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Troubled by controversy at Tech As a proud alumnus of Arkansas Tech University, I would like to thank you for the attention you have given on the Arkansas Blog to the matter of the theater department having lost its rehearsal and performance space. Because of close ties with theater alumni involved, I have followed this story of the closing of the Techionery with great interest. I can say that the last days have been difficult as the situation has brought back some unpleasant memories of past anger at the administration’s handling of issues pertaining to the fine arts department. My response to Dr. Brown’s statements is not about having a 10-year old axe to grind, though. Rather, I want to bring to light that any fear on the part of the current student body, faculty, or alumni that the loss of the use of the Techionery is but a beginning of bad news for the theater department is not unwarranted. Recent history reveals at best a lack of support from many members of the administration toward the arts programs. I hope that it isn’t so, but it does not look good for Dr. Brown to make the statement that he found the state of the Techionery unsettling over the summer and then not act until this unfortunate time and in this unfortunate manner. It raises suspicions among the already suspicious. I have recently spoken with a few other alumni from the music department at Arkansas Tech, and our sentiments have been mutual. During the conversation, we expressed empathy with the plight of the members of the theater department. A few old grievances were aired followed by sighs. Though it didn’t need saying, the conversation ended with each of us saying that we love Arkansas Tech and our memories of our time there. Hopefully, this matter can be resolved in a manner that suggests a fresh start in the relationship between those involved with the arts and administration at our beloved alma mater. Anna Weaver Little Rock
Protests should grow The recent protests against Wall Street greed and the plutocracy it created should be applauded. However, this zeitgeist of reform will be short-lived without a clear understanding as to the need for reform in the first place. It is very easy for the people of seemingly prosperous countries such as ours to be lulled into the ennui of complacency. This is our first and most manifest error. It is this very sense of prosperity that has become our “opiate of the masses,” concealing the greater issues. It is beyond my ability to comprehend that, in a republic of roughly 400 million, only a relative few realize that this illusion of prosperity comes at a staggering price – the usurpation and undermining of many of our basic freedoms and with them, our democ4 OCTOBER 12, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES
racy. Along with our ability to achieve the common good, these freedoms have been commandeered by the elite and subordinated to the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many. This is most evident in the co-opting of both the 1st and 14th Amendments, now used as a bludgeon in the hands of corporate America against the rights of masses rather than a means of liberation and equality. One flagrant example of this abuse is The Citizens United v. FEC ruling. This ruling not only perpetuated an 1885 ruling which gave 14th Amendment rights to “corporate persons,” but brazenly bestowed the same with 1st Amendment speech rights. In an era
that upholds the notion that money equals speech, corporate speech would mute that of the common citizen. I pray that more and more citizens rise up for the good of their fellow Americans. These issues are much larger than a few thousand protestors laboring to reclaim the democracy that has, like grains of sand, passed unnoticed through their fingers. These protests need to grow into an all encompassing and far-reaching expression of rage, albeit tempered with reason, dignity and non-violence. The late historian Howard Zinn maintained that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. In this spirit, using what abilities we
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Tuba tribute The late Richard Allin, a newspaperman and a great citizen, started playing the tuba in his middle years. With his horn “Elizabeth,” he became a fixture in the symphony orchestra. I think he would be touched by your Observer’s recent reports on the tuba and its hold on the affections of some youngsters who have discovered it. Roy Reed Hogeye
A better way Most people will be willing to tighten their belts if the sacrifice is shared. If the Right must have tax breaks for business owners and the wealthy because they are the ones who create jobs, why not insist they contribute prior to receiving those breaks? For businesses or wealthy individuals who create new jobs, purchase new equipment, build new facilities or invest in research and development or education, make it worth their while. For those who send manufacturing overseas, who cut employment and benefits, who manipulate financial markets or hold onto patents that could free us from energy dependence or illness or other essential benefits to mankind purely for the sake of profit, make them pay for that privilege. If adjustments must be made to Medicare and Social Security then take the cap off Social Security and allow people with large incomes to pay a bigger share of their Medicare costs. Reform the tax code to make it simpler and fairer, and if they must conflate social issues with budgetary issues then offer women a lifeline who are pregnant and without resources. If anyone is really serious about wanting every conception to result in a healthy baby then make that choice possible. For those who cannot tolerate the idea of allowing everyone to have a state-sanctioned marriage, then campaign for the end of government interference in sanctity period. Allow churches, synagogues, mosques, ashrams and whatever other religious bodies to do all the sanctifying. Have the government only involved in the filing and enforcement of civil union contracts. Let marriage be what it is supposed to be, a religious rite. We can solve our problems if we don’t drown in stupid first. Pamela Kell 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 email@example.com. Please include name and hometown.
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The choice not taken
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he Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is subsidized by $200,000 annually in city tax dollars, continues its work to tear down the best hope for a vibrant community — its public school district. In cooperation with Arkansans for Education Reform, a lobby group funded by the Walton family and other wealthy Arkansans, the chamber is holding a town hall meeting on “Parental Choice in Public Schools” Oct. 25 at Philander Smith College. The chamber implies that the only choice is flight from Little Rock public schools. This follows its disastrous meddling in school elections several years ago and more recent circulation of the reform group’s propaganda that all state spending in Little Rock schools has been a waste. Tens of thousands of diverse graduates and gaudy academic achievements tell a more complex story. Until after the Arkansas Times Arkansas Blog complained, the session lacked a significant element of choice — the public school district itself. Superintendent Morris Holmes and civil rights lawyer John Walker were belatedly added to a roster made up mostly of financial beneficiaries and advocates of the Billionaire Boys Club agenda — charter schools and vouchers. The town hall will include selections from the “Triumph of the Will” of the charter school movement — the documentary film “Waiting for Superman.” Free copies will be distributed, too. Sorry, you’ll have to search online on your own to buy copies of the answer film, “Inconvenient Truths About Waiting for Superman,” or “American Teachers,” a documentary on a generally hard working, underpaid and underappreciated profession. This meeting, part of a national series, is intended to build the billionaires’ case that Little Rock public schools, and all others with union teachers, have failed. The charge of systemwide failure of the Little Rock schools is demonstrably false. Failure of individual schools, as measured by test scores, is a more provable proposition. But it can be a misleading proposition, if the measure is against schools with motivated, higher income parents and fewer special needs students. Why won’t the chamber work harder at the first, best choice — making the city’s core school district better? Because the billionaires detest districts with a teacher’s union. The push for charter schools has produced undeniable pockets of excellence. It has also produced pockets of failure and corruption, resegregation and financial and demographic pressure that will end, if the movement continues, in a derelict Little Rock School District. The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce has been put in effective control of tens of millions in new city tax money dedicated to job creation. Promotion of balkanized education in Little Rock, to the detriment of the local school district, isn’t a smart way to start economic development work.
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et us now praise a newly famous school teacher — Andrea Morales McKenna, who teaches English as a second language to sixth- and seventh-graders at J.O. Kelly Middle School in Springdale. She recently was named this year’s Arkansas winner of the Milken Educator Award, worth $25,000. McKenna, 34, whose enthusiasm bubbled through our phone conversation, has been teaching in Springdale 10 years. She’s in Arkansas thanks to a sister who went to work at Walmart and, later, a husband who also works at Walmart. She’s a gift to the state and a reminder of the human face of a group too often demonized in the fight over immigration, “official language” laws and all the rest. (Can you believe this? A Republican activist told me that he thought a local Republican legislator, Rep. Bill Pritchard, did something risky by attending the surprise pep rally at which McKenna’s award was announced. Pritchard faces a Republican Senate primary next year.) McKenna is “legal,” born in Colorado. But she went to kindergarten as a better speaker of Spanish than English and was herself assigned to ESL classes. “I didn’t know I was in them. I just knew I was different and that I was pulled out of class twice a year to see a different teacher,” she recalls. “I looked back in my yearbook years later and saw she was an ESL teacher.” Her father was one of those “illegal aliens,” a Mexican who crossed the border and stayed for work as a migrant farm laborer. Her mother was born in Texas, but also was a Spanish-speaking farm laborer. Neither finished more than elementary grades and they learned English only later in their lives, as work demanded. They worked beet and bean fields and followed other crops. They married after meeting in church. The Morales family settled in Colorado with stability
provided initially by turkey plant work. McKenna’s father eventually earned his citizenship. His daughter recalls his fierce study for the test. McKenna, the youngest of three sisters, was inspired by her older MAX sisters’ college success and also by a BRANTLEY firstname.lastname@example.org 10th-grade English teacher. “It was the first time a teacher had really encouraged me,” she said. “I didn’t feel as smart as other kids. I always felt behind. She told me, ‘You are a good writer.’ I just loved to work hard for her because she was so nice to me.” She went to college to become a teacher and began with two years in an inner city school in Dallas. “I wanted to make a difference and encourage kids and help those who fall through the cracks,” she said. She works mostly with Spanish-speaking students, but also Marshallese and Laotian kids. She has no doubt that some children, or their parents, don’t have legal residency status. “It is hard for me. I know my dad came here illegally. My heart goes out to them. I’ve had students whose parents were deported.” Others have work permits, but if a job goes away, so does residency status. “It’s heartbreaking for any teacher.” McKenna didn’t strike me as strongly political, but, yes, she said she could see the point of DREAM Acts, which would provide college help — at least in-state tuition rates — to students without legal residency status. “I want what’s best for my students. If they want to go to college, but can’t, that breaks my heart.” Me, too. I’m just glad U.S. Immigration didn’t discover little Andrea Morales’ father was an illegal and sent him back to Mexico.
oters, or enough of them, will take fancy over fact if it is delivered convincingly and habitually. Politicians have always employed that proverb, but national Republicans are giving it its toughest test in the struggle for the hearts and minds of voters on the country’s economic troubles. Republicans have persuaded a sizable share of the electorate that Barack Obama and the Democrats caused the 2007-09 recession and the long malaise that followed, but it is proving a little harder to persuade them that the president is going to do exactly what he has says he will not do — tax the poor and middle class. But give them time. Obama has said since 2008 he would not raise taxes on middle-class Americans and that he would instead lower them. His stimulus program in 2009 did that and now he proposes to do it again with another stimulus program that is combined with a big deficit reduction package that the country seems to want. While cutting trillions in spending Obama would restore taxes on the wealthiest Americans to the rates of the boom years of the 1990s and close a few of the most egregious loopholes for major corporations. The task is to convince people that Obama is not just asking the rich to pay their
fair share but that he’s going to tax everybody more. Most of the presidential candidates repeat the mantra ERNEST that Obama is going DUMAS to raise people’s taxes, nearly always neglecting to say that only the wealthiest 2 percent or fewer of taxpayers would pay any increase and that the higher taxes would kick in starting 2013 while the tax relief for the middle class would be immediate. The trick of confusing fact with fiction was at work last week when two of our delegation, Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin, put out statements the same day bashing the president for his economic record and his jobs plan. It was Griffin’s way of explaining why he was supporting Mitt Romney, the one presidential candidate whose record stands in stark relief to almost every ideological position Griffin has taken. Let’s take Boozman first. He issued a statement using the standard Republican boilerplate. The president, Boozman said, wants to stimulate the economy by raising taxes, contrary to what he had said at the
depth of the recession in 2009. “What he doesn’t tell us is that his proposed $1.5 trillion in new taxes [over 10 years starting in 2013] will hit all of us.” Well, to be fairly exact, in Boozman’s Arkansas, of the 1,200,000 who file federal income tax returns it would hit about 15,000 individuals or couples and for most of them it would be a pittance. If you substituted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s surtax on millionaires, which Obama said he would sign if Congress passed it instead of his plan, the tax would fall on some 1,100 people who have taxable incomes of more than $1 million a year. So, 15,000 or 1,100 out of 1.2 million taxpayers. Is that close enough to “all of us” to suit you? The problem, and the reason Boozman was compelled to issue a statement, is that a huge majority of Americans believe that raising taxes on the rich and closing corporate tax loopholes must be a part of reducing the budget deficits. The president is calling for what most of Boozman’s constituents want. What Boozman might say if he was pressed is that he meant that if the millionaires got mad over the slightly higher government take from their profits and refused to hire anybody or fired people then a lot more people than the 1,100 would be affected. The real solution, Boozman said, is to reform the tax code to reduce taxes on the job
creators, get the government off the backs of oil, gas and coal companies, cut spending and pass trade agreements. Griffin would have a harder time explaining his deception, if you prefer not to call it a lie. Griffin intends to run against Obama, not his Democratic opponent, next year, and aligning himself with the presumptive Republican nominee, Romney, looks like a good way to do that. He may chair Romney’s campaign in Arkansas. His statement announcing his endorsement began by talking about Obama, not Romney. “President Obama’s policies have been categorical failures for our country,” he began. “Unemployment is over nine percent, our deficits are growing, and small businesses are being burdened with regulations.” Never mind that the economy was losing 775,000 jobs a month when Bush turned things over to Obama. Our deficits are growing? Not exactly. The last deficit of the Bush administration, fiscal 2009, was $1.41 trillion. The deficit declined to a hair under $1.3 trillion in 2010, Obama’s first budget year. In the year that just ended it was about the same. As a share of GDP, which is how some people like to measure deficits, they have gone from 10 percent in Bush’s last budget to 8.9 percent in 2010 and 8.6 percent for 2011. Facts. Who needs ’em?
The Dem-Gaz’s failed quest for objectivity
ohn Brummett is leaving Stephens Media, where he worked for a columnist for more than a decade, to rejoin the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s op-ed page. The move means that we will no longer carry his column, which we ran through a syndicate agreement with Stephens Media. Instead, we’ll fill this space with a bi-weekly rotation of two columns that have long appeared in our Arts and Entertainment section — a column on the media, which I’ll be writing, and a column by Graham Gordy, who previously focused on pop culture, but will now expand his gaze to include politics and social issues and whatever else strikes his fancy. Pearls About Swine, Beau Wilcox’s column about the Razorbacks football team, now moves to the following page for the rest of the season. ••• Last week, in a column on the DemocratGazette’s Voices page, deputy editor Frank Fellone offered a logical fallacy posing as an affirmation of a core journalistic value: He argued that the newsgathering part of the
paper is unbiased. The DemocratGazette puts “public service and straightarrow news coverage above political gain,” LINDSEY he wrote. MILLAR email@example.com That’s certainly true of much of the paper’s local and state reporting, which is often diligent and fair. But, of course, a newspaper is much more than reporting. Even more important are the decisions editors make on what stories to pursue and pick up from national wires (and those not to) and how they’re presented — in terms of organization, headlines, photos and position within the paper. Often the Democrat-Gazette does not meet Fellone’s standard. Take a recent article. On Monday, the Democrat-Gazette ran a story called “Occupy Wall Street draws activist critics” on the front page below the fold. The byline read “compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports,” which means that it was altered from the original source, in this case
the Associated Press. The original AP story opened with this sentence: “To veterans of past social movements, the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York and spread nationwide have been a welcome response to corporate greed and the enfeebled economy.” The Democrat-Gazette’s version tamped down the definitiveness in the last part of the sentence, changing it to “a welcome response to perceived corporate greed and the weakened economy.” It also ran a subhead, “Too loose to last? wonder some,” that doesn’t reflect the views of anyone quoted in the story. In fact, the fifth paragraph of the story notes that the “growing cohesiveness and profile” of the protest has “caught the attention of public intellectuals and veterans of past social movements.” Finally, where other subscribers of the AP elected to accompany the story with a picture of protesters holding signs or a photo of veteran activists, the Democrat-Gazette ran a picture of a man demonstrating how to break free from plastic hand restraints during the protests. This is a stark example of the flaw in Fellone’s position. The decisions an editor made in the Occupy Wall Street story might not be a reflection the Democrat-Gazette’s conservative editorial posture, but at the very least, they’re the product of an editor bringing his subjective views to a story.
Objectivity doesn’t exist. It’s an empty vow. A smokescreen. The pursuit of it also often results in the most pernicious type of journalism — the “he said, she said” approach, where a journalist merely serves as a conduit for opposing viewpoints, without reporting on their veracity. Fairness and authority strike me as better ideals for journalism. I’ve been considering assembling a set of reporter guidelines for interns and new hires lately. I think I may borrow some the Voice of San Diego provides new reporters. Here are excerpts of some of my favorites: • “We are guided by an ability to be transparent and independent, to clearly assess what’s going on in our community and have the courage to plainly state the truth.” • “Be the expert: Write with authority ... The day we write a headline that says: ‘Proposal has pros, cons’ is the day we start dying. There is no such thing as 50/50 balance. There is a truth and we work our damndest to get there.” • “Tell the truth: This means not being mealy mouthed and not being bias-bullied. Stand up to bias bullies. Tell them why you did something. Let them challenge you on it. Don’t go quote-hunting for something you know to be true and can say yourself. Don’t hide your opinion in the last quote of a story.” www.arktimes.com OCTOBER 12, 2011 7
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Hogs take the judicious path Auburn—not so much. BY BEAU WILCOX
nother businesslike, 38-14 drubbing. Another game where the victor exposed the vanquished as one-dimensional. Another demonstration of Arkansas’s place in the SEC pecking order. Mere 14 days earlier, it was Alabama giving the Razorbacks a discourteous reminder of which program holds supreme jurisdiction when these alleged power struggles are being waged. The beating was methodical and metered, not unrepentantly violent. After a spirit-killing interception late in the first half, the Razorbacks still only trailed the Tide 17-7 at halftime, and had possession coming out of the locker room. The scene grew progressively bleaker from there. Before 74,000-plus at Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday, the Hogs purged that woeful September yin in favor of October yang, replicating Bama’s model and flipping the scoreboard their way. They did so against an Auburn team that isn’t quite the same without Cecil Newton’s personified collection plate at the helm. The Tigers scarcely resemble defending national champions in ways beyond the mere dearth of a Heisman Trophy winner, though. This team lacks an identity and will accordingly settle into that intermediate strata of the conference with which Arkansas fans are frustratingly well acquainted. What Razorback fans hopefully recognize now is that this upward climb is more satisfying than some rickety, one-legged speed-skate that may or may not be imperiled by investigations or sanctions. Auburn won a national title, sure. Arkansas fans yearn for that and feel it is an attainable goal. The question is whether we take the autobahn and all its attendant risks, or if we are willing to travel a more judicious path. An examination of the three most recent football seasons gives a rather stark answer. In 2009, both Arkansas and Auburn finished 8-5 and 3-5 in the SEC in what could fairly be characterized as rebuilding campaigns. The Razorbacks surged to the end by winning five of their last six, with the loss being in overtime at Baton Rouge. Arkansas bounced Auburn from the ranks of the unbeaten in October with a commanding 44-23 home win, and Auburn proceeded to stumble to four losses in its next six games. Auburn then welcomed Cam Newton last season and promptly ran the table, but Arkansas also took meaningful steps forward by winning 10 games and claiming a spot in the Sugar Bowl. The Tigers’ march to the
championship was controversy-addled due to the well-known allegations concerning Newton being openly prostituted to Mississippi State by his father (and per most sources, the investigation is anything but concluded). The Razorbacks’ closest brush with scandal was ancillary: Ohio State’s narrow Sugar Bowl win was vacated after tatgate. Now it’s 2011 and after another comfortable victory over the Tigers, Bobby Petrino is 3-1 against the school that once surreptitiously wooed him. All three wins have come against Auburn teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time. This version of the Tigers is out of sorts, scrambling for competent quarterbacking, its defense backsliding further from the Tuberville days when it ranged from respectable to formidable. The Tigers’ current head coach, mawkish and smug to a degree that even Steve Spurrier would find distasteful, keeps stoking the NCAA’s fire in the interim, seemingly more devoted to defending his crown through posturing than actual coaching. Meanwhile in this corner of the universe, Tyler Wilson is calmly completing 18 straight passes and playing error-free football. Joe Adams is darting out of the backfield for the second-longest run in university history. Greg Childs is making important catches in traffic. Jerry Franklin and Alonzo Highsmith are breaking into the backfield to snuff out runs. Tramain Thomas is stepping into throwing lanes. And again, Bobby Petrino is sporting that wry grin. Saturday’s victory represented Arkansas at its confident, polished best, and revealed an opponent that alternately crests and troughs from week to week. Auburn started fast, as Texas A&M did, but wound up punting on six of its second-half possessions and chucking three interceptions. If passes from Barrett Trotter or Kiehl Frazier were on target — and that was rare — then the receivers or backs frequently mishandled them. The yardage that Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb gained was largely inconsequential from the first quarter forward. The Hogs dominated the Tigers in much the same way they were manhandled in Tuscaloosa, giving a balanced effort on offense and on the other side, responding well to Willy Robinson’s exhortations to finish tackles. So forgive me if I enjoy this consistency. We do not have the brass ring yet, but this formula may mean that we don’t have to tithe in excess for it.
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The Moon is a mythical river Or the cash, either: “This year’s flooding was severe along the Ohio River, as well, but it didn’t receive the widespread attention that the Mississippi River flooding did. ‘The Ohio River is not a mythical river,’ Welky theorized. ‘It just doesn’t have the cache that the Mississippi has.’ ” He’ll be even more wizened when he gets out: “An inmate who asked a judge to tack on an extra three years to his 30-year sentence, bringing his total sentence to 33 years in honor of Larry Bird, now regrets that decision. [Bird wore number 33 on the basketball court.] ‘Now that I have to do that time, yes I do,’ Eric Torpy said. ‘I kind of wished that I had 30 instead of 33. Recently I’ve wizened up.’ ” Crime and cassation: After Amanda Knox was freed by an Italian court, the Associated Press reported that “Prosecutors said they would appeal to the nation’s highest criminal court, the Court of Cassation, after reading the court’s reasoning, due out within 90 days.” Cassation is “annul-
ment, cancellation, reversal.” Pundit wars: A pundit wrote, “All of this can be executed with all hat DOUG SMITH email@example.com and no saddle, which is a Texas metaphor for looking as if you could ride a horse even if you’ve never been astride one.” A fellow pundit, quick to find fault, as pundits are, writes “I think the phrase is all hat and no cattle.” I think Pundit 2 is correct. Or is it all horse without a paddle? Borne out of wedlock: “Officials at the Health Department don’t buy the argument that business suffers when people can’t smoke in bars and other places. They say that is born out in a March 2010 study commissioned by the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco Free Coalition.” (Since writing the above item, I’ve discovered that some dictionaries accept born as a past participle of bear. They can write their own columns.)
WEEK THAT WAS
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TURKEYS. No live turkeys were dropped from an airplane during the Yellville Turkey Trot Festival. The drops, in which panicked birds have often dropped like stones to their deaths during past festivals, apparently were discouraged by a $5,000 reward offered by PETA for the identity of the so-called phantom pilot and the Federal Aviation Administration’s promise to go after flight safety violations. DARRELL BROWN. An unsung civil rights hero, Brown was the first black man to play on the University of Arkansas football team. He never played a varsity game, but paid a big price at practice for trying to integrate Frank Broyles’ Hog team in 1965. On Saturday, he was honored as a trailblazer during the Auburn game.
MARISSA WRIGHT. Authorities found the bodies of Joe Lee Richards Jr. and Randal Anderson in the backyard of Traskwood resident Marissa Wright, who at one time dated Richards. Wright, who was charged last Thursday with capital murder, has been linked to murder before, when she was identified as an accomplice in a 1993 slaying. She was charged, then given immunity for testifying against a man convicted of capital murder. Authorities have said there’s no connection between the bodies or Richards and Anderson other than the yard in which they were found. ERNESTINE MIDDLETON. The vice president for administration at the Arkansas Lottery was fired. She was the last of three lottery officials who came from South Carolina to get the lottery started to leave after lottery director Ernie Passailaigue and vice president for gaming David Barden both resigned. Middleton, like Barden, made more than $225,000.
FREE SPEECH. Eighteen Central Arkansas Transit buses are now carrying the disputed ads bearing the legend: “Are You Good Without God? Millions are.” They’ll run for four weeks, including during the highly attended Arkansas State Fair. Under terms of an injunction issued by federal Judge Susan Webber Wright, the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason had to post a $15,000 bond to cover potential damage to buses and ads. The bus company and its ad agency had originally refused to run the ads, fearing backlash, though they had accepted church advertising previously.
MARK DARR. In his weekly column, the lieutenant governor defended partisanship and confused the rules of the state Senate, which he nominally leads, when he suggested that currently Democratic senators get to choose their committee preferences before Republicans, when, in fact, committees are selected by seniority.
THE OBSERVER NOTES ON THE PASSING SCENE
Rivercrossing FRIDAY WAS SLOW AT THE OFFICE and the day too pretty to stay cooped up inside, so on our lunch hour, we decided to take a stroll down to the Clinton Presidential Center to check out the new pedestrian bridge. The Observer doesn’t walk as much as we should anymore, even though beating feet was one of our favorite pastimes in golden youth, when we would routinely light out on foot for some way yonder swimming spot or fishing hole in the morning and not return until dusk. These days, though, we’re much more prone to fire up the Mobile Observatory, even for short trips. As with so many things, convenience has become habit. Habit can easily twist into a crutch. We all need to be careful about that. The Clinton Center Bridge, just opened, is a lovely thing: the old Rock Island railroad bridge, repurposed into a footand-bicycle crossing by way of a curving ribbon of concrete that arcs from one edge of the river to the other and yet still allows barge traffic to pass underneath. Dangling, teardrop-shaped lights hover over the center of the walkway. Boxes full of yellow chrysanthemums line the rail — at the personal request of Bill, we’ve heard. In addition to offering a whole new Observation spot, the bridge opens up an undiscovered vista on this city we love, and a particularly dynamic one at that, with the traffic bridge and the skyline to the west, and a long, unbroken stretch of river to the east. The old Rock Island crossing itself is a marvel, a thing of iron and sweat. Given how complicated it is — the giant girders, the uncountable domed rivets, the fact that a section of the gargantuan span was built to be raised up and down — it’s humbling and amazing to think the bridge is old enough that those who sank their toil into it have all probably been dead a good 30 or 40 years. We don’t give the folks from The Good Ol’ Days near enough credit. The things they built are just as amazing as that smartphone a lot of us are lugging around in pocket or purse. Once we made it to the North Little Rock foot of the span, The Observer figured that it would be just as far to get back to the office if we re-crossed the Clinton bridge and walked back down Prez Ave.,
so we decided to hike the north side of the river to the Junction Bridge, our fair cities’ other foot-and-bike-only bridge. So we walked: past the bike rental place, past the submarine, past the displayed torpedo as long as a Chevy Suburban. On the Junction Bridge, not relishing the thought of heading back inside so soon, we found the bench that backs up to the elevator on the high part of the span, and then sat staring north down the long, midday-deserted span, the concrete walkway canopied by a woven tunnel of iron, where engines once breathed ash and steam. We are prone to getting wistful at still, quiet moments like that. We thought about bridges. We thought about this city, and state, and country. America, we thought, is a different place than it once was, and it will likely never be the same. There was once enough rail traffic that Little Rock needed not one but three railroad bridges over the Arkansas River. Once, there were enough barges that full time tenders lived atop those railroad bridges, shuttling them up and down, day and night, rain or shine. Once, locomotives hauled the steel, wood, bread and beef of the nation across those bridges, the products of a million hands. No more. All gone. For better or for worse. It is good, however, that our society has chosen to remake these bridges, even at great public expense, and no matter how much the Regressives among us would complain about it. Those two pedestrian crossings, it strikes us, are testaments to the idea that though things change — fortunes change, realities change, economies change — life goes on, rivers keep rolling, and people will always need to keep their feet dry. They’re testaments to something else, too: The importance of knowing that just because something is obsolete for the moment doesn’t mean it can’t be made useful, beautiful and even vital again. This is what The Observer thought as we sat on the Junction Bridge, watching the river roll by, sometimes glancing upstream to that other bridge, where a steady stream of bicyclists and walkers were trickling over the water. Then again, maybe we’re reading too much into things. We’re prone to do that, too.
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Occupy Little Rock During a planning meeting on Monday night, Occupy Little Rock — the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, and part of a network of hundreds of related, city-specific protest movements around the globe — picked a time and locations for this Saturday’s anticorporate protest march in Little Rock. Marchers will gather at 9 a.m. at Riverfest Amphitheatre near the River Market, with the march scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The assembled group of about 100 voted Tuesday night (by way of a sometimes-confusing series of hand signals) to picket the following locations during the march: the headquarters of investment firm Stephens Inc., the downtown Little Rock branch of Bank of America, the U.S. Federal Building and the Arkansas State Capitol. The Clinton Presidential Library and a local gas company were nominated as possible picket sites during the meeting, but were quickly voted down. The group plans to vote soon to choose leadership for a number of working groups within the larger Occupy Little Rock movement, including legal, medical, public relations and tech teams. Organizers said they’re also currently looking for a place in Little Rock where they can camp overnight, which will serve as a central hub for what they say will be an ongoing, long-term protest. Might we suggest looking into the Clinton Presidential Park? Lots of green space and parking lots down there, and ol’ Bill did some protesting of his own in his youth.
War Memorial growth With sale of its three-acre portion of the old Ray Winder Field to UAMS finally complete, the city of Little Rock has gone to work on replacing the lost War Memorial Park land. The old ballpark is going to be turned into a parking lot and city policy now encourages replacement of lost park land. The city has $1.3 million from the sale. It is looking across the formidable barrier of Interstate 630 to replace the lost acreage – specifically a three-block strip of land bounded by Van Buren on the west, 11th Street on the south, the freeway on the north and, on the east, city-owned green space along Jonesboro Drive, the southern entrance to CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12 OCTOBER 12, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES
With growth comes problems College’s neighbors chafe at noise, cars, behavior. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
rkansas Baptist College, built by former slaves in the 1880s at what was then High and 16th streets, has gotten accolades for its stunning growth in recent years — from 300 students to 1,193 since 2005, from a budget of $1 million to a budget of $18 million. An estimated $27 million has been spent on construction and renovation on campus, the college says. But Arkansas Baptist is smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city. There is no buffer between campus and neighborhood, as there is at nearby Philander Smith, which is gated. If you are a long-time resident of the neighborhood — and many who live there are — and unused to trash, parking problems, loud college parties, a marching band that plays at 11 p.m. at night (complaints brought that to an end) and a football team that sets off at 6 a.m. through the streets en route to practice at Quigley Field at Central High, and clusters of young people congregating or smoking marijuana, you might be less than thankful for the ballyhooed growth of Arkansas Baptist. The neighborhood has seen bad times — Arkansas Baptist President Fitz Hill notes that one of its homes was featured in the 1994 HBO documentary “Bangin’ in Little Rock — and boarded up homes are not uncommon. Hill’s response to complaints is the neighborhood: “In 2011 it’s banging drums. In 2005 it was banging guns.” Neighbors don’t necessarily agree with Hill on that point: They say the neighborhood had become quiet, if poor, in the days before the college’s turnaround. “The gangs were already locked up,” said Melody Thomas, who lives with her husband, Rob, and 16-year-old son one lot north of the intersection of 16th Street and Marshall and whose family has lived on Marshall for years. The Thomases recount a number of irritants: the streets lined with parked cars, noise from the college dumpster pickup, trash in the street. Thomas said she’d had to call the police last Thursday when she heard “two cars zooming down the alley and stop behind a house.” Somebody threw a brick in her yard to hit her dog, she said. She’s told students she’s seen smoking marijuana in the alley behind her house and her mother’s house to move along.
SIGN OF THE PROBLEM: Melody Thomas by a car illegally parked at ABC, just one of her complaints.
Hill insists that neighbors are blaming things on students that students have nothing to do with, but Thomas said she can identify them by their clothing — ABC colors are purple and white — and backpacks. When the school began to expand — it’s added a dormitory, a community cafeteria and new classrooms on the campus proper — and closed the portion of 17th Street that bisected the campus, parking problems increased. The school’s lot has only about 300 spaces, and cars are parked bumperto-bumper around the school. At one time, neighbors say, students were parking their cars on the sidewalk as well as the street. The city responded to complaints, putting up new signs that restricted parking 50 feet from intersections so drivers could navigate them more safely. But city traffic controller Greg Clay said the signs have been “pulled by students and tossed in dumpsters, so it’s an ongoing” effort to keep the intersections clear. Students have parked in front of her driveway, says Estoria Wayne, 77, of 1600 W.
16th St.; she’s sent her son out to get them to move and had to call police once. “It has been a nightmare,” she said. The LINKS van that comes to the home of Bobbie Singleton, 1505 MLK, to pick up her quadriplegic son can’t get near the curb, she says, and she has problems backing out. Singleton also complains of trash in her yard, which she says is thrown down by students returning to campus from a nearby Church’s Chicken. Singleton’s home is next door to the college’s student union, built this year on a small lot between two one-story residences. The lot is just one of 37 that the college has bought in a patchwork about the neighborhood. At a neighborhood meeting the college had, Wayne said, a realtor passed out cards. “I told her I didn’t ask for no card and I didn’t want one,” Wayne said. The school has leveled derelict houses; some lots will be for parking, some will be for future school expansion. A lot cleared at CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
“The federal government is here and it is here to stay.” U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer at a news conference on Tuesday announcing Operation Delta Blues, a two-year investigation in Eastern Arkansas involving more than 800 law enforcement officers that produced seven indictments naming 70 people, including five Helena-West Helena police officers.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF PUBLIC PROTEST IN ARKANSAS
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ith the Occupy Wall Street Protests in NYC churning and an Occupy Little Rock group in the process of firming up, we thought it was time to take a stroll through Arkansas’s rabblerousing past. Special thanks to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.
War Memorial Park across a freeway bridge. An appraisal firm has sent letters to owners of 12 properties about potential purchases. The letters prompted some fear that the city was already moving on acquisitions for the 28 acres to be acquired for a research park to be funded by new tax dollars. But that process is not yet underway. City Manager Bruce Moore says the city does not yet have specific park development plans for the new acreage. Assistant City Manager Bryan Day referred to Mayor Mark Stodola the question of whether the city would condemn the land if owners don’t think prices are high enough or are unwilling to sell at any price. Stodola had not responded at press time.
HOXIE GLEE CLUB
April 1874: Governor Elisha Baxter and 200 supporters march from St. John’s College to the Anthony House Hotel on Markham Street after he is barred from the State House by supporters of Joseph Brooks, Baxter’s GOV. ELISHA BAXTER opponent in the 1872 election, who had called Baxter’s election a sham. Baxter and his men plan to attack the Old State House, where Brooks and his supporters were barricaded inside, but troops and artillery from the Little Rock Arsenal are sent in to quell the violence. September 1891: Demanding better wages, black cotton pickers in Lee County go on strike, resulting in violence from both workers and landowners. After a cotton gin is burned, the county sheriff forms a posse and the leaders of the strike flee to an island in the Mississippi River, where many are hunted down, arrested, and later lynched by a white mob. March 1903: Following the passage of the Streetcar Segregation Act of 1903 by the Arkansas State Legislature, blacks boycott streetcar service in Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Hot Springs for over a month. April 1914: A strike by unionized Sebastian County miners against the Coronado Coal Company turns bloody after workers clash with union-busters near the tiny hamlet of Frogtown. Two anti-union men are killed, and several Coronado mines are either dynamited or allowed to fill with water. Jan. 1931: In what will come to be known as The England Food Riots, devastating drought results in near-famine in Lonoke County, leading 300 to 500 desperate farm families to gather in England, Ark., seeking food. Merchants give freely from their stores, and the “riot” is mostly peaceful, though sensationalist news accounts bring comedian Will Rogers to town. He later tours to raise funds for relief aid.
August 1955: Around 350 protestors — many of them outsiders from other cities around Arkansas — gather at Hoxie City Hall to protest the desegregation of Hoxie Public Schools. Later a boycott sees around half the white students kept home, but desegregation stays. June 1971: Blacks in Marianna boycott local businesses, demanding that they be considered for employment. After protests turn violent, Gov. Dale Bumpers sends in National Guard troops to patrol the streets and enforce a curfew.
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May 2006: Over 10,000 Latinos rally in Fort Smith, Little Rock, Springdale and DeQueen as part of a nationwide protest against anti-immigration efforts. Tyson Foods is forced to close around a dozen plants, including some in Arkansas, for a day because of high absenteeism among Latino workers. October 2010: Members of Little Rock’s Center for Artistic Revolution, a gay/ lesbian advocacy group, hold a day-long picket at Midland School District in Pleasant Plains demanding the resignation of school board member Clint McCance, who had caused PROTESTED ANTI-GAY a nationwide furor after REMARK posting anti-homosexual comments (including his wish that all gays would commit suicide) to his Facebook page. McCance announces his resignation the night after the protest.
Capitol View says no The Capitol View Stifft Station Neighborhood Association plans to protest proposed new Little Rock ward boundaries because they don’t want to move from Ward 3, represented by Stacy Hurst, to Ward 1, represented by Erma Hendrix. The diverse neighborhood is a strip between I-630 and Markham Street running from the railroad on the west side of the Capitol to UAMS. The group voted to oppose the change Monday night because Hurst has been viewed as an effective advocate of the neighborhood, a spokesman said. Hendrix, whose ward will remain majority black, isn’t particularly happy about the Capitol View addition either. Her ward had to grow substantially because of a loss of population in the old boundaries. Hearings are set Wednesday and Thursday night.
CORRECTIONS Max Brantley’s column Oct. 5 said incorrectly that a ballot initiative to increase the gas severance tax included a one-time $20 million payment off the top to cities. That $20 million payment – to give cities a payment roughly equal to a share of fuel tax revenue that counties now receive – would be provided annually. The article last week about Robert “Say” McIntosh said incorrectly that Meredith Oakley retired this year as associate editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She resigned.
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Minnesota Viking Kevin Williams lets his play speak for itself on the field. BY LINDSEY MILLAR
evin Williams, NFL defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, is the best athlete from Arkansas in pro sports today. That you’ve never heard of him might be a consequence of his position (a good series might involve him not letting the guy in front of him gain any ground) or his demeanor (laconic in interviews, undemonstrative on the field). Or it might have something to do with Williams’ circumvention of Arkansas’s version of pro sports — he opted to play college football at Oklahoma State instead of for the Razorbacks. In person, the Fordyce native is fairly undeniable. He weighs more than 300 pounds, but at 6’5”, still manages to look almost lean. His hands are as big as baseball mitts. On the field, surrounded by other freakishly large men, he isn’t as obviously undeniable as, say, Darren McFadden, who’s the focal point of the game every time he touches the ball. Williams rarely comes in contact with the ball. He doesn’t run in space. He’s amassed more sacks than any player at his position since he entered the league in 2003, but his season average is paltry compared to elite defensive ends. Still, he’s unquestionably the anchor to the Vikings’ defense thanks in part to his unique physical make-up: He’s both huge and quick. “What makes Kevin a great player is he’s so fluid,” his teammate, All-Pro offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune last year. “It looks like he’s going half-speed and he’s actually going twice as fast as you are.” With power and agility comes the ability to disrupt. Sometimes as a human wrecking ball, busting over less fleet-footed offensive linemen. Sometimes by swatting down rifled passes thrown from just a few feet away. And sometimes by being otherwise disruptive enough to draw two offensive blockers 14 OCTOBER 12, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES
— somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 pounds of charging man — and freeing up space for another defender to slip through the line of scrimmage. The average football fan might be even less likely to notice Williams because, as Keith Jackson, the former NFL AllPro from Little Rock, who’s known Williams since he was 14, says, “Kevin’s never been a look-at-me guy. Sometimes people forget you’re there just because you’re quiet. If I had a choice to tell kids the right way to do it, I’d point to Kevin. He doesn’t have to show how great he is [by talking on the field], but those offensive linemen know how great he is. The players know. He’s a quiet dominator.” Even though much of what makes Williams great isn’t reflected in any conventional stat, he still looks impressive on paper. Over the course of his first seven seasons, he was named first-team All-Pro five times, a feat only Hutchinson and Peyton Manning also achieved during that span. During that span, the Associated Press named him first-team AllNFL five times. Even last year, when the Vikings were beset with dysfunction from every direction and neither Williams nor the Vikings defense performed as well as in the past, coaches and Williams’ peers in the league thought enough of him to name him to the Pro Bowl as a replacement.
In March, when a reporter and photographer visited Williams at his house in a ranch-style development near Mayflower, he was a few weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. In a Coogi polo, jeans and boat-sized Nikes, he moved slowly around his house, though seemingly less as a consequence of his knee — which he said was almost healed enough for him to run — than because, in a job that involves
eight months of extreme conditioning in preparation for 16 Sundays of total exertion, you walk slowly when you get the chance. Williams has an easy smile, sleepy eyes and a South Arkansas drawl no amount of time spent in the Midwest could cure. A swirl of blank-ink flames decorates his left forearm; tattooed on his right arm is a cross, his family name and the words “family” above the cross and “first” below. Under an elaborate chandelier at his dining room table, he sank into a padded dining room chair that must’ve come from a big-and-tall furniture store and talked his childhood in Fordyce — a “smooth, country town” — where he grew up playing dirt basketball and football, riding bikes and fishing in creeks with his cousins. “It was hard to get in trouble. Everybody knew everybody,” Williams said. His father was a logger; his mother worked as a teaching assistant at Fordyce High School when Williams attended. “She made sure I stayed on my Ps and Qs,” he said. His two older brothers are more than 10 years older. One played college basketball for Arkansas State. “They got a chance to rough up on me a little growing up,” Williams said. “But when I got older, they couldn’t beat me at anything anymore.” The game in Fordyce, more often than not, was basketball. An All-State forward for Fordyce High School, he said he never dreamed of playing football professionally and only started playing in eighth grade. Colleges often recruit defensive players based less on what they’ve accomplished on the field than on their height, weight and speed. “If you fit into their criteria, you get the nod,” Williams said. “I’m thankful I was in that parameter and got the scholarship.” Williams said he thought everyone in his family wanted him to go to the University of Arkansas, but “in my mind, I wanted to do my own thing.” He never made an official visit
NBA point guard Los Angeles Lakers Averaged one NBA championship for every three of the 15 years he’s been in the league.
WILLIAMS IS THE BEST
BUT ... He’s been clutch, no doubt, but he’s not considered among the elite in his position.
JOE JOHNSON NBA shooting guard Atlanta Hawks Five-time NBA All-Star.
BUT ... Not among the elite at his position and not likely Hall of Fame bound.
NFL running back Oakland Raiders Currently leads league in rushing yards.
Major League pitcher Philadelphia Phillies 2008 Cy Young winner.
BUT ... He could be on his way to greatness, but he doesn’t have a long enough resume.
BUT ... He’s been good for a long time, but only great since 2008.
JOHN DALY Professional golfer Won two major championships.
BUT ... The ’90s were a long time ago.
to Arkansas, instead opting to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, a city that despite having a population of more than 40,000 (more than eight times the size of Fordyce) still had a small town feel that reminded him of home, he said. At OSU, Williams started 42 games at defensive tackle and was a crucial part of the team that, in Coach Les Miles’ first two seasons, notched two wins against archrival Okla-
NFL defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings A five-time first-team All-Pro, he’s amassed more sacks then anyone at his position since he came into the league, is widely regarded as among the elite at his position and is a likely Hall of Famer.
homa and helped spark the resurgence of the program that continues today. In his senior season, Williams was first-team all-conference. In the 2003 NFL draft, the Vikings held the seventh pick, but made one of the great draft day blunders when they failed to make their selection before the 15-minute deadline expired. When the 15-minutes elapsed, the teams that held
NFL running back Cleveland Browns Scored third most touchdowns in NFL in 2010. BUT ... Now that he’s playing in a West Coast offense, his production looks like it’s dropping off.
the eighth and ninth picks slipped ahead of the Vikings and quickly made their selections, leaving Minnesota with the ninth pick, which the team finally used on Williams. Minnesota later said that it wanted to pick Williams all along, but was trying to make a trade to secure one or more late-round picks, got caught up in it and missed the deadline. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 www.arktimes.com OCTOBER 12, 2011 15
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Williams said he and his family weren’t even paying attention during Minnesota’s blunder. He was expecting to go no earlier than 12. But he took the bizarre circumstances of his selection in stride. “They tell you when you get there, ‘We wanted you all the time.’ ‘Then why’d you let the time elapse?’ I might’ve been 1A or 1B. But I’m happy with it. I’ve been doing pretty well for myself. I’m pretty sure [the Vikings] are happy with it now.” Perhaps now is as good of a time as any to say that, while Williams has been one of the Vikings’ greatest draft picks in recent history, the team and its fans haven’t been happy about much of anything lately. After coming within a few plays of the Super Bowl in 2009-10, Minnesota finished last season a dismal 6-10, bad enough to rank last in their division. The team’s year was haunted by distractions: ineffective and oft-injured quarterback Brett Favre was constantly in the news over sexting allegations; Vikings head coach Brad Childress was fired mid-season not long after trading for AllPro receiver Randy Moss and subsequently dropping him, and the roof of the team’s home venue, the Metrodome, collapsed under the weight of 17 inches of snow. “If you wrote out a checklist of all the things that could’ve gone wrong with a team, we might’ve hit a check on all of them,” Williams said. “But that’s just the nature of the business.” In March, the league was still locked out over labor negotiations and the Vikings’ 2011 line-up hadn’t been finalized, but even then Williams knew that he was facing a new-look team. “Some people call it a rebuilding year, but I hope it don’t go that far,” he said. But as the season approached, it began to take on that tone, as Minnesota acquired aging veteran Donovan McNabb to play quarterback, let star receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Ray Edwards go in free agency and saw Pat Williams, the long-time immovable force of a nose tackle, who with Kevin Williams formed the vaunted “Williams Wall,” retire. During the team’s training camp before the season, Williams said by phone that the key for the defense regaining form was “getting back to the basics.” Thus far, that hasn’t gone well. The defense has struggled mightily, particularly in the second half. In the first three games, the team held halftime leads of 10, 17 and 20 points, and lost all three games. Only last Sunday did things gel for the team as it notched its first victory over the lowly Arizona Cardinals in a blowout. The first two losses came without Williams. Though his foot was ailing (with plantar fasciitis), he undoubtedly would’ve played had he been able. Instead, he was left watching the first two games of the season at home and working for free for the first four games of the season as a consequence of an incident that stretches back three years: Before the season began in 2008, Williams and former teammate Pat Williams (no relation) took a diuretic called StarCaps. Both were to receive bonuses for reporting at certain weights. Several months later, the NFL informed the players that they would be suspended for taking a banned substance commonly used as a masking agent for steroids. The players appealed the suspension, claiming that the label didn’t include the banned ingredient, and eventually filed a $10 million lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league knew StarCaps contained an unlisted banned substance, but didn’t notify the players. The case stretched on for years, bouncing from court to court and allowing both Williamses to continue to avoid suspension, though Kevin Williams said in March that the case evolved into something more significant than simply fighting for personal vindication.
FAMILY MAN: When he’s home, Williams wants to be with children Aubry and Kevin II (“Deuce”).
“Once we got into it, we wanted them to correct what was wrong with the system, and maybe help guys that come behind us.” Last year, he estimated he’d spent a million dollars on the case. In March, sensing a court victory was not forthcoming, he elected to stop fighting. “If you want a fair shake with those guys, you had better seek [legal] advice,” he said in March. “Because they will stick behind the letter of the law. They could be as wrong as two left shoes, but they’ll stick by it.” Just before this season began, the NFL announced that it would suspend Williams for two games and fine him for four games. Four games worth of Williams’ $6 million salary amounted to $1,411,764. “I’d do it again,” he told the ESPN Twin Cities website. “I still think those guys are wrong, but only one side gets punished.”
“Daddy, where mommy go?” Kevin II, Williams’ toddler son, who he calls “Deuce,” wants to know as he scoots through his Arkansas dining room. “She’s hiding; go find her,” Williams drawled with a smile. “He’s into everything,” Williams said of Deuce. “I’m trying to get him adapted to fishing. I show him how to throw the rod. But he keeps throwing them in the water. And he’s always flipping the switches on the boat. I thought we were stuck one time; we had to troll back to the dock. I took the motor in to be serviced, and it turned out he’d pulled the emergency switch.” Normally, when pro athletes return to Arkansas during the offseason or on breaks, Keith Jackson said they usually want everyone to know where they’re going to be hanging out. Or you see them out socializing.
“You don’t know when Kevin comes into the state. That’s not his personality,” Jackson said. When Williams is in Arkansas, the only public appearances he makes are at fishing holes. Mostly he fishes in South Arkansas, but in March he said he’d just started to explore nearby Lake Conway. “I’m figuring out that the crappie fishing in Conway is big time. I just got to figure out how to catch ’em.” Otherwise, you’ll find him at home. “I sit in the house and play with the kids,” he said. His wife, Tasha, a former college basketball standout from Louisiana Tech who grew up in Kingsland, confirms: “He cooks. He cleans. He changes diapers.” In March, the Williamses were adjusting to life with a second child, 6-week-old daughter Aubrey, who looks like a doll in Williams’ arms. “I bet he’s changed just as many diapers as I have,” said Tasha approvingly. For fun, the Williamses sing karaoke. Tasha said Erica and Jermain Taylor got her and Kevin hooked on karaoke (Erica was Tasha’s college teammate at Louisiana Tech). But rather than go out, the Williams have invested in karaoke set-ups in their houses in Minnesota and Arkansas. “We are serious karaokers,” Tasha said. “We have the strobe lights. We have huge speakers that sit on stands.” Kevin thinks “he’s the karaoke king,” Tasha said. “He sings Elvis. He thinks that’s his niche. He also likes the Michael Jackson experience. He moves pretty well.” “I was skeptical at first,” Williams said. “But you get a little liquid courage, and we have a good time.” This is Williams’ ninth season. He’s under contract with Minnesota until 2014, and he said he hopes to add some more years to that. The end isn’t near enough for Williams to consider the specifics of his post-NFL career. “After football, hopefully I save enough money, so I can relax for a year or two. Hopefully, when I retire, my wife will kick in, and I’ll be a stay-at-home dad.”
PROBLEMS, CONT. MLK and 16th Street will be the site of the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development; construction should get underway next year. (Ford has given the school $2.5 million.) The school also renovated a historic home as its G.E.D. house and the house that was in “Bangin’ in the Rock” has been turned into a daycare center. Another property will be refurbished as a fine arts center. But two other lots contain portable storage units and wrecked furniture is in the yard. To Melody Thomas, it feels like a “hostile takeover.” “First we were all excited” when Hill was hired, Melody Thomas said. “We wanted them to grow. [But] it became clear to us he was going to aggressively take us over.” The Thomases had their house, a restored 19th century home, on the market a couple of years ago for $99,000. She said Athletic Director Charles Ripley and another man approached her one day and asked if she’d take $77,000. She said no. “Then he said, ‘I guess you wouldn’t want to donate it?’ ” Some residents have told the Central High Neighborhood Association that “they are afraid the march is on, that they are beginning to be surrounded by parking logs and can’t get anyone to hear them at the college,” said association president Joyce Matthew. “We asked them to get a petition started.” Bill Asti, an architect who has consulted on the Central High overlay district designed to preserve historic properties in the district, said neighborhood preservationists met with Hill some time back in the hopes of preserving housing stock. “What our hope was that if Fitz was going to be demolishing [properties] … to let us move homes to some empty lots,” something that’s not always feasible, Asti acknowledged. “Fitz is a bright, wonderful man. Our objective is to help the community become sustainable. That’s not the objective of Fitz Hill and Arkansas Baptist … the function of the institution is not to create a stable community, their function is to educate kids … and maybe save some souls along the way.” That’s something Hill vehemently denies. Hill says the college “has always been a part of the community” and his administration is “not trying to push anybody out.” “We’re trying to improve the community daily,” Hill said. “If we were doing nothing, people wouldn’t like that” either he added. Hill is proud of the fact that the college is serving a high number of first generation students, and exchange students. Its student body is 70 percent male, unlike most Baptist colleges, he said (the football team started under Hill is likely the draw). Yes, there are parking problems, he acknowledged — though a new lot at 18th and Marshall should help that — and noise. “It’s a trade-off,” he said, noise for safety. And though he lives in Chenal, Hill said, he hopes one day to live in the neighborhood.
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Arkansas premiere of “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s latest film about the West Memphis Three, at 8:35 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Malco. Anderson says they expect a sell-out. That the film festival is happening at all is cause for relief not only among documentary fans in Arkansas, but Anderson and others involved with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, as well. Some bills went unpaid after the last festival and there was concern about meeting the mortgage for the Malco, owned by the institute; there was also concern about instability in board leadership. Those troubles led the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, BY ERIC FRANCIS which had provided an annual $5,000 grant, to withdraw f you go to the Hot Springs Documentary Film here.” financial support this year. Institute’s website and click on the link marked Some tie-in activities are scheduled, such as a graffiti Steve Arrison, CEO of the Convention and Visitors “Festival,” you will find yourself facing the art workshop at 4 p.m. on Saturday with local graffiti artBureau, said he’s pleased that the festival is happening this words “Coming Soon” over the festival’s logo. ist Jose Hernandez, followed by a showing of “Graffiti Fine year but still has some reservations about the long term. Soon, as in this Friday. Art” at 7:30 p.m. in the Malco with filmmaker Jared Levi “I know they just had another change in chairman of The website glitch nicely sums their board and they changed some up the worry many documentary board members; I think they still film fans felt a few months ago, when have three of the original board the fate of the 20-year-old event was members there,” Arrison said. up in the air because of financial “We’re just sort of ‘wait and see.’ problems. But festival director Dan We’re not funding the festival this Anderson says the 10-day festival year or until they get their financial will go on as planned, kicking off at house in order. We’re still listing it the historic Malco Theater. (You [on event calendars] ... but we’re can find a full schedule on another not writing any checks.” part of the website — scroll down Arrison added that he does hope and click on “2011 Final Film List.”) the Film Institute can sort out its This year, Anderson said, festiproblems because the festival draws val organizers are “running a much some 21,000 people to the city. tighter ship,” spending about a quar“I think it’s an important part ter of what they used to on printing, of the tourism package,” he said. advertising, staff costs and parties. “There are other things that draw But they’re not skimping on [more people], but it has a good films, he promised, and have “a lot financial impact. It’s important for of filmmakers coming in” this year. our tourism economy and we just They’ve also added the Central Theneed to make it well. I’m not sure if ater as a venue, to supplement the it’s just sick or on life support.” SET TO PREMIERE: “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” will make it’s debut in Arkansas at the Hot Springs Malco. In order to help cut expenses, Documentary Film Festival. Anderson said several of this Anderson said the institute has year’s films are standouts, including “The Natural State of in attendance. Folk artist Winfred Rembert, who became been running a “guerilla advertising campaign” this year America,” being shown at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. this Friday famous only recently for art he began making when he was and using as many volunteers as possible. The institute in the Malco. It’s a home-grown product and Anderson calls on a Georgia chain gang in the 1950s, will be present at the has only two paid staffers — himself and assistant festival it “one of my all-time, top Arkansas films.” Also on opening showing of “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Remdirector Jim Miller — and they’ve learned how to “operate night, at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Malco, is the world prebert” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and some of his work will be on a shoestring.” miere of “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival,” which displayed in a local gallery. “This is a time when Arkansas organizations are havwill be followed at 11 p.m. with a performance by Foul Play Another world premiere will be “The Living,” about ing trouble, it’s harder to get financial support. We lost Cabaret, a Hot Springs burlesque troupe. a school where aspiring morticians go to learn the funeral some of our sponsors due to bad press and otherwise,” Another special event will be Sunday at noon during the business; filmmaker Eduardo Lucatero of Montreal will said Anderson. “Basically what we’re doing is on a more screening of the film “Patriot Guard Riders” — Anderson attend the festival, with showings at 9 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9:25 independent kind of level. ... We’ve both been here three said they expect some 200 Patriot Guards to show up at the p.m. Oct. 22. Asked for a personal favorite, Anderson tapped years and kind of have a feel for how things flow through Malco on their motorcycles in support of the film. another premiere, “John Frum, He Will Come,” about the the festival.” Also on his list of favorites is “Beyond Iconic” this Satcargo cult on the South Pacific island of Tanna. Filmmaker He’s optimistic about the future, though, and still urday at 5:30 p.m.; it’s the story of photographer Dennis Cevin Soling traveled there with American goods in an thinks the institute can fulfill its original vision. Stock. attempt to fulfill the islanders’ prophecy about the return of “Hopefully this festival is going to get us caught up, get “He shot a lot of photographs with a lot of iconic figures the legendary Frum, who established himself as a religious us in the black, and after the festival we’re going to focus on from the 1950s, like James Dean and some jazz singers and icon on the island during World War II. Screenings will be the institute and get it to where it’s thriving, where we’re things like that,” Anderson explained. “That’s a world preheld at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 6:35 p.m. Oct. 21. showing films on a regular basis, bringing filmmakers to miere and the filmmaker, Hanna Sawga Hamaguchi, will be The biggest draw of the festival is expected to be the Arkansas from all over the world,” Anderson said.
AND A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF From financial ruin, Hot Springs’ film festival hopes to move into the black.
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A&E NEWS Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr., known far and wide as the West Memphis Three, were reunited in New York City Monday for the premiere of “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” the third documentary about the case from filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. After the screening, Misskelley seemed to become uncomfortable and excused himself, leaving Echols and Baldwin to field questions, according to a CBS News story. Here are a few highlights from coverage of the premiere and Q&A: • Baldwin moved to Seattle, and according to Indie Wire, has taken a construction job, gotten his drivers permit and recently caught a reunion show from traditional-spelling averse indie act Carissa’s Wierd. • Moviefone had perhaps the best headline: “HBO Is Ready for ‘Paradise Lost 4,’ but the West Memphis 3 Just Want to See a Decent Movie,” which referred to Echols’ terse takedown of “that horrendous ‘Fright Night’ remake,” the first movie he saw after being released. • According to The Huffington Post, HBO Documentaries head Sheila Nevins asked Baldwin and Echols if they thought people were basically good. “Yes, people are good,” Baldwin said. “Look at everybody here today. We can’t let the actions of a few bad people tarnish what we see around us.” Echols was a bit more circumspect. “I think that’s far too big a conclusion for me to come to,” he said. “Ask me in 50 years.”
Evanescence — the goth-tinged numetal outfit whose leader Amy Lee once called Arkansas home — released a selftitled album yesterday, its first record in five years. Here are a couple of critics’ takes thus far: • Nick Catucci of Rolling Stone said of the album that “the sometimes syrupy mix of piano, guitar and strings feels more like a formula than a genuine catharsis,” and that the album lacked anything as “saucy” as “Call Me When You’re Sober,” from the 2006 album “The Open Door.” • Arkansas native Mikael Wood, writing for the Los Angeles Times music blog, gave the album 2.5 stars out of a possible four. Though it “delivers plenty of pain-soaked pleasure,” the album also feels “a little battened-down, as though its steadfast familiarity were an act of resistance against the dance-pop Barbies at the gate. A livelier album seems to lurk inside this one, struggling to sneak past its creator.”
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6 p.m. Dreamland Ballroom. $25 or a bottle of wine worth $25 or more.
So I’ve been watching “Prohibition,” Ken Burns’ latest sepia-toned, 34-hour-long exploration of something Significant and Historic and Indelibly American. While the socalled “noble experiment” was, without question, doomed to fail, it seems like drinking was a lot more fun back then,
what with all the secret passwords and hip flasks and scantily clad women dancing to jazz music. Sure, there were terrible aspects to it. Chicago in the late ’20s was practically one enormous carnival shooting gallery with people as the ducks. And lots of folks died from drinking toxic bathtub “gin” that was probably just rubbing alcohol mixed with lead-based pinecone flavoring or something. That was all bad. But let’s be honest: there’s an undeniable thrill that arises from stick-
ing it to the squares and the scolds by doing something illicit and fun. If any place in Little Rock is perfect for recreating the look and feel of a speakeasy, it’s Dreamland Ballroom. This evening of food, drink and dancing is a fundraiser for restoring the ballroom to its former glory. So put on your flapper dresses and single-breasted pin-striped suits and have fun knowing you will most likely not be arrested by federal agents and nothing you drink will cause blindness.
HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
Noon. Mulberry Mountain. $74-$350.
Can one draw any conclusions about the nature of a festival’s audience based on the FAQs listed on its website? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Either way, this tickled my funny bone: “NO illegal drugs, weapons, fireworks or NITROUS TANKS are allowed on the festival grounds. Violators will be ejected from the facility and subject to prosecution under local, state and federal laws. We’re serious folks.” To be fair, the same admonition is listed on the website for Wakarusa, which is also hosted at Mulberry Mountain, so maybe it’s just a holdover and doesn’t apply to this festival as much as it would to, say, a Ween concert. But regardless, if typing in all-caps is the written equivalent of yelling, the message screams: “Dudes, NO NITROUS TANKS! OK? For seriously!” Other things they had to yell include: NO PETS; NO GLASS; NO LASER POINTERS. Those are some solid recommendations, though. I know that if I was ripped on nitrous, a bong-smoking dog with a laser pointer would really freak me out. Anyways, if you like your bluegrass with a heaping helping of jam-tastic noodling, this is your ticket. Although given the gorgeous setting at Mulberry Mountain, it almost doesn’t matter what kind of music you like. The Yonder Mountain String Band curates this annual event and plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Split Lip Rayfield and Railroad Earth play Thursday night, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones play Saturday night and dozens more bands play through Sunday night.
JAMMIN’ ON THE MOUNTAIN: Yonder Mountain String Band curates and headlines the Harvest Music Festival on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark.
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
11 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.
STATE FAIR BLUES: Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays the Arkansas State Fair Friday night.
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Carnival games and rides and fried everything are fun and all, but did you know the Arkansas State Fair has a homebrew competition, with categories for beer, cider and mead? They’ve also got a wine competition, a flower-arranging contest, a rice-cooking contest, a photo contest, a baking contest, a Spam championship, a Rodeo Queen Luncheon, a chili cook-off and a fashion review. Also, there will be concerts. Friday night, starting at 8:15 p.m., the Shreveport-born guitar titan Kenny Wayne Shepherd will commune with the classic rock spirit world, channeling the spectral essence of Stevie Ray Vaughn before a teeming mass of blues fans. On Sunday night, beginning at 7 p.m., The Marshall Tucker Band and The Confederate Railroad will administer a revitalizing dose of Southern rock, which will surely stir the crowd from its funnel cake- and fried-butter-induced torpor. The fair runs through Oct. 23.
9 p.m. Revolution. $15.
Carl Hays is the real deal: a true cowboy and singer guy who comes to us from the mean streets of The Woodlands, in suburban Houston, Texas. It’s a rough ’n’ tumble no-man’s-land where a wrong look at a tough customer at P.F. Chang’s or the Apple Store could get you shanked. You could call Carl’s style of music “Americana Lite,” as he never lets things get too “heavy.” He writes funny songs about girls leaving him for a guy named Jesus and things like that. It’s the perfect soundtrack for sipping a pumpkin latte at Starbucks while reading a vintage issue of No Depression. Carl has some sort of connection to Arkansas that I haven’t been able to figure out, despite doing a ton of research. Best I can tell, he’s spent some time here for some reason and he’s written songs about our state and about Little Rock. Like all Texans, Carl is extremely intelligent and humble and thinks it’s funny and kinda cute that they try to have colleges here in Arkansas. Carl himself graduated summa cum laude from a tiny, obscure liberal arts school called Texas A&M University. I think that’s right. Anyways, as I learned from watching his performances on YouTube, Carl is fond of informing audiences the world over that Arkansawyers are good people, but they don’t have any self-esteem. Also, he tells people about how we don’t even sell premium gasoline here, because we don’t feel like we deserve it. So out of the goodness of his heart, Carl decided to take on the Herculean task of boosting our confidence by singing songs like “Little Rock” and “Arkansas Blues.” It’s gotta be tough for a Texan like Carl to sing songs about a state like Arkansas and not come off like a smug, smirking phony, but he manages to mask his contempt for our state pretty well, while also raising its pitiful profile, however slightly. So in all sincerity, thank you, Carl!
CHILI FIGHTS IN THE HEIGHTS $2. The Heights. 2 p.m.
RAMBLIN’ TROUBADOUR: Todd Snider plays Juanita’s Friday night.
9 p.m. Juanita’s. $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.
Todd Snider rose to prominence during what could be called The Alternative Years of popular music, from roughly 1991 to 1995. He drew inspiration not from the clanging din of alt-rock pioneers like Sonic Youth and Mudhoney, but rather from the sounds of an earlier generation. His first tune to get widespread airplay was a talkin’ blues sendup of grunge culture called “Talkin’ Seattle Blues.” If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like if Woody Guthrie got to making fun of Alice In Chains, this is as close as you’re likely to get. That was a while back, and Snider has fared quite a bit better than many of the goateed angst-merchants he was gently lampooning. In addition to country and blues influences, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan loom large in Snider’s sound. Like many of his ’60s progenitors, Snider isn’t afraid to get political. Unlike a lot of those forerunners, he maintains a sense of humor.
No matter how it’s dressed up, competitive eating has always seemed like something that should be embarrassing to all involved. Hot dogs, pies, cheese dip, whatever, it all seems wasteful and kind of revolting, like America at its worst. Competitive cooking, on the other hand, is an excellent idea. It’s aspirational and inspirational and something to be proud of. So good on the organizers of Chili Fights in the Heights for focusing on the cooking and not the consuming and also for raising money for the hunger relief organization Arkansas Foodbank Network. Last year, Chili Fights raised more than $2,500 for AFN. The $2 fee covers your chili tasting kit and those proceeds will go to AFN. But why not bring along your checkbook and donate a little extra? Lord knows there is no shortage of hungry people out there.
HILLCREST HARVESTFEST 11 a.m. Hillcrest. Free.
Fall is an excellent time of year in Arkansas, as evidenced by the abundant outdoor festivals, celebrations, block parties, soirees, galas, get-togethers, functions, jubilees, jamborees, fish-fries, beer-blasts, socials, throw-downs, shindigs and gatherings. This right here promises to be some good times, with a pancake breakfast, vendors, an antique car show, a cheese dip contest, a fashion show, a hula hoop contest, pumpkin decorating, a mobile aquarium, a 5K race, a bird watching walk and a totally solid lineup of live music, including Mandy McBryde, Rob & Tyndall, The Boondogs, The Salty Dogs, John David, Elise Davis, Jim Mize, Bonnie Montgomery and Mulehead. The festival sets up between Walnut and Spruce streets.
Bluegrass quartet Runaway Planet will be pickin’ up a storm at Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. For a heaping helping of nutritious heavy metal, Kill Devil Hill headlines at Downtown Music Hall, with openers Bombay Black, This Tragic Day, At Wars End and Sychosys, 7:30 p.m., $16. The band includes former members of Pantera, Down, and W.A.S.P. Glittercore tones it down ever so slightly for an acoustic set at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. The Arkansas Arts Center hosts “Tasting at Twilight,” a fundraiser for the Arkansas Chapter of Hands & Voices, which supports families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. It includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and viewing of the AAC galleries, 7 p.m., $50.
FRIDAY 10/14 Arkansas Chamber Singers presents “Masters in the Hall, Masters of the Fall,” which includes works by Monteverdi, Brahms, Schubert and Eric Whitacre. Master cellist Stephen Feldman and violinist Israel Getzov perform with the group, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $12-$18. Memphis rapper Yo Gotti comes to Clear Channel Metroplex, 10 p.m., $20-$50. For an evening of electronica, look no further than Revolution, which hosts DJ Icey, Fresh Millions, Jared Lawler, Justin Sane vs. Balance and Spencer Rx at this 18 and up show, 9 p.m., $10. It’s a “Night of the Living Freaks!” at The Public Theatre, with this Halloween program from sketch comedy troupe The Red Octopus Theater, 8 p.m., $8-$10.
SATURDAY 10/15 Fort Worth, Texas is a fine city, and it’s from whence hails Telegraph Canyon, a band that plays sad-sack folk-rock but with a widescreen sound and scope. Super Water Sympathy, of Shreveport, trucks in catchy indie pop and opens the show at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Larry and His Flask stirs up a punk-country hoedown at Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10. For a good kick in the liver, check out the showcase of local troublemakers White Water Tavern has gathered: Life Size Pizza, Frown Pow’r and Ezra Lbs., 9 p.m., $5. Country stalwart Ryan Couron takes to the stage at Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. Tim Anthony and Co. plays The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. It’s a “Night of the Rolling Dead,” as Central Arkansas Roller Derby’s Big Dam Rollers take on the Twin City Knockers from Shreveport, La., Skate World, 7 p.m., $10.
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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Alternative Wednesdays. Features alternative bands from Central Arkansas and the surrounding areas. Mediums Art Lounge, 6:30 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Annual Bluegrass Reunion Jam Session. Cypress Creek Park, through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Benefit for Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest. Featuring The Holy Shakes and Andrew Anderson. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern. com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Gringo Star, Coach. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. They Were All Goliaths. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Zoogma, Spankalicious. 18+ show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com.
Landry, Randy Chestnut, Chad Miller. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Oct. 14, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 15, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Night at the Speakeasy. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, photos, and more. The cover charge is a bottle of wine valued at $25 or more. Dreamland Ballroom, 6 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700.
BrewHaHa. Enjoy food and drinks prior to the opening of The Second City. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 6 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-3780405. www.therep.org. “Faust in the Box.” Performance art from Bridge Markland, part of “Do Deutsch Week.” UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Public Health and the Syphilis Epidemic in Arkansas in
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BACK IN TOWN: Cody Belew and The Mercers picked up and moved over to Nashville back in the spring. They’re back in Little Rock for a show at Cajun’s Wharf. Richie Johnson plays happy hour starting at 5 p.m., and Belew and crew go on at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 after 8:30. the 1940s.” Brian Irby of the Arkansas History Commission will discuss Arkansas’s then-radical 1940s mass-media campaign to raise awareness of venereal disease. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. John Kinkade. The executive director of the National Sculptors’ Guild will discuss his organization’s efforts to promote public art. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program training session. A training session for anyone interested in nominating a property to the National Register of Historic Places. Includes
information on the NRHP, the criteria for listing properties and instruction on completing a successful application. Tower Building, 9 a.m. Fourth and Center Streets. 501-324-9880.
Ozark Folk Center Day Camp. Campers will enjoy a variety of projects and outdoor activities, including picnics, swimming and fishing. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 9 a.m., $55. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View.
THURSDAY, OCT. 13
6th Annual Harvest Music Festival. Headliners include Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Railroad Earth and
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more. Mulberry Mountain, Oct. 13-16, 12 p.m., $74-$350. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark. Annual Bluegrass Reunion Jam Session. Cypress Creek Park, through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Belair, Boom the Wheel, Us and the Ship. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5 over 21, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. “BLISS.” Music by DJ Greyhound. Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. D-Mite and Tho-d Studios. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Dave Hardy. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Glittercore (unplugged). The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. The Hudson Falcons, Half Reptar. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Kill Devil Hill, Bombay Black, This Tragic Day, At Wars End, Sychosys. Downtown Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $16. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Mr. Lucky. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m. 9500 I-30. 501-565-4003. www.shooterslittlerock.com/. Music in the Garden: Whale Fire. Dunbar Community Garden, 5:30 p.m., $3-$5. 1800 S. Chester. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Raising Grey (headliner), Crash Meadows (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. The River Monks, Elizabeth Arynn, Amyjo Savannah. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Runaway Planet. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www. lamanlibrary.org. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Trey Hawkins Band, The Delta Outlaws, Ben Coulter. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.
Tuesday - Thursday • Never a cover Thursday & Saturday nights • Never a cover
Sat. Oct. 22: Dance Party With DJ Mary Jane From Memphis & DJ King Julian To Benefit Race For The Cure 10pm
Landry, Randy Chestnut, Chad Miller. The Salas Night on Fridays Loony Bin, through Oct. 14, 8 p.m.; Oct. 14,
Starting a 9:30 • $5.00 cover 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 15, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. Salsa Night on music Fridays Live local 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.
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A studio performance featuring original works to music by Chopin and excerpts from “Aida” and “The Nutcracker.” Arkansas Academy of Dance, Oct. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., $15. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-5320. www. arkansasdance.org. Step Afrika. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $18-$30. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, The Diamond Dames. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com.
ButchFemmePlanet.com Reunion Party. ButchFemmePlanet.com is throwing a big party, with a variety of events and keynote speakers Ivan Coyote and Dorothy Allison. The Peabody Little Rock, 9 a.m. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. www.peabodylittlerock.com. “Equinox” Fall Launch Party. Party for UALR’s literature and art magazine, with poetry readings and live music. Vino’s, 6 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Fall War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show. One of the biggest arts and crafts fairs in the state. War Eagle Mill, Oct. 13-16, 6:30 a.m. 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers. 479-789-5343. Tapestry. Little Rock Garden Club event features floral design, horticulture, photography, conservation and education. Junior League of Little Rock, 1 p.m., free. 401 S. Scott St. 501-3755557. www.jllr.org.
“Im Juli.” German movie and pizza, part of “Do Deutsch Week.” UALR, 6 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.
Central Arkansas Genealogical and Historical Society. LaKresha Diaz will discuss the 150-year history of Oakland-Fraternal Cemeteries. Arkansas Studies Institute, 6 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700 . www.butlercenter. org. “Cotton and Race in the Making of America.” Author Gene Dattel will discuss his book, which looks at the complexity of cotton’s productive role in America’s rise to economic power from 1787 to 1930. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
SpectacUALR, A Benefit For Trojan Athletics. This fundraiser honors the Coleman family and includes cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Attire will be business casual. UALR, 6:30 p.m., $50. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-3393. www. ualrtrojans.com/SpectacUALR. Tasting at Twilight. Fundraiser for the Arkansas Chapter of Hands & Voices, a non-profit that supports families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. Includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and viewing of the AAC galleries. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., $50. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www. arkarts.com.
Cooking Class at Whole Foods. Part of UALR’s “Do Deutsch Week.” Space is limited, register at DoGermanUALR@gmail.com. Whole Foods Market, 7 p.m., $20. 10700 N. Rodney Parham
Road. 501-312-2326. www.wholefoodsmarket. com/.
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
6th Annual Harvest Music Festival. See Oct. 13. Annual Bluegrass Reunion Jam Session. Cypress Creek Park, through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Arkansas Chamber Singers: “Masters in the Hall, Masters of the Fall.” Includes performances of works by Monteverdi, Brahms, Schubert and Eric Whitacre. Master cellist Stephen Feldman and violinist Israel Getzov perform with the group. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Braggard’s Irish Rock Band. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Brian & Nick. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Catfish Jackson Band. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com. Catskill Kids. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Cody Belew & The Mercers (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. DJ Icey, Fresh Millions, Jared Lawler, Justin Sane vs. Balance, Spencer Rx. 18+ show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Dreamfast, The Eskimo Brothers. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. “The Flow Fridays.” Twelve Modern Lounge, 8 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. Greg Gardner and Voodoo Cowboy. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m. 9500 I-30. 501-5654003. www.shooterslittlerock.com/. Jay Jackson Band (CD release party). The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Jet 420. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. John Huggins. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Katmandu. Thirst n’ Howl, 8 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8:15 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair. com. Lucero. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7 p.m., $20. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. www.arkansasmusicpavilion.com. Molotov Solution, Of Legends, Fit For An Autopsy, Legions Await. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead. com. Population Zero, The Sesh. Vino’s, 9 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Rene Marie. Walton Arts Center, 8 and 10
p.m., $10-$35. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Se7en Sharp. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Todd Snider. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Trey Hawkins Band. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. White Collar Criminals. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www. duganspublr.com.
Landry, Randy Chestnut, Chad Miller. The Loony Bin, through Oct. 14, 8 p.m.; Oct. 14, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 15, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Festival Ballet presents At the Barre. See Oct. 13.
2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Oct. 14-23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Fall Cat’s Meow Yard Sale. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 8 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Fall War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show. See Oct. 13. Haunted Tours of Little Rock. Tours depart the museum for visits to historic homes. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Oct. 28: 7 p.m., $40. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www.hauntedtoursoflittlerock.com. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., Oct. 14-16, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Oct. 21-23, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Oct. 28-31, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Rally for Domestic Peace. The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence presents this celebration of survivors, a mourning of victims, and a promotion of awareness of domestic violence. State Capitol, 2 p.m. 425 W. Capitol Ave. 501-324-8900. arkleg.state.ar.us. “Schnitzeljagd” — A scavenger hunt. Part of UALR’s “Do Deutsch Week.” UALR, 10 a.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.
20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, Oct. 14-23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200. “Das Wunder von Bern.” German movie and pizza, part of UALR’s “Do Deutsch Week.” UALR, 12 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-5698977.
“The Second City” panel discussion. Members of the Second City improv troupe will participate in this panel discussion. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave.
Seedling Film Association Gala. Benefits the Offshoot Film Festival, taking place Oct. 27-30 at the Global Campus building on the Fayetteville Square. The gala includes food, drinks, music, a silent auction and the announcement of the Offshoot lineup. Matt Miller Studio, 7 p.m., $50. 21 W. Mountain St., Suite 26, Fayetteville. 479-790-8104.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
6th Annual Harvest Music Festival. See Oct. 13. After Eden. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Annual Bluegrass Reunion Jam Session. Cypress Creek Park, 9 a.m. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Arkansas Brothers. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www. duganspublr.com. Big Stack (headliner), Bass & Brown (happy hour), DJ g-force (between sets). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. “Chopin, Liszt & Steinmetz.” Includes works by Liszt, Chopin and John Steinmetz, who is in residency at UALR. UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.; Oct. 16, 3 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. D-Railed, Ingroundzero, Knee Deep. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $8. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. DJ g-force. Plan B, 9 p.m., $10. 1024 Van Ronkle St., Conway. DJs Hollywood and Kramer. Performers include Fantasia Suggs, Lawanda Jackson and Roxy Starlight. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www. latenightdisco.com. The Fragile Elite. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. cregeens.com. Hayes Carll. 18+ show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Jeff Bates. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9 p.m., $12-$15. 9500 I-30. 501-565-4003. www.shooterslittlerock.com/. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. “KISS Saturdays” with DJs Deja Blu, Greyhound and Silky Slim. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Larry and His Flask, Lionize. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Life Size Pizza, Frown Pow’r, Ezra Lbs. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-3758400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Montgomery Trucking. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Rare Remedy. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Ryan Couron. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Shannon McClung. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
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AFTER DARK, CONT. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Sol Definition. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. www.markhamst.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Telegraph Canyon, Super Water Sympathy. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Tim Anthony and Co.. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
Landry, Randy Chestnut, Chad Miller. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com.
2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. 3rd Annual Regal Regatta sailing event. Baptist Health event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and awards will be at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase a special bed that provides a womb-like environment so that developing babies can endure less disruption and stress. Grande Maumelle Sailing Club, 9:30 a.m., $25 observation, $50 crew member. 12000 Maumelle Harbor Rd. 501-202-1207. www.gmsc.org/. Arkansas Challenge Ride. Ride through North Little Rock and Little Rock with the Wounded and Veterans of Arkansas, eat barbecue from Whole Hog Café and enjoy music on the lawn. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.
Clinton Presidential Center, 8:30 a.m., $25. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-517-5338. www.arkansasfreedomfund.org. Arkansas Puzzle Day 2011. Crossword and Sudoku puzzle enthusiasts will gather for the fifth annual Arkansas Puzzle Day, featuring contests, a “multi-puzzle fun-and-games hour” and a presentation by crossword guru Vic Fleming. Clinton School of Public Service, 9 a.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu. Breakfast with Big Cats. Breakfast and a discussion with a keeper about big cats. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $13-$22. 1 Jonesboro Dr. 501-666-2406. www.littlerockzoo.com. Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Chili Fights in the Heights. Chili cook-off and fundraiser for Arkansas Food Bank. 5000 Block of Kavanaugh Blvd. in The Heights, 2 p.m. The CureSearch Walk. A celebration of children from Central Arkansas who have been affected cancer. Includes prizes, music, food and activities. Murray Park, 8:30 a.m. Rebsamen Park Road. 501-364-2592. www. curesearch.com. Fall Festival Celebration. Includes a Toys for Tots toy drive, an on-location from Radio Disney, music, games, prizes, free hot air balloon rides and more. The Promenade at Chenal, 1 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-5552. chenalshopping.com. Fall War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show. See Oct. 13. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
Rally With Us For Domestic Peace Friday, October 14 • 2pm Arkansas State Capitol Lawn
Please join us for a celebration of survivors, a mourning for victims, and bringing awareness of domestic violence in Arkansas.
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Barnet, metal artists pair up Masters of angularity at AAC. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
ontemporary metalwork and sketches of family, all made with careful intention — that’s a great combination at the Arkansas Arts Center right now, with “Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John and Robyn Horn Collection” and “Will Barnet at the Arkansas Arts Center: A Centennial Exhibition.” How to describe the drawings and lithographs of an artist whose career has stretched nearly a century? Barnet, 100, was not exactly groundbreaking — he rejected abstract expressionism, deputy director Joe Lampo told us on a tour last week, for structured abstraction in flat space. He didn’t address social issues; his subject matter was often his family. But, you will agree after you see the show, his work is masterful and magnetic. His evolution from New York’s Arts Students League drawings to his Indian Space paintings and work inspired by his young children to abstraction and finally back to his family and his “Silent Seasons” series is told in this exhibition of 80 works, made between 1929 and 1990 and 75 of them gifts of the artist to the Arts Center in 2001. Frequent visitors to the Arts Center will be familiar with the fine charcoal of the woman brushing her hair, “E.D. Poem,” influenced by Japanese woodcuts. Another, “Study for the Vogels,” captures the New York collecting couple perfectly with the sparest of line and the perfect amount of humor. Those two drawings alone make the show a must-not-miss exhibition. Three-dimensional angularity is the prize in the stunning exhibit of contemporary metalwork from the Horns’ collection. Hoss Haley’s ribbons of steel are finely wrought, right down to the rivets; Tom Joyce’s “Pierced Plate Bowl” looks like polished wood and shares with Barnet’s work a Japanese aesthetic of simple lines. More on this show in the future. The annual “Sculpture in the River Market” exhibit returns for a two-day run Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, in the pavilions behind the market. (There will be a preview at 6:30 p.m. Friday; tickets are $100.) This will be the fifth year the city and the National Sculptors Guild of Loveland, Colo., has organized the show and sale, which features work by 34 artists from all over the country. Proceeds from sales will help fund upgrades in Riverfront Park and the River Market. Artists will compete for a $50,000 commission to create a sculpture to be placed in the park.
‘THE SKATERS’: A charcoal by Will Barnet at the Arts Center.
Arkansas sculptors showing include Shelley Buonaiuto of Fayetteville, Margaret Warren of Shirley, Ed Pennebaker of Green Forest, Michael Warrick and Terry Bean of Little Rock, Bryan Massey of Conway, John Sewall of West Fork and Gene Sparling of Hot Springs. There will be docent tours of the VogelSchwartz Sculpture Garden in the park, which features several pieces bought at the annual show and last year’s commissioned work, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. New exhibits open Oct. 14 as part of 2nd Friday Art Night events. A new venue, Canvas Art Gallery at 1111 W. 7th St. Canvas will exhibit ceramics from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. by area potters in a show called “Kelly Edwards and Friends.” Painters Dan Thornhill and Jon Shannon Rogers are paired for an exhibit opening Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Smittle Band will provide entertainment, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fans of Leon Niehues who can’t make it to Fayetteville, where the basketmaker has an exhibit at the Walton Arts Center, will be happy to know the Arkansas Living Treasure is showing his baskets at the Butler Center Galleries in the Arkansas Studies Institute. Pinhole photographs by the late, great Thomas Harding, and the Arkansas Pastel Society’s 4th national exhibition, “Reflections in Pastel” also open Friday. ASI will also be open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SECOND CITY: The Chicago comedy troupe comes to Little Rock.
Second City makes annual pilgrimage to Little Rock Chicago comedy troupe opens Wednesday at The Rep. BY BERNARD REED
eturning to the Rep this month on their national tour is Chicago’s famed comedy troupe The Second City. An institution of improvisational wit and satire, it is responsible for launching the likes of Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert, among countless others, into our comedic awareness; it no doubt continues to be the starting point for many actors who are making the leap into show business. Culture snobs, take note: This could be a “before they were famous” opportunity. Among the five players coming to Little Rock is Tim Stoltenberg. A native of Wisconsin, he went to school in Michigan and then moved to Atlanta, where he spent seven years in various theater companies, including Dad’s Garage. The Second City came through town and discovered him, and he spent a few months performing on a Mediterranean cruise ship with a Second City troupe. Since then, he’s spent the last three years improvising his way around the country, and will be in this year’s fresh rotation of actors at the Rep. “There’s something amazing about being in front of an audience and being able to unite them in laughter,” Stoltenberg said in an interview. “Being backstage and hearing the audience going crazy is an outstanding feeling.” And one that Stoltenberg must be used to, after 10 years of theater experience. His influences include, of course, Second City comedians who made their names during the 1970s and ’80s such as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. The classics, too, including Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, were part of what drew him into the career he is making for himself. For the past decade, The Second City has been producing revues all over the country, tailoring each show to its particu-
lar locale. “We try not to be too overt about it,” Stoltenberg explains, “but we do like to sprinkle the acts with punch lines that are unique to Arkansas, or wherever we are.” Here’s looking at you, Bill Clinton. The troupe’s satirical routine always takes aim at politics, and will neither spare our hometown hero nor the sensationalism of the current campaign cycle. Stoltenberg’s background in theater, however, will inform the show; he promises that there will be moments of “straight” acting in the show that the audience will find moving. Accompanying Stoltenberg will be Lyndsay Hailey, Nicole C. Hastings, Barry Hite and Chris Witaske. The team has been together for five months, and he says that they are hitting their stride. “Being able to be a part of something that is associated with so much talent is humbling,” Stoltenberg says. “It’s great to be able to follow ideas that were started by people like Tina Fey, and also to come up my own ideas that I can bring to the stage.” As for his own career and whether stardom is a possibility as it was for so many of his predecessors, Stoltenberg sounds humble but optimistic. “The opportunities that The Second City gives me are so great, and at the minute I stay busy just trying to be funny, and to keep people laughing,” he says. “Who knows what’ll happen, but for the time being it’s a dream come true.” The Second City runs Wednesday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 23; tickets are $25-$35. Curtain is 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. The preshow BrewHaha at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 includes pizza and beer; tickets (which include the show) are $30. Second City will be joined by Improv Little Rock for special sets after the Oct. 14 and 21 shows.
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2011 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Inductee Gala. Inductees include Derek Fisher, Joseph “Joe” Jackson, Abraham Carpenter Sr. and family, Dr. Robert L. Williams, Kathryn HallTrujillo and Leo “Jocko” Carter. Statehouse Convention Center, 6:30 p.m., $150. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Party in Pink Zumbathon. Benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sharon’s School of Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer, 1 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. 213 N. James St., Jacksonville. 501-9823898. The Safe Places Cinderella Ball. This is a benefit for Safe Places, a Little Rock nonprofit that provides counseling advocacy, support and education for children and families harmed by violence. Includes dining, dancing and music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Big Band. KTHV’s Alyse Eady is the Mistress of
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6th Annual Harvest Music Festival. See Oct. 13. Arkansas Chamber Singers: “Masters in the Hall, Masters of the Fall.” Clinton Presidential Center, 3 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. “Chopin, Liszt & Steinmetz.” See Oct. 15. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls.com. Little Rock Wind Symphony: “Warhorse for Winds.” Second Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m., $8-$10. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Marshall Tucker Band, Confederate Railroad. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra: “Great Orchestral Showpieces.” Pine Bluff Convention Center, 4 p.m. 500 E. 8th Ave., Pine Bluff. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com. These United States. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Traditional Irish Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, through Dec. 18: first Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com.
2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. arkansasstatefair.com. Captured Live from The Met: Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena.” A simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 2 p.m., $15. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Fall War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show. See Oct. 13. Halana’s Psychic Fair. Featuring a variety of psychics and psychic supplies. North Little Rock Community Center, 11 a.m., $5. 2700 Willow St., NLR. 501-791-8538. www.nlrpr.org/centers/ nlrcc.php. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 16, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; through Oct. 23, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; through Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St.
20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200. “Please Say You Love Me” and “Deal With It.” Riverdale 10 Cinema, 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. 2600 Cantrell Road. 501-296-9955.
Friend of Contemporary Craft: Conversation with David Clemons. The artist will discuss his work and a light dinner will be served after the talk. Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., $15 FOCC members, $20 nonmembers. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
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MOVIE LISTINGS Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Breckenridge, Chenal 9 and Lakewood 8 were not available by press deadline. Find up-to-date listings at arktimes.com. NEW MOVIES The Big Year (PG) – Three sad American men (Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson) try to find meaning in their empty lives by starring in a feel-good comedy that looks to be deeply, profoundly unfunny. Rave: 11:25 a.m., 2:00, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00. Footloose (PG) – This remake of the 1984 classic will probably make you side with the humorless minister who doesn’t want the small-town kids to have any fun ever. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 11:30. Riverdale: 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05. Life Above All (PG-13) – A young girl from a small South African village must overcome the stigma and superstitions surrounding HIV. Market Street: 2:00, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15. The Thing (R) – OK, so supposedly this is not just another in an endless litany of pointless remakes, but rather a prequel to the 1982 version of “The Thing,” which was a remake of the 1951 original. Rave: 11:15 a.m., 12:15, 2:15, 3:15, 5:00, 5:50, 7:50, 8:50, 10:45, 11:30. Riverdale: 11:15 a.m., 1:55, 4:20, 6:50, 9:15. RETURNING THIS WEEK 30 Minutes or Less (R) — Danny McBride and Nick Swardson are two inept criminals who abduct a pizza delivery man played by Jesse Eisenberg, strap a bomb to his chest and cause hilarity to ensue. Movies 10: 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25, 9:45. 50/50 (R) – Seth Rogen and Joseph GordonLevitt star in this story of love, friendship and finding humor in the face of serious illness. Rave: 12:30, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15, 11:15. Abduction (PG-13) – Hey, it’s that werewolf guy from the vampire movie, and he’s in a movie (this one) where bad guys are chasing him. Don’t hurt werewolf guy, ya’ll! Rave: 11:40 a.m., 2:25, 5:20, 8:10, 11:10. Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) – The Marvel Comics patriotic superhero defends American values from the forces of something or other; starring Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones. Movies 10: 12:45, 3:45, 7:05, 9:50. Cars 2 (G) – A group of animated talking cars travel abroad for the inaugural World Grand Prix in this Pixar sequel. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Contagion (R) – Matt Damon, Kate Winslett, Laurence Fishburn, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hawkes and Marion Cotillard star in Steven Soderbergh’s movie about a virus that kills everybody. Well not everybody, but you get the idea. Riverdale: 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:40. Courageous (PG) – This is a wholesome family movie about courage and God and police officers and things like that. Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:45, 5:05, 8:05, 11:05. The Devil’s Double (R) – An Iraqi army officer is ordered to become a body double for Saddam Hussein’s son Uday and must emulate the sadistic son of the dictator. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15. Dolphin Tale (PG) – This story about an injured dolphin overcoming adversity and learning to use a prosthetic tale will jerk the tears out of
SIX DEGREES OF KENNY WORMALD?: Do you think that in 25 years, “Footloose” the remake will feel as campy and fun as the original does now? Because if that turns out to be the case, we’re going to wish we’d just jumped in front of a speeding car full of teen-agers instead of inhabiting such an awful, hollow world. your face so hard you might catch whiplash. Breckenridge: (2D), (3D). Rave: 2:10, 4:55, 10:35 (2D), 10:45 a.m., 7:45 (3D). Riverdale: 11:00 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:25. Dream House (R) – Daniel Craig buys an adorably non-creepy old house in a small New England town only to discover that creepy things did indeed happen there, according to Naomi Watts. Rave: 12:05, 2:50, 5:25, 8:35, 11:00. Riverdale: 11:55 a.m., 2:25, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55. Drive (R) – Ryan Gosling is a stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, but then his life becomes complicated when he falls in love. Riverdale: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05. Friends With Benefits (R) – Oh look, they made a movie about your 20s, but with better looking people like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Movies 10: 12:35, 4:10, 7:30, 10:00. The Guard (R) – Brendan Gleeson plays an Irish policeman who must team up with an FBI agent played by Don Cheadle in this comedy. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II: (PG-13) – The second half of the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55. The Help (PG-13) — Emma Stone and Viola Davis star in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel about the African-American maids who work in white households in 1960s Mississippi. Rave: 2:35, 8:40. Riverdale: 11:05 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15. Ides of March (R) – Clooney directs Clooney in this political thriller starring Ryan Gosling, who seems poised to become the next Clooney. Rave: 11:05 a.m., 1:55, 3:00, 4:40, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (R) – The theatrical version of the comedian’s 2011 “Laugh at My Pain” tour. Rave: 11:55 a.m., 2:20, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35. Killer Elite (R) – Wouldn’t it be neat-o to be a studly, raffish British dude who has a jawline you could split firewood on and always has the perfect level of 5 o’clock shadow and knows
how to do parkour and dodge bullets in slow motion and stuff? (Retired military saves his mentor from assassins.) Rave: 11:00 a.m., 5:50, 11:55. Riverdale: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:10. The Lion King 3D (G) – It’s The Lion King in 3D. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 6:45, 9:15. Money Ball (PG-13) – Baseball can seem pretty boring, but this movie makes it look funny, but also people learn things about life and themselves. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 2:05, 5:10, 8:25, 11:40. Riverdale: 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00. Real Steel (PG-13) – You know they’re turning Battleship into a movie, too. (Boxing robots). Rave: 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:10, 1:40, 4:10, 4:50, 5:35, 7:10, 7:55, 10:10, 10:55, 11:35. Riverdale: 11:25 a.m., 2:40, 6:05, 9:25. Restless (PG-13) – Can you die from overexposure to meaninglessly quirky and infuriatingly twee characters, even if they’re fictional? Market Street: 1:45, 6:45. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) — The resurrected ’70s sci-fi franchise continues in this origin story of just how those primates got to be so smart. Movies 10: 12:25, 3:00, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20. Sarah’s Key (PG-13) – An American journalist stumbles upon a family secret while researching a notorious Nazi roundup of Jews in Paris. Market Street: 4:00, 9:00. Senna (PG-13) – This documentary uses archival footage to tell the story of Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna. Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00. The Smurfs (PG) — The venerable Dr. Doogie Howser must aid a cadre of tiny blue communists as they flee from an evil plutocrat who seeks to control their means of production. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 3D (PG) – Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven – a.k.a. The Pivert – star in this family friendly romp about … wait, what? This was directed by Robert Rodriguez? Seriously? God, his alimony payments must be crippling. Movies 10: 12:30, 2:45 (2D), 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 (3D). Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (R) – “Deliverance” x “Shaun of the Dead” = this comedy of errors, which looks like it could be pretty funny, actually. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. What’s Your Number (R) – No, not your phone number, silly. Your other number. You know which one. The number of stupid movies you’ve been with – I mean, seen. Rave: 10:35 a.m. The Zookeeper: (PG) – Kevin James is a zookeeper who is so beloved by his furry charges that they decide to break their longtime code of silence and talk, teaching him the rules of courtship. Movies 10: noon, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40.
Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 758-5354, www.fandango.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
‘IDES OF MARCH’: Ryan Gosling stars.
‘Ides of March’ doesn’t go far enough But provides a compelling pol in George Clooney. BY SAM EIFLING
f you were trying to coax a promising young mind away from the open sewer of national politics, “The Ides of March” makes a fine argument for, say, medical school over the campaign trail. Based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, who shares the screenwriting credit with Grant Heslov and George Clooney, and directed by Clooney, “Ides” follows a campaign media tactician named Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) as he tries to steer a Pennsylvania governor named Mike Morris (Clooney, naturally) through the late Ohio primary on the way to the Democratic presidential nomination. All that stands in Morris’ way is an Arkansas senator named Pullman, running behind Morris but like Morris scrambling for the endorsement of an also-ran from North Carolina named Thompson (Jeffrey Wright), whose delegates could swing the bid. With a Republican ticket in disarray, it’s presumed that whoever wins Ohio will coast to the presidency. Morris gives George Clooney the chance to direct George Clooney playing the ideal candidate as imagined by George Clooney. Bold and plainspoken, Morris stumps for public service, energy independence and gay marriage as a civil right. Despite having worked in politics his whole life, Stephen sees the candidate and swoons with an idealists’ fervor. His boss on the Morris campaign, Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is older, paunchier and less starry-eyed; he plays foil to the manic Pullman campaign chief Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), who lets it be known early on that he has an eye toward perhaps poaching Stephen for himself. As if the possibility of beginning a career looking like Gosling and ending it looking like Hoffman or Giamatti weren’t bad
enough, “Ides” further discourages a career in politics by rolling out the kind of sly 20ish campaign intern — this one is Molly (Evan Rachel Wood) — who drags upheaval in her wake. One of the takeaways of “Ides” becomes, early on, that no one offers up a good thing for free, and yet, resistance is futile. Flattery gets people everywhere with Stephen. There are a few worthwhile reveals in “Ides,” but any film that takes place over just a matter of days risks a stunted emotional arc, and in some ways “Ides” falters by taking us on too short a journey. Gosling’s Stephen begins the film a bit more naïve than he should’ve, given that he’s working high in a presidential campaign, and he does shed that vestigial innocence as people and events turn against him. Yet we watch him harden without evolving. (Come to think of it, that really does sound like politics.) For as much fun as he is to watch, Gosling here, as usual, stays strangely aloof. For as much time as is devoted to Stephen, he remains, at his core, inaccessible, and boringly so. “Ides” may actually be more interesting as a warped polemic. When Tom Duffy says he’s tired of watching Democrats lose because they won’t descend into the mud with the elephants, you get a whiff of the film’s inverted sanctimony. The tension between what the candidate and what his staffers will do to win must shift over the course of the film, and the impression you’re left with is that the filmmakers, too, would rather see Democrats adopt a realpolitik not above brawling or bargaining. Party loyalty, in this world, is paramount, because the men themselves will always disappoint; the script nods in the direction of Bill Clinton without much subtlety on that point. In “Ides,” having a compromised character is a badge. It means you’re not above actually winning. www.arktimes.com OCTOBER 12, 2011 29
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Rosen’s Big Band and ballroom dancing. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., free. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com.
2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. arkansasstatefair.com.
20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6236200. “The Weather Underground.” Sam Green, the filmmaker whose documentary “The Weather Underground” was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, will be in residence at UCA and will screen his film. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.
Bless the Mic: Don Lemon. Presentation by the CNN News anchor and author of “Transparent.” Philander Smith College, Mon., Oct. 17, 7 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Phillip Singerman. A presentation from the associate director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu. Preservation Conversations: Weatherization for Older Homes. A panel discussion by green energy and weatherization experts will discuss weatherization tips for your old house. Curran Hall, 5 p.m., Free. 615 E. Capitol. 501-370-3290.
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Ballyhoo. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Harp & Lyre, Stand Your Ground, All’s Quiet. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. The Lackadaisies, A.J. Gaither. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Shoog Radio benefit show. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com.
Live Music, chili, and fun for the kids!
Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. www.revroom.com.
2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. arkansasstatefair.com. EAST Night Out. This is an open house sponsored by the EAST Initiative, a nonprofit that provides technology to help students all over the country create projects to improve their communities. Many other participating schools in Arkansas are hosting open houses in Oct.. For a schedule, go to www.eastproject.org. Joe T. Robinson Middle School, 6 p.m. 21001 Hwy. 10. 501-371-5015. Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www. rivermarket.info. Political Animals Club: Rep. Tim Griffin. Includes hot breakfast buffet. Hilton Medical Center Hotel, 7 a.m., $20. 925 S. University Ave. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; get schedule at www.talesfromthesouth.com. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Reserve at 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net.
20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.
Ellen Dunham-Jones. The professor of architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech is the co-author of “Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.” Dunham-Jones will also speak at Metroplan’s Best Practices Seminar at the Pulaski County Regional Center at 1:30 p.m. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
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Captured Live from The Met: Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena.” High definition transmission from The Metropolitan Opera. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, Sun., Oct. 16, 2 p.m., $5 students, $15 non-students. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. “Dracula.” Based on Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula.” Pocket Community Theater, Oct. 13-15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 20-22, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m., $5-$10. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs. “The Mousetrap.” A snowstorm strands a group of strangers and a murderer in an isolated boarding house, in one of Agatha Christie’s most popular works. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Nov. 6: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., Sun., 11 a.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “The Night of the Living Freaks!.” The Red Octopus presents this Halloween sketch comedy program. The Public Theatre, Oct. 14-15, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20-22, 8 p.m. 616 Center St. 501-291-3896. www.thepublictheatre.com. “Pippin.” Based on the book by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this dark rock opera concerns the life of Prince Pippin, who discovers the source of
true happiness, but only after experiencing the horrors of war. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23. The Weekend Theater, $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www. weekendtheater.org. “The Red Velvet Cake War.” This Jones Hope Wooten comedy features the three Verdeen cousins, who must pull together to pull off the big family reunion. Royal Theatre, Oct. 13-15, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 2 p.m.; Oct. 20-22, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23, 2 p.m., $5-$10. 111 S. Market St., Benton. “The Second City.” The famous comedic improv troupe returns. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Oct. 23: Tue.-Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m., $35 or $30 add-on to season ticket. 601 Main St. 501-3780405. www.therep.org.
NEW EVENTS, EXHIBITS
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: Friends of Contemporary Craft “Conversation With … David Clemons,” metalsmith, 6 p.m. Oct. 16, $15 FOCC members, $20 nonmembers, light dinner served; “Leonardo’s Universe,” Fine Arts Club lecture by physics professor and DaVinci expert Bulent Atalay, 11 a.m. Oct. 20, deadline for lunch reservations Oct. 14, $10 lecture only, $30 lecture and lunch; “Will Barnet at the Arkansas Arts Center: A Centennial Exhibition,” through Jan. 15; “Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John and Robyn Horn Collection,” through Jan. 15; “Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present,” through Nov. 13. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5815 Kavanaugh: Robin Loucks, mixed media on paper; Diana B. Ashley, sculpture; Hans Feyerabend, oil on canvas and board, opening reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute: “Thomas Harding, Pinhole Photography”; “Reflections in Pastel,” Arkansas Pastel Society’s 4th national exhibition; “Leon Niehues: 21st Century Basketmaker,” opening reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 14, 2nd Friday Art Night. Concordia Hall: “The Art of Living,” artwork by Japanese Americans interned at Rohwer, through Nov. 26. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CANVAS ART GALLERY, 1111 W. 7th St.: “Kelly Edwards and Friends,” functional and decorative pottery by area artists, reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 14, 2nd Friday Art Night, door prize every hour 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15. 944-3521. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Imagined/Observed: Dan Thornhill and Jon Shannon Rogers,” opens with 2nd Friday Art Night reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 14 featuring live music by the Smittle Band, through Dec. 4; “The J.V. Double: Jorge Villegas and Jim Volkert,” drawings and sculpture; through Nov. 6; “Playing at War: Children’s Civil War Era Toys,” from the collection of Greg McMahon, through Jan. 10; “Reel to Real: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Civil War in Arkansas,” artifacts from the ShawTumblin collection, including costumes and screen tests, along with artifacts from the HAM collection, including slave narratives, uniforms and more; through April 30, 2012. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, Fine Arts Center: “Society of Illustrators Traveling Exhibition,” Oct. 17-Dec. 16, Gallery I, “6X6,” Friends of the Arts fund-raiser auction of artwork smaller than a 6-inch cube, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 13, University Plaza, lecture by visiting ceramicist Bede Clarke 5-6 p.m. Oct. 18. 569-8997.
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BUBBA BURGER: Hamburger Barn’s standard with fries and onion rings.
Bigmouth burgers And Tex-Mex, too, at Hamburger Barn in restaurant-light Clark County.
rkadelphia is light on non-chain restaurants. Since the closing of Bowen’s a few years ago, families have been left with few options for good eats. That’s part of the reason we’re pleased Hamburger Barn has survived. The old country-style steak-and-chicken place on state Hwy. 51 a few blocks from Interstate 30 is still turning out great food for a variety of appetites. On our first recent visit, our companion chose the Macho Nachos ($7.29). The massive bias-edged elliptical bowl held a hearty amount of the ingredients: cheese dip right on top of thin tortilla chips, chili with beans, lettuce and tomato, salsa and sour cream. The bowl is more than a meal’s worth; you might want to share it with others. We were mightily pleased with our own choice, the standard Bubba Burger ($6.79). It’s a half pound of fresh-neverfrozen beef char-grilled to the diner’s desired doneness and served up on a big bun with the traditional fixings. Onion powder, garlic, black pepper and a touch of what we suspect to be paprika are lightly blended with the ground beef for an extraordinarily good burger; maybe one of
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QUICK BITE Hamburger Barn offers two desserts worth trying: a 4-inch slab of Apple Bread Pudding packed with cinnamon and laced with caramel and a Chocolate Molten Cake laced with caramel. Both are $3.99. There’s also Diamond Rock Root Beer from Diamond Bear on tap. HOURS 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. OTHER INFO Credit cards accepted. Beer.
the top five in the state. We chose to do a half-and-half for our side — the options being fries, onion rings or both — and fell in love with the beer-and-flour battered rounds, some of the best we’ve encountered. The skin-on fries were decent but typical. We made a return trip to see if our previous visit had been a fluke. Our fried
calamari ($5.99) was decently cooked, if a little plain, served up with a very sweet tomato marinara. We enjoyed the thin yet sturdy tortilla chips that came along with our cheese dip and salsa. The cheese dip was classic Velveeta and Rotel. The salsa was extra good, the way Arkansas salsa used to be before Pace started advertising that non-chunky salsa “came from New York City” — a fine cumin-heavy puree of tomatoes with onions. We liked it a lot. Our companion chose the burger this time, opting for the Bacon Chipotle Burger ($7.49), which is the same as the Bubba Burger with the addition of bacon, sweet chipotle-flavored BBQ sauce and hot pepper jack cheese. This burger was beefy. The chef added big fat slices of fresh ripe tomatoes that took the juicy scale of the burger up a notch. We also tried the chicken enchiladas ($8.99), which came with salsa and chips, a dollop of guacamole, another of sour cream and a scattering of pico de gallo on top of shredded lettuce. The enchiladas surprised us, since what we received looked like a large burrito, covered with a sour cream sauce and cheese on a bed of yellow rice. We were surprised again when we took a bite and discovered shredded chicken in a traditional red enchilada sauce on the inside. But what we enjoyed most that visit was a side of corn — in a variety of colors, just roasted enough to take off the raw edge, freshly cut from the cob. It was excellent.
THERE HAS BEEN A BIT of shuffling lately in the River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall. Fat Sam’s Louisiana Cafe — purveyors of some reliably tasty New Orleans-style eats — unfortunately was forced to close because of a family illness. Shugg’s BBQ Kitchen recently took over the former Fat Sam’s spot. Andina Cafe recently moved out of the west end of the hall and into a spot in the Tuff Nutt Building on East Third Street (and is scheduled to open possibly by the end of the week). Jim Rice, COO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, which handles leasing in the River Market, said the large spot formerly occupied by Shugg’s will most likely be split into two parcels. So far, there have been several proposals submitted, including a Mexican concept, a gourmet to-go operation, an ice cream concept and a few others that the LRCVB staff hasn’t had time to fully examine yet, Rice said. Rice didn’t disclose any specific applicants, but said he would probably be able to discuss more details later next week. When considering applicants, the committee takes into account “diversity of offerings.” “We don’t want three of the same things,” he said. The former parcel that housed Andina will not be leased for a restaurant, Rice said. The open-air nature of the space makes it difficult to effectively heat and cool, he said.
65TH STREET DINER Blue collar, meatand-two-veg lunch spot with cheap desserts and a breakfast buffet. 3201 West 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5627800. BL Mon.-Fri. ACADIA Unbelievable fixed-price, threecourse dinners on Mondays and Tuesday. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BUTCHER SHOP Several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
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restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS As good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 4502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE Downtown’s premier soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch, and a set dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with continental flair. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Sun.-Fri. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Rd. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-224-3377. LD daily. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu Thu.-Sat. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. D Tue.-Sat. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. FROSTOP A ‘50s-style drive-in has been resurrected, with big and juicy burgers and great irregularly cut fries. 4131 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-8341840. LD daily. GRAMPA’S CATFISH HOUSE A longtime local favorite for fried fish, hush puppies and good sides. 9219 Stagecoach Road. 501-407-0000. LD. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Mon.-Fri. D daily. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications, finished with butter and served sizzling hot. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat.
CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL Tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. PAPA SUSHI Hibachi grill with large sushi menu and Korean specialties. 17200 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272.
CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-4949. LD Mon.-Sat. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat.
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CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts. 701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun.
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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. LAYLA’S Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and baba ganush. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). 612 Office Park Drive. Bryant. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-847-5455. LD Mon.-Sat. TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. (501) 881-4796. LD daily. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.
BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-halfcentury-old establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2249079. D Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD daily. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown ingredient salads. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. BLD daily.
JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). With breakfast, too. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily.
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Fred Poe, founder of Poe Travel, fittingly positioned by a globe in his handsome flat. OCTOBER 12, 2011
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hearsay ➥ Hog bling. Enter to win a 14K white gold hog charm with a ruby eye from STANLEY JEWELERS GEMOLOGIST by sending them a photo of a Razorback fan (or fans) wearing diamond jewelry. All entries will be posted to Facebook, where everyone can vote for his/her favorite. Deadline to enter is November 21, and voting will be November 22-30. ➥ Hidden gem. Who would have guessed that one of the best gift shops in town is tucked inside UAMS? Specifically in the WINTHROP P. ROCKEFELLER CANCER INSTITUTE. Go check out their array of cute Halloween items, purses and wraps and, while there, buy a glass sculpture (or two) by artist James Hayes of Pine Bluff. Proceeds from the sale of these multicolored sculptures of people with outstretched arms benefit enhanced patient support services at the Cancer Institute and are available for $25 exclusively at the Cancer Institute and UAMS hospital gift shops and online at www.neverlosespirit.org. ➥ Fall fare. Upcoming classes at KITCHEN CO. include: Kid’s Tex Mex (10/15, 11 34 OCTOBER 12, 2011 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES
red Poe’s flat in downtown Little Rock is the best kind of travel diary. As befits the founder of a world-renowned travel agency, his home is filled with fascinating objects and sundries from his countless trips abroad—all with stories to tell. It’s a sophisticated pied à terre where a weary globetrotter can repose before embarking on his next adventure. We’ve taken this opportunity to catch up with Poe between trips as Poe Travel celebrates its 50th anniversary, a major milestone for any small business, especially a travel agency. Poe stands in the doorway with open arms—which is pretty much the way he greets the world—and welcomes us into a dramatic, peony red entryway cum library where his signature ushanka, the fur slightly scruffy from years of wear, hangs on a hat rack. The heart of the flat is an old Steinway, around which decades of dinner party guests have engaged in rousing sing-alongs with Poe as accompanist. (Poe is quite the pianist as well as an unparalleled raconteur.) “We designed this whole room to accommodate the piano,” he says.
a.m.-1 p.m.), Pasta with Brandon Douglas (10/17, 6-8 p.m.) and Salisbury Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Pecan Pie (10/19, 6-8 p.m.). ➥ Strut down to the catwalk. Just a reminder that the annual BOX TURTLE Fashion Show takes place at Harvest Fest on October 15 at 7 p.m. Sure to be a hit. ➥ Into the garden. Laurie Miller, the owner of curiously named kids’ clothier Krumphet Buttons in the Heights, reports that her soon-to-open antique store next door will be called LE JARDIN ANTIQUITIES and will feature vendors Pat Pflugrad (formerly of Pflugrad Antiques) and Providence Ltd. Interior Design. ➥ Fanciful fall art. CANTRELL GALLERY hosts “Night Owls,” an Exhibit of All New Paintings by editorial cartoonist John Deering, November 4-December 24. There will be an Opening Night Reception on November 4, 6-8:00 p.m. where you can enjoy wine and cheese and a meet-and-greet with the artist.
A painting by Tony Hernandez, entitled “Peace,” hangs in the dining room.
Baedeker’s Travel Guides share shelf space with Lenin and a Northwest Coast Indian statuette.
A Soviet film poster circa 1932 greets visitors in the entryway.
Though modest in size, Poe’s flat is vast in geographical scope—obscure travel tomes line the bookshelves and his eclectic art collection represents all parts of the globe. Poe admits to loving juxtaposition, which is one of the things that lends his flat its individual charm. A small bust of Lenin sits next to a diminutive Native American figurine; an art deco tree from Paris partly obscures a Haitian primitive painting; Peruvian sculptures flank a Ho Chi Minh platter. “Nothing makes a lot of sense,” he laughs.
The apartment also includes “the world’s smallest guest room,” which Poe jokes, “strongly discourages guests,” and a patio with sweeping views of the city and slowly churning river. It’s a stylish spot, but even it can’t hold the peripatetic Poe who, at age 77, shows no signs of slowing down. At present, he’s on a two-month long adventure with stops in Algeria, the Ukraine and Poland among other exotic locales. Where in the world will Poe go next?
The Steinway anchors the room and serves as the center of festive gatherings.
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Art Outfitters for the past eight years was gutted by fire in 2003. Kemp, ever determined to keep the business afloat, set out to restore the building, doing much of the work herself. She continues to renovate the upstairs, where she plans to live and possibly offer workshops. Once divided into seven apartments, it’s slowly transforming into a spacious, light-filled loft with exposed brick walls and a skylight cupola (a recent addition). Asked if she’s an artist herself, Kemp explains, “I really don’t have time for that sort of thing, though I do calligraphy and book binding.” Thankfully, she does devote time and energy, and a lot of it, to continuing the legacy begun by Mr. Jungkind those many years ago—and that is a boon to artists all over Central Arkansas. 917 West 7th Street (501) 374-4323 www.artoutfitters.blogspot.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., closed Sun
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ur feature presentation today is a rant about crazy hairy ants, and it’s coming up, but a few short subjects first. • When the Toad Suck Toesucker returned to his old tricks recently, did anybody think to check on the whereabouts of Dick Morris? • Wednesday is Columbus Day, the real one, and I’m wondering if anyone ever gifted the world with as much grief and misery as the Admiral of the Ocean Sea did. I expect not. Not Schicklgruber or the Man of Steel. Not even Fred Phelps. 519 and counting, the New World still reeling from the shock. Columbus Day following Labor Day in a country that now officially hates labor. That would rather drown it in the bathtub than give it its own holiday. • If any of you’unses decide to compile a 10 Worst Bailiwick Grubberies list, I’ve got a nomination. A place out on the highway whose sole claim to fame is the length of its buffet serving line — a gantlet of stainless steel pans filled with steaming swill pretending to be comestibles. There are pans of fried swill, boiled swill, more fried swill, still more fried swill, deep-fried swill, swill dumplings, swill nuggets, mashed swill, pulled swill, swill loaf, scalloped swill, deviled swill, chopped swill, tossed swill, pickled swill,
swill-on-the cob, swill-filled pie with galvanized crust that had to have come from a tannery, and machine BOB swill disguised as LANCASTER frozen custard. When you get your plate to the table, all the different swill strains morph into a gray lumpy mass that has a swillish consistency of drying cement. Be good in a food fight, but the thought of actually ingesting such troughage surely violates the cruel and unusual clause. Paying good money for it ought at least to free you from the obligation to petition fellow diners to ramrod glops of it down your goozle while you kick and scream, while tears well and gorge rises. OK, then — about those pismires. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with killer cantaloupes, Asshat Oligarchs, Armageddon, the Mayan countdown, global warming, Huckabee dropping the F-bomb, and the coming-soon Great Crash of a civilization near you, we’re now asked to hail the arrival of crazy hairy ants. Crazy hairy ants aren’t called crazy for nothing. Little buggers are bat-guano berserk, such brutes that they round up fearsome fire ants and have rodeos riding them
bareback and yeehawing. And then eating them. Alive. It’s unspeakable what they do to carpenter ants and their other more docile cousins. Because crazy hairy ants are really crazy and really hairy, and remorseless, they’re also really scary even to notorious antslayers. A mongoose will faint just at the thought of them. Aardvarks turn tail and run. Crazy hairy ants laugh at every pesticide on the market and the banned ones too. They’ll wallow in Mirex or DDT as happily as elephants in the dust of a wadi. Even without noses, they’ll snort Delta Dust like it was coke and they were Kate Moss. You might be able to kill them one at a time with a meat cleaver, but the thing is, you wouldn’t want to kill them even if you could, because if you even look at them wrong, with malicious intent, they release a chemical that rallies every crazy hairy ant for kilometers around. They come after your ass. They’ll get you too. Some of them with microscopic tattoos that say “I’m your worst nightmare.” There’s no known defense against them, as with the Native Americans v. Columbus. So all you can do is grin and bear them, submit to their depredations, and not let them catch you muttering behind their backs. If you think I’m exaggerating, or doing my usual punk-ass end-of-the-world panic number, you could look it up. Google it if they haven’t already overrun and consumed your Googler. Fire doesn’t work against
them. Prayer doesn’t. And don’t be thinking moat. With their little side hairs working in tandem like banks of minuscule oars, they can scull a moat faster than Johnny Weissmuller could freestyle it. They’d actually rather cross a moat than not. They’ll go out of their way to cross one. The question is already under seminary mulling whether the advance of crazy hairy ant is a show of Providential displeasure, as 9/ll was, according to Bro. Pat and St. Jerry, both confidantes. I don’t think that’s the case. For one thing, the Almighty usually takes His vengeance with a flair for the dramatic, like loosing a Great Flood that turns untold numbers of newborn babes and saintly old-timers, and puppies and spotted fawns, into catfish nosh. He doesn’t have the patience, if you’ll pardon the presumption, to smite large-scale iniquity with mere ants. Locusts are probably as low as He’d go. The crazy hairy ant could be the Devil’s handiwork, though, if only because Ned is obliged to work within a much smaller special-effects budget. But even the Devil might balk at sending forth to wreak havoc a critter that you’d need a magnifying glass to be viscerally terrified by. So whence the loony hirsute ant? I’d venture it’s neither God-sent nor up from Pandemonium; that it rather crawled out from under the same rock that provided harborage to others of our eeewy mutants — Newt Gingrich, for example, or the dogpeter gnat.
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