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n The New York Times reported recently about heavy campaign contributions to New York legislative candidates by players in the charter school debate there. That prompted us to take a look at followthemoney.org for spending by the wealthy businessmen leading charter school promotion in Arkansas. Walmart heir Jim Walton, whose family has pumped millions into so-called education reform, has contributed $41,700 to more than three dozen legislative candidates in the 2010 cycle, including a $1,000 contribution to former teacher union leader Rep. Linda Pondexter Chesterfield. Other backers of the school reform lobby created to push charter schools (and the group leading an attack on the Little Rock School District for its objection to some charters) include Jackson T. Stephens Jr., who’s given $4,000 to legislative candidates, and former Murphy Oil CEO Claiborne Deming, who’s given more than $5,600 to legislative candidates. Most of his slate – Lenville Evans, Curren Everett, Johnny Hoyt, Linda Tyler and John Paul Wells – turned up on Walton’s list as well. Luke Gordy, paid lobbyist for rich men, gave $1,000 to Gov. Mike Beebe. Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman made no financial contributions, but his in-kind contributions to the cause turn up frequently in the pages of his Arkansas newspapers, from editorials to news coverage.
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n The Executive Committee of the state Republican Party will get a report this Saturday on a simmering dispute arising from the contested election that saw Rep. John Burris succeed Rep. Bryan King as leader of the House Republican caucus. Nobody wants to talk on the record, but the controversy revolves around the decision of new leadership in April to shift the caucus PAC’s roughly $35,000 bank account to a new bank in Little Rock and to establish procedures that would end a practice of Republican Party executive director Chase Dugger writing checks from the account as directed by caucus leader King. All oversight is now in the hands of a committee of legislators. King, who hasn’t returned calls, apparently wasn’t happy to learn that the old account was closed and a check written by Dugger to transfer the money without his knowledge. The Republican Party, whose past history includes a few bookkeeping mishaps, isn’t anxious to have even a minor dispute break in the open and detract fromwhat they believe will be a banner election year.
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n A jury in Forrest City recently acquitted two men and a corporation of obscenity charges for selling sexually explict videos at the Adult World store in Widener near Interstate 40. Church groups have targeted the store for years. Jurors watched two films in their entirety — “Reality” and “Grudgefuck,” and apparently decided they did not violate community standards, the requirement for upholding an obscenity prosecution. That standard is a locally determined thing, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, and materials must be viewed as a whole in reaching such a judgment, not just objectionable individual scenes. According to coverage on Legal Satyricon, a First Amendment blog, the movies’ contained explicit sexual acts, including “double penetration,” but the verdict might have been helped by inclusion of documentary trailers with the explicit material. One juror reportedly clapped after the showing of a movie. Such a juror would undoubtedly be welcomed by the X-Mart Adult Supercenter in Clarksville, another I-40 porn purveyor, which faces a coming obscenity prosecution urged by some unhappy locals.
n Former Gov. Mike Huckabee will be guest of honor Sept. 19 at an Arkansas Republican Party fund-raiser for the 2010 election campaigns. He comes as a legal Florida resident, which happens to raise a question related HUCKABEE to tax issues that have dogged Jim Keet, the Republican nominee for governor. Keet, a resident of Florida for several years, was discovered to have erroneously reaped a $350 annual homestead tax exemption for Arkansas real property during several years he was in Florida. He’s now repaid the money. And what of Huckabee, who continues to own a $500,000 home on Silverwood Trail in North Little Rock? The county assessor says Huckabee received a $350 credit on his real estate property tax bill this year. County records when last checked also showed he still qualified for a homestead exemption. The credit was legal for this year’s bill because it was based on taxes owed for 2009, when Huckabee was an Arkansas resident. But next year? Huckabee will need to get his affairs in order.
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Familiar leaders in National Merit n Little Rock Central High School again led Arkansas in National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, with 15 this year. Next came Fayetteville (12), Cabot (11), Conway (10), Pulaski Academy (9), Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts (8) and Rogers Heritage (7). One-third of the state’s 142 semi-finalists came from Pulaski County and more than 10 percent came from Central. In Pulaski County, in addition to Central and PA, semi-finalists included Little Rock Christian (5); Catholic High (3); Episcopal Collegiate (3); Parkview Magnet (2); Mills Magnet (2); North Little Rock Senior High (2); Central Arkansas Christian (1), and homeschooled (1). The students came statewide from 47 of the state’s almost 300 public and private high schools. Also noted: The same scores are used to compute winners in the National Achievement Scholarship competition for African-American students. Winners will be announced later this month, but expect the Little Rock School District to be the dominant winner.
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It’s been almost a year since the city Leisure Center burned and the once-popular venue remains a burnt-out hulk. Why hasn’t the city gotten moving on reopening it? — By Leslie Newell Peacock
10 Desolation row
The East End was once a politically important and busy neighborhood. Between airport expansion and economic travails, it’s become something of a ghost town. — By David Koon
14 The choice is yours
Rep. John Boozman is right. Last week’s debate with Sen. Blanche Lincoln offered voters clear choices, if they were paying attention. — Editorial
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The Observer, always slow could it be a bomb? And not, what on the uptake but interested in The yahoo partied so hard he left his ice Technologies, has developed a new chest behind? A man on the bridge suggested that obsession of late: searching for videos tagged “Arkansas” and posted in the last now would be a good time to return to week on Youtube. You’d be surprised the parking lot. Another man said the what folks out there in the hinterlands cooler had been there for a while and he’d wondered about it. can get up to in just a week. We watched the firefighters to see In one video, a sincere young man with a tiny guitar stands in a front yard what they would do with the chest. and sings an intense but rather discor- They talked among themselves. Then, dant song about Cassey. In another, a one leaned over and pulled the drain girl down in Calion shoots a shotgun plug. We could hear the telltale sound for the first time, letting the boomstick of melted ice pouring from the chest. hang at her shoulder for a delicious, Then, they dared open the suspicious excruciating minute before finally container. Kingdom did not come. They getting up the nerve to pull the trigger. shut the lid, took the handle and began In another (vintage) clip, Jim “Dandy” to roll it off the bridge. Are there body parts in there? a Mangrum of the 1970s band Black Oak Arkansas gives a tour of their bus (we woman who’d been reading too many can’t print that fair road-going ship’s murder mysteries asked the two. The name here, but it’s a hoot). In another, man who’d been ready to flee now approached the firefighters a guy shows how to asked if he could buy build a bear call out of a In still another, and some beer off them, it coffee can and a piece of a shovelbeing Sunday, the day string. In still another, a shovel-wielding man and wielding man Arkansans must refrain from the sin of drink. Now a big ol’ water moccasin and a big ol’ the firefighters smiled (a go mano-a-snakeo on a water moccasin bit) and as they descended muddy creek bank. the bridge, we yelled, “Go It’s kind of undergo mano-aHogs!” standable that The snakeo on a It’s a lucky thing for Observer gets a kick muddy creek us and the firefighters out of these peeks into and Buddy Villines that the lives of ordinary bank. the cooler was not rigged Arkansans who think to blow up the Big Dam pointing a camera at themselves while they’re about to get Bridge, since we’re pretty sure the up to something is a good idea. We are, men in blue were equipped neither with X-ray vision nor any other way to after all, in the voyeurism bidness. discern whether they were faced with a Seeing the light at the end weapon of mass destruction or group of this terrible summer’s tunnel, The inebriation before they opened it up. Observer set out Sunday for an afternoon walk across the Big Dam Bridge. It There’s never a dull moment was, as usual, swarming with humanity, around The Fortress of Employment. The dogs, bikes … and what’s that ice chest Observer’s colleague just walked into the there mid-way across the bridge? office this fine morning and said that he’d Two men in blue, firefighters, were been panhandled by a man on his way approaching us on the bridge with swift to work. While that’s no surprise given intent, staring straight ahead, disre- that we work downtown, the sob story garding our greetings and looks. They behind this attempt was: The man told halted the pedestrian traffic, shooing our pal that he needed money to refill a people on our side back and gesturing prescription. He’d had a bottle of the pills to halt those coming toward us. That’s before, the man said, but they were run when we noticed the pale green cooler over by a train. with wheels. It is a sad comment on Stay diligent, friends. Trains can strike our times that people were murmuring, when you least expect it.
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Chamber blows it Jay Chesshir of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce writes in a recent Arkansas Democrat-Gazette letter that we in Arkansas should “ignore the rhetoric” regarding concerns related to the natural gas industry in the documentary “Gasland.” Once again, the Chamber of Commerce demonstrates its total disregard for the average citizen of Arkansas. Don’t misunderstand, I am a small business owner and believe in robust business enterprise but the benefits of business should be balanced against the real cost of business. It is a shame that a state as rich in natural resources as Arkansas has to succumb to the will of a few powerful industries. The reality is natural gas production comes with a hefty price tag and the average citizen is being asked to pay this cost while receiving little if any benefit. What is the quality of our water worth? What is the value of our land that is being impacted daily worth? What about county and state roads and highways? How many of those $60,000 salaries are going to citizens of Arkansas? Or is the majority of this high salary
going to those hundreds of individuals living in travel trailers all up and down the highway and sending the majority of their earnings back to Texas or some other location? What the facts reveal is the industry, which has faced minimal regulations, has had a significant impact in diminishing the quality of life for many communities and families in Arkansas. I fully understand natural gas is a reality in our short-term energy practices. However, if we are to extract a resource from below the ground appropriate safeguards such as mandatory best management practices must be part of the discussion. If the Chamber of Commerce is truly interested in a prosperous Arkansas they need to help protect the very attributes attract so many tourists and visitors to our state. If the Chamber wants to be serious about a healthy business climate that moves Arkansas as well as the nation forward, they need to speak out in favor of a Clean Renewable Energy Policy for this country and to tackle head on the realization of climate change and what it means to those who live in all our communities. Mark A. Robertson Little Rock
Still a hero
Thanks for the excellent Arkansas Blog posts on the death of Jefferson Thomas of the Little Rock Nine. Jeff,
affectionately known in our neighborhood as Jabo, was a hero and larger-thanlife figure for those kids behind him. As a seventh-grader during those difficult days I listened to conversations between Jeff and my father as he returned home from school. He was a neighborhood hero before Central High because he was bright, could run like the wind and was popular with the girls. For boys my age at that time, what more did you need? With Central High he became even more of a hero as a brave, strong warrior, fighting for his beliefs and for us. When just a few years ago some of those neighborhood “kids” had lunch with Jeff at Community Bakery I was as impressed as ever with him because we were still just the neighborhood kids discussing old times. What many don’t realize, because of his quiet manner, is that Jeff had a sense of humor that could have you laughing out loud. He’s still my hero and although he couldn’t run track at Central he still ran a great race. Henry Jones Washington, D.C. (Henry Jones is a retired federal magistrate who recently moved from Little Rock.)
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Words still had meaning when I attended journalism school more than
30 years ago. Unfortunately, many of today’s editors allow for the rampant misuse of words. So was the case with your Sept. 2 editorial asking for the Fayetteville City Council to consider some way to “honor” Dr. William Harrison. All I know about Dr. Harrison is what your editorial states. He “... bravely provided abortions for thousands of desperate women ...” Does such a work item provide for the opportunity to live up to the definition of honor? Are the actions of one who performs abortions those that we would attribute high respect, esteem and special merit? Do they bring a good name and reputation or a title conferred for achievement? Are such actions indicative of nobility of mind, integrity and dignity? Is it a line of work you would encourage your child to pursue? It’s certainly legal according to the law, but it isn’t a line of work that allows one to live up to the definition of the word honor. As editors, you should know better. Gregg Patterson Little Rock Submit letters to The Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is maxbrantley@ arktimes.com. We also accept faxes at 375-3623. Please include a hometown and telephone number.
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The WEEK THAT was S e p t. 8 - 1 4 , 2 0 1 0 It was a good week for …
MAIN STREET MUSIC. A developer announced plans for a jazz club and new apartments in the 300 block of mostly moribund Main Street in the old Blass building.
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REALITY TV. The Arkansas Supreme Court next week will begin live webcasts of oral Supreme Court arguments. Its bandwidth will be tested Sept. 30 when arguments are heard on a new trial for Damien Echols of the West Memphis 3. SLIMY POLITICS. A shadowy political group called the American Future Fund poured $60,000 into attack ads against Chad Causey, the Democratic nominee for 1st District congress. It’s known that the fund’s backers include wealthy conservatives who paid for the swift boat attacks on John Kerry. The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. First-week enrollment, both total and in percentage of white students, was up over last year despite charter school competition and harsh criticism from the Chamber of Commerce and the state’s largest newspaper. It was a bad week for …
REP. JOHN BOOZMAN. Given the chance, he still wouldn’t apologize for supporting privatization of Social Security or the bill to replace the income tax with a 30 percent national sales tax. He may win anyway thanks to voters prone to self-inflicting wounds. MIKE HUCKABEE. His tryout of a syndicated talk show was a ratings flop. There’ll always be Fox News. Or, heck. Why not run for president again? CHIHUAHUAS and other small dogs. One chihuahua was snatched and a couple of other small dogs were almost taken by a coyote — or coyotes — roaming North Little Rock. A trapper was hired to capture the menace. 8 september 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
COLLEGE ENROLLMENT. Most colleges in the state, public and private, reported a surge in enrollment this fall. The college-going cohort is growing nationally by significant amounts, for one thing. The new lottery scholarship money is also thought to have played some role.
ADULT LEISURE CENTER: Burned nearly a year ago.
Keeping the fire lit Neighborhood presses city to rebuild Leisure Center. By Leslie Newell Peacock
n Progress toward rebuilding the Adult Leisure Center on 12th Street, destroyed in a fire Oct. 13, 2009, has been, in a word, leisurely. Or so it seems to the residents of University Park, the neighborhood in which the center was located, and others that regularly met at what the city says was its mostused community center, booked almost solid with TOPs meetings and AARP meetings and retired teacher meetings, bridge clubs, fashion shows, exercise classes and more. Even the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission chair says of the delay that “it’s been way too long.” But it wasn’t always clear that the city was committed to rebuilding the center at all; in July, City Manager Bruce Moore proposed to use $1.4 million it received from the center’s insurer, Rebsamen Insurance, to partly make up for a $3 million hole in the city’s budget. An outcry from the University Park Neighborhood Association and users of the center halted that move and got a promise from the city — in the form of a resolution — stating its commitment to rebuild. Once the center is built — and Parks and Recreation Director Truman Tolefree says that should be late next year — the city, which has been cutting costs and laying off employees (including some who worked at the Leisure Center, Tolefree said), will have to find money to operate it. But Parks Commission Chair Bill Cobb said he had not heard anyone express reluctance to rebuild the center because of oper-
ating costs. “We want to get it open,” he said. “It’s a tremendous asset and a disservice to constituents and citizens for it to go on this long.” The problem, assistant city manager Bryan Day said, lies with the insurance adjuster’s position that the center isn’t a total loss, and that the remaining burned hulk — which includes beams and two walls — could be used. The city disagrees. The center was insured for $2.7 million and its contents for $164,000 more; the city could recover another $1.37 million if the building is declared a total loss. Day said an independent structural engineer is assessing the building’s damage; his report is due any day. The city will not be able to raze the structure, now surrounded by a high chain link fence, until the dispute is settled. “I know they mean well, but sometimes things get lost between the cracks,” Arma Hart, president of the University Park Neighborhood Association, said. Hart was one of the people who expressed their opposition to the City Board of Directors on July 6 to the plan to apply the insurance proceeds to other city needs. She said the University Park group hadn’t been consulted about the idea. “I was out of town and one of the neighbors called me and told me they were about to use the money for other purposes. So they had not planned to do it [rebuild the center] even though they said they were,” Hart said. “Nobody involved us; we were upset about it.”
Pam Powell, who edits the neighborhood association newsletter, said the busy center generated revenues for the city, but Tolefree said they fell well short of paying for personnel. “They keep talking about the 12th Street Corridor,” the plan to rejuvenate 12th street, Powell, who lives across the street from the Leisure Center and was a user, said. “The center’s on 12th street too.” Powell added that she didn’t envy the financial position the city is in, and she and Hart said the city needed to look at other revenue sources. The city has told the neighborhood association that it will be consulted on the design of the new center. Two changes are already on the table: To make the center handicapped accessible and install sprinklers. Another change Hart wants to make: Two weeks unscheduled where the center can be used first-come, first-served. “A window of opportunity,” she called it. She’d like to have her birthday party there. The association will hold its quarterly meeting Sept. 21, and hopes to have a representative from the city attend to give a progress report.
Correction n In last week’s cover story “My blues heaven,” we mistakenly called the town across the Mississippi River from Helena-West Helena Tula when it is, in fact, Lula, Mississippi.
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Airport expansion, empty lots, and Little Rock’s fading East End.
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he fox that bounds away at our approach looks like an illustration from a child’s storybook: sleek, rusty brown, his brush tail following him into the weeds like the tail of a comet. Seeing such a creature, it’s hard to believe that a man could probably walk west from here to downtown Little Rock in less than 45 minutes without even getting winded. Fifteen years ago, there was a neighborhood where the fox lives now. Across the street was the old Hollinsworth Grove housing project. Only the streets remind you now that any of it was ever there. Nearby, a clapboard house still stands, just barely. It is slowly returning to the dirt. The walls and roof are folding in on themselves, like rotten origami. The vines are taking it all back. Out past the Clinton Library and the headquarters of Heifer Project International, the East End community — the largely black neighborhood roughly bounded by Bond Street and the railroad in the east, Ninth street and the airport to the south, and the Arkansas River to the north — is frayed to the point of breaking. It was mostly commercial properties that gave way for the Clinton Library and Heifer Project International construction. Meanwhile, the downturn in the economy has dampened construction on a “non-profit corridor” in the area, including a new 167,000 square foot campus for Lions World Services for the Blind planned for Sixth Street between College and Collins Streets, and an office for Carelink, which provides services for the 10 SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
elderly, across from Heifer on World Avenue. Go further east, and you’ll find that airport expansion — with dozens of houses bulldozed for a new runway, future development and to blunt the impact of the noise from airplanes — has carved into the places where people lived. The little community school on Apperson Street where the neighborhood kids went to class in the 1950s stands forlorn, with broken windows. The school-sized Nathaniel W. Hill Community Center on Sixth Street — with a full service medical clinic run by St. Vincent Health — stands largely empty most days. The Carver Magnet School still draws hundreds of kids, but they come from miles away. Driving around the East End, the feeling on block after block near the airport is one of emptiness; that this is a place where the world has moved on. t wasn’t always this way. During the 1940s and ’50s, returning black G.I.s — spurred by the crumb of equality they’d known in the military — came home to the East End and set about trying to change things, eventually helping form the East End Civic League. The voting block the East End could deliver on Election Day would become a force in Little Rock politics, a fact which paid off in the form of improvements like sidewalks, street lighting, and eventually the community center and Hollinsworth Grove. The vitality of the East End in those days seems a thousand miles away from Travis Coleman’s garage at
the corner of Sixth and Bender Street Started in 1979, it’s grew up, because it’s all gone,” Robinson said. “It’s when you have to move forward.” one of the last retail businesses still open in the East End. important to be able to go back to those areas: that The day we visited, Coleman and several employees tree we had swings tied onto and etched our names onald Mathieu is the director of the Little Rock were readying scrap to take to the recycling yard, pry- in, and to be able to go back to the school and say National Airport. He said the land acquisitions ing the lead weights off scuffed aluminum rims before this is where I grew up and this is the neighborhood in the East End were made primarily to allow loading the wheels into for the extension of the a truck. Coleman’s tow airport’s north/south rig, with his name and runway, which will be phone number on the used for general aviation door, sat off to the side, — private jets, business looking like it hadn’t jets, and prop aircraft. moved in awhile. The newly extended run“I’ve been having way should open at the a hard time,” Coleman end of September. said. “You’re never going Mathieu said purto make a whole lot, but chases of property in the I wasn’t struggling. I’m neighborhood fell into struggling now.” two general categories: He’s considering Federal Aviation Rule moving. He’s been Part 1836 acquisitions, hanging on, he said, in for land in the path of the the hopes that maybe runway extension and the airport will come in adjoining safety areas, and buy him out, but he’s and Part 150 purchases, had no offers yet. which deal specifically “Is there an alternawith mitigating noise tive?” Coleman asked. impact. The purchases “Is there some way I can made under Part 150 go to the airport and ask were optional, Mathieu for some kind of moving said, with people given expense or some kind of the opportunity to “vol“Is there an alternative? Is there some way I can go to the airport and unteer in.” Though the benefit? Because they Airport Commission killed me ... They moved ask for some kind of moving expense or some kind of benefit? Because won’t be presented a the community right out finalized report on the from under me.” they killed me ... They moved the community right out from under me.” neighborhood impact T h e y ’r e f e e l i n g of the runway expanthat same strain down sion until January 2011, the street at St. John’s preliminary information Missionary Baptist provided by the Little Church. Pastor C.B. Rock National Airport Robinson said that 20 to shows that roughly 680 25 percent of the congreparcels of land were gation has disappeared in purchased in the East the last few years, with at End of Little Rock, with least half the people who 11 businesses and 180 remain driving in from households relocated, at elsewhere. Robinson a cost of approximately said that though peo$22 million. ple were paid for their The airport has yet homes by the airport, to acquire the land many of them wound once occupied by the up worse off in the long Hollinsworth Grove run. “Yes they were housing project, Mathieu compensated,” Robinson said. The Little Rock said. “But most of those Housing Authority relopeople went from paycated the residents, and ing virtually nothing in later paid $700,000 for a mortgage to moving demolition of the project. to an area that’s just as “At some point that land impoverished, with a STAYING FOR NOW: Pastor C.B. Robinson (above) in front of St. John’s Missionary Baptist church; Travis will ultimately transfer [higher] mortgage. The Coleman (below) at his shop. to the airport,” Mathieu fact of it is, nobody said, with the areas just really gained.” east of there set aside for future expansion of aviation As people get older, he said, they have a tendency to I grew up in.” want to revisit and reflect on the area that helped shape Robinson tells them the only thing he can. “We have manufacturing companies. After the economy picks up, their lives and develop their character. For many in his to try and remain optimistic,” he said. “The past has Mathieu hopes to see an industrial park nearby, where flock, those places simply don’t exist anymore. value, but you can never go forward until you can look suppliers for the cluster of aircraft-related companies “Some of my members are saying, I don’t have a in the rearview mirror. It’s OK to look back, don’t get could set up permanent facilities. When it comes to the East End neighborhoods, place to take my children to and say this is where we me wrong. But there comes a time in everyone’s life
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“I would love to retire here, I really would. But I don’t know what the community is going to do, I don’t know what the state is going to do, I don’t know what the city is going to do. I do know what I love doing, and I feel like I’m at the right place at the right time.”
A LIGHT IN THE EAST: LaValeria Smith and Dr. Shiva Nallur a St. Vincent East Clinic; scenes of decay (above and below).
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Mathieu called the acquisition program there “generous,” with displaced renters and homeowners compensated and comparable houses purchased in other parts of the city. The program was not without its problems, however, such as the case of residents Zelma Graves and her 98-year-old mother, Estella Watson, who lived next door to one another on Apperson Street. The airport bought both Watson’s and Graves’ houses. But soon after, Graves said that she and her mother wanted to stay. The airport commission moved to evict the two women in April 2009, but a deal was reached a few days later to allow Watson to stay in her home until she died. Eventually, Watson and Graves moved out, and their houses were demolished. Even without the land acquisitions in the area, Mathieu thinks the East End would have eventually “ceased to exist” as a community. “It was an aging community,” he said. “It was no longer a vibrant community. I think the reason for that is, as the children grew up and got educated, they didn’t move back into the community
THE PRICE OF PROGRESS: Airport construction goes on (above) as neighborhood business and homes decline (below).
… it was primarily an older, aging community that was surrounded by industrial development.”
n the Wednesday we visited the Nathaniel W. Hill Community Center, the place looked deserted save for a small cluster of employee cars at the back. Part of the community center complex, St. Vincent East clinic opened in 1972 through a partnership with St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center and the City of Little Rock. LaValeria Smith is the clinic manager. In the 15 years she has worked there, she has seen drastic changes in the surrounding community. When she started, the community center was a hub of activity, especially during the summers when neighborhood kids used to come to the pool, which is no longer in use. Even though it’s quieter now, she says the clinic is still desperately needed, offering full medical and dental services that accept walk-in patients, and a sliding fee scale depending on the patients’ income. “I would love to retire here, I really would,” she said. “But I don’t know what the community is going to do, I don’t know what the state is going to do, I don’t know what the city is going to do. I do know what I love doing, and I feel like I’m at the right place at the right time.” Smith said that the people who once lived in East End still drive back to the clinic for their medical and dental care, or refer their friends and relatives. Though some have suggested that the clinic might be forced to close someday as the East End continues to fade, Smith can’t help but wonder what will happen to the patients who depend on it for their medical care. In the end, the question for her is: what constitutes a community? “We need to consider who we serve no matter if the community moves out or not,” Smith said. “Is the community just your surroundings, or is everybody our community? ... People out here need me, and they need a voice. So, guess what? I’m the voice.” www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 13
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Editorial n Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. John Boozman debated Friday at the Peabody Hotel and the meeting illustrated sharp differences. Senator Lincoln defended her vote on health care reform legislation. It produced insurance reform; it shored up Medicare; it provided relief for community hospitals; it protects the smallest businesses; it extends coverage to people in need. Dr. No Boozman said fervently that he hopes he can cast the deciding vote to repeal this modest step to catch up with the rest of western civilization. Lincoln said we need look no farther than the market crash to see the error in privatizing any portion of Social Security, a cause Boozman has championed. She warned, too, against the 30 percent national sales tax he sponsors. It would cripple the working class while providing a bonanza to plutocrats. He demonstrated ignorance of the enormous bureaucracy necessary to collect and enforce such a tax in place of the income tax. Lincoln also noted Boozman’s opposition to women’s dominion over their own bodies. Boozman claimed not to remember his vote against an amendment proposed to an abortion bill to build protections for incest victims who seek abortions in another state. Was Boozman that heartless? Or just that inattentive? Neither is a recommendation. Boozman wants to cut rich people’s taxes and cut government spending. Blanche Lincoln offers comfort to the wealthy at times, too. But she has a warmer heart for continuing federal support for poor states like Arkansas, an effort in which Boozman has been AWOL. Angry voters are supposedly poised to turn out Democrats because they want change. Boozman is evidence, if only voters were listening to debates such as this one, to be careful what you wish for.
Little Rock’s choice n Some voters in the Little Rock School District have a contested election to consider next week pitting incumbent Ward 2 School Board member Micheal Daugherty against Michael Nellums, a high school principal in the neighboring Pulaski County School District. It comes down to this: Daugherty is a vote for the status quo and Superintendent Linda Watson’s uneven leadership. Nellums says carefully that he’d have to become better informed as a Board member before committing on Watson’s future, but his record, particularly in a recent stint as a Jacksonville middle school principal, is that of a change-maker with a fierce focus on students. More of the same or change? That is the question.
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REASON TO CELEBRATE: Dancers from Grupo De Danza La Raza participate in an El Grito ceremony held Sunday at the Clinton Center. Mexico celebrates its 200th year of independence from Spain on Thursday.
ERA: Three states more n When you’re competing against the clock for the Grand Prize, you may not win, but at least you’re entitled to your previous winnings. Not so with the Equal Rights Amendment. Congress gave women the nod they were due, but their blessing came with a seven-year hitch. Constitutional equality was an all-or-nothing proposition to be achieved within seven years. Considering it took 72 years to obtain a right to vote, a time limit for all other rights was doomed to fail. ERA was first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, a Republican, lawyer and courageous suffragist – who was imprisoned, tortured and force-fed to obtain the vote for women. ERA was essential to acquire all other legal, economic, social and political privileges that were customarily the birthright of men only. “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Forty-seven years of stagnation prompted 20 courageous Pittsburgh NOW members to disrupt a Senate hearing with homemade signs demanding immediate action on ERA. Civil disobedience could have led to their arrest but ultimately freed ERA from congressional stalemate by an overwhelming majority in 1972. ERA attracted over 450 organizations. People from all walks of life lobbied, petitioned, raced, marched, rallied, picketed and boycotted for its passage. It was favored by a majority of Americans, scoring an impressive 67 percent in a nationwide survey. Women’s groups pressed for an extension but were granted only three more years. Despite 35 states approving ERA, it fell three states short of becoming the 27th Amendment. On June 30, 1982, the campaign launched by Congress was ended by Congress. Does a human’s right to equality expire? My friend’s husband told me he supports ERA as long as he doesn’t lose his “perks.” ERA doesn’t apply to the private lives of individuals or business. ERA would eliminate sex discriminatory laws while expanding beneficial laws to both sexes equally. It guarantees that the full range of opportunities exists
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for all individuals based on their talents, capabilities and preferences, and not limited by gender or stereotype. Will women earn equal pay for equal work? Will public policies provide greater flexibility for parents struggling to balance work and family? Will government be held accountable to eliminate sex-based hate crimes such as rape and domestic violence? At what point will the FCC and FTC determine that violent, hate-filled images and lyrics directed at women and girls cross the line of entertainment and free speech to jeopardize peace and security? ERA is the foundation to begin to address these questions. In exile for 27 years, ERA is finally making a comeback. In 2009, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Louisiana reintroduced the federal ERA. All five attempts were defeated. How can a handful of legislators control the interests of 157 million women? Article 5 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to amend the ratification process. Will Congress hit the reset button on ERA and require all 38 states again or use its powers to jump-start the ratification process for the final three states needed? With an economy struggling to get back on track, beginning a nationwide ERA campaign requiring 38 states is both unrealistic and unnecessary. Congress should give women a head start and a fighting chance by accepting the 35 states that have already approved ERA and allow us to target the three last states necessary to take that victory lap in 2015. Carolyn Cook is the founder of United For Equality, LLC and the Washington representative for the ERA Campaign Network. This article was distributed by the American Forum.
Politics, tax policy converge n Seldom are the stars aligned so that good politics and good policy are exactly the same, but the Democrats and President Obama enjoy that lucky constellation in the fight to extend the Bush tax cuts. But many Democrats are so paralyzed by the success of Republican and chamber of commerce propaganda that they can’t exploit the first unalloyed political bonanza they have had in a year. Some of them, like Sen. Joe Lieberman and a timorous Arkansas Democrat or two, just go on and join the Republicans rather than correct them. It’s easier and maybe safer, at least in Arkansas. Obama’s plan, supported by Democratic leadership in both houses, would extend the full tax cuts of the Bush era except the richest 1 or 2 percent of Americans, and the richest ones would still get bigger tax cuts than everyone else, just not as much as the Republicans want to give them. That is not how the parties explain their differences, but it is a fact. Under the Obama plan, every American who earns up to $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples would keep the full amount of the tax cuts next year and many of them would get additional tax benefits. Those earning above those thresholds, the richest 2 percent nationally and 1.5 percent in Arkansas, would get the same tax breaks as everyone else but for most of them it would
Ernest Dumas amount on average to much more in dollar terms. That is because the rich would get the same middle-class tax cut as everyone else, just not the extra helping they got in the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. An example or two: Households that earn more than $1 million next year would get an average tax cut of $6,349. That is under the Obama plan, mind you, not Mitch McConnell’s. McConnell’s plan, which is backed by every Republican in Arkansas and Washington, would give them an average bonus of $104,000 next year. These are the taxpayers who already are the most pampered by the U. S. tax system. They pay an effective tax rate of under 18 percent, which is much less than average working families and less than all but the very poorest Americans. What ought to be encouraging to Democrats is that the vast majority of Americans get it. Polls show that 70 to 75 percent favor extending the full tax cuts except for the richest and least needy families. The figures may not be that good in Arkansas, where every policy initiative by Obama is filtered through a conservative lens. That
Clinton beholds our angry amnesia n Say what you will about Bill Clinton. It has surely been said already. One assertion I made about him nearly two decades ago applies for today’s purpose. I called him either the “great synthesizer,” meaning one who can outdo all others in forging a coherent whole from diverse parts, or the “synthetic man,” meaning false or bogus or fabricated. That either-or posed a false choice, of course. Clinton can be both and has been both. It was that knack for synthesizing that interested me as he came through his home state of Arkansas last week to raise money for beleaguered Democratic friends. No one can match Clinton in assessing and articulating a political climate, a rather dark and stormy version of which we currently confront in America. So Clinton came out of a restaurant and onto a Little Rock sidewalk after gracing a fundraiser for a Democratic
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congressional candidate who trails by 15 points for a seat being vacated by a Democrat. He ambled over to a gaggle of reporters and endeavored to explain the current mood portending a Republican tidal wave that may exceed even the one that drowned Clinton’s Democrats after two years of his presidency. One advantage Clinton holds in analyzing political mistakes, you will find, is that he probably has made them, perhaps famously. He said it was all about the “three A’s.” Those would be anger, apathy and amnesia. This raging public anger is, while justified, not a public policy, but an emotion. Allowing emotions to reign is foolish — as Clinton ought to know,
is, Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes and the budget deficit, Republicans want to cut taxes and the deficit. There may never have been a major debate where theory and facts were all on one side as they are on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, which are scheduled by law — Bush’s law — to end Dec. 31. What about the deficit, the horror that is driving voter rage this year? The Republican plan to extend all the tax cuts forever would add $4 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. The Obama plan would cut the deficits by more than $700 billion over that period — not nearly enough but the first step in reversing the slide from balanced budgets as far as the eye could see to deepwater deficits that began with the Bush tax and spending policies in 2001. McConnell & Co. and the Republican candidates who parrot them everywhere, including Arkansas, offer two arguments: Restoring something close to the 2001 tax rates for the richest people will hurt struggling small businesses and force them to reduce workers, and taking more taxes from anyone, even multimillionaires, when the economy is growing so slowly is terrible strategy. The Obama tax plan would have virtually no negative effect on small businesses. Only 3 percent of small business owners would have their taxes increased and nearly all of those are people in the $250,000 to $500,000 tax bracket, as Rep. John Boehner, the House Republican leader, acknowledged Sunday. Those people would pay an average of $400 a year in extra taxes, hardly enough to make them start laying off people. And businesses pay income taxes not on gross incomes but on
profits, what is left after payroll and expenses. It would have no effect on hiring or firing. What history can they cite that modest taxes on the richest Americans hurt the economy? President Clinton raised tax rates on the wealthy slightly in 1993 when the country was struggling out of a recession. Republicans predicted the next depression. It produced the first string of balanced budgets in modern times and the longest and most robust period of economic growth and the best jobs record in history. And what happened when Bush cut taxes on the rich, not once but three times? It led to the worst jobs and general economic record for any eight years since the Great Depression. You can take the same analogies as far back as the enactment of the income tax nearly a century ago. Unless they are confiscatory, taxes on people of great wealth do not stunt demand like they do for the middle class, which spends, not saves, when taxes are cut. And remember, even when the top marginal tax rate of 2001 is restored it will still be close to the lowest since the 1920s. Don’t get me started on the restoration of a small estate tax, another part of the Obama plan. A grand total of 82 estates in Arkansas in 2007 and 83 in 2008, the richest three-tenths of one percent of the thousands of estates left by deaths, owed even a dime of taxes on the largely untaxed inherited wealth. That is the infamous “death tax.” If you were Blanche Lincoln, Chad Causey, Joyce Elliott, David Whitaker or Mike Ross, wouldn’t you love to take the field against those dour Republican candidates on exactly this issue and maybe nothing else?
having allowed them to overcome him time and again, most recently in his wife’s presidential campaign. He has come back from that, of course. He always comes back. Emotions are used best, in politics and in life, in a contained and channeled way, mixed with logic and reason. Apathy exists currently in two parts. It is found among new voters who came to the polls to elect Barack Obama but are now disengaged if not feeling betrayed. It also is found among independent-minded Americans who are sick of the political polarization and dysfunction. With those groups either sitting out or dropped out, the dominant passion comes from the Republican base or on its rather extraordinary right flank. Amnesia is the factor that Clinton seemed most to enjoy explaining. It is his word for the condition affecting voters who have decided they want to throw out Democrats because these Democrats have not had as much success as desired in repairing the mess they inherited. It is his word for the apparent intention of voters to reinstall those who made the mess in the first place, meaning the Republicans. He used “amnesia” because “insanity” doesn’t start with “a.”
Clinton said Republicans would take us back to the unregulated business climate and fiscal profligacy that put us in the very mess through which the bailouts and stimulus have cushioned and sustained us. He contended the Democratic policies have been successful, to the extent that matters would have been much worse, wholly catastrophic, without them. That is less than ideal as a political message. Still, I predict we will hear more along this line from Democrats — that anger is not a public policy and that people need to snap out of their apathy and amnesia to season their well-warranted anger with reason and remembrance. I do not think it will resonate. I simply think we will be hearing it. Clinton knows the score. He admitted that the incumbent Democratic senator in Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln, is in big trouble. He said that if she got only one vote, it would be his. Alas, she founders there as well. He actually votes in New York. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 15
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Vino’s 20th Anniversary With Ashtray Babyhead, The Baileys, Boondogs, Big Boss Line, Gino Delray, Ho-Hum and Living Sacrifice Vino’s Brew Pub 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18
LONG OVERDUE: Ho-Hum returns to the stage after a three-year absence, highlighting Vino’s 20th anniversary party this Saturday.
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Ho-Hum, Big Boss Line, many more reunite for Vino’s 20th anniversary. By John Tarpley
or me, it’s about driving two hours up I-30 to see Soophie Nun Squad in ’99. Or maybe the night I saw half of a Braid show before an unamused manager taught me the Get Out Shuffle through a side door after I started a bar tab with a bankcard (real, mine) and an Alabama i.d. (real, definitely not mine). You can ask anyone who grew up spending weekends at Vino’s: It’s easy to get nostalgic about Seventh and Chester. There’s a heavy-duty patina of stories — both good and habitually dumbassed — on those hardwood floors. And the role of the back room in our colorful local music history can’t be overstated. For that matter, it can’t be summarized in this space, either. We’ll just say that the tar-black stage has held both the earliest and final steps of almost every band to define the “Little Rock sound,” not to mention a string of legendary shows still notorious in local lore (like Fugazi and Green Day, both in ’91).
But now, in 2010, the Towncraft punks are doting dads, the proto-emo crews are young professionals, the indie kids are grad students and, now, the young metalcore crowd is enjoying its own era in the hallowed halls. However, with the Little Rock staple celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend, general manager Chris New is throwing a homecoming for the Vino’s alum that defined its legacy. “Last year, we all sat down and Henry [Lee, owner] said ‘get started now and pull off something huge for 2010,’ ” says New. “We’ve spent the better part of a year planning and coordinating this weekend, drumming up the show to people we wanted to play.” Consider it a year well spent. Saturday night’s lineup is a diverse retrospective of the ’90s at Vino’s, highlighted by some of the most influential locals to play their stage, many back together for the first time in years.
For example, mid-’90s college rockers The Baileys are set to reunite for the first time in 12 years. Since 1998, the trio left six releases and over 400 songs in their wake, but splintered off into other outfits, notably The Reds (John McAteer) and Ho-Hum (Brad Brown). Another infamous gang of locals, Big Boss Line, is set to play its twisted, hedonistic version of hard-drug rock for the first time in eight years. There’s no word as of yet on whether or not their infamous, winking “legalize heroin and murder” shirts will make a return to merch tables. Living Sacrifice, the ipso facto pioneers of Christian death/thrash metal, has remained a unit for the better part of 20 years, touring, recording and influencing bands the world over. The group returns to the Vino’s stage after a long absence, giving the night a dose of heaviness. Currently residing in Memphis, Gino Delray, the neonclad rockabilly revivalist dedicated to keeping the Sun sound around, revisits the backroom, as well. Two esteemed local groups, Ashtray Babyhead and Boondogs, still perform semi-regularly, but make rare appearances on Saturday. Ashtray Babyhead, which later evolved into The Kicks, enjoyed national success and has played a string of reunion shows over the last few years. But in their hey-day, the pop-punkers were a band of future all-stars if ever Little Rock had one, with Scott Cook currently enjoying a successful solo career and collaborations with Julian Lennon, Jeff Matika touring the world with Green Day and Jason Tedford recording local bands in his Wolfman Studios. Boondogs, as locals know, are Little Rock’s melodic, literate purveyors of understated bedroom pop, beloved at home and throughout the region. And don’t call it a “reunion” — the members maintain they never split — but Ho-Hum, arguably the greatest local band ever, is slated for its first show in three years since playing its “last show ever” during Towncraft Week in May 2007. The night starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are priced at a 1990-appropriate $5, but the deja vu is complimentary. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 17
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9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.
n It’s something of a relief that, amidst the mostly scuzzed-out crop of young guitar rock bands, sloppily endearing garage rock still makes the kids dance. That’s the promise of Harlem, an Austin threepiece signed to the venerable indie label Matador that comes to Little Rock for the first time ever on Thursday. The trio’s formula includes guitars that shred but mostly jangle, a stripped-down beat that’s hard not to bop along to, hooks a-plenty and lyrics that’re occasionally deranged (but always framed in a warm shimmy). Harlem’s latest album, “Hippies,” opens like this: “Someday soon you’ll be on fire/Ask me for a glass of water/I’ll say noooooo/Let that shit burn/And you’ll say/ Please please please put me out/I promise not to do again/Whatever I did to you ...” Look for the crowd to be singing along, loudly, with big smiles. LM
DINNER AND (AN OSCAR-WINNING) MOVIE: Ray McKinnon, celebrating a 2001 Academy Award win with wife and producer Lisa Blount and co-star and frequent collaborator Walton Goggins, presents “The Accountant” at Root dinner. Competition in New York. A year later, it became the Juilliard School’s Graduate Resident String Quartet. And earlier this year, Afiara was the first ensemble to
shrieking and shredding that usually fills the downtown space. Instead, the orchestral five-piece is a provocative blend of Nick Cave’s gothic south and Wolf Parade’s dynamic indie rock muddled with a dash of Drive-In Truckers’ taste for epic narratives. But what sets the band apart from its noirfuelled peers is a reluctance to sound like a caricatured pastiche of the South. There’s a healthy bit of tense, Cormac McCarthyesque brooding flowing through the sound, desperate but controlled. Yup, constraint is the key that makes Murder by Death good music for bad moods. The band is joined by long-time Times favorite, Samantha Crain. For years, the pint-sized Oklahoman has churned out dusty, rollicking tunes with magical realism in one pocket and a copy of “Tobacco Road” in the other. Ninja Gun, a harmonic, heavy-roots trio from Georgia, open the night. JT
F RIDAY 9 /1 7 GARAGE REVIVALISTS: Harlem comes to Sticky Fingerz.
AFIARA STRING QUARTET
7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. $10-$25.
n The Arkansas Chamber Society opens its 2010-2011 season with a decorated, young Canadian quartet. Formed in 2006, Afiara (a derivation of the Spanish fiar, which means “to trust,” signifying “a basic element vital to the depth and joy of its music-making,” according to the quartet’s bio) has put together an impressive resume in short order. In 2008, it won the Concert Artists Guild International 18 SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
receive the Young Canadian Musicians Award. The quartet’s Little Rock program includes Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Pannonia Boundless, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major. LM
MURDER BY DEATH / SAMANTHA CRAIN 8 p.m., Downtown Music. $14.
n While “Murder by Death” may look uniform on an “upcoming bands” schedule for the local metal venue, the actual Murder by Death sound is a far cry from the
ROOT CAFE’S DINNER AND A MOVIE
6:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church. $15.
n The Root Cafe, the long-in-development local and organic foods restaurant, still doesn’t have a permanent space, but that hasn’t stopped its creators from regularly hosting canning classes, dinners and parties. On Friday, Root offers a sit-down dinner paired with two short films by local filmmakers. In other cities that latter element might serve as code for “avoid at all cost,” but Little Rock is home to two big-time filmmakers who’re passionate about shorts: Graham Gordy and Ray
McKinnon. Gordy, a bi-weekly Times columnist, wrote “War Eagle, Arkansas” and co-wrote “The Love Guru,” has another feature film in pre-production, is writing the pilot for a series for AMC and collaborating with McKinnon on a script for a TV comedy set in Arkansas. His directorial debut, “Home Field Advantage,” screens Friday. Co-written by Clay and Nick Rogers, the film centers on a drunken interruption of a wedding. McKinnon, known for his supporting roles in “Deadwood” and “The Blind Side” and his direction in “Chrystal” and “Randy and the Mob,” won an Academy Award in 2001 for “The Accountant,” a hilarious polemic against the enemies — both real and imagined — of the South and the small Southern farmer. It also shows on Friday. Gordy, McKinnon and Nick Rogers will all be on hand for a Q&A following the film. The menu, comprised of ingredients from local farms, includes smoked turkey mole chili, vegetarian white bean chili, an organic field green salad, homemade biscuits and cornbread and blackstrap gingerbread with whipped cream. RSVP to email@example.com. LM
8 p.m., Low Key Arts, Hot Springs. $5.
n Rock music owes a debt to Japan. No, not for that creepy, J-Pop baloney: for the pun-y band names cobbled together from the country: Japancakes, Japandroids — even Little Rock’s own San Antokyo took a trip on the pun-wagon. (I’m still waiting for a Foucault-themed band called, you got it, Japanopticon.) But Japanther, despite the name, is a band begotten of American influences all around: late-’70s no-wave
n The Rep continues with its run of “Evita,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Tim Rice musical classic, 7 p.m., $20-$40. Forever gigging, the popular New Orleans outfit Cowboy Mouth comes to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. In Fayetteville, singer/songwriter Susan Werner toes the line between pop, folk and jazz for two intimate shows at Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theater, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $20-$30. The boogie-woogie hill trio of Sad Daddy plays a contagiously feel-good brand of throwback folk at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.
FREE JAZZ: With New Orleans greats Astral Project at the Hot Springs Jazz Fest. from New York, mid-’80s punk from Washington late-’90s dance-punk and ’00s Baltimore rap all knotted up together in the two-piece drum and bass outfit’s sound. Since revving up its caffeinated, good-times sound in 2001 at The Pratt Institute, the fiercely experimental duo has collaborated with video artists for installations in the Whitney Museum, puppeteers for a marionette reworking of the anti-establishment cult film “Wild in the Streets” and even a synchronized swimming team. This show, incredibly, marks the infamous touring act’s first trip to Arkansas. The duo plays with Cold Mold, Hot Springs’ abrasive, co-ed skronk-rock twosome. Jason Harrington, AKA Mad Trucker, moonlights as his glitched-out, dubstepping alter-ego DJ Truckula, while local designer/muralist Ch3mex does live art. JT
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HOT SPRINGS JAZZ FEST 11 a.m., Broadway and Market streets, Hot Springs. Free.
n Ongoing since Tuesday, the 19th annual Hot Springs Jazz Fest hits its highpoint on Saturday, with a daylong slate of jazz in all its broad glory on Broadway Street underneath the Sky-Bridge. That means the likes of the Hot Springs Scholarship Jazz Ensemble (11 a.m.); the six-member Happy Tymes Dixieland Band (11:30 a.m.); the 18-piece Arkansas Jazz
Orchestra, which isn’t afraid to mix Duke Ellington with contemporary arrangements from the “Tonight Show” band (12:15 p.m.); the University of Arkansas at Monticello band (2 p.m.); Inside Out, a five-piece that merges SMALL PONDS, BIG VOCALS: North Carolina’s Small Ponds c o n t e m p o r a r y celebrate the release of their new album at White Water Tavern. arrangements with standards (3:30 p.m.); and the big rial from Memphis’ rock ’n’ roll throwband S’Wonderful, which specializes in backs John Paul Keith and the One Four songs made famous by female-fronted Fives, Southern rock hero Joey Kneiser big band vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and (of Glossary) and rising North Carolina Sarah Vaughn (4:30 p.m.). But most of all, alt-country act American Aquarium. don’t miss Astral Project, New Orleans’ And now, thanks undoubtedly to his greatest contemporary jazz act. Live, the relationship with American Aquarium, quartet swings like few others. The venerHill’s releasing the debut album from able jazz mag OffBeat wasn’t reaching The Small Ponds, a new Raleigh, N.C.when it called Astral Project “one of the based trio that includes folk-rock chanmost unique jazz groups period.” LM teuse Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown, Tres Chicas), Matt Douglas (The Proclivities) and Skillet Gilmore (Whiskeytown). An S U N D AY 9 / 1 9 early intimate show at White Water should be a good venue for the group’s moody, slow-build relationship songs. Cary and Douglas have pure voices that sound 7 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5. great together. Slobberbone front man Brent Best, who’s damn near a regular n Steadily, Travis Hill is turning his at White Water, opens the show with a Little Rock label Last Chance Records solo set. LM into a national player. He’s released mate-
THE SMALL PONDS
n The Children’s Theatre opens its stage adaptation of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” 7 p.m., $10-$14. Meanwhile, The Weekend Theater continues with the drama “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” 7:30 p.m., $10-$14. Big-time metalcore act, As I Lay Dying shrieks and shreds at The Village with Unearth and fellow San Diegans Carnifex, 8 p.m., $21 adv., $25 d.o.s. The crooner’s taking time off from an acting gig; after a run in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Weekend Theater, Cody Belew (& Co.) returns to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Deborah Norville, the bestselling author and Emmy-winning anchor for “Inside Edition,” speaks at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall as part of its Distinguished Lecture series, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. Think Fugazi by way of The Hold Steady: Red Collar rocks out, ’90s style, at White Water Tavern with help from Magic Hassle, 10 p.m. Is it just us, or is it cover band season in Little Rock? This weekend offers Satisfaction, the, yep, Stones tribute act; look for the Jagger swagger at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $7.
n Country rockers Hwy. 5 return to Arkansas with a show at Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $6. Alternative outfit Maya Blue headlines its debut show at Maxine’s with support from other modern rockers in The Vail and Finding Jimmy Hoffa, 8 p.m., $5. At Discovery, Justin Sane handles the disco; g-force funks in the lobby; and hostesses Sasha Andrew, Leah Alize and Kamrin Michaels emcee the theater, 10 p.m., $10. Bluegrass ass-kickers Pope County Bootleggers play the in-it-towin-it drinkers at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. It’s sunshine and flowers when pep-poppers Arrah and the Ferns return to Little Rock; they’re joined by locals (clap!) Kidz Pop! at ACAC’s new space at 608 Main St. (the former Blank Generation for you old heads), 9 p.m., $6. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 19
SAVOR CITY the
our favorite chefs have put together special, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for the month of September that are priced below what you would ordinarily pay for each course separately. Go to www.experiencelittlerockdining.com for more information.
LUNCH $15 2 COURSES
SEPTEMBER 2010 LITTLE ROCK RESTAURANT MONTH
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DINNER $35 3 COURSES
1620 RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) www.1620restaurant.com 1620 Market Street • (501) 221-1620
FERNEAU (DINNER ONLY) www.ferneaurestaurant.com 2601 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 603-9208
BEST IMPRESSIONS (LUNCH AND BRUNCH ONLY) www.bestimpressionsrestaurant.com 501 East 9th Street • (501) 907-5946
LULAV www.lulaveatery.com 220 West 6th Street • (501) 374-5100
CAFE BOSSA NOVA www.cafebossanova.com 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 614-6682
SUSHI CAFE www.sushicaferocks.com 5823 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-9888
CAPI’S www.capisrestaurant.com 11525 Cantrell Road • (501) 225-9600
SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM (DINNER ONLY) www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com 500 President Clinton Avenue #100 • (501) 324-2999
CAPRICCIO GRILL www.peabodylittlerock.com 3 Statehouse Plaza • (501) 399-8000
TERRY’S THE RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 5018 Kavanaugh • (501) 663-4154
CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS www.cheersith.com 2010 North Van Buren Street • (501) 663-5937 CIAO BACI (DINNER ONLY) www.ciaobaci.org 605 Beechwood Street • (501) 603-0238
LUNCH $12 2 COURSES
TRIO’S RESTAURANT & CATERING www.triosrestaurant.com 8201 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3330 VIEUX CARRE www.vieuxcarrecafe.com 2721 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-1196
DINNER $25 3 COURSES
ACADIA www.acadiahillcrest.com 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 202 • (501) 603-9630
CAJUN’S WHARF (DINNER ONLY) www.cajunswharf.com 2400 Cantrell Road • (501) 375-5351
B-SIDE (BREAKFAST/BRUNCH ONLY) 11121 Rodney Parham (Market Street Shopping Center) (501) 554-0914
CAPERS www.capersrestaurant.com 14502 Cantrell Road • (501) 868-7600
THE BUTCHER SHOP STEAKHOUSE (DINNER ONLY) www.thebutchershop.com 10825 Hermitage Road • (501) 312-2748
COPPER GRILL & GROCERY www.coppergrillandgrocery.com 300 East 3rd Street • (501) 375-3333
CAFE 201 Crownplazalittlerock.com 201 S. Shackleford Road • (501) 223.3000
COPELAND’S www.copelandsofneworleans.com 2602 South Shackleford Road • (501) 312-1616
www.experiencelittlerockdining.com Menu Items differ with each restaurant. Tax and gratuity not included
LUNCH $12 2 COURSES
DINNER $25 3 COURSES
DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO 200 River Market Ave. • (501) 375-3500 DIVERSION TAPAS RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 200 • (501) 414-0409
LOCA LUNA RESTAURANT www.localuna.com 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 663-4666 THE PANTRY www.littlerockpantry.com 11401 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 353-1875
THE HOUSE 722 N. Palmprix Street • (501) 663-4500 Special fixe menus at reduced prices at these Little Rock restaurants. RED DOOR www.reddoorrestaurant.net JUANITA’S CAFÉ & BAR 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 666-8482 www.juanitas.com 1300 Main Street • (501) 372-122 SALUT! 1501 North University Avenue • (501) 660-4200 LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME www.lillysdimsum.com 11121 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 716-2700
LUNCH $7 2 COURSES
DINNER $15 3 COURSES
ALLEY OOPS 11900 Kanis Road • (501) 221-9400
PIZZA CAFE (LUNCH ONLY) 1517 Rebsamen Park Road • (501) 664-6133
COTIJA’S MEXICAN GRILL 406 S. Louisiana St. • (501) 244-0733
PURPLE COW www.purplecowlr.com 8026 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3555 11602 Chenal Parkway • (501) 224-4433
BLACK ANGUS 10907 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 228-7800 BURGE’S www.smokedturkeys.com 5620 R Street • (501) 666-1660
THE VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT www.thevillaitalian.net 12111 W. Markham, 310 Rock Creek Square (501) 219-2244
DAMGOODE PIES www.damgoodepies.com 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 664-2239
UNDERGROUND PUB www.theundergroundpub.com 500 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 707-2537
THE HOP DINER (LUNCH ONLY) 201 East Markham Street • (501) 244-0975
ZACK’S PLACE www.zacks-place.com 1400 S. University • (501) 664-6444
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Michael Beschloss. NBC News’ Presidential Historian, author and frequent guest on “Meet the Press” brings his analysis and anecdotes of American presidents to the Clinton Library’s Great Hall for the latest installment of the Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series. Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis. Reserve seats by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 501-683-5239. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Wayne Pacelle. A lecture from the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. Reserve seats at publicprograms@clintonschool. uasys.edu or 501-683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.
Afiara String Quartet. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $10 students, $25 adults. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Bret Michaels, Finding Jimmy Hoffa. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 8 p.m., $25-$100. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. Cowboy Mouth. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. DJ Chucky P. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. DJ SilkySlim. Sway, $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Harlem. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Joey Arata. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. markhamst.com. Murder By Death, Samantha Crain, Ninja Gun. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $14 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Machina, Sychosis, Iron Ton, Burning Ever After. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Mare Carmody and Courtney Sheppard. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, 7 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-1144. www.yiayias.com/littlerock. “Posh.” Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Sad Daddy. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Sent By Ravens, Rapture Ruckus, The Cast and Crew. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $11. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Slim and the Workers (headliner), Grayson Shelton (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Susan Werner. Walton Arts Center, 7 and 9 p.m., $20-$30. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4435600. Ted Ludwig Trio. The Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
B.T. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Sept. 17, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 18, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy. com. 22 SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. A nine-day event focused on growth of minority businesses in the Little Rock region. For more information, visit littlerockchamber. com. through Sept. 22. 3rd Annual “Harvest of Hope” Live and Silent Auction. Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation’s annual benefit to fund provide lab work, X-rays and other services to organization’s clients. The Little Rock Club, 5:30 p.m., $75. 400 W. Capitol, 30th Floor. Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. “Dancing with Our Stars.” Cocktails, dinner and dancing with local figures to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Arkansas Chapter of the Children’s Tumor Foundation. For more information, visit ctfarkansas.org. Chenal Country Club, 6:30 p.m., $125. 10 Chenal Club Blvd. 501-821-4141. KUAR Annual Meeting with Boondogs. KUAR’s annual meeting and gathering offers catering from Red Door and O’Looneys and music from Boondogs in the UALR Jack Stephens Center. UALR - Jack Stephens Center, 5:30 p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave.
“inVerse.” An all-ages, open-mic poetry slam. ACAC, 7:30 p.m., $5. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Music
“AN EVENING WITH...”: The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center fetes legendary jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis this Friday night at the Clinton Presidential Center. The black-tie evening features a VIP reception, dinner and performance from Lewis, all benefiting MTCC cultural and outreach programs. Tickets are available at $200 each. Call 501-978-2234 to order.
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LITTLE ROCK’S WORLD FAMOUS RESTAURANT 400 N. Bowman Road 501-224-3377 • 1619 Rebsamen Road 501-663-9734
As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Carnifex. The Village, 8 p.m., $21 adv., $25 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive.com. Big John Miller (headliner), Rob & Tyndall (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Brian and Nick. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Brian Odle. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Brown Sole Shoes. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. www.markhamst.com. Cody Belew & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Sept. 17-18, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. “Encore.” Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Ghost Town Blue Band. Midtown Billiards, Sept. 18, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Japanther, Cold Mold. Low Key Arts, 9 p.m. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. Jeb Harrison. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. Katmandu, Kat Hood. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m., free. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www. capisrestaurant.com. Kinch, Remma, Eddie Cohn. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.
UPcoMing EvEnTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. SEPT. 18: Vino’s 20th Anniversary with Ho-Hum, Ashtray Babyhead, Living Sacrifice, The Boondogs, Big Boss Line, The Baileys, Gino Delray. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th St. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. SEPT. 23: The Hold Steady, $18. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 523-0090, revroom. com. SEPT 24: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. 8:30 p.m., $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom. com. SEPT. 25: The Moving Front Record Release Show. 10 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern OCT. 10: Nickelback. 6 p.m., $55.95-$80.35. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. OCT. 21: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie. 7 p.m., $39.75-$49.75. Verizon Arena. 800-7453000, ticketmaster.com OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, pollstar.com. com. Let Them Be Heard, Odds Against One, Last Hour, Evacuate the City. Soundstage, 8 p.m., $7. 1008 Oak St., Conway. Mark Simpson. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Olivia Burnett. Grumpy’s Too, 8:30 p.m., free. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Red Collar, Magic Hassle. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern. Satisfaction. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Seth Freeman. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Silver Service. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Hot Springs Jazzfest: The U.S. Navy Band Mid-South Jazz Ensemble. Hot Springs Convention Center, 6:45 p.m., free. 134 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. www. hotsprings.org. Vino’s Pre-Birthday Bash with Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Underclaire, Magic Hassle, Whale Fire. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Zodiac with DJ Jeremy Word. Revolution, 8 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com.
B.T. The Loony Bin, Sept. 17, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 18, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
12th Annual Kaleidoscope Kids Auction. Complimentary cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, a wine pull, and more than 200 live and silent auction items to benefit Kaleidoscope Grief Center and Methodist Counseling Clinic. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 6:30 p.m., $75. 1100 Napa Valley Dr. 501-221-5300. 28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16. “Best of the West” Family Fest. A weekend of dancing, wagon rides, food, rodeos, pageants as well as folk and country music from Ryan Couron and others. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit barfiftyranch.com. Bar Fifty Ranch, Sept. 17-19, $20 minimum donation. 18044 Hwy 84, Bismarck. www.barfiftyranch.com. “An Evening With the Legendary Ramsey
Lewis.” A benefit for the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s educational and outreach programs, this black-tie evening celebrates Ramsey Lewis, the Grammy-winning jazz pianist, with a reception, dinner and recital from the man of honor. Clinton Presidential Center, Fri., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., $200. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org. “Cowboy Weekend.” A weekend of Western events, crafts and music featuring singer-songwriter Don Edwards. Ozark Folk Center State Park, Sept. 17-18, $10. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. “An Evening With the Legendary Ramsey Lewis.” A benefit for the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s educational and outreach programs, this black-tie evening celebrates Ramsey Lewis, the Grammy-winning jazz pianist, with a reception, dinner and recital from the man of honor. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., $200. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. “Friends of THEA” Fun Night. Free crafts, coloring pages, face painting and a raffle for a signed George Rodrigue print. Thea Foundation, 5:30 p.m., free. 401 Main St., NLR. 501-379-9512. www.theafoundation.org. Haunted Evening Tour. A two-hour tour, exploring funeral customs of the 19th century before a tour of locations said to be the city’s most haunted and a visit with paranormal investigators. Visit hauntedtoursoflittlerock.com for more information. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Dec. 3: 7 p.m., $25. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/. 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. DYSC meets every Friday night at 800 Scott St. in Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Wine and Food Festival. An outdoor festival of cuisine with over 100 wines and food from 14 local restaurants. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 6:30 p.m., $75. 20919 Denny Rd.
The ROOT Cafe’s “Friday Dinner and a Movie.” Dinner made from seasonal, local ingredients followed by two short films: Ray McKinnon’s “The Accountant” and Graham Gordy and Nick Rogers’ “Home Field Advantage.” Christ Episcopal Church, 6:30 p.m., $15. 509 Scott St. 501-3752342.
Brown Bag Lunch Lectures: “Fent and Pete—Arkansas’s Southwestern Humor.” George Lankford, Ph.D. of folklore, discusses the antebellum writing career of notorious Arkansan C.F.M. Noland. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Deborah Norville. The host of “Inside Edition” speaks about her experience in journalism. UCA, 7:30 p.m., $10. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.
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Arrah and the Ferns, (clap!)Kidz Pop!. ACAC, 9 p.m., $6. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. Barrett Baber. Grumpy’s Too, 8:30 p.m., free. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Brenda & Ellis. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. BushDog. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. westendsmokehouse.net. The Carla Case Band. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Crankbait, Iron Tongue, Thorlock. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 215 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Earl & Them. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. The Gettys. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5 early admission. 107
Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. Hot Springs Jazzfest: Outdoor Concert. With Astral Project, Anything That Moves, Inside Out, S’Wonderful and more. 11 a.m. p.m. Hwy. 5, Brian Mullen. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $6. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Interstate Buffalo. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Justin Sane (disco); g-force (lobby); Sasha Andrew, Leah Alize, Kamrin Michaels (Theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Maya Blue, The Vail, Finding Jimmy Hoffa. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Penguin Dilemma. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. www.markhamst.com. Pope County Bootleggers. Midtown Billiards, Sept. 19, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Raising Grey (headliner), The Crumbs (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Rep the Rock Rite Nite wtih K-Toomer, D-Mite, Natrul, Lil B and more. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-3741782. cstonepub.com. Riverbilly. Revolution, 8 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Hot Springs Jazzfest: University of Arkansas-Monticello Jazz Band. Hot Springs Central Baptist Church, 10 a.m. 1035 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Vino’s 20th Birthday with Ashtray Babyhead, Ho-Hum, Living Sacrifice, The Baileys, Boondogs, Big Boss Line, Gino Delray. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Weakness for Blondes. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern.
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■ media Easy streaming Smartphone app changing the way we broadcast news. By Gerard Matthews
n Things have really changed over the course of my career as a journalist. Actually, to call it a “career” is really a bit of a joke – I’ve only been here for two years. The point is that even in that short time, we’ve seen some exciting changes in the way news is transmitted to readers/ viewers. For hard-core newshounds, Twitter really was a game-changer. The service, at least to my knowledge, wasn’t widely used even two years ago, but that’s changed. Every news outlet and most local reporters have informative and oft-updated feeds. Can’t attend a meeting or an event? Don’t worry about it. Someone else is, and they’re live-Tweeting 140-character updates, keeping you posted on what’s going on. Like anything, you have to consider the source, but with a good mix of feeds you can usually come away with a pretty good understanding of what happened. But Twitter is so last year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still an obsessive Twitter user, but now there are ways to get the news to an audience more quickly and without a filter. I’m talking about live streaming video. You no longer need a $200,000 satellite truck, high-quality cameras, professional photographers, well-placed microphones or high-dollar light sets to do it. All you really need is an Android phone. Justin.tv, a live-streaming smartphone app, allows users to broadcast instantly from anywhere. You can download the app to your Android phone or iPhone, although the iPhone doesn’t have a broadcast option just yet. That’s coming, developers say. What’s great about the service is you no longer have to rely on anyone else for instant analysis, or keep up with multiple Twitter feeds. You can watch a news event as it unfolds. Two weeks ago the Times broadcast a press conference held by Republican candidate for governor Jim Keet. I sat in the front row, phone in hand, and broadcast the entire presser from my Justin.tv channel. The video, which can be embedded directly into a blog post, was then placed on the front page of our website on the Arkansas Blog. Live video. On a blog. We couldn’t believe how great it turned out. If you miss the live broadcast, you can tune in later and watch a saved version of the video, as nearly 3,000 people have 24 SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
done with the Keet video (that’s a lot of viewers for a boring, run-of-the-mill press conference). And the quality’s not that bad. The video was a little pixilated, but that’s to be expected. The stream was steady and reliable, unlike a couple of other services we’ve tried like Qik and Ustream, and the audio was clear. The best thing about Justin.tv’s app is its simplicity. It’s easier to use than other services, the interface is very similar to a Flip camera (that is, it’s idiot-proof) and letting people know you’re going live is a snap. Once you press record, the service sends a message to all of your Twitter followers and Facebook friends and provides a link to the broadcast. According to Mashable, a popular tech blog, “Justin. tv may not have been the first player in the live-video-from-mobile game, in our opinion and experience, its product is still the best available to consumers right now.” Jason Tolbert, author of the Tolbert Report blog, broadcast the recent Lincoln/ Boozman debate live from Justin.tv (my
battery was dead). The event also got the streaming treatment from Fox 16, which did a great job and offered a slick, wellproduced broadcast on its website. The content was the same; the only difference was production value, quality and the price tag. I doubt any local news outlet can broadcast an event at literally no cost. One thing that YouTube and the Internet have shown us is that people are willing to watch a low-quality video as long as they are interested in the content. Of course, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it all the time, or rely on the technology too heavily. Journalists should not abdicate their responsibility – giving a careful and thoughtful account of a news event, complete with enough information and analysis to place that event in its appropriate context – to a smartphone app. But it will be interesting to see how these tools are used in the future and how audiences and news organizations continue to interact with them. As with any new technology, it will be a wonder to see what new gadget will render it completely obsolete.
Continued from page 23 free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Little Rock Multitap gaming night. A bi-monthly video competition night. ACAC, third Saturday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m., $5 membership fee. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. www.littlerockmultitap.com. SOAR Network Volunteer Training Camp. Workshop on ways to address the local homelessness problem. Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 9 a.m.:30 p.m., free. 3805 West 12th Street.
Director’s Spotlight: Jane Campion. The Faulkner County Film Society screens two films by the New Zealand-born director, Jane Campion. 1996’s “Portrait of a Lady” plays at 9 p.m.; 1999’s “Holy Smoke” at midnight. Faulkner County Library, 9 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Music
The Bad Choices open blues jam. Khalil’s Pub, 5 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-2240224. www.khalilspub.com. Caitlin Cary. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Hot Springs Jazzfest: Jazz Mass. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 10:45 p.m. 228 Spring St., Hot Springs. J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Wicked Good, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., $7. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Jason Reeves, Joe Brooks. Revolution, 8 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Shannon McClung. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24-25, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Successful Sundays. Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs. com. “Sunday Funday” dance party. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, Every other Sunday, 5 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16. “Best of the West” Family Fest. See Sept. 17. New Cemetery History Tour. Local cemeteries celebrate their recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Stodola unveils the plaque at 2 p.m., a cell phone tour of the cemeteries to follow. For more information, visit oakland-fraternal. org. Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery, 2 p.m. 2101 Barber Ave. 501-372-6429.
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Despised Icon, Misery Index, Revocation, A Darkened Era, Moment of FIerce Determination. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Hana Pestle. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Monday Night Jazz with I.J. Routon and Friends. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $8. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16. MED Week Awards Luncheon. The conclusion of MED Week honors minority businesses, entrepreneurs and supporting businesses/organizations.
Korto Momolu emcees. For more information, visit littlerockchamber.com. Philander Smith College, 11:30 a.m. p.m., $25. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr.
Mary Mel French. The nation’s chief of protocol during the Clinton administration shares her personal experience and signs her new book, “United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette.” For more information, visit clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org. “The Ousted U.S. Attorneys.” A panel discussion featuring former U.S. attorneys who were fired in 2006 during the political shakeup by the Bush administration Justice Department. Reserve seats by calling 501-683-5239. UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 12 p.m. 1201 McMath Ave. 501-3249434. www.law.ualr.edu.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Music
Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai, pianist. Harding University, 7 p.m., free. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. 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. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Subteens, Sweet Eagle. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Turbid North. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. www.revroom.com.
28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Music
Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. American Aquarium. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern. Black Tusk, Iron Tongue. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Blackberry Smoke. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Cody Canada & Seth James. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com. Chris DeClerk. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. The DDG Trio. UCA, 7:30 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. In Ground Zero, Still Reign, The Last Shade, poisonwood, Shadowvein, Synapse Defect. The Village, 6 p.m. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-5700300. www.thevillagelive.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jukebox the Ghost, Hooray for Earth, Via Audio. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $7 adv., $9 d.o.s. 1300 S.
Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Dan Chopin. The Loony Bin, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 25, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www. loonybincomedy.com.
28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16.
David Lambert. The public affairs consultant on issues related to global food security, child nutrition, food safety and agricultural biotechnology delivers a lecture “The Quest to End Hunger in Our Time: Can Political Will Catch Up with Our Core Values?” 683-5239 to reserve seats. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
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ARTS SCENE, 806 W. Markham: Sale of paintings, drawings and watercolors by Jon Shannon Rogers, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 18, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 19. 372-2130. BERNICE GARDEN, 1401 S. Main St.: Sculpture party and Fall Fest, unveiling of five new sculptures by Bre Harris, Joe Barnett, John Mark Van Horn, Kwendeche and Terry and Maritza Bean, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “An Evening with Ramsey Lewis,” dinner and performance in the Great Hall, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, tickets $200, benefits the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center; “Headed to the White House,” exhibit on the election process, Sept. 17-Nov. 21; Standing exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 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. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh: “95% in the Moment,” photographs by Rita Henry, Nancy
Nolan and Adrienne Taylor, opens with reception 7-10 p.m. Sept. 18 with music by Kevin Kerby and Todd Beene, show through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Barry Thomas: Arkansas Landscapes,” opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEIGHTS GALLERY, 5801 Kavanaugh: “3 Women Who Paint,” work by Virmarie DePoyster, Holly Reding and Emily Wood, opening reception 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16; also work by other contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-2772. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Rene Hein, opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk, show through Nov. 1. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 506 Main St., NLR: Lynn Sudderth will talk about
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“The 39 Steps.” A man bored with his life meets a woman who says she’s a spy; soon the two are on the run from a mysterious organization in this adaptation of the Hitchcock classic. Walton Arts Center, through Sept. 19: Thu-Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 2 p.m., $10-$28. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Mark Twain’s adventures of Tom Sawyer, the mischievous young hero, and friends in a small town on the Mississippi River. Arkansas Arts Center, through Oct. 3: Fri, 7 p.m.; Sat, 3 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m., $11-$14. MacArthur Park. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. “Crumbs from the Table of Joy.” A widower finds himself in the middle of a culture clash after moving his family to 1950s Brooklyn. The Weekend Theater, Fri., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., $10-$14. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www. weekendtheater.org. “Evita.” A musical retelling of Evita Peron, second wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron, who rose from obscurity to political power and found herself the spiritual leader of the torn country. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Oct. 3: Wed, Thu, 7 p.m.; Fri, Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 and 7 p.m., $20-$40. 601 Main St. , 378-0405. www.therep.org. “Smoke on the Mountain.” The original bluegrass gospel musical comedy about a service in a rural North Carolina Baptist church. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Oct. 10: Tue-Sat, 6 p.m.; Sun, 5:30 p.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m., $22-$30. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
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MuseuMs, Galleries New exhibits, gallery events ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Found in Translation: The Development of a Japanese Legacy in America,” lecture by ceramicist Lee Love, 6 p.m. Sept. 16, $5; Friends of Contemporary Craft Conversation with Gail Fredell, director of development for the Furniture Society, 6 p.m. Sept. 19, $15 FOCC members, $20 non-members; “Reaching Out: Little Rock and the Fay Jones School of Architecture,” lecture by Jeff Shannon, 6 p.m. Sept. 21; “A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910,” work by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose Guadelupe Posada, Manuel Manilla, Arnold Belkin, Pedro Coronel, Jose Luis Cuevas, Rocio Maldonado, Julian Galan and others from the collection of the University of Texas, through Nov. 21, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey,” large-scale ceramic figures, through Nov. 28, Jeannette Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000.
her ceramic egg people, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!” Sept. 18-Jan. 9; interactive science exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and up, children under 1 free, “Pay What You Can” second Sunday of every month. 396-7050. www. museumofdiscovery.org. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St.: Fun Night, craft-making and blue dog face painting, raffle tickets for George Rodrigue silkscreen for sale 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Lecture by Delilah Montoya, 6 p.m. Sept. 23; “El Grito (The Cry for Independence),” contemporary work by Mexican-Americans, Gallery I and II, through Oct. 10; “Drawings of Mexico by Louis Freund,” Gallery III, through Sept. 22. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977.
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A HAIRY SITUATION: The much-anticipated, much-debated, ultra-controversial documentary “I’m Still Here” is an uncensored look at Joaquin Phoenix, the eccentric actor and heartthrob, during the chaotic, drug-fuelled “lost year” in which he swore off acting, attempted a rap career, ballooned in size and had an entire country asking “is this real?”
Ramona and Beezus (G) — Beverly Cleary’s famous Quimby sisters go through misadventures and mistakes to save their family. Movies 10: 1:30, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20. Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (R) — In the newest installment of the video game-based franchise, zombie-killing, pistol-packing Alice (Milla Jovovich) returns to shepherd innocent Los Angelenos to safety. Chenal 9: 11:30, 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 9:35 (2D); 11:10, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:15 (3D). Breckenridge: 4:35, 7:35, 9:55. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) — A young musician must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes to win her over in this video gameinspired romantic comedy. Movies 10: 1:15, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45. Shrek Forever After (PG) — The final movie of the series has the ogre stuck in Far Far Away, in which ogres are hunted and Rumpelstiltskin is king. Movies 10: 1:05, 3;20, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) — A master sorcerer recruits an ordinary guy to help him defend New York City from his arch-rival. With Nicholas Cage. Movies 10: 1:40, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55. The Switch (PG-13) — Seven years after she’s given birth, a woman (Jennifer Aniston) discovers her best friend switched her intended sperm sample with his own. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:15, 6:50, 9:25. Takers (PG-13) — Five meticulous bank robbers elude a hard-boiled detective so they can pull off one last heist. With Matt Dillon. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:05, 7:15, 9:55. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 9:35. Thrill Ride (NR) — This IMAX movie takes viewers on some of the fastest, scariest roller coaster rides on earth. Aerospace IMAX: 1:00 (Thu.); 1:00, 8:00 (Fri.); 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 8:00 (Sat.). The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) — The third installment of the “Twilight” series finds Bella graduating high school, torn between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. Movies 10: 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 10:10. Wildfire: Feel the Heat (NR) — Discover how firefighters all over the planet fight the biggest, hottest fires on the planet. Aerospace IMAX: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 8:00 (Sat.). Winter’s Bone (R) — A 17-year-old girl tracks her deadbeat father through the Ozarks after he abandons his family. 2010 winner of LRFF’s Golden Rock award. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:20.
Grown Ups (PG-13) — Five old basketball teammates act like kids again after their high school coach passes away. Movies 10: 1:45, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40. SEPT. 17-19 Inception (PG-13) — A corporate spy enters competitors’ dreams to extract company All theater listings run Friday to Thursday unless otherwise noted. secrets in this surrealist revision of heist films. With Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe. Breckenridge: 1:00, 7:00. Riverdale, Rave and Lakewood listings were unavailThe Town (R) – Ben Affleck directs and stars in The Karate Kid (PG) — A reboot of the 1985 able at press time. Visit www.arktimes.com for this heist thriller as a ruthless, master bank robber classic sees the Kid as a Detroit-transplant in updates. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or stuck in a web of paranoia in urban Boston. With China, learning kung fu from the hand of his after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Jon Hamm. Breckenridge: 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45. apartment maintenance man. Movies 10: 1:00, Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:05, 9:50. 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. NEW MOVIES The Kids are All Right (R) — Two children in a Alpha and Omega (PG) – Two wolves try to RETURNING THIS WEEK non-traditional family discover their birth father, to find their way back home after being kidnapped Animalopolis (NR) — A half-hour film of goofy the chagrin of their two mothers (Annette Bening from their pack. But things go awry when the two animals being goofy in enormous 3D. Aerospace and Julianne Moore). Market Street: 2:00, 4:00, opposites attract. Voiced by Hayden Panettiere IMAX: 11:00, 7:00 Fri.; 1:00, 3:00, 7:00 Sat. 7:00, 9:00. and Justin Long. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:30, 7:20, The American (R) — After a nasty job goes The Last Airbender (PG) — M. Night 9:30. awry, an assassin swears off his line of work, Shyamalan adapts the hugely successful action Devil (PG-13) – Five people trapped in a stalled but soon finds retirement may not be as easy as cartoon about four magical defenders of the elevator discover that one of them is, in fact, the he thought. With George Clooney. Breckenridge: elements. Movies 10: 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15. devil in disguise. Yep. That’s about it. Based on a 1:25, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:25, 1:50, 4:35, The Last Exorcism (PG-13) — A disillusioned story by M. Night Shyamalan. Breckenridge: 1:50, 7:25, 9:50. Baptist minister allows a documentary crew to 5:00, 7:30, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:35, 1:35, 4:40, 7:45, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore film his final exorcism. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:10, 9:45. (PG) — The never-ending war between canine and 6:45, 9:20. Easy A (PG-13) – A straight-laced, all-star high feline comes to a ceasefire when they have to join Legendary (PG-13) — A bookish student Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, school student uses the school’s rumor mill to forces to defeat a rogue cat spy. Movies 10: 1:10, surprises his family when he joins his high 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. give her social life a boost in this loose adapta2:15, 3:20, 4:25, 5:30, 6:35, 7:40, 8:45, 9:50. school’s wrestling squad to preserve his late Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., tion of “The Scarlet Letter.” With Emma Stone. Eat Pray Love (PG-13) — Julia Roberts plays father’s legacy as a wrestling star. With John 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35. Chenal 9: a woman who takes an eating, praying and Cena and Patricia Clarkson. Market Street: 2:15, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping 11:05, 1:15, 4:05, 7:10, 9:20. loving tour of the world after her marriage ends. 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. 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n moviereview A deadly, determined dame ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ shreds zombies in 3-D. n The summer is winding down now, with the grills going back into storage and the air conditioners finally getting a much needed rest. I’m always sad to see the summer go for all kinds of reasons, but a lot of it has to do with the end of the Big Dumb Explod-y Movie Season. Bringing up the rear for Summer Cinema 2010 is “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” the fourth in the videogame-based series starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, a woman given superhuman speed, strength and fighting abilities by an evil company called The Umbrella Corporation. In addition to creating Alice, Umbrella inadvertently released a zombiespawning virus on the world, destroying civilization in the process. For four films now, Alice has been fighting her way through that Apocalypse, trying to stop the further machinations of Umbrella. This go-round begins with Alice (and several unexplained clones) attacking Umbrella’s underground base in Japan, laying waste to the joint. In the middle of the fighting, Alice is injected with a serum
that takes away her super powers, though she narrowly escapes. Commandeering a vintage fighter plane, Alice flies on to Alaska in search of a mysterious colony of survivors called Arcadia. Once she gets to the coordinates, however, she finds only hundreds of deserted airplanes and an old friend, Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), another ass-kicking zombie fighter from “Resident Evil 3.” Claire has a big metal spider attached to her chest, which has rendered her both very combative and unable to remember her past. With Claire in tow, Alice then flies to Los Angeles, where she lands on top of a massive maximum security prison where a handful of survivors have taken refuge against a seemingly endless sea of zombies that mill around outside. For the moment, Alice and her new comrades seem safe, but we soon find out that the zombies have learned a new talent: digging tunnels. Uh-oh. I’ve left out a good bit of the plot there, just because to reveal it would be too spoilerific, but suffice it to say that there’s
of Level Boss written all over him. Fanboys might have jeered had he not made an appearance, however, so in he goes, sense be damned. Though Milla Jovovich has the Alice character down pat by now, even she seems to be phoning it in this go-round. That said, when I ask myself: Will Resident Evil 4 satisfy the people who would normally seek out a game-based action movie, the answer is yes. ‘RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE’: Milla Jovovich stars. There are lots of explosions and shooty-shooty, not to mention lots of a still-smoking mystery and zombie-killin’ galore. Jovovich doing her trademark, burnThe biggest problem with “Resident holes-in-sheet-metal smolder while staring Evil: Afterlife” — other than the fact that down a machine gun. Too, the 3-D looks any series is going to get a bit stale after absolutely smashing in an action flick like four installments — is the thing that has this; I had to fight the urge to duck more plagued other films spawned from games: a than once when blood, lead and iron came sometimes slavish devotion to shoehorning zooming out of the screen. in elements of the video game series, In short, if you enjoyed the previous whether those items make sense or not. For Resident Evil movies, you’ll find more example, a major threat in “Resident Evil: to love here. It’s not everyone’s cup of Afterlife” is The Axeman, a giant zombie tea, but if all you’re expecting is keisterwith an equally massive axe/warhammer kicking ladies delivering shotgun blasts who is more impervious to gunfire than to zombie noggins, you’ll probably have the other zombies. His appearance here is a good time. kind of random and never explained, but — David Koon if you’re a fan of video games, he has End
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BoaRDwaLk eMPiRe HBO 9 p.m. Sundays n As one of the fans who have periodic waves of grief and nostalgia over the HBO series “The Sopranos,” I long to see gangsters on screen again. I canceled my primo cable subscription soon after Tony and Co. blinked into the black, Journey-tuned nothingness of syndication, and haven’t really looked back, even as the world went nuts over a certain bloodsucking soap opera called “True Blood.” That said, I may have to give my cable provider a call given HBO’s new and awesome-looking entry into the world of organized crime: “Boardwalk Empire.” The show looks dynamite, and has a team behind it — including executive producer and director Martin Scorsese and Sopranos scribe Terence Winter — with the chops to make something happen, cap’n. Based on the book “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of
Atlantic City” by historian Nelson Johnson, the show revolves around the black-market adventures of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a politically-situated crime boss (based on real-life gangster Nucky Johnson) who ran Atlantic City in the 1920s and tangled and cut deals with young mobsters Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone. Beginning on the day Prohibition was officially enacted, the show follows America down the rabbit hole of temperance into an era defined both by an obsessive need to regulate sin and an underworld of gangsters, sex, and crime. While Buscemi isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, he’s a fine character actor, and there’s every sign in the world that he can pull off Nucky Thompson, if not make the character into an icon on the level of Tony Soprano. Even though Buscemi’s got a lot of weight to carry, with Scorsese at the helm of the pilot episode and episodes to come, it’s likely that “Boardwalk Empire” won’t go wrong. Clips we’ve seen — with production designers slavishly recreating the world of 1920 Atlantic City, including a 10-acre set full of period shops — look fan-freakin’-tastic. Add to that a writer who seems to have a golden touch when it comes to telling stories of crime and criminals, and we’re pretty sure “Boardwalk Empire” can squeeze some fine wine out of Prohibition. — David Koon
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n artnotes Disfarmer flip side Massengills’ portraits, ‘Three for a Dime.’ By LesLie NeweLL Peacock
n The Massengill family of Independence County seems to have been as happy as Heber Springs’ Disfarmer was sour. For the Massengills, babies smiled, daddies mugged, toddlers hugged chickens, young women vamped. Theirs is a merrier sort of portrait than those American Gothic types that Disfarmer produced. That might be because the photographs were, as the exhibit title explains, sold three for a dime by the Massengills, using cameras of their own making. The reason we might want to go to “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime” at the Arkansas Studies Institute, besides the pleasure we get in seeing in these little 1 ½ by 2 inch prints, the 1930s variant of ourselves, is the story of their making, a story brought to light by Hendrix College art professor Maxine Payne. Jim and Mancy Massengill came to Arkansas in the 1920s, eventually moving to Independence County. They farmed and raised chickens. One day, Mancy Massengill saw people getting their pictures made in a photo booth in a dime store, copied down the brand of the lens, sold some chickens to buy one, and launched the family’s weekend itinerant photo business. Jim Massengill built the camera body and a mobile photo booth — a trailer built on an old car chassis that they hauled behind their truck. After a time their sons Lance and Laurence and daughters-in-law joined in. The Massengills traveled and made pictures (some in North Carolina) between 1937 and 1941, using a direct-positive technique that allowed them to print the pictures quickly. Payne is herself a photographer and installation artist who focuses on the rural — a man with a dead deer in the bed of his truck, a woman on a farm, a young girl in a garden (naked a la Sally Mann’s portrait of her daughter) — shot with cameras similarly out of step with today’s technology. She knew of the Massengills through her grandfather, and several years ago acquired some 700 Massengill photos, some of which she has put in a limited-edition book, also titled “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime.” Included in Payne’s book are Thelma Bullard Massengill’s diary, where the young bride of Lawrence Massengill describes their life, both the good days (when they made $11.30) and the bad (when she began to miscarry). The Massengills put pictures on a board outside the trailer to bring in business. Customers were shot sitting on a stool about two feet from the camera lens. Evelyn Ritter Massengill (Lance Massengill’s wife) writes in an essay for the exhibit, “We would pull
DIME PORTRAITS: A toddler posed in the Massengills’ trailer studio. into a little town on Friday night usually. Lance would find a good spot to park and would pay someone to let him plug in the electricity, for lights.” People are enjoying themselves in these three-for-a-dime portraits. Lance Massengill was in front of the camera, it appears, as often as he was behind it; he appears winking, or with what looks like a roller in his hair, or grinning from behind bars with a pal. A little boy holds tight to a hen, a baby wears big wax lips, a couple hug their baby. Sometimes the backdrop is an almost carelessly hung floral-print curtain or a primitive landscape, sometimes not. The women have their hair in slick curls and wear red lipstick and cotton dresses; the men have on fedoras or opencollared shirts. This is part of the appeal of these shots, some of them hand-tinted (for a dime more): their old-fashioned look. But knowing how these little pictures were made elevates their exhibit from nostalgic trip through a family photo album to a bit of Arkansas history, about how one resourceful family made ends meet. The show continues in the Concordia Hall gallery through Dec. 10. n Two new exhibits open for Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk Sept. 17: Impressionist painter Barry Thomas is showing landscapes at Greg Thompson Gallery, 429 Main St., and Rene Hein is showing her paintings at Ketz Gallery, 705 Main St. Also happening at the 5-8 p.m. event: The “Egg Lady” Lynn Sudderth will talk about her work at the Laman Library’s Argenta branch, 506 Main St., and there will be arts and crafts and blue-dog face-painting at the Thea Foundation, 401 Main. Thea will be selling raffle tickets for a signed George Rodrigue silkscreen featuring one of his blue dogs; they’re $5 for 1 or $20 for four and all proceeds benefit Thea’s art programs. Go for it. Other Third Friday sites include Argenta Bead, Starving Artist and the Gathering of Artists, independents who show on Main Street.
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n The unknown’s starting to gnaw at me. In the first quarter of Saturday’s game, after the Hogs failed to convert a fourth down in Warhawk territory, sports talk show host Derek Ruscin tweeted that Arkansas “should have punted.” “Relax,” I replied. “This game is basically one big hypothetical situation.” By that I mean non-conference games are essentially a chance for the Hogs to see a variety of live situations against ostensible competition. To whit: A true freshman has won the place-kicking job, and he’s backed up by a very shaky senior who seems happy to focus on getting touchbacks on kickoffs. The Hogs are liable to have to go for it in shallow opposition territory at some point this season. Why not take the opportunity to try and convert that in a relatively lowleverage situation? Even with that rather bad attitude regarding ULM’s legitimacy, I managed to get all worked up over the effort. Petrino may be prepared to try and fail, to focus on weaknesses when calling plays, to test rawer players and schemes to the breaking point, but all of that starts to make it look like our favorite team is banging its head against the wall. Most of us normals don’t have the patience for method. Faith is a fragile thing. And you have to admit, despite his fairly sterling numbers, Mallett looked troubled out there. He sailed balls and stood too long in the pocket, refused to check down and zipped it to routes that required finesse. It was hard to watch, however ultimately effective. What makes all this worse (or better?) is that the rest of the conference games on Saturday featured some abysmal football. It may be early in the season, but SEC fans have to hope things shape up soon, or the conference is going to fast lose the popular myth of speed, self-cannibalization and strength-of-schedule. With the loss of that myth will come the loss of cushy nonconference scheduling: Fans are happy to see teams cut their teeth against inferior competition as long as the regular season is perceived to be a merciless gauntlet. But even the “down year” narrative can’t account for FCS upsets and sloppy contests like the Georgia-USC game. Georgia was on the wrong end of a very messy affair. The tacit SEC-East Division Championship game doubled as a red carpet premiere of the Marcus Lattimore Show, with Todd Grantham’s shiny new pro-style
Bulldog defense serving as the carpet. Something like the reverse of what happened to Tommy Tuberville in Auburn seems to be going down in Georgia, though I doubt this story ends quite as spectacularly. The Hogs don’t have a weapon like true freshman Lattimore, though Petrino has spent the last two games looking for a meaningful alternative. The easiest way to beat a good 4-3 defense is with a tough, straightup-the-gut running game. It keeps the middle linebacker honest and forces the secondary to deal with crossing patterns and slants on their lonesome. If you want to see long, arcing throws to a wide receiver streaking down the sideline, then you’re going to have to sow chaos in the middle of the field. Joe Adams was already our most thrilling playmaker, a young man with enough dynamite in his cleats to change destinies, but his role in the upcoming game should be pivotal. Georgia’s secondary looked better because Stephen Garcia and his receivers looked worse, over-shooting often and dropping the few catchable passes. Mallett shouldn’t get much trouble out of the coverage. If Knile Davis or Ronnie Wingo can make the sweep more fruitful, we may be able to sustain the indefinite loss of Dennis Johnson, our most consistent, visionary runner. The defense definitely has a bigger job on their hands. People have been falling all over themselves to praise its efforts so far. Keeping ULM and Tennessee Tech under 200 yards is heartening, yes, but I’d be surprised if that number holds. Despite Aaron Murray’s youth, he’s looked poised and more than competent. I could count the iffy decisions he’s made on one hand. I’d wager at this point he’ll be about as good as Matt Stafford when all is said and done. Whether or not he has A.J. Green to throw at, it looks like he’s going to manage around a 65 percent completion percentage. Behind Georgia’s typically stout lineman, the Hogs are looking at a fairly balanced offense, stacked with SEC-caliber personnel. Arkansas can and should beat this team, but it would help me sleep at night if they’d do so with some authority. You can’t feel good about the season if the Razorbacks stumble to the finish line on Saturday. A sloppy win over a Georgia team this rife with internal issues is as good as a loss. Alabama’s looming just around the corner, and the defending NCAA champions will never fall prey to luck, circumstance or self-destruction.
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Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards
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65TH STREET DINER Blue collar, meat-and-two-veg lunch spot with cheap desserts and a breakfast buffet. 3201 West 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5627800. BL Mon.-Fri. ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups and fish dishes. Extensive wine list. Affordable lunch menu. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BLACK ANGUS Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. BLD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fr. BOSCOS This River Market does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-9071881. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Fri.-Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 401 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 400 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions comple-
■ dining Classic Americana Frontier Diner a traditional roadside place to dine and dash. n We have had more than our share of conversations, arguments and general ramblings at Frontier Diner over the years. The I-30 mainstay off Baseline Road isn’t the sort of place you take a first date, but we like it for a good cup of coffee and the daily lunch special, whatever it might be. It’s nothing fancy, just your average stop along the highway with a good share of road signs and local memorabilia. The place is usually packed with locals, blue collar workers and the like grabbing a bite for breakfast or lunch. We have been many times recently. One breakfast visit brought up the idea that we should try The Hog Wild ($7.99), advertised as “Two eggs, hash browns, biscuits, gravy, all on top a large slice of smoked cured ham.” We were surprised that the plate we received didn’t have all the items piled up in a way we’d imagined, but that was fine. The hash browns and biscuits were average, but the cook sure knows his eggs, scrambling a couple to the perfect custardy consistency for us. What truly shined was the ham, baked in-house and hand-cut, not so smoky as sugar-cured sweet and a good inch thick. We’re glad this slab of country goodness wasn’t smothered under sausage gravy and other ingredients. We also tried the French toast ($4.99) and were overwhelmed with eight triangles of brown battered Texas toast. The batter was unsweetened and nicely browned on the bread, and was just about more than we could eat. Dining at Frontier Diner for lunch has its own advantages. We prefer to go early before the daily lunch specials have sold out. There’s a wipe board full of them each day, and on it we have found many of our favorites, including purple hull peas, tomatoes and okra, macaroni salad, fried squash and such. The lunch special runs $6.39 for an
ment the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 4502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710164. BL daily. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is
Pleasant PORK: The smoked ham is the star of Frontier Diner’s Hog Wild breakfast. entree, a vegetable and bread. If they have the chicken spaghetti, get it — it’s creamy and welcoming and we love it. We also like the meatloaf, a brick of meat topped with a marinara-style red sauce served up with some mashed potatoes. Cornbread is slightly sweet and yellow and comes with plenty of butter, or you can choose a roll instead. Take our advice about the “World Famous ½ lb. Cheeseburger” ($4.99): Get it with beer-battered fries or onion rings. The fries are long and crisp while the onion rings are nice and soft inside. This is a working man’s burger, a two-hander with all the traditional fixings plus your choice of Swiss, American or pepper jack cheeses. We usually choose the latter; the little bit of extra spice goes well with that unseeded bun and that mess of thinly sliced white onion on the bottom. The burgers are light on the seasoning but have that flavor that can only
come from a well-used grill. If we have any complaint about the place, it’s that it closes too early. Frontier Diner closes at 2 p.m. during the week and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and it’s closed Sunday.
the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BD Mon.-Sat. B Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 W. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/ lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE Downtown’s premier soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch, and a set dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with continental flair. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it downhome country cooking. Just be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All
CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Sun.-Fri. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS A great variety of sandwiches, meal-sized salads and homemade soups, many of the items heart-smart. Great desserts, too. 11220 Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 South Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. Also at Bowman Curve. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-3377. LD daily. FATSAM’S LOUSIANA CAFE Heaping plates of Louisiana-influenced food in a corner of the River Market food hall. The lineup changes daily, but expect to find a steam table full of shrimp Creole, etouffee, jambalaya, red beans and rice and the like. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-4720. LD Tue.-Sat. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served
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6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast served until 10:30 a.m. Closed Sunday.
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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 31 at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu Thu.-Sat. 2601 Kavanaugh. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. D Tue.-Sat. FLYING SAUCER Beer, with dozens on tap, is the big draw at this popular River Market venue, but the food’s good, too. Sandwiches, including a great Reuben, salads, quesadillas and the bratwurst are dependable. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7468. LD daily. FOX AND HOUND Sports bar with bar munchies to watch games by. 2800 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-8300. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’ oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2254487. LD daily. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER Order at the counter for home-cooked plate lunches, burgers and delicious pies. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. FROSTOP A ’50s-style drive-in has been resurrected, with big and juicy burgers and great irregularly cut fries. Superb service, too. 4131 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. 834-1840. LD. GRAMPA’S CATFISH HOUSE A longtime local favorite for fried fish, hush puppies and good sides. 9219 Stagecoach Road. 407-0000. LD. HAYESTACK CAFE Southern cooking, po’boys and hearty breakfasts with an emphasis on family recipes. 27024 Kanis Road. Ferndale. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-821-0700. BLD Tue.-Sun. HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey and lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-227-5555. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOP Old line dairy bar with burgers, fries and milkshakes. 7706 Cantrell. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2276505. LD Mon.-Sat. HUNKA PIE Twenty to 25 different kinds of fresh baked pie daily. Plus, Krispy Kreme donuts in the morning, coffee, milk and cheesecake. 304 N. Main St. NLR. All CC. $-$$. 501-612-4754. BL Mon.-Sat. (closes at 6 p.m.). JUST LIKE MOM’S Daily specials include mom’s goulash, lemon pepper chicken over rice and garlic roast beef, with generous sides of pinto beans, cornbread, potatoes. 3140 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-833-0402. BLD Mon.-Fri. B Sat. KIERRE’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN Excellent home-cooking joint for huge helpings of meat loaf and chicken-fried steak, cooked-down vegetables and wonderful homemade pies and cakes. Breakfasts feature omelets, pancakes, French Toast and more. 6 Collins Place. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-0923. BLD Tue.-Fri., BL Sat. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD Mon.-Sat. MCBRIDE’S CAFE AND BAKERY Owners Chet and Vicki McBride have been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch specials based on their family recipes for two decades in this popular eatery at Baptist Health’s Little Rock campus. The desserts and barbecue sandwiches are not to be missed. 9501 Lile Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-3403833. BL Mon.-Fri. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s self-service, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. L Mon.-Fri. D daily. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks delivered fresh from Chicago twice a week are salted, peppered, seared in an infra-red oven and then buttered for a meat-eater’s dream chowdown. There’s more to like also: crab cakes and shrimp bisque and chops and chicken and lobster tail. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-375-7285. D Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar. 501-7710808. LD Mon.-Sat. SHAKE’S FROZEN CUSTARD Frozen custard, concretes, sundaes. 5508 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-753-5407. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD daily. BR Sun.
STICKY FINGERZ ROCK ’N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. 501-372-7707. LD daily. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Pastries, bagels at breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, salads at lunch. 120 Commerce St. No alcohol. $-$$. 501-372-0969. BL Mon.-Sat. TEXAS ROADHOUSE Following in the lines of those loud, peanuts-on-the-table steak joints, but the steaks are better here than we’ve had at similar stops. Good burgers, too. 3601 Warden Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-771-4230. D daily, L Sat.-Sun. 2620 S. Shackleford Rd. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-2427. D daily, L Sat.-Sun. TOWN PUMP Soup specials daily for lunch and a dependable burger, plus basic bar food. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE Besides the 45 different smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy), salads and “tortizzas.” Good food, healthy drinks, long line at lunch but it moves fast. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-9444307. BLD daily. VIEUX CARRE A pleasant spot in Hillcrest with specialty salads, steak and seafood. The soup of the day is a good bet. At lunch, the menu includes an all-vegetable sandwich and a half-pound cheeseburger. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun. WHOLE FOODS MARKET Good sandwiches, soups and hummus to go; an enormous number of hot and cold entrees from the deli; extensive juice bar. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-312-2326. BLD daily. WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. $$. 501-2449550. D Tue.-Sat. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 402 S. Louisiana St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. L Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6444. LD Mon.-Sat.
AsiAn CHANG THAI AND ASIAN CUISINE One of the few Thai restaurants in Central Arkansas. Skip the pan-Asian buffet and order off the menu. Don’t miss the exotic mieng kham appetizer; you won’t find anything that covers as many taste sensations in one bite. 9830 Highway 107. Sherwood. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-835-4488. LD Sun.-Fri., D Sat. CHINESE PAVILION HUNAN RESTAURANT A longtime favorite in Chinese restaurant polls, it’s one of the earliest Asian eateries on the north shore. 8000 Hwy. 107. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-835-8723. LD Tue.-Sun. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-in-one: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable conclusion. It’s a restaurant where you choose all the ingredients that will be blended together and cooked on a massive round grill. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-2695. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars with a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. 868-3688. LD. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try to authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-663-4000. L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sun. SAKURA Standard Japanese steakhouse and sushi fare — it’s hard to go wrong choosing from the extensive menu. Also in Bryant. 4011 E. Kiehl Ave. Sherwood. No alcohol, All CC. 501-834-3546. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
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catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5624949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily. JO-JO’S BAR-B-Q The smoky aroma of Jo-Jo’s standard ’cue has shifted from Levy to Sherwood. 3400 Burks. Sherwood. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-812-5656. LD Mon.-Sat. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-9076124. LD Mon.-Sat. 1400 S.E. Walton Blvd. Bentonville; 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD Mon.-Sat. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227. LD Mon.-Sat. 150 E. Oak St. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat.
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This house at 2319 N. McKinley doesn’t simply provide a space to live in, it provides a complete lifestyle. The location is superb because it’s within walking distance to everything that the Heights has to offer. This home has over 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and has been extensively remodeled to meet anyone’s needs. Looking at the house from the outside can be a bit deceptive. Once you step in you realize just how spacious it is. While it has an open feel, it is very inviting with its neutral paint colors and dark hardwood floors. The home has two living areas and the kitchen is open to each. The kitchen itself has been remodeled with new custom cabinetry with soft-close hinges, black-honed granite counters and Wolfe stainless steel appliances including
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a six-burner gas range. Just off the kitchen you’ll find a custom pantry is off the kitchen and a wine refrigerator, which is great for all your entertaining needs. Other features include a luxurious master suite, a separate laundry room and a great room with lots of natural light and a gas-log fireplace. This home is just like new with Low-E energy efficient windows, new electrical and plumbing and a new roof with architectural shingles. It really is a dream home in every way. It is offered for sale at $349,900 and is listed with the Charlotte John Company. Call Eric Wilkerson at 501-8042633, email him at LittleRockRealtor@gmail.com, or visit his website at www. LittleRockHouseHunting.com for additional information and photos.
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Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $100,000 Frances S. Vestal to Vestal Marital Trust, Frances S. Vestal, Ls13-16 B13, Bellevue, $885,000. Norman J. Vascocu, Jr., Julia H. Vascocu to William M. Walmsley, Lori M. Atwood, 1810 N. Spruce St., $690,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Chambers Bank, 1406 Cantrell Rd., $635,000. Randal F. Hundley, Jan N. Hundley to Robert T. Smith, Brittany Smith, 5515 Country Club Blvd., $610,000. Paul W. Schaller, Janice M. Schaller to Gray D. Dillard, Elizabeth J. Dillard, L44, Osage Falls, $596,000. Ben L. Rush, Joanne Rush to Philip Miron, Janet Miron, 577 Valley Club Cir., $580,000. Donald B. Hatfield, Marilyn Hatfield to Otten Family Revocable Trust, James A. Otten, Ardith Otten, 148 Valley Club Cir., $555,000. Robert E. Schillinger, Robert M. Schillinger, Patricia L. Schillinger, John M. Schillinger, John E. Schillinger, Molly K. Schillinger, Keith H. Hardin, AlanaD. Hardin to Brent Lobanoff, 24 Rubra Ct., $515,000. Billy Hartness Construction Company, Inc. to Ray G. Beardsley, Shelia L. Beardsley, 9 Foxfield Cove, $438,000. Emmitt E. Henderson, Kaye Henderson to Rhodes Family Revocable Trust, Noah F. Rhodes, Jr., 1914 Canal Pointe, $435,000. Allen W. Jenkins, Karene C. Jenkins to Joseph B. Suffridge, Mari C. Suffridge, 7 Violet Ct., NLR, $415,000. Robert M. Blasingame, Diane E. Blasingame to John Kirk, Charlene D. Coker-Kirk, 5209 Kavanaugh Blvd., $390,000. Karrol Fowlkes, Vicki Fowlkes to Bruce E. Schratz, Jr., Lindy A. Landreaux, 5420 Country Club Blvd., $380,000.
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Robert T. Smith, Brittany D. Smith to Jimmye M. Taylor, 1708 N. Palm St., $365,000. Edwin O. Corder, II to Donald Alvord, Ls53-54, Shadowlawn, $365,000. Anil K. Badhwar, Kavita Badhwar to Keith Hardin, Alana Best-Hardin, 6 Bent Tree Ct., $340,000. James G. Banks, Christy L. Bank to John T. Womack, Rebecca M. Womack, L27 B13, The Villages Of Wellington, $336,000. Mark A. Porter, Rebecca B. Porter to Scott T. Ford, Joan D. Ford, NW NE 17-2N14W, $329,000. Philip Palade, Christine Palade to Joel C. High, Stephanie A. Kremer, 341 Crystal Ct., $299,000. James L. Livingston, Carolyn E. Livingston to Elwood R. Cole, Catherine S. Cole, L9, Candlewood No.1, $275,000. Jozef J. Backers, Kathleen Backers to Richard S. Cooper, Lot E. B28, Whitfield Replat Mountain Park, Lot F. B28, Matthews Replat Mountain Park, $270,000. John A. Porter to Nathan T. Rutledge, 512 N. Cedar St., $269,000. Donna K. Scallion to Justin B. Lieblong, Kelly C. Lieblong, 400 N. Spruce St., $267,000. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Roddy J. McCaskill, Sr., Martha S. McCaskill, 19 Longleaf Cove, $255,000. Barbara Walsh Bowen Living Trust, Barbara W. Bowen to Morie Althoff, 3500 Cedar Hill Rd., Apt. 6S, $255,000. Rosemary Wall, Michael A. Wall to Dwain E. Crane, Karen D. Crane, 19 Rocky Valley Cove, $247,000. Garden At Valley Falls LLC to HBH Builders, Inc., Ls1-7 B2, The Gardens At Valley Falls, $245,000. Don G. Campbell, Brenda Campbell
to Scott D. Stubenrauch, Cheryl L. Stubenrauch, 21618 Roland Cutoff Rd., Roland, $239,000. John L. Conner, II to Jeffrey C. Babcock, L955, Country Club Of Arkansas Phase XIV-A, $238,000. Sheila Kingsley, Jeffrey Kingsley to Cynthia D. Brace, Jacqueline A. Crotty, 4713 Brandywine Cove, Sherwood, $227,000. Jerry D. Brown, Denise K. Brown to Herbert C. Blount, Olga Blount, L844R, Country Club Of Arkansas, $225,000. Craig A. Lawrence, Nikki J. Lawrence to Tiffani L. McKee, Theodore E. McKee, Jr., 513 Harris Rd., Jacksonville, $210,000. Kevin McAdoo, Julie McAdoo to Douglas P. Otten, Jr., 208 Stonehill Dr., Sherwood, $208,000. Fuller Partners 2010, LLC to Jennifer L. Cooper, L1182, Sologne Phase 17The Country Club Of Arkansas PRD, $207,000. Betty J. Bellando, Robert Hilton to Kenneth E. Garrison, Ann C. Garrison, L1002, Otter Creek Community Phase X, $197,000. William J. Wilson, Mary A. Wilson to Dustin W. Pitonyak, 8 Rocky Crest Ct., $195,000. Kevin Bratcher, Amy Bratcher to Greg T. Nolen, Vivian O. Nolen, 216 Pine Valley Rd., $193,000. F. C. Enterprises Inc. to Ronald G. Parks, 53 Bentley Cir., $190,000. Deere Builders LLC to Debra L. Randolph, 8816 E. Woodruff Ave., Sherwood, $190,000. Fuller Partners 2010 LLC to Rita F. Clark, Edith B. Selvidge, William K. Selvidge, 17 Daulphine Pl., Maumelle, $188,000. Fuller Partners 2010 LLC to Amy Bull, L1167, Sologne Phase 17- The Country
Club Of Arkansas PRD, $188,000. Joann Riley to Jack A. Moore, 47 Taylor Park Loop, $186,000. Jeffrey E. Moore, Tiffany Moore to Sheryl A. Anderson, 112 Orleans Dr., Maumelle, $186,000. Hart Living Trust, Chrystal T. Hart to B&L Investment Properties LLC, L16 B2, Colonial Court, $186,000. Three Pinnacle LLC to Charter Oak LLC, 6301 C St., $185,000. Martin L. Baker, Linda M. Baker to Paula R. Lee, Wayne A. Lee, 11010 Dogwood Cove, $185,000. Randy Wiggins Company Inc. to Kevin Vines, 7949 Austin Gardens Ct., Sherwood, $183,000. Mary T. Wood to Mark C. White, Tera L. White, 129 Diamond Pointe Dr., Maumelle, $179,000. H. C. Franklin, Robert Franklin to Dwyer Properties LLC, L1, Robert Franklin, $179,000. Hans Molegraaf, Lucretia Molegraaf to Kenneth E. Collins, Jr., Kimberly T. Collins, 6 Conners Ct., $175,000. Joey Hays, Shirley J. Hays to Janet L. O’Neal, 2420 Stoney Creek Dr., $171,000. Veronica L. Call to Tim Holmes, Joneric Garza, 4216 Sugar Maple Ln, $170,000. Jerra L. Beasley, Jerra L. Hollinger, Andrew B. Hollinger to Willard Gatewood, L160, Colony West Second, $170,000. Louise Brantley to Walter H. Carpenter, 14 Yazoo Cove, Maumelle, $164,000. E. L. Maris, Jr., Kristin C. Maris to Nona C. Pierce, 4 Brooklawn Dr., $163,000. Laura H. Thompson to Julia B. Everett, Chadwick C. Everett, 35 Vantage Dr., Maumelle, $163,000. Mustafa R. Abdin, Mustafa R. Abein, Zubaida Alhashash to Mohammad Yafai,
13 Lisa Ct., $160,000. Newcomb Construction Company Inc. to Harry J. Smith, L44 B1, Stagecoach Crossing Phase 2, $155,000. Glenda S. Foster, Glenda S. Mitchell, Raymond E. Mitchell to Jonathan P. Provens, 817 Timberwolf Trail, Jacksonville, $153,000. Tower Investments LLC to Deseo LLC, 524 Broadway St., $150,000. Garden At Valley Falls LLC to T. W. Holmes Inc., Ls7 & 14-15 B1, The Gardens At Valley Falls, $150,000. Charles W. Tucker, Karen Tucker to Jason M. Howe, Fatima Howe, 10 Wincrest Dr., Sherwood, $145,000. G&K Home Solutions LLC to Frank Anderson, 508 W. Scenic Dr., NLR, $143,000. Carol E. Wells to Jimmy L. Miller, Elizabeth N. Miller, 7 Sweet Gum Ct., $143,000. Elizabeth L. Montgomery, Elizabeth L. Maris, Shane A. Montgomery to James P. Sewell, Ashley E. Sewell, 12716 Valleywood Dr., $140,000. Kenneth Eddington, Stephanie Eddington to John Wright Construction Co. Inc., 75 Woodridge Dr., $140,000. April M. Crocker to Brent Stroud, Elizabeth L. Hall, 7224 Geronimo Cir., NLR, $136,000. Gwendolyn B. Brooks, Keith R. Brooks, J. M. Begley, Connie Begley to Anthony French, Saundra French, 2 Big Horn Cove, Sherwood, $133,000. Geoffrey Q. Quo, Maury W. Quo to Darcy A. Bradberry, 305 Booker St., $132,000. Clarence E. Rawls to Hershey Garner, Denise Garner, Wesley Garner, 4214 C St., $127,000. Sophia Parchman, Sophia Williams, Victor B. Williams to Reyenga A. Walker,
25 Silverleaf Ct., $126,000. G&K Home Solutions LLC to Frank Anderson, 9 Blackstone Cir., NLR, $124,000. Angela F. Murray, Angela F. Dougan, John R. Dougan to Jeff W. Thomey, Kim Thomey, 1400 S. Rock St., $120,000. Tommy R. Odle, Vicki J. Odle to Shirley A. McPherson, Antwain D. Dednam, 8620 Nancy Pl., $120,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Federal National Mortgage Association, L23, Heraldry Manor, $115,619. Carol E. Koch, Robert M. Koch, Emily E. Coleman, Eddie S. Coleman, Phyllis E. Baltz, Thomas R. Baltz, Patricia E. Winton, Donald R. Winton to Robert M. Althoff, 708 N. Hughes St., $110,000. HSBC Mortgage Services Inc. to Paul Valentin, 8201 Merriwood Ct., Sherwood, $107,000. Garden At Valley Falls LLC to HBH Builders, Inc., Ls8-10 B2, The Gardens At Valley Falls, $105,000. Scott Goodrich, Thereasa S. Goodrich to Jett Ricks Construction LLC, 6726 Kavanaugh Pl., $105,000. Peggy A. Scherer to Hieu G. Phan, Thao N. Vo, Nhan H. Phan, L10 B9, Plateau, $105,000. Rausch-Coleman Mid Ark LLC to SheliaD. Moore, 304 Oro Ct., NLR, $105,000. Richard M. Hyde, Monica R. Hyde to Christa K. Miller, 100 Pecan Valley Dr., Sherwood, $104,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Little Rock Municipal Property Owners Multipurpose Improvement District, First Community Bank, NE NE 17-1S-13W, SE NE 17-1S13W, $100,708. Christopher L. Crim, Tara R. Crim to Christopher Meyer, L2, Central Place No.2 Phase 1, $100,000.
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708 N. JACKSON - $189,900. Perfect location! 2 or 3 BR home with 2 full baths. Large living/dining room and gorgeous hardwoods. Great closets & storage. Full car garage and multiple parking spots. Beautiful fully fenced yard. For more info, call Laura Parker 501-580-8773. The Charlotte John Company
4101 C ST - $229,000. 3BR/2BA, 1836SF. Recently renovated! Enter MLS# 10255320 on www. PulaskiHeightsRealty.com for more photos. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442
9 LISA COURT - $174,900. This 3BR/2BA approx. 1770 SF, 1-level home in Marlow Manor is super clean & move-in ready! Updates include new HVAC, hardwoods & carpet in bedrooms. Large eat-in kitchen, open family room & fully fenced yard make this a perfect starter home or great for someone looking to downsize. Call Bob Busmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing.
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9204 CYNTHIA - $122,500. 4BR/2BA, 1426 SF. Great two-story home centrally located. New paint, new lighting fixtures & other updates throughout. Large fenced backyard. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442
Neighboring Communities GREERS FERRY LAKE - Spectacular view! 5 acres. Utilities, covenants, seller financing. Owner/agent. 501825-6200
712 N. WALNUT - $162,500. 2BR/1BA in the heart of Hillcrest. Just 1/2 block of Kavanaugh. Renovated kitchen w/ custom maple cabinets, tile floors, solid surface counters. Enter MLS 10257444 at www.PulaskiHeightsRealty.com 423 N. VAN BUREN $174,900. Over 2700 total SF. Buy now & have renter offset your mortgage payment. Main level is 2BR/2BA, 1500 SF. Upstairs studio rental is approx 550 SF ($525/ mo.) Also, has 700+SF walkout basement. New Paint! Owner is licensed agent. Call John, Pulaski Heights Realty, at 993-5442 for more info.
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4924 HILLCREST AVE - $459,900. 3BR/3BA plus 3-car garage. 2600 SF. Recently renovated home on large corner lot. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-993-5442.
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14615 BROWN BEAR DR - $299,900. Great 4BR/2.5BA, approx. 3015 SF home in the new Don Roberts School District. Plenty of space for the entire family. Formal dining room, office, family room & eat-in kitchen all downstairs. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets and master bath & closet are huge. Side-loading garage & fully fenced yard. Call Bob Bushmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing.
31 BERNARD - $149,900. Sparkles and shines like new! 3BR/2BA, huge living room with cathedral ceiling, oversized breakfast area, wood-burning fireplace, large bedrooms, 2” blinds thru-out. Fenced yard. MLS# 10253781 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-7301100 or 501-679-1103
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451 F. n I’m thinking I might want to get in on some of this book-burning business that got everybody so worked up last week. I’ve got a lot of books. Too many books. Piles of them on other piles, like the TV hoarders and their junk. And I’ve been looking for a decent and honorable way of disposing of some of them. My garbage man won’t take them — they jam up the masher somehow, I’m told — and you can’t give the sons-a-bitches away. I tried a couple of the thrift stores, and they acted like I’d offered them some dog leavings or 8-track tapes. You get no sense of closure trying to bury them in the yard. And it risks fire, vermin infestation, and offending the higher powers if you shred them to pet bedding. You burn American flags, don’t you, when the time comes to put them down? And nobody thinks less of you or the flag. So why couldn’t I burn some of these books without everybody having a cow? Yes, one of them is a Koran. Or Quran. Or whatever the current politically correct spelling is. It’s a battered copy, the back cover gone, the pages shopworn down to a dusty thinness so that all that continues to hold it together is the 100 million dustmites holding hands. My guess is that it found publication in the Coolidge heyday. I seem to remember having tried
Bob L ancaster perusal of it once or twice, but that’s likely comforting self-deception, something I’ve got pretty good at with long practice. I’d like to add it to my burn pile, but Petraeus warnings echo and old vague misgivings haul me up, as with the Bibles. Scenes flash of Nazi bonfires. Abu Ghraib becomes my fault, and I’m tabbed for handing the generic national Granny over to an Obamacare death panel. I could try to unload the Bibles on some homeless people, but here’s the deal. Homeless people don’t want old ratty Bibles. If they need a Bible, they can get a new one for free from the Giedeons or a shelter or just about any parson in the phone book. They just don’t want an old grungy piece-of-crap Bible, knowing it’s a discard from some prick who thinks he’s better than them. They’ve already got enough old, grungy, falling-apart stuff in their lives and knapsacks. And you can’t sell them at a yard sale. People at yard sales will buy old ratty Harlequin romances for a dime apiece —
or five for a dollar — but they won’t buy old ratty Bibles. They’ll buy plastic butter tubs for a quarter, but not ratty Bibles. They’ll buy burnt-out 60-watt lightbulbs for a nickel. I’ve seen them do it. You could bend down and dig up tablespoons of yard dirt and sell them for 15 cents, but you can’t sell old ratty Bibles. You might tell me, “Well, heathen, why don’t you keep them and read them yourself?” And I see your point but I’m like those homeless guys in that I’d rather do my Bible reading from a nice Bible. I’ve got at least five Bibles here, and a New Testament with a sandalwood cover that an in-law relative of mine brought home from a Holy Land pilgrimage with the late Dr. Vaught. This is an extry nice New Testament. It’s a red-letter version with maps that rival Smith’s. It’s not autographed by any of the main characters, but there wasn’t much autographing in those days. So I’m talking a classy New Testament, and two of the other four Bibles are fine specimens also. One is a sturdy green-back Broadman King James with companion concordance that Preacher Bob gave me to show his appreciation for my standing in as an emergency pallbearer for a not-soreputable member of his flock he called “the least of these.” The other is an old Family Bible of the 10-pounder type that the Bible peddler used to lug into your
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INVITATION TO BIDCB&I Inc., an Equal Opportunity Employer, is actively seeking material and or subcontract quotations from all qualified and certified Small, Minority, and/ or Women’ s Business Enterprise for the 2,000,000 Gallon Elevated Water Storage Tank for the City of Bryant, Arkansas. Plans and Specifications may be viewed at the offices of Crist Engineers, Inc., Little Rock, AR; the City of Bryant, 210 S.W. Third St, Bryant, AR; Southern Reprographics Plan Room, Little Rock, AR, Northwest Arkansas Planning Room, Bethel Heights, AR, Dodge Reports at http://www.construction.com and Construction Market Data at www.reedconstructiondata.com. Please contact Matt Dunn with Crist Engineers, Inc at 501-664-1552 in Little Rock, AR for any questions you may have regarding this project. Please direct your quotation and definition of scope to: CB&I Inc. 3600 Mansell Road, Suite 230 Alpharetta, GA 30022 Attention: Don Nason Phone: (678) 935 3652 Fax: (678) 935 3659 The project bids on Thursday, September 23, 2010. We need to receive your quotation no later than noon, Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
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