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Status Today we witnessed a bombing of the Boston Marathon. A total of 3,300 people have been shot since Newtown at Sandy Hook Elementary. Do you think they’re connected? Do you think people are getting tired of being misused, abused and marginalized? After Citizens United my status as an American has been relegated to the gutter. Judy Ladd Hot Springs

An open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor As an Arkansan who happens to live in Newtown, Conn., and whose parents and sisters and brothers-in -law and nieces and nephews all still live in Arkansas, I am extremely disappointed in your vote today in favor of filibuster on the background check bill. My wife is a teacher at Sandy Hook; she huddled against a wall with her students about 50 feet away from that mass murder, listening to the whimpers and pleas and cries of the victims. She and I are committed to speaking out on behalf of those victims. We cannot stand for inaction on controlling illegal and inappropriate access to guns in this country. Many of my friends and relatives in Arkansas — along with about 90 percent of all Americans — are in favor of universal background checks and strong antitrafficking laws, which are essential to reducing the horrible gun violence in this country. If you don’t believe that those laws are needed, then you don’t understand or don’t care about the problem. This isn’t just about Newtown; it’s about the thousands of handgun murders in New Orleans and Memphis and Houston; it’s about

the deaths of young people like Jasmine Young and Derek Olivier. Suffice it to say that if you vote against the bill when it comes to a vote, we (my wife and I, all of my friends in Arkansas, and my friends at the Newtown Action Alliance and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun violence organizations) will have no choice but to do everything in our power to contribute to replacing you in office with someone who has the courage to do what is right in regard to gun violence. We believe you have it within you to do the right thing, and we hope you will do so. Brian Clements Newtown, Conn.

Another open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor It is time that I must point out to you that I can no longer support you to represent me in Washington. I have had differences of opinion with many of your positions since you have been elected but have understood that you represent more than just me. The vote today to not allow discussion on new gun legislation has taken you beyond meeting someone “in the aisle” and dissuaded me from the idea that you could become a statesman. When you ran for your first term I was the one that asked you, in a town hall meeting that was staged in North Little Rock, about your position on gun control. Your reply talked only of your heritage of hunting and wanting to teach your offspring of this heritage. You never mentioned that you would block conversation of keeping guns out of the hands of people that, by their mental condition, include children as hunting targets. I did not understand that you wanted everyone to determine their

own prey and the number of bullets they can have to unload in the poor unsuspecting target of their twisted minds. If you believe in the Second Amendment please believe in the WHOLE sentence. It does start with “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.” Did you notice the words well regulated? You voted today to stop conversation about regulation involving human targets. Senator, you have just lost my confidence. I have lived my life as a yellow-dog Democrat and I am now looking for a yellow dog rather than a dirty dog to vote for. You have a chance to redeem yourself but the time is limited. Please represent logical conversation rather than anti-government and gun manufacture rhetoric. Michael Dunlap Conway

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ne would have to travel back to the 1950s, to a time when schools and water fountains were racially segregated, and Southern politicians fought to keep them so, to find Arkansas’s two senators joined together in a more shameful vote than that of Mark Pryor and John Boozman on gun control. Like virtually all Southern senators of their day, Arkansas’s John McClellan and J. William Fulbright supported filibusters to keep civil rights bills off the floor. Segregationists didn’t just want these bills defeated, they wanted them not even discussed, much less voted on. It was democracy turned upside down; anything was justified that might slow the advance of racial equality. Pryor and Boozman struck the same attitude on gun control, but the Pryor-Boozman entente is even more noteworthy in a way. McClellan and Fulbright were both Democrats, at a time when Southern Democrats in Washington were a generally sorry though unified lot. Boozman and Pryor are ostensibly members of different parties, at a juncture when partisan differences have never been sharper, and Republicans have taken sorriness to a new low. But timidity is bipartisan, and Pryor and Boozman cowered shoulder-toshoulder in opposing mere debate of modest gun-control legislation, deaf to the appeals of the families of the 20 first-graders murdered in Newtown, Conn., last December. Pryor was one of only two Democrats who supported the filibuster. He managed to stoop lower than 16 Republicans even. One of those 16, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, told interviewers he was appalled by the pro-filibuster votes in the Senate. He’s opposed to the gun-control bill himself, he said, but he couldn’t look at himself in the mirror if he voted to prevent debate on it. Most other senators agreed. The filibuster was ended. Both the Democratic Pryor and the Republican Boozman chose the NRA over the families of Newtown. The families can have more children, after all, but Pryor and Boozman might not have more Senate terms if they disobey the NRA, or so they believe. Pryor feels the threat most keenly. He’s up for re-election next year, and he saw what happened to his former colleague, Blanche Lincoln, when she cast a correct but controversial vote for the Obama health care plan last year. Lincoln was turned out of the Senate, the undistinguished Boozman allowed in. And Lincoln’s overall voting record was very similar to Pryor’s. Whatever her shortcomings, Blanche Lincoln was a better senator than the man she lost to, far better. Even Mike Ross, the flawed former representative of the Fourth Congressional District, looks better now that we’ve seen his Koch Brothers-owned successor. Perhaps the saddest part of this gun-control vote is that everyone knows Pryor will be preferable to whomever teabag Republicans choose to run against him. Moderates will have no choice but to vote for Pryor. They will be deeply embarrassed.

THE AYES HAVE IT: Supporters of Medicaid expansion stand on the steps leading to the House chamber Tuesday. The House voted 77-23 to approve expansion.

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t press time, a Senate vote was still up in the air, but the thinking was that senators would join the House in its momentous approval Tuesday of Medicaid expansion by a 77-23 vote. The vote passed a $5 billion appropriation bill for the Department of Human Services, a good billion of it in the form of extra money provided by the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act for states willing to expand the pool of people covered by Medicaid. Obamacare, in other words. What’s that I say? The new Republican legislative majority, most of them elected on a platform of revulsion toward the president and Obamacare, voted to accept Obamacare? Yes they did, as many in the holdout group of 23 Republican opponents took pains to point out. Some pragmatic Republicans took the lead in shaping a Medicaid expansion pitched as a far superior “private option.” Arkansas will privatize Medicaid expansion, using federal money to buy health insurance from private insurance companies. The remnant core Medicaid program for the elderly and disabled will be cut back. Various bits of complementary legislation will advance the (largely unsupported) Republican belief that the medical program for the poor is wastefully run and rife with fraud. If the federal government can’t sustain the money to continue its support of this state expansion, Arkansas can drop out. It will be left with a residual Medicaid program even less sufficient for the needs of the working poor than it already was. Thus this legislation is a win/win for Republicans, except to those principled teabagger holdouts who simply don’t want to expand government programs, whether the feds are paying or not, whether it’s good for people or not. The political fallout is all good for Republicans. They get all the federal money with none of the guilt because they can claim they made a bad proposition better. The money will free hundreds of millions in Arkansas revenue for other state purposes, first among

them a tax cut mostly of benefit to rich people. Though the measure couldn’t pass without the 49 Democrat/ Green votes, it looks for all the world like a Republican victory. MAX Which it was. Democrats BRANTLEY (and liberal columnists) were instructed to shut up, lest their enthusiasm discourage Republican votes. Gov. Mike Beebe agreed to anything that Republicans like Rep. John Burris and Speaker Davy Carter wanted. Davy Carter? It was a huge victory for the speaker, who used all the Democrats, Burris and a handful of Republicans to be elected speaker over the expected coronation of Rep. Terry Rice. His effective, determined leadership makes his rumored plans to run for governor all the more real. Use Obamacare against him? With 28 of 51 House Republicans on his side? They also happened to be the most intelligent and effective of the Republican caucus. Conservative to a lamentable fault, yes, but generally not the type searching the sky for black helicopters to potshot with their openly carried shooting irons. Carter can run as a guy who gets things done. He’ll face some grumbling from the hard right in a Republican primary against Asa Hutchinson. But Hutchinson, three times a loser in statewide races, is old news. Also, he is often confused with a brother who lost a U.S. Senate race amid a messy personal life, not to mention a nephew with a recent girlfriend problem. He is the NRA poster boy for more guns in schools. But will the Republican primary really be about guns? This legislature, under Carter’s leadership, has passed just about every gun-friendly piece of legislation imaginable. Who’d have thought Davy Carter, and several other Republicans, would go into an election cycle claiming credit for an unprecedented expansion of a government entitlement program? I bet they won’t call it Obamacare.


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ince marking red-letter days such as anniversaries of U.S. invasions and assassinations with post-mortems is all the rage, here is another that so far has passed unnoticed: 2013 is the year that the U.S. public debt is supposed to be retired, at least if you were a disciple of Bill Clinton. As everyone knows, the public debt has not been disappearing but climbing — to right at $12 trillion now, or $16.8 trillion if you want to add in governmental debt holdings like the Social Security Trust Fund. You probably do not remember the 2013 debt-elimination schedule because it was never implemented. It’s worth remembering now because it is handy to explain the “debt explosion” that Republicans have used to frighten the wits out of most Americans and the pointless stalemate that stymies the government and frustrates the country. In January 2000, with some fanfare, Clinton released his fiscal 2001 budget, which would be the last of his presidency. The budget anticipated (and it would actually experience) the fourth straight on-budget treasury surplus. The actual surplus would amount to $236.4 billion in the fiscal year in which he was speaking and $127.3 billion for fiscal 2001.

Surpluses were forecast far into the future, and Clinton’s budget dedicated those surpluses to early payment of ERNEST all the nation’s debt DUMAS securities, which stood at something more than $5.5 trillion. The calculation was that the public debt — that held by the public, including foreign investors like China — would be retired in fiscal 2013. Right about now, America would have found the Holy Grail. But Republicans held Congress and they had other plans, large tax cuts to free up the investor class and stimulate growth, and greater military spending, which Clinton and his predecessor, George H.W. Bush, had more or less held in check. Clinton’s plan was dead on arrival, Democrats lost the election that fall, and you know what happened then. George W. Bush and the Republican Congress slashed individual and corporate taxes, especially for investors and high earners, expanded tax breaks, started two wars and hiked military spending from $385 billion to $800 billion a year, expanded

Obama negotiates with himself again


he great mystery of Barack Obama America, told the remains the extent to which he has New York Times. ever believed his own rhetoric about The group staged a transformative, post-partisan presidency. a protest outside Was it really possible, I asked early last year, the White House. “that Obama had mistaken the U.S. govern- Newly-elected Sen. GENE ment for the Harvard Law Review, where Elizabeth Warren LYONS the emollient balm of his personality per- (D-MA) dispatched suaded rival factions to reason together?” an e-mail to her supporters arguing that No Chicago politician, I decided, could “Our Social Security system is critical to propossibly be that naive. And yet here we tecting middle-class families, and we cango again. With Mitt Romney in the rear- not allow it to be dismantled inch by inch.” Realistically, “inch by inch” is more apt view mirror and congressional Republicans more intransigent than ever, Obama than “dismantled.” According to economist has been taking GOP senators out to din- Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and ner, while the White House has suppos- Policy Research, who strenuously opposes edly made party hardliners the proverbial “chained-CPI,” “President Obama’s probudgetary offer they can’t refuse. posal would reduce benefits by 0.3 percent Obama’s willingness to swap “reforms” for each year after a worker retires. After in the way cost-of-living increases to Social ten years benefits would be cut by 3.0 perSecurity benefits are calculated — the so- cent, after twenty years 6.0 percent, and called “chained CPI” — in return for higher after 30 years 9.0 percent. Over a twenty revenues from closing tax loopholes, has year retirement, the average cut would be 3.0 percent.” many liberals howling mad. That’s about $36 on the average $1200 And yet Republicans will almost certainly refuse it. Social Security check — noticeable, but But hold that thought. hardly crippling. Obama’s proposal also “You cannot be a good Democrat and comes with complicated formulas for procut Social Security,” Arshad Hasan, the tecting the poorest recipients. executive director of Democracy for The kind of Washington wise men

Medicare without raising taxes to pay for it, and beefed up the national-security state. Clinton’s surpluses, which he expected to pay down the debt, ended instantly and massive deficits replaced them — on-budget deficits of $538 billion in 2003 and $568 billion in 2004. The Great Recession hit in December 2007, followed by the financial collapse the next fall. Deficits have been coming down since 2009 despite Barack Obama’s stimulus program. This year, the red ink will be in the neighborhood of $850 billion, and it will fall much farther in 2014 and beyond if the deficit-lowering provisions of Obamacare are allowed to kick in and the economy continues to grow. But the message that has taken hold is that the nation’s debt is speeding the end of the world and that it is Barack Obama’s fault. So effective has it been that Obama has offered to halfway adopt the Republican religion that America is going to hell for coddling the elderly and disabled — society’s nonproducers. Although Social Security has not contributed a dime to the deficits, he offers to lower future pensions. The goal of no deficit and no debt is still a worthy pursuit as long as your means do not do even more harm. In a healthy economy like that which prevailed in Clinton’s presidency, the remedy would be obvious:

a return to exactly the terms of 2000 — tax rates that proved not to be a burden then, the 2000 patterns of defense spending and a stern regimen for health-care spending growth. But that is not the economy or the political circumstance. The debt that ought to be bothering everyone is not the public debt or the somewhat larger national debt that includes government-held debt. All the dire predictions about the soaring debt have proved absurd. The real problem is the private debt of American households, which amounts to 75 percent of family income. When banks, seeking greater and greater profits, gave up the formula that people could only afford mortgage payments of 25 percent of their income, Americans took on a massive debt overhang. That and banking craziness gave us the financial collapse and the Great Recession, and it is still a pall over the economy. For four years, the government has spurned debt relief, which would have freed people to spend more money on things that create demand and jobs. The avowed Republican plan to force a balanced budget through massive government spending cuts, would leave commercial banks responsible for financing the nation’s recovery. Remember how that worked in the last decade.

who wear expensively tailored suits on TV talk shows pronounced themselves well-pleased. On the PBS NewsHour, the lefty/righty team of Mark Shields and David Brooks called Obama “gutsy” and “brave,” respectively, for sticking it to greedy geezers. And yet, as I say, none of this is likely to happen. No sooner had the Obama budget been released than partisans on both sides began showing something less than earnest good faith. The initial GOP response came from the head of the Republicans’ House campaign committee, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, who denounced what he called the president’s “shocking attack on seniors.” Speaker John Boehner sang a different tune. No revenue increases, no how, no way was his answer. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took the same line. Never mind that both men had been urging the White House to adopt “chained CPI” for a couple of years. The GOP commitment to preserving preferential tax rates for the Mitt Romneys and Koch brothers of the nation has achieved the status of an absolute. It probably didn’t matter, but it certainly didn’t help that the White House sent out various emissaries hinting that it was all a big head fake anyway. “Administration officials spent most of Wednesday insisting that chained CPI was the Republicans’ idea, not Obama’s,” POLITICO reported “and that he’d only agree to it if it had these protections and was included in a broader deficit reduction package. ‘The offer that is there for Speaker

[John Boehner] is not an a la carte menu,’ National Economic Council director Gene Sperling told reporters.” Writing in his Washington Post “Wonkblog,” boy pundit Ezra Klein explained that the purpose of the White House budget was to expose GOP hypocrisy. “As the White House sees it, there are two possible outcomes to this budget. One is that it actually leads to a grand bargain, either now or in a couple of months. Another is that it proves to the press and the public that Republican intransigence is what’s standing in the way of a grand bargain.” That similar mixed motives have been part of every legislative proposal since the dawn of democracy might have made this unnecessary to say. But like a child riding a unicycle, this White House can’t seem to quit advertising its own cleverness. Besides, anybody who doesn’t get it by now probably can’t. Most Democrats I know tend to agree with former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. “The only thing the President has accomplished by putting Social Security on the chopping block is to make it more vulnerable to future cuts, and to dampen the enthusiasm of Democrats and many independents for the midterm elections of 2014.” Once again, President Obama appears to be negotiating with himself — like a guy playing a game of seven-card stud in which his hole cards, but nobody else’s, are revealed.

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ew York may never sleep, as the song says, but some writers and editors there do. Bick Satterfield submits evidence from The New Yorker: “Laying there on the ground, next to the sheet, was a banana peel.” No, the banana peel was lying there on the ground. Satterfield says that many people, too many actually, still don’t understand the uses of lie and lay. He’s right. About the same time I received Satterfield’s letter — yes, it was a letter, not an e-mail — I saw in The Week magazine a blurb about a movie: “The American — George Clooney plays a brooding assassin trying to lay low in Italy in this atmospheric suspense thriller.” Really, George was trying to lie low. I believe the home office of The Week is in London; you’d expect journalists there to know the Queen’s English too. This kind of malfeasance is enough to make an assassin brood. (Though I have to admit that between brooding assassins and shooting assassins, I much prefer the former.)  The verbs lie and lay are not interchangeable. Lay means “to cause something to lie; put,” as in “Lay that pistol down, Babe, lay that pistol down.” To lie is “to be in, or move into, a reclining position, or on or onto a flat surface,” as in, “Just lie there and brood, why don’t

you?” The past tense of lie is lay — “He lay down” — which may help confuse matters. The past particiDOUG ple of lie is lain — SMITH “The banana peel has lain there for days.” The past tense and past participle of lay are both laid. “She laid her pistol down” and “she has laid her pistol down.” (Speaking of “the city that never sleeps,” I wish somebody would take up her pistol and shoot those responsible for the Belmont’s discarding “The Sidewalks of New York” and adopting “New York, New York” as the race’s official song. Class replaced by cheese. Is there no taste left, Honey Boo Boo?) Congressball: “Mills demonstrated his legislative acumen when lining up support for the proposed Beaver Dam and Lake … Mills advised Congressman Jim Trimble not to talk to the House Public Works Committee chairman, Clifford Davis of Memphis, when Davis was drinking. Trimble waited for weeks on end, then finally tried his luck. Just as Mills expected, Davis balled out Trimble and threw him out of his office.”

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A LAWSUIT. As promised, the Center for Reproductive Rights, American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Arkansas have filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’s ban on most abortions beginning at the 12th week of pregnancy. Plaintiffs are Drs. Louis Jerry Edwards and Tom Tvedten, on behalf of themselves and their patients.

It was a bad week for ... SEN. MARK PRYOR. He was one of only two Democrats joining a minority of Republicans who opposed allowing a bill that would expand background checks on gun buyers to come to the

Senate floor for debate. ETHICS. The Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments rejected a resolution that would have put an ethics reform measure on the ballot. The proposal, co-sponsored by Rep. Warwick Sabin and Sen. Jon Woods, had been approved by the House committee last week, but Sabin and Woods decided to amend the proposal to strengthen ethics provisions in response to criticism from a Common Cause representative. The amended proposal won approval from the House committee, but the Senate side voted it down. Regnat Populus, the grassroots group that has pushed to get similar reforms on the ballot, will begin collecting signatures to get the measure on the ballot in 2014. LITTLE ROCK POLICE OFFICER JEFFREY HARRIS. Harris was relieved from duty and an internal investigation was initiated after the police department learned of a bar fight in Billy’s Bar in Fayetteville where Harris, then off duty, pulled his gun. Video of the fight spread through social networks.


Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER, somewhere. There are just too many explosives out there. Too many sticks of dynamite sleeping in dark boxes. Too many bricks of plastic explosive gone AWOL from military bases. Too many cans of black powder stacked in neat rows on store shelves. Too many plain ol’ chemicals that can be mixed into death in sweltering basements. Too many crazies. Too many axes to grind. Too many people who see politics and belief and the way people choose to live their lives as an immoveable stone that can only be changed the same way you change a stone: Blow it up. Split it asunder. Break it down so that it can be carted off to where they believe it should be. It had to happen sooner or later. Twelve years is a long time to wait for the other shoe to drop. Now we’ll see whether we learned anything from the last time. The Observer hopes we all have. It won’t be easy. The centrifuge of tragedy spins confusion into fear and anger so quickly. Last night, while looking through page after page online, soaking up the insanity and carnage of it all, The Observer found himself filled with rage, clucking jingoistically over our military might and secretly hoping that it was some other country who did this so we could bomb them off the face of the planet: rain iron on their homes until they flee to the caves, then fill those caves with fire. The next thought, we were hoping that it was some domestic group: a bunch of twisted, hateful, deadeyed monsters, drunk on dogma, that we can root out of their banner-hung hovels and then try, convict and execute — possibly from a bunting-bedecked, 20-man gallows on the National Mall — in order to show everyone that violence is never the way. Yes, we realize that last sentence makes no sense. No, it’s not rational. The Observer knows that. It’s monstrous. It’s wounded thinking. It’s the same kind of thinking that had this country throwing away our civil liberties and moral authority in the world by handfuls 12 years ago. Seeing the footage played over and over, though — the bright, strangely pretty roll of fire and

white smoke; the single runner crumbling, ankle turned under; the crowds disappearing behind the veil and then reappearing in a smashed heap like a horrible magic trick — we couldn’t help it. We hated. We wished for the painful death of whoever had a hand in it. We felt the bitter spider of disgust for mankind in general building a web in our heart. Then, however, we clicked a link, and somebody had posted a quote by Fred Rogers. Rather than explain to you what Mr. Rogers meant to The Observer as a boy we’ll say this: As The Observer admits from time to time when we’re in our cups, there have only been two celebrities whose death we have cried over. The first was Kurt Vonnegut. The other was Mr. Rogers. This was the quote from Mr. Rogers someone had shared: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” So, The Observer went back to the footage. Instead of focusing on the orange, hateful roses that bloomed in Boston, and the carnage, and the blood, we looked at the aftermath. And what we saw was remarkable: regular people, not knowing what had happened or if danger still loomed, scrambling over the broken barricades to help the injured and the dying. We looked at the photos: People still in their running shorts and shoes, kneeling on hard pavement to help staunch blood. Cops and firefighters dashing into harm’s way. A regular guy — clad in a T-shirt and an out-ofplace cowboy hat — helping push a man the color of soot in a wheelchair, both his legs gone at the knees. The Observer could hear their voices: You’re OK. Don’t be afraid. You’re going to make it. I’m here for you. We are all OK. Don’t be afraid. We are all going to make it. We’re here for each other. This is our neighborhood.

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A journalist who said she was threatened with arrest by ExxonMobil employees while reporting on the pipeline rupture in Mayflower has won a Pulitzer Prize. Lisa Song is a reporter with the New York City-based non-profit InsideClimate News, which has been extensively covering the spill in Mayflower since it happened. Song shares the 2013 Pulitzer for National Reporting with Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer for their work on a story called “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of” — the product of a seven-month investigation into a 2010 pipeline rupture that spilled over a million gallons of Canadian diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. According to an April 5 report on, Song entered the Mayflower spill response joint command center, housed in a warehouse on I-40, on April 3 while trying to talk to officials with the EPA and the Department of Transportation. After going up to a table labeled “public affairs,” Song said she was approached by Exxon spokesperson Kim Jordan and asked to leave. Another person reportedly walked up and told Song, “You’ve been asked by security to leave. If you don’t, you’ll be arrested for criminal trespass.” At that point, Song left. Asked about the incident a few days later, Jordan told the Arkansas Times that Song’s contention she had been threatened with arrest was “a false report.” “I was standing right there,” Jordan said, “and I didn’t hear anyone threaten her with arrest.” Asked if Song could have stayed at the command center if she wanted to, Jordan said no, due to security and safety concerns. Asked what would have happened had Song refused to leave, Jordan said: “If she had refused to leave, we would have asked the sheriff’s deputies to deal with it.” Jordan said deputies would have decided if Song would have been arrested or not. Another ExxonMobil spokesman, Charles Englemann, told Arkansas Times that before the reporter believed Song’s story of being threatened with arrest, we should look into her background, suggesting that we should “do a little research on the type of reporter that was.” The Pulitzer board at Columbia University seems to have made that abundantly clear. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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The boy in room 600 Novelist Richard Ford, in town for the Literary Festival, talks about growing up in Little Rock’s Marion Hotel, and how it shaped his work. BY DAVID KOON

“To live in a hotel promotes a cool twomindedness: one is both steady and in a sea that passes with the tides. Accommodation is what’s wanted, a replenished idea of permanence and transience; familiarity with overcoming the continual irregularity in things.” From the short memoir “Accommodations,” by Richard Ford, 1988


ichard Ford is a long way from Little Rock these days. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1996 novel “Independence Day,” the Mississippi-born Ford has taken his seat at the table of great American authors, and it looks like he’ll be staying awhile. Commonly seen as a literary heir to writers like William Faulkner, he nonetheless refuses the term “Southern writer,” which he says comes with too much ugly baggage. Currently, Ford serves as the Emmanuel Roman and Barrie Sardoff Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City. Before he was a famous writer, though, he was a boy living in Room 600 of the Marion Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Ford was born in Jackson, Miss., in 1944. His father had a heart attack when he was eight years old, followed by another, fatal heart attack eight years later. Beginning in 1952 and continuing into his teen years after his father’s death, Ford spent summers in Little Rock with his maternal grandparents. Ford’s grandfather, Ben Shelley, was the manager of the Marion Hotel, and lived on the premises. Ford was given his own room at the front of the hotel on the sixth floor. Demolished in 1980, the hotel stood roughly where the Statehouse Convention Center stands today, near Louisiana and Markham Streets. Ford said that though guests came and went, he soon became part of the surrogate family of hotel workers. “It created for me a nice sense of comfort, because I knew everybody,” he said. “Everybody was family: all the bellmen, all the telephone operators, all the front office people, all the cooks, all the wait-


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resses, all the waiters. And yet all around that little island of home-like experience, there were all these people coming and going, day in and day out — people I would never see again.” Living in the hotel wasn’t a lonely experience, Ford said, even though there weren’t many other children his age living in downtown Little Rock in those days. Ford said life as an only child had taken away his “loneliness gene” by the time he started spending summers there. He still remembers the city sounds he heard while falling asleep. “I could lie in my bed and I could hear the buses coming and going from the Trailways bus station,” he said. “Down behind the hotel, I could hear the Missouri Pacific switch cars. I could hear voices out on the street. I could hear sirens. I never thought of it as lonely.” Though Arkansas and the rest of the South were firmly in the grip of Jim Crow

when he lived in Little Rock, Ford said that he came to befriend and respect many of the black employees at the Marion, a situation which he said “saved my life.” With his grandfather busy running the hotel, Ford was put under the care of a black bellman named Sedric Bowe, who he said raised him through his adolescence, along with the sons of many other prominent businessmen who worked downtown. Bowe took him fishing, taught him how to water ski, and sometimes drove him back and forth to Helena so Ford could spend time with a girlfriend. Bowe is one of several workers at the Marion who helped shape the man and writer Ford would become. “Those guys were my friends,” he said. “All those guys, the bellmen at the Marion, they had all been in the service in the Second World War. They had all been out of Little Rock. They had been out into the world. Some of them had been to Germany, some of them had been to Japan. Even though they resubmitted to [segregation] when they came back to Little Rock after the war, the color line was a rather ragged line for them.” Though Ford didn’t start writing until he’d gone off to college, he said that living at the Marion shaped his perceptions about life and the world in ways that eventually made their way into his work. One of the most important was the idea that home is not a concept that’s conferred upon you. It’s a concept that you confer upon yourself. “You say where home is,” he said. “It can be one place, or it can be more than one place. It isn’t just the place where you happen by accident of birth to originate.” Too, living in the hotel as a child instilled in him a fascination with secrecy — with people living private lives behind locked doors, and doing things they didn’t want anyone else to see. As a writer, he has often found himself trying to puzzle out why people keep the secrets they do. “When you live in a hotel, you’re excluded from almost everything that goes on there,” he said. “So I understood that in people’s lives, there was always an interior, private part that I was very curious about — that I was willing to try and find ways to penetrate. It made private lives — secret lives — seem very dramatic and attractive to me.” Ford will give a talk about his latest book, “Canada,” at 1 p.m. April 20 in the Darragh Center of the Main Library. Kane Webb will moderate. The talk is free and open to the public.


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s usual, the Arkansas Literary Festival has packed dozens of compelling authors and panels into its four-day event. If your tastes are at all broad, you’ll have tough choices to make. Below, we suggest our favorites. See the full line-up and more biographical information about the featured authors at All events are free unless otherwise noted.

nell Laboratory of Ornithology’s “Living Bird” magazine, was one of the main players who brought Cornell to the Big Woods of Arkansas in 2004 to search for the ivory-billed woodpecker. His latest woodpecker book, “Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker through the Wild Sierra Madre,” documents his search for a bird last seen in 1956. Mike Armstrong moderates.


10 A.M. “SUPERHERO PSYCHOLOGY & LAW” (Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 124). If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that the real reason Batman and Spiderman wear masks is because they’d get sued into the poorhouse otherwise, this might just be the panel for you. On hand to discuss the psychology and theoretical legal wrinkles in all that spandex will be Travis Langley, author of “Batman and Psychology,” and James Daily, author of “The Law of Superheroes.” Joel DiPippa, professor at UALR’s William H. Bowen School of Law, moderates.

6:30 P.M. “GREY ME UP, BABY” (Main Library, Darragh Center). Things get started off with a bang with this panel discussion for people who like reading or writing about people who like it rough. Panelist Lori Perkins runs a literary agency that’s worked on books like Jenna Jameson’s “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star” and “50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey,” which Perkins edited. She’s joined by Sylvia Day, a bestselling romance author who was one of the 50 writers featured in Perkins’ collection. Bre Von Buxxxom of the Little Rock burlesque troupe the Diamond Dames moderates. 8 P.M. “AUTHOR! AUTHOR!” (Main Library, 5th floor) Mix and mingle with festival authors. Tickets are $25 in advance at arkansasliteraryfestival. org or at any Central Arkansas Library System branch, or $40 at the door, and include hors d’oeuvres and libations.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 10 A.M. “CHASING WOODPECKERS” (Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center). Tim Gallagher, editor of Cor-

10 A.M. “OBSESSIVE READING DISORDER” (Main Library, Darragh Center). Wry, working-man’s humorist Joe Queenan will be on hand to talk about his memoir “One for the Books,” which discusses “the culture of reading,” his lifelong obsession with books, his 100- to 200-per-year habit, and why book club arguments should always be so passionate they end in knife fights. With moderator Jay Jennings. 11:30 A.M. “SECEDE ALREADY” (Main Library, Darragh Center). Chuck Thompson discusses his book “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto on Southern Secession,” which deals with

what’s bound to be a touchy subject in Arkansas. The book’s a humorous look at whether the states of the old Confederacy have finally devolved intellectually, rhetorically, politically and socially to the point that the rest of the United States should just grant neo-secessionists the divorce they’ve been dreaming of since 1860. The book includes a chapter on race-related dysfunction in Little Rock public schools. CALS director Bobby Roberts moderates. 11:30 A.M. “A POET’S HOMECOMING” (Arkansas Studies Institute, room 124). Arkansas native C.D. Wright, professor of poetry at Brown University and winner of fellowships from the MacArthur and the Guggenheim foundations among other awards, is a narrative poet whose most recent work, “One With Others,” is an elegy for “V,” a white woman whose support for the march against racism led by Sweet Willie Wine in 1969 led to her ostracization. Arkansas poet Hope Coulter moderates. 11:30 A.M. “SAVORY & DELICIOUS” (Historic Arkansas Museum, Ottenheimer Theatre). Jessica Harris, the author of 12 cookbooks, including “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America,” will talk about historic foodways of African Americans. 11:30 A.M. “SURREAL SOCIETY REBUILDING” (Cox Creative Center, 3rd floor). Ben Katchor, the first cartoonist to win the MacArthur “genius grant,” talks about his celebrated new book “HandDrying in America: And Other Stories.” raves, “Katchor gently interroCONTINUED ON PAGE 20

Former President Bill Clinton made a long flight from Dubai last Saturday to speak at the memorial service for Rudy Moore Jr. of Fayetteville, a lawyer and district judge, who died earlier in the week of cancer. Moore was one of the infamous “bearded troika” of Clinton’s fateful first term as governor, which ended with an electoral defeat in 1980. Moore, his chief of staff, and top aides Steve Smith and John Danner pursued an aggressively progressive agenda that didn’t sit well with the dinosaurs of the legislature. Clinton recalled those days in paying fond tribute to Moore, though he didn’t repeat a small detail that long rankled Moore. He sent Moore to fire Danner and his wife, rather than doing the job himself.

Former Times writer dies Our friend, colleague and mentor Robert S. McCord, 84, died Saturday after a long period of declining health. McCord’s career in journalism was long and distinguished. It included ownership of The Times of North Little Rock and a stint as editor of the Arkansas Democrat. He originated the op-ed page at the Arkansas Gazette, where he was senior editor when the newspaper closed in 1991. McCord wrote a weekly column for the Arkansas Times from its inception as a weekly newspaper in May 1992 until May 2006. A University of Arkansas graduate, he was president of the national Society of Professional Journalists in 1975-76. He earned a place in Arkansas history with his advocacy for the state’s Freedom of Information Act, still a powerful tool for the public. As editor and publisher of the North Little Rock newspaper, he was the named plaintiff in the first successful test of the law, Laman v. McCord, over failure of the North Little Rock City Council to meet in public. His final column for the Times was typical of a gentle and self-effacing man. He closed with a number of ideas for ways that the city and state he loved could be improved, getting around to his retirement only in the final paragraph. “I’ve seen a lot in Pulaski County. Because most men were away at World War II, I got hired to take pictures and write police stories for newspapers when I was 15 years old. I used to own the North Little Rock Times, I worked long years at the Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette and have been with the Arkansas Times since it started. Because most 77-year-old men do more reading than writing, I thought it was time for me to quit. However, the editor said I should write an occasional piece, and I might.”

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PIG OUT Make plans to attend the Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast.



ere’s the recipe for the Arkansas Times’ latest special event: Hundreds of pounds of slow-cooked, smoky, melt-in-your-mouth tender pork, cooked by a who’s who of culinary experts from around Central Arkansas (and even one from Memphis). Craft beer and wine. And a veritable raft of great bands, including 2013 Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain and the Grammy-nominated Cajun party-starters in Lost Bayou Ramblers. If that sounds like its up your alley, clear your calendar for Saturday, May 4. That’s when the Arkansas Times and Argenta Arts District will present our first Heritage Hog Roast, at the Argenta Farmer’s Market at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. The cook-off involves 11 teams of local chefs, who’ll be roasting 125- to 140-lb. heritagebreed hogs from Falling Sky Farm (see page 18) from the wee hours (or possibly even the night before) over specially constructed outdoor pits. Gates open at noon; music starts at 12:45 p.m. At 3 p.m. each team will prepare plates for celebrity judges and serve up portions of their hog and two sides to ticket-holders. Think of it as a buffet sampler of gourmet pork bites and fixin’s. That’ll last until 7 p.m., or until food runs out. The entertainment line-up includes Mandy McBryde, Davis Coen, Bonnie Montgomery, improv from The Joint, Riverboat Crime, The Sound of the Mountain and Lost Bayou Ramblers, who’ll play a full set starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. After 7 p.m., tickets to hear music are $10. Get advanced tickets at Thanks to Ben E. Keith for generous sponsorship. 12

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Brian Cherry, executive chef at Argenta Market, grew up in Florida, where he used to dig ditches in the sand and roast pigs in banana leaves. His sous chef Greg Dooly cooked whole hogs years ago working in hotels. But they’re not sweating their lack of recent experience. “It’s like riding a bike,” said Dooly. Plus, they’ve got a barbecue sauce guaranteed to separate them from the pack — Dooly’s patented blueberry barbecue sauce. They’re planning to rub the pig with a yet-to-be determined spice combo, baste it with blueberry barbecue sauce and pair that with roasted corn and potato salad. Cherry has been at Argenta Market for a year. He said he’s the first actual chef the grocery/deli has had in some time, and he’s worked hard to restore its culinary reputation. It seems to BRIAN CHERRY AND GREG DOOLY be working; 750 people walked through the store during a celebration of the store’s third anniversary. Before Argenta Market, Cherry was executive chef at SBiPs in the Quapaw Tower, which attracted a lot of critical love, but too few customers in its seven months of business. Dooly followed Cherry from SBiPs to Argenta Market. Cherry said there are no plans to add dinner service to the market. One day, if he can afford space in Argenta, he might like to try his hand at another sit-down restaurant. Until then, he stays busy with the cafe and catering for the Arkansas Travelers when they’re in town. He’s got plenty of experience cooking for baseball players. He catered for the LA Dodgers for a decade. LM


Sure to bring a little Latin flavor to the Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast is the team fielded by Dan Monroe, who helps run Brazilian restaurant Cafe Bossa Nova in Hillcrest with his wife, Rosalia Monroe. Though Dan Monroe admits he’s never personally cooked a whole hog, the Bossa Nova Porcaos are still a pretty sure bet to turn out something amazing given that their eight-person team is loaded with friends and Bossa Nova employees from all over Latin America, several of whom learned to prepare and cook whole hogs at outdoor roasts back home. Monroe said they were still formulating their strategy when we talked to him earlier this week, but given that some of the best pork we’ve ever had was cooked by folks from Mexico, Central and South America, all signs point to “delicioso.” “We’ve got several different flavors of people in our group,” Monroe said. “We have Mexican, we’ve got DAN MONROE, JOSE LUZ, MARA LUZ, ROSALIA MONROE, Brazilian, we’ve got Argentinian. They’ve all NONATO LUZ got something they’re going to contribute to this thing. ... Everybody’s got a different way to do it, so we’re still in the ‘how are we going to do it?’ stage.” Monroe said that one thing they have settled on is imported Brazilian charcoal, supplemented with hickory for “a little flame.” Made of South American hardwood, the charcoal burns longer and is a little heavier than standard charcoal, which Monroe said should mean less fire-tending as they cook through the night. DK

‘THE CAPITAL CHEFS’ Capital Bar and Grill

Travis McConnell, the Capital Hotel sous chef who runs the Capital Bar and Grill, leads “The Capital Chefs” team, which means it’s one of the most experienced teams in the competition. No one participating has been more focused on whole animal butchery and cooking in recent years than McConnell. He’s already hosted two hog roasts this year, and he regularly butchers hogs in the Capital kitchen. Whole animal butchery will be the focus of Butcher & Public, the restaurant and butcher shop he plans to open sometime after his contract with the Capital Bar is up this summer. To get his name out and highlight local producers and brewers, he’s hosting a semi-regular series of hog roasts in Little Rock at urban gardens. The first, held in January at Dunbar Garden, drew more than 100. For the Times event, he’ll cook his pig much like he has at earlier roasts — he’ll salt and TRAVIS MCCONNELL cure it briefly (“sort of a dry brine”), marinate it for a couple days in a concoction likely to include olive oil, lemon, garlic and herbs and then cook it on a custom spit he and his father made over a fire fueled by hickory and oak. He’ll serve the pig on house-made ciabatta rolls with a chimichurri sauce. LM


‘COUNTRY CLUB OF LITTLE ROCK’ Country Club of Little Rock

The CCLR stole chef Brian Kearns from YaYa’s several years ago, and since then he’s worked to balance tradition with innovation in the menu for the more than 100-year-old institution. Kearns, 38, trained at L’Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis and apprenticed under Chris Desens at Racquet Club Ladue. He’s brought that French touch to the country club, and asked what he thinks members might consider his signature dish said it would be his lobster penne, a creamy pasta dish with sweet peas and prosciutto. You might not think a chef from the rarefied air of the LRCC chef would be interested in a hog-cooking contest, but he is. “I want to showcase the hog itself” at the cook-off, Kearns said; he’ll go the traditional, “Carolina-style” route to let the flavor of the pig flesh dominate. He’ll baste his beast with lots of vinegar and a little mustard and roast it covered on a grill over a 56-by-40-inch pit about 40 inches deep, using what he figures will be a quarter cord of apple wood. Kearns does four or five whole hogs each year at the Country Club, for the Fourth of July and “anytime I can get an excuse” to cook one. Teammates are club general manager Blaine Burgess, executive sous chef Jon Vovo and a friend from St. Louis, Eric Krauska. LNP


will combine the ethnic cooking skills of our cooking staff to bring a variety of flavors to the different parts of the pig and pick the best of the combinations to make our entry selection for judging. Our team consists of cooks from America, Brazil, Honduras, Argentina, Mexico and Romania. Come see the diversity that results from our combined cooking talents. Team leaders are co-founders of Café Bossa Nova, Rosalia and Dan Monroe.

See you at the Heritage Hog Roast!

‘THE ITALIAN STALLIONS’ The Italian Kitchen at Lulav

Mario Flores is in charge of the kitchen at The Italian Kitchen at Lulav. No, he’s not Italian, despite the name of the restaurant and his hog-cooking team. Flores, 28, is from Mexico, and got his culinary training in Mexico City, “everything from the basics to the fresh pastas, bread, sauces, dressings” and so forth. He came to the United States nine years ago to “cook and get a better life and learn this culture.” Before he was hired as sous chef at Lulav two months ago he was a cook at the Alotian, the private and very exclusive golf club on Hwy. 10 owned by financier Warren Stephens. He loves Lulav, Flores said: “It’s a great place.” The MARIO FLORES AND LONDON DANIEL Mexican native will return to his roots, cooking his hog the way he did in his native country “for big parties”: He’ll rub the pig in a chimichurri paste of coriander, cumin and other spices and herbs and smoke it in a pit before finishing it off on a grill. Flores likes to slow-cook pork, for several hours over a medium heat. “It tastes fantastic,” he said. He said he may do a special side dish, like potatoes or another starch. He’ll be cooking with Matt Lile, the owner of The Italian Kitchen at Lulav. LNP CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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John Beachboard, Scott McGehee and Ben Brainard have been going balls to the wall for months opening their tremendously popular gourmet Mexican restaurant Local Lime and overseeing and further growing their burgeoning restaurant empire. So this will be a nice break from the grind of business. A chance to bond. “John, Scott and I haven’t done anything like this together before,” said Brainard, Local Lime’s head chef. “Travis McConnell [with Capital Bar] has forgotten more about cooking whole JOHN BEACHBOARD hogs than the three of us ever knew, but we’re not scared to mix it up.” In fact, despite the talk about taking a break from the business, they’re so committed to competing they’re planning a test roast in a couple of weeks. Brainard said they’re planning a Central American take on the roast that ends up served on tacos. They’ll likely do a porchetta-style hog, where they take all the bones out, keep the head on and cook it on a spit. He said he wouldn’t know firm details until after the test, but the general plan is in place: “Low heat, lots of attention, lots of rotation.” LM

Chef Brian Deloney’s Maddie’s Place in Riverdale just celebrated its fourth birthday. Maddie’s serves “comfort food with a New Orleans influence” in a comfortable, relaxed environment, which it turns out is a recipe for success in the Little Rock restaurant scene. Of course, Deloney’s training (Culinary Institute of America in New York) and professional pedigree (executive sous chef for Emeril Lagasse at NOLA and Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas and sous chef at The Capital Hotel, among others) would be good clues that Maddie’s isn’t just serving up run-of-the-mill South Louisiana fare. So what sort of strategies might Deloney and crew employ for winning the Heritage Hog Roast? “Strategies?” he said, sounding more than a little BRIAN DELONEY, VINCE FOSTER, ROSS MCCAIN incredulous. “We’re gonna make it up as we go along.” While he’s been to several whole hog roasts before, the Times shindig will be his first time to try his hand at cooking an entire pig. “So we’re going to try some different techniques on it, maybe inject it and see where we go from there,” he said. “Slow roast it, drink a bunch of beer and watch it cook.” RB

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A couple of years ago, Gabe Holmstrom had some buddies over for the Super Bowl and after brainstorming over a few beers, came up with the idea of hosting a party in his backyard centered around cooking a whole hog in the ground. Holmstrom, chief of staff for Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter, built a bricked-in pit about 3 feet deep, 3 feet wide, and 4 feet long. He’s used it as a fire pit, a smoker, and has buried a pig in it several times as well. Last spring, Holmstrom debuted the first annual Downtown Pig in the Ground party, along with a bipartisan group of political players with a passion for pork (food, not GIF money!), including Mitch Berry, Chad Causey, Ben Noble, Bishop Woosley and Bill Vickery. Veterans of Marion Berry’s Pre-Coon Supper reception, they decided they’d like to create a similar food-centered political event in Little Rock. “We’re all guys in our 30s and 40s,” Holmstrom said. “Here’s something that if we start it now, maybe we can turn this in to something.” Their second annual event, raising money for the Quapaw Quarter Association, will be held just a week before the Heritage Hog Roast competition. Will that give Holmstrom and company, who are competing for the Reno’s team, a leg up? Holmstrom noted that some of his competitors are serious chefs, whereas he’s “just a good old boy that likes to play with fire.” But he’s had a lot of success in the past making tender, succulent barbecue, he said. “Something that Chef Lee [Richardson, former chef at the Capitol Hotel] told me is: Make sure you get it up to 140 degrees and shoot the dirt out of it. Do that and you’re going to be just fine.” DR CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Not only has chef Brian Isaac of North Little Rock’s Ristorante Capeo never cooked at a whole-hog roast before, he’s never even been to one. But Isaac, along with his brother and partner in the kitchen, Eric Isaac, are confident about their chances. “I think we’re going to win,” Brian predicted. They’re already cooking up some meat to try different sauces as a test run — their plan is to steer away from a traditional barbecue sauce. “We want something a little different,” Brian said. “We’re going to try to make it a little jazzy.” The Isaac brothers have been cooking together since they were teenagers. After training on the Italian Riviera, Eric returned to bring authentic Italian cuisine to North Little Rock, opening Capeo along with Brian in 2003, when a revived Argenta was a twinkle in North Little Rock’s eye. It’s been a neighborhood favorite ever since. DR

‘ROASTED ROOT’ The Root Cafe

Times readers are no doubt familiar with The Root Cafe, the local-foods-focused restaurant opened by Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow-Sundell on South Main Street. Their place has proven enormously popular in the two years it’s been open. And while pork doesn’t make up the majority of the menu at The Root (try the vegetarian bahn mi, seriously!), it is well-represented, with locally made bratwursts and a ham and cheese sandwich made with Falling Sky ham. So what sort of approach will Sundell and his Roasted Root teammates Jerry Puryear and Kelly Gee take to win glory at the Heritage Hog Roast? “We are going to take that thing and we are going to talk to it,” Sundell deadpanned. “We’re going to get with it the night before and discuss some existentialist philosophy, we’re going to listen to its opinions JACK SUNDELL AND KELLY GEE about how the world should work, and then we’re going to throw it on the smoker and see what comes out on the other side.” Surely Sundell jests, not wanting to reveal any trade secrets, right? “No, I’m serious, that’s what we’re going to do,” he said. Oh, and in case you’re wondering if that team name is a reference to neo-hippie jam-band Rusted Root (they were big in the mid ’90s), Sundell said: “For people our age it is. But I asked some of the younger folks who work here and they were like, ‘Rusted who?’ So it might just be a little inside joke.” RB CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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hat makes a pig a heritage hog? It’s got history. Falling Sky Farm in Marshall, which is supplying all of the Heritage Hog Roast swine, raises a crossbreed of a Berkshire and a Red Wattle. The Berkshire breed’s origin story may be apocryphal — supposedly Oliver Cromwell’s army discovered it 350 years ago during the English Civil War — but there’s little doubt the royal family maintained a large herd of Berkshire hogs outside of Windsor Castle in the 19th century. Cody Hopkins, co-owner of Falling Sky, said Berkshires are popular because of their “high meat quality.” Little is known about the history of the Red Wattle breed — named for the two hanging fat deposits on either side of the hog’s neck — beyond the fact that it comes from a herd of hogs found in the woods of East Texas. Like most wild hogs, Falling Sky’s pigs spend most of their days foraging in the woods, defoliating briars, digging up roots and feasting on nuts. Hopkins rotates them through different parts of his forested acreage with electric fences. Hopkins, 33, and his wife Andrea Todt, 28, started Falling Sky in 2007. Todt grew up outside of Marshall. Hopkins is from Van Buren. Both went off to college to get bachelor degrees not directly related to farming (Todt to Earlham College in Indiana for a degree in outdoor education, Hopkins to Hendrix for a physics degree). After a couple of years teaching in the Northeast, Hopkins missed rural Arkansas and decided to return home. He said he wanted to get involved with the community and considered returning to school for an MBA, but decided, after seeing farmers across the country have success with direct-marketed livestock farms, “that real economic development would be to do something like that here and spread the good food movement in rural Searcy County.” He and Todt own 168 acres and lease another 80. They raise turkeys, chickens, laying hens, pigs and cat-

‘THE FARMER AND THE CHEF’ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital As director of culinary operations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Miles McMath oversees a battalion of chefs and kitchens that turn out over 8,000 meals a day. He’s no

pencil pusher, however. In addition to being a trained chef, McMath is a farmer who raises heritage hogs himself on his farm in Mississippi. He knows his way around an outdoor whole hog roast. He and his team of seven — which includes several chefs from St. Jude, plus farmers and chefs from Mississippi and Arkansas — pl an to turn out a Memphis-style hog with a vinegar-based injection, while incorporating some top-secret techniques

that he didn’t want to share before the competition. He said he generally uses cherry, pecan or apple wood to smoke. Though he said he gets a little better every time, McMath adds that roasting a whole hog and doing it well is one of the bigger challenges in cooking. “You’ve got about four or five different areas of that pig that have different cooking temperatures,” he said. “The hams are a big, dense muscle without much fat,

then you’ve got the shoulder, which has a pretty good bit of fat and a little less cooking time. You’ve got the tenderloin, the loin, the ribs. To me, it’s about fire placement, injection and basting.” McMath’s team plans to start at around 6 p.m. the day before the competition, and cook through the night. “If we can all get along and agree, we should be good,” he said, laughing. “That’s going to be the hard part.” DK



dult beverage will be flowing at the Heritage Hog Roast, courtesy of Golden Eagle of Arkansas and Moon Distributors. On tap are some delicious brews from Schlafly Beer, wines from Sean Minor winery and Island Squeeze frozen cocktails in several tropical-type flavors. Schlafly’s Pale Ale and Summer Lager (both great session beers for warm-weather) will be available all day, and later on there’ll likely be some others available. We’re told there might even be some of Schlafly’s 21st anniversary Single Malt Scottish Ale available for sampling (yes, samples y’all — this stuff ’s a burly 10.2 percent ABV). Otherwise, beers will be poured at a respectable 16 ounces. All drinks are $5 each. There’ll be soft drinks and water available for purchase as well.

Continued from page 18 tle. Unlike most livestock farmers in Arkansas who work on contract with Tyson or sell to a stockyard, Falling Sky sells all of its meats directly to consumers and restaurants. Nearly all of it goes to Little Rock and Conway, Hopkins said. Forty percent goes to restaurants, another 40 percent to a meat share Falling Sky operates and the other 20 percent to farmers markets and online sales. Falling Sky employs 10 people (aside from Hopkins and Todt). “There’s a lot of talk about how great farms like ours are in how we treat animals,” Hopkins said. “But farms like us can really have an economic impact in rural communities. We’re constantly growing and looking to make these jobs full time.”

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Nobles will talk about her book, “The Delta Queen Cookbook,” and the recipes from the famed steamboat while chef Lee Richardson serves up samples. $15, limited seating. Purchase tickets via 2:30 P.M. “PATHOS AND POSSIBILITY” (MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History). Leonard Pitts Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald, will talk about his novel, “Freeman,” about a runaway slave who returns to the South after the Confederacy surrenders. Shareese Kondo moderates. 2:30 P.M. “POSTER GIRL” (Argenta Community Theater, NLR). Sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, this film screening will feature the Oscar-nominated documentary short “Poster Girl,” the story of former cheerleader and National Merit Scholar Robynn Murray, who joined the Army and went to Iraq, only to come home a scarred, broken woman forced to battle both the Veterans Administration and her posttraumatic stress disorder. Filmmaker Sara Neeson will be on hand to answer questions about the film. 4 P.M. “A DAZZLING TRIO” (Arkansas Studies Institute, room 124). Readings by three of the South’s most unique fiction writers, all masters of comic wisdom: Cult favorite Padgett Powell (“You and Me,” “Edisto”), known for dazzling sentences that imbue his short works with emotional punch even as they careen

f you can believe it, it’s been 10 years since Yours Truly — David Koon, Arkansas Times reporter and definitely not the secret identity of The Plump Shadow, who strikes fear in the hearts of criminals by cover of night — beheaded my wife’s coatrack, stuck a slanted board on top to turn it into a lectern, and launched the Arkansas Times’ bar reading, Pub or Perish, on the Saturday night of the first Arkansas Literary Festival, which is also celebrating its Tin Anniversary this year. I’m a little grayer and no wiser, but I’m smart enough to know our own Xth year will be a doozy. After a sojourn to Sixth Street last year, Pub or Perish is coming back home to the River Market for two hours of poetry, fiction, memoir, drinking and fun in the big room at Stickyz. In addition to the great venue, this year looks to be yet another humdinger from the talent side of things as well, with a crew of excellent Arkansas Literary Festival and local writers on the bill, including Kentucky “Affrilachian” poet Frank X. Walker, Amoja “MoMan” Sumler, Justin Booth, Sandy Longhorn, Holland Colclasure, Randi Romo, Deb Moore and others, and there will be drink specials all night long. Best of all is: It’s free. Pub or Perish is free, I mean. Not the drinks. You can’t win ’em all, my friend.

away from narrative convention; the up-and-comer Kevin Moffett (“Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events”), a dark humorist who writes heartbreaking short stories and is at the vanguard of experiments in fiction and new media, and local favorite Kevin Brockmeier (The Brief History of the Dead,” “The Illumination”), whose knack for using puckish whimsy to poke at hard truths has made him a three-time O. Henry award winner and a must-see at the festival. Angelle Gremillion moderates. 4 P.M. “INVISIBLE INC.” (Argenta Community Theater). Local authors and actors — including Graham Gordy and Trenton Lee Stewart — read “Invisible Inc.,” Shakespeare scholar Paul Menzer’s new play about feuding magicians in Depression-era New York. 4 P.M. “LONE STAR BORDERS” (Main Library, Darragh Center). Oxford American magazine editor Roger D. Hodge, who is writing a book about Texas border

country, and Domingo Martinez, author of “The Boy Kings of Texas,” will compare notes. KUAR’s Michael Hibblen leads the discussion. 4 P.M. PETTICOATS, RIBBONS AND NEWSPAPERS (Mosaic Templars Cultural Center). Publishers Dorothy R. Leavell of the Crusader Newspaper Group, Rosetta Miller-Perry of the Tennessee Tribune and Janis F. Kearney of the Arkansas State Press will talk about female African-American journalists working in the civil rights movement with moderator Angela Thomas of AY Magazine.

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e’d hate to jinx a homeboy, but 2013 might just turn out to be Graham Gordy’s year. First off, the Arkansas-born Gordy (a former Times columnist) is a writer on Oscar-winner Ray McKinnon’s new sixepisode Sundance Channel series “Rectify.” Produced by “Breaking Bad” executive producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, the series is one of the channel’s first original dramas, and will debut with a two-hour premiere Monday at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, Gordy and writing partner Michael D. Fuller also have a pilot in the works for Cinemax called “Quarry,” with shooting to begin this summer.  Created, produced and directed by McKinnon, each of the first six episodes of “Rectify” depicts one day in the first six days of freedom for Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man released from Georgia’s death row after 18 years in near-solitary confinement. Returning to the small town he left as a young man, Holden must deal with the shock of re-assimilating into his family, his community and the free world while simultaneously facing townsfolk who still believe he’s guilty of the murder of his girlfriend. Gordy said he became friends with McKinnon while they both lived in Little Rock, with the pair starting off talking about film before eventually writing and exchanging several scripts for comedy shorts. In 2010, they made Gordy’s dark comedy short “Spanola Pepper Sauce


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Company,” with McKinnon directing. “It was a good, symbiotic thing, where it was like: If any of this starts to happen for either of us, then we obviously want to be part of each other’s creative lives,” Gordy said.  In 2010, Gordy, Fuller and “The Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock came very close to selling “The Wreck,” a series about a Southern college football program, to TV powerhouse AMC. Gordy wrote a part for McKinnon into the script, but the project dissolved after AMC execs decided that, though they liked Gordy and Fuller’s writing, they didn’t want a pilot. In the meantime, Gordy said, McKinnon had been pitching the script for “Rectify” for years, offering it to several networks. Like “Mad Men,” Gordy said, the script gained a reputation, even if no one wanted to take a chance on it. “There are certain scripts that gain such a reputation, even if the bigger networks and even the bigger cable networks are kind of afraid of them,” Gordy said. “They just gain this reputation for: ‘Man, will somebody take a chance on that?’ ” It was Sundance that finally picked up “Rectify” in December 2011. The next month, Gordy said, McKinnon called and asked him to come on board as a writer. Things happened very quickly after that. “I got an email from the writing assistant on a Friday, and it had the next three months blocked out on the schedule. They had it starting the following Monday, so I called

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and said: ‘Does this mean we start work on Monday?’ and they said, ‘Yeah.’ ” Gordy would spend a good bit of the next two and a half months in a writers’ room in L.A. fleshing out the rest of the season. Though “Rectify” isn’t based on a specific case, Gordy said there are parallels to the stories of several real-life inmates who were released after years on Death Row, including Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three. Gordy said McKinnon and the writers wanted to explore what those first few days would be like for someone released under those circumstances, with the character feeling like “a twitching nerve” in a place where 90 percent of his neighbors still believe he’s guilty.  Gordy said the show fits into a gritty niche of Southern film, occupied by works by filmmakers like Billy Bob Thornton. “There’s no shortage of Southern pieces out there,” Gordy said, “but I would say that Ray and Billy Bob fall into a subgenre. It’s kind of the alt-country version of filmmaking. There’s something a little dirtier and a little grittier about it.”  Gordy said the script for “Quarry” — the new pilot to be shot for Cinemax this summer — came about after the collapse of “The Wreck” project for AMC. In the aftermath, he and Fuller took a step back and started assessing what worked on television. It was Fuller who brought up the “Quarry” series by pulp novelist Max Allan Collins, who also wrote “Road to Perdition.”   The series tells the stories of a Marine who returns home in 1973 after serving in Vietnam and soon becomes a contract killer with a crime syndicate. The pilot will be loosely based on the book series, and will retain the early 1970s backdrop, with locations all along the Mississippi River.

Gordy said the 1970s were “an exceptionally dark time” in American history, with many Americans feeling disillusioned after Vietnam and Watergate. It’s a time that’s always been fascinating to him, he said. “The ’70s, to me, has always been this kind of amorphous decade that felt like nothing was there, like it’s been kind of undefined. It’s tremendous for film, it’s remarkable for music, but otherwise it just feels like futility. ... I’m really interested in what happens to a character that sort of personifies that futility, before we get to that kind of 1980s thought: ‘If I can’t count on God, and I can’t count on my political leaders, and I’m not so sure about romantic love, then at least I can think about me and making money.’ ” With the pilot in pre-production and location scouting beginning this week, Gordy said he and Fuller have been asked to write the first four episodes of an eventual first season — probably a good sign for the future of the project. While Gordy appreciates that the ground of “Quarry” — men returning home from Vietnam and trying to fit back into their lives — was wellplowed by ’70s filmmakers, he said the longer format provided by a series, if Cinemax goes ahead and picks up the show, could allow them to explore topics that may seem familiar to modern audiences. “This last decade has been sort of a scrambled rewind of the 1970s — an unwanted war, a really terrible recession, and a lot of apathy and anger,” Gordy said. “We’re not going to reinvent anything here, but there is something interesting about the form of this: having 10 hours per season — if we get it — to sort of explore what happens to that individual ... . A big part of this show for us is asking the question in every episode: ‘Am I a man, or a monster?’ ”

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Bourbon and hold forth convincingly and at some length on its intricate subtleties — oily nutmeg and burnt coriander and wet burlap and so forth — even though we all know deep down that Four Roses is the better whiskey? Are you ever-so-slightly perturbed by this plainly silly line of questioning? If you answered “yes” to any or all or none of those questions, then if I may

be so bold, I would request that you kindly consider attending the 2nd Annual Seersucker Social, to be held this very Thursday eve on the palatial grounds of the Old Statehouse Museum. It promises to be a fine occasion of recreation and revelry, live music and libation, festivities and merriment (it also benefits the museum). Do come decked out in your very finest vest-

ments and finery (seersucker, naturally), as there will be awards granted for Most Dashing in the Ladies and Gentlemen categories. The winners will each receive a $50 gift card to The Container Store. There will be swing jazz music as well as delectable nourishment from Trio’s. There will be lawn croquet for you competitive types. It is a 21-and-older event. RB



2 a.m. Discovery Nightclub. $15.

Is there a more appropriate way to mark the occasion of April 20 than listening to the man who crafted the highly influential sonic template behind the ultra-stoned, platinum-selling hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill? Together, B Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs created a sound unlike anything else. If you haven’t put on “Black Sunday” since 1993 or so (or if you were, uh, born in 1993 or so), go back and give that album a spin and appreciate Muggs’ brilliant production — the hazy, eerie atmospherics, the blunted beats, the choice samples, the overall vibe that veers between scary and delirious. It holds up as well or better than any of the other great hip-hop records from that storied year. Of course, Muggs also made other classic albums, e.g. “Soul Assassins,” his critically acclaimed album “Dust” and “Grandmasters,” his collaboration with GZA, among many others. Seriously folks, one of the all-time greats of hip-hop is in town on 4/20. Plus, there’ll be all the usual late-night Disco good times as well. RB



10 p.m. Juanita’s. $10 adv., $12 day of.

JAZZ PATRIARCH: Ellis Marsalis will perform at Wildwood Park for the Arts Friday night.



8 p.m. Wildwood Park for the Arts. $15-$100.

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announcing a new series of jazz concerts. Marsalis, of course, is the father of six sons, four of whom are big players on the national and international jazz scenes: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, all incredibly gifted musicians. They come by it honestly. Ellis Marsalis has been a respected fixture in New Orleans circles since the 1950s. In 2011, he and his family were named Jazz Masters by the

National Endowment for the Arts, joining the ranks of such greats as Miles Davis, Count Basie and Max Roach. They were in fact the first family ever to win the award. The proceeds from this concert will support the new Wildwood Jazz Series. Reserved seats are $60 or for $100, you can attend the post-show reception. There are a limited number of student tickets available for $15. RB

Grupo Fantasma has spent the last decadeplus cementing its reputation as one of the finest musical exports from Austin, Texas — no small feat considering that city’s whole “Live Music Capital of the World” thing. But the 10-piece Latin-funk outfit is, by all accounts, a ridiculously tight groove machine that will absolutely flatten you with its smoking live show. They’re not too shabby on record, either. The band’s most recent album, 2010’s “El Existential,” offers a baker’s dozen of multilayered, retro-sounding (but adventurously forwardthinking) jams that eschew genre. Sure, the influences aren’t hard to discern — cumbia, reggae, salsa, ’70s Afrobeat, rock. But it’s the way they’re all melded into a seamless, funky whole that’s remarkable. This will be a good time. RB





8 p.m. Revolution. $17 adv., $20 day of.

If getting covered in all manner of fake blood, vomit and, uh, God only knows what other types of disgusting bodily fluids by some dudes wearing outrageous horror costumes and playing thrash metal sounds like a good time

to you, odds are you’re already a fan of intergalactic scumdogs GWAR. If you’re not familiar with Oderus Urungus, Balsac the Jaws of Death and the rest of the crew, let’s just say you should probably wear some clothes you don’t really care about to this show. So yeah, it’s GWAR, which means that squares, prudes, scolds,

nags, killjoys, wet blankets, stick-in-themuds, prigs and other uptight sorts who get offended by things like coarse language, loud guitars and getting covered in gore probably want to steer well clear of this one. Opening up are throwback thrashers Warbeast and party-metal practitioners Wilson. RB



7:30 p.m. Vino’s. $5.

‘TRAPPER’S DELIGHT’: Little Rock native SL Jones headlines a huge night of hip-hop Sunday at Vino’s.

Last we heard, SL Jones was still in Atlanta, where he moved from Little Rock more than a decade ago to attend art school. There he fell in with Killer Mike’s Grind Time crew, and he’s been grinding in the upper reaches of rap’s underground ever since. Even though he hasn’t lived in Little Rock in years, few rep the city harder. Along the way, he’s been careful to give frequent props and guest spots to some of Little Rock’s best, like 607 and EDubb. On Sunday, Little Rock’s king of rap 607, the always excellent Pepperboy, Lo Thraxx, Kari Faux, Fresco the Caveman, Vile Pack and xP join Jones on the bill. LM.



Downtown Music Hall has the Swansinspired gothic folk of Wovenhand, with the stark, ambient noise of Wrekmeister Harmonies and the bludgeoning metal of Rwake, 9:30 p.m., $10. If you like your beer cold and your country-rock loud, The Chris Alan Craig Band plays an 18-and-older CD release show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Singer/songwriter David LaMotte performs at First Presbyterian Church of North Little Rock, 7 p.m., $15. The Little Rock Wind Symphony presents “Songs and Dances,” a program featuring Metropolitan Opera singer Edward Crafts and the premiere of “In Tran(s) - Phenomena II” by Arkansas composer Ryan Gaston, Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $8$10. The Arkansas Travelers kick off a four-game series against the Springfield Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, and 2:10 p.m. Sunday, $4-$12.

FRIDAY 4/19 Texas singer/songwriter Adam Carroll plays White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Walton Arts Center hosts Caravanserai: Orchestra of Fes, directed by Mohammed Briouel with Francoise Atlan, 8 p.m., $10-$25. Also in Fayetteville, hit-making country harmonizers Little Big Town open the season at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, with opener David Nail, 8 p.m., $22-$77. For a shot of 150-proof local rock, check out Peckerwolf, Dangerous Idiots and Bombay Harambee at Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. The Bugs and Beer Crawfish Boil, presented by The Point 94.1, has music by Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, crawfish races and more, benefiting Senior Citizens Activities Today, River Market Pavilions, 6-9 p.m., $40-$64. It’s your last chance to catch “Doubt” at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $12-$16.

6 p.m. Clinton School of Public Service. Free.


Liberian social worker and activist Leymah Gbowee has dedicated her life to pursuing peace and advancing women’s rights in a nation that was torn apart by a civil war for the better part of 15 years. Gbowee helped organize the Women in Peacebuilding Network and worked with Christian and Muslim women to protest the war, even taking a page from Lysistrata and threatening a sex strike. She’s the central character in the acclaimed 2008 film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” which documented the peace movement Gbowee and others had waged in the face of years of brutal conflict, much of it at the hands of convicted war criminal and former president Charles Taylor. But the women’s movement in Liberia led directly to the election of the first female president of an African nation, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who, along with Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawkkol Karman, won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee, who has also won many other awards for her peacemaking work, will speak as part of the Clinton School’s Kumpuris Lecture Series and will be honored Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Philander Smith College. RB

Blues guitarist Don Haney & The Prime Rib Special perform at Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. Indie Music Night — 420 Edition features 5:40, Doe Boi (of LabRatz), Stamp Gang, OZ Slim, Rated Thoad, D-Ray, Heavy Hustlin Ent., Real N’ Ready and DJ Petey Beatz, Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m. The deep-space psych-blues explorers in Tyrannosaurus Chicken touch down at Maxine’s, with Ben Franks and The Bible Belt Boys, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Urban Hoedown benefits the American Cancer Society, with music from Ment 2 B, Riverbilly and D Harp Edwards, a silent auction and food from Whole Hog Cafe, Wild River Country, 6-11 p.m., $50. You can dance with The Greasy Greens to celebrate Earth Day at Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7 p.m., $10-$15. Arkansas Earth Day Foundation presents “10 Years of Promoting Green Living,” with games, children’s activities, music, food vendors and more at Heifer Village, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

PEACEMAKER: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gwobee speaks Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.

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



Almost InFamous. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 6-9 p.m., free. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Brothers with Different Mothers. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Chris Alan Craig Band (CD release). 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Danny Green. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. David LaMotte. First Presbyterian Church of North Little Rock, 7 p.m., $15. 201 West 4th St., NLR. 501-374-7677. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Browning’s Mexican Grill, 6-9 p.m. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-9956. “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. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m.; April 25, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. Kirk Gone Acoustic. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. Landry. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m.; through April 20, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. Little Rock Wind Symphony: “Songs and Dances.” Featuring Metropolitan Opera singer Edward Crafts and the premiere of “In Tran(s) - Phenomena II” by Arkansas composer Ryan Gaston. Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Mark Edgar Stuart. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. newks. com. New Music Test. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 21 and older, $10 18-20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Saving Abel, Fallen Within, Evacuate the City. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt , Yer Heart!. Professor Bowl, 10 p.m., free. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. 501224-9040. Tragikly White (headliner), Chris Henry (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Wovenhand, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Rwake. Downtown Music Hall, 9:30 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.


15th Annual Hot Springs Corvette Weekend. Downtown Hot Springs. 501-851-8550. 2nd Annual Seersucker Social. With prizes for most-dashing seersucker-wearing gentleman


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BLUES ON THE RIVER 2013: Little Rock native and longtime Oakland soul singer Lenny Williams (formerly of Tower of Power) co-headlines the festivities this year, with Mel Waiters and many more, Saturday, 3 p.m., Clinton Presidential Center, $25 adv., $35 day of. and lady, live music, croquet and drinks. Old State House Museum, 6 p.m., $50. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. 4 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Julia Butterfly Hill. The environmental activist and author will lecture at Reng Student Union auditorium, as part of the Delta Symposium XIX. ASU Jonesboro, 7 p.m. 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. “Shakespeare, Anecdotally.” Presentation by Dr. Paul Menzer, associate professor at Mary Baldwin College, hosted by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Lecture is in Art Lecture Hall, next to Baum Gallery in McCastlain Hall. University of Central Arkansas, 7 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Wes Jackson. The geneticist and author will lecture at Reng Student Union’s Mockingbord Room as part of the Delta Symposium XIX. ASU Jonesboro, 2 p.m. 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. Wine Tasting with Bruce Cochran. The Afterthought, 5:30 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501-6663600.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m, $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tennis.


Arkansas Literary Festival. The 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, a gathering of readers and writers that will include more than 80 presenters at venues on both sides of the river. Main Library. 100 S. Rock St. Joseph Glenn Smith. Faulkner County Library, 5 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. “Warrior Writers & Combat Paper Projects Panel.” With Drew Cameron, Jan Barry and Sara Nesson exploring the relationship between literary expression and physical and emotional recovery. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway.



Adam Carroll. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Big Shane Thorton. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Canvas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Casey Donahew Band, Brian Keane. 18-andolder. Revolution, 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. Crisis. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, April 19-20, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Montego Cafe, 5-7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Foul Play Cabaret, Sean Ashby. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Goose, East on 40. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. The Intruders. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Joe Robinson, Stephen Neeper Band. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. King Conqeur, Surrounded by Monsters, Deserters, Sessions. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501376-1819. Landry. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. Peckerwolf, Dangerous Idiots, Bombay Harambee. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501375-8466. Rare Remedy. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ronnie Simmons Band. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. Sean Austin. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, April 19, 9:30 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Wildwood Jazz Series: Ellis Marsalis. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $15-$100. 20919 Denny Road. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” Original two-act comedic play about the residents of tiny, fictional Dumpster, Ark. The Joint, through April 27: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


Salsa Night. Begins with 30-40 minute salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


15th Annual Hot Springs Corvette Weekend. Downtown Hot Springs. 501-851-8550. Bugs and Beer Crawfish Boil. Presented by The Point 94.1, with music by Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, crawfish races and more, benefiting Senior Citizens Activities Today. River

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Market Pavilions, 6-9 p.m., $40-$64. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Parking Lot On Main Street Between Fourth And Fifth Streets, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 520 Main Street, NLR. Plant Sale. 1460 Scott St., April 19-20, 9 a.m.


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Martha Silano, Johnathon Williams. The poets will read from their work and sign copies of their books at the R.J. Wills Lecture Hall. Pulaski Technical College, 11 a.m., free. 3000 W. Scenic Drive, NLR.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tennis.




Almost InFamous. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m., free. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. AR Super Jam. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Ben Coulter. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Blues on the River. With Lenny Williams and Mel Waiters, Ms. Jody, Mr. Sam, The Big John Miller Band, Cupid and The Jay Jackson Band. Clinton Presidential Center, 3 p.m., $25-$35. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-433-0102. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See April 19. Dan & Chris. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. stores/littlerock. DJ Muggs, Fatality, Short Fuse, JMZ Dean, Joel Allenbaugh, Phillip Dixon, Platinumb, g-force. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10-$15. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Don Haney & The Prime Rib Special. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-3767468. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 6-9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Funkanites with Bijoux. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $7. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Grupo Fantasma. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Indie Music Night — 420 Edition. With 5:40, Doe Boi (LabRatz), Stamp Gang, OZ Slim, Rated Thoad, D-Ray, Heavy Hustlin Ent., Real N’ Ready DJ Petey Beatz. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Interstate Buffalo. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Jubilation Jazz. Trinity United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m., free. 1101 North Mississippi St. 501786-6250. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501492-9802. Landry. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 1412 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. 501-3214221. Mindset Ultra, At War’s End, Found Fearless. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Mother Hubbard and The Regulators. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Seth Freeman. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Steve Hester and Deja VooDoo. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Top of the Rock Chorus: “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La... Tea and Fashions.” A portion of the event proceeds goes to benefit Partners Against Trafficking Humans. Harper-Alexander House, 2:30 p.m., $30. 18 Olen Lane, NLR. 501-758-3291. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Ben Franks and The Bible Belt Boys. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Urban Hoedown. Benefit for the American Cancer Society, with music from Ment 2 B, Riverbilly and D Harp Edward, silent auction and food from Whole Hog Cafe. Wild River Country, 6-11 p.m., $50. 6820 Crystal Hill Road, NLR. 753-8600. www. The Wes Hart Band (headliner), Ben Byers (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. The Year of the Tiger. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www.


The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” See April 19.


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.arstreetswing. com. “When Dreams are Interrupted: Purple Moon Dance Project.” Arkansas Arts Center, 2-3 p.m. 501 E. 9th St. 501-396-0323.


15th Annual Hot Springs Corvette Weekend. Downtown Hot Springs. 501-851-8550. 6th Annual Arkansas Model Championship. Registration ends at noon. Jacksonville

AFTER DARK, CONT. Community Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., free entry. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. AAUW 78th State Convention: “Access to Justice.” Heifer Village, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $45 (includes lunch). 1 World Ave. 501-663-7729. heifer. org/heifervillage. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Earth Day Foundation Presents: “10 Years of Promoting Green Living.” Includes games, children’s activities, music, food vendors and much more. Heifer Village, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 World Ave. 501-376-6836. Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2013. Arkansas Educational Television Network, 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Cardiac Classic Bike Ride. Burns Park, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $45. 2700 Willow St., NLR. 501-791-8537. Carousel After Dark. Fundraiser for Camp Aldersgate, featuring rides on an antique carousel Twin City Limo, 7 p.m., $50. 901 Main St. Dance With The Greasy Greens To Celebrate Earth Day. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7 p.m., $10-$15. 1818 Reservoir Road. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Mount Holly Garden Series: “Beneficial Bugs

and Insects in Your Garden.” Bring a chair. Mount Holly Cemetery, 9 a.m., $5 suggested donation. 1200 Broadway. Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Community Breakfast. Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, 8-11 a.m., $5. 1601 S. Louisiana. Plant Sale. 1460 Scott St., 9 a.m. Poultry workshop with P. Allen Smith. Moss Mountain Farm, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 23800 Ross Hollow Road, Roland. 501-376-1894.


Awkward Poetry Slam. First Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m., $5. 800 Scott St.


Arkansas Banshees vs. Huntsville, Ala. Women’s tackle football. Catholic High School, 1 p.m., $5. 6300 Father Tribou St. 501-664-3939. www.lrchs. org. Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. St. Vincent Tour dePaul 5K. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. War Memorial Stadium, 8 a.m., $15$30. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622.


Arkansas Literary Festival. See April 18. Arkansas Times presents “Pub or Perish.” With Justin Booth, Amoja “MoMan” Sumler, Randi Romo and others reading poetry, fiction and more. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7-9 p.m., free. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.



Gwar, Warbeast, Wilson. 18-and-older. Revolution, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Robert L. Brack Music Scholarship Concert. With Sarah Jane Kirshaw Guzman, Beatrice Jackson Jenkins, Nicky Parrish and Richard Burgess Block. Oak Park Baptist Church, 4 p.m. 8200 Flintridge Road. Silly Sunday: JJ Williamson. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $10-$25. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228.

SL Jones, Lo Thraxx, 607, Pepperboy, Kari Faux, Fresco The Caveman, Vile Pack, xP. Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. UCA Jazz Ensemble. University of Central Arkansas, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. Crime Victims’ Rights Week Opening Ceremony and Memorial. Presented by Parents of Murdered Children and CVAAA. Clinton Presidential Center, 2 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www. Curbside Couture Fashion Show & Bazaar. Oneof-a-kind recycled fashions designed by high school students, with emcee designer Korto Momolu. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 2:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tennis.


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Crime Victims Services Restoration Ceremony. Presented by the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits, includes planting of flowers to honor crime victims. 2416 S. Chester St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 2416 S. Chester St. 501-372-3800. Faulkner County Town Hall to discuss Mayflower Oil Spill. Faulkner County Natural Resource Center, 8:30 214a.m.-3 p.m. 110 S. Amity Road, Conway. 501733-2409. Global Kids Arkansas Fundraiser: Wine Tasting. Crush Wine Bar, 7 p.m. 318 Main St., NLR. 501374-9463. Salvation Army’s “Spring Fling.” With lunch, live music, door prizes and more, benefiting The 214 Salvation Army. Historic Rogers House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $15. 400 W. 18th St.

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American Aquarium. White Water Tavern, 9:30 214$10. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. p.m., Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam Fundraiser. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501379-8189. Beware of Darkness. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Open Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Songs Unlimited. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.

AFTER DARK, CONT. UCA Wind Ensemble. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. The Word Alive, Once Exiled, Through The Looking Glass, Between You & I. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.


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


7th Annual Crime Victims’ Memorial Service. Presented by Healing Place Ministries, at Wesley Chapel, 1109 S. State St. Philander Smith College, 11 a.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Association of Fundraising Professionals service project. AFP members and colleagues will gather at the Arkansas Foodbank to sort and box donated food. Arkansas Foodbank, 1-4 p.m. 4301 W. 65th St. 501-565-8121. Conway EcoFest 2013. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-472-0901. www. Leymah Gbowee. The 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate speaks. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Science Cafe: “Drug Discovery & Clinical Trials.” The Afterthought, 7 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. stores/littlerock.


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The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Steve Hirst. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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


Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 7

p.m., $13-$46. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-9759001. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Forum. Presented by the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits. Main Library, 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. Global Kids Arkansas Fundraiser: Art Exhibition and Sale. White Water Tavern, 7 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Reception for Leymah Gbowee. Philander Smith College, 6 p.m., free. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Robert Quinlan. Presentation from the director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s “Richard III.” Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. University of Central Arkansas, 7 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Science After Dark: “Why We Make Mistakes.”

21-and-older event, with cash bar. Museum of Discovery, 6-8 p.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475.


Arkansas Motion Picture Institute public meeting. Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, noon., free. 659 Ouachita Ave., Hot Springs. 501-3211700.


Warigia Bowman. The Clinton School assistant professor presents “The Kenya General Election 2013: Tallying, Technology and Transparency.” Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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‘OBLIVION’: Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise star in this dystopian sci-fi flick.

NEW MOVIES Beyond the Hills (NR) — It’s all bleakness and despair in this Romanian ultra-bummer about religious superstition run amok. Market Street: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15. Home Run (PG) — Christian baseball movie. Rave: 10:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:45, 6:30, 9:30. Lords of Salem (R) — Latest horror-flick creepout from director Rob Zombie. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 1:30, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30, midnight. Lore (NR) — Five German children must face the legacy of their Nazi parents in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Oblivion (PG-13) — Ol’ Middletooth thrashes his way through another dystopian sci-fi actionthriller, which also stars Morgan Freeman. Breckenridge: 12:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55. Rave: 10:00 a.m., 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 (eXtreme), 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:45, 2:30, 4:45, 5:30, 7:45, 8:30, 10:45, 11:30, midnight.




RETURNING THIS WEEK 42 (R) — Jackie Robinson bio-pic. Breckenridge: 12:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15. Chenal 9: Rave: 10:00 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 12:50, 1:50, 3:50, 4:50, 6:50, 7:50, 9:50, 10:50, midnight. The Croods (PG) — Animated story of a cave family that must venture into uncharted realms. Breckenridge: 12:50, 4:05, 7:35, 9:50. Rave: 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 (2D), 10:30 a.m., 1:15 (3D). Emperor — Tommy Lee Jones stars as a general stationed in post-WWII Japan. (PG-13) Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Evil Dead (R) — Remake of the classic ’80s cult horror film. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:30, 7:30, 9:45. Rave: 10:20 a.m., 12:45, 3:10, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) — Sequel to the movie based on the ’80s cartoon and line of toys, which were based on a line of toys from the ’60s and ’70s. Breckenridge: 12:35, 7:40 (2D), 4:40, 10:15 (3D). Rave: 11:10 a.m., 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 (2D), 10:05 a.m., 12:45, 3:40, 6:35, 9:20 (3D).

A Good Day to Die Hard (R) — “Die Hard” goes to Russia in search of a paycheck. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) — They’re just running out of ideas, aren’t they? Starring Jeremy Renner. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:45, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35. The Host (PG-13) — “Twilight” goes sci-fi, from the author of “Twilight.” Breckenridge: 12:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) — Las Vegas superstar magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) secretly hate each other but have to pair up to fight competition from a street magician. Movies 10: 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10. Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) — It’s in 3D this time. Breckenridge: 12:30, 4:00, 7:15, 10:05. Rave: 10:25 a.m., 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30. The Last Exorcism, Part II (PG-13) — It’s not really the last exorcism. Movies 10: 12:10, 4:50, 9:30. Life of Pi (PG) — Based on the smash-hit book of the same name, from director Ang Lee. Movies 10: 12:35, 4:05, 7:00, 9:50. Mama (PG-13) — From “Pan’s Labyrinth” helmer, rising star Jessica Chastain confronts a bunch of terrifying something or other. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05. Olympus Has Fallen (R) — Terrorists overtake the White House and kidnap the president in this not-at-all-utterly-implausible movie with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Breckenridge: 12:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50. Rave: 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 5:05, 8:00, 10:55. On the Road (R) — Kristin Stewart stars in this adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous novel. Market Street: 4:15, 9:15. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) — How the Wizard of Oz got that way. Breckenridge:1:05, 4:20, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 1:55, 5:00, 8:05, 11:10. Parental Guidance (PG) — Boomer grandparents Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are outmatched by their bratty post-millennial grandkids. Movies 10: 2:25, 7:05. The Place Beyond the Pines (R) — Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper star in the latest from the guy who directed “Blue Valentine.” Breckenridge: 12:15, 3:40, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 12:55, 4:10, 7:25, 10:40.

Quartet (PG-13) — Bunch of retired British singers in an old folks home have to get the band back together to save the orphanage, er, sorry, the old folks home. Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15. Safe Haven (PG-13) — Sorry dude, but you are definitely going to have to take your girlfriend to see this soft-focus yawn-fest. Movies 10: Noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20. Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) — Anna Farris is gone, but the yuks keep coming. Breckenridge: 12:40, 3:50, 7:40, 9:40. Rave: 12:15, 2:35, 4:20, 4:55, 6:40, 7:15, 9:00, 9:35, 11:40. Spring Breakers (R) — Sex-drugs-and-dubstep skeeze-fest from director Harmony Korine, starring James Franco and his cornrows, grill and terrible Southern accent. Rave: 10:05. Stoker (R) — Ultra-creepy family murder thriller, with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Market Street: 1:45, 6:45. Tyler Perry’s Temptation (PG-13) — The latest product to plop off the end of the factory line at Tyler Perry Co. stars an almost convincingly human hologram called “Kim Kardashian.” Breckenridge: 12:20, 3:45, 7:05, 9:55. Rave: 10:55 a.m., 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05. Warm Bodies (PG-13) — Pretty much “Twilight,” but with zombies instead of whatever it was “Twilight” had. Movies 10: 12:40, 3:05, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) — Animated movie about a video game character. Movies 10: 1:20, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50 (2D), 12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 (3D). Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Tandy 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 758-5354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380,


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Not so entrancing ‘Trance’ forgets plot, character development in all the flash. BY SAM EIFLING


he bravado opening to “Trance,” the seductive but ultimately eyeroll-worthy heist film from Danny Boyle, unfolds at an art auction house. The gently dashing Simon (James McAvoy) breaks the fourth wall to explain, through his Scottish lilt, that in the event of an attempted robbery during an auction his task is to spirit the most valuable thing in the room — the painting — backstage, zip it into a canvas case and rush it to a deposit slot that feeds into a time-locked vault. Now segue directly into this very thing happening. A 200-year-old Goya called “Witches in the Air” is fetching 20-something million pounds at auction. Then: gas canisters, panic, chaos. Simon gets as far as the deposit slot, tries to play hero as the thief opens the case and catches the stock of a shotgun to his forehead. Boyle’s touch with motion, light and music — all hallmarks of his 1996 masterwork “Trainspotting” and his direction of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony — are on full display here, and throughout “Trance.” But true panache owes a debt also to logic, and quickly Boyle asks his audience to follow him onto brittle ice. As Simon is undergoing emergency brain surgery we learn that the four men who ripped off the painting are carrying only the frame. The canvas is missing, and when Simon comes out of his coma they’re expecting him (their inside man, it happens) to produce it. But he genuinely cannot recall its whereabouts. Rather than kill him, the leader of this gang, Franck (Vincent Cassel) prods him into hypnotherapy. London apparently is well-stocked in this department, and out of the listings Simon

plucks the likeable name Elizabeth Lamb. Thus it falls to Doctor (?) Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to extract this delicate detail out of Simon’s muddled mind. What follows feels, at best, like “Inception” crossed with “Snatch.” Boyle traipses through reality, real memories, ersatz memories and hypno-hallucinations with a surprising deftness, and it all looks great, with lots of eerily glowing walls and neon-lit venues and drunken-angled shots. For as convoluted as this knot becomes, it amazingly holds together as a narrative. This is one of those movies that sends you looking up the editor’s name: Jon Harris (who, lo, edited “Snatch” and was Oscarnominated for “127 Hours”). But just because you can follow it doesn’t mean you’ll want to. What neither the editor nor the cast can overcome is the general disjoint between the events of the film and all the other stuff you know about life. Turns out that grafting a film about a Big Job Gone Wrong onto a film about Hypnotic Memory Recovery and Maybe a Love Triangle requires you to wade through a bog of dippy explanations as to why and how Simon is guarding his memories from himself, and then watch as McAvoy and Dawson and Cassel all try to treat the material with straight faces. Not even fun-nasty gangster shenanigans and a couple of late twists can rescue this listing ship. The heist genre has been done in enough ways over enough years that, inevitably, a plot has to reach to come up with even vaguely original take. But once you sit through “Trance” you may soon look forward to repressing large swaths of it in turn.

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ ’TIS THE SEASON FOR MUDBUGS. On Friday, April 19, in the River Market Pavilions, The Point 94.1 hosts the Bugs and Beer Crawfish Boil, with music by Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys. Proceeds benefit Senior Citizens Activities Today. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets run $65.

Pizzeria Santa Lucia

Various locations 666-1885 QUICK BITE The folks behind Pizzeria Santa Lucia are operating out of a mobile pizza oven, imported from Italy, and churning out some really fine pies all over Little Rock. They’re on the smaller side and not topped to excess, but they’re refreshing and quite flavorful. Everything’s fired to order, so allow some time for your pie to be completed, especially on a busy night. Stand back and watch the pizzaioli at work — it’s a beautiful thing to behold; they’re artists in their own right. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates and locations.

ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19, at the corner of Main and Capitol, Main Street Food Truck Fridays hosts Blackhound BBQ, Big Daddy’s Dogs, Kona Ice, Kbird and Mexicana Alicia. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

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PIZZA ON THE GO: From Pizzeria Santa Lucia.

Real Neapolitan pizza — from a truck Santa Lucia offers welcome new option.


f the ever-expanding food truck movement over the past few years has taught us one thing, it’s that often, food from a mobile kitchen can be as good — or better — than anything offered by a brick and mortar restaurant. The small but indefatigable fleet of food trucks and carts in Central Arkansas is no exception. Indeed, some trucks offer dishes unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in Central Arkansas. One of Little Rock’s freshest faces in the mobile dining scene is serving one of America’s most beloved dishes, pizza. However, the folks behind Pizzeria Santa Lucia would not be content with throwing together a few half-hearted, greasesoaked pedestrian pies. Instead, they’re

sharing their passion and commitment to quality by spreading the gospel of authentic Neapolitan pizza. Pizzeria Santa Lucia’s head pizzaiolo, Georges Launet, is a Little Rock native who has been floating around the restaurant business for 15 years. From his experiences in Europe, Launet had fallen in love with the art of Neapolitan pizza, something he was determined to bring back home to Arkansas. After cooking for a number of quality restaurants around town, he joined the folks at the fine foods catering company, Palette. With assistance from the two chef/owners of Palette, Jeremy and Jacquelyn Pittman, Launet’s pizza pipe dreams began to take shape.

Neapolitan pizza adheres to strict guidelines in terms of preparation, ingredients, and cooking, but the folks at Santa Lucia are committed to doing things correctly. Neapolitan pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven — an oven Santa Lucia had imported from Italy — at no less than 900 degrees F. This sweltering temperature allows the pies to cook quickly, usually around 90 seconds — the fast cooking time causes the crust to crisp up quickly, imparting numerous charred and blackened blisters from the kiss of flame, but keeping the interior of the crust soft and chewy. The simple fragrant sauce is created from crushed San Marzano tomatoes, the flour is a Caputo “00” milled in Italy. Toppings are light, few, and not heavily applied; mozzarella is only loosely scattered about, not stacked to three inches thick. Authentic Neapolitan pizza is an art that’s buried in tradition, but Launet will tell you “in some cases tradition is something that is so, because it is truly right.” We first sampled Santa Lucia’s version of the margherita ($8), the great equalizer among Neapolitan pie. It’s a pizza that’s topped so simply, it may often be overlooked for flashier, more complex pies. However, this combination — mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil — is a proven classic for its ability to perfectly meld these three flavors, each one enhancing and improving the others. The basil, while not used in excess, provides an aromatic note to

the sweet, tangy tomato sauce. The soft cheese deteriorates into small white pools after its time in the fiery oven, becoming light, gooey, and bubbling hot. The fresh mozzarella, the simple sauce of crushed tomatoes, the sprigs of basil — they’re all relatively mild flavors, but they go extremely well together. They’re also the perfect addition to the masterfully crafted crust. It’s the crust, perhaps more than anything else, that sets Neapolitan pies apart, and Santa Lucia’s version is as fine as any we’ve tasted. The thin, crispy crust is flavorful enough on its own that you won’t be throwing away any leftover untopped end pieces. Though at about 10 inches, the pies will probably not last long enough for leftovers. For a slightly spicier pie, the pepperoni ($10) is a fantastic option. This bright red, air-dried sausage is lightly smoky, fine-grained, and soft. After a trip through the oven, the pepperoni slices gently curl up around the edges, forming small, bowl shaped discs with lightly blackened edges at various points. The pepperoni adds a bolder, richer flavor to the overall profile of the pie, and the added salty grease doesn’t overwhelm beautifully crafted pie beneath. Lastly, we sampled one of the “specials” of the day, a white pie (sans tomato sauce) with mozzarella, chorizo, arugula and cherry tomatoes ($12). In this case the pie is first baked with only the cheese and sausage atop, pulled from the oven, topped with the greens and tomato, and finally sprinkled with a few gratings of Parmigiano-Reggiano. We were smitten by the combination of peppery arugula and creamy mozzarella, paired with the spicy, richness of the chorizo. The combination of raw and cooked ingredients, the mix of hot and cool temperatures, was inspired. Neapolitan pizza is probably not for everyone; there’s bound to be some who can’t get over the sparseness of cheese and toppings, the blackened bits of crust, the soft, saggy center of the crust. But this is to be expected; there are numerous schools of thought on what makes the ideal pie, and pizza remains one of the most polarizing foods in existence. But Santa Lucia’s devotion to reproducing the authentic flavors of Naples is something to be admired — and besides that, its pizza tastes great.


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EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub in Hillcrest, where you’ll find traditional fare like


burgers and fish and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4500. D daily, BR, L Sat.-Sun. IRONHORSE SALOON Bar and grill offering juicy hamburgers and cheeseburgers. 9125 Mann Road. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-562-4464. LD daily. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings served up fresh and hot to order. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.



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MILFORD TRACK Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. Bread is baked in-house. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and several meat-and-two options for lunch and dinner. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6604200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in home style buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-375-3216. L Mon.-Fri. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2243344. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI Highquality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales. 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. BL Tue.-Fri., BLD Sat. (close at 5pm). WINGSTOP Features 10 flavors of chicken flappers for almost any palate, including mild, hot, Cajun and atomic, as well as specialty flavors like lemon pepper, teriyaki, Garlic parmesan and Hawaiian. 11321 West Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9464. LD daily.


A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent panAsian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-5398. e y... ittl LD daily. nerg e rth L r o u N o c CURRY Home-style Indian food ti Feel IN A HURRY gneingredients with a focus M ona fresh and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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fare. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-562-7900. LD daily. PHO THANH MY The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.


CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five others. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. The sandwiches are basic, and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat.


CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close at 4 p.m.). NEXT BISTRO & BAR Mediterranean food and drinks. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. 501-663-6398. D Tue.-Thu., Sat.


CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. THE ITALIAN KITCHEN AT LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro with excellent Italian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3745100. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-851-0880. LD daily. 3324 Pike Avenue. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-5997. LD daily. 4001 McCain Park Drive. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-2900. LD daily. 5524 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-5524. LD daily.


CANON GRILL Tex-Mex, pasta, sandwiches and salads. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2068. LD daily. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mexican served in huge portions. 8409 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3762. LD daily. LA HERRADURA Traditional Mexican fare. 8414 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6063. LD Tue.-Sun. LAS MARGARITAS Sparse offerings at this taco truck. No chicken, for instance. Try the veggie quesadilla. 7308 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Tue.-Thu. LOS TORITOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican fare in East End. 1022 Angel Court. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-261-7823. BLD daily. PEPE’S Better than average Tex-Mex. Try the chicken chimichanga. 5900 W 12th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-296-9494. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE Freshly baked pan dulce, first-rate guacamole, inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer, No CC. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu.


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oes your canine pal have star quality? If your doggie dreams of being the center of attention, then the second annual Ruff on the River Pooch Parade at Riverfest is the perfect venue to show off their swagger. The 2013 Pooch Parade, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 26, has a Hollywood theme, and you’re encouraged to dress up your dog as their favorite star. But it’s not just a way to bask in the attention of adoring crowds; Ruff on the River and Riverfest want to give back to animal organizations in need, so proceeds from the event will be donated to All About Labs, Canine Companions for Independence, Little Rock Animal Shelter and Out of the Woods. In true Hollywood style, there will be a registration “PAWTY” at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Second Street and River Market Avenue. Dogs and their human escorts will gather there until the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. The parade route will take River Market Avenue up to Third Street, and follow it to Heifer International. There will be a celebrity judging panel and award winners will make an appearance on the red carpet at the winner’s circle to receive their prizes. Immediately following the parade will be the Weenie Dog Derby for all short-legged dogs. There are three different sized catego-

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“Doubt: A Parable.” John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzerand Tony-winning play about Father Flynn, a beloved and progressive parish priest, and Sister Aloysius, the school’s rigidly conservative principal, set in 1964 at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx. There will be a special talkback session after the April 19 show, with the director and cast. The Weekend Theater, through April 20: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “Harvey.” Presented by The Maumelle Players. Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, through April 20, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 21, 3 p.m., $12-$15. 449 Millwood Circle, Maumelle. “Hats! The Musical.” Comedy tribute to the Red Hat Society, which promotes bonding for women 50 and older. Lantern Theatre, through April 28: Sun., 2:30 p.m., $15. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. “See How They Run.” A former American actress and wife of the vicar shakes things up in a sleepy English village. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through May 12: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Spring Awakening.” Presented by UCA Theatre. Recommended for adults only. University of Central Arkansas, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, through April 19, 7:30 p.m., $10. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. 501-450-3265. www.



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“When Dreams are Interrupted: Purple Moon Dance Project,” dance inspired by exhibit on Japanese internment “Wendy Maruyama: Tag Project/Executive Order 9066,” 2-3 p.m. April 20, show through April 21; “Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie,” 100 ceramic pieces in various forms and drawings, through May 5; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” art by Arkansas students K-12, through May 5; “Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass,” 53 gelatin-silver prints, through April 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. GALLERY 221, 221 W. 2nd St.: First year anniversary celebration, 4-8 p.m. April 20. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Southern Women Artists,” open 5-8 p.m. April 19, Argenta ArtWalk. 664-2787. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: Arkansas Literary Festival lectures and events April 20: 10 a.m., “Warrior Writers”; 11:30 a.m., “Arkansas Authors”; 1 p.m., “Papermaking from Uniforms” workshop; 2:30 p.m., “Pathos and Possibility”; 4 p.m., “Civil War.” April 21: 1:30 p.m., writings by local veterans. Exhibit: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Arkansas Literary Festival at MTCC,” with writers Carlotta Walls-LaNier, Frank X. Walker, Rita Williams-Garcia and Paula J. Giddings and publishers Dorothy R. Leavell, Rosetta Miller-Perry and Janis F. Kearney, 11:30-6 p.m. April 20, arkansasliter- Exhibit: “The Inauguration of Hope,” life-sized sculpture of the First Family by Ed Dwight; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. THEA CENTER, 401 Main St., NLR: Annual “North Little Rock High School Art Show and Sale,” 5-8 p.m. April 19, Argenta ArtWalk, reception and sale 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 22; Thea Arts Festival painting by Matt McLeod. 9 a.m.noon, 1-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Endia Bumgarner, “Celebrating Color,” through April 28; “BFA Thesis Project Exhibition No. 1,” with Megan Douglas, Morgan Hill, Jade Chauvin, Myriam Saavedra and Cameron Richards, April 24-May 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” through May 28, $12 non-members ages 19 and up; “Abstractions on Paper: From Abstract Expressionism to Post Minimalism,” through April 29, “Art Talk: Conversation on ‘Abstractions on Paper,’ ” with assistant curator Manuela Well-Off-Man and North Arkansas Community College art Professor Steve Wise will talk about Sol Lewitt and Donald Judd, 3:30-4:15 p.m. April 20, late 20th century gallery; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. FAYETTEVILLE ARSAGA’S DEPOT, 548 W Dickson St: “Habitats,” photographs of Fayetteville life by Kat Wilson,

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Only Candidates who apply through our website and meet minimum qualifications will be considered. No phone calls please. Transamerica Employee Benefits, the administrative office of Transamerica Life Insurance Company seeks: Top Technical Specialist (Requisition number: 13000MF) in Little Rock, AR to Design, code, test, and document applications utilizing: Visual Studio.NET, .NET Framework 3.0, IIS, JavaScript, XML/XSD. • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or technically related field and 10 years related experience. Also will accept Master’s degree and 8 years. • Experience must include 8 years in distributed computer application development; 3 years of leadership; and 3 years with Transact-SQL (SQL Server 2000 and above), C#.NET, ASP.NET, Web Services Development-WSDL, WSE 2.0/3.0, WCF. May be gained concurrently. To apply, please visit our website at, click “careers” located at the top; click “view and apply for jobs” along left side of page. Type the requisition number in the “keyword” field. Excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision coverage within 30 days of employment.

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invites you to join

Dr. David Lipschitz

as he presents a monthly series of talks on lifelong health “Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families” Monday, May 20 Noon

Dr. David’s greatest goal is to educate the public about aging. Most importantly, he aims to empower people with the tools to live longer, happier and healthier lives. Refreshments will be served. Events are free but seating is limited. Please call Wendy Hudgeons for reservations at 501-492-2911 or email

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