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In what one observer characterized as a “perfect storm,” the Arkansas Arts Center’s expensive blockbuster “Pharaohs” exhibit turned bust. Its deputy director of operations — in charge of the books —got the axe, it’s had to reduce staff, including altering a curatorial position to a contract arrangement, and on Monday, Executive Director Dr. Ellen (Nan) Plummer resigned. Plummer, who in 2002 succeeded long-time director Townsend Wolfe, came to the Arts Center during the last wave of economic hard times — the Arts Center had just expanded after a capital campaign that included pledges of stock made before the Sept. 11 attack that sent the market plummeting — and had to make tough budget decisions that included closing the Decorative Arts Museum (the Terry Mansion), closing the Arts Center to the public on Mondays and charging an entrance fee to larger exhibits. In her tenure, the Arts Center put on exhibits of work by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso and “Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed.” Tuesday, Plummer said she couldn’t talk about her resignation, which took effect immediately. She said she was proud of her work at the Arts Center and praised the staff there. Bobby Tucker, chairman of the board of trustees for the Arts Center, said the board did not ask for Plummer’s resignation. He confirmed the board had terminated deputy director Rocky Nickles, saying, “We weren’t getting the information from him we should have.” He said curator of drawings Phaedra Siebert had left because she’d moved to Washington, D.C., with her new baby and husband and was now working on contract with the Arts Center. Laine Harber, formerly with Alltel and Windstream Communications, started work Friday at the Arts Center as Nickles’ replacement. The “Pharaohs” exhibit cost in excess of $2 million, though it had financial support from Warren and Harriet Stephens. Warren Stephens is head of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation, which, Tucker said, has advanced the Arts Center operating funds during what’s been a tough economy for all arts institutions. He said the Arts Center’s finances are in good shape, but declined to say how much the foundation had advanced, adding the Arts Center had last Friday made a payment on the principal of the loan to the foundation. Was the “Pharaohs” exhibit, which Plummer and others had hoped would draw 300,000 but has reportedly drawn only 65,000, too ambitious for the Arts Center? “No,” Tucker said. He said the board expected the show to attract only 100,000 visitors, and by the end of its run in July it mostly likely would meet that number.
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SPARE A DIME?: The Department of Arkansas Heritage is arming schoolchildren with piggy banks shaped like houses and sending them forth to raise money to help pay for restoration of the 19th century First Ladies gowns at the Old State House Museum. The “Coins for Conservation” project, initiated with the 4th grade at eStem Elementary Public Charter school, is designed to promote a conservation ethic and encourage appreciation of Arkansas history. The program runs through May 31; DAH says it hopes to expand the project into other schools.
n Members of the state Senate like to consider themselves superior to members of the House of Representatives, but they’re not above taking a step down when the alternative is leaving office. Three senators who are term-limited out moveme n t i n side : of another Senate term Lawmakers’ shift. are running for the House: Hank Wilkins of Pine Bluff, Denny Altes of Fort Smith and Tracy Steele of North Little Rock. Each started his legislative career in the House before moving on to the Senate, but each still has some House eligibility left — four years in the case of Wilkins and Altes, two years for Steele. This is a busier political year than usual for senators. Some are seeking re-election but a dozen or so are seeking other offices, including Wilkins, Altes and Steele. Three of the four U.S. House seats are open this year, and the one U.S. senator on the ballot, Blanche Lincoln, is perceived as vulnerable.
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Teachers and school board members have different interpretations of a judge’s ruling in their dispute over the place of a teachers union in the Pulaski County School District. — By Doug Smith
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n A mighty fortress is Michael Guyot’s idea for 50 acres up in Lead Hill, and starting May 1 visitors will be welcome to watch as the Ozark Medieval Castle takes shape. Guyot, an amateur archeologist from France, broke ground on the castle, on 50 acres off Highway 14 in Boone County last June, and is heading up a team using 13th-century tools to build the 13th-century-style structure. It’s going to take 20 years to complete the castle, but that’s the whole idea, general manager Julie Sonveau says — to watch the process. “Not only do we have the foundation and the crew working on it, but we have everything that goes with it – we have the blacksmith making the tools and the basket-makers making the baskets, the rope-makers, the potters, the horse and cart that carries the stone from the quarry. There’s lots of activity. We encourage people to come now, because if you wait until later, you’re not going to be able to see the progress we make,” Sonveau says.
OZARK MEDIEVAL CASTLE: A tourist attraction in Lead Hill. To breach the Ozark Medieval Fortress, you won’t need a catapult, though there will be some on site. Adults will need $12, kids ages 6-16 $8.
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Words VOLUME 36, NUMBER 32
n Out-of-body experience: A TV announcer at the NCAA Tournament praised a player in these terms — “He knows how to keep his body between himself and the defender.” n “Re: What to call people who live in Little Rock [March 25]. While living in England in the ’50s, my husband and I had a Scottish friend who called us Little Rochians (soft c). That has been my favorite moniker since. I am a native Little Rochian. — Susan May” n Bill Kramer of North Little Rock writes: “Your bar pit vs. borrow pit [March 18] got my attention. In Independence County, near Rosie, there is a 37-acre peninsula almost surrounded by 4 april 15, 2010 • Arkansas Times
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Salado Creek. The only road in is barely wide enough for the farm equipment. Growing up there, I listened to the farmers refer to it as The Nars, The Narrs or maybe the Narz. But I was ‘right smart’ past the age of accountability before I realized that they meant The Narrows, referring to the road.” When I was a schoolboy, I heard classmates refer to someone as suffering from a rizin — that’s the way it sounded to me — or sometimes a rizin on his eye. The
kids most likely to use the word, as I recall, were those who lived in the country and rode the bus to school. I never heard of this ailment in my home. Some years passed before I realized that the kids were talking about a rising, a swelling of some sort, and dropping the g in pronunciation so that it came out risin’. n “But it’s worth stepping away from the cable-news chyrons and juvenile jokes to ask: Who are we really shaming when we mock politicians who are outed as gay?” My first guess was that chyrons is a welldeserved pejorative for cable-TV pundits, something on the order of sidewinders or snotslingers. I’ve now learned that chyron refers to those annoying graphics in the lower part of the television screen.
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Arkansas Flag and Banner writes The Observer drove through to say it’s discounted its 3-by-5 flags Vicksburg, Miss., last weekend and so ($27.95, reduced from $41.10) and if has had the Civil War on our minds. you come in to buy one, it will match We asked the lady at the Visitor’s Cenyour flag with its own flag donation to ter at the Battlefield National Park if the Beason project. Just mention who we could shorten the two-hour driving you’re buying the flag for. tour — we had to get back home! — No one can say The Observer isn’t and she said, yes, but we’d miss the a patriot. Confederate side of the battle. It was an admonishment. (But boy is the Union side spectacular.) “Government is not the So our ears perked when back in the problem,” Ronald Reagan or somebody office we got an e-mail from the Old said. “Government is the solution.” State House Museum asking for a conHow true, as The Observer has tribution to conjust relearned. serve two ConThrough some federate flags it’s oversight, the just acquired. It telephone comgot the flags in pany had failed a swap with the to deliver new Missouri State telephone direcMuseum; turns tories to either out we had a flag The Observer’s they wanted and residence or NEEDS HELP: The Old State House’s newly they had two we workplace. The acquired 6th and 7th Regiment battle flag. wanted. directories were One is a variation of the Confederate due in February. The Observer tried to Second National Flag, flown by the 6th notify someone at the phone company, and 7th Arkansas Infantry Regiments of but ran into a bane of our modern, highthe Confederate Army of Tennessee and tech world, which is that humans aren’t bearing the words “Shiloh,” “Perryville,” allowed to talk to humans anymore. and “Murfreesboro.” The other is a ConThe Observer was bounced from one federate First National pattern, representrecorded message to another without ing Hart’s Battery, which fought at the receiving satisfaction. battle of Elk Horn Tavern in Pea Ridge Finally, we called the state Public and was captured at the battle of ArkanService Commission and spoke with sas Post in 1863. Battery members were the Commission’s executive director, freed in a prisoner of war exchange and John Bethel. Mr. Bethel had received reorganized to fight again. his new directories at home and at The museum will open a four-year work, and he said he’d do what he program to mark the American Civil could to help us get ours. War Sesquicentennial next year and Within a few hours, we received a hopes to have the flags conserved by call from a phone company executive. 2012. It’s going to cost $25,881 to The next day, we had our phone books. clean and stabilize the flags. Call the Democracy in action. Bethel for govmuseum at 324-9685 to find out how ernor. to contribute.
So yes, The Observer has
gotten a little flag-happy of late. Last week in this column we passed along a request from an Air Force master sergeant in Afghanistan (and native of Cabot) for 3-by-5 Old Glories. Master Sgt. Bubba Beason wants to put them on helicopters used to deliver school supplies to Afghan schools. Then he wants to send those flags back to the folks stateside who contributed the supplies.
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plained to a friend the other day that his physician had ordered him away from liver and broccoli, the friend said, “Who’s your doctor?” Finding out won’t do him any good. It happens that The Observer likes liver and broccoli, and doctors follow one iron-clad rule in prescribing dietary restrictions: Find out what the patient likes to eat, and forbid him to eat it. Our friend will probably be denied everything except liver and broccoli.
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Nuclear threat I am a retired active duty Army chaplain who served in Vietnam and in Germany. During my tour of duty in Germany, I was the chaplain for a Pershing II missile battalion. My work was to meet the spiritual needs of the soldiers who had the awesome task of manning three nuclear missiles, targeted on sites in the Soviet Union. That experience has caused me to think deeply about the nuclear weapons issue. With the cessation of the Cold War, it seemed as though nuclear disarmament would finally be an achievable goal. That goal has not been met. In the video “The Nuclear Tipping Point,” former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Schulz, Sen. Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry make the point that the nuclear issue has been downplayed and that the world is at the point of a nuclear disaster because of the proliferation of nuclear arms and the development of weapons grade nuclear material. President Obama is making strides toward the nuclear weapons disarmament. Just this week he has announced that he is changing the specifics of the United States nuclear protocols. Although there
are caveats throughout the protocols, they do represent a shift in thinking about nuclear weapons. It is also notable that he is to sign a new nuclear pact with Russia. These may be baby steps, but they are necessary. I think that individuals need to see this video to grasp the deeper impacts it suggests. Dr. Jim Robnolt Sherwood
Health care debate For the life of me I don’t understand those who want government managing our healthcare. Recently I had an MRI. Under Obamacare, a government committee will decide our treatments and benefits. Had this proposed government regimen been imposed 40 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to get my MRI. It wouldn’t have been invented. We also have two to four times the amount of high tech equipment per capita than government-run Canada, shorter wait times, and better survival from cancer and heart attack. As far as bending the cost curve, we should empower individuals and make it their self-interest to become prudent buyers of health care. When individuals control their own health care dollars they won’t purchase health care services unless the services are worth the price. The health care needy could be helped at less cost with vouchers instead of having a
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and double again by 2016 to more than $24,000 per family. All of the developed countries except the U.S. have adopted some form of universal health care. If we are the richest and brightest country in the world, then why don’t we have medical care for each and every individual? I am 62, not yet old enough for Medicare, but unable to have affordable medical insurance that meets my needs. The way things are going, by the time I am eligible I may not be able to afford Medicare. I am afraid to get sick. Is that what our country is supposed to be about? Sharon Roberts Little Rock
Obama wrong on pot President Barack Obama was absolutely wrong when he stated that legalizing marijuana would not be an answer to woes of our economy. There are more than 25,000 products to be manufactured from the marijuana plant. Sadly, the U.S. incarcerates more of its citizens per capita than any other nation. President Obama cannot stimulate the economy by locking up his labor force. The right thing for President Obama to do would be to release the pot smokers, put them to work, collect taxes from them and increase our nation’s GDP. Gene Mason Jacksonville
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DON DAVIS. Only hours before his execution was scheduled to take place April 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay. The stay will remain in effect at least until a Pulaski circuit judge rules on a lawsuit challenging changes that were made last year to the state law on executions.
Two readings of Pulaski school decision Union sees solid victory for its side. By Doug Smith
HEALTH CARE. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected a proposed ballot measure aimed at thwarting health-care reform. McDaniel said the proposed name and ballot title were vague, partisan and misleading.
UNION SCHOOLTEACHERS. A Pulaski circuit judge ruled invalid the Pulaski County School Board’s vote to discontinue recognition of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers as the bargaining agent for the school district’s teachers. It was a bad week for …
WILLARD PROCTOR JR. The former Pulaski circuit judge’s constitutional challenge to a law that prevents him from ever again holding judicial office was dismissed by a former colleague, Judge Mackie Pierce. Proctor was removed from office by the Arkansas Supreme Court for ethical violations. THE ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER. Giving no specific reason, Ellen “Nan” Plummer announced her resignation as executive director of the Arts Center, a job she’d held since November 2002. Attendance has been much less than hoped for the expensive “World of the Pharaohs” exhibit now at the Arts Center for a long-term run. SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION. Over the objections of the Marion School District, the state Board of Education ordered the consolidation of the 256-student Turrell School District with the 4.028-student Marion District. For the last two years, the Turrell district’s enrollment had fallen below the 350 minimum required by state law. The Marion superintendent said his district already had absorbed one smaller district, Crawfordsville in 2004. 8 april 15, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
CIVIC IMPROVEMENT. The federal Economic Development Administration made a $2 million grant for conversion of the old Rock Island Bridge into a pedestrian/bicycle bridge.
nix: Wants striking teachers’ pay restored. n Since they disagree on everything else, it’s not surprising that Pulaski County teachers and Pulaski County school board members disagree on the meaning of a circuit court decision last week. The teachers’ union, the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers, sees Judge Timothy D. Fox’s ruling as a total victory for their side, forcing the board to resume negotiation with the union. Board President Tim Clark and his lawyer, Jay Bequette, interpret the decision to mean that the Board has only to tie up a few loose ends, and then it can proceed to kick the union out of the Pulaski County School District, which is what it was trying to do when the union hauled the board into court. There’s no disagreement that Judge Fox sidestepped the question of whether teachers and other public employees can legally strike in Arkansas. Judges have dodged the issue before. Arkansas judges are elected, and a decision either way on the question of strikes by public employees could alienate a substantial number of voters. Fox, who’s a candidate for the state Supreme Court, said in effect that other judges hadn’t decided the issue, so he wouldn’t either. The school board and the union were negotiating a new contract last December when the board suddenly voted to stop recognizing PACT as the bargaining agent for teachers. Several hundred teachers walked out for a day in protest, and PACT filed suit, saying that the old contract between the union and the school board
was in effect until a new one was signed, and the contract didn’t allow the school board to stop recognizing the union. The school board filed a counterclaim, saying that the teachers had broken the contract by engaging in an illegal strike. Fox ruled that a school board has the authority to terminate a union contract if certain legal requirements are met. Those requirements include the adoption of written personnel policies, and the creation of a committee on personnel policies. The Pulaski County School Board had not met those requirements, and therefore had exceeded its authority in terminating the union contract, Fox said. According to Clark and Bequette, Fox’s order appears to say that the Board could adopt personnel policies and create a personnel committee and then vote legally to end recognition of the union. “That doesn’t mean we’ll do that,” Clark said, “but it appears we have the authority.” No such thing, says Marty Nix, president of PACT. Personnel policies and personnel committees are for school districts that don’t have a teachers union, she said; they’re intended to take the place of a union. PACT has an existing contract in the Pulaski County District, she said, and the school board can’t abrogate that contract by adopting personnel policies and creating personnel committees. “PACT’s negotiation team is the equivalent of a personnel committee,” Nix said. The proper course of action for the school board is to
vote on the proposed new contract that’s already been approved by the teachers, she said. “If the board votes it up, that’s fine. If they vote it down, we go back to the negotiating table.” Nix sent a letter to Clark on Monday asking the school board to meet and ratify the proposed contract. Fox ruled that the one-day walkout by the teachers was indeed a strike. The teachers had argued that it wasn’t. But Fox also ruled that the existing contract between PACT and the school board “provides that no reprisal will be taken against any teacher for participating in a strike.” Teachers who participated in the strike/protest were docked a day’s pay. Nix sent a letter to Acting Superintendent Rob McGill on Monday asking that the teachers’ pay be restored. As to whether a strike by teachers or other public employees is illegal, Fox said that neither the legislature nor the Arkansas Supreme Court had resolved the issue. He ruled that “absent limiting legislative action, the bundle of negotiable contract rights available to public employees with respect to strikes is no different than that enjoyed by non-public employee in their collective bargaining agreements.” Pulaski County teachers struck in 1996, and a group of taxpayers filed suit challenging the legality of a teachers’ strike. A chancery judge ruled the plaintiffs hadn’t proved that a teachers’ strike was illegal. The case reached the Arkansas Supreme Court, which upheld the chancellor’s ruling without deciding on the legality of strikes by teachers and other public employees. Justice Tom Glaze dissented strongly, saying that the Supreme Court should have ruled on the merits of the case. He wrote: “This issue concerning the validity of striking school teachers has now occurred at least twice in Pulaski County since I have served on this court. [Little Rock teachers had struck a few years earlier.] Teachers, students, parents, and taxpayers should be apprised concerning the validity of such strikes, so when a dispute arises again, the participating parties can pursue what they know is a lawful course of action and Arkansas citizens can predictably measure its outcome. Until this court grapples with and decides whether teachers may strike against their public employer, confusion and uncertainty will continue to prevail in the management of our schools.” Clark said the school board hadn’t yet done anything in response to the court ruling. The vote to end recognition of the union was 4 to 3, and some board members were strongly opposed to the action.
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n If you’re worried about identity theft, the last place you’d probably want your birth date, Social Security number, and name to wind up might be a prison. However, a new report by the Social Security Administration finds eight states, including Arkansas, in which prisoners have access to personal information through inmate work programs. The other states that allow inmates access to personal information are Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. The Arkansas facility mentioned in the report is a digital imaging center located at the Wrightsville Unit. The center, part of the prison industries wing, scans documents from state and city governments and schools around the state. The report, published in March by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, found that some states have taken precautions against identity theft such as curtailing inmates’ access to writing materials that can be used to jot down information, making workers wear uniforms with no pockets, and preventing inmates from seeing names associated with Social Security numbers. Still, the report says, vulnerabilities remain. “(I)ndividuals intent on criminal activity may attempt to circumvent these controls,” the report said. “For example, prisoners could memorize an SSN obtained through their job duties and use it to create a false identity.” The report cites a 2009 case in Kansas in which an inmate stole information while performing document imaging and microfilm services, and a 2006 case in Connecticut in which an inmate smuggled a file back to her cell. The report urges Social Security Administration officials in the eight states where inmates are still allowed to work with Social Security numbers to support legislation to end the practice. Dina Tyler with the Arkansas Department of Correction said the Arkansas imaging facility employs 10 female inmates. She said they are overseen by prison industries staff members, but the area has no guard assigned full time. The inmates who work in the imaging center are closely watched, Tyler said, adding that the speed at which they work precludes them from secretly copying information. “What they are doing is feeding documents into a scanner,” Tyler said. “It is done at a very fast pace. They don’t have time to study those documents or write things down. When they leave that building after work, they are searched.” She
said that there are no prohibitions on pens or other writing materials in the scanning area, but said that the after-work search would turn up any paper inmates might have on them. Tyler said it isn’t possible that inmates might commit the information to memory and write it down later. “They would have to memorize a social security number and a name and a birth date and all those things,” she said. “Generally on these records you’re not generally going to find all that. It’s not like they’re processing credit card applications. They’re processing government records.” Linda Foley, founder of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego, Calif., however, believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Foley said that her group became aware of prisoner access to personal information in 2003, after learning of a Texas case in which an inmate worker copied a woman’s information, then began stalking her when he got out of jail. Foley said that prisons have long been schools for criminals, and identity theft is high on the curriculum these days. “If you are in jail for robbing a 7-11,” Foley said, “they are being told: ‘You idiot, you’re in jail for robbing a 7-11 and you got away with what, $200 dollars? Here’s how you really make money.’” Foley said that the kind of criminal who is ready to graduate to the world of identity theft is generally smarter, with a better memory. Even if writing materials are forbidden in the work area, a prisoner could scratch it into their skin with a pin, she said, or simply memorize the information. “I don’t put anything beyond these people. They still can memorize some of (the personal information). Even if it’s just some that they remember before they go on break and they write them down quickly while they’re on the break.” Foley said that though some states have taken the step of screening out criminals who were convicted of identity theft, sex crimes or computer hacking, the “prison school” aspect of incarceration means the screen doesn’t always work. “I think it needs to be brought up to your legislators that this is not the wisest of ideas,” Foley said. “There is no profile of who may turn to identity theft. We have teen-agers, we have older people. It’s not just hackers.” Both the Governor’s office and the Attorney General’s Office referred our questions about the practice to the Department of Correction.
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fine filter: Travis Hester, and his 1979 El Camino, which is painted with the K&N Air Filters logo.
h my. o , s y v e h C d n a s r Donks, sticker ca by David Koon
I love the smell of exhaust. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been all about cars. I don’t have the money to do much about it these days, so I make do with basic-and-dependable. It is a measure of my love, however, that my rides always have carefully selected names. Love Shack and Phillip Honda are the current stablemates in my driveway, replacing Das Bug, Leroy Brown and AT-AT of yore. Even though I don’t build motors and worry over wheels anymore, my head always turns when I see a car cruise by that’s obviously no stranger to love or speed. All this is to say that I am currently in awe of the urban car scene in Little Rock — the blinging rims; the SS Impalas with mile-deep paint; the sticker cars painted up like cereal boxes; the so-called donks with lifted suspensions and wheels so comically large they 10 april 15, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
look like something out of a cartoon. At first, I admit, I was in the naysayer camp, believing most of them to be squarely of the $200-car-on-a-$1,200-set-of-wheels genre. But when you manage to run down one of those Monte Carlos or Malibus or Caprices and talk to the owner behind the wheel, you’ll find out why they put blood, sweat and tears into their automobile: creativity, devotion, and the quest for a tiny bit of individuality in a sea of vehicular sameness.
here aren’t many bolts Avery Starks hasn’t turned on his 1994 Mustang convertible. When Starks — who goes by the name Mr. Snow — got it, the car was about as plain Jane as they come: a V-6 powered base model. Since he finished it a little over a month ago, however, it’s hard to miss. The paint is a retinasearing green several shades brighter than a Granny Smith apple, under a white top. The original fenders, hood and grille have been ditched in favor of pieces
from a sleeker 2008 model Mustang, and the car rides on 24-inch rims that look as big as wagon wheels. Instead of opening as Ford intended, the doors scissor out and up, rising on pneumatic pistons like the flag on a mailbox. As if that wasn’t enough, Starks decided to join the current sticker car trend, in which owners make up their cars in and out to evoke popular brands. Though it’s hard to pin down exactly where the sticker car phenomenon started — both Houston and New Orleans lay claim to being the originator of the fad — it has taken off in a big way in Little Rock’s urban car scene, with sodas, candy bars, cereal boxes, even cartoon characters like Bob the Builder and The Simpsons represented. Starks’ Mustang is festooned with vinyl logos, catch phases and even the nutritional information off a package of Starburst Sour brand candy. Inside, a redone interior in polar white features Starburst logos throughout. Continued on page 12
stuck on you: Various sticker cars from the streets of Little Rock.
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Continued from page 11 Usually parked in front of the body shop he runs on Asher Avenue, the Mustang makes a great billboard for Starks’ services, and is featured on his business cards, along with “Get Your Whip Dipped Today.” He apparently hands out a lot of those cards. On the day we visited, his shop was jammed to overflowing, with a FedEx car, a Fruit Gushers candy car, and a car lot full of Reagan-era Buicks and Chevrolet coupes waiting their turn for service. Inside on the lift, a 1980s Chevy Malibu with massive wheels, a candy pink and green paint job and a purple frame was getting the once-over by mechanics. “These are theme cars,” he said. “Everybody is going on the Internet, and they see the theme cars as something different. Everybody’s looking for something different, so this is the number one paint job that’s on the market right now.” Starks said that his business has borne that out. In the past year, he’s done 26 productthemed cars. “It’s competition,” he said. “Everybody is trying to outdo the others. Every time I do one car, somebody wants something better so I have to create something better ... I’ve done the Starburst, I’ve done four Skittles, Cocoa Puffs, Captain Crunch and Fruity Pebbles.” Tim Lindemann is Stark’s paint and body man. He’s been painting cars for 20 years, and says that there’s a niche for everything in the custom car world. Everybody wants to be a little different, he said, “to stick out a little bit, just like in everything else. Just to be able to stand out a little bit and be The Only One. None of them are the same. They’re looking for individuality.” The car he’s got in the paint booth getting its dose of individuality at the moment is a 2001 Chevy Tahoe. It’s getting an “inside and out” job, meaning the interior, glass and trim are removed, and the car is sprayed down on all surfaces to completely change the color. When it’s done, it will be an eye-popping metallic lavender with a silver undercoat, and will look like it came that way from the factory.
rollin' zz's: Rent and Roll assistant manager Keith Jakes, with his 1975 Cadillac Sedan Deville.
candy man: Mike and Ike candy gets some free advertisement. “This job here is about $4,700,” Lindemann said. “You’re talking about a lot of work. We remove all the inside door panels, the mirrors, the lights and all that. A lot of [owners], they don’t do it, but the ones that really think about it, they do.” Though the Tahoe isn’t planned to be-
come a sticker car, the trend is hot in Little Rock right now. Mike Vazquez is the owner of Altura Graphics, a small shop in Levy that specializes in custom vinyl logos and signs. In the past year, he’s done the stickers for more than 30 sticker cars, a job he said can cost from $200 all the
way up to $1,000 dollars, depending on how much detail the owner wants. “Basically they bring in a box or a candy bar that they like,” he said. “Sometimes they bring pictures of their loved ones. From there, we just design and print it. Sometimes they put them on themselves, but the paint shops usually do it.” In recent months, he’s done the graphics for everything from a hot-pink Pepto Bismol car to a car celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama. “I think they want to express themselves,” Vazquez said. “They want to be seen and they want to turn heads. I think that with the bright colors of the logos, that’s what they’re looking for — something different.” Travis Hester’s car is certainly different. The 1979 Chevrolet El Camino was an $1,100 dollar heap when he bought it. Four thousand dollars later, it’s an orange and black dream machine, rolling on wheels big enough that it needs a lift kit to keep them from rubbing the fender wells and painted with the K&N Air Filters box logo. Inside, the custom interior matches the paint. Hester said the logo he
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chose was inspired by his son’s toy. The car “was primed down, with a bunch of dents in it,” Hester said. “My little son had a model car that he bought at O’Reilly’s (Auto Parts), and I decided to do it like that. Mine was going to be for car shows, to get sponsored by K&N.”
Destination Downtown. talking about his customers, Holmes says that women roll big wheels as well. “Let’s not forget about the girls,” he said, “because we’ve got a lot of ladies that are riding big too. A huge portion of my customer base are the ladies. They generally stick with 24 inch or less — typically around
tyle is everything in a hot wheels: Shadreca Agee's 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible. custom car, and much $1,900 [a set] on up,” Holmes said. 22 inch.” of the style in the urban car scene is tied “When you start getting into that really Caught during a refueling stop at a gas up in the rims. The desire for megabig stuff — 26’s on up — you’re lookstation on Pike Avenue, Shadreca Agee buck chunks of aluminum and chrome ing at $3,000 plus. If you get into what’s is one of the women whom the car bug is enough that rent-to-own wheel shops called a multi-piece wheel that’s actually has bitten with a vengeance. Agee’s 2001 have sprung up, with easy payments for built in sections, you’re talking easily Chrysler Sebring convertible looks like a that new pair of automotive shoes. $8,000 or more.” parade float, sporting $1,700 worth of orRick Holmes is the general manager Holmes said spinning rims — which ange and yellow metallic flake paint, with of the Sherwood outlet of Rent and Roll, feature a center section that can rotate free an orange top and 22 inch chrome rims. a chain rent-to-own-rims store. On the of the rest of the wheel and which were all Down both sides, in 6-inch block letters, racks there, tags feature the retail price, the rage in urban customs in recent years Agee had her online nickname stenciled: the price per week you’ll have to pay to — are rapidly becoming yesterday’s MZ.FR3AKYDR3CA. On the back winroll the set of your choice out the door, news. “That’s really a dead beast,” he said. dow, in vinyl, is a phrase she says is “for and the number of weeks you’ll be in “There’s only one or two manufacturers the haters”: “OOPZ DID I CRUSH U debt. Though the largest wheel you can who are still building spinning wheels, HOEZS!!” get on payments at Rent and Roll is a and even they’ve really gotten away from When Agee bought the car last year 24-inch rim, Holmes can get just about it.” The next big thing, Holmes said, will it was a plain gold model, but she soon anything. “Right now, if I’m recalling be color. “Color is starting to get popular, decided it was too sedate for her tastes. right, the biggest production wheel is as are wheels with very deep lips on them. Since then, she’s painted it twice — the a 32 [inch], but there are some custom Black is also really popular. That’s the infirst time, she went with pink and purple one-off pieces like 40s,” he said. At that thing right now — high gloss black with — and she’s already considering analtitude, major suspension modifications polished aluminum or even chrome.” other paint job. She acknowledges that are in order — everything from body lifts Asked why someone would put $5,000 she picked the current paint scheme for and longer drive shafts, to bigger brakes into a set of rims, Holmes doesn’t think its head-turning properties. “I decided I to compensate for the increased rotating even for a second. “The same reason we wanted to change the color, and I wanted mass of the rim itself. Then, there’s the were putting 15-inch Cragars on our cars it to be loud,” she says with a smile. “It cost of the rims and tires themselves, the back then is the same reason these guys makes people stare so I get a lot of attenprice of which increases exponentially for are putting the 26’s and 28’s on their cars tion. I like to dress fancy, so I think my car every inch in diameter you go up, and the now: style, girls, to be cool.” should fit me. This car, it fits my personalintricacy of the wheel. Though he often says “guys” when ity now.” “The larger wheels, you get up to
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Editorial n News that at least one Huckabee has moved to Florida arrived as we were pondering, more or less, a study showing that residents of states without state income taxes, such as Florida, pay more in federal income taxes than do residents of states that have an income tax, such as Arkansas. The Huckabee(s) may not be getting as good a deal as she/they think. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy examined the effect of the federal income tax deduction that taxpayers can take for the state and local taxes they pay. “Substituting an income tax for a sales tax would keep the total revenue raised by the states the same, but would substantially reduce the federal tax bills of the residents of these states,” ITEP says. Federal taxpayers can deduct state sales tax payments as well as income tax payments, but ITEP says the sales tax deduction “offers a small benefit and the low- and middle-income people for whom sales taxes are most burdensome generally do not itemize their federal tax returns, while the income tax deduction offers a much larger tax benefit and the beneficiaries – mostly upperincome taxpayers – are very likely to itemize.” We say those who’d leave Arkansas for Florida deserve to be hoist by their own petard.
Revising history n Right-wing white people hated Bill Clinton long before anybody’d heard of Monica Lewinsky, their hatred induced in part by the love that black Americans had for him. Maya Angelou famously called Clinton “the first black president.” Cold-hearted conservatives and mainstream media found other reasons to despise Clinton too. Kenneth Starr, like the New York Times, was a devout Clinton-hater from the beginning. But revisionist historians promote the notion that the current era of political bad feeling began with the investigation and impeachment of Clinton, and that Starr was a dutiful prosecutor rather than the malicious partisan of real life. It’s difficult to say exactly when the venomous trend in American politics began, but you’d have to go back at least as far as Ronald Reagan. Before Reagan, presidents usually tried to avoid excessive partisanship in choosing Supreme Court justices. Reagan set out deliberately to capture the federal judiciary by appointing partisan right-wing ideologues; later Republican presidents followed suit. Scalias, Thomases and Robertses were installed. Now we have a Supreme Court that steals presidential elections, that says giant corporations are people and money to be speech. It’s a massive threat to American democracy, and hucksters babble about Bill Clinton.
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Answering to Arkansas n Last month, I joined my Democratic colleagues at the White House to witness the President sign health insurance reform into law. The President said, “The bill I’m signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see.” It was a great day for Arkansas. For me personally, it marked the end of a two-year debate and was the high point of a public career spent trying to reform health care. Since that time, my Republican opponents and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have worked overtime churning out press releases calling me an “enemy of the people” and a “traitor to the Constitution” because of my support for health care reform. At the same time, my primary opponent and one of his chief sponsors, MoveOn.org, have been spewing e-mails and phone calls to Arkansas Democrats calling me “shameful” and saying that I tried to kill health insurance reform. You would have to rewrite history to prove that I opposed health insurance reform. President Obama wholeheartedly endorsed it and I voted for it last year. I have the battle scars to prove it. I am proud of my work and have had enough of outside groups trying to tell Arkansans what we should think. Throughout my public service, I have fought for health insurance reform that helps Arkansas’s small businesses, working families and children. I helped shape the Senate health care plan that became law so that it directly benefits a small, rural state like Arkansas. Eight Arkansas hospitals will be protected from Medicare reimbursement cuts because of the amendment I successfully included. The new law makes 50,000 Arkansas small businesses with 260,000 employees eligible for a tax credit I wrote when they purchase coverage for their workers. I believe employers should be able to invest in their own companies rather than continue to pay
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annual premium increases to insurance companies. Immediately, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for a pre-existing condition to 710,000 Arkansas children. Arkansans will no longer be dropped by their insurance companies should they become sick. More than 260,000 young adults in Arkansas can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans for two additional years, until they are 26. Arkansas’s 500,000 seniors are assured that any savings that come from Medicare will not result in reductions to their guaranteed Medicare benefits, and many will see savings from our work reducing the doughnut hole. Those who say we can’t afford the new law should know it will reduce the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. We can haggle about the changes to the new law that were approved by the House and Senate in a process called Budget Reconciliation, but Senator Mark Pryor and I opposed those changes for very good reasons. It doesn’t detract from my commitment, or Senator Pryor’s, to ensure that implementation of the new law helps Arkansas. After all, it is Arkansans that I answer to, not any of these outside groups who misrepresent my record on health care reform. Max Brantley invited the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate to contribute columns on subjects of their choice while he’s on vacation. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter wrote last week.
Economy wrecker n While you have been minding your business and paying your taxes, the AR One Tax has been shuffling silently toward the Capitol to be born. The AR One Tax, as its eloquent authors call it, is the amendment to the state Constitution that by the simple expedient of one giant tax on everything you ever buy would wreck Arkansas’s feeble economy and enrich its neighbors. When we left it back the first week of January the Constitutional Amendment to Repeal All State Taxes and Establish a Flat Rate Sales Tax had got the imprimatur of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who said it met all the tests for going on the ballot — that is, its name and ballot title were clear, accurate and impartial. A fiveminute review would prove that the name and ballot title were none of those things, but the attorney general’s stamp is official. Since then, Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has pronounced the proposal fit for the ballot, and a month ago the attorney for the inaptly named Arkansas Progressive Group and the drafter of the amendment (he’s also legal counsel for the Arkansas Republican Party) quietly asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to approve the name and ballot title, which would forestall a legal challenge if the group gets the signatures by July to qualify it for the ballot in November. Despite the attorney general’s and secretary of state’s offhand approval of
Ernest Dumas the proposition, the Supreme Court is not going to be so blind. Unless it abandons every principle it ever applied to judging the abbreviated descriptions that voters get to see in the voting booth, the court will say that it doesn’t fairly inform voters about what they are about to do and it doesn’t get a place on the ballot. But stranger things have happened, which is why this nutty proposition deserves another fevered essay. And in the unlikely event it gets on the ballot, the voters surely would reject it, right? A savvy business lobbyist told me the other day: In this maniacal political climate, don’t count on it. Oh yes, what does the AR One Tax amendment do? It purports to repeal all of the more than 100 taxes collected by the state and replace the $5.5 billion or so in revenues that they produce with one big sales tax on every item or service bought by an individual, including groceries and medicine. Your barber, dry cleaner, doctor, yard man and, yes, your drug dealer, prostitute, pimp and bookie, as Mike Huckabee pointed out in a Fox News commentary in January, would have to collect a big tax from you and remit it to the state treasury. (Huckabee
You’re voting for her? n So I picked up the phone the other day and a woman presuming to be chatty told me she’d like to bother me for just a second with a couple of survey questions. She appeared to be a live actual person, rather than a robot, and I grumbled “sure.” So, John, she asked cheerily, did I consider myself a certain or merely probable voter in the forthcoming Democratic primary? Apparently she had benefit of voter information suggesting I’d be going “D” in the primary, though once I went “R.” I said certain. Well, then, John, she asked still cheerily, did I intend to cast my vote for U.S. Senate for Blanche Lincoln or Bill Halter? Here I must tell you what I told her. You deserve to know. I said Lincoln. I did not do so cheerily. It’s a bit of noseholder. At this point my surveyor identified herself as a representative of some nebulous outfit that favored Halter. Then she set out to enumerate several
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supposedly sinister assaults by Lincoln on the American worker. After this litany by which Lincoln was made to seem quite horrible, my cheery surveyor asked if I still intended to vote for Lincoln or whether I might have changed my position to Halter. “Still for Lincoln, now more than ever,” I said, and hung up. This is an old tactic apparently becoming more common: Some group with a vested interest in a political race pretends to do an honest poll, but then, having you on the horn, switches the survey into outright direct advocacy for one candidate and harsh assault upon the other, then tries to “push” numbers in its favored direction by re-presenting the choice after it has had its incendiary say against the non-favored candidate.
is a fanatical fan of the tax.) No business, whether it is a farm, a local merchant or a multinational corporation, would ever pay a dime of taxes on what they bought. Businesses would be exempt from all taxes. The sales tax rate on your purchases would have to be high enough to compensate for the huge loss of revenues from exempting business activity. You would have to pay a sales tax of 30 percent or more when you bought a car or filled up the gas tank, but Wal Mart and Exxon wouldn’t. The big tax would drive the purchase of every big-ticket item like cars and appliances to border cities like Memphis, which may be why car dealers and other business groups have hired one of Little Rock’s savviest lawyers to block it in the Supreme Court. The legislature next spring would determine how much money the state needed for all its many programs, including the public schools, and fix the sales tax rate. If it guessed wrong, it could adjust the rate one more time by a three-fourths vote and then the rate would be fixed forever. Here maybe is why the sponsors call themselves progressives: To prevent the big tax from sinking anyone into poverty, the state would send monthly checks to all 2.9 million Arkansawyers, minus those who cannot prove they are U. S. citizens. The checks would be based on the poverty rate and each person, rich or poor, baby or nursing home ward, would get the same check. Presuming the current poverty level of $11,000 a year and a sales tax rate of 30 percent — it probably would be much higher — the state would pay each of us
$3,300 a year. The biggest beneficiary that we know of would be Jim Bob Duggar, the famous family man with 19 children. His yearly bonus from the state at the outset would be some $70,000. But here is why the Supreme Court is not going to put this stupidity on the ballot. The popular name and ballot title mislead voters about what it would do. The popular name, ballot title and indeed the amendment itself say that “all” taxes would be repealed. But then it identifies all taxes as those found in Title 26 of the Arkansas Code, which includes only a few of the taxes levied by the state, albeit most of the big ones. There are many other such deceits or oversights. McDaniel and Daniels certified that the amendment did not violate the U. S. Constitution and the Supreme Court is asked to do the same. It can’t because the proposition violates the Constitution in at least two ways. It purports to repeal “payroll taxes.” Payroll taxes, as they are commonly known, are federal taxes and the supremacy clause of the Constitution doesn’t permit states to thwart federal law. The amendment also would make noncitizens pay the huge sales tax but would prevent them from getting the poverty subsidy from the state that offsets it. The 14th Amendment prevents states from denying anyone on U. S. soil, including noncitizens, the equal protection of state laws. The court will not stand in the way of voters doing something stupid, as long as they are told what they are doing, but it won’t let them flout the Constitution.
There are four uses for such information: First, it gives you, via that first open-ended question, an honest idea where you stand. Second, it gives you a chance to attack the opposition in a way different from the television advertising that is more expensive and that people may be tuning out. Third, it gives you an idea of the effectiveness of the smears you have in mind against the other candidate. Fourth, via that encore presentation of the choice after the attack on the opponent, it gives you a shot at more favorable numbers that you can leak to the media and show potential contributors to demonstrate the supposedly vibrant viability of your candidacy. When Steve Womack says he has a poll showing him way out front in the Republican race for Congress in the 3rd District, laugh it off. When Jim Keet says he has a poll showing his defeat of Gov. Mike Beebe a doable proposition, laugh louder. By the way: I’d like to announce that I have a poll showing my column to be the most widely read feature in this newspaper. Alas, this is one of those times when I
must long for the good ol’ days. Back before the everything-goes coverage of the Internet by which a candidate touting his own silly poll could get his assertion of vibrant viability regurgitated on a blog or a tweet, the newspapers simply would decline to take seriously any poll results asserted by candidates. Yes, it was a better time, when responsible newspapers filtered your information. The late, great Arkansas Gazette had a rule that we didn’t report attacks by one candidate on another on the last day of campaigns. The thinking was that these would be sucker punches and that the candidate attacked might not have a sufficient and fair opportunity to counter a smear. I asked a grumpy old editor whether we’d report a last-day shooting of one candidate by another. He said only as a short item in the police blotter. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • april 15, 2010 15
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Honeycutt / he’ll be our money slut”) by 10-Horse Johnson, a Little Rock/ LA-based group that’s had a lot of success on Sirius XM. Meanwhile, Dwight David himself has been spending a lot of time on Facebook, where he’s fully embraced truth telling. In late March he updated his status with, “Dwight David Honeycutt sees Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s mouth moving, but all he can think about are them tit-tays. Who’s with me?” On Friday, Dwight David makes his first public appearance with “Dwight David Honeycutt’s Sweet Tea Party” at Juanita’s. There’s no real campaign at this point, he said, but the people still want to hear from him.” “The folks that have taken to the video, they want to know what I think about things — politics, whatever, so I guess I’ll tell ’em. And there’ll be some local bands and that kinda thing. And sweet tea.” The musical lineup’s pretty stout. 10-Horse Johnson will make its Little Rock debut. And Ditto for Bigleg, who recorded the music for “DDH for CSB” and specializes in his own brand of twisted country (Dwight David says his favorite is called “Mule Tit”). Familiar names round out the bill. There’s recent Showcase winner Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, Times’ entertainment guru JT Tarpley’s band Frown Pow’r and 607 (another past Showcase winner) and his brother Bobby. “I was hoping to get some weird shit, too — fire-eaters and contortionists,” Dwight David said. “But you’d be surprised how few freaks there are in Central Arkansas. I mean, we got no shortage of fuck-ups, but none of them have gone pro yet.”
At Friday’s ‘Sweet Tea Party’ at Juanita’s.
By Lindsey Millar
wight David Honeycutt knew his campaign was over before it really began. “I had big plans,” he said in a recent interview. “But I drink a little bit, and things got out of hand.” Did it ever. In his campaign video turned web phenomenon, “Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board,” the former star of a local children’s TV show admits to previous incarcerations, to stealing his granddaughter’s ADD medicine and to making out with a “dude.” And those are the tame bits. At press time, the video had nearly 111,000 views on YouTube and a 95% “funny” rating on the website Funny or Die. Honeycutt said his nephew, Roland Honeycutt, Jr., who filmed and subsequently posted the video, is partly to blame for exposing his dark side, though he’s come around to an honestyis-the-best policy way of thinking. “It was a lesson to me. Politics is about putting your best side forward, but I got a lot of ugly sides, and I realized real quick that it’d be bullshit to hide ’em. My son-of-a-bitch nephew, Roland, I knew what he was doin’. Like I said, I drink a little, and pretty soon he was askin’ questions about my sex life and puttin’ a didgeridoo in my hand, and I went with it. “I mean, a guy like me? I smoke a pack and a half a day, I got type-2 diabetes and a little heart disease. I decided then and there that I’d tell the truth about everything. What do I have to lose? How much time do I have left? I mean, fuck it. I did the right thing.” Besides generating dozens of one-liners that fans quote with the same sort of glee with which they trade
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lines from “Anchorman” or “The Room” (“I’ve got the biggest dreams and the strongest hands in this goddamned state” is a favorite), the five-minute video’s attracted quite a bit of attention beyond web video portals. Roland took the film to the SXSW Film Festival, and Saturday, he’ll travel to the Nashville Film Festival. And last week, Rock Candy (arktimes.com/ blogs/rockandy) debuted “Dwight David Honeycutt,” a campaign song of sorts (sample lyric: “Dwight David
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7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$10.
n With Thursday comes the answer to the eternal summer weekday question: “What do you want to do tonight?” Head to the Travs! There’s little not to love about springtime baseball, whether or not you give two shakes of your bat about Travs ball or not. You get cheap beer, pretty good hot dogs, fresh air and sunset in an award-winning ballpark for $10, tops. For those who steer as clear of that rowdy beer garden as possible and, you know, enjoy watching the game, keep your eyes on the guys with the hugely appropriate initials of A.R.: Andrew Romine and Alberto Rosario. Even though being four games into the season makes numbers pretty goofy, the fact that they’re leading the Travs in batting average by .130 is promising of a few fence fliers to come.
YOUTH ROCK ORCHESTRA / MARK WOOD EXPERIENCE
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $25.
n How’s this for a neat school recital: 100 students from Mills and Conway High on strings, brass and drums playing covers from Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Apocalyptica and the like. Even neater: they do all this alongside Mark Wood, the original violinist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra and former student under Leonard Bernstein. Most kids have to play John Philip Sousa; the Youth Rock Orchestra is playing John Lennon. The orchestra was formed by Izzy’s Restaurant co-owner (and former member of the Mark Wood Experience)
PLAY BALL! Little Rock’s beloved double-A team opens their fourth season at Dickey-Stephens. Heather Isbell after a two-day workshop with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra member. The kids liked it so much, they decided to, well, “keep on truckin’.”
8 p.m., On the Rocks. $10 early admission.
n Webbie, the young rapper that peacocks around the beat on his new single, slurring “I’m a lawn digga’” alongside Three Six Mafia, has been on the scene since the late Pimp C signed the then 16-year-old in 2001. While his success is a product of the inescapable mixtape culture, what separates the Baton Rouge rapper from the flood of the mostly indistinguishable 20-something ’Lils and Youngs leaking out of Louisiana is, well, a lot. He has no problem jumping from club-banging speaker meat straight from the mud-on-rim South (“Gimme
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That,” “Wipe Me Down”) to old school, minimal beat, dirty story songs that kick back to the old West coast (“Bitch”). It’s unabashedly uncivilized, R-rated rap with no pretense to be found anywhere—which is why it’s so listenable. Purists, be warned, though: Webbie uses those off-putting reference tracks. But judging from videos of his shows, you probably can’t hear it over the crowds yelling along with the hooks, like “I’m a lawn digga’.” Wait … it’s not “lawn digga?” He’s gonna what to whom? Yep. That’s R-rated, alright.
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9 p.m., Revolution, $10 early admission.
n This DJ duo, as they should, oozes “privilege” and “hedonism.” Their press
photos reinforce the image, too. In each, one, always sickly pale, downs a glass of whiskey while the other, a DeNiro look-alike, sports glassy, dilated pupils under his Starter hat. Sure, the nu-rave/ electrohouse subgenre may find itself cramped in a backlash because it’s the electronic music du jour. But trendy or not, these guys, like Justice and The Bloody Beetroots, are a step away (in the right direction) from the effete trappings of house music, trading in the glittery, Ibiza-dusted, Moroder-biting egotism for gritty, four-on-the-floor, Throbbing Gristle-biting egotism. So yeah, it screams privilege, hedonism and shallow hipsterism, but do you really want a side of morals and humility with your electro music? Didn’t think so. DJs Sleepy Genius, Roxik and Paul Grass — all familiar to the Cool Shoes crowd — open.
BOOM, CHK, REPEAT: New York City DJ duo Designer Drugs comes to Revolution.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 15
10 a.m. Sat., noon Sun., Wildwood Park for the Arts. $5-$10.
n For the last two weeks, the state (and our noses) have been avalanched by a torrent of pollen. It’s rendered every car yellow and, indirectly, filled up trashbins with Kleenex and Zyrtec boxes. With all that yellow nuisance, it can be easy to overlook that with pollen comes spring — and that’s when the Natural State begins to shine. That’s why Wildwood Park will spend the weekend celebrating everything floral with ‘Blooms!’, its weekend outdoor flower festival, showcasing the freshly bloomed flora of the region as well as a wide selection of native azaleas. Flowers aside, the festival also offers music by local folkies Lark in the Morning and the ever-quirky tuba/accordion duo The Itinerant Locals, gardening presentations and workshops, and maypole dancing by Ballet Arkansas.
n At Juanita’s, tight, clever local rockers Falcon Scott play their melodic brand of pop alongside Southern soul man Sean Michel, who has the best beard in a town full of great ones, 9 p.m., $8. Although they’re specters on the internet, Flash LaRue is, in fact, real and really good; they’re at the newly smoke-free White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. We don’t even need to tell you what Interstate Buffalo sounds like; they sound just like you’d expect a band called “Interstate Buffalo” to. They take their loud, jam-y act to Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. In Hot Springs, Maxine’s has an acoustic set from Times writer JT Tarpley and a raucous set from one of the best musical exports Little Rock has to offer in The See, 9 p.m., free. At Cajun’s, John & Kenny play, cover-free, for the sunset and deck set, 5:30 p.m., while cockrockers White Noise Theory rock for the night owls, 8:30 p.m., $5.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 16
MC FRONTALOT 9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.
n Make no mistake: some of the greatest emcees ever — MF Doom, Mos Def, RZA and GZA — are stone cold nerds. Sure, they have swag by the trunkful and are cooler than anyone in the Times office will ever be, but this is still a crew of comic-book sleeving, chess-studying, gadget-crazy space cadets. Then there’s MC Frontalot and nerdcore hip-hop. Sure, Doom/Viktor Vaughn/Madvillain knows his Marvel Comics, but Frontalot and his crew know CAD programming. And they’re really, really popular, sporting the rare fanbase that overlaps into both Dan the Automator and Weird Al’s. Furthermore, Frontalot was the subject
REAL ‘FUGEES: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars to Star Trek, trigonometry. of the 2008 entertainingly cringe-worthy documentary “Nerdcore Rising,” following his first national tour. It’s Big Boi by way of “Big Bang Theory” and, according to Prince Paul, a vocal champion for nerdcore, it’s “true hip-hop … what it’s originally all about; that is, being yourself and talking about what you’re into.” Whoremoans, a left-field rapper and collaborator with Frontalot opens alongside
FRONTALOT: Nerdcore emcee extraordinaire spits about play, appropriately, Revolution.
Brandon Patton, a decidedly indie-guitar songwriter along the lines of British nerd, Badly Drawn Boy.
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SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL-STARS 9 p.m., Revolution. $15.
n For the unfamiliar, here’s a story for the coldest of cockles: A group of musicians fled from Sierra Leone’s horrifically violent civil war, found each other in a hovel of a West African refugee camp and, in the face of such abject adversity and loss, started writing and performing some of the happiest, most optimistic music ever made. (No, seriously: ever made.) The band then found a new home in a post-K New Orleans, recording its second album with a local brass band, now playing to packed houses in America and Europe, all the while raising money for the African refugee charities that aided them years ago. It’s world beat, it’s African roots, it’s reggae and it’s a testament to resilience, hope and the power of positive thinking that makes it impossible not to be moved by their story or, for that matter, move your feet to the music.
n A one-night engagement of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s infamous rock opera, comes to UCA’s Reynolds Auditorium with Ted Neely reprising the titular role that scored him a Golden Globe in Norman Jewison’s 1973 adaptation, 7:30 p.m., $10-$50. Fronted by an ex-Mulehead, Dave Raymond and Present Company, the new jacks in Max Recordings’ bullpen, take their twang-rock to the Sticky Fingerz stage, 9 p.m. Downtown Music does what they do best by hosting a night of really loud, really heavy music by Zucura, Black Market Ministry, Buzzardstein and — don’t be fooled by their unassuming name — Jungle Juice, 8 p.m., $6.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
n Juanita’s hosts a fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital with music by Jessica 7, Wishtribe, Knee Deep and Attack the Mind, 9 p.m., $10. We’re hoping the front man/drummer keeps his junk-hugging bicycle shorts in the van this time when Cowboy Mouth, the long-tenured, New Orleans rock act, comes to Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. River Market young gun Bill Street has “The Truth: Beauty and the Beast Edition,” with performances by Seanfresh, D’Nique Renae, Epiphany, Osyrus, Bijoux, J. White and Jeron, 9 p.m., $10. Little Rock sends a handful of our local sages down to Hot Springs when The Boondogs and the Greg Spradlin Outfit take it to Maxine’s alongside Andrew Anderson, 9 p.m. www.arktimes.com • april 15, 2010 19
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THURSDAY, APRIL 15 MUSIC
DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Falcon Scott, Sean Michel. 9 p.m., $8. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. Flash LaRue. 9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Interstate Buffalo. 10 p.m., $3. Town Pump, 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jovan Arellano. 9 p.m. Smoke and Barrel, 324 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. 479-521-6880. Karaoke with Big John Miller. 8 p.m., Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. Little Rock Jazz Quintet. 8 p.m. Bill Street, 614 President Clinton Ave. Room Four, Ten Cent Hat. 9:30 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. The See, JT Tarpley. 9 p.m., free. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 8:30 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. The Youth Rock Orchestra with the Mark Wood Experience. 7:30 p.m., $31. Robinson Center Music Hall. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. Webbie. 8 p.m., $10. On the Rocks, 107 E. Markham. 374-7625, www.clubontherocks.com. White Noise Theory (headliner), John & Kenny (happy hour). 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 3755351, cajunswharf.com.
“Arkansas a la Carte” fund-raiser. Benefit for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 6:30 p.m., $100. Chenal Country Club, 10 Chenal Club. 364-1476, archildrens.org. “Plant a Row for the Hungry.” Celebration of gardens behind the library. 7 p.m., free. Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. 501-327-7482. 12th Annual Arkansas Corvette Weekend. A three-day celebration of all things Corvette, including a poker run, autocross and guided roadtrips. Summit Arena, Hot Springs. 501-580-2420, centralarkcc.com.
The Sandman. 8 p.m., $7. The Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.
inVerse Open Mic Poetry Night. 6 p.m., $5. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, 20 april 15, 2010 • arKaNSaS TiMES
‘JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR’: Golden Globe-nominated actor Ted Neely stars in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera, which comes to Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA in Conway for one night only, Friday, April 17. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $10 to $50. myspace.com/acacarkansas. Joseph Bruchac. Reading by award-winning storyteller and poet. 6:30 p.m., free. Darragh Center, Main Library, 100 Rock St. 918-3032, cals.org.
“Energy and Climate: A National Security Issue.” Sen. John Warner, Navy Vice Adm. Lee Gunn and NLR Mayor Pat Hays lead a panel discussion. 6 p.m., free. Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service. 683-5239, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Travs home opener. 7 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey Stephens Park, NLR.
FRIDAY, APRIL 16 Battle of the Bands. Fourth round. 8 p.m. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. Bombay Black. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., 1316 Main St. $5 non-members. 372-9990, midtownar.com. Brantley Gilbert, Taddy Porter. 9:30 p.m., $10. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. 479-442-4226, www.georgesmajesticlounge.com. Chapters, Hollywood Homicide, Chapters. 8 p.m. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. soundstageshows.com. Crunch. 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main
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St., NLR. 374-1782, cstonepub.com. Dave Raymond & Present Company. 9 p.m. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com. Designer Drugs. 9 p.m., $10. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, www.rumbarevolution.com. 18 plus. DJ Debbi T. 10 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Doghouse (headliner), Hardy Winburn (happy hour). 9 p.m., 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Josh Green. 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 323 Clinton Ave. 372-7468, beerknurd.com. Kasey Anderson, Chip Robinson, Isaac Hoskins, Benko. 9 p.m. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. Mr. Lucky. 9 p.m., $5. Underground Pub, 500 President Clinton Ave. 707-2537, www.theundergroundpub.com. One Bent Minute. 8 p.m. Odie’s House of Blues, 3413 Central, Hot Springs. 501-623-6343, odieshouseofblues.com. Rena Wren. Capi’s, 9 p.m., free. 11525 Cantrell Road. 225-9600. Shannon Boshears. 9 p.m., $7. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. The Phosphenes, Rollo Tumasi. 9 p.m. Smoke and Barrel, 324 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. 479-521-6880. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 9 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Tragikly White. 8 p.m., $5. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Typhoid Mary. 10 p.m., $5. Fox and Hound, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 753-8300. Unpainted Arizona. 9 p.m., $5. West End, 215 N. Shackelford. 224-7665, www.westendsmokehouse.com. Zucura, Black Market Ministry, Buzzardstein, Jungle Juice. 8 p.m., $6. Downtown Music, 211 W. Capitol, 376-1819, downtownshows. homestead.com.
Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program Training Workshop. Workshop on how to properly organize and conduct an arthritis aquatics program. 8 a.m., $125. Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging, UAMS. 800-482-8858, www.arthritis.org/ chapters/arkansas. “Grown Folks Game Night.” Music by DJ Silky Slim. 10 p.m., free with reservations. Khalil’s Pub & Grill, 110 S. Shackleford. ilivethegoodlife.com. 12th Annual Arkansas Corvette Weekend. See April 15.
The Sandman. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m., $12. The Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.
Gene Foreman. Former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer talks about ethics in journalism. Noon. Clinton School of Public Service. 683-5200.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Travs home opener. 7 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey Stephens Park, NLR. “Real Deal in the Rock” basketball tournament. 7 p.m. Jack Stephens Center, UALR. realdealintherock.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 MUSIC
Alize. 10 p.m., $5. Fox and Hound, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 753-8300. Arkansas Children’s Hospital fund-raiser with Jessica 7, Wishtribe, Knee Deep, Attack the Mind. 9 p.m., $10. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. At Wars End, Moment of Fierce Determination, Fathom Down, Old Snake Head, Jon Dunn. 8 p.m., $6. Downtown Music, 211 W. Capitol, 376-1819, downtownshows.homestead.com. Big Stack. 9 p.m., $5. West End, 215 N. Shackelford. 224-7665, www.westendsmokehouse.com. Boombox. 9 p.m. $15. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. 479-442-4226, www.
georgesmajesticlounge.com. Chris Watson Band. 8 p.m. Odie’s House of Blues, 3413 Central, Hot Springs. 501-623-6343, odieshouseofblues.com. Cowboy Mouth. 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, www.rumbarevolution.com. DJ Shaintrain. 10 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Friday Maybe Saturday, Bandit Sound, Literature. 9 p.m. Smoke and Barrel, 324 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. 479-521-6880. Gold Diggin’ Mothers: Kings of Leon Tribute Act. 10 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com. Gorilla Music Show. 7 p.m. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. “Leighties Night” with DJs g-force and Poebot. 10 p.m., free. Union, 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 661-8311. Number 2 With Me and You. 12:30 a.m., $5 non-members. Midtown Billiards, 1316 Main St. 372-9990, midtownar.com. Ramona and Carl. 9 p.m., $7. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Shannon Boshears. 8 p.m., $5. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Shannon McClung. 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 323 Clinton Ave. 372-7468, beerknurd.com. Superstar Saturday with DJ Hypnotik. 8 p.m. On the Rocks, 107 E. Markham. 374-7625, www.clubontherocks.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 9 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. The Boondogs, Greg Spradlin Outfit, Andrew Anderson. 9 p.m. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. The Intruders (headliner), Jim Mills (happy hour). 9 p.m., 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. The O.D.’s “Rep the Rock Rite Nite.” 8 p.m. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, cstonepub.com. Thomas East. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. “The Truth: Beauty and the Beast Edition.” With Seanfresh, D’Nique Renae, Epiphany, Osyrus, Bijoux, J. White, Jeron. 9 p.m., $10. Bill Street, 614 President Clinton Ave. Tyler Tradewell, Tate Smith. 8 p.m. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. soundstageshows.com. Wendy Hunt (disco), Balance (lobby). 9 p.m., $10. Discovery, 1021 Jessie Road. 664-4784, latenightdisco.com.
“Give Earth a Dance.” With music by The Greasy Greens. 7:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road. 12th Annual Arkansas Corvette Weekend. See April 15. “Blooms” festival. An outdoor, weekend-long celebration of all things floral in Arkansas. Noon, $10. Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road. 821-7275, www.wildwoodpark.org Fly Fishing 101. Hosted by expert fly-fishermen to assist novices with the sport. 2 p.m., free. Westover Hills Baptist Church, 6400 Kavanaugh Blvd. Russellville Earth Day Celebration. 10 a.m., Russellville City Park, Russellville. russellvilleearthday.blogspot.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Travs home opener. 7 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey Stephens Park, NLR.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18 MUSIC
“Jamaica Me Crazy.” 8 p.m., $8. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, www.rumbarevolution.com. 18 plus. Afton Shows’ Hip-Hop Night wtih Supa Dude, Young Plenty, Zone, many more. 5 p.m., $9. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. Cletus Got Shot. 9 p.m., free. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. (479) 4424226, www.georgesmajesticlounge.com. Karaoke with DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counter-
point, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace. com/bogiescounterpoint. River City Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Chorus.” 3 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St. 377-1080, rivercitymenschorus.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. 11 a.m. Vieux Carre, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 6614176, afterthoughtbar.com. Tawanna Campbell, Dell Smith, DJ King Akeem. 10 p.m. Ernie Biggs, 307 President Clinton Ave. 372-4782, littlerock.erniebiggs.com.
“Blooms!” festival. The annual flower festival returns, featuring native Arkansan flora. Noon, $5-$10. Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road. 821-7275, wildwoodpark.org. Cooks Tour 2010. An annual tour of homes, each with dishes from Little Rock’s best chefs, to benefit the Rockefeller Cancer Institute. 1 p.m., $20 advance, $25 d.o.e. Orle Neighborhood, Chenal Valley. 686-8286, cancer.uams.edu/cookstour.
The Sandman. 8 p.m., $7. The Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco Roughriders. Travs home opener. 7 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey Stephens Park, NLR.
MONDAY, APRIL 19 MUSIC
Hi-Five City, Carridale, As Dogs. 8 p.m. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. soundstageshows.com. Monday Night Jazz with the UALR Guitar Ensemble. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Overseer, Kid Liberty, Close Your Eyes, Safe to Shore. 7 p.m., $7. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. Richie Johnson. 5:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. River City Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Chorus.” 7 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St. 377-1080, rivercitymenschorus.com. Sass Dragons, The Weisenheimers, Josh the Devil & the Sinners. 9 p.m. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, myspace.com/ acacarkansas.
Underground Comedy Night. 8 p.m., free. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco Roughriders. Travs home opener. 7 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey Stephens Park, NLR.
The Story Behind the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Panel with memorial designers Hans and Torrey Butzer. Noon. Clinton School of Public Service. 683-5200.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20 MUSIC
Brian & Nick. 5:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, Frown Pow’r, Life Size Pizza. 10 p.m., $3. Town Pump, 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802. DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Izzy Cox. 9 p.m. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Latin Nights. 7 p.m., $5, $7 if under 21. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, www. rumbarevolution.com.18 plus. Lotus. 9 p.m., $17. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, Fayetteville. (479) 442-4226, www.georgesmajesticlounge.com. MC Frontalot, Whoremoans, Brandon Patton. 9 p.m. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com.
The Fox Hunt. 10 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Tripper of the Sane, Land of Mines, Sychosis. 9 p.m. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. 8 p.m., free. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco Roughriders. Travs home opener. 7 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey Stephens Park, NLR.
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Chase Pagan. 10 p.m., free. Union, 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 661-8311. Darril “Harp” Edwards. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Gooding, Parabelle, Patrick Ellis. 9 p.m., $5. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas. com. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Josh Green. 5:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Karaoke with DJ Debbi T. 10 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace. com/bogiescounterpoint. Little Rock Jazz Quintet. 8 p.m., free. Ferneau, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9208, ferneaurestaurant.com. Lucious Spiller Band. 9:30 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com. Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars. 9 p.m., $15. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, www.rumbarevolution.com. 18 plus. Take it to the Heart, Great American Beast. 8 p.m. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. soundstageshows.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Caroline Picard. 8 p.m., $6. The Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.
Bob Wise. President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia speaks on funding and school reform. Noon. Clinton School of Public Service. 683-5200.
THURSDAY, APRIL 22 MUSIC
An Evening with Robert Earl Keen. Fundraiser for Monty Davenport’s Land Commissioner campaign. 8 p.m., $100. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Ice Nine Kills, The Subtle Way, Hollywood Homicide. 8 p.m., $7. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 3758466, vinosbrewpub.com. Integrity. 8 p.m., $7. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. 8 p.m., Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. Levon Helm, The Cate Brothers. 7 p.m., $75. Arkansas Music Pavillion, 4201 Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. 479-442-2776, arkansasmusicpavilion. com. Like Trains and Taxis, Hot Cognition, Jack Bruno. 9 p.m. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, myspace.com/acacarkansas. All ages. Little Rock Jazz Quintet. 8 p.m. Bill Street, 614 President Clinton Ave. Little Rock Wind Symphony and Friends Present “Connections and Collaborations.”
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■ review Tim McGraw/ Lady Antebellum April 9, Verizon Arena
zz top n ZZ Top comes to the Riverfest Amphitheatre on Friday, May 7. Tickets, onsale via Ticketmaster on Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m., are $25 for lawn seats and $49.50 for the general admission pit and reserved seats. n The deadline to enter the Little Rock Film Festival’s new Oxford American Best Southern Film Award — which comes with a $10,000 prize — is Thursday, April 15. Ditto for the festival’s “Made in Arkansas” program and Arkansas Music Video Competition. Get more info at littlerockfilmfestival.org. n Arkansas Civil War nerds rejoice! There’s a new film in development that, if it gets financing, could satisfy all your pedantic gripes about authenticity — except that filmmakers hope to film it all in Missouri. It’s called “Arkansas Traveler” and stars Garret Dillahunt (Francis Wolcott on “Deadwood”) and and Sean Bridgers (Johnny Burns on “Deadwood”), who also co-directs. Two of the film’s crew are living historians, and they are serious about being faithful to the period. “I’m going to guarantee if this becomes a feature film that it will be the most accurate film ever done in the United States,” assistant director Dave Bears told the Blue Springs Journal. Read more about the film at Rock Candy. 22 april 15, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
Continued from page 21 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. lrwindsymphony.org. Local H, Kinch, Underclaire. 8:30 p.m., $10. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com. Mark Jungers. 9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. MC Frontalot, The OneUps. 9 p.m. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. River City Men’s Chorus presents “Broadway Chorus.” 7 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St. 377-1080, rivercitymenschorus.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. 9 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 3707013, capitalhotel.com/CBG. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tragikly White (headliner), Fjord Mustang (happy hour). 9:30 p.m., 6 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 3755351, cajunswharf.com.
Faulkner County Democratic Women Fundraiser Fish Fry. 5 p.m., $20 suggested donation. 5th Avenue Park, Conway. fcdw.org.
Greg Squires, “Too Big to Bail and Too Big to Jail: Predatory Lending from the Bible to the Bible Belt and Beyond.” George Washington University professor speaks on economic downturn. 9 a.m. Clinton School of Public Service. 683-5200.
Caroline Picard. 8 p.m., $6. The Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
n Don’t forget to register in advance for the Rock Candy 500 pinewood derby race, which is coming up on Thursday, May 6. Find info at arktimes.com.
n Lady Antebellum probably infuriates country purists, if there are any of those left. On recordings, the trio of Nashville youngbloods only occasionally pretends to have something to do with country music; live, the trio doesn’t even pretend. At Verizon Arena on Friday the band brought no fiddle or pedal steel to dirty up its clean, simple, ultra-melodic pop. As the second of two opening acts for Tim McGraw (the first, The Lost Trailers, sort of sound like the Goo Goo Dolls and will be lucky if they ever catch on another major tour), Lady Antebellum is in any interesting place — two albums into a career that finds them one of the hottest acts in all of music. Their set, which was about an hour and ought to be the last they’ll play before they are headlining, was filled with their hits and the ones they hope to be hits and a cover of John Mellencamp’s “Rockin in the USA.” About an hour is all Lady Antebellum needs right now, giving them just enough time to showcase why they have rocketed to the top in such a dramatic fashion. The answer in part is the twining of James Kelley and Hilary Scott’s voices, with Kelley’s husky but subtle baritone really making an impression live. The other reason is that the band’s hits — “Need You Now” and the one-night stand anthem “Looking for a Good Time” — are shameless, obvious, middle-of-the-road and absolutely great. At Verizon, Kelley and Scott seemed to have a hard time catching up to the fast part of “Looking for a Good Time,” but “Need You Now” just worked, and the 10,000-plus crowd responded in kind. Interestingly, Kelley and Scott, who aren’t romantically linked, are growing into their roles as stars and, except on occasion, they often performed without recognizing each other and sort of just drifted around the stage. It didn’t help that they performed in front of the curtain that would eventually come down for the McGraw set. The projections on the curtain were particularly uninspired, and
the one they put up during “Perfect Day” looked like active shower fungus. The uninspired theatrics were sharp contrast to McGraw, 42, who has been at this long enough (“22 years. Can you believe it?” he said at one point on stage) to know that the best thing to do is be backed by a huge band and then mostly stand still and absorb the love. He walked out wearing blue jeans, a short sleeve black shirt with a deep V-neck and a black cowboy hat. It was sex panther McGraw, which stands in stark contrast to the hausfrau, fast-food king he played in “The Blind Side.”
country pop: From Lady Antebellum (below) and Tim McGraw. McGraw promised the Verizon crowd that he would play “music and no BS.” He talked some more (including trying to pacify the crowd with his opinion that the “Hogs are gonna be pretty good this year, you got a good quarterback”) and then did just that, performing a whole bunch of songs that generated massive sing-alongs, including the inescapable and more than a little cheesy “Live Like You Were Dying.” “She’s My Kind of Rain” stood out, as McGraw, who’s never been known for a powerhouse voice, found a nice tone for the ballad. Still, McGraw’s two-hour show didn’t get around to his first hit, “Indian Outlaw” or his sweet take on Ryan Adams’ “Stars Go Blue.” In all, it was a serviceable show by a performer who is close, if not already there, to veteran status. He’ll be back, but you have to wonder how long he can keep playing the sex panther card. — Werner Trieschmann
“Annie: The Musical.” 7 p.m. Thu., April 15. $8$15 Pulaski Academy, 12701 Hinson Road. 8687839, pulaskiacademy.org. “Christmas Belles.” A church Christmas program spins out of control in this Southern farce about fighting sisters, family secrets and a surly Santa, through May 23. Dinner: 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Lunch: 11 a.m. Sun. and special Wed. matinees. Curtain: 7:45 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 12:40 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. $30-$32. 562-3131, murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.” In Tennessee, five women worry about their husbands and sons during WWII. 7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. through April, Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market, Benton. $10 general, $8 senior, $5 student.501-315-5483, theroyalplayers.com. “Frost/Nixon.” The story of David Frost, the British talk show host, and his famously tense 1977 interviews with an impeached Richard Nixon. Preview nights 7 p.m. April 21 (“Pay What You Can Night”), 8 p.m. April 22. Pre-show discussion 45 minutes prior to curtain. April 23-May 9, The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St. $20-$40. 378-0405. www.therep.org. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera interpretation of the last week of the life of Christ. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $10$50. 501-852-2599, uca.edu/events. “Lend Me a Tenor.” A theater’s assistant company manager has to stand in for a drunken Italian tenor. Dinner: 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Lunch: 11 a.m. Sun. and special Wed. matinees. Curtain: 7:45 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 12:40 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. $30-$32. 562-3131, murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
GALLERIES, MUSEUMS New exhibits, upcoming events ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Friends of Contemporary Craft Conversation” with turned object artists Todd Hoyer and Hayley Smith, 6 p.m. April 18, $15 members, $20 nonmembers, 396-0357 to reserve; “Capturing
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■ media Turning it out “Examining” news on the web. By gerard matthews
agee: Probably done examining. n In the great wild world of the Internet, there’s news and then there’s, well, news, sort of. Chances are if you’ve done an Internet search for anything around Little Rock, or your home town wherever that happens to be, you’ve stumbled upon the Examiner. It looks like a news site, it walks like a news site and it quacks like a news site, but it’s not really a news site. The Examiner is owned by Clarity Digital Group and has a localized presence in over 240 markets around the
country. All of the articles come from “Examiners” that cover a wide and extremely varied range of topics. There’s the expected Razorbacks Examiner, High School Sports Examiner, and Conway Community Examiner, just to name a few. But then there are the more hyperlocal, super-specific topics, like the Sebastian County Libertarian Examiner, the Online Dating Examiner and the Little Rock Atheism Examiner. So how does one become an Examiner, you might ask. Well, apparently the
interview process isn’t that rigorous. Levi Agee is a local film buff and video editor who writes about film weekly for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette He’s also the Little Rock Film Examiner. Agee found out about the Examiner through Craigslist. He was trying to find a writing gig that he could do during his spare time in graduate school, something that might even make a little money. “I don’t think I got a single phone call from them,” Agee says. “It was all done through e-mail. I had a writing minor but no journalism background at all. The way they sold it to me was they didn’t need pristine, perfect journalists, they just needed hyper-local journalists.” Agee passed a background check, sent in a writing sample, and the rest is history. He was now, according to the Examiner, the Little Rock expert on film. Now, he really does know his stuff. But how do they know that? “I don’t think they really verify your credentials,” he says. “Once you get going, they just check with you and make sure you’re pumping out articles every week. I had to do at least three or four a week, if not one every day. It was pretty intense.” That’s one reason Agee hasn’t filed a column since February, and doesn’t really plan to in the future. “The Examiner to me really feels like a pyramid scheme,” he says. “Because they would always send me e-mails asking me to refer other examiners and I would get $50 gift cards for Denny’s and it just reeked of someone’s idea of commercialism and journalism together.” Agee isn’t the only one that’s skeptical. Dr. Bruce Plopper is a professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He sees sites like the Examiner as an outgrowth of the citizen
Parties are just better
journalism movement. “That leads to all kinds of bias, in terms of which stories are chosen for coverage and the way they’re covered,” Plopper says. “I think it has the possibility to undermine the standards of traditional journalism, which could, in turn, undermine people’s beliefs in the credibility of journalism in general. Just as I have concerns with the citizen journalism movement, I have concerns with we’ll-pay-you-by-the-click-andhope-that-you’ve-got-it-right journalism.” And about that pay-by-the-click system: Agee wrote 61 articles last year, which amassed over 3,800 clicks. His total take-home pay: $35.68. “Writing for the Examiner is like being the new kid at school who’s running for class president. You have to work your butt off to win, or be really hot. And if you’re not writing about the hot topics, you have to self-promote like crazy and you have to be your own publicist or your own agent. The whole self-promotion thing online is just really weird for me – it just felt really icky.” Plopper says sites like the Examiner are likely to proliferate, although he’s not willing to “write the obituary” for the well-trained, well-paid journalist. “You see it even on CNN now,” Plopper says. “ ‘If you see news and you have a video, send it to us.’ And I think we’re certainly going to see media corporations be less willing to pay money for a lot of highly-skilled journalists when they can get unskilled material for a much lower price.” The Examiner’s home office didn’t return our call for comment. Feel free to send comments, criticisms, insights, etc. to email@example.com. Twitter’s also a great place to find me. @gerardmatthews.
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30 Dates 60 Plates Lunch $15 2 courses
April 2010 Little Rock Restaurant Month
ends april 30
our favorite chefs have put together special, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for the month of April that are priced below what you would ordinarily pay for each course separately. Go to
www.experiencelittlerockdining.com for more information.
Dinner $35 3 courses
1620 Restaurant (DINNER ONLY) www.1620restaurant.com 1620 Market Street • (501) 221-1620
Ferneau (DINNER ONLY) www.ferneaurestaurant.com 2601 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 603-9208
Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse (DINNER ONLY) 27 Rahling Circle • (501) 821-1838
Lulav www.lulaveatery.com 220 West 6th Street • (501) 374-5100
Cafe Bossa Nova www.cafebossanova.com 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 614-6682 Camp David Restaurant www.campdavidrest.com 600 Interstate 30 • (501) 975-2267
Sushi Cafe www.sushicaferocks.com 5823 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-9888 So Restaurant-Bar 3610 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-1464
Capi’s www.capisrestaurant.com 11525 Cantrell Road • (501) 225-9600
Trio’s Restaurant & Catering www.triosrestaurant.com 8201 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3330
Capriccio Grill www.peabodylittlerock.com 3 Statehouse Plaza • (501) 399-8000
Vesuvio Bistro (DINNER ONLY) 1501 Merrill Drive • (501) 225-0500
Cheers In the Heights www.cheersith.com 2010 North Van Buren Street • (501) 663-5937
Vieux Carre www.vieuxcarrecafe.com 2721 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-1196
Ciao Baci (DINNER ONLY) www.ciaobaci.org 605 Beechwood Street • (501) 603-0238
Lunch $12 2 courses
Dinner $25 3 courses
acadia www.acadiahillcrest.com 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. • (501) 603-9630
The Butcher Shop Steakhouse (DINNER ONLY) www.thebutchershop.com 10825 Hermitage Road • (501) 312-2748
Best Impressions (LUNCH ONLY) www.bestimpressionsrestaurant.com 501 East 9th Street • (501) 907-5946
Cajun’s Wharf (DINNER ONLY) www.cajunswharf.com 2400 Cantrell Road • (501) 375-5351
Big Whiskey’s www.bigwhiskeys.com 225 East Markham Street • (501) 324-2449
Capers www.capersrestaurant.com 14502 Cantrell Road • (501) 868-7600
Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. www.boscosbeer.com 500 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 907-1881
Capital Bar and Grill www.capitalhotel.com 111 West Markham Street • (501) 374-7474
Bruno’s Little Italy (DINNER ONLY) www.brunoslittleitaly.com 315 North Bowman Road • (501) 224-4700
Casa Manana www.casamananamexicanfood.com 6820 Cantrell Road • (501) 280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • (501) 868-8822
www.experiencelittlerockdining.com Menu Items differ with each restaurant. Tax and gratuity not included
Lunch $12 2 courses
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Dinner $25 3 courses
Copper Grill & Grocery www.coppergrillandgrocery.com 300 East 3rd Street • (501) 375-3333
Krazy Mike’s SHRIMP ’N’ Wings www.krazy-mikes.com 200 North Bowman Road • (501) 907-6453
Copeland’s www.copelandsofneworleans.com 2602 South Shackleford Road • (501) 312-1616
Lilly’s Dimsum Then Some www.lillysdimsum.com 11121 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 716-2700
Loca Rock Luna Restaurant Dizzy’s Special prixGypsy fixe Bistro menus at reduced prices at these Little restaurants. www.localuna.com 200 Commerce Street • (501) 375-3500 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 663-4666 The Faded Rose Maddie’s Place www.thefadedrose.com www.maddiesplacelr.com 1619 Rebsamen Park Road • (501) 663-9734 1615 Rebsamen Park Road • (501) 660-4040 400 N. Bowman Road • (501) 224-3377 FORTY TWO (LUNCH ONLY) AT WILLIAM J. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
www.dineatfortytwo.com 1200 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 537-0042 Graffiti’s Italian Restaurant (DINNER ONLY) 7811 Cantrell Road • (501) 224-9079 The house 722 N. Palm Street • (501) 663-4500 Juanita’s Cafe & Bar www.juanitas.com 1300 Main Street • (501) 372-1228
Masala Grill+Teahouse 9108 N. Rodney Parham Rd. • (501) 414-0643 The Pantry www.littlerockpantry.com 11401 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 353-1875 Red Door www.reddoorrestaurant.net 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 666-8482 Salut! 1501 North University Avenue • (501) 660-4200 Terrace On the Green 2200 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 217-9393
One of the most vibrant Lunch $7 Dinner $15 restaurant scenes 2 courses TIER THREE 3 courses of any small city Markham Street Grill & Pub Alley Oops 11900 Kanis Road • (501) 221-9400 www.markhamst.com in America! 11321 West Markham Street • (501) 224-2010
Black Angus 10907 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 228-7800 Cheeburger Cheeburger www.cheeburger.com 11525 Cantrell Road • (501) 490-2433 Corky’s Ribs & Barbecue www.corkys4bbq.com 12005 Westhaven Drive • (501) 954-RIBS (7427) Damgoode Pies www.damgoodepies.com 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 664-2239 THE Flight Deck Restaurant (LUNCH ONLY) www.central.aero 1501 Bond Avenue • (501) 975-9315 gusano’s www.gusanospizza.com 313 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 374-1441 IRIANA’S 201 E. Markham St. • (501) 374-3656 Koto Restaurant 17200 Chenal Parkway • (501) 821-7200
Pizza Cafe 1517 Rebsamen Park Road • (501) 664-6133 Purple Cow www.purplecowlr.com 8026 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3555 11602 Chenal Parkway • (501) 224-4433 Rumba Mexi Cuban Kitchen www.rumbarevolution.com 300 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 823-0090 Tropical Smoothie Cafe & Deli www.tropicalsmoothie.com 11900 Kanis Road • (501) 221-6773 12911 Cantrell Road • (501) 224-1113 the villa italian restaurant www.thevillaitalian.net 12111 W. Markham, 310 Rock Creek Square • (501) 219-2244 Underground Pub www.theundergroundpub.com 500 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 707-2537 Zack’s Place www.zacks-place.com 1400 S. University • (501) 664-6444
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Continued from page 22 the Orient,” lithographs by David Roberts and works by other 19th century artists who traveled to Egypt and the surrounding region, through May 16; “World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed,” artifacts from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through July 7, $22 adults, $14 students; “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. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Isolated Encounters,” paintings by Kendall Stallings, through May 15. Open 5-8 p.m. April 16, Third Friday Argenta Artwalk. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Pastels by Lois Davis, pottery by Annette Kagy, open 5-8 p.m. April 16, Third Friday Argenta Artwalk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 506 Main St.: Demonstration by watercolorist Richard Stephens, 5-8 p.m. April 16, Third Friday Argenta Artwalk. SULTRY HQ, 708 W. Charles Bussey Ave. (20th St.): Tapestry weaving workshop with Louise Halsey, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 17, $50, yards included. 650-5090, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLERIES, onGoInG ExhIbItS.
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER’S TERRY HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY, 7th and Rock: “49th Annual Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” through May 23. 372-4000. ARKANSAS COMMUNITY ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Wait ... What?” Large-scale paintings and installation pieces by Henson Flye, through April. 2-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri. 244-2979. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Paper Trails,” large-scale charcoal drawings by David Bailin, main gallery, through May 29; “The Big Bear’s Arkansas ABCs: Original Artwork and Storyboard,” original illustrations by Leslie A. Przybylek for Butler Center children’s book, atrium gallery, through April 30; “Book Arts,” books transformed into art, through June; “AAE State Youth Art Show 2010,” Concordia gallery, through May 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 320-5792. ART ON THE RIVER, River Market Pavilions: 5-8 p.m. April 18. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Faces of the Frontier,” history paintings by John Deering, through April 24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat. 224-1335. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Celebrating 15th anniversary with exhibit of work by Steven Wise, Jeff Waddle, Emily Galusha and Kevin Kresse, through May 8. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. HEIGHTS GALLERY, 5801 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 664-2772. LAMAN LIBRARY EXHIBIT HALL, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography,” Smithsonian Institution exhibit, through May 29. 758-1720. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by artists in cooperative; Pat Matthews featured artist for April. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Student shows by Lindsey Bloom, Carl J. Hardwick, Candice C. Bass, Kristie N. Kelch, Jennifer A. Fitzhugh, Aariona L. McCann and Brandi L. Snead, through April 21; “UALR Annual Student Competitive,” through May 6, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. n Hot Springs ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Paintings by Parsons. 501-625-3001. ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Jane Fitch, watercolors; Linda Shearer, Chinese brush painting, through April. 501-623-6401. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Work by Jimmy Leach, Jamie Carter, Govinder, Marlene Gremillion, Margaret Kipp and others. 501-624-0550. ATTRACTION CENTRAL GALLERY, 264 Central Ave.: Work in all media by Hot Springs artists. 26 april 15, 2010 • arKaNSaS TiMES
501-463-4932. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Raku pottery by Kelly Edwards, through April, “Way of the Cross,” oils by Randall Good, through April 17. 501-318-2787. CAROLE KATCHEN ART GALLERY, 618 W. Grand Ave.: Paintings, pastels, sculpture by Katchen. 501-617-4494. FINE ARTS CENTER, 610 Central Ave.: “Awakenings,” work by area artists. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.Sat. 501-624-0489. LINDA PALMER GALLERY, 800 B Central Ave.: Work by Linda Palmer, Doyle Young, Ellen Alderson, Peter Lippincott, Sara Tole and Jan Leek. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 501-620-3063. RICIANO ART GALLERY, 833 Central Ave.: Featuring work by Riciano, Lacey Alysse, Char DeMoro and other artists. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 501339-3751.
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DOCTOR WHO: NEW EPISODES! Starts: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17 BBC America n It says something about my love and admiration for the BBC series “Doctor Who” that I’m a little nervous about the debut of the series’ 11th Doctor. For those poor benighted souls who don’t know what I’m talking about, a primer: Started in 1964, the groundbreaking BBC series features a time traveler known as The Doctor, who flies through time and space in a blue police box — kind of a wooden phone booth — that’s much bigger on the inside than on the outside, fighting aliens, robots and his own, complicated history. He’s assisted in most episodes by his Companion, a comely female who both serves as foil and — sometimes NEW ‘DR. WHO’: Matt Smith takes over in the — as love interest. The series is BBC series. able to get away with being on the air for over 45 years thanks to the fact lect things. Lot of things. They’ll start that, whenever the Doctor gets mortally saving a little here and a little there, and wounded (or the producers think the show soon, their entire house or apartment is needs a change), he can “regenerate,” be- stacked floor to ceiling with the junk coming a totally different person with an most of us would have long since thrown away — everything from newspapers to almost-wholly different character. Hence: The 11th Doctor. I have to tell motorcycle parts to plain old trash off the you that I had a total geek-crush on the streets — often liberally infested with 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant. both domestic pets and/or vermin. What’s more, in most cases and left Tennant’s Doctor — the second Doctor since the series was revived in 2005 after to their own devices, hoarders are perbeing cancelled in 1996 — was excellent; fectly happy to live that way. It’s a hell of funny, droll, but still tortured by the things a thing to behold. These days, of course, any time there’s a deviation from the he’s seen over his eons-long lifetime. Given that, the new Doctor, played by norm the reality television cameras can’t Matt Smith, makes me both excited and be far behind. The first series to spotlight hoarders a little apprehensive. For one thing, he might be one of the most funny-looking was over on A&E. Now comes this new actors on television, and that’s saying a series from TLC, featuring the worst of lot. He doesn’t seem to have any eye- the worst of hoarding. For a person who brows, and his face is rather lumpy, with feels a lot of compassion for the mentally a drawn out chin and cheekbones like the ill, it can be a difficult thing to watch, fenders on a dump truck. For another, especially during the interviews with he’s very young. Shallow concerns aside, children and family members forced to however, only time will tell whether he sleep on piles of the hoarder’s junk, and has the stuff to fill Tennant’s shoes. If not, at the end of the show, when a therapist there’s always regeneration. As for his brings in a debris removal team to try and companion, Amy Pond (played by the walk the hoarder through the process of Scottish actress and all-around smokin’ getting their home and mind free of the redhead Karen Gilliam), she obviously obsession to collect. On the plus side, watching the show got Smith’s share when they were handwill definitely make you reconsider next ing out the hotness. This week, in Smith’s first outing as the time you think your house is a wreck beDoctor, he and Amy travel to Great Britain cause there are crumbs on the rug. For at the height of the Blitz and meet Winston more on the show, go to: tlc.discovery. Churchill. The problem is: The Doctor’s com/tv/hoarding-buried-alive/. — David Koon old enemies The Daleks are there, waiting
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■moviereview Punk princesses ‘Runaways’ shallow, but rockin’ n God bless the biopics. Even when they’re bad, they’re kind of good, most of them being an honest attempt to glimpse into a human being’s tortured, infinitely complicated soul. Which brings us to this week’s film outing, the new rock biopic, “The Runaways.” While it isn’t the deeply introspective psychological cavediving found in a film like “Ray,” it is a heck of a cool look at how rock ’n’ roll got made back in the days before the Internet, American Idol and video killed the radio star. Based on the autobiography of punk rock golden girl Cherie Currie, the movie follows the fortunes of the pioneering allgirl band The Runaways as they rose from obscurity. The film kicks off when Cherie (Dakota Fanning) catches the eye of band manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who has been tough-love mentoring an upand-coming 15-year-old guitar goddess named Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart, of the “Twilight” movies). Like many managers wanting to hit it big on the punk scene, Fowley was looking for attitude and style more than pipes or instrumental talent, and he finds the look he wants in Cherie — blond, lithe, prone to Bowie-esque clothes and makeup. Paired up with Jett, drummer Stella Maeve (Sandy West), guitarist Lita Ford (Scout Taylor-Compton) and a bass player named Robin (Alia Shawkat; she’s only called Robin, and gets only a smidgen of screen time, because Runaways bass player Jackie Fox refused to let her name and story to be used in the film), Fowley stashes his new band full of misfits in a broke down travel trailer in the San Fernando Valley and proceeds to mock, berate, insult and mentally torture them into rock royalty. As the band heats up, so do the relationships between the bandmates. By the time they get signed to Mercury Records, bi-sexual hookups, drugs, crazed Japanese groupies and Cherie’s eventually Leadsingeritis meltdown are already written on the wall. If there’s a flaw in “The Runaways,” it’s gotta be Dakota Fanning. It’s not that she doesn’t try hard, and she certainly looks the part, but I wish they could have found a newbie with the chops to pull off the songs. While director Floria Sigismondi bravely decides to let Stewart and Fanning belt out the tunes heard in the film — and Stewart actually pulls it off in spades, delivering Joan Jett’s growling sex machine delivery with uncanny accuracy — Fanning just isn’t that good at the microphone. Worse, they’ve apparently tried to cover up the fact that she’s sucking wind by rolling in the dreaded autotune machine, which digitally smooths
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n Pasta Jack’s, a local Italian chain with outposts in Benton and Bryant, has opened in the River Market. Pasta and salad is the focus. The phone number is 372-3700, and its hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. See the menu at pastajacks.com. n Correction: Last week, we printed the correct date, but wrong day for the grand opening of the Argenta Market. The store’s official first day in business is Thursday, April 15. Doors open at 10 a.m. Once open, the market, located at 512 Main St. in North Little Rock, will keep hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. n In other grocery news, Green Grass Rock ’n’ Roll Grocery and Bodega is open at 301 President Clinton Ave. A plan to make smoothies has been discarded, co-owner Mike Brown said. In their place, he hopes to sell beer as soon as he’s approved by the ABC, which could be as soon as 30 days, he said.
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
ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Really good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 663-0600 LD Tue.-Sat. BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB The signature item is the wings, with a variety of sauces, plus burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads and fish dishes. 115 Audubon Drive, Maumelle. Full bar. CC $$ 803-3500 LD daily. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR & 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 St. $$ CC Full bar 324-2449 LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with maybe the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 224-9500 L Mon.-Fri. BOSCOS This River Market microbrewery does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. CC $$ 907-1881 LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of
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■ dining Still in the pink Faded Rose’s Cajun fare as reliable as ever. n We forget about our institutions. Take them for granted. Get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the new, or the latest twist on some old standard. It comes with the territory of restaurant reviewing. But institutions need reappraisal. And, in that spirit, after several recent visits to The Faded Rose, we’re happy to say that Little Rock’s standard-bearer for Cajun cooking since 1982 is the same as it ever was — reliably solid. Which means, after some time away, we were excited to see that not much had changed. The floors at the Rebsamen location still feel like they’re cleaned with fryer grease. A short, crunchy loaf of Leidenheimer French bread still fills the bread basked, and serves well for sopping up another New Orleans’ standard, the garlic vinaigrette soaked salad ($3.95 for a small, $5.25 for a large). Even with all kinds of newcomers in the market, The Rose remains a contender for best Crescent City classics in town. More than anything else, the mere mention of Rose’s thin fish ($8.75 for a regular portion, $11.75 for the large, which might better be described as “heaping”) gets us salivating like Pavlov’s dog. We remain convinced — always will be probably — that no one in Arkansas does fried catfish better than the Georgetown One-Stop in White County. But Faded Rose’s thin fish deserves its own special subcategory. Pounded flat into wide, long pieces, lightly breaded and fried to a delicate crisp, it’s heaven. Especially when used as a scoop for a neighbor’s gumbo ($4.95 small bowl, $6.25 large) or crawfish etouffee ($13.75). The former’s dark roux envelops andouille sausage, okra and shrimp; the latter’s savory roux is a touch thin for our liking, but otherwise tasty and filled with plenty of crawfish tails. That crunchy Leidenheimer French loaf is most famous for its role in the po-boy, a sandwich Faded Rose fully embraces. There are 13 options on the
crescent city cooking: Shrimp creole and half and half po-boy solicitous, almost too much so. One waiter offered a running play-byplay, breathlessly, about his plans to attend to our table. “I’m going to get you some more bread after I get drinks from a table up front, who’ve been waiting for a while, and fill them up, then I’m going to check on your entrees, which should be ready any minute.” He also inadvertently splashed droplets onto a companion’s face when he brought water, which was a great excuse to point and laugh at said companion. But we’ll take overbearing over slacking any day. We never had to wait long for food or drink, and left happy. menu, including a fried potato po-boy ($4.50), a meatloaf po-boy ($6.50) and “The Peacemaker” ($16.90), a 16- to 18-inch loaf filled with a dozen oysters, remoulade, slaw, pickles and mayonnaise. It’s the sandwich, according to the menu, that New Orleans’ husbands brought home to placate their angry wives. We’ve never been so anxious for a fight at home. With so many appealing options, we usually rationalize that two are better than any one and go with the half and half ($8.25) — half fried oyster, half fried shrimp. Dressed with slightly spicy Creole mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles and filled with plenty of crispy oysters and shrimp, it never disappoints. On recent visits, our servers were
The Faded Rose 1619 Rebsamen Park Road 663-9734 400 N. Bowman Road 224-3377 Quick bite
It’s not just the po-boy offerings that overwhelm. The entire menu is dizzyingly expansive. There’s steak just about any way you like it; a bunch of burgers, including the ragin’ Cajun burger, topped with jalapeno pepper gravy; and all sorts of other creole specialties — several kinds of meuniere, shrimp creole, blackened redfish. Mmmmm, we’re already ready to reassess.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday.
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Where tipping is accepted but NEVER expected.
100% Real Charcoal Broiled
Burgers • steak • ChiCken Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials
MonDay Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry TueSDay Pot Roast 10907 N. Rodney Parham • 228-7800 Mon-Sat 10:30 am - 9 pm
Restaurant capsules Continued from page 31 Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast but 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 CC $$ Alcohol 554-0914 B Wed-Fri Brunch Sat-Sun. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. Spacious deck and lots of parking in the back. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar. CC $-$$ 296-9535 LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 224-0012 LD daily. BURGE’S TURKEYS AND HAMS Famous for its smoked turkey and hams, but also a source for good fried catfish and homemade fried pies. 5620 R St. No alcohol. CC $$ 666-1660 LD Mon.-Sat. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 868-7600 LD Mon.-Sat. CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmet-to-go location. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 664-0627 L Mon.-Sat.
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Shackleford & Hermitage Road Little Rock • 501-312-2748
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4526 Camp Robinson Road North Little Rock • (501) 791-2626 Next to HOGGS MEAT MARKET
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CHATZ CAFE Chatz’s ribs are “slow smoked and rubbed with Chatz House Seasonings,” according to the menu. Whatever those seasonings are, they made our ribs so tasty that we didn’t bother to put sauce on them, though sauce was available on the counter. They were meaty ribs, too. Maybe a tiny bit tougher than we usually prefer, but with the ribs, barbecue beans, cole slaw and a glass of lemonade, we were happy. A chopped beef sandwich came with plenty of meat too, so much that it was a little hard to pick up. Chatz also does catering. A slab of those savory ribs is $19. Chopped pork, chopped beef and house-made smoked links are $10 a pound. Chatz is a small place – only four or five tables, and when we had a late lunch, ours was the only one occupied – and far from fancy. Much of the business is take-out, apparently. Catfish, said to be “Southern Style and Hand-breaded with Chatz House Seasonings,” is available too. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol. CC. $-$$ 562-4949 LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS Both locations offer good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch, and fish specials and good steaks in the evening. The Heights location is intimate and the wine list is emphasized. The Maumelle location is spacious inside and on the porch. 2010 N. Van Buren, 663-5937; 1901 Club Manor, Maumelle, 851-6200. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. (in the River Market). No alcohol. CC $-$$ 371-0164 BL Mon.-Sat. COTHAM’S IN THE CITY A Capitol neighborhood version of the famous Scott country store, with the same specialties — giant hubcap hamburgers, well-fried plate lunches and monumental desserts. 1401 W. 3rd St. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 370-9177 L Mon.-Fri. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $-$$ 221-9696 LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE Downtown’s premier soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch, and a set dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with Continental flair. 210 Center St. CC $$ 372-3283 L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DIXIE CAFE Abundant vegetable choices that are inexpensive, wholesome, satisfying and dependable, with meats and fresh rolls to match. Multiple locations, including 1301 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 663-9336 LD daily. DOWNTOWN DELI A locally owned eatery, with bigger sandwiches and lower prices than most downtown chain competitors. Also huge, loaded baked potatoes, soups and salads. 323 Center St. No alcohol. CC $ 372-3696 BL Mon.-Fri. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. 2601 Kavanaugh. Full bar. CC $$$ 603-9208 D Tue.-Sat. FLYING SAUCER Beer, with dozens on tap, is the big draw at this popular River Market venue, but the food’s good, too. Sandwiches, including a great Reuben, salads, quesadillas and the bratwurst are dependable. 323 President Clinton Ave. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 372-7468 LD Mon.-Sat. FOX AND HOUND Sports bar with bar munchies to watch games by. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. Full bar. CC $-$$ 753-8300 LD daily. FRONTIER GRILL The well-attended all-you-can-eat buffet includes American, Mexican and Chinese food. 2924 University Ave. No alcohol. CC $ 568-7776 LD daily. GRAMPA’S CATFISH HOUSE Delicious fried fish, hush
puppies and sides. 100 Shadow Oaks, NLR, 834-5400; 9219 Stagecoach Road, 407-0000. Beer. CC $-$$ LD daily. HEAVENLY HAM Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwiches. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 225-2136 LD Mon.-Sat (until 6 p.m.). HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey. There are also lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 227-5555 LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE Delicious, gourmet burgers and sandwiches at the former location of Sufficient Grounds in Hillcrest. Cheap beer and good coffee, too, in a quiet, relaxed setting. 722 N. Palm. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 663-4500 LD daily. JUST LIKE MOM’S Daily specials include mom’s goulash, lemon pepper chicken over rice and garlic roast beef, with generous sides of pinto beans, cornbread, potatoes. 3140 E. Kiehl Ave., NLR. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 833-0402 BLD Mon.-Fri. B Sat. KIERRE’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN Excellent home-cooking joint for huge helpings of meat loaf and chicken-fried steak, cooked-down vegetables and wonderful homemade pies and cakes. 6 Collins Industrial Place, NLR. No alcohol. CC $ 758-0903 BLD Tue.-Fri. BL Sat. KRAZY MIKE’S SHRIMP AND WINGS Home-style cookin’ and fried fare in Bowman Curve shopping center. 907-6453, 200 N. Bowman, Suite 9. Beer and wine CC $$ LD daily. LUBY’S CAFETERIA Generous portions of home-style food and a wider variety of meats and vegetables than most cafeterias. 12501 W. Markham St., 219-1567. No alcohol. CC $-$$ LD daily. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar. CC $$ 224-2010 LD Mon.-Sat. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s self-service, simple and good — 11 types of sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. Rock Creek Square, Markham and Bowman. CC $ 228-4677 BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell. Decent po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 666-7100 LD Mon.-Sat. 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. CC $$-$$$ 221-1620 D daily. 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 and wine list. CC $$ 812-0883 D Mon.-Sun., L Sun. SCALLION’S Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch and dinner spot. 5110 Kavanaugh. Full bar. CC $-$$ 666-6468 L Mon.-Sat. D Wed.-Sat. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish — stone walls, handsome furniture and apron-clad waiters anxious to please. Good ingredients are prepared simply — everything from salads and sandwiches to steaks. The wine selection is broad and choice. It just simply feels good to eat here. And tastes good, too. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 663-1464 LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat.-Sun. THE SPEAKEASY The supper club serves a multinational menu of pot roast, scampi, Greek salads, cheese sandwiches and more and diners are entertained by jazz on Thursday nights and floor shows on the weekends. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., B Sun. 374-2008. 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. Beer and wine. CC $ 372-9316. BL Mon.-Fri., open Fri. nights for music and night food service. STICKY FINGERZ ROCK ’N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar. CC $-$$ 372-7707 LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes and breakfast. Plus, daily specials, homemade pie and quiche. 201 E. Markham No alcohol. $-$$ 244-0975 BLD Mon.-Fri., LD Sat. (close at 6 p.m.). TOWN PUMP Great burgers, good chili dogs, a monstersized platter of chili cheese fries. And cold beer, of course. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road Beer and wine (liquor license pending) CC $ 663-9802 LD 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. Wine and beer. CC $$-$$$ 758-4299 L Tue.-Sat. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees (grilled chicken, steaks and such) are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar. CC $ 224-7665 LD Mon.-Sat.
YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Now in more spacious quarters, but still offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill. Tower Building, Fourth and Center. No alcohol. CC $ 372-1811 BL Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar. CC $$ 664-6444 LD Mon.-Sat.
ASIAN CHINA KING BUFFET An enormous array of all kinds of Asian fare that’s all worth a try, beginning with the four dazzling large buffet tables, plus a small sushi station, a seafood bar with shrimp, and Mongolian grill. 9210 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer. CC $$ 223-0888 LD daily. CHINESE PAVILION HUNAN RESTAURANT A longtime favorite in Chinese restaurant polls, it’s one of the earliest Asian eateries on the north shore. 8000 Hwy. 107, Sherwood. Beer and wine. CC $$ 835-8723 LD Tue.-Sun. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar. CC $$ 225-8989 LD daily. GINA’S CHINESE KITCHEN AND SUSHI BAR A broad and strong sushi menu with a manageable and delectable selection of Chinese standards. 14524 Cantrell Road. Wine and beer. $-$$ CC 868-7775 LD daily. HANAROO SUSHI BAR Under its second owner, it’s one of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare with a bit of Korean mixed in. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer and wine. CC $$ 301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LILLY’S DIM SUM THEN SOME Delectable Asian comfort food — fried or steamed dumplings and more in a variety of presentations. Thai ginger noodles, Thai panang and pad Thai are just a few of the highlights. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 716-2700 LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars with a fabulous lunch special. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 227-6498 LD daily. ROYAL BUFFET A big buffet of Chinese fare, with other Asian tastes as well. 109 E. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Beer and wine. CC $ 753-8885 LD daily. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try the authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 663-4000 L Tue.-Fri, D Tue.-Sun. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, the best in town, particularly in its presentation of the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals, with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 570-7700 LD daily.
BARBECUE BARE BONES PIT BAR-B-Q A carefully controlled gas oven, with wood chips added for flavor, guarantees moist and sweet pork — both pulled from the shoulder and back ribs. The side orders, particularly the baked potato salad, are excellent. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 4. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 868-7427 LD daily. BIRD DOG BARBECUE Situated way out Batesville Pike in Sherwood, Bird Dog Barbecue offers a homey atmosphere, diner-style grub and some of the best sauce around — not to mention a menu stocked with homemade burgers, appetizers, sandwiches and ‘cue. Go for the barbecue, stay for the small-community people watching. 17416 Batesville Pike, Sherwood. Full bar. CC $$ 833-3133 LD Tue.-Sat. FAMOUS DAVE’S A chain that runs gamut of ’cue and its relatives: chopped pork, beef brisket, barbeque chicken, rib tips, chicken tenders, hot link sausage, catfish fillets and hot wings. With an array of sauces purported to represent barbecue regions around the country. 225 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar. CC $$ 221-3283 LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark community strip-center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety; it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol. CC $ 888-4998; 10208 I-30 568-3252 LD Tue.-Sun. H.B.’S BAR B.Q. A very good barbecue place tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Southwest Little Rock. Ribs are available only one day a week (Tuesday) but you’ll like the sandwiches better anyway. Don’t forget the flaky-crusted fried pies. But it’s OK to forget your credit cards – cash is all they take. 6010 Lancaster 565-1930 No CC $-$$. No alcohol LD (until 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. PIG AND CHIK Well-smoked meat with a thick, sweet sauce, plus nachos, huge burgers, country vegetables and lots of other stuff. 7824 Highway 107, NLR. Beer and wine. CC $$ 834-5456 LD Mon.-Sat. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustardbrown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. Multiple locations: 2415 Broadway, 372-6868; 1307 John Barrow Road, 224-2057; 7601 Geyer Springs, 562-8844. Beer. CC $-$$ LD Mon.-Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 2516 Cantrell Road, 664-5025. 5107 Warden Road, NLR, 753-9227. Beer and wine. CC LD Mon.-Sat.
EUROPEAN / ETHNIC ALIBABA’S MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This eatery and grocery store offers kebabs and salads along with
just about any sort of Middle Eastern fare you might want, along with what might be the best kefte kebab in Central Arkansas. Halal butcher on duty. 3400 South University. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 379-8011 LD daily. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though tapas also are available. Many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until 2 a.m. nightly. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar. CC $$$ 603-0238 D Mon.-Sat. MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE Gyros, falafel and souvlaki plates, as well as hummus, tabbouleh, eggplant dip and other dishes — wonderful food at wonderful prices. Halal dishes available, too. The River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 372-1662 L Mon.-Sat. UNDERGROUND PUB Hearty, tasty British pub-style fare, including exceptional custom-made sausages, crunchy fish and chips, and a decent Reuben. Inviting bar with an impressive draft beer and single-malt whiskey selection. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. CC $-$$ 707-2537 LD Mon.-Sat. YA YA’S EUROBISTRO The first eatery to open in the new Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, retranslating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, CC, $$-$$$ 821-1144 LD daily.
ITALIAN BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-centuryold establishment balances continuity and innovation with delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. Service is impeccable. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 224-4700 D Mon.-Sat. CARINO’S COUNTRY ITALIAN A homey chain joint offering irresistible Italian bread and affordable, tasty, substantial lunches and dinners. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Road, 225-3434; 4221 Warden Road, NLR, 758-8226. Full bar. CC $$ LD daily. D’CARLO PIZZERIA RISTORANTE Solid Italian standards and a few daring originals are served in a pleasant atmosphere by even more pleasant people. 12325 Stagecoach Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 407-0400 LD Mon.-Sat. IRIANA’S Unbelievably generous thick-crust pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St., first level. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 374-3656 LD Mon.-Sat. PIERRE’S GOURMET PIZZA Holds its own with the good independent pizza joints in the area, and most feature meat, meat and more meat. Salads, calzones and subs, too. 4905 JFK Blvd., NLR. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 907-1929 LD Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 664-6133 LD daily. PLAYTIME PIZZA Tons of fun isn’t rained out by lackluster eats at the new $11 million, 65,000 square foot kidtopia that recently opened near the Rave movie complex. While the buffet is only so-so, features like indoor mini-golf, laser tag, go karts, arcade games and bumper cars make it a winner for both kids and adults. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. No alcohol. CC $$ 227-7529 D Mon.-Tue. LD Wed.-Sun. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. Multiple locations: 4001 McCain Park, NLR, 753-2900; 3324 Pike Ave., NLR, 758-5997; 650 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, 851-0880; 8403 Highway 107, Sherwood, 835-5673; 9300 N. Rodney Parham, 224-6300; 2710 Kavanaugh, 663-2198, and 5524 Kavanaugh. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 664-7071 LD daily. VINO’S Great rock ’n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 375-8466 LD daily.
MEXICAN BROWNING’S They’re still serving up old-style Tex-Mex and nostalgia at one of Little Rock’s oldest restaurants. Consistency counts for something. If the Mexican isn’t to your taste, they have American dishes too, including steaks. Catering specialties from the old Cordell’s deli can be ordered here. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar CC $-$$ 663-9956 BLD Mon.-Sat. CACTUS JACK’S This inoffensive Mexican-esque effort on McCain has everything you’ve come to expect from the average Mexican restaurant. Ample portions, if not ample seasoning. However, it’s easy on the pocketbook. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. No. 116, NLR $-$$ 945-5888 Full bar CC LD daily. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Drive. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 954-7100 LD daily. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mex served in huge portions. 8409 Interstate 30, 562-3762, and 1315 Breckenridge Drive, 224-2550. Full bar. CC $$ 224-2550 LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all served in a festive atmosphere. Our picks: The taco salad, nachos and maybe the best fajitas around. $2.50 Margaritas on Wednesday and Thursday. Multiple locations throughout Central Arkansas. 3024 Cantrell Road, 661-0600. Full bar. CC $-$$ LD daily. LA PALAPA Seafood is the focus at this Mexican restaurant, but the overly huge menu contains includes land-based items such as a great chile verde. Pan-fried fish topped with
cheese and tomato-based sauce is a nightly special. 18321 Hwy. 10. Full bar. CC $$ 868-8822 BLD daily. LAS PALMAS “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. Otter Creek Shopping Center, 455-8500, and 4154 McCain Blvd., NLR, 945-8010. Full bar. CC $-$$ LD daily. MI RANCHITO This growing Arkansas-owned chain offers great variety and super-sized meals of solid Tex-Mex, with the typical white cheese dip, only spicier, and more flavor to the regular entree fare. 1520 Market St., 223-5414, full bar; 2110 N. Reynolds Road, 653-0032, no alcohol. CC $-$$ Both LD daily. ON THE BORDER Great Tex-Mex food, with guacamole made to order and a menu that offers some specialty chicken, shrimp and fish dishes. The salsa is so good they sell it separately. The Mercedes margarita is the best we ever had; most expensive, too. 11721 Chenal Parkway. Full bar. CC $$ 217-9275 LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA For a restaurant that touts the slogan, “Discover Real Mexican Food,” it delivers much of the same as other similarly priced restaurants. Portions on the large side, though. 801 Fair Park. Full bar CC $-$$ 663-4800 LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a 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. CC $-$$ 219-2373 LD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina with everything from freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexican-bottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer. $ CC 562-3951 LD Thu.-Tue. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA Arguably the best among the area’s burgeoning taco truck crowd. Tacos, burritos and other authentic fare. Unbelievably cheap. Usually parked just north of the Geyer Springs and I-30 intersection Cash only $ LD daily.
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HOLLY’S COUNTRY KITCHEN Readers have highly recommended Holly’s in the home-cooking category, and $5.25 gets you a plate full of home-style food akin to Little Rock’s famed Homer’s and Kitchen Express. 120 Harkrider St., 328-9738. No alcohol. CC $-$$ L Mon.-Fri. MIKE’S PLACE Delicious New Orleans-inspired steaks and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. Membership required. 808 Front St. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 501-269-6453 LD daily. PIA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Casual Italian done well at moderate prices. Good selection of pastas and sauces, along with sandwiches and salads. Desserts vary daily. 915 Front Street, Conway. Beer and wine. CC. $$ 501-5139944 LD Mon-Sat.
EUREKA SPRINGS BUBBA’S Ribs are the perfect blend of crunchy, meaty and moist inside, but the pork shoulder even outshines them. Menu now includes vegetarian items. 60 Kingshighway. Beer. No CC $-$$ 253-7706 LD Mon.-Sat. DE VITO’S Crisp salads, excellent entrees, good bread and casual, friendly service. Order the magnificent smoked trout. 5 Center St. Full bar. CC $$ 479-253-6807 D Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Sun. Closed Wed.
FAYETTEVILLE AREA AQ CHICKEN Great chicken — pan-fried, grilled and rotisserie — at great prices. N. College St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 479-443-7555 LD daily. COMMON GROUNDS Billing itself as a gourmet espresso bar, this Dickson Street storefront cafe also serves up some tasty dishes all day, plus a new menu of salads, sandwiches and pizzas. 412 W. Dickson St. Full bar. CC $$ 479-4423515 BLD daily. ELLA’S Fine dining in the university’s vastly reworked Inn at Carnall Hall. A favorite — it figures on the UA campus — is the razor steak. Arkansas Avenue at Maple Street. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 479-582-1400 BLD daily. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Beer and wine. No CC $$-$$$ 479-442-9671 LD Tue.-Sat. HUGO’S You’ll find a menu full of meals and munchables, some better than others at this basement European-style bistro. The Bleu Moon Burger is a popular choice. Hugo’s is always worth a visit, even if just for a drink. 25 1/2 N. Block St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 479-521-7585 LD Mon.-Sat. JOSE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Epicenter of the Dickson Street nightlife with its patio and Fayetteville’s No. 2 restaurant in gross sales. Basic Mexican with a wide variety of fancy margaritas. 324 W. Dickson. Full bar. CC $$ 479-521-0194 LD daily. THAI DINER If your family likes good food that’s a little out of the ordinary and affordable, Thai Diner is the place to go. The appetizer menu offers mouth-watering items like squid; shrimp and lemongrass; filets of beef dolled up with lime, chili pepper and cabbage leaves; spicy papaya salad; wonton “crab angels”; egg rolls, and more. 514 N. College Ave., 479-582-1804. LD Mon.-Sat. $$ CC Wine and beer.
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Food and fun for everyone when you pair Cajunâ€™s Wharfâ€™s succulent seafood and steak with the ever-evolving live entertainment. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood or aged Angus beef while listening to the rolling Arkansas River on the famously fantastic deck! They also boast an award-winning wine list.
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DIZZYâ€™S '9039 ")342/ 200 S. Commerce, Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm
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. Ya Yaâ€™s is both sophisticated and whimsical. Mosaic tile floors, stone columns and fabric covered wall panels while heavy beamed ceilings, hand blown chandeliers and curvy wroughtiron railings add a whimsical flair. The menu is inspired by a combination of Italian, French, Spanish and Greek cuisines. Mediterranean Euro Delights share the menu with pizzas from our wood-burning oven, rich creative pastas and an array of the freshest of seafood dishes and innovative meat entrees. Live music resumes on the patio this spring. Join us for live, local music through the week. Donâ€™t forget our Sunday Brunch ($16.95 & only $13.95 for the early bird special, 10 am to 11 am). Reservations are preferred. For the salad lover, Dizzyâ€™s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven â€œRidiculously Large EntrĂŠe Saladsâ€? runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphiaâ€™s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Annâ€™s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Donâ€™t that sound good?
CHINESE FANTASTIC CHINA 1900 N Grant St Heights 501-663-8999
Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. Itâ€™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.
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