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ARKANSAS’S WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF POLITICS AND CULTURE ■ FEBRUARY 16, 2011

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BRINGING THE CRAZY

The political fringe finds a voice in Arkansas. BY GERARD MATTHEWS PAGE 10


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THE INSIDER On-the-job training

n Philip Miley’s career as chief fiscal officer of the Arkansas Lottery has been a turbulent one. Late last year, an audit from the Bureau of Legislative Research found the lottery’s books were not being kept according to generally accepted accounting principles. This raised questions about Miley’s qualifications. While applying for the post, Miley indicated on his resume that he was a certified public accountant, although his certification had lapsed. When questions were raised about Miley’s certification at a commission meeting in December, Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said he didn’t think Miley’s job description required certification. However, since October of last year, and as recently as Jan. 6, the lottery has paid $4,259 in fees and travel expenses for Miley to take classes toward regaining his CPA certification. The lottery is footing the bill, says staff attorney Bishop Woosley, because Legislative Audit and the Lottery Commission have requested Miley obtain an active license. “He is currently registered as a CPA,” Woosley said in an email. “40 CPE hours per year [are required to maintain the certification]. The lottery will pay to maintain his certification.”

The godly Tigers

n We noted an article in the Arkansas Baptist newspaper about the recruiting of Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier to play at Auburn next year. Josh Floyd, coach at Shiloh and son of Ronnie Floyd, pastor of the huge Cross Church in Springdale, told the Baptist Press that Frazier’s choice of Auburn included a spiritual reason and a relationship with Gus Malzahn, a coach at Auburn who once coached at Shiloh Christian. The article said Frazier picked Auburn “since Malzahn and other coaches there are Christians, giving a spiritual dimension to Auburn that is different than most college football programs.” Get right with God, coaches.

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n At press time, no formal notice had been issued, but the Times wanted to let others know about the death last Sunday of George Campbell, 78, a retired partner of the Rose Law Firm. The Piggott native’s practice was in business law, bonds particularly. He was on a longanticipated cruise to Antarctica when he became ill and was hospitalized in Punta Arenas, Chile where he died while being treated for internal bleeding. He was a friend. His genial manner and informed opinion on wide-ranging topics (Arkansas constitutional revision was one project on his resume) will be deeply missed. Arrangements are pending.

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Smart talk The new minority n The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported last week after the release of 2010 Census data that whites were in the minority in Little Rock for the first time. Some of that depends on what you mean by white. Little Rock’s population of more than 193,000 was 48.9 percent white, with a majority something else, according to the Census. Blacks accounted for 42.3 percent of the population. But who are the rest, about 9 percent of the population? The largest segment of the remainder are a blend of other, unspecified races. Odds are that many of these are Latino, though

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8 Striking back

that is not considered a race for Census purposes. Latinos now make up more than 6 percent of city population. But it seems a safe guess that, for political purposes, whites are about equivalent in number to blacks and Latinos in Little Rock. It is a fact not reflected on the Little Rock Board of Directors. Seven of its 10 members are white, as is Mayor Mark Stodola. Three are black. None is Latino. The declining white population in Little Rock and the rise in “minority” populations seem likely to hold political significance in years ahead, perhaps in the continuing desire among some minority groups to see all the city leadership elected by ward. Now, three seats are elected at-large.

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Legislation is in the works to put stiffer penalties on graffiti. Gang graffiti in Springdale is behind the bill. — By Doug Smith

12 Crazy times

It’s not just that politics in Arkansas have grown more conservative. They’ve grown more fearful and conspiratorial, too. The Tea Party will be heard, for good or ill. — By Gerard Matthews

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End the congressional bunkhouse n A watchdog group called last week for the end of a practice by at least 33 members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock, of using their offices as residences in Washington to hold down their expenses. The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washignton, said Congress is “not a frat house.” CREW has complained to the Office of Congressional Ethics that in-office living could violate House rules, which prohibit use of office allowances for personal expenses. CREW said it also may amount to an unreported taxable fringe benefit. Congressmen, for example, must report as taxable income the value of their reserved parking spaces. If so, why not in-office housing? The live-ins add to the burden of the housekeeping and maintenance staffs, officials have said. At

SORE POINT: Nathan Bedford Forrest memorial in Memphis.

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BUNKING PARTYER: Tim Griffin is among those using his office as a residence. last count, 26 Republicans and seven Democrats were reported to be using their offices as bedrooms and using gym shower facilities.

The Argenta Community Theater celebrates its opening with a three-day fete. — By Lindsey Millar

DEPARTMENTS

n Confederate sympathizers in Mississippi have raised a ruckus by proposing a commemorative state license plate for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who later became a leader of the KKK. He remains controversial, too, for his troops slaughter of black Union troops’ and Southern unionists. As a result, memorials to him in Memphis and elsewhere have long been a sore point, particularly in the black community. His legacy in Arkansas is his namesake Forrest City, where he based operations while building a railroad from Little Rock to Memphis. No such proposal has been made in Arkansas. Yet. David O. Dodd, anyone?

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I fall back on often. “Sgt. John Law with the Washington County sheriff’s office said he and other deputies were searching county roads Thursday for anyone who may have been stranded in a vehicle, much like the state police was doing along highways.” That “was” may be strictly correct, but when I read “state police,” I see a bunch of troopers. I can no more say “The state police was doing” than “The Razorbacks is leading.” And so, to return to the original question, to me “The Heights were white.” And still is.

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Words VOLUME 37, NUMBER 24

n “The Heights [a Little Rock neighborhood] were white.” A reader asks “Why not ‘The Heights was white’? It is singular, or is it?” I’m sure there are people who could answer that question yes or no with confidence, and perhaps even a smaller group whose confidence would be justified. I’m not among those people. Questions such as this make me feel like the umpire who, faced with a difficult ballor-strike decision, declared the pitch too close to call. Success With Words, a usage manual I rely heavily on, says “The conventions of English usage relating to grammatical number — the use of singular and plural forms — are more complex and flexible than might be expected. Rather than attempt to analyze the underlying rules in 4 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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all their permutations, we shall cite some typical examples of correct, debatable, and wrong or awkward choices ...” True to its word, SSW proceeds to give us a couple of pages worth of close calls, such as “An average of 400 people has participated in the weekend searches ... ” Here, the manual says “Probably the writer considered ‘have’ but edited it to ‘has’; this is strictly correct but ‘have’ is more natural and equally correct.” “More natural” is what I mean when I refer to my “sounds right” rule, which

n Harold Freeman writes: “A slightly drunk person is said to be ‘tight’. Why? Wouldn’t a more appropriate word be ‘loose’?” Easier questions, please.

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Joe Williams was a year out of high school in 1965 and had just been drafted in to the Army when the Forrest City police arrested him and hundreds of other youths and detained him in the drained Civic Center swimming pool. Williams and others who still live in Forrest City will talk about the student marches and subsequent detention that distant September at “The Roll Call” event at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Forrest City Civic Center. The Observer found out about the event during a visit to the Butler Center, where we ran into event organizer and history buff Shirley Harvell. Harvell was looking for documents on the Sept. 17 arrests of nearly 200 students and supporters and subsequent arrests of 120 or so more who were marching on City Hall to protest unequal education at the all-black Lincoln High School. After Forrest City police filled the city jail with students, they decided to put the rest in the fenced-in swimming pool. The students were held in the pool from 4 p.m. on Friday to 6 or 7 p.m. the following day, Harvell said. Williams — who knew that the Army would be whisking him up and over to Vietnam soon — joined a second group of protestors on Sept. 21. That group of 60 or so were arrested, put in a cattle truck still coated with manure and hauled to the pool, where they spent four hours. His group was later moved to the dressing rooms at the pool, where cots were provided. Police “treated us like we were less than dogs,” Williams said. The National Guard provided meals, he recalled. Some of those arrested were sent to a prison farm at Luxora in Mississippi County, Harvell said. In telling the story, Williams laughed. The pool was for whites only. “We weren’t even allowed to look at that pool,” he said. Black farmers borrowed money against their land to bond the students out, Williams said. John Walker, the activist African-American lawyer who now serves as a representative in the Arkansas legislature, tried to get the case against the students moved to federal court, but federal Judge Gordon Young remanded it back to Forrest City, saying that authorities there had not violated the

plaintiffs’ civil rights. It was not the first time Williams, a retired welder, took part in the civil rights movement. He and a group tried to integrate the Forrest City bowling alley in 1964. “We got spit on and one guy threw a [bowling] ball,” he said. “I ain’t seen so many white folks in all my life … we don’t know how we got out of there.” He said the bowling alley later burned down. He figures white folks didn’t want to bowl there any more. So how are things today in Forrest city? “Totally different from what it was back then. We got a black mayor, there are black people on the city council and different boards … things are better.” Not perfect, he said, better. Harvell is still searching for records generated during the arrests. The St. Francis County Courthouse, the police department, the sheriff’s department and the prosecutor’s office have none. The name of the event — Roll Call — Harvell explained: She’s honoring the “unknown heroes” of the civil rights movement “and pulling them into the light.”

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The Observer tends to get in ruts when it comes to clothing. Example: the last few years, we’ve been wearing the same shoe — same color (saddle brown), same style (smooth toe, six eyelet), same brand. We do swap out with a black shoe, but mostly it’s old brownies. We’ve been through three pairs now. Junior recently bought a pair that are pretty much identical to his Old Man’s. The other day, after The Boy had shuffled off to school, The Observer tore the house apart looking for our shoes. Finally deciding that the elves had taken them away for repairs, we settled for black. That night, when we got home, Spouse told us why they were missing: Junior, in his rush for school, had inadvertently put on Pop’s kicks. It should be noted that he wears a size 10, while The Observer wears a sizeable 13. It tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Junior that when we asked if he noticed, he said he did eventually, but assumed his feet had somehow mysteriously shrunk in the night. Ah, to be young, and still live in a world with magic in it!

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mandatory open carry of firearms for personal protection during class. — RPG Fan

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The pro-gun movement has been ascendant for the last 20 years and pressing their agenda without much effective opposition. However, open carry ultimately strikes me as the kind of over-reach a movement that lacks an effective “natural predator” (if you will) engages in and ultimately there is a backlash. — Co led

This is a stupid idea. Either get rid of the darn thing or move out of the way. All Anne’s bill is guaranteeing is a useless state agency that will have no reason for existing except to run a gaming business. A minimum would mean that lottery sales would drop to about the point where it only generated enough to pay the winners and pay the employees with about enough left for about 4 scholarships. — arkansastraveler

Sources sought Regarding the editorial in the Jan. 26 Arkansas Times, “Austin Learning Limits”: Please identify your sources for 1)  the quote by former President George W. Bush, 2)  the death of “the last member of the UT faculty who could speak Spanish” and 3)  the implication by the UA official that “the newcomers need much remediation.”  I first thought that the article was a “tongue-in-cheek” article but could find no indicator of that. Brenda Albright From the Internet

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Last week, Sen. John Boozman committed to supporting legislation that lets the nation’s biggest global warming polluters, like coal-fired power plants, continue to threaten our health and pollute our environment without limit.  Left unchecked, global warming will threaten Arkansas’s environment and our health in many ways, including extreme rainfall and flooding that can contaminate our food and drinking supplies and degraded air quality which can lead to increased heart and lung disease such as asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to implement new clean air standards for the biggest global warming polluters. But Sen. Boozman and other legislators are trying to let big polluters off the hook.    I urge Sen. Mark Pryor to work with EPA to ensure a clean and safe environment for all, not to reverse years of science and thoughtful implementation of our most important clean air laws.   Heather Emmert Environment America

Blogging voices Comments on a variety of topics on our Arkansas Blog in recent days: On the 2010 Census, which said whites are now in the minority in Little Rock: Welcome to the future. — Silverback On a watchdog group’s complaint about congressmen, including U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock, using their offices as living quarters: It has grossed me out to no end thinking what would happen to office buildings in general if this practice was taken up by the ordinary Joe. There’s a reason for zoning rules, and being a member of Congress doesn’t change that. There’s nothing symbolic or admirable about this practice. Just ridiculous!!! If you don’t want to live in DC 6 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

Defeat of proposed legislation to allow open carry of handguns in Arkansas: What our educational system needs is to put God back in the schools through the holy trinity of 1) mandatory prayer to Jesus, 2) mandatory Pledge of Allegiance, and 3)

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So are Clemmer and Jerry Cox going to pay scholarship for all the students who can’t afford school who are attending now because of the lottery? — any*mouse Are all of you suggesting that there is no percentage that could be guaranteed for scholarships?  If not 35 percent like Clemmer proposes, how about 22 percent, the existing amount? What about 10 percent? What about 1 percent? You get my point. Surely there is some percentage that could be agreed upon, or else it is simply ridiculous to call it a “scholarship lottery.” — Hume N. Bein

Freedom lost On Feb. 27, 1933, the Reichstag, the seat of Democracy in Germany, burned to the ground. Adolf Hitler used this incident to declare martial law in Germany and suspend many of the rights of German citizens. He blamed the communists, and began his march to war. Hitler’s propaganda czar, Josef Goebbels, began a media campaign designed to separate the people of Germany into groups. On Sept.11, 2001, The World Trade Centers were destroyed. George Bush used this incident to pass the Patriot Act, and suspend many of the rights of American citizens. He blamed Al Qaeda, and began his march to war. Bush’s propaganda czar, Rupert Murdoch, began a media campaign designed to separate the people of America into groups. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Please remember my brothers and sisters, we are all Americans. What makes us Americans is not race, nor religion; it is the desire to be free. If you think you are protecting your freedom by giving up your rights, you have already lost your freedom. Power to the people. Butch Stone Maumelle n Submit letters to The Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is maxbrantley@arktimes. com. We also accept faxes at 375-3623. Please include a hometown and telephone number.


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The STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. It denied an expansion plan by the Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle, which has failed to serve minority students as it promised and which hasn’t demonstrated betterthan-typical test scores. After 10 years, the board finally is getting tough on broken charter school promises. The ENVIRONMENT. Rep. Kathy Webb and others introduced a package of bills aimed at better air and water protection during the drilling for natural gas. ELVIS. The black-and-tan coonhound owned by a Pearcy couple was judged best of his breed at the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Will Bond, a former legislator from Jacksonville, was elected the new state party chair. LITTLE ROCK DIVERSITY. The 2010 Census reports that whites are now in the minority in the state’s capital, accounting for 48 percent of the population. Blacks, at 42 percent, and other minorities are now the majority. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

GUN NUTS. A bill to allow open carry of handguns, Gunsmoke-style, was killed in House committee and Republicans led the criticism. Concerns linger that the gun lobby will clean up the measure and try again. ON THE OTHER HAND: The gun nuts moved a step closer to complete evisceration of home rule with a bill that passed the Senate and headed to the House to exempt local governments from any laws on guns, even in states of emergency. It would also prohibit lawsuits by local governments on behalf of the public for gun damages. U.S. REP. TIM GRIFFIN. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington complained that Griffin and several dozen other members of Congress were breaking House rules and receiving a taxable benefit by using their offices as living quarters. 8 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

CLEANING UP: The city pays.

No tolerance for graffiti Springdale means business. BY DOUG SMITH

n Many cities have a graffiti problem. Few respond as forcefully as Springdale. The city has bought an $11,000 piece of equipment, and assigned one city employee, making $12 an hour, to fulltime graffiti removal. The city attorney, Jeff Harper, has drafted legislation that would give law enforcement more firepower to use against the parents of juvenile “taggers.” That bill (HB 1010) is now in the Judiciary Committee of the state House of Representatives. It’s sponsored by Rep. Jon Woods of Springdale. The city leaps on graffiti as soon as it’s discovered. “The sooner you get it off, the more discouraging it is to taggers,” says Sam Goade, Springdale’s public works director.

“The sooner you get it off, the more discouraging it is to taggers.” “A graffiti tagger wants his work to be seen. If they put it on at 9 o’clock Monday night, and we’re taking it off by 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, they’ve pretty well wasted their time.” “Every incident of graffiti is investigated by the Police Department,” Goade said. “When they’re done, they issue a work order.” The removal apparatus is a trailermounted high-pressure sprayer that can heat

the water to very high temperatures. There’s a sandblaster attachment. Graffiti is removed at no cost to the property owner. Until last year, a property owner was required by the city to remove graffiti at his own expense. “The onus of cleaning up graffiti fell on the victim,” says Mayor Doug Sprouse. “That didn’t seem right.” (In Little Rock, and most other Arkansas cities, the owner of private property still is responsible for removing graffiti. Most of these cities don’t have a graffiti problem the size of Springdale’s.) Harper said there’d been a big increase in graffiti at Springdale in the last four or five years. Goade said that graffiti is “kind of cyclical,” but in good weather, the city might have three or four incidents a day. Most of the taggers are Latino, Harper said, “but we’ve caught some white males too.” The Latino population of Springdale has increased greatly in recent years. Some of the graffiti is gang-related, Harper said, and some more an attempt to be artistic. HB 1010 says that up to $5,000 in civil damages can be collected from the parents of anyone under 18 who defaces, damages or destroys property. Previously, civil damages could be awarded only if property was destroyed. Parents of young taggers already can be held liable in juvenile court, but liability in civil court “gives us another tool,” Harper said. “California has a law like this. They’re years ahead of us in dealing with graffiti.” Taggers may be prosecuted as adults or juveniles, depending on the circumstances. Harper said that if his office prosecutes a tagger as an adult, “We seek one year in jail. That’s the maximum.” The prosecuting attorney handles juvenile court prosecutions. A juvenile court might order a tagger to clean off what he’s done and repaint the property.

Student released from detention Peruvian-born Honors College student back at UA. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK

n Jonathan Chavez, the University of Arkansas Honors College student who was identified as being an alien during a random Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweep in Florida and detained in Fort Lauderdale for nearly two months, was released Feb. 4 on $1,000 bond and has returned to Fayetteville to

resume his studies. ICE officials stopped Chavez, 21, a native of Peru, as he got off a bus in Florida; he was on his way to visit his mother, who has legal residency, at Christmas. Jonathan’s parents moved from Peru Continued on page 9

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to Rogers on tourist visas when Jonathan was in middle school. They have since divorced and remarried; Chavez’ father and younger sister also are legal residents. They did not apply for residency for Jonathan because of bad legal advice, Chavez’ Fort Lauderdale lawyer, Sandra Lambert, has said. The senior voice major, who graduated with a 4.0 grade point average from high school in Rogers and now has a 3.8 at the U of A, was released Feb. 4 by ICE. He returned to Fayetteville last week. Lambert, Chavez’ attorney, told the Times she did not know why ICE had decided to release Lambert; she was preparing for a bond hearing set for Feb. 17. She speculated that ICE acted because of publicity in the case or because Chavez has applied for deferred action on his deportation. Chavez said in a post on the Facebook page “Praying for Jonathan Chavez,” set up by supporters in December, that he hopes the Department of Homeland Security will transfer his deferral hearing to Arkansas. Chavez “is an all-around good kid,” Lambert said, the kind of person “deferred action is intended for.” She said he would have been a “prime candidate” for the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act. That proposal, defeated in Congress last year, would have allowed undocumented persons who arrive in the United States as minors to apply for permanent residency after completing two years in college or the military. A member of Christ on Campus ministry at the U of A and a former counselor at Camp War Eagle in the Ozarks, Chavez participated in several Bible study groups in the detention facility. He told a friend he met at Camp Ozark who is now a youth minister in Wichita, Kan., that “it was the best Christmas break he ever had.” Chavez was convinced that God was working through the ICE officials. In a post thanking his supporters that he made after his release on the “Praying for Jonathan” site Chavez wrote, “Best winter break I ever had. I was able to share God’s love, how great is that?” Bob McMath, dean of the Honors College, said the university had asked Homeland Security to allow Chavez to be released on bond so he could continue his studies. But like Chavez’ lawyer Lambert, he was surprised that release came before the scheduled bond hearing. Chavez is legally enrolled at the university as a paying student. McMath said he could not say whether Chavez was getting tuition assistance from private funds.

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Conspiracy theories emerge in political debates. BY GERARD MATTHEWS

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epublicans made huge gains in the November election so it was certain that conservative issues would gain more prominence. But there’s conservative and there’s, well, out there. Bicycle paths are evil? Mind-altering chemicals are being put in water supplies, as one legislator suggested in pushing an anti-flouridation bill? There’s a shadowy UN-backed effort to regulate land use in the Lake Maumelle watershed? Even staunch conservative Republicans have shown trepidation about some segments of the right end of the spectrum. Several, for example, led the successful committee effort to kill an open-carry handgun bill by Rep. Denny Altes of Fort Smith, though they took pains to profess allegiance to the Second Amendment. Rep. Loy Mauch’s anti-flouridation bill failed. And some have distanced themselves from the loudest eruptions by Secure Arkansas, the group working to impose harsh limits on undocumented immigrants. Secure Arkansas blasted Republican leader Rep. John Burris. Though he supports their anti-immigrant legislation, Burris wasn’t deemed sufficiently harsh in his criticism of Gov. Mike Beebe for opposing it. The mainstream of the new Republican political force is no friend of illegal immigrants or abortion or just about anything proposed by President Barack Obama, particularly the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But a new dimension of the debate is the certainty that a small contingent of even more dedicated rightwingers — from the Tea Party to Secure Arkansas and other groups — will be heard, on the strength of noise level alone, at every branch of government, from the city up to the Capitol. Impact and longevity remain to be seen.

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arly one Saturday morning in January, approximately 40 people gathered in a conference room at KARN studios in Little Rock to learn about becoming a part of conservative talk show host Dave Elswick’s “Eye Team,” a group of citizen-journalists that would help Elswick and KARN keep an eye on the government. Kerry Baldwin, of the nominally non-partisan American Majority group, led the discussion. The group listened with rapt attention as they learned how to set up blogs, Facebook pages and Wikis. They asked questions in response to Republican strategist Clint Reed’s briefing on the legislative process. “Can’t they just introduce a bill to cut spending?” one woman asked. “Just get them to stop building bike trails,” someone in the back of the room joked. Many in the room were affiliated with Tea Party organizations and were genuinely excited about the chance to learn how to keep their local politicians accountable. But a conservative outlook wasn’t the only thing this group shared. Overwhelmingly, those who left their beds early on a Saturday to learn how to blog about the government were white (save for one man) and, with the exception of conservative blogger Jason Tolbert and a couple of others, between the ages of 45 and 65. They seemed to share a common feeling — a defensive and pervasive dread that things were not going the way they should, that times were changing too fast and something had to be done. Given the demographic represented, it seemed strange. After all, older, white, Christian Americans are, historically speaking, the least-oppressed group in the country’s history. But their frustration, their feeling that they had been backed into a corner or that someone had taken their place in line, was real. Statistics bear that out. Angie Maxwell is the Diane D. Blair Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She, along with other faculty, recently conducted the first ever Blair Rockefeller Poll, a nation-wide survey of 3,400 adults aimed at understanding political behavior and attitudes. Maxwell says the results, which have not yet been released, tell us some interesting things — some expected, some counterintuitive — about who makes up the Tea Party. “Only 8.6 percent of self-identified Tea Party members are unemployed,” she says. “That breaks down into both people who say that they’ve been laid off temporarily or have permanently lost their jobs. So this is obviously under the national average which is somewhat counterintuitive because some pundits say that this is a group that has been disproportionately affected by the bad economy. That lower unemployment number surprised me. It seems — and this is speculative — it’s not that they have been disproportionately affected by the economy right now; it’s that they really have a fear of falling. That who they are and what they represent is on its way out. And I think Obama symbolizes that to them in a lot of ways. That kind of fear is very, very real and it will cause people to become very politically active.” What else do we know about the Tea Party? According to the poll results, 10.6 percent of the population selfidentify as members. Of those, 85 percent are Christians, 91.4 percent are white, 63.2 percent are over the age of

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COLEMAN: “I believe we stand at the edge of the cliff of Socialism.” 45 and 57.8 percent are male. Some other things that might not come as a huge surprise: Tea Party members are extremely opposed to gay marriage and gay adoption, nearly 68 percent think President Obama’s religion is something other than Christian and when asked questions about the future (Will things be better in a year, for example) Tea Party members were the most pessimistic group surveyed, even more so than African-Americans in the South, the demographic with the highest unemployment rate.

THE TEA PARTY. BY THE NUMBERS. 10.6 percent of the population self-identify as Tea Party members. Of those:

85 percent are Christian. 91 percent are white. 63 percent are over the age of 45. 58 percent are male. 68 percent believe Obama’s religion

is something other than Christian.

SOURCE: THE BLAIR ROCKEFELLER POLL.

Things you might not have known? One general impression is that the Tea Party movement is a Southern thing. It’s not. Maxwell says it’s a national movement and people are just as likely to identify with the Tea Party in the North as the South. And according to the polling data, they’re the most politically sophisticated group as well. “We had a panel of questions in the poll that asked facts about the government,” Maxwell says. “In this particular poll, we asked for three different people’s jobs: Joe Biden, Eric Holder and John Roberts. The Tea Party members get those answers correct almost two to one over the rest of the population. You’ve got to be pretty engaged to know the name of the attorney general.” So why is this important? Maxwell says the rise of the Tea Party is likely to have huge implications for party politics in the United States. “If what’s really driving this is a reaction against Barack Obama, whether it’s because he’s another Ivy League educated politician, or mixed race, or whatever he represents to them, when he’s out of office in 2013 or 2017, then we will see the Tea Party trickle down and fall apart. So that’s important to Democrats and Republicans. It’s important to Republicans because you don’t want to move so far towards the Tea Party that you lose the middle. If you move that far to absorb them all and then they dwindle and disappear, then you’re so far right the question becomes can you still capture the middle? “On the other hand, if what’s driving them is not a reaction against Obama, if it’s real issues that defy any presidency, then they do have to be absorbed into the Republican Party and the GOP is going to have to make that shift or compete with them. So it’s important to know what’s driving them. Not because we want to point a finger and say, this is a racist movement, because that’s not the purpose. But Obama is a trigger for them. If Obama Continued on page 12 www.arktimes.com • FEBRUARY 16, 2011 11


supports it, or his name is on it, the Tea Party is overwhelmingly against it.”

n December, a group of Tea Party activists led by Debbie Pelley of Jonesboro rallied behind an issue they saw as critical, one that might eventually take the small college town toward communism or socialism: the creation of bicycle paths. A town forum was held to discuss the possibility of using federal grant money to create bike paths connecting different parts of the city, including the mall and sports facilities. But the comments made at the meeting were about something else. One woman said, “I think this means that in the future we’ll all live in small communities and compounds.” Another man said the government had no place to force citizens “to have a community where we can all live, work, and play.” “I think it’s socialism, communism, yes, when you get a dictatorship involved,” Pelley said during a phone interview. “If you go back and read the agenda that the communists have written, it sounds exactly like the same verbiage that the Smart Growth group is putting out. The reason I see it as socialism and communism is they’re deceiving the people… So, they’re deceiving people and making people think that bikeways are for recreation and they’re not for recreation at all. It’s for transportation.” David McAvoy, author of the blog Blue Arkansas, covered the meeting and posted a video to YouTube that has since racked up nearly 4,000 views. He says that as the meeting went on, it became clear what was motivating those who showed up to speak against the bike paths. “I had an epiphany while I was filming that video,” McAvoy says. “These people were being driven by fear. Fear is an emotion. It’s irrational. When you’re overwhelmed by that, it does something to your mind. It impacts your ability to make rational decisions and assumptions. These people were up there carrying on about this stuff that had no basis in reality or fact. Anybody that could put two and two together could sit there and listen to this stuff and put it together and say, ‘This doesn’t make sense.’ ” Pelley disagrees though she does admit that what she sees as a U.N. plot to force people into cities is a little scary. “They’re trying to make us fear things by saying that global warming is going to destroy the world and all that sort of stuff and they put out all the things to fear. I don’t think we deal in fear half as much as the leftists do,” she says. “When you’re looking at the department of transportation’s website and what they say, how can you not recognize that? On the DOT’s website, they say that when you do streets, you have to do complete streets. You have to include bike ways and walk ways. How is that frightening anybody if that’s the truth? If that’s the truth then they should be frightened.” At a later city council meeting, the bike path plan was approved without much fanfare. McAvoy says it should serve as an example to those who wish to fight back against harsh right-wing rhetoric. “I think there’s going to be a little bit of a backlash,” 12 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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BALANCE: Stacks says the county needs to protect property rights and water quality. McAvoy says. “I would hope that reasonable people would be willing to band together with those of us who are progressive. We have to work on getting mobilized to combat this in our politics. We’ve shown in Jonesboro, which is not a progressive community by any stretch of the imagination, that we can push it back here. That tells me it could be done anywhere.”

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ate last year, at a public hearing in Perry County held by Central Arkansas Water to discuss possible landuse regulations in the Lake Maumelle watershed, a woman stood up to ask a question of CAW director of watershed management Martin Maner. “Mr. Maner do you have sustainability on your website?” “I said I don’t think we do, but I’m not sure,” Maner says. “And she said, ‘You’re either stupid or lying.’ After the official public hearing presentation, I was asked to come back up and answer some questions and elaborate. Then she got up again and she said, ‘Mr. Maner, you can take your Marxist-Leninist philosophy, put it in your secular humanist briefcase and take it back across the Pulaski County line.’ Is that not rich or what?” Tea Party politics could come into play in Pulaski County as government and water utility officials try to come up with a plan to implement some form of landuse regulation in the watershed, a source of drinking water for 400,000 Arkansans. Shane Stacks, a Tea Partybacked Republican is serving his first term as a member of the Pulaski Quorum Court, the county governing body. Attempts at establishing a land-use plan in the past have been met with some resistance from a quorum court reluctant to place too many restrictions on property owners in the watershed. The watershed issue has landed in the sights of Secure Arkansas, the anti-immigration group whose focus has broadened to other issues. In an email sent to Secure Ar-

kansas members in late December, Jeannie Burlsworth, founder of the group, warned of U.N. efforts to meddle in the watershed. Burlsworth wrote, “This is about a new political system is [sic] called “Sustainable Development/UN Agenda 21.” Sustainable Development is the infrastructure being used to transfer America from a Republic into a Fascist, Communist order. If this watershed policy is instituted under the regional program, it will destroy our traditional state boundaries and usher in a transformed system of governance that abolishes private property. This will enable the globalist water masters to start working towards achieving centralized World Bank objectives which will severely limit our individual water use. Regionalization is Communism and this is a political method to advance economic Fascism. If you care about property rights and individual freedom, you must attend one or both of these meetings.” “Agenda 21 is an agenda by the U.N. to promote sustainability,” Maner says. “And if you don’t have sustainability, with our population expansion, it’s not going to last. It’s just common sense, but they think it’s a plan to take people’s land away from them.” For people who have worked to protect the water quality in Lake Maumelle, this is the cause of some concern. Kate Althoff is part of a group called Citizens Protecting Maumelle Watershed. How the quorum court looks at the issue will be key to passing meaningful regulations, she says. “This is shaping up to be quite an interesting process that will come up this spring,” Althoff says. “I’ve been to the public hearings and it’s amazing how some people connect these dots in their heads. There’s no logic to it. But they’ve been very effective in lobbying, getting citizens to lobby their elected officials. I’m concerned now that we’re showing up on their radar because they’re going to lobby the quorum court, which was very reluctant to go into this kind of land use planning in the first place.” Stacks said he’s been told by numerous people to keep


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an eye out for any U.N. influence on what happens in the watershed. He is, like most conservatives, concerned about protecting property rights, but says he believes the county can find a balance between letting property owners do what they want with their land and protecting water quality. “If you’re going to mess with people’s property rights then you better make sure there’s a darn good reason,” he says. “And make sure it’s as limited as possible. Only do what’s absolutely necessary. Do not increase government unless it’s absolutely necessary. The plan that I’ve read so far, I’m not saying it does or doesn’t do that, but I’m not convinced it’s a perfect plan. They may be trying to mess with people’s property rights a little bit too much. If someone says, you can’t have a junkyard and you can’t have a pig farm right next to Lake Maumelle, then yeah, that makes sense… When it really comes down to it, am I going to allow the watershed to get polluted just so the property owners can do anything they want without regard to the rest of society? No, of course not.”

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f course, the real question is what kind of lasting impact the Tea Party and other right wing organizations will have in the long run. The answer? Well, it depends on who you ask. Debbie Pelley says she’s definitely not going anywhere. “I don’t have a crystal ball so I don’t know,” she says. “All I know is that where I used to have one or two people in the community that I could call on to do something, now I’ve probably got 50. So I think a lot of people are awakening and there’s a good chance that it’ll spread, that they’ll be able to do the research and get the information out there. That’s all I think we need for the conservatives to win, personally. I believe that liberals have to deceive the people to get their legislation in.” Maxwell says the lasting impact of Tea Party movement depends on what’s driving it, but the movement is following a familiar third-party formula. “Nobody is sure if this is a real third party that will continue to contend and run people as a separate group or if this is passing,” she says. “It’s obviously a real thing. And it fits a very specific thirdparty movement pattern to me and the data shows that. “If you’re mad, for whatever reason — whether it’s legitimate or not — then your option in this country is to get with

other people that are mad, form a party, educate yourself and vote. That’s every single thing this group is doing. Let’s organize. Let’s vote so we’re heard. That’s the model they’re using. If you were starting a grass-roots movement, then that’s what you would do. It’s following very recommended moves for third parties. You start running people at the low levels for candidates. Don’t leave anybody running uncontested. It’s very text book. And you will be taken seriously. So CNN is now airing their response to the state of the union. They doesn’t happen unless you’re organized and you vote.“ Stacks admits that a large part of the Tea Party movement is a backlash against Barack Obama and what they see as too much change too quickly, but says the sentiment behind the movement will last for some time. “I’ve been surprised to see that after the election, in some ways it even kicked up,” Stacks says. “They said, ‘The election’s over, now the real work begins. We have to hold people accountable and we have to get ready for the next election cycle.’ I think it’s lasting. Ten years from now, will it still be called the Tea Party? I don’t know. It might get absorbed into the larger consciousness where it’s not as visible.” Last week, former Senate candidate Curtis Coleman spoke to a small gathering of Tea Party members at the group’s monthly meeting, held at the Acxiom building in downtown Little Rock. He talked about the American Revolution, the increasing size of the government, the decline of personal liberties and warned against “black-robed revisionist judges” and legislators more concerned with “protecting their pecking order than protecting the private property and lives of our citizens.” “I believe that we stand at the edge of the cliff of socialism and we look down into the dry gulf of tyranny and despotism,” Coleman said. “We must stand and say, ‘We will not be pushed any farther down this cliff.’ Many of you are being called racists, and bigots and Islamaphobes and homophobes and every other kind of phobe you can imagine for no other reason than you stand for a limited government, and for personal responsibility, and liberty and freedom guaranteed in the Constitution. And in spite of the criticisms, and in spite of the accusations, we must not be discouraged, we must not be deterred and we must not give up.” Everyone applauded and an “Amen” could be heard over the din.

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Editorial n As always, the legislature has found time for frivolity — a new state motto, Ronald Reagan’s birthday, etc. — but it has dealt with substantive issues as well. And handled them not too badly, so far. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee killed a bill that would have allowed handguns to be carried openly. This may have been the first time ever that the Arkansas legislature rejected a bill backed by the National Rifle Association. It’s possible the NRA was not devoting full muscle to the bill, aware that the recent shootings in Arizona have made this not the ideal time to weaken gun laws, but it was on record for the legislation. House Judiciary walks tall. Matt Dillon would have approved. The legislature rebuffs the anti-abortion lobby about as seldom as the pro-gun lobby. But the House Public Health Committee has, by adoption of a hostile amendment, apparently killed a bill that was intended to keep state funds from being used for abortions under the new federal health-care law. One anti-abortion legislator was so offended he wrote a letter accusing Governor Beebe of misconduct in connection with the bill. The governor, he charged, was guilty of having tried to influence legislators on a matter of public policy. Guilty of being governor — is that grounds for impeachment? Both houses have approved legislation for modest reform in the area of legislative ethics. The bill would prohibit legislators from serving as lobbyists until a year after their legislative term ended, and would require the lawmakers to use the most economical form of transportation when attending out-of-state meetings. Should have been stronger, but even the longest trip to a legislative conference begins with a single step.

Brazen in Washington n While state legislators were behaving responsibly, the Arkansas congressional delegation eschewed such conduct, instead calling for greater sacrifice by the poor, the sick and the elderly. The four Republicans in the delegation — Boozman, Crawford, Griffin and Womack — demanded that President Obama propose large budget cuts for Social Security and Medicare (though offering no specifics on those cuts themselves), and the two Democrats — Pryor and Ross — didn’t argue, apparently intimidated. The Republican message to Obama is “We want to whack the needy, but we want to blame you for it.” It’s an offer the president is wisely refusing, though he’s otherwise been much too tolerant of Republican mischief. Whenever congressional Republicans talk about “reform” — “entitlement reform, tort reform,” whatever — they’re looking backward, not forward, back to the days when corporations ruled the earth, and the common man suffered in silence.

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DECADE: New Life Church celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary this weekend at Verizon Arena with a performace by Kris Allen. In 10 years, the church has expanded to multiple locations and boasts more than 10,000 members.

Welfare Cadillacs n Arkansas lawmakers are still intent on lavishing welfare checks on the undeserving. No, not poor folks. Even though the budget is tight, many lawmakers are pushing for new tax breaks, particularly to benefit corporations. And the desire to lavish welfare on corporate executives doesn’t end with tax breaks. There’s a movement afoot to amend the Constitution to allow diversion of sales tax revenue to private businesses, even retail stores. Jefferson County just last week approved a sales tax for a local corporate welfare slush fund. The magic words used to justify the giveaways are “economic development.” Cut taxes enough, give away enough tax money and prosperity will pour down on bedraggled Jefferson County and the rest of Arkansas. The belief in this theory, particularly among politicians supported by fat cats who want the taxpayers’ dough, is strong. It just happens to be wrong. Study after study has debunked corporate welfare as a driver of economic prosperity. But corporations like handouts and thousands of people are employed in the business of funneling such loot to the unneedy. Just in time for legislative deliberation is a study from the Iowa Fiscal Partnership. It’s written by Peter Fisher, an emeritus professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa and research director of the Iowa Policy Project. His Ph.D. in economics specialized in public finance. The report is available on-line and goes into much more detail than I can repeat, but I’ll boil it down. • State corporate taxes are such a small part of the cost of doing business that differences are usually trivial from state to state. • States with low taxes don’t have more rapid growth, where other factors are equal. • Since tax breaks are costly, they must be offset by increases in other taxes or cuts in state services. The latter option can increase business costs and negatively affect growth.

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• Even worse are local incentives (think the growing fad of assessing local sales taxes for corporate welfare slush funds). These might affect a business decision within a metro area, but produce no benefit for the state as a whole or even the local labor market. “State governments should not facilitate such beggar-thy-neighbor competition,” Fisher writes. • Tax breaks are costly and if they are simply a windfall for an already growing company, they will have no effect on growth. “In fact, the loss of public sector employment and purchasing power brought about by the tax breaks will have a detrimental effect on sectors dependent on local consumer purchases.” In a nutshell, Fisher says claims about a tie between state tax rates and growth “are vastly overblown and sometimes completely misleading. Business tax breaks turn out to be an expensive and inefficient way to attempt to stimulate a state economy.” Don’t tell it to Arkansas legislators, who think that elimination of the capital gains tax would transform the Natural State into another Silicon Valley. They forget that capital follows yields and there’s still not a great promise of high yield in a poorly educated state with spotty infrastructure and an inability, if not reluctance, to invest in quality of life. But don’t all states play the corporate welfare game? Indeed. Let them, Fisher writes. He counsels, “… pursue instead a smarter and more cost-effective approach to economic development that focuses on long-run fundamentals: quality education, job training and infrastructure.” If only.


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The root of deficits n Not long ago, governments were running such big surpluses that they were cutting taxes and paying down old debt. Suddenly, spending is so out of control that, to stave off bankruptcy, Congress and the states are slashing popular programs like nutrition for infants and pregnant women, home heating help for the aged and poor, environmental protection, medical research and school meals. We all have to share in the sacrifice, explained Sen. Mark Pryor, who seems to support this form of economizing, though he might have further explained that people at the top will not be sacrificing but gaining. People who haven’t had time to pay attention to the fiscal rhythms must wonder, what in the world happened? What accounts for the revolutionary spending binge in Washington and state capitals? Our bustling neighbor, Texas, run for years by conservative Republicans, has to cut $27 billion, and it’s going to take it out of schools, colleges and medical care for children and the poor. To get into the game, the emboldened Republican minority in the Arkansas legislature is scratching around for services to eliminate. Arkansas has no budget crisis, but with the help of a few Democrats they can create one like Texas’s in a couple of years. The revolution was not in spending but in propaganda. The people who loved Ronald Reagan’s mantra about smothering government carried the day in the last election. They have their chance now to get the government’s boot off the necks of the rich and big business. Runaway government spending on so-

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cial programs or even on banks and General Motors is not the cause of the federal or state deficits. Mainly, it is a dramatic decline in government revenues, owing to tax cuts and the deepest, longest recession in 70 years engendered by these conservatives. The accompanying chart, prepared by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, provides the clearest depiction of the deficit I have seen. It is a little out of date because it does not reflect the tax deal by the Republicans and President Obama that makes the short-term deficit worse than it appears here. By extending tax cuts for the rich and lowering payroll taxes it deepens the hole in government revenues. The deep orange and blue waves represent the revenue loss from the Bush tax cuts and from the slump in tax receipts in the recession. The light orange and light blue waves represent increased government spending on the wars and on unemployment benefits and stimulus to generate economic activity. You will notice the black line along the bottom, which shows what the deficit would be without those factors—small to nonexistent. For the sake of simplicity, I suppose, the chart does not show the impact of the Republican Medicare drug law of 2004, which greatly increased the gov-

Four points on Justice Courtney Henry n Most of the reader requests I get lately ask me to write about Associate Justice Courtney Henry of the Arkansas Supreme Court. The young judge has just disclosed, as required by law, that she took nearly $100,000 worth of gifts from a trial lawyer in Texarkana, John Goodson, whom she identified to the press as her boyfriend. All right, then. Here are four points about Justice Henry: 1. I have no ethics-based accusation to make against her for having a boyfriend, even one who is loaded. I extend the benefit of the doubt that she and the lawyer are sweet on each other. I have no evidence that she is using her position on the Supreme Court to extort him or that he is using his money to bribe her. She has preemptively recused from his firm’s appeals.

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If they were to get married, and I am not saying and do not care, then gifts would be exempt from disclosure, since the state does not presume to get between a public official and the family Christmas tree. Would someone say they are not entitled to marry? I simply am not prepared to make political commentary about another’s courtship. 2. This is not the first time I have disappointed readers where Justice Henry is concerned.

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ernment payout to insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Without that and the other factors shown on the chart, surpluses would be piling up every year. In short, runaway spending on business regulation and safety-net programs is not even a minor cause of the budget crisis. Let’s take Texas. It’s in a jam not because the state has gone crazy helping the poor. Four years ago, the Republicans overhauled Texas taxes, sharply lowering property taxes and making up for it by massaging its old corporate franchise tax into something called a margins tax. It was supposed to produce a lot of money but, as you can imagine, it was filled with so many loopholes that it fell a few billion dollars

a year short of Gov. Rick Perry’s projections. So they’re bringing the ax down on the schools, Texas’s once-great university system, mental health services and medical care for the poor. As in Washington, the Republicaninspired fiscal crisis gives Texas conservatives what they always wanted: an excuse to eliminate programs for the general welfare. In Arkansas, we don’t have Washington’s or Texas’s problems, thanks appreciably to Mike Huckabee. Yes, him. For 10 years, while others were cutting taxes, he raised them so often that the government was rolling in money. He ought to run for president on that record.

During her Supreme Court campaign last year, I received several calls from lawyers wanting me to take her to task for asserting a special sensitivity on children’s issues, specifically adoption, because she herself was adopted. In fact, her mother divorced her father and remarried and then the second husband adopted young Courtney. I do not know how adopted one has to be to say one is adopted. Obviously she was not orphaned and her campaign rhetoric was imaginatively spun. But I kept struggling with the wording of a column: “Courtney Henry is asserting on the campaign trail that she was adopted as a child though, well, actually, she was adopted as a child, but … ” 3. I have alluded to this before, but this is a good time to say it again. I apologize to readers for having recommended Justice Henry’s election last year over John Fogleman. It was the second-worst endorsement I ever made, topped only by that of Mark Wilcox for secretary of state.

I did so only because Justice Henry was married into a prominent political family in Fayetteville for which I have great regard and respect. That she split the sheet with that family a few days after her election took away the only thing that commended her for the job. The trouble is that these are eight-year terms. 4. This unfortunate episode enhances the argument that we should not popularly elect these justices. The Bar Association should screen and advance candidates and the governor should nominate them subject to state Senate confirmation. I am not thinking that Justice Henry, whose courtroom experience is scant and who mostly has been an appeals judge’s clerk, would have been near the top of the Bar Association’s list. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • FEBRUARY 16, 2011 15


CONGRATULATIONS ROUND TWO WINNER

The Year of the Tiger Round Three - 2/17 10 Horse Johnson Brown Soul Shoes Ezra Lbs. Sea Nanners

Round Four - 2/24 No Hay de Que Mandy McBryde and the Unholy Ghost Thunder Thieves Ginsu Wives Round Five - 3/3 Brethren This Holy House Michael Leonard Witham The Pink Drapes

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Cornerstone to an arts district The Argenta Community Theater celebrates its mission with a weekend of events.

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rgenta Community Theater co-founders Vincent Insalaco and Judy Tenenbaum, who celebrate the grand opening of the theater with a weekend of events beginning on Thursday, want one thing to be clear: They do not have an agenda. Which is to say, the philanthropists and arts advocates are not opening a rival to The Rep on the north side of the river. Their newly restored space at 405 Main St. in downtown North Little Rock has excellent acoustics, a state-of-the-art sound system and sight-lines from the front door all the way to the stage, and Insalaco and Tenenbaum are passionate about theater. But their vision can’t be pigeonholed into the dramatic arts alone. In fact, it can’t be pigeonholed at all. Instead, perhaps the best way to think about the theater is from outside: ACT is a blank slate waiting for the community to fill it in. But that’s not to say that Insalaco and Tenenbaum are merely taking an “if you build it, they will come” tack. Rather,

they’ve created a non-profit model they expect to be self-sustaining and that, as far as they know, is wholly unique. To generate income, the building will serve as a multi-purpose facility for rent, equipped just as readily to host benefit dinners (accommodating nearly 250 people) and cocktail parties (300) as to stage national touring stage shows, concerts and film screenings. That money will in turn go into arts-geared scholarships and grants aimed at other non-profits and low-tomoderate income people of all ages. Already, they’ve rented the theater to the Little Rock Film Festival, both for its festival and for Arkansas Film Society events, scheduled to begin on a monthly basis starting in April; to the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival for a North Little Rock run of one of its plays; to Pulaski Tech for its theater productions, and to both Ballet Arkansas and the Festival Ballet of Arkansas. The Argenta United Methodist Church already meets in the theater every Sunday. The church, Pulaski Tech

and the Little Rock Film Festival are renting office space in the building as well. According to Insalaco, the Laman Library and The Rep plan to stage events and performances at ACT. Tenenbaum is hopeful that the theater can develop a partnership with the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. The renovation of the building, donated originally by Judy Tenenbaum’s ex-husband, Harold Tenenbaum, has been a $2.8 million project; Insalaco said that somewhere between 60 percent to 70 percent has already been paid off. He and Tenenbaum said they hope to pay off the project within a year through donations and rentals. Insalaco said they will find a way to “strike a balance financially” in the early going between paying off the building and developing the grant program. ACT strikes a balance with its opening festivities as well. On Thursday, the theater partners with the Little Rock Film Festival and the Oxford American to present “Scene One,” a free event available on a first-come-first-serve basis to those who

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pick up tickets at the theater from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday or Thursday. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a surprise film screening moderated by Philip Martin. Friday is “Scene Two,” an invitation-only dinner and dedication of the Sally Riggs Insalaco Theater, named for Insalaco’s late wife, who had a national and international career as a dancer and choreographer. The Opening Act Gala, on Saturday, is a $150-per-person event that will be attended by former President Bill Clinton, Mary Steenburgen, Harry Thomason, Joey Lauren Adams, Gov. Mike and Ginger Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. The gala, which will close down Main Street, will include a reception and a formal dinner, and performances by Lawrence Hamilton, Arkansas Festival Ballet and Ballet Arkansas and a keynote address by Clinton. For more information, visit argentacommunitytheater.org. www.arktimes.com • FEBRUARY 16, 2011 17


■ to-dolist BY JOHN TARPLEY

FRI D AY 2/ 18

AMY GARLAND BAND 10 p.m., White Water Tavern.

n It’s been a few years since Little Rock could count on hearing Amy Garland’s take on soulful Americana on a semiregular basis. Once a reliable staple of local stages, Garland, one of the best songcrafters in town, has recently busied herself with motherhood, not to mention her weekly gig spinning country and folk every Friday night at 5 p.m. on her KABF radio show, “Backroads.” Sure, maybe absence does make the heart a little fonder, but after a quick spin of her 2004 longplayer “Angora,” it became apparent that it really has been entirely too long since we’ve seen her do her thing. Even better, that thing will be done with help from dang near every current or former member of Arkansas’s best country swing band, The Salty Dogs, and Jeff Coleman, of “and the Feeders” local renown.

STARBRIGHT: Wildwood celebrates the first full moon of the lunar year with its annual ‘Lanterns!’ festival this weekend.

‘LANTERNS!’

6 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Arts. $5-$10.

n Wildwood is laid out on a West Little Rock spread that’s pretty gorgeous to begin with. But during its annual “Lanterns!” festival, which celebrates the first full moon of the lunar year, the park turns into an illuminated starscape with thousands of paper lanterns illuminating walking trails, ponds and lines of trees. Inside the park, you’ll find a mini-Epcot with visitors strolling to Morocco for kabobs and fortune tellers, to Venice for cognac at Carnivale to Asia for crafts and demos from the Arkansas Taekwondo Association, to Elizabethan England for ale and theater from Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, to Russia for music from members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and — this is really cool — to the Moon for riddles and moon pies. Heck, Wildwood even highlights the old West with campfires and music from ex-Damn Bullet Paul Morphis. Gates open at 6 p.m. through Sunday.

MR. BROWN & CORA

8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $34.50-$41.80.

n I’m not the only one who doesn’t get it. For years, Tyler Perry’s “Browns”-centric movies, plays and sitcoms have been a target of scorn for a nation full of pastywhite critics. What I’ve seen of “Meet the Browns” has been somewhere between wholesome, silly and hypnotically cheesy. 18 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

THE ARKANSAS TIMES EDITORIAL STAFF: In disguise as the Chippendales, who shake their groove things this Saturday night for a “Ladies Night Out” in the Peabody Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. But with every release, the hugely successful Tyler Perry aims for (and gets) a well defined demographic that, let’s face it, doesn’t include this here Ritz cracker. Therefore, I’m really in no spot to dismiss him. So what of Mr. Brown and Cora? The real-life couple of David and Tamela Mann play the pair, a religious father and daughter on “Meet the Browns,” the enormously popular TBS soap-sitcom. The billing promises “100% clean comedy” from Mr. Brown; the commercial promises some pretty amazing gospel singing from Cora. If you’re into the Browns, you’re probably already as good as there.

SAT URDAY 2/19

CHIPPENDALES

6 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Peabody Hotel. $32-$42.

n I’m not the only one who doesn’t get it. For years, the Chippendales’ bulge-centric pasties, dances and posters have been a target of scorn for a nation full of loosestomached dudes. What I’ve seen of Chippendales has been somewhere between ridiculous, over-the-top and hypnotically grody. But with every thrust, the Chippendales aim for (and get) a well defined

demographic that, let’s face it, doesn’t include this red-blooded American male. Therefore, I’m really in no spot to dismiss them. So what of Chippendales? The reallife crew of hard-bodied lady-killers has air-humped its way across the globe, titillating thousands of women a year. The press release promises a “girls night out” (“girls-only” night out, that is) with special guest Matt Joyce opening the night with his Elvis tribute. The accompanying photo promises oiled chests, Diesel jeans and dudes who can’t figure out how to work the buttons on their shirt. If you’re into Chippendales, you’re probably as good as there.


tween two people with big stereos, one side playing Lena Horne and the other blasting “Trout Mask Replica” by Captain Beefheart. It’s an ambitious idea for the young “hot club” jazz ensemble, but what’s really thrilling is the execution, precise, shambled and acrobatic all at once. But difficult listening it’s not. Sir Threadius Mongus offers the accessibility of mom-jazz like, say, Diana Krall, with the free-jazz spirit of fellow Oklahoman and Blue Note Records icon Don Cherry. Fronted by vocal wunderkind Annie Ellicott and guitarist (and Little Rock native) Jeff Davis, the six-piece is a shocker live, as well. At risk of drowning them with praise, I’ll simply say this show is my big To-Do pick for the week.

MONDAY 2/21

TAPES ’N TAPES

9 p.m., Stickyz. $12 adv., $14 d.o.s.

BUCK UP: Bulls and bull riders face off this Saturday night at Verizon Arena when the PBR comes to town. If you’re not making the Chippendales or Friday night’s “Meet the Browns” show, you’ll probably spend your weekend doing what the rest of us white dudes in Little Rock will be doing: goofing out over that new Radiohead album.

ity for the BFTS (Build Ford Tough) World Finals. Gentlemen, bulls, gird your loins.

PBR TOURING PRO DIVISION

n Although its home to the state’s jazz hall of fame, Tulsa, Okla., seems to be an unlikely hotbed for young jazz musicians. Likewise, Sir Threadius Mongus’ 2006 album “This is Threadius Mongus” was an unlikely choice for the distinction of the best CD to come across my desk in months. Imagine living in an apartment be-

7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $12-$52.

n Confession: Even though I really enjoy these things and have met my lifetime rodeo-going quota years ago, the stuff I actually know about the original extreme sport couldn’t fill up the back of a playing card. Eight seconds, “8 Seconds,” 100 points from four judges, Brazilians, something about possibly tying rope around the bull’s, ahem, “whisker biscuits.” I do know it’s dangerous: In high school, my life-long best friend entered an amateur night, was launched in the air immediately out of the gate and got stomped so hard on the chest that he doesn’t have peripheral vision anymore. (True story.) It’s not called “The Toughest Sport on Earth” for nothing. It’s a sport where the bulls are as famous as the folks crazy enough to ride them. Case in point, Bushwacker, the rising star of the ranch with an average buck-off time of 2.8 seconds and a perfect, 100 percent buckoff record. Saturday showcases some of the best up-and-coming bulls and riders vying for big money prizes and a chance to qual-

SIR THREADIUS MONGUS

8:30 p.m., The Afterthought. $7.

n This Minnesota indie-rock outfit was one of the first to profit from the tastemaker blog-boom of the early ’00s. With the release of their first album, “The Loon,” in 2004, the promising college kids of Tapes ’n Tapes soon found themselves spreading their jittery, urgent guitar rock everywhere from college radio to the “Late Show with David Letterman” stage. Like nearly every band with access to an amp and a garage, Tapes ’n Tapes draws from the sounds and rhythms of demigods Pavement (the more melodic moments) and Pixies (the parts without gross sex), all the while adding its own synth ’n’ tambourine color to that old, familiar mix. Seven years later, the “next big thing” in indie didn’t quite end up in the all-star league, but the band remains big men in the majors. The band’s third and latest album, “Outside,” is a matured, textured hour of signature hooks and shaky energy. Consider Tapes ’n Tapes a mainstay for future classic indie rock radio’s drive time hour. The night opens with stomps, bangs and lo-fi falsetto crooning from the great NYC (by way of Tacoma) bedroom popper Oberhofer.

INDIE AS HELL: Tapes ’n Tapes, big men at Indie Rock High School, bring their celebrated pop classicism to Stickyz this Monday night.

■ inbrief

THURSDAY 2/17

n The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase returns to Stickyz for a third round of local music, featuring the throwback country of 10 Horse Johnson, blue-eyed R&B from Brown Soul Shoes, melodic garage rock from Ezra Lbs and the sugar-high indie of Sea Nanners, 8:30 p.m., $5. Earlier, at the Clinton School, former Oxford American editor Paul Reyes talks about “Exiles in Eden,” his ground-level account of the housing crisis, 6 p.m. Katmandu plays originals and rocked-out covers at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $7. Country boy Luke Williams survives another night at Denton’s Trotline in Benton, 8 p.m. Micky & the Motorcars bring their Austin, Texas, style of country to Revolution, 9 p.m., $8.

FRIDAY 2/18

n The Public Theater debuts a new production in Aaron Sorkin’s great courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men” (yep, it’s the one you’re thinking about: “You can’t handle the truth,” etc.), 7:30 p.m., $14. Also, August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” returns to the Weekend Theater. Cool Shoes DJs Wolf-E-Wolf, Sleek, Germz, Digital Love and Red Six switch up their monthly party with the “Dubstep Takeover” at Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. For the night owls, Ghost Town Blues Band takes to Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. Jazz singer Kasie Lunsford celebrates the release of her new eponymous new album at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Subdue rocks out at Denton’s Trotline in Benton, 9 p.m. The “Zodiac Party” returns to Revolution for its “Aquarius Edition” with DJs Micro, Vicious Vic, Excell Beatdown and many more, 9 p.m., $15.

SATURDAY 2/19

n In Fayetteville, swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy zoot-suit up at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall to pay tribute to a legendary bandleader with “100 Years of Cab Calloway,” 8 p.m., $32-$68. Party band Mr. Happy lands in Fox and Hound, 10 p.m. Juanita’s gets twang-y with Trey Hawkins Band and Ben Coulter & the Delta Outlaws, 10 p.m., $8. Likewise, Vino’s goes metal with Wraith, Poisonwood, Bulla and Every Knee Shall Bow, 8 p.m., $6. Tool tribute band Opiate lands in Revolution, with opening support from Memphis alt-rockers Blackberry Wednesday, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Conway Symphony Orchestra spotlights visiting soprano Cao Jin in “Beauty and the Brahms,” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $6-$38. www.arktimes.com • FEBRUARY 16, 2011 19


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MUSIC

JAZZ GREAT: Nine-time Grammy award winner, artistic director for jazz at Lincoln Center and the first person to win a Pulitzer Prize for a jazz album, Wynton Marsalis brings his trumpet wizardry and his 15-person big band to UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall this Monday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 MUSIC

Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Round Three with 10 Horse Johnson, Brown Soul Shoes, Ezra Lbs, Sea Nanners. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Barney Live in Concert “Birthday Bash.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 and 6:30 p.m., $17-$27. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Blitzkid. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.home-

stead.com. “V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJ Silky Slim. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jubilant Sykes, Alan Chow. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Katmandu. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. LaRue & Wagner. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Luke Williams. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150

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LECTURES

SPORTS

UALR Women’s Basketball vs WKU. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 20 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

EVENTS

LECTURES

Jay Phillips. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Feb. 18, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Feb. 19, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

Arvind Singhal. A visiting fellow at the Clinton School, Singhal will discuss his book about ways to improve health care through “positive deviance.” To reserve seats, e-mail publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or call 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, noon. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.

COMEDY

Jay Phillips. The Loony Bin, through Feb. 17, 8 p.m.; Feb. 18, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Feb. 19, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4-8 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Argenta Community Theater’s “Scene One.” The Little Rock Film Fest presents a surprise film screening hosted by Philip Martin. Tickets are free and available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the theater box office from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday and beginning 10 a.m. Thursday. Argenta Community Theater, 6:30 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Banquet. The theme for this year’s annual banquet is “Hollywood in North Little Rock” and will feature Harry Thomason and Joey Lauren Adams. For more information, call 372-5969. Verizon Arena, 5 p.m., $60, $600 table of ten. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Buzzov-en, Cough. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com/index.html. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Krafty Kutz, Wolf E. Wolf, Shawn Lee, Big Brown vs. Crawley, Cheetah. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Monkhouse. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.

Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Micky and the Motorcars. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Raising Grey (headliner), Lyle Dudley. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. “Seven Minutes Maxx” open mic. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.

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Jack Pendarvis. The humorist and contributor to Oxford American, The Believer and Paste delivers his lecture, “Musin’s and Thinkin’s” in the Reves Recital Hall. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu. Ntozake Shange. The author of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” recently adapted into a movie by Tyler Perry, speaks in Ledbetter Hall rooms B and C. UALR, 6 p.m. 2801 S University Ave. 501-569-8977. Paul Reyes. The author will speak about “Exiles in Eden,” a personal portrayal of his family and the people and communities affected by the foreclosure crisis. Book signing to follow. For reservations or more information, call 683-5239 or e-mailpublicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.

SPORTS

Horse racing. Oaklawn, $2.50-$4.50. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn. com. UALR Men’s Basketball vs Western Kentucky. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 MUSIC

7 Toed Pete (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Amy Garland Band. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/ whitewatertavern. Barrett Baber. Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. Booyah! Dad, Wahnder Lust, Tyler Melashenko. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Children 18:3, I Am Empire, Hyland, belair, The Alexei. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $10. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Cool Shoes “Dubstep Takeover” with WolfE-Wolf, Sleek, Germz, Digital Love, Red Six. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.


UPCOMING EVENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. FEB. 26: Pinetop Perkins. 9 p.m., $20. Stickyz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. MARCH 12: Baths. 9 p.m., $10. Stickyz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. MARCH 18: 8Ball & MJG. 9 p.m. Revolution, 300 President Clinton AV. 823-0090, revroom. com. MARCH 27: Destroyer. 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Stickyz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. MAY 24-26: “Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall, Markham and Broadway. 244-8800, celebrityattractions.com. MAY 27-29: Riverfest 2011. Downtown Little Rock. riverfestarkansas.com. homestead.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Feb. 18-19, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Ghost Town Blues Band. Midtown Billiards, Feb. 19, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Jason Greenlaw. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Jess Hoggard Band. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Jill Stringham Band. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Kasie Lunsford CD release party. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Sarah Hughes, Chris Atwood. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Sean Austin. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Subdue. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Tim Meitzen. Grumpy’s Too, Feb. 18-19, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. The Venus Mission. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Whale Fire. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. “Zodiac Party: Aquarius Edition” with Micro, Vicious Vic, Excell Beatdown and more. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com.

COMEDY

“Mr. Brown and Cora.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $32.50. Markham and Broadway. www. littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Jay Phillips. The Loony Bin, Feb. 18, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Feb. 19, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

“Lanterns!” outdoor winter festival. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Feb. 18-20, 6 p.m. 20919 Denny Road. $5 children, $10 adults, $25 family. 821-7275. 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. Martin Luther King Elementary Exhibition Reception. Thea Foundation, 5:30 p.m., free. 401 Main St., NLR. 501-379-9512. www.theafoundation. org.

SPORTS

Horse racing. Oaklawn, $2.50-$4.50. 2705 Central

Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn. com. Raising Grey. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. westendsmokehouse.net.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 MUSIC

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $32-$68. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Brian and Nick. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Catskill Kids, Haunted Pontiacs, City Mouse/ Country Mouse. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Clover Blue. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Conway Symphony Orchestra: “Beauty and the Brahms” with Cao Jin, soprano. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. $6-$38. DJs Kramer (lobby); Michael Shane, Justin Sane (disco); g-force (Hip-Hop). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $12. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. www.latenightdisco.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Down 2 Five (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Hi-Balls, Jason Hale. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Jess Hoggard Band. Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre. Midtown Billiards, Feb. 20, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Mr. Happy. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Opiate (Tool tribute band), Blackberry Wednesday. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Penguin Dilemma. Markham Street Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. markhamst.com. Red Eye Gravy, Papa Willie. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Sir Threadius Mongus. The Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Taylor Made. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. westendsmokehouse.net. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Tim Meitzen. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Trey Hawkins Band, Ben Coulter and the Delta Outlaws. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Vulture Whale, 13 Ghosts. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern. Wraith, Poisonwood, Bulla, Every Knee Shall Bow. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $6. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.

COMEDY

Jay Phillips. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Argenta Community Theater Opening Gala. Dinner, drinks, music from Lawrence Hamilton, dance from Arkansas Festival Ballet and Ballet Arkansas, keynote address from President Clinton. For more information, visit argentacommunitytheater.com. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $150. 405 Main

St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater. org. Congressional Gold Medal Unveiling. Medal presented to one of the Little Rock Nine by President Clinton to be exhibited. Clinton Presidential Center, 11 a.m. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. “Lanterns!” Outdoor Winter Festival. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, through Feb. 20, 6 p.m. 20919 Denny Road.

SPORTS

Horse racing. Oaklawn, $2.50-$4.50. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn. com. Ivy Ball 2011. The Ivy Ball is presented yearly by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Pi Omega Chapter and the Ivy Foundation of Little Rock. Proceeds benefit the Beta Pi Omega Scholarship Fund. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will perform. Dinner, dancing, and silent auction. Embassy Suites, 7 p.m., 7pm. 11301 Financial Centre. $40. PBR Bull Riding. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $10. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. UALR Men’s Basketball vs Middle Tennessee. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, Feb. 19, 1 p.m.; Feb. 20, 3 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 MUSIC

Ben Rector, Adam Hambrick. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls. com/. Michael Eubanks. Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Feb. 20, noon; Feb. 22, 5 p.m.; Feb. 27, noon 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-2485. www.bravoitalian.com. “S.I.N. Sunday” with VJ g-force. Ernie Biggs, 8 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock. erniebiggs.com. Stardust Big Band. Arlington Hotel, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.; March 20, 8 p.m., $8 general, free for students. Arlington Hotel, 3 p.m. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.

EVENTS

“Lanterns!” outdoor winter festival. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Feb. 18-20, 6 p.m. 20919 Denny Road. $5 children, $10 adults, $25 family. 821-7257. Soup Sunday 2011. The annual fundraiser returns for its 30th year, featuring soups, bread and desserts from 30 central Arkansas restaurants. Silent auction and music from Little Joe and the BKs. Tickets for the Arkansas Times’ VIP Signature Soup room, featuring Chef Scott McGehee of Zaza, are available for $50. Embassy Suites, 4 p.m., $20. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000.

SPORTS

Central Arkansas Roller Derby vs. Mississippi Roller Girls. Skate World, 5 p.m., $10. 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off. UALR Men’s Basketball vs Middle Tennessee. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 3 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 MUSIC Tapes n’ Tapes, Oberhofer. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $14 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Wynton Marsalis. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40 general admission. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.

CLASSES

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Sign Language Classes. Bonny Hill will teach classes on finger spelling, high frequency signs,

key phrases, health, time, food, people and more. Faulkner County Library, 6 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 MUSIC

Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Mandy McBryde and the Unholy Ghost. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Michael Eubanks. Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Feb. 22, 5 p.m.; Feb. 27, noon 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 501-8212485. www.bravoitalian.com. Rena Wren, Chris Michaels and the Cranks. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.

DANCE

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. www.revroom.com.

EVENTS

2010 Arkansas Business of the Year. Statehouse Convention Center, 5:30 p.m., $90. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus KingKennedy Dinner. The annual dinner honors Sen. Joyce Elliott, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Willie McGhee, former Arkansas Rep. David Rainey and Charles Stewart. Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles of Memphis speaks. For tickets or more information, visit ardemocraticblackcaucus.org. Clear Channel Metroplex, 6 p.m. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. www. clearchannelmetroplex.com. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture “William Hines Furbush: African American Republican and Democrat in Reconstruction, Redemption and Disfranchisement.” Old State House Museum, noon, free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Science Cafe: “Infectious Disease & Antibiotic Resistance.” The Afterthought, 7 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 MUSIC

Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Heartless Bastards, Elise Davis and the Robins, Don’t Stop Please. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Imani Winds Quintet. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com/index.html. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll

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A&E NE WS 7-13, announced its slate of authors early in the week. The big names: vamp queen Charlaine Harris; humorist David Sedaris, who was previously announced and who, unlike most all other authors, will cost to see; fantasy hero Peter S. Beagle and celebrity profiler and ghostwriter Alana Nash. Visit Rock Candy to see a fuller rundown of the schedule.

n After the success of last year’s Arkansas Times Blues Bus trip to Helena to watch King Biscuit, we’ve set our sights on a significantly larger festival, JazzFest in New Orleans. We’re going for the first weekend, the one that’s a truer reflection of New Orleans, with more local music on the bill and more manageable crowds. Which is not to say that it lacks big names. Among the headliners: Robert Plant and Band of Joy, The Avett Brothers, John Legend and the Roots, Irma Thomas, Bon Jovi, Wyclef, Dr. John, Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists, Jeff Beck, John Mellencamp, Robert Cray and Kenny G. The bus leaves Friday morning, April 29, and is scheduled to arrive in New Orleans at 5 p.m. It returns mid-morning on Monday (we’ll let you nurse your hangover a bit) and is scheduled to be in Little Rock around 8 p.m. Tickets include transportation, lunch on the way down and three nights in the Holiday Inn French Quarter. All for $675. If you’re flying solo, you have to pay $289 more to offset the cost of occupying a hotel room alone. Reserve your seat today by calling

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GET ON THE BUS: Robert Plant and Band of Joy will be playing JazzFest. 501-375-2985. If demand is as high as it was for the Blues Bus, we’ll likely sell out early. n The Arkansas Literary Festival, April

n Valley of the Vapors, the annual multi-day independent music festival in Hot Springs to be held March 20-26, recently announced its line-up. Highlights include Brooklyn experimentalists Parts & Labor, Japanese punk superheroes Peelander Z, noise punk duo Japanther and Kiwi rockers Surf City and Oliver Ackermann (a pedal maker and engineer for U2), Nine Inch Nails and Wilco, delivering the presentation, “How to Build and Use Guitar Effects Pedals.” For more info, valleyofthevapors.com. n The Laman Library announced earlier in the week that Little Rock novelist Kevin Brockmeier is the recipient of the $10,000 2011 Laman Library Writers Fellowship. It will assist Brockmeier as he writes his first memoir, “Seventh

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Grade,” a book the writer calls “by far the most Arkansas-centric I’ve attempted to write.” n In concert news, cut-off-shirt-lovin’ country star Kenny Chesney returns to Verizon Arena on Friday, April 1, with Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker in tow. Tickets, which range from $26.50 to $75, go on sale on Friday, Feb. 18, via the Verizon Box Office and Ticketmaster. n Also, funk sax god Maceo Parker, a veteran of James Brown’s band, P-Funk and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, is coming to the Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville on Friday, April 8. Tickets, which range from $25-$75, are on sale via waltonarts.org. n Local super group The Big Cats recently released 15 demos recorded between their near breakup in 1996 and reformation in 2001 via rustyjames. bandcamp.com, where the songs are available for streaming and purchase via download. Proceeds go to Where the Stars Still Shine, a North Little Rockbased philanthropy organization focused on providing health care and education in Haiti.


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COMEDY

Rajun Cajun. The Loony Bin, Feb. 23-24, 8 p.m.; Feb. 25, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Feb. 26, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Umbrella decorating sessions with the Krewe of Krazo. New Delhi Cafe continues through Feb. 27. 2 N Main St., Eureka Springs. (479) 253-2525. www.thenewdelhicafe.com.

LECTURES

Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda. The first female vice president of Malawi and previous minister of foreign affairs and minister for gender, children’s affairs and services, will speak. For reservations or more information, call 683-5239 or e-mail publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER THEATER

“Abie’s Irish Rose.” Abe “Abie” Levy brings home his Irish bride, Rosemary Murphy, and introduces her as “Rosie Murphyski.” Papa Levy is fooled until Rosie’s father, Patrick Murphy, arrives. A comic war erupts. For more information, call 562-3131 or visit murrysdinnerplaybouse.com. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through March 13: Tue.-Thu., Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $22-$30. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. Conway Community Arts Association presents “Graceland” and “Chicks.” The Conway Community Arts Association presents two one-act plays, “Graceland” by Ellen Byron and “Chicks” by Grace McKeaney. For more information, visit conwayarts.org. University of Central Arkansas, Feb. 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. www.uca.edu. “A Few Good Men.” Three Navy lawyers who set out to defend two stubborn Marines accused of murdering a colleague wind up unearthing a coverup that reaches to the highest echelons of military power. For tickets or more information, call 410-2283 or visit community theatreoflittlerock.org. The Public Theatre, through March 6: Feb. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Feb. 25-26, 7:30 p.m., $14. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” August Wilson’s play explores race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers. For tickets or more information, visit weekendtheater. org or call 374-3761. The Weekend Theater, through Feb. 26: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $10-$14. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org.

GALLERIES, MUSEUMS NEW EXHIBITIONS, ART EVENTS

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “50th Anniversary of Young Arkansas Artists: How We Grow,” panel discussion, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, lecture hall, $5 (free to members); “Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present”; 37th annual “Toys Designed by Artists,” through Feb. 20; “Delta Exhibition,” annual juried show, through Feb. 20; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” with curator Bill Dreyer, opens with reception 6 p.m. Feb. 17, show through May 22; “Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures,” two original engravings of the Declaration of Independence produced by Benjamin Owen Tyler in 1818 & William J. Stone in 1823, through

May 22; “Historical Figures of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars,” figurines by George Stuart, through May; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “The Painter’s Journey,” works by Benini, reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18, Argenta ArtWalk, show through May 14, talk by the artist 1 p.m. March 19. 664-2787. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Winter Art Show” and Sale, featuring works by John Kushmaul, Rene Hein, Jenell Richards and Melinda Smith, opening reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “Badges, Bandits and Bars: A Seminar on Arkansas Law and Justice,” with five speakers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19, registration 9:30 a.m.; “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image; “Badges, Bandits & Bars: Arkansas Law & Justice,” state’s history of crime and punishment, through March. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “Martin Luther King Elementary Exhibition,” with MLK jazz band and orchestra, reception for students; “2011 THEA Visual Art Scholarship Competition,” open 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512. THEARTISTS GALLERY/STUDIOS, 401 Main St., NLR: Artists studios will be open for Argenta ArtWalk 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18, 2nd floor of THEA Foundation. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Home Girl,” paintings by Liz Noble, UALR artist in residence, Gallery II, Fine Arts Center, Feb. 16-March 18, reception 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 18; “That House of Art,” talk by Dr. Floyd Martin, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall; “Women Call for Peace,” panel discussion with artists, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, reception to follow at 7:15, Smith Concert Hall; “Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas,” work by Emma Amos, Siona Benjamin, Chakaia Booker, Judy Chicago, Linda Freeman, Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, Leila Kubba, Grace Matthews, Faith Ringgold, Aminah Robinson, Betye Saar, Flo Oy Wong, Helen Zughaib, Gallery I, Fine Arts Center, through March 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 5698977. n Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 Main St.: “Collaborations: Two Decades of African American Art,” opening reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17, show through May 28; “Arkansas Women to Watch 2011,” work by Emily Wood, Endia Gomez, Janet Frankovic, Nikki Hemphill, Ruth Pasquine, Thu Nguyen and Deborah Warren, touring show sponsored by National Museum of Women in the Arts, through March 19. 870-536-3375.

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■ media The ‘Natural’ State of America Local filmmakers take on an electric co-op. BY GERARD MATTHEWS

n A fight has been brewing in Northwest Arkansas for some time now. Local farmers, concerned citizens and environmental activists have been pushing back against the Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation’s use of herbicides to manage vegetation growing near some power lines. The co-op serves Benton, Carroll, Madison and Newton counties. Farmers in the area are concerned about the effects of herbicides on their crops and environmentalists fear that irreversible damage will be done as these chemicals seep into the water table. It’s an issue that hasn’t received much press, at least not in this part of the state. But three local filmmakers hope to change that. Terrell Case, Tim Wistrand and Corey Gattin, all graduates of the University of Central Arkansas’s Digital Filmmaking program, have been working on a documentary about the battle between the co-op and some of its members with the help of UCA anthropology professor and producer Brian Campbell. I sat down with Case and Wistrand to talk about their film, “The Natural State of America,” which they hope to finish this April. The trailer is a must-see. Just go to arktimes.com/naturalstate. How’d you come across this topic? TW: I had never heard of a co-op doing anything like this and I grew up in Northwest Arkansas for a little while before moving to Nebraska. My father has always been an organic farmer so it interested me. It was a go-for-broke effort. We didn’t have any money. We had never made a movie that was this long and we’d never made a documentary before this, so we we’re fishing to make anything and this seemed like the best project to jump into. Was it hard to not get personally involved in the story? TC: When we started we approached it like it was going to be about the environment and there were these activists that might be a little too extreme or too radical, but as we started doing it — and even the first day of interviewing — we started to find out that these guys were really intelligent. They all had degrees from very prestigious universities. They had all moved from big cities and decided they didn’t like that life style and wanted to get back to nature, something that hadn’t been touched. This was one of the last untouched areas and now it’s almost like the final stand. So we had these really educated people — they have full grown beards and longer hair — and we were asking ourselves about how we were going to show these people without having everyone think, “Oh, this guy’s just a hippie or a radi-

cal.” As we met them and got to know them it was clear that it wasn’t that one-sided. TW: What was crazy about our approach was at first I thought it was just going to be this one-sided thing about herbicides But it became more about the co-op, because they’re not a co-op. There’s a governance issue here. It wasn’t just about the fact that they were spraying herbicides but the way they were going about it. And then it’s about land issues. It’s turned into this huge thing. It’s been hard to condense all that information and not make it boring. What do you hope to get out of it, or get across to the audience? TC: We hope that most people around the Ozarks get a chance to see it and they can kind of decide how they feel about it. I think a lot of people in Arkansas enjoy the Ozarks, and most people have probably been to the Buffalo River, and we met a lot of people that religiously appreciate those

things. We want to help the people there that feel like they’ve been wronged. Also, the geology of the region is really important. The land is made up of karst, which is cracked limestone. In the Ozarks, there’s not a lot of topsoil, there’s just this cracked limestone and pollutants can easily penetrate into the groundwater. There’s no filtration. And that’s the biggest concern as far as the geology of the area. TW: Really for me, it’s just about informing the public that this is going on. I didn’t know what the term “fracking” was until I saw the documentary “Gasland,” and that’s how I feel about the term “karst” in our film. Not a lot of people know about that and I feel that’s very specific to our region and we want to get the word out about that. Hopefully this film will start a discussion on changing regulations on these types of things and maybe it will be easier to hold people accountable.


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Round three, 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, Stickyz. 10 HORSE JOHNSON. After winning over “A Playboy Home Companion” on Sirius Playboy Radio and making its Little Rock debut last April at a fund-raiser for Conway School Board also-ran Dwight David Honeycutt, the LR/LA-based 10 Horse Johnson has continued skewing classic country and western and lampooning the 21st century with songs like “That’s the Prozac Talking” and “Lord Please Make My Daddy Burt Reynolds.” THINK: “Tenacious D on white lightnin’ moonshine,” fans say. I’m inclined to agree.

SEA NANNERS. Formerly Reptar, the guys of Sea Nanners have made a big reputation for themselves despite a precious few live shows under their belt. Jittery, driving and drenched in reverb, the new kids in town manage to straddle a strange line between the Americana of Bruce Springsteen and the melodicism of Canadian collective Broken Social Scene. Look out for their “Queen of the Brodeo” 7-inch soon. THINK: What would happen if someone put your dad’s records and your cool friend’s iPod in a musical centrifuge.

BROWN SOUL SHOES. Mainstays on pub stages around town, Brown Soul Shoes has made a name (not to mention formed a local following) for itself covering soul greats from Stevie Wonder to Hall & Oates with signature hyped-up energy. Thursday’s show, however, will highlight a set of original Delta blues and Memphis soul sounds from the good-times fourpiece. THINK: Wailing guitars, wailing vocals, wailing on the drums, all smoothly. EZRA LBS. It takes guts to take a sweet, swaying ode to grade school crushes and name it “Spaceshit.” Then again, naming your band Ezra Lbs is a bold move, too. Taking melody and mood from college radio patriarchs Yo La Tengo and a cool, slacker rock posture from any number of early ’90s indie rockers, the band may be young, but its spirit is pure “cool older brother.” THINK: Finding a well loved, tattered demo cassette in the ’96 Accord you bought from your cool college professor.

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11:15, 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:00. Rave: 10:35, 1:30, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25. Riverdale: 11:20, 1:55, 4;25, 7:00, 9:40. Fair Game (PG-13) – Director Doug Liman dives into the Valerie Plame controversy of 2003 in which White House officials outed a CIA agent. Movies 10: 7:20. Gnomeo and Juliet (G) – Romeo and Juliet with gnomes. Voiced by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine. Breckenridge: 1:50, 4:50, 7:35, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:30, 1:40, 4:05, 7:20, 9:40. Rave: 11:40, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50 (2D); 10:40, 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40 (3D). Riverdale: 11:05, 1:35, 3:45, 6:00, 7:55, 10:00. The Green Hornet (PG-13) – Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) starts a new career as a crimefighter with help from his kung-fu expert chauffeur, Kato (Jay Chou). Directed by Michel Gondry. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:05, 7:40, 10:15. Rave: 10:35. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (PG-13) — With Voldemort in control over Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic, Harry, Ron and Hermione have to race against time to overthrow the evil lord. Movies 10: 3:10, 4:40, 6:20, 7:55, 9:30. How Do You Know? (PG-13) – A former athlete (Reese Witherspoon) finds herself caught in a love triangle between her professional baseball player boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and a corporate suit (Paul Rudd). Movies 10: 4:00, 7:10, 9:55. The Illusionist (PG) – A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he goes on adventures with a young local woman. Directed by Sylvain Chomet. Market Street: 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. Just Go With It (PG-13) – On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his long-time assistant to pretend she’s his wife in order to fool his younger girlfriend. With Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:10, 7:45, 10:20. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05. Rave: 10:30, 11:30, 1;25, 2:25, 4:20, 5:20, 7:40, 8:40, 11:35. Riverdale: 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D (G) – Justin Bieber being Justin Bieber. With young Justin Bieber and teen-age Justin Bieber. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30. Rave: 10:50, 11:50, 1:50, 2:50, 4:40, 5:40, 7:20, 8:20, 10:10, 11:00. Riverdale: 11:15,

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■ moviereview Like magic ‘The Illusionist’ and the appeal of classic animation. n Remember when cartoons weren’t afraid to be cartoons? The likes of Pixar and Dreamworks have revolutionized animation over the past 15 years; the former not only through its visuals, but its storytelling ambition. The polish of “Up” or “The Incredibles” lends to their appeal. Elementally, though, the viewer can sense that the digitally born wonders onscreen are literally untouched by human hands. They are wholly synthetic creations in which anything like a flourish must first be measured and calculated. You still cannot hug a pixel. Then we have a tone poem such as “The Illusionist” (“L’illusionnist,” en Français). The hand at work here is the same as in “The Triplets of Belleville,” directed by Sylvain Chomet and Oscar-nominated in 2003, as “The Illusionist” is now, for Best Animated Feature. Also like its predecessor, “The Illusionist” tells the story

of aging performers finding hardship in a modernizing world, and unfolds almost entirely sans dialogue. No subtitles here: The flitting ribbons of French that trail through the movie are as disposable as the smatterings of mumbled English. The animation of expression, of nature, of movement and particularly of animals is enthralling, evocative of graphite and watercolors. This is cartooning absent sass, lovingly drawn and painted — a children’s picture book in motion. An older magician, long in face and nimble in hand, finds himself scraping for work as the music halls of midcentury come to book rock acts. When he travels to a small Scottish isle for a gig at a village pub, he befriends a girl who insists on following him back to Edinburgh. There they split a hotel apartment — she in the bedroom, he crashing on the couch each night — and try to find their way through the city

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563-4218. TOBI FAIRLEY FINE ART, 5507 Ranch Drive, Suite 103: Jane Booth, large abstract oils. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. or by appointment. 868-9882. n Beebe ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “The Power of Line,” pen and ink by Mary Shelton, Walter England Center art gallery, through Feb. 18. 501-882-4495. n Benton BOB HERZFELD LIBRARY: Paintings by Dena Teaster, Mary Beth Thorne and Hot Springs Village residents, through February. 501-778-4766. DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellot, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. n Conway UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, Baum Gallery: “Improvising Intaglio: Jiri Anderle Prints from the Baruch Foundation”; “Habitats: Portraiture by Kat Wilson”; “Earth: Fragile Planet”; “Intersecting the Book: When Artists, Writers and Graphic Designers Create 2D Worlds”; “Axis Mundi: Levittown,” UCA faculty exhibit, all through Feb. 24. 501-450-5793. n El Dorado SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th St.: Shadows on the Road,” photographs of Arkansas interiors and exteriors by John Bridges, Merkle and Price galleries, through February. 870-862-5474. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: “Wood You Be Mine?” collages by Lisa Jo Outlaw; “Persona 2009-2011,” paintings by Drew Gentle; “Lewd,” collages by Jon Peven; “Ancestral Remnants,” photographs by Henry Turner, through February. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. www.fayettevilleunderground.blogspot.com. WALTON ARTS CENTER, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery: “Watermarks,” mixed media installation by Bethany Springer, through April 13. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 479-571-2747. n Helena DELTA CULTURAL CENTER, 141 Cherry St.:

Continued from page 23 GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Julie Holt, Susanna Kirk, Fred Nash and Jason Smith, through March 12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 6648996. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Stained glass by Charly Palmer, through March; “Pioneers of the Paint: Masters of the 19th Century,” paintings by Edward Michael Bannister, Charles Ethan Porter, Robert Scott Duncanson and Henry Ossawa Tanner, through Feb. 20. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “The Painted Word: Calligraphic Paintings by Charles Pearce,” through March 13. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 758-1720. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Mary Lynn Nelson, February featured artist; art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative. 501-265-0422. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): Jason Twiggy Lott, William Goodman, Char Demoro, Cathy Burns and others. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 225-6257. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Buddy Whitlock, featured artist, also work by Lola Abellan, Mary Allison, Georges Artaud, Theresa Cates, Caroline’s Closet, Kelly Edwards, Jane Hankins, James Hayes, Amy Hill-Imler, Morris Howard, Jim Johnson, Annette Kagy, Capt. Robert Lumpp, Joe Martin, Pat Matthews and others.10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. REFLECTIONS GALLERY AND FINE FRAMING, 11220 Rodney Parham Road: Work by local and national artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 227-5659. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Fused glass sculpture by Lisabeth Franco, paintings by Joy Schultz, Mike Gaines, MaryAnne Erickson, Stephano and Alexis Silk, jewelry by Joan Courtney and Teresa Smith, sculpture by Scotti Wilborne and Tony Dow. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.

‘THE ILLUSIONIST’: The latest from animator Sylvain Chomet. as he struggles to put sausage on the table and to pull the occasional coin from behind her ear. Without much to say to one another, the illusionist and the girl don’t give the audience many deep glimpses into their relationship, and we’re left to assume that what they do share is mostly unspoken. She would have languished indefinitely on the isle, and he, while clearly losing his gusto for magic, has pulled off the trick of giving her a chance to imagine a richer life. The most memorable bit players here are the

hard-luck vaudevillians who also inhabit the hotel: a morose clown, a ventriloquist whose only friend is his lookalike dummy. Theirs is a shared story of the most pitiable loneliness, that of abandoned people whose sole aim was to bring joy to others. For the youngest children, accustomed to a heavier hand in explaining a story to them, “The Illusionist” may be a test of patience. But for those who can follow lighter brushstrokes, it may linger longer than the latest “Shrek” sequel. — Sam Eifling

“Nothing but the Blues,” watercolor portraits by Laurie Goldstein-Warren, through May. n Hot Springs BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Mosaic glass by Cassie Edmonds, including equine-themed work, new sculpture by Wayne Summerhill and Diana Ashley. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: Caddo River Art Guild, through February. 501-624-0489. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Work by new members Priscilla Cunningham and Pati Trippel. 501624-7726. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Paintings by Jan Gartrell and Sandy Hubler. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: Paintings by Dolores Justus, Elizabeth Borne, sculpture by Robin Horn, and other work. 501-321-2335. STAR GALLERY, 610 A Central Ave.: Paintings by Jeff Bertrand. 2-5 p.m. Wed.-Thu., noon-5 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 501-786-0283. n Perryville SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584. n Russellville RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: 24th annual “CenturyLink Collegiate Art Exhibition,” through February. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.4 p.m. Fri. 479-968-2452. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 S. Main St.: “Boundless Color: Pure Expression,” paintings by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers; “From Where I Stand,” photographs by Christina Neal; both through Feb. 25. 479-751-5441.

Albright,” Eclectic Collector show, through March 14. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 3249351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “In Search of Pancho Villa,” artifacts from soldiers of the period, medals and original sketches of the Mexican Punitive Expedition, the United States retaliatory action in 1916 against the Mexican general who attacked a small border town in New Mexico, through May; “Warrior: Vietnam Portraits by Two Guys from Hall,” photos by Jim Guy Tucker and Bruce Wesson, through April; exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South,” works by 55 AfricanAmerican artists, including Romare Bearden, David Driskell, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, Leroy Allen, Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Richmond Barthé, Beverly Buchanan, Clementine Hunter, Faith Ringgold, Charles White and Dean Mitchell, through Aug. 11; exhibits on African-Americans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat. 683–3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Illusion Confusion,” optical illusions, through March; interactive science exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and up, children under 1 free, “Pay What You Can” second Sunday of every month. 396-7050. www. museumofdiscovery.org. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www.calicorockmuseum. com. n England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442.

MUSEUMS, ONGOING EXHIBITS

ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Signs and Signals: Claire Coppola, Michael Davis Gutierrez and Marilyn Nelson,” mixed media, through May 8; “Game Face Rituals,” paintings by Liz Nobel, through April 3; “Model Trains of Bill

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n Soup Sunday, arguably the year’s best food-related benefit, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20. A fundraiser for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, with soup, bread and desserts from more than 30 Central Arkansas restaurants. Longtime participants Bruno’s, Dave’s Place, The Villa, Faded Rose and Community Bakery return, as do the likes of Acadia, Cotham’s in the City, Sushi Cafe and ZaZa. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites on Financial Parkway from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $5 for children age five to 12. Also, the Times is sponsoring a VIP Signature Soup Room featuring food by ZaZa Chef Scott McGehee; tickets for it, which also afford access to the main event, are $50.

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

LITTLE ROCK/ N. LITTLE ROCK AMERICAN ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups and fish dishes. Extensive wine list. Affordable lunch menu. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 401 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BD Mon.-Sat. B Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 W. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/ lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it down-

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■ dining New offerings at Cozymels Same pleasant surroundings. n Cozymels, the popular Mexican restaurant in the Markham-and-Shackleford neighborhood, has added several new items to its menu. That’s more than enough reason for us to pay a return visit. Still, it was an old favorite — one of the principal dishes by which we judge the quality of Mexican restaurants — that maybe gave us the most pleasure. Cozymels chile con queso is among the best in town, a well-seasoned blend of yellow and white cheeses topped with pico de gallo. The redand-yellow chips with it were more than serviceable. We could scarcely get enough. When we finished with the cheese dip, more or less, we dived into some new dishes. One was the cilantro churri steak fajitas, described on the menu as “Fresh, marinated beef with fajita peppers, onions and Mexican potatoes served in a hot iron skillet and topped with warm melted cheese and a drizzle of zesty cilantro churri sauce; served with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, black beans and warm tortillas.” It was a lot of food, sort of like a casserole, and it had its good points, but while we were eating it, we found ourselves thinking that there’s such a thing as combining too many ingredients, especially when everything is covered with an annoyingly stringy cheese. The meat was tender; some of it tasted a little charred. Chipotle pesto chicken is another new entry in the fajitas department. Our companion ordered from the combination plate section of the menu, where one selects two or three dishes from a list of several. All come with Yucatan rice and your choice of black beans and refritos. Her choices were a pork tamale, a beef enchilada, and chile relleno, a sauteed poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and covered with a mild sort of tomato sauce. The batter on the pepper wasn’t quite as crispy as she would have liked; the beef enchilada was

good but didn’t come with the green sauce she’d ordered, and the pork tamale, though also good, was more corn meal wrapping than pork. When the waitress first came to our booth, she asked for our drink orders. (Offered a choice between booth and table, we chose booth, thinking one side of the booth would be wall. But at Cozymels, the booths run down the center of the restaurant, and diners are exposed on both sides, losing that little extra privacy one expects from a booth.) One of us ordered sangria, which she found nicely fruity. The other asked for a regular cocktail, a scotch and water, to drink while studying the menu. Though Cozymel’s has a full bar, this order of a non-Mexican drink baffled the waitress, and, as she told it, the bartender. The cocktail didn’t arrive until the food was there. During the meal, our party had a Dos Equis amber on tap and a Bohemia in the bottle. Looking back, we may have made a mistake by not ordering seafood. That’s probably what Cozymels is best-known for, and they’re offering several new dishes: Salmon, shrimp, scallops and vegetables

home country cooking. Just be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Sun.-Fri. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. Also at Bowman Curve. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Rd. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-224-3377. LD daily. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu Thu.-Sat. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. D Tue.-Sat. FFRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’ oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-4487. LD daily. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. The half pound burger is a twohander for the average working Joe. 10424 Interstate 30. No

alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD Mon.-Sat. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. L Mon.-Fri. D daily. SHAKE’S FROZEN CUSTARD Frozen custard, concretes, sundaes. 5508 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-753-5407. LD daily. STARLITE DINER Breakfast and the ice cream-loaded shakes and desserts star here. 250 E. Military Road. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0465. BLD. STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings.

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NEW ON THE SEAFOOD SIDE: Poblano pepper stuffed with shrimp and crab.

Cozymels

10 Shackleford Drive 954-7100 Quick Bite

You can build your own combination plate, and at a reasonable price.

Hours

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Other info

Full bar. Credit cards accepted.

marinated and steamed in a paper pouch (Mariscos Empapelados); five jumbo shrimp sauteed with garlic in a chile sauce (Fideo Pasta con Camarones); five jumbo shrimp sauteed in fresh garlic butter, Serrano peppers and lime juice, served with Mexican-style roasted pasta; a fresh poblano pepper stuffed with shrimp and crab, served atop ranchero sauce and drizzled with lime sour cream. Cozymels is congenial and there’s a big menu to order from. Maybe not the best Mexican restaurant in town, but not bad. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7707. LD Mon-Sat. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, plus basic beer food. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6639802. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.

ASIAN CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy


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burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.

BARBECUE WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.

EUROPEAN / ETHNIC CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6146682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB The atmosphere is great, complete with plenty of bar seating and tables. There’s also a fireplace to warm you up on a cold day. The fried stuff is good. Try the mozzarella sticks. 403 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. HIBERNIA IRISH PUB This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. LAYLA’S Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). 612 Office Park Drive. Bryant. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-847-5455. LD Mon.-Sat.

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ITALIAN BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-centuryold establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italianflavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3369292. BLD daily.

MEXICAN CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 1300 S. Main St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. RUMBA Mexi-Cuban spot in the River Market area, this restaurant and bar has a broad menu that includes tacos and enchiladas, tapas, Cuban-style sandwiches. Specialty drinks are available also. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-823-0090 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. TACO MEXICO Tacos have to be ordered at least two at a time, but that’s not an impediment. These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun. TACOS GUANAJUATO Pork, beef, adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center

Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 19

Feb. 24

Congressional Gold Medal Exhibit Opening Program*

“1861” A Black History Month Performance by the students of Parkview Arts and Sciences*

11 a.m. Tours to follow program Great Hall

Join President Clinton and members of the Little Rock Nine as they celebrate the opening of this new exhibit

Feb. 21

Free Admission Day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Free admission and free accoustiguide audio tours

7 p.m. Great Hall

Additional one-hour programs: Feb. 24 – 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Feb. 25 – 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

Feb. 25

Arkansas Black Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Laureate Series* 6 p.m. Great Hall

*Reservations required.

“The War on HIV: Who’s Winning” featuring Dr. James Hildreth

Call 501-748-0425 or e-mail operationslr@clintonfoundation.org to make your reservations.

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Argenta Community Theater Unveiled

The Opening ACT Special Guests Mary Steenburgen, President Bill Clinton, and Governor Mike Beebe The newly constructed Argenta Community Theater will celebrate its grand opening Saturday with the Opening ACT hosted by Oscar winning actress and former North Little Rock resident Mary Steenburgen. Main Street in North Little Rock will be closed and transformed into a dining and performance venue for ACT’s Opening ACT. President Bill Clinton will headline the Gala and other distinguished guests who will attend the gala event include Gov. Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.

Scene One – Thursday, February 17 Little Rock Film Festival Surprise Movie Screening - 7:30 Reception 6:30 Scene One is sponsored by Oxford American Magazine with Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat Gazette Movie Critic. Tickets are Free!

First come first serve. Limit of 2 per person. Tickets may be picked up at the Argenta Community Theater on Wednesday from 1am - 4pm and the day of the screening on Thursday, beginning at 10am until 200 tickets run out.

Scene Two – Friday, February 18

Dedication and Dinner to honor famed dancer and choreographer Sally Riggs Insalaco.  Invitation Only.

The Argenta Community Theater (ACT), located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, is a non-profit organization committed to serving the community and state through education and advancement of the performing arts.

ACTing Together

The mission of ACT is to provide a state-of-art theater to: • support Arkansas arts organizations • expose underprivileged and at-risk children to the arts • bring professional actors and dancers for children’s classes and programs Income generated from the use of the theater will go into a grant and scholarship fund.  Individuals, non-profits and schools statewide will be eligible to apply. The ACT facility can be used for virtually anything, easily converting from theater-style seating to dinners or lectures and seminars. ACT founders Vincent Insalaco and Judy Tenenbaum established the organization because they saw a need to increase support for arts organizations throughout Arkansas.

Gala Celebration – Saturday, February 19, 2011 VIP Reception 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Attire

Gala Tickets: $150 Table of 10: $1,500

Call: 501-353-1443

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Reserved seating is available for tables of ten. Table purchase includes 2 tickets to VIP reception at 6:30 pm.

ACT is a non profit 501c3 and your contribution is tax deductible.


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or those who think they can’t shop at a high-end clothier like Barbara Jean, allow us to introduce you to Milly—a real breath of fresh air. Though not inexpensive, this label isn’t completely out of reach either. If this piques your interest, you can check it out is at B. Jean’s Milly Spring Event, February 17-18. A bit of background: After graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Milly’s young and charismatic founder, Michelle Smith, worked at luxury fashion houses Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Dior. There she honed her personal style and developed a passion for fine fabrics (her trademark). Continued on page 33

hearsay ➥ What’s cookin’? The chicks of EGGSHELLS KITCHEN CO., including new business partner Libby Gardner, are continuing to enjoy the store’s new location at 5501 Kavanaugh. Blvd. “It’s phenomenal for us. We can now sit up to 18 people at our events,” says Heather Smith. “We’re reinventing the egg.” Two upcoming events of note: a book signing and tasting with P. Allen Smith for his new cookbook, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, February 17, 5-7 p.m. (during Happy Hour in the Heights); and “Sushi with Jason Knapp” on February 21 at 6 p.m. Let the good times roll! ➥ While in the kitchen ... KITCHEN CO. also offers several hands-on events, including: “Aaron Walters, Fajitas with Homemade Tortillas, Pico & Guacamole,” February 17, 6-8 p.m., and “Brandon Douglas, Le Creuset Training,” February 21, 6-8 p.m. ➥ Rug burn? You might have noticed that ABBEY CARPET on Cantrell shuttered its doors some months ago. There’s good news, however, for customers. Owner Lucy Hammett sold the business in August and, after the deal went south, got the store back in October. She plans to reopen at the beginning of March after closing her Heber Springs store and making improvements to the Cantrell location. ➥ Two big home and gardening events are happening this weekend. Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27, the ARKANSAS FLOWER & GARDEN show will be held at The Statehouse Convention Center. This is a family-friendly event celebrating that includes educational speakers and demonstrations, shopping for garden-related items, a silent auction and interactive children’s activities. The 59TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW will take place just over the river at Verizon Arena on those same dates. With nearly 20,000 square feet of exhibits, you’ll find the latest in home furnishings, remodeling ideas, design and technology and discover fun and innovative ideas for your home. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES • FEBRUARY 16, 2011 31


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f you think that the Arkansas Glasshoppers are a bunch of doddering grannies, you’ve obviously never been to one of their functions. According to Glasshopper lore, the group once set a table on fire at Cajun’s Wharf during one of their more raucous Christmas parties. Glass enthusiast and club member Peggy Seamon laughs, “Luckily, we all had glasses of water and put it out instantly so they let us come back!” Founded in 1985, this nonprofit group is poised to celebrate their 25th

anniversary in grand style (and without threat of fire). The 25th Annual Depression Era Glass Show and Sale will take place in the Hall of Industry at the State Fairgrounds, on Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for both days, and free parking is available. Seamon says that this year they will display collections from club members at the library branch in Bryant and the Fletcher Library in Little Rock. “The Arkansas Arts Center has also kindly agreed to place the Bob Batty collection of EAPG (Early American Pressed Glass) at the Terry Mansion during the weekend of the show,” she says. “This collection contains about 2,800 pieces of glass and has not been displayed for about 18 years. The Arkansas Historic Museum will also have a glass display during the show weekend.” For those not in the know, Depression glass is a term used for tableware items made from machinepressed glass during the ’20 and ’40s. It was produced in a variety of colors, shapes and patterns by over 20 companies, most in the central and eastern United States (including Arkansas).

The Arkansas Glasshoppers, Inc. meet at the Fletcher Library on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit:   http://www.facebook.com /pages/ArkansasGlasshoppers-Inc/ 115016871880571

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here’s something so alluring about heavy metal. I just love something with a little heft—which is why I adore these necklaces. First up, the high-end variety from jewelry designer Amanda Sterett (A). This three stranded chunky necklace made of substantial 14k gold plated chains is finished off with a handwrapped 14k gold-filled chain. Find at B. Barnett. (It’s also featured on their blog this week.) The other three necklaces are more my speed and more affordable. The necklace with the dangling handcuffs (B) was fashioned by budding jewelry designer and all-around stylish gal-about-town Charis Cook. She scored the chains at Banana Republic and then, in an inspired move, attached mini handcuffs taken from a keychain found at an estate sale. Genius! Also from estate sales, these two arresting vintage necklaces (C) picked up at two different sales within the same week—and for only two bucks a pop! (Thank you, Pennsylvania Trading Co. and Roy Dudley.) Paired together they add extra edge to any outfit. This gorgeous tribal necklace (D) from Angel Court can be found at Box Turtle.

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B During the Great Depression, a complete table setting could be purchased for two or three dollars at dime stores and by mail order; pieces also came free with boxes of oatmeal and other household items. Seamon explains, “Sometimes people don’t realize that besides the glass that came as premiums in flour and oats and at gas stations, Depression glass also includes elegant glassware like Fostoria and Heisey, and also pottery such as Niloak, Camark, Frankoma, Roseville, McCoy, and many others.” All of which will be on display at the upcoming show. For today’s central Arkansas collector, Seamon says that options abound. She suggests the I-40 Antique Mall, Crystal Hill Antique Mall, Midtown Antique Mall and Fabulous Finds—and, of course, the big event this month.

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C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery 2206 Cantrell Rd (In front of Cajun’s Wharf) 501.399.9909 • www.candfcarpet.com Long is the new length for spring.

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Continued from page 31 Since launching in 2001, Milly’s fan base has grown to include starlets and socialists alike. Jennifer Anniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel and Cameron Diaz to name but a few. Smith’s customers, however, aren’t chasing fast-moving trends. Instead, they appreciate the line for its vintage-

inspired glamour—and for its feminine and flirty flair. We particularly love the full-bodied floral prints and boat-themed blouses in the spring 2011 collection (but that’s because we’re not yet willing to put the nautical look out to sea). We also like the kitschy-cute details, like oversized buttons, as well as Milly’s expanding costume-jewelry range. Essentially, wearing Milly is like giving a little wink and a nod (and a kicked-up wedge heel) to the world.

New Clothes For spriNg… ArriviNg DAily, Come see! shop box turtle local a lifestyle boutique that offers jewelry, clothing & gifts. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. • Little Rock • 501.661.1167 • www.shopboxturtle.com ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES • FEBRUARY 16, 2011 33


Food for Thought

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

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

Black Angus

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

Capers Restaurant

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

Copper Grill

Whether you’re looking for a casual dinner, a gourmet experience or the perfect business lunch, Copper Grill is the choice urban restaurant for Little Rock’s food enthusiasts. It’s where you can let go and relax in the comfortable dining room, enjoy a glass of wine at the lively bar or share a spread of appetizers outside on the street-side patio. No matter if you’re on the go or off the clock, Copper Grill is your downtown dining destination.

Butcher Shop

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

Flying Saucer

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

Buffalo Grill

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

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BISTRO Lulav

220 West 6th St. 501-374-5100 Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 am -10:30 am Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Tues-Sat 5-10pm V Lounge til 1am, Thurs-Sat

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro

200 S. River Market Ave., Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm dizzysgypsybistro.net

Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Jump start your day with bistro breakfast from Lulav featuring scrumptious omlettes, pancakes and more.

For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?

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

Hunan Oriental Cuisine

Sunday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm Mon-Thur 11 am to 9:30 pm Fri 11 am to 10:30 pm Sat 11:30 am to 10:30 pm 11610 Pleasant Ridge Drive 501-223-9966

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

Hunan Oriental Cuisine is a Little Rock institution that has been serving great Chinese food for over 24 years.  Come dine in a calm, relaxed atmosphere where the food can be enjoyed as it was meant to be enjoyed; fresh right out of the kitchen.  Or, if you prefer to order takeout, be prepared to come pick up your food quickly, since most orders are ready in 10 to 15 minutes.  Lunch Specials are available everyday.  Try something different.  You never know what you might come to like.

mexican Casa Manana Taqueria

400 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-6637 6820 Cantrell Road • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • 501-868-8822

Capi’s Nuevo Latino www.capisrestaurant.com

11525 Cantrell Rd, Suite 917 Pleasant Ridge Town Center 501.225.9600

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

New South of the border comfort food menu with Southwestern and authentic Mexican specialties.  Quesos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas and tamales steamed in banana leaves.  Eclectic brunch menu Saturday and Sunday.  Creative cocktails, exceptional wine list.  Live music Friday nights at 8:30.  Serving Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 to close. 

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

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

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

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

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steak Sonny Williams

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

Faded Rose

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

500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 Dinner Mon - Sat 5:00 - 11:00pm Piano Bar Tues - Thu 7:00 - 11:00pm Fri & Sat 7:00 - Late

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asian panda Garden

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

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

Mediterranean Layla’s

9501 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-7272

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


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Just south of Cantrell in the heart of the Heights is this adorable picture perfect cottage at 1715 N. Grant. With two spacious bedrooms and two full bathrooms, this home is ideal for a couple or a young family. Beautifully-restored original detailing fills this inviting home with charm. The current owners have also taken great care with the landscaping and the result is eye-popping. Many updates have been completed in the last five years. They include a new roof, fascia, gutters, foundation, insulation, painting, living room windows and refurbished floors. Nine-foot ceilings and an open floor plan fill the home with light. The living room is large and delightful with plenty of room for any kind of furniture, even a sectional. The formal dining room enjoys a peek into the kitchen through the breakfast bar. The kitchen has an ideal layout with everything you could want for cooking your favorite meals. The utility room just off the kitchen is a sunny, cheerful

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room from which you enter the backyard. The bedrooms are very large with great-sized closets that have useful organizational systems. The fantastic, huge, fully fenced backyard boasts a rock terrace large enough for a fire pit. It is a great place to cook out and gather with friends. A storage room behind the fence provides fantastic additional storage. The coveted Forest Park Elementary is just a couple of blocks away and would be an easy, leisurely walk to and from school for children. The park-like quality of the neighborhood is inviting and peaceful. The home’s location means all the Heights shops, restaurants and galleries are within walking distance as well. This home is listed with Susan Desselle of The Charlotte John Company and will be held open this Sunday, Feb. 20, from 2-4 p.m. Call Susan at 501-772-7100 for more information or to set up a private tour.

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5 STATEHOUSE PLAZA - New construction building on the east end of the Doubletree Hotel. Floor-toceiling windows provide exceptional views of river, ballpark and area activities. Enjoy the fireworks and River Market activity from spacious 200+ SF terraces. Only 6 left! Call Susan Desselle with the Charlotte John Company at 772-7100 or visit www. SusanSellingLittleRock.com

1 TREETOPS #1104 - $399,000. Top floor condo. 3BR/3BA, over 1900 SF. Sweeping views of the river and river valley. Luxurious, full service high rise. Susan Desselle, The Charlotte John Company, 772-7100

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GREERS FERRY LAKE - Spectacular view! 5 acres. Owner/agent. 501-825-6200 www.enchantedbluffestates.com

712 N. WALNUT - $159,900. 2BR/1BA in the heart of Hillcrest. Just 1/2 block of Kavanaugh. Renovated kitchen w/custom maple cabinets, tile floors, solid surface counters. Enter MLS 10257444 at www. PulaskiHeightsRealty.com

3005 DALLAS LOOP - $229,000. Exceptional 4BR/2.5BA updated and modern, two living areas, formal dining and breakfast area, study. New appliances, paint, window treatments, carpet lighting and bath fixtures. Large fenced yard - walk to school. Amazing home. MLS# 10267818 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501679-1103 5125 GALLERIA COVE - $209,000. Stunning 3BR/2BA with open split plan, an abundance of built-ins and storage. Extraordinary lighting throughout, smooth top cooking surface, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry. FP, screened in porch and fenced yard. MLS# 10268505 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103

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4924 HILLCREST AVE - $459,900. 3BR/3BA plus 3-car garage. 2600 SF. Recently renovated home on large corner lot. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-993-5442.

1220 TRENTON - $123,000. Charming 3BR/2BA with all new carpet, paint, tile, appliances including refrigerator, light fixtures, countertops, door knobs and pulls. Must see! MLS# 10262073 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103

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Probably pranked n Since 1819, the Arkansas Times, the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi, has provided readers with local, national, and international news, and with popular features like “Ask Assmunch,” which furnishes advice to the lovelorn and star-crossed, and practical information on such topics as gardening, pet care, almanac lore, and trailerpark yard ornamentation. Well, the first advice-seeking query of the 2011 season poured into the Ask Assmunch in-box last week, and it was unique. Nothing like it in the AT assmunchery annals going back 192 years. Sir: What if you offer to give your life to Jesus and Jesus says, “No, thanks.” This happened to a friend of mine — call her Devastated — and now she don’t know what her next move should be. Can you advise? Assmunch mulled this one long and hard before sending this reply: Madam: It sounds to me like this “friend” of yours is really you. Because no one would want to admit, even to a lame and semi-fictional newspaper advice column, to having undergone such an embarrassing experience. I mean, Scripture makes it abundantly clear that if you knock on the Good Lord’s door, He’ll let you in, no matter how mangy of a dog you are. Even if you’re Charles Manson, if you’re sincere,

Bob L ancaster and can make yourself reasonably comfortable with the born-again metaphor, you get in. Judas Iscariot gets in; Benedict Arnold… Jim Bruton … Old Lady Threet, with her giant hickory paddle with the holes in it. Even pencil-neck Hitler, for crying out loud. The Holocaust millions might not be there — if only because they were not disposed to petition for entry — but Hitler could weasel in by way of a loophole or technicality. If this seems grossly unfair, well, fairness just wasn’t something that interested the Gospeleers. It was too thisworldly for them. I think it’s unfair to the point of disgusting that because of the easy entry requirements an Ann Coulter or Erick Erickson can theoretically qualify for a posh pad on Golden Street right next door to Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Florence Nightengale; but that’s my problem. It’s a monarchial religion, remember, not a democratic one, and we don’t get a vote on who’s gets in, or why. The point being that if Hitler could get in, surely this “friend” of yours could. So

let’s assume there is no “friend”; that it was you who got high hatted by the Good Shepherd. That’ll make it easier to discuss the matter. My first thought is that you might have misheard Jesus. He hasn’t walked with me and talked with me, as He did the writer of the hymn “In the Garden,” so I don’t know if He’s as perfect in His enunciation as He is in other respects. Maybe His still small voice is a little too still and small for some of us who were down front at too many rock concerts. Or maybe He’s something of a mumbler — in an awesome King of Glory kind of way, of course. I know His first language wasn’t English, so there might have been an accent trace or something like that which caused you to misconstrue what He said. Or you might have what the shrinks call Hysterical Ear Syndrome, which causes you to hear the exact opposite of what the voice in your head is actually telling you. This is your brain’s way of punishing you for childhood traumas that weren’t really your fault but it thinks they were. So it punishes you by having you hear compliments as insults and other reversed dualities — by hearing Jesus saying “Welcome home” as Jesus saying “No, thanks.” Assuming, though, that you did hear what you thought you heard, are you sure that the voice was really His, and not that of one of your moron friends playing a practical joke? There’s an Andy Griffith

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episode in which Opie and one of his friends attached a walkie-talkie to a dog’s collar and fooled Goober into thinking he’d found himself a talking dog. Goober was so bedazzled thinking his talking dog would make him rich and famous that he wouldn’t even consider the more likely alternative talking-dog possibilities. Do you have acquaintances like that, Jackass types who’d ventriloquize the Lord’s imagined voice damning you to Hell just to see you squirm, probably making a YouTube of it that a billion people will soon be chortling over? Most such total aholes are in Delta Tau Chi, and you might want to check your suspected perp’s pin. If it has the telltale Greek letters on it and they’re a sort of puke green, you’ll know for sure. One of those two — either you misheard Jesus, or you were pranked. Either way, I’d resubmit the offer. It might take two or three submissions, like with SSI, because the process, while divine, apparently has glitches and there are suggestions of red tape. If the offer is made in good faith, though, it’s pretty much guaranteed of eventual acceptance. Some sects say it’s then irrevocable and permanently binding on both sides (“once saved, always saved”), though John Calvin’s followers see the matter in a different light. I’m pretty sure that L. Ron Hubbard’s followers do too. I’m not sure about Glenn Beck’s followers. I think they might all just be crazy.

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