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Drink local I have been picking up on a lot of enthusiasm for local sourcing from the Arkansas Times. Getting food from local farms, using local products, etc. I love the enthusiasm as I myself love supporting local farms and restaurants. However, there is a big lack of people putting their money where their mouth is, or in this case, their local product where their mouth is. Arkansas has one craft distillery. Just one. Not two. Not three. One. And a lot of the restaurants popping up, touting their “local” product, are lacking one big component. Liquor made within this state. And not just made in the state. Made from the state. Rock Town uses Arkansas grains, and Arkansas barrels, to make some damn good Arkansas liquor. I know that coming out of the gate, there were some hang-ups. Tried to hit to ground running and stumbled a bit, and their reputation took the hit pretty hard, especially with local bartenders. But come on. It has been over three years and now Rock Town has 13 products, soon to be 14. Bartenders can’t hate all of it. And yet restaurants like Local Lime, Natchez, South on Main, all these places that can’t wait to remind you how local they are, don’t carry the only liquor you can call local. What is up with that? And I like the food there, don’t get me wrong, but the hypocrisy has been leaving a bad taste in my mouth. You might wonder why I am writing all this. I have talked to the bartenders; I know what they have to say on the subject. Doesn’t seem like they’re budging anytime soon. So does it matter what I think? It probably doesn’t. But I think someone should say something. I think it is, for lack of a better word, complete bullshit. Buying local is not just about quality, although quality matters a lot (and I’m not saying Rock Town is of low quality because it isn’t). Buying local is also about working together. Supporting your neighbor. We could use a little more of that. Jack Ward Little Rock

tricians, auto mechanics, carpenters, construction equipment workers, gardeners, forest firefighters and even webpage designers and in computer maintenance and wiring. Trained prisoners could act just like the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration workers did — building and fixing things for the government and society in general. Jacksonville’s Dupree Park floods every time we get a good rain because Bayou Meto overflows. A couple deep overfill lakes up and down the creek channel to contain and delay most of the heavy flood

of water would prevent flooding and provide recreational opportunities plus water for cattle. Prisoners operating bulldozers and ditch diggers could create the canals needed for the projects to provide river water to farmers in Lonoke County and elsewhere. Prisoners with electronic-ankle monitors on could be bused to schools in the evening and do maintenance and grounds work for just the cost of a couple guards patrolling inside and outside the school that they are working on. In the summer time they could work on building addi-

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Blaming the pope for being Catholic I read with interest the response from Richard Emmel in your Comment section (Nov. 14) in regards to the firing of a woman who worked for an institution (the Roman Catholic Church) whose teachings are at odds with the identity that she embraces as a partnered lesbian. In that response, Mr. Emmel cited the famous story from the Gospel of John where Jesus is confronted by an angry crowd that was ready to stone a woman who had been caught in adultery. It is true that Jesus said, “He who is without sin cast the first stone at her.” But it is also true that Jesus said something else that day. He turned to the woman who was caught in the sin of adultery and said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; and from now on SIN NO MORE.” By pointing out the hypocrisy of the ones who would kill this woman, Jesus did not at the same time change his view of adultery. It was still an offense to God and needed to be repented of. To expect the Roman Catholic Church to change their teachings on human sexuality based off how our current culture has changed its views on sexuality is merely blaming the pope for being Catholic. I would imagine at the more liberal and tolerant institutions in our society like the Southern Poverty Law Center, NPR or the ACLU, if an employee joined the Ku Klux Klan, or embraced some other public position of hate or intolerance they would be fired out of hand. Would Mr. Emmel then level charges of “hurling the stone of job loss” at them? Most likely not. The truth is that each institution, be it a conservative Christian one, or a liberal/progressive one, serves its own narratives, being true to who they are. You can disagree if you want, but don’t accuse one of throwing stones when the side you align with does the same thing every day. Let’s just be honest about what we disagree about, and not turn the other side into executioners because of that disagreement. Rev. Sam Seamans Assisting Bishop in the Reformed Episcopal Church Mountain Home

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Q. Will Interstate 40, between North Little Rock and West Memphis, be under construction forever? A. Pretty much. According to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s Danny Straessle, that entire stretch of interstate is due for rehabilitation or replacement in projects scheduled to run through 2027. The work is part of the AHTD’s Interstate Rehabilitation Program. Voters approved the Arkansas Highway Commission to issue bonds to pay for the program in 2011. The work between North Little Rock and West Memphis won’t be done all at once, of course. Straessle said the AHTD is balancing it with projects on all of the interstates that come through Arkansas. “We’ll do one project in east Arkansas, one project in west Arkansas, one on I-30 and one on I-55, and then when those are over or almost complete we’ll start another one.” That’s not all the AHTD has in the works. The Connecting Arkansas Program is a $1.8 billion project to build and expand highways throughout the state funded by a temporary half-cent sales tax approved by voters last year. It’ll run for as many 10 years. That’s a lot of construction — and potential construction delays. But there’s an app for that. The AHTD

recently unveiled a new website that features a map of road construction, traffic congestion and weather conditions. is a responsive site, which means it fits whatever size screen you’re viewing it and works just as well whether you’re on a desktop computer or mobile phone. It allows users to zoom into specific areas and toggle between which map features display. The site was built using Google Maps Engine and uses Google’s traffic layer for its real-time traffic updates. (Google gets traffic information from the “anonymized” data most GPSenabled phones transmit; Straessle said AHTD doesn’t track people.) The new website is only the beginning of AHTD’s plans. A native app is coming. “Hopefully, we can begin development within the next year,” Straessle said. The department also hopes to add a function that will suggest alternate routes to drivers with turn-by-turn directions, to integrate a winter road conditions map into the site and add live feeds from AHTD’s video cameras.

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A SETTLEMENT. Parties representing the Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District and two intervening parties, the Joshua Intervenors and the Knight Intervenors, all agreed to settle a 30-year legal battle over desegregation payments that have totaled $1 billion.

GUNNING FOR VOTES. Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman is giving away an AR-15 donated by Don’s Weaponry, apparently to build a mailing list. No contribution required, just submission of mailing information.

ATTORNEY GENERAL DUSTIN MCDANIEL. Is there a more successful politician in Arkansas today? After stepping in as the state’s chief and most aggressive critic of Exxon’s role in the Mayflower oil spill and its aftermath, McDaniel masterfully handled the negotiations of the school desegregation settlement. It’s a shame personal misstep pushed him out of the 2014 gubernatorial race. He would have been a formidable candidate.

THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS. Saturday came and went without the football team losing another game.

CIRCUIT JUDGE JAY MOODY. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Moody to a seat on the federal bench in Little Rock. Approval came by voice vote without debate, which likely

BUYING BOOZE IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK. Voters in six precincts in the Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock overturned a ban on alcohol sales in place since 1966.

It was a bad week for ... THE PULASKI COUNTY JAIL. Sheriff Doc Holladay warned that the jail is so overcrowded that he’s potentially weeks away from being forced to turn away all but those arrested for violent crimes. The growing population was spurred by recent changes to the state parole system.

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A monumental settlement


he state of Arkansas has been in court for three decades over its role in contributing to segregation in Pulaski County’s three public school districts. It has spent more than $1 billion in reparations as a result of a 1989 agreement. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, in perhaps his crowning achievement as the state’s chief legal officer, has achieved a miracle — “global” agreement on a deal that would end the litigation. The state has agreed to make an additional $260 million in incentive payments over four years to the three districts. If U.S. District Court Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. signs off on the deal, all lawsuits will end. These include a challenge to the proliferation of charter schools that will in time create dozens of independent school districts in Pulaski County, nearly all segregated either racially or economically. McDaniel has even won acquiescence from the now-dominant Republican Party’s legislators to a quarter-billion in spending. He’s persuaded them that finality and the promise of future freed money is better than eternal struggle. All three school districts agree. The governor is on board. And lastly, Monday night, they were joined by John Walker, the 76-year-old civil rights lawyer and state representative who’s toiled on the side of black children in Pulaski County for better than a half-century. Another of Hope’s famous native sons, Walker knows the lash of discrimination — of segregated schools, of denial of entrance to a white university. He knows that it was a full 16 years after the desegregation of Central High School by force of federal troops before Little Rock fully desegregated its elementary schools. Walker is a proud and complicated man. He eventually was awarded a significant sum for years of unpaid representation of black people in his fight against state-supported segregation in Little Rock. The $2 million wasn’t only for John Walker, of course, but other lawyers, support staff and experts. The fees also support a legal operation that does much more than fight the state and employers who discriminate. It organizes. It politics. It provides comfort to the hopeless — not all of them black. Walker appreciates the things money can buy. He loves power. He’d like to run the Little Rock School District and, depending on the board and superintendents, sometimes he does. He also procrastinates. In part because he often spreads himself too thin, he can be unprepared. He often wings it on his immense intellect rather than efficient time management and preparation. But Walker is not the demon so many white people in Little Rock and Arkansas see him as. He is a sum of many things, but when he fights in the school case he still fights, in the main, for black children. He speaks for them — and the facts certainly do — when he says 30 years and $1 billion haven’t given black children equal opportunity or achievement. Walker held out on the settlement until the Little Rock School Board agreed on Monday to give priority to schools in Southwest Little Rock with the $37.3 million in facilities funding the settlement provides the district. The lone holdout on that resolution, board member Leslie Fisken, whose Zone 3 includes predominantly white Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods, also cast a lone vote that prevented Walker from addressing the board. That vote against Walker was symbolic — a white board member suppressing speech by an advocate for black children who made the agreement happen. It was also fruitless, as the announcement of a settlement at the end of the meeting soon proved. Fisken should have reflected on how Walker’s settlement saved the district a good two years of last-gasp appellate court litigating, at a minimum. And perhaps more significant damage. Settlement or not, the district’s imperative to do right by the children at the root of this case isn’t diminished by Monday’s news. You may be sure one man in the room Monday night will remind them of that frequently. 6

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PARTNERS: Rep. John Walker, attorney for the Joshua Intervenors, and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel embrace Monday night after the Little Rock School Board agrees to devote state dollars to schools in Southwest Little Rock, Walker’s requirement for joining the proposed settlement of the longrunning school desegregation lawsuit.

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fell in love with the study of electoral politics because of its human element. The personalities of politicians, the passion of activists supporting charismatic candidates who represented causes that inspired them, and the often base instincts that helped activate citizens’ engagement in campaigns all are what drove me to graduate school and to want to better understand the elections at the heart and soul of our representative democracy. Yet, in the hyperpolarized and increasingly formulaic general election politics of contemporary America much of that human element seems lost. As John Sides and Lynn Vavreck make clear in their new book on the 2012 elections, “The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election,” factors such as demography, economic performance, and political money that are disconnected from human foibles and strategic decisions drive most of what determines the winners and losers of general elections. Mattering much more than an eye-catching ad, a “47 percent” video, or a smart decision to make a campaign appearance in a swing city, the dynamics of contemporary general election politics are driven by quantifiable factors that are set before a campaign ever begins. Still, there’s a place in American politics where the human element is alive and well. That is within the party primaries that are now the elections that matter most in determining who will be our elected officials in so many electoral settings, particularly where one party dominates. Sides and Vavreck make clear that the 2012 GOP primary was decidedly more unpredictable in its ultimate outcome than was the general election. While Romney had advantages worth recognizing from the beginning, candidate personalities, voters’ religious-based biases, and innovation in campaign financing produced a level of volatility in the race for the nomination that kept all observers on edge. Looking ahead to the coming election cycle in Arkansas, we can confidently estimate down to a few percentage points the votes in almost every general election state House race, making all but the most closely matched races done deals. Yet, there is great mystery how the GOP races for Con-

gress in Arkansas’s two open U.S. House Districts will play out. What is the new balance of power between the business establishment and Tea Party forces in each district? JAY Which candidates will make BARTH personal connections with voters that can shift a small turnout race? Will outside money matter drive the races or fuel a backlash by voters? The color and unpredictability created by the human element in party primaries have been on vibrant display around the country in recent weeks. On Nov. 5, while in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races the only question mark was the ultimate size of victory by the winners, a party primary in an Alabama special election for Congress pitted a well-funded business establishment candidate against a Tea Party favorite throwing rhetorical bombs. It was unclear until election night that the Chamber of Commerce’s engagement in the race had helped save the establishment candidate, Bradley Byrne. Just last week, the Louisiana political establishment was stunned in a special election for Congress won by a candidate who ran as an “outsider” and relied heavily upon the public support of “Duck Dynasty,” of reality show fame. And, of course, in the oddest political story of the week, Arkansas state Treasurer candidate Dennis Milligan tried to push state Rep. Duncan Baird from the race by threatening to release videotapes of a late night trip to the state Capitol by Baird, other legislators, and two women during “negotiations” at Krispy Kreme taped by Baird. The bizarre Milligan/Baird back and forth represents not just a comically personal brouhaha for an office that shouldn’t exist but a battle between the “Old Guard” and “New Guard” factions in Arkansas Republican politics that may tell us where the newly advantaged party is heading. Party primaries are where American politics remains alive because it is where the human element — inspiring, conniving, strategic, and downright wacky — remains on full display.

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t was predictable that the rollout of celed in 2014. the new insurance markets under The president Obamacare would be troubled, maybe was driven to the even nightmarish. In fact, that was exactly second cave-in what was predicted when Republicans when the policy first proposed mandatory market-oriented cancellations made ERNEST insurance — 40 years ago in the case of em- him out to be naïve, DUMAS ployer-sponsored insurance and 25 years deceptive or a liar ago in the case of an individual mandate. — your pick, according to your degree of The troubles, if you have been on a dislike of him — because he had promised ship in the Indian Ocean, were the baf- that people could keep their health insurfling glitches in the Internet portal where ance if they liked it. He should have added, people were to go between Oct. 1 and April “unless the insurance companies want to 1 to sign up for a good insurance plan but cancel your policy rather than give you which crashed within minutes of opening the protections required by Obamacare.” when more than 4 million people tried to Obama could have tried to justify get on the site, and then the cancellation his promises by claiming that he had of tens of thousands of individual plans by not imagined that people liked insurinsurance companies before new protec- ance that provided little coverage, but tions for policyholders take effect. at least he was man enough not to make Obama contributed to the troubles by the claim. An apology was required and first giving a one-year bye to the relative given. Going further, as President Clinhandful of large employers affected by the ton publicly goaded him to do, would law’s requirement that they offer health undermine the basic principles of the insurance to their workers or pay a tax and law and add to the chaos. But that is then by seeking to also give some leeway what he did. perhaps for a year — if insurance compaNevertheless, the Patient Protection nies and state regulators will go along — to and Affordable Care Act will struggle individuals whose policies are being can- along and achieve its biggest goal, near

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ad news for CLNN, the Chicken sible to buy health Little News Network, that is, just insurance without about all of them lately: In states first proving that which have set up their own Affordable you probably won’t Care Act marketplaces, enrollment is pro- need it. Also vanceeding apace. Indeed, media melodrama ishing is the conGENE about “Obama’s Katrina” and similar for- cept of “rescission,” LYONS mulations appears paradoxically to have where, say, a breast reminded people that dependable health cancer diagnosis can trigger an investigainsurance is at last available to them and tion aimed at voiding your policy. their families. The portability of coverage under the Not only doesn’t the political sky seem ACA is also going to give people enhanced to be falling, but according to the Los economic liberty Republicans always say Angeles Times, signups in California dur- people should have — although what ing the first two weeks of November dou- they usually mean in practice is absolute bled those for the month of October. Sev- freedom for corporations while you keep eral other states are also showing strong quietly doing as you’re told. Lost your job? Well, you haven’t lost enrollment growth. The governors of Washington, Connecticut and Kentucky your health care. co-signed a Washington Post column Of course Republican trolls are everyabout how they’re making the law work. where too. Maybe the most amusing The indispensible Kevin Drum draws thing about the Washington media hula preliminary conclusion: “It really is all laballoo over the president’s Big Lie about the website. … The bottom line is was how it reprised George W. Bush’s the Republican Party’s worst nightmare: greatest hits. Was the health care debacle Once Obamacare has been up and run- “Obama’s Katrina,” Obama’s “Mission ning for a while, it’s going to be pretty Accomplished,” or “Obama’s Iraq?” popular. Possibly feeling sorry for the exThe Affordable Care Act makes it pos- rancher-turned-dog-portrait-painter,

universal coverage with wide protections for nearly all patients, by the beginning of 2017, when the drafters expected it to reach full compliance and when the penalty will be strong enough to drive young people into insurance. But back to those predictions. They go to the heart of the century-long battle for universal insurance. When Republicans rolled out ambitious plans to insure nearly everyone by mandating that people purchase private plans with government subsidies provided through tax credits, Democrats favoring a government plan denounced them as being virtually impossible to administer on a national scale and as posing a risk of sharing confidential tax information with the insurance and medical industries. They would prove to have a point. The father of the insurance mandate was President Richard Nixon, who laid out a plan to Congress in 1974 that required every employer in America to insure its full-time workers with managed-care plans and pay 70 percent of the premiums, with taxpayer help for small businesses. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, still championing a single-payer system, stymied it, which he would describe 40 years later as a terrible mistake. Then, the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank favored by President Reagan, came up with an elabo-

rate plan in 1988 that would require not employers but individuals to be responsible for insuring themselves and to penalize those who didn’t. Obamacare would take elements of both the employer and individual mandates. In the big clash of 1993-94, Bill and Hillary Clinton banked on the employer mandate and Republicans and a few Democrats rallied under the individual mandate. Half the Republican caucus in the Senate sponsored a bill that would have subsidized premiums for people earning up to 230 percent of the poverty line. (It is 400 percent in Obamacare.) But the division should be traced to 1986, when Congress and President Reagan crafted the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which said hospitals had to treat everyone, even immigrants, who came in the door, establishing a sort of universal insurance. It created the free-rider problem. People crowd into emergency rooms, knowing it will be free if they like, and hospitals shift the cost of the uncompensated care to paying patients through private insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid. After cementing coverage protection for everyone, ending free riders and cost shifting was the big selling point of Obamacare. The president has to be careful about how far he goes in undermining his own goals.

Fox News even went so far as to dub mal attention understood that phasing this president’s mealy-mouthed apol- out Brand X health insurance was the ogy “Obama’s Watergate.” Meanwhile, whole point of the ACA. That’s probably a bunch of ostensibly liberal Washing- why you never heard Mitt Romney take ton courtier/pundits proved their inde- serious issue with Obama’s promise. He pendence by joining the excited throng probably heard it, as did most informed declaring Obama’s presidency finished. people, as a mild exaggeration. Except wait a minute. Didn’t many As Sarah Kliff explained on her Washof the same savants declare the GOP ington Post “Health Care Watch” blog defunct after the government shutdown “the whole point of the health-care law a few weeks back? Well, that was melo- was to eliminate insurance plans that dramatic nonsense too. While much of didn’t offer robust enough coverage. their intended audience dozes, headline- Giving these plans another year on the hungry, ratings-driven, click-soliciting market would be a step backward … The news orgs act increasingly like a litter of wave of insurance cancellations hapkittens in a room full of balloons — excit- pening right now is a feature of the law; edly chasing the next big political scan- not a bug.” dal or a glimpse of Miley Cyrus’s nipple. So anyway, what really set the kitWhichever comes first. tens amongst the balloons was the flabThat’s life at CLNN, “Where the Sky bergasting failure of the Is Always Falling.” website — a Rube Goldberg contraption Comparing a health insurance fib to a assembled by 55 private contractors with botched natural disaster or a catastrophic nobody in the Obama administration war is morally grotesque to begin with. seemingly taking charge. This unacGoodness, nobody died. If this the worst countable failure led to millions of confalsehood President Obama emits, he’ll sumers abruptly dumped by their insurgo down as one of the least mendacious ance companies having no easy way to learn that for the great majority, better pols in living memory. Also, let’s not pretend that public options exist. ignorance and sloth weren’t a big part Fix the website, and the political probof the problem. Anybody who paid mini- lem fixes itself.

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o long as we’ve still got our sanity after two rip-roaring fun months of nonstop losing on the football field, let’s concentrate on another Razorback program that has set off on the right foot at 3-0, but has a far better prognosis ahead for more short- and long-term prosperity. Mike Anderson’s third Arkansas team strikes you as the kind that has, for the first time, the personnel he wants on the court most of the time. He’s just about put the lingering vestiges of the Pelphrey era in the past, and his 2013-14 roster on first blush seems fully cleansed of players who didn’t mesh or make the necessary progression (Hunter Mickelson, namely, not to pick on anyone per se) to adapt to the tenacious, breathless style Anderson has long championed. This squad has a poor man’s Kentucky type of feel, which may seem laughable given how disparate that program has become from Arkansas as one spit-polished coach runs a rapidfire NBA training ground and the other presses forward with a familiar brand of high-pressure, balls-to-the-wall defense that hasn’t yielded appreciable results in some time. But there’s that bluegrassstyle roster makeup: a couple of touted young interior players with massive pro potential, a couple of long and athletic guards who simply are too raw to be dependable at this point, and a couple of cagey veteran players who aren’t of the archetype professional dimensions but still have a versatile and rounded game. There ironically is a Calipari kind of imprint on this squad, even if that degree of success may escape this crew. Alandise Harris is one of those last mentioned guys, the would-be Alonzo Lane for a new generation, an undersized power forward who can also flash competent outside range and rebound with abandon. The other one, Coty Clarke, is as hard to peg now as he was last year: he’ll be a dynamic and slashing scorer one night, then a defensive stopper the next. Clarke is a quintessential role player, a guy who Anderson could probably ask for 20 points on a given night and get that output, then tell the next to post a goose egg and worry about assists and steals. Clarke seems like the ultimate Anderson player, a do-anything sort that toils in any spot on the court at any juncture. If you don’t like how erratic these Hogs are from the perimeter — and yeah, it’s gonna be a dicey situation in that regard again this season — at least admire the grit that these guys sport. Under Heath and Pelphrey,

the leadership of front court players often came under criticism, and you can’t assume that will be an issue BEAU with these players WILCOX at the forefront. The team’s postseason meter may hinge even more on the advancement of Mike Qualls, an eye-popping athlete who now seems molded well into a slashing two-guard. A sophomore who last year looked like all limbs and no finesse now seems like the guy who harnesses his potential in the offseason and transforms his game in a rapid way. That happened with guys like Nick Davis and Sonny Weems before, and Qualls arguably has more gifts than either of those. He’s going to keep making SportsCenter highlight reels with his angular and fiery attacks on the rim, but this season he’s likely to add the more mundane stuff to his arsenal: soft jumpers, swift dishes to cutting penetrators, and high-flying rebounds over smaller guys. With Qualls’ advancement must come similar flourishing confidence from Anthlon Bell. He was all over the map last year, but started gaining footing as the conference season wound down. Bell’s an unabashed gunner and can be impossibly streaky, but his swagger is something worth having on a team that has been bereft of perimeter scoring for far too long. The more games Bell plays, the more settled he appears in the framework of the Anderson offense. It’s a meaningful thing to have a guy visibly earning floor time for seeing everything around him essentially stay static, and taking flight above it. Bell flashed that last year and seems ready to encore it in 2013-14. The Hogs’ three wins came against indisputably lesser competition — something called Edwardsvilletown and then Larry Brown’s half-fighting Mustangs of Methodist U.-Dallas — but they were important ones, as they all are. The traps are out early in basketball season for even the biggest programs (UNC, meet Belmont) so if Arkansas keeps mowing down its non-conference schedule then it sets itself up for progress come January. We’ve been fooled in this regard before but there’s something a little snappier about this team that might make them more intriguing than they’ve been in years past. Given the negative trajectory of baseball and football before it, basketball has an opportunity to recapture the Hog fan’s heart for a while.


Suds and curry THE OBSERVER HATES doing laundry. our passenger can’t be ignored forever. We always have. Even as a small child, The We’re long out of both excuses and clean Observer operated on the “Can Get Another underwear. Day of Wear by Adding Cologne” method of laundry control, and that was when we had THE OBSERVER is always interested in ready access to washing powders, limitless the stories of those who move to Arkansas hot water, and our own washer and dryer. from distant lands. Here’s a dispatch from Our love of laundry day has only a friend and Deputy Observer from India, declined since we’ve been relegated to who recently got her green card and is on lugging our laundry to the laundromat in her way to becoming a proud Arkansan the past few months. After a series of events someday. She’s even developed a bit of Southern twang in her voice, not to at our last place of residence involving a bunch of mysterious fires that you may mention her appetite: have heard about, we have found ourselves “Moving to Arkansas as an exchange in a new apartment and reconnecting with student when I was 17 could be called a that place unknown to us since our college culture shock, although it was more like a days: the soap-and-lint-smelling hovel that completely alien experience. I went from seems a congregation point for that portion a city of 15 million to one of 15,000 — from of the great human parade usually found a vast metropolis that had a mall on every only in bus stations and state fairs. corner (I was 17 and spoiled), to a little town The Observer hates the laundromat. We where I had to drive an hour and a half to hate sitting there, watching the clothes find a Sears store. The food, along with go round and round, waiting for the buzz the terms used to describe it, was always so we can reload or unload or get the hell puzzling. I knew that in order to survive, I out. While our revulsion isn’t quite bad would have to adapt. I changed my accent. enough to lug our duds down to a boat I learned that what we in India call ‘biscuits’ ramp on the Arkansas River and pound are referred to as cookies. What we call lady them on a rock, at this point we will do fingers are okra. Curd is yogurt. Biscuits — pretty much anything to avoid making the American version, the rolled out and another trip to the public washatorium. round and eaten at breakfast kind — were In a perfect world, The Observer would soon my new favorite food. purchase new clothing with the unlimited “That being said, there are certain food funds available in that perfect world and terms that I refuse to conform to because hold a twice-monthly bonfire, fed by our they are, putting it mildly, inaccurate. Take discarded unmentionables. Chai for example. Chai is the Hindi and Recently, after nearly three weeks of Mandarin translation of the word ‘tea.’ So procrastination and sloth, The Observer when people at Starbucks refer to ‘Chai tea,’ loaded up the car with smelly clothes and they are actually ordering a ‘tea tea.’ That headed off to join the soon-to-be-washed bugs me. However, it’s the improper use of masses. We were driving around aimlessly, the word curry — and looking at the bottle putting it off until the last possible second, in the grocery store labeled ‘curry powder’ when our phone buzzed with a reprieve — that really gets me fired up! of sorts, or at least a good excuse: a last Curry is the generic word that was minute assignment to attend a school coined by the British to describe dishes board meeting. Does it say something about made with a mixture of ground spices. how much we hate the laundromat that There are hundreds of varieties that vary we actually got excited about going to a based on the region in Southeast Asia, school board meeting, which are usually where they hail from, each with its very on the same level of excitement as flossing, own blend of spices. So it annoys me to hear flushing a dead goldfish or scribbling out people say, ‘I hate curry,’ or even ‘I love forms at the dentist’s office? Yes, it does. curry.’ My automatic response to that is: ‘Oh, which one?’ Their response is usually Thanks for asking. The downside is: Our brain has a quizzical ‘there’s more than one?’ look. apparently taken that reprieve as a pardon. I really hate to be a curry curmudgeon. I The Observer has been driving around in understand if you don’t know the name of a car laden with dirty laundry for several every curry you have ever tasted. I only ask days now, and the situation is quickly that you acknowledge the fact that there reaching crisis level. Try as we might to is, in fact, more than one. It’s just good avoid looking at the basket in the rearview, Southern manners.”



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UA cozy with D-G columnist BY MAX BRANTLEY


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n interesting element of the ongoing story of budget problems in the University of Arkansas Advancement Division has been a divide in outlook in the pages of the state’s dominant news medium, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The reporting staff has made a titanic effort to cover the budget problem, the firing of UA spokesman John Diamond and Diamond’s allegations that Chancellor G. David Gearhart resisted transparency and shredded documents related to the issue. The editorial page of the newspaper, and its leader, Paul Greenberg, has often been critical. Greenberg has criticized Gearhart on other issues, including curriculum, as well. Then there’s Mike Masterson. A former full-time employee in Northwest Arkansas, he’s often written warmly about the university and Gearhart. On Nov. 10, he gave much of his column to the “other side” of the paper shredding in prepared comments of UA spokesman Mark Rushing. This followed a recent extensive news account about new discoveries in the saga. Did Gearhart destroy relevant documents? Wrote Masterson: “I don’t know Diamond. But the David Gearhart I do know fairly well lives his life far distant from being that dumb or deceptive.” Gearhart has long cultivated Masterson. No crime in that. But Gearhart’s critics suggested the Times should look at university treatment of Masterson and their correspondence. An FOI request confirms that Masterson in each of the last five years has been on the select list of people Gearhart invites to sit in his skybox at Razorback football games and attend pre-game parties at the University House and other locales. That record shows the columnist attended at least three games and two receptions. (Spokesman Mark Rushing says Gearhart invites “thousands.” Thousands? He explained he asks about 1,000 a year to the 100-seat skybox, overbooking to account for no-shows.) The Times also asked for GearhartMasterson communications. This is where things got interesting. Understand, Masterson is an innocent bystander. (He declined to answer emails from the Times on the subject, but devoted a column in the Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday to respond to “anonymous critics” that said that if anyone was seeking to curry favor, it was he, not Gearhart.) Masterson might not find Gearhart deceptive, but I’d disagree. It was another instance of at least artful dodging by the University of Arkansas and the Gearhart

TEAM PLAYER: Columnist Mike Masterson, at a pre-game chancellor’s reception, has been a media supporter of Chancellor David Gearhart in recent UA controversy.

administration. They told me there “are no e-mails.” In the course of communications with UA, I would, however, independently receive some of the material I sought from a confidential source. It illustrates the mutual admiration of Gearhart and Masterson and some insights into the world of public relations and Arkansas media. The play-by-play: I wrote Mark Rushing and, in addition to requesting information about football and party attendance, said, “I’d also like a copy of e-mails sent by Masterson to Chancellor Gearhart since 2011.” To that question, Rushing responded, “Chancellor Gearhart did not locate any emails from or to Mr. Masterson since 2011.” I followed up, “Does ‘not locate’ mean there were none? Does he recall any? Has he purged his e-mail?” That prompted this response from Rushing: “As for the email question, I checked with Chancellor Gearhart again and there are no emails.” I then sent him one more question last night: “Would it change David Gearhart’s recollection that he’d never exchanged e-mail with Mike Masterson if I told you I had copies of numerous such e-mails?” In retrospect, I realized that “there are none,” might have been a term of the deceptive arts, not a denial of e-mail exchanges. So I clarified, “Has Gearhart begun purging e-mails so as to be able to say, ‘there are no emails’ when questions like mine arise?” I received this response: “As you know, we are required by law to provide you with any emails that you request under FOIA. We take that obligation very seriously. As I previously told you, Chancellor Gearhart does not have any emails from or to Mike Masterson.

“With that said, Mr. Masterson has been a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for practically the entire time of Dr. Gearhart’s tenure at the University. I feel confident that they have exchanged emails at some point during those 16 years.” Later, Rushing sent further comment on deleted emails: “Let’s think about this from a practical standpoint. University presidents and chancellors, like Dr. Gearhart, can receive hundreds of emails a day. As you might imagine, leaders in higher education have very large constituencies. It would be totally impractical to manage that volume of email and attempt to retain every email. I’m guessing other busy professionals would agree.” As I said, I have numerous copies of emails between Gearhart and Masterson. Since neither Gearhart nor Masterson will discuss them, I can’t guarantee authenticity beyond saying they are attested to by sources who’ve been accurate before. Some standard email headings and routine salutations and closings have been omitted. See more of the correspondence at March 12, 2012 Gearhart is happy about a kind word in a Democrat-Gazette editorial. From: G. David Gearhart To: Mike Masterson Mike: I think I saw your hand in today’s editorial. Many, many thanks. You are the best! Dave From: Mike Masterson To: G. David Gearhart Subject: Re: today’s editorial Always glad to help, although I was disappointed to see any reference to the WAC folks help was cut out in LR. I specifically sent that note down there, but, oh well. Glad you appreciated it. It is a fine idea. Cheers. All my best, to Jane too, that little rascal. Dec. 4, 2012 Gearhart wrote Masterson to say “nice column” about his writing about the “dizzying expansion” at the UA and the need for the legislature to provide competitive salaries.

From: Mike Masterson To: G. David Gearhart Keep up your fine work Chancellor. You and the university have come a long (and admirable) way since our lunch at Powerhouse a few weeks after you’d unpacked into your new responsibilities. Too bad about the Choate mess. Things like this are inevitable though when an organization expands so rapidly in size and numbers. Bound to be those blasted speed bumps every so often. Best and my best to Jane, Merry Christmas. Dec. 14, 2012 This group of e-mails follows submission of an op-ed by Gearhart to the Democrat-Gazette in response to criticism. From: Mike Masterson To: G. David Gearhart Subject: Good morning Good morning Chancellor - Just checking with you to see if you received any reaction or feedback to your op-ed submission? If so, did they say when they will publish it? And, did WEH [Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter E. Hussman] ever respond to your message to him? Believe me, I can understand the level and nature of your frustrations here. From: G. David Gearhart To: Mike Masterson Thanks my friend: I’m told they will run the op-ed, maybe this weekend, but not certain. Got a short e-mail from Walter saying he would be happy to talk with me. I don’t plan on calling him. From: Mike Masterson To: G. David Gearhart Thanks for the update. I’m just one person with one opinion, but knowing Walter the way I have (I was the first editor he hired back in 1973 at Hot Springs) I think it might be wise and behoove you to sit down with him and express your feelings backed up with the facts you have. I know he detests conflict but he’s also reasonable and listens to others’ concerns very well. I just believe you have a side to tell in this and it makes perfect sense from every perspective in my view.

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The speech Imoden didn’t want to hear We wish more people could have heard TV producer Bryant Huddleston’s speech at Philander Smith College on Nov. 14. The Arkansas Times has written frequently about the Imboden native, denied an opportunity to speak earlier this year at the graduation of his alma mater, Sloan-Hendrix High School, because a couple of school board members didn’t want a gay man speaking to graduates. They feared his “agenda.” Huddleston’s agenda? He gave it last night. A speech encouraging women to be bold, to not sit passively in class or life. His sister was a member of Sloan-Hendrix’s graduating class earlier this year. His message was to young men, too, to not fear bold and accomplished women. Yes, he talked about being gay in a small town and the importance of small voices in small places speaking up. He spoke of the bullying different kids face. He acknowledged how hard it is to step forward. He knew there’d be fallout when he wrote a letter to media about the speech he was denied. But the story went worldwide. If it didn’t change many hearts and minds in Imboden — and it sounds like it has not — it has encouraged others elsewhere and brought Huddleston an outpouring of love. His family and many Arkansas friends turned out to hear him speak. Huddleston’s father, Steve, a towering retired state trooper who we doubt was ever timid on the highways or working undercover in search of white supremacists in Lawrence County, was in attendance. He’s been a vigorous advocate for his son. He told the Times that a community that had welcomed him warmly since he arrived in 1975 had begun looking at him differently since his son stepped forward. Family members had encountered coolness in Bible class at church. He was school board president when other members vetoed his son’s speech. He’s moving on. He goes about town as he always has. Why not? He has a son to be proud of. And a grandson who stole the show because it wouldn’t do for him to sit in the audience while dad Bryant spoke. He didn’t want to leave his side.



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Remembering Catcher Ninety years after the race riot. BY GUY LANCASTER


he Catcher community lies in the rich bottomland just southeast of Van Buren in western Arkansas, not that far from Hollis Lake, an old oxbow left behind when the Arkansas River changed course long ago. Like that lake, the violent events that happened at Catcher 90 years ago have also been largely left behind by the mainstream of state and local history, though there is a growing movement to tell the story of how the black community was forced, en masse, to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, never to return. Some 35 to 40 families lived in the Catcher area, most of them African American, before the events of late 1923. Three days after Christmas that year, Effie Latimer, a white woman age 25, was found almost dead by a neighbor who had come to visit her. According to newspaper reports, she was “shot in the back with heavy birdshot from a shotgun” and bruised and cut all about. She regained consciousness briefly after a doctor was called, and before she died, she reportedly identified one of her attackers as William “Son” Bettis, who was swiftly arrested. After Charles Spurgeon Rucks and John Henry Clay, the latter only a teenager, were also arrested as accomplices — not just for murder but also for “outraging” (raping) Latimer — there formed a growing white mob seeking to lynch the three black prisoners, two of whom were spirited away to Little Rock in order to keep them safe. Denied its chance for revenge, the mob went to the rural community of Catcher, burning houses and tearing up the local black cemetery. Rucks’ 65-year-old father, Charles, was shot and died soon thereafter. In response to the violence, a small group of 11 black men armed themselves and holed up inside a cabin, leading Gov. Thomas Chipman McRae to order the transportation of a machine gun to the Catcher area to be used against them. Seeing what they faced, the men in the

NEWSPAPER REPORTS: From the Arkansas Gazette, Dec. 29, 1923 (above), and the Van Buren Press-Argus, Jan. 18, 1924 (top).

cabin promptly surrendered, only to be charged — in a grotesque act of irony — with violating the state’s act against “night riding,” which prohibited any group carrying out clandestine illegal activity done at night, especially in disguise; as the Chicago Defender opined, this law “applies to every member of our Race who is considered disorderly after dark, but exempts the Ku Klux, who have a notorious record in this state.” In the meantime, Bettis and Rucks went to trial on January 4-5, 1924, in accordance of Act 259 of 1909, which provided for a speedy trial in those cases where mob violence was feared. Cases like this show the origin of the modern

death penalty in the practice of lynching. As Michael J. Pfeifer observes in “The Roots of Rough Justice: Origins of American Lynching,” legislators across the nation “reshaped the death penalty in the early twentieth century to make capital punishment more efficient and more racial,” to draw a compromise between due process and vigilante justice. Bettis and Rucks were tried and convicted and sentenced to death with great alacrity, with the jury deliberating 11 minutes for Bettis and 10 for Rucks, while Clay was given a life sentence — his reward for having provided a signed confession (despite the fact that he could not read and may have been tortured). Not even famed lawyer Scipio Jones, who fought successfully to free those sentenced to death in relation in the Elaine Massacre of 1919, could prevent Bettis and Rucks from being electrocuted the following year. They denied their guilt until their last. In Catcher, meanwhile, unsigned notices were posted on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 13, 1924, “warning the negroes to get out of the county within five days.” Similar notices were posted in the nearby town of Shibley, while some warnings were sent through the U.S. mail. Gus Richardson, one of the 11 men charged with night riding, received a letter which read: “It becomes necessary for the safety of the community to ask you to leave it. You will be given a few days to straighten out your affairs. If you are out of Crawford County in five days you will not be bothered; otherwise, you will have to suffer the CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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Steve Barnes is surely the most familiar face in Arkansas political news. He’s been on television in Arkansas since 1968, with stints at KTHV, KATV, KARK and, currently, AETN. He’s also developed a career as a freelance print journalist, writing a syndicated column and contributing to the New York Times, Reuters and many other news outlets. Arkansas TV viewers today know him as the host of AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” a weekly roundtable discussion on the latest in state news and politics. (Arkansas Times staff and contributors are regulars on the show. Barnes gave Times Associate Editor David Ramsey what may’ve been his first pair of grown-up loafers.) Barnes is a past recipient of the University of Arkansas’s journalist of the year award. He gamely answered the summons of the second edition of The Inquizator via email.

What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?  Sell. Who is your favorite Arkansan — living, dead or fictional — and why?  J. William Fulbright. There were areas of powerful disagreement. From him I learned not so much what to think, but how to think. If money was no object, what would you do with the rest of your life? Anything that could inculcate in children a love of reading.  What’s the strangest piece of political gossip you’ve ever heard?  That I was running for Congress. (If nominated I will flee, if elected I will steal.) Any tips on looking good or communicating effectively on television? Don’t effect. When and where did you eat the best meal of your life?  Several years ago; a beachfront rental open to the Caribbean. My wife and I shared a lunch of fresh-baked

bread, butter, jam and some sliced ham. Unforgettable. When and where were you happiest? I’d hope I’ve not yet been my happiest. Thus far, however, I’d say the birth of my grandchildren. (“Every child arrives with the message that God has not yet despaired of man.” – Tagore. Quite the optimist, He.) What would be your own, personal version of hell?  It would be cold, and there would be nothing to read. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?  Don’t worry about them. Assume Arkansas needs a new state motto. What should it be? Unus porro, dimidium tergum. What sartorial advice do you have for young men today? Kiwi. What’s your most important ritual or routine? First net scan of the day. What’s the funniest clean joke you know? Barnes for Congress!



THE INQUIZATOR: Steve Barnes talks Fulbright, how to dress well and the strangest political gossip he’s ever heard BRICKS OF OLD: A brief glimpse of the past on Main Street.

Bike lanes coming to Main Main Street, from 7th to Roosevelt, should be repaved and re-striped to include bike lanes and a center turning lane by the end of the week, according to Hillis Schild, a Southside Main Street Project board member. The street will shift from four lanes to three, with biking lanes running each direction and a turning lane in the middle. Too bad the renovation couldn’t incorporate the bricks of yore, shown above, or an update including something similar that would both look nice and force traffic to slow in an area with an increasing amount of foot and bike traffic. That would’ve been too expensive, architect Ed Sergeant told the Times earlier this year, when we talked about the project. Sergeant conceived the new street plan on behalf of SoMa. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s State Aid Street Program provided all but 10 percent of the funding for the project, which of the city of Little Rock kicked in.

CORRECTIONS Last week’s Big Picture (“Arkansas politicians’ musical tastes”) included two incredibly dumb errors. We incorrectly credited “We’re an American Band” to The Guess Who rather than Grand Funk Railroad. We also called John Burkhalter, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, a Republican.

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Report: Exxon put off repairs, ignored data Pipeline agency orders Pegasus plan overhaul. BY ELIZABETH DOUGLASS


n the years leading up to ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline rupture in Mayflower, the company delayed a crucial inspection, put off urgent repairs, masked pipeline threats with skewed risk data and overlooked its own evidence that the oil pipeline was prone to seam failures, according

to federal pipeline regulators. The assertions are laid out in a bluntly worded notice sent to Exxon and released Nov. 6 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The preliminary citations, which came with a proposed $2.66 million fine for Exxon,

grew out of the SPECIAL agency’s invesREPORT tigation into the March 29 Pegasus seam failure that sent an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude into the Northwoods subdivision, surrounding wetlands and Dawson’s Cove of Lake Conway. “From my perspective, this is a pretty important notice,” said Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline safety consultant who serves on the PHMSA safety standards advisory committee for oil pipelines. “They’ve used some fairly strong words ... and they don’t choose their words casually.” In the 12-page Notice of Probable Violation and Proposed Compliance Order, regulators said Exxon was “selectively using” risk assessment results for the Pegasus and relying on artificially lowered risk scores to determine if any pipeline segments need extra inspections or special spillprevention measures. That caused Exxon to underestimate the vulnerability of the pipe that passed through Mayflower and several waterways, PHMSA said. The agency also ordered Exxon to overhaul many aspects of its integrity management plan, the company’s blueprint for keeping the Pegasus safe. Those changes should ensure that decisions affecting final risk scores “are not manipulated,” that integrity management processes “are not circumvented,” and that “conflicting budget goals” don’t affect pipeline integrity priorities, PHMSA said. PHMSA spokesman Damon Hill said the use of such explicit prohibitions constituted “normal language,”

for the type of notice Exxon received. The agency’s use of words like “manipulated” and “circumvented,” he added, “is not implying that those things were done.” Others aren’t so sure. “It sounds like PHMSA is saying ‘we don’t think you were intellectually honest about this,’ “ said a pipeline failure analyst who did not want to be identified because of ongoing work with oil companies. “I would read this as PHMSA basically accusing them of gaming their own risk assessment process.” Exxon is still reviewing PHMSA’s notice. In a statement, the company said it was “disappointed” with the agency’s action, adding that it appeared that the agency “made some fundamental errors” in its analysis. Exxon has 30 days to pay the proposed fine or challenge PHMSA’s findings. “Usually, PHMSA does its homework,” Kuprewicz said. “But in fairness to the company, the process hasn’t been completed. There could be new information uncovered where PHMSA didn’t get something right, or didn’t get a critical piece of information.”

Industry knew pipe was defective Most of the Pegasus pipeline, which stretches 858 miles from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast, was built in 1947 and 1948 using pipe made by Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. In 2006, Exxon reversed the pipeline’s flow so it could carry diluted tar-like Canadian crude to refiners in Texas. The 65-year-old pipeline, which has been closed since the spill, can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, extracted from Alberta’s oil sands. The Youngstown pipe segments on the Pegasus were made using an

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inferior manufacturing process that employs low-frequency electric resistance welds (ERW). The industry has known for decades that pipe made that way can harbor hook cracks and other defects that can cause lengthwise seam welds to fail. Tests following the Mayflower spill determined that at least one of the known types of manufacturing flaws set the stage for the rupture. But regulators have not said what caused one or more previously dormant defects to grow into a 22-footlong gash along the pipe’s lengthwise seam. Exxon said it is cooperating with PHMSA on all aspects of the ongoing investigation. Under a Corrective Action Order from PHMSA, Exxon must submit a remediation work plan that would include already-approved supplemental testing and analysis of the Pegasus to help identify all the contributing factors in the spill. Exxon must also prove that the pipeline can be safely operated. The deadline for the Pegasus remediation and verification plan was recently extended to Jan. 6. The oil giant is facing a handful of lawsuits brought by state and federal environmental agencies, and residents harmed by the spill. In addition, Central Arkansas Water has threatened to sue to get the Pegasus moved out of the Lake Maumelle Watershed, which supplies the drinking water to 400,000 customers in and around Little Rock. So far, Exxon has purchased 20 homes in the neighborhood contaminated by Pegasus oil, and it has demolished three of them. To date, the company has paid out $70.5 million on spill-related expenses, according to Exxon spokesman Aaron Stryk. That figure does not include the costs of homes Exxon has purchased.

Ignored seam problems, ‘masked’ threats The most surprising of the pro-

posed violations cited by PHMSA was that Exxon’s risk assessment program for the Pegasus didn’t include the most obvious and most dangerous threat to the pipeline — the manufacturing defects that can cause cracking and seam weld failures. Under federal regulations, pipeline operators must create and carry out an integrity management program that is built around all the risks that apply to each specific pipeline. To do that, companies must consider things like the physical characteristics of the pipe (including relevant manufacturing information), operating conditions, leak history, soil and other environmental factors, failures during tests, the products being transported, and proximity to populated or environmentally sensitive areas. Pipeline companies must then decide which factors pose the greatest risks to the pipe, and make adjustments to everything they do — from managing operating pressures to carrying out maintenance, inspection and repair programs — to either minimize or eliminate those risks. In the case of the Pegasus, the seam weld threat was inherent in the pipe itself. What’s more, Exxon’s own records show that the pipeline suffered one seam failure while it carried crude oil and about a dozen others during pressure testing over the years. Armed with that information, Exxon had “more than adequate information for the pipe to be considered susceptible to seam failure,” the agency said. Even so, Exxon did not include that predisposition as a risk factor for the Pegasus when it completed risk assessments, set priorities for inspections or devised maintenance and risk mitigation strategies for the pipeline, according to PHMSA. “Not acknowledging manufactur-

ing seam threats — for a company as large as Exxon, that’s just embarrassing,” said Kuprewicz, who was hired to help Central Arkansas Water with its case. If Exxon had given sufficient weight to that risk, the company might have changed the timing and the type of inspections and tests it conducted on the Pegasus, Kuprewicz and others have said. In August, Exxon spokesman Stryk said the company “established a system for determining seam-failure susceptibility and for initial and subsequent seam integrity assessments.” He said Exxon’s system was reviewed by PHMSA and is “consistent with all applicable pipeline regulations.” PHMSA also cited Exxon for: • Failing to reassess the seam failure risk on the Patoka to Corsicana segment of the Pegasus within five years of confirming that threat. That segment of the Pegasus suffered the most seam failures during hydrostatic tests in 1991 and 2006, but Exxon did not reassess that stretch of pipe for seam threats until February 2013, after the five-year deadline and a few weeks before that segment broke open in Mayflower. • Failing to take prompt action when it was notified of pipeline conditions that were classified as needing immediate repair. An inspection company told Exxon about two sites requiring immediate attention on Aug. 9, 2010. Exxon, however, didn’t formally discover one of those threats until 19 days later and the other until several months later. The “discovery” date typically starts the clock on regulatory deadlines for making repairs, so the later dates delayed the fixes. • On four occasions, failing to declare discovery of pipeline threats needing action within the 180-day deadline despite having been notified of them within that window.

• Failing to follow its procedures “by selectively using results” from its threat assessment process in 2011, which caused Exxon to downplay the risk of an oil release into the Lake Maumelle watershed and other areas along a pipeline segment subject to manufacturing defects. The company then failed to appropriately elevate the threat. • Failing to reassess risk scores after it changed the way the pipeline risks were assigned. Exxon combined four pipeline segments that used to have separate risk scores, to create two segments, effectively averaging the risks and lowering the overall scores. The move had a negative impact by “masking higher threat intermediate segments (such as the Lake Maumelle Watershed and Mayflower populated areas) with the dilution of risk scores.” • The pipeline failure analyst noted that some PHMSA regulations rely on professional judgment calls, and can be open to interpretation. Taking or not taking actions outlined by PHMSA “doesn’t necessarily mean that somebody was trying to do the wrong thing,” he said. The analyst and Kuprewicz said the Pegasus case may boil down to PHMSA and Exxon lawyers arguing over the meaning of various words in the regulations. A host of other cases have unfolded in similar fashion. “But if you step back, this isn’t that complicated,” Kuprewicz said. “As an operator, your job is to keep the pipeline from failing.”

This story is part of a joint investigative project by Arkansas Times and InsideClimate News. Funding for the project comes from readers who donated to an crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $27,000 and from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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Glazed Confused and

A late-night video, a donut-shop confab, and how the Republican primary for treasurer got weird. BY DAVID RAMSEY


ate-night hijinks at the Capitol, grainy video, clandestine photos at the White Water Tavern, possible blackmail, baseless insinuation of a sex scandal, secret recordings and a strange meeting at a Krispy Kreme. The Republican primary race for state treasurer between Rep. Duncan Baird (R-Lowell) and Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan has taken a turn for the bizarre. It’s perhaps fitting, since the office of treasurer was previously held by Martha Shoffner, who exited in disgrace after allegedly receiving cash bribes in a pie box. Our saga begins during the special legislative session called last month. After adjourning in the evening of Oct. 17, Baird went out for dinner with fellow legislators and other friends at Doe’s, then went to White Water Tavern. In the wee hours of the morning, the group — Baird along with Reps. John Burris (R-Harrison) and Micah Neal (R-Springdale), House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot), lob-


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byist and former state Republican official Katherine Vasilos (who is dating Burris), and an additional female friend of Vasilos — made a visit to the Capitol, which is a short walk from the apartments where many legislators stay while the General Assembly is in session. The visit took place roughly between 1:40 and 3 a.m. According to a record of the visit from the State Capitol Police, the group wanted to go on the Capitol roof. Capitol Police Chief Darrell Hedden later reported to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s top aides, “[One of the officers on duty] told me he felt some of the individuals had possible issues of steadiness.” The officer told them that they’d had recent problems with the freight elevator and that he didn’t have a key with him to access the roof, so the group could not go to the roof. Security video shows several members of the party walked around the interior of the building. Baird left about 2:25 a.m. Capitol Police said the remainder of the group left at 2:54 a.m.

In an initial note to Kelly Boyd of Martin’s staff at 6:45 a.m. that morning, Hedden commented, “The officers were told that Secretary Martin would be contacted to rectify this and they would return the next night for a trip to the roof.” He did not identify who reportedly said this. Boyd wrote back, “A roof tour is not a good idea at 1:30 a.m.” At Boyd’s request, Hedden prepared a video of events, four segments of a minute or so each. They include shots as members of the group, some carrying plastic cups, drifted through the tunnel entry, in a hallway and walking outside northward in front of the Capitol. Other than the hour, there is nothing unusual about the group’s behavior. They walk around and talk, and do not appear unsteady on the video (you can watch the video at domevideo). It’s hard to imagine what could be construed as scandalous for Baird, but his opponent Milligan apparently thought otherwise. On Nov. 4, Jim Harris, a campaign aide to Milligan, made a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of the emails and video about “anyone attempting to gain access to the roof of the Capitol after normal business hours ...”

Did someone at the Secretary of State’s office leak the information? “I have no idea where the leak came from,” Secretary of State spokesman Alex Reed said. He said that he had not known that the materials existed until he received the FOIA request from Harris. Reed acknowledged that as far as he knew, no one outside of the Secretary of State’s office would have had access to them. Milligan’s camp has been mum about who tipped them off. In any case, the Milligan camp received the video snippets and emails on Nov. 6, and the following afternoon Milligan contacted Baird. Baird recorded the phone conversation, as well as a follow-up meeting. Regarding his decision to keep a record of their exchanges, Baird said, “A review of Dennis Milligan’s history, as has been reported in the press, caused me to be concerned that he would seek to be aggressive and menacing in this campaign.” “In politics, Duncan, we’ve all got our opponents,” Milligan told Baird over the phone. “But to take it a little worse, we all have our enemies. And apparently you’ve got some enemies out there. Because they’ve pushed some information in front of me that you need to see and you need to be aware of and it’s going to mean that we need


BAIRD: Felt threatened by the meeting with Milligan.

to sit down and talk. Because there’s families involved, there’s people involved.” Baird asked what kind of information Milligan was talking about. Milligan: “It’s some damaging … I’m not being coy with you but it’s something you and I need to look each other in the eye and sit down and evaluate and determine what’s going to happen. ... You may not believe it but I’m actually trying to help you.” Milligan says they need to meet “somewhere out of the way. ... West Little Rock or somewhere like that ... I don’t want a place that I’m well known or you’re well known.” They agreed to meet at a West Little Rock Krispy Kreme. Several sources close to the legislators involved told the Times that Milligan was wearing sunglasses at the meeting, which he kept on the entire time, and had a box of donuts. Baird declined to comment on what Milligan was wearing. Milligan described the video snippets, which he said he had on a thumb drive, and showed Baird the emails regarding the Capitol visit, as well as photos taken of the group playing pool at the White Water Tavern earlier that evening. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

MILLIGAN: His campaign was the first to acquire the videos and emails by FOIA request.

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Milligan briefly mentioned the accusation that someone told a security officer who didn’t allow them on the roof that Secretary of State Mark Martin would be called to “rectify this.” But his main focus was on the presence of “women that are not their wives.” “There’s nothing that says there’s anything bad going on, but these ladies don’t look like they’re lobbyists,” Milligan said. “They look like someone that might be independent of the legislative process.” (Oddly, Vasilos, who Milligan often referred to as an “unidentified woman” in subsequent interviews and statements, is one of his Facebook friends; she served as communications director for the Republican Party of Arkansas from 2009 to 2012, just after Milligan left as chairman of the party.) Milligan asked Baird what his wife would think. “Do you think that’s appropriate?” he asked. Baird responded that his wife would be “fine” with it, because nothing untoward happened. Milligan wasn’t having it. “This involves several things,” Milligan said. “It involves you, it involves Davy Carter, it involves John Burris, who is the political director for Tom Cotton.” Milligan said that Johnny Allison and Randy Sims — Carter’s superiors at Centennial Bank where Carter is regional president — were holding a fundraiser for Milligan and “they’re gonna be advised of Mr. Carter’s actions.” “Are you going to explain or let Davy explain to his wife?” Milligan asked. “You said your wife’s good with it. ... You’re involved in other people’s lives, Duncan. ... You’re going to say Burris is not married. Fair enough. I

that he called damaging, that he said affected several families in a very bad way, in a way to threaten me to get out of the race.” Baird didn’t think he had done anything scandalous and believed that for all of Milligan’s bluster, the materials Milligan had were innocuous. Baird spoke with Carter and Burris and decided to ignore Milligan. Asked by the Times, Carter confirmed that Milligan called Carter’s boss Randy Sims that evening to tell Sims that he had video that he believed might be damaging to Carter’s reputation. Milligan called Sims again a few days later. Asked about these calls, Milligan sent a statement: “I don’t discuss or even confirm private conversations with friends and/or contributors.” Carter declined to comment for this story but confirmed that he is considering taking legal action against Milligan for slander. Last week, the Times acquired the relevant videos and emails via an FOIA request and published them on the Arkansas Blog on Wednesday. Asked for comment, Milligan quickly issued a statement that “the voters will ultimately decide if Baird’s judgment and actions that night cause them enough concern to vote for him or not in the primary.” Milligan acknowledged the meeting with Baird but said he had not tried to pressure him out of the race. On Thursday, the following day, Baird said Milligan wasn’t telling the truth and had in fact attempted to push him to drop out. “Rather than discuss issues,” Baird said, “Mr. Milligan wants to engage in political tricks and then be dishonest about it when challenged.”

listened to the tapes, and argued that it certainly sounded as though Milligan was pressuring Baird to exit the race, albeit in veiled terms (Horton compared it to a mobster saying “nice restaurant you have, it would really be a shame if something happened to it”). Harrell, feeling he’d been had, apologized to his listeners. Harrell wasn’t alone — in the wake of the release of the audio recordings, dozens of Republican lawmakers and politicos took to social media to defend Baird, denounce Milligan, or both. Harrell had Milligan back the following day and put him through the ringer, but Milligan continued to maintain that he had done nothing wrong and that it was Baird and company who should apologize for acting inappropriately (in recent media appearances, Milligan has focused more on the allegation that someone told the security guard they would contact Secretary of State Martin after being told they couldn’t go to the roof, though Milligan continues to mention “unidentified women”). In a statement sent to the Times on Monday (Milligan’s camp has not responded to requests for a phone interview), Milligan said, “My opponent is using halftruths to deflect attention from his late night visit to the Capitol.” His core point is that he never said, “I want you out of the race” — instead it’s unnamed others who are the threat. For his part, Baird believes that the message from Milligan was clear. Lurking under the surface of this silly scandal is an actual divide in the state Republican Party over the “pri-

“Other people have said. Here’s the bottom line. You’re finding a new career, you’re not gonna run for state treasurer, OK? Unless you want to see this on the 7 o’clock news.” don’t think my wife would appreciate me at 2:30 in the morning at the Capitol with women that ... are not a part ... there’s nothing that smells good about this, Duncan.” “It depends on what you think is going on there,” Baird said. “It depends on what the public thinks is going on,” Milligan said. “As a party, this is going to be a bad story for our party. ... You’re affecting Davy’s life, and three kids. You’re affecting potentially his job. You’re affecting Congressman Cotton. Lot of pressure. You want to throw them under the bus, that’s your business. But you said it’s OK with your wife?” While giving him the hard sell, Milligan periodically says that it’s not he who will try to use the information against Baird if he stays in the race, but unnamed enemies (although at this point, the Milligan campaign were the only ones who had acquired the materials by FOIA). “Other people have said,” Milligan said. “Here’s the bottom line. You’re finding a new career, you’re not gonna run for state treasurer, OK? Unless you want to see this on the 7 o’clock news.” Milligan closes the meeting by telling Baird, “If you call me within a couple of hours, we’ll find you something else to do.” Leaving the Krispy Kreme, Baird wasn’t sure what to make of the meeting. “I felt threatened,” he said in an interview this week with the Times. “It felt like he was trying to push me out of the race, using this information


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Milligan fired back with a statement doubling down: “Any magician will tell you that you can’t deceive your audience unless you distract them. That is what Duncan Baird is trying to do now, turn the public and media’s attention to something that didn’t happen so people won’t look at what really happened that night at the state Capitol. The conversation between Duncan and I is hearsay. But, here’s what we do know. Baird and other legislators were video recorded going into the Capitol in the early morning hours with two women who were not their wives.” On an appearance on Dave Elswick’s show on KARN, Milligan said, “I will put my hand on a Bible. They’ll say I am trying to blackmail him out of the race or I tried to blackmail him out of the race. Absolutely not.” Milligan’s hearsay defense ended up having a short shelf life. That afternoon, Baird released the audio recordings of the phone call and the meeting with Milligan, which were published on the Arkansas Blog (you can listen at On an afternoon appearance on another conservative radio show, the “Paul Harrell Program,” Milligan — who by that time knew that the recordings had been released — stuck with his story and claimed that he too had recorded their conversations. Harrell, who had not yet heard the recordings, took Milligan’s side in the first half of the show but once Milligan signed off and Harrell got an opportunity to read the transcripts, he did a 180. Conservative blogger Nic Horton, the next guest, had

vate option” to expand health care in Arkansas. Milligan has tried to link the Capitol kerfuffle, if clumsily, with the controversial policy that was prominently backed by Carter, Burris and Baird. Milligan originally told the Times that he “met with Baird to let him know his questionable role in working hand-in-hand with Democrats to substitute state Rep. Terry Rice with Rep. Davy Carter as the first Republican Speaker of the House … and Baird’s efforts as the House floor leader in passing the ‘Private Option’ version of Obamacare have made Baird unpopular in some Republican circles.” In fact, once the recordings were released, it became clear that Milligan had not mentioned any of this to Baird. On media appearances in the last week, Milligan has consistently brought up Baird’s support for the “private option” when ostensibly discussing the scandal. Other than a goofy drama to entertain local politicos, will this saga have any electoral consequences? Both candidates have suggested that the ordeal has exposed the other’s lack of integrity. Both, naturally, have said they want to get back to the issues. Given that the treasurer’s race is short on issues, that might be wishful thinking. On a follow-up appearance on Elswick’s show this Monday, Milligan continued to say that he had done nothing wrong, but when goaded, acknowledged that he likely made a tactical political error. He closed by saying, “I want to apologize to the citizens of Arkansas” but didn’t mention what he was apologizing for.

consequences.” By the morning of Jan. 15, only three black families remained in Catcher, and on Jan. 18, 1924, the Van Buren Press-Argus reported that the black out-migration had “continued until that settlement was strictly a white settlement.” According to stories collected by Moira Bryant, who did an oral history paper on the Catcher riot in 2010 while a student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, African Americans were forced to flee Catcher with only what they could carry, many walking across the Arkansas River bridge in the rain until they finally found shelter in Fort Smith, where many settled in the area known as Midland Heights. Others, newspapers reported, went on to Oklahoma. Wanda Gray, who wrote the entry on the Catcher riot for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, spent five years in the 1990s working with community groups in researching the history of Crawford County but had never heard one word about the riot until 2008, until somebody posted a query about it on the Arkansas History Discussion Group listserv. “I immediately dropped everything and began my research,” she remembered. Likewise, Bryant, who had



DESCENDANTS: Linda Griffith (left) and Dorothy Jean Smith.

family in the area, remained unaware of the event until she started casting about for a paper topic in 2010. Both Gray and Bryant are white, but memory persisted among area African Americans. Ray Willis wrote in a 2006 column for the Lincoln Echo, a

black newspaper in his hometown of Fort Smith, “I’ve heard the Catcher story since I was a little boy.” He had a personal connection, his great uncle being William Bettis, whose framed portrait “proudly remains in my family’s possession.”

Willis also has an alternate scenario for the origin of the violence, one in which the victim’s husband, Robert Latimer, widely reported to be away in Oklahoma at the time of the murder, was having an affair with the very neighbor who found Latimer near death, Florence Johnson. In fact, Bryant discovered, in her research, that Johnson had separated from her husband by the time of the murder, with their divorce being finalized in September 1924. That is nowhere near enough proof to back any version of events that includes a planned murder by illicit lovers, but until more research is done on the events at Catcher — and on racial violence across the state — black and white communities will likely tell and pass on wholly different stories about what happened in the past. Two years ago, Linda Griffith of Montana, a descendant of Effie Latimer, visited Fort Smith, where she met Dorothy Jean Smith, a descendant of William Bettis. They are friends now. A picture taken at their meeting shows them both smiling genially. It is, perhaps, a first step to undoing the legacy unleashed by the events of 90 years ago, but only a first step.

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Arts Entertainment PUTTING THE FUN IN AND


A Fertle Family Holiday jingles into Argenta. BY DAVID KOON


verybody’s family is nuts. Yes, even your rich brother’s. Yes, even that buttondowned, perfectly coiffed clan who looks down their noses at everybody at church on Sunday. Behind the hair product and blinding white grins, though, you can bet they’ve got all the issues and characters your family has: the foxy grandma, the casually criminal uncle, the holier-than-thou sister, the brother-in-law who just doesn’t know

FERTILE GROUND: (From left) Brett Ihler, Vicki Farrell and Steve Farrell.


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when to let his Burt Reynolds mustache and spectacular mullet fade into history. Stir a little holiday stress into the mix, and that bunch of nuts can rapidly fold themselves into quite a fruitcake. The universality of familial weirdness has been helping keep Vicki and Steve Farrell — the husband and wife acting team who owns and operates The Joint cabaret theater in Argenta — on stage for years. With acting partner Brett Ihler — the

third leg of their tripartite troupe “The Main Thing” — they’re putting on their “A Fertle Holiday,” a two-act musical comedy about the slightly off-kilter Fertle Family of Dumpster, Ark., starting Friday, Nov. 22, at The Joint. Written by Steve Farrell, the show features original music, hilarious riffs on rural family love and strife, and each actor playing a seeming cast of thousands via lightening-fast costume changes — mother Mildred, Uncle Al, mumbling Doc Moore, “slow” brother Earl, and others. Vicki and Steve met in 1972 while both were performing on a showboat on the Mississippi River. After moving to Hous-

ton in 1977, they helped start and run The Comedy Workshop, a legendary comedy club that served as an incubator for a host of great comics, including Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Brett Butler and Janeane Garofalo. In addition to stand-up, the club did sketch comedy. The Fertle Family grew from one of the sketches Steve wrote for one of those shows, and soon became a beloved Houston favorite. The Fertles followed Steve and Vicki to North Little Rock when they moved to Arkansas awhile back, and have steadily gained a following here since then. Fertle family creator Steve was born CONTINUED ON PAGE 29

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A&E NEWS TALK ABOUT THE END OF AN ERA. Bob Robbins, the perennially be-hatted morning DJ who has ruled the Central Arkansas radio ratings from atop his throne at KSSN 96 since joining the station in 1979, will be moving to a new morning show with co-host Jennifer Trafford on Clear Channel sister station KMJX 105.1 The Wolf, Clear Channel Little Rock announced Monday. “The Bobby Bones Show,� a syndicated show based in Nashville, will take over KSSN’s morning weekday slot beginning Jan. 2, 2014. The Wolf, with its classic country format, will likely be a good fit for Robbins and his audience. Bones’ show, meanwhile, is described as a “unique mix of pop culture, news and crazy stunts,� with on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy. Never judge a horse by its halter, but ... Way back in 2004, David Koon wrote a profile of Robbins for the Times. At the time, Bob (real name: Robert Spears) had been the number one DJ in Little Rock radio for an unheard of 20 years in a row, while remaining at the same radio station nearly his entire career — which is equally as unheard of in the nomadic world of modern radio. KSSN won a Country Music Association Award this year for best media market radio station of the year from the Country Music Association, thanks in no small measure to Robbins and co-host Trafford.



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HERE WE ARE IN NOVEMBER. Around these parts, that means we’re in the gearing-up stage of the annual Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. We wanna hear what you’ve got, bands of Arkansas. If you’re based in the Natural State and you’ve got at least 20 minutes of original material, you are eligible to enter the competition. Twenty bands will be selected for the showcase, which will start in late January. Once a week for five weeks, four bands will square off for a panel of judges at Stickyz. The winner of each semi-final round will advance to the finals, which will be at Revolution. Find a link to entry at showcase14. If you’ve got any questions or concerns, email lindseymillar@arktimes. com. A REMINDER: The 2nd annual Arkansas Times/Root Cafe Beard Growing Competition is just a few weeks away. Contestants will be subject to a “Shave In� — where judges will certify that a competitor’s whiskers have been whisked away — on Saturday, Dec. 7, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at The Root Cafe, 1500 Main St. Entry in the contest is free. Final judging of who has managed to cultivate the most prodigious beard will be held on Saturday, March 1, at Bernice Garden, the same day as the SoMa Mardi Gras parade. For more information, call the Root Cafe at 414-0423, or email

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7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

BOOTLEGGIN’ BANDIT: “Smokey and the Bandit” screens at Argenta Community Theater Thursday night.

FRIDAY 11/22

This month, the Argenta Film Series pays tribute to Arkansas native and film legend Hal Needham. The stuntman auteur passed away last month, so AFS will screen one of his greatest gifts to the world: “Smokey and the Bandit.” The fourth-highest grossing film of 1977 (behind only “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Saturday Night Fever”), “Smokey” was basically a 90-minute car chase with the ever-charming Burt Reynolds smirking his way across the South in a Trans Am on a mad-dash round-trip bootlegging jaunt to smuggle 400 cases of Coors

from Texarkana to Georgia in only 28 hours. (Apparently it was illegal to sell Coors east of Texas back in the day; its regional scarcity must’ve had some sort of inverse effect on the actual taste of the stuff. Nowadays people smuggle much better stuff out of Colorado). Along the way, Reynolds picks up a bride-to-be (Sally Field) who doesn’t want to marry the son of Buford T. Justice, a pugnacious Texas sheriff played by Jackie Gleason. They high tail it across several states to get the beer back to Georgia in time for a big party. That’s about it for the plot, and really, it’s all you need. So just take off your thinking cap, put on your killer-car-chase-appreciating cap, crack open a cold smuggled-in Coors and enjoy!




9 p.m. The Afterthought.

9:30 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge. $20.

Texas native Steve Howell became entranced by the blues when, as a youngster, he heard the warm, laid-back singing and supremely deft fingerpicking of the great Mississippi John Hurt. According to Howell’s bio, that initial spark led the way to a lifelong obsession with country blues and early jazz. Howell has honed his considerable guitar-playing skills over several decades of playing solo and with other performers, plying his trade for some time in the Shreveport scene. He’s got a new CD out called “Yes, I Believe I Will” that features Howell and some veteran backing players who’ll be familiar to many Central Arkansas observers: Dave Hoffpauir on drums, Jason Weinheimer on keys and Chris Michaels on guitar. The new CD includes 10 covers, ranging from blues and folk classics (“I Know You Rider,” “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”) to doo wop (“Mr. Blue”) and more recent numbers (“Wasted Mind” by bluegrass great Danny Barnes). Isaac Alexander opens the show.

Guitarist Steve Kimock has long been hailed as one of the heirs to Jerry Garcia’s melodic fretboard wizardry. Garcia himself once described Kimock as his favorite guitarist. Kimock played in the Bay Area group Zero for many years, as well as with various members of the Grateful Dead, including a stint with the short-lived Heart of Gold Band with Keith and Donna Godcheaux and post-Dead outfit The Other Ones (he’s touring early next year with Bob Weir and Ratdog). Since 2000, he’s headed up his own band and has built up a major following on the jam circuit in general, Fayetteville in particular and that town’s late great venue Chester’s Place even more particularly. That was where he played many sold-out shows over the course of the late ’90s and ’00s. This weekend sees Kimock returning for his first Fayetteville shows in a few years, so it’s safe to say these will likely sell out,

JERRY-APPROVED: Steve Kimock and Friends play Friday and Saturday at George’s in Fayetteville.

especially considering that Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard legend Bernie Worrell is among the players. Also performing with Kimock are his son John Morgan on drums, Reed Mathis of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Tea Leaf Green, Tulsa keyboardist Steve Pryor and more.



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

Dammit. Just ... dammit. Here’s where we are, fellow Hog faithful: Hoping for a single, solitary SEC win in 2013 (I think we can all safely rule out a Miracle in Baton Rouge later this month, right?). We all knew this was 22

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going to be a rough season, rebuilding in the ashes of the crash of Bobby’s April Fool’s Day Extramarital Motorcycle Tour and Johnelle’s 2012 SMILE! Campaign of Terror and all that. But holy hell, this has been painful. At least for some of us. I’m not naming names, but there are certain commentators out there who seem to positively relish how poorly the Razorbacks are playing this

year. Which, whatever. If that’s the sort of thing that brings some folks a bit of joy in this gray, late-capitalist world, I won’t begrudge them that. I’d only ask them to remember that while schadenfreude might be an exhilarating sugar rush of an emotion, in the end it provides only empty spiritual calories, unlike memories of cheering for your favorite team with friends and family. I still remember

screaming and jumping up and down and high-fiving my friends when Ryan Mallett threw that crazy 80-yard bomb to Cobi Hamilton for a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half of the 2010 game against LSU. That was an awesome moment of celebrating with people I care about, and I’ll always savor it no matter how poorly the Hogs are playing right at the moment.



Springfield, Mo.’s Ha Ha Tonka returns to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $12. The Meshugga Klezmer Band brings its musical frenzy to The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. Fayetteville death metal veterans Vore play at Vino’s with San Antonio heavies Hod and Splattered in Traffic, 8:30 p.m., $7. UCA’s Dixieland Jazz Band plays a free show at Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall has a huge hardcore lineup, with Counterparts, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, State Champs, Living with Lions, Between You and I and Our City Decays, 6 p.m., $15.

SUNDAY 11/24


3 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $79.

It’s time once more for one of the most enduring works in the history of ballet: Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” According to a press release, the Moscow Ballet’s current touring production promises to take the “150-year Nutcracker tradition to a new level incorporating props, costumes, and a new level of dramatic depth.” Among the new bells and whistles: a “Magic Table” for Uncle Drosselmeyer; a 5-foot pile of “teetering presents” for the Christmas party scene; and two 6-foot “Matryoshka Dolls,” which reveal Drosselmeyer’s magic dolls for party guests. Sounds like a Nutcracker-y good time to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

FRIDAY 11/22

HOLIDAY FAVORITE: The Moscow Ballet performs “The Great Russian Nutcracker” Sunday afternoon at Robinson Center Music Hall.



7:30 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $15 adv., $17 day of.

It seems that Austin metal outfit The Sword often gets saddled with the “doomy sludge metal” shorthand. But that gives short shrift to a band that incorporates a lot more than just Sabbath-y riffs into its repertoire. I hear a lot of their fellow Texans ZZ Top in The


Sword’s sound, along with a good bit of Groundhogs-esque heavy blues as well as an overarching classic rock vibe that shows that the band has listened to and absorbed much more than just the first six Sabbath albums (undeniably brilliant though they are). All in all, these sounds are spun into a whole that’s pretty killer. The group is still touring for last year’s excellent “Apocryphon” full-length.

A trusted peer of mine saw the band about this time last year at Downtown Music Hall and said they were incredibly tight live. On tour with The Sword are Austin’s American Sharks, a group that sounds a bit like if Blue Cheer took about six Adderall and downed a bumjug of Carlo Rossi Sangria. Also performing: The mighty Seahag and Little Rock prog-metal outfit Enchiridion.

8:30 p.m. Stickyz. $7.

If you’re looking to get in a raucous night out on the town in the hours immediately preceding Thanksgiving, here’s your best bet: The Revolutioners headline an evening of rock ’n’ roll hedonism

Matt Stell and Deep Roots play at Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. There’s an Anti-Child Abuse Benefit for Corey Alexander Raposo, with All is at an End, 540, Burning Addison, As Tall As Giants, More Than Sparrows, Lefty Williams and Apothecary, Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $10. The Big Dam Horns bring the horn-y sounds to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Oklahoma veterans Hosty Duo play an 18-andolder show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. It sold out in a flash, but Rosanne Cash plays at South on Main, $50.

MONDAY 11/25



The Main Thing kicks off “A Fertle Holiday” at The Joint, 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28, $20. CruzWay (featured on the cover of last week’s Times) plays Salsa Night at Juanita’s, beginning with a one-hour salsa lesson, 9 p.m., $8. It’s time for another installment of Indie Music Night at Downtown Music Hall, with Bobby Tillman, Ricky Pleasants, Lil Van, Pimp T, Doe Boi, Khris Brown, April MsGlamorous Carruth, Ashely Desi J, Kinfoke Clique and more, 9 p.m. Noisem, Snakedriver, Jungle Juice and Severe Headwound bring the noise to Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $5. Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra presents “Selections from ‘Swan Lake’,” with Ballet Arkansas’s Youth Division and dancers from Ballet Arkansas, Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20. For some late-night trance-blues, don’t miss Tyrannosaurus Chicken at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. Former Secret Service agent Bill Carter will recount his experiences in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, Oxford American, 5 p.m., free.

that’s sure to have your ears still ringing (and your head possibly throbbing) by the time it’s time to slice up the turkey and serve up the fixins’ and pie. I hear tell that this show in particular will be a lively affair, with lots of the bands’ friends and family in town for the holiday. The

Revolutioners also have a full-length album forthcoming, mostly likely in early ’14, so look for the band to be playing some cuts from that. Also on the bill of this 18-and-older show: Fayetteville altrockers Chasing Pictures and Central Arkansas rockers Dead End Drive.

Lisa Ling, a veteran journalist and producer and former co-host of “The View,” speaks at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $15.


The always entertaining and utterly charming Bonnie Montgomery plays at South on Main, 7:30 p.m.

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AFTER DARK Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.

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Gabriel Rutledge, Dan Fritschie. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Main Thing: “A Fertle Holiday.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205.


Aces Wild (headliner), Chris Henry (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. The Charles Woods Experience. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Counterparts, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, State Champs, Living with Lions, Between You and I, Our City Decays. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $15. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Ha Ha Tonka. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Meshugga Klezmer Band. The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Open turntables. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Turnpike Troubadors. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $17. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. UCA Dixieland Jazz Band. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501327-7482. Vore, Hod. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Willie Nelson. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $54-$103. Markham and Broadway. www.


Gabriel Rutledge, Dan Fritschie. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Arkansas Reading Association Literacy 24

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RED-HEADED STRANGER: Willie Nelson and Family perform Thursday at Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $54-$103, and a sold-out show Tuesday at the Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. Conference. Two-day event for educators and others, with authors, literary specialists, speakers and small group sessions. Statehouse Convention Center, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Dazzle Daze. Thursday is “Girls’ Nite Out.” Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 6 p.m., $5-$30. 2501 E. Oak St., Conway. 501-513-3586. Give to Get Food Drive. Bring 10 or more nonperishable food items to donate and receive a book of coupons for local businesses. River Market Pavilions, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Old State House Museum Associates Annual Supper. Jacob Lofland, Kathryn Tucker, and Gabe Mayhan will talk about their work in film and television; Renee Shapiro will moderate. Old State House Museum, 6 p.m., $100. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-664-1879.


Argenta Film Series: “Smokey and the Bandit.” Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. “Herman’s House.” Screening followed by panel discussion. Philander Smith College, 6:30 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.


POETluck. Literary salon and potluck. The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7444.



Almost Infamous. The Blind Pig, 8 p.m., free. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. 501-868-8194. #Glitterrock Benefit for Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Sway, $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Boom Kinetic. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with

DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Crash Meadows (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Earl and Them (album release). George’s Majestic Lounge, 6 p.m. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Indie Music Night. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Mayday by Midnight. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Noisem, Snakedriver, Jungle Juice, Severe Headwound. Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Rocktown Rap Showcase. Quarternote Nightclub, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5 after 10 p.m. 4726 Asher Ave. Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra: “Selections from ‘Swan Lake’ .” Ballet Arkansas Youth Division will be featured along with dancers from Ballet Arkansas. Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20. 712 Scott St. 501375-5587. Steve Howell and the Mighty Men (album release), Isaac Alexander. The Afterthought, 9 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Steve Kimock and Friends. 18-and-older. George’s Majestic Lounge, Nov. 22, 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9:30 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Nov. 22-23, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. Thread. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Tragikly White Band. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.

Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. Cruz Way. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


36th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Sale. Jacksonville Community Center, 4-8 p.m., $1-$2. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. Arkansas Reading Association Literacy Conference. See Nov. 21. Bill Carter. The former Secret Service agent will recount his experiences in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Oxford American, 5 p.m., free. 1300 Main St. Consul General Suk-bum Park. Ambassador Park presents “The Future of Korea and U.S. Relations.” Clinton School of Public Service, Noon., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239. Dazzle Daze. Thursday is “Girls’ Nite Out.” Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m., $5-$30. 2501 E. Oak St., Conway. 501-513-3586. 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. Look Up to the Stars! Star Tour 2013. Former NASA consultant and astronomer Kevin Manning leads this evening of viewing through a powerful telescope. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street. Political Animals Club: U.S. Rep Tom Cotton. The Little Rock Club, 7 a.m., $20 (includes breakfast). 400 W. Capitol, 30th Floor. “Vegas On The Rocks!” Featuring casino-style games, appetizers, included libations and other beverages, boutique silent auction and more, with all proceeds benefiting Women & Children First domestic violence shelter. Next Level Events, 7-11 p.m., $50. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746.


“Land Of Opportunity.” Q&A session follows the screening. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., free. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www.


UALR Women’s Trojans vs. Memphis. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $5-$38. 2801 S. University Ave.


Kat Robinson. Signing her books “Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and the Arkansas Valley” and “Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State,” 6-8 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 11500 Financial Centre Parkway. 954-7645.



Anti-Child Abuse Benefit for Corey Alexander Raposo. With All is at an End, 540, Burning Addison, As Tall As Giants, More Than Sparrows, Lefty Williams, Apothecary. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. The Big Dam Horns. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Cadillac Jackson. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Nov. 22. DJs Big Brown, Bobby Kuta, Ewell, Michael Shane, g-force. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Earl and Them (headliner), Some Guy Named Robb (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501375-5351. Goose. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Heartland Men’s Chorus. Benefit for Ozarks AIDS Resources & Services. The Auditorium, 7 p.m., $15-$20. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. Hosty Duo. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Jason Greenlaw. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Jet 420. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Matt Stell and Deep Roots. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Rosanne Cash. South on Main, $50. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. SouthonMainLR. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Steve Bates. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Steve Kimock and Friends. 18-and-older. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999.


Gabriel Rutledge, Dan Fritschie. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Main Thing: “A Fertle Holiday.” The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205.


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.

Markham and Broadway.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration. All are invited. State Capitol, 3 p.m., free. 425 W. Capitol Ave. 501-324-8900. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


Kat Robinson. Signing her books “Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and the Arkansas Valley” and “Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State,” 2-4 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4144 N. College Ave. 479-582-0045.



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Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Dazzle Daze. Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 10 a.m., $5-$30. 2501 E. Oak St., Conway. 501-513-3586. Did You Know? Series: “What is the Purpose of Life?” Moderated by Neb Nyansap Nupu El, author of forthcoming “The Innerself In You.” Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, 1:30 p.m., free. 1001 Wright Ave. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Historic Neighborhoods Tour. Bike tour of historic neighborhoods includes bike, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 9 a.m., $8-$28. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School Sale. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. Pork & Bourbon Tour. Bike tour includes bicycle, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 11:30 a.m., $35-$45. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001.

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University of Arkansas vs. Mississippi State University. War Memorial Stadium, 11:21 a.m., $65. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775.


David Sesser. Signing with the author of “Little Rock Arsenal Crisis: On the Precipice of the American Civil War.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 1 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198.



Black Taxi, The Toneados, Stella Bizarre. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Gorilla Battle of the Bands. With Charon Creek, T-Smoove, Thread, Iron-E and Tre Bradley. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Reggae Sundays with First Impressions. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $79.


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UALR Men’s Trojans vs. Southern Arkansas. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $5-$38. 2801 S. University Ave.



10th Annual Chili Cookoff and Light Up Downtown. Followed by lighting of downtown at 8 p.m. Exchange Street Parking Plaza, 4-8 p.m., $4 (all you can eat). 128 Exchange St, Hot Springs. Hogan Gidley. The strategist presents “Political Branding 101.” Clinton School of Public Service, Noon., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239.

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Lisa Ling. Veteran journalist and producer and former co-host of “The View.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $15. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.


Little Rock Touchdown Club: Steve Atwater. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 nonmembers. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000.



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Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Music Jam hosted by Elliott Griffen. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. The Sword, American Sharks, Seahag, Enchiridion. Downtown Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $15 adv., $17 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Thirst n’ Howl Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Willie Nelson and Family. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600.


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“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090.

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Diamond Bear Firkin. The Joint, 7 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Ben Byers. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Bonnie Montgomery. South on Main, 7:30 p.m. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Open Mic Nite with Deuce. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. The Revolutioners, Chasing Pictures, Dead End Drive. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Runaway Planet. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Billy Wayne Davis. The Loony Bin, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 29-30, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


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


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



“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The Public Theatre, through Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 24, 2 p.m. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. “A Christmas Carol.” Classic version of Charles Dickens’ fable with traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative. Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, Fri., Nov. 22, 7 p.m., $18-$35. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” New musical based on the classic holiday movie. Walton

AFTER DARK, CONT. Arts Center, 7 p.m.; through Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; through Nov. 24, 2 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. $35-$69. “Run For Your Wife.” Cab driver John Smith is mugged one day and is taken home by a helpful policeman, who takes him to the wrong home. It seems Smith has two homes and two wives, and according to his carefully laid out schedule he is supposed to be with wife No. 2. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Dec. 29: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. Weekend Theater Auditions. Auditions for “blu,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and “The Water Children.” The Weekend Theater, Sat., Nov. 23, 9 a.m.; Sun., Nov. 24, 6 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761.



New events, exhibits in bold-faced type. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Evolu-tion,” work by Lawrence Finney, Mario Robinson, Samella Lewis and others, Nov. 21-Feb. 2; wall calendar release Nov. 28. 3726822. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 501 W. Ninth St.: “Shades of Greatness,” exhibit on the Negro Baseball Leagues, closing reception 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 21; permanent exhibits on African American business district and entrepreneurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM SCHOOL SALE, Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Col. Glenn Road: The Arkansas Arts Center’s annual show and sale of work by faculty and students of its museum school, featuring art and crafts in all media, members-only preview 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22, open to public 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23. 372-4000. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University Ave.: “Nocturne,” silverpoint drawings by Marjorie Williams-Smith, Gallery II, through Nov. 24; “FuN HoUSe,” work by Zina Al-Shukri, Chuck and George, Dustin Farnsworth, Heidi Schwegler, Gallery I, through Dec. 10; senior exhibitions by Justin Puska, Tyler Bean, Bertha Ramos and Keesha Bass, Gallery III, Nov. 23-Dec. 11. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-3182. FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave.: “RE: History,” 25 two- and three-dimensional works by James Volkert, Nov. 22-Feb. 16, reception 5-7 p.m. Nov. 21. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787.


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade,” Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery, through Feb. 9; “Face to Face: Artists’ Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr.,” Townsend Wolfe Gallery, through Feb. 9; “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge,” Jeannette Rockefeller Gallery, through Feb. 9; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through December. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ART GROUP GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: “Holiday Art Sale,” work by Ron Almond, Matt Coburn, Louise Harris, Ned Perme, Ann Presley, Vickie Hendrix-Siebenmorgen and Holly Tilley. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 690-2193. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Reflections

in Pastel,” through Feb. 22, main gallery; “Native Arkansas,” early Arkansas through the writings of early explorers and Native American artifacts, including Mississippian period, Caddoan and Carden Bottoms objects, Concordia Hall, through Feb. 22; “Abstract AR(t),” work by Dustyn Bork, Megan Chapman, Donnie Copeland, Don Lee, Jill Storthz and Steven Wise, atrium, through Nov. 23; the photography of Barney Sellers, Loft Gallery, through Dec. 28. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Bill Lewis Retrospective, 1932-2012,” watercolors and oil paintings, through Dec. 31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings from the Arkansas League of Artists and Local Colour. 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. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Equinox,” works by artists published in UALR’s journal of literature and art. 918-3093. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 992-1099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: Paintings by Mary Ann Stafford and others. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: 19th annual “Holiday Show and Sale,” work by more than 50 artists in all media, through Jan. 11. 664-8996. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Monkey Business and Other Strange Sights — An Exhibition of Works by Donald Roller Wilson,” through November. 664-2787. GOOD WEATHER GALLERY, 4400 Edgemere, NLR: “Plaza,” installation by Lauren Cherry and Max Springer. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Recovery: The World Trade Center Recovery Operation,” 65 photographs and 56 recovered artifacts from the 911 attack, from the New York State Museum, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 758-1720. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Still Life,” paintings by Louis Beck, through November; giclee giveaway 7 p.m. Nov. 21. 660-4006. M2 GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: Mother-daughter exhibit of found-art sculpture by Anita Davis and works on paper honoring Ghana artist El Anatsui by Betsy Davis, through December. 225-6257 or 944-7155. PAINT BOX GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Jewelry by Damon Chatterton, tree sculptures by P.J. Bryant, fused glass by Ali Stinespring. 374-2848. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “The Picture Never Changes,” works by Dustyn Bork and Carly Dahl, first of Thea’s “The Art Department” series of young professional exhibitions, through Nov. 22. 379-9512. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “The Artists’ Eye,” Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz collection, including works by O’Keeffe, Stieglitz, Arthur Dove, John Marin and others, shared collection CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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hearsay ➥ The JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK will host its annual holiday home tour Nov. 23-24. Homes in Miller’s Crossing and Miller’s Pointe will be featured in this self-guided tour of homes festively decorated by local designers. General admission is $10 and the tours are scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. There will be a preview progressive dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 22. Attendees will be chauffeured from the Junior League’s headquarters, the historic E.O. Manees House, to the tour homes. Food, cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction will be part of the festivities. Tickets for the progressive dinner and preview tour are $50 and include admission to both the Nov. 23 and 24 tours. Proceeds the tour will benefit JLNLR’s early childhood Literacy programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ➥ Fans of ANNIE SLOAN chalk paint are encouraged to enter for a chance to win $1,500 worth of product. Entrants have to take a picture of themselves in front of the main Annie Sloan display at a local retailer (we suggest WHITE GOAT ANTIQUES in the Heights) and submit it to the Annie Sloan Facebook page. The contest begins Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 8. Visit facebook. com/anniesloanunfolded after on Nov. 25 for more information on how to enter. ➥ BEYOND COTTON at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center is encouraging folks to join their Facebook community by offering the chance to win a $100 gift card. Visit Beyond Cotton’s Facebook page for details. ➥ Show the world you support for marriage rights for all by purchasing an “Equality, y’all” shirt from HILLCREST WATERBUGS. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Send a private message to them through their Facebook page ( hillcrestrocks) to place your order. ➥ If you haven’t been to #glitterrock, the themed costume nights at SWAY that happen on the fourth Friday of the month, make sure you check it out Nov. 22. The theme is “Stop Being Poor,” (inspired by a T-shirt Paris Hilton wore with that slogan on the front), and will be a fund-raiser and food drive for local food banks. Come dressed as famous/infamous heirs and heiresses, gold diggers and sugar daddies, and notable rich people in general, and bring all of the canned goods you can stuff in your knockoff designer bags. A portion of the night’s cover charge will also be donated. 28

NOVEMBER 21, 2013


‘BOOK THIEF’: Sophie Nélisse and Nico Liersch star.

WWII for kids ‘Book Thief’ is probably not for you. BY SAM EIFLING


he Book Thief,” the training wheels of Holocaust movies, is as pleasant an indictment of Nazi Germany as you are likely to find in cinemas this holiday season. It does many of the things that bad movies do — such as implausibly letting a little boy cheerfully swim to the bottom of a freezing-cold river and back, and enlisting a pleasantsounding Death to narrate the story. You can’t blame it for the latter, as author Marcus Zusak chooses that kid-friendly contrivance for his runaway bestselling novel of the same title, but that won’t stop your eyes from rolling. You have to cut it some slack, though, because this is solidly a young adult venture. That’s not necessarily a knock on it; Anne Frank’s diary, the most enduring World War II story told, was authored by

a girl scarcely older than the protagonist of “Book Thief,” Liesel (a precocious and vulnerable Sophie Nélisse). Young audiences don’t need to try and grasp some of the most heinous moments in living history by diving straight into “The Pianist” or “Schindler’s List.” Still, if you’re a grown-up, “Book Thief” may come across as a too-pat tour of life for non-Nazis in Germany during the Second World War. The story as far as it goes isn’t a bad one. Liesel is a young girl who’s just been deposited with foster parents, having watched her kid brother die on the journey to meet them. Hans (Geoffrey Rush, at his most kindly) is the patient, accordion-playing, underemployed sign painter; Rosa (Emily Watson, affectingly) is a brusque, emotionally constipated washerwoman. Upon Liesel’s arrival,

Hans helps her learn to read, and Rosa enlists her to deliver clothes. They go from merely irritated by the rise of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party to de facto outlaws when a young Jewish man, Max (Ben Schnetzer) arrives one night needing refuge. Liesel has a next-door best friend, Rudy (Nico Liersch) who nurses a persistent, unrequited crush on her. Liesel, a suitably love-crossed heroine for scholastic youngsters, earns her titular nickname by nicking books. The first is at her brother’s graveside, when she stows a book (“The Gravedigger’s Handbook”) that falls out of a coat pocket. Later, at a book-bonfire thrown by Nazi partiers looking to purify their warped intellects, she doubles back and scoops up a still-smoldering copy of “The Invisible Man.” This catches the notice of a party official’s wife who invites Liesel into her library during laundry visits; later denied entry, Liesel breaks in to “borrow” books. Words and literacy here are a shorthand for virtue, and you can essentially chart villainy here in whether a character stymies reading. Even this oversimplified approach to the world contains satisfying and practical lessons for children. As the Greatest Generation continues to shuffle off this mortal coil, the crimes of the Third Reich recede into the same inchoate blob of bygone atrocity that swallows so many centuries. Invoking Hitler has become such a hallmark of hyperbole that it’s stupidly comical now almost 70 years after his death. How to explain to kids the reality? Start with the shorthand that Nazis were people who regarded books as a menace — saw broad knowledge and learning as threats to their world order. These were real people who snuffed out light and found cover in the darkness to kill millions of people. Perhaps this is how to encourage the next generation of subversive, dedicated readers: Don’t burn books — steal ’em.

AFTER DARK, CONT. with Fisk University, through Feb. 3; “This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s,” 44 paintings, prints and photographs with digital audio tour featuring musical selections by Fayetteville Roots Festival director Bryan Hembree, through Jan. 6; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. HOT SPRINGS BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “A la France et de retour,” photographs by David Rackley. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER OF HOT SPRINGS, 626 Central Ave.: Artwork inspired by Kenji Muyazama’s poem “Be Not Defeated by the Rain” by artists from Hanamaki, Japan, through Dec. 14. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Work by

Rene Hein, Dolores Justus, Emily Wood and others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335.


CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (1900-1999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022.

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Figurations: works by Stephen Cefalo and Sandra Sell,” through Dec. 8; “Heeding the Call: The Firefighter Collection of Johnny Reep,” through Jan. 5; “Jason A. Smith: Stills”; “Arkansas Made,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS M I L I TA R Y H I S T O R Y , M a c A r t h u r Park: “American Posters of World War I”; permanent exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Robots and Us,” interactive exhibit on robotics, through Jan. 26; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050.

PUTTING THE FUN IN DYSFUNCTIONAL, CONT. into a huge Iowa clan with 15 aunts and uncles and countless first cousins. He said the Fertles (a slight variation on his family name) are largely based on his own experiences growing up. “I just realized as I was talking to people that everybody has the same types in their families, again and again,” he said. “There’s the Blowhard, and the Squeaky Wheel and the Loving Mom Who Cooks. ... There are a lot of archetypal characters who were universal. Though it’s based on my family, the reaction we got after doing the Fertle comedies was, ‘You’ve got to meet my brother. Man, that’s him up there!’ It kind of functions as therapy for people, especially if they bring their relatives here.” Steve has written 14 full-length shows about the Fertles and their adventures, plus another 10 long sketches or one-acts. The characters, he said, are very real to him now. He bases many of his plotlines around typical family gatherings — which are always ripe for comedy and absurdity: holiday gatherings weddings, graduations, funerals, births, road trips. Though Southern families have a reputation for being the quirkiest in the land, the Farrells said that there is a universal appeal to comedy about weird broods, one that translates no matter where they are. “I think rural America is pretty much the same in every part of the country,” Vicki said. “We’ve taken our show to New York and L.A., and people still relate to it anywhere you go. It’s just rural anywhere in America.” “And people think it’s written about them anywhere they go,” Steve added. “Families are universal.” While having three actors play up to 20 parts is very funny to watch in and of itself — a kind of backstage ballet that is easily worth the price of admission — it requires a level of planning and choreography that approaches the complexity of that three-dimensional chess Spock played on “Star Trek.” “How do you rotate the entrances and exits so it seamlessly feels like a crowd at a family reunion?” Steve asked. “Somebody always has to be in the process of saying: ‘Well, Momma would know! Momma?’ and then walks off while another character walks on. The dialogue continues while there’s a [costume] change being made. There’s a flow. And we have to not run into each other. Even worse, it’s all about: ‘Where’s my hair? Where’s my hat? Where’s my glasses? ... ’ It’s a real puzzle.” “We’ve had many people after the show say, ‘I kept waiting for more people to come out at the curtain call,’ ” Vicki said with a laugh. Brett Ihler joined The Main Thing about a year and a half ago. He said he

had to play catch-up to slot into such an established acting team and the Fertle lineup, but has since come to feel very rewarded by his work. “It initially was intimidating because of their track record and everything they’d done,” he said, “but they are both so professional and so good that it was really easy to mix in with them. There have been times when I stand backstage and think: This is so much easier than anything I’ve ever done. ... This is so much more fun and active and alive.” The appeal of the Fertle shows, Steve said, is the familiarity of it, the feeling of

knowing or being related to real-life counterparts to all the characters onstage. The Farrells and Ihler said that many times, audience members come to them after a Fertle play and say they recognized members of their own family — though never themselves, Steve said with a laugh. “I think it’s comforting to people to know that they’re not the only freak on the planet,” Steve said. “They may get to thinking their family is dysfunctional, but if you take a look at the rest of the world, you’ll see that we’re all in the same boat. The same archetypal characters keep

recurring. I suspect that if I spoke Mandarin, I could go find some tiny, rice-growing village and there’d still be a drunk and a blowhard and an athlete and a sexy woman. It’s all the same things.” “A Fertle Holiday” runs at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, from Nov. 22 to Jan. 11, at The Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock. Admission is $20, and reservations are advised. Beer, coffee, cocktails, wine and sodas are available during the show. For more information, visit their website at, or call 372-0205.

NOVEMBER 21, 2013



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their Trivia Nights where competition is fierce and the food is phenomenal. American Pie Pizza is also a great place to throw or cater your holiday party. Call them now to book their party room or find out about their catering menu! North Little Rock: 4830 N Hills Blvd. North Little Rock, AR 72116. 753-0081. Maumelle: 9709 Maumelle Blvd. North Little Rock, AR 72113. 758-880. West Little Rock: 10912 Colonel Glenn Road #7000. Little Rock, AR 72204. 225-1900 LAS PALMAS RESTAURANT • Las Palmas goal is to provide you with a fun, friendly dining experience for the whole family. There is something for everyone from their famous white cheese dip to sizzling hot fajitas made to order. Four locations in central Arkansas. Come in today and taste the difference! 4154 East McCain Blvd. N. Little Rock, AR 72116 • (501) 945-8010. 10402 Stagecoach Rd. Little Rock, AR 72210 (501) 455-8500. 786 Elsinger Blvd. Conway, AR 72032. (501) 329-5010. 615 N. Arkansas Ave. Russellville, AR 72801. (479) 890-2550 SANTO COYOTE • Santo Coyote, which has been known for excellent authentic Mexican fare, in North Little Rock, has added a new location in West Little Rock. It serves up some of the best Mexican food in the city with all the essential spices blended


together in perfect proportions leaving each morsel oozing with flavor. Their large variety of tacos are a must try. The best part about the Pleasant Ridge location is its ambiance. Diners can choose between a seat at a cozy table, the perfectly lit bar area inside the restaurant, or on the sizable umbrella-shaded patio. The restaurant also has a wall of shutters that can be rolled up on those beautiful fall and spring days. Stop by for their $2 Taco and Tecate Mondays or on Tuesday, where kids eat for free and ladies night on Thursdays for $3 Margaritas, cosmopolitans and house wines. Happy Hour: Mon- Friday from 2-6 PM. 2513 McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock, AR 72116. 753-9800. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Little Rock, AR 72212. 225-1300. U.S. PIZZA • We pride ourselves in offering our guests the very best pizza, salads and sandwiches, and we value your patronage.  Our old-fashioned stone hearth ovens are one of the reasons our pizzas are worth the wait.  From our Salad Supreme to our spicy Trey’s Chloroplast Blast pizza, you won’t find our award winning original creations anywhere else. Little Rock: Heights, Hillcrest, Fair Park, Rodney Parham • North Little Rock: Pike, McCain, JFK • Maumelle • Sherwood • Conway • Bryant • Fayetteville.

WHOLE HOG CAFÉ & CATERING COMPANY • In addition to World Champion Barbecue (yes, they have actually won several World Championships), Whole Hog North is one of the top caterers in the Natural State. Regularly serving groups from 10 to 5,000, Whole Hog North can do take out, delivery, setup and full service catering. Try their succulent pulled pork, smoky beef brisket, mouth-watering chicken or juicy tender ribs along with a variety of home-prepared side items. Six

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signature sauces provide just the right compliment. For the holidays, their sliced smoked turkey breast with cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry relish are to die for. Come in and ask for a pit tour and see for yourself how the World’s Best Barbecue is made. Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sunday. 5101 Warden Rd., North Little Rock, 501-753-9227 www.


AMERICAN PIE PIZZA • Recognized by the readers of the Arkansas Times as one of the most family friendly restaurants in Central Arkansas for two years in a row. It is only at American Pie Pizza that on Mondays, kids can eat for free, while playing in the kids room or being dazzled by the magician that performs at their Lakewood Location. American Pie pizza has great handmade pizzas on perfect thin crust with a large assortment of toppings made from the freshest ingredients. This pizzeria is also friend to gluten free folks and offers up some great gluten free crust along with gluten free beer. Stop by for Wacky Wine Wednesdays where all bottles of wine are 1/2 off or for $2 Tuesdays, when you can get $2 pints of beer or $2 off your 14 inch pizza. If you want to show off that intellect and tickle those often forgotten brain cells stop by one of their Trivia Nights where competition is fierce and the food is phenomenal. American Pie Pizza is also a great place to throw or cater your holiday party..Call them now to book their party room or find out about their catering menu! North Little Rock: 4830 N Hills Blvd. North Little Rock, AR 72116. 753-0081. Maumelle: 9709 Maumelle Blvd. North Little

Rock, AR 72113. 758-880. West Little Rock: 10912 Colonel Glenn Road #7000. Little Rock, AR 72204. 225-1900


AFTERTHOUGHT BISTRO & BAR • The name may be different but the food at Afterthought Bistro & Bar is still some of the best in the area. A charming bistro located in the Hillcrest neighborhood, Afterthought Bistro showcases food with down-home roots, offering an eclectic menu of hearty, delectable dishes that range from homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh seafood, steaks and the most amazing fries in town. The restaurant is warm and inviting – bright and cheerful by day, cozy and relaxing at night. Expect to see the food and talent of Afterthought Bistro on many “Best of” lists in the years to come. Afterthought Bistro serves lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The adjacent Afterthought Bar, a neighborhood mainstay for more than 30 years, offers the same full menu as the dining room, cozy dance floor and live music Monday through Saturday nights. The Afterthought Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. for happy hour which lasts until 7:30 p.m. nightly. You can also enjoy the amazing food in the bar until 11 p.m. on weeknights and as late as midnight on the weekends. 2721 Kavanaugh Boulevard, (501) 663-1196, CAFÉ BOSSA NOVA • The place that introduced the taste of authentic Brazilian dining to Little Rock. From the moment you enter, the delicious aromas and soft, pleasing sounds of background Bossa Nova music will awaken your senses to the unique and enjoyable casual dining experience ahead of you. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 501-614-NOVA (6682) • THE OYSTER BAR • Little Rock’s Original Oyster Bar has been serving up great food in the Capitol View/Hillcrest neighborhood since 1975. Sit back, put a quarter in the juke box, order a mug of the coldest beer in town and enjoy fresh seafood and authentic New Orlean’s cuisine in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. At this friendly neighborhood s e a fo o d j o i n t t h e re i s something for everyone: fried, grilled or peel em’ and eat em’ shrimp, mahi-mahi, chicken and shrimp salads and the traditional favorites: red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), oysters on the half

shell, classic po’boys, shrimp gumbo catfish and etoufee. See the online menu for daily specials. They also have a kids’ menu. Don’t forget to save room for delicious homemade icebox pies. The Oyster Bar has a great private party room with a big screen TV. Call 666-7100 for details when planning your next office party, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, etc. Find out why The Oyster Bar is where the locals go year after year! LD Mon-Sat. 11-9:30Mon-Thurs/11-10:30 Fri./noon-10 sat. Closed Sunday. Park behind the restaurant. 3003 W.Markham – beer and wine. 666-7100. ROSALIA’S FAMILY BAKERY • A great place to relax, drink great coffee, imported and herbal teas, Italian Sodas, fresh baked breads, pastries, desserts, cookies, or Brazilian and European confections. Brazilian imported soft drinks, cheeses, and seasonal candies are unique offerings not found anywhere else in Little Rock. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-3197035 U.S. PIZZA • We pride ourselves in offering our guests the very best pizza, salads and sandwiches, and we value your patronage.  Our old-fashioned stone hearth ovens are one of the reasons our pizzas are worth the wait.  From our Salad Supreme to our spicy Trey’s Chloroplast Blast pizza, you won’t find our award winning original creations anywhere else. Little Rock: Heights, Hillcrest, Fair Park, Rodney Parham • North Little Rock: Pike, McCain, JFK • Maumelle • Sherwood • Conway • Bryant • Fayetteville.


AMERICAN PIE PIZZA • Recognized by the readers of the Arkansas Times as one of the most family friendly restaurants in Central Arkansas for two years in a row. It is only at American Pie Pizza that on Mondays, kids can eat for free, while playing in the kids room or being dazzled by the magician that performs at their Lakewood Location. American Pie pizza has great handmade pizzas on perfect thin crust with a large assortment of toppings made from the freshest ingredients. This pizzeria is also friend to gluten free folks and offers up some great gluten free crust along with gluten free beer. Stop by for Wacky Wine Wednesdays where all bottles of wine are 1/2 off or for $2 Tuesdays, when you can get $2 pints of beer or $2 off your 14 inch pizza. If you want to show off that intellect and tickle those often forgotten brain cells stop by one of their Trivia Nights where competition is fierce and the food is phenomenal. American Pie Pizza is also a great place to throw or cater your holiday party..Call them now to book their party room or find out about their catering menu! North Little Rock: 4830 N Hills

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a comfortable atmosphere makes The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. Dinner Hours: Mon-Thur 5:00-9:00, Fri 5:00-10:00, Sat 4:30-10:00, Sun 4:30-9:00. 10825 Hermitage Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. 312-2748. www. CASA MANANA â&#x20AC;˘ The first restaurant to bring the tortilla soup to Little Rock, Casa MaĂąana has been pleasing the palate with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authentic Mexican food since 1995. It is now open in three locations, each of which have their own signature recipes. Casa MaĂąana takes pride in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection of dishes that are made with sauces that utilize the smoky Chipotle chili, such as Pollo chipotle, Tacos al pastor with apple chipotle sauce, Puntas Potosinas, baked in a chipotle sauce and Shrimp Patron, made with an onion and Chipotle sauce. Try their chips and salsa (red and green) and the broad selection of fresh seafood for your dining pleasure. 6820 Cantrell Rd. 280-9888, 18321 Cantrell Rd. 868-8822. 400 President Clinton Ave. (In the River Market) 501-372-6637. COMMUNITY BAKERY â&#x20AC;˘ Working on-site at our downtown location our bakers make more than a hundred items from scratch

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and Online Ordering!  Complete sentences on site!  664-2239 THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT â&#x20AC;˘ Ranked number one in a CNN article Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Most Delicious Foods,â&#x20AC;? no wonder the Matsaman curry beef was crowned by some authors as the most complex and time consuming curry to make. The exotic Matsaman curry merges with rich Chinese spices and ingredients with the aroma of fresh basil and coconut milk as a finishing touch - the perfect marriage between tradition and new idea. Matsaman curry beef is one of the most sumptuous, exciting, and flavorful dishes offered in Forbidden Garden.14810 Cantrell Rd. Ste. 140, Little Rock, AR 72223. 868-8149   LAYLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;˘ Laylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gives central Arkansas three locations to choose from (2 in  Little Rock and one in Conway). The location on Hwy 10 offers a more private and romantic setting that is set to the backdrop of harem music creating an ambiance that is perfect for dates or a quite dinner. As always Laylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves up a great selection of Mediterranean fare with a menu that includes mouthwatering selections such

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Pacific Rim Grilled Steak & Noodle Salad Total Recipe Time: 40 to 45 minutes Makes 6 to 8 servings • Beef Flank Steak (1-1/2 to 2 pounds) • Toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions (optional) Marinade & Dressing: • 2/3 cup teriyaki marinade and sauce • 1/2 cup orange marmalade • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger • 4 garlic cloves, minced Noodle Salad: • 8 ounces uncooked whole grain, whole wheat or regular spaghetti • 2 cups broccoli florets • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips • 1 cup carrot, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices • 1/2 cup fresh chopped fresh basil and/or mint 1.


Combine marinade ingredients in glass measuring cup, whisking until just blended. Cover and refrigerate 2/3 cup for dressing. Place beef steak and remaining marinade in plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli, bell pepper and carrot during last 3 minutes of cooking; drain. Place pasta mixture in large serving bowl. Stir in basil. Heat reserved 2/3 cup dressing in microwave on HIGH 30 to 60 seconds or until hot, stirring once.


Add to pasta mixture, tossing to combine. Set aside.


Meanwhile, remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 16 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 16 to 21 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally.


Carve steak diagonally across the grain into slices; sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired. Serve steak with noodle salad.

here are some delicious beef dishes to help you add flavor to

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Dijon & Herb Rubbed Beef Roast with Cranberry Sauce

Classic Beef Ribeye Roast with Herb Shallot Sauce

Total Recipe Time:  2-1/2 to 3-1/4 hours Makes 8 to 10 servings

Total Recipe Time:  2-1/2 to 3-1/4 hours Makes 8 servings

• 1 beef Rib Roast Bone-In (2 to 4 ribs), small end, chine (back) bone removed (6 to 8 pounds) • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard, divided • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries • 1/2 cup honey

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine 3 tablespoons mustard, steak seasoning and rosemary in small bowl. Rub evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.

1 beef Ribeye Roast Bone-In, small end (4 to 6 pounds) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 2 tablespoons garlic-pepper seasoning 2 tablespoons minced shallot 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1 cup dry red wine 2 teaspoons country Dijon-style mustard 1 tablespoon butter, softened Salt and pepper


Place Roast, fat-side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-3/4 to 3 hours for medium doneness.

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 2 tablespoons thyme and garlic-pepper seasoning; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.


Meanwhile, combine cranberries and honey in medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until berries burst and mixture is syrupy. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons mustard; remove from heat. Set aside.

Place Roast, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 1-3/4 to 2 hours for medium rare; 2 to 2-1/2 hours for medium doneness.


Remove Roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium doneness. Transfer Roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)

Remove Roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer Roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)


Meanwhile skim fat from drippings. Combine drippings, shallot and 2 teaspoons thyme in medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until shallots are crisp-tender. Stir in wine and mustard; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until sauce is reduced to 3/4 cup. Stir in butter. Season with salt and pepper as desired.


Carve Roast into slices. Serve with sauce.

Carve Roast into slices; season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve with cranberry sauce.

Nutrition information per serving, 1/8 of recipe: 395 calories; 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 113 mg cholesterol; 411 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 1.8 g fiber; 47 g protein; 13.6 mg niacin; 1.0 mg vitamin B6; 2.7 mcg vitamin B12; 3.2 mg iron; 55.1 mcg selenium; 8.8 mg zinc; 182.3 mg choline. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of iron. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of iron.

Nutrition information per serving: 273 calories; 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 101 mg cholesterol; 319 mg sodium; 1 g carbohydrate; 0.1 g fiber; 38 g protein; 11 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 2.6 mg iron; 43.8 mcg selenium; 7 mg zinc. This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc; and a good source of iron.

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SINCE 1982 Over 30 years consistently voted best steak in Arkansas. Check out our amazing full menu! Locally Owned & Operated Mon-Thur 5-9 · Fri 5-10 · Sat 4:30-10 · Sun 4:30-9 West Little Rock at Shackleford & Hermitage Road 501-312-2748

Cast Ballots For Butcher Shop Best Steak! Café Bossa Nova as gyros, shawarma, and kabobs. The baba ghannouj is the best on the planet. The lentil soup is a light, simple medley and the falafel, served with creamy and tart tzatziki, is a crispy, filling delight. Little Rock: Hours: Mon - Thur 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - 10p.m., Sun 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: 8201 Ranch Blvd. 868- 8226, 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. 227-7272. LITTLE GREEK RESTAURANT • Little Greek is one of America’s fastest growing restaurant chains featuring authentic, great tasting Greek food. Our kitchen staff prepares our menu items from scratch daily. We only use the highest quality ingredients, and deliver a high quality restaurant experience at a great value. Little Greek is the perfect place to take yourself, a loved one, or your entire family. Stop by for our $5 Pita Monday (Gyro and Chicken only), or on Tuesday, when Kids Eat Free with the purchase of one adult meal. Happy Hour: Mon- Fri 4-7 PM- $3 starters, $2 off wine, and $1 off beer. 11525 Cantrell Road 905, Little Rock, AR 72212. 501223-5300. SANTO COYOTE • Santo Coyote, which has been known for excellent authentic Mexican fare, in North Little Rock, has added a new location in West Little Rock. It serves up some of the best Mexican food in the city with all the essential spices blended

together in perfect proportions leaving each morsel oozing with flavor. Their large variety of tacos are a must try. The best part about the Pleasant Ridge location is its ambiance. Diners can choose between a seat at a cozy table or the perfectly lit bar area inside the restaurant, or on the sizable umbrella-shaded patio. The restaurant also has a wall of shutters that can be rolled up on those beautiful fall and spring days. Stop by for their $2 Taco and Tecate Mondays or on Tuesday, where kids eat for free and ladies night on Thursdays for $3 Margaritas, cosmopolitans and house wines. Happy Hour: Mon- Friday from 2-6 PM. 2513 McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock, AR 72116. 7539800. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Little Rock, AR 72212. 225-1300. TABLE 28 • has been open just 3 months, and it has been described as “the hottest new restaurant in the area” by the local KATV Daybreak ABC television affiliate.  In a review by the Arkansas Times, it was called a 10 on the dining scale.  The reaction from the AR Democrat Gazette reviewer was “Consider us wowed.” Chef Scott Rains has a fresh, original approach at presenting tantalizing flavors in a way that you’ve never had.  His menu is filled with tasty bits you wont find on any other menu in Central Arkansas as well as items you may find on other menus, only better.  The Tomahawk aged ribeye, for

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ JUSTIN PATTERSON of The Southern Gourmasian is offering to lighten the Thanksgiving load a bit this year and save you some stress in the kitchen. He’s selling family-style Thanksgiving dishes with a Gourmasian twist — items such as butternut squash soup with gingerbread croutons, scallion cornbread stuffing with Benton’s bacon and shiitake mushrooms, or apple cider and five-spice glazed turkey breast. Check out the menu on The Southern Gourmasian Facebook page, and get your orders in by emailing them to by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.



4 SQUARE CAFE AND GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis and a broad selection of smoothies. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-2622. BLD daily. ARGENTA MARKET Neighborhood grocery store with a deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. L daily, D Mon.-Sat., B Sat., BR Sun. 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. $$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BEV & GUY’S FISH & CHICKEN Specializes in fried catfish fillets and chicken and all the trimmings. 3319 John Barrow Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-224-2981. L Fri.-Sat. D Thu., Sat., Sun. THE BLIND PIG Tasty bar food, including Zweigle’s brand hot dogs. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Full bar, CC. $-$$. 501-868-8194. D Tue.-Sun., L Sat.-Sun. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. 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 staff. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are out of this world. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-6030238. D Mon.-Sat. DIXON ROAD BLUES CAFE Sandwiches, burgers and salads. 1505 W. Dixon Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-888-2233. BLD Mon.-Sat. 44

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PROTEIN PACKED: The mixed grill kebap at Anatolia.

Anatolia faces stiff competition New Mediterranean restaurant needs work.


t’s got to be a bit intimidating opening a Mediterranean restaurant in Little Rock. The competition is stiff, to say the least. What with local favorites such as Layla’s, Istanbul, Leo’s and a host of other beloved establishments, you might wonder if there is still room in this market for more. However, folks seem to seriously cherish their gyro meat and just about everyone in Pulaski County goes gaga for good hummus. Little Rock’s latest addition to the flourishing Mediterranean market recently opened its doors in the Colonnade Shopping Center on Bowman Road. It’s easy to overlook — squeezed between a Little Caesars and an electronic cigarette outlet. Just be on the look out for their large sign featuring a jolly cartoon man carrying a Samurai-sized knife, preparing to demolish a large slab of roasting meat. The place is sparsely decorated. A couple dozen tables, a few pictures hang on the walls featuring far off exotic locations. There’s a walk-up counter for those interested in picking up their food to go, or you may simply seat yourself and get table service. The menu holds no surprises. Appetizers include hummus with pita bread, cacik (yogurt with cucumber and garlic), falafel, and stuffed grape leaves


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QUICK BITE A few non-Mediterranean items appear on Anatolia’s menu — cheeseburgers, spaghetti, filet mignon and a jerk chicken salad. Many entrees come served with a house salad or soup-of-the-day, and in general, you’ll find Anatolia’s food reasonably priced and adequately portioned. HOURS 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. OTHER INFO No alcohol, credit cards accepted

with Tzatziki sauce. We chose the “sigara boregi” or cigar pastry ($4.49). The menu promised us a few rolls of fried phyllo dough stuffed with feta and mozzarella. What we were served was merely filled with mozzarella — apparently the kitchen did not have feta in stock that day. The pastry was hot, clearly fried up to order, and the cheese was sufficiently melted inside. The flavor fell a little flat, however, and the phyllo was bland. We suspect the feta would have helped significantly.

The gratis pita and butter appeared to be of the store-bought variety, unlikely to have been made in house, but it was at least soft and light. A dozen or so entrees make up the remainder of the menu. Standards such as beef and chicken gyros are found here. Surprisingly, they’re not serving lamb as of yet, but our server assured us it would be on the menu at some point. We had the mixed grill kebap ($15.99), a hodge-podge of many of the listed entrees, which comes portioned for one or two. Our beef gyro was flavorful but a little dry. Perhaps it had been on the roasting skewer just a touch too long. Our chicken gyro was better, however — moist, tender white and dark meat with crispy skin. Next came the kofte kebap — ground beef patties mixed with spices and flame-grilled. These had a nice texture, crunchy outside, soft inside, but they could have used a bit more spice. The meal also included two skewered kebabs, one of diced marinated chicken, the other chunks of marinated beef. Here the beef fared better than that of the gyro. It was tender and moist, but the portion was rather small. The chicken, likewise, was smallish but flavorful and enjoyable. A few slices of roasted tomato and zucchini sat alongside the proteins, and all rested comfortably on a bed of seasoned rice. On a subsequent visit, we also sampled the chicken gyro wrap ($5.99) — a 9-inch pita envelope of roasted chunks of chicken, tomatoes, onion, lettuce and Tzatziki sauce. The chicken was generously seasoned, salty and a bit spicy, but had an odd chewiness. The tangy Tzatziki improved the flavor overall, and the vegetables were fresh. The wrap came alongside a handful of fries that undoubtedly were of the frozen and bagged variety, merely thrown into the fryer with each order. They were flavorless. Only time will tell if Anatolia has what it takes to make it in a town already swarming with Mediterranean fare. The restaurant is clean, and the service and welcome we’ve received has been nothing but warm and friendly. Many Little Rock residents have a soft spot for the dishes they’re offering — perhaps that’s enough to keep Anatolia afloat.

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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. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6663700. LD Mon.-Fri. FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Nationwide burger chain with emphasis on freshly made fries and patties and over 15 toppings for you to create your own burger. 13000 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-1100. LD daily; 2923 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-246-5295. LD daily. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings. The hamburgers are a hit, too. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. IRONHORSE SALOON Bar and grill offering juicy cheeseburgers. 9125 Mann Road. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-562-4464. LD daily. J. GUMBO’S Fast-casual Cajun fair served, primarily, in a bowl. Better than expected. 12911 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-916-9635. LD daily. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts for 30 years. Chicken salad’s among the best in town. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Sat. (drive-through only). K. HALL AND SONS Neighborhood grocery store with excellent lunch counter. The cheeseburger is hard to beat. 1900 Wright Avenue. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-372-1513. BLD Mon.-Sat. (closes at 6 p.m.), BL Sun. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6634666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2232257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice, peeland-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and several meat-and-two options


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for lunch and dinner. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ’50s setting at today’s prices. 8026 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 11602 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. THE RELAY This grill offers a short menu, which includes chicken strips, french fries, hamburgers, jalapeno poppers and cheese sticks. 12225 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-9919. LD daily.

THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner and pub grub until the wee hours on the weekends. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in homestyle buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-375-3216. L Mon.-Fri. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid

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lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-3344. LD daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken tenders and wings served fast. 4500 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-907-0111. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. SOUTH ON MAIN Fine, innovative takes on Southern fare in a casual but well-appointed setting. 1304 Main St. Full bar, CC. $-$$. 501-244-9660. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. TABLE 28 Excellent fine dining with lots of creative flourishes. Branch out and try the Crispy Squid Filet and Quail Bird Lollipops. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, CC. $$$-$$$$. 224-2828. D Mon.-Sat. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI Highquality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without. 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. BL Tue.-Fri., BLD Sat. (close at 5pm). WINGSTOP It’s all about wings. The joint features 10 flavors of chicken flappers for almost any palate, including mild, hot, Cajun and atomic, as well as specialty flavors like lemon pepper, teriyaki, garlic Parmesan and Hawaiian. 11321 West Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9464. LD daily.


A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent panAsian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHINESE KITCHEN Good Chinese takeout. Try the Cantonese press duck. 11401 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-2242100. LD Tue.-Sun. CURRY IN A HURRY Home-style Indian food with a focus on fresh ingredients and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. Try the popular Tuna Tatari bento box. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-3017900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. Try the Tom Kha Kai and white wine alligator. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MIKE’S CAFE VIETNAMESE Cheap Vietnamese that could use some more spice. The pho is good. 5501 Asher Ave. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-562-1515. LD daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 46

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-562-7900. LD daily. PHO THANH MY The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. Nice wine selection, also serves sake and specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.


CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. Better known for the incredible family recipe pies and cheesecakes, which come tall and wide. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based

sauce. The sandwiches are basic, and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. Serving Little Rock since 1923. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat.


CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Specialties include fish ‘n’ chips and Guinness beef stew. Live music on weekends and $5 cover on Saturdays, special brunch on Sunday. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). L E O ’ S G R E E K C A S T L E Wonderful Mediterranean food plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close at 4 p.m.). NEXT BISTRO & BAR Mediterranean food and drinks. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. 501-663-6398. D Tue.-Thu., Sat.


CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. Little Rock standard for 18 years. 5510

Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous handtossed New York style pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM Popular high-end pizza chain. 16103 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-379-9157. LD daily. ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL A chain restaurant with a large menu of pasta, chicken, beef, fish, unusual dishes like Italian nachos, and special dishes with a corporate bent. 11100 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2213150. LD daily. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-851-

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