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Not funny Let me start this by saying I got no further in Gene Lyon’s column (“Contortionist Romney”) than the Seven Dwarves comment. I fail to see the purpose of his remark, unless of course it was to appear witty. I suppose when writing an opinion column the desire to interject a droll or seemingly entertaining comment to keep the masses amused might be understandable, however I do not see the humor. Not at all. Shame on you Mr. Lyons. Instead of an opinion, you mocked. How is that an editorial? To me your comments exemplified disrespect. I challenge you Mr. Lyons to write an article supporting your candidate on the basis of his own merits that does not throw the other candidate under the proverbial bus based upon what you see as flaws. Translation, can you write an editorial comparing the two candidates, giving a fair shake to what you consider the strong and weak points of the two? Then I would become an avid reader of your column. Lisa Waite Spearfish, S.D.

would be funny except we’re past the laughing point. He got that through because his legislature is Democratically controlled. It took effect immediately upon passage and his signing it into law. The Republicans refused to let the Affordable Care Act become effective immediately because they needed time to make you believe it would kill you and cost you millions of dollars and cost small employers too much to add employees. Now Romney wants to revoke Obamacare if he’s elected. Romney will lie to convince you he will take care of you by bringing jobs

here. He doesn’t mention that your wages will be poverty level. Corporations want high unemployment because it gluts the labor market with people looking for work and willing to work for anything. That’s why an employer can tell his employees who to vote for. The road to privatization lies in the Republican camp. All you people that like visiting federal- or state-owned parks and wilderness areas, hang onto your hats. If they get privatized (which everyone seems to not remember) it means they will make a profit off parks. Right now your taxes pay to maintain

Don’t legislate personal choice Seat belt laws say it is your body, but you cannot make your own decision. Motorcycle helmet laws say it is your body, but you can make your own decision. Drug laws say it is your own body, but you cannot make your own decision. Alcohol and tobacco laws say it is your body, but you can make your own decision. Physician-assisted suicide laws say it is your body, but you cannot make your own decision. Abortion laws say it is your body, but you can make your own decision. There is a right and a wrong. However, legislating personal choice results in inconsistency. Rich Hutson Rose Bud

For Obama As the time grows closer and closer for Americans to choose who will lead this country for the next four years, the big money people have started down the road to self actualization. The Supreme Court gave our country away and it shows. If you believe the pollsters, Romney is pulling ahead of Obama after the last debate. The debate is a farce from the get-go. The corporations have rigged it to only answer those questions they want you to concentrate on. We are being asked to believe that one of these guys will save us from ourselves (I say that with the idea that they believe we’re too stupid to recognize the lies and misinformation, sleight of hand and outright deception). Romney promises to bring more jobs to America. His company Bain Capital, from which he still receives dividends, just closed a plant in Illinois and is moving it lock, stock and barrel to China. If you want your job, please update your passport and apply there. A company in Florida told its employees that if they didn’t vote for Romney they would lose their jobs. This means if the majority of us, meaning you and me, vote Obama back in for the next four years they will lose their jobs whether they vote for or against him. Romney at the first debate was for Obamacare. He said it was just like his Romneycare in Massachusetts. This 4

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s Montel Williams waited his turn to speak at a state Capitol rally for medical marijuana, he noticed leading opponents of the proposal, Jerry Cox and Larry Page, were in attendance, and carrying on private conversations while supporters of the act testified to the terrible suffering they and members of their families had endured because they couldn’t legally obtain marijuana, the only substance that gave relief. That opponents wouldn’t even listen to the other side, Williams found appalling. He’d never seen such callousness, he said. “Aren’t we supposed to be a compassionate nation?” If the talk-show host came to Arkansas more often, he’d know that compassion is the furthest thing from the minds of the religious zealots who follow Cox and Page. “We’re going to shove our religion down your throats,” is their message. “It may hurt.” Both sides of the medical marijuana debate produce studies that prove medical-marijuana legalization either does or does not increase the consumption of marijuana generally. The opponents of Issue 5 on the general-election ballot can argue, and do, that the wording of the initiated act is both too long and too short. Supporters of Issue 5 can note that opponents have sunk even to racism in their television advertising. All of this is relatively unimportant. The substance of Issue 5 is indeed compassion. Some people want to comfort their sick neighbors; some do not, and, when consumed by faith-based hatred, or greed, they don’t want anybody else to do it either. Speaking of mean, hardly anybody is consistently meaner than the Chamber of Commerce. Cruelty with a tie on. Every proposal to aid the working class — higher wages, safer working conditions, more affordable health care — is opposed by the Chamber, which seeks to keep workers humble, obedient and willing to do whatever bosses want, for whatever compensation. Ease their pain and who knows what they might ask for next. Respect, maybe. People who want pain relief ought to be rich. So it was hardly surprising that Randy Zook of the Chamber of Commerce showed up at an antiIssue 5 rally, pledging support for the antis. Also on hand were those who make a handsome living by keeping the misnamed “drug war” going. (It’s a war on people, of course, not on drugs. Drugs don’t die in agony, people do.) Professional drug warriors oppose even a limited cease-fire in the conflict. Arkansas “drug czar” Fran Flener and another state Department of Human Services employee, Jennifer Gallaher, are busily spreading Jerry Cox’s propaganda at the taxpayer’s expense. If their conduct is not illegal, as Issue 5 supporters claim, it should be. Flener makes $81,000 for holding a state job that ought not even exist. Gallaher knocks down $104,000. Let’s call their employer the Department of Human Disservices. It may be true, we’ll admit, that not everyone who opposes Issue 5 is cold-hearted, but it’s certainly true that all the cold-hearted are opposed to Issue 5. An old comedian once asked, in all seriousness, about the time of World War II, “Why can’t people just leave each other the hell alone?” Why can’t we let our sick neighbors make their tortured lives a little more bearable, or at least try to?

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ast Friday morning, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas fired Patrolman Josh Hastings. Hastings had been on leave since fatally shooting an alleged car burglary suspect Aug. 12 as the youth tried to drive away from a West Little Rock apartment complex. He was charged with manslaughter, the first police officer in memory charged with a crime for an on-the-job shooting. Thomas cited two reasons for Hastings’ firing: Hastings hadn’t properly checked the premises of a grocery where a burglar alarm sounded last October and had been untruthful about the incident. Also, Thomas said Hastings violated multiple rules in the apartment complex shooting. The police believe Hastings fired on the car even though there was no immediate threat of death or injury to himself or others. Officers have tough jobs. Hastings, patrolling alone, heard glass breaking in a parking lot and saw multiple people fleeing in the early morning darkness. Few of us would like to put ourselves in his place. But the police have procedures for such circumstances. They don’t include trying to stare down a car with a gun over a suspected property crime. Hastings will have his day in court. It is hard to imagine he’ll regain a police job, whatever the verdict. He’d been the subject of 18 complaints and served six suspensions. He’d wrecked a patrol car. How many miscues constitute a firing offense? In Hastings’ case, it finally took a manslaughter charge. Chief Thomas has been a steady leader of a growing department in a violent city. But recent incidents have made me sympathetic to Michael Laux, who is attorney for the family of Eugene Ellison, shot dead by one of two Little Rock officers working private security. They’d entered his apartment without permission. His objections led to an escalating incident that ended in his death from a gunshot fired from outside his apartment. Laux contends Little Rock officers are more

likely to use force than those in comparable police departments. And he says police have a conflict of interest in reviewing actions of fellow officers. In the Ellison shooting, the MAX homicide division employs BRANTLEY the spouse of one of the two officers under investigation. Laux’s idea of justice is about more than money. He’d like to see a settlement that produced independent review of police shootings. The police will resist. You have to wonder why. Two officers just settled a lawsuit over excessive force for $10,000. Though officers are supposed to file reports any time they use force (an advancement brought by former Chief Louie Caudell), Officer Chris Johannes apparently didn’t file a report on the incident in which the city paid $10,000. Johannes’ name should be familiar. He shot at a car attempting to drive away from Park Plaza. He wanted to talk to the occupants, all black, about their speaking to a white girl. He was exonerated for wounding the driver. Johannes also was in on the roust of Surgeon General Joe Thompson after Thompson objected to the unexplained presence at his curb of a private security guard. The private dick complained to the cops, who busted Thompson. Records show Johannes has reported use of force or been in a high-speed chase more than 70 times in eight years on the force. Isn’t this a pattern worthy of official concern? Should six suspensions have been a warning about Josh Hastings? Tough jobs shouldn’t come with free passes. Hastings’ prosecution and firing don’t explain away Laux’s concerns. Not when the force still includes a cop who regularly uses force, shot at a teenager suspected of being rude and busted a doctor on the front steps of his home for, essentially, sassing a security guard.



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few people in the government and even a few elements of their constituencies have started to contemplate two unnerving questions. Will Republicans take over the Arkansas legislature after the election next month, and, if they do, will they actually do what they say they will do? They say they will repeal or cut state income taxes and perhaps other taxes and curtail government medical help for the poor and disabled, those programs created in Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and expanded ever since, not just by Barack Obama but even the occasional Republican — e.g., Mike Huckabee. The first is more than a distinct possibility; Republicans say it is a cinch. The second, that they will whack taxes and public charity, defies logic but you have to take them at their word. This is not your father’s Republican Party or, for that matter, even the Republican Party of Mike Huckabee. The ranks have been cleansed of moderates and pragmatists or else they have by necessity become true believers. Especially in the medical field, people are exploring scenarios for preserving assistance for the poor, aged, disabled and mentally ill if the Republicans gain a majority in even one house, which will give them effective control of the state budget. There are no reliable good scenarios. Taxes are off the table. Governor Beebe has the veto, but in Arkansas it is

trumped by a simple majority vote in the Senate and House. Ironically, the voters who will put them in power are ERNEST the consumers of DUMAS all those services that are jeopardized. They like the talk of lower taxes and smaller government. The freeloaders, Mitt Romney’s 47 percent, are always someone else, although their parents and loved ones are in nursing homes or institutions and community programs for the mentally and physically disabled, the groups that consume the largest shares of Medicaid, or else Medicaid insures their children for hospital and doctor care. Medicaid, which serves 800,000 Arkansans and affects that many more family members, faces two big questions when the legislature gathers: (1) Can the state make up a $350 million to $400 million shortfall in state Medicaid match? (2) What will happen when Republicans block the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which carries some relief for the state’s Medicaid crisis as well as insurance for the largest share of the state’s uninsured? Because the state has fared a little better than much of the country since 2006, lowering its poverty rate against the country as a whole, its matching share for Medicaid has

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ust a couple weeks shy of my 6th acceptance speech: birthday, I met my first presidential “From secrecy and candidate. As part of a Southern tour, deception in high Sen. George McGovern came through Little places; come home, Rock to shore up his nomination later in America.” As a young adult, the summer of 1972 and to make what was JAY ultimately a thoroughly unsuccessful appeal I watched McGovBARTH to Southern voters. While perhaps more ern regularly debate politically conscious than most kids my age, the issues of the day with Barry Goldwater, my understanding of my family’s support for another former senator and failed presidenMcGovern — who died over the weekend — tial candidate. McGovern articulated well was vague, centered on the notion that he the core values of American liberalism as was a “good guy” who opposed a war they my own ideology became cemented and deeply disliked. the two senators’ agreeable disagreements After his loss to Richard Nixon, McGov- honed my belief in civil discord. McGovern not only played a role in my ern remained the “anti-Nixon,” as my initial understanding of American politics was own political socialization, he remains relforged by the Watergate Crisis, and McGov- evant to American politics 40 years after ern remained a visible critic of the president. his overwhelming defeat in 1972 in two McGovern had attempted to use the scandal fundamental ways. First, after the fiasco that was the 1968 against Nixon in 1972 but did so only after the landslide was inevitable, partly as a result Democratic National Convention in Chiof the mismanagement of McGovern’s cam- cago, McGovern co-chaired the McGovpaign and partly as a result of the Nixon ern-Fraser Commission that overhauled campaign’s “dirty tricks.” As McGovern the rules through which delegates were had emphasized during his 1972 nomination selected for future conventions. Those rules,

risen from 25 to about 30 percent, but only block the Medicaid option in Obamacare. theoretically. President Obama’s stimulus Mainly, that will prevent medical insurance act pumped $750 million into the state’s — fully paid for by the federal government coffers for Medicaid from 2009 through until 2018 — for some 400,000 able-bodied 2011, reducing the state’s match to 20 per- adults who earn too little (up to $30,000 cent. It produced state budget surpluses and for a family of four) to afford even a fraclet the state’s Medicaid trust fund grow for tion of insurance premiums. Blocking the two years. Now the trust fund is vanishing Medicaid expansion would be an economic and the state will enter the 2013 fiscal year disaster, keeping hundreds of millions of next July needing an extra $350 million or job-creating dollars out of the state — the more to maintain nursing home care, the equivalent of halting 500 Keystone XL pipeinstitutions and community services for lines, a favorite trope of the Republicans. Then consider the repeal of the income disabled children and adults and hospital and physician care for low-income children. tax, although some Republicans would be To tea-party Republicans, like many satisfied with a gesture — cutting the taxes of Republicans of old, Medicaid is socialism higher-income people. A Republican chamat its worst, the giveaway established in pion of eliminating the tax said last week that the Medicare act of 1965 that created the it would require a little belt tightening here “culture of dependency.” Because they don’t and there, eliminating the waste and fraud, want to be seen as kicking grandma out of you see. Some would replace the income tax the nursing home, there are Republicans with a higher sales tax, but no Republican who defend Medicaid. Even Mitt Rom- will be caught voting for any tax next year. ney seemed to praise it in Monday night’s The sales tax has been riddled with so debate although he wants to dump it on many exemptions, the latest being Goverthe states. But not one Republican will vote nor Beebe’s groceries exemption, that the next year to levy a tax to maintain medical income tax now accounts for more than half services, as Huckabee did 10 years when the state’s general fund, which pays for pubMedicaid faced a similar crisis. They will lic education (including charter schools), colsay take the money from somewhere else; leges and universities, prisons, law enforcethe only prospect is education, and college ment and all the human services the state presidents are contemplating that scenario. provides for the needy and the unlucky. The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamThe good news: I am assured that there acare, will supply the state another $65 will be a half-dozen levelheaded Republimillion a year to cover part of the shortfall, cans in the new majority, enough to thwart but the Republican legislators and candi- the outright repeal of the income tax. So never fear. dates have for the most part said they would which McGovern used to perfection in crafting his 1972 nomination majority, created a system that enhanced the voice of rankand-file activists in the Democratic Party, to the detriment of party bosses like Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago. They ensured that traditional outsiders in politics would have an ongoing role in the party. In short, these new rules allowed two generations of traditional outsiders to find their political home in the Democratic Party not just as voters but as active players. It is not a stretch to argue that there would have been no President Barack Obama without the McGovern-Fraser reforms. Those measures said that everyone, including the most unlikely of candidates like Obama, had a place at the table in the party, and Obama’s campaign masterfully used the rules (over time slightly revised) in his historic 2008 nomination victory. Moreover, if Obama wins re-election on Nov. 6 it will be because of a “McGovern coalition” of women, young people, persons of color, and LGBT Americans that were dramatically outnumbered in 1972 but now, because of demographic change and political empowerment, are a potent combination of voters. Second, while fundamentally right on the issue of Vietnam, McGovern allowed his views on national defense to be caricatured by Nixon. In addition, as he later under-

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e’ve nudged a bit past the true midpoint of 2012, but on the heels of an idle weekend and with a slate of still-meaningful games ahead, Pearls looks back, then looks forward in its quasi-traditional and moderately derisive midseason review. Though John L. Smith might advise to the contrary, I suggest that you keep your excretory system at a moderate temperature. Offensive MVP: Cobi Hamilton. There have been times where Hamilton has looked detached, but who can blame him? He’s on pace to obliterate the single-season receiving yardage mark, and he took the single-game crown with a large effort in the shameful loss to Rutgers. He’s been the kind of upper-echelon target that everyone expected him to be, and has averaged more than six catches per game despite having those crosshairs on him and only scant support from fellow wideouts. Defensive MVP: Vacated. I guess. You might allow that Trey Flowers wins this honor by default, by virtue of 4.5 sacks and a signature effort in the Auburn win that may have recast the season’s trajectory. Flowers also hasn’t been consistent, but then again, he’s managed to achieve the seeming miracle of decent health. Alonzo Highsmith would’ve snatched this honor away but for — you guessed it — a seasonending foot injury. The defensive struggles this team has endured are overly documented but that doesn’t mean no one’s giving effort. It’s just impossible to identify a stalwart on this side of the ball, even with the discernible improvement against Auburn and Kentucky. Special Teams MVP: Dylan Breeding. With Zach Hocker having a down year in his field goal accuracy, and Dennis Johnson neutered by the awful new kickoff rule, the Hogs’ senior punter gets the nod for being at his best even as the rest of his unit has floundered at times. Breeding’s meteoric improvement from season to season is easily gauged in the numbers (46 yards per punt with three punts of more than 60 yards so far), but it’s not just the distance that he’s getting right. Placement has been mostly excellent as well, evidenced by the fact that no Razorback opponent has managed a punt return of longer than 18 yards. Best Moment: In a seven-game stretch where the good times have been sparse, the drive that may ultimately be a fulcrum on which the remainder of the season turned occurred in the second half against Auburn. The Tigers had finally shown a spark and drawn within 10-7, and the Hogs had been listless offensively for an extended period. The Razorbacks amped up the tempo on a five-play, 75-yard burst to reclaim

a 10-point edge, capped by Brandon Mitchell’s gadget touchdown toss to Javontee Herndon. Worst MoBEAU ment: Boy, oh WILCOX boy. Pearls needs a special edition for this one, though we’ll exclude any and all of Coach Smith’s absurdities to pare it down. The four-week stretch in September was as demoralizing as anything we Hog supporters have witnessed, but for my money, Tevin Mitchel’s frightening injury in the LouisianaMonroe game stood above (below?) all else. In the midst of a frustrating game spiraling out of the Razorbacks’ control, Mitchel left War Memorial Stadium on a cart. The life was sucked out of the fans at that moment, and it’s debatable as to whether it’s returned yet. Arkansas got out of the muck by beating hapless Auburn and somehow-possiblymore-hapless Kentucky, and the season and program is very much at a crossroads with Ole Miss visiting Little Rock this weekend. As mentioned here previously, a win against Ole Miss squares the record at 4-4, puts Arkansas above water in conference play, and gives this team urgency and fire for the final, grueling month. So much of the first few weeks of the season changed our collective outlook and sandbagged our hope, but as you watch LSU struggle to move the football and South Carolina get exposed, the sense that resurgence is a practical, attainable goal returns. Ole Miss is rallying under Hugh Freeze, but its three wins are marginal — the Rebs struggled to beat UCA and spanked Auburn, which obviously requires little exertion at this point. The Rebels arguably were best in two losses: covering the spread at Alabama, and then losing to Texas A&M after essentially dominating the Aggies for all but the last seven minutes. It will be the first few minutes on Saturday that will be telling. The Razorbacks will benefit from the return of tight end Chris Gragg, Mitchel is on the mend, and the running game has finally clicked as it did in a tardy fashion the past two years. Ole Miss yearns to prove that it’s on a faster track back to respectability than Arkansas, though, and has a quarterback that shows enough moxie to deliver. If Tyler Wilson outplays Bo Wallace, the Hogs win this game, pure and simple. Wilson has been steady and competent when healthy thus far, yet he’s not truly had that “senior moment” (in this case, very much a virtue) where he grasps a desperate team by its facemasks and pushes them toward checkmate.


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It’s not a conspiracy, it’s just a lie: John Wesley Hall notes a newspaper item from the crime beat, about a fellow who made a false report to the police: “ ‘Jones stated he was supposed to pick up his fiancé after she got off work and had lost track of time,’ police wrote. ‘When he realized he was extremely late, he conspired the story to cover up his indiscretions.’ ” Conspiring alone is like bowling alone, a departure from the norm. To conspire usually means “To plan together secretly to commit a crime or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action”: Rove’s henchmen conspired to keep black people from voting in Florida. One of the conspirators later ran for Congress in Arkansas. Ken Parker has been keeping up with the news also. He writes: “KTHV just reported on plans for funeralizing Arlen Specter. I don’t find funeralize in my dictionary.” It’s not in mine, either, and I hope to keep it out. If funeralize is here, can burialize be far behind? “College atrium reveres Sam Walton.” Can an atrium revere someone? That is, can an atrium “regard with awe, great

respect, or devotion”? I’d say no. Honors would fit. Peddle to the meddle: DOUG “Another fun SMITH event has just been added to the EurekaPalooza festival at Lake Leatherwood City Park. Bring your bicycles (or even unicycles) to Lake Leatherwood Ball Fields Sunday for some peddling fun.” “The Vatican on Tuesday sought to put the widening scandal over leaked documents into a different light … The so-called ‘Vatileaks’ scandal has tormented the Vatican for months.” Another pert journalistic coinage. I’d like to see “Octomom trapped in Carmageddon while Vatileaks worsens.” I’m a little surprised they didn’t call it Vatigate, though. For years after Watergate, every alleged scandal had “gate” tacked on the end. Remember UCAgate and Petrinogate? Maybe the Vatican demanded a different term for a faithbased scandal, the bishops finally starting to believe in the separation of church and state. That would be Dogmagate.


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DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK The Central Arkansas Library System and Moses Tucker Real Estate broke ground on The Arcade, a new mixed-use space on President Clinton Avenue that will, notably, include a restaurant, Cache, and a 325-seat theater space that will serve as a state-of-theart venue for year-round film screenings as well as other events. See more on page 39.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA A recent Talk Business/Hendrix College poll shows support dropping for the initiative to legalize medical use of marijuana with a doctor’s approval from a state-regulated dispensary. The Oct. 18 sounding showed respondents opposed to the measure 54-38, a marked change from 47-46 support in late July.

THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR Corndogs and classic rock drew the hordes. The 73rd State Fair drew 447,573 over its 10-day run, slightly more than last year. ARKANSAS WORKERS Things are getting better, though it grieves the Koch/Republican Party to say so, because they like bad things to happen to Arkansas and America. The September unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in Arkansas versus 7.3 in August and a full point lower than September 2011. The work force is almost 20,000 people larger than it was a year ago.

JOSH HASTINGS The Little Rock police officer was fired after internal investigations revealed serious misconduct. The reports, according to a letter to Hastings from Police Chief Stuart Thomas that Thomas released to the media, found that Hastings had failed to thoroughly check a grocery store after an alarm sounded and was untruthful during the investigation, and that he had violated rules on using deadly force in a fatal shooting on Aug. 12 at an apartment complex on West Markham of a youth fleeing in a car after a possible car burglary. Hastings is currently awaiting trial on a manslaughter charge for the shooting.


Trick or treating on Memory Lane IT’S HALLOWEEN TIME AGAIN, and The Observer is saddened to report that Junior — only 12, but already a hefty 5’10” — is finally too big for trick or treating, even if we could convince our headstrong ’tween to take such an indignity as doorto-door begging upon himself. Halloween has always been our favorite time of year, especially so after Junior was born. The Observer is something of a tinkerer and mad scientist, and we’ve built him some hum-dinger costumes over the years, including a paper mache round-dome diving helmet so he could go as “Junior Cousteau: Ocean Explorer” one year. Paired with a gray tracksuit and a faux weight belt, that baby scored Junior and his Wheelman a lot of candy that year: 6-year-old him bobbing along in the cool dark in his helmet, busily bankrupting the candy bowls of Ridgeway. Ah, memories. THE OBSERVER LOVES old timey stuff —

old timey cars, old timey books, old timey houses. We’re not personally old timey yet, but we feel that way sometimes. We particularly like old-timey stores, those places where you can get all the stuff you never quite knew you needed. If you’re in the market for an old-timey drugstore, check out Drug Emporium on Rodney Parham. Spouse has been a fan for years, and last weekend, we stopped in for something for her real quick and wound up staying for almost an hour until she finally dragged us out. We don’t do commercials in this space, but Yours Truly was honestly amazed with their selection. That amazement can be summed up in two words: mustache wax. Yes: mustache wax. If you’re dying to wax your mustache — to go Snidely Whiplash or Salvador Dali or just freestyle it — they’ve got tubes of mustache wax at Drug Emporium, each tube packaged with a tiny mustache comb. That’s just the tip of the weirdo-mercantile iceberg on display there: Shaving brushes, cakes of shaving soap and wooden shaving soap cups. Bottled kombucha mushroom tea. Frozen Indian food. Over a dozen varieties of steel-cut oatmeal. Bay Rum cologne. Over two

dozen varieties of crazy Dr. Bronner’s Soap with the weird little writing about the Apocalypse on the label. The biggest vitamin selection we’ve ever seen under one roof. Little foam jellybeans to keep your knees apart when you’re sleeping. A humongous organic food section (at prices that wouldn’t even get you in the door at Whole Foods). More. Just row on row of interesting stuff to look at, smell, and puzzle over. Maybe best of all, we discovered that Drug Emporium still has what appears to be one of the last surviving examples of the three-for-a-quarter, honor-box candy stands. The Observer loved those as a kid, always begging two bits out of Pa while shopping with the Parental Units at Safeway so we could buy root beer barrels, our hard candy favorite until that love affair came to an end over a shattered molar in our early 30s. On Saturday, we turned the corner at Drug Emporium and were suddenly back there again: 6 years old, standing with a quarter in our hand before that first hint that someone out there trusted me to do the right thing. The only difference was this one happened to be situated smack dab in the middle of the modern world, seems so obsessed with the idea that somebody is going to make off with something they shouldn’t have. No need to check out. No need to get a receipt and copy of the receipt to keep from setting off the alarm at the door. Just your own personal morality and sweet tooth. Plunk your quarter into the steel box with a lock on it and select your candy. Easy as pie. Praying for our fillings, we chewed Milk Maid caramels all the way out the door, marveling that our own childhood could be purchased so cheaply. THE OBSERVER’S HANDS-DOWN

favorite Democrat-Gazette headline of recent memory, from a story on the outdoors they ran last Saturday: “Moss Grows Where the Sun Don’t Shine.” Given that every comment we’ve thought of making right now sounds worse than the original headline, we’ll just leave it at that.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission may be nearing a decision on selection of a new director. Current director Loren Hitchcock has announced retirement plans (in part because of ongoing turmoil related KNOEDL to the Commission’s heavy involvement the Commission take in administrative affairs). Some 15 applicants were judged qualified for a further look in late July and a good source tells us that number has been winnowed down, with current Deputy Director Michael Knoedl being seen as a favorite of some commissioners. A decision could begin emerging from a personnel committee meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24, and a final decision Thursday, Oct. 25. But you never know. There’s some resistance to Knoedl among agency staff and others. There are reports, too, that Hitchcock would like to stay on. From here nothing is certain except that the constitutional amendment that supposedly took Game and Fish out of politics merely substituted politics of a different form.

Who’ll watch the books? We had to chuckle a little at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette endorsement of Republican Rep. Allen Kerr for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives. The endorsement wasn’t much of a surprise from a paper that favors Republicans, even though his Democratic opponent, Barbara Graves, has a strong record as a city director, a sterling record as a business operator and a reputation for doing her homework and straight shooting. No, what drew our attention was the D-G comment on Kerr’s crusade against public employees who qualify for public pensions and then go back to work at the same or similar jobs and legally draw two paychecks. The editorial referenced lesser legislators, the “live-for-per-diem types grabbing all the tax money they can get.” Per diem? Allen Kerr? Kerr is among the many legislators who blatantly ignored the Arkansas Constitution for years CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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Big brother on patrol LRPD license plate scanner raises privacy issues. BY DAVID KOON


he Little Rock Police Department now has a patrol car on the beat — with more soon to come — that reads every license plate it sees in real time, recording data on when and where the plate was seen. While the goal is to help officers spot plates associated with wanted cars, the system captures every plate it sees, and the data it collects can be stored and searched at a later date. With most of that data potentially accessible to both law enforcement and anyone who makes a Freedom of Information Act request about a specific plate number, the ability to store and cross-reference data on the movements of innocent citizens has privacy advocates up in arms about similar systems nationwide. Little Rock Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Cassandra Davis said the department currently has a license plate reader in one car, and said three more will soon hit the streets as new patrol cars are introduced. Built by a company called Pannin Technologies, the license plate reader costs around $14,000 per vehicle, and consists of two cameras that read any license plate that passes through the camera’s field of view. One camera is forward-facing to read plates on the roadway, while another points to the side to read plates in parking lots. “The date, time, LPN [license plate number] and GPS coordinates are stored each time a license plate is ‘read,’ ” Davis said in an e-mail exchange about the system. “Those ‘reads’ can be uploaded to a server and then [we can] search records if needed.” When a plate is captured by the system, Davis said, it’s compared to 144 databases, including a list of plate numbers associated with all known stolen vehicles in the U.S. — around 225,000 plates — downloaded each morning from the Arkansas Crime Information Center, plates associated with drivers who have local warrants, and “Be On The Lookout” alerts on recent crimes. If the system reads a plate that’s in the


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SKLAR: Has “very serious concerns.”

database, it will alert the officer. Davis said the first system was installed in March, but went through a configuration period for the first few months and wasn’t constantly in use. She said license plate information captured by the system is archived on a temporary server, which currently holds 27,405 records. The LRPD currently has no written policy on when data captured by the system should be deleted, but Davis said the national standard is to retain the information for three years. She said that if someone made an FOI request for data about a certain plate, the request would have to be reviewed by the city attorney, “as the data contains information that would not ordinarily be subject to FOI. The case might be that certain information would be redacted prior to release.” Bill Sadler, spokesman with the

Arkansas State Police, said the ASP tested a license plate scanning system in a cruiser for around three months earlier this year, but said the system “had quite a few technical problems” and was eventually returned. He said that system checked plates against a preloaded list of information on stolen vehicles, and didn’t capture and store information. A reporter for the Minneapolis StarTribune, for an Aug. 10 story on how license plate scanning systems can breach the privacy of people who’ve committed no crimes, made an FOIA request for records relating to Minneapolis Police Department patrol car scans of the plate on his private vehicle, and received a list of entries featuring dates, times, and GPS coordinates that detailed his daily movements to and from work and around Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Department retains the data from their license plate scanners for one year. Rita Sklar, executive director of ACLU of Arkansas, said she has “very serious concerns” about the use of license plate scanners. She said that while the scanners are a legitimate tool for narrowly focused law enforcement purposes such as identifying stolen vehicles or vehicles associated with crimes, the storing of information about the cars of private citizens who aren’t suspected of wrongdoing is troubling. She said the national ACLU has been involved in promoting legislation to limit the use of automatic license plate readers nationwide for that reason, and the Arkansas office might be interested in getting involved in promoting a similar measure here. “By collecting and storing information on all of us,” Sklar said, “it’s one step closer to a national database on all of our movements: what friends you go to see, what doctors, what events you take part in, what political events, what protests, what church you attend. It’s a terrible invasion of privacy that everyone should be concerned about.”





1. On Oct. 20, organizers held an event on top of Hot Springs Mountain that they hoped would draw up to 10,000 people, but which only drew 500. What was it? A) A secret ritual by local Republican/Neo-Confederate State Rep. Loy Mauch that hoped to resurrect and then reassassinate President Abraham Lincoln. B) An attempt at making the world’s largest pan of cornbread, which required a 1,200-pound skillet and 300 gallons of buttermilk to be helicoptered to the top of the mountain. C) An “om circle” which sought to magnify the gathering’s peaceful vibrations through the quartz crystal in the surrounding hills in order to fulfill a Native American prophecy. D) Jigglefest 2012, which bills itself as “The Ark-La-Tex’s Largest Annual Gathering of Plus-Size Nudists.” 2. While recently stumping for Republican Todd “Women Can’t Get Pregnant from Legitimate Rape” Akin in Missouri, former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee reportedly fired up the crowd to go vote for Akin by telling them something rather alarming. What was it? A) “I’m not going to hold a revolver to your head, but I could. I’m packing most of the time.” B) “You all have lovely pets. It would be a shame if something happened to them.” C) “I support Todd Akin not because he’s the smartest person in the world, but because I believe he’s the second-stupidest person in this race!” D) “Please don’t make me send the Young Republicans over to your house. They only believe in lower taxation, the corrective power of the free market, and pain.”

3. Speaking of Huckabees, following the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan — in which it was generally acknowledged that Biden mopped the floor with his opponent — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Biden had acted like ... A) “That creepy cousin your mom will never let you be alone with.” B) “Heavyweight champion Floyd ‘The Gentleman of Boxing’ Patterson.” C) “An obnoxious drunk.” D) “Janet.”

4. Not to toot our own horn, but the Arkansas Times is sponsoring a visit to Arkansas by The West Memphis Three’s Jason Baldwin on Dec. 12. Why is Baldwin coming to town? A) To prove he’s perfectly comfortable walking the streets of Arkansas while surrounded at all times by a dozen civil rights attorneys holding hands. B) West Memphis is beautiful this time of year. C) To participate in a panel discussion on cameras in the courtroom with “Devil’s Knot” author Mara Leveritt and “Paradise Lost” director Joe Berlinger at the Clinton School. D) Because he can.

A) Hoyle was arrested for filing a false police report in 1996 after he said five lawnmowers were stolen from his business. Police later found the mowers in his front yard. B) Hoyle was the inspiration for Matthew McConaughey’s character in the movie “Magic Mike.” C) Hoyle is an avid Radio Disney listener. D) A secret audio recording of Hoyle saying he doesn’t really care for the films of Ronald Reagan.

6. Judsonia native turned international pop music superstar Beth Ditto recently released her memoir “Coal to Diamonds.” What does she say was one of her dad’s favorite meals when she was a girl? A) Roasted pig ear, stuffed with mac and cheese. B) Boiled squirrel brains, sucked out through the nose. C) Deer testicle, served with a Vienna sausage and Thunderbird wine reduction. D) Goat kneecap sandwich.

ANSWERS: C; A; C and D; A; B

5. In the race for House District 69, a potentially embarrassing bit of information about Republican challenger Dwight Hoyle was recently revealed by Democrats. What was it?

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INSIDER, CONT. by taking compensation in excess of their constitutionally limited salary, currently $15,865. For four years, Kerr submitted undocumented claims for “office expenses” and also drew an unconstitutional monthly payment given to legislators who live close to the Capitol in lieu of the per diem given those who live more than 50 miles away. It adds up, to more than $26,000 on top of salary at the rate being paid in 2011. A lawsuit finally stopped the payroll padding, but not before Kerr had piled up more than $80,000 in payments no longer allowed. “Somebody needs to keep a sharp eye on the books,” wrote the D-G. Uh huh.

Hypocrisy watch, chapter II Here’s another Republican officeholder who’s better at telling others what to do than following his own advice. Lt. Gov. Mark Darr circulates a weekly column. This week, it focused on his fear that the U.S. was creeping DARR toward socialism. It was an exhortation about the current election. He wrote: “Too many people now think that it is the job of the government to provide whatever they need. Where has American optimism and individualism gone? Where is that sense of being independent and self-sufficient? Many of our neighbors do need help and I understand that. Many other Americans are simply losing hope. Thousands of people have left the workforce. Dependence on government social programs is skyrocketing.” Mark Darr lectures on independence at an awkward time. He was recently named in a foreclosure suit for falling behind on his home mortgage payments. He once owned a pizza parlor, but no more. His regular source of income is a government paycheck. That government employment in Arkansas comes with a good health insurance plan and a pension system, plus lots of days off. Republicans, too, have been resistant to proposals that would end lobbyist wining and dining of elected officials. Darr wrote a column against it, in fact. For someone preaching self-sufficiency and independence, Mark Darr sounds a whole lot more like that 47 percent Mitt Romney was overheard talking about.

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amily Council president Jerry Cox opposes the ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana. “It’s a family values issue,” he said. So, let’s talk medicine, marijuana — and, especially, family values. I began suffering undiagnosed leg pain in childhood. At 17, my doctor’s best advice was to take aspirin until my ears started ringing. I married, had two children, and started smoking marijuana when I returned to college in my 20s. To my surprise, the leg pain abated. I continued to smoke for almost 25 years, roughly a joint a day. As I never smoked in secret, I’m betting I’ve got a perspective on marijuana and family values that Mr. Cox does not. In our family, marijuana was treated as something like wine. I appreciated it as a spiritual, medicinal and occasional social blessing. It was not for children. It was to be used in moderation, not abused. From an early age, my daughter and son understood that there was risk in smoking marijuana, but that the risk arose not from the plant, but from the laws that made it illegal. I even grew a few plants and admired them all the more. But in 1996, when I began writing my first book about the criminal justice system, I decided the legal risks were too great. I quit marijuana. Cold turkey. No problem. Well, almost ... As a consequence of quitting, my old leg pain came back. I now take three prescription drugs at a cost, after insurance, of more than $300 per month. But hey! They’re legal. So that’s my criminal saga. What kind of example did it set for my children? I’ll say an honest one. It was not hypocritical, as our “war on drugs” has been. In our house, there was truth about drugs. We were serious but not hysterical. We used no broad brushes. Drugs, like everything from mushrooms to motorcycles, can range from safe to deadly. It depends how they are used. I felt I could protect my children more with candor than by serving them more of the rubbish our state and federal drug czars have been dishing out for years. My children saw me in many lights — some critical, I am sure. But they never saw me gripped by “reefer madness.” We ate meals together, read, worked hard and laughed often. They saw me pay bills, care for pets and pick up litter. They knew I was a criminal, but not much of one. And they turned out just fine. My daughter majored in philosophy and became a teacher. My son’s a linguist and

a lieutenant colonel. We remain very close. Neither of them smokes. Sixteen years ago, when I gave MARA up marijuana, I LEVERITT acknowledged my GUEST COLUMN law-breaking past in a column for the Arkansas Times. I pointed out that I’d been working as a reporter the whole time I’d smoked. Whatever my deficiencies, my brain was not obviously fried. Just from a taxpayer point of view, I asked, wasn’t it better that I was working and not prosecuted, imprisoned and then monitored on parole? All the same, I knew that I’d been lucky. In my years as a reporter, I’d come across many, many others, no more wicked than I, who were languishing behind bars. And I’d heard all the arguments. It was not so much the users, but that shady world of the growers and dealers that made marijuana so dangerous. OK. I agree. But who makes that world so shady? It’s our era’s Prohibitionists, sure as Capone shot up Chicago. The well-meaning people who criminalized marijuana created a needless but lucrative black market. By banning marijuana, the Prohibitionists made it dangerous. Worse, they assaulted our most fundamental “family values.” Because marijuana is illegal, thousands of moms and dads have been yanked out of families and sent to prison. Kids have been sent to foster homes. Parents — released, but with a record — have had to struggle to find work to support their fractured families. These are the “values” we’ve been practicing for decades — with heartbreaking results. Our laws are not working. They are not keeping marijuana out of communities. They can’t even keep it out of prisons. What our laws are doing instead is making communities more crime-ridden, families more broken, children poorer and more cynical of government. Nobody believes the weary lies anymore about how dangerous this evernewer, “more potent” marijuana is. To the contrary, many believe that marijuana may, in fact, be beneficial in ways that other medicines are not. Count me among those. Demonizing marijuana is like demonizing beer. I’m sure that, like beer, marijuana will someday be legal. Meantime, why deny its comfort to those it might relieve? Where’s the value in that?




hite Water Tavern continues its unbroken reign as the people’s champ in our annual readers’ poll of booze. The storied dive bar was voted Best Bar, Best Bar for Live Music, Best Dive Bar and runner-up for best bartender (for co-owner Matt White), Best Pick-Up Bar and Best Bar for Food, all of which makes it the most broadly popular bar in town, according to our readers. Meanwhile, another regular Toast of the Town winner, the Capital Bar & Grill, racked up three firsts and one runner-up prize. What’s its appeal? It’s one of the go-to places for hard-to-find spirits, David Koon reports. Lindsey Millar drops by Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge, another readers’ favorite, and somehow doesn’t come back reeking of smoke. Michael Roberts finds that the innovation of Vino’s Brew Pub brewmaster, Josiah Moody, is separating the brewpub from the craft beer pack. Speaking of craft beer, there will be a celebration of suds at the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival, presented Nov. 2 by the Argenta Arts District. It will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Argenta Farmer’s Market grounds at Sixth and Main streets. Funkanites, The Salty Dogs and Weakness for Blondes will perform, and Argenta restaurants Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Cornerstone Pub & Grill and Reno’s Argenta Cafe will serve food. Tickets are $35 via arktimes. com/craftbeerfest, or $40 at the door if still available. See page 21 for profiles of the more than 30 breweries that are participating.



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White Water Tavern RUNNERS-UP: Capital Bar & Grill, Dugan’s Pub, Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge



White Water Tavern RUNNERS-UP: Stickyz Rock-n-Roll Chicken Shack, Revolution, Afterthought

Veo Tyson at SO Restaurant-Bar RUNNERS-UP: Julianna Garner at The Hillcrest Fountain, Spencer Jansen at Capital Bar and Grill, Matt White at White Water Tavern

BEST WINE BAR Crush Wine Bar RUNNERS-UP: By the Glass, Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar, Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge


RUNNERS-UP: Gusano’s Pizza, West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Big Whiskey’s American Bar and Grill


RUNNERS-UP: Missy Kitty’s, Trax


BEST DIVE BAR White Water Tavern RUNNERS-UP: Midtown Billiards, Town Pump, Pizza D’Action

BEST HOTEL BAR Capital Bar & Grill RUNNERS-UP: Mallards Bar, Embassy Suites (WLR), Bogie’s Nightclub

BEST BAR FOR POOL, DARTS, SHUFFLEBOARD AND OTHER GAMES The Hillcrest Fountain RUNNERS-UP: Town Pump, West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Zack’s Place

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varieties including a porter, lager and black and tan. WHERE CAN I TRY IT? Put that hammer down and give it hell to Memphis and points east, son. The shelves are apparently awash in Yuengling there.

WHAT IS IT? Abita Strawberry Harvest WHO MAKES IT? Abita Brewing Co. of Abita Springs, La.



WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? One of Abita’s

Seeking out the rarest booze in Central Arkansas that ain’t wine or scotch.


ruffles aren’t really that good, you know. They just taste better because some Frenchman’s pig had to be talked into sniffing them up in the middle of nowhere, and it’s hard to talk a pig into doing anything. People love rarity. Ditto on rare cars, rare comic books, rare baseball cards, rare anything. It’s all neat to have, but when you get right down to it, nobody wants Superman No. 1 because of its riveting storyline. People want it because every other guy on the block can’t have it. Which brings us to rare hooch. In Central Arkansas, because of a number of factors — from seasonal offerings, to small-batch craft beers, to persnickety Arkansas liquor laws that only allow one distributor to handle each brand — there are some things that you’re just not going to find with any regularity in your corner package store. With that in mind, here are a few of the rarities


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that probably aren’t coming soon to a liquor cabinet near you.

WHAT IS IT? Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon WHO MAKES IT? Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Frankfort, Ky. WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve — named after the long-gone father of the current owner of Kentucky’s Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and available in 15-year, 20-year and 23-year-old varieties — is consistently ranked as one of the best whiskeys in the world. It’s crazy rare, with very low production numbers and a rabid online following of fans who trade leads about availability and are willing to drive hundreds of miles on a “might have.” Only a few bottles make it into Arkansas every year, and those that do get snapped up quickly by collectors and whiskey geeks. If you ever see a bottle anywhere, wrestle it away

from the guy next to you and stash it back for a bender on your deathbed. WHERE CAN I TRY IT? One of the very few reliable hookups for a glass of Pappy Van Winkle’s is at the Capital Bar and Grill, but even they sometimes run dry.

WHAT IS IT? Yuengling beers WHO MAKES IT? Yuengling Beer Co. of Pottsville, Penn.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? Yuengling is distributed widely, but only east of the Mississippi. Out here in flyover country, we’re a Yuengling wasteland, with Arkansas devotees forced to stop for a case or two anytime they’re on the far side of Old Man River and then — in the grand tradition of Coors and “Smokey and the Bandit” — truck the suds back to their home base in Arkansas while being relentlessly pursued by Jackie Gleason. Beyond the rarity-fueled covet bump, though, it’s apparently pretty standard stuff, coming in seven

three “harvest beers,” Abita Strawberry Harvest is a pilsner to which fresh Louisiana strawberry juice is added after the filtration process, giving it a sweet flavor. It’s a seasonal offering, and like most seasonals, it’s a limited edition. John Crow, the owner of 107 Liquor in Sherwood, said Strawberry Harvest has been made even more rare in recent years due to Abita’s “tenuous relationship” with its Arkansas distributor, Glazer’s, so that Abita sends only a smidgen of the coveted springtime brew to Arkansas (it’s fairly easy to get in other places when it’s in season, he said, noting that he got his first taste at a friend’s house in Los Angeles). The local rarity in the state never fails to set off a phone-tag scramble among beer fans when it’s released. WHERE CAN I TRY IT? Unless you’ve got a generous friend with a Strawberry Harvest tucked in the back of the fridge, better luck next year. This year’s small allocation to Arkansas liquor stores disappeared about the time the regional strawberries did.

WHAT IS IT? Rock Hopera Imperial IPA WHO MAKES IT? Vino’s Brewpub in Little Rock (or at least they do sometimes). WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? Available irregularly, only at Vino’s, and only served in very limited quantities when it has been available in the past, Vino’s Rock Hopera Imperial IPA — developed by former Vino’s brewmaster Bill Riffle — won a gold medal in 2008 at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado and has since developed a near-mythical reputation among local beer fans, scoring a 92 out of 100 on the website “John the Beer Snob” Wells, who runs the beergeek newsletter “The Official Size & Weight E-beer E-news E-mail” from CONTINUED ON PAGE 18




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sked if the “cigar bar” name is a stigma to overcome, Michael Peace, owner and general manager of Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge, doesn’t hesitate to say yes. “I’ve heard several times from people I meet and tell about Maduro, ‘Best of luck. I don’t know if I’ll be there.’ ” Nonetheless, he contends that Maduro is for everyone. For non-cigar smokers, the argument goes like this: The location, at 109 Main St., just west of the River Market, is prime. The atmosphere is, as Peace bills it, “classy, but relaxed.” (The name “Maduro” is supposed to convey that sense. Maduro is a type of cigar wrapper that’s been aged longer than others. “Loosely it translates into mature and ripe and aged,” Peace said. “That’s kind of the look and feel we’re going for here — sophisticated but still to where you can come in and let loose and have a good time.”) Puffy brown leather chairs (the executive’s La-Z-Boy), couches and bar chairs are everywhere. The walls are painted red, which if you put any stock in color theory, makes things livelier. Peace ranks his cocktail menu

and selection as the best or second best (behind the Capital Bar & Grill down the street) in town, and he has a strong case. He’s got it all, but Maduro does brown liquor especially well, with around 30 varieties of rum, Scotch, dark tequila and whisky. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bar with better well drinks (they’re typically the cheapest brands the bar carries) — Famous Grouse Scotch, Finlandia Vodka, Flor de Cana Rum, Four Roses Bourbon, Lunazul Tequila, New Amsterdam Gin — which he offers for $4 during daily happy hour from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The cocktail menu, nearly all of which was created by Peace, also impresses. We feared the Encantos, a drink Peace recommended made of rye whiskey, a sweet vanilla and citrus-y liqueur, sweet vermouth and a dash of cherry bitters, would taste cloyingly sweet, but it was subtle in the best way. And the smoke? “I guess it depends on the day or time you come in,” Peace said. “If you come in on a time like a Monday night or Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, you’re not going to get so much of the smoke. If you come in CONTINUED ON PAGE 33

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his website, said that part of the reason Rock Hopera is rare is because it’s a very labor-intensive brew, requiring “multiple, multiple, multiple” batches of soaked grain at carefully controlled temperatures to make one batch of beer. “You just have to know somebody to know when they’re going to break out one of those casks,” Wells said. “They serve it in tiny little glasses. They don’t even let you have a full serving of it.” WHERE CAN I TRY IT? Good luck with that. Wells said they’ve served Rock Hopera very rarely at Vino’s in the past, with no warning that they’re pouring other than word-of-mouth. When he hears it’s going to be available, he’ll usually alert the subscribers to his newsletter.

WHAT IS IT? Goose Island Bourbon County Stout WHO MAKES IT? Goose Island Beer Co. of Chicago.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? A very low-production series of specialty brews that also happen to be consistently ranked as some of the best in America, Goose Island’s Bourbon County beers — stout, coffee and bramble rye — are all coveted, but it’s the stout that’s legendary enough in beergeek circles that it’s often referred to as just “BCS.” Bourbon County Stout was one of the first craft beers to be aged in used whiskey barrels, a technique that lends both a storied flavor and an alcohol content of 15 percent by volume. Scoring a bottle has become job one for many local collectors, but availability is so limited that’s just a dream for even some of the most dedicated. Bryce Nall with Goose Island distributor Golden Eagle said that only five cases of Bourbon County Stout made it to Arkansas this year — a number so low that Golden Eagle decided to reserve what they received solely for tastings and special events.

WHERE CAN I TRY IT? Nall said Golden Eagle will be bringing its remaining bottles of Bourbon County Stout to the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival, so you might get a sip there. Either that, or just be patient. According to a recent story in the Chicago Tribune, Goose Island has ramped up production of its Bourbon County Stout fivefold this year. WHAT IS IT? Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale WHO MAKES IT? Rogue Ales of Newport, Ore. WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? From time to time, there are limited-edition novelty beers that just get casual hopsheads buzzing, and that appears to be the case with Rogue’s Bacon Maple Ale, the company’s brew-homage to one of the favorites at Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut chain. It is — you guessed it — a brown ale infused with the flavors of apple-

wood-smoked bacon and maple syrup, a pairing that sounds about as appetizing to the author as drinking a glass of Bud Light through a hollowed-out Slim Jim while simultaneously sucking on a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Nonetheless, local beer-hipsters have been scrambling after every last bottle of the stuff in recent weeks. WHERE CAN I TRY IT? Local liquor stores were allocated only a very small quantity of Bacon Maple Ale, which sold out quickly at the more popular stores. You can still find a bottle or two kicking around at some of the smaller stores, however. Just look for the bright pink bottle. John Crow at 107 Liquor said he had one bottle left, for instance, for $13 bucks and change. Don’t bother calling, though. If one of our proofreaders hasn’t already driven to Sherwood with sweaty palms to snap it up, somebody who read this before you surely has. You snooze, you lose.

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lear your calendar, beer lovers. On Nov. 2, the Arkansas Times and the Argenta Arts District present the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival. It will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Argenta Farmer’s Market lot at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock (or at Dickey-Stephens if it’s raining). Tickets are $35 via or $40 at the door if still available. Below, find short profiles of each of the 31 participating breweries, and see pages 30 and 31 for a handy checklist of all of the brews they’re planning on bringing.


ANCHOR BREWING Certainly one of the oldest brewers at the festival (founded 1896), San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing is probably best known for its Anchor Steam Beer, a highly effervescent, extremely drinkable beer. But Anchor makes several other excellent brews, including Anchor Liberty, Porter and Small (a low-alcohol beer made from “second runnings” of a stronger beer mash), all of which will be on tap Nov. 2. RB

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BLUE MOON Born in Denver in 1995 and purchased by Coors, Blue Moon’s reach is now pervasive, found seemingly everywhere but in playground water fountains. These guys are big now, but they came up the right way: Blue Moon’s head brewmaster and founder has a Ph.D. in brewing from the University of Brussels. SE.

THE BOSTON BEER CO. As the fifth-largest brewing company in the country, Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams is the Target store of American craft brews: wide-ranging and presentable, with a veneer of middlebrow pretense. On tap from Massachusetts at the festival will be the delectable Winter Lager and three you probably haven’t tried: the stiff, malty New World; the “wine-like” Stony Brook Red and the oaky/raisin-y Thirteenth Hour. SE

BREWERY OMMEGANG From the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (that’d be Cooperstown, N.Y.) comes Brewery

Ommegang, the only American brewer that exclusively makes Belgian-style ales. That might sound like a niche focus, but Belgium has one of the richest and most diverse brewing traditions in the world, thanks in large part to centuries of beerloving monks doing God’s work on Earth. Ommegang’s devotion to doing things the right way speaks to the brewery’s level of commitment to delicious beer. The folks from Ommegang will be pouring their Abbey, BPA, Hennepin and Three Philosophers ales. RB

GOOSE ISLAND The brewery is the pride of Chicago’s North Side, just within staggering distance of Wrigley Field. These guys are bringing the full band: Honker’s Ale, Mild Winter, India Pale Ale, the Belgian-style Pere Jacques, Matilda and the coveted Bourbon County Stout, of which the brewery makes this enticing claim: “One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.” Read more about the Bourbon County Stout on page 15. SE

HENRY WEINHARD’S A brand new entry into the national beer market, this brewery traces its roots back its namesake, a German immigrant who settled in

Portland in the 1860s, started a brewery and once offered to pump beer through a city fountain (the city declined, the story goes, for fear of rowdy horses). MillerCoors now owns the 150-yearold brand, and last month started introducing it to markets across the country. At the festival, they’ll be pouring their Private Reserve, Redwood Flats Amber and Woodlands Pass IPA. LM

does end up landing on its feet with a good balance of malt base and hop suppression. The choppy, craggy hoppiness will be appreciated by veteran hopheads.” They’ll be pouring that brew, along with Anubis Coffee Porter, CSB ESB, Dogfather Imperial Stout, Dogzilla Black IPA, Huckleberry Cream Ale, Rocket Dog Rye and Sneaky Pete IPA. RB

JACOB LEINENKUGEL BREWING CO. The Wisconsin-made keg-filler college students get when they’re willing to shell out a couple of bucks more than the Bud/Miller fare so they can actually taste their beer. The Sunset Wheat, Berry Weiss, Lemon Berry Shandy and possibly the Fireside Nut Brown Ale will be representing. SE

NEW BELGIUM New Belgium was one of the earlier arrivals on the craft beer scene in Arkansas and also one of the most highly anticipated. About 15 years ago, a friend, just back from a trip to Colorado, was breathless over this beer called Fat Tire. “It’s the best beer I’ve ever had,” he said, going on and on about its delicious caramel flavor and general amazingness. And while it would still be a few years before the rest of the state got to try it, Fat Tire did live up to the hype, which had grown considerably by that point. New Belgium is now one of the biggest craft brewers in the country, with a huge, diverse lineup of brews. It will be pouring its Peach Porch Lounger, Snow Day and Shift Pale Lager. RB

LAUGHING DOG Laughing Dog, out of Ponderay, Idaho, got started back in aught-five. So while it’s not the oldest brewery in the festival lineup, it does offer a big selection of brews, including The Alpha Dog — billed as one of the hoppiest beers ever made, describe thusly by Beer Advocate: “Crazy ... crazy flavors here. Not the most together DIPA [Double India Pale Ale], but it

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REDHOOK ALE BREWERY This Seattle-based purveyor of accessible craft beers has been around for more than 30 years. Its ESB (Extra Special Bitter) has been in production for a quarter-century; the brewery will also bring its IPA and its Pilsner. Nothing complicated here, just long-respected standards. With Widmer Bros., part of the Craft Brew Alliance. SE

Stout and Torpedo Extra IPA, as well as its seasonal Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale. SE

WIDMER BROS. Representing all that is carbonated and hoppy about Portland, Ore., since 1984 is this mature microbrewery that now trades on the NASDAQ (symbol: BREW) as part of the Craft Brewers Alliance, along with Red Hook. It’s bringing its flagship Hefeweizen and Drifter Pale Ale, as well as two of its gluten-free Omission beers, the Lager and the Pale Ale. That fact will come as delightful news to anyone suffering from the chronic beerstarvation that accompanies celiac disease, which afflicts Widmer Bros. CEO Terry Michaelson and a million other Americans. In honor of Omission, Portland Mayor Sam Adams (yes, really) declared a “Gluten-Free Beer Day” there in May. SE




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SHOCK TOP BREWING CO. This is one of the cottage brands within the AnheuserBusch empire. Your bartender will tend to serve its spicy Belgian-style wheat with a slice of orange on the rim because, you know, scurvy. Taste the Belgian White side-by-side with Blue Moon’s to determine macrobrewery wheat beer supremacy, then move onto the Raspberry Wheat, the Wheat IPA, the Lemon Shandy and the Midnight Wheat, which includes chocolate malt and chiles. SE

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SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. The California granddaddy of craft brews began at a time (the late ’70s) when the entire United States supported fewer than 100 breweries. Now the second-largest craft brewer in the country, after Samuel Adams, its iconic Pale Ale is coming; so are its Kellerweis,

ABITA Based just north of New Orleans, in Abita Springs, La., Abita Brewing Co. has long been a favorite among Natural State beer-lovers. Its Purple Haze is ubiquitous ’round these parts, and it will be pouring that brew, as well as its crisp Amber, Jockamo IPA and Restoration Pale Ale. RB

BOULEVARD As the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Boulevard is Kansas City’s answer to Samuel Adams and a major craft brew pipeline to Arkansas. Expect to encounter its standby Unfiltered Wheat and 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat as well as brews from its “esoteric” Smokestack Series: the Sixth Glass, Double Wide IPA and Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. SE



(and winery) is straight outta Ste. Genevieve, the oldest city in Missouri and the point where the Ozarks make the prudent decision not to venture onto Illinois. The family that runs Charleville also built a bed and breakfast on their property; this is indeed a microbrewery, and one run by people who know from right living. They’re bringing their punny, warm-weather HalfWit Wheat (a hybrid American Wheat and Belgian Wit) and their Hoptimistic IPA (which promises a grapefruity citrus aspect with a dry finish). You better get it here unless you’re going to be in the central Midwest any time soon: Charleville is on tap around St. Louis and is in packages around southeastern Missouri and in Illinois, but that’s about as far as they go for now. SE

CHOC BEER When you read “since 1919” on the Choc logo, and recall that Oklahoma wasn’t even a state until 1907, and that our panhandled neighbor to the west extended its Prohibition until 1958, well, you figure this is a brew with some stories to tell. The Krebs Brewing Co., nestled in the hamlet of Krebs two hours southwest of Fort Smith, traces the recipe for its flagship 1919 brew to old Choctaw nation recipes the founder, Pete Prichard, brewed in his bathtub and served at his restaurant. “Of course,” the brewery notes, “this entire process was illegal.” Well, not any more, clearly; after a hiatus, the brewery fired up again in 1995 and set about crafting award-winning beers. Get started with the 1919, an unfiltered American wheat, then advance to the OPA (that would be an Oklahoma Pale Ale), the Winter Stout and the Signature Dubbel, redolent of “dark fruits.” SE

CROWN VALLEY This craft brewery/ distillery from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., is bringing the house: Five beers and a cider, covering the gamut of tastes. The crowdsource at Beer Advocate regards the Big Bison Ale, a 6.9 percent alcohol by volume “ruby red” Belgian dubbel,

as the top of the bunch. Also along for the ride will be the Farmhouse Lager, the Plowboy Porter (gets “butterscotch” and “smoky black licorice” comparisons) and the 60 IBU (International Bittering Units), hops-laden Wooden Nickel IPA. Also coming are the Country Carriage Cider and a seasonal that’ll just have to surprise you. SE

MARSHALL BREWING Naturally, when you think of great beer, you think of Tulsa. No, wait. Normally when you think of Tulsa, you think of the low-alcohol-content laws prompting thirsty Oklahomans to consume entire cases of watered-down Bud and Coors in pursuit of a vague buzz. Enter Eric Marshall, a fourth-generation Tulsan who learned brewing in Munich and fired up his eponymous microbrewery, Tulsa’s first, in 2008. Making the trip to Little Rock will be Marshall’s Atlas IPA, a 6.5 percent ABV ale with “a malty backbone”; Sundown Wheat (barley, flaked oats, coriander, oranges), the German-style lager Old Pavilion Pilsner and the English/Irishstyle McNellie’s Pub Ale. SE

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PINEY RIVER Not terribly far from our own Big Piney Creek, this brewery hails from Bucyrus, Mo., about two hours through the Ozarks from Mountain Home. Joleen and Brian Durham — who founded the brewery in 2010 and now run it out of a restored, 70-year-old barn — will be representing the brewery themselves at the festival. They’re bringing their Black Walnut Wheat, Old Tom Porter, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale and Missouri Mule Pale Ale. The brewery is young, small, based in the Ozarks and in true float-trip-friendly fashion, it cans (rather than bottles) its beers, carrying a printed reminder to “Pack it in. Pack it out. Enjoy nature.” Piney River is new to Arkansas but should have no trouble fitting right in. SE CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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SCHLAFLY The largest craft brewery in St. Louis by a wide margin, the St. Louis Brewery keeps its Schlafly brand of beers straightforward: Pale Ale, Dry Hopped IPA, a Kolsch, Coffee Stout, and for the fans of Belgianstyles, Grand Cru and Quadrupel. The 21-year-old brewery (proudly Missouri’s first new brewpub after Prohibition, once Missouri lawmakers in 1990 allowed microbreweries) could be considered a cross-state rival of Kansas City’s Boulevard. Also, since Anheuser-Busch fell into the hands of Belgians and Brazilians, it’s the largest ’murican-owned brewery in St. Louis. From pioneers to patriots, these fellows. SE

Arkansas brewery through Arkansasonly beers such as the Hookslide Ale brewed for the Arkansas Travelers and its upcoming Ray’s Honey Rye made with Arkansas honey, which brew master Josh Quattlebaum says should be out later this month. Boscos holds special “cask nights” every third Thursday of the month, where it serves cask-conditioned ale, and the restaurant has plans for a mug club starting in November. Quattlebaum’s beer has

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TALLGRASS BREWING CO. It’s one of the more recent craft beer brewers to arrive in Arkansas. The Manhattan, Kan., brewery’s brightly colored, visually appealing cans started showing up on liquor store shelves last year with attention-grabbing names like “8-Bit Pale Ale,” “Buffalo Sweat Stout,” and “Velvet Rooster.” And yes, you read correctly: most Tallgrass brews come in 16-oz. cans, which founder and brewmaster Jeff Gill makes a great case for based on environmental impact and convenience, as well as the everimportant blocking-out-the-light angle. “Think of them as little recyclable kegs that can fit in a backpack,” he writes. Sounds great to us. Gill and brewer Andrew Hood will be pouring the three beers mentioned above, as well as their Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat, IPA and Oasis. RB

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CORE BREWING & DISTILLING CO. Drawing on two decades of experience in brewing, brewmaster and seventhgeneration Arkansan Jesse Core has been operating Core Brewing in Springdale since 2010. In addition to the stock ESB, Kolsch, and Oatmeal Stout brews, Core has several other beers in rotation including the Golden Ale, Robust Porter and Arkansas’ only barley wine. Core Brewing is expanding production, with a new four-unit, 20-barrel setup going online in November, and its beer is found at several of Northwest Arkansas’s better restaurants like Hog Haus, Tusk and Trotter, Kingfish, Brewski’s Draft Emporium and Greenhouse Grille, with Core also serving as the brewmaster at Hog Haus Brewing in Fayetteville. MR

DIAMOND BEAR BREWERY Russ Melton and crew have been brewing beer in Little Rock since 2000, but it’s really been since 2006 (the year they began bottling their beer in Little Rock) that they’ve become a quality craft brewery and one we’ve come to enjoy a great deal. Brewmaster Josh Melton is in charge of producing Diamond Bear’s beers, from the Pale Ale that won gold at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival to newer brews like the summery Strawberry Blonde that debuted last year. Diamond Bear is available at liquor stores and restaurants across the Natural State, and the brewery operates a small taproom at its 323C Cross St. location in Little


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Rock. Notable for being the only retail location in the capital city to sell bottled beer on Sundays, Diamond Bear also offers tours Friday through Sunday at 3 p.m. for $7, a price that includes a pint glass. MR

FOSSIL COVE The latest addition to Northwest Arkansas’s growing craft beer scene opened this summer in Fayetteville. After a stint working at Silverton Brewing Co. in Silverton, Colo., and completion of a six-month brewmaster course at the University of California at Davis, Ben Mills returned home and opened Fossil Cove. The microbrewery offers about five beers at a given time, including its flagship Paleoale, which is an American pale ale, and Belgian Brown, a brown beer with a touch of coriander for a bit of extra character. Mills sells to nine restaurants and offers pints and to-go growlers from Fossil Cove’s taproom. The latest seasonal beer is a Pumpkin Ale. Some larger fermenters are in the works for later this month, which will allow Mills to sell more beer and possibly bottle some as well. They’ll be pouring the Paleoale and Belgian Brown. RB

HOG HAUS Kari Larson and Julie Sill were already well known in the Fayetteville dining scene as the owners of the popular Common Grounds coffee house on Dickson Street before they renovated and re-opened the restaurant and brew pub formerly known as the Ozark Brewing Co., serving up hand-crafted beers from brewmaster Jesse Core in addition to a selection of other imported and domestic beers. In addition to the beer, Hog Haus boasts an executive chef, Eric Lea, who previously worked for Ozark Brewing and James at the Mill. Hog Haus also offers an exclusive beer club. MR

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SADDLEBOCK At barely a month old, Springdale’s Saddlebock Brewing is the newest brewery to come online in Arkansas, but its beer is already available in locations from Fayetteville to Eureka Springs. Saddlebock brews classic-style beers such as American Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Dukelweizen and a Kolsch-inspired Dirty Blonde. Saddlebock’s brewery was designed with the environment in mind, with a gravity-fed delivery system sending its grain to the brewing system and into the cellar tanks, and skylights to eliminate need for most electric lighting and heat during the day. Like most Arkansas craft brewers, brew master Steve Rehbock began making beer out of disgust at the state of American beer, going from home brewing to creating kits for others to finally founding Saddlebock. MR


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Vino’s builds on tradition with innovation.



tepping into Vino’s, there’s the clank of the door’s rigged counterweight on a chain, the rich smell of pizza, and a varied soundtrack that ranges from The Kinks to Black Sabbath with every stop in between. It’s an eclectic and electric place, mixing guys in suits from the downtown offices for lunch, families in for a slice or calzone, and hipster kids waiting on the night’s band to start their sound check and get the evening’s festivities going. Just off the main dining room, though, the scents change from baking dough and melted cheese into something richer and warmer — the heady smell of barley malt coming from the small-but-effective brewing tanks of Little Rock’s longest-running brew pub. While Vino’s has been a respected name in Little Rock and wider craft beer circles for a while — then-head brewer Bill Riffle notably managed a gold medal win at the Great American Beer Festival in 2008 for an imperial red ale — it’s really been since brewmaster Josiah Moody took over in November 2011 that the beer has gone from solid to spectacular. Moody is an experimental and enthusiastic brewer, and while Vino’s


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is his first professional brewing job, he’s been an avid home brewer for more than five years. Vino’s is a small operation in size, capable of brewing only three and a half barrels (or seven kegs) of beer at a time, but Moody says that the pub is on track to turn out more than 15,500 gallons of beer this year, an amount that Moody says makes him “push that little brewhouse to its limit.” Moody has kept many of the beers that long-time brewer Riffle made so popular at Vino’s, but he hasn’t limited himself to someone else’s recipes. Within the past year, Moody’s own creations have started hitting the taps at Vino’s, including the crisp, hoppy Kolsch .45, the Rock Island Steam (which he rates as his favorite beer to drink) and the Saison du Roche, the first beer in the saison style to ever be commercially brewed in Little Rock. The saison in particular, a style known for using wild yeast strains and producing flavors that beer-lovers refer to as “funky” (but in a good way), is not only a shining example of Moody’s inventiveness and ambition but also indicative of his skill at turning out a balanced, wellflavored brew. “For most of those beers, I haven’t even attempted to home-brew

first,” Moody says, “so for every one of those, I have that moment of ‘What if no one likes it?’ It’s always a very rewarding feeling when those ‘babies’ are wellreceived.” Moody enjoys being a part of Vino’s history. Its tradition motivates him to create quality beers, and says “the more I worry about the quality and consistency of the beer coming out, the Vino’s ‘perception’ will just take care of itself.” To this end, Moody has begun cask-conditioning some of his beers, a process that is unique to Vino’s among commercial producers in Arkansas. The process is a labor-intensive one, involving taking almost-fermented beer, transferring it to a hand-cleaned and sterilized keg, and then adding extra fermentable sugars and various other ingredients to change the flavor of the beer. For a keg of Saison du Roche, Moody added crushed peppercorns and extra hops, tweaking the flavor profile of a beer that was already experimental, and like most of Moody’s brews, it sold out within days. These new brews coming from an old favorite mark just another part of the growing craft beer scene in Arkansas. Long seen as a beer backwater, the

state is finally catching up in terms of scope and quality, and it’s the dedication to craft of people like Josiah Moody that is leading the charge. Ten years ago, an Arkansas-brewed saison, hefeweizen, or cask-conditioned stout would have been the stuff of beer lovers’ dreams. Today, it’s available for less than five bucks a pint with some of the tastiest pizza in town. As American tastes in beer change, with craft beer being the biggest growth sector in the market, people who have had a long-abiding love of hand-crafting beer are finding a market, introducing the thirsty masses to styles and tastes previously unknown from local sources. Moody wants to expand Vino’s brewing capabilities, something that may prove difficult in the confines of the 1909 building that houses the restaurant. He views Vino’s as “one of the only places where a brewer is given freedom to try new things,” and it seems those new things are working well. What would he say to people who haven’t tried the beer at Vino’s during his tenure? That while the pub still offers its great regular beers and seasonals, “there is a new brewer who is trying to experiment and innovate, and I hope that folks join me for this journey.”



The Arkansas Times is proud to present Central Arkansas’s first craft beer festival. Tear this spread out and use it to plot your course for sampling some of the 150 beers from more than 30 local and national breweries to be represented in Argenta. National, regional and local breweries will each be grouped together in three tents.

NATIONAL Anchor Brewing Co. ❑ Anchor Liberty______________________________________ ❑ Anchor Porter_______________________________________ ❑ Anchor Small_______________________________________ ❑ Anchor Steam_ _____________________________________ Blue Moon Brewery ❑ Belgian White_______________________________________ ❑ Winter Abby Ale_____________________________________ Brewery Ommegang ❑ Abbey______________________________________________ ❑ BPA________________________________________________ ❑ Hennepin___________________________________________ ❑ Three Philosophers_ ________________________________ The Boston Beer Co. ❑ Samuel Adams New World___________________________ ❑ Samuel Adams Stony Brook__________________________ ❑ Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour______________________ ❑ Samuel Adams Winter Lager_________________________ Goose Island ❑ Bourbon County Stout_______________________________ ❑ Honker’s Ale________________________________________ ❑ India Pale Ale_______________________________________ ❑ Matilda_____________________________________________ ❑ Mild Winter_________________________________________ ❑ Pere Jacques_______________________________________ Henry Weinhard’s ❑ Private Reserve_____________________________________ ❑ Redwood Flats Amber Ale____________________________ ❑ Woodlands Pass IPA_ _______________________________ Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. ❑ Lemon Berry Shandy________________________________ ❑ Snowdrift Vanilla Porter_____________________________ ❑ Sunset Wheat_ _____________________________________


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Laughing Dog ❑ Alpha Dog IPA_ _____________________________________ ❑ Anubis Coffee Porter________________________________ ❑ CSB________________________________________________ ❑ The Dogfather______________________________________ ❑ Dogzilla IPA_________________________________________ ❑ Huckleberry Cream Ale______________________________ ❑ Rocket Dog Rye_____________________________________ ❑ Sneaky Pete IPA____________________________________

Widmer Brothers Brewery ❑ Drifter Pale Ale_____________________________________ ❑ Hefeweizen_________________________________________ ❑ Omission Lager_____________________________________ ❑ Omission Pale Ale___________________________________

REGIONAL Abita Brewing Co. ❑ Amber______________________________________________ ❑ Jockamo IPA_ ______________________________________ ❑ Purple Haze_ _______________________________________ ❑ Restoration Pale Ale_________________________________ Boulevard Brewing Co. ❑ 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat_______________________________ ❑ Double-Wide IPA____________________________________ ❑ The Sixth Glass_____________________________________ ❑ Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale_______________________________ ❑ Unfiltered Wheat Beer_______________________________ Charleville Brewing Co. ❑ Half-Wit Wheat_____________________________________ ❑ Hoptimistic IPA_____________________________________

New Belgium Brewing Co. ❑ Peach Porch Lounger_ ______________________________ ❑ Shift Pale Lager_____________________________________ ❑ Snow Day_ _________________________________________

Choc Beer Co. ❑ 1919________________________________________________ ❑ OPA________________________________________________ ❑ Signature Dubbel_ __________________________________ ❑ Winter Stout________________________________________

North Coast ❑ Acme Pale Ale______________________________________ ❑ Red Seal Ale________________________________________ ❑ Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout__________________ ❑ Pranqster Golden Ale________________________________ ❑ Scrimshaw Pilsner__________________________________

Crown Valley Brewery ❑ Big Bison___________________________________________ ❑ Country Carriage Cider______________________________ ❑ Farmhouse Lager_ __________________________________ ❑ Plowboy Porter_ ____________________________________ ❑ Seasonal brew______________________________________ ❑ Wooden Nickel IPA__________________________________

Redhook Ale Brewery ❑ ESB________________________________________________ ❑ IPA_________________________________________________ ❑ Pilsner_____________________________________________

Marshall Brewing ❑ Atlas IPA___________________________________________ ❑ Big Jamoke Porter__________________________________ ❑ McNellie’s Pub Ale__________________________________ ❑ Old Pavilion Pilsner_ ________________________________ ❑ Sundown Wheat_ ___________________________________

Shock Top Brewing Co. ❑ Belgian White_______________________________________ ❑ Lemon Shandy______________________________________ ❑ Midnight Wheat_____________________________________ ❑ Raspberry Wheat_ __________________________________ ❑ Wheat IPA__________________________________________ Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. ❑ Kellerweis__________________________________________ ❑ Pale Ale____________________________________________ ❑ Stout_______________________________________________ ❑ Torpedo Extra IPA___________________________________ ❑ Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale__________________________

Piney River Brewing Co. ❑ Black Walnut Wheat_________________________________ ❑ McKinney Eddy Amber Ale___________________________ ❑ Missouri Mule India Pale Ale_________________________ ❑ Old Tom Porter______________________________________ Schlafly Beer ❑ Coffee Stout________________________________________ ❑ Grand Cru__________________________________________ ❑ Dry Hopped APA____________________________________ ❑ Kolch_ _____________________________________________ ❑ Pale Ale____________________________________________ ❑ Quadrupel__________________________________________


Tallgrass Brewing Co. ❑ 8-Bit Pale Ale_______________________________________ ❑ Buffalo Sweat_______________________________________ ❑ Haylcyon Unfiltered Wheat_ _________________________ ❑ IPA_________________________________________________ ❑ Oasis______________________________________________ ❑ Velvet Rooster______________________________________

Over 30 Breweries & Over 150 Beers November 2nd - 6 to 9 pm

Argenta Farmer’s Market Grounds


6th & Main Street (Across from the Argenta Market) Downtown North Little Rock (RAIN LOCATION: Dickey-Stephens Park)

Boscos ❑ Famous Flaming Stone_ _____________________________ ❑ Bombay IPA_ _______________________________________ ❑ Isle of Skye Scottish Ale_____________________________ ❑ Ray’s Honey Rye____________________________________ Central Arkansas Fermenters ❑ Irish Red_ __________________________________________ ❑ Various_ ___________________________________________ Core Brewing & Distilling Co. ❑ American Oatmeal Stout_____________________________ ❑ ESB________________________________________________ Diamond Bear Brewery ❑ Pale Ale____________________________________________ ❑ Paradise Porter_____________________________________ ❑ Presidential IPA_____________________________________ ❑ Rocktoberfest_ _____________________________________ ❑ Southern Blonde____________________________________ ❑ Two-Term Double IPA_ ______________________________

Buy Tickets Early - Admission is Limited $35 early purchase — $40 at the door.

MUSIC 6 p.m.: Funkanites. Featuring members of Amasa Hines and other standout local musicians — like Velvet Kente’s polyrhythmic drummer Jamal Lee — this relatively new act specializes in jazz-infused instrumental funk. 7 p.m.: The Salty Dogs. Little Rock’s honky tonk heroes are led by Brad Williams, a man with a voice to rival Dwight Yoakam’s. 8 p.m.: Weakness for Blondes. Mix most popular genres — rock, blues, jazz, funk — add a penchant for experimentation and you get this local jam band extraordinaire.

FOOD Included in ticket price. Cornerstone Pub & Grill: Hot wings and honey BBQ wings Cregeen’s Irish Pub: Beef stew and corned beef and cabbage Reno’s Argenta Pub: Pale Ale macaroni & cheese and duck pate

VOLUNTEER POURERS Fossil Cove ❑ Brown Ale__________________________________________ ❑ Pale Ale____________________________________________ Hog Haus ❑ Seasonal beer 1_____________________________________ ❑ Seasonal beer 2_____________________________________ Refined Ale ❑ Brewery Beer_______________________________________ ❑ Golden Light Beer___________________________________ Saddlebock Brewery ❑ Dunkelweiz_________________________________________ ❑ Hefeweizen_________________________________________ ❑ Pale Ale____________________________________________ Vino’s ❑ Ouachita ESB_______________________________________ ❑ Pumpkin Spiced Ale_________________________________

The Hat Club, a 65-plus member non-profit founded in 2010, supports meaningful community service activities. Its primary function is to plan fundraising events in support of charitable organizations looking to achieve long-term stability. In addition to hosting events, the Hat Club volunteers time and effort to multiple organizations and causes. It has donated over $95,000 to more than 15 charitable organizations in the state. The club’s next event is the Third Annual Miracle Wiff, an all day Wiffle ball tournament Nov. 10 at Dickey Stephens Park that benefits the Miracle League of Arkansas.

SPONSOR NOTE The Argenta Arts Foundation is a local arts organization. It produces art and cultural events, provides financial and marketing support to art endeavors, and advocates for art, education and economic development in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock. The Argenta Arts Foundation, with support of the Argenta Friends of the Arts, supports the Little Rock Film Festival, the Argenta Film Series, the Thea Art Festival, Tales From the South, the Argenta Farmer’s Market, 3rd Friday Art Walk, the Great Arkansas Talent Search, the Arkansas Sculptors Invitational, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Main Thing at the Joint. The AAF also produces other cultural events such as Celebrate the Grape, a Mardi Gras parade, the Argenta Tulip Festival, the Argenta Foodie Fest, Argenta Restaurant Weeks and the Big Dam Bridge 100 Finale Fest. The AAF also started Art Connection, an after-school and summer teen work program that employs 20 teens in the creative economy. Located in the historic heart of downtown North Little Rock, the Argenta Arts District is committed to the visual, performance, landscape and culinary arts as evidenced by the district’s 11 arts organizations, eight performance art venues, 10 visual arts venues and 10 dining and drinking establishments.

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on a Friday or Saturday night, you’re going to smell some cigars and you’re probably going to leave smelling like cigars.” To cut down on the smoke, Peace has an air cleaner in each room that sucks smoke up and ionizes it and five air purifiers situated throughout the bar. After a recent Thursday happy hour visit, and a short walk back to the office, co-workers couldn’t guess where a reporter had been. His wife, on the other hand, knew right away. Cigar smokers likely need less convincing. Peace said that he needs to attract plenty of non-cigar smokers to grow the business, but so far, much to his surprise, he’s making 45 percent to 50 percent of his monthly revenue in cigar sales. Some customers come merely to visit the walk-in humidor, which glows against one wall like the front window of a jewelry store. But most stay for a cocktail, Peace said. He and the cigar lounge clerks are always ready to suggest a pairing. Cigars go with drinks just like wine and food, Peace said. “Let’s say, for instance, you want something that’s rich and smooth. You might want to go with a San Lotano Maduro cigar and pair it with a Zaya Rum that has some vanilla notes to it,” Peace said. “We have cigars that are mild to medium to full-bodied. Some cigars are going to have spicy notes to them — black or white pepper spice or other kinds of spices. Some are going to have coffee notes or cocoa notes. Some are very earthy, or hay-like. There are cigars all across the board.” For serious cigar aficionados, Peace offers cigar lockers for rent inside the humidor. For a $100 a month, those renting lockers get five cigars selected by Peace and discounts on cigar accessories and drinks. Peace, 32, said he spent 10 years planning Maduro. He opened the bar in February with money socked away from years of IT consulting for utility companies, a “niche area where the demand is a lot higher than the supply.” Even with the bar, he’s still consulting, usually working, he said, “from as soon as I can wake up until 3 or 4,” when he comes to the bar, where he stays until midnight. “It’s stressful,” he said. “But I love having a unique kind of bar. It’s something I think Little Rock has needed for a long time, a fun place for people to come to, whether or not they smoke cigars or not.”



Arkansas Craft Distributors is proud to announce that

CORE Brewing & Distilling Co. from Springdale, AR, will be coming to central Arkansas in the near future!

The mission of Arkansas Craft Distributors is to be the most successful distributor of high quality craft beverages in Arkansas. We are dedicated to a close working relationship with our breweries and our retailers. We are not only distributors, we are brand builders, and we take great pride in this fact. It is a proven fact the people drink what they know, and we want them to know craft beer!

Building brands through distribution, education, and celebration!

Always enjoy your craft responsibly!

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Eureka Springs

Fa l l H ap p e n i n g s Eureka Springs shines in the fall and this small Ozark town boasts a calendar of events sure to entertain. Art, history and festivals merge together in this historical city to create the perfect weekend getaway. Drive the winding roads of Highway 62 for breathtaking foliage or visit midNovember to sample wines of the world, either way you will be delighted you visited.

Food & Wine Festival The Eureka Springs Food & Wine Weekend kicks off Wednesday Nov. 7 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 11. The event is a food lover’s dream with many local restaurants participating including DeVito’s, Grand Taverne, Cottage Inn, Ermilio’s, The Stonehouse and The Crescent Hotel. All categories of restaurants are involved, offering everyone something to taste and enjoy. The festival kicks off with a “First Sip” wine release party at DeVito’s where Margie Roeland will be visiting from Raimondo Winery, her family-owned winery on Lake Norfork. Guests will be able to taste her new Red Blend as well as delight in appetizers, the cost is $7. Eureka Springs Fall Happenings

Many of the festival’s participants will have daily events. The Jewel Box Gallery celebrates the festival by offering 20% off food and wine related products Thursday thru Sunday with extended store hours on Saturday. DeVito’s Restaurant will offer Raimondo wine flights and The Grand Taverne will feature a special menu with food and wine pairings. The Stonehouse will host “CabernetOff” during the festival from 1-10 p.m. where they will have a variety of cabernets and complementing cheeses to sample while sipping. Also on the daily schedule, Cottage Inn will feature an amazing four-course meal with each course paired with a special wine. They will change the menus nightly and prices will vary for

each. Ermilio’s Italian restaurant will be offering a special of slow-braised pork osso bucco on both Thursday and Friday nights. The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow will host a “California Uncorked” event on Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. California wines will be sampled and paired with delicious food from a celebrity chef. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Writers’ Colony, a retreat for writers of all genres including culinary. On Friday, local chef and culinary instructor Karen Gros will be offering two cooking class focused on French cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. An accomplished chef, Gros has attended master cooking classes at Lenotre Ecole De Cuisine and Francoise Meunier Cours de Cuisine, both in Paris. The menu for both classes is a velvety chilelavendar potato soup with homemade crème fraiche and a Parisian apple tarte-tatin. That night, The Crescent Hotel will host Moon Distributors in the Conservatory where they will be pouring Spanish wine and serving tapas. Saturday is full of special events surrounding the festival. One of these is hosted by Keel’s Creek Winery. and its owners Dr. Doug Hausler and Edwige Denyszyn. They will have

barrel and tank tasting at the winery on East Van Buren and the first annual Amateur Wine Making and Beer Brewing Competition. A number of wines waiting to be bottled will be sampled during this event including some from this year’s grape harvest. Keel’s Creek Winery produces quality wines from grapes harvested locally from their vineyard and three other area vineyards. The cost of the tasting is $30 per person and space is limited. Vintage Cargo, a self labeled “Euro Marketplace” will host a VIETRI event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. VIETRI is America’s largest importer of handcrafted Italian ceramics and accessories for home and garden. The brand’s maestro artisan, Alessandro Taddei from Tuscany, Italy, will be in store demonstrating the painting techniques he uses on the “Old Saint Nick” holiday collection. The brand’s national sales manager, Holli Draughn, will be speaking about Italy’s holiday season and traditions. This isthe perfect time to get a head start on holiday shopping with personalized gifts as well as register for fun door prizes and giveaways. Also on Saturday, Eureka Thyme art gallery features two local artists for the monthly gallery stroll. Mark Rademacher is known for his Leaf Reflections Raku pottery and Les

Brandt creates wood turnings using local wood brought down by storms. These artists are just a sample of the over 100 that are featured at Eureka Thyme. Two brunches start the Sunday event. The Crescent Hotel will feature a champagne brunch with five different champagnes to choose from. Cravings by Rochelle Bakery will feature quiches and mimosa cupcakes at their brunch, followed by a cupcake decorating class starting at 1 p.m. From noon to 3 p.m., Caribe Restaurant will host a Veteran’s Day Art Show and serve specialty food and beverages. Sunday evening’s Raimondo Wine Dinner at DeVito’s will be the finale of the Food and Wine Festival. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and will feature Raimondo’s extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The menu includes five courses that will each be paired with a Raimondo wine. Reservations are suggested. For any additional information about the Food and Wine Festival, visit

Above: Restaurants throughout the city celebrate the Food & Wine Festival.

Ozark Folk Festival Celebrating its 65th anniversary, the Ozark Folk Festival kicks off Monday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 3. All the favorite events are back including the Queen’s Contest, Barefoot Ball, Singer/Songwriter Contest, parade and many more. The headliner for this year’s festival is Ronnie Cox. Ronnie Cox is best known for his roll in the American thriller “Deliverance” but it’s his music that plays the biggest part in this year’s Folk Festival. The Queen’s Contest serves as the festival’s opening event and this year’s theme is “Folk Revival”. The Barefoot Ball, with a “Hillbilly Halloween” theme, will feature the Carper Family, a female trio hailing from Austin. The group’s members, Melissa Carper, Beth Chrisman and Jenn Miori, write and perform old-time country, bluegrass and swing and have been praised for their retro sounds. With a costume contest and dance party, the Barefoot Ball is going to be a highlight of the festival. On Thursday evening, Ronny Cox will be available at the Carnegie Library Annex for a Q&A session after a screening of “Deliverance”. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the

Above: Musician and actor Ronnie Cox headlines the Ozark Folk Festival movie and what better way to celebrate than by catching up with Mr. Cox and hearing about the making of the film. Two great auditorium shows are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s headliner is Trout Fishing in America, an eclectic folk/rock band known for their family friendly music. Karen Mal and Jack Williams will open. Saturday’s headliners include, Ronny Cox with friends Karen Mal and

Come visit us in Eureka Springs during the Food and Wine Festival and enjoy these fabulous events. Nov. 7th “First Sip” Raimondo Wine Release Party at DeVito’s Raimondo Wine Flights will be offered at DeVito’s throughout the festival Nov. 11th Raimondo Wine Dinner at DeVito’s Tasting Room Open Tues-Sun 11-4 Sample our products, picnic on the deck overlooking the lake, play bocce ball, take a cooking class, or visit our wine store. 149 Country Road 820 Gamaliel, AR 72537 870.467.5115

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Above: The Ozark Folk Festival brings musicians from all over to showcase their talents.

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Radoslav Lorkovic. Opening for Ronny is Jack Williams and the winner of last year’s Singer/Songwriter contest, Michael Cockram. The annual Folk Festival Singer/ Songwriter contest will be held at Basin Spring Park Saturday at 11 a.m. The six finalists will perform their entries for the crowd and judges with the victor winning a cash prize and the chance to perform at next year’s festival. The annual parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. that afternoon and walks along Spring Street.


Rowdy Beaver restaurant is gearing up for some fun events this fall including their annual Halloween Costume Party. Get your spook on! The event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 and prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Scariest and Funniest Costume. Brian Hodle and the Hillbilly Underground will provide the music and many drink and food specials will be available. Garden Bistro, winner of the 2012 Arkansas Times’ Readers Choice award for Best New Restaurant Around-theState, is celebrating the Wine and Food Festival by offering wine parings for some of your favorite dishes. Garden Bistro offers daily specials made with locally sourced ingredients that keeps the menu fresh and exciting. Check out their website for new offerings and for more information about reserving their private dining room (

Throughout the weekend, craftspeople and local artists will be showing their art in Basin Spring Park. Pine Mountain Village will host a craft show on Saturday featuring handmade items from local and regional artists. For additional information and scheduling, check out

If you interested in visiting a relaxed Italian restaurant during your stay, Café Luigi is the perfect spot. Owner Eddie Silver prides himself on his homemade pizza sauce and the flatbread pizzas are delicious. Located in the middle of downtown, Cafe Luigi is a convenient location to stop in for lunch, dinner or an afternoon pickme-up. New Delhi café is a longstanding state favorite for Indian food. They are consistent winners of “Best Indian” in Readers Choice polls and are a favorite hangout for locals. Another fun fact: New Delhi is dog friendly so feel free to bring your pooch with you when visiting. New Delhi offers daily afternoon tea and serves authentic snacks such as Samosas with their chutney made daily. For more details on Eureka Springs fall events, visit

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Top: Sunday brunch at the Crescent Hotel is a festival favorite. Bottom: Area children participate in the Ozark Folk Festival parade each year

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“You know, honestly, I think this is one of the shows where I think it’s more realistic than any other. Some of the stories aren’t as pretty as the others. There’s that element of reality and humor, but I’m not sugarcoating anything.”

REP’S YOUNG ARTISTS DEBUT ‘SINGIN’ ON A STAR’ Summer Musical Theater Intensive takes on show business. BY AARON SARLO


he Arkansas Repertory Theatre opened this season with “Henry V,” a play more than 400 years old, conceived more than 3,000 miles away. For its second outing, The Rep is pulling a veritable 180 with “Singin’ on a Star,” a production as


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fresh-faced and bright-eyed as its cast of young adults, each of whom was plucked from right here in the Natural State. “Singin’ on a Star,” written and directed by the Rep’s own Nicole Capri, resident director and director of education, is billed as being “all about the actor’s

journey from stardust to stardom.” It is the product of the ninth season of the Rep’s Summer Musical Theater Intensive, which takes in hundreds of children and young adults from around the state. A cast is assembled from this pool of applicants and then training begins in earnest. They learn, in a very short time, the full range of theater production, everything from singing and dancing to staging and beyond. “The first year it was an experiment,” Capri said. “We didn’t know how it would catch on. The first year, I think we had 140 kids audition and we took 60. Now we have 500 that audition every year.” That first season included productions of “Godspell” and “School House Rock.” “We had matching T-shirts and a box of props,” Capri said. “That’s pretty much where we came from. And now what we do is fully produced, fully costumed. The same lighting designers you see in ‘Henry V’ are the ones that we use. So, what it has evolved to is a training program for people who want to do this as a career. We have seen a lot of our graduates move through to do this for a living, that are working in New York, that are on national tours.” Speaking of New York City, the stage actor’s Mecca is the setting for “Singin’ on a Star” and the stories within the play are largely true. How true? Many came straight from Capri’s personal experiences. “Eighty percent of it’s from my diary, honestly,” she said. “A lot of it is stories from friends who have worked in the business, [there are] even stories from Bob Hupp, our producer. But generally, a lot of it came from my diary from the 1990s.” There can be a nebulous, sometimes dark line between sacrifice and success in the arts. How will that element be treated in a revue show focused mainly on the success side of that line? “You know, honestly, I think this is one of the shows where I think it’s more realistic than any other. Some of the stories aren’t as pretty as the others. There’s that element of reality and humor, but I’m not sugarcoating anything,” Capri said.

In addition to hard-knocks-style reality in the Big Apple, “Singin’ on a Star” showcases performances by a cast of sharp and laser-focused young actors. Central Arkansas native Angela Morgan, 20, put it succinctly: “We all get it. We all get the hype of doing theater. So, there’s no one there with a blank look on their face.” Zach Graham, 17, of Little Rock, said the play “is my favorite show that’s been written so far. ... you have a lot more dialogue and you have a set place, and for me it makes it more interesting.” The music in “Singin’ on a Star” takes cues from the pop charts and incorporates video elements to help tell the actors’ stories. A giant screen at the back of the theater shows videos culled from several sources, including footage from previous SMTI performances and rehearsals. “One of the things that this production incorporates is that video element along with the musical, along with the drama, along with the dance,” Capri said. “I think it’s interesting how the videography tells the storyline, even the lyrics tell the storyline. ... So many theaters across the country are doing that these days. But we were the first program to do it at The Rep, and in fact, the Young Artist program has purchased all the video equipment that they use for the main stage shows here.” The Summer Musical Theater Intensive has progressed into a valuable asset for The Rep and for drama students across the state. It has spawned careers in theater and grown confidence in and inspired young actors, while providing audiences with the chance to watch some of the state’s rising young stars before they take off for the bright lights and big stages of Broadway. There will be a preview performance of “Singin’ on a Star” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Official opening is 7 p.m. Friday. The production runs through Nov. 3, with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 or half price for students.

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A&E NEWS THERE WAS A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY Monday for The Arcade Building, the River Market district’s latest addition. A portion of the $17 million, three-story, 60,000-square-foot building will serve as a home for the Little Rock Film Festival. A $2.8 million, 325-seat theater to be housed in The Arcade will host the LRFF, as well as other functions such as the Clinton School Speaker Series, CALS Literary Festival and others, according to Central Arkansas Library System Director Bobby Roberts. The theater will be outfitted with a state-of-the-art digital projector for both film and PowerPoint presentations, as well as state-of-the art sound systems optimized for movies and concerts. The new theater means the LRFF — whose programming now includes the annual film festival, the Reel Civil Rights Festival, the Little Rock Horror Pictures Show and the Argenta Film Series — can offer regular film screenings year round. The building will also include Cache restaurant, a project of Rush Harding and his son, Chef Payne Harding; space for the Arkansas Studies Institute and the Clinton School; and the insurance firm Meadors Adams & Lee on the third floor. The theater is called the Arcade Cinema for now; that could change. The library will own 52.4 percent of the building and Harding and a third group that includes downtown developers Jimmy Moses and Rett Tucker will own the rest in what is called a “horizontal property regime,” operated like a condominium, with a management board. The building is scheduled to be complete by November 2013, according to the release. LONG-RUNNING OKLAHOMA PSYCH-POP OUTFIT The Flaming Lips will be performing Sunday, Nov. 4 at Barnhill Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. This is one of the Headliner Concert Series, put on by the UA’s Office of Student Activities, so that means students get first dibs at tickets. Currently enrolled UA students can reserve tickets through 12 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Public tickets go on sale Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. at for $35 plus tax and fees.

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9 p.m. Juanita’s. $12.

Jeff the Brotherhood is Jake and Jamin Orrall, two brothers out of Nashville who have been around for about a decade, but have getting lots of media attention since rocking SXSW a couple of years back. This tour is to promote their sixth album and first release for Warner Bros., “Hypnotic Nights.” On the opening track, “Country Life,” they sing about drinking, swimming in the creek and smoking meat, which means they’ll

probably feel right at home here. They’re the sons of country-pop singer, songwriter and producer Robert Ellis Orral. With their muscle shirts, lanky frames, shaggy hair and all-around scruffiness, these guys have a look that recalls Drag City, circa 1992. But their album is largely radio friendly pop. It’s catchy and upbeat, with “ooh-oohs” aplenty, more Weezer than Royal Trux. If we’re lucky, they’ll toss a few of their earlier songs into the mix. That stuff has more feedback, more noise and more punk appeal. CF

WHICH ONE’S JEFF?: Neither. Jeff the Brotherhood contains two brothers, but no Jeffs. They play Juanita’s on Wednesday.

FRIDAY 10/26


4:30 p.m. Clinton School. Free.

OK, all you crossword-obsessed puzzle geeks, put down that Sudoku for just a sec and listen up, because The Clinton School has a big treat in store for you: The Sixth Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day. There will be crossword and Sudoku competitions and a presentation by puzzle creator David

Kwong, who has masterminded brainbending games for the New York Times, L.A. Times and many other national publications. The puzzle contests start at 4:30 p.m., and at 6 p.m., Kwong — who is also an illusionist who has collaborated with David Copperfield — will present a “multimedia, puzzle-themed magic show.” Call 501-683-5239 to reserve seats. RB



9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

THEY’RE RED HOT: Alt-rock titans The Red Hot Chili Peppers play Verizon Arena on Thursday.



8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $38-$58.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers weren’t the first outfit to mix the free-floating fury and distorted guitars of punk with the slap-bass thumping and sweaty grooves of funk (see Exhibit A: Gang of Four). But without question, they’re the biggest-selling and most popular group ever to cross those particular streams. I was introduced to the Chili Peppers hit by Mike, my old junior high chum who was always one step ahead of everyone else. He had a cassette of “Mothers’ Milk” that we listened to at his house. It wasn’t speed metal or thrash metal or death metal, so I pretty much ignored it. But shortly thereafter, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” came out and before you could say “Give-it-away40

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now,” it had become the inescapable party soundtrack for all the cool kids. That was more than two decades ago, and back then I’d never have imagined that the Chili Peppers would still be going all the way in 2012 (Is that really even going to be a year? Won’t we all just have jetpacks and flying cars by then?). They just seemed so combustible, with their wacky costumes and their drug problems and their outsized personalities and their generally libidinous, freaky-styley ways. They had their challenges and setbacks, sure. But here it is, 2012, and here they are, not only survivors, but respected elder statesmen of the rock landscape. Opening the show is session badass, avant-pop/funk bassist and Flying Lotus collaborator Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat. RB

The great Halloween tradition of dressing up like another band and playing a bunch of their songs continues this week. If you’ve never been to a coverup show, let me tell you, it’s nearly always a great time. Obviously, it helps if you’re a fan of the band being coverupped, and this year, White Water Tavern has two nights lined up, with folks from local bands taking on some pretty legendary bands. On Friday,

The Wicked Good and Bryan Frazier take on The Smashing Pumpkins, while The Canehill Engagement brings us the hits from those sublimely maudlin Mancs, The Smiths, and Matt Quinn, David Slade and Adam Sweet tackle the timeless poppunk of Jawbreaker. On Saturday, Big Silver, Norman Williamson and Phillip Huddleston bring the Boss, and The See’s Joe Yoder and Eric Morris, along with Gaines Fricke, James Szenher and Charles Lyford take on Pearl Jam’s catalog. RB



9:30 a.m. CALS Main Library. Free, but donations accepted.

Out of the way, religious folk! Step aside, and let those who don’t believe in talking snakes and a 6,000-year-old earth have a shot at the microphone! The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers is hosting its first “Reason in the Rock” conference on secular thought and atheism, during which rationality and science are sure to hold sway over superstition. At the top of the bill:

“The Thinking Atheist” podcast host Seth Andrews, former Pentecostal preacherturned-infidel Jerry DeWitt, Texas Chapter of American Atheists president Aron Ra, Skepticon co-founders Lauren Lane and J.T. Eberhard, Arkansas Society of Freethinkers founder Tod Billings and others. Also, please note: Contrary to what many here in the hinterlands might think, the “Reason in the Rock” afterparty won’t include “Rosemary’s Baby”-style cavorting with Satan. Why? Because they don’t believe in him, either. Duh. DK





11:21 a.m. War Memorial Stadium. $65.

For the first time since 1997, Arkansas and Ole Miss will square off in a football game that does not include Houston Nutt. Yes, the Razorbacks will square off against the Whatever-They’re-CalledNows and HDN will be nowhere close.

He will not be clowning around and chewing his fingernails on the sidelines. He will not be doing that weird, eyesdarting-all-over-the-place thing, nor will he be diving into the stands. He will not be running it up the middle over and over and &*(%#$! over again. Now, I’m not prepared to use the term “closure” for what this game represents for either

team or their fans, but still, something about this just feels like starting over. OK, back to the game: basically, if either the Hogs or Ole Miss are to get a bowl bid this season, they need to win this game. I’m sure Beau Wilcox has some cogent observations on the game over at Pearls About Swine (page 8), so I’ll just say WPS! and leave it at that. RB

White Water Tavern hosts a benefit for the Little Rock Horror Picture Show, with Iron Tongue, Color Club, Peckerwolf, J.R. Top, Mandy McBryde, Mothwind, Andy Warr, Grasshopper and Those Idiots from Earth, 9:30 p.m., $5. The Petite Roche Players kick off their musical “Rocky Horror Show,” based on the cult classic film, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock. See calendar for other performances. It’s $20, participation is encouraged (but no outside props) and it’s not recommended for kids.


Revolution has Halloween Bloody Beats Bash, including Aye Tell Em JT, Arkansas Bo, Jay Mack, Average Society, and Yung O, 9:30 p.m., $7. Nick Jr.’s Fresh Beat Band brings the kids’ jams to Robinson Center Music Hall, 6:30 p.m., $38-$48. Oaklawn has country hit-makers Lonestar, 7 p.m., $20-$30. The “Big BOO!-seum Bash” features games, activities, trick-or-treating and more at Museum of Discovery, Historic Arkansas Museum, Heifer Village, Central High School National Historic Site, Old State House Museum, EMOBA, Clinton Presidential Library, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 6 p.m., free. Author, political activist and professor Angela Davis will lecture and sign copies of her books afterward, University Theatre at UALR’s Center for Performing Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

FRIDAY 10/26

VINYL QUEST: Liza Burns stars in “45RPM,” from writer and director Juli Jackson. The film debuts Saturday at Landers Theater in Batesville.



7 p.m. Landers Theater in Batesville. $8-$10.

“45RPM” was written and directed by Arkansas native Juli Jackson and funded in part by the Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Batesville. It’s the first of three films that have been awarded grants by the festival as part of the Arkansas Indie Film Initiative. The film

is Jackson’s feature-length debut and was shot in Arkansas (including a scene in Arkansas Record & CD Exchange). The story concerns Charlie (Liza Burns), an artist living in New York who’s seeking for a connection between her work and the music of her deceased father. That yearning turns into an actual search, for the extremely rare 45 her dad’s band cut back in Arkansas during the heyday of ’60s garage rock. To

help her track it down, Charlie recruits an obsessive record collector (is there any other kind?) named Louie (played by Red Octopus alum Jason Thompson). The two of them hit the road in a vintage Pontiac, scouring the South in search of the elusive wax. Based on the trailer, “45 RPM” seems like a sharp (and sharp-looking) road comedy that will appeal to both record geeks and normal folks alike. RB

8 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge. $13.

Look: There’s just no way I’m going to be anywhere near 100-percent objectivity on this one. OK? Because not only is Mike Watt responsible for some of the finest American music of the late 20th century (The Minute-


The 10th Annual Mud Run is at Two Rivers Park, 9 a.m., $25-$35. For some virtuosic six-string playing, don’t miss Artistry of the Guitar, Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10.

SUNDAY 10/28

Galactic with Cory Glover play Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. Country legend Joe Ely is at Revolution, 8 p.m., $20.

SUNDAY 10/28


Maxine’s has burlesque troupes La Divina Productions and Foul Play Cabaret, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Midtown brings back stalwart guitarist and singer/songwriter Eric Sommer, 12:30 a.m., $5. For raging metalcore, check out Abandon All Ships, For All Those Sleeping, Skip the Foreplay, Upon This Dawning and Palisades, Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. Boo at the Zoo continues, with trick-or-treating, rides, concessions, a haunted house and more, Little Rock Zoo, through Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m., $7-$15. Market Street Cinema screens the classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sunday-Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Participation is encouraged.

men’s “What Makes a Man Start Fires?” and “Double Nickels on the Dime” are two of the greatest albums to come out of the U.S. punk rock scene), he’s just flat-out an extremely likeable dude. You could take me at my word on that, but even better would be to watch the fantastic Minutemen doc “We Jam Econo.” Watt’s an unflappable musical force, truly one of the most out-

of-the-box bassists ever. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he’s also a role model for being real, staying true to your beliefs and never, ever letting The Man hold you down. And he has maybe the most cogent quote ever uttered on the role of the bass player: “You look good, making the other cats look good.” What a perfectly Watt thing to say. RB

MONDAY 10/29

Bonnie Montgomery, fresh off her tour opening for Gossip, plays a record release show for her new EP, 8 p.m., Electric Heart Tattoo.


White Water has a huge punk show, with The Riverboat Gamblers, Cobra Skulls and Jonathan Wilkins, 9 p.m., $10.

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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Beats Antique, Lynx. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Benefit show for the Little Rock Horror Picture Show. With Iron Tongue, Color Club, Peckerwolf, J.R. Top, Mandy McBryde, Mothwind, Andy Warr, Grasshopper and Those Idiots from Earth. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Carolina Story, Star & Micey. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Jeff the Brotherhood. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 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. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Pianist Jensina Oliver performs “Masters of the Americas”. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-1247. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Rodge Arnold. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Sons, The Wedding, Children 18:3. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $7. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Andy Woodhull, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local


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EVIL INDOORS: OK, let’s try this again: the Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie concert that was supposed to happen a few weeks back had to be rescheduled because of the rain. The two “Twins of Evil” will now perform Monday, Oct. 29, at Barton Coliseum, 4 p.m., $38-$150. come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


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


The Haunted Cathedral. Not recommended for people who are pregnant or have a history of seizures. EMOBA Museum, through Oct. 31, 7:30:55 p.m., $10-$20. 1208 Louisiana St. 501-372-0018. Sustainability Day. A variety of recyclables will be collected in Parking Lot 15, information booths will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center showcasing the sustainability efforts of various UALR departments. UALR, 7 a.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-683-7628.


John Brummett. University of Arkansas Global Campus, 6 p.m., $29. 2 E. Center St., Fayetteville. 800-952-1165.


Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. html.



Artistry of the Guitar. Vienna Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 424 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-463-2799. Ashley McBryde. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. The Fresh Beat Band. Robinson Center Music Hall, 6:30 p.m., $38-$48. Markham and Broadway. Halloween Bloody Beats Bash. With Aye Tell Em JT, Arkansas Bo, Jay Mack, Average Society, Yung O. Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $7. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Hometown Bluegrass. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Nov. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Josh Green. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh




Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. La Vera Costanza Basset Horn Trio. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-1422. Lonestar. Oaklawn, 7 p.m., $20-$30. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Mobley, Vinyl Thief, Fossils of Ancient Robots. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thundercats. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $38-$58. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Rodge and The Dirt Road Republic. The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Shannon McNally, Amy Lavere. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. TNA Karaoke. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Tragikly White. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Wooden Indian Burial Ground, RadRadRiot, Ike Plumlee. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400.


Andy Woodhull, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. Jason Russell, Mat Alano-Martin. UARK Bowl, 8 p.m., $7-$10. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


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


After Hours Event at Playtime Pizza. A 21-andolder event with Alice 107.7’s Johnny Jackson and Pool Boy. Includes food and soft drinks, beer for sale, unlimited video games and more, 7 p.m. to midnight. Playtime Pizza, $22. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. 501-227-7529. www. “Big BOO!-seum Bash.” Games, activities, trickor-treating and more at Museum of Discovery, Historic Arkansas Museum, Heifer Village, Central High School National Historic Site, Old State House Museum, EMOBA, Clinton Presidential Library, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Downtown Little Rock, 6 p.m., free. Downtown. Designing Women of Little Rock. Jewelry and fashion show, silent art auction, music, refreshments and more. The Villa Marre, 6 p.m. 1321 Scott St. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 24. RAM Membership Kickoff and Celebrity

Whodunnit Auction. Fort Smith Regional Art Museum membership kickoff includes appetizers, drinks, live music and silent art auction. Fianna Hills Country Club, 5:30 p.m., $10 members, $20 non-members. 1 Essex Place, Fort Smith. 479-784-2787. U.S. Congressional District 3 debate. Includes candidates Rebekah J. Kennedy (G), David Pangrac (L), and Steve Womack (R). Debate will air Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. AETN Atrium, 10 a.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. 501-682-4131. U.S. Congressional District 4 debate. Includes candidates Thomas Cotton (R), Joshua Drake (G), Gene Jeffress (D) and Bobby Tullis (L). Debate will air Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. on AETN. AETN Atrium, 2 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. 501-682-4131.


Angela Davis. The author, political activist and professor will lecture and sign copies of her books afterward. UALR, 6:30 p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. Michael Elliott. Elliott, president and CEO of ONE, will discuss the organization’ efforts to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease. Clinton School of Public Service, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.


Padma Viswanathan. The author of “The Toss of a Lemon” will discuss her work at the R.J. Wills Lecture Hall. Pulaski Technical College, 6 p.m., free. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR.



7 Toed Pete. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Abandon All Ships, For All Those Sleeping, Skip the Foreplay, Upon This Dawning, Palisades. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Artistry of the Guitar. George Dombek Studio, 7:30 p.m. 844 Blue Springs Road, Goshen. Benjamin Del Shreve. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Boom Kinetic. 18-and-older. Revolution, Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Canvas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Chanticleer in Concert. Christ Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $15-$25. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. D-Mite and Tho-d Studios presents Hottest in Da Rock. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Eric Sommer. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Halloween Cover-Up. Featuring local musicians performing sets from The Smiths, Smashing Pumpkins and Jawbreaker. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.

Jason Burnett. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. La Divina Productions, Foul Play Cabaret. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Len Holton. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m., free. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Los Lonely Boys. Neumeier’s Rib Room, 8 p.m., $20. 817 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith. 479-4947427. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Shannon Boshears Band. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. Straight Line Stitch, Mobile Death Camp, The Vall. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Oct. 26-27, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. Thread. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.

Rock, 9 p.m., $10-$25. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501906-4000. “Food For Thought: A Symposium Devoted to Food, Policy, and Community in Arkansas.” Symposium will cover a wide variety of foodrelated topics on both the macro and micro levels, including the history of food truck vending in America and more. UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 9 a.m. p.m., free. 1201 McMath Ave. 501-324-9434. “The Haunted Evening Tour.” Tour of some of the city’s “most haunted locations.” MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, through Nov. 2: 7 p.m., $30. 503 E. 9th St. 501-681-3857. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 24. 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.


Arkansas Puzzle Day 2012. Featuring crossword and Sudoku contests and a presentation by David Kwong, a veteran crossword puzzle constructor for the New York Times, L.A. Times and other national publications. Clinton School of Public Service, 4:30 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Democracy in Action -- The Arkansas Travelers for Clinton.” Old State House Museum, 12 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse. com.

Andy Woodhull, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. Jason Russell, Mat Alano-Martin. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7-$10. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. www.uarkballroom. com. The Main Thing. Two-act comedy play “Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


19th Annual Knights of Columbus Haunted Halloween Hayride. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Oct. 26-27, 7-11 p.m., $4-$7, free for 5 and younger. 7006 Jasna Gora Drive, NLR. 501851-2763. 2012 Power of the Purse luncheon. Women’s Foundation of Arkansas event honoring Johnelle Hunt, with keynote speaker Chris Grumm. The Peabody Little Rock, 11:30 a.m., $100. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. www. Artinfusion Event: “Halloween in the Hollow.” Includes costume contest, music, dancing, food and ghost stories. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 8 p.m., $15 or free for Artinfusion members. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479418-5700. Boo at the Zoo. Trick-or-treating in a safe environment, with rides, concessions, a haunted house and more. Little Rock Zoo, through Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m., $7-$15. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501666-2406. Boo Bash. Includes DJ Brandon Peck, costume contest, prizes and more. The Peabody Little


“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Includes costume contest, participation kits included with admission. Market Street Cinema, Oct. 26-27, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; Oct. 28-30, 7 and 9 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-3128900. Silver Moon Cinema presents “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Hendrix College, 7 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501764-1109.



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Almost InFamous. Markham Street Grill And Pub, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.; Nov. 24, 9 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. Artistry of the Guitar. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. Boom Kinetic. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. Brian Ramsey. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Oct. 26. Ed Bowman. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Fatal Thirteen, At Wars End, Eddie and The Defiantz, Tides of Anareta. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $6 adv., $8 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. CONTINUED ON PAGE 47

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The climbers face their partners and repeat the Climber’s Creed, which changes every year and this year includes whole verses from the Eminem song “8 Mile.” Then someone fires a shotgun, and they’re off. People scatter in all directions, sprinting towards the hills, backpacks swinging. These packs have the water and food the climbers will need for 24 hours. According to the rules, they must carry all supplies themselves.

One of the largest climbing competitions in America, Jasper’s Horseshoe Hell challenges pros and amateurs to stay awake and on the wall for 24 hours straight.






t 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, still shrouds gear, mostly — but has no effect on a climby 9 a.m., hundreds of people have gaththe green hills and rock cliffs of Jas- er’s official ranking. It’s more about hangered, and two of them are the Climbing per’s Horseshoe Canyon Ranch ing with buddies and reaching personal Center guys, Baka and Harrison. They (HCR). In the Trading Post yard, goals. Climbers fill out their own score- are team T-nutters, named after the screws cars are wedged bumper to bumper, and cards, and everything works on the honor used in indoor climbing gyms. They both the hills are flecked with tents and more system. Despite a preponderance of alco- sport curly mohawks, khaki cargos, blue vehicles. hol (carted in, since Newton County is dry), tops and surgically taped fingers. Local Every fall for four days, the population the unfettered enthusiasm and community climbers Rez Carleton and Tucker Olson, of Jasper nearly triples, from 458 to about emphasis gives the event a wholesome aura. from Jasper and Nail, wear black tights, 1,200, as rock climbers come to town for “There’s a lot of strategy involved, because stocking caps and homemade black and the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, one of the you’ve got to go to areas that aren’t con- white striped shirts. “We’re Partners in biggest endurance rock climbing competitions in the United States, hosted at HCR Ranch since 2006. Logan Wilcoxson, who owns the Little Rock Climbing Center, is out here somewhere, and so are David Harrison and Aaron Baka, both of whom work at the Climbing Center. By ranch owner Barry Johnson’s estimate, there are more than 270 competitors, 60 VIPs, 60 volunteers and about 150 pre-registered spectators. He expects another 150 spectators, for a total of about 900 over the course of the weekend. “We have some people from Alaska, some people from California, Colorado, Canada,” says Jason Roy, a year-round HCR guide. “Some of the biggest names are here, the guys you see in magazines. Tommy Caldwell is one of the strongest all-around rock climbers in the world. He and Sonnie Trotter, Brittany Griffin and Jasmine Caton are climbing for Patagonia.” Each team has two people, who alternate on climbing and belaying (manning the safety rope). To earn a horseshoe, a competitor has to climb at least one route HE’S BOSS: Aaron Baka competing in 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell in Jasper. an hour for 24 hours. Additional routes are worth extra points and harder routes gested with climbers ... and you have to plan Climb, this is our second year climbing are worth more. “There’s a lot of strategy around what time certain walls will be in together, and our goal is 100 routes,” Carinvolved, because you’ve got to go to areas the sun, because that will zap your energy leton says. Another duo, two college-aged that aren’t congested with climbers ... and real fast,” Roy says. girls in blue tights, red striped shirts and you have to plan around what time certain Roy and his mentor, Chad Watkins, black frame glasses, channel the Where’s walls will be in the sun, because that will founded the ranch’s climbing program 11 Waldo character. Christen Meyer and zap your energy real fast,” Roy says. years ago. Roy designed and bolted many Megan Humbolt live in Tulsa, about three There are four categories: recreational, of the routes himself. Because the routes hours west. They’ve never climbed in HH intermediate, advanced or elite. Elite climb- are so concentrated, HCR has become a before, but they climb at HCR fairly often. ers often have corporate sponsorship and world-class climbing spot. The ranch still “Our goal is to stay awake and not die,” climb well over 100 routes. The ranch has draws summer reunions and vacation Meyer announced. There’s also Cheech about 350 different routes along the cres- crowds who want to ride horses and float and Chong, a gorilla and a banana, a handcent of mountains cradling the valley. the Buffalo, but a lot of its business comes ful of superheros, and a couple of guys in suits and Romney and Obama masks. Horseshoe Hell offers prizes — climbing from climbers. 44

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aka is strapping on his harness, and Harrison is crouched at the base of the wall. All around the T-nutters, climbers are already on the roughly 40-foot rock wall. It’s about 78 degrees, and the air is a soupy 90 percent humidity. The route is mid-grade with lots of chunky hand and foot holds, and these guys — competing in the advanced category — scale it cleanly. Twenty minutes in, they’ve both completed two climbs. As Harrison secures his figure-eight knot for a third go, Debbie Sellnell, Harrison’s girlfriend, shouts her version of encouragement. “Your haircut looks like an early ’90’s lesbian!” In response, Harrison comically shakes his red mohawk. “It’s more like an Irish warrior. That’s way more bad-ass,” Baka says. “I think maybe the ’90’s lesbian is more bad-ass,” Sellnell retorts, and two girls we don’t know giggle. Baka, a linguistics student at UCA, keeps up running repartee with everyone in the vicinity. This is all part of his philosophy. Earlier he told me, “The most important thing is to have fun with the people around you, and that way you don’t worry about how blasted you get, and it psyches them out.” There are so many routes on this single wall that the T-nutters move along it for hours.


n the second hour, Harrison begins a story I’ve already heard twice, once from Roy and once from Rob Leinau, the competition medic. I’ll hear some version of it at least a dozen more times before I leave HCR. In a decade, it has solidified into climbing legend, and involves one of the HH competitors. “Did you know that Tommy Caldwell was kidnapped by terrorists? He was held for six days,” Harrison begins. The story goes something like this — in 2000, four climbers were in Kyrgyzstan’s Kara Su Valley when a gang of Uzbek terrorists kidnapped them at gunpoint. They watched one of their captors execute a Kyrgyz soldier. Then, on the sixth day, the terrorists went off, leaving only one guard. Caldwell, 22 at the time, pushed the guard off a cliff, and the climbers escaped to an Army base. But one climber tells me that he thinks the story was fabricated for a National Geo-

graphic article, and the man pushed off the cliff is alive and well. I’m warned multiple times not to broach the topic with Caldwell.

Tommy and Sonnie won’t stop.” Leinau says, “I know. This just makes it a little clearer that they are the ones deciding to climb.”



y mid-afternoon, the sky has gone he rain slacks around 6:30 p.m., and from overcast to threatening, and the Roy and I take the four-wheeler to the temperature has dropped nearly 20 North Forty, an area with 70-footers degrees. At 4:45 p.m., I meet a couple of laced with horizontal cracks, the kind that guys from Grand Rapids near the Trading are perfect to inch along in search of a Post. They’re sitting on the back of their higher foothold. These are some of HCR’s car, taking stock. “We’ve done 25 climbs, most popular routes. The air seems lumiand we’ve been sticking to easy stuff,” says nous, everything lit with that watery halfAlan Zeitlin, a med student. “We’re not light that comes when a storm fades just sure about the weather.” He opens a bag as the sun sets. The first climbers we find of beef jerky and offers me a stick. are Caldwell and Trotter, the Patagonia “There’s the goat cave way over there, guys. Their pink tie-dye shirts from this it’s all overhanging, it’s really hard stuff, so morning are long gone, and now they’re we might look at that,” says his teammate climbing in nothing but neon green shorts. Carl Sobel, an aeronautics engineer, test- They work quickly and efficiently, without ing their rain plan aloud. much conversation. “We said we’d climb even if it rains, but Around the corner, Dick Dower — lightening? I don’t know, we’d have to at 63, the oldest competitor — and his assess,” Zeitlin says, shrugging. partner Natalie Neal, are also climbing Overhead, thunder growls ominously. through what is now a drizzle. They seem It sounds like the mountains protesting the undaunted by the water-logged rock, but weight of 270 climbers. Dower laments that the hour of heavy rain By the time the clouds break, I am with will wreck their route count. HH founder Andy Chasteen and about six Around 7:30 p.m., headlamps begin to HCR employees inside the Trading Post’s blink on. Roy greets his mentor, Watkins, tiny back office. The patch of sky that we who is competing in HH. Watkins bolted can see from the window is a rich shade HCR’s The Prophet, a grade 5.14 route (the of bruise. most difficult route in the world is a 5.15) “Nothing like this has ever happened that fewer than a handful of climbers have before,” Chasteen says, sipping coffee. successfully completed. “You shouldn’t “We did have a light shower once, it came chalk when the rock is wet,” he advises through and left super fast. But the routes, another climber. “It makes the rock slick.” when they get wet, are still somewhat grippy because it’s sandstone.” Chasteen very hour on the hour, all 270-plus is a photographer and headhunter from climbers let out something akin to Oklahoma City. Seven years ago, he and Walt Whitman’s barbaric yawp, a some friends were climbing at HCR and siren of sound that reverberates around decided to gather a group and climb as the canyon. It’s beautiful and potent, the many routes as they could in 24 hours. But wilderness version of the yogi’s om. Roy then he decided it would be even better started the tradition about three years to invite the public. Chasteen pitched the ago, to annoy a particular set of neighidea to Johnson, and that first year, they bors who had been complaining that HH had 120 competitors. was too loud. “One of the coolest things for me, people Around 8:30 p.m., I find the T-nutters come here, they make friends, they come again. “How are y’all?” I ask. back and it’s like a real family reunion,” “I’m boss!” Baka shouts. Despite the Chasteen says. fact that it’s 50 degrees and damp, he’s Just then, Leinau leans into the door- still shirtless. way and says, “Andy, are you going to do “Fine,” Sellnell practically whispers. anything more official about the weather? She’s wearing a giant camo rain slicker. It’s raining real hard, with a lot of light- She looks miserable. ening.” “Did y’all stop in the rain?” “The announcements we’ve been mak“No,” Harrison says glumly, tugging ing are that we don’t recommend climbing at his day-glo orange windbreaker. “And in the lightening at all,” Chasteen replies. I wasn’t totally happy with it. It’s not my “Maybe if you give them a break on 5 bag.” He glances at the oblivious Baka. o’clock routes, in case anybody is more “For awhile it was lightning and stuff, and worried about their route count than their it was just like, OK … and my job centers life,” says Leinau. “Because it’s not a safe around me climbing, so if I get hurt, I’m time to be climbing.” fucked.” Chasteen relays the message into his Baka disappears and then comes back, walkie so that crag-volunteers can spread still traveling at a trot. “On the backside the word. But then he says to Leinau, there are two 5.8’s and a 5.9 open,” he yells. “That’s not going to de-motivate people. CONTINUED ON PAGE 49



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‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4’: Kathryn Newton stars.

Avoid at all costs ‘Paranormal 4’: putrid. BY SAM EIFLING


erilously pointless, with scant sense of direction or purpose, “Paranormal Activity 4” might be the worst movie of the year. It’s definitely the worst “Paranormal” yet, and aside from handstuffing 200 nickels up your nostrils it’s the dumbest waste of ten bucks possible. There should be a consumer protection commission whereto one may dial a toll-free number and hold the receiver up to the theater when the final credits roll. The chorus of “What?”s at the end would automatically initiate an official inquiry, followed by massive fines. The line of questioning would look like this: Why is the story so flimsy and incoherent? Why do your characters act like twits? Why didn’t you bother to come up with a credible ending? Most importantly, why wasn’t any of it scary? Other installments in this “Paranormal” series at least would give you a fright. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman managed a couple of proper scares in the previous “Paranormal” installment. This one, though? Gyaaaagh. To give you an idea, the respective IMDB user scores (on a 10-point scale) for the four “Paranormal” flicks look like this: 6.4, 5.8, 6.0, 4.7. In other words this latest inert lump, smacking of a low-imagination rush job, is a substantial dropoff even from a wellcarved rut of mediocrity. The signature “Paranormal” elements are all here, though — a family in a house in California videotaping themselves and one another during bouts of poltergeisty, demonic, bump-in-the-night stuff. It’s B-movie found-footage fun, when done well. But this ain’t. There’s a mom and a dad and a young son and a teen-aged daughter and her boyfriend. The parents are morons. They pay no attention when the daughter, Alex (the endearing

Kathryn Newton), points out that weird things have been happening since they invited the creepy brat from across the street, Robbie (Brady Allen), to stay for a while. Robbie has some imaginary friend who seems to show up on the Xbox Kinect sensors and probably ought to be Ghostbusted. Also, Robbie’s mom is the Katie character from some of the other “Paranormal” movies, not that you’d much notice. At some level the filmmakers must have a sense of where they want this cash cow to wander, and how the various strands from various movies will connect, but this film appears to know little of where it’s going and to care nothing of how it gets there. We know bad things are in store for our surnameless family, but (spoiler alert) the manner in which these bad things befall them is boring and nonsensical. It almost plays as an 88-minute practical joke, or a credible spoof of a “Paranormal Activity” movie. It didn’t have to be this way. The creep-child, Robbie, is a truly unnerving little toad. Children are fantastic assets in horror movies, not least because life’s most terrifying moments involve children who are sick, arrested or conceived. By the end, though, we don’t really know why he’s such a wretched nightmare tot. Maybe if you were a real fanatic of these “Paranormal Activity” films and their supposed mythology then the subtle intricacies that right now appear as lazy oversights might reveal a hidden masterpiece. For the other 99 percent of us, this movie carries all the beguiling charm of a fungal hangnail. It cost $5 million to make. It made more than $50 million worldwide in its first weekend. Another sequel has been announced. Please, do not encourage these people any longer.

AFTER DARK, CONT. Greg Madden (happy hour), Jack Fancy (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501375-5351. Halloween Cover-Up. Featuring local musicians performing music by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-3758400. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz. Tribute to Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Mahalia Jackson. Sandra ReavesPhillips plays the role of these legends. The Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m., $6-$30. 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. 870972-2781. events/2012-2013/ Lawler, Ewell, Sleepy, JMZ Dean. Discovery Nightclub, $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. before midnight, $15 after midnight. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Mountain Sprout, Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. The P-47s. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. Rare Remedy. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Red Devil Lies, Playing with Karma, Attack the Mind, Plow Thru Eden, Ringleader. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Rip Van Shizzle. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Taylor Made. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse. net. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


Andy Woodhull, Keith Lenart, Kate Brindle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. The Main Thing. Two-act comedy play “Electile Dysfunction.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205.


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7

p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240.


10th Annual Mud Run. Two Rivers Park, 9 a.m., $25-$35. Rivercrest Dr. 501-371-4639. 17th Annual Howl-o-ween Party. Includes viewing of more than 100 exotic cats, a hayride, children’s costume contest, prizes, concession stands and more. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 7 p.m., $10-$15. 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs. 479253-5841. 19th Annual Knights of Columbus Haunted Halloween Hayride. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7 p.m., $4-$7, free for 5 and younger. 7006 Jasna Gora Drive, NLR. 501851-2763. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.noon. Main Street, NLR. Autumn Color Cruise. Arkansas Queen, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m.; Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. 501-372-5777. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 26. Breakfast with Penguins. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $13-$22. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-6662406. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 24. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. Magic Screams Weekend. Festival with haunted houses, special entertainment and contests. Magic Springs, 4 p.m., $30-$45. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6240100. The Power of One. Luncheon supports the nonprofit Simone’s Home Inc. program. Bravo! Cucina Italiana, 12 p.m., $20. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-2485. Reason in the Rock: Little Rock’s Inaugural Conference on Secularism. Main Library, 9:30 a.m., free, donations accepted. 100 S. Rock St. Youth Workshop: Portraits Plus (ages 10-12). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 1 p.m., $36-$40. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. 479-418-5700. crystalbridges. org.


“45RPM.” Ozark Foothills FilmFest presents the world premiere of “45RPM,” written, produced and directed by Arkansan Juli Jackson. Landers Theater, 7 p.m., $8-$10. 332 E. Main St., Batesville. 870-251-1189. www. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Includes costume contest, participation kits included with admission. Market Street Cinema, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900.


Arkansas vs. Ole Miss. War Memorial Stadium, 11:21 a.m., $65. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775.


Bo Pearson. The author of “A Land For Nobody” will sign copies of his book. Hastings, 12 p.m., free. 915 W. Main St,, Jacksonville. 501-982-3027. CONTINUED ON PAGE 48

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AFTER DARK, CONT. J. P. Cunningham. The author will discuss his new book, The Emerald Amulet. Faulkner County Library, 10 a.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.




Saturday Story Time: “Afrotina and the Three Bears.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 10 a.m. p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822.



Almost InFamous. Part of Boo at the Zoo. Little Rock Zoo, Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m., $7-$15. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www. Battle of the Bands. With TillKingdomCome, Austin K. Jones, Zachary Howell, Vincent Von Vegga, Fortune ‘N Flames, Iron-E, Tie Die Love Affair, The Muddlestuds. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $7 adv., $9 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501376-1819. Damn Arkansan. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Performing on the patio. Revolution, 6-9 p.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Galactic with Cory Glover. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Joe Ely. Revolution, 8 p.m., $20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Mike Watt and The Missing Men. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8 p.m., $13. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Spa City Blues Society International Blues Challenge Competition and Fundraiser. Ohio Club, 6 p.m. 336 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-627-0702. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


Autumn Color Cruise. Arkansas Queen, 12:30 p.m. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. 501-3725777. Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 26. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 24. “Live from the Back Room.” Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Magic Screams Weekend. Festival with haunted houses, special entertainment and contests. Magic Springs, 4 p.m., $30-$45. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 501-624-0100. Trunk or Treat. Includes hayride, cupcake walk, treats, games and more, costumes welcome. Christ Lutheran Church and School, 4 p.m., free. 315 S. Hughes St. 501-663-5232. www.


“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Includes costume contest, participation kits included with admission. Market Street Cinema, 7 and 9 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.


Sarah Frances Hardy. Book signing with the author of “Puzzled by Pink.” WordsWorth Books


OCTOBER 24, 2012


65th Original Ozark Folk Festival. Folk Festival Queen’s Contest The Auditorium, 7 p.m. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. 7th Street Peep Show. Featuring three or four bands per night. Bands sign up at 6:30 p.m. and play 35-minute sets (including setup) on a first-come, first-served basis. House band is The Sinners. Solo artists, DJs and all other performers welcome. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $1. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Reggae Nites. Featuring DJ Hy-C playing roots, reggae and dancehall. Pleazures Martini and Grill Lounge, 6 p.m., $7-$10. 1318 Main St. 501-376-7777. bargrill. Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson. Barton Coliseum, 4 p.m., $38-$150. 2600 Howard St. Tiko Brooks. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.

Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. The Riverboat Gamblers, Cobra Skulls, Jonathan Wilkins. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Top of the Rock Chorus rehearsal. Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church, 7-10 p.m. 7351 Warden Road, Sherwood. 501-231-1119. www. Touch, Grateful Dead Tribute. Ernie Biggs, 8 p.m., $5. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Water Liars, The Carper Family. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.



& Co., 3 p.m., free. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198.

Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 26. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 24.


“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Includes costume contest, participation kits included with admission. Market Street Cinema, 7 and 9 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.


Mauro Vieira. Vieira, ambassador of Brazil to the United States, will give a talk called “Brazil and the World Today.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


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



Almost InFamous. Part of Boo at the Zoo. Little Rock Zoo, 7 p.m., $7-$15. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 6 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501379-8189. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Duos.” Featuring Mozart’s Duo No.1 in G Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $22. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Big Gigantic, Griz. 18-and-older show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Jason Brunett. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550.

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Dunbar Community Center, 6 p.m., $5. 1001 W. 16th St. 501-376-1084.


Boo at the Zoo. See Oct. 26. The Haunted Cathedral. See Oct. 24. Live Trivia by Challenge Entertainment. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. The Old Haunted Warehouse. Haunted house tour, with portion of proceeds to benefit the Spirit of Children Program and the Watershed Project. The Old Haunted Warehouse, Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m., $10-$20. 3400 Brown St. Salvation Army Christmas Volunteer Luncheon. Second Baptist Church, 12 p.m. 222 E. 8th St. 501-374-9296 ext. 110. www. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. UALR Haunted Hall. Haunted house for kids, with candy, prizes, arts and crafts, and more, at UALR’s East Hall, 3101 S. Taylor St. UALR, 6:30 p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


“The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Includes costume contest, participation kits included with admission. Market Street Cinema, 7 and 9 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www. “West of Memphis.” Admission is first-come, first-serve. Market Street Cinema, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Nov. 1, 7 p.m., free. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900.


Prof. Brian Ward. Ward presents “Don’t Believe in Taxes or Policemen: The Strange Career of Jim Dandy and Southern Rock in 1970s Britain.” Main Library, 6 p.m., free. 100 S. Rock St. www.


Wiggle Worms: “Local Foods Local Foods with Argenta Market.” Museum of Discovery, 10:30 a.m., $8-$10, free for members. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475.


“Bunnicula.” Based on the classic children’s book. Arkansas Arts Center, through Nov. 11: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $12. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. “Busy Body.” Comedy about a corpse that goes missing. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Nov. 4: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. L.A. Theater Works: “Pride & Prejudice.” Stage adaptation of the Jane Austin classic. Walton Arts Center, Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Murder and Macabre Mystery Dinner Theater:”Till Death Do Us Part.” The wedding of the year: Frankenstein and Bridezilla. Every monster in town will be there. But, will the wedding take place or will something “deadly” happen to stop it? Includes catered dinner by Porterhouse Restaurant. The Regency, Fri., Oct. 26, 6 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 6 p.m., $40. 714 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-9126. www. “The Rocky Horror Show.” Live musical by The Petite Roche Players. Audience participation is encouraged, but no outside props. Not recommended for children. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, Oct. 24-27, 7 p.m.; Oct. 29-31, 7 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 10:30 p.m., $20. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-563-1600. “Shrek the Musical.” Walton Arts Center, Tue., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $39-$69. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Singin’ on a Star.” The Rep’s Young Artists Program production, conceived and directed by Nicole Capri. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Wed., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 28, 2 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3, 2 and 7 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www. “The Woman in Black.” Stephen Mallatratt’s thriller based on Susan Hill’s book of the same name stars El Dorado native and stage and screen actor William Ragsdale. Rialto Theater, Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27-28, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3-4, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 6-9, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 10-11, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., $16-$34. 113 E. Cedar St., El Dorado. 877-725-8849.



CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “The Story Teller,” paintings by John Deering, Oct. 26-Dec. 24, reception 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. OLD STATE HOUSE: “Democracy in Action: The Arkansas Travelers for Clinton,” Brown Bag Lunch Series featuring Sheila Galbraith Bronfman, noon-1 p.m. Oct. 26. 324-9685. FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Tenses of Landscape,” invitational group painting show, through Nov. 4, Fine Arts Center gallery, lecture by show artist Emily Gherard 7 p.m. Oct. 25 (reception 5:30 p.m.); Patti Chalmers, Linda Lopez, ceramics; Mathew McConnell student work, hallway gallery, through Oct. 26; “Objects, Stories and the Making of

AFTER DARK, CONT. Meaning,” workshop with Dr. Paul Bolin, 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 24, room 115. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 479-575-7987. FORT SMITH FIANNA HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, 1 Essex Place: “RAM Membership Kickoff and Celebrity Whodunnit Auction,” auction of anonymous artwork in fundraiser for the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum opening Jan. 19. $20, $10 for members. 479-784-2787. GOSHEN DOMBEK STUDIO & GALLERY, 844 Blue Springs Road: “Birds and Butterflies and Earlier Work,” paintings by George Dombek, studio open 1-5 p.m. every Sat.-Sun. in October. JONESBORO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “Occupants,” paintings by John Harlan Norris, “Gentlemen Wear Black,” paintings by Melissa Wilkinson, through Nov. 16, Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, gallery talk noon Oct. 30. 870-972-2567. ROGERS ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. Second ST.: “To Cap It All Off,” hats from the late 19th century to 1960, through June 29, 2013; “A House in Mourning,” funeral customs of the early 1990s theme of Hawkins House exhibit through Nov. 3, with candlelight tours 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 479-621-1154.


The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs has issued a call to artists for its “Wintertide Exhibit” in December. There is no entry fee, but a $10 hanging fee for the juried show. For more information, call Donna Dunnahoe at 501-624-0489 or e-mail Artworks should be submitted in jpeg form to info


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “50 for Arkansas,” work donated by Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, through Jan. 6; “Multiplicity,” exhibition on printmaking from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, through Jan. 6; “Formed from Fire: American Studio Glass from the Permanent Collection,” through Nov. 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. THE ART LOFT, 1525 Merrill Drive: Work by Dan Thornhill, Catherine Rodgers, Rosemary Parker, Kelly Furr, Melody Lile and others, with music by Rico Novales. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 251-1131. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Tympanic Ruminations,” interactive show exploring the connection between music and art inspiration, with work by Virmarie DePoyster, Kyle Boswell and Elizabeth Weber, through Nov. 3. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: Arkansas League of Artists exhibition, through Jan. 26; “Solastalgia,” work by Susan Chambers and Louise Halsey, through Jan. 26. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham: “Dia de los Muertos,” through Nov. 11, portion of sales benefit Arkansas Food Bank, reception 6 p.m. Nov. 1. 663-2222. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Southern Landscape,” work by Al Allen, Thomas Hart Benton, Darrell Berry, Gary Bolding, Adrian Brewer, J.O. Buckley, Roger Carlisle, Carroll Cloar, Shelia Cotton, William Dunlap, Louis Freund, Charles

Harrington, Colette Pope Heldner, Dolores Justus, Matt McLeod, Laura Raborn, Ed Rice, Kendall Stallings, Barry Thomas and Rebecca Thompson. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. J.W. WIGGINS GALLERY, Sequoyah National Research Center, 500 University Plaza: “Indian Ink: Native Printmakers in the J.S. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art,” curated by Bobby Martin, art professor at John Brown University, through Dec. 14. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri. 569-8336. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” traveling exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, through Oct. 28. 758-1720. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell: “Lifelines,” photographs by Brian Fender, paintings by Kathy Bay, portion of proceeds from Fender sales go to ALS research. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR: “Small Works on Paper: 2006-2011 Retrospective,” Bank of the Ozarks Gallery, Ottenheimer Library, through Oct. 24. 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat. 812-4102. TERRY HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY, 7th and Rock Sts.: “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts touring exhibit by Linda Williams Palmer, show continues through Nov. 4. 372-4000. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Faces of the Delta,” drawings by Aj Smith, through Nov. 16; “Photographing the Landscape,” work by Jay Gould, Frank Hamrick, Chad Smith and Luther Smith, through Dec. 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-3182.


CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Dorothy Howell Rodham and Virginia Clinton Kelley,” through Nov. 25; permanent 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. 3708000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Arkansas Contemporary: Selected Fellows from the Arkansas Arts Council,” work by 17 artists, through Nov. 4; “Barbie Doll: The 11 ½-inch American Icon,” through Jan. 6, 2013; “A Collective Vision,” recent acquisitions, through March 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “A Voice through the Viewfinder: Images of Arkansas’ Black Community by Ralph Armstrong,” through Jan. 5, 2013; permanent exhibits on AfricanAmerican entrepreneurial history in Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “GPS Adventures,” ages 6 to adult, through April 1; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 12 and older, $8 ages 1-11, free under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. More art listings can be found in the calendar at

NOTES FROM HELL, CONT. As the group heads toward the routes, Baka clutches two bagels in one hand and a gallon jug of water in the other. He dumps his stuff at the foot of the mountain and hurriedly knots his rope. His mannerisms are twitchy, his words rushed, like he’s overdosed on non-drowsy cold meds. “Dave, are you ready? Now we just have to find what we can. I wanted my lowest to be 9, but 8’s aren’t that bad, and there’s three of them right here.” He’s already partially up the wall, clipping himself into the first bolt before Harrison, on belay, is done with his knot. “I’m in the zone, where I can’t function normally, but I can totally climb,” Baka yells down. 10 p.m. We’re halfway there.


t the first of three check-ins, the North Forty is hopping. Dozens of climbers sign the log, re-tape fingers and chug complimentary cold-brewed coffee. One guy eats unheated Chef Boyardee from the can. There are a few battery-operated floodlights, and everyone has headlamps, giving the place a twinkling carnival air. The chatter and buzz are back. Down the ridge I find Caldwell, Trotter and Trotter’s wife, Lydia Zamarano, a yoga instructor. We sit on a flat rock and watch the guys climb sheer 70-foot sheets of rock. They move like dancers, precisely replacing one foot with another, gripping a half-inch knob with their toes, pointing, stretching and lightly leaping, each move flowing into the next. Even Zamarano is impressed. “I can’t believe they’re still doing 5.12’s,” she marvels. At 1 a.m., Zamarano and I head down the mountain, with the goal of crashing for a few hours at the Patagonia cabin. The porch railing is lined with at least a hundred beer bottles, and we are greeted by a cluster of men in various degrees of slump. At someone’s feet, an unzipped medic’s bag spills its contents. Nate Borchert, the HH logistic coordinator, has an IV bag rigged to a post and a needle in his vein. Borchert slurs something about drinking since this morning and how they give themselves IVs to prevent hangovers. The whole scene is unsettling. We sidestep the drunks, remove our caked shoes and enter the cabin — a haven of blonde wood with duffle bags of rope, granola bars and vitamin powders spread about.


t 6 a.m. the porch has been abandoned, but the plastic IV bags still hang limply from posts. Back at the North Forty in the chilly, periwinkle dawn, volunteers are passing out bananas, and even Baka appears sedated. Harrison declines his banana. Apparently, he puked a few minutes ago. “Too much caffeine and not enough food,” he hypothesizes. Harrison is competing in HH for the second time and Baka for the third time.

In 2010, Baka grew faint and confused, and 17 hours in, had a volunteer help him to his tent. He blames his trouble on dehydration. At 7 a.m., for the first time all competition, I spot Brittany Griffith and Jasmine Caton, the Patagonia women’s team. They’re in pullovers and ski-caps, studying the route book and sipping Pabst Blue Ribbon. “Don’t judge,” Griffith says, raising the can. Even 21 hours in, they’re animated. Caton strips off her teal pullover and lifts her ropey arms to the rock. As she tugs, waves ripple between her shoulders. These women have the most defined back muscles I’ve ever seen. Griffith hops around more than necessary on the belay, probably to keep alert and warm. By 9 a.m., the T-nutters are back, full steam. Harrison thinks he’s just going to climb the last route once, but both he and Baka climb, then climb again. It’s a brisk hike to the Trading Post, to ensure that the scorecards get turned in by 10 a.m. Final route count: Baka 75, Harrison 54. In front of the Trading Post, it looks much the way it did 24 hours ago, except that now the crowd is dustier and bloodier and several costumes are missing pieces. The competition’s quiet star is Emily Cole, a petite, auburn-haired 16-yearold from Oklahoma City. She set a new HH record for most routes climbed by a female competitor (133) and she had the highest women’s score. Griffin and Caton place second and third. On their way to collect their awards, Caton asks Griffin, “What did she score, again?” Her tone betrays a tad of disbelief. Cole has been climbing at HH since she was 14. Her first year, she came in first in women’s intermediate. But this year, her third, she registered as elite because her teammate was climbing elite. “My partner wanted to beat his [and the alltime HH] record of 160 [routes], but I didn’t have such high expectations,” she said. “He told me, it’s just a fun competition, don’t worry about it. But when I found out the women’s record was 120, I thought, ‘I got that.’ ” Thus far, Cole hasn’t trained seriously. She climbs at the gym about twice a week, in five-hour blocks. “Before this competition, I felt like climbing wasn’t going to be the focus of my life — it was going to be a hobby,” she says. “But now I know it means too much to ever be a hobby.” Next year Cole plans to climb with Katie Childs, a photographer from Little Rock who’s completed two 100-mile megamarathons and won climbing competitions at the Little Rock Climbing Center. This year Childs attended HH as a spectator. “Next year, Katie and I will probably try to break my record,” said Cole. And the sun sets behind the mountains, ending another year in hell.

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ COMPETING COOKS WILL BE rolling up their sleeves and oiling up their skillets for the Arkansas Cornbread Festival coming Nov. 3 to SoMa, on Main between 13th and 16th streets. Festival-goers will be able to munch cornbread samples from professional competitors Big Daddy’s Hotwater Cornbread from the Old South Cornbread Co., Whole Foods, the Governor’s Mansion, and Redbone’s (all in the traditional category); the Savory Pantry, Loblolly Creamery, Pizza D’Action, and Dogtown Coffee and Cookery (all non-traditional); and Boulevard Bread, Brown Sugar Bake Shop and Dempsey Bakery (sweet cornbread), as well as amateur competitors. Food trucks will serve up main courses and more, craft vendors will line Main and there will be music to eat by from (in order of appearance) the Mockingbird Hillbilly Band, Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, the Buffalo City Ramblers, Tsar Bomba, Don’t Stop Please and Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Tickets are $7 adults and $3 for children. It’s the 2nd annual festival and a lot of the action will be at the Bernice Sculpture Garden, Daisy Bates and Main. THE ARKANSAS JOURNAL OF SOCIAL CHANGE AND PUBLIC SERVICE hosts “Food for Thought: A Symposium Devoted to Food, Policy and Community” Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UALR Law School, 1201 McMath Ave. (east of MacArthur Park). Panelists will discuss the history of street vending in America, Arkansas food trucks, trends in food and commerce and social policies regarding food security. Speakers include Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance director Kathy Webb; The Root owners Corri Bristow Sundell and Jack Sundell; Hardin Farms co-owner Jody Hardin, Arkansas Foodbank Director Phyllis Haynes, Downtown Little Rock Partnership director Sharon Priest, state Rep. Frederick Love and others. Attendees can register at the event at 8:15 a.m. or online at socialchange/2012/10/09/food-forthought.



ARGENTA MARKET A daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. L daily, D Mon.-Sat., B Sat., BR Sun. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-0600. LD Tue.-Sat.


OCTOBER 24, 2012


MASSIVE: A lamb shank from Hot Springs’ Vina Morita.

Beyond Tex-Mex Hot Springs Vina Morita offers diverse menu.


here are many reasons to love Vina Morita, not just its fabulous food. Start with husbandand-wife owners Antonio Gonzalez and Brenda Bahena, who opened this, their first restaurant, less than five months ago. They run the front of the house and are warm, gracious and helpful — buzzing about but not lurking. Then there’s the cool vibe of the place — a restored historic spot on Central Avenue across from the Hot Springs Visitors Center, where people fill their jugs with the city’s renowned spring water. The floors are hardwood, the bar is stone and the art and lighting are cool at Vina Morita. It’s hip in a family-friendly sort of way. One or more of Brenda’s and Antonio’s children are likely to be hanging around, and other relatives pop in to help with the kids and lend a hand in other ways. It feels homey, as a family-owned restaurant should. The wide-ranging menu goes way beyond the Tex-Mex staples Arkies have come to consider quintessential “Mexican food.” Yes, you’ll find cheese dip, guacamole, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos and even a taco salad. But there are many other specialties

Vina Morita 610 Central Ave. Hot Springs 501-625-7143

QUICK BITE The official name is Vina Morita Restaurant and Wine Bar, and while there are only “house” wines served by the glass, there is a moderately impressive list of wines by the bottle; we enjoyed a fabulous Beringer chardonnay from Napa Valley at a very reasonable price. HOURS 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar, all CC.

from central Mexico, the area chef Eli Tapia hails from — dishes featuring shrimp, fish, steak, and even a mixed grill that includes all that plus sausage and lobster. Thin, crisp chips and two distinctly different salsas come to every table. The fresh-tasting tomato-based salsa is zippy without being overly spicy, while the tomatillo-based green salsa is subtle

and smoky. Chipotle gives the smooth yellow cheese dip a smoky flavor, and flecks of pepper provide a bit of heat. The guacamole is classic — avocado, onion, tomato, a bit of diced jalapeno, a nice squeeze of lime juice and not much else. It’s chunky and about as good as guacamole gets. The queso and guac are $3.99 each for a decent-sized “small” serving and $5.99 for large. We both had decided on fish for entrees, but one of us strayed when we heard a special that night was lamb shank, a real weakness of ours. This one was massive — rich and tender like pot roast. It was accompanied by half a hollow green bell pepper filled with a thick sauce that has a red-pepper base and a hint of sweet. It dressed up the delicately spiced lamb and worked well with the buttery, slightly salty risotto over which the lamb is served, the lamb drippings soaking in nicely. (Seen risotto recently in a Mexican restaurant? How about penne pasta with Bolognese sauce and meatballs — $9.99?) The lamb was $29.99, not out of line for osso bucco, and we worked on leftovers for a couple of days. The Tilapia en Salsa Chipotle (a bargain at $13.99) was another rock star — a huge, thick slab of blackened, flaky tilapia served over rice with a cheese sauce pooled around the whole, a nice touch that let the spiciness of the fish and delicateness of the rice come through. There are five desserts, none made on premises, but the mango flan ($5.99) was serviceable. It was creamy — more like creme brulee in texture than a typical custard — served with a strawberry glaze. The dessert, like all the dishes, was beautifully presented, clearly a focus for Chef Eli. Our biggest regret? That this was a one-evening, one-meal visit to Hot Springs, and we didn’t get a chance to sample other enticing dishes. We’ve heard great things about the shrimpstuffed avocado ($8.99), lightly fried avocados stuffed with shrimp and served with sauteed mushrooms on a bed of mixed greens; and the Camarones al Ajillo ($15.99), large shrimp drizzled with a buttery sauce, salsa, garlic and olive oil. But we’ll be back — maybe even on Saturday night, when free salsa dancing lessons, we’re told, mean the place is hopping.

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ASHLEY’S The premier fine dining restaurant in Little Rock marries Southern traditionalism and haute cuisine. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BELWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BL Mon.-Fri. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. The fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmetto-go location. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-9030. Serving meals to go: LD Mon.-Sat. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for wellcooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining, though tapas are out of this world. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3761195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 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. $-$$. 501-225-3768. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N. Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub, where you’ll find traditional fare like burgers and fish and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4500. D daily, BR, L Sat.-Sun. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts for 30 years. Get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Sat. (drive-


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through only). KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. LULAV Comfortably chic bistro with continental and Asian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. L Mon.-Fri., D daily. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads

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and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and several meat-and-two options for lunch and dinner. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ‘50s setting at today’s prices. 8026 Cantrell Road.


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Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 11602 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts and a pleasant atmosphere. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2243344. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI Highquality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without. 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. BL Tue.-Fri., BLD Sat. (close at 5pm). UNION BISTRO Casual upscale bistro and lounge. Try the chicken and waffles. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-3530360. D Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar, but the dinner entrees are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-7665. L Fri.-Sun., D daily.


CURRY IN A HURRY Home-style Indian food with a focus on fresh ingredients and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots downtown to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-3017900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. Try the Tom Kha Kai and white wine alligator. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-5627900. LD daily. PHO THANH MY Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

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SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.

CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2254346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat.


4 SQUARE CAFE AND GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis and a daily selection of desserts. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-2622. BLD daily. CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close at 4 p.m.).


CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT 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. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous hand-tossed New York style pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great. 201 E. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. PIERRE’S GOURMET PIZZA CO. EXPRESS KITCHEN Food truck with a broad menu of pizza, calzones, salads and subs. 760 C Edgewood Drive. No alcohol, No CC. $$. 501-410-0377. L Mon.-Fri. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-851-0880. LD daily. 3324 Pike Avenue. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-5997. LD daily. 4001 McCain Park Drive. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-2900. LD daily. 5524 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-5524. LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.


BROWNING’S MEXICAN GRILL New rendition of a 65-year institution. Some holdover items in name only but recast fresher and tastier. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9956. LD daily, BR Sat-Sun. CANON GRILL Tex-Mex, pasta, sandwiches and salads. The varied maincourse menu rarely disappoints. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2068. LD daily. COTIJA’S Massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fiery-hot green salsas. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. LA REGIONAL The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America. Bring your Spanish/English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE First-rate guacamole, inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer, No CC. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu.


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GUINNESS GLAZED HALIBUT Two 12-ounce bottles of Guinness stout 1/3 cup honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon hot sauce Salt Four 6-ounce skinless halibut fillets 4 large carrots, cut into 2-by-1/2-inch sticks Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing Freshly ground pepper OCTOBER 24, 2012 In a skillet, bring the stout and honey to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat, skimming, until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 25 minutes. Pour into a heatproof bowl and stir in the lemon juice, hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of salt; let cool to room temperature. In a shallow baking dish, pour half of the stout glaze over the halibut fillets and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning a few times. Reserve the remaining stout glaze. Preheat the broiler. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the carrots and boil until just tender, about 4 minutes; drain. Pour the reserved stout glaze into the saucepan and boil over high heat until thickened and reduced to 1/3 cup, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and simmer until glazed, about 1 minute. Remove the halibut from the marinade and arrange the fillets on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the halibut with olive oil and season with pepper. Broil about 4 inches from the heat until richly browned and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the halibut to plates and serve with the Guinness-glazed carrots.



s a complement to this week’s cover story, I’ve delved into the mysterious (for me) world of cooking with beer. I’ve had plenty experience cooking with wine (well, mostly drinking the wine while cooking), but beer for culinary use is a new frontier for me. So I turned to Nolan Brown, the beer department manager at Colonial Wine and Spirits, to give me some pointers: ♦ Beer can add richness to dishes, and the easiest way to achieve that is to replace some or all of the liquid in any recipe with beer, simple as that. You can use beer in anything from chicken and dumplings to brownies. ♦ By using beer as a marinade for grilled meats, not only does it make it juicier and tastier, but it can also make it more healthy. There have been several articles over the last year discussing research which has

concluded that marinating meat in beer dramatically reduces the formation of heterocyclic amines, a cancercausing compound produced when grilling or frying. Brown was also nice enough to give us a simple recipe he uses often, which sounds like a cross between Crock Pot barbecue and roast beef. Put some country ribs (or some other hunk of beef) in the Crock Pot, then add “a glob of molasses, a big glob of chili sauce, some brown sugar, and a 22-ounce bottle of Guinness. Add veggies of your choice, like some chunks of onion, carrots, red cabbage and potatoes, turn the Crock Pot on medium and leave it.” The prep takes less than 10 minutes, including cleanup, he said. If you like your recipes a little more detailed, try these two from Joe St. Ana of Crush Wine Bar. Fun fact: Crush has 50 beers available if you’re more into brew than vino.


3 ounces India Pale Ale 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper In a small bowl, whisk the beer with the shallot, orange zest, honey and mustard. Gradually add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper and serve.

hearsay ➥ The 14th annual POWER OF THE PURSE LUNCHEON is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Statehouse Convention Center. This fund-raiser for the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas will honor Johnelle Hunt of Rogers as the 2012 Woman of the Year in Philanthropy. The 2011 WFA grant winners will also be announced. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at ➥ GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH will host a fall craft fair and used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church, located on the corner of Kavanaugh and Hillcrest Street in Hillcrest. There will be 30 vendors, along with home-baked German pastries made by members of the congregation. For more information, call 954-9281. ➥ Bring your favorite munchkin to BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP in Park Plaza Mall during Oct. 26-28 for the Kooky Spooky Bear Bash. Kids and their bears can

dress in costume and receive a free virtual gift from and a fruit-flavored snack. While you’re at the mall, check out EDDIE BAUER’S sale on all down items, which lasts until Nov. 4. ➥ November 1 is the date for the FIRST THURSDAY SHOP AND SIP IN HILLCREST, which will run from 5-9 p.m. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and visit area retailers’ open houses and street sales. Don’t forget to stop at the restaurants, too. ➥ GO! RUNNING has all of their summer gear marked down 40 percent off for a limited time. They also have the latest models of running shoes from Nike, Brooks and Asics in, which means the older models are now 15 percent off. ➥VINTAGE SOCIALITE formerly in Hillcrest has relaunched and now offers its selection of vintage clothing for women in the upstairs loft area at EVOLVE. There will be a launch party Thursday, October 25 from 5-8 with food, drinks and great shopping. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES

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Best month mulling points


t’s been my custom to piss and moan anew with the turn of the year about what a sorry piece-of-crap month January is. And to gather up a new batch of incriminating facts and statistics proving that it is so. Our worst month! Our worst month indubitably. Raineth drop and staineth slop and how the wind doth ram. It’s the nature of gloomy, pessimistic characters like ol’ moi to ignore the other side of this proposition — that if there’s a worst month there has to be a best one, and of course we all know that October is the best month, the pumpkin-colored month, the month of opalescent twilight, of persimmons, of purple sweetgum stars and wood ducks on the move so beautiful that you want to just congratulate God. There’s a growing collection of sanguine Octoberiana, too — upbeat stuff that we might ought to keep in mind through the coming iced-over bridges, the inch-thick pollen layers, the siege of 115-degree days when the atmosphere itself becomes just a giant blister on the third rock’s butt. Just a few of the October recommendations, the October mulling points. The next election, with all the dire consequences, hasn’t happened yet in October. It looms, it sounds alarms, you’re already in the den and can hear them readying to loose the lions, but as long as it’s October you know

the improbable still has time to come to sanity’s or decency’s rescue. The fat lady hasn’t sung. Martin Luther BOB posted his 95 theLANCASTER ses in October — on Halloween, in fact — and then went out trickor-treating. Striking just the right balance. It was during the Missiles of October crisis that we all learned the proper pronunciation of the island nation just south of us, Cuber. The oom-pa and beer and Teutonic loosening that characterize Oktoberfest just wouldn’t get the job done in any other month. Lots of creatures go into hibernation in October — find a safe, dark hiding place to overwinter in — but Prince Charles might’ve overdone the thing with his expressed ambition to become his girlfriend’s tampon. The state fair isn’t Disney or even Branson but you can count on it each October for a few good freaks, a few good rides, a few good swine of a higher order than those out canvassing for political office. It was during a performance of “I Hate to See October Go” that Barry Manilow was assumed into the pantheon of the immortals. I always hate to see it go, too, having had ancestors who were always just one or

two campfires ahead of the glacial moraine. It was in October of his third year before his family realized that George Jones was not an opossum. Teeter first cheated somebody more for less in October. The Fouke Monster, last seen in October tumping doublewides in the Sulphur River bottoms deep in the Arklatex boonies, is now thought to have been not a Sasquatch but an ordinary South Arkansas zombie out and about for the Halloween rites. Probably waylaid the F.M., ate his vitals, left the scraps for the red wolves Robert E. Lee died in October and with his last breath a billion falling autumn leaves all across the South transformed into teardrops before they hit the ground. That notion had much currency in ruined, haunted 19th Century Dixie; here in fair and balanced Century 21, it seems a little much. Paul Van Dalsem gave his barefoot, pregnant wife a second milkcow as an anniversary gift one October. And — just a hunch here — didn’t receive anything in return. You’d have to have known her to LYAO at this, but Mimmy claimed that Papaw took her turkey hunting one October and she spent the entire morning lying behind a fallen log trying not to make the slightest sound that might scare off Mr. Gobble. With all the costume jewelry that must’ve been a toughie, this something of a cross between Mrs. Thurston Howell III and

Cousin Pearl Bodine. A stone-deaf turkey would have been olfactorially repelled at 500 yards by the heavy waft of lavender and the grease-vapor buildup from 40 years of burnt round steak. My frog, an unnamed Mexican hairless, beat Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller’s sleek leopard frog named The Grim Leaper at a big frog-jump at the State Capitol one October. But his was the one that got to go on to the celebrated frog-jump Olympics in Calaveras County, Calif. Mine didn’t have its own private jet. To complement his fear of antique furniture and Benjamin Disraeli, Billy Bob Thornton is said to have a mystery October phobia. My guess is fallen sycamore leaves, which make a dry scraping sound when the wind blows them along a sidewalk or pavement, like giant deadly spiders skittering about, definitely up to no good. Or anyhow, you get images like that when you try to mindmeld with Billy Bob. Calvin Coolidge slept through one entire October, and indeed it’s a prime month for sleeping. Maybe best in the deep of night with the window open, cool spilling in, only vaguely aware of the distant clarinet honks of the passing-over snows and Canadas requesting flight-controller directions to keep formation. Either that or tapping your maple trees. Or mending fieldstone fences. Or ballooning over the golden hollers. Or joining in on the chorus of “Bringing in the Sheaves.”

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the company focuses only on craft beer, and has a knowledgeable staff ready to answer questions and provide stellar customer service. They currently stock brews from Marshall Brewing Company, which is based out of Tulsa, Okla., but Breen said there will be big announcements coming in the next couple of months about other lines they will carry. To find out more about Arkansas Craft Distributors, visit or visit their Facebook page.

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We do our best to hold sale prices as long as possible (unless noted as a “Til It’s Gone...”) ITEMS SALE PRICE Spicebox Canadian Spiced Whisky 750ml (‘Til It’s Gone…) $7.99 Absolut Miami 1L (‘Til It’s Gone…) $15.99 Sobieski Vodka 1.75L (‘Til It’s Gone…) $14.99 360 Vodka 1.75L $19.99 Stolichnaya Vodka 1.75L $27.99 Beefeater Gin 1.75L $29.99 St. Brendan’s Irish Cream 1.75L $19.99 Jagermeister 750ml $19.99 Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum 1.75L $21.99 Milagro Silver Tequila 1.75L $22.99 Chinaco Blanco & Reposado 750ml (‘Til It’s Gone…) $29.99 Jim Beam 1.75L (Through November…) $19.99 Jack Daniel’s 750ml $19.99 Knob Creek Bourbon 750ml $24.99 Gentlemen Jack 1.75L $49.99 Courvosier VS Cognac 750ml $19.99 Balvenie 12 yr. Doublewood Scotch 750ml $39.99 Glenlivet 12 yr. 1.75L $62.99 Glenlivet 12 yr. 750ml $35.99 Johnnie Walker Sampler 200ml Gift Box: 1 bottle each of Red, Black, Gold and Blue (‘Til It’s Gone…) $62.99

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Closeouts, Inventory Reductions and Blowouts for new vintages Items sale price Bell’ Agio 375ml (Chianti) $4.99 Frontera 1.5L (Merlot) $5.99 Trapiche Oak Case 750ml (Chardonnay) $5.99 Palo Alto Reserve 750ml (Red Blend) $5.99 Bodega Elena 750ml (Chardonnay, Malbec, Red Blend) $5.99 Sassy Bitch 750ml (Chardonnay) $5.99 La Marouette (French Vin De Pays) 750ml (Syrah, Cabernet) $5.99 Steele 750ml (Pinot Blanc) $5.99 Chateau Julien 750ml (Pinot Grigio) $5.99 Geyser Peak 750ml (Pinot Grigio) $5.99 Volteo 750ml (Tempranillo/Cabernet Blend) $6.99 Micante 750ml (Cabernet/Sangiovese Blend) $7.99 Montes 750ml (Sauvignon Blanc) $7.99 Franciscan 750ml (Sauvignon Blanc) $7.99 Sensation 750ml (Cotes Du Rhone) $8.99 Stella Rosa 750ml (Prosecco) $8.99 Lock & Key (Meritage) $9.99 $15.99 Simi 750ml (Cabernet from Napa Valley) Chamisal Vineyards 750ml (Chardonnay from Edna Valley) $17.99 Hess 750ml (Block 19 Cuvee) $25.99

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