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Left Behind This is in reply to Jay Barth’s article in Arkansas Times regarding Hobby Lobby (“Hobby Lobby case affects more than just contraception,” March 27). The way he lambasted Hobby Lobby almost breaks my heart. It shows how far away from God some people have strayed. We can’t help kill innocent little babies, and it sounds like murder to me — pure and simple. No one should be forced to go against their Christian beliefs. It should be their right to run their business as they see fit. What if Obama started telling you that you had to go to church and get saved, or be fined and lose your job? Same difference — only opposite. You are messing with America’s freedoms and in the end, it’s liable to turn on you. And why, for crying out loud, did you bring Chick-fil-A in on this? You’ll already did them enough harm! They are asked what they believe about marriage and they answer. They believe marriage should be between one man and one woman — and look at how they had to suffer persecution. What if you were asked what you think — and you said the opposite—and you were persecuted! We got called bigots and haters, and in my opinion, you all are the bigots and haters. Hate us if you please. But God hates the sin but loves the sinner — because it is the day of grace through Jesus Christ. Try not to hate us too much, for we’ll be gone up in the clouds to meet Jesus before too much longer with the world getting this sick and ungodly. Then you won’t have to worry and fuss about us anymore. For God’s spirit will be gone out of this world, and guess who you will be left behind with? I pray for you that you will repent, be baptized in the wonderful name of Jesus, and receive the gift. God brought Saul of Tarsus off his high horse, so I believe he could help you. J.W. Cox North Little Rock
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From the web In response to Max Brantley’s post, “The real story about the judicial system in Arkansas”: Coal barons in West Virginia and nursing home magnates in Arkansas remind me of a TV commercial I saw in Texas in the ’80s. It featured Eddie Chiles, who owned an oil services business. His motto was, “If you don’t have an oil well, get one — you’ll
love doing business with Western!” With a little modification it could become, “If you don’t have an Arkansas/West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice, get one — you’ll love doing business in our states.” Don Blankenship, CEO of A.T. Massey Coal Company, did just that. He formed a PAC called “For the Sake of the Kids” (irony abounds!) through which he funneled $3 million to elect his man to the West Virginia Supreme Court. The case that had Blankenship in such a lather was not related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, which came later, but was related to Massey reneging on a contract to buy coal from another
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company. Caperton, the petitioner, petitioned for Blankenship’s newly elected best boy, Brent Benjamin, to recuse himself and Benjamin refused. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supremes. The Supremes found for Caperton against Massey and remanded the case back to WV. It was a 5-4 decision. Justice Kennedy ruled for the Court that “Blankenship’s significant and disproportionate influence — coupled with the temporal relationship between the election and the pending case … offer a possible temptation to the average … judge to … lead him not to hold the balance nice, clear and true. On these extreme facts ‘the probability of actual bias rises to an unconstitutional level.’ ” Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the minority (That would be him, Scalia, Thomas and Alito — What? You’re not surprised?), wrote that the majority decision would have dire consequences for “public confidence in judicial impartiality.” The dissent emphasized that the “probability of bias” standard formulated by the Court was excessively vague and “inherently boundless.” My point in retelling this is to convince you that this bullshit can of worms is exactly what that rogue’s gallery in Faulkner County will be opening up for the state of Arkansas if we aren’t proactive. As for the “probability of bias” standard that vexes Roberts. I defer to Justice Potter Stewart in an earlier obscenity case: “I know it when I see it.” And now, let’s praise (faintly) a scummy horn dog and gossip monger who couldn’t resist letting his freak flag fly in an LSU chat room. Without him and the magnificent work of Blue Hog and others, all of this might never have come to light. the outlier In response to last week’s editorial, “Keeping It Quiet”: If you think NAFTA was bad for our economy in terms of off-shoring jobs, the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) will make that look like a walk in the park. There’s no way we can compete worldwide with workers who are happy to work all day, 6 or 7 days a week, for 20 cents an hour. Multinational corporations owe no loyalty to any country. They operate on one principle only — greed. They will use up resources and people alike, eventually creating neofeudal societies and vast pockets of post-industrial wasteland. When nothing is left to exploit, they will cannibalize themselves, taking the rest of the world with them and dooming future generations to a life of mere subsistence. The TPP will be the final nail in the coffin of our economy. Brad Bailey
We will run no race before it’s ripe “What year would Oaklawn recognize as its 100th anniversary? After all, Oaklawn’s advertising material is ripe with ‘Since 1904,’ but it’s widely reported the first race wasn’t run until 1905.” A tree may be rife (abundant) with fruit, and that fruit may be ripe (fully matured), but the terms are unrelated. “Beginning with a dozen-against-one throwdown in a prison bathroom stall, progressing to a battle royale in a muddy prison courtyard and a remarkably precise face-off in a restaurant kitchen, Evans and his cinematographers frame the mayhem with loving attention.” Royale is used in many proper names — for cars, hamburgers, etc. (the first James Bond book was “Casino Royale”) — and proper names are spelled however the owners want them spelled. But a big fight is a battle royal, not royale, and a particularly offensive person is a royal pain, not a royale one. In other words, royale is not an accepted variant spelling of royal. My old Random House Unabridged lists only one definition for royale: “custard cut into shapes and used as a garnish in soups.” Not much to battle over. Royal is the word that means “of or relating to a monarch” and also “huge,
significant.” Incidentally, Garner’s Modern American Usage tells us that king-size is the standard spelling of that related word. King-sized is a variant spelling.
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DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK. The Chi Hotel Group, one of the entrepreneurial, Little Rock-based Chi family’s enterprises, announced an $18 million plan to turn the historic Boyle Building at Capitol and Main into a 12-story Aloft Hotel. Jacob Chi, principal in the group, said he believed it might be the first hotel built on Main Street in 80 years. The hotel is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016. WASTING STATE MONEY. Sen. Jason Rapert and Family Council president Jerry Cox announced that the state will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that declared Act 301, to prohibit abortion after 12 weeks gestation, unconstitutional. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, surely aware of precedent set by California’s attorney general refusing to appeal the Prop 8 case, has agreed to appeal the decision after being assured that it won’t affect the budget of the Arkansas State Medical Board, the defendant in the lawsuit. State legislative leaders have promised to find money to pay for the litigation through a separate appropriation. A LONGSHOT. Danza, with odds of 41-1, took home the $1 million Arkansas Derby in front of 63,186 people at Oaklawn Park to close horse racing season in Hot Springs.
DIGGING FOR DIAMONDS. Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, sold a 3.85-carat yellow diamond she found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro last October. The price tag: $20,000.
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LIVING IN THE WRONG PLACE DOWNTOWN. A really, really drunk driver with eight empty cans of Colt 45 on board hit cars on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and another couple on Scott Street before he smashed into a house at 1417 Cumberland St., backed up, and drove into 1421 Cumberland. At the police station, suspect Paul Sonny, 55, of Camden decided to punch and kick an officer at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken for a breathalyzer test; she gave him a dose of pepper spray and threw him into a cell. Blood alcohol level: .247. Legally drunk level: .08. MIKE HUCKABEE. The former Bro Guv. put his foot in his mouth for the 5 zillionth time at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, where after a vague rant about free speech being under threat, leaving “only a few forms of speech protected by the radical left,” he let out this doozy: “My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.”
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he voucher is to the new corporate cowboys what the Colt .45 was to the admirable Randolph Scott. Most often, vouchers are aimed at the public schools. Walmart is a huge backer of using school vouchers to knock down the public school system, perhaps figuring that with fewer public schools, there would be fewer of those informed consumers that corporations hate so. Walmart and the Walton family have spent millions on voucher programs and proposals. The Foundation is one of the biggest funders of the Milwaukee voucher plan, the longest-running in the nation. And what has all this Walton money accomplished? “Wisconsin’s voucher program has been repeatedly shown to be a failure,” the periodical Church & State, perhaps the country’s most serious studen of school vouchers, reports. “No objective study has shown that vouchers have boosted academic performance in Milwaukee or anywhere else.” 6
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here was a time when Randolph Scott’s movies made more money than anybody’s, but if he were around today he’d find the situation much changed. Randolph used to be the hero of the picture. Now, he and people like him — the lone warrior riding out for justice, defending the ladies and the little guys — those are the villains of the modern melodrama. The new hero is the giant corporation, buying lawmakers by the trainload, standing up to the consumers, environmentalists and government regulators, collecting huge profits and paying no taxes. The Tea Party, the right-wing media, the corporations themselves have altered attitudes. “Mama, I want to be like GM when I grow up.” “We’ll see, Johnny, we’ll see.” The Koch brothers are representative of the new breed of champions. Though born to wealth, they didn’t stop there, but instead rolled up their sleeves and made themselves and their companies even richer, crushing competiton in the process. Mercy is no longer considered a virtue. The Kochs buy federal and state lawmakers to serve their purposes, and elements of the news media to keep the truth out of print and off the airwaves. (“You can’t buy Beef Stroganoff with truth,” David Koch likes to say. “Or Vienna sausage, either.”) They wage war without quarter against workers and the middle class. More Koch advice: “The best person to fight is somebody who’s smaller, weaker and poorer than you.” The theater erupts in cheers when they say it on-screen. People who stand up for the common man and woman are called “terrorists” by the corporations and Fox News. Thus the vilification of Sen. Mark Pryor, who believes it is desirable, even moral, to feed poor children and to allow the poor, adult and child, access to adequate health care. Kochs and corporations strongly disagree. The Koch man in the Arkansas Senate race is Tom Cotton. He supports a Koch-proposed national budget that would, among other things, turn Social Security into a voucher program, at great expense to older Americans, while giving tax breaks to billionaires like the Kochs. Cotton recently challenged Pryor to debate him without a moderator present. That means he doesn’t want a referee around who might call fouls. “Lies” they’re known as in this context, and Cotton employs them liberally.
GANGSTER: An Al Capone statue sits outside the Ohio Club in Hot Springs.
What it’s going to take
f Arkansas lawmakers don’t start making decisions based on what’s best for the future of the state’s children, then that future won’t be very bright. If the decisions our officials make continue to favor the wealthy of today rather than the workforce of tomorrow, Arkansas will continue to fall near the bottom when it comes to third-grade reading, graduation rates, college attendance and other indicators that, when good, make Arkansas a better place to build businesses, families and lives. So what’s it going to take to bring Arkansas up in the education rankings? We’ll have to prioritize our spending and invest in programs we know will work. The track record of pre-K in improving the lives of young people is so well-documented that leaving it with no extra funding in the state budget year after year seems almost criminal at this point. But that’s what continues to happen. The Arkansas Better Chance prekindergarten program has not seen one dime of extra funding in seven years. It remains stuck at $111 million per year. Meanwhile, thousands of eligible kids go unserved and some facilities are forced to close their doors. There is nothing better than pre-K to help all children prepare for school or to help low-income children close the learning gap that keeps them from doing as well as their more affluent peers. Nothing. This isn’t wishful thinking, it’s something we know. Study after study has shown the benefits of pre-K. Starting off in pre-K helps kids do better in reading and math in the third and eighth grades. It improves chances of high school graduation and lowers the likelihood that a child will end up in the juvenile justice system. No action was taken to give more funding to pre-K during the 2013 legislative session. In the most recent 2014 fiscal session, Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) and Uvalde Lindsey (D-Fayetteville) proposed an amendment that would have boosted funding by $7 million, which was negotiated down to $2 million, which then failed in committee (although lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voted yes, it wasn’t enough). So why wouldn’t we direct more resources to such
an important, effective, proven solution to our state’s educational woes? Why wouldn’t we choose to spend a little bit more on a program we know would help keep “Thank God for Mississippi” off the RICH tongues of our fellow Arkansans? HUDDLESTON GUEST COLUMNIST The answer is clear: tax cuts. In 2013, Arkansas lawmakers decided to let the wealthiest Arkansans off the hook for millions of dollars. The annual cost of the tax cuts passed in 2013 will be $160 million in 2016. Compare tax cuts of $160 million to spending $7 million (or for argument’s sake, take the $2 million). Those are budgeting decisions that have been made. Who benefits? It’s not pre-K kids. It’s not your everyday Arkansan. It isn’t our collective future. So what’s it going to take to better educate our kids? To graduate more students? To attract more businesses? It’s going to take investments that work. It won’t be easy. It will draw backlash from those who think spending money on anything is anathema. It will require leadership and backbone. It will take politicians who are willing to stick their necks out for kids whose allowances won’t come close to funding their PACs or their reelection campaigns. It’s going to take support from parents who would jump at the chance to have an affordable place they can send their kids while they head off to work, not to mention a place where they can learn and get a head start. It will take constituents who see through it when office-seekers say, “I support pre-K, but we can’t afford new funding for it.” It’s going to take all of us realizing that the early education of our children is not some political football but the linchpin to Arkansas’s future success. Rich Huddleston is the executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Max Brantley is on vacation.
Obama foes hate success that made clinic obsolete
hen the Mena Star reported that Ninth Street Ministries would close its free medical clinic for the uninsured this month because nearly everyone in the mountains and glens around the town had gotten insurance through Obamacare, the story went viral on the Internet. It was an example either of Obamacare’s success or its cruel failure, and thus the Mena charity clinic becomes an allegory for the whole drama of Obamacare, which has dominated American politics for five years. Mena has a history of quaintly standing in the big currents of history. In the late 1920s, Commonwealth College, a left-wing workers school, moved from the hamlet of Ink to Mena, which had just rid itself of its last blacks and welcomed the Ku Klux Klan. (The county’s black population, by the way, has climbed back to 14.) A few years later,
amid the unrest of the Great Depression, state and national politicians were investigating the Mena ERNEST school’s faculty for DUMAS agitating and promoting the un-American idea of racial and worker solidarity. Twenty years later, Commonwealth’s star scholar, a lad named Orval Faubus, by then the governor of Arkansas, would become the symbol of defiance of the federal courts and the Constitution, and one conservative author traced it back to Mena. By the 1980s, Commonwealth was gone and a rogue named Barry Seal was running guns for President Reagan and Oliver North to the Nicaragua Contras from the Mena Airport and smuggling back cocaine for the private markets.
Slim margin could decide 2014 elections
his fall one of the most important elections in the history of Arkansas could come down to your vote. The 2014 elections have the potential to define Arkansas for years ahead. And they are going to be close. You can make a huge impact by getting out, talking with friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Let them know what’s at stake and encourage them to become more active too. Go and meet the candidates running for your legislative district, tell them what issues are important to you, and find out where they stand. Whatever you do, don’t sit this one out. Arkansas needs you like never before. The polls show near dead heats for three critical races: The U.S. Senate, where Sen. Mark Pryor has a small lead over Rep. Tom Cotton; governor, where Mike Ross has a slim lead over Asa Hutchinson; and the Arkansas State House of Representatives, where Republicans currently hold a oneseat majority. Eighteen out of 100 state House races were decided by less than 10 percent of the vote in 2012, and 11 of 35 state Senate races were decided by margins that small. Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg) won his House seat by 45 votes. Sen. Bobby Joe
Pierce (D-Sheridan) at the other end of Arkansas won by just 250 out of 20,000 cast. In other words, BILL it really could come KOPSKY down to you in GUEST COLUMNIST 2014. The impact of engaged citizens could decide the election, and determine the future of policy in our state. Consider what’s at stake. Arkansas’s recent history is marked by a politics focused on pragmatism over ideology, progress over politics. This has served us well through rapidly improving public schools, access to health care, improved roads and infrastructure, and better protections for our natural heritage. Now that’s all at risk. Big money is pouring into this year’s election to try to tell Arkansans what to think and how to vote. The infamous Koch brothers have already spent $1.4 million on ads in Arkansas this year, and it’s only April. They want to convince us that the solution to poverty is to give more special favors to the wealthy and strip health care reform from the middle class and poor who need it. This sort
The CIA directed a cover-up. By 1992, conservatives had turned the Mena airport into a Bill Clinton/CIA operation. But there seemed to be nothing the least unsavory about either the Mena poor people’s clinic or its folding, but rather it was a parable about compassion and humanity rewarded — that is, until the story hit the Internet. The clinic is a project of the First Baptist Church of Mena. One day a week since 1998, volunteer doctors and nurses have seen patients who are uninsured and can’t afford medical care. Until late this winter, the place was packed on clinic days. About 300 patients a month, sometimes many more, came from the countryside for care at the small frame building on Ninth Street. In February, only 80 showed up, then three in March. “Because people are qualifying for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, our free medical clinic will not be needed anymore,” said Stacey Bowser, a registered nurse and businesswoman who runs the clinic. “This will conclude our mission.”
The clinic’s closing was a matter of some currency in Arkansas because Mena’s state representative, a farmer and building contractor named Nate Bell, has been the legislature’s most virulent critic of Obamacare and particularly of the feature that lets very poor workers and their families get insurance through Medicaid and the so-called “private option.” With the promise that he would help pass the Medicaid appropriation, Bell got legislators and Gov. Beebe to go along with a proviso that prevents the state from using some $16 million of federal aid to educate people about the availability of affordable insurance and to help them enroll. His goals, he said, are to kill the whole insurance program when the legislature meets next January and, meantime, stop any more people from getting health insurance. But about 165,000 Arkansans enrolled in Obamacare through Medicaid this winter, before Bell’s ban took effect, and another 45,000 who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid bought insurance through the Obamacare exchange.
of thinking was reflected in the 2013 session, when the legislature passed tax cuts for the rich while doing nothing to expand economic opportunity or address widening income gaps. More wealthy special interests are pouring millions into trying to convince us to abandon proven solutions for public schools and put our faith in unregulated competition to ensure equitable and excellent education for our kids. Today we have one of the fastest improving public education systems in the country, and it needs to keep getting better, but last legislative session billionairefunded groups filed legislation to dismantle our education system and turn away from the reforms we know will work. And not to be left behind, big oil and coal are spending millions to try to convince us that climate change isn’t affecting us. They say that the clean water Arkansas prides itself on isn’t so important. Last session they passed a bill crippling an important energy conservation program and another, later overturned, which gutted our water quality standards. To counter these millions flowing into our political system we have: you. Actually we have lots of us, doing what Arkansas has always done, standing together to do what our communities need. We need you to stand up for better public schools for all and for economic development that lifts our state out of poverty. We need you to stand up for energy policies that create jobs, help consumers and protect our
planet. We need you to stand up for fairness so that no one loses a job, housing, paycheck or their right to vote because of who they are. In a lot of ways this election is not about Republican against Democrat, but regular Arkansans capable of working together across party lines against the millionaire and billionaire hyper-partisan outsiders trying to redefine our state. Many progressives are upset with the field of candidates, saying that they haven’t been bold enough, that they’re all too conservative. This may be, but it’s because we haven’t created enough demand for it. The solution isn’t to “sit this one out as protest.” The stakes are far too high. The solution is for you to engage — not on the partisan politics but on the issues. Stand up for what you believe in. Make those issues heard in the campaigns. Engage with your neighbors and the larger community and make sure everyone knows where the candidates stand on the issues. Vote for whichever imperfect candidate comes closest to being able to implement what you care about. And then stay engaged and hold elected officials accountable to keep the attention on the issues. If you’re fed up with polarized politics, don’t make the mistake of dropping out. Arkansas needs you now more than ever. Let’s get to work!
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Baseball Razorbacks still have time
fter Arkansasâ€™s 2013 baseball campaign fizzled, and then the heavily scrutinized Todd Butler was awarded the Wichita State head coaching gig, it became a little hard to project what the 2014 squad would do. Weâ€™re about two-thirds through the regular season, and it remains a chore to try to solve that riddle. The Hogs battered Top 10 LSU on Sunday, 10-4, to salvage the last of the weekend series after two agonizingly close losses at Alex Box Stadium. It gave this puzzling team an equally odd distinction: For the third time in five SEC series, the team that scored the most over the trio of games wasnâ€™t the victor in the series. The Hogs bombed the Tigers and earlier did the same to the Florida Gators, but lost two of three to each, while pulling off the reverse feat in beating Alabama twice after losing badly in the Friday night game. That sort of symbolizes this team, which is hitting only .255 under first-year assistant Tony Vitello but has had a few explosive moments as well. Meanwhile, Dave Jorn had to substantially restructure the pitching staff after numerous stalwarts went on to the pro ranks, but all that turnover hasnâ€™t impacted the hurlersâ€™ effectiveness: Theyâ€™re still slinging strikes (only 3.1 walks per nine innings) and keeping damage at a minimum (.205 opponent batting average). The reason the team sits at a modest 7-8 midway through the SEC slate is, as is custom, attributable to the nightmarish strength of the league at large. The Hogs have already taken two of three from South Carolina, the nationâ€™s top-ranked team, at home, while respectably battling ranked foes like LSU, Florida and Mississippi State away from Baum Stadium. If anything has been genuinely disappointing so far, itâ€™s the teamâ€™s middling nonconference showing, as the Hogs dropped two to South Alabama early, got tagged with three more losses in another fruitless trip out West, and then split a couple of midweek series against UNLV and Nebraska. Fortunately, parity is the buzzword in the league this season. The best and worst records in the leagueâ€™s overall slate are only four games apart, and no team is below .500 overall. Arkansas, in fact, is the only team to claim a conference series against surprising West leader Bama, and since the latter half of the docket presents three home series that are all imminently winnable, this may ironically be another one of those seasons where hedged expectations benefit Dave Van Hornâ€™s team. For that to materialize, though, the
Hogs have to cut down on fielding miscues â€” 44 errors so far are the third-highest mark in the conferBEAU ence â€” and redisWILCOX cover the base thievery that in recent years served to mitigate the holes in their lineup. With only 29 stolen bases in 36 attempts through 37 games, they arenâ€™t fully exploiting the speed that touted freshman outfielder Andrew Benitendi offers, and itâ€™s apparent Van Horn is far from comfortable letting other untested players loose. If this were a team that boasted exceptional middleof-the-order power or an abundance of seasoned clutch hitters, that reserved approach on the basepaths might be more understandable, but only three regular players got significant at-bats in the Hogsâ€™ unlikely march to Omaha in 2012, and one of those is light-hitting catcher Jake Wise. The man who accounted for half of the Sunday afternoon outburst against LSU, Blake Baxendale, may unfairly bear the burden of driving the offense further as the last critical stretch unfolds. Redshirted last year after an elbow injury, the younger brother of former Hog righty D.J. Baxendale isnâ€™t deterred from taking big cuts by those deadened bats or the crafty arms that populate the SEC. His mammoth grand slam in the first inning against the Tigers was a preview of the light-tower power he showed throughout his red-letter high school career, but it was his fifth-inning RBI double that may have been the greater indicium of his maturation as a hitter. When the stocky Baxendale smashed one down the left-field line in a game that was tightening up, then came around on Eric Fisherâ€™s two-run homer that effectively sealed the win, he looked just like the anchor Van Horn envisioned he would be when signing him out of Bentonville two years before. Because of the likes of Baxendale and Benitendi, thereâ€™s a very real chance that this once-erratic array of hitters could become a major asset next spring, particularly if either Joe Serrano or Brian Anderson finds his draft stock unfavorable and elects to return for a senior season. But the rough-and-tumble nature of the Southeastern Conference, and the Hogsâ€™ competent if uneven showing so far, mandates that we not yet write off 2014 as nothing more than a retooling year.
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The ordeal THE OBSERVER RECENTLY heard a story about the artist Carroll Cloar of Earle, Ark., whose strange and distinctly Southern paintings have inspired comparisons to Henri Rousseau and Faulkner. Cloar’s works are on display at the Arkansas Arts Center through June 1. Cloar died back in 1993, but not before creating a body of work that never fails to move The Observer’s hillbilly heart in all kind of directions. The paintings are brilliant, scenes of animals and agriculture and vernacular architecture, with usually only two or three colors predominating. They typically focus on people, who often face the viewer directly and expressionlessly as in old-fashioned portrait photography. The story we heard about Cloar was about one of these people: a recurring figure in his works who was also a real living person, a childhood friend of the artist’s named Charlie Mae Brown. She appears in “Charlie Mae Looking for Little Eddie,” peeking carefully around a bush, on the other side of which is a goat. And again in “Charlie Mae Practicing for the Baptism,” looking slightly older and seeming cold, wrapped in a shawl and standing in a river alone. “Mama and Charlie Mae in the Garden” depicts exactly what its title says, as does “Charlie Mae as a Baby,” in which Charlie sits in the dirt next to a cat arching its back. Cloar discusses their friendship in an interview quoted in the exhibit’s catalogue, which is titled “The Crossroads of Memory”: “When I was at an age and a condition when I welcomed any kind of playmate, boy or girl, black or white, I had a delightful companion named Charlie Mae Brown. Charlie Mae lived with her uncle and grandmother, Dish-eye and Mattie Perry, at the back of a pasture Charlie Mae called a forest. Dish-eye had a crawfish hand, just a thumb and a little finger on one hand, but he could pick a box and sing and had a voice that carried, at sundown to the banks of the Tyronza River.” After some immature falling out between the two kids, a rupture that apparently involved a dispute over the ownership of a puppy, Cloar lost touch with Charlie Mae and never met her again. He looked for her — a letter exists from
1967 that confirms this. After a television appearance years later, he was contacted by a Mrs. Idel Morris in Memphis, Charlie Mae’s granddaughter. As Cloar had gone on to a successful art career, Morris told him, Charlie Mae had become a housemaid, cleaning and keeping house finally for a woman who was possibly named Marguerite Piazza. This woman reportedly owned at least two of Cloar’s paintings, one of which was titled “Charlie Mae and Georgeanna.” In that painting, Charlie Mae reclines in a bed of flowers next to her cat, possibly the same cat as before. She has a curious smile and the painting is filled with blindingly red poppies, like a satellite image of a large city. The real Charlie Mae must have seen the painting every day while cleaning her employer’s home. Donald Harington later wrote about the coincidence in his monograph on Cloar: “Had she for years dusted that painting without knowing that the girl depicted in it was herself? Or had she known?” There is another painting of Cloar’s that made an impression on The Observer, one that might seem unrelated on the surface but which we suspect, seen from another angle, could have everything to do with Charlie Mae. It’s called “Joe Goodbody’s Ordeal,” and Cloar claims it is also “based on a true story.” It was inspired by a sharecropper who lived near the artist’s family. “One night he went crazy,” Cloar said in a 1984 interview, “dashing wildly across the fields. He was caught and persuaded to enter the mental institution at Little Rock.” This painting isn’t available on the Internet. We’ve just tried looking for it in Google Images. If you look around enough, you can find an early black and white sketch, a blueprint for the final product that doesn’t come close to approximating its effect. In the real thing, a man runs toward the viewer clutching his head in agony, all in muted yellows and purples. In front of him is a cloud of what might be birds or insects, but which are so slight and faded as to seem like figments of his imagination. In the same interview, Cloar says, “Joe Goodbody’s ordeal could be anybody’s ordeal.” Indeed, sir. Indeed. There but for the grace of God goes any erstwhile Observer.
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IN S IDE R
Even the Supreme Court is sometimes late All seven Arkansas Supreme Court justices have paid their annual bar fees late in the past. Two justices, Justice Karen Baker and Justice Courtney Hudson Henry, failed to pay their annual dues within eight years of joining the Court. That time window may be significant because Amendment 80 of the Arkansas Constitution requires Supreme Court justices to be licensed attorneys at least eight years immediately preceding the date they assumed office. Several lawsuits alleging that similar administrative suspensions due to late payments should disqualify circuit judge candidates from assuming office have been winding their way through lower courts. The state constitution requires circuit judge candidates to be licensed attorneys in Arkansas for six years prior to holding office. In the case that started the controversy, specially appointed Circuit Judge John Cole found that Valerie Bailey, a candidate for a 6th Judicial District seat, was ineligible for office because her license had been suspended for nearly nine years. That Bailey’s suspension was of an administrative nature, rather than for misconduct, didn’t matter, according to Cole. From the bench, he said, “A suspension is a suspension is a suspension.” Since then, lawsuits challenging the eligibility of candidates Angela Byrd, Circuit Judge Tim Fox (the judge whom Bailey planned to challenge) and Circuit Judge H.G. Foster have been filed. Last week, Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled that Byrd shouldn’t be disqualified and that it’s unconstitutional for the Arkansas Supreme Court Clerk to suspend an attorney’s license without holding a hearing. In Griffen’s courtroom, Supreme Court Clerk Les Steenin testified that he’s always treated suspensions for late payment differently from other suspensions, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Some 700 to 900 attorneys pay late annually, Steenin told Griffen. On Monday, specially appointed Circuit Judge Sam Bird ruled in favor of Fox, finding that a judicial candidate shouldn’t be disqualified from the ballot because of late payment of annual dues. Meanwhile, Judge H.G. Foster has asked the Supreme Court to claim jurisCONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10
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‘NOT ON BOARD’: Clara Dotson and her son, Gordon Millsaps, on land being surveyed for the Diamond Project pipeline.
Diamond cutting Residents discover they can’t stop pipeline from crossing their land. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
lison Millsaps, an artist who lives in Dover with her husband, Gordon, and their three children, is shooting photographs to “put a human face on people who are not on board” with the Diamond Pipeline, a Valero/ Plains All American Pipeline project planned to bisect Arkansas, cutting across their land. One of those people is her mother-inlaw, Clara Dotson, who has owned 80 acres eight miles north of Dover since the mid-1970s. Dotson, whose husband died in 1996, paid off the land by working in a factory. Though she lives in town, she has hung on to the land so she can pass it to her son and daughterin-law, who have already picked out a spot where they want to build and farm. The Diamond Pipeline project, which would transport Bakken Shale crude from Cushing, Okla., to Memphis, Tenn., where Valero has a refinery, came to light when the pipeline company asked the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to survey property northeast of Little Rock that the commission manages for wildlife. Diamond
Project LLC has not divulged the exact route of the pipeline, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is a privileged document and won’t release it to the public. However, a rough map provided by Game and Fish shows the route bisecting the state north of Little Rock, and a brochure says construction is to start next year. When the company contacted Dotson and asked to come on her property, which is being used as a cattle ranch, to survey it, “She essentially told them no,” Alison Millsaps said. “It got kind of ugly. They told her either you let us on or we’ll get a court order and come on.” On Feb. 20, Diamond Project did get a court order, for a temporary condemnation, and were given 90 days to complete surveys and soil tests. Pink flags now cross Dotson’s land, “smack through the middle of her pasture,” Alison Millsaps said. There’s a pink flag tied to a branch over a cattle pond as well. Theoretically, Diamond is to reimburse Dotson $300 for any damage incurred in coming on the property, but Millsaps said she’s not sure how they would get
the money, which is being held by the court. Landowners who did not know before are learning that Arkansas law gives oil pipelines the right of eminent domain. Diamond Project LLC will have to get permits to cross rivers, streams and wet areas from the Corps, and must file other requests with the Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality relating to river crossings, but the state can only regulate construction, not direct the route. The pipeline crosses three Corps districts; the Little Rock district will take the lead in the permitting process. Game and Fish and other interested parties are joining to ask the Corps to require individual permits for each waterway rather than a blanket nationwide permit. Individual permits would allow the public to comment on the impact of the pipeline on wildlife management areas, including the Rex Hancock Black Swamp Wildlife Management Area, Steve Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA and the Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA. (Because it is a federal reserve, the Cache River National Wildlife Area was able to, and did, refuse Diamond access to the land.) Millsaps’ picture of her husband and mother-in-law accompany this article. She said others who are unhappy about the company’s right of eminent domain may contact her on her Facebook page, True Price Per Acre. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
‘Money, Class and Opportunity’
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Survey looks at perspectives on the middle class from blacks, whites and Hispanics.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s 11th annual report on racial attitudes in Pulaski County finds that “The lost decade of the middle class” — the years since 2000 when the class began to shrink in wealth — “has affected many Pulaski County residents.” The report, “Money, Class and Opportunity,” based on 2,000 interviews conducted by telephone, will be released at the institute’s 2014 Racial Attitudes in Pulaski County Forum” from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Ron Robinson Theatre. “Although some differences do emerge,” the report finds, “those effects have been felt by the whole community to a greater or lesser extent — black, white, and Hispanics alike.” The theater is in the Arcade Building on River Market Avenue; the entrance is on the south side of the building. State Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock will moderate. Here are some key findings from the report:
“Most respondents have had to cut back on household spending in the past year. More than 1 out of 4 blacks have had problems getting or paying for medical care.” HISPANICS
WHITES OUTSIDE LR
BLACKS OUTSIDE LR
WHITES IN LITTLE ROCK
BLACKS IN LITTLE ROCK
CUT BACK ON SPENDING
PAYING RENT/ MORTAGE
PAYING FOR MEDICAL CARE
LOST JOB OR LAID OFF
Financial difficulties experienced in the past year
“Most respondents identify themselves as middle class. However, blacks and Hispanics see themselves in the lower class when compared to whites. Most respondents believe that having a secure job is necessary for middle-class status.”
“Blacks are significantly more likely to believe that a college education is needed to be middle class than are their white counterparts — despite [the fact that] more whites than blacks hold a college degree. By contrast, the number of Hispanic respondents who hold a college degree is significantly less than the number who indicated it is necessary.”
“A majority of all respondents blames Congress for the economic difficulties of the middle class; however, whites are much more likely to blame President Barack Obama’s administration for such difficulties.” WHITES BLACKS WHITES IN BLACKS IN HISPANICS OUTSIDE LR OUTSIDE LR LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK CONGRESS
LARGE CORPORATI ONS
BANK & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Percentages saying they blame each entity “a lot” for middle-class difficulties “Most lower-income respondents believe lower-income people pay “too much” in federal taxes, while all groups, especially blacks, believe that upper-income people pay “too little” in federal taxes.”
“Whites are significantly more likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with their quality of life and level of education than blacks and Hispanics. Blacks and Hispanics are less satisfied overall with their present jobs than whites.”
INSIDER, CONT. diction in the suit filed against him and, after being named as a respondent in Foster’s petition to the Court, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also asked the Court to intervene and argued that late payment of dues shouldn’t disqualify a candidate. If the Supreme Court doesn’t take up Foster’s petition, surely a lower court decision will be appealed. Will Baker and Henry be forced to recuse? The eligibility question wouldn’t affect any of the other justices, as they all paid their dues late before Amendment 80 went into effect in July 2001.
Weev, freed Fayetteville’s Andrew Aurenheimer, better known as Internet troll and “hacker” weev, has been released from federal prison after a federal appeals court reversed and vacated his conviction and sentence. Aurenheimer was convicted in 2012 of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and sentenced to a 41-month prison term for what the government called “unauthorized access” of AT&T’s servers in 2010. In reality, Aurenheimer and another man, Daniel Spitler, discovered that AT&T hadn’t protected 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners, including then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other muckety mucks. Aurenheimer gave part of the list to the website Gawker. That led the FBI to investigate Aurenheimer and Spitler. The feds busted down Aurenheimer’s door in Fayetteville in 2011. Both he and Spitler were charged under the CFAA, a law that’s widely considered outdated and overbroad. The feds flipped Spitler, who testified against Aurenheimer. He’s spent more than a year in jail, partly in solitary — possibly for surreptitiously tweeting. Aurenheimer’s case has been a cause celebre for people who care about this sort of thing. But Aurenheimer hasn’t quite become a folk hero. That’s because, as sympathetic as the circumstances surrounding this case are, Aurenheimer is, by most accounts, the Internet’s biggest jerk. Gawker called him the “Internet’s best terrible person” in a profile. In a 2008 New York Times Magazine feature, he bragged, “I hack, I ruin, I make piles of money. I make people afraid for their lives.” www.arktimes.com
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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Death on the streets, in the words of those who carry on. AS TOLD TO DAVID KOON
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GRAVES: Crosses representing homicide victims at Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Dasiy L. Gaston Bates Drive in Little Rock.
s much as it might feel that we’re drifting further and further apart these days, the truth is that we are all still tied to each other. You know people. You are related to them, or work with them, or go to school with them. Those connections lead to other connections, and thus we wind up all connected, whether we know it or not. That said, for whatever reason, whether by design or accident, there are really two Little Rocks, and there have been for a while now. There is the city of people going about their business, fleeing to the suburbs or into alarm-protected houses after quitting time. And then there is another city, a place of hope shot through with despair, where a person can get killed over a cross word, a bag of weed, a prank gone wrong or a stolen CD player. There have been 12 homicides in Little Rock so far this year. All but three of the victims were black men. According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, Greater Little Rock has a higher per-capita murder rate than most other cities in America, including New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles or Chicago, and it’s been that way for years. For most of the victims of homicide in Central Arkansas — many of them killed by handguns in the neighborhoods south of I-630 in Little Rock — the only time their names will ever appear in a newspaper will be the morning after their deaths, as cases wind their way through the courts, and in below-the-fold stories that appear the day after a perpetrator is sent to prison for the rest of his natural life. This week and again in the future, Arkansas Times will publish The Homicide Diary, a series of stories in print and at our website, arktimes.com, featuring the voices of those affected by homicide in Central Arkansas — those who have lost someone to violence, those who deal with the aftermath, and those who try to keep young people alive by convincing them to talk it out or find another way. Every homicide — no matter who the person was, what he was doing when he was killed, or what he’d done before — is a stone dropped into still water. The ripples touch us all, whether we know it or not. It matters, and we should all care.
Lyndsei Forbes and Shoncoven Smith have a daughter together. The girl will be 2 years old on May 5, and will probably grow up with no memory of her father, even though she still points him out in photographs and says “Daddy.” As Forbes watched from the porch of her mother’s bungalow on Elam Street on Jan. 25, Smith, 22, and a 16-year-old boy were both shot multiple times by a man police say was Steven Roshawn Hayes, a friend of Smith’s. Forbes said she heard the shooting was over a car CD player. The 16-year-old, shot seven times, survived. Smith, shot in the arm, chest and head, later died at Baptist Health Medical Center. Hayes turned himself in Jan. 30. He has denied involvement, and has since been charged with first-degree murder, among other charges. It was raining the day Lyndsei Forbes spoke to Arkansas Times. As she recounted the details of Smith’s life and death, and considered the prospect of her daughter’s life without him, she looked through the rain to the place he fell and ceaselessly slid her palms over one another, as if trying to worry the wrinkles out of a piece of paper only she could see. We actually started talking when I was about 17. I wouldn’t say we were in a relationship, but he was a best friend to me. I could talk to him about anything. He had my back no matter what. We had a little chemistry, and before you know it, we had a child together. He was 21, and I had just turned 19. He was a cool person. He was a person who people would come and talk to like a brother, like
Girlfriend of Shoncoven Smith, murdered Jan. 25 near 33rd and Elam streets
a father. He was somebody you could talk to about your problems. He took people in. He tried to show you the world. He was kind of crazy, but he always tried to put people on the right path. All of us got a little crazy, but shoot, he was crazy! It was a good crazy. Everybody has got their own type of crazy, and he had his. He wasn’t the fighting type. He was just a loving person. He was a big ol’ kid! He loved video games. I always told him, “You’re too old to be doing that.” But he was like, “Whatever.” I heard it was over an in-dash CD player. I don’t
think it was over an in-dash. I think there has to be more to it. I mean, why would you kill a person over a CD player when you can go get another one? That’s just common sense. Somebody stole something? I’m not going to take nobody’s life for it. This man had kids. He’ll not get the chance to do nothing with them — birthdays, his little girl’s first date, prom. I have to take it day by day. I know I do. It’s harder on me than it could be somebody else. When you see somebody get shot, you’ll always see that image. That flashback. It was devastating. A part of me just left. Just vanished. Now that he’s gone, me and all the rest of his baby mommas, we have a bond together. It took a tragedy to have that for us, for us to come together. It shouldn’t have to happen like that, but it did. We have a bond like no other. I can call any of them, or they can call me. We’re just a phone call away. We came together, and our kids are going to grow up and know each other. We’re gonna make sure they remember their daddy. They’ll never get the chance to see him, so we’ve got to keep telling them, “Your daddy was a good person. His life got taken, but we still have y’all. In y’all, he’ll live on.” I haven’t been thinking about what I’ll tell my daughter about her daddy, because it’s kind of hurtful. Every time I see my child, I see him. My daughter is the split image of him. But when the time is right, I’ll be able to tell her, “You know, you didn’t get the chance to bond with your dad like you should, but he loved you. He played with you every day, and he loved you.” She didn’t get the chance to know him. But I can tell her. The good things. The things he would have done. That’s all I can do. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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No little girl wants to grow up without her father. Every girl wants to have their father. Like me, for example. My dad, he got killed when I was young. I grew up without a dad and now my little girl is going to grow up without her father. I was real little when my father was killed. You always want to have that one little talk like, “Hey Dad, I’ve got a boyfriend!” But you can’t do it if he’s not there. It’s still hard. I picture it. I’m at peace with
his death now, but if I look at pictures or my child, it’s hard. Sometimes she’ll see a picture of him and she’ll say, “Daddy! Daddy!” That makes me want to break down, but I know I have to be strong for her. She’ll feel what I feel. If she sees me cry, she’ll think, “Well, Momma’s crying, I need to cry too.” So I have to be strong. Sometimes it gets hard, but I just keep going. I ask God to help me. Today is one of them days I feel like breaking down. But I have to be strong.
Lot of folks want to ask why? But you’ll never get an answer. I want to ask the person that killed him, “Why? Just, why? What was going through your mind? Why? Why? Why shoot? You could have been a grown person and just talked it out. You could have come to a conclusion.” But to take somebody’s life? He’s got kids. He’s got family out here that love him. Now he’s gone, and it just seems like a dream that I can’t wake up from.
just grab a rake. He wouldn’t say nothing. He’d just take my rake or he’d go in the garage and get another one. “Lemme have that,” he’d say. I told John before this happened: Stay prayed up. It was Jonathan who brought me back to God. I was raised in the church as a little girl, but after becoming an adult and not going near a church for several years, Jonathan was the one who introduced me to a show that comes on called Shepherd’s Chapel that teaches the Bible. John told me, “MeMe, you can learn anything on this show.” I was asleep when we got the call. I heard my son’s voice. He was saying, “Somebody just called me and said John had been shot.” I had a full knee replacement in January, but when they said that, I climbed out of the bed and got ready to go, because I knew we were going to have to find Jonathan. When they said Jonathan was dead ... I didn’t know what to do. I was devastated. I just wanted to put my arms around him. I’ve never seen so many young men — grown men — cry as I did at his funeral. His big brother had went to jail right before John was killed, so he had to come from jail to John’s funeral. When they had the service, he got up and he said, “I don’t like to see
all y’all crying, so I’ll tell you what John would have said, he would have said, ‘Turn it up.’ ” There was not a lot of music going on, so I guess he meant, “Turn up your spirit.” People were standing all around the walls and everything. They started smiling and got happy, and then they opened that casket. And once they opened the casket, things changed all over again. People started dropping and everything. We had an event for John at La Changes nightclub, and they were full to capacity. The owner of the club said that his club had never been that full. And there was no violence! No shouting! There was no arguing. Everybody got along. I stayed there until the lights came on. It was so much fun, and I haven’t been in a nightclub in a lot of years. I said, “It’s stupid love up in here!” That’s the way the young people say it. We can’t get people to quit coming to our house. They still come in with their arms stretched out, hugging us. They come in with plates of food, saying they come from their moms. I don’t know if I can forgive the people who killed him. I don’t know. I think what’s going on is I’m just stuck right now. I’m stuck and wondering. How could they want to hurt him? I don’t know. All I know is that Jonathan was loved.
Jonathan Talley, 21, was killed at the Quarter Note Club at 4726 Asher Ave. on Feb. 10. Police say that an argument inside the club escalated into gunfire, with four men, all in their 20s, shot. Talley, shot seven times, was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Little Rock Police Department hasn’t made any arrests in the homicide. Maida Harris had a picture of her grandson on her cell phone once, but soon after his death, she sent the phone through the washing machine. She got another phone and put a picture of him on it, and dropped that phone in a cup of coffee the same day. After that, she figured she wasn’t meant to have a picture of him on her phone. She makes do with a laminated snapshot of her grandson that she wears on a lanyard around her neck. It’s a VIP pass from a nightclub party held in Talley’s honor that drew several hundred people the month after he died. In the plastic, with the pass, there’s also a rumpled dollar bill. She found it in her backyard a few weeks after he died. “I said, ‘Jonathan must have left this for me!’ ” Harris said. “If he’d catch me with my car window down just a little bit, John would always stick a $20 bill through the crack. He knew MeMe always had a hard time.” Jonathan was a wonderful person. He would help anybody and everybody that he could. He didn’t have a person in the world that I could say he pushed away. He had friends of all genders — girls, guys, gay, girls that were gay, guys that were gay. It didn’t matter. It didn’t matter what you had to say about them. If they were John’s friends, he would hug them in front of anybody. It didn’t matter what your race was, if you knew Jonathan, you liked Jonathan. Everybody showed up for his funeral: black, white, Mexican. People loved him. There was over a thousand people that showed up at every event we gave for Jonathan, his funeral included. Jonathan was a smart student, and he made good grades in school. He’s been working ever since he was 5 years old. He would cut yards, he would rake yards. He worked at McDonald’s. He worked at Family Dollar. He would help you. I’d be raking the yard, and John would come over to the house and he’d
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Grandmother of Jonathan Talley, killed on Feb. 10
Mother of Adrian Broadway, killed Feb. 15 in Southwest Little Rock
She walked at nine months. She talked at nine months. She was always a great character. She made you laugh. They used to put on little shows where they’d dress up in my dresses and my mom’s wigs. When she was a baby, she used to pull up to a chair and climb out of her walker. We’d put her back in and she’d climb right back out. After that, she just decided she wanted to walk. When she got older, it was cheerleading. In elementary school, she was a cheerleader for Booker T. Washington, the Wildcats. She did cheerleading and drill team in junior high. At Dunbar, she was co-captain of the drill team. In high school she was a cheerleader. She was a Praise Dancer at church. They dance to gospel music, and they do the words to the song. Always a straight-A student, an avid student. She was visiting colleges, but she wanted to go to Duke. She was going to be a surgeon. She just wanted to help people. She had big plans. She was going to be on the Homecoming Court. We had already bought her dresses and everything. She had a long, red dress, and then she had a black almost like a tutu type dress. They were both pretty. She passed the week before Homecoming, but at McClellan High School, they put a seat there in memory of her with flowers. It was a normal night. I had seen her earlier that evening. She was at a friend’s house, and I’d called her. She said they were having a girls’ night. They were going to go to the movies and out to eat. I gave her some money. She was walking away from the car, and she turned back and looked at me and smiled, and she told me she loved me. That was the last conversation we had. She told me she loved me. It’s a comfort to me, to know she was happy.
Of all the homicides so far this year, the most confounding — the most senseless and heartbreaking — has to be that of Adrian Broadway. Around midnight on Feb. 15, Broadway, 15, and several friends had scattered handfuls of leaves on a car sitting in the driveway of a house at 7211 Skylark Drive near Baseline Road, the home of a school friend who they had reportedly engaged in a back-and-forth series of pranks. Broadway and six other friends in a Hyundai Sonata came back to the house around 45 minutes later and threw eggs, mayonnaise and toilet paper on the car. As they went back to the Hyundai, police say, a man named Willie Noble allegedly emerged from the house and fired multiple rounds at the car with a handgun, riddling the driver’s side of the Sonata with bullet holes. Adrian Broadway, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, was shot in the head. She died at Arkansas Children’s Hospital around two and a half hours later.
When it happened, I believe she had no idea. She was having fun at the time, and that keeps me going. A lady called me from Adrian’s friend’s phone and told me. It was after midnight when I got the call. I thought it was a joke. I didn’t take it seriously at first, but she assured me that she was not joking, so I got up and made it to her. She was already on her way to Children’s Hospital by then. But I was there when she took her last breath and had her last heartbeat. I still can’t believe it. I’m still in awe about it. I know she’s gone, but I still can’t believe it. She had so much going for her. It’s all senseless. The guy’s son had did their friend’s house, and out of fun they did his car. Now this. When his son did their friend’s house, they cleaned it up. They didn’t go to his parents or complain. They cleaned it up themselves. That’s common sense. We see counseling. The Centers for Healing Hearts has helped us out a lot. God knows best. I believe that. Everyone says to us, “God had better things for her.” That helps. I’d still prefer for her to be here with us, but if it’s for the greater good, you know? I don’t know why he didn’t think. Just think. He was in no danger. So just think. To take a life, that’s major. To take a life means you don’t value life. He was a kid once. We all were kids. He’s a
grown man. Think about things. A week or two before, I was talking about how our young kids are just dying. And then for that to turn around and happen to me? It’s unreal. It’s unreal. I’m looking at the news, and all these young people are dying for no reason. She was happy. Everybody loved her. She was loved. But she had to go. Senseless. I’m really not sure what his side of the story is. What I’ve heard is, they were leaving, and you came out of your house shooting? You weren’t up in the air. You weren’t down at the ground. You weren’t afraid. You pointed your gun to hit what you were shooting at. I don’t get it. I don’t even understand why we have to have a trial. I don’t understand any of that. He said he did it, and he waited on them to come back. So why have a trial? I don’t hate anybody. But he deserves to pay for what he did, and he will pay for what he did. The law, God, he has to pay. He shouldn’t be out with us. He killed somebody. He’s sleeping good, eating good. He’s with his family. He can see them every day. We’re in pain. We can’t see her. Hopefully the justice system will prevail, and we can go ahead and mend our lives. But there’s a piece missing — a big chunk missing — that we’ll never get back. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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FUNERAL DIRECTOR CHARLES HARDY SR.
Funeral Director Charles Hardy Sr. has owned Hardy Funeral Home on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive since 2003. He started his career in 1982, and he’s buried a lot of young black men. Some days, he goes to thrift stores and buys shined shoes in bulk, handing them out to the guys he talks to at the car wash or the corner store. A lot of those young men, he said, have never owned anything but sneakers. The product of a single-parent household, raised by his mother and grandparents, Hardy said he never spent a single night under the same roof as his father. If a lack of a father in the house leads to a bad end, he said, he should be in prison or dead. So far this year, Hardy Funeral Home has handled the arrangements for one homicide victim: Jonathan Talley, who was killed at the Quarter Note Club at 4726 Asher Ave. on Feb. 10, during a shooting that wounded three others. Charles Hardy has known Talley’s family since he was young. I’ve been in it a long time. I bury from a newborn baby to 100 years old. Black, white, Hispanic. We bury probably 10 to 15 homicides a year. That’s a lot, and we’re just one funeral home. It’s been a really bad year this year. It reminds you of 1992. I’ve seen a lot of young men lost to violence, especially in our black community. Families have to come in here and they’re all tore up because of a senseless crime. Useless. Worthless. It didn’t have to happen. I lost a cousin in 1999, murdered in North Little Rock over some stereo equipment. He and his friend were lured to a house, and they were robbed, beaten and shot in the back of the head, then they set the car on fire over in Protho
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Junction. So I’ve experienced when it hits home. When you bury a young man, you feel like he didn’t get a chance to enjoy the fruitfulness of his life. I’m 56 years old, and I feel like I’m just beginning to live, so it hurts. I buried a young man two months ago who was killed down on Asher. I knew his grandfather. I knew his mother and his grandmother. It just hurts that his life was cut so short so soon. I’m in the funeral home business, but trust me, I have children, and it hits home when we go back there and there’s a young man lying dead on the table. We want it to stop. We’re in the funeral home business, but we prefer to bury the natural deaths. That could have easily been one of our kids. So we feel that pain. I’m a lecturer out on the street to young men. You can’t be an influence from your office. I think that’s what’s happening. We sit up in the offices and try to touch these young men through the telephone. You’ve got to go out there. You’ll never know how deep or cold the water is if you don’t get in it. So I try to go out. At the car wash up here, they respect me, “Mr. Hardy, how you doing?”
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I have them wash my car and give them $10 or $15 just to put some money in their pockets. I’ve worked with this place out on 12th Street that helps guys who come out of prison. I’ve given them jobs and let them work around here — cut grass, wash cars — to give them a second chance and let them earn some money. The young men will call me and say, “Is there anything I can do?” I work with them. They have to be given a second chance. But the system is not designed for second chances. It’s designed to bring you back. You have to reach out. A role model is more than just buying some shoes that say “Michael Jordan.” It has to be people who go and talk to these guys, and that’s not happening. We have to go to them. The Bible says, “If you see your brother needing help, go to him.” So we have to come out and go in the communities. I’m going to die thinking there’s hope. The key to stopping all this is that we have to show young people a different life. We have to show them that, first of all, we care about them. I just think that sometimes you have to let them see a
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different life. I go to Goodwill and The Compassion Center, and I buy shoes. I try to pass shoes out to young men. I say, “Don’t wear tennis shoes every day. Don’t go on a job interview looking any kind of way.” I have a ministry at the church I’m working with now where I’m going to buy 10 suits. I want 10 young men to dress up. I’m going to show them how to tie a tie. I’m going to show them how to keep their shoes shined. When you do things like that, you’re heading them toward the right path. You’re showing them: You can be a businessman. You can own your own funeral home. You can own a carpentry business. There’s more than crime. There’s more than dope. There’s more than that, but if they’re not around people who are trying to be successful, that’s all they know. It’s a war. Somebody has to be out on the battlefield, and I think in the black community, you don’t have many soldiers. We have commanders-in-chief who sit in their offices at these programs that are trying to help. But they don’t go out there and see firsthand what’s going on. They don’t put their arm around these guys and tell them, “There’s a better way. We want to create some jobs to help you find that better way.” There was a time when black men were the best bricklayers in town. We were the best concrete guys in town. I have uncles that made good livings as plumbers. What happened? We’ve been told those are dirty jobs, that you need to go get a college education. But everybody is not cut out to go to college. So it’s gone. You take all that out of the black community and what’s left? If you’re going to lock a man up in prison, why don’t you teach him a trade so that when he comes out, he’ll have something to do? Teach him how to cook. Give him something other than just going out there sweeping up or picking up paper. Give him a skill. You want to stop young men from selling drugs and killing one another? Offer them an alternative. I love these young men. There’s hope for them. I will never, ever give up on trying. And if I can just save one from the streets, I’ll feel like it was worth it. If we all just reached out to get one, we could make a difference. If I could talk to one young man who is thinking about going out and shooting somebody tonight — if I could change his mind — it would be better than winning the lottery. If I could talk to him, I’d say, “We all get angry. But just take five minutes to think about the aftermath. Think about the hurt that you’re going to create, not just in his family, but in your family.” When you have a homicide, both families are hurt. Both sides. They lost a son, and you’re locked up for the rest of your life. Over nothing. I hope that I’ve buried the last homicide this year. I really do. I hope that every funeral home has buried their last homicide this year. Yes, we’re in business to bury people, but we can wait on that. We can wait.
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George Hoelzeman, who does liturgical art and design and lives on 120 acres in north Conway County, was also sued by Diamond Project after he refused to let them survey, since he believed that would give them permission to dig. “Worse than that, they sent a survey team two days after delivering the lawsuit papers,” he said. Hoelzeman said he was told by surveyors that Diamond was looking at a “pretty wide area where they were thinking of running this line. ... I found out they weren’t surveying a broad swath but a very narrow [route] ... and I had no choice in the matter. I found out from the [state] Oil and Gas Commission that they can do what they damn well please.” Hoelzeman characterized the attitude by the state commission toward him as “belligerent.” “The reality of where I’m at is if I fight ’em, the best thing that’s going to happen is they move it [the pipeline] to adjacent property, which doesn’t help anybody. It still ruins our land and I don’t get any money for it.” His land was surveyed in late February. Hoelzeman said the surveyor asked him what his objections were to the pipeline. Hoelzeman said he could tell him in one word: Mayflower. “He said, ‘OK.’ ” It was Hoelzeman’s second dealing with a gas company. There is fracking to the north of his property. He said his dealings with Southwest Energy were far more cordial, though surveyors were coy about why they were interested in leasing Hoelzeman’s mineral rights. He said he got good advice from a cousin, who said, “George, you’ve got to remember, when you are dealing with oil and gas companies, they do not have your best interests at heart.” Millsaps said she’s discovering that people near her have varying opinions on the pipeline. One woman said they’d never come through because the land is too rocky. Others are interested in money. One man bought land for his family because he’s been diagnosed with leukemia and wanted to leave land to his family; now it’s being surveyed for the pipeline. Millsaps has asked to meet with her state representative, David Branscum, R-Marshall, who serves on the Joint Energy Committee. State Sen. Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, told the Times he was studying the issue.
DUMAS, CONT. Continued from page 7 The clinic’s announcement that, thanks to Obamacare, its charity would no longer be necessary seemed to sound a triumphal note. The Mena Star’s story hit the Internet and its website was soon swamped. Obamacare success stories were in vogue. All the critics’ predictions and prayers that people would reject Obamacare and stay uninsured proved to be forlorn. But in the Republican blogosphere, where Obamacare is topic one, Mena symbolized Obamacare’s failure. It had replaced private charity with government giveaways. One social networker said it was further proof that Obamacare was bad for American business. It had shuttered a thriving “business” in the town of Mena. Mena reminds us that these poor people’s clinics played a key role in the health care reform movement. Wendell Potter, a hero for health care reformers, was an insurance executive who had been an architect of the campaign in 2007 to stop insurance reform as it was rising as the central issue in the approaching Democratic presidential race. By 2009, Potter had experienced a road-to-Damascus moment, resigned and become a whistleblower. He testified before Congress about the strategy of the insurance industry and allies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers to strike fear into the country about the coming “government takeover of health care” because the industry was sure the insurance overhaul would take the form of a single-payer system or curtail insurance profits erecting competition for commercial insurers. Potter recounted his conversion. He visited a touring free clinic run by Remote Area Medical in rural Virginia, where he saw streams of people from nearby hills queued in long lines to get basic medical procedures. He took pictures of sick people lying on rainsoaked pavements waiting for treatment. “What country am I in?” he asked himself. “It just didn’t seem to be a possibility that I was in the United States.” Potter was imbued with shame for his collaboration in deceiving people about health-insurance reform with scare stories and bogus statistics, an effort that he says now is continuing on a mounting scale. Potter no doubt would admire the Ninth Street Ministries but celebrate its closing as an American success story.
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BY DAVID KOON, LINDSEY MILLAR, LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK, DAVID RAMSEY AND WILL STEPHENSON
here are a lot of things happening this spring. But how many of them feature pit-roasted, heritage-breed hogs; some of the finest chefs and pitmasters around; live music and cold beer and wine? Obviously we’re biased (and not vegetarians), but there’s really no better recipe for a party. If you agree, we hope you’ll join us for the second annual Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast on Saturday, May 3, at the Argenta Farmer’s Market at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. The event benefits the Argenta Arts District. This year’s cook-off involves 19 teams so far who’ll be roasting a hog in the neighborhood of 130 lbs., raised at Scott Heritage Farm, over specially constructed outdoor pits. Gates open at 5 p.m. and food, including pork and two sides from each team, will be served at 6:30 p.m. It’s all you can eat, but we can’t guarantee that the food that your favorite team whips up will last long into the evening. Your best bet is to be earlyto-punctual and think strategically. Plan your attack with our preview of the participants that follows. What else do you need to know? Buy tickets — $25 in advance or $30 day of the event — and get more info at arktimes.com/heritagehogroast. The ticket price also includes a great slate of music by Memphis’ Ghost Town Blues Band, Runaway Planet and The Salty Dogs. If you want to see the music and not pig, tickets are $10 after 8 p.m. (If you read what follows and think all the teams are poseurs, holler at us! We’ll squeeze you in.) The roast lineup: 20
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Arthur’s Fine Steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur’s Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, Henry IV says, but Brian Kearns, winner of last year’s Hog Roast representing the Country Club of Little Rock, sounds pretty laid back. Now with Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur’s, he said he’s going to roast “the way I’ve always cooked my pigs. I might play around with some different seasoning. It’s all in the time and temperature.” Kearns will brine his swine in a mixture of sugar, salt, apple cider and “a few other ingredients that I’m not willing to disclose,” and then he’ll rub the pig with his barbecue rub the day before. Using coals he’ll make from apple and oak logs, Kearns will roast his hog laid flat in a cinderblock pit. For the sides, he’s thinking barbecued black-eyed peas and cornbread. About the time and temperature: What the great hog roaster has to do is “basically figure a way to get [all the parts of the pig] to finish at same time.” Kearns, who’ll be joined again by chef Jon Bobo, is looking forward to going up against South on Main’s Matt Bell and other great cooks in the contest. He’s also hoping it won’t be a cold day in May this time around: Last year, he had to start the fire at midnight and wear a down jacket and a hat during the day. LNP.
Cheers Chris Tanner hasn’t always worked in restaurants. He flew planes for a while after college, and later tried wholesaling wine. But with Cheers in the Heights, his
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BRIAN KEARNS: Last year’s Hog Roast champ.
“neighborhood joint” on North Van Buren Street, he found his true calling. “I like to cook and I like to drink,” he says, which pretty much sums it up. He claims he can “count on two hands” how many times he’s roasted a whole hog, and he isn’t all that worried about the competition. “I think I’m gonna start it in my China Box and then throw it on the open grate and work it from there,” he says. “Get some wood smoke to it and crisp it up.” He’s planning a homemade mojo sauce (“a dollop of orange juice, some pineapple, different spices”) and envisions a porchetta with rosemary, sage and garlic. He also intends to bring a TV so attendees can watch the Kentucky Derby. For anyone who wants to do more than just watch, he plans to have “five or six” betting pools going as well. WS.
Cregeen’s Irish Pub Little Rock native Alex Kammerer has been general manager at Cregeen’s Irish Pub for only a few weeks, but he’s been at the restaurant for several years, working his way up from tending bar. When we ask, though, if he’s at all worried about helming Cregeen’s hog roasting team, he seems taken aback: “Hell no, I ain’t worried,” he said. He’s never actually roasted a whole hog before, but he’s come close. When he lived in Madrid for a 10-month stint teaching English, he spent most of his free time at a neighborhood bar where he learned to roast lechon (suckling pig). And anyway there isn’t much to it: “It’s all just meat and smoke,” he says. “Food accountability” is
a personal obsession, and his team, which will also include Trey Holmes and Bryan Dabous, will focus on fresh local ingredients, including organic spices. Though as Kammerer sees it, he wins either way, “If I can drink beer and roast pork,” he said, “that’s a good day in my life.” WS.
Crush Wine Bar How is a wine bar that serves only tapas going to crush the competition in the Heritage Hog Roast? Joe St. Ana, owner of Crush Wine Bar, and friend and experienced hog-cooker John Johnston, are going to party first. That is, St. Ana said, they’re going to practice the weekend before — “we’re going to do six different sections of the pig and figure which works best for us” — and they expect that will turn into a party. St. Ana participated in the Hog Roast last year as part of the Argenta Market team, and he said he learned a lot, such as how to split the pig so it lies flat on the grill, when to turn it, when to season it, etc. Johnston, an Air Reserve technician who flies C-130s and is from Texas, wouldn’t reveal the spices he plans to use, but says he’ll use a traditional pork brine injection (apple juice and salt) and will “play around with the spices,” maybe add some paprika. Since Crush is about all things wine, will wine play a role? Maybe, Johnston said — to clean off the bone dust created when they crack open their 300-pound pig. LNP. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
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IN AN IMPORTANT and fascinating development, MC Hammer, who will headline Conway’s 2014 Toad Suck Daze festival May 3, will help judge the festival’s “LaunchPad” start-up competition, which will award a $15,000 prize to one of 10 eligible Arkansas entrepreneurs. “When we chose Hammer to perform at Toad Suck Daze, we had this event in mind,” Conway Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Lacy said. “Most people know his music, but they don’t know that he is a major player in Silicon Valley.” In the past couple of years, as the festival press release notes, Hammer (whose real name is Stanley Burrell) has lectured at Stanford and Harvard. According to an article in the Harvard Crimson, his talk there focused on “how social media sites — such as micro-blogging service Twitter — can facilitate personal interaction in both business and music.” KYLE DEAN MASSEY, a native of Jonesboro, has taken over the lead role of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of “Pippin.” Massey is also known for high-profile roles in musicals like “Wicked” and “Next to Normal.” He was interviewed in the Arkansas Times in 2005, when he was in a touring company appearing at the Robinson Center Music Hall, and at the time he remembered, “Growing up in Arkansas and Jonesboro, I’m not sure I knew what real musical theater was, per se.” He also talks about his Arkansas upbringing in his “It Gets Better” video, noting that he was “endlessly made fun of” and made to feel “subversive and wrong and evil.”
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Houston rap’s first wave is a historical institution, literally. The University of Houston hosts in its library’s permanent collection the papers, recordings
and archives of DJ Screw and the original Screwed Up Click, many of whom, like Fat Pat, Big Moe and Screw himself, passed away years ago. The question now is, what will become of Houston’s silver age, the Swishahouse era of the mid-aughts, in
which a new cast of local stars — Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Lil Flip, Paul Wall — broke nationally? Not much, I would guess. “I got the Internet goin’ nuts,” Wall rapped on their 2004 breakthrough, “Still Tippin’,” and that was true then in a way it never has
been since. Still, Wall seems healthy these days. He’s lost weight, found a new lane. Post-Riff Raff, Wall even seems comforting, traditional, kind of respectable. He’ll share a bill Thursday night with Triggaman, Young Jose and The Corner Kingz.
RECORD STORE DAY
Arkansas Record and CD Exchange.
HARD TIMES: Adam Carroll will be at White Water Tavern Friday night at 9:30.
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
Adam Carroll is a country singer from Tyler, Texas, who writes songs with grain and casual irony and an instinct toward storytelling that’s almost anachronistic, like his
scene must have gotten cut from “Heartworn Highways.” His songs are often about nostalgia and work and trying to connect, even when they’re about something else — sno-cones for instance. He has a handful of records out, but you might as well start with
2009’s “Live at Flipnotics,” a career overview recorded at the now-defunct Austin venue. Or start with his new record, for that matter, the release of which he’ll be celebrating at White Water on Friday night with opener (and spouse) Christian Marie Carroll.
Record Store Day, the annual all-day event highlighting independent record stores, will be happening over at Arkansas Record and CD Exchange, a local institution that’s been in business for three decades now. There will be free music giveaways and Record Store Day exclusives, including promotional vinyl and CDs produced especially for the festivities. This year’s official list includes vinyl by William Onyeabor, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Mastodon and Sam Cooke. Also Steve Earle and Deerhoof and Haim and Husker Du. There are odd, limited run picture discs and Gram Parsons outtakes alongside live releases from Devo, Donny Hathaway, The Pogues and The Grateful Dead. It’s a lot of stuff, and, of course, the store’s typically vast selection will be available as well.
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $36$48.50.
If you haven’t purposefully listened to country radio anytime in the past three years, you might be forgiven for not having heard Brantley Gilbert’s “Country Must Be Country Wide,” 22
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the first of the Georgia songwriter’s handful of singles to reach No. 1 on the country charts. I recommend it, though — it’s a complicated song with a counterintuitive sentiment, maybe the key to Gilbert’s wide appeal. It opens with a short scene. Gilbert is at a gas station (“gassin’ up”) and spots
an Ohio license plate pulling in. He groans, thinking the Yankee driver must be lost, but then the man steps out of his car wearing Wranglers and boots (and a “Copenhagen smile”). Gilbert’s instantaneous and far-reaching epiphany is that country culture isn’t a necessarily regional phenomenon
anymore, that “in every state there’s a station playin’ Cash, Hank, Willie and Waylon.” All over the world, in other words, there are potential Brantley Gilbert fans. His latest attempt to find them is his headlining “Let It Ride” tour, also featuring Eric Paslay and Thomas Rhett.
Dr. Harold Tanner will give a free lecture at the Arkansas Studies Institute at 2 p.m. titled “Like a Grindstone Dashed Against an Egg: Sun Tzu and the Chinese Way of War.” The Bishop Leodies and Goldie Warren Community Development Center will host the Resurrection Celebration Concert at 7 p.m., featuring the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. Neverafter will be at Vino’s at 9 p.m. with Cosmivore and Space Mother, $6. At Stickyz, Wrangler Space will perform a tribute to Widespread Panic at 9:30 p.m., and Revolution will hold its monthly Zodiac party, featuring Ryan Viser, Platinumb, Lawler, SWR, Ewell, Mr. Napalm and Explicit, $10.
JOYCE CAROL OATES
7 p.m. Fayetteville Town Center. Free.
Joyce Carol Oates must be one of the only National Book Award-winning, periodically Pulitzer Prizenominated novelists who also regularly use Twitter. Her tweets are sometimes dull, long arguments split into 140-character bursts, and are sometimes hilariously writerly and great. “Please don’t tell me of all the song birds we are not hearing any longer,” she recently tweeted. “It is too sad to mourn them.” Or as she tweeted earlier this month, “Now it is spring ... we will rapidly forget the protracted misery of the winter.” This is particularly interesting because, as Oates says in an interview with The Paris Review, she writes her books in longhand, because “the thought of dictating into a machine doesn’t appeal to me at all.” Anyway, Oates is the author of more than 50 novels and a respectable stack of story collections, and she’ll be in Arkansas to speak, read and sign books thanks to the University of Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation.
THE ENCHANTMENT: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck will perform at the Reynolds Performance Hall Tuesday night at 7:30, $30-$40.
CHICK COREA AND BELA FLECK
7:30 p.m. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $30-$40.
That a collaboration between Chick Corea and Bela Fleck should seem logical says loads about the weird world of contemporary jazz fusion. Corea, the son of a Dixieland trumpeter, came up playing piano in the 1960s for Cab Calloway, Herbie Mann and Stan Getz before falling deep under the sway of Miles Davis well into the latter’s electric free jazz era. After
“Bitches Brew,” there’s really no going back, and Corea never did, just drifting farther afield of his trad-jazz roots, embracing Latin percussion and Scientology. Fleck, for his part, is a banjo virtuoso who carved out an unlikely audience all to himself that straddles classical music aficionados and the jam band set. The two put out an album together in 2007, “The Enchantment,” which likely sent NPR’s editorial staff into a near-fatal, hysterical fit of satisfaction. Between the two of them, they’ve won 35 Grammys.
TUESDAY 4/22-WEDNESDAY 4/23
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: MICHAEL JACKSON, THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $52.50-$152.50
Forty-nine international dancers, musicians and acrobats will share the stage this week as part of Cirque du
Soleil’s hallucinatory Michael Jackson tribute “The Immortal World Tour.” The trailer for this show is virtually indescribable, but here are some notes from my first viewing: backflips; “Billie Jean” remix; grotesque tree root monsters; pole-dancing; weird make up for a cellist; geysers of smoke and a man painted silver breakdancing; every iteration of Michael
Jackson’s look, each iconic music video outfit taken to an alien extreme, made exaggerated and outfitted with lasers or ribbons or shiny, reflective pants; a huge metal tree at the center of the stage; men on wires dressed as bats wearing trenchcoats; a goblin turning the page of a giant book; restless mummies in their coffins; sparks.
The Arkansas Earth Day Festival at Heifer Village from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature a 1,500-gallon aquarium exhibit, a solar-powered “Jump Zone Area” for kids, live music, ice cream from Loblolly Creamery and a noon presentation by Mayor Mark Stodola. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center will host Range Day at noon, with open BB gun and archery ranges (targets and instructions will be provided). The Conway Symphony Orchestra will present “Beethoven on Fire” featuring violin virtuoso Alexander Markov, its final concert of the season, at 7:30 p.m., $20-$38. Kevin Kerby’s seminal Little Rock alt-country group Mulehead will be at White Water Tavern with Chris Michaels, 9:30 p.m., and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth will be at Vino’s with Ghost Dance, 10 p.m., $6.
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church will host its Community Easter Sunrise Service, an ecumenical worship service, at First Security Amphitheater, 7 a.m. At 7 p.m., Greenwood Studio in Conway will host the #InternetParty, featuring performances by Kari Faux, Fresco Grey, Goon Des Garcons, Cool Chris, Rodney Cole and Vile Pack, a pretty good cross section of Little Rock rap’s youngest generation, $5. Wayne Static, of nu-metal band Static X, will be at Juanita’s at 7 p.m. with We Are The Riot, Corvus and Dark From Day One, $15.
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7:30 p.m. Vino’s. Donations.
A spy named Caution from the “Outlands” comes to the city of Alphaville, ruled by a sentient computer that quotes Jorge Luis Borges. There are no emotions in Alphaville, or even words like
“love” signifying emotions, and executions are frequent. Director Jean-Luc Godard didn’t build any elaborate sci-fi sets for “Alphaville,” his baffling 1965 genre film — he didn’t need to. He just isolated Paris’s most visually modern architecture, in the process bringing to
life a futuristic dystopia that was there all along, latent. Mostly unconvincing as a noir narrative, the movie is nevertheless an utterly unique experiment by a director whose experiments are legendary for warping and remaking the medium.
That Arkansas Weather will give a free show at Riverfront Park at 6 p.m. as part of Jazz in the Park. The Travel Guide will be at Stickyz at 9 p.m. with The See and Twelve Tone Elevator, $5, and Adam Faucett will be at White Water Tavern with the prolific cult songwriter James Jackson Toth, a.k.a. Wooden Wand, 9:30 p.m. Toronto noise punk group Odonis Odonis will be at Vino’s at 9:30 p.m. with Midwest Caravan, $5. www.arktimes.com
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Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass. AETN Presents. Arkansas Educational Television Network, 6:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. www.aetn.org. ASO Chamber Ensemble. ASO’s Rockefeller Quartet presents Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major. Capital Hotel, 5 p.m. 111 W. Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com. The Electric Sons. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyz.com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Isaac Alexander, Mozley, Chris Michaels. The Joint, 9:30 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Jamie Lou. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Mayday By Midnight (headliner), Steve Bates (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8559. newks. com. Mickey and Friends. Markham Street Grill and Pub, 6 p.m.; April 24, 6 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Paul Wall, Triggaman, Young Jose, The Corner Kingz. Revolution, 9 p.m., $20-$30. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www.senortequila.com. The Sideshow Tragedy. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Quinn Dahle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. Around the World Thursday: Dong Xuan, Vietnam. Forty Two, 6:30 p.m., $27.95. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-537-0042. www.din24
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Neverafter, Cosmivore, Space Mother. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $6. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Resurrection Celebration Concert. Featuring the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. The Bishop Leodies and Goldie Warren Community Development Center, 7 p.m. 1200 Bishop Warren Drive. Split Lip Rayfield. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $12. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Third Degree (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Twelve Tone Elevator, Duckstronaut. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. War Chief. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. HARD BOILED: Odonis Odonis will be at Vino’s 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, with Wrangler Space, “Widespread Panic Tribute.” Midwest Caravan, $5. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6 adv., $8 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. eatfortytwo.com. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746. www.next- www.stickyz.com. Lenten Luncheons. Second Baptist Church, noon, leveleventsinc.com. Zodiac: Edward 40 Hands Edition. Featuring Ryan $10. 222 E. 8th St. 501-374-9284. www.2bclr.com. Viser, Platinumb, Lawler, SWR, Ewell, Mr. Napalm, FRIDAY, APRIL 18 Explicit. Revolution, 8 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. “Good Ol Freda.” The Joint, 7 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Adam Carroll, Christian Marie Carroll. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375- Quinn Dahle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., 8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-22811th Annual Racial Attitudes in Pulaski County Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8:30 p.m. 301 5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Forum. Ron Robinson Theater, 9 a.m. 1 Pulaski Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. “Winter Sucks.” Original sketch comedy by The Way. 501-320-5703. www.cals.lib.ar.us/ron-robin- Catherine Russell Group. Walton Arts Center, 7 Main Thing. Call to make reservations. The Joint, son-theater.aspx. and 9 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479- 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372“Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places.” A 443-5600. 0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. lecture by David Scheuer. Sturgis Hall, noon. 1200 Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5200. clinton- DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. school.uasys.edu. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. “Salsa Night.” Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. www.1620savoy.com. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 501-372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com. POETluck. Literary salon and potluck. The Writer’s 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Colony at Dairy Hollow, third Thursday of every sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. month, 6 p.m. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. Katmandu. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell LGBTQ/SGL weekly meeting. Diverse Youth for 479-253-7444. Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. lit- 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “Wine and Design 2014: Puttin’ on the Glitz.” A tlerock.erniebiggs.com. “DYSC” on Facebook. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and 1920s casino night, with wine, hors d’oeuvres, a Mr. Mayhem. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Young Adult Group, 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. silent auction and live music, to benefit the Our 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. House shelter. Next Level Events, 6 p.m., $40. www.westendsmokehouse.net. “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Ron Robinson Theater, April 18-20, 7 p.m., $5. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703. www. cals.lib.ar.us/ron-robinson-theater.aspx.
“Like a Grindstone Dashed Against an Egg: Sun Tzu and the Chinese Way of War.” A free lecture by Dr. Harold Tanner. Arkansas Studies Institute, 2 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700. www.butlercenter.org.
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At War’s End, Enchiridion, Evacuate the City. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Conway Symphony Orchestra, “Beethoven On Fire.” Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., $20-$38. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.
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Brantley Gilbert. The “Let It Ride” tour. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $36-$48.50. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Ghost Dance. Vino’s, 10 p.m., $6. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Canvas. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See April 18. “Drop The Bass.” DJs Crawley, Blade, Big Brown and Brandon Peck. Discovery Nightclub. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco. com. Four On The Floor. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyz.com. Indie Music Night. Juanita’s, 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501492-9802. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Mr. Mayhem. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Mulehead, Chris Michaels. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Taylor Made (headliner), Gregg Madden (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tragikly White, Ultra Suede. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226.
Greenbrier. 501-581-0300. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Historic Neighborhoods Tour. Bike tour of historic neighborhoods includes bike, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 9 a.m., $8-$28. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Pork & Bourbon Tour. Bike tour includes bicycle, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 11:30 a.m., $35-$45. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Record Store Day. A all-day event celebrating independent record stores, featuring special promotional vinyl, CDs and collectibles, as well as music giveaways. Arkansas CD & Record Exchange. 4212 MacArthur Dr., NLR. 501-7537877.
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“The Act of Killing.” Ron Robinson Theater, 11:30 a.m., $10. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703. www.cals. lib.ar.us/ron-robinson-theater.aspx. “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Ron Robinson Theater, through April 20, 7 p.m., $5. 1 Pulaski Way. 501320-5703. www.cals.lib.ar.us/ron-robinson-theater. aspx.
Range Day. BB guns and archery ranges open. Targets and instruction will be provided. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, noon. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www.centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.
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#Internet Party. Featuring Kari Faux, Fresco Grey, Goon Des Garcons, Cool Chris, Rodney Cole and Vile Pack. Greenwood Studio, 7 p.m., $5. 2225 Prince St., Conway. 501-499-0101. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Lucas Murray. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, through April 27: 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Quinn Dahle. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. Touch, “Grateful Dead Tribute.” Stickyz Rock ‘n’ 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $4. 107 Commerce www.loonybincomedy.com. St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. “Winter Sucks.” See April 18. Wayne Static, We Are The Riot, Dark From Day One. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $15 adv. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.arstreetswing. Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Bernice com. Garden, 10 a.m. 1401 S. Main St. www.thebernicegarden.org. Community Easter Sunrise Service. An ecuArgenta Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers menical worship service sponsored by Pulaski Market, 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. 501-831- Heights United Methodist Church. First Security 7881. www.argentaartsdistrict.org/argenta-farm- Amphitheater, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. ers-market. Gaia Flux: A Quantum Family Earth Day Fest. Arkansas Earth Day Festival. Heifer Village, 11 a.m. Featuring camping, canoeing, arts, performances, 1 World Ave. 501-376-6836. heifer.org/heifervillage. live music, workshops and more. Cadron Creek Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Outfitters, noon, $20. 54 Cargile Lane, Greenbrier. Cantrell & Cedar Hill roads. 501-581-0300. Gaia Flux: A Quantum Family Earth Day Fest. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Featuring camping, canoeing, arts, performances, Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. live music, workshops and more. Cadron Creek vinosbrewpub.com. Outfitters, April 19-20, noon, $20. 54 Cargile Lane, CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
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“Inside Llewyn Davis.” Ron Robinson Theater, 7 Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; p.m., $5. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703. www.cals. schedule available on website. Dinner served lib.ar.us/ron-robinson-theater.aspx. 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. MONDAY, APRIL 21 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd.com/ Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. stores/littlerock. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Monday Night Jazz. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, “The Pride of the Yankees.” Vino’s, 8 p.m. 923 W. 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
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Joyce Carol Oates. Fayetteville Town Center, 7 p.m. 15 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville. 479-575-4301. Acoustic Open Mic. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. TUESDAY, APRIL 22 www.afterthoughtbar.com. Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through April 30: 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Chick Corea and Bela Fleck. Reynolds cajunswharf.com. Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 350 Cirque Du Soleil: Michael Jackson, the Immortal S. Donaghey, Conway. World Tour. See April 22. Cirque Du Soleil: Michael Jackson, the Immortal Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 World Tour. Featuring 49 international dancers, p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. musicians, acrobats and the music of Michael www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jackson. Verizon Arena, April 22, 8 p.m.; April 23, Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. 8 p.m., $52.50-$152.50. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. lit501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. tlerock.erniebiggs.com. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Hibernia Irish Odonis Odonis, Midwest Caravan. Vino’s, 9:30 Tavern, second and fourth Tuesday of every month, p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vin7-9 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246- osbrewpub.com. 4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Open Mic Nite with Deuce. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 Jeff Ling. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 Randy Rogers Band. George’s Majestic Lounge, p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. 442-4226. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. lit- free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitlerock.erniebiggs.com. talhotel.com/CBG. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of That Arkansas Weather. Jazz in the Park, Riverfront Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501- Park, 6 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. The Travel Guide, The See, Twelve Tone Elevator. Music Jam. Hosted by Elliott Griffen and Joseph Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Fuller. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Wooden Wand, Adam Faucett. White Water Shitstorm, Black Horse. White Water Tavern, 9:30 Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.white- www.whitewatertavern.com. watertavern.com. Trampled by Turtles. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479- The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The 442-4226. Joint, 8 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. 372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, Stand-Up Tuesday. Hosted by Adam Hogg. The 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501- & Cleveland streets. 501-350-4712. www.lit372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. tlerockbopclub.
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Michael Morell. Lecture by the former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5200. clintonschool.uasys.edu. “Racial Atrocities During the Camden Expedition.” Brown Bag Lunch Lecture. Old State House Museum, noon. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Wild Jobs! Lunch and Learn Speaker Series. Rainbow Trout Provider. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, noon. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www.centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.
Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows.html.
GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Southern Women Artists Exhibition,” work by Sheila Cotton, Louise Halsey, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Linda Palmer, Rebecca Thompson and others, opens with reception 5-8 p.m. April 18, Argenta ArtWalk, through June 14. 664-2787. MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St., NLR: Work by V.L. Cox, through May 13, opening reception 5-8 p.m. April 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9101. PULASKI HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 4742 Hillcrest Ave.: Show and sale of work by Matt McLeod, 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 18. mattmcleod. com. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “Home Plate Heroes,” the Jim Elder Good Sport Fund exhibition of artists’ home plates to be auctioned in May, opens with reception 5-8 p.m. April 18, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512.
BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. Dickey- ART, One Museum Way: “Paris the Luminous Stephens Park, 11 a.m. $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway Years: Towards the Making of Modern Art,” St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. film directed by Perry Miller Adato, 6:30 p.m. April 18. 479-418-5700.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
“Come Blow Your Horn.” Dinner and a performance of Neil Simon’s first play. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, Aprill 22 through May 11: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m., $33-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdp.com. “The Fantasticks.” Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, Tue., April 22, 7 p.m., $35. 1600 S. College Ave., Mountain Home. “The Fox On The Fairway.” Dinner and a new comedy by Ken Ludwig. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through April 19: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m., $25-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdp.com. “Hamlet.” Walton Arts Center, through April 30: Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m., $10-$35. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Walton Arts Center, Wed., April 23, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Ripped and Wrinkled.” An original rock musical about a world famous band from North Little Rock called The Dogs. The Joint, through May 31: Fri., Sat., 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. “Tuesdays With Morrie.” The Weekend Theater, through April 19: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org.
NEW EXHIBITS, EVENTS
FAYETTEVILLE ROCKET GALLERY, 1495 Finger Road: Installation art by Quintin Rivera-Toro, 7 p.m. April 18. 479466-2823. NIGHTBIRD BOOKS, 205 W. Dixon St.: Participatory painting directed by Teresa Albor, 10 a.m. April 21-10 a.m. April 22. Sponsored by Rocket Gallery. 479-466-2823. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “The Life You’ve Seen: The Search for Feminine Identity Ruined My Life,” MFA thesis exhibition by Cambry Lace Pierce, closing reception 5 p.m. April 18; “Chere,” MFA thesis project by Wilson Borja, April 21-25, closing reception 5 p.m. April 25; “Fought in Ernest: “Civil War Arkansas,” documents, photographs, maps and artifacts, through April, Mullins Library; Fine Arts Center Gallery; “Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum,” rare books from Remnant Trust, including a cuneiform tablet (2200 B.C.) to the first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation (1862), Mullins Library, through May 12. 479-575-4104. RUSSELLVILLE RUSSELLVILLE CITY PARK: “pARTy in the Park Art Festival,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19, sponsored by the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center. 479-968-2452.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Arkansas Arts Council is taking applications for $4,000 artist fellowships in short story writing, theater directing and artworks on paper. Deadline to apply is April 18. Fellowships are awarded based on artistic ability and to encourage development of the fellows. For more information, call the Arts Council at 324-9766 or email robinm@ arkansasheritage.org. Plein Air on the White River 2014, to be held April 30-May 3, is accepting entries from artists to show work at the Vada Sheid Community Center at Mountain Home and to compete in the Quick Draw competition at the “Art, Music and Barbecue” in Cotter May 2. Landscape artist Bruce Peil will be judge. Artists’ registration will be April 30-May 2; entry fee is $50. Cash prizes to be awarded. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information go to White River Artists on Facebook, email email@example.com or call 870-424-1051.
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Art on Art: An Ekphrastic Slam,” poetry inspired by exhibitions “InCiteful Clay” and “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South,” 7 p.m. April 22, $5 members, $10 nonmembers, students free; lecture by Mary Ann Caws, author of “The Modern Art Cookbook,” 6 p.m. April 24, free to members, $5 to nonmembers, reserve at 372-4000; also $20 artists buffet at Best Impressions Restaurant, reserve at 907-5946. DOWNTOWN NORTH LITTLE ROCK: “The British Invasion 50 Years Later,” archival photographs of the Beatles, Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.), Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Pennington Studios (417 Main), The Joint (301 Main), Thea Foundation (401 Main St.), Mugs Cafe (515 Main) and the Laman Library Argenta Branch (420 Main St.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 19, special events each day, including Argenta ArtWalk 5-8 p.m. April 18, at www.argentaartsdistrict.org. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park:
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AFTER DARK, CONT. “InCiteful Clay,” 35 ceramic sculptures that offer “BA Group Exhibit,” Catherine McGibbony, Gary American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century social commentary by Toby Buonagurio, Nuala Tripp, William Ehrle, Kendalyn McKisick, Carlo a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Fri.; of Women and Handbags (1900-1999),” purses Creed, Michelle Erickson, Richard Notkin, Anne Alarcon, Elizabeth Hartzell, Nancy McGuire, Gallery 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Tue. 479-418-5700. from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Potter, Richard Shaw, Akio Takamori, Ehren Tool, III, through April 20. 569-3182. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. Patti Warashina and Paula Winokur, through June HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. 3rd St.: 29, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “The Crossroads BENTONVILLE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR “Patterns from the Ozarks: Contemporary Ceramics, of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South,” CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 Quilts and Folk Art Painting,” works by Karen 70 paintings by the late Arkansas native, curated ART, One Museum Way: “The William S. Paley desegregation of Central and the civil rights move- Harmony, Jo Smith and Blakely Wilson, through by Memphis’ Brooks Museum, through June 1; Collection: A Taste for Modernism,” works by ment. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. June 8; “Ciara Long: A Different Perspective,” “Ties that Bind: Southern Art from the Collection,” Paul Gaugin, Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, Paul CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 sketches, through May 4; “A Sure Defense: atrium, through April 27; “Earthly Delights: Modern Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and oth- President Clinton Ave.: “Spies, Traitors and The Bowie Knife in America,” through June 22; and Contemporary Highlights from the Collection,” ers, through July 7; “At First Sight,” watercolors Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” “Arkansas Made,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.through April 20, Strauss and Smith galleries. 9 from the personal collection of museum founder from the International Spy Museum in Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 Alice Walton, through April 21; “Edward Hopper: Washington, D.C., through April 27; perma- MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS p.m. Sun. 372-4000. Journey to Blackwell’s Island,” preliminary sketches nent exhibits on the Clinton administration. 9 M I L I TA R Y H I S T O R Y , M a c A r t h u r BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: on loan from the Whitney Museum of American a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; Park: “American Posters of World War I”; per“New Works by Eric Maurus,” through April 22. 11 Art, the finished painting and other watercolors by $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 manent exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. Hopper, through April 21; permanent collection of ages 6-17. 370-8000. p.m. Sun. 376-4602. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome,” through Aug. 23; “Detachment: Work by Robert Reep,” through July 24; “2nd annual Arkansas Printmakers Membership Exhibition,” through June 28; “Southern Voices,” contemporary quilts by the Studio Art Quilts Associates, through May 24. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Arkansas Weather Report,” new paintings by Daniel Coston, through April 27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: James + James Paintings by Dee Schulten, Dr. Lacy Frasier and Sue Henley. 375-2342. Handcrafted for beauty, simplicity, and integrity CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work Built by hand in Northwest Arkansas by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 In 2011, while unemployed and job hunting, James Smith a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. noticed there was a large void in the furniture industry for COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: affordable, quality, and real-wood furniture. So he bought Staff works in “A Thousand Words” gallery. 9183093. a $40 skill saw, some stain, and wood and built a coffee THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings table in his garage. He listed the coffee table online and by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James although that first table didn’t sell for a month, orders Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and started flowing in for dining tables, benches, night stands, Stephen Drive. 992-1099. and more. It was obvious people wanted solid, attractive, ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh real-wood furniture at an affordable price. Smith quickly Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. partnered with college friend James Eldridge to help meet 664-7746. the growing demand and James + James was born. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Greg Lahti, also Tyler Arnold, Today, James + James is one of the fastest growing Kathi Couch, Emile, Gino Hollander, Sean LeCrone, furniture companies in the country, with James+James Mary Ann Stafford, Byron Taylor, Siri Hollander products found in nearly every state from coast to and Rae Ann Bayless. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., coast. Job creation right here in the U.S. continues to 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. remain a top priority. James + James now provides GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Recent work to over 20 team members and growing. We feel works by Ben Krain, Logan Hunter and Jason Smith, so blessed to be able to do exactly what we love and through May 10. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. meet so many great people across the country. Thanks GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: for supporting local craftsmen and small businesses. “Turnings: The Art and Function of Turned Wood,” work by Vernon Oberle, John Wilkins, Ken Glasscock, Charles Kokes, Gene Sperling, Bob CHECK OUT THIS AND MORE AT Revell, Tim Hogan and Dick Easter, through May. ArtisanArkansas.com GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. J.W. WIGGINS NATIVE AMERICAN ART GALLERY, Sequoyah National Research Center, 2801 S. University Ave.: “Art from Above the Arctic Circle,” Inuit basketry, prints, drawings, carvings, beadwork, pottery, wool appliques, Greenland tupilaks, through May 16. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri. 658-6360. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Spring Flowers,” paintings by Louis Beck, through April. 660-4006. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, More at: 2801 S. University Ave.: “Revision, Missing, Listen, By Light, Fly: Drawings by David Bailin,” charcoal Arkansas Grown Products and mixed media drawings, Gallery II, through Order online today! May 30, reception 6:30-8 p.m. May 15; “Annual Student Competition,” Gallery I, through May 5;
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Leland Tucker are involved and they’re calling themselves Los Cerdos Borrachos. LM.
Maddie’s Place It’s a good sign, we think, when you ask a team captain for his strategy going into the hog roast, and he says “probably not to drink as much as we did last time.” That’s
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TEAM NATCHEZ: Katie Reno, Zara Abbassi, Danyel Kilgore, Alexis Jones and Jose Juarez.
While other teams are coming heavy, bringing the maximum number of players to their show, the team fielded by Riverdale’s hot new gourmet taco-and-Mexican-food joint The Fold plans on floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, with only three hands on deck. Fold owner Bart Barlogie said their lineup for the hog roast will be just him, plus chefs Chris McMillan and Alex Smith tending their pig through the night. “We don’t need a lot of people,” he said. “We’ve got a small team and we’re going to do it.” Barlogie said he can’t say much about their strategy, methods or seasonings, but he promises “a special treat” from his trio. “Chris has cooked a whole hog before,” he said. “Alex is new to the game, but she’s a smart cookie.” Considering the great things in small packages that emerge from the kitchen at The Fold on a daily basis, we’re definitely not going to count them out just for traveling light. DK.
Chef Alexis Jones changes the menu at lunch and then again at dinner every day she’s open at Natchez, the inventive, Southern gourmet restaurant in the Tower Building. So you’ll forgive her for not knowing how she’s going to treat her pig. She’ll decide a plan of action nearer to the event based on “what’s available locally.” Just because Jones has found success working spontaneously doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan. Every Wednesday, she offers a three-course dinner and wine pairing for $40. Hard to beat that. Zara Abbasi, Danyel Kilgore, Katie Reno and Jose Juarez will join her on the Natchez hog team. LM
the kind of honesty we like to hear from a bit from the experience last year. “With a second-year team. But seriously, folks: those pits, you’ve got to be able to control Brian Deloney, who heads the team from the heat and move your pig around,” he said. Maddie’s Place, said that their real strategy “I brine mine first for a whole day. We may is to just have a good time with a bunch of inject it and season it up.” DK. friends. Deloney said his eight-person team is stocked with old high school chums and Last year, the Reno’s Pit Crew was loyal customers of Maddie’s, which specialdominated by political bigshots — Arkanizes in Cajun food. “We’re not in it to win it,” Because, we presume, they’re all day- sas Lottery Director Bishop Woosley, Deloney said. “We’re just in there to have light-shunning vampires (the friendly kind, Arkansas Economic Development Comfun. If we win it, that’s great. But we just of course) who don’t rise until we’re tucked mission Executive Director Grant Tenenjoy being around each other and hav- under the covers, the Midtown team has nille, Arkansas House of Representaing a good time.” Deloney said this year’s proven damn near impossible to reach. All tives Chief of Staff Gabe Holmstrom hog roast will be the second time he’s ever we know is that Conan Robinson, Law- — but Reno’s owner Louis France said CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 cooked a whole hog, but he learned quite rence Pickard, Matt Hester, Wally Redd and
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PULL SOME PORK, CONT. Continued from page 30 he hasn’t heard from them this go-round. Did the politicos know their pork, or was France’s leadership the key in the Pit Crew’s second runner-up finish last year? His plan this year certainly sounds mouth watering: He’ll cook it over a pit in a La Caja China Box, an aluminum-lined wooden box, and occasionally take it out or finish it outside of the box in the pit “to get a little more smoke flavor into it.” French said he’ll likely marinate it with Jamaican spices and serve pale ale mac and cheese, Jamaican red beans and rice and mango salsa. Jennifer Reece, Ryan Allen, Jason Turner and Mic McKowen will join France in the crew. LM.
Ristorante Capeo Chef Brian Isaac is a man of few words. How will Capeo’s hog be prepared? His fractured-Haiku response: “We’re gonna cook it. We’re gonna nitrate it up really good. That’s all I’m saying.” LNP.
The Root Cafe The Root had one of the most popular offerings at last year’s Hog Roast with
banh mi bites with roasted pork, plus baked beans and smoked green onions. How will the team top it this year? They’re going to go with a Moroccan pig roast. Jack Sundell spent a couple of years in Morocco in the Peace Corps and learned to love Moroccan cuisine. Of course, Morocco is a Muslim country, which means pork is a no-no. “We’re going to do a cross-cultural culinary experiment,” Sundell said, “with whole-hog roast and tagine.” Tagine is a traditional North African dish stewed in a clay pot, featuring spices like cumin, turmeric and saffron. “I don’t know that a pork tagine has ever been made before,” Sundell laughed. They’re calling it “forbidden tagine.” The team is still hammering out the details, but will likely serve up their forbidden tagine with preserved lemon tomato sauce, mint gremolata and a carrot-cumin slaw salad. The whole-hog expert on the Root’s team is Kelly Gee, the catering director for the Doubletree Hotel, who hosts an annual whole hog roast at his house. “He’s our resident pitmaster,” Sundell said. “We call him our two-porka-day smoker.” The team also features University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences pharmacist Jerry Puryear (“a kitchen mad scientist”) and Nathaniel Wills, a farmer at Felder Farm (“the future mayor of Little Rock”). DR.
Schlafly Tap Room Arkansans will need to have their barbecuing game faces on: The team for the Schlafly Tap Room is coming in all the way from St. Louis to wow us with their pig-roasting skills. Andy White, the executive chef at the Schlafly Tap Room, which opened in 1991 as the first new brewpub in Missouri and serves up European pub food to go with 16 Schlafly craft beer styles on draft, said, “We’ve done a lot of Schlafly events outside of the St. Louis market, but we haven’t done as much down there in Little Rock since we’re pretty new to the market. I figured we’d head down there and cook some pig and drink some beer.” White will be joined by another Schlafly chef, Adam “Wags” Wagner, who brings a wealth of experience in competition barbecue around the Midwest. White and Wags are still figuring out their approach; expect something spicy and something crunchy. That’s all they would divulge for now. Will they have some Schlafly beer on hand? “Oh, we might bring a little beer in the truck,” White said. Schlafly is providing the beer for the event’s Beer and Wine Garden. DR.
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said. “I got Travis McConnell to head up my team!” Anyone who’s ever sampled McConnell’s whole-hog wizardry (including at last year’s hog roast, when McConnell led the Capital Bar team) will readily endorse this approach. “He’s got a really unique piece of cooking equipment,” Bell said. “It’s a splay — it’s an Argentinian style cooking method where you split the hog open, almost crucified, and then you lean it gently over the fire. Rather than a spit or a smoker, we’re going to do a natural, South American style.” Bell comes with experience himself, having done the Cochon 555 whole-hog competition when he was at the Capital Hotel (he once deboned a pig’s head and stuffed it with mortadella and sewed it back up). “When I was growing up in Montana, we had some friends that did a big pig roast every summer,” Bell said. “It’s always an incredible party.” Bell said the team is still brainstorming for this year’s roast, but right now they’re leaning toward pulled-pork bahn mi. “We’re going to try to get as much great vegetables locally as we can and do pickled vegetables on the sandwich,” he said. One note for local foodies: Bell said they’re considering doing a pop-up whole-hog roast event in the future featuring McConnell at South on Main. Stay tuned. DR. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38
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‘THE RAID 2’: Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman star.
Be warned ‘The Raid 2’ may be unlike anything you’ve seen before. BY SAM EIFLING
he Raid 2,” a martial arts epic so ultraviolent and spectacular it arrives almost as a surprise in American theaters, will surprise no one who saw its predecessor, “The Raid: Redemption,” with its audacity and ferocity. However, if you missed out on everyone’s favorite Indonesian shoot-’em-up cop classic in 2011, then you might need a bit of a primer on the sequel. A movie this dangerous, in fact, could really use a feature-length disclaimer. WARNING: “The Raid 2” is unsafe to view if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, may impregnate someone, or were born as the result of a pregnancy. Do not see “The Raid 2” if you are allergic to the sight of blood spraying, blood pooling in snow, blood rushing out of freshly cut necks, bones snapping like celery, heads getting pounded against hard surfaces, faces getting pressed onto hot surfaces, bullets zipping into moving vehicles, people getting shot, people getting ripped apart with blades, people getting unzipped with claw hammers, bodies being dumped into public water supplies, or peanuts. Avoid “The Raid 2” if you are not keen on subtitles. With all there is to see on-screen, your eye may miss some of the finer plot points and names. Alternatively, you can buff up your Indonesian ahead of time. Reconsider seeing “The Raid 2” if you are claustrophobic, germophobic or hew to the immaculate. The movie picks up two hours after the previous film left off, and is decidedly more convoluted in its presentation. Iko Uwais, the main cop from the first “Raid,” is
back, this time under extremely deep cover. He moves to get close to a nefarious crime lord by getting thrown in prison and befriending the man’s son (Arifin Putra). This leads to a couple of memorably intense combat scenes: One in a bathroom stall and one medieval riot in a Javanese prison yard in a soft-serve morass of mud. Brutality and filth ensue. “The Raid 2” should not be seen by children, unless their parents are away for at least 2.5 hours, because the movie is long and those parents would be shocked to see most of the insane fight scenes, such as the one where an old assassin has to fight his way out of a nightclub using only fists, furniture and the occasional broken bottle, or the one in which our undercover hero and his adopted gang have to shoot their way out of a botched shakedown of a putrid pornography den. The makers of “The Raid 2” cannot be held responsible if, after watching several people beaten to death with a metal baseball bat, you never see America’s pastime quite the same way again. In brutality and ambition, “The Raid 2” will make other action movies seem pusillanimous by comparison. Director/ writer Gareth Evans clearly is attempting to craft an organized crime movie with the intergenerational pathos of “The Godfather” with a typhoon of topquality hand-to-hand combat, sick car chases and operatic death sequences. There is no shame in falling shy of “The Godfather” when a filmmaker succeeds in his other goals. So you’ve been warned: You may want to watch it a second time. www.arktimes.com
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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ BOULEVARD BREAD CO., 1920 N. Grant, will offer a bar and bistro dining thanks to an expansion into the adjacent Kavanaugh Boulevard storefront formerly occupied by New Traditions dress shop. Christina Basham, Boulevard owner, said the restaurant (name to be determined) will offer a “very simple, small dinner menu” designed by Sonia Schaefer, with such items as steak frites and classic cocktails from the bar, including drinks made with fresh-squeezed juices. Boulevard’s current deli and grocery space won’t change. Closing will be extended from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. and breakfast will be served on both Saturdays and Sundays. It will be recognizably Boulevardian, Basham said. The business’ new 4,900-square-foot footprint may also be large enough to include a small catering room for private parties. Basham is shooting for an August opening. She said she’ll try hard to keep the current space open during construction, though the connecting wall will have to be torn down. Meanwhile, the deck renovation is almost complete and will offer a larger outdoor eating area.
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1620 SAVOY Fine dining in a swank space. The scallops are especially nice. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat. ASHER DAIRY BAR An old-line dairy bar that serves up made-to-order burgers, foot-long “Royal” hotdogs and old-fashioned shakes and malts. 7105 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC, CC. $-$$. 501-562-1085. BLD Mon.-Sat., D Fri.-Sat. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. B-BR Sat.-Sun. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles — 30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. 36
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Doe’s Eat Place
1023 W. Markham St. 501-376-1195 doeseatplace.net
QUICK BITE If you are angling for Porterhouse at your Doe’s dinner, call ahead and reserve it/them, as Doe’s finest cut often sells out. And remember a huge single steak can be cooked at two different temperatures. HOURS 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar, all credit cards accepted. ONE OF THE BEST IN TOWN: Doe’s cheeseburger.
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amn, we love Doe’s! We go to the “Eat Place” just infrequently enough that we don’t remember how much we love it — until we’re back. And then, a few bites in, our eyes meet, we nod and utter a synchronized “Damn!” We love Doe’s for lunch. We love Doe’s for dinner. And while the options have expanded gradually — particularly at lunch — since the place proudly known as a “dive” opened in 1988, we generally stick with the same formula. This also owes to the infrequency of our visits. (No explanations for that unfortunate phenomenon.) We won’t belabor the well-known backstory behind Doe’s Eat Place. But it’s important. Veteran restaurateur George Eldridge (chronologically: Band Box/ Sports Page/Buster’s/Doe’s/Blues City Cafe in Memphis/The Tamale Factory in Gregory) loved the original Doe’s in Greenville, Miss., and worked a deal to open the world’s second Doe’s on West Markham a little west of the Little Rock Police Department headquarters. Eldridge, like many high-profile Arkansans, was buddies with the governor who would become president, and during the 1992 campaign the famed Rolling Stone interview with Bill Clinton was conducted at Doe’s. Bill’s been back, and the stories and pictures live on. (Check the Annie Leibovitz shot of Eldridge with chef Lucille Robinson before the Inaugural Ball.)
All that, and the rag-tag restaurant itself, adds to the allure, but as the Doe’s website notes “the real stars will always be our eats.” Doe’s cheeseburger should be in the thick of any “best burger in town” discussion. It, like Doe’s unique approach to steak, benefits from the flattop griddle that imparts a nice crunch that locks in supreme juiciness. Doe’s doesn’t overdress its burgers, and it puts the scant layer of shredded lettuce, the very thin tomato slices, the pickle and chopped onion below the burger, not above it. The bun is also grilled and just a bit greasy. It’s $6.25 and includes Doe’s near-perfect, hand-cut, straight-cut fries, 50 cents less if you 86 the cheese. We got a little ahead of ourselves, because the correct start to a Doe’s lunch is a plate of tamales. Three of the thick, cigar-sized, custom-made tamales will set you back $4.25. (They get slightly cheaper per tamale if you go for the half-dozen or dozen.) Unleash them from their paper wrapper and you’ll find a nice ratio of masa to the slightly spicy shredded pork center. They are firm, not at all mushy, and served with thinnish chili that isn’t really spicy hot, but does have a nice chili powder zing. The lunch menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, catfish, chicken pasta and even a damn salad with grilled chicken (blasphemy!). We figure somebody gets some of those sometimes.
Steaks are served at Doe’s by the pound, ranging from two to six, and are $15.50 (sirloin) $16.50 (T-bone) and $19.50 (Porterhouse) per pound. We ordered our threepound Porterhouse medium rare, and it came out exactly that with the fabulous flattop-generated crunch to the exterior; the inside was almost buttery it was so tender. Grill vs. griddle vs. oven for steaks can be argued, and we like them done all ways, but it’s the griddle treatment that makes Doe’s steaks notable and distinctive. Again, we’ve cut to the main-course chase. All Doe’s dinners start with a small soaked salad — iceberg, tomato and red onion dosed with plenty of oil and vinegar. It’s not our favorite salad, but it’s certainly got its diehard fans. You’ll also get more than enough of those great fries, plus boiled new potatoes and greasy/crunchy Texas toast. We usually add each of the two shrimp choices — broiled and fried, each $11.50 per half-dozen and $19.50 per dozen. The fried are our favorite in town — perfectly done shrimp beneath batter that is incredibly light and crisp. We’re not so high on the cocktail sauce, which is a little sweet for our taste and needs more horseradish. The broiled shrimp swim in garlicky, buttery wonderfulness. One of our other favorite quirks of Doe’s is going to the “wine closet” and picking out our own bottle; each has a handwritten price on it, and the prices are quite reasonable. Doe’s isn’t a fancy place; the waitress didn’t know the brand of the house wine, and no money is wasted on fancy flatware, plates or tablecloths. But who cares, really?
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THE BOX Cheeseburgers and french fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2233000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN WANG & CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. Open late. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1303. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. Limited seating is available. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2440975. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3727976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway.
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CHI’S DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 501-916-9973. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized
Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT The food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls stands out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W. 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-6657.
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CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. A plate lunch special is now available. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.
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ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3531875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. JAY’S PIZZA New York-style pizza by the slice. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-313-8611. L Mon.-Sat. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 www.arktimes.com
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➥ Local food writer and frequent Arkansas Times contributor Kat Robinson is the featured guest April 17 for COLONIAL WINES & SPIRITS’ Celebrity Cocktail Month at its tasting bar. The event is from 5-7 p.m. and the featured cocktail is the hazelnut Kat-tini. Robinson will also sign copies of her latest book, “Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley”. If you can’t make it this week, be sure to check out the rest of the month’s Thursday night events, when Colonial hosts local celebs from the arts, media, politics, food and gardening at the tasting bar. Along with the opportunity to meet with these Little Rock tastemakers and trendsetters, you’ll get to sample a signature cocktail created in their honor. The celebrity guests will also talk about current projects or events they are planning promoting. ➥ The MACARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY will host a program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry at 7 p.m. April 24. Roy L. Wilson, a seventhgeneration resident of Grant County and an award-winning teacher, will present the story of the Civil War battle, which was part of the Camden Expedition, at the museum, located at 503 East 9th St. This free event is open to the public, and is a sanctioned program of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. ➥ The SOUTH MAIN VINTAGE MARKET is now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates: May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 at Bernice Garden. ➥ Don’t forget that the fourth annual Indie Arts and Music Festival presented by ETSY LITTLE ROCK is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26 in Hillcrest. Enjoy live local music, shopping Etsy vendor booths and delicious food truck nibbles along Kavanaugh Boulevard from Walnut to Palm streets. ➥ CYNTHIA EAST FABRICS will host a hands-on workshop on how to use Amy Howard Paints at 9 a.m. April 27. Cost is $145 per person and spaces are limited. Call 501-6630460 or email email@example.com to register. 38
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The Southern Gourmasian Does food truck king Justin Patterson have a plan for the hog roast? “Just a plan to win it,” he said with a laugh. “I kind of started the food truck on a whim, just cooking food that I like and people around us were impressed with. We definitely don’t overthink things.” Even if he wanted to plan, Patterson couldn’t. The Southern Gourmasian has become so popular that, with all the catering jobs and special events in addition to regular service, he can’t catch up. As for when he’ll move from truck into a brick and mortar space, all Patterson would say is, “It’s encompassing my entire life right now. I need it to happen.” Patterson’s partner in Southern Gourmasian, Pat Beaird, will help him out in the hog roast along, likely, with a few other friends. LM.
Taco Mama “I’m very competitive,” said Diana Bratton, who has owned and operated the Hot Springs restaurant Taco Mama with her husband, Shane, since 2009. “I might fall flat on my face, but I’m in this to win it.” Born in South Texas, Diana was raised on Mexican food, and Taco Mama, which the Brattons opened in a renovated space once occupied by a 1920s hardware store, is her masterpiece, repeatedly voted Best Mexican Restaurant (outside of Little Rock) in the Times’ Reader’s Choice poll. Diana said she’s never roasted a hog before, but her husband has, and anyway, she knows the basics: “You dig a hole, drink lots of beer, blah blah blah.” She’s planning a rub involving freshly ground dried chilis, a little oregano, some thyme, maybe cinnamon. “I’m just going to play with it,” she says. Citrus and banana leaves will likely play a part, and for sides they’ll have a chili-pecan slaw with mangos and a broccoli salad with apples, dates, celery and cilantro. Still, the hog is the focus, and she’s anxious to get to it. “I
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Whole Hog If there’s a team to beat in this year’s hog roast, it has to be Team Whole Hog, fielded by Whole Hog North Little Rock owner Rich Cosgrove and stocked with veterans from both the Little Rock and North Little Rock incarnations of the barbecue restaurant that has quickly become a regional favorite. As if that wasn’t intimidating enough, Cosgrove is calling in a local legend to lead his team: Mike “Sarge” Davis, the Whole Hog co-founder who cooked up many of the restaurant’s recipes. “He’s the best meat man I know,” Cosgrove said. “He has a couple of legitimate Memphis in May World Championships with Whole Hog to his name, as well as hundreds of significant barbecue awards.” Let’s just say that if this were a “Karate Kid” movie, Team Whole Hog would clearly be Cobra Kai Dojo. But Cosgrove said his 10-person squad isn’t clearing a space in their trophy case just yet. “We’ve got some competition in this thing,” he said. “We’re not intimidated, but we’re certainly far from cocky. We’re going into this thing humble. We just really want to have a good time and compete and hopefully our pig turns out extremely well.” DK
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