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n I’ve confirmed a rumor that a prospective buyer is looking over the vacant Packet House, the landmark 1871 mansion that sits between the Dillard’s headquarters building and the Dillard’s data processing center on Cantrell Road. Parties say it’s too early to speak definitively on the prospects for the building, now owned by Chambers Bank. The bank assumed ownership following financial turmoil for a previous owner. It has been used once in the past as a restaurant and that’s one use apparently being contemplated again. It served as an office building for many years. Contrary to talk circulating in the historic preservation community, two people familiar with the property say that preservation of the structure is anticipated, not demolition. The 12,000-square-foot structure, listed by Flake-Kelley at $1 million, was built by Alexander McDonald, a banker, railroader and briefly a Republican senator from Arkansas during Reconstruction. Recent ads say it can be purchased for “substantial” discount on that price. It’s been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.

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n Little Rock National Airport is declining to release pay and hire-date information on its employees, citing fears the information could be seen as a breach of security by the Department of Homeland Security. The Arkansas Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the information in March and was provided the information, though incomplete, a week later. Some employees objected to the request in letters to the state attorney general; the AG’s opinion informed them that the information is public. However, the AG’s opinion noted that Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration guidelines may override state law. Carolyn Witherspoon, attorney for the Municipal Airport Commission, said April 7 that she had forwarded the Times’ request for names and salaries to the TSA. She asked that the newspaper withhold publication pending the TSA review. Last year, the airport released the salaries of the top officials to the Times. They include Director Ron Mathieu, $180,793 (plus a bonus of $8,200 in 2009); Deputy Director Bryan Malinowski, $147,465; Finance Director Carol Snay, $129,794; Director of Properties, Planning and Development Tom Clarke, $122,424, and Media and Marketing Director Tiajuana Williams, $96,147. • APRIL 27, 2011 3

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n A recent Cornell University study found that, contrary to what most people might think – and certainly to what the industry might have you believe – the development of natural gas resources could actually have a bigger carbon footprint than the mining and combustion of coal. Although researchers agree that natural gas is a cleaner-burning fuel than coal, a significant amount of methane leaks into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting natural gas from the ground and also known as fracking. “We are not advocating for more coal or oil, but rather to move to a truly green, renewable future as quickly as possible,” researcher Robert Howarth told the Cornell Chronicle. How big of an impact will the study have here in Arkansas? Bill Kopsky, with the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, says that will depend on whether or not future studies confirm the findings. “I don’t know if a lot of Arkansas policy makers care if natural gas is cleaner or dirtier than coal, to be honest,” Kopsky says. “From that standpoint I don’t know if it will change any policymakers’ views. You hear everybody talk about natural gas as a bridge fuel, but the Cornell study says it’s a bridge-to-nowhere fuel. I think the industry could do a lot to make it cleaner.”


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More than a newspaper n As eagle-eyed readers may’ve noted, this week we have a new slogan on our cover, “Arkansas’s source for news, politics and entertainment.” The change reflects the not-so-new reality of the Times: We’re far more than a weekly newspaper these days. We have a website,, that breaks as much or more daily news as any outlet in the state and offers a wealth of information to help you navigate your free time — a comprehensive events calendar, a detailed dining guide and daily blogs devoted to art, entertainment and food. We also have a handy iPhone app for navigating local happy hours and bars called Cocktail Compass (arktimes. com/cocktailcompass). And recently we started a Friday podcast, hosted by Lindsey Millar and featuring Max Brantley, where we review the biggest stories of the week (

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Arkansas goes wireless n Arkansas leads the country in the percentage of residents who’ve abandoned landline telephones to go strictly wireless. A new study from the National Centers for Disease Control says 35.2 percent of Arkansans live in cell-phone-only households, just ahead of Mississippi, at 35.1, for No. 1. The growth rate of wireless-only homes in Arkansas also outstripped the country — a jump from 20 percent in 2007 to 35 percent in 2010. Poverty is a positive marker for cell phone exclusivity. Younger people and people who move frequently are also more likely to use cell phones. Cell phone use was also heavy in states that had high numbers of people with no telephone service. Arkansas ranked fourth among the states with the highest percentage of people with NO home phone.

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Words n Rafael Nunez says that after hearing the expression “What in tarnation?” in both Northern California and the Texas Panhandle, “I did some informal research and came up with this: ‘What in tarnation?’ is a corruption of, or is derived from, the expression ‘What in darnation?’ which itself is derived from ‘What in damnation?’. What do you think?” I yield to no man in the informality of my research — mine’s practically barefoot — so it might have been expected that when Mr. Nunez and I loosened our neckties, we’d arrive at pretty much the same conclusion. Darnation is indeed a word conceived in a time when people were given to euphemism, substituting darn for damn and heck for hell. Then darnation got hooked up with ’tarnal, a dialectal form of eternal. So, tarnation is at bottom eternal damnation, which sounds rough. 4 APRIL 27, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

No wonder they liked euphemisms.

super.” In English, it means “being a superlative example of its kind or class (ubernerd)” and “to an extreme or excessive degree (ubercool).” Anglophones’ embrace of uber suggests they’ve gotten over that “Deutschland uber alles” unpleasantness of some years back.

n “Uber leftist columnist Art Decko’s recent babbling attempting to equate union labor tantrums to the power of the Tea Party would be laughable if not so ludicrous.” And you could make fun of it too, if it weren’t so ridiculous. I’m interested in that uber, as well. The word is all over these days — usually with an umlaut, but we don’t do unlauts at the Times. It’s personal. According to Merriam-Webster Online, uber is German for “over, beyond,

n Zoe and Boe: A recent mention of our reclusive junior senator prompted a letter from Homer DeBrave. “John Boozman says the o’s in his last name rhyme with go and not with boo, too, woo et al. Can you think of another word or name with double o’s that is pronounced the way Boozman says his name is pronounced?” I couldn’t, until I saw a report that the film actress Zooey Deschanel uses a long-o sound for her name.

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Carroll Electric Cooperative Corp., which serves Benton, Carroll, Newton and Madison counties, has for several years now been riling folks over its practice of spraying herbicides to manage right-ofways. It’s cheaper than using real people to keep nature back, but many folks say the practice is harmful to the plants and animals that get in the way. So when a seat on the cooperative’s board opened up, concerned citizen Marcie Brewster decided to make a run for it. That required, The Observer learned first hand, hoofing it all over the Ozarks to get 750 signatures, 250 of which had to come from the district Brewster was to represent. We departed reporter mode to make the trek to Carroll County to help Brewster get names in District Six, which includes such bustling metropoli as Kingston, Osage and Boxley. Finding folks wasn’t easy; most folks have to drive at least an hour to work, so their hours at home are limited. Kingston was a ghost town. Osage had six houses; no one home. The Observer did pick up 23 signatures in the Boxley Valley. When folks did come to the door, we learned that few knew about the herbicide spraying. But there were those folks who were personally affected. There was a rancher who said he lost 12 cattle after his cows ate brush that had been sprayed with herbicides. An organic farmer lost her certification for three years after her farm was accidentally sprayed. Some didn’t even want to talk about it, scared their power would be shut off. One woman even said we should be thanking the cooperative for providing electricity. Two weeks ago, Brewster turned in 1,300 petition signatures to CECC. Of those, signatures from her district numbered 242 — just eight John Hancocks short of being nominated for the ballot. The cooperative’s reaction: “Close, but no cigar.” It kind of makes you wonder. Will the little guy ever win?

One of the benefits of living in the urban jungle (other than a 5-minute commute in an era of $4 a gallon gas) is that the services rarely go kaput. Maybe once a year, always during a storm, the lights will go out at The Observatory, bathing our little empire down in Capitol View in an unfamiliar substance we hear

is called “Dark.” The Observer grew up out in the sticks, so we know all about the dark — the velvety, near-perfect dark of a moonless summer night, miles away from the perpetual blue-white dome of the city. There’s nothing like it. A few years back, sitting on the porch during a similar power outage in muggy June, we noticed for the first time that there were lightning bugs in Little Rock. Up until then, we had no idea. The dark came back to our block last week during the line of storms that set the tornado sirens howling. After the threat of twisters was done, we welcomed our old friend back as we always do, with lit candles and plenty of porch-sitting. Before long, we got around to regaling Junior — emerged from the electronic cocoon all kids seem to be wrapped in these days — with tales of the inky nights of our youth, making him imagine, I’m sure, his Old Man doing homework by hurricane lamp with Abe Lincoln as a study partner. It wasn’t that drastic, my boy. But oh, wasn’t it lovely? The air after the storm took the electricity was perfect: a bit muggy, but not unbearable. The Observatory, lit by a nasal cacophony of Spouse’s collection of scented candles, smelled like a French whorehouse. But that was a small tradeoff for everything else: the yellow candlelight flickering up the walls; the darkness in the street out front, the houses turned black boxes where other candles glowed. Lovely, lovely dark. After a few hours, the lights came back on. It’s always startling when that happens; the whole house going, in a split second, from black to blinding light, from silence to the whispered din of a modern home: refrigerator and television, clock radio and air conditioner, ceiling fan and coffeepot, all coming on simultaneously. On the corner across the street from our house is a streetlight that keeps our yard and porch wrapped in a constant glow. The Observer, no stranger to civil disobedience, has pondered more than once on how easy it would be to buy a pellet gun and douse that light — to give our yard and porch and the street out front over to the night. We won’t though. It’s there for a reason, we know. We know this, too: We love living in the city, and our divorce from the dark is part of that. We might not like it, but we will abide. Until the next storm, sweetheart. • APRIL 27, 2011 5


The ruin of Reaganomics The Arkansas Times has officially become an institution; the conscience of journalism in Arkansas, what the Gazette used to be. When the Gazette was gobbled by Gannett and then folded, I feared no paper would be able to stand for rational debate in Arkansas. Could the Arkansas Times hang in there? But, the Times plugs away, getting better and better every week, never shirking from pointing out the emperor is not only nude, but really wrinkled. After all these years, you, all of you, keep your loyal readers informed (and usually angry) about the “other side” of Arkansas politics and journalism, the parts that Hussman and his ADG lapdogs don’t bother to or can’t write about. I read the ADG editorial page only to get outraged by the self-interest of the writers or the insipid letters to the editor about Republican talking points. I read yours to find out what the ADG sweeps under the rug. And the Arkansas Times Blog is the only real source of what is going on in Arkansas. No daily newspaper would touch David Cay Johnston’s piece on “The Ruin of Reaganomics,” and the endnote points out it was distributed by alternative news weeklies. If Paul Krugman is worthy of the Pulitzer Prize for economics, so is Johnston. Arkansas is a better state having the Arkansas Times as its journalistic conscience. Most minds obviously will not be changed, but it’s good to know that there still are sane people in this state. Thank you, Arkansas Times, for your years of service to your readers, but, most importantly, the truth. John W. Hall Little Rock What amazes and irritates me most in this world are the people who destroy their credibility after making a profound social statement (that needs to be made) by using a logic that is the exact same logic they criticize. I began to suspect the article “Mad Men” was propaganda when the author pointed at certain presidential failures while ignoring others, but then I read his byline and understood from whence he comes. His premise and purported intent is true. We could have universal health care and solve many social ills if we wanted to — if we could rid the tax loopholes for the rich. What is not said is that this loopholer class of people is the very one financing campaigns for the lawmakers that make these loopholes. So then why would Mr. Johnston, and more importantly, this rag, publish an article that has so much to say about our way of life in America, then stoop as low as the Republicans who question Barack Obama’s 6 APRIL 27, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

birthplace? I suspect it is because the author (and the Arkansas Times) don’t care so much about the poor as they do about political power. The real message underneath the subterfuge is true. Poverty is rampant. In 2002, Jimmy Carter made the point much better than Mr. Johnston, without the junk. When the former president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he “decided that the most serious and universal problem is the growing chasm between the richest and poorest people on earth. Citizens of the ten wealthiest nations are now 75 times richer than the ones who live in the 10 poorest ones.” We have to see helping the poor as a call-

ing and a mandate, a cause rather than an excuse. What will we do? All of us rich people have a choice, without needing a loophole. John Wayne Smith Hot Springs

Hey, you! Hey! Dumbass! Yeah, you in the late ’90s to early 2000s gold Cadillac. Yeah, you and your license plate. I saw what you did April 15 headed east on Cantrell by Reservoir Road 4:30 p.m. or so: You almost hit the cop car and horned in on a gold Prius rushing to your destination — you’re damned lucky the cop didn’t get you and that I didn’t have a firearm aboard.

I followed you and you should thank whatever God you may have. Your discourteous driving — actually infantile, selfish driving — was rude and inexcusable. You don’t belong in a 300-acre field with a push mower. Your kind should not be allowed to vote, procreate or drive. The traffic light at Andover and Cantrell was out. You and several hundred others are ignorant of the law that a traffic signal — not working — is to be stopped at, and then proceeded through, alternately, with caution.  But you proceeded to insert yourself into oncoming traffic so you could turn left (north) into Kingwood Exxon. Yeah, I know who you are and how you drive. Shape up or take a taxi. You are not welcome as a fellow driver on our roads. Are you originally from Texas? Steve Gibson Little Rock

Writers’ errors The current attacks on education by state and federal politicians is particularly regrettable given the dwindling ability of citizens to speak or write clear, effective English. Telephone operators talk too rapidly and enunciate poorly, politicians have no idea of basic logic, as is evidenced by the rise of such mistakes as using “begs the question” to mean “raises the question” (rather than “avoids the question”), and what are ostensibly television news reporters giggle and gargle out an irritating throaty falsetto. Perhaps most annoying are the professional writers whose work exhibits outright error along with awkward passages the editors either missed or assumed readers could not be bothered to understand. For example, Ernest Dumas’ article “Arkansas: A Tax Myth-Maker, Too” (April 13) begins: “Arkansas is not quite the laboratory that the government of the United States has afforded us for testing supply-side economics and other popular tax myths, but our experiment is much older.” Can a laboratory be “afforded” someone? Did the writer mean “and,” rather than “but”? Did he, perhaps, mean “for our experiment is much older”? Probably, he should just have junked the sentence, decided what he wanted to write, and started over. Then, “The Observer” column has a dilly. The second paragraph, referring to an article in the Arkansas Times, states, “If you live in Fordyce, however, and you don’t own a computer, you can get one for about $5 at a local gas station.” The writer meant that anyone could get a copy of the newspaper for $5, not a computer. Sloppy writing calls into question the writer’s ability to put ideas together and tacitly condemns the editor’s failure to correct the lapse. Yes, I know these are minor, but examples often are and others like these may be multiplied ad nauseam in the shopping malls, the media, and among the political hacks who misgovern the country at every level. Stuart Jay Silverman Hot Springs

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DEMOCRATS. The party went on the attack against Republican votes to destroy Medicare and Medicaid while giving enormous tax breaks to the rich. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock and Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro were targeted specifically. Third District Rep. Steve Womack can do whatever he wants in Yellow Dog Republican Land.


TIGHT BUDGETING. A new state revenue forecast says Arkansas might be able to squeeze a tiny sum — $2.5 million — for rainy needs, but otherwise caution is the watchword. The state employee pay plan for next year has no pay raises or COLAs.


WEATHER. Powerful storm systems pounded Arkansas. Deaths came in flooding and tornadoes. Hardest hit appeared to be Vilonia, which at our press time was reporting four deaths and a miles-long path of destruction through the Faulkner County city. REP. TIM GRIFFIN. He visited a Head Start center to get a photo op with cute kids and used the opportunity to say he’d cut federal spending for programs like Head Start before he’d drop tax cuts for the rich. He bragged that his mother was once a Head Start teacher, the kind of jobs he’d eliminate. He also horned in on a $25 million federally financed airport expansion project in Conway, exactly the kind of stimulus spending of which he normally disapproves. Sen. John Boozman, another stimulus opponent, also sent hypocritical word praising the great economic stimulation of the airport project. ATTORNEY GENERAL DUSTIN MCDANIEL. He spent $250,000 of taxpayer money on a report that said Pulaski County school districts hadn’t kept books the way he prefers on use of state desegregation settlement money. The districts were under no obligation to do as McDaniel wished. He was simply demagoguing the Pulaski court case, a popular pastime of opportunist politicians. 8 APRIL 27, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES


MIKE HUCKABEE. Haley Barbour, the only other Southerner contemplating a Republican run for president, dropped out. Evidence builds that the Huckster may enter the race — if he can figure out a way to preserve his new media loot.

The Word at the capitol Group offers “biblical counsel” to politicos. BY GERARD MATTHEWS

n In a state where most consider themselves to be strong Christians, it’s no surprise that religion finds its way into the state Capitol during the legislative session. A number of groups, like the Family Council on the right and the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance on the left, advocate certain issues based on the religious outlook of their constituent communities. One group, the Capitol Commission, is doing something a little different: offering “biblical counseling” to political leaders, trusting “God to use His Word to help government leaders grow in the grace and knowledge of God,” according to the group’s website. Jason Palermo, a licensed minister and pastor, has been offering similar services to political leaders in Arkansas since 2006. In 2009, Palermo became the state director of the Capitol Commission, a national organization with an Arkansas chapter. The group hosts Bible study groups at the Capitol during legislative sessions and will counsel individual members when invited to do so. Palermo is currently going on twice-weekly jogging sessions with Secretary of State

Mark Martin. “It’s based on his availability,” Palermo says. “It’s a way that we can both work out and maintain some level of fitness, but also a time where I could give him any spiritual — whether it’s prayer for him or any questions that would be of a spiritual nature.” The hardest part of the job, Palermo says, is accommodating busy schedules. “We’ll use any means available. With political leaders their schedules are normally pretty packed. A lot of times, one of my biggest challenges is overcoming their own scheduling. That’s one of their biggest problems too. A lot of times that’s how marriages fall apart. They feel they’ve got so much on their plate, so much is important. We have one guy, for example, who goes on 100-mile bike rides with senators and folks like that.” Palermo does not charge a fee for his services. Funding for the state chapter comes from donations. Palermo shies away from saying his organization is conservative. “We are truly a non-partisan organiza-

tion, and not politically motivated, but we are ministry motivated,” he says. “Because we are a biblically-based ministry we may, on a biblical basis, arrive at ‘conservative’ conclusions pertaining to issues that find clear biblical support. I am seldom asked political questions, and when I am I usually remind folks that we are not involved with political advocacy. But if they want to know what the Bible teaches either explicitly or implicitly on a particular subject I can help them think through some of the issues.” Religion plays a big part in Arkansas politics. Each representative or senator’s “member profile” on the general assembly website lists their “church affiliation” along with their occupation, seniority number and bio. Although Palermo says his group stays out of political advocacy and refrains from taking a stance on certain issues, other groups, like the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, do. Steven Copley, chair of the AIA, says his organization practices what he likes to call “public witness.” “We work with the faith community to get people to call their legislators on issues that fall within our priority area,” Copley says. “We look at each issue in the faith context and judge it on its merits. That’s why I don’t like the terms [liberal or conservative], but in reality we tend to come down more on the progressive side.” Copley says his group doesn’t give biblical counsel to legislators, but meets with individual lawmakers on particular issues. Religion, he says, is just a way of life in Southern politics. “I think legislators, and ordinary citizens, still make decisions based on their religious backgrounds,” he says. “That’s anywhere in the United States but maybe not quite as predominant as in Arkansas or the South. It might not be your first point of analysis on any issue but in Arkansas many people’s faith values still play a major part in their decision making. Therefore it lends itself to the development of groups like ours and other groups that you’re talking about.” “The question is, what’s a proper relationship of the church to the state?” Palermo says. “The scriptures really call the church to pray for their political leaders in 1Timothy 2: 1-4 — to care, to pray for them, to love them. We’re called to love politicians. A lot of people in the church are too politically minded I think. There’s nothing wrong with being involved in politics, but when it confuses the mission of the church for politicizing or moralizing the government, rather than loving those within it and caring for their souls, they get off from their mission.”


The stars come out Many are nominated; 20 are chosen. t’s time again to meet our choices for Arkansas’s top 20 high school seniors. The class of 2011, our 17th, is full of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, artists, musicians and writers. 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 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. We’ve tried to give an idea of what the future holds for them, but the article appears before the final deadline for college decisions and many of our winners have exciting options. College plans listed are, therefore, not set in stone. Meet the team: KAMAKSHI DUVVURU • APRIL 27, 2011 11


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Puzzle solver


t’s not easy being a child named Berea Antakli, the daughter of Syrian parents, in Camden, Ark. When Berea told people she was Syrian, she said, “They’d go huh? Cereal?” They made fun of her curly hair, didn’t understand her love of ’60s folk rock. When she had to do a family tree project in fifth grade, the Middle Eastern names caused her so much embarrassment that she started crying when she had to turn it in. BEREA Now, as the top-ranked senior at Harmony Grove High ANTAKLI School, a former All-American cheerleader (“the cheerAge: 17 leader that nobody could believe was a cheerleader,” she Hometown: Camden says, because of her bookishness) and track and field letSchool: Harmony Grove terman, with numerous academic awards to her name, the High School kids in her hometown probably know what Syria is, and Parents: Mimi Bird and where it is, and what kind of smart kids come from there. Tamin Antakli Her counselor, Rachell Sorrells, noted that Berea is the only College plans: Smith Harmony Grove student in the past decade to have received College college credit for every Advanced Placement test she’s taken. Berea believes her greatest achievement is she has not “let my circumstances make me.” Berea, who has been offered a scholarship to Smith, in Northampton, Mass., that goes to fewer than 10 in the incoming class, knows she wants to be in academia — but not in science or math, though she was the first-place winner in the Lockheed Martin Engineering Competition two years running. She’s thinking of majoring in cultural studies, and this early fan of folkies will probably specialize in music history, most likely 20th century. (She describes herself as a “theater geek” as well — she persuaded the school to do an “American Idol” parody last year.) After graduate school, Berea hopes to travel: “I want to live overseas. I don’t want to be settled,” at least not for many years. She’ll get to travel before college: She plans to go this summer to Syria with her father; she speaks Arabic conversationally, so no problem there. But she’d also consider living stateside, if there was a job opening at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., a town she calls “heaven.”

e can’t tell you which algorithm she uses (we’re not even real sure what an algorithm is), but Jessica Cheng can solve a scrambled 3 by 3 by 3 Rubik’s Cube in 18 seconds. For those in the know, she’s a Fridrich speed-cuber and president of the Rubik’s Cube Club at ASMSA. She’s also No. 1 in a class of 86 at what is said to be the hardest high school in the state. JESSICA That kind of mind — the puzzle-solving kind — is what CHENG it takes to succeed in material science engineering, a field that Age: 17 combines chemistry and physics and one Jessica hopes to Hometown: Magnolia pursue. She’s already made a stab at modifying graphene, a School: Arkansas School two-dimensional carbon cell (two dimensional? “Really, refor Mathematics, ally thin,” she explained), to use as a window (transparent) Sciences and the Arts electrode, rather than the rare and expensive material currentParents: Hong Cheng, ly being used. It didn’t work, but she got to use the radiofreGuohong Gu quency chemical vapor deposition machine at the University College plans: California of Arkansas at Little Rock in the process, which she enjoyed. Institute of Technology Makes solving a Rubik’s Cube sound like a breeze, doesn’t it? Music is also a passion for Jessica, who moved to the United States from China when she was 3 years old and now hails from Magnolia. She discovered stringed instruments at ASMSA, taking up the banjolele, then guitar and hammer dulcimer. She says her class in folk music and acoustics is the only such class taught in Arkansas. She also found a school that was “way more challenging” than she expected. “I came here expecting to be able to sleep through my classes [the way she did in Magnolia] ... I had no idea I’d be working this hard,” she explained. Her fellow students are glad she does. Her counselor recently spent several nights in a dorm, where Jessica, as president of the Student Government Association, has tried to create a more “home-like” atmosphere. “I discovered that Jessica is the ‘go-to’ person when any student needs help in solving a problem in mathematics.” Like, how can I get this row to be all yellow?

Efficiency master



is mother and stepfather call him “the efficiency master,” Austin Daily says. He likes things to go right, without wasted effort. He also likes higher math. So it makes sense that he’s thinking about majoring in industrial engineering, where he’d learn to analyze systems to find ways to make them work better. Has he applied some streamlining to his family dynamics? “Honestly, I do sometimes. When we get things out AUSTIN of the fridge, I make sure we get out everything that we’re DAILY going to need ... that way you don’t have to keep opening Age: 17 and closing the door.” Hometown: Little Rock But Austin, who took week-long church mission trips School: Episcopal to Jamaica in the summers of 2009 and 2010, also enjoys Collegiate School human relationships, which can be anything but precise. JaParents: Lynda Daily and maica, you say? “I remember at the time having two distinct Doug Rawn questions in mind,” Austin wrote wryly in an essay for the College plans: Georgia Times. One, “what sort of mission team goes to Jamaica?” Institute of Technology And two, he wondered what could be accomplished. As it turned out, his mission there was “to love people.” Most of the time was spent in play with children living in poverty, and at a going-away service, Austin said, “One woman got up and said that she had almost forgotten that there was love in the world. ... Just by loving her kids we had an impact on them and also on her.” Austin, who is ranked at the top of his class of 43 at Episcopal Collegiate, converses more like an adult than a teen-ager, which you might expect from a young man who, having lost his father when he was only 6 and whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer only two years later, had to grow up fast. His mother survived and remarried. Austin is making sure that a young boy at home has someone to play with. He became a Big Brother to an 8-year-old a year ago, and though he feared his weekly visits might become a burden, now he looks forward to his time with My’Sean. Recently Austin and the child spent 45 minutes trying to dig up a rock. They might not have gone at it in the most efficient way, but the young boy “was having so much fun, I just started going along with it,” Austin said.



f the great sports broadcaster Dan Patrick were to describe Cayce Davis, he might say something like this: “You can’t stop Cayce Davis, you can only hope to contain him.” The young man described by his school counselor as “dynamic” and “an inspiration” has overcome not only the day-to-day trials of your typical high school student but a life-threatening illness as well. CAYCE DAVIS In March 2010, Cayce had surgery to remove a brain tuAge: 18 mor. He constantly traveled back and forth from Little Rock Hometown: Little Rock to St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis to receive treatment, all School: Robinson High while keeping up with his classes and assignments. School Robinson High School Counselor Virginia Abrams says Parents: Mark and Cayce displayed remarkable determination. Jari Davis “He was able to read and do his research and he comCollege plans: University municated with teachers through e-mail,” Abrams says. “It of Tennessee, Knoxville was very easy for teachers to support him because of his willingness to do the work. When offers were made to reduce the workload, that was unacceptable on his part. He wanted no exceptions made for him.” But Cayce says although the experience was a trying one, it’s not something that necessarily defines him. “I would say that in no way was I ever defined by that experience because I made sure there was a balance in my life,” Cayce says. “I was not just ‘the brain tumor kid.’ I was Cayce Davis. I’m very involved in my school. I play sports. I was in a play this year. I’m in student council and a lot of clubs. When you’re balanced, it’s hard to be defined by any one thing.”



Rocket artist



Literature fan

Material guy



o matter where I go, it will always be where I’m from and it’s an integral part of me.” When Kamakshi Duvvuru talks about her life, her interests, the things she’s passionate about, it all comes back to culture. Kamakshi is an Indian-American student at Central High. She moved to America with her family when she was only 5 years old. Frequent family visits to India KAMAKSHI help her connect with her family’s roots. DUVVURU “I often wonder if I lived in India, and hadn’t moved Age: 17 here, who I would be,” she says. “Coming from two difHometown: Little Rock ferent cultures — Indian and American — gives me a real School: Central High independence of thinking.” School Kamakshi’s interests range from computer science and Parents: Sivakumar and bioinformatics to fashion. She hopes to pursue a bioengiSreelatha Duvvuru neering degree from Stanford or Columbia and hopefully College plans: Stanford dabble in fashion on the side. University “Several people might see it as a superficial type of art form, but I think it has its own strength,” Kamakshi says. “Every teen-ager goes through some kind of soul-searching, trying to find out who they are. For me, fashion was a way to bring everything together into harmony. I guess when I wore Indian clothes with American clothes and was confident in them, I could also be confident with my identity.” Kamakshi volunteers her time as president of a non-smoking advocacy group and is active in Seeds of Empowerment, a non-profit organization that helps educate children in rural areas and empower women around the world. She also practices Kuchipudi, a traditional Indian dance that depicts religious epics.

he world has always been a fast place, and the modern world is a fast place built on science and math. So for many, literature is seen as a less-than-useful subject with no real applications in modern life. That’s not the way Destiny Hemphill of Conway High School-West sees it. From an early age, Destiny has been a lover of the written word. Recent years have seen her beDESTINY come a producer of the written word as well, developing HEMPHILL her skill as a poet. Age: 17 “It’s been a pretty big factor in my life,” she said. “I’m Hometown: Conway really trying to study the craft and get better at it.” Destiny School: Conway High said that the study and appreciation of literature can help a School-West person understand all facets of what it is to be a human beParents: Kevin and Crylia ing on planet Earth. Hemphill “I feel like literature, more than any other subject, reCollege plans: Washington ally conveys the experience of humanity and incorporates University, Vanderbilt so many other disciplines. Just from reading one piece of or Duke literature, you can find out about the historical context of a period or what they were doing in science or math, and how that affected people’s mentality and philosophies.” Currently ranked number one in her class of 590 students, Destiny currently holds a 4.34 GPA and is active in her school’s Spanish Club and Quiz Bowl team. When she gets to college, she plans on studying African-American and English literature. Destiny said that her parents encouraged her to succeed in everything in life, not just the academic world. They made sure she knew that being successful in life is about doing your best — a quality that is now firmly set in the way she sees the world. “If I can do something, I’m going to try my hardest to actually do it,” she said. “I don’t like knowing that I could have done something but because I halfway did it, it wasn’t accomplished.”


wimmer, musician, National Merit Semifinalist, Salvation Army volunteer — you can’t pigeon-hole Katherine Eckart. Her physics teacher once described her as a student who could just as easily become an artist as a rocket scientist. Katherine has been playing piano since she was 6 years old and violin since she was in the seventh grade. But she’s KATHERINE also a problem solver who loves the sciences, calculus and ECKART physics. Age: 18 “I want to be able to solve things and apply those prinHometown: El Dorado ciples to real-life situations,” she says. “I really like figuring School: El Dorado High things out, but in a real way, not just on paper.” School Katherine plans to be an engineer and credits a summer Parents: John and Laurie internship at Vanderbilt University for helping her find out Eckart what her real interests were and that leaving home might College plans: University not be that bad. of Notre Dame “It was eye-opening for sure,” she says. “There are definitely things beyond El Dorado. I realized I liked being away. I missed home, but it was good to be away and realize I could handle it.” Katherine is also considering a double-major in history. “I do so many different things but I guess I just try to keep myself organized and focused and I really love everything that I do,” she says. “If I didn’t like school I wouldn’t want to succeed. I really enjoy learning. I love music and taking on new challenges. It feels good when you can accomplish something and I guess that’s what’s always been driving me to keep going, because I love what I do.”

t’s hard to imagine a more well-rounded student than Kalan Leaks. In addition to being a true academic phenom — holding down a 4.04 GPA and a class rank of number one while taking a very rigorous class load that’s heavy on math and science — Kalan is the president of both the senior class and the student council. In addition, Kalan plays football, runs track, competes with his school’s Quiz Bowl team, and volunteers to sing carols to the elderly at Christmas time. KALAN Kalan said that working at his grandmother’s business as LEAKS a boy instilled a strong work ethic in him. From an early age, Age: 18 he knew he wanted to do well in his academic career, both Hometown: Blytheville to make a difference for himself and to set a good example School: Gosnell High for his community. School “I noticed that there were very few of my race in adParent: Monycia Coleman vanced courses,” he said, “and I got the impression that in College plans: Undecided my town, African-Americans were not expected to succeed academically and even socially. From then on, I undertook a silent cause to make a stand in this small town.” That sense of striving for excellence has not gone unnoticed, even outside the borders of Arkansas. Last summer, Kalan was selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a six-week seminar on science and engineering. While there, Kalan dabbled in robotics, listened to presentations by world-class scientists, and found the career he hopes to pursue in college and beyond: materials engineering. “Materials engineering is, you have the whole periodic table at your disposal, and then you try to create new materials,” he said. “Aluminum alloy bats to make them lighter. Special skis for Olympic athletes. You try to make materials better.” One thing he’d like to make better is the body armor worn by soldiers. It’s all within the reach of Kalan, who has a hard time deciding which he loves more: advanced physics or advanced calculus. “I like how when you finally figure out the answer to a question, it actually applies to the real world,” he said. “You’re applying the laws of nature and you’re actually solving real-life situations.”

Looking beyond high school


iven that Jonesboro High School’s Adison Marshall is the lead attorney on her school’s mock trial team, and that she led that team to the mock-trial state championship this year, you might expect that she was planning on being a lawyer someday. We hope you didn’t bet the farm on that ADISON idea. Though Adison is clearly good at putting together cases, MARSHALL arguing, questioning witnesses and convincing a jury (at least Age: 18 a mock-trial jury) of the facts as she sees them, a childhood Hometown: Jonesboro spent watching her attorney father slog through the boring School: Jonesboro High stuff that leads to all that thrilling courtroom drama has soured School her on the prospect of a career before the bar. She knows that Parents: Price and Polly life as a working attorney isn’t all wine and roses. “I kind of Marshall got to see the bad side of it too, so I really don’t know if that’s College plans: William and something I really want to do,” she said. “It’s not ‘Law and Mary or Rhodes College Order’ or ‘Perry Mason’ with the surprise witnesses.” Given her many other pursuits, we have a feeling Adison isn’t going to want for excitement in her life. Currently Jonesboro High’s Student Council president, she has been able to log an admirable 4.22 GPA, and scored 32 on the ACT. She was named a National Merit Semifinalist, a 2010 AP scholar, and won the Old State House’s digital short film competition last year. Her favorite subject is English, and she likes to spend her spare time doing “normal kid stuff” like hanging out with her friends. Asked why she pushes herself to make high grades when it would probably be so easy for her to just have fun and coast through high school with A’s and B’s, Adison gives a wellreasoned answer that is — not surprisingly — very persuasive: “Life doesn’t end after high school, and if I don’t push myself and take an ownership in my education now, and not take things for granted, I’m not going to do that in college, or in the next step after that in graduate school,” she said. “Life isn’t high school and then over. I guess I’m looking for something bigger.”

Not just skating by


exi McClain is a standout in the Pulaski Academy schoolrooms, serving as president of Mu Alpha Theta; secretary of the Literary Club; treasurer for the school’s Young Democrats Club; and distinguished as a National Merit Semifinalist. She hits the books, sure; but she hits the ice with just as much enthusiasm. Since first lacing up her skates in the second grade, Lexi ALEXA “LEXI” has spent a decade honing her skills, mastering difficult MCCLAIN spins, landing vaulting jumps and showing diligence by Age: 17 practicing her technique virtually every day. Having earned Hometown: Little Rock the title of “Gold Medal Skater,” she’s taken her skill on the School: Pulaski Academy road, participating in nationwide competitions from CaliParents: Duncan and fornia to Massachusetts. Her next figure-skating goal is to Carol McClain complete a senior ranking, which would make the 17-yearCollege plans: University old the second-highest-ranked skater in all of Little Rock, of North Carolina at all before graduating high school. It’s a tempered ambition Chapel Hill for precision and perfection that the cheery Pulaski Academy senior’s teachers describe as “driven but not possessed.” Last year, Lexi found herself in an intensive, eight-week summer program at Stanford University, acing eight hours of college credit in classes pertaining to politics and government, another main area of interest and one engendered by the teachers in the “fantastic social sciences department” at Pulaski Academy that she brags about. • APRIL 27, 2011 15


A library for Kandahar

Coming around




Well compensated



is transcript may be uniform (an unbroken string of A’s) and his standardized test results lofty (scoring solidly in the 99th percentile in the ACT and a mere 20 points away from a perfect SAT score), but Will, a keen writer and editor of Cabot High’s “Panther Tale” school paper, conveys ideas with a lively wit, audacity and, as his teachers agree, an “astonishing ... confidence and maturity.” WILL OTTER “Despite my fear of sounding like a jingoist, a homoAge: 19 phobe and a Republican,” he begins, “I’m using this space Hometown: Cabot to [talk] about my Eagle Scout project.” For his project, School: Cabot High School Will, whose father was deployed to Afghanistan last sumParents: William and Kelly mer, spearheaded a book and DVD drive for the troops Otter stationed at Kandahar Air Base. After finding out that the College plans: Rice base’s library consisted of a single, shabby, under-stocked University shelf, the then-rising senior approached his Scoutmasters with an idea to expand Kandahar’s collection. Despite their hesitancy about what he acknowledged were “hasty plans,” Will forged on, hitting the sidewalks and collecting 50 boxes worth of books and movies over a mere two weekends. During the school year, Will, ranked at the top of his class of 664, is a distinguished AP Scholar, handling 10 different advanced placement courses with what Cabot High’s Principal Henry Hawkins describes as “an ease that is breathtaking.” Additionally, he finds the time to play varsity tennis, serve as a Quiz Bowl captain and participate in National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Journalism National Honor Society and, he notes with a shrug, “you know, all the clubs the smart kids are in.”

s there anything Sarah Plavcan does NOT do well? Sarah is the top-ranked student in a class of 577 at one of the state’s best high schools. Sarah is also a National Merit Semifinalist and a winner of the phenomenally tough NCTE award in writing, with one essay on overcoming bullying as an elementary student and a timed essay about moving from New York City to SARAH Arkansas, where for the first time she really saw stars. PLAVCAN She’s one of the six best French students in the state. An Age: 18 artist whose work has been selected for public shows. A top Hometown: Fayetteville finisher in math contests in two states. A cross-country runSchool: Fayetteville High ner. A winning fencer. School Fencing grew out of Sarah’s love for fantasy and science fiction literature and the inspiration of the “Princess Parents: Michael Plavcan Bride.” In her soul, she says, “I am a knight straight out of and L. Knierien a medieval fantasy.” She took refuge in fantasy novels as an College plans: Duke elementary student, when she was bullied. The knights of University fiction taught her meditation and control of her temper. She developed a passion for justice and learning. She learned archery and horseback riding. She took art classes. She vowed to excel. She is the president of the school Fantasy Club, whose members put on a festival that includes costume and weapon design, fencing demonstrations and contests. But it’s not fiction she yearns to write in the years ahead. She says she’ll trade a fencing foil for a pen (or the digital equivalent). She wants to be a lawyer and inspire and comfort other kids like herself. She’ll succeed, Susie Stewart is sure. Stewart says in 40 years of teaching European history she’s had few students like Sarah, a student who always went beyond the assigned work. She astounded students and teachers one day with a graphic design making the history of the Renaissance into puzzle pieces, each representing a political, social, economic, religious or intellectual change in the period. “Talk about complexity! I was amazed,” Stewart wrote. 16 APRIL 27, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

ichard Palomino admits he didn’t want to call Arkansas home when, half-way through his sophomore year, he moved to Springdale, leaving behind his home in Pomona, Calif. In California, the self-described “smart kid” enjoyed life and took part in a number of extracurricular activities, including teaching literacy through the Los Angeles Public Library system’s summer reading RICHARD programs. Within months of arriving in Arkansas, howevPALOMINO er, Richard found himself not immune to the appeal of the Age: 17 places, people and opportunities in the Natural State. He Hometown: Springdale soon knew that he “didn’t want to leave.” School: Springdale High Teachers and counselors paint a glowing portrait of the School Springdale High senior, describing him as “confident, diliParent: Richard Palomino gent and highly conscientious” and “a leader in the classCollege plans: Dartmouth room,” and of his selfless involvement in the community College and school district, someone who “truly understands the meaning of ‘Service above Self,’ ” that long-time Rotarian motto. This type of self-discipline, paired with academic zeal, shows in his memberships in the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and his enrollment in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, an intensive, two-year program specializing in sharpening globally-focused minds. Since his freshman year on the West Coast, Richard has focused on making his dreams of becoming a doctor a reality. Humbly, he offers why: simply, “to help others.”

arina Reich attends schools six days a week most weeks. And it has paid off, in more ways than one. Mills University Studies High School is one of several Arkansas schools participating in a state initiative aimed at improving Advanced Placement test scores in math and science. A qualifying AP test score — three on a five-point scale, which is supposed to signify proficiency at CARINA the college level — wins $1,000. REICH The classes, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, “have Age: 18 been really helpful for everybody,” Carina says. She’s Hometown: Jacksonville scored 3 or better on 11 AP tests. Some of them were in School: Mills University social studies, not a part of the state initiative, but Mills has Studies High School its own program of smaller bonuses for good AP scores in Parents: Barbara and those areas. Gabriel Reich Hard work with excellent results is Carina’s resume in a College plans: University nutshell. She’s a perfectionist on the piano and in her all-star of Notre Dame essay tells about how she was inspired by the soundtrack for “Pride and Prejudice” to marathon practice sessions on piano to learn the music well enough to add the nuances that distinguish art from recitation. She’s a member of the school’s envirothon team. A soils specialist, Carina is inclined toward the study of biology in college as preparation for medical school. Carina can’t claim success in everything. Attracted to congressional candidate Joyce Elliott, who’d spoken at Mills, she volunteered in the candidate’s losing campaign. She canvassed neighborhoods including Chenal Valley, a Republican stronghold, primed with information about Elliott, including her support of scholarship help for immigrant college students. “A lot of people felt strongly about immigration,” she learned. Elliott’s loss was not an ending worthy of Jane Austen for the plucky young woman. Still, Carina doesn’t experience many setbacks. She ranks third in her Mills class with a 4.28 GPA. She’s a Young Democrat, naturally, and a participant in Model United Nations.

Friend of homeless


erek Roetzel began working with the homeless as part of his school’s EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) program, in which students tackle realworld problems by using technology. Now, he continues extensive work with the homeless on his own, as creator and chairman of the Bridge Initiative, a program to “address homelessness in Northwest Arkansas through the creDEREK ation of personal relationships.” ROETZEL “Solutions to life problems come from a person’s supAge: 17 port network, and support networks start with the most elHometown: Springdale emental bonds between people,” Derek says. School: Har-Ber High Derek is currently working with the organization 3Bags Parent: Sharry Roetzel in 2 Days to create a marketing package to assist the group’s College plans: University efforts in addressing rural homelessness. Besides his work of Richmond with the homeless, Derek has participated in programs to benefit the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History and Hobbs State Park, among others. He was chosen for the Founders Award, the highest honor a student in the EAST program can receive. He’s an AP Scholar with Honors, a student representative to the Springdale School Board, and a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, and the Future Business Leaders of America. Academically, he’s taken nine Advanced Placement courses, and he ranks first in a class of 181. He plans to major in business administration and international relations.

Good listener


aking a difference in the lives of others has been and always will be my first priority,” Leighton Teague writes. “My preschoolers tell me they love me after I’ve made them try all of the vegetables on their plate during our nutritional lesson. A lady in inner-city Mobile asks our group to pray with her because she’s struggling with alcoholism and wants to be a better person. I see LEIGHTON the tears on the face of a New Orleans family whose home TEAGUE we have ‘demucked’.” Age: 18 Leighton goes on mission trips with a church youth Hometown: North Little group every summer. She mentors at-risk kindergarten and Rock pre-kindergarten students as part of the STARS program, School: North Little Rock and she taught a 10-week drama class for elementary stuHigh School dents. She finds time for studies and school activities too. Parents: Scott and JenShe’s president of the Beta Club, editor of the yearbook, an nifer Teague AP Scholar of Distinction, and a cast member of NLRHS College plans: Harding fall drama productions and spring musicals. She’s a memUniversity ber of the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Semifinalist. She’s been a delegate to Girls State, and a member of the homecoming court. “My friends come to me for advice because they know no matter how busy I am, I’ll always listen,” Leighton writes. Planning a career in professional counseling, she probably has a lot of listening ahead of her. • APRIL 27, 2011 17


1st Chair


A man with a plan


evin Tzeng remembers getting off the bus on a cold, windy morning, instrument in hand. He’s in a large group, each person looking for a place to practice. Jevin finds an empty stairwell and tapes his music to the wall. As his time comes, he walks to the audition room and hears the competitor before him. She’s very good. Then he’s in the audition room, facing the blank curtain held between JEVIN TZENG competitors and judges. He plays. Hours pass as competiAge: 17 tors await decisions from the judges. “Finally, the violin list Hometown: Conway is posted and topping the list is my name; I am 1st chair and School: Conway High concertmaster of the Arkansas All-State Orchestra!” School-West Jevin’s unsure when he started playing the violin. “I Parents: Jason Tzeng and think I was 5 or 6. I’ve been doing it a long time.” He’s Cathy Yang taught violin to younger players at summer music camps, College plans: University and performed at many events to promote music in general of Arkansas at and the Conway School Orchestra. Fayetteville, Vanderbilt The violin is far from his only interest, though. He’s a member of the varsity soccer team, the Student Congress, the Quiz Bowl team, and the National Honor Society. He’s a National Merit Semifinalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He led the Special Event Committee of the Faulkner County Youth Leadership Program when it renovated and painted a Boys and Girls Club gym. And he organized, refereed and hosted a series of dodge ball tournament to raise funds for local charities. Jevin plans to major in biomedical engineering/pre-med.

ake Windley’s resume reads like the resume of a lot of other Academic All-Stars. He’s a straight-A student, a National Merit Semifinalist and a member of the Searcy High student council. But unlike some of his peers, Jake has definite plans for his future. He’s going to stay in Searcy and attend Harding University, major in chemistry, attend law school and work in patent law. If finding a job JAKE as an attorney continues to be difficult, Jake says he’ll work WINDLEY as a chemist: “Everyone’s always going to need chemists.” Age: 18 But his big end dream? To become a U.S. senator. Hometown: Searcy “When you go vote, often it’s choosing the lesser of two School: Searcy High School evils. I think to make a big change the best way is to get out Parents: Jonathan and there and do it yourself.” Tracy Windley Jake even has his retirement planned. He wants to travel College plans: Harding the world. This summer, he’ll get a head start with a twoUniversity week trip to Greece and Italy with Harding University that will trace St. Paul’s journey through Corinth, Ephesus and Rome. After Jake outlined his life plan, a reporter asked him if he had anything else to add. “One thing,” he said, pausing for dramatic effect. “I am Iron Man.” A joke, sure. But maybe it should be a contingency plan, too. After all, before Jake had to take a break to concentrate on his studies, he was close to earning his black belt in Taekwondo. When he was younger, he competed in the AAU Nationals and the Junior Olympics, where he took home silver and gold medals. And he describes his role on the Searcy High Quiz Bowl team as the “Swiss Army knife of the group.” Sounds like the stuff of a superhero origin myth.

Math MVP

Hitting a high water mark


avid Ye likes math puzzles. When he was a sophomore, he won the Arkansas State Science Fair for an algorithm he devised to express how many moves it takes to solve the stacked-disk game Tower of Hanoi. Last summer, at MIT’s Research Science Institute, he worked on a coin-weighing problem that asks the question, “If we’re given 100 coins four of which we know to be counterfeit DAVID YE and of a different weight, how many coins can we guarAge: 17 antee to be genuine in two weighings on a pair of scales?” Hometown: Little Rock That puzzle, or perhaps more precisely, what David genSchool: Little Rock eralized from it, was good enough to later earn him one of Central High School six spots in Los Angeles as a U.S. finalist for the internaParent: Vivian Ye tional Shing-Tung Yau High School Mathematics Award. College plans: undecided Furthermore, it was good enough to send him to Beijing as one of two U.S. finalists advancing to the international event. Unfortunately, the competition coincided with Central’s semester tests, and he wasn’t able to go. David says he’s really been enjoying math lately, but as his academic record indicates — perfect scores on the ACT and SAT, top of his class at Central High with a 4.5 GPA, National Merit Semifinalist, National AP Scholar — he’s no slacker in other areas of studies. In fact, broad “curiosity” is the quality for which he takes the most pride in himself, he wrote in his Academic All-Stars essay. “It is what drives me to search in the appendices of my textbooks for further explanations of given theorems ... and to read far beyond the required readings. It can transform a physics reading into Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time,’ a straightforward combinatorics problem into an exercise in the use of generating functions, Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ into a brief foray into the Igbo language.”



hen Eric Zheng explains that his best stroke in swimming “is all of them,” he’s not boasting. The 100-meter individual medley, a race that combines the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, is his best event. He currently holds the state high school record ERIC ZHENG in the event, and it’s helped him become “the most outAge: 18 standing swimmer in the history of the school,” according Hometown: Little Rock to Pulaski Academy counselor Cheryl Watts, as well as a School: Pulaski Academy two-time National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches AsParents: Fang and sociation All-American. Jinhong Zheng Perhaps it’s not surprising then that Eric chose a fish as College plans: Harvard, his test subject for his honors independent research project Yale, Princeton or Duke on genetics, though for this project, he had to forget that the fish was indeed a fish. Convinced of the folly of a proposal made by a group of Canadian scientists to create a small scanner capable of processing DNA to identify unknown organisms, Eric instead tried to use simple molecular biology techniques not in standard practice to identify his “unknown” organism. In other words, he was testing his test. “It was completely successful,” he reports. That sort of elegance is what draws Eric to biology, which he plans to pursue in college. “I find it fascinating — the complexity of everything, how it’s so fine-tuned and interacts so delicately.” Even with his success in the pool, his work in the lab, his 4.75 GPA, his perfect ACT score, his National Merit Semifinalist Award and his achievement as a U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, Eric says he takes the most pride in his leadership of the senior class, as student council president, on the school’s annual canned food drive for the Arkansas Foodbank. This year, his class raised more than $5,000, enough for $25,000 cans.

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Past All-Stars still shining From the Amazon to a pro football field sidelines, interesting lives. BY BERNARD REED


he Arkansas Times sifted through the first 16 years of our Academic All-Star Team winners and got in touch with a handful to see what’s happened to them in the years since. Coming soon: An Arkansas Times Facebook page that we hope will give a spot for all past winners to renew acquaintances and compare notes. ≥ Anandi Sheth was in the first class of Academic All-Stars when she graduated from Hall High School in 1995. Like the rest, she wasn’t an All-Star for nothing: she went on to get her bachelor’s degree at Rice University, majoring in history and biochemistry, and then did a medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her travels in India as a child provoked an interest in infectious diseases and public health, and her first summer in medical school she spent in the Peruvian Amazon studying malaria. Her experiences in South America encouraged her studies in epidemiology, and she underwent further training at an HIV clinic in Uganda. Witnessing the devastating political and personal effects of that disease on her Ugandan community inspired Sheth to pursue a hands-on education in applied epidemiology — she wanted to assist in the surveillance, control, and prevention of food- and waterborne diseases, both in the United States and abroad. So, she moved to Atlanta to

complete the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, a two-year program in applied public health. Today, Sheth remains in Atlanta, where this summer she will complete a fellowship at Emory University to become an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. Her career goals include continued study concerning HIV transmission and prevention, especially in women. She married in 2009, and last September gave birth to a baby boy. ≥ Quite a few All-Stars have gone on to join the medical community, but not Adrienne Nunnally, now Adrienne de Almeida. After graduating from Searcy High School in 1997, she got her bachelor’s degree in English and computer science from Harding University. She moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex to work for LST (Let’s Start Talking) Ministry, a mission organization focused on using the Bible as a tool for teaching English. During her three years there she visited Rio de Janeiro on two mission projects, and in 2004 decided to become an LST intern there with the Church of Christ. De Almeida is still in Rio, fluent in Portuguese, and continues supporting the various ministries of the Church of Christ. These days she trains volunteers to be leaders and teachers within the community and studies with pre-teen girls to help them



navigate the trials of adolescence. All of this, while also coordinating the church’s Children’s Ministry, hosting international groups of missionaries, and teaching a conversational English class in the evenings. She’s also a freelance translator, and is considering getting a master’s degree in that field. Married in 2007, she is looking forward to starting a family and has no plans to leave Rio.

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≥ All-Stars seem to have no trouble staying busy. For instance, 1999 Fayetteville High School graduate Mary Claire Butt, who got her bachelor’s degree in history, Spanish, and international studies from Wake Forest University, then graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Her full academic plate didn’t stop her from cheerleading and dedicating time to a sorority and other campus goings-on. To top it off, during her

junior year she landed a spot on an episode of the TV game show “The Weakest Link” with a college cheerleader theme and won. Playing Trivial Pursuit really paid off — $74,000, in fact. One of the hardest things she’s ever done was to not reveal the win to friends and family before the episode aired five months later. Before law school, she packed up with her winnings and moved to Washington. With a bit of networking she landed a job as fund-raising assistant for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Not satisfied with just a full-time job, Butt returned to cheerleading when she tried out for, and made, the squad for the Baltimore Ravens. For one season she enjoyed the view from the field while still working on the Hill (NFL cheerleading isn’t full time, and squad members are required to also be fulltime students or workers). She quit cheerleading after becoming a junior staffer for Mark Pryor, and spent the next two years working for him in Washington. Today she still lives in Washington. She’s Mary Claire York, a second-year litigation assistant associate at the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and she’s expecting her first child. ≥ Lawrence Watts was recognized in 2005 when he graduated from Central High School. He received a degree in math from Princeton University in 2009, right in the middle of the economic recession that’s still riding the headlines. Before leaving Princeton he took the Math GRE and the LSAT, with the intention of applying to law school, but instead he decided to take time off from academia and returned to Little Rock. Back home, he took a job with Osborn Carreiro & Associates, an actuarial consulting firm that specializes in risk analysis of pension funding. Watts, a numbers person, enjoys it, despite the fact that to become an actuary requires a set of five rigorous exams covering corporate finance, economics, and statistics (he’s passed three of the exams so far, and the next one is coming up in May). He’s lately been spending a lot of time at the Capitol getting exposure to the legislative process — Osborn Carreiro & Associates are the actuaries of the Joint Retirement Committee, analyzing the potential impact of proposed retirement legislation in Arkansas.

UPDATES ON SOME OTHER PAST WINNERS Jordan Boyd-Graeber (ASMSA 2000) has a B.S. in history and computer science from California Institute of Technology, and a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University. Continued on page 22

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He is at the University of Maryland in College Park completing his first year as an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies. Heath Schluterman (Fort Smith Northside 1997) graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree and later a Ph.D., in chemical engineering. He is now a full-time instructor in the freshman engineering department at the University of Arkansas.

Sarah Wilhoit (ASMSA 2001) got her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Today she lives in Pasadena, Calif., working as an engineer at St. Jude Medical, where she helps design pacemakers and ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators).

Richard Bruno (Little Rock Parkview 1998) got his B.A. in psychology from Princeton University, and is currently halfway through med school at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He’s working on universal healthcare coverage efforts, which he sees as this generation’s great social movement.

Christin Spradley (Pine Bluff 2002) got her B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Duke University, and from 2006 to 2008 was a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African Republic of Mali. She is currently pursuing a law degree and has accepted a job at the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Emma Huang (Little Rock Central 1998) has a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today she lives in Brisbane, Australia, and works as a statistical geneticist for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s primary research government organization.

Hannah DeBerg (North Little Rock 2003) graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate and biophysics researcher in the physics department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hugh Churchill (Conway 2001) lives in Cambridge, Mass., and is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. He got his B.A. in physics and mathematics from Oberlin College, and a bachelor’s in tuba performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He also received his master’s degree in physics from Harvard. Carol Nixon (Pine Bluff 2001), now Car-

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Samuel Korbe (Springdale, 2003) graduated cum laude in biochemistry from the University of Tulsa, and is finishing his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He was recently matched to a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. An open invitation to all previous Academic All-Stars: Write us with news of yourself and e-mail addresses. We’d like to begin compiling a comprehensive list for all to follow.

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Editorial n No organization is more dedicated to keeping working people in their poorly paid place than the Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber has now issued a report finding that the road to prosperity leads through Mississippi. Is that counterintuitive or what? A CofC paper on “The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth” gave Mississippi a “good” rating, because it has few union members, low unemployment benefits, and minimal regulation of wages and hours. A more objective study of life in Mississippi, this done by the Census Bureau, finds that the state ranks dead last in per capita income. Other scholarly studies show Mississippi on bottom in public education, child welfare, and just about everything else that makes life worth living. The American Human Development Project, a nonpartisan effort to measure human well-being in America, finds Mississippi in 49th place, ahead of only Guess Who and West Virginia. (Arkansas got only a “fair” rating from the CofC. They like our “right to work” law, but seem to believe we’re not doing enough to make people work longer for lower pay.) What’s good to the Chamber is bad for the people. And yet the people of Little Rock are forced to subsidize their enemy. The Little Rock Board of Directors slips $200,000 of public money to the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce every year. It’s indecent, and it must be stopped.

Where his loyalty lies n In Arkansas, the NRA is like a fourth branch of government, and the most powerful. Arkansas officials compete in submissiveness to the giant lobby group. The de facto state motto is Regnat NRA. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel knows the drill. He showed up at a rabble-rousing speech given in Little Rock by the NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre, and, according to the local press, hung around afterword to tell LaPierre, “I’m at your service.” LaPierre’s response is not recorded, but it was probably on the order of “You bet your sweet *** you are.” LaPierre is not naturally courteous, and there’s no need to be polite to people as easily intimidated as Arkansas legislators and executives. U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin was on hand sucking up to LaPierre too, but dishonor is expected of him. McDaniel, on the other hand, has shown glimmers of integrity and responsibility. Expectations for him are higher. He’s presumed to be on the side of the law, not the gun; the victim, not the shooter. That presumption may be rebuttable. We saw a picture of McDaniel, Griffin and LaPierre talking after the speech. At one time, we could have said “Which of these doesn’t belong?” McDaniel is making the question harder to answer.

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I want my country back n How bad was the House Republican budget plan crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan? It was so bad that even Rep. Mike Ross voted against it. But outrage has been in short supply. Arkansas’s Republican representatives, — Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — seem positively proud of their vote to lavish a 28 percent top-dollar income tax on the richest Americans while gutting Medicaid and essentially ending Medicare. Griffin, battle hardened in the Karl Rove attack machine, is nothing if not sensitive to how adept sloganeering can influence public opinion. He and other House Republicans seem to be convinced that the public’s newfound budgeting ardor is so great people will be oblivious to the fallout. They sense the Republicans’ great chance to break the historic government social contract with the American people and put the savings in millionaires’ pockets. Griffin is so sure of the power of the Tea Party’s words — taxes and spending must be cut; defenders of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are deadbeats addicted to unearned “entitlements” — that we were treated to a Twilight Zone photo op last week. Griffin, son of a Head Start teacher, made sure TV cameras were on hand at a local Head Start center where he read a book to cute kids and then proudly said, in so many words, that if it came down to tax breaks for millionaires versus cutting Head Start, he’d cut Head Start. The problem is not revenue, but spending, he said. False economy is no obstacle. A Republican freeze of Medicaid spending will drive truckloads of the old and sick out of hospitals and nursing homes. Griffin and Co. also want to eventually end Medicare. Instead, future generations would get a promise from the government of a health insurance subsidy to take to profiteering private insurance companies. With an additional $6,000 or so, you might be able to buy insurance — if the insurance companies wanted

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to cover you and you could afford it. Griffin’s assertion that the plan preserves Medicare is a big lie, one of many. The plan also is built on a fairy tale assumption of the U.S. jobless rate dropping below 3 percent. It makes unrealistic assumptions on tax revenues, particularly given the proposals to cut the income tax on the wealthy and end taxation entirely on dividends and capital gains. Ryan’s cheerleaders tell us that the tax breaks for the wealthy would be offset by closure of loopholes. They’ve specified none. But we know from past experience that things like the Earned Income Tax Credit (in which working poor get back some of their payroll taxes) are what Republicans consider a loophole. Another big lie is Republicans’ supposed courage in spending cuts. Some bravery. Most of the pain will be felt by the sick, poor and elderly. Ryan claims a cut in defense spending, but even conservative analysts contend this is just a bookkeeping ruse. Overall military spending will still rise, but domestic spending will get a chainsaw massacre, particularly programs Republicans don’t like. Birth control pills, for example. Environmental protection, for another. The details don’t seem to matter. Where’s the outrage over Griffin’s peacock strut at the Head Start center? Ryan himself did have to endure one contentious town hall meeting. A round of these, with plenty of YouTube support, like the summer of the Tea Party, could do a world of good. If only there were some liberal Kochs out there to finance a campaign on the other side of their greedy agenda.


The core debt issue n If you want to know the third biggest reason the national debt is mushrooming and scaring the daylights out of people, you need look no further than the week’s news, particularly a bipartisan effort to undo a critical part of the health-insurance reform law. Oh, the biggest reasons for the recent additions to the debt load are the Bush tax cuts and the recession, but even they fade over the long haul in comparison with Congress’s inability or refusal — you choose the word — to do anything about health-care inflation. Everyone, including both major parties, has sworn to do something about it for much of the past two decades — make that since Richard Nixon and even further into the mists — but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the first act of Congress that set out seriously to check healthcare costs. The Republicans, of course, want to scrap the whole law and its big costcontainment tools, notably the Independent Payment Advisory Board. But quite a few Democrats also want to cancel the board or else eviscerate its power. The Democrats say it is because the board would usurp congressional authority, but the real reason is the same one that has kept Congress at bay for 25 years. Powerful medical interests — medical specialists, pharmaceutical companies — resist any steps that would stem rising health-care costs.

Ernest Dumas In 1985, a Harvard economist named William Hsiao developed a scale measuring the relative value of every medical procedure known to man. A brain surgeon’s work was far more valuable than a pediatrician’s or general practitioner’s. A hysterectomy required 3.8 times more mental effort and 4.47 times more skill than a psychotherapy session. The American Medical Association embraced the plan, Ronald Reagan’s Medicare administration adopted it, and all the private insurance companies followed. Family doctors were at the bottom of the scale and their work was to be the least compensated. You know what happened. Every doctor wanted to be a specialist and now there is a huge shortage of primary-care doctors. Reimbursement for specialists and highly technical procedures took off, and it was indexed annually. If you are on Medicare or private insurance and have a long-term infirmity like liver or heart disease, you’ll get ultra sound, MRIs and other high-tech diagnostic procedures whether there is any sign you need them. Doctor groups say the real driving force

How do you get your news? n Roby Brock of Talk Business tacked an interesting question onto his latest poll. It was whether people got their state legislative news during the recent session from newspapers, television, the Internet or other, which would include nothing at all. Here is what came back: 37 percent said they got their state legislative news from television, 35 percent from newspapers, 15 percent from the Internet and the rest from some other source — local NPR, maybe, or, more likely, nothing at all. You can do just about anything with numbers. My favorite local liberal blogger, Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times, an old newspaper man who seems to want to hurry along the demise of print because he is now such an on-line master, crowed that 65 percent of people did not get state legislative news from newspapers. But, then, 85 percent didn’t get state legislative news from his Web site and others. Here’s a spin: More than twice as many Arkansans get their news from print as from the Internet. Take that.

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(Brantley now tells me he was being flip. I can identify with that. He suspects the truer story is that most people really aren’t getting much state legislative news at all.) The 37 percent saying it gets state legislative news from local television is certainly not getting much state legislative news at all. That’s because local television stations do not do news so much. Instead they take 30 minutes at 5 p.m. 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to promote their local personalities — celebrities, if you please — to enhance their brand in the community. They also devote a great deal of these half-hour sessions to going on and on about a weather forecast they could relate in 30 seconds, absent inclement conditions.

behind the overuse of the procedures is not making money but to protect against malpractice lawsuits. Defensive medicine, they call it. But they don’t protect against liability. It’s the money. Congress has been unable — unwilling — to call a halt. Oh, the Republicans made a stab at it in the 2003 Medicare drug law, the one that sent Medicare costs, insurance and drug company profits soaring. It called for future reductions in physician reimbursement, its single feint at cost control. But every year Congress, with both parties collaborating, overrides the reduction because the AMA and the specialists would revolt. The doctors say they might stop seeing Medicare patients if their reimbursement was cut. Then comes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It created either as policy or as pilot projects just about every cost-control theory in existence, but the big one was the Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member commission appointed by the president and made up of doctors, patient advocates and people independent of the medical professions and interests. It will recommend steps to stop waste and control costs, including coordinating care, finding ways to reduce the vast overuse of expensive technical procedures like MRIs, ultra sound and the like, and raising the priority of primary care. To avoid the political traps of the past, the board’s recommendations would go into effect automatically unless a big majority of Congress voted to stop it. The panel could not ration care, increase Medicare premiums or cost sharing, raise

taxes, restrict benefits or change who is eligible for Medicare, but the precise wording of the law didn’t stop the Republicans — their new spokesman Paul Ryan or any of his minions, including his Arkansas cast of Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — from saying the panel would start rationing. Rationing is the poll-tested word that they must bring into any debate on health care. Actually, the Republicans are proposing the only rationing. The Ryan budget plan, approved by the House of Representatives on a near party-line vote, would turn decisions about what kind of care people could get and who would get it to insurance companies in 2021. That year, Medicare would be effectively ended for new enrollees. Everyone would be required to buy a health insurance plan from an insurance company and would be given a government voucher of declining value to help them buy it. Insurance companies, seeking to preserve profits with diminishing government support, would ration procedures, raise premiums and shift rising costs to patients. President Obama (so far) is standing firm against diluting the Payment Advisory Board or any of the cost-control options in the new law, but in the end — either with his defeat or changes in Congress, which in modern times cannot stand up to economic power — none of those steps will be carried out. It’s impossible to be too pessimistic about that. The deficit? Attack the other causes. Taxes, military spending — easy ones like that.

There can be, and has been, individually competent state legislative reporting on local television. But the form is impossibly restrictive. While thousands of new laws are being made, this television form requires the reporter to pick out one issue of the day, often superficially appealing, and capture useful video and conduct an on-camera interview of a key legislator, with all of this to be crammed into a minute or so. While the bright young reporter from the local TV station does an interesting little segment on guns in church, they just squandered several million dollars over in the Joint Budget Committee. Now to newspapers and the Internet: There is this thing called “the digital divide” by which a rural, poor and under-educated state like Arkansas avails itself less than other places of the new communicative empowerment of the Internet.  That is to say newspapers will hold up better here against the Internet than they will elsewhere, at least for the time being. While metropolitan newspapers’ Capitol bureaus have been tragically gutted throughout the country, a reader in Arkansas can remain relatively well-informed about the state Legislature through our major newspapers. But the 15 percent getting state legisla-

tive news via the Internet is getting it with spectacular ease, immediacy and intimacy, if not always with the context needed. I could be clicking around on the computer and wondering about the latest congressional redistricting map presented to the House State Agencies Committee. The aforementioned Roby Brock of Talk Business, actually on-site and working, could use his handy digital camera to shoot a picture of the map from the committee room’s press table and post the photo on his blog instantly. It was a blogger, Jason Tolbert of the Tolbert Report, who extended the session a day by posting that the final congressional redistricting map was messed up. What I am suggesting — hoping, maybe — is that that there is a natural meshing and co-dependency of print and digital sources that could well serve their fruitful co-existence as well as the general public information needs of a struggling democracy. A blogger might show you the latest congressional districting map. But it might be a newspaper columnist who would ridicule it next day as the Pig Trail Gerrymander or the Fayetteville Finger. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. • APRIL 27, 2011 27

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River Market. The fiesta features typical homemade foods from Mexico and Central America, arts and crafts exhibits, games for children and live Latino music.

local shops, restaurants, galleries and other venues are open after hours until 9 p.m. with special discounts, live music, nibbles and drinks. The event takes place every first Thursday of the month.

Ryan as part of their classic movie series, every second Tuesday of the month. All shows start at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5. Cold beer and wine are available at the concession stand. Call 501-3128900 for details or visit

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American Idol’s Kris Allen headlines the 30th annual Toad Suck Daze in Conway. The free festival runs through May 1 and includes arts and crafts, a kids’ zone, petting zoo, rock wall, 5K/10K, golf and basketball tournaments, “Stuck on a Truck” and the world championship toad races. View a complete schedule of events online at

sun 1 Cinco

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“Westland: The Life and Art of Tim West” opens at M2 Gallery. The show will feature original pieces by Tim West as well as photography by Diana Michelle Hausam. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. M2 Gallery is located at 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 918. Call 501-225-M2LR or visit for more information. The May 13 2nd Friday Art Night event is bigger and better. With over eleven participants and more artists than ever before — this is a must do evening of art! Two trolleys make two loops in the River Market area and in the 6th and Main Street area. Look for the two page spread in May 4 issue and MAKE PLANS!

p.m. Local restaurants, shops and galleries offer discounts and free samples of food and drinks. This event takes place every third Thursday of the month.

Arkansas Travelers Games APRIL 29-30 Arkansas Travelers host Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 p.m. All home games are played at Dickey Stephens Park, North Little Rock. MAY 1 Arkansas Travelers host Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 2 p.m. MAY 2 Arkansas Travelers host Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 11 a.m.

Month. This year’s theme is “Conflict and Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War.” Living history performances will begin at 9:30 a.m. with firing demonstrations and will continue all day. Admission is free. For a complete schedule of events, visit www. or call 501-324-9685.

Last day to submit your best cover of a Foo Fighters song for a chance to win tickets to the band’s May 18 concert at Verizon Arena. Submissions of all digital forms are accepted (mp3, Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud). From May 1-7, the entries will be posted online at www.arktimes. com and readers will vote for their favorites. Send links or digital files to

wed 18

sat 14 The Little Rock Zoo hosts Wild

Foo Fighters play Verizon Arena. Tickets are $25-$49.50 and available at the Verizon Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at

Wines of the World, featuring exotic wines and food pairings from some of Arkansas’ finest restaurants, including Ashley’s at the Capitol served exclusively in the Reserve Wine Room. This year’s event also includes a German beer garden and Russian vodka bar. Tickets are $45 for Zoo members and $50 for non-members. Purchase tickets by phone at 501-661-7208 or online at All proceeds benefit the Little Rock Zoo.

in the City takes place at Next Level Events. The event features some of Little Rock’s most successful singles who will be auctioned off to the highest bidders for fun group outings in Central Arkansas. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include appetizers and drinks. For tickets, call 501374-6661. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Happy Hour in the Heights from 5-8

The Old State House Museum kicks off Arkansas Heritage

Cinema screens Saving Private

fri 20 The 4th annual Rockin’ Singles

thu 19 Don’t miss


MAY 12-14 Arkansas Travelers host Tulsa Drillers, 7:10 p.m.

MAY 15 Arkansas Travelers host Tulsa Drillers, 2 p.m. MAY 16 Arkansas Travelers host Springfield Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. MAY 17-19 Arkansas Travelers host Springfield Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. MAY 25-27 Arkansas Travelers host San Antonio Missions, 7:10 p.m.

sat 21-sun 22

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre presents TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Fest 2011 at the Argenta Community Theatre (ACT) in North Little Rock. The event features professional staged readings of four original plays. Following each reading will be a talk-back session with the playwright and the cast. Tickets are $7 per reading or $20 for all four readings. Call 501-3780405 for details or visit

MAY 28 Arkansas Travelers host Corpus Christi Hooks, 4 p.m. MAY 29 Arkansas Travelers host Corpus Christi Hooks, 5:30 p.m. MAY 30 Arkansas Travelers host Corpus Christi Hooks, 2 p.m.

Road Trip! Music fans, these road trips are for you! New Orleans, La.

Jazz Fest

The 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over two weekends: April 29-May 1 and May 5-8. One of the greatest living legends of the jazz era, 80-year-old Sonny Rollins headlines the event, which has something for everyone. Notable acts include Arcade Fire, Robert Plant, Dr. John, Bon Jovi, Lucinda Williams, Lauryn Hill, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Jimmy Buffet. Tickets are on sale now. Advance single-day tickets are $45. The gate price is $60. In addition to music, enjoy an abundance of food and fun. Vendors will be scattered around the Fair Grounds Race Course selling art, books, clothing and more. For more information, visit

Greenwood, Miss.

Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration Weekend Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson left an indelible mark on American music. Born into obscurity on May 8, 1911, Johnson became a Grammy Award winner, an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a household name among fans of rock and roll and blues. To commemorate the centennial of his birth, two free concerts will be held in Johnson’s honor at Whittington Park in Greenwood, Miss. The Centennial Celebration begins on Thursday, May 5 with “Robert Johnson Exposed,” an art exhibit at Cottonlandia Museum, and continues through Sunday, May 8 with performances by Bobby Rush, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the Cedric Burnside Project, Lightnin’ Malcolm and more. For more information, visit

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Always Patsy Cline opens at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. The musical includes more than 20 of Cline’s songs, including “Sweet Dreams,” “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces.” The show runs through June 26. Visit for show times and prices. Call 501-562-3131 for reservations. Celebrity Attractions presents the smash hit Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast at Robinson Center Music Hall through May 26. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated Disney film, this unforgettable tale as old as time features lavish costumes and dazzling musical numbers the whole family will enjoy. Tickets are $15-51 and are available by phone at 501-224-8800. Visit www. for show times.

fri 27-sun 29 Riverfest returns to the banks of

the Arkansas River. This year, Arkansas’ largest music and arts festival welcomes Widespread Panic, Poison, Nelly, The Charlie Daniels Band, Barenaked Ladies, Papa Roach, REO Speedwagon, Pat Green, Big Smith, The Romany Rye, Ingram Hill, Lord T and Eloise plus local acts including Epiphany, Elise Davis, Four on the Floor, Adam Faucett and more. Tickets are currently half-price at participating Walgreens stores in Central Arkansas. For more information, visit

sat 28 The 11th annual Arkansas Delta Gospel Fest takes place at the Cherry Street Pavilion in Helena-West

Helena from 11 a.m.-9:45 p.m. The legendary Mavis Staples headlines the event, which also features performances by The Lee Boys, Rev. John Wilkins, The Dixie Wonders, The Holmes Brothers and more. Admission is free. For details, visit www.

Easton Corbin plays the Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park in Hot Springs. Concerts are free with the price of admission to the park, which is $44.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids. Season passes are currently $59.99 for a limited time. Visit www.magicsprings. com for more information. • APRIL 27, 2011 29

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Thursday August 4

George Jones Rosanne Cash Kris Kristofferson

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John Carter and Laura Cash Tommy Cash Daily & Vincent Gary Morris Rodney Crowell Chelsea Crowell And Other Artists Still To Be Announced!


A Live Performance by Folksinger Bonnie Montgomery Aboard The Bus

Reserve Your Seat Today! The Arkansas Times Music Bus leaves Little Rock from 2nd & Main (in front of the parking deck) at 3 p.m. Thursday Aug. 4th and will return that night after the concert. We will have dinner in the Jonesboro Arts & Entertainment District, and then head for the concert at 7:30 p.m.

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This week in

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T-Model Ford plays White Water PAGE 33





Kinky’s coming The self-proclaimed governor of the heart of Texas talks about writing, political correctness and Billy Bob Thornton in advance of his concert in Little Rock. BY GERARD MATTHEWS


inky Friedman is completely full of bull. He’s also a truth teller. It’s a good thing the two are not mutually exclusive. The leader of the now-infamous Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys and former independent candidate for governor of Texas is coming to Juanita’s on Thursday as part of his “Springtime for Kinky” tour, a 17-show run that will conclude with a performance in Woodstock, N.Y., alongside Arkansas native Levon Helm. Friedman promises to play some of his favorites, including classics like “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” read passages from his new book, “Heroes from a Texas Childhood,” take questions from the audience, sign books and probably kick back a couple shots of “Mexican mouthwash” along the way. You’ve written over 30 books. Does it come easy to you? I love being a writer. I’m a true artist. The definition of a true artist is someone who’s ahead of his time and behind on his rent. That’s an artist. And I don’t really think I’ve lost my edge. In other words, if you get too happy, that’s the biggest danger. Being too happy or too successful will kill any artist because it distances you

Kinky Friedman 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28 Juanita’s $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.

from your art. Especially if you’re writing funny stuff you almost have to be miserable. In 2006 you made a run for governor of Texas. Are you done with politics? I think I’m through with all of that. I’m 66, though I read at the 68-yearold level. I can’t even use my slogan, “Too young for Medicare, too old for women to care.” If the slogan doesn’t work, the candidate probably shouldn’t run. I think that a musician is a higher calling. Being a musician on the road is a very high calling. It’s pure, it’s truthful and it’s decent. It’s therapeutic, it’s healing and it’s a good thing to be doing. And mainly, it fits the cowboy way to ride, shoot straight and tell the truth. Most important being tell the truth. That’s what these politicians just can’t do. They don’t know what the truth is. The truth is, my definition of politics is correct. Poly means more than one and ticks are blood-sucking parasites. Continued on page 36 • APRIL 27, 2011 31

■ to-dolist BY JOHN TARPLEY

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GENERATIONALS 9 p.m., Stickyz. $8.

n “Actor-Caster,” the handsome sophomore album from these NOLA poppers, has been one of my most-spun CDs for weeks now. Well, the active word there is “spun.” I’ve spent hours gorging on the opening track, “Ten-Twenty Ten,” with its Francophilic bop and that borrowed “Radar Love” guitar shuffle and John Hughes “aw shucks” vibe. Track two and everything after? Unblemished by lasers until today’s morning commute. The verdict: sure, the album’s a bit top-heavy, leading off with one of the best singles of 2011 and all, but if you’re looking to finetune your Molly Ringwald skank, call it a 35-minute drill. It’s sweet but never smug, clever without being complicated and, more than anything, super-duper catchy. On first brush, Phoenix springs to mind. Or maybe a state school Vampire Weekend. But the band lines up just as much with everything from Prefab Sprout and Talking Heads to The Easy Beats and that Ramones/Phil Spector fiasco. Also, ’00s indie-pop aficionados will want to know that this group is a spin-off of late, design-loving saccharine-rockers The Eames Era. Barely legal Oxford, Miss., trio Young Buffalo opens the night with epic jangle rock covered by a thin shell of white-boy Afrobeat.

CANDY PAINTED POP: New Orleans-based poppers Generationals bring hyper-catchy bop to Stickyz this Wednesday. for good measure. Think bug zappers, rice paper lanterns and lake breeze. Or think “Foamfest afterparty.” The Hi-Balls are joined by local surf band the Reverburritos and blues-rockers Joe Pitts Band.

TOAD SUCK DAZE 2011 3:30 p.m., downtown Conway. Free.

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8 p.m., Verizon Arena. $45-$69.

n On the singer-songwriter menu at American Music Diner, sure, you can order the Sweet Baby James. It’s a standard tuna salad sandwich: a meek, colorless thing that’s simple to make and unequivocally lacking in anything close to texture. But it’s reliable enough. Tastes just like your mom used to make. Heck, it tastes just like everyone’s mom used to make. And everyone’s mom made tuna salad. It’s a constant, unchanging thing: In 2011 it’ll rest shapelessly on your plate the same way it did 40 years ago. It’ll get you through the afternoon, but not much more. And it’s bland enough not to stir up any base desires. I can almost feel my eyes fogging over just thinking about it. Now, you can look down on this Sweet Baby James tuna salad sandwich because of all the things it’s not — crunchy, flavorful, hot, meaty or particularly memorable 32 APRIL 27, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

A BOY AND HIS GUITAR: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor needs no introduction. He plays a much-anticipated show at Verizon this Friday. in any way — but dang it, sometimes the only thing that’ll hit the spot is a lumpy dump of fish, egg and mayo on white bread.


6 p.m., River Market Pavilions. $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.

n Here are 20 reasons to go to Foamfest: New Belgium Lips of Faith, Old Rasputin, Brother Thelonious, Ayinger Weisse Bock, Schneider Aventinus Eis Bock, Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale, Kong Ludwig Weisse, Work Truck Wheat, Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale, Krebs Signature Belgian Dubbel, Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, Saison Dupont Belgian Ale, Moinette Artisanal Blonde, Joseph James’ Hop Box and Red Fox, G.K. Skaggs’ Alhambra Especial, Schneider Hepfen Weisse, Le Merle, Goose Island

Bourbon County Stout and even Sparks. 21: Three hours of all-you-can-sample beer with 140 brews on hand. 22: Diamond Bear will raffle off a year of free beer. 23: Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Arthritis Foundation. Tip your cab driver.

HI-BALLS RECORD RELEASE 9 p.m., The Underground. $5.

n On their upcoming debut album, “Kerfuffle,” the local music veterans of the Hi-Balls wear their influences well and square on their gingham, Schlitz-spotted sleeves. Ronnie Hawkins, Hank Sr., whatever band did the theme for “Roseanne” — they’re all here. Even a little Steely Dan jazz shimmy finds its way into the album on “Whiskey Groovin’.” No doubt about it, this is deck music, Arkansas-styled with a splash of south Louisiana boogie

n Some of the coolest things around Arkansas were born from benders: Hoo-Hoo (formally The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo), a lumberman’s fraternity based in my dear ol’ Gurdon, was conceived over booze, I understand. The larger part of Glenwood. And thanks to a few pie-eyed, riverboating scamps from decades past who would drink during Faulkner County stopovers until they “swelled up like toads,” we have — voila! — Toad Suck Daze. In name at least, it’s the best festival in all of America and, by default, the whole dang world. You know what to expect: toad races, three-on-three basketball, a golf tournament, a petting zoo, fried food, dudes who want a truck, touching a truck. Ankle-biters armed to the teeth with stink bombs and silly string. Leather belt vendors. People who walk slow. And it’s all worth it (particularly since it’s free). This year’s entertainers include locals Adam Hambrick, Riverbilly and Wes Jeans playing beside Mr. Bojangles himself, Jerry Jeff Walker (Saturday, 9 p.m.), and zomgswoon! Kris Allen (9:30 p.m., Friday).

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9 p.m., Revolution. $20.

n Nope: Luke’s not going to be here. He’s

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n Bluesman Big John Miller lands in Markham Street Grill and Pub for a night of 12-bar boogie, 8 p.m. White Water Tavern hosts a night of esteemed local singer/songwriters of the female persuasion: Elise Davis, Bonnie Montgomery, Amy Garland, Corrine Spero and Mandy McBryde all bring Arkansas-tinged folksiness to the bar, 10 p.m., $5. Hot Springs’ Muses Creative Artistry Project takes to the Hot Springs Convention Center to raise money for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Japan with “One Heart: Songs of Love and Life for the People of Japan,” 7 p.m.


STILL RUNNING: The blues demon known as T-Model Ford is still at it, returning to White Water Tavern this Saturday at a ripe, randy 91 (or 92, he’s not sure) years of age. busy running for mayor of Miami on a “tax strippers” platform — a stance that would be the stupidest economic plan in America if it weren’t for Paul Ryan. In fact, just to spare you the disappointment, the bulk of the “Nasty As They Wanna Be” lineup won’t be getting nasty on Saturday, either. But Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis, the two emcees keeping 2 Live Crew alive, will take a break from being the house band for the traveling, adults-only Exxxocita convention to swing to the River Market. All right, let’s cut to the chase. 2 Live Crew in 2011 is like rap’s answer to Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2011: Yeah, they were great once, but only a tangential fraction of the original crew is touring under the name anymore and it’s hard to make a case that they’re not half-stepping for the money. Also, when the two-man 2 Live Crew is hitting the stage, Bobby Rush, that be-all, endall, hump-all master of dirty ass-shakers, will be yards away at the Riverfest Amphitheatre (see In Brief), almost certainly doing it better and with a lot more energy. That said, this show is going to sell out and, hell, it’s going to be a lot of fun regardless of who’s down the sidewalk.

than either one of us and two, shut up. To quote the man himself, the Taledragger is “gonna remember you sorry fuckers how it’s done.” He can summon dirty Mississippi blues out of his totally metal Peavey Razer as well as he can drink whiskey. He can wink as well as he can cuss. The man may not write the bulk of his blues, but he sure can make the classics his own, turning (relatively) courteous standards into slobbering, slurring juke-joint jams. Fellow fans may be worried with a few points during his newest album, which features a nod or two towards death (“I Worn My Body for So Long,” “Someone’s Knocking on My Door), but as long as he keeps licking his lips towards biglegged women (“Big Legged Women”), I’m going to keep believing those nods are just defiant winks behind big, hard middle fingers.


n The Cinco de Mayo family fiesta returns for the 13th year on Sunday. The day-long event — and I mean day-long, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — features homemade cuisine from Mexico and Central America, arts and crafts, games for los ninos and non-stop live music from the Ballet Folklorico Reflejos de Mexico, the Mariachi América, the Band F-5

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

n You may wonder how it’s possible that a 91-year- old man recovering from a recent stroke is going to put on one of the most energetic, fun shows of the month, but one, with the rate T-Model Ford is going, he’s probably going to live longer

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10 a.m., River Market Pavilions. Free until noon, $10 from noon to 3 p.m., $20 after 3 p.m.

and the Chicos Style from Dallas. The night ends with headliners Los Marineros del Norte performing its enormously popular brand of norteño, a peppy, rural polka full of guitar, accordion and, in this band’s case, saxophone skronk.

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WHITE HILLS 9 p.m., Stickyz. $6.

n The bookers at Stickyz know their psych/space-rock, treating us to the regular killer band over the last few years. Head-rattling shows from Black Mountain and School of Seven Bells come to mind and we’re confident that this gig from monolithic drone rockers White Hills may float to the top of that heavy stack. The latest album, “H-p1,” is the band’s crowning achievement in a long, messy trail of disparate singles, EPs, vinyl and digital-only releases: all heavy as hell itself. Molding Eno ambience, skewered Merzbow boldness and a head bang that’s more Boris than Black Sabbath but long-haired nonetheless, White Hills are, no doubt, one of the premiere experimental acts around. The band plays with another top-notch psych-act, the newly-exploding Sleepy Sun, a six-piece psychedelia collective from California that marries that well-trod Led Zep sound to a new freak-folk earthiness. Opening the night: Iron Tongue. Pysch/metalists in town know Iron Tongue. They’re awesome.

n Acoustic guitar superhero Eric Sommer does double duty, playing Vino’s at 9 p.m., $7, and Midtown Billiards at 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. Battery, a Metallica tribute act, rides the lightning all the way to Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. Mediums Art Lounge pits two of America’s greatest contributions to music with “Jazz vs. Hip-Hop 2,” a night featuring Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers backing local emcees, including 9th Scientist, Osyrus Bolly, members of the Bully Gang and more, 9 p.m., $10 general, $15 reserved seating. Thick Syrup Records hosts a showcase in Hot Springs when three bands from its roster, The Reparations, San Antokyo and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, take to Maxine’s Pub, 8 p.m., $5. And, at Bear’s Den Pizza in Conway, the Toad Suck Review literary review hosts a night of rock music featuring Don’t Stop Please, Es Lo Que Es, The Sesh and Still Reign, 8 p.m., $5.


n The annual Blues on the River concert at Riverfest Amphitheater includes Floyd Taylor, Sweet Angel, L.J. Echols, Ms. Jody, Gwen White, the always-great Bobby Rush and a mystery guest, 2 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. DJ Big Brown will, apparently, die or be raised from the dead at Discovery for “Big Brown is Dead,” a night bringing the long-time club DJ back to the booth alongside a slate of others, including DJs Death, Justin Sane, Cybertribe and more, 10 p.m., $12. The Weekend Theater hosts its annual “Breaking All the Rules” fund-raiser during which attendees are encouraged to “break all the rules” by cross-dressing for cash prizes, 6 p.m., $50. And the Arkansas Travelers, at press time a respectable 7-7 after a rough start on the road, take on the 8-6 division leaders, the Northwest Naturals at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. • APRIL 27, 2011 33


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


Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. Generationals, Young Buffalo. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lance Daniels. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Monkhouse. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Pacifico, Booyah! Dad. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.


Larry Reeb. The Loony Bin, 7 p.m.; April 29, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 30, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” Second annual fashion week event. For more information, visit Various locations. through May 1.


Larry Reeb. The Loony Bin, through April 28, 7 p.m.; April 29, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 30, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.


RUSH ON THE RIVER: Bobby Rush, the dirty-minded blues/funk icon, headlines this year’s Blues on the River at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The day-long bill is rounded out by Chicago bluesman Floyd Taylor, R&B saxophonist/singer Sweet Angel, soul/bluesman L.J. Echols, southern diva Ms. Jody, local Gwen White and an unnamed surprise guest. Doors open at 2 p.m., general admission tickets are $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 MUSIC Achewater. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Big John Miller. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. “V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJs SilkySlim and Derrty Deja Blu. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Elise Davis, Bonnie Montgomery, Amy Garland, Corrine Spero, Mandy McBryde. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. “Hip-Hop Night.” Vino’s, Every other Thursday, 8


David Dosa. The author of “Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat” speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.

Always Patsy Cline May 24 – June 26

Neil Simon’s Chapter Two Now – May 22 George and Jennie fall in love, but the memory of George’s late wife presents an obstacle to their happiness. One of Neil Simon’s most poignantly funny plays, is about letting go, starting over and finding love for the second time.

The story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline’s friendship with fan Louise Seger, inspired by letters signed “Love always... Patsy Cline.”



“The Key to Tomorrow’s Health.” Medical lectures, “Healing on the Spiritual Path through the Teachings of Bruno Groening.” St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., free. 12415 Cantrell Rd. Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” See Apr. 27. Symphony Designer House: “Thirsty Thursday.” With live music from the Rockefeller String Quartet. For tickets or more information, visit ArkansasSymphony. org. 23 Edgehill Road, 5 p.m., $25. 23 Edgehill Road. Wine & Design 2011: “Runway Edition.” An evening of designer vignettes, food, drinks, live music and prizes. Presented by the American Society of Interior Designers. To benefit Our House. For more information, e-mail Next Level Events, 6 p.m., $30. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746. Jim Leach. The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail publicprograms@clintonschool. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.


Sandra Alcosser. Main Library, 6:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.



Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, through April 28, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.

Russian National Ballet: “Cinderella.” Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. “Talent on Parade” Dance Competition. A fourday competition of dance crews. For more information, visit Robinson Center Music Hall, April 28-May 1. Markham and Broadway. www.



“The Making of a Legend: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Film Screening.” Documentary about the film, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening, Q&A with GWTW collector James Tumblin and filmmaker Craig Renaud to follow. Argenta Community Theater, 6 p.m., sold out. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443.

p.m., $5. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. Jet 420 (headliner), Tiffany Christopher (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Kinky Friedman, The Salty Dogs, Nick Devlin. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Matt Stell & the Crashers. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Mike Johnson. Denton’s Trotline, 7 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. “One Heart: Songs of Love and Life for the People of Japan.” The Muses Creative Artistry Project features songs spanning languages and eras, from Handel to Steve Suter. Hot Springs Convention Center, 7 p.m. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. Ryan Couron. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Soulmotor, Obsidian. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Steve Howell Trio. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.

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Arkansas Choral Society Spring Concert. First Baptist Church of Little Rock, 6:30 p.m. 62 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-227-0010.

UPCOMING EVENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at unless otherwise noted. MAY 10: Robert Randolph and the Family Band. 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom. com. MAY 18: Foo Fighters, Motorhead. 7 p.m., $25-$49.50. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, MAY 24-26: “Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall, Markham and Broadway. 244-8800, MAY 27-29: Riverfest 2011. Downtown Little Rock.



Battery (Metallica tribute act). Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 general, $15 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. stores/littlerock. Corey Jackson. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Crash Meadows. Special double-header. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Donna Massey & Co.. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Eric Sommer. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. Midtown Billiards, April 30, 12:30 a.m., $8 nonmembers. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Falcon Scott. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $7. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. “Jazz vs. Hip-Hop 2.” With Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers backing 9th Scientist, Osyrus Bolly, Sytter Kaine, Bully Gang and more. Mediums Art Lounge, 9 p.m., $10 general, $15 reserved seating. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. James Taylor. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $45.00$69.50. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Adam Faucett, Michael Leonard Witham, Bonnie Montgomery. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9:30 p.m., $5. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. Mountain Sprout, Whiskey Folk Ramblers. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Neil Travis Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. “Officially Unsanctioned Wedding Reception for Prince William and Kate Middleton” with LaRue and Wagner. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. “Open Mic Night.” Emceed by Venus “AphroLov” Smith. Laman Library, 6 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. The Reparations, San Antokyo, Brother Andy. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Rivertop Party with Boom Kinetic. The Peabody Little Rock, 8 p.m., $5. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. Rob Moore. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Seth Freeman. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Stacey Earle and Mark Stewart. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. The Hi-Balls, Reverburritos, Joe Pitts Band. The band releases its debut album, “Kerfuffle.” The

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Continued from page 35 Underground, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2537. Thread. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Tiffany Christopher. Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. Town Pump, 10 p.m. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Toad Suck Review Rock Show. With Don’t Stop Please, Es Lo Que Es, The Sesh, Still Reign. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. White Collar Criminals. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Such Gold, Make Do and Mend, Living With Lions. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12 adv., $14 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.


Larry Reeb. The Loony Bin, April 29, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; April 30, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


“Talent on Parade” Dance Competition. See Apr. 28.


Foamfest 2011. Sample over 100 varieties of beer and wine while listening to live local bands. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Arthritis Foundation. For more information, visit River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.e. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/ SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” See Apr. 27. “Spiritual Discourse” with Anam Thubten. A live lecture by internationally renowned Tibetan lama and author, Anam Thubten. Hosted by the Ecumenical Buddhist Society. For more information visit St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $10 donation. 12415 Cantrell Rd. Symphony Designer House: “Young Professionals Party.” With live music from the Tonya Leeks Band. For tickets or more information, visit 23 Edgehill Road, 7 p.m. 23 Edgehill Road. Toad Suck Daze. The 30th installment of Conway’s summer festival offers food, rides, art and live music from Kris Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Shawn McDonald and more. For more information, visit April 29-May 1. Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Weekend. A three-day summit to explore Governor Rockefeller’s impact on Economic Development in Arknasas. With speakers, art exhibitions, discussion panels and more. For more information or to register, call 727-5435. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, April 30-May 2. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 727-5435.


Kiff Gallagher. The founder of MusicianCorps speaks. To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, April 30, 7:10 p.m.; May 1, 2 p.m.; May 2, 11 a.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. American Cancer Society Relay for Life. An overnight event to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. To register, visit RelayForLife. org/LittleRock. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000.


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Revolution, 9 p.m., $20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Amore (formerly After the Tragedy). Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. “Big Brown is Dead.” With DJs Big Brown, Death, Justin Sane, Tristan Wingfield, Cybertribe, Brandon Peck. Live music from Third Degree. Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $12. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. Big John Miller. Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. “Blues on the River” 2011. With music from Bobby Rush, Floyd Taylor, Ms. Jody, Sweet Angel, L.J. Echols, Gwen White and more. Riverfest Amphitheatre, 2 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. 400 President Clinton Ave. Chris Henry. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Cody Ives Band. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Cory Fontaine. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. stores/littlerock. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 8 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. DNR, That’s No Moon. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. The Groove Connection. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. “Inferno” with DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu, Greyhound. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Jay Jackson. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Jay Jackson Band. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through : 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Lubriphonic. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. The Maccabeats. The acapella group performs Hendrix Hillel’s “Faux Bar Mitzvah” event. In Worsham Performance Hall. Hendrix College, 9 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Mat Mahar. Midtown Billiards, May 1, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. The Meanies. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. “The Light.” With Phillip Carter, Kevin Riley & Atmosphere, Tracy Bell & Ebenezer Faith Praise Team, Andre Simmons-Franklin and Gideon, Angella Johnson. The Land, 6:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. 3700 W. 65th St. The Salty Dogs, Amy Garland Band. Dreamland Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700. Seryn, Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Shannon Boshears. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. The Smittle Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. T-Model Ford. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Taylor Made. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. CBG. Wes Hart Band (headliner), Papa Grande (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351.


Larry Reeb. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


“Talent on Parade” Dance Competition. See Apr. 28.


8th annual Minority Health Fair. Churches, nonprofits, health groups provide information on health.

Contact Odessa Darrough at 661-0562 or Central High School Quigley Cox Stadium, 10 a.m. p.m. 1500 Park St. Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Kick-Off. An all-day event at the site of the secession convention includes a reenactment of the final secession vote, flag presentations to local militia companies, re-enactors and a screening of AETN’s new program about the Civil War in Arkansas. Old State House Museum, 9 a.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. “Breaking All the Rules.” The theater’s annual fundraising gala features food, drinks, silent auctions and live music. Attendees are encouraged to “break all the rules” by cross-dressing for cash prizes. For more information, visit The Weekend Theater, 6 p.m., $50. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. Candlelight Gala. Items from “Gone With the Wind” are contrasted with actual artifacts and firsthand accounds of the Civil War in Arkansas. For more information, visit Historic Arkansas Museum, 6:30 p.m. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. Central Arkansas Iris Society Iris Show. Kavanaugh Hall, 1 p.m. Kavanaugh and Lee St. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” See Apr. 27. Spring Garden Tour 2011. Tour of nine private gardens in North Little Rock and The Old Mill, with the theme “Garden Artistry.” April 30, 9 a.m.; May 1, 1 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.e. “Stiletto Nights.” Prizes, food, drinks and music from DJLES. M2 Gallery, 7:30 p.m. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-225-5257. Toad Suck Daze. See Apr. 29.


Ekphrastic Poetry Slam and Formal Poetry Competition. Poetry inspired by a work in the Arkansas Arts Center collection. With food, drinks and music from DJ Cameron Holifield. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., $3. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, April 30, 7:10 p.m.; May 1, 2 p.m.; May 2, 11 a.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Gaelic football practice. The Little Rock Gaelic Athletic Association kicks off its 4th season. All skill levels and ages are invited to attend or participate. Burns Park Soccer Complex, 12 p.m. Burns Park, NLR.


Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. First United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. 723 Center St. Fire & Brimstone. Hilton Garden Inn, 11 a.m. 4100 Glover Lane, NLR. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Lucinda Williams, Billy Joe Shaver. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $17-$77. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. “Margarita Sunday.” With Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Dell Smith, Cliff Aaron and Joel Crutcher. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Monday Night Jazz: Second Anniversary Concert. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Red, Taddy Porter, Lovers & Liars. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $16 adv., $20 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. Revengeance. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. River City Men’s Chorus: “Glee Club.” Trinity United Methodist Church, May 1, 3 p.m.; May 2, 7 p.m.; May 5, 7 p.m., free. 1101 North Mississippi St. 501-666-2813.

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Continued from page 31 So you’re working on a book with Billy Bob Thornton? It’s a book on Billy. But Angelina is going to be very prominent in this thing. It’s Billy’s book, “The Billy Bob Papers.” He likes that title. I like the song title that he’s got, which is great. And that is, “Hey Me, I’m Talking To You.” I think that’s brilliant. It’s so good in fact, that it reminds me of how clever song writers used to be in Nashville. But it’s a book by Billy and about Billy’s life. I’m part of the project, or part of the problem, you could say. Are you editing, reading over copy? Whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to deliver a book because there wouldn’t be one if I wasn’t there. Now there will be one and it will be delivered pretty soon. He’s going to be directing, writing and starring in another movie. And by the way, he’s one of the few people who have written, directed and starred in a film that hasn’t sucked. In fact it was a classic and that’s “Slingblade.” The last guy who did it, that I can think of, was Orson Wells with “Citizen Kane.” Think of all the people that have written, directed and starred in stuff that’s horrible. You talk a lot about political correctness … I believe we have taken a giant cultural step backwards, because of political correctness. I’m an author and I’m a fiction writer. So you’re going to find all kinds of shit in my books. My opponents spent some of their millions to go over all my books and find where Kinky says bad things, or funny things about Christians, and used that fiction to call me a racist. Take a song like “They Ain’t Makin Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” which has the word “nigger” in it. That song, as most people who have a brain the size of a small Welsh mining town would know, is an anthem against bigotry. It’s a guy standing up to a bully in a bar. I just think the political correctness has not only gone too far, but it’s drowning us. If I were managing today in show business and I had discovered a young Richard Pryor or a young George Carlin, or a young Mel Brooks, you want to know something? I couldn’t get work for those guys today. And I couldn’t get the movie “Blazing Saddles” made. We couldn’t make it, even if we had a lot of money. We couldn’t get it distributed, or a studio to pick it up. To me that’s a big step backwards, because truth trumps all. Truth is it man. Truth can be beautiful and ugly. It’s what we ought to be all about.

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n It happens when you least expect it. and it’s on in the background. Because this When you’re relaxing on the couch, catchis how most people watch television, repetiing an episode of “Seinfeld” after a long tion is important, Hood says. day’s work. When you’re brushing your “Something that does get into your teeth in the morning, just before running memory bank is something that’s going to out the door. be repeated over and over. It does take a lot “This is a rubber chicken!” of repetition for something like that to reBefore you know it, you’re reciting main in your memory,” she says. every word in a high-pitched fake rubber Fuller says he had nothing to do with chicken voice. It leaps from somewhere the creation of the advertisement. He simdeep within you, pouring from your subconscious. “They buy it.” “They buy it.” “That too.” “Yeah, baby!” “They love broken gold!” “They buy it all!” Considered quirky and fun by some and horrendously annoying by others, the Arkansas Cash for Gold commercial, featuring a rubber chicken that’s really excited about old gold, has enjoyed a good run on the AWFULLY EFFECTIVE: A hired actor and a rubber local airwaves. Ask any- chicken. body in Central Arkansas about the advertisement and, chances are, ply hired an advertising agency in Buffalo, they’ve seen it. Not only that, but they can N.Y., to do the work. He’s been pleased recite the chicken’s lines. with the results. That doesn’t mean everyone loves it. Jeff The real question that comes up when Fuller, owner of Arkansas Cash for Gold, you analyze any advertisement is whether it says in the two years since it first aired he’s leads potential customers to a “purchasing received threatening emails and phone calls decision.” Does it have any real impact on from people incensed by the advertisement. behavior? A lot of that has to do with know“If you saw the emails and the phone ing your audience and what type of product calls that we get – if I was a politician, seyou’re selling. Is selling your gold an imcret service would be knocking on their pulse decision? If it is, repetition and nearly door tomorrow,” Fuller says. “You wouldn’t annoying viewers to death might pay off. believe how threatening they are. We had “If it’s something you do on impulse, one that said, ‘Everybody at the TV station then you’re going to go with the company should be shot, whoever made the comthat’s on top of your mind,” Hood says. “It’s mercial should be shot.’ Some people are not like it hypnotizes you and sends you to clearly watching too much TV.” your closet to rifle through your old jewelry. By now, the commercial has definitely But if it’s an impulse decision, and if you’ve hit a saturation point. And that can be good heard the message a million times, you and bad, says Dr. Karen Hood, assistant might say, ‘Well, they’re crazy, but I know professor of marketing and advertising at they’ll buy my stuff.’ ” the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “As long as people are coming in our “After the first few exposures to a certain door and we ask, ‘How did you hear about message, we tend to like it because we like us?’ and they say, ‘The commercial,’ then it things that are familiar to us,” Hood says. still falls in the effective range. It’s a top of “But after a certain point, the attitudes start the mind thing. You want to be number one to get negative. After you see it a number of in their consciousness when it comes to that times, there’s something called the ‘wearbusiness,” Fuller says. out factor.’ ” TV stations have requested that Fuller Whether a commercial’s message gets change the ad up a bit, to give viewers a into your head is really a matter of how break. For the moment, he’s gone back you watch TV. Normally, people aren’t just to the original ad, which features a young plopped in front of the TV, giving it all of blonde woman instead of the rubber bird. their attention. You’re cooking, cleaning or He says new ads are in the works, but it will your kids are running around everywhere be hard to top the chicken.

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Continued from page 36 “S.I.N. on Sunday” with VJ g-force. Ernie Biggs, 10 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


“Talent on Parade” Dance Competition. See Apr. 28.


Cinco de Mayo 2011. Food, arts and crafts, games, culture and music from The Mariachi America, The Band F-5, Chicos Style and Los Marineros del Norte. River Market Pavilions, 10 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week: “The Kurvy Experience.” See Apr. 27. Live from the Met: “Il Trovatore.” Verdi opera. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 2 p.m., $5 students, $15 general public. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Mount Holly Spring Picnic. A tour, picnic and minifair raising funds for grounds maintenance. Mount Holly Cemetery, 5 p.m., $75 general, $25 under 12. 1200 Broadway. “Picnic on the Grounds.” The Mount Holly Cemetery Association event will raise money to restore the walls around the Little Rock’s oldest cemetery. Tours and tastings are at 5 p.m., the picnic begins at 5:30 and a mini-fair will take place throughout the event. The tastings and box suppers will use recipes from the Mount Holly cookbook “Recipes in Perpetuity,” also for sale. Mount Holly Cemetery, 5 p.m., $75 adults, $25 children under 12. 1200 Broadway. 501-376-1843. Spring Garden Tour 2011. See Apr. 30. Toad Suck Daze. See Apr. 29. Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Weekend. See April 30.





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Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, May 1, 2 p.m.; May 2, 11 a.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Abandon Kansas, The Wedding, Showbread, the Alexei. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $10 adv., $13 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Girl in a Coma, Blue Screen Skyline, The walking Lawsuits. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. White Hills, Iron Tongue, Sleepy Sun. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. “Monday Night Jazz”: Capitol Keyboards Jazz Project. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, through May 23: 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. River City Men’s Chorus: “Glee Club.” Trinity United Methodist Church, May 2, 7 p.m.; May 5, 7 p.m., free. 1101 North Mississippi St. 501-666-2813.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 11 a.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.


Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through May 24: 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.

Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. The Reparations, The Sideshow Tragedy. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. The Whigs, Ponderosa. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $13 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


Arkansas Spring Job Fair. More than 300 human resources professionals meet with job seekers. For more information, visit Statehouse Convention Center, 10 a.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Charity Bingo Tuesday. ACAC, 6:30 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Weekend. See April 30.


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■ artnotes From ‘Reel to Real’ HAM exhibit contrasts Tara, true life. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK

n The celluloid South, in the form of priceless movie artifacts, will meet the truth of life in antebellum Arkansas headon when the Historic Arkansas Museum opens its “Reel to Real: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Civil War in Arkansas” exhibition on Sunday, May 1. Vivien Leigh’s Best Actress Oscar — worth more than $2 million — and costumes from the classic 1939 film, including a suit Clark Gable wore as Rhett Butler, are among the 123 objects from the ShawTumblin Gone with the Wind Collection that will make up the “Reel” part of the exhibit, HAM’s contribution to events marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. There will be a projection room as well, featuring screen tests of, among others, Leigh, Butterfly McQueen and the unsuccessful Lana Turner, who lost the role of Scarlett O’Hara to Leigh. Representing the “Real” are treasures from the HAM’s own vaults: Women’s diaries that record the events of the war, letters from soldiers, photographs, weapons, and a Confederate uniform are among the 142 museum objects on display. The South of “Gone with the Wind” was a far cry, the exhibition will show, from pre-Civil War Arkansas, a poor state lacking roads and dependable river transport. But growing cotton wealth and the number of enslaved workers, which numbered 110,000 in 1860, pushed REEL VIVIEN TO REAL ARKANSAN: Contrasting Arkansas into secession on photos in the HAM exhibit tell different stories of the Civil May 5, 1861, nearly 150 War. years ago to the day of the exhibit’s opening. James Tumblin, owner of the collection, offered $20 for it. A card that fell out of the will be in Little Rock for the sold-out screendress indicated it had been created for “Gone ing Wednesday night of the documentary with the Wind.” Fifty years later, Tumblin has “Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind” more then 300,000 GWTW artifacts, which at the Argenta Community Theater. He and he assembled with the help of Dennis Shaw. filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud will (He said the collection is not named Tumblinhold a question and answer session after Shaw because it sounded like someone fallthe event. Tumblin started the collection in ing down.) 1961 when he picked a costume up off the “Reel to Real” will stay at the museum floor at Western Costumes in Hollywood and until the end of April 2012.





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FIVE FROM THE COEN BROTHERS n One of the cool things about Netflix Instant — when you look at it on the Internet, anyway, though I wish they’d expand the Wii-based search features — is that you can browse using any of a number of vectors to find what you want. For a film buff like me, who believes that cinematographers, screenwriters and directors speak in a kind of visual vocabulary that can be tracked over their film career, one of the coolest things to do is sit down and resolve to watch three or four films by a beloved filmmaker, just to see what they’re working with. One of my favorite teams over the years has been Joel and Ethan Coen, the brother writer/director duo who just can’t stop cranking out the quirky, bizarre and/or brutal hits. Their films “True Grit” and “No Country For Old Men” were up for several muchdeserved Oscars in recent years, and their output over the past 20 years has been nothing shot of stellar. Netflix Instant has five of their films, including some undisputed classics. First up is “Barton Fink” (1991), their ode to struggling writers and the seedier side of old Hollywood. Next is one of their not-so-appreciated-butshould-be films, “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994). That is followed in 1996 by the film that really put them on the map, classic kidnapping and gunplay dramedy “Fargo.” And who can pass up another viewing of their now-immortal 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” which took circumstances that were similar to “Fargo” and put a much more absurdist twist on them (not to mention creating the character of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, who I’m fairly certain will live as long as mankind). Finally, there’s the Coens’ 2001 black-and-white salute to film noir, “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” Like “Hudsucker,” it’s an underappreciated gem, featuring a great performance by Arkansas’s Billy Bob Thornton. While Coen goodies like “Raising Arizona,” and “O Brother, Where Are Thou?” aren’t on Netflix instant (yet), the five that are on there are all great stuff, and a heck of a good reason for a Saturday night Coens mini-retrospective in your own living room. — David Koon

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NEW MOVIES Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (PG-13) – A supernatural detective is on the case of monsters, vampires and zombies in the Louisiana bayous. With Brandon Routh, Anita Briem. Rave: 4:55, 10:00. Riverdale 10: 11:35, 2:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:20. Fast Five (PG-13) – The fifth installation of the “Fast and the Furious” series sees the crew in Rio, stuck between a drug lord and a tenacious federal agent. With Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10. Rave: 10:45, 11:15, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 5:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8;15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15. Riverdale 10: 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil (PG) – Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are called upon to track down the kidnapped duo of Hansel and Gretel. Voiced by Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 9:40. Rave: 11:30 (2D); 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:25 (3D). Riverdale 10: 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30. Of Gods & Men (R) – Threatened by a group of fundamental terrorists, a group of Trappist monks in Algeria must decide whether to flee or hold their ground. Directed by Xavier Beauvois. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:15. Prom (PG) – High school prom night sees couples come together, come apart and secrets get spilled. With Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:00. Rave: 10:45, 1:30, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25. Riverdale 10: 11:40, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45. Super (NR) – An everyday guy tries to become a superhero after his wife leaves him for a scummy drug dealer. With Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. RETURNING THIS WEEK African Cats (G) – Two families of big cats in the wild African landscape are documented raising their young. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Rave: 10:50, 1:20, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35. Arthur (PG-13) – A drunken playboy in heavy-duty arrested development has to choose between an enormous inheritance and the woman he falls for. With Russell Brand and Greta Gerwig. Atlas Shrugged: Part I (PG-13) – The adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel brings Tea Party icon John Galt to the big screen. With Paul Johansson and Taylor

Schilling. Riverdale 10: 11:10, 1:20, 3:25, 5:30, 7:50, 9:55. Beastly (PG-13) – A modern-day, teen-age retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” using New York City as the backdrop. Movies 10: 12:30, 2:55, 5:05, 7:20, 9:30. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) – FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) makes his son (Brandon T. Jackson) join him in going undercover in drag at a performing arts school. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50. Cedar Rapids (R) – A naive insurance salesman is sent to Iowa for an industry convention and winds up with three convention veterans who are no stranger to trouble. With Ed Helms, John C. Reilly. Market Street: 4:20, 9:15. Certified Copy (NR) – Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami tries out European romance with this story about a British writer and a French admirer. With Juliette Binoche and William Shimmell. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:00. The Conspirator (PG-13) – A young lawyer and Civil War veteran has to defend a woman charged in conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln. Directed by Robert Redford. Breckenridge: 7:20, 10:05. Gnomeo and Juliet (G) – Romeo and Juliet with gnomes. Voiced by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:20, 4:30, 6:40, 8:50 (2D); 1:15, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55 (3D). Hall Pass (R) – The Farrelly Brothers (“There’s Something About Mary”) return with this comedy about a two couples engaging in mutual, extramarital booty calls. Movies 10: 4:10, 10:05. Hanna (PG-13) – A 16-year-old girl, raised by her CIA agent father to be a master assassin, embarks on a mission across Europe. With Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55. Rave: 10:40, 1:40, 7:40, 10:40. Hop (PG) – The day before he’s scheduled to take over the family business, E.B., the teen-age son of the Easter Bunny, runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being a rock drummer. Voiced by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie. Breckenridge: 4:25, 7:00, 9:25. Rave: 10:50, 1:25, 4:10, 7:10. Riverdale 10: 11:05, 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. I Am Number Four (PG-13) – A teen-age fugitive with special powers is on the run from agents trying to kill him. With Alex Smith and Timothy Olyphant. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20. Insidious (PG-13) – A realm called The Further threatens to trap a comatose child. His parents learn to battle something that science can’t explain. With Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Breckenridge: 1:35,

4:35, 7:25, 9:50. Rave: 5:20, 8:25, 11:10. Just Go With It (PG-13) – On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his long-time assistant to pretend she’s his wife in order to fool his younger girlfriend. With Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Movies 10: 1:10, 7:00. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D (G) – Justin Bieber being Justin Bieber. With young Justin Bieber and teen-age Justin Bieber. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. The King’s Speech (PG-13 version) – After being crowned George VI of an England on the verge of turmoil, “Bertie” (Colin Firth) works to fix his debilitating speech impediment with help from eccentric Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Movies 10: 1:00, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45. The Lincoln Lawyer (R) – A lawyer runs his firm out of the back of an old Lincoln while working on a high-profile case in Beverly Hills. With Matthew McConaghey and Marissa Tomei. Riverdale 10: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 10;10. Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) – This is the fifth Madea movie and the 10th flick Tyler Perry’s made in five years. Five. Years. Directed, written by and starring Tyler Perry. Breckenridge: 1:05, 1:35, 4:05, 4:35, 7:05, 7:40, 9:35, 10:15. Rave: 10:35, 11:20, 11:50, 12:15, 1:35, 2:20, 3:00, 4:25, 5:10, 5:50, 7:30, 8:10, 8:45, 10:20, 11:00, 11:30. Riverdale 10: 11:00, 11:25, 1:15, 1:45, 3:30, 4:00, 5:45, 6:15, 8:00, 8:30, 10:15. No Eres Tu, So Yo (PG-13) – A heartbroken man enters psychoanalysis to recuperate after being dumped by the woman of his dreams. With Eugenio Derbez and Martina Garcia. Market Street: 2:00, 6:45. Red Riding Hood (PG-13) – In a medieval village that’s haunted by a werewolf, a girl falls for an outcast orphan even though her parents arranged her to marry a wealthy young man. With Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00. Rio (G) – A domesticated macaw from suburban Minnesota takes to Rio de Janeiro to find the freewheeling bird of his dreams. Voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway. Breckenridge: 1:45 (2D); 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30 (3D). Rave: 11:35, 2:40, 5:10 (2D); 10:55, 1:20, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35 (3D). The Roommate (PG-13) – A deranged college freshman becomes obsessed with her roommate and, wouldn’t you know it, things get freaky. With Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:25, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. Scream 4 (R) – When Sidney Prescott, now a selfhelp author, returns to Woodsboro, the masked killer emerges from hiding to wreak havoc on the small town yet again. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox. Rave: 2:35, 5:40, 8:30, 11:20. Soul Surfer (PG) – In spite of losing an arm in a shark attack, a teen-age girl with a passion for surfing returns to the ocean. With AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Rave: 11:10, 2:10, 5:25, 7:50, 10:35. Source Code (PG-13) – A celebrated soldier wakes up in a stranger’s body and discovers he’s part of a top-secret government mission to stop a bombing in downtown Chicago. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. Riverdale 10: 11:30, 1:35, 3:35, 5:35, 7:45, 10:00. Water For Elephants (PG-13) – After his parents are killed, a young veterinarian joins a traveling circus to tend its animals. With Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45. Rave: 10:35, 11:25, 1:35, 2:25, 4:35, 7:35, 8:20, 10:30, 11:25. Win, Win (R) – A volunteer high school wrestling coach finds himself entwined in a student’s unsavory family life. With Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan. Market Street: 2:15, 4:25, 6:45, 9:00. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990,


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‘WATER FOR ELEPHANTS’: Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star.

■ moviereview Just enough under the big top ‘Water for Elephants’ gets by on nostalgia. n It may be impossible to truly loathe “Water for Elephants.” Faint praise, perhaps, but it’s also a real feat considering its romantic leads are the inadvertently deadpan Robert Pattinson, whose cheekbones starred in the “Twilight” films, and Reese Witherspoon, who tends to make movies moms admire and boyfriends dread. “Water for Elephants” may fit that formula — but it also feels authentic to the Depression era in which it’s mostly set, contains enough danger and action to temper the romance (and vice-versa) and strides ahead with purpose and verve. For an inoffensive big-budget star vehicle, it ain’t bad at all. We open in the rain, at a midway, where a bow-tied nonagenarian named Jacob Jankowski (a plucky Hal Holbrook) reveals to a curious carny that he was present for a legendary 1931 circus disaster. Plied by scotch, he tosses the narration to his former self (Pattinson) just as young Jacob is on the verge of graduating Cornell with a veterinary medicine degree. In short order, Jacob’s life implodes, and the young man falls in with the traveling — and struggling — Binzini Brothers circus. Its owner, August (Christoph Waltz), takes a shine to the forthright Ivy Leaguer, and appoints him veterinarian. Jacob immediately defies his boss by putting down the ailing lead horse in the circus’ top act, which happens to star August’s wife, Marlena (Witherspoon). August erupts with a wrath that serves to push Jacob and Marlena closer together. Then he regroups and bets the circus’ future on a bold acquisition: An elephant, name of Rosie. Jacob has to train her; Marlena has to ride her; and August has to mistreat her so we know he’s the bad guy. Fans of the novel (a former No. 1 New York Times bestseller in paperback) will notice that the film has promoted August from head trainer to owner, while fans of “Inglourious Basterds” will notice that Waltz is finally in another role that wraps

a murderer’s disposition in an aristocrat’s refinement. Waltz’ August thrashes his elephant, feeds his big cats spoiled meat, has his workers tossed from the moving train to avoid paying them — and yet, he still beguiles. That Waltz can inspire fear, hatred and respect is a credit to his prowess. That Pattinson can even hold down the other half of the screen says a great deal for the young recovering vampire. Pattinson and Witherspoon manage something like chemistry together, but she never quite convinces us why he’d be willing to risk his life to step between her and August. That she’s 10 years his senior doesn’t derail the romance — Hollywood has run that age gap plenty of times, just with genders reversed — and she’s mostly believable as the star attraction wife who has been pampered enough to maintain her pinup-girl looks. Director Francis Lawrence, a music video veteran, seems content that the idea of Marlena will be enough to seduce the audience. Though “Water for Elephants” packs a lot of grit and violence into its two PG-rated hours, it also leans heavily on images and ideas rooted in American nostalgia for its formative pre-war years. Thus we’re treated to loving shots of locomotives and burlesque dancers and big tops decked with 48-starred American flags. We notice the faint outline of modest undergarments (read: granny-panties) beneath Marlena’s elegant Garbo-ready evening gown. When August stands resplendent in his ringmaster’s red coat and top hat, exclaiming “the most extravagant extravaganza the human eye can behold” to a tentful of wide-eyed rubes, we lean forward. This is America, mired in a busted economy, and we know this pitch by heart. Even if we don’t totally believe the boy-girl romance at its center, you can’t help but leave “Water for Elephants” with a heart going pitty-pat for the nasty, brutish circus life, always peddling magic for suckers. — Sam Eifling

and auction of artwork by clients of Birch Tree Communities, which serves people with mental illness, 6-8 p.m. April 28, $25, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to artists. Call 3033202 to buy tickets. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “The Making of a Legend: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Film Screening,” documentary, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening April 27, Argenta Community Theater, Q&A afterward with James Tumblin and Craig Renaud (sold out); “Giving Voice,” dedication of memorial to enslaved men, women and children in antebellum Little Rock, with Philander Smith Select Choir, North Little Rock First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Sankofa Performing Arts Dance Theater, and volunteer readers and actors, under the direction of Lawrence Hamilton, 7 p.m. April 28 (date change), tickets free but must be picked up in advance, limit two per person, call 3249351 to check availability; “Candlelight Gala,” annual dinner and auction fund-raiser, 6:30 p.m. April 30, $200; “Reel to Real: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Civil War in Arkansas,” artifacts from the Shaw-Tumblin collection, including costumes, and screen tests, along with artifacts from the HAM collection, including slave narratives, uniforms and more; May 1-April 30; “Empty Spaces,” digital media by Jasmine Greer, through June 5; “Signs and Signals: Claire Coppola, Michael Davis Gutierrez and Marilyn Nelson,” mixed media, through May 8; “Step Back Saturdays” Saturdays in April. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. MEDIUMS ART LOUNGE, 521 Center St.: Artwork by Gabriel Griffith and Andre Pendleton, music and dancing, 7-11:30 p.m. April 27. Free admission, drinks $2. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “Conflict and Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War,” Arkansas Heritage Month kickoff, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 30, living history events and opening of exhibit “An Enduring Union,” artifacts documenting the post-war Confederate and Union veteran reunions in the state; “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “Ten Years of Thea,” press accounts on the foundation since its beginnings; North Little Rock High School Senior Art Show, through May 6. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. TERRY HOUSE, 7th and Rock Sts.: “Arkansas League of Artists Spring Members Show,” May 1-31. 372-4000. n Bentonville sUgAR GALLERY, 114 W. Central Ave.: “Augmenters and Interlopers,” work by UA art department adjunct faculty Amjad Faur, Sean Fitzgibbon, Sonia Davis Gutierrez, Hank Kaminsky, Sam King, Stephanie Pierce, Adam Posnak, Amanda Salov, Jinsoo Son, and Cindy Wiseman, April 28-May 29. 2-6 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479273-5305. n Fayetteville UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “Small Footprint,” designs for packaging and print media by master’s degree candidate Szilvia Kadas, through May 5, reception 4-6 p.m. April 27; “Interwoven: Global Concord/Entretejido: Concordia Global,” drawings by LaDawna Whiteside, Fine Arts Center hallway, through April 29. 479-575-7987. n Helena PHILLIPS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Watercolor exhibition, through May 1. CHERRY STREET ARTWALK: Music and art on Cherry Street, 5-7 p.m. April 28. Artists including Grace Henderson, Bill Branch, Jerri Martin, Dot and Bobby Flanagan, Jane Woodie, Misti Staley, John Fewkes, Susan Winston, Patty Smith, Nicki Morrow, Brandon Phillips, Donna Sunshine and Delta Jewels; music by Phillip Stackhouse in the Kelly courtyard from 5:15 to 5:45, The Fantastic Jordan Wonders (5 to 5:45) and the Dixie Wonders (6 to 6:45) in the Cherry Street Pavilion, Southwind Serenade at 301 Cherry St. 870-338-9144.

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n Here’s one of the few things we’re willing to mark our calendar six months in advance: The Mobile Food Festival is coming to Main Street Little Rock from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1. The Downtown Partnership is blocking off a portion of the street, likely between 3rd and 7th, according to DLRP’s Sharon Priest. The festival will feature local food trucks, music and kids’ activities. The Times, which has been a major proponent for mobile food, is a sponsor. “We’ve been talking about wanting to do something on Main Street, and food trucks seem to be something that’s piqued everyone’s interest here and in other cities,” Priest said. Surely another inspiration? The Rep’s Angel Galloway in our Big Ideas Issue suggested that Main Street let food trucks congregate there for free. The idea was called “Reinvigorate Main Street with Food Trucks.”

Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

LITTLE ROCK/ N. LITTLE ROCK AMERICAN 65TH STREET DINER Blue collar, meat-and-two-veg lunch spot with cheap desserts and a breakfast buffet. But hurry — breakfast closes down at 9 a.m. on the dot, and the restaurant doesn’t reopen until 10 a.m. for lunch. 3201 West 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-7800. BL Mon.-Fri. ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups and fish dishes. Extensive wine list. Affordable lunch menu. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BLACK ANGUS Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. BLD Mon.-Sat. 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.


■ dining A new ’cue destination Smokin’ Buns defies expectations. n Before we dive in here, a quick word about what some might call biases but we’ve long held as truths: 1. With few exceptions (like Craig’s in DeValls Bluff and Dixie Pig in Blytheville), once you get outside of North Little Rock and Little Rock — or, more specifically, beyond Rose City and the White Pig Inn in the north and Sims on Geyer Springs in the south — Arkansas barbecue usually just isn’t as good. 2. Restaurants who use cartoon pigs in their logos serve substandard ’cue. Why? The ghost of Porky Pig haunts those who take his image in vain? No one likes to eat anything that’s smiling at him? We can’t say, but we’ve got a substantial list going. With those barbecue truths (barbetruths?) in mind, we reluctantly entered Smokin’ Buns in the Bayou Meto community in north Pulaski County recently, beckoned inside by the fat ass of a smiling porker in a chef’s hat. Over the years, the restaurant’s developed a sizeable following in the Jacksonville area, first for slinging ’cue and catfish from the window of a trailer and now, for the last two and a half years, serving out of an always-crowded sit-down spot the size of a small barn. On weekend nights, expect to wait if you show up much past 6 p.m. Inside, it looks and sounds like a lot of Arkansas restaurants: Rusted farm implements and taxidermied bucks with big antlers share wall space with landscape paintings on handsaws. A nearly life-sized cardboard cutout of John Wayne stands in one corner. Contemporary country music plays loud enough to be heard over the chatter of a full house, but not so loud that you have to shout to the person seated across the table. The menu is broader than at many barbecue joints, with not only a full range of smoked meats, but also options for catfish, shrimp, chicken, burgers, prime rib and a Frito chili pie. But since barbecue and catfish feature in big letters on the menu, our table of five ordered every possible combination of those staples. The combination plates ($8.95 for two meats, $11.95 for three) offer options for sliced beef brisket,

pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs, chicken tenders or fried catfish; plus a choice of two sides, including the likes of fries, onion rings, fried okra, cole slaw, corn on the cob, green beans and barbecue baked beans. Portions for all were generous. On this reviewer’s plate came a pile of battered fries too large to finish, a heavy scoop of mayobased sweet cole slaw and mounds of super-sized meat: thick catfish filets, 8- to 10-inch ribs and wide cuts of brisket around the same length. Only with a massive appetite could you leave without a to-go box. But you’ll be tempted by gluttony. Because everything we sampled defied our barbetruths. The sliced smoked pork sausage had a welcome kick to it. The chopped pork was plenty lean. The catfish was sweet and nicely breaded. But the real standouts? The ribs and brisket. The latter, smoked just right and terrifically tender, might be the best we’ve found in Arkansas. One companion, a former Texan and something of a beef barbecue aficionado, said it compared favorably to the famous Snow’s outside of Austin. The ribs were meaty and coated in slightly piquant rub, so flavorful that they didn’t need wet sauce. But the accompanying sauce made everything better. Billed as hot — sweet and vinegar-based were also

available — it merely tasted like red pepper was one of many spices in the mix; only the most sensitive to heat would be bothered by it. For dessert, there’s cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate cake or a selection of fried pies. Confident our appetite would reemerge in several hours, we got the blackberry fried pie ($1.99) to go and found it to be a fine balance of flakiness and gooey sweetness, even three hours after it came out of the fryer.

BOSCOS This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave.

Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 401 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3755100. BLD Mon.-Fri (closes at 6 p.m.), BL Sat. BROWN SUGAR BAKESHOP Fabulous cupcakes, brownies and cakes offered five days a week until they’re sold out. 419 E. 3rd St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3724009. LD Tue.-Sat. BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as

fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 4502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-



PLENTY OF MEAT: Smokin’ Buns combo plate with catfish, ribs and brisket.

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■ UPDATE MASON’S DELI & GRILL Once known as a Germanic sort of place, Mason’s has added an Italian flair, according to management. You can still get a Reuben or a smoked bratwurst sub, but you can also get an Italian sausage and peppers sub, a cheese steak sub, and bakery desserts including cannoli and chocolate cannoli shell. Be sure you’re hungry before you order the cheeseburger; it’s huge. At first, we thought the big square bun was too much bread, but considering that it’s holding half a pound of ground beef together, maybe not. There are no French fries here, but there are potato chips and bottled soft drinks such as root beer and cream soda. Worth a try. 400 President Clinton Ave. (River Market) 501-376-3354 CC No alcohol L Mon.-Sat.

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GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable, Subway-style conclusion. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-2695. LD daily. SEE WHAT’S LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired HANGIN’ AROUND by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 AT the N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. kitchen 501-716-2700. LD daily. store MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, RIVERMARKET BAR & GRILL Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD. PAPA SUSHI Hibachi grill with large sushi menu and Korean specialties. 17200 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try to authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4000. L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sun. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.

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BARBECUE CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5624949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $-$$. 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. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 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.


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AMRUTH AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Indian restaurant with numerous spicy, vegetarian dishes. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2244567. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB The atmosphere is great, complete with plenty of bar seating and tables. There’s also a fireplace to warm you up on a cold day. The fried stuff is good. Try the mozzarella sticks. 403 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH PUB This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. LAYLA’S Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No

alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). 612 Office Park Drive. Bryant. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-847-5455. LD Mon.-Sat. TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. (501) 881-4796. LD daily. TERRACE ON THE GREEN This Greek-Italian-Thai-andwhatever restaurant has a huge menu, and you can rely on each dish to be good, some to be excellent. Portions are ample. Patio for warm-weather dining. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.

ITALIAN BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-centuryold establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italianflavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-3758466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown 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. $$-$$$. 501-3369292. BLD daily.

MEXICAN BLUE COAST BURRITO You will become a lover of fish tacos here, but there are plenty of other fresh coastal Mex choices served up fast-food cafeteria style in cool surroundings. Don’t miss the Baja fruit tea. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. 4613 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-8033. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. 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. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree

BENTON DAN’S I-30 DINER Home cooking and blue plate specials are the best things to choose at this Benton diner. Check out the daily special board for a meat-and-twoveg lunch — and if chicken stuffing’s on the menu, GET IT. 17018 Interstate 30. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-778-4116. BL Tue.-Sat. LA VALENTINA There are touches of authenticity on La Valentina’s “real Mexican” menu, including specialties like palmadas meat pies, but otherwise you’ll find tacos, burritos, chimichangas and the like here. 1217 Ferguson Drive. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-776-1113. LD daily.

BRYANT STRAW HAT PIZZA Pizza chain that bills itself as “genuine California pizza,” with a daily lunch buffet. 209 B St. Bryant. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-847-1400. LD daily.

CONWAY THE BREWERY Coffeehouse serves soup, salads and sandwiches 2159B Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-2678. BL Mon.-Sat. D Mon.-Fri. DOMOYAKI Hibachi grill and sushi bar near the interstate. Now serving bubble tea. 505 E. Dave Ward Drive. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-764-0074. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. EL CHARRITO Decent spread of Mexican items. 502 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-450-6460. LD Mon.-Sun. THE FISH HOUSE The other entrees and the many side orders are decent, but this place is all about catfish. 116 S. Harkrider. Conway. 501-327-9901. LD Mon.-Sun. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. HART’S SEAFOOD Southern fried fish and seafood buffet over the weekend. 2125 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-329-8586. D Thu.-Sat., L Sun. JADE CHINA Traditional Chinese fare, some with a surprising application of ham. 559 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5121. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS IV “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 786 Elsinger Boulevard. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-5010. LD Mon-Sat. OAK STREET BISTRO The Conway eatery known for its creative flair with sandwiches and salads is now open for dinner and has a liquor license. Check out the massive menu; the desserts are excellent. 713 Oak St. Conway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-9908. L daily, D Thu-Sat. SHORTY’S Burgers, dogs and shake joint. 1101 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-9213. LD Mon.-Sat. STOBY’S Great homemade cheese dip and big, sloppy Stoby sandwiches with umpteen choices of meats, cheeses and breads. 805 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-5447. BLD Mon.-Sat. 405 W. Parkway. Russellville. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-968-3816. BLD Mon.-Sat. TIFFANY’S SOUL FOOD Opened in 2010, this eatery specializes in soul food classics like fried chicken, smothered pork chops and hot water corn bread. 1101 Mill Street. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-7685. LD Mon.-Fri. TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT Besides the hibachi offerings, Tokyo also has tempura, teriyaki and a great seaweed salad. Their combination platters are a great value; besides an entree, also comes with soup, salad, harumaki (spring rolls) and vegetable tempura. No sushi, though. 716 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-6868. BL daily.

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choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 1300 S. Main St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. RUMBA Mexi-Cuban spot in the River Market area, this restaurant and bar has a broad menu that includes tacos and enchiladas, tapas, Cuban-style sandwiches. Specialty drinks are available also. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-823-0090 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. SENOR TEQUILA Authentic dishes with great service and prices, and maybe the best margarita in town. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432. TACO MEXICO Tacos have to be ordered at least two at a time, but that’s not an impediment. These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun. 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. TAQUERIA THALIA Try this taco truck on the weekends, when the special could be anything from posole to menudo to shrimp cocktail. 4500 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-563-3679. LD Wed.-Mon.

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HOT SPRINGS BELLE ARTI RISTORANTE Ambitious menu of lavish delights in a film-noir setting; excellent desserts. 719 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7474. LD. CHEF PAUL’S Haute cuisine in a strip-mall setting. Top quality presentation and service. Freshest fish you’ll find in this area, great meats, exquisite desserts. 4330 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-520-4187. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. DON JUAN’S Mex-style enchiladas, runny white cheese dip, great guacamole and great service in strip-mall locale. 1311 Albert Pike Road No. A. Hot Springs. 501-321-0766. LD. FACCI’S This longtime favorite of the Oaklawn crowd offers an all-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch, lots of sandwiches and pasta and extraordinary Italian dishes for dinner. 2900 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-623-9049. LD Wed. only. FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. Boisterous, family style place. 5101 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-7437. LD. HAWGS PIZZA PUB Good pizza and other Italian food, a wide selection of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches in an all-Razorback motif. 1442 Airport Road. Hot Springs. 501-767-4240. LD. HUNAN PALACE Dependable Chinese cuisine, good soups, nice priced combos for two or three. 4737 Central Ave. No. 104. Hot Springs. 501-525-3344. LD. MCCLARD’S Considered by many to be the best barbecue in Arkansas — ribs, pork, beef and great tamales, too. 505 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. 501-624-9586. LD. OAKLAWN LAGNIAPPE’S BUFFET Small, overpriced and with an underwhelming variety of bland choices, the buffet in Oaklawn’s expanded gaming complex leaves a lot to be desired. If you’re hungry, hit the shops under the race track grandstands instead 2705 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-623-4411. BLD daily. • APRIL 27, 2011 47

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very May, the city of Eureka Springs shines a spotlight on the arts with a month-long festival that celebrates the visual and performing arts. According to Zeek Taylor, Chair of the Mayor’s Arts Council,“The festival showcases the works of more than 200 working artists that live in our community, and because of the length of the festival and the many venues available, every artist in Eureka Springs will have an opportunity to show.” Taylor added,“I have participated in the Arts Festival from the beginning and have seen a remarkable growth in the quantity and quality of the events with each passing year. We have worked hard not only producing art, but also promoting Eureka Springs as one of the premier arts destinations in the nation, a well-deserved and now, widely known, title.” The festival kicks off May 1 with the 2nd Annual Grand Illumination, when the Eureka Springs Downtown Network lights up Basin Spring Park at 7 p.m. All month, downtown businesses and Historic district homes will be aglow with thousands of paper lanterns. Month-long exhibits and shows are scheduled, including the 2nd Invitational Art Show at the recently restored Queen Anne Mansion’s Garden Level Gallery. Studio 62, Iris at the Basin Park, Zark’s and other galleries will also present special exhibits. Local banks and restaurants will provide wall space for local artists to display their talents. Free concerts in Basin Spring Park have also been expanded this year. There will be free music outdoors every day during May, weather permitting. May Festival of the Arts kicks up its heels with what is perhaps the city’s most colorful and festive parade of the year, the ARTrageous parade. It rolls through historic downtown at 2 p.m. on May 7, and it’s free and fun for the whole family.

Gallery strolls,usually only held the second Saturday evening of each month, are scheduled every Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. In addition to free refreshments at participating galleries, each gallery stroll will also include special artists’receptions and shows. Once again, the event includes artists and art aficionados of all ages, and Iris at the Basin Park will host the 9th Annual High School Art Exhibit. Students from Eureka Springs and Berryville high schools will present their best works at the gallery. Eureka Springs School of the Arts will offer spring workshops on Civil War crafts, including weaving, blacksmithing, woodworking and others. Contact ESSA at 479-253-5384 or www.esartschoool. com/for more information. The Spring War Eagle Mill Crafts and Culinary Arts Show takes



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place May 6-May 8, and while it’s a bit of a drive from Eureka Springs, the event adds to the feeling of art being everywhere in the month of May. One of the month’s most festive and well-attended events is the annual White Street Studio Walk, which takes place May 20, 4-10 p.m. Historic White Street is the working address of a large number of local artists who welcome the public into their homes and studios to view their latest works. For more information, call 479-253-9318. Both culinary and fine arts will be on display this month during “A Taste of Art.� Eureka Springs’ restaurants will host local artists and their works while tempting the public with their cuisine. For more info visit The month-long festival also includes a concert by the Ozarks Chorale, demonstrations of flute-making and drum-making,the season’s opening of the Great Passion Play,a reprise performance of last Fall’s historical tour, Voices from the Silent City, classes at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, a Plein Air Paint-Out, garden tour, culinary classes, and Africa in the Ozarks, a day of African dance and music with Eureka Springs’ own Yao Angelo and his band Ozakwaba, and more. This year’s festival schedule is so full that it couldn’t all be contained in just one month. Therefore, the 23rd Annual May Festival of the Arts will conclude the first weekend in June with the annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. Concerts will take place in the City Auditorium and at venues all around town, with free concerts in Basin Spring Park. For more information and the complete Blues Weekend concert schedule go to www.

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Eureka Springs loves the arts…visual arts, music, performance. This month we celebrate them all. Some events are ongoing, others have specific short runs. Many, if not most, of the events are free. You’ll find parades, art exhibits and shows, artist’s receptions and demonstrations, Gallery Strolls, the annual White Street Studio Walk, free concerts, an Ozark Chorale Concert, Blues weekend… and more. In May, the art experience never ends!

All month long, May 1-31 ■Free Concerts in Basin Spring Park every day,all month.Enjoy local and regional talent, weather permitting. For more information, visit ■ The 2nd Annual Invitational Art Show at the Queen Anne Mansion Garden Level Gallery, US 62. The works of more than 50 Eureka Springs artists, including paintings, sculpture,and more,will be displayed.Galleryonly tickets are $2.00 each. For gallery hours and days, call 479-363-6291. ■ 6th Annual Art as Prayer Exhibit at Studio 62 Gallery, 335 W. Van Buren,

■ This free exhibit features works depicting prayer. Daily except Tuesdays. For more, visit ■ Bank on Art – Arvest Bank, Community First Bank, Cornerstone Bank and the First National Bank of Berryville will host monthlong displays of some of our finest local artists. The free exhibits will be open Monday- Friday during regular business hours.Artists’receptions, to be held at individual banks, will be announced at a later date. ■ Iris at the Basin Park,8 Spring Street,hosts the 9th Annual High School ArtThis free exhibit presents the work of high school art students

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Carriage ride. Photo by A.C. Haralson from Berryville and Eureka Springs. For more information call the gallery at 479-253-9494. n 2nd Annual Grand Illumination - The Eureka Springs Downtown Network will launch the month-long illumination in Basin Spring Park, May 1, 7 p.m. Downtown businesses and Historic District homes will be aglow with thousands of brilliant paper lanterns. For more information email n A Taste of Art: A Visual Feast – Works of Eureka Springs visual artists will be on display at many of the city’s finest restaurants.Receptions in the restaurants on various weekends will honor the artists. n Eureka Springs School of the Arts Spring Workshops –Civil War Weaving & Clothing, Blacksmithing, Woodworking, Cooking, and Voices from the Grave are the workshop topics. For more information,contact ESSA at 479-2535384 or visit

Sunday, May 1 n Upstairs Downtown Tour and Taste - Tour homes and lodging facilities and sample food and beverages supplied by several shops

and downtown restaurants. The tour begins in Basin Spring Park at 4 p.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. (followed by the Grand Illumination launch).For more information,contact n “The Art of Fine Dining” presented at the Cottage Inn, will showcase French wines from the Bourgeois Wine Collection. Owner Stephanie Bourgeois will present the wines, paired with a lovely French meal. 6:30 p.m. seating.Reservations at or call 479-253-5282.

Friday, May 6 n Voices from the Silent City – Guides in period costumes lead you on an historical tour at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetery on US 62 E. Tours start at 6 p.m. and run every 20 minutes through 8:30 p.m. For tickets or more information,contact the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-8417. n My Secret Eureka – Professional photographer Susan Storch leads this 4-7 p.m. photography stroll that starts at the Crescent Hotel and ends at the downtown trolley depot.

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Along the way, participants will photograph gargoyles, fences, and florets, among other things. $15. Limited participation – contact Susan at or 479-253-7878. ■ 43rd Annual Season of The Great Passion Play opens today and runs through October 29. For more information or reservations call 800-882-7529 or visit www.

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■ Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Arts & Crafts Fair. Located 7 miles south of Eureka Springs on Hwy 23S. For more information contact Clif Jackson at 479-253-3790 or visit ■ War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show. Wide variety of crafts and food concessions. For more information call 479-789-5343,visit

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free! 2:00 p.m. More information at http://, May 13 ■ Voices from the Silent City – Guides in period costumes lead you on an historical tour at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetery on US 62 E. Tours start at 6 p.m. and run every 20 minutes through 8:30 p.m. For tickets or more information,contact the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-8417.

Friday, Saturday, May 13-14

■ Downtown Eureka Springs Art Fair – A free street fair in Basin Spring Park and along Center Street. Features fine art from regional artists. Friday, May 13, 1-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 14,10 a.m.– 5 p.m. For more information contact Barbara Robinson at robinson29@, or call 479-253-1839. ■ Culinary Class with Karen – Learn to make Spanikopita, a Greek spinach & feta pastry. Hands-on class Friday,10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.,and a demonstration on Saturday,10:00

■ ARTrageous Parade – Free. May Festival of the Arts kicks up its heels with this artful and sometimes outrageous parade. It rolls through historic downtown Eureka Springs at 2 p.m., but get there early to claim best viewing locations for the colorful floats, walkers, bands, and more, adorned Eureka-style. ■ Africa in the Ozarks at Basin Spring Park – Eureka Springs’ own Yao Angelo and his band,Ozakwaba,celebrate all day in Basin Spring Park with festive African music, drumming and dancing (except Parade time – 1-3 p.m.). ■ The Ozarks Chorale performs in the Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 7 p.m. For more info, go to ■ Karrie Evenson Exhibit and Reception – A free showing of works by area artist Karrie Evenson, known for vibrant colors that mirror her vibrant personality. Visit with Karrie from 1-4 p.m.and 6-9 p.m., and watch as she paints at Iris At The Basin Park Gallery, 8 Spring St. ■ Randal Thompson Exhibit and Reception – Long-time resident Randal Live music in Basin Park. Thompson is one of the premier historians of the town as well as being a renown photographer. Visit with him during his free a.m. -1:00 p.m. More information on www. exhibit at Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring St, 1-4 , or make your reservap.m. and 6-9 p.m. tions by email at, ■ Wilson and Wilson Folk Art Open or call 479-253-7461. House – The mother and daughter painting ■ Belle of Amherst – Eureka Springs artist team of Blakeley and Sylvia Wilson invite you Laurel Owen presents a one-woman perforto enjoy a free presentation of hand-painted mance, based on the life of Emily Dickinson. vintage percolators. Thirty hand-painted Directed by Marvin Jonasen.Friday & Saturday carved wooden cardinals will be also featured. at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Enthios 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Wilson and Wilson Folk Art, Art Venue, Greenwood Hollow Road. More 23 Spring St. 479-253-5105. details at ■ Judy Carpenter Exhibit – Free.Quicksilver Call 479-253-6830 for reservations. Art and Fine Craft Gallery features works by jeweler Judy Carpenter, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14 ■ Saturday Gallery Stroll. 6-9 p.m. ,every ■ Downtown Gallery Stroll – Several Saturday in May. Our galleries invite you to have galleries hold open houses, provide refreshrefreshments while you peruse the incredible ments, and host visiting artists who exhibit art of Eureka Springs. For more information their latest works. 6-9 p.m. Free. visit ■ Dixie and Bill Westerman Exhibit and Reception – Iris at the Basin Park Gallery, 8 Spring St, welcomes Eureka Springs artists Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 8 Dixie and Bill Westerman,who will show their ■ Annual Mother’s Day concert at the latest creations. Dixie paints watercolor and Aud with Native American flute artist, acrylic impressions of Eureka Springs. Bill, John Two-Hawks, a Grammy and Emmy known for his photography, will also exhibit nominee and Platinum Award-winning sketches and painted scenes of the town.1-4 musician. Tickets $12 and mothers get in 54 APRIL 27, 2011 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES

p.m. and 6-9 p.m. ■ Sherry Young Exhibit and Reception – The ethereal art of Sherry Young is featured at Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring St, May 14, 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. ■ Zarks Fine Design Gallery Annual Theme Show – Zarks hosts the gallery’s Annual Theme Show with a reception featuring works of several locals artists. 67 Spring St., 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

■ Poet Luck at Writers’Colony –This potluck dinner and literary salon is open to the public and held the third Thursday of every month, March-October,at The Writers’Colony at Dairy Hollow.Bring a pot luck dish to share and hear readings by local writers. 6 p.m.

Friday, May 20

■ 21st Annual White Street Studio Walk – Free. Visit the studios and homes of local artists on White Street, on the upper historic

Saturday in May. Our galleries invite you to have refreshments while you peruse the amazing art of Eureka Springs. For more information visit ■ One of a Kind…One at a Time! Exhibit – Free at Iris at the Basin Park Gallery,8 Spring St. Explore the unique pottery creations,including wall pockets, flower pots and unique Nativity set, of Sue Burkhart Chisholm, a Georgia ceramic artist and gallery favorite. 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. ■ Diana Harvey Exhibit and Reception – Free at Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring St. Diana Harvey has received national recognition for her oil paintings. See her work and meet Diana, 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 28

■ Downtown Gallery Stroll – Free. Several galleries will hold open houses, provide refreshments, and host visiting artists who will exhibit their latest works. 6-9 p.m. ■ Valerie Damon Exhibit and Reception – Iris at the Basin Park Gallery,8 Spring St.Local artist,author and illustrator,Valerie Damon, has been working all winter on new art and will unveil it in this exhibition. Visit with Valerie and have her autograph her work. 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. ■ Ken and Sandy Starbird Exhibit and Reception – Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring St. Ken will show ceramic work and Sandy will show fabric creations. The Starbirds’ work is exclusive to Eureka Thyme. 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. ■ Ocarina/Whistle Flute Making Workshop with Craig Hirsch,master flute maker and whistle smith,at Fire Om Earth Studio, 872 Mill Hollow Rd, 10 a.m – 4 p.m. $50 fee includes all materials and firing of your own flute. Visitors welcome during workshop hours. Call 479-363-9402 or visit www.

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loop, and view their latest works. More than forty guest artists also present their weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and more. Amazing art combines with a block party atmosphere. It’s a great time for the whole family. Turquoise flags identify participating locations. 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. For more information, contact zeek. ■ Plein Air Paint-Out: Eureka Springs -Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, AR 23 S, followed by painting on location, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and critique session, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. View the works for free at the church, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.Pre-registration for artists $10. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church and Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs. For more information call Jody Stephenson at 479-363-9209 or go to

Saturday, May 21

■ Eureka Springs Garden Club’s Spring Garden Tour, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. $20. For more info call 479-253-7078. ■ Downtown Gallery Stroll. 6-9 p.m.every

■ Castle Rogue’s Manor “Network of Castles” Weekend - Attend the free Open House at this fabulous castle near Beaver, AR, May 28 and 29, 3-6 p.m. Network of Castles Finale May 30, 8-11 p.m. $40 admission.For information and finale tickets call 479-253-4911.

Sunday- Monday, May 29-30

■ Drum Making Workshop with Lorna Trigg Hirsch. Learn to make your own personal Medicine Drum at Fire Om Earth Studio, 872 Mill Hollow Rd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $260 fee includes all materials and instruction.Visitors welcome during workshop hours. Call 479363-9402 or visit workshop_events.htm

Tuesday – Friday, May 31 – June 3

■ Eureka Springs School of the Arts Session One – Classes offered in Beginning WheelThrowing,Pewter Fabrication,andWood Fire Piston Sculpture. For more information, contact ESSA at 479-253-5384 or visit www.

Thursday - Sunday, June 2 -5

■ Eureka Springs Blues Weekend – Some of the country’s finest blues men and women performattheAuditoriumandatvariousvenues around town. Visit www.eurekaspringsblues. com for artists and show times.

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Nesting instincts A family of four uses local resources to make a house a home

Mexican textiles with an animal print (as seen on pillows) are showing up in design magazines and elsewhere these days. Find similar fabric (with birds) at Cynthia East. Throw from Pottery Barn, sofa and red-shaded lamp from Mertins Dyke, terrier mix from a Tennessee highway.



bserving a squirrel construct her* nest the other day, doggedly gathering bits of twig and even the odd scrap of plastic, I was struck by her resourcefulness—the way she used the materials available to her. Surveying my own “drey,” with its eclectic collection of objects and furnishings, I found that I’d done much the same thing. We’ve lived in this 1950s midtown home for almost seven years with a rotating menagerie of lizards and fish and one incorrigible old dog. Our kids, age 9 and 12, have grown up here, surrounded by an array of estate sale finds, family pieces and hand-me-down furniture. Though we live modestly, we’ve also managed to save up our acorns along the way for the occasional Mertinsdyke or Cynthia East purchase. Here are some vignettes of things that I’ve found— hunter-gatherer style—within my own territory.

It’s fun to mix it up in the kitchen. This jumble of containers, some scavenged at garage sales, others from family, make a cheery place for corralling utensils.

*I’ve read that the male actually makes the nest but refuse to believe it.

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She may look poised to pounce, but Piper’s a well-behaved sweetie.

Pied Piper The dog of Sandalwood Forest


iven the store’s name, it comes as no surprise that the air inside Sandalwood Forest, located at 3015 W. Markham, is thick with incense. Colorful Indian tunics hang alongside handmade patchwork skirts; rope sandals line the wall waiting for the right hippie to claim them. A sweet-faced dog curled tight like a forest animal lies sleeping beneath a tapestry-covered table. Kirsten Khanton, the owner of this Stifft Station spot, explains that her slumbering co-worker, Piper, is a two-and-a-half-yearold red heeler mix she adopted from Little Rock Animal Village. Soft and speckled, Piper has expressive ears that flop over in a way common to many mixes today and a gentle disposition. She also has an intelligent look and several clever tricks in her repertoire. At Kirsten’s command, she stands on her hind legs and gives high fives as easily as a band of bros and offers her paw for a shake on cue. Piper doesn’t know it, but she has a lot to live up to; a painting of Kirsten’s beloved red Doberman, Amber, who passed away in 2009, hangs above the counter smiling down upon the store in perpetuity. The mantle of shop dog has now been passed

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Food (anything and everything) Running with Kirsten Dog friends down to Piper, who clearly wears it with dignity. The painting, which really seems to capture the spirit of the former shop dog, is by artist Angie Bell. An animal lover, Bell donates proceeds from her dog portraits to the Humane Society. Kirsten readies to leave to attend to an anemic cat at home, so we say our goodbyes. Piper, happy to sink into her bed again, sleepily opens one eye before succumbing to the soporific effect of the late afternoon light and the burning sandalwood.

PICK UP YOUR CHINA DOLL (SHOES) Back in the day, the pre TOMS era, girls wore china doll shoes—usually black ones. There’s a certain purity to them that’s so appealing. In recent years, I’ve rediscovered my love for this simple shoe of my youth. Inexpensive, easy to slip on and perennially cute, they now come in an array of colors and styles, and Sandalwood is the only place that carries them. Here we’ve pictured some in springtime hues, bright as Easter eggs, and thrown a leopard print pair into the mix for the more daring among you. • APRIL 27, 2011 59

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ureka Springs is a melting pot (sometimes boiling over) of ideas, arts, relaxation and rejuvenation reflecting the most varied of American eclectic. Don’t believe us? Try to name another city that hosts a Southern Baptist Seniors Convention and an International UFO Symposium on the same weekend. Or another city of 2,000 that hosts as many parades, festivals and music events. Here’s a guide to some of the essential places to visit in Eureka Springs. There are also galleries and shops along Spring Street, The Auditorium musical venue, a billion honeymoon cottages for rent and Hatchet Hall (teetotaler Carrie Nation’s home); we’re saving them for a future guide. For more suggestions and a calendar of happenings, visit Eureka Springs Historical Museum. Just as you enter downtown Eureka Springs on Hwy. 23 north, the first building on the left at the bottom of Planer Hill is the newly renovated Eureka Springs Historical Museum, which houses artifacts and archives that document the city’s history. Here you’ll see everything from paintings by Elsie Bates Freund and Louis Freund, two of Arkansas’s most famed artists who lived and taught in Eureka Springs, to a Wells Fargo Strong Chest with a broken lock found in the White River. The entrance fee is $5 for adults; children and students up to grade 12 are free. 95 S. Main St. 479-253-9417. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 60 APRIL 27, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

The Stonehouse. A cozy wine bar with rustic stone walls and a beautifully constructed wooden bar, The Stonehouse is where locals go to unwind with wine and cheese and tapas. Here you’ll find not only an impressive wine list, but one of Eureka’s best beer selections. 89 S. Main St. 479-363-6411. CC accepted. Beer and wine. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Caribe Restaurant & Cantina. Owner K.J. Zumwalt closely guards his secret recipes for sauces and salsas at this unique Caribbean restaurant. It’s safe to say it’s the only place in town where you can get jalapeno pie and a Mexican soda. 309 W. Van Buren. 479-2538102. CC accepted. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner Thu.-Sun.; hours vary. Cottage Inn Restaurant. Owner and chef Linda Hager learned her craft working in small restaurants in Spain, Italy and Greece. That experience shines through at this excellent Mediterranean bistro, where the impressive wine list reflects not just the provenance of the cuisine but Hager’s curatorial care: Each year during the winter months, she travels to wineries in Spain, Argentina, and Napa Valley vineyards to find great wines for her restaurant. Look out for special Sunday night wine dinners. 450 West Van Buren. 479-253-5282. CC

accepted. Full bar. 5-9 p.m. Thu.-Sun. Lake Leatherwood City Park. If you’re looking for a full range of outdoor experiences, Lake Leatherwood City Park offers just about everything — fishing, primitive camping, RV hook-ups, cabins, canoe, kayak and small boat rentals and miles of mountain bike and hiking trails. One of the largest city parks in the country, the 1,700-acre park is oriented around Lake Leatherwood, an 85-acre lake featuring one of the largest stacked cut limestone dams in the world. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails and only small boats (with no wake) are allowed on the lake. You can rent a boat at the bait and snack shop, or launch your own boat from the paved boat ramp. The lake is five miles west from downtown Eureka on Hwy. 62 West. Look for the signs about three miles west of town. 1303 County Road. Black Bass Lake City Park. This 200-acre park surrounds a nine-acre lake that was originally created for fire protection and as drinking water reservoir (the stacked-limestone dam, built in 1894, still stands). Hikers and mountain bikers will love the trails that encircle the lake. The Bluff Trail, especially, offers good views of the lake and the valley. Look for signs for Black Bass Lake about 1.2 miles west of the Inn of the Ozarks on Hwy. 62 West. Note that the road to












LAKE LEATHERWOOD the park is a widened dirt road, though most should find it easily navigable. Crescent Hotel and Spa. Any trip to Eureka Springs must include a stop at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. Located at one of the highest points in the city, this historic hotel is a great stop for a meal at the Crystal Dining Room or a drink at Dr. Baker’s Bistro & Sky Bar on the fourth floor. Don’t miss the observation deck on the fourth floor. It offers one of the best views of the city, day or night. Reservations recommended at the Crystal Dining Room. 75 Prospect Ave. 877-342-9766. Dining Room: 8-11 a.m. and 5-8:45 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8:45 p.m. Sun. Bar: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat., 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. A USDA-licensed shelter for exotic large cats rescued from various neglected or unwanted situations, Turpentine

Creek houses more than 100 lions, tigers, and a bear or two on 450 acres, many in natural habitats. Don’t miss feeding time late in the day. Located seven miles south of downtown Eureka Springs. With onsite lodging. 239 Turpentine Creek Lane. 479-253-5841. CC accepted. $15 for adults, $10 children 3-12, seniors and veterans. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in summer months, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in winter months. The Coffee Shop. The best place to get a morning cuppa, this drive-thru shop is nestled beneath the shade of whispering pines, in a tiny red coffee stand less than a tenth of a mile south from the junction of U.S. 62 and state Hwy. 23 south. Here you’ll find “Almond Roca Mocha,” a tall “Hammer Head” (with two shots of espresso), hot chocolate, chai and other specialty morning beverages. 130 Huntsville Road (Hwy. 23 South). 479-244-6383. CC accepted. 7 a.m.-noon Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-noon Sat., occasionally on Sun. • APRIL 27, 2011 61

Kicking cans n A New York Times-CBS News poll last week found the American people gloomier and more pessimistic then we’ve been in a long time, perhaps since we emerged from our duct-tape hidey holes in Year 3 of SFB. There’s indeed much to be glum about. You know what it is. You know whose fault it is. You know this bought-and-paidfor bunch that’s in there now doesn’t have the know-how or the want-to, or the nads, or the sense of responsibility, to get it up and running again. We’re all screwed, you know that. You know it’s only a matter of time till the Hee-Haw theme — “Gloom, despair and agony on me, deep dark depression, excessive misery” — becomes our National Anthem, and those of us under $250K are obliged to just wander off disconsolate, like in a remake of the Joads and their grapes, kicking cans down the road. Oh, it’s bad. Bad. But today’s topic isn’t the fubar condition our condition has got itself in. Today’s topic is that there’s always another way of looking at s--t. How about we accentuate the positive for a change of pace? Leave worry on the doorstep, go over and check out the view from the sunny side. I just got back from over there and

Bob L ancaster here’s some of what I saw. Alien abductions are way down. Your state has only two-thirds as many congressmen as it did before 1960, but all of them are truly embarrassing now whereas only half of them used to be. Gas prices are way up, but even so, good whiskey costs 20 times as much. I have it on good authority that it’ll be the meek, not the Kochs, who inherit the earth. Don’t feel lonesome if you were recently redistricted from a knothead to a son-of-a-bitch. Everybody else was too, or the other way around. At worst a mixed blessing, the air traffic controllers are freaking less, napping more. Thalidomide is over and done with so you don’t have to worry about bringing forth a second base. Brownie is no longer at FEMA so you’ll probably not have to live in excrement in the Superdome for any length of time.

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