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Lack of regulation is to blame Some members of Congress say to fix the economy we must remove government regulations and keep taxes for the wealthy at a lower rate than the middle class. If people hear this long and loud enough, they begin to think of it as factual. It’s not. Recent history proves both wrong. Lack of regulation brought us the economic crises. Unregulated financial institutions contributed to the housing crises and lead to the 2008 economic collapse costing thousands of jobs and homes. Lack of regulation contributed to the BP disaster resulting in loss of life, jobs, and devastating environmental degradation. Tax cuts for the wealthiest during the Bush years brought zero job growth and exploded the deficit. Large corporations receiving tax breaks have record profits while high rate of unemployment continues. Since 1979, median household income for the wealthiest 1 percent has increased 240 percent while average income has stagnated.   It makes no sense to go backwards to the policies that created the worst recession in recent memory. President Obama’s bill can move us forward. It is jobs for first responders and teachers and construction jobs to repair unsafe roads and bridges. Most economists support this plan. Congress needs to help. It’s time for them to say no to Senator McConnell’s stated goal of an Obama administration failure. Say no to corporate influence. It’s time to work with, not against the president. Contact your senators and representatives and ask them to stop with the politics and support working Americans. Tell them you expect them to support the president’s job bill. Teri Patrick Little Rock

‘Appalled’ by Arkansas Baptist article Students, faculty and administrators of Arkansas Baptist College are appalled by your article “With growth comes problems” (Arkansas Reporter, Oct. 12). This entire article placed accusations on our students without proof or validity. Many of the complaints are super overrated. With all due respect (and that is very little), the complainers in the articles are merely citizens of the community with absolutely nothing more to do than complain on our youth. Many of the complaints in the article are problems of the school as well. Our security department spends numerous hours chasing away outsiders from loitering and littering on and around our campus. Because we are in the middle of a residential community (and one with 4 OCTOBER 19, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

such a horrific past) we have to fight off the marijuana smokers, the gangbangers, the alcoholics, the homeless, and many other types of people that try to persuade our students to join in such activities. We put up signs on our campus and our cameras catch street youth (not our students) pulling them up or vandalizing them. If our students were to blame for these events they would no longer be our students — period! I lived in a major city a few blocks from its downtown. In areas like these parking is hectic. That is something you adjust to when you choose to live in such

an area. The woman quoted in the article should get over it and stop pointing the finger or more. For her to blame our students for littering or smoking in her yard is flat out profiling. We have proof that many of these events comes from area youth (and not just because they are wearing purple and white). Also, I have worked with the band since I have been at the college and never have I been on campus with them at 11 p.m. When she reported that accusation to another news outlet, she said it was 9 p.m. I guess she will just push the times back until someone gives her a hug. As soon as she

complained, we stopped playing while marching to the field. However, when the band director and other administrators talked to her about the complaint, and she said “everything was OK!” I’m sorry to say but the complainers in this article are looking for attention and should be ashamed to bring such bad publicity to a school that only has one mission, “to help the under-served and better the community by producing better citizens.” If they have a problem with that they should look in the mirror! JoAnn Jones Little Rock


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The Times makes a good point as to why they have chosen Kevin Williams, but I still think it’s Cliff Lee, especially because the cover [Oct. 12, 2011] says “Best Athlete from Arkansas in Pro Sports ‘Today.’” Lee is thought by many to be the NL’s Cy Young this year, which is certainly better “right now” than anything Williams is doing. The thing that I objected to the most, however, was that the other athletes in the photo included John Daly who is currently a nobody in the world of golf (which is alluded to in the story), but no photo or mention of [NASCAR’s] Mark Martin. Bravessnl

On gays in the military It’s almost a certainty that a future administration with any insight will reinstate the ban on homosexuals serving in the military. Most military leaders understand that the relationship in the unit is based on camaraderie and that relationships based on sexual or romantic attractions are detrimental to unit morale, cohesiveness and combat operations. It was only the threat of having their careers ruined by President Obama that they didn’t object to the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The writers at the Arkansas Times are notorious for an appalling lack of wisdom. Not only do they still embrace economic recovery policies from the 1930s, they are incapable of recognizing a neurotic sexual condition. Immobilized by ideology and unfazed by the Human Genome Project Report that homosexuals couldn’t be distinguished by their genes, they continue to maintain a fixation that a gay interest has a genetic or physiological cause and is normal. One can only speculate their motivation is primarily for campaign contributions, activist support and votes for the Democratic Party, regardless of what it does to America or gay people. Thomas Pope


Stifling dissent

he Little Board of Directors doesn’t win gracefully. Given $500 milllion by taxpayers at a special election Sept. 13, the Board has found time to punish those who stood in the way. Robert Webb was denied a second term on the Housing Authority Board by the City Board of Directors, though confirmation of Authority recommendations is usually routine. Webb, who campaigned against the sales tax, was rejected without explanation by the City Board earlier this month. Later, Mayor Mark Stodola for once spoke candidly to the Times. He remarked, “I am not surprised based on the tone of his rhetoric during the campaign.” This is still America? The City Board sends a city agency leader — one valued by his colleagues — to time out because he spoke out of turn? The Housing Authority Board has resubmitted Webb’s name. The City Board could reject it again and name someone of its own choosing. That would be a direct affront to residents of Housing Authority homes who were preparing at our press time to express their support for Webb before the City Board. Next week, we hope we can report a chastened City Board approved the renomination. Its original petulance was unattractive as well as counter-productive for a board that barely escaped with a tax win despite outspending opponents 20 to 1.


This year’s dog whistle

ircuit Judge Rhonda Wood of Conway, who lost a 2010 race for state Court of Appeals to Jo Hart, is running for another seat on the appellate court this year. Judicial elections are nonpartisan, but Wood remains determined to overcome that limitation. In 2010, Wood used robocalls by a former Republican governor, Mike Huckabee, and advertised her endorsement by the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party. Get it? More damaging to her appearance of impartiality was her early money from Tyson Foods and personal campaigning by the boss of Tyson’s workers compensation division. The Court of Appeals is generally the court of last resort on workers comp cases, so appearances weren’t reassuring to someone injured on the line of a Tyson plant. This year, Wood hasn’t blatantly attempted to declare that she is a Republican and proud ally of the corporate interests — yet. But her announcement contained code language familiar to the Republican base. Her news release said “my personal values are Arkansas values — faith, family, hardworking, conservative values.” She touted her “fairness, judicial restraint, and consistency.” Meaning: Bible-beating Republican businessmen have nothing to fear. Hard-working families who look first to the law rather than the heavens for justice should be a mite nervous. 6 OCTOBER 19, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES




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Singing the Delta blues


n unprecedented strike force of more than 700 law officers swept across the Delta last week to arrest 70 people indicted for drug dealing and public corruption. Key targets of Operation Delta Blues were Lee and Phillips County, particularly the latter, where five Helena-West Helena police officers were indicted for participating in drug running and protection schemes. U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer lamented that longstanding rumors of Delta corruption appeared to be true. Thyer singled out Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis for coming to him for help recently to clean the city up. This was a little ironic in light of local blog reporting about the records of some people Willis has chosen to assist him in his administration. A two-time felon charged with wife beating was one of his department head picks, for example. But, based on indictments and information revealed in bond hearings, no one could argue action wasn’t in order. With that in mind, I asked Prosecuting Attorney Fletcher Long of Forrest City, whose district includes Lee and Phillips counties, what he thought of the operation. “I’m ecstatic about it,” he said. But, I asked, mightn’t the sweep and some of the comments reflect poorly on local law enforcement? “I don’t see it that way,” Long. “They have the wherewithal that I don’t have, for sure.” And then he ranged into the racially-tinged psychodrama that is the Delta. “They also have another advantage. They can take people into a venue where they won’t have friends on the jury.” Long means that a thug arrested in Helena-West Helena will be tried there. “The defendants may not be neighbors or friends of the jurors, but they know somebody who knows somebody,” Long said. “After they reach a verdict they have to go back out and live in that community.”

Federal prosecutors may have to try cases in the courthouse in Helena-West Helena, but Long notes that jurors will be drawn from the entire Eastern District of Arkansas, not MAX just Phillips County. BRANTLEY Is Long’s comment on juries the bigotry of low expectations or merely a realistic recognition of a community sometimes not kindly disposed to authority? It is also not an excuse, but a fact, that the hopeless and the impoverished in economic disaster areas might turn to using or selling drugs. Long said he’d had his share of “bitter experiences” with hometown juries. He recalled a case about alleged school board corruption in Helena. “We did a thorough investigation. We tried the two best cases. It took the jury 45 minutes to acquit,” Long recalled. Then there’s the case of Curtis Vance, the convicted killer of TV anchor Anne Pressly, who stood trial later in Marianna for rape. The very DNA evidence that convicted him in Pressly’s slaying didn’t wholly move a jury in Marianna. It hung – divided on racial lines. More than the feds’ presence is necessary to restore faith in the justice system in the Delta. The community is going to have to pitch in, too. Long said he took no offense at not being invited to the feds’ huge press conference. “I’d just as soon it be that way,” he said. “If something had happened, I wouldn’t want to be suspected of tipping someone off.” “As long as the job gets done and as long as the results are good, I don’t care who does it.” He defended his office’s work. “I don’t know of a single deputy prosecutor that has a single thing he wouldn’t be more than glad to lay out on the table for anyone to look at.”


Manchurian Cain


erman Cain may be only the Republican flavor of the week, but he is the frontrunner and he is actually going to campaign in Arkansas next week, seven months before the usually insignificant Arkansas primary. We are flyover country for all the others. The theory goes that a firebrand populist government hater like Cain is just the kind of Republican who could not only fetch Republican votes but also overcome blue-collar racial bias in Arkansas. After all, he’s leading in places like South Carolina, where bigotry is still ascendant, and among corn-fed Iowans. It is a nice theory. It might work if Cain could keep up the populist charade through a long campaign when people would start to look behind catchphrases like “fair tax,” 9-9-9 and “save Social Security” and see what Cain actually wants to do. Were Herman Cain not an African-American and something of an authentic self-made man, no one would hesitate today to call him an oligarch. His political career and his campaign for president are managed and heavily bankrolled by the

billionaire Koch brothers and the rich boys club, Americans for Prosperity. They want to ERNEST eliminate taxes DUMAS on the rich and corporations, remove environmental restraints on the oil and gas industry, turn Social Security over to Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and wipe out unions. Cain is their apostle but he is not their only Manchurian candidate. Even Mitt Romney, who a few years ago loved to tax corporations, is suitable. They know Cain will never be president. One reason that Cain may be momentarily atop the polls is that, unlike Romney and all the rest except the iconoclast Ron Paul, he hasn’t changed his stripes to fit into the milieu. Well, not until this week, when Cain said he had been spoofing when he told cheering crowds that he would wall off Mexico with a high-voltage fence and electrocute Mexicans who tried to get through it. But unlike the others he even stands by his stance on Social Security.

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’ve been relocated, people. Evicted from the safe confines of entertainment pages and male enhancement advertisements (which totally work, by the way — but take two, they’re small), and thrust forward in the paper, to now be tucked safely among the dourfaced white men. Look at ’em. Watch their eyes move. Sneers curl their lips. Already skeptical. And they should be. With my new location in the paper comes the responsibility to, at least every once in a while, write about some of the things they write about. I see this as a great opportunity, not to express long-held opinions about state and national politics, mind you, but simply to make fun of a whole new category of dipshits. And aren’t politicians the best dipshits? For material, I watched my first (and last) full Republican primary debate of the season. I came up with the following list of mockeries, slanders and brazen ad hominem attacks for your enjoyment. Mitt Romney: Romney left his hyperbaric chamber of rarified air long enough to move to the left, right and center last week. His political presence hearkens back to another Massachusetts

stooge who floundered his way into a presidential nomination and ripped defeat from the clutches GRAHAM of victory in the GORDY 2004 election. Romney’s desire to be president is palpable, seemingly crippling, and matched in fervor only by the Republican base’s apparent desire not to elect him. John Huntsman: Huntsman seems to be the most plain-spoken, nuanced and generally affable candidate of the bunch, which is precisely why he doesn’t have a chance in hell. It’s primary season after all and folks will take their nuance in the form of flying mallets. Michele Bachmann: Speaking of subtlety and mallets, is it just me or does this woman look like a brook trout who has just been clubbed? I’m grouping Bachmann and Newt Gingrich together because everything they uttered was of their collective antipathy for Bernanke, Geithner and Barney Frank. Rick Santorum: Rick Santorum is one of those people who looks like he’s

He would take a cue from Chile and require people to send part of their paychecks every week to stockbrokers to invest for them in lieu of Social Security. Cain’s tax reform, which he calls 9-9-9, has helped raise him in the polls. Everyone loves simplicity. The phrases are appealing but the mechanics appalling. You have to assume that people would get it if it comes down to him and Barack Obama. He would replace all federal taxes — individual and corporate income taxes, and social security, Medicare, disability, unemployment, gasoline, cigarette and all other excise taxes — with three simple tax rates: 9 percent on personal income, 9 percent on business income and a 9 percent sales tax on all commercial activity. That sounds fair enough. There would be no exemptions and deductions. Well, only a few. Investment income — capital gains, interest and dividends, the income of the leisure class — wouldn’t be taxed at all. Your Social Security? Yes, tax it. As for the 9 percent business tax, it would apply only to the share of a company’s revenue that was spent on wages. It would be a mammoth tax cut for the rich and corporations and a giant tax increase for the middle class, the elderly and disabled. For the 47 percent of tax filers whose incomes were so low after

the standard deductions and credits last year that they owed no taxes, they would pay 9 percent of their gross income plus a 9 percent sales tax on everything they bought, from a haircut to a hospital visit. Citizens for Tax Justice put its calculators to work. The richest 1 percent of Americans would pay an average of $210,000 less a year while the poorest 60 percent would pay an average of $2,000 more. The government this year would take in $340 billion less. Add that to the national debt. But the 9-9-9 reform would be only to get working people used to paying a bigger share of the cost of government. After several years of personal adjustment, those taxes would be halted and the country would go to a 30 percent national sales tax on every single commercial transaction. Tea party crowds cheer when Cain and the Fair Tax’s other adherents say the IRS would be abolished. States would collect the taxes. But think what kind of bureaucracy the state would have to erect to enforce a law that requires everyone who sells something — from your lawn man to, as former Gov. Huckabee liked to say, a prostitute, pimp or drug dealer — to collect and remit a mammoth tax on penalty of prosecution. You want another tea party rebellion? Try that.

missing a facial feature, you’re just not sure which one. The toughest choice he faces on the campaign trail this year is his Halloween costume. Will he go as “Confusion” or “Irrelevance”? Ron Paul: If you were to simply read the transcripts, Ron Paul bats these other candidates around like a cat playing with devalued paper currency. But ever since Nixon’s sweat-lip, we’ve learned all too well that the medium is the message. In this case, the medium is a 95-lb. fogy you nudge out of the way at the Golden Corral to get to the French toast sticks. He could be giving a unified field theory or politely resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict and his resting countenance would still be that of Papaw looking for his slippers. Agree with him or not, Paul is fundamentally consistent and principled, and would no doubt provide the most interesting national election — if only it were an election played on radio. Rick Perry: Watching Perry grapple with a question is something akin to watching a walrus mount a jet ski, or a bear cub first discovering his genitals. He’s not good when he gets away from his campaign promises of ignoring Congress and making Washington inconsequential. I haven’t seen a campaign this centered on destruction since Guns N’ Roses’ debut album. Herman Cain: Everyone seems to

agree that what we need in the White House is someone who’s run a business. So why not someone who ran a crappy pizza chain that’s been out of business for 20 years? If Cain wins the nomination, look for him to bolster his campaign with newer blood — maybe Cain/ Papa John 2012. Regarding his policies, people love simplicity, and numbers, and Cain put three of them together right there in a row with 9-9-9. Never mind that the plan has been discredited by everyone to the left and right of him as being utterly untenable. As Cain loses his luster in the coming weeks, look for more pablum to come our way, possibly in the form of free breadsticks. At the end of the day, Romney seems to be the solid (but tedious) suitor the straw pollers will eventually marry, while the straw pollers themselves resemble nothing so much as a boycrazy 13 year-old girl thumbing through Tiger Beat and picking their biggest crush. Who is it this week? The bovine, Brolin-esque Texan, or the full-throated pizza baron? The winner, as always, will be decided by Newton’s Third Law of politics: Move as strongly against business and Wall Street as possible without jeopardizing your chance to sidle back to them in the general election. Romney seems both experienced and suited for that. OCTOBER 19, 2011 7


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ctober 23, 2009. I was Oxfordbound with my closest compatriots for what we expected would be a jolly excursion to VaughtHemingway Stadium. Arkansas was going to thrash Ole Miss, you see. We’d exact revenge upon the disgraced and largely reviled former coach and embarrass him in front of thousands of fans who had embraced the castoff as some kind of program savior. My, how those visions soured. Perhaps predictably, Arkansas was downtrodden and flat after being infamously denied an upset in Gainesville the week before, partially by the Gators and partially by a Pop Warner-caliber officiating team. And, of course, Ole Miss came out of the locker room with uncanny vigor, unleashing Dexter McCluster as if he had been thawed in one of Senatobia’s famous underground cryogenics labs. The Hogs were within 24-17 at the start of the fourth quarter before Ole Miss clamped down and finished off a 30-17 victory. That left Arkansas limping at 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the SEC; Ole Miss improved to 5-2 and 2-2 and the scent of Polo Sport and Pabst overwhelmed The Grove. God, it was miserable. But in retrospect, that mostly forgettable, unseasonably hot Saturday afternoon in nawth Mississipp’ was satisfying. Maybe even cathartic. It probably represented the last time that Rebel fans lustily chanted “HOU-STON NUTT!!!” in their spartan stadium, and it probably was the lowest moment in the Bobby Petrino era for the Hog fans who filed out dejected that day. Since that loss, Arkansas is 20-5 (officially 20-4, with Ohio State’s illgotten Sugar Bowl win vacated) and all losses were to Top 10 foes. Ole Miss is 10-14 over the same span, losing twice to Vanderbilt by double-digit margins, twice to in-state rival Mississippi State, to Jacksonville State of the Football Championship Series, and most recently, by 45 points at home to a seemingly flawless Alabama team that could have exacted even greater punishment if it had forsaken its charitable approach in the fourth quarter. The gulf between the schools’ records over that period is considerable enough, but clearly, that only tells a fraction of the story of where these programs were, where they are now, and the respective climates surrounding them. I needn’t dissect the reasons why Houston Nutt’s volatile decade here ended in November 2007, nor am I

afforded the space to do so. In short, the public disgust for Nutt has not totally been reserved for his on-field product, which hits an occasional zenith before it plummets precipitously, but largely for his combative, petulant manner of defending what amounts to a very marginal ledger. It was, thus, not shocking at all to hear Nutt give an impassioned non sequitur at the podium several months ago, wherein he took pains to remind Ole Miss fans that they shouldn’t so quickly forget his back-to-back Cotton Bowl victories. This came after his team pretty much tanked in 2010 to the tune of a 4-8, 1-7 campaign. Clearly, he recognized that things were about to get even worse, because Ole Miss has slogged through the first half of its schedule and managed only two wins (Fresno State and FCS member Southern Illinois) while dropping its first three SEC games by an average of 27 points. Rebels fans are pounding out nasty missives online, flying banners over the stadium and calling for mass carnage in the athletic department. Same scene as we experienced here only a few years ago, except the leash was far shorter then. Ole Miss fans, loath as they may be to admit it now, knew they were mining fool’s gold. When measured statistically, the contrast is jarring. Tyler Wilson threw for more yards in 60 minutes against Texas A&M than any Ole Miss QB has managed over six games this year. While Ole Miss has managed only 27 combined points in three SEC games, Arkansas scored 28 in three quarters against Auburn. Rebels’ senior tailbacks Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis, at one time viewed as perhaps the best running back tandem in the conference, have amassed 131 rushing yards combined; Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams has 136 yards on only seven carries. The Hogs have a single turnover the past two games, while Ole Miss has nine giveaways (and only three offensive touchdowns) in three conference contests. All of that will have a net zero effect if the Rebels play inspired on another sunny Oxford morning. Arkansas fans hopefully no longer view this game as I did two years ago, as a means of appealing to our masochistic tastes, because it’s an important, if apparently onesided, piece of a greater puzzle. Beating Houston Nutt one more (one last?) time means almost nothing; winning a conference game, on the other hand, means everything.

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A MARCH. An estimated 500 sign-wielding Occupy Little Rock protesters marched along a route that included stops at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the headquarters of Stephens Inc., the Bank of America building and the Federal Building. Thousands attended Saturday’s demonstrations in 900 cities worldwide, including Fayetteville. More on the future of the protest on page 12. THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO. It announced a bequest of $223,632 from the estate of Lynn French, a former docent at the zoo who died last September. It was her entire estate. She was particularly fond of ferrets and the zoo’s new ferret has been named for her. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ATHLETICS. Athletic Director Jeff Long NAMESAKE: The zoo’s new ferret, named announced a $300 million plan to imfor Lynn French, is at right. prove all 19 men’s and women’s sports programs over a 30-year period, including an expansion to Razorback Stadium. Asked if the expansion would spell the end of football games played in War Memorial, Long said via Twitter “that decision will be made sometime in the future.” RECORD BREAKING HEAT. The National Weather Service said it reached 88 in Little Rock/North Little Rock in Sunday, topping the record of 87 set 114 years ago, in 1897.

It was a bad week for… ALICE WALTON. Details emerged of the Walmart heiress’ arrest in Texas on her 62nd birthday for driving while intoxicated. Walton was convicted in a DWI case in Springdale in 1998. She was involved in a fatal accident in 1989, but no charges were filed. The timing was unfortunate. Walton is to be part of multiple activities leading up to and including the opening Nov. 11 of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The Walton family has given at least $2.4 billion to underwrite the museum. DONNA LESHER. The Little Rock police officer was named in a civil lawsuit filed by the sons of Eugene Ellison, the 67-year-old man who was shot to death by Lesher after a physical confrontation at his home. Both of Ellison’s sons, Troy and Spencer Ellison, are veterans of the LRPD. Troy Ellison is currently a detective on the force. Their lawsuit, which also names LRPD Officer Tabitha McCrillis, Chief Stuart Thomas, the City of Little Rock and the Big Country Chateau Apartments as defendants, claims that Lesher shot Ellison after the confrontation when she was outside the apartment. Lesher was cleared of any wrongdoing by the LRPD. The lawsuit claims that the police department routinely sweeps aside complaints of excessive force and civil rights violations. AARON BLACK An audit revealed that Black, executive director of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission, grossly underreported his work absences from January 2010 to August 2011. Auditors determined he was absent for all or part of 91 days or 579 works hours (almost 15 40-hour weeks) during that period. Based on Black’s pay of $72,000 annually, auditors determined that he was overpaid $19,576 during the period. Black resigned on Oct. 7. The findings have been turned over to Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

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the Occupy Little Rock march on Saturday, hoofing it with around 500 other citizens from the Riverfest Amphitheatre to the State Capitol, with stops along the way: the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Stephens Inc., the Bank of America branch, and others. It was a lovely day for a revolution — comfortable, bright, with the sky like a blue bowl upturned over the world. The cleverness of the Occupy protest signs have struck a chord in our wise-ass heart. One sign we saw said simply: “Where’s the Cake?” Another said: “Alice Walton is .016% on sooooo many levels,” an apparent reference to both Ms. Walton’s status as a gazillionaire and her recent arrest for driving while tippling over in Texas. In addition to the tongue-incheek signs, there were rectangles of cardboard bearing quotes from MLK and Gandhi, who might well have been marching themselves had they not had the misfortune of dying and leaving us all to our fates. As the protest passed the branch of Arvest Bank at Broadway and Capitol Avenue, two men in ties and white shirts came out on a balcony overlooking the street and peered down at the protest. A man in a knit cap looked up at them, cupped his hands to his mouth, and shouted: “Jump!” We know we’re probably going to have to spend a few more centuries in Purgatory for laughing at that, but we did. In front of Stephens Inc., a young woman stepped to the microphone attached to a bullhorn and began reading a speech about economic injustice. At the back of the crowd were old grayheads. “Welcome to the 21st century,” one of them told the other. “She’s reading from her iPhone.” On the steps of the State Capitol, a soldier in a blue uniform sat in the shadow of the railing, listening to speeches by the protestors. Aaron Stewart of Sherwood knows exactly how long he was in the Navy: nine

years, 11 months and one day. He enlisted at 18 years old, and got out in 2010. “It’s not a Democratic problem. It’s not a Republican problem. It’s not left or right,” Stewart said. “The process itself has inherently fallen apart. The people are no longer being represented. The corporations are being represented. I understand the basic human need to protect their personal wealth, what they worked for and personally gained through sacrifice. There’s nothing wrong with that. That is the American Dream. Where the problem comes in is: When these people get in a position of power, they lose focus on what the real world is about. We’re supposed to be preparing this country for our future. They forget about that. They get these dollar signs in their eyes, and all they worry about is getting more money in their pocket. They’re using taxpayer dollars to do it, and they stopped caring about the people.” Before the march even began, the word went around that anyone with a stick attached to their sign risked arrest. The marchers discarded their sticks, then took to the street, the crowd sidewalk to sidewalk and a block long, chanting, police closing intersections and an officer on a motorcycle leading the way, blue lights flashing. Gliding along with the protestors down Markham — the traffic halted, streetcar idle at the foot of the Main Street Bridge and the driver standing in the door watching it all pass — The Observer saw a little girl of maybe 5 standing on the sidewalk in the shade of the trees. She had her hands over her ears, and a woman we assumed to be her mother crouched behind her. As The Observer passed, the girl turned her head, on the verge of tears, and spoke to her mother. “I’m scared,” she said. As the marchers rolled on and past her, The Observer thought: Join the club, sweetheart. It’s undoubtedly going to get worse before it can even start to get better.

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In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Arkansas Times, the University of Arkansas provided a copy of its exclusive beverage contract with Coca-Cola and the cumulative value, but not a number of specifics in the contract. The 10-year contract, which began July 1, 2002, produced $9.02 million for the school over the first nine years, or just over $1 million a year. The contract makes Coke an exclusive sponsor of, among others, Hog athletic events and gives Coke exclusive rights to beverage sales on campus and at games. The University, however, blacked out portions of the contract that would have revealed the value assigned to various portions of the deal – such as the sponsorship rights to high-profile men’s athletic events. The UA claimed the exemption given in the FOI act to protect competitive bidders from disadvantage. The university isn’t bidding on anything with this contract, Coke is. Said spokesman Steve Voorhies: “The competitive advantage exemption is being invoked by both Coca-Cola and the university. In short, Coke bids for other sponsorship agreements at other institutions, and the release of the various allocated values the company assigns for various rights under the agreement would be harmful to the company. Similarly, the university would experience competitive harm by the release of such information because bidders would be reluctant to provide sensitive information that would be accessible to other companies, and the university is competing against colleges and universities for the sponsorship support. We have provided you with the total money paid to the University under the agreement, and the university is not hiding any “secret payments.” Open bidding is typically viewed is producing more competition and thus lower costs on university spending on construction projects and higher revenue when the university has something valuable to sell, like thirst for soft drinks and association with the Razorback name. How thorough were the blackouts? The UA wouldn’t disclose how many privileged parking places it provides to Coke for football games. Sensitive stuff. A million bucks isn’t chump CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12 OCTOBER 19, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES


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YOUTH MOVEMENT: Adam Lansky (center, with bullhorn) at the Occupy LR march.

What now? Occupy Little Rock and the future. BY DAVID KOON


aturday’s protest march by Occupy Little Rock — the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York, which is (among other things) seeking income equality and taxation fairness — was undeniably a success: peaceful, vocal, with a age-and-race-diverse crowd numbering around 500. Part of a worldwide day of protest, the Little Rock march stopped along the way for noisy pickets at the local seats of financial and political power: the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the headquarters of Stephens Inc. (home to the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank), Bank of America and the Federal Building. The biggest question now is: Where does Occupy Little Rock go from here? The answer will ultimately help decide whether the Occupy movement fizzles or effects real change. Though OLR prides itself on being democratic to a fault and “leaderless,” one of the clear leaders on Saturday was Adam Lansky. He carried the bullhorn for a good bit of the morning, helping to lead protestors in chants like: “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” “The energy was great that day,” Lansky said. “We picked up a lot of people that were just walking by. People got swept up in the moment, feeling the same thing.” While Lansky doesn’t want to reveal too much of the group’s

short-term plans, he did say OLR is in a “ramp-up phase.” In coming weeks, Lansky said, the goals are to find a permanent spot where those in OLR can camp overnight, and planning the next march. The group will also stage a series of small protests outside Little Rock banks and financial firms in the next few weeks, though the leaders we talked to didn’t want to specify when or where to keep “the element of surprise.” For more information, visit: Lansky hopes the success of Saturday’s march will draw others. “I think there are still people waiting to see what we do next before they get on board,” he said. “They have natural fears. They have natural doubts. So not only do we need to prove to ourselves that we can do it, and we need to prove to the local government that we can do it, we need to prove to the rest of the 99 percent that we can do this.” Though the Occupy movement has been called unfocused, with a number of complaints and issues jockeying for the spotlight, Lansky said if the goals seem cloudy, it’s because of the scope of the problems. “Part of why the movement has seemed so unfocused is that there are so many things we’re frustrated with,” he said, “even down to the human element of: Why is this happening? Why are we doing this to

each other? Why are these people on top doing this to the people below? It’s hurtful. Nobody likes being hurt, and we want to say something about it. If the representatives that we’ve elected won’t say anything about it, this is what we have to do.” Dustin Kurz, a founding member of Occupy Little Rock, said the lack of clear goals has been overblown. “We do feel the pressure to [get a platform of ideas], and you can tell it within the group with some people,” Kurz said. “But if you go up to New York to Occupy Wall Street, it’s completely different than what the media is showing you here. If a reporter comes up to them, they have three or four points on why they’re there.” Kurz said that he knows that not everybody who wants to support the movement has the time or money to travel to a protest. For him, their support is enough. “They have responsibilities. Families ... They’re entrapped by this mess we’re in,” he said. “People who want to be a part of the movement but can’t [come to a protest] can be a part of it by joining from home, by finding one Occupier and giving their support.” Jay Barth, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Hendrix College, said that it’s too early to know whether the Occupy movement will succeed or fail. “We’re a little prone in the Information Age to do some evaluation a little more quickly than is appropriate,” he said. “For instance, if we think about the Women’s Movement, we wouldn’t have evaluated it in 1963 or ’64, right?” Barth said that he sees the Occupy movement as more “diffuse” than unfocused right now, but adds that if it is to survive, a “focal point” will have to come together sooner rather than later. “I think there has to be some definition of the goals,” he said. “Not immediately, but in the fairly near future. That’s key ... Eventually has to be something to give people something more tangible to focus on.” Occupy Little Rock is undoubtedly a work in progress, and Lansky said they will be learning as they go. “We have to experiment, react, and analyze constantly, not only while we’re in the field executing actions, but in debriefing sessions afterward,” he said. “We threw a big rock in the water. Now we have to ride out those ripples.”


“The conduct of these officers in entering Mr. Ellison’s home and shooting him dead was but a natural and predictable byproduct of a culture that has apparently taken hold at the Little Rock Police Department ... a longstanding, informal custom of disregarding excessive force claims against its officers, and — when forced to act — performing meaningless internal investigations that are designed to exonerate.”

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Michael Laux, an attorney who filed suit in federal court this week on behalf of the family of Eugene Ellison, who was killed after a Dec. 2010 struggle with two Little Rock Police officers who entered his home without a warrant. Both officers were later cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting.






n Oct. 4, approximately 700 federal, state and local law enforcement officers participated in Operation Delta Blues, possibly the largest drug bust in Arkansas history. Seventy people were charged, including five law enforcement officers. The charges included drug trafficking, firearms offenses, money laundering and public corruption. The two-year investigation, which focused primarily on Helena-West Helena and Marianna, utilized 16 court-authorized wiretaps. The conversation below is included in the indictment for a drug trafficking organization based in Helena-West Helena and directed by Sedrick Trice and Leon Edwards. It’s part of a transcript of a cell phone call Dempsey Word, who is also named in the indictment, made to Trice at 8:44 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2011.

change, but it’s a drop in the Hog athletic budget. The same day we received this information, UA Athletic Director Jeff Long unveiled a 30-year master plan – a “wish list” was one description – to upgrade Hog athletic facilities to the tune of $300 million or so.

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Gene Lyons’ column Wednesday in the Arkansas DemocratGazette will be his last. He was notified of the end of some 18 years of weekly column writing on Monday by editorial page editor Paul Greenberg. Greenberg cited budget concerns, Lyons said. The savings from ending Lyons’ once-a-week column will be offset, however, by expenses for the daily newspaper’s new arrangement with John Brummett, who goes on the payroll as an independent contractor after his current employment with Stephens Media ends Oct. 20. The D-G earlier had dropped Pat Lynch as a weekly column contributor. Brummett is to write three columns a week for the print edition. No word yet if that could affect appearances by Bradley Gitz, Dana Kelley or Mike Masterson. Computer owners need not be depressed. Beginning next week, Lyons’ columns will be available at the Arkansas Times’ online site


KNOWN ALIASES All of the aliases for those indicted in Operation Delta Blues that aren’t simply traditional short versions of names: Binky/B, Titi, Ro, Dion/Brother-in-law/D, Pee Wee, Louis Vuitton/Little Merv/Baby Boo, Duke, D, Cheeseburger/Cheese, Bump, Vale, The Mechanic, Lil Bart, Shorty, Kocaine Krazy/SS boy Old School/Smitty, Big Al, Juicy, Nut, G-Money, Bam Bam, Perm, Ray Ray, Tweet, JB, Mississippi, Smack, Hot Shot, Miss D, Melvo, Tye, Big D, Chuck, Lil A, Charlie, Shy/Levi, Les Black, D-Coop, Fat Ced, DK, Pig/PI.

In the Oct. 5 editorial “Perry’s way”, we wrote that Governor Rick Perry wants to “repeal the 16th Amendment, which permits the people to elect their own United States senators” and “do away with the 17th Amendment, which allows for the income tax.” We confused the two: the 16th Amendment authorizes the income tax, the 17th provides for direct election of senators. OCTOBER 19, 2011 13



RAISE YOUR GLASS To this year’s winners of Toast of the Town. he neighborhood dive continues to hold sway among Times readers in our annual survey of booze and bars. White Water Tavern, the storied Seventh Street watering hole, returns as the people’s champ, taking home not only best bar, but top billing for best bar for live music and best dive. Meanwhile, Riverdale’s favorite hangout, The Town Pump, scores five wins (for best bartender, best bar for games, best Bloody Mary, coldest beer and best happy hour) and four runners-up, which makes it the most broadly popular bar in town, according to our readers. What’s the appeal? Jell-O shots and an encyclopedic memory of what regulars like to drink, Bernard Reed learns after spending an afternoon at the Town Pump with best bartender Loryn Smith. Elsewhere in the pages that follow, Lindsey Millar explores the places you go to buy booze you can’t find anywhere else — the Capital Bar and Grill and Colonial Wines & Spirits — and David Koon discovers that being a bouncer in Little Rock is not at all like Patrick Swayze did it in “Road House.”


BEST BAR White Water Tavern Runners-up: Capital Bar and Grill, Maxine’s, Pizza D’Action, Town Pump

BEST BARTENDER Loryn Smith, Town Pump Runners-up: Spencer Jansen, Capital Bar and Grill; Kevin Creasy, White Water Tavern; Sara Clark, Town Pump

WINE BAR Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar Runners-up: By the Glass, Ciao Baci, Crush Wine Bar

BEST BAR FOR FOOD Capital Bar and Grill Runners-up: Dugan’s Pub, Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, Town Pump

BEST BAR FOR LIVE MUSIC White Water Tavern Runners-up: Maxine’s, Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, Town Pump

BEST BAR FOR POOL, DARTS, SHUFFLEBOARD OR OTHER GAMES Town Pump Runners-up: The Hillcrest Fountain, Pizza D’Action, Zack’s

BEER SELECTION Flying Saucer Runners-up: The House, Maxine’s, Town Pump

BLOODY MARY Town Pump Runners-up: Capital Bar and Grill, Midtown Billiards, Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack

MARTINI Capital Bar and Grill Runners-up: Ciao Baci, Diversion, Graffiti’s

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BOUNCIN’ Working bar security is no non-stop party, but it ain’t for meatheads, either. BY DAVID KOON

f you’ve been to more than a few bars, you’ve seen him on a stool in the corner, circulating in his black T-shirt, or ferreting out fake IDs at the door: the bouncer, that unsung and little-appreciated hero of public libation. Bars and nightclubs are where people go to cut loose, but there’s a limit to a good time. Cross that line — let things turn argumentative or edge toward violent — and you can expect to get the attention of maybe the biggest (but surely the most sober) guy there. John Freshour has worked security at several Little Rock bars and clubs the past four years, including Juanita’s, Stickyz and Rev Room. Like a lot of those who wind up working bar security, Freshour picked it up as a part-time gig while in grad school. (Freshour shies away from the term “bouncer” because of the bad connotations of the word, which he said implies “a 6’4”, 400-pound meathead who is going to hurt you.” Freshour is 6’1” and 240.) Now an archivist for the Arkan-

sas State Library (“As far as I can tell, I’m the only security guy in town with a master’s degree,” he said), he still works security at night and on weekends. Freshour said he learned most of what he needed to know just by doing the job and listening to the more seasoned guys. He recalls an old prof in grad school who had a Hungarian proverb that fits: The work will teach you how to do it. “Bouncing is like that,” Freshour said. “I’ve always worked in all-ages clubs, and you’ll recognize when a kid is having that thought that they’re going to try and get away with drinking underage. ... You can see a fight coming. You can see the signs of: Oh, this guy is going to be a problem later on.” After working the job for awhile, he learned the other tips he needed to know to keep him safe, as in: In a fight, put your back up against an object so you don’t get jumped from behind. He said none of the bouncers he knows will use a urinal in a men’s bathroom,

just because of how vulnerable you are with your face to the wall and hands occupied elsewhere. He only puts on his “security” shirt when he gets inside the bar. Depending on the place, it can be a fairly dangerous job. “I’ve been very close to stabbings,” he said. “I’ve been there when there were shootings. ... I’ve seen guns pulled, I’ve had people threaten to shoot me, I’ve had people threaten to wait for me after work and jump me in the parking lot. There’s a certain amount of risk.” All that said, Freshour has only been involved in a few physical altercations over the years, including an incident in which a drunk sucker-punched him in the head in a parking lot after he saw Freshour talking to the drunk’s girlfriend (Freshour said he was telling her to get the guy off the street before the cops took him in for public intox). While he takes a lot of precautions, Freshour said that most of the bouncer’s job is just talking people out of the urge to take things in a violent direction. He said that’s one of the only things the

1989 movie “Roadhouse” — Patrick Swayze’s mullets-and-kickboxing epic about a bouncer cleaning up a rough and tumble Missouri nightclub — got right. “Patrick Swayze’s character talked about trying to talk people out of a bar and ‘don’t hit ’em until I tell you to,’ ” Freshour said. “That’s pretty accurate. Bouncers, they kind of put problems out and take care of the bar’s interests, so going in there bullheaded and picking fights just isn’t going to work.” Leland Tucker has worked security at Rev Room, Midtown, Stifft Station’s Pizza D’Action and other local bars, clubs and shows for the past eight years. As with many in bar security, he got into it because he knows people who work as bouncers — not to mention that “it’s nice to get paid to watch shows I’d be going to anyway.” He’s had his nose broken twice while accosting panhandlers outside the bars he worked, but said he’s rarely felt threatened while on the job. He admits that working bar security has drained some of the joy out of visiting bars in his off-hours. “Even when you’re off work, if you go to a bar where you know people, you’re still almost in bouncer mode all the time,” he said. “You can tell when people are going to be an issue even before it happens, so you’re constantly looking around the room, making sure that everything is kosher, even if you’re not working for the place you’re at. It can get to you.” Above all, Tucker said, he wants people to know that the bouncer is not the enemy of a good time. If you think a bar is too strict on checking IDs and policing the behavior of patrons, keep in mind that one incident — an especially violent altercation or an underage person caught drinking, for example — can close a favorite watering hole for weeks or even forever. “We’re more there to make sure people are having a good time, not to be the downer in the corner,” Tucker said. “I don’t want people to think that we’re there to be the buzzkill. We’re there basically to make sure one person doesn’t ruin the night for everybody else.” Maggie Hinson, the owner of Midtown Billiards on Main Street in Little Rock, agrees. She said that while a bouncer can be “the slowest job in the place,” he’s really there to make sure everybody stays happy. “The bouncer has to be always mindful that people are drinking, I’m CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 OCTOBER 19, 2011 15

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A lot of his job, Jones said, consists of just walking through the bar and talking to everybody — that, and keeping “a calm mind” no matter what a patron says or does. “You have to be all over the bar,” he said. “You can’t be stationary. As you go all over the bar, you’re speaking to everybody, and everybody knows your name. So, if something happens to the front of the bar while you’re at the back, they’ll say ‘Hey, Mel!’ and I’ll shoot back there and deal with it.” While patrons’ personalities, attitudes and aggressiveness can change as the liquor flows and the night wears on, Jones said that if you’ve made people see you as a friend from the moment they walk in the door, they’ll be less likely to see you as an adversary if trouble begins to brew. “You should never look at the security as an adversary,” Jones said. “These guys are here to make sure you enjoy yourself. If there’s anything that’s deterring you from enjoying yourself, that’s what we need to know about. That’s the part a lot of people miss. I’ve walked into a bar before and seen the 6-foot-5 guy standing in the corner growling at me ... but that’s not what it really is. We’re here to make sure you have a good time, and to have a good time, just like you are.”

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THE QUEEN OF THE TOWN PUMP Loryn Smith is the readers’ choice for best bartender. BY BERNARD REED

t’s a friendly crowd that hangs out at the Town Pump at 3 p.m. on a weekday. All of them regulars, six or seven in number lined up at the bar with Bud Lights and packs of cigarettes sitting out in front of them. (They have to go outside to smoke these days.) They’re not the chattiest bunch — who knows what they have in common outside of their affection for the Rebsamen dive where they’re wheeling away this particular Thursday afternoon — but regardless of what they have to say to each other, there’s always at least one person to talk to: bartender Loryn Smith. The best bartender in Little Rock, in fact, according to readers of the Arkansas Times. She knows each of her customers by name, and has their drink ready by the time they’ve made it from the front door to the barstool. One man walks in, and without hesitation she pulls a beer from the ice chest. “PBR?” She asks, as she pops it open. He screws his eyes up, looks at the can she puts in front of him. “Nah,” he tells her, shaking his head. There’s a moment of silence, and then they both break into laughter. Of course he’s having a PBR. Smith, 25, and a native of McGehee, was hired at the Town Pump a year and half ago as a server. She started bartending a few months later. Before that she worked at a Starbucks, and before that she studied communications at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. Eventually, she says, she wants to get a master’s degree and become a college professor. It’s not hard to imagine her in

front of a class — she has the fluidity of speech that often characterizes the best profs — but for the moment, her affability is put to a different use. Short, always smiling, she never stops moving with her bartender’s busyness. Talkative but not overbearing, she has something to say to everyone, and replaces drinks without having to be asked. “There are slow days where there are only a few people at the bar,” she explains to me. “So I talk to them and try to be nice. I can’t just stand here and twiddle my thumbs.” She’s the sort of person who could make friends anywhere, and of course a bartender can’t get away without making a few acquaintances on the job. Another man comes in the door, and with barely a nod of the head she knows what he wants — a White Russian. Before she moved to Little Rock three years ago, she says, she would never have pictured herself behind a bar. But her father owns a liquor store, and working at Starbucks familiarized her with the basics of mixology. Bartending seemed like a natural step. White Russian on the table, she starts asking who wants a Jell-O shot. “I’m the queen of Jell-O shots,” she laughs, sliding one across the bar in my direction. “They’re always a big hit on karaoke night. I usually make about 200 at a time.” I look from the drink I already have to the unsolicited shot, red for the Razorbacks. It’s 3:30 p.m. and I think, why the hell not? CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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MY BOOZE HEAVENS Capital Bar and Grill and Colonial Wines & Spirits are the twin pillars of local liquor culture. BY LINDSEY MILLAR

trouble. But after spending time recently at the Capital Bar and Colonial Wines and Spirits I’m starting to think maybe a fancy liquor savings account might be in order. Once you taste the good stuff, everything else is swill. At the Capital, Spencer Jansen served as my guide. A runner-up for best bartender in this year’s Toast of the Town and a past winner, the 28-year-old is a passionate liquor autodidact. The first thing he showed me was The Root, a liqueur that’s only recently available in Arkansas. It’s based in root tea, an herbal remedy made from sarsaparilla and sassafras and such that dates back to at least the 18th century, when colonial settlers first heard about it from Native Americans. Recipes were passed through generations, and at the height of the temperance movement, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol and CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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ast week, I had a cocktail at the Capital Bar and Grill that, it’s reasonably safe to say, no one else has ever had. Its ingredients were Benedictine, a sweet French liqueur that was supposedly first created by monks 500 years ago; St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, a rum distilled from fermented molasses that tastes strongly of clove and nutmeg; juice from yuzu, an East Asian fruit that with the tartness somewhere between that of a lemon or a grapefruit, and Grand Marnier. Stirred and strained and served with an orange peel, it was tart and sweet — though not cloyingly so — and delicious. I am not a cultured drinker. I have Maker’s Mark in my liquor cabinet and Budweiser longnecks in the fridge. I order house wines at restaurants, and I don’t know a Gimlet from a Greyhound. Booze knowledge has always struck me as arcane and expensive — not worth the

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birthed root beer. Or at least that’s the story Art in the Age, the Pennsylvania distillery that makes pre-temperance Root, tells. Jansen used it to make an ice cream float not long ago that “was incredible.” For perhaps more serious-minded drinkers, the Capital carries more than 60 varieties of scotch, including a Macallan 30-year single malt that’s $120 a shot. It’s the only place in town to find Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, a line of bourbon that Jansen said the Capital endorses as the “best bourbon made” today. Breckenridge, another small batch bourbon, uses “snow-melt water” in production. On the bar’s cocktail menu, “The Old Timer” uses Breckenridge in a sort of time-lapse Old Fashioned, where simple syrup and Angostura bitters are frozen in an ice cube; as the cube melts, the flavors emerge. The Capital is mostly known as a “brown liquor bar,” Jansen concedes, but that’s ignoring a lot of good stuff. Like Hangar One Fraser River Raspberry Vodka, infused with raspberries grown in the Fraser River Valley in Washington State, a ruby-colored drink that tastes like raspberries, not raspberry flavoring. Or one of Del Maguey’s mezcals — a cousin of tequila, made with water and the heart of the maguey (agave) — that come from individual family producers in remote villages in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. Colonial Wines & Spirits, the perennial Toast of the Town winner for best liquor store, carries Del Maguey (a “single village mezcal” costs $72.99 a bottle) and just about everything else The Capital stocks — and more. Pressed to name some of the unique inventory, store media coordinator Ben Bell thought for a minute and headed over to the beer aisles, where he pulled out a bottle of


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No wonder the regulars like her. The Town Pump itself is no remarkable dive, with its wood paneling and neon signs and ESPN on every TV, but with Smith helping to pour the drinks, it’s earned its fair share of Toast of the Town nods. Her rapport with the clientele is effortless, and she tells me it’s not that often that an asshole walks in. She’s humbled to be named best bartender, but a lot of credit goes to her coworkers, without whom, she admits, she could easily be a grouch instead of the friendliest girl in the room. Putting away a clean glass, she’s pouring me

Lambrucha, a Belgian beer made with Kombucha, a fermented tea. It was one of 40 new beers — including a smoked beer Bell said reminded him of smoked sausage and a Swiss beer aged in oak — the store had recently begun to stock after its beer buyer provided a distributor with a wish list of his most coveted international brews. Other highlights, according to Bell: Rogue Gin, aged in pinot noir barrels; several varieties of Signatory Vintage, a line that repackages small batch whiskeys from different, highly-sought-after micro-distilleries; Geniver, a Dutch-style gin that’s not made to be mixed, and Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth with a bitter flavor that Bell says he drinks straight when he really “wants to wake up” his palate. Near the beer aisles in a relatively small shelf soon to be replaced with a much larger one is Bell’s primary passion — sake. He’d just returned from New York, where he’d taken an examination to become Arkansas’s first Certified Sake Professional. Sake “is probably the most misunderstood category in the U.S., but it’s growing in popularity,” he said. Colonial will have a “world-class” sake section by next year. Education will be key to growing sake’s popularity in Central Arkansas, Bell said. Lucky for him, he’s got something rare or perhaps unique among liquor stores in town — a tasting bar, where customers can sample before they buy. It’s open 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Jansen, at the Capital Bar, is always happy to impart his knowledge as well. “People can come in and say, ‘Create something.’ We’re going to try to push our limits. We want to have an interaction with our customers. I want them to have the experience of drinking and trying,” he said.

another beer before I have the chance to say no. The conversation moves from football on the TV to horror stories of being too liquored up, and then to a regular who hasn’t arrived yet. “He’s on the wagon again,” someone informs Smith. “I heard his old lady threw one down on him,” she answers, checking cans to make sure nobody’s running low. “Went back to the reservation to clean up,” comes another possibility. Turning to me, Smith says, “In case you can’t tell, the Town Pump is sort of like Cheers.” I can tell. As I get up to leave, she suggests another round of Jell-O shots. Nobody protests.

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CORNY: Gary Newton of 10 Horse Johnson.


efore it was 10 Horse Johnson — a name you might recognize as a brand of outboard motor — Gary Newton and Jay Dover’s comedy performance band was called Cole Slaw and the Baked Bean Band. Wary of being pigeonholed as a novelty band, the pair decided to go the double entendre route. “When I was a kid we had an old aluminum boat with a Johnson 10 horsepower motor on it,” Newton says. “It’s still a funny name, but it sounds more legit. If people want to make something dirty out of it, that’s up to them.” The name, though, is all that’s changed since the band began in the late ’90s in Los Angeles. The group’s m.o. has always been a rowdy mix of country musical comedy and performance art. Newton and Dover were working as actors and, as Newton says, they’d gotten tired of waiting on the phone to ring for callbacks. Listeners in LA, it turns out, revere country music, and they found themselves booking consistent shows as musicians — no small feat in a city scrambling with thousands of acts. The group attracted the attention of Mark Hart from the bands Supertramp and Crowded House, and eventually got a gig at Molly Malone’s in West Hollywood. Their national debut came on the Dr. Demento radio show (where Weird Al first got attention). They’re also the house band for Sirius XM Playboy Radio. With as terrific a response as they got in California, they stayed rooted to LA. “People out there have a great admiration for classic country music,” Newton, an Arkansas native, says. “They have a stereotype attached to it, and so it’s easy to surprise them. In fact, we were told that we wouldn’t be that successful back in the South.” With song titles like “Little Rock and a Hard Place” and “Woo Pig Fever,” the Angelenos are probably wrong. 10 Horse Johnson has entertained audiences at Juanita’s and the Riverfest Amphitheatre and earlier this year were featured in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. This week the group will make its theatrical debut at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock. Newton moved from Arkansas to New York in 1988 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His background as an actor is primarily improvisational; while in New York he studied with Martin DeMaat, who had previously been an artistic director at The Second City in Chicago and who was also one of Tina Fey’s teachers. He moved to LA and did standup for a few years, but learned that comedy alone wasn’t his strength. “The world of music comedy, even though it’s pretty big, wasn’t as hard to break into,” he explains. “And it was a chance to do something beyond the typical standup and improv acts. “We have a better sense of humor about ourselves than anybody else. We know how to laugh at ourselves. Musicians aren’t used to getting laughs, and audiences in comedy clubs aren’t used to getting real musicians.” If the music itself is good and solid, he says, the comedy is that much better. He believes the act is better suited to a theater as opposed to a club, since it’s just as much a comedy performance as it is a musical one. That being said, there will be a few serious songs in the repertoire. Newton cites country music influences such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens. Put that in the pot with improv and standup comedy, and you’ve got 10 Horse Johnson. The duo is being presented live by The Rep at the ACT Oct. 20, 21 and 22. All shows start at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10 on Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday.

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Clinton Foundation at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last Saturday, Lady Gaga serenaded Bill and Hillary Clinton with her hit ballad “You and I.” Except she changed the lyrics to make the “I” about the Clintons. “Somewhere, something about this place, somewhere about [sic] American eyes when a Clinton makes us all feel safe,” Gaga worked in her song. “Somewhere something about a cool, Arkansas guy, yes, something about — Hillary, Billary, that’s your new celebrity name — to the Clintons, you and I.” See a video of the performance at

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8:30 p.m. Stickyz. $6.

From the Ozark Hills of southern Missouri comes Ha Ha Tonka. The quartet’s name is a nod to a state park up there, a bucolic wonderland on Lake of the Ozarks. In the video for “Usual Suspects” we find the band members hanging around the train tracks and playing their drums and guitars and mandolin, drinking beer, throwing stuff and generally engaging in revelry. Actually, that’s what this band’s music is very well-suited for: carousing with pals while consuming beers. In a broad sense, Ha Ha Tonka’s sound hails from the Kingdom of Leon – it’s catchy and propulsive, but rooted in country and southern rock. Or as whoever wrote the bio feature on the band’s website put it, “They sit at the crossroads of Americana and indie, where Alabama meets Arcade Fire – shakes their hand and takes them out for a drink.” Of the band’s latest Bloodshot Records album, the Washington Post said “the Missouri quartet is not only authentically scruffy, it tears at the heart of American roots music with every chord like Mumford [& Sons] only pretends to, and its new record, “Death of a Decade,” basically oozes passion for the craft.” The opening act is Green Corn Revival out of Oklahoma. If you’re north of Little Rock and want to see Ha Ha Tonka, the band plays Lyon College in Batesville Oct. 22 and Harding University in Searcy Oct. 24. RB.

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Dollar-for-dollar, the best deals on entertainment in Central Arkansas all year (outside of Riverfest) are found at the Arkansas State Fair. I know that might read a bit like an ad, but seriously, where else are you going to see a country giant like Travis Tritt for $8? Tritt’s Southern rock-infused style of country will no doubt have the crowd a-whoopin’ and a-hollerin’ in short order. Remember that song “Bible Belt” from “My Cousin Vinny”? That song is awesome. There should be more country songs that rock as hard as that one does. Tritt plays Thursday night. On Friday night at 7 p.m., you can catch a performance from the people who built a city on rock and roll. That’s right, it’s Jefferson Starship. Foghat opens that show. Or, if you need a break from the music, the Professional Bull Riders touring pro division is at Barton Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 to $25. On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., it’s the Texaco Country Showdown, which is one of the biggest country music talent searches in the country and is now in its 30th year. Who knows? You might just catch a performance from an up-and-comer who’ll go on to be the next Nashville giant. RB.

I would be remiss in my duties as an appreciator of excellent Arkansas music if I didn’t plug any and all appearances by Faulkner County’s Jim Mize, who is without a doubt one of the nation’s finest under-heralded singer/songwriters. Seriously. Go listen to “Release it to the Sky.” It’s one of the best – and best-sounding – records ever made by an Arkansas musician. In a 2007 profile in the Times, Mize says he’ll have more time for music once he retires from his position as a Farm Bureau claims agent. If his ’07 calculations are still on-course, he’ll be retired some time in 2015, ONE OF THE BEST AROUND: Criminally which can’t come quick enough for under-heralded singer/songwriter Jim Mize us. Mize is joined by his friends and performs at White Water Tavern on Thursday collaborators in Blue Mountain. with Oxford’s Blue Mountain, who’ve recorded The Oxford, Miss., trio sprang up several of his songs. during the alt-country heyday of the early ’90s and released several well-received albums before calling it quits in 2002. Blue Mountain got back together in 2007 and largely picked up where they’d left off. The band’s material ranges from rootsy originals and tunes written by Mize along with covers of dusty old folk and country numbers by the likes of the Carter Family to driving rock that sounds like a southern-fried Tom Petty playing a mean harp. Whichever genre mode the group is in, it displays an innate understanding of the dynamics and the other intangibles involved that make this kind of music work. My prediction for this show: beers, laughs, good vibes and hopefully Mize performing with Blue Mountain. RB.

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The 20th anniversary Hot Springs Film Festival rolls into its final weekend with a number of promising docs: Festival director Dan Anderson called “John Frum, He Will Come,” about a cult religion on the South Pacific island of Tanna that believes an American deity named John Frum will come and bring salvation, one of his favorites (7 p.m. Oct. 19, 6:35 p.m. Oct. 21). Acclaimed food documentarian Joe York shifts his focus in “Mississippi Innocence” (3 p.m., Oct. 22), which follows Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two men who spent years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. The title alone of “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s” (2:50 p.m., Oct. 20) has me intrigued. But the big draw, of course, is “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” the latest chapter in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s hugely influential documentaries on the West Memphis Three (8:35 p.m., Oct. 21). Full schedule at www.hsdfi. org. LM. 26 OCTOBER 19, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

8:15 p.m., Arkansas State Fair. $4-$8.

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6 p.m. Little Rock Zoo. $7-$15.

6 p.m. Clinton School of Public Service. Free.

Halloween, like a lot of holidays, is really just for the kids; once you reach a certain age it’s nothing more than an excuse to party in a skimpy outfit. Boo at the Zoo, in its 20th year, is for those little ghouls (and their parents) who are still at the stage where they’d rather dress up like Disney characters than drape the neighborhood in toilet paper. With carnival attractions, magic shows, costume contests, haunted train rides, live music and, of course, a few glimpses at animals that come out of their cages after dark, it’s a wholesome way to provide your kids with the requisite corn-syrup binge. The festivities continue through Oct. 23 and then again from Oct. 27 through Oct. 31. BR.

It doesn’t take a diplomat to recognize the tenuous relationship the United States has with the Middle East. Osama might be taken care of, but, as Hillary Clinton acknowledged in an address earlier this month at the Clinton Presidential Center, we still have our eye on Pakistan as the source of possible terrorist threats. Speaking at that same venue is Pervez Musharraf, a retired four-star general of the Pakistani army and, following a 1999 nonviolent coup d’état, president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008. Since June, Musharraf has been living in exile; no doubt he will mention his intention to return to his home country for next year’s elections, as well as the state of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. The lecture is free but seats must be reserved; the controversial leader will probably draw a crowd. BR.


ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: FIRE AND LIGHT 8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$52.

The second concert of the ASO’s Masterworks series brings together three pieces that jump around in time. It begins with Haydn, one of the most prolific composers of the Classical period, and his energetic Symphony No. 9, the “Fire” Symphony. Next is the Lucent Variations of

Michael Torke, who is currently one of the world’s foremost American composers. The show concludes with Brahms’ Concerto for Piano No. 1 in D Minor, which, according to conductor Phillip Mann, strikes fear in the heart of pianists; but not virtuoso Norman Krieger, who joins the symphony as soloist. The concert returns on Sunday at 3 p.m., when all kids high school age and younger can attend for free. BR.

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Whatever your feelings about rock ’n’ roll or Deer Tick or the Yuletide and what it all really means, you’ve got to love a band that writes a tune called “Holy Shit, It’s Christmas!” This is especially true when the song sounds like a deranged alcoholic lounge singer ranting about the holidays over a preprogrammed beat on an out-oftune Casio keyboard that’s about to get him kicked out of the music store at the mall. Granted, it’s a departure from the band’s usual steez of magnificently sleazy rock, like Nick Cave’s BAR ROCK HEROES: Deer Tick returns to Stickyz on Sunday.

are often the hallmark of a band that isn’t afraid to take risks, and often point to budding greatness. Opening acts include Virgin Forest and Dead People. RB.

Longtime local music supporter and bartender Derek Kass passed away last week. A host of local musicians, including Go Fast, Mandy McBryde and Adrian Bozeman, R.I.O.T.S. and The Muddlestuds, gather to perform at an all-ages show at Revolution to raise money to benefit the family he left behind, 8 p.m. Push it real good to Philander Smith College’s M.L. Harris Auditorium to hear Cheryl “Salt” James offer a lecture as part of the college’s “Bless the Mic” series, 7 p.m., free. Local piano-pop favorite John Willis plays the “Music in the Garden” series at Dunbar Community Garden, 5:30 p.m., $3-$5. At Browning’s, The New Tulsa Sound is a modern twist on the Tulsa Shuffle, made famous by J.J. Cale; it features a rotating cast of Tulsa and Arkansas musicians that this week includes Greg Spradlin, Jason Weinheimer, Joshua Spillyards and Jesse Aycock, 10 p.m., $5. At Cajun’s, one of Central Arkansas’s most enduring and popular party bands, Tragikly White, headlines, 9 p.m., $5.

FRIDAY 10/21 Guitar Shorty has played in bands with Ray Charles, Guitar Slim and Sam Cooke, and he once won “The Gong Show” while performing his theme song while balanced on his head; he returns to Stickyz in a mandatory show for blues geeks, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Local promoter Langston Carr throws himself a birthday party at Revolution with Grammy nominee and Kanye collaborator Dwele doing the serenading; Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, Epiphany and others are also on the bill, 9 p.m., $15. “Hills” guest star and pop-rock singer/songwriter Ryan Cabrera performs at Juanita’s with Jerard Finck opening, 10 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.

SATURDAY 11/22 North Little Rock metal act Rwake is internationally acclaimed — even more so after the release of its latest album, “Rest,” which the Times’ Robert Bell called “a dense, sprawling masterpiece” — but we suspect the band is far from a household name even among fans of hard rock in Arkansas. High-profile all-ages gigs like the one the band plays on Saturday at Revolution should help; Black Pussy, Eagle Claw, Snakedriver, Holy Angell open, 8 p.m., $7. At White Water Tavern, Cameron Holifield, Michael Inscoe, J.T. Tarpley and Natalie Elliott DJ a dance party, 9 p.m., $3 (if you wear sunglasses or a wig), otherwise $5. Tennessee singer/ songwriter Will Hoge returns to Stickyz with Elenowen opening, 9 p.m., $10. OCTOBER 19, 2011 27

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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Alternative Wednesdays. Features alternative bands from Central Arkansas and the surrounding areas. Mediums Art Lounge, 6:30 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. The Frontier Circus. At the Worsham Student Life and Technology Center. Hendrix College, 8:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ha Ha Tonka, Green Corn Revival. 18 and up show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Josh Noran and The Good Day, Don’t Stop Please, Kate Hansen. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Monsters of Classic Rock. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7:30 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.


10 Horse Johnson. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-3531443. Matt Davis. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $15. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.


2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. ARK Fights: Barcade Edition. Includes fighting video games such as Street Fighter IV and others. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m., $5. 3116 Adams St.


SABBATH METAL: Helmet, a band that’s kicked out delightfully layered slabs of noise for more than two decades, headlines at Juanita’s on Sunday, Oct. 23 with local throwback metal titans Iron Tongue and Zucura supporting. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 the day of the show, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Ouachita Baptist University 125th Anniversary Celebration. Ouachita Baptist University, 4 p.m. 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia. 870-2455000.


20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6236200.


Toni Maloney. The speaker is co-founder and CEO of BPeace, a non-profit network of business professionals that volunteer skills to entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries to help them create jobs. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Handmade Christmas Folk School. This program is for children between the ages of 7

and 14 years old. Registration deadline for all Handmade Christmas Folk School classes is Nov. 11. Ozark Folk Center State Park, $15/day. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. 870-269-3851.


Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Fall. This program is for children ages 2-4 with parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through handson activities, music making, movement and storytelling. No day care or school groups. Old State House Museum, free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685.



Big John Miller Duo. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. “BLISS.” Music by DJ Greyhound. Deep Ultra

Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Blue Mountain, Jim Mize. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $10. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. Derek Kass: A Celebration of Life Benefit. Featuring Go Fast, Mandy McBryde and Adrian Bozeman, R.I.O.T.S and more. Proceeds benefit the family of Derek Kass, the long time bartender and local music supporter who died recently. Revolution, 8 p.m., donations. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Greg Spradlin and the New Tulsa Sound. Browning’s Mexican Food, 10 p.m., $5. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-9956. Haven Hill, War Chief. 18 and older show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Mayday By Midnight. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. Music in the Garden: John Willis. Dunbar Community Garden, 5:30 p.m., $3-$5. 1800 S. Chester. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Tragikly White (headliner), Norton Acoustic (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Travis Tritt. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8:15 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206.


10 Horse Johnson. Argenta Community Theater, through Oct. 22, 8 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater. org.


2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. 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. Boo at the Zoo. Includes trick-or-treating in a safe environment, as well as rides, concessions, a haunted train, haunted house, costume contest, magic show, Frankenstein’s Dance Party and more. Little Rock Zoo, Oct. 20-23, 6 p.m.; Oct. 27-31, 6 p.m., $7 general, $15 allinclusive wristband. 1 Jonesboro Dr. 501-6662406. “CoCo Chanel.” Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt. An evening with Theodore Roosevelt (Joe Wiegand), who

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will regale audiences with tales of his adventures during the Spanish-American War as well as his visit to Little Rock in 1905. Holiday Inn Presidential, 7:30 p.m., Free. 600 I-30. 501-3764602. Flying Saucer Belgian Beer Tasting. The tasting will be led by Wendy Littlefield, co-owner/ founder of the Belgian beer importing firm, Vanberg and DeWulf Imports. Flying Saucer, 6 p.m., $25 U.F.O. members, $30 non-members. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St.


20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6236200.


Andrew Quintman. A book signing and reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-4597. Bless the Mic: Cheryl “Salt” James. Presentation by the former member of pioneering hip-hop act Salt-N-Pepa. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. “Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide.” Rebecca Hamilton, a fellow at the New American Foundation, will discuss her book about the Darfur genocide. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Fine Arts Club of Arkansas Program: Leonardo’s Universe. Dr. Bulent Atalay, a specialist on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, will speak. Arkansas Arts Center, 10:30 a.m., $10 for coffee and lecture only; $30 for luncheon. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www. Pervez Musharraf. The former president of Pakistan will speak. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Roosevelt Institute Pipeline. Will be held at the UAMS College of Public Health Room 3202 UAMS, 7 p.m. 4301 W. Markham St. Will Barnet: A Life’s Work in Context. Jessica Nicoll, director and chief curator of Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Mass., will discuss the career of Will Barnet. Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., $5. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000.



Amy Garland Band. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. Arkansas River Blues Society Jam. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, third Friday of every month, 8 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-3741782. Brian & Steve. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Changus B (unplugged). The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.

Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio with Christy Nockels. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $21-$36. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Fire & Brimstone. Papa Sushi, 7 p.m., Free. 17200 Chenal Parkway. 821-7272. “The Flow Fridays.” Twelve Modern Lounge, 8 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. Gas Station Disco. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Oct. 21-22, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Guitar Shorty. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. The Jay Jackson Band CD release party. Fox And Hound, $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 831-521-4053. Jefferson Starship, Foghat. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair. com. Joe Pitts. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. KatFlight Entertainment’s Pre-Halloween Party. With Knee Deep, Killing Souls and Decay Awaits Vino’s, 9 p.m., $8. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. The Roe Family Singers. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $10 for Adults and $6 for children 6-12; available at the door. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. 870-269-3851. www. Ryan Cabrera, Jerard Finck. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Sketches of a Man. “Designer Clothes and Sushi Rolls” with entertainment by Dwele, Rodney Block and TRML, featuring Bijoux, Bully Gang, Sutter Kaine, and DJ Mike Blaze. Revolution. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Tonya Leeks & Co (headliner), TBA (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Zoroaster. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.


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10 Horse Johnson. Argenta Community Theater, through Oct. 22, 8 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater. org.


18th Annual Knights of Columbus Haunted Halloween Hayride. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Oct. 21-22, 7 p.m., $4-$7. 7006 Jasna Gora Drive, NLR. 2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Arkansas B.A.S.S. State Championship Fishing Tournament. Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery, 6 a.m. 350 Fish Hatchery Road, Hot CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 OCTOBER 19, 2011 29

AFTER DARK, CONT. Springs. 877-525-8606. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 20. Haunted Tours of Little Rock. Tours depart the museum for visits to historic homes. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Oct. 28: 7 p.m., $40. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Susan G. Komen Pre-race Pasta Party. Dickey-Stephens Park, 5:30 p.m., $25. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-202-4399. www.travs. com.


20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200. “The Last Ride.” Rave Motion Pictures Colonel Glenn 18. 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza Drive. 501-687-0499.


David J.R. Frakt. Frakt, a law professor and U.S. Air Force officer, took a military leave of absence from teaching to serve as lead defense counsel with the Office of Military Commissions, representing two detainees at Guantanamo facing war crimes and terrorism charges before the U.S. military commissions. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.


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Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s Fall Membership Party. The party’s theme is “Set Sail with Shakespeare.” Home of Jeff and Mary Ruth Marotte, 7 p.m. 369 Pippinpost Drive, Conway. 501-852-0702.



Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Legends.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23, 3 p.m., $14-$48. Markham and Broadway. Big John Miller. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. Big Smith. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $15. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. David Starr Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. DJ Cameron Holifield and DJ Michael Inscoe. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Donna Massey and Blue-Eyed Soul (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. Gas Station Disco. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. “KISS Saturdays” with DJs Deja Blu, Greyhound and Silky Slim. Sway, 10 p.m. 412

Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Matthew Huff and Aaron Owens. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m. 9500 I-30. 501-5654003. Mojo Duo. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. Rwake, Black Pussy, Eagle Claw, Snakedriver, Holy Angell. All ages show. Revolution, 8 p.m., $7. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Ryan Couron. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. Will Hoge, Elenowen. 18 and up show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


10 Horse Johnson. Argenta Community Theater, 8 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-3531443.


Community Masquerade Ball. Sponsored by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Project S.M.I.L.E. and Great School Speakers Bureau, to benefit youth programs and services of the Eddie Armstrong Scholarship Foundation. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 7 p.m. 501 W. 9th St. 800-531-1347.


18th Annual Knights of Columbus Haunted Halloween Hayride. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7 p.m., $4-$7. 7006 Jasna Gora Drive, NLR. 2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. 6th annual K Cafe. Junior League of Little Rock, 9 a.m., $20 adv, $25 atd. 401 S. Scott St. 501-590-4564. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 20. Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Tale of Two Farms Harvest Festival. Featuring a multi-course meal by Peter Hoffman, chefowner of Manhattan’s Back Forty restaurant. Moss Mountain Farm, 4 p.m., $200 per person, $350 per couple. 23800 Ross Hollow Road, Roland. 501-376-1894.


20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, through Oct. 23, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6236200.


“ONE with Art”. Proceeds will benefit the ONE Campaign, a capital campaign raising money for the expansion of Conway Regional Women’s Center and a new state-of-the-art surgical facility. Includes a performance from Rodney Block. Vivian Noe-Griffith will also

AFTER DARK, CONT. present art at the event. Hendrix College, 7 p.m., $50. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-513-5778. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race starts at the corner of Broadway and Second streets. Downtown Little Rock, 8 a.m. downtown. 501-202-4399.

“Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St.



Romance Slam Jam. With author Jae Henderson (“Someday”) Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 2 p.m., Free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822.



30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2 p.m. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Arkansas Chamber Singers: “Taste of Fall.” Enjoy appetizers and wine while listening to the music of Rena Wren. Home of Walter and Jackie Walker, 5 p.m., $50. 2308 Gunpowder Road. 501-377-1121. org. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Legends.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $14-$48. Markham and Broadway. Deer Tick, Virgin Forest, Dead People. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Helmet, Iron Tongue, Zucura. Juanita’s, 8:30 p.m., $16 adv., $20 door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


2011 Arkansas State Fair. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 11 a.m., $4-$8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair. com. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 20. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St.


20th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Malco Theater, 10 a.m. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.



Chris Parker & Co.. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. John McCutcheon. Folk musician will perform as part of ASU’s 2011-2012 Lecture-Concert Series. Arkansas State University, 7:30 p.m., free. 2713 Pawnee St., Jonesboro. www.astate. edu. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Kristy Lee. 18 and up show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224.


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Deaf Jam. Roosevelt Thompson Library, 6 p.m. 38 Rahling Circle. 800-662-2386. www.aetn. org/engage.

The Arkansas Consumer Confidence Report. Panel discussion includes Roby Brock of Talk Business, Delta Trust & Bank CEO French Hill and Kirkley Thomas of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys. edu.


Sherry Laymon. The author will discuss and sign her book, “Fearless: John L. McClellan, United States Senator.” Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m. 1800 Smithers Drive, Benton. 501-778-4766.



Arkansas Symphony Orchestra River Rhapsodies: “Norman Krieger.” Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $22. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Wandas. 18 and up show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


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Cirque Mechanics’ “Boom Town.” Dance performance with one-of-a-kind mechanical props telling the story of the 1860s small frontier town of Rosebud, where two ambitious saloon owners have set up shop in the hopes of cashing in on the town’s gold rush frenzy. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090.


Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www. “Haunted Warehouse.” 3116 Adams St., through Oct. 31: 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. 3116 Adams St. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; get schedule at Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Reserve at 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 OCTOBER 19, 2011 31


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Dan Chaon. Oberlin College writing program head and author of “Await Your Reply” will speak. University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501-450-3653. Markus Kostner. The World Bank economist serves as social development sector leader in the East Asia and Pacific Region and preciously was country program coordinator for the West Bank and Gaza and adviser in the Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group. Clinton School of Public Service, noon. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.


“Cinderella: A Rockin’ New Musical.” Children’s Theatre production of the fairy tale set to music. 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Arkansas Arts Center, through Nov. 6: Fri.-Sun.. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. “Dracula.” Based on Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula.” 7 p.m. Oct. Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Pocket Community Theater, $5-$10. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs. “The Mousetrap.” A snowstorm strands a group of strangers and a murderer in an isolated boarding house, in one of Agatha Christie’s most popular works. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Nov. 6: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., Sun., 11 a.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-5623131. “The Night of the Living Freaks!” The Red Octopus presents this Halloween sketch comedy program. The Public Theatre, through Oct. 22, 8 p.m. 616 Center St. 501-291-3896. “Pippin.” Based on the book by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this dark rock opera concerns the life of Prince Pippin, who discovers the source of true happiness, but only after experiencing the horrors of war. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23. The Weekend Theater, $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “The Red Velvet Cake War.” This Jones Hope Wooten comedy features the three Verdeen cousins, who must pull together to pull off the big family reunion. Royal Theatre, through Oct. 22, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23, 2 p.m., $5-$10. 111 S. Market St., Benton. “The Second City.” The famous comedic improv troupe returns. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Oct. 23: Tue.-Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m., $35 or $30 add-on to season ticket. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “That 80s Show.” The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Summer Musical Intensive Theatre production by its Young Artists group. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Oct. 25-Nov. 5, $25 or $20 add-on to season ticket. 20919 Denny Road. “West Side Story.” One of the biggest Broadway love stories ever is back, featuring some of the best-loved songs ever, including “America,” “I Feel Pretty,”

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his can be a hard world to live in for those of us with a narrow sense of humor. Comedy is a very precise art, and we exist in a pop-culture vortex that more often than not has terrible aim. There’s nothing wrong with the pleasantly regressive slapstick and gross-out gags that keep the hoi polloi in stitches — Carrot Top and Larry the Cable Guy have to put food on the table, too — but there’s something sublime about material that is truly, honest-to-god funny. The word “sublime,” though, sounds so academic when recalling a show that afterwards makes you wonder if you haven’t spent the last two hours doing ab workouts. So it is with Chicago’s The Second City, back at the Rep to make us all breathless with laughter in that way that improvisational theater does so well. The five players — Lyndsay Hailey, Nicole C. Hastings, Barry Hite, Tim Stoltenberg and Chris Witaske — are so effortlessly clever it’s almost shocking to think that there’s hardly any script guiding them between punch lines. That’s why it’s hilarious — it’s so obviously extemporaneous, and tremendously witty. Watching actors stroll around on stage to Wilde or Shaw is funny, but it’s usually pretty evident that you’re watching Wilde or Shaw’s wit being performed; the actors themselves, while they no doubt need a decent enough comedic acumen to get it right, have the benefit of lines that have already been laughed at a few times. The Second City, on the other hand, pulled suggestions from the audience and implemented them to such a T that it was almost eerie, like a magician who guesses what card you took from the deck. Most of the show was made up of short sketches, some so rapid-fire that they were essentially animated punch lines. Besides a few chairs, there were no props, and the

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actors needed no costumes other than business attire. With piano accompaniment, they went on first dates and camping trips, had job interviews and discussed pressing family matters. There was enough profanity to make their improvisation pointedly racy, but not so much that it stifled their repartee or made it distasteful. Without the rehearsal stiffness that sometimes taints the stage, they hardly seemed like actors, but they pulled wit out of the air with such ease that it seems wrong to call them comedians. As promised, there was a bit of audience participation — terror struck as the lights came up and an actress strolled down one aisle to grab an audience member at random. Her selection may not have been quite as on his toes as the actors themselves — who can blame him — but it was a good addition to the show’s variety. The crowd as a whole was enthusiastically responsive, crying out suggestions for scenes and characters (although there were a few inappropriate proposals, probably due to the free beer and wine provided beforehand at BrewHaHa). The Second City is famous for sending its graduates on to Saturday Night Live, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see any of the players from this production appear there someday. To be genuinely funny is a rare talent, and it’s not being wasted at The Rep for the next week and a half. It’s refreshing to see comedy that is shrewd, eloquent, and ribald; the only problem is that by the time it’s over you still want more improv, more laughs. Good thing there’s 40 years of SNL reruns to fall back on. The Second City continues until October 23. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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SULTAN OF SWAT: Ray Stevenson (Porthos) wields his sword at those who would seize the French throne in “The Three Musketeers.” Buried (R) – Ryan Reynolds wakes up in a coffin with only a Zippo and a BlackBerry in a twisted and highly acclaimed FBI thriller. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Cars 2 (G) – A group of animated talking cars travel abroad for the inaugural World Grand Prix in this Pixar sequel. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Colombiana: Latina badass hunts down her parents’ murderers. Movie 10: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20. Courageous (PG) – This is a wholesome family movie about courage and God and police officers and things like that. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 10:50 a.m., 1:50, 4:50, 7:55, 10:55. Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) – Steve Carell plays Steve Carell in this movie about Ryan Gosling taking on a less serious role in order to avoid being archetyped in his rise to fame. Movie 10: 12:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45. Dolphin Tale (PG) – This story about an injured dolphin overcoming adversity and learning to use a prosthetic tale will jerk the tears out of your face so hard you might catch whiplash. Breckenridge: 4:15, 9:55 (2D), 1:15, 7:15 (3D). Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:20, 4:00, 6:55. Dream House (R) – Daniel Craig buys an adorably non-creepy old house in a small New England town only to discover that creepy things did indeed happen there, according to Naomi Watts. Breckenridge: 1:50, 7:00. Rave: 11:25a.m, 11:25. Footloose (PG) – This remake of the 1984 classic will probably make you side with the humorless minister who doesn’t want the small-town kids to have any fun ever. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:05. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 1:40, 2:15, 4:55, 5:15, 7:50, 8:30, 10:40. Fright Night (R) – The remake of a 1985 horror flick, with Colin Farrell as a vampire, David Tennant as a vampire expert, and none of the wimps from Twilight. Movie 10: 2:30, 7:20 (2D), 12:15, 5:00, 10:00 (3D). The Guard (R) – Brendan Gleeson plays an Irish policeman who must team up with an FBI agent played by Don Cheadle in this comedy. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II: (PG-13) – The second half of the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book. Movies 10: 4:00, 7:00, 9:45. Ides of March (R) – Clooney directs Clooney in this political thriller starring Ryan Gosling, who seems poised to become the next Clooney.

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Breckenridge:1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05. Rave: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:25, 8:00, 10:45. Killer Elite (R) – Wouldn’t it be neat-o to be a studly, raffish British dude who has a jawline you could split firewood on and always has the perfect level of 5 o’clock shadow and knows how to do parkour and dodge bullets in slow motion and stuff? (Retired military saves his mentor from assassins.) Breckenridge: 4:00, 9:30. Life Above All (PG-13) – A young girl from a small South African village must overcome the stigma and superstitions surrounding HIV. Market Street: 4:00, 9:00. The Lion King 3D (G) – It’s The Lion King in 3D. Rave: 10:35 a.m. Moneyball (PG-13) – Baseball can seem pretty boring, but this movie makes it look funny, but also people learn things about life and themselves. Breckenridge:1:00, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 2:10, 5:40, 8:45, 11:45. Our Idiot Brother (R) – Pothead Paul Rudd returns from jail and frustrates his trio of sisters. Surprisingly, not directed by Judd Apatow. Movie 10: 12:40, 2:55, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. Real Steel (PG-13) – You know they’re turning Battleship into a movie, too. (Boxing robots). Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:55. Rave: 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1:35, 2:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:35. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) — The resurrected ’70s sci-fi franchise continues in this origin story of just how those primates got to be so smart. Movies 10: 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15. Shark Night: (PG-13) – Oversexed college students get terrorized by a shark at a lakeside cabin. Movie 10: 2:45, 7:25 (3D). Senna (PG-13) – This documentary uses archival footage to tell the story of Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna. Market Street: 1:45, 6:45. The Smurfs (PG) — The venerable Dr. Doogie Howser must aid a cadre of tiny blue communists as they flee from an evil plutocrat who seeks to control their means of production. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. The Thing (R) – OK, so supposedly this is not just another in an endless litany of pointless remakes, but rather a prequel to the 1982 version of “The Thing,” which was a remake of the 1951 original. Breckenridge: 4:40, 7:35, 10:10. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 1:10, 3:50, 5:35, 6:35, 8:15, 9:10, 11:05, 12:01. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (R) – “Deliverance” x “Shaun of the Dead” = this comedy of errors, which looks like it could be pretty funny, actually. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. The Zookeeper: (PG) – Kevin James is a zookeeper who is so beloved by his furry charges that they decide to break their longtime code of silence and talk, teaching him the rules of courtship. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:20, 4:40. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 758-5354, 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,


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udged on its own merits, “The Thing,” the sci-fi horror flick with the same title as its 1982 inspiration, isn’t much more than a decent monster movie set in an Antarctic research station. It may do more for fanboys (and girls) of John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” which starred a hirsute Kurt Russell slinging heat from a flamethrower. Mostly panned upon its release, that Carpenter version is now firmly a cult classic ( users have voted it among their favorite 200 films ever) and a terrific study in isolation, fear and paranoia. Be warned, the 2011 version reaches for all three of those but lands mostly among the better-trod ground of gore, spectacle and indulgent CGI. It isn’t, however, a remake. Instead it’s a bona fide prequel to the 1982 movie, depicting the woes that befell the Norwegian research station that Russell’s R.J. MacReady finds burned, blackened and barren when he visits. Why all the fire? Why the bloodied axe in the wall? Who’s the dead man at the desk? Whence the blown-out ice block? Who left that mangled, two-faced corpse-blob left outside to air? Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., who’s Dutch, imagines what brought a crew of American researchers and muscle to this frozen outpost full of bramble-bearded Norsemen. Turns out, it’s a wildly implausible rush job in which an stern scientist named Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) swings by a Columbia University lab where a grad student named Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is jamming a laparoscope into what looks like a semi-thawed cave camel. Halvorson and his assistant Adam (Eric Christian Olsen) have just been notified of a find in the Antarctic — there is a struc-

ture, and there is a specimen, and that’s all Halverson can say of it, but this grad student he just met has to decide Right Now whether she’s on board. Kate agrees to help exhume this thing, whatever it is, from the wasteland. The Antarctic helicopter crew is also American: Jameson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Carter (played by the Russell-reminiscent Joel Edgerton). They note that a big storm is on the way. Upon arrival it’s clear that they’ve stumbled onto the greatest discovery in history: a massive alien vehicle in a vast frozen cave and, near the surface, some sort of life form encased in ice. They lug it back to the station, toast their find and then learn the hard way that the thing, as you might expect for your R rating, is hostile. Its preferred method of attack — bit of a spoiler here — is to eat people and then replicate them perfectly. Hence the suspense, when no one can discern who’s really who they are and who’s actually an alien capable of sprouting tentacles that plunge through people’s chests like fingers into flan. The whole scene unfolds rather badly for the humans in this equation. It also unfolds too fast to build true suspense. The body-snatching trope has always been fertile for scares, and to its credit “The Thing” does devise some clever ways for the humans to smoke out the aliens in their midst. Mostly it leans on the action chops of Winstead, who doesn’t carry the Ellen Ripley gravitas to convince us that she can flame-throw her way out of this unwinnable nightmare at the planet’s frigid coccyx. But don’t worry about it, so long as you can watch this film immediately before or after checking out Carpenter’s. This “Thing” isn’t destined for the same greatness as its predecessor. Still, as an homage, it’ll do.

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hanks to financial setbacks, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute has been facing swirling rumors that the show would not go on this year. But the Institute successfully kicked off its 20th annual Documentary Film Festival last Friday, Oct. 14, earning enough on the sale of concession stand sales and festival passes that night, Festival Director Dan Anderson said, to cover the expense of the two-week festival. Anderson acknowledged funding problems in a short welcome speech and thanked last-minute monetary contributors, volunteers and the Hot Springs community for supporting the event. After the bustling premiere, Anderson said the revenue may allow for a few “luxuries” to bring in additional filmmakers on the festival’s second weekend. Opening night packed the theater’s

two screening halls with moviegoers who sipped complimentary champagne and snacked on popcorn. The festival opened with a homegrown film, “The Natural State of America,” a 76-minute expose from a trio of filmmakers who studied at the University of Central Arkansas (Timothy Lucas Wistrand, Terrell Case and Corey Gattin). The documentary highlights the struggle of residents in the Ozarks, including several commercial organic farmers, to keep a local electric cooperative from spraying herbicides on and around their properties. The film reveals that this is not the first time chemicals have threatened the area. Vintage footage connects herbicides sprayed in wartime Vietnam to an initiative by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1970s to use the same hardwood and brush-killing substances in the Ozarks. The Newton County Wildlife Associa-

tion halted those plans, but has been unsuccessful in deterring a rural power supplier in recent years. In between interviews, the filmmakers splice in footage captured by diligent activists. One scene shows men in work jumpsuits “treating” an area under a tract of power line poles. Audience members audibly gasped as the shot panned away from the workers to reveal a brook directly below, undoubtedly being polluted by chemical run-off. Following the screening, the crew, writer/producer Dr. Brian C. Campbell (also a professor at UCA) and several activists seen in the film answered questions from inspired viewers who wanted to know how to get involved. Discussion between audiences and filmmakers is one of the festival’s most impressive draws, and every year organizers aim to bring in as many filmmakers as possible. The expense of hosting visiting directors has become a budget burden — and, according to Anderson, represents a chunk of the Institute’s debt from the 2010 event — but the tradition continues this year with filmmakers coming from as far away as Norway and the Czech Republic. There are workshops and performances as well. Friday’s premiere of “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival,” a bittersweet look at some of burlesque’s grandest surviving dames and the art form’s recent resurgence in popularity, was followed by a performance from Hot Springs’ own troupe. The film places today’s modern movement into historical context and pays homage to a few trailblazers, including Dixie Evans, or “The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque.” It also chronicles her involvement with a strange goat farmturned-museum that hosts the annual Miss Exotic World Pageant and holds a collection of burlesque memorabilia, costumes, glossy black-and-white performer photos and even several of the departed diva’s ashes. The women onscreen paved the way for the local ladies of Foul Play Cabaret to strip-

tease, shimmy and shake their tassels in a post-film show. On Saturday afternoon, Little Rockbased graffiti artist Jose Hernandez led filmgoers in creating a mural. After wielding a can of spray paint and tagging Malco’s parking lot, the new graffiti artists could watch the 37-minute “Graffiti Fine Art,” a fast-paced visual feast of works from 65 street artists who converged in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to create a museum exhibition. The short was shown alongside two other minidocs, including “Sunshine,” a 15-minute bite that smartly strings together the connections between America’s cultural imperialism, China’s lack of diversity in advertising and the distribution of Communist propaganda under Mao. “Kodachrome 2010” was the only bore in the trio. Nine minutes proved too long for the story of the world’s last developer of Kodachrome slides. A standout was Saturday’s showing of “Search for Michael Rockefeller,” from Fraser C. Heston. The film examines Rockefeller’s mysterious 1961 disappearance during an anthropological expedition in Papua New Guinea. The official ruling was that the millionaire heir drowned at sea, but journalist Milt Machlin uncovers other fantastical theories while traveling to the area in 1969. The aged footage, re-discovered by Heston in 2007, proposes ideas about tribal warfare, cannibalism, sorcery and more. At 88 minutes, the long-winded documentary should be trimmed by 15 to 20 minutes, but redeems its length with one final cliffhanger — video footage of a rowing war tribe that includes a suspiciously pale, bearded member. Though the final image is too grainy to be conclusive, it leaves viewers questioning everything they’ve previously seen. The festival continues through Sunday, Oct. 23. See the schedule of films at www. OCTOBER 19, 2011 37

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e decided this year to check out the culinary stylings offered at the largest event held in Arkansas each year, the Arkansas State Fair, lunching our way down the Midway. First up: A fair favorite for more than 40 years, a corndog from Randy’s Superdog. For $10, we got the Mega Dog, an 18-inch-long corndog with a premium custom weiner inside a sweet cornmeal batter. We also picked up some fried green beans ($5) and Cornbread on a Stick ($5) from the Steakhouse stand by the Hall of Industry. The whole green beans were dipped in a light cornmeal battered and fried golden brown. They were addictive. The Cornbread on a Stick — actually a full cob of corn under a layer of a moist corndog-like batter — was heavy and too filling even shared. Later, we stopped in at the yellow Feed Trough trailer for a rabbit sandwich ($7). The rabbit was moist and savory, if a little tough. A peppery barbecue sauce was available on the side. One of our group picked up a burger at Mitch’s Grill. The big pound patties are hand patted and cooked on a griddle in a screened-in enclosure. The burger came out medium well but nicely crusted, spiced with salt and pepper and served with American cheese on a buttered bun. Then it was on to a stick of MOINK Balls at the Smoke Shack BBQ ($7). The smoked beef meatballs, wrapped

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in bacon, were thoroughly spiced with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano; we liked the sweet thick barbecue sauce they were marinated in. They come five to a stick. Smoke Stack was also serving turkey legs ($8), wrapped tightly in foil for easy eating. The meat was so tender it was falling off the bone. It was also very smoky. We were bummed to find that the Fried Veggie stand on the Midway only offered fried pickles, a blooming onion and fried green tomatoes — especially after viewing a broccoli floret on the sign. We opted instead for a Veggie Pita ($6) at the Food Court. It was heavy on the feta and tzatziki sauce, which did a lot to counteract the massive amount of onions in our dish. Out of sheer bravery we forged on, trying the wings offered at the Sil-


ver Bullet Saloon. For $7.50 we got 10 wings in two flavors — Chili Sweet and Nuclear. One of our companions found the sweet sauce to be too sweet, but it reminded us of the sauce that comes on Sesame Chicken at Chinese restaurants and liked it just fine. The Nuclear wings, coated with what the crew called “stupid sauce,” they were simply too hot for us to handle. Dessert time! Cherry Covered Chocolates ($5) at the Fried Dough trailer were a surprise hit. These are Oreo cookies battered with a Cherry Kool-Aid infused funnel cake batter and deep-fried. They come five to an order; we had an argument over who would get the leftover cookie. We also shared a couple of fried pies ($2.50 each) at the Big Show Diner. The pies from Letha’s Pies in Northwest Arkansas took several minutes to cook, but they were served up piping hot. The apricot fried pie was tasty but we preferred the pecan pie, which was packed with pecans and low on the custard. The salty crust was a hit with us, and the price was cheap compared to the other things we’d eaten at the fair. We finished up with the traditional funnel cake at the Big Show Diner. Funnel cakes range from $4.50 at the diner to $6 on the Midway, and extra toppings are a dollar a piece. We stuck with tradition, a dusting of powdered sugar and a pile of napkins as we shared this once-a-year treat between the four of us. It was as we always expect — crispy on the outside, sweet and a little salty and incredibly hot. There was still powdered sugar on our shirts when we left the fairgrounds for home — as usual.

Little Rock’s oldest restaurants, closed on Oct. 8, but owner Scott Wallace said a sale is in the works that should lead to remodeling and reopening. “Business has been tough the last couple of years,” Wallace said. “After 25 years, I was just worn down.” But he said he’d struck a deal with former Bruno employees that he hoped would be completed last week. Wallace said they planned some remodeling, would have fresh capital and would reopen the business with the familiar menu of pizza and pasta as before. He declined to identify the buyers for now. The restaurant, at 315 Bowman Road, dates to a cafe Jimmy Bruno opened in Levy in 1947 and then relocated to Roosevelt Road in 1949, where Bruno’s Little Italy began. Jimmy Bruno’s sons followed him into the kitchen and continued the family tradition. Bruno’s moved west in 1978 and to its present location in 1988 with Wallace, now the owner, as a backer. Wallace is now vice president for sales for a roofing company. He said restaurant business was still good, though it suffered a downturn in 2010. He said he expected the new buyers to aim for a reopening in November, traditionally the beginning of a busy time in the restaurant business. AFTER 23 YEARS in business, The Faded Rose in Bowman Curve Shopping Center will close after dinner on Saturday, Oct. 29, owner Ed David said in a statement. David said the restaurant’s lease expires in November and “due to the economic downturn” it wasn’t “prudent” to renew the lease. But, good news for fans of Soft Shell Crab Bienvenue. David said he’s looking forward to many more years of business at The Faded Rose in Riverdale.



ADAMS CATFISH CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. LD Tue.-Sat. B-SIDE The little breakfast place turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a musthave dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-5540914. B Wed.-Fri.; BR Sat.-Sun. CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 OCTOBER 19, 2011 39



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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. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL Menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and handcut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 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 beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DOGTOWN COFFEE AND COOKERY Up-to-date sandwich, salad and fancy coffee kind of place, well worth a visit. 6725 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-833-3850. E’S BISTRO Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. GREEN CUISINE Daily specials and a small, solid menu of vegetarian fare. Try the crunchy quinoa salad. 985 West Sixth St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious meat and three restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Typical meat-and-two options: smothered pork chops, pigs feet, yams, greens. The desserts are delectable. 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices. It’s a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT Big plates of soul food, plus burgers, barbecue and famous sweet potato pie. 2801 W. 7th Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6656. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT AND MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 2900 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-375-3420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L 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. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat.


CHI’S 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. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.




CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q Tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.

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KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY The menu stays relatively true to the owner’s Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night. 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2279900. LD daily.

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VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places — tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a nondescript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.

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CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the resh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily.

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A young entrepeneur and artist puts her stamp on lamp design BY KATHERINE WYRICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN CHILSON


f you find yourself admiring one of the many elegant lamps in mertinsdykehome, chances are, it was designed right here in Little Rock by Allison Davis. Founder of specialty lamp-making company Thumprints, Davis designs chic, hand-crafted lamps, each one unique from the other (hence the company name). It all began about ten years ago, when Davis, now 33, began scouring antique stores for unique objects to make into lamps. Toiling away in her basement, she transformed found objects, including pottery made by a local potter, into lamps/works of art. She soon realized

hearsay ➥ Mark your calendars for the third annual art show by Sandy Hubler, owner of THE SHOWROOM, an art gallery and custom framing company in Riverdale. Hubler will have 30 new works on display for one night only at the Chenal Country Club on October 27, 5-8:00 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Free admission, open to the public. For more information contact Hubler at 501-372-7373 or visit ➥ KITCHEN CO. continues to offer mouth-watering classes for fall. The next few on the schedule are: Taligate Party with Donnie Ferneau (10/24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.); Paula Deen’s Chicken Pot Pie with Beth Robinson (10/26, 6-8 p.m.); and Jack ‘O Lantern Contest and Halloween Party (10/29, fun begins at noon!). Go to and purchase a $50 gift certificate for $25 at Kitchen Co. ➥ Sure we like SPOKES and UNITY MARTIAL ARTS but were very saddened to see that they removed the historic Stifft Station sign and trolley stop at the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham to make way for a big new one. ➥ BOTTLETREE announced that it has joined forces with Adventures in the Arts at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church to offer children’s art classes for the fall. Register now for these fun 6-week sessions that begin the week of October 24th: Greengirls Art and Sewing Class and Let’s Face It: Exploring the Self Portrait. The classes will be held at PHUMC in Hillcrest. Each session costs $120, all materials included. To register, call Mary Boyce at 501-978-0522. Bottletree is also hosting a Girls Night Out with Mindy Lacefield at Pulaski Heights Christian Church, 4724 Hillcrest, Friday, October 28, 6-9 p.m. Open to all levels. $65, all supplies included. ➥ Airstream has arrived! Beginning October 19, CRAIN RV will be the only Airstream dealer in the state. These iconic “silver bullet” trailers have achieved cult status and are coveted by hipsters and outdoor enthusiasts alike. 42 OCTOBER 19, 2011 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES

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CUE: What is your background and how did you get into designing lamps? Allison Davis: I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Advertising. I do not have a formal education in design, but have always been interested in art, fashion and interior design. Everyone always asks me “Why lamps?” I am not exactly sure, but have always been intrigued by unusual lighting. I still have several lamps from my high school room that l love. I remember my dad helping me make a lamp out of a Crown Royal bottle years ago, and we turned a sculpture I designed in college art class into a lamp. I established Thumprints in 2002 after making lamps just for fun. Originally, I hand-covered shades with interesting fabrics and embellished them with

beads and trim. I then began frequenting antique stores for vases, candlesticks and boxes with fun, interesting shapes, which I made into lamps. People seemed to really like them, so I started selling to local boutiques, at home shows and at events such as Holiday House. Before I knew it, I was showing my designs at a wholesale market. CUE: How would you describe your style or aesthetic? AD: Personally, I am drawn to contemporary and modern design. I like clean lines and simplistic décor. I also love art and lots of color! Thumprints offers a range of contemporary and transitional table lamps, floor lamps, hanging lights and wall sconces. I use a variety of highend materials such as sustainable wood, ceramic, art glass, natural stone and metal, paired with luxurious shade fabrics, including dupioni silk, ultra suede and fine linens. CUE: Who/what are your influences? AD: My inspirations come from a variety of sources. The overriding influence, however, is art. High-design, detail and artistic style are at the forefront of my design philosophy; I have always been drawn to sculpture and three-dimensional artwork, which I think geared me towards lamps. I work with a variety of mediums including art glass, wood, metal and natural stone, and combine materials, textures, colors and shapes to create pieces of functional art.



she was on to something when local and regional designers and retail stores began clamoring for more of her designs. This led Davis to launch Thumprints in the summer of 2002. Davis’s mother, Sandy West, joined the business shortly thereafter as Thumprints’ Chief Operating Officer and is now part owner. This dynamic mother/daughter team works together on a daily basis and over the years has built a national presence. Thumprints’ lighting designs are displayed worldwide in restaurants, bars and lounges—including Grotto at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas—and have been placed in a variety of hotels from the lobbies of Holiday Inn to the luxurious suites at Wynn Macau. We recently met Davis at mertinsdykehome—where, as we mentioned, her creations are prominently displayed—for this CUE and A.

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itt Romney, the presumptive gopnom, said the other day that he considers himself a regular middle-class guy. That was pretty discouraging to those of us whose highest lifelong aspiration has been to move up classwise from lower to middle. To finally get us, if not a whole piece of the pie, a crumb or two from the crust of it. Discouraging because the middleclass Mr. Romney has around $200 million in the bank. That’s his personal fortune, his own walking-around money, and doesn’t include PAC money, or running-for-office money cadged from donors. Discouraging to us proles because we know if middle-classdom has really reached the $200 million plateau, we don’t have a prayer in hell of ever getting there. Even if you needed only $100 million to qualify for entree, we’d still be screwed. No matter how many lottery tickets we buy, no matter how many golden geese we chase after. I figure it would take me at least 40 car wrecks with catastrophic personal injuries in every one of them, and a per-

sonal-injury lawyer working on the cheap, if not pro bono, and 40 juries of the O.J. or Casey Anthony caliber, BOB to get my foot in LANCASTER the Mitt Romney version of the middle-class door. I’m just not sure I could survive that many car wrecks. Certainly not with my good looks and all my appendages intact. I can’t think of many ways other than serial litigiousness up out of the lowclass peckerwoodery that’s always been my milieu. I’m past the point of hankering for athletic stardom, I wouldn’t think twice about running for president, and I wouldn’t consider making and peddling meth, not only because it would be illegal and immoral to do so, but because I’ve seen what it’s done to Walter White on “Breaking Bad.” You can marry your way out. Luck your way out, if you have the moxie and a concept that most scorn and nobody else covets, like discount merchandising, chicken nuggeteering, or selling everybody in the Arklatex a gaslight.

Or scam your way out, say, for example, by having a crony who’ll sell you all the natural gas in a vast multi-state basin and then very quickly, by pre-arrangement, buy it back from you, with ratepayer money, for many times the price you paid for it. But don’t think working hard and keeping your hooter to the stone will get you out. Remember what Tennessee Ernie Ford said loading 16 tons of No. 9 coal would get you. Not even a baby step closer to middle classdom. Pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps makes a nice-sounding cliche until you realize that it’s an anatomical impossibility. More of the low class kidding itself. A sad thing, putting on the dog when it doesn’t even impress the dog. It’s almost like a case of you can’t get there from here, and it’s pretty galling to have a 200-meg weasel who got there the easy way out striking what used to be called the Mucker Pose. The Mucker Pose was a way for upper-class twits to run in a bunch, doing malicious mischief and pretending to be street toughs, like Richard Pryor doing his “We bad” bit. Nero did some of this too, the little bastard. The middle-class I burned with envy to crash had none of that muckery, and if you needed $200 million to get in, you could get it in Monopoly money, from rent on your Ventnor houses and Penn-

sylvania hotels. Here are some of the benefits and emoluments that I imagined the middleclass Welcome Wagon might bestow on me: I could get a banana split any time I wanted one. I could get me a motorcycle without having to sell 15,000 cans of Cloverine Salve. I could hire me a batman if I wanted to, whatever a batman was, even if the only applicant for the job was my cousin Gopher. I could go into a department store and buy some cool clothes that weren’t handme-downs, and a terry-cloth bathrobe, and have the clerk greet me by name, hover helpfully, and tell me to hurry back instead of running me out with the other riffraff, and threatening to call the law on me for loitering if they caught me in there again. I’d have a car, on the status upside of a Buick, instead of Pap’s old rattletrap pickup that either overheated or had a blowout every time you got it out of town, and that it was just plain impossible to imagine a girl agreeing to make out in. Those on the outside of middle class looking in could make an occasional incursion into the middle class, and that was tolerated if you got in and out quick and didn’t hassle any gentry. For instance, you might go in to retrieve a nice pair of boots that the hit-and-run victim wearing them would no longer have any use for anyway.


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Copyright Notice Copyright Notice: All rights reserved re common-law copyright of trade-name/trade-mark, GERALD DUKES©- as well as any and all derivatives and variations in the spelling of said trade-name/ trade-mark-Common Law Copyright© 1984 by Gerald Dukes©. Said common-law trade-name/trade-mark, GERALD DUKES©, may neither be used, nor reproduced, neither in whole nor in part, nor in any manner whatsoever, without the prior, express, written consent and acknowledgement of Gerald Dukes© as signified by the red-ink signature of Gerald Dukes© , hereinafter “Secured Party.” With the intent of being contractually bound, any juristic person, as well as the agent of said juristic person, consents and agrees by this Copyright Notice that neither said juristic person, nor the agent of said juristic person, shall display, nor otherwise use in any manner, the common-law trade-name/trade-mark GERALD DUKES© , nor the common-law copyright described herein, nor any derivative of, nor any variation in the spelling of, GERALD DUKES© without the prior, express, written consent and acknowledgement of Secured Party, as signified by Secured Party’s signature in red ink. Secured Party neither grants, nor implies, nor otherwise gives consent for any unauthorized use of GERALD DUKES© , and all such unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. Secured Party is not now, nor has Secured Party ever been, an accommodation party, nor a surety, for the purported debtor, i.e.”GERALD DUKES,” nor for any derivative of, nor for any variation in the spelling of, said name, nor for any other juristic person, and is so-indemnified and held harmless by Debtor, i.e. “GERALD DUKES,” in Hold-harmless and Indemnity Agreement No. GD-010484-HHIA dated the Fourth Day of the First Month in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty-four against any and all claims, legal actions, orders, warrants, judgments, demands, liabilities, losses, depositions, summonses, lawsuits, costs, fines, liens, levies, penalties, damages, interests, and expenses whatsoever, both absolute and contingent, as are due and as might become due, now existing and as might hereafter arise, and as might be suffered by, imposed on, and incurred by Debtor for any and every reason, purpose, and cause whatsoever. 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By this Copyright Notice, both the juristic person and the agent of said juristic person, hereinafter jointly and severally “User,” consent and agree that any use of GERALD DUKES© other than authorized use as set forth above constitutes unauthorized use, counterfeiting, of Secured Party’s common-law copyrighted property, contractually binds User, renders this Copyright Notice a Security Agreement wherein User is debtor and Gerald Dukes© is Secured Party, and signifies that User: (1) grants Secured Party a security interest in all of User’s assets, land, and personal property, and all of User’s interests in assets, land, and personal property, in the sum certain amount of $500,000.00 per each occurrence of use of the commonlaw-copyrighted trade-name/trade-mark GERALD DUKES©, as well as for each and every occurrence of use of any and all derivatives of, and variations in the spelling of, GERALD DUKES©, plus cost, plus triple damages; (2) authenticates this Security Agreement wherein User is debtor and Gerald Dukes© is Secured Party, and wherein User pledges all of User’s assets, land, consumer goods, farm products, inventory, equipment, money, investment property, commercial tort claims, letters of credit, letter-of-credit rights, chattel paper, instruments, deposit accounts, accounts, documents, and general intangibles, and all User’s interest in all such foregoing property, now owned and hereafter acquired, now existing and hereafter arising, and wherever located, as collateral for securing User’s contractual obligation in favor of Secured Party for User’s unauthorized use of Secured Party’s common-law-copyrighted property; (3) consents and agrees with Secured Party’s filing of a UCC Financing Statement in the UCC filing office, as well as in any county recorder’s office, wherein User is debtor and Gerald Dukes© is Secured Party; (4) consents and agrees that said UCC Financing Statement described above in paragraph”(3)” is a continuing financing statement, and further consents and agrees with Secured Party’s filing of any continuation statement necessary for maintaining Secured Party’s perfected security interest in all of User’s property and interest in property, pledged as collateral in this Security Agreement and described above in paragraph “(2),” until User’s contractual obligation theretofore incurred has been fully satisfied; (5) consents and agrees with Secured Party’s filing of any UCC Financing Statement, as described above in paragraphs “(3)” and “(4),” as well as the filing of any Security Agreement, as described above in paragraph “(2),” in the UCC filing office, as well as in any county recorder’s office; (6) consents and agrees that any and all such filings described in paragraphs “(4)” and “(5)” above are not, and may not be considered, bogus, and that User will not claim that any filing is bogus; (7) waives all defenses; and (8) appoints Secured Party as Authorized Representative for User, effective upon User’s default re User’s contractual obligations in favor of Secured Party as set forth below under “Payment Terms” and “Default Terms,” granting Secured Party full authorization and power for engaging in any and all actions on behalf of User including, but not limited by, authentication of a record on behalf of User, as Secured Party, in Secured Party’s sole discretion, deems appropriate, and User further consents and agrees that this appointment of Secured Party as Authorized Representative for User, effective upon User’s default, is irrevocable and coupled with a security interest. User further consents and agrees with all of the following additional terms of Selfexecuting Contract/Security Agreement in Event of Unauthorized Use: Payment Terms: In accordance with fees for unauthorized use of GERALD DUKES© as set forth above, User hereby consents and agrees that User shall pay Secured Party all unauthorized-use fees in full within (10) days of the date User is sent Secured Party’s “invoice,” itemizing said fees. Default Terms: In event of nonpayment in full of all unauthorized-use fees by User within (10) days of date invoice is sent, User shall be deemed in default and; (a) all of User’s property and property pledged as collateral by User, as set forth in above in paragraph “(2),” immediately becomes, i.e. is, property of Secured Party; (b) Secured Party is appointed User’s Authorized Representative as set forth above in paragraph “(8)”; and (c) User consents and agrees that Secured Party may take possession of, as well as otherwise dispose of in any manner that Secured Party, in Secured Party’s sole discretion, deems appropriate, including, but not limited by, sale at auction, at any time following User’s default, and without further notice, any and all of User’s property and interest, described above in paragraph “(2), “ formerly pledged as collateral by User, now property of Secured Party, in respect of this “Self-executing Contract/Security Agreement in Event of Unauthorized Use,” that Secured Party, again in Secured Party’s sole discretion, deems appropriate. 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