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n It’s a bigger story in Washington than Arkansas, but it also could have an impact on a Florida resident. We’re talking about a new book, “The Other Side of Mercy: A killer’s Journey across the American divide.” Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin have expanded significantly on the Pulitzer Prizewinning reporting of the Seattle Times on the slaying of four Washington police officers by Maurice Clemmons, a parolee from Arkansas who was freed from a 108-year sentence by clemency granted by Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee, now a Florida resident, may run for president again and his Clemmons decision – along with his infamous help for rapist Wayne Dumond, who killed and raped again – is sure to be an issue. The book provides much new detail about Clemmons’ criminal history and how he wound up with a 108-year sentence. He was serving time for eight felonies and had refused plea bargains that would have shortened the sentence substantially. He pleaded rehabilitation to Huckabee, though Continued on page 9

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Houston, we have issues n As if the word “issue” weren’t already badly overused, the legislature is enacting laws to require even more use. This year, for the first time, all the proposals submitted to voters at the general election will be called “issues” on the ballot, rather than constitutional amendments or initiated acts, as was the previous practice. Asked about the change in wording, the secretary of state’s office cited Act 281 of 2009, which says that “Each statewide measure shall be designated on the ballot as an issue, and the issues WEBB shall be numbered consecutively, beginning with ‘Issue 1’ ... ” The reason for the change? A secretary of state’s spokesman referred that question to state Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock, who was the lead sponsor of Act 281. Webb said the old system allowed for duplication of numbers, and constituents said they were confused by this. For example, an Amendment 1 might be on the ballot along with an Initiated Act 1 and a Referred Act 1. Under the new system, with all proposals called issues and numbered in order, there’s no duplication of numbers. Constitutional amendments proposed by the General Assembly are the first issues listed under the new law, followed by initiated constitutional amendments, statewide initiated acts, referred acts of the General Assembly, questions referred by the General Assembly, and any other measures that might be referred.

Corporatist politicians exposed n Another assessment of Arkansas members of Congress has been published, this one by Public Citizen, one of the feistier publicinterest groups and an avowed foe of what it calls “corporatist politicians.” Public Citizen checked how the honorable members voted on four bills supported by Public Citizen and other consumer groups: Wall Street reform, campaign finance reform, energy reform and single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care. Reps. John Boozman of the Third District and Mike Ross of the Fourth BOOZMAN District voted a straight corporate line, against all four bills. Rep. Marion Berry of the First District showed almost as much corporate loyalty. He voted against Wall Street reform, campaign finance reform and single-payer health care. He didn’t vote on energy reform, but that amounts to a “no” vote. Boozman, the only Republican in the ROSS delegation, is challenging Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the general election. Lincoln and Sen. Mark Pryor both voted for Wall Street reform and campaign finance reform, and against energy reform. Single-payer health care didn’t come to a vote in the Senate. Rep. Vic Snyder of the Second District voted for Wall Street reform and energy reform, against campaign finance reform and single-payer health care.

Clinton, Reagan neck and neck n Bill Clinton’s and Ronald Reagan’s are the presidential libraries that Americans most want to visit, according to a poll done for Vanity Fair magazine, and the two are dead- even. The Clinton Library in Little Rock and the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., each received 31 percent of the votes. Jimmy Carter’s library was a distant third at 10 percent, and all the others in the poll — George W. Bush’s, Richard Nixon’s, Gerald Ford’s and George H. W. Bush’s — were in single digits. The results of the poll, conducted by telephone Sept. 6-8, were published in the November issue of the magazine. The same poll asked respondents to choose one of six nominees as “the most eligible single woman in the world.” Jennifer Aniston CLINTON LIBRARY: People want won with 29 percent of the votes; Elena Kagan finished sixth with 4 percent. We suggest that the name of Alice Walton be added to the list next time. to visit.

Words n A reader asks, “When did ‘suspect’ become ‘person of interest’? Is there really a difference between the two?” An online legal dictionary says: “Unlike ‘suspect’ and ‘material witness,’ ‘person of interest’ has no legal definition, but generally refers to someone law enforcement authorities would like to speak with or investigate further in connection with a crime. It may be used, rather than calling the person a ‘suspect,’ when they don’t want their prime suspect to know they’re watching him closely. Critics complain that the term has become a method for law enforcement officers to draw attention to individuals without formally accusing them. There is concern … that innocent people will be tainted by being labeled a ‘person of interest.’ The use of the term increased in popularity 4 october 21, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

9 Fraternity, UA sued

The family of a Phi Delta Theta pledge who had to be hospitalized for alcohol poisoning last year says the University of Arkansas was more concerned about fraternity-related revenues than the student. — By Gerard Matthews

10 Change, for the redder

This year, the GOP’s candidates are running against the same man — President Obama — and painting Arkansas’s blue delegation red. A rundown of the races — By Gerard Matthews

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A guide to Halloween happenings in Central Arkansas. — By Lindsey Millar

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in 1996, after investigators and reporters named Atlanta security guard Richard Jewell as potentially responsible for the Olympic Park bombing. He was later cleared … .” And won judgments against his accusers. I consulted the noted criminal-defense lawyer John Wesley Hall. He writes: “ ‘Person of interest’ is likely just a libelproof way of saying ‘We think this guy is a suspect but we don’t yet have probable cause and we want to talk to him and hope he’s stupid enough to confess and make

our case.’ ‘Suspect’ means we are ready to arrest, ‘person of interest’ means we aren’t.’ If the ‘person of interest’ is a mere witness, they should call him a witness.” n Newspaper jargon is usually as dull as other jargon, but I heard an interesting bit the other day. “Kelvin MacKenzie was a legendary editor hired by Rupert Murdoch to shake up the tabloid The Sun. MacKenzie delighted in unleashing tough stories on the powerful and wasn’t overly concerned by the facts. Stick a ferret up their trousers, he would tell his staff. If the story turned out to be wrong, as it sometimes did, McKenzie would burst out of his office and shout: ‘Reverse ferret!’ ” Stick one of those creatures up Rupert Murdoch’s trousers, and there’d never be need for reversal.

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Drive-by panhandling? That

seems sort of lazy, doesn’t it? But that’s what a reader reports to The Observer. It seems our reader was at a gas station in West Little Rock filling up the car when two separate people — neither of whom got out of their cars — asked for money. As reader writes: “They just drive up next to you and start talking.” The story given by one of them was the absolute hoariest tale: Out of town, needed gas money. (The Observer fell for that once and later saw the poor broke traveler drinking a latte at the River Market.) Since our reader had just observed the driver score from another gas station patron, reader declined. So the drive-by beggar starts to yell at reader! Besides being annoyed, our reader was a little frightened, being a diminutive sort and alone. Then our reader saw more front-seat panhandlers, in front of a West Little Rock restaurant. They were hailing folks exiting the restaurant. The Observer was once yelled at when we turned a woman down who’d asked for money. We’d given her some the day earlier. How about a thank you, we asked? Silly, of course. The poor woman wasn’t all there. And she didn’t have wheels, either.

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took a ride down to El Dorado to visit the kinfolks a few days back, leaving The Observer behind. While that meant a very non-Observational weekend for us, she returned with a humdinger of a story, definitely one for the Big Book of Embarrassing Familial Lore and just right for the impending Halloween season. On Sunday, Spouse’s mother — now and forever nicknamed Coco by The Observer’s son, who decided at a year and a half that the name of her terrier Cody was plenty good enough for his grandmother as well — cooked dinner after church, which brought Spouse’s sister and her family to the table for a little sit-down over pot roast and buttered rolls. Spouse’s sis has got a son named Daniel, who just turned 5. At one point before dinner, Daniel announced that he needed to visit the little boy’s room, and commanded Coco to get The Stick. The Stick, you see, is a long club, picked up out of the yard. For some

reason only clear to a 5-year-old named Daniel, it must be used to keep the ghosts flogged away while he’s in the bathroom doing his bidness. Soon after the decree to get The Stick, said Spouse, dear old long-suffering Coco trooped into the can, then proceeded to stand behind the apple of her eye and solemnly wave The Stick around in the air in a kind of serpentine motion. This is how it must be to keep the ghosts away. What’s more, on particularly spooky nights, Spouse learned, Coco is required to wave The Stick while intoning “Whooooooooo” in her spookiest voice, at which time Daniel must remind himself, out loud, that the noise he hears is definitely not a ghost. Ain’t grandmas grand? Sure, it’s kind of endearing now. Check back when he’s 16.

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took a ride up to Indiana recently to attend a friend’s wedding, and ended up staying in a Quaker-owned hotel-like establishment. From what we remember of our American Theology 101, the Quakers are an austere and simple folk, prone to abstaining from getting up to what we down here in Arkansas call Raising Hell; dismissive of drink and hooting and hollering and sin in general. So it was no shock that our deputy Observer and his girlfriend were given a room with twin beds placed a regulation “I Love Lucy”-grade non-fornication distance apart. No TV, either. The best part: Over the beds hung a painting showing — and he swears he is in no way making this up — a family of penitent, black-clad Quakers kneeling in prayer together in their simple cabin as a band of wild-eyed Native Americans peered in the windows and smashed down the door, tomahawks at the ready and bows drawn. For those not up on your symbolism, we’re thinking those crazed marauders probably represent that tickling you sometimes get in your naughty parts. Somebody get Alice Walton’s checkbook on the phone. We’ve got another masterpiece for Crystal Bridges. Fornication discouraged, no booze and no TV, said our deputy, so there was really nothing to do. You could have always prayed, The Observer said. • october 21, 2010 5


D-G obsession The Democrat-Gazette saw fit to assault U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln three times in less than a week on their editorial page. This level of repetition surpasses a mere pattern and might be deemed an obsession. Obsessive folks can be dangerous because they tend to ignore facts that don’t concur with their fixations. Newspaper editors who probably would not recognize a plow if it opened a furrow on their writing desks simply lack credentials on this topic. Yet, they hold forth to be experts on farm policy and the programs designed to accomplish that policy. Contrary to ignorance-based opinions, farm programs were not designed to make farmers wealthy. They exist to ensure that the nation has an adequate supply of food and fiber products. They do provide a safety net to producers of the major commodities that are the base of the world’s food supply, but that net certainly does not guarantee a profit. I would defy any editor or other farm program critic to name another national food and farm policy initiative that has delivered the benefits to a society like our U.S. farm policy does. Senator Lincoln

understands this. Many editors do not. Criticizing Senator Lincoln for standing up for a segment of her constituents that suffered severe crop damage from weather disasters in 2009 is not only unfair, it’s suspicious, because critics have relied on editors at the Washington Post and the New York Times to advocate against Arkansas producers. Why? Why would a native give credibility to a big city editor far removed from the farm in an effort to harm their home state industry of agriculture? Seeking an answer to that question is liable to cause me to fall into the paranoia pit and it’s already crowded with tea baggers. From the farm community, I say bless you, Miss Blanche, and please don’t let the naysayers wear you down. You did us proud by being a senator, doing what a senator should! Harvey Joe Sanner Des Arc

Time to eat right

Last week’s withdrawal of the diet drug Meridia marks the latest setback in a long and frustrating quest for a pharmaceutical solution to our national obesity epidemic. Despite millions of dollars spent by drug companies, none of the handful of diet drugs on the market is considered very effective. This is most unfortunate, for obesity has become the number one public health problem for our community and our nation,

affecting one-third of our population. It’s a precursor to heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses that account for more than a million premature deaths each year. Leading causes of obesity are consumption of fat-laden meat and dairy products and inadequate exercise. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when lifestyle habits become lifelong addictions. The failure of the drug industry to come up with a dietary silver bullet places added emphasis on the diet/exercise solution. The time has come to replace meat and dairy products in our diet with wholesome grains, vegetables, and fruits and to undertake a regular exercise program. Parents should insist that their schools introduce wholesome school lunch choices and should set a good example at their own dinner table. Lewis Mermell Little Rock

Where’s the ethos?

As one who was born and grew up in Arkansas, attended public schools in the “Natural State” and graduated at the head of his class at Hendrix College, in 1965, to leave for Europe to study literature on a Marshall Scholarship at London University, and who now lives and teaches in Louisiana, I have often wondered why Arkansas people do not get busy analyzing the spiritual and intellectual life of their

own society. Here in Louisiana we know we are in deep trouble. The state budget is bleeding tax revenues and higher education is being ruthlessly cut back. In a few years higher education in Louisiana will consist of LSU and a bunch of community colleges that were once “universities.” I teach at one such “castrated” institution. Arkansas — I suspect — suffers from some similar problems. It is not just that the brightest people can hardly wait to leave. It is also the poverty of the ethos of the place that makes it such a lousy place to live in, unless you are middleclass and middle-brow. I have never noticed that Arkansas people indulge in much serious introspection. Rather, like deprived people in similar places — West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, etc. — what you get is predominately a middle-brow, liberal Protestant ethos that mindlessly values the status quo and has little time for dissident views, for the arts, especially when they challenge that point of view. I have occasionally pointed out to the present poo-bahs who run my old alma mater that Hendrix College, when I was there, was a pit of homophobia, and that I have many unhappy memories of the place, but this not the kind of rootin’-tootin’ endorsement these little Methodists want to receive. This obsession with other people’s sexual preference is typical of Arkansas and a good index of its provincial narrowness and ignorance.

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in Canada (or wherever) and try to rebuild the country. Our American Taliban seems to be trying to turn us into a Heinleintype of religious-controlled government that would expel or imprison all who don’t think like them. Unfortunately there is no defense against a life-form that is self-replicating, judgmental and self-justifying by way of selective use of an old religious document many of them believe was written by God himself. These life-forms are incapable of sound, logical thought and their analytic skills are non-existent, so by faith alone they proceed, full of themselves and forgetting the very words of their own Gospel (forgiveness, tolerance, etc.). The best example is the man whose name is spelled like booze but who pronounces it like Bozo. Do you know any good, inexpensive, long-term lodging facilities in Canada? I haven’t thought of that since the Vietnam draft. Steve Gibson Little Rock

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EARTHQUAKES. Faulkner County continues to be shaken by earthquakes, up to 4.0. Geologists tend to think it’s a continuation of a historic pattern, unrelated to gas drilling and waste injections. Nervous residents aren’t so sure. A SHAVE. U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder shaved his mustache for the first time in more than 40 years after supporters of Joyce Elliott, the Democratic candidate to succeed Snyder, met a $50,000 fundraising challenge. DR. JOYCELYN ELDERS. The former surgeon general’s straight talk continues unabated in retirement. This week, she said it was time to legalize marijuana, which is non-toxic and non-addictive but creating criminals of small-time youthful users. INTERSTATE RIVALRIES. It was revealed that UCA and ASU will play each other in football next year. Now if the University of Arkansas would just agree to play Arkansas State, all would be right in the football world. RENEE GORK. The Fayetteville radio station reporter fired for wearing a Florida cap to a Razorback football practice, got new work in a more hospitable climate — with a University of Florida-owned radio station. It was a bad week for …

DREAMS OF FOOTBALL GLORY. The Hogs lost to Auburn 65-43. Fans were unhappy about the officiating, but it takes more than a few bad calls to run up 65 points. MIKE HUCKABEE. A new book by Seattle Times reporters documents in grisly detail the violent criminal record Maurice Clemmons was steadily compiling in prison on eight felonies while pleading for the clemency granted by Huckabee. Huckabee bought Clemmons’ rehabilitation story for reasons that remain unclear. Clemmons went on to be implicated in two more Arkansas robberies and then, most infamously, kill four Washington police officers. The FORT SMITH SCHOOL DISTRICT. It sent home a female middle school student for wearing rainbow bracelet, deemed to be an expression of support for homosexuality. Then, when the student wore a T-shirt with the message “homosexuality L-O-V-E” she was suspended. Calling the ACLU.

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More details on hazing at U of A Lawsuit alleges collusion, cover-ups. By Gerard Matthews

n The family of a freshman whose hazing by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity last November sent him to the hospital has filed suit alleging that University of Arkansas administration officials knew about alcohol abuse at the fraternity house and did nothing to stop it. The suit cites e-mails between the university and fraternity about alcohol-related incidents. Nicholas Brown, the student; his parents Douglas and Rebecca Brown; and his sister January Brown are suing the state chapter of Phi Delta Theta, its national organization, three employees of the university and members of the fraternity. The suit was filed Monday in Pulaski Circuit Court. The suit also alleges that the punishment meted to the fraternity — the fraternity’s campus activity was suspended indefinitely, but the organization is working its way back to reinstatement — was light and stemmed from the millions of dollars in donations and housing payments that fraternities bring to the UA. According to the complaint, on Nov. 12, 2009, Nicholas Brown, a pledge of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, was instructed to go to the fraternity house and report to the basement, a room the brothers called “The Dungeon” because it had no video surveillance cameras or windows, and to bring his “hoodwink,” a pillowcase that would serve as a blindfold. A few hours later, he was admitted to Washington Regional Medical Center, where he experienced tonic-clonic seizures and acute respiratory failure before slipping into a coma. His blood alcohol level was .68, more than eight times the legal limit. In the time in between, the complaint says Brown was abused verbally and physically and forced to drink copious amounts of whiskey and beer while the “big brothers” of the fraternity placed bets on which of the pledges could drink the most. Some time around 11:40 p.m., Brown


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COMING BACK: Phil Delta Theta members in front of their house. stumbled out of the house and passed out on the sidewalk behind the fraternity house. A group of students found him and answered his ringing cell phone. His girlfriend, who was on the other end, hurried to pick Brown up and an ambulance was called. Brown was in a coma for a time, but eventually recovered, something his doctors considered unusual. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is on its way to being reinstated. Ryan Allen, a Little Rock attorney who represents Brown, says the suit is about something bigger than one isolated hazing incident. Allen said the e-mail correspondence between the fraternity and the university was “just amazing. It’s basically about how the university officials were in cahoots with the Phi Delts the whole time and it’s all based on money and the big donations the Phi Deltas give every year.” E-mails show that Parice Bowser, the coordinator of Greek Life for the university, had knowledge that the Phi Delta fraternity was violating the school’s, and the fraternity’s own, alcohol policies. An e-mail sent to Bowser from Matthew Mills, with the university police department, in September 2009 says that one of the fraternity’s party marshals was doing shots at a supposedly alcohol-free party. The university’s police department provided security for the fraternity parties and officers consistently witnessed students drinking, the complaint says. Allen says previous alcohol-related incidents at the fraternity house should have

prompted more action from the school. The complaint alleges that in the wake of the November 2009 incident, “the university and the national fraternity were only concerned about protecting alumni donations and the yearly fees” paid by the fraternity and “in an effort to keep housing revenue uninterrupted from the Phi Delta Theta house, agreed to allow freshmen pledges to live in the fraternity house to kick start the new chapter.” An e-mail from Danny Pugh, vice president for student affairs at U of A, to Chancellor David Gearhart and others says “if current residents of the house are released, they would be required to move in to University Housing per their existing contract,” which “would be revenue neutral to the chapter and University Housing.” Pugh also discusses the university’s “universal commitment to the chapter and the potential for an immediate re-colonization option” for existing members of the pledge class. In another e-mail from Pugh, he reminds Bowser, “One last note … We have a PDT alum as Trustee!” The complaint alleges negligence and gross negligence, assault and battery, among other charges. Efforts to reach Phi Delta Theta headquarters were unsuccessful. University of Arkansas Associate Vice Chancellor John Diamond said in a statement, “The allegations against the university officials are unfounded, and we are confident they will be dismissed.” He said the university would refrain from further comment.

a prosecutor’s objection. The book gives Huckabee points for believing in forgiveness and making politically difficult clemency decisions, but the details don’t compliment the quality of his judgment, his careful review of cases or his truthfulness in describing Clemmons’ record while defending his action on TV last year. In the course of recounting Clemmons’ life, the book touches on many facets of Arkansas history, from racial strife in

his hometown of Marianna to the historic evil conditions in Arkansas prisons to the interconnection of political figures. Clemmons champions happen to include Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey and Parole Board Chairman Leroy Brownlee, an elder in the Presbyterian church Humphrey pastors. It’s book-length journalism and good reading. Huckabee’s future opponents can be expected to have it on hand. • october 21, 2010 9

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steady lead: Rep. John Boozman has it over incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln.


SCARED Conventional wisdom says Republicans will prevail — but is it that simple?


political advertisement streams into homes all across the fourth district. The typical tropes and worn-out images we’ve come to expect from the minds

of political consultants and handlers are all there. We see a candidate talking to veterans, standing in a factory surrounded by blue-collar workers and posing with the kids on the front porch. A camera shot pans a pastoral stretch of a small Arkansas town. The candidate in question, we’re told, has never voted to increase his pay, is endorsed by the NRA, will stand up for “Arkansas values” and


voted against “Pelosi’s health care overhaul.” As if saying it wasn’t enough, that last phrase is emblazoned across the bottom of the screen for added effect.

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TRIPLE A: Clinton says anger, apathy and amnesia are fueling GOP gains. (Also pictured: Rep. Vic Snyder, Sen. Joyce Elliott and Sen. David Pryor). But this is no Republican advertisement. It’s for Rep. Mike Ross, a conservative Democrat running for re-election in the fourth district against Republican Beth Anne Rankin. It’s classic Ross, complete with Republican talking points and all. In an election cycle in which literally every candidate is running against Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, or in some cases exaggerated or demonized versions of them, it’s not surprising that this message would pop up in a Republican ad. The fact that it cropped up in a Democratic campaign is a testament to how frustrated voters, especially in Arkansas, have become with the administration. For the Republicans, running against Obama could prove to be gold. The president is wildly unpopular in Arkansas and voter anger, whether valid or wholly misplaced, is driving this election cycle. It’s not just at the top. The anti-Obama message has entered into numerous statewide and even legislative races. Mark Darr, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, proudly proclaims in his television ads that he will “fight the Obama agenda,” even though his election would provide him with essentially no opportunity to do so. But Republicans see Obama as low-hanging fruit and are ready to capitalize on voter resentment. Conservative commentator and talk show host Bill Vickery said voters are angry over two issues: health care and what they see as too much government. “Even Democrats are trying to distance themselves from the president,” Vickery said. “He has become toxic for Democrats in not just the South, but in swing areas around the country. That can hold true whether it’s Ohio or Arkansas. I think the push on health care has a lot to do

with it. Also, at a point in time when you see the economy is struggling and you have a president that is increasing the size of government, and doesn’t provide efficiency, then that’s why you see the backlash that you see.” Historically, the president’s party has not fared well in mid-term elections and this year, if the pundits are right, history will likely repeat itself. Television and newspapers are spreading the message: A Republican tide is sweeping the nation. If you believe pollsters, the G.O.P. will likely take control of the House of Representatives. Here in Arkansas, a very real possibility exists that the state’s delegation will shift from five Democrats and one Republican to two Ds and four Rs. (Elsewhere, however, recent polls show Democrats making some advances in key Senate races, putting a damper on some of the doomsday scenarios of a Republican takeover in that chamber.) U.S. Rep. John Boozman has shown a consistent and steady lead over Sen. Blanche Lincoln. In the first district, recent numbers show Republican Rick Crawford ahead of Chad Causey, but not by much. Tim Griffin leads Joyce Elliott by 15 in the second district. In the third district, Republican Steve Womack leads Democrat David Whitaker. Only in the fourth district does a Democrat — Ross — have a sizeable edge. “We do expect big gains,” said Alice Stewart, senior communications advisor for the Republican Party of Arkansas. “There’s a tremendous chance on the state level that it will be four Arkansas Republicans as congressmen and, without a doubt, a Republican senator.” But some are not yet convinced the Republicans gains will be as great as predicted. Rep. Vic Snyder has represented Arkansas’s second district since 1997. His

seat, representing the most liberal district in Arkansas — including Pulaski County and seven others — is in danger of turning Republican for the first time since Tommy Robinson vacated the office in 1991. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, a polling and analysis website that is now part of the New York Times, lists the seat as the second most likely to switch parties and gives Republican challenger and Karl Rove protege Tim Griffin a 97.5 percent probability of winning. Snyder, however, isn’t convinced voters are ready to “hand the keys back to the Republicans” as President Obama has so often talked about in speeches across the country. At a Political Animals Club meeting in Little Rock last week, Snyder introduced himself to the crowd as “Joyce Elliott’s predecessor.” “We have a real opportunity here and this is not a horse race for me,” Snyder said. “This is about the future of the country and I don’t care what somebody says the odds are right now. What matters to me is we have an opportunity and we have people in Arkansas who know a lot about politics and we better make sure the right person wins. I think there’s going to be a good vote and Democrats are going to do better than people think.” Former President Bill Clinton also isn’t convinced that a G.O.P. takeover is imminent. Clinton spent time in the state last week campaigning for various Democratic candidates. In an appearance at a fund-raiser for Sen. Joyce Elliott, Clinton said voters have real choices in this election. Republican gains in the House or Senate would likely be the result of voter “anger, apathy and amnesia,” he said. Continued on page 12 • october 21, 2010 11

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“What the voters need to decide is what do they want and who is most likely to give it to them in terms of action. People have a right to be mad; we are not out of this mess yet,” Clinton said. Snyder tends to agree with that assessment, saying the economy is at the root of a lot of voter anger. But however you want to characterize it, running against Washington, and vilifying those that currently hold office there, including Obama and Nancy Pelosi, is a tried and true formula. “Why are people demonizing Pelosi? Because Ted Kennedy died,” Snyder said. “I said that to both Nancy Pelosi and Patrick Kennedy, Sen. Kennedy’s son. For three decades, they use to say Sen. Pryor voted like Ted Kennedy did, because he was that demonic liberal from Massachusetts. Well, he died. So now we have Nancy Pelosi and people talk about her ‘frozen smile’ and the ‘liberal from San Francisco.’Well, that’s worse than Massachusetts; it’s San Francisco. They have to have a demon.” As the election nears here in Arkansas, the differences between the candidates are much more clear-cut than generic campaign messages and pre-prepped debate answers might have you believe. The real question, though, is whether voters realize how stark those differences are. Snyder said it’s unlikely. “People lead busy lives,” he said. “That is always a problem in an open seat. Particularly when you’ve been dominated for the past six or eight months by a Senate race, and right now a governor’s race, it is very hard to get the kinds of information out there and it’s obviously a difficult election environment for a Democratic challenger.”

Gary Wekkin, a professor of political science at the University of Central Arkansas, thinks voters’ lack of knowledge about political candidates has more to do with the tenor of political discourse and campaign advertisements. “The political message seems to have gotten down to the basic level, beyond issues and finesse, to the basic level of ‘Who loves you baby?’ It’s who are you for, or who are you against? And never mind the reasons why. Pelosi and Obama are apparently negatives in Arkansas

message is more politically palatable and attractive. But the Republican message has always been keep it simple and it’s always been one of their strategic advantages over the Democrats.” Snyder, though, said the Democratic message in this cycle is an effective one. “If the Republican message has always been so effective then why did the Democrats win such huge majority in 2008? Why did the Democrats take back the house in 2006 if the Republican message is so effective? I think our message is effective. But the more complex the challenges are, the more complex the solutions are, the more difficult it is to get that down to 30 or 60 seconds and it takes a lot more money to tell that story,” Snyder said. If “I am not Obama” has been the most prevalent message in campaign advertising this election cycle, another solid standby has been “Arkansas values.” It sounds good, but what does it mean? If Obama ran on “change,” Wekkin said, then Arkansas values tend to represent something quite the opposite. “People don’t want change, they want comfort zones,” Wekkin said. “They want to worship and work with and live with people who reinforce their own values. Everyone’s running on ‘I’ll defend our Arkansas values.’ Well, what is that? It’s something. They’ve all have it in their message. When you talk about Arkansas values, I think it’s almost like, ‘I will resist change. I will keep things from upsetting the apple cart of your life. You’ve got enough stuff happening to you all the time that you can’t control. I will do what I can to make sure that the stream of stuff coming from Washington does not grow in volume.’ ”

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as well as other Southern states. Between Conway and Little Rock, there’s a billboard about Obama being a Muslim. I don’t know what’s worse, the number of kids who can’t find Africa on a map or the number of parents that think their president was born there,” Wekkin said. Political messages have become incredibly simple. You can hardly turn on the radio without hearing a Republican candidate say something like, “I’m going to lower your taxes and eliminate wasteful spending.” That sounds excellent, but there’s never any mention of how those things might get done. “Life has been hectic, scary and complex,” Wekkin said. “And people want it to be simpler, so a simple


Senat e: Boozman v. Linc oln

ne candidate promising to stop the flow of “stuff” from Washington is Rep. John Boozman. And by “stuff,” we mean “money.” As Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s opponent, Boozman has tried to distinguish himself from the senator by refusing to vote for or accept federal money for local projects, which Lincoln said can act as a “great equalizer” for small states like Arkansas. Boozman joined the House Republicans’ earmark moratorium in March. The Lincoln camp has called the move an “election-year conversion to abstain from earmark requests.” Boozman has voted against funding for rural broadband access, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to help computerize health records at rural hospitals, money to create or preserve jobs for police officers in six cities and funding for the Arkansas Rural Water Association to make infrastructure improvements, just to name a few. When asked during a recent debate about trimming federal funding, Boozman offered few specifics on what programs might be cut. “Certainly there are worthwhile projects in Arkansas, but along with that we’ve got to get control of the garbage coming out of Washington,” he said. “The only way to do that is to define what an earmark is and make some new rules with transparency so the American public can see what we’re doing.” Attempts to reach his campaign for more specifics on what could be done to cut the federal budget were unsuccessful. Alice Stewart said “Obamacare” would be a primary target. “It’s had such a huge detrimental impact on the economy,” Stewart said. “You can’t honestly add services and add people and expect it not to cost more money and at the same time it’s going to reduce the quality of care.” Lincoln’s plan to tout the money she brings home to Arkansas does illustrate sharp ideological contrasts between the two candidates, but it’s a strategy that could backfire given the amount of anger directed at any kind of federal spending, even when it is beneficial for Arkansas. Constituents usually like it when their representative brings goods and services into their state, but Vickery said in this election cycle it really comes down to what voters want to hear. Some messages will resonate better than others, and he believes Boozman has the right message. “I believe that people like their projects, their library, things like that. What they hate more is seeing what they consider to be waste in government. Today, it’s to your political advantage to say ‘I cut everything’ than it is to say ‘I brought home the bacon.’ ” Lincoln has also come under fire from some on the left for her position on extending the Bush tax cuts and blocking efforts by some Democrats to include a public option in the health care bill passed earlier this year. Lincoln has an incredible knack for making everyone, conservatives and liberals alike, mad. Snyder even joked with the Political Animals Club that “everybody in this room has been aggravated as hell at some point with Sen. Lincoln.” But when you consider the polarized political climate and the ability of Washington to get anything done, there might be something to be said for that. She’s too conservative for liberals and too liberal for conservatives. She has shown, to the chagrin of some progressives, that she will work with the other side, in some cases accepting their ideas and fighting against Democrats. Boozman has shown that he will vote with the party leadership in D.C., even if that means saying no to worthy projects that benefit the people of this state.


Se cond diS t r i ct cong r eS S : Griffin v. Elliott

t’s all about character, but whose? Tim Griffin, who has been accused of publicly misrepresenting his record as a prosecutor and deflecting questions about his role in the ousted U.S. attorneys’ scandal in which he used his influence in the Bush White House to land the post of interim U.S. attorney, has been airing ads attacking Sen. Joyce Elliott’s character. Elliott, in a somewhat questionable strategic move, said early in the campaign that she would not make an issue of Griffin’s role in the scandal, choosing to take the high road. But after Griffin unleashed a wave of Orwellian radio ads challenging Elliott’s character and saying she was running a negative campaign, she decided to fire back, bringing up the scandal in a debate hosted by AETN. Vic Snyder said Griffin has somehow managed to escape scrutiny from the media. “I think he’s a very flawed candidate,” Snyder said. “He’s getting a free ride. It’s not playing politics to point out why somebody’s not going to meet the expectations of the voters. His record is fair game. The other thing that is happening is more and more inforContinued on page 14



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mation is coming out since Joyce started her campaign, information and opinion that you cannot ignore. Now, the editorial writers at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette might be ignoring it. He needs to face up to these indiscretions and falsehoods and quit being so phony with the people of Arkansas.” Griffin has run a visible and effective campaign with a strong social media presence. It’s difficult to drive two blocks in Little Rock without seeing five campaign signs. Elliott’s campaign operation, although less visible at first, seems to have made some strides of late, bumping up its social media presence, deciding to actively go after Griffin’s record and hitting the campaign trail with Arkansas political big-wigs like David Pryor, Dale Bumpers and President Clinton. But it remains to be seen if those efforts will pay off. The latest polls show Griffin with a sizeable lead, but Snyder said those margins are likely to decrease as the election nears. Vickery said normally he would agree but, again, this election cycle is different. “I have always believed that numbers narrow as election day gets closer,” he said. “You see Democrats come home and Independents break evenly. This is not that election cycle. There is an intensity amongst selfidentified independents that is unlike any other election cycle that I’ve seen and instead of it tightening we could see it widening some more.” Elliott and Griffin could not be more different. There has been some back and forth between the campaigns about Griffin’s early support for the so-called “fair tax” that would replace income tax with a 23 percent sales tax. Griffin now says he would be more supportive of a flat tax plan, which he said will carry with it “a lower overall burden because I believe it is better for the economy and private sector job creation.” But much like the fair tax, the flat tax also has the effect of shifting the tax burden to the backs of the poor. Writing for U.S. News and World Report, economics professor Holley Ulbrich said of the flat tax, “The attraction of simplicity hides a big change in the distribution of tax obligations among the poor, the middle class, and the rich. But the proposed flat tax is ... yet another

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griffin: Would repeal “Obamacare,” which Elliott backs.

attempt to reduce the tax obligations of higher-income households in exchange for the unenforceable hope or promise that they might use the money to invest and create jobs, maybe even jobs in the United States.” Health care has also been a flashpoint in the race. Elliott has said she supports the health care reform bill and would oppose efforts to repeal it. Griffin has pledged to “repeal and replace” the act.

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olls have shown that Democratic candidate Chad Causey and Republican Rick Crawford have been neck-and-neck throughout this race. Causey, the hand-picked successor to Rep. Marion Berry, is determined to keep the seat in the hands of a conservative Democrat, but Crawford has made a strong showing in the polls of late. It hasn’t been all sunshine and flowers for Crawford, however. The Democrat-Gazette reported in July that Crawford declared personal bankruptcy in 1994 to get out from under credit card and medical debts. Crawford does mention bankruptcy on his website but not in the manner you might imagine. “If businesses in America spent money the way the federal government does, they would be in bankruptcy,” Crawford said. “If people ran their personal finances the way Congress does, they would be in jail.” It is worth nothing that even though medical debts apparently created quite a problem for Crawford, he is opposed to health care reform. He calls it an “entitlement program” and supports repealing the measure. Causey has been hitting Crawford hard on his position on Social Security. Causey said Crawford wants to privatize the program. Crawford said he has never advocated privatization. However, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article, Crawford told a group of Republicans in Lonoke County something very different. “Well, you know, the old third rail of politics — don’t talk about Social Security. That’s something we need to talk about. Social Security is not solvent and we need to

CAUSEY: Hitting Crawford on position on Social Security.

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elliotT: Firing back at Griffin over his U.S. attorney scandal involvement.

CRAWFORD: His personal bankruptcy may hurt a bit at the polls. make some changes on Social Security. And for those people, particularly those people that are my age and younger, I think we need to allow them to participate in a private plan and come up with a way to provide for their own retirement,” Crawford was recorded as saying in a video of the event posted on YouTube. “And then we can, hopefully, restore some solvency to Social

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ep. Mike Ross has prided himself on his conservative Democrat label and that little c-word in front of the big D-word is probably the reason he’s still polling ahead of Beth Anne Rankin, who spent seven years working for Gov. Mike Huckabee. He’s taken a page out of the Republican playbook, mentioning opposition to Nancy Pelosi in campaign ads. Ross infuriated progressives throughout the health care reform debate, but seems to be holding his own with old-school Democrats and independents in the rural fourth district. His opponent, Beth Anne Rankin, has modeled herself after strong Republican women figures like Sarah Palin, politically and visually. Back in August, Rankin started showing up to events bespectacled and with her hair pulled back a la the Mama Grizzly. Rankin has followed Ross in running against Nancy Pelosi, calling Ross out on his votes for the speaker. Comparing her small frame to Pelosi’s, Rankin said, “It’s time we sent a Southern, conservative version of 5’4” to Capitol Hill.” How tall is Mike Ross?

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Governor: B e e b e v. K eet

he race between Gov. Mike Beebe and challenger Jim Keet has been all about cars, cars, cars. The Republicans, eager to cash in on voter anger regarding spending and a renewed interest in fiscal responsibility, decided to make a political issue out of the size of the fleet of cars provided to constitutional officers and other state employees. The state G.O.P. staged a series of press conferences admonishing the Democratic administration, culminating in a lawsuit naming each state constitutional officer and Speaker of the House Robbie Wills. It looked as if the Republicans, with Keet by their side, had a winning issue. However, after the lawsuit was filed, numerous Republican lawmakers expressed their concern that the lawsuit was frivolous and purely political. The hubbub did push Beebe to issue an executive order, cracking down on the vehicle fleet and outlining which employees were entitled to cars and which ones were not. Beebe said it was no surprise the issue came up in a “political year,” but the changes were necessary. To win, Keet has a tough hill to climb and he’s tried to combat that by creating news events and press conferences to get attention. To some extent, it has worked. Keet uses every opportunity to attack Beebe for not doing enough to stop “Obamacare,” although the governor did raise concerns about the impact of health care reform on the state budget. Despite Keet’s criticism and the flap over state cars, it seems Beebe’s popularity —

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approval ratings have remained in the high 70s for the governor — will carry him through. Recent polls show Beebe with a 10-15 point lead over Keet.


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epublicans are also expected to see gains in the state legislature, by as many as 12 seats in the House and four in the Senate, if Alice Stewart is right. Should that happen, the Republicans would still be in the minority. Bill Stovall, chief of staff for the House of Representatives and former Democratic Speaker of the House, said to the extent that there are Republican gains, legislation coming out of the state house shouldn’t look much different. “For the most part, regardless of the numbers, I’ve seen leadership work across the aisle and be able to produce a product and the most significant product is a balanced budget, appropriations measures and revenue stabilization for general revenue in the allotted time frame of the session. But I’ve honestly only seen one or two really partisan issues in the 10 years I’ve been here, regardless of the mixture,” Stovall said. How will it turn out? If Snyder is right, projected Republican gains might be offset by voters who are simply unwilling to give control back to the Republicans. If you believe the polls, it’s another story entirely. “If the election comes down — in the minds of people — to ‘Will I go with this group of people that represent a broad spectrum of American thought, that are united in solving America’s problems and moving this country forward?’ or a group of people who seem to be only interested in electioneering, without detail, without real solution, because they want to be in the office but we’re really not sure what they’re going to do when they get there, then we win,” Snyder said.

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Editorial n It’s popular to decry civil rights lawyer John Walker and the presumed fortune he’s made suing over racial discrimination in the three public school districts in Pulaski County. In fact, he’s often worked years at a stretch without compensation. Also, though he’s won several significant court-ordered payments, they pale in comparison to the enormous sums paid by the three school districts and the state of Arkansas defending the often indefensible. Want to get miffed about legal fees? Take a look at the $315,000 the fiscally distressed Pulaski County School District paid in the first nine months of the year to the Bequette and Billingsley law firm, primarily to attempt to bust a binding legal contract with the district’s school teachers. It was a colossal waste of money. The union-busting attempt by a thin Board majority not only lost in court at every turn, it lost at the polls. The single-minded, extralegal effort of the board’s four antiunion bullies inspired a resounding defeat of two of them in the September school election. New legal counsel might be among the new teacher-friendly board majority’s housekeeping chores. Believers in merit pay should cheer.

For Carolyn Staley n In our original list of election endorsements, we overlooked House District 32. The incumbent, Rep. Allen Kerr, deserves some credit for focusing recent attention on double-dipping elected officials and state employees, who sometimes stretched the law to qualify for both retirement and regular paychecks for the same job. But Kerr’s attention came after the legislature had already closed most of the loopholes that allowed the practice. Kerr’s record lands overall in the debit column for more substantive reasons — votes against a tobacco tax increase to pay for a statewide trauma system and against an expansion of the ARKids program to provide health coverage for more children of the working poor. Kerr has a progressive opponent with a record that suggests more compassion for the young and the injured. She’s Democrat Carolyn Staley, an associate pastor at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church who has a wealth of experience in public service. She’s been state services director of the Arkansas Arts Center, executive director of the Arkansas Arts Council, executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Adult Literacy and deputy director of the National Institute for Literacy. She has hands-on experience in the work of better educating workers for today’s jobs. Her progressive bent is evident in her endorsement of the work of the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on Global Warming and its ideas about making homes and businesses more energy efficient and reducing pollution. The Times endorses Carolyn Y. Staley (not to be confused with a former county clerk with the same first and last names) for state House of Representatives.

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FAIR WEATHER: A record 49,942 people turned out for the State Fair this year.

Daylight and dark n If polls and campaign treasuries are any measure, the 2nd District of Arkansas will see retiring U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, a liberal Democrat, replaced by Tim Griffin, an extreme right-wing Republican. It will be a victory tinged with irony. This is the year of revolt against Washington insiders, right? Griffin has spent virtually all his working life as part of the Republican political attack machine in Washington. If Griffin wins, he’ll beat an Arkansas school teacher and compassionate and effective Arkansas legislator. Sen. Joyce Elliott also has deep roots in the district, unlike Griffin, a Fourth District native who moved to Little Rock to run for political office. It will be a daylight-to-dark (and I do mean dark) change. Consider Tim Griffin: • He was part of a Republican operation that targeted poor, black voters in Florida with technical vote challenges designed to reduce turnout of Democrat-leaning voters. • He worked for the Bush White House on the unsuccessful campaign to privatize Social Security. • He’s misrepresented the extent of his military legal service. • He was the source of malicious and unfounded rumors about U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins. His aim was to get himself installed as U.S. attorney in place of Cummins without a Senate confirmation hearing. • He says he’ll bring fiscal discipline to Washington, but he supports continuing the tax breaks for millionaires that helped fuel the deficit. He has offered no specific cuts of the size necessary to restore a balanced budget. • He opposes a woman’s constitutional right to choose an abortion. • He opposes military service by acknowledged gays. • He favors legalized employment discrimination against gay people. • He opposes the bipartisan legislation to begin curbing carbon emissions and wants more domestic oil drilling. • He opposes any leveling of the playing field for organized labor in union negotiations.

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• He’s decried as extremists a group of local women who support peace and reduced military spending. These dangerous women include such radicals as Betty Bumpers and Jean Gordon, who stared down bigger bullies as a Little Rock School Board member during the heat of the desegregation era. • He opposes the estate tax. • He advocates a constitutional balanced budget amendment, a potentially harmful curb on government spending in times of crisis. • He would repeal health care reform legislation. He opposes universal health care. He thinks the free market is the solution to health coverage. He has no apparent understanding of the millions who can’t pay their mortgage or their light bill, much less set aside money in a health care savings account. • He opposes the Bush and Obama bailouts of financial institutions and the auto industry, no matter how many jobs they might have saved. • His belief that the U.S. must “win the war” in Afghanistan signals a long-term commitment to military involvement in a country that has, until now, proved unwinnable by outside forces. • Unlike more compassionate Republicans before him, he opposes amnesty for people who entered the country illegally. He adamantly opposes college help for undocumented immigrants, even those with Arkansas high school degrees and lifetimes spent here since arriving in the U.S. as infants. • He toes the NRA line on gun laws. • He supports sending public money to private schools through vouchers. There’s plenty more, but this should be ample warning. Many voters will find this resume pleasing. But it’s a brutal departure from 14 years of Vic Snyder.

Poverty hurts all n Here in Arkansas, it sometimes appears that we have escaped the worst of the recession. Arkansas’s unemployment rate of 7.5 percent remains well below the national average. Why then do one in four Arkansas children have insufficient food — among the highest rates in the nation? The number of Arkansans seeking help from food banks assisted by our project Change for Change is growing rapidly to the point where many of these facilities frequently run out of food. Despite low unemployment, poverty remains distressingly high in our state. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in five Arkansas residents was living in poverty in 2009, which translates into an astounding 18.9 percent of the population, up from 15.3 percent in 2008. This is even higher than the dismal national picture painted by the Census report, which showed that one in seven people or 14.3 percent were living in poverty — an increase of 3.7 million over 2008. For a family of four, that meant living with an income of less than $21,954. What explains the disconnect between relatively low unemployment in Arkansas and high poverty? In truth, joblessness is only one piece of the story. Many people have seen their work hours reduced or have not been able to work year round.

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In Arkansas, one The dramatic in seven workers poverty either can’t find work at all, works increases fewer hours than make it they want, or has clear that simply given up looking. Add in investments the high number in jobs and of people who protections wo r k a t n e a r minimum wage against and s udd e n l y hardship those lines at the food bank must remain make sense. a national This growing priority. poverty has dire consequences for our country’s future economic health. A new report by the Coalition on Human Needs — The Recession Generation: Preventing Longterm Damage from Child Poverty and Young Adult Joblessness — tracks the long-

Scary grannies n This is another installment in our irregular series on how the American political earth has turned upside down, causing head injuries to many people. Here in Arkansas we have a Karl Rove Junior kind of fellow, named Tim Griffin, who is about to get elected as a Republican to Congress in a metropolitan/ suburban district previously served by a liberal Democrat. The time, the mood, the changing demographic, the rampant know-nothing nonsense — all accrue to his advantage. This Griffin fellow worked for Rove in the Bush White House and then he finagled to get himself put in without Senate confirmation as the local U.S. attorney because he thought it would look swell on his resume — better than his efforts as an agent of the Republican National Committee to get black people purged from voter lists because they might have moved from the addresses on record. So, anyway, Rove’s — I mean Griffin’s — Democratic opponent is an African-American woman named Joyce Elliott, a former teacher and teacher union organizer who also is a veteran state legislator laden with what

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you might call She thinks, a liberal voting for example, record. She thinks, that innocent for example, offspring of that innocent illegal offspring immigrants of illegal immigrants ought to be ought to be able to go to our able to go to colleges after we our colleges educate them in after we our high schools. Pink stuff like educate them in our high that. Concurrently, schools. Pink there is this local chapter stuff like that. of a national women’s group — WAND, standing for Women’s Action for New Directions — that consists of

term effects of child poverty. The report looked at the two counties with the highest rates of child poverty in 2008 in each of 10 states. Arkansas’s Phillips County had typical results: over half the children live in poverty, barely two out of three adults have graduated from high school, one out of eight babies is born underweight, and one out of five adults is in fair or poor health. St Francis County fared almost as badly on every count. What makes the new poverty data particularly disturbing is that it is far from inevitable. The economic recovery legislation enacted in 2009 included many provisions that reduced the severity of poverty and the extent of joblessness. According to the Census Bureau, nationwide 3.3 million people were lifted out of poverty by unemployment insurance benefits. If the value of food stamp benefits were included in the poverty measure, another 3.6 million people would not have been counted as poor. And 4.2 million more people would have been classified above poverty levels if income from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) had been calculated. All of these provisions, and others, were expanded under the Recovery Act. Here in Arkansas, Governor Beebe is focusing on education and economic development to try to increase our per capita income. The Governor is working hard to prepare more of Arkansas’s students to attend and graduate from college. The

state has also invested heavily in workforce training and career education programs. These efforts have begun to pay off. Under the governor, Arkansas has risen from 48th state in the nation for per capita income to 44th. The dramatic poverty increases make it clear that investments in jobs and protections against hardship must remain a national priority. Unfortunately, many of those investments will soon expire, including expansions of the EITC and Child Tax Credit that put more money into the pockets of low-income working families. If those expansions expire nationally 158,000 fewer children will benefit from the Child Tax Credit alone, and 77,000 fewer from the EITC. What’s more, some in Congress are using concerns about the federal deficit to justify cutting the very programs that are helping most. Just this summer, Congress reduced the food stamp benefit for a family of four by almost $60 a month beginning in April 2014. Now Congress is considering starting the reduction a year earlier. Our leaders in Washington did the right thing by investing in successful anti-poverty protections in early 2009. The need for those investments is far from over.

a few local liberal-leaning do-gooder senior women ranging in age from their 60s to their late 80s. This WAND, organized in the 1980s during the Cold War, thinks we should spend less on military weapons and use some of the saved resources to tend to a cleaner environment. So this local WAND chapter put out word that its monthly meeting last week would have as its program a couple of speeches in behalf of Joyce Elliott, one from a campaign aide of Elliott and the other from Betty Bumpers, wife of the noted former liberal Democratic senator, Dale Bumpers. Betty Bumpers has a long history of liberal activity, such as getting children immunized in the early 1970s. About 20 women attended this potluck supper. One woman, 55, came for the first time and promptly got elected to the advisory board because, she was told, the group could use her youthful vigor. Scary people, these 20 women worried about carbon emissions who reach out to a 55-year-old for a youth movement. So Tim Griffin put out a dramatic news release with this headline: “Joyce Elliott’s radical, anti-military, antinuclear, anti-carbon endorsement.” He was referring to these 20 or so grandmothers and great-grandmothers who were having a potluck supper.

Oddly, Griffin remains a serious candidate even after issuing this news release. Oddly, he has not been laughed out of this district into which he only recently moved. Oddly, public outrage has not occurred over this attempt to assail as radical these senior women — to marginalize them in the way we used to talk from the other direction about the John Birch Society. Do you think we perhaps spend too much money on maintaining Cold Warera weaponry and that maybe we try to fight too many elective wars at once? Do you think it would be a good idea to redirect some of our resources to technologies and initiatives to reduce our emission of pollutants? Do you think there’s nothing at all sinister about a few grandmothers and great-grandmothers getting together for a potluck once a month to talk on such things? If so, you are one radical rascal and a detriment to any politician with whom you might seek to associate. At least that’s the view of people who have been turned on their heads too many times without a helmet.

Steven Copley is a United Methodist pastor and the advocate for the poor of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ernest Dumas is on vacation.

John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. • october 21, 2010 19


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≥ Brews and boos. Boo at the Zoo, the Little Rock Zoo’s ever-more elaborate annual Halloween party, kicks off with the adults-only Brew at the Zoo with beer from around the world to sample. The regular festivities, which run Thursday through Sunday this weekend and next, include a new and improved haunted reptile house, a more elaborate haunted house, a new hay maze and a new and improved haunted train. Plus, there are nightly magic shows, inflatables for jumping around in and every night at 7:30 p.m. Frankenstein will marry his bride and a dance party will follow. 6-9 p.m., Oct. 21-24, 28-31, $6-$7 plus a la carte prices for individual activities. ≥ Walk like a zombie, field-test your

costume. The Mud Run, billed as “Little Rock’s dirtiest 5K,” has long been the place to debut your elaborate Halloween costume — as long as it’s washable. The “5Kish” course snakes through obstacles in Two Rivers Park and culminates in a 300-foot mud pit. In addition to prizes for fastest finishers, the Run doles out awards for cleanest, dirtiest, best costume (adult and child) and more. This year, there’s also an effort afoot to break the world record for people dressed as zombies dancing to “Thriller.” It’s probably not going to happen, but no harm in zombie-ing up. More info at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, $25-$35. ≥ Bark at the moon. If you must subject your dog to a Justin Bieber costume, at least take him to Howl-O-Ween at the Burns Park Dog Park, where the cost of psychic readings for dogs, a photo booth for dogs and participating in dog costume contests will all benefit Out of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas. The Times’ Alan Leveritt will be a costume judge. 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. ≥ Hunt ghosts. Taborian Hall, the Ninth Street building Arkansas Flag and Banner currently calls home, is soon to celebrate its 100-year birthday. The third

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Ghoulishly good times es, those automated giant plastic skeletons that you find in way too many stores that say “WAH HA HA!” when you breeze by them are terrifically annoying. And it’s almost guaranteed that a significant portion of the trick-or-treaters who come to your door will have facial hair and no costume. But really what else isn’t awesome about Halloween? There are always dozens of horror movie marathons (this year, AMC’s FearFest, which runs late night and during the day through Halloween, might be the best; it culminates with the much, much-anticipated new zombie drama “The Walking Dead” next Sunday night). Halloween music is considerably better than all other holiday-themed fare (if you’re looking for a secret weapon for your mix, check out “This is Crucial Reggae Halloween”). It’s a culturally accepted time to gorge yourself on candy. And there are so many parties with grown folks especially in mind. Here’s a survey:

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A Halloween party planner. By Lindsey Millar

GENUINELY SCARY: Rwake offers a dark soundtrack for Halloween.

floor, Dreamland Ballroom, once was the nexus of African-American nightlife in Little Rock — all the blues and jazz greats played there over the years. The following two Saturdays, Friends of Dreamland, the group working to restore the building, partners with the Arkansas Paranormal Research Association for two nights of ghost hunting throughout the building. After the investigation, hunters will sup on hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The night’s open only to those 18 and older. 8 p.m. Oct. 23, Oct. 30, $50. ≥ Do the zombie dance. As usual the ACAC presents its Great Halloween Cover-up, with local acts impersonating national ones. This year’s line-up includes Mandy McBryde as Loretta Lynn, Mad Trucker and Jen Shaw as Portishead, Real Live Tigers as Bruce

Springsteen, (clap!)Kidzpop as Belle & Sebastian, Osyrus as Common and The Flaming Death Faeries as KISS. Meanwhile, White Water Tavern hosts the same sort of event, with The Moving Front performing as The Jam, a group that includes Sydney Hunsicker, Will Boyd, Lorenza Harrington, Zach Reeves, John Willis, Henson Flye, Mark Lierly, Lydia Washburn and Jack Lloyd doing Neutral Milk Hotel and Phillip Huddleston, Michael Inscoe, Thom Asewic and Patrick Rippy playing songs from Weezer’s Pinkerton. Finally, for a night of actual scary music, black metal heroes Jucifer share a bill with North Little Rock masters of sludge Rwake at Downtown Music. Great Halloween Cover-up: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Vino’s, $7-$10. White Water Tavern: 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, $5. Downtown Music: 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, $10. • October 21, 2010 21

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10 a.m., Malco Theater, Hot Springs. $5-$50.

n If you haven’t yet made it to Hot Springs’ annual documentary extravaganza, take heart: Much of what’s already screened will play again during the festival’s final four days, including nearly all of festival organizer Dan Anderson’s picks for films not to miss. Among them, several that particularly stand out: “God Willing” (7:25 p.m. Thursday), a look at The Brethren cult; “Dirty Pictures” (8:45 p.m. Friday, 6:55 p.m. Sunday), a portrait of Dr. Alexander Shulgin, the famed chemist and creator of MDMA (better known as Ecstacy) and other psychedelic drugs; “Goodbye, How Are You” (3:05 p.m. Friday), an examination of how Serbians use — and misuse — language to criticize their government; “Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm” (3:30 p.m. Saturday), the first doc to explore the underground architecture and video art collective from 1970s Texas; and “Eleanore and the Timekeeper” (3:30 p.m. Sunday), a study of family, sacrifice and disability that follows a 91-yearold mother as she’s forced to place her 61-year-old developmentally disabled son into a group home. If you’re looking for after-hours fun to go with a night at the movies, at 10 p.m. Thursday Austin-based folk chanteuse (and Hendrix alum) Dana Falconberry performs at Maxine’s with Sunset. Friday, following the documentary “Haack: King of Techno” (9:10 p.m.), synthesizer pioneer and electronic music legend Bruce Haack offers a DJ set at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor St. That’s an absolute can’t-miss for avant-garde music fans. See the remaining schedule on page 26. LM.

STILL SPOOKY: Alice Cooper shares a bill with Rob Zombie at Verizon Arena.


7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $39.75-$49.75

n My advice: Go to Halloween Express as soon as you read this and stock up on fake blood, because I’m thinking there won’t be a drop to be had at any price once shock rockers Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie hit town. You might want to see how local stockpiles of rubber bats and black eyeliner are holding up as well. Known far and wide as the kings of horror-themed rock, Messrs. Cooper and Zombie bring their Halloween Hootenanny Tour to Verizon Arena this week, with Zombie’s label-mates 22 october 21, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

WEED KING: Slow-roll Texas rapper Devin the Dude comes to The Village. Murderdolls warming up the crowd. Watching the two acknowledged masters of dark “look at me!” rock try to outmonster each other on stage is likely to be worth the price of a ticket, as will be the epic goth-watching in the crowd. Too, it’s just the right fit for the impending Halloween season. DK.

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9 p.m., The Village. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.

n This Houston oddball has spent the better part of 12 years writing, recording

and releasing instantly recognizable, soul-doused hip-hop tracks exclusively about, as he puts it, “wine, women and weed.” Sure, it’s not a broad scope. But that’s why underground icon Devin the Dude and his songs about everyday life’s simpler pleasures are, more than ever, a good-natured change of pace from other rappers concerned with being Richard Branson (Jay-Z) or Alexander McQueen (Kanye, that’s you). There’s no one else writing stone (and stoned — really stoned) classics about the little things, like having to scavenge an apartment on your hands and knees for weed after a rough day (“Doobie Ashtray”) or loving a fussy, high-maintenance car in spite of yourself (“Lacville ’79”). These aren’t club bangers for the iced-out nightclub set or jigsaw puzzle MENSA songs for the backpackers; they’re couch tracks for the workaday cats who know that, as Devin puts it, “anything is plenty and better than nothing at all.” No private jets and supermodels here. The Dude is supported by a barge full of locals including 607, E Dubb, 4x4 Crew, Arkatext and more. JT.


■ inbrief

6 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Arts. $15-$25.


n Ballet Arkansas’s annual celebration of the arts leads off with a reception featuring the work of local painters and sculptors and light hors d’oeuvres. At 7 p.m., Ballet Arkansas’s professional and junior companies take the stage. Professionals Jonathan Bostik, Katchiri Feys, Kelsee Green, Lauren McCarty Horak, Grace Tilley and Paul Tillman dance “Pressing On,” a piece choreographed by hotshot dancer Kiesha Lalama-White for the company. The professional company also performs pieces choreographed by Arkansas native Shawn Stevens, Jonathan Bostick and Ballet Arkansas artistic director Arleen Sugano. “Adagio for Strings,” choreographed by Natalie Smith Berry and accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, highlights the junior company’s performance. Ballet Arkansas reprises Arts in Concert on Sunday; the visual arts reception begins at 2 p.m.; ballet starts at 3 p.m. LM.

n Live electronic jam band Lotus brings along a light show to Revolution, with Mux Mool and local dubstep DJ Wolf-E-Wolf opening up, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Popular postgrunge act Future Leaders of the World comes to Vino’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $13 d.o.s. The Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio pulls double time, with a free gig at Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., and a follow-up at The Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $5. As usual, J-One and Chris Bowen present rival weekly meet and greet and grind parties, “In Too Deep” (9 p.m. at Deep) and “Posh” (9 p.m. Lulav), respectively. Author and UCA professor Robin Becker discusses her new book “Brains: A Zombie Memoir” at the Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free.

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DAWES/ THE ROMANY RYE/ PETER WOLF CRIER 7:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.

MINING LAUREL CANYON: California’s Dawes headlines a folk-rock triple bill at Sticky Fingerz.

sound of ’60s era Laurel Canyon (think Crosby, Stills & Nash). Little Rock’s seen the band grow from a promising upstart to a buzz-y national act that’s signed to ATO (home to My Morning Jacket and Drive-By Truckers). The Romany Rye hopes to follow in Dawes’ footsteps. Led by California singer/songwriter Luke MacMaster and featuring Little Rock’s Whitman Bransford, Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards and Joshua Spillyards, the group came together after Chris Denny disbanded The Natives (which included Hitt and the brothers Spillyards) and the members of Dawes put MacMaster and the Little Rock guys in touch. Anchored by Judson Spillyards’ ace guitar work, The Romany Rye explores the same sort of California sun-dappled harmonies, but with more rock punch. Minneapolisbased folk duo Peter Wolf Crier comes from the same Eau Claire, Wis., scene that birthed Bon THE ORGINAL MISFIT: Glenn Danzig howls his way Iver and the two-piece into The Village.

n Sunday, Sticky Fingerz opens its doors early for a triple-bill of throwback, harmony-drenched folk rock. Dawes, the headliner, is a North Hills, Calif., quartet, whose formula borrows heavily from the

specializes in similarly otherworldly folk as Bon Iver’s Justin Veron, but with less sadsackery. LM.

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6 p.m., The Village. $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.

n As scary metal front men go, it’s hard to top Glenn Danzig. The man founded The Misfits, AKA the scariest, hookiest band in the punk era. In the process, he came up with the Misfits Skull, which has become a commonplace emblem of creepy menace — probably more so even than the music of The Misfits — on the hoodies and T-shirts of millions of kids. He pioneered the punk-rock pompadour (sort of like a greasy pony tail in the front), which, along with blacked-out eye make-up and a regular leather ensemble, helped advanced horror schlock style farther than anything since Alice Cooper popped out of a coffin. Sure, later, when he started up the Danzig, he may’ve dabbled a little too much in fishnet shirts, but for almost 35 years he’s been kicking out reliably dark, cartoonishly gory punk, hardcore and metal anthems. Talk about getting ready for Halloween: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Danzig within the span of a week? Start painting your faces, ghouls. Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust and Withered open on Wednesday. LM.

n The Children’s Theatre at the Arkansas Arts Center presents “The Giant and the Beanstalk” in a performance that runs through Nov. 7, 7 p.m. $11-$14. “Chicago” enters its final weekend at the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14-$18. The ACAC celebrates its new space (608 Main St.) with a concert featuring Rodney Block, Rigsby, SeanFresh, Osyrus and more, 9 p.m. Muscle Shoals, Alabama’s BoomBox blend funk, rock and electronic experimentation in its popular live show; the duo performs at Revolution with DJ Jason Sterling opening, 10 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Zydeco party band Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe makes the floors shake at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. Sticky Fingerz hosts locallybeloved party act Tragikly White Band, 9:30 p.m., $5 early admission, while The Afterthought hosts TWB’s main competition for top local party band, Weakness for Blondes, 9 p.m., $7. Downtown Music stages a benefit for the West Memphis 3 with punkabilly standouts Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon sharing a bill with The Kill Crazies and Dirt Cheap Drugs, 8 p.m., $5. Young, Beebe-based Southern rocker Luke Williams brings his band to Vino’s with Next Generation and Brandon Logan opening, 9 p.m., $10.


n Central Arkansas’s most promising country talent, Ryan Couron, brings his band to Juanita’s for a concert open to those 18 and older; the Trey Hawkins Band opens, 9 p.m., $10. At Discovery, Michael Shane mans the disco, Sleepy Genius spins in the lobby and Steve handles the hip-hop room, 10 p.m., $10. • October 21, 2010 23


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Alize (headliner), Rob & Tyndall (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. DJ SilkySlim. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Flaeming Daeth Fearies. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 10:30 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-3741782. Future Leaders of the World. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $13 d.o.s. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-3758466. Handguns, I Call Fives, Born Without Bones, Something to Stand For, SecondRate. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jimbo Mathus, George McConnell. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $8. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Lotus, Mux Mool, Wolf-E-Wolf. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. “Posh.” Lulav, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 220 A W. 6th St. 501-374-5100. Panic Switch. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $10. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Murderdolls. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $48.25-$59.30. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. Ted Ludwig Trio. The Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474.


David Testroet. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Oct. 22, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 23, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. “Boo at the Zoo.” The largest annual Halloween festival returns with haunted houses, hay mazes, magic shows, costume contests and more. More information at Little Rock Zoo, 6 p.m.; Oct. 28, 6 p.m., $6. 1 Jonesboro Dr. 501-6662406. Brew at the Zoo. An adults-only kick-off to Boo at Zoo with beer to sample from around the world. Ticket price includes a pilsner glass and general admission to Boo at the Zoo. 21 plus. Call 661-7208 24 october 21, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

for tickets. Little Rock Zoo, 7 p.m., $20. 1 Jonesboro Dr. 501-666-2406. “Uncorked: Mad Scientist Mash.” The 9th annual “Uncorked!” benefits the Museum of Discovery’s statewide educational programs, offering beer and wine tastings and raffles. For more information, visit Museum of Discovery, 7 p.m., $100. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050. Wine Tasting with Bruce Cochran and James Cripps. The Afterthought, 5:30 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Second week of the festival returns with nine days of screenings, workshops, discussions, parties and more. For more information, visit hsdfi. org. Malco Theater, through Oct. 24. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.


Mika Camarena. “The 25th Anniversary of Red Ribbon Week.” The widow of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena talks about the creation of Red Ribbon Week, which began after the kidnapping, torture and brutal murder of her husband in 1985. For reservations, e-mail or call 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Sarah Holian. The guest curator for the “A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910” exhibition lectures. For more information, visit Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., $5. MacArthur Park. 501-372-4000.


Tasting at Twilight. A fund-raiser for Arkansas Chapter of Hands & Voices with wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and music by Justin Warren. Next Level Events, 7 p.m., $50. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-626-4640.


Robin Becker. The UCA professor and author discusses her new book, “Brains: A Zombie Memoir.” Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.


PAT’S BACK: Texas country legend Pat Green’s released five consecutive top 10 country albums. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, he returns to Revolution, a venue he plays often and regularly sells out. The show’s open to those 18 and older and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.

Alan Hunt Band. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Arkansas Jazz Experience with Andy Anderson, accordianist. Quapaw Bath House, 6 p.m., $10. 413 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6099822. Boombox, DJ Jason Sterling. Revolution, 10 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. The Entrance Band. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m., $10. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. “Free the West Memphis Three” Benefit with The Kill Crazies, Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon, Dirt Cheap Drugs. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., Free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Jocephus and the George Jonestown Massacre. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 p.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990‚Äé. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. Little Rocky and Ricky D. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Lori McKenna. Second Street Live, 7:30 p.m., $30. 101 N. 2nd St., Fort Smith. Luke Williams Band, Next Generation, Brandon Logan. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $10. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com.

UpCOmiNg EvENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at unless otherwise noted. OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, Oct. 29: Ra Ra Riot. 9 p.m., $15. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, Oct. 30: Hank III. 9 p.m., $18 adv., $22 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University Ave. 570-0300, Nov. 3: GWAR. 7:30 p.m., $22 adv., $25 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University Ave. 570-0300, Nov. 9: Ben Kweller. 9 p.m., $15 adv., $17 d.o.s. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 372-1288, NOV. 19: Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, Nov. 20: Rev. Horton Heat with Split Lip Rayfield. 9 p.m., $25. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 372-1288, Nov. 20: Kurt Vile. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, Nov. 22: Ken Stringfellow. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, whitewatertavern. Dec. 3: Old 97s. 9 p.m., $16 adv., $18 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, Dec. 7: Michael Buble. 8 p.m., $51.50$91.50. Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, Dec. 7: Sweet Eagle CD release show. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, Dec. 9: T-Model Ford. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, Dec. 18: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $27-$63. Verizon Arena. 800-7453000, Dec. 23: The Big Cats. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, Mister Lucky. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Panic Switch. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $10. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Pat Green. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Paul Sammons, Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Free Micah. Maxine’s, 8 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Penny Reynolds, Doug B.. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m., free. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www. Ramona & the Soul Rhythms (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. “R.I.P. Swagger” with Rodney Block, Rigsby, SeanFresh, Osyrus and more. ACAC, 9 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. Rob Moore. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Oct. 22-23, 8:30 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. Tragikly White Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5 early admission. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Weakness for Blondes. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


David Testroet. The Loony Bin, Oct. 22, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 23, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy. com.


“The Call.” Petra Ballet, a Christian company

from Springfield, Mo., tells the story of a young missionary. For more information, visit petraballet. com. FIrst Baptist Church of Little Rock, 7 p.m., free. 62 Pleasant Valley Dr. 501-227-0010.


“Boo at the Zoo.” See Oct. 21. Crusin’ in the Rock. A monthly “cruise-in,” featuring muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m., Free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-3703201. Haunted Evening Tour. A two-hour tour of locations said to be the city’s most haunted and a visit with paranormal investigators. Visit for more information. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Dec. 3: 7 p.m., $25. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. 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.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. See Oct. 21.


Back, Beer and Brats. A benefit for the Arkansas Chamber Singers, with a meal provided by The Pantry, beer from Diamond Bear and music from The Itinerant Locals. Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 6:30 p.m., $50. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road. 501-377-1121.


Alabama Blues Brothers. Oaklawn, 7 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www. Alan Hunt Band. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Battle of the Bands with School Gurl, At War’s End, Miles of Decay and more. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Boombox, Mountain Sprout. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Chilly Rose Band. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 p.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990‚Äé. Chris Stillman Band, Brian Mullen, Jeremy Flynn Band. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $10. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. Devin the Dude, 607, E-Dubb, Flame, 4X4 Crew, Muddy Ent., Arkatext, Bobby Bondocks, DJ Discipline. Hosted by Ron Mc. The Village, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive. com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Donna Massey and the Blue Eyed Soul (headliners), Jim Mills (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Embrace the Crash. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. The Itenerant Locals, The Vidrines, Mockingbird Hillbilly Band. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. MercyMe, Dave Barnes. Arkansas State University - Mountain Home, 7 p.m., $25-$75. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. Michael Shane (disco); Sleepy Genius (lobby); Steve (hip-hop room); Dominique Sanchez, Kristina Ross, Leah Alizae, Lawanda Jackson (theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784.

Pat Green. Revolution, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com. Rob Moore. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Ryan Couron, Trey Hawkins Band. 18 plus Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. Shannon Boshears. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Steele Junior. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. Tragikly White. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665.


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Ballet Arkansas: “Arts in Concert.” Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.; Oct. 24, 3 p.m., $15-$25. 20919 Denny Rd.


“Boo at the Zoo.” See Oct. 21. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. Argenta Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501-379-9980. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Howl-o-ween. Psychic readings for dogs, a photo booth for dogs and dog costume contests. All cost varying amounts. For more information visit www. Burns Park, 1 p.m. North Little Rock, NLR. Minority Caucus Black Cowboys Rodeo. First annual event features bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more. Email for more information. Barton Coliseum, $12 adv., $15 d.o.e. 2600 Howard St. buildings/coliseum.php. Mud Run. The messiest race in Little Rock returns for an eighth year. For more information or to register, visit Two Rivers Park, 9 a.m., $15-$35. Rivercrest Dr. Reed’s Bridge “Bloody Barn Tour and Haunted Hayride.” Reed’s Bridge Battlefield, 7 p.m., $2/person, $8/family. Hwy. 161, Jacksonville. “Spirits at Dreamland.” The Friends of Dreamland and Arkansas Paranormal Research Association partner for a night of ghost hunting, using state-of-the-art sensors and cameras. For more information, visit or call 255-5700. Dreamland Ballroom, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.; Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $50. 800 W. 9th St.


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The Bad Choices open blues jam. Khalil’s Pub, 5 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-2240224. “Climax” with Cruise Control, Mike Blaze, DJ Swagger. Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Dawes, The Romany Rye, Peter Wolf Crier. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Finger Eleven, The Sleeping. Juanita’s, 5:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. Impending Doom, I Declare War, Ataws, Through the Looking Glass, Forever

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10 a.m. “A Different Path” (95 min.) — A group of individuals grapple with living in an automobile-dominated society by opting for foot, bike and boat travel. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m. “Woodruff” (30 min.) — An elementary school takes a stand against gang rivalries while improving academic performance. “The Crisis Mr. Faubus Made” (30 min.) — A look at the Arkansas Gazette’s role in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Central High. Theater 1. 11:30 a.m. “No Pity” (19 min.) — An expose of pity-based fund-raising often used in autism campaigns. “Crazy Diamond” (11 min.) — The biography of a man living a full life in spite of his cerebral palsy. “Chiefland” (8 min.) — A man returns to the bull-riding arena in spite of a life-changing accident. “Nico’s Challenge” (14 min.) — A 13-year-old boy, born with one leg, climbs Mount Kilimanjaro. Theater 1. 11:50 a.m. “Queen of the Sun” (83 min.) — An unusual, dramatic look at the beekeepers and the potential consequences of a global bee crisis. Theater 2. 12:55 p.m. “Truth or Consequences” (10 min.) — A young couple leaves New York City for rural New Mexico, bracing themselves for a coming collapse. “Simple Questions” (35 min.) — What began as a fourth-grade project has since grown into a major watershed restoration movement. “The Leftovers” (28 min.) — Two “dumpster divers” journey along the Australian coast, eating nothing but thrown away food. Theater 1. 1:50 p.m. “Bu Sahide” (22 min.) — A look at vacation culture in Turkey, where families often relocate on the coast for entire summers. “Liemba” (52 min.) — Life aboard an African transport ship. Theater 2. 2:35 p.m. “There Once Was an Island” (80 min.) — A Pacific Islander community deals with the effects of climate change. Theater 1. 3 p.m. Workshop: fair use and copyright. At 823 Central Ave. 3:30 p.m. “The Sheriff” (14 min.) — An elderly AfricanAmerican man with albinism focuses on his spirituality. “Torch” (23 min.) — In Birmingham, Ala., an odd, 56-foottall statue marks every traffic death by changing colors of its torch. “Snake Fever” (13 min.) — A look a snake hunters in rural Oklahoma. “Fire in the Mountains” (22 min.) — An independent wrestling organization in Appalachian Kentucky typifies the struggles of modern rural life. Theater 2. 4:20 p.m. “Zud. Cold Symphony” (30 min.) — Modern-day Mongolian herders keep the tradition alive, withstanding average -40 Celsius temperatures. “Return to Virunga” (47 min.) — Small forces of forest rangers protect the endangered mountain gorillas native to the Congo in the midst of the country’s civil war. Theater 1. 5 p.m. Screening/discussion: documentary filmmaking in Africa. At 823 Central Ave. 5:10 p.m. “Eleanore & the Timekeeper” (76 min.) — A 91-year-old mother has to move her developmentally disabled 64-year-old son into a nursing home after living together for decades. Theater 2. 6 p.m. “Lil Poison” (58 min.) — The world’s youngest professional video gamer deals with the stress of big money gaming and his parents’ divorce. Theater 1. 6:50 p.m. “Echotone” (90 min.) — A look at the vibrant music community in Austin, Texas. Theater 2. 7 p.m. Filmmaker’s reception at Taylor’s Contemporanea Fine Arts. 7:25 p.m. “God Willing” (72 min.) — An examination of religious “intentional communities” or cults. Theater 1. 8:45 p.m. “Biker Fox” (89 min.) — The story of Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, Tulsa motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and all around weirdo. Theater 2. 9:05 p.m. “Mezzanotte Obscura” (24 min.) — A look into artistic and critical questions that have arisen out of the nude images captured by Thomas Mezanotte. “Oliviero Toscani” (44 min.) — An Italian photographer uses shocking imagery to sell clothing in the ’90s, making him a pioneer of anti-advertising. Theater 1. 10 p.m. Dana Falconberry & Sunset in concert, Maxine’s Pub, 700 Central Ave.

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10 a.m. “A Good Day to Die” (92 min.) — A look at a Native American’s life from boarding schools to military

service, prison to community organization. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m. “Remembrance” (23 min.) — A filmmaker tells the story of his grandmother’s Holocaust experience. “Ingelore” (40 min.) — A biography of a Holocaust survivor that serves as a meditation on personal freedom. Theater 1. 11:35 a.m. “The Desert of Forbidden Art” (80 min.) — During Soviet rule, a collector compiles 40,000 pieces of “forbidden” art and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan. Theater 1. 11:59 a.m. “Keep Dancing” (21 min.) — After celebrated careers, two legendary dancers continue their craft as 90-year-olds in their private studio. “Let Your Feet Do the Talking” (30 min.) — A look at a 7-year-old buck dancing legend and the role of music in society. Theater 2. 1:15 p.m. “Strange Things: Children of Haiti” (72 min.) — The story of Haiti’s “street boys.” Theater 1. 1:20 p.m. “Garbage Dreams” (79 min.) — Three teen-age boys born into the trash trade outside Cairo reflect on life as a Zaballeen or “garbage person.” Theater 2. 2:55 p.m. “Free China Junk” (101 min.) — The story of five men who risk their lives to journey beyond 1955 Taiwan. Theater 1. 3:05 p.m. “Overnight Stay” (9 min.) In this illustrated doc, an 83-year-old woman vividly recalls an event during WWII that likely saved her life. “Goodbye, How Are You?” (55 min.) — A Serbian travelogue that shows how citizens use language to critique the madness of politics. Theater 2. 4:35 p.m. “Amerika Idol” (35 min.) — Rocky Balboa becomes a symbol of hope for a war torn Serbian village. “Just About Famous” (15 min.) — The world of celebrity imposters. “Gospel According to Matthew” (19 min.) — A portrait of a telemarketer. Theater 2. 5 p.m. Workshop: Guerilla lighting. At 823 Central Ave. 5:10 p.m. “Song from Nickel” (83 min.) — A look in the soulful, hedonistic music culture of Los Angeles’ forgotten hotels. Theater 1. 6:15 p.m. “Grown in Detroit” (60 min.) — Teen moms become urban gardeners in Detroit. Theater 2. 7 p.m. “George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries,” part five. At 823 Central Ave. 7 p.m. “Mister Rogers & Me” (80 min.) — An MTV producer strikes up an unlikely friendship with the iconic children’s show host. Theater 1. 7:45 p.m. “Beard Club” (59 min.) — A worldwide survey of facial hair. Theater 2. 8:30 p.m. “It Came from Kuchar.” At 823 Central Ave. 8:45 p.m. “Dirty Pictures” (90 min.) — Considers the impact of the creator of MDMA’s psychedelic research. Theater 1. 9:10 p.m. “Haack: The King of Techno” (70 min.) — A peek into the world of underground music legend. Theater 2. 10 p.m. After party with DJ Bruce Haack and special guests. At Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor.

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10 a.m. “Dirty Work” (29 min.) — A study of Arkansas’s prominent role in the history of knife-making. “Dogpatch” (30 min.) — Exploration of the infamous “Lil’ Abner” theme park and the stereotypes on which it was founded. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m. “Freedom Riders” (113 min.) — Feature-length look at civil rights activists who challenged the segregation of the South’s interstate system in 1961. Theater 1. 11 a.m. Panel: independent film distribution. At 823 Central Ave. 11:30 a.m. “Tuned In” (6 min.) — One man’s obsession with natural sounds. “BirdMan” (10 min.) — The life of a specialty bird shop owner in Manhattan. “A Tiny Spark” (21 min.) — A man establishes a faux sovereign nation in the desert of Nevada. “The Chess Shop” (23 min.) — Life at The Chess Shop in the West Village. Theater 2. 12:25 p.m. “World Peace and other 4th Grade Achievements” (47 min.) — An elementary school teacher and his classroom participate in an exercise called the “World Peace Game.” Theater 1. 12:55 p.m. “I Am Homeless” (10 min.) — A student-made doc on the homeless of Conway. “The Sharecroppers” (18 min.) — The harsh life of America’s chicken farmer. “Bombs in Our Backyard” (26 min.) — A look back at the communities that housed Titan II missile silos 50 years ago. “Voices for Justice” (15 min.). — A brief look at what’s

KING OF TECHNO: Bruce Haack demonstrates how his homemade instruments work to Mr. Rogers. going on with the West Memphis Three case. Theater 2. 1 p.m. Workshop/discussion: finding money for the Arts with Matthew Lesko. At 823 Central Ave. 1:50 p.m. “Ballhawks” (74 min.) — The story of the men who’ve chased baseballs outside of Wrigley Field for the last 90 years. Theater 1. 2:40 p.m. “Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies” (89 min.) — John Malkovich narrates this documentary about the world of boredom. Theater 2 3:30 p.m. “Space Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm” (78 min.) — A look into the work of Ant Farm, the renegade ’70s architecture collective. Theater 1. 4:35 p.m. “Just Like Us” (72 min.) — Stand up comedy in the Middle East. Theater 2. 5:15 p.m. “Toyland” (68 min.) — A trip into the high stakes toy industry and the struggling inventors trying to break into the lucrative business. Theater 1. 5:30 p.m. “Ant Farm,” retrospective.” At 823 Central Ave. 6 p.m. Filmmakers’ Celebration at Regency Hall. 6:15 p.m. “Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World” (74 min.) — A portrait of the tattoo artist turned fashion maven. Theater 2. 6:50 p.m. “Collapse” (82 min.) — For years a reclusive man has dedicated his life to studying and preparing himself for a potential collapse of industrial civilization. Theater 1. 7:55 p.m. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” (94 min.) — Using original video footage, director Tamara Davis details the rise and fall of the legendary artist. Theater 2. 8:40 p.m. “World’s Largest” (79 min.) — A survey of the small towns that claim that they have the “world’s largest” something. Theater 1. 9:55 p.m. “William S. Burroughs: Words of Advice” (74 min.) — Salvaged footage from a trip Burroughs made to Scandinavia serves as the foundation for this portrait of the acclaimed author. Theater 2. 10:25 p.m. “Forever’s Gunna Start Tonight” (54 min.) — The story of female impersonator Vicki Marlane. Theater 1.

Sunday 1 0 /2 4

10 a.m. “Dancing Across Borders” (88 min.) — The story of a gifted Cambodian dancer. Theater 2. 10:05 a.m. “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America” (52 min.) — A study of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer of Heber Springs. Theater 1. 11:25 a.m. “Ester and Me” (33 min.) — A former model and stand-up comedian, currently in a nursing home,

befriends a 40-something comedy producer. “Fwd: Update on My Life” (35 min.) — A pioneer on Internet education forgoes her mood stabilizers for the Atkins diet to unexpected results. Theater 1. 11:55 a.m. “World’s Largest” (79 min.) — A survey of the small towns that claim that they have the “world’s largest” something. Theater 2. 1 p.m. “Arpaio’s America” (39 min.) — A look at the aggressive immigration enforcement implemented by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. “Stories from Baghdad USA” (29 min.) — The story of the thousands of Iraqi Christian immigrants living in California. Theater 1. 1 p.m. Graphic novel form. At 823 Central. 1:45 p.m. “Perry County” (27 min.) — A look at the decision to dump millions of tons of coal waste ash in a landfill in a poor, predominantly black community in Alabama. “Shelter in Place” (48 min.) — Texas industries are legally allowed to release millions of tons of toxic pollutants into the air each year; this doc examines the effects. Theater 2. 2:35 p.m. “Amerika Idol” (35 min.) — Rocky Balboa becomes a symbol of hope for a war-torn Serbian village. “Just About Famous” (15 min.) — The world of celebrity imposters. “Gospel According to Matthew” (19 min.) — A portrait of a telemarketer. Theater 1. 3:30 p.m. “The Lottery” (81 min.) — Inside one of the notorious school lotteries in New York City. Theater 2. 3:30 p.m. “Bouncing Cats” (76 min.) — In AIDS-ravaged Uganda, an HIV-positive orphan organizes a break-dancing crew who find inspiration and promise in hip-hop. At 823 Central. 4:20 p.m. “Beard Club” (60 min.) — A worldwide survey of facial hair. Theater 1. 5:10 p.m. “Coals to Newcastle” (79 min.) — The story of British funk musicians in New Orleans. Theater 2. 5:30 p.m. “Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World.” — A portrait of the tattoo artist turned fashion maven. At 823 Central Ave. 5:45 p.m. “Common Ground” (27 min.) — A study of Southern California’s life cycle. “Milltown, Montana” (34 min.) — A look at post-industrial mine country. Theater 1. 6:55 p.m. “Dirty Pictures” (90 min.) — Considers the impact of the creator of MDMA’s psychedelic research. Theater 2. 7:10 p.m. “The Valley of Dawn” (24 min.) — Brazilians believe they’re originally from “Planet Capela.” “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan” (52 min.) — An ancient, exploitative tradition re-emerges in Taliban-fraught Afghanistan. 9 p.m. Closing festivities: Filmmakers’ sendoff. At Star Gallery.

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n Well, this was probably inevitable in the wake of the massive success of “True Blood”: CBS has greenlit an adaptation of Magnolia author Charlaine Harris’ “Harper Connelly” book series. Ridley and 26 october 21, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

Tony Scott will be executive producers. The TV show is to be called “Grave Sight” after the title of the first book in the series, which is set in the Ozark town of Sarne, Ark., and centers around Connelly’s search for a missing teen’s body.

Could this be the first TV show set in Arkansas since “Evening Shade”? n Angelina Pivarnick (or “Angel-eenah” if you’ve got the blowout to back it), the “Kim Kardashian of Staten Island” and

heel extraordinaire from “Jersey Shore,” is hosting a Jersey party at North Little Rock’s Fox and Hound bar on Thursday, Oct. 21. No un-classiness allowed. Doors open at 8 p.m.


Continued from page 25 Eternal. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Little Rock Wind Symphony presents “Waltzing Winds.” Second Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m., $10. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


Ballet Arkansas: “Arts in Concert.” Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m., $15-$25. 20919 Denny Rd.


“Boo at the Zoo.” See Oct. 21.


19th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. See Oct. 21.



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


Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Science Cafe: “Lung Cancer in the 21st Century.” The Afterthought, 7 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


Community Conversations: Talking Together When Race & Ethnicity Pull Us Apart. Co-hosted with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Public Collaboration, Just Communities of Arkansas and the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission. For reservations, e-mail

or call 683-5239 Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Massiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Danzig, Possesed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust, Withered. The Village, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.os. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. Enrique Krauze. The Mexican historian, author

and Octavio Paz protege delivers a lecture, “Octavio Paz: Mexico Poetry and History,” in the UALR University Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts. UALR, 4:30 p.m., free. 2801 S University Ave. 501-569-8977. Future Leaders of the World. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $13 d.o.s. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-3758466. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.

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Silent Sunday. A benefit to raise money for the technology programs at the Arkansas School for the Deaf with Central Arkansas restaurants contributing to a tasting buffet and music by The GroanUps. Statehouse Convention Center, 12 p.m., $10-$25. 7 Statehouse Plaza.


Celebrating the excitement and pageantry of our election process


The Almost, PMtoday. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $13 adv., $15 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Chuck Prophet. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Monday Night Jazz with Steve Struthers, Brian Wolverton, Dave Rogers. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Octubafest. University of Central Arkansas - Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. We Landed on the Moon, Elsinore, Ezra Lbs. ACAC, 10 p.m., $5. 608 Main St. 501-2442974.


Patrick Moore. The co-founder of Greenpeace. For reservations, e-mail or call 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Terry Thompson. The author signs copies of his new book, “A New Strategy for the War on Cancer.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 3 p.m. 5920 R St.


Filter. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $18. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Nocturnal. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Rwake, Mondo Drag. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.

September 17 - November 21, 2010 Experience this interactive, multimedia exhibit with role-playing opportunities that place you on the campaign trail and present the issues and candidates from some of our most historic Presidential elections. Produced by the National Constitution Center, this exhibit is made possible through the generosity of The Annenberg Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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The Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America congratulates winners of the 2010 Prism Awards showcasing excellence in public relations strategy and tactics. Best of Show Eric Rob & Isaac I.O. Metro Marketing-Communications Campaign Top Winners Mangan Holcomb Partners (12 Prisms) • Eric Rob & Isaac (7 Prisms) Additional Winners Arkansas Children’s Hospital Arkansas Community Foundation Arkansas State University CJRW Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C. The Communications Group Thoma Thoma William F. Laman Library Congratulations also goes to Dan Daughtery, APR, Communications Manager for Entergy Arkansas, recipient of the 2010 Tom Steves Sr. Compass Award honoring lifetime commitments of mentorship in the PR profession.

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Something for nothing “You’re in luck cuz last night it happened again, I was feeling creative about twenty to ten. So I sharpened a pencil, then I wore down its end, And now soon you’ll have something to share with your friends.” — Loudon Wainwright III

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n You know what I love? Free stuff. Free samples. Free tastes. Free desserts. Buy one get one free. Free trial offers. Mail in 10 wrappers to get a free Moon Pie T-shirt? I’ll do it. Free 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar City baseball cap? I’m in. Free Organic Shea Butter Anti-Aging Cream sample? Yes, please. I want free stuff even when I don’t want it. But those are things. Tangible things. Things that if I picked them up in a store and put them in my pocket and walked out, I would feel like I was stealing. Yet when we go online, there’s a disconnect. Our computers are generally a free and open forum, and somewhere along the road toward getting digitally everything we can get digitally, we started expecting to get everything we can get digitally for free. One of the results of this expectation

over the last decade was, if not the death, at least the abject leveling, of two of our country’s major industries — newspapers and music. And whether the heads of the movie industry want to admit it or not, we’re on our way to the third. Don’t get me wrong. The reasons the movie industry is hurting right now are legion: because of the enormous boom in entertainment options (video games, DVR, OnDemand, good TV, web video, web apps), because the big studios are pieces of huge multinational corporations that are hurting in other areas of their business even more than movies, because the credit crunch has made financing hugely difficult, and because, until recently, the studios devoted considerably more resources to fighting piracy than to exploring new distribution models. That said, piracy is an enormous factor in the current economic crisis of Hollywood and it only stands to become a larger one. Home video has always been where the studios actually make money (due to


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Continued from page 27 Octubafest. University of Central Arkansas - Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Ryan Bingham, The Rustlanders. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474.


Chip Johnson. The mayor of Hernando, Miss., delivers a lecture, “Creating a Culture of Good Health” as part of the Clinton School of Public Service outdoor lecture series. For reservations, e-mail or call 683-5239. River Market Pavilions, 12 p.m.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER “Chicago.” The classic Kander and Ebb musical about celebrity criminals in Prohibition-era Illinois. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; The Weekend Theater, $14-$18. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “The Color Purple.” Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of female, African-American life in racially tense Georgia, circa 1930, gets the musical treatment in this touring production. Through Oct. 21 and Oct. 24, 7 p.m.; Oct. 22-23, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23-24, 2 p.m. Walton Arts Center. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Death by Fatal Murder.” Mayhem ensues when Inspector Pratt, Miss Maple and other Agatha Christie characters are called to solve a murder at Bagshot Mansion. Sun., 5:30 p.m.; Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m. through Nov. 14, also Oct. 21, 11 a.m. Curtain

so much of the box office revenue going to pay for costs and back-end fees for actors, directors, and producers). Home video revenue dropped 9 percent in 2009 and is expected to drop a further 12 percent this year. The industry says it lost $1.3 billion domestically and $6.1 billion worldwide due to piracy. These numbers translate into over 141,000 jobs lost and $837 billion in tax revenue and they are throwing the industry into a tailspin. And we’re just at the beginning. For most people, the reason they don’t pirate movies the way they do music is because it takes so much longer to download and steal. As the technology improves, this hurdle will fall and piracy will only increase. Here’s why this matters to you. Because of reduced profits from home video, executives are cutting fees across the board and making decisions of what feature films to produce based almost entirely on what movies sell well on Friday nights. Based on ticket sales, by early Friday evening, a studio can generally determine how much money a movie will make, not only over that weekend, but through the entirety of its run. Now, sometimes these estimates are wrong. Sometimes a smaller film will surpass its estimates because of good reviews or positive word-of-mouth. But executives aren’t interested in these anomalies because executives are fearful and running publicly traded companies

and, instead, are looking for a fixed game. So, they put their money on black and make movies they know will sell to a Friday night audience. And who goes to see movies on Friday nights? Fourteen to 25 year-olds. The combination of hard times and home video taking such a hit has led to a change in the industry that seems irrevocable. Coming from someone who makes the bulk of his living from the entertainment industry, I’m sure this sounds like a selfish plea. And it is. But here’s why it matters for you, my entertainment-thieving friends. Quality goes down. It has gone down and it will continue to. When half as many movies are being made this year than were five or six years ago, and those movies are created more than ever to appeal only to the young (and generally male) demographic, where will you get your entertainment that is not pure product? Where will you find a movie that’s not based on a comic book or video game or board game? When writers, directors, musicians, and other creators are spending the majority of their time fighting twice as hard for half as many jobs, they don’t have the time to create better work. When the creators spend their days not practicing their craft, or creating a form of their craft that is pure commerce, the quality of the work diminishes. And in those cases, it’s not just the artists who suffer; it’s you.

follows meal. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. “Let Go.” Drugs, peer pressure, unemployment and suicide are explored through the eyes of a teenage girl in thsi play, written by Pine Bluff native Warren L. Booker, Jr. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Sat., Oct. 23, 7 p.m. 501 W. 9th St. 501-376-4602. www.mosaictemplarscenter. com. “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The famous story of good and evil hits the stage as a “steam punk, pulp noir” play. Royal Theatre, through Oct. 23, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 24, 2 p.m., $10. 111 S. Market St., Benton. “You Can’t Take It With You.” The Conway Dinner Theater presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about two families and their search for the American dream during the Great Depression. Oak Street Bistro caters. For tickets, call 501-3397401. Wesley United Methodist Church, Sat., Oct. 23, 6:15 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m., $30. 2310 East Oak St., Conway.

GAllERIES, MuSEuMS New exhibits, gallery events ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “A Century of Revolution,” lecture by Sarah Holian, guest curator, 6 p.m. Oct. 21, $5; Conversation with Tim Spleth, ceramicist, 6 p.m. Oct. 24, $15 for Friends of Contemporary Crafts members, $20 non-members, reserve at; “A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910,” work from the collection of the University of Texas, through Nov. 21, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey,” large-scale ceramic figures, through Nov. 28, Jeannette Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS GOVERNOR’S MANSION: “The

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Chenal, Lakewood, Rave and Riverdale showtimes were unavailable at press time. Check www.arktimes. com for updates. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. NEW MOVIES Buried (R) — Ryan Reynolds stars as an Iraq War soldier who’s buried alive. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Freakanomics (PG-13) — Six famed documentary filmmaking teams explore the incentive-based thinking that the popular book “Freakonomics” brought to the fore. Market Street: 2:15, 4:20, 7:15, 9:00. Hereafter (PG-13) — Matt Damon sees dead people. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:35, 7:30, 10:15. Never Let Me Go (R) — An adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian love story. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. Paranormal Activity 2 (R) — After a series of break-ins, a couple puts up security cameras in their home, and what they see is sinister. Breckenridge: 1:40, $:50, 7:40, 10:05. RETURNING THIS WEEK Animalopolis (NR) — A half-hour film of goofy animals being goofy in enormous 3D. Aerospace IMAX: 11:00 Thu.; 11:00 Fri. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) — The never-ending war between canine and feline comes to a ceasefire when they have to join forces to defeat a rogue cat spy. Movies 10: 12:35, 2:50, 5:05. The Expendables (R) — Action’s biggest names band together in this movie about a gang of hired mercenaries out to overthrow a South American dictator. With Sylvester Stallone. Movies 10: 12:25, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20. The Girl who Played with Fire (R) — The second installment of the Millennium Trilogy sees Lisbeth Salander on the lam after being accused of three murders while investigating a sex-trafficking ring. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Grown Ups (PG-13) — Five old basketball teammates act like kids again after their high school coach passes away. Movies 10: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10. Inception (PG-13) — Leo DiCaprio hijacks dreams. Movies 10: 12:05, 3:20, 7:00, 10:05. I Want Your Money (PG) — A fact-stretching

hatchet piece about the Obama administration and the American economy, all custom-designed to get gullible tea-baggers all a-fluster. With Andrew Breitbart. Market Street: 4:20, 9:00. Jackass 3D (R) — Johnny Knoxville and his daredevil pals are back, this time getting stupid and crude in the third dimension. In 2D: Breckenridge: 4:45, 7:35, 10:05. In 3D: Breckenridge: 1:50 p.m. Jack Goes Boating (R) — A limo driver’s blind date sparks a complex story between two workingclass New Yorkers. With Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Market Street: 2:00, 7:00 p.m. Let Me In (R) — A middle school outcast is embraced by a new neighbor who, he soon finds, is a young vampire in Matt Reeves’ remake of the Swedish “Let the Right One In.” Breckenridge: 1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:35. Life as We Know It (PG-13) — Two singles have to learn to work together when they become caregivers to a baby, orphaned after their mutual best friends die in a car accident. Breckenridge: 1:25, 4:30, 7:25, 10:10. The Living Sea (NR) — An underwater tour of Palau, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Red Sea. Aerospace Imax: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 Thu.; 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, 9:00 Fri.; 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00 Sat. Lottery Ticket (PG-13) — A young man in the projects has to survive a three-day weekend after his neighbors find out he’s holding a lotto ticket worth millions. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35. My Soul to Take (R) — Sixteen years after his death, a serial killer returns to fulfill his final promise to murder the seven children born the night he died. Directed by Wes Craven. Breckenridge: 1:20, 7:15. N-Secure (R) — A successful professional falls from grace and becomes entangled in a web of murder, exploitation and betrayal. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00. The Other Guys (PG-13) — Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as hapless New York City cops. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:15, 7:20, 9:50. Red (PG-13) — Three of the CIA’s top agents are jolted out of their peaceful retirements when they’re framed by the agency for murder. With Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:40, 7:45, 10:15. Salt (PG-13) — A CIA officer has to go on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian

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

‘JACKASS 3D’: Johnny Knoxville returns.

n moviereview Pain and feces Third ‘Jackass’ mines formula deeper. n Avoid “Jackass 3-D” if you want to believe in the intrinsic worth of the human spirit. The film contains urine ambushes. It celebrates malice toward testicles. It harnesses flatulence as weaponry. It leers at men’s mortal terrors. It enlists unsuspecting animals for its devilish stunts: buffalo, scorpions, Africanized bees, a woodpecker, a dog, snakes, a donkey, a ram, a bull, Minnesota Vikings lineman Jared Allen and a very realistic gorilla costume. It treats common decency as a suppository, and it doesn’t contain a single joke that would go over the head of a discerning 4-year-old. You’re better off if you can look away. No shame, though, if you can’t. Anyone not yet familiar with the

“Jackass” modus operandi has probably been living under a rock – one which ringleader Johnny Knoxville would gladly drop on his best friends’ testicles. Knoxville is the Terminator of pratfalls; it’s a mystery how the guy can still sit up all these years, let alone walk away from getting his face kicked by a bull. He and an assortment of equally heedless chums continually try to one-up one another’s dangerous/ridiculous buffoonery, like the Three Stooges crossed with backyard wrestling. In this installment, the third movie spawned from the eponymous MTV show, the crew has applied itself largely to playing with of elastic-band catapults and blindside haymakers and jet engine exhaust. The players’ age may be showing

a bit: There seem to be fewer falls and hard collisions here, as though the men know they’re becoming more brittle. But then, their ongoing love affair with their own excrement stops just shy of a make-out session with feces. On that note, somewhere deep in the second horrific hour of “Jackass 3-D,” you may realize you’ve lost count of how many bystanders to the film’s stunts throw up. As gross and gruesome as they are, some of the shots are plain mesmerizing. The 3-D is as 3-D usually is: just OK. But the film could just as enticingly be titled “Jackass Super Mindblowing Slow-Motion.” It’s a zoo of physical traumas caught in the same macabre rubbernecking style as ringside boxing photos, in which a fighter’s face crumples grotesquely mid-punch. You’ll never think of a fat man getting shot in the gut by a cannon the same way again. To assume it’s all nihilistic is shortchanging the brilliance of the comedic formula. Injuries aren’t really funny, but just barely avoiding injury is often hilarious, and so many of the laughs of this movie are foremost catharsis. Thus, when one of the Jackasses submits to having one of his teeth pulled out by a cord tied to a Lamborghini, and he begins blubbering about the pain through a mouthful of blood – well, that’s just damn awful. Alternately, when Bam Margera runs through a hallway festooned with live stun guns and cattle prods, and comes out looking like he regrets ever having heard the name Knoxville, that’s worth applauding. Say what you will about the players, but at least they always mete out their own comeuppance. — Sam Eifling

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Continued from page 29 Art of Entertaining,” Fine Arts Club’s annualfundraiser with designer Eddie Ross, 11 a.m. Oct. 28, $60 for members, $75 non-members, reserve at 396-0322. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Uncorked: Mad Scientist Mash,” museum fund-raiser featuring 50 wines and specialty beer, raffle, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21, $100; “Illusion Confusion,” optical illusions, through March 2011; “Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!” through Jan. 9, 2011; interactive science exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and up, children under 1 free, “Pay What You Can” second Sunday of every month. 396-7050. www. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Nosotros: Portraits of Latinas,” Oct. 21-Nov. 30, Gallery I; “Small Works on Paper,” touring juried show coordinated by Arkansas Arts Council, through October, Gallery III. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. SAGE HOUSE GALLERY, 24627 Hwy. 365 N: “Farm-to-Table,” paintings of the Argenta Farmer’s Market by Pat White, Shirley Brainard, Tom Herrin, Bill Lewis David Cook; Janice and Marvin Crummer, and Suzanne Waggoner, through Nov. 27. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 851-4608. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “Flowers: A New Medium,” workshop with Tanara Haynie, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28, $100, reserve at 379-9512 or “1st Annual Juried Members Show,” Arkansas Pastel Society, through Oct. 29. 379-9512. n Rogers ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: Celebration of 35th anniversary of museum, cake, punch and commemorative gifts all day Oct. 25; “Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music 1972-1981,” photographs by Henry Horenstein, through Nov. 6; “Buried Dreams: “Coin Harvey and Monte Ne,” photographs; “Rogers Auto-Biography: An Automotive History of Rogers,” through 2011. 479-621-1154.


ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime,” photographs and text by Maxine Payne, through Dec. 10; Arkansas League of Artists juried show, through Nov. 27; “Raices,” new mixed media work by x3mex about Mexican independence, through Nov. 30. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700.

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Rub some dirt on it By Derek Jenkins

n If we’re going to call football a game of inches, we’re going to have to allow players and fans to be upset about officials spotting the opposition a couple feet. Tired bromides like “a good team survives” and appeals to the “human element” just don’t cut it. Chalking up bitterness to poor sportsmanship ignores the discipline, effort and focus required by the game. Calling resentful fans “whiners” ignores the role that deep emotional and communal investment plays in rendering amateur sport a valuable social institution. No conspiracy short of the same old Cosmic Kick in the Pants aligned itself against the interests of Razorback fans and players last Saturday. To insist on active bias among league officials betrays a paranoia that honestly overestimates the logistical competency of the powers-that-be. That is, until it comes time to cover up mistakes. The league office’s bold-faced denial of plainly visible evidence is disingenuous at best and insulting at worst — just shy of a spit in the face. Officials can acknowledge their mistakes without rewriting history. Rank insistence on the infallibility of the replay system only sows mistrust among fans, coaches and players alike. There’s demanding respect, and there’s earning it. Wise-assed analysts trot out the same old nonsense every time controversy erupts. They deal with blame by turning on the victims, taking them to task for making excuses. No one thing cost us the game, but you can’t say the blown calls had no effect on the outcome. That’s glibness masquerading as wisdom. The field of play is awash in butterflies and hurricanes. We don’t need human error flapping its wings or flipping the switch on a couple of industrial fans. Going into the circumstances we could control just doesn’t seem tasteful to me. Box-score blowhards will work their jaws about defensive performance, but I’ll only note that Willy Robinson’s squad struggled to communicate under the road-game din, almost never had the benefit of good field position, cannot be held responsible for 28 of those 65 points, and were set to have a rough time with Cam Newton regardless. John L. Smith benefited from no real precedent for the poor performance of our special teams. And the way our offense rallied 32 october 21, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

behind Tyler Wilson brings tears to my eyes. I haven’t been as proud of a team effort all season. Now, what are fans and players to do? As a coach I knew liked to say: Rub some dirt on it. That’s small comfort in a folk-remedy aimed at obscuring futility. The old bastard meant there’s nothing to be done. We have another game coming up. And what a game. Ole Miss arrives in Fayetteville stymied by injury. The loss of Kendrell Lockett deprived them of their only trump card on defense. However, the defensive line remains strong. Against Alabama, they held the tandem of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to a hundred combined yards. The Rebels had seven tackles for a loss and sacked Greg McElroy four times. Still, they rank behind Arkansas in total defense — even after last weekend’s debacle — and their passing defense ranks just ahead of Auburn. The Jeremiah Masoli experiment was long ago declared a failure, though there’s nothing in the numbers to support that conclusion. Mississippi’s another team that lives by the ground game. They rank just behind Auburn in rushing offense and actually rank ahead of Arkansas in scoring offense. Masoli’s slippery, and as a result the Rebels lead the league in sacks allowed. But their offensive line is a sieve compared to Auburn’s dominating front: The Rebels have a lot of plays blow up behind the line of scrimmage and rank 10th in the league in tackles for a loss. Our defensive ends will smother them for most of the game, and I expect the hybrid linebackers will have a big day. At deadline (Monday, Oct. 18), it’s still not clear whether Ryan Mallett will be back for this game. Concussions are a serious business, and there’s still speculation that his left shoulder could use a week on ice. The Rebel secondary has one pick all season, so Wilson would likely fare well and maybe even shine again in a spot start. The rest of the team will be eager to prove their mettle, and that should bring this already emotional game to a fever pitch. One thing is certain: No matter how hard the fans took last week’s loss, the players took it worse. Time for the home crowd to show up and call those Hogs like they mean it.


Continued from page 31 BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Ebrahimifar,” paintings and sculpture by Masoud, Ferdos and Hamid Ebrahimifar, video by Saeed Ebrahimifar, through Oct. 30. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “L’esprit de la Fleurs and the People I Have Known,” paint on tarpaper by Rhonda Hicks, ceramics by Sarah Noebels, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CANVASCOMMUNITY GALLERY, 1111 W. Seventh St.: Young Artist Art Exhibit, work by children ages 5-11, through October. 5-7 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri. 412-0498, www.canvascommunityonline. org. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh: “95% in the Moment,” photographs by Rita Henry, Nancy Nolan and Adrienne Taylor, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Barry Thomas: Arkansas Landscapes,” through Nov. 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Paintings by Larry Hampton and other artists. 372-6822. HEIGHTS GALLERY, 5801 Kavanaugh: “3 Women Who Paint,” work by Virmarie DePoyster, Holly Reding and Emily Wood; also work by other contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-2772. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St.: “Fall Art Show,” work by Jenell Richards, Lois Davis, Rene Hein, also work by other artists, through Nov. 1. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Artists collective. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): “Bix Smith: A Retrospective,” works by the late artist, teacher and musician. 225-6257. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Work by Twin, Robin Steves, Brady Taylor, Georges Artaud, Lola, Jim Johnson, Amy Hill-Imler, James Hayes and Theresa Cates. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road. Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Sculpture by Tony Dow, through Dec. 15. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 563-4218. THEARTISTS GALLERY/STUDIOS, 401 Main St.: Open studios: Ted Parkhurst, Austin Grimes, Morgan Coven, Catherine Burton and Robin Steves. 379-9512. TOBY FAIRLEY FINE ART, 5507 Ranch Drive, Suite 103: Contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. or by appointment. 868-9882. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Area artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. HERZFELD LIBRARY, Saline County Library: Paintings by Juliann Harvey, through October. 501-778-4766. n Bentonville CRYSTAL BRIDGES AT THE MASSEY, 125 W. Central Ave.: “Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders,” photojournalist’s portrayal of the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, through October. 479-418-5700. sUgAR GALLERY, 114 Central Ave.: “Arkansas Photography Educators,” work by Beverly Buys, Gary Cawood, Victor Chalfant, Neal Holland, Joanne Jones, Margaret LeJeune, Maxine Payne, Michael Peven, Donna Pinckley, Carey Roberson, Curtis Steele and Marcia Wallace, through Oct. 23. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. n Conway UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: “Baum MFA Biennial Competitive Exhibition: Paintings by Balingit-Lefils and McFarlane,” juried show of work

by recent graduates Ananda Balingit-Lefils and Daniel McFarlane; “Fantastic Realities: Photography by Julie Blackmon,” digitally manipulated photos, McCastlain Hall; “Aqua Bomb,” installation by visiting professor Sandra Luckett. All through Oct. 28, Baum Gallery. 501-450-5793. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: Photography from the South Central Region Society for Photographic Education, Hive and Revolver Galleries; “More than a Picture,” work by Fayetteville Underground studio artists; “Essential Elements: Earth and Fire,” raku pottery by Martha Molina, E-Street Gallery, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Black in White America,” Civil Rights era photographs by Leonard Freed, through Oct. 29, Fine Arts Center Gallery. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 479-5757987. n Hot Springs ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Paintings by Parsons. 501-625-3001. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Jimmy Leach, Jamie Carter, Govinder, Marlene Gremillion, Margaret Kipp and others. 501-6240550. ATTRACTION CENTRAL GALLERY, 264 Central Ave.: Work in all media by Hot Springs artists. 501-463-4932. CAROLE KATCHEN ART GALLERY, 618 W. Grand Ave.: Paintings, pastels, sculpture by Katchen. 501-617-4494. FOX PASS POTTERY, 379 Fox Pass Cut-off: Pottery by Jim and Barbara Larkin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-623-9906. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Sandy Hubler, paintings, and work by other Hot Springs artists. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: Steve Griffiths, paintings, through October; also work by Kari Albright, new gallery artist Gary Myers. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. LINDA PALMER GALLERY, 800 B Central Ave.: Linda Palmer, Doyle Young, Ellen Alderson, Peter Lippincott, Sara Tole and Jan Leek. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 501-620-3063. THE GALLERY @404B, 404B Central Ave.: Photography by Kat Ryals and Thomas Petillo. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Sue Shields, drawings and paintings, through October. 501-9158912. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORANEA, 204 Exchange St.: Al Glann, bronze and steel sculpture, through October. 501-624-0516. n Jonesboro ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “Este Caballo/ Esta Familia,” work by ASU printmakers Shelly Gipson, Kimberly Boyd Vickery, through Nov. 19, Bradbury Gallery. 870-972-2567. n Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 Main St.: “Pine Bluff Art League,” annual juried show, through Oct. 23. 870-536-3375. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 S. Main St.: “5 x 5 Exhibition,” annual fund-raiser auction of 5-inch by 5-inch artwork, through Nov. 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-751-5441. n Yellville P.A.L. FINE ART GALLERY, 300 Hwy. 62W: Work by Dorothy Anderson and Jody Ratliff, through October. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 870-405-6316.

MUSEUMS, ongoing exhibits

ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Headed to the White House,” exhibit on the election process, through Nov. 21; Standing exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000.



Original Ozark

Folk Festival

The year was 1947. TV’s were just being tested, the phrase “baby boomers” was years away from being coined, and a little getaway town in the Ozarks held its first folk festival. 63 years later TV’s are omnipresent, baby boomers are seniors, and that little gathering in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has quietly become the country’s oldest continuously running folk festival.

Festival Headliner, Eliza Gilkyson


he Original Ozark Folk Festival has certainly seen its share of stars over the decades. Notables who have performed at the event include Arlo Guthrie, The Smothers Brothers, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, Odetta, Melanie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Loudon Wainwright III, Rosanne Cash, Sam Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and countless others. When the 63rd edition of the festival takes place in Eureka Springs Nov. 4-6, it will add the latest chapter to that rich legacy. Highlights include the appearance of a Grammy-nominated folk icon, the return of a revered folk festival tradition, and the birth of a brand new one. A talent show competition, divided into youth and adult categories, will be inaugurated Nov. 4 as part of a free show at the Auditorium. The Barefoot Ball returns to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel by popular demand Nov. 5. And Eliza Gilkyson headlines the 63rd Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival at the Auditorium Nov. 6. Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter. She released her first album, Eliza ‘69, while raising a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her second, Love from the Heart, came out ten years later. She moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 and released the commercial album, Pilgrims. Over the course of 13 albums, Gilkyson has become one of the most respected musicians in

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roots, folk and Americana circles. In 2003 she was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. Her third album with Red House Records, Land of Milk and Honey, was released in 2004 and was nominated for a Grammy. Advertising Supplement to the Arkansas Times

Her 2006 release, Paradise Hotel, contained the song Requiem - about the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. After Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast region in 2005, Requiem became a song of prayer and comfort for those victims. The same year Gilkyson was recognized with 3 Austin Music Awards and 4 Folk Alliance Music Awards. Her song Man of God, written about the George W. Bush administration, was nominated for Song of the Year. Her most recent album of original material is Beautiful World, released in 2008. Opening for Gilkyson will be 3 Penny Acre, a folk and Americana trio from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Wes Casto, who won last year’s Ozark Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Contest. Tickets are $15. A short performance by the Hedgehoppers opens the festival and precedes the talent competition Nov. 4. A group of elementary school students has performed under that name each year since the festival’s earliest days. This year Eureka Springs Elementary School teacher Sheila Payne leads this music and dance group. Doors open at 5:30 and the Hedgehoppers take the stage at 6 p.m. The Youth Talent Show, for ages 17 and under, will be from 6:15-8 p.m. The Adult Talent Show, for ages 18 and over, begins at 8:30. The talent shows have been added to allow more individuals the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities. There is no charge to attend the talent competition. A staple of nearly every Ozark Folk Festival has been the craft show, celebrating the diverse skills of the many local craftspeople. This year the free Back to the Ozarks Craft Show happens Nov. 5 and 6 from noon until 6 p.m. in Basin Spring Park. There will be displays of historic Ozark arts and crafts and artisans will be demonstrating their skills. Visitors to the crafts show will also be entertained by free live folk music in the park from noon until 6 p.m. Since its inception as part of the folk festival on June 23, 1948, the Barefoot Ball has had a long and rich, if not uninterrupted, history. Doors open at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 for the triumphant return of this festive, unpretentious dance. The 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom, named after the event, will once again be the venue. Fayetteville’s Cletus Got Shot opens the show, and regional favorites Big Smith, from

Springfield, Missouri, headline. Tickets are $10. Despite the event’s name, shoes are optional. The festival’s final day, Nov. 6, is the fullest. The Singer/Songwriter contest finals are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. Admission is

Annual Folk Festival Parade

free. The folk festival parade winds its way past cheering throngs through historic downtown at 2 p.m. The free concerts and craft show continue in Basin Spring Park from noon until 6 p.m. And the Eliza Gilkyson concert concludes the festivities in the evening. With the exception of the Gilkyson show and the Barefoot Ball, all shows and events during the 2010 Ozark Folk Festival are free. Performers at the free folk concerts in Basin Spring Park include Atlanta, Georgia singer/ songwriter Rebecca Loebe, Portland, Oregon native Raina Rose, and the Texas-based, harmony-driven female duo, GBmojo. Also scheduled are regional talents Outside the Lines (featuring Emily Katz,) The Hillbenders, Lyle Strickland, Kim Richardson, 3 Penny Acre, Susan Shore, and Michael Cockran. Not all the music happening in town during folk festival weekend will be scheduled, however. Eureka Springs is known for its talented and everpresent street musicians; they’ll be entertaining throughout downtown all weekend, whenever and wherever they please. That’s how folk music began, after all—folks just sitting around playing songs for other folks. For the 63rd consecutive year, the Original Ozark Folk Festival proudly continues that tradition. Tickets for the Barefoot Ball ($10) and the Eliza Gilkyson concert ($15) are now on sale. For tickets, entry forms, rules for the contests and schedule updates, go online to www. or call 888-855-7823.


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Thursday, November 4 Talent Competition 5:30 p.m. 6:00 6:20 7:50 8:00 8:15 10:00

Doors Open Hedgehoppers Youth Talent Show (17 and under) Winners (17 and under) Short intermission with 3 Penny Acre Adult Talent Show (18 and over) Winners Announced (18 and over)

Friday, November 5 Back to the Ozarks Craft Show

Basin Spring Park, Noon-6 p.m. Craftspeople display and demonstrate their crafts.

Free Concerts in Basin Spring Park (weather permitting) 12-2 p.m. Outside The Lines 2-4 p.m. Susan Shore and Michael Cockran 4-6 p.m. Lyle Strickland and Kim Richardson

The Barefoot Ball

In the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Tickets $10 available September 13. 6 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m. Cletus Got Shot 8 p.m. Big Smith

Saturday, November 6 Singer/Songwriter Contest Finals 10 a.m. in The Auditorium. Free.

Back to the Ozarks Craft Show

Basin Spring Park, Noon-6 p.m. Craftspeople display and demonstrate their crafts.

Free Concerts in Basin Spring Park (weather permitting) 12-2 p.m. 2-4 p.m. 4-6 p.m.

Rebecca Loebe and Raina Rose GBmojo The Hill Benders

Back to the Ozarks Folk Festival Parade 2 p.m. in historic downtown. Free.

Ozark Folk Festival Featured Show with Eliza Gilkyson

The Auditorium. Tickets are $15 general admission only, available September 13. 6:15 p.m. Doors Open 7 p.m. 3 Penny Acre 8 p.m. Wes Casto (the 2009 Singer/Songwriter Contest Winner) 8:45 p.m. Eliza Gilkyson

While in Eureka Springs for the annual Ozark Folk Festival be sure to check out the great lodging, B & B’s, restaurants, clubs and retailers. There’s plenty to do to fill your time. Here are a few of the locals favorites. For years, The Rowdy Beaver has offered irresistible comfort food in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, serving up certified Angus steaks, hearty pasta dishes, fresh seafood and an array of appetizers. Their tavern area, with its adjoined outdoor deck, is the place to go for a fresh margarita and live music on the weekends. (417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544.) Eureka Springs’ popular hotel and conference center, Inn of the Ozarks, delivers full-service amenities, southern hospitality and plush accommodations all situated close to the dining, shopping and entertainment the town has to offer. Their on-site restaurant, Myrtle Mae’s, is an award-winning eatery and, after dinner, guests can treat themselves to one of the hotel’s nightly pool-side movies. (207 W Van Buren, 800-552-3785.) Offering desserts, coffees, a full bar and always-fresh food, Mud Street Café in Eureka Springs’ inimitable underground downtown has been a local favorite for years not only because of their breakfast and lunch offerings, but for the picturesque oak interior, decorated with the best local art the town has to offer. (22 S Main St., 479-253-6732.) Since production began in 2006, Keel’s Creek has remained a boutique winery, crafting reds, whites and blushes from locally-grown grapes from four Carroll County vineyards. The crafters offer 13 varietals—from the deep, oak-aged Chambourcin to their light, fruity “Viva Eureka”— all available to taste in their tree-lined, Spanish-style building. (3185 E. Van Buren, 479-253-9463.) Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a licensed, 460-acre refuge for big cats, offers an intimate, up-close look at the wild world of lions, tigers, cougars and other majestic creatures in their natural habitat. With 27 separate habitats holding almost 120 exotic cats and bears, rescued from 17 different states. (239 Turpentine Creek Ln., 479-253-5841.) The winner of “Best Ethnic Restaurant” in Arkansas Times’ 2009 Readers Choice Awards, the New Delhi Café offers a colorful, dog-friendly stop for a snack, drink or full meal, all in the middle of the picturesque Basin Spring Park. The local favorite offers Eastern dishes (spiced with masalas shipped directly from India) right beside American fare, specialty teas, coffees and a fully stocked bar. (2 N. Main St., 479-253-2525) Nestled away on historic Spring Street, the unique Rogue’s Manor offers classical, romantic suites in the heart of downtown with decks and balconies overlooking the famous scenery of Eureka Springs. Their dining room and lounge offers their celebrated steak and lobster dinner, freshly imported oysters from the northwest and an extensive wine and scotch list to compliment their selection of hand-rolled cigars. (124 Spring St., 479-253-4911.) Advertising Supplement to the Arkansas Times

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1620 Restaurant Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill Capi’s Restaurant Catfish City & BBQ Grill Cheeburger Cheeburger Hampton Inn & Suites Juanita’s Mexican Cafe and Bar Loca Luna Restaurant Pizza Cafe Red Door Restaurant Smile Bright Teeth Whitening Starving Artist Café Sticky Fingerz StoneLinks Golf Course Trio’s Restaurant



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■ dining E’s home to the SBLT

n La Regional, the Mexican grocery, bakery and restaurant we’ve long raved about, has opened a second location with the same amenities in North Little Rock. La Regional 2 is located at 2630 Pike Ave. in the Pike Plaza Shopping Center. It’s open 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. The phone number is 501-246-4163.

Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

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4 SQUARE GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis and a daily selection of desserts in an Arkansas products gift shop. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-291-1796. L Mon.-Sat. D Mon.-Fri. APPLE SPICE JUNCTION A chain sandwich and salad spot with sit-down lunch space and a vibrant box lunch catering business. With a wide range of options and quick service. Order online via 2000 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-663-7008.

ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. Try the cheese dip. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-6630600. LD Tue.-Sat. ASHLEY’S Well known for its fabulous high-end dinners, the premier restaurant at Little Rock’s Capital Hotel also offers tasty favorites and creative ideas at breakfast featuring Arkansas products such as War Eagle Mill flour and grits, eggs from local farms and meats smoked on-site. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-3747474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BONEFISH GRILL A half-dozen or more types of fresh fish filets are offered daily at this upscale chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-228-0356. D daily. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-

COMFORTABLE, AFFORDABLE: Hearty soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta fill E’s Bistro’s menu. dumplings on our visit. We did pick up a satisfyingly chewy oatmeal raisin cookie at the counter. The drill at E’s is wait to be seated, order at your table, then get up and get your own drink — tea, water, soft drink. The soft drinks are kept in a glass refrigerator case that also houses E’s “Gourmet-To-Go” meals.

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n ZaZa, the Heights standby for wood oven pizza, salads and gelato, has opened a much larger outlet in Conway, in the new Village at Hendrix mixeduse development across from Hendrix’s campus. The menu’s the same, save for a few different wing options, but score one big advantage for Conway ZaZa over Little Rock ZaZa: There’s a full bar in Conway that features all sorts of drink specials that rely on massive lime and orange juice machines. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. As of now, the bar is staying open an hour or two later. The address is 1050 Ellis Ave. and the phone number is 501-336-9292.

n Despite the name, E’s Bistro and Gourmet Foods is more tearoomy than bistroish — there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But guys, listen up: There’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. They’re man-sized. And here’s something else guys will like: It’s not pricey. The most expensive thing on the menu is the grilled salmon plate at $11.95. That the food is good, too, is icing on the cake. Of course you don’t expect high prices at a place that’s only open for lunch, and that’s what the bistro is. In the Lakehill Shopping Center on JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock, it’s a comfortable sort of place for friends to meet. Paintings and photographs for sale hang on the walls. Soup, salad, sandwiches and pasta are the things at E’s, and there are daily specials. The people at the next table raved about the chicken enchiladas, but we didn’t hear them raving until after we’d already placed our orders. One of us ordered a grilled salmon BLT, a combination we’d never even imagined before. She thought long about the Portobello sandwich before deciding on the SBLT, which sure enough put a nice piece of salmon on top of two big, thick slices of bacon and a slice of tomato, all in a buttery croissant (there’s your bistro angle). It was accompanied by a green salad with vinaigrette dressing. She found it quite tasty. If one order was exotic, the other was about as basic as it gets — a pimento cheese sandwich. This one was on wheat bread, accompanied by a couple of watermelon wedges. (All sandwiches come with a regular salad, pasta salad or fresh fruit.) It was a big, thick sandwich, but we weren’t impressed by the pimento cheese. We’re longtime lovers of the stuff, but all that we’ve had lately has come from one particular provider who livens it up with peppers. Maybe that’s conditioned our taste buds. E’s version seemed bland to us, in need of some sort of spice or perhaps

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And soups and salads and pasta.

E’s Bistro

3812 JFK Boulevard (Lakehill Shopping Center) 771-6900 Quick bite

sharper cheese. Having said that, we expect to hear from people who say that E’s pimento cheese is wonderful. Pimento cheese is sort of like potato salad — the subject of strong opinion. We also ordered a cup of tomato basil bisque, which was every bit as creamy as it should be. We didn’t order dessert, which apparently changes from day to day. It was apple

The eat-in restaurant operates in conjunction with a frozen gourmet food takeout store.

2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BUFFALO WILD WINGS A sports bar on steroids with numerous humongous TVs and a menu full of thirst-inducing items. The wings, which can be slathered with one of 14 sauces, are the staring attraction and will undoubtedly have fans. 14800 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8685279. LD daily. BURGER MAMA’S Big burgers and oversized onion rings headline the menu at this down home joint. 10721 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2495. LD daily. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine – olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-663-9463. D Mon.-Sat. CAFE HEIFER Paninis, salads, soups and such in the Heifer Village. With one of the nicest patios in town. 1 World Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-907-8801. BL Mon.-Fri.,

L Sat. CAPI’S Sophisticated yet friendly, the latest offering from the folks who created Trio’s features easy to share small bites in larger than expected portions. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-9600. LD Tue.-Sun., BR Sat.-Sun. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Formerly a Sufficient Grounds, now operated by Lisa and Tom Drogo, who moved from Delaware. They offer breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tuesday through Sunday. Sunday is brunch day. Closed Monday.

Other info

No alcohol. Credit cards accepted. The takeout store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 39 CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmet-to-go location. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-0627. L Mon.-Sat. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for well-cooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER Premium black Angus cheeseburgers, with five different sizes, ranging from the Classic (5.5 ounces) to the pounder (20 ounces), and nine cheese options. For sides, milkshakes and golden-fried onion rings are the way to go. 11525 Cantrell Rd. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-490-2433. LD daily. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though tapas are also available, and many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until 2 a.m. nightly. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. COCK OF THE WALK Yes, the chicken and shrimp are great, but go for the unbeatable catfish. Plus, we say the slaw is the world’s best, 7051 Cock of the Walk Lane. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-758-7182. D Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. (501) 221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. CUPCAKES ON KAVANAUGH Gourmet cupcakes and coffee make this Heights bakery a great spot to sit and sip on a relaxing afternoon. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-2253. L Mon.-Sat. DIVERSION Hillcrest wine bar with diverse tapas menu. From the people behind Crush and Bill St. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 200. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-414-0409. D Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-1195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. DOUBLETREE PLAZA BAR & GRILL The lobby restaurant in the Doubletree is elegantly comfortable, but you’ll find no airs put on at heaping breakfast and lunch buffets. 424 West Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-4311. BLD daily. DOWNTOWN DELI A locally owned eatery, with bigger sandwiches and lower prices than most downtown chain competitors. Also huge, loaded baked potatoes, soups and salads. 323 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3723696. BL Mon.-Fri. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. The housemade potato chips are da bomb. 523 Center St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Nationwide burger chain with emphasis on freshly made fries and patties. 2923 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-246-5295. LD daily. 13000 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-1100. LD daily. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. It’s self-service; wander on through the screen door and you’ll find a slick team of cooks and servers doing a creditable job of serving big crowds. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar with lots of TVs, pub grub and regular drink specials. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. Follow the mobs. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub in Hillcrest, where you’ll find traditional fare like burgers and fish and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4501. LD daily. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts. Chicken salad’s among the best in town. Get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. LULAV Choose two or three bistro burgers from a long list of options at lunch, and know you can’t really go wrong with any of the limited number of appealing dinner entrees; or just stop in for a glass of wine or a cocktail in this comfortably chic downtown bistro. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC.

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$$-$$$. 501-374-5100. BL Mon.-Fri., D daily. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Drive, Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. NEW GREEN MILL CAFE A small workingman’s lunch joint, with a dependable daily meat-and-three and credible corn bread for cheap, plus sweet tea. Homemade tamales and chili on Tuesdays. 8609-C W. Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-225-9907. L Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT A long-standing favorite with many Little Rock restaurants, the eatery specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and other lunch plates during the week. Try the pancakes, and don’t leave without some sort of smoked meat. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. BL Mon.-Fri., B Sat.-Sun. PLAYTIME PIZZA Tons of fun isn’t rained out by lackluster eats at the new Playtime Pizza, the $11 million, 65,000 square foot kidtopia that recently opened near the Rave theater. While the buffet is only so-so, features like indoor mini-golf, laser tag, go karts, arcade games and bumper cars make it a winner for both kids and adults. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. 501-227-7529. LD Thu.-Sun., D Mon.-Sun. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ’50s setting at today’s prices. Also at 11602 Chenal Parkway. 8026 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun 11602 Chenal Parkway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, B Sat. & Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. SALUT! Elevated pub grub that’s served late Wed.-Sat. With a great patio. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SCALLION’S Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SHIPLEY DO-NUTS With locations just about everywhere in Central Arkansas, it’s hard to miss Shipley’s. Their signature smooth glazed doughnuts and dozen or so varieties of fills are well known. 7514 Cantrell Rd. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-5353. B daily. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-3344. LD daily 1475 Hogan Lane. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-764-0604. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Steak gets pricey, but the lump crab meat au gratin appetizer is outstanding. Give the turtle soup a try. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BL daily. D Mon.-Fri. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI High-quality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without (the better bargain). 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. LD Tue.-Sat. (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.). TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Besides the 45 different smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy), salads and “tortizzas.” Good food, healthy drinks, long line at lunch but it moves fast. Creekwood Plaza (Kanis and Bowman). No alcohol. $$. 501-221-6773. BLD daily. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees (grilled chicken, steaks and such) are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar, All CC. 501-224-7665. L Fri.-Sun., D daily. WINGSTOP It’s all about wings. The joint features eight flavors of chicken flappers for almost any palate, including mild, hot, Cajun and atomic, as well as specialty flavors like lemon pepper and teriyaki. 11321 West Markham St. Beer. $-$$. 501-224-9464. LD daily.

Asian ASIA BUFFET Massive Chinese buffet. 801 S. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-225-0095. LD daily. CHINA INN Massive Chinese buffet overflows with meaty and fresh dishes, augmented at dinner by boiled shrimp, oysters on the half shell and snow crab legs, all you want cheap. 2629 Lakewood Village Place. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2288. LD daily. FORBIDDEN CITY The Park Plaza staple has fast and friendly service, offering up good lomein at lunch and Cantonese and Hunan dishes. 6000 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9099. LD daily. FU XING Chinese buffet. 9120 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-0888. LD daily. GINA’S CHINESE KITCHEN AND SUSHI BAR A broad and strong sushi menu with a manageable and delectable selection of Chinese standards. 14524 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-7775. LD daily. HANAROO SUSHI BAR Under its second owner, it’s one of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi.

With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare with a bit of Korean mixed in. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. KOTO Sushi and upscale Japanese cuisine. 17200 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7200. LD daily. NEW CHINA A burgeoning line of massive buffets, with hibachi grill, sushi, mounds of Chinese food and soft serve ice cream. 4617 JFK Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8988. LD daily. 2104 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1888. LD Mon.-Sun. 201 Marshall Road. Jacksonville. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8988. LD daily. ROYAL BUFFET A big buffet of Chinese fare, with other Asian tastes as well. 109 E. Pershing. NLR. 501-753-8885. LD daily. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi, traditional Japanese, the fun hibachi style of Japanese, and an overwhelming assortment of entrees. Nice wine selection, sake, specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford,. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. 501-666-7070. D daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty Sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.

Barbecue BARE BONES PIT BAR-B-Q A carefully controlled gas oven, with wood chips added for flavor, guarantees moist and sweet pork, both pulled from the shoulder and back ribs. The side orders, particularly the baked potato salad, are excellent. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 4. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-7427. LD daily. CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with tangy sauce. Better known for the incredible family recipe pies and cheesecakes, which come tall and wide. 9801 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat — loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegarbased sauce. The sandwiches are basic, and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. KENT’S DOWNTOWN Big sandwiches, barbecue and plate lunches served up at the River Market’s Oppenheimer Hall. Affiliated with Kent Berry’s other operation, The Meat Shoppe in Gravel Ridge. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-325-1900. L Mon.-Sat. PIG AND CHIK Well-smoked meat with a thick, sweet sauce, plus nachos, huge burgers, country vegetables and lots of other stuff. 7824 Highway 107. NLR. No alcohol. 501-834-5456. LD Mon.-Sat.

European / Ethnic ALI BABA’S HOOKAH CAFE This eatery and grocery store offers kebabs and salads along with just about any sort of Middle Eastern fare you might want, along with what might be the best kefte kebab in Central Arkansas. Halal butcher on duty. 3400 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-8011. LD daily. CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabouleh — plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Breakfast offerings are expanded with gyro meat, pitas and triple berry pancakes. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat. SILVEK’S EUROPEAN BAKERY Fine pastries, chocolate creations, breads and cakes done in the classical European style. Drop by for a whole cake or a slice or any of the dozens of single serving treats in the big case. 1900 Polk St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-661-9699. BLD daily.

Italian AMERICAN PIE PIZZA Handmade pizza on perfect thin crust with varied toppings, and inexpensive. We liked the olive-oil-based margherita and supreme, plus there are salads, sandwiches and appetizers, all for cheap. 9708 Maumelle Blvd. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-8800. LD daily. 4830 North Hills Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-0081. LD daily. CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CIAO Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. (501) 372-0238. L Mon.-Fri.,

D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZAS AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-6631918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous thick-crust pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 103 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. OW PIZZA Good pizzas in a variety of ways, sandwiches, big salads and now offer various pastas and appetizer breads. 8201 Ranch Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 868-1100. LD Mon.-Fri. 1706 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. LD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 7 p.m.). U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. Multiple locations: 4001 McCain Park, NLR, 753-2900; 3324 Pike Ave., NLR, 758-5997; 650 Edgwood Drive, Maumelle, 851-0880; 8403 Highway 107, Sherwood, 835-5673; 9300 N. Rodney Parham, 224-6300; 2814 Kavanaugh, 663-2198. 5524 Kavanaugh. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 710 Front Street. Conway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-4509700. LD Mon.-Sun. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding, and the desserts don’t miss, either. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.

Mexican CANON GRILL Creative appetizers come in huge quantities, and the varied main-course menu rarely disappoints, though it’s not as spicy as competitors’. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2068. LD Mon.-Sat. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fiery-hot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Sat. EL JALAPENO Less a taco truck than a snack bar that also has a few Mexican offerings, including tacos, flautas and mega-tortas. 9203 Chicot Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-772-7471. LD Mon.-Sat. LA MARGARITA Sparse offerings at this taco truck. No chicken, for instance. Try the veggie quesadilla. 7308 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Tue.-Thu. LA REGIONAL A full-service grocery store catering to SWLR’s Latino community, it’s the small grill tucked away in the back corner that should excite lovers of adventurous cuisine. The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanishspeaking world (try the El Salvadorian papusas, they’re great). Bring your Spanish/English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where you’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 1524 W. Main St. Jacksonville. No alcohol. $$. 501-982-0533. LD daily. 13924 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. 102 S. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-8600 4511 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-771-1604. LD daily. 11405 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-217-0647. LD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina from the owners, to freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexican-bottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu. TAQUERIA LAS ISABELES Mobile taco stand with great authentic tacos, Hawaiian hamburguesas (burgers topped with pineapple and avocado) and more. 7100 Colonel Glen Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-563-4801. L Mon.-Sat., D Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA II Stand out taco truck fare, with meat options standard and exotic. 7521 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-744-0680. LD Tue.-Sun.

General ARGENTA MARKET The Argenta District’s neighborhood grocery store offers a deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches for $6.99 along with fresh fish and meats and salads. Emphasis here is on Arkansas-farmed foods and organic products. Breakfast includes chocolate gravy and biscuits and fresh vegetable laden quiches. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. BL Daily.

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BEAR’S DEN PIZZA Pizza, calzones and salads at UCA hangout. 235 Farris Road. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-328-5556. LD Mon.-Sat. BIG JOHN’S SUBS Submarine sandwich shop. 2100 Meadowlake. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2050739. LD daily. BLACKWOOD’S GYROS AND GRILL A wide variety of salads, sandwiches, gyros and burgers dot the menu at this quarter-century veteran of Conway’s downtown district. 803 Harkrider Ave. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-329-3924.

CAFE RUE ORLEANS Top quality Creole food and a couple of Cajun specialties (a soupy gumbo, a spicy and rich etouffee) from a cook who learned her tricks in Lafayette, La., and the Crescent City. Best entree is the eggplant Napoleon. Oyster bar downstairs to make your wait for a dining table pleasant. 1150 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. 479-443-2777. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. CORNER GRILL Hearty sandwiches, a tasty and inexpensive weekend brunch, friendly staff in new location away from Dickson Street. Highway 112. Fayetteville. 479-5218594. BLD. DOE’S EAT PLACE This may be the best Doe’s of the bunch, franchised off the Greenville, Miss., icon. Great steaks, and the usual salads, fries, very hot tamales and splendid service. Lots of TVs around for the game-day folks. 316 W. Dickson St. Fayetteville. 479-443-3637. D. ELLA’S Fine dining in the university’s vastly reworked Inn at Carnall Hall. A favorite — it figures on the UA campus — is the razor steak. 465 N. Arkansas Ave. Fayetteville. 479-582-1400. BLD. HAWG CITY GRILL Burger and barbecue joint is hit or miss -- burgers are pretty plain, but the barbecue hits the spot. 1270 Highway 412 West. Siloam Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$. (479) 238-0289. LD Mon.-Sat. HUGO’S You’ll find a menu full of meals and munchables, some better than others at this basement European-style bistro. The Bleu Moon Burger is a popular choice. Hugo’s is always worth a visit, even if just for a drink. 25 1/2 N. Block St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. 479-521-7585. LD Mon.-Sat. JAMES AT THE MILL “Ozark Plateau Cuisine” is creative, uses local ingredients and is pleasantly presented in a vertical manner. Impeccable food in an impeccable setting. 3906 Greathouse Springs Road. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. 479-443-1400. JOSE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Epicenter of the Dickson Street nightlife with its patio and Fayetteville’s No. 2 restaurant in gross sales. Basic Mexican with a wide variety of fancy margaritas. 234 W. Dickson. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. 479-521-0194. LD daily. PENGUIN ED’S BAR-B-Q Prices are magnificent and portions are generous at this barbecue spot with an interesting menu, a killer sausage sandwich, burgers, omelets and wonderful lemonade. 2773 Mission Blvd. Fayetteville. 479-587-8646. BLD. PESTO CAFE This nice little Italian restaurant in, yes, a roadside motel offers all the traditional dishes, including a nice eggplant parmesan. 1830 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. Beer, Wine. $. 479-582-3330. LD Mon.-Sun. POWERHOUSE SEAFOOD Build-your-own fried seafood platters, great grilled fish specials. 112 N. University. Fayetteville. 479-442-8300.

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Hot SpringS ENGLISH MUFFIN, THE The muffins referenced in the name are those famed Wolfermann muffins brought in fresh each day in a dozen or so different flavors. Breakfasts are well-balanced with light omelets in a wide variety. Blue plate specials are also available. 4832 Central Avenue. Hot Springs. All CC. $-$$. (501) 525-2710. BL daily. THE PANCAKE SHOP The Pancake Shop’s longevity owes to good food served up cheap, large pancakes and ham steaks, housemade apple butter and waitresses who still call you “honey.” Closes each day at 12:45. 216 Central Avenue. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-6245720. BL daily. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ’50s setting at today’s prices. Also at 11602 Chenal Parkway. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun.



LD Mon.-Sat. BUCKET LIST CAFE Serving daily specials. 5308 Highway 9. Center Ridge. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-893-9840. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MARIACHI Mexican fare. 2225 Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-764-1122. LD daily. CATFISH AND MORE As the name suggests, catfish and more -- including an all-you-can-eat buffet, sandwiches, individual dinners and fried pies. 1815 Highway 64 West. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-2252. L Tue.-Sun., D Tue.-Sat. CROSS CREEK SANDWICH SHOP Cafe serves salads and sandwiches weekdays. 1003 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1811. L Mon.-Fri. DUE AMICHE ITALIAN RESTAURANT Stromboli, pasta, pizza, calzones and other Italian favorites. 1600 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-336-0976. LD Mon.-Sun. ED’S CUSTOM BAKERY Bakery featuring pastry classics, rolls, cakes, doughnuts and no-nonsense coffee. 256 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-327-2996. B Mon.-Sat. HOG PEN BBQ Barbecue, fish, chicken 800 Walnut. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-326-5177. LD Tue.-Sat. HOLLY’S COUNTRY COOKING Southern plate lunch specials weekdays. 120 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-328-9738. L Mon.-Fri. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. Multiple locations throughout Central Arkansas. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily.




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SEAFOOD Cajun’s Wharf 2400 Cantrell Road 501-375-5351

Food and fun for everyone when you pair Cajun’s Wharf’s succulent seafood and steak with the ever-evolving live entertainment. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood or aged Angus beef while listening to the rolling Arkansas River on the famously fantastic deck! They also boast an award-winning wine list.

Black Angus

Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials • Monday: Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry. Tuesday: Pot Roast. Wednesday: Meatloaf. Thursday: BBQ Plate or Shepherd’s Pie. Friday & Saturday: Fried Catfish.

Capers Restaurant

Indulge in the culinary creations and intimate environment that define Capers Restaurant. Food and wine enthusiasts agree Capers’ sophisticated approach to dining is key to it’s many accolades including receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years running.

Copper Grill & Grocery

An endless array of delicious dishes available in the Grill or grab your Gourmet-to-Go from the Grocery. Offering products by French Farm, Bella Cucina & Bittersweet Herb that promise to turn any recipe into a memorable masterpiece Copper Grill & Grocery is a wonderland for the gourmand.


Contemporary metropolitan bistro meets Southern smalltown hospitality in a neighborhood bar. SO offers the best in fresh seafood and hand-cut rustic meats, complimented by an extensive and diverse wine list, honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Whether casual dinners, special occasions, meetings with clients, or private parties, our service will impress.  Reservations six and more.  Private Lounge.

Butcher Shop

Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.


Lunch offers creative and fresh entree-sized salads; a daily special and homemade soup; plus superb sandwiches sure to satisfy.   Serving continuously all-day, global appetizers, then Chef Capi’s fabulous After 5 Menu.  Advanced acoustics in place for focused business lunches.  Happy Hour all day Tue, late afternoon daily, and late night weekends.  Cozy patio atmosphere under the canopy.  www.capisrestaurant. com. Now serving new Saturday & Sunday brunch menu, and Sunday dinner.

Flying Saucer

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

Buffalo Grill

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

Morningside Bagels

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

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


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Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro 200 S. Commerce, Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm

Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Jump start your day with bistro breakfast from Lulav featuring scrumptious omlettes, pancakes and more. For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?

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

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

mexican Casa Manana Taqueria

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Canon Grill

2811 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-664-2068

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

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

Mediterranean Layla’s

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

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

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

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

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

asian panda Garden

2604 S. Shackleford Road, Suite G 501-224-8100.

Fresh, flavorful, all-you-can-eat sushi. With fresh and authentic Chinese dishes, nice decor, great dessert choices and excellent sushi, Panda Garden raises the bar.


Sonny Williams

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

Faded Rose

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

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

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You’ll get more for your money when you buy this home at 205 N. Woodrow St. Sitting on a one-third acre lot, this majestic craftsman has over 4,600 square feet and with four bedrooms and four-and one-half bathrooms, there’s room for everyone. The front of the home features a spacious 350-square-foot covered porch that’s perfect for enjoying evening sunsets from the swing or a friendly wave from the neighbors passing by. Once inside you’ll immediately notice the openness of the floor plan and the beautiful, original hardwood flooring, molding and trim work throughout. The foyer, living room and dining room all flow together nicely, making a perfect setting for entertaining. A private study is located off the front living room. Also located on the main level is a small den and half bathroom. The kitchen features abundant cabinet space, with under-cabinet lighting and lighted display cabinets, tile counters and backsplash, Viking disposal, Bosch dishwasher and an antique Chamber oven. The 14’ x 12’ breakfast room is open to the kitchen and has two sets of double French doors that let in lots

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of natural light. The second floor has four large bedrooms and three bathrooms including a 625-square-foot master suite with its own fireplace and a beautiful sunroom. Also on this level is a 9x16 utility/craft room. Stairs from this level lead to the finished attic space, which has another 500+ square feet bonus room great for many uses (kid’s playroom, office, billiard room, guest room). The finished basement has an additional 952 square feet with a full bathroom and a wet bar with a copper sink. Accessible from the main level, it also has a separate exterior entrance making it great for a student or as in-law quarters. Currently, it is being used as a media and game room with built-in Bose surround sound. The home has been pre-inspected by Tom Allen of Homebuyer’s Protection. With a convenient location in a beautiful, historic neighborhood, this home is a great space buy at $499,900. Visit the open house on Sunday, October 24, from 2-4 p.m. or call John Selva of Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-291-1620 or e-mail to schedule a personal tour. Visit to see additional pictures.

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Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $100,000 Michael Schneider, Elizabeth A. Schneider to Brendan Quirk, Leigh Quirk, 4114 S. Lookout St., $729,000. Judith A. Lemke, W. F. Lemke to David Gulley, Mary Gulley, LR28 B1, Chenal Valley, $650,000. Marion D. Nash, M. D. Nash, M. D. Nash Revocable Trust to Kenneth W. Garner, Ls5-6, Breedlove, $575,000. E. F. Klein, Sarah G. Klein to Nan Mei, Lei Guo, 117 Courts Ln., $485,000. Lee L. Elmore, Dixie W. Elmore to JP Morgan Chase Bank, 18 Ninth Fairway Loop, Maumelle, $441,771. James A. Clardy, Priscilla A. Clardy to Benjamin T. Nimmo, 117 Quapaw Trail, Maumelle, $410,000. Sarah S. Mosley, Bobby J. Mosley to Elizabeth Schneider, 15 Foxhunt Trail, $405,000. Tony L. Meredith to Bank Of Little Rock, 12 Mountain Terrace Cir., Maumelle, $391,000. Henry O. Burch, Jr., Rosemary Burch to Gary Canada, Sr., L281, Cypress Point West, $390,000. Ningning Wu, Jing Zhang to James Banks, Christy Banks, 35 Auriel Dr., $380,000. Karrol Fowlkes, Vicki Fowlkes to Sulauren E. Wilson, Christopher N. Wilson, 5424 Country Club Blvd., $333,000. Fuller Partners 2010 LLC to Jason Jordan, Jennifer Jordan, 8 Bonnard Cove, Maumelle, $333,000. Phase II Inc. to Sidney S. Hendrix, Vicki B. Hendrix, 89 Chevaux Cir., $330,000. Country Club Development LLC to Cypress Bay Development LLC, S/2 NE 34-3N-13W, N/2 SE 34-3N-13W, $300,000. Jett Ricks Construction LLC to

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Roger L. O’Quin, Billie A. O’Quin, 3425 Imperial Valley Dr., $285,000. Ira T. Scoggins, Gloria Scoggins to Richard W. Woolridge, 14008 Willow Beach Rd., NLR, $275,000. Josh Matthews, April Matthew, April Matthews to John M. Griffin, 13704 Abinger Ct., $259,000. First Community Bank to James L. Floyd, Sabrina J. Antoine, 17316 Crooked Oak Dr., NLR, $245,000. Gary L. Webb, Diane M. Webb to Larry B. Siegel, Teresa T. Siegel, 117 Beaver Creek Ln., Maumelle, $235,000. G. D. Deere, Beth M. Deere to Shannon R. Greenfield, Leah W. Greenfield, 10 Lantern Hill Rd., $228,000. Melanie Taylor to John W. Myers, June P. Myers, 165 Ridge Rd., $223,333. Joseph D. Balkman, Debbie L. Balkman to Denise H. Anderson, 11218 Gila Valley Dr., $218,000. Fitzhugh Construction Inc. to Etta Harris, Anita Nelson, 4 Sanibell Cove, $213,000. Shirley T. Rosenbaum, Charles Rosenbaum to James L. Dalby, Stephanie I. Dalby, 4005 Mount Vernon Dr., NLR, $209,000. O’Kelley Construction Company to Yolanda L. Hadley, Timothy L. Hadley, Sr., 9313 Brittany Point Dr., $207,000. Giyoung Yun, Gigi Yoon, Kyeungkeun Min to Robert T. James, Jr., Doris J. James, 1305 Lansing St., $200,000. Alicia L. Sorrows, Jay Sorrows to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L15 B22, The Villages Of Wellington, $197,591. Ollie G. Brint to Theodore W. Walkup,

Suhela J. Walkup, L4, Sherwood Acres Phase 5, $196,000. William T. Marshall, II, Susie H. Marshall to Robert R. Younger, 2027 N. Garfield St., $195,000. Real Estate Commercial I. Inc. to Alan L. Willis, 13621 Windsor Rd., $192,000. Shamal R. Stewart, Michelle Stewart to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 27 Arnold Palmer Cove, $182,701. Robert C. Birdsong, Margaret A. Birdsong to Carolyn M. Hatch, L15 B5, Taylor Park Phase II, $180,000. R e b e c c a Te d d i e t o Pa b l o A . Fernandez, Ileana Fernandez, 17 West Point Dr., Maumelle, $174,000. Tommy F. Arthur, Blanche A. Arthur to John A. Jones, Linda S. Jones, 1241 Commons Dr., Jacksonville, $173,000. Brenda K. Nettles to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L141, Kingspark , $170,241. Larry B. Siegel, Teresa T. Siegel to Paula D. Coffield, L19 B1, Summit Ridge, $170,000. P a u l B i e b i g h a u s e r, M a r y J . Biebighauser to Charlie L. Bruce, Jacquelyn D. Bruce, 7 Legends Dr., $170,000. Douglas W. Loftin, Jr., Cindy C. Loftin to William P. Harston, Yusun Gregory, 19100 Springway Dr., Alexander, $165,000. Darrell Baker, Lasandra Baker to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporatio, 132 Chambord Dr., Maumelle, $161,501. Sabrina Antoine, James Floyd to Jason S. Pollard, 4 Mont Blanc Cove, Maumelle, $161,000. Michael Rued, Monika Rued to Wendell N. Kinzler, Stacy L. Kinzler, L16

B28, Park Hill NLR, $160,000. Craig S. Waddell, Angie D. Waddell to Henslee Revocable Trust, Larry F. Henslee, L14 B2, Westlake, $160,000. Nikki D. Burgess to Federal National Mortgage Association, 1501 S. Summit St., $159,195. CMH Properties LLC to Niklas Harper, L104, Pleasantwood, $159,000. Terrell Newton, Donyell Newton to Barbara Hankins, Charles H. Hankins, 1513 Wewoka Dr., NLR, $158,667. Michael T. Gibbs, Laurie B. Gibbs to Brittney L. Caple, L2 B3, Parkway Place, $155,000. G&K Home Solutions LLC to Michael G. Nelson, 10224 Whispering Pines Dr., $154,000. Chris Jenkins, Amanda Jenkins to National Residential Nominee Services, L28, Sage Meadows, $153,000. Commissioner In Circuit to National Bank Of Arkansas, L280, Miller’s Crossing Phase 5, Ls43, 45, 73, 157 & 154, Base Meadows 1B, L161R, Clover Ridge Replat Tract B. Phase 1, $151,021. Phillip McCarther, Teresa McCarther to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L47, Faulkner Crossing Phase I, $149,999. Stephanie L. Thomas to Federal National Mortgage Association, 1706 S. Pierce St., $149,692. Malcolm R. McHughes, Sheila McHughes to US Bank NA, 205 Wedgewood Rd., $149,652. Rachel R. Comstock, Russell A. Comstock to Kristie Pipes, 2909 Jadestone Dr., Sherwood, $147,000. Nicole J. Zukowski, Mark J. Zukowski to Persephone D. Butler, Garry Butler,

Landius C. Alexander, Carolyn J. Alexander, 13904 Chesterfield Cir., NLR, $142,000. Lena N. Kimbrow to Higor H. Deoliveira, Whitney A. Deoliveira, L55, Indian Ridge Phase I, $140,000. Konstanze Plumlee to Kay Shuttleworth, L11, Piney Cove, $139,000. James E. Robbins, Diane S. Robbins to Edward K. Willis, L163, Pleasant Forest II, $135,000. Mazahir Husain, Shabnam Husain to Bank Of America, L3 B1, Cherry Creek, $129,260. Gar y M. Sziron y to Benjamin A. Jones, 1801 Mesquite Cir., $129,000. Marion L. Hickingbottom, Barbara G. Hickingbottom to William W. Satterfield, Paula D. Satterfield, L19 B33, Indian Hills, $128,000. Robert J. Ronnbeck, Cynthia L. Ronnbeck to Federal National Mortgage Association, 1718 Martha Dr., $126,072. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Brian D. Whitley, 12305 Faulkner Crossing Dr., NLR, $126,000. Angie K. Hughes, Angie K. Christman, Jason Christman to Mavi P. Marshall, 8500 N. Rodney Parham Rd., $126,000. L. D. Sims to George E. Sims, April D. Sims, 1117 E. Woodruff Ave., Sherwood, $125,000. River Rock Investments LLC to Darren J. Paxton, 27 Walnut Valley Dr., $125,000. Joseph E. Ison, Christie J. Ison to Jerry Fleenor, Rose Fleenor, SW SE 14-4N-11W, $125,000. Lawrence R. Harris, Carolyn J. Harris, Michael S. Harris, Rebecca J. Harris, Lawrence E. Harris to Mayfair

Fuller, L34, Cammack Woods, $125,000. David A. Avery, Lindsey G. Avery to Jennifer L. Ekrut, 4720 Glenmere Rd., NLR, $125,000. Gregory K. Smith to Cedric S. Jackson, Sophia Jackson, 1615 Fair Park Blvd., $125,000. David L. Noble, Pamela G. Noble to Lomanco Inc., S/2 24-3N-11W, N/2 25-3N-11W, $125,000. Melissa Fowler to Bank Of America, L12 B27, Indian Hills, $121,411. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Brenda K. Young, L166, Faulkner Crossing Phase 3, $120,000. Real Estate Commercial I. Inc. to Matthew T. Krupp, 2017 N. McKinley St., $118,000. Juanita A. Wheeler to Ethelyne T. Williams, L228, Cammack Woods, $113,000. Juanita A. Wheeler to Astrid Sohn, Daniel Sohn, L45, Cammack Woods, $110,000. Malcolm J. McNeary to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, 602 Country Club Rd., Sherwood, $109,500. Leah B. Andrews, Mike Andrews to Lanetra Connors, 127 Pecan Valley Dr., Sherwood, $109,000. Sean Reynolds to Secretary Of Veterans Affairs, 407 Covington Cove, Jacksonville, $107,049. Dominick Dangelo to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L11 B21, Stone Links, $104,798. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Davette Montgomery, Derrick Sanders, 343 Oro Ct. NLR, $101,000. Gene W. Schay to Michael N. Coffman, Jr., L17 B22, Indian Hills, $100,000.


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9204 CYNTHIA - $122,500. 4BR/2BA, 1426 SF. Great twostory home centrally located. New paint, new lighting fixtures & other updates throughout. Large fenced backyard. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442 14615 BROWN BEAR DR $299,900. Great 4BR/2.5BA, approx. 3015 SF home in the new Don Roberts School District. Plenty of space for the entire family. Formal dining room, office, family room & eat-in kitchen all downstairs. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets and master bath & closet are huge. Side-loading garage & fully fenced yard. Call Bob Bushmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501352-0156 for more info or a private showing. 9 LISA COURT - $174,900. This 3BR/2BA approx. 1770 SF, 1-level home in Marlow Manor is super clean & move-in ready! Updates include new HVAC, hardwoods & carpet in bedrooms. Large eat-in kitchen, open family room & fully fenced yard make this a perfect starter home or great for someone looking to downsize. Call Bob Busmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing.

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Coldcocked n In case you missed it, here’s how it went down Saturday. The other team kicks off to our 18. We pass incomplete. We run 14. We pass incomplete twice. We punt. We endure five sales pitches, one with cows. They run one yard. They pass complete, no gain. They pass complete but penalty costs them 10. They run for minus one. They punt 43 yards. Five more sales pitches. They’re penalized five. We run six. We pass five. We run five. We pass 14. We run no gain. We pass nine. Time out, five sales pitches. We run one. We pass seven; touchdown. With point after, we’re up 7-0. Five sales pitches. We kick off. They return 47 yards. They pass; dropped. They run seven. We’re penalized five. They run five and 22. They pass nine. They run four; touchdown. With PAT, it’s 7-7. Three sales pitches. They kick off to our 22. We run, no gain. We pass four. We pass two. We punt to their seven. Time out, no sales pitches this time. They run, no gain. They pass 26. We’re penalized 15. They run four. They run three. Time out, three sales pitches. They pass 28, then four. They’re penalized 10. They pass incomplete. End first quarter, tied 7-7. Nine sales pitches. They pass incomplete. They kick

Bob L ancaster 44-yard field goal. It’s 10-7, them. Five sales pitches. They kick off. We return 11 yards and they knock our ass off. We pass two. We pass 19. We run three. We pass 14; 16; incomplete. We run one. We run 12. We pass 14. We run six. We run for no gain. We pass incomplete but penalty gives us first down at their two. Our quarterback coldcocked, leaves game after next play. We run, touchdown, and with point after, lead 14-10. More sales pitches, uncounted because I’ve held it long as I can, have to hit the john. We kick off. They return it 30. They run four; six; 12; six; 40. They run for no gain. They fumble at the goal line. Two refs indicate we’ve recovered at their one. But another ref rules touchdown for them; that call stands. We get screwed. With PAT, it’s 17-14, them. Six sales pitches, including those cows again. Some funny-ass cows. They kick off to our 17. We get 10-yard penalty. We pass incomplete. Time out. Three sales pitches, one with duck. We


pass nine. We run seven. We punt. They block punt, take over at our 25. They pass incomplete. They run 12. They run 13; touchdown. With PAT, it’s 24-14, them. Four sales pitches. They kick off to our 34. We run three. We pass 15. We run one. We’re sacked, lose five. We pass 17. Moron loses us 15 penalty yards. We pass 35 for touchdown. With PAT, it’s 24-21, them. More sales pitches lost to beer run. We kick off to their 20. They run nine; four. They pass 20. They run 29. They’re penalized 15. We’re penalized 15. They kick field goal. Half ends 27-21, them. We kick to their 20 starting second half. They run 10; 10; six; five; five; seven; no gain; 27; three. They lose six on sack. They pass incomplete. They kick field goal. It’s 30-21, them. More sales pitches but I have to bring groceries in from car, lose count. They kick off to our 11. We run five. We pass three. Moron loses us 15 on penalty. We pass seven; six. We lose 10 on penalty. We run for minus three. We run eight. We pass 17; six; 37; touchdown. With PAT, it’s 30-28, them. Five sales pitches. We kick off. They return 99 to our one. They lose five on penalty. They run no gain; five; one; touchdown; PAT; 37-28, them. Four sales pitches, including a tiger. They kick off to our 20. We pass 53; one; 26; touchdown; PAT; 37-35 them; four sales pitches. We kick off to their 27. They run five,



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