUAR Board of Directors invite you to a special fundraising party to celebrate 40 years of public radio in central Arkansas.

Thursday, May 30th 6 – 9 pm Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock Proceeds from the “Beers to 40 Years” Anniversary Celebration will support the 40th Anniversary Equipment Fund. Tickets cost $40 and are available at kuar.org

hearsay ➥ Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and it’s right around the corner. It’s a fun time when families and friends gather to celebrate with backyard barbecues, boat excursions and other outdoor activities. It’s also an opportunity for all of us to help keep our community safe. As fellow citizens, GOLDEN EAGLE OF ARKANSAS and its employees are renewing their pledge to be or use a designated driver over Memorial Day weekend and any time alcohol is part of their plans. Be safe and do the same. ➥ INDIGO, located in Park Plaza Mall, has a buy one, get one free sale on all swimwear pieces. Hurry in before it’s too late! ➥ If you loved Russellville native Natalie Canerday’s protrayal as the young boy’s mother in the movie “Sling Blade,” then don’t miss her in “Steel Magnolias” at MURRY’S DINNER PLAYHOUSE. The show runs from now until June 15. For tickets, call 501-562-3131. ➥ David Sedaris, author of “Holidays on Ice” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” as well as many other national bestsellers, will be at the WEST LITTLE ROCK BARNES & NOBLE for a reading at 6 p.m. May 28. He’ll be reading excerpts from his latest book “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.” To attend, you must buy your book in the store that day and pick up a ticket. If you buy it at another Barnes & Noble location, you must show your receipt. For more information, call 501-954-7646. ➥ With hardwood floors and crystal chandeliers, Little Rock’s new fashion truck, TRINITY.SIMONE, debuted on May 17 at the River Market Pavilion. The 20-foot “mobile boutique” features apparel, accessories, handbags and shoes. Though it does not yet have a set schedule or location, co-owner Erica Warren says the truck will be out and about once a month, likely at different locations around the city, and is available for private parties, with discounts for the hostess. Stay in the know at facebook.com/trinity.simone.boutique. www.arktimes.com

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‘STAR TREK’: Benedict Cumberbatch stars.

More aliens! New ‘Star Trek’ needs more space travel, but is otherwise a blast. BY SAM EIFLING

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irector J.J. Abrams has never, to my knowledge, made any bones about channeling his matineepopcorn hero, Steven Spielberg — and in the opening moments of “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” the protege manages to snare a couple of Spielberg classics in one scene. The crew of the Enterprise is distracting a primitive people on a faraway (and blissfully color-saturated) world while Spock (Zachary Quinto) sneaks into a volcano with a device that will prevent its eruption and spare the alien species. The natives’ chase of Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) is straight out of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” spears and all. When the crew defies the prime directive to steer the Enterprise out of the ocean and over the volcano to rescue Spock, and the natives begin reverently sketching the ship in the soil, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” feels its ears burning. That juxtaposition may not be Abrams announcing that he’s killing his idol, quite. But it helps to frame this sequel to his thrilling 2009 “Star Trek” reboot as somewhere in the happy nook between Indiana Jones and the wonder of deep space. When it finds that groove, “Into Darkness” brings all the adventure and panache of its predecessor. On balance, though, for as sparkly and gripping as it is, “Into Darkness” over-steers into a military-style revenge procedural. Too much of its dialogue belongs to humans. It sounds strange to say, maybe, but it stars too few planets. Kirk and Spock get disciplined for the volcano stunt, and just as Kirk is coming to grips with a demotion, a suicide bomber attacks a Federation building. The mastermind flees to Kronos, a Klingon stronghold — setting 38

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up a situation Kirk and his superior, Adm. Marcus (Peter Weller), diagnose as perilously tetchy. The Klingons have been itching for confrontation, and their so much as detecting the Enterprise could ignite conflict. The ship’s mission has always been one of exploration and ambassadorship — new worlds, new civilizations, all that — so when Kirk accepts a payload of experimental torpedoes to drop on an uninhabited slab of an alien world, we recognize this peace-loving people (us!) has been shoved toward war by a terrorist who flees to a forgotten corner of the map. The allegory isn’t hard to find here, and is only underscored when the final credits begin with a dedication to “9/11 veterans.” The original “Star Trek” series famously engaged the cultural milieu of its day (feminism, race relations, the Cold War) and in this, “Into Darkness” upholds the tradition. As the supervillain in question (giving you his name might spoil a little thrill), Benedict Cumberbatch, of the BBC’s “Sherlock,” radiates a savage menace; if the Federation is going to be creeping up to forbidden borders to rain missiles on the future’s equivalent of Waziristan, it might as well be to vaporize this fiend. Ignoring those pretensions, this is still a candy-coated space romp. Every shot inside the Enterprise glistens with psychedelic lens-flares, as though it were filmed inside a Christmas tree, through a frosted windowpane. The visual effects are bold and seamless. The action is reckless and innovative. This series could benefit from some more aliens already. Until that day (in 2016, when the next sequel arrives), these humans will tide us over.

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Danae Halstead Caribbean Science Foundation Barbados Conducting a program evaluation of STEM initiatives. Alex Handfinger Hope North Uganda Conducting a feasibility study leading to recommendations for acquiring food self-sufficiency. Maggie Hobbs Federal District Court Puerto Rico Examining the constitutional rights of Puerto Ricans for District of Puerto Rico within the Federal judicial system. Chet Howland Tiempo de Juego Colombia Conducting a feasibility study for revenue sources and job training programs. Angela Jimenez-Leon Colombian Ministry of Health Colombia Creating an online education initiative to increase awareness of Type 1 diabetes. Ashely Jones Habitat for Humanity Slovakia Investigating the feasibility of improving energy efficiency in housing. Immaculee Kayitare Village Life Outreach Project Tanzania Developing programs to increase economic development for rural women. Nate Kennedy Hope North Uganda Developing a long-term, sustainable arts and peace building curriculum. Lindsay Kuehn Legal Resources Kenya Translating previous legal research on dispute Foundation Trust resolution mechanisms into a practical tool. Amy Lafont Nuestra Escuela Puerto Rico Conducting green technology seminars for high school students. Chris Morgan Natural Doctors International Nicaragua Conducting a financial feasibility study for a water purification and distribution project. Marisa Nelson Habitat for Humanity Peru Conducting a financial feasibility assessment for Habitat’s ReStore retail shops. Roger Norman One England Evaluating a malnutrition awareness and advocacy campaign. Sean O’Keefe CARE Jordan Jordan Supporting the day-to-day needs of Syrian refugees relocated to Jordan. Abby Olivier Heifer International Nepal Implementing a value chain study for backyard poultry. Matt Orr Bamboo School Thailand Developing a foreign language curriculum for the Bamboo School that is modeled after the democratic approach to teaching. Ann Owen Habitat for Humanity Thailand Researching corporate partnership development. Tyler Pearson Heifer International Cambodia Implementing a value chain study for backyard poultry. Jacob Perry Moroccan Children’s Trust Morocco Evaluating interventions within targeted populations of street children. Gregg Potter Central Methodist Mission South Africa Developing programming to address food delivery to homeless populations. Katie Powell Heifer International Nepal Conducting impact assessment of social capital and women’s empowerment. Nick Provencher Clinton School United States Researching the feasibility of offering an International Development Certificate program within the Clinton School of Public Service. Lauren Remedios Heifer International India Implementing a value chain study of goats. Jenna Rhodes Natural Doctors International Nicaragua Developing an organic garden and farmer’s market program. Allie Rouse World Disaster Management United States  Creating a framework for pedagogy proficiency at Community College the World Disaster Management Community College. Aliyah Sarkar CARE International Jordan Supporting women’s economic development through a savings and loan association. Cathrine Schwader Heifer International India Implementing a value chain study of backyard poultry. Katt Slee Atlas Corps Colombia Supporting capacity building within her organization. James Stephens Youth Business Trust Belize Belize Developing a workshop for the mentoring of young entrepreneurs. Neena Viel Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Uganda Conducting an educational needs assessment. Josh Visnaw Peacework- Belize Ministry Belize Creating an evaluation framework and build of Education organizational capacity for existing programs within the Youth Development Strategic Plan Emily Wernsdorfer READ Nepal Nepal Developing a “training of trainers” module for READ’s women’s empowerment program and evaluate the effectiveness of READ’s women’s programs. 40

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HOPE FOR UGANDA, CONT. From page 10 community is angry, and the kid is scared.” Sam said that other groups who work with former child soldiers only aid them for a matter of weeks before sending them back to their community. Hope North partners with NGO health workers, pairing them with former child soldiers returning to their home communities. “So this kid becomes an important link for development and health,” Sam said. “He’s not seen now as the criminal who came and killed people, but as a savior.” Hope North currently has 285 students. Sam divides his time running the school and fundraising. “It’s very challenging to run a not-for-profit company in a country like Uganda because you’re always looking for money,” he said. Actors like Mary Louise Parker, Susan Sarandon and Forrest Whitaker help fund the school. (Sam, who acts, dances and plays music, appeared in “The Last King of Scotland” with Whitaker.) Other funds come from the proceeds from Sam’s speaking engagements and workshops like those he recently presented in Wisconsin. But Sam wants to see Hope North grow to become self-sufficient. Stan Luker, the second-year Clinton School student who just spent four months at Hope North as part of his Capstone Final Project, worked with Sam on strategic planning to that end. “Hope North has a lot of big ideas and a lot of people it can help, but it has very limited resources. What we tried to do was develop a plan with specifics, so Hope North can use its limited resources as best as it can,” Luker said. The school operates a small farm, a bakery that sells to students and the surrounding community and is planning on starting a soap-making project, which would allow it to market outside of the area. Expanding sales of artwork — like necklaces and paintings —is another goal. The four Clinton School students who just left for Uganda — Kathleen Brophy, Sarah Chapman, Alex Handfinger and Nate Kennedy — will try to expand those projects. Brophy and Handfinger will focus on food and water sustainability. Chapman will work on a feasibility study for the creation of a guest lodge at Hope North (it borders Kabarega National Park). Kennedy will develop arts curriculum. The idea, the Clinton School’s Fitzpatrick said, is for the school to provide a continuous presence. “Working together we can have a real sustainable impact.” At the same time, Brophy said the goal is to make the partnership unnecessary. “Our projects are all about working ourselves out of a job, making Hope North self-sufficient so they no longer rely on external funding.”

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THE LITTLE GREEK RESTAURANT FRANCHISE out of Florida, which describes its menu as Greek with an American touch, is taking over the site that housed Cheeburger Cheeburger in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road. The fast casual restaurant will feature Greek salads, lamb skewers, moussaka, gryos and hummus, etc.; diners will order from a counter and food will be brought to the table. Franchise owners Thad and Michelle Waugh hope to have the restaurant open in early July; they’re hiring between 20 and 30 people. The Greek salad, by the way, has nine ingredients, including two unusual ones: beets and a potatosalad mix. Company president Nick Vojnovic says the recipe comes from the Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Little Rock restaurant will be the 14th in the chain.

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1620 SAVOY The revamping of this enduring West Little Rock landmark restaurant has breathed considerable new life into 1620 Savoy. It’s a very different look and feel than the original, and the food is still high-quality and painstakingly prepared — a wide-ranging dinner menu that’s sure to please almost everyone. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. ADAMS CATFISH & CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. L Tue.-Sat. ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and such in this train-themed restaurant, where an elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate 42

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THE FOLD, the new taqueria and cocktail bar from Bart Barlogie and Wilson Brandt, opened this weekend in a renovated 1950s gas station at 3501 Old Cantrell Hill Road. The restaurant’s specialty is botanas — small plates, or snacks — and the bar will focus on Mezcal and hand-squeezed juices. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tue.-Thu. and Sun. and 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Phone number is 916-9706.

FLAVORFUL AND FRESH: Wings and tenders from Slim Chickens.

Slide into Slim’s Arkansas-born Slim Chickens does wings and tenders fresh and fast.

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n a world mostly ruled by big corporations, it takes some serious nuggets to open a franchise of small, regional chicken joints next to a longestablished outlet of that mega-chain famous for its 11 herbs and spices. It’s pretty much the equivalent of opening up your mom-and-pop discount store across from a Walmart Supercenter. It just doesn’t seem like a good strategy for long-term success. Don’t tell that to the owners of the new Little Rock outlet of Slim Chickens, a small Arkansas-born chain with nine locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma, which recently opened up on Markham across the street from the Colonel’s. They’re banking on the idea that if you make fresh, tasty, well-prepared chicken, people will literally drive right past KFC to get to it. Based on the crowds that have mobbed the place since it opened, it looks like Slim may be onto something. Started in Fayetteville in 2003, Slim Chickens has become a fixture in Northwest Arkansas, with two locations in Fayetteville and another in Rogers. Founded by three friends who were fed up with bland dishes made from thawed birds, the idea was to serve fresh, never-frozen chicken in a fast-casual restaurant setting.

Slim Chickens 4500 W. Markham 907-0111 slim-chickens.com

QUICK BITE Though this reviewer is usually not big on anything even moderately healthy, we’re planning on hitting one of Slim Chickens’ salad offerings soon, particularly its buffalo blues salad ($7.99) with buffalo tenders and crumbled bleu cheese, and your choice of dressing. When you put it that way, a salad doesn’t seem like a bad thing. HOURS 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. OTHER INFO All major CC, covered outdoor patio with picnic tables, no alcohol.

The menu is generous, but not unwieldy, sticking to the basics of tenders, wings, salads and sandwiches. The reviewer stopped in twice since it’s been open. On our first strut through Slim Chickens, we tried the Hungry Plate ($9.99), which features seven chicken tenders, Texas toast, French fries and two dipping sauces. For dipping, we tried the Slim’s Sauce and the Cayenne Ranch. On the side, we tried the fried mushrooms ($4.99).

The tenders certainly lived up to their billing as fresh and tasty: large, juicy strips, deep-fried a perfect golden brown in a thin, flavorful batter. They were certainly a heck of a lot better than you’re going to get next door at that place from Kentucky, as were the fries. That said, the Slim’s Sauce turned out to be a little weird for our taste — very salty, and with a strange, sweet undertone that oddly reminded us of grape jelly. The cayenne ranch was better, but dull; it could have stood a bit more cayenne and a bit less ranch. The whole button mushrooms were well-prepared, cooked firm and served hot, with a nice peppery breading. Slim Chickens is also known as a wing joint, so on a return trip, we tried the chicken wings, ponying up almost $10 for 10 wings after tax. That’s rich when it comes to a tiny chicken part that’s mostly bones, especially when they’re not being served by women in tight shirts, but we swallowed hard and pressed on. Like any wing joint worth its paprika, Slim Chickens offers its in several flavors, from mild all the way up to varieties that should come with a flame-retardant hazmat suit. Never one for public torture and having mostly lost our taste for heat back in college, we went with their mild wings. While the price burned us a bit, the wings turned out to be very good, tossed in a buttery spicy-but-not-hot sauce. Paired with a cup of ranch for dipping, they were a slippery, tasty mess, and made us glad we’d ordered them to go, if only for the easy access to a roll of paper towels and to save us the humiliation of having strangers see us drenched, hand and cheek, in nuclear-orange sauce. While we would have liked more wings for the money, we couldn’t complain about their preparation or flavor. All in all, Slim Chickens is a nice additon to the strip of restaurants along Markham between UAMS and University Avenue, especially for those looking for better, fresher chicken offerings than you’ll find at Chick-fil-A or KFC. It’s a bit pricier than either of those places (fast-food chicken, on average, costs more than a burger for some reason), but you get what you pay for. In short, we like it because it’s an Arkansas company, but we’ll be back for the same reason we return to any restaurant: because it tastes good. In a world of fast-food blandness, that’s something to crow about.

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lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000. LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-228-0444. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles - 30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2249500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BOOKENDS CAFE A great spot to enjoy lunch with friends or a casual cup of coffee and a favorite book. Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501- 918-3091. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2233000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in

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the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG’S CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. Open late. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1303. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint in the heart of North Little Rock’s Argenta district. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat.

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. (501) 945-9373. BLD daily. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. 4000 McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0387.

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LD Mon.-Sat. E’S BISTRO Despite the name, think tearoom rather than bistro — there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. Limited seating is available. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2440975. JASON’S DELI A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po’ boys and pitas), salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart healthy and light dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-8700. BLD daily. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES Illinois-based sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. 700 South Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-1600. LD daily. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants still in the same location and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-708-7203. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON Dark imitation roadhouse, with cowboy paraphernalia and the soft glow of beer signs. Cowboys will feel at home with the beef, which is good enough, but more like range beef than the rich, marbled stuff of high-dollar steakhouses. Big salads, too. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2278898. LD daily. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic CONTINUED ON PAGE 44

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MARIE’S MILFORD TRACK II Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. The Bavarian Reuben, a traditional Reuben made with Boar’s Head corned beef, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, Muenster cheese and marble rye, is among the best we’ve had in town. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily, BR Sun. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7536960. BL daily. NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE Gourmet sandwiches, salads and pizzas. 4317 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8826. LD daily. ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Upscale self-serve national yogurt chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-4522. LD daily. PACKET HOUSE GRILL Owner/chef Wes Ellis delivers the goods with an up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment that dresses up the historic house with a modern, comfortable feel. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. D Tue.-Sat. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “allnatural,” “non-fat,” “gluten-free” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals.

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The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 124 W. Capitol. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-3721009. BL Mon.-Fri. SUGIE’S Catfish and all the trimmings. 4729 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-5700414. LD daily. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. LD daily. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Smoothies, sandwiches and salads. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2242233. BLD daily; 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat.; 524 Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 246-3145. BLD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m.) 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-376-2233. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WAYNE’S FISH & BURGERS TO GO Offers generously-portioned soulfood plate lunches and dinners - meat, two sides, corn bread - for $6. 2221 South Cedar St. 501-663-9901. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue.-Fri., L Fri.

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BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost

always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-6646657. LD Mon.-Sat. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2809423. LD daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain. 317 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-4424. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Court. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-9454802. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.

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CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. A plate lunch special is now available. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FAMOUS DAVE’S BBQ 225 North Shackleford Road. No alcohol. 501-221-3283. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good

burgers, picnic-worth deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sun. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.

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ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Perhaps the best samosas in town. Buffet at lunch. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily.

ITALIAN

DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6642239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 1122 S. Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places

DINING CAPSULES, CONT. – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a nondescript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily.

LATINO

CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. LD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. LD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-7534630. LD daily. ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here — everything from cabeza (steamed beef head) to lengua (beef tongue) to suadero (thin-sliced beef brisket). The Torta Cubano is a belly-buster. It’s a sandwich made with chorizo, pastor, grilled hot dogs and a fried egg. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. LA CASA REAL 11121 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. 501-219-4689. LD Mon.-Sat. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-5653108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. LONCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck in West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-1883. L Mon.-Sat. MARISCOS EL JAROCHO Try the Camarones a la Diabla (grilled shrimp in a smoky pepper sauce) or the Cocktail de Campechana (shrimp, octopus and oyster in a cilantro and onion-laced tomato sauce). 7319 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-3535. Serving BLD Wed.-Mon. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where you’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 13924 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL A “build-your-own-burrito” place, with several tacos and nachos to choose from as well. Wash it down with a beer from their large selection. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3378. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. ROCK ’N TACOS California-style cuisine that’s noticeably better than others in its class. Fish tacos are treated with the respect they deserve, served fresh and hot. Tamales are a house specialty and are worth sampling as well; both pork and beef warrant attention. Street style tacos are small, but substantial, and always helped by a trip to the salsa mini-bar. Burritos are stuffed full, fat and heavy, and more than a respectably sized meal. 11121 North Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-3461. LD Mon.-Sat. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercadoplus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real

things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. SUPER 7 GROCERY STORE This Mexican grocery/video store/ taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-2192373. BLD daily. SUPERMERCADO SIN FRONTERAS Shiny, large Mexican grocery with a bakery and restaurant attached. 4918 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-4206. BLD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-soadventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that). TAQUERIA Y CARNICERIA GUADALAJARA Cheap, delicious tacos, tamales and more. Always bustling. 3811 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9991. BLD daily.

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BROWN’S COUNTRY STORE AND RESTAURANT The multitude of offerings on Brown’s 100-foot-long buffet range from better than adequate to pretty dadgum good. 18718 I-30 North. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-778-5033. BLD daily. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat

for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. All CC. 501-3158333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun.

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THE HIVE The chef describes the menu as “High South,” with offerings like pimento cheese, “Arkansas Trail Mix” of pecans, soybeans, black walnuts and cheddar straws, grits, etc. You must have the frisee, egg or no. The pork chop is great. 200 N.E. A St. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 479-286-6575. BD daily, L Mon.-Fri. PETIT BISTRO Owner Dario Amini and chef Dane Mane serve haute cuisine in a little cobblestone house transformed into chic eatery outside Bentonville. 2702 N. Walton Blvd. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. 479-464-9278. LD Mon.-Fri, D Sat.

CABOT

SOUTHFORK GRILL This new establishment on Cabot’s south side serves up sandwiches, burgers and plate dinners as well as appetizers and big desserts. 2797 Southfork Dr. Cabot. All CC. $$. (501) 941-7500. LD Mon.-Sat. THE DINER The waitresses will crack you up at this red and white classic country diner. Made-to-order breakfasts and lunch plates, hot coffee served in logo mugs and gentle chiding from the wait staff make this a must-stop. 3286 S Second St. Cabot. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 941-0904. BL Daily.

CONWAY

EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-8445. LD Mon.-Sun. EL HUASTECO Reasonably priced Mexican fare. 720 S. Salem Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1665. LD Mon.-Sun. EL PARIAN Traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites are offered by this Arkansas restaurant chain. 2585 Donaghey. Conway. CONTINUED ON PAGE 46

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-513-1313. LD Mon.-Sun. FABY’S RESTAURANT Nuevo Mexican and Continental cuisine meet and shake hands at Faby’s. The hand-patted, housemade tortillas are worth the visit alone. 2915 Dave Ward. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3295151. LD Mon.-Sun. LA HUERTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Standard Mexican fare with an emphasis on family favorites. 1052 Harrison Street. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-762-0202. LD Mon.-Fri. MARKETPLACE GRILL Big servings of steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza and other rich comfort-style foods. 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. MIKE’S PLACE Delicious New Orleans-inspired steaks and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. 808 Front St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-269-6493. LD daily. PATTICAKES BAKERY 2106 Robinson Ave. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 205-1969b. SLIM CHICKEN’S Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun. SOMETHING BREWING CAFE Coffee, pastries, sandwiches and such dot the menu of this longtime Conway favorite. 1156 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3275517. BLD Mon.-Sun.

EUREKA SPRINGS

CARIBE RESTAURANT & CANTINA 309 W. Van Buren St. Eureka Springs. Full bar, All CC. 479-253-8102.

DEVITO’S You absolutely cannot go wrong with the trout here -- whether it’s the decadent Trout Italiano, the smoky Chargrilled Trout or the cornmeal encrusted Trout Fingers. DeVito’s housemade marinara is also a winner. 5 Center St. Eureka Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-253-6807. D. ERMILIO’S Great mix-and-match pasta and sauces, all done with fresh ingredients and creativity. Warm service in a classy atmosphere. 26 White St. Eureka Springs. 479-253-8806. LD. GASKINS’ CABIN Solid American food highlighted by the fish specials and prime rib. Highway 23 North. Eureka Springs. 479-2535466. D. MYRTIE MAE’S Hearty country breakfasts, sandwiches and Arkansas-style dinner plates. May be the second-best fried chicken in the state. 207 W. Van Buren. Eureka Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 479-253-9768. BLD.

CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. 479-442-9671. MARKETPLACE GRILL Appetizers set on fire, Italian chips, funky low-fat dressings, prime rib and pasta in big ceramic bowls, the fare is a combination of old standbys and new-age twists. Also at 3000 Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. 4201 N. Shiloh. Fayetteville. No alcohol. 479-750-5200. LD 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. SLIM CHICKEN’S Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. Also locations in Rogers, 3600 W. Walnut Street; and Conway, 550 Salem Road. 2120 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479- 443-7546. LD 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.

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A TASTE OF THAI Terrific Thai food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Only the brave should venture into the “rated 5” hot sauce realm. 31 E. Center St. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479-251-1800. LD Mon.-Sat. ARSAGA’S FAYETTEVILLE COFFEE ROASTERS A locally owned and operated chain of Fayetteville-area coffeeshops featuring hot coffee and chai, sweet pastries, sandwiches and live performances by area musicians. 1852 N. Crossover Road. Fayetteville. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (479) 527-0690. BLD daily. DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All

NEUMEIER’S RIB ROOM They cook up Memphis-style “dry” ribs that some say compare favorably to any in the Bluff City. 817 Garrison Ave. Fort Smith. 479-494-7427. LD. THE LIGHTHOUSE INN Alaskan king crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, snapper, scallops and more. 6000 Midland. Fort Smith. 479-783-9420. LD.

HOT SPRINGS

ARLINGTON HOTEL Massive seafood buffet on Friday nights, breakfast buffet daily, served in the splendor of a grand old hotel. 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. BLD. BAMBINO’S This little corner eatery, opened in March 2011 by Thelma Anaya, is an intimate breakfast and lunch place, featuring Italian/ American entrees. There’s a kid’s menu, too.

432 Ouachita Ave. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-627-0541. THE BLEU MONKEY GRILL High end, artfully prepared pastas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers are one of the hallmarks. Stay for the interesting dessert menu. 4263 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-5204800. LD daily. CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-767-5695. D Tue.-Sat. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Hot Springs. 501-525-0919. LD. OHIO CLUB Great atmosphere and a standout burger highlight what claims to be the state’s oldest bar. 336 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-627-0702. LD daily. ON THE BORDER Tasty Tex-Mex at reasonable prices; great margaritas too. 190 Pakis St. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-520-5045. LD daily. ROD’S PIZZA CELLAR Terrific handmade pizzas highlighted by the Godfather, a whopper. 3350 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-321-2313. LD Tue.-Sun. TACO MAMA Fresh, creative, homemade Mexican treats created with a Southwest flair. The menu is not huge, but there’s not a dud in the bunch. 1209 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-624-6262. LD Mon.-Sat.

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THE ORIGINAL FRIED PIE SHOP Fried pies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1321 T.P. White Drive. Jacksonville. $-$$. 501-985-0508.

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Every person riding a bicycle or an animal, or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon a highway, shall have all the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those provisions of this act which by their nature can have no applicability.

OVERTAKING A BICYCLE

The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a roadway shall exercise due care and pass to the left at a safe distance of not less than three feet (3’) and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.

AND CYCLISTS, PLEASE REMEMBER...

You’re vehicles on the road, just like cars and motorcycles and must obey all traffic laws— signal, ride on the right side of the road and yield to traffic normally. Make eye contact with motorists. Be visible. Be predictable. Heads up, think ahead.

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