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ARKANSAS’S WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF POLITICS AND CULTURE ■ SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 www.arktimes.com I TO CU NSI E FA ’S DE LL GU : FA ID SH E IO N LEFT BEHIND In the East End of Little Rock, airport expansion has left a community fabric in tatters. by david koon page 10 S N A E L R O W E N , l l fa . r e n l e o v e o s t c e g In ind n cooler. F just got eve s an e rl O w Ne ason. For w fall rates, Easy this se ig B e W ith our lo th and do in yfallrates. u can see e.com/funk n li n out what yo sO an e NewOrl Rates, visit * Funk y Fall 79. from $ s e t a r l e t o H NOVB10-33G_Ark_Cooler3.indd 1 SNAP IT. g with your Snap this ta e for Funky on ph ile ob m e New fre s, te Ra Fall , deals ic us m s Orlean The . fo in t and even g app is free Microsoft Ta ttag.mobi at http://ge ay apply. strictions m ailability. Re *Based on av 9/9/10 8:17 AM The INsIder All DAy Corn Hour HAppy roaster? SAturDAy! EvEry Follow the charter money 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. Farm Tables old to look like new, New to look like old… we got ‘em all! Oliver’s Antiques Since 1933 501.982.0064 1101 Burman Dr. • Jacksonville Take Main St. Exit, East on Main, Right on S. Hospital & First Left to Burman New Hours: MoNday-saturday 10-5 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd • Hillcrest (501) 664-2068 (501) 687-1331 4310 Landers rd. nLr M-F 8-5 sat. 9-5 Convenience! We fill most prescriptions in 15 minutes or less! GOP squabble 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. 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Kiehl 834-1480 www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 3 Smart talk Contents Porn video meets community standards Mr. Huckabee, about that homestead 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. ride the s u B s Blue Motor CoaCh ransportation provided by arkansas destinations / LittLe roCk traiLways Saturday, Oct. 9 at Helena $ Featuring 99 Taj Mahal Peron Pers Charlie Musselwhite • Walter (Wolfman) Washington Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets • Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin Bobby Parker • Larry McCray • Preston Shannon Plus a live performance by Bluesboy Jag on the Blues Bus. Price Includes: • Round-Trip Tour Bus Transportation • VIP Tickets Into The Gated Concert Area • Live Blues Bus Performance En Route • Lunch at Craig’s Barbecue in DeValls Bluff RESERVE youR SEAT ToDAy! Charge by phone (all major credit cards), at 501-375-2985. or mail check or money-order to Arkansas Times Blues Bus, Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203 Blues Bus leaves the Arkansas Times offices (intersection of Markham & Scott) at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 and returns after the concert same day. 4 SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES 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. 8 While the city sleeps 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 DEPARTMENTS 3 The Insider 4 Smart Talk 5 The Observer 6 Letters 7 Orval 8-13 News 14 Opinion 17 Arts & Entertainment 31 Dining 37 Crossword/ Tom Tomorrow 38 Lancaster VOLUME 37, NUMBER 2 ARKANSAS TIMES (ISSN 0164-6273) is published each week by Arkansas Times Limited Partnership, 201 East Markham Street, 200 Heritage Center West, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72203, phone (501) 375-2985. Periodical postage paid at Little Rock, Arkansas, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ARKANSAS TIMES, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR, 72203. Subscription prices are $42 for one year, $78 for two years. Subscriptions outside Arkansas are $49 for one year, $88 for two years. 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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. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE DO. Insurance • Employee Benefits • Risk Management 101 S. Spring St Little Rock, AR (501) 372-5200 meadorsadamslee.com www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 5 Letters firstname.lastname@example.org 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.) Words have meaning 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. MICRO LASER PEEL Fall is a great time to do some damage control for your skin. Arkansas Anti-Aging offers a variety of effective and affordable treatments to fix the flaws intensified by summer heat, sun exposure and the aging process. Photo Rejuvenation treats age spots, sun damage, and redness. A Micro Laser Peel reveals fresh new skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, producing a more youthful glow. A combination of these two provides a synergistic effect for even better results. 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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 brian chilson 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. There are always healthier choices. Learn how to make them at MyBaptistHealth.com. When it comes to your health, you’ve got lots of choices. We want to help you make the best ones. Find everything you need at MyBaptistHealth.com – all the expertise of Baptist Health customized for you and at your fingertips. It’s information, fitness tools, calculators and advice waiting for you right when you’re ready for it. Log on and learn. SEPTEMBER 18 • 4-7 P.M. for all our best, log on to MyBaptistHealth.com The Music Is Everywhere. CAMP ALDERSGATE FISH FRY IS FEROCIOUS FUN! Join campers, counselors and supporters at the 27th Annual Camp Aldersgate Fish Fry to benefit the state’s only camp dedicated to giving children and teens with medical disabilities a true camp experience. Be at 2000 Aldersgate Road in Little Rock from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, September 18. You’ll have “ferocious fun” at the children’s carnival, purchase homemade goodies at the bake sale and enjoy piping hot fish and fixin’s. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4-11) and seniors (65+) with children under 4 admitted free. To-go tickets are $15 (drive thru will be in the OrthoArkansas parking lot at the corner of Kanis and Aldersgate Road.) Tickets can be purchased at www.campaldersgate.net For more information visit www.facebook.com/campaldersgatefishfry 2000 Aldersgate Road • Little Rock, AR 72205 it’s at the center of our amazing music festivals. it’s rooted in “king biscuit time,” the Peabody award-winning, longrunning radio show we broadcast live each weekday. our exhibits on Delta sounds celebrate it. blues. Gospel. Country. rockabilly.the music echoes down historic Cherry Street. Come hear the music! arkansas blues & heritage Festival 2010 - oct. 7-9 arkansas delta Family Gospel Festival 2011 - may 28 arkansas blues & heritage Festival 2011 - oct. 6-8 141 Cherry Street • helena, ar. For more inFormation, Call (800) 358-0972 or visiT www.deltaCulturalCenter.Com www.FaCebook.Com/deltaCulturalCenter The DelTa CulTural CenTer is a museum ofThe DeparTmenT of arkansas heriTaGe www.arktimes.com • september 16, 2010 9 Airport expansion, empty lots, and Little Rock’s fading East End. T by D av id Ko o n | p h o to s by b ri an chi ls on 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 I 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 R www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 11 “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). 12 SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES 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.” O 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 e y e on ar k ansas 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. 201 East Markham Street, 200 Heritage Center West, P.O. 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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 Carolyn Cook guest writer 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 John brummett email@example.com 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. 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For more information call 501-370-5279. No tickets or RSVPs required. Philander Smith College — www.philander.edu arts entertainment This week in Harlem to Stickyz Free Jazz in the Spa City Page 18 Page 19 and to-do list 18 calendar 22 Movies 26 Dining 31 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. Rock n’ roll homecoming F 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 ■ to-dolist By Lindsey Millar and John Tarpley TH U R S D AY 9 / 1 6 HARLEM 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. LM JAPANTHER 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 ■ inbrief THURSDAY 9/16 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. FRIDAY 9/17 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 S AT U R D AY 9 / 1 8 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. SATURDAY 9/18 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 Y 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 ends sep. 30 TIER ONE 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 TIER TWO 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 TIER TWO DINNER $25 3 COURSES CONTINUED 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 TIER THREE 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 ATTENTION SAVOR THE CITY PATRONS Enjoy these great restaurants the entire month of September. Dine out frequently! Ask about the GET-N-THE-GAME survey and your chances to win promotional prizes from Little Rock restaurants, attractions and retail outlets. As well as a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Blockbuster Broadway hit, WICKED! Now Smoke-Free During Lunch! Come Dine With Us Downtown’s #1Spot to Meet &Eat! IRIANA’S 201 E. Markham St. • (501) 374-3656 www.experiencelittlerockdining.com Menu Items differ with each restaurant. Tax and gratuity not included 500 President Clinton Ave (Three blocks from the Clinton Library) River Market District 707-ALES Open Lunch and Dinner Open Monday-Saturday 11am events www.arktimes.com afterdark All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to email@example.com. Lectures 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Music 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. coMedy 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. Poetry “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. Lift Your Spirits PREMIUM LIqUORS AND COCKTAILS The Faded Rose ® 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. Comedy 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. events 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. Film 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. leCtures 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. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 musiC 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. Comedy Live Music Thursday, sepTember 16 SaD DaDDy (auStiN, texaS) Friday, sepTember 19 WeakNeSS FoR BLoNDeS saTurday, sepTember 18 ReD CoLLaR (DuRHam, NoRtH CaRoLiNa) magiC HaSSLe sunday, sepTember 19 CaitLiN CaRy FRom WHiSkeytoWN (RaLeigH, NC) ReCoRD ReLeaSe SHoW Tuesday, sepTember 21 SWeet eagLe tHe SuBteeNS (mempHiS, teNNeSSee) myspace.com/whitewatertavern Little Rock’s Down-Home Neighborhood Bar 7th & Thayer • Little Rock • (501) 375-8400 rejuvenation beds An inexpensive alternative to botox & laser surgery • Full body rejuvenation in 15 min sessions • Treats acne, crows feet, scars, cellulite • Adds collagen and elasticity for firmer more youthful looking skin No UVA or UVB and The First Visit is Free! Call today and reserve your Free 15 min session. 501.660.4500 The Rejuvenation Center 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. • Hillcrest s cajun’ wharf presents B.T. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy. com. events 2010 “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” The annual fundraiser 5K returns, drawing over 4,000 participants and benefiting diabetes research. To register, visit walk.jdrf.org. Big Dam Bridge - Murray Park, 7:30 a.m. 7600 Rebsamen Park Road. www. bigdambridge.com. 28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16. 8th Annual Arkansas Pagan Pride. For more information, visit arkansaspaganpride.thestoremore. com. Riverfest Amphitheatre, 7 a.m. p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. “Best of the West” Family Fest. See Sept. 17. “Bikers For Babies.” For more information, visit clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Clinton Presidential Center. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Breakfast with Elephants. Guests will get a VIP keeper chat all about elephants and will enjoy a breakfast buffet at Cafe Africa. For more information, visit littlerockzoo.com. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $13-$22. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www. littlerockzoo.com. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. Argenta Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501-379-9980. www.argentamarket.com. “Cowboy Weekend.” See Sept. 17. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., Continued on page 24 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Big John Miller SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Raising Gray THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 The Gettys live music every night Big Swingin’ Deck Parties on Thursdays cajunswharf.com mon-sat from 4:30 p.m. 2400 cantrell road • on the arkansas river 375-5351 www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 23 ■ 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. Calendar 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. Film 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. Events 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. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Music 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. Events 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. Lectures 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. Dance “Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. www.revroom.com. Events 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. Comedy 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. events 28th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week. See Sept. 16. LeCtures 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. This Week in TheaTer 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 GIVE BORING PIZZA THE “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.