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THE RUIN OF REAGANOMICS
How the rich continue to escape paying taxes. A special report by Pulitzer winner David Cay Johnston PAGE 10
THE INSIDER Up and gone
n After only three months on the job, Teresa Belew has left her post as executive assistant to Secretary of State Mark Martin. When asked on Friday if Belew was no longer employed with the office, Martin’s spokesperson, Alice Stewart, said she did not know. Belew’s picture was removed from the secretary of state’s website over the weekend. On Monday, Stewart confirmed Belew had left but would not comment on circumstances. Belew, who formerly served as executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said she did not have any comment on her departure.
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n Speaking of Mark Martin: He ran for office as a budget-cutting Republican, but is off to a rocky start in misspending Board of Appropriation money, buying a new car the state didn’t need and now spending $54,000 plus expenses for a “values-based strategic planning process” by the Soderquist Center at the conservative religious college, John Brown University. The exercise will include interviews with employees and a retreat for top Martin aides at the Greystone Estate in Rogers about what the office does. Questions to be asked employees include: “What is the secretary of state’s office best known for?” Also: What would happen to the state if the organization stopped doing business? Answer: Fewer car and strategic planning expenses, for starters.
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n The Arkansas Blog broke the news last weekend that powerful Joint Budget co-chair Sen. Gilbert Baker had applied to be president of Henderson State University, which is seeking a successor to Charles Welch. He said he was invited by trustee Anita Cabe, a supporter of Baker’s failed bid for U.S. Senate in 2010. Baker had an interview with the search committee Monday. The Insider’s sources said afterward that the search committee has sent two names along to the Board of Trustees for interviews, but not Baker’s. The candidates – there may be others, a source said – are Donnie Whitten, superintendent of the Arkadelphia school district, and Gary Biller, vice president for student services at Arkansas Tech. Baker had some street cred. He inserted a $100,000 annual payment to Henderson in an obscure budget bill and also offered as a reference Luke Gordy, lobbyist for millionaire businessmen named Walton, Hussman and Stephens who needed Baker’s vote to get their charter school expansion bill out of committee. They got it. Favor returned. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 3
Contents May the force be with them
DONATED: “Dancing with the Misty Moon” is one of eight paintings donated to the Child Study Center.
Art to ease young souls n Eight paintings by Little Rock artist Jane F. Hankins, who is known widely for her whimsical ceramic figures of women, have been donated to UAMS’ Child Study Center. John and Patti Bailey (Bailey Properties) made the gift to honor Betty Everett, an assistant professor in UAMS’ Department of Psychiatry, and the children of the Child Study Center. The paintings have Hankins’ joyous fantasy touch, and the donors and the Child Study Center hope they’ll help make their young patients comfortable and better able to cope with their fears. The Child Study Center, on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, treats children and adolescents for behavioral, emotional and other problems.
White men can’t jump, but ... n When President Obama nominated Circuit Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado last week to an opening on the federal district court bench in the western district of Arkansas, it was his first blow for affirmative action in federal justice-related appointments. Obama took office more than two years ago with a slate of two U.S. attorneys, two federal marshals and four federal
n April 6, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette readers got the last installment of Forces of Nurture, a column on mothering started in 2008 by staff writers Cindy Murphy and Cathy Frye. They said they’d be turning their attention to posts on their “mommy blog,” littlerockmamas.com. On the blog, Murphy commented April 5, “ Cathy and I are pretty heartbroken that the column has been canceled, but we’ve resolved to move forward and focus more of our energy on the website.” “Canceled”? That word wasn’t used in the print farewell. Neither Frye nor Murphy responded when we inquired, specifically about rumors that political commentary, particularly a March 23 column by Frye, may have contributed to the cancellation decision. Headlined “Everyone pays when states cut school aid,” that column ripped Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “daft” finance plan because it could lead to teacher layoffs. She called out anti-union Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. She lamented low pay, crowded classrooms and a “growing willingness to address budget deficiencies by stiffing kids and schools.” Our point? Walter Hussman, publisher of the D-G, is not known for abundant warmth toward government spending or school teachers, particularly of the Education Association variety. Coincidental? Maybe. But though few of us here are in need of mommy advice, we think we’ll miss the related commentary. Deputy Editor Frank Fellone declined our invitation to discuss the decision.
district court judges to appoint in Arkansas. Hickey was his first appointment who was not a white male. She is white, however. Obama’s appointments so far, in addition to Hickey: U.S. Marshals Harold Oglesby and Clifton Massanelli; U.S. Attorneys Conner Eldridge and Chris Thyer, and district Judges Price Marshall and P.K. Holmes. Hickey still must be confirmed by the Senate. Obama has yet to announce a pick for a last remaining judgeship vacancy in Little Rock.
Words n I didn’t know God made bespeckled coaches: “Butler is a private school with high academic standards, which no doubt is why [Coach] Stevens, with his newly bespeckled look (he tossed his contacts), seems to be the perfect fit.” Bespeckled? “I guess that’s like butterbeans,” Bob Lancaster says. “Or the Great Speckled Bird.” Incidentally, I’ve heard that Lady Gaga is recording “The Great Speckled Bird,” but I doubt hers will compare with Roy Acuff’s definitive version: “What a beautiful thought I am thinking, Concerning a great speckled bird. Remember her name is recorded, On the pages of God’s Holy Word ... ” 4 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
8 Dyess revival ASU, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and celebrity supporters band together to preserve the legacy of Johnny Cash in Mississippi County. — By David Koon
10 Where’s my trickle-down?
A Pulitzer winner debunks the tax myths Republicans have perpetuated for more than 30 years. — By David Cay Johnston
20 Brandon’s bounce-back
After some early bad batches, Brandon’s Rock Town Distillery is winning international prizes. — By David Koon
3 The Insider 4 Smart Talk 5 The Observer 6 Letters 7 Orval 8-17 News 18 Opinion 20 Arts & Entertainment 34 Dining 37 Crossword/ Tom Tomorrow 46 Lancaster
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The biblical reference is to Jeremiah 12:9 — “Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird; the birds round about are against her … “ Before Roy made the Bird famous in the ’30s, the same melody had been used for a folk song, “I Am Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes,” first recorded in the ’20s. After Roy, another country artiste, Hank Thompson, put still newer words to the tune and had a hit record in 1952. I remembered that
one as being called “I Didn’t Know God Made Honky-Tonk Angels,” but Wikipedia says the actual title was “The Wild Side of Life.” The song included the line about honky-tonk angels, though, and this led to yet another hit record, a “response” song by Kitty Wells, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels.” He hasn’t made a championship for Butler yet either. The bespeckled coach may have to change his spots, if that’s possible. n Tell them to put on their thinging caps: Challis Muniz tells me that young people are saying, “If that’s what you think, you’ve got another thing coming.” I haven’t heard it. Don’t want to.
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If you haven’t already, you should read the March 30 Arkansas Times piece on Keith Richards and the brief time he spent detained at city hall in Fordyce. We thought it was a particularly good read. And you know what? If you don’t have a copy, you can read it for free on the website. If you live in Fordyce, however, and you don’t own a computer, you can get one for about $5 at a local gas station. That’s right, a Fordyce-based gas station operator, we’ve been told, came up to Little Rock a couple weeks ago and spotted the brightly colored stack of papers with Richards’ picture on the cover and the headline: “Rolling Through Fordyce.” An idea popped into this man’s head: “I could take these free papers — as many as I can hold — and sell them for a handsome profit — probably somewhere around a 500 percent profit.” 500 percent of zero is zero, but you get the drift. To him this sounded like a pretty good idea and we can’t blame him. In fact, we don’t begrudge the gas merchant at all. Times is tough.
Spouse was in Wal-Mart getting groceries the other day when she spotted her: a woman wearing a T-shirt that said, right there on the front, plain as day: “F**k me? No, f**k you, B*tch!” The only difference was her version came without those pesky asterisks we just inserted to keep the schoolmarms and children from being offended. When we asked Spouse why she didn’t snap a photo of the woman so we could send it to our favorite website, www.peopleofwalmart.com, she considered a second, then replied with the characteristic grace and good sense we love her for. “Would you sneak up and take a picture of a woman who’d wear a shirt like that in public?” she said. Point taken. She always was the smart one in this outfit.
The Observer has argued with our GPS before, and we’ve always been wrong. But on a recent Sunday afternoon we learned that the system doesn’t know Des Arc that well. We were looking for a minnow pond. The GPS took us down the highway and finally announced, “You have arrived at your destination!” But we were look-
ing at a small frame house, with a yard so gussied up you knew its owners had lived there a long time. It had a wooden Methodist church insignia planted near the driveway. It did not, in other words, look like a minnow pond. We knocked on the door, because we figured maybe these folks had something to do with the minnow pond. And thus ensues the kind of conversation that people who like to look at birds will find themselves in. Hello, I’m looking for Saul’s Minnow Ponds. “What?” says the nice older gentleman who has just let a perfect stranger, The Observer, into his kitchen. His wife is there, with her vacuum cleaner halfcocked, the soul of patience. Saul’s Minnow Ponds, we shout. We’re here to see a long-tailed duck. “A what?” says the older man. His wife is rolling her eyes. “They own lots of minnow ponds around here,” the man shouts back. I want the main place, I say, by the big plastic horse. That’s what the directions say. “Horses? His horses are down the road,” the older man says. His wife says she thinks there’s a big plastic horse in the Sauls’ yard, and the minnow ponds we seek are in back of the house. It’s just down the road, and turn left. There’s a rare duck there, we explain again, hoping that will excuse our interruption on a Sunday afternoon, an Oldsquaw, but now it’s called a long-tailed duck. She gives us a funny glance and says, good luck. We gave the GPS a funny look, too.
The Observer finally got around to doing a little yard work over the weekend, the warm spring sun beating on our back as we raked out the flower beds (and, OK, the drift of leaves by the back fence that we meant to get to last October), dug a few holes, and lopped off a few pesky overhanging branches that we’ve been meaning to get after for awhile now. The result: A better looking estate around The Observatory, aching arms, and four pencil-eraser-sized blisters — one on each thumb, and another at the base of each index finger. We’ve gotta remember to buy some gloves before we get up to yard work again. Either that, or we need to hit the lottery so we can afford to hire somebody who hasn’t herded a desk for nine years. We fear our hands (not to mention our body) have grown too soft and fine-boned for an honest day’s work. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 5
Capitol mall Ernest Dumas’ article on corporations and their benefits was awesome. How much would we save if we just did away with the legislature entirely, turned the Capitol into a mini-mall and let corporations and special interests write their own legislation? (Of course gay people and women would not be allowed to do so.) His article is being passed around to a lot of people. Well done. Linda Farrell Bella Vista
Sen. John Boozman’s maiden floor speech March 28 repeated an error I’ve corrected here, from Arkansas officialdom, before (May 26-June 1, 2010, with many others from one government webpage): that Hattie Caraway was the first woman U.S. senator. Truth isn’t hard: “First woman elected to the U.S. Senate” is even a word shorter than Boozman’s errant “first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.” But some Arkansans won’t allow for Georgian Rebecca Felton’s 1922 stint, just two days but duly sworn. Caraway started like Felton, by appointment after a senator’s death — for Caraway, unlike Felton, her husband’s. She served more than two full terms, honorably but for opposing anti-lynching and civil rights legislation, as then virtually required of Southern Democrats. (Felton was more notoriously and brutally racist, once saying “I say lynch, a thousand times a week if necessary.”) Caraway’s pioneering achievement needs neither lie nor ignorance, on the Senate floor even less than an incompetent state-government “educational” page. In Boozman’s office, typical Hill staff answered — very young, self-important and reflexively hostile to any issue of factual error. She insisted on knowing where I was – irrelevant; this comes properly from anywhere. Finally she agreed to pass a message (didn’t say to whom). There was no reply. If one comes now, it may be like what Arkansas’s deputy secretary of state expressed here last year: Admit error that privately wasn’t admitted for discussion let alone admitted, but blame the messenger for flagging both error and misconduct. Mark W. Powell Arlington, Va.
The thinner 80s
Being a child of the 1980s, I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, riding my bike after school and eating dinner with my family 6-7 days out of the week. In 2011, my children have televisions in their bedrooms, cell phones, computers 6 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
and multiple game consoles. We eat dinner together maybe 3-5 days per week and I rarely see them outside playing and running. Does it matter how different kids are today than they were 30-40 years ago? Weight gain and BMIs have been steadily on the rise since the 1960s. Fifteenyear-old males in 1966 weighed 135.5 lbs. and in 2002 are weighing in at 150.3 lbs. BMIs, body mass index, are also affected. Sixteen-year-old males in 1966 had a BMI of 21.3 and in 2002 it rose to 24.1. Normal BMI’s fall between 18.5 and 24.9. Type I diabetes mellitus is associated with children and it is caused by a deficiency with the production of insulin. Now in
2011, adolescents are diagnosed with Type II DM and develop it due to being overweight, sedentary, and family history. The CDC states in the U.S. 151,000 persons under 20 years old have diabetes mellitus, Type II. Potential complications of uncontrolled DM include cardiac problems, vision loss, poor circulation, amputations, dialysis and death. Diabetes has a slow insidious onset and people do not worry about it until the complications arise. The earlier the onset of the disease increases the number of complications which will affect daily living and life expectancy. To combat this dilemma Americans have to eat right and exercise. Easy fix,
right? Well not exactly. Fast food has made life much easier on busy families running to and fro throughout the week. It seems easier to place a child in front of a television to entertain them while we accomplish our household chores. We as parents have to change our mindsets on what is important. Do we have to run constantly, or should we stop and smell the roses? Should we eat out or take the time and cook a balanced meal? Should we participate in physical activity with our kids or plop down in front of the TV after a hard day at work? It’s hard to change the way Americans spend their time but for our kids’ health and our own we should re-evaluate what is really important. Janine Rutherford Bryant
I normally resist the urge to fire off an e-mail to your publication, but I feel compelled to pass on my compliments for an extremely well-written Observer column March 30. There is almost always an “observation” that I can relate to each week. But this week’s rendition was a thoroughly delightful play on metaphors and Pavlovian responses, skillfully presented, and absolutely enjoyable (albeit with some painful recollections of my own). I am generally of the opinion that this column is written by a husband-wife team, sometimes solo, sometimes tandem. Right or wrong as I may be, I both appreciate and enjoy them; truthfully, I think it is the best feature in your paper. In closing, my compliments to the anonymous author(s). Sad to say, I suspect that Bob Lancaster (aka Assmunch) was once possessed of this ability, at least until his bitterness poisoned the well. I am one Cabot resident who wishes him a brighter future and a less sarcastic perspective — even good wine can be turned to vinegar. C.L. McLin Cabot
Where interests lie
Some are more interested in the unborn than the born. Some are more interested in corporations than citizens. Some are more interested in being elected than serving. Some are saying one thing and doing another. Some think rules are for everyone except them. Some are more interested in criticizing than running for office. Sylvia Chudy Hot Springs Village Submit letters to The Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is maxbrantley@arktimes. com.
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APRIL 6-12, 2011 IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
CHILDREN AND OTHER HUMAN BEINGS. The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the meanly intended initiated act that prohibited adoption or foster parenting by sexually cohabiting couples. It targeted gay people — who are prohibited from marrying thanks to an effort mounted by the same bigots who pushed this act — but caused all sorts of collateral damage to families gay and straight. COMPROMISE. Nobody seemed to like it much, but a compromise congressional redistricting plan was headed to legislative approval at press time. With bipartisan support, even. Which means Republicans got just about everything they wanted. The STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. It resoundingly defeated an expansion plan by the LISA Academy charter school. It is not enough, the board said, that you can beat the Little Rock public schools’ overall test scores with fewer poor and minority students. You have to reach the kids who really need it most, which LISA hasn’t done so well. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS BOARD OF TRUSTEES. A Times FOI revealed the board is operating under the belief that two members of the board can meet and discuss business without public notice. The Arkansas Press Association’s attorney says they’re wrong. Legal or illegal, it’s a sneaky way to conduct business. New Board Chairman Carl Johnson says he intends to continue the search for a system president in a more open manner. SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN. A Times FOI request uncovered the fact that he hadn’t been in office two months before he was arranging a $54,000 round of “values” — based strategic planning from a church college-based think tank, complete with a retreat to Northwest Arkansas. An expense account padder as a legislator though an avowed budget cutter, Martin now has a new car purchase, improper Board of Apportionment spending and this on his list of double-talk. 8 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Cash money ASU hosts a star-studded concert to preserve the Cash legacy in Dyess. BY DAVID KOON
n Over in Mississippi County, the house where a boy named J.R. Cash first decided he wanted to sing huddles like a dog against the near-constant wind. It was brand new in 1935, when three-year-old Johnny and his family moved there from his birthplace in Kingsland, Ark., taking their place in an experimental farming community set up by the government. The place isn’t much to look at these days. The house, with rotten eaves and peeling paint, lists a bit, slowly sinking into the black Delta dirt. If not for the signs out front — a painted sign on plywood installed by the current owner, and a newer aluminum sign on a pole certifying it as a piece of musical history — you might wonder why some farmer hasn’t pushed it into a pile with a dozer and turned the land back over to King Cotton. After years of neglect, Cash’s boyhood home and other historic New Deal-era structures in the nearby town of Dyess may get a reprieve, thanks to an effort spearheaded by Arkansas State University and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. On Aug. 4, ASU plans to hold a star-studded benefit concert — the first of what they hope will be an annual Johnny Cash Music Festival — to preserve the Cash legacy and Dyess. Both historians and town officials hope it can bring new opportunities to the faded community. Built on drained swampland and named for Arkansas’s first WPA administrator, William Dyess, almost everything in Dyess was constructed by the WPA, including a large administration building, a commissary, a cannery and a movie theater. Though the government built other farming colonies elsewhere during the Depression (a colony for black farmers was built in Lake View), Dyess features one of the most intact collections of WPA colony structures still standing. Outside the town, the WPA built clapboard houses for 500 carefully-selected farmers, each house situated on 20 acres with a barn, a corncrib, and outbuildings. One of those farmers was Ray Cash, the father of Johnny Cash. Cash and his family moved into a house about a mile outside of town in 1935, the place still so new that there were paint cans on the front porch. Johnny Cash graduated from high school in Dyess in 1950. Beth Wiedower is with the National
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Trust for Historic Preservation. She said that around 6,000 to 8,000 tourists trickle through Dyess every year. The problem for the town — population 405 — is that there’s no place for them to spend any money. The town’s one store is often closed. “We want to build on the assets and create a destination for visitors,” she said. “But most importantly, we want to give them some opportunities to leave some of their money in town. Right now they’re coming through, and there are some days when I can’t even buy a Diet Coke when I’m out there.” ASU is in the middle of a restoration of the old administration building. The town deeded the building to ASU some years back. Phase one, the $300,000 revamp of the exterior, should be completed this year.
The $800,000 restoration of the interior is still to come. The plan is to use the second floor as office space for city government, while turning the first floor into a museum. Exhibits on the Dyess Colony and the New Deal will feature the Cash family as representative examples of those helped by the resettlement program. Though the story of Dyess is interesting for a history buff, it’s the Cash house that’s the big tourist draw. In early 2010, ASU made a $100,000 offer to buy the Cash house from the current owner and resident, but was turned down. Negotiations are ongoing, however, and a statement from ASU said they hope to make an announcement about those negotiations soon. The dream, Wiedower said, is to restore the house to the way it looked soon after the Cash family moved in. Its’ current condition gives the wrong impression about the singer’s boyhood, she said. “I think most people think: oh, he grew up so poor, and we see now where the emotion and the anger and the passion from his songs comes from, because of these harsh conditions,” she said. “In reality, it was brand new. It was the first new house his parents had every owned... We want to tell that story, not that it was a run down place with no hope. This really was the promised land.” Larry Sims is the mayor of Dyess. He said that after the school closed down 7 years ago, a lot of people thought the town Continued on page 27
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think the practitioners of the dismal science of economics would look at their demand curves and the data on incomes and taxes and pronounce a verdict, the way Galileo and Copernicus did when they showed that geocentrism was a fantasy because Earth revolves around the sun (known as heliocentrism). But economics is not like that. It is not like physics with its laws and arithmetic with its absolute values. Tax policy is something the Framers left to politics. And in politics, the facts often matter less then who has the biggest bullhorn. The Mad Men who once ran campaigns featuring doctors extolling the health benefits of smoking are now busy marketing the dogma that tax cuts mean broad prosperity, no matter what the facts show. As millions of Americans prepare to file their annual taxes, they do so in an environment of media-perpetuated tax myths. Here are a few points about taxes and the economy that you may not know, to consider as you prepare to file your taxes. (All figures are inflation adjusted.)
1. POOR AMERICANS DO PAY TAXES.
MAD MEN You should be mad at the successful marketing of Republican ‘supply-side’ mythology. BY DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
or three decades we have conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity—so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates. The late Milton Friedman, the libertarian economist who wanted to shut down public parks because he considered them socialism, promoted 10 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
this strategy. Ronald Reagan embraced Friedman’s ideas and made them into policy when he was elected president in 1980. For the past decade, we have doubled down on this theory of supply-side economics with the tax cuts sponsored by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, which President Obama has agreed to continue for two years. You would think that whether this grand experiment worked would be settled after three decades. You would
Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News host, said last year “47 percent of Americans don’t pay any taxes.” John McCain and Sarah Palin both said similar things during the 2008 campaign about the bottom half of Americans. Ari Fleischer, the former Bush White House spokesman, once said “50 percent of the country gets benefits without paying for them.” Actually, they pay lots of taxes — just not lots of federal income taxes. Data from the Tax Foundation shows that in 2008, the average income for the bottom half of taxpayers was $15,300. This year the first $9,350 of income is exempt from taxes for singles and $18,700 for married couples, just slightly more than in 2008. That means millions of the poor do not make enough to owe income taxes. But they still pay plenty of other taxes, including federal payroll taxes. Between gas taxes, sales taxes, utility taxes and other taxes, no one lives tax free in America. When it comes to state and local taxes, the poor bear a heavier burden than the rich in every state except Vermont, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy calculated from official data. In Alabama, for example, the burden on the poor is more than twice that of the top 1 percent. The one-fifth of Alabama families making less than $13,000 pay almost 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes, compared with less than 4 percent for those who make $229,000 or more.
2. THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS DON’T CARRY THE BURDEN.
This is one of those oft-used canards. Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party favorite from Kentucky, told David Letterman recently that “the wealthy do pay most of the taxes in this country.” The Internet is awash with statements that the top 1 percent pays, depending on the year, 38 percent or more than 40 percent of taxes. It’s true that the top 1 percent of wage earners paid 38 percent of the federal income taxes in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available). But people forget that the income tax is less than half of federal taxes and only one-fifth of taxes at all levels of government. Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes (known as payroll taxes) are paid mostly by the bottom 90 percent of wage earners. That’s because, once
you reach $106,800 of income, you pay no more for Social Security, though the much smaller Medicare tax applies to all wages. Warren Buffett pays the exact same amount of Social Security taxes as someone who earns $106,800.
It wasn’t always like this Before Reaganism, the vast majority saw their incomes grow, but since then they've been virtually flat. Income in dollars 35000
3. IN FACT, THE WEALTHY ARE PAYING LESS TAXES.
The Internal Revenue Service issues an annual report on the 400 highest income-tax payers. In 1961, there were 398 taxpayers who made $1 million or more, so I compared their income tax burdens from that year to 2007. Despite skyrocketing incomes, the federal tax burden on the richest 400 has been slashed, thanks to a variety of loopholes, allowable deductions and other tools. The actual share of their income paid in taxes, according to the IRS, is 16.6 percent. Adding payroll taxes barely nudges that number. Compare that to the vast majority of Americans, whose share of their income going to federal taxes increased from 13.1 percent in 1961 to 22.5 percent in 2007. (By the way, during seven of the eight Bush years, the IRS report on the top 400 taxpayers was labeled a state secret, a policy that the Obama administration overturned almost instantly after his inauguration.)
4. MANY OF THE VERY RICHEST PAY NO CURRENT INCOME TAXES AT ALL.
John Paulson, the most successful hedge fund manager of all, bet against the mortgage market one year and then bet with Glenn Beck in the gold market the next. Paulson made himself $9 billion in fees in just two years. His current tax bill on that $9 billion? Zero. Congress lets hedge fund managers earn all they can now and pay their taxes years from now. In 2007, Congress debated whether hedge fund managers should pay the top tax rate that applies to wages, bonuses and other compensation for their labors, which is 35 percent. That tax rate starts at about $300,000 of taxable income; not even pocket change to Paulson, but almost 12 years of gross pay to the median-wage worker. The Republicans and a key Democrat, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, fought to keep the tax rate on hedge fund managers at 15 percent, arguing that the profits from hedge funds should be considered capital gains, not ordinary income, which got a lot of attention in the news. What the news media missed is that hedge fund managers don’t even pay 15 percent. At least, not currently. So long as they leave their money, known as “carried interest,” in the hedge fund, their taxes are deferred. They only pay taxes when they cash out, which could be decades from now for younger managers. How do these hedge fund managers get money in the meantime? By borrowing against the carried interest, often at absurdly low rates— currently about 2 percent. Lots of other people live tax-free, too. I have Donald Trump’s tax records for four years early in his career. He paid no taxes for two of those years. Big real-estate investors enjoy tax-free living under a 1993 law President Clinton signed. It lets “professional” real-estate investors use paper losses like depreciation on their buildings against any cash income, even if they end up with negative incomes like Trump. Frank and Jamie McCourt, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers, have not paid any income taxes since at least 2004, their divorce case revealed. Yet they spent $45 million one year alone. How? They just borrowed against Dodger ticket revenue and other assets. To the IRS, they look like paupers.
INCREASE: $303 (1%) INCREASE: $13,222 (75%)
20000 $17,719 15000
Source: Author analysis of Saez & Piketty Table A6
Average wages declined in the aughts America’s population grew five times faster than jobs from 2000 to 2009, but in 2010 dollar wages per capita declined, the opposite of Preisdent George W. Bush’s repeated statements that lower tax rates would make everyone better off. Congressional Republicans say more tax cuts will improve the economy.
2000 2009 Change Percentage
Total wages in 2010 dollars $5,805,167 $5,894,034 $88,867 1.5%
Population in millions 281.4 308.7 27.3 9.7%
Number of workers 148,113,768 150,917,733 2,803,965 1.9%
Average wage in 2010 dollars $39,194 $39,055 -$139 -0.4%
Average wage per capita in 2010 dollars $20,628 $19,283 -$1,345 -6.5%
Source: Medicare Tax Database; Census.gov
Average incomes fell during Bush years In 2000, candidate George W. Bush promised voters his tax-cut plan would make us all better off than we were by spurring investment, creating more jobs and raising incomes. The average income during the Bush-era was $58,910. The average change in income per taxpayer was -$2,607 per year.
Average Income (2008 dollars) 65000
Source: IRS Table 1.4 in 2008 dollars
In Wisconsin, Terrence Wall, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010, paid no income taxes on as much as $14 million of recent
income, his disclosure forms showed. Asked about his living tax-free while working people pay taxes, he had a Continued on page 12 www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 11
Trends reverse The bottom 90 percent saw their incomes grow faster than the top 1 percent before Reaganism, but since then, nearly all the gains have been at the top. Income growth 1950-1980
Income Growth 1980-2008
Source: Author analysis of Saez & Piketty Table A6; 2008 dollars
simple response: everyone should pay less.
million, the data show.
5. AND (SURPRISE!) SINCE REAGAN, ONLY THE WEALTHY HAVE GAINED SIGNIFICANT INCOME.
6. WHEN IT COMES TO CORPORATIONS, THE STORY IS MUCH THE SAME — LESS TAXES.
The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and similar conservative marketing organizations tell us relentlessly that lower tax rates will make us all better off. “When tax rates are reduced, the economy’s growth rate improves and living standards increase,” according to Daniel J. Mitchell, an economist at Heritage until he joined Cato. He says that supply-side economics is “the simple notion that lower tax rates will boost work, saving, investment and entrepreneurship.” When Reagan was elected president, the marginal tax rate for income was 70 percent. He cut it to 50 percent and then 28 percent starting in 1987. It was raised by George H.W. Bush and Clinton and then cut by George W. Bush. The top rate is now 35 percent. Since 1980, when President Reagan won election promising prosperity through tax cuts, the average income of the vast majority—the bottom 90 percent of Americans—has increased a meager $303, or 1 percent. Put another way, for each dollar people in the vast majority made in 1980, in 2008 their income was up to $1.01. Those at the top did better. The top 1 percent’s average income more than doubled to $1.1 million, according to an analysis of tax data by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. The really rich, the top one-tenth of 1 percent, each enjoyed almost $4 in 2008 for each dollar in 1980. The top 300,000 Americans now enjoy almost as much income as the bottom 150 12 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
Corporate profits in 2008, the latest year for which data is available, were $1,830 billion, up almost 12 percent from $1,638.7 in 2000. Yet, even though corporate tax rates have not been cut, corporate income-tax revenues fell to $230 billion from $249 billion—an 8 percent decline, thanks to a number of loopholes. The official 2010 profit numbers are not added up and released by the government, but the amount paid in corporate taxes is: In 2010 they fell further, to $191 billion—a decline of more than 23 percent compared with 2000.
7. SOME CORPORATE TAX BREAKS DESTROY JOBS.
Despite all the noise that America has the world’s second highest corporate tax rate, the actual taxes paid by corporations are falling because of the growing number of loopholes and companies shifting profits to tax havens like the Cayman Islands. And right now America’s corporations are sitting on close to $2 trillion in cash that is not being used to build factories, create jobs or anything else, but act as an insurance policy for managers unwilling to take the risk of actually building the businesses they are paid so well to run. That cash hoard, by the way, works out to nearly $13,000 per taxpaying household. A corporate tax rate that is too low actually destroys jobs. That’s because a higher tax rate encourages businesses (who don’t want to pay taxes) to keep the profits in the business and reinvest, rather than pull them
out as profits and have to pay high taxes. The 2004 American Jobs Creation Act, which passed with bipartisan support, allowed more than 800 companies to bring profits that were untaxed but overseas back to the United States. Instead of paying the usual 35 percent tax, the companies paid just 5.25 percent. The companies said bringing the money home—“repatriating” it, they called it—would mean lots of jobs. Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican, put the figure at 660,000 new jobs. Pfizer, the drug company, was the biggest beneficiary. It brought home $37 billion, saving $11 billion in taxes. Almost immediately it started firing people. Since the law took effect, it has let 40,000 workers go. In all, it appears that at least 100,000 jobs were destroyed. Now Congressional Republicans and some Democrats are gearing up again to pass another tax holiday, promoting a new Jobs Creation Act. It would affect 10 times as much money as the 2004 law.
8. REPUBLICANS LIKE TAXES TOO.
President Reagan signed into law 11 tax increases, targeted at people down the income ladder. His administration and the Washington press corps called the increases “revenue enhancers.” Among other things, Reagan hiked Social Security taxes so high that the government collected more than $2 trillion in surplus tax since 2008. George W. Bush signed a tax increase, too, in 2006, despite his written ironclad pledge to never raise taxes on anyone. It raised taxes on teenagers by requiring kids up to age 17, who earned money, to pay taxes at their parents’ tax rate, which would almost always be higher than the rate they
would otherwise pay. It was a story that ran buried inside The New York Times one Sunday, but nowhere else. In fact, thanks to Republicans, one in three Americans will pay higher taxes this year than they did last year. First, some history. In 2009, President Obama pushed his own tax cut — for the working class. He persuaded Congress to enact the Making Work Pay Tax Credit. Over the two years 2009 and 2010, it saved single workers up to $800 and married heterosexual couples up to $1,600, even if only one spouse worked. The top 5 percent or so of taxpayers were denied this tax break. The Obama administration called it “the biggest middle-class tax cut” ever. Yet last December the Republicans, poised to regain control of the House of Representatives, killed Obama’s Making Work Pay Credit while extending the Bush tax cuts for two more years—a policy Obama agreed to. By doing so, Congressional Republican leaders increased taxes on a third of Americans, virtually all of them the working poor, this year. As a result, of the 155 million households in the tax system, 51 million will pay an average of $129 more this year. That is $6.6 billion in higher taxes for the working poor, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimated. In addition, the Republicans changed the rate of workers’ FICA contributions, which finances half of Social Security. The result: If you are single and make less than $20,000, or married and less than $40,000, you lose under this plan. But the top 5 percent, people who make more than $106,800, will save $2,136 ($4,272 for two-career couples).
9. OTHER COUNTRIES DO IT BETTER.
We measure our economic progress, and our elected leaders debate tax policy, in terms of a crude measure known as gross domestic product. The way the official statistics are put together, each dollar spent buying solar energy equipment counts the same as each dollar spent investigating murders. We do not give any measure of value to time spent rearing children or growing our own vegetables or to time off for leisure and community service. And we do not measure the economic damage done by shocks, such as losing a job, which means not only loss of income and depletion of savings, but loss of health insurance, which a Harvard Medical School study found results in 45,000 unnecessary deaths each year Compare this to Germany, one of many countries with a smarter tax system and smarter spending policies.
Germans work less, make more per hour and get much better parental leave than Americans, many of whom get no fringe benefits such as health care, pensions or even a retirement savings plan. By many measures the vast majority live better in Germany than in America. To achieve this, German workers on average pay 52 percent of their income in taxes. Americans average 30 percent, according to the Organizations for Economic Cooperation and Development. At first blush the German tax burden seems horrendous. But in Germany (as well as Britain, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and Japan), tax-supported institutions provide many of the things Americans pay for with after-tax dollars. Buying wholesale rather than retail saves money. A proper comparison would take the 30 percent average tax on American workers and add their out-of-pocket spending on health care, college tuition and fees for services and compare that with taxes that the average German pays. Add it all up and the combination of tax and personal spending is roughly equal in both countries, but with a large risk of catastrophic loss in America, and a tiny risk in Germany. Americans take on $85 billion of debt each year for higher education, while college is financed by taxes in Germany and tuition is cheap to free in other modern countries. While soaring medical costs are a key reason that since 1980 bankruptcy in America has increased 15 times faster than population growth, no one in Germany or the rest of the modern world goes broke because of accident or illness. And child poverty in America is the highest among modern countries—almost twice the rate in Germany, which is close to the average of modern countries. On the corporate tax side, the Germans encourage reinvestment at home and the outsourcing of low-value work, like auto assembly, and German rules tightly control accounting so that profits earned at home cannot be made to appear as profits earned in tax havens. Adopting the German system is not the answer for America. But crafting a tax system that benefits the vast majority, reduces risks, provides universal health care and focuses on diplomacy rather than militarism abroad (and at home) would be a lot smarter than what we have now. Here is a question to ask yourself: We started down this road with Reagan’s election in 1980 and upped the ante in this century with George W. Bush. How long does it take to conclude that a policy has failed to fulfill its promises? And as you think of that, keep in mind George Washington. When he fell ill his doctors followed the common wisdom of the era. Continued on page 16
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Arkansas state and local taxes in 2007 Shares of family income for non-elderly taxpayers. 13% 12% 11% 10% 9% 8% 7% 6% 5% 4% 3% 2% 1% -1% -2% -3% Lowest 20% Sales & Excise
Second 20% Property
Middle 20% Income
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ARKANSAS: A TAX MYTH-MAKER, TOO BY ERNEST DUMAS
rkansas is not quite the laboratory that the government of the United States has afforded us for testing supply-side economics and other popular tax myths, but our experiment is much older. The central supply-side tenet is that low or non-existent taxes are the key to unlocking growth, jobs and general prosperity, including plenteous government treasuries, but long before President Ronald Reagan unwittingly shot that idea full of holes, we had tested it in Arkansas for something like a hundred years. If low taxes were the key, Arkansas would have been an industrial juggernaut by World War II instead of the poorest, most undeveloped state in the land. President Roosevelt singled out Arkansas in the Great Depression because, alone among the states, it would not raise enough taxes to pay school teachers and other public servants or help the federal government supply the desperate needs of people. Governor Futrell and the legislature had greeted the Depression by slashing spending 51 percent, stopping payment on government bonds, cutting teacher pay and then not paying them at all. When the federal government punished the state’s delinquency in 1935 by halting all federal assistance to the people of Arkansas,
the governor called the legislature into an emergency session and passed a sales tax and some liquor taxes to avoid what the governor expected to be an overthrow of the government by mobs of the hungry and jobless. Still, no one could touch our low taxes. Until Gov. Dale Bumpers raised income-tax rates and other taxes in 1971, Arkansas had by far the lowest percapita state and local taxes in the United States. Afterward, we were still 50th but within shouting distance of 49th. What happened then? Lo and behold, for three years from the month that Bumpers’s taxes took effect, Arkansas attracted more industry and created more jobs than any time since World War II. Frank White and Bill Clinton raised state and local sales taxes and a variety of excise taxes, which earned Clinton the Republican epithet of “the taxing governor.” For a while in the late 1980s Arkansas led the country in the percentage growth of industrial jobs. Then came Mike Huckabee, who raised more taxes by far than any governor in history (practically all of which he now disavows having anything to do with). History is so perverse. Each round of tax increases was followed by a spurt of economic growth, which is not how Milton Friedman and Arthur Laffer said it would happen.
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Huckabee’s time is most instructive. In 1999, he slashed taxes on investment profits (30 percent of capital gains would be exempt from income taxes), which he and the chamber of commerce said would unleash investment capital and create thousands of jobs. But it was followed instead by a period of economic stagnation. For 4 ½ years, employment would not return to the level of the month when the tax cut took effect. At the trough of that decline, in 2003, Huckabee had the legislature at two special sessions raise a variety of taxes, including a two-year surcharge on income taxes, a substantial increase in the corporate franchise tax, and new sales and cigarette taxes. In the next three years total employment grew by 94,000. A simple conclusion would be that raising taxes compels growth and tax cuts depress it. But that is as nonsensical as the opposite theory. A more logical one is that taxes, at least at the relatively inconsequential rates levied by the state and local governments, do not drive investment decisions and that business expansion and job creation depend on all sorts of factors: the quality of the work force, proximity to markets, energy costs, supply, demand, a supportive infrastructure and, well, personal whims. The other myth, same as the national one, is that rich people and corporations bear an undue share of the cost of government at all levels. That is even less the case in Arkansas—and in most other states as well—than at the federal level. Like most states and the city and county governments in those states, Arkansas relies heavily on sales and excise taxes, which fall most heavily on people with low to modest incomes. Millionaires may pay more taxes on goods and services but a far smaller fraction of their income and assets. Arkansas has a graduated income tax but it stops at 7 percent, and neither the rates nor the brackets were changed from 1971 to 1999, when the brackets were indexed to the cost of living. A family with a modest income—say, $70,000 a year—pays almost the same share of their income in income taxes as a billionaire. The value of the federal deduction for state income taxes, of course, increases dramatically for the wealthy. Arkansas also is one of only eight states that exclude a substantial portion of the income of its wealthiest citizens from income taxes by exempting 30 percent of capital gains. The legislature this year wanted to remove taxes entirely on profits from Arkansas-based investments, but Governor Beebe scotched it. The chart nearby shows the relative impact of state and local taxes on segments of the population. The poorest fifth of the population pays 12.1 percent of their income from all sources on state and local taxes, the next fifth pays Continued on page 16
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Continued from page 14 12.6 percent, and the top 1 percent — those with average net incomes of $911,500 a year — pay only 5.9 percent in taxes. Arkansas is not the most regressive state. It falls somewhere in the middle. Washington taxes away 17.3 percent of its poorest people’s incomes while taking only 2.6 percent from the richest 1 percent. Vermont, the fair tax state, taxes its poorest at 8.2 percent and its richest at 8.4 percent.
(If you are curious, Vermont’s unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, Washington’s 9.2 percent. And Nevada and Florida, which do not tax incomes at all, have the highest and third highest jobless rates in the country. But Florida did bag Mike Huckabee.) Arkansas has both a corporate income and a corporate franchise tax that compare favorably with other states, but despite the immense growth of the corporate sector and rising profits, the corporate income tax has borne a shrinking part of the state budget for 30 years. One reason is that many of the most
profitable corporations have found ways to sequester their Arkansas profits in subsidiaries in tax havens like Delaware and Nevada and avoid paying much Arkansas tax. Big oil companies like Exxon and Chevron expense their profit to subsidiaries out of state as do many other multistate businesses. Most states with corporate income taxes have resorted to an accounting rule known as combined reporting for multistate corporations, and other states are adopting it. The state will compute the parent corporation’s total profits and the
share of the revenue generated in that state and assess the income tax on that amount. But the Arkansas legislature regularly defeats bills to apply the unitary reporting in Arkansas. The bill is always killed in the Revenue and Taxation Committee of the House or Senate. Lobbyists say it would send the message that Arkansas is antibusiness. The Arkansas corporate franchise tax is little more than a nuisance tax. The tax is supposed to be computed on the basis of a company’s assets in Arkansas. The tax, about three-tenths of one percent, applies to the par value of a company’s capital stock, which usually has little to do with the real value of its assets. Corporations are structured so that the franchise tax will be minimal. Collecting it is so pesky that the state Revenue Division surrendered the job years ago to the secretary of state. Over the years, corporations have won exemption from excise and sales taxes that others have to pay. This month, the legislature reduced the amount of sales taxes that manufacturers and energy companies have to pay for their power and fuel. The legislature never meets in regular session without granting a tax exemption to some company or corporate sector.
Continued from page 13 They cut him and bled him to remove bad blood. As Washington’s condition grew worse, they bled him more. And like the mantra of tax cuts for the rich, they kept applying the same treatment until they killed him. Luckily we don’t bleed the sick anymore, but we are bleeding our government to death. David Cay Johnston is a columnist for tax.com and teaches the tax, property and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management. This article was distributed for use by members of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Johnston has also been called the “de facto chief tax enforcement officer of the United States” because his reporting in The New York Times shut down many tax dodges and schemes, just two of them valued by Congress at $260 billion. Johnston received a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for exposing tax loopholes and inequities. He wrote two bestsellers on taxes, “Perfectly Legal” and “Free Lunch.” Later this year he will be out with a new book, “The Fine Print,” revealing how big business, with help from politicians, abuses plain English to rob you blind. 16 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Editorial n “Paul Ryan is worse than Bill Clinton.” Well of course, you say; the former president is clearly bigger-brained and biggerhearted than the Wisconsin congressman. What’s new? What’s new, and newsworthy, is the identity of the person pronouncing sentence on Ryan. It’s Mark Hinkle, chairman of the Libertarian Party, a fiscally conservative crowd and not at all fond of Clinton. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the Republican Party’s go-to guy on budget matters these days, professes fiscal conservatism himself, but the Libertarians aren’t buying. They note that the Republicans want to spend $4 trillion a year. “As recently as 2000 [the last year of the Clinton administration], federal spending was only about $1.8 trillion. … In 2021, Paul Ryan still wants the feds to be spending 19.9 percent of GDP. That’s a higher percentage than during Bill Clinton’s second term. In 1997, federal spending was 19.5 percent of GDP, and it dropped to 18.2 percent by 2000.” Ryan would continue overspending on the military, and keep cutting taxes for the rich, neither of which will help balance a budget. Any spending cuts would be at the expense of the poor, the sick, and the elderly. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is in rare agreement with the Libertarians when he says, “The GOP budget plan isn’t a good-faith effort to put America’s fiscal house in order.” But he’s even more dismissive, calling Ryan’s proposal “voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness.” Only a Washington pundit could like it. Several do, sharing the Republicans’ belief that working people have it too easy. That is the guiding principle of Wisconsin’s union-busting governor, Scott Walker, who tries to sow resentment among struggling low-wage non-union workers because public-sector unionists live like middle-class Americans, with decent health care and retirement benefits. Walker’s idea is to push those workers down, rather than pull the others up. What has happened, one wonders, to Wisconsin, once an enlightened and progressive state. Who would ever have thought that Arkansas would have the better government and Wisconsin the better football team? (The last time we played them, anyway.) There are well-heeled people in Arkansas who share Walker’s dream, people with much who fiercely resist other people’s having any. They often call their selfishness “reform,” as in “tort reform” and “education reform.” The teachers’ union is the biggest and most productive in Arkansas. Busting that union, requiring all teachers to remain poor and servile, is what the “education reformers” of this state want. They don’t want higher test scores nearly as much as they want the teachers’ heads, hanging on the wall.
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Two ways to search n Arkansas last week saw two different approaches to filling top jobs in the state’s higher education system. An Arkansas Times Freedom of Information request for e-mails between members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees unearthed several details about the UA’s search for a system president to succeed the retiring B. Alan Sugg. For one thing, we learned that Brady Deaton, the chancellor of the University of Missouri, was extensively courted for the position before withdrawing from consideration March 28. For another, we learned that trustee John Ed Anthony had arranged a series of one-on-one meetings with several trustees to discuss the presidency search. The one-on-one board meetings are intended to shield the search from public exposure. A consultant hired with private money had been suggesting candidates to Anthony, who did initial inquiries. None actually applied for the job, because applications are open to public inspection. If Anthony found someone promising, visits to Little Rock and Fayetteville were arranged at which trustees could meet singly or in pairs with a candidate. The idea, it appears, was to arrive by secretive means at a consensus candidate. Bad weather, Deaton’s dropout and a division on the board over a potential in-state candidate, former UA trustee Stanley Reed of Marianna, slowed the process. Anthony’s board term ended. Dr. Carl Johnson, the new board chairman, took over search leadership. He favors openness — public applications and interviews. The higher up the corporate ladder you go, the less enthusiasm you find for sunshine. Anthony, who heads a huge forest products business, told me, “I can’t emphasize again how difficult it is to get sitting presidents or sitting chancellors in major universities to be willing to expose themselves to scrutiny necessary to get this job.” However you feel about that, the UA’s notion that two trustees can confer in private on public business without notice to the press is a shocking interpreta-
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tion of the Freedom of Information Act. John Tull, the Arkansas Press Association’s attorney, believes such meetings are illegal when intentionally undertaken to keep a public decision-making process secret. Legal or not, the UA process isn’t unusual. Public boards all over Arkansas communicate by phone, email and in other ways to reach decisions ratified in public as a mere formality. By contrast last week, we had news about the Henderson State University search for a new president. I learned that Sen. Gilbert Baker, a retired college music teacher and Joint Budget Committee leader whose legislative work included an amendment to a regulatory board budget bill to direct $100,000 a year in excess money to Henderson State, came with an interesting reference. It was from a lobbyist for billionaires (potential college patrons, you’d think) to whom Baker’s vote was critical in committee approval of their charter school legislation. His application and references were known because the Henderson process is open. All candidates are asked to submit applications. All applications are open to the public. This doesn’t necessarily mean that politics aren’t a factor. Baker said he was “invited” to apply by a member of the board of trustees, Anita Cabe, a Republican who contributed to Baker’s unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate. Even with open applications, there’s nothing to prevent a well-connected candidate from making use of those connections to be the singular survivor of a screening process. At Henderson, however, the word at press time was that Baker would not be advancing to the final round of interviews, though a couple of in-state candidates would be. Henderson’s openness is the better model.
Pious profiteers n Sometimes, good things flow from misguided or impure motives. Misguided, impure — how exactly would you describe the impulse that caused most Republicans in the state House of Representatives to try to block the appropriation for the frugal little Arkansas School for the Deaf for the next two years? The Republicans — 30 of them in the House — weren’t going to let another $6,389 be spent next year at the blighted old school although that sum wouldn’t cover even the increased cost of heating and lights for the children at the campus on West Markham the next two years. It was the principle of the thing, you see. Republicans were elected en masse last year to cut taxes and stop all the socialism and rampant spending, and they weren’t going to let another dime be spent on the deaf children beyond the shoestring budget they have now. It was a bold stand that showed people back home that these Republicans meant business. Of course, their unity eventually collapsed, the appropriation got the 75 votes it needed and the whole thing has turned into heartache for a few Republicans and, probably soon, for virtually the whole legislature. They may have to find a new, straightforward and legal way to do business. What happened was that an industrious blogger — a Democrat naturally — did something devilish to embarrass the selfstyled penny pinchers. He unlocked the
Ernest Dumas poorly kept secret that each of them was collecting far more in illegal salary supplements from the taxpayers — up to $24,000 a year — than the $6,389 extra that the state will spend on the children at the School for the Deaf. Fortunately for the lawmakers, it hasn’t got much attention in the papers so the people back home haven’t caught on to the hypocrisy, but the story is out there and someone will almost certainly sue to stop the practice. And then all 135 members of the legislature — or at least the 130 who take the pay supplements — will have problems. For many, the under-the-radar pay lets them serve in the legislature. They wouldn’t do it for the current salary of $15,869 plus the per-diem and travel allowance the law permits them. A couple of the Republicans, John Burris of Harrison and Ann Clemmer of Bryant, got special attention, and at least for Clemmer, a political science teacher, it seems to have caused some distress. She didn’t invent the process but, like everyone else, followed the suggestions about how to set up the reimbursement. You claim your home or your business as a legislative office
Morality and ethics n A woman told me I ought to come to her next Sunday school class because she was going to ask for the difference between morality and ethics. I was unable to attend on account of not wanting to do so. Anyway, I already knew the difference, or thought I did, although the dictionary does not distinguish these concepts as I do. I will go with my definitions, this being my space: Morality is personal and about good over evil and virtue over vice. Ethics is more institutional and has to do with appropriateness and appearances in a professional context. You can be immoral, a serial adulterer, perhaps, and, at the same time, abide purposefully and diligently by the ethical code of conduct of your profession — law, for example. On the other hand, you can be perfectly moral and do something unethical, which brings me to a consideration of the latest news about state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway. Baker was revealed by the Arkansas Times blog on Sunday to have applied for the presidency of Henderson State Univer-
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sity in Arkadelphia. The blog suggested an unseemliness, considering that Baker is co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, which considers higher education appropriations. In fact, Baker had shepherded a “special language” amendment during the recent session to nab a spare hundred grand for Henderson. I sent a text to Baker to seek his explanation. He rang back promptly. Baker said he did not get invited to apply for the Henderson job until last week, after the Henderson special language had been executed and the session concluded except for gerrymandering. Anyway, he said, he handled that at the behest of Sen. Percy Malone of Arkadelphia. He said it was a longtime Republican friend, Anita Cabe of Gurdon, a member of Henderson’s board of trustees for 13 years,
and pay yourself rent, or you set up a limited liability corporation or another ruse and pay yourself or your spouse for legislative advice, or you devise some variation of them. Burris was the loudest and most pious advocate of stopping budget increases, so he was more deserving of the attention. I describe the practices as illegal, and some will quarrel with that unless they read Amendment 70 to the Constitution, which says flatly that legislators may not receive compensation for their legislative service beyond their lawful salaries. They may be reimbursed for expenses they incur in connection with their legislative work but the Constitution says the expenses must be carefully documented and reasonably related to their legislative work. Otherwise, it is compensation, and compensation above $15,869 is illegal. A little history: Until 1993, when Amendment 70 took effect, the salary of a legislator was $7,500 a year. The amendment raised the pay to $12,500 and permitted the legislature to raise it every year by the Consumer Price Index increase. The pay of other state officials was raised, too, and the selling point to the voters that year was that if they raised the salaries all the past shams for sneaking extra compensation to officials — “public relations allowances” and the like — would be ended forever. But legislators are reluctant to add the COLA to their salaries each year because some legislator always takes a craven stand and says he’s going to vote against it or refuse to take the increase, so that makes everyone else vulnerable to a campaign attack.
So after several years, legislators cooked up the expense ruse. They just submit an invoice from their consulting entity or their home or business for a flat monthly amount, usually the maximum, for “expenses” for the month. Lots of honorable legislators are embarrassed about the sham but say they could not absorb the sacrifice in their businesses or occupations without it. As it is, the law limiting the service of senators and representatives to six or eight years has dramatically altered the character of the legislature, and not for the better. A public-service career is no longer much of a motive to run. Lawmaking can only be a momentary diversion, and you make a big sacrifice to do it briefly. For most people, it isn’t worth it without a modest remuneration. So the legislature is increasingly a body of the retired elderly and those like John Burris who are at loose ends anyway. Legislative compensation, especially if it includes the sham pay, is actually a pretty good deal for them. Mark Martin turned his short legislative career into a financial bonanza and then was rewarded with the secretary of state’s office, where he is spending even more recklessly. In 1995, the last year for most of the long-serving legislators before term limits, 64 percent of the legislature was younger than 55. This year, only 43 percent is so young. Twenty-seven legislators are old enough to be on Medicare, compared with only 18 in 1995. The House and Senate are increasingly bodies of the leisurely, and it shows.
who asked him last week to please consider applying because the school desperately needed a president who knew higher education and politics and was not shy about raising money. Baker, who has a master’s degree in music, spent 22 years as a music professor at the University of Central Arkansas. He is a longtime legislator who has spent two consecutive terms as co-chairman of Joint Budget. In a matter of a few weeks he raised a million dollars in 2008 for his bid for the U.S. Senate, which might have been successful except that John Boozman decided he wanted the nomination. He led the state Republican Party through stormy times. He is energetic. Baker also has been a tad sentimental lately about being term-limited and a tad concerned about what the future might hold for him. This was his last regular session as a senator, though he has one fiscal session remaining next year. So, yes, he said, he decided to take up Cabe on her invitation to apply, but only, he emphasized, after clearing with the Senate staff that such an action was permitted by Senate rules. Of course he’ll quit the Senate if hired, a probably remote prospect, he said.
But then he asked me: Did I think there was anything wrong with what he was doing? My reply was that I didn’t think it was actually inappropriate, but that it was problematic in that it might appear inappropriate, thus the same thing. It is surely moral to seek a job that interests you so that you might attend to your future. But, in this case, it might not be ethical, which is to say properly dutiful to the interests of integrity, both yours and that of the institution you represent. Consider the options: If Baker gets the job he will enter it beset by resentment or suspicion that he must have won the job by political leverage. If he doesn’t get the job, which appeared likely after his job interview Monday, he will continue to sit next year as co-chairman of a committee considering the appropriation for a college that rejected him. The system is not well-served either way. The timing is wrong. Let me close with a handy rule of thumb: If you have to ask, you probably know the answer. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 19
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Bobby Rush to Maxine’s PAGE 22
Bob Dorough plays The Afterthought PAGE 23
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Another round After early stumbles, LR’s Brandon’s Distillery wins big awards. BY DAVID KOON
aking a good first impression is hard. Getting a second chance after a bad first impression is even harder. Maybe nobody in town knows that better than Phil Brandon. He opened Brandon’s Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock, a micro-scale operation on East Sixth Street, in July 2010, turning out gin, vodka and un-aged moonshine-style whiskey in 250-gallon batches. It was, by anybody’s recollection, the first legal distillery in Arkansas in living memory, and hopes were high. The problem, Brandon himself now acknowledges, is that their early efforts weren’t very good. From adversity comes determination, however, and after Brandon worked out some formula and equipment kinks, Rock Town’s spirits have recently won top awards at some of the best liquor competitions in the world. He’s hoping to get the word out, and crossing his fingers that
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drinkers are willing to give Rock Town’s spirits another try. Brandon said that though the friends, associates and consultants he initially tried his alcohol out on seemed to like it, the general consensus among the buying public was that the early batches didn’t taste “clean” enough. “Everybody said that the vodka and the gin smelled and tasted like tequila,” he said. “It wasn’t a clean tasting spirit. It had too many other flavors in it. It wasn’t a pure flavor. ... I think primarily it was because we were all tasting it straight, and it tasted OK straight. But when we started to mix it later on, we found out that it didn’t mix very well.” Brandon said that a big part of the problem was that their new still, bought from a maker in Kentucky, wasn’t set quite right. The problem took months to sort out. “We kind of stubbed our toe,” he said. “Or, basically just dropped a 5,000-pound weight on our toe, I guess.”
By the time they got the still working correctly and other problems ironed out, the bad word-of-mouth had already done its damage among consumers. While sales were initially good after the Rock Town’s flashy grand opening, they soon fell off. “You think you’ve hired the experts that are going to be able to tell you everything you need to know,” he said. “I went to the training classes, and studied and did everything, but it turns out that I got some bad consulting and I got some faulty equipment to start out with, and ended up with a substandard product.” Brandon said that the distillery eventually decided that keeping the early batches on the shelves “wasn’t doing us any favors” and instituted a quiet recall, pulling bottles from liquor stores all over Central Arkansas. In the meantime, Brandon was working to make each batch better than the last, paying close attention to the details. That quest seems to have paid off, if the critics are any measure. The competition season for spirits is in February and March, and Rock Town Distillery’s products have been steadily racking up the awards this year. At the international Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City in early March, Brandon’s vodka bested hundreds of others from around the globe — including the output of storied makers like Stolichnaya, Skyy and Ketel One — and came within one point of being named the best in the world. Around the same time, Brandon’s un-aged “Arkansas Lightning” whiskey was awarded a gold medal from Chicago’s Beverage Testing Institute. Grey Goose vodka has been trumpeting a gold medal they received from the BTI in their advertising for years, Brandon said. At the San Francisco World Spirits Competition held March 18-20, Brandon’s gin won a double gold medal — one of only six gins entered this year that won double gold. “For a handmade gin from Little Rock, Arkansas, to be up there with Beefeater and Bombay and all the other international brands, that’s a great honor,” Brandon said. Brandon said that keeping quality high is the only way to get over the hump of consumer suspicion caused by the early stumble. “It’s not the way that it was planned,” he said, “but I think it’s probably made us better. If we’d come right out of the chute with a decent product but not a great product, we probably would have been OK with that. With the urgency we had — the feedback from the market that was: this isn’t any good — I went straight to work on it. That’s what I do every day: quality, quality, quality. Make it better, better, better.” Brandon’s first bourbon is scheduled to appear this summer.
‘HAIRSPRAY’: Lillian Castillo and Tommaso Antico star in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production.
■ theaterreview ‘Hairspray’
April 8, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
n The musical “Hairspray” is, in many ways, about progress. It’s also about big hair and about a man dressing up as a woman and about Baltimore. But progress in “Hairspray” is represented by the integration of The Corny Collins teen dance program (though the real-life teen dance program the musical was patterned after wasn’t successfully integrated). Progress at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, which is staging a truly exceptional production of “Hairspray,” is measured in a different and harder-to-quantify way. But “Hairspray” at the Rep feels like real progress — perhaps it’s the glow coming off of the company’s successful capital campaign. More likely, it’s that the Rep has just become better at big musicals. “Hairspray” — a great vehicle for that particularly hard-to-find performer, the singer/dancer/comic — needs a dance floor full of these types and the Rep finds them. “Hairspray” is based on the 1988 film by the gleefully trashy John Waters. The story of Baltimore teen-ager Tracy Turnblad, the stout heroine (played with infectious enthusiasm by Lillian Castillo), is part Cinderella, part Civil Rights struggle and part Waters’ corn-fed, all-American vulgarity. Tracy’s parents are, after all, the gold-hearted owner of a joke shop and a transvestite. Edna Turnblad (played at the Rep by D. Scott Withers) has been histori-
cally played as a woman by men, including John Travolta in the film adaptation of the musical and Waters’ late, longtime collaborator Divine in the original 1988 film. “Hairspray” could so easily go off the rails and be too campy. But Withers, along with the rest of the production, doesn’t go that way at all — there isn’t any winking at the audience. There are plenty of laughs to be sure (and some jokes that fall flat) but this production is invested in the story it has to tell and in the songs it has to belt out. Clearly directors and choreographers Robert Kolby Harper and Michael Barnard have the cast and designers walk this narrow line so that investment pays off again and again. Among the many notable turns in this “Hairspray” is the one by Arkansas native Katie Emerson, who, as Tracy’s best friend Penny Pingleton, gives one of the funniest performances you will ever see. As the pig-tailed Pingleton, Emerson moves as if her arms and legs are on hinges. It’s such an imaginative take that it’s almost hard to watch anybody else when she’s on stage. Rick Qualls as Corny Collins has a huge voice that commands attention from the first note. Lavon Fisher-Wilson as Motormouth Maybelle brought part of the audience to an early standing ovation after her incredibly stirring “I Know Where I’ve Been.” But the complete, sustained ovation came at the end and it was well earned. — Werner Trieschmann
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■ to-dolist BY JOHN TARPLEY
ARKANSAS TRAVELERS HOME OPENER 7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$12.
n All right, let’s not sugar-coat it: As of press time, our Travs are sucking. Like, “Seattle Mariners sucking.” The team is 0-4 with a (get your Google ready) Bill Bergen-like combined batting average of .217, leaving the team firmly in the bottom slot in Texas League rankings. It’s not the way you’d want to start a season, but we’ll give the club a break and chalk up part of its failure to launch on the fact that they’ve been on the road. Thursday, however, marks the season home opener when the Travs take the field against the Midland RockHounds, the league’s leaders with a perfect season in four games. Sure, it would be great, heartwarming stuff to see the Travs deliver their first win of the season in their first home game, but take it from a Cubs fan who’s too familiar with baseball futility: Drowning your disappointment in beer and Crayola-yellow nacho cheese isn’t that bad a consolation prize.
DIRTY SMILE: Dirty-minded bluesman Bobby Rush returns to Maxine’s, this time with his backing band and famous big-booty dancers.
ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: ‘PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION’
BRITISH SEA POWER
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-48.
9 p.m., Stickyz. $10.
n Since turning ears towards the pastoral, northwestern county of Cumbria in 2003 with the debut, “The Decline of British Sea Power” (how’s that for an amazing album title?), the lads of British Sea Power have released albums and EPs at a steady tack, each more or less widely acclaimed if not raved about and pored over. The band’s millennial post-punk has elicited broad comparisons to, curiously, Manc greats Joy Division, although, to these Amurcan ears, it’s patently UK guitar rock, fey and dramatic. It’s a sound that’s easy to admire but tough to gush over. Chalk it up, in part, to the band’s stage-crowding size, its affinity for the anthemic and its style in general (pixie-haired girl playing violin, wearing leggings on her arms: check), which pushes them into the same weight class as Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene or fellow Brits Pulp — all great bands that few, if any, comparable acts can run with. Live, British Sea Power is a monster. The night’s bill is rounded out with A Classic Education, from Bologna, Italy, and Oklahoman peppy-pop experimentalists Colourmusic. 22 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
‘LEGACIES’: Bluegrass legend Del McCoury teams up with the New Orleans legends of Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a night of bluegrass, jazz and jazzy bluegrass.
8 p.m., Maxine’s, Hot Springs. $30 adv., $35 d.o.s.
n The last time Bobby Rush was in Hot Springs, Maxine’s was treated to a stripped-down show from the master of dirty, horny blues. Jheri-curled Rush told stories about growing up in Homer, La., and Pine Bluff between expertly-plucked acoustic tracks taken, largely, from his great 2007 return to back-porch blues, “Raw.” (Also: Samuel L. Jackson himself was tucked into a corner for the set.) But
this time around, he’s bringing the whole gang of backup bluesmen and returning the former brothel to its dirty past. Expect Bobby Rush to windhump his way through a set of ecstatic, X-rated songs between a pair of jiggly-assed backup dancers. If you’re lucky, he’ll rip into rap music: “Rappers stole that shit from me and James Brown!” It’s one part Rudy Ray Moore and one part “I Feel Good” with a fat Larry Flynt streak right down the middle. And it’s just about one of the most fun shows you’ll see anywhere. Bores, dullards and drags go elsewhere.
n Conductor Philip Mann will bring his first season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to a close with “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a three-piece program culminating with the composition by Russian innovator Modest Mussorgsky that lends its name to the night. While considered his greatest work for piano (and a high benchmark for expert pianists), the suite will get the full orchestral treatment as arranged by Maurice Ravel. The night opens with an early work by Ravel, “Minuet Antique,” written when the French romanticist was a ripe 20 years old. Mozart’s famous sonata, “Symphony No. 36” (otherwise known as the “Linz Symphony”), also features. The ASO officially closes out its season the following day, Sunday, April 17, with a 3 p.m. matinee.
10 a.m., Wildwood Park for the Arts. $5-$10.
n Arkansas has been sprung for spring for the last three weeks and now, between baseball season kicking off and Wildwood’s
BOB DOROUGH’S BACK: The man who taught us our multiplication tables in “Schoolhouse Rock!” visits The Afterthought for a one-night stand. “Blooms!” Festival, it’s in full effect. This year, the annual festival promises a slate of garden parties: one 1920s themed, one “Storybook Garden Party” presented by the Laman Library for the kids and a “Rockin’ the Suburbs” garden party, featuring croquet and bocce ball. The park will also offer demonstrations from horticulturists and florists, a champagne stroll in the lakeside Butler Arboretum (designed by P. Allen Smith) and live music from Lark in the Morning, The Muses, Dave Rogers Trio and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s youth ensemble, Forte. The next day, Sunday, April 17, Bob Dorough (the man behind the music of “Schoolhouse Rock!”) performs an afternoon matinee at 3:30 p.m. Expect food, sodas and adult drinks, games and flowers as far as you can see.
8:30 p.m., Revolution. $16 adv., $21 d.o.s.
n The Photoshopped picture on the cover of his new single, “Twenty One,” may show him with an intimidating cue-ball head, biker beard, Oakleys and a scowl, but the music inside is pure corn-fed college quad mush. Think one part Jack Johnson and one part leftover Xanga poetry. It is literally the whitest music I’ve ever heard in my life. But it’s clicking. Smith, who’s played Little Rock more than a dozen times, has amassed a devoted fanbase without label support, instead touring relentlessly and relying on word-of-mouth. It’s a strategy that’s put him in the pages of Country Weekly and launched his last album, “Keeping up with the Joneses,” to the top of iTunes’ singer/ songwriter charts. He’s supported by Matt Stillwell, a positivity and good-times and patriotism and sunshine singer whose debut single, “Shine,” is a neutered ode to White
Lightning that Popcorn Sutton would probably mute with a quickness. And with a bullet.
‘AMERICAN LEGACIES’: THE DEL MCCOURY BAND & PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center. $32-$52
n Last month, when the Rock Candy blog broke news about the “American Legacies” traveling show coming to Fayetteville, I must have spent half an hour watching and rewatching a 90-second video of a rollicking jam session between the near-mythical New Orleans jazz ensemble and the esteemed bluegrass royalty. To hell with Girl Talk: No mashup is as exciting as hearing Del McCoury’s high and lonesome tenor ring though Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s ecstatic NOLA boogie on “I’ll Fly Away” and the country standard “One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart).” Jazz and country and western are the two purest forms of American music and this pairing of two bands that safeguard their traditions is something like a stroke of booking brilliance. But hearing them collaborate is just straight-up massively cool.
8 p.m., The Afterthought. $10 adv., $15 d.o.s.
n At a spry 87 years old, Bob Dorough still has it. A video taken this January
features the ponytailed jazzman joking and vamping through “Three is a Magic Number,” one of his most famous songs from “Schoolhouse Rock!” Another, from 2010, has Dorough clowning around on his Yamaha between sips from a bottle of Newcastle. No doubt about it, the geekjazz innovator still has a good bit of the youthful pizzazz that brought him to work with everyone from Miles Davis to Allen Ginsberg and all the way into today with pop-jazz heroine Nellie McKay. (Their collaboration on her 2007 album “Obligatory Villagers” is a highlight of the last decade, a 21st century answer to Dorough’s pre-“Schoolhouse” work with Blossom Dearie.) While best known for his work with that certain series of edutaining cartoons, Dorough’s solo albums established his career as a cult musician. His 1956 debut, “Devil May Care,” is a lighthearted romp through the hip ’50s with a 23-year-old Dorough scatting in his peculiar squeak. The ’80s and ’90s saw Dorough release a string of albums on small, imprint labels: all are nearly impossible to find, even via download. Still spreading his singular, smiling take on jazz deep into his eighth decade, playing smoky clubs and leading master’s classes at various universities, Dorough returns after a fouryear absence. Don’t be surprised if the Afterthought has to turn people away. I know I’m not the only guy who’s guilty of a little idolization when it comes to Monday’s man of the night. (Stephen Malkmus, Randy Newman and Biz Markie are on Team Dorough, too.) The Cherry Hill-born jazz man will be backed by Joe Vick on bass and Dave Rogers on drums.
6 p.m., Dreamland Ballroom. $5
n Mark this down as one of the most exciting and unexpected shows of spring. The wildly-imaginative chamber-pop bassist for Dirty Projectors (hands down, one of the best bands today), solo artist behind “Most Valuable Player” (one of the most acclaimed solo records in recent memory) and Bjork collaborator Baldwin comes to Dreamland Ballroom to deliver a multimedia-enriched night of cellodriven music. Melodically sparse and driving, Baldwin’s high tenor and waves of cello recall the avant-disco genius Arthur Russell, violin-and-loop pedal craftsman Owen Pallett and choral indie heroes Grizzly Bear. (Chris Taylor of the latter handled production duties for Baldwin’s second album.) The man with his hand in so many collaborations is, predictably, outstanding with his allies, but a friend from his native Brooklyn tells me Baldwin is just as stellar solo. The night opens at 6 p.m. with an art show and, of course, a puppet-show musical.
n The Arkansas Literary Festival takes to Pulaski Academy to conclude another year with the much-anticipated return of David Sedaris, the author of contemporary classics “Naked” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and just about the most famous humorist in the world, 7 p.m., $40-$50.
n Self-described “Ozarkansas” act 3 Penny Acre offers its rustic take on bluegrass and roots music for a free concert at Laman Library, 7 p.m. If you’ve been sleeping on Tyrannosaurus Chicken, it’s time to wake up: They take their ramshackle “psychedelta” party to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. The last time the Canadian trio of Elliott Brood came to Maxine’s, we went on a blind whim and were treated to one of the best surprises we’ve had in years. The band brings its Tom Waitsstyled, multi-instrumental carnival back to the Hot Springs venue, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
n Uber-poppy indie act The Blue Party visits Town Pump, 10 p.m. Revolution hosts its regular “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” returns for its second week at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14. Hungry? The annual Cook’s Tour returns for another year, offering house tours and signature dishes from local chefs in the Chenal district, 1 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.e., and, at Christ Episcopal Church, the Root Cafe teams up with us here at the Times for “Dinner for Change: An Evening With the Arkansas Times,” a local foods dinner with publisher/founder Alan Leveritt and associate editor Lindsey Millar discussing the past, present and future of the best alt-weekly in the universe, 6 p.m., $15 or a pint jar of change.
n In Maumelle, Lucky’s Sports Bar and Grill offers the sly, sharp songs of Angelyn Jolly, 8 p.m. Cody Belew visits Cajun’s Wharf to continue his unofficial “farewell tour” before his move to Nashville, 9 p.m., $5. And Hot Springs offers two amazing shows for the “Derby Day” crowds: Folk-punk cabaret act Hellblinki and mountain music from Legendary Shack Shakers spin-off The Dirt Daubers come to Low Key Arts, 9 p.m., $5, and singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon (whose songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Lucinda Williams and Irma Thomas) plays a rare show with a full band at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $8. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 23
Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Elliott Brood, Sad Daddy. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. The Happen-Ins. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. “Hip-Hop Night.” Vino’s, Every other Thursday, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jovan Arellano. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. www.zacks-place.com/. “New Music Test” with Belair, Ellison’s Cage, Carver. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 general, $10 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Tragikly White (headliner), Lyle Dudley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Trio Sima. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, $10-$25. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 MUSIC
Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Fair to Midland, Periphery, Scale the Summit, From Which We Came. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Justin Bank, The Smittle Band. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com/index.html. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Psychostick, Iron-E. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Steve Bates. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
FACTOR IT IN: The Factor, recently named the top Derby contender by the AP, races Saturday, April 16, at Hot Springs’ Oaklawn Park for this year’s Arkansas Derby. Other favorites like Elite Alex, JP’s Gusto, Nehro and Saratoga Red are expected to take the field this weekend as well. Gates open at 1 p.m. Auditorium. UALR, 6 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.
David Sedaris. Humorist David Sedaris reads from his books, final event of Arkansas Literary Festival. For more information, visit arkansasliteraryfestival.org. Connor Performing Arts Center, Pulaski Academy, 7 p.m., $40-$50. 12701 Hinson Road. Stacey Pershall. The author signs copies of her new book, “Loud in the House of Myself.” WordsWorth Books & Co. 5920 R St.
“Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity
and Islam.” Speakers and discussions explore the similarities, differences and interactions among the three Abrahamic religions, with a particular focus on the U.S. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 6:30 p.m., free. 310 W. 17th St.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14 MUSIC
3 Penny Acre. Laman Library, 7 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. “V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJ Silky Slim. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582.
The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; April 15, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; April 17, 8 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Hilarious Southern -Fried Farce Southern Hospitality Now - April 23 The Futrelle Sisters beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction.
Always Patsy Cline
Neil Simon’s Chapter Two April 26 – May 22 George and Jennie fall in love, but the memory of George’s late wife presents an obstacle to their happiness. One of Neil Simon’s most poignantly funny plays, is about letting go, starting over and finding love for the second time.
May 24 – June 26 The story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline’s friendship with fan Louise Seger, inspired by letters signed “Love always... Patsy Cline.”
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“Bullied.” A documentary about anti-gay bullying and one student who stood up to it. In Elders Hall inside the Kendall Science and Health Mission Center. Philander Smith College, 6 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.
Claire Gaudiani. The professor delivers a lecture entitled “Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class.” To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail publicprograms@clintonschool. uasys.edu. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
“An Evening with T.J. Holmes.” The CNN anchor and West Memphis-native speaks in the EIT
Central Arkansas Genealogical and Historical Society. Desmond Walls Allen will give a presentation called “Researching Your Family Tree Through the Federal Census Records.” Arkansas Studies Institute, 6 p.m., free. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5792. www.arstudies.org/. Arkansas Symphony Designer House “Crescendo Party.” Interior and landscape designers display classic and contemporary design. Live music from Michael Carenbauer, guitarist, and the ASO Jazz Trio. 23 Edgehill Road, 7 p.m., $125. 23 Edgehill Road. Rajun Cajun Bash. CARTI’s annual benefit featuring all-you-can-eat Cajun food, drinks and live music. For more information, visit carti.com. River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m., $30 adv., $35 d.o.s. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket. info. “State of Minority Health in Arkansas.” The Arkansas Minority Health Commission’s annual event features Governor Mike Beebe, Rep. Fred Allen, Dr. Glen Mays and Lindsey Clark. For more information, visit arminorityhealth.com. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 5:30 p.m. 4300 W. Markham.
Healing Place Ministries’ Annual Crime Victim Survivors Memorial Service. In the Kendall Center. Philander Smith College, 9 a.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. “Sustainable Communities: Land use, Transit Patterns, Economic Recovery and the Vision for a Healthier Urban Environment.” A panel discussion on sustainable communities. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail publicprograms@ clintonschool.uasys.edu. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
Red Octopus Theater: “Get Plucked!” The Public Theatre, April 14-16, 8 p.m.; April 21-23, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. thepublictheatre.com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, through April 14, 8 p.m.; April 15, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; April 17, 8 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
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Arkansas Travelers vs Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, April 14-15, 7:10 p.m.; April 16, 6 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR.
UPCOMING EVENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. APRIL 26: Bob Seger & the Silver bullet Band. 7:30 p.m., $67. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com APRIL 29: James Taylor. 8 p.m. $47-$71. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com. MAY 10: Robert Randolph and the Family Band. 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom. com. MAY 18: Foo Fighters, Mothorhead. 7 p.m., $25-$49.50. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com MAY 24-26: “Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall, Markham and Broadway. 244-8800, celebrityattractions.com. MAY 27-29: Riverfest 2011. Downtown Little Rock. riverfestarkansas.com 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
“An Evening with Alan Michael Parker.” The Pushcart Prize-winning poet and author of “Cry Uncle” speaks in the Reves Recital Hall. For more information, visit hendrix.edu. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix. edu.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15 MUSIC
Alan Fox Band. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Augusta Read Thomas. Contemporary composer and music educator will present “Floating Temples,” piece composed for the Walton Arts Center and the University of Arkansas, and other contemporary music with more than 200 area second grade students, the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Schola Cantorum. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $5. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Big Daddy Band. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Big John Miller Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Billy Jones Band. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Bobby Rush. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $30 adv., $35 d.o.s. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $30 adv., $35 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. British Sea Power, A Classic Education, Colourmusic. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. The City Champs. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern. com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Ellison’s Cage, The Perimeter. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. For Today, Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin, For the Fallen Dreams, In the Midst of Lions, Through the Looking Glass. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $14 adv., $16 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Joey Farr and the Fuggins Wheat Band. Midtown Billiards, April 16, 12:30 a.m., $8 nonmembers. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Judge Parker. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Living Proof Live 2011 with Beth Moore. Verizon Arena, April 15, 7 p.m.; April 16, 8:30 a.m., $65. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com.
Mare Carmody and Courtney Sheppard. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-2259600. www.capisrestaurant.com. Steve Bates. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. The Blue Party. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, April 15-16, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Tonya Leeks & Co. (headliner), Kirk Anderton (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. “Zodiac Party: Aries Edition.” With Ringo & Spencer Rx, Jake Martin & Jeremy Sayre, Wolf-EWolf & Jeff House, Haze & DJ Mysterium, Jeremy Rowlett & Chamelion, Holmez & Digital Love n’ Germs. Hosted by Shaolin and Raydar. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com.
Red Octopus Theater: “Get Plucked!” The Public Theatre, through April 16, 8 p.m.; through April 23, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, April 15, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; April 17, 8 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Cook’s Tour 2011. The annual fundraiser for cancer research features a tour of homes in the Chenal area and signature dishes from local chefs. For tickets or more information, visit cancer.uams. edu/cookstour. Chenal Country Club, 1 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. 10 Chenal Club Blvd. 501-821-4141. “Cruisin’ in the Rock.” Home Depot, 6 p.m. 12610 Chenal. “Dinner for Change: An Evening with the Arkansas Times.” A local foods dinner, courtesy of Root Cafe, with Alan Leveritt and Lindsey Millar discussing the past, present and future of the Arkansas Times. A pint jar of change admits one person, a quart jar of change admits two. Or, for those without jars of change, tickets are $15. Christ Episcopal Church, 6 p.m. 509 Scott St. 501-3752342. 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. Sexual Assault Awareness Month Annual Symposium. Arkansas Baptist College, 8:30 a.m. 1621 Martin Luther King Dr.
“Foreign Tongues Friday.” Open mic with performances by M.A. the HusSoul Man, Osyrus Bolly, Coffy, A.P.O.L.L.O., T.J. Medel, Ron Mc the Hip Hoptimist, Scorpio and Chris James. Mediums Art Lounge, 9 p.m. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495.
Arkansas Travelers vs Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, through April 15, 7:10 p.m.; April 16, 6 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. Shakespeare Scurry Family Fun Run 2K. Benefit for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Registration available at arkshakes.com. Hendrix College, 5:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.e. registration. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.
Dr. Robert W. Reising. Dr. Reising discusses his book “Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of ‘Field of Dreams’ ‘ Doc Graham.” Faulkner County Library, 6 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16 MUSIC
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GUN FIGHT Premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 HBO n In early 2007, a college student at Virginia Tech University named Seung Hui Cho purchased two automatic pistols: a Glock 19 and a Walther P22. Even though Cho had a documented police and medical record of mental problems, menacing behavior and stalking by then, he bought the pistols legally, ordering them through the Internet and having them shipped to licensed gun dealers after going through all the required federal background checks and showing his ID. On April 16, 2007, Cho got up, got dressed, mailed a package containing a rambling video manifesto to NBC News, and then killed two young men in his dorm. He put the guns and over 20 fully-loaded ammunition magazines in a backpack, and then he went to Norris Hall, where he’d taken classes. Before he was done — killed by his own hand after firing over 170 shots in classrooms crowded with his fellow students — 30 people were dead, and another 25 lay wounded. Cho’s rampage, which has since come to be known as The Virginia Tech Massacre, is at the center of a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Barbara Koppel called “Gun Fight,” which debuts this month on HBO. Knowing that the antigun side of things isn’t the whole story by a long shot, the doc uses the Virginia Tech shootings as a springboard to talk about the whole issue of guns in America, speaking with Second Amendment advocates, visiting hospital emergency rooms where the victims of gun violence are sent when the shooting stops, and chatting with the loved ones of those left behind after the bullets fly. Definitely one to check out, no matter which side of the debate you’re on. NETFLIX PICK: “The Civil War” by Ken Burns 9 episodes, around 70 minutes each n April 12 marks the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the American Civil War, and that’s as good a reason as any to reimmerse yourself in the remarkable experience that is Ken Burns’ groundbreaking 1990 documentary “The Civil War.” It’s available in its entirety on Netflix Instant View. Some of the fondest memories of my teen-age years center around watching the whole, nine-part series with my history-buff father. I’ve been working through the early episodes in the past few weeks, and they still hold up brilliantly. Within a 26 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
few minutes of booting up the first episode, you can really see why Burns’ first writ-large work changed the game when it comes to historical docs and even television in general. Featuring the voices of famous actors, period music, moving Civil-War-era correspondence and diaries from soldiers in the field and their loved ones back home, the famous pan shots that brought flat, still photographs to vivid life and the perfect overall narration provided by David McCullough, it’s still a work of depth, intelligence and power that pays that bloody conflict its just and terrible due. THE JUDDS 8 p.m. Sundays OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network) n While country music has gotten a bit bubblegum for my own personal tastes in the last 20 years or so (I dig the oldiesbut-gritties like Waylon, Willie, Hank, Loretta and Dolly when I’m in the mood for twangin’ guitars), you gotta give some props to Naomi and Wynonna Judd. Though kid sister Ashley Judd’s new biography, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet,” is currently throwing quite a bit of water on momma Naomi’s made-for-Lifetime stories of bringing up her young’uns poor, proud and happy in the backwoods of Kentucky (lots of grinding poverty, Ashley says, with abuse in its bruise-colored varieties: sexual, verbal, mental and physical). While Naomi and Wynonna can sure belt ’em out — 14 of their songs went to number one on the country charts, while another six broke into the top 10 — their career has been anything but calm, with rumors of Naomi’s controlling behavior and constant infighting between the two pretty much rampant before Naomi retired due to hepatitis in 1991 and Wynonna embarked on a solo career. Now, in this new show from the Oprah Winfrey Network, they try to put the pieces of their contentious relationship back together, letting camera crews ride along on an 18-city tour that will see them sing together in public for the first time in years. I saw the debut episode, and it looks pretty much bitch-alicious, with all the seething jealousy, catty remarks, one-upswomanship and — dare I say it? — love that you’d expect from a mother and daughter who spent 20 years trapped on a tour bus with nothing to do for hours at a stretch but get on each other’s nerves. Throw in a heapin’ dose of Bozored hair dye (does human hair come that color naturally anywhere on the planet?) and you’ve got what might be a winner. If the Oprahites will just let the cameras roll rather than get all touchy-feely about it — the premiere episode featured quite a few sit-down interviews in favor of the raw, one-on-one stuff that really tells the tale — this one could turn out to be something to watch. — David Koon
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was done for. “I got to looking and said, if we don’t do something, our whole town is going to dry up and blow away,” he said. “We looked at our strong points, and our weak points. The bad points are that our school closed and everything was just deteriorating and falling apart. The good part was the history and Johnny Cash.” Sims said that not many people in Dyess realize how much the Cash legacy could mean. In Sims’ office, he has a three-ring binder filled with the names of fans who have visited City Hall. “Most of them are from overseas. Germany, England, Spain. We’ve even had some from Vietnam,” Sims said. “It’s just unreal the amount of people who show up to look at [Cash’s home]... they don’t know a lot about Dyess history, but that’s what we want to tell them while they’re here.” By the time you read this, the official lineup and ticket prices for the August benefit concert at ASU’s Convocation Center will have been announced at an April 14th press conference. Some of the names that have been reliably kicked around so far are George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash’s children Roseanne and John Carter Cash, with artists like Kid Rock and others mentioned as interested in appearing at the Cash Music Festival in coming years. All proceeds will go toward preserving Dyess and the Cash Legacy — including the planned museum. Sims hopes it can bring a spark of hope back to his little town. “You’ll see cars coming through all the time with out of state tags, but none of them stop because there’s nothing open,” Sims said. “Hopefully within the next year or so, we’ll have something. Right now, they can’t spend any money. That’s what we want them to do.” www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 27
Continued from page 25 dhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Angelyn Jolly. Lucky’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8 p.m. 1101 Murphy Dr., Maumelle. 501-803-4898. www. luckyssportsbar.org. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Pictures at an Exhibition” Season Finale. Robinson Center Music Hall, April 16, 8 p.m.; April 17, 3 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/convcenters/robinson. Brian and Nick. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Chris Denny & Friends. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Chris Henry. Fox And Hound, 9 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/ locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Cody Belew & the Mercers. Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Crash Meadows. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. The Dirt Daubers, Amanda Avery, Ben Robbins. Low Key Arts, 6 p.m., $8. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Four on the Floor. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $7 adv., $10 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. FreeVerse. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. “Give Earth a Dance” with The Greasy Greens. Unitarian Universalist Church, 7:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-225-1503. “Independent Music Night” Hip-Hop Showcase. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Joey Farr and the Fuggins Wheat Band. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Kevin Gordon Band, Jason Weinheimer & Chris Michael Duo. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. LaRue & Wagner. Fox And Hound, 9 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Living Proof Live 2011 with Beth Moore. Verizon Arena, 8:30 a.m., $65. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Lyrics Born, Skins & Needles. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Goose, Ryan Burton, Ty Mayfield. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Sweetwater Abilene, Adam Faucett, Ghost Dance. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.
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Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute). Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com.
Red Octopus Theater: “Get Plucked!.” The Public Theatre, through April 16, 8 p.m.; through April 23, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. thepublictheatre.com. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, April 16, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; April 17, 8 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
THEA Foundation Dance Recital Fundraiser. Hendrix College, 6:30 p.m., $10 general, $5 students. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.
Aldersgate After Dark: “Keeping the Campfires Burning.” Camp Aldersgate’s signature event features live and silent auctions, drinks, dinner, live music from Crisis and more. For tickets or more information, visit campaldersgate.net. River Market Pavilions, 7 p.m., $50. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. “Blooms!” Festival. A celebration of spring time in Arkansas with personal guided garden tours, demonstrations, great food and live entertainment. For more information, call 821-7275 or visit wildwoodpark.org. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 10 a.m., $10, $5 kids. 20919 Denny Road. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. Easter Family Festival and Egg Hunt. Free games, activities, prizes and photos with the Easter Bunny. For more information, visit clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Clinton Presidential Center, 10 a.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Heifer’s Hunger Awareness Event. An experiential educational that aims to explain how where you live can greatly influence what and how much you eat. For more information, call 907-2852 or visit heifer.org/heifervillage. Heifer Village, 6 p.m., $20. 1 World Ave. 501-376-6836. heifer.org/heifervillage. Saline County Master Gardeners Plant Sale. Vendor and education booths, silent auctions, and speakers Janet Carson, Chris Olsen and Dr. Jim Robbins. Saline County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. I-30 Exit 116, Benton. “Touch a Truck.” An event which offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the city of North Little Rock. Dickey-Stephens Park, 10 a.m. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. Arkansas Derby Day. The nation’s best three-year
olds compete in this Triple Crown qualifier. Oaklawn, $2.50-$4.50. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com.
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The Del McCoury Band, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $32-$52. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Pictures at an Exhibition” Season Finale. Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www. littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Augusta Read Thomas. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $5. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4435600. Corey Smith, Matt Stillwell. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $16 adv., $21 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls. com. Little Rock Wind Symphony: “Wildflowers!.” Second Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m., $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. “Margarita Sunday.” With Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Dell Smith, Cliff Aaron and Joel Crutcher. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. “S.I.N. on Sunday” with EKG, Ginsu Wives, Booyah! Dad. Ernie Biggs, 10 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Haute in the City. Fashion show with clothing from the Romas by Linda Rowe Thomas Fall 2011 Collection. Live music and drinks. For more information, visit romasdesigns.com. Clinton Presidential Center, 2 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco Roughriders. Dickey-Stephens Park, April 17, 4 p.m.; April 18, 11 a.m.; April 19, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
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Bob Dorough. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, through April 30: 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com.
“Passion For Fashion.” Drinks, hors d’oeuvres,
a fashion show from Barbara Graves and a preview of The Rep’s upcoming production of “Hairspray.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 6 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www.therep.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco Roughriders. Dickey-Stephens Park, April 18, 11 a.m.; April 19, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555. www.travs.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19 MUSIC
The Atom Age. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Nat Baldwin. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a local art show and puppet show musical. Dreamland Ballroom, 6 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700. Rena Wren. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www.capisrestaurant.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Year of the Tiger, The Holy Shakes. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. www.revroom.com.
Charity Bingo Tuesday. ACAC, 6:30 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. acacarkansas.wordpress.com.
Eric Peterson. The architect will deliver his lecture, “Vision 2020: Little Rock National Airport Transformed.” Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. Wayne LaPierre. The CEO of the National Rifle Association speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. edu. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
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■ media Streaming the Senate House video was a success. Will the Senate follow? BY GERARD MATTHEWS
n No matter what you initially thought about the live video streaming of House committee meetings over the past legislative session — whether you had great expectations of transparency and open government or fears it would lead to grandstanding and other shenanigans — chances are your hopes were exceeded, your fears assuaged. The question now, looking ahead to future sessions, is if the Senate will embrace this technology as well. The Senate may have answered that question this session by not answering it. Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson’s bill to require live-streaming of Senate meetings was sent to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs, where it never came up for a vote. The bill — at least in theory — had support of Senate leadership. Senate President Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, told Roby Brock of Talk Business, “I think we’ll probably get there some day. I think in today’s modern times with technology, I think we’ll get there.” One thing that might be holding the Senate back is the cost. A spokesman for the Senate told me they had no cost estimates as of yet. Equipping the House chamber and four committee rooms with the technology to live-broadcast cost about $330,000. But now that the session is over you’d be hardpressed to find anyone say it wasn’t worth it. Bloggers lauded the live-streaming because it allowed them to cover news events when other matters kept them at the office. Legislators were able to look in on meetings when they couldn’t make it to the Capitol. Voters were able to check on their representatives and see what kinds of questions they were asking and what kind of votes they were making. At first, representatives had a number of reservations, chief among those the fear that fellow lawmakers would perform for the cameras. But that didn’t really happen. Rep. Darrin Williams, D-Little Rock, who chaired the House Judiciary Committee, initially thought grandstanding would be an issue. “That was a big issue at the beginning of the session and then I think folks forgot that it was on to be quite honest,” Williams said. “We never talked about it after we ultimately decided to live stream, which I think was the right decision. We spent too much time worrying about it. I don’t think very many people thought about it after several weeks, or even after a couple of meetings. There was also a concern that someone might be
shy about asking questions. People were not shy about asking questions [in the House Judiciary Committee].” Talk to folks around the Capitol, though, and you’ll find there isn’t much hope for the live broadcast of Senate meetings. The Senate is a different animal than the House. As our very own Max Brantley said in a recent blog post, “There’s less debate in committee and on the floor; more is done by understanding of political realities. Bills are sent out of committee without roll calls by tacit understandings. TV might prove mystifying. On the other hand, maybe it would prompt a change in the way business is done.” And that, of course, is the aim. But it’s possible some senators like the way they do business and don’t want the added scrutiny. A fellow reporter told me he overheard one senator joke after a contentious vote: “And that’s why we don’t have live-streaming in the Senate.” But Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, doesn’t think that’s the case. He says that what it really comes down is that senators have a more traditional view of the body itself. “I think they like the way the Senate operates, which is very old fashioned,” Hutchinson said. “I don’t think they’re trying to hide anything. There’s enough news coverage that nothing’s hidden anyway. I don’t think they want grandstanding, legislators playing to the camera. It’s a very traditional institution and they like that. My opinion is, I appreciate the traditions of the Senate. But I think public access and accountability outweigh tradition. I think, probably, next session it may happen.” The live-streaming did create a sense of openness and transparency. However, let’s not get carried away. The cameras do allow one to look in on the occasional committee hearing. But that’s not exactly where everything gets done down at the legislature. Until there are cameras in the Capitol hallways — or the Capital Bar and Grill, for that matter — maybe all we really have is the illusion of transparency.
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Mark Klein. The Loony Bin, April 20-21, 8 p.m.; April 22, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 23, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-
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log is ripe for the sampling.) We’ll accept submissions, in just about any digital form — YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, mp3 — through April 30. From May 1 through 7, we’ll put all the entries online and ask our readers to vote for their favorite. Send links or digital files to calendar@ arktimes.com. n Heads up, artists: the Arkansas Arts Council is still accepting applications for its Individual Artists Fellowships. The Council will give away $4,000 fellowships to up to nine applicants who work in poetry, music composition (folk/jazz/pop) or sculpture and installation or music composition (folk/jazz/pop). The deadline for applications is Friday, April 22. More in5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Disney on Ice: “Princess Wishes.” Verizon Arena, April 20, 7 p.m.; April 21, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; April 22, 7 p.m.; April 23, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; April 24, 3 p.m., $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com‚Äé.
Chris Elias. The president and CEO of PATH, the international health awareness nonprofit, speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail email@example.com. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER “Hairspray.” A round, cheery Baltimore teen’s dream comes true when she lands a spot dancing for the popular Corny Collins Show. Based on the cult classic by John Waters. For tickets or more information, call 378-0405 or visit therep.org. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through May 1: Wed., Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m., $20-$40. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www. therep.org. “Harvey.” A neighborhood man arouses curiosity in his community after befriending an imaginary, 6-foot tall rabbit. For more information or reservations, visit cabotcommunitytheatre.org. Cabot Community Center, through April 16, 6:30 p.m., $25 general, $15 children under 12. 508 N. Lincoln, Cabot. “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” While Hitler is invading Poland in 1939, the Frietags, an elite family of German Jews in Atlanta, is more concerned with Ballyhoo, the upcoming social event of the season. By Alfred Uhry. For tickets or more information, call 374-1130 or visit weekendtheater.org. The Weekend Theater, through April 23: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m. 1001
formation is available at arkansasarts.org. n The Little Rock Film Festival has extended the deadline for entries to its annual Arkansas Music Video Competition and Showcase to April 20. This year’s screening will go down June 2 at Revolution. To qualify, the band or filmmaker must be from Arkansas and the video must have been made in the last two years. Also: there’s no submission fee for entrants. n Also, on April 27, the festival will screen “Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind” at the Argenta Community Theater. The 1998 documentary consists of rare footage from screen tests to deleted film stock as well as interview from the cast and crew. “Gone with the W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org. “Reasons to Be Pretty.” When an off-handed remark by a young, working class Manhattanite gets around to his girlfriend’s social circle, a group of close friends are pulled into the argument. By Neil LaBute. For more information, visit theatre2.org. Walton Arts Center, through April 30: Thu., Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; April 17-May 1, 2 p.m., $28. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Southern Hospitality.” The Futrelle Sisters (of “Dearly Beloved” and “Christmas Belles”) have to save Fayro, Texas, their beloved hometown, from extinction. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through April 13: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Urinetown.” The Tony-winning musical explores a dystopian future in which water is scarce, expansive and monopolized by the corrupt Good Urine company, who puts the people in a “pay to pee” scenario. Snow Fine Arts building. University of Central Arkansas, April 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; April 20-22, 7:30 p.m., $10. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. www. uca.edu.
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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Vision 2020: Little Rock National Airport Transformed,” Art of Architecture lecture by Eric Peterson, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. talk April 19. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Nomenclature,” work by Elizabeth Weber and Kyle Boswell, opens with reception 6-10 p.m. April 16, exhibit through May 7, 10 percent of all sales to benefit CARTI. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Lee
Wind” memorabilia collector extraordinaire James Tumblin will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. Short-lived music venue The Village (2915 S. University Ave.) has been bought by Sky Broadcasting and Management Inc. and turned into Sky Television Studio. Starting this week, the venue plans to host “Wrestling Superstars,” an event featuring wrestlers from the Tuckerman, Ark., All Star Wrestling Federation, every Thursday night. The first installation of “Wrestling Superstars” happens this Thursday, April 14, and features Jimmy Hart, Koko B. Ware and a special appearance from an unnamed “WWE Hall of Famer.” The matches will be broadcast on KARZ. Nora Parlor’s Painted Photo Album,” oils inspired by photos in the artist’s grandmother’s album, opens with reception 6-8 p.m. April 15, show through May 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Benini: The Painter’s Journey,” works from his “Courting Kaos: Face of God” and “Riding Kaos: Truth and the Journey” series, through May 18. Open 5-8 p.m. April 15, Argenta ArtWalk. 664-2787. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: 2nd annual “Spring Art Show,” work by Lois Davis, Peggy Roberson and Paula Steel, opens with reception 5-8 p.m. April 15, Argenta ArtWalk, and silent auction to benefit the Autism Speaks Foundation. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: Artwork and demonstrations by Dr. Mary Ann Stafford and Ted Parkhurst, performance by singer Suzanna Gibbs, 5-8 p.m. April 15, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512.
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “The Impressionists and Their Influence,” paintings and works on paper from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, private collections and the Arts Center Foundation collection, through June 26, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 youth, members free; “Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution,” wood sculpture, through July 3; “Young Arkansas Artists 50th Annual Exhibition,” through April 17, Atrium, Sam Strauss and Stella Boyle Smith galleries; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Norwood Creech: Selected Works from the Northeastern Arkansas Delta,” through June 18, Mezzanine Gallery; “Book Arts,” handmade books and journals, through May 28, Atrium Gallery; “Anticipating the Future — Contemporary American Indian Art,” work from the collection of Dr. J.W. Wiggins. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5791.
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NEW MOVIES Atlas Shrugged: Part I (PG-13) – The adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel brings Tea Party icon John Galt to the big screen. With Paul Johansson and Taylor Schilling. Rave: 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. The Conspirator (PG-13) – A young lawyer and Civil War veteran has to defend a woman charged with conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln. Directed by Robert Redford. Rave: 10:35, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45. Heartbeats (NR) – Two close friends, a young man and a young woman, fall for the same handsome man. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 6:45, 9:00. Kaboom (R) – In the near future, a group of libidinous young hipsters have a group “sexual awakening” in Gregg Araki’s new hyper-stylized art-pulp. With Haley Bennett and Thomas Dekker. Market Street: 2:15, 4:25, 6:45, 9:00. Rio (G) – A domesticated macaw from suburban Minnesota takes to Rio de Janeiro to find the freewheeling bird of his dreams. Voiced by Jesse Eisenberg , Anne Hathaway. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55 (2D); 1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45. Rave: 10:30, 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 (2D); 11:15, 12:00, 2:00, 2:45, 4:45, 5:30, 7:30, 8:15, 10:15 (3D). Scream 4 (R) – When Sidney Prescott, now a selfhelp author, returns to Woodsboro, the masked killer emerges from hiding to wreak havoc on the small town yet again. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox. Breckenridge: 1:30, 1:50, 4:30, 4:35, 7:25, 7:35, 10:05, 10:10. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:50, 4:15, 7:30, 10:00. Riverdale 10: 11:05, 1:20, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05, 10:15. Rave: 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15. Win, Win (R) – A volunteer high school wrestling coach finds himself entwined in a student’s unsavory family life. With Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan. Rave: 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45. RETURNING THIS WEEK Arthur (PG-13) – A drunken playboy in heavy-duty arrested development has to choose between an enormous inheritance and the woman he falls for. With Russell Brand and Greta Gerwig. Breckenridge: 1:25, 7:40, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:25, 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:55. Riverdale 10: 11:10, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40. Rave: 11:55, 2:40, 5:25, 8:10, 10:55, 11:25. Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) – When Earth is brutally attacked by extraterrestrial forces, a platoon of Marines must defend Los Angeles, the final stronghold on the planet. With Aaron Eckhart, Ne-Yo. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) –
FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) makes his son (Brandon T. Jackson) join him in going undercover in drag at a performing arts school. Movies 10:00, 7:25, 9:50. Born to be Wild (G) – A 3D look at the bond between the orangutans and elephants saved by a group of people who work to preserve endangered species. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Chenal 9: 11:00, 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45 (3D). Cedar Rapids (R) – A naive insurance salesman is sent to Iowa for an industry convention and winds up with three convention veterans who are no stranger to trouble. With Ed Helms, John C. Reilly. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. The Company Men (R) – An ultra-successful company man has to trade in his nice house and Porsche for a job in construction after a round of corporate downsizing. With Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (PG) – “Wimpy” Greg and his bullying older brother Rodrick have to deal with their parents’ efforts to make a brotherly bond. With Zachary Gordon. Breckenridge: 1:35, 7:25. Rave: 12:05, 2:35. Drive Angry 3D (R) – A father escapes from hell to avenge his daughter’s death and granddaughter’s kidnapping in three dimensions. With Nicolas Cage and William Fichtner. Movies 10: 5:10, 7:35, 10:00. The Green Hornet (PG-13) – Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) starts a new career as a crime-fighter with help from his kung-fu expert chauffeur, Kato (Jay Chou). Directed by Michel Gondry. Movies 10: 7:05, 9:55. Hanna (PG-13) – A 16-year-old girl, raised by her CIA agent father to be a master assassin, embarks on a mission across Europe. With Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:45. Chenal 9: 11:20, 1:55, 4:25, 7:20, 9:50. Riverdale 10: 11:15, 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50. Rave: 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55. Happy Thank You More Please (R) – In New York City, the lives of six young urbanites become entangled after a young writer returns a lost boy to his family. With Malin Akerman and Richard Jenkins. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:15. Hop (PG) – The day before he’s scheduled to take over the family business, E.B., the teen-age son of the Easter Bunny, runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being a rock drummer. Voiced by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:20, 7:10, 9:25. Chenal 9: 11:30, 1:40, 4:05, 7:05, 9:35. Riverdale 10: 11:05, 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Rave: 11:25, 1:55, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50. Insidious (PG-13) – A realm called The Further threatens to trap a comatose child. His parents learn to battle something that science can’t explain. With Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:25, 7:15, 9:40. Riverdale 10: 11:45, 2:10, 4:30,
7:15, 9:45. Rave: 12:45, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20, 11:05. Jane Eyre (PG-13) – The latest adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte masterpiece about the resilient young woman, Mr. Rochester and Thornfield Hall. With Mia Wasikowka and Michael Fassbender. Rave: 10:45, 1:35, 4:25, 7:25, 10:35. The King’s Speech (PG-13 version) – After being crowned George VI of an England on the verge of turmoil, “Bertie” (Colin Firth) works to fix his debilitating speech impediment with help from eccentric Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Riverdale 10: 11:25, 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:05. Limitless (PG-13) – A metropolitan copywriter runs from a group of assassins after discovering and taking a top-secret drug that gives him superhuman abilities. With Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. Riverdale 10: 11:40, 2:20, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05. The Lincoln Lawyer (R) – A lawyer runs his firm out of the back of an old Lincoln while working on a high-profile case in Beverly Hills. With Matthew McConaghey and Marissa Tomei. Breckenridge: 4:00, 9:40. Riverdale 10: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 10:10. Rave: 5:05, 8:20, 11:20. Rango (PG) – A quixotic chameleon has to succeed at being the daredevil he thinks he is after winding up in an old West town. Rave: 11:50, 2:40. Riverdale 10: 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00. The Roommate (PG-13) – A deranged college freshman becomes obsessed with her roommate and, wouldn’t you know it, things get freaky. With Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly. Movies 10: 4:45, 7:15, 9:40. Soul Surfer (PG) – In spite of losing an arm in a shark attack, a teen-age girl with a passion for surfing returns to the ocean. With AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:05, 1:35, 4:10, 7:15, 9:40. Rave: 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25. Rave: 11:20, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05. Source Code (PG-13) – A celebrated soldier wakes up in a stranger’s body and discovers he’s part of a top-secret government mission to stop a bombing in downtown Chicago. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:15, 6:50, 9:35. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:30, 4:00, 7:25, 9:45. Riverdale 10: 11:30, 1:35, 3:35, 5:35, 7:45, 10:00. Sucker Punch (PG-13) – A young girl escapes to a fantasy world after being locked in a mental asylum by her evil stepfather. Directed by Zach Snyder. Chenal 9: 8:10, 10:35. Take Me Home Tonight (R) – In the late 1980s, a brilliant MIT student walks away from his highpaying job to work as a video clerk. With Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Movies 10: 5:15, 7:45, 10:05. Tangled (PG) — Daring bandit Flynn Rider, Princess Rapunzel and Rapunzel’s 70 feet of hair find adventure and romance during their journey through the outside world. Voiced by Mandy Moore. Movies 10: 5:40, 8:00, 10:20 (2D); 7:00 (3D). True Grit (PG-13) — Rugged U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) helps a stubborn girl track down her father’s killer. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Movies 10: 5:05, 7:40, 10:10. Unknown (PG-13) – A man wakes up from a coma, discovers that his identity has been stolen and that no one believes he is who he says he is. With Liam Neeson and January Jones. Movies 10: 7:10, 9:45. Yogi Bear (PG) — A devastating 4-hour epic about the decline of a 19th century Hungarian farm cooperative and the interpersonal complications that arise in its wake. Not really: It’s just Yogi Bear. Movies 10: 5:25, 7:30, 10:15 (2D); 4:35, 9:25 (3D) Your Highness (R) – A valiant young prince embarks on an adventure to save his bride-to-be, with assistance from his slacker, stoner brother. Directed by David Gordon Green. With Danny McBride and James Franco. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:15. Chenal 9: 11:35, 2:05, 4:40, 7:35, 10:00. Rave: 10:40, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
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■ moviereview Undercooked Despite a mostly strong cast, ‘The Conspirator’ gets mired in its message. n In his latest feature, director Robert Redford — actor, philanthropist, looker and liberal of much renown — leaves his knack for touchy-feely mom-preferred dramas and descends into the precarious world of American politics. “The Conspirator” focuses on President Lincoln’s brutal assassination and the dashing young Union-war-hero attorney Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), charged with defending Mary Surratt (a funereal Robin Wright), the widow who runs the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and his motley team of Confederate sympathizers (Surratt’s son among them) allegedly concocted their plot. Aiken is given this unenviable task by his superior, Sen. Reverdy Johnson, played by the infallible Tom Wilkinson. Surratt is fingered, rather unnecessarily, by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline) and is called to appear before a jury of Stanton’s military tribunal cronies in what becomes an increasingly desperate attempt to hold someone, if not many people, accountable for the murder of the greatest American president. At first one might be inclined to think this is merely an educational re-enactment, perhaps a bit top-heavy with its ensemble cast acting their faces off, as A-listers are so inclined. But historical dramas, like their deformed-twin genre science fiction, are seldom made without some purpose of thinly veiled commentary. “The Conspirator,” for all its earnest admiration of the American institution, lovingly employed period facial hair and handful of standout performances, does little to move beyond its battering ram of a message. No doubt it takes a filmmaker of great confidence to painstakingly reproduce the murder — in graphic detail — of the Great Emancipator within the first 10 minutes of his picture. While it serves to heighten the drama, the result is a totally jarring opener that leaves the audience wobbly, and, frank-
ly, the acting feels wobbly, too. McAvoy, as an American, speaks in his native brogue. Kline’s Stanton is so flat and reptilian it feels like he belongs in a B movie. And I still have yet to figure out what The Mac Guy and Rory from “Gilmore Girls” are doing in their baffling minutes of screen time — providing a youth-minded anchor? The brilliantly tense courtroom drama halfway through the film allows some of the actors to regain their footing. When Aiken counsels with Surratt in her spartan prison cell (the only woman held in the same facility as dozens of men) we are reminded of Robin Wright’s ability to destroy us. Evan Rachel Wood’s portrayal of Surratt’s weird daughter gives her a chance to nail the Southern accent she massacred in “Whatever Works.” Throw in a visit from everyone’s favorite character actor, Steven Root (“Newsradio,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), and things feel comfortably back on track. While the huge Hollywood ensemble cast might have felt like a good marketing strategy, the sheer heavy-handedness of Surratt’s prisoner-of-war martyrdom, alongside a few disappointing performances, smacks of a bunch of famous liberal bros joining together to make an op-ed flick as a favor to their friend — the kind of concept Fox News hounds lie in wait for. At best, we get to see Robin Wright killing it in a way we perhaps forgot she could, and take away a piece of American history we were probably embarrassingly unfamiliar with — this is absolutely a relevant, compelling story worth telling. And yes, Mr. Redford, Guantanamo — and the treatment and trial of our war prisoners anywhere — is a horrible bungle that our country needs to parse out. Perhaps we should be ashamed of ourselves — but a preachy, underwrought period film is too facile a vehicle for this scolding. — Natalie Elliott
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n Coming up Sunday, April 17, is the 20th annual Cooks Tour benefiting the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It’s a Chenal Valley home tour and chef’s-sampling event that will feature signature dishes from Loca Luna, Red Door, ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co., 1620 Restaurant and the Chenal Country Club. Opening their doors for the 1-4 p.m. tour are Melissa and Dr. John Hampton; Tina and Robert Head; Evelyn and Dr. Jerry Thomas, and Brenda and Harry Herget. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and may be purchased at www.cancer.uams.edu/cookstour or by calling 501-686-8286. A Patrons Party (tickets $125, include tour) will be held 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 15 at the home of Tracy and Pete Yuan. Call or go online to purchase those tickets. n Times publisher Alan Leveritt and A&E editor Lindsey Millar will provide the entertainment at the next dinner/fundraiser for The Root Cafe, the local-foods-oriented restaurant going in the old Sweden Creme location on South Main. The dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., will preview the cafe’s homemade bratwurst and vegetarian bahn mi. The program will cover the history of the Times. For tickets or more information, write theroot@therootcafe. com or call 501-944-8500.
Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards
LITTLE ROCK/ N. LITTLE ROCK AMERICAN ADAMS CATFISH CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. LD Tue.-Sat.
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■ dining Get the shrimp Local Flavor can be proud of its prawns, and more. n We joined the throng of tourists in Eureka Springs recently, and relied heavily on the opinion of the locals for dining recommendations. Where could we find some good food in a reasonably-priced place with a laid-back, nice-but-not-haughty atmosphere? Four out of five times the flavor the locals pointed us to was Local Flavor. Located just off Main Street in downtown Eureka Springs, and painted in an earthy green, Local Flavor could be mistaken for a small house with a really big porch. On a warmish spring night the candlelit tables on the patio, as well as inside, were completely filled; we could see the wait would be a little long. No problem, though, because the wait staff took our cell number and pointed us to the nearest bar. We walked down the street, had a couple of drinks and came back just as our places were being set. Excellent system. We ordered a glass of sangria while we perused the appetizer menu for a vegetarian option. The drink was good, and stout, though a little on the sweet side. Finally we decided on the crab cakes ($10), which turned out to be a great decision. The two cakes came situated atop a small bed of arugula, with a creamy dill lime sauce on the side. The cakes themselves were a little small, a slight easily overlooked once we had a bite. The breading was fried to that perfect, just-a-bit-darker-than-golden brown hue, and held together a fairly substantial portion of flaky crab meat. The creamy sauce was just tart enough, not overpowering. Choosing a salad and entree proved to be a little more difficult. The salads all sounded great. Among the choices: Pear Pistou, with pears, parmesan cheese, basil, pine nuts and a balsamic reduction. There was also a sesame-encrusted goat cheese and arugula salad, a Greek, a chef and a lemon chicken Caesar. Each comes in between $8 or $9. Although we skipped over this part of the menu for something a bit heartier, the small house salads ($5) served with our main course, topped with carrots, red bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and black olives, were fresh and tasty. The slightly creamy house dressing topped them off perfectly.
For the main course, the menu offers pasta selections for $9 or $10, and chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes ranging between $15 (the chicken parmesan) and $28 (for an 8-ounce filet). We chose two entrees and promised to share. The sauteed chicken breast was juicy, browned to lock in the flavor of the seasonings. It came with a healthy dollop of olive tapenade on top. A thin layer of goat cheese and a sprinkling of pine nuts topped it off. The salty tapenade was tempered by the creamy goat cheese. We were pleased to find that the cheese had a stronger flavor than most restaurants offer, though it was a far cry from the more pungent varieties served in Europe (and that’s OK with us). Buttery mashed potatoes provided a nice, simple companion to the complex flavors of the main dish. As happy as we were with our choice, the jumbo shrimp dish ($17) made us wish we had gone with prawns. When they say “jumbo,” they’re serious. The five shrimp were giant plump creatures flecked with spices and grilled. They were served with what the menu described as “a spicy honey glaze,” a rich, syrupy, caramel-colored sauce. We honestly could not remember the last time we tasted something so flavorful. It was as if the shrimp were injected with
the spicy glaze and ready to burst at the seams. The taste was a perfect combination of savory and sweet, the whole wonderfully warm and comforting. We recommend this dish wholeheartedly. As with the chicken, the simple flavor of the mashed potatoes complemented the shrimp nicely. If you find yourself in Eureka Springs, go Local. The atmosphere is calming — lit with muted lights and candles — which is great for a romantic dinner or a nice night out with friends. And given the quality of the food, it’s really not that expensive. Whatever you do, get the shrimp.
ALL AMERICAN WINGS Wings, catfish and soul food sides. 215 W. Capitol Ave. Beer. $-$$. 501-376-4000. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000.
LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-554-0914. B Wed.-Fri.; BR Sat.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily.
BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles: 30 flat screen TVs, boneless wings, whiskey on tap. Plus, the usual burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E. Markham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains
AS ADVERTISED: Local Flavor’s jumbo shrimp.
Local Flavor 71 S. Main St. Eureka Springs 479-253-9522 Quick bite
We didn’t have time to mention the desserts. The baked fudge ($6), a brownie smothered in chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream, was absolutely to die for. There’s an assortment of other sweets including homemade bread pudding, creme brulee and cheesecake.
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a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2969535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint in the heart of North Little Rock’s Argenta district. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. All-you-can-eat catfish on weekend nights. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-3728816. BL daily. E’S BISTRO Despite the name, think tearoom rather than bistro — there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. GREEN CUISINE Daily specials and a small, solid menu of vegetarian fare. Try the crunchy quinoa salad. 985 West Sixth St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2837. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-6960. BL daily. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Rose City soul food spot owned by Leon and Loreta Bell serves typical meat-andtwo options: smothered pork chops, pigs feet, yams, greens. The desserts are delectable; the dinner menu includes an all-you-can eat choice (as long as advance payment is made and no doggy bags are expected). 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Upscale self-serve national yogurt chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-4522. LD daily. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “all-natural,” “non-fat,” “glutenfree” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. It’s a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beefheavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT Longtime political activist and restaurateur Robert “Say” McIntosh serves up big plates of soul food, plus burgers, barbecue and his famous sweet potato pie. 2801 W. 7th Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6656. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun.
SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT AND MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 2900 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-3753420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 1401 W. Capitol. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Besides the 30 different fruit smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy) and salads. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2242233. BLD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, cheap pub food from Little Rock native Nick Castleberry, who’s spent the last 15 years in Seattle earning raves for his affordable, approachable food. With vegetarian options. 2500 W. 7th. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue., Thu., Fri. L Fri.
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KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TAZIKI’S This sole Arkansas location of the chain offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Rd. All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily.
ITALIAN DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deepdish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 10312 Chicot Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6006. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Boulevard, Suite 1. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD daily. PALIO’S A Dallas-based pizza, salad and pasta chain. 3 Rahling Circle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. LD daily. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a non-descript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.
MEXICAN CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. BLD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8357876. LD daily. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10
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Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-7100. LD daily. EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wideranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily. 5507 Ranch Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. LD daily. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions — even more enticing. The homemade pickled cucumbers that come on the side of every order are reason enough to visit. 4818 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-310-1171. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. LONCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck in West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-6121883. L Mon.-Sat. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the resh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has a great daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-2192373. LD and buffet daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that). TAQUERIA Y CARNICERIA GUADALAJARA Cheap, delicious tacos, tamales and more. Always bustling. 3811 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-7539991. BLD daily.
AROUND ARKANSAS BENTON BROWN’S COUNTRY STORE AND RESTAURANT The multitude of offerings on Brown’s 100-foot-long buffet range from better than adequate to pretty dadgum good. 18718 I-30 North. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-7785033. BLD daily. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun.
FORDYCE KLAPPENBACH BAKERY The restaurant serves up great sandwiches and lunch plates featuring its housebaked breads. But what you really want to try are the danish, doughnuts and pull-apart breads that are worth an hour’s drive or more to consume. 108 W. Fourth St. Fordyce. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (870) 352-7771. BL Tue.-Sat.
CABOT DINER, THE The waitresses will crack you up at this red and white classic country diner. Made-to-order breakfasts and lunch plates, hot coffee served in logo mugs and gentle chiding from the wait staff make this a must-stop. 3286 S Second St. Cabot. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 941-0904. BL Daily. SOUTHFORK GRILL This new establishment on Cabot’s south side serves up sandwiches, burgers and plate dinners as well as appetizers and big desserts. 2797 Southfork Dr. Cabot. All CC. $$. (501) 941-7500. LD Mon.-Sat.
WAGON WHEEL RESTAURANT Hometown favorite specializing in plate lunches, a bevy of burgers and decadent pies, plus a considerable breakfast menu. 166 S. Broadview Rd. Greenbrier. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-679-5009.
■ UPDATE ORIGINAL FRIED PIE SHOP There’s nothing like a fried pie, filled with delicious fruit or spiced meat, with a hot, flakey brown crust. And there is nothing like that at this Jacksonville eatery, a chain that assumes folks want an all-pie meal, a pepperoni fried pie followed by a cherry fried pie, for instance. With instant tea on the side. Maybe it wasn’t instant, but it sure tasted that way. Perhaps, under different circumstances, you could pull off a pie-pie meal, but these mitt-sized mistakes are a) room temperature, b) made with a pale greasy dough and c) filled with, in our case, what tasted like cool canned peaches. We tried the egg and cheese fried pie too — all cheap cheese, running all over the plate, yellow mellow custard. How could anyone think they could pass this stuff in a place like Arkansas, where we know a good fried pie when we see one? In a word: Ugh. 1321 T.P. White Drive. 501-985-0508. BLD.
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CONWAY EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-8445. LD Mon.-Sun. EL HUASTECO Reasonably priced Mexican fare. 720 S. Salem Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1665. LD Mon.-Sun. EL PARIAN Traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites are offered by this Arkansas restaurant chain. 2585 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-513-1313. LD Mon.-Sun. FABY’S RESTAURANT Nuevo Mexican and Continental cuisine meet and shake hands at Faby’s. The hand-patted, housemade tortillas are worth the visit alone. 2915 Dave Ward. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5151. LD Mon.-Sun. THE GREAT AMERICAN GRILL Hotel restaurant. 805 Amity Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-329-1444. BLD Mon.-Sun. LA HUERTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Standard Mexican fare with an emphasis on family favorites. 1052 Harrison Street. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7620202. LD Mon.-Fri. LOS AMIGOS Authentic Mexican food where everything is as fresh and tasty as it is filling. At lunch, go for the $4.99 all-you-can-eat special. 2850 Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-7919. LD daily. MARKETPLACE GRILL CONWAY Big servings of steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza and other rich comfort-style foods. 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. MIKE’S PLACE Delicious New Orleans-inspired steaks and seafood, plus woodfired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. 808 Front St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-269-6493. LD daily. NEW CHINA OF CONWAY Another buffet in the chain. 2104 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1888. LD Mon.-Sun. PATTICAKES BAKERY 2106 Robinson Ave. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 205-1969b. SLIM CHICKEN’S OF CONWAY Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun. SOMETHING BREWING CAFE Coffee, pastries, sandwiches and such dot the menu of this longtime Conway favorite. 1156 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-5517. BLD Mon.-Sun.
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HOT SPRINGS ARLINGTON HOTEL Massive seafood buffet on Friday nights, breakfast buffet daily, served in the splendor of a grand old hotel. 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. BLD. THE BLEU MONKEY GRILL High end, artfully prepared pastas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers are one of the hallmarks of this classy/casual newcomer to the Hot Springs dining scene. Stay for the interesting dessert menu. 4263 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-520-4800. LD daily. CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-7675695. D Tue.-Sat. HOT SPRINGS BRAU HAUS All the usual schnitzels are available, an inviting bar awaits as you enter, and the brick-walled place has a lot of history and coziness. 801 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7866. LD. JACK’S PANCAKES-N-STEAKS Read the walls of this recently relocated Hot Springs mainstay and get the gritty stories and memories that make the town come alive. Burgers and steaks are done well; breakfasts tend to be oversized but half-size portions are available. 1105 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. All CC. $$. (501) 624-5558. BLD daily. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Hot Springs. 501-525-0919. LD. LA HACIENDA Authentic Mexican food; array of entrees. 3836 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-8203. LD. OHIO CLUB Tasty burgers and other bar food. 336 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-627-0702. LD daily. ROD’S PIZZA CELLAR Terrific handmade pizzas highlighted by the Godfather, a whopper. Lunch specials are a steal, especially the buffet. 3350 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-321-2313. LD Tue.-Sun.
FAYETTEVILLE A TASTE OF THAI Terrific Thai food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Only the brave should venture into the “rated 5” hot sauce realm. 31 E. Center St. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479-251-1800. LD Mon.-Sat. AQ CHICKEN HOUSE Great chicken — fried, grilled and rotisserie — at great prices. 1206 N. Thompson St. Springdale. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 479-4437555. LD. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 13, 2011 37
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Whether you’re looking for a casual dinner, a gourmet experience or the perfect business lunch, Copper Grill is the choice urban restaurant for Little Rock’s food enthusiasts. It’s where you can let go and relax in the comfortable dining room, enjoy a glass of wine at the lively bar or share a spread of appetizers outside on the street-side patio. No matter if you’re on the go or off the clock, Copper Grill is your downtown dining destination.
Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.
“A great place to hangout, experience great beer and authentic German specialties”. The Flying Saucer definitely offers a unique range of domestic and international draft and bottled beers, carrying over 80 beers on draft and 120+ different bottled beers, many which are seasonal. Accompanying their unique beer line-up is a menu packed with flare. Bratwurst is the house specialty served with German coleslaw, or you can try Brat Con Queso or Beer Brat Nachos. Be sure to leave room for dessert: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float offers the best of both worlds.
The crispy off the griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family friendly stop and will keep you coming back. The casual atmosphere will have everyone feeling right at home. The options are endless for whatever dining mood you are in. Grilled Tuna Steak sandwhich to a loaded foot long hotdog to the crispy chicken tender salad. Buffalo Grill does not disappoint. Fast and friendly staff. Very affordable prices!
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Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro
200 S. River Market Ave., Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm dizzysgypsybistro.net
Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Jump start your day with bistro breakfast from Lulav featuring scrumptious omlettes, pancakes and more. For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?
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Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar. Hunan Oriental Cuisine is a Little Rock institution that has been serving great Chinese food for over 24 years. Come dine in a calm, relaxed atmosphere where the food can be enjoyed as it was meant to be enjoyed; fresh right out of the kitchen. Or, if you prefer to order takeout, be prepared to come pick up your food quickly, since most orders are ready in 10 to 15 minutes. Lunch Specials are available everyday. Try something different. You never know what you might come to like.
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Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seem endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana. New South of the border comfort food menu with Southwestern and authentic Mexican specialties. Quesos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas and tamales steamed in banana leaves. Eclectic brunch menu Saturday and Sunday. Creative cocktails, exceptional wine list. Live music Friday nights at 8:30. Serving Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 to close.
Brazilian Café Bossa Nova 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-614-6682 Tues-Sat 11am-9pm Sunday Brunch 10:30-2pm
Try something different! Café Bossa Nova serves up cozy atmosphere and unique Brazilian dishes guaranteed to satisfy and served with that special Latin flare. Don’t deny yourself one of the delectable desserts prepared fresh daily or for an A+ apertif, drink in the authentic flavor of the country in the Caipirinha~a perfect blend of lime, sugar and Brazilian sugar cane rum. Dine with them tonight!
brew pub Vino’s Pizza•Pub•Brewery 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)
Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!
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Circular cuisine for pizza connoisseurs, fresh ingredients are expertly prepared and served by passionate restaurateurs who take time to know their customers. Organic baby green salads, pasta al dente, calzones, subs as well as authentic New York cheesecake served on the patio overlooking the lush Chenal Valley.
steak Sonny Williams
If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999
Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.
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asian panda Garden
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Fresh, flavorful, all-you-can-eat sushi. With fresh and authentic Chinese dishes, nice decor, great dessert choices and excellent sushi, Panda Garden raises the bar.
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Enjoy regional specialties such as Lentil soup, a huge serving of yummy Hummus, Baba Ghannnouj or Tabbouleh. And don’t forget about the Gyros, they’re sure to be heroes in your book!
Embrace eyelet lace, neutral colors, florals and more BY KATHRINE WYRICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN CHILSON
uring a recent shopping spree, the strains of a certain Stevie Nicks song sprang to mind, “Give to me your leather, take from me my lace.” Though, I mused, the lyrics should be amended to read, “Give to me your leather, and don’t take my lace” because this season, styles are all over the spectrum— from edgy leather shorts (Scarlet) to lacey blouses (Vesta’s). Last week, we cast an eye on accessories, while this week we bring you clothing to suit every style. (For our next issue we travel to the land of beauty products and share our discoveries.) First stop, Vesta’s, where Melissa Tanner has this to say, “Clients are looking for easy dressing for spring and summer. Light layers of clothing paired with layers of jewelry are big for the season. Pants run the gamut from pencil slim to the return of an updated Palazzo pant. The skirt silhouette will range from knee grazing to maxi length for the trendier fashionista. We are excited about a few new lines debuting at Vesta’s this spring. We like a soft palette with subtle color for a pop and love the small and fun print tops from Johnny Was. Accessories finish the statement for spring—think leather clutches, luxurious linen handbags and, of course, the strappy stiletto in metallic from Plenty by Tracy Reese.“ Florals, embroidery and eyelet lace are big this season, all things part of the Johnny Was repertoire since 1987 (see blouses pictured on page 40). Think of them as boho for on-the-go types. Tanya Hemphill of Jeante’ agrees that lace is a hot way to stay cool. “It’s so lady-like and fresh,” she says, showing off a light, pale shift dress. Hemphill adds that she’s also seeing a lot of taupes and neutral colors as well as bright, bold colors. “You can even pair black with neutral shoes this season. ... As far as Continued on page 40
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hearsay ➥ Blade runner. KREBS BROS. now has nine different knife lines in stock; the newest additions are Shun and Pure Komachi 2. Also new, stainless steel Mauviel cookware from France. A note to brides and grooms: Krebs now offers a wedding registry! ➥ Get your mojo on. Stop by EGGSHELLS KITCHEN CO. on April 21, 5-7 p.m., during Happy Hour in the Heights to enjoy a delicious free event, Mojo Salsa & BBQ. Wes Ellis of Mojo will be on hand to give tastes of his salsa and BBQ creations, and Nick Lawrence from Lombardi Company will be serving up a special lemon cocktail. ➥ Spring green. KITCHEN CO. reports that Le Creuset is adding Fennel to its lineup of bold, signature colors This farm fresh hue is available across the complete line of products, and Kitchen Co. will soon have it in stock. ➥ What’s in a name? On April 16, 6-10 p.m. BOSWELL MOUROT FINE ART hosts an opening reception for their new exhibit, ”Nomenclature,” that includes work by Kyle Boswell and Elizabeth Weber. ➥ SYMPHONY DESIGNER HOUSE XXI will open its doors on April 15 and run through May 8. This year’s theme is “Rediscovering Home.” The home (23 Edgehill Rd.) showcases a prestigious neighborhood and the work of over 30 designers. It will be open for individual tours from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. One day pass $20, available at Hank’s Fine Furniture. ➥ Beware of killer butterflies. Let’s hope THE PSYCHODELLIC [sic] BUTTERFLY, a tattoo parlor and body piercing establishment on University, does a better job of spellchecking before inking than ordering signs. ➥ The fabric of our lives. Don’t miss the ongoing sale at CYNTHIA EAST FABRICS! They’re overstocked and invite you to come fill your Easter basket with beautiful, select fabrics from 25-75% off! Offer ends April 23. ➥ For the birds. WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED sponsors Birding 101 taught by local expert Mel White, Tuesdays, April 19, 26 & May 3, 6:30-8 p.m. This class is offered as part of the Arkansas Extended Learning Center (ALEC). To register online, go to www.extendedlearning.org. ➥ For the birds. Thanks to Julia Watt of DILLARD’S SALON who alerted us that Studio 2121 is not the only place in Little Rock that carries Featherlocks as we previously reported. Dillard’s Salon also has them. If there are others, let us know! cue@arktimes. com.
Michael Stars striped maxi, Supermaggie cicadas tank and !iT denim shorts from Box Turtle
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SPRING FLING Continued from page 39
jewelry, I’m noticing a lot of chain inspiration necklaces,” she says, pointing to one with an Eiffel Tower made by a local designer. “The necklaces are dainty now.” Both of the flirty Jeante’ dresses, sheath and shift (shown below), reflect the au naturel trend. The vibrant Wednesday knit dress from Thread (below right) is of-the-moment and oh-so-easy to wear. The bright yellow says spring, and the hint of tie-dye on the skirt keeps things casual. For those who like their clothes to come with a little irony, and I do, look no further than the Wildfox brand. The super soft Rainbow Child Shirt from Thread is what I’m dubbing Southwest souvenir shop cool. A few doors down, Nicole Daniel at Scarlet shows off an array of silky shorts in fun prints—some animal, others ’80s-inspried— and pairs them with a loose Rory Beca trapeze blouse. Daniel says that ‘70s styles have returned but in an updated way. She points to the J. Brand Babe jeans pictured here as an example. These low-rise, elephant bells give a beautiful silhouette to all body types and can be worn with platforms, heels or boots. Here they’re paired with a billowy Rory Beca feather tank. Heading back east, The Box Turtle crew is loving the Michael Stars striped maxi in particular and longer lengths in general. Summer Daniel (no relation to Nicole) says she lives in maxis during warmer months, and a nearby shopper confides that they’re great for those days when you can’t be bothered to shave your legs. Neutrals are in, but so are bold colors, and it doesn’t get much bolder than the Supermaggie cicadas tank from Box Turtle. Pair with !iT denim shorts for a great go-to combo (see previous page). I’ve touched on several trends here, but one remains elusive. Where oh where are all the fruit prints (like the delicious ones Stella McCartney introduced this spring)? There was nary a strawberry. If you spot some, let us know: email@example.com.
Rory Beca feather tank and J. Brand Babe jeans from Scarlet
Johnny Was tops from Vesta’s
Rory Beca Jacob trapeze shirt and Harrison shorts from Scarlet
Sheath and shift from Jeante’
Wednesday knit dress and Wildfox Rainbow Child Shirt from Thread
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Notes from a broad BY KATHRYN HELLER
n a recent London trip (that’s England, not Arkansas), I was inspired by the diverse pairings on a number of stylish females making their way down the sidewalk and through the tube station. On one particular day during the morning work rush, I spotted asymmetrical haircuts paired with conservative laceup oxfords and full skirts, brightly printed dresses with tights and pumps, and lace-up combat boots with a clutch and sheath dress. Everyone was dressed practically for the walk to work but without missing a stylish step. It was a great reminder that appropriate work clothes don’t have to be wrapped up in one neat, cautious outfit. One other point on style taken from that morning is thoughtful outerwear. Walking on sidewalk, I was not awash in a sea of black peacoats. Though, here in the South, we don’t have as much need for outerwear, the various prints and cuts of the coats made every girl look so put together and stylish. Come next fall, I’ll be putting more thought into my own jackets ... even if it’s just to walk across a parking lot.
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Amanda Browning wearing a black chiffon tunic top by RNY Designs and white crop legging by Carman Marc Valvo Mindy Shaw in a Gottex gold tank swimsuit, LaPalapa print chiffon sarong
LuAnn Ashley wearing a bandeau maxi dress in turq/black print by Elan International
A Passion for Fashion takes center stage at The Rep
ip wine, enjoy a cocktail buffet by Cajun’s Wharf, Capers and Copper Grill and enjoy live entertainment from the ultra fun and funky sounds of Mr. Happy during an exclusive Barbara Graves style show featuring chic sleepwear, loungewear and swimwear by ViX, Fernando Sanchez, Oscar de la Renta and more. Cocktails provided by Brandon’s Rock Town Distillery.
All clothing from Barbara Graves.
After the fashion show, visit Copper Grill for a signature cocktail. All proceeds benefit Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Monday, April 18, 6 p.m. wine & lite bites, 7:30 p.m. runway show on The Rep’s “Hairspray” set. Tickets $75. Call Bethany Hilkert, Development & Special, Events Manager (501) 378-0445 ext. 203.
ARORA to host ‘Downton Donor Thursday’
ou might have seen the billboard on I-630, a man and woman hamming it up and wearing t-shirts that read “rumor.” (You also might recognize the guy with the funny, pained expression, Seth, from his days with Roy Dudley Estate Sales.) This is part of the new ad campaign for ARORA, the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency. In recognition of National Donate Life Month, ARORA will host “Downtown Donor Thursday” on Thursday, April 21 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in the East Pavilion of the River Market. The event is free, open to the public and will feature live music as well as refreshments. According to Audrey Brown, Director of Public Education at ARORA, computers will be onsite so that partygoers can register to become a donor during the 42 APRIL 13, 2011 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES
event. We recently caught up with Brown who shared the following. Q: HAVE YOU HAD AN EVENT LIKE THIS IN THE PAST? A: This is the first time that we have held this event, although last year we had a similar event to kick off the online donor registry. It was held at the River Market at around noon. Q: WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE RELUCTANT TO BE ORGAN DONORS? A: People are often hesitant about registering to become organ, tissue or eye donors because they don’t have all of the facts about donation. That’s why we have really focused our education efforts on dispelling rumors and myths about donation
that can needlessly frighten Arkansans from registering to become donors. Q: WHAT ARE SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION? A: There are many myths about donation. Unfortunately, these myths are sometimes reinforced by dramatic story lines on TV shows, many of which are written for effect without regard to facts. It’s very important that Arkansans are aware that registering to become an organ, tissue and eye donor is a life-changing act. One donor has the potential to save the lives and improve the health of up to 100 people. For more information, visit www.arora.org or call (501) 907-9150.
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WHITE STREET STUDIO WALK
ou might say that we like to party arty, those of us who enjoy a glass of wine and conversation surrounded by paintings and pots and prints. Or the more cultured might say, Vive le salon! There is a 20-yearplus tradition of art walks in Arkansas, some carried on all year, others on special weekends. You stroll, look at new work, and if you’re lucky you meet the artist and hear him or her give a talk. Appreciation grows, the artist sells, everybody’s happy. Here’s a list of towns and times to devote an hour or two to art.
2ND FRIDAY ART NIGHT DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK 5-8 P.M. MONTHLY Galleries in downtown Little Rock hang the work of names big and not so big, and this monthly gallery stroll — or perhaps troll would be a better word, since rubber wheeled trolleys provides transportation between the venues — puts them before the art-going public. Started seven years ago (when the Clinton Presidential Library opened), 2nd Friday Art Night’s venues change monthly but you can count on the Historic Arkansas Museum, which has a gallery devoted to Arkansas artists; the Arkansas Studies Institute, 44 APRIL 13, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
which features work from all over the country; and Hearne Fine Art, which specializes in work by noted African-American artists. Each month those galleries are joined by various other venues hosting special art events. Restaurants participate as well, highlighting work by local artists and providing sustenance to the gallery-goers, lightheaded with culture and wine and cheese nibbles.
ARGENTA ART WALK DOWNTOWN NORTH LITTLE ROCK 5-8 P.M. THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH North Little Rock’s historic downtown is earning a reputation as an arts district, with galleries, a theater, public art and open studios, concentrated neatly in just a few pretty blocks. Greg Thompson Fine Art, in a beautifully restored space above Ristorante Capeo, features work by the nationally-known and Arkansas’s top artists. Ketz Gallery and the Baker House Bed and Breakfast focus on work by Arkansans and the Thea Foundation, which promotes arts education, presents work by established artists and students alike. Viewers become doers at Argenta Bead Shop, which usually has a special craft activity, and art-
ists show how they do what they do at ClayTime, Argenta Studios, THEArtists Gallery and Studios, Starving Artist Café, and in front of the Argenta branch of the Laman Public Library. Independent artists show and sell up and down the street, and live music on Main pulls it all together.
HOT SPRINGS GALLERY WALK DOWNTOWN HOT SPRINGS FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH They’re coming out! They’re at the gate … and that’s how every Gallery Walk starts, as natives and vacationers alike hit Central Avenue at 5 p.m. the first Friday of every month. This venerable tradition across from Bathhouse Row is now its 21st year and can be credited in large part for the revival of the old downtown, which struggled after most of Central’s beautiful historic bathhouses ran out of steam. (One bathhouse read the writing on the wall and became the Museum of Contemporary Art.) Yes, there are still rock shops and weird animal exhibits and the Wax Museum, but elevating the conversation a bit are Taylor’s Contemporanea, just off Central, which features paintings and sculpture by artists from all over
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the region; American Art Gallery, Blue Moon, Gallery Central, Gallery 726, Legacy and others, which focus on Arkansas artists, and artist-owned galleries like Alison Parsons and Justus Fine Art. If you like horses, and paintings of horses, there’s no better place to shop than downtown Hot Springs galleries during racing season at Oaklawn.
FIRST THURSDAY THE SQUARE, DOWNTOWN FAYETTEVILLE 5-8 P.M. Football isn’t everything. It really isn’t. This university town also has a thriving arts community, and it brings out the highbrows once a month to the square downtown. The largest venue, Fayetteville Underground, which has its own stable of artists, features contemporary work in all media from all over in its four galleries. First Thursday is keeping Fayetteville funky, as the town saying goes, as well as contributing to a regional arts reputation that will this fall include a venue up the road in Bentonville, where Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will be putting smiley faces on all lovers of great American art. FFT also has a great website to let you know what’s happening: www. firstthursdayfayetteville.com.
WHITE STREET STUDIO WALK 4-10 P.M. THIRD FRIDAY IN MAY EUREKA SPRINGS The concentration of artists in Eureka Springs is said to be one out of every
three residents of this picturesque and sometimes wacky town. Many of those artists live and work on Eureka’s winding White Street, on the upper historic loop, and they open their doors to the public during the May Festival of the Arts. Not only do they show their own work, but they invite dozens of their colleagues in to share space to show and sell. Founders Eleanor Lux, a weaver, has a large lofty space filled with looms and soft sculpture and her beaded work; Zeek Taylor features his signature monkey watercolors; expect to see John Willer’s oil paintings, along with jewelry, pottery, stained glass and more. This year the White Street walk celebrates its 20th year. Spring Street galleries host special day and afterhours events every Saturday in May.
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Thumping You remember Bro.-Gov. Huckabee, the Floridian who, foolish man, occupies himself these days building a house on the sand. He’s made news again wanting the whole herd of us forced at gunpoint to tune in and turn on to some loony preacher historian who’s running around loose. The only trouble with that is, now that we can pack in church, this bird as he starts his spiel might pretty quickly find himself in a Mexican standoff. Hammers being cocked all around. Did that legislation pass, inviting you into the Lord’s House with your loaded piece, almost ordering you in? Doesn’t really matter if it did or didn’t, because it’s what’s in your heart that counts: somehow, anywhere, you can make a deadly weapon out of whatever raw materials present themselves. Even a Bible, if it’s one of those doorstop models from the old drummer days, can in a doctrinal pinch wreak ponderable blunt force trauma. Gives a new dimension to Bible thumping. My Grandfather Speck used a hymnal to swat wasps and those hardshell dive-bombing beetle-like bugs that used to destroy the solemnity of revival meetings with their aerobatic derring-do. This was back when churches used their take to feed the hungry and comfort the bereaved, to crutch widow and orphan, and not for preacherly perks or congregational comforts, padded pews and
Bob L ancaster air-conditioning, so in hot weather you had to raise the windows (raiseable then) and that’s how the bugs got in. Gramps wouldn’t really swat them. He’d wait until one started one of those long buzzing dives in his direction and at the critical moment he’d hoist the hymnal above his head with mathematical precision and the sumbitch would smack into it like it was a brick wall. He could debug Pine Knot Abundant Life inside of a footwashing, better than a fogging of DDT. Bibles, hymnals, neckties. The necktie became part of the unusualchurchhouse-weapons lore when Hatfield tried to garrote McCoy with his’n that time — a formal go-to-meeting nylon string tie with a silver clasp in the shape of a banjo. Hatfield and McCoy weren’t their real names, of course, but theirs had been that type of longstanding clan feud that went back probably to the Great Awakening. It was a Sunday evening service, McCoy sitting on a second-row pew next to the center aisle, unaware that Hatfield had slipped into
the sanctuary and taken the third-row pew seat directly behind him. Hatfield might’ve taken that place innocently, without malice aforethought. He might not have known McCoy was sitting directly in front of him, as the back of McCoy’s head was very ordinary looking, not at all distinctive. With the pocked red neck and Easy Rider noggin knots, it might’ve been the back of the head of any of a dozen Abundant Lifers. And attendance might’ve been at capacity that night, those third-pew seats taken by Hatfield and Mrs. H. the last ones available. No one remembered such critical details in the later retelling, or at least no one agreed on them. So as was customary midway through the service, Pastor Ted called on a member of the congregation to offer the pre-sermon prayer, and the member he called on happened to be McCoy. This perturbed Hatfield, who muttered threats and mild oaths through McCoy’s long drawn-out supplication, at one time lurching forward in a menacing way but restrained by the missus, who whacked him smartly with her Good Shepherd fan. McCoy recognized whence this heckling came and nearing his amen thanked the Lord for about the twelfth time for all the blessings He’d bestowed “on your obedient servants here.” Then he said, “And I’d like to offer a personal word of gratitude for your not having made me one of that snot-nose Hatfield bunch.” That triggered another Hatfield lunge,
and this time he got his large hands around McCoy’s gander neck before Hatfield could take evasive action. McCoy was a tiny warty man — indeed he looked more like a Duncan or a Mayhew than a McCoy — and within a moment Hatfield had him raised from the pew, dangling and strangling. He broke free once, just long enough for a life-saving gasp, but then Hatfield made another grab, caught McCoy’s banjo tie, and hauled him up again by that. McCoy looked like Howdy Doody, like a single flopping goggle-eye on the bottom hook of a fish stringer Time sort of stood still as Hatfield got in a few of what he later called “bonus Jesus licks” upside the McCoy physiognomy. Preacher Ted stood gawking at the two of them, agape in astonishment. Everybody else seemed paralyzed too, and I’m sure McCoy’s life, such as it was, flashed. But then another McCoy laid into Hatfield, then several others piled on, and it was quite a hubbub there under the pews a-kickin’ and a-gougin’ in the boot-bottom cow manure, the blood, and the spilled communion grapejuice, before Mildred the organist struck up something in D minor that she thought would be calming (and it was), and the Parmalee brothers, who were rough characters, dragged the whole kaboodle of mischief-makers outside and turned a water hose on them. I don’t remember the point I wanted to make here, but that’s the story in gist of the Hatfield-McCoy churchhouse rumble as I heard it at least 50 times growing up.
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