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THE LOVE EQUATION Little Rock native Christian Rudder’s $50 million idea to turn dating into math. BY LINDSEY MILLAR PAGE 10
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n Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker, modeling a blue suit, features in a Jamileh Kamran advertisement in the April 15 issue of the lawyer-targeted Daily Record newspaper. The Arkansas Code of Judicial Conduct, under the section headed “Avoiding Abuse of the Prestige of Judicial Office,” says that “A judge shall not abuse the prestige of judicial office to advance the personal or economic interests of the judge or others, or allow others to do so.” Baker said she did not believe appearing in a fashion ad violated the code, but said she would look into it and discuss the use of her image with Kamran. Baker said that about eight months ago she released rights to photos that dress designer Kamran made of the judge in a suit Kamran created for her. Baker said the release allowed Kamran to use the photos in Life in Chenal magazine. Kamran is the Little Rock dressmaker who in 2006 pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit designer handbags. She received probation.
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n Last week we reported that Secretary of State Mark Martin’s executive assistant, Teresa Belew, no longer worked for the office. A Times Freedom of Information Act request turned up Belew’s resignation letter and an e-mail she wrote to Martin’s Chief Deputy Doug Matayo. Belew said she resigned over concerns that “certain aspects related to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are not being properly followed by the Secretary of State’s Office.” Belew said she was told by Deputy Secretary of Public Affairs Alice Stewart to delete an e-mail that was part of a response to an extensive FOIA request by the Arkansas Times. Stewart says she never asked Belew to delete an e-mail, but a calendar reminder that she believed did not fall within the scope of the request. Belew said she stands behind her letter and e-mail, including an assertion that the office’s legal counsel, A.J. Kelly, told her “the most important thing was to delay the delivery of the FOIA until after budgets were approved.” Stewart says the office is looking for a replacement. Belew, 53, is the former executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and was paid $50,000.
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The house is in sorry shape, with a pronounced lean and some major alterations having been done inside and out. Beth n The Times wrote last week about the attempts by Arkansas Wiedower, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s State University to purchase and save the boyhood home of Rural Heritage Development Initiative, said the forthcoming music superstar Johnny Cash near Dyess. Now it appears that restoration will be helped along considerably by the recolleca long-hoped-for deal is going through. tions of Johnny’s youngest sister, Joanne. After a year-long negotiation, the “She’s sharp as a tack, and she’s family of the current owner, William drawn out a floor plan of the house and Stegall, has reportedly accepted ASU’s showed us where every piece of furniture $100,000 offer to buy the Cash house was inside,” Wiedower said. “We’ve got and the small plot of land it sits on in a some really great, solid information on cotton field about a mile outside Dyess. how to take it back to its original appearStegall has lived there for over 30 years. ance.” A concert to raise funds for the Built by the government in the midrestoration of the Cash house and other SOLD: Cash’s boyhood home. 1930s as part of a 500-family farm resetDepression-era WPA buildings in Dyess tlement community, it was the first new is scheduled for Aug. 4 on the ASU camhome the Cash family ever owned when they moved in during pus in Jonesboro, with Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Johnthe winter of 1935. Johnny Cash lived there from the time he ny’s kids, Rosanne and John Carter Cash, and others scheduled to appear. was three years old until he graduated from high school in 1950.
Little Rock native Christian Rudder is a polymath of sorts, a nationally regarded rock musician, a sometimes actor, a popular blogger, a statistician and a tech entrepreneur who co-founded a dating site that recently sold for $50 million in cash. — By Lindsey Millar
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If it’s White, it’s all right n At least as far back as the congressional redistricting of 1991, people have been saying that White County, the easternmost county in the Second Congressional District, should be moved to the First Congressional District. White’s political leaders have resisted. A spirited battle over the issue was fought in the ’91 legislature, ending with Lonoke County being moved from the Second District to the First instead of White. After the 2000 census, there was again speculation that White would be moved to the First District, and again it didn’t happen. This year, with the First District still losing population and White still extending well east of counties already in the First District, a move seemed almost inevitable. It didn’t happen again. The late Wilbur Mills, a White Countian and the Second District’s most famous representative, must be looking down approvingly.
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Words n “The multibillionaire Koch brothers are used to running their nefarious network of political front groups from behind closed doors. But now, the curtain is being pulled back, and there they are — buck naked and butt ugly — for all to see.” — Jim Hightower. Hightower got both expressions right. Some people nowadays say butt naked. I haven’t yet heard anyone say buck ugly, but Sarah Palin is probably getting ready to. n Rob Leflar of Fayetteville writes: “In his maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, our own Senator John Boozman offered this observation: ‘While Americans tighten their belts, they watch in disbelief as Washington throws taxpayer money around with reckless abandonment.’ Surely the distinguished gentleman meant to say ‘reckless abandon.’ Or is this a reck4 APRIL 20, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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less abandonment of proper English usage?” A senator could abandon his money, I suppose — just walk off and leave it for the pages to pick up — and that might be called “reckless abandonment.” But to throw money around “without inhibition or moderation” is to act with reckless abandon. House Speaker John Boehner, a stickler for good usage, has said, “We intend to cut rich folks’ taxes with reckless abandon.” n What about voodoo economics? “Thirteen states have introduced bills
to ban Shariah law, reports ColorLines. Arizona’s anti-Shariah legislation would also ban ‘canon law, halacha, and karma.’ ” Shariah is the law of Islam. Canon law is law that governs a Christian church, such as the Catholic church. Halacha is Jewish religious law. Karma is a Hindu concept that every act a person does, for good or evil, returns to that person with equal impact. Sounds like it’d be hard to ban by legislative action. The legislators might get a karmic comeuppance too. n I’ve wondered why Donald Trump is referred to as “The Donald.” He’s certainly not my favorite Donald; that would be Duck. Turns out it’s “a nickname given to him by the media after his first wife Ivana Trump, a native of the Czech Republic, referred to him as such in an interview.”
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The Observer has a hate/hate relationship with most reptiles. We say “most,” because we’ve got no problem with turtles — other than the snapping kind, of course; those denizens of the muddy deep that our dear ol’ Granny told us wouldn’t let go until they hear a clap of thunder once they got aholt of ya. We’ve also got no problem with a lizard or three, though Komodo Dragons and Gila Monsters and even a good sized iguana are enough to set off the gibbering Monkey Cortex of our brain and send us scrambling for a sharp stick to protect the young. Snakes, however, are out as a class. Yes, even rat snakes and king snakes and all the other rodent-hungry species. Your ol’ pal feels about those wriggling friends of the farmer the same way we feel about waste treatment plants and international diplomats: as long as they can do their job without us ever having to see, hear or know anything about it, we’re cool. Which brings us to the species of reptile we’re most torn about: The crocodilians, specifically the alligator. The Observer and our lovely bride have a strange fascination with gators. We make a yearly pilgrimage to the Arkansas Alligator Farm down in Hot Springs — sometimes even twice a year, so we can see them once while they’re sunbathing outdoors, and another time while they’re dozing in their enclosed winter barn, the only thing separating our footsies from their snouts being chicken wire of questionable tensile strength. Spouse’s willingness to go anywhere near that joint is doubly odd, given that while she was pregnant during our grad-school sojourn in Lafayette, La., over a decade ago, she had recurring nightmares that a gang of surly alligators was going to climb the stairs to our second floor apartment, pick the lock, then snatch our cub from his crib for a snack. True story. All this is to say that we were alarmed last week when we heard a good-sized alligator on display at the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center (formerly the Governor Mike Huckabee Who is the Best Guy in the World Because He Signs Our Paychecks Delta Rivers Nature Center) in Pine Bluff had absconded from his enclosure and is still on the lam. We called up Eric Maynard, the facility director, and got a description
of the fugitive. The gone gator is nine feet long, and weighs between 250 and 300 pounds. Maynard called that “medium sized” for these parts, where rare examples on the Arkansas River near the Pine Bluff Arsenal top 16 feet. He said the beast in question was captured while crossing a road in Jefferson County, and put on display for the warm blooded bipeds about a year ago. Given that we believe it’s only a matter of time before the reptiles rise up and retake their proper place at the top of the food chain, Maynard’s description of how said beast got out of its enclosure — surrounded by a four-foot chain link fence — is enough to make us want to start stockpiling toilet paper and snakebite kits: “It was apparently crawling up on the fence and put enough pressure on there that it broke some of the wires and broke the top part down,” Maynard said. That allowed the alligator access to a second enclosure surrounded by a six-foot fence, the bottom of which was buried in the ground. “It went around, it looked like, and tested lots of different areas. All of it is buried in the ground, except where the gate is.” At that point, the alligator pushed on the fence at the weak spot he’d discovered until it broke, allowing him to escape. Let us just repeat that: An alligator, with a tiny, prehistoric brain and a whole mess of big teeth, went around until it found a weak spot in the fence, then exploited that weak spot to escape. Take a second to glance around and make sure it isn’t behind you if you want. Maynard insists that the Great Escape doesn’t mean the creature gave it a lot of conscious thought. Suddenly, however, Spouse’s worries about gators wandering around apartment complexes jiggling doorknobs don’t look so far-fetched. Maynard says the alligator is still on the run, and there’s some debate over whether they’ll catch him even if they find him. The bayous and rivers close to the nature center are already home to alligators, so it’s not like he’ll be lonely. If they spot him on land, maybe they’ll try to retake him. In the water, though, it’s a no-go. “They show that stuff on TV, but let’s be real,” he said. “We’re not going to do our Steve Irwin impression.” www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 5
Avoid ad hominem Over the years, I’ve read with interest your insightful coverage on all things Arkansas — particularly politics — and admire your dedication and passion. I am grateful that you continue to “fight the good fight”. I’ve read with interest your coverage and comments on the mandatory congressional redistricting exercise. I happen to live in Fayetteville, have deep Jefferson County roots, and am a political partisan. But, I am most importantly an Arkansan. I’ll not here wade into the merits of the various, proposed redistricting plans. I will observe, though, that reasonable minds can (and often do) disagree. As for what appears to be a festering of parochial sentiment on your Arkansas Blog (e.g. “loathing,” “LA,” “Fayette-villains,” etc.), my hope is that the redistricting process can avoid the ad hominem. We’re all citizens of Arkansas, and we can be better than that (particularly working together). In short, in whatever district each of us ends up, we’ll still be Arkansans — which is a heckuva lot better than being banished to, say, Mississippi. Thank you, again, for your dutiful work. Vince Chadick Fayetteville
letting mining interests set the agenda. Although the legislators keep insisting that natural gas drilling is unprecedented and new, the people of Hot Springs have seen what the ADEQ and PC&E allow: unenforced laws, uncollected fines, a mining industry run amok — ever hear of Union Carbide? Nearly $1 million in fines and counting are going uncollected by the State of Arkansas as mining interests in Garland County destroy waterways, wells, property, and people’s lives. Neither the legislature nor the governor needs Rod Bryan or anyone else to point out that Sharp Solar Manufacturing (just up the road in Memphis) would
make an innovative, non-polluting business partner for the Natural State. They already know there are alternatives to poisoning Arkansas’ water and citizenry. Their willful lack of leadership is, well, scary. Denise Parkinson Hot Springs
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[the Mineral Springs-Saratoga school superintendent] might feel years from now.” Because I know exactly how he will feel. You see, we are educators. Educators are not in this job for money. It is a passion. We love children and our main goal in life is to help them be productive citizens who can make a choice if they own land in a hunting club or pick up your trash. I am a 46-year-old mom who was born in Miami and I have asthma. I have a son with signs of autism who was born in Mena. I have a grandmother who died due to emphysema because the land she lived beside was next to the Palmetto Expressway (10 lane highway that started out as a tomato farm) in Miami. Doctors cited that as a possible reason for her death at age 82. What most concerns me as a mom and an educator is: why does the wildlife society have so much money to spend on birds, animals and lawyers while I see kids going hungry at night. I see kids without decent clothes and parents working two jobs to pay their bills. These parents don’t have time to help their kids in their education. I see school districts fighting for every penny just to have an after school tutoring program to take care of our young. What I WONDER is when will people like Ellen Fennell see the real value of a human life. Just last week my 17-yearold posted on his Facebook this quote: “You cant do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” We want children to have that — an excellent life full of choices and opportunities — not choices about what car they will sleep in or where is their next meal, but what can I do to help others and make this a better place. When will the hunting clubs and Ellens of the world make it a better place for all? Cindi Adcock Mineral Springs
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The LEGISLATURE. It completed work on congressional redistricting and went home.
U.S. REP. MIKE ROSS. The only Democrat in the House from Arkansas acted like a Democrat for a change and opposed the Republican budget plan to destroy Medicare and give a giant tax break to the rich. Republican Reps. Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack voted for the soak-thepoor budget. DR. CARL JOHNSON. The new chair of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees vowed an open process for selection of a new UA System president. Until now, the process has been run in secret to protect identities of potential applicants. The ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT. It rapped Circuit Judge Philip Shirron for taking custody of a child from its mother because she was an illegal immigrant (issuing an anti-immigrant screed while he was at it). The father knew her immigration status at the time he agreed to give her custody. He wanted a change in custody because the mother had sought an increase in child support. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
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‘Anchor babies’ weigh down Arkansas? That’s what the punitive Birthright Citizenship Act claims. BY JACQUELINE FROELICH
n We are being overtaken by illegal babies, or so certain anti-immigration advocates claim — babies born to undocumented mothers seeking a stake in the United States, “anchoring” them to our prosperous and free nation. According to the 14th Amendment, any child born in the U.S. does receive automatic U.S. citizenship, plus all the American perks: an identity card, access to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, the ability to get a driver’s license, a public education, a job with benefits, a wedding certificate. But a federal bill crawling its way through Congress would end automatic naturalization for infants born to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. Four million children were born to undocumented parents in 2008, according to an estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center, a top immigration demographer. The measure, titled the “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011,” seeks to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify classes of individuals born in the U.S. who automatically become citizens of the United States at birth. The bill was introduced in the U.S. House in early January by Steve King, an Iowa Republican. Referred to the House Judiciary committee, then on to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement in late January, the bill now has 68
cosponsors and counting, including Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack. Democrat Mike Ross is not a sponsor. Griffin reportedly said birthright citizenship rewards illegal behavior. Steve Womack is on the record referring to illegal immigration as a “festering” problem. As a resident of Rogers, Womack’s witnessed first-hand a surge of immigrants in his district over the past 25 years. Eleven million unauthorized immigrants resided in the U.S. as of October 2010. And according to new census figures, the Hispanic population in Arkansas has doubled since 2000 — to 186,000, 6.4 percent of the state’s population. As many as 60,000 may be undocumented. Undocumented children, brought and raised here by undocumented parents, live in the twilight zone. They may attend public school, even attend a public university in Arkansas (although they have to pay outof-state tuition) but they can’t legally drive or work. For the rest of their lives, they are forced to live underground. The federal “DREAM Act,” if passed, could quell some of those challenges, but it was crushed by an exiting Congress late last year. We may never know how many undocumented children or adults live in Arkansas. But many are attracted to the state’s immigrant epicenter — Springdale. And
many pregnant alien mothers end up at Community Health Clinic, a federally qualified health center, which provides critical prenatal care for low-income families. Kathy Grisham is the clinic’s long-time executive director. She says the birthright citizenship law as it stands saves taxpayers a tremendous amount of money. “Undocumented women can qualify for Medicaid because the services go to the unborn child, under a state approved S-Chip program,” she said. “When a baby’s born as a U.S. citizen, it’s a perfect way to care for her and keep her from being a ‘million dollar baby,’ ” she said. “For every dollar invested in prenatal care you save at least $7 dollars in after-birth care. It’s our community and our hospitals that absorb that cost, with no reimbursement for that care.” In 2010, Community Clinic, which operates three medical sites in Northwest Arkansas, had 75,000 patient visits from low-income residents with no insurance, up from 18,000 in 2005. Last year it provided prenatal care to 1,481 patients over nearly 5,400 visits. Forty-four percent were Hispanic, 11 percent Marshallese. The clinic doesn’t track citizenship status, Grisham said. Community Clinic refers expectant mothers to the nearest hospital, primarily Northwest Health System and its partner facility Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. In 2005, it recorded 399 Hispanic newborns. By 2010, that number increased to 692. Washington Regional Medical Center provides birthing facilities to immigrant mothers. In 2005, 354 Hispanic babies were born there. But 10 years later, only 86 were recorded. Hospital officials are unable to interpret the significant decrease. Neither hospital tracks documentation status. Many alien moms may simply end up in emergency rooms. Others may be assisted by midwives. And hospitals that take charity cases often write off the cost. Critics who seek to repeal birthright citizenship cite that burden to both hospitals and taxpayers. Plus, giving birth to a U.S. citizen does provide parents a path to naturalization. They can petition for legal residency when their child reaches 21 years of age. Referring to such children as “anchor babies” upsets Community Clinic chief Kathy Grisham. “What we see at the Community Clinic are people who’ve come to this country for the same reasons my ancestors did — to have a better opportunity.” Continued on page 15
Cupid’s math Christian Rudder’s love algorithm gets to the heart of who we are. BY LINDSEY MILLAR
o you like the taste of beer? Do you prefer the people in your life to be simple or complex? Do spelling and grammar mistakes annoy you? If you answered yes, complex and no, you’re 60 percent more likely than others to sleep with someone on a first date, twice as likely to be a liberal and slightly more than twice as likely to be at least moderately religious, according to findings Little Rock native Christian Rudder published in early February. Rudder, 35, majored in math at Harvard and uses it daily at OkCupid.com, the free online dating site he and three other Harvard mathematicians founded in 2004 and recently sold to IAC’s Match.com for $50 million. Most days, Rudder works as data miner, parsing through a sample size that would’ve made Alfred Kinsey’s head explode — 776 million answers to relationship questions from seven million users. Give him a couple hours and he could tell you everything from the sexual proclivities of 30-year-old bisexuals living in Boston to how people’s willingness to role-play rape fantasies and hygiene correlate state by state. In practice, perhaps it’s less thrilling. “I sit in front of Excel and groan most of the time,” Rudder said a few weeks ago (as part of the deal with Match.com, OkCupid’s staff and autonomy remain intact). Still, somehow he manages to find narrative in the numbers. Monthly, he posts summaries of his latest analysis on OkTrends, OkCupid’s research blog. Last year, for instance, aided by a wealth of charts and graphs, he statistically proved that gay people aren’t interested in straights and that, just as women’s magazines have been telling us for years, women are indeed most sexual in their 30s. He also produced numbers that suggested that iPhone users have sex more often than owners of other smart phones. “Finally, statistical proof that iPhone users aren’t just getting fucked by Apple,” he quipped on his post.
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After college, he formed a band called Bishop Allen with his roommate Justin Rice, with whom he’d written songs throughout his time at Harvard. The group’s debut album, “Charm School,” sounds like the best of sunny ’60s pop, full of jangly guitars, handclaps and guygirl duets. Even without label support, a PR agent or a manager, it scored favorable reviews from the likes of NPR and Rolling Stone. Since, the band’s released two more albums and 12 EPs, toured internationally and landed a number of songs on TV shows, movies and commercials (you’ve almost certainly heard the song “Click, Click, Click, Click,” which was used prominently in a Sony camera commercial that aired not long ago — “take another picture, with your click, click, click, click camera,” goes the hook). In 2001, Rudder found himself in front of the camera, acting fairly prominently, in “Funny Ha Ha,” the feature film debut of his other Harvard roommate, Andrew Bujalski (Rudder and his two roommates lived on Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge). The film, about aimless post-collegiates with poor communication skills, earned strong reviews and is credited with spearheading a DIY film movement often branded as mumblecore. Despite the success of the project, Rudder doubts he’ll do it again. “If I had to bet, I’d say no. I’m definitely not dying to do it again. Not that it was bad. It was just one of those things that I did one summer.”
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Like other, more famous contributors to pop science — Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Kurlansky, the hosts of “Stuff You Should Know,” the “Freakonomics” authors — Rudder has a gift for distilling complex subject matter, OkCupid CEO Sam Yagan said recently. “He’s probably the best person in the world at making something that’s very geeky and very data-oriented accessible through humor and through a writing style that makes everyone feel like they’re smarter than they are because he’s giving them access to all this quantitative insight.” But it’s the comic streak on Rudder’s blog that seems to set him apart from his pop-science peers. It’s a sense of humor that’s almost transgressive, suggests his college roommate and longtime musical collaborator Justin Rice. “He’ll take some idea and push it to its extreme, where it’s really, really funny but also has this darkness to it that makes you concerned on some psychological level, though you’re mostly just laughing.” Rudder’s early work online reflects that sensibility. As editorial director for TheSpark.com, a website that his partners in OkCupid co-founded in the late ’90s, he helped position the site, tonally, somewhere between The Onion and a sneering reaction to reality TV. One of his early hits, The StinkyFeet Project, documented the progression of an athlete’s foot infection he invited. Over the course of nearly a month, he filed daily reports with increasingly viler pictures and insight into life with a festering foot (“Remember how your crotch feels after a day of swimming at the beach? Right. Well, now I got a pair of crotches on the ends of my legs, and they both feel goddamn disgusting”). For a follow-up, he presaged the premise of “The Biggest Loser” and stood it on its head by convincing a relatively skinny man and woman to try to gain 30 pounds in 30 days to win $3,000. Readers were treated to “scientific” weight-gain charts, daily photos and forums where they could suggest tips. The man met the challenge. The woman failed, but by only four pounds. TheSpark awarded them both the money.
ARKANSAS, WRONG AGAIN: Findings based on OkCupid user responses. could help his father scare neighborhood kids in his parents’ elaborately decorated front yard. At lunch a few days before, he talked about his fondness for Little Rock. Skinny and boyish-looking, he wore a pink hoodie, jeans and sneakers and spoke in quick, nervous paragraphs that betrayed only a hint of a Southern accent, perhaps owing to the fact that his family moved around the country and lived for a while
in Mexico City before settling in Little Rock when he was 11. “I was a little bit dorkier than most,” Rudder said of his teen years. Still, he played on the Central High baseball team — he made all-state at second base his senior year — and he didn’t want to leave Arkansas when it came time to go to college. The urge to stay in Little Rock persisted; he ended up taking a year off after his freshman term to live in Little Rock.
Despite the popularity of Rudder’s stunts on TheSpark, the driving engine of the site was SparkNotes, a collection of free study guides in the tradition of CliffNotes. “CliffNotes were charging $4.95 for their books, so we made our own set of CliffNotes, we put them online and people said, ‘Wow, this is great, it’s free, why would I pay for CliffNotes?’ ” Sam Yagan said. In 2001, Barnes & Noble purchased TheSpark, and by early 2002, Rudder and the site’s co-founders were gone. In considering a new project, Yagan said he and the other Spark co-founders and Rudder looked to replicate the SparkNotes-style business model by finding a product for which someone was charging, delivering a better one for free and generating revenue off of advertising. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 11
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In 2003, the big industries people were paying for online were porn, gambling and online dating, Yagan said. “So we asked ourselves, ‘Do we really want to be the porn guys?’ And our girlfriends at the time, said, ‘No, you don’t.’ And there was a lot of legal ambiguity around gambling, so we explored dating.” Three qualities guide OkCupid and separate it from its competitors, Yagan said recently. Price: “We’re the only, or at least the best, free dating site on the web.” Tone: “We’ve always believed that dating should be more like going to a bar than going to a shrink.” And structure: “We do a better job predicting who you’re going to get along with.” Perhaps because of those qualities, OkCupid owns the coveted 18-34 demographic among dating sites. Among the traits Yagan mentions, the site’s matching formula seems to be the most substantive difference between it and its peers. OkCupid matches users in a “more algorithimic or intelligent way,” according to Rudder. That runs counter to most other dating websites, which match users based on similar likes and dislikes or via a secret formula created with input by a psychologist. Those schemes don’t emulate normal dating. In the real world, everyone has certain make-or-break relationship criteria. Maybe they’re considerations about children, religion, politics or money. But often they might be much more specific: the ability to cook well, blonde hair, thick biceps. To some degree, the criteria are likely different for everyone. What’s more, once you go beyond those essential criteria, other similarities don’t matter as much. I like listening to rap music, reading comic books and watching football. Do I care that my wife not only likes none of those things, but has a whole laundry list of interests that are wholly disinteresting to me? No, I don’t. And I definitely don’t like myself enough to want to be married to someone just like me. At OkCupid, users are presented a question from a pool submitted by other users and asked to answer the question, answer the same question the way they’d like their ideal match to answer it and rate the importance of their answer among four options. Answers that appear on users’ profiles are either flagged public or private. Regardless, profiles display what questions users have answered and selected as mandatory. Users can search for potential matches by browsing and answering the mandatory questions required by a potential match or let Ok-
Cupid pair potential matches through its algorithm. For anyone who cares and has an advanced degree in statistics, OkCupid allows users to see the math behind the matches it suggests. As with movies you rate in Netflix, the more questions you answer on OkCupid, the more compatible your prospective matches are likely to be. Most of the usersubmitted questions are straightforward — “Do you want children? Would you ever change your religion for a significant other? If you don’t do anything at all for an entire day, how does that make you feel? Ideally, how often would you have sex? How much influence or control do your parents have over your life?” — but as one presses through the first batch of questions, odd ones pop up: “Which is bigger the Earth or the sun? Are clams real? How frequently do you brush your teeth?” “These questions are stupid,” one female friend complained after I asked her to try the site. Rudder is sympathetic, but said even the seemingly bizarre questions are telling. The algorithm that gives priority to questions considers how well a question divides the user base and how many people rate it as important. “For instance, a question that’s bad is ‘Have you ever murdered someone?’ Yes, everyone thinks that’s important, but virtually no one is answering yes. So there’s no point in asking it, because you already know what everyone is going to say. But when you have something instead like, ‘Do you believe in God?’ that’s extremely important to most people no matter how you answer it.” And, perhaps not surprisingly, a statistically significant number of people rarely brush their teeth, think the Earth is bigger than the sun and that clams are rocks or some other inanimate something. ≠≠≠
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OkCupid has never spent any money on marketing; instead, it’s relied solely on social networks and word of mouth. When the company launched the OkTrends blog in October 2009, the initial idea was to “point out all the cool stuff we do to bring people together,” Rudder said. But it quickly became a marketing force. Since it launched, the company has registered almost twice as many members per month than it did before the blog, and nearly a million readers see each post. From early in the life of the blog, Rudder hasn’t shied away from showing www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 13
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OkCupid users in a negative light. In one of the first and still most widely POPULAR MALE PHOTO CONTEXTS POPULAR FEMALE PHOTO CONTEXTS read posts, he examined how race affected messaging on the site. Some of the conclusions: Whites are more than twice as likely as non-whites to think that interracial marriage is a bad idea and more than twice as likely to prefer to date someone of their own race than non-whites. His intro jokingly flaunted the ugly truth: “We’ve processed the messaging habits of over a million people and are about to basically prove that, despite what you might’ve heard from the Obama campaign and organic cereal commercials, racism is alive and well. It would be awesome if the other major online dating players would go out on a limb and release their own race data, too. I can’t imagine they will: multi-million dollar enterprises rarely like to admit that the people paying them those millions act like turds. But being poor gives us a certain freedom. To alienate all our users. So there.” BEST FACE?: In a post called “The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures” Rudder offered a survey of the popular poses on OkCupid and Snark aside, Rudder doesn’t behow much response they yielded. lieve users take the blog’s findings personally. “We’re definitely making broad gan thinks potential users respond no Cupid really aren’t that different than can’t sell millions of copies, the publishclaims on OkTrends. We’re not saymatter what topic the blog takes on. anyone else.” ing industry is truly dead. ing that any particular person does any “You can’t read the blog without Also, as he pointed out, OkCupid’s In the meantime, Rudder said recentparticular thing. We don’t look through thinking, ‘I want to meet people who data set far eclipses the 1,000 people ly he’s working harder than ever before, anyone’s personal email. Everything we find this stuff interesting.’ ” Gallup typically uses. Whereas a small inspired by the sale of the company. As do is in the aggregate. In terms of privaSome critics have harped on the fact number of people who may not be anfor his new wealth (which he said was cy issues, we keep several steps between that OkTrend’s conclusions don’t indiswering truthfully or don’t understand split not just among his three partners, us and someone’s personal data in an cate anything beyond OkCupid users’ the question could greatly sway the Galbut among investors and staff), he hasn’t analytical sense. behavior and opinions. lup results, the “weird, random variance bought a hoverboard or solid gold Nikes “Just like in the Census, when they Rudder doesn’t completely disagree. evens out” with OkCupid’s 7 millionor whatever it is that the young, newly say this many people in Little Rock are “I definitely wouldn’t go out and alstrong user base, Rudder said. rich usually buy themselves in the tech employed or not, you’re part of that data locate public funds based on the findings Sometime next year, Rudder will world. In fact, he said he hasn’t spent whether you want to be or not. It’s hard of OkTrends or make public policy delikely try to make a broader pitch as he any of it. to imagine anyone being bothered by cisions. What we publish is the case for takes some of his OkCupid research and “We changed health plans, but other that.” the set of users we’re analyzing. But at pulls from other data sources to comthan that, everything else is exactly the Moreover, OkCupid CEO Sam Yathe same time, the people who use Okpile a book. If sex plus “Freakonomics” same as it was before.”
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The Pew Hispanic Center corroborates this. It found that only 9 percent of undocumented women who’ve given birth have recently crossed into the U.S. Sixty percent arrived before 2004, and 30 percent between 2004 and 2007. Tara Manthey is spokesperson for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock. She says denying babies an American birthright poses a certain danger. “We are concerned that if a fundamental right like having citizenship at birth is taken away, you would have a very large population of children who are children without a nation,” she said. “They would live on the outside margins of society, would be subject to exploitation, or deportation to a country they’ve never known, not get an education, or access to preventive services, possibly becoming ill, and not being able to help our economy and country move ahead when they are adults.” Under an amended birthright citizenship law, if at least one parent is legal, the infant will be as well. Nationwide, the number of children born to at least one unauthorized-immigrant parent in 2009 was 350,000 — 8 percent of all U.S. newborns. It’s been several months since the birthright citizenship bill has been considered, what with more pressing congressional issues — the federal budget, deficit reductions, unrest in the Middle East. But once the immigration debate resurfaces, Americans will be given an opportunity to study up on birthright citizenship as stated in the 14th amendment: “All persons born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” That middle clause — “Subject to the jurisdiction thereof” — has divided both politicians and constitutional scholars. The 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868 to protect the civil liberties of freed slaves. Thirty years later the U.S. Supreme Court considered the provision and found it indeed provides citizenship to a child born to immigrant parents. But now, lawmakers in a dozen states seek to end birthright citizenship. On March 17, Arizona lawmakers, the first to try, voted against two birthrightcitizenship bills. According to the Arizona Republic, state Democrats stood in opposition with Republicans being divided. If enacted, Arizona-born babies would be naturalized as citizens of the state and U.S. only if at least one of their parents were either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent U.S. resident. But even if a bill passes, any repeal will likely end up back in the U.S. Supreme Court. This article is drawn from a piece the writer first reported on KUAF-FM.
Continued from page 3 has choked off the flow of Diamond Bear’s bottled brews to retailers. Russ Melton, president of Diamond Bear, said the company has been struggling since late January to sort out problems with a more sophisticated bottling machine. Though they plan to start putting out bottled product at full bore again this week, the ensuing beer drought has been bad enough that Diamond Bear sent a letter to stores and other distributors, explaining why they couldn’t supply them with bottled beer. Melton said their old bottler could fill and seal 60 bottles a minute. Their new bottler
has the potential to churn out 300 a minute, while allowing less air into the bottle that could affect shelf-life and taste. Melton said they had planned to buy the bottler just before they were ready to move to North Little Rock, but it was a situation where they either had to purchase the used machine now or lose the opportunity. Given that, they went ahead and bought it, then moved it to their current space on South Cross Street in Little Rock. “When [the new bottler] was moved, it wasn’t properly secured,” Melton said. “That, in addition to its complexity, just made it a difficult start-up ... it’s like going from a biplane to a Phantom jet.” On the plus side, Melton said that last month was their best month ever for draft
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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has purchased a home at 4 Lacelle Court in Chenal for new ASU system president Dr. Charles “Chuck” Welch. The board paid $750,000 to Steven L. and Theresa Middleton. The board announced in January it would buy a house in Little Rock for the system president. An opinion piece in the Herald, the ASU student newspaper, in February criticized the move, quoting students who said Welch would not be actively engaged in the Jonesboro campus or community if he lived in Little Rock.
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Editorial n Two-thirds of the Arkansas congressional delegation seek to end Medicare, thereby calling “lights out” for millions of Americans dependent on the program for survival. If Wilbur Mills were still around, he’d be crying “Give me my country back!” Mills, the influential congressman from Kensett, guided Medicare through Congress in 1965, the greatest triumph of his long and distinguished career, and among the great moments in American history. Before Medicare and Social Security — another Democratic program, enacted 30 years earlier — America’s elderly were considered redundant. The sooner they died of the ailments to which old people are subject, the sooner they would be out of the way of the profit-making enterprises of young go-getters. Why extend the lives, Republicans asked, of those no longer fit for barge-toting and bale-lifting. Medicare and Social Security have allowed the old to live their final years with some degree of dignity, rather than begging on street corners, sleeping in parks, or being passed from one unwelcoming relative to another before burial in a pauper’s grave. American exceptionalism has never been more evident than in its aid to needy senior citizens. There is no comparable program in Afghanistan or the Congo or any of the other backward countries that Republicans want the U.S. to emulate. Three members of the six-member Arkansas delegation — Reps. Womack, Griffin and Crawford — have turned thumbs down on the old folks, and John Boozman will join them when the House-approved bill comes before the Senate. The end of Medicare is part of a Republican Party-endorsed budget bill, and Senator Boozman votes an unvarying party line. Only Rep. Mike Ross and Sen. Mark Pryor stand up for elderly Arkansans. The Republican budget would not only quash Medicare, it would reduce money for Medicaid and convert that program for the poor into an unsustainable block-grant scheme. It would privatize Social Security. It would enact even greater tax cuts for the very rich, who already scarcely pay, and it would assure greater profits for private insurance companies. The Center on Budget and Policy priorities says the Republican plan would “produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history, while increasing poverty and inequality more than any measure in recent times and possibly in the nation’s history.” “Disastrous” is too mild a word for the plan, “shameful” too mild for those who support it. “Live sicker, die quicker and don’t bicker,” they tell us. Stealing our money is not enough for them. They would steal our pride, our independence, our America. The very stoutest resistance is mandatory.
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Charter schools’ hidden agenda n A recent study by researchers at Western Michigan University revealed an unpleasant side of the charter school movement. Charter schools are privately operated schools that receive tax dollars from the state for each student they enroll. The advocates for charters like to frame them as public schools offering an alternative to the “other public schools.” In fact they are private schools unencumbered by many of the laws that local public schools must follow and the same oversight. For example, charter schools do not have elected school boards accountable to the local community. What happens when there is little accountability? The study from Western Michigan provides one insight. The Western Michigan Study looked at data from 60 of the 99 Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) schools. They only looked at 60 schools because the data wasn’t available for the other 39 schools in the national data base. The KIPP schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local districts they draw from. As reported in Education Week, the Western Michigan study found that 40 percent of the black males drop out of KIPP schools between grades 6 and 8. Gary Miron at Western Michigan stated that: “The dropout rate for African-American students is really shocking.” The KIPP program is highly rigorous and requires all students to attend a longer school day, sometimes up to 9 total hours. The students are required to attend school every other Saturday and for an extended period during the summer. Miron concluded that KIPP does a good job with those students who can “persevere” the highly regimented KIPP program, but they do not serve well all who come. What happens to the students who can’t deal with the rigor of the KIPP program? They return to the regular public schools. Many years ago, as a brand new teacher, I accepted my first job teaching in East Los Angeles, which is one of the poorest and most violent urban areas in the Unit-
Paul Hewitt ed States. The school where I taught had extremely low test scores, yet the educational program was one of the best I experienced. Many of our students went on to Ivy League schools and had exceptional careers. Yet based on test scores, this school was a failure. On many occasions the topic of conversation in the faculty room focused on what our school would be like if we could just transfer out (or run off) about 20 percent of the students and keep the “good kids.” We all knew that this would make a major difference and our test scores would soar. But, we were a conventional public school and this wasn’t a possibility. The Western Michigan Study also found that the KIPP schools received, on average, about $6,500 per student more than the local public school. This money comes from private foundations, like the Walton Foundation, which pour millions into the support of charter schools and the movement to privatize public education. Just imagine if the regular public schools in your community were given an extra $6,500 by civic minded foundations. Now, imagine the impact on the public school test scores if 60 percent of the most undisciplined students could be encouraged to transfer elsewhere. (Maybe the charter schools would welcome them?) The headlines about highly successful public schools would dominate the news. However, the American people and a nation built on equality for all would never tolerate such an unethical charade. Would we? Dr. Paul Hewitt is an assistant professor of educational leadership, curriculum and instruction at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
GOP attacks Medicare n The theory that persistent marketing can make people yearn for that which they formerly feared is about to get its supreme test, the selling of the Republican deficit blueprint and the scuttling of Medicare, the most beloved government program in history. Only a year ago — no, make that last weekend — Republicans were telling seniors and those approaching Medicare eligibility that the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans call “Obamacare,” will take away Medicare benefits and bring about “rationing,” the dreaded concept that caused nearly every voter in Frank Luntz’s 2009 surveys for the GOP to recoil in horror. Never mind that the health reform act takes away no benefits and instead expands prescription-drug coverage, provides free preventative care and annual physical exams and gives a bonus to primary-care doctors who treat seniors. A national poll last month showed that 61 percent of seniors still believed that the law weakened Medicare for them even though most of them intended to take advantage of the screenings and physical exams. If you take seniors out of the polls, Americans consistently favor the health-insurance law. If everyone stays on message — Republicans do, to the last man and woman — negative marketing sure enough works. So what happens with us oldsters when all but five Republicans unite to do all the things that seniors said in the polls they feared Obamacare was doing? We are about to find out, although the 2012 elec-
Ernest Dumas tions will be the certain test. Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of the Republican blueprint that passed the House of Representatives on a party-line vote Friday, proclaimed that the Republicans had voted to save Medicare. Our new congressman, Karl Rove acolyte Tim Griffin, joined the national refrain. He said he had voted with Ryan to keep “the status quo” for Medicare recipients. Not quite, even for current Medicare recipients, and most certainly not for everyone who follows in 2021 and beyond. For them, the status quo would disappear entirely. Seniors and the disabled then would have to buy hospital and doctor coverage from insurance companies just like younger people who are uninsured will have to do under the Affordable Care Act, except the seniors’ coverage would not be guaranteed. The government would give vouchers to seniors to help pay for the insurance but, if future congresses follow the Ryan plan, seniors would have to pay for most of their medical bills themselves, through higher premiums, copays and diminished coverage. That is how the Republican Medicare plan expects to save that $4 trillion. The House blueprint would repeal the Affordable Care Act, including the new drug and screening benefits for Medicare
Is ‘Huckatrump’ a monster for its time? n Their differences center on hair and cultural background. Otherwise Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump amount to the same prospective Republican presidential candidate. A media celebrity first and always, tacky, conspicuously consuming, shamelessly self-promotional, glibly superficial on the issues, given to reckless demagoguery against Barack Obama — I wonder, is that Huckabee or Trump we’re talking about? Yes. One comes from the Southern Baptist pulpits of Arkansas and the other comes from the real estate glitz of New York City. They meet and begin to morph in the wasteland that is the glow of the modern American political spotlight, virtually indistinguishable at times from the show-
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business spotlight. One of these fellows goes on television to say “you’re fired” and the other goes on TV to hoist a bass guitar and perform country-rock covers. One hangs out with Gary Busey and the other with Chuck Norris. One lives in new-money extravagance in the Big Apple while the other builds with newer money still a garish, hotel-looking monstrosity on the sands of the Redneck Riviera. One golfs and one hunts. On has a vola-
recipients and all the other steps that increased Medicare’s life expectancy until 2028 (the year when the Medicare hospital trust fund runs out and benefits will have to be cut) and maybe much later if the pilot projects and reimbursement reforms in the 2009 law are actually carried out. The Republican plan would move the bankruptcy date back to about 2018. The key to the Republican marketing strategy is to exempt current Medicare beneficiaries and everyone who becomes eligible over the next 10 years. Those are the people who now care about Medicare; no one else even thinks about it. If it were a dream plan as Ryan, Griffin, and Congressmen Steve Womack and Rick Crawford say it is, why not implement all of it next year? You know why. The proponents of torpedoing Medicare spread out on the political gab shows to explain why privatizing Medicare would save it. See, insurance companies will run it more economically than the federal government and will wring out inefficiencies and stop the program’s growth. On the PBS show The McLaughlin Group, Rich Lowry of the National Review said the privatization would work because it would be based on the privately run Medicare Part D and the private Medicare Advantage plans, the 2003 overhauls that sped Medicare toward early bankruptcy. Although it is not what people have been led to believe, the administrative overhead of Medicare is about 2 percent. Even a study commissioned by the insurance industry in 2006 concluded that industry administrative costs ran about 9 percent without considering commissions and profits. When those are figured in, the administrative percentage doubles. The experience
with the Medicare drug program and Medicare Advantage actually verifies it. Since the Medicare private plans were instituted in 2005, taxpayers have been paying about 14 percent more for them so that the companies can cover their administrative costs and make a profit. The Affordable Care Act will make big savings by slashing that subsidy to the insurers. As you might guess, the Republican plan would restore the industry subsidy. The basic Republican premise at least is right: Medicare is going to gobble up an increasing share of the treasury, partly because of its success keeping people living longer and using more treatment, partly because the post-World War II generation hits Medicare starting this year while fewer and fewer people go into the workforce to pay social-welfare taxes, and partly because of the wasteful prescription-drug program of George W. Bush, but mainly because medical costs for everyone in the United States are growing much faster than inflation or the economy. How do you bend down the curve? The Affordable Care Act makes a stab at it but no one can reliably predict how successful it will be at turning down the medical reimbursement index (neither Democrats nor Republicans want to make surgeons and other medical specialists mad) or reforming treatment and payment strategies. The Ryan plan doesn’t try. It does nothing about general doctor, hospital or medicine costs or long-term care. It just transfers a rapidly rising part of those costs for the elderly, disabled, and poor children to the sick themselves and to the state governments. If you can persuade the American people that this a good solution, you can sell them anything. I’m not saying you can’t.
tile marital history and the other a volatile waistline history. Both gab hyperactively and adroitly. Both are hucksters. One says we are entitled to question Obama’s natural-born American citizenship because we have not seen his birth certificate. The other says Obama is different from normal Americans because he grew up in Kenya exposed to madrassas instead of Rotary Clubs. It’s all false and utter nonsense, of course, as if that mattered in this new political world where this thing we will call a Huckatrump could get seriously considered as a presidential candidate. Neither of these men will take as much offense as he ought to take for being compared to the other. They met for lunch several days ago. Huckabee got quoted as saying he could envision himself on a Republican ticket with Trump. A more serious Republican, prominent and accomplished, was telling me that he leaned toward former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as his presidential candidate. It was because, he said, he knew less about
Pawlenty than he knew about the rest — Huckatrump, Gingrich, Palin, Bachmann, Paul, Barbour and that uncommonly pliable composite of woodenness and plastic, which is to say Mitt Romney. How might Obama get re-elected? By the preceding paragraph, of course. For the moment, though, Trump and Huckabee adorn the top of Republican presidential polls. Put their showings together and you will see that four in 10 Republican primary supporters support the Huckatrump. Most likely there is yet one more likeness in these two men. It is that both engage in self-promotion and will not actually pull the trigger to seek the real job of the presidency, owing to their addiction to the easier money and faux glory of media celebrity. The discerning among us can hope so anyway, because it is not at all out of the question that Huckatrump is a thing for our time. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 17
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MILL. In Arkansas, we like to think everything started here. And in a way, it did. The film that set the bar for decades. The film that earned 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awarded to Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to be nominated—and to win—an Academy Award. The film that consistently holds a place in the top 10 of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Greatest Movies. There, in the opening credits of Gone with the Wind, we can prove it – Pugh’s Mill, North Little Rock’s Old Mill, is there. It all began here. And really, it’s the Old Mill that served as the seed for Historic Arkansas Museum’s new exhibit, Reel to Real: Gone with the Wind and The Civil War in Arkansas, opening to the public on May 1, 2011. When the mill suffered minor damage from a fire in late 2008, Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Jane Grant fielded a phone call from a concerned citizen. The caller, James Tumblin, was a collector of movie memorabilia, including a vast collection from Gone with the Wind. With the sesquicentennial of the Civil War approaching, Grant thought Tumblin’s collection could be tied into an exhibit. But the Civil War and the social issues surrounding it were far more complex and multi-dimensional than how the movie portrayed it, and so the second half of Reel to Real was conceived. “One of the basic ways that people learn is through comparison and contrast,” said Museum Director Bill Worthen. “The Civil War is the most influential event in the United States since the country was founded; Gone with the Wind is, arguably, the most important historically-themed movie in American history. The exhibit attempts to use the latter as an entrée to the former, using Hollywood to help illuminate the Civil War in Arkansas.” While the movie presented a version of that time period that represented a singular, fictional perspective—told 75 years after the war ended—it hardly represented the experience in Arkansas. The stories of the slaves, the soldiers—both black and white, and the women and children left to hold the homestead together—are told in the Real exhibit.
OPENING CREDITS. THERE IT IS, THE OLD
ONE MAN’S TRASH
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is truly the case for James Tumblin, a Hollywood hair and makeup man who, while working on the Universal Studios property in 1961, witnessed a heap of costumes being thrown into a dumpster. Among them were several of the iconic costumes from the legendary movie Gone with the Wind. Without taking a breath, Tumblin asked if he could buy them and so began his collection, the world’s largest, of Gone with the Wind memorabilia. Not all of his collection—The Swaw-Tumblin Collection— has come from the trash, of course. Tumblin has amassed the collection over decades through personal connections, auctions and old-fashioned beating the bushes. There are now thousands of pieces, 123 of which will be featured in the Reel to Real exhibit. Narrowing down the pieces to display was something of a task. “There were too many ways to go with it, I had to have a direction. So I thought of it from the perspective of the movie premiere,” said Grant who culled the collection down to some of the most interesting pieces, including the door knob from Tara. “I think people will be surprised by some of the treasures in the exhibit.” The piece de resistance is Vivien Leigh’s 1939 Best A MUSEUM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS HERITAGE ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT THE ARKANSAS TIMES • APRIL 2011 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TOTO THE ARKANSAS TIMES • APRIL 20,20, 2011 1919
Actress Academy Award. “It’s been fun with close to 70,000 only 18 when he enlisted and fought with the 23rd to watch as eyes light up at the sight of Arkansans serving in Arkansas Infantry. His older brother George disappeared an actual Oscar,” says Louise Terzia, the Confederate Army, while fighting with the Second Regiment of Arkansas Director of Development at Historic some 9,000 white Mounted Rifles. Arkansas Museum. “You can see on Arkansans joined the After viewing both the portions of the Reel to Real their faces that they are writing their Union Army. In addiexhibit, “I’d like the public to leave with a sophisticated acceptance speeches in their heads!” tion, former slaves view of how movies depict history,” said Worthen. “I’d Another staff favorite is the script and free people of hope that the issues surrounding the Civil War might used on set, and signed by producer color joined the Union become more familiar and that people would come to David O. Selznick. Near the beginning ranks by the tens of know the importance of Arkansas in the overall military is one of Scarlett’s famous lines, “Why thousands to fight for strategy. But I also hope that they walk away having does a girl have to be so silly to catch a their own freedom and enjoyed their visit to the exhibit.” husband?” And on the last page is, “As the freedom of those God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry still enslaved, nearly again.” But visitors will find a surprise 6,000 of whom were on page 245 where it is typed that Rhett from Arkansas. GIVING VOICE is to utter the line, “Frankly, my dear, I The exhibit is April 26, 7 pm just don’t care!” After much wrangling entered as Arkansas Free, Ticket required, limit 2 per person with the Motion Picture Association and is leading up to war, Tickets may be picked up at the museum (max. capacity 250) their newly-formed Production Code, and examines the This stirring performance will recognize the enslaved men, women and Selznick was able to get approved for the conditions that led children that lived on museum property. A memorial will be dedicated on final cut of the film the often-repeated, to secession. The the grounds. sometimes satirized line that we all military build-up, the remember. soldier’s life and what THE MAKING OF A LEGEND: GONE WITH THE WIND And what was Clark Gable wearing “Gone with the Wind” script. was happening back April 27, 6 – 10 pm when he delivered that line? Those who home are covered in Free, Ticket required, limit 2 per person don’t remember can visit the exhibit the main part of the SOLD OUT and see for themselves. Along with Rhett’s gray suit exhibit with a look at the war’s aftermath and reinterThis documentary offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at making will be other costumes on display, including items worn pretation as the last piece. the 1939 classic. The screening will be at the Argenta Community Theater in by Scarlett, Ashley, Melanie and Scarlett’s daughter, A mid-gallery kiosk offers first-hand accounts of North Little Rock, presented by the Little Rock Film Festival. Bonnie Blue. slavery, transcribed from the Slave Narratives compiled 18TH CANDLELIGHT GALA It’s hard to imagine anyone but Vivien Leigh as by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. April 30, 6:30 pm Scarlett, but many other actors sought that part. In a Approximately 2,200 interviews of former slaves were Tickets available online at www.HistoricArkansas.org small theater constructed in the gallery, visitors will be conducted by the WPA Writer’s Project between 1935 Dinner, live and silent auctions, and the premiere of Reel to Real will make able to view audition footage for several of the roles, as and 1939 with 176 of those narratives compiled from this a party for the history books. well as outtakes from the movie. people enslaved in Arkansas. REEL TO REAL: GONE WITH THE WIND AND THE “Gone with the Wind is cinematic royalty,” said The kiosk also contains the diary entries and poetry CIVIL WAR IN ARKANSAS Grant. And it gets the royal treatment in the museum’s of the daughters of Arkansas Gazette founder William Open to the public May 1 feature gallery. E. Woodruff, who lived in Little Rock. Their writings Exhibit continues through April 30, 2012 bring a personal side to a war that is often represented Free admission to the galleries by its battles and military skirmishes. They show the To mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War Historic Arkansas Museum heartbreak and longing of young girls whose adolescent presents tandem exhibits contrasting the romanticized, Hollywood version years have been defined by war and loss. of the Civil War with the often harsh reality of life as it was for many in The Real exhibit includes approximately 142 objects, Arkansas, 1861 through 1865. such as the enlistment papers of Andrew Howard, a The Real exhibit explores what the Civil War really slave who escaped to looked and felt like in Arkansas, and uses women’s freedom and joined journals, slave narratives, letters from soldiers, uniforms the Union Army, as and weapons to tell that story. No surprise, it wasn’t well as a rare ambroLeading up to the exhibit is a series of events, starting with the much like Hollywood’s glamorized 1939 version of the type of two Clark dedication of a memorial to slaves on the museum’s grounds Civil War. It was a gritty, harsh reality for those living County brothers, on April 26 at 7 pm. The ceremony is called Giving Voice and through a war that saw approximately 700,000 killed James and George includes a dramatic performance with musical direction by in combat and that largely defined what the United May, who enlisted Lawrence Hamilton, co-chair of the museum’s Candlelight States would strive to be in the future—a free country in the Confederate Gala and museum Foundation Board member. for all its citizens. Army. The younger The memorial is inspired by Curtis Tate, Historic While the majority of Arkansans supported secession brother, James, was Arkansas’s first Living History Director, who first suggested the museum create a marker acknowledging the men, women and children who were enslaved on the land the museum now owns. “In the museum houses we interpret the lives we know about, including some slaves,” said Worthen, “but nowhere except in a few of the primary resources of history are their names. The fact that in most cases this is all that is known—and will ever be known—about some of these people, urges us to acknowledge them, to give them their place in history, as freedom has given the opportunity to their descendants.” More than placing a marker, museum staff wanted to find out as much as they could about the people it would honor. So, extensive research was conducted by Cane West who found documentation for 139 individuals enslaved on Little Rock City Blocks 31, 32 and 33. What was uncovered varies and some names are left unknown, but their presence was documented. “The memorial is a continuing gift of Curtis Tate,” said Worthen, “who was a national pioneer in the historical Federal troops in camp. Fayetteville, AR, 1863-1864. interpretation of slavery, and this continues his legacy.” Curtis Tate as Luther.
REEL TO REAL EVENTS
THE CIVIL WAR NEVER LOOKED THIS GOOD
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A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
Imagine Atlanta’s premiere of Gone with the Wind—now imagine it Little Rock-style. The museum’s fundraising dinner, the Candlelight Gala, will bring all that magic to its historic grounds. On April 30, guests to the Gala will have the very first glimpse of Reel to Real as they arrive to the premiere of the exhibit and a grand party with a historic cause. “We have a spectacular night planned,” said Candlelight Gala Co-Chair Vince Insalaco. “The board has worked very hard to make this a memorable week leading up to an especially enchanted evening.” It all begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as guests bid on an array of silent auction items. Dinner will follow and be served in tents on the grounds amid the historic houses. At that time the live auction will turn dinner guests into competitors as they vie for vacation packages and creative parties. Silent and live auction items include numerous works by Arkansas artists, including an exquisite hand-blown vase by Kyle Boswell; dinners at Little Rock restaurants, including a dinner and wine pairing for 6 at So; parties such as a wine and cheese party for 50 at the Shoppes at Woodland; and many more unique items, including a signed Olivia de Havilland photo.
GALA AUCTION ITEMS
Relax in style in a private house on the Pete Dye Golf Course and just 5 minutes from the beach. Package includes 7 night stay in a 4 bedroom home with a pool and Jacuzzi plus credit toward airfare.
CAPITAL HOTEL GOURMET RETREAT Your table for six at Ashley’s will dine on the chef’s tasting menu with the best local ingredients and wine pairings. Included are guest rooms for three couples.
MOVIE NIGHT Did you always want a home movie theater? Borrow one for the night and bring 13 other movie buffs with you to the home of Penny and John Burkhalter.
MEMPHIS EXCURSION Visit our neighbor to the east with a two-night stay at the Peabody Memphis that includes dinner for two at Chez Phillippe.
DINNER PARTY Enjoy an elegant dinner for 10 at the home of Angela and Ed Moody.
WINE TASTING Host a wine tasting for 12 with the help of Jonathon O’Looney.
...AND MUCH MORE
A HISTORIC CAUSE
The money raised from the Candlelight Gala goes to save Arkansas history for future generations. Since the now biennial Gala began in 1985 more than 3,300 objects have been purchased for the museum’s renowned collection of Arkansas-made fine art, decorative art, documents and photographs. “Because of the Gala, we’ve been able to acquire very important pieces imbued with our state’s history. Things like our collection of coin silver cups that Chester Ashley, one of Arkansas’s earliest U.S. Senators, drank from and that were made right here by Arkansas silversmith D. C. Fulton,” said Swannee Bennett, the museum’s deputy director and chief curator. “Some of these things could have been lost to the people of this state—sold out of state or perhaps just neglected, not cared for the way museum professionals take care of them. It’s almost something you don’t want to think about.” Each item in the museum’s collection tells a story about Arkansas and her people—about our hopes, our fears, what we valued, how we lived, who we honored, where we placed our roots and why. That is why the Gala has become such a museum-wide function. “When we work together to save these objects—by fundraising or by conservation,” said Worthen,“we save a piece of us.”
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TO EARTH The Arkansas Earth Day Festival returns, expanded. BY JOHN TARPLEY
ith this being the “arts and entertainment” section and all, we have to ask: Is there anything more gorgeous and, in its own way, artistic than a spring afternoon ripe for the admiring? Is there anything more entertaining than a breeze in your hair? Usually, this page of our paper is dedicated to keeping you holed up inside clubs for music, theaters for plays, bars for boozes. But now that Old Man Winter has shimmied his skinny butt to Who Cares Where, it’s time to get outside again.
(For real, though: You’re pasty.) One of the biggest outdoor events of the spring/summer sun-worshipping season, the Arkansas Earth Day Festival, returns to North Little Rock’s North Shore Riverwalk on Saturday, April 23. The free festival gets underway at 10 a.m. and the organizers at the Arkansas Earth Day Foundation are expecting upwards of 20,000 visitors throughout the course of the day, which would be by far the largest draw in the day-long event’s eight years.
The proverbial “poop” goes down at 11 a.m. when the festival participates in a worldwide, Guinness Book of World Records-sanctioned attempt to set a diaper changing record with “The Great Cloth Diaper Change.” Arkansas Earth Day Foundation co-director Sally Mengel warns: “It could be really stinky. It could be really funny.” But she assures one thing: “There’ll definitely be a lot of cute baby bottoms.” For kids out of diapers, the festival offers 20-plus activities, including a massive petting zoo with everything from chickens to goats to snakes, all donated from Heifer International, Dunbar Community Garden and Arkansas 4-H programs; a giant maze constructed from eco-friendly boxes from Little Rock’s environmentally-minded moving company, Go Green Box; and, of course, a sweet climbing wall. Adults have a slew of options during the festival, as well. More than 20 area merchants will man booths to offer ecofriendly products and services, and environmental community organizations, non-profits and missions will offer information on how to green up. Even the furrier parts of your family are invited: Dogs are encouraged to take part in the fun. Earth-friendly food features on the menu with celebrated area food-on-wheels operations Green Cart Deli, Green Cuisine and The Food Truck. A solar energy-powered music stage offers up a soundtrack for the day, featuring “eco-smooth-jazz” from flutist Kevin Maxon; award-winning folk-pop from Sarah Hughes Band, jazz-tinged acoustic folk from Memphis’ Grace Askew and more. What’s in store for the future? Co-director Mengel says the foundation is aiming to expand the festival into a weeklong event with bike festivals, enormous potlucks and, if we thirsty adults are lucky, a booth featuring sustainable craft beers from around the state.
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wife and daughter. One day, after having a line of meth, he has a religious revelation; quits Korn; Korn gets pissed off, but posts a nice, succinct press release on its website, saying Head has “chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end.” Head goes to India to build orphanages; releases Christian metal album and memoir, both named “Save Me from Myself”; everyone notices that Head has looked a whole lot like J.C. the entire time. The story’s changed, but the music’s still the same: shrieking, chunky and raw, as in both “painfully honest” and “undercooked.” Christian acts Decyfer Down and The Letter Black open alongside Fayetteville act The Wedding.
BOONDOGS ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING 10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
KORN BAILER: Brian “Head” Welch, a former member of nu-metal heroes Korn, brings his “born-again” brand of metal to Revolution this Thursday.
■ to-dolist BY JOHN TARPLEY
DISNEY ON ICE: ‘PRINCESS WISHES’ 7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $12-$45
n Heading to the refreshingly cool, darkened confines of Verizon Arena for a couple of hours to munch on junk food and geek out over Disney characters — balloonheaded cartoons and dime-piece princesses alike (Tinkerbell, holla) — pantomiming canned dialogue and whirling through the air like human gyroscopes may just sound like the single greatest imaginable way to observe Wednesday’s unofficial holiday. But being stoned around a gaggle of squealing children is awful creepy. Not as in “children are creepy when you’re high” (although we have no doubt they are): as in “great idea, but that’s something creepy people would do.” We here at the To-Do List in no way, shape or form condone either creepiness or celebrating 4/20 by getting baboon-butt ripped and going to a family event. No way, Cheech. We know you were thinking it, too. The ice show stays at the arena through Sunday.
‘UP IN SMOKE’ 9 p.m., Revolution. $4.20
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DOG PACK: Members of the esteemed Little Rock collective gather at White Water Tavern this Thursday for individual solo sets. place for folks who plan on getting high as a Martian fart. Exhibit A: Headliner Muck Sticky has smoked himself stupid. Or brilliant. He looks like something you’d find scratched into a junior high kid’s denim Trapper Keeper skin, right in between the peace frog and the “take me to your dealer” alien. A mish-mash of Bloodhound Gang, that talking poop from “South Park” and “Narduwar, the Human Serviette,” the Tennesseean ups his hazy ante with a little-person back-up dancer and supporting vocals from his own mom. Young, local rap duo Adam Bomb & Lilo Eskimo open the night, right off of releasing their latest mixtape, “The Joint,” which is available for free streaming on datpiff.com. Long-time goofrap greats Futuro Boots remind the crowd that “the only F-bomb [they] want to hear
out of your mouth is ‘Futuro.’ ” DJs Digital Love and Kichen handle the “School of Dub” afterparty, offering up a 4/20 coda full of dubstepping wubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubbery.
BRIAN ‘HEAD’ WELCH 7:30 p.m., Revolution. $18
n In a nutshell: Guy co-founds Korn, one of the heaviest, most successful bands of metal provocateurs in the ’90s. Guy earns millions of dollars and fans; falls into a nasty addiction to booze, meth, Xanax and general pessimism; stays spun all day for years, becomes manic depressive, removed from
n Appearances of the unified melodic front known as The Boondogs are rare. As far as we can tell, the last time the band performed publicly was over a year ago, during a fund-raiser for John Adams’ (unfortunately) failed bid for Vic Snyder’s congressional seat. The members of the band, busy multi-talents all, are ubiquitous around town, though. Indy Grotto is wrapping up her anticipated, upcoming solo record, Jason Weinheimer has taken to fronting Love Ghost, Chris Michaels is still leading The Cranks, Jesse Aycock (the resident Oklahoman) is keeping it Okie and Isaac Alexander is up to his usual: quietly making everyone else in town look lazy and uninspired in comparison. Pulaski County’s pop X-Men are set to play short solo sets and, BoonGod willing, will squad up to showcase some of the band’s effortless melodics. Also performing: Greg Spradlin, who last Friday at White Water wailed his way into this writer’s choice for “best guitarist in Little Rock,” at the very least.
9 p.m., Cornerstone Pub & Grill.
n Every once in a long while, Cornerstone bags a hip-hop icon or two and ’heads around the state profit. Case in point: The Blackalicious show from 2006 is about as mythical as it gets. Now, Doodlebug, one cog in early ’90s jazz rap trio Digable Planets, is slated to bring his one-man show to the Argenta bar. Admittedly, Digable Planets were the Aerosmith to A Tribe Called Quest’s Rolling Stones. And 20 years after the trio released their untouchable breakout single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” Doodlebug’s partner Butterfly is making some of the best new hip-hop under the moniker Shabazz Palaces. But when anyone from an act as esteemed as Digable
of places to hide the body on roosevelt. im just sayin…” [Sic!] And Eek! (But if it does come to that, see I’m buried behind Homer’s. De-licious, y’all.) Now, thousands of people are going to show up to this, the 12th annual modern rock festival, so we’re obligated (and happy, believe it or not) to cover it. I’m not here to throw any beef back on the grill. Also, getting death threats from one or more wackos makes my family deadbolt their doors and lose sleep. So here’s the lineup, free of any commentary: Avenged Sevenfold, Stonesour, Three Days Grace, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Sevendust, Helmet, Halestorm, My Darkest Days, Art of Dying, Dark From Day One. ‘COOL LIKE DAT’: A member of early ’90s jazz-rap trio Digable Planet, Doodlebug is the latest hip-hop headapproved emcee to visit Cornerstone. Planets comes to town, you’d be flat-out wrong not to go show your propers and have a blast while you’re at it.
1 p.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $35 adv., $40 d.o.s.
n Last year, I found out that a lot of Edgeheads are more delicate than their music of choice could ever suggest. After poking fun at last year’s lineup, this here writer — and the paper at large — was targeted as Public Enemy No. 1 for Edge faithfuls. One listener — a misguided fella standing out of thousands of well-adjusted folks — even took to an affiliated Facebook page to imply knocking me off: “theres plenty
9 p.m., Juanita’s. $16 adv., $20 d.o.s.
n All right, ladies of Little Rock: fess up. Which one of you is rubbing tummies with one (or more) of the guys from Rooney? It seems the Los Angeleno rockers play our town every sixth week. Not like that’s a bad thing, though. As far as melodic, vintage rock played in the key of Vitamin D goes, you could do a lot worse than this band. Fronted by Robert Schwartzman, actor and cousin to Nicolas “The bees! The bees are in my eyes! Aaaarrrhhhh!” Cage, and rounded out by a crew of models and other thesps, Rooney may just be one of the best “good looking bands.” (Hot people don’t make good music: fact. All considered, even The Beatles were haggard-lookin’ dudes.) Also, their name is fantastic, provided it’s a tip of the hat to the Chicago high school dean of students and not the a-
hole soccer diva with a face that looks like my knee. Guitar poppers Voxhaul Broadcast and Australian garage rockers The Skybombers open.
BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $65
n “Wait, wait, wait: Bob Seger did more than that Martina McBride duo from ‘Hope Floats’?!” That’s right! “He did more than ‘Shakedown,’ the hit single from the soundtrack of yuk-a-minute Eddie Murphy action-comedy ‘Beverly Hills Cop 2’?!” Yeah, dummy! You know: Bob Seger! “The guy who provided an inspirational anthem for JoBeth Williams in 1984’s ‘Teachers’?” Yeah! The very one! You know, the more Bob Seger you listen to, the more you end up liking him. This week, after saving a Bob CD from a used bin for this blurb, I realized why his “Greatest Hits” is the best-selling catalog album of the 2000s, selling more than even The Beatles’ “1.” Everyone knows “Night Moves,” “Turn the Page,” “Old Time Rock & Roll” and “Against the Wind” by heart. But rediscovering other greats like “Roll Me Away” and “Hollywood Nights” — that is, the ones that haven’t been shoved down our collective throats for 30 years by Chevy — is another reminder for us cocky youngsters that, yeah, our parents are still right about these things. Folks who were around for Seger Fever already know why this one is a To-Do.
n Stickyz gets a night of smart, dangerously catchy traditional country from Montgomery Trucking, followed by goofy, equally earwig-y country and western covers of songs like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and “I Kissed a Girl” from The Cleverlys, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Tonya Leeks & Co. fill The Afterthought with soul, R&B and funk, 8 p.m., $7. Downtown Music Hall opens early, at 6 p.m., for a night of Christian metalcore (in the town where Living Sacrifice invented it) from Onward to Olympas, As Hell Retreats, Gigeon and Our Friends Fall Silent, $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. And down the street, The Rep’s latest acclaimed production, “Hairspray,” returns for another week, 7 p.m., $20-$40.
n Young musician/DJ/promoter Dylan Dugger hosts “Organized Chaos,” a live dance party rife with dueling DJs and back-up dancers, at Pulse, 11 p.m., $5. Mealy, feely, folksy pop comes to Juanita’s with college-tour staples Ron Pope, Ari Herstand and Zach Berkman taking stage at 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Black Oak Arkansas and Krokus alum Andy Tanas takes happy hour duty at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., before Big John Miller shreds the blues for the late-night crowd, 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Fellow bluesman David Kimbrough Jr. returns to White Water Tavern, playing with Franklin-Devlin Band and Stacy Mackey, 10 p.m. For the dancers, “Cool Shoes” hosts its “Summer Kickoff Party” with DJs Kichen, Emkay Ultra and Gdash, 9 p.m., $10.
SEGER FEVER: One of the masters of Midwest rock returns to Verizon Arena this Tuesday night.
n Celebrate Passover at The Afterthought with the Meshugga Klezmer Band, 8:30 p.m., $8. The Conway Symphony Orchestra takes to UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall to play one for the kids with their new production, “Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Composer is Dead’,” 2 p.m., $6. Revolution hosts one of those crazy/hilarious Silent Disco parties; strap headphones to your noggin and boogie at 9 p.m. Velvet Kente returns to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. Vino’s hosts another “Fresh Scene Night,” spotlighting area upstarts Furiea, Sailing by Night, Final Flight and Rare Remedy, 9 p.m., $6. And, in Hot Springs, the Malco Theater screens three Hot Springs and Arkansas-related documentaries with “A Perfect Match: Hot Springs and Hamasaki,” “City of Visitors: The Story of Hot Springs” and Mike Disfarmer doc, “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America,” 6 p.m., $5 suggested donation. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 25
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Mark Klein. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; April 22, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 23, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com.
Disney on Ice: “Princess Wishes.” Verizon Arena, 7 p.m.; April 21, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; April 22, 7 p.m.; April 23, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; April 24, 3 p.m., $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com.
Chris Elias. The president and CEO of PATH, the international health awareness nonprofit, speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail email@example.com. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21 MUSIC
4 Elements (headliner), Fjord Mustang (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Boondogs. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 26 APRIL 20, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
Mark Klein. The Loony Bin, through April 21, 8 p.m.; April 22, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 23, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Red Octopus Theater: “Get Plucked!.” The Public Theatre, through April 23, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre. com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Fire & Brimstone. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com/index.html. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Love Language. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. “Up in Smoke.” 4/20 party featuring Muck Sticky, Adam Bomb & Lilo Eskimo, Futuro Boots, The School of Dub, DJs Digital Love Kichen. Revolution, 9 p.m., $4.20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com.
Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirstn-howl.com. Onward to Olympia, As Hell Retreats, Gigeon, Our Friends Fall Silent. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Peter Fletcher, guitarist. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. www.fcl.org. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Tonya Leeks & Co. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
TAKIN’ (IT) OFF: Described as a “sexy, bawdy mix of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Saturday Night Live,” the scantily-clad Super Happy Funtime Burlesque troupe brings its touring show to Stickyz this Friday, April 22. Not just nudie cuties, the Michigan-based crew is replete with a live, six-piece backing jazz band and a 350-pound man in a bikini. Dang. Arkansas’s premier burlesque troupe, The Diamond Dames, performs at half-time. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m., cover is $10.
W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Brian “Head” Welch, Decyfer Down, The Letter Black, The Wedding. Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $17 adv. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. The Cleverlys, Montgomery Trucking. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com.
“V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJ Silky Slim. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Harding University Spring Sing. Harding’s annual student musical variety show. Harding University, April 21-22, 7 p.m.; April 23, 2 and 7 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. www.zacks-place.com/.
Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4-8 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Arkansas a la Carte. Tasting from over 20 Arkansas restaurants and a silent auction to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. For tickets or more information, call 364-1476 or visit archildrens.org. Chenal Country Club, 6:30 p.m., $100. 10 Chenal Club Blvd. 501-821-4141. “Business After Hours.” North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s “premiere networking event.” Tickets available at the Chamber office. Fletcher Dodge Chrysler Jeep, 5 p.m., $10. 5922 Warden Road, Sherwood. “Celebrate the Grape.” Hors d’oeuvres from Argenta Market, live music from Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers and over 140 wines to sample. In the Argenta Arts District. Tickets available at celebratethegrape2011.eventbrite.com. 5:30 p.m., $50. Disney on Ice: “Princess Wishes.” Verizon Arena, April 21, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; April 22, 7 p.m.; April 23, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; April 24, 3 p.m., $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-9759001. verizonarena.com. “Downtown Donor Thursday.” Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery event with food and music from Tragikly White. River Market Pavilions, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.
David Brenneman. The Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Chief Curator at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art delivers his lecture, “Studies in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting from the High Museum of Art.” Arkansas Arts Center, 6:30 p.m. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. Jennifer Granholm. The former governor of Michigan speaks about clean energy policies stimulate businesses and lead economic growth. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Susan Carbon. The director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail email@example.com. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22 MUSIC
Arlene Biebesheimer, vocalist. University of Central Arkansas, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Barrett Baber. Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. belair, The Beautiful Pursuit, Knox Hamilton, The Awakening. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Big John Miller (headliner), Andy Tanas (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351.
UPCOMING EVENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. APRIL 29: James Taylor. 8 p.m. $47-$71. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com. MAY 10: Robert Randolph and the Family Band. 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom. com. MAY 18: Foo Fighters, Motorhead. 7 p.m., $25-$49.50. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com MAY 24-26: “Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall, Markham and Broadway. 244-8800, celebrityattractions.com. MAY 27-29: Riverfest 2011. Downtown Little Rock. riverfestarkansas.com www.cajunswharf.com. Brandy Herbert. Quapaw Bathhouse, 6 p.m., $10. 413 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Cool Shoes: “Summer Kickoff Party.” With DJs Kichen, Emkay Ultra, Gdash. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. David Kimbrough Jr., Franklin-Devlin Band, Stacy Mackey. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Eli Young Band, Trey Hawkins Band. Revolution, 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. The Fragile Elite. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, April 22-May 23, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-3767468. www.cregeens.com. Harding University Spring Sing. Harding’s annual student musical variety show. Harding University, through April 22, 7 p.m.; April 23, 2 and 7 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre. Midtown Billiards, April 23, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Katmandu. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Kenny Reynolds and Doug Bramlett. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www.capisrestaurant.com. NeverTrain. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. westendsmokehouse.net. Oona Love, Shotgun Party. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. “Organized Chaos Live” with Dylan Duggar. Pulse, 11 p.m., $5. 307 W. Seventh. www.pulseatoffcenter.com. Pretty Lights. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $27. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. Raising Grey. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Ron Pope, Ari Herstand, Zach Berkman. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Se7en Sharp, Malcadence. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, The Diamond Dames. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Third Degree. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Will Gunselman. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock.
Mark Klein. The Loony Bin, April 22, 8 and 10:30
p.m.; April 23, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Red Octopus Theater: “Get Plucked!.” The Public Theatre, through April 23, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre. com.
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Disney on Ice: “Princess Wishes.” Verizon Arena, April 22, 7 p.m.; April 23, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; April 24, 3 p.m., $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. 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. Maumelle Familyfest. Lake Willastein Park, April 22, 5 p.m.; April 23, 10 a.m. Lake Willastein Dr., Maumelle. “Strawberries!” Carnival. Carnival rides, pageants, food, entertainment, vendors and Cabot’s very own strawberries. For more information, visit juniorauxiliaryofcabot.com/strawberryfest.html. Cabot Community Center, April 22-23. 508 N. Lincoln, Cabot.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
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Chilly Rose Band. Midtown Billiards, April 24, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Conway Symphony Orchestra: “Lemony Snicket’s ‘The Composer is Dead’.” Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 2 p.m., $6. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets). Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Down 2 Five (headliner), Jim Mills (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Edgefest VII. With Avenged Sevenfold, Stonesour, Three Days Grace, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Sevendust, Helmet, Halestorm, My Darkest Days, Art of Dying, Dark From Day One. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 1 p.m., $35 adv., $40 d.o.s. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com. Free Verse, Runaway Planet. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. “Fresh Scene Night.” With Furiea, Sailing by Night, Final Flight, Rare Remedy. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, through May 23, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Harding University Spring Sing. Harding’s annual student musical variety show. Harding University, 2 and 7 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Meshugga Klezmer Band. The Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $8. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Mobley, White Glove Test, The Walking Lawsuits. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Rooney, Voxhaul Broadcast, The Skybombers. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $16 adv., $20 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Silent Disco. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Subdue. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111
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National Park Week Movies. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute screens three Hot Springs and Arkansas related documentaries: “A Perfect Match: Hot Springs and Hanamaki,” “City of Visitors: The Story of Hot Springs, Arkansas” and “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America.” Malco Theater, 6 p.m., $5 suggested donation. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.
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Arkansas Earth Day Festival. For more information, visit arkansasearthday.org. North Shore Riverwalk, 10 a.m. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www. northlittlerock.org. Arkansas Minority Health Commission 20th Year Anniversary Gala. AMHC honors Sen. Jack Crumbly, Dr. Tom Bruce, Elroy Brown and Phizer. Comedian Bruce Bruce emcees. Live music from Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers. For more information, visit arminorityhealth.com. The Peabody Little Rock, 7 p.m., $100. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. www.peabodylittlerock.com. “Castle in the Making” Stone Carving. Day-long stone carving contest. For more information, visit OzarkMedievalFortress.com. Ozark Medieval Fortress, 10 a.m., $18 general, $9 children (15 and under). 1671 Hwy. 14 W., Lead Hill. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. Community Egg Hunt. Crafts, games, inflatables and, of course, candy-filled egg hunts. MacArthur Park, 10 a.m., free. 503 E. Ninth St. Disney on Ice: “Princess Wishes.” Verizon Arena, April 23, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; April 24, 3 p.m., $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. “Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt.” The annual fundraiser for Angels Care’s spay and neuter program features an Easter bonnet parade, silent auctions, live music, food and more. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Reservoir Park Pavilion, 12:30 p.m., $10/dog. Cantrell and Reservoir Rd. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. “The Greatest Lobster Party Ever.” Cook-out with live music from Salt & Pepper behind The Big Chill, Hot Springs. For tickets or more information, visit spacityblues.org. The Big Chill, 5 p.m. 910 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. Maumelle Familyfest. Lake Willastein Park, 10 a.m. Lake Willastein Dr., Maumelle. “Show and Shine.” Antique car show and Arkansas Model Car Championship. Pulaski Technical College - South Campus, 9 a.m., free. Exit 128, I-30. “Strawberries!” Carnival. See April 22.
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Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, through May 23, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls. com. “Margarita Sunday.” With Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Dell Smith, Cliff Aaron and Joel Crutcher. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228.
www.juanitas.com. “S.I.N. on Sunday” with Free Micah, Father Maple, Chris Henry. Ernie Biggs, 10 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs. com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
Disney on Ice: “Princess Wishes.” Verizon Arena, 3 p.m., $15.75-$45.75. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Easter Sunrise Service. Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 7 a.m. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road. 501-8685806. Pulaski Heights Community Sunrise Service. With Rev. Britt Skarda, Rev. Heath Bradley, Fr. Jason Tyler, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Erma Hendrix, P. Allen Smith, Chris Joy Quiamco, John Two-Hawks, Tasha Warrior, Philander Smith College Choir, Central High School Choir, Pulaski Heights UMC Choir. For more information, visit phumc.com. Riverfront Park, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Avenue.
MONDAY, APRIL 25 MUSIC
Arkansas State University-Beebe Symphonic Band. Arkansas State University - Beebe, 7:30 p.m. 1000 W. Iowa St., Beebe. 501-882-3600. Dax Riggs. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, through May 23, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. The McReynolds Tradition. Collins Theater, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, through May 23: 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. khalilspub.com.
Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” The second annual fashion week returns, dedicating itself to the curvy woman. For more information, visit daring2strive.com. Various locations. April 25-May 1.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, April 25-28, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26 MUSIC
The Technicolors. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “The Soldier’s Tale.” Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $22. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www. clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $67.00. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through May 24: 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Chess. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Eric Sommer. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, through May 23, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602
S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. The Running Back, Sean Michel, Sam Walker. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. The Technicolors. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lance Daniels. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Monkhouse. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Pacifico, Booyah! Dad. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
Larry Reeb. The Loony Bin, April 27-28, 7 p.m.; April 29, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 30, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. www.revroom.com.
Charity Bingo Tuesday. ACAC, 6:30 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. acacarkansas.wordpress. com. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” See April 25. Science Cafe: “Pain: Fact and Fiction.” The Afterthought, 7 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
Capt. David C. Iglesias, JAGC. The inspiration for “A Few Good Men,” Capt. Iglesias delivers the Arnold Lecture with “U.S. Military Commissions, Past, Present and Future.” To RSVP, e-mail plbell@ ualr.edu. UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 4:30 p.m. 1201 McMath Ave. 501-324-9434. www. law.ualr.edu.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, through April 28, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
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Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Generationals, Young Buffalo. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, through May 23, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com/index.html. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline,
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“The Making of a Legend: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Film Screening.” Documentary about the film, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening, Q&A with GWTW collector James Tumblin and filmmaker Craig Renaud to follow. Argenta Community Theater, 6 p.m., Free, but pick up in advance. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org.
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Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, through April 28, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER “Chapter Two.” George, a young widower, meets a young, charming woman. The two fall in love, but soon find that the memory of George’s late wife presents an obstacle to their relationship. By Neil Simon. For tickets or more information, call 562-3131 or visit murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through May 11: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.; Wed., 11 a.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Hairspray.” A round, cheery Baltimore teen’s dream comes true when she lands a spot dancing for the popular Corny Collins Show. Based on the cult classic by John Waters. For tickets or more information, call 378-0405 or visit therep.org. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through May 1: Wed., Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m., $20-$40. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www. therep.org. “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” While Hitler is invading Poland in 1939, the Frietags, an elite family of German Jews in Atlanta, is more concerned with Ballyhoo, the upcoming social event of the season. By Alfred Uhry. For tickets or more information, call 374-1130 or visit weekendtheater.org. The Weekend Theater, through April 23: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m. 1001
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ACAC, 608 Main St.: “Elements,” work by Local Catz group exhibit with Bethanie Stellman, Mesk, x3mex, chapin, Jason Harrington, alien 15, Josh Henderson, Michael Schaeffer, Joanna Tilley, Dap Star, Lisa Krannichfeld, Robert Messenger, reception 7-10 p.m. April 23, show through May. 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 398-9474. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Studies in Impressionist and PostImpressionist Paintings from the High Museum of Art,” talk by High director of collections David Brenneman, 6 p.m. April 21, lecture hall; “The Impressionists and Their Influence,” paintings and works on paper from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, private collections and the Arts Center Foundation collection, through June 26, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 youth, members free; “Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution,” wood sculpture, through July 3; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Nomenclature,” work by Elizabeth Weber and Kyle Boswell, through May 7, 10 percent of all sales to benefit CARTI, open 5-8 p.m. April 21, Happy Hour in the Heights. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Giving Voice,” dedication of memorial to enslaved men, women and children in antebellum Little Rock, with Philander Smith Select Choir, North Little Rock First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Sankofa Performing Arts Dance Theater, and volunteer readers and actors, under the direction of Lawrence Hamilton, 7
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woodwork, pottery and art glass. 1-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 501-590-8840. n Sheridan GRANT COUNTY MUSEUM, 521 Shackleford Road: “Battle of Jenkins Ferry Memorial,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 30. 870-942-4496, grantcountymuseumar.com. n Yellville P.A.L. FINE ART GALLERY, 300 Hwy. 62 W: “White River Artists,” plein air paintings by Sandy Barksdale, Olivia Terrill, Pearl Baker, Dana Johnson, Marilyn Morris and Dale Hedgecough, through April. 870-405-6316.
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n Last Saturday, conductor Philip Mann ended his inaugural season with the Arkansas Symphony on a triumphant note, and the orchestra continued to demonstrate the remarkable progress in musicianship it has made over the last decade or so. The evening opened with a spritely reading of the seldom-heard “Minuet Antique” by Maurice Ravel, followed by the “Linz” Symphony of Mozart in an exuberant performance; for the first time in my hearing I believe all the repeats were taken. It was a stylish and personal interpretation, especially in the third “Minuetto” movement, and bucking today’s trend of “correct performance” Mann did not reduce the size of the string sections. The highlight of the all-orchestral con-
cert, however, was Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” the virtuoso piano composition in its most elegant of several orchestrations, that of Ravel. Mann overinterpreted some sections, especially “Gnomus” and the opening, which was more like a procession of nobles than a promenade. The latter sections were beautifully read, however, and the orchestra’s presentation of “The Great Gate of Kiev” was guaranteed to bring the audience to their feet. Throughout, Mann’s showmanship, which was the quality that most recommended him to me for the post, was greatly in evidence. (At times he totally neglected “the beat” to encourage the emotions of his players.) And, I cannot help but say that 20 years ago, the orchestra could
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ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Norwood Creech: Selected Works from the Northeastern Arkansas Delta,” through June 18, Mezzanine Gallery; “Book Arts,” handmade books and journals, through May 28, Atrium Gallery; “Anticipating the Future — Contemporary American Indian Art,” work from the collection of Dr. J.W. Wiggins. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat. 320-5791. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Lee Nora Parlor’s Painted Photo Album,” oils inspired by photos in the artist’s grandmother’s album, through May 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Dominique Simmons, David Warren, recent works, through May 14. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Benini: The Painter’s Journey,” works from his “Courting Kaos: Face of God” and “Riding Kaos: Truth and the Journey” series, through May 18. 6642787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Stained glass by Charly Palmer, lithographs by Samella Lewis, LaToya Hobbs and Elizabeth Catlett. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: 2nd annual “Spring Art Show,” work by Lois Davis, Peggy Roberson and Paula Steel. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Oils and carvings by Louis Beck. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Visions of the Universe,” drawings and diagrams by Galileo and other astronomers, images by the Hubble Space Telescope, through May 20; “Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation,” oral histories, through May 25. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 771-1995. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative. 501-265-0422. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): “Fourth Anniversary Show,” new work by Michele Mikesell, Jason Twiggy Lott, William Goodman, Robin Tucker, David Walker, Nathan Beatty, Cathy Burns, Lisa Krannichfeld, Melverue Abraham, Selma Blackburn. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 225-6257. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Buddy Whitlock, featured artist, also work by Lola Abellan, Mary Allison, Georges Artaud, Theresa Cates, Caroline’s Closet, Kelly Edwards, Jane Hankins, James Hayes, Amy Hill-Imler, Morris Howard, Jim Johnson, Annette Kagy, Capt. Robert Lumpp, Joe Martin, Pat Matthews and others.10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. REFLECTIONS GALLERY AND FINE FRAMING, 11220 Rodney Parham Road: Work by local and national artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 227-5659. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Painted and Posted,” thesis exhibition by Emily Wood, through April 21, Gallery II; “Student
Competitive Show,” Gallery I, through May 4; undergraduate work in Gallery III. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellot, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. n El Dorado SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th St.: “Terra Incognita,” photographs by Richard Sexton from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, through April 28. 870-862-5474. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: Randy Brodnax, ceramics; “Theft by Finding,” photographs by Steven Heaton and Rob Edwards, light boxes by John Spurgeon; “30 Days in the Life,” photographs of the Buffalo Wilderness Area by Don House; “Always,” small paintings on board by Steven Wise, through April. Fayettevilleunderground. blogspot.com. n Helena DELTA CULTURAL CENTER, 141 Cherry St.: “Nothing but the Blues,” watercolor portraits by Laurie Goldstein-Warren, through May. n Hot Springs ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: “Art Vessels,” ceramics and glass by Lori Arnold, through April. 501-655-0604. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: “Flora, Fowl and Fauna,” paintings by Jimmy Leach. 501-624-055. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: Works by area artists in all media. 501-624-0489. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Trey McCarley, oils; Charles and Michael Riley, glass art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-7726. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Equine bronzes by Jan Woods. 501-318-4278. GARLAND COUNTY LIBRARY, 1427 Malvern Ave.: 6th annual “Traditional Art Guild Juried Exhibit,” through May 30. firstname.lastname@example.org. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: New paintings by Donnie Copeland, also work by Robin Hazard-Bishop, Mike Elsass, Steve Griffith, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Tony Saladino and Rebecca Thompson. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. LEGACY GALLERY, 804 Central Ave.: Landscapes by Carole Katchen. 501-624-1044. n Perryville SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584. n Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 Main St.: “Collaborations: Two Decades of African American Art,” through May 28. 870-536-3375. n Rogers ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration,” through May 21. 479-621-1154. n Russellville RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: “Stories and Stitches,” mixed media, oils, writings by Rachel Trusty, through April. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Thu., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 479-968-2452. n Van Buren CENTER FOR ART & EDUCATION, 104 N. 13th St.: 12th annual “River Valley Student Art Competition,” through April 22. 479-474-7767.
President Clinton Ave.: “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” through May 22; “Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures,” two original engravings of the Declaration of Independence produced by Benjamin Owen Tyler in 1818 and William J. Stone in 1823, through May 22; “Historical Figures of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars,” figurines by George Stuart, through May 22; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “In Search of Pancho Villa,” artifacts from soldiers of the period, medals and original sketches of the Mexican Punitive Expedition, the United States retaliatory action in 1916 against the Mexican general who attacked a small border town in New Mexico, through May; “Warrior: Vietnam Portraits
by Two Guys from Hall,” photos by Jim Guy Tucker and Bruce Wesson, through April; exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www. calicorockmuseum.com. n England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. n Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on
D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. n Morrilton MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. n Scott PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. 165 S and Hwy. 161: Artifacts and interactive exhibits on farming in the Arkansas Delta. $3 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-961-1409. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 351-0300. www. scottconnections.org.
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Rave and Movies 10 showtimes were incomplete as of press time. Check www.arktimes.com for updates. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. NEW MOVIES African Cats (G) – Two families of big cats in the wild African landscape are documented raising their young. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Chenal 9: 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. Certified Copy (NR) – Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami tries out European romance with this story about a British writer and a French admirer. With Juliette Binoche and William Shimmell. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:15. No Eres Tu, So Yo (PG-13) – A heartbroken man enters psychoanalysis to recuperate after being dumped by the woman of his dreams. With Eugenio Derbez and Martina Garcia. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 6:45, 9:00. Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) – This is the fifth Madea movie and the 10th flick Tyler Perry’s made in five years. Five. Years. Directed, written by and starring Tyler Perry. Breckenridge: 1:05, 1:35, 4:05, 4:35, 7:05, 7:40, 9:40, 10:10. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30. Rave: 12:00, 1:45, 2:45, 4:30, 5:30, 7:15, 8:15, 10:00, 11:00. Riverdale: 11:00, 11:25, 1:15, 1:45, 3:30, 4:00, 5:45, 6:15, 8:00, 8:30, 10:15. Water For Elephants (PG-13) – After his parents are killed, a young veterinarian joins a traveling circus to tend its animals. With Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15. Chenal 9: 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50. RETURNING THIS WEEK Arthur (PG-13) – A drunken playboy in heavyduty arrested development has to choose between an enormous inheritance and the woman he falls for. With Russell Brand and Greta Gerwig. Breckenridge: 6:50. Chenal 9: 11:25, 2:00, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG13) – FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) makes his son (Brandon T. Jackson) join him in going undercover in drag at a performing arts school. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50. Born to be Wild (G) – A 3D look at the bond
between the orangutans and elephants saved by a group of people who work to preserve endangered species. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Chenal 9: 11:00, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45. Cedar Rapids (R) – A naive insurance salesman is sent to Iowa for an industry convention and winds up with three convention veterans who are no stranger to trouble. With Ed Helms, John C. Reilly. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. The Company Men (R) – An ultra-successful company man has to trade in his nice house and Porsche for a job in construction after a round of corporate downsizing. With Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:15. The Conspirator (PG-13) – A young lawyer and Civil War veteran has to defend a woman charged in conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln. Directed by Robert Redford. Breckenridge: 1:50, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05. Hanna (PG-13) – A 16-year-old girl, raised by her CIA agent father to be a master assassin, embarks on a mission across Europe. With Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett. Breckenridge: 1:25, 7:00, 9:35. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:50, 7:25. Riverdale: 11:15, 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50. Hop (PG) – The day before he’s scheduled to take over the family business, E.B., the teen-age son of the Easter Bunny, runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being a rock drummer. Voiced by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:25, 7:15, 9:45. Riverdale: 11:05, 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Insidious (PG-13) – A realm called The Further threatens to trap a comatose child. His parents learn to battle something that science can’t explain. With Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:25, 7:15, 9:45. Riverdale: 11:45, 2:10, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45. The King’s Speech (PG-13 version) – After being crowned George VI of an England on the verge of turmoil, “Bertie” (Colin Firth) works to fix his debilitating speech impediment with help from eccentric Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Movies 10: 1:00, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45. Limitless (PG-13) – A metropolitan copywriter runs from a group of assassins after discovering and taking a top-secret drug that gives him superhuman abilities. With Bradley Cooper and
Robert DeNiro. Riverdale: 11:40, 2:20, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05. The Lincoln Lawyer (R) – A lawyer runs his firm out of the back of an old Lincoln while working on a high-profile case in Beverly Hills. With Matthew McConaghey and Marissa Tomei. Riverdale: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 10:10. Rio (G) – A domesticated macaw from suburban Minnesota takes to Rio de Janeiro to find the freewheeling bird of his dreams. Voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55 (2D); 1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. The Roommate (PG-13) – A deranged college freshman becomes obsessed with her roommate and, wouldn’t you know it, things get freaky. With Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:35. Scream 4 (R) – When Sidney Prescott, now a selfhelp author, returns to Woodsboro, the masked killer emerges from hiding to wreak havoc on the small town yet again. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:00, 7:20, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:20, 1:40, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40. Riverdale: 11:05, 1:20, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05, 10:15. Soul Surfer (PG) – In spite of losing an arm in a shark attack, a teen-age girl with a passion for surfing returns to the ocean. With AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:15, 7:45, 10:20. Chenal 9: 11:25, 2:05, 4:35, 7:35, 10:00. Riverdale: 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:25. Source Code (PG-13) – A celebrated soldier wakes up in a stranger’s body and discovers he’s part of a top-secret government mission to stop a bombing in downtown Chicago. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. Breckenridge: 4:15, 9:35. Chenal 9: 4:20, 9:55. Riverdale: 11:30, 1:35, 3:35, 5:35, 7:45, 10:00. Win, Win (R) – A volunteer high school wrestling coach finds himself entwined in a student’s unsavory family life. With Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan. Market Street: 2:15, 4:25, 6:45, 9:00. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
‘SCREAM 4’: Neve Campbell returns.
■ moviereview Awful(ly) meta Wes Craven’s horror chops almost save ‘Scream 4’ from itself. Almost. n Fourth installments generally have to overcome the innate human affinity for threes — how many trilogies feel unfinished? — but the “Scream” movies made their bloody hay (and $420 million at the box office) by reminding you constantly of their iconoclasm. Hence “Scream 4” (tagline: “New decade, new rules) behaves itself as the most self-aware film even in
this lineage of self-aware films, not only aware of itself as horror film, but aware of its awareness. It is, as one of the film’s film nerds would say, quite meta. Unfortunately it’s also unaware of how dull this approach becomes. People who talk about themselves constantly are perceived as tone-deaf, and movies are no different. “Scream 4” never lets you forget
that you’re watching “Scream 4,” in part because it keeps insisting on the redundancy of there even being a “Scream 4.” At the end of two hours, you’re inclined to agree. Fans of the first three will recognize the old faces who continue to survive the murder sprees that presumably keep property values depressed in otherwise charming Woodsboro. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell, back for more) has emerged from her repeated brushes with serial killers to publish a memoir, and her book tour brings her through her home town on the anniversary of the original killings (oh, not to make you feel geriatric: “Scream” came out in 1996). As bum luck has it, another copycat has decided to don the iconic Ghostface costume, make the obligatory threatening phone calls (using an app to
mimic that familiar homicidal voice, reprised yet again by Roger Jackson) and butcher all the hottest teen-agers in town. Semi-capable lawman Dewey Riley and hard-charging TV reporter turned author Gale Weathers are married, tensely, and played again by real-life snippy couple David Arquette and Courteney Cox, as if the story needed to feel any more self-referential. A bunch of hot twentysomethings appear as hot teen-agers who one-by-one die screaming. The script even gives a few of them last names. Weathers’ books about the Woodsboro massacres launched a series of “Scream”like film adaptations, called “Stab,” now up to a seventh installment, so the townsfolk are navel-gazing horror experts by now, obsessed with the idea that the current killer is obsessed with the storyline of his own killings. Watching a film deconstruct itself almost minute-by-minute like this does, at least, become more bearable with slasher guru Wes Craven at the helm. Writer of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise and director of the “Scream” litter, among others, Craven knows the tropes like no one else: cat-and-mouse games in confined spaces, the menace of closed doors that must be opened, the primal brutality of knife murders. And gore, he adores. Craven goes easy on the blood like grandma goes easy on the gravy. Even as the characters openly discuss which among them is likely to live and die according to the patterns of movie killings (spoiler alert: they pretty much all get hacked up like paper dolls), Craven needles your autonomic system with stereotypical orchestral swells, sudden reveals and a variety pack of gotcha moments. His approach here is that of a boxer who tells you the roundhouse is coming, twirls his right hand in a circle and then wallops you across the face with it, all while softening you up with jabs he never acknowledges. It’s a clever strategy, in fact: Beckon savvy horror fans to overthink the plot, so as to lull them into ignoring the genre’s subtler gimmicks. Maybe it would even work, if we hadn’t seen this movie, more or less, three times already. — Sam Eifling
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8 p.m. Monday, April 25 AETN n I had a chance to watch a preview copy of PBS’s new documentary “American Experience: The Stonewall Riots,” and what a film it is — the chronicle of courageous people standing up for their rights in the face of tyranny. Tyranny? Yes, that’s a very carefully-selected word on my part. The first 20 minutes of the doc are devoted to setting the stage, rebuilding the world of terror, harassment and fear that gays and lesbians lived in the days before Stonewall. Included are clips of anti-homosexual films shown in public schools that are nothing short of propaganda that would do the Third Reich proud. In those films, gays and lesbians — called everything from sexual deviants to the mentally ill — are depicted as something like a cross between Dracula and the monster under the bed; lurking, anonymous things that will reach out, snatch you away from Mom and apple pie, and turn you into the thing you fear most if you let your heterosexual guard down, even for an instant. The lengths gays and lesbians went to to find privacy from prying, puritanical eyes in those days are enough to make any American ashamed, with gay men speaking of meeting for sex in reeking, unwashed meat-hauling trucks in New York City because they smelled so bad that the police officers were reluctant to raid them. Then came Stonewall. On a hot June night in 1969, the modern gay rights movement — and maybe the concept of gay rights itself — was born when the NYPD raided a mob-owned gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. Whereas the patrons of New York City’s gay nightclubs usually put their heads down and tromped off to the paddy wagons whenever the cops decided to go on a headline-grabbing raid, this time something was different. Before it was all over, hundreds of straights and gays had banded together against the brutality of the police and a full-scale riot had broken out. Soon, the cops were the ones running scared. To think that some conservatives would be perfectly happy to see gays and lesbians go back to the terrified and tormented days before the Stonewall Riots is an affront to everything America stands for. Watch this moving documen-
NETFLIX PIX: SONS OF ANARCHY: SEASONS 1 and 2 n I was initially a bit iffy on the FX show “Sons of Anarchy,” the “Hamlet”-meetsbikers-and-gun-running extravaganza about a stepfather (Ron Perlman as Clay Morrow) and son (Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller) fighting for control of both the soul and leadership of a Southern California motorcycle club called the Sons of Anarchy (or, as they often go by, SAMCRO, which stands for Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original; I spent a half-dozen episodes puzzling over that before I finally Googled it). Like the whole biker scene, it all looked a bit too gritty for my tastes, full of guys strutting and growling and preening in their leathers while breaking every law known to man short of bi-species marriage and unlicensed dentistry. Not my thing, I thought. My wife started watching the series, however (mostly due, I think, to the undeniably dishy Hunnam, who looks like Brad Pitt’s less-than-reputable cousin), and — as often happens — I started watching too. Now, just as with another FX drama, Denis Leary’s searing New York firefighter dramedy “Rescue Me,” I’m hooked. Show producer and head writer Kurt Sutter, who cut his teeth writing for “The Shield,” has taken an idea that could have been a testosterone-burning sausagefest and made something a lot more interesting out of it — a kind of a hymn to the American spirit and fraternal brotherhood. Perlman and Hunnam shoulder most of the dramatic load (their characters can barely stand each other most of the time, largely because Morrow stepped in as leader of the Sons of Anarchy and married Jax’s mother a bit too soon after Jax’s dad died under some very mysterious circumstances), but the beauty of the series is its stellar cast of supporting characters, including Kim Coates as unrepentant pervert and dangerous man Tig; the large, good natured and wholly-loyal Opie (Ryan Hurst); resident sage and levelhead Bobby Elvis (Mark Boone Jr.) and others. The clear standout, however, is Katey Sagal as the club’s resident matriarch/den mother Jemma Teller. What Sagal does with that character, especially after a shocking incident in the opener of Season Two that I won’t spoil for you, is a thing to behold. It’s some of the best acting on TV. In short: “Sons of Anarchy” is everything TV ought to be, with great writing, a stellar cast, and some of the best plotlines in the business. A warning, though: even if you’ve never been astride of a motorcycle in your life, it will definitely make you want to buy a vest and a Harley and hit the road. — David Koon
n Good news for downtown dwellers: The new Boulevard on South Main is now offering its take-home dinners. They’re available for pick-up starting at 3:30 p.m. Take-away diners are encouraged to call 375-5100 to reserve their meals. Find out the daily special, which will differ from the one at the Heights, via Boulevard Bake House and Market on Facebook.
Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards
David’s Butcher Boy Burgers versus Wimpy’s Burgers and Fries in Conway. n We’ve closely watched the spread of burger joints on Conway’s north side this past year. The two most recent entries into the market, especially: David’s Butcher Boy Burgers opened up last November on the west side of I-40 at Highway 65; Wimpy’s Burgers and Fries started serving last week on the east side. Both stores are offshoots off well-established burger joints elsewhere. Wimpy’s (not affiliated with the Chicago-based or UK-based chains with similar names) is a big hit in Southaven, Miss., and David’s is a franchise from CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville. Both feature burgers, fries and shakes. Both have red tables. But the similarities end there. David’s focuses on a very simple list of menu items: burgers, fries, shakes and drinks (there is a grilled cheese for the kids). Wimpy’s, on the other hand, has a tremendously detailed menu with choices upon choices for burger toppings, sides and other sandwiches. For the sake of comparison, we decided to check out the same menu options at each restaurant. We started with David’s and ordered a burger with cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, mayo, pickle, lettuce and tomato; French fries, and a chocolate shake. That plus a soda is $7.68, but we paid $1.25 extra for the shake option (by itself, $2.95). The burger itself at David’s had a fresh flavor to it, which isn’t surprising since that griddle-smashed patty started as a ball of freshly ground chuck in the case when we ordered it. The spice on the outside was very salty, stronger than what we’d experienced on burgers at sister restaurant CJ’s. The bun was seedless, toasted on the outside instead of the inside. Green leaf lettuce and a couple of thin red slices of tomato came atop the Cheddar-cheese-coated patty. The pickles, grilled onions and mushrooms were on the bottom. The saltiness on the burger patty was fortunately confined to the outside crust. Overall, the burger had a nice, classic flavor, though putting the grilled items on the bottom made the bun very soft. David’s fries, cut fresh when ordered, were irresistible brownish pencil-thick sticks that quickly disappeared from our plate. The malty, chocolate shake was thick
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David’s Butcher Boy Burgers
1100 Skyline Drive (US 65B) Conway www.butcherboyburgers.com 501-327-3333 Hours
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n We’re in the midst of a food truck mini-boom. The Dream Eats Cafe is the latest entry into the scene. Owned by Scott Johnson, Brenda Majors and David Matthews, the truck specializes in gourmet lunch grub, according to Johnson, who’s owned the catering company An Affair to Remember for the last 17 years in Arkansas and North Carolina. Now operating the on-site catering for War Memorial Stadium, Johnson’s making Gate 9 of War Memorial his primary base for Dream Eats, though he predicts he’ll move around some. In the cafe’s early days, Johnson said, he’ll be serving items like shrimp gazpacho, a Cubano sandwich, a Cobb salad, a chicken Caesar salad, a pulled barbecue chicken sandwich and hand-cut fries. A fuller menu listing is at the truck’s Facebook page. Johnson said in the future he’ll offer a daily entree special and a daily dessert. The Facebook page and a Twitter account that Johnson is planning on setting up soon will provide info on daily specials. “Everything we do is made from scratch,” Johnson said. “All the dressings are house made. All the marinades.” Johnson said he expects to expand into breakfast and the occasional dinner offerings in the not too distant future. The truck’s phone number is 501690-8733. According to the cafe’s Facebook page, it’s closed until Thursday for private catering events.
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Credit cards accepted, no alcohol
Wimpy’s Burgers and Fries 201 Skyline Drive (US 65 North) 501-205-1525 wimpysconway.com Hours
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat.
Credit cards accepted, no alcohol
Quick bite KAT ROBINSON
STACKED: Conway burger joints David’s (top) and Wimpy’s are just one mile apart. enough for a spoon. We had to wait for it to melt a bit before consuming it. Our trip to Wimpy’s was a bit confusing. We saw when we went in a “Fries & Shake Combo” and ordered that, believing we had just ordered a burger combo. Four dollars seemed a bit slim for that, so we went back and checked. Nope, no burger. That comes separate. We placed our second order and paid $4.28 for the burger. At Wimpy’s, there are dozens of different topping options, but we made our order identical to what we had at David’s: cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, mayo, pickle, lettuce and tomato. We picked sweet potato fries, Bats & Balls (beer-battered jack cheese sticks and cornmeal-coated Cheddar cheese balls) and a chocolate shake to round out the order. Wimpy’s burger comes on a split-top seedless butter bun. The green leaf lettuce and red tomato slices were fresh, just like David’s. The grilled onions and mushrooms were applied just above the Cheddar cheese, $-$$. 501-244-2622. L daily. D Mon.-Sat. ARGENTA MARKET The Argenta District’s neighborhood grocery store offers a deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. Emphasis here is on Arkansas-farmed foods and organic products. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. BL daily, D Mon.-Sat. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. Try the cheese dip. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-0600. LD Tue.-Sat.
The unheralded star on Wimpy’s menu has to be its unequaled raspberry shake. The tartness of fresh raspberries balanced with a perfect creamy, milky and moderately sweet ice cream base is inspired. We anticipate trips to Wimpy’s just for these shakes.
which appeared to have been dropped on after the patty had been removed from the griddle. The patty itself was a French onionflavored burger, the sort of burger you’d expect to get with the application of onion soup mix with tiny bits of onion in the patty. Which made for a well-seasoned burger. The sweet potato fries were crusty. The praline sauce with them was tasty but benefited from just a touch of salt. The chocolate shake was frothy and less malty than David’s. The Bats and Balls ($5.25) were very tasty and addictive and delivered in a large enough portion to justify the cost. It’s a tough call to pick the better dining experience. While we admire the freshness behind David’s items, we also like the options available at Wimpy’s. In the end, we’re going to say that David’s has the better fries, Wimpy’s has better side items and the two tie on burgers. Considering the proximity of David’s and Wimpy’s and the six other restaurants offering burgers in that one-mile span, it looks like a burger war is brewing in Conway. ASHLEY’S The premier fine dining restaurant in Little Rock marries Southern traditionalism and haute cuisine. The menu is often daring and always delicious. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BELWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm at this lost-in-time hole in the wall. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions
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huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6632677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine — olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-9463. D Mon.-Sat. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Formerly a Sufficient Grounds, now operated by Lisa and Tom Drogo, who moved from Delaware. They offer breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for well-cooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER Premium black Angus cheeseburgers, with five different sizes, ranging from the Classic (5.5 ounces) to the pounder (20 ounces), and nine cheese options. For sides, milkshakes and golden-fried onion rings are the way to go. 11525 Cantrell Rd. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-490-2433. LD daily. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though tapas are also available, and many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until late. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. DIVERSION Hillcrest wine bar with diverse tapas menu. From the people behind Crush. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 200. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-414-0409. D Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-1195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. DOWNTOWN DELI A locally owned eatery, with bigger sandwiches and lower prices than most downtown chain competitors. Also huge, loaded baked potatoes, soups and salads. 323 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3723696. BL Mon.-Fri. DUB’S HAMBURGER HEAVEN A standout dairy bar. The hamburger, onion rings and strawberry milkshake make a meal fit for kings. 6230 Baucum Pike. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-955-2580. BLD daily. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. The housemade potato chips are da bomb. 523 Center St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. It’s self-service; wander on through the screen door and you’ll find a slick team of cooks and servers doing a creditable job of serving big crowds. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-3753474. LD daily. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar with lots of TVs, pub grub and regular drink specials. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. Follow the mobs. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 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. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4501. D daily, BR and L Sat.-Sun. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts. Chicken salad’s among the best in town. Get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. BL Mon.-Fri., D daily.
MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Drive, Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. NEW GREEN MILL CAFE A small workingman’s lunch joint, with a dependable daily meat-and-three and credible corn bread for cheap, plus sweet tea. Homemade tamales and chili on Tuesdays. 8609-C W. Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-225-9907. L Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. PERCIFUL’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS If you’re a lover of chilidogs, this might just be your Mecca; a humble, stripmall storefront out in East End that serves some of the best around. The latest incarnation of a LR joint that dates to the 1940s, longdogs are pretty much all they do, and they do them exceedingly well, with scratch-made chili and slaw. Our fave: The Polish cheese royal, add onions. 20400 Arch St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-261-1364. LD Tue.-Sat. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner and pub grub until the wee hours. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Steak gets pricey, but the lump crab meat au gratin appetizer is outstanding. Give the turtle soup a try. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BL daily. D Mon.-Fri. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI High-quality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without (the better bargain). 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. LD Tue.-Sat. (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.). UNION BISTRO Casual upscale bistro and lounge. Try the chicken and waffles. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-353-0360.
ASIAN FORBIDDEN CITY The Park Plaza staple has fast and friendly service, offering up good lo mein at lunch and Cantonese and Hunan dishes. 6000 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9099. LD daily. GINA’S A broad and strong sushi menu along with other Japanese standards. 14524 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-7775. LD daily. HANAROO SUSHI BAR Under its second owner, it’s one of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare with a bit of Korean mixed in. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. PHO THANH MY It says “Vietnamese noodle soup” on the sign out front, and that’s what you should order. 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. $$. 501-312-7498. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi, traditional Japanese, the fun hibachi style of Japanese, and an overwhelming assortment of entrees. Nice wine selection, sake, specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.
BARBECUE BARE BONES PIT BAR-B-Q A carefully controlled gas oven, with wood chips added for flavor, guarantees moist and sweet pork, both pulled from the shoulder and back ribs. The side orders, particularly the baked potato salad, are excellent. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 4. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-7427. LD daily. CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with tangy sauce. Better known for the incredible family recipe pies and cheesecakes, which come tall and wide. 9801 W. Markham St. Beer, 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.
EUROPEAN / ETHNIC 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. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red
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pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2239332. LD daily. LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabouleh — plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Breakfast offerings are expanded with gyro meat, pitas and triple berry pancakes. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-6667414. BLD daily.
AROUND ARKANSAS CONWAY BLACKWOOD’S GYROS AND GRILL A wide variety of salads, sandwiches, gyros and burgers dot the menu at this quarter-century veteran of Conway’s downtown district. 803 Harkrider Ave. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-329-3924. LD Mon.-Sat. BOB’S GRILL This popular spot for local diners features a meat-and-two-veg cafeteria style lunch and a decently large made-to-order breakfast menu. Service is friendly. 1112 W. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9760. BL Mon.-Sat. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Burgers, fries, shakes and drinks — that’s all you’ll find at this new Conway burger joint. 1100 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 327-3333. GREEN CART DELI Self-billed as “The World’s First Biocompostable Solar-Powered Gourmet Food Cart,” this hot dog stand serves up Sabrett-brand links with all sorts of inventive toppings. Simon Park. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-908-1656. L Mon.-Sat. (open until 5 p.m. usually on Sat.). HOLLY’S COUNTRY COOKING Southern plate lunch specials weekdays. 120 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-328-9738. L Mon.-Fri. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. ZAZA The Conway spin-off of the beloved Heights wood oven pizza, salad and gelato restaurant is bigger than its predecessor, with a full bar and mixed drink specials that rely on a massive orange and lime juicer. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. BLD daily.
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CAPI’S The eatery has abandoned its previous small plates format for Nuevo Latino cuisine heavy on tamales, enchiladas and Central American reinterpretation of dishes. Fortunately, they kept the great desserts. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-9600. LD Tue.-Sun., BR Sat.-Sun. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fiery-hot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina from the owners, to freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexican-bottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu.
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ITALIAN CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CIAO Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. 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. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZAS AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous thick-crust pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 103 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding, and the desserts don’t miss, either. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.
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■ UPDATE BAMBINO’S This little corner eatery, opened in March by Thelma Anaya, is an intimate breakfast and lunch place, featuring Italian/ American entrees. A recent special was pork roast over rice with creamed green beans on the side, and it was quite good, served in a portion meant for a human, not an elephant. We thought the entree might please, because we very much enjoyed the sliced fresh-baked bread and olive oil that came to the table beforehand. The dessert special was creme brulee, and as a special sacrifice for the Times, we ignored common sense and chowed down on the chocolate. The sweet tea deserves a mention too; it’s real, it’s not too sweet, it’s perfect. Anaya’s daughter makes sure of that, she said. Some other things on the menu (though the summer will bring changes): chicken wings, spinach and other salads, chicken al Arrostiti, baked lasagna, shrimp Alfredo, mushroom raviolis, hamburgers … and breakfast is served ALL DAY. There’s a kid’s menu, too. 432 Ouachita, 501-6270541. 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. CC. ENGLISH MUFFIN, THE The muffins referenced in the name are those famed Wolfermann muffins brought in fresh each day in a dozen or so different flavors. Breakfasts are well-balanced with light omelets in a wide variety. Blue plate specials are also available. 4832 Central Avenue. Hot Springs. All CC. $-$$. (501) 525-2710. BL daily. THE PANCAKE SHOP The Pancake Shop’s longevity owes to good food served up cheap, large pancakes and ham steaks, housemade apple butter and waitresses who still call you “honey.” Closes each day at 12:45. 216 Central Avenue. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-624-5720. BL daily. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ’50s setting at today’s prices. Also at 11602 Chenal Parkway. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 37
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beauty products for Spring
BY KATHERINE WYRICK
n a highly unscientific and informal office poll, the following products were voted best of the best for spring. We’ve included expensive brands and drugstore finds because, as in fashion, mixing and matching high- and low-end just makes sense—and cents.
NEW! Pure Illumination Natural Hydrating Lip Therapy combines the healing power of medical-grade lanolin with jojoba, sweet almond oil and vitamin E. Includes LED light and mirror so you can apply even the darkest of places. Party Girl, Nude Beach and Passion pictured here. Bella Boutique NEW! The launch of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine generated beaucoup excitement. Perfect for women who don’t like the heaviness of lipstick but want some shine. Dillard’s EDITOR’S PICK: This NARS lip gloss became an instant favorite when I received it as a gift, and this color, Dolce Vita, flatters everyone. Sephora
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A recent Rachel Zoe pick, Boots Botanics Organic Superbalm is richly hydrating and moderately priced. Includes argan oil to deeply moisturize and protect, plus shea butter to nourish and condition. Ideal for use on areas such as elbows and knees. Target
We love Kiehl’s old-school apothecary philosophy and all natural ingredients. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 provides UVA and UVB protection making it perfect for spring and summer. Bella Boutique Continued on page 40
hearsay ➥ Charmed, I’m sure. Join BOX TURTLE for a Virgins, Saints & Angels jewelry show April 29-30. This will be one of the first and largest trunks shows the line has ever hosted and VSA reps will be on hand for Saturday’s event. The San Benito Charm Necklace from VSA’s latest collection is shown here. ➥ Hello, Hellmans—it’s been too long. WAL-MART recently announced that it is bringing back thousands of products that were unceremoniously dumped from stores, among them Hellman’s mayonnaise and Febreze and Glade trigger handle products. Wal-Mart is also adding a new tagline to its slogan “Save Money. Live Better” that will read “Low prices. Every day. On everything. No lie.” Okay, we made up that last part. ➥ McCain Mall makeover. Renovations of MCCAIN MALL will
begin at the end of April and are expected to be completed by November. The mall will remain open throughout the construction period. A Regal Cinemas theater, with 3D and digital projection, will be a new anchor. What, Spencer’s Gifts isn’t the anchor? ➥ Tailor made. Don’t miss the Michael Kors Trunk Show at B. BARNETT, April 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kors’s latest collection mixes luxe tailoring and sleek draping. That same day, enjoy the Roseanne Pugliese Jewelry Trunk Show. Her luxury pieces possess an earthy rawness derived from gentle finishing techniques and carefully chosen gemstones. On April 25-26 Cynthia Rose presents her collection of luxurious ready-to-wear and accessories. ➥ Good style is in the Jeans. Visit BARBARA JEAN for the dianaira Trunk Show, April 20-22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and meet Diana in person! Also at B. Jean: a preview of Milly’s Fall Collection April 21-22 and a Charles Chang-Lima event April 28-29. ➥ Come on, get happy. Check out the always festive Happy Hour in THE HEIGHTS, Thursday, April 21. Remember: shop responsibly. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES • APRIL 20, 2011 39
THE EYES HAVE IT
NEW! Chanel’s new undereye product, Chanel Perfection Concealer #31, blends beautifully. It’s fluid so it moisturizes and covers-up red and/or dark areas under the eyes. Also good for the area around the nose. Barbara Jean
The new trend is to go for longer periods between washes, and the way to make a wash last is with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It’s a real lifesaver. Just wash, blow dry, style and spray on. Also keeps humidity from wreaking havoc on hair. Fringe Benefits
NEW! Water doesn’t dilute but enhances color pigments in YSL’s Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eye Shadow. The Waterproof Eye Pencil gives the look of a liquid with the precision of a pencil. Will stay put on your lids for up to 16 hours! Barbara Jean
The wildly popular and exotically named Original Moroccanoil Oil Treatment revives hair, strengths and conditions and reduces drying time. Fringe Benefits
NEW! Now bottom lashes get in on the action with a brush engineered for tiny tasks and a formula that resists smears. Pair Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara with any mascara on top, and watch what happens. Dillard’s TRADE SECRET! Maybelline Great Lash, now with a great big brush, is a classic and a secret weapon of stylists. USA Drug
NEW! Drug Emporium is hands-down the place to get salon quality hair products on the cheap. Huge selection and excellent prices on lines like Bumble and Bumble. Pictured here, B&B’s new Texture Hair (un) Dressing Creme said to give hair that elusive, undone-yet-done quality, with a hint of hold and a tousled, shine-free finish.
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The beauty world is raving about the Shellac Craze. This new revolutionary product is changing the way women get their nails done. Shellac Nails look as good if not better than acrylic nails and last up to 14 days without losing shine or shimmer. Indulgences by Body Bronze
With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes leaving skin feeling and looking smoother. Recommended by dermatologists. Rejuvenation Clinic & Day Spa
The chip-resistant and highshine formula is free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. All RGB products are also cruelty free and made in the USA. Colors shown here: Too Red, Pink and Mink. Bella Boutique
Style while you file with these pretty Wooster & Prince emery boards from Bella Boutique.
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All Dr. Hauschka’s products are great, and the Rhythmic Night Conditioner is nothing short of invigorating. These ampules balance oiliness, encourage proper hydration and revitalize pale, lifeless skin. Box Turtle
NEW! Another staff favorite and drugstore steal is the Aveeno Clear Complextion Bar. Contains moisturerich soy and salicylic acid to help prevent breakouts for clear, even-looking skin. Works best for normal and oily skin. USA Drug
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Like sunshine in a bottle, Daisy Eau So Fresh is more fruity and bubbly than the original Daisy fragrance. And what a pretty bottle to sit atop a dressing table! Dillard’s
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Do get Fresh with me! Light as air but also long lasting. We love this citrusy scent—so Fresh, so crisp, so spring. Sephora
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GROOMING FOR GUYS For the fastidious guy with fine tastes and good hygiene, the fragrances and grooming products of the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella are a natural choice. The secret recipes for their colognes and body products date back to the 13th century and were created by Dominican friars in Florence using herbs from their expansive monastery gardens. Baumans
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nationally recognized professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, Jane White has years of experience and an impressive client list. Yes, she’s the official makeup artist for the Miss Arkansas Pageant and worked at the Miss America Pageant for 29 years, but she also caters to the rest of us. White’s clients range in age from teens to the elderly and come from all walks of life (not just catwalks). White’s studio, Cosmetic Therapy Institute, is staffed by licensed skin care specialists and is the only place you’ll find her eponymous line of skin care and makeup products. We recently caught up with the busy White between shoots for a quick CUE and A: CUE: What’s your favorite makeup line? Jane White: My favorite line of makeup is Jane White Cosmetics because I have a variety of products and manufacturers that I use to make my products. I have worked with just about every line of makeup on the market, and the key to
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finding the right makeup is knowing what type of skin you have and what product works best for your skin type. The same makeup line does not work for everyone. My biggest seller is custom blend foundation; I can match any skin type because I blend the color, consistency and formula to match each individual’s skin. CUE: Word on the street is that you are an eyebrow expert par excellence. What’s the biggest mistake people make regarding eyebrows? JW: The biggest mistake people make is not having the right shape and overplucking. I have been obsessed with eyebrows for as long as I can remember. Brow hairs do not grow back thicker, and constant plucking or waxing may cause the individual hairs to stop growing altogether. There are so many eyebrow tricks, but not every trick applies to every brow. The shape can be changed if necessary, and the way I learned to do it was from an old Hollywood makeup artist, George Masters, who used to pluck or shave the brow completely off which gives the best surface to redraw the brow. This tech-
nique is mostly used by “movie stars” and “gender illusionists,” not the average person, but the process was very educational. CUE: What kind of services do you provide? JW: Makeup application for special occasions (bridal portraits, prom and homecoming, class reunions, senior pictures, charity balls), instructional makeup application, brow design “The Mini Face Lift,” cosmetic consultation, makeup for stage and the performing arts, TV and more. CUE: Are you noticing any trends in cosmetics today? JW: Trendy styles are fun, and I do incorporate them in my applications, but to me makeup is an art of transformation and as an artist not every makeup rule works for every face, so I like to bring my own vision to a face. Glamour is my favorite type of makeup application. The origin of the work glamour is the verb “to cast a spell”; I love to see people transform in my chair both visually and mentally.
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ven as a child, Vikita Eason of Vogue Visage knew that she wanted to do something related to fashion and makeup. Over the years she’s done just that, including a six-year stint with MAC cosmetics. As owner of a boutique and creator of her own makeup line, Eason has now combined her love of both. Eason says, “Vogue Visage’s Cosmetic Line is called Alter My Ego. The line was designed to unleash women’s inner beauty. Alter My Ego eye shadow palettes have bright blues to neon pinks and soft gold. This is to ensure that every woman finds a color to suit her. Alter My Ego Cosmetics doesn’t stop at the eyes; we also have lip glosses to give you the perfect lips. Our lip gloss is ultra-silky with an intense shine that goes on perfectly, adding softness and sparkle to lips.” She adds, emphatically, “Makeup is not about using every technique for every person or model at every shoot! It’s about knowing when to properly use each technique!” For more information, go to vogue-visage.com.
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Barnes & Noble Depending on your perspective, Barnes & Noble represents the crass commercialization of the book business or a nice way to kill a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon. For those who take the former position, the emergence of B&N and other big-box book retailers in the 1990s signaled the beginning of the end of many small, independent bookstores (Amazon signaled the end of the end). For those who take the latter view, it’s hard to argue with the selection: Even in the age of Amazon’s cut-rate prices and digital previews, we still crave the experience of picking a book up and thumbing through it. And Barnes & Noble has a lot of books to browse. Which means, particularly if you’re looking for a niche publication, a Native American poetry compilation say, you’re probably more likely to find it at a big box than a smaller store. More reasons to go: An adjacent Starbucks. A massive wall of magazines. More reasons not to: A completely uninspired children’s section. The blankeyed look clerks give you when you ask for John Dos Passos. The constant hawking of the $25 annual membership Barnes & Noble card, which is a good deal if you only read paperback bestsellers and many times more complicated than Amazon’s regular lossleading discounts. Little Rock: 11500 Financial Center Parkway. 954-7646. CC. Free Wi-Fi. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. North Little Rock: 4000 McCain Boulevard. 771-1124. CC. Free Wi-Fi. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Books-A-Million If you’re going to shop a big box bookstore, why choose Books-A-Million over Barnes & Noble? For starters, it appears to have equal if not greater stock, so you might find something here that B&N doesn’t have, particularly in the massive magazine section. If you’re a bargain shopper, the Lakewood outlet often has big tubs to dig through. And like all bookstores fighting a losing battle with the web, BAM sells a lot of collectibles, including some fairly cool stuff (on a recent trip, we saw Eric Carle
f augurs of doom and gloom are right, this guide won’t be worth much soon. With the popularity of eBooks, the ease and appeal of shopping deeply discounted online sellers and a publishing industry in disarray, the end of bookstores as we know them could be nigh. But then again, those same prognosticators wrote the obit for newspapers years ago, and we’re still kicking. Today there are fewer bookstores in Central Arkansas than anytime in recent memory, with only three big-box retailers, two indies and one used bookstore to pick from. You’d be wise not to take them for granted.
RIVER MARKET BOOKS & GIFTS caterpillar dolls, big-headed plush Marvel dolls and a small Kid Robot section, with plush donuts and Frank Kozik smoking rabbits). There’s a Joe Muggs coffee shop attached, too. Like Barnes & Noble, Books-AMillion heavily pushes an annual $20 membership, which promises a confusing array of deals and access to the store’s otherwise private Wi-Fi. 2747 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 771-7581. CC. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. River Market Books & Gifts The best used-book deal we’ve ever come across. As in far and wide. The books, culled from donations to the Central Arkansas Library, don’t follow the typical half-off-the-cover-price formulation that most used bookstores follow. Instead, everything is discounted by as much as 70 percent. And there are enough books to occupy four floors, including the basement level. Don’t think that just because the books are donated you’ll only find the likes of book-club editions of John Grisham novels (though you will find those) either. Particularly in its literary fiction section, RMBG always offers an impressive selection (on recent trips we’ve come away with a hardbound copy of Richard Price’s “Clockers,” David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” and Jennifer Egan’s “Emerald City”). With some new books, especially in the strong Arkansas section, and collectibles, including “deluxe” librarian action figures. Inside the Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce. 918-3093. CC. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat. WordsWorth Books and Company Not only is WordsWorth the ideal of an independent bookstore
— a cozy, carefully arranged shop manned by a staff of bibliophiles quick with help or suggestions — it’s the last of its kind in Central Arkansas. Here you’ll find a nice selection of first editions, a strong sampling of literary fiction and easily the best children’s section around. New books of local or regional interest typically feature in the store’s prominently displayed bestseller section. A small but strong selection of magazines sits in the back. Like its competitors, WordsWorth’s branched into gifts — T-shirts, candles, soaps, lotions, calendars, puzzles, journals and more. Usually, the store’s quiet except for the quiet tweeting of caged finches in the rear of the fiction room. 5920 R St. 6639198. CC. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing. The literary and business side of Hearne Fine Art features three walls of books, offering children’s literature, biography, fiction, self-help, religious and, of course, art and art history. All authors are African-American (though Pyramid doesn’t have the corner on this niche; the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center bookstore has a wide selection as well). Besides the occasional book-signing, there are monthly literary events, including a discussion with Arkansas authors every second Saturday afternoon, the religious “Did You Know?” series every third Saturday afternoon and a poetry discussion every fourth Saturday afternoon. Java Coffee next door handles the caffeine intake that now goes hand in hand with browsing. And like other indie bookstores, you’ll find gifts here as well, including wonderful dolls. 1001 Wright Ave. 372-5824. CC. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. www.arktimes.com • APRIL 20, 2011 45
Getting it n “You just don’t get it,” the little boogers used to tell me in exasperation. And of course they were right. I didn’t get it then; I don’t get it now; I’ll never get it. “Get what?” I was reduced to answering them plaintively. And then from them a roll of the eyes, a sigh, a shrug. If you have to ask what it is that you don’t get, there’s no place for the conversation to go. You always think of the what later, when it does you no good, when the issue has mooted (for them, anyway) into even ancienter history than pre-Justin Bieberism, to that remote geological epoch when there were rug rats acrawl, teletubbies awaddle, angry beavers being angry, and unlimbed cukes and Better Boys singing of pirates who don’t do anything. So I thought I’d write down some of what I don’t get, for quick consultation if it comes up again, which it won’t, I guess, the fossilization process having reached the point that it has. Here’s a smattering of it, or whatever the negative of a smattering is. I don’t get fishing unless you’re going to eat them. I don’t get noodling for them in any case. I don’t get staring at goats as a military tactic. I don’t get Duggaring till the cows come home. I don’t get wormholes
Bob L ancaster as shortcuts through outer space. I don’t get economic theories that rely heavily, or at all, on trickle down. I don’t get the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which it makes sense that I wouldn’t. I don’t get the Cold Dead Hand pledge and probably won’t as long as I’ve got the grenade-launcher in the broom closet. I don’t get music that makes me hate my ears. I don’t get how it threatens the sanctity of your marriage what they do slightly different from how you do it. I don’t get meth if it’s going to make you look like that. I don’t get torture, looking at it from either side of the waterboard. I don’t get pit bulls. I don’t get why inspecting meat is socialism. I don’t get body piercing if it’s done on purpose with permission. I don’t get staying on the telephone 18 hours a day, unless it’s just because you can. I don’t get frivolous presidential impeachment. I don’t get croutons. I don’t get Nascar. I don’t get Afghanistan. I don’t get cockwobbling.
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I don’t get why the caption writer over at Your THV can’t get it through his or her head that there’s no “a” in cemetery. I don’t get lizards and ducks selling insurance to apes that don’t believe in evolution. I don’t get the idea currently fashionable that stupidity can light the way up out of misfeasance. I don’t get beauty pagents with toddler contestants made up to look like streetwalkers. I don’t get multi-tasking, unless it means something like walking and chewing gum at the same time. I don’t get the Westboro ghouls, unless it’s some fundamental wiring flaw in that segment’s little bitty brains. I don’t get putting clothes on pets. Just to start with, I don’t get the Trump hair. I don’t get hoarding after it passes a certain ratty threshold. I don’t get Cabot. I don’t get monster truck rallies. I don’t get Tiger worship. I don’t get pet snakes. I don’t get taxidermy. I don’t get tureens. I don’t get either Zen or the art of motorcycle maintenance. I don’t get most poetry, but I don’t mind if you want to go on pretending that you do. I don’t get Sudoku. I don’t get Goth. I don’t get game-day tailgating. I don’t get coprophagia. I don’t get the prosperity gospel, unless it’s merely a pulpit application of the basic secular Huckamooch: “You give me what you’ve got and we’ll both be blessed.”
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