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Humans should be more humane We thought things would be different. After years of fighting for the basic rights of “pets” in 2009 we finally reached a positive outcome when the felony animal cruelty bill was signed into law. Many concessions were made, but the animal welfare proponents truly felt that Arkansas was moving in the right direction. Since then, our all-volunteer animal rescue and welfare organization has been called by people — who often live in counties where there is little help — to address the abuse and/ or neglect of animals considered by most as “pets,” that being dogs, cats and horses. We have had numerous calls of distress from those who have watched the unkind and inhumane treatment of pets being played out openly without consequences. Many times the callers have contacted their local sheriff, who says “there is nothing we can do,” even though they are the ones with the authority, but not the means to confiscate and care for animals in neglectful or abusive situations, unless there is help from a national organization like the Humane Society of the United State or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Only in isolated, extreme situations has action been taken by authorities. Those of us who attempt to resolve these situations when the law fails are left to negotiate the release of the animals in the best way we know how, sometimes even buying the pet to get it out of a dire situation. Many times we are helpless to do anything. If not for the intervention of the HSUS in 2010 when our rescue discovered what was considered the worst puppy mill case in this state, who knows what the outcome would have been for all those dogs? The owners of the mill were charged with multiple counts of felony animal cruelty. We can’t count on humans to be humane. Betty Jones, president of Arkansas Horse Council, told the Times last week in an article about legislation that would make it harder to address the abuse or neglect of animals, “it’s sad ... that we want to give animals equal rights to humans.” Really? We have never come close to that. Is it really too much to ask that an animal be given basic shelter, food and water? I truly believe that God put us in charge of His creatures and that we are responsible to care for them in the best way we know how. Is it too much to ask not to be starved to 4

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rkansas has the diamonds, and now we seem to be acquiring a reputation as the state most resistant to the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. The legislature’s passage of a couple of unconstitutional abortion bills, and the subsequent override of the governor’s vetoes, have gotten the state a lot of attention. Mostly unfavorable, but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Look at the reality shows on TV. In the 19th century, Arkansas was part of a big dust-up over slavery and secession, though we were one of a group then, and not one of the first states out of the Union. But in the 1950s we distinguished ourselves by calling up the National Guard to avoid compliance with the constitutional demand of integrated schools. The U.S. Army persuaded us of our error. It was a big deal while it lasted. Gov. Mike Beebe’s vetoes of this year’s abortion bills had scarcely been trumped when a legislator introduced a bill declaring Arkansas exempt from federal gun control laws. Don’t bet against its passage.


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t seems early in the election cycle for scary political ads, but the reckless rich love the smell of money in the morning — or any other time — and nobody’s richer and more reckless than the members of the “Club for Growth,” a specialinterest PAC now filling Arkansas airwaves with spooky messages about a black president and a member of Congress alleged to have been civil to him. The ad is all silhouettes and shadows and sinister off-screen voices, reminiscent of the ads that racists ran against Winthrop Rockefeller in the ’70s, documenting his attendance at NAACP meetings, and his failure to apologize for it. To be fair, the Club for Growth, chaired by sometime Arkie Jackson T. Stephens, probably doesn’t disapprove of Barack Obama because he’s black — or not only because he’s black — although the sleazy-looking TV ads could easily lead one to believe that. The Growthers find him distasteful also because he didn’t get off his butt and inherit big pots of money, like they did. Where’s his initiative? Most of all, they resent his willingness to tax rich people to help poor people. To the Growthers, this is un-American as well as un-white. Un-Christian, too. The funny name doesn’t sit well with them. The TV ads are intended to defeat Sen. Mark Pryor, who’s up for re-election next year and who is, according to the advertisers, Obama’s only Arkansas ally. Pryor is also the only Democrat in the Arkansas congressional delegation, and that’s one too many Democrats for the Growthers. But there’s scarcely a blander, less partisan, more centrist politician around than Mark Pryor. To turn him into an ogre will take a lot of the Growthers’ misbegotten money. Even people like Jackson Stephens, who’ve never had to worry about price, may reach a flinching point.

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uring the summer of 2005 I taught a religion and politics seminar at our regional camp for Jewish youth. In my class were nine teen-agers from across the South. On the blackboard behind me, I drew a straight line — marking an “x” as the beginning of life on the left of the line and an “x” marking the end of life on the right, and I labeled the entire line “ProLife.” I then asked the teenagers, “What do you think it means to be ‘pro-life’?” The answers I received were expected: on the left “x” went the phrases “beginning of life” and “abortion” and at the right “x” went the name of Terri Schiavo, whose controversial end-of-life saga had made its impact felt on these kids. As we looked at that line, with nothing written between the two “x’s,” I asked them, “Is there nothing more in this ‘Pro-Life’ existence of ours that should go on this line?” Try as they might, they could not think of anything else, until I said, “Hello! We’re talking about being pro-LIFE, in favor of life! What about our actual lives?” One of the kids then popped up and said, “You mean like camp?” YES! And school, and family, and the environment … and all of a sudden they caught on and added such elements as clean water, health benefits, jobs, sports … YES, YES!! Being pro-life is about being for improving the time we are living — from birth to death. In Judaism we call this “Tikun Olam,” repairing the world. During the past few months, Arkansas has seen proposals coming out of our legislature that define life at 20 weeks and also with a fetal heartbeat at 12 weeks. And with the passage of these two bills, we have heard the statement, often clothed in Biblical and religious terms: “Now Arkansas is number 1 in Life.” Well, the last time I checked both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, the former had about 258 references

to “life” and the latter around 162. In at least 99 percent of the cases, “life” in Scriptures refers to human beings, people who are living, breathing, trying to understand G-d, and trying to do the RABBI EUGENE right and moral thing; yes, even LEVY GUEST COLUMNIST looking for “eternal life” during their lives on earth. So let’s analyze for a moment what we are saying when we say, “Now Arkansas is number 1 in life.” What we are really saying is that we are number one in conferring status upon fetuses, zygotes, embryos and heartbeats. When it comes to issues where the real life of our state and citizens are concerned, that is another matter indeed — these being issues that these same proud legislators have carefully avoided. In areas where the real quality of life is measured: teen pregnancy, minimum wage, obesity, smoking mortality, per-capita income, prescription drug abuse and poverty (to name just a few), issues I would call pro-real-life issues, we rank at or near the bottom. If members of our General Assembly were honest, they would either call themselves “pro-fetus,” or they would harness their “life” concerns to issues that really matter in and to the life of our state and our citizens. These elected officials are telling us that “Life begins at conception, and ends at birth.” I would hope that after the two abortion bills are declared unconstitutional, they can get back to the real business of life.

Rabbi Eugene Levy retired in 2011 after serving Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock for 24 years. He’s a co-founder of the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance. Max Brantley is on vacation.


More madness: ledge’s gun bills


hat do you call it when political leaders respond to what the public perceives as a crisis, like rising magnitudes of gun slaughter, by taking steps that fly in the face of reason, law and history? I’m reminded of the last lines of “Bridge Over the River Kwai,” the 1957 movie about British POWs and their neurotic commander building a wooden span in the steaming Burma wilderness for their Japanese captors during World War II. Its last lines, delivered by Major Clipton: “Madness! … Madness!” How better to describe the Arkansas legislature’s response, and that of other Southern and Western legislatures, to a gunman’s massacre of children at a rural Connecticut school. The answer has been the same after each assault on the public sensibility. The solution to rising gun violence is more guns — in the schools and colleges, in churches, on the square and on the byways. Every study, reinforced by every morning’s paper, concludes the opposite, that more guns in the home or anywhere else produces not greater safety but more violence. Everyone knows the arguments pro and con, including the National Rifle Association’s, and the NRA prevails in these parts. But this is about a new round of gun

madness, which if there’s time at this legislative session will make it into the Arkansas code, at least until there ERNEST is an occasion for DUMAS the courts to throw them out. Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, and Rep. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, introduced separate but similar bills declaring any gun law that Congress enacts unenforceable in Arkansas. That includes bans on semiautomatics and big clips or efforts to register guns. Neither the president nor Congress is proposing gun registration, but the NRA always says that it is in the works. If there is only one bit of settled law in the United States, it is that states may not block the enforcement of federal laws, whether they are acts of Congress, federal rules or judicial orders. The U.S. Supreme Court held that way in 1896 and uncountable times since then. The Arkansas legislature would be advised to remember just one: Cooper v. Aaron. The legislature and voters had passed laws to thwart the school integration orders of the federal courts, and a unanimous Supreme Court said the state violated the Supremacy Clause and the 14th amendment of the Constitution. Arkansas

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ast week, a proposal by state Rep. Butch Wilkins (D-Bono) to raise the state’s minimum wage was easily, and unsurprisingly, defeated in a House committee. However, thanks to Arkansas’s initiative process, Arkansas voters may yet see the proposal again in the fall of 2014. It is exactly the type of ballot question that could have ramifications for other important races on the 2014 ballot. Arkansas’s state minimum wage is $6.25 per hour, a dollar below the federal minimum wage, making the state one of only four with a state minimum wage lower than the federal minimum. In most cases, the federal wage prevails, but when businesses’ revenues are under $500,000 annually the state wage kicks in. Wilkins’ proposal, applicable to employers with four or more employees, would have pushed the state wage up to $8.25, making Arkansas one of 20 states with a minimum wage law higher than the federal minimum. Republican opponents deemed the proposal a job-killer, especially for the most vulnerable in the work force. For

that reason, former GOP legislator Dan Greenberg termed the measure “cruelty in the guise of compassion.” JAY In 2006, a coaliBARTH tion of labor organizations and faith-based groups began collecting signatures on an initiative to raise the minimum wage above the federal wage and to permanently tie it to inflation. Because of the fear that the measure would pass if it got to the ballot, business interests prodded Gov. Mike Huckabee to allow an increase in the wage (without the cost-ofliving component) in a special session of the legislature, where it passed easily. Following the defeat of the Wilkins’ proposal, some of those that came together in 2006 have begun to talk anew about a 2014 initiative to raise the state wage. While the measure would face opposition from the business sector, especially the hospitality industry, the issue is a popular one in Arkansas, according to previous polling data. If

has paid a heavy price ever since, and the Pulaski County and the Klan slate won legislature continues to pay it every year. every legislative seat from Pulaski County The promoters of this nonsense usu- and other bailiwicks. Every day, Arkansas newspapers highally lay gun regulation and especially registration at the feet of Hitler, although the lighted blacks somewhere in the South Treaty of Versailles imposed Germany’s shooting white people. Four years earstrict gun laws after World War I. lier, black sharecroppers who were sore For fearful precedents, King and Ball- over crop payments met at a church at inger should look closer to home: at their Hoop Spur in Phillips County one night own legislative seats. In 1923, the legis- and someone fired at lawmen who came lature passed Act 430, which prohibited to break up the meeting, killing one and anyone in Arkansas from owning a pistol wounding another. Vigilantes then slew or revolver unless he got unanimous per- hundreds of black men, women and chilmission from the sheriff, county judge and dren and arrested more than 100 blacks. county clerk, registered the weapon and After trials that lasted a few minutes each, paid an annual one-dollar tax to the county 14 were sentenced to die for the “uprisschool fund to keep it. You had to prove you ing,” but the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. were in the right occupation and of good 19, 1923, said the trials were a sham and character. If you circled “Colored” on the stopped the executions. The white public registration form, you were not of proper and the newspapers were outraged at the moral character. If you owned a pistol and Supreme Court’s arrogance. did not or could not register it, the sheriff So the 1923 legislature, like its 2013 confiscated it and destroyed it and you progeny, acted rashly and quickly passed the pistol registration law. Sheriff Adkins were fined from $50 to $100. No one objected that the bill violated the — later the most conservative governor Second Amendment, for the simple reason in Arkansas history — pleaded with Gov. that the Second Amendment seemed not Tom McRae to sign the gun bill so he could to prohibit gun regulation but mandate it. secure the countryside from rebellious See, the National Revolver Association, Negroes and warring bootleggers, and part of the NRA, was pushing states to enact McRae did, on March 19. But white men were furious about paytougher gun laws, including requiring people to register their pistols and revolvers ing a dollar a year to the schools just to own and get a permit to carry them. In Arkan- a pistol, and the sheriffs, county judges and sas and the rest of the South, the Ku Klux clerks were catching flak. The Klan took a Klan was resurgent. James A. Comer, a law- shellacking in the 1924 elections. The 1925 yer, Republican politician and the Exalted legislature decided to just let blacks and Cyclops of the Realm of Arkansas, orga- bootleggers have their pistols and repealed nized a KKK political coup in 1922. Klans- the law. man Homer Adkins was elected sheriff of The moral: there’s always next year. proponents could pull together a grassroots operation and get the signatures to place it on the ballot (a major “if”), they likely would be well-positioned to gain voter approval. In recent years, similar efforts have been successful in a number of states and cities across the country. If it reaches the ballot in 2014, a minimum wage proposal almost certainly will have company in a state with an initiative process that is one of the most user-friendly in the nation. (It should be noted that a variety of bills introduced in the legislative session could make the signature gathering process more difficult in years ahead.) It already is clear that medical marijuana advocates will return with a slightly altered version of their proposal that almost won in 2012, significantly exceeding expectations. Prepared if the General Assembly fails to grapple with state ethics reform in this session, the group “Regnat Populus” has already begun collecting signatures for the major ethics package that was quite popular with voters, according to polling last year, but began too late to find a place on the 2012 ballot. These types of measures not only poll well, they also have the power to push turn-

out higher among different, but overlapping, groups of Arkansas voters. The voters moved by a higher state minimum wage would not be exactly the same voters moved by ethics reform or by permitting medical use of marijuana. But polling data suggest that all of these voters will be likely to support more progressive candidates over more conservative candidates. This trio of initiated acts could help progressives mirror recent conservative successes in bringing socially traditional voters to the polls, first in 2004 through the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and then in 2008 through Act 1, the ban on adoption and foster care by cohabitating couples. While Arkansas appears to be shifting into an ever more difficult electoral environment for Democrats and the current legislature is anything but healthy turf for progressive ideas, some of those notions, such as the soundly defeated minimum wage raise, remain stubbornly popular with Arkansas voters. Smart use of the state’s tool for direct democracy could make both good policy and good politics — driving progressive, populist turnout higher, while leading to victories for Democrats at the ballot box in 2014.

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his edition of Pearls will have scarcely nestled into newstands when the Arkansas Razorbacks try to pull off a minor miracle in the SEC tournament, starting with a game against Vanderbilt Thursday evening. I’m going to be perfectly clear about this: if the Hogs can manage to win just that opener, thereby hitting the 20-win mark and getting a de facto road win since the tourney is in the Commodores’ home city, it will be a successful eastward excursion for Mike Anderson’s beleaguered bunch. The Razorbacks have fallen short of the very modest 20-victory mark the past five seasons and this team, love or hate it, has pulled off quite a few high-quality conquests along the way. If — and it’s a massive “if” — Arkansas manages to play a little deeper into the weekend, it’s that latter observation that still has a few optimists harboring visions of a rekindling of that 1999-2000 team that went to Atlanta as a 16-15 shipwreck and ended up hoisting a trophy on Sunday. Those many, befuddling moments this spring where Arkansas looked completely uninterested in extending their season may dissipate. Recent home wins against Kentucky and Texas A&M served to remind us that even in deficient performances, these Hogs can exhibit some fire. The 30-point loss to Missouri that was sandwiched in between, of course, showed just what depths this team can reach, too. Provided that you need an infusion of excitement about this make-or-break stint in Music City, take heed: • For the first few weeks of the year, newcomers Michael Qualls and Anthlon Bell looked every bit like the threestar prospects they were slotted as, but Anderson saw something in both and the final few weeks of conference play have given them chances to grow. Bell went through a terrible five-game scoreless stretch where he hardly saw the court, then promptly took advantage of increased minutes and scored in double digits three times in the final six games. He’s as erratic a shooter as we’ve seen on the Hill in a while, but when he’s on the stroke is pure and the confidence isn’t lacking. As for Qualls, the longarmed guard from Shreveport hasn’t been much of a scorer, but he’s a devil on the boards and on defense and he’ll occasionally surprise from the perimeter. If nothing else, Bell and Qualls are taking away minutes from Rickey Scott and Mardracus Wade, which given the

regression of both this year has been fortuitous. • Marshawn Powell is getting a much-needed BEAU WILCOX break. The junior has been in a terrible funk since he posted 24 points in the Feb. 16 win over Missouri, clanging 42 of his 66 field goal attempts over the last six games. Powell’s late swoon was probably easy to predict: the 6-7 junior had major knee surgery last year and, from my perspective, was more dangerous than expected over the first three months or so due to his more developed perimeter stroke. He hasn’t had the same vibrancy on the court at the end of February so the five-day layoff heading to Nashville may serve him better than others. Expect to see an invigorated guy on Thursday, also due to the fact that he was a foul-plagued no-show when Vandy throttled the Hogs at Memorial Coliseum last month. • In a season of parity in college basketball, Anderson is still presumably actively selling his team as better than they’ve been. A team that can manhandle the likes of Florida is, in theory, as good as it wants to be. Yes, the Hogs promptly got pummeled in the trip to Gainesville, but in a sample size of 31 games there are more than a few glimpses of why many think this squad should have at least three or four more wins and a much more secure postseason fate. The Hogs haven’t played with desperation often this season, but when they have, the results have borne out the fact that they can compete with or beat any team. • Leadership is finally manifest. Powell has had to shoulder the veteran role this season despite having to watch from the bench all last year, but he’s handled it ably and waited for others to step up. Kikko Haydar’s done everything asked of him and then some, and as the season has progressed, Rashad Madden has quietly figured out ways to impact the game without scoring much. Coty Clarke has also found a niche. If nothing else, Anderson is getting a pretty clear idea of where he can invest some dependency next fall. Prediction: Hogs take down Vandy easily on Thursday, then surprise Kentucky on Friday before succumbing to Mizzou in the semifinals. It’ll be the NIT, as projected, but it will feel like a worthy climb from the abyss.

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hand as he and the chairman of the Board of Education were leaving the faculty lounge after Happy Hour.” DOUG As Johnson sugSMITH gests, keeping an ear to the ground — that is, staying informed — would be a better posture for a superintendent. “After a brief hospital stay after fainting backstage, the 19-year-old pop star’s preparation for a final concert Friday in London hit a speed bump. Bieber got into an altercation with insult-hurling paparazzi, lashing out at a photographer with a stream of expletives as he was restrained by minders.” Minders, eh? In America, a person who’s paid to give protective care to another would more likely be called a bodyguard. There’s more minding in London than here. The verb mind (“pay attention to”) is famously and repeatedly heard via recorded message as subway trains pull into the station, leaving a narrow space between car and platform: “Mind the gap.”


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UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS. Sen. Joyce Elliott filed a bill that would allow anyone who attends high school in Arkansas for at least three years and graduates from an Arkansas high school or receives a GED to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at state colleges. That includes undocumented students — many who were brought here as small children and know no other country — who’re currently forced to pay much higher out-of-state rates, a situation that puts extreme financial pressure on the students and their families. Under Elliott’s bill, an undocumented student would have to file an affidavit with her state college of choice stating that she intends to work towards becoming legal. Co-sponsors of the measure include Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home), Rep. Les Carnine (RRogers), Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) and Rep. Sheilla Lampkin (D-Monticello). BILL CLINTON. The former president wrote an impassioned editorial in the Washington Post calling for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Clinton signed it into law in 1996.

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abortion ban, which means Arkansas has enacted the country’s most restrictive abortion law. The act doesn’t go into effect until 90 days after the legislature adjourns; an injunction from a judge could halt it before it becomes law. Rapert celebrated the historic day by filing a bill aimed at crippling Planned Parenthood. AN ESCAPE. A Jonesboro woman was placed under arrest after drunkenly trying to flee police in a child’s battery-operated “Power Wheels” toy car after crashing her Pontiac into a mobile home and then removing her pants. VOTER SUPRESSION. After speeding through the Senate and a House committee, Sen. Bryan King’s bill to require voter ID hit a snag when Rep. Jim Nickels pointed out that it involves amending the Arkansas Constitution, which requires a supermajority in both chambers. The measure passed the Senate one vote short of a supermajority. At press time, the bill was headed to the House Rules Committee for study. WEINER HIGH SCHOOL. The State Board of Education voted 5-2 to close Weiner High School, which includes grades 7-12. The Harrisburg School Board asked the state board to close the school, which was annexed into the Harrisburg district in 2010, and move its grades to Harrisburg campuses to save money.


God done it WE GET A LOT OF TIPS here in the office — good tips, bad tips, tips that turn out to be the truth even though you would have bet a dollar to a dogtick there was no way that could be true. Tips are the lifeblood of a news-gathering organization, along with coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and hard liquor after quittin’ time. Last week, we were lounging around the newsroom when somebody sent an electronic brick through the window saying that a Republican legislator up at the Capitol planned to introduce a bill that he predicted would be the most controversial of the session. Given that the State Capitol building has become a veritable Kook Roost these days, with its inmates passing laws so out there that even the New York Times has sent reporters down here to make sure they’re serious, the idea that somebody would get all superlative on us when it comes to controversy set off a fresh batch of head scratching around the newsroom and, later, when we posted the question online: What could it be? At the risk of giving the folks up on Penitentiary Hill more ideas to help prod us back to the caves at the point of a crucifix, The Observer cast our vote for the following. It had to be either: “The You Can Have My Gun When You Pry It From My Translucent, Unformed Fingers Act of 2013,” which, if enacted, would require every woman of fertile age to have a small-caliber handgun implanted in the lining of her uterus, so that any potential fetus can immediately begin to fend off abortion doctors. Or: “The God Done It Act,” which will state that while grading a biology or geology exam taken by an Arkansas student, teachers are required by law to accept “God Done It” as an acceptable answer to any question. Also acceptable: “God Dun That,” “Gah Dood Dit,” or “Werk of the Debil.” As of yet, our mystery legislator and his or her grand social compact have yet to be revealed, but we’re currently leaning toward the one about arming the unborn. A law that combines guns AND fetuses, with zero regard for a woman’s health, safety or personal privacy? In Arkansas

these days, that one’s definitely a keeper. THE OBSERVER WAS OUT AND ABOUT the other day, doing The King’s Business, when we wheeled into a convenience store in North Little Rock, looking for a caffeine fix. After preparing our beverage, we walked to the counter, where a bright-eyed young clerk looked us up and down before exclaiming: “Are you a writer?” We’d never been there before, and had never seen her in our life, so the question piqued our interest enough that we ‘fessed up to our profession. “As a matter of fact, I am,” The Observer replied. “Why do you ask?” “You just LOOK like a writer,” she said. Given that writers have a long-standing history of being rumpled and/or drunk, often both, we couldn’t help but wonder: Is looking “like a writer” a good thing, or a bad thing? We might have to get back to you on that one. In the meantime: Does anybody have a comb? THE OBSERVER GETS ON THE BOOK O’ FACE quite a bit to commiserate with friends about how all the polar bears are drowning, the world is going to Hades in a handbasket and politics are straight up peanut-butter-and-pickle-sammich crazy. That said, we think we may have actually hit on a solution for stopping some of the senseless violence we’ve seen of late. The answer came during a discussion about a recent shooting in Little Rock that took a young man’s life. Police soon arrested two men in the crime, both old enough to vote, but neither of them old enough to legally buy a beer. They’ve been charged with capital murder, which means they’re looking at spending the rest of their natural lives in prison. Here’s The Observer’s idea, crude but effective: Billboards all over town bearing a picture of a pair of large, naked breasts. Underneath, it should say: “Take a good look. Because if you get life in prison for being an impulsive, homicidal jackass, you’ll never see another pair again.” Car accidents would probably go through the roof, but we’re thinking murders would plummet to their lowest level in years.

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The Kochs and Lake Maumelle Sen. Jim Hendren’s SB 367, which would hamstring regulation and zoning by state and local governments, passed the Senate last week and has been sent to the House Judiciary committee. The bill is cookie-cutter legislation from ALEC, the Koch-backed 501(c)(3) that creates drafts of model legislation for conservative legislators. Under the bill, if a state or local law or rule reduces a property value by 10 percent, the property owner — or a property user such as a lessee — would have a claim CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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Body police

Missy Irvin proposes ban on tattoo-shop practices. BY DAVID RAMSEY


hough Sen. Missy Irvin (RMountain View) is a staunch advocate of small government, she has sponsored a bill banning certain body modification practices, leading some artists and consumers to complain that the legislation would restrict their freedom to make adult choices. The bill prohibits scarification and dermal implants. Scarification is a nonink skin marking that forms scars for decorative purposes, while the bill defines dermal implants as “insertion of an object under the skin of a live human being for ornamentation or decoration.” (The ban is on licensed professionals in the body-art industry, so plastic surgeons can breathe easy.) The bill was first brought to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee at the end of last month. It was the day after the new “private option” deal for Medicaid expansion was announced and officials from the state Department of Human Services were there to speak to the committee about the new developments; some CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


Arkansas women, accustomed now to being slapped around by the Arkansas legislature, which has embarrassed the state nationally with its anti-woman bills, are greeting with deep sighs HB 1898, a bill by Conway Republican state Rep. David Meeks that allows doctors and hospitals not to provide the following treatments if they run counter to their “moral” principles: Artificial birth control, artificial insemination, assisted reproduction (read in-vitro), human embryonic stem-cell research and sterilization. The “Healthcare Freedom of Conscience Act” assumes that there are hospitals or ethical systems that force doctors and nurses to practice medicine they don’t want to practice. That there are doctors helping childless women become pregnant only because the doctor police are making them. That Arkansas hospitals require their nurses to sign a pledge that they’ll assist in vasectomies. That the legislation can protect Catholic institutions from having to provide their employees insurance coverage for birth control. Or perhaps it assumes this: That there are doctors, or non-Catholic hospitals run by people who think like Meeks, who want to stop, wholesale, offering those services and need his helping hand to do that. How would this bill affect UAMS? Not at all, says chief medical officer at UAMS Dr. Nicholas Lang: UAMS allows employees on the front end to indicate what procedures they will not participate in. They can’t wait until the middle of a procedure, Lang said, but they can opt out at hiring. Baptist Health also has a policy that allows employees to request not to participate in procedures they object to on religious or cultural grounds. (They may not, however, opt out of treating patients based on patients’ race or creed.) Nor does the bill apparently affect pharmacists, who are not required by the state pharmacy board to fill birth control prescriptions; they may exercise their preference. Meeks has said the bill will go to interim study.

IRVIN: Knows what art she doesn’t like.

Steel vs. Big Brother State representative expects bipartisan support for his ‘tech privacy’ package. BY DAVID KOON


f you haven’t noticed, the future is now, and for privacy advocates, it can be a scary place. This modern world of ours is full of electronic eyes — many of them run by federal, state and local authorities — that can be used (and sometimes abused) at will. State Rep. Nate Steel (D-Nashville) is concerned about the potential abuse of electronic intelligence gathering. In the past week, he has filed a group of bills he’s calling a “privacy package” that he hopes will help protect the rights of Arkansans

both online and in the real world. In the order of their filing, the bills Steel has put forward are House Bill 1901, which would prohibit an employer from forcing a current or prospective employee to reveal his or her email or social media network username or password; HB 1902, which would prohibit a college or university from requiring employees or students to reveal their passwords or usernames; HB1904, which would regulate and restrict the use of unmanned surveillance aircraft CONTINUED ON PAGE 27


More anti-woman legislation

STEEL: Keep an eye on new technology.







Members of the Arkansas General Assembly will move from zoning to zone defense, from co-sponsoring to double-teaming, from ... OK, we’ll stop. It’s the first annual Arkansas Legislative Hoops For Kids’ Sake Game, pitting the House versus the Senate! All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Here’s your chance to find out who has game, and who can still pull off ‘80s-style short shorts. Based on early reports, the over-under on hamstring pulls is five. In addition to the lawmakers, celebrity guests will round out the rosters. The game will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Jack T. Stephens Center. General admission tickets are $5 and available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Scouting reports below.

COACH KATV-7 Sports Anchor Steve Sullivan PLAYERS Davy “The Baby-Faced Killah” Carter Jim Dotson Jeremy “Blackberry Magic” Gillam Monte “Blytheville Baller” Hodges Allen Kerr Fred “Deadeye Fred” Love Mark “Kareem” Lowery Stephanie Malone Andy “Downtown Mayberry” Mayberry Reginald Murdock Matthew “Sweet Baby” Shepherd Fred “The Preacher” Smith Jeff Wardlaw Bruce “Growth-cap Gunner” Westerman RINGERS Former Razorback and 93.3 radio host Pat Bradley KATV-7 Weekend Sports Anchor Robert Burton


“The Baby-Faced Killah” The 6-foot-1 small forward plans to bring out his patented reverse slam dunk. “I don’t think this game will even be close,” the Killah said. “If you were a handicapper you probably wouldn’t touch it. I don’t know if you could set a line. It is probably going to be embarrassing for those guys.”

“Downtown Mayberry“ A 5-foot-11 three-point specialist. He sat on the bench for a high-school team that finished 6-21. That was 25 years ago. More recently, he won a free-throw contest on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

“The Preacher” A former Harlem Globetrotter, the 6-foot-5 forward once set a world record for the highest slam dunk, jamming on a rim 11 feet, 11 inches high. The Green Party representative now insists on playing with basketballs made from vegan, biodegradable material.

SENATE COACH KTHV-11 Sports Anchor Mark Edwards PLAYERS Paul “The Mortician” Bookout Joyce “Used-to-Be” Elliott Jake Files Jim “The Rover” Hendren Bart Hester Jeremy “The Round Mound” Hutchinson Robert “The Delta Dream” Thompson “Used-To-Be” The speedy guard, fresh on the heals of filing a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights amendment, notes that “men play, women rule.” She describes her game as “friendly aggression.”

“The Round Mound” The 5-foot-11 power forward inherited the family exclamation point with a bullish, Barkley-esque post game. Controversy erupted when the Round Mound, currently pushing legislation to test beneficiaries of public assistance for PEDs, was found with deer-antler spray.

“The Delta Dream” The Paragould center describes his game as “slow and awkward.” He has styled his play after Meadowlark Lemon, “a lovely man,” the Dream says. The Dream made a request that opposing players “please be gentle” with him.

RINGERS Former Razorback Sunday Adebayo Former Razorback and 93.3 radio host Blake Eddins KARK-4/KLRT-16 Reporter David Goins

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INSIDER, CONT. to compensation from the governmental unit, for the loss in value or even the entire value of the property. This would leave almost any form of government regulation prohibitively expensive under threat of lawsuit. Koch Industries, Deltic Timber and any other corporation doing business in the state have a major financial stake in getting this passed. Deltic is worth mentioning because this law would spell doom for the land-use ordinance in the Lake Maumelle watershed that looked set to pass last month before an amendment from JP Tyler Denton stalled it, blindsiding county officials. The ordinance seeks to protect water quality in Lake Maumelle — a source of drinking water for more than 400,000 central Arkansans — via restrictions on development in the watershed, where Deltic owns more than 10,000 acres. Brent Stevenson, a lobbyist for the Koch brothers, also lobbies for Deltic and for Lorie and Mark White, landowners in the watershed. Stevenson tweeted, “Tyler Denton is a public servant with honor and dignity and sensitivity to deal with complex issues” after Denton’s amendment passed. The Whites are among the most vocal critics of the ordinance. Their attorney is Kent Walker, who has pushed ideas about alternatives to the ordinance that are similar to Denton’s amendment. While Denton said he hasn’t been in touch with lobbyists, he has been in touch with Walker (though Denton is quick to point out that Walker is just one of many he’s talked to, including conservationists). Walker said that he has “never even heard of ALEC or any zoning they’ve proposed.” He e-mailed the Times to say that there are aspects of the amended ordinance that he disagrees with, but that the amendment did more to protect the water and unite the various stakeholders than anything yet proposed. “It is time to argue/discuss the conservation merits of the proposed Amendment and not this low level conspiracy black helicopter nonsense,” he wrote. This doesn’t look so much like a conspiracy as the simple influence of corporations and big landowners looking out for their own interests. Regardless of how we got here, if SB367 becomes law, any future state or local regulation of any kind will be impossible. That would mean that the land-use ordinance for the Lake Maumelle Watershed, an idea that has been fought over for years, is dead.

Carter not running as Dem Blog comments, e-mail tipsters and stray tweets have speculated at length on the political future of House Speaker Davy Carter. He won’t talk about it himself, saying that he’s focused on the session. But one rumor can be put to bed, according to Carter. He told reporters recently that he will not run for future office as a Democrat.

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MAC’S BACK: Fleetwood Mac comes to Verizon Arena on May 3.

IMPENDING TUNES George Strait, Fleetwood Mac, Wakarusa and more. BY ROBERT BELL


icking off the 2013 stretch of spring music, on the first official day of the season, are the libidinous Oklahoma hard-rockers in Hinder, with Aranda and Acidic (March 21, Juanita’s). If your bag is a bit more on the Red Dirt country side of things, The Randy Rogers Band plays an 18-and-older show (March 21, Revolution). If folk-flavored indie rock is your thing, you might want to get on over and see The Apache Relay with Adam


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Faucett & The Tall Gras (March 22, Stickyz), or if outlaw-country style Southern rock is more to your liking, a sure bet would be Confederate Railroad (March 22, Juanita’s). Fans of Southern-fried hip-hop can get their fix with Nappy Roots (March 22, Revolution). San Diego-based indie rock mainstays Pinback come to town with tongue-in-cheek TV theme weirdo JP Inc. (March 23, Revolution). Soul survivor and singer extraordinaire Lee Fields & The Expressions

are a must-do for fans of vintage soul and R&B. Fields is on tour with female retro-soul duo Lady (March 24, Juanita’s). The next day, you can catch Minneapolis punk-scene veterans turned grunge pioneers Soul Asylum at an all-ages show at Revolution. Catch pop singer (and youngestever male singer to have four Top 40 hits) Aaron Carter, with The Supporting Cast, Nikki Flores, Petrel and Pricecrew (March 26, Juanita’s). Prairie Home Companion fanat-

ics take note: Garrison Keillor: A Brand-New Retrospective is something you’ll probably want to get tickets for (March 28, Walton Arts Center). The next day, if you’re still in Fayetteville you can catch gritty singer/songwriter James McMurtry at George’s Majestic Lounge. Memphis retro-rocker John Paul Keith and his band The One Four Fives return to White Water Tavern, and San Antonio’s Pop Pistol comes back to Maxine’s, with Blue Screen Skyline


and recent Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain. On March 31, rising Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly plays Juanita’s. Contemporary Christian Music fans will no doubt be excited to see one of the pioneers of the genre. Amy Grant plays Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA (April 2). For something a little different on the same day, the Walton Arts Center hosts funk forefathers Kool & The Gang. On April 3, White Water Tavern hosts one of the year’s absolutely-donot-miss shows, with one of the Crescent City’s finest street bands, the Hot 8 Brass Band. The Chamber Music Society of Little Rock presents a performance featuring Sebastian Baverstam on cello (April 4, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church). If that’s not your thing, perhaps singer/songwriter Corey Smith, who has a massive grassroots following? He’s at Revolution for an 18-and-older show. Hess Clothing and Phunkee Love host their Spring Release Party (April 5, Revolution) with live tuneage from War Chief, Falcon Scott, Underclaire and DJ Doug Kramer. Meanwhile, over at White Water Tavern, you can catch the flawless classic country sounds of The Salty Dogs. Rock out for a good cause on April 6 at Revolution, at Amp Out Alz 2: A Rock & Roll Event Benefiting Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Featuring Geezer, it’s an all-ages affair. Gospel enthusiasts can thrill to the country sounds of Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour (Verizon Arena). Athens indie rock invades Central Arkansas April 7, when The Whigs and Futurebirds hit up Stickyz for an 18-and-older get-down. Up in Fayetteville, blues rocker Bob Schneider takes to the stage at George’s Majestic Lounge. The next day (April 8), Arkansas’s American Idol Kris Allen will perform at George’s. Stick around the following day, if you are so inclined, for So-Cal skate punk/hip-hop outfit Slightly Stoopid, also at George’s. Christian rock enthusiasts will want to mark April 12 on their calendars, as their (perhaps) favorite band Third Day comes to Verizon Arena with Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson in tow. Friday April 12 will no doubt go down in the Central Arkansas record books as one of the biggest days for live music all year, as country superstar and all-around superhuman songwriting machine George Strait comes CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

NOLA’S FINEST: The Hot 8 Brass Band plays at White Water Tavern on April 3.

SOUL SURVIVOR: Lee Fields performs at Juanita’s on March 24.

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SPRING ARTS CALENDAR GREATER LITTLE ROCK ART MARCH 22-MAY 5: “Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie exhibition.” Plates, platters, bowls, yunomi, drawings. Arkansas Arts Center. MARCH 25-30: “JFK 50 Years Later.” Archival photographs from Rogers Photo Archives, galleries in downtown North Little Rock. JUNE 7-SEPT. 8: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House.” Paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries from a London collection. $12 adults, $10 seniors, free to members. Arkansas Arts Center. THROUGH JULY 21: “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard.” Photographs documenting the masters of the art form.

BOOKS APRIL 18-21: Arkansas Literary Festival. The 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, a gathering of readers and writers that will include more than 80 presenters at venues on both sides of the river. Main Library. MAY 2: Reading by authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Benefit for the Arkansas Literary Festival. Circle B Ranch, 17300 Burlingame Road. 7 p.m., $75, or CALS library branches. MAY 3: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana. Reading and book-signing with the Oscarwinning writers. RSVP necessary. 501-918-3029. Christ Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., free.

COMEDY MARCH 25: Doug Stanhope. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $27. MARCH 26: Jim Gaffigan. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $48-$58.

EVENTS MARCH 21: Bless the Mic: Touré. Presentation from the novelist, essayist, cultural critic and co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m., free. MARCH 26: Betsy Fischer Martin. Presentation from the executive producer of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. APRIL 18: 2nd Annual Seersucker Social. With prizes for most-dashing seersucker-wearing gentleman and lady, live music, croquet and drinks. Old State House Museum, 6 p.m., $50. APRIL 24-28: Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m. April 24-26, 24, 7 p.m.; April 25, 7 p.m.; April 26, 7 p.m.; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. April 27, April 28, 2 p.m., $13-$46. MAY 4: Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast. Whole-hog cooking competition, with live music, beer and more. Downtown North Little Rock. Noon-10 p.m. $25.

FILM MARCH 22-24: Little Rock Horror Picture Show. Horror film fest hosted at Argenta Community Theater and The Joint. Argenta Community Theater, March 22-24, $43 (event pass). MAY 14-19: 7th Annual Little Rock Film 16

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FORD RETURNS: Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Ford headlines the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock, where he spent a considerable amount of time as a youngster with his grandparents.

Festival. Various venues in Downtown Little Rock.

MUSIC MARCH 21: Hinder, Aranda, Acidic. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $25. MARCH 21: Randy Rogers Band. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. MARCH 22: The Apache Relay, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $10. MARCH 22: Confederate Railroad. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. MARCH 22: Nappy Roots. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m. MARCH 23: Pinback, JP Inc. All-ages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. MARCH 23: The Stone Foxes, Stella Luss, Randy Harsey. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. MARCH 24: Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. MARCH 25: Soul Asylum. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $20.

MARCH 26: Aaron Carter, The Supporting Cast, Nikki Flores, Petrel, Pricecrew. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. MARCH 26: The Hudson Falcons, Dressed for the Occasion. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. MARCH 29: John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. MARCH 31: Machine Gun Kelly. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $20. APRIL 3: The Hot 8 Brass Band. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $15. APRIL 4: Chamber Music Society of Little Rock. Featuring Sebastian Baverstam on cello. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25. APRIL 4: Corey Smith. 18-and-older. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20. APRIL 6: Amp Out Alz 2: A Rock & Roll Event Benefiting Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Featuring Geezer. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. APRIL 6: Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour. Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $35-$91. APRIL 7: Futurebirds, The Whigs. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $10

adv., $12 day of. APRIL 9: The Almost. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. APRIL 11: Third Day, Colton Dixon, Josh Wilson. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $21-$43. APRIL 12: Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, Bad Years, Glittercore, Crooked Roots. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. APRIL 12: Frightened Rabbit, Wintersleep. Allages. Revolution, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. APRIL 12: George Strait, Martina McBride. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $86-$109. APRIL 13: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Midori & Tchaikovsky.” Featuring Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro Overture” Robinson Center, April 13, 8 p.m.; April 14, 3 p.m. APRIL 13: Bam Margera, Hunter Moore, members of CKY. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15-$40. APRIL 13: Hazynation. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8. APRIL 19: Adam Carroll. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 APRIL 19: Casey Donahew Band, Brian Keane. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of. APRIL 20: Grupo Fantasma. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. APRIL 21: Gwar, Warbeast, Wilson. 18-andolder. Revolution, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. APRIL 22: Twiztid, Hed PE, Glasses Malone,

Potluck. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of. APRIL 24: JT Hodges, Luke Williams, Wes Burnett Band. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. APRIL 25: Mansions on the Moon, Carousel. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. APRIL 26: Collin Raye, Big Shane Thornton, Brandi Shae. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. APRIL 26: Paleface, Graham Wilkinson. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $6. APRIL 27: Mulehead. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

APRIL 27: Randall Shreve & The Sideshow. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. MAY 3: Fleetwood Mac. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $39-$147. MAY 7: Red, We as Human, Southbound. Allages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. MAY 8: The Devil Makes Three, Jonny Fritz. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. MAY 8: Sick Puppies, Amsterdam, The Revolutioners. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $22 day of. MAY 9: Ben Taylor, Treva Blomquist, Cliff Hutchison. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. MAY 11: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Cirque de la Symphonie.” Featuring acrobats, contortionists and aerial flyers along with classical and contemporary music. Robinson Center, May 11, 8 p.m.; May 12, 3 p.m. MAY 23: Mary Gauthier. All-ages. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $20. MAY 24-26: Riverfest. Performers TBA. Riverfest Amphitheatre, $35. 400 President Clinton Ave. JUNE 8: Earl & Them. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8.


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Father Flynn, a beloved and progressive parish priest, and Sister Aloysius, the school’s rigidly conservative principal, set in 1964 at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx. The Weekend Theater. Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. APRIL 12-13: “The Odds Against ‘U.S.’.” An original play written and directed by Chris E. James. Argenta Community Theater, Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., $20-$30. APRIL 16-MAY 12: “See How They Run.” A former American actress and wife of the vicar shakes things up in a sleepy English village. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. APRIL 24-MAY 12: “Death of a Salesman.” Arthur Miller’s tragic masterwork, hailed as the greatest American play ever. Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. MAY 3-18: “The Paris Letter.” Jon Robin Baitz’s story of Wall Street powerhouse Sandy Sonenberg, who finds his personal and professional life threatened by the unraveling secrets of his past. The Weekend Theater. Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. MAY 21-JUNE 9: “Steel Magnolias.” Comedy about six Southern women who meet at a local beauty parlor to discuss their lives. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. JUNE 5-30: “Avenue Q.” The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical; contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. JUNE 19-23: “Jersey Boys.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Wed., June 19, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 22, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 2 and 7:30 p.m. JUNE 21-22: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Argenta Community Theater, 7:30 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23



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REMBRANDT HIMSELF, IN ARKANSAS The Arts Center lands “Treasures of Kenwood House.”


self-portrait by Rembrandt that recently traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Portraits by Gainsborough and Van Dyck. Paintings by Frans Hals, Sir Joshua Reynolds and J.M.W. Turner. They are the treasures of Kenwood House, London, and they are coming to the Arkansas Arts Center June 7. The 48 masterworks of the 17th and 18th centuries have seldom left London, much less made a trip to Arkansas. But Kenwood House, an early 17th century manor in Hampstead also known as the Iveagh Bequest , is being refurbished and its collection sent on tour in the United States. Arts Center Director Todd Herman finagled a stop on the tour here when he learned the renovations were taking longer than expected and there was time to work in one more venue. The Arts Center received two $100,000 pledges to bring the tour to Arkansas, which, because of its expense, will be a ticketed show, at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. (Members will get in free.) The Rembrandt painting (circa 1665) is one of the rare self-portraits in which

Rembrandt depicts himself as an artist as an old man, “late in life, as someone who has lived a worldly existence,” and one of the few in which he paints himself by his easel, Herman said. When it was shown at the Metropolitan last year in “Rembrandt at Work: The Great Self-Portrait From Kenwood House,” the New York Times arts writer Roberta Smith said it was “wonderful almost beyond words.” Some of the other treasures: “Princess Henrietta of Lorraine, Attended by a Page” (1634), a nearly 7-foot-tall portrait by Peter Paul Rubens’ student Anthony Van Dyck, depicting a woman dressed in sumptuous silks and lace attended by a page dressed in red velvet and holding flowers; Thomas Gainsborough’s 95-by-61-inch portrait of “Mary, Countess Howe,” painted in the 1700s, which Herman said also has “wallpower”; and Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of Louisa Manners (1779), which places her next to a classical column as a way of imparting her importance in society. The exhibition also includes large paintings by Francois Boucher, an 18th century painter of romantic scenes, and

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 to Verizon Arena on his “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.” As one might surmise from the title, this will be the last time King George will hit the road, so if you want to see him live, better get a move on and get some tickets. The opening act is Martina McBride. If country isn’t your bag, well, on the same days over on the complete opposite end of the musical spectrum, Juanita’s hosts punkers Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits with The Bad Years, Glittercore and Crooked Roots opening. Meanwhile, Revolution has an all-ages evening of international indie pop, with Glaswegian ensemble Frightened Rabbit and Nova Scotia outfit (and Juno Award nominees) Wintersleep. Up next is The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, with “Midori & Tchaikovsky,” featuring Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro Overture” (April 13-14, Robinson Center). “Jackass” star and skateboarding prankster Bam Margera will be doing his thing at Revolution April 13 with Hunter Moore and members of CKY; it’s 18-and-older. Fans of classical piano performances from large groups of siblings will surely want to check out The 5 Browns (April 15, UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall). The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series presents “Appalachian Spring,” featuring works by Copland, Debussy and more (April 16, Clinton Presidential Center). If it’s prog rock-informed jam-band virtuosity you’re looking for, be sure to get your tickets ahead of time for Umphrey’s McGee. The band plays a two-night run at George’s Majestic Lounge April 17-18. Or hey, how about some “classical Judeo-Arabic music from the Andalusian tradition,” eh? Sound good? Well cool, because Caravanserai: Orchestra of Fes, directed by Mohammed Briouel with Francoise Atlan comes to the Walton Arts Center April 19. Or over at George’s on that same evening, you can catch the tireless traveling troubadours in American Aquarium. If you’re wanting to start your weekend with a night of rockin’ Red Dirt country, you’d best head on over to Revolution for The Casey Donahew Band, playing an 18-and-older show with Brian Keane. Donahew also plays George’s April 20.

Could there be a better way to celebrate April 20 than by catching a performance from the livewire Latinfunksters Grupo Fantasma at Juanita’s? Maybe, but probably best not to chance it. If getting all covered in fake blood and whatnot while watching some over-the-top cartoon metal sounds like a blast, then do not miss the legendary Gwar, playing an 18-and-older show with Warbeast and Wilson (April 21, Revolution). And hey, why not stick around the next day for some makeupclad crazy jester rap, with Twiztid, performing at Juanita’s with heavy alt-rockers Hed(pe), Glasses Malone and Potluck. Legendary Little Rock alt-country outfit Mulehead plays at White Water Tavern April 27. Probably one of the most anticipated concerts of the year is Fleetwood Mac (May 3, Verizon Arena). Blues favorite Delbert McClinton comes to the Walton Arts Center May 5. Modern rockers Sick Puppies are at George’s May 7 and at Juanita’s May 8. The lightning-fast bluegrass/ blues/country trio The Devil Makes Three comes to Revolution May 8, with Jonny Fritz. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra gets physical, with “Cirque de la Symphonie,” featuring acrobats, contortionists and aerial flyers performing while the orchestra plays (May 11-12, Robinson Center). The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas presents “A Tribute to John Williams” (May 18, Walton Arts Center). White Water Tavern has a special show May 23, when singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier comes to town. Riverfest brings the throngs to the banks of the Arkansas May 24-26. No word on the lineup yet, but you know what to expect: one of the best entertainment values all year long. Baltimore rockers J. Roddy Walston and The Business come back to town for a show at Stickyz May 26. And of course, music lovers of all sorts will be packing up their tents and coolers and slathering on the bug spray and sunblock for the annual Wakarusa music festival up on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark (May 30-June 2). The headliners include The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Snoop Lion and STS9. A few days later, a very different sort of crowd will take over Mulberry for Thunder on the Mountain, with headliners Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich and many more (June 6-8).

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his spring theater calendar, unlike previous seasons, is full up with new-ish productions. In this market, where keeping the theater’s doors open often means booking the sure-to-fill-the-seats chestnuts, it’s nice to have a flood of shows we haven’t seen before on the horizon. “Treasure Island” (through March 31) at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, a musical based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, is making its world debut at the Rep. That “Treasure Island” also includes songs about pirates, steampunk takes on pirate garb and elaborate fake tattoos makes it a must-see. Like “Treasure Island,” the source material for “Spamalot” (April 1-2) isn’t new. The play’s a musical adaption of the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the legendary British comedy group’s parody of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. The musical, with lyrics and book by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, debuted on Broadway in 2005. It went on to win three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The acclaimed national tour comes to Robinson for two shows. The Weekend Theater takes on another 2005 Tony Award winner (for Best Play) — John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” (April 5-20). The drama, which also won a Pulitzer, confronts the corrosiveness of moral certainty through a story about the antagonistic relationship between a Catholic priest and a nun in 1960s New York. Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” one of the few oldies of the season, comes to the Walton Arts Center newly revived and fresh off three Tonys in 2011. It’s about singing and dancing and love and puns aboard a boat. The other classic of the season, “Death of a Salesman” (April 24-May 12), is also fresh off an acclaimed revival. The Rep’s Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp directs what many have hailed as the greatest American drama ever. Just as The Rep did last season, Northwest Arkansas’s only yearround professional theater troupe TheatreSquared stages “Next to Normal” (April 18-May 12), an acclaimed musical about a mother and wife of a suburban family struggling with bipolar disorder,

‘WAR HORSE’: The Broadway tour comes to the Walton Arts Center May 22-26.

at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. Speaking of modern musicals, they don’t get much more contemporary than “American Idiot,” an adaptation of Green Day’s bestselling concept album of the same name about life in the U.S. after 9/11. The national tour stops at Walton Arts April 26-28. The Weekend Theater closes out its season with “The Paris Letter” (May 3-18) by Jon Robin Baitz, who created TV’s “Brothers and Sisters” and is the author of the recent Broadway hit “Other Desert Cities.” It’s about a closeted Wall Street powerbroker whose secret is threatened by a bad investment. Artistic director Ralph Hyman directs. Even if you’ve read the book or seen the movie, the Broadway tour of “War Horse” (May 22-26) at Walton Arts should go on your calendar if only to see the Handspring Puppet Company’s elaborate, full-scale horses come alive on stage. They’re strong enough for actors to ride, and they gallop like a real horse in this World War I drama. It’s been described as “South Park meets Sesame Street” and it’s one of the most acclaimed musicals of the last decade: the bawdy puppet musical “Avenue Q” (June 5-30). It closes out the Rep’s season. The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns June 6 through June 30 with four plays at three venues. As usual, the theater company will stage one non-Shakespeare play. This time it’s “Oliver!”, the musical based on Dick-

ens’ “Oliver Twist.” The three from the Bard are “King Lear,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” which will be performed outdoors at The Village at Hendrix in Conway (June 6-8) and staged twice at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock (June 21-22). All other plays will be staged at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of UCA. TheatreSquared unveils the fifth annual Arkansas New Play Festival June 13-16 at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The Four Seasons scored nearly 30 Top 40 hits during their heyday, so it makes sense that “Jersey Boys” (June 19-23), the musical about their rise, has become an international hit. It runs for eight shows at Robinson Center Music Hall. As usual, the season closes out with Opera in the Ozarks (June 21-July 19), with powerhouse performers from across the country performing “Madama Butterfly,” “L’elisir d’amore” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Also worth noting: The Argenta Community Theater stages “The Odds Against ‘U.S.,’ ” an original play by Chris E. James, on April 12 and 13. And Murry’s puts on what it calls Southern-fried farce with “Rex’s Exes (March 19-April 13), the comedy of mistaken identity “See How They Run” (April 16-May 13), the classic “Steel Magnolias” (May 21-June 15) and the musical “Southern Crossroads” (June 18-July 20).

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‘UNDERWORLD’: Alloy Orchestra will perform a live score to Josef von Sternberg’s silent classic.

FILMS IN BLOOM LR, Ozark film festivals highlight in spring. BY DAVID KOON


hough young men’s fancy may turn to thoughts of love in the springtime, if you’re a film geek in Arkansas, chances are the green returning to the world gets you itching to have a film festival pass around your neck. We’re blessed to have seen the rise of an honest-to-goodness film culture in Arkansas in the past decade, with most of it coalescing like a spring raindrop around several very good homegrown film festivals. The Ozark Foothills FilmFest, scheduled for April 3-7 in Batesville, and the Little Rock Film Festival, set for May 14-19, are the crown jewels of spring film in the state, and both have exciting offerings for 2013. Craig Renaud, one of the founders and executive director of the Little Rock Film Festival, said that this will be a momentous year for the LRFF, with the opening of a new theater space in the River Market (though not in time


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for the festival) and the announcement of another large cash prize to help lure in excellent independent film. The 325-seat Arcade Theater, which is scheduled to open in November at the corner of President Clinton and River Market Avenue, will be a permanent home for the festival, and will help the LRFF meet what Renaud called “our dream of being a fully-pedestrian festival.” The LRFF plans to relocate its offices to the building as well. “As soon as that happens,” Renaud said, “it’s really going to be a gamechanger for us. All of a sudden, we’re going to have year-round programming in a beautiful theater that we’ll be able to call home. There’s not many festivals nationwide that have their own designated theater downtown. That’s really going to help us.” Renaud said that one of the things that has helped grow the festival in recent years — along with a dedica-

tion to flying in filmmakers to appear with their work and great local support — has been the $10,000 Oxford American Award for Best Southern Film. Renaud said the prize was instrumental in getting the eventual Oscar nominee “Beasts of the Southern Wild” to play at the LRFF last year. Renaud said another annual cash award equal to the OA prize is soon to be announced, but couldn’t give more details than that at press time. Renaud credits a programming team composed of filmmakers for picking excellent films before they garnered national and international buzz. “It’s great for us to be able to say we saw those before they became big,” he said. “That happened with ‘Winter’s Bone.’ That happened with ‘Restrepo,’ before anybody ever really knew about that film. ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ already had a buzz, but we were able to bring it to the festival to show it. Our

team of programmers are all filmmakers and film people. I think that helps.” “The Female Face of Indie Film” is the theme of the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, now in its 12th year. Several women filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their projects and 17 films by women will be on the schedule. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, there will be a panel discussion at Lyon College featuring women filmmakers, including Kris Swanberg (“Empire Builder”), Sarah Ledbetter (“The Romance of Loneliness”), Kate Siegenthaler (whose documentary “No Trespassing” is about her career as a social worker serving troubled families in some of the same rural Missouri communities where “Winter’s Bone” is set), Arkansas filmmaker Juli Jackson (“45RPM”) and Martha Stephens, whose film “Pilgrim Song” won the $10,000 Oxford American Award at the 2012 Little Rock Film Festival. The festival will officially open on Wednesday, April 3, with the highlight of the day being a 7 p.m. double bill of the 1937 romantic comedy “Topper” and the 1936 short “Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad,” the first color cartoon. The screening will serve as the centerpiece of a salute to the newly restored Landers Theater on Main Street in Batesville. Purchased and renovated by a local church, the theater’s classic neon marquee is in the process of being restored now, and should be ready to shine again by opening night. Another big get for the festival this year is the silent 1927 Josef von Sternberg film “Underworld.” Considered the original gangster film by many film historians, “Underworld” won the Oscar for “Best Story” at the first Academy Awards. Joining the film live in the theater will be Alloy Orchestra, made up of three Boston musicians who tour the world with silent films performing original musical scores and providing sound effects using a variety of found objects. “Underworld” will mark the fourth time Alloy has performed with silent films at the OFFF, with its last appearance with “Metropolis” in 2011. Worth noting for indie music fans: Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller is a cofounding member of Alloy Orchestra. “They’ve been doing this for about 20 years,” said Ozark Foothills director Bob Pest. “They’ve been called the best in the world at accompanying silent film.” “Underworld” screens at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in Independence Hall on the UA Community College-Batesville campus. Admission is $12.



APRIL 3-7: 12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and other venues. $3-$25.

BENTONVILLE ART THROUGH MAY 27: “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” 50 paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers, $12 for non-members. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. MAY 11-AUG. 12: “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life.” Works from the Musee de Louvre, High Museum of Art, the Terra Foundation for American Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges.

CONWAY MUSIC MARCH 26: UCA Dixieland Jazz Band. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. APRIL 2: Amy Grant. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. APRIL 3: Lake Street Dive. Concert in Worsham Performance Hall, no tickets required. Hendrix College, 8 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. APRIL 15: The 5 Browns. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.

THEATER JUNE 6-8: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing.” The Village at Hendrix, 7:30 p.m. JUNE 12-13, 15: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Oliver!” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. JUNE 16: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. JUNE 20, 23, 26-27, 29-30: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “King Lear.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. JUNE 23, 26, 29: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 2 p.m.

7:30 p.m., $75. APRIL 7: Bob Schneider. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $18. APRIL 8: Kris Allen. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. APRIL 9: Slightly Stoopid. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25. APRIL 17-18: Umphrey’s McGee. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25. APRIL 19: American Aquarium. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $7. APRIL 19: Caravanserai: Orchestra of Fes directed by Mohammed Briouel with Francoise Atlan. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10-$25. APRIL 20: Casey Donahew. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. APRIL 20: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $18-$48. APRIL 25: Stoney LaRue. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $17. MAY 4: Corey Smith. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. MAY 5: Delbert McClinton. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $25-$75. MAY 7: Sick Puppies. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $20. MAY 18: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas: A Tribute to John Williams. Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $28-$48.

THEATER APRIL 9-14: “Anything Goes.” Cole Porter’s high-seas musical comedy. Contains mild adult situations. Walton Arts Center, April 9-11, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 14, 2 and 7 p.m., $40-$63. APRIL 18-MAY 12: “Next to Normal.” The critically acclaimed musical drama about a family’s struggle with mental illness. Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m., $10-$22. APRIL 26-28: “American Idiot.” Musical based on Green Day’s best-selling album of the same name. Contains some mature themes. Walton Arts Center, Fri., April 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 28, 2 p.m., $53-$79. MAY 22-26: “War Horse.” A horse named Joey and a young man called Albert form an unbreakable bond that carries them through the battlefields of World War I. Contains scenes of war that might not be suitable for youngsters. Walton Arts Center, Wed., May 22, 7 p.m.; Thu., May 23, 2 and 7 p.m.; Fri., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 25, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., May 26, 2 p.m., $49-$63.



MARCH 23: Air Review, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 door. APRIL 4: Ray Tarantino. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free.

MARCH 26: Doug Stanhope. UARK Bowl, 8 p.m., $25.


MUSIC MARCH 26: Zoogma. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $12. MARCH 28: Garrison Keillor: A Brand-New Retrospective. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $38-$76. MARCH 29: James McMurtry. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $15. APRIL 2: Kool & The Gang. Walton Arts Center,

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BODY POLICE, CONT. members, understandably, seemed less than eager to spend time on Irvin’s bill. One senator openly rolled his eyes as Irvin and Health Department attorney Robert Brech testified. Irvin’s motivation, she said, was fear of staph infections — though neither Irvin nor Brech offered any evidence regarding the public health risk of the body modification procedures in the bill. They offered no data or analysis, nor did they provide any comparison with other legal activities. Rather, Irvin and Brech employed an “ew, gross” strategy. They particularly harped on the gritty details of a “tongue-splitting” that was performed in Little Rock, even though that would not be impacted one way or the other by the legislation. Irvin told the committee, “If you review the pictures of scarification, it’s an interesting technique but very problematic.” As for dermal implants, Irvin mentioned “spikes and things like that” and “peel[ing] back the skin.” Committee members audibly groaned. At one point she compared scarification, a practice that some adults in the U.S. choose for themselves, to female genital mutilation in Africa. Misty Forsberg — a licensed tattoo and piercing artist from Fort Smith — testified convincingly that the definitions in the bill were contradictory and vague and said that Irvin’s descriptions of the practices were inaccurate. Forsberg said the bill failed to address the more intensive forms of implants the Health Department intended to target and, as written, the bill was so broad that it would ban navel piercings. Forsberg said scarification, which is common in some cultures, had been a worldwide industry for 10 years and that it should be regulated, not banned, which would only send it to an unregulated black market. “If it’s passed you’ll see professionals cease to do it,” she said. “Professionals like myself won’t break the law to do it. It will be left to untrained individuals underground ... a ban on it will only increase the danger of having untrained individuals perform it on the public and leaving that public with no safe way to pursue this art.” As for health risks, she testified that they are “equivalent in the depth and comparable in risk to that of a tattoo without ink. The result is the intentional application of scars for the purpose of decoration. The state’s fear of high infection rates is unfounded, as the initial healing time is faster than even that of many basic body piercings.” 24

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Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R-Rogers) asked whether the procedures should be considered invasive surgery. Brech responded that he thought tonguesplitting was invasive surgery, though the bill doesn’t apply to tongue-splitting. Sen. Stephanie Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) wanted to make sure that the ban wouldn’t apply to branding, which is a practice followed by some African-American fraternities. She was told it does not, though branding is itself a form of scarification. Finally, Sen. David Burnett (D-Osceola) used the question time to announce that tongue-splitting was “the grossest thing I’ve ever heard of.” The bill passed by voice vote. Forsberg and other body artists who oppose Irvin’s bill are actually in favor of tougher regulation, safety requirements and training in their industry. In fact, despite her opposition to SB 387, Forsberg later testified in favor of a second body-modification bill from Irvin, SB 388, regarding regulation and professional standards. Irvin and Health Department officials originally approached Forsberg and other industry experts for help. According to Forsberg, it became clear that they had relied exclusively on quick Google and YouTube searches, leading to sensational misinformation. “It doesn’t seem like they bothered to continue anywhere past that on researching the topic,” she said. Forsberg and other body artists tried to offer suggestions on SB 387. She told the Times that there were certain types of implants that really are too dangerous to do in a tattoo shop but that Irvin had flubbed the definitions in the bill so badly that it both failed to address her attempted target and could be construed to ban almost any form of body art at all. She called it a “slippery slope that makes us very nervous.” Irvin blew off these critiques. “I clarified that with the senator when they were writing it because they approached me for help with it,” she said. “Even after telling her what [scarification and dermal implants] actually were she chose to ignore that and present it as something different.” Irvin did not respond to repeated requests from the Times for comments. Brech, however, did talk to the Times to explain the thinking behind the bill. He again brought up a detailed description of tongue-splitting, though he agreed that the legislation does not address that activity, CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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42 of the most innovative underground bands from 8 countries Talk Normal (NY)

Since their formation in 2007, the duo of Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro have crafted a unique blend of driving noise rock. Feedback-drenched guitar tones and jarring rhythms are common in Talk Normal’s surprisingly songful tunes, producing a sound informed by their predecessors (Cocteau Twins, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson & Creatures), but strikingly new.

Low Key Arts, 7pm – 118 Arbor, $7 – All Ages Architects (KC), Nat Rufus/Blacklist Royals (TN), Talk Normal (NY), Nervous Curtains, (TX), Nonagon (IL), and Sound of the Mountain (Winners of The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase!) Midnight After Party with Pagiins (AR) Workshop, 4pm, Art Church Studios (301 Whittington Ave.) Pat Moriarity illustration workshop


Low Key Arts, 7pm – 118 Arbor, $7 – All Ages Frontier (IL) Grandchildren (PA), Water Liars (MS), Jack Topht (NY), Kentucky Knife Fight (MO), Stagnant Pools (IN) Secret Show, 6pm – Perpetual Werewolf (AR) performs in a secret location TBA that day on Twitter and Facebook! Workshop, 4pm, Art Church Studios (301 Whittington Ave.) Pat Moriarity illustration workshop Trail Show, Noon – Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Ave. Meet at Superior Bathhouse for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance.


Low Key Arts, 7pm - 118 Arbor, $7 – All Ages Laura Stevenson (MA), So Many Dynamos (MO), Fol Chen (CA), Snowmine (NY), Funeral Suits (Ireland), Jamaican Queens (MI), Royal Canoe (Canada) Midnight After Party with Booger Sugar (NJ)

Water Liars (MS)

Water Liars became a thing in Pittsboro, M$ in 2011. We made our first record there by accident. We ended up calling it “Phantom Limb” and it came out in February 2012. Since then we’ve played a lot of shows and met a lot of cool people. Recently we made another record in Water Valley, M$, which we have called “Wyoming”. It will come out March 5th, 2013 on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records. Please look for it wherever you look for music and look for us in your town.

Secret Show, 6pm – Idiot Glee performs in a secret location TBA that day on Twitter and Facebook! Workshop, 4pm, Art Church Studios (301 Whittington Ave.) Breakdancing Workshop with Derek Brooks Trail Show, Noon – Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Ave. Meet at Superior Bathhouse for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Water Liars.


Low Key Arts, 7pm – 118 Arbor, $7 – All Ages Sinkane (Sudan/USA), The Yellow Dogs (Iran), Gashcat (LA), Roomrunner (MD), Jaill (WI), Single Mothers (Canada), Détective (CA) Midnight After Party with Bird Cloud (TN)

So Many Dynamos (MO)

So Many Dynamos is a rock band from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Their music is generally classified as indie rock, combining aspects of electropop and dance-punk. They take their name from a famous palindrome.

Sinkane (Sudan, USA)

Sinkane is a multi-instrumentalist from Sudan by-way of the United States of America. He has played drum kit, bass and/or guitar in the bands Caribou, of Montreal and Born Ruffians. He also composes and records his own music (also under the name Sinkane). Currently he resides in Brooklyn, New York and plays keyboard and percussion with Yeasayer.

PeeLander Z (Japan)

PeeLander Z land their technicolor space ship in Hot Springs again. The bands over the top big riff cartoon show will bring a jaw dropped smile to every face in the venue. Steak!

Secret Show, 6pm – The Black Atlantic (Netherlands) perform in a secret location TBA that day on Twitter and Facebook! Workshop, 4pm, Art Church Studios (301 Whittington Ave.) Print Making workshop with Dana Falconberry Trail Show, Noon – Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Ave Meet at Superior Bathhouse for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Dana Falconberry (TX).


Low Key Arts, 6pm – 118 Arbor, $7 – All Ages PeeLander Z (Japan), Pallbearer (AR), My Gold Mask (IL), Galaxy Express (South Korea), Pinkish Black (TX), The Royal Heist (CA) Secret Show, 6pm – Pujol (TN) perform in a secret location TBA that day on Twitter and Facebook! Workshop, 4pm, Art Church Studios (301 Whittington Ave.) How to make a mix tape Trail Show, Noon – Superior Bathhouse, 329 Central Ave. Meet at Superior Bathhouse for a 1 to 2 mile hike into The National Park for an unplugged performance with Kyle Craft from the band Gashcat (LA). SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

BODY POLICE, CONT. which the Health Department believes is already illegal. Brech said that based on discussions with infectious disease doctors, he was concerned that both scarification and implants could lead to “very severe infections.” “We can’t [even] control infections 100 percent in hospitals in extremely sterile environments where everybody is trained,” he said. He said that they had not yet identified a single case of infection from scarification or implants, and did not have any data or


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research on the public health impacts. However, “the potential for infection is there … . You’ve got people who are not medically trained cutting into the skin.” Forsberg testified that the Health Department was exaggerating the risk of infection from scarification. Not so, Brech said. “Their point is that it’s not any more dangerous than some piercings that might take weeks to heal,” he said. “That’s more of an argument that those piercings maybe ought to be banned as well — but we’re not try-

ing to do that.” Brech shrugged off Forsberg’s fear that a prohibition could lead to more black-market procedures that would have a higher infection rate, saying, “You could make that argument with anything.” As for why the law bans some forms of scarification but not branding, he said, “The legislature made that determination in 2001. Branding is allowable. It’s been done for years. We’re not looking to change that. We’re trying to limit more emerging things than

what traditionally has been done. The implants and scarification are sort of emerging. There’s not a lot of that that happens in Arkansas now.” Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena), perhaps the most conservative member of the General Assembly, says he is resolved to try to stop the bill. “The bottom line is I don’t think it’s the proper role of government to tell people what they can and cannot do with their own bodies,” he said in a recent phone interview. When SB 387 hit the Senate floor, it again sailed through, though with a bit of resistance. Four Republicans voted no, on the same grounds articulated by Bell. One of them was Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock). “I didn’t think the bill was needed,” he said. “What an individual chooses to do in terms of those types of modifications to one’s body, that should be left to them.” The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor committee has scheduled a hearing on Irvin’s bills March 21. One Republican on the committee, Rep. David Meeks (R-Conway), has publicly stated that he is leaning against it. On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville), the Democratic Majority Leader who serves on the committee, hasn’t read the bill yet but said that he has “heard a lot of people on both sides of the aisle raise some very serious concerns,” including the possibility that the law might prohibit some religious practices. Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock), a liberal voice on the opposite end of the political spectrum as Bell, has publicly stated that he will vote against the bill. Bell plans to speak against it in committee. “I certainly don’t have any implantations or piercings or scarification,” he said. “But as I look at it, fundamentally, that’s an unreasonable encroachment on personal liberty.” Forsberg stressed that she did not think legislators were intentionally trying to attack folks interested in body modification, but that misinformation and fear had muddied the waters. “A lot of people in the state, they see things like this and because they don’t understand why we do it, it’s scary,” she said. “People don’t like things outside of what’s their norm. Because of the area that we live in, a lot of stuff that’s normal, everyday activity to many of us in the body-modification industry is considered gross and distasteful. ... People’s natural reaction is to try to be against something they don’t understand.”

STEEL VS. BIG BROTHER, CONT. (drones) by law enforcement agencies, and HB 1996, which would stipulate how long law enforcement agencies can archive data collected by automatic license plate readers, which scan and archive information on every car they pass. Steel has also filed a shell bill, HB 2296, which he hopes to amend into a bill dealing with tracking of people via their cell phone or other electronic device. License plate scanners consist of a multiple camera system in a police patrol car that scans and archives the location of every license plate the system “sees” as the car drives along, as well as the time and date. The system alerts the officer if it detects a plate that is associated with a wanted suspect. Steel’s bill would require law enforcement agencies to delete most of the data collected by automatic plate readers after seven days, unless a “governmental entity” makes a preservation request. That request would extend the deletion limit to 14 days in order to give law enforcement time to seek a court order to preserve it as evidence. “Statistical data” such as the number of license plates scanned, the number of confirmed matches to suspect vehicles, the number of matches that resulted in arrests and other basic data would be preserved for research purposes, but not GPS locations, times of the scans, or plate numbers. The bill would also exempt the data from the Freedom of Information Act and would prohibit the collected information from being used in civil proceedings. “I don’t know if we’ll stick with seven days, or we’ll go shorter or longer,” Steel said. “I guess I’ll feel out other members. But I think that’s plenty of time for them to issue a prosecutor’s subpoena. Absent of that, I don’t think we should have the data so somebody can FOI a police file to find out where their wife was a week ago.” Steel said the license plate scanner bill is already garnering support on both sides of the aisle. “I don’t think it’s going to be all that controversial,” he said. “Nobody really has a problem with the use of the technology for [alerting officers to wanted cars]. What we have a problem with is the compiling and the keeping of the data and personal information.” The Little Rock Police Department currently has one patrol car with plate scanning technology, which is assigned to the downtown division, and has discussed outfitting more cars with the technology. Sgt. Cassandra Davis, spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department, said that as of this writing, the department has no written policy on when data captured by the plate scanning system should be deleted. The information collected could be subject to the state Freedom of Information Act, but Davis said the city attorney would review each case and certain information

would be redacted prior to release. She said that the seven-day limit stipulated in Steel’s bill would likely be sufficient in most cases, though she said there are instances in which detectives only learn about a suspect long after a crime. By that time, the information would have been deleted. Steel said the drone bill is based on legislation passed in other states, and will have to be amended. As for the bills that would prohibit employers or universities from seeking passwords or usernames, Steel said they wouldn’t restrict anyone

from seeing anything that’s in the public domain, but would prohibit them from seeking “special access.” Steel said that extending that protection for job seekers is important given the current job market. “Sometimes people are willing to do whatever it takes to get a job, especially in this environment,” he said. “I don’t want employers to be tempted to use that bargaining position in a hiring contract or anything else.” Steel said it’s a good time politically to draw together bipartisan alliances on the issue of electronic privacy. As a former

prosecutor, he said he’s one of the most pro-law-enforcement legislators in the House, and doesn’t want to limit the use of new technologies during investigations when necessary. He said he does, however, want to make sure departments respect the rights of citizens. “If we see them overstepping, I think it’s our job to kind of point that out,” he said. “We just want to make sure that the use of new technology — whether it’s license plate scanners or drone aircraft or anything else — complies with Fourth Amendment law.”

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Independent Music Festival enters ninth year.

ow. Can it really be that it’s only the ninth annual Valley of the Vapors that’s upon us? Seems like only 2005 that the upstart independent music festival was getting started, luring in touring bands from all over the planet to come visit the hospitable Hot Springs National Park and play for the assembled throngs of music lovers. Wait a minute, math … math … carry the one … Wow! It was only 2005 that the VOV got started! It’s just that it seems like such an institution now. Probably that’s because Bill Solleder and Shea Childs (founders of VOV and its parent nonprofit, Low Key Arts), along with their formidable posse of volunteers, do such a great job organizing a music festival that’s unlike anything else going. It’s unpretentious, unassuming and, as you might surmise from their handle, Low Key. Many bands have become regulars over the years, making sure to make the pilgrimage from New York or Seoul or you know, wherever. Below, we’ll take a gander at some of this year’s VOV performers, nearly all of whom will perform at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor St.). But be sure to check out val28

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ARKANSAS TIMES to get the full lineup, including all workshops, trail shows, art exhibitions, secret shows and more. Without any further ado, here are some of the highlights of a fun-filled fest (of which the Arkansas Times is a sponsor):

FRIDAY The whole enchilada gets started with Kansas City’s Architects who get down to brass tacks without pretense. After that is Nashville’s Nat Rufus kicking up a cloud of punkabilly dust that’s get all in your teeth and stuff. Next up is the expansive post-punk sprawl of New York duo Talk Normal followed by the tense, terse Nervous Curtains of Dallas. Closing it out will be the 2013 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain and then there’ll be a midnight after-party with Fayetteville’s Pagiins.

SATURDAY Starting off the day is Frontier, a trio of avant garde experimentalists from Illinois. Next up is Grandchildren, a Philly “electro-acoustic orchestral pop”


ensemble making its sixth appearance at the VOV. Mississippi duo Water Liars are next, touring their latest album, “Wyoming,” out last week on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records. New York rapper Jack Tropht and St. Louis rock miscreants Kentucky Knife Fight are next, followed by retro-informed noise-pop duo Stagnant Pools and Fayetteville’s Perpetual Werewolf. Teenagers helm the midnight afterparty for the late-night crowd.

SUNDAY Massachusetts indie-folk singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson gets Sunday’s lineup off to a tasteful start, followed by palindromic St. Louis dance-rockers So Many Dynamos. California-bred pop act Fol Chen is up next followed by Brooklyn indie rockers Snowmine making a return to Arkansas. Representing the emerald isle, Ireland’s Funeral Suits bring some harmonically rich, electro-informed indie rock to the proceedings. Next up is Jamaican Queens, with New Jersey tongue-in-cheek hairmetal heroes Booger Sugar taking on the late-night after-party duties.

MONDAY The VOV continues with the sounds of Sudanese multi-instrumentalist and Yeasayer keyboardist/percussionist Sinkane. Next up is dance-punkers The Yellow Dogs, all the way from Iran, followed by Louisiana’s Gashcat and Maryland’s shaggy rockers Roomrunner. Keeping the guitar-happy jams going are Wisconsin’s Jaill and Canadian mosh-bruisers Single Mothers. L.A.-based garage rockers Detective close it out, and Tennessee’s Bird Cloud keeps the party going late.

TUESDAY VOV alums Peelander-Z bring the manic, multi-colored pop-punk back, followed by lush indie pop duo My Gold Mask. South Korean pop-meisters Galaxy Express amp things up before Little Rock doom-metal pros Pallbearer bring it down to a funereal fog, followed by their fellow travelers, Fort Worth doom metal/goth duo Pinkish Black. The Royal Heist ends things with a high-octane blast of sharp guitar rock.

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Peckerwolf w/ Teenagers (Fayetteville)

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March 23, 2013 | 8:00pm

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Emmy-winning and Tony nominated writer and actor (and Arkansas native) Laurence Luckinbill, who will bring his acclaimed portrayals of Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Clarence Darrow, and Lyndon Johnson to life at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in a night of readings from his award-winning solo shows.

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LITTLE ROCK-BORN GRAPHIC ARTIST NATE POWELL has collaborated with U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and writer Andrew Aydin on a new autobiographical graphic novel trilogy called “March,” which will follow Lewis’ life and career as a congressman and civil rights icon. The first book of the “March” trilogy, published by the graphic novel publisher Top Shelf Productions, will debut at San Diego Comic Con on July 18, and will be available at a bookstore near you on Aug. 13. Top Shelf is one of the highest-profile publishing houses in the graphic novel genre, and has previously printed several titles by the legendary graphic novelist Alan Moore, including “From Hell,” “Lost Girls,” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The son of an Alabama sharecropper, John Lewis served as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963 to 1966, helped organize sit-in demonstrations and marches all over the South during the height of the Civil Rights struggle and spoke during the March on Washington in August 1963. He represents Georgia’s Fifth District in the U.S. House. Born in Little Rock in 1978, Nate Powell is a graphic artist, publisher and musician who graduated in 2000 from New York’s School of Visual Arts. His graphic novels include 2008’s “Swallow Me Whole” (a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and winner of the Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel) “Any Empire” and “The Silence of Our Friends.” Powell is currently working on — among other projects — the other two volumes of “March,” a new graphic novel of his own called “Cover” (which his blog says is scheduled to be published by Top Shelf in 2017), and a graphic novel version of the youngadult novel “Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero,” by Rick Riordan. To see a preview of “March,” go to: You can also visit Powell’s blog at:

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8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $18-$58

This weekend, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra sets its sights on the Great American Songbook. Conductor Philip Mann, in a preview for the show, said audiences will be in for “a glitzy and glamorous evening.” On the bill are favorites by many of the greats: George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more. “We listen to you at the symphony,” Mann said, “and you asked for Gershwin, you asked for Hoagy Carmichael, you asked for Irving Berlin, and you get them all and more on this great concert that’s full of surprises and sure to entertain.” Sounds like a good time and a chance to remember that these songs are called “standards” for a reason. RB



7 p.m. Beebe High School. $15.

DUB BREAK: All the way from the U.K., The Freestylers headline at Revolution Friday night.



9 p.m. Revolution. $8-$13.

Dudes, listen up man, because it’s SPRING BREAK! What does that mean? Time to PARTAY! But where to partay? And how to partay? Well how’s about at Revolution with a big ol’ sweaty, shakin’, strobe-lightsflashin’, rental-car-bashin’ dance party, with a massive system and tons of drops and all that? They’re 30

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gonna be hosting veteran U.K. outfit The Freestylers. Wikipedia tells us that the group “has incorporated more of a drumstep sound” nowadays. There’s so many steps to keep up with: drumstep, dubstep, techstep, hardstep, jazzstep, darkstep, stepstep. Is there garagestep? Anybody remember garage? Not like The White Stripes, but like the British techno (pronounce it like you would “carriage” only with a hard “G” sound,

like The Clash did). It was kinda fast, like “thump-thump-thump-thump,” but faster? I think it came after deep house but before jungle and it might have turned into grime or eski. Anyways, if you’re steady on the electronic dance music, you’ve likely heard The Freestylers crossover hit “Cracks” from 2011. These guys are going to be doing a three-turntable set, with openers Lawler, Wolf-e-Wolf, Gdash and Mix Mafia. RB

Beebe native Cody Belew gives back this weekend by returning to his hometown to play a benefit concert to raise money for Project Graduation. According to his Facebook profile, Belew will be performing some of his new original tunes. If you haven’t checked out the video for his version of “Purple Rain,” you need to get yourself to an Internet and get to watching. Just in case you were wondering, his show at BHS will be appropriate for all ages. There was some sort of question about that, and he addressed it using social media: “I have received word that there is mild concern regarding the nature of my upcoming concert benefiting the Beebe High School senior class and their ‘Project Graduation.’ Some have wondered whether or not it will be family oriented. Let me ASSURE you that I will put on a show that is both family friendly and MIND BLOWING! So bring your kids, grandmother, preacher, and babysitter cause we’re raising money for a good cause and we’ll be doing it in the spirit of community and TOGETHERNESS!” Right on, Cody. I suppose the concerns were on account of he used some cuss words when he found out he’d been picked for Team CeeLo when he was on NBC’s “The Voice.” But first of all, come on, dude was excited; and secondly, come on, seriously. RB





8:30 p.m. Cornerstone Pub and Grill.

Well this is a bummer: After three years, an album, and a bunch of shows (including the 2012 Times Showcase and shows benefiting St. Jude’s and the Boys and Girls Clubs) Central Arkansas rockers Se7en Sharp will be hanging it up. From their Facebook: “We have loved playing for you over these past 3 years, and we intend to go out with a bang. It won’t be a time of regret, but rather a celebration of everything we’ve accomplished since our inception. More details will be coming soon, but know that we would love nothing more than to see you one more time! P.S. Brad’s coming back to play drums for this show,

LAST SHOW: Se7en Sharp will play its final show Saturday at Cornerstone Pub and Grill.

and we’re gonna blow the roof off! Plus it’s Shayne’s birthday party!” Proceeds from the show are going toward recording sessions to get down the band’s most recent songs. It sucks when a band you

like stops playing, but them’s the breaks, unfortunately. There’s really nothing else to do except come to their last show, buy ’em a shot and a beer and say “Well done, y’all.” RB



8 p.m. Revolution. $10 adv., $15 day of.

That former child prodigy Bernie Worrell cut his teeth as the original keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic — providing the deep, infectious synth groove on some of the biggest hits of the late-’70s and early-’80s, including “Mothership Connection (Star Child),” “Flash Light,” and “Aqua Boogie” — should tell you something about what you can expect from his appearance with the nine-piece Bernie Worrell Orchestra at Revolution this Sunday. They’re hot off several appearances at South by Southwest in Austin, and sound great. My favorite track I’ve heard so far is “BWO is Landing,” a funky, bubbly piece that seems ripped from the soul charts circa 1976, with lotsa cowbell, bongo drums, a tight and well-used horn section and plenty of Worrell’s innovative work at the keyboard. Come on out and catch a living legend. DK

6 p.m. Downtown Hot Springs. Free.

For all its cheeseball, tourist-trap attractions, I like Hot Springs a lot — that city built on horse racing and the idea that bathing in and drinking really

FRIDAY 3/15 Gwendlyn Kay recently competed in the Times Musicians Showcase and wowed the judges with sassy country songwriting chops. She plays Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. For a very different 2013 Showcase alum, check out Peckerwolf, with openers Teenagers from Fayetteville and Little Rock bruisers Jab Jab Suckerpunch, White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. If your Friday could use some charming and talented ladies performing in a burlesque setting, The Foul Play Cabaret will be just the ticket, with The Bohannons, Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. If you never got to see the legendary Queen perform, the Walton Arts Center has the next best thing, with “One Night of Queen” with Gary Mullen & The Works, who have been hailed as an uncannily similar tribute act, 8 p.m., $25-$55.


HOUSE CALL FROM DR. WOO: Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell comes to Revolution Sunday night.



The great Willie Nelson & Family perform at El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $30-$100. Atlanta multi-instrumental rockers Gringo Star return to White Water Tavern with Shantih Shantih, 10 p.m., $5. Stickyz hosts Shreveport’s Dirtfoot, “the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land,” with openers Yarn, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $7. Live at Laman is back this month, with folk-country singer/ songwriter Shannon Wurst, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. They’re having a Thunder on the Mountain Throwdown over at Revolution, with Trey Hawkins Band, Dry County, Good Time Ramblers, Junior Hill & The Settlement and Greg Ward, 9 p.m., $5.

hot water will fix anything from impotence to kidney stones. Like the other jewel in Arkansas’s quack medicine crown, Eureka Springs, Hot Springs seems to relish not taking itself all that seriously these days. Case in point: the Spa City’s yearly “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” which traverses exactly 98 feet along Bridge Street, and

yet draws thousands of revelers. That’s, like, a kazillion gallons of green beer per foot. Another oddity this year: dual, in-a-relationship Grand Marshals (or should that be Marshals Grand?) Bo Derek and John Corbett, both of whom have previously presided individually over the parade. Always a good time. DK

Red Dirt country is gonna roll into town, when The Josh Abbott Band plays an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. For some catchy, awesomely unfussy Southern rock ’n’ roll, don’t miss Nashville up-andcomers Modoc, with Siversa, Stella Luss and Knox Hamilton, Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 2013 Showcase finalist and all-around ass-kicking machine The Stephen Neeper Band plays an 18-andolder at Stickyz, with Mad Nomad, 9 p.m. Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson helms a DJ set after-party, with Rufio, Jason D, Neuraal, g-force, Dominique Sanchez & The Discovery Dolls and a Salsa dance party with DJ Mr. Suave, Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m5 a.m. For some St. Paddy’s Day revelry, check out the 3rd Street Merchants St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, with vendors, beer, food, music, dance, arts and crafts, and more, Third and River Market, 2-10 p.m. and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.

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

comedians, music and DJ Uncle Jam. Sway, 8:30 p.m., $20, $30 with dinner, $50 with dinner and champagne. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. www.


Live horse racing. Thu.-Sun. every week until April 13, plus Memorial Day. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www. Nothin’ but Net 3-on-3 Senior Basketball Tournament. Senior basketball players 50 and older from around the country will participate. Downtown Hot Springs. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-1441.



ASO’s Intimate Neighborhood Concert Series. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra chamber performance featuring Beth Wheeler on English horn, with works by Bartok, Elgar and more. Call 501666-1761 for tickets. Christ Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $10-$35. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Country Karaoke and Line Dance Lessons with Ron Powell. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m.; March 21, 9 p.m.; March 28, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Dirtfoot, Yarn. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Gloriana, Samantha Fish, Steve Hester & DejaVooDoo. 18-and-older. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., free. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Gringo Star, Shantih Shantih. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. Hotel War. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through March 28: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Josh Ivy (acoustic). Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Live at Laman: Shannon Wurst. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. Loves It!. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Mr. Lucky (headliner), Carnie Barkers (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 8 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Peter Fletcher. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.


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FOL Spring Book Sale. Faulkner County Library, through March 16, 9 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.


MUSIC ROCKIN’ CANADIANS: The Canadian rock band Three Days Grace plays Verizon Arena on Saturday, with openers Shinedown and P.O.D., 7 p.m., $36-$52. Sir James Galway with Lady Jeanne Galway. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $48-$72. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thunder on the Mountain Throwdown. With Trey Hawkins Band, Dry County, Good Time Ramblers, Junior Hill & The Settlement, Greg Ward. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Willie Nelson & Family. El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $30-$100. 101 W. 8th St., El Dorado. 870-862-4747.


Tony Tone. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Art of Motion: Tango. Includes lessons from local and national tango instructors. No partner needed. Arkansas Arts Center, through May 9: second Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $10, free for members. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000.

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How to Dance in a Rock Musical. With Lisa Harper, choreography instructor at the Arkadelphia School of Dance and Henderson State University. University of Central Arkansas, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 6:30 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


Cause Day. Highlighting National Nutrition Month, National Sleep Awareness Month and Diabetes Alert Month, in McCain Mall’s Center Court. McCain Mall Shopping Center, 1 p.m., free. 3929 McCain Blvd., NLR. Joan Cashin. The author and professor will discuss her book, “First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War,” about the wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. SOMA Food Truck Thursday. Featuring Cylde ‘n’ Kiddos, Excaliburger, Green Cuisine, Southern Gourmasian, Sugar Shack, Santa Lucia Pizzaria and The Food Truck. The Bernice Garden, 5 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www.thebernicegarden. org. Worldwide, the Hip Hop Chef Cooking Show. Chef Worldwide’s hip hop dinner, followed by

9th Annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. Multi-day music festival featuring a wide variety of bands from around the globe. Low Key Arts, March 15-19, $43 (full pass). 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. 501-282-9056. www. Brothers with Different Mothers. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Family Dog. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Foul Play Cabaret, The Bohannons. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Gwendlyn Kay. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Holy Ghost Electric Show. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Interstate Buffalo. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, March 15-16, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom. com. Lucious Spiller Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Moonshine Mafia. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. One Night of Queen with Gary Mullen & The Works. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $25-$55. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Peckerwolf, Teenagers, Jab Jab Suckerpunch. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Raising Grey (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.


Jason James. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” Original two-act comedic play about the residents of tiny, fictional Dumpster, Ark. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Tony Tone. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


2013 Toughman Contest. Two days of amateur boxing, with celebrity “Mr. T.” and others. Statehouse Convention Center, March 15-16. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Bill Strickland. Lecture from Strickland, an expert on art-focused educational systems, in the College of Business Auditorium, is part of a daylong workshop on infusing arts into other curricula. University of Central Arkansas, 10 a.m. p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501-733-3164. “Hope for the Future.” Alzheimer’s Arkansas 11th Annual Caregiver Educational Symposium, an all-day educational symposium for family and professional caregivers. Geyer Springs Baptist Church, 7:30 a.m. 12400 Interstate 30. 501-2240021. Joel and Victoria Osteen: “A Night of Hope.” Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $18. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. 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. Robert Walden. The actor presents a lecture titled “The Power of Film in Public Service and Social Change.” Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Spring Antique Show & Sale. Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, March 15, 5:30 p.m.; March 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-253-7551.


Live horse racing. See March 14. Nothin’ but Net 3-on-3 Senior Basketball Tournament. See March 14.


FOL Spring Book Sale. Faulkner County Library, through March 16, 9 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.


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9th Annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. See March 15. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “American Songbook.” Featuring Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” and “I Get a Kick Out of You” and George Gershwin’s “My Funny Valentine.” Robinson Center, March 16, 8 p.m.; March 17, 3 p.m., $18$58. 426 W. Markham St. 501-376-4781. www. Ben Coulter. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Benefit Jazz Concert for The Asya Patton Project. Benefit concert for The Asya Patton Foundation Inc., which is dedicated to the prevention of the of youth suicide. Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, 7 p.m., $32. 521 Center St. 501-413-2182. Cadillac Jackson. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See March 15. Cody Belew. All proceeds benefit Project Graduation. For tickets, call 501-882-5463, ext. 1076. Beebe High School, 7 p.m., $15. 1201 W. Center St., Beebe. 501-882-5363. Getting the Most from Your Songwriting Efforts. Songwriting workshop with Doak Turner, founder and publisher of “The Nashville Muse.” Second Presbyterian Church, 9:30 a.m., $70. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-554-1602. Gregoire Maret Quartet. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Joe Pitts. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Josh Abbott Band. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Just Sayin’. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., $6. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Mayday by Midnight (headliner), Chris Henry (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Mercies, The See, The End of America. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. MODOC, Siversa, Stella Luss, Knox Hamilton. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. The Royal Celts. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. SCM Electrix, Gnarly Charlies. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501328-5556. Se7en Sharp. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Shannon Boshears Band. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501244-2528. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Stephen Neeper Band, Mad Nomad. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Three Days Grace Afterparty with DJ set from Neil Sanderson. Plus, Rufio, Jason D, Neuraal, g-force, Dominique Sanchez & The Discovery Dolls and Salsa dance party with DJ Mr. Suave. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Three Days Grace, Shinedown, P.O.D.. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $36-$52. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001.

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The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” See March 15. Tony Tone. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


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2013 Toughman Contest. See March 15. 3rd Street Merchants St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. With vendors, beer, food, music, dance, arts and crafts, and more. Third Street and River Market Avenue, March 16, 2-10 p.m.; March 17, 12-10 p.m. 401 E. Third St. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Children’s Library grand opening. Concert by the Kinders, an appearance of the Little Rock Fire Department’s fire truck, activities and demonstrations by the Museum of Discovery and Little Rock Zoo, tastings by Loblolly Creamery and Local Lime, information on native plant seed starting and energy saving, storytelling and more. Children’s Library and Learning Center, 10 a.m. p.m. 4800 W 10th St. www. Couponing Secrets. Terry Library, 11 a.m. 2015 Napa Valley Drive. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Heifer International Spring Fling. Family event includes planting activity and the “Garden Memory Game,” learning about bees, animals from Heifer Ranch, crafts. Events continue March 18-23. Heifer Village, 10 a.m. p.m. 1 World Ave. 501-376-6836. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Blvd. Opening of CALS Children’s Library. Grand opening of the new CALS Children’s Library. CALS Children’s Library, 10 a.m., free. 4800 W. 10th St. Rebel Stakes Day. Featuring the Boat and Truck Giveaway. Oaklawn, $25-$50. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Begins at Fourth and Rock in Little Rock, travels over Third Street and Sherman to River Market, crossing the Arkansas River via the Main Street Bridge into Argenta, and ending at Sixth and Main in North Little Rock. Includes clowns, decorative floats, Irish dancing and music, marching bagpipe bands, leprechauns and more. River Market, 1 p.m. 400

President Clinton Ave. Spring Antique Show & Sale. Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, March 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; March 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-253-7551. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Downtown Eureka Springs, 2 p.m., 479-981-9551. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs.

“Darcy O’Gill & The Derby People.” Central Arkansas Roller Derby’s Big Dam Rollers vs. Benton County Derby Dames. Skate World, 7 p.m., $10, free for children 10 and younger. 6512 Mabelvale Cut Off. Live horse racing. See March 14. Nothin’ but Net 3-on-3 Senior Basketball Tournament. See March 14.

Saturday Story Time: Unka Babba. For readers ages 2-10. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 11 a.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-3726822.



9th Annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. See March 15. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “American Songbook.” See March 16. Bernie Worrell Orchestra. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. “Celtic Spring.” Garvan Woodland Gardens, 3 p.m., $25. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs.

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Baobab Tree Book Club: “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 3:30 p.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-3726822. FOL Spring Book Sale. Faulkner County Library, 9 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.



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AFTER DARK, CONT. Gashcat. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501246-4340. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. The O’ltimate St. Patrick’s Day Bash, Cello Fury. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. St. Patrick’s Day Throwdown with Eric Sommer. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Swampbird, This Holy House, War Chief. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5 21 and older, $7 18-20. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707.


Silly Sunday Comedy Jam. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., $20-$30. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228.


3rd Street Merchants St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. See March 16. First Ever 10th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With celebrity grand marshals Bo Derek and John Corbett. Includes leprechauns, marching bands, Irish Elvis impersonators, quirky floats, Irish wolfhounds, and more. Downtown Hot Springs, 6 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. Spring Antique Show & Sale. Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, 10 a.m. p.m. 207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs. 479-253-7551.


“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.” Fayetteville Public Library, 2 p.m., free. 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville.


Live horse racing. See March 14. Nothin’ but Net 3-on-3 Senior Basketball

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9th Annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. See March 15. “Celtic Spring.” Governor’s Mansion, 7 p.m., $30. 1800 Center St. 501-377-1121. Jazz at The Afterthought: Eric Ware. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. The Mowgli’s, Lucius, The Dangerous Idiots. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Shivering Timbers, Mandy McBryde. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400.


“Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” Screening of the award-winning documentary. Thompson Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 38 Rahling Circle.


Wildwood’s Junior Naturalist Camp. For ages 7-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, March 18-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $180. 20919 Denny Road.



9th Annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. See March 15. Behond the Brave, Chrome Pony, Christian Lee Hutson. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Glossary, Lee Bains II & The Glory Fires. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through March 28: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. The Kingston Springs. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-3285556. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Open Jam. The Joint, March 19, 8 p.m.; March

26, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Water Tower, Aktar Aktar. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. You Me & Apollo, Great Forest, Knox Hamilton. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090.


Leslie Dach. The executive vice president of Corporate Affairs for Walmart will discuss his work in public policy, reputation management, corporate communications, philanthropy, government relations. Clinton School of Public Service, noon., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. “Seeking a Treatment for ALS Through Adult Stem Cell Research.” Lecture by Hynek Wichterle, Ph.D., of Columbia University in New York, will be in the Rayford Auditorium in the Biomed II Building. UAMS, noon. 4301 W. Markham St. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.


“Farewell to Manzanar.” In conjunction with “Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066.” Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., free. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000.


Wildwood’s Junior Naturalist Camp. For ages 7-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, through March 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $180. 20919 Denny Road.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.

Adema. All-ages. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, March 20, 5 and 9 p.m.; March 27, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Dueling Pianos. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., $5. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through March 28: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. The Railers, Ryan Couron. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


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


Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “First Contact in Arkansas: The Hernando de Soto Expedition.” Old State House Museum, noon, free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38


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Market Street Cinema times at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Complete showtimes for Breckenridge, Chenal 9, Lakewood 8, and McCain Mall were not available by press deadline. Find up-to-date listings at arktimes. com. NEW MOVIES The Call (R) — 911 operator (Halle Berry) takes a call from an adopted girl (Abigail Breslin) and ends up in danger. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) — Las Vegas superstar magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) secretly hate each other but have to pair up to fight competition from a street magician. 9:10, 11:25, 1:40, 3:55, 6:10, 8:25, 10:40. RETURNING THIS WEEK 21 & Over (R) — D-bags behaving badly, from the writers of “The Hangover,” because of course it is. Rave: 10:45 a.m., 12:25, 1:50, 2:50, 4:25, 5:25, 6:50, 7:50, 9:15, 10:15, 11:45. Riverdale: 9:35 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1:45, 3:50, 5:55, 8:05, 10:15. Argo (R) — A group of Americans in revolutionary Iran make an improbable escape, based on actual events, from director Ben Affleck. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Bullet to the Head (R) — Rambo’s a vengeanceseeking hitman in this one. Cinemark Tandy 10: 2:35, 7:45. Dark Skies (R) — Bunch of terrifying something or other invades the suburbs. Rave: 10:10 p.m. Dead Man Down (R) — Bullet-riddled revenge thriller, with Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Collin Farrell. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50, midnight. Riverdale: 9:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40, 4:00, 6:20, 8:40, 11:05. Escape from Planet Earth (PG) — Animated aliens have to escape from the planet Earth. Rave: 10:40 a.m., 3:00, 7:45 (2D), 12:30, 5:20 (3D). Riverdale: 9:15 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:35, 3:50, 6:05, 8:20, 10:35. A Good Day to Die Hard (R) — “Die Hard” goes to Russia in search of a paycheck. Rave: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00. Riverdale: 1:05, 3:20, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05. The Guilt Trip (PG-13) — It’s exactly like “The Road,” except with Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand and the world hasn’t ended yet and it’s supposedly a comedy. Cinemark Tandy 10: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40. The Hobbit (PG-13) — Slate’s headline: “Bored of the Rings – The Hobbit looks like Teletubbies and is way too long.” Ooh … burn. Whatever,

it’ll probably gross bajillions. Cinemark Tandy 10: 12:30, 4:00, 7:30. Identity Thief (R) — Yeah, real cute Hollywood. We’ll see how funny it is when somebody steals your debit card number and uses it to buy a bunch of iPads. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05. Snitch (PG-13) — Dad works as undercover informant to free his jailed teenaged son. Riverdale: 9:20, 11:30, 1:40, 3:45, 6:00, 8:10, 10:20. The Impossible (PG-13) — Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in this tale of a family that survives the 2004 Asian tsunami. Riverdale: 9:25 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 2:25. Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) — Basically, it’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” with a bunch of CGI monsters and Ewan McGregor. Rave: 11:05 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 2:00, 4:50, 5:35, 7:40, 10:35, 11:20 (2D), 1:15, 2:45, 4:05, 6:55, 8:25, 9:50 (3D). Riverdale: 9:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10. Jack Reacher (PG-13) — Ex-military sniper suspect calls in ex-Army investigator. With Robert Duvall and Werner Herzog. Cinemark Tandy 10: 12:45, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50. The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13) — Spoiler alert: It’s not really gonna be the “Last Exorcism.” Rave: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30, 11:55. Les Miserables (PG-13) — Victor Hugo’s masterpiece turned musical, winner of three Oscars, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, returns to theaters. Market Street: 1:15, 6:45. Life of Pi (PG) — Based on the smash-hit book of the same name, from director Ang Lee. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Monsters Inc. (G) — Pixar film about a group of monsters contending with a precocious, fearless youngster. Cinemark Tandy 10: 12:05, 9:35 (2D), 4:50 (3D). Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) — How the Wizard of Oz got that way. Chenal 9: 10:00 a.m., 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 (IMAX 3D), 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30. McCain Mall:4:30, 10:25 (2D), 12:30, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 9:55 (3D). Rave: 10:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:30, 3:15, 4:45, 6:30, 8:00, 9:45, 11:15 (2D), 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 (3D), 11:00 a.m., 2:15, 5:30, 8:45, midnight (3D eXtreme). Riverdale: 9:20 a.m., noon, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40. Parker (R) — Robin-Hood like thief is doublecrossed and left for dead. With J-Lo. Cinemark Tandy 10: 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10 Parental Guidance (PG) — Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as grandparents trying to baby-sit. Cinemark Tandy 10: Noon, 2:30,

5:10, 7:35, 10:00. Quartet (PG-13) — Bunch of retired British singers in an old folks home have to get the band back together to save the orphanage, er, sorry, the old folks home. Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15. Rave: 11:15 a.m., 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Rise of the Guardians (PG) — Animated adventure story about a group of heroes who protect the imaginations of children from an evil spirit who wants to take over the world. Cinemark Tandy 10: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30. Safe Haven (PG-13) — Sorry dude, but you are definitely going to have to take your girlfriend to see this soft-focus yawn-fest. Rave: 11:30 a.m., 2:20, 5:20, 8:20, 11:10. Silver Linings Playbook (R) — Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as two dysfunctional yet charming weirdoes who are just trying to make their way in this crazy world, OK? Jeez! Market Street: 4:15. Riverdale: 1:15, 3:50, 6:25, 9:00. Snitch (R) — The Rock has to go undercover in order to save his son. Rave: 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:20, 12:05. Warm Bodies (PG-13) — Pretty much “Twilight,” but with zombies instead of whatever it was “Twilight” had. Rave: 12:55, 3:25, 5:55, 8:30, 11:00. West of Memphis (R) — Acclaimed new documentary about the West Memphis Three case, from director Amy Berg. Market Street: 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) — Animated movie about a video game character. Cinemark Tandy 10: 12:25, 3:30, 6:10, 9:20 (2D), 2:20, 7:05 (3D). Zero Dark Thirty (R) — The operation that took out bin Laden. Cinemark Tandy 10: 1:00, 4:15, 7:45. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Tandy 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380,


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Befuddled Video-game-style gunplay almost does in ‘Dead Man Down.’ BY SAM EIFLING


hether you think “Dead Man Down” is a bad movie, a good one, or something between, you must allow at least that, at the most optimistic, it’s a good movie wrapped in a dumb one. The first 10 minutes feature a shootout that borders on videogameistic, while the last 10 minutes revert to the same. But in the big middle of the sandwich rests the debate. Did we just see a mishmashed, rudderless attempt to redefine the crime thriller? Or was it a curiously original interpretation of a genre that has been gunplayed and grunt-scripted to within a bare inch of its dark, gritty life? Usually this is a question you can weigh online via Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic or user ratings on IMDB. com. You’ve got $10 or so to blow on a movie, and you’re taking along a date, and you’ve got to put gas in the car, and two hours plus drive time is a real chunk of your life, so by the time you invest yourself in a movie you could be out $30 plus opportunity costs, and you want to have an idea heading in that you’re not just dribbling that money onto an open flame. So we look at the critics’ sites. The average score on Metacritic was a 42 out of 100. Rotten Tomatoes, even worse: 36 percent out of 100. A bona fide flunk. But the site for regular viewers,, the democracy, gives it a 7.2 out of 10 — not nearly so shabby. What happened in that gap? Here’s what I think happened, having seen “Dead Man Down,” and having mostly enjoyed it, despite wondering through much of it whether I was in fact enjoying a clunker. (Which is fine! If your heart doesn’t have space in it for crap, you’re squeezing too hard.) My guess is critics blanched when “Dead Man Down” announced itself as a certain kind of movie and swerved hard

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midway through the first act. It begins as a cold-blooded mob potboiler. A midlevel crime boss (Terrence Howard) has been receiving threatening notes and spooky cut-up photos and then, at his house, a corpse packed in ice in his deep freezer. Clues point to a drug den that is subsequently shot up in a hail of cartoony submachinegunned bangitybang. We soon learn the hit missed, and the tormentor is still at large. Hard cut to the apartment building of one of his lieutenants, the rakishly handsome but quietly suffering Victor, played by a restrained Colin Farrell. His high-rise apartment sits across the street from an alluring but disfigured Noomi Rapace (from the Swedish film versions of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” etc.). They make an awkward, semi-cute attempt at meeting. Then she springs a bit of crazy: She has serious dirt on him and she means to blackmail him into doing something terrible for her. They become confidantes, each sucked into the revenge plot the other is nursing. Feelings develop, and of course those bring with them vulnerabilities that make life harder in a dark, gritty crime thriller. C’est la vie. Pros: The cast, strong. The director, Niels Arden Oplev, who did the aforementioned Swedish “Dragon Tattoo,” also strong. Enough cloak and dagger to keep you curious. Peculiar story. Cons: Sluggish start. Uneven chemistry between Farrell and Rapace. Unexplained godlike gunslinging abilities for Farrell’s character. You probably won’t love it, but I just can’t see what critics seem to hate about it. Oh, one more pro, and this one weighs heavily. “Dead Man Down” feels strangely honest. Even if the film is only a 42, the few audiences that shelled out for this saw it as more of a 72. Call it points for trying.

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Wildwood’s Junior Naturalist Camp. For ages 7-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, through March 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $180. 20919 Denny Road.

Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre: “The Princess and the Pea.” Arkansas Arts Center, through March 24: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $10-$12. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. Auditions for “The Smell of the Kill.” The Public Theatre, March 16-17, 2 p.m. 616 Center St. 501374-7529. Auditions for “The Tempest.” Show dates are May 30-31, June 1 and June 6-8. Prepare a 90-second monologue. Call 501-249-3169 for more info. Tyndall Park, Sat., March 16, 10 a.m.; Sun., March 17, 5 p.m. 700 East Sevier St., Benton. “Company.” The award-winning musical from Stephen Sondheim about a contemplative bachelor on the night of his 35th birthday. The Weekend Theater, through March 24: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761. “On Golden Pond.” Cabot Community Center, through March 17, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 2 p.m., $10-$25. 204 N. First St., Cabot. “Rex’s Exes.” Comedy in which the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmy Wyvette — teeter on the brink of disaster again. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through April 7: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Til Beth Do Us Part.” Comedy about a marriage that threatens to come undone after years of complacency on the part of meteorologist Gibby Hayden, whose ambitious, career-driven wife has hired an assistant to help out. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through March 16: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-5623131. “Treasure Island.” World premiere of a new musical version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through March 31: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501378-0405. “The Twefth Night.” Presented by The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton Virginia. Ozark Folk Center State Park, Sat., March 16, 7 p.m., $17. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View.


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More art listings can be found in the calendar at ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” art by Arkansas students K-12, March 15-May 5; “Farewell to Manzanar,” 6 p.m. March 19, film in conjunction with “Wendy Maruyama: Tag Project/Executive Order 9066,” work inspired by the internment, through April 21; “Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass,” 53 gelatin-silver prints, through April 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “The World is Flat,” recent paintings by Stephen

AFTER DARK, CONT. Cefalo, opens with reception 7-10 p.m. March 16, show through May 11. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GATHERING OF ARTISTS, downtown North Little Rock: Artists will be showing on Main Street for Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m. March 15. THEA CENTER, 401 Main, NLR: Unveiling of Matt McLeod painting for the 2nd annual Thea Arts Festival, Landmark Elementary Student Show, 5-8 p.m. March 15, Argenta ArtWalk. 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sat. 379-9512. CONWAY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: “The Arts, Transforming Education,” with Dr. Jeff Young, Dr. Paige Rose and keynote speaker Bill Strickland, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15, McCastlain Hall Ballroom and College of Business. 501-733-3164. HOT SPRINGS ARTCHURCH STUDIOS, 601 Whittington Ave.: “Pat Moriarity Illustration Workshop,” cartoon and other illustration techniques, 4 p.m. March 16, “Block Printing Workshop with Dana Falconberry,” 4 p.m. March 18, part of the Valley of the Vapors festival. HOT SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “2013 Hot Springs Regional Art Competition,” featuring art by Dick Easter, Barbara Cade, Paige Dirksen, Rashawn

Penister, John D. Woodridge and others, through March 30. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 501-624-0489.


The Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., North Little Rock, is taking submissions for its 11th annual scholarship competitions for high school seniors. Submission for filmmaking scholarship due April 5. For more information, go to the or call 379-9512.


“Matt Smith: Landscape Painting,” a threeday indoor workshop, runs March 28-30 at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum; deadline to register is March 22. Tuition is $400, $350 for members. 479-784-2787 for more information.


BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “No I’m Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective,” cartoons by Michael Jukes; “1st Annual Membership Exhibition” by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers, through April 27. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Structures II,” paintings by Daniel Coston, through April 27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 2241335.

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CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Mid-Southern Watercolorists Spring 2013 Juried Exhibition,” through April. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Bridging the Burden: In Their Shoes,” boots of Arkansas soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, through April 27. 918-3086. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “Highlights of Spring,” work by Sean LeCrone. 801-0211. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham: “Yosemite: Images from the Past,” prints from early 20th-century glass plates by unknown photographer, through March 30. GORRELL GALLERY OF FINE ART, 201 W. 4th St.: Work by established and emerging artists, including Doug Gorrell. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. 607-2225. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “The Struggle Continues … History Unfolds,” paintings and mixed media by Frank Frazier, through April 8. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “For All the World to See,” the struggle for racial equality 1940s-1970s in photographs, television clips, artifacts, through March 16. 758-1720.

L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Potpourri,” through March, free giclee drawing 7 p.m. March 21. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell: “Holiday Show,” work by Dan Holland, Suzanne Koett, Charles Henry James, Dan Thornhill and Jason Gammel. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Karlyn Holloway. 374-2848. SEQUOYAH NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER, UALR University Plaza Suite 500: “Contemporary Art of the Osages,” J.W. Wiggins Gallery, through March 29. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “A Table of Elements,” ceramics and wood by Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, through April 3, Gallery II, gallery talk 2 p.m. April 4; “John Harlan Norris: Occupants,” portraits, Gallery III, through March 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” 50 paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., through May 28, $12 non-members ages 19 and up; “Abstractions on Paper: From CONTINUED ON PAGE 47

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ROSE CRANSON, owner and president of Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery, said her company has officially signed a lease with the National Parks Service that will allow it to renovate and retrofit the old Superior Bathhouse into a microbrewery and beer tasting room. The Superior is the bathhouse closest to the Arlington Hotel on Bathhouse Row. Plans call for a small-batch brewery, a beer-only bar that will serve both Superior suds and those of Arkansas breweries, and a small restaurant serving light snacks that pair well with beer. The distillery also plans to make whiskey, brandy and rum on site using local or regionally sourced ingredients. Cranson is an Illinois native who moved to Hot Springs two years ago with her husband, Todd, when he was hired as the director of the Hot Springs Music Festival. Todd Cranson will be head brewer and distiller at Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery. Long-time hobby brewers, they plan on using the thermal springs that once supplied water for the baths to brew beer. Rose Cranson said the water coming into the building at over 140 degrees will save energy, and contribute to their goal of being as sustainable and locally-sourced as possible. Beer will be brewed in small, 210-gallon batches. They plan on selling mostly ales, with some stouts, their take on a Belgian saison and others in what Cranson called “the American craft tradition.” Cranson said their recipes will rotate seasonally to match the weather. Though they will bottle some special recipes and offer small kegs at the brewery, most Superior beers will only be available for sale on tap at the bathhouse, Cranson said. They plan on distributing their spirits to local liquor stores and bars. Their equipment is currently being fabricated by a company in Maine, and Cranson said installation and troubleshooting will be done this summer. They plan on opening the brewery this fall, though Cranson said the beer tasting room will open sooner and begin selling local craft beers before they begin brewing their own. 40

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THE DEAL-MAKING to revive Central Arkansas mainstay Bruno’s Little Italy that the Arkansas Times first reported on in early February is confirmed: Gio and Vince Bruno will bring back Bruno’s Little Italy to a space on the ground floor of the Mann Building annex at 301 Main St. The building is being restored for state offices and apartments by Moses Tucker Real Estate; a June opening for the building and apartments is planned and the restaurant should open in late summer.

FAR FROM BORING: Montego Cafe’s Escoveitch Red Snapper with fried plantains and rice.

Main Street Caribbean Montego Cafe offers winning Jamaican fare.


Jamaican restaurant? Really? Is that what Little Rock has been collectively clamoring for? That was our reaction when news broke last November that Montego Cafe would give it a go in the renovated space at 315 Main St. briefly and tumultuously occupied by Porter’s Jazz Cafe. More than three months into Montego’s run, we’re beginning to think our pessimism was unfounded. On three early-evening visits we’ve found bustling crowds of drinkers and diners, and we’ve heard the later-night entertainment lineup is drawing pretty well, too. Owner Brad McCray was behind On the Rocks, the East Markham club that crashed and burned, but he also owns Bear’s Den Pizza, which by all accounts does quite well across from the University of Central Arkansas football stadium in Conway. Sure, the home page of the Montego Cafe website is still prominently touting the second annual tribute to Bob Marley that happened Feb. 8. Sure, we arrived

one early evening to find a scrawled note on the door that Montego had closed for a snowstorm-that-never-was that scared Little Rock senseless. Sure, on the following Monday afternoon we called just to make sure the place was open for dinner, only to be told Montego was closing at 5 p.m. because the staff had worked really hard over the weekend and was tired. But when we finally did get there for dinner during Friday happy hour, the place was bustling and the food was pretty good. Montego Cafe still looks in layout like Porter’s — tables and booths at street level with a decent-sized bar area and much larger downstairs space designed to highlight the musical entertainment — but it has a lighter feel owing to the natural-fiber accents, a large sunburst on the floor, paintings by Pine Bluff artist Ariston Jacks and an overall, laid-back island feel. At Friday happy hour we enjoyed the rasta DJ/steel drummer. And if you’ve never heard “Billie Jean” or Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” tricked out steel drum style,

Montego Cafe

315 Main St. 372-1555 QUICK BITE One of the draws of the Caribbean is the variety of tropical drinks associated with the culture and climate. And the specialty cocktails at Montego Cafe are worth a whirl — the rum punch is potent and not overly sweet, and the Montego’tini features a well-balanced blend of Ciroc coconut and pineapple juice, a served “up” simplified riff on a pina colada. HOURS 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar. CC accepted.

well you haven’t really heard them. We started with a Montego’tini, a refreshing take on the classic featuring Ciroc coconut vodka, pineapple juice and a splash of Sprite. It was one of many intriguing choices on the drinks menu, which besides specialty cocktails has a decent selection of wine and beer choices. To the average Arkie, “Jamaican” equals “jerk,” so jerk shrimp ($8.99) seemed a logical appetizer. Six, decentsized butterflied, tails-on shrimp were served with a red, sweet-and-sour sauce.

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DINING CAPSULES The shrimp were smoky, but not particularly spicy. Beef patties ($7.99), another familiar Jamaican dish, were outstanding — four pies featuring a flaky pastry crust surrounded spicy ground beef. The same sweet-sour sauce was served here, but we didn’t use much of it since it overwhelmed the flavor of the patties. While there are plenty of American choices on the menu, including a chicken Caesar wrap, chicken Caesar salad, cheeseburger and a veggie wrap, we opted for dishes we might be likely to try were we actually in Jamaica. We decided grilled tilapia ($12.99) would be a good choice for the “make it Rasta” treatment — a $1.89 add-on that applies “a specially prepared Montego jerk seasoning.” Other than saffron, we’re not sure a couple of shakes of any spices are worth a couple of bucks, and while the ones used here offered a bit of smokiness they didn’t supply much heat or anything else, leaving the dish more than a bit boring. Not so for the Escoveitch Red Snapper ($15.99), a large fillet lightly battered, pan sauteed and topped with sauteed vegetables (mostly red and green bell pepper). It was crisp but light and flavorful — the fish firm and flaky but not greasy. The sauteed cabbage on the side was delicate but very tasty, but a rice and peas blend was bland and tasted a bit charred. The fried plantains were sweeter than others we’ve had and also not greasy. Tilapia, shrimp and chicken are the choices to fill the island tacos ($10.99/$9.99 for chicken, served with rice and peas). The shrimp were cut on the bias and cooked just right, topped with generous slices of avocado and pico de gallo. As in the other dishes, a heavier hand with the spice would be nice. Finally, we had to go for the most Jamaican thing on the menu, though the tie is musical and not culinary. The Bob Marley burger ($8.99, or $10.98 with a side) is huge — a sprawling, relatively thick patty topped with a fried egg, slabs of fried plantain, avocado, cheddar, an herbed mayo and “authentic island herbs,” which couldn’t be discerned in this way-too-much-going-on item. The fries were fine but fairly standard issue. Construction abounds across the street and in the block south of Montego Cafe, and the burgeoning rebirth of Main Street needs the restaurant/club to succeed. There seems reason to be optimistic it will.


ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixed-price, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. BLACK ANGUS CAFE Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws. 10907 N. Rodney Parham.

No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOSTON’S Ribs, gourmet pizza star. 3201 Bankhead Dr. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2352000. LD daily.

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BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seatyourself Cajun joint that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Downhome done right. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. BROWN SUGAR BAKESHOP Fabulous cupcakes, brownies and cakes. 419 E. 3rd St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4009. LD Tue.-Sat. (close at 5:30 p.m.). BUTCHER SHOP Several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS A menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Marketarea hotspot. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme, home cooking being the most popular. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FLYING SAUCER Almost 200 beers and more than decent bar food. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-8032. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot

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strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-4487. LD Mon.-Fri. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 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. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. FROSTOP A ‘50s-style drive-in has been resurrected, with big and juicy burgers and great irregularly cut fries. 4131 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA 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. $-$$. 501-8341840. LD daily. HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey and lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-227-5555. LD Mon.-Sun. IZZY’S Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care, if rarely far from the middle of the culinary road. With full vegan and gluten-free menus. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. J & S CAFETERIA Home-cooking, with daily specials. Also offers burgers from the grill or a salad bar. 601 S Gaines St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-378-2206. L Mon.-Fri. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily, BR Sun. MOOYAH BURGERS Kid-friendly, fast-casual restaurant with beef, veggie and turkey burgers and shakes. 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 190. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-1091. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE Sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2284677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-2900. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3757825. D Mon.-Sat. ROBERT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL This establishment specializes in fried chicken dinners, served with their own special trimmings. 7212 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-568-2566. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. ROUTE 66 DINER Kid-friendly ‘50s diner with a menu of classics, including chicken and waffles. 7710 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2233366. BLD Mon.-Sat. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN Specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish. 8824 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-0300. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7707. LD Mon-Sun. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, good wings, great fries, other bar food, plate lunches, full bar. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9802. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. VIEUX CARRE Specialty salads, steak and seafood. The soup of the day is a good bet. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun. W.T. BUBBA’S COUNTRY TAVERN Sloppy Joe’s, a fried bologna sandwich, a nacho bar and burgers and such feature on the menu. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-2528. LD Mon.-Sun. YANCEY’S CAFETERIA Soul food served with a Southern attitude. 1523 Martin Luther King Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-372-9292. LD Tue.-Sat. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. BL Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6444. LD Mon.-Sat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 46







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under THe influence: new ceramic work By curT lacross; alTernaTing currenTs: a mixed media arT insTallaTion By mario marzan; and Before and afTer: an exPloraTion of THe arT conservaTion Process. For more information on the Baum Gallery, visit or call 501-450-5792.

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oscar season.

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Kenneth Cole New York color block one piece, $107.

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it’s everyone’s favorite season of the year: The EMBAssy sUiTEs in Little Rock hosts an exciting oscar experience with KATV’s Beth Hunt and 103.7 the Buzz’s Pat Bradley as your hosts. Tickets are $150. All proceeds benefit the Wolfe street Foundation, which offers treatment, support, education and prevention of alcoholism and drug dependence. show up red carpet ready. For tickets, call 501-3725662 or visit www.

2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. • Little Rock 501.661.1167


BosWELL MoURoT hosts an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. showcasing the works of Arkansas arTisT deliTa marTin, who will be on hand to discuss her work. in her artist’s statement, the Little Rock artist says she uses her own personal experience as a black woman to speak about women of color in her portraits. For more information, visit To view some of delita Martin’s work, visit

FEB. 24


FEB. 26-28

exPerience 100 years of Broadway

at RoBinson CEnTER MUsiC HALL. Celebrity Attractions presents this widely acclaimed musical review of Broadway’s most celebrated shows. For show times and ticket information, visit

La Blanca navy/ white pattern one piece FEB. 28-MARCH 3 with flouncy Cirque du soleil brings its celebrated, critically acclaimed production skirt, Quidam to VERiZon AREnA $129. for five performances only. Tickets are

$37.50-$92.50 and available online at and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Ilse cobalt/tiedie cha cha dress, $105.

some of the mardi gras fesTiviTies include an “Aquarius Eureka”-themed HooKERs & JoKERs BALL on Feb. 7 at the inn of the ozarks at 6 p.m.; a CoRonATion RoyALTy BALL on Feb. 8 at the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom at 6 p.m.; a MARdi GRAs PARAdE on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.; the BEAUx ARTs MAsQUERAdE BALL on Feb. 9 at the Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom at 8 p.m.; a nEW oRLEAns-sTyLE JAZZ BRUnCH on Feb. 10 at the Crescent Hotel; and the MARdi GRAs dAy KRAZo “sECond LinE” KRAWL on Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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A. W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Traditional Chinese dishes, several Thai dishes and a variety of sushi rolls. 17000 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE Offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL Tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Finedining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar in way-out-west Little Rock. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat. RJ TAO RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE Upscale Asian and exotic fare — like Kangaroo burgers and African prawns. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC.

$$-$$$. 501-603-0080. D Mon.-Sat. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7770. LD daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab and Kobe beef. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.


CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slowsmoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-4949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-7533737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 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. 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.


ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-2198787. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.


BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Extensive menu. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Great pizza served up in a family-friendly, sports-themed environment. 16101 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-3250. LD daily. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646133. LD daily. THE PIZZA JOINT Cracker-thin crusts with a tempting variety of traditional or nontraditional toppings. 6100 Stones Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-9108. D daily. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily.


BUMPY’S TEXMEX GRILL & CANTINA The menu includes Tex-Mex staples but also baby back ribs, fried fish and a grilled chicken salad. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-379-8327. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices plus creative salads and other dishes. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Mon.-Sat. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily.





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AFTER DARK, CONT. Abstract Expressionism to Post Minimalism,” through April 29, works from the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center by Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly and others; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479418-5700. CONWAY AETN, 350 S. Donaghey: “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” drawings by Linda Palmer, through March 15. 682-2386. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: Annual “Student Competitive Exhibition,” through March 28, Baum Gallery. 501-450-5793. FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Fine Arts Center: “Submerged: A Solo Exhibition of Photographic Works by Kendra North,” through March 29; closing reception and lecture by the artist 6 p.m. March 28. 479-575-7987. WALTON ARTS CENTER, 495 W. Dickson St.: “Tectonics,” sculpture by Scott Carroll, through April 14. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m.

Sat. 479-443-5600. HOT SPRINGS BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Steel Creations,” sculpture by Wayne Summerhill, through March. 501-318-2787. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Bob Snider, watercolors. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: “Abstracts,” ceramics by Michael Ashley, paintings by Donnie Copeland and Vivian Noe-Griffith, paintings and sculpture by Robyn Horn, through March. 501-321-2335. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORARY SALON OF FINE ART, 204 Exchange St.: “The Warren Criswell Show,” paintings by the Arkansas artist. 501-624-0516.


CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Jazz: Through the

Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 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. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Hidden Arkansas,” photographs by 11 members of the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, through May 5; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12; “Phenomena of Change: Lee Cowan, Mary Ann Stafford and Maria Botti Villegas,” through May 5; “Perfect Balance,” paintings by Marty Smith; “A Collective Vision,” recent acquisitions, through March. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,”

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