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Watch payday lending measure I wanted to raise public awareness regarding upcoming Senate legislation that should be of concern to all Arkansans. Senate Bill 900 seeks to overturn the decision made by Arkansas voters when they enacted Amendment 89 to the state Constitution. Under SB 900, consumer loan interest rates, currently capped at 17 percent annual percentage rate under Amendment 89, would, if SB 900 is passed, be set “as defined” by the Arkansas legislature. Logically, there is no reason to enact SB 900 except to increase interest rates. SB 900 would allow out of state and other lenders to offer loans with outrageous interest rates and fees, which would create an increasing volume of debt that would victimize Arkansas consumers. Less than four years ago, so-called “payday lending,” which made it difficult to escape an ever-escalating cycle of debt, was legislated out of Arkansas. SB 900, if passed, will allow something akin to payday lending to sneak in through the back door. Don’t let this happen again. I urge all Arkansans to contact their senator and request a “No” vote on SB 900. Shari Pfister Maumelle
Pryor’s ignorance a choice Glancing at that other paper Thursday for its local take on the past two days’ historic civil rights cases on same-sex marriage argued before the US Supreme Court, I read that Sen. Mark Pryor believes “... homosexuality is a choice, not a characteristic people are born with.” I believe Sen. Pryor’s ignorance is a choice. As a straight, life-long progressive Democrat, I’ll vote with my feet, which — on account of that and a plethora of his other equally unwise and unlearned statements and positions — won’t be heading in Mark’s direction. And, whoever said
the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree? What a shame, Sen. David. Dees Jordan Little Rock
Rallying against retrograde ledge On March 23 I visited the Arkansas Capitol for the first time, on a blank, gray day with heavy, unpredictable clouds sliding overhead. An old friend and North Little Rock resident had suggested we attend the War on Women rally to show our own dismay and agitation with the ultraconservative abortion legislation being rammed through the Republican-run legislature. I come from New Hampshire so the inclement weather bothered me little, but the nonsensical and paradoxical male-dominated usurpation of women’s rights felt like a return to antediluvian times. “This is 2013, not 1913,” read one sign. “Welcome to Arkanistan,” said another. A crowd of several hundred men, women and some children gathered in front of the Capitol’s steps to listen to women speak in opposition to legislation that would ban abortion after 12 weeks, in direct defiance of Roe v. Wade. “We’re not going back 40 years,” said one speaker. I added my name to a petition and looked at the faces in the crowd — few held anger or fervor; most had a mix of contemplation and disappointment. Later, my friend would tell me that most Arkansans can’t believe it’s come to this, that Republicans have hijacked a rather reasonable, middle-of-the-road state and are fixing to set it back decades. That was the disappointment I saw on faces. After the event ended, the crowd scattered into the fading day and my friend and I walked over to the Little Rock Nine monument just as the rain began to pick up. “I’ve never seen it this close up,” said
my friend as we stepped within feet of the solemn statues. Looking closely, I realized the rain was running down the frightened faces like tears. “How far have we come?” I thought to myself. Still, bigotry, misogyny, chauvinism, prejudice and racism exist across the land. Surely it is time that we all looked more closely at what our nation has been through, how we have gotten to this point and what history will have to say once we are gone. Going backwards is not an option. John M. Rogers North Little Rock
Legislature should address wage theft Bipartisanship is not a theme that has prevailed during this legislative session so far. In fact, this General Assembly has shown that it is more interested in engaging in divisive issues to gain political points rather than address the serious problems that our state faces. However, the state legislature can move in the right direction by finally addressing the issue of wage theft in Arkansas. It is an issue that affects all Arkansans, and has a bipartisan solution. Wage theft is hard to define, but it is generally when an employer intentionally underpays or does not pay an employee owed wages. According to the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center, wage theft is a “silent epidemic” that plagues low wage workers and cheats the Arkansas taxpayers out of revenue each year. More importantly, it puts honest job creators in our communities at a disadvantage. A common occurrence is when a worker’s employment is terminated, for one reason or another, and the worker is never paid the final paycheck owed. A victim of such a hypothetical has limited options in Arkansas. While a worker can file a complaint with the Arkansas Department of Labor
(DOL), the worker is not eligible for DOL assistance if owed more than $2,000 or makes more than $25,000 per year. Even if the worker can file with the DOL, it could take years before seeing any type of relief. If the amount owed is less than $5,000, the worker could also seek relief in small claims court. However, this also comes with court and administrative fees that mitigate the amount that the worker can recover. Unfortunately, private attorneys are unlikely to take such a case because of the relatively small amount in controversy. Further, prosecutors seem unwilling to pursue charges under the “Theft of Services” statute in Arkansas. At best, the worker will recover with DOL assistance after a long period, leaving the low wage worker hurting for money and not holding the offender accountable. Recently, Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) introduced HB 2004, in shell bill form, that would “require full payment of wages after termination of employment.” It will directly address the issue of wage theft in Arkansas. Rep. Leding attempted to pass a wage theft law last legislative session, but it died on the House floor. Rep. Leding, in a recent interview, attributed the prior bill’s failure to concern that it would place too much of a burden on small businesses. What “burdens” are unclear, as the business owes these wages. Leding has stated in a recent interview that HB 2004 will address these concerns, and Sen. Jon Woods (R-Springdale) has stated he will support the new proposal. This bill will give low wage workers the ability to recover much earlier than under the current options. I urge readers to contact their legislators and educate themselves on the issue of wage theft. This is not a partisan issue, it is an Arkansas issue. Please support your local job creators and support HB 2004. Brandon W. Maxey Fayetteville
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hough needed, it came tragically too late. Legislation to curb feral hogs was approved by the House of Representatives last week, but not before Senate Republicans had already overridden Governor Beebe’s veto of a bill prohibiting voting without photo identification. Had the House roll call come first, the Republican senators might have been herded away from their party-line override, the very sort of pointless destruction that the House bill was intended to prevent. (Late word: Apparently confused, or fearing retribution, the House has now joined the override. Is there a word for “government by feral hogs”?) SB 2 by Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, is meant to reduce the number of voters who are likely to vote Democratic — the elderly, the poor, minorities. Today’s Republicans believe that voting, and indeed all important matters, should be left to rich white men. Gov. Beebe has a different reading of democracy, and explained it in his veto message: “Given the importance of the right to vote, laws that would impair or make it more difficult to exercise that right should be justified by the most compelling of reasons. This is particularly so when the citizens, whose right to vote is most likely to be impaired, are those citizens who experience the most difficulty in voting in the first place: the elderly and the poor. A compelling justification should likewise be shown when the citizens most likely to be affected include minorities who have in the past been target of officially sanctioned efforts to bar or discourage them from participating in the electoral process. “Senate Bill 2 is not supported by any demonstrated need. While proponents of laws similar to Senate Bill 2 argue that they are necessary to combat ‘election fraud,’ the bill addresses only voter impersonation, and no credible study of ‘election fraud’ supports the notion that such voter impersonation is or has been common in Arkansas. … There has been no demonstration that our current law is insufficient to deter and prevent voter impersonation. Senate Bill 2 is, then, an expensive solution in search of a problem. I cannot approve such an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens.” Protecting the precious rights of citizens is not on the minds of the backers of SB 2. They’ll trample those rights with no more concern than four-legged hogs show for farmers’ crops, but with considerably more hypocrisy. The four-legged invaders don’t pretend to be acting in the public interest. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, Arkansas is not the only state beset by feral legislators. Nine Republican lawmakers in Iowa introduced a bill that would classify all abortions as murder, including “use of abortioninducing drugs.” Another Republican, Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara, introduced a bill to make it a felony for any lawmaker to introduce a gun-control bill. In New Mexico, Rep. Cathrynn Brown, also Republican, introduced a bill that appeared to make it a felony for victims of rape or incest to get an abortion. She amended the bill after a public outcry.
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DISASTER: A duck covered in oil is recovered near the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area in Mayflower. On Friday an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spilled several thousand barrels of oil.
he crack of a 20-inch interstate pipeline rupturing in Mayflower, Ark., announced more than a flood of heavy Canadian crude oil on a trim subdivision near Lake Conway. The spill of 10,000 barrels of oil did more than send a ripple through oil prices (down Monday, with the pipeline break cited as a factor.) It also sent a ripple through state and local politics. Those hurrying to the oil-fouled scene Friday evening included U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and state Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, both representatives of the affected area. Griffin managed to avoid being photographed. Rapert did not. For his solicitude, his picture got circulated around the world on Facebook amid the muck, along with continued questions about a bill he and Rep. Nate Bell have sponsored on eminent domain. The Rapert-Bell bill nominally protects private landowners from appropriation of property by private interests. But … it continues favored status for pipeline companies and, in its original form, posed the potential for even broadening the rights of energy exploration companies in the Fayetteville shale. By Sunday night, Rapert was referring questions on the bill to Bell, saying he, not Rapert, was the lead sponsor. Bell said critics simply didn’t understand the law. He referred questions to the Institute for Justice, apparently the source of the legislation. Dumb move. The Institute for Justice was financed by the billionaire Koch brothers, major players in the energy business and treasurers for many conservative corporate political lobbies, including the Americans for Prosperity, which has employed Nate Bell’s wife. The state legislation is small potatoes against a much larger national issue. Last year, Griffin told the New York Times, “I want to wake up talking about Keystone pipeline and I want to go to bed at night talking about Keystone pipeline.” He’s been as good as his word. He has legislation pending to force completion of the pipeline through the Great Plains without the usual environmental review. Greg Palast, the British journalist
who revealed Griffin’s connection to Florida vote suppression efforts in George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, argues that Griffin is carrying the Keystone fight for the energy lobby, MAX including the Koch brothers, BRANTLEY that has contributed hundreds firstname.lastname@example.org of thousands to his campaigns. The Kochs have a refinery in Texas. They want the pipeline to deliver Canadian tar sands crude that’ll be transformed into products for shipment. Keystone would carry the same nasty Canadian stuff that the ruptured Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline carried. It is more corrosive, mixed with unknown chemicals and harder to clean up. Of course oil companies endeavor to build safe pipelines. Federal regulations require computerguided mechanical inspections, too, though Palast has argued that the software can be gamed to reduce the incidence of discovery of weaknesses that require expensive pipe replacement. Oil and gas drilling and pipelines aren’t going away. But Friday’s disaster illustrates that Griffin and shale play cheerleader Rapert write off environmental peril too readily. The Keystone pipeline has been fought in Nebraska by people concerned that it passes over a critical underground water supply. Still Griffin wants to fast track it. As suction trucks vacuum oil, booms are put in place on Lake Conway and volunteers work to scrub oil-soaked waterfowl, you have to wonder if he’ll continue to be in such a noisy hurry. Closer to Little Rock, a Pulaski County justice of the peace asked for a report from Central Arkansas Water after I blogged that the pipeline crosses 13 miles of the Lake Maumelle watershed. The water utility has expressed concerns about spill response plans to Exxon previously and might soon move to ask Exxon to relocate the line. Coincidentally, the same Koch money pushing the Keystone pipeline and paying Tim Griffin is fighting anti-pollution regulation of the Maumelle watershed. What could go wrong?
Tax cuts to fund politics
he policy debate over cutting taxes, so old now that it has become tiresome, has reached the point of absurdity in this legislative session, but the politics of tax cutting, while just as silly as the policy, is more fascinating than ever. How do lawmakers think they can get by with thumbing their noses at the vast majority of their voters by passing laws that serve the interest of only a handful of the richest constituents? The answer is that everyone else is too busy with the travails of living to notice or else is inured to expecting no better from their government and pay it scant attention. Put that thought aside for a moment while we talk about the policy arguments on tax cutting. Republicans came to the 2013 legislative session, the first in more than 125 years in which they hold a majority, firmly dedicated to cutting taxes because they say it will unshackle the job creators — rich people — who will set out to grow the wimpy Arkansas economy. Specifically, the legislature is going to help the job creators by giving manufacturers more exemptions from taxes, widening the top tax brackets on individual income taxes, lowering the top marginal
in double digits for much of a year. When he raised taxes on the specific job creators — those with significant capital gains — in 1986 hiring picked up. Go figure. The story of raising and cutting taxes is that leaving more money in the pockets of low- and middle-income wage earners does create jobs because they go out and spend it on goods and services, which creates demands for businesses, which in turn hire people to meet the demand. But putting more money into the pockets of people who have no trouble buying whatever they need doesn’t create demand. A number of newly minted Republican governors are proposing big tax cuts to generate business and job growth. The extreme is Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who wants to end Kansas’ income tax and rely on consumer taxes, which land more heavily on low- and middle-income people. He thinks industry will flock to Kansas if it has no income tax. Here in Arkansas, we know the history, and it is perverse for supply-siders. Income tax increases — in personal rates in 1971 and in corporate rates in 1991 — were followed by growth spurts. A capital gains tax cut in 1999 effective in 2000 was followed by an economic slump. Nationally, the big Bush tax cuts for high incomes and corporations in 2001, 2002 and 2003 were followed by the
worst jobs economy since the 1930s. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities last month looked at the state tax-cutting spree of the 1990s and another in the last decade to see if state tax cutting affected business growth and hiring. The five states that enacted the deepest tax cuts in the middle and late ’90s saw job growth of less than 0.3 percent a year on average during the economic cycle that followed, compared with 1 percent for all the other states. Of the six states that cut income taxes sharply between 2002 and 2007, when the recession hit, three grew more slowly than the rest of the country. The other three had somewhat more robust growth, but they were oil states that benefited from skyrocketing oil prices and their own high severance taxes. Eight major economic studies in academic journals since 2000 looked at whether income tax differences affected their growth. Six found no measurable effect and one was internally inconsistent. Here is the real point to the policy debate and the political equation: While the average worker won’t know that he’s being stiffed — all he will hear is that Republicans and their man Davy Carter “cut taxes” — you can be sure that the one tenth of one percent who realize more than $5 million in gains next year will know, and remember. They bankroll political campaigns.
with a Washington angle involves Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood assassin — an Arlington, Va. native. Whether or not Hasan, a Palestinian-American Muslim many would call a terrorist, should properly be called “white” as the Neatly airChildress sisters use the word, was debated brushed out of by many of the thousands of online comthe picture, most mentators who gravitated to the Post webWashingtonians site to bicker and exchange anonymous would object, were racial insults —an entirely predictable outtwo of the most come of publishing such witless nonsense. GENE notorious mass It’s also true that several of Maj. Hasan’s LYONS murderers in recent colleagues at the Walter Reed Medical U.S. history: “Beltway snipers” John Allen Center — another Washington instituMuhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. In 2002 tion — described him as “paranoid” and they murdered 10 people in the Wash- “schizoid,” terms that have been applied in ington Post’s primary circulation area for medical settings to the Tucson and Aurora explicitly racial (and entirely mad) reasons shooters as well. having to do with black nationalism. But the Childress sisters are having Also 2007 rampage shooter Seung-Hui none of that. “What facets of white male Cho, a Korean immigrant who killed 32 culture,” they demand to know “create so classmates and professors at Virginia Tech. many mass shootings?” Raised in Fairfax County, Va., across the If I sound personally offended, that’s Potomac River from Washington, Cho had an error of tone. been adjudicated “an imminent danger to First, when these nitwits say “white himself as a result of mental illness” in a male culture,” what they really mean Virginia court, but not hospitalized. is “rednecks,” “NRA members” or even This last is important because another “Republicans.” I’m not one of those. Besides, I only look white, as the joke of the Childress sisters’ claims is that “when white men try to divert attention” went in my youth; actually, I’m Irish. Every from their collective guilt “by talking about ugly stereotype ever applied to black Amermental health issues, many people buy icans was used by their British overlords to into the idea that the United States has a describe my great-grandparents in County national mental health problem.” Cork. It can definitely affect your attitude. Odd, because yet another mass shooting Or not. It’s pretty much up to you.
But I digress. My real objections to this appalling article are both professional and political. Professionally, I’m with online commentor “dwells3” who asked: “How did an opinion piece full of easily refuted assertions, by authors who have no training or experience in the field on which they are commenting, whose prior writing appears limited to a book published by a vanity press, get through the editorial review process of an allegedly serious and respected newspaper?” Over at the dailyhowler.com, my friend Bob Somerby has been wondering what on earth is going on at the Washington Post. Seemingly at the behest of the ubiquitous 28-year-old pundit Ezra Klein, there’s actually a 19-year-old college freshman posting meditations about the U.S. budget on the newspaper’s website. The lad plans to major in economics. Possibly the Childress article was edited by somebody who was in grade school during the “Beltway sniper” episode. As a political matter, the sheer folly of writers on the cultural “left” — on their website the sisters also endorse “long walks, camping, commuting by bicycle/ walking/bus, organic gardening…needlework, backpacking, and cuddling with beloved cats and dogs” — endorsing collective racial guilt, one of the most poisonous and destructive ideas in human history, simply cannot be exaggerated. Race tells us nothing about these tragedies. Absolutely nothing.
rate and then dramatically reducing the income taxes on profits that people make from trading stocks, businesses ERNEST and other property DUMAS — capital gains. People who make their living that way will pay taxes at the rate of less than a third of what a wage earner pays. The capital-gains bill is the legislative program of House Speaker Davy Carter, who is expected to run for governor in 2014. Next year, the only people who would get Carter’s tax cut are people with more than $5 million in gains. Some platform on which to seek high office! But put that thought aside momentarily, too. The idea that cutting the taxes of high earners stimulates the economy and creates jobs was put to the test in the 1980s with Ronald Reagan’s embrace of supply-side economics. Whether Reagan disproved the idea or proved nothing is a matter of debate, but the fact is that his giant tax cuts for the well-to-do were followed by the deepest recession (still) since the 1930s. Unemployment rocketed to 10.8 percent and stayed
Race has nothing to do with mass shootings
ith the exception of sex and religion, nothing makes people more irrational than race. Given the bloody history of racial disputes in American life, one would think that responsible news organizations would take particular care in addressing inflammatory topics. Then there’s the Washington Post, which actually ran an Easter Sunday opinion column headlined “White men have much to discuss about mass shootings.” Written by Charlotte and Harriet Childress, identical twins who describe themselves as “researchers and consultants on social and political issues” with a Ph.D. and four master’s degrees between them, the essay argued that something uniquely wicked about “white male culture” is responsible for tragedies like last year’s massacre of 26 schoolchildren and teachers in Newtown, Conn. “Nearly all of the mass shootings in this country in recent years,” the authors assure us, “not just Newtown, Aurora, Fort Hood, Tucson and Columbine — have been committed by white men and boys.” Yes, the Childress sisters actually wrote that, and the editors of the most influential newspaper in our nation’s capital waved it into print.
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he Arkansas legislature is considering two dramatically different views of tax reduction. One approach benefits the wealthiest Arkansans who already pay the lowest effective tax rates in the state. An alternative approach gives the most tax relief to the middle and low-income Arkansas families who already pay the highest effective tax rates in the state. This is not only a policy choice, it’s also a moral choice. As faith leaders we are morally and ethically inspired to oppose growing inequities in our state tax code and in our economy as a whole. That inspiration compels us to remind our lawmakers of the moral and ethical case for fairness in our tax code and to reassert our broader concerns for the well-being of the middle class and the poor. What do tax policies have to do with faith? Why should people of faith care? Tax policy often affects the middle and low income working families of Arkansas the most, forcing them to shoulder more of the state’s tax burden. We care because our faith calls us to care. We look to scripture to find a rationale for our actions as people of faith. Our faith tradition affirms that all people were created in God’s image with inherent worth and dignity regardless of their economic status. Throughout the Old Testament we learn about God’s unwavering concern for the poor. The lawyers in the Book of Deuteronomy speak of doing justice, justly. The Torah has numerous admonitions about treating those who are poor with righteousness and justice. Then, the Prophets, speaking on behalf of God, called the Hebrew people to repentance when they failed to see the poor in their midst. Jesus grew up and was nurtured from this moral and ethical foundation. That is what inspired Jesus to challenge his followers throughout the gospels to “care for the least of these.” This focus on “the least of these” is what the Christian gospels show Jesus understood as included in the reign of God, the new era of justice promised in the Old Testament. Like the Hebrew prophets, Jesus called for an era of justice when the voiceless would have voice and when
harsh policies would no longer exist that oppressed “the least of these.” The gospel of Matthew clearly states that when we take care of the poor we are serving God. As people of faith, we are called to seek justice for “the least of these” and care for what affects the quality of their daily lives. This faith places requirements upon the followers. Today, six out of every 10 families in Arkansas (60 percent of our population) earn less than $44,000 a year. They pay roughly 12 cents of every dollar they earn in taxes. But Arkansans who earn more than $300,000 (1 percent of our population) pay only 6 cents of every dollar in taxes. A system that taxes middle and low income earners TWICE what the highest earners pay is not moral and just. Yet several proposals being considered by Arkansas legislators would make the existing unfair system even WORSE. HB 1966 cuts taxes on investment profits, vastly benefiting the wealthiest Arkansans. HB 1585 lowers the Arkansas income tax in a manner that would give the top 5 percent of wage earners half the tax reduction. Both bills passed the House Revenue and Tax Committee last week and now move to the House floor. How can these legislative proposals be considered moral and just? In contrast, two other proposals introduced this session would make our tax system fairer and more just. HB 1240 would provide an earned income tax credit to the working poor. And HB 1926 is an income tax reduction weighted heavily in favor of middle and low income families. We believe that Arkansas needs a fair and responsible tax system. Those who earn the most should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than those who are just barely scraping by. We need a system where all Arkansans pay their fair share. As people of faith, we cannot morally stand silent while the inequities in the Arkansas tax code are made more egregious for the middle and lower income people of Arkansas. Our faith calls us to speak out for tax legislation that makes our system more just, fair and moral.
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Argenta Farmers Market Plaza 6th & Main St., Downtown North Little Rock (across from the Argenta Market)
SCHEDULE — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Food Serving — 3:30 — Celebrity Judges will choose the winner based on style, flavor and presentation.
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
Dine on 12 pit roasted, whole, heritage breed hogs from Falling Sky Farm Saturday,
Mandy McBryde, Bonnie Montgomery, Riverboat Crime, The Sound of the Mountain
— 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — $10 entrance allowed after 7 p.m. for Live Music and Beer & Wine Garden.
BEER & WINE GARDEN Gated festival area selling beer & wine ($5 each) beginning at Noon and closing at 10 p.m.
Lost Bayou Ramblers Grammy nominated Cajun band from South Louisiana
May 4th beginning at 3 p.m. Doors open at noon with craft beers and wine available.
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Quotes and allusions A heavy smoker, perhaps: “Forty-two-year-old Cal Amadee of Bare Ridge was found unresponsive this morning in his cell. He was being held in a single medical cell due to flue like symptoms.”
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“Little Rock officers escort Al Kyda to the downtown police station Thursday after he was arrested after a manhunt in west Little Rock. According to police, officers had fired on Kyda, who was suspected in a burglary, but he alluded them until he was found under a deck in the Woodlands Edge neighborhood in west Little Rock a few hours after shots were fired.” Instead of all that alluding, he should have been trying to get away. Like encyclopedias and telephone directories, Bartlett’s “Familiar Quotations” is nearing extinction, apparently. When I looked for a Bartlett’s in the office the other day, not only could I not find one, I had trouble finding somebody who knew what it was. Nobody’s writing odes to Bartlett’s these days, as Winston Churchill did in a 1930 memoir (“Roving Commission: My Early Life”): “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable
work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. DOUG They also make SMITH email@example.com you anxious to read the authors and look for more.” Churchill’s greatest days were still ahead of him 1930. He wound up one of the most-quoted authors in Bartlett’s, and the editors always made sure the one about Bartlett’s itself was in there. Quotations about Churchill are there too. John Kennedy said of him, “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.” I guess Wikipedia has a Churchill entry, but I’m not sure you can do him justice that way. “Elvis Dumerville has spurred the Denver Broncos for Baltimore, agreeing to a five-year deal, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Sunday. … Dumerville had 63 ½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver.” A (Dallas?) cowboy might use spurs on a bronco, but I believe the writer here intended to say that Dumerville had spurned the Broncos to go to the Ravens. Quoth the Ravens, “Evermore.”
WEEK THAT WAS
It was a good week for… VOTE SUPPRESSION. The Arkansas House voted 52-45 to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of a bill that requires voters to present a photo ID. Despite Republican claims of widespread voter fraud, there’s little evidence of fraud generally and no evidence of in-person voter impersonation, the only fraud the measure will prevent. There is, however, plenty of evidence demonstrating that voter ID measures depress voter turnout. The vote was party line, except for Rep. Fred Love (D-Little Rock), who later said he mistakenly voted for the override. The bill becomes law Jan. 1, 2014, provided there are funds to pay for its implementation. A lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality is likely. EXPANSION. House Speaker Rep. Davy Carter, of Cabot, and Senate Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux, of Russellville, were the first state Republicans to publicly endorse the “private option” health care expansion plan for Arkansas. Meanwhile, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has given official confirmation of the federal government’s commitment to moving forward on Arkansas’s expansion plan, something Republicans have long said would be crucial to receive before 10
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legislation moved forward. INCHING TOWARDS THE GOVERNOR’S RACE. Mike Ross, the former congressman recently turned lobbyist-inwaiting for the Southwest Power Pool, has resigned from his government affairs job to pursue “public service.” Ross offers no further comment, but it’s an indicator that he’s likely to run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.
It was a bad week for… MAYFLOWER. An ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower neighborhood on Friday, spilling thousands of barrels of crude oil into the surrounding areas. Authorities evacuated nearly two dozen homes. At press time, there was no indication when residents would be allowed to return or when the cleanup would be complete. WOMEN. When is it not a bad week for women as long as this General Assembly is in session? The latest affront: Republicans in a Senate Committee killed Sen. Joyce Elliott’s resolution to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment. Former Republican legislator Dan Greenberg said, during testimony, “equality in all circumstances is not always the best policy.”
THE OBSERVER NOTES ON THE PASSING SCENE
Dog famous ALL OVER TOWN, THE OBSERVER OBSERVES dogs observing him. It was Spouse who first pointed it out, love of my life and keeper of my heart and housekeys, and I of hers. We were sitting at a stoplight one day in the spring, windows down, when she directed my attention to the SUV next to us. Angling noggin to the left, The Observer found himself staring headlong into the damp eyes of a black Labrador retriever, head out the window. He was staring intently at The Observer, and not with the “just happy to be here” look that seems to be the default facial setting of most dogs, but with a scowl of true consternation, as if he was trying to figure out what makes Yours Truly tick. Since then, Spouse has delighted in gigglingly gigging my paranoia by pointing out dogs staring as I pass — little dogs, big dogs, black dogs, yellow dogs, white dogs, spotted dogs, dogs on leashes and dogs in cars. It sounds absolutely nuts, but once The Observer started noticing it, I couldn’t stop. Spouse isn’t helping. Sometimes when it happens, she entertains herself by reciting little stories about how I’m dog famous, or dog infamous, with pooches all over town saying: “Have you seen him? I thought he was only a myth my mother told to scare us as puppies!” Don’t think us weird. When you’ve been married as long as we have, my friend, you’ll find that you fill the silences with things that would seem fairly nuts to anyone who wasn’t privy to the eccentricities all couples turn into their own private folklore. As a very smart man once told me: Marriage is about the constant struggle to decide who gets to be the crazy one that day. If you aren’t married, that probably doesn’t make a lick of sense. If you are married, there’s a good chance you’re nodding your head right now. Perhaps, The Observer has posited to Spouse over her cackles, dogs believe me to be a gorilla escaped from the zoo who shaved himself
down in a motel bathroom and has since infiltrated human society, waiting on my moment to wrest control — a menace that must be constantly monitored to prevent The Rise of the Apes. Or maybe I just look shifty. There’s always that possibility. Whatever the case, it made her laugh. With my middle going increasingly paunchy these days, making her laugh is pretty much all her old poop of a husband has got going for him, and that’s worth any amount of calling myself a gorilla. You’ll learn that too, or chances are you won’t stay married long. THIS OBSERVER’S DOG IS 14 YEARS OLD, as best we can remember, and her back legs don’t work so well. She has a disease that makes her want to eat everything in the house. We find her on the table — which isn’t easy for her to get on — licking our placemats. When she was younger, The Observer’s dog was known as the Fastest Dog in Hillcrest. She dared other dogs to chase her and outran them every time. A man standing in the dog park one day watched her and said, open-mouthed, “She’s a thoroughbred.” She’s a mutt, but her genes combined to make her a yellow, bent-eared, curly-tailed rocket. The Ur-dog, we once heard her type described on NPR, from whence all our knowledge flows. A Carolina dog, a hiker once proclaimed at a trailhead in Tennessee. Our yellow peril, we called her. When she was a puppy, we couldn’t wait for her to grow up and stop chewing the deck, the chair legs, the stairstep overhangs. We couldn’t wait for her to slow down. Now, an old dog, she’s chewing again, thanks to her weird doggy disease. Now, in her last years, she is the Slowest Dog in Hillcrest and every time we walk her, we start to cry thinking about the days when her back legs worked and she was such a wonderful pain in the ass.
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Athletic records need integrating Arkansas has racially divided high school sports records. BY EVIN DEMIREL
hen Wadie Moore started compiling a record book for the Arkansas Activities Association around 1996, he wanted it to be as comprehensive as possible. The assistant executive director for Arkansas’s organizing body for high school athletics combed through archives and drew on the contacts he’d made in his decades of sportswriting for the Arkansas Gazette. All the while, though, Moore knew the record book he was creating told an incomplete story of his state’s athletic past. He knew there had been two high school sports associations divided by race until 1967, when the all-white Arkansas Activities Association integrated with the allblack Arkansas State Athletic Association. When compiling the book, which includes a list of state champions in various sports and all-time leaders in statistical categories, Moore used official records kept by the AAA dating back to the early 1900s. But he didn’t find any records kept by the ASAA. The paperwork, if it existed, apparently wasn’t transferred to the AAA
ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Why in the world would Republican Rep. Nate Bell sponsor legislation to mandate a 48-inch, rather than 40-inch, limit on fences in areas regulated by the Capitol Zoning District Commission? He’s from Mena, after all, and free to fence his chicken farm as high as he wants. Bell is a libertarian sort. He’s one of the lead sponsors of a bill to allow raw milk sales on farms, for example. And maybe a government agency rule on fence height just struck him wrong. But we’ve also learned that impetus for the legislation includes influence from a powerful corner of the Capitol, the office of House Speaker Davy Carter. There, an instigator of the legislation is Gabe Holmstrom, once a Democratic activist, who’s now Carter’s chief of staff. Holmstrom ran afoul of the fence rule. By state law, the CZDC regulates land use in neighborhoods around the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion. It endeavors to preserve the historic character of the neighborhoods. Boyd Maher, the Commission director, said the rules have included a maximum fence height for decades. Historians say fences were primarily ornamental in the olden days and thus a lower height limit is in keeping with that spirit. The rules may be waived, but it’s not automatic. Patrick Cowan, a lawyer who restored a historic house on Scott Street, lost a court appeal of his failure to get a waiver. Holmstrom himself has bought and refurbished property downtown and is currently fixing up a house on Louisiana Street. He applied and received a fence construction permit, but wanted a higher fence to keep his dogs in. Rather than apply for a waiver, he went before the Commission and complained. He said the rule would keep people who “look like me” from investing in the downtown neighborhoods. Some black members of the commission reportedly took offense. Holmstrom now says that he meant nothing racial, though he acknowledges he spoke inartfully about his belief that excessive rules could discourage investment. The pressure of the bill has had some effect. The Commission voted last week to take public comment on whether to raise the maximum fence height to 48 inches. That process won’t be finished before the end of the legislative session, however. And, in the meanwhile, somebody important in the House has put a hold on the Capitol Zoning Commission’s operating appropriation. Not
Don’t fence them in
headquarters. So, Moore didn’t include marks set by all-black powerhouse programs in basketball, football and track like Pine Bluff Merrill, Little Rock Dunbar, Horace Mann, Scipio Jones, Hot Springs Langston and Texarkana Washington high schools. The result affects not only the AAA record book, but all the news reports that
use it as a source. This was evident in early March when Little Rock Hall High won its fourth straight state title in boys’ basketball. News accounts described the achievement as the third time such a fourpeat had been achieved in the state. It was actually the fourth time. No mention had been made of Scipio Jones, the North Little Rock school that won four straight all-black state titles in the late 1950s. This oversight is a problem, said William McCraw and Eddie Miles, two members of Jones teams in the late 1950s. Miles, an All-American at Seattle University who still lives in Seattle, added: “That’s something that somebody one day might say, ‘We need to make a change.’ ” The change could be straightforward: Add a separate category in the AAA record book for ASAA records. A similar arrangement has played out in major league baseball, where comprehensive statistics for Negro leagues can be found through basketball-reference.com, a partner site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Other Southern states have also integrated their record books. Texas and Georgia include state titles won in their pre-integration all-black athletic associations. The states don’t include individual records, which are much harder to confirm. Wadie Moore is open to a similar expansion of the AAA record book. He never intended it to be static and accepts new submissions for records of all kinds. He believes the pre-integration all-black schools deserve recognition in the only record book of its kind. “Any time you can preserve or find out something from your past like that, I think we should have” an expansion, he said. The key is compiling and verifying the information. The best route to researching pre-integration state titles would be scouring past issues of the Arkansas Democrat, Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas State Press, a Little Rock-based black newspaper, available on microfilm at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library. Moore would accept clips from any of these sources. The project would not be easy, but he hopes someone with free time will tackle it. “If someone was willing to do that, it would be a blessing. I would love to see something like that.”
Evin Demirel blogs about sports history and culture at thesportsseer.com.
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BEATS, RHYMES AND LEGISLATION
Apropos of nothing beyond serving as a welcome distraction to this interminable General Assembly, last week journalists and politicos spent most of a day rewriting rap lyrics to fit Arkansas legislative themes. Below is the best of the bunch paired with the songs that inspired them. See everything by searching the hashtag #ARLegRapLyrics.
LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ
Believe me sweetie, there’s enough revenue to feed the needy. Lindsey Millar @lindsey_millar Arkansas Times editor
From the window to the Walls McCrary Will Watson @will_watson Political consultant
“Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems”
I don’t know what they want from me. It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see. Matt DeCample @DeCample Spokesman for Governor Mike Beebe
“It was all a dream, I used to read Talk Biz magazine, Mike-n-Davy & Lamoureux up in the limousine” Blake Eddins @_BlakeEddins Talk radio host, former Arkansas Razorback basketball player It was all a dream/reading readers digest magazine Ronald Reagan and George B up in the limousine Hangin’ pictures on my wall/Every Sunday, seven hundred club y’all. I let my stocks rock ‘til my estate taxes dropped/Feds won’t get my rifle or my concealed carry glock. Jeremy Brasher Funny person not on Twitter (Tweeted by @lindsey_millar)
My milk bills bring all the boys to the floor. Elizabeth Nokleby @elizabethnok College Republican
VANILLA ICE “Ice Ice Baby”
Stop, collaborate and listen...Rapert’s back with a brand new restriction. Tyler Lindsey @thlindsey KTHV Producer
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
“I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”
I lost my rights in la rotunda, I lost my rights in la rotunda. Got to get em, got got to get em. @q45ib2
“Fight the Power” Faubus was a hero to most #arleg But he never meant, shi* to me you see Straight up racist that sucker was Simple and plain. Julee Dunekacke Jaeger @dunekacke Designer
“It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” It takes a scarification of millions to hold us back. David Ramsey @ArkDavey Arkansas Times associate editor
Big River Steel, can’t you see, sometimes your super project just hypnotize me Andrew DeMillo @ademillo Associated Press Capitol reporter
“Baby Got Back”
I like big bills and I cannot lie. Bradley Phillips @BradleyPhillips Political consultant OMG beebe, look at his budget, it is so big. Sara Mayer Rivera @smrivera2 Speech pathologist
DOUG E. FRESH AND SLICK RICK “La Di Da Di”
La-di-da-di, we like our party/we cause trouble, we bother everybody/We’re just some men at the mic, and when we vote at the mic, we take away your rights. Lindsey Millar @lindsey_millar Arkansas Times editor
THE BAHA MEN
“Who Let the Dogs Out” Who let the feral hogs out? / Who? / Who? Brad Broadway @BradBroadaway1 Attorney
“(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” You’ve got to fight... for your rights... and/or party. SportingLifeArkansas @SportingLifeArk Online sports publication
very neighborly. Even less so than a high fence. The outcome is cloudy. Many in the neighborhood support the fence limit. They turned out to successfully oppose Cowan’s candidacy for Downtown Neighborhood Association president on account of his challenge of the rule. A change in the rule will be up to the Commission, if Bell doesn’t have his way in the legislature first.
Four firings, two resignations at Wrightsville Four top employees, including the warden and deputy warden, at the Wrightsville unit of the Department of Correction were either fired or terminated as the result of improper handling of a complaint of sexual harassment, the department confirms. Warden Greg Harmon and Maj. Gary Burton resigned and Deputy Warden Tommy Hurst and Capt. Larry Raglan were terminated on March 22. Two other employees, a sergeant and Lt. Randy Caulkins, were fired several days earlier for their involvement in the harassment, spokesperson Shea Wilson said. She said the sergeant may appeal his firing, and did not disclose his name. The allegations dated to a year and a half ago when a female officer reported to her supervisor that she was the subject of sexual jokes. Wilson characterized them as “junior-high type antics.” When no action was taken, the officer finally reported the events to prison administration. The department has a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and reporting of sexual harassment. The department declined to disclose the name of the officer making the claim. She is still employed with the department, but it another prison. Wilson said the department is advertising for the vacant positions and that a deputy warden at the women’s unit at Wrightsville was acting as warden. “We have a good pool of people in our agency” to fill in while the top jobs are being advertised, she said.
CORRECTIONS A map in the March 28 issue of the Arkansas Times that accompanied the cover story, “Main Street Revival,” indicated that ReCreation studio, at 608 N. Main St., was in the building next door. The label for Argenta Healing Arts 419 Main St., North Little Rock, was left off the map. In the same issue, Montego Cafe was reported incorrectly as Montego Bay Cafe. www.arktimes.com
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“Lies remain told, forgetting what you heard. The truth is what’s important, that’s what your heart deserves.” — July 18, 2012, Facebook post by Ernest “Kiid” Hoskins Jr.
here doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of room to squeeze the word “accidental” into the statement signed by Christopher Reynolds, 35, a few hours after he pulled a large-caliber handgun from a basket in his kitchen and then shot his 21-year-old employee, Ernest Hoskins Jr., in the head during a November 2012 business meeting. A State Police investigator wrote the statement, but Reynolds put his signature to it, swearing on penalty of perjury that it was the truth:
A MATTER OF INTENT
IN NOVEMBER 2012, ERNEST HOSKINS WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY HIS BOSS DURING A BUSINESS MEETING. WITH THE KILLER NOW CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, A FAMILY’S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE HIGHLIGHTS THE OFTEN BLURRY LINE BETWEEN RECKLESSNESS AND MURDER. BY DAVID KOON
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“On November 9, 2012, at approximately 2:00 PM, I was conducting a meeting at my house for my business. My business reduces gas mileage on vehicles. Rachel Watson, Brian Washington, Melissa Peoples and Ernest Hoskins were at my house for the meeting. All four are my employees. I was discussing with Ernest why his sales figures for the week were so low. He had lower figures than Melissa and Rachel. Ernest told me that I needed to get off my couch and work as well. We were bantering back and forth. I picked up a Desert Eagle .44 Magnum pistol from behind me. I pointed the pistol at Ernest’s head, and we were bantering for approximately one minute. I pulled the trigger and the gun did not go off. I then pulled the slide back and a round went in the chamber. I tried to de-cock the hammer on the pistol by pulling the trigger and holding the hammer as it moved forward. The gun then went off and struck Ernest in the face. I put the gun back up and called 911.” A killing, with three witnesses, in which the perpetrator admitted he held a gun in the victim’s face for a full minute before pulling the trigger, jacked a round into the chamber when it didn’t fire, then shot the victim dead. Going solely on that statement, signed and sworn, it doesn’t seem like it would take one of the great legal minds of our age to conclude the charges Reynolds might face could potentially include murder. Why, then, was Reynolds released without charges within hours of the shooting — before, Ernest Hoskins’ wife says, she had even been notified her husband was dead? Why did it take an additional 15 days before Reynolds was officially arrested and charged? Given that the special prosecutor in the case was working from the same evidence and eyewitness accounts that led State Police investigators to arrest Reynolds on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault, why did Reynolds wind up formally charged on March 1
with only a single count of manslaughter, a charge that could bring him as few as three years? Does it matter that Ernest Hoskins was black, while Chris Reynolds is white? Does it matter that the shooting occurred in lily-white Lonoke County? As Hoskins’ family often asks, had it been the 21-year-old black man from Little Rock who introduced a gun into a tense business meeting in Lonoke County and wound up shooting his boss in the face, would he have slept in his own bed that night, much less been charged with manslaughter? Questions swirl. Many of them probably won’t get good answers until Reynolds’ trial in early June, if then. Though a nationwide groundswell of interest has taken shape through social media, with supporters saying the case smacks of racism, the special prosecutor brought in to try the case contends that the evidence proves Reynolds’ recklessness, but not his intent to kill Ernest Hoskins in cold blood. Hoskins’ wife and family, however, are left to wonder: Is justice being served?
MEMORIES: Family photos of Ernest Hoskins in Monica Hoskins’ house.
Eight months pregnant with Ernest Hoskins’ son, a child she plans to name after his father, Nikki Hoskins came into the North Little Rock bookstore where we’d agreed to meet wearing her uniform from a local restaurant, her face clearly wrung out with grief. She and Ernest — who almost everybody but Nikki and his mother called “Kiid,” after his hip-hop music name, Kiid Fresh — met on Facebook when she was 20 and he was 17. Nikki knew he was too young for her, but even then he was clearly intriguing: handsome, an artist, a poet and musician, a smart, driven young man who carried a notebook crammed with lyrics and thoughts and sketched out schemes on how to make something of himself in business or on the stage. They became close friends, but Ernest often hinted that he wanted more. “He was always like: ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend,’ ” Nikki said. “ ‘You’re going to be mine. I’m going to make you my wife someday.’ We did that for two years, and finally got to the point where we were ready for something serious in our lives.” Raised by a single mother after his father passed away from a heart attack in 1998, Ernest seemed more ready than most young men to settle down. He and Nikki started dating in July 2011, and things progressed quickly. “We loved each other to death within a month,” she said. “Everybody was like: ‘I think you’re moving too fast.’ But people didn’t know the whole story. They didn’t know he’d been in the picture the whole time. We just weren’t dating.” She’d already agreed to marry him by the time their first anniversary as a couple rolled around on July 27, 2012. They were planning a big December wedding, but the morning of their anniversary, Ernest came in and surprised her. “He said, ‘Get up. Let’s go get married,’ ” Nikki said. “I was like: Quit playing. But he said, ‘Get up, let’s go do this. Let’s go downtown.’ ... It was a whiff of the moment thing. We’re going to get married right now.” And so they did. Less than a month later, they found out Nikki was pregnant. Ernest had always worked hard, taking classes at Pulaski Tech and Phoenix University after his graduation from Hall High, often juggling more than one job. He worked on his music at night, releasing hip-hop tracks
A WHIFF OF THE MOMENT
on YouTube and Facebook. He was selling Direct TV systems when he met Chris Reynolds. “Christopher came into the store where he was working,” Nikki said. “[Ernest] tried to sell Chris some satellite service. I guess Chris liked his way of doing things ... he gave him a business card and said, ‘You should come work for me.’ ” Seeking a steady income that would allow Nikki to stay home and raise their son and the goddaughter they had adopted, Ernest went for it in September 2012, becoming a salesman for Reynolds’ company, Reynell Industries in Ward. With gas prices spiraling, Reynell Industries was trying to tap into consumers’ frustration at the pump by distributing a system that supplements gasoline engines
with compressed natural gas or hydrogen. In addition, Reynolds’ home in Ward is listed as the headquarters for a non-profit called The Reynolds Foundation Group Inc., which claims through its website, reynoldfoundationgroup.org, to offer self-defense training, bullyingprevention programs, relationship counseling, stalkingprevention tips, and other services. Most of the links at the site are either dead ends, or prompt the user to set an appointment. Attempts to reach Christopher Reynolds were unsuccessful, and the Times was told by someone at the office of Reynolds’ attorney, Hubert Alexander of Jacksonville, that Alexander generally doesn’t talk to the press. A message the Times left for Alexander went unreturned. Nikki Hoskins said her husband was excited about working for Reynolds. As Reynell Industries’ first salesman, he soon oversaw the hiring of two more salespeople. Ernest thought it might be the business opportunity he’d been waiting on. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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week before her husband’s death, Nikki said, she found out that he was driving every morning from their home in North Little Rock to Reynolds’ home in Ward to work, almost 30 miles one way, a revelation that caused some friction between them because of the amount of gas it took to make the commute. Monica Hoskins said that on Halloween night, she was driving with her son when he received a phone call from Chris Reynolds, who was “furious” because he wanted Ernest to terminate another employee. Her son was calm, professional and apologetic throughout the call, Hoskins said, never raising his voice. After eating breakfast and waiting around for a repairman, Monica Hoskins said, Ernest went to pay a traffic ticket,
it’s built around a gas-operated firing mechanism that bears more in common with an assault rifle than the automatic pistols most cops carry on the beat. If you’ve ever seen “The Matrix,” you’ll recognize it. The agents chasing Neo carry Desert Eagles — hand-cannons that weigh well over 5 pounds when fully loaded with fingertip-sized shells. From where Ernest Hoskins was sitting when Chris Reynolds drew down on him and pulled the trigger during their business meeting, the black eye of the barrel would have looked like an abyss. With the investigative file locked in the prosecutor’s desk drawer and Reynolds’ trial still two months away, it’s hard to know exactly what happened inside Reynolds’ house on Deer Run Drive in
“He felt like this job could take him to where he was trying to be,” she said. “He and Chris had discussed a lot of opportunities that were coming up, travel and doing sales with the company. He moved up to a management position in two weeks.” Though Reynolds invited Ernest to bring Nikki to his house for cookouts and get-togethers, Nikki said she was working two jobs at the time and never went. Ernest, on the other hand, seemed to be over there all the time. At least once, she said, Chris, Ernest and another employee went to the firing range to shoot some of the many guns Chris owned. Eventually, Nikki said, Reynolds tried to give Ernest a large caliber handgun — a gun she now believes to be the .44 semi-automatic that later killed him — but she wouldn’t allow it in the house because of their adopted daughter and the baby on the way. After Ernest told Reynolds he couldn’t take the gun, Nikki said Reynolds gave them a set of swords and several large daggers. That odd bit of generosity aside, Nikki said she began to question how Ernest was being paid. “He made sales, and he was supposed to be commissioned off of them, but it seemed like every time he was supposed to receive pay from the commission, it was pushed back and he didn’t get it.” Ernest’s mother, Monica Hoskins, said she also thought something was strange with her son’s employment. He was often broke, she said, and drove the car he’d bought the previous July without tags for months because he couldn’t afford to pay the taxes, even after he started working for Reynolds. When she finally agreed to help him get the paperwork on his car in order, he came back the same week and asked for a small loan to get him by. “I didn’t feel like he was paying him right,” she said. “I asked him, ‘Where’s all your money going, honey?’ ” Monica Hoskins said that though her son started out receiving a paycheck every week, that soon switched to every two weeks. “What job pays you weekly,” she said, “and all of a sudden it turns to every two weeks? How is he paying you? But you’re steady telling me about all these business deals you’re making?” On the morning of Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, Ernest Hoskins showed up at his mother’s house, as he often did, in the Broadmoor neighborhood near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to eat breakfast. By that time, Monica and Nikki Hoskins had seen the strain that working for Reynell Industries was putting on Ernest, both personally and financially. A
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then headed to Ward for his meeting. Nikki said Ernest — who usually texted her throughout the day, just so she’d know he was thinking about her — called her that afternoon, while she was on a break from her job. “He told me, ‘Well, babe, I’m about to walk into this meeting. I’ll call you as soon as I get out of the meeting. I love you.’ ” Nikki said. “That was the last time I ever talked to him.”
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Ward just before 2 p.m. that day. It makes one appreciate how nuanced determining intent in a homicide case is — what peoples’ faces looked like, body language, whether their voices were raised or calm — things that will never translate to an arrest affidavit. Several attempts to reach witnesses Melissa Peoples (now Melissa Gov), Brian Washington and Rachel Watson were unsuccessful. Monica Hoskins said she was able to talk to witness Brian Washington several months ago. According to Hoskins, Washington told her that Reynolds and Ernest were not arguing or angry before Ernest was shot. He recalled Chris telling Ernest that his sales were low, to which Ernest replied with the line in the statement Reynolds
eventually signed: “Why don’t you get off the couch and help us?” After that, all Washington remembered, Hoskins said, was the concussion and flash of the gunshot, which he said knocked him out of his chair. A fuller picture was supplied by Rachel Watson when she appeared in January with Nikki Hoskins in a video interview with thegrio.com, the NBC News website that provides coverage targeted to an African-American audience. Nikki said she and Watson have become friends since Watson reached out to her on Facebook to tell her side of the story. The Arkansas Times left several messages for Watson, but they were not returned. In the interview with The Grio, Watson said that the day of the shooting, she was at Reynolds’ house for a job interview. After she, Washington, Gov, and Hoskins arrived, the five of them went into Chris Reynolds’ kitchen and sat down, then Reynolds began talking to them about their sales. “He started going at Ernest about his sales, and how he wasn’t doing very well with his sales,” Watson told the interviewer. “Then they kind of argued a little bit. That’s when he pulled out his gun [from] right behind him. ... It was underneath his counter in, like, a basket. I didn’t see it until he pulled it out.” At first, Watson said, she thought pulling the gun might be some kind of joke. But that feeling ended when Reynolds pointed the gun at Hoskins and pulled the trigger. When it didn’t go off, Watson said, “he cocked it back and pointed it straight back at his head and pulled the trigger.” Watson doesn’t mention the sound, but in a kitchen, it would have been deafening. The .44-caliber bullet slammed into Ernest Hoskins’ head at near pointblank range. A Crime Lab report cited in the arrest affidavit lists Hoskins’ cause of death as “Injury to Cervical Spinal Cord and Right Common Carotid Artery due to Gunshot Wound of Head,” but the damage done probably doesn’t translate well to paper, either. Watson said that Reynolds ran to the bathroom to get towels, and called the police almost immediately. “We all got up and started freaking out because he’d just shot him,” Watson told The Grio. “The others ran outside along with Chris. He ran outside too. I stayed behind to see if I could help Ernest, to see if he was alive still. After I checked to see if he was still alive, I went outside too.” Watson said that Hoskins was already dead when she checked him. Watson claimed that Reynolds told the three witnesses that they should leave before the police arrived.
While Watson said in January that she still didn’t understand why the shooting happened, she said her mind has changed since the shooting when it comes to Reynolds’ intent. When the police interviewed her at the scene, she said, she told them she didn’t know whether Reynolds had shot Hoskins on purpose or not. “At that time, I told them I didn’t know, because I didn’t understand why someone could just point a gun at someone and shoot them. So I told them I didn’t know if it was on purpose or not. ... After sitting down and thinking about it, yes, I do think he did it on purpose.” Nikki Hoskins got off work just before 10 p.m. on Nov. 9, already concerned because she hadn’t heard a word from her husband since that afternoon. They had a date to go to TGIFriday’s in North Little Rock, and she texted Ernest, asking him where he was. A minute later, the phone rang with a strange number. She answered it, and it was a State Police investigator. The investigator asked her how quickly she could get back to her house. Thinking it might be some kind of prank, she called Ernest’s phone after hanging up with the man. “It went straight to voicemail,” she said, “and that never, ever happened. ... Something just clicked and I thought: ‘Go home, Nikki.’ When I pulled up, I saw a car on the side of my house that looked like Ernest’s car, and I thought: ‘Oh, God. They play too much.’ But as soon as I got to the corner where my house is, I saw the state trooper’s car.” The front door opened, and her sister came out, sobbing. When she got inside, an investigator laid his hand on her shoulder, then told her that Ernest had been killed by his boss, Chris Reynolds. “I instantly hit the ground,” she said. When she put herself back together enough to listen again, Nikki said, she asked the investigators where Reynolds was being held. “He said: ‘Well, they had him for questioning, and then they let him go.’ I said: ‘Are you f-ing serious?’ I didn’t say f-ing. ‘This man killed my husband, and he’s at home asleep? Seriously? How does that work? How does that happen?’ [He said] ‘Well, we didn’t have enough to charge him.’ You just told me that you have a gun, three witnesses, and his confession and you’re going to tell me that’s not enough? In what world is that not enough to arrest somebody?’ ” Across town, Monica Hoskins was playing cards with friends when her phone rang. She answered it, and all she could hear was Ernest’s sisters’ screaming in the background.
INTENT Chuck Graham, prosecuting attorney for the 23rd Judicial District — which includes Lonoke County — was originally handling the case for the state, but recused himself after his first meeting with the Hoskins family. Though Graham said he doesn’t know Christopher Reynolds or his family, he said he made the decision to hand off the case to a special prosecutor after the Hoskins family raised questions about whether he could be impartial, and he began receiving calls from civil rights groups, including the NAACP. “I just want to make sure [the Hoskins family] were totally comfortable,” Graham said. “That’s purely why I did it. They’d suffered a tremendous loss of a family member, and I didn’t want to do anything to add to that, so I thought it would be better to have somebody else who is not from here come in and take an independent look at it.” Graham said that was also part of the thinking behind the decision to call in State Police investigators. A call to the State Police investigator who ran the investigation in Ward went unreturned at press time. Jack McQuary is the special prosecutor for the State of Arkansas, and made the decision to charge Christopher Reynolds with manslaughter, a class C felony that could land him in jail for between three and 10 years. While McQuary said ethical rules prohibit him from talking specifics prior to trial, he said his own investigation and interviews with the witnesses found that there was a reckless disregard for basic firearm safety at Reynolds’ house, including Reynolds “swinging around” guns that he believed to be unloaded. McQuary said his investigation found no motive — financial or otherwise — for Reynolds to purposely kill his employee, and said there was “absolutely no animosity whatsoever” during the Nov. 9 meeting. That led him to the conclusion that Reynolds hadn’t planned to kill Hoskins, or even made the angry, split-second decision to kill. “He didn’t wake up that morning saying: ‘I’m going to kill Ernest Hoskins,’ ” McQuary said. “He didn’t even come to that conclusion while they were sitting there discussing prospects. Talking to the witnesses, I asked each one of them: ‘Do you think he purposely did this?’ Each one of them said no. They were just sitting there holding a conversation, and he was waving a pistol.” The crime was more than a simple accident, McQuary said, but it didn’t rise to the level of murder. Deaths dur-
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ing actions that recklessly put peoples’ lives in danger are often charged as manslaughter, and determining intent — what a killer planned to do, or thought about doing at the time of a homicide — is a crucial landmark in finding the border between manslaughter and murder. “The Supreme Court has held that manslaughter must be more than an accident,” he said. “It’s recklessness. To me, this is elementary about it, but it’s an accident plus incredible stupidity.” McQuary said he has handled homicide cases all over the state, but it’s the ones in which the perpetrator is charged with manslaughter that always elicit the most emotion. He said that race had nothing to do with the charges that were filed, and disputes the idea that Hoskins would have been treated more harshly had the shoe been on the other foot. As for why the arresting charge was first-degree murder, while Reynolds was formally charged with manslaughter, McQuary said: “There’s a big difference between probable cause and what someone is actually convicted of by being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” McQuary said everything he’s looked into has found Ernest Hoskins to be a good young man who was trying to do everything he could for his family. He said he feels for Nikki and Monica Hoskins, and said that he will try to put Reynolds away for as long as he can while assuring that — as a felon — Reynolds will never be able to legally own a firearm again. But, McQuary said, “I’ve sworn an oath — and I take it very, very seriously — that my job is to ensure that justice is to be served. That doesn’t mean I seek the highest penalty on every case I have. ... It’s my job to look at the facts of the case
MONICA HOSKINS: Doesn’t believe the shooting was accidental.
and not let emotion play any role in my decision on what to charge.”
THE LONGEST HIGHWAY Nikki and Monica Hoskins still don’t buy McQuary’s contention that the shooting was an accident. Ernest eventually got around to telling one or the other of them everything that happened to him during his day, they said, and he never told either of them about reckless gunplay at Chris Reynolds’ house, much less Reynolds using a handgun to point or gesture during previous business meetings. “I’m his wife,” Nikki said. “I’m his best friend. He tells me everything whether I want him to or not. How come
I never knew that? I knew everything they talked about, but I never knew they played with guns? That makes no sense.” Monica Hoskins called the contention that her son would allow a gun to be pointed in his face on a regular basis “baloney.” She said that when she talked to Brian Washington, he never mentioned recklessness with firearms at Reynolds’ house, either. Until Reynolds’ trial, which is scheduled for June 5 and 6, they are struggling on. They’ve started a petition drive online to try and get more attention for the case, and have a Facebook page called “Justice for Ernest Hoskins Jr.” Both Nikki and Monica said they didn’t want to see the case from a race perspective, but as the months dragged
on without formal charges they began to suspect it. Nikki said she became sure of it when Reynolds was charged with manslaughter. They’re represented by the prominent Florida civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot by a neighborhood watch captain in Feb. 2012 Since Reynolds was charged, they haven’t spoken with McQuary. Monica Hoskins said the court dates have been hard. “When I drive that highway to go to Lonoke County,” she said, “I shake all the way. I think: ‘My son traveled this highway.’ ” Nikki Hoskins said she hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since Nov. 9. Her daughter, who is 6, suffers from nightmares. “She wakes up and says: ‘Is he going to come home tonight?’ ” Hoskins said. “She understands what’s going on, but she doesn’t understand. She expects him. She thinks it’s only temporary.” Talking to Nikki Hoskins, one of the first things you realize if you listen closely is that when she speaks about her husband, she doesn’t use the past tense. It’s as if Ernest is still out there somewhere, waiting to come home to her. When I pointed that out to her, Nikki Hoskins smiled a sad smile, then said that, in her mind, that’s the way she feels. She can’t convince herself that he is gone. “In my heart, in my soul, I can’t admit to it,” she said. “That’s why everything is so hard for me: I can’t admit to it yet. This was the love of my life. We had just gotten married. We were getting ready for the wedding. We had our dance all planned out. I’m not ready to say: ‘He was.’ I have to say: ‘He is.’ ”
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he Times caught up with Beebe native and “The Voice” contestant Cody Belew this week. Belew recently released “Say Love,” a new song and video written specifically for Little Rock-based Heifer International, at the urging of Little Rock musician and Heifer employee Shannon Boshears. The video was filmed at Heifer projects in Ecuador and in Arkansas and all of the song’s proceeds will benefit Heifer. Belew will also perform May 18 at Feast in the Field at Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock. You can download “Say Love” and find out more at Heifer.org. What first inspired you to want to work with Heifer International? Well, to be honest they contacted me first, after my Robinson Auditorium concert in January. Shannon was there
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and came through the meet-and-greet line and approached me about doing the Feast in the Field event in May. She emailed me a couple of weeks later and when she did, I said I’m happy to do that
I understand you grew up on a farm in Beebe, right? Right. We didn’t have a whole lot of land. We didn’t have enough land to ever sustain our own cattle herd, but we would always have a couple of cows for slaughter and we had pigs and chickens. Looking back, I think it was more to keep me and my brother occupied. My main thing was horses, for trail riding and rodeos. My dad had always dreamed of having a large farm, so we always had animals. Did that resonate with you when considering working with Heifer? Well, it made sense to me, because hunger — and the issues around it and how different people have different ideas of how to fix it — my whole life I felt like I was going to have a voice in that. I always thought I’d make it in music and then use that platform to make a difference. That may sound kind of weird and kooky, but I’ve always put a vision out there and then gone for that vision. I check things off my list that way. I’ve always known about Heifer because I’m from Arkansas. But I like the whole idea of a sustainable, longterm solution in a family’s life. It’s not like they walk though villages and pass out bags of white paste. They are actually giving them a reason to better their own life, and it’s not a cultural change. They don’t go in there pressure you to
change your way of life, they take you where you’re at and they ask you what you need. In Ecuador, where we went, I assumed I was going to walk in there and see these families that were hungry and starving and Heifer helped them by giving them animals — the generic Heifer story. But these people already had their way of life and their way of raising crops and animals. But they needed water, which used to come from the high up in the mountains and wasn’t anymore. And Heifer pinpointed the reason and went in solved that problem. I thought that was so interesting, that Heifer really goes in and listens to the needs of the community and then tries to help them where they’re at. The reason why it was so fundamental that I grew up the way I grew up was that when I went to Ecuador and Hughes, Ark., and spent time with these families, they have all the same animals that we had. They’re just in a different situation. So I could get in there and ask questions about their way of life and have answers that really surprised them. So they opened up to me and appreciated me being there in a different way. When you were on “The Voice,” one of the things I remember you saying was that you’d initially had a hard time breaking into the music scene in Nashville. How did being on the show change your experience there? Did that open new doors? It did in a way because before there were two things that I was conveying. One was I really had this idea that I was going to come into Nashville and blaze some sort of new trail through the middle of Music Row. And I call it the k.d. lang effect, because if you remember, k.d. lang started out in country music in a big way, she was this Calamity Jane sort of character in country music and they really just threw her out on her ass. But I just thought I was going to come here and it was going to be a new day and I was just going to do it for country music. But I was finding that I hadn’t even gotten to that part. It was just the initial breakthrough of being seen and heard. There’s an air of nobody really cares here. You can play in other places, like in Little Rock, and really make an impact. But live shows CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
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If you squint your ears just right, you can almost hear it: the crack of a bat, the roar of the crowd, the amplified voice of the announcer booming out across the stands. Baseball season is upon us once again. Of course, a lot of Arkansas Travel-
ers fans will likely still have a bad taste in their mouths after the events of the most recent off-season, what with the unceremonious and very unpopular ditching of General Manager Pete Laven and Assistant GM David Kay. Travs President Russ Meeks ousted Laven and Kay back in November, with support from the organization’s executive committee. In an interview with Arkansas Business, Meeks offered no criticisms or complaints about
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The multi-day Ozark Foothills FilmFest returns to Batesville, with another intriguing lineup of short and featurelength narrative and documentary films, lectures and panel discussions. Of the latter, an interesting one will surely be “The Female Face of Indie Film,” which includes, among others, Arkansas native Juli Jackson. With help from a grant from the festival, Jackson made “45RPM,” a road movie shot in Arkansas about an obsessive record collector and a young woman trying to find a deeper
LOST CLASSICS: “The Lost Souls,” directed by Harold Ott, screens at the Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Batesville.
understanding of her family. Another big highlight includes a screening of Josef von Sternberg’s silent 1927 proto-
gangster flick “Underworld,” accompanied by live music from the Alloy Orchestra, the trio that also played at the festival in 2011 and includes Mission of Burma founder Roger Miller. Also, music geeks should check out “The Lost Souls,” a 54-minute doc about The Lost Souls, a Jacksonville-based quartet that cut some legendary garage rock singles back in the mid-1960s. Filmmaker Harold Ott is also the man behind the “Lost Souls” series of compilation CDs, featuring tons of long-lost garage rock ravers from the Natural State. The full festival schedule is available at Ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. RB
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John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable,” won some pretty hefty awards, namely the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The play, which premiered in 2004, concerns the tension that arises between Father Flynn, a liberal young priest, and Sister Aloysius, the harsh and judgmental principal of the parish school. The play’s full title is accurate; “Doubt” is indeed a parable, one about the bulldozing power of selfrighteous certainty, the gnawing, toxic effects of uncertainty and the way truth often evaporates in the midst of the two forces. I haven’t seen a stage production of “Doubt,” but the 2008 film adaptation — directed by Shanley — was tense and engrossing, with a stellar cast. I don’t want to give away too much about the story, but suffice it to say that Shanley, who grew up in 22
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a position with the Tulsa Drillers. But will lingering animosity and anger affect turnout for games this season? We’ll probably have to wait and see. The Travs start the season with back-to-back three-game series against the Frisco RoughRiders and the Midland Rockhounds. Three of the Los Angeles Angels’ top prospects will be playing with the Travelers this week: Third baseman Kaleb Coward, relief pitcher Nick Maronde and first baseman C.J. Cron. RB
FATHER FLYNN: (From left) Pamela Reed, Jeremy Estill, Amanda Taylor and Deb Lewis star in The Weekend Theater’s production of “Doubt: A Parable.”
the Catholic Church, has some strong feelings about the institution, and the way it exerts control and crushes the
individual, planting the seeds of doubt. “Doubt” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through April 20. RB
LITTLE ROCK STARTUP WEEKEND
Various times. Clinton School of Public Service. $50-$60.
Calling all designers, programmers, creative types, idea men/ women. Little Rock Startup Weekend is the latest event aimed at fostering Arkansas’s tech startup scene. It’s pretty straightforward and, like a lot of entrepreneurial-focused special events, fast-paced: Over a weekend, participants meet and mingle, pitch startup ideas, form teams around the best ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then work furiously to flesh out those ideas into something that looks like a workable business model by the time 5 p.m. Sunday rolls around, when it’s time for teams to present their startups. Judges, including Stone Ward’s Milie Ward, the ARK Challenge’s Jeannette Balleza and start-up guru Jeff Amerine, will pick the best of the bunch and award thousands of dollars worth of prizes. Organizer Max Farrell, who’s a community builder for the innovative Iowa-based online payment system Dwolla (and whose name should be familiar to longtime To-Do List readers as Little Rock rapper Maxx), said, “Arkansas is at the point where the community is excited about entrepreneurship and excited about technology. I hope Startup Weekend can be a bridge between people who’re doing things and people who want to do things.” Registration for designers and programmers is still open. Registration cost goes up $10 after Thursday. The presentations and awards ceremony, which begins 5 p.m. Sunday, is open to the public. Register and see more info at littlerock.startupweekend.org. LM
DESIGNERS CHOICE PREVIEW
6:30 p.m. Metroplex. $35-$55.
Now in its sixth year, the Designers Choice Fashion Preview has become what is surely the biggest annual fashion event in the state. This year, the
event will be hosted by actor Lamman Rucker, Alice 107.7 host Heather Brown and designer Korto Momolu. Celebrity models include Donna Terrell of Fox 16 and Mark Edwards of KTHV 11. Benefiting from the show will be The Timmons Arts Foundation,
whose “core mission is to restore art and music education programs in the public school system. Children deserve a well-rounded education, and learning through the arts is an essential component in all schools for every student.” Amen to that. RB
and more. It’s an all-ages event, and reserved tables are available. Tickets are available at AmpOutAlz.com. The proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, which provides support to the families and caregivers who are so vital for folks suffering from Alzheimer’s and related dementia. If you’ve ever had a
family member or loved one afflicted with such an awful disease, you can appreciate the fact that there are organizations like Alzheimer’s Arkansas to help. The nonprofit support group is not affiliated with any national organizations, so all of the money raised will go to help folks in Arkansas. RB
AMP OUT ALZ 2
8 p.m. Revolution. $25 adv., $30 day of.
The second annual Amp Out Alz fundraiser is billed as “A Rock & Roll Event,” with live music from Geezer, including covers of favorites by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton
The Fifth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil commemorates the 45th anniversary of King’s assassination, with several speakers and community leaders, Arkansas State Capitol, 10 a.m. Pulitzer-winning poet Louise Gluck will read and discuss her work at Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. Travelling troubadour Ray Tarantino returns to the Spa City for a show at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. Funkanites bring vintage funk sounds to The Joint, 9 p.m. Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo are at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Arkansas native Chris Denny performs at Cornerstone Pub, 7 p.m.
Ballet Arkansas’s “Spring into Motion” comes to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $30-$35. The Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff is an amateur gumbo competition, with beer and beverages available for purchase and live music from The Greasy Greens. All proceeds benefit The Allen School, River Market Pavilions, 5-9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. Eggshibition 2013 will benefit Youth Home with celebrity-designed plaster eggs, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music from Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and more, Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $50-$75. Revolution hosts the Hess Clothing and Phunkee Love Spring Release Party, with music from War Chief, Falcon Scott, Underclaire and DJ Doug Kramer, 9 p.m., $5. L.A. alt-rockers Lolove play Juanita’s with local indie-folk outfit Smooth Spirit, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10.
GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Athens country-rockers Futurebirds play Stickyz Sunday night.
FUTUREBIRDS, THE WHIGS
8 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 day of.
Athens, Ga., has long seemed like some kind of rock ’n’ roll faucet, where you just turn the handle full-blast and out comes Pylon and R.E.M. and Love Tractor and The B-52s and Matthew Sweet and Widespread Panic and a bunch of those Elephant 6 bands and The DriveBy Truckers and it just keeps on gushing outta there. On Sunday, you can catch a
couple of Athens’ current torchbearers, with the languid, gentle psych-countryrock of Futurebirds and the effortlesssounding, Petty-informed power-pop of The Whigs. The Whigs just last year released “Enjoy the Company,” quieter compared to the trio’s raucous earlier albums, but a totally enjoyable listen, perfect warm-weather driving music. The Futurebirds have a new long-player called “Baba Yaga” coming out on Fat
Possum April 16. It’s named after this scary Russian forest witch that they probably invoked back in the day to scare little Misha or Evgeny into acting properly. There’s nothing scary about the record though. It’s a baker’s dozen of chiming, leisurely paced tunes soaked in spectral, gorgeous pedal steel. Are you looking to wind down your weekend with a couple of restorative drinks and some excellent tunes? Look no further. RB
The Town Pump has a fine evening of rock for you: Whale Fire, Catskill Kids and Bombay Harambee perform, starting around 9 p.m. The Big Dam Horns bring their big dam jams to the headlining spot at Cajun’s Wharf, with Trey Johnson handling happy hour, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively, $5 after 8:30. The Little Rock Folk Club presents The Twangtown Paramours at Thomson Hall (Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock), 7:30 p.m., $8-$15. Blues-blastin’ heavies Iron Tongue play White Water Tavern with the smokin’ Stephen Neeper Band, 10 p.m. Country gospel fans take note: Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour stops off at Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $35$91. All you dance music fiends should know that DJs Irene and Micro are at Discovery Nightclub, with Rufio, Crawley and g-force. Plus, there’s a drag show at 12:30 a.m. and a Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. with DJ Johnny Mambo, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10.
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ment. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Louise Gluck. The Pulitzer-winning poet will read and discuss her work at Reves Recital Hall. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Chamber Music Society of Little Rock. Performance featuring Sebastian Baverstam on cello. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25. 1000 N. Mississippi Ave. Chris Denny. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 7 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Corey Smith. 18-and-older. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. David Castro Band. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. Full Flava Kings (headliner), Lee and Betty Tomboulian (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Funkanites. The Joint, 9 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock. com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Thursday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Thursday of every month, free before 9 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Melinda and Mitch. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. thirst-n-howl.com. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. newks.com. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. The Quaker City Night Hawks. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyz.com. Ray Tarantino. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Wagner & Tomas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-
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‘MISSISSIPPI MUD’: Arkansas blues-rocker Sean Michel plays an album release show for his new long-player, “Electric Delta,” Saturday at Stickyz, 9 p.m., 18-and-older, $10. Canopy Climbers and Justin Kaleb Driggers open the show. 2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com.
Janet “The Tennessee Tramp” Williams, Chris Dubail, Velly Vel. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m.; April 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com.
5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil. Commemorating the 45th anniversary of King’s assassination, with several speakers and community leaders. Arkansas State Capitol, 10 a.m. 5th and Woodlane. 501683-1300. Dr. Rajiv Shah. The USAID Administrator will give a lecture titled “International Development for the Real World.” Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. clintonschool.uasys.edu. Hillcrest Shop & Sip. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, first Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. www. hillcrestmerchants.com. “Opening New Doors to Civil Rights.” 12th annual “Fair Housing/Fair Lending Conference.” Crowne Plaza, 8 a.m., free.
201 S. Shackleford Road. www.fairhousing. arkansas.gov. Pulaski County Job Fair. Job fair, with workshops and resume guidance. Pulaski County Adult Education Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free. 4300 Haywood St., NLR. 501-945-6055. South Central Telehealth Forum. Experts from the region will give presentations, lead discussions and network about telehealth. Statehouse Convention Center, 1:30 p.m.; April 5, 7 a.m., $160. 7 Statehouse Plaza. 855-664-3450.
12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Film festival at several venues in Batesville. University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, through April 7, $3-$25. 2005 White Drive, Batesville. 870-251-1189. www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m.; April 6, 6:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501664-1555. www.travs.com. Live horse racing. Thu.-Sun. every week until April 13. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tourna-
30-Something Party Fridays. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Friday of every month, free before 10 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501301-1200. Andy Tanas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, Daniel Markham, RTB2. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. maxinespub.com. Brown Soul Shoes. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Butterfly with Irie Soul. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. www.1620savoy.com. Daniel Markham, RTB2. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Dusty Hanes. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Montego Cafe, 5 p.m., free. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Hess Clothing and Phunkee Love Spring Release Party. With War Chief, Falcon Scott, Underclaire, DJ Doug Kramer. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. Joecephus. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Lolove, Smooth Spirit. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. The Salty Dogs. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Space Mother. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. montegocafe.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. This Holy House. The Joint, 9 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, April 5-6, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com.
Thread. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-nhowl.com. Wes Burnett Band. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Wreckless Endeavor. Cornerstone Pub & Grill. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com.
Janet “The Tennessee Tramp” Williams, Chris Dubail, Velly Vel. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Scott Long. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. www.uarkballroom.com.
Ballet Arkansas: “Spring into Motion.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, April 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; April 7, 2 p.m., $30-$35. 601 Main St. 500223-5150. www.therep.org. Salsa Night. Begins with 30-40 minute salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
Awakening Public Talk. With Anam Thubten. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7 p.m., $10-$15 suggested donation. 1818 Reservoir Road. Eggshibition 2013. Benefit for Youth Home, with celebrity-designed plaster eggs, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music from Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and more. Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $50-$75. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-821-5500. Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff. Amateur gumbo cookoff, with beer and beverages available for purchase and live music from The Greasy Greens. All proceeds benefit The Allen School. River Market Pavilions, 5-9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.jumbogumbocookoff.com. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Parking Lot On Main Street Between Fourth And Fifth Streets, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 520 Main Street, NLR. “Opening New Doors to Civil Rights.” 12th annual “Fair Housing/Fair Lending Conference.” Crowne Plaza, 8 a.m., free. 201 S. Shackleford Road. www.fairhousing. arkansas.gov. South Central Telehealth Forum. See April 4.
12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Film festival at several venues in Batesville. University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, through April 7, $3-$25. 2005 White Drive, Batesville. 870-251-1189. www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” Screening of the award-winning documentary. John Gould Fletcher Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 823 North Buchanan St. 501-663-5457.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders. Dickey-Stephens Park, through April 5, 7:10 p.m.; April 6, 6:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. Live horse racing. Thu.-Sun. every week until April 13. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
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Alberto Rios. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. “Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft.” Faulkner County Library, 2 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. www.fcl.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Amp Out Alz 2: A Rock & Roll Event Benefiting Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Featuring Geezer. Allages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. The Band RUN. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 9 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. The Big Dam Horns (headliner), Trey Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour. Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $35-$91. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Brian Mullen. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See April 5. DJ Most1ted. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. DJs Irene and Micro, Rufio, Crawley, g-force. Plus, drag show at 12:30 a.m. and Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. with DJ Johnny Mambo. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Dangerous Idiots. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Enchiridion, Tides of Anareta. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Integrity. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Iron Tongue, The Stephen Neeper Band. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Jam Rock Saturday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. John David Hilliard. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www.thetavernsportsgrill.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., CONTINUED ON PAGE 27
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AFTER DARK, CONT. NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Little Rock Folk Club: The Twangtown Paramours. Thomson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7:30 p.m., $8-$15. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-663-0634. The Mark “Muleman” Massey Band, Steve Hester & Deja VooDoo. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $10 adv., $13 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 1412 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. 501-321-4221. www.newkscafe.com. New Era Saturdays. 21-and-older. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m., $5 cover until 11 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. fcl.org. Ray Tarantino. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www. bearsdenpizza.com. Rodge Arnold. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www. latenightdisco.com. Sean Michel, Canopy Climbers, Justin Kaleb Driggers. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thollem McDonas, Chuck Dodson, Daniel Craig. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Whale Fire, Catskill Kids, Bombay Harambee. Town Pump, 9 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. White Chocolate. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. thirst-n-howl.com.
The Main Thing: “The Last Night at Orabella’s.” Original two-act comedic play about the residents of tiny, fictional Dumpster, Ark. The Joint, through April 27: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Ballet Arkansas: “Spring into Motion.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through April 6, 7:30 p.m.; April 7, 2 p.m., $30-$35. 601 Main St. 500-223-5150. www.therep.org. JamFest. Hot Springs Convention Center, April 6-7, 8 a.m., free. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. www.jamfest.com. Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www. arstreetswing.com. ReCreation Studios grand opening. Includes dance workshops from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $14-
$25 and performances from 5-9 p.m., free. ReCreation Studios, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 608 N. Main St. 501-701-3622. www.facebook.com/ recreationstudios.
23rd Annual Gala Carousel Ball. Includes dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, music from the Tommy Henderson Band and emcee Mayor Joe Smith. Black tie optional. Patrick Henry Hays Center, 5:30 p.m., $50. 401 W. Pershing, NLR. 501-835-5019. www.northlr.org/departments/ senior-citizens.asp. 6th Annual Designers Choice Fashion Preview. Hosted by Lamman Rucker, Korto Momolu and Heather Brown, benefiting the Timmons Arts Foundation. Clear Channel Metroplex, 6:30 p.m., $35-$55. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501217-5113. www.clearchannelmetroplex.com. Annual Railroadiana Show and Sale. With door prizes, railroad memorabilia, model trains, tracks and accessories. All scales — N, HO, O and G. Arkansas Railroad Museum, 9 a.m. p.m., $2-$5. 1700 Port Road, Pine Bluff. 870-535-8819. www. arkansasrailroadmuseum.org. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Bone marrow donor registration. Central High School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2120 West Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive. Dr. Phillip Goad. Goad presents a lecture entitled “A Christian Perspective on the Environment.” Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 9 a.m., free. 1818 Reservoir Road. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-noon. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Kidsfest Superhero 5K & 1K. Featuring a variety of children’s activities, games, food and beverages and more, presented by the Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas. Simon Park, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Front and Main, Conway. Spiritual Awakening Retreat with Anam Thubten Rinpoche. Ecumenical Buddhist Society, April 6, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; April 7, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., $75 per day, $130 both days. 1015 W. 2nd St. 501-376-7056. www.ebslr.org.
12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Film festival at several venues in Batesville. University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, through April 7, $3-$25. 2005 White Drive, Batesville. 870-251-1189. www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com. Live horse racing. Thu.-Sun. every week until April 13. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
Jerusalem Greer. Book-signing with the author of “A Homemade Year.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 1-2:30 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www. wordsworthbooks.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Bob Schneider. George’s Majestic Lounge,
9 p.m., $18. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Futurebirds, The Whigs. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; first and third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. www.lonestarsteakhouse.com. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, April 7-13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com. Trinity Presents: Collegiate Performance Series. Trinity United Methodist Church, 6 p.m. 1101 North Mississippi St. 501-666-2813. www.tumclr.org.
Silly Sunday: Doo Doo Brown. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., $25-$35. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501372-1228. www.juanitas.com.
Ballet Arkansas: “Spring into Motion.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 2 p.m., $30-$35. 601 Main St. 500-223-5150. www.therep.org. JamFest. Hot Springs Convention Center, 8 a.m., free. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. www.jamfest.com.
Beauty and the Bride Bridal Fair. Garvan Woodland Gardens, 1-4 p.m., $5. 550 Akridge Road, Hot Springs. 501-262-9604. www.garvangardens.org. Little Rock Startup Weekend. Clinton School of Public Service, 5 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys. edu. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Spiritual Awakening Retreat with Anam Thubten Rinpoche. Ecumenical Buddhist Society, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., $75 per day, $130 both days. 1015 W. 2nd St. 501-376-7056. www.ebslr.org.
12th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Film festival at several venues in Batesville. University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, through, $3-$25. 2005 White Drive, Batesville. 870-251-1189. www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, April 7, 4:10 p.m.; April 8-9, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. Live horse racing. Thu.-Sun. every week until April 13. Oaklawn, $2. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
MONDAY, APRIL 8
Jazz at The Afterthought: Tonya Leeks. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Kris Allen. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, through April 13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918.
Charcuteries with Travis McConnell. Eggshells Kitchen Co., 6-8 p.m., $50. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-664-6900. eggshellskitchencompany. com. Skeptics in the Pub: Bad Psychology. The Joint, 7:30 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, through April 9, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501664-1555. www.travs.com. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
Finding Family Facts. Rhonda Stewart’s genealogy research class for beginners. Arkansas Studies Institute, second Monday of every month, 3:30 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700. www.butlercenter.org.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9
The Almost, The Supporting Cast, Siversa. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam Fundraiser. Thirst n’ Howl, through May 28: 7:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Garret Lebeau. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Let it Rip: A Tribute to Burger. With The Sweet Magnolia Band, Barbara Raney, Amy Garland, Brick Fields and more. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. Open Jam. The Joint, through April 30: 8 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www.ferneaurestaurant.com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 www.arktimes.com
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AFTER DARK, CONT. Slightly Stoopid. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Smile Empty Soul, At War’s End, Break the Silence. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, through April 13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com.
ations. Walton Arts Center, April 9-11, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 12, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., April 14, 2 and 7 p.m., $40-$63. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Doubt: A Parable.” John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play about Father Flynn, a beloved and progressive parish priest, and Sister Aloysius, the school’s rigidly conservative principal, set in 1964 at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx. The Weekend Theater, through April 20: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-3743761. www.weekendtheater.org. “The Little Foxes.” Lillian Hellman’s play, set in the early-20th-century American South, chronicles the Hubbard family and their attempts to become wealthy at the expense of their relationships with each other. Pocket Community Theater, through April 14: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $5-$10. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs. 501-623-8585. “The Pirates of Penzance.” Presented by UCA’s Opera Theatre Workshop. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, April 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 7, 3 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Red Octopus Theater: “Lemur.” Sketch comedy, recommended for mature audiences. The Public Theatre, through April 13: first Thursday-Saturday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com. “Rex’s Exes.” Comedy in which the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmy Wyvette — teeter on the brink of disaster again. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through April 7: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
Compassion Fashion & Park Lane Fashion Event. Featured designers are Linda Rowe Thomas and Sheila Scott. Bring professional attire or accessories to donate for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and Women In Networking Career Closet. Crowne Plaza, 7-9 p.m., $15. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock.
Vino’s Picture Show: “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com. Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through April 24: 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through April 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, through April 24: 8:30 p.m., $4. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. 28
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ON EXHIBIT FRIDAY: North Little Rock ceramic artist Kelly Edwards is the featured artist for April and May at Blue Moon Gallery in Hot Springs. “Master of His Creation” (above) is included in the exhibition, titled “Ra ku (noun): Definition — pleasure / comfort /contentment.” The gallery, at 718 Central Ave., will be open 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 5, for the Hot Springs Gallery Walk. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. montegocafe.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. ferneaurestaurant.com. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila (Maumelle Blvd.), April 10, 7-9 p.m.; May 1, 7-9 p.m.; May 15, 7-9 p.m.; May 29, 7-9 p.m., free. 9847 Maumelle Blvd., NLR. 501-758-4432. Spring Bluegrass Jam. Cypress Creek Park, through April 13. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local comedians of the comedy collective Comedi ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com.
Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland
streets. 501-350-4712. www.littlerockbopclub.
Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Awards Ceremony. Statehouse Convention Center, 11:30 a.m., $150. 7 Statehouse Plaza. aeafoundation.com/govcup/. Kristina Ford. A professor of professional practice and international public affairs at Columbia University, Ford is the former director of city planning for the City of New Orleans. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. clintonschool.uasys.edu.
Rocktown Slam. Arkansas Arts Center, 7 p.m., $5-$10. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts. com. Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows. html.
Tour dePaul. USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament. Pleasant Valley Country Club, through April 21. 1 Pleasant Valley Drive. 501-225-5622. tdp.stvincenthealth.com/tennis.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
“Anything Goes.” Cole Porter’s high-seas musical comedy. Contains mild adult situ-
NEW EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS
More art listings can be found in the calendar at www.arktimes.com ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie,” 100 ceramic pieces in various forms and drawings, through May 5, talk by the artist, “ ‘A Surprise to Us All: An Artist’s Story,” 6:30 p.m. April 4, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery, free to members, $10 to non-members, class with Meyers 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6; film “Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects” and talk by the artist 5 p.m. April 7, lecture hall, FOCC event; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” art by Arkansas students K-12, through May 5, awards ceremony noon-3 p.m. April 7; “Wendy Maruyama: Tag Project/ Executive Order 9066,” work inspired by the internment, through April 21; “Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass,” 53 gelatin-silver prints, through April 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. CHILDREN’S LIBRARY AND LEARNING CENTER, 4800 W. 10th St.: “Community Youth Photo Exhibit,” coordinated by Clinton School for Public Service student Maggie Carroll and Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, reception 3-5 p.m. April 6.
AFTER DARK, CONT. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham: “Inner Voices: Wearable Art,” jewelry show featuring work by Belgian artist Steph Brouwers, opening reception 6-10 p.m. April 5, through April 30, polymer clay talisman class with Brouwers 2-5 p.m. April 6, $35; also work by Angela Davis Johnson, Kelley Naylor Wise and Lynn Frost. 663-2222. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell: Sixth anniversary show featuring work by Liz Noble, Steve Adair, Cate Wood Burton and other artists, reception 6 p.m. April 6. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 225-6257. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Eggshibition 2013,” silent auction of eggs decorated by artists and celebrities, 7 p.m. April 7, $50, benefit for Youth Home, Jack Stephens Center. 501-821-5500. CONWAY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: Senior show by Bonnie Brown, Karen Chrisco, Zachery Easley, Tyler Gunther, Jennifer Hicks, Jennifer Holland, Micah House, Keela Light, Bon Means, Kimberly Parnell, M. Rachel Stripling, Jessica Moore, Jessica Camp, Brittany Madalone, Caley Pennington and Grace Robert, April 4-29, Baum Gallery, reception 5 p.m. April 4. 501-450-5793. FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Fine Arts Center: Lecture by art historian Dr. Leslie King-Hammond (rescheduled) of the Maryland Institute of Art, 5:30 p.m. April 4; Reilly and
Kelly Dickens-Hoffman collaborative sculpture project, Anne Kittrell Gallery, through April 16, closing reception 6:30 p.m. April 16, lecture 6:30 p.m. April 18; MFA exhibitions by Dilenia Garcia, through April 5, and Nichole Howard, April 8-12, Fine Arts Center Gallery. 479-575-7987. HOT SPRINGS BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Ra ku (noun): Definition — pleasure/ comfort/contentment,” ceramics by Kelly Edwards, gallery open 5-9 p.m. April 5 for Gallery Walk, show through May. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Printmakers of Little Rock,” work by professors Beth Lamber and Aj Smith and UALR students, through April. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat. 501-624-0489. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Bob Snider, watercolors, open 5-9 p.m. April 5 for Gallery Walk. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: “Abstracts,” ceramics by Michael Ashley, paintings by Donnie Copeland and Vivian Noe-Griffith, paintings and sculpture by Robyn Horn, open 5-9 p.m. April 5 for Gallery Walk. 501-321-2335. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORARY SALON OF FINE ART, 204 Exchange St.: “The Warren Criswell Show,” paintings by the Arkansas artist, open 5-9 p.m. April 5 for Gallery Walk. 501-624-0516. JONESBORO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, University Museum: “Through a Child’s Eyes XXVII,” juried show of work by children through grade 8, award ceremony 1 p.m. April 7. RUSSELLVILLE RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: “A
Breath of Fresh Air and Light,” paintings by Arden Boyce, opens with reception 1-3 p.m. April 7, show through April. 479-968-2452.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational” through June 7. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 in cash and awards. For more information, go to www. fsram.org/exhibitions. The Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., North Little Rock, is taking submissions for its 11th annual scholarship competitions for high school seniors. Submission for filmmaking scholarship due April 5. For more information, go to the theafoundation.org/scholarships or call 379-9512.
BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Looking Out,” pastels and paintings by Robin Hazard-Bishop and Hans Feyerabend, through April 13. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “No I’m Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective,” cartoons by Michael Jukes; “1st Annual Membership Exhibition” by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers, through April 27. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Structures II,” paintings by Daniel Coston, through April 27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.:
“Mid-Southern Watercolorists Spring 2013 Juried Exhibition,” through April. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Bridging the Burden: In Their Shoes,” boots of Arkansas soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, through April 27. 918-3086. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “Highlights of Spring,” work by Sean LeCrone. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “The World is Flat,” recent paintings by Stephen Cefalo, through May 11. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GORRELL GALLERY OF FINE ART, 201 W. 4th St.: Work by established and emerging artists, including Doug Gorrell. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. 607-2225. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “The Struggle Continues … History Unfolds,” paintings and mixed media by Frank Frazier, through April 8. 372-6822. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Spring Flowers,” paintings by Louis Beck, through April. Giclee giveaway drawing 7 p.m. April 18. 660-4006. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: New paintings by Mike Spain. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10-3 p.m. Sat. 374-2848. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Gallery talk by Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, Gallery II, 2 p.m. April 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
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BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” 50 paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., through May 28, $12 nonmembers ages 19 and up; “Abstractions on Paper: From Abstract Expressionism to Post Minimalism,” through April 29, works from the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center by Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly and others; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.Fri. 479-418-5700. FAYETTEVILLE WALTON ARTS CENTER, 495 W. Dickson St.: “Tectonics,” sculpture by Scott Carroll, through April 14. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. 479-443-5600.
ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITS
ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Hidden Arkansas,” photographs by 11 members of the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, through May 5; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12; “Phenomena of Change: Lee Cowan, Mary Ann Stafford and Maria Botti Villegas,” through May 5; “Perfect Balance,” paintings by Marty Smith. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “The Inauguration of Hope,” life-sized sculpture of the First Family by Ed Dwight; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body,” through May 26; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685.
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With Easter just passed, I’ve been thinking a lot about faith — why we need it, what purpose it serves, and just how devout many of the people who claim to be religious really are. It’s a question for the ages, and will probably be debated until the sun goes supernova or language finally devolves into a series
of squeaks and grunts, whichever comes first. A new documentary that tackles the question of faith and what purpose it serves in the grand scheme of things is “Kumare,” now on Netflix Instant. It’s a wonderful film, and one that should be watched by anyone who considers herself even the least bit “spiritual but not religious.” It’s the story of
documentary filmmaker Vikram Gandhi. Born to Indian parents in New Jersey, Gandhi sets out — “Borat” style — to make a film about the whack-doodleness of those Americans who seek “New Age mysticism.” To do that, he grows out his hair and beard, then remakes himself as Sri Kumare, a caricature of an Indian guru, who wears flowing robes, speaks constantly in half-baked parable, and carries a walking stick. After traveling to Arizona, Kumare soon attracts a group of Americans who buy wholeheartedly into his teachings. The problem is, these aren’t actors dressed as hippie flakes. These are real people, with real heartache, and real issues. Soon, Gandhi comes to care for the people he’d set out to ridicule, and actively tries to help them find meaning in their lives while knowing all the time that, sooner or later, he’s going to have to reveal himself as a liar and fake whose initial intent was to make them laughingstocks. At times a brilliant recitation on faith and the desire for purpose in a confusing world — not to mention a glimpse into why sane and rational people join New Age cults — “Kumare” turns out to be a very thoughtprovoking doc, capped with what might be the perfect ending for a story about faith, deception and perception. Check it out.
‘SAY LOVE,’ CONT. here are so dime-a-dozen that nobody really cares, and the live performance was where I could show someone my point of view. I was having a hard time finding my footing and getting people to listen to me. So after “The Voice,” I had a new perspective, because the only dream I’ve ever had to kill and bury was that I was going to be this new kind of country music. I killed that dream and buried it before I left for “The Voice,” and then on “The Voice” I was able to really test the audience — and by audience I mean America and beyond — to see if they were ready to accept another male pop artist who was going to be out front in his stage show, like David Bowie and Elton John and George Michael and Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. So I kind of embodied a bit of all of them to see if people wanted that again and ready for that to be something that they got behind. And I feel like they did and they do, so I came back to Nashville with that in mind and that being the formula for my work. Because of “The Voice,” musicians and the producer that I’m working with now are willing to work with me and stick their neck out and not really want money up front.
They’re willing to take the risk for the long-term investment while we work on this music. Now when I want to play a show, there are three of the better music venues — they’re not even considered bars, but venues like 3rd & Lindsley, 12th & Porter, The Exit/In, those types of places — I could call them and get a show, where before I couldn’t do that. Now, I’m saving my card, I’m not really trying to use that. I’m waiting until this music is ready to do a great show, which will be in a couple of months. When can we expect an album? Is that ongoing right now? My producer, Dustin Ransom — who’s the co-writer and producer for the “Say Love” project — and I have set a goal date for Aug. 31. I’m proud to say we’ve got two songs mastered and ready to go and one almost ready to be mastered. And we had to put out “Say Love” first, that had to come first. But the whole album is — and this is going to sound weird, but when you hear this stuff you’re gonna be like, “Ah, shit, I know what he’s talking about” — it’s all going to be stuff you’re going to want to roller skate to. It’s stuff that, if you were
at the roller rink over by McClellan High School in 1982, you’d be like, “Oh dammit, that song is playing again.” It’s got that backbeat to it and it’s just fun. I’ve let a couple of people, other producers and musicians, listen to it. I didn’t even make this connection, but they were like, “This is what The Scissor Sisters and Justin Timberlake are not doing.” I don’t want to give you any sort of preconceived notions because I didn’t even make that connection myself, but I’m drawing on a lot of ’90s and ’80s stuff, for like Salt-N-Pepa kind of beats. We want it to be real instruments and we want it to be flavored with synths. We don’t want it to be techno at all, which is kind of what everything is right now. We’re completely against Auto-Tune. It’s this kind of Brooklyn thing, which is weird for me, but I’m really loving discovering this side of myself. Because it’s a side that I knew was always in there and that came out in my live shows, but it’s like flaunting something that I guess my whole life I tried to sort of subdue. You just had to embrace it. Yeah. So we’re just putting it out there like, “Here it is, bitches!”
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NEW MOVIES 6 Souls (R) — Psychological thriller with Julianne Moore. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Evil Dead (R) — Remake of the classic ’80s cult horror film. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:00. McCain Mall: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00. Rave: 10:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:30, 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30, midnight. Riverdale: 9:05 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:35, 11:40. The Gatekeepers (PG-13) — Six former heads of the Israeli secret service share their insights into the country’s struggle with terrorism. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Jurassic Park (PG-13) — It’s in 3D this time. Breckenridge: 4:00 (2D), 12:30, 7:15, 10:05 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:00 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 (IMAX 3D). McCain Mall: 12:30, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:35, 11:50 (3D), 10:15 a.m., 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:35 (3D eXtreme). RETURNING THIS WEEK Admission (PG-13) — Tina Fey is an admissions officer at Princeton in this First World-problems comedy. Riverdale: 1:25, 3:45, 6:05, 8:25, 10:45. Baadshaah (NR) — Bollywood detective flick. Movies 10: 8:45 p.m. Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) — Basically “Twilight” but with witches instead of whatever it was “Twilight” had. Oh, and bad Southern accents. It’s got those, too. Movies 10: 12:45, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50. The Call (R) — 911 operator (Halle Berry) takes a call from an adopted girl (Abigail Breslin) and ends up in danger. Rave: 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 6:55, 9:25. Riverdale: 9:20 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1:50, 4:05, 6:20, 8:35, 10:50. The Croods (PG) — Animated story of a cavefamily that must venture into uncharted realms. Rave: 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:20, 2:05, 3:55, 4:40, 6:35, 7:20, 9:10, (2D), 10:00 a.m., 12:35, 3:10, 5:45, 8:20 (3D). Riverdale: 9:25 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:55, 4:10, 6:25, 8:40, 10:55.
Dead Man Down (R) — Bullet-riddled revenge thriller, with Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Collin Farrell. Movies 10: Noon, 3:15, 7:10, 9:45. Django Unchained (R) — Another revenge flick from Quentin Tarantino, with Jamie Foxx and the guy from “Titanic.” Movies 10: 1:00, 4:30, 8:00. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13) — Sequel to the movie based on the ’80s cartoon and line of toys, which were based on a line of toys from the ’60s and ’70s. Rave: 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00, 2:30, 3:45, 5:15, 6:30, 8:00, 9:15, 10:45, midnight (2D), 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 (3D). Riverdale: 9:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30, 11:50. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) — They’re just running out of ideas, aren’t they? Starring Jeremy Renner. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:45, 4:55, 7:20, 9:35. The Host (PG-13) — “Twilight” goes sci-fi, from the author of “Twilight.” Rave: 10:35 a.m., 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:40. Riverdale: 9:40 a.m., 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30. Life of Pi (PG) — Based on the smash-hit book of the same name, from director Ang Lee. Movies 10: 12:35, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55. Olympus Has Fallen (R) — Terrorists overtake the White House and kidnap the president in this not-at-all-utterly-implausible movie with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Rave: 10:10 a.m., 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10, 11:00. Riverdale: 9:35 a.m., 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:34, 10:05. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) — How the Wizard of Oz got that way. Rave: 10:20 a.m., 1:25, 4:35, 7:45, 10:50 (2D), 12:30, 3:35, 6:40, 9:45 (3D). Riverdale: 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:25. Parental Guidance (PG) — Boomer grandparents Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are outmatched by their bratty post-millennial grandkids. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05. Quartet (PG-13) — Bunch of retired British singers in an old folks home have to get the band back together to save the orphanage, er, sorry, the old folks home. Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15. Rise of the Guardians (PG) — Animated adventure story about a group of heroes who protect
the imaginations of children from an evil spirit who wants to take over the world. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30. Silver Linings Playbook (R) — Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as two dysfunctional yet charming weirdoes who are just trying to make their way in this crazy world, OK? Jeez! Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15. Spring Breakers (R) — Sex-drugs-and-dubstep skeeze-fest from director Harmony Korine, starring James Franco and his cornrows, grill and terrible Southern accent. Rave: 9:55 p.m. Riverdale: 9:10 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1:10, 3:10, 5:01, 7:05, 9:10, 11:05. Stoker (R) — Ultra-creepy family murder thriller, with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. Tyler Perry’s Temptation (PG-13) — The latest product to plop off the end of the factory line at Tyler Perry Co. stars an almost convincingly human hologram called “Kim Kardashian.” Rave: 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:55. Riverdale: 9:15 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2:05, 4:30, 6:55, 9:20, 11:45. Warm Bodies (PG-13) — Pretty much “Twilight,” but with zombies instead of whatever it was “Twilight” had. Movies 10: 12:40, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30, 10:15. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) — Animated movie about a video game character. Movies 10: 1:20, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50 (2D), 12:05, 2:35, 5:05 (3D). Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Tandy 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, www.fandango.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com. Regal McCain Mall 12: 3929 McCain Blvd., 7531380, www.regmovies.com.
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Harmony Korine pioneers ‘beach noir.’ BY SAM EIFLING
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squirming in 1995. This time he’s indulging in — pioneering? — something he has called, quite aptly, “beach noir.” Korine gives us virtually no scenes of our spring-breaking foursome having anything like the fun that opens this ride. Sleazy motel parties that set your rape detector a-shrieking, yes. Lolling in the pool and wishing it could never end, yes. But the stereotypical beach bacchanal remains divorced from the narrative. These topless, senseless sorts dumping beer down each other’s throats and packhumping in the surf? They’re no more real to the film than they are to you or to our restless quartet, drawn to spring break’s mythology. Your imagination is the girls’ imagination. The orgiastic interludes are there to acknowledge your expectations so that Korine may smash them later. The director’s avatar arrives in the form of a rapping, “Scarface”-worshipping drug dealer named Alien, played by James Franco in cornrows and a gold grill. (Franco clearly loves this role, continuing his apparent streak of displaying enthusiasm only for characters who get high.) Alien posts bail for our four anti-heroes and invites them into his dirtbag underworld. From there, what unfolds could be considered a conventional crime film in pink denim cutoffs. We’ve seen these ladies doing handstands in their dorm hallway and singing Britney Spears together, so when things get all Girls Gone Criminally Insane, the candy-colored gloss gives way to a sense of the truly sinister. On spring break you can do whatever you want and no one will ever know. What an alibi.
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he first thing “Spring Breakers” breaks is any sense that you’re watching American cinema. The first Skrillex-scored minutes immerse you into a sunny, sandy, booze-and-boobs scrum on some beach that radiates Floridian debauchery. Every other first five minutes you’ve sat through this year in a cineplex suddenly seems like a focusgrouped copout. And things only get more lunatic from there. “Spring Breakers” has gathered fast notoriety for cementing the post-tween careers of erstwhile Disney darling Selena Gomez and, to a lesser extent, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. Along with Rachel Korine, they form a bored foursome determined to ditch their unnamed Southern college town and alight beachward for spring break. To accomplish this, they turn to bad deeds. Then, bad deeds turn on them. Calling this movie “Spring Breakers” camouflages its dark heart as surely as it would’ve been to retitle “Reservoir Dogs” to “Warehouse Follies,” or selling “The Fast and the Furious” as “Afternoon Commute.” When asked what she would tell her younger fans about the movie, 20-yearold Gomez replied, “Don’t see it.” If you’re a grown-up, that advice does not apply to you. Already we’re into exciting territory if we’re watching a mature movie about youth. In its lurid depictions of sexcharged teens getting blotto and sexed-up, “Spring Breakers” echoes “Kids,” another innocuously titled film penned by writer/ director Harmony Korine that had parents
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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ THE CHURCH AT ARGENTA is hosting a drop-in from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at its underconstruction coffee shop, Mugs Cafe, at 515 Main St., next door to the Argenta Market. The cafe will serve coffee and menu samples, including “Thanksgiving on a roll,” a turkey and cranberry slider, and a smoked salmon and avocado club sandwich. The full cafe menu — described as tentative on the website, mugscafe.org — includes coffee in all its iterations as well as frappucinos, breakfast foods, gelato, wraps, smoothies and more. A July opening is planned. Check for updates at facebook. com/mugscafeargenta. Also on the menu: Church. The Church at Argenta, which is Southern Baptist with a twist, since all denominations are welcome, will eventually meet at the coffee shop. Michael Carpenter, “church planter,” said “we’re not going to be overt ... but we’re not going to be covert, either.” For more information, call 615-477-8854. WHITE WATER TAVERN began serving lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. earlier this week. The Seventh Street dive previously served lunch only on Friday. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. On the last Sunday of the month, the Tavern serves Sunday brunch. White Water is located at 2500 W. 7th St. The phone number is 3758400. THE CENTRAL ARKANSAS PRODUCERS ALLIANCE will launch a new farmers market on Thursday, April 4. at The Shoppes on Woodlawn at 4523 Woodlawn Drive. It will run every Thursday night from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Vendors include Freckle Face Farms, Little Rock Urban Farming, Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, Laughing Stock Farms, Rattle’s Garden and Mylo Coffee Co. WE REPORTED IN FEBRUARY that Capital Hotel pastry chef Tandra Watkins was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award. Now, Watkins has been nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as a finalist in the People’s Best New Pastry Chef competition. You can vote for the person you want to see as the winner this week only, April 1-8, at foodandwine.com/the-peoples-pastrycentral. 34
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WORTH THE TRIP: Tamales and tacos from Rock ’N Tacos.
West Coast Mex Rock ’N Tacos adds quick option to Latino restaurant scene.
ew other states have seen their takes on Mexican cuisine more widely emulated than California. Drawing inspiration from the Pacific, and capitalizing on the long growing season — making fresh fruits and vegetables available almost year-round — California or Baja cuisine has made itself known in nearly every corner of America. Fortunately, those West Coasters are not all raving mad from excessive sunshine, and their take on classic Mexican favorites is rather delightful when done correctly. Now, one of Little Rock’s newest restaurants, Rock ’N Tacos, has decided to bring a piece of the West Coast to the South. Rock ’N Tacos is clean and casual, an order-at-the-counter, assemble-toorder establishment, where you select your salad, burrito, or tacos and the staff puts together the food to your specifications. These assemble-to-order places are clearly built for speed and efficiency, which means the various components of your meal are sitting around in heated plastic containers before your order. Despite our preconceived bias against such restaurants, we were pleasantly surprised by the offerings at Rock ’N Tacos. The menu here is not particularly adventurous. It’s the sort of Mexican food that appeals to diners who are generally less eager to seek out more authentic options from taquerias and food trucks. You’ll find big taco salads in crispy fried flour tortilla bowls, street tacos, chimichangas, ceviche and burri-
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11121 N. Rodney Parham Road Suite 40B 812-3461 rockysfishtacos.com QUICK BITE Fish tacos are treated with the respect they deserve, served fresh and hot. Tamales are a house specialty and are worth sampling as well; both pork and beef warrant your attention. Street-style tacos are small, but substantial, and always helped by a trip to the salsa mini-bar. Burritos are stuffed full, fat and heavy, and more than a respectably sized meal. Perfect for a quick lunch or casual dinner, excellent option for take-out. HOURS 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. MORE INFO Credit cards accepted, no alcohol.
tos. Rock ’N Tacos is heavily promoting the tamales, made in-house, and runs a number of rotating daily specials. But this being “California-style” cuisine, we felt obligated to first sample a big burrito as well as a fish taco, the two items we equate most with Baja-style fare. The fish taco ($2.59) was lovely. The white fish is batter-dipped and fried a deep golden brown. It was a fairly thick, substantial cut of fish that filled the whole of its flour tortilla. It was topped with a white sauce, crispy cabbage, and a mild green tomatillo salsa — each complemented the fish well,
and didn’t overwhelm the mild fish’s flavor. The flour tortillas were, regrettably, not the fresh house-made variety, but did not substantially detract from the dish as a whole. Our burrito ($7.50) was a good bit tastier than others we’ve experienced at burrito joints similar in design, despite the all-too-familiar “scoop and serve” set-up. The large, flour tortillas, flecked with spinach, are run through a hot press until softened. We opted for the carne asada and proceeded to fill the burrito with cheddar and jack cheeses, cilantro rice, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, lettuce and tomato. We were pleased to find our grilled steak flavorful and tender. There were a few chewy bits, but that has never stopped us from polishing off a burrito in the past. There is a small salsa bar with spicy red, mild green tomatillo and pineapple salsas. The pineapple is a bit sweet for us, but the red and green will make excellent additions to most items on the menu board. A return visit proved to be even better than the first. Here, we opted for the house specialty, handmade beef and pork tamales. The tamales ($1.99) were constructed with perfect proportions of filling to masa. The outer masa layer was soft and delicate, and inside was a rich, meaty, stew-like mixture, seasoned with tomato, onion and green olives. Both the pork and beef versions were splendid, some of the finest we’ve eaten in quite some time. Next, we sampled a duo of street style tacos ($2.59). We were a little surprised to find these served with melted jack cheese, a bit of a break in tradition, but they were highly enjoyable nonetheless. The pastor was bold, spicy, and tender; the carnitas were even better, with shredded, flavorful meat that had just the right amount of fat to give it a rich pork flavor. These corn tortillas were notably better than the flour — soft, warm and flavorful. Rock ’N Tacos is housed in a shopping center in West Little Rock, not the usual neighborhood one thinks of when mining for authentic Mexican cuisine. But this California-style spin on Mexican cooking feels right at home, and will likely find the approval of most of the busy lunch crowds this area draws in. Sure, the sign out front comes across as a little juvenile, with its jumbo-sized portrayal of a cartoon dolphin in a Hawaiian shirt clutching a surfboard. But Rock ’N Tacos is surprisingly tasty, enough to warrant a visit from even the snootiest of taco and tamale connoisseurs.
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BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. BOBBYâ€™S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSTONâ€™S Ribs, gourmet pizza star at this restaurant/sports bar. 3201 Bankhead Dr. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Downhome done right. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. CAJUNâ€™S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DIZZYâ€™S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FLYING SAUCER A popular River Market hangout thanks to its almost 200 beers and more than decent bar food. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-8032. LD daily. GADWALLâ€™S GRILL & PIZZA Mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. IZZYâ€™S Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care, if rarely far from the middle of the culinary road. With full vegan and glutenfree menus. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242010. LD daily, BR Sun. MOOYAH BURGERS Kid-friendly, fast-casual restaurant with beef, veggie and turkey burgers and shakes. 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 190. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-1091. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here â€” nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri.,
D Tue.-Sat. RUDYâ€™S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN Specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish. 8824 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-0300. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. TRIOâ€™S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun.
YANCEYâ€™S CAFETERIA Soul food served with a Southern attitude. 1523 Martin Luther King Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-372-9292. LD Tue.-Sat. YOUR MAMAâ€™S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. BL Mon.-Fri. ZACKâ€™S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646444. LD Mon.-Sat.
A.W. LINâ€™S ASIAN CUISINE Traditional Chinese dishes, several Thai dishes and a
variety of sushi rolls. 17000 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL Tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. RJ TAO RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE Upscale Asian and exotic fare â€” like Kangaroo burgers and African prawns â€” from the Chi family. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. D Mon.-Sat. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab and Kobe beef. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
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CHATZ CAFE â€˜Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-4949. LD Mon.-Sat. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-manâ€™s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and thereâ€™s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.
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ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. Particularly if youâ€™re ordering something that features charred meat, like a kabab or gyros. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-219-8787. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGANâ€™S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36
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GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub features Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights that include a very affordable collection of starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, chicken and fish. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat.
BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S This Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Great pizza served up in a family-friendly environment. Special Saturday and Sunday brunch served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 16101 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-3250. LD daily. OLD CHICAGO PASTA & PIZZA This national chain offers lots of pizzas, pastas and beer. 4305 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-6262. LD daily. 1010 Main St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3296262. LD daily. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD daily. THE PIZZA JOINT Cracker-thin crusts with a tempting variety of traditional or nontraditional toppings. 6100 Stones Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-9108. D daily. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S PIZZA Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato, call-your-own ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.
CANTINA LAREDO A step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily, BR Sun. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices plus creative salads and other dishes. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Mon.-Sat. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily. SENOR TEQUILA Typical cheap Mexican dishes with great service. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily. 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432; 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-868-7642. LD daily. TACO MEXICO 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.
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BY JANIE GINOCCHIO
’m in the process of buying my first home, but my biggest worry is what to do with the yard. I turned to Jennifer Gibson at GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER to give me some tips on landscaping basics.
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DO YOUR HOMEWORK • Study the area before planting to learn how many hours of sun the area gets and whether it is afternoon or morning sun. This determines whether to shop for sun or shade plants. • Consider how much maintenance you are willing to do, and be realistic. Then choose plants accordingly. • Bring pictures of your landscape in to the garden center so the horticulturist can best evaluate your space and provide accurate advice and recommendations.
BE PREPARED • Soil preparation is the most overlooked part of landscaping. Arkansas soils are not great; mixing in compost and sand can make all the difference. In annual and perennial areas, add a good potting soil blend to lighten the soil. The Good Earth brand potting soil is a great choice; it contains pH balancers, Actino Root protection, perlite and even a light fertilizer charge. • Have your sprinkler system assessed for breaks, leaks and necessary adjustments. As plants mature, sprinkler heads may need to be moved or raised. If you have container planters, consider having your sprinkler tech add drip lines off your system to cut down on hand watering.
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DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS • Create focal points near your front entrance. • For visual interest, vary the colors and textures of landscape plants. • Have pockets of annual or perennial color. A few large areas of color stand out better than many small areas. Plant in odd numbers, in groups of three, five or seven plants. • Avoid the runway effect created by putting plants in straight rows, unless you have a formal landscape.
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➥ This month’s ARGENTA ART WALK is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. April 19. Stroll down the picturesque streets of North Little Rock’s downtown and check out the artists featured at PAINT BOX GALLERY, GREG THOMPSON FINE ART AND CLAY TIME, among other galleries and stores. ➥ Let out your inner “Achy Breaky Heart”-era Billy Ray Cyrus fan by attending the MULLET MADNESS event, scheduled for 7-11 p.m. April 5 at Next Level Events. The fund-raiser for KidSource Inc.’s Freedom Reins hippotherapy program has an 80s theme and features live music, food and drinks and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information, visit www.mulletmadness.net.
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The Board of Commissioners, Central Arkansas Water (CAW), is seeking letters of interest and resumés from Little Rock residents interested in serving on the Board. CAW is the largest public water supplier in the state of Arkansas and serves the Greater Little Rock-North Little Rock area. The water commissioners have full and complete authority to manage, operate, improve, extend and maintain the water works and distribution system and have full and complete charge of the water plan. The governing board consists of seven members who serve seven-year terms. The Board appointee for the existing vacancy will fill a seven year term beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2020. In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. §25-20-301, the Board must consist of four residents of Little Rock and three residents of North Little Rock. The current vacancy is for a Little Rock representative. CAW is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all areas of our operations and on the CAW Board of Commissioners. All interested Little Rock residents are encouraged to apply and should submit a letter of interest and resumé by 12 p.m. (noon) Friday, April 26, 2013. Resumés will be accepted until filled. Submit to:
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Published on Apr 3, 2013