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Open letters to Nate Bell I read your comments about Boston yesterday. YOU ARE A MORON. I’m a gun owning conservative. That did not spare me when the bombs went off in Copley Square. I wasn’t home cowering when I read your comments. I was in a hospital bed at Mass General. Bombs and jihadists don’t select political parties to attack. They bomb Americans. If you had a brain you would know this. As I worried about family members in Newton and Wellesley during the lockdown I didn’t consider their politics. I’m glad you don’t represent me. You’re insensitive to tragedy. You have oatmeal between your ears. Warren Merrill Boston Dear Rep. Bell, I am a 61 year old lifetime resident of the Great State of Arkansas. For almost 15 years, I had the privilege of serving as an elected Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit in Arkansas, and now sit as a Retired Circuit Judge as assigned by the Arkansas Supreme Court. I have never been as appalled by a statement made by an Arkansas elected official as the one you made today. You have caused untold scorn to be heaped upon this wonderful state. I certainly understand your rights under the First Amendment. However, your shallow attempt to then try and make an apology falls far short of what I would expect from an elected state representative under these circumstances. At this point, the only course of conduct I feel you can take in order to rectify your callous and cavalier behavior is to immediately resign your position. Prove to the citizens of Arkansas you have the ability to do the right thing! David Goodson Circuit Judge (Retired) Paragould I am a 2000 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. My wife is an Arkansas native who was raised in Monticello and graduated from UCA. We know that Mr. Bell’s views don’t reflect those of his constituents or the people of Arkansas. Bell’s comments are deeply offensive to those of us who live in the Greater Boston area. We have family members and friends who are being terrorized by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The people of Boston have shown remarkable courage, patience and humanity during a time of tragedy. To see an elected official use the pain and suffering of our neighbors turned into an opportunity for partisan grandstanding is beyond 4

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insensitive, it is barbaric. Rep. Bell should do the right thing and consider resigning his seat. Rep. Peter Sullivan New Hampshire House of Representatives Hillsborough County District 10 Manchester, New Hampshire

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ne can easily sympathize with the members of the state House of Representatives who’d like to eject Nate Bell from the chamber. Indeed, it would be hard for fair-minded people to do otherwise, so atrocious were Bell’s comments about the murders in Boston, and so harmful to his fellow Arkansans, held accountable for the sins of one of their legislators. “Bell must go!” is the cry heard across Arkansas today. And yet, is expulsion really the best way? We’d prefer to see Bell resign from the House voluntarily, to be given and to accept the opportunity to do something far, far better than he has ever done before. (As one veteran legislative observer says, “He was a p..s-poor rep even before this Boston business.”) He could show by his action that even the worst of Arkansans are capable of repentance. The example would be especially striking if he then devotes the rest of his life to making up for the evil he’s done. There are no monasteries around Mena that we know of, but he could build a cabin in the woods, and retire there to reflect and read (he might need assistance), emerging only to sweep the streets and perform other civic chores. Not immediately, but within a few years, we’ll bet, his former constituents would stop spitting on him. APRIL 25, 2013




t one point in the legislative session, it appeared that the lawmakers would not only reject federal money to provide health care to the poor, they might fine the poor for getting sick. Better judgment prevailed at last and the legislature approved a plan for accepting federal dollars to extend health care to the underprivileged. It’s complicated, but some complications were needed to overcome the opposition of those legislators whose hatred for President Obama and “Obamacare” far exceeds their concern for low-income Arkansans. The Beebe administration deserves much credit for getting the legislation through. Except for the health-care bill, the session was a disaster, much as we expected from the first majorityRepublican General Assembly since the 19th century. The lawmakers waged war on women, competing among themselves for sponsorship of the cruelest antiabortion bill. They approved a bundle of tax cuts for corporations and the very richest individuals, while rejecting cuts that would be of more benefit to lowand middle-income Arkansans. Although history has proved them wrong repeatedly, Republicans at the state and national levels continue to argue that pampering the rich somehow creates jobs for the poor. A few may actually believe this to be true. Also approved were bills intended to discourage voting by the elderly, the poor and minorities — groups likely to vote Democratic if allowed in the booth — and to increase Republican influence over the election process. The legislators showed their customary allegiance to the NRA and their new-found allegiance to the Koch brothers, possibly even more pernicious than the gun group because of their wider interests. The lights have just about gone out in Arkansas government. Add a Republican governor, and another Republican U.S. senator in Washington and total darkness will descend. Soul-trying times, indeed.



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ecent events recommend former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross’ plan to emulate Gov. Mike Beebe as a middle-of-the-road Democrat. Moderation is appealing. Examples of why: • Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Mena made an illadvised attempt to capitalize politically on the Boston manhunt for marathon bombing suspects. “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hicapacity magazine,” Bell, a notorious gun nut, wrote on Twitter. A furious national backlash against Bell earned a non-apology from Bell, not for the content of his remark but for its timing. • Chris Nogy, a member of the Benton County Republican Committee, set off another furor with his published letter in the county GOP’s newsletter expressing outrage at Republican legislators who’d voted to implement Obamacare in Arkansas. Excerpt: “The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.” He and his wife, secretary of the county committee, did much more explaining, but little by way of pure apology. He “most likely” wouldn’t shoot anyone, Nogy said in one clarification. His wife blamed the press for taking things out of context. • You could write these incidents off as social media misjudgments by misfits. But one is a state legislator of some effectiveness. Another is a party official. They follow the well-publicized ranting last year of two thenRepublican legislators, Rep. Jon Hubbard and Rep. Loy Mauch, and a former legislator, Charlie Fuqua. All barely lost races for the legislature after exposure for angry, extremist rhetoric. The real news is the Republican Party’s reluctance to blast such extremists. Typical was Rep. Charlie Collins who said that while he disagreed with Chris Nogy, he defended his First Amendment right to say what was on his mind. This sort of attitude takes you straight to a First Amendment defense for Hitler, Stalin and

any number of other dangerous blowhards. Some things demand unalloyed repudiation. The reason for timidity by party leaders is simple. Extremists are a significant part of the MAX Republican base. Anger them BRANTLEY and you might jeopardize your new legislative majority. The Republican majority legislature has reflected that extremism. Implementation of Obamacare — even in a very Republican-friendly fashion — was an exception, though it cloaked a plan to decimate traditional Medicaid. In everything else of substance, the political fringe ruled. Republicans moved to make it harder for people to vote. They made it harder to circulate petitions to address government. While such essential constitutional rights were being abridged, the gun was being elevated to holiness. Failure of an open-carry bill was a rare defeat for the gun lobby. Taxes were cut for the very richest of Arkansans. Poor working people got barely a sop, plus they face new indignities such as drug testing if they find themselves in need of unemployment insurance or government medical help. Women lost medical rights. Sexual minorities were trashed. Environmental and land use regulation was under constant assault. Arkansas law already tilted heavily in favor of these conservative preferences. Maintaining the status quo — which Gov. Mike Beebe clearly would have preferred if he only had the votes — would hardly have been liberal. Mike Ross’ promise to take a similar outlook — and to try to elect some Democratic representatives who agree with him — is hopeful. Is Ross’ political antenna well-tuned to the electorate’s presumed moderation? What if Republican leaders reluctant to repudiate the most unhinged in their ranks are right? What if the fringe is actually Arkansas mainstream? A lot of us might need bullet-proof vests.


Obamacare prevailed did not vow support for discrimination against blacks. Or did it even eclipse the legislatures of the 1880s ERNEST and early 1890s, DUMAS which set out to nullify the 13th and 14th amendments and restore apartheid in Arkansas society? This legislature, after all, did pass a law to erect hurdles to voting for minorities, the aged and the disabled because they voted for Democrats more often than for Republicans. In lame defense of the 2013 assembly, much of the backward law will be struck down by the courts because the acts patently violate either the U.S. or Arkansas Constitution: acts to outlaw abortions before 24 weeks, the vote-suppression law, and myriad others. So, on the record of the Obamacare alone, has it not been a modernistic lawmaking body? Over the course of history, no state has a more abysmal history of scorning the health and welfare of its people than Arkansas. Historian Tom Dillard’s column Sunday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gave a good account of that history. Such efforts as the state made were the county poor farms where destitute women and children and blind and severely disabled men were sent

to harvest crops for contractors. When the governor and the legislature slashed taxes and spending in the Depression so that the federal government would keep sending commodities to keep the populace alive and pay teachers so that the state would have a few schools, Washington got fed up with Arkansas and stopped all the aid. Fearing mobs, the governor summoned the legislature, created a welfare office and imposed a sales tax and a few liquor taxes to show that the government had some compassion. Carrying out Obamacare’s mandate to insure the health of the working poor must also be viewed against its impossible odds. Republicans throughout the state in the last two elections ran against the “socialized medicine” being imposed by the hated black man in the White House. They blocked the establishment of a state insurance market, where people could buy affordable insurance, forcing Washington to establish the Arkansas exchange. As people learned what Obamacare really did, it became clear that it was an unalloyed good thing. Not only would it improve the health of a quarter-million people, it would be a bonanza for doctors, hospitals and other providers, infuse hundreds of millions of dollars into the business economy, reduce state spending for a few years and leave room for Republicans to lighten the yoke of taxes on corporations and millionaires. But they had to scramble for a way to justify voting to implement Obamacare. They suggested requiring all

poor workers to buy plans from insurance companies through the Obamacare market, with 100 percent government assistance, rather than insure their care through regular Medicaid. Of course, that was an option under Obamacare, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had published rules in January for states to do exactly that. When Governor Beebe approached Washington about doing it “the Republican way,” the reply was “of course.” But Republicans could claim to have fixed Obamacare. That is just good politics. Republicans still had to appease the tea-party flank, which tends to control GOP primaries. More than half the Republicans in both houses had to vote for Obamacare in spite of withering attacks from Americans for Prosperity and other groups that had helped finance their elections. Governor Beebe brokered a hallway pact between Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and Rep. Ann Clemmer, opponents in next year’s GOP primary in Little Rock, both of whom feared that the other would switch and vote against Obamacare and cinch all the votes of angry tea partiers. In the northwest corner, a few voted to help the poor although the Republican newsletter in Benton County carried thinly veiled threats that under the cover of the Second Amendment they could rightfully, though perhaps not legally, be shot for their apostasy. We didn’t expect such profiles in courage from that quarter.

hile most of the headlines about islative branch. the recently concluded ArkanMost troubling sas General Assembly have fo- was the effort to cused on expansion of access to health usurp rulemakcare, new limits on abortion and a flurry ing authority of of tax cuts, perhaps the most dominant the state Supreme JAY theme of the recently recessed legislative Court in the name of BARTH session was the legislature’s efforts to limit “tort reform.” SJR5, the power of the executive and judicial which surprisingly failed on a tie vote in branches of government in Arkansas and committee, would have granted the Gento expand its own power. If all the changes eral Assembly the ongoing power to superproposed are ultimately adopted, it would sede judicial rules regarding the operation signal a troubling erosion of that grandest of all courts in the state, a fundamental of constitutional principles — separation power of the judicial branch under the of powers. concept of separation of powers. Despite Across the weeks of the legislative ses- its failure in committee, the pro-tort reform sion, proposed legislation threatened the advocates appear primed for another push state’s executive and judicial powers as to weaken the courts’ self-regulation in well as the voters’ ability to use the initia- favor of the legislature through an initiated tive process (a practice that ratchets up the constitutional amendment. checks and balances of the federal model Several efforts were made to limit one of by giving voters this paramount power). the governor’s most important formal powThe forces pushing these changes were ers — to appoint members of state boards complex — with interest groups in the lead and commissions. While these efforts also on the most important ones. No matter, if failed, the legislature did accept as one its ultimately successful, these forces threaten three proposed constitutional amendments to fundamentally alter Arkansas’s state a measure that would require the approval government by shifting power to the leg- of any executive branch regulation by a

legislative committee. While the legislature currently has de facto power over such rules through pre-implementation review and has the ultimate power to trump rules through legislation, this amendment would intrude into the “execution” of the laws by the branch given that responsibility by the Arkansas Constitution. The legislature successfully limited the power of the people to create laws through the passage of SB821 that will complicate the petition process by sharply heightened scrutiny of signature gathering at all stages of the process. But this legislation is less of a threat to direct Arkansas democracy than a proposed constitutional amendment making it harder for citizens to secure sufficient time to gather signatures, a tool that has been essential to most recent initiative efforts. As the General Assembly worked to limit the powers of other branches of government and the people, it was taking steps to expand its own relative power through extending term limits to 16 years and through a pay increase plan (in a constitutional amendment including this and other power-enhancing reforms under the umbrella of “ethics”). While the term limits and pay measures are justified as a means of professionalizing the General Assembly,

they appear less healthy to state governance in the context of a general effort to shift the governmental balance of power. In the late 1700s, advocates for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution emphatically promoted separation of powers as a unique, stabilizing force in the American experiment of governance. “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary,” James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51. But “[i]n framing a government which is to be administered by men over men,” Madison wrote, “the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” The General Assembly got only partway in its efforts to tilt the balance of power toward itself and away from the executive and judicial branches and the people themselves. But the Arkansas electorate could still accomplish much of what the legislature did not if it passes an array of constitutional amendments before them in the fall of 2014. We have yet to see how far Arkansas may wander from the core principles of separation of powers passed down by the country’s founders, and how much it may limit the power left to the people themselves.


o backward-looking was the Arkansas legislature all winter that you wanted to search the rest of the paper every day for the latest news on the hookworm epidemic and yesterday’s lynchings, but then it did something truly progressive. Implementing Obamacare, which Republicans had sworn oaths to fight, must go down as one of the great modern achievements of the General Assembly. Never mind that it would have been done without the legislature, and more cheaply, if the U.S. Supreme Court had not given states a veto of health insurance for the poorest working people. Virtually alone among Southern and other solidly red states, the Arkansas legislature voted overwhelmingly to subsidize health insurance for everyone in the state whose incomes fall below 138 percent of the poverty line, which may be as many as 250,000 people. Lest we carry this too far, let it be noted that for 100 days, in one of the longest and most fruitless sessions of modern times, the newly minted Republican legislature did nothing to make a lasting improvement in the lives of Arkansans. Historians were beginning to debate whether the 2013 session was worse than the 1958 legislature, which empowered the governor to close schools to prevent black children from going to white schools and to punish teachers and government workers if they

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“Opponents complained that most of the critical testimony was silenced when a member of the committee motioned for immediate consideration, a nondebatable procedural maneuver that brought public input on the bill to a halt.” … “State Rep. Mac Adamia, R-Loontown, motions for the House of Representatives to adjourn Monday … ” This use of motion is new to me, but I’ve seen it a couple of times in reports on the recent legislative session. In standard legislative usage, motion is a noun (“a proposal formally made to a deliberative assembly”), not a verb. A legislator can move to adjourn, or move for immediate consideration, or he can make a motion to do such things, but he doesn’t motion for them like he was trying to hitch a ride. Informally, I suppose, a majority leader wanting to break for a three-martini lunch could point to the clock and then simulate drinking. That sort of motion might explain some of the lateafternoon actions of this year’s assembly. Political speech: Opposing factions try to control the terminology of their debates. Pro-life v. prochoice is pretty much a standoff now, both terms misleading and avoided by all but the most partisan. And although right-wingers have worked very hard, they haven’t been


It was a good week for ... THE END. The 89th Arkansas General Assembly came to a close. In 100 days, it passed much perniciousness into law — though legal challenges to many of the worst new laws should abound. But it’s expansion of health coverage to lowincome Arkansans for which this legislature is likely to be remembered. SEN. JONATHAN DISMANG. The Beebe Republican, one of the architects of the so-called “private option” to expand health coverage, was elected to be president pro tem of the Senate in 2015. BRIDGE LIGHTS. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Entergy is donating $2 million towards a lighting project for the Clinton Presidential Bridge, the Main Street Bridge and the Junction Bridge. PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Amazingly, considering the other legislation that made it through the Arkansas legislature, a Senate bill aimed at cutting off money to Planned Parenthood failed in a House committee.

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entirely successful in selling death tax. Most people understand that it’s really an inheritance tax. As such, it’s paid by DOUG very few, unlike a SMITH death tax, which would be paid by everybody. But the right-wingers have done better with entitlements. Even people who don’t share the Republican opposition to Social Security and Medicare sometimes use the word to describe the benefits of social-welfare programs, apparently not recognizing that the sneering use of “entitlements” is intended to inflame. Writing in The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg says that “entitlements” was made popular during the Reagan Administration by the Great Communicator himself, who pined for the end of Social Security. “A so-called entitlement is a benefit extended to those who meet the lawful requirements, without the need for a specific appropriation,” Hertzberg writes. “But ‘acting entitled’ or having ‘a sense of entitlement’ is something no one yearns to be accused of.” People who recognize the need for Social Security and Medicare shouldn’t go along with the use of “entitlements,” he says.

A CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF. Former U.S. Congressman Mike Ross made a pitch for the moderate vote in his official campaign announcement, contrasting himself with state Republicans. “[S]ome misguided

politicians have taken over the state legislature and have made divisive issues of the past their top priority — instead of working to create jobs, improve education and strengthen the economy,” he said in his kick-off speech.

It was a bad week for ... SEN. MARK PRYOR. Same song, new verse: Pryor was one of only five Democrats who voted with Republicans against a bi-partisan gun control measure, which would have expanded background checks for gun buyers was one of only five Democrats who voted with Republicans against the measure, which would have expanded background checks for gun buyers, when it came to the floor. ARKANSAS. Rep. Nate Bell’s stupid and insensitive tweet about liberal Bostonians “cowering” in their homes wishing they had assault rifles with hi-capacity magazines went viral, provoking many to conflate Bell’s idiocy with Arkansans generally. National reports about a letter from Benton County Republican Chris Nogy — which included lines such as, “The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives” — didn’t help matters much either.

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LAST WEEKEND DURING THE ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL, The Observer served as emcee for the Arkansas Times’ “Pub or Perish” readings event once again, our 10th year. Yours Truly was looking back at some photos from that first year recently, and felt again — for the umpteenth moment in our life — like a time traveler who blinked and woke up here. This year was a particularly good edition of Pub or Perish, and if you missed it, you missed out. There’s just something beautiful about a roomful of people sitting in rapt attention as a writer reads his or her work, especially after the week we’d all had. As The Observer told the audience at Stickyz in the River Market on Saturday night: We’re a worrier, and when it comes to Pub or Perish over the past 10 years, we’ve worried a lot. We’ve worried that it will rain, or that one of our readers will get lost on the way to the venue. We’ve worried that someone will trip over the microphone cord on the way to the lectern, or that our space will be invaded by noisy idiots who are too stupid or drunk to shut up and let the words wash over them. This year, we had a new worry: that at the tail end of a seven-day span full of bombs and death and shootouts and cop killings and manhunts and finally a capture, nobody would have room in their hearts to give a damn about poetry. A relief then — a deep exhale — when they did. They came. Over a hundred. They even sang. Urged on by the Kentucky poet Frank X. Walker, we muddled our way through the first verse of the old spiritual “Amazing Grace,” a moment lovely enough that it nearly brought The Observer to tears, especially given the week we’d all had. Below is another thing we told the crowd on Saturday night to close the evening, after all the readings and singing were done. We’d written a version of it earlier in the week, a digest and prettification of some of the things The Observer said to our

creative writing classes on Tuesday and Wednesday night while trying to convince them that, even in the aftermath of terrible things, art matters: “Here is what writing — what reading and books and loving writers — can give you, if you want it: In order to write well or read well, you must force yourself to see people not as puppets tied hand and foot to the wheel of fortune, or sinners trapped in mortal husks and waiting patiently for death and Paradise, but as thinking human beings making choices, which lead to consequences and other choices, which lead to consequences and other choices, and so on, unto the moment of their death. Thereby, you must force yourself to see everyone, from yourself to your Dutch uncle to the worst villain you can name, as someone with the capacity to choose. Someone rounded. Someone with desires. Someone with dreams. Someone who has people who love them and wish the best for them, who hope they do well and don’t die in pain and despair. The men who put a pressure cooker full of nails, ball bearings and explosives in a trashcan in Boston, set a timer and then walked away couldn’t see those things. They made their own choice: to see anyone who disagrees with their ideas about the world as flat and worthless, so that people became nothing more to them than paper targets. Being a writer or reader can insulate you from that kind of simplistic thinking. It can help you see that even if you don’t agree with someone’s choices, they came to those choices the same way you came to yours: which is, of course, with the tools they have, and the best way they know how.” A warm thank you to all who came out for the readings and speechifying at the Arkansas Literary Festival, and especially those who came to Pub or Perish. Just by being there, you were making one of the most powerful statements a person can say — which is, of course: rage, rage against the dying of the light.






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Shelli Russell at, a website that focuses on Saline County, decided to go up to Mayflower for a look around the oil spill neighborhood. She turned up a surprise scoop: She encountered musician Neil Young, a devoted environmentalist, touring the area in his vintage Lincoln convertible, reworked as a fuel-efficient hybrid. It was outfitted with a camera to photograph the passing scene.

Brown to Friday Firm Talk Business reports that retired Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert Brown is taking an “of counsel” role with the powerful Friday Law Firm. “It is a great opportunity for me to be Of Counsel with this quality law firm,” Justice Brown said. “It is a perfect way for me to work at my own pace and share my experience with the firm, its associates, and its interns. I look forward to the transition. Any appeal that was before the Supreme Court while I was a justice will be off limits for me in my new role at the firm, and I will not be involved” he added. Among others, the Friday Firm was at the forefront of the fight this session to amend the Constitution to reverse Supreme Court decisions that set back business lobby laws intend to make damage lawsuits harder to win. That tort reform amendment effort failed in the face of opposition from both plaintiffs’ lawyers and the Arkansas Bar Association.

Buffalo bathroom problems Several years of flat federal budgets have led to a reduction in many federal services, including operations. A number of National Park Service restrooms along the Buffalo River have been closed, several at popular canoe launch spots, including Ponca and Pruitt. Mike Mills of Buffalo Outdoor Center has been circulating word of unhappiness at what he’s found at launch spots on account of closed restrooms. If effluent from hogs is a concern from a newly built hog farm in the Buffalo watershed, so is effluent from humans. Kevin Cheri, superintendent of the river, has heard roundabout about Mills’ complaint and says CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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Dumb Bell, etc. Arkansans put feet in mouth, then fire. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


arly last Friday morning, as the people of Boston mourned their dead and tended those maimed in the terrorist attack on their city, Republican state Rep. Nate Bell of Mena decided to boost the image of Arkansans as backward, ill-bred and mean by tweeting: “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A” It was the tweet heard ’round the world, as the Times’ Arkansas Blog put it, and thousands fired back with expressions of outrage at Bell, among them the editor of Esquire Digital, Joe Keohane, who tweeted “Might want to take a flight up north and try saying that in person, you waterheaded little-dick hillbilly asshole.” There were dozens in that vein, if not with the same cadence, from people weighing in on Bell’s Facebook page, a Huffington Post’s story and other blogs. By noon Friday, Republican Speaker of the House Davy Carter had issued an apology on behalf of the rest of the House and the state, writing, “I want to extend my deepest apologies to the people of the City of Boston and the state of Massachusetts for the inappropriate and insensitive comment made this morning by an Arkansas House member.” About 15 minutes later, Bell added insult to injury, apologizing for the “poor timing” of his tweet, but not the tweet itself, and made himself unavailable to

the press, though he told a reporter for the Associated Press, “I really didn’t think about [the tweet] going to Boston and was generally expressing my personal view of how I would have felt in that situation myself.” By the afternoon, a New Hampshire state legislator who graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law called for Bell’s removal from office. Early Monday, the number of comments on Bell’s Facebook page was 10,035, some of them defending his remarks. And as the bullets flew in Watertown during the police capture of a man suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon, there was further yearning at home to pull a trigger. KFSM/ KXNW television news reported Saturday on Benton County Republican Chris Nogy’s letter on the county GOP website expressing regret that that opponents of Medicaid expansion can’t shoot the Republican legislators who voted for it after saying they would not. The Lowell resident described those legislators as “bullet backstops,” and wrote, “The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives. … If we can’t shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically if they screw up on some-

thing this big. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t.” On Sunday, Nogy posted a “clarification” comment on the TV station’s website, writing that he “most likely won’t try to kill them [legislators] or harm their families.” Nogy, like Bell, got Republican blowback, though it was more like a pillow fight, the station reported: The head of Conservative Arkansas objected that the letter went out in an official party newsletter. Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, said the threats weren’t “wise” or an “appropriate part of policy debate.” Nogy’s wife, the county party secretary, said she “didn’t even begin to think about the possibility of the media taking it out of context.” Tim Summers, the chair of the county Republican committee, said the letter had not been “approved” and would be discussed at a meeting, though on Monday he disavowed the sentiment expressed in a somewhat mealymouthed post on the online newsletter, saying he “personally rejects” the notion of shooting legislators you disagree with. The State Police, however, took Nogy’s letter more seriously, calling on Republic legislators. State Rep. Sue Scott, R-Rogers, who voted for the “private option” to expand health care coverage that so angered Nogy, confirmed Monday she’d been contacted by State Police and Rogers police. The State Police later issued a statement saying they found no evidence to investigate further. Finally, an unknown person, seanonymous, tweeted “@davycarter is a very persuasive gun advocate. I’d like to buy a gun and shoot him with it.” He apparently had confused Carter with Bell. The Twitter account came not from Arkansas, fortunately, but California. It was not the first time that politics got the better of Bell. In July 2011, he posted an arcane and conspiracyminded status on his Facebook page, “ ‘As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.’ — Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler.” Bell was, not surprisingly, misinformed. Hitler never wrote those words. He did, however, have lots of guns and “hi-capacity” magazines.




BELL RUNG In the wake of reporting Rep. Nate Bell’s doltish Tweet last week, the Arkansas Times was flooded with comments on our Arkansas Blog, posts on our Facebook page and letters to the editor castigating the state representative from Mena. Here’s a sampling.


Kinda like rock paper scissors. AR-15 does not beat explosive devices sir. Dustin Mabbitt on Facebook.

Do you think you know what Boston is like from your redneck stereotypes of overly educated Cambridge elites with their heads in the clouds? These are fairy tales created by out of touch rural conservatives to make you all feel better about your political and intellectual impotence. Try going to an Ironworkers Union meeting in South Boston and shoot your mouth off there. You’ll find a room full of Democrats who have more in common with Whitey Bulger than Elizabeth Warren. From a letter to the Times from Liam Clancy of Boston.

My dad is a cop in Boston, just ended a 21-hour shift, risking his life to protect the people there. Go to hell, Nate Bell. Lanna Cauley-Jones on Facebook.

Dear God, Please smite Nate Bell with the butt of an AR15, for he knows not how ignorant he is. Let that strike knock some sense into him. Hennysmom in a comment on the Arkansas Blog.

A meathead to infinity. Tom Miller on Facebook. @NateBell4AR You are a moron. Tweet from Boston city conuncilor Matt O’Malley.

Hey, @natebell4ar, I was a sgt in the USArmy, Hawkeye, and Boston liberal. Go to hell, you ignorant douche. ElizabetPowell (@sargep) on Twitter.

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INSIDER, CONT. he wished Mills had talked to him. He says the National River has lost more than 60 percent of maintenance staff as a result of flat budgeting and the rise in fixed costs, such as utilities. Despite that, he thinks the staff has done a good job of keeping up, through strategic closures and other means. But he says that everyone needs to pitch in, including through concession operators letting their customers know about closures and making preparations, such as restroom stops before heading to launch spots. Both Pruitt and Ponca are near still-operating restrooms, for example, Cheri said. Cheri also said the Park Service was working with some private groups to provide volunteer help, such as the adopt-a-highway litter cleanup programs. “We’re doing our best with what we have,” Cheri said, “but we’re asking users too to be more sensitive.”

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I respond as a native Arkansan who has lived in Boston for twenty years. The answer to your question Sir, is ZERO — I assume you can count. Your statement disgraces the entire nation and is a grievous insult to the citizens of Massachusetts, of which I am proud to be one. Keri Dawn Jones on Facebook Bell is the kind of guy that gives idiocy a bad name. Mike Gundolf on Facebook. Well geez, Nate... thanks once again for bringing national embarrassment to the Natural State. E.W. Swan on Facebook

Really? Political posturing at a time like this? Didn’t your mama teach you to think before you speak? Neil Kelly on Facebook

Another example of how we here in Arkansas put some of the most evil spirited, ignorant, intolerant “people” in office. Lori Adkins on Facebook

Social media accounts give us our best chance to look into the souls of people like Nate Bell. They reveal their innermost thoughts without thinking, because they don’t have a capacity to really ‘think’. Thanks Nate for sharing with us who you really are. Now nobody can say they don’t know what Bell stands for. Offensive doesn’t begin to describe him. Sound Policy in a comment on the Arkansas Blog. Absolutely disgusting. As a Boston resident, I find this statement incredible offensive, ignorant, and disrespectful to our entire nation, not only our city. To imply that any of YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS were “cowering in their homes” at a time when you should have been praying for their safety shows your lack of intelligence and compassion, but perhaps most importantly, your utter lack of patriotism. Shame on you, you are not an American. Lauren Brownell on Facebook

May 5 will mark the 20th anniversary of the slayings of three Arkansas children in what would come to be known internationally as the West Memphis Three case. The “three” refers to the defendants convicted — wrongly, many now agree — in the slayings of three 8-year-olds, Steve Branch, Chris Byers and Michael Moore. There’s a memorial to the victims at their school, Weaver Elementary in West Memphis, that includes a gazebo, benches and a memorial stone. The principal there, Sheila Grissom, is trying to raise money to refurbish the memorial. Those interested in donating or seeking more information can contact Grissom at sgrissom@ or 870-735-7670, or send a donation to Weaver Elementary Reading Grove/Playground Fund, 1280 East Barton Ave., West Memphis, AR 72301.

CORRECTIONS In last week’s cover story “Pig out,” we misidentified Reno’s Louis France, a member of the Reno’s Pit Crew team in the Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast, as Lewis Franks. The story also said that Falling Sky Farm would provide all of the hogs for the hog roast. Freckle Face Farm will also provide heritagebreed hogs.

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rom a very young age, Jace Bradshaw has pushed himself to excel academically. His mother, Julie Bradshaw, said that even as a small child, Jace was goal-oriented and loved to undertake new challenges. “Part of it is personality,” Julie Bradshaw said. “The other part, I think, is that his dad and I have always JACE BRADSHAW stressed to do your best, and in doing your best, always AGE: 18 learn. Every day should be a chance to learn.” It’s a lesHOMETOWN: Arkadelphia son Jace has taken to heart. Currently ranked No. 2 in HIGH SCHOOL: Arkadelphia his class of 132, Jace has a 4.22 GPA in a course load that High School has included eight advanced placement classes. Jace PARENTS: Julie and Joseph said that he plans to become a doctor and help people Bradshaw in impoverished countries overseas. He’s already got a COLLEGE PLANS: Considering jump on that goal, having been part of an engineering Baylor, Rice and Washington design and development team that built a prototype for University in St. Louis a condenser that can pull water from air. “After three months of constant work on the prototype and constant refinement of the design,” Jace wrote in his Academic All-Stars essay, “my group produced a highly mobile, working prototype that produced clean, drinkable water from the air. ... The prototype worked so well that I have been in contact with a vendor from Walmart.” Asked why he pushes himself so hard in school while others are content to coast, Jace said he likes to set goals and achieve them through persistence. “I will not accept failure,” he said. “I am always open to new experiences that will enrich my life, and I have pursued them throughout high school.”







t’s time again to meet our choices for Arkansas’s top 20 high school seniors. The class of 2013, our 19th, is full of athletes, musicians, quiz bowlers, scientists and Jeopardy champions. There’s rarely a B on the transcripts of these students — in not just this, their senior year, but in any year of their high school careers. They have busy lives outside school, too, with extracurricular activities, volunteer work, mission activities and more. They’ll be honored this week at a ceremony at UALR with HELEN HATHAWAY plaques and $250 cash awards. AETN will feature some of them in a series of short videos that will appear periodically on the state’s public television network. The final deadline for college decisions has not yet arrived. College plans listed are, therefore, not set in stone. 14

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or a math whiz like Central High’s David Chen (by his junior year, he’d exhausted all but one of the comprehensive list of math classes offered at the school), numbers seem as good a place as any to start. He’s No. 1 in a class of almost 500 students at one of the state’s most competitive high schools. His composite ACT and SAT scores were just shy of perfect. He’s DAVID CHEN AGE: 17 scored a 5, the best possible score, on nine Advanced HOMETOWN: Little Rock Placement tests. His transcript is a perfect parade of A HIGH SCHOOL: Central High marks (4+) in demanding courses such as calculus and School AP English, chemistry, physics, U.S. History and psyPARENTS: Tao and Ying Chen chology this term. COLLEGE PLANS: Considering David, a National Merit scholarship program honoree, a variety of options, including hasn’t been pinned in by Central High boundaries. He’s Stanford and University of studied game theory at Duke’s TIP program and been Chicago. a winner in the Math Counts and science fair competitions. He attended Governor’s School. He’s done independent research at UAMS and NCTR. He competes on the swim team and led a state championship team in a Future Business Leaders economic competition, though he’d never taken a business or marketing class. He created a chess team at Central High, an outgrowth of his passion for a game he was taught by his father as a first-grader. It’s one of his proudest achievements. It included persuading a statistics teacher who didn’t play chess to be a sponsor, recruiting enough members to field a team and winning a school grant to support the program. He also lined up a coach from Little Rock Air Force Base. Results: 30 members and a fifth-place statewide finish. He thinks he’s established a base that guarantees its continuation. Though his strongest subject is math (“I never have to study,” he says), he’s leaning toward concentrating on business in college. He might be particularly well-placed to put new skills to use with one of the world’s fastest growing economies: He learned as a child to speak Chinese from his immigrant parents.

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native of China who came to the United States when she was 6 years old, Sigan Chen wasted no time rising to the top academically. A National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist, Sigan is ranked first in her class of 572. Her transcript is impressive: Sigan is finishing up her high school career with a 4.45 GPA and SIGAN CHEN 14 advanced placement classes. She will graduate at only AGE: 16 16, having skipped the 8th grade. Though she said she HOMETOWN: Conway likes almost every class, her favorite subject is calculus. HIGH SCHOOL: Conway High “I just really like calculus because of the challenge each School problem presents,” she said. “There’s so many differPARENTS: Xiaowei and Zhirong ent ways to approach a problem but still end up with Chen the same answer. I just really like the puzzle aspect of COLLEGE PLANS: Dartmouth it.” A Quiz Bowl competitor since 7th grade, Sigan was College, economics and math named MVP at this year’s Quiz Bowl regionals. Starting last year, she went out for track. Even though she knew she likely wouldn’t be the best out of the blocks, it was trying that counts for her. “I knew I was probably going to be the last,” she said. “Turns out I wasn’t the very last, even though I never won any meets or anything. But I enjoyed doing it. In a way, I kind of failed at track, but doing it was an achievement.” At Dartmouth, her “preliminary plan” is a double-major in economics and mathematics. Her drive to excel, she said, comes largely from her parents. She said that from a young age, they told her “success stories” about people who grew up in poverty in China, followed their dreams to America, and wound up being successful. “They’ve told me that if those people can succeed under those conditions,” she said, “then what is my excuse for not seizing the opportunities that I have?”

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eonard Cooper is already a star, but we have a feeling we’ll be hearing even more from him in the coming years. Leonard became a local celebrity this year after winning Teen Jeopardy. He topped 15 other competitors to win the big prize (more than 10,000 tried out for the show). His wide range of knowledge and cool under pressure stood out on the show, as LEONARD COOPER AGE: 17 did his sense of humor. The national media took note of HOMETOWN: Little Rock his charm and ease in front of the camera, particularly HIGH SCHOOL: eSTEM High when his answer in Final Jeopardy went viral — with a School big lead, Leonard wrote this response to a World War PARENT: Judy Cooper II question: “Who is some guy in Normandy? But I just COLLEGE PLANS: Brown won $75,000!” Leonard had always watched the show University, pre-med growing up, playing along at home, but says that actually being on the show was full of surprises, from the studio — much bigger than it looks on television and with a row of 10 fact checkers staring down the contestants — to the timed buzzer system, which took Leonard a few games to master. The hardest part? After he won, under the terms of his contract, Leonard couldn’t tell anyone the result until the show aired almost three months later. For four days, the senior class watched the competition during lunch at Gusano’s Pizza, finally exploding in cheers when Leonard took first place. When he’s not busy taking YouTube by storm, Leonard plays left field on the baseball team and is captain of the Quiz Bowl team, natch. The National Achievement Scholarship finalist ranks ninth in his class with a GPA of 4.16. He’s heading to Brown University this fall, where he is interested in pursuing pre-med classes (Jeopardy watchers will know that Leonard already can point to where the collarbone is).

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ou probably have to have experienced the chaotic roadways of India to appreciate Arhita Dasgupta’s greatest accomplishment: “Learning to ride ARHITA DASGUPTA a motorcycle in India!” Her AGE: 17 counselor, Leslie Kearney, HOMETOWN: Little Rock says it’s a good indicator of HIGH SCHOOL: Central High Arhita’s spirit and “wide-eyed School wonder.” Born in Ranchi, India, PARENTS: Tonmoy and Shree Arhita has lived in the United Dasgupta States since she was a small COLLEGE PLANS: University of child, but the family returns Arkansas, pre-med frequently and it was on one of those occasions when her father suggested they “figure out this motorcycle,” one long unused at a relative’s house. It was terrifying, she recalls. But before long she was driving along dirt roads and then finally, driving on her own with her father on the back, to a neighborhood sweet shop amid the swirl of rickshaw, car, truck and animal traffic. Though pre-med’s in her future, she also hopes to add Spanish to English, Bengali and Hindi as languages she speaks fluently. She anticipates that if she accepts the Sturgis Fellowship offered by the University of Arkansas she’ll eventually study abroad and build that communication skill. Second-ranked in Central’s class of almost 500 students and a National Merit scholarship program honoree, Arhita began making her mark early. As a freshman, she won a bronze medal in the International Science Fair Olympiad for work involving solid state physics, semi-conductors and quantum theory. Counselor Kearney sees Arhita as a real-life example of a character in her favorite Indian movie, “Three Idiots,” about a brilliant med student who also has more fun than his peers. “Arhita’s exuberant dedication to not miss out on the social aspects of high school is equal to her passion to achieve academically.” Those achievements include her 4.4 GPA and a slate of solid AP courses. But she also comes to school an hour early every day to play violin in the orchestra, a class that gets no grade weighting as AP classes do and thus counts against her slightly in her overall GPA. But, says Kearney, “She is adamant about pursuing what she loves and is not caught up in the GPA rat race.” Still, she is competitive, Kearney said. “I asked her once why she was so competitive and she tearfully explained how her grandfather would not hold her as an infant because she was a female first born. While Arhita recognizes the traditions of her heritage, and in fact has learned two Indian dialects, she is not about to let those traditions hold her back.”


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ur Arkansas Times Academic AllStars often come across as a serious lot in their applications, so full of hard facts about their LAUREN DICKINSON achievements and struggles. AGE: 18 So it was a bit of a breath of HOMETOWN: Siloam Springs fresh air to laugh out loud HIGH SCHOOL: Siloam Springs while reading the essay subHigh School mitted by Lauren Dickinson PARENTS: Gary and Dena of Siloam Springs, in which Dickinson she admits she is “the farm COLLEGE PLANS: Currently girl who hates ponies (long, deciding, but leaning toward traumatic story, trust me)” Hendrix College, international and who still sprints from studies her car to her door at night in fear of the bogeyman. Her sense of humor aside, Lauren is all business when it comes to her studies — a National Merit Scholarship finalist whose 4.17 GPA ranks her No. 1 in her class of 263. A varsity tennis player, Lauren’s favorite subject is calculus, thanks in part to her math teacher Ms. Bennett, who she says is “always telling us the wonderful things we can do with our lives, as well as teaching us the actual calculus.” While Lauren said she is undecided on what she wants to do in college “because I love parts of everything,” she’s interested in international relations, and may wind up going into that field. She’s also considering going to medical school, though she admits her queasiness may keep her on the research side of things if she goes that route. Lauren said that while her parents were never pushy about her grades, they were a big part of her academic success. “They never told me that I had to get As,” she said. “They said they’d always be proud of me, so I always wanted to make them proud.” Lauren said she studies so hard because she believes it will all pay off in the end. “I think the harder I work right now, the easier it will be later,” she said. “Also, I just enjoy the feeling of getting an A.”



eter Du’s desire to become a medical researcher comes not only from his upbringPETER DU ing — his parents are both AGE: 18 researchers — but also HOMETOWN: Fayetteville from an even more perHIGH SCHOOL: Fayetteville High sonal place. “My dad is School a cancer survivor, so I’d PARENTS: Yuchun Du and really like to get involved Jianhong Zhou in cancer research,” Du COLLEGE PLANS: Princeton said. To that end, Du will University, biochemistry start at Princeton University this fall, most likely majoring in biochemistry. He also considered Johns Hopkins, Duke, Yale and Berkeley, but said the offer from Princeton was the best. Du said several teachers at Fayetteville High School were particularly important in his education, including Rita S. Caver, Erin Johnson, George Spencer, Nate Magre and Neil Norberg. Caver and Johnson teach a block AP U.S. History and English course that Du took in 10th grade; it “was the first really rigorous course that I’d taken in high school,” he said. “It really got me prepared for what high school was going to be like.” Swimming is also one of Du’s enduring interests. “I’ve been a swimmer for a long time,” he said. “It’s really been such a big part of my life. It really disciplined me, taught about camaraderie and teamwork and the resolve to go past hardships.” As for what motivates him to work so hard, Du said his family has always stressed education as one of the most, if not the most, important pursuits. Plus, “I’m a competitive guy to begin with,” he said. “I like to compete.” He’s also a longtime student of piano, having attended Suzuki Music School of Arkansas since he was in 7th grade. Some of Du’s academic accolades and accomplishments include AP Scholar with Distinction, National AP Scholar and National Merit semifinalist.




his fall, Cody Dykes will leave tiny Tulip, Ark., bound for Music City USA and a CODY DYKES degree in chemical engiAGE: 18 neering at Vanderbilt HOMETOWN: Tulip University. Dykes is no HIGH SCHOOL: Poyen High stranger to that campus, School however, having attended PARENTS: Tricia and Jerry the Aspirnaut Summer Dykes Research Internship proCOLLEGE PLANS: Vanderbilt gram there for the past University, chemical three years. As for what engineering kindled his interest in chemical engineering, Dykes said, “I’ve always liked math and science, and when I was in 7th grade wrote an essay on engineering.” Another inspiration was Poyen High School teacher Amanda Jones, who taught Dykes biology, physics and chemistry. “She played a huge role in me getting accepted to Vanderbilt and getting a scholarship,” he said. Last year, Dykes conducted the Pennies for Patients Service Project, raising more than $1,000 for leukemia research. In addition to being the Class of 2013 valedictorian, he’s also an athlete, playing football and basketball, and is active in the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Council. Dykes said he is considering pursuing a graduate degree from Vanderbilt as well. So what motivates him to work so hard? “Knowing that I’ve got to be successful in life to have an enjoyable life,” he said. “And to start a family, I have to work hard and get an education and it will pay off later.”



he time Helen Hathaway describes as “probably the most enjoyable months of high school” didn’t actually take place in high school. In HELEN HATHAWAY 2011, she spent four months AGE: 18 in Washington, during the HOMETOWN: Little Rock school year, working as a HIGH SCHOOL: Mount St. Mary page for Sen. Mark Pryor. Academy She loved it even though PARENTS: Laura and Jeff she had to wake up at 5 Hathaway a.m. every morning, often COLLEGE PLANS: Considering wasn’t relieved from her University of Notre Dame and page duties until well into Davidson College the evening and still had to fit in time for school and homework. Helen said she learned something new every day, even if her job didn’t impact the political process: “We do work that a college graduate would not want to do.” In return, she got to witness history first hand: She heard the Senate debate the U.S. government’s use of drones, in the wake of the killing of Anwar al-Awalaki, and she got to sit in the House chamber during a State of the Union address and shake the president’s hand. But don’t look for Helen to hit the campaign trail in the future. “I don’t think I would like it as a career. But it piqued my interest in politics. I like to keep up with what’s happening because of it.” Spanish, not politics, is a more likely college focus. The summer after her sophomore year, Helen spent a month in Argentina in a small town just outside of Buenos Aires, as part of an exchange program with an Argentine school that, like Mount St. Mary, is run by the Sisters of Mercy. But who knows? “I’m a very curious person,” Helen said. It’s that impulse that’s led her explore folk music on the violin after years of playing only classical (“I love the relaxed style that lends itself to improvisation,” she said) and to be a part of the Mount St. Mary newspaper staff since 9th grade. “Obviously, it’s a way for me to stay informed,” she said of being a part of the newspaper staff. “But also I want to make sure all the girls at my school are aware of the interesting and fun things happening with their classmates and friends. I don’t want things to go unnoticed.” One thing seems certain in her future: Helen will not go unnoticed.




here probably aren’t too many high school seniors who say they’re looking forward ANDREA KATHOL to sitting in on corporate AGE: 18 quarterly earnings report HOMETOWN: Fayetteville calls. But Andrea Kathol HIGH SCHOOL: Fayetteville High comes by this rare attriSchool bute honestly: Her father PARENTS: Marcia and Jon is vice president of investor Kathol relations for Tyson Foods COLLEGE PLANS: University of Inc. “I’m definitely trying Arkansas, business to follow in his footsteps,” she said. This fall, Kathol will attend the University of Arkansas, where she’s enrolled in the Walton College of Business. “I haven’t declared a major yet, but I’m thinking about a double major in economics and marketing,” she said. Why a double major? “Economics uses the math side and organizational side of learning that I really like, and marketing ties in the communication skills and social skills that I have,” Kathol said. “I feel like getting a double major will allow me to get a job that synthesizes my personal skills and also my academic skills.” She said an AP economics class at FHS was inspiring for her, and taught her how the study of economics ties many different disciplines together into a fascinating whole. Kathol has a scholarship to the UA that will pretty much cover everything. “When it came time to make a college decision, I just couldn’t imagine going anywhere else,” she said. “Because of the in-state opportunities, and I’ve already laid so many roots and business connections here, and with Arkansas’s amazing business school, it just seemed like the right fit for me.”



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ustin Klucher had a rough go of it in middle school. When he entered high school, he remembers, he was reserved and lacked conJUSTIN KLUCHER fidence in himself. Things AGE: 18 turned around for him on a HOMETOWN: North Little Rock church mission trip to ChiHIGH SCHOOL: North Little cago the summer before Rock High School his 10th grade year. SomePARENTS: Christy and Michael thing about getting away Klucher from home and out of his COLLEGE PLANS: Leaning comfort zone allowed him toward University of Arkansas to finally shed his selfat Fayetteville, biomedical doubt and be himself. “I engineering had a spiritual and emotional rebirth,” he says. “I can’t even begin to explain what caused it. Since then I’ve bloomed.” Justin has always been a good student — he is ranked third in his class with a GPA of 4.32. But after Chicago, he started making new friends, joining clubs, and being more active in school. He took on a leadership role in Student Council and he’s now been president for two years running. He was also elected auditor of state at Arkansas Boys State in 2012. Justin’s leadership and success in the classroom aren’t the only way he’s come into his own: After previously working behind the scenes on technical stagecraft, last year he made the leap to acting on stage, taking the role of Eugene in “Grease.” This year he was Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” “Before the curtain goes up every show, I get that same feeling of butterflies in your stomach, but then the minute you walk out, it’s great,” he says. Justin will most likely be heading for UA, where he’s interested in studying biomedical engineering. He says that having parents as teachers helped him understand early on the importance of academic success. “At the same time,” he says, “I feel like there’s just a part of me that strives to work hard.” Even as a lot of his fellow classmates begin to coast in their senior year, Justin remains as motivated as ever: “I can’t even let a homework assignment go. Something in me stops me.”



hen Jonathon Lance was just 5 months old, he contracted spinal menJONATHON LANCE ingitis. He was in and out AGE: 19 of the hospital for the next HOMETOWN: Nashville two years and had seizures HIGH SCHOOL: Nashville High until he was 5, delaying his School entry into kindergarten by PARENTS: Glenn and Cynthia a year. Throughout this Lance ordeal, his parents conCOLLEGE PLANS: Harding or the stantly read to him, which University of Central Arkansas, Jonathan says is the root of English, history, journalism a passion for learning and books that remains with him to this day. In the 4th grade, Jonathan started competing in Quiz Bowl, and found that as an avid reader, he had a base of general knowledge that gave him a leg up. “I just instantly fell in love with it,” he says. He was state and national MVP in junior high, leading his team to a national championship in the Junior High Quiz Bowl tournament in New Orleans in 2010. He followed that up with an equally outstanding career in high school, winning the state MVP and leading the team to a state championship last year. The National Merit finalist is first in his class with a 4.12 cumulative GPA and has been active in community service projects through 4-H. Jonathan served as a state officer in 4-H and as a class representative of the Student Council at Nashville High. He is deciding between Harding and UCA for college, where he plans to take a wide range of courses before making up his mind about what to pursue. He is particularly interested in English, history and journalism, and is hoping to continue studying Spanish. Jonathan says he believes that hard work has led him to success but also feels fortunate just to have these opportunities after his early health troubles. “Who knows if things had gone differently where I’d be,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to be able to do this.”



ylie McClanahan describes a discipline uncommon in young people. She KYLIE MCCLANAHAN resolved after reading a fitAGE: 18 ness blog to live healthier, HOMETOWN: Maumelle in part in hopes it would HIGH SCHOOL: Central help her cope with a famArkansas Christian ily curse of migraine headPARENTS: Robert and Michelle aches. That started with a McClanahan balanced diet. She gave up COLLEGE PLANS: University soda pop. She began avoidof Arkansas at Fayetteville, ing processed foods. She physics did much of her own cooking from scratch. She began a daily workout regimen. She succeeded: She says her physical and mental health improved. She changed fat to muscle and she gained confidence. And she hasn’t had a migraine since last summer. In all, it made her better prepared for a busy senior year. The National Merit scholarship program honoree has made the most of it. Her 4.3 GPA puts her No. 1 in a class of 91 at CAC. She hasn’t taken the easy path to those grades. Her senior classes include AP government, calculus and chemistry, economics, Greek 2 and an ensemble drama class. Counselor Jan Penrod says Kylie stands out not only for her achievements but her smile and her kindness. She’s a regular in school mission activities, with trips to Chicago, Oklahoma City, Birmingham and Haiti over the last 10 years. She shoveled bags full of dirt as part of a school building project in Haiti and plans a trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. She’s the “mom” to CAC stage productions, Penrod says, working as stage manager. “I was never as good at acting as at managing,” she says. She does costume and stage design and lighting. She found understanding the “whole picture” was easier for her than focusing on a character. She also leads a campus big brother/big sister program. Kylie has been chosen as a fellow in the UA Honors College program. She thinks she’ll follow her father into the IT field and hopes to concentrate on physics and computers. “The whole way society is interconnected and the way technology is progressing is fascinating,” she says.



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rdraya McCoy, in her Academic All-Stars essay, wrote that she knows that “most people already have their own ideas of the type of students that reside in Forrest City.” That is, most people might not expect an African-American teen-ager from Forrest City to be a finalist in the National Achievement ARDRAYA MCCOY Scholarship Program for outstanding black high school AGE: 17 students, or score 30 on the ACT. She is not held back, HOMETOWN: Forrest City she writes, “by the limitations that others place upon HIGH SCHOOL: Forrest City High me.” Explaining further in an interview, Ardraya said School the students from her high school are, unfortunately, PARENTS: Dennis and Sandra “known for fighting.” (Things are better during basketMcCoy ball season, she observed, when students pull together COLLEGE PLANS: University to cheer the Mustangs; she herself is a Lady Mustang, of Arkansas, industrial playing shooting guard.) Ardraya has held many leadengineering ership roles at school, in the Student Council, French Club, FBLA and other organizations. “I do feel like the students respect me a little,” she said. An alumna of Girls State, Ardraya will work there as a counselor this summer. Then it’s off to the U of A, where Ardraya will study industrial engineering and mathematics on the Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship of $10,000 a year. Math “comes naturally” to her, Ardraya says. Even AP statistics? a reporter asked. “I loved it,” she replied, and the A she made in the class confirms it. But Ardraya isn’t planning on a career in science: She wants to be a patent lawyer. She says her brother “always told me I should be a lawyer” because she loves to debate and she loves details. She also confesses to being “stubborn. I like to do things my way.”





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hen he was a sophomore, Patrick McKenzie founded the Searcy High School engineering team so students could enter a NASA competition. His fledgling team was ultimately one of four chosen from around the country to design a payload to fly below a high altitude weather balloon. Over the course of just a few months, his team designed and built PATRICK MCKENZIE AGE: 17 a mini-spectrometer that measures “gas concentrations HOMETOWN: Ward in the atmosphere as a function of altitude.” In Cleveland, HIGH SCHOOL: Searcy High where they got to attach it to the balloon that took it up School 111,000 feet, the device itself functioned properly, but a PARENTS: Sheryl and Don programming error kept any of the data it captured from McKenzie being recorded in the micro-computer. The engineering COLLEGE PLANS: University of team was disappointed, but generally undeterred. They Tennessee, pre-med know there are several balloon teams active in Arkansas; they’re hoping to hook up with one of them to give the spectrometer another whirl. Team members also recently traveled to Memphis to get their Level 1 highpowered rocket certification. What’s that mean? “I can fly bigger rockets — every boy’s dream,” Patrick said, laughing. “I’m at the level now that you have to call the airport before you launch one.” Like other All-Stars, Patrick’s academic resume is sterling. He’s a National Merit finalist and on pace to be valedictorian of Searcy High School with a 4.2 grade point average. But it is his extracurricular involvement that really stands out. Not only did he co-found the engineering team, he’s on the Quiz Bowl team, an all-region euphonium player in the SHS band, a member of Harding University’s jazz band, editor of the SHS yearbook and student class president. Asked how he’s managed to transcend social cliques to be involved in such wide ranging pursuits, Patrick said he tries to avoid “tunnel vision.” “Academics are definitely my priority, but I try to take a larger view of things and realize that being social and having friends are important too. I try to live in a way that I don’t ever have anyone mad at me.”

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everal years ago, Celina Miranda saw a post on Facebook about symptoms of an eating disorder. She recognized some in herself, told her mom, went to see a doctor and received treatment for a year. It’s probably safe to say that most teen-age sufferers of psychological illness — particularly one as stigmatized as an eating disCELINA MIRANDA order — don’t become outspoken advocates for awareness AGE: 17 about the illness as part of their recovery. But, as Cabot HOMETOWN: Cabot High principal Henry Hawkins wrote in an essay nomiHIGH SCHOOL: Cabot High nating Celina as an Academic All-Star, Celina has a certain School “ferocity” about her (also, per Hawkins, charm, wit, insight PARENTS: Carla and Vince and brilliance). As a junior, she started National Eating Miranda Disorders Week at Cabot High, and spoke in classrooms COLLEGE PLANS: Vanderbilt throughout the school about the myths and health concerns University, pre-med surrounding eating disorders and the best methods to talk to someone who might be at risk. Talking openly with her peers is important to Celina. After she attended Governor’s School over the summer, where coursework promoted critical thinking, logic and philosophy, she and a friend persuaded a teacher to sponsor the creation of a philosophy club. Now once a week after school, 30 students gather to talk about controversial issues — belief in a deity, the prison system, women’s rights, gay rights. No one has objected to the club yet, Celina said. “Part of why we haven’t gotten pushback is that we made it really clear that we wanted it to be open and safe.” Celina is a National Merit finalist, on track to graduate first in a senior class of 675. She plans to attend Vanderbilt, where she’ll likely major in biology or chemistry, en route to going to medical school. Or maybe she’ll make it big as a songwriter. She said she partly chose a college in Nashville in hopes of pursuing her country-pop songwriting. She’s a seasoned singer, who gives elementary students piano and guitar lessons. But it’s the songwriting part that she especially finds gratifying. “I don’t keep a diary or anything, but I do write songs to figure things out for myself,” she said.



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onia Helen Pascale is one of those super-bright and poised young scholars who, having excelled in everything, does not yet know what course she’ll chart in college. She’s brought home gold medals on the National Classical Etymology Exam, the National Latin SONIA HELEN PASCALE AGE: 17 Exam and the National Spanish Exam, so languages are HOMETOWN: Pine Bluff an obvious strength for her. (Her mother is from VenezuHIGH SCHOOL: Episcopal ela and she spent two summers in Panama in intensive Collegiate School Spanish study; she did not take Spanish at Episcopal.) But PARENTS: James Pascale and she’s also a math tutor through the Volunteers in Public Mildred Franco Schools, and has recruited others in her private school COLLEGE PLANS: Yale to tutor in the public schools. Then there’s the research University she did last summer at the Stephens Spine Institute on the campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, when she worked with Dr. William Fantegrossi for seven weeks with lab mice on research about alcoholaddiction fighting compounds. “I spent the first couple of weeks learning how to pick up a mouse,” Sonia Helen said, and then learning how to inject them with test drugs. “By the end of the time they allowed me to do a surgery on one of the mice,” she said. “It was a really cool experience.” As captain of her school’s Quiz Bowl team, Sonia Helen spends many of her Saturdays out of town at competitions, but she’s not just a brain: She’s also co-captain of the varsity tennis team at Episcopal, and hopes to teach tennis this summer. While Sonia Helen doesn’t yet know what she might major in in college — “I am one of the most indecisive people,” she says — she’s known since 5th grade, when she accompanied her father to the campus, that she wanted to attend Yale. “It felt like home.” She loves all subjects, and Yale is good in all of them, she added. But first, she thinks, she’ll spend a gap year abroad, continuing her study of Spanish. “Rarely do I have the privilege of working with a student who has it so together,” Philip A. Hooper wrote in his recommendation of Sonia Helen.

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uis Ruano-Avens is headed to the U of A Honors College on a Phyllis Hunt scholLUIS E. RUANO-AVENS arship of $8,000 a year. AGE: 18 On the day we talked to HOMETOWN: Fort Smith the native of Guatemala, HIGH SCHOOL: Southside High he was headed out to celSchool ebrate his 18th birthday PARENTS: Veronica Avens and with his family and later Ernesto Ruano with friends, and probCOLLEGE PLANS: University ably dressed to the nines. of Arkansas at Fayetteville, “I love dressing up. … Just chemical engineering the feeling you get when you know you look good,” he explained. Life is good for this tuba-playing Ultimate Frisbee fan, and he’s earned it: With his 4.2 grade point average, he’s 4th in his class. He can also thank his mother: Ten years ago she moved him to Fort Smith from Guatemala City after men armed with machine guns and handguns stopped her car, broke out the windows and threatened to kill her before stealing the car and all her money. Luis’ mother decided she didn’t want her children growing up around such crime; since her sister lived in Fort Smith, that’s where she moved Luis, his two brothers and a sister. Luis is working on getting full permanent residency; he does have status to allow him to attend college on the Hunt scholarship. He’s grateful to have the opportunity; he said he had a lot of Hispanic friends who’d graduated a few years ahead of him who were “really smart” but, anticipating problems getting a college degree, went into construction work right after high school. Luis plans to major in chemical engineering but expects to go on to earn a master’s in business administration or accounting. His AP English Literature teacher, Karen Davis, has no doubt he’ll achieve his goals. “I am confident, based on the work ethic he has demonstrated in class, that he will realize them all.”



e get record-settling Academic All-Stars fairly often — highest GPA, perTHOMAS SELIG fect ACT or SAT score, and AGE: 18 others — but Thomas Selig HOMETOWN: Hot Springs is definitely one for the HIGH SCHOOL: Lakeside High books. Selig, who attends School Lakeside High near Hot PARENTS: Mary Jo and Paul Springs, managed to set the Selig record for most advanced COLLEGE PLANS: University of placement classes in his Arkansas school’s history, acing 11 while holding down a 4.34 G.P.A. It’s a drive to excel that’s been with him a long time, even though he always hasn’t been sure of what he wanted to do with his life. At 6, he said, he was sure he wanted to be a Catholic priest. By middle school, he’d settled on being a radiologist. Now that he’s about to graduate from high school, he is considering the field of medicine or possibly majoring in political science and economics, a path that might lead him to law school. “I’ve always been interested in a lot of different things,” he said, “so I’m excited to go to college. But at the same time, I’m a little scared, because I’ll have to make a decision as to what I’d like to do.” Undecided or not, the future looks rosy for Thomas, a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He said he’s always loved the feeling of learning new things. “When you start a chapter, you look at the problems and you think: There’s no way I’ll ever be able to solve these, because they look ridiculously complicated. Then you read the chapter and you understand it.” What drives him is his “extremely competitive mentality,” he said, though he admits he winds up competing mostly with himself. “If I do something, I like to do it as well as I can,” he said. “I would rather do something difficult and then either fail or not meet my goal than just sort of coast by and easily accomplish my goals, but know I could have done something more. I’d rather challenge myself.”



livia Sims has accumulated all sorts of honors in her high school career. OLIVIA SIMS She’s a National Merit AGE: 18 finalist, the vice president HOMETOWN: North Little Rock of NLRH Student CounHIGH SCHOOL: North Little cil and on track to be valeRock High School dictorian in a senior class PARENTS: Suzanne and Barry of 549. But she said perSims haps her most significant COLLEGE PLANS: Hendrix achievement has been her College, pre-med work with her school’s drama department. Olivia has always worked behind the scenes. “I’ve never been one to like a lot of attention. I have no desire to be onstage whatsoever,” she said. As a senior, she’s served as student technical director, calling the shots during stage productions — telling crew when to move sets, bring up lights and raise the curtain. The fall show, “A Christmas Carol,” was especially challenging, she said. One scene involved a 20-foot “phantom” that the crew had to raise up, in sync with actors, curtains, lights, smoke and a spinning bed. The part of Olivia’s brain that allows her to manage a number of moving parts onstage might also make her a successful doctor. She said she’s long been interested in human biology, which she plans to study at Hendrix. “I find it fascinating that you can go in and alter it and heal people,” she said. Olivia’s counselor, Gwen Leger, offered further speculation about Olivia’s brain: “With respect to those scientists who say that teen brains are not capable of forward-thinking and evaluating consequences, I offer Olivia Sims. Yes, she will continue to mature, and eventually this old soul will become an even more empathetic and giving woman inclined to quietly lend a hand, share a novel and leave her mark in ways too numerous to count.”



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ACADEMIC ALL-STARS Jace Bradshaw Arkadelphia High School

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David Chen Little Rock Central

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Jonathon Burt Lance Nashville High School

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Ardraya McCoy Forrest City High School

Thomas R. Selig Lakeside High School

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Andrea Kathol Fayetteville High School

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Navigating the Road to Collegiate Success in Three Easy Steps Going to college is the not the first step toward a successful future, but it is a big part of the journey. By completing a degree, you will increase your earning potential by hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. That equates to a better standard of living, and a higher quality of life for you and your family. By 2025, more than half of all jobs in Arkansas will require some sort of post-secondary credentials – most will require a bachelor’s degree. If our work force can’t fulfill those needs, those high-paying jobs will move out of state.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIELD OF STUDY At the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, we find what’s more important than just awarding degrees is providing Arkansans with workforce skills to equip them for higher-paying jobs. Although degree production is a priority for our agency, I encourage you to choose a degree program other than general studies. Consider the fields of science, technology, math or engineering. These jobs are going to be more in-demand in coming years, and now is the time to prepare for those opportunities. Whether choosing a private or public school, there are many ways to ease the financial burden of attending college, including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship and other sources. It’s also never been easier to apply for state or federal financial aid.

STUDY HARD, KEEP YOUR SCHOLARSHIP Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the YOUniversal Scholarship Application to qualify for any federal financial aid or for any of the grant and scholarship programs administered by ADHE. Students who graduate this year can receive the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship but must have completed Smart Core with a 2.5 GPA or had a composite ACT score of 19 with a 2.5 GPA. To keep the scholarship, freshmen must enroll in at least 12 hours first semester and 15 hours second semester while maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Visit for more information or call 800-54-STUDY.

NETWORK, CREATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES Hopefully you’ll get involved on campus, whether it’s in a Greek organization, student government or a student/professional organization. Those people are going to be your professional peers if they stay on the right track, and your faculty advisers can really be helpful. The friendships you’ll be creating and relationships you’ll be building can easily generate opportunities for learning outside the classroom by way of an internship or a parttime job. Networking may sound blasé or like a soft skill, but it’s an invaluable talent to develop.

SUCCESS IN THREE EASY STEPS So, at the risk of sounding like one of your professors (which really isn’t a bad thing), let’s review what it takes to get a degree and the skills you’ll need to land a good job: 1. Choose a field that’s in-demand such as science and technology or engineering; 2. Keep your grades up by studying and attending class so you can keep your Academic Challenge Scholarship; and 3. Network to get a good job or internship and put yourself ahead of the game. And have a good time! You’ll never have an opportunity quite like this again.

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Shane Broadway served three terms as a representative and two terms in the senate for Pulaski and Saline Counties. He was elected the youngest Speaker of the House by his colleagues in 2001. While serving in the General Assembly, Broadway was at the forefront of the legislature’s push to continue improving Arkansas’s educational system and was co-sponsor of legislation that created the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

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ARKANSAS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP T he Arkansas Academic Challenge Program provides educational assistance to Arkansas residents in pursuit of a higher education. Additional funding made possible by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has allowed the expansion of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship to provide higher education opportunities to previously underserved Arkansans (traditional, currently enrolled & nontraditional college students). Eligibility requirements for the Academic Challenge Scholarship are based on two student categories: Traditional (Current year high school graduates) and Nontraditional Students.

HOW TO APPLY Take advantage of the online universal application. It’s your one-stop shop for state and lottery funded financial aid. With the new online application you can: • Search and apply for scholarships and grants • Create your account • Check your status • Receive alerts and notices through email • Manage your account 24/7

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BASIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: An applicant must: • Be an Arkansas resident and U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident • Be accepted for admission at an approved Arkansas institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree, qualified certificate or a nursing school diploma • Not have earned a baccalaureate degree • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (although there will be no income cap)

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE TRADITIONAL STUDENT: • Enroll in fall semester immediately after high school • Enroll full-time each semester • Graduate from high school in current school year • Meet one of the following criteria: 1. Graduate from an Arkansas public high school and complete the Smart Core curriculum; and either



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i. Achieve at least a 2.5 high school GPA; or ii. Achieve a 19 on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent test. 2. Graduate from an Arkansas public high school before the 2013-2014 school year, but did not complete the Smart Core curriculum, achieve a 2.5 high school GPA; and either i. Achieve a 19 on the ACT or the equivalent score; or ii. Score proficient or higher on all statemandated end-of-course assessments 3. Graduate from a private, out-of-state or home school high school and achieve a minimum composite score of nineteen (19) on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent test.

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT: • Enroll full-time or part-time each semester • Meet one of the following criteria:

1. Graduated from an Arkansas public high school and achieved a 2.5 high school GPA or had a 19 on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent test ; or 2. Graduated from a private, out-of-state, or home school high school or obtained a GED and achieved a 19 on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent test; or 3. Has earned at least 12 hours towards a degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS: Traditional students must enroll in at least 12 hours the first fall semester following high school graduation and at least 15 hours each semester thereafter to receive funding. Traditional students must complete at least 27 hours first year and at least 30 hours each year thereafter with a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Nontraditional students may enroll in as few as 6 hours and receive a pro-rated scholarship amount. Nontraditional students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA with continuing eligibility based on enrollment.

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East Arkansas Community College 1700 Newcastle Rd. Forrest City, AR 72335 (870) 633-4480 Harding University 900 E. Center, Box 12277 Searcy, AR 72149 (501) 279-4000 Henderson State University 1100 Henderson St. Arkadelphia, AR 71999 (870) 230-5000 Hendrix College 1600 Washington Ave. Conway, AR 72032 (501)329-6811 John Brown University 2000 W. University St. Siloam Springs, AR 72761 (479) 524-9500 Lyon College P.O. Box 2317 Batesville, AR 72503 (870)793-9813 Mid-South Community College 2000 West Broadway West Memphis, AR 72301 (870) 733-6722 National Park Community College 101 College Dr. Hot Springs, AR 71913 (501)760-4222 North Arkansas College 1515 Pioneer Drive Harrison, AR 72601 (870)743-3000 Northwest Arkansas Community College One College Drive Bentonville, AR 72712 (479) 636-9222 Ouachita Baptist University OBU Box 3753 Arkadelphia, AR 71998 (870) 245-5000 Ozarka College P.O. Box 10 Melbourne, AR 72556 (870)368-7371

Philander Smith College 812 West 13th St. Little Rock, AR 72202 (501) 375-9845 Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas P.O. Box 785 Helena, AR 72342 (870) 338-6474 Pulaski Technical College 3000 W. Scenic Dr. North Little Rock, AR 72118 (501) 812-2200 Rich Mountain Community College 1100 College Dr. Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-7622 South Arkansas Community College 300 S. West Ave El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 862-8131 Southeast Arkansas College 1900 Hazel St. Pine Bluff, AR 71603 (870) 543-5900 Southern Arkansas University P.O. Box 9392 Magnolia, AR 71754 (870)235-4000 Southern Arkansas University - Tech P.O. Box 3499 East Camden, AR 71711 (870) 574-4500 U of A at Fayetteville 425 Admin. Bldg. Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 575-2000 U of A at Fort Smith P.O. Box 3649 Fort Smith, AR 72913 (479)788-7000 U of A at Little Rock 2801 South University Little Rock, AR 72204 (501) 569-3000 U of A at Monticello P.O. Box 3596 Monticello, AR 71656 (870) 367-6811

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There’s never been a better time to go to college or an easier way to apply for financial aid

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education reviews and approves academic programs for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges. In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds in the form of financial aid. For complete information about our programs, visit to review program rules and regulations. The eligibility requirements and rules governing the programs administered by ADHE are subject to legislative and regulatory amendments. Please e-mail the Financial Aid Division at for additional information.

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Here are the students nominated to be academic all-stars. They are listed by their hometowns, as indicated by mailing addresses.




HUNTER RAMEY Dardanelle High School

ELIZABETH TEED Arkadelphia High School



TORRENCE BARBER De Queen High School

BEEBE ERIN LANGLEY Beebe High School BELLA VISTA MONICA WHITE Gravette High School BELLEVILLE SAMANTHA GILLESPIE Western Yell County High School BENTON ABBY HERZFELD Benton High School ANTHONY SHANK Benton High School BRYANT TAYLOR BISHOP Bauxite High School CABOT MATT CALHOUN Cabot High School CELINA MIRANDA Cabot High School CAMDEN LINDSEY COLLINS Camden Fairview High School BRETT JAMES Harmony Grove High School EVAN WHEATLEY Camden Fairview High School CENTER RIDGE LAUREN ANDERSON Nemo Vista High School CONCORD CAMERON REESOR Concord High School CONWAY SIGAN CHEN Conway High School JACOB LINNA Conway High School BROOKE RITTMAN St. Joseph High School CRAIG YRLE St. Joseph High School







These 10 students made the final round of judging for the 2013 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.

1. MATTHEW CALHOUN Cabot High School 2. RACHEL DAVIS Fort Smith Southside High School 3. HAVEN HOGAN Nettleton High School 4. JOSH HOLLAND Central Arkansas Christian 5. MIKAYLA HOPKINS Morrilton High School

6. CONLEY HURST Episcopal Collegiate School 7. BRIANNA LAFERNEY Harding Academy 8. NICHOLAS MULCAHY Rogers High School 9. PRATHEEPA RAVIKUMAR Rogers Heritage High School 10. CHRISTIAN SHEWMAKE Little Rock Christian Academy






EL DORADO VICTORIA DAVIS El Dorado High School CORDELL GRIFFIN El Dorado High School ELKINS DESTINY SKAGG Elkins High School ENOLA KATIE MCNINCH Mount Vernon-Enola High School FARMINGTON JOHN DAVID BLEW Farmington High School FAYETTEVILLE CALLIE ACUFF Shiloh Christian School PETER DU Fayetteville High School ANDREA KATHOL Fayetteville High School FORREST CITY ARDRAYA MCCOY Forrest City High School DOMINIC WILLIAMS Forrest City High School FORT SMITH JACK BIEKER JR. Union Christian Academy JONI FIELDS-ADAMS Union Christian Academy RACHEL DAVIS Southside High School LUIS E. RUANO-ARENS Southside High School

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KYLIE MCCLANAHAN Central Arkansas Christian



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SONIA PASCALE Episcopal Collegiate School POWHATAN WHITNEY MEEKS Black Rock High School ROGERS HARLAND BARKER Benton County School of the Arts DRAX GEIGER Shiloh Christian School AUBRIE HANSON Rogers High School NICHOLAS MULCAHY Rogers High School PRATHEEPA RAVIKUMAR Rogers Heritage High School DIEGO RIOS Rogers Heritage High School

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Arkansas’s premier summer enrichment program welcomes middle and high school students to apply for the summer 2013 sessions.




Session I • June 1 7 Session II • June 2 - 21 4 - 28

Students can get a taste of college with this fun, interactive camp. Half-day sessions are offered from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sessions are taught by college instructors at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.

Students in all sessions will have a chance to show off what they learn in a finale event. Don’t miss out! Costs•$50 non-refundable deposit $100 per half-day session•Ask about sibling discount

Arkansas Teen College Classes • Video Game Design – Learn the basics of designing and coding your own video game! • Silk-screening – Learn to turn your designs into stencils and print them. • Digital Media – Get hands-on experience with digital cinematography, editing, graphics and sound. • Life of Billie Holiday – Discover Billie Holiday through creative writing, dramatization and her music. • Puppetry – Explore the dramatic experience of puppetry, storytelling and set designing. • Journey Journ into Writing - Students will use their writing skills to publish and present their poetry, fiction and non-fiction work. • Playwriting, From Page to Stage – Learn the creative writing process and performance of play-scripts. • So You Want to be a Star – Learn the basics of acting and performing with voice, body and mind. • Dance Your Way to Broadway! – Learn dance moves from all genres. Beginners welcome. • Digital Photography – Learn how to compose images in the camera using elements of art and design.

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‘DEATH OF A SALESMAN’: Robert Walden and Carolyn Mignini (on the sofa) star along with Craig Maravich and Avery Clark star in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production.


CLASSIC ‘Death of a Salesman’ at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.



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ew other American plays carry the sort of weight and reputation that Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” does. It won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. Its numerous Broadway revivals have been hailed as well, including last year’s highly acclaimed production directed by Mike Nichols, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield. “This play has a huge and accomplished artistic footprint,” said Robert Hupp, producing artistic director at Arkansas Repertory Theatre and the director of the show. However, he said, “You can’t go into the rehearsal process looking to the past. You go into the rehearsal process looking to the future and what this group of artists is going to create.” This is the first time in The Rep’s 38-year history that the organization has produced “Death of a Salesman,” and only the second time to tackle a work by Miller. “You can’t be intimidated by the past or what others have said about the production,” Hupp said. “It’s our job to breath life into this production at this time in this place.” The Rep has put together quite a team to do just that, including stage and screen actor Robert Walden, who plays the iconic role of Willy Loman; Broadway performer and acclaimed singer Carolyn Mignini as Linda Loman; Rep veteran Avery Clark as Biff Loman; and Craig Maravich as Happy Loman. All four actors sat down with the Times to discuss the play. The story is probably familiar to most theatergoers: Traveling salesman Willy Loman is adrift in a changing economy. His life and mind are unraveling after he loses his job. His sons haven’t lived up to his hopes and expectations for them. Rather than facing reality, Willy dwells on the past. In looking back on the history of the play and its four major revivals, all of them occurred during or within a year or two of a recession. So do the prevailing economic conditions come to bear on this production? “Of course we bring current events and we bring our lives with us whenever we come to experience a play,” Hupp said. But “the particular situations of this play transcend any par-

ticular point in time, and that’s what makes a play a classic is it is both timely and timeless.” It’s much more about the love and struggle of a family than any sort of economic conditions, Walden said. “I think at the core, it’s an unrequited love story — love of family, love of country, love of self — all of it falling short, all of it not fulfilled,” he said. “And it’s a cacophony of thoughts and needs and frustrations and emotions, where the unconscious and the conscious start to surface and intermingle. It’s also a study of the crumbling of the human psyche under pressure. It’s an extraordinary piece of work.” Clark echoed that assessment: “The more and more you work on it, the more you’re like, this is a brilliant piece of writing, and it’s so layered and much more difficult than I thought it would be,” he said. “Your best work is always when you’re challenged, and I find this incredibly challenging.” So has the rehearsal process been emotionally draining? The question prompted laughter from the four actors. “Look into our eyes,” Mignini said. “I wouldn’t call it exhausting as in draining energy, though. It really produces a kind of energy,” she said. “But it’s a lot to go through. It’s an event.” “It’s a remarkable play. It really feels like a privilege to be able to work on it,” Maravich said, adding that “Death of a Salesman” has been at the top of the list of plays he’s wanted to work in since he first read it as a teenager. “Every character is so rich in the play. Even the character with the smallest amount of stage time has such a full life.” Despite the heartbreak and family dysfunction at the core of “Death of a Salesman,” Hupp said he believes it is “an incredibly optimistic play.” “It gives us a fascinating way to think about and talk about our own families,” he said. “That’s why you should come see ‘Death of a Salesman.’ ”

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of “Death of a Salesman” opens Friday at 8 p.m. It runs through May 12, with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25-$40.

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A&E NEWS THE LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL, scheduled for May 15-19, has announced most of the line-up, and it’s a doozy. Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW, will open this year’s Little Rock Film Festival on May 15 with screenings on both sides of the river. The film, about a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, will screen at 6:30 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock and 7:30 p.m. at The Rep. Bonnie Montgomery will open the Rep show with a solo performance and perform a full band show after the screening as part of a new music/film program White Water Tavern and the LRFF are collaborating on. Reserve tickets via Other highlights: “Ain’t in It for My Health,” dir. Jacob Haltey. A much anticipated documentary about the late Levon Helm, of Turkey Scratch. “Bayou Maharajah,” dir Lily Keber. A profile of New Orleans piano great James Booker. “Blood Brother,” dir. Steve Hoover. The winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance tells the story of a young American who travels to an AIDS orphanage in India. “Burma,” dir. Carlos Puga. Chris Abbott (“Girls”) stars as the son of a man who abandoned his dying wife and three children only to return nine years later on the eve of an annual family reunion. The cast of the film won a special jury prize for acting at SXSW. “The Discoverers,” dir. Justin Schwarz. Griffin Dunne stars as a history professor leading his teen-age kids on a road trip. “Our Nixon,” dir. Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye. An all-archival footage doc portrait of Nixon culled from footage shot by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, which was seized during Watergate and forgotten for nearly four decades. “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” dir Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin. The winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award at Sundance tells the story of the famed feminist art collective, whose controversial arrest in Russia has captured the attention of the world. “We Always Lie to Strangers,” dir. AJ Schnack and David Wilson. A portrait of Branson and what it’s like to live there that won the Special Jury Prize for Directing at SXSW. “Zero Charisma,” dir. Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews. The story of a role-playing gamer caught in an existential crisis that won a narrative spotlight award at SXSW.

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J. Roddy Walston & The Business probably don’t need much introduction for the discerning fan of goodtime rock ’n’ roll living in Central Arkansas. Dudes have played here multiple times over the last six years or so. But if you still haven’t heard them yet, I’d give it a go. J. Rod himself is the main-man of the band, tickling the ivories and strumming the guit-box. They make a kind of Southern rock/power pop hybrid that’s pure, beerswilling recreation music. This is not the band that you’re gonna put on so you can sit around your bedroom in the dark wal-


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ROWDY RODDY: J. Roddy Walston and The Business play at Stickyz Friday.

lering in self-pity and overanalyzing all the places your life went off track and who’s done you wrongly. I was going tell you they’re kind of a hybrid of Thin Lizzy energy and Skynyrd-y swagger. Then I looked back in our archives and Times

Editor Lindsey Millar has already pretty much said the same thing: “Think Thin Lizzy channeling Jerry Lee Lewis.” So there’s that. They just signed to ATO Records and have recently been recording down in Georgia, so some newer songs

will probably be on tap. Also on the bill at this 18-and-older show is the very, very good Nashville rocker Pujol. He’s been through town a couple times as well and has a crackerjack album out, “The United States of Being.”



9 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $15 per day or $24 for both.

alcohol … and have names like St. Jimmy and Whatsername … which would become hugely popular and go on to gross millions of dollars and win a Grammy and two Tony Awards among others … . Sure, there’s nothing wrong with any of that. But man, it still seems kinda weird. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

day fun into one long, never-ending celebration. Anyways, Jenna Jameson is a famous actress who has starred in lots and lots and lots of movies with other actors and actresses and apparently she also likes to dance around in front of people. She’s also wealthy, or anyway that’s what she implied when she endorsed Mitt Romney when he was

running for President of the U.S.A. “I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office,” she told a reporter from CBS San Francisco, apparently while she was drinking champagne in a club there. “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.” Don’t mind Jenna y’all, she’s just truthin’. In addition to watching Jenna celebrate

her 39th birthday, you can also catch some bands and comedians performing as well, including The Revolutioners, Angry Patrick, Roger Scott, Pool Boy, Bright, Paul Prater Sideshow, Electroniq and Linwood Polk. If you opt for the $50 VIP ticket, you get reserved seating, a private meet-and-greet with Jenna, a photo and autograph.


made a Broadway musical. Sure, the band has been enormously famous for the better part of two decades now, so there’s certainly a case to be made for telling those sorts of folks to just get over it, you know? And it’s not that there’s anything wrong with making a Broadway musical … with a pop-punk soundtrack … about a bunch of bored suburban kids who turn to drugs and

All right, rodeo fans, it’s time for “Rodeo in the Rock,” presented by the Diamond State Rodeo Association. The event, sanctioned by the International Gay Rodeo Association, is three days of ropin’ and ridin’ and racin’ and all-around good times. On Thursday night, Miss Kitty’s Saloon hosts “A Loyal Royal Welcome” for all the out-oftowners and on Friday night, they’ll host “A Rodeo Royal Night” after registration at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Also on Friday, Trax in North Little Rock hosts a meet-and-greet and will be firing up the grill to provide the rodeo fans with burgers and fixings, starting at 5:30 p.m. The rodeo competitions start up Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and there’s lots of other activities throughout the day. There’s a cookout at 6 p.m. and a dance party at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The awards ceremony will be Sunday at 6 p.m.

PUNK OPERA: “American Idiot” comes to the Walton Arts Center this weekend, with Alex Nee and Trent Saunders.



Various times. Walton Arts Center. $53-$79.

For a certain species of crusty old punker — maybe, say, the sort of miscreant who grew up worshipping Cometbus and once dubbed all of Sewer Trout’s records onto one handy cassette — it’s still really weird on some level that Green Day



9 p.m. Juanita’s. $20-$50.

Huh. This event is called Jenna Jameson’s 39th Birthday Bash, but according to the ol’ Wikipedia, her actual birthday is technically April 9. Maybe she’s just extending the birth42

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11 a.m. Shoppes on Woodlawn.

For all of you artsy, craftsy, DIY-y, food-y, music-y types residing in Central Arkansas or hereabouts, this here is a must-do for your Saturday: The 3rd Annual Indie Arts & Music Festival, presented by Etsy Little Rock. I imagine most folks have some familiarity with Etsy, the e-commerce hub for all things arts, crafts, handmade and vintage. Roughly three dozen local

Etsy vendors will be there to vend their wares. Do you require hand-crafted soaps? Vintage clothing? Handmade jewelry? Tote bags with animals on them? This will be the place where you can find and purchase such items all without cracking open the laptop. I would predict that most of these folks will have those little card swipe-y things that plug into a smartphone, but maybe bring some cash just in case. Starting at noon, there will also be live music from the following acts, in order of appearance: Michael Leonard Witham, Isaac

Alexander, Mike Mullins, Ming Donkey, Bombay Harambee, Reed Balentine, The Winston Family Orchestra and Booyah! Dad. Of course, you’ll likely require food at some point to satisfy your music listening- and shoppinginduced famishment. As such, there will be food trucks on site to provide you with some nosh. You can choose from kBird, Loblolly Creamery, Palette Catering and Event Planning, Philly’s To Go, The Southern Gourmasian and Sugar Shack Sweets & Treats.



Various times and venues.

You might recall a few weeks back, the Times caught up with Chane Morrow, known to most everybody as Big Piph, about his upcoming fundraiser to help establish the Global Kids program

in Arkansas. Piph and a bunch of other folks are seeking to raise $100,000 by April 29. Rock Candy has been posting exclusive $1 song downloads from a variety of Arkansas artists all week, with the proceeds going toward the fundraiser. You can donate directly at Arktimes. com/globalkids. And there are also several events, including a three-on-three

basketball tournament and an open mic night Saturday (details are still being fleshed out, check for updates) and a concert on Sunday at Revolution. The concert starts at 8 p.m., with Amasa Hines, Collin vs. Adam and Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe. It’s hosted by Cheyenne Matthews and Bryan Frazier and Poebot will DJ.

Electro-pop fans, don’t miss buzzedover L.A. outfit Mansions on the Moon, playing an 18-and-older show at Stickyz with Carousel, 9 p.m., $10. The 11th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner and Auction benefits Arkansas Foodbank, with live and silent auctions, food from several area restaurants and more, Arkansas Foodbank, 6 p.m., $65-$250. The Open Book Celebration benefit features NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and is presented by The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, Clinton Presidential Center, 6-9:30 p.m., $150.


Country singer (and DeQueen native) Collin Raye plays at Juanita’s, with Big Shane Thornton and Brandi Shae, 9:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. Galactic Empire Ep. 3 is an all-ages dance party featuring Ed Crunk, Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $6 adv., $10 door. Dallas-based Southern rock stalwarts Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights play an 18-and-older show at Revolution with Jonesboro rockers Starroy, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. It’s the last weekend for The Main Thing’s “The Last Night at Orabella’s,” a two-act comedic play about the residents of tiny, fictional Dumpster, Ark., 8 p.m., $20. Ballet Arkansas presents “Turning Pointe,” including a dance performance, dinner and presentation of the Above the Barre award honoring Chelsea Clinton. Cocktail attire is requested. Supermarine of Little Rock, 6:30 p.m., $100-$500.



9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.

KNOCK KNOCK: Bill Callahan will perform at White Water Tavern Monday.

Bill Callahan is a singer/ songwriter who lives in Austin, Texas, and recorded for many years under the name of Smog. He’s released many albums of very high quality over the course of a couple of decades, mostly on the Drag City label out of Chicago. He sings in an even and unfussy baritone, his words mostly clipped and clear. I really dig Callahan’s “Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle” from 2009 and “Apocalypse” from 2011. He played a lastminute show at White Water Tavern in 2011, and I suspect there was a great deal of forehead slapping done by the folks who found out about it the next day. So no excuses this time! Opening for Callahan will be Cass Roberts, performing solo tap dancing.

Arkansas Modified Dolls presents “A Night of Music and Fun,” with Ace Spade, Broken Autopilot, Calcabrina and The Flameing Daeth Fearies, Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $5. Troubadour Eric Sommer returns to Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5. Down in the Spa City, Maxine’s hosts John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives and Bobby Bare Jr., 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Arkansas country-rocker Matt Stell plays an album release show at Revolution, with Swampbird, 8:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.


Up at the University of Arkansas, check out “An Evening with John Legend” at Barnhill Arena. The musician and activist will speak and play a few songs, 7 p.m., free.


Verizon Arena is bringing in Brit Floyd, one of top Pink Floyd tribute acts in the world, performing five full albums, 8 p.m., $55. Juanita’s hosts chainsawwielding ’80s rockers Jackyl, with Syn City Cowboys, Obsidian and Sychosys, 9 p.m., $15.


WordsWorth Books & Co. hosts UALR graduate Aaron Hartzler, who’ll read from and sign copies of his new book “Rapture Practice,” about growing up in a fundamentalist Christian environment, 5 p.m., free.

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Adam Faucett, Dillon Hodges. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $6. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. Almost InFamous. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, 7-10 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-1144. www. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Short, accessible pieces, with commentary from the musicians. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Ben Robbins. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Bombay Harambee, Mad Nomad. The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Cadaver Dogs. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Escape the Fate. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Mansions on the Moon, Carousel. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Mayday By Midnight (headliner), Brian Ramsey (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Natural Outlaw. Town Pump. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. New Music Test: Through the Trees, The Ronald Rayguns. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 21 and older, $10 18-20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Rusty White. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Trey Johnson. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100.


Steve Hirst. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


11th Annual “Empty Bowls” Dinner and Auction.


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‘THE GOSPEL ACCORDION 2’: Best get your Sunday hangover recovery plan ready, because country-rockers Mulehead perform at White Water Tavern Saturday, with Jonathan Wilkins, 10 p.m. Benefit for Arkansas Foodbank, with live and silent auctions, food from several area restaurants and more. Arkansas Foodbank, 6 p.m., $65-$250. 4301 W. 65th St. 501-565-8121. 23rd Annual Victim Services Recognition Ceremony. Presented by Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas. Clinton Presidential Center, 10 a.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Business After Hours. North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce networking event, with food, drinks, live music from Funkanites and more. LaVada’s, 5-7 p.m., $10-$15. 2005 Main St., NLR. 501-7719099. Candlelight Vigil Ceremony. Presented by Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $13-$46. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-9759001. Get Psyched for PCA! Third Annual Fundraiser for Professional Counseling Associates, with guest speaker Mark Abernathy. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Professional Counseling Associates Administration Building, 6 p.m., $75. 3601 Richards Road, NLR. 501-221-1843. www. The Open Book Celebration featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Presented by The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. Clinton Presidential Center, 6-9:30 p.m., $150. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-622-5110. www.





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Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501-6663600. Worker Justice’s “Memorial Luncheon for Workers.” Luncheon to honor those who have been killed on the job in the last year. First Presbyterian Church, 11:30 a.m., $10. 800 Scott St.


Bill Simon. Harding University, 7:30 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. Dan Raviv. The foreign affairs expert will discuss the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. A bus will depart from Little Rock for the event at 5 p.m. Call for details. Hendrix College, 5:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-450-4598. Paul Masamba Sita Nsimba. The Fulbright Scholar presents a lecture titled “Culture, Society and Restorative Justice: Sub-Saharan Africa.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.



American Guild of Organists recital. Cathedral of St. Andrew, 8 p.m., free. 617 Louisiana St. 501 374-2794. Arkansas Choral Society/University of Arkansas at Monticello Mozart Montage Spring Concert. Christ the King Catholic Church, 7:30 p.m. 4000 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-225-6774. www. Arkansas Jazz Experience: Les Pack. Quapaw

Bathhouse, 6 p.m., $10-$15. 413 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Brown Soul Shoes. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. Collin Raye, Big Shane Thornton, Brandi Shae. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Drew Mitchell. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Galactic Empire Ep. 3. All-ages, with Ed Crunk. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $6 adv., $10 door. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Handmade Moments (album release). The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. The Hollywood Kills, Bravo Max!, Leopold & His Fiction. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Hoodstock Music & Performing Arts Festival. Camping and music festival featuring Natural Outlaw, The Hollywood Kills, Crash Meadows and many more. Bald Mountain Park, April 26, 6 p.m.; April 27, 1 p.m.; April 28, 1 p.m., $5 per day. 300 Bald Mountain Road, Hot Springs. 501-620-0544. Hourglass, Tides of Anareta, Calcabrina. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 7 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Pujol. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Jason Burnett. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Jason Greenlaw and The Groove. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, April 26-27, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Jet 420 (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Starroy. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. The Michael Goodrich Band. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Moccasin Creek. Denton’s Trotline, 9:30 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Paleface, Graham Wilkinson. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $6. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. Pat Anderson. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Stiff Necked Fools. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thread. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University.


Ballet Arkansas: “Turning Pointe.” Performance, dinner and presentation of the Above the Barre award honoring Chelsea Clinton. Cocktail attire. Supermarine of Little Rock, 6:30 p.m., $100-$500. 2201 Bond St. 501-374-6582. Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. Salsa Night. Begins with 30-40 minute salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


2013 Fight for Air Climb. Presented by the American Lung Association and YMCZ Little Rock. War Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-975-0758 ext. 200. Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence membership meeting. With Sen. Mark Pryor and State Rep Charlene Fite. Main Library, noon. 100 S. Rock St. 501-907-5612. Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $13-$46. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-9759001. Food & Foam Fest. Sample food, beer and wine. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6-9 p.m., $40-$65. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Gay Pride Party Tour. Club Xclusive, 10 p.m., $15. 1400 145th St. 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. Little Rock Re-Entry: A Community Conversation. Presentation on ex-offender re-entry issues by Clinton School students, Project Return, LewisBurnett Employment Finders, and the City of Little Rock. Clinton School of Public Service, 6-8 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Main. Rev. Fletcher Harper. The executive director of GreenFaith presents “GreenFaith – The Growing Religious Environmental Movement.” Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Rodeo in the Rock. Presented by Diamond State Rodeo Association. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, April 26-28, 5 p.m., $15-$25. 2600 Howard St. 501372-8341 ext. 8206.





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Tours of the Old Orphanage at St. Joseph’s Center at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.


UCA Film Festival. Featuring films by undergraduate students in digital filmmaking. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 5:30 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. 501-852-2377.

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Brandon Peck, Johnny Mambo. Also, drag show at 12:30 a.m. and a Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., 714. TC’s Midtown Grill, 8 p.m., $5. 1611 E. Oak $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.lateSt., Conway. 501-205-0576. Arkansas Modified Dolls Present a Night Big Stack. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 of Music and Fun. With Ace Spade, Broken p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. Autopilot, Calcabrina and The Flameing Daeth Fairies. Proceeds benefit Little Darlings Pin Ups Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See April 26. for Pit Bulls. Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. Cupid’s Lingerie Presents: Jenna Jameson’s 39th 501-375-8466. Birthday Bash. With The Revolutioners, Angry Big Brown, Kichen, Michael Shane, Lawler, CONTINUED ON PAGE 46

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The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” Original two-act comedic play about the residents of tiny, fictional Dumpster, Ark. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Steve Hirst. The Loony Bin, through April 27, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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Patrick, Roger Scott, Pool Boy, Bright, Paul Prater Sideshow, Electroniq, Linwood Polk Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20-$50. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501372-1228. Darril “Harp” Edwards. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Earl & Them (headliner), Pat Anderson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Eric Sommer. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Hoodstock Music & Performing Arts Festival. See April 26. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, Bobby Bare Jr. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Matt Stell (album release), Swampbird. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Mayday By Midnight. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $7. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 1412 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. 501-3214221. Mulehead, Jonathan Wilkins. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Oreo Blue. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Pat Anderson. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Randall Shreve & The Sideshow. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Shannon Boshears Band. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501244-2528. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Sister Rock. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Unseen Eye. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189.


The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” See April 26. Steve Hirst. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.


3rd Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest. Includes a 5K run, Civil War reenactors, games, food, vendors, music from Folk Harmony Trio and Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers, Jeremy Prine Band and more. Prairie County Community Center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 710 E. Sycamore St., DeValls Bluff. 870-830-6463. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Diamond State Rodeo Association’s Big Rodeo Dance. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 p.m., $10. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. $13-$46. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Etsy Indie Arts and Music Festival. Includes dozens of Etsy vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501-666-3600. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Rodeo in the Rock. See April 26. (Semi) Open Mic Night with Osyrus Bolly. Proceeds benefit Global Kids Arkansas fundraiser. Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, 8 p.m. 521 Center St. 501-413-2182. The Weekend Theater’s Rock N’ Roll Celebration. With karaoke, burgers, door prizes and more. The Box, 6:30 p.m., $30 or $50 for two. 1023 W. Seventh St. 501-372-8735. “Woo at the Zoo.” Tour of the zoo, with presentation on animal mating rituals, drinks, silent auction and music from Almost InFamous. Little Rock Zoo, 6-9 p.m., $35. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501666-2406.


Arkansas Author Connection: L.A. Logan. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 1:30 p.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822. Saturday Story Time: Unka Babba. Pyramid Art Books and Custom Framing, 11 a.m. 1001 Wright Ave. 501-372-6822.



Amasa Hines, Collin vs. Adam, Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe, Poebot. Hosted by Cheyenne and Bryan Frazier, benefits Global Kids Arkansas fundraiser. Revolution, 8 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Hoodstock Music & Performing Arts Festival. See April 26. IBLA Grand Prize International Concert. Reserve seats at Argenta Community Theater, 7:30 p.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


2013 American Culinary Federation Central Regional Conference. Conference features national and regional culinary experts discussing and demonstrating culinary trends. The Peabody Little Rock, April 28-May 1, $139. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. 9th Annual Mount Holly Cemetery Picnic. Benefits the historic cemetery. Mount Holly Cemetery, 5-7 p.m., $25 children, $75 12 and older. 1200 Broadway. Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Verizon Arena, 2 p.m., $13-$46. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501975-9001. Jewish Food and Cultural Festival. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas, with food, music and more. River Market Pavilions, 8:30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

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➧ May 3

One of the most anticipated shows of the year is finally here. Fleetwood Mac performs live at Verizon Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-$146.50 and available online at or by phone at 800-745-3000.

May 2

Local shops, restaurants, galleries and other venues are open after hours until 9 p.m. for Hillcrest’s Shop & Sip. Enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres and special discounts. The event takes place every first Thursday of the month.

May 3

The annual Dinner on the Grounds takes place on the beautiful lawn of the historic Terry House in Little Rock and benefits Our House, a shelter for the working homeless in Central Arkansas. Tickets are $150 and available online at www.dinneronthegrounds. com or

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the River City Men’s Chorus presents, “A Spring Awakening: The Music of Joseph M. Martin,” the final concert of the 2012-2013 season. Performance times are 3 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. All concerts are free and open to the public and take place at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1101 North Mississippi in Little Rock. For more info, call 501-350-0270.

May 1

Colonial Wine & Spirits invites you

Eat Local, Buy Local, Listen Local! That’s the mantra for the fun in store April 27 for the 3rd Annual Etsy Indie Arts And Music Festival. Experience the eclectic work of local independent artists, musicians and foodies (well, food truckies) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Woodlawn St. in Hillcrest in front of The Shoppes on Woodlawn. Enjoy shopping at Etsy Little Rock artists’ booths as well as The Shoppes on Woodlawn. There will be face painting and balloons for the kids plus free drinks (while they last) for the adults in the crowd.

to celebrate the launch of their new logo and branding campaign. The party is from 3-7 p.m. at 11200 West Markham in Little Rock. Call 501-223-3120 for more info.

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over downtown Conway. Admission is free to this familyfun event that features live music, a 5K/10K, golf scramble, basketball tourney, kids zone and the world-championship toad races. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

cooked savory pork lovingly prepared by a who’s who of Central Arkansas’s culinary masters. Eleven teams of local chefs will participate in the cook-off. The event takes place in downtown North Little Rock’s Argenta farmer’s market location and includes a great lineup of local musicians. Gates open at noon. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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May 8

The Arkansas Times HERITAGE Hog Roast serves up hundreds of pounds of slow-

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland presents the 26th Annual Garden Party Honoring Lee Lee Doyle the 4th annual Brownie Ledbetter Award winner. 6:00-8:00 at the Historic Rogers House, 400 W. 18th Street, Downtown Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter. $75 per person $125 for two. To purchase tickets go to by Wednesday May 1.

•MAY 11-12

The big-top meets classical music at this Arkansas Symphony’s POP crowd favorite, Cirque de la Symphonie! This high-flying event brings the magic of cirque to the music hall. See aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen while listening to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music. Robinson Center Music Hall, Geoffrey Robson conductor, tickets range from $18- $58. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit for more information.

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April 27

Arkansas’ largest music festival returns to downtown Little Rock. Riverfest welcomes headliners Bush, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Peter Frampton, Lupe Fiasco, Kelly Rowland, Daughtry and Arkansas’-own Cody Belew, plus all of your favorite local bands. In addition to live music, there’s a Baggo tournament, 5K and fun run, poker fun, kids zone and much more. Advance tickets are on sale now for $30 online at n Commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Helena, historic downtown Helena-West Helena hosts Civil War re-enactments, home tours, lectures and more. Visit to plan your trip.

May 10

The Old State House presents Upcycled Jewelry from 5-8 p.m., as part of downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. Admission is free. For more on upcoming events and programs, visit www.

May 18

Hot Springs Village hosts the second annual Tri-theVillage, a triathlon including a 13.5-mile bike ride, 3.5 mile run and 500-yard swim. All members and guests are welcome to participate. Call 866-984-9933 or visit www.trithevillage. com for details. n The Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena presents Gospel Fest. This free festival features the best in local and regional talent performing traditional and contemporary gospel music. It’s sure to offer family fun for all ages. Visit for details.


May 11

Embark on a food and wine tour across the globe at Wild

Wines of the World

at the Little Rock Zoo. Tickets are $45 for members of the zoo and $50 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the zoo. Call 501-661-7208 for more info or visit

May 21

Steel Magnolias opens at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. One of Murry’s most popular shows, it’s a humorous yet poignant story of six Southern women who meet at a beauty shop to talk about men, love and each other. Show times and ticket info are available at

May 25

Collective Soul plays at Magic Springs. The band broke into mainstream popularity with their first hit mega No. 1 single, “Shine”, which came from their debut album “Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid.” They have recorded seven No. 1 mainstream rock hits. For ticket information go to

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Thea brings festival to Argenta Artosphere kicks off in Fayetteville. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


he 2nd annual Thea Arts Festival comes to downtown North Little Rock on Saturday, filling three blocks of Main Street with art, music and dance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fortyeight Arkansas artists will participate (11 of them demonstrating technique), and 12 musical groups — from country singers to harpists — will perform throughout the day. For kids there will be an instrument petting zoo, pottery and other arts activities. Members of the Arkansas Festival Ballet and Ballet Arkansas will be dancing in the streets. The free event raises funds for the Thea Foundation’s work to support arts in education thanks to sponsors John and Robyn Horn, Art Outfitters, Sue Gaskin, John and Angelica Rogers, the Tenenbaum Foundation, Insalaco-Tenenebaum Enterprises, the city of North Little Rock and 34 other individuals and businesses. The Thea Foundation’s gallery and headquarters are at 401 Main St. The lineup impresses with some of Arkansas’s best-known visual artists: Matt McLeod, who was selected to create the festival painting, on view at the Thea Foundation; basketmaker Leon Niehues; printmakers Win Bruhl and Delita Martin; glass artist Ed Pennebaker; beadmakers Tom and Sage Holland; woodworkers Mia Hall, Michael Warwick, Douglas Stowe, John Sewell, Mollie Munro, Tod Swiecichowksi and Sandra L. Sell; painters Stephano Sutherlin, Ken Davis, Emily Wood, Jennifer Wilson, Steve Horan, Justin Bryant and Katerie Joe; potters Barbara Satterfield, Beth Lambert, Fletcher Larkin, Hannah May, Logan Hunter, Janet Donnangelo, Zach Graupner, Ian Park, Oksana Litvihnova, Ryan Sniegocki and Stephen Driver; sculptors Joe Barnett and Bryan Massey; fashion designer Lilia Hernandez; jewelry maker Kandy Jones; and metalworkers Linda Holloway, Deitra Blackwell and Allison Short. Artist demonstrators include Barbara Lasley, Debbie Strobel and Mary Nancy Henry (pastels), Rachel Trusty (textile art), David Paul Cook (watercolor landscapes), Christy Frank (mixed media), Kevin Kresse (sculpture), Jason Smith (oil portraiture), John Deering (caricatures), Delita Martin (printmaking) and Larry Pennington and UALR potters (ceramics). Musical performances start at 10 a.m.; artists include Aaron Bard, Daniel Haney, Mister Morphis, Handmade Moments,

TAF IN ARGENTA: Artists include Ken Davis of Fort Smith, painter of “Sweet Iced Tea.”

The Pickoids, Steve Bates, Fire and Brimstone, Mandy McBryde, Alisa Coffey, the Rockefeller Quartet, Celina Bree and Serious Young Musicians. Sandwiches, chicken wings and fish ’n’ chips will be served streetside by Starving Artists Cafe, Reno’s Argenta Cafe, Cregeen’s Irish Pub and Argenta Market. The full schedule of events can be found at ARTOSPHERE 2013 has kicked off in Fayetteville with the construction of an installation piece at Lake Fayetteville, “Spiral Wetlands,” by Stacy Levy. Levy and Celeste Roberge, the creator of “Gabion Chaise,” the pebble-filled steel bench at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, will give a talk about environmental art from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the museum. Artosphere continues into June with dozens of musical performances (including “An Evening of Beethoven” June 21); theater (“War Horse” is May 22-26); exhibitions (including Tasha Lewis’ cyanotype-coated fabric art in “The Herd” and “Swarm”; solar-powered musical installations by Craig Colorusso; a pub crawl and summer solstice yoga. For more information, go to EUREKA SPRINGS IS COVERED up in art events, too, come May 1, when the annual May Festival of the Arts opens. “The Sphere,” a huge community sculpture overseen by Robert Norman, will be unveiled; galleries will have new exhibits weekly; the annual White Street Studio Walk that includes 14 destinations is set for 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 17; there will be interactive musical sculptures designed by Ranaga Farbiarz in the Eureka Springs Music Park, and Trout Fishing in America will perform at The Auditorium.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. a.m.-4 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Rodeo in the Rock. See April 26.



Bill Callahan, Flat Foot. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. The Giving Tree Band, Harlo Maxwell, East on 40. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Jazz at The Afterthought: Dave Williams. The

Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


2013 American Culinary Federation Central Regional Conference. See April 28. Governor’s Culinary Challenge. Benefits the Thea Foundation. Capital Hotel, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $100. 111 W. Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.



Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam Fundraiser. Thirst n’ Howl, through May 28: 7:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189.

Patio Season is Back!

Brit Floyd. Pink Floyd tribute act. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $55. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-9759001. Conway Men’s Chorus. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. 501-682-4153. The Hardin Draw. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Jackyl, Syn City Cowboys, Obsidian, Sychosys. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Spanky. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


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


2013 American Culinary Federation Central Regional Conference. See April 28. Discovering a Sense of Place. Call or email to register. Green Corner Store, 6 p.m. 1423 Main St. Suite D. 501-213-5388. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.


Vino’s Picture Show: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, April 30, 7:10 p.m.; May 1, 11 a.m.; May 2, 7:10 p.m.; May 3, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.




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Device, Nonpoint, Gemini Syndrome. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $25. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. Jessica Mack, Cody Elrod & Friends. Downtown Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. The Lonely Wild. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Randy Rogers Band, Good Time Ramblers. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30

p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila (Maumelle Blvd.), May 1, 7-9 p.m.; May 15, 7-9 p.m.; May 29, 7-9 p.m., free. 9847 Maumelle Blvd., NLR. 501758-4432. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, May 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; May 3-4, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.


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


2013 American Culinary Federation Central Regional Conference. See April 28. Dreamland Ballroom Book Signing & Brick Dedication. Berna J. Love will be present for her new book, “Temple of Dreams: Dreamland Ballroom and Its Taborian Hall.” Dreamland Ballroom, 5-8 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-225-5700. Snakes of Arkansas. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Garvan Woodland Gardens, 10-11 a.m., $5 per child. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs.


Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. html.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, May 1, 11 a.m.; May 2, 7:10 p.m.; May 3, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Aaron Hartzler. Reading and book signing from the author of “Rapture Practice.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 5 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198.


“American Idiot.” Musical based on Green Day’s best-selling album of the same name. Contains some mature themes. Walton Arts Center, Fri., April 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 28, 2 p.m., $53-$79. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre: “James and the Giant Peach.” Arkansas Arts Center, through May 12: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. “Death of a Salesman.” Arthur Miller’s tragic masterwork, which has been widely hailed as the greatest American play. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through May 12: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Hats! The Musical.” Comedy tribute to the Red Hat Society, which promotes bonding for women 50 and older. Lantern Theatre, through April 28: Sun., 2:30 p.m., $15. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. index.html. CONTINUED ON PAGE 63

Ride THE Ark ansas Times bus into History to Civil War Helena — May 25 — Reenactment of the Battle of Helena featuring approximately 300 living history participants.

View of the interior of Fort Curtis in Helena, Ark., between 1861 and 1869


Battle of Helena 150 Jones Barbecue lunch on the grounds of Estevan Hall

✭ Tours of Civil War Sites ✭ Lectures | Dinner | Civil War Dance & Concert Military Drill and Artillery Demonstration Call to reserve your seat today! 501-375-2985

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Arrow bus lines Buses leave 8 am

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‘MUD’: Matthew McConaughey stars in Arkansas-born filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ third feature film, which was shot in Southeast Arkansas. Market Street Cinema times at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Rave showtimes are for Friday only. Full listings for some theaters were not available by press deadline. Find up-to-date listings at NEW MOVIES The Big Wedding (R) — Comedy about a big wedding, with Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton, among others. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:30, 7:30, 9:45. Rave: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25. The Company You Keep (R) — An aging and wanted former revolutionary (Robert Redford) is outed by a journalist (Shia LaBeouf). Market Street: 1:45, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20. Gimme That Loot (NR) — Drama about two Bronx graffiti writers. Rave: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. Ginger & Rosa (R) — The friendship between two teen girls in early ’60s London is tested by the changing times. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Mud (PG-13) — Third feature from Arkansasborn director Jeff Nichols, starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan and Reese Witherspoon. Rave: 10:00 a.m., 1:05, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20, midnight. Pain & Gain (R) — Marky Mark and The Rock are muscle-bound criminals, from director Michael Bay. Breckenridge: 12:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10. Rave: 10:15 a.m., 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:35 (eXtreme), 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:35, midnight. RETURNING THIS WEEK 42 (R) — Jackie Robinson bio-pic. Breckenridge: 12:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15. Chenal 9: Rave: 10:25 a.m., 12:30, 1:25, 3:35, 4:35, 6:40, 7:40, 9:50, 10:50. The Croods (PG) — Animated story of a cave family that must venture into uncharted realms. Breckenridge: 12:50, 4:05, 7:35, 9:50. Rave: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55. Emperor — Tommy Lee Jones stars as a general stationed in post-WWII Japan. (PG-13) Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Evil Dead (R) — Remake of the classic ’80s cult horror film. Rave: 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30, 11:55. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) — Sequel to the


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movie based on the ’80s cartoon and line of toys, which were based on a line of toys from the ’60s and ’70s. Breckenridge: 12:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15. Rave: 1:35, 7:10 (2D), 10:50 a.m., 4:20, 10:00 (3D). A Good Day to Die Hard (R) — “Die Hard” goes to Russia in search of a paycheck. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) — They’re just running out of ideas, aren’t they? Starring Jeremy Renner. Movies 10: 3:00, 8:00. Home Run (PG) — Christian baseball movie. Rave: 10:10 a.m., 12:55, 3:40, 6:35, 9:20. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) — Las Vegas superstar magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) secretly hate each other but have to pair up to fight competition from a street magician. Movies 10: 12:30, 5:30, 10:10. Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) — Basically, it’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” with a bunch of CGI monsters and Ewan McGregor. Movies 10: 1:20, 3:55, 6:30, 9:05 (2D), noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 (3D). Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) — It’s in 3D this time. Breckenridge: 12:30, 4:00, 7:15, 10:05. Lords of Salem (R) — Latest horror-flick creepout from director Rob Zombie. Rave: 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05. Mama (PG-13) — From “Pan’s Labyrinth” helmer, rising star Jessica Chastain confronts a bunch of terrifying something or other. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05. Oblivion (PG-13) — Ol’ Middletooth thrashes his way through another dystopian sci-fi actionthriller, which also stars Morgan Freeman. Breckenridge: 12:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 12:45, 1:30, 3:45, 4:30, 6:45, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30. Olympus Has Fallen (R) — Terrorists overtake the White House and kidnap the president in this not-at-all-utterly-implausible movie with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Breckenridge: 12:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50. Rave: 11:05 a.m., 2:00, 4:55, 7:55, 10:55. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) — How the Wizard of Oz got that way. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:20, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 11:00 a.m. The Place Beyond the Pines (R) — Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper star in the lat-

est from the guy who directed “Blue Valentine.” Breckenridge: 12:15, 3:40, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 10:00 a.m., 1:15, 4:30, 7:45, 11:00. Quartet (PG-13) — Bunch of retired British singers in an old folks home have to get the band back together to save the orphanage, er, sorry, the old folks home. Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15. Safe Haven (PG-13) — Sorry dude, but you are definitely going to have to take your girlfriend to see this soft-focus yawn-fest. Movies 10: 12:35, 4:05, 7:00, 9:50. Scary Movie 5 (PG-13) — Anna Farris is gone, but the yuks keep coming. Breckenridge: 12:40, 3:50, 7:40, 9:40. Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:10, 3:30, 5:45, 8:05, 10:25. Snitch (R) — The Rock has to go undercover in order to save his son. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25. Tyler Perry’s Temptation (PG-13) — The latest product to plop off the end of the factory line at Tyler Perry Co. stars an almost convincingly human hologram called “Kim Kardashian.” Breckenridge: 12;20, 3:45, 7:05, 9:55. Rave: 11:40 a.m., 2:25, 5:10, 8:00, 10:45. Warm Bodies (PG-13) — Pretty much “Twilight,” but with zombies instead of whatever it was “Twilight” had. Movies 10: 12:40, 3:05, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) — Animated movie about a video game character. Movies 10: 12:45, 4:00, 7:10, 9:35. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Tandy 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380,


SHOP ‘N’ SIP First thursday each month

shop ’til 8pm and enjoy dining in one of the many area restaurants. ‘OBLIVION’: Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise star.

Mash-up ‘Oblivion’ steals, successfully, from sci-fi greats. BY SAM EIFLING


riana’s Pizza, the eatery one story beneath the Arkansas Times offices, serves a pie called the “sweep the floor,” a higgledy-piggledy version of a supreme. That name came to mind while trying to articulate the melange of science fiction classics that appear to have been sausaged into “Oblivion.” To assemble this popcorn flick, director/writer Joseph Kosinski appears to have swept up hide and hair from every touchstone in the genre. (Proposed drinking game: Spot an echo of another movie in “Oblivion,” take a shot.) A partial list must include “Wall-E,” “Independence Day,” “Solaris,” “The Matrix,” “Star Wars,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Blade Runner,” “Moon,” “The Day After Tomorrow” — the floor, it has been swept. The result is an “Oblivion” that sticks to your ribs. If you can’t shake the sense you’ve been here before, well, tell it to Jack Harper (Tom Cruise). He’s a technician on a deserted Earth, living in a mod glass apartment above the clouds, whizzing around in a nifty ship that resembles a helicopter crossed with a dragonfly crossed with an iPod. It’s 2077, long after aliens attacked Earth and made a mess of the place. Most of humanity has fled to Titan, the moon of Saturn where everyone’s holing up now that we poisoned the planet during the war. (The aliens’ masterstroke was to blow up our moon, sending earthquakes and ocean floods to do the dirty work down here.) “We won,” Jack likes to say, but now the only humans are huddled in a massive space station called the Tet, dangling in low orbit to monitor likewise massive power plants that run on slurped-up ocean water. Those are under constant guerilla siege by the straggling holdouts from the alien war. Jack’s job is to repair the aerial drones that guard the power stations and which

carry an aspect of ED-209 from “RoboCop” (take a shot). He’s half-heartedly looking forward to ditching for Titan. The milieu Kosinski builds around Jack’s errands is one of an omega man (shot) backed by the formidable force of the drones and by his partner, in multiple senses, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough). But Jack is haunted by dreams that feel eerily real, as if they pre-date his mandatory memory-wipe. He imagines a strange brunette (Olga Kurylenko) meeting him in New York. Then, as he’s out on parole one day, she becomes manifest in an unexpected way. Later on, Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. the Kingslayer, to “Game of Thrones” fans) help fill out the cast. Even those overall less impressed by “Oblivion” will fall for its aesthetics. The sweeping cinematography (by Claudio Miranda, winner of the Oscar for his work on “Life of Pi”) befits an epic — vistas of a planet wasted, seen from purifying heights. The overindulgent synth-score by M83 recalls cheeseball adventure movies from the ’80s, becoming an instant guilty pleasure. Even the leading man has his charms, despite his inherent Tom Cruisivity. He has a certain aptitude for parts such as Jack, a duty-bound action dude who chafes under authority. Jack’s a bluercollar version of Ethan Hunt or Jerry Maguire or the guy from “Minority Report” (take a shot?). Occasionally he has to deploy a puckish boy-smile to get him out of scrapes, even if he did turn 50 on the set of “Oblivion.” Mostly, Cruise winds him up and races across the screen. The actor doesn’t disappear into his characters so much as they disappear into him. And so what if you’ve seen him like this before?

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Norman Rockwell traveling exhibition at Crystal Bridges One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockewell was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. This exhibition features 50 original paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers. Timed, reserved tickets will be required to view this exhibition. Cost to reserve time ticket is $12 per person. Please reserve ticket time between hours of 1pm-4pm.

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ay is a particularly colorful month in Eureka Springs, with the annual May Festival of the Arts kicking off May 1st. The city turns into one giant celebration of the arts, with special thanks to the Eureka Springs Arts Council and the city’s artists, vendors and visitors. The city of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to more than 350 working artists and the galleries represent over 1,000 local, regional and national artists. With such a dense collection of artists, Eureka Springs is one of the premier art destinations in the nation. The festival kicks off Wednesday, May 1 with Mugs En Masses at the Queen Anne Mansion, the “Art of Fine Dining” at Cottage Inn Restaurant, and Drink and Draw with Robert Mason. Month long events include Bank on Art, Plein Air Painters, Art as Prayer, and Taste of Art: A Visual Feast where art will be on display at many of the city’s restaurants including DeVitos. Robert R. Norman is the guest artist at DeVitos so make sure to stop by and enjoy their new “Sky Dining” and springtime menu additions. On Saturday, May the 4th, the ARTrageous Parade will


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roll through town at 2 p.m. This colorful and exciting parade is one of the city’s premier events and will feature floats, bands, and more. The parade’s grand marshal this year is Jeremy Mason McGraw, an international photographer and painter who started The Creative Energy Project in Eureka Springs two years ago. This project aims to create unique and exciting temporary art installations that tell stories and ignite crowds. After the parade, make sure to make your way to Basin Spring Park because The Sphere Lighting and Drumming in the Park will begin at 8 pm. The crowd pleasing White Street Studio Walk is a free event where local artists open Books In Bloom is held yearly in the garden at the historic Crescent Hotel. up their homes and studios to the public to view their latest works. This event is in it’s to 5 pm. For more information visit www.Booksin23rd year and will take place May 17, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. The grand opening of the Eureka Springs Music Park On Sunday the 19th, the Crescent Hotel will host will happen at 2 pm on Saturday the 25th. The Music Books In Bloom, a free afternoon of literary delights. Park is the latest permanent installation of the Arts The event boasts nationally acclaimed authors each Council and a series of musical art sculptures will be year, with the opportunity to meet and hear a numinstalled in the North Main parking lot. Master musiber of writers read excerpts from their books and discian, craftsman and sound engineer, Ranaga Fabriarz, cuss their writing journey. This year’s authors include has collaborated with local Eureka artists to create this Catherine Coulter, Craig Johnson, James Grippando exhibit. After the installation, “Trout Fishing in Amerand R. Clifton Spargo. In addition, more than a dozen ica” will perform a concert starting at 7 pm. other authors will be on site and will also be particiTo check out the entire calendar of events and plan pating. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet your visit to Eureka, please visit Here you will find daily activities your favorite writers and pick up signed copies of their and event information. works. The event takes place rain or shine, from noon

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ AT 6 P.M. THURSDAY, APRIL 25, the Arkansas Foodbank hosts its annual Empty Bowls Dinner and Auction at its headquarters, 4301 W. 65th St. Participating along with the Pampered Chef are restaurants 1620 Savoy, Bar Louie, Cantina Laredo, Capriccio Grill, Catering To You, Golden Corral, The Pantry, Scallions, Sweet Thing Bakery, Trio’s, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Whole Hog Cafe. Tickets are $65 or $130 for two and are available at ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, at the corner of Capitol and Main, Main Street Food Truck Fridays hosts Food Commander, Roxie’s Hot Dogs, The Southern Gourmasian and Green Cuisine. They trucks will operate from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. ALSO ON FRIDAY, DICKEYSTEPHENS PARK hosts Food and Foam Fest to benefit the Arkansas Arthritis Foundation. There’ll be 285 beers, a wide variety of wine and food from 10 local restaurants to sample. Participants include Apple Spice Junction, Blue Coast Burrito, Boscos, Dugan’s Pub, Kent Walker Cheese, Flying Saucer, Mexico Chiquito, Stone’s Throw Brewery, Vino’s Pizza and Brewery and W.T. Bubba’s. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and only those 21 or older can attend. A variety of tickets are available for purchase. VIP tickets ($65) include early (5:30 p.m.) admittance to the festival, an official T-shirt and other festival swag, and a special tasting event featuring around a dozen brews including Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Schlafly 21st Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Ale, and New Belgium La Folie. Regular admission will run you $40 for the food and beer sampling. Designated drivers get a break at $20 a ticket. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at arthritis. org/arkansas/events/foam-andfoodie. Otherwise tickets are $45 at the gate. THE JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL returns to the River Market Pavilions on Sunday, April 28. Corned beef sandwiches, lox, bagels and cream cheese, kabobs, falafel, kosher hot dogs and rugelach will be available for purchase and the B-Flats, the Meshugga Klezmer Band and the Schechinotes will perform. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. CHEFS FROM ACROSS THE REGION will be in Little Rock from CONTINUED ON PAGE 59 58

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PLEASING PORK: Ciao Baci’s grilled pork chop plate.

At home at Ciao Baci Chef takes Hillcrest staple to new heights.


alking through the doors of Ciao Baci feels almost like strolling into your neighbor’s Hillcrest home for dinner. It’s cozy and comfortable; it’s dimly lit and has a kind of elegance about it. But don’t let its humble size be mistaken for simplicity — it’s no ordinary home. Since chef Jeff Owen took the reins in 2012, the restaurant has hit its stride and the level of execution and attention to detail with each dish is proof of talent lurking back in the kitchen. Ciao Baci has long been praised for its impressive wine list and imaginative cocktails, but with Owen at the helm, the cuisine deserves equal recognition. The beginning of Owen’s dinner menu touts a tantalizing tapas-style menu. Small plates and appetizers are designed to share — it’s wise to dine with a group here in order to sample a larger assortment of plates. Ciao Baci’s tantalizing assortment of cured, smoked and dry-aged meats, with its lavish foreign cheeses and slices of crunchy, crusty bread is not to be missed. We were partial to Ciao Baci’s spicy coppa, an aged pork shoulder flavored with garlic and paprika, as well as the black pepper saucisson, a dry-cured pork sausage encrusted in black peppercorn. This pungent morsel of rich, fatty sausage made a wonderful addition to the plate. But all of these were overshadowed by the house rillette. A

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605 Beechwood St. 603-0238 QUICK BITE If you’re not looking for a full meal, relax with a drink and a few exceptional tapas and other small plates. Fried goat cheese stuffed olives or rosemary Parmesan fries with citrus herb aioli are impressive. Service is smart and attentive, the ambience inviting and warm. Enjoy the beautiful porch when the weather permits. Finishing the evening with a pretzelcrusted chocolate-peanut butter pie is never a bad idea either. HOURS 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 1 a.m.) Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. OTHER INFO Credit cards accepted, full bar.

rillette is not something you lose your paycheck on while gallivanting in Las Vegas — it’s a chopped meat dish (in our case, pork), heavily salted and rendered down in its own fat until tender. The meats are then placed in a small pot, topped with a generous layer of clarified butter, and allowed to solidify and firm up in the fridge. Basically, it’s meat butter. It shouldn’t be legal, but thank your lucky stars that it is. Spread on toast, savor the slowly melting butter, the salted pork, the flavorsome fat.

This was a real show-stopper. We initially balked at the idea of a $22 fried chicken. It just felt unnatural. But after the waiter finished his wellrehearsed description of the dish, stating that it was truly one of the standout menu items, we could not pass up the opportunity — we may be stubborn, but we know when to take good advice. And good it was. The chicken itself was no unconventional preparation, but it was done right. Moist, juicy interior, seasoned correctly, with a nice, crispy skin. You’d expect this level of execution given the price tag. But the accompaniments are what made the dish sing. A ragout of tender, robust pinto beans with pan-fried bacon bits formed the base of the plate. Tangy, tender, sautéed cabbage added elements of sweet and a touch of sour. A drizzle of sriracha-lime dressing brought everything together, and took this dish to new heights. Our meal continued with a few bowls of steamed mussels ($9) swimming in a savory, flavorful broth and a spread of briny, crusted deep-fried green olives filled with softened goat cheese ($5). More fried chicken made its way to our table in the form of crispy fried chicken sliders with a sweet basil slaw and housemade pickles ($7). A beautifully cooked Creekstone hanger steak ($27) made its way onto our forks a few times, topped with black truffle butter and housemade Worcestershire sauce (something I’ve never seen made in-house before). We were particularly smitten by the grilled pork chop plate ($23). The pork loin itself was remarkable — tender and flavorful. But it was the bed of pillowy goat-cheese grits that really took our breath away. Soft, smooth, almost pudding-like in texture. Rich with a generous amount of butter and blended with a hint of goat cheese, these are something you’ve got to try. Rarely is pork so completely outshined on a single plate. We left the table better people that day. Our bellies full, our hearts brightened by wonderful company. Ciao Baci is the sort of place that reminds you what dining out should be all about: attentive service, well-executed dishes, good drink, and an atmosphere that invites smiles to the faces of everyone around the table. And for that, almost any price is fair. It’s no wonder this place still packs ’em in.

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BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers and properly fried Kennebec potatoes. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSTON’S Ribs and gourmet pizza star at this restaurant/sports bar. 3201 Bankhead Dr. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-3741232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat. BUTCHER SHOP Several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAPERS A menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials.

10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA There’s mouthwatering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-8341840. LD daily. J & S CAFETERIA Home-cooking, with daily specials. Also offers burgers from the grill or a salad bar. 601 S Gaines St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-378-2206. L Mon.-Fri. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE Sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St.

Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-0300. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. YANCEY’S CAFETERIA Soul food served with a Southern attitude. 1523 Martin Luther King Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-372-9292. LD Tue.-Sat. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646444. LD Mon.-Sat.





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#366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RENOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-2900. ROBERTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Specializes in fried chicken dinners, served with their own special trimmings. 7212 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-568-2566. D Mon.-Sat. ROUTE 66 DINER Kid-friendly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s diner with a menu of classics, including chicken and waffles. 7710 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3366. BLD Mon.-Sat. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN This Southwest Little Rock restaurant specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish. 8824 Geyer Springs

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A. W. LINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ASIAN CUISINE Traditional Chinese dishes, several Thai dishes and a variety of sushi rolls. 17000 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHINESE CUISINE Offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL Tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. LILLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Finedining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat. RJ TAO RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE Upscale Asian and exotic fare. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. D Mon.-Sat. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7770. LD daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab and Kobe beef. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 60

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CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-9547427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats. Side orders are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.


CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from Ireland. Irish and Southern food favorites. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). TAJ MAHAL Upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-881-4796. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.


BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Extensive menu. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, call-your-own ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.


CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily, BR Sun. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. SENOR TEQUILA Typical cheap Mexcian dishes with great service. Good margaritas. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2245505. LD daily. 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432. TACOS GUANAJUATO Pork, beef, adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon.


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AFTER DARK, CONT. “Next to Normal.” The critically acclaimed musical drama about a family’s struggle with mental illness. Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, through May 12: Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m., $10-$22. 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “See How They Run.” A former American actress and wife of the Vicar shakes things up in a sleepy English village. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through May 12: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet.” Onehour, family friendly performance presented by the Pulaski Technical College Studio 153 Players. Argenta Community Theater, April 25-26, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sat., April 27, 11 a.m., free. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. “The Smell of the Kill.” New dark comedy from Michele Lowe about three malicious wives and their miserable husbands. The Public Theatre, through May 12: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $12-$14. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529.


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HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Beautiful Uprising,” new woodcuts by LaToya Hobbs, through June 8, artist reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. May 17, artist talk 11 a.m. May 18, “Relevance of Hair” discussion 1:30 p.m. May 18. 372-6822. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Backyard Birds,” May 1-31, giclee giveaway 7 p.m. May 16. 660-4006. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: “Cityscapes,” paintings by Marty Smith; gourds by Dawn Clark. ELECTRICT HEART TATTOOS, 623 Beechwood: “Roll&Tumble Press Reject Print Sale,” 11 a.m.-9 p.m. April 27. 374-2848. THEA ARTS FESTIVAL, Main Street, NLR: Displays and demonstrations by artists from across

Arkansas, including Leon Niehues, Barbara Satterfield, Delita Martin, Stephano Sutherlin, Michael Warrick, Mia Hall, Emily Wood and many others; musical groups every hour, children’s art activities, dance by Ballet Arkansas and Arkansas Festival Ballet, Main Street between Broadway and Sixth Street, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27. 379-9512, THEA CENTER, 401 Main St., NLR: Annual “North Little Rock High School Art Show and Sale,” through April 26; pen and ink drawings by Mary Ann Stafford, April 29-May 18, reception 5-9 p.m. May 18. 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Recent paintings by Michael Worsham, May 1-10; Endia Bumgarner, “Celebrating Color,” through April 28; “BFA Thesis Project Exhibition No. 1,” with Megan Douglas, Morgan Hill, Jade Chauvin, Myriam Saavedra and Cameron Richards, through May 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Views on the Boldness of Prints,” talk by curator Kevin Murphy, 1-1:45 p.m. April 25; “Collaborating With Nature,” talk by artists Celeste Roberge and Stacy Levy, 3-4:30 p.m. April 28, free to members, $10 nonmembers; “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” through May 28, $12 non-members ages 19 and up; “Abstractions on Paper: From Abstract Expressionism to Post Minimalism,” through April 29, permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. FAYETTEVILLE ARSAGA’S DEPOT, 548 W Dickson St: “Habitats,” photographs of Fayetteville life by Kat Wilson, closing day reception 9 p.m. April 26. 479-4439900. LALALAND GALLERY, 641 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.: Natalie Brown and Ben Flowers: “We Sages: Dense and Repeat,” 8-9 p.m. April 25. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Portrayal,” large-

format photographs of Arkansas artists by Kat Wilson, Fine Arts Center Gallery, closing day reception 6-8 p.m. April 26. 479-575-7987. FORT SMITH FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM: “High Fiber: Women to Watch 2013,” fiber art by Louise Halsey, Barbara Cade, Jennifer Libby, Jane Hartfield and Deborah Kuster, reception 5-7 p.m. May 2, show through July 7; “Gerry Stecca: Tree Wraps,” installation with clothespins; “Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos,” through July 7. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787. HEBER SPRINGS ELLEN HOBGOOD GALLERY, 101 S. Third St.: Exhibition of work and live demonstrations by ArtGroup Maumelle members Lori Weeks, Ron Almond, Matt Coburn, Louise Harris, Debbie Hinson, Vickie Hendrix-Siebenmorgen and Holly Tilley, April 26-27, Heber Springs Springfest. 680-9484. JONESBORO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “Spring 2013 Senior Exhibition,” work by Ashley Bradley, Hayley Denton, Stephanie D. Foreman, Abby Ganong and Lindsay Garland, opens with reception 5 p.m. April 25, show through May 11, Bradbury Gallery. 870-972-3471. RUSSELLVILLE RUSSELLVILLE CITY PARK: “pARTy in the Park,” annual arts and literary event sponsored by the River Valley Arts Center, dinner party 7 p.m. April 26, tickets $50, festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27. 479-968-2452.


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie,” 100 ceramic pieces in various forms and drawings, through May 5; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through

2013; “52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” art by Arkansas students K-12, through May 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “No I’m Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective,” cartoons by Michael Jukes; “1st Annual Membership Exhibition” by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers, through April 27. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Structures II,” paintings by Daniel Coston, through April 27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 2241335. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Bridging the Burden: In Their Shoes,” boots of Arkansas soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, through April 27. 918-3086. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham: “Inner Voices: Wearable Art,” jewelry by Belgian artist Steph Brouwers, through April 30; also work by Angela Davis Johnson, Kelley Naylor Wise and Lynn Frost. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 663-2222.


CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 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. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Hidden Arkansas,” photographs by 11 members of the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, through May 5; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 18382013,” study gallery, through July 12; “Phenomena of Change: Lee Cowan, Mary Ann Stafford and Maria Botti Villegas,” through May 5; “Perfect Balance,” paintings by Marty Smith. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. www.arktimes.comAPRIL April25, 25,2013 2013 63 63

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