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Moronia As one who grew up in the Natural State, I am of course accustomed to political insanity and religious madness and general squalor. Given that most everyone who can scrape together a few I.Q. points gets the Hell out of Arkansas as fast as that mule will trot, one should not be too surprised that most people now associate Arkansas with Mr. Huckabee. Not a bright or good man, particularly, but a few notches above Tony Alamo. What surprised me this week, becalmed as I am down here among the nutria, gators and crazy Cajuns, is this apparent epidemic of religious insanity that has broken out among the Republicans in my native state. I am used to the local “conservatives” being mean-spirited, homophobic, hopelessly ignorant and self-righteous, but I am a bit puzzled by the psychosis that they seem so proud of. One nut case is reported to have recommended that defiant children should be executed? Did I read that correctly? Well, this is not the kind of publicity that Arkansas needs, but I have been saying that for about five decades, since the glory days of Orval Faubus and Justice Jim Johnson, and the madness just continues. Unabated. One can only recall with a bitter smile the famous characterization of Arkansas by H. L. Mencken. “The Apex of Moronia.” Some things do not change. James Means Natchitoches, La.

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Vote yes for medical marijuana There was a story on page one of the Arkansas section of the Democrat-Gazette dated Oct. 12, 2012, entitled “Group to run TV ad on Pot.” According to this story, Jerry Cox,

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tobacco, which is legal. Then the ad states that there would be no medical oversight. This is not true. To receive this medicine, you have to be certified by a doctor, and this certification must be renewed yearly. But the most insane statement made in this ad is that criminal activity will be the result of legalizing marijuana. Legalizing the use of marijuana will result in no criminal activity. We do not have to go very far back in American history to see clear evidence of this. When the federal government made the manufacturing and sale of alcohol illegal, America had a crime wave on a Biblical scale. This misguided law only resulted in making criminals rich and violence rampant. Once this law was repealed, the incentive for the criminals and therefore the crimes ceased to be. That is what is so insane about people like Jerry Cox. They cause the very thing they say they want to prevent. It is part of their hypocrisy. Vote for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act on Nov. 6. Butch Stone Maumelle

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President: BARACK OBAMA U.S. Congress, 2nd District: HERB RULE Issue No. 5: THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT State Senate, District 32: SEN. DAVID JOHNSON State Senate, District 34: BARRY HYDE State Senate District 35: LINDA TYLER State House of Representatives, District 31: TOMMY FORMICOLA State House of Representatives, District 32: BARBARA GRAVES State House of Representatives, District 35: REP. JOHN CHARLES EDWARDS State House of Representatives, District 38: PATTY JULIAN State House of Representatives, District 39: KELLY HALSTEAD State House of Representatives, District 40: STEVEN McNEELY State House of Representatives, District 41: REP. JIM NICKELS State House of Representatives, District 44: JUDY RILEY State House of Representatives, District 46: KYLE OSBORNE Little Rock City Director, Position 8: DEAN KUMPURIS Little Rock City Director, Position 10: ROBERT WEBB North Little Rock Mayor: JOE SMITH Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 2: TYLER DENTON Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 3: KATHY LEWISON Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 4: JULIE BLACKWOOD Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 5: LILLIE McMULLEN Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 11: SUZETTE McNEELY Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 13: JANE GRAY-TODD Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 14: CHARLES ROBERSON Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, District 15: STEVE WALDEN Constable, Big Rock Township: MIKE GRAVES Constable, Hill Township: REV. J.D. HOLLOMAN An emphatic NO: Issue No. 2. It’s yet another scheme to divert public money to private developers. All the candidates we endorse are Democrats or independents. So low has the Republican Party sunk that anyone running under its banner is suspect. A clean Lake Maumelle might not survive a Republican majority on the Pulaski County Quorum Court (the JP’s). Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 22. 6

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he Arkansas Times this week rolls out its endorsement list and it is only that, a list. It’s a long and important ballot that leaves us scant room for elaboration. I’m going to continue last week’s work of focusing some personal attention on various ballot issues. • MEDICAL MARIJUANA: I confess some misgivings about medical legalization. The federal law against marijuana possession and sale is a complication, but other states have coped. Any legal availability of the drug undoubtedly will invite illicit use. But the possibility of illicit use is a straw man. The entire range of legal drugs — uppers, downers, painkillers — invites illicit use. We don’t outlaw morphine, administered under a doctor’s orders, for that reason. This argument is as flawed as the “moral” argument against legalization from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and, in remarkably racist advertising, from the hateful Arkansas Family Council. If marijuana’s use to ease pain or the nausea of chemotherapy patients is a moral issue, then so is the use of any prescription pain reliever. The Family Council practices a particularly mean and vengeful brand of religion regularly, but this seems a stretch even for them. In the final analysis, adopting a viewpoint opposite that of the Family Council is always a safe bet. Vote FOR medical marijuana. • NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR: Pat Hays is stepping down after decades of generally successful leadership on the north shore. His right-hand man, Joe Smith, stands ready to accept Hays’ designation as successor. He is the safe choice. The far more politically adept Tracy Steele, a state legislator, is the other leading candidate in a four-man field. Steele, who is black, will enjoy near unanimous support from black voters in the city, now nearly a majority of the population. Personality alone isn’t enough to take the reins of a form of government in which the mayor has

been nearly dictatorial. Steele’s management of a state agency, the M.L. King Commission, was fraught with bickering, political conflicts and mismanagement. Worse than Steele’s manageMAX rial shortcomings were how BRANTLEY he used state government to advance his and his family’s business interests. His schemes included a news organization with state government as a major revenue source and a private foundation that used contributions from important business interests in a venture that spent more on Tracy Steele’s pay than any other charitable endeavor. • LITTLE ROCK CITY GOVERNMENT: The old-boy system will work this year, as it always does. At-large directors blessed by the business establishment will be re-elected comfortably. They are Dean Kumpuris, Gene Fortson and Joan Adcock. I’m inclined to a protest vote in all three cases, with a possible exception being Kumpuris, who is at least broken out with good intentions. It’s time to send a message to end the at-large director system. Fortson holds office by a dishonest feint in which he made the public think he wouldn’t seek the office by election if appointed to fill an unexpired term. His past championing of Tommy Robinson can never be forgotten. Adcock is a bully. If she wants to be mayor, let’s have a mayor-council government and let her run for the job. Willard Proctor, with whom we had differences before he was removed from his circuit judgeship, is nonetheless a smart lawyer who has a better grasp of Little Rock’s diverse population than Fortson, whose at-large sensitivity ends, on the east, at about Cantrell Hill. Robert Webb, ousted from the City Housing Authority for opposing a city sales tax larded with cash bonuses for the business establishment, is a more believable champion of the forgotten inner city than Adcock.


Old myths and new realities


he greatest advantage that Republicans enjoy in races from JP to president — well, after the advantage of superior money — is that they won the battle for conventional wisdom. For three decades, Republicans have just been better at mythmaking than Democrats, and they keep perfecting it. It began in the Reagan era, although Reagan was not always the originator and reality sometimes dawned on him, as it did when he learned quickly that huge tax cuts for the well-todo and corporations would enlarge, not close, budget deficits and would not create the economic boom that Arthur Laffer had predicted. Who can identify all the reasons that Republicans as a class prove to be better at selling fiction over fact than are Democrats, who individually try from time to time and fail? Republicans everywhere tend to read from the same playbook, which helps. Those who stray, even obliquely, as have a few Republican lawmakers in Arkansas and elsewhere, pay a price in their own primaries. Democrats, from Little Rock to Washington, cannot agree on an ideology or even on what they are proud of, although Joe

Biden made a good stab at it in the vice presidential debate. He was clobbered for it. So Republican ERNEST bankrollers like DUMAS the billionaire Koch brothers are selling Arkansans on the idea that Democrats have taxed the state and its people out of competition with all the low-tax states around them and that people are fleeing the state in droves to low-tax havens. We’ve pointed out that the reverse is true. Arkansas is a low-tax state, although it spreads the tax burden perversely on the poorest people. All the tax hikes of the past 15 years — all but a very small one on gas producers — were a Republican governor’s doing, and Republicans if they gain power expect to shift the tax burden even more unevenly on the poorest and the not so rich. Here are a few of the big myths that are shaping elections down to the precinct: Taxes just keep going up, and Democrats are responsible. Reality: Federal tax rates have been going down, not up, pretty steadily for 60 years, except for a couple

Contortionist Romney


o a skeptic, the most remarkable so various are the aspect of Mitt Romney’s presidential GOP candidate’s campaign has been how so flexible a self-contradictions politician can represent so dogmatic a party. and reinventions Contemporary Republicanism is ideologi- that the proverbial cal to its core. Everybody who watched the “low information” GENE GOP primary debates between Mitt and citizens who appear LYONS the Seven Dwarves (or were there nine? I to constitute much forget) understands that there’s a black and of the swing vote are pretty much free to white party line on almost every imaginable imagine any Mitt Romney that strikes their topic from tax policy to global warming. fancy. Maybe it’s unpatriotic to say so, but an Romney, on the other hand, appears to have no firm convictions at all. How awful lot of people who manage their peranybody purports to know what the GOP sonal affairs competently enough simply candidate actually thinks about any issue refuse to understand the most elementary other than the size of his own offshore facts when they’re part of a political argubank accounts beggars my poor imagina- ment. tion. That most Republicans have tempoSometimes you have to tell them a story. rarily persuaded themselves to trust him It helps if that story connects to something reflects mainly their fear and loathing of close to home; something they’ve had to President Obama. think about realistically in their own lives. Such as, what happens if you lose your Equally remarkable, however, is the way the Obama campaign has let Romney health insurance and then get sick? Millions get away with it. How can his evasiveness live in fear of this every day. not be an issue? For that matter, how can CBS News’ Scott Pelley recently asked it not be THE issue? Early on, a strategic Romney a simple question on 60 Minutes: decision was apparently made to depict the “Does the government have a responsibilGOP candidate as the “severely conserva- ity to provide health care to the 50 million tive” politician he affected to be during the Americans who don’t have it today?” Republican primaries. “Well, we do provide care for people who Well, it ain’t working. So many and don’t have insurance,” Romney allowed. “If

of blips for higher-income people in 1990 and 1993 in the case of the income tax and for the higher payroll taxes ordered under Reagan and small excise tax increases under Reagan and Clinton. Middle-income Americans now pay federal income taxes at the lowest levels since before World War II, thanks partly to tax cuts by President Obama and the Democratic Congress in 2009. It is true that state and local taxes during those 60 years, in Arkansas and elsewhere, have tended to rise, but even at that all taxes combined — federal, state and local — consumed 9.2 percent of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, according to the U. S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the percentage is declining. Far more than any of his predecessors, the socialist Barack Obama has sent federal spending out of control. Reality: Federal spending in Obama’s first term, including the fiscal year that began two weeks ago, is growing at the smallest pace in more than 40 years — 1.4 percent a year. It would be even smaller were it not for the one-time $551 billion of stimulus spending ($3.5 billion of it in Arkansas for highways, medical care and other projects) that stopped the economic slide of 2007-09. Here are the equivalent percentages in spending growth of his predecessors: Reagan’s first term, 8.7 percent; Reagan’s second term, 4.9 percent; George Bush I’s

term, 5.4 percent; Clinton’s first term, 3.2 percent; Clinton’s second term, 3.9 percent; George Bush II’s first term, 7.3 percent; Bush’s second term, 8.1 percent. Democrats bankrupt the country through deficit spending. Reality: The federal budget has been balanced 12 times since World War II — three times, barely, under President Eisenhower, the other nine under Democrats. Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit from Bush, though $114 billion of that should be reassigned to Obama because that much of his stimulus was spent in the tag end of Bush’s last fiscal year. The deficit has declined, though gradually, since then. Corporate taxes are so high in the United States that we can’t compete with other countries and they are costing jobs. Reality: The nominal top tax rate, 35 percent, is relatively high but the effective tax rate paid by U.S. corporations is less than half that and many of the most profitable companies pay no income taxes. U.S. corporations bear a smaller total tax burden than businesses in Western Europe and most other industrialized countries. In Arkansas, unlike many competitor states such as Texas, big multistate corporations escape most of their taxes by assigning Arkansas profits to subsidiaries registered in tax havens like Delaware. But facts are for statisticians. They bore the voter and have no place in modern politics.

someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.” “That’s the most expensive way to do it,” Pelley observed. Indeed, government figures show the average emergency room visit costs $922, vs. $199 for a doctor’s office visit. Nor is it free. People do know that. Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act signed by President Reagan, hospitals must treat sick and injured patients regardless of their ability to pay. A civilized society can do no less; much less one that hopes to head off deadly epidemics. But the law doesn’t say the hospital can’t perform what’s cynically called a “wallet biopsy” and send you a bill. Indeed, many states allow hospitals to hire collection agencies, garnish wages and seize assets in pursuit of payment. For this reason, many people stay away until they’re at death’s door. Others abuse the privilege and stick the rest of us with the bill. Back in 2006, the politician Bill Clinton calls “Moderate Mitt” recognized the problem. He wrote a Wall Street Journal column objecting to the way deadbeats game the system. “By law, emergency care cannot be withheld,” he wrote. “Why pay for something

you can get free? Of course, while it may be free for them, everyone else ends up paying the bill, either in higher insurance premiums or taxes.” Writing in Time, Kate Pickert catches Moderate Mitt as recently as 2008, explaining the conservative origins of “Romneycare” in Massachusetts. “They shouldn’t be allowed just to show up at the hospital and say somebody else should pay for me, so we said no more free riders…We said if you can afford insurance, then either have the insurance or get a health savings account, pay your own way, but no more free ride ... I think it’s the conservative approach — to make sure that people who can afford insurance are getting it at their expense, not at the expense of the taxpayers or the government. That, I consider a step towards socialism.” Ah, but then came “Obamacare,” basically Romneycare with a less expensive per capita price tag. Yesterday’s conservative solution turned into today’s Bolshevism. Severely Conservative Mitt played along. So what would Romney do if elected? Who knows? To paraphrase the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus: You can never encounter the same Mitt Romney twice. Whatever he says today, he’ll say something different tomorrow. Here’s the question President Obama should be asking: Would you buy a used health insurance policy from this man?

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eave it to the talented, tormented Razorbacks of 2012 to play their most complete game of the entire season to date in a game that was incomplete. Nasty conditions put a mercy killing on Arkansas’s 49-7 rout of Kentucky with a few minutes left in the third period. Fayetteville was hammered with storms, and the Wildcats got hammered by a Hog offense that looked oddly speed-enhanced by the soaked turf. Fitting for a game played in such soggy conditions, the outcome was dripping with irony: It was this Arkansas team, demoralized and depleted by the longest, cruelest September the program has had in years, that finally got the program’s first on-campus win against Kentucky. Even stranger was the fact that it happened so routinely. Kentucky is now nestled at the foot of the SEC bed, a new iteration of what Vanderbilt used to be but not strangulated by the same academic rigors. I don’t mean to pick on the Wildcats, but it was impossible to watch Saturday’s game and not recognize just how empty the coffers are. Yes, they have been blistered by injuries, and Joker Phillips and his staff might have arguably waved the white flag. The talent pool is thin, though, and for a university where the sport has always been an inoffensive prelude to the hardwood, even this degree of wanton awfulness is disconcerting. Arkansas, after all, spent the first half of the season as the headline disappointment of college football, a hulking mess of injuries and coaching dysfunction. The Hogs cleaned it up against a bad Auburn team, but still didn’t totally shimmer on offense. What they did against Kentucky, though, was electric. Freshman tailback Jonathan Williams bookended the first quarter with two dynamic touchdown receptions of 74 and 77 yards, slipping out of the backfield to take the ball in stride from Tyler Wilson. Between and beyond those plays, though, Arkansas demonstrated more sustained offensive rhythm than it has all season, with 24 first downs over only 40 minutes of action, and a rushing attack that was both assertive and physical. Dennis Johnson had a banner Saturday night with 82 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, and even Knile Davis recaptured a little bit of his 2010 vintage with some hard running. Wilson, for his part, put together another clean, almost effortless passing performance (372 yards, five scores). And for the second straight game,


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Arkansas was only victimized for a single touchdown. Defensively, the Hogs were less opportunistic BEAU than they were WILCOX against Auburn — they forced no turnovers this week — but were actually more collectively balanced. Kentucky tried to juggle QBs as the Tigers had done the week before, to no avail. Their two passers, Jalen Whitlow and Morgan Newton, combined to hit only four of 15 attempts, and the rest of the backfield was smothered to the tune of 66 rushing yards on 25 carries. Granted, Kentucky’s offensive line is of modest size and caliber, but the Cats’ front simply generated no forward inertia. It is an inescapable truth that the Hogs have likely battered the two worst teams in the conference the past two weeks. The garish 48-point beating that Texas A&M handed out on Sept. 29 had many of us musing about the cataclysm of a winless conference run, one that would leave the program so terminally crippled that it couldn’t possibly entice the kind of coaching hire needed for the long term. It’s hard to project how a 3-4 team will fare the rest of the way against the schedule that Arkansas has left, but it’s also hard to dismiss the recent surge as being gained solely by way of substandard competition. Auburn had just pushed LSU to the brink in a 12-10 loss the week before it faltered against the Hogs, and Kentucky had competed fairly well against South Carolina and Mississippi State in spite of being shorthanded. Now the bye week arrives, and prior to the commencement of this bizarre season, Pearls posited that it was welltimed. Now even that throwaway observation looks suspect. Just as the Hogs finally began to resolve some internal disharmony, there’s the potential for a week off to be more hindrance than help. When Ole Miss returns to Little Rock for the first time in two decades, what Razorback team will it see? The last Little Rock game was one of infamy, and with the notoriously imperiled state of future War Memorial Stadium games very much on everyone’s mind and tongue, if the Hogs regress and essentially cement a losing season by folding against the Rebels, you can probably put aside all those nagging worries you used to have about getting to the golf course early enough to get a plum tailgating spot.

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Explaining the boob More plurals gone wild: “Those officials asked Hamilton not to set bails for the three and instead let that issue be resolved once the new lawyers are hired.” Great bails of fire! From a British detective story: “They could then just shrug and say the mention of their mother was a colossal police boob. He tried to get from the policeman on the phone how he should explain the boob: Had there been an attempt on Bet’s life that she had survived? The policeman at the other end, who sounded Asian, remained stum.” In British slang, a boob is “an embarrassing mistake, a blunder”; stum is “not talking; uninformative.” The greatest British detective — the greatest of any nationality, for that matter — was Sherlock Holmes. “The Baker Street Irregulars were the world’s preeminent organization devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes, and Harold was its newest member.” The writer here is trying to have it both ways. First he uses a plural verb, were, with Baker Street Irregulars. Then, in the same sentence, he changes his mind and decides

that Baker Street Irregulars is singular, requiring a singular pronoun, its. I say this is cheating, and I’m DOUG somewhat confiSMITH dent Holmes would back me up on this. If the Baker Street Irregulars were, then Harold is their newest member. Elementary, my dear Watson, as Holmes would say. Actually, he wouldn’t say that, or at least he didn’t in any of the novels and stories written by Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though the phrase is often attributed to the master detective. It’s just about impossible to go to a Halloween party dressed as Sherlock Holmes and not say “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Apparently, the phrase, or something very similar, did appear in one or more of the many movies, plays and TV shows concerning Holmes. Incidentally, “Sherlock Holmes” is the answer to the trivia question, “Which fictional character has been played by the most actors?” Humphrey Bogart never played Sherlock Holmes, though. He never said “Play it again, Sam” either.


It was a good week for… ATTORNEY GENERAL DUSTIN MCDANIEL He revealed that he’s already raised more than $1 million for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign. REP. TRACY PENNARTZ Pennartz, of Fort Smith, running a tight race for state Senate District 9, got an endorsement from Rep. Rick Green of Van Buren, a Republican who lost in the Republican primary to Pennartz’s opponent, Sen. Bruce Holland of Greenwood. HERB RULE The Democratic candidate for the 2nd District got a PR boost from Partne Daugherty of Jacksonville, whose close examination of police videos and other records turned around a case against Surgeon General Joe Thompson after he was arrested at his own home. Daugherty has posted a lengthy video of the August DWI arrest of Rule in Fayetteville on YouTube. It does not appear to clearly depict an intoxicated man. Rule, who always maintained his innocence, was stopped for failing to signal a lane change on a four-lane street. Daugherty’s commentary on the YouTube page includes discrepancies she found in reviews of police records, including a more extensive report prepared on the arrest subsequent to a brief report provided to media and the fact that it includes a statement from one officer that he didn’t smell alcohol on Rule. See the video at arktimes. com/rule.

It was a bad week for… REP. JON HUBBARD After drawing international attention for his racist views on slavery and immigration, he compared his Democratic critics, including Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, to Hitler in a letter to the Jonesboro Sun. He said Democrats had “mobilized and orchestrated their army” to shut down a fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Fuqua, also in the news recently for his nutty views, at a Batesville restaurant. The restaurant owner later told Fox 16 the decision to cancel the fundraiser was his alone. THE ARKANSAS LOTTERY Sales in September were down $9 million. That’s a 23 percent drop from September 2011 sales. Lottery officials blamed the disparity on a $20 scratch-off ticket that was new and popular in September 2011. THE INFORMATION NETWORK OF ARKANSAS The private contractor that handles state Internet structure and bill processing experienced a glitch in its online statewide system for paying property taxes by credit card, which made the scene at county treasurers’ offices across the state chaotic on Monday, the deadline to pay property taxes. Twenty-three counties, including Pulaski County, reported problems with the system. Many of them extended deadlines for electronic payments a day.

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our first vacation in quite a while in a few weeks, an out-of-state jaunt to the Republic of Texas. We have our passport in order and the phone number of a good attorney in our wallet, so we feel we’re pretty well set. As for you, dear reader, never fear. Our devoted Deputies will be filling this column with almost-as-good drivel that week, so close to The Real Thing that only an expert in anonymous eavesdroppery could tell the difference. We just so happen to be the only one of those in the world to our knowledge, and we’ll never tell. Our upcoming trip will be The Observer’s first footstep inside the borders of Texas in over 25 years, the last having been a nightmarish, high-summer trip across the widest breadth of the state on the way to the Grand Canyon when Yours Truly was 13. Even when we try these days, we remember Texas not as a place, really, but just as a flat, yellow glare, punctuated by the suffocating wind that scoured our face every time we slid open the door of Ma’s Dodge Caravan. We’ve clearly blocked out everything else. Beyond that, though, it’s really just been convenience that has kept us out of Texas for a quarter decade, not some kind of Aggie hatred and definitely no burning desire to “Mess With” them, as those bumper stickers warn against. We just haven’t gotten over in that direction in a while. The real vacay is going to be the road trip, an activity we’ve long loved dearly for its own sake, but we’re officially heading down there for — and it pains us mightily to admit this in public, even anonymously — the Texas Renaissance Fair, a two-month event where they get medieval on the asses of over a quartermillion visitors at a 55-acre site just north of Houston. It’s the biggest one in the world, apparently, and features a special spooky-themed weekend just before Halloween, which is what we’ll be attending. Our lovely bride talked The Observer and Junior into going to a similar — though smaller — event in Oklahoma last year, and it turned out to be ye olde fun, with costumes and spook houses and turkey legs and non-alky grog and a hatchet throwing

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booth. Once we put away our inner teenager and got over the fact that we were participating in pretty much the geekiest thing in the universe outside of putting on a pair of Spock ears and attending a Star Trek convention, it was a really good time. Junior, in particular, enjoyed himself last year, and with him skidding ever onward toward adulthood, we have to take our good times with him where we can find them. Besides, The Observer loves people who are passionate and dedicated about things, and you don’t get much more passionate and dedicated than somebody willing to buy an honest-to-god suit of armor and clank around in it in the hot sun in The Year of Our Lord 2012. That said, we’re not going to be in the market for a furry vest, tights and a puffy shirt any time soon, so get your dreams of a photo of that right out of your head. We will, however, bring back some photos of Texas, if only to remind our future self that it’s more than heat and a dullyellow smear.

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month when summer finally quits the country and the world starts winding down to winter. We put on our jacket for the first time the other day, the black jean jacket we’ve been wearing as our primary wintertime cover since marriage, child and mortgage was but a dream. It’s always a momentous day when we step outside and realize that it’s jacket time — that there’s a low-hanging morning mist, and the air is chilly enough that a polo shirt ain’t gonna cut it, even with a T-shirt underneath. There’s a ritual to it, and we love it: Go to the back of the bedroom door. Take down the jacket, frayed at the hem and cuffs, which has been on our back drunk and sober, near and far from home, joyous and sad, in rain, sun, snow, sleet. Shake it out. Slip it on, praying that no black widows or brown recluses have taken up residence in its folds. Dip a hand into the pockets to find out who you were the last time you wore it. This time: two rumpled dollar bills, a receipt from the grocery store (taco salad night!), assorted pens, a half-filled reporter’s notebook, two tickets to a movie we don’t quite remember seeing, and some change.


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How bad is Arkansas? Or maybe the better question is which fatcat corporate interest group backed by the billionaire Koch Brothers of Kansas do you want to believe? A strong subtext of the election this year has been the million-dollarplus effort by Americans for Prosperity, a political organization established by the Koch brothers, corporate titans from Kansas whose properties include the vast Georgia-Pacific forest products company. The Kochs want to elect a majority Republican Arkansas legislature. Aim: low taxes, low regulation, no health care reform. To do it, they’ve been working to defeat individual Democrats and also working to sell a message that Arkansas is mired in a hopeless economic situation — high taxes, stagnant economy, poor education, rising debt — thanks to Democratic leadership. The Democratic Party, in ads narrated by Gov. Mike Beebe, has touted our balanced budget, his huge sales tax reduction and positive ratings on education rankings. So who you gonna believe? The question got more complicated this week when the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) issued its annual ranking of the states on economic policy and competitiveness. ALEC is also a corporate-funded group that specializes in writing corporate-friendly model legislation for conservative legislators. The Koch brothers have supported it, too. Guess what? ALEC’s latest report paints Arkansas among the top quintile of states. It ranked 10th in the so-called competitiveness index and 11th, up from 13th, for its positive economic outlook. Per capita income growth over the last decade ranks 7th in the country. Not too shabby. The news from ALEC didn’t cause a change in tune at AFP. Its paid state leader, Teresa Oelke, seemed to acknowledge it only with a flurry of Twitter blasts repeating its own preferred massaged numbers on the low state of Arkansas. Still trashing us, in other words. What do you bet that, if Republicans take the majority, the emphasis will switch to numbers putting Arkansas in a better light? By the way: the good numbers are not necessarily worth cheering. They reflect, among others, favorable tax circumstances, our anti-union law, a low minimum wage and similar policies only a corporate billionaire could love.

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Ambassador returns to Arkansas This time, she’ll shepherd world ambassadors. BY CAPRICIA PENAVIC MARSHALL


first fell in love with Arkansas in 1992 as a new staffer on then-Gov. Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign. The people are incredibly kind, the landscape is remarkably beautiful, the barbecue is the best in the country and the spirit of the state is extraordinary and unmistakable. I’ve returned many times in the two decades since, and that affection has remained and even grown. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered me so many wonderful opportunities to work in our nation’s government, and these have allowed me to return to this great state first as White House social secretary and now in my current position as the chief of protocol of the United States. As the chief of protocol, I am our nation’s chief liaison to visiting foreign dignitaries, which means I have the privilege of meeting a great deal of fascinating people from around the world. An important part of my job is to welcome kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and other foreign leaders when they visit the United States on official business. This includes overseeing their visits and facilitating bilateral meetings at the White House and the Department of State. I love the opportunity to engage with these leaders, in large part because it allows me to share my experiences with our country’s remarkable places, people and stories. In those moments, I often bring up Arkansas because I believe it’s one of the states that represents the best of America. While heads of state rarely have time to explore our great nation, the Office of Protocol has the privilege of showcasing our incredible country to these leaders’ top diplomats — their ambassadors to the United States — through a program called Experience America. Since 2007, Experience America has taken 11 trips with foreign ambas-

sadors from all corners of the globe to different cities and states across our great nation, and more than 100 countries MARSHALL have joined the trips we’ve organized. They are a key piece in our public diplomacy efforts to educate other nations about the United States and to strengthen our bonds economically, socially and politically with countries around the world. Working with the William J. Clinton Foundation, the office of Gov. Mike Beebe and many other public and private officials and organizations, we’re kicking off our latest trip with a schedule designed to put the Natural State on display and show our guests the people, business opportunities, and history of Arkansas. The goal of the trip is to connect the ambassadors with members of Arkansas’ business, cultural, and academic communities and build relationships. Developing economic partnerships is a major priority of the Experience America program. The ambassadors will participate in roundtables in both Little Rock and Fayetteville to engage with regional business leaders about the benefits and potential of doing business in Arkansas. Beyond an economic impact, by meeting a wide range of Arkansans from the state’s many diverse communities and hearing their stories, we will lay the groundwork to foster greater cross-cultural exchange and mutual understanding. This is what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called “Smart Power” — the idea that people-to-people engagement should and must be the foundation for successful international relations in the 21st Century.

Ambassadors to gather in Little Rock Nearly 45 ambassadors representing nations from four continents will gather in Little Rock Sunday, Oct. 21, for a three-day meeting in Arkansas that is part of the State Department’s Experience America program. The group will gather in Little Rock and remain in the state through the following Wednesday. The schedule includes a meeting Monday with Gov. Mike Beebe and tours of Central High School and the Arkansas Arts Center on Monday, and a visit Tuesday to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Leading the visit to Arkansas is Capricia Penavic Marshall, chief of protocol of the United States. She’s held the job for three years and carries the rank of ambassador. She worked in the Clinton White House as a special assistant to the first lady and as social secretary. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ambassador Marshall is a first-generation American born to a father of Croatian descent and a mother of Mexican heritage. She graduated from Purdue University in 1986, and received a law degree in 1990 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she served as Student Bar Association president. Martin wrote the accompanying article about her visit for the Times.

We will also showcase Arkansas’s world-class art facilities, which will include tours of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville. In addition, these chiefs of mission will visit the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville to experience how a vibrant and energetic community can bolster the academic experience of tens of thousands of college students. It is no wonder that President Clinton, Dr. Maya Angelou, Sen. J. William Fulbright, Johnny Cash and so many other American legends hail from this very special place. The ambassadors will no doubt leave with a new appreciation for the natural beauty, burgeoning economic development, and remarkably kind people that have defined Arkansas. Just as I fell in love with the state during my first visit, I am certain that many of the ambassadors will do the same. We look forward to seeing you in your businesses, restaurants and shops, and know you will show our guests the very best Arkansas has to offer.




MEDICAL MARIJUANA SCARE TACTICS The fight is underway in earnest for voter approval of the initiated act to allow sick people to obtain marijuana for medical use, with doctors’ approval, at state-regulated dispensaries. In recent days, the Family Council Action Committee unveiled a wholly dishonest and blatantly racist TV ad against the act, and the Arkansas Baptist Convention launched an email campaign, also filled with misinformation. In response Chris Kell of Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the committee working for passage of the measure, offered the following point-by-point rebuttal of the opposition. Read an extended version with citations from the act itself at

The proposed marijuana law? Don’t kid yourself. It’s really about making it easier to get illegal drugs.* Recreational marijuana — its possession, use, distribution, and cultivation — will remain illegal in Arkansas; the same penalties will apply for violations of the law. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act establishes a regulatory framework for providing sick and dying patients safe access to an effective medicine they need today.

Prescriptions? Pharmacies? Not necessary… No oversight either. The grass growers and dope dealers will be in charge.*

Almost anyone will qualify grow, use and distribute this dangerous drug.* Only patients suffering from one of 15 debilitating conditions will be allowed to obtain a licensed Arkansas physician’s recommendation to grow and use medical marijuana. They must live more than five miles from a dispensary.

Non-profit dispensaries inspected and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health will issue medical marijuana only to qualifying patients with a doctor’s recommendation. Because of their non-profit status, dispensaries will actually have more oversight than pharmacies, and unlike pharmacies their numbers will be limited. The Arkansas Department of Health will entirely oversee the Arkansas Medical Marijuana program and will require written certifications from licensed Arkansas physicians for qualifying medical conditions.

The doctor’s certificate, unlike a prescription, never has to be renewed and the patient never has to be reevaluated. The certificate is good for a lifetime.^ The physician’s written certification that a patient has a qualifying condition is only used to obtain a license from the Arkansas Department of Health — which will then issue a “Registry Identification Card” stating the patient’s status as a Medical Marijuana patient. Pursuant to Section 105, subsection (e)…Registry Identification Cards expire one year after the date of issuance, unless the Physician states in the written certification that he believes the Qualifying Patient would benefit from medical marijuana only until a specified earlier date, then the Registry Identification Card shall expire on that date. In order to renew your “Registry Identification Card” you must provide a new written certification from your physician.

If medical marijuana was good medicine, groups like the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society would endorse these measures. By and large, the medical community simply does not support state marijuana initiatives.^ A large and growing number of medical and health organizations have recognized marijuana’s medical value. And in 2009, the AMA — the largest and traditionally the most cautious and conservative physician organization — made a major shift in its position, calling on the federal government to reconsider marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug, which bars medical use under federal law. Surveys of physicians also show strong support for medical marijuana. For example, a 2005 national survey of physicians conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion found that 73 percent of doctors supported use of marijuana to treat nausea, pain, and other symptoms associated with AIDS, cancer and glaucoma. Fifty-six percent would recommend medical marijuana to patients if permitted by state law, even if it remained illegal under federal law. *Family Council ad, ^Arkansas Baptist Convention e-mail

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INSIDER, CONT. the Arkansas congressional delegation lacking in support for public-interest legislation. Sen. Mark Pryor scored 50 percent on Public Citizen’s latest Congressional Scorecard, and his was the highest score. The only other Democrat in the delegation, Rep. Mike Ross, was second with 30 percent. Sen. John Boozman scored 20 percent, and the three Republican representatives — Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack — were at 10 percent each. Public Citizen rated the legislators for their votes on selected bills. For example, Boozman voted for a bill to roll back emissions standards for power plants. Pryor voted against it. In the House, Ross was the only one to vote against a bill limiting the legal rights of medical malpractice victims. Crawford, Griffin and Womack were for it. Arkansas’s scores were comparable to those of other Southern, Republican-majority delegations. In Connecticut, which has a seven-member delegation, six Democrats and an independent, three members scored 100 percent, and the lowest score was 40 percent. That was the independent, Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Mark your calendar In December, the Arkansas Times is sponsoring two special programs in partnership with the Clinton School for Public Service and the Little Rock Film Festival. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Argenta Film Series at the Argenta Community Theater will screen “Paradise Lost,” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s 1996 documentary about the child murders in West Memphis and the three men who came to be known as the West Memphis Three. Following the film, one of the three, Jason Baldwin, will make his first public appearance in the state since he and Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley were released from Arkansas prisons last year after submitting an Alford plea, under which a defendant asserts innocence while pleading guilty. He’ll be joined by filmmaker Joe Berlinger and Times contributor Mara Leveritt, the author of “Devil’s Knot” and a forthcoming sequel that also explores the West Memphis Three case. On Thursday, Dec. 13, Baldwin, Berlinger and Leveritt will participate in a panel discussion at the Clinton School entitled “The Case for Cameras in Court.” Judges rarely allow trials to be videotaped. Had Berlinger and Sinofsky not been allowed to film the trials of Baldwin, Echols and Misskelley, most believe Baldwin and Misskelley would still be in jail and Echols, who was sentenced to death, would have been executed. Keep your calendar free, and we’ll let you know in this space when and where to RSVP for seats to these two free events.

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Without Hays on the ballot, the mayor’s race in North Little Rock is wide open. BY ERIC FRANCIS


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atrick Henry Hays, Esq., a lawyer who won the mayor’s office in 1988 and made it his own, fending off all comers and establishing a reputation as a steady and sometimes strong-armed administrator, is finally retiring. His City Hall office overlooking Main Street will have a new occupant for the first time since the Reagan years. The city’s riverfront navy — which Hays single-mindedly built over sometimes vociferous objections to the cost of bringing in a WWII submarine and trying to acquire a Pearl Harbor tugboat — will need a new admiral. Residents of the state’s sixth-largest city have four wannabes to choose from. Conventional wisdom would give the advantage either to Joe Smith, the city’s director of commerce and government relations and Hays’ right-hand man for a quarter-century, or Tracy Steele, an accomplished campaigner who represented parts of the city in the legislature for 14 years and would be the first black mayor if elected (he’s the second black mayoral candidate). Likewise, bookies would give steep odds against former City Council member John Parker, who’s running simultaneously for mayor and Ward 3 alderman, or Mark Clinton, a first-time candidate who expounds fiscal conservatism and traditional values. All races for city office are nonpartisan, so nobody is running on a party ticket. But North Little Rock has a history of picking a dark horse now and again. There was Terry Hartwick in 1984, who beat incumbent Mayor Reed Thompson. In 1972, the mayoral heir apparent John Blodgett lost to Bob Rosamond, in large part because of his “Pin A Rose On Me” jingle. Back in 1947, Eldor Johnson (who has a Burns Park pavilion named after him) came along as a total political neophyte and beat James N. Laman (father of the future mayor Casey Laman) in a race without an incumbent. So there’s no telling which candidate’s appeal could tweak the heartstrings (or spike the outrage meters) of north-side voters. Throw on top the fact it’s the first election in 24 years where nobody named Hays is running, and this contest might be a lot wider open than it might first seem. ♦♦♦

North Little Rock is a two-degrees-of-separation kind of town, where everybody seems to know everybody through somebody else, often because they’ve done business with them. (Full disclosure: I once worked on contract on a grant for the city and worked with Joe Smith in that endeavor, and I’ve done freelance editing for Tracy Steele’s Stand Foundation. Both jobs were several years ago.) The most successful politicians here have always had a touch of the populist — they know you by name, and your kids’ names, and how many grandbabies you have — and their tactics embody the retail politics tradition of Arkansas. Talk to enough people and you’ll come away with an impression that, for a large chunk of the population, this election is a referendum on the tenure of Pat Hays. The six-term incumbent often embodied the city’s contradictory nature. He was immensely popular, only once drawing less than 65 percent of the vote in a mayoral election. Comfortable in any sort of a crowd, he generally found warm welcomes in all the city’s precincts — wealthy and poor, white and black, young and old, white-collar and blue.

But he also never sat well with a certain subset of the city, one that itself defied easy demographic description. Some folks just didn’t like Hays, didn’t trust him, and didn’t appreciate how he ran things. He got crossways with the police and firefighter unions early on and they never quite got over it. Hays could also govern with a heavy hand when it suited him (which wasn’t often), and he wasn’t afraid to flex the muscles of a strong mayor’s office. Whether it’s fair or not, those same voters see Joe Smith as representative of another term for the Hays administration — and Hays has, in fact, endorsed Smith’s candidacy. Smith is a fourth-generation North Little Rock resident. He and his wife Missie live in the Overbrook area, which borders on Sherwood, and have a son, a daughter and two granddaughters. Before joining city government in 1989, 11 months into Hays’ first term, Smith was a partner with Mack McLarty in several automobile dealerships (“I sold Renaults in Hope!” he boasts with a laugh) but traded 15-hour days, seven days a week for being available to the mayor 24/7. His current salary is $78,514. “My goal will not ever be to fill the mayor’s shoes,” said Smith, who is on leave from his “I will have to buy my city job while campaigning. “I own pair of shoes. I’ll just will have to buy my own pair of have to see where I’m shoes. I’ll just have to see where I’m comfortable in this role and comfortable in this role how the citizens of North Little and how the citizens of Rock want me. If they want me North Little Rock want me. at a dog’s birthday party” — a nod to the incumbent’s flair for If they want me at a dog’s turning up anywhere, anytime, to birthday party, then I will deliver a proclamation or shake try my best to be there, or some hands — “then I will try my best to be there, or have someone have someone from the from the city represent us. We city represent us.” want to be a part of everything.” — Talking about city issues with Smith feels like inside baseball; JOE SMITH his job (and Hays’ trust) means he’s had his fingers in the city’s every pie at one time or another. He sees that as a strength for his campaign, the ability to provide continuity for the people of North Little Rock. “One reason I feel so motivated to run for this position is the city is going to be in a very unique situation, because you’ve got three top managers — the mayor, me, [Finance Director] Bob Sisson — well, the mayor’s retiring, Bob is retiring, and probably two or three department heads are going to retire here in a year or so,” Smith said. “I think it’s very important we have management in place in the mayor’s position that knows what it takes to make these selections of these department heads.” Smith sees a need for more business-style management in the city. He anticipates shifting some department heads around so they’re in posts better suited to them, and wants to continue finding talented young people to bring into the administration. He says he’ll structure things so there won’t be a crisis if unexpected departures or retirements make it necessary to shuffle people around. And he says he won’t be cutting any city jobs. “I’ve got 15 to 18 years in private enterprise,” he said. “I’ve run companies, I’ve had to deal with those issues.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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“I made that commitment to my trash guys long ago,” he said. “I want city employees to know they will have a friend in the administration.” John Parker, who represented Ward 3 on the City Council from 2005 to 2009, says he’s running for mayor because the opportunity to seek the office without challenging an incumbent doesn’t come around that often. “Frankly, I’m as qualified as any of the others,” said Parker. “I served on the City Council before and would like to again.” In fact, he’s running a concurrent campaign for the Ward 3 alderman’s seat, which he calls “a default race.”

not just a matter of potholes, it’s a matter of taking up asphalt and putting it down again. On some of our streets, it’s like driving on a washboard.” Parker also said an east end fire station would be a priority. In fact, he said, it had been a priority back when he was on the council. “Why it hasn’t been addressed is a mystery to me,” he said. As far as a funding source for projects like these, Parker wants the city to live within its revenue means; to that end, once the city’s hydroelectric plant is paid off, he thinks the money that went to pay those bonds should be put to work to handle the necessities for the residents of the city. (The


Steele counts himself a North Little Rock native, for all that he was born in Toledo. His family had spent several generations in Arkansas but his parents — the late Frank and Susie Steele — had moved to Ohio where his father had found work. They were back in North Little Rock by the time Steele was 7 and he attended city schools, then he took his academic acumen and basketball skills to Rice, where he majored in political science. “Opportunities as a Rice graduate were pretty plentiful back in the ’80s,” he said. “But I made a really conscious decision to come back to Arkansas, specifically to North Little Rock, to give back to my community. I always loved North Little Rock, this city. It would, to me, be the ultimate honor to use my experience and skills to help take this city to another level.” Steele and his wife of 19 years, Cassandra, live in the old Cassinelli house on nearly an acre of land in “I, as mayor, would meet a mid-city neighborhood a stone’s throw from the with the council on a high-density lots of downquarterly basis, talk to town. Their daughter is 15 them about issues so there and attends Parkview Arts Magnet High School, and would be no surprises. their 10-year-old son is at They have a responsibility, Gibbs International Studas well, and that is to ies Magnet in Little Rock “but he can’t wait to get to communicate back to their Lakewood,” Steele says. community organizations. Having spent part That’s how I want to of his childhood in the Shorter Gardens public see North Little Rock housing development, government become then spending years as a more open.” legislator in the State Capitol, Steele says he under— stands the issues that TRACY STEELE affect people across the economic spectrum and that he can be “a mayor for all neighborhoods.” He says that engaging communities will be a keystone of his administration; he says more openness will help avoid the kind of surprises that led to public outcry such as the proposed sale of land in the old Big Rock Quarry, below Emerald Park, to private developers. To that end he’d form a “citizens’ council” made up of representatives of neighborhood groups. “I, as mayor, would meet with the council on a quarterly basis, talk to them about issues so there would be no surprises,” he said. “They have a responsibility, as well, and that is to communicate back to their community organizations. That’s how I want to see North Little Rock government become more open.” And by the way, if he wins, Steele promised the Indian Hills crowd, his first day as mayor will start early. On a garbage truck.

SMITH: A finger in the NLR pie.

Parker is a lifelong city resident with two grown sons and two grandchildren. He was educated in the public schools here and approves of the district’s ambitious plan to replace or renovate every school building, funded by a recent millage hike. Parker lives in the Scenic Hill neighborhood and has worked as a district manager for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for 24 years. That job takes him all over North Little Rock on a daily basis, he says, which means he’s intimately familiar with one of the city’s needs: Better roads. “We haven’t had a resurfacing program going on in ... well, I can’t remember the last time we had crews out resurfacing our streets,” said Parker. “It’s

city will realize savings on its hydro payments soon because it just restructured its debts, including the hydro bonds, to lower interest rates; total principal on the hydro bonds will be paid off in 2025.) Parker isn’t dissatisfied with the direction of the city as a whole. He said North Little Rock has been progressive and should continue to be so, but where there are deficiencies, they must be addressed. One of those areas is the relationship between the mayor’s office and the police and fire unions. “It’s a matter of having an open discussion and being able to communicate with the police department and fire department and make them CONTINUED ON PAGE 18


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understand we’re all here to serve the people of North Little Rock, and we’ll do it with the bestequipped, best-trained departments we can possibly have,” he said. Parker wouldn’t mind seeing the U.S.S. Hoga tugboat brought to the city as planned, as long as “We haven’t had a it was paid for with private funds. Likewise, as mayor resurfacing program he would work with going on in ... well, I can’t Union Pacific on estabremember the last time we lishing some sort of railroad museum that would had crews out resurfacing pay tribute to the city’s our streets. It’s not just a long ties to that industry, matter of potholes, it’s a but only if it can be created without expense to matter of taking up asphalt the taxpayers. and putting it down again. Ask him an openOn some of our streets, ended question, though — “What else would you like it’s like driving on a to see for the city?” — and washboard.” Parker will pause, then — explain that speculation isn’t his style. JOHN PARKER “I don’t have canned answers,” he explains. “I believe in North Little Rock, I think that North Little Rock is one of the best places in the world to live, and I would like to see everyone as proud as I am and sell North Little Rock, make it a destination for work, school, and a place to raise your family.”


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Clinton, in his first run at elected office, is a third-generation resident. His grandfather was an engineer for the Missouri Pacific Railroad; his father was an educator for the state Health Department, his mother a librarian for the city’s public school system, which Clinton attended. He’s 16 years into his second marriage, to pediatrician Kim Clinton, and has raised four adopted children. He lives in the Overbrook neighborhood and is an independent risk management consultant. “The tipping point on running was Mayor Hays deciding not to run,” he said. “I was entertaining a run anyway, with the success that [2008 mayoral challenger] Bubba Lloyd had last time and the closeness of the race. The property rights issues ... the hillside cut, all the rest of those things prompted my entry into the race.” The hillside cut refers to a proposal by First Pentecostal Church on Interstate 40 to build a new parking lot involving excavation into the hillside behind the church, on top of which sit homes on Skyline Drive in the Park Hill neighborhood. Residents of the area had complained the plan put their property values at risk, and the City Council ultimately rejected it on a unanimous vote. A Republican and a member of the Tea Party, Clinton doesn’t consider himself a Tea Party candidate (“They’ve definitely not helped to the extent I’m a candidate of theirs”). Instead he’s positioned himself as the independent businessman who’s outside the system and can see the city’s problems better for it.

“I’m a private business person. I don’t have investors, I have customers. I don’t get paid unless I work,” he told the crowd at the Indian Hills Neighborhood Association’s political forum on Oct. 9. He promised more transparency, not only in government but in the mayor’s own business. Clinton said he’d post his personal financial dealings for everyone to see as a way to lead by example — and he said he would ask board and commission appointees to do the same. The end, he said, was to make sure there were no instances of people turning city business to their own advantage. “Particularly with real estate deals, there’s definitely the potential if not the actuality of people in the know profiting from those deals,” he said. “I’m not saying anyone has done anything wrong, what I am saying is the potential is as plain as the nose on my face.” Clinton said he’ll reveal his corporate and personal tax returns, and his checking account statement, and he and his wife won’t invest in any other real estate than the home they already own. He envisions this as the equivalent of the federal Stock Act signed into law this year, which prohibits members of Congress and their staffs from using nonpublic knowledge gained during performance of their duties to pursue insider trading and personal enrichment. “I’m perfectly willing to put all our information out there to the public,” he said. “I don’t think I can expect anyone else to be forthcoming if I’m not forthcoming.”

Open government was the common theme of three of the candidates at the Indian Hills forum (Parker was absent). Smith said one of his first acts would be to create a communications department that would be tasked with keeping the public up to date on all government activities, something “we do an average job at right now, but I think we can do a much better job to get out word of what’s going on, what legislation is going to be, what kind of developments we’re working on, so that you’ll know.” And Steele promised “a government that is fair, above board, completely transparent,” and also proposed something along the lines of a City Council Road Show. “I will have actual City Council meetings in every ward in this city,” at least quarterly, he said. “There’s no reason why they all have to be downtown.” Public safety and street repairs were also common themes. If Clinton mentioned building a fire station in the city’s eastern stretch beyond Rose City once, he mentioned it half a dozen times. Steele, too, brought up the fire station, and while Smith may not have named it as a top priority, he did praise the police and fire departments as the equal of any in the state. “I don’t think they’ve been underfunded,” Smith said, “but they’ve probably been underpaid.” Public safety is some of the rougher ground Smith will tread on in this campaign. Four years ago, the police and fire unions endorsed Hays’ opponent, Walter “Bubba” Lloyd, and members hit the streets campaigning for him; Hays still won 55 percent of

the vote, but it was his smallest margin of victory as mayor. This year, both the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Fire Fighters locals have endorsed Steele. And that just might sting a little for the son of a career North Little Rock cop, G.L. Smith, who retired as assistant chief. “Daddy hated politics,” said Smith. “I think he ended up retiring maybe four or five years earlier than he wanted to because of the political turmoil going on in the city in 1979.” And Smith acknowledged that his father’s distaste for politicking, in part, kept him from seeking office earlier. “He has gently rolled over in his grave, no doubt, since the first part of this year,” he acknowledged with a smile. “My mother, on the other hand, is probably standing up cheering ‘Go, Joe, go!’ ” But with Hays stepping down, Smith says he saw a void to be filled and he felt his experience in running the city made it his responsibility to step up and give the residents of North Little Rock “an opportunity to continue the progress and successful management we’ve had over the past 25 years.” Management figures heavily in Smith’s pitch to voters. During the Oct. 9 forum he mentioned his experience managing city employees, managing city contracts, managing the city’s electric utility (the state’s sixth largest). If his retiring boss was known for style first, Smith was flogging his substance. “Do your homework,” he told the crowd. “Research me, research my opponents. Find peo-

ple who have worked for them over the last 20 years and see what other people think. Find out who’s got the management experience, who’s got the leadership experience.” And where Steele can cite the public safety unions’ backing, Smith notes that many past presidents of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce have endorsed him and “they know what it takes to be mayor and they know I can do the job.” Steele, though, is not about to concede ques“I’m perfectly willing to tions of leadership. He points to 14 years split put all our information out between the state House there to the public. I don’t of Representatives and think I can expect anyone Senate — he calls that “an eternity” in the age else to be forthcoming if of term limits — and the I’m not forthcoming.” nonprofit Stand! Foun— dation he runs, which is dedicated to leadership MARK CLINTON training among youth. It also paid him a $77,000 salary, according to a 2010 IRS filing, and some critics (including this paper) found fault with Steele soliciting donations for the organization from businesses while serving in the legislature. Steele also notes that Smith isn’t the only one to be mentored by a popular mayor. As a boy of 8 or 9 years old, Steele was brought to council meetings by his mother. CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

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he said. “My mother, maybe without knowing it then, exposed me to something I would do for a long, long time.”



STEELE: Seeking the ultimate honor.

“I thought it was cruel and unusual punishment to be sitting through a City Council meeting,” he said. “But I think it was my third one when I started to become interested, get familiar with some of the names. “Something happened to me that I’ll never forget; after a meeting a gentleman came up to me, and he looked down and I looked up at him, and I thought he was a giant,” laughed Steele, who

would grow to 6-foot-4 and lead the Rice Owls basketball team in assists in 1984 and 1985. “He reached down and shook my hand and said, ‘How are you, young man? My name is Casey Laman.’ ” That handshake marked the start of a long friendship, Steele said, but it also marked his first exposure to public service. “I decided then I wanted to do something that was important, that would really help people,”


Whether or not the 2012 mayor’s race is a vote of confidence in the outgoing incumbent will probably be hashed out in the neighborhood diners and bars of North Little Rock long after the actual election is over. But the mere fact that the ubiquitous Pat Hays, with his phenomenal name recognition north of the river, isn’t a candidate means things are wide open. Shortly after the filing period closed, Clinton says, he was shown a poll that showed 16 percent support for Smith, 22 percent for Steele, and 11 percent for himself, while the undecideds clocked in at a whopping 51 percent. He calls those “orphan votes” and believes that if enough of them break his way, his chances would be as good as anyone’s. Of course there’s no telling which way those votes will go, or if there will be an outright winner or a runoff. This is a city where it’s especially imprudent to count your chickens too early. Or as Clinton put it: “In North Little Rock, anything can happen.”

Eric Francis, a freelance writer living in Argenta, is a former editor of The North Little Rock Times.

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and get best people possible to work on this film because it’s going to take a lot of technical work to get it done.

‘RAPTURE US’: Quinn Gasaway, left, and Levi Agee in a still from the teaser.


Levi Agee seeking funds to realize his end-times vision. BY ROBERT BELL


ike many young filmmakers, Levi Agee is working with a small budget to make his short film “Rapture Us,” which he wrote and will direct and star in. Agee’s project was recently accepted by the nonprofit crowdfunding site USA Projects, which works exclusively with artists and provides matching funds for successful campaigns. Watch Agee’s pitch and a teaser for the film at raptureus. The campaign ends Nov. 1, and as of Tuesday, it’s about $950 shy of its goal.

Give us the short synopsis of “Rapture Us.” “Rapture Us” is about a young, devoted Christian named Toby. He lives with his mom, who’s very sick, he takes care of her. And one day he wakes up after some strange circumstances and finds out she’s gone. Certain other things lead him to believe that the rapture has happened, which is a Christian end-times phenomenon that supposedly ushers in the apocalypse. He’s befuddled as to why he wasn’t part of all these Christians being taken up to heaven, and he’s very confused about why he was left behind. He encounters someone who was raised from dead who has an idea of how he can get into heaven and tells him that he has to break all the Ten Commandments to get God’s attention. They set out to run around in the 24 hours after this happened and break lots of God’s laws and test each other’s limits of faith and friendship and predictability. 22

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What is the minimum budget you’ll need to make the film and how much have you raised so far? Our minimum budget originally was $5,000. We started with an Indiegogo campaign to reach that goal, and we made about three grand off that and another $500 from a fundraiser at White Water Tavern, so we still have some money to raise. We found a producer who’s going to help us with some of the budget, but we’re still not close to our goal. To have the crew size and special effects and the locations we need, and makeup, like we say in our video for USA Projects, we need about $7,500 to make a good video. So I’d say we’re a little bit more than halfway there. We reached out to USA Projects via the Arkansas Arts Council. I was desperate after that, like I’ve got to figure out some way to make money, and I don’t know of anything short of plasma donation and I don’t think my wife would be cool with that. So I just emailed anybody I could, I was like, “What grants are there? How can you be an artist in Arkansas and get helped out to do stuff?” It was very confusing on how to raise money on something like this. Cheri Leffew from the Arkansas Arts Council pointed me to this website and was like, “Hey, this is a nonprofit, it’s kind of like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but they’re not trying to make money. This website is just for people like you, struggling artists who

don’t have ways to make money.” So now we’ve got about [16 days] left to raise the rest of our budget, and I’m hoping that it gets the attention of people outside of our circle of friends and filmmakers, because everyone I know is poor. Our goal is to attract the attention of some wealthy philanthropists or spoiled rich kids that won’t have an agenda against the world and they just want to blow some money on something. You would buy a thousanddollar painting to put in your house. Why not spend a thousand dollars on a living piece of art? Sponsoring a filmmaker’s vision should be the same as if you want to buy a really nice painting. They wouldn’t even have to be that wealthy. You’re only looking for a few thousand dollars total, right? Yeah, that’s what’s so scary. We’re doing a short film that we hope we can turn into a feature at some point. And there have been films made around here for $10,000, $25,000, $50,000, for short films. If we were making a feature it would be 10 times that much. People are making indie features now for one or two million. I can understand the frustration of finding funders for those types of films. I totally get why it takes so long to secure funding for these weird ideas. Not everyone wants to gamble their money because they’re not always going to make it back, and usually they don’t. It’s got to be a passion thing. For our crew, I’d love to be able to pay them

How did you connect with Quinn Gasaway, who played Boy Hogwallop (“I’m gonna R-U-N-N-O-F-T!”) in the Coen brothers film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and stars as Toby? I met him probably about five or six years ago, I used to work in a Blockbuster in North Little Rock, and I think that’s where he went to school. I had a mutual friend, we were doing the 48-Hour Film Project a long time ago, it was the first film I did outside of film school, and someone said, “I know the guy who was in ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and I was a huge Coen brothers fan, so I freaked out, like “I’ve got to meet this guy.’ ” And since I met him at the store or whatever, I’ve just been freakishly stalking him to get him to work, and we worked together on that film. And he knew all his lines. He had this different energy about him. He’s a real actor. Yeah, exactly. It was a different level of thing from most of the people I’d been working with as far as acting goes. Normally, in the film program at UCA, the filmmakers would be the actors. We hardly ever used real, hardcore actors in our projects, just because of time or whatever. Working with Quinn was a revelation, so I wrote this role for him. He’s been in Chicago for a while working on the acting thing, and he sent me a message six or seven months ago saying he was in town and wanted to do something and I said, “I’ve got this part for you, if you’re going to be in Arkansas, I’d love to do this with you.” He read the script and liked it and we’ve been working on it together ever since. What’s the schedule? If you reach $7,500 by the end of the month, when do you start filming and when do you finish? Our goal was to film the last weekend of October, because our story is set in the fall. There’s actually a Halloween scene in the film, so we were hoping to shoot on Halloween. Right now we’re still looking for crew and a couple of locations. If we can get everything to that point, we’d love to shoot at the end of October, or at the latest, it would be mid to late November that we shoot. Then we edit, score, do the music, color correct and sound design in January-February, and then have something ready by spring.

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A&E NEWS SURELY THE BIG CATS NEED LITTLE IN THE WAY of introduction ’round these parts. The band is closing in on two decades of turning out catchy, melodic rock ’n’ roll with a power-pop tinge. Last year saw the release of “The Ancient Art of Leaving: High & Low.” The second installment, “The Ancient Art of Leaving: Two Parts,” is out Nov. 6 on Max Recordings. So after you’ve gone and voted (it is your civic duty, after all), you can pick that baby up on a shiny CD, as a download, or, if you dig good ol’ vinyl for your listening purposes, The Big Cats have got three of ’em for you. That’s right, the Cats are entering that most rarefied of rock realms by releasing a triple-elpee, thus joining the likes of The Clash and George Harrison. It includes both installments of the album, is pressed on 180-gram wax and it’s $25 (and you’ll also get a download of the whole thing). They’re doing a super limited run — just 300 — so if you want one, you might ought to go ahead and pre-order it. And hey, Collector Nerd Alert! The first 100 copies will be pressed up on clear vinyl! YOUR OL’ PALS HERE AT THE TIMES LOVE FEW THINGS more than giving away tickets to concerts, dance recitals, plays, films, performance art exhibitions, you-name-it. We’ve got three pairs of passes to see Rufus Wainwright, Oct. 18 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas (see this week’s To-Do List). To enter, email with RUFUS in the subject line. You ought to do that by, let’s call it noon on Oct. 17. We’ll put the names into our special hat that we keep around just for drawing names out of and announce the winners that afternoon on Rock Candy. Now, for the readers who don’t wind up winning tickets to the show, you all can still get a deal using this super-secret discount code. When you buy your tickets online ( just enter the promo code “Rufus” at the checkout. You’ll get tickets for $20 (they’re normally $30-$40). INDIEWIRE REPORTED LAST WEEK that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, whose films “Shotgun Stories” and “Take Shelter” won critical acclaim and festival accolades, will chair the International Jury at this year’s Rome Film Festival, Nov. 9-17. “Mud,” the latest entry in the growing Nichols oeuvre, is set to be released next year via Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.

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9 p.m. Juanita’s. $15.

What we have here is nothing short of one of the most influential heavy bands of all time taking on a heroic feat of touring that would surely whip the asses of lesser groups: The Melvins are attempting to set a world record by playing all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 51 consecutive days (Little Rock is show No. 43). They got rolling Sept. 5 up in Anchorage, Alaska. Do you know how long ago that probably seems to them? Do you think any of these young, eyeliner/denim leggings/ expensive-gear-that-mom-and-dadpaid-for clowns could ever withstand such an ordeal? Pffffft. Yeah, right. So one great thing that’s come out of this herculean endeavor is that the band is keeping a tour blog over at I highly recommend it. It’s hilarious, chock-full of unsparing observations about the vagaries of the road, excellent trash-talking of various bloatedcorpse rock gods and other withering commentary on worthy targets. Sample headlines: “Eating Bathroom Lettuce,” “Patchouli Vs. Farts” and “Bono is a ‘Rich Idiot,’ Freak Asks About Cobain.” Pro-tip: Don’t ask about Cobain. Other pro-tip: Don’t scream any requests. I saw Melvins 13 years ago in Missoula, Mont., at a place that, if memory serves, was called The Cowboy Bar. It was a killer

STATE-TO-STATE: Melvins play at Juanita’s Wednesday as part of their “51 States in 51 Days” tour (they believe D.C. should be considered a state).

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The Hot Springs Documentary Festival enters its final days with a promising line-up. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, “The Perfect Victims” makes its world premiere. The film tells the story of three women convicted of killing their abusive husbands who were denied the opportunity to enter the abuse into evidence (it screens again at 1:30 p.m. Sunday). “Detropia,” perhaps the most acclaimed film in the festival, examines the economic devastation of Detroit. It plays at 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Fans of cinema verite and history, take special note: On Friday, beginning at 6:55 p.m., the festival will 24

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best-case scenario, your entreaties will be ignored. They’re gonna play what they wanna play, so how about just zip

it and enjoy the show. Opening the show is Tweak Bird, a two-bro combo specializing in twisted psychedelic rock. RB

WEDNESDAY 10/17 screen a trilogy of films by verite pioneer Robert Drew on John F. Kennedy, the short “Primary” and features “Adventures on the New Frontier” (about the early days of the Kennedy presidency) and “Crisis” (about Kennedy’s showdown with George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama). Three shorts by Larry Foley on Crystal Bridges (“Art of Crystal Bridges”), Fayetteville (“Up Among the Hills”) and Arkansas Baptist (“Growing Hope”) screen at 4 p.m. Saturday. At 7 p.m. that night director James Keach screens his work in progress documentary on Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour, which was filmed in part in Arkansas. Members of the Campbell family will be in attendance. Go to for a complete schedule. LM


11 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.

So I went to the Arkansas State Fair last Sunday with the fam. Here are some of my food recommendations: the “medium” corndog will suffice for most people or even small groups of people. It’s very tasty, but there is a lot of it — about a foot and a half, by my eyeball estimate — so think twice before ordering the “large.” Regarding beer: Miller Lite pairs incredibly well with nearly any food available at the fair. Get the larger one (32 oz.), it’s your better value. The beef kebab from the trailer at the east end of the grounds was smoky, tender, truly exceptional. Funnel cakes were as ubiquitous as they were disconcertingly delicious. If you detect a certain stodgy conservatism with my

fair-food picks, you have detected correctly. I don’t go in for any of these “beef sundae” or “chocolate-covered-pickledokra” shenanigans. No sir, I stay with the tried-and-true over the ever-escalating “deep-fried-something-implausible” brinksmanship that has gripped the fairfood community in recent years. This week’s music offerings include: The See and This Holy House on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; Dustin Lynch, The Farm, Casey James and Morgan Frazier Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; That One Guy, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown and prog-rockers Kansas on Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Christian Simmons Saturday at 7 p.m.; and The Texaco Country Showdown and Beautiful Disaster winding things down Sunday starting at 2 p.m. RB







7:30 p.m. UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall. $30-$40.

7 p.m., Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center. $10-25.


Rufus Wainwright has described his most recent long-player, “Out of The Game,” as being “the most pop album I’ve ever made.” It’s also, courtesy of producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele), imbued with a sublimely ’70s vibe and a refreshingly loose, live sound. As Wainwright recently told Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC’s Q talk show, the album was recorded on actual tape and mostly with live takes of him and his band performing together. That’s something I wish more artists were willing to try. The title track that opens “Out of The Game,” is a gorgeously languid gem, a lamentation about the exhausting world outside, with awesome female backup singers magically transported from some mid-’70s Lou Reed recording session. By contrast, “Bitter Tears” has a decidedly ’80s sound, with a pulsing beat that’s way down in the mix and icy synthesizers contrasting with the song’s uplifting melodies. The whole album is really good. Despite the album title, Wainwright is in no way out of the game;

TOP OF HIS GAME: Rufus Wainwright performs Thursday at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall.

he’s absolutely on top of it. Concerts of this stature don’t come around every week, so the discerning pop fan is hereby advised not to miss what will in all likelihood be a fantastic concert from a distinctive musical voice. RB

When was the last time you saw classical Moroccan music performed in front of colorful, swirling dancers clapping iron castanets? If it’s been a little while, you’ve got a chance on Thursday when Majid Bekkas, an acclaimed music professor from Sale, Morocco, plays the guembri, a three-stringed bass lute, accompanied by his Majjid Bekkas Gnawa Ensemble. And there will be a West African chorus — you know, the dancers, some singers and those castanets. The guembri looks and sounds a bit like a banjo, and we promise, there will be pickin’. CF



7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

It’s October, which means that in addition to all the free candy to be potentially scored by your young’uns (“C’mon kid, it’s a partnership! I’m the wheelman, you’re the Face!”), many peoples’ thoughts will turn to decorating their house for our most tooth-

melting of holidays. But there’s stringing a $2 bag o’ webs across the porch and throwing some plastic spiders in it, and then there’s obsession: people who literally spend months and thousands of dollars preparing to turn their yards into houses of horror come Oct. 31, with lights, Styrofoam cemeteries, animatronic figures, elaborate mazes, and costumed actors. In this documentary presented by the Argenta Film

Series, director Michael Stephenson lifts the shroud on the Frankenstein-ian labors of love of three men in Fairhaven, Mass., as they try to create the ultimate old-fashioned scare from nothing but paper-mache, house paint, castoff lumber, and junk. With Halloween drawing nigh, it looks to be a heck of a lot of fun at the movies. Stephenson takes his film to the Hot Springs Doc Fest, where it screens at 9:30 p.m. Friday. DK

respected writer, scholar, musician and native Arkansan Robert Palmer. Davis was afflicted with polio as a youngster, so he had to relearn how to play the guitar, and Lord, it is a sound to behold. He flipped it over and played left-handed style, using his right hand to fret the strings with a butter knife, which results in a “welter of metalstress harmonic transients and a singular tonal plasticity,” according to Palmer. I couldn’t describe the sound any better. This show will be recorded and filmed for a forthcoming live album and documen-

tary, and includes a grip of musicians who played on Davis’s ’02 album “When Lightning Struck the Pine.” The opening acts are Seattle super group Walking Papers (also playing Friday at Reno’s in Argenta), which includes Jeff Angell, Barrett Martin, Duff McKagan and Ben Anderson, and Peter Buck’s new solo band. Davis will perform with an array of these folks, as well as Joe Cripps, Scott McCaughey and others. The Tom Houston Jones Band closes it out. This is not one to skip, folks. RB



9 p.m. Stickyz. $20.

The Delta blues don’t get much grittier, rawer or realer than Pine Bluff’s CeDell Davis. Many Times readers will be familiar with Davis’s music and story, but for the uninitiated, the man is a musical legend not on account of some dusty archival recordings or impossible-to-find 78s, but rather for his many years of live playing and for records released within the last couple decades. His “Feel Like Doing Something Wrong” was produced by the widely

Brooklyn’s Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds bring their take on neosoul and gritty funk to Stickyz for an 18-and-older show, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Uncorked: “Mad Scientist Mash” includes science demonstrations, a wine pull and silent auction, for a 21-and-older crowd. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Discovery’s statewide educational outreach, Museum of Discovery, 6:30 p.m., $100. The Joint has laughs and live tunes under one roof, with Ashes of Eden and Stella Luss, with comedians Howardhavingfun and Reagan Dalby, 9 p.m., $10. Boo at the Zoo has an adults-only preview, with music, rides, food and more, Little Rock Zoo, 6 p.m., $7-$15. New Jersey’s The Hudson Falcons bring their “working class rock ‘n’ roll” to White Water Tavern, with Brother Andy, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY 10/19

“The BEAT Party 10” boasts a huge lineup of hip-hop, with Mannie Gee, Don Key, Theme Musiq, Kwestion, Kari Faux, Trump Fitzgerald, Bobby, Da Pikeboy, Cat Daddy and Da Saw Squad, DJ Swift, host Osyrus Bolly and more, Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $6. For some neo-soul with a hip-hop flavor, Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers play Club Trois, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Raucous Alabama outfit Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires are at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. You can check out War Chief’s new five-piece lineup, with Andy Warr and This Holy House, Town Pump, 9 p.m., $3. Bring the kiddos to Boo at the Zoo for an evening of trick-or-treating in a safe environment, with rides, concessions, a haunted house and more, Little Rock Zoo, 6-9 p.m. through Oct. 21 and Oct. 26-31, $7-$15.


It’s time for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, starting at 8 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and Second Streets. “Paws On Pinnacle” is an all-day celebration of all things canine, with mobile adoption site, costume contest, various demonstrations and more, Pinnacle Mountain, 8 a.m., free. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents “Vibrant Virtuosity,” featuring Elisso Bolkvadze on the piano, Robinson Center, 8 p.m. and Oct. 21, 3 p.m., $14-$52. Contemporary Christian Music megastars Casting Crowns will fill Verizon Arena with the faithful, alongside Kristian Stanfill and Kerrie Roberts, 7 p.m., $29-$47. On the absolute opposite side of the musical and theological spectrum, Fayetteville death metal vets Vore play an all-ages show, with God City Destroyers and Deshoveled, Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $7. Big Silver plays a free show at 4:30 p.m. as part of Chili Fights in the Heights (more info on page 34) on a stage between N. Taylor and N. Polk streets.

SUNDAY 10/21

Hassidic reggae singer Matisyahu plays an all-ages show at Revolution, 8 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. Alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider is at Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of.

OCTOBER 17, 2012


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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m.; Oct. 24, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Derek Webb. Epoch Church, 8 p.m., $20. 1216 Main St. 501-420-2895. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. The Melvins Lite. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. The Pickoids. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Scrote, Landrest. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. The See, This Holy House. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Tim Pulnik, John Burton. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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


Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. The Haunted Cathedral. Not recommended for people who are pregnant or have a history of seizures. EMOBA Museum, through Oct. 31, 7:30:55 p.m., $10-$20. 1208 Louisiana St. 501372-0018.


21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film


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FOR THE RECORD: Jazz saxophonist JWhite is kicking off “A New Jazz Swagger,” a series of performances named after his recent album, on Friday. White will be accompanied by Dell Smith, Corey Harris, Paul Campbell, Steve Huddleston and guest vocalist Bijoux. The show starts at 9 p.m. at The Joint, $25. Festival. Arlington Hotel, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6237771.


Ed Sanders. University of Central Arkansas, 3 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501450-3293. Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. html.


Artist Professional Development. Artchurch Studio, $5 donation. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-318-6779.



Adrenaline (headliner), Rob & Tyndall (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Afroman. 18-and-older show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Almost InFamous. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, 7 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-1144. www.

Ashes of Eden, Stella Luss. Plus, comedians Howardhavingfun and Reagan Dalby. The Joint, 9 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. The Cavell Trio. Garvan Woodland Gardens, 6:30 p.m. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs. www. Christian Lee Hutson, A.J. Gaither. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. Dustin Lynch, The Farm, Casey James, Morgan Frazier. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 5:30 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. The Hudson Falcons, Brother Andy. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-3758400. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437.

Michael Leonard Witham, Sam Walker, Paige Allbritton, The Cons of Formant and Queen Anne’s Revenge. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Puddin’head. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Rufus Wainwright. Part of UCA’s Public Appearances series. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. 501-450-3265. com/eventperformances.asp?evt=111. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. 18-and-older show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. TNA Karaoke. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782.


Tim Pulnik, John Burton. The Loony Bin, through Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; through Oct. 20, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Dunbar Community Center, 6 p.m., $5. 1001 W. 16th St. 501-376-1084.


Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4-8 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Boo at the Zoo adults-only preview. Includes music, rides, food and more. Little Rock Zoo, 6 p.m., $7-$15. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 17. Uncorked: “Mad Scientist Mash.” Includes science demonstrations, a wine pull and silent auction, for 21-and-older. Proceeds benefit the museum’s statewide educational outreach. Museum of Discovery, 6:30 p.m., $100. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www. Victorian Halloween Magic Lantern Show. Old State House Museum, 7 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685.


21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Arlington Hotel, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6237771. Argenta Film Series: “The American Scream.” Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443.


Henry De Sio. De Sio, former COO at Obama

for America, presents “Hope and Change to Changemaking.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.



The 1 Oz. Jig. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. 3 River Run. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Almost InFamous. Grumpy’s Too, Oct. 19, 9 p.m.; Dec. 8, 9 p.m., free. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-3768. Barrett Baber, Ashley McBryde. 18-and-older show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. “The BEAT Party 10.” Includes Mannie Gee, Don Key, Theme Musiq, Kwestion, Kari Faux, Trump Fitzgerald, Bobby, Da Pikeboy, Cat Daddy and Da Saw Squad, DJ Swift, host Osyrus Bolly and more. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $6. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Bluesboy Jag and Jawbone. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 10 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-3762900. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. Christian and Jessica Simmons. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Crash Meadows. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. J. White (album release). A New Jazz Swagger Concert Series. The Joint, $25 VIP. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 20, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jet 420 (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Kansas, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, That One Guy. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Max Taylor. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Moonshine Mafia. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-8302100. Mourning View. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. Club Trois, 9 p.m., $10-$15. 4314 Asher Ave. 501663-7803.

Star & Micey, Holly Cole & The Memphis Dawls. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. War Chief, Andy Warr, This Holy House. Town Pump, 9 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. Zodiac: The Dub Must Go On Edition. Featuring Evil Bastards, Sniq, Germz, MC Kreepa. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 21 and older, $13 ages 18-20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


The Main Thing. Two-act comedy play “Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tim Pulnik, John Burton. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy. com.


Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Black Women Helping Black Women: Race for the Cure Zumba Rally. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 5:30 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. Boo at the Zoo. Trick-or-treating in a safe environment, with rides, concessions, a haunted house and more. Little Rock Zoo, Oct. 19-21, 6-9 p.m.; Oct. 26-31, 6-9 p.m., $7-$15. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. Bronze and Brew. Sculpture at the River Market afterparty, with beer and wine, food from Hot Dog Mike and Copper Grill and music from Velvet Kente. River Market Pavilions, 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 door. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-664-1919. FuRR Fall Sale. Cedar and Kavanaugh, Oct. 19-20. Kavanaugh Blvd. “The Haunted Evening Tour.” Tour of some of the city’s “most haunted locations.” MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 7 p.m., $30. 503 E. 9th St. 501-681-3857. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 17. Kathryn Budig. The yoga author and teacher will lead workshops. Christ Episcopal Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $45 per session or $165 full pass. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. 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. Music, Merriment & The Maestro. Celebrating the new season of the Arkansas Chamber Singers, with wine and cheese and music by Charlie Crow. Home of John and Patricia Erwin, 5 p.m., $50. 26 River Ridge Court. The Old Haunted Warehouse. Haunted house tour, with portion of proceeds to benefit the Spirit of Children Program and the Watershed CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Arlington Hotel, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6237771.


Manuel Pastor. Pastor, professor of American studies and Ethinicty at the University of Southern California, will discuss his research on the gap between progress in racial attitudes and racial realities. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.



Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, Booyah! Dad. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Ark Trainwreck, The Pickoids. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-3798189. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Vibrant Virtuosity.” Featuring Elisso Bolkvadze on the piano. Robinson Center, Oct. 20, 8 p.m.; Oct. 21, 3 p.m., $14-$52. 426 W. Markham St. 501-376-4781. Burning the Past, This Chaos Inside. Vino’s, 9:30 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Casting Crowns, Kristian Stanfill, Kerrie Roberts. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $29-$47. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Cedell Davis. 18-and-older show, to be recorded for upcoming live album. With Peter Buck, Barrett Martin, Scott McCaughey, Joe Cripps and more. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Christian Simmons, Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Chuck Dodson Trio. Maxine’s, 6:30:30 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Oct. 19. Darril Harp Edwards and Friends. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Earl & Them (headliner), Jim Mills (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Freds. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jeff Ivy. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Joecephus. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie. All-ages show.

White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501375-8400. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Pat Green. Revolution, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Paul Grass, Rufio, Stetra, Spencer Rx, Brandon Peck. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. Rodge Arnold. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. Scary-Oke. Benefiting Open Arms Shelter. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $50. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Vore, God City Destroyers, Deshoveled. Allages show. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.


The Main Thing. Two-act comedy play “Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tim Pulnik, John Burton. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www. Semi-Formal Dance Event. Dinner and dancing in semi-formal attire. Call 501-412-6196 for more information. Doubletree Hotel, 7 p.m., $50. 424 W. Markham. 501-372-4371.


2012 Komen Race for the Cure. Starts at the intersection of Broadway and Second streets. Downtown Little Rock, 8 a.m. Downtown. www. 3rd Annual World Cheese Dip Championship. Clinton Presidential Center. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Society of Freethinkers Monthly Lecture Series: The Meaning of Life. Hosted by philosopher Lyndel Roe. Main Library, 1:30:30 p.m., free. 100 S. Rock St. Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 19. Chili Fights in the Heights. The Heights, 2 p.m. “Did you know???” monthly series. Topic is Family History 101. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 1:30:30 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. Empowerment Luncheon with Twana Nuniss. Discussion with the author of “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.” Juanita’s, 12 p.m., $15 (includes lunch). 614 President Clinton Ave. 501372-1228.

AFTER DARK, CONT. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. FuRR Fall Sale. Cedar and Kavanaugh. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 17. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Kathryn Budig. The yoga author and teacher will lead workshops. Christ Episcopal Church, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., $45 per session or $165 full pass. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. Magic Screams Weekend. Festival with haunted houses, special entertainment and contests. Magic Springs, 4 p.m., $30-$45. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. “The Moment.” Multi-faith prayer event with speakers from all over the world. free. 816-8331129. Mount Holly Garden Series. Bring a lawn chair and gardening hat. Refreshments and door prizes provided by Downtown Dames. Mount Holly Cemetery, 9 a.m., $5 suggested donation. 1200 Broadway. The Old Haunted Warehouse. See Oct. 19. “Paws On Pinnacle.” All-day celebration of all things canine, with mobile adoption site, costume contest, various demonstrations and more. Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 8 a.m., free. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road. 501-868-5806. Pooches & Pumpkins. Includes family photo taking, pet costume contest, pumpkin carving contest free hot dogs, popcorn, beverages, hayrides, balloons, face painting, live music, a fainting goat and more. The Good Earth Garden Center, 11 a.m., free. 15601 Cantrell Rd. 501-868-4666. thegoodearthgardencenter. Sculpture at the River Market. Lecture by Janet Carson at 1 p.m. Sunday. River Market Pavilions, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www. Workshop for Deferred Action applicants. Conway-Arkansas Coalition for Dream (AC4D), a statewide immigrant youth-led organization along with the Conway Public Library, will host a workshop to help eligible immigrants complete their application for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Participants should consult for a list of documents to bring, or call 800-375-5283. Faulkner County Library, 9 a.m. p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501327-7482.


21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Arlington Hotel, through Oct. 21, 11 a.m. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-



“The Phantom of Roller Derby.” Central Arkansas Roller Derby’s Big Dam Rollers vs. South Central Roller Girls. Skate World, 7 p.m., $10, free for kids 10 and younger. 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off. Soccer tournament. Soccer tournament at Coleman Sports Complex. UALR, 9 a.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


Pyramid Book Club: Jae Henderson. Kickoff event with the author of “Someday” and “Someday, Too.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 1:30:30 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822.



Almost InFamous. Part of Boo at the Zoo. Little Rock Zoo, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m., $7-$15. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Vibrant Virtuosity.” Featuring Elisso Bolkvadze on the piano. Robinson Center, 3 p.m., $14-$52. 426 W. Markham St. 501-376-4781. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Performing on the patio. Revolution, through Oct. 28: 6-9 p.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Larry and His Flask, Willy Tea Taylor. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall. com. Matisyahu, The Constellations. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Spa City Blues Society International Blues Challenge Competition and Fundraiser. Solo/ duo acts. Ohio Club, 6 p.m. 336 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-627-0702. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Texaco Country Showdown, Beautiful Disaster. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Todd Snider. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556.


48th Annual Pie Party. Includes pies from Hunka Pie and music from The Pickoids. Historic Arkansas Museum, 2:30 p.m. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 19. Gallery Talk: Drawings Ann Prentice Wagner. Arkansas Arts Center, 2 p.m., free. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 17. Kathryn Budig. The yoga author and teacher will lead workshops. Christ Episcopal Church, 12:30 p.m., $45 per session or $165 full pass. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. “Live from the Back Room.” Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Magic Screams Weekend. Festival with haunted houses, special entertainment and contests. Magic Springs, 4 p.m., $30-$45. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. The Old Haunted Warehouse. See Oct. 19. Sculpture at the River Market. Lecture by Janet Carson at 1 p.m. Sunday. River Market Pavilions, 10 a.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552.


21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, 11 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.


Little Rock Touchdown Club: Mike Slive. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $10-$25. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000.



7th Street Peep Show. Featuring three or four bands per night. Bands sign up at 6:30 p.m. and play 35-minute sets (including setup) on a first-come, first-served basis. House band is The Sinners. Solo artists, DJs and all other performers welcome. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $1. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Expire, Bent Life, Pose No Threat, Bitter Times. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 7 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Reggae Nites. Featuring DJ Hy-C playing roots,

reggae and dancehall. Pleazures Martini and Grill Lounge, 6 p.m., $7-$10. 1318 Main St. 501376-7777. Touch, Grateful Dead Tribute. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Vail Talbot. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 17.


13th Annual Golf Classic. Benefits Junior Achievement of Arkansas Inc. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Chenal Country Club, 12 p.m. 10 Chenal Club Blvd. 501-821-4141.



Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 6 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501379-8189. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jue Wang with Conway Symphony Orchestra. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $6-$38. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. “Nora Gomringer Meets Wortart Ensemble.” Collaborative performance with five professional jazz singers and a German performance poet. UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. Pallbearer, Bell Witch. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Shemekia Copeland. All-ages show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $15. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Stella Luss. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Top of the Rock Chorus rehearsal. Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church, through Nov. 13: 7-10 p.m. 7351 Warden Road, Sherwood. 501-2311119. Trey Johnson. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) – Third gloomy Batman flick from director Christopher Nolan. Movies 10: 12:30, 4:00, 6:00, 7:40, 9:30. Dredd (R) — Based on the dystopian comic book about a futuristic nightmare world of drugs and all-powerful cops. Movies 10: noon, 2:30, 4:55, 7:15, 10:05. End of Watch (R) — Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as a young team of cops in the midst of an all-out war with drug cartels. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 9:45. Frankenweenie (PG) — A young boy resurrects his departed pooch in Tim Burton’s latest goth-lite animated feature. Breckenridge: 1:50, 7:15 (2D), 4:50, 9:30 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:05 a.m., 2:15, 7:30. Rave: 1:20, 6:40 (2D), 10:50 a.m., 3:55, 9:00 (3D). Here Comes the Boom (PG) — “The Zookeeper” star Kevin James is a teacher in this one. Breckenridge: 1:45 (open-captioned), 4:45, 7:35, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 1:35, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50. Hotel Transylvania 3D (PG) — Animated kids movie in which Dracula is an overprotective father who hosts a big monster mash, starring the voice of Adam Sandler, of course. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:10, 7:05 (2D), 9:25 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30. Rave: 11:20 a.m., 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15 (2D), 10:35 a.m., 1:00, 3:30, 5:55 (3D). Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) – Latest iteration in the series about a crew of wacky animated animals. Movies 10: 12:35, 2:50, 5:15, 7:30, 9:55. Lawless (R) – Set in the Prohibition era, a trio of bootlegger brothers must navigate a violent criminal underworld, from director John Hillcoat. Movies 10: 1:05, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45. Looper (R) — Time-travel action thriller with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:05, 7:00, 9:40. Chenal 9: ‎4:35, 9:45. Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:30, 4:25, 7:25, 10:20. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) — The Dreamworks franchise rolls on, with Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and other people who make stupid amounts of money as talking animals. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:45, 5:00, 7:20, 9:35. The Master (R) — Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest masterwork about a Scientology-type cult, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix. Market Street: 1:30, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) —

Based on the bestselling coming-of-age novel, with Emma Watson. Rave: 12:05, 2:50, 5:25, 8:10, 10:50. Pitch Perfect (PG-13) — Competitive groups of singers have singing competitions and so forth. Breckenridge: 1:25, 4:15, 7:30, 10:05. Chenal 9: 11:00 a.m., 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00. Rave: 11:05 a.m., 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40. Premium Rush (PG-13) – A bike messenger’s life is jeopardized when he picks up the wrong package. Movies 10: 12:15, 5:10, 10:15. Searching for Sugarman (PG-13) — Highly acclaimed documentary about the legendary folk singer/songwriter Rodriguez. Market Street: 2:00, 4:15, 7:00, 9:00. Seven Psychopaths (R) — Dark comedy with a literary bent, with Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits (!). Rave: 11:50 a.m., 2:45, 5:50, 8:55, 11:40. Sinister (R) — Bunch of terror happens to Ethan Hawke and his family. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:25 a.m., 2:00, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50. Rave: 11:25 a.m., 2:05, 2:55, 5:00, 7:45, 8:45, 10:35. Taken 2 (PG-13) — Sequel to the kidnapping-based action film, with Liam Neeson. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45. Chenal 9: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 8:15, 9:30, 10:45, 11:55. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) — Latest product churned out by the Tyler Perry machine. Movies 10: 2:35, 7:25. The Words (PG-13) – Bradley Cooper stars as a plagiarist whose lies catch up with him. Also stars Jeremy Irons, Zoë Saldana and Dennis Quaid. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10. 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, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, 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, Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380,


‘ARGO’: Ben Affleck stars.

Go see ‘Argo’ Affleck directs Affleck winningly. BY SAM EIFLING


t’s red state/blue state season, in which your in-laws become idiots, you stop talking to your neighbors and Twitter turns into a mirrored dungeon of smarmy invective. Everyone, look. The formula for healing is simple. Shut up and go see “Argo,” then adjourn for beers. Ben Affleck’s third directorial effort might be his best, even if it does also star Ben Affleck. He plays Tony Mendez, a real person who worked for the CIA. In 1979, when Iranian demonstrators overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, nearly all the staffers there were taken hostage. “Argo” follows the six Americans who slipped out and took refuge at the Canadian ambassador’s house, prompting Mendez to devise a way to slip them out of the country before they were captured and subjected to untold unpleasantries. Mendez’s scheme, actually attempted in early 1980, was to pose as a Canadian filmmaker scouting locations to shoot a science fiction flick and to shepherd the six Americans out on Canadian passports as members of his ersatz crew. The results might constitute the most accessible true-life CIA movie ever, and one of the most pleasing. The only piece of jargon you need to know might be “exfil,” short for exfiltration (infiltration’s ejector-seat sibling). Otherwise, it’s all middlebrow candy. Even if Affleck’s Mendez evinces little of the chimerical charisma it no doubt takes to waltz into hostile countries and talk your way out through the front door, the supporting cast is a hoot. Bryan Cranston, as a CIA middle manager, is brusquely hilarious. John Goodman as the Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers, who helped build the veneer of credibility the fake movie

project “Argo” needed to appear real, is likewise fantastic, as is Alan Arkin as his producer counterpart. Together they constitute some comic relief for the dark, taut Tehran side of the tale, all cabin fever and near-captures. Now, for anyone enthralled more by facts than by manufactured movie drama, you’ll have to bear the cinematic equivalent of MSG that Affleck sprinkles throughout. In real life, the airport episode went appreciably more smoothly than “Argo” depicts. For all that Arkin’s character brings to the film — his performance has the quick punch of his Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine” turn — he was invented by screenwriter Chris Terrio, who adapted the 2007 Wired article in which Joshuah Bearman broke the (recently declassified) story of the original operation. And while the news media in 1980 hailed the Canadians’ efforts in the caper (the CIA does tend to deflect credit for its projects, after all) the operational role that Canadians played was far larger than “Argo” suggests. For the purposes of your two hours at the cinema, that’s fine; the final narrative is already full, and Canada comes out looking plenty heroic. I watched “Argo” in a theater in British Columbia, and when the end credits rolled, the audience applauded. It was easy to see why. The movie was all kinds of entertaining, and warmly dual-nation patriotic. Heck, even the Iranians are portrayed respectably. Their fury over American support of Shaw Mohammad Reza comes across as ultimately justified. This America of ours, she is not perfect. Nor is “Argo.” But if you can tolerate the former, you’ll probably dig the latter.

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ANNOUNCING TWO FREE, IMPORTANT PUBLIC LECTURES: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 @ 7:30 P.M. AT UALR – EIT* BLDG. We’ve heard the candidates debate their foreign policy hopes. But what does it all mean? Engage a panel of UALR faculty experts, including Dr. Rebecca Glazier, Dr. Clea Bunch and Dr. Simon Hawkins as they make sense of it all. *Engineering & Information Technology – free parking at Stephens Center, Lot #13; walk south on campus to the EIT building just before Fine Arts Bldg.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 7:00 P.M. AT UA COOP EXTENSION SERVICE BLDG. (This is at the corner of South University and Berkshire Drive, at the light.)

The elections are complete – we’ve chosen a president. What does his election mean? What of congressional races? Hear a panel of distinguished UALR faculty moderated by Dr. Rebecca Glazier, including Dr. Art English, Dr. Joe Giammo and two State legislators, interpret the results.

Both events will offer extensive time for Q & A from the audience. Refreshments & Free parking.

These free lectures are sponsored by UALR’s Middle Eastern Studies Program, the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice (ACPJ), and the Arkansas Chapter of WAND (Women’s Actions for New Directions). For more information, contact Josh Thomsen at: 32

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Globe Theatre Presents: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Market Street Cinema, 2 p.m. 1521 CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.marketstreet- President Clinton Ave.: “Dorothy Howell Rodham and Virginia Clinton Kelley,” through Nov. 25; permanent exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton adminisCreative Non-Fiction: The Immortal Life of tration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Henrietta Lacks. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-4597. military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Arkansas Contemporary: Selected Fellows THIS WEEK IN THEATER from the Arkansas Arts Council,” work by 17 “Busy Body.” Comedy in which a cleaning woman artists, through Nov. 4; “Barbie Doll: The 11 finds a body in the office building she cleans, but ½-inch American Icon,” through Jan. 6, 2013; “A when she reports it to the police, the corpse is Collective Vision,” recent acquisitions, through nowhere to be found. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, March 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. through Nov. 4: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun. 324-9351. Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplay- and Broadway: “A Voice through the Viewfinder: Images of Arkansas’ Black Community by Ralph “Enemy Of The People.” By Arthur Miller, adapted Armstrong,” through Jan. 5, 2013; permanent from Henrik Ibsen’s play, which is set in a small exhibits on African-American entrepreneurial hisNorwegian town and explores the ways that tory in Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. money can corrupt even the noblest pursuits. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: The Weekend Theater, through Oct. 20, 7:30 “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histo“Little Women.” Coming of age drama adapted ries about community, family, work, school and for the stage by Marian De Forest, based on leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. the book by Louisa May Alcott. Royal Theatre, 324-9685. through Oct. 20, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m., $5-$10. 111 S. Market St., Benton. More gallery and museum listings at Red Octopus Theater: “Hey, BOO!.” Halloween-


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Dining THE THIRD ANNUAL World Cheese Dip Championship, named by and as one of the top 10 food festivals in the country, returns from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Clinton Presidential Center. The festival is the brainchild of local attorney and filmmaker Nick Rogers, who conceived it after making a short documentary on cheese dip that argues that Arkansan Blackie Donnelly, owner of Mexico Chiquito, was the first person to dream up cheese dip. Contestants in both the “amateur” and “professional” classes can register online at There’ll be cash prizes for the winners, and the winner in the pro division will go on to compete in the New Orleans Roadfood Festival. Entry fee is $100 for amateur teams and $125 for professionals. Proceeds benefit Harmony Health Clinic in Pulaski County. Tickets for those who just want to sample are $10 in advance (available at USA Drug) or if you’re wearing a Race for the Cure T-shirt or $12 at the door. AFTER YOU’VE DOWNED liquid cheese by the bucketful, consider heading over to Chili Fights in the Heights, a chili cook-off that benefits the Arkansas Foodbank. Kavanaugh will be blocked off from N. Taylor to N. Polk streets. The entry deadline for chili cooking teams is Oct. 17; the fee is $50. Cooking begins at 1 p.m.; tasting kits will be up for purchase for $4 beginning at 5 p.m. Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase. Big Silver will perform beginning at 4:30 p.m.



1620 SAVOY Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. ALLEY OOPS Plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. B-SIDE The little breakfast place turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a musthave dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun.


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BACK TO LIFE: The Packet House Grill.

A winning Packet House revival Menu, service and atmosphere impress.


hen a certain redhead of whom we’re extremely fond was a young girl growing up in Stuttgart, she envied her parents and their friends going to Little Rock for an occasional fine meal. She heard about Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne and the Packet House, but by the time she was old enough to experience them, both were gone. Soon after we walked through the gorgeous stained glass doors and sat down inside the recently reopened Packet House Grill, she got a tear in her eye — a date-night moment she thought would never come. Her decade-older companion had eaten at the old Packet House as a right-out-of-college rookie journalist, and what brought a tear to his eye was not reminiscing about the place but the quality of the food and overall experience. Owner/chef Wes Ellis has achieved a nice balance at his Packet House Grill — sophisticated but approachable Southern cuisine that is reasonably priced, delivered by fun, friendly but not hokey servers — in a space that mixes old and new, sophisticated

Packet House Grill

1406 Cantrell Road Little Rock 372-1578

QUICK BITE The stylish bar and smallish patio in the rear are perfect spots for an afterwork drink at happy hour. And the Packet House Grill makes it an enticing choice with $2 off house wine, well drinks and draft beer from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. HOURS 4-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar, all CC.

and comfortable. Despite a large post-happy-hour crowd, service was prompt. The first arrival was a plate of three mundane rolls that looked like Pepperidge Farm, and they went untouched. But what followed — a bowl of butternut squash soup, the “Topping Trio” and the seafood Bienville — were scarfed in their entirety and with gusto.

The soup was creamy as in silky smooth and rich, but not a cream-based soup. The taste of the squash came right through, and the accompanying flavors were subtle. The large bowl was well worth $6. The Topping Trio ($9) is a neat, well-executed concept — three decent sized dishes of tasty treats served with slices of toasted baguette. Deeply caramelized onions studded with diced bacon were sweet, salty and kicked up a notch or three in heat, probably with red pepper. Homemade pimiento cheese is all the rage today, and the Packet House Grill’s is in the Capital Hotel Bar and Grill’s class, a mix of shredded yellow and white cheeses, with flecks of pimiento and green onion, very lightly bound. We weren’t as keen on the large scoop of black olive tapenade. It was rich, a bit overly salty — as olives tend to be — yet not too oily. We adored the Seafood Bienville ($12), which featured diced shrimp and oysters in a creamy but not overthe-top-rich sauce. A layer of Gruyere and breadcrumbs made for a cheesy, crunchy topping, and it too came with baguette toast. We might make this our main course on our next trip. We saw the shrimp and grits — another all-the-rage Southern dish these days — on its way to a nearby table. There were five grilled shrimp and two huge puck-shaped grit cakes alongside that we’d call polenta. Given that viewing, we were surprised the grilled shrimp entree ($20) was a few bucks higher since it included the same five shrimp but with pureed cauliflower and a few well-prepared haricots verts. Grilling shrimp is always dicey; it’s so easy to overcook them. These walked the line but clung narrowly to the good side — the grilled taste came through and they weren’t leathery. Cauliflower isn’t our favorite, but the puree was creamy. The long, thin green beans were just a hair past al dente and delicious. The cheapest item on the menu at $13.50, the “Mac N Cheese,” may very well be the best entree in the house. This rock star features what in Italy is known as conchiglie, or small shells, in a creamy sauce with slivers of wild mushrooms, chunks of salty, housemade bacon — the melange topped with a layer of gooey Gruyere and breadcrumbs. This is not your gran-

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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. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-228-0444. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub with all the bells and whistles. Plus, the usual burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri.



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BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL Menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-2969535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in

GRILLED SHRIMP: At the Packet House Grill.

ny’s mac-n-cheese. The ’shrooms offer an earthy taste complement; the bacon bites make the dish seem reminiscent of carbonara. This is a winner. Try it. There were three desserts available — all homemade, all intriguing and each uncommonly low priced at $4: a peanut butter and jelly cheesecake, a s’mores cheesecake and a walnut bread pudding. The s’mores cheesecake featured a thick layer of chocolate cheesecake on a graham cracker crust topped with oozy marshmallow cream with graham cracker dust sprinkled on top. It was fabulous and plate-licking good. The bread pudding was more spice cake-like in texture and taste, studded with walnuts and topped with a scoop of brown sugar ice cream. We like most bread puddings, but they sometimes are a little wet and gooey; we appreciated the different approach here. It too disappeared. The Packet House Grill menu isn’t huge, but it has variety. There are two steaks, trout, a pork chop and a variety of salads — none appealing enough to add to our already large meal, but we did see a few, and they are huge. The food can definitely hold its own, but the ambiance is a big part of the new Packet House’s appeal. Swanky light fixtures and other modern appointments accessorize the historic building. The art is first-class. There’s a comfortable vibe, and it was easy to feel that folks were enjoying the experience of just being there — whether it was their first time, like the redhead, or they were returning to the scene of some decades-old, platecleaning crimes.




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beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. DOGTOWN COFFEE AND COOKERY An up-to-date sandwich, salad and fancy coffee kind of place, well worth a visit. 6725 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-833-3850. BL Mon.-Sun., BLD Fri.-Sat. E’S BISTRO Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. Limited seating is available. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0975. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-708-7203. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this eatery is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. UNIVERSITY MARKET @ 4CORNERS A food truck court where local vendors park daily. Check to see what carts are scheduled to be parked. 6221 Colonel Glenn Road. CC. $-$$. 501-515-1661. LD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat.


BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are prepared with care. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy. Suite 100. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain. 317 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-4424. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.


CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2277427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. CONTINUED ON PAGE 39


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t’s become clearer in recent weeks what the agenda will be when the Republicans complete the big takeover next month of national, state and local politics. Here’s some of what you can look forward to: • Disobedient children shall be subject to prosecution and execution. The genius who thought this one up didn’t express a preference for the method of execution that would be used on the disrespectful little boogers. Hanging or shooting probably, as lethal injection would be too lenient and nobody would learn nothing from it. • Two years is all the time you get enjoying the free room and board of prison life in Arkansas. If you haven’t seen the light and gyst after two years, you’ll be certified for immediate execution. Or if you commit an additional crime after your two years and your second chance, it’s saryonara MF for you. No exceptions; no appeals. Probably by hanging or shooting, as the prospect of lethal injection isn’t going to scare anybody straight and it would be too expensive and wasteful of electricity to get Ole Sparky out again. • The hoary old “slavery was not all bad” mantra is revived. Bondage had its positive side, and it had a light side. Slaves learned to talk with a funny accent, lak dis here sho nuff, and this brightened everybody’s day, theirs

and their masters’. If they had tried to go to school with whites, it would’ve made jigaboo idiots out of everybody. BOB • Abraham LinLANCASTER coln is unmasked, even though he called himself GOP. • Muslims and Mexicans to be rounded up and deported, but apparently not Mormons although they start with an M also. Maybe malcontents. Methodists. • No more food stamps, except those already issued can be used for postage. No school lunch program, unless Chick-fil-A gets the concession. • Labor unions to be outlawed. They are Communist, as you can tell from the first sentence of Karl Marx’s book. Notice that the first thing they did when they took over Russia was name it the Soviet Union. Collective bargaining just another name for extortion — taking it from the rightful owners and giving it to goldbricks that call in sick half the time and make some kind of big deal out of it if you sexually harass one of them even in just a minor way. Public employees who try to organize or stay organized to be fired first and their pensions rescinded, and all the other pensions rescinded except of course the ones that legislators vote

to give themselves. • “Greed is Good” inscription added to coins. • Child labor laws to be repealed. This was the only really bold proposal to come out of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign. At the same time, minimum wage laws to be repealed and eliminated altogether. This should help close the sweatshop gap that India and China have opened over us. Myself, I wouldn’t go below age six if you’re talking full-time work, six days a week, but that’s why they call me a liberal. • Burdensome government regulations will be rescinded. Meaning, all government regulations will be rescinded. DDT killed a bunch of eagles; so what? The bottom line of thalidomide was a new wave of really entertaining booth freaks at the carnival midways. • No new taxes on anybody that can afford to pay them. And the taxes that are already being assessed given back to those who least need the money. And since turnback money always has strings, we’ll be declining that, too. Infrastructure sminfrastructure. Dirt roads weren’t so bad. Outhouses weren’t so bad. Iceboxes weren’t so bad. You could probably power a TV with a coal-oil lamp if you applied some good old American ingenuity. •You get the option of having your drinking water fluoridated or not. That’s the American way. Freedom of choice. They can poison you and yours if you say it’s OK, but they can’t if you vote to opt out. You

want poison water as one of your entitlements, fine. The U.S. Constitution gives you that right. So does the Bible, where it talks about Sodom and Gomorrah. But we have freedom of choice here, where all they had was gays. • Rape to be decriminalized. Mandatory vaginal probes to check the veracity of alleged victims. •Molestation to be decriminalized if perp is clergy or Republican officeholder. Abortion to be criminalized as premeditated murder, and anybody who has one, performs one, or happens to be in the vicinity and doesn’t alert authorities will be prosecuted. Also prosecuted will be anybody who ever had one back when they were legal, or ever performed one then, or had sonogram expertise and access and didn’t exercise it. •As a preliminary version of abortion, birth control to be prohibited. All the devices and procedures. Preventing a life from coming into being is arguably worse than abortion, since the aborted feti get to go to Limbo, while those stymied by birth control are doomed to languish eternally as thwarted potentialities lost and eyeless out there in the great nothing. Cruel and unusual. •Socialized medicine out the same door that pre-existing conditions re-enter by. •Polygamy reclassified as a victimless eccentricity. •After your first billion, you’re pretty much home free with the GOP in charge. •Intelligent design at last has its day.

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Continued from page 37 So that’s why I was thrilled to hear about a colleague’s recent bedroom redo, courtesy of Cynthia East Fabrics. She got a great upholstered headboard, coverlet and accent pillows that look amazing, and she didn’t have to search all over town — the folks at Cynthia East took care of everything. All she did was take a picture of what she wanted to Kristin Goodwin at Cynthia East, who worked with her to select the right fabrics and Goodwin made all of the arrangements to have everything made. First came the headboard, which was upholstered in a glacier pewtercolored distressed faux leather, a fabric Goodwin said has been very popular. A little while later, my colleague decided she needed a new coverlet to compliment the headboard, and selected a chenille fabric in a blue cobblestone pattern. To keep the cost reasonable, Goodwin advised her to buy a flat sheet the same size as the bed to use for the backing. Now that she had the headboard and the coverlet, my colleague decided she needed accent pillows to pull everything together. She and Goodwin found a leaf-patterned fabric that incorporated the colors in

the headboard and coverlet and also the colleague’s favorite color, purple. The whole process took a couple of months to complete because my colleague took her time on what she wanted. Goodwin said these kinds of items can be made in a shorter timeframe, and if you don’t have the time to spend looking through all of the fabrics Cynthia East carries, you can leave them a picture of what you want and let them take care of the rest. They’ll text you photos of fabrics for your approval, Goodwin said. To protect her investment, my colleague had the coverlet and pillows treated with Fiber-Seal, a product that helps soft surfaces stay cleaner longer and makes spots/ spills clean up easier. The treatment can also be used on upholstery, rugs, carpeting, wall hangings and draperies. And Fiber-Seal provides customers a special care kit and a one-year service commitment, which means you can schedule one of Fiber-Seal’s technicians to come out and help remove spots on treated surfaces at no additional charge, Sarah Johnson, Fiber-Seal’s owner, said. So there you have it — an easy, cost-effective (well, depending on the fabric you choose) way to have beautiful, one-of-a-kind fabric and upholstered items made to your specifications and protected to last for years to come.


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BRUNO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Extensive menu. 315 N. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-5000. LD Tue.-Sun. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are

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