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n Residents of Little Rock report receiving telephone poll questions recently about city government. Respondents were asked how favorably they viewed Mayor Mark Stodola (who is up for re-election this year) and City Manager Bruce Moore. They also were asked their feelings about the current form of government — a city manager/strong mayor hybrid — and about a sales tax increase. So what’s up? Political sources believe the poll was done by Stodola’s campaign. At press time, he hadn’t returned our call. Why would Stodola ask about Bruce Moore? Speculation is that Little Rock may yet see a movement to a pure mayor-council form of government. That might produce more interest in the mayor’s job than was in evidence this year, when Stodola drew only token opposition. There are also those who think that Moore, a capable manager with warm links in every segment of the community, might make a good mayoral candidate (though he reportedly has told friends he has no such interests).

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n Billboards have gone up in the Little Rock area urging motorists to demand that “liberal media” tell the truth. Just so you’ll know. This is the work of the right-wing Media Research Center, set up more than a couple of decades ago to attack media outlets that publish and broadcast unflattering reports about conservatives. Its backers include the Scaife, Olin and Bradley foundations, all sources of the money that fed the vast right-wing conspiracy against Bill Clinton during the Whitewater era. The billboards went up in cities in states where, coincidentally no doubt, Republicans have prospects to win hotly contested Senate seats, many currently held by incumbents. In New York, the group has paid for trucks to drive around the New York Times and network offices (not Fox News) specifically targeting these “liberal” media.

One current fixation of the Media Research Center, based in a Washington suburb, is defending anti-gay preachers who’ve been criticized in the media in the context of recent suicides of gay kids targeted by bullying. The subtext is that the liberal media are stirring up too much sympathy for the victims and, by extension, the “homosexual agenda.” Nice bunch.

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n We reported in last week’s Insider that a student complaint had prompted Harding University to order removal of Race for the Cure promotional items from the college bookstore shelves. A university vice president, Mel Sansom, issued the order in response to the student’s complaint that the Susan G. Komen Foundation had provided support to Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates sometimes provide abortion. Abortion is a no-no for Church of Christsponsored Harding. Shortly after our deadline, we learned that Harding had relented and restored the items SOLD OUT: Harding bookstore to the shelves. They Komen items. promptly sold out. Neither student nor official had done the necessary homework. They had bought into — without checking — old folklore about Komen. Some of its affiliates do provide small amounts of money to Planned Parenthood — strictly for cancer screening programs. Harding was happy to announce that its support of Race for the Cure activities would continue and that the local Komen affiliate does NOT help Planned Parenthood here, not even with cancer screening. That last is nothing to brag about.

n Big news in the world of Little Rock religion last week when Bishop Steven Arnold stepped down after more than 20 years as pastor at St. Mark Baptist Church on West 12th Street. With more than 7,000 members, it is believed to be the state’s largest African-American congregation. He admitted indiscretions, which the board of elders said later was an inappropriate relationship with a female church member. His resignation put a major building plan in doubt and also threatened to split the congregation, many of whom Arnold remain Arnold supporters. Shortly after his resignation, a group of supporters began their own effort to help Arnold. Encouraged by Sen. Tracy Steele, a church member, and aided by former member and former senator Bill Walker, a state agency director, members held a meeting at Dunbar Community Center to consider ways to help restore the bishop to his pastorate. Walker said the idea was to see if sufficient support could be gathered to encourage elders to hold a congregational vote on accepting or rejecting Arnold’s resignation. Walker said that if a significant number, but less than a majority, didn’t want Arnold to return, he believed he probably would not. Many think he’d then set out to begin a new church. Arnold drew large crowds during revival meetings at a North Little Rock church following his resignation, but lost some income when events apparently led to his resignation from a $20,000-a-year position on the Board of Directors of Bank of the Ozarks.

Words n “Hundreds were evacuated in the aftermath of the disaster Monday, when a reservoir burst its banks at an alumina plant in Ajka … ” Red Sludge writes: “Here we go again! When are you newspaper people going to learn that evacuate has to do with bowel movements, not moving people from one area to another?” Sorry, Red, but your position was largely discredited at least 50 years ago, and has lost credibility since. This is what Bergen Evans, a smart cookie, wrote in his Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage, published in 1957: “Purists have been much agitated at the evacuation of wounded soldiers and of civilians from cities during the past two wars, pointing out that the term was properly a medical one, meaning a 4 october 14, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

If you don’t return your cable box to Resort Cable in Hot Springs, they get tough. They prosecute. A victim thinks it’s unfair. — By David Koon

11 Drink up

A history of White Water Tavern (what a tale those walls could tell) leads off our report on Toast of the Town, readers’ picks of the best watering holes in Arkansas. — By Lindsey Millar

24 No to Karen Baker

A decision to close court to shield a wealthy man’s divorce case is reason enough to oppose Judge Karen Baker’s candidacy for Arkansas Supreme Court. — By Max Brantley

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discharge or ejection through the excretory passages, especially from the bowels. But their exasperation was in part unfounded and in part (one fears) merely a pretext for displaying erudition. The term has been a military term for withdrawing from a town or fortress for almost two hundred and fifty years and during the first world war passed into current use through its employment in the newspapers. Strictly it was the place that was evacuated of the troops. But the transference of the word to

the troops or the civilians themselves did no greater violence to the language than did hundreds of idioms. It is now standard in this sense …” So fully accepted that more recent books on usage don’t even address evacuate. n “The most important takeaway from this report for vending and coffee service operators is the continued rising popularity of coffee among young people.” William Lindsey writes: “I don’t find any dictionaries noting that the noun ‘takeaway’ is equivalent to ‘a point to be taken away’ from a report or studies.” Nor do I. But I’ve seen it in print a few times recently, so it may make the dictionaries eventually, much as the expression stake out spun off the noun stakeout, very popular on copsand-robbers TV shows.

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Rich Uncle Alan, better known as El Jefe around the Times, was something of a free spirit. He hitchhiked around Central America, drove a cab in the wee hours and appeared nude in the Times. Sometimes he takes us to lunch and talks wistfully of those wild, bygone days — and then he blinks and remembers that he’s the captain of a modest publishing empire who wears a tie everyday, and starts back talking about integrative marketing or vertical integration or something equally free spirit-less. We try, from time to time, to tempt Wild Uncle Al out of hiding, but these days, when he’s not pounding the pavement trying to keep the Times rolling along, he stays out in the country, content to rise and slumber with the sun and play in his garden. All of which is to say, when he told us that, in an integrative marketing effort (or was it something about vertical integration?), he was chartering two buses to haul Times readers to Helena for the King Biscuit Blues Festival, we volunteered our services immediately. Because, of course, nothing inspires reformed wild men to let their hair down again like the blues. We weren’t disappointed. Uncle Al showed up at 9:15 a.m. last Saturday at the departure point in Little Rock, wearing shorts and sandals, and lugging two kegs of beer. Blues bus riders merrily accepted his party offering. After take-off, one of the two buses in the blues fleet head-bobbed to a live performance from Central Arkansas’s blues standardbearer, Bluesboy Jag, who dealt with the bumps in the road with a little extra bend in his notes. The other jammed out to Cedell Davis’ tribute to Pine Bluff (“If You Like Fat Women, Come to Pine Bluff, Arkansas”) and other favorites on the bus stereo and played trivia for Bloody Marys. Quick, what’s Sonny Boy Williamson II’s real name? By the time our two touring coaches stopped for a barbecue lunch at Craig’s in DeVall’s Bluff — or rather Craig’s overflow dining area in a church down the road a piece — those kegs were floated. Luckily Craig’s sliced pork and Miss Mary’s coconut cream pie soaks up the booze quite well. The blues fleet landed in Helena a little after 2 p.m., and several hot hours

later The Observer spied Uncle Al doing a woo-hoo dance on the train tracks that bisect the levee in front of the stage, next to a congregation of blues bus-ers. We spent much of the rest of the evening exploring, taking in the street buskers — some of whom were quite good — and eating too many crawfish pies. But from time to time, we checked in with the crew and always found Uncle Al and friends dancing or at least shaking it in their seats. At midnight, back on the bus, everyone was bleary eyed — except Uncle Al, who got on the mic to talk about the power of Taj Mahal’s performance. Take heart, longtime readers of the Times who might remember those good ol’ wild days fondly. They’re not dead. It just takes the right trip. Who knows where the Times might journey to next time?

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the Helena blues festival, which will be recrowned King Biscuit next year, is that the action is all over town, and so are the foreigners, both American (from all over) and European. At a bar we slipped into to rest our ears (though Charlie Musselwhite’s harmonica was the best we’ve ever heard) and procure a non-beer beverage (served in Styrofoam cups! Takeout booze in Ark-in-saw!) a great big blond guy gave us a really goofy smile. He was one of several great big blond guys at the bar and, we realized, had given us that smile because he didn’t speak English. These guys — taking an uneducated guess here — were all Dutch. They came a long way — and several more degrees Fahrenheit — to hear the blues. What a busy night it was in that bar, too. The joint across from the festival entrance made it possible to enjoy the festival (we’ve been waiting to see Taj Mahal for 40 years, and he was better than ever) and the Razorback football game and bring the body temperature down. The busy bartender was graceful under fire. We doubt business in Helena is quite that good most Saturday nights. He said it was nothing, however, compared to his day job, teaching 9th and 10th grade English. He wasn’t from Arkansas either, but was working in Marvell for Teach for America. Bet he was learning a lot.


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Where’s Black Oak? I just read the Oct. 7 issue of the Arkansas Times letters section and noticed a letter from Mark Donaldson asking why Black Oak Arkansas was not included in the music poll winners. In the interest of openness, let me say that I was the manager of Black Oak Arkansas from 1967-1979, their best years. It would also be fair for me to say that I no longer have a relationship with them. Jim Dandy is the first generation of his family to walk upright. Having said this, it is a gross oversight that they were not included in this list. BOA was the first rock band from Arkansas to enter the national record charts, sold a few million records and influenced such rockers as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne, Kiss, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, and many others. BOA toured all over the world bringing Arkansas culture and music to the planet. Under my direction, BOA also gave away over $1 million to various charities including Arkansas Children’s Hospital and cancer research; built a school in Oakland Ark.; helped day care centers; put air conditioning units into schools in Mountain Home, and raised tons of food for the poor people in Arkansas and Texas through concert charity events. Whoever compiled this list should get a history lesson. PS: I also read a letter from Gail Carr about her concerns about President Obama, his birthplace etc. She also states that he can say he is a Christian but that his actions “raise a red flag.” I guess giving people health care is the devil’s work. Remember Gail, Jesus taught that if you do it unto the least of my brethren, you do it unto me. God must love ignorant and uninformed people because he seems to make so many of them. God help us all. Butch Stone Maumelle

in the political dirty tricks division of the Republican National Committee. This is how he earned his interim appointment as U.S. attorney for Eastern Arkansas. He earned it at the expense of Bud Cummins, who was initially described as being fired by the Department of Justice until it was evident that there was no justification for his dismissal. Griffin’s appointment was absolutely a political payoff for being the guy engaged in unethical conduct as a political lackey in the 2004 presidential election. Integrity can be defined as what you do when you think do one is watching. Thankfully someone was watching at the time, catching Tim Griffin earning his way into a plush political appointment that he

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John Brummett’s recent column contained some reasonable and astute political analysis. It is encouraging that President Obama’s more dismal electoral results here in 2008 than John Kerry’s in 2004 was not due entirely to our racist attitudes, and he gives a good explanation of why that was the case. How Arkansas has resisted the regional and national trends away from the Democratic Party is a story unto itself. The Democratic Party has become the party of the east and left coasts, and the major metropolitan centers. We have resisted the trend because of our independent streak and the personalities of Dale Bumpers, the Pryors and Bill Clinton, and the relative weakness of the state Republican Party. Personality goes only so far and appears to have played itself out. Obama and the Democratic Congress have definitely accelerated the trend, which is coming home to roost for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, as it would have for Rep. Vic Snyder had he chosen to run for re-election. Sen. Mark Pryor will get the opportunity in 2012 to campaign on his vote in favor of Obamacare and see how well that plays with Arkansas voters. That will be a race to watch to see if the trend here is complete. Michael J. Emerson Little Rock

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JOYCE ELLIOTT. The Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress finally took the gloves off in a televised debate with Republican Tim Griffin. She painted him as untrustworthy, both for his past as a political hatchet man and for contradictory statements on important questions such as Social Security and a national sales tax. CHEESE DIP. The first world cheese dip championship, invented by Little Rock lawyer Nick Rogers to honor the favorite Arkansas foodstuff and benefit charity, was a smash in its first year. So many people turned out that chips and dip were wiped out by mid-afternoon, hours before the event’s scheduled close. Wait ‘til next year. It was a bad week for …

The ARKANSAS D E PA RT M E N T O F CORRECTION. It doesn’t give up perks easily. It has yet to identify a single employee who simply cannot have a free state car under Gov. Mike Beebe’s tougher car policy. (One employee might lose one, but he’s applying for a waiver.) See, prison officials alibied, these employees might have to respond to an emergency some day. Is a once-a-year emergency call sufficient to justify a free state car? The Highway and Transportation Department similarly is convinced all its freebies are fully justified. At least many of those employees cruise highways regularly. The ARKANSAS MINORITY HEALTH COMMISSION. Shoddy administration of a $50,000 grant to prevent HIV/AIDS among gay black men provided an opportunity for Republican demagogues to trash the whole notion of condom distribution and other sound public health practices. H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N OFFICIALS. They underestimated the preference lottery scholarship recipients would have for four-year over two-year colleges, a miscalculation that could require some allocation changes in coming years. In retrospect it’s no surprise. Officials based their projections on past experience, when scholarships were need-based. With no income eligibility limits, huge amounts of lottery scholarship money are going to students from better economic backgrounds who were planning to go to more expensive four-year schools all along. 8 october 14, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES


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their boxes are people who skip out of n Robert Sterling says he was a good town,” Launius said, “and they are customer to Resort Cable in Hot usually people who aren’t responsible Springs, and had been for over 15 years. enough to turn them back in ... These are These days, however, he said he’ll never usually people who move around a lot, use the company again after getting and who are in and out of town.” Asked cuffed, fingerprinted and charged with why Resort doesn’t move forward in a class C felony over what he insists is civil court instead of criminal court over a misunderstanding over the return of the boxes, Launius said it’s because it a cable box. is a theft of rental property. He said that An official with Resort Cable — part though it’s up to the judge, most people of WEHCO Media, which is headed by who wind up in court settle, and pay Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher some kind of restitution. Walter Hussman — said the company “It’s a terribly irritating event if files charges that lead to around two you’re one of those people, to be pulled dozen such felony warrants every over for a traffic violation and find out month. An Army vet who works as a AVOIDING A PENALTY: A man returns a cable box there’s a warrant for you for theft of property,” Launius said. “But in the end, commercial art consultant, Sterling said to Resort Cable in Hot Springs. things work out OK usually.” he’s always kept a top-tier package with Garland County Prosecutor Steve Resort, plus high-speed cable Internet warrants last week for the exact same Oliver said that the state statute says that if when it came along. His bill routinely totaled thing,’ ” Sterling said. “ ‘All you have to do someone leases property and doesn’t return upwards of $100 a month. Resort has been is get bonded out, return [the cable box], get it, that’s seen as evidence under the law good to him in the past, too. In 2006, while a receipt, bring it to the judge on your court that they’ve stolen it. A lease is a “different his condo was being renovated, he called date and it’ll get nolle prossed [dismissed]’ ... ballgame,” Oliver said, than renting-toResort Cable and said that he’d be moving All the time the people who are fingerprinting own a refrigerator and not keeping up the temporarily, and that he wanted to suspend me and taking my picture are cursing, actupayments. In Resort’s case, the equipment his cable service and keep the box to be ally using curse words, in regard to this cable is still owned by the cable company and re-installed when he moved back in. The company, saying it’s ridiculous.” the customers paying a monthly rental fee. company agreed, and when he moved As soon as he bonded out, Sterling said Under the statute, that allows felony charges back into his place, his cable came back on he took his cable box back and got a receipt. to be filed, though the statute also says the At his July 30 court date, he says he tried without a hitch.  He moved again in January charges should be dropped if the equipment to show it to the judge, only to be told that of this year. He says he called, told Resort is returned undamaged within 48 hours after taking the box back after being arrested was he would be moving and wanted to suspend prosecution begins. Though making off the equivalent of “stealing a carton of milk, service for awhile, and they agreed, never with a leased item is a crime — and even getting caught, then trying to pay for it.” asking him to bring the cable box back. The though he said he personally doesn’t feel The judge told him he’d have to return for only paper bill he had coming to his old resianother court date, which Sterling said hasn’t dence was his cable bill, but since his service that way  — Oliver said he understands that been set as of this writing. was suspended, Sterling said he never filed a serving warrants over property can leave law With the possibility of a felony convicmail forwarding card with the post office. enforcement officers feeling like “a collection, Sterling has retained a lawyer to repreOn June 1, Sterling went to the Garland tion agency.” County Courthouse to pay a traffic ticket. “To me it’s kind of like hot checks,” Oliver sent him, to the tune of $1,500.  “I didn’t It was his sister’s birthday, and she and her said. “As long as the victim is happy and steal anything,” Sterling said. “I didn’t return two daughters were waiting for him in the as long as law enforcement can handle the something in a timely manner. If there’s a work [it’s OK] ... It’s law enforcement that fine for that, that’s fine. Should it be $1,670 car outside.  The woman at the desk took his has to take the time and the manpower to fill dollars?” money for the ticket, then asked him to wait out all these reports and to issue the citations Chuck Launius is the vice-president and a moment. She returned with a plainclothes and serve them. I understand the complaint general manager of Resort Cable. Launius police officer. from law enforcement completely.” said that the cable boxes customers lease “He said, Mr. Sterling, are you aware For his part, Robert Sterling mostly just from Resort are very expensive — $500 for you have a warrant for your arrest?” Sterling wants to put it behind him, and doesn’t ever a DVR box, $300 for a digital cable box, said. “[I said] ‘I just called yesterday and she $150 for a cable modem — and that Resort said if I’d come in today everything would get around to firing off at Resort.  “I probably sends several certified letters before they file be fine,’ and he said, ‘No, it’s from Resort signed something saying that was punishcharges for theft of leased or rented property, Television Cable.’” Sterling was cuffed, then able,” Sterling said, “but I don’t agree with as they are allowed to do by state statute. the officer walked him across the street to how they went about it ... it’s just drawn out. Launius said the company sends about a the jail, stopping at his sister’s car to ask her It’s a headache.” hundred certified letters a month seeking the to go make bail for him, which eventually We asked a couple of other cable operareturn of equipment, with a quarter of those cost $170. tors about their practices. Kelly Zega, eventually going to court. “As he’s walking me over to the jail, he director of public relations for Cox Cable Continued on page 9 “The majority of people who don’t return said: ‘Yeah, we issued a hundred of these brian chilson



Continued from page 3 has a new chief deputy. You may recall that he fired Bentley Hovis several months ago for the apparent sin of telling the truth to newspaper reporters about Wilcox’s use of two state automobiles, including a pickup kept on his farm, and $14,000 in fuel charges. Gene Osment, a Little Rock lawyer, went to work Sept. 16 as Wilcox’s interim chief deputy. He said the plan was to serve through the end of the boss’ term in January. He’ll be paid about $90,000 annual salary, or roughly $30,000 for four months work. Osment, who has been “of counsel” to the Niswanger law firm, said he planned to return to that role after a successor takes office. We asked Osment about a rumor that has been circulating at the Capitol – that Wilcox hired an attorney in part to prepare to defend himself in ongoing investigations of his use of state vehicles. Research has been undertaken in several quarters as to whether there’s civil or criminal liability if Wilcox indeed converted a state vehicle to personal farm use. (His wife was involved in a hit-and-run accident in the pickup while on a shopping trip.) Osment said representing Wilcox on those issues was not part of his duties and he would not be a personal attorney for Wilcox after he left office. He said he dealt with vehicle issues only in the context of dealing with press inquiries or Freedom of Information Act requests. The pickup now sits at the Capitol, part of the office motor pool. Wilcox has another state vehicle he uses to commute to work, as several other constitutional officers.

No vacancy for Owens

n Though the charges have been dropped against former Pulaski County Deputy Sherrif Willie Owens, who was accused of raping a female inmate who later committed suicide, he probably shouldn’t waste his time submitting an application to get his old job back. A sheriff’s office spokesman says he’s ineligible. According to a sheriff’s investigation concluded in January, former inmate Jessie Edwards told police that on Dec. 18, 2009, while she was being held in the basement cells at the Pulaski County Courthouse awaiting a hearing, Owens first groped her, then followed her into a cell and had sex with her. Edwards told investigators the sex was not consensual, but said she didn’t resist because she was too frightened. Edwards


Continued from page 8 of Arkansas, which includes Fayetteville among its service areas, said that while they do prosecute people for “stealing cable” — obtaining the cable television signal illegally — they don’t file charges over unreturned cable boxes, choosing instead to work closely

said that when Owens left the room to get a cloth for her to clean up with, she took some of his semen and wiped it on her bra to keep as evidence. Later, the State Crime Lab matched the fluid on Edwards’ bra to DNA swabs collected from Owens during the investigation. In January, Owens was arrested on one count of rape and later fired from the sheriff’s office after an official hearing. On Aug. 23, while being held at the jail on a contempt of court charge related to a failed drug test, Edwards apparently hanged herself in her cell with a sheet. She was pregnant at the time. This week, prosecutors dropped the charges against Owens, saying the case against him would be too difficult to prove without Edwards’ testimony. Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Carl Minden said that while the charges being dropped against Owens makes him eligible for rehire, he won’t be sporting a Pulaski County deputy’s uniform again any time soon. “I think theoretically he can be rehired,” Minden said. “Is he going to be? No. I think I can go on record saying that and I don’t think the sheriff would mind: No, he’s not eligible for rehire.”

On the campaign trail

n Katherine West, a friend and volunteer in the Joyce Elliott campaign for Congress, contributes a campaign trail vignette at the taping of the AETN debate between Elliott, a Democrat, and Tim Griffin, a Republican: While waiting for the debate to begin, supporters of both candidates were milling around outside Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA. Carlos Cervantes, of Latino heritage and a Vietnam veteran, turned to a Griffin supporter who was pushing a walker with a seat attached and inquired sympathetically about her injured foot. She replied with her own question: “Are you a United States citizen?” Cervantes, stunned: replied: “I’m not going to answer you. That is none of your business.” Said she: “Yes, it is, and everyone should be asking that question …. You must be a Democrat.” Cervantes fingered the Vietnam veteran’s medallion in his lapel and responded: “I don’t know what difference it makes if I am a Democrat. But you are asking a Vietnam war veteran if he is a citizen. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are distasteful and disgusting.” She turned away. Republican, we assume.

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t’s year two of the Arkansas Times’readers survey of booze and bars, and you know what? Times readers are a well-rounded bunch. After voting perhaps Little Rock’s swankest watering hole, Capital Bar and Grill, tops in Best Bar and a handful of other categories last year, readers made this year’s poll all about the neighborhood joint and the dive, elevating White Water Tavern (winner of Best Bar, Best Bar for Live Music) and the newly resurgent Town Pump (winner of Best Bartender, Best Happy Hour, Coldest Beer) to the top of the heap. Scratching your head about the appeal of cheap beer, busted-up barstools and shuffleboard? Read on, as Lindsey Millar collects the ribald oral history of White Water Tavern, surely Little Rock’s most storied bar, and, in a snapshot of happy hours in Little Rock, John Tarpley taps into the myriad appeals of the Town Pump. Plus, David Koon takes a peek into the Rube Goldberg-style manufacturing process of white oak barrels used for aging spirits at Gibbs Brothers Cooperage in Hot Springs, in business since 1909. Readers voted on a ballot printed in the weeky edition and via an online survey. Much like our annual restaurant poll, we list winners in a number of categories for Little Rock/North Little Rock alongside, in the major categories, those from elsewhere around Arkansas. Here they are:

Best Bartender

Winner: White Water Tavern Runners-up: Capital Bar and Grill, Ciao Baci, Town Pump

Winner: Ryan Balentine at Town Pump Runners-up: Lee Edwards at Capital Bar and Grill, Blair Wallace at Ciao Baci, Matt White at White Water Tavern

Around Arkansas Winner: Maxine’s, Hot Springs Runners-up: George’s Majestic, Fayetteville; The Rowdy Beaver, Eureka Springs

Around Arkansas Winner: Tommy Hampton at Maxine’s, Hot Springs Runner-up: Mike Scroggins at The Rowdy Beaver, Eureka Springs

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here are older bars in Little Rock. Certainly prettier ones. Bars with better sound systems, better acoustics. Bigger crowds. Most definitely wider drink menus. But no bar in Little Rock — hell, probably in the entire state — is as storied as White Water Tavern, this year’s Toast of the Town winner for Best Bar. Don’t believe me? Read on as the people who shaped the bar over the years narrate its history in their own words. James “Jet” Talbert (regular, sometime door man): I started coming here in 1971 back when it was called The Pitcher — it was The Pitcher going all the way back to the ’40s. It was a beer joint then, and back in the early ’70s, beer joints were redneck joints.


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Paul Black (original co-owner): I was waiting tables at TGI Friday’s when me and Mike Galbraith decided to lease the bar in September of 1976. We were both into whitewater paddling. We had our first meeting with our lawyer to incorporate the business, and he was a big paddling guy and a kayaker, too. We were just sitting around having a couple of beers — maybe more — and the “White Water Tavern” came out of it. The old canoe that’s still hanging in there now was our canoe. At first we just served beer. At one time, we were the number one on-premise beer sales in the state, and the building was less than 1,500 square feet. They had people come down from the breweries to try to figure out what the hell we were doing to sell that much package beer. Our big deal was bottlenecks. That was one of our demands from the distributors. We were environmental types, so the returnable bottles were a big deal. When we opened up, Michael and I spent every dime we had, and we had $175 dollars left over for the first night when we opened. And we bought beer. The next night we had $350 left over. And we bought beer. We had a lot of bikers, a lot of doctors, a lot of lawyers. The Clinton crowd. And quite a few med students, newspaper people and advertising people. We never had the hardcore Bandidos [Motorcycle Club]. But we had the independents. Boy, if I ever got in a fight, those boys were right behind me. It was a pretty good safety blanket. Matt White (current co-owner): Last year, Davis Clement, who was cooking for us at

the time, and I met Bill Clinton at Vino’s. As he’s leaving, Davis said to him, “Hey Mr. President, you should come eat lunch tomorrow at the White Water Tavern.” Clinton stopped and put his hand on Davis’shoulder and said, “You guys still open down there? When I was attorney general, I used to tell my staff if they worked hard all week, on Friday we’d go down to the White Water Tavern for a threehour lunch.”

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Talbert: When Paul Black and them took over the crowd all became hippies. In the mid- to late-’70s the rock ’n’ roll era, locally, ex p l o d e d . G r e a s y Greens, Cornbread, The Cate Brothers, Burger, Sweet Magnolia — they all played White Water. Black: We were basically doing music similar to what they do now. Back in those days, we called it the White Water Shuffle. It would be so crowded you had to shuffle around to get between people. Larry “Goose” Garrison (former owner, current land owner): I started out by opening Slick Willy’s in the train station in September of ’77. I sold Slick Willy’s in December of ’79. A week later I bought into White Water. Originally, a double door where the kitchen is now faced Seventh Street. Inside, there was black and white tile on the floor. Where the bar is now, there were booths, and up against the wall, an old potbelly stove. The bathrooms were about the size of a phone booth. And there was a pinball room and shuffleboard — the current bar is the old shuffleboard top. Thirty days after I bought into the business it burned. It was Ron Oneal from the Wine Cellar. [Oneal is currently serving life in Cummins without parole for capital murder.] He put a fusee flare in the wall. Then he goes to Bennigan’s and pours gasoline and burns it down. He got all the fire trucks here and then he goes over there to burn Bennigan’s. It took two years before the insurance company paid. If you burn, the insurance company always thinks you did it. But you don’t burn a bar that makes money; you burn a bar that loses money.

gone to the dogs: After the first fire, tavern dog Rachel sits guard.

Black: I rebuilt it myself after the fire. But we had some really difficult zoning problems and went through a battle with the insurance before finally opening back up again around Christmas in 1981. We started selling mixed drinks the second time we opened. Garrison: People who don’t know me call me Larry. I got my nickname from a goose hunting experience. I killed some tame geese on a farm. I’m not proud of it — it was scounderlous. But it was raining that day and

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we didn’t really want to get wet. I was drunk, and a drunk will do anything. Black: Galbraith and I left the business, probably over a combination of partner problems, having too much fun and dealing with the aftermath of a shooting at the White Water Tavern we owned in Fayetteville and having to borrow money at 24 percent during the last economic collapse to get the White Water Tavern in Little Rock rebuilt. Continued on page 14

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Garrison: When I bought the building, I inherited a dog, Rachel. She was a good guard dog. We never kept her in a fence or on a chain. Sometimes we’d let her stay in here.

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Garrison: The second fire was around ’82. It was exactly the same thing: Ron Oneal put a fusee in the wall. He tried to burn down Slick Willy’s and about six or eight other bars. The second time he thought he was going to be the only place in town serving drinks. I was closed about two years. Again, you just can’t get an insurance company to pay you off. And after two years, your crowd is gone. They’ve found some other place. It’s like opening up a goddamn new bar after two years. But I’ve had some of the same customers since my Slick Willy’s days. I had people working for me for years and years, too. I used to have people coming in and asking me if they could get a job. I’d say, “Yeah, when one of these motherfuckers dies. Cause they won’t quit.” Todd Johnson (former bouncer, bartender): Whatever happened to Sweet Sweet Connie? It was the hardest to get her out of the damn door when I was kicking her out. She’d have all four limbs spread. Garrison: Connie’s barred. Personally, I like Connie. I’m a whore myself. But I’d have restaurant people in here and she’d be showing her tits. And when she’d get mad at you, she’d go to the ABC and the sales tax people; she’d go to everyone trying to get you in trouble. Greg Spradlin (musician): The last time Lucinda Williams played in town, she and some mutual friends had asked about coming out after the show and having a band to play with. So, I set it up at the White Water Tavern. She was a no-show (another story, another time), but it was cool to look out in the crowd to see Pamela Des Barres hippy dancing the night away at the White Water. If only Connie hadn’t been banned, we could have had the two most famous groupies in the world under one roof at the White Water Tavern. Garrison: The third fire was an accident. It was in the late ’90s. A guy on a motorcycle who was real drunk ran into the back part of the storage room. I had just put a new gas hot water heater in because everyone told me how much money I was going to save with a gas hot water

heater. It busted the gas line and when the hot water heater kicked on it burned the front side of the bar. Garrison: When I first opened up back up in ’99, Johnny B [of Mojo Depot] did my open mic on Wednesdays. People started coming. Another night we did rockabilly. We did all these things on off nights. That’s how Tuesday nights started. TJ Deeter (former promoter, manager): My original goal was to do something that was free, consistent and a mix of all different Arkansas music. At the time, there were all these groups of people who didn’t mix: the punk rock kids, the hip-hop people that did Under the Ground, the established groups like your Ho-Hums, the North Little Rock sludge metal folks, and the Conway and Fayetteville crowds. I knew everyone, so I decided to invite everyone I knew from these different crowds because I wanted to kill cliques. I would try to put together the most random acts — say a folk singer with a rap group and a metal band. Garrison: TJ came up to me and asked, “What’s your worst night?” And I kind of laughed at him and said, “Tuesday night, motherfucker, it’s everyone’s worst night.You can do anything you want to on Tuesday. You’re not going to scare me. And not only that, I’m going to give you free PBR — draft.” I got with my beer guy and told him I needed to give these kids something they could afford on Tuesday nights. So we did $3.50 PBR pitchers. And after 30 days, it was fucking packed. And it just got better and better. He got the bands that would never get to play anywhere else. I thought they were the weirdest and most fucked up people in the world until I got to know them, and shit, I loved them. I loved them. Deeter: It’s hard for people to realize now because there’s like a band playing every second in Little Rock. At the time, Vino’s, the Belvedere or a punk rock house were the only places local people could play. Eventually it turned into its own scene, with all these people who weren’t actually part of a clique. People started to think of it as “the White Water crowd.” Talbert: I was one of the ones who encouraged Goose to lease the place out. He’d been talking about it forever, and he had had diabetes and the stress was getting to him. One night, after we closed, we were upstairs playing pool, drinking.

And he started talking about it again and I told him, “You need to quit talking about it and do it because if you don’t you’re going to die.” The next day he put a sign in the door.

GOOSE IN HIS YOUTH: Garrison just before buying into White Water.

White: We saw the sign and joked around about trying to lease it, but then the more we — there were four of us initially: me, Sean [Hughes], Nick Coffin and MC Ferguson; we were 22-24 at the time — thought about it, the more serious we got. We talked to TJ and he said, “If it was anyone else, I’d tell them it was probably a bad idea, but I think you could do it.” So we met with Goose a couple of times and then wrote him a letter, where we outlined that we knew it would require taking our lives over, that we weren’t into drugs and we weren’t going to drink ourselves to death. That we had clean noses meant a lot to him. Garrison: They had a good fucking plan. Sean Hughes (co-owner): After we agreed to take over the bar, we trained at night for a month with Goose. So we didn’t meet the regulars who came in during the day. They didn’t know us, and they figured we were going to mess up their favorite bar. Come in and sheetrock the walls and paint ’em purple. So during the month leading up to when we took over, the regulars started coming in and literally unscrewing things off the wall. Personal mementos — pictures of people who’d passed, signs they’d brought in. Continued on page 18

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alking up to Gibbs Brothers Cooperage in Hot Springs, the first thing you notice is the sharp, sour/sweet smell of drying oak. The scent pervades the place; has seeped into its pores and the dirt it stands on. The Gibbs family has been making traditional white oak kegs and barrels here since 1927. They’ve been building barrels in Hot Springs even longer, since 1909. Jay Gibbs, who owns the business with his partner Dale Kight, is a fourth-generation cooper. Jay’s great-grandfather, James Irwin Gibbs, ran hardwood mills in Tennessee, and came to Hot Springs soon after the turn of the 20th century

COOPER: Jay Gibbs with some of his wares.

to take the waters. He cabled back to his son, Jay’s grandfather Ira Gibbs, that he saw enough white oak from the window of his train car between Benton and Hot Springs to make barrels for a year. White oak is crucial for wooden barrel making, because of the tight grain. A more porous wood like red oak would let the whiskey or wine soak right through. Soon, the father and son were living in the area, running portable steam mills in the hills around Hot Springs and using the wood to make staves — the slightly-beveled, carefully milled pieces that form a barrel. Making a wooden barrel hasn’t changed much over the years. Neither has the Gibbs Brothers factory. When you




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HOW MUCH WOOD?: Stacks and stacks in the Gibbs Brothers’ warehouse. It takes whiskey at least three years to age in a large barrel, but craft distillers using smaller kegs can sometimes go from whiskey still to finished product in six months to a year because of a small keg’s higher ratio of surface to volume, Gibbs said. Too, while larger barrels can only be used once (many of the bigger distillers then ship them to Scotland or Ireland, where they’re used to age scotch) the smaller kegs can sometimes be used twice, then sold again to small craft breweries who like to use them to impart a stronger flavor to stouts. Gibbs also sells barrels to small wineries, which are sometimes very particular about the way the barrels are made so as not to impart any “weird flavors” to the wine. For example, Gibbs said that though coopers have experimented over the years with gluing together the round “heads” on the top and bottom of a wooden barrel, wineries insist on the more traditional use of “flagging” in the joints — a dried reed that grows in bogs in upper New England and peels off paper-thin like an onion. Gibbs agrees that there’s something special about doing the same job his greatgrandfather did, in the same place, with the same tools. In a mass-produced world, there is something beautiful about what they do at Gibbs Brothers — something not unlike a glass of good whiskey or wine. Gibbs said that while most everything is harder than it was in the old days — harder to get good white oak, harder to find customers, harder to keep the ancient, cast-iron machines they depend on running — the niche market they’ve found is strong enough to keep them going for years to come. New orders from craft distillers come in every day. They’ve got another unusual market as well: the movies. Some of their barrels and kegs were bought as set dressing for the “Pirates of the Carribean.” “It means a lot to me,” Gibbs said. “I get a little emotional, because it means a lot to me. There were times when it looked like we weren’t going to be able to keep going. Right now, and I don’t want to be too optimistic, but we’ve kind of turned the corner a little bit.”

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walk in, the first thing you see are stacks of finished barrels and raw staves, piled headhigh throughout their vast warehouse with narrow trails running between. Down at the far end of the warehouse is the machinery for making barrels, built during the golden age of steam, but run now by a tractor engine on a stand. Long power-shafts spin in the rafters. Cloth belts whip through pulleys, taking torque from the engine to the shafts, which transmit it down through clutches to cast-iron machines from another age: lathes, massive worm-screw jacks, mechanical presses with long, delicate fingers for pressing on barrel hoops to keep the staves tight and in place. In one corner, inset into the wall, is a brick alcove with a round grate in the floor. After rough-finishing a keg, but before adding the top and bottom, a worker drops it over the grate and steps back. He hits a valve, and a jet of yellow flame roars through the new wood. After a minute or so, the valve is shut, and the keg extinguished. Inside, the smooth, dry white oak is charcoal now, steaming, cracked and black — the tabula rasa of good whiskey to come. In his office, sitting at the big double desk once shared by his father and uncle when they ran the business, Jay Gibbs says that even in lean years, such as when charcoalaged spirits like whiskey fell out of favor in the early 1990s and the current recession, the small kegs and barrels Gibbs Brothers specializes in have helped them stay profitable. In the grand scheme of things, the kegs made at Gibbs are mostly petite: one, two, three, five, 10, 15 and 35 gallons. A standard whiskey or bourbon barrel, which Gibbs Brothers hasn’t made since 1969, is 52 to 53 gallons. The majority of those are made in automated factories in Kentucky and Tennessee. While bigger barrels largely go to commercial distilleries and wineries, Gibbs said his kegs mostly go to spirit makers like Little Rock’s Rock Town Distillery that produce smaller quantities. “What has helped us after a few lean years is these small craft distillers,” Gibbs said. “They’re popping up everywhere. Small batch, single barrel.”

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Garrison: When they were training, Sean and Nick had big beards and wore those Castro caps. And one of the old guys, a regular, said, “Goddamit, Garrison, you’re leasing the bar out to Palestinians. Those are terrorists. I said, “Motherfucker, they’re from Conway.” Hughes: Probably 60 percent of the mementos came back. It took months, a year in some cases. White: The first thing we did when we actually took over was to bring in two leaf blowers and blow dust off the rafters for hours. Hughes: You couldn’t see across the bar. It was disgusting. I got sick.

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White: Cosmetically, we didn’t do much to change the place. We took some dead animals off the wall. The only thing that we painted was the bathrooms — which have since been graffiti-ed over; the absolute best one: “Fort Sumter was an Inside Job” — but a few small things we removed caused a bit of a stir. I would secretly remove stuff, like this old, weird, arbitrary monkey that was on top of the bar that was made of coconuts that just kind of freaked me out. I think it was the very next day that one of the regulars came in and said, “Where’s my monkey!? Where’s my monkey!?” I just played dumb. He still asks about it.

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and the bar was packed. Ben Nichols (lead singer of Lucero; White Water’s national ambassador): I hadn’t stepped foot in White Water until that concert. For a long time, I spent most of my time in Memphis. And I didn’t know how welcome I’d be. I figured it was a neighborhood bar that was probably pretty closeknit that might not appreciate young folks messing up their thing. But since then, it’s been a big reason I’ve come back to Little Rock as often as I have. It’s definitely the bar I feel most at home at. White: Shortly after we took the place over there were a couple of days in a row when these train hopper kids from out of town were here every night and one always had a rat on her shoulder. She would come in with a rat, and drink with the rat — Hughes: — and get the rat drunk — White: — and Jet in his infinite wisdom said to me one night, “You know Matt, some people walk around this world with a rat on their shoulder. Woo-hoo, like I give a fuck.” White: A few months after we took over, Nick got upset and left the bar on a Friday night. That Sunday we got an e-mail from him that said, “By the time you get this message, I’ll be on a plane to New Zealand. My car’s at the airport parking lot. You can sell it and have all my stuff.” Hughes: I’ve still got his boots. White: Michael Inscoe and I sold his car and went on vacation in San Francisco. White: A few months later, MC left when she got married. Continued on page 22

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f you want to be privy to the real core of a bar, the proper personality of any greasy roadhouse, chic cocktailery or straight-up beer joint, sidestep the night scene. That’s when fickle bar hoppers hop to and from whatever place fits the night’s fancy. Don’t assume you can find a bar’s purest traits when the sun’s out, either. “Day crews,” as they’re called, have a reputation of taking to the linoleum in a half surly slouch of prolonged boredom. But between those two poles, when the work day’s over and a barstool offers the regulars an air-conditioned respite from the traffic grind — that’s when you get to know a bar. For this issue, we checked out the drinks, food, games and regulars at Town Pump, Senor Tequila’s, The Fountain and Capi’s, four of Little Rock’s favorite happy hour holes.


Squeezed into the bustle of Pleasant Ridge Town Center, Capi’s is by far the most lavish of the bunch with its broad, tall ceilings and West Little Rock shininess. It also has the earliest of happy hours, starting at 3 p.m. and wrapping up at 6 p.m. When we arrived around 3:30 p.m., the place was empty, save a two-top snacking on the shaded patio and a chef occasionally poking her head out of the kitchen, so we posted up, solo, at the eight-seat bar. The $1 off beers and glasses of wine was appealing, but the sunny afternoon called for an old fashioned (cocktails are $5.50, usually $7.50), that bourbon/bitters/fruit muddle classic. The bartender — an affable bar veteran — said it was his first time to make one in years. He could have fooled

PUMP IT UP: The happy hour crew cozies up at the Town Pump. me. The cocktail was portioned just right, made with their house bourbon, an Old Charter 8-year. After talking about a featured wine, he poured a healthy glass of Riesling, gratis. Consider this a perfect place to get a good, decently priced drink or two before dinner at one of the shopping center’s restaurants.

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It’s pretty low on the local Mexican food chain, but Senor T’s is quick, tasty, affordable and holds a fond place in our hearts. We’re regulars at the Rodney Parham location — the beef chimichanga and tall beer is a perfect treat on a rough day — but this time, it was time to mix up ol’ trusty and throw ice, salt and lime into the equation for un hora de margaritas. After all, they’re notorious for their $2 top shelf ’ritas, served during their 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. It’s a Jekyll and Hyde brew that’ll turn a ruler-wielding nun into a sailor-mouthed ne’er-do-well in two glasses, flat. Yeah, they’re strong. That is, they’re strong in that margarita mix is a brawny, thick brew of viscous, mouth-puckering tart that covered up any trace of particular tequila. Top shelf, bottom shelf, 87 octane, we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference for the mix. The biggest surprise, however, came when we paid our tab and found out the $2 margaritas the waiter offered magically became a $3.50 a pop endeavor. Sure, Arkansas’s liquor tax is the highest in the country, but 75% it ain’t. We’ve heard things about the Senor’s clever accounting here and there, but this is the first time we’ve run into it. Next time — this evening, in fact — we’re sticking

Save for the new flat screens hung on the wall and on a constant stream of ESPN, the Town Pump happy hour vibe has gone unchanged for years, decades maybe. And when it’s happy hour between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., it’s a thing to see: a true-life “Cheers” crew of regulars, stationed behind longnecks, shooting — no, blasting — the bull with any and everyone with the tongue to shoot back. Without a doubt, it’s an epitome of an unassuming bar colored by its regulars instead of cheap, goofy ephemera bolted into the wall. No doubt the drinks are cheap with $1 off wells and 50 cents off beers — $1 cans of Pabst are a favorite — but the food is bar food at its greasy, carbo-bombed finest. The Pump Burger should get the keys to the city, the onion rings actually taste of onion instead of deep-fried un-onion and, shockingly enough, the veggie burger is our favorite in town — it has to be one of the unhealthiest in all of Little Rock, too. If you see us there, feel free to challenge our ultimate supremacy over the shuffleboard table. We wager shots.

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No liquor here. Cigarette smoke, pool and shuffleboard tables and Leonard Cohen growling over the speakers, yes, but look elsewhere for a shot. Maybe the carcinogens and lack of bronze still-made liquids are one of the reasons folks are divided on The Fountain. But we’ve always had a soft spot for the bar’s ability to mix wine-bar urbaneness with a lived-in neighborhood charm. The porch, with its scenic view of, well, Kroger, always draws us toward the back during happy hour. Heck, the multi-leveled, raised platform may actually be the best view in town for peoplewatchers, offering a great place to camp out and watch the after-work shoppers tackle the bustle of an early evening grocery. You can kick back between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with frosty mugs of $2 domestic drafts or $2.50 draws of Shock Top, the summery, Belgian white, usually served with an orange slice.

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see a lot of places. I’ve never experienced a place like this where there’s that cohesiveness between the regulars — the people who’ve been hanging out here for 30 years — and the younger generation. A lot of the people who’ve been here for 30 years will stay here through happy hour and all night, and they’ll be the ones dancing up front to, say, a punk rock band from Ohio.

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Hughes: We are very much a PBR and Jameson bar. We sell more PBR than anything, but I also got a letter from the Jameson Distillery with pie charts showing how much we order, and it was 400 times what it was before we took over. White: Some people who’ve never been in here before are obviously dismayed when they try to order something we don’t have. Lizzie Ferguson (bartender): This guy asked for a strawberry daiquiri the other night and I laughed in his face. I thought he was joking. Marianne Taylor (bartender): We don’t have a blender. Never have and probably never will. It’s too frou-frou. Hughes: We have whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and Jaeger. It’s real simple. It’s the White Water Tavern. That’s my favorite excuse. My other excuse is, “I don’t know, talk to Matt.” White: I personally felt that being a smoking venue kept a lot of people from coming. This was one of the most notoriously smoky bars. It stayed with you the next day — going home with smoke in your hair, in your clothes, in your lungs.

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Hughes: The regulars didn’t like it all when we went non-smoking. We lost some of the really older guys. Just a handful of people. White: As a result of going non-smoking, we built the fenced-in area out back. I think it makes the show experience better. We’re able to comfortably fit more people. If it’s an act you’re not really feeling, instead of leaving, you just go outside and chill a bit. For the nonsmoker, to be able to watch someone you like without being physically affected has been big, I think. White: Very shortly after taking the bar over, I developed this cough. Like the whooping cough, with regular gagging. It didn’t dawn on me until the other day that my cough was gone. After three years. Mary Chamberlin (bartender): I travel a lot and


White: We’ve had several weddings. One was a zombie wedding. Everyone in the wedding was in crazy tuxedos with zombie make-up. The zombie bride came down the steps walking like a zombie. The groom came from the backdoor walking like a zombie. All the bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed like zombies. They grunted their vows. And we had one, where after the vows were finished, the couple broke a bottle across the pole up front and cut each other in a cross and put their bleeding arms together. They were punk rock leathered out. Garrison: One of my best buddies is up there [pointing to a shelf above the bar]. His ashes are in a Busch bottle. In high school, I bit part of his ear off. We got in a fight — that’s how we got to be friends. There are several other things in the bottle, too — Talbert: — four women’s pubic hairs. Three reds and one black. A line of cocaine. Some good kine bud. Garrison: His favorite things. I hope I’m up there one day.

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Editorial n Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election begins Oct. 18. Here are more of the Times’ recommendations: CIRCUIT JUDGE TIM FOX for the Arkansas Supreme Court. He’s ruled wisely and fearlessly in tough cases, including his finding that a state rule prohibiting homosexual parents from serving as foster parents was unconstitutional. The Religious Right is pushing for his opponent. SHANE BROADWAY for lieutenant governor. An experienced, competent and forward-looking legislator, Broadway is probably over-qualified for this office, but term limits are forcing him out of the legislative branch. His opponent believes that health care is too cheap and plentiful; he says he’ll sue to put a stop it. PAT O’BRIEN for secretary of state. Though given to goofiness, like book reports for employees, he seems to have brought honesty and efficiency to the Pulaski County circuit clerk’s office. His opponent is best known for padding his legislative expense account. DEBBIE MURPHY for state representative, District 31. Public-spirited and reasonable, she’s opposed by a right-wing ideologue. JOHN W. WALKER for state representative, District 34. The state’s foremost civil rights warrior, he will at the least make legislative sessions livelier. SHERIFF DOC HOLLADAY for sheriff. Cool-headed and cooperative, he’s dealt with Pulaski County’s shortage of jail beds about as well as could be. The Times previously announced its support for these candidates: GOV. MIKE BEEBE for governor. SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN for United States senator. JOYCE ELLIOTT for United States representative, Second District. Three proposed constitutional amendments are on the ballot. All were referred by the legislature. Issue No. 1 would establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish. Proponents say that such an amendment is needed to head off legislation that would restrict hunting and fishing rights. Animal- rights groups have promoted such legislation. Ten states have established a right to hunt and fish; two more have established a right to fish. Our view is that this is not the sort of thing that belongs in an already cluttered constitution. What’s next? A right to jog? A right to golf? Vote NO. Issue No. 2 is a complex and far-reaching proposition that would raise the interest rate that can be charged by retailers, remove entirely the interest limit on government bonds, and provide a new way for government agencies to finance bonds for energy-efficiency projects. We might be able to support one or two of its aims if each was voted on separately, but not this confused hodge-podge. Vote NO. Issue No. 3 would make it easier for the state to issue generalobligation bonds to help industrialists build new plants. We’re not totally convinced of the need. No recommendation.

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Held in contempt n Among the important elections this year is a race for the Arkansas Supreme Court between Appeals Court Judge Karen Baker and Pulaski Circuit Judge Tim Fox. Judicial ethics rules being what they are, it’s hard for candidates to differentiate themselves. Both candidates have experience and records with laudable decisions; Baker has a marginally better reversal rate. Baker has also demonstrated a strong empathy for equal treatment of women, worth mentioning in a state where more than a century of judicial and political paternalism lingers. Baker also authored an important ruling that put the brakes on a huge power plant in western Arkansas. Now the “but” — my experience on a case when Baker sat as a chancellor in Conway in 1997. The issue was a divorce case involving one of the most powerful men in Conway, Charles Morgan, the leader of Acxiom Corp. The divorce case, which the Times was covering, touched on corporate financial issues. When Morgan moved to close the record in the case, I filed an objection. The judge never acknowledged my motion. Perhaps influenced by the public interest in the case, Morgan moved to settle the divorce case. He and his wife came to terms in an order signed barely a week after my open court motion. The file remained sealed. I asked Judge Baker to open it. She said my request was moot, though, by law, it was not. The legal offense, in my view, was that the judge sealed the entire file, even though the hearing that Morgan feared might reveal sensitive information never was held. The judge sealed the boilerplate original divorce pleading. She sealed her final divorce decree. You can look through tens of thousands of divorce cases in Arkansas and not find a single one handled with the secrecy Baker ordered in this case. I contested her finding of mootness. The judge

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ignored my pleading for five months. Her staff would not talk to me about the status of my motion. After yet another letter reminding her of her duty to rule, she finally relented. She brusquely dismissed the open court motion, more than a year after it had been filed. She said there was little value in hearing evidence in private if the order that resulted could be open to public scrutiny. She said further that the initial pleading and the final divorce decree in this case “do not concern any public interest and at the request of all litigants should remain private.” So the law, as interpreted by a future Supreme Court justice, is that anybody seeking and receiving a divorce is entitled to total secrecy if they ask. The case is of no public interest. Other issues have arisen in this race. Both candidates have reached out for partisan support, including money, for a non-partisan job. More troubling has been the work of Baker’s supporters to criticize Fox for his landmark ruling that a church-driven state effort to prevent gay people from being foster parents was unconstitutional. With a related case pending on adoption by unmarried couples, the unavoidable inference is that Baker’s backers believe she is unfriendly to this modest advancement in human rights. Maybe that’s not so. For my part, Baker’s preference for secrecy in a case that involved a local bigshot is enough. Open court is a bedrock of our system. It encourages fairness through accountability. A ruling against open court isn’t a recommendation for promotion.

Having it both ways n The old proverb “you can’t have it both ways” always had limited application in the political world, but in this year of the Tea Party, fanaticism and rage, the opposite has become de rigueur. You can most certainly have it both ways and you are stupid if you don’t. It may be a defense mechanism. Politicians feel compelled to pay some homage to any belief if is righteously enough held, even when it conflicts with what they have said or done or are about to say or do. So Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-backed upstart who won the Republican nomination for governor in New York, delivered carefully prepared remarks to conservative rabbis denouncing homosexuals and people who told their children that there was nothing wrong with homosexuals. God did not create gays and lesbians, he said, and children should never be exposed to their existence or be taught to accept them. The rabbis applauded lustily. Police had arrested eight members of a street gang in the Bronx for beating and torturing gays. Then Paladino talked to reporters and said he was not antigay, had homosexuals working for him and had no problem with homosexuality “whatsoever.” His remarks could hardly have been more antithetical, and you would expect that he would lose credibility with both sides. It

Ernest Dumas will prove to be a stroke of genius. The duplicity is a mark of the conservative revolution, although conservatives and Republicans are not the only practitioners. From Sarah Palin to Christine O’Donnell and all the revolutionaries who have wrested the Republican nomination from the GOP mainline, politicians learned that you could promise one thing, do or say the opposite and get credit for both. People will accept the part they like and disregard the other. The artifice is pandemic in Arkansas. Pick a race — well, why not every race for Congress? Congressman John Boozman, the GOP Senate candidate, sponsored the “Fair Tax” bill in the House, a 15-year-old proposal to replace most current federal taxes with a 30 percent sales tax on everything you buy, from a home to a haircut. (Yes, yes, I know that the 30 percent tax would be only 23 percent of the final after-tax price of a product.) Boozman said it would have marvelous benefits — getting rid of the IRS and all that. But when Sen. Blanche Lincoln jumped him about it and pointed

Clinton’s spin vs. fish tales n Blanche Lincoln has re-played the Bill Clinton card that saved her in the primary. Mike Ross is running against his own party leader in Congress. It gets a tad more interesting in Arkansas politics. As you know, Clinton has a rare ability to articulate political differences in a concise and clear way that makes his side seem more righteous and can help to persuade the occasional independent voter. He was the one who made the decisive point in the primary that Lincoln seemed incapable of making or unwilling to make. It was that out-of-state labor unions were trying to buy the Senate seat belonging to Arkansas voters. Don’t let them do that, Clinton pleaded. In its only smart move, the Lincoln campaign made an 11th-hour TV ad featuring Clinton voicing that point in a public address in her behalf. Now comes the general election reprise. Now here is Lincoln with a new TV spot featuring Clinton from another public address in her behalf.  The former president is saying in

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this one that we do not hear much from Republican John Boozman because he is trying coast to victory over Lincoln on anger alone. Clinton says Boozman wants to hide that he once voted for a Republican budget plan to privatize Medicare and that he now likes the idea of privatizing Social Security. Meantime, Clinton says Lincoln has “produced for you over and over again.” There is your race, albeit with a Clintonian spin.  Boozman indeed tries to coast on anger toward Lincoln while eluding any critical attention directed to himself or his voting record in the House of Representatives. Yes, Boozman voted for a Republican budget alternative in 2009 to steer people under 55 away from Medicare and into private health coverage. Republicans never wanted Medicare, you know. And,

out that it would be a huge tax increase on working families and ruinous to merchants Boozman said he had never cared that much for the Fair Tax and it was unfair of Lincoln to say that he favored it. Lincoln could hardly condemn the hypocrisy. She may be its leading practitioner. She sponsored the union card-check bill, then denounced it and the unions that backed it. She voted for and against national health insurance reform. She said she cast the deciding vote for reform and then denied it. In some forums she takes credit for the law but has next to nothing to say in its defense. But Lincoln is the one politician who does not get away with the guile. Neither side is ever forgiving. But she may simply have gone to the well too often. Nothing brings out the deceit like Social Security, politics’ famous third rail. Boozman supported efforts to privatize Social Security —i.e., allow younger workers to stop paying Social Security taxes and invest the money in commercial securities but he cries foul when Lincoln accuses him of it. He would never touch Social Security, he says. He is still backed by national groups that support privatization. Over in the First District, Rick Crawford, the Republican candidate for U. S. representative, objected when his opponent, Chad Causey, ran ads accusing him of favoring some privatization. He told the papers that he had “never” favored it. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette found a

Facebook video in which he told Lonoke County Republicans that privatization was the solution to Social Security’s problems. He signed a pledge for radio host Laura Ingraham promising to vote for privatization. When the Democrat-Gazette asked him about those remarks, he refused to say whether he favored privatization. It won’t matter. Then there’s Karl Rove’s cagey understudy, Tim Griffin. He told Republican groups that he was impressed with the Fair Tax legislation and would work for something like it. But when his congressional opponent, Joyce Elliott, tagged him for it he complained that he had never been exactly for it and foresaw some complications from it. The Democrat-Gazette editorial page said Elliott had demonstrated a lack of character by accusing Griffin of saying something that he was on record as saying. Now he’s running commercials accusing Elliott of lacking character and citing the state’s Republican newspaper as the authority. As for Social Security, he says he’s not especially a fan of privatization although Karl Rove hired him at the White House in 2005 to help sell Bush’s Social Security privatization to a hostile Congress and public. Maybe he worked for something he opposed. Principle is a disposable commodity. Griffin is backed by the millionaires’ Club for Growth, which promotes privatization. This year anyway, shiftiness does work. Lying, too.

yes, Lincoln has produced for Arkansas as Agriculture Committee chairman. We now hear that Lincoln closes the gap. As I wrote months ago, this was inevitable. She will not lose by any 20 to 30 points. My current sense is that I would not be surprised to see it wind up 52.544.5 with the other three points going to the fringes. The question becomes whether this natural narrowing also represents actual momentum for Lincoln. All we know for sure is this: Every day that we are not talking about Lincoln’s casting a decisive vote for health care reform is a day that keeps her hopes, however dim, afloat. I suspect that all Boozman needs to do in the stretch run is dispatch those two goofy fishermen of his silly television commercials to perform a little skit going something like this: One would cut himself on his fishing hook and the other would say we need to get you to the doctor while asking the injured fisherman if he has health insurance; the injured fisherman, now bleeding profusely, would say that yeah, he has health insurance for the time being, but that he is not sure how much longer he can keep it considering that Blanche cast the deciding vote to let Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi imperil health care in this great country.

Mike Ross, meanwhile, seems scared half to death by this Palinesque insurgency the Republicans are waging against him in South Arkansas in the person of pageant refugee Beth Anne Rankin. She goes around saying he voted for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker, but that she would never. So Ross has a new TV spot bragging on himself for voting against “Pelosi’s health care overhaul.” Not Obama’s. Pelosi’s. As I have explained, Ross did in fact vote against health care reform on the House floor. But he and the Blue Dog coalition had enough votes on the Energy and Commerce Committee to kill the bill. They chose to amend it, not end it. Therein lies the dynamic that seems to be percolating in Arkansas: If Pelosi is the one you detest, then why elect someone of her party who must play footsie with her sometimes instead of someone of the other party who would not play footsie with her ever? I repeat the question: Why straddle to be a Democrat when you might be able to stand up straight and be a Republican? John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. • october 14, 2010 25

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Mountain Heart in Concert • Saturday, October 16 at 7 pm Hayrides and Pumpkin Hill Hay Fort • Bluegrass Bands Arkansas Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ Championship Children’s Entertainment • Culinary Competition Bake Shop and Grilled Treats for Purchase Wildwood’s Pumpkin Shop • Beer Tasting

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o reattribute a quote from the late British DJ John Peel, one of the reasons the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is so great is because “it’s always different and it’s always the same.” That is, year after year, it’s a reliably stellar festival, packed with more eye-opening films than you’ll find anywhere. In fact, every year, when the week-plus of gorging on docs, drinks and parties ends, it’s easy to find yourself leaving the illuminated, historic Malco in a post-fest depression, cursing the 51 weeks left until the next year. But as for now, the documentary-loving population at large is looking ahead as the world’s premiere documentary-only film festival returns for its 19th year, screening 110 films over nine days. With big-name releases like “JeanMichel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” a home video-filled portrait of the iconic New York City artist, programmed beside smaller, local-interest films like “Dogpatch, U.S.A.,” a look into the abandoned Newton County theme park, the festival’s problem may be that it has too much quality. To help with your scheduling, program director Dan Anderson named his ten films not to miss. n One of a number of world premieres, “God Willing” (6:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16; 7:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21) documents “intentional communities,” or, plainly, cults by focusing on the “The Church,” otherwise known as “The Brethren,” and its end-of-days leader Jim Roberts.

n Dr. Alexander Shulgin, the creator of MDMA (or Ecstacy), amongst hundreds of other psychedelics, is profiled in “Dirty Pictures” (8:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22; 6:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24), which explores the social, scientific and legal ramifications of his controversial work. n “A Normal Life, Please” (7:20 p.m. Sunday Oct. 17; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20) is shocking documentary about a Japanese truck driver who stands up to demand reasonable working conditions after spending years working 552 hours a month without overtime, paid holidays or insurance benefits. n The often frustrating, always challenging day-to-day life of the environmentally concerned who shun automobiles for bicycles, boats and foot travel is explored in “A Different Path” (1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20; 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21). n An essay-film in the vein of great semanticists like Jean-Luc Godard, “Goodbye, How Are You” (6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19; 3:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22), details how Serbians use (and misuse) language to their advantage when criticizing their country’s turbulent political climate. n German filmmakers Rainer Komers’ elegiac portrait of “Milltown, Montana” (4:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19; 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24) looks at the tranquil landscape, once part of the biggest mining region in all of America, now turned into a desert-scape polluted with toxic substances. n “Space, Land andTime: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm” (9:10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17; 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23) is the first film to look at Ant Farm,

‘DR. ECSTACY’: Alexander Shulgin, the legendary, controversial psychopharmacist behind MDMA, amongst hundreds of other psychedelics, is profiled in “Dirty Pictures.’ the legendary, underground architecture/ video art collective from 1970s Texas responsible for some of the most hilariously subversive art ever produced. n Shown as two parts of a short documentary block (11:25 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17; 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21), “Fire in the Mountains” profiles a no-budget, backyard wrestling organization in Appalachian Kentucky; “The Sheriff” follows the spiritual struggles of Eugene, an elderly, African American in North Carolina, afflicted with albinism. n Family, sacrifice and disability are explored in “Eleanore and the Timekeeper” (11:50 a.m. Monday, Oct.

18; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24), which follows a 91-year-old mother as she’s forced to place her son, a 61-year-old with developmental disabilities, into a group home. n Filmed in illness- and poverty-stricken Uganda, “Bouncing Cats” (7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18) follows a young AIDS orphan organizes Break Dance Project Uganda, a group to unite, inspire and empower the country’s children through “B-Boy” and hip-hop culture. Check back next week for our guide to the second half of this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival or visit their website at • October 14, 2010 27

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10 a.m., Wildwood Park for the Arts. $5-$10.

n Wildwood’s annual autumnal festival returns this weekend with all its usual hallmarks: hayrides, crafts and activities for kids, food, music and beer. But, of course, the highlight for all events at Wildwood, at least for us grown folks, remains Wildwood itself. The leaves in the 100-acre park should be thinking about turning and, while the weather might not exactly feel fall-ish, who’s not ready to escape the summer’s oppressive heat and trounce around in the woods? The forecasted 80-degree temps for this weekend might not exactly be the respite we were hoping for, but we’ll make do. More reasons to go: On Saturday, from noon to around 5 p.m., the Arkansas Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ Championship is going on, with contestants young and old battling it out on banjo, fiddle and mandolin. Following the concert, Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass outfit Mountain Heart gives a concert in Wildwood’s Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for kids 12 and under and $25 for everyone else. Sunday, the festival continues from noon until 6 p.m. LM.

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8 a.m., Mulberry Mountain. $69-$225.

n Slowly but surely, the Harvest Music Festival has evolved into the fall edition of Wakarusa. Maybe the flavor’s a little folkier in the fall, but the gist is the same: mountain camping, music, hippies. Among the line-up this year, Yonder Mountain String Band is probably the biggest deal. In fact, the experimental bluegrass foursome is the official sponsor of the festival — the official name is Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival. Other names who’re big in the jam community and describe themselves as “genre defying” and “improvisational”: Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams & the Kells, Railroad Earth and Sam Bush. Those and other acts will be spread out across four entertainment areas, including my favorite, the Nomadic Dreams Village, which hosts sessions on yoga, glass blowing and “didgeridoo healing meditation.” The festival continues into the wee hours of Saturday. Full schedule and more info at LM. 28 october 14, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

ARKANSAS STATE FAIR 11 a.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.

n Just four more days to gorge yourself on funnel cakes and dangerous looking rides at the fer! When should you go? Well, if you’re a lady, 18 or older, gate admission is free on Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you’re still in K-12th grade, Friday, after 1 p.m., the gate is only $3. If you’re a fan of golden-locked former “American Idol” country stars, Bucky Covington, joined by rising country star Easton Corbin, takes the Wendy’s Main Stage on Thursday at 7 p.m. Or if you’re a fan of Canadian classic rock and know the words to “Hot Girls in Love,” Loverboy closes out the main stage schedule at 8 p.m. Friday. But more than anything else, you’re gonna want to go to Ridin’ in the Rock, the two-night PBR Professional Bull Riders Tour stop at the fair at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in Barton Coliseum. Tickets range from $10 to $25 and, if purchased in advance via Ticketmaster, include gate admission. Of course, no matter when you go, deep-fried cream cheese and bacon on a stick will be waiting for you. LM.

better part of a decade making waves in indie-loving circles by mixing a heady, harmonic brand of folk-country with prog-y, pop sensibilities. The group was pushed into the “next big thing” batter’s box after receiving near-universal praise in 2007 with “Wild Mountain Nation,” an album so recklessly eclectic it nudged towards all-out schizophrenia. Since, Blitzen Trapper has followed the same anti-formula, rubbing heavy bass licks into the grooves of their Eagles records and eluding listeners’ natural instincts since. The outfit is supported by long-time folkies Fruit Bats and the left-field bedroom pop of Pearly Gate Music. JT.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKFEST 8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $16-$65.

n Two weeks ago, Philip Mann debuted as the music director for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim. After kicking his tenure off with the likes of Bernstein and Dvorak, Mann steers the symphony into more lighthearted fare with this season’s debut of the Pops Live! series, Halloween Spookfest. To get into the spirit, the orchestra will be dressed in costume (maybe Mann will be a zombie conductor); it encourages the audience

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8:30 p.m., Revolution. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.

n This Portland, Ore., outfit has spent the

ANTI-FORMULAIC: Blitzen Trapper play Revolution on Friday.

his hometown of New York City (“I Saw a Hippie Girl on 8th Ave.”), drugs (“No LSD Tonight”) and his musical influences (“Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror”) to mixed results, but ultimately does the niche genre of naive-folk better than nearly anyone else. He plays alongside Ezra Lbs., the local indie-garage act, and (clap!) Kidz Pop!, the children’s band that’s definitely for adults. JT.

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5:30 p.m., Clear Channel Metroplex. $25-$250.

THESE GUYS ARE PRETTY MUCH OBLIGATED TO WEAR BLACK: BRMC makes up a gig at Rev. to do the same. Either way, the concert’s likely to get you in the Halloween spirit. It features some of the scariest songs ever, including Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and Bernard Herrmann’s “The Murderer” from “Psycho.” As well as more playful fare: the themes from “Batman” and “The Addams Family” and selections from John Williams’ scores for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “E.T.” and “Star Wars.” The ASO reprises the performance on Sunday at 3 p.m.; same place and price, though students, grades K-12, can go for free if accompanied by a paid adult as part of the ASO’s new Entergy ticket program on Sunday. LM.

To-Do List Buzz-o-meter readings, about to pack out a venue for this rescheduled concert. JT.

JEFFREY LEWIS 8:30 p.m., ACAC. $5

n Becoming famous in the weird, reclusive world of anti-folk is no small feat. But it was bound to happen for someone as fiercely unusual and outright clever as Jeffrey Lewis, the singer/songwriter, essayist, storyteller and comic book writer. With 20 music releases under his name, he’s set the bar for all other quirky guys with acoustic guitars to follow in his wake. He turns his dweeby, colorful pen towards

n “Will & Grace” fans remember Leslie Jordan for his scene-stealing (and Emmy-winning) recurring role as Karen’s nemesis, Beverly Leslie, an effete Southerner with a wicked knack for insults. Jordan’s also appeared on “Ally McBeal,” “Monk” and the stage, film and TV versions of Del Shores’ cult hit “Sordid Lives.” Within the gay community, he’s an icon, known for his one-man stage testimonials about life as a tiny gay man (he’s 4’ 11”) growing up in a conservative family in Chattanooga. Monday, he presents his latest one-man show, “My Life Down the Pink Carpet,” in a benefit for the Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas. Expect plenty of stories about childhood agonies, celebrity encounters — from Boy George to George Clooney — and sex and alcohol addiction. Booze will be available for purchase during the pre-show reception at 5:30 p.m. Jordan hits the stage at 7 p.m., and will be available to sign books and DVDs afterwards. LM.

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n Arkansas Festival Ballet’s “At The Barre” comes to the Arkansas Academy of Dance Studio on Rodney Parham and features original works as well as Nutcracker classics, 7:30 p.m., $15. Buzz-y newcomers Catskill Kids take to Town Pump alongside Conway’s This Holy House, 10 p.m., $3. Texan singer/ songwriter Chris Hawkes teams up with songbird Serenity Fisher for a show at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. Jeff Coleman and Co. performs at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free

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n The musical “Chicago” returns at the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14-$18. ACAC hosts an art show with original works from a number of local artists and music from country/hip-hop mad scientist Tim Fite, keytar rockers Mose Giganticus, freak-funkers Ginsu Wives and heavy duo Androids of Ex-Lovers, 9 p.m., $6. Dickey-Stephens hosts a premarathon “Race for the Cure Pasta Party,” catered by Romano’s Macaroni Grill and featuring live music from The Rockets, 5:30 p.m., $20. Little Rock party band The Gettys gets the night going at West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Arkansas Chamber Singers perform the greats in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with “Forward and Bach Again,” 7:30 p.m., $15. “Youth and young manhood” abound at Sticky Fingerz: Gold Diggin’ Mothers, a Kings of Leon tribute act, hit the stage at 9:30 p.m.


BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB 8:30 p.m., Revolution. $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.

n Part of the “hey, guys, rock music is back, you guys!’ class of 2001, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club may not be as supernovasuccessful as the year’s valedictorians in The Strokes or the salutatorians of The Hives, but the leather-clad Californians have always been a hair more interesting than their garage-rock revivalist classmates. Think a combination of Marlon Brando in “The Wild One” (where the band got its name) and Dennis Hopper on a speedball. BRMC — as they’re known, even though it sounds like someplace you’d get a biopsy — is known to be a slash more sinister than its peers, prowling through the psych-laced soundscape with a swamprock stomp and roaring shoegaze fuzz. But since the release of its acclaimed self-titled debut, the band’s fanbase has grown more and more divisive towards each release. But their defenders are passionate. And loud. And, from what we can tell from our

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FUNNY MAN: Leslie Jordan offers a one-man show to benefit the Stonewall Democrats of Arkansas.

n Thousands and thousands of pinkhatted ladies flood the streets in the 17th Annual Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure, beginning at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and 2nd Streets. At the Clinton School, the Fourth Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day features crossword and Sudoku contests, a “multipuzzle fun-and-games hour” and a presentation by Richard Lederer, author of “Looking at Language,” 2 p.m., free. The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame hosts a gala in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center to induct the likes of Annie Abrams, Ne-Yo and Goose Tatum into its ranks, 7 p.m. Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison offer guitar finger stylings, spanning centuries from Celtic traditionals to contemporary jazz, with “Artistry of the Guitar” at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. For the nightclubbers, Discovery offers Justin Sane in the disco, Jared Lawler and DJ Ewell in the lobby, DJ g-force in the new hip-hop room and Dominique Sanchez, Chad Michaels, Whitney Paige and Kamrin Michaels in the theater, 10 p.m., $10. • October 14, 2010 29


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Nick Basbanes. The “King of the Bibliophiles” presents “Among the Gently Mad,” the J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture. For reservations or more information, call 918-3029 or e-mail lblackwell@ Main Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 100 S. Rock St. Jackson Kaguri. The co-founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School in Uganda discusses his new book, “The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village.” For reservations, e-mail publicprograms@ or call 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 3 Miles From Providence, Siversa, Iron Ton. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Afton Showcase. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows. Big John Miller (headliner), Josh Green (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Bucky Covington. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8:30 p.m. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Catskill Kids, This Holy House. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-6639802. Chris Hawkes, Serenity Fisher. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. D-Mite and Tho’d Studios Showcase. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. DJ SilkySlim. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Easton Corbin. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Harvest Music Festival 2010. The three-day music festival returns to Ozark with Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams, among many others. For more information, visit Mulberry Mountain. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark. In Too Deep: “I Love the ‘90s Edition.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jeff Coleman & Co.. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Jim King Open Mic. Vino’s, 8 p.m. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. “Artistry of the Guitar” with Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison. The Poet’s Loft, 8 p.m. 514-B Central Ave., Hot Springs. No Justice. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. “Posh.” Lulav, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 220 A W. 6th St. 501-374-5100. Straight No Chaser. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $35-$55. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4435600. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www. Todd Snider. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226.

For more information, call 744-0085. Sherwood Forest, 7 p.m., $40 adv., $50 d.o.e. 1111 W. Maryland Ave., Sherwood. “Speak and Spell” Fund-raiser for Joyce Elliott. Live music, local art auctions and a spelling bee to benefit the Joyce Elliott campaign. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: An inestimably influential guitarist due in large to his time as one half of Flat Duo Jets, Dexter Romweber now creates throwback, chunking garage rock with his sister, Sara, in the Dexter Romweber Duo. They play Maxine’s in Hot Springs this Wednesday, October 20, after the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival screens “Two-Headed Cow,” a documentary about the esteemed musician.


Red Octopus Presents: “Night of the Living Pagans.” The Public Theatre, through Oct. 16, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Oct. 15, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; Oct. 17, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


“At the Barre.” Arkansas Festival Ballet’s studio performance features original works and Nutcracker classics. For more information, call 227-5320. Studio of Arkansas Academy of Dance, 7:30 p.m., $15. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-277-5320.


Arkansas State Fair 2010. Nine days of rides, fried food, music and more. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 17. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair. com. “Getting Started.” A public introduction to the Butler Center collection of Arkansas research materials available and tips on how to get started in family history research. Arkansas Studies Institute, 6 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5792. “Seasoned Citizens: Honoring the Men and Women of Law Enforcement.” A program to honor law enforcement with food, drinks and music by Charles Samson & Generation. Proceeds go to senior adult programs throughout Pulaski County.

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The Gettys. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Arkansas Chamber Singers: “Forward and Bach Again.” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $15. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Big John Miller Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Billy Jones. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $5. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Blitzen Trapper, Fruit Bats, Pearly Gate Music. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com. Brian & Nick. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3 after 8pm. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Chasing Deleware, Knox Hamilton. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. Clover Blue. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Elise Davis Band, Groove Connection. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. “Encore”: Cotton Candy Edition. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3531724. Ghost Town Blues Band. Midtown Billiards, Oct. 16, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Gold Diggin’ Mothers: Kings of Leon tribute act. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Harvest Music Festival 2010. See Oct. 14. Jason Greenlaw & the Groove. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Oct. 15-16, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Loverboy. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 p.m. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Make No Mistake (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Tim Fite, Mose Giganticus, Ginsu Wives, Androids of Ex-Lovers. ACAC, 9 p.m., $6. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. One Eyed Doll, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, The Red River. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $10 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. A Pack of Wolves, A Darkend Era. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 215 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Patterson and Danley. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m., free. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www.

UpCOming EvEnTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at unless otherwise noted. OCT. 21: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie. 7 p.m., $39.75-$49.75. Verizon Arena. 800-7453000, OCT 23: Pat Green. 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, NOV. 19: Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, San Antokyo, Outstanding Red Team. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. UCA Unplugged XVI. The Smart Brothers, an acoustic folk-rock duo, headline, followed by dozens of UCA students. All funds go towards the UCA Emergency Student Loan Fund. University of Central Arkansas: Student Center Ballroom, 7 p.m., $5 general, $1 students. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


Red Octopus Presents: “Night of the Living Pagans.” The Public Theatre, through Oct. 16, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, Oct. 15, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; Oct. 17, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


“At the Barre.” See Oct. 14.


2010 Homebuilders Retreat. A two-day event focused on building families from a Biblical perspective with entertainment and speakers. Arkansas 4-H Center, Oct. 15-16, $25 - $240. 1 4-H Way. Amboy Fund-raiser Dinner. A cornbread and chili supper to benefit Amboy Community Food Pantry. 47th Street Baptist Church, 5:30 p.m., $5. 4700 N. Pike Ave., NLR. Arkansas State Fair 2010. Nine days of rides, fried food, music and more. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 17. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair. com. Garland County Fall Festival. A two-day festival featuring vendors, rides and music from Aaron Tippin, John Michael Montgomery and more. Garland County Fairgrounds, Oct. 15-16, $25. Higdon Ferry Road, off the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway, Hot Springs. Haunted Evening Tour. A two-hour tour of locations said to be the city’s most haunted and a visit with paranormal investigators. Visit for more information. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Dec. 3: 7 p.m., $25. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www. 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. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Pasta Party. A carbo-loading dinner for race participants with catering by Romano’s Macaroni Grill and live music from The Rockets. Dickey-Stephens Park, 5:30 p.m., $20. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The country’s exclusive documentary film festival returns with nine days of screenings, workshops, discussions, parties and more. For more information, visit Malco Theater, Oct. 15-24. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.


Civil Rights and Immigration Legal Symposium. A day-long symposium, discussing the political and legal issues that surround civil rights and immigration topics. For more information, visit UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 6:30 p.m. 1201 McMath Ave. 501-324-9434.


“Artistry of the Guitar” with Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Achachay. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Adrenaline. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3 after 8 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Alan Hunt Band, Cody Ives Band. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Halloween Spookfest.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 3 p.m., $16-$65. Markham and Broadway. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Doug Burr, Monahans, Chase Pagan. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. The Gracious Few, American Bang. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Harvest Music Festival 2010. See Oct. 14. The Intruders (headliner), Some Guy Named Robb (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Jamestown Flood. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Justin Sane (disco); Jared Lawler, DJ Ewell (lobby); DJ g-force (hip hop room); Dominique Sanchez, Chad MIchaels, Whitney Paige, Kamrin Michaels (theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Mountain Heart. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. 20919 Denny Rd. Pope County Bootleggers. Midtown Billiards, Oct. 17, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Rena Wren, Justin Brucks. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-6639802. The Salty Dogs. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. whitewatertavern. Six Strings Down. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474.


Red Octopus Presents: “Night of the Living Pagans.” The Public Theatre, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre. com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, Oct. 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; Oct. 17, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


“100 Mile Meal.” To raise awareness of locallygrown foods, Heifer Village hosts a locavore dinner accompanied by a discussion panel of experts on the topic. For more information, call 888-548-6437 or visit Heifer Village, 6:30 p.m., $35. 1 World Ave. 501-376-6836. heifervillage. 18th Annual Rendezvous & Fall Festival.

Sponsored by Partners for Pinnacle, the festival is a “step back in time” with American Indians, mountain men and other frontier characters. For more information, call 501-868-5806 or visit Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 9 a.m. p.m. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road. 501-868-5806. 2010 Homebuilders Retreat. See Oct. 15. 5th Anniversary of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. The celebration includes dinner, awards presentations, a movie in the park and more. Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, 5 p.m., $75. 120 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. 501-3718320. 6th K Cafe. A brunch and mimosa bar, a holiday fashion show, shopping and speakers following Little Rock’s annual Race for the Cure. Junior League of Little Rock, 9 a.m., $20 regular, $250/ table of ten. 401 S. Scott St. Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Gala. The 18th annual gala inducts Annie M. Abrams, Ne-Yo, The Honorable Timothy C. Evans, Brigadier Gen. William Johnson, Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Reese “Goose” Tatum. For more information, call 247-5055. Statehouse Convention Center, 7:30 p.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Arkansas Puzzle Day 2010. Sudoku and crossword enthusiasts take part in the fourth annual puzzle festival, featuring crossword and Sudoku contests and a presentation by Richard Lederer, author of “Anguished English.” Clinton Presidential Center, 2 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. Arkansas State Fair 2010. Nine days of rides, fried food, music and more. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 17. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair. com. Breakfast with Small Carnivores. A breakfast buffet at Cafe Africa and a VIP keeper chat all about small carnivores. For more information, call 666-2406 or visit Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $13-$22. 1 Jonesboro Dr. 501-666-2406. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. Argenta Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501-379-9980. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Garland County Fall Festival. See Oct. 15. “Harvest!” Festival. A fall festival, highlighting the sights, sounds and flavors of the season. For more information, visit Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.; Oct. 17, 10 a.m., $10 adults, $5 kids. 20919 Denny Rd. “Night at the Museum.” Join the Arkansas Paranormal & Anomalous Studies Team as they investigate the reportedly haunted Forrest City museum. St. Francis County Museum, 6:30 p.m., $20. 419 Front St., Forrest City. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The annual race to benefit breast cancer awareness and research returns for its 17th year. To register or for more information, visit Broadway and Second Streets, 8 a.m. S Broadway St & W 2nd St. Tale of Two Farms Pumpkin Fest. Live music, a reception and tour of P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Retreat, followed by a meal prepared by local-food advocate and James Beard Award nominee Ashley Christensen. For reservations and more information e-mail gardenhome@pallensmith. com. Garden Home Retreat, $200 individual, $300 couple. RSVP for details.

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“El Dia de los Muertos” Roller Derby Doubleheader. Central Arkansas Roller Derby’s Rock-n-Renegades face off against the Shreveport Twin City Knockers and Memphis’ Women of Mass Destruction. For more information, visit Skate World, 5 p.m., $12 adults, kids free. 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off.

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Schedule FRIDAY 10/15

6 p.m.: Opening reception. Malco lobby. 7 p.m.: “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America” (52 min.) – A study of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer of Heber Springs. World premiere. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1. 7:30 p.m.: “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America” (52 min.) – Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 2. 9 p.m.: Reception at MOCA. Ozark Bathhouse.


10 a.m.: “Garbage Dreams” (79 min.) – Three teen-age boys born into the trash trade outside Cairo reflect on life as a Zaballeen, or “garbage person.” Theater 2. 10:05 a.m.: “Old People Driving” (25 min.) – Can someone simply be “too old to drive”? “Bowling Blind” (35 min.) – A look at the determined Metropolitan Blind Bowlers as they try to make it to the National Blind Bowling Tournament. Theater 1. 11:30 a.m.: “Ester and Me” (33 min.) – A former model and stand-up comedian, currently in a nursing home, befriends a 40-something comedy producer. Filmmaker in attendance. “Fwd: Update on My Life” (35 min.) – A pioneer of Internet education forgoes her mood stabilizers for the Atkins diet to unexpected results. Theater 1. 11:00 a.m.: Panel: The Making of “Disfarmer.” 823 Central. 11:45 a.m.: “Keep Dancing” (21 min.) – After celebrated careers, two legendary dancers continue their craft as 90-year-olds in their private studio. “Let Your Feet Do the Talking” (30 min.) – A look at a 7-year-old buck dancing legend and the role of music in society. “Bu Sahide” (22 min.) – When Turkish families vacation for months at a time on the coasts, it’s not uncommon for entire towns to follow. “Liemba” (52 min.) – A cargo ferry serves as a reminder of European colonialism in Africa. Theater 2. 11:10 p.m.: “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements” (57 min.) – An elementary school teacher and his classroom participate in an exercise called the “World Peace Game.” Theater 1. 1:00 p.m.: Workshop: Documentary comedy. 823 Central. 2:30 p.m.: “A Good Day to Die” (92 min.) – A look at a Native American’s life from boarding schools to military service, prison to community organization. Theater 1. 2:45 p.m.: “Lil Poison” (58 min.) – The world’s youngest professional video gamer deals with the stress of bigmoney gaming and his parents’ divorce. Theater 2. 3:00 p.m.: Workshop for teachers: Teaching film/ video. 823 Central. 4:10 p.m.: “Queen of the Sun” (83 min.) – An unusual, dramatic look at beekeepers and the potential consequences of the global bee crisis. Theater 2. 4:30 p.m.: “Invisible Girlfriend” (76 min.) – In rural Louisiana, a man bicycles 400 miles to find his makebelieve girlfriend, Joan of Arc, in a New Orleans bar. Theater 1. 5:30 p.m.: “Faux Dox,” part one. 823 Central. 6:00 p.m.: “Roll Out Cowboy” (75 min.) – A typical cowboy embodies the struggles of the American West while embracing rap culture. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 2. 6:10 p.m.: “God Willing” (72 min.) – An examination of religious “intentional communities,” or cults. Theater 1. 7:00 p.m.: VIP reception. With Wes Studi and Anne Bass. Porterhouse Club. 7:30 p.m.: “Wasteland Utopias” (91 min.) – An abstract documentary about environmental and psychological sustainability. 823 Central. 7:40 p.m.: “Just Like Us” (72 min.) – A group of Arabic comedians find comedy in the turbulent Middle East. Theater 2. 7:55 p.m.: “Dancing Across Borders” (88 min.) – A young Cambodian boy is taken to America to study ballet, leading him to a successful, celebrated career in dance. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1. 9:25 p.m.: “Certifiably Jonathan” (79 min.) – Comedian Jonathan Winters gets his confidence back, thanks to a group of his proteges. Filmmaker in attendance Theater 2. 9:50 p.m.: “Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight” (54 min.) – A look at Vicki Marlane, an infamous San Francisco cross-dresser with 75 years worth of stories. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1. 10 p.m.: “Voices for Justice” screening/concert. A West Memphis Three event with music by Brian Frazier, The See, Androids of Ex–Lovers and DJ Cameron Holifield.

SUNDAY 10/17

10:00 a.m.: “Woodruff” (30 min.) – An elementary school takes a stand against gang rivalries while improving academic performance. “The Crisis Mr. Faubus Made” (30 min.) – A look at the Arkansas Gazette’s role in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Central High. Theater 2.

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10:00 a.m.: “Red Leaf Takoja” (86 min.) – A look at the Red Leak Takoja drum group and the singing traditions from which it evolved. Theater 1. 11 a.m.: Panel: Alternative documentaries. 823 Central. 11:25 a.m.: “The Sheriff” (14 min.) – An elderly AfricanAmerican man with albinism focuses on his spirituality. “Torch” (23 min.) – In Birmingham, Alabama, an odd, 56-foot-tall statue marks every traffic death by changing colors of its torch. “Snake Fever” – A look at snake hunters in rural Oklahoma. (13 min.). “Fire in the Mountains” (22 min.) – An independent wrestling organization in Appalachian Kentucky typifies the struggles of modern rural life. Theater 2. 11:50 a.m.: “I Am the Homeless” (10 min.) – A studentmade documentary observes the day-to-day life of the homeless in Conway. “The Sharecroppers” (18 min.) – America’s chicken farmers struggle to provide for their families. “Bombs in Our Backyard” (26 min.) – A look into the abandoned missile silos in Arkansas, Kansas and Arizona. Theater 1. 1 p.m.: Panel: Native American topics. 823 Central. 1:05 p.m.: “There Once Was an Island” (80 min.) – A flood tears through an already devastated Pacific village, forcing the inhabitants to rebuild. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 2. 1:15 p.m.: “God’s Critters” (10 min.) – A small town church bonds over their connection to their pets. “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” (64 min.) – The Roman Catholic Church faces a controversial movement of women seeking the priesthood. Theater 1. 2:50 p.m.: “No Pity” (19 min.) – An expose of pity-based fund-raising often used in autism campaigns. “Crazy Diamond” (11 min.) – The biography of a man living a full life in spite of his cerebral palsy. “Chiefland” (8 min.) – A man returns to the bull-riding arena in spite of a lifechanging accident. “Nico’s Challenge” (14 min.) – A 13-year-old boy, born with one leg, climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro. Theater 2. 2:55 p.m.: “Azorian: Raising of the K-129” (104 min.) – In 1974, the CIA and U.S. government secretly raise a Soviet ballistic submarine from the Pacific Ocean. Theater 1. 3 p.m.: Workshop: iPhone movie making. 823 Central. 4:15 p.m.: “Dirty Work” (29 min.) – A study of Arkansas’s prominent role in the history of knife–making. Filmmaker in attendance. “Dogpatch” (30 min.) – The infamous “Lil Abner” theme park and the stereotypes on which it was founded are explored. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 2. 5 p.m.: “Faux Dox,” part 2. 823 5:05 p.m.: “Gasland” (104 min.) – The celebrated documentary looks at the reckless environmental damage done by domestic natural gas drilling. Theater 1. 5:45 p.m.: “Carbon Nation” (83 min.) – A look at an array of solutions to climate change. Theater 2. 7:20 p.m.: “A Normal Life, Please” (70 min.) – A Japanese truck driver who works 552 hours a month without overtime or benefits takes a stand. U.S. premiere. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1. 7:30 p.m.: “Ant Farm,” retrospective. 823 Central. 7:35 p.m.: “Strange Things: Children of Haiti” (72 min.) – Street kids in Haiti hold to resilience and hope in a torn country. Filmmaker in person. Theater 2. 8:55 p.m.: “The Weird World of Blowfly” (94 min.) – A look at the original dirty rapper, his contributions to musical history and the raunchiness that inspires him. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1. 9:10 p.m.: “Space Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm” (78 min.) A look into the work of Ant Farm, the renegade architecture collective of the 1970s. Filmmaker in person. Theater 2.

MONDAY 10/18

10 a.m.: “Truth or Consequences” (10 min.) – A young couple leaves New York City for rural New Mexico, bracing themselves for a coming collapse. “A Simple Question: Story of the Straw” (35 min.) – What began as a fourthgrade class project has since grown into a major watershed restoration movement. “The Leftovers” (28 min.) – Two “dumpster divers” journey along the Australian coast, eating nothing but thrown away food. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m.: “Silent Storytellers” (79 min.) – The original AETN documentary focuses on the art and history of Arkansas’s cemeteries. Theater 1. 11:45 a.m.: “Maria and I” (80 min.) – A single father and his autistic daughter vacation at a resort in Gran Canaria. U.S. premiere. Theater 2. 11:50 a.m.: “Eleanor and the Timekeeper” (76 min.) – A 91-year old mother has to move her developmentally disabled 64-year old son into a nursing home after living together for decades. Filmmaker in person. Theater 1. 1:30 p.m.: “Arpaio’s America” (39 min.) – A look at the civil structure of Arizona during the recent immigration controversy. “Stories from Baghdad, U.S.A.” (29 min.)

– Thousands of Iraqi Christian immigrants settle in a small valley in California to escape persecution. Filmmaker in person.Theater 1 1:40 p.m.: “Zud. Cold Symphony” (30 min.) – Modern-day Mongolian herders keep the tradition alive, withstanding average -40°C temperatures. “Return to Virunga” (47 min.) – Small forces of forest rangers protect the endangered mountain gorillas native to the Congo in the midst of the country’s civil war. Theater 2. 3:05 p.m. “Last Night at the Drive-In” (6 min.) – An elegy for the dying drive-in theater and the rare carbon-rod projector. “Greenlit” (50 min.) – A team of filmmakers attempts to produce a movie using environmentally-friendly techniques. Theater 1. 3:25 p.m.: “Most Distant Places” (36 min.) – A look at the doctors and patients in Ecuador’s most underprivileged communities. “Last Elephants in Thailand” (40 min.) – A study of why the country’s elephant population has dropped 95 percent in 110 years and what’s being done to stop it. Theater 2. 4:30 p.m.: “Grown in Detroit” (60 min.) – In one of the most hard-hit areas on America, a number of inner-city residents take to urban farming. Theater 1. 5 p.m.: “Mount St. Elias” (100 min.) – Three ski mountaineers attempt to conquer the longest, deadliest ski descent in the world. Theater 2. 5 p.m.: Workshop: DIY screen printing (class 1 of 2). 823 Central. 5:55 p.m.: “Men Who Swim” (70 min.) – A man distracts himself from an approaching mid-life crisis by joining a Swedish synchronized swimming team. Theater 1. 6 p.m.: “It Came From Kuchar” (86 min.) – In the ’60s and ’70s, the Kuchar brothers became legends of no-budget, underground movie-making. 823 Central. 7:05 p.m.: “Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies” (89 min.) – John Malkovich narrates this documentary about the world of boredom. Theater 2. 7:30 p.m.: “Bouncing Cats” (76 min.) – In AIDS-ravaged Uganda, an HIV-positive orphan organizes a breakdancing crew who find inspiration and promise in hip-hop. Theater 1. 7:45 p.m.: “George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries,” part 1. 823 Central. 9:00 p.m.: “Exxxit: Life After Porn” (90 min.) – An examination of what happens when some of the biggest names in adult entertainment attempt to leave the business for a “normal” life. Filmmaker in person. Theater 2. 9:10 p.m.: “The Valley of the Dawn” (24 min.) – Brazilians believe they’re originally from “Planet Capela.” “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan” (52 min.) – An ancient, exploitative tradition reemerges in Taliban-fraught Afghanistan. Theater 1.


10 a.m.: “Bag It” (78 min) – An exploration of what happens to disposed plastics, including the 60,000 plastic bags thrown away every five minutes. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m.: “Hungry is the Tiger” (73 min.) – From rice paddies to village clinics, the people of India prove that self-sufficiency is possible. Theater 1. 11:40 a.m.: “Mister Rogers and Me” (80 min.) – An MTV producer strikes up an unlikely friendship with the iconic children’s show host. Theater 1. 11:45 a.m.: “Tuned In” (6 min.) – An amateur radio enthusiast explores the unusual world of naturally produced radio signals emitted from the earth. “BirdMan” (10 min.) – A Manhattanite keeps a specialty bird shop, taking special care of the interesting, rare birds. “A Tiny Spark” (21 min.) – In the desert of Nevada, a man founds his own independent republic, population 6 (including three dogs). World premiere. Filmmaker in attendance. “The Chess Shop” (23 min.) – In New York City’s West Village, people of all ages and colors come together to compete in the strategic game. Theater 2. 1:10 p.m.: “Toyland” (68 min.) – A trip into the high stakes toy industry and the struggling inventors trying to break into the lucrative business. Theater 2. 1:25 p.m.: “Old People Driving” (25 min.) – Can someone simply be “too old to drive”? “Bowling Blind” (35 min.) – A look at the determined Metropolitan Blind Bowlers as they try to make it to the National Blind Bowling Tournament. Theater 1. 2:45 p.m.: “Remembrance” (23 min.) – When a filmmaker discovers her grandparents’ Holocaust diaries, she illustrates the memoirs they refused to discuss. “Ingelore” (40 min.) – A deaf Holocaust survivor offers her unique perspective on Western history. Theater 2. 2:50 p.m.: “Desert of Forbidden Art” (80 min.) – During Soviet rule, a group of artists were forced to practice their avant-garde stylings away from the cruel watch of the KGB. Theater 1. 4:15 p.m.: Last Night at the Drive-In” (6 min.) – An elegy for the dying drive-in theater and the rare carbon-rod projector. “Greenlit” (50 min.) – A team of filmmakers attempts to produce a movie using environmentally– friendly techniques. Theater 2.

4:35 p.m.: “Common Ground” (27 min.) – A portrait of the land cycles of Southern California and its relation to the economy. “Milltown, Montana” – A document of a toxic wasteland that was once the largest mining region in America. (34 min.) Theater 1. 5 p.m.: Workshop: DIY screen printing (class 2 of 2). 823 Central. 5:35 p.m.: “Perry County” (27 min.) – A company decides to dump millions of tons of coal ash in a poor, predominately African-American area of Tennessee. “Shelter in Place” (48 min.) – When industries legally release millions of tons of toxic pollutants in the air, thousands of Texans are told to stay in their homes. Theater 2. 6 p.m.: “Overnight Stay” (9 min.) – A woman’s recollections of Nazi-occupied Poland are told through animation. “Goodbye, How Are You?” (55 min.) – Serbian citizens use language to critique and resist the country’s caustic political climate. Theater 1. 7 p.m.: “George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries,” part 2. 823 Central. 7:15 a.m.: “Jean–Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” (94 min.) – Using original video footage, director Tamra Davis details the rise and fall of her friend and legendary artist. Theater 2. 7:30 p.m.: “My Life With Carlos” (83 min.) – The son of a resistance fighter who was murdered by Pinochet recalls his father. Theater 1. 8:30 p.m.: “Seven Year Rental” – A funny, intimate elegy for the dying mom and pop video rental store and the culture left behind in its foreseeable extinction. 823 Central. 9:05 p.m.: “Singularity Is Near” (90 min.) Futurist Ray Kurzweil offers a look at the social and philosophical ramifications of the inevitable technological event. Theater 2. 9:20 p.m.: “Mezzanotte Obscura” (24 min.) – A look into the artistic and critical questions that have arisen out of the nude images captured by Thomas Mezanotte. “Oliveiero Toscani” (44 min.) – An Italian photographer uses shocking, instigative imagery to sell clothing in the ‘90s, making him a pioneer of anti–advertising. Theater 1.


10 a.m.: “Hungry is the Tiger” (73 min.) – From rice paddies to village clinics, the people of India prove that self-sufficiency is possible. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m.: “Most Distant Places” (36 min.) – A look at the doctors and patients in Ecuador’s most underprivileged communities. “Last Elephants in Thailand” (40 min.) – A study of why the country’s elephant population has dropped 95 percent in 110 years and what’s being done to stop it. Theater 1. 11:40 a.m.: “Maria and I” (80 min.) – A single father and his autistic daughter vacation at a resort in Gran Canaria. Theater 2 11:45 a.m.: “Bag It” (78 min) – An exploration of what happens to disposed plastics, including the 60,000 plastic bags thrown away every five minutes. Theater 1. 1:25 p.m.: “A Different Path” (95 min.) – Several people who shun automobiles try to live without motor vehicles in a car-dominated society. Theater 2. 1:30 p.m.: “Gasland” (104 min.) – The celebrated documentary looks at the reckless environmental damage done by domestic natural gas drilling. Theater 1. 3:25 p.m.: “Men Who Swim” (70 min.) – A man distracts himself from an approaching mid-life crisis by joining a Swedish synchronized swimming team. Theater 2 3:40 p.m.: “Windfall” (83 min.) – The residents of an upstate New York town debate the pros and cons of allowing wind turbines on their land. Theater 1 5 p.m.: “Special When Lit” (88 min.) – A look into the iconography of pinball and the fans, collectors and competitors who keep the tradition alive. Theater 2 5:30 p.m.: “A Normal Life, Please” (70 min.) – A Japanese truck driver who works 552 hours a month without overtime or benefits takes a stand. U.S. premiere. Filmmaker in attendance. Theater 1. 6:55 p.m.: “Two Headed Cow” (87 min.) – The turbulent life of the influential, celebrated underground guitarist/ singer Dex Romweber is explored. Theater 2. 7 p.m.: “Spirit Journey with the Hopi People” 823 Central. 7:05 p.m.: “Collapse” (82 min.) – For years, a reclusive man has dedicated his life to studying and preparing himself for a potential collapse of industrial civilization. Theater 1. 8:05 p.m.: “Songs From the Nickel” (83 min.) – A look in the soulful, hedonistic music culture of Los Angeles’ forgotten hotels. Theater 1. 8:30 p.m.: “Wasteland Utopias” (91 min.) – An abstract documentary about environmental and psychological sustainability. 823 Central. 9 p.m.: “The White Stripes: Under the Great Northern Lights” (93 min.) – After years in the usual venues, the eccentric, superstar duo decide to tour rural Canada. Theater 2. 10 p.m.: Concert: Dex Romweber. Maxine’s Pub.


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Arkansas Chamber Singers: “Bach to the Future.” Clinton Presidential Center, 3 p.m., $15. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Halloween Spookfest.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $16-$65. Markham and Broadway. The Bad Choices open blues jam. Khalil’s Pub, 5 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tab. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $18 adv., $20 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. “Climax” with Cruise Control, Mike Blaze, DJ Swagger. Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. “Sunday Funday” dance party. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. War of Ages, The Color Morale, The Great Commission, Legend, The Contortionist. The Village, 5:30 p.m., $12 adv., $14 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive. com. Wolvserpent, Pallbearer. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.

County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Mat Mahar. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. The Soft Pack. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The

Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Whitey Morgan and the 78s. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., donations. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090.


“Ask This Old House.” The television show holds a free, onsite demonstration, hosted by Tom Silva. For more information, visit River Market Pavilions, 11 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film

Festival. See Oct. 15.


Dave Barry. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humorist speaks as part of UCA’s “Public Appearances” season. For tickets and more information, call 866-810-0012 or visit UCA - Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. David Von Drehle. The editor-at-large for Time Magazine speaks. For reservations, e-mail or call 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The

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The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Arkansas State Fair 2010. Nine days of rides, fried food, music and more. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through. 2600 Howard St. 501-3728341 ext. 8206. “Harvest!” Festival. See Oct. 16.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. See Oct. 15.


Monday night Jazz with Brandy Herbert, Dave Rogers, Brian Wolverton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. U.S. Marine Band Concert. For tickets, mail: Marine Band Tickets, Attn: Jim Harvey, P.O. Box 242510, Little Rock, AR, 72223. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., free. Markham and Broadway. robinson.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. See Oct. 15.


Jeff Shesol. A deputy chief speechwriter for President Clinton and founding partner of West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and strategy firm, discusses his new book, “Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court.” For reservations, e-mail or call 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239.


The Almost, PMtoday. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Blackie, Edhochuli, Gnarwhal, Wolschlager. ACAC, 9 p.m., $5. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. The Emerson Pickens Guitar Duo. Faulkner • OctOber 14, 2010 33

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RED-HANDED: Helen Mirren and John Malkovich star in “Red,” the movie adaptation of the cult comics that follow four retired CIA super-agents who are jolted out of their relaxed day-to-day routines after they’re framed for murder by the agency that once depended on them.

OCT. 15-17

movielistings All theater listings run Friday to Thursday unless otherwise noted.

Lakewood and Rave showtimes were unavailable at press time. Check for updates. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. NEW MOVIES I Want Your Money (PG) — A fact-stretching hatchet piece about the Obama administration and the American economy, all custom-designed to get gullible tea-baggers all a-fluster. With Andrew Breitbart. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:00. Jack Goes Boating (R) — A limo driver’s blind date sparks a complex story between two working-class New Yorkers. With Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Market Street: 2:15, 4:20, 7:15, 9:00. Jackass 3D (R) — Johnny Knoxville and his daredevil pals are back, this time getting stupid and crude in the third dimension. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:45, 7:35, 10:05. Chenal 9: 11:25, 2:00, 4:40, 7:30, 9:50. Riverdale: 11:05, 1:15 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Lebanon (R) — Four members of a tank crew find themselves helpless to surrounding violence during the first Lebanon War. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. N-Secure (R) — A successful professional falls from grace and becomes entangled in a web of murder, exploitation and betrayal. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05. Red (PG-13) — Three of the CIA’s top agents are jolted out of their peaceful retirements when they’re framed by the agency for murder. With Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:40, 7:45, 10:15. Chenal 9: 11:05, 1:35, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40. Riverdale: 11:35, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50. RETURNING THIS WEEK Alpha and Omega (PG) — Two wolves try to find their way back home after being kidnapped from their pack. But things go awry when the two opposites attract. Voiced by Hayden Panettiere and Justin Long. Riverdale: 11:00, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45. Animalopolis (NR) — A half-hour film of goofy animals being goofy in enormous 3D. Aerospace IMAX: 11:00, 7:00 Fri.; 1:00, 3:00, 7:00 Sat. Case 39 (R) — Social worker Emily (Reese Witherspoon) tries to save a girl from her abusive parents, but soon finds out the 10-year-old is a demon. Riverdale: 11:45, 2:10, 4:40, 7:00, 9:35. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) — The never-ending war between canine and feline comes to a ceasefire when they have to join forces to defeat a rogue cat spy. Movies 10: 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:15, 9:35. Easy A (PG-13) — A straight-laced, all-star high school student uses the school’s rumor mill to give her social life a boost in this loose adaptation of “The Scarlet Letter.” With Emma Stone. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:50, 7:30, 9:40. Riverdale: 11:30, 1:40, 3:50, 5:50, 8:00, 10:00. Eat Pray Love (PG-13) — Julia Roberts plays a woman who takes an eating, praying and loving

tour of the world after her marriage ends. Movies 10: 12:50, 3:50, 7:00, 10:00. The Expendables (R) — Action’s biggest names band together in this movie about a gang of hired mercenaries out to overthrow a South American dictator. With Sylvester Stallone. Movies 10: 12:25, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20. Get Low (PG-13) — Felix Bush, a notoriously reclusive Tennessee hermit, surprises the townsfolk when he arranges a “living funeral” for himself. With Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. Market Street: 4:20, 9:15. The Girl who Played with Fire (R) — The second installment of the Millennium Trilogy sees Lisbeth Salander on the lam after being accused of three murders while investigating a sex-trafficking ring. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Grown Ups (PG-13) — Five old basketball teammates act like kids again after their high school coach passes away. Movies 10: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) — Soren, a young, orphaned barn owl, joins a band of wise, noble owls to fight wouldbe conquerors. Chenal 9: 11:35, 2:10, 4:15, 7:25, 9:30. Let Me In (R) — A middle school outcast is embraced by a new neighbor who, he soon finds, is a young vampire in Matt Reeves’ remake of the Swedish “Let the Right One In.” Breckenridge: 1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:35. Riverdale: 11:55, 2:25, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05. Life as We Know It (PG-13) — Two singles have to learn to work together when they become caregivers to a baby, orphaned after their mutual best friends die in a car accident. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:10. Chenal 9: 11:20, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45. Riverdale: 11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30. The Living Sea (NR) — An underwater tour of Palau, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Red Sea. Aerospace Imax: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 (Thu.); 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, 9:00 (Fri.); 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00 (Sat.). Lottery Ticket (PG-13) — A young man in the projects has to survive a three-day weekend after his neighbors find out he’s holding a lotto ticket worth millions. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:40. Machete (R) — A former renegade “federale” (Danny Trejo) rallies a group of illegal immigrants to get revenge on the corrupt, powerful men who doublecrossed him. With Robert De Niro. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:15, 7:20, 9:45. Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) — The biopic of Li Cunxin, who, at 11, was taken from his poor village to study ballet in Beijing to become one of the most celebrated dancers in the world. With Kyle MacLachlan. Market Street: 2:00, 7:00. My Soul to Take (R) — Sixteen years after his death, a serial killer returns to fulfill his final promise to murder the seven children born the night he died. Directed by Wes Craven. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:20, 740, 10:15. Chenal 9: 11:30, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10.

Salt (PG-13) — A CIA officer has to go on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian double agent. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:25, 9:55. Secretariat (PG) — The unlikely story of housewife Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), horse trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) and their legendary Triple Crown-winning racehorse. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:25, 10:00. The Social Network (PG-13) — David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s instant-classic dives into the drama behind Facebook’s controversial rise from a Harvard dorm room experiment to a world-wide ubiquity. Breckenridge: 1:00, 7:10, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55. Riverdale: 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) — A master sorcerer recruits an ordinary guy to help him defend New York City from his arch-rival. With Nicholas Cage. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Thrill Ride (NR) — This IMAX movie takes viewers on some of the fastest, scariest roller coaster rides on earth. Aerospace IMAX: 1:00 (Thu.); 1:00, 8:00 (Fri.); 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 8:00 (Sat.). The Town (R) — Ben Affleck directs and stars in this heist thriller as a ruthless, master bank robber stuck in a web of paranoia in urban Boston. With Jon Hamm. Breckenridge: 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:45. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:45. Riverdale: 11:20, 2:00, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50. Toy Story 3 (G) — Donated to a daycare center after their owner leaves for college, the beloved gang of toys rallies together for one last escape. Movies 10: 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4:00, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45, 9:00, 10:15. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) — The infamous Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) leaves jail to help a young trader (Shia LeBeouf) alert the financial community about the impending collapse. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55. Chenal 9: 10:55, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05. Wildfire: Feel the Heat (NR) — Discover how firefighters all over the planet fight the biggest, hottest fires on the planet. Aerospace IMAX: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 8:00 (Sat.). You Again (PG) — A woman sets out to expose her brother’s fiancee, who bullied her throughout high school. With Kristen Bell and Betty White. Breckenridge: 1:25, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40. Riverdale: 11:15, 1:20, 3:30, 5:30, 7:35, 9:40. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, IMAX Theater: Aerospace Education Center, 376-4629, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, Dickinson Theaters Lakewood 8: Lakewood Village, 758-5354,

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GHOUL BRITANNIA 6:30 p.m. Sundays in October BBC America ‘IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY’: Emma Roberts and Keir Gilchrist star.

■ moviereview Malaise lite ‘Funny Story’ a teen tale. n At the beginning of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” 16-year old Craig (Keir Gilchrist) contemplates throwing himself off the Brooklyn Bridge. But he’s a sensible boy, so instead he rides his bike to the hospital and admits to the nurse at the front desk that he’s depressed and wants to kill himself. Because the juvenile ward is under renovation, he ends up in the hospital’s adult psychiatric ward with a mandatory stay of five days. The general lunacy of the hospital’s other patients immediately convinces Craig that he’s not mentally unstable and doesn’t need five days of pep talks and pills, but by then it’s too late. Fortunately, he meets Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), who becomes something of a screwball mentor, although Bobby mysteriously avoids giving his reasons for being in the hospital. To make life in the loony bin even better, Craig also meets Noelle (Emma Roberts), another teen afflicted by similar pubescent malaise. Suddenly, the psych ward isn’t such bad a place to be cooped up in: Craig accepts word of wisdom from Bobby, develops a reciprocated crush on Noelle, decides that life is worth living after all, and conveniently wraps up several years’ worth of self-actualization. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” will probably go over well with 16-year-olds and anyone who enjoys cute romcoms with indie music soundtracks. Fair enough. It’s uplifting and it isn’t boring, which satisfies a moviegoer’s fundamental needs. It’s even kind of funny, as per the title, although the humor is more or less unrefined; if it were a text message, it would be an “lol.” But there’s no nuance. Craig, for being the depressed protagonist, is far too onedimensional. He is under heavy academic pressure from his father and has romantic feelings for his best friend’s girlfriend. And … that’s it. That’s why he wants to kill himself. Yes, teen-agers think in extremes, and it’s not unbelievable that problems like this would drive one to suicide. But beyond these universal hurdles of adolescence, Craig is anonymous. Maybe he really is depressed,

but the audience would never know it because it’s never privy to that side of his personality. We don’t need a Werther, but a little bit more Holden Caulfield wouldn’t hurt. That said, the movie has almost nothing to do with suicide. In fact, there’s really only a single crucial question left as the credits begin to roll: Why a psychiatric ward? The easy answer is that it’s based on a partly autobiographical novel by a guy named Ned Vizzini. Of course, the backdrop of a book is no great obstacle to Hollywood. Psychiatric wards are powerful settings with enormous capacity for emotional steamrolling, and not without reason. They are a perfect metaphor for the containment of the human mind, as well as body, and they’re good at bringing up the occasionally unsanitary truths that lie within. It would be wildly unfair to compare “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” an artistic triumph of the countercultural movement. But McMurphy could only exist behind institutional walls; Craig, on the other hand, would come of age just as well at a summer camp. The point of a psych ward is to internalize the drama, but there’s nothing in this movie that’s internalized — it’s a romantic teen comedy. Another reviewer might argue that this is missing the point. But the other patients in the hospital, all of whom are afflicted with mental diseases far more distressing than young adulthood, are treated as comic relief. “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story” markets itself as a “comedy-drama,” but the interaction between these two elements is wobbly. Surprisingly, Galifianakis is the only character with any dramatic edge: He is a suicidal father who wants to be reunited with his daughter, who’s worried about where he’ll live when he leaves the hospital. He helps Craig realize that there’s a lot to look forward to in life, and that he should live meaningfully. But that’s a bit too Holden for Craig. He’d probably have been better of just saying, “It’s puberty, dude. Get over it.” — Bernard Reed

n While some complain that the British lack much of a sense of humor — or at least one we Ugly Americans can understand — I have to take exception. Even if you take “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” completely out of the equation, there are still some drop-dead funny shows over on BBC America. Even better, the Brits can even laugh at themselves, which is a quality I admire. Case in point was last month’s stellar marathon of films called “The Accent of Evil,” which featured just a tiny sample of the platoon of villains in cinematic history who talked like a British earl (“Gladiator” comes to mind, in which the Roman baddie played by thoroughly American Joaquin Phoenix sported a Brit accent, while hero and Aussie Russell Crowe played a Spaniard who seemed to speak bland Midwestern for some reason that was never quite spelled out). This month, in honor of Halloween, the BBC America beat rolls on with “Ghoul Britannia,” their salute to English-accented creeps of the more horrific and supernatural variety. Featured are some interesting films, including the original “Clash of the Titans,” “Mary Reilly,” “Sweeney Todd” with Johnny Depp, and this week’s feature “The Silence of the Lambs” (6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17), which features the so-British-heended-up-a-Knight Sir Anthony Hopkins as the iconic Hannibal Lecter. Classy talkin’ never sounded so evil. LAW AND ORDER: UK 9:30 p.m. Sundays BBC America n And speaking of BBC America: While the umpteen American versions of Dick Wolf’s mostly-threadbare “Law and Order” franchise are getting a little long in the tooth, one version that is looking fresh as $100 sushi is “Law and Order: UK.” The across-the-pond take on the series, featuring the producer behind the BBC’s fantastic “Torchwood” series and the stellar writing British dramas are largely known for, is now in its third season and going strong. Strange that it never made the great migration to America until now. What stays is the familiar “DONKDONK” segue, the crime/investigation/ prosecution framework, and the emphasis on homicide — even though Britain’s murder rate and America’s murder rate have about as much in common as a

rowboat and the Queen Mary. What’s different is that the lead detective superintendents on the show — Jamie Bamber (of “Battlestar Galactica”) and Bradley Walsh (of a bunch of British TV shows you never heard of) — don’t carry pistolas they can whip out when somebody decides to keep it real, which lends a nice bit of anxiety to the proceedings. The other very obvious difference is that the Crown prosecutors — Freema Agyeman and Ben Daniels — get to work every morning by slapping on those sweet British barrister’s wigs (yes, even Agyeman, who is a woman), which would certainly liven up the courtroom atmosphere here in the states. In short: smart writing and great acting, in a proven format. It’s elementary, my dear Watson. THE WALKING DEAD Starts 9 p.m. Oct. 31 AMC n I realize I’m a little early on this one, but I’ve pretty much been the John the Baptist of the new AMC mini-series “The Walking Dead” since I first got wind that it was in production last spring. It’s rare that a “television event” — as the TV ad folks are wont to say — gets me pumped enough to start spreading the word about it in advance, but I’m definitely stoked about this one, and you can be sure you’ll hear more about it in this space as the beginning of the six-episode miniseries (the centerpiece of AMC’s annual “Fearfest”) draws nigh. Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, the show features the trials and travails of a band of survivors trying to find shelter and safety in a post-apocalyptic America, where the virus-infected dead have returned to life and started killing the living for food. Frank Darabont, the oft-Oscar-nominated director behind such excellent flicks as “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile,” is helming the project, almost assuring it will be a slam dunk of scary, stylish horror. As someone who has long been captivated with the George Romero-style living dead and what they say about the peculiarities about the American psyche, I’m really pumped to see zombies come to the small screen. That’s especially so given that “The Walking Dead” is on AMC, which has proven its creative bravery and dramatic chops through sometimes-controversial faves like “Mad Men” and what is arguably the best show on TV right now, the transcendent ode to making crime pay that is “Breaking Bad.” Darabont has promised not to pull any punches, saying that any of the carnage and violence “Breaking Bad” has managed to get away with – and they’ve done a lot of that – will be fair game for the “The Walking Dead.” Given that, and the fact that the previews I’ve seen have looked amazing, I think we’ll all have a lot more than free candy to be thankful for come Halloween. — David Koon • October 14, 2010 35


Continued from page 33 Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. The Dexter Romweber Duo, Andrew Anderson, Kenneth Brian. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-3747474. CBG.

SCULPTURE AT THE RIVER MARKET, River Market pavilions and Riverfront Park: Invitational show and sale of work by 48 sculptors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17. Preview party 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, $100. 866-661-7876. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Sculpture by Tony Dow, artist’s receptions 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15-16, show through Dec. 15. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 563-4218. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “Party

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‘WHISPERS’ AT THE RIVER MARKET: Sculpture by Colorado artist Chapel and dozens of other sculptors will be part of the fourth annual Sculpture in the River Market show and sale. The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission has set aside $20,000 to purchase art for the Vogel/Schwartz Sculpture Garden in Riverfront Park from the exhibit, which will be free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets to a preview party at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 are $100; call 866-661-7876 for more information.

Jodie Adams. The president of the National Recreation and Parks Association delivers her lecture, “Parks’ Place in the Urban Environment,” as part of the Clinton School of Public Service outdoor lecture series. For reservations, e-mail or call 683-5239 River Market Pavilions, 12 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552.

Galleries, Museums New exhibits, gallery events ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Art on Tap: Revolution,” Mexican beer, hors d’oeuvres, music by Chris Denny, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14, Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries event, $15 members, $25 nonmembers; “A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910,” work by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose Guadelupe Posada, Manuel Manilla, Arnold Belkin, Pedro Coronel, Jose Luis Cuevas, Rocio Maldonado, Julian Galan and others from the collection of the University of Texas, through Nov. 21, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey,” large-scale ceramic figures, through Nov. 28, Jeannette Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St.: “Fall Art Show,” work by Jenell Richards, Lois Davis, Rene Hein, also work by other artists, reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 15, 3rd Friday Argenta ArtWalk, show through Nov. 1. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): “Bix Smith: A Retrospective,” works by the late artist, teacher and musician, opens with reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15. 225-6257. 36 october 14, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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with Pastel,” pastel demonstrations by members of the Arkansas Pastel Society, kids activities, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 15, 3rd Friday Argenta ArtWalk; “1st Annual Juried Members Show,” Arkansas Pastel Society, through Oct. 29. 379-9512. THEARTISTS GALLERY/STUDIOS, 401 Main St.: Open studios: Ted Parkhurst, Austin Grimes, Morgan Coven, Catherine Burton and Robin Steves, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 15, 3rd Friday Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512. THEARTGROUP, 10840 Maumelle Blvd.: “A Taste of Art and Wine,” open house, sale and demonstrations, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 15-16, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 17. 680-9484. n Arkadelphia FOURTH ANNUAL ROUND ABOUT ARTIST STUDIO TOUR: Self-guided tour of studio and gallery space exhibits of 24 area artists working in painting, pottery, photography, woodwork, fiber art, glass and jewelry, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 17. Information at or 870-245-3612. n Jonesboro ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “Este Caballo/Esta Familia,” work by ASU printmakers Shelly Gipson, Kimberly Boyd Vickery, opens with reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14, show through Nov. 19, Bradbury Gallery. 870-972-2567. n Parkin PARKIN ARCHEOLOGICAL STATE PARK: “Hope and Despair: FSA Photography in Arkansas During the Great Depression,” work by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Edwin Lock, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn and Marion Post Walcott, through December. 870-7552500.

n That was the kind of weekend that just messes your metaphors all up: The SEC is suddenly a blank slate, waiting for some errant team to come along and shape the landscape to their will. The stars are aligning for the Razorbacks, but can they connect the dots? With the Hogs one game removed from our most crushing loss since 1998, the SEC-West is as ill-defined as ever, and three opponents left on our schedule rank in the top 10 nationally. At a glance, all of those games are more winnable than they are losable. Willy Robinson has always had Malzahn’s number, even with much weaker defenses, but Malzahn’s never had Cam Newton at his disposal. Getting South Carolina late is the best time to get them, no matter how good they are right now. And the LSU game feels like a sealed deal in Little Rock. Running the table would make us a lock for BCS contention. But that’s if the lack of execution this past weekend can be chalked up to rust. I’d be inclined to think it so if those missteps weren’t so familiar. The offense needs to wipe the sleep from their eyes and blink themselves awake before they travel to the Plains this weekend. Georgia’s subsequent performance doesn’t speak well of the only true regular-season road success of the Petrino era, and it’s hard to imagine the Hogs grinding out the fourth quarter against a team that can both afford to go very conservative and run a mean two-minute drill. I just can’t help but read heartache in the tea leaves. Our offense continues to underperform. Yes, the Hogs managed to run the ball against the Aggies, and they should be praised for winning the possession battle by a wide margin. But I think if Mallett and Green would have arbitrarily begun running the option against that A&M defense, they would have seen quite a bit of success. And failed drives accounted for a lot of the time the offense was on the field, especially in the fourth quarter. No, our main issues continue to be execution, especially on third down. Despite ranking third nationally in passing offense,

our passing numbers on third down rank us 38th, just behind — wait for it — Tennessee. There are at least three more losses on this schedule if we can’t get our act together. Fair or not, especially in light of our running woes, Mallett’s still the key. His arm has been so inconsistent that we really do have to begin wondering if he’s hurt. Is that left shoulder injury affecting his throwing motion? Or has his intent on putting some elusive “touch” on shorter passes gotten into his head? Despite his good numbers, he’s looked mortal, which is disconcerting in a deity. This weekend, he’s going to have to perform miracles with Nick Fairley in his face. Any descriptor short of “valiant” fails to communicate the efforts of our defense this season. They rank third in the SEC in total defense, and that’s without the fluky turnover margin that bailed them out last year. Willy Robinson has validated Petrino’s patience. This is a tough, well-coached squad. Their successful in-game adjustments for Jeff Fuller, as frightening a pure receiver as they’ve seen this season, were heartening. Still, they don’t look put together to defend against a team like Auburn, which averages 276 yards per game on the ground and boasts a quarterback with tailback specs. Account for Newton, and you still have to fear some combination of Michael Dyer, Onterio McCalebb and Mario Fannin. Arkansas ranks 43rd nationally in run defense, 18 spots behind Mississippi State and 20 spots behind South Carolina, both of whom lost to the Tigers. Kentucky stifled the running backs but had no answer for Newton, who imposed his will in the fourth quarter, engineering a winning drive that played out like a foregone conclusion. Gene Chizik himself admits that the Auburn secondary has yet to meet a team like Arkansas this season, but it’s not like he’s fielding a bunch of youngsters. Most of them saw Mallett and company last season. We have to hope they meet with as little success this year, because we’re going to have some scoring to do.

Despite his good numbers, he’s looked mortal, which is disconcerting in a deity.

■ media Hicks like you Political ads insult your intelligence. By Gerard Matthews

■ “John [Boozman] wants to cut taxes not raise ’em … Blanche [Lincoln] is the one voting for all of Obama’s spendin’,” says the fisherman with a fake Southern accent to his pal. That’s just one of the shallow, quick and meaningless messages from any number of politicians you’ve been seeing on television this campaign season — all predicated on the notion that you’re so gullible, naive or stupid that you’ll believe them. The Boozman “fishing” ad has drawn a lot of ‘HICKY’: The attention, leading one ence. columnist to declare that the congressman was playing Arkansans for chumps. That’s a pretty fair assessment. Most analysis of political ads focuses on the message, but every message has a receiver. The ads say a lot more about what the candidates think about those who receive the message than they might like to admit. It seems pretty clear the creator of the fishermen ad expected its audience would be old, white, scared Arkies who are too simple to comprehend a message any longer or more complex than “John wants to cut taxes,” or “Lincoln = Obama.” At least one of the actors in the Boozman ad was actually from somewhere around here. In Virginia, the National Republican Senatorial Committee ran an advertisement against West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat. The casting call asked for actors with a “ ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look.” The

characters were to resemble coal miners and truckers, and beat-up hats and Dickies’ jackets were the preferred attire. Former President Bill Clinton said of the ad, “Paid actors told to act like hicks. That burns me up.” It’s hard to believe casting instructions for the Boozman advertisement were much different. Granted, 30 seconds is hardly enough time to lay out complicated policy positions, but using that amount of time for cheap attacks and convenintended audi- tional cliches like “tax and spend liberal,” and “Washington insider” are an insult to the audiences’ intelligence. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse comes a radio advertisement from Second District congressional candidate Tim Griffin, attacking his opponent, Sen. Joyce Elliott, for her lack of character. Griffin attacking Elliott for her character is like Boozman telling Lincoln to get a personality. Elliott has, for some unknown reason, shied away from digging through Griffin’s past and making an issue of his shady dealings, like his role in the ousted U.S. attorneys scandal, although that strategy seems to have changed as election day approaches. But if Elliott wasn’t going to make character an issue, Paul Charlton, a life-long Republican and one of the U.S. attorneys who was purged for political reasons during the Bush administration, was set on it.

“[Griffin] essentially destroyed Bud Cummins’ chance to stay in office as U.S. attorney even though Bud was doing a terrific job,” Charlton said. “He had slandered Bud while he was a U.S. attorney and used his position with Karl Rove to move Bud out of office. Bud handled it very much like a gentleman and with a great deal of grace and I don’t think I could say the same of Mr. Griffin.” Absolutely at issue, Charlton said, was Griffin’s character. But Griffin’s campaign thinks that you’re so uninformed about his past that it can all be washed away over the course of a 30-second radio advertisement. This kind of political advertising and rhetoric will continue as long as the public accepts it. Polls show that voters don’t like negative advertising, but the campaigns keep churning it out. So what can you do about

it? For one, you can vote against candidates who try to win you over with drivel like, “The other guy wants to raise your taxes.” When someone says they want to “cut wasteful spending,” the media and the public should expect and demand answers to simple questions like, “How?” George Orwell once said something about politics and the English language. “Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase into the dustbin, where it belongs.”

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■ dining Hang with the Bleu Monkey

n The Saltillo Plate lives! But this might be a Pyrrhic victory for Browning’s faithful who’ve been supping on nostalgia all these years: The new Browning’s, scheduled to open in 60 days, is decidedly not going to be the old Browning’s. New owner Steve Davis, CEO of Riverside Bank, isn’t afraid to speak candidly about traditional Browning’s fare: “I never was a big fan of the food.” That said, he seems to have a good grasp on the cult of the place, and while he’s planning some dramatic changes, he’s seems to also be committed to retaining enough of the vibe of Browning’s to satisfy a healthy chunk of its followers. For instance: • The traditional hot sauce, cheese dip and punch will join the Saltillo plate and a few other select items on a “tribute” section of the new menu, which otherwise, according to Davis, will be “a Tex-Mex hybrid between Mi Cocina in Dallas and Cantina Laredo with a little bit of Cozymel’s and a coastal flare.” The continued existence of the hot sauce and cheese dip won’t exclude the new Browning’s from also offering updated takes on salsa and cheese dip. • While the restaurant has been almost entirely gutted from the inside — “the building was so old and in such disrepair, it needed to be virtually rebuilt from the inside,” Davis said — the front room remains mostly intact, and the remodeled seating area, which will be expanded by 50 seats, will feature the same pine wood and “ranchero-style decor” found in the front room. • While Davis wants to catch a late-night crowd on Thursday through Saturday with live music, he said he wants the restaurant to retain a family atmosphere during the dining hours. Which means keeping the menu moderately priced, “lower in some cases than the most recent Browning’s menu,” he said. Davis doesn’t have restaurant experience. But he’s partnered with Jast Partners, a Dallas restaurant group managed by Nicholas Galanos, the former COO of TGI Friday’s and Ruby Tuesday’s, and Chris Meaker, a former operating executive at Olive Garden. Davis said Jast, which will manage Browning’s, is taking on the Heights restaurant with an eye towards franchising.

n Ah, Hot Springs. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. There is a faded decadence to that town that floats this reviewer’s boat in all kinds of directions, that city built on a foundation of quackery, jazz and back room sinnin’. Even though the neon glare of gangster-era Hot Springs has mostly dimmed, we always relish an opportunity to head over there, through the twisties after leaving I-30, until finally the Mountain Tower — useless for anything other than oohing and awing — rears up in the distance. One of the main reasons we like to head for Hot Springs, other than lazing away the day strolling Bathhouse Row, is the dining. Several of this reviewer’s hands-down faves have occupied Hot Springs for years: Rod’s Pizza Cellar for their Godfather, heavier and tastier than any pizza has a right to be; Brau Haus for those rare occasions when German food sounds gut; our old Italian flame Facci’s, which burned flat some years back but rebuilt nearby. Add to that a tasty and interesting new destination for when the ol’ compass points to the Spa City: Bleu Monkey Grill. While the spelling of Bleu sets off the bells on our Pretentious French Spelling Alarm, a sampling of the menu found it to be pretty darn good, with a carefully prepared slate of high-end burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish and chicken dishes. From the big selection of appetizers — including the very tasty-sounding salmon rolls ($7.95), fresh guac ($4.95) and the avocado, sun-dried tomato, red onion and cilantro rolls ($7.95), we went a little more low-brow and tried the Monkey Nachos ($5.95). They turned out to be hearty and good, and several notches above what you’ll get at your average bar: a big plate of chips covered in cheese dip, black beans, sour

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cream, spicy guacamole, sweet corn and tomatoes. Though a lot of nachos look like something just thrown together, these actually looked pretty on the plate, if that’s a word that it’s legal to use about lowly nachos. On the entree side, it took us both awhile to make a selection. Bleu Monkey has lots of stuff that looks very tasty, from their Napa chicken (marinated chicken breasts with asparagus and a mushroom wine sauce, $11.95) to their Kobe beef burger with sauteed mushrooms and onions ($9.95). I ended up trying the chicken and biscuits ($9.95), while my companion tried the California fish tacos ($9.95). The chicken and biscuits turned out to be a hearty dish, well-arranged and with interesting garnish, made up of a chicken breast, carrots, mushrooms and peas served with two big buttermilk biscuits over a bed of mashed potatoes. It was definitely filling, based on root vegetables as it was, and the biscuits were fine. The chicken was a bit bland, but the dish overall was good. My companion, meanwhile, didn’t find as much to love in his fish tacos. The dish that arrived at the table sure did look great, with three corn-tortilla tacos, served with a cilantro rice, guacamole and black beans. The problem was, while he is accustomed to fried cod on his fish tacos, what he got in these was grilled. He appreciated the fish as fish, but it had a hard time winning him over as the payoff inside a taco, since he found the consistency all wrong, especially when paired with loads of cabbage piled on top. While we’re always skeptical any time


ADAMS CATFISH CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. LD Tue.-Sat. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Rd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000. LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-554-0914. B Wed.-Fri.; BR Sat.-Sun.

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A bit pricey, but artful and good.

HEARTY: Bleu Monkey Grill’s chicken and biscuits. we hear rave reviews from locals after a new place has opened somewhere out in the state — we’ve been burned too many times — in this case, we get why folks are flocking to the Bleu Monkey Grill. With tasteful decor and a tasty menu, it’s kind of a shoo-in for lunch or dinner.

The Bleu Monkey Grill 4263 Central Ave. Hot Springs 501-520-4800 Quick bite

Being noodle lovers, we’re interested to get back and try Bleu Monkey’s nice selection of pasta offerings, including the tilapia with parmesan sauce, jalapenos and spinach over angel hair pasta ($11.95), and the fettucini with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in garlic cream sauce ($10.95).


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BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. All sampled was unexceptional but not offensive in a very generic sort of way. The way-above-average aspects: friendly, attentive servers/ bartenders and broad, creative beer/cocktail selection. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB The signature item is the wings, with a variety of sauces, plus burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads and fish dishes. 115 Audubon Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8039500. LD daily. BILL ST. GRILL AND PUB Massive burgers, batter dipped French fries, inventive appetizers and other pub grub. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-353-1724. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with maybe the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink,

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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 39 more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. BD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickle, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CRACKER BARREL Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Drive. NLR. 945-9373. BLD. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. All-you-can-eat

catfish on weekend nights. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. HEAVENLY HAM Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Sat. (until 6 p.m.). THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes and breakfast. Plus, daily specials and desserts. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0975. JASON’S DELI A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po’ boys and pitas), salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart healthy and light dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine. $-$$. 501-954-8700. BLD daily. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES Illinoisbased sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s

between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2837. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare -- burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-6960. BL daily. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain that’s appeal lies in adjectives like “all-natural,” “non-fat,” “glutenfree” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. SAN FRANCISCO BREAD CO. Breakfast items, sand-

wiches, salads, soups and a hot cup of joe, or a iced glass of tea. Across from the Statehouse Convention Center. 101 Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7322. BLD daily. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-3753420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATOR’S GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 1401 W. Capital. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, cheap pub food from Little Rock native Nick Castleberry, who’s spent the last 15 years in Seattle earning raves for his affordable, approachable food. With vegetarian options. 2500 W. 7th. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue., Thu., Fri.


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BENIHANA — THE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-3748081. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. EASTERN FLAMES Maki rolls and half rolls, fresh nigiri and sashimi, katsu, lunch boxes and a nice variety of sake grace the menu at this sushi bar. 7710 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-227-7222. LD Mon.-Sat. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. HUNAN BALCONY The owner of New Fun Ree has combined forces with the Dragon China folks to create a formidable offering with buffet or menu items. 2817 Cantrell Road. 666-8889. LD. HUNAN ORIENTAL CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care in very nice surroundings out west. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2239966. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2255999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. P.F. CHANG’S Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain that has people waiting in line for hours; make a reservation instead and get seated immediately at a table and enjoy some terrific flavors and presentations. 317 S. Shackleford. Full bar. 501-225-4424. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Ct. NLR. All CC. $-$$. LD daily.


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CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. 915 W. Capitol Ave. All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat. HB’S BAR B.Q. Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. L Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustardbrown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. Also on John Barrow and Geyer Springs. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. 501-5628844. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun.

europeAn / ethnic KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC.

$$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TAZIKI’S This sole Arkansas location of the chain offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Rd. All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily.

ItalIan DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deepdish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LA BELLA LUNA Authentic Italian cuisine. 915 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-205-0888. LD Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 10312 Chicot Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5656006. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. PRESS 1’S PIZZA Massive pies, tasty appetizers and cold beer at this homey, oft-overlooked Sherwood pizza shack. 8403 Highway 107. Sherwood. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-835-5673. D Mon.-Sat. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.

MexIcan CACTUS JACK’S This inoffensive Mexican-esque effort on McCain has everything you’ve come to expect from the average Mexican restaurant. Ample portions, if not ample seasoning. 4120 East McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5888. LD daily. 11414 West Markham. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7556. LD daily. CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. B Sat.-Sun., LD daily. 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. B Sat.-Sun, LD daily. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mex served in huge portions. 1315 Breckenridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2242550. LD daily. 201 Skyline Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. (501) 327-6553. LD daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. EL PORTON Very good Mex for the price and a wideranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions — even more enticing. The homemade pickled cucumbers that come on the side of every order are reason enough to visit. 4318 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-7650. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4720 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. (501) 565-4246. BL daily. MI RANCHITO This growing Arkansas-owned chain offers great variety and super-sized meals with solid Tex-Mex, with the typical white cheese dip, only spicier, and more flavor to the regular entree fare. 1520 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: Fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real thing. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that).

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EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-8445. LD Mon.-Sun. EL CHICO Tex-Mex and Ark-Mex favorites, a Central HUTCH’S COUNTRY KITCHEN Country style lunch and dinner offerings. 605 Salem Road #10. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-205-0829. L Sun.-Fri., D Wed.-Fri. LA HUERTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Standard Mexican fare with an emphasis on family favorites. 1052 Harrison Street. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7620202. LD Mon.-Fri. LOS AMIGOS Authentic Mexican food where everything is as fresh and tasty as it is filling. At lunch, go for the $4.99 allyou-can-eat special. 2850 Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-7919. LD daily. MARKETPLACE GRILL CONWAY Big servings of steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza and other rich comfort-style foods. 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. MIKE’S PLACE Delicious New Orleans-inspired steaks and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. 808 Front St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-269-6493. LD daily. SLIM CHICKEN’S OF CONWAY Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun. SOMETHING’S BREWING Coffee, pastries, sandwiches and such dot the menu of this longtime Conway favorite. 1156 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3275517. BLD Mon.-Sun.

Hot SprIngS ARLINGTON HOTEL Massive seafood buffet on Friday nights, breakfast buffet daily, served in the splendor of a grand old hotel. 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-6237771. BLD. CAFE 1217 Great gourmet meals served over-the-counter. Bustling at lunch. 1217 Malvern Ave., Suite B. Hot Springs. 501-318-1094. LD. CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-767-5695. D Tue.-Sat. COY’S Hot Springs’ best-known steakhouse, and a predictable winner in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards. 300 Coy’s St. Hot Springs. 501-321-1414. D. HOT SPRINGS BRAU HAUS All the usual schnitzels are available, an inviting bar awaits as you enter, and the brickwalled place has a lot of history and coziness. 801 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7866. LD. JACK’S PANCAKES-N-STEAKS Read the walls of this recently relocated Hot Springs mainstay and get the gritty stories and memories that make the town come alive. Burgers and steaks are done well; breakfasts tend to be oversized but half-size portions are available. 1105 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. All CC. $$. (501) 624-5558. BLD daily. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Hot Springs. 501-525-0919. LD. LA HACIENDA Authentic Mexican food; array of entrees. 3836 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-8203. LD. MICKEY’S BAR-B-Q Tasty, meaty spare ribs, huge plates of sliced pork and beef and decent chopped meat sandwiches, served cafeteria style. 1622 Park Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-1247. LD.

FayettevIlle area A TASTE OF THAI Terrific Thai food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Only the brave should venture into the “rated 5” hot sauce realm. 31 E. Center St. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479-251-1800. LD Mon.-Sat. AQ CHICKEN HOUSE Great chicken -- fried, grilled and rotisserie -- at great prices. 1206 N. Thompson St. Springdale. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 479-443-7555. LD. ARSAGA’S FAYETTEVILLE COFFEE ROASTERS A locally owned and operated chain of Fayetteville-area coffeeshops featuring hot coffee and chai, sweet pastries, sandwiches and live performances by area musicians. 1852 N. Crossover Road. Fayetteville. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (479) 527-0690. BLD daily. DOMINGO’S BAKERY AND RESTAURANT The scent of baking bread will stop you on the street. Domingo’s serves up fresh Mexican and American pastries from early in the morning to late at night, with such great choices as dark chocolate covered doughnuts and cream cheese filled rolls. Also serving burritos and tortas and such. 1229 W Sunset Ave. Springdale. No alcohol, All CC. $. (479) 750-4797. BLD. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. 479-4429671. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Tue.-Sat., open all day on game days. LOG CABIN RESTAURANT This little dive on the side of the road serves up pizzas, burgers and sandwiches along with a small breakfast selection. 12550 E Highway 12. Rogers. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (479) 925-7222. BLD daily. MARKETPLACE GRILL Appetizers set on fire, Italian chips, funky low-fat dressings, prime rib and pasta in big

■ new HJeM reStaurant blinis, spekeskinke, tyttebaer applesauce, lefse crisps — it’s the little things that put Norway into this Norwegian bistro on the square. It’s a chic, pricey little place — so little in fact that it will lose about a third of its space when winter comes and outside seating won’t work — with some excellent food. If you’re poor like us, you can order an appetizer and a salad and be satisfied; if you’re a tyson or a Hunt or a Walton or other Northwest Arkansas-rich, go ahead and have the 10-ounce marbled Wagyu beef ribeye ($36) or the wild Alaskan sockeye salmon ($28) or the fresh grilled mackerel ($27). the burger is $12, but delicious, Wagyu served on a fresh lovely brioche with spinach, slices of beet and juniper mayo. We tried the cornmeal blinis with creme fraiche and salmon caviar; the salmon eggs were fishier and less salty than the beluga to which we are, ahem, accustomed. A blackberry, goat cheese and bacon salad in a balsamic vinaigrette was unusual; the blackberries could have been sweeter and the bacon less smokey, but it was a tasty and quite creative concoction. cloudberries made for a heavenly dessert: they topped a cheesecake on a rosemary-infused shortbread crust. We hesitated a bit on the rosemary, but our tastebuds quit expecting the flavor of beef to follow the herb and the crust grew on us. We ate too well to sample the thinsliced apple-smoked duckbreast sandwich our teen-aged companion had, but she nodded her approval of it. Pronounce it “yem” and go for the “yum.” 1 e. center St. 479-966-4344. LD tue.-Sat. $$$. Wine and beer.

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Shackleford & Hermitage Road Little Rock • 501-312-2748 ceramic bowls, the fare is a combination of old standbys and new-age twists. Also at 3000 Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. 4201 N. Shiloh. Fayetteville. No alcohol. 479-750-5200. LD 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. SILK ROAD The mom-and-pop style Thai restaurant along the cluttered U.S. Highway 71 business strip does a booming takeout business, and some of the dine-in is good, especially the vegetable pad thai. Pleasant service and a remarkable selection of imported beers (but no Thai beer, for some reason). 1200 S. Thompson. Springdale. 479-756-6227. LD. SLIM CHICKEN’S Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. Also locations in Rogers, 3600 W. Walnut Street; and Conway, 550 Salem Road. 2120 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479- 443-7546. LD 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.

gurdon SOUTH FORK RESTAURANT This 24 hour truck stop diner is welcoming, with soft-drawled waitresses and a friendly menu that includes breakfast 24 hours a day. The hotcakes are heavy on the cornmeal and very filling. 2066 Highway 53 North. Gurdon. No alcohol, All CC. $. 870-3534363. BLD Daily.

MayFlower STROUD’S COUNTRY DINER Mismatched dinnerwear and Southern classic cooking. 558 Arkansas 365. Mayflower. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-470-9828. BL seven days, D Mon.-Fri.

eureka SprIngS CAFE SOLEIL American/International Fusion restaurant focusing on innovative and tasty dishes. A great place for vegetarian fare in Eureka Springs. 3094 E. Van Buren. Eureka Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 479-253-2345. LD Tue.-Sun. DEVITO’S You absolutely cannot go wrong with the trout here -- whether it’s the decadent Trout Italiano, the smoky Chargrilled Trout or the cornmeal encrusted Trout Fingers. DeVito’s housemade marinara is also a winner. 5 Center St. Eureka Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-253-6807. D. ERMILIO’S Great mix-and-match pasta and sauces, all done with fresh ingredients and creativity. Warm service in a classy atmosphere. 26 White St. Eureka Springs. 479-253-8806. LD. GASKINS’ CABIN Solid American food highlighted by the fish specials and prime rib. Highway 23 North. Eureka Springs. 479-253-5466. D.



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Hunka Pie specializes in premium hand-crafted pies. We welcome all pie lovers to come share a slice today! Call ahead for whole pie orders. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Velvet Lips Chocolate Cream, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Chocolate Pecan, Coconut Custard, key Lime, French Apple Pie & more. Now Serving Lunch! Monster Frito Pie, Spinach & Feta Greek Pie, Toasted Artichoke Sandwich.

Flying Saucer

“A great place to hangout, experience great beer and authentic German specialties”. The Flying Saucer definitely offers a unique range of domestic and international draft and bottled beers, carrying over 80 beers on draft and 120+ different bottled beers, many which are seasonal.  Accompanying their unique beer line-up is a menu packed with flare.  Bratwurst is the house specialty served with German coleslaw, or you can try Brat Con Queso or Beer Brat Nachos. Be sure to leave room for dessert: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float offers the best of both worlds.

Buffalo Grill

The crispy off the griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family friendly stop and will keep you coming back. The casual atmosphere will have everyone feeling right at home. The options are endless for whatever dining mood you are in. Grilled Tuna Steak sandwhich to a loaded foot long hotdog to the crispy chicken tender salad. Buffalo Grill does not disappoint. Fast and friendly staff. Very affordable prices!

Morningside Bagels

Morningside Bagels café is a full service bagel bakery. We serve breakfast, lox and deli sandwiches on a bagel. Our fresh cream cheese schmears and Guillermo’s coffee compliments our bagels. We serve espresso drinks hot and iced. Our soups and bagel chips have developed their own following. Come visit with Roxane and David Tackett and enjoy.

10907 N. Rodney Parham Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm Breakfast 6-10:30am 501-228-7800

14502 Cantrell Road 501-868-7600


Black Angus

Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Jump start your day with bistro breakfast from Lulav featuring scrumptious omlettes, pancakes and more.

300 West 3rd Street 501-375-3333

Brunch Sunday 11 am to 4 pm Lunch Mon-Sat 11 am to 4 pm Dinner Mon-Sat 4 pm to close 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1464

For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?

Shackleford & Hermitage Rd. (501) 312-2748

chinese Fantastic China 1900 N Grant St Heights 501-663-8999

Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar.

mexican Casa Manana Taqueria

400 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-6637 6820 Cantrell Road • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • 501-868-8822

Canon Grill

2811 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-664-2068

Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seem endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana.

Stop in for Our ALL DAY LONG HAPPY HOUR SATURDAYS! Order up some homemade salsa & cheesedip with your happy hour beverage and stay for dinner! Tasty Quesadilla’s and Mexican chicken Pizza. There are menu items to accommodate those not in the Mexican food mood too. And of course, The Margarita cannot be missed!

Hunka Pie

304 N. Main St. North Little Rock (inside Galaxy Furniture Store) 501-612-4754 Tues-Sat 10am - 6pm www. hunkapie

323 President Clinton Ave 501-372-8032

400 N. Bowman Rd 501-224-0012 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd 501-296-9535 11am-9pm 11am-10pm Friday & Saturday

Mediterranean Layla’s

9501 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-7272

Enjoy regional specialties such as Lentil soup, a huge serving of yummy Hummus, Baba Ghannnouj or Tabbouleh. And don’t forget about the Gyros, they’re sure to be heroes in your book!

Brazilian Café Bossa Nova 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-614-6682 Tues-Sat 11am-9pm Sunday Brunch 10:30-2pm

Try something different! Café Bossa Nova serves up cozy atmosphere and unique Brazilian dishes guaranteed to satisfy and served with that special Latin flare. Don’t deny yourself one of the delectable desserts prepared fresh daily or for an A+ apertif, drink in the authentic flavor of the country in the Caipirinha~a perfect blend of lime, sugar and Brazilian sugar cane rum. Dine with them tonight!

brew pub Vino’s Pizza•Pub•Brewery 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)

Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!


10848 Maumelle Blvd North Little Rock 501-753-6960 Fri: 6am-2pm Sat & Sun: 7am-2pm

steak Sonny Williams

If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999

Faded Rose

Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.

500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 DINNER MON - SAT 5:00 - 11:00 pm PIANO BAR TUES - THU 7:00 - 11:00 pm FRI & SAT 7:00 - Late

400 N. Bowman 501-224-3377 1619 Rebsamen 501-663-9734 Open Sunday















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Downtown riverfront living at the Statehouse Residences open Sunday

2 pm - 4 pm

The Statehouse Residences are riverfront, gorgeous, state-of-the-art new construction condos nestled between the Doubletree Hotel and the Old State House Museum. Built above the old Law Library, this exclusive development of only 13 condos, occupies floors 7-12, built on former airspace. Seven condos have already been sold and the remaining six offer buyers the unique and distinctive opportunity to enjoy the only downtown luxury living located on the river. Two of the condos are move -in ready and the other four can be finished to your personal specifications using any contractor you select. You may also utilize the contractor that built the building as well as several of the condos that are already finished. There are no limitations and these condos are a blank canvas upon which you can create your dream condo home. Each condo has a spacious covered riverfront terrace adding fabulous living space to each unit. Many of the condos also have fantastic terraces on the city side. The river activities are a constant source of entertainment. Take in the sights as the Arkansas Queen makes multiple daily trips up and down the river, the majestic barge traffic floats by, the colorful trolleys work their way back and forth across the Main Street bridge, boaters whiz past and the fireworks explode over Travelers games at Dickey Stephens Park. It’s also a great spot for the massive fireworks shows on Memorial All photographs courtesy of ML Baxley Photography

Enjoy riverfront views.

Each condo has state-of-the-art features.

Day, Independence Day and New Years Eve. Enjoy the buzz of the city as it comes to life, conducts its day and goes to sleep again all with amazing sunrises and sunsets. A few of the amenities of living at The Statehouse Residences include: underground parking with monitored entry/exit 24/7, state-of-the-art building security, HUGE covered riverfront and cityscape terraces expanding your square footage with these irresistible outside rooms, an intimate community of only 13 condos, attached access to the Doubletree Hotel and The Robinson Center, The Downtown Athletic club in the Stephen’s Building across the street, a trolley stop directly in front of the Residences, a public boat dock directly behind the Residences, covered access to the Millennium Trail, and walking access to all downtown and River Market District activities. Don’t miss your opportunity to consider what it might be like to simplify your life and free yourself to come and go with no worries about security or home maintenance. The remaining condos begin at $315,000 for white box stage. Visit the Statehouse Residences this Sunday, October 17, from 2-4 p.m. for a guided tour of all the available condos. These homes are listed with Susan Desselle of the Charlotte John Company. Call Susan today at 501-772-7100 for more information or a private tour or visit

Create a dream home here.

Condos are spacious. • October 14, 2010 43

REAL ESTATE by neighborhood TO ADVERTISE, CALL TIFFANY HOLLAND AT 375-2985 Downtown Little Rock


5 STATEHOUSE PLAZA - New construction building on the east end of the Doubletree Hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide exceptional views of river, ballpark and area activities. Enjoy the fireworks and River Market activity from spacious 200+ SF terraces. Only 6 left! Call Susan Desselle with the Charlotte John Company at 772-7100 or visit www. OPEN SUNDAY, 2-4 PM!


Top Producer September 2010

Call Susan today for all your real estate needs.

Old Buildings, Old Souls, New Everything Else Urban Frontier LLC is offering eight remarkable units of affordable, one bedroom housing for rent in Little Rock Central High Area. These are brand new-old Certified Historic Rehabs, to be completed between now and January 2011. Charm, class and many extras. Units are located in three buildings at 2423 W. 13th, 2310 W. Daisy Bates and 2017-2019 W. 17th St. Six will rent for $550 a month, two for $500. Water and sewer included. HUD funded, tenant protections and rentals only to income qualified applicants. No smoking allowed.


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All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free 1-800-669-9077. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $102,000 Scott A. McElmurry, Angela G. McElmurry to Steven Prior, Ls37 & 44-45, Pebble Beach Estates Phase 3, $420,000. Charles E. Smith, Jennifer L. Smith to John K. Johnson, Robin D. Johnson, 2900 Woodsgate Dr., $382,000. Brent Begin, Stacy Begin to Marty L. Warner, Stephanie Warner, 12301 Brodie Creek Trail, $373,000. Brian J. Townsend, Claire L. Townsend to Federal National Mortgage Association, 31 Courts Dr., $367,100. Gerald B. Martindill, Jr., Catherine J. Martindill to Regal Investments LLC, 5700 S. University Ave., $345,000. John Hess Construction LLC to Columbus L. Abrams, Virginia L. Abrams, 2 Foxfield Cove, $335,000. J o e l F. S c h l o s b e r g , Constance Schlosberg to Deborah L. Barnes, 23 Montagne Ct., $317,000. Rock Solid Real Estate LLC to Fran Curtis, 1819 Reservoir Rd., $300,000. Pa x t o n R . S i n g l e t o n , Cortney R. Singleton to David R. Long, Sonya M. Long, 16101 Patriot Dr., $290,000. Lynn Dickey Construction Inc. to Christopher M. Ingellis, Amanda S. Ingellis, 242 Summit Valley Cir., Maumelle, $288,000. Taypac Homes LLC to Sean Conner, Daniella M. Conner, 110 Lucia Ln., NLR, $281,000. 44 October 14, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

Tamim Antakli, Racha Antakli to Paul G. Riser R e v o c a b l e Tr u s t , A l y s o n H. Riser Revocable Trust, L11 B113, Chenal Valley, $265,000. Taypac Homes LLC to James C. Lawson, Jr., Ellen S. Lawson, L2, Forest Valley, $253,000. Paul M. Seib, Loran Seib to Robert C. Moore, Keely P. Moore, 3518 Doral Dr., $250,000. John K. Johnson, Robin D. Johnson to Stanley C. Grinder, Sandra J. Grinder, 19709 Mallard Cove, $240,000. Patricia S. Coleman to Eric R. Gribble, Emily H. Gribble, 14 Bugle Ct., $240,000. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Guangxu Zhou, Yiying Wang, 102 Kanis Creek Ln., $236,000. Bosley Construction Inc. to Charles T. White, Wanda M. White, 17 Stonecreek Ct., $236,000. Derald W. Johnson, Tomiko Johnson to James K. Miller, Liv E. Miller, L202, Waterside Replat, $229,000. John M. Morgan, Jennifer F. Morgan to Barry Craiglow, Dana Craiglow, 2009 N. Hills Ct., NLR, $222,000. E. W. Hill, Carolyn B. Hill to Federal National Mortgage Association, 24 Hanna Ln., $216,201. Tim Wilson Custom Homes Inc. to Christopher Young, Ashley Young, 2216

Miramonte Dr., Sherwood, $204,000. Lay Z. Dog Ranch LLC to Brian P. Smith, NE SW 17-1N14W, $200,000. Ollie G. Brint to Theodore W. Walkup, Suhela J. Walkup, 1023 S. Claremont Ave., Sherwood, $196,000. Lorraine A. Maxwell, Lorraine Also, John Owens to Sarah Wilf, 8201 Leatrice Dr., $195,000. James L. Dalby, Stephanie L. Dalby to Lance R. Turner, L a u r a E . Tu r n e r, 5 1 0 Beaconsfield Rd., Sherwood, $188,000. M&A Supply Co. Inc. to Vicki L. Crabtree, L5 B1, Stone Links, $186,000. Jason K. Carter, Elizabeth B. Carter to US Bank, NA, L667R, Country Club Of Arkansas, $185,856. Hilbert Santo, Mary Santo to Land Holdings LLC, L26, Independence Farms, $185,000. Rex Ivey, Cynthia Ivey to Eric S. Tanner, 222 Beckwood Dr., $185,000. James Bartolomei, Suzanne Bartolomei to Taylor C. Ramey, Frank T. Ramey, 67 Summit Ridge Ct., $185,000. Rachael E. Jackson to Christopher Huddleston, 1600 N. Grant St., $184,000. Elaine Lee, David Lee to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L6, Muench

Replat Pleasant Hill, $181,498. Zahra M. Erickson, Gary W. Erickson to Connie L. Grace, 5109 Kavanaugh Blvd., $180,000. Bridget A. Tribout, Marc Tr i b o u t t o V e r o n i c a M . Sutton, 6505 Kenwood R d . , C a m m a c k Vi l l a g e , $175,000. Jeffrey P. Pulliam, Elizabeth A. Pulliam to Kerri B. Marsh, 4612 Lochridge Rd., NLR, $174,000. Ethan M. Neyman, Stephanie M. Neyman to Matthew H. Buchholtz, 183 P u m i c e D r. , S h e r w o o d , $173,000. Brian Kottler, Ashley R. Kottler to CitiMortgage Inc., 3062 Woodruff Creek Dr., Sherwood, $163,546. Tracy B. Ussery, John C. Ussery to James C. Mills, 81 Rolling Oaks Dr., Maumelle, $162,000. L2 Investments LLC to Amanda Barber, Matthew Barber, L32 B29, Indian Hills, $162,000. Emily Gribble, Eric R. Gribble to Angela Prosser, 6308 Brentwood Rd., Cammack Village, $155,000. A l a i n a W. M c S h e r r y, Joseph McSherry to Kelsey K. Beight, 3 Cheyenne Cove, $150,000. US Bank NA to N. L. Hefner, J a c q u e l i n e H e f n e r, L 8 8 , Garden Oaks, $150,000. Jeffery Lord, Rosalind Lord

to Debra L. Rogers, 14111 Ridgewood Dr., $150,000. Mike Alexander to Jett Ricks Construction LLC, 2613 Hidden Valley Dr., $150,000. Nicole Washington to CitiBank, NA, 1501 Broadway St., $148,000. David S. Smith, Gary C. Smith to US Bank, NA, L4 B2, Autumnbrook Annex, $147,352. Joseph B. Stoll, Cynthia L. Stoll to Anthony C. Ivey, 7001 Flintrock Rd., NLR, $146,000. Brent Lobanoff to Kimberly Plugge, Dan Plugge, 5100 Lochridge Rd., NLR, $143,000. Rausch-Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Jennifer A. Griffin, 1213 Bittercress Dr., NLR, $141,000. Maxine S. Williams Revocable Trust, Earl E. Williams, Jr. to Mary Arnold, 6 7 0 9 S a n d p i p e r D r. , $140,000. William H. Rountree to Ollie G. Brint, L12 B2, Queensbrook, $140,000. Rausch-Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Mary L. Jordan, 1213 Anemone Dr., NLR, $139,000. David E. Schweitzer, Julia M. Schweitzer to Jennifer M. Rowland, 8 Butterfly Pl., $137,000. Hays Gin Company LLLP to Carthel J. Finch, Debbie S. Finch, S/2 SW 32-1S-10W,

$136,000. Leslie K. O’Donell to David G. Deere, Beth M. Deere, L8 B46, Pulaski Heights, $136,000. Angela B. Brown to Shirl A. Hunt, 1100 Jabo Lake Rd., $135,000. K a t h e r i n a S . S i t y a r, Oliver R. Sityar to Stephen J. Telano, 103 Willow Grove Ct., Sherwood, $135,000. Ronald Preachers, Karen Preachers to HSBC Mortgage Services Inc., 1443 Cornflower Ln., Sherwood, $133,712. Jill M. Wiesner, Jill M. Wa tson, Ken Wiesner to Bernice Hill, 1 Deerfield Dr., Sherwood, $133,000. Rebecca A. Estes, Rebecca Williams, Joseph Williams to Chad R. Burns, 94 Cinnamon Dr., Sherwood, $122,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Pentagon Federal Credit Union, L4, McDermott Replat Success, $121,398. Joshua M. Grover, A. L. Grover to Anita A. Henry, 2513 Emily Ln., Jacksonville, $115,000. Mitch Jansonius, Leeann Jansonius to Gabrielle O’Shea, 501 N. Taylor St., $115,000. Wells Brothers LLC to Lois A. Hargrove, 113 Delmar Ave., Apt. 115, NLR, $104,000. Loeta Huffman, Willis Huffman, Aubrey Knight, Mary Knight, Euritha Brazil to Joellen Roberts, 301 W. G Ave., NLR, $102,000.

Capitol View/ Stiffts Station

400 S. VALENTINE - $109,900. 2BR/1BA updated in 2008 with HVAC, roof, kitchen, bath, flooring, paint, lighting, etc. Large fenced yard w/great deck. Walking distance to UAMS & Hillcrest. Call JoJo Carter 773-9949 or for more info. 123 N. SUMMIT - Rare find close to ACH, UAMS, & Hillcrest. 2 BRs and a separate office, 2050 SF. Totally updated including cherry wood laminate flooring throughout, all new plumbing & electrical wiring, new kitchen counters, sink & dishwasher, new tankless H2’ 0 heater, wired for computer network, audio/video and IR remote, a deck, fenced yard and oversized 2 car garage. A 21X17.6 ft sunroom w/vaulted ceiling, tile floor, water proof walls, lots of windows and sunken Jacuzzi hot tub. Located in Union Depot next to AR School for the Blind. Call Clyde Butler of CBRPM at 240-4300.


9 LISA COURT - $174,900. This 3BR/2BA approx. 1770 SF, 1-level home in Marlow Manor is super clean & move-in ready! Updates include new HVAC, hardwoods & carpet in bedrooms. Large eat-in kitchen, open family room & fully fenced yard make this a perfect starter home or great for someone looking to downsize. Call Bob Busmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing.

Neighboring Communities

No. 0916

14615 BROWN BEAR DR - $299,900. Great 4BR/2.5BA, approx. 3015 SF home in the new Don Roberts School District. Plenty of space for the entire family. Formal dining room, office, family room & eat-in kitchen all downstairs. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets and master bath & closet are huge. Side-loading garage & fully fenced yard. Call Bob Bushmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing.

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312 DEL RIO - $189,900. 4BR/3BA, GREAT space buy! Perfect inlaw/teen quarters. Walk to Catholic or Hall High. Call Susan Desselle of the Charlotte John Company for a private tour. 501-772-7100.

West Little Rock

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25 WILLARD - Ward $104,900. Beautiful 3BR/2BA home built in 2004! Like new!! Great starter home minutes from the base, Cabot schools. Call Susan Desselle with The Charlotte John Co 501-772-7100. www. 21854 WILLIAM BRANDON DRIVE - $168,500. Enjoy country living on five level acres only 15 minutes from downtown Little Rock! Like-new home with 4BR/2BA, wood-burning fireplace, granite counters, stainless appliances & more! Call Clyde Butler of CBRPM at 501-240-4300.


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GREERS FERRY LAKE - Spectacular view! 5 acres. Utilities, covenants, seller financing. Owner/agent. 501825-6200 4101 C ST - $229,000. 3BR/2BA, 1836SF. Recently renovated! Enter MLS# 10255320 on www. for more photos. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442

4924 HILLCREST AVE - $459,900. 3BR/3BA plus 3-car garage. 2600 SF. Recently renovated home on large corner lot. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-993-5442.

712 N. WALNUT - $162,500. 2BR/1BA in the heart of Hillcrest. Just 1/2 block of Kavanaugh. Renovated kitchen w/ custom maple cabinets, tile floors, solid surface counters. Enter MLS 10257444 at

West Little Rock

9204 CYNTHIA - $122,500. 4BR/2BA, 1426 SF. Great two-story home centrally located. New paint, new lighting fixtures & other updates throughout. Large fenced backyard. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442

Conway 1110 TRILLIUM - $152,000. Newly refreshed 3BR/2BA split plan w/new countertops, kitchen faucet and paint throughout. Gas log FP, wood floors and fenced yard. Close to schools! MLS# 10266757 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501679-1103 31 BERNARD - $149,000. Sparkles and shines like new! 3BR/2BA, huge living room with cathedral ceiling, oversized breakfast area, wood-burning fireplace, large bedrooms, 2” blinds thru-out. Fenced yard. MLS# 10253781 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-7301100 or 501-679-1103 5125 GALLERIA COVE - $209,000. Stunning 3BR/2BA open split plan w/ extraordinary lighting throughout, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, gas log FP, jetted tub, screen porch & fenced yard. MLS# 10268505 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103

Greenbrier 37 INDIAN SPRINGS - $152,000. New construction! Charming 3BR/2BA home w/gas fireplace, breakfast bar, tile backsplash, smooth top cooking surface. Jet tub, stained & scored concrete floors. Deck with view. MLS# 10253103 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-6791103 53 WIN MEADOW - $239,900. A little bit of country with all the modern amenities! 4BR/3BA with large kitchen w/oak cabinetry, double pantry, cook’s dream island, breakfast nook with large windows. Across from 55-acre lake. MLS# 10257940 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103 • october 14, • October 14,2010 2010 45 45

Hate list

n Patio conversation fragment one night last week when Pogo strode up like he owned the place: “I hate possums. Ugly hissing things.” “But they’re one of God’s creatures too.” “Yeah, sometimes I wonder what He was thinking.” Then next day I see the news item that a grotesque loping critter about the size of a possum was the common ancestor to all the great dinosaurs, and I remember that all the forms are momentary and transitory. Ours included. I expect I’ll hate sharing Heaven with australopithecines and supermen. Got me thinking about other stuff I hate, and you know what happens when a compulsive list-maker has a thought like that. I hate paper cuts. I hate exercise. Just another way one’s body has of imposing on one. I hate it when cows are sent up to bunt. I hate thinking Galileo would find our century more hostile to scientific thinking than his own. I hate having to fall back on formulaic structuring, as you can tell. I hate the toxic incarnadining of the once Beautiful Blue Danube. I hate the very idea of a breakfast burrito. I hate the very idea of killing time. I hate thinking what the assembled

Bob L ancaster baboons must be thinking when we gather at the fair to chortle with anthropoid amusement at their antics. I hate it when bad officiating decides the outcome of ball games. Happens all the time. I hate to see evil feeding off of dumb. This fall it has gorged. I hate thinking I slithered up out of the same gene pool as Tim Griffin. And concomitantly I hate giving myself the creeps. I hate our journalism has gone extinct. I like to think it’s merely endangered, and can make a comeback, like the eagle and the wolf. But hope fades daily, as with the ivorybill. I hate the indignities of geezery. I hate plagiarism and I’ll hate it till the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening etc. I hate it when they start drawing down on one another in Sunday school class. I hate the simplistic, which is about all we have now.


I hate to see all the oak trees dying, and wonder what the cause is. I hate that the author of “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork” has gone back to digging his grave with his knife and fork. My guess, the knife mostly used to slice Velveeta. I hate the idea that smart phones really are smarter than we are. But the evidence is conclusive. A phone never voluntarily got addicted to tobacco. A phone never dug its grave with a knife and fork. A phone never invaded Iraq. I hate the local TV anchors’ crowing about their “in-depth” news coverage. Like, how deep can you probe in 15 seconds? I hate it when I’m reduced to seeking tech support from 4-year-old children. And not otherwise precocious 4-year-olds either. I hate the annual autumnal task of updating the tally of unlikely creatures and inanimate objects bagged by hunters who swore afterward that they were dead solid certain before they pulled the trigger that those innocent bystanders and passersby were legally harvestable deer. The Trailways bus. The road grader. The Medivac helicopter. The bagswing. With Barry Manilow I hate to see another October go. I hate it when some goob job beats me in calling dibs on the gizzard. I hate to see a child, a spouse, an oldtimer, an animal, a privilege, or a book abused. Self-abuse, though, NOMB.



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I hate this thought from the blowhard, “Some people were just born to be slaves.” Pardon is hereby granted to slaves, former slaves, and those with loved ones who are or were held in slavery, to take pleasure in imagining this dope-fiend whoremonger eventually roasting in Hell. I hate crotch-sweat lather. On race horses, I mean. You know I meant that, right? I hate all the dressing up and panhandling you have to do on Halloween just to get your candy sack halfway full. I hate it when the coyotes and the neighborhood dogs get a serenade going and the werewolves have to horn in and try to take over. Has to be a full moon, of course. I hate when it’s so dry you can’t go out to the mailbox without your lips start to crack and bleed. Tell me again about climate change being a hoax. Tell metropolitan Leola, which had a hundred inches of rain last year, and about six so far this year. Keep them Al Gore jokes a-coming. I hate the obligatory vomiting scene. I hate power outages. The dark sucks and winter nights are so long. Get your honey to hold a lit match over your shoulder while you try to read Proust – what kind of a deal is that? What’s that skittering across the floor? I hate dog-peter gnats. Other kinds of gnats too – the kind, for instance, that keep splattering against your teeth and clotting up your smile at high speeds on your Harley – but the dog-peter gnats especially.

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