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The rest of the shale story Popular broadcaster Paul Harvey enlivened commentaries with his “The Rest of the Story” features. A little more information often changes assumptions 180 degrees. Reading Randy Zook’s commentary on Sept. 26 in the Arkansas DemocratGazette inspired me to help him by telling “The Rest of the Story” regarding our abundant, domestic natural gas.  I doubt folks realize that around the U.S. natural gas resources are being sold to foreign interests. Chesapeake sold its Fayetteville Shale holdings for $4.75 billion to the behemoth Australian mining company, BHP Billiton, which had enough cash leftover to pay $12.1 billion for Houston based Petrohawk. This brings the total lease acreage held by this one foreign company to almost 1.5 million acres in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. U.S. natural gas, touted as our bridge fuel to the future, may eventually be liquefied and sold off to the highest bidder in places like Japan, China, or India, where profits are much higher.  Australia is only one of several countries buying our energy reserves and waiting for prices to soar as we continue our petroleum addiction.  Countries like China appear to be investing in U.S. gas companies in order to learn the new fracking extraction process rather than go through their own time consuming and costly R&D.  All the while, the federal interagency organization, Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, turns a blind eye in its obligation to review these massive multi-billion dollar sales of natural gas reserves that are classified as energy resources “critical to maintaining the national defense, continuity of government, economic prosperity, and quality of life in the United States.” If the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce is concerned about fair trade and American markets, they might want to ask their congressmen why these foreign transactions are moving forward on a fast track without scrutiny. Mr. Zook likes to talk about revenues but folks with the Chamber of Commerce should also acknowledge expenses.  Externalizing the costs of industry’s cleanup to the taxpayer is a game we simply can’t afford anymore.  Even a 7 percent severance tax won’t cover the over $450 million in gas industry truck damages reported by Arkansas Highway Department,  nor restore lost property values, nor repair negative impacts to tourism and agriculture.  I seriously doubt the largest mining company in the world will have trouble paying a 7 percent severance to Arkansans, since they have to pay that much and more on their leases in Texas and Louisiana. This new severance tax is needed to not only help pay for county and state road maintenance throughout Arkansas, but assist citizens of small municipalities with funding 4 OCTOBER 5, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

for the first time. Their streets have been terribly damaged by thousands of gas drilling service trucks with only local funds to restore safe conditions. And that, folks, is the rest of the story. Joyce Hale Fayetteville

Technically legal, ethically wrong Several letters to the editor of the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record have recently pointed out that the two Lake Hamilton coaches who “retired” then re-applied pulled a fast one no different than the three

elected county officials did some time back. Correct, no difference whatsoever (except that we’ve come to expect it from elected officials but not educators). What’s being missed though is the message that these coaches, superintendent Steve Anderson, and the school board are sending to the students: If it’s technically legal, it’s O.K., even if you know it is morally and ethically wrong. If you have a child who goes to school there, know that’s what the message is. And if they are willing to fine tune these actions to accommodate this transaction, it stands to reason it’s either not the first time nor will it be the last.




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Most insulting were Anderson’s comments in the newspaper that the re-hiring of these coaches would not be automatic. How could he look the public and taxpayers in the eye, with a straight face, and make a statement knowing that it was simply not true? By the way, these are both fine coaches and the school probably could not have replaced them with anyone better. But what they did was wrong. Brian Castle Fountain Lake

Where did logic and respect go? I am so very grateful for your newspaper that tells it like it really is, and for other readers that voice their opinions like Steve Heye (“Fund-raising suggestion”) and Mary Williams (“Democracy not oligarchy”). I wholeheartedly agree with them, but I often feel all alone here in my political thinking. I just fail to understand how a state like Arkansas (with so many people that work so hard for everything they have and still don’t get ahead, plus the poor) could possibly be Republican. One of the reasons I really enjoy your paper is because you bring to light part of the lies we hear every day. I sometimes don’t think you can believe anything you hear.  And Congress is certainly proving that right now. It seems to me the Republicans have no respect at all for the voters that put them in office or the president, who was elected to lead. They are determined to not allow him to do that. And still no new taxes on the ultra rich. What has happened to logic and respect in this country? Sharon Roberts North Little Rock

PETA goes too far Regarding Kerri Garretts’ letter concerning PETA, in my opinion, these people all have a screw or two loose! I can tell you a really good one about this group from some years ago. I got a letter in the mail, from out of the blue, from the PETA group, asking for money to help them stop the killing of rats in New York! I kid you not, that’s what it said. I read it twice just to be sure I wasn’t losing my mind. They are not happy unless they are stirring some pot and causing trouble, even though it’s none of their business. Ellen was one loved elephant, so there. Peggy Wolfe Heber Springs Submit letters to the Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is We also accept faxes at 375-3623. Please include name and hometown.


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Perry’s way

ndy Warhol predicted that everyone would get to be famous for 15 minutes. In the Republican presidential race, everyone gets to be the media’s darling for 15 minutes. The commentators loved Michele Bachmann at first, assuring readers and viewers that she was not really the flake that her comments made her seem, but she was truly photogenic, and greatly impressing political experts, such as themselves. Then Rick Perry rode in, and it was adios, Michele. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos spent a broadcast gushing over the new candidate, and how he’d swooped in and taken Bachmann’s supporters away from her. (They didn’t explain that other things being equal, the fanatic fundamentalist vote will always go to a male candidate over a female. God made one sex superior, after all.) Since Perry’s been exposed in televised debates as a slow thinker, if thinker at all, the TV pundits are calling for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the race, praising him for his tough “Move your ass” talk and for being fat. (“Why now?” Mike Huckabee must be asking.) But unlike Bachmann, Perry’s still in contention — George Bush without the winsomeness — and if he’s unable to state his positions orally, he or an aide managed to get them down on paper in his book, “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.” They’re worth knowing. He’s really fed up — had it to here — with the United States Constitution. Most presidential candidates profess some fondness for it; Perry wants pretty much a total makeover. He’d repeal the 16th Amendment, which permits the people to elect their own United States senators. He’d rather the state legislatures do it. Giving the people a voice in democracy is dangerous business. He’d also do away with the 17th Amendment, which allows for the income tax, the tax that asks rich people to pay their fair share of the cost of government. Don’t they suffer enough already? He’d let Congress override the Supreme Court — what is fair and just would be replaced by what is politically popular — and he’d abolish lifetime tenure for federal judges, so that those who made disagreeable decisions, like permitting black children to attend school with whites, could be gotten rid of. He’d add an amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, in all 50 states, and another banning abortion nationwide. He once would have left these matters to the individual states, like a conservative, but now he wants to expand the powers of the central government, like the right-wing preachers he cultivates and resembles. It’s tempting to say of Perry “All hat and no cattle,” but he’d never cover that ’do with a hat.





PARTY LIKE IT’S 1991: Former President Bill Clinton greets the crowd Saturday as he arrives at a celebration of the 20th anniversary of his announcement to run for president.

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heffield Nelson, the former gas company executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate, dropped by the Times Monday so I could sign one of his petitions to put a natural gas severance tax increase on the 2012 election ballot. He’s confident of making the ballot, maybe without aid from paid signature gatherers. He has the considerable grassroots strength of the Arkansas Municipal League on board. The Municipal League has good reason to help. The proposal would tax natural gas at 7 percent of market value. If passed, the tax would provide cities a one-time payment of $20 million off the top of first-year collections. Then, after a 5 percent takeout for general state revenues, the rest would be split 70-15-15 among the state, counties and cities. At current production and prices, it would raise $250 million a year. The money is one good reason for city support. Another is that passage of the severance tax will be built on the proposition that it is a better alternative than a proposed half-cent sales tax increase for roads and highways, which also will be on the ballot. Cities are already pressed on the sales tax, the major source of city funding. Every additional sales tax makes it harder for cities to go back to their voters for help. Nelson smiles at the recognition of the obvious campaign theme: Would voters rather build highways and pay for damage caused by shale drilling rigs with a sales tax assessed on necessities of life for everyone in Arkansas or with a tax paid mostly by consumers of natural gas in other states. It’s an easy call, I think. Nelson made his case in an Arkansas DemocratGazette op-ed last week. Randy Zook of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce made the pitch against it for his big members in the gas industry. It will mean a quadrupling of the state’s severance tax, Zook wrote. Indeed it will. In saying

this, Zook essentially confirms the fraud currently being visited on the state. When the legislature — in response to an earlier Nelson petition effort — approved a 5 percent severance tax, it included MAX all sorts of escape hatches, notably BRANTLEY a cost recovery provision for new wells. The effect is well illustrated by the bottom line — gas producers paid $54.6 million in severance taxes on $3.6 billion in sales, or an effective rate of 1.5 percent. Rates in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas are much higher. They’ve been around 7 or 7.5 percent in Texas and Oklahoma since Nelson first tried to increase the severance tax as head of Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company in the early 1980s. While the current Arkansas tax is producing only $54 million a year, shale rigs are doing $450 million in damage to state highways and uncounted millions more in damage to county roads and city streets. The economic benefit has flowed to a handful of counties in the shale zone. So back to that core proposition: Should somebody in Desha County favor a half-cent sales tax on their Walmart receipt or a severance tax paid in another state? Nelson predicts, Legislative Shale Caucus or no, that the tax will enjoy significant, if not majority, support in the shale zone. Only a small minority reap royalties. There are economic benefits, but there are also broken roads, noisy drilling rigs, a steady stream of heavy truck traffic and environmental problems. “Let’s do what’s fair,” Nelson says. “Let’s let Arkansas charge what others charge.” Sign me up. The multinational energy companies, including an Australian giant, will spend tremendous sums to convince voters otherwise. They think we should tax ourselves to pay for their damage. G’day mate.


Parallels in panics


bunch of times the past 150 years we were right here — the country in economic distress, millions disillusioned and the political order mesmerized by a paranoid minority convinced that government is in the hands of sinister forces and the social fabric threatened by demons from rum and foreign agents to immigrants and alien religions. So does all that history give us a clue about what will befall the country from this long recession and the Tea Party’s weird sway? Not much, except this: The country recovers only after a long spell when a recession is brought on by financial panic, and the paranoia eventually turns on itself. The latter has already happened with the Tea Party. A movement formed in the fall of 2008 on rage over the government’s bailout of financial moguls and the big automakers has morphed into a crusade to protect the financiers and big business from government and to promote the welfare of the rich. Historians one day will have fun figuring out how that happened. An immutable law is at work and a Nobel Prize awaits the scholars who frame it. Let’s review the precedents. Panic of 1873 The banking house of Jay Cooke & Co. (the Lehman Bros. of that era) went belly up and set off a chain of bank failures that led to what historians call the Long Depression. Cooke had helped finance the Civil War and the great railroad-building boom

that followed (the subprime mortgage bubble of the day). Unemployment soared to 14 percent in three years, ERNEST wages fell, 18,000 DUMAS businesses closed, real-estate prices collapsed and farmers were devastated. Other crises contributed to the national funk: the Chicago fire of 1871, the equine flu pandemic the next year, a debt crisis brought on by the demonetization of silver and what amounted to an embrace of the gold standard. The paranoid strain of politics would never again reach such peaks. The agents of evil were everywhere: liquor, tides of immigrants from Northern Europe with their guttural languages and orders from the Pope, railroad barons, Wall Street, gold bugs, European bankers and — always — the government that bowed to them. Political movements and parties proliferated to give vent to the rage, mostly agrarian and labor. All were populist, the description that Republican pundits now assign to the claques that run under the Tea Party banner, suggesting that they want to put ordinary folks ahead of the privileged and powerful. Blame fell on the Republicans, who had been in power since the Civil War. They suffered massive defeat in the congressional elections of 1874 and would have lost again in the 1876 presidential election, but the splinter

Obstruction is the preferred conservatism


s there greater conservative virtue in opposing federal health reform, period, or in saying it ought to be implemented locally instead of from Washington in the event we are unavoidably laden with it? That is to ask: Is the greater conservatism in obstruction or pragmatism? I think national Republicans answered that already in the debt-ceiling fiasco. And the question seems not to give the least pause to Arkansas Republican legislators, and they, after all, know the right wing best. They choose the option I wouldn’t — obstruction — but, then, I didn’t sweep into office in a Tea Party revolt last year based mostly on fear of this health care reform law. Their choice is to oppose federal health care reform at all cost, period, across the board, even if that effectively cedes to the federal government an eventual authority that could have been the state’s. Gov. Mike Beebe is a consummately

moderate Democrat worried about some elements of the federal health care law but favorable to having the JOHN state run whatever BRUMMETT part it may. And he got his back up over this last week. He decided to let the Republicans have it their superficial and obstructive way. Beebe said he would not exercise his executive authority to seek and receive $3.8 million in federal aid so the state Insurance Department could plan for state-created health insurance exchanges as mandated by 2014 in the new law. If states don’t exercise the option, the federal government will design and install these exchanges containing private health insurance plans under government parameters

groups — mainly the Populist and Prohibition parties — drained off enough votes that the Democrat, Sam Tilden, despite winning the popular vote by a good margin, lost by a single electoral vote. Panic of 1893 The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, which had led another torrent of railroad speculation, went bankrupt 10 days before President Cleveland’s second inauguration, setting off another run on banks. Five hundred banks, big railways and 15,000 businesses failed, and joblessness soared to nearly 20 percent. The causes were many but Cleveland and the Democrats were blamed and, like the Democrats in 2010, went down to defeat in the 1894 congressional elections. Farmers and workers gathered in 1896 under the Democratic banner and took over the party in much the way that the Tea Party, despite its small numbers, captured the GOP in 2010. They hoisted their leader, William Jennings Bryan, to the Democratic nomination under the cry of free coinage of silver, to the quiet dismay of President Cleveland and the party leaders, who thought silver had been the chief culprit in the collapse. That classic struggle was a turning point in economic history. The Republicans under Bill McKinley battled for the gold standard and high tariffs, both the better for American industry, the “job creators,” and they won. The populist movement faded over the next two decades. Panic of 1907 Another bank panic sank the country into a recession, tripling unemployment and igniting populist fury again. Bryan returned to capture the Democratic nomination a third time,

but he failed badly. The recession produced the Federal Reserve System, now one of the demons of the Tea Party. Great Depression You know the story of the great bubble of the ’20s, the crash of ’29 and the dismal aftermath. Herbert Hoover presided over nearly four years of it before leaving office so Franklin Roosevelt never had to take any blame. The Republicans, the financiers, the speculators, maybe some European Jews — they were the objects of the paranoia. FDR’s jobs programs and social reforms proved only helpful, not magic, but the firebreathers couldn’t settle on a champion in the 1936 elections after a political foe gunned down Huey P. Long. Perot’s Rebellion The modern paranoid style was best represented by Ross Perot, who rose to fame in the recession of 1991-92. He said both parties were controlled by rich interests and wouldn’t address the gravest crisis since the Depression — the vast national debt accumulating under Reagan and Bush I. Perot’s issues dissolved when Bill Clinton turned deficits into surpluses and presided over the greatest business and job growth in history. Now the rage is against a government run by a black man with an alien name and a sea of troubles brought on by liberals, unions, immigrants and gays. While the Republican bailout of the financiers was the founding grief, that’s long forgotten. The corporate billionaires headed by the Koch brothers quickly bought the movement and it is on course with William McKinley. Get government off the backs and out of the pocketbooks of big industry and the rich, the job creators, and manna will flow.

that would augment the usual choices in the private sector. Leading Arkansas health insurers like Blue Cross-Blue Shield and Delta Dental had called on the governor to secure the planning money. They like the profitability possibilities of participating in the exchange but would rather deal with state politicians close to home instead of the federal government. They think it’s high time to plan what will be a complicated undertaking. Beebe balked after several Republican legislators sent him a letter saying they were against receiving this federal grant because there was no urgency and, anyway, what they call “Obamacare” may be thrown out by the courts. Even so, they wrote, the federal government will give the exchange to the states after a year. Maybe, the governor’s people say, but only by federal rules and probably with some cost to the state. I’m told that Beebe believes the politics of all this could play to the benefit of Democrats and to the detriment of Republicans. He thinks “local control” could resonate, especially when sought by the relevant and

affected private sector, including, tentatively, the powerful lobby known as the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. The chamber president, Randy Zook, told me last Thursday that the chamber isn’t certain there is an urgent need to take planning money right now. But he said that, in the larger picture, the chamber wants any newly mandated health care exchange to be designed by the state, not federally. Zook may be right about the timing and Beebe wrong about the politics. As Zook indicates, the state could still pursue federal planning money in December and the “drop-dead date,” a state insurance official told me last week, is not actually until June. Beebe’s decision last week was not the end of it. Beebe’s calculation that the state’s voters might rise up against Republican obstruction of local control assumes — incorrectly, I regretfully suspect — that wide and superficial fear of federal health care reform won’t continue to prove more powerful. For all his job approval, Beebe remains an agent of effective government in an era when people don’t seem to be believe in such a thing. OCTOBER 5, 2011 7


It’s out of touch “What, pray tell, happened to our dear old friend, the intransitive verb ‘disappeared’? Went missing, you say? Replaced by just another fingernail scratch on our cultural chalkboard. Oh, chalkboards went missing too?” I share the writer’s sense of loss for disappeared (and vanished). But I’ve long railed about went missing, and it’s flourished under my disapproval, so I’ve gone off-rail on that subject. For awhile, anyway. In this excerpt from a letter to the editor, I found it interesting that a writer who waxed nostalgic over disappeared, himself used the word chalkboard. I don’t know his age or where he’s from, but in the Arkansas schools of my youth there were no chalkboards, only blackboards. Random House says that a chalkboard is “a blackboard, especially a green or other light-colored one,” and that the word is an Americanism that first appeared in the period 1935-40. A blackboard is “a sheet of smooth, hard material, especially dark slate, used in schools, lecture rooms, etc., for writing or drawing on with chalk.” Blackboard came along in 1815-25. “E-mails released Thursday night show that the Obama administration privately wor-

ried about the effect a default by Solyndra Inc. would have on the president’s re-election campaign. ‘The optics of DOUG a Solyndra default SMITH will be bad,’ an official from the Office of Management and budget wrote … “ Optics in my dictionary is “the branch of physical science that deals with the properties and phenomena of both visible and invisible light and with vision.” The unnamed government official seems to be using it as a synonym for appearances. This must be a fairly new usage. I couldn’t find it even in a couple of on-line slang dictionaries. Used in the traditional sense, optics takes a singular verb. I don’t know if that holds true for the new version. “The optics of the senator’s conviction is/are bad.” From an opinion of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York: “Mrs. Powers asked them to remain outside while she talked to her husband. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Powers’ sister waived the officers in.” And she waived good-bye when they left.


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OPENING A BRIDGE. Seven years after the project was announced, the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge officially opened; President Clinton and others were on hand to dedicate the bridge. The $10.5 million reconstruction of the old Rock Island Railroad Bridge serves as the eastern loop of the 10-year-old River Trail, surely one of the best pedestrian and bike paths in the country.

A CONCERT IN THE PARK. Zoo Jam, a concert fundraiser for the Little Rock Zoo held Sunday in War Memorial Park, was an apparent flop. Attendance was only 2,000 to 3,000, far fewer than anticipated. Vendors, including the company that set up the stage, weren’t paid. At press time, the stage remained in the park. See more on page 10.

DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK. On Saturday, thousands gathered on the Old Statehouse lawn to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s presidential announcement with the former president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others involved in the campaign. The boomer-rock band Chicago performed. Meanwhile, on Main Street hundreds gathered for the first Main Street Food Truck Festival. The crowds overwhelmed the vendors, but the event holds promise. (Why not ask trucks to come to Main Street every Saturday?). Downtown hadn’t seen crowds like these on a weekend in some time. A COMEBACK. The Razorbacks overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Texas A&M in Jerry’s Football Palace in Dallas.


FUTURE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. The Little Rock Board of Directors approved plans for a McDonald’s on University Avenue, just south of the busy Markham intersection. JOHN BURKHALTER. The state highway commissioner and supporter of Governor Beebe lost his bid to build a four- or five-story building near the State Capitol when the Capitol Zoning District Commission voted 7-1, with one abstention, not to change the zoning for two blocks along Sixth and Victory. The vote was a victory for the Quapaw Quarter Association and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, both of which had lobbied fiercely against changing the zoning limits.


A handful of nails STROLLING PAST THE HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM on the way to the

Fortress of Employment the other day, we couldn’t help but overhear two fellas who were building a gate in front of the new blacksmith shop outside the Plum Bayou House log cabin. “I’ll need to temper those nails,” one of them said. Just that. Just a short snippet of convo, and then The Observer strode on. For those who haven’t kept up with their metallurgy since high school, tempering is the process of heattreating something to make it harder and more resilient — in this case, nails, which need to be stiff enough to drive with a hammer. The whole of the blacksmith shop over at HAM, which rose up out of the grass last summer, was done like that: The Old Fashioned Way, right down to the hand-tooled joinery of the rafters and the forged hinges and the handmade bellows to stoke the forge inside. It was a heck of a thing seeing it all go together over the course of a few months, and struck us as kinda funny at the time, this idea of people making something by hand like they were stuck in an 1850’s time vortex, just because they could. We got a reminder of that the other day, when we heard those two fellas talking about spending more of their precious lives making a handful of nails for the gate when there are squat-tons of perfectly good 16 penny sinkers at Home Depot for a penny apiece. That moment made Your Old Pal think that maybe there’s more to it than folks seeking the novelty of doing things the way granddad did. It’s an ideal. And by gum, they were sticking to it to the end. There’s something about that kind of dedication that makes The Observer giddy, be it in public service or politics or even in hand-making nails that folks aren’t going to glance at twice, just because that’s what needs to be done. It might strike some as a little corny to put so much effort into something like that, in this world that seems to move so quickly. It doesn’t make good sense, other than from a connection-to-thepast sorta way. That said, we can totally relate to that desire to slow things down

and make the moment last. Keep on tempering, fellas. THE OBSERVER GOT MORE MAIL AND PHONE CALLS about last week’s piece

on Junior taking up the tuba than just about anything we’ve written in recent memory. Feelings about that low-voiced thicket of brass run deep among its admirers and devotees. One phone call we received at the office was simply a tubist playing a very intricate composition using only his or her tuba mouthpiece. It still sounded like an antelope choking on a kazoo, but this antelope could carry a tune you could dance to. Then there were the e-mails from kind tuba players, former tuba players and those who love tuba players who wanted to share their experiences. Here’s one that was especially touching to The Observer’s heart, penned by a proud dad of a no-doubt-even-prouder member of the mighty Razorback Band: “Our son chose band in the sixth grade, and by ninth grade, had been persuaded by a dedicated director to take up the tuba. He eventually bonded with his instrument, and maybe even felt a little polite pity for those who played smaller horns. Yes, we were very excited to be in the stands at the Missouri State game on Labor Day weekend to see him play with the Razorback Band for the first time. And, by the way, I think there are about twenty-three Razorback tubas this year.” The e-mails and calls made The Observer remember the dim days of yesteryear, when we played trombone in the high school band. Specifically, we remembered the kindness of the young people in the chairs beside us, our musical brothers and sisters, who collectively wrestled those devilish eighth notes and sixteenth notes alongside The Observer. Rarely in life have we felt so accepted as when we were tuned up, somewhat on key and playing music with our friends. Whether or not Junior becomes one of those 23 tubas tooting in support of the Razorbacks someday is really incidental. Mostly, we just hope he’ll get to know that same brand of personal harmony as well as he knows the scales.

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Legislators filed claims Monday for monthly expenses for the first time since a lawsuit was filed by the Arkansas Public Law Center challenging the flat monthly reimbursement scheme as an unconstitutional salary supplement. The number isn’t large, but there have been changes in reimbursement patterns since the possibility of a lawsuit was raised several months ago and more since it actually was filed. The Senate is standing firm. Thirty-four of 35 members continue to draw the flat monthly expenses without itemization as the Constitution seems to require. Sen. David Johnson of Little Rock has never drawn the money. In the House, 11 of 100 members depart from the standing pattern in various ways. Nate Steel of Nashville has never taken the money; John Edwards of Little Rock stopped taking it in March; Justin Harris of West Fork stopped filing in April, and Andy Mayberry of Little Rock discontinued payments June 30. Duncan Baird stopped taking the payments in July. Both Tim Summers of Bentonville and Charlie Collins of Fayetteville terminated their monthly contract in September. Jody Dickinson of Newport, Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia, Kim Hammer of Benton, Bryan King of Green Forest, Jim Nickels of Sherwood and John Vines of Hot Springs did not file for expenses in September. David Meeks of Conway and Kathy Webb altered their expenses contracts to allow payments “up to” fixed amounts, but Meeks claimed the full $2,050 in September while Webb made no claim for expenses for the month. The nonprofit Public Law Center named two representative lawmakers in the suit — a Republican and a Democrat, one each from the House and Senate. Both of them, Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton and Sen. Jerry Taylor of Pine Bluff continued claiming their full monthly expenses without itemization, $2,200 and $2,350 respectively.

Golf course blues While the talent lineup for last Sunday’s ZooJam concert at War Memorial Golf Course was a who’s who of country music stars — including headliner Toby Keith, plus Sara Evans, up-and-comer Eric Church and seasoned combo Diamond Rio — ticket sales were CONTINUED ON PAGE 11



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Proselytism in the classroom Churches show how it’s done legally. BY DOUG SMITH


re conservative Little Rock churches teaching public schoolteachers how to bring religion into their classrooms, thereby circumventing laws that require separation of church and state? LeeWood Thomas, a spokesman for a coalition of atheist and agnostic groups, thinks so. A church official’s response is ambiguous. A veteran teacher who went through the one-day course said the instructors didn’t tell anyone to break the law, but “It became very clear to me as the day progressed that the objective was to encourage teachers to abide by the letter of the law while quietly sabotaging the intent of the law.” The program in question, “Called to Teach,” is available nationwide, and has been offered by several churches in the Little Rock area. One of those churches is Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. Patrick Henry, community life pastor at the church, told a reporter that the program was “teaching teachers how to love their students.” He declined to answer other

questions about the program, referring the reporter to the Called to Teach website. (Which says the purpose of the program is “to encourage teachers of the faith to let Christ’s love guide their teaching and interactions with students.”) But Henry confirmed that he’d talked with Thomas and invited Thomas’ group, the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason, to send a representative to the course, which the group did. That was Debbie Doss, a former math and science teacher and school psychologist. She paid $30 to attend the course at Fellowship Bible Church. About 75 teachers from public and private schools took the course with her, she said, and most of the public school teachers were from the Bryant and Monticello school districts. “These two districts have either superintendents or principals that are into this program.” Doss said she approved of the parts of the program dealing with loving and mentoring students, especially difficult students. But “I do not support the ultimate

and obvious goal of promoting a particular religious faith in public school classrooms.” She said the teachers were given a list of ways to proselytize in the classroom, and the instructor “even used the word ‘proselytize.’ ” The list included: “In most states you can wear religious symbols, such as a small cross as a necklace or pin. This advertises that you are a Christian.” “You can proselytize after hours if you can get students to join outside activities.” “If students ask about your beliefs, you can answer.” “You can have a bible on your desk as a ‘reference’ book. Use it for examples of history, poetry, etc.” Doss said the program “seems to me a clear violation of the intent of laws governing separation of church and state. We cannot prevent churches from offering the course but the [state] department of education should not issue developmental education credits for it either.” Although Doss said teachers at the conference believed they were receiving professional development credits, which teachers are required to obtain, the state Education Department had nothing to do with the conference, according to a spokesman, Seth Blomeley. Doss said she was given a certificate saying she’d receive six hours of professional development credits for the course. The certificate was signed by Beverly M. Ruthven ED.D., Doss said. Blomeley said the Education Department had no employee by that name.

“It connects our past to our present. It connects, because of the preserve here, our reverence for nature with our support for the advancement of civilization.” President Bill Clinton, speaking on Friday, Sept. 30 at the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Center Bridge (the Rock Island Bridge remade as a pedestrian bridge).


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WE WATCHED A WEEK OF ‘LAST SHOT WITH JUDGE GUNN’ SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO “I don’t need you in this program! You need the program!”

Judge Gunn scowls because she cares. “If Judge Gunn yells at you, it’s a good thing because she cares. If Judge Gunn is quiet, it’s bad. She hates giving up on anyone.”

Lisa Dennis, long-time drug court prosecutor, who left drug court in June when Gunn did and is now part of Gunn Law Firm.

Judge Gunn sometimes gets lost.

Judge Gunn is filled with practical advice.

The production values are low. The close-ups are too close. The jump cuts too frantic. In one episode, Judge Gunn’s microphone is muffled. In another, producers forget to bleep out a participant’s last name after concealing it in every other instance. Occasionally, in interviews, the camera loses Gunn in the frame.

Judge Gunn believes in the power of pizza Last week, “Last Shot with Judge Gunn,” featuring former Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn of Fayetteville, debuted on the CW (11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) in Central Arkansas and on other affiliates across the country. Gunn departed the bench in June after ethical and Supreme Court objections arose to her televising drug court pro-

“Once drugs consume your life, and that’s all you think about, and those are the only people — the people you use with and the people you surround yourself with day and night — then don’t get pregnant, don’t come to drug court.”

To a participant who’d been on the run from drug court: “Taylor, you have done yourself the biggest favor you’ve done yourself in a long, long, long time. That favor is turning yourself in. That favor is coming to court today. Now, I mean it. Now, we’re going take a break. And some people are going to eat some pizza downstairs, and you’re welcome to it. You’re going stay cuffed. There’s a warrant out for your arrest and you’re going go to jail. But! Your bond’s going to be set at $175,000. We’re going to eat ... and then we’re going to talk, Taylor.”

ceedings on local cable. The show doesn’t depict official court proceedings; rather, it’s reportedly using probationers enrolled in treatment programs and, according to various sources, is providing them money for treatment costs and some expenses. Above is what we learned about “Judge” Gunn after watching a week’s worth of shows.

an unmitigated bust, with sources saying only around 2,000-3,000 fans attended instead of the 20,000 planned. That shortfall has left many vendors in the lurch, a stage from the show marooned on a fairway until funds are secured to take it down, and the zoo spokesperson scratching her head over what happened. Little Rock Zoo spokesperson Susan Altrui said the ZooJam concert will not cost the zoo any money, because the zoo never contracted to put in any money. Altrui said that ZooJam promoters Rodger Reeder and Eyren Mills, who produced last year’s Boo at the Zoo event, formed their own LLC for the concert. The only connection to the zoo was that Mills and Reeder had promised it 25 percent of the profits from ticket sales and had designated the Zoo as the recipient of 25 percent of gross alcohol purchases at the concert. (A stipulation of receiving a “picnic permit” for outdoor beer sales from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is to give a quarter of gross alcohol sales to a nonprofit organization.) “We did not put any money in, and we didn’t do anything for it,” Altrui said. “They did all the contracting, they were the ones who got the talent, they did the production, they did everything. The only thing that we were participatory in was that we were supposed to get the money.” Attempts to reach Mills and Reeder were unsuccessful. Calls to the War Memorial Golf Course were referred to Little Rock Parks and Recreation director Truman Tolefree, but a call to him went unreturned. Altrui said that the outdoor concert was great, with high production values and a fine lineup. Too, she said, promoters had made advertising buys all over town, and had partnered with country station KSSN 96 to hype the concert. While the ticket prices were steep — ranging from $50 for students to $85 for the “pit” area in front of the stage — Altrui said that they were no higher than most people would pay to see A-list country talent at a venue like Verizon Arena. She added that a number of other events happening around the time of the ZooJam concert — including the Razorback game in Dallas and the Taylor Swift concert on Oct. 4 — may have helped depress ticket sales. “The only thing that I can chalk it up to,” Altrui said, “is that this is an economy of uncertainty, and things that seem to be sure bets are turning out not to be.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 OCTOBER 5, 2011 11

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Robert “Say” McIntosh is older, quieter and calmer these days, but he’s lived a life full of personal and political drama.



obert “Say” McIntosh is not the man he once was. At 67 years old, he shuffles now. His hands shake. When you ask him a question, it takes him awhile to formulate an answer, and when that answer comes, it’s usually a gravelly exclamation of only a sentence or two, as if each thought is a keg of nails he has to physically lift over his lips and teeth. This, from the man who once openly taunted bigots, black icons, mayors, governors, senators and a man who would become president. For those reading this who aren’t old enough or long enough in Little Rock to remember Say McIntosh as the professional provocateur whose name and politically-fueled media events were in the newspaper or on TV on almost a weekly basis in the 1980s and early 1990s, it’s hard to fathom just how deep the feelings about him ran in this town once. Who McIntosh is depends on who you ask about him. To some, he was a civil rights leader. For others: A hero. A blowhard. A lunatic. A champion. A character. A villain. A violent man. A philanthropist. An opportunist. A shill. A pioneer. An attention junkie, drawn to the TV cameras as a moth is to a flame. Funny thing is, he’s probably all that — or, at least, he once was. People are rarely simple enough to be accurately boiled down in the newspaper. McIntosh definitely isn’t. Given that the thread of his life is woven through two or three decades of Little Rock history, though, it’s probably important to try. Time may cause all things to pass away, but the frustration that McIntosh could incite in his prime tends to linger. There are undoubtedly still old grayheads in this town who will see his face on the cover of this paper and wad it up in disgust. One thing is for sure, though: He’s the kind of guy who would take that as a compliment.    



t probably says a lot about McIntosh — the real McIntosh, not the media reflection he crafted — that the first mention of him to be found in the old back-issues of the Arkansas Gazette is a story about him donating his time, resources and energy so hungry people could eat. McIntosh, who moved from Osceola — first to Woodson, then to Granite Mountain —with his family when he was 6 years old, spent much of his life involved in the restaurant business as a 9-to-5 job, starting work as a waiter at Franke’s Cafeteria downtown when he was a teen-ager. He eventually owned a series of restaurants in the black community, where he served up barbecue, plate lunches and his locally-famous sweet potato pie — earning him the possibly self-bestowed title of “The Sweet Potato Pie King” of Little Rock. One reason why those restaurants never tended to last long-term is foreshadowed in the Gazette’s Nov. 25, 1976, story about McIntosh preparing a free Thanksgiving dinner for 500 impoverished Little Rock residents at the first incarnation of his restaurant at High Street (now Martin Luther King) and Wright Avenue. As his friends will tell you, he has always been generous to a fault, and was usually broke because he gave away everything he had, including paying for at least part of the dozens of bikes, dolls and other toys he handed out to poor children every year at Christmastime as Little Rock’s premier black Santa Claus. In the Gazette story, McIntosh said he was proud of

what he was doing. “We’re really having a good time,” he said. “This is the way I like to live.” That same year, Gov. David Pryor declared Christmas Eve “Say McIntosh Day.” Pryor wound up presenting the signed proclamation to a roomful of reporters without the guest of honor because he couldn’t find McIntosh — who was, it turned out, at the Arkansas Baptist College gym arranging toys

near his restaurant. The following year he made the paper again by interrupting a dinner honoring volunteerism to make the point that no blacks were being honored. From there, he was off to the races. By the mid-1980s, the library’s alphabetized, indexed list of newspaper stories containing the name “Robert ‘Say’ McIntosh” often runs a full page of tiny type. He

Time may cause all things to pass away, but the frustration that McIntosh could incite in his prime tends to linger. There are undoubtedly still old grayheads in this town who will see his face on the cover of this paper and wad it up in disgust. One thing is for sure, though: He’s the kind of guy who would take that as a compliment.     for that day’s giveaway to needy children. It seems those early sips of attention planted a seed in McIntosh, showing him how the interest of the press could be shaped to his will. The next year, he pulled the first of many media stunts, dumping empty beer and whiskey bottles in the offices of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to protest the on-premises sale of liquor

hounded Bill Clinton mercilessly about various policies and personal shortcomings (reportedly while on the payroll of assorted Clinton-haters), filling his flyers with scandalous allegations about Clinton. In January 1984, McIntosh attempted to chop down a tree planted in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state Capitol with an axe. He CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 OCTOBER 5, 2011 13


The Says of our lives Highlights from the colorful public history of Robert McIntosh. NOVEMBER 1976 — McIntosh, who had previously been celebrated in the Little Rock press for playing Santa Claus and distributing toys to poor children at Christmastime, is profiled in the Arkansas Gazette for his plan to feed a free Thanksgiving meal to up to 500 needy Little Rock residents. DECEMBER 1976 — Gov. David Pryor declares Christmas Eve “Say McIntosh Day” in Arkansas. SEPTEMBER 1977 — McIntosh dumps empty liquor and beer bottles in the offices of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Little Rock to protest the sale of liquor near his restaurant at High Street and Wright Avenue. JUNE 1978 — Interrupts a black-tie dinner in Little Rock honoring community volunteers to complain that no blacks are being honored. SEPTEMBER 1979 — Brings a truckload of farm animals to the downtown Metrocentre Mall to protest littering there, and threatens to set 500 chickens free downtown as a further protest. OCTOBER 1979 — Put on trial for an incident in which Pulaski County Prosecutor Lee Munson said McIntosh came to his office, tipped over his desk and assaulted him because McIntosh felt charges that had been filed against him were unjust. McIntosh is acquitted. CONTINUED ON PAGE 15


posed as a bum on Pleasant Valley Drive in 1982 to prove that people ignored the public drunk. When the Ku Klux Klan came to town, he threw them a barbecue. In July 1981, he hung himself from a cross at the Capitol to protest Gov. Frank White’s refusal to meet with him, and almost died from heat stroke. Interspersed with his reporter-bait stunts were glimpses of his personal demons: bankruptcy, arrests, assaults, his hair-trigger propensity to let his fists do the talking; a 1999 incident in which he allegedly doused his son with a pan of scalding grease. Scattered amongst it all is what I suspect to be the whole point of why McIntosh tried to stay in the papers in the first place: his attempts to make blacks care about their neighborhoods; to curb black-on-black crime; to bankroll his program to provide free breakfasts to hungry children on their way to school. Seen Big Picture, it adds up to the portrait of a man curving the media in the direction he wanted it to go, for ends both selfish and philanthropic; helping sell papers full of stories about the crazy black man from Little Rock who would say or do any damn fool thing, and getting stories about his personal crusades printed in return. Robert “Say” McIntosh, high school dropout and streetfighting man: bending the news cycle of a whole city through pressure and the steam heat of his passion.


ommy McIntosh said that he has always been proud of his brother for standing up. Tommy is the baby of the McIntosh family’s 11 children, 7 girls and 4 boys. He was the first child born in Little Rock after the McIntosh family moved to Central Arkansas from Mississippi County, and the first born in a hospital. He said his father usually worked two or three jobs to provide for his family, sometimes doing landscaping in the evenings after working all day. “My father worked at Kroger from 6 to 3 and then he would go to Big Rock — that was Minnesota Mining down on Arch Street — and he would work from 5 to 5,” McIntosh said. “He did that, and you know what? We ended up getting our first house. That’s what he did to get it. He’d be driving, and he’d go to sleep at the stop sign. I’d nudge him and he’d go on.” McIntosh said that along with a strong work ethic, his father and mother instilled in their children another quality that would come into play in Robert McIntosh’s life as an activist: a belief that it was always right to stand up for yourself, especially if you wanted respect. To illustrate his point, Tommy McIntosh

recalls an incident when he was in the fourth grade in which a man called his father “boy.” “My father looked at him — he was 40 years old, I never will forget it — and he said: ‘I’m 40 years old. How old do you have to be before you’re a man?’ ” McIntosh said. “That’s when my father was working at Kroger, and [the man] called my father ‘Mr. McIntosh’ from that day on.” Tommy said that Robert was the most even-tempered and hardest to provoke of all the McIntosh children, a trait he shared with their father. He said that made the incidents in which Robert was involved in physical fights as an adult a bit shocking to him. “I think he wanted to prove a point,” Tommy said. “He tried to show other people that you stand up for what you believe, no matter what it is. If you believe it, you stand up for it, and don’t back down off of it. A lot of people took it wrong, but that’s what he was doing. I believe to this day the reason things are as they are is because people just sit back and let it happen. We let things just happen — all people, not just black people.” Tommy said that one of the reasons his brother was able to say and do the things he did was because he always worked for himself, and didn’t have to worry about losing his job. Though he said his brother’s restaurant business went “up and down” because of his outspokenness — and that the black community was often as displeased with Robert as the white community over the things he did — respect was always more important than money to Robert. Tommy said that the proof his brother was often right lies in the fact that many of the things he tried to do — from cleaning up the community to feeding poor children free breakfasts to help them do better in school — are considered common and accepted today. “What my brother was trying to do was to try and teach people that they need to work for themselves and they need to learn to stand up,” he said. “If you stand up, you might encourage someone else to stand. That’s one of the things I appreciate that my brother did: he stood. A lot of it, people considered foolishness. But if you go back and think about it, it made a difference. I really do believe that one day, he’s going to be considered, in a breath, a black leader here in Little Rock. One day, people will speak of him and the things he did and won’t be laughing about it.” Earnest Franklin was Say McIntosh’s best friend in his teen-age years and serves as the spokesman for McIntosh’s “Say Stop the Violence” campaign.

Franklin said. “We knew all those people, firsthand. As the old saying is always said: ‘Boy, if you’ll keep your feet out of the grave, I can keep you out of the pen!’ “ While hard proof of those relationships isn’t the kind of thing anybody would have written down, McIntosh did seem to have angels on his shoulder during all his long years as a political gadfly and activist, finding funding to re-open his famous restaurant time and again despite financial difficulties, and repeatedly dodging serious jail time and penalties for various incidents, both personal and political. A January 1984 story in the Arkansas Gazette marveled over the fact that he’d only been fined a total of $1 for his last seven arrests.    Franklin said that McIntosh told him in later years that at least some of his most colorful run-ins with politicians were actually paying gigs, with McIntosh compensated well to serve as a foil or “create a scene.” “A lot of that stuff he was doing, most of the time, he was getting paid to do it,” Franklin said. “It wasn’t an act out

He tried to show other people that you stand up for what you believe, no matter what it is. If you believe it, you stand up for it, and don’t back down off of it. A lot of people took it wrong, but that’s what he was doing. contacts he’d call on later in life. McIntosh’s philanthropic streak started early; he started collecting toys for the needy in the early 1970s. Franklin said that it was the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, however, that turned McIntosh’s eye toward trying to be a force for change. “At that particular point, that’s when he started getting involved,” Franklin said. “He’d had a chance to meet executive people — lawyers like Bill Walker and Sonny Walker, and all those type of men — who would say ‘Hey man, don’t take no whatever.’ They endorsed him whenever he would get into it. People like Dr. [Jerry] Jewell and others that knew him would try to help him because of his kind heart.” Franklin said that McIntosh often served as a voice to express the feelings of more well-connected men in the black community. “They couldn’t act out like him, but Say, somebody like him (would say): ‘I’ll go down there and say it! I’ll go down and stand on the chief’s desk!’ “

of his own character or just being mean. It was just something for publicity ... It was a political thing — just to show a racial [angle]. But none of that is within his heart anywhere. He’s kind to everybody.” Franklin’s recollections bring to mind one of the most famous incidents of McIntosh’s career: the June 1990 episode in which McIntosh punched out political candidate Ralph Forbes. McIntosh had scheduled a press event with Forbes on KARK, Ch. 4, in which he said he said he would endorse Forbes — a KKK sympathizer and former devotee of the American Nazi Party — as a candidate for lieutenant governor. While McIntosh did eventually give that endorsement, he first slugged Forbes several times in the head on live TV, later telling reporters it was because Forbes had tried to stop him from burning the American flag. Forbes filed assault charges. During the trial, McIntosh told the court that the


He said that even the more flamboyant things McIntosh did were, at their core, always about bringing attention to problems in the black community. Franklin and McIntosh became friends around 1962, when both were working as waiters at Franke’s. McIntosh was always dressed to the nines when he wasn’t at work, Franklin remembers, sometimes changing clothes two or three times a day. He said McIntosh got the nickname “Say,” because of his tendency to get loud during arguments. “They’d say: ‘Say, say, say, say, hold it!’ “ Franklin said. “That’s really the only way you could calm him down because he’s always been a real hyper person who doesn’t mind fighting. If you push him in a corner, he’s coming out.” In the early days of their friendship, Franklin said, he and McIntosh were only interested in the things all young men seem to be concerned with: girls, nightclubs, having a good time and looking sharp. Their work as waiters brought them in contact with Arkansas’s high rollers, helping McIntosh build some of the

MAY 1980 — Stages a protest at Fort Chaffee in Northwest Arkansas to show his disapproval of the government’s decision to house thousands of Cuban refugees there. That October, he offers to cook a free meal for the refugees, but is turned away by guards. JANUARY 1980 — Interrupts a celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state Capitol by shouting for the blacks in attendance to get back to work. JULY 1981 — After being refused a meeting with Gov. Frank White, sets up a wooden cross and “crucifies” himself in front of the state Capitol. Believing that his sweat would keep him cooler, he wears long thermal underwear. The stunt has to be cut short after he passes out from heat stroke and nearly dies, requiring hospitalization. AUGUST 1982 — Poses as an intoxicated hobo on Little Rock’s chi-chi Pleasant Valley Drive to demonstrate that people don’t care about public drunkenness. NOVEMBER 1982 — Hangs a sign in his restaurant saying he’ll refuse service to whites. Two weeks later, he takes the sign down and whites are allowed to eat there again. NOVEMBER 1983 — After being awakened in the middle of the night by a neighbor who was banging on his door after being assaulted by her boyfriend, McIntosh scuffles with her attacker and later shoots the man in the buttocks. McIntosh is eventually acquitted of assault. JANUARY 1984 — McIntosh uses a double-bladed axe in an attempt to cut down a tree planted on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. He later said it was to protest the lack of representation by blacks in city government. McIntosh is arrested. Three months later, the MLK tree is chopped down in the middle of the night, with “Friends of McIntosh” taking responsibility. NOVEMBER 1984 — Opens a new restaurant on Asher Avenue. JANUARY 1986 — Angry with unfavorable coverage in the Arkansas Democrat, McIntosh attempts to stuff a newspaper into the mouth of editor John R. Starr. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


SEPTEMBER 1988 — Gets in a street fight with an off-duty cop while putting flyers on car windshields. After a colorful trial — including wearing boxing gloves and a boxer’s robe to enter his not guilty plea — he is acquitted of the charges two years later. OCTOBER 1989 — Vows to stay outside in frigid temperatures until he either freezes to death or raises $30,000 for the Urban League. McIntosh later publicly burns the checks he received for the charity. MARCH 1989 — Releases hogs at Central High School to illustrate the need to clean up litter there. JUNE 1990 — After setting up a televised event on KARK, Ch. 4, to publicly endorse candidate Ralph Forbes as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, McIntosh instead punches Forbes — a former member of the American Nazi Party and KKK sympathizer — several times in the head. Afterward, he endorses Forbes as a candidate. McIntosh is put on trial in August for assault, and though he says it was all a publicity stunt cooked up by him and Forbes, he is found guilty and is fined $500. JULY 1990 — Says he will burn the American flag on the steps of the state Capitol, a move which brings out scores of protestors, including a contingent of the Ku Klux Klan. At the last moment, however, McIntosh kisses the flag and wraps it around him, saying that he has decided not to burn it. AUGUST 1991 — Tells the press that a Republican group tried to hire him to go to New Hampshire to hound presidential candidate Bill Clinton, but says he turned down the offer. MAY 1992 — McIntosh goes through with his threat to burn the American flag on the Capitol steps. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18


whole incident was a put-on designed to get white sympathy votes for the unpopular candidate, who eventually lost the Republican nomination in a landslide to Kenneth “Muskie” Harris. “The do-gooder people from the media were out to get him,” McIntosh told the judge. “I told him that we needed to do something to wake up the rednecks who would vote for him if I hit him.” McIntosh testified that Forbes’ original idea had been for Forbes to kick him, but McIntosh said he nixed the idea because blacks would never believe he’d allowed that to happen unanswered. Several times during the trial, McIntosh pleaded with Forbes to admit that it had all been a publicity stunt, but McIntosh was found guilty, fined $500 and given a 30-day suspended sentence. Whatever the truth is regarding that incident and a dozen others, Franklin said that most of the money McIntosh ever made, along with nearly every dime McIntosh squeezed out of his restaurant, was eventually plowed back into his good works in the black community. “You’ll hear a lot of the 30-year-olds or 40-yearolds who’ll say, ‘Yeah, I remember my first Santa Claus — my first black Santa Claus — gave me this and gave me that.’ ” Franklin said. “He couldn’t go out there on his own if he didn’t have some kind of political back up, you see what I’m saying? Those folks kept money in his pocket. When he got ready, they’d help him with financing for his business.”


hile reporters are often some of the more media-shy folks you’ll ever want to meet, if you want to understand Say McIntosh’s homebuilt publicity machine, you’ve got to talk to the folks who covered him. Though Arkansas Times always hesitates to quote one of our own, one of those with undeniable insight on Say McIntosh is Max Brantley. Now senior editor at The Arkansas Times, Brantley served as the city desk editor of the Arkansas Gazette from 1986 to 1990, and often wrote about McIntosh’s escapades. His personal stories about Say McIntosh (including one in which McIntosh reportedly threatened to whip his ass because Brantley wrote that he preferred somebody else’s sweet potato pie over McIntosh’s) are fairly epic. He said that while McIntosh was not thoroughly stable — a fact which made him an imperfect role model — he carefully styled himself as a “media phenomenon.” “He knew how to get attention,” Brantley said. “The newspapers would say: ‘We’re just not going to cover this sonof-a-bitch again.’ But then he would do something photogenic — which he knew

the TV stations would run no matter what — and then it’s out there, so what do you do? You have to say, ‘Oh, goddamn it. I’ll write something about this son-of-a-bitch again.’ If there’s an editor in this town who didn’t swear at some point that he’d never cover McIntosh again and was forced to do it, I don’t know who that was.” Brantley said that the number of stunts McIntosh pulled was a product of his energy. He adds that the flyers McIntosh posted around town — informationdense, near-slanderous, two-dimensional rants about whatever policy or politician was in his crosshairs that week — illustrate one thing that McIntosh had going for him: He was “judgment proof,” simply because he didn’t own anything. Former Arkansas Democrat Associate Editor Meredith Oakley, who started with the Democrat in 1976 and stayed there until her retirement this year, agrees that McIntosh’s instability muted his power as a role model. While she said that McIntosh did good works in the community in his early years, “his ego got in the way.” “He was largely a creature of his own good deeds and the media,” Oakley said. “Over the years he was very erratic... he attacked [Pulaski County Prosecutor] Lee Munson at one point. He attacked Bob Starr.” In her last exchange with McIntosh around 15 years ago, Oakley said that she had to threaten to call security to keep the exchange from getting physical, the only time in her 30-plus year career that she ever felt physically threatened on the job. “He did good in his early years, but then he went a little nuts,” she said. “There was, in his later years, a news blackout on him. The local media just wouldn’t cover him because he was pamphleteering, kind of like [evangelical preacher Tony] Alamo, except he was personally attacking people ... he just became totally untrustworthy and didn’t do much good anymore.” Oakley said that while McIntosh started out with good intentions, the fact that he “crossed a lot of lines and offended a lot of people,” means he will likely be known more for being The Sweet Potato Pie King than a civic leader to future generations. “He was just a poor, uneducated person who tried to do good,” she said. “I don’t know what was driving him. I like to think it was out of the goodness of his heart. He wouldn’t be the first person to use the media with malice aforethought, but I do think he could be accused of that. I think he really did start with his heart in the right place.” Even those who butted heads with McIntosh couldn’t help but like him for his tenacity. Former Pulaski County Sheriff and U.S. Rep. Tommy Robinson had CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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she didn’t always understand the reasoning behind some of the things McIntosh did. When he decided to publicly burn the American flag, for example, she asked him why he wanted to do it. “He said, ‘It’s not that I don’t like the flag,’ ” she recalls. “ ‘My question to the people is: What is that particular item, that flag, doing for you? How is it helping you and us with our worldly problems in the community? If you honor it and give it the glory, what is the return on that?’ At that time, it was a little big for me. I had to process it. It was about his community — trying to get them to see: Is this giving you a return? Is this changing anything that’s in front of you that’s bad?” Mrs. McIntosh said that her husband’s legacy is people remembering him for t the corner of MLK Boulevard giving them their first doll or bike, or for and Daisy Gatson Bates Drive, feeding hungry people when they didn’t there’s a field of white crosses, have enough to eat. “He came into areas each one representing another person that were most needing something: attenkilled in Little Rock. Say McIntosh and tion, love somebody that cared, or some other community leaders have been put- food,” she said. “He let them know: you ting them up there since the early 1990s. are somebody, and if you’re not someThere were years during the Bad Old Days thing to yourself or your parents, you’re of Little Rock’s gang wars when the field something to me, and I care about you. was lined row on row. These days, thank That was a seed he planted in many little God, there’s only a relative few. This is kids’ lives, black and white.” Franklin said that he and McIntosh — where I met Say McIntosh, his wife Derotha, and his friend Earnest Franklin in per- who he calls “The Bishop of the Streets” — still talk often whenever there’s trouson for the first time. With the punishing heat of late sum- ble in the black community in Little Rock, mer beating down and Mrs. McIntosh and still make trips down to the prison to holding a black umbrella over Say’s head talk with inmates about the violence that to spare him some of the sun, we snapped landed them there. He sees his friend as a few quick photos, then adjourned to one of those who lit the spark of respect Robinson’s Mortuary at the corner of for blacks in Little Rock, though McIn12th and MLK to chat in the air condition- tosh often resorted to something more ing. Throughout most of our conversa- drastic than Dr. King’s commitment to tion, McIntosh sat silently off to one side, non-violence. “He’d tell them: If you hit me, I’m speaking with pained difficulty only when asked a direct question. He doesn’t make going to hit you back,” Franklin said. speeches these days, though the mischie- “Back when we were coming up in the vous grin and twinkle in his eye when you ’50s, you didn’t hit a white man. You ask him about his various run-ins of yore didn’t cuss at a white man. Mac said, ‘Them days is gone.’ They knew not to get lets you know that he’s still in there. On Tommy Robinson: “Tommy Rob- out of place with him. They didn’t walk up inson mistreated the black men who came and say: ‘Hey nigger, how you doin?’ No. to his county jail. I was just standing up for You respect this man. It was: ‘How you my rights, to show I wasn’t scared of him.”     doing, Mr. McIntosh?’ That’s where he On the field of crosses: “Black people won the popularity and made the people was killing each other. I wanted to stop it. love him. Sometimes when people know We had 170 something black people killed that you’re not afraid, they begin to love in ’93 I believe, and we’ve got it down to you and you begin to have love.” 21. Those were bad days.” McIntosh himself boils it down. He On Arkansas Democrat editor John smiles, and for a second, you can see R. Starr, who was prone to calling him the younger man who gave the politi“McIntrash”: “He would write an article cians and cops and reporters fits. “What that dissed me, and I wanted to make him I was trying to do is get black people to eat his paper.” stand up,” he said. “That’s what it was all Derotha McIntosh has been mar- about.”  ried to Say for 15 years, and serves as the executive director of “Say Stop the Vio- To see a gallery of handbills distributed in lence,” a non-profit he started early in his Little Rock by Robert “Say” McIntosh, go to: career as an activist. She said that even his share of dealings with McIntosh over the years (including an incident in which he threatened to take a chainsaw to a cross McIntosh had intended to crucify himself on in front of the sheriff’s office), but says he bears him no ill will. Or, as Robinson put it: “He’s not on my Enemies List.” “Say, back then, was sort of a crusader,” Robinson said. “In his own mind, what he did was altruistic and for the right purposes. Most of the time it was, but sometimes it wasn’t. He’d let certain people influence him and talk him into things he probably shouldn’t have done, but I can’t say one bad thing about Say McIntosh ... I’ve been victimized by him, but like I said, I don’t have any ill will toward him or hard feelings whatsoever.” 



JANUARY 1993 — While Gov. Jim Guy Tucker is out of state attending the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, McIntosh’s son Tommy — who had been sentenced to 50 years in prison for cocaine trafficking — is granted clemency by McIntosh’s friend Sen. Jerry Jewell, who was serving as acting governor. McIntosh later tells the press that his son’s release was a payoff from Clinton in exchange for toning down his attacks during the campaign, including the charge, often seen in McIntosh’s flyers and later proven false by DNA testing, that Clinton had fathered an illegitimate black child. MAY 1996 — Scuffles with a CNN producer who was trying to push a smiling, dancing McIntosh out of a reporter’s live shot following the fraud conviction of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker in the Whitewater case. McIntosh is eventually convicted of assault, sentenced to eight months in jail and fined $1,000.


INSIDER, CONT. One person who knows at lot about uncertainty at this writing is Jeremy Josephson with Rock City Staging, the company that owns the stage for the event. When we spoke to him Tuesday morning, Rock City’s giant stage was still sitting on a fairway at War Memorial Golf Course. Josephson said the company hadn’t been paid for the stage rental, and he didn’t know when he would be able to move it. He denied that leaving it there was an attempt to pressure promoters to pay up for the stage rental and construction. He said the funds just aren’t there to even begin a teardown. “First you’ve got to find a labor company that’s still willing to work to tear it out,” Josephson said. “You’ve got to find a heavy equipment company that’s still willing to leave the equipment out here that still hasn’t been paid, and you’ve got to find a power company that’s willing to supply power so that we can tear this thing down. That’s going to be hard to come by at this point. It’s not just as simple as me saying, I’m not going to take it out of here until I get paid, it’s everybody involved that’s required to get that done. ... As of right now, we’re talking about thousands of dollars out of our own pocket just to get out of here.”

Friendly transaction A recent mortgage transaction showed that a state agency head has increased substantially the real estate business his department is doing with a friend and fellow supporter of Gov. Mike Beebe. In September, Capitol Place LLC, whose registered agent and at least part owner is Richard Mays, a Little Rock lawyer and former legislator who serves on the state Claims Commission, took out a $6.2 million mortgage with Delta Trust for the former Arkansas Baptist State Convention building at 525 W. Capitol. The LLC bought the building in 2009 for $3.2 million, but now plans the addition of another floor to provide still more rental space to the Arkansas Department of Career Education, headed by Mays’ friend and fellow Beebe supporter, Bill Walker. That lease serves as collateral for the mortgage. Walker wants to combine state Rehabilitation Services into the one building. When completed, the state will pay almost $37,000 a year more for about 2,000 square feet less space than the department has now. Anne Laidlaw, director of the Arkansas Building Authority, which oversees state leasing, raised some questions about the original rental in 2009. She discovered the state was negotiating a lease with an LLC that was soon to sell

the building to the LLC headed by Mays. She consulted with the governor’s office, which said it urged her to go by the book. Laidlaw said Walker favored the building. She said the state studied comparable offers downtown and worked out an acceptable deal, particularly considering inclusion of 100 parking spaces.

Walker’s defense Bill Walker was rankled by Anne Laidlaw’s suggestion that anything had ever been amiss in his agency’s choice of buildings. He insists he didn’t know about Mays’ involvement as a potential landlord until after a state lease was negotiated in November 2009 and said he saw nothing extraordinary in the fact that his agency had negotiated a lease with someone who would later buy a building with the state as a guaranteed tenant or that the parties were political friends. “There are a lot of situations like that out there,” Walker said. He said that, having been in 20 years in politics, it would be hard for his agency to lease space from someone he didn’t know. “It doesn’t mean I rented because they knew me or I knew them.” He defended the consolidation move as necessary from 1) a warehouse space in Riverdale that had long been unsuitable with a landlord unwilling to make improvements and 2) from a building in Corporate Hill in Western Little Rock that had poor access for disabled people. He also said he thought it right for his department to have a building of its own, rather than being several floors in a bank building, as other alternatives contemplated. “I didn’t want to be in a commercial building with bankers and mortgage companies with no real identity,” he said. When completed, he said a centrally located office, at a bus stop, with easy ground-floor access, will serve his agency’s clients better. He said he hopes to further consolidate offices there. He said he was “offended” by how Laidlaw had characterized the transaction. She had told our Arkansas Blog that Walker hadn’t been happy with some of her hard negotiating on terms, including resisting a 10-year, rather than six-year term for the newly expanded lease. He said he believed all rules were followed. He speculated she was unhappy because her husband’s company didn’t have the janitorial contract for the building. That’s an issue that has arisen periodically for Laidlaw. She’s always said his business is kept apart from her agency work. In this case, she said, Colliers International, the leasing agent, invited Laidlaw Inc. to submit a bid on the building and he declined.

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he campers started showing up as early as last weekend, setting up their tents along the levee in downtown Helena. The annual King Biscuit Blues Festival “feels like it’s going to be bigger even than usual,” said Terry Buckalew, deputy director of the Delta Cultural Center. “It’s a huge shot in the arm to Helena and all the towns in Arkansas and Mississippi within 30 or 40 miles, economically speaking.” King Biscuit has attracted hordes of blues lovers to the birthplace of the musical form for the last 26 years. This year, the organizers are expecting about 50,000 attendees, said Munnie Jordan, executive director of the festival. “It’ll be a very user-friendly, calm festival where people can really enjoy coming and putting their chairs on the levee and hanging out,” she said. “It’s an outstanding blues lineup,” Jordan said. “Probably it’s heavier duty than last year, to tell you the truth. The blues people are really, really excited about it.” The “blues people” she referred to are no doubt the hardcore blues buffs, many of whom often travel from points way, way off yonder to attend King Biscuit. Jordan said a significant percentage of festival-goers are from outside the United States. 20 OCTOBER 5, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

“Croatia, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy,” she said. “We had a four-page spread in this Italian magazine. I was so excited, but I don’t know what in the heck it says because I can’t read it.” Buckalew echoed that assessment, citing the festival’s international appeal. Particularly, there always seems to be a lot of visitors from the Low Countries and the U.K., as well as a fair number from Japan, he said. “It really makes you appreciate Helena and the King Biscuit Festival when you’re made so aware that people from all over the world still take it so seriously,” he said. “I have a friend from Tasmania and he comes to the states every year and goes from Memphis to New Orleans on kind of a blues pilgrimage, and Helena is a focal point.” As Jordan pointed out, there are indeed some heavy hitters included in this year’s lineup. James Cotton — the protege of Sonny Boy Williamson who replaced Little Walter in Muddy Waters’ band — plays Thursday night. Hubert Sumlin, who was Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player for more than two decades and who’s a legend in his own right, plays Friday afternoon. Don Nix — who played in The Mar-Keys — also plays Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Memphis soul and R&B will be well represented with the Stax Revue, which

features singer-songwriter Eddie Floyd (“Knock on Wood”) and Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the MG’s. And of course, there are the festival headliners, including blues giants Buddy Guy (Thursday), Bobby Rush and Delbert McClinton (Friday) and Keb’ Mo’ (Saturday). In addition to the music and food, this year’s festival includes some educational events where you can get your blues learnin’ on. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Buckalew and KFFA DJ Sonny Payne host “Pass the Biscuits: King Biscuit Time Radio’s 70th Anniversary, 1941-2011,” a discussion of the history of the legendary radio show. “Call and Response: The King Biscuit Blues Forum” kicks off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Malco Theater. The panel discussion includes more than just stuffy blues scholars, though there will be plenty of them on hand. Actual bona fide blues musicians will be in the mix, talking blues history, telling stories and maybe cracking a joke or two, if the audience is lucky. T-Model Ford, Lonnie Shields, Cedric Burnside, Tommy Castro and several others are slated to participate, as well as Oxford American editor Marc Smirnoff, BluesWax editor Don Wilcock and Blues Revue editor Art Tipaldi. Tickets ($30) will be sold at the gate; online sales have closed.

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musical project called First Baptist Chemical that’s recently released a self-titled digital album. The core of the group, on the record at least, includes Alex Piazza, Helen Davey, Peter Moschel, Brian Rodgers and Jeff Dempsey, with a handful of local and regional standouts — Lynn Bridges, John Leflar, Barry Poynter, Greg Spradlin, Dave Hoffpauir, Frank Couch (Blue Mountain) — contributing elsewhere. Buy it via

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7:30 p.m. University of Central Arkansas. $50.

If you’d like to hear a guy play acoustic guitar faster than you’d ever think was possible by a human being, look no further than Tommy Emmanuel. The Australian virtuoso is one of only five in the world to be designated as a “Certified Guitar Player” by the late, great Chet Atkins. (The others in this tiny fraternity are John Knowles, Steve Wariner, the late Jerry Reed and Atkins himself.) In “Nashville Cats,” The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ode to the studio bad-asses of Music City, John Sebastian estimated “there’s 1,352 guitar pickers in Nashville / And they can pick more notes than the number of ants on a Tennessee ant hill.” Well from the sound of it, Emmanuel can play more notes than the number of ants on all the ant hills in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana combined. At 50 bones, this concert isn’t for the light of wallet, but hell, by now, there are probably at least 1,500 pickers in Nashville. There are only two other Certified Guitar Players still with us.



There probably aren’t too many other music festivals where you could see a lineup as diverse as the one featured at this year’s MusicFest El Dorado. It’s all over the map. You’ve got your R&B, your country, your rap, your rock and/or roll, your blues, your Southern rock, your post-grunge, your elementary and middle school choirs, your “Full On” rock, your singer/songwriters, your high school orchestras and your high school jazz bands. What say you, Coachella? Bonaroo? Lollapalooza? Whatchama-have-you? Your Pitchfork-approved indie pabulum seems pretty conventional when compared to MusicFest El Dorado. The festival hosts headliners Boyz II Men, Tone Loc and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe (Friday) and Sawyer Brown, the Robert Fortune Band and James Otto (Saturday). Saturday’s good times get rolling at 10 a.m.


5 p.m. Downtown El Dorado. $15-$20.

‘MAGIC TO DO’: The Weekend Theater’s production of the musical “Pippin” opens Friday night and stars, from left, Julie Atkins, Craig Wilson and KUAR’s Malcolm Glover.



HOT WATER HILLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 3 p.m. Hill Wheatley Plaza. $5.

Dang but Arkansas has a lot of music festivals these days. It seems new ones, such as Festival on the Border, which took place a few weeks back in Fort Smith, are popping up all the time. And hey, that’s awesome. Here’s another new one: The Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival in Hot Springs. Headliners include Big Smith and Lucero front-man Ben Nichols on Friday night, and The Extraordinaires and Mountain Sprout on Saturday night, with sets by The Grand Marquis both nights. But as the name makes clear, this festival is about more than just music. How much more? How about: a pie-eating contest, an arm-wrestling contest, an egg-tossing contest, a pumpkin race, pottery demonstrations, a hay bale pyramid (for climbin’), a drum circle and music workshops. Plus there will be lots of beer, wine, soft drinks and food from such purveyors of deliciousness as Nom Noms, La Pasadita and others. Shea Childs and Bill Solleder of the much-loved Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival are the organizers of this new event. 22 OCTOBER 5, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $16-$20.

Along with precursors such as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Godspell” and “Hair,” “Pippin” was one of several pop/rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s that paved the way for the rock musicals of today. The music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz (who also wrote for “Godspell” and “Wicked”), and the show was directed on Broadway by the legendary Bob Fosse. The original production ran for nearly five years,

and racked up several Tony nominations, including a win for actor Ben Vereen. The story, by Roger O. Hirson, concerns the eldest son of King Charles, Pippin. He has just returned home and is determined to find some meaning in his life. Like so many young folks, he tries out politics, war, religion and good ol’ meaningless flings, but comes up empty-handed. The Weekend Theater promises a colorful production that draws on Fosse’s style while maintaining a distinct identity. The production runs through Oct. 23.



7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $8.

“Marathon Boy” is the story of Budhia Singh, a small boy from the Indian slums who is capable of running incredible distances. He had finished dozens of marathons before the age of 5 with the help of his coach and adoptive guardian, Biranchi Das. Controversy erupts

when Das is accused of child exploitation by the Indian government and again when he is arrested and accused by Singh of torture. Not to give too much away, but things take an even darker turn after Das is arrested. The film, which follows Singh for five years, won top documentary honors at the Little Rock Film Festival last June. Director Gemma Atwal will be on hand for a Q&A at this screening.



THURSDAY 10/6 You know him, you love him, Kevin Kerby plays Music in the Garden at Dunbar Community Garden, 5:30 p.m., $3-$5. Legendary countrypop act The Bellamy Brothers bring their crossover hits to Oaklawn, 7 p.m., $20. The Festival of Wines offers a chance to sample from more than 600 wines while eating delicious hors d’oeuvres from some of Little Rock’s favorite restaurants, Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $60-$75. The comedy “The Kitchen Witches” is back at Conway’s Lantern Theatre, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $5-$10.



7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $30-$40.

From the Great White North comes Dala, made up of longtime friends Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther. Over the last six years, they’ve released a clutch of albums featuring mostly originals peppered with occasional covers by such folk as Neil Young and Donovan. The two play dreamy, atmospheric folk-pop with beautifully soothing harmonies and no rough edges whatsoever. So if that sounds like your jam, check ’em out. Argenta Community Theater will be a great venue for a band like Dala. But please, don’t ask them about hockey or Molson or poutine or SCTV or whether their families had pet polar bears when they were growing up. They probably don’t want to talk about that stuff, even though we all want to hear about it. If you’re up northwesterly, Dala plays Walton Arts Center Friday night at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $10-$35.


DOUBLE DALA BILL, Y’ALL: Canadian folk-pop duo Dala plays two sets at Argenta Community Theater Saturday night.



10 a.m. Wildwood Park for the Arts. $6-$26.

Fall in Arkansas is usually an excellent time of year, and this year is no exception. The weather has been sublime and there’s a ton of stuff going on. For example, Harvest at Wildwood Park. This extravaganza

MONDAY 10/10 of wholesome autumnal fun includes live music, The Arkansas Pickin’ & Fiddlin’ Championship, hay rides, arts and crafts, vendor booths, sack races, food and drinks, pioneer reenactments, a cook-off, model trains and more. If you’ve got young’uns, this is a surefire bet for good times. The festivities continue on Sunday at noon.



10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

So a few weeks ago I was out back in the upstairs of the shed, having an executive meeting with some of the principals from R.I.O.T.S. and LR Cream. When the inevitable topic of startup arose, Capt. Dr. Sgt. Alan Q. Disaster and Everett “Thrash Maestro” Hagen related a story that is no doubt a familiar one for many of us. Earlier this year, the two of them had been kicking back and relaxing to the soothing sounds of classic hardcore: Black Flag, The Dicks, Poison Idea, MDC and the like. Upon reflection, the two began lamenting the current climate of lameness among today’s groups. “Why aren’t there any bands that sound like this anymore?” Hagen exclaimed. “Wait a minute,” Disaster said, an idea

dawning on him, “We could start a band that sounds like this.” So they called their buddies Will Boyd, Esq., and Mark “Mark Lierly” Lierly and thus was born R.I.O.T.S. It’s name is an ever shifting acronym that has stood for: Ride In On The Shark; Really, It’s OK To Shred; Relax — I’ll Order The Sandwiches; Rub It On The Stereo, and others. LR Cream is a relatively new concern that is making its debut performance. The three band members — including the Rt. Rev. Andrew T. Morgan VII, Kyle Carpenter a.k.a. “Vince ‘The Fireplug’ Tire Iron” and the Hon. Zachariah Reeves — are veterans of Eclipse Glasses, the short-lived party instigation machine that dissolved a couple years back. This should be a good show, with a 30 percent chance of light moshing.


9 p.m. Juanita’s. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.

Buckethead, the incognito guitar wizard whose identity is a secret ... Or, hold on just a sec ... OK, I thought the whole big mystery with REGULAR OR this guy was that he EXTRA-CRISPY? wears a bucket on Virtuoso guitarhis head and a mask shredder Buckethead plays on his face and we Juanita’s Monday didn’t know who he night. was. But it says right there on the Internet that his name is Brian Carroll, born May 13, 1969. So, uh, mystery solved, I guess. Anyways, despite the fact that, unlike Steve Vai or Joe Satriani, he actually doesn’t want people to see his face, Buckethead is a wickedly vicious shred-meister, with serious bona fides in the normally disparate worlds of prog rock, metal, funk metal, butt rock and skronky avant-garde free jazz what-have-you. How many other guitarists can say they’ve played in bands with Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Axl Rose? Probably nobody else but Buckethead. So if you’re a fan of weird, challenging music and/or you like having your brain annihilated by heavy guit-artillery, here’s your Monday night.

Vino’s hosts an evening of punk rock, with 400 Blows, El Paso Hot Button and Ginsu Wives, 9 p.m., $7. Katmandu, Big Daddy O, Eric Nolen, John Murphy and Buddy Case, John Lefler play a memorial show to celebrate the life of their friend Jeremy Daniell, who recently passed away. The show is at 7 p.m. at Dreamland Ballroom. Stalwart bar rockers Mayday by Midnight play Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. The Southern comedy “Dixie Swim Club” returns to The Public Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $12-$14. It’s gonna be an evening of nerdcore rap at Juanita’s, with MC Chris, MC Lars, Mega Ran and Adam Warrock. You might recall MC Chris’s role as MC Pee Pants on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” The show gets started at 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 d.o.s.

SATURDAY 10/8 Beloved bluegrass jam-band Big Smith plays Dreamland Ballroom, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $14 door. After midnight, Jeff Coleman’s gonna let it all hang out at Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5. If you’re up Batesville way, check out Rocktoberfest, with performances from Lucero, Pop Evil, Egypt Central, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and more. It’s at Riverside Park, noon, $20 advance, $25 door. Renowned choreographer and dancer Bill Hastings leads jazz workshops at the Thea Foundation, the first session at 9:30 a.m. for ages 9-13 and the second at noon for ages 14 and older. $20. It’s a big night at Cornerstone Pub & Grill, with “The Push” Part 1, featuring 4X4 Crew, Tho’d Studio Ent., North Rock, The Legendary Backyard Ent., Parker Brothers, K.Toomer, Epiphany and DJ Fatality. It’s hosted by Osyrus Bolly, cover is $10. Why can’t we not be sober? I don’t know, ask Tool tribute act Opiate, playing at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. It’ll be another late night to remember at Discovery Nightclub, with DJs Hollywood and Kramer and performers Tara and Kara Dionne and Dominique Sanchez, 9 p.m. OCTOBER 5, 2011 23

AFTER DARK All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Alternative Wednesdays. Features alternative bands from Central Arkansas and the surrounding areas. Mediums Art Lounge, 6:30 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. Gayle Skidmore. Vino’s, 9 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Iron Tongue, Might Could. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. New Music Test: God City Destroyers, Poisonwood, Matt Hall. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5, $10 for under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. No Bragging Rights. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Dan O’Sullivan. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 8, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Girls Night Out at The Rep. Wine, appetizers and shopping in Foster’s featuring the fashions of Vesta’s. Brands include White+Warren, JJJ Workshirts, Blue Bird, Old Gringo, Michael Kors, Alice & Trixie plus vintage cowboy boots and more. Price includes a drink ticket and admission to “Ring of Fire.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 5:30 p.m., $40. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. Ozark Trader’s Rendezvous. Includes demonstrations of a variety of arts and crafts, including rifle building, knife-making, rug weaving, carving and more. Ozark Folk Center State


SOLD OUT PERFORMANCE: You might just get lucky and find some tickets to the Lucinda Williams show Tuesday night at Juanita’s from a kindhearted scalper, or maybe a friend with tickets will get sick or suddenly have to go out of town. Otherwise, if you don’t already have tickets to this show, better luck next time. Park, 11 a.m., $6-$12 per day, $40 pass. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Tales From the South: Tin Roof Project Wednesday. Featuring The Sweet Potato Queen, Jill Conner Browne. Browne has written several bestselling collections of humorous essays. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe. net.



Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families fundraiser. No minimum contribution. Food and drink will be served. RSVP to sbutler@ or call 501-371-9678, ext. 107. 1024 N. Arthur St., Little Rock, 5 p.m. 1024 N. Arthur St.

Arts in Motion Film Series: “Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding).” Categorized as a Spanish dance film, this is an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play “Blood Wedding.” Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., free. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.


“Scaling Social Good.” Erin Ganju, co-founder and CEO of Room to Read, discusses the group’s work to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys. edu.

“Shoulder Shrug Poet’s Slam.” This slam is the Southern Fried Poetry Slam qualifier for next June’s competition in Tampa Bay, Fla. All American Wings, 9 p.m., $5. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-612-3937.



Vivienne “Lie” Schiffer. The author will discuss her newly released novel, “Camp Nine,” which is set in the Arkansas Delta during World War II. Main Library, 12 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. www.



Archie Powell & The Exports. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs.

Ashlee K. Thomas, Karen Waldrup. The Big Chill, 9 p.m. 910 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. Bellamy Brothers. Oaklawn, 7 p.m., $20. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www. “BLISS.” Music by DJ Greyhound. Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. The Eskimo Brothers. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $8. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. The Gettys (headliner), Chris DeClerk (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Guy Horvis. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, 7 p.m., free. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Ingram Hill, Brent James & The Contraband. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. James McMurtry. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8 p.m., $18. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Jeff Coleman. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Joy Arate. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. King Biscuit Blues Festival. Headliners include James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Bobby Rush and Keb’ Mo’. Downtown Helena, Oct. 6-8, 11 a.m., $30 (three-day pass). Cherry and Main Streets, Helena. Mac Sledge, Amy Garland. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Monte Montgomery. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Music in the Garden: Kevin Kerby. Dunbar Community Garden, 5:30 p.m., $3-$5. 1800 S. Chester. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. Tommy Emmanuel, Certified Guitar Player. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., $50. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 800-662-2386.


Dan O’Sullivan. The Loony Bin, through Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 8, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Martha Graham Dance Company. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $25-$45. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.


Festival of Wines. This outdoor event provides a casual evening with delicious hors d’oeuvres from 16 of Little Rock’s favorite restaurants, and more than 600 wines. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $60-$75. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-375-9148. Hillcrest Shop & Sip. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, first Thursday of every month, 5-10 p.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600.


“Memory and Sense of Place in the Blues.” Dr. William R. Ferris presents this lecture. Arkansas State University, 7 p.m. Jonesboro, Jonesboro.


“An Evening with John Edgar Wideman.” The two-time PEN/Faulkner Award winning author will discuss his work. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. “Surreal Killer” reading. Terry Wright, Mark Spitzer and Tim Thornes, professors with the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas, will read from “Surreal Killer” by the late Roy Trask, a.k.a. David Arnott. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.



400 Blows, El Paso Hot Button, Ginsu Wives. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Alize. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www. aspx. Big John Miller. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr. com. The Cate Brothers, The Belaires. George’s Majestic Lounge, 6 p.m., $7. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Chilly Rose Band. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Craig Cramer. Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., free. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Dala. Walton Arts Center, 8 and 10 p.m., $10-$35. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. First Friday. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. “The Flow Fridays.” Twelve Modern Lounge, 8 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. Goldy Locks. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Oct. 7-8, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Grand Facade, Around the Sixth, Blind Mary. Juanita’s, 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. The Itinerant Locals. Faulkner County Library, 8:30 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. J. White. Porter’s Jazz Cafe, 9 p.m., $10. 315

Main St. 501-324-1900. www.portersjazzcafe. com. Jason Helms Band. Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m. 9500 I-30. 501-565-4003. Katmandu, Big Daddy O, Eric Nolen, John Murphy and Buddy Case, John Lefler. This is a memorial show for a friend of the band who recently passed away. Dreamland Ballroom, 7 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700. King Biscuit Blues Festival. See Oct. 6. Mayday by Midnight. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Mountain Sprout, Little Zero, Gone Was Here. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Musicfest El Dorado. Includes performances from Boyz II Men, Easton Corbin, Tone Loc, James Otto, Sunny Sweeney and more. Downtown El Dorado, Oct. 7, 5 p.m.; Oct. 8, 10 a.m. Main Street and Northwest Avenue, El Dorado. 870-862-4747. Needtobreathe. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7 p.m., $17-$22. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. Nevertrain. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers, featuring Bijoux. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Scott Holt (headliner), Some Guy Named Robb (happy hour), DJ g-force (between sets). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Stiff Necked Fools. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. The Trustees. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. Velvet Kente. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. VJ g-force. The Tavern Sports Grill, 9 p.m. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100.


Dan O’Sullivan. The Loony Bin, through Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 8, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


“Nature’s Fight.” Hendrix College, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway.


43rd Annual Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair. One of the state’s oldest arts and crafts fairs, with food and family-friendly events. Garland County Fairgrounds, Oct. 7-8, 9 a.m.; Oct. 9, 12 p.m. Higdon Ferry Road, off the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway, Hot Springs. Antique and Classic Car Show. Cypress Creek Park, 9 a.m. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-889-4406. Garvan Woodland Gardens Annual Plant Sale. Hundreds of hard-to-find plants, shrubs,

and trees will be available for purchase, as well as an eclectic collection of garden-inspired treasures Garvan Woodland Gardens, 9 a.m., free. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs. www. Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival. Includes more than 24 visual artists, family-friendly activities and games, food, beer and wine and live music starting at 5 p.m. Grand Marquis, Big Smith and Ben Nichols play Friday night, and Grand Marquis, The Extraordinaires and Mountain Sprout play Saturday night. Hill Wheatley Plaza, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.; Oct. 8, 11 a.m., $5. Central Avenue downtown, Hot Springs. 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.


Argenta Film Series: “Marathon Boy.” Includes a discussion with director Gemma Atwal. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $8. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443.


Golf tournament to benefit HAVEN. Proceeds benefit Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need. Greens at Nutters Chapel, 7:30 a.m. 1705 S. Salem Road, Conway. 501-450-8607.



Alize (headliner), Brian & Nick (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Music of John Williams.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Oct. 9, 3 p.m., $20-$65. Markham and Broadway. conv-centers/robinson. Big Smith. Dreamland Ballroom, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $14 door. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700. Blind Pilot, Dan Mangan. 18+ show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Cream, R.I.O.T.S. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Dala. Argenta Community Theater, 7 and 9 p.m., $30-$40. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. DJs Hollywood and Kramer. Performers include Tara and Kara Dionne and Dominique Sanchez. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Goldy Locks. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Jeff Coleman. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224.

Karla Case Band. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. King Biscuit Blues Festival. See Oct. 6. “KISS Saturdays” with DJs Deja Blu, Greyhound and Silky Slim. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Mayday By Midnight. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. MC Chris, MC Lars, Mega Ran, Adam Warrock. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Musicfest El Dorado. See Oct. 7. Nevertrain. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Opiate (Tool tribute). Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. “The Push” Part 1. Featuring 4X4 Crew, Tho’d Studio Ent., North Rock, The Legendary Backyard Ent., Parker Brothers, K.Toomer, Epiphany and DJ Fatality. Hosted by Osyrus Bolly. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, $10. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ramona Smith and Friends. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. Rocktoberfest. Includes Lucero, Pop Evil, Egypt Central, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and more. Riverside Park, 12 p.m., $20 adv. $25 door. Chaney Drive, Batesville. 870-698-2288. www. Shannon Boshears. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www. Sunday Valley, Collin Herring. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Dan O’Sullivan. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Ballet Arkansas: Beyond Category. Ten dancers - seven women and three men - in a program of six dances to an array of music, from Tchaikovsky, Granados, and Edith Piaf, to Duke Ellington, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Norman Greenbaum, Z.Z. Top and The Beatles. Phillips Community College Stuttgart, $12-$27. 2807 Hwy. 165 S., Stuttgart. 870-6734201 ext. 1895. Jazz Workshop. Renowned choreographer and dancer Bill Hastings leads this annual workshop. The first session is for ages 9-13 and the second is for ages 14 and older. Thea Foundation, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., $20. 401 Main St., NLR. 501-379-9512. “Nature’s Fight.” Hendrix College, 2 and 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway.


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The lesson of fall


all unfolds. The quilt on the bed. The windows up at night. Morning air biting at your feet as you rise. Remember summer? In stiffly conditioned air we would aim our plans at the world. Grabbing our car keys, confident, we punched our way outside, only to have heavy, airless August suffocate our joys before the storm door could whack behind us. Fall is why we all stay in Arkansas. Yes, it’s among the prettiest places in the country for the season, but let’s face it, if summer lasted another month, we would all go mad. If it weren’t for October, no pioneers would’ve ever stopped here. I can only imagine that there was a time in the late 19th century in Arkansas when the land was littered with half-houses. Hapless nomads settling the land in spring, then finally giving up sometime in late summer, muttering, “It’s just too damn hot here,” and heading north, or east, or west. Arkansans are a durable people and October is the reward for the stout-hearted who stayed. The tops of trees start changing, the smell of the cinders burn and we look around for that bold soul with the first smoking chimney. Whether it’s on a porch swing, or just standing in the yard, we all have our fall moment. The world exhales. We nuzzle in. But more than that, there is something vulnerable about fall. There is need there. Each year is an aging man. If spring is when nature enlivens us, and summer is when he

shows his power, fall is when he darkens and cracks. Shorter days. Longer shadows. Spring is for dreamGRAHAM ing. Fall is for setGORDY tling in, for reflection, for regrets. And maybe that’s why we appreciate fall so much. For the relief from the oppressively hot, yes, but also for the stillness. For the perspective. Our minds quiet, our grasp meets our reach, and our year matures. There are certainly more benign climates, but nobody ever learns much in paradise. People spread out in the warmth. They stand alone, radiating heat. But here, our state gives us a gift each year. We get our heads about us. We step off the bucking bronco and we look back. Boy, we were a mess in the spring. We realize that now. We’ll be better from here on. When you’re 23, you’re dumb enough to be confident. The older you get, the more aware you become that you’re an emotional shambles. There’s a lesson in the seasons changing. There’s comfort in the vulnerability of fall. We relate to it because we’re broken too. Because not only are we not invincible; we’re not even secure. Because we need each other. A bitter wind comes in, and the lesson comes. Reach out for each other and prepare for what’s next.

PhiliP Mann Music Director 501-666-1761 Tickets start at $14. Student tickets $10. Kids K-12th grade free on Sunday using the Entergy Kids Ticket.


Thurs, Oct 6 Shop ’til 8 and dine till late!



AFTER DARK, CONT. payment. Burns Park, 11 a.m. 2700 Willow St., NLR. 501-753-4594. Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www. “Garden Gourmet” Chef Series. Celebrating sustainable food and culinary traditions, the series features Little Rock chefs demonstrating their use of fresh, local ingredients. River Market Pavilions, through : second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Good Gardens presents Jennifer Gibson. Gibson will discuss landscape design and problem solving. Laman Library, 10 a.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. Harvest at Wildwood Park. Includes hayrides, arts and crafts, vendors, live music and the Arkansas Pickin’ & Fiddlin’ Championship. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.; Oct. 9, 12 p.m., $6-$26. 20919 Denny Road.

Helena Second Saturdays. Enjoy art and live music along Cherry Street. Cherry Street, through Nov. 12: second Saturday of every month, 5 p.m. 223 Cherry St., Helena. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival. See Oct. 7. International Observe the Moon Night. Telescope viewings of the moon, with Darrell Heath and Tony Hall. Riverfront Park, 7 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Littlerocktoberfest. Bratwurst dinner, beer and raffle to win a New Belgium Fat Tire bicycle. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $25. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com. Solar System Walk. Dr. Tony Hall gives participants a true idea of the scale of the solar system by scaling it down to a one mile stretch. Riverfront Park, 5 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Urban Farming Festival. Sample the wares of local farmers, learn gardening techniques and enjoy arts and crafts, games, live music and free bike tune-ups. Faulkner County Library, 1 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 OCTOBER 5, 2011 27







“In The Shadow of the Moon.” Butler Center Galleries, 1 p.m., free. Arkansas Studies Institute.

“Black Holes.” A lecture by Dr. Marcus Seigar of the UALR Physics and Astronomy Department Arkansas Studies Institute, 3 p.m., free. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700. www. Q&A with Norma McCorvey. Under the pseudonym of “Jane Roe,” Norma McCorvey was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. She has since become an anti-abortion activist. St. Vincent Health Center, 7 p.m., $25. Two St. Vincent Circle. 501-552-3000.

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2nd Annual RunWILD 5K and WILDFun Family Run. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 8:30 a.m. 20919 Denny Road. Statewide Latino Soccer Tournament. University of Central Arkansas, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.; Oct. 9, 8 a.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


Marian L. Thomas. The author will discuss her latest novel, “My Father’s Colors.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 1 p.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. Sharllette Frazier. The author of “Single and Pregnant: A New Beginning” will sign copies of her book. Hastings - Conway, 2 p.m. 1360 Old Morrilton Hwy., Conway.



Annual Bluegrass Reunion Jam Session. Cypress Creek Park, 9 a.m. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Music of John Williams.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $20-$65. Markham and Broadway. robinson. Emerson String Quartet. Walton Arts Center, 3 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Natural State Brass Band. Immanuel Baptist Church, 3 p.m. 501 N. Shackelford Rd. 501-2178785. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Travis Caudell benefit. Benefit show for Riverbilly’s Travis Caudell, injured in an auto accident last month. Performances from Luke Williams, Jay Holmes, Matt Stell with Darren Barry, Mr. Lucky, Single Tree, Aaron Owens Band, Matthew Huff. Revolution, 5 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Trinity Presents: Cameron Carpenter. Trinity United Methodist Church, 6 p.m., free. 1101 North Mississippi St. 501-666-2813. www.


Jazz Workshop. Renowned choreographer and dancer Bill Hastings leads this annual workshop. The first session is for ages 9-13 and the second is for ages 14 and older. University of Arkansas, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., $20. Downtown Fayetteville, Fayetteville. 501-379-9512.


43rd Annual Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair. See Oct. 7. Harvest at Wildwood Park. See Oct. 8.

Statewide Latino Soccer Tournament. University of Central Arkansas, 8 a.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


Clark Terry. The legendary jazz trumpeter will read from and sign copies of his recently published autobiography, “Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry.” Includes food, drinks and live music from Chicago-based jazz pianist Willie Pickens. Hampton Inn & Suites Pine Bluff, 3 p.m. 511 Mallard Loop, Pine Bluff. 870-850-7488.



Barry McVinney. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Buckethead, Lynx. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. Deas Vail, Knox Hamilton, Canopy Climbers. All ages show. Revolution, 8 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. A night of German music. UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. UALR Do Deutsch German composers concert. UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., free. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


“Waiting for Superman.” Laman Library, 6 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720.


Ozark Folk Center Day Camp. Campers will enjoy a variety of projects and outdoor activities, including picnics, swimming and fishing. Ozark Folk Center State Park, through Oct. 12, 9 a.m., $55. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View.


Finding Family Facts. Rhonda Stewart teaches this genealogy research class for beginners. Arkansas Studies Institute, second Monday of every month, 3:30 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700.



Blackberry Bushes Stringband. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Come with me, children. Peer back through the dim veil of time to those heady days of the mid-1990s. Clinton was president, your house was still worth more than you paid for it, and the government was running at a SURPLUS. Sounds kinda like Adventures in Fantasyland now, doesn’t it? Way back in October 1996, VH1 debuted a show called “Pop-Up Video.” The concept was fairly simple: play music videos punctuated by little bubbles full of irreverent, wise-ass factoids that popped up with a “BLOOP!” For a generation who still knew what a music video was, it was great fun — equal parts Trivial Pursuit and Friday Night Videos (if you’re too young to know about either of those things, let me just be the first to say: Get off my lawn, you damn fool kids!). It was always must-see TV around the smellier, much drunker household of my 20s. The problem with VH1’s new reboot of “PopUp Video,” which first aired last week with the video of some song I never heard of from Britney Spears (BLOOP! The video was shot in an L.A. basement that had to be hosed out beforehand because of copious amounts of bum poop), seems to be twofold. First, does anybody watch music videos anymore? I’m not talking about some fan-made cut-and-paste job of Bella Swan and her sparkly vampire beau set to a Taylor Swift song. I’m talking about purposemade music videos, featuring lip-syncing artists, costume changes and high-concept concepts (the Britney video, for example, was about a bunch of artfully-dressed club kids having an Apocalypse Dance Party in a bunker during the end of the world). The second problem with a revived Pop Up Video is the same thing that has swallowed

everything from the newspaper industry to the attention spans of a whole generation: the Internet. If you want corny trivia about some random music video, there’s a dozen-dozen places to find that info online, and you don’t have to wait for some show to come on. All that said, I’m willing to give the new “Pop-Up Video” a shot, if only for nostalgia’s sake. I’ll be watching the new, forthcoming reboot of “Beavis and Butthead” too, probably while wearing my Nirvana T-shirt and drinking that six pack of OK Soda I’ve had squirreled back. Who says you can’t go home again?

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Happy birthday, Will Barnet

Michael Ethridge, and the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center, 626 Central, hosts an exhibition of oils and mixed media by Jeri Hillis, “This is not a window. This is not a door.” At Justus Fine Art, 827 A Central, the show “Kindred Spirits” highlights Native American-inspired carved fetishes by Robert Zunick and paintings by Rene Hein.

Arts Center exhibits 85 works by the artist and friend of Townsend Wolfe. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


ill Barnet turned 100 years old in May, which means his friendship with Townsend Wolfe has lasted more than half a century. The affection between the artist and former Arkansas Arts Center director has had a salutary effect on the Arts Center, making possible exhibitions of Barnet’s elegant figurative works — including the New York artist’s first retrospective. On Friday, the Arts Center opens “Will Barnet at the Arkansas Arts Center: A Centennial Exhibition,” 80 drawings and five prints from the former Arts Student League graphics instructor, including 71 drawings that Barnet donated to the Arts Center in honor of Wolfe. The works on paper include some of Barnet’s forays into abstraction, sketches for paintings and watercolors. His space is flat and his line is both fluid and angular, a perfect hand for his drawings of, for example, languid women and their cats. Barnet won’t be at this exhibition — his mind is sharp, but travel would be risky — but he was here for his 1991 retrospective. It’s the rare important museum in the United States that doesn’t include a Barnet in its col-

lection — his works are in the Metropolitan, MOMA, the National Gallery, for starters — and his personal connection to the Arts Center is a happy matter. A catalog of the show, which will run through Jan. 15, will be for sale in the Museum Shop. It is dedicated to Wolfe. Sponsoring the exhibition are Chucki and Curt Bradbury; Harriet and Warren Stephens; Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr.; Dianne and Bobby Tucker; Nancy and Larry Lichty; Belinda Shults; Helen Porter and James T. Dyke; Jane and Bob Wilson; and Brooks and Townsend Wolfe. The Barnet drawings will be complemented by the three dimensional — a show of contemporary metalcraft from the collection of John and Robyn Horn. The show includes work by Elizabeth Brim, Hoss Hayley, Tom Joyce, Albert Paley, Rick Smith and 20 more and was chosen to illustrate the variety of technique in making metal objects. “Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John & Robyn Horn Collection,” also opens Friday and runs through Jan. 15.

‘SILENT SEASONS, WINTER’: In the Will Barnet exhibition opening Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center.

The Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas is celebrating its 15th year with an artists’ reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; the show features work by the Times’ own Bryan Moats and other art representative of all studio courses taught at UCA. The reception for “Connections: The Fifteenth Year” will include wine and cheese, live music and a contest for most creative party hat. This Friday is Gallery Walk evening in Hot Springs, when galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. so art lovers and artists can mingle. Blue Moon Gallery, 718 Central Ave., is featuring “Vision Re-Visited: Ten Years After,” hand-tinted photographs by David Rackley; Gallery Central, 800 Central Ave., is featuring the abstract paintings of

Columbia University artist Mark Dion, featured in the PBS series “art:21” and who has exhibited at the MOMA, is showing conceptual art at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, including drawings of a proposal for a public art piece for the U of A campus. Dion visited campus last year as a guest of the Public Art Oversight Advisory Committee, which includes campus and community members and which asked him to create a site-specific piece. “Mark Dion: Process and Inquiry,” which runs Oct. 8-Nov. 18, is also meant to mark the 60th anniversary of the Fine Arts Center. Here’s what Dion does, according to the U of A: “With an artistic research process that regularly synthesizes visual and textual information from journals, diaries, and other primary documents, Dion presents us with a keen sense of our contemporary moment. Not allowing us to accept any visual conclusions idly, however, Dion’s work challenges the depths and breadth of our own areas of interest and supposed expertise, including our own particular ethics of learning, teaching, and living.” Pretty heady stuff about a guy whose own description of his process is pretty blunt: “Some artists paint, some sculpt, some take photographs, and I shop.”

AFTER DARK, CONT. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Kopecky Family Band. All-ages show. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Lucinda Williams. Over the Rhine. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $30. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228.

Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www. Mutemath. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com.


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“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. Martha Graham Dance Co. with Conway Symphony Orchestra. The company dances Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” accompanied by the Conway Symphony. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. Perot Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 321 W. Fourth St., Texarkana.


Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.

October books 5 Erin Ganju, co-founder and CEO of Room to Read, a non-profit that has built more than 12,000 libraries across the world. 6 p.m., CS. 6 The Pulpwood Queens Bookclub discusses Bezellia Grove’s “The Improper Life.” 6:30 p.m., TBIB. 10 Sherry Laymon (“Fearless: John L. McClellan, United States Senator”), 10 a.m., Grant County Museum, Sheridan. 11 Darcy Pattison (“Prairie Storms”), 6:45 p.m. LL. 13 Gene Dattel (“Cotton and Race in the Making of America”), 6 p.m., CS. 15 Arkansas Puzzle Day 2011. For crossword and Sudoku enthusiasts, with a presentation by Vic Fleming. 9 a.m., CS. 18 Cookie’s Bookclub discusses Elizabeth Kostova’s “The Historian.” 7:30 p.m., TBIB. 20 Rebecca Hamilton (“Fighting for Darfur:

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“Badlands.” Hendrix College, 7 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-4597. “Frankenstein.” Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $5. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www. “Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage.” Part of UALR’s Do Deutsch Week. UALR, 6 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


Mark Dalrymple. The Mac and iPhone/iPad developer, author and trainer will discuss creating software for Apple operating systems. Pulaski Academy Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m., free. 12701 Hinson Road.

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Darcy Pattison. The author of “Prairie Storms” will discuss her work, and kids can visit with the animals featured in her book. Laman Library, 6:45 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-7581720.


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“Issues, Challenges, & International Relations.” This panel discussion will address immigration, and the issues facing the Hispanic population. At the Donaghey Student Center. UALR, 12 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-5698977.


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Showtimes for Rave are for Friday only. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Breckenridge, Chenal 9, Lakewood 8 and Riverdale were not available by press deadline. Find up-to-date listings at NEW MOVIES Ides of March (R) – Clooney directs Clooney in this political thriller starring Ryan Gosling, who seems poised to become the next Clooney. Breckenridge: 1:02, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05. Rave: 10:35 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2:05, 4:20, 4:45, 7:00, 8:00, 9:35, 11:00, midnight. Real Steel (PG-13) – You know they’re turning Battleship into a movie, too. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:55. Rave: 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:00, 1:45, 3:45, 4:30, 5:15, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15. Riverdale: noon, 3:35, 7:05, 9:50. Restless (PG-13) – Can you die from overexposure to meaninglessly quirky and infuriatingly twee characters, even if they’re fictional? Senna (PG-13) – This documentary uses archival footage to tell the story of Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna. RETURNING THIS WEEK 50/50 (R) – Seth Rogen and Joseph GordonLevitt star in this story of love, friendship and finding humor in the face of serious illness. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:05, 7:05, 9:55. Rave: 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:40. Abduction (PG-13) – Hey, it’s that werewolf guy from the vampire movie, and he’s in a movie (this one) where bad guys are chasing him. Don’t hurt werewolf guy, ya’ll! Breckenridge: 1:25, 4:40, 7:35, 10:10. Rave: 10:10 a.m., 12:55, 3:55, 7:15, 9:55. Riverdale: 11:15 a.m., 1:25, 3:40, 6:05, 8:25. Attack the Block (R) – Aliens invade a south London project but they can’t understand what anyone is saying, in this sci-fi thriller from the producers of “Shaun of the Dead.” Market Street: 4:00, 9:00. Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) – The Marvel Comics patriotic superhero defends American values from the forces of something or other; starring Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones. Movies 10: 12:45, 3:40, 7:05, 9:50. Cars 2 (G) – A group of animated talking cars travel abroad for the inaugural World Grand Prix in this Pixar sequel. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Conan the Barbarian (R) – In art, as in life, all things must pass. Except for lucrative film franchises, which apparently must be rehashed every couple decades until time itself ceases. Movies 10: 1:10, 7:10. Contagion (R) – Matt Damon, Kate Winslett, Laurence Fishburn, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hawkes and Marion Cotillard star in Steven Soderbergh’s movie about a virus that kills everybody. Well not everybody, but you get the idea. Rave: 10:15 a.m., 10:55 p.m. Riverdale: 11:10 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:25. Courageous (PG) – This is a wholesome family movie about courage and God and police officers and things like that. Breckenridge: 1:00 (open captioned), 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:20. Rave: 10:00 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 1:10, 2:00, 4:05, 5:05, 7:25, 8:05, 10:45. Dolphin Tale (PG) – This story about an injured dolphin overcoming adversity and learning to

REAL STEAL: Having run out of older movies to remake, Hollywood turns to the children’s games of yesteryear for inspiration. Thus we have Hugh Jackman starring in what is essentially Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots — The Movie use a prosthetic tale will jerk the tears out of your face so hard you might catch whiplash. Breckenridge: 4:15, 10:00 (2D), 1:15, 7:15 (3D). Rave: 10:25 a.m., 1:35, 4:50, 7:35 (2D), 11:00 a.m., 2:10, 5:30, 8:15, 11:30 (3D). Riverdale: 11:00 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:25. Dream House (R) – Daniel Craig buys an adorably non-creepy old house in a small New England town only to discover that creepy things did indeed happen there, according to Naomi Watts. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:40, 7:40, 9:55. Rave: 11:25 a.m., 2:30, 5:25, 8:40, 11:10, 11:45. Riverdale: 11:55 a.m., 2:25, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55. Drive (R) – Ryan Gosling is a stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, but then his life becomes complicated when he falls in love. Riverdale: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05. Final Destination 5 3D (R) — The fight for teenagers’ precious, precious disposable income continues. Movies 10: 1:00, 7:00 Friends With Benefits (R) – Oh look, they made a movie about your 20s, but with better looking people like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Movies 10: 4:10, 9:45. The Guard (R) – Brendan Gleeson plays an Irish policeman who must team up with an FBI agent played by Don Cheadle in this comedy. Market Street: 2:00, 7:00. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II: (PG-13) – The second half of the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book. Movies 10: noon, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 8:50, 10:20 (2D), 6:45, 9:35 (3D). The Help (PG-13) — Emma Stone and Viola Davis star in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel about the African-American maids who work in white households in 1960s Mississippi. Breckenridge: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50. Rave: 1:20, 4:40, 8:25, 11:40. Riverdale: 11:05 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (R) – The theatrical version of the comedian’s 2011 “Laugh at My Pain” tour. Rave: 12:10, 3:05, 5:35, 8:20, 10:35. Killer Elite (R) – Wouldn’t it be neat-o to be a studly, raffish British dude who has a jawline you could split firewood on and always has the perfect level of 5 o’clock shadow and knows how to do parkour and dodge bullets in slow motion and stuff? (Retired military saves his mentor from assassins.) Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:55, 4:55, 8:45, 11:25. Riverdale: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:10. The Lion King 3D (G) – It’s The Lion King in 3D. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 9:40. Rave: 11:05 a.m., 1:30, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30. Money Ball (PG-13) – Baseball can seem pretty boring, but this movie makes it look funny, but also people learn things about life and

themselves. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50. Rave: 10:05 a.m., 1:05, 5:00, 8:35, 11:35. Riverdale: 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00. Project Nim (PG-13) – This documentary from the director of “Man on Wire” explores the story of Nim, a chimpanzee who was raised as a member of a human family in the 1970s. Market Street: 4:20, 9:15. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) — The resurrected ’70s sci-fi franchise continues in this origin story of just how those primates got to be so smart. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15. Sarah’s Key (PG-13) – An American journalist stumbles upon a family secret while researching a notorious Nazi roundup of Jews in Paris. Market Street: 1:45, 6:45. The Smurfs (PG) — The venerable Dr. Doogie Howser must aid a cadre of tiny blue communists as they flee from an evil plutocrat who seeks to control their means of production. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 (2D), 1:25, 4:00 (3D). Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) Robots disguised as cars and planes and such try to blow each other up. Again. Movies 10: 3:45, 9:30. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (R) – “Deliverance” x “Shaun of the Dead” = this comedy of errors, which looks like it could be pretty funny, actually. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. What’s Your Number (R) – No, not your phone number, silly. Your other number. You know which one. The number of stupid movies you’ve been with – I mean, seen. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:15. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 10:25. Riverdale: 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 5:20, 7:50, 10:05. The Zookeeper: (PG) – Kevin James is a zookeeper who is so beloved by his furry charges that they decide to break their longtime code of silence and talk, teaching him the rules of courtship. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 758-5354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango. com.


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n “50/50,” the mildly comedic cancer drama starring Joseph GordonLevitt as the stricken Adam, the only thing people do worse than break the news of his diagnosis is receive it. When Adam learns that the source of his persistent back pain is a malignant tumor on his spine, so exotically named that an entire Scrabble game couldn’t spell it, he’s mostly deciphering his doctor’s jargonladen spoken notes. He swoons; the doctor goes all hazy; and he wanders over to the window as Radiohead’s “High and Dry” begins playing. When he breaks the news to his mother (Anjelica Huston) over dinner two days later, she bursts into tears and rushes to make him green tea, because she heard it reduces the chance of cancer. His flaky struggling-artist girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) lamely promises she’ll stick through it, then as a show of support adopts a greyhound named Skeletor. When his coworkers at the Seattle public radio station where he works throw him a party, he’s beset by a line of well-meaning folks who have no idea what to say, amplifying awkwardness to the point of a near-assault. The only person who seems to jump in with both feet is Adam’s best friend Kyle, played by Seth Rogen. Rogen’s friend Will Reiser wrote the screenplay after going through just this scenario — dude in his 20s diagnosed with the emperor of maladies; Rogen is in essence playing a younger, coarser version of himself. When Kyle hears the news, he gamely babbles about how likely Adam is to survive, how he’s young and strong, how the 50/50 odds that Adam has gleaned from some website dedicated to his cancer actually sound like a winning hand. In the moment the chipper front feels right, but Kyle’s attempted nonchalance, and Adam’s, and that of most young men,

probably, who would find themselves staring down death just as adulthood is really beginning, wears out when chemo drains the life out of the patient, when it becomes clear that no one but the dying can really relate, and when the prospect of something worse than a painful survival looms. The risk of talking about death by not talking about death is that, in the end, you may really not be talking about death. Director Jonathan Levine, in just his third feature film, holds the story firmly on Adam, who appears in nearly every scene. We feel the weight of his descent. Other than the pot-laced macaroons and the possibility of sympathy sex, cancer co-stars as an irredeemable bummer. Almost painfully mild-mannered at the time of his diagnosis, Adam becomes grouchier and more irascible as his life frays and mortality looms. His therapist, the too-young-for-there-notto-be-sparks Katherine (Anna Kendrick, of “Up in the Air” fame), can’t break the fall of his ever-darker moods; even she doesn’t want to, or really know how to, change the conversation from a clinical handling of how people feel with the big C to how this individual, this young man, should face the big D. And as Adam begins to admit to himself, finally, that he’s not just dealing with a hard snag but possibly, very possibly, an early death, he snaps to. “50/50” is a very good movie, if shy of great, and in it there is a moment in which the empathy the film has built for an hour and a half all clamors to the fore in a sudden emotional rush, and for a second, your heart will break into pieces. Surrounded by technology and doctors and family, all there to see him through, Adam is the loneliest person in the world. There’s a hard conversation to undertake before that moment arrives, and “50/50” ably shows how not to have it.

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Night at the Speakeasy. This is a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, photos, and more. The cover charge is a bottle of wine valued at $25 or more. Dreamland Ballroom, 6 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700.


BrewHaHa. Enjoy food and drinks prior to the opening of The Second City. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 6 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-3780405. “Faust in the Box.” Performance art from Bridge Markland, part of “Do Deutsch Week.” UALR, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


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Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Public Health and the Syphilis Epidemic in Arkansas in the 1940s.” Brian Irby, Library Tech at the Arkansas History Commission will discuss Arkansas’ then-radical 1940s mass-media campaign to raise awareness of venereal disease. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. John Kinkade. The executive director of the National Sculptors’ Guild will discuss his organization’s efforts to promote public art. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.


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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program training session. A training session for anyone interested in nominating a property to the National Register of Historic Places. Includes information on the NRHP, the criteria for listing properties and instruction on completing a successful application. Tower Building, 9 a.m. Fourth and Center Streets. 501-324-9880.


Ozark Folk Center Day Camp. See Oct. 10.


“Dixie Swim Club.” Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet regularly at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Public Theatre, through Oct. 9: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $12-$14. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. “The Kitchen Witches.” Hilarity ensues when two TV chefs — and bitter enemies — are thrown together on a new cooking show. Lantern Theatre, through Oct. 9: Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $5-$10. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. index.html. “The Mousetrap.” A snowstorm strands a group of strangers and a murderer in an isolated boarding house, in one of Agatha Christie’s most popular works. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Nov. 6: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., Sun., 11 a.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse. com.

“Once Upon a Mattress”. This musical comedy is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, “The Princess and the Pea.” UALR, Thu., Oct. 6, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 9, 2:30 and 8 p.m., $5 students, $7 non-students. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-5693456. “Pippin.” Based on the book by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this dark rock opera concerns the life of Prince Pippin, who discovers the source of true happiness, but only after experiencing the horrors of war. The Weekend Theater, Oct. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 21-22, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m., $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “Purlie.” Purlie Victorious Judson returns to his hometown as a preacher, with a plan to save the town, its church and its people, in this Tony Award-winning musical. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Oct. 6: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Ring of Fire.” Jason Edwards, who starred in the Broadway production, brings Johnny Cash’s life and times to the stage through the Man in Black’s songs, including “I Walk The Line,” “Five Feet High and Rising” and many more. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Oct. 9: Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; Wed., Thu., 7 p.m., $30-$40. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www. “The Second City.” The famous comedic improv troupe returns. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Oct. 12 through Oct. 23: Tue.-Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m., $35 or $30 add-on to season ticket. 601 Main St. 501-3780405.



ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Will Barnet at the Arkansas Arts Center: A Centennial Exhibition,” Oct. 7-Jan. 15; “Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John and Robyn Horn Collection,” Oct. 7-Jan. 15; “Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present,” through Nov. 13; “Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 1980s,” through Oct. 9. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Backyard Birds and Kitchen Fruit,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. CONWAY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, Baum Gallery: “Connections: The Fifteenth Year,” artwork representative of all studio courses taught at UCA, by faculty and professional artists; “More than a Mold: Contemporary Slip Cast Ceramics,” group show of ceramic sculpture by eight national artists, including visiting artist Joe Page; and “cloud control: the devastation of an anchor,” installation by faculty member Carrie A. Dyer, all through Oct. 27, artists’ reception with prize for most creative party hat 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. 501-4505793. EUREKA SPRINGS 83 SPRING STREET GALLERY: Tim Breaux, paintings of the Ozarks, artist’s reception 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 8. 479- 253-8310 FAYETTEVILLE FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, One E. Center St.: Kelley Hatfield Wilks, ceramics; Sabine Schmidt, photography; Becki Lamascus,

AFTER DARK, CONT. paintings; Flannery Grace Horan, jewelry; Teresa Hall, jewelry and wall hangings. Opens with First Thursday reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 6, continues through the month. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Mark Dion: Process and Inquiry,” works made as part of a proposal for a public art piece for the campus, Fine Arts Center, Oct. 8-Nov. 18. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sun., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8. 479-575-7987. WALTON ARTS CENTER: “Then and Now,” 20 years of basket-making by Leon Niehues, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, opens with reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 (First Thursday), through Dec. 18. 479-443-5600. HOT SPRINGS ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Paintings by Alison Parsons. 501-6253001. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Paintings by Jimmy Leach, Jamie Carter, Ersele Hiemstra, Margaret Kipp, Kim Thornton, Sue Coon, Virgil Barksdale and others. 501-624055. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Vision Re-visited: Ten Years After,” photographs by David Rackley, through October. Reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 7. 501-318-2787. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel, Caryl Joy Young, Sue Shields, Becky Barnett, Janet Donnangelo, Marlene Gremillion, Ken Vonk and others. 501-915-8912. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Michael Ethridge, paintings, opens with Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 7. 501-318-4278. HOT SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER: “This is

not a window. This is not a door.” Oils and mixed media by Jeri Hillis, Oct. 6-29, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 7. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: “Kindred Spirits,” Native American-inspired fetishes by Robert Zunick, paintings by Rene Hein, also work by Cynthia Bowers, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Tony Saladino, Rebecca Thompson and others. Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Oct. 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. TAYLOR BELLOTT NATURE GALLERY AND COFFEE SHOP, 4238 Central Ave., Suite J: Featuring photographs by Taylor Bellott. 501-520-4576.


THE ART LOFT, 1525 Merrill Drive: Work by Dan Thornhill, Catherine Rodgers, Patrick Cunningham, 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, 5815 Kavanaugh: Works by local, national and international artists. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “The Art of Living,” artwork by Japanese Americans interned at Rohwer, Concordia Hall, through Nov. 26. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5791. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: 2nd annual “Arkansas League of Artists Juried Show,” Stephen Cefalo juror, through Oct. 29. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Studio

8 Exhibit,” third in a series of work by students at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. 375-2342. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Corrie Bristow, Collin Miles, Amanda Linn, new work, through Oct. 29. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “James Hendricks: Looking Into the Spirit,” abstract paintings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 920-2778. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St.: Sherrie Shepherd, paintings of early 20th century transportation, through Oct. 9, also work by Matthew Castellano, Sulac, Peggy Roberson and Miller Smith. 529-6330. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Kaleidoscope, Remembering the Past,” stained glass window series by Charly Palmer, through Oct. 10. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Expressing Ourselves: Original Works by the Artists of Birch Tree Communities and the Arkansas State Hospital,” by persons with mental illness, through Oct. 20. 758-1720. L O C A L C O L O U R G A L L E RY , 5 8 1 1 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative. 265-0422. OLDE WORLD PIZZA, 1706 W. Third St.: “Travels,” photographs by Grav Weldon, through December. 374-5504. REFLECTIONS GALLERY AND FINE FRAMING, 11220 Rodney Parham Road: Work by local and national artists. 10 a.m.-5


p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 227-5659. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: New work by Stephano, Thom Bierdz, Tony Dow, Kelley Naylor-Wise, Michael A. Darr, Mike Gaines, G. Peebles, Steven Thomas, Alexis Silk, Paula Wallace and Ron Logan. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 563-4218. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 E. Main St., NLR: Paintings by Ted Parkhurst. 379-9512. VIEUX CARRE, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Jason A. Smith, landscapes, through Oct. 16. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5:30 to close Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6, Hillcrest Shop and Sip. BENTON DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellot, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. BENTONVILLE SUGAR GALLERY, 114 W. Central Ave.: “Garage Sale,” installation by Joel Armstrong, art professor at John Brown University, through Oct. 9. 2-6 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-2735305.



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• Toy drive benefitting the Toys for Tots Foundation. Please bring a toy! H HToy drop off will be located in the Main Street roundabout of The Promenade at Chenal and following the event will be located at Customer Service. MondayFriday 8:30am-5pm. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, November 26. Sorry, no stuffed animals, used toys or cash.

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Flying Saucer

323 President Clinton Ave. 372-7468 QUICK BITE The Usinger’s bratwurst alone is worth a trip to Flying Saucer. Served on a bun or side by side with a beer brat on the German Plate, it’s a firm, meaty sausage with a great taste. HOURS 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday.


OTHER INFO About 200 beers (75 on tap), wine and some liquor. CC accepted.

WUNDERBAR!: Flying Saucer’s German plate.

More than beer There’s plenty to like on the dining menu at Flying Saucer.


ot long after the Flying Saucer opened in May 1998, it was the subject of a disparaging dining review in the daily newspaper. That led Shannon Wynne, the offbeat owner of the Texasbased mini-chain, to take out advertisements that proclaimed, “It’s the beer, stupid.” The Saucer’s menu has grown and diversified greatly since those days, and it is a surprisingly good place to grab a meal, particularly if you choose wisely. But the Flying Saucer, definitely the bell cow of River Market establishments, will always be about the beer — all 200 or so of them. When the Saucer went non-smoking on July 1, it wasn’t to make the place more pleasant for non-smoking beer lovers. It was so people younger than 21 could come in — which means the Saucer can capitalize on all the families who come to the River Market and when things like an FBLA high school convention are in town. Besides the expected beer-friendly items like cheese dip and salsa ($5.99), nachos ($8.49), hot wings ($8.29), pizza slices ($4.99 and $5.99), soft pretzels ($7.29 for two) and chili, the Saucer also offers three salads ($3.99 and $7.49/$8.49 for entree size), bratwurst ($7.99 to $9.99), eight large, tasty sandwiches ($7.29 to $8.49 with choice of fries, hot German potato salad or side salad), meat and cheese combinations ($10.99 for three; $15.99 for five) and salmon with red

onions, capers and goat cheese ($10.99). It’s an eclectic bar-food menu, with only one noticeable theme — bratwurst. We started with the bratwurst nachos — half taco shells individually and precisely dosed with brat hunks, refried beans, grated cheddar, jalapenos and tomatoes. (Chicken is the other meat choice.) Bratwurst works well in this cross-cultural appetizer, particularly with good, melty cheddar enveloping it. The beans thankfully were spread on thinly; there weren’t enough tomato pieces to make a difference. We also tried the chicken tenders ($7.49), which are solid but nothing special, except they come with some of the best thin, crisp, herb-dusted fries in town. The spicy beer cheese soup ($4.99 in a bread bowl) struck us as spicy, thinner cheese dip. The Saucer slice ($4.99) is a very large, somewhat thick-crust piece of pepperoni pizza that is helped by some fresh basil but isn’t up to the pies served next door at Gusano’s; for $1 more you can choose three toppings among a list of 13 veggies and six meats (yes, the list includes bratwurst). The chili is also only decent, not nearing exceptional. But there are some real stars on the Saucer menu. The Reuben-esque ($8.29) is well-named in that it is a take on the Reuben — pastrami vs. the usual corned beef and jalapeno-studded kraut. It is thick, juicy, cheesy and fabulous. The Pork Belly sandwich

($8.29) really is misnamed as it teams pulled pork, ham and bacon, the trio of pig meats topped with jalapeno-apple chutney, lettuce and tomato. It is creative, satisfying and well done in all ways. The German Plate ($9.99) pairs one beer brat and one Usinger brand brat from a family-owned Milwaukee charcuterie founded in 1880, the duo of dogs served with hot German potato salad and sauerkraut. The Usinger (check them out at www.usinger. com) is firm, meaty and not overly greasy. (You can get it on a bun for $7.89.) The beer brat is a bit softer and plumper. They are both brats, but they are not too similar, which gives this meal some variety. The potato salad has a good vinegar bite. Beer suggestions accompany each of the four meats and six cheeses you can select on the Hungry Farmer plate. The prosciutto is high-quality, as is the Finocchiona, dry-aged salami with fennel. The Red Dragon cheese is interesting — cheddar made with brown ale and studded with mustard seeds — and we are a sucker for Cotswold, a double Gloucester with chives. Food sales at the Saucer are up significantly since the 21-and-older-only stipulation of being a smoking restaurant went away, management reports. And the food is solid — decent at worst, outstanding at best. But again, the Saucer is all about the beer. No place has the variety, and another strength at the Saucer are the friendly, efficient, beerknowledgeable waitresses. About 600 “Beer Knurds” have consumed 200 different Saucer beers, qualifying for a personalized plate on the Saucer wall. (The 11th person to complete the feat is this review’s author.) Most pints are $3 on Monday, all local Diamond Bear drafts are $3 on Sunday, and all but the $3 beers are $1 off 4-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


returns to Dickey-Stephens Park Thursday, Oct. 6. The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. This year, 600 wines will be featured along with hors d’oeuvres from Boscos, Boulevard Bread Co., Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse, Cheers in the Heights/Maumelle, Chik-fil-a, Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Restaurant and Bar, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Dizzy’s Gypsy Grill, Ferneau, P.F Chang’s China Bistro, Pulaski Technical College Culinary Institute, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Whole Hog Cafe in North Little Rock, Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro and Two Sister’s Catering. Ticket, available via 375-9148 or by visiting, are $60 in advance and $75 at the door.



4 SQUARE GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis and a daily selection of desserts in an Arkansas products gift shop. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-2622. L daily. D Mon.-Sat. ARGENTA MARKET The Argenta District’s neighborhood grocery store offers a deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. BL daily, D Mon.-Sat. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. Try the cheese dip. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-6630600. LD Tue.-Sat. ASHLEY’S The premier fine dining restaurant in Little Rock marries Southern traditionalism and haute cuisine. The menu is often daring and always delicious. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BELWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm at this lost-in-time hole in the wall. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6632677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 OCTOBER 5, 2011 37



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staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for well-cooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though tapas are also available, and many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until late. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. DIVERSION TAPAS RESTAURANT Hillcrest wine bar with diverse tapas menu. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 200. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-4140409. D Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-1195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. DOWNTOWN DELI A locally owned eatery, with bigger sandwiches and lower prices than most downtown chain competitors. 323 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3696. BL Mon.-Fri. DUB’S HAMBURGER HEAVEN A standout dairy bar. The hamburger, onion rings and strawberry milkshake make a meal fit for kings. 6230 Baucum Pike. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-955-2580. BLD daily. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. 523 Center St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 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. $-$$. 501-225-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. Follow the mobs. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3741400. BL Mon.-Fri. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub in Hillcrest, where you’ll find traditional fare like burgers and fish and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4501. D daily, BR and L Sat.-Sun. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts. Chicken salad’s among the best in town. Get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-6663354. L Mon.-Sat. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. BL Mon.-Fri., D daily. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Drive, Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2232257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and other lunch plates during the week. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. PERCIFUL’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS If you’re a lover of chilidogs, this might just be your Mecca. Our fave: The Polish cheese royal, add onions. 20400 Arch St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-261-1364. LD Tue.-Sat. PORTER’S JAZZ CAFE Nice takes on Southern cuisine are joined by chicken wings, a fabulous burger and a Sunday brunch that features an impressive array of breakfast and lunch foods at a reasonable price. 315 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-324-1900. LD Mon.-Sun. BR Sun. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner and pub grub until the wee hours. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Give the turtle soup a try. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI High-quality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without. 10102 N.


AT WILDWOOD PARK A Family Festival Celebrating Autumn in Arkansas

October 8 and 9


Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm • Sunday, noon – 6 pm

Gate Admissions • $10 Adults • $5 Kids 6-12 • Kids 5 and Younger FREE FEATURING Hay Rides to Pumpkin Hill’s Hay Fort and Hay Maze • Arkansas Pickin’ & Fiddlin’ Championship Culinary Competition • Model Trains • Garden Trains • Iron Forging Competitions Antique Shows • Children’s Entertainment • Crafts Bake Shop and Grilled Treats for Purchase RunWILD 5K and WILDFun Family Run kicks off HARVEST! Festival at 8:30 am at the Promenade at Chenal. For RunWILD 5k details visit

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Beginning October 7th, catch your hayride at Pumpkin Hill! Children receive Little People’s Sugar Pie Pumpkin! Sundays 1pm - 4pm; weekdays upon reservation for field trips. $5 per person.

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at The Home Of Dora Jane and greg Flesher 5117 edgewood road Little rock, arkansas 72207 Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6pm-8:30pm Jennifer McCarty, Chair all Proceeds Will Benefit The Single Parent Scholarship Fund Of Pulaski County Tickets: $100 attire: Business Casual For reservations and information Call 501.301.7774 Food and Beverages Provided By Porter’s Jazz Café and glazers

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entral Arkansas abounds with places to exercise and purveyors of the gear needed to do it. Fall is a great time to get fit with impending holiday parties and inevitable weight gain. Whether you’re a cyclist, runner, gym enthusiast or undecided, there’s something for you. We first caught up with Joe Clark, general manager of

OZARK OUTDOOR SUPPLY in the Heights, to help us get to the bottom of the barefoot trend. Clark counts himself as a devotee and has been virtually shoe-free for over a year now. Not only does he exercise sans shoes, but chooses to wear them only when he’s on a scooter or in a place that requires them. For those not willing to go totally bare, there are the wildly popular Vibram FiveFingers, those amphibious-looking gloves for the

feet. “We sell a ton of them,” says Clark. “There are starting to be more and more minimalist shoes out there because they’re better for people. I go barefoot most of the time, but if I do wear shoes, it’s going to be something minimalist.” Ozark carries other “minimalist” shoes, too. Says Clark, “They’re healthier for your feet and build strength. My body has adapted to a differContinued on page 44

hearsay ➥ CORRECTION: Our sincerest apologies to KITCHEN CO.! Last week we mistakenly reported that another kitchen store was celebrating the arrival of brand new Le Creuset Dinnerware as well as other products. For more detailed information about what’s cooking at Kitchen Co., see a report in next week’s CUE. ➥ Tique chic. Antique lovers won’t want to miss the ANTIQUE ALLEY ANTIQUE SHOW at the Conway Expo Center & Fairgrounds, October 8-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., where they’ll find more than 40,000 sq. ft. of antiques from around the country. Architectural salvage, Depression glass, antique and primitive furniture, estate jewelry, coins, antique silver, shabby chic décor and much more will be for sale. Admission is $3. ➥ Victory is at hand. The NIKE FACTORY STORE at the Promenade at Chenal will open Oct. 11. W BY AZWELL and KENNETH EDWARDS FINE JEWELERS will open in late October or early November. ➥ High hopes. Join the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County for “A Night of Hope” honoring BARBARA GRAVES at the home of Dora Jane and Greg Flesher, 5117 Edgewood Rd., Tuesday, October 11, 6-8:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. Tickets $100. For reservations and information call (501) 301-7774. ➥ Tailor made classes. Sign up now for basic sewing classes at JAMILEH KAMRAN SCHOOL OF FASHION DESIGN learn the art of couturière sewing/tailoring techniques in a six weeks. Classes are once a week, four hours per session and are available on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. No experience required. Call (501) 663-3242. 42 OCTOBER 5, 2011 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES

➥ Ladies’ choice. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre hosts “Girls Night Out at The Rep” featuring the fun and funky fashions of VESTA’S. Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Shop some of the latest fall fashions and see Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash in The Rep’s newly renovated theatre. Call (501) 378-0405 for tickets. ➥ Sneak peek. The BOX TURTLE fashion show is nearly upon us. If you just can’t wait or don’t want to fight the crowds, head to an advanced showing on Thursday, October 13 from 6-8 p.m. All the clothes and designers will be on hand for a preview, and you’ll be able to purchase clothing to pick up after the show. Designers include Missy Lipps and Korto Momolu among others. ➥ Vegans in the Haus! In other BOX TURTLE news, they’re also planning a special Dr. Hauschka/vegan event during Shop n’ Sip, October 6, where you can meet their Dr. Hauschka rep and eat vegan food from Pretty Plate. Free samples, demonstrations, discounts and giveaways! ➥ SPOTTED: Actress Reese Witherspoon incognito in a trucker hat shopping at BOX TURTLE. Witherspoon is in Arkansas filming Jeff Nichols’ movie “Mud.” She bought several items including a CD of local music. ➥ Egg heads rejoice! KEN RASH’S is having a pre-sale of a lifetime! Now through October 7, put down a 50% deposit on a Big Green Egg—the world’s best smoking’ grill—and it’s yours, reserved at sale price. Delivery and pickup will begin October 12. Ken Rash’s will also be holding daily drawings for Big Green Egg accessories. Plus a huge yard sale this Saturday.


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ent stride, and I’m now walking like I should be walking.” In other Ozark news, it’s nearing fleece time. “With the arrival of fall, we start selling a lot of fleece and goosedown.” And though Clark himself may be fleece-clad in the coming months, his feet will remain bare (barring record snowfall). We should note that SHOE CONNECTION is also another great source for Vibram FiveFingers as well as other athletic shoes for men, women and kids. Outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for the imminent opening of GEARHEAD OUTFITTERS in Park Plaza Mall, an outdoor retailer based in Jonesboro. Erik Heller of Gearhead tells us that they’re particularly pleased to be bringing Skirt Sports to Central Arkansas, described as “fitness clothing with the perfect balance of fashion, performance and attitude for women tired of wearing apparel fashioned after men’s apparel.” Designed by tri-athlete Nicole DeBoom, Skirt Sports has a variety of designs for the changing seasons, as well as for a variety of activities like cycling, running, tennis, golf and yoga. Anyone passing the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham has likely done a double take at the array of gleaming bikes in front of SPOKES, Little Rock’s newest cycling shop and the only one with its own coffee bar. Owners Matt and Regina Seelinger say, “It’s a great time to be in the bike business with all of the bridges opening and the popularity of cycling on the rise. It’s amazing the number of people who come in and say ‘I haven’t been on a bike in 30 years.’ And we live in such a great place for cycling and have such cool trail system around here.” Seelinger says he got into the sport while recovering from two knee replacements. He explains that many people come to cycling this way, post injury, because it’s not as tough on the joints as some high-impact activities. For those in search of style rather than speed, Spokes also carries a cool assortment of “fashion bikes”—perfect for kicking around town. Real runners love GO RUNNING in the Heights, and everyone loves their Run Rewards program, which gives you $25 for every $250 you spend. Owners Gary and Erin Taylor say the store is full of fall gear in lots of bright colors. Taylor says, “It’s very important to be seen this time of year as it gets darker earlier, and we’ve

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Go Running! carries Brooks Nightlife reflective apparel to keep runners safe and seen. recently gotten in a lot of reflective gear, like zip tops, reflective vests and flashing lights.” Safety first! (With style a close second.) So now that you’re fully—and chicly—outfitted, it’s time to check out exercise options, of which there are many. REVOLUTION FITNESS & HEALTH in the Heights is part of a growing trend of pay-by-the-month, neighborhood gyms. Revolution offers a wide range of amenities and services, from weights to massage therapy and personal training. They also offer classes for kids. They’re currently running a special for new members: $25 per month, tax included, one-year contract or no contract with $39 joining fee. Other memberships are also available. Visit or call (501) 663-9504 for more information. If you’re in search of a challenging program rather than standard gym fare, CROSSFIT LITTLE ROCK, located in Riverdale, might be for you. CrossFit was originally designed as the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists and professional athletes. But don’t let that intimidate you. It’s an exercise regime appropriate for any age as well as any fitness level. Children, housewives, Olympic athletes, and grandparents all follow the same program, but at their own level of intensity. Training takes place in a group set-

ting which means that every time you go to class you receive coaching while going through a warm-up, skill work and a workout. CrossFit combines movements from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, power lifting, rowing and running to create unique, intense workouts that are constantly varied so you don’t ever get bored. CrossFit offers a wide range of packages; for more information and prices call (501) 626-2265. IM=X PILATES STUDIO, located in Pavilion in the Park, is a fitness formula that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with strength and cardio training to increase flexibility, endurance and muscle tone, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core. (IM=X stands for Integrated Movement Xercize.) Everyone—from fitness neophytes to hard-core gym rats—can benefit from IM=X. The program has been proven effective for all body types and fitness levels, regardless of age, weight or ability. There are specialized IM=X formats designed for weight loss, athletes, pregnancy, golf and people with back pain. The combination of strengthening, cardiovascular and lengthening exercises develops long, lean muscles, improves posture, increases metabolism and adds flexibility to the spine.  Prices vary depending on whether you choose the Semi-private session membership, private training or semi-private session packages. For details call (501) 221-0469 or visit These are but a few of the choices available to Central Arkansans, which means now there’s really no excuse for staying at home on that couch (unless it’s to watch Biggest Loser for inspiration).

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don’t know who invented talking points. Probably some Socialist. Possibly Moses, since the Decalogue is slightly more accurately rendered as friendlier “talking points” than as sterner “commandments.” Possibly Martin Luther, who, in the Old German, was said to have nailed his 95 talking points to the church door. Possibly Mark Twain, in his essay “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses.” Or James Carville, his first and maybe only t.p. being the classic, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Anyway, here are some talking points for you. They’re non-partisan talking points, a rather rare commodity, from someone who long ago went rogue and then apolitical and now subsists on his modest entitlements, in genteel squalor, semi-isolated and largely indifferent, here in one of the neckier exurbs at the back of the book. Feel free to use any or all of them with or without attribution. No charge. Just another bonus for patient readers of the Arkansas Times, the non-imposter oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi, bringing you local, national and international news since 1819. OK, without further ado, or adieu, or whatever — talking points. • Is the McDonald’s Happy Meal an inevitable consequence or outgrowth of the expanding domino of socialism?

• Isn’t it because it’s socialism that the first word of Social Security is social? • George Orwell was a socialist, so you BOB can throw out everyLANCASTER thing he said. Mention this fact the next time you hear somebody quoting him approvingly. Don’t go see any of George Bernard Shaw’s plays. • Isn’t it true that it was never proved that fluoridation wasn’t a prime objective of a Socialist plot? • Isn’t it true that anytime anybody begins a talking point by saying “Isn’t it true” that person himself or herself is very likely involved in a plot that hasn’t been proved not to be socialist and not to be a plot? • Isn’t it possible, and not totally stupidly illogical, that, as the NRA claims, there’s an especially sinister socialist plot in which President Obama hopes to destroy your Second Amendment gun rights by strongly supporting and consistently affirming your Second Amendment gun rights? • Health care is like a box of chocolates. Or like this column. You never know what you’re going to get. But you’re pretty sure it’ll suck. • Were there oil deposits under the Gar-

den of Eden? If so, how long before did the ex-living things that crude oil is made from live? And where did they live if there was no here here then? And did they live solely in anticipation of someday having their molecules power internal-combustion engines in inerrantist-driven SUVs? And so forth. Oil talking points are many but it’s tricky footing. • Isn’t announcing a scientific theory that just upsets everybody like cutting one loose in a crowded elevator? Isn’t that your vaunted science when you get right down to it — Einstein, Darwin, Galileo, Copernicus and them doing the “beans, beans, good for your heart” number in a crowded elevator? • Those who say there hasn’t been climate change and global warming isn’t man-caused — how do they know? They have it on the same authority that Beavis and Butthead always cited: Some guy told them. • If it’s true what they say about Islam, how come there’s no Negro spiritual that begins, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen / Nobody knows but Mohammad”? • Might it not have been a clever way for President George W. Bush to answer his own question in a way that people would remember it when he said, “Is our children learning?” • Do you think freedom from government regulation was the fifth freedom that Woodrow Wilson just forgot because he was already brain-damaged from the stroke? Don’t you think if he hadn’t been a godless

liberal Democrat he would’ve changed his first name to something less vulgar? Do you think it might be a punishment from On High if you have a Viagra Woodrow lasting more than four hours that you have to seek medical assistance to avoid Roger Kokov? • Will the official language of Heaven be English? [Wrong answer: Si!] • Do you believe, as Bro. Billy Graham once averred, that especially good dogs go to Heaven, if their former masters simply can’t be happy there without them? And is there an official barking protocol for such dogs called home? And if they don’t follow it, are they cast out to wander a Darkling Plain that’s just crawling with invisible ticks? • All those Gideons giving away Bibles — is that part of the same Socialist-Obama plot against the Second Amendment? I mean, there’s a talking point in there that comes right out and says “Thou shalt not kill.” How do you think that makes a gun feel that just killed somebody? Or that just killed a moose or baby wolf cub? Poor gun admiring its still quivering handiwork and a Gideon runs up saying, “Hold on there! What about Exodus 20:13!” What does a gun know about Exodus 20:13? So you can’t blame the gun but you sure can’t blame the shooter. You can’t reproach the shooter. If you do, isn’t that further confirmation of the plot? Etc. Talking points. I might post more of them so find arethese the useful. Just in coming weeks if you let meBats, know. squirrels, Rats, Raccoons…

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