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n Fayetteville Circuit Judge Mary Gunn, whose televising of her drug court came to an end after a judicial ethics panel criticized it and broadcaster Jones TV pulled out, has talked to Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards about possibly using her old courtroom in the County Courthouse for a future TV show after Gunn retires June 11. Edwards said she talked to Gunn “in passing” about the possibility, but no formal proposal has been made and so she doesn’t know whether Gunn could use the room. Outside groups are allowed to use the historic courtroom, which has a mezzanine. A California company is interested in producing a “Judge Judy”-styled show with Gunn this fall. Gunn did not return our phone calls by press time to confirm her plan, but it’s likely this: She’d send Department of Community Correction offenders, ostensibly referred to her by another Fayetteville judge, to treatment programs on the air. Their participation would be voluntary. “Think of it as television,” DCC spokesperson Rhonda Sharp said. “It’s not court.” Gunn has “briefed our director and deputy director” about her TV plans, Sharp said; if those offenders do end up in a Gunn “court,” “we’ll have a narrow involvement.”
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n As regular customers of the downtown Farmers Market have probably noticed, attendance has been down this year. The market is open Tuesday and Saturday. Sales for the first five dates this year were $330, $1,150, $260, $1,240 and $360. For the first five dates last year, sales were $860, $1,022, $660, $1,423 and $595. Last year, 58 vendors of produce were registered at the market. This year, that number is down to 38. More of the spaces this year are occupied by non-produce vendors – arts and crafts, locally prepared food products, etc. – than in the past. Farmers have priority on spaces at the market. It’s early in the season, and the weather has been bad, so business may pick up. However, what was once the only market in town now has competition from North Little Rock and a recently-opened market in Hillcrest.
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n Up in Faulkner County this Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., children from Conway School District’s nine elementary schools and two 5-6 grade schools will be collectively strutting their stuff to help poor children in Africa, during the third-annual Chicken Dance Marathon. In 2009 and 2010, the marathon raised more than $20,000, which was used to buy chickens and build chicken coops to help support an orphanage, school and feeding center in EGGCELLENT HARVEST: Kids at the squalid Kipsongo the orphanage in Kitale, Kenya, with eggs they collected. Slum in Kitale, Kenya. For those who aren’t familiar with the chicken dance, it involves mimicking the namesake bird, complete with fingers splayed like feathers, bootyshaking, and wing flapping. Children in the schools involved solicit donations from friends and family. This year’s event will be co-
sponsored by the fast-food chain Chik-fil-A. UCA early childhood and special education professor Mark Cooper helped start the chicken dance marathon in 2009, and founded a charity called Chicks for Children Inc. His son, Jim, has lived and worked with orphans in the Kipsongo Slum for years. Cooper said the idea of buying chickens for impoverished children in Africa owes a lot to the model pioneered by Heifer Project International. The difference, he said, is that while Heifer offers larger livestock like cows and goats to help intact families, buying chickens allows the orphaned children in the slum to raise the birds and collect eggs to support themselves. The adults there, he said, often can’t or won’t provide for them. This year, the marathon will be slightly different, with students and their families being asked to fill a plastic egg and provided bag with any money they can spare instead of the pledge-card system used in previous years. In addition, Cooper said that a percentage of this year’s donation pool will be used to help feed hungry children here in Arkansas. About 7,000 students are scheduled to participate this year, and Cooper said next year’s marathon promises to be even bigger, with schools all over Arkansas having expressed interest in helping. Cooper said the eventual goal is to take the event statewide.
n If you were around in the 1980s, you surely remember that the U.S. was under attack by knife-wielding men of color who looked something like a cross between Barack Obama and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, roaming our trash-laden streets. No? Well, you can now revise your memory with former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Learn Our History video tales for children, which sets up the “Reagan Revolution” chapter with an REMEMBER HIM?: image of such a threatening guy The Pre-Reagan era U.S., — wearing a T-shirt saying “Disco according to Huckabee. Sucks.” (Disco sucks? What an outrageous claim!) In the version of history Huckabee would have the younger generation embrace, Ronald Reagan saves us from the dark-skinned, both here and abroad, while declaring that “God had a plan for America.” Huckabee has a plan, too.
n Another house was lifted into place in the Pettaway neighborhood of downtown last week, as the University of Arkansas delivered a contemporary modular home designed by 4th- and 5th-year School of Architecture students to 1805 Commerce St. The cantilevered design creates a covered area by placing the second story at right angles with the first. The house is the second such “Design Build” project home of the U of A in Little Rock; the first was assembled at 1519 Commerce. The Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp. is revitalizing Pettaway with modular homes, container homes and other construction. BRIAN CHILSON
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n “Facebook has announced a new layout for your profile that will make your personal information even more prevalent.” Prevalent means “widespread; in general use or acceptance” and “having the superiority or ascendancy.” Is your personal information generally accepted? Maybe, and maybe not. Is it superior to my personal information? Probably, but I think the writer here meant prominent, not prevalent. n A high school football player, when asked about colleges that might give him an athletic scholarship: “Arkansas and Florida State are probably the two schools that’s been sending me the most personable mail, handwritten letters, besides the four schools that have offered me.” To whom are they offering him, and who gave them ownership, anyway? 4 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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This use of offer, common on the sports page, hasn’t made it into standard English, where the scholarship and not the athlete is offered. In the non-sports world, if we’re soliciting a bid, we say “Make me an offer,” not “Offer me.” I also wonder if it was the player or the reporter who described his mail as personable, rather than personal. n “He said he deflated the canoe and drug it with one hand, pulling the bucket with the other.” Michael Klossner asks, “Is ‘drug’ as
a verb OK in a news article?”. The propriety of drug is warmly debated. I know a judge who insists on drug in his court. When I objected (I practice a little personal-injury law as a hobby), he said “Be quiet or I’ll have you drug out of here.” I considered an appeal, but there’s no telling where the Scalia court would have you drug off to. Someplace with waterboarding, I imagine. In standard English, dragged is still the only past tense for drag, according to most authorities, including Random House. But a lot of people say drug, and seem surprised to find that it’s considered irregular. Some of these people, like the judge, are high-placed and supposedly well-informed. Garner’s Modern American Usage quotes President Bill Clinton using drug in a 1996 debate with Bob Dole.
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Mixing fun and education doesn’t always work, but the exhibit now at the Historic Arkansas Museum is a well-measured blend. It’s called “Reel to Real: Gone With The Wind and The Civil War in Arkansas,” and the “Reel” part of it is about the making of the famous movie. This part features items from a privately owned collection of GWTW memorabilia, including photographs, costumes that were worn in the movie, letters and memoranda to and from principals in the movie’s production, and souvenirs of Margaret Mitchell, the newspaper reporter who wrote the famous book on which the famous movie was based. Frivolous by nature, like Butterfly McQueen, The Observer went to the “Reel” part of the exhibit first. Perhaps, we thought, there are people who would be unimpressed by looking at the Oscar that Vivien Leigh won for playing Scarlett O’Hara, or at a suit Clark Gable wore in playing Rhett Butler. For sure, we thought, we’re glad those people aren’t here. When you go, be sure to stop at the area in the corner where they’re showing what appear to be film clips from a black-and-white movie, not the glorious Technicolor of GWTW. These are actually screen tests for people who wanted to be in the movie, as just about everybody did. We saw Joan Bennett and Jean Arthur as Scarlett, both playing scenes with “Ashley Wilkes.” (The actors playing Wilkes weren’t names we recognized). The Observer later learned that Bennett and Arthur were among four finalists for the part. Leigh and Paulette Goddard were the others. From today’s perspective, Gone With the Wind has acquired a new layer of history. Most people who could remember the antebellum South were gone with the wind themselves by the time the movie was made in 1939. And not many people around today can remember pre-World War II America. Movies and movie stars were bigger in those days before television. Newspapers were bigger too; air travel was smaller. A newspaper photograph of some of the GWTW party getting off an airplane at Atlanta for the premiere reminded us that average people didn’t start boarding
airplanes until after the war. But there are still a number of people around who can remember the last big national celebration of the Civil War, the centennial of 1961. The Observer recalls how timid the country was then, how fearful of hurting segregationist feelings. Mention of the real cause of the Civil War was considered bad form. People spoke instead, lengthily and dishonestly, about states’ rights, and an unfortunate difference of opinion between two equally well-intentioned factions. The HAM’s “Real” exhibit announces early and forcefully that the Civil War was about slavery, and that if any states’ rights were being violated, it was the rights of the Northern states compelled to return runaway slaves to Southern slavemasters. The exhibit shows what life was truly like in Arkansas during the civil war, for blacks and whites, the poverty and misery and wartime atrocities by both armies. And the misplaced pride that drew so many white Arkansans to fight for a cause not really their own. Most didn’t own slaves. Clothing is on display in this part of the HAM’s exhibit too, but it’s real clothing, military and civilian, that was worn by real people. The weapons here are real as well, and deadly in their day, not props for a movie. A shot of entertainment and a shot of truth. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
The Observer believes in Synchronicity. We have to. It’s the only way we can wrap our head around some of the stuff that happens to us from time to time. Take this, for example: El Jefe, Max Brantley, was in San Francisco last week. He was riding an elevator in his hotel when it stopped at the fourth floor. And who should get on but former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr. For those who don’t remember the ’90’s in Little Rock, this is pretty much like: Spiderman is on vacation. He’s riding the elevator, and Doctor Octopus gets on, wearing flip-flops, a Hawaiian shirt and drinking a strawberry daiquiri. The unscheduled reunion, we hear, was civil. Starr even agreed to pose for a photograph just so the folks back home wouldn’t think Max had turned fibber. www.arktimes.com • MAY 18, 2011 5
I rarely miss reading an issue of the Times, but I was out of town when the March 2nd issue came out. I was proud to have attended the silent protest in Pleasant Plains regarding comments about the gay community by Mr. McCance of the Midland School Board. Unfortunately I was misquoted as saying: “ ‘When Mr. McCance put his comments on Facebook, he made it a worldwide matter,’ Hendrick said. ‘Maybe he isn’t intelligent enough to know that what he did can influence many people.’ ” What I did comment on was how much we had in common with Mr. McCance’s supporters who showed up that day. Many of the gay people present, myself and my partner included, are Christian parents. In fact, our daughter is an alum of Little Rock Christian Academy. Pam Hendrick Little Rock
and family as a baby and for six decades was exploited by the circus and zoo until the day she died. If she had been reportedly “retired” to Ringling Bros. Circus’s compound, how and why did she end up at the zoo? It’s heartbreaking that Mary couldn’t have spent her final years off display in surroundings far more comfortable and interesting than the Little Rock Zoo. Ellen, the remaining Little Rock Zoo elephant, should not suffer the same fate and should be retired to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. There she could explore hundreds of acres of grassy woodlands, play in mud holes and swim in cooling ponds. Most importantly, she would enjoy the company and
companionship of other elephants, something critical to elephants’ health and well being. Ellen deserves a real retirement and people who care about her should appeal to the zoo and city officials to do right by her. Jennifer O’Connor PETA Foundation Norfolk, Va.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to a transcription error, The Arkansas Times mistakenly attributed the following quote to Pam Hendrick in our March 2 cover story. The quote was actually spoken by Ms. Hendrick’s partner, Rita Jernigan: “When Mr. McCance put his comments on Facebook, he made it a worldwide matter... Maybe he isn’t intelligent enough to know that what he did can influence many people.” We regret this error.
Thank yous Thank you Arkansas Times for allowing all opinions. As a loyal Democrat, I had to give up reading the Demozette. As a news watcher, I cringe as U.S. House leaders blame President Obama if he does (or if he doesn’t) agree with them. No matter how vicious the verbal attacks, our president responds with wisdom, dignity and class. Some Republicans need lessons in those qualities, don’t they? Ellen West DeWitt
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and pundits on both sides of the aisle, peace and stability should reign in the Middle East and spread throughout the world, gas prices will go down, the stock market will rise, and heck, even unemployment should take a drastic dip. Who knew shooting an 80-year-old unarmed man on dialysis in the face could do all that? You know what, I for one have to think that the death of Osama also may halt the melting of the polar ice caps and reverse global warming. Why not, if you believe what you hear? All kidding aside, is the world a better place without him? Yes. But there’s just something tacky and un-American when I see people cheering the death of anyone in the streets hours afterwards. Isn’t this something we were furious about with radical Muslims shortly after 9/11? Aren’t we supposed to be a little better than that? James Chitwood Hot Springs
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MIKE HUCKABEE After forcing viewers to watch him interview Mario Lopez, jam with Ted Nugent and pitch his execrable new cartoon “history” project on his Fox TV show Saturday night, he announced that he would not run for president. He was listening to his “heart,” he said. Those paychecks from Fox and Citadel Broadcasting may’ve had something to say about it, too. MORRIS HOLMES The former Central High principal and New Orleans School District superintendent was selected to lead Little Rock School District through the 2012-13 school year after serving as interim superintendent since January. COLLECTORS OF BASEBALL MEMORABILIA Last Saturday, hundreds waited in line at Ray Winder Field, the former home of the Arkansas Travelers, for a chance to take home a pair of the 500 wooden-and-iron bleacher seats. Some even camped out overnight. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR ...
THE CITY OF MORRILTON Two downtown buildings collapsed, killing a 2-year-old girl and critically injuring several other people. COLLEGE STUDENTS The University of Arkansas System said it plans to increase tuition and other fees between 5.9 percent and 7.1 percent at five of its four-year campuses in the 2011-2012 school year. ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION A legislative audit revealed that the embattled commission had paid more than $800,000 beyond the limits of vendors’ contracts and to vendors without contracts. The commission’s fiscal chief retired in part because of the findings. CIRCUIT JUDGE MARY GUNN The Fayetteville circuit judge, who’s made headlines in the past for televising her drug court, drew heat again over her apparent plan to start producing a national drug court reality show upon her retirement from the bench in June. THE HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM INSITITUE The nonprofit responsible for putting on the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival said that it was around $30,000 in debt. Nearly a month ago, the institute furloughed four employees. Only a part-time interim executive director remains on staff. More on page 26. 8 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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What about Hoxie? Another school integration monument proposed for the Capitol. BY DOUG SMITH
n On the north side of the state Capitol, sculptures of the Little Rock Nine stride forward into history. There’s no such memorial for the Hoxie 21, but surviving members hope to bring it about. Representatives of a group called the Hill Foundation have taken the first steps toward erecting a Hoxie 21 monument on the Capitol grounds. Fayth Hill Washington of West Memphis, a member of the 21 and co-founder of the foundation, said she’d “gotten the go-ahead” from Secretary of State Mark Martin and Gov. Mike Beebe to proceed, and that Martin had encouraged her to begin raising funds, advice she plans to follow. But there’ll be no Hoxie monument at the Capitol anytime soon, and there’s been no formal approval of the project as yet. The secretary of state is the custodian of the Capitol grounds, but neither he nor the governor can authorize a new monument. That is the job of the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission, whose members are appointed by elected officials — including the governor and the secretary of state — and by professional associations of architects and landscape architects. A spokesman said that Secretary of State Martin had advised Hill that raising private money was essential for projects such as this. Hill said that about $100,000 was needed. The Hoxie schools were integrated in
REMEMBERING HOXIE: A sketch by John and Kathy Deering of the proposed granite-and-bronze monument. It would be 8 feet tall and 3 and ½ feet wide. the summer and fall of 1955, two years before Little Rock Central High. A couple of Arkansas school districts – Charleston and Fayetteville – had integrated quietly and peacefully in 1954. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas says, “Hoxie’s attempt was the first to be met with active resistance.” In the
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n Last week, the Times launched a new public data section on our website with a searchable database of the Little Rock government employee payroll (find it at arktimes.com/ LRpayroll). It includes the name, title, department, agency, gender, hire date and wage or salary on all employed by the City of Little Rock as well as those employed by the three independent city agencies — the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Little Rock National Airport and Little Rock Wastewater. We’re publishing this data as part of
what we hope will be a growing database. It’s public information, readily accessible to anyone who asks. Portions of it have been printed in other Arkansas media for years and we owe a debt to the Texas Tribune for their counsel in emulating their online publication of Texas public employee pay. Our database complements the legislature’s decision this year to create online “checkbooks” on public expenditures for greater accountability. The biggest portion of public expenses is Continued on page 16
end, the resistance was overcome with the help of the federal courts, as at Central High. Sixteen of the black students who integrated the Hoxie schools are still living, Washington said. Ethel Tompkins is the only one who graduated at Hoxie. She’s now back there, and a member of the Hill Foundation Board of Directors. Washington and her brother were among the 21, but their family moved to Indiana in 1958, so they didn’t graduate at Hoxie. (Actually, 25 black students entered the formerly allwhite Hoxie schools in ’55, according to the foundation, but some of them left fairly quickly. Supporters of the monument decided that 21 was the appropriate number for memorial.) Tompkins was in the seventh grade in 1955. She graduated from Hoxie High School in 1961, attended Shorter College in North Little Rock for a year, then joined the Navy so that she could use the GI Bill of Rights to complete her education. She did just that, earning a degree in computer science in Southern California, where she’d been stationed with the Navy, and worked in that area until returning to Hoxie in 1990 to take care of her parents. Hoxie was a nice place to live in the 1950s, and still is, Tompkins said. Black kids and white kids in her neighborhood played together and visited in each others’ homes. “The overall community feeling hasn’t changed,” she said. “Everyone’s treated the same, everyone’s welcome.” The Hoxie School Board had voluntarily decided to integrate the schools. There were “a few” who fought integration, Tompkins said, “but 90 percent of the population Continued on page 16
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They’re coming out Evangelicals making tracks in Hot Springs. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
ot Springs is the town where you gamble on the ponies, tread in the steps of gangsters taking the waters, and where a club on one of its most busy streets advertises “Strip Karaoke.” Hot baths, massages, the pleasures of the body are part of its soul; “Prairie Home Companion” humorist Garrison Keillor called it the “loose buckle on the Bible Belt.” But there’s another spring bubbling up in the so-called Spa City, one that’s bringing holy water to the surface. The Tea Party is steeping its message in it; the Republicans are sipping it, the court system is awash in it. When an anti-Semitic remark was casually tossed off in a recent election, many shoulders simply shrugged. When a Republican like Cliff Jackson, raised in the Assembly of God Church, and best known as Bill Clinton’s nemesis, thinks Hot Springs is moving toward theocracy, you’ve got to wonder. Is he right? Jackson believes what’s happening in Hot Springs, which has a thriving evangelical community, is part of a larger movement to “usher in Jesus Christ” to take dominion over secular government, to use holy writ as overriding law — a goal not dissimilar, he said, to the Taliban’s. “Goggle-eyed” was the way Jackson described his reaction to Mayor Ruth Carney’s remarks after a day spent last fall with Republican theologian David Barton. Asked by a reporter from the Hot Springs Sentinel Record what she’d taken away from Barton’s address to Republican elected officials, Carney, the wife of the Nazarene pastor who had invited Barton to town, said she’d learned that where the Bible had spoken, there was no need for man to create law. “Marriage was from the Bible, so when man takes it and re-creates the marriage statute, then it’s against what was biblicalbased,” she told Hot Springs’ daily newspaper. “That was just one little example of making laws to define something that has already been defined.” She was no doubt thinking of laws that allow same-sex marriage. But Jackson, in a letter to the editor of the Sentinel Record that the paper decided not to publish, wrote, “Which Biblical verses would she have us follow? Polygamy? Women as chattel? Divorce only for adultery? Gays an ‘abomination’? Verses where God approves concubines? Women being silent and submissive to men? Having sex with one’s daughters?” To a reporter, he said, “I asked her who’s going to do the concubinage dissolution?” Where are the ecclesiastical courts? The answer to that last question might be at the Garland County Courthouse. More on that later. ot a single Democrat won in Garland County’s House and county races last November. It was a clean sweep, turning out, for example, incumbent state Rep. Gene Shelby, a leader in the hospital trauma system movement in 2009 who was seeking a seat in the Senate. Voters even chose a dead Republican over a living Democrat in a race for the House District 24 seat. Elected by a wide margin to represent House District 26 — one that encompasses a part of Garland County south of Hot Springs — was Loy Mauch, an Abraham Lincoln-despising secessionist who believes the government will one day dose our water supply with lithium to lift our spirits and statin drugs to lower our cholesterol. 10 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
JUDGE RALPH OHM: His presiding over drug court is a “calling.”
It was a bad year for Democrats the state and nation over, but Garland County’s most conservative organizations — the Tea Party, the Watchmen, the Garland Good Government Group — are organized, active and can take a good part of the credit. Their number, some suggest, includes the many well-off retirees that move to Hot Springs and Garland County and believe they know what’s best for the community, which largely parallels what’s best for them personally. Or at least that’s how some people see it, though they declined to be quoted. Of the conservative groups, only the Watchmen of Garland County is overtly religious. The group was founded in 2008, according to its mission statement, “for the purpose of educating the citizens of Garland County, Arkansas as to the objectiveness of the Pro-Gambling, Abortionists, and Homosexual communities in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Garland County Arkansas.” Two of the founders of the Watchmen were Ken Carney, the mayor’s husband and pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, and Hettie Lou Brooks, owner of Brookhill Ranch Summer Christian Camp. (As it happens, David Barton — whose vision of a Christian nation, former Gov. Mike Huckabee famously said, we should be forced to learn “at gunpoint” — sent his children to Brookhill, where every camper is “saved” at the conclusion of camp.) The Watchmen and the Garland Good Government Group, or GGGG, flexed some muscle in 2009 when they headed up a recall of Hot Springs City Director Carroll Weatherford, who came under fire for traveling on the city’s dime and other issues. At the time, Diane Silverman was a member of the GGGG. Now she’s a leader in the Garland County Tea Party, ostensibly a sectarian group. But the Tea Party now breaks bread with the Christian nation crowd, sponsoring a twice-weekly “Constitution Class” at Carney’s church (also the new meeting place of the Republican Party of Garland County). The Tea Party class uses as its text “The 5,000 Year Leap,” authored by the late Mormon prophet Cleon Skousen and championed by right-wing commentator Glenn Beck. Before Beck fell in love with Skousen, the author was a forgotten Red-baiting John Bircher extremist who even the far right had dismissed as a profit-motivated kook. In “The 5,000 Year Leap,” Skousen, like Barton, claims that America is, literally, God’s country. Silverman, who is Jewish, said recently that when evangelicals talk about a Christian nation, “they mean Judeo-Christian.”
THE MAYOR: Ruth Carney, pastor’s wife and lightning rod. Maybe that’s what conservatives mean. But here’s what county GOP committee member Chuck Chatham wrote in a campaign letter during the special election for the House that pitted Republican Bruce Cozart against Democrat Jerry Rephan: “The election is between Bruce Cozart (R), a pro-life, Christian who has served a number of years on the Lake Hamilton school board and Jerry Rephan (D). Jerry is a pro-abortion Jewish lawyer who specializes in ‘environmental law’ which means his primary clients as such were the Sierra Club and PETA, among others.” Chatham said his characterization of Rephan as a Jew was “inadvertent.” But here’s what Bob Driggers of the GGGG said when asked about the description of Rephan: “Well, he’s Jewish, isn’t he?” That’s the sort of comment you might expect in a community that opens its City Board meetings with a prayer in Christ’s name and where the city’s drug court, under Municipal Judge Ralph Ohm, resounds with cries of “Amen!” And “Praise Jesus!”
udge Ohm, 58, is open, friendly, courteous and welcomes visitors to his courtroom. He is also deeply religious, decorates his office with crosses and has been told by members of the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission that “we wish you wouldn’t talk about God so much [in the courtroom].” The JDDC looked into Ohm’s court proceedings earlier this year after someone complained that the judge was pushing offenders into Christian rehabilitation programs, including one at Ohm’s church,
JACKSON: Former Republican official is fearful of religious movement. the First Church of the Nazarene — the Carneys’ church. At the conclusion of its inquiry, in March, the commission wrote Ohm that it did not “find any evidence of judicial misconduct.” Ohm, who is part-time and who conducts, for no pay, the only misdemeanor drug court in the state, said he was happy to have the JDDC come to his courtroom. “If I’m doing something wrong, tell me and I’ll fix it,” he said. Ohm said that he had been asking offenders “if they believed in God.” The commission “asked me to wait until a defendant brought up the issue of God.” Ohm doesn’t need to bring up God in his Friday drug courts, where offenders report in on their progress in rehabilitation and which he conducts without pay. It’s a tent revival, with offenders (and sometimes the judge) weeping and praising God for
what he’s done to turn their lives around. Among the officials in the courtroom is probation officer Chris Carney, a graduate of the faith-based Teen Challenge rehab program who happens to be the son of Mayor Carney. (He was hired before his mother’s run for mayor.) Only once, when this reporter visited the courtroom, did Ohm seem to solicit an offender’s comments on God when, after one woman said she was a different person, he said, “You know why you’re different?” It was a rhetorical question. One offender — who had been arrested for beating up her boyfriend and whose mother told Ohm she had a drug problem — returned to court after two weeks in Potter’s Clay, a faith-based program for women, with a boom box. She plugged it in and stood before the judge singing Natalie Grant’s “In Better Hands.” When she sang the verse “It’s like the breath of Jesus is right here in this room,” the courtroom erupted with shouts of “Yes!” and “Praise God!” “It’s kind of weird,” Ohm said later in his office. “A lot of people in drug court are extremely talented. If somebody wants to sing, I let them.” Another offender that day told the judge that she was different because “I’ve got God in my life.” A young man told him that God had blessed him with a new truck (his bicycle had been stolen from a church, he relayed, to much laughter from the courtroom). “God is good,” he told the judge. Their commitment is clearer in some than in others. Another man brought before the judge after he’d stolen from his father to support a hydrocodone habit told Ohm “God’s got me.” But he declined the judge’s offer to send him to the faith-based program at The Father’s House (“You’re going to hear ‘Jesus’ until it runs out your ears,” Father’s House representative Brian Henry advised the man) after he learned he’d have to give up smoking. Ohm doesn’t see how giving a defendant the choice of jail or time in a faithbased rehab could be seen as promoting religion. “They are being pressured to go to rehabilitation as opposed to paying a fine, but not pressured to go to a faith-based” program. The judge is clearly passionate about getting people help turning around their lives, and he says it just so happens that there are more Christian programs than secular programs available. If people aren’t interested in faith-based rehab, he said he’ll offer secular programs, including Quapaw House, which is run by the state, but which he said is small and expensive. The judge stressed that only about 80 Continued on page 12 www.arktimes.com • MAY 18, 2011 11
uth Carney, because of her remarks about the Bible and the law, the fact that she is married to pastor Ken Carney, and because of her campaign support by Hot Springs Women of Prayer, has been held up as an example of the Spa City’s flirtation with so-called Christian government. Hot Springs is run by a city manager. The mayor conducts the meetings of the City Board and has a vote, but no more power than that. She doesn’t even have an office in City Hall, something she’s trying to rectify. Nevertheless, Carney, 62, has been a lightning rod since taking office in January, drawing criticism from the Sentinel 12 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
people in his caseload of thousands go to Christian programs. A man who asked that his name not be revealed contacted the Times to say that he felt he’d been coerced into attending the outpatient Celebrate Recovery program. He tried it for two weeks, returned to court and said he didn’t wish to continue because of the six-month contract it requires. He claims Ohm “got aggravated” and gave him five days in jail and a fine of $400 for public intoxication. The man — who said he was Christian and wasn’t averse to religion — felt he had no choice but to continue with Celebrate Recovery. Ohm said the defendant may have thought he was being penalized, but “that would not be true.” Ohm, who has been using faith-based programs for four years, said, “I’ve had great success in doing this. From my court’s perspective, it’s not about fining people and putting them in jail.” Ohm said there was no data on recidivism from the Christian rehab programs in Hot Springs, but he said he was seeing few repeat offenders in his courtroom. “I will see some of them again, but not many.” He conceded he wouldn’t see those who might end up in circuit court on felony charges. He sees misdemeanors only. Is it possible their experience in his Friday court, with the many shouts of “Amen” and his obvious approval of faith-based programs blur for those in attendance the concept of the separation of church and state? “Anything is possible,” Ohm said, adding that there would be other influences on their lives. “I believe separation of church and state is a valuable and important concept,” the judge said, “but I do not believe organizations should be excluded from helping people just because they have their genesis in church.” Ohm said Friday drug and alcohol courts are his favorite days, and that his presiding over them is a “calling.”
TOURISM CHIEF ARRISON: Carney ridiculed his parade attendance estimates.
Record — which Tea Baggers and the GGGG like to call the Senile Record — and fellow board members alike. In an odd move for a city booster, as one assumes the mayor to be, she criticized the city’s attendance estimate at its St. Patrick’s Day Parade (“The World’s Shortest”) as wildly overblown. She has cast the lone no vote on issues that even those aligned with her, in a gesture of conciliation and concensus, have voted for. Most recently, she made a joke on a Facebook page that she’d hired snipers to get rid of tourists that littered, were drunk and didn’t pay good tips, humor that has backfired. Using a page from Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola’s playbook, she’s asked the Advertising and Promotion Commission to use its 3 percent hotel and restaurant tax to fund the city’s parks department to free up dollars in the general fund, a suggestion it declined. Carney, who won by a plurality, with 48 percent of the vote compared to former Mayor Mike Bush’s 42 percent and recalled director Carroll Weatherford’s 10 percent, acknowledges being a greenhorn. “I’m not a politician,” she said in an interview, “but I know how to be nice to people.” She said she ran for mayor after attending city board meetings starting several years ago and becoming “overwhelmed at how rude [the board] was to each other and the citizens.” She said Hot Springs was being run like Hazzard County, with Mayor Bush (who even supporters describe as abrasive) as “Boss” Hogg. Echoing the GGGG and the Tea Party, she says she’s tired of the “good old boys”
being in charge and is sympathetic to Tea Party charges that the 3 percent A and P tax is “taxation without representation.” The “good old boys,” which would include the tourism industry and city managers, “don’t like me. I’m new and I’m messing up the system,” Carney said. As proof she offered the fact that the Hot Springs Convention Center trashed a welcome letter she wrote for the 2011 Hot Springs Guest Guide, using the A&P commission chief’s instead. Carney had been invited by CEO Steve Arrison after the fall election to write the letter for the introductory page, as Mayor Bush did the year previous, and was told she could crib what was already written or write her own. She wrote her own, citing Hot Springs attractions such as the Duck Tours and the RayLynn Theater, two businesses she says the Advertising and Promotion Commission routinely ignores in its marketing efforts. She omitted any mention of Oaklawn Park, which many would consider to be one of Hot Springs’ defining attractions, and which claims to have a $200 million economic impact on the city. Carney said she didn’t need to mention Oaklawn in her greeting to tourists because it was mentioned elsewhere, many times, in the guide. Carney believes her letter didn’t run because of objections to its content; Bureau CEO Steve Arrison said it didn’t run because she did not get the letter to him before the print deadline. “If it was a matter of not liking her, we wouldn’t have asked her” to write a letter, Arrison said.
Carney’s more famous run-in with the Advertising and Promotion Commission came when the Sentinel Record, obtained and published an e-mail from the mayor to the board calling Arrison’s estimate of 30,000 in attendance at the St. Patrick’s Day parade “baseless” and “absurd” and saying the city should be more careful when putting out crowd estimates. The email prompted an uproar and within days the City Board passed a resolution thanking the A and P Commission for the work it does to promote Hot Springs. Some 160 people turned out for the board meeting on the resolution, which was unanimously approved. In her interview with a reporter, Carney suggested it was equally absurd to infer from her remark that she did not support tourism in Hot Springs, as some did. She then told her sniper joke, adding, “Don’t put that in.” Her repeat of the joke on Facebook brought a damning editorial from the Sentinel Record on May 11. “For some reason,” the editorial said, “the mayor does not understand that what she says and how she presents herself reflects — good or bad — on the city and its residents.” And, for some reason, the mayor decided to stoke the fires with a Facebook post, writing “I, Ruth Carney do solemnly swear to be solem [sic], never to be sarcastic, always BE SERIOUS and to love, honor and cherish TOURISM, all TOURISM INDUSTRY WORKERS, TOURISM RELATED buses, trucks, cars, people, children, conference attendees” and, later, “Did you hear! Ruth Carney LOVES Tourism! She supports it! She loves everybody in the Tourism Industry!......will this make the front page of the Sentinel Record? Probably not...they really don’t care about reporting the ‘truth.’ Fair? Balanced? what does that mean?” If people didn’t know before that Carney, who campaigned on returning civility to government, has a sarcastic streak a mile wide, they do now. Carney has one sure ally on the board in Director Peggy Maruther. But she has alienated Director Elaine Jones, also a GGGG target, for trying to rotate her off the Advertising and Promotion Board, and has gotten flak from other board members for her desire, shared by Maruther, to let the public speak at length at meetings, whether the issue they want to address is on the agenda or not. In February, for example, Carney and Maruther were upset that a minister who wanted the city to audit Oaklawn Park had not been allowed to speak, despite the fact that the board had voted 5-2 to remove the resolution based on his request from its consent agenda as beyond the city’s purview. Carney was incensed (and other direc-
tors, too, were surprised) at another meeting when Directors Jones and Tom Daniels openly criticized Dr. Tom Robertson’s nomination for the Civil Service Commission. The directors charged that Robertson bore “false witness” by bringing claims of ethics violations against them; Robertson, who did not win a position on the commission, has since sued the two for $1 million each for defamation. Carney was furious that Robertson wasn’t allowed to respond after the motion to appoint him was tabled. When the suit was filed, she complained that the city attorney had referred the suit to the Municipal League, saying she thought it was bad policy to provide insurance for what she deemed intentional misconduct on the part of the directors. Since then, Director Cynthia Keheley, who’s been on the board for two and a half years, has introduced a resolution that restates board policy on limiting speakers to three minutes on issues on the agenda, and allowing the mayor to give them an extra minute to wrap up. “I have had a concern that there has been a lack of going by the established rules … and straying off course, not being able to take care of the city’s business and the agenda items,” Keheley said last week. “We need to restore and return to some form of rules and regulations.” Keheley noted that Arkansas Municipal League counsel Mark Hayes had given a “wonderful” explanation of the role of the Board of Directors, the city manager, mayoral power and their ability to limit speech at a work session a week ago. Keheley’s resolution, which was tabled, also said that personal electronic devices should be silenced, and it is telling of how things are going in Hot Springs that at last week’s work session a small but vocal group of citizens “thought we were banning every electronic device that God made, including medical devices,” Keheley said. They protested that her resolution was “against the American way.” Keheley said she merely wants cell phones silenced, which is board policy already. The only new policy her resolution would introduce, she said, is a 15-minute public comment period after board meetings. (Keheley herself has been a target of the GGGG, which in protest of her resolution posted on its website a cartoon showing guns being pointed at her. She protested, and the cartoon was pulled down.)
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Continued from page 8 didn’t support their views.” The difference of opinion was sufficient, however, to catch the eye of the national news media, although the coverage was nothing like that at Central High two years later. Gov. Orval Faubus let the Hoxie integration proceed without taking sides; he called out the National Guard to block integration at Central. The Hoxie experience had been widely forgotten until 2003, when a University of Memphis professor, Dr. David Appleby, made a documentary film about it. The movie was shown on PBS and widely praised. “I think he did an excellent job,” Tompkins said. “But a 59-minute documentary can’t go into detail.” Hoxie deserves more, she said. “Our integration was so much different than the others. Even here in Lawrence County, where I do presentations, I find a lot of people who grew up here who don’t know about it. We want to let the world know we belong in the
Continued from page 8 in payroll, and we believe that a true picture of that spending only emerges when you consider all government salaries, not just the highest ones. The data shows, for example, that 1,381 city employees — more than half — make less than a “living wage,” as figured by Penn State University’s Living Wage Calculator for a family of three ($20.16 an hour for two adults and a child). City Manager Bruce Moore said recently that all full-time
history books too.” John and Kathy Deering of Little Rock have done a sketch for the proposed monument, Washington said. Deering designed the Little Rock Nine monument and other monuments on the Capitol grounds. Washington plans to formally unveil the sketch at a 56th anniversary of Hoxie integration, the ceremony to be held July 23 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. No matter how deserving the Hoxie 21, another monument on the Capitol grounds will not go unopposed. Some people think the grounds are already crowded with monuments, and another one – to firefighters – has been approved, though not yet erected, apparently because of insufficient funds. A few years ago, a group wanted to put an anti-abortion monument at the Capitol. That effort failed. The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission was created by the legislature some years back in order to get tighter regulation of structures on the Capitol grounds, and to relieve the secretary of state of the responsibility for deciding such matters unilaterally. city employees make at least $8.30, which is considered a living wage for one person. A total of 238 city employees, however, make less per hour (many of them part-time and temporary workers), and would require higher pay to compensate for working fewer hours and, more than likely, not receiving health benefits. Below are a few more entry points into the data. We’ll certainly use this and future databases in our reporting, but we think of them mostly as tools for people hungry for transparency in government. Let us know what you find. Write to data@arktimes. com.
2,694 total employees 702 earn an annual salary 1,992 earn an hourly wage $185,086.15 maximum salary $59,267.49 median salary $12,000 minimum salary $51.77 maximum hourly wage $17.18 median hourly wage $7.25 minimum hourly wage
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2,118 total employees 581 earn an annual salary 1,537 earn an hourly wage $168,920 maximum salary $54,245 median salary $12,000 minimum salary $36.36 maximum hourly wage $15.86 median hourly wage $7.25 minimum hourly wage As of 3/28/11
221 total employees 53 earn an annual salary 168 earn an hourly wage $185,086.16 maximum salary $71,822.40 median salary $46,155.20 minimum salary $51.77 maximum hourly wage $21.29 median hourly wage $14.34 minimum hourly wage As of 4/4/11
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204 total employees 39 earn an annual salary 165 earn an hourly wage $110,393.92 maximum salary $51,818 median salary $31,783.96 minimum salary $30 maximum hourly wage $10 median hourly wage $7.25 minimum hourly wage As of 3/29/11
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151 total employees 29 earn an annual salary 122 earn an hourly wage $180,793.60 maximum salary $72,413.12 median salary $42,365.18 minimum salary $26.14 maximum hourly wage $12.83 median hourly wage $9.30 minimum hourly wage As of 3/1/11
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Editorial n Flocks of birds have endangered planes at some airports. At Little Rock National, the threat is from clouds of currency, flung like paper airplanes by Airport Director Ron Mathieu. Can the FAA control him? Little Rock city government certainly hasn’t. Mathieu was caught last year — by the press, not his supposed superiors — forking over $40,000 of public money for a football field carpet at a private church school his son attended. When this oddity was exposed in print, Mathieu first lied to the Airport Commission, trying to cover up the expenditure as advertising, then hid behind a subordinate, Tiajuana Williams, who stepped forward and said the transaction was her responsibility and part of an Internet marketing campaign. The buck moves downward at LRNA. (Williams, who is in media relations, had first said the report of the expenditure was erroneous.) The Arkansas Times has now learned that Williams received a 3 percent pay raise this year, bringing her up to $99,060. While other organizations, public and private, are laying off p.r. employees in a troubled economy, flackery has never been better at the Little Rock Airport. Williams also got a $3,000 bonus in 2010. She is not the only Airport employee to get a raise or bonus or both at a time when other public employees are doing without. Deputy Executive Director Bryan Malinowski got a $5,000 bonus last year and a 3 percent pay raise this year. He now makes over $156,000. State employees, some at poverty level, are getting no raises this year. All told, 139 Little Rock Airport employees are receiving raises, and many of them already make $100,000 or more. The payroll at LRNA looks like the one at UAMS. As the Times reported earlier, Malinowski and Mathieu combined to amass more than a quarter of a million dollars in expense-account charges over a 12-month period. First-class air travel, meals in Paris, limos — these fellows wouldn’t let Little Rock look cheap, whether Little Rock wanted to or not. Mathieu himself didn’t get a pay raise this year, the media having forced a smidgen of restraint on the Airport Commission, and is struggling to get by on only $180,000, the second highest salary of any city employee. There seems to be a lesson here — lying still pays pretty well — but it’s not one we want the youngsters to learn.
Not what we intended n Last week, we addressed the terrible voting pattern of the three Republicans in Arkansas’s delegation to the U.S House of Representatives. This week, the putative Democrat is voting with them.
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Comings and goings n Newsmakers came and went in headlines last week. • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, under apparent pressure from Fox News to stop using his weekly talk show as a platform for a presidential run, announced that he would not be running. Huckabee didn’t help himself with a generally friendly national press — or with many of his devoted followers — by hyping the TV show stunt to retire from the fray. It was a rational decision. He has $3 million or more in debt from a splurge of acquisitions as a newly rich media star. He had a good shot, but not a sure thing, at winning the Republican nomination. His odds on winning the presidency were longer, if not impossible. Meanwhile, no income. Huckabee simply had neither the passion to run nor the checkbook. He didn’t go out graciously. He immodestly touted his superiority; he set up a straw man or two (his family would have been savaged, he said; Huck’s knows something about savaging others); he apparently didn’t get the call from God. The question now for Huckster watchers is whether a former candidate continues to enjoy an upward trajectory in media attention and riches? Or has he topped out? Time and the size of his future mansions will tell. Finally: The Republican field is pitifully weak, so weak that Huckabee WAS a standout. I still wouldn’t rule out a draft of Huckabee. The religious conservatives who adore him have the ability to generate noise and an instant base. And they do believe in miracles. • The Little Rock School Board exhibited rare unanimity in voting 7-0 to offer interim School Superintendent Morris Holmes the full-time job through 2012-13. This was no unity moment. It signaled an irresolvable split on other candidates. Holmes, a veteran of the district, is well-liked. He can balance the budget, something he even accomplished in the difficult New Orleans School District. But: Is a 71-yearold administrator coming out of retirement the obvi-
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ous candidate to change the status quo? Is a long-time Little Rock educator the person to ruthlessly pare administrative deadwood and underperforming principals? Is a product of this system likely to aggressively implement a new strategic plan and perhaps upend a teacher pay scale whose low beginning pay is a disincentive to bright, young graduates? Has he demonstrated an ability to deliver startling departures from the expected outcomes in overwhelmingly poor and minority urban school districts? Nice as it was to see the School Board in agreement for once, don’t take his selection as a full-throated YES to all these questions. • Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn of Fayetteville will resign next month. She’s not a household name, but she merits public attention because of her long effort to make herself a TV star as the hammy magistrate of a televised drug court. It was highly popular in the Fayetteville area on local cable until the nonprofit producing it pulled the plug because of a judicial ethics committee’s scorching criticism of the project. Gunn has nonetheless continued to pursue the idea. A West Coast production company promises a TV show for fall release. Where will she get the “stars” of her show if she’s no longer a judge and other judges aren’t comfortable referring defendants to TV exploitation? There’s evidence she’s been working with the Department of Community Corrections on a plan to “treat” drug offenders with her made-for-TV court, perhaps using public facilities. If this is Gov. Beebe’s idea of prison reform — outsourcing drug defendants to commercial reality TV — it’s a bad idea. If it’s not HIS idea, he should put a stop to it before it starts.
The Wasilla of Saline County n Many new arrivals to central Arkansas likely assume that the Saline County community of Bryant has long been a bastion of Republicanism. That’s not the case, for just a generation ago that town — like the county around it — was a consistent source of Democratic votes. While the transformation of Bryant’s politics is more stark than that of other communities in Central Arkansas (Conway, Cabot, and Benton, among others), it exemplifies why Republicans are now strongly advantaged in the Second Congressional District and on the cusp of consistent success in statewide elections. It is communities like Bryant that are grooming the next generation of state government leaders, for good or ill. With locals doing more than a little flirting with socialism during the Depression area, it’s not surprising that one of the few success stories for organized labor in Arkansas came in the aluminum processing plants that boomed during and after World War II in the county. While Alcoa drew heavily from Bauxite and Benton, those working to mine bauxite and process aluminum for Reynolds came disproportionately from Bryant, which officially reincorporated as a town in 1946. Thus, Bryant’s small population was dominated by citizens who
Jay Barth had seen the power of labor organizing to push families from economic dire straits to the middle class in a single generation. While labor unions promoted their economic progressivism, Bryant residents also showed a comfort with social change unique for the region. It made investments in public works programs and parks still fairly rare in rural Arkansas communities. Most tellingly, the city’s schools desegregated relatively early and with little fanfare. Understanding this unique political context makes it unsurprising that one of the first serious threats within the state Democratic party to the Faubus machine came from the community. Running two years before Dale Bumpers, Ted Boswell (who remains an active trial lawyer) came within a handful of votes of making the Democratic runoff that likely would have put him on the path followed by Bumpers in 1970. In the elections of that era, Bryant joined Saline County as a source of consistently large Democratic margins
Don’t do it, the Lord tells Huckabee n The only news from Mike Huckabee’s predictably vintage political stunt Saturday night is that, for reasons undisclosed, the Good Lord did not want the Huckster to seek the presidency. To that we perhaps ought to say: Thank you, God. You might have missed it, if you are possessed of a life. The Huckster has this dead-time Saturday night cable show on Republican TV, aka Fox, on which he interviews uninteresting people, spouts superficially simplistic conservative platitudes and plays bass guitar, usually with a cover band of Fox employees only mildly more talented musically than he. As we have established in this space, and as confirmed time and again by Huckabee’s behavior, he is a media man mainly, a pop culture slave, and not a serious political or preaching man. As such, he put out the word that he was going to
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announce on this show whether he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. But then everyone pretty much assumed he would be declining such an endeavor, since it probably would be against the law or at least a problem for Fox if it allowed a guy to announce his presidential candidacy that way. So, in search of ratings, Huckabee distributed a mass decoy e-mail — also known among lay persons as a fib — indicating that his life was going to change dramatically upon his imminent announcement. Then, to keep people tuned to the entire show, Huckabee saved his politi-
in most elections; it made sense that the final rally before the Democratic primary was held for decades on the grounds of the county courthouse. But, dramatic demographic change came to Bryant in the 1970s (the town’s population more than doubled in that one decade) and that change was fueled by race. As busing orders were handed down as a remedy to the past legal segregation in public schools in the county to the north, whites began to flee the Little Rock School District in response and the Bryant School District was one of the closest stops on a major interstate. Movement to Saline County intensified after the federal court decisions in the 1980s that created more instability in the Little Rock and Pulaski County districts. Population growth has steadily continued with the town now over 12,500; realtors sell it with a series of phrases (“it’s a good place to raise a family”; “it has good schools”; “it’s a safe community”) that emphasize that it is not Little Rock and that it is racially homogenous. This demographic change brought emphatic political change to the community. The demise of the bauxite industry left only retirees in the community as practitioners of the progressive politics of the past. By 1994, the Bryant precincts in the governor’s race gave Republican Sheffield Nelson right at 60 percent of the vote despite the fact that Democrat Governor Jim Guy Tucker won just under 60 percent statewide. The Republican tide intensified to the point that Blanche Lincoln polled well under
30 percent in the city in 2010. Mayoral candidate Jill Dabbs and her friend, Heather Kizer (running for city clerk), fought all the way to circuit court in an attempt to use “Republican” on the ballot for the nonpartisan offices (their husbands were on the same ballot, running for the partisan office of justice of the peace). Like Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska, Dabbs ran as a reformer specifically appealing to the town’s new residents like herself. Moreover, the chaotic and combative way that Dabbs has governed in these early months (fighting for her own higher pay and outlays for the swimming team she founded) reads much like Palin’s early days as mayor in another almost all-white, fast-growing suburb of a similar size thousands of miles away. Making partisan these formally nonpartisan offices in growing communities like Bryant become a potential treasure trove for a Republican party that has had enormous difficulty in building a field team to run for higher offices in Arkansas. However, we should be wary of the politics that such communities produce. It is a politics grounded in separation from diversity, where combativeness trumps cooperation, and where reform is more faux than real.
cal announcement to the end. Along the way he played bass for a performance of “Catch Scratch Fever” with Ted Nugent, gun-worshipping conservative rocker. It’s a poignant song, ideal as a presidential candidate’s theme, going like this: “I got it from some kitty next door. I went to see the doctor and he gave me the cure. I think I got it some more.” The cat, the fever, the scratch — these perhaps are powerful metaphors, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Anyway, Huckabee announced at last that he would not run for president, of course. Then he unveiled a tribute from his partner in the prevailing show-biz trivializing of contemporary American politics — the other half of the Huckatrump monster, Donald Trump — who, as it turned out, had recorded two tributes, one in case Huckabee actually was running. The statement was classic Huckabee. Our Boy Mike displayed the chip on his shoulder, complaining that he never got any respect though he was ahead in the polls. He deployed the usual self-obsessed hyperbole, even supposed martyrdom, saying that his family, more than any other major political family, presumably,
would be subjected to “brutal” and “savage” attacks, though it would be hard to savage someone and not be brutal about it, and vice versa. Basically Huckabee said he had every good reason to run and very likely would become our president if he ran, but that, in the end, he made a spiritual decision, not a political or economic or practical one. When he got away from adoring crowds and meditated alone, he said, he could not become confident of the Lord’s blessing. This represents the rhetorical advantage of a man trained professionally to talk as if religious. He can assert a more direct and clear communication with the Almighty than some of us dare presume to achieve. He can, if he chooses, cloak earthly motivations in divine inspiration. Huckabee can say the decision was spiritually directed by the Lord, and not political or economic, when, in fact, the Lord, for all we know, could well have said to him, altogether spiritually, that, if he had any sense, he’d take the money and spare the country.
Jay Barth is the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations Director of Civic Engagement Projects at Hendrix College.
John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. www.arktimes.com • MAY 18, 2011 19
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STAGE TALK: TheatreSquared artistic director Robert Ford talks with actors at the 2010 fest.
Fayetteville’s TheatreSquared and The Rep partner to present The Arkansas New Play Fest in North Little Rock. BY LINDSEY MILLAR
he Arkansas New Play Fest’s debut in Central Arkansas this weekend is all about new partnerships. For the first time, TheatreSquared, the Fayetteville-based theater company behind the festival, is partnering with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The Rep, in turn, currently in preproduction on “The 39 Steps,” is allying for the first time with the Argenta Community Theater, who’ll host the New Play Fest on Saturday and Sunday in North Little Rock. The partnership grew out of The Rep artistic director Bob Hupp’s desire to showcase new work, something he rarely has the opportunity to do in his main stage season, he said. “I’ve always wanted The Rep to pay more attention to new plays, particularly plays that had something to do with Arkansas, either by Arkansans or thematically about Arkansas, and I also, simultaneously, was getting to know the folks up at TheatreSquared. Rather than reinvent the wheel here in Central Arkansas, I invited them to bring their new play festival down here to be produced by us.” Now in its third year, the New Play Fest offers an arrangement that’s fairly common in the theater world, but unique to Arkansas: a showcase of new, work-
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in-progress plays by professional playwrights, staged in conjunction with professional actors and directors. It’s an experience akin to being in a focus group or watching a TV pilot, “designed to attract people who’re interested in literature and the theater of new ideas,” according to Hupp. TheatreSquared’s managing director, Martin Miller, said that while the festival set-up may inspire some trepidation among traditional theatergoers, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the productions. “When you come to one of these staged readings, the first thing you see is a bare stage with chairs and some music stands, which may initially make you think, ‘Oh, what have I signed up for?’ When the actors come into the theater, they come script in hand. But they interpret it with full intentions, and these are professional actors from here and from Chicago and New York. They have been working on the script for a week with the playwright and the director. “Many patrons say afterwards, ‘I very quickly forgot that there wasn’t a set and there weren’t costumes.’ It’s very raw storytelling that strips the theatrical process down to that basic element of story and character.” For sitting through a work-in-develop-
ment, the audience members are rewarded at the end with an opportunity to tell the actors, directors and playwrights what they thought. “That [feedback] has a very real impact before a play goes onto real production,” Miller said. Playwright Werner Trieschmann (a frequent Times contributor), whose play “Disfarmer” hits the stage at the Argenta Community Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, can attest to the importance of the festival’s process. He’s bringing “Disfarmer” to the festival for the second time. In 2009, TheatreSquared commissioned a play from him, and from the process emerged a 60-minute historical drama (“with funny moments,” Trieschmann said), which shifts between a portrait of the titular eccentric Heber Springs photographer taking pictures of townsfolk and the speculative madness that erupted decades later in the town when New York dealers “discovered” the photos. When TheatreSquared asked him this year if he had anything new to present, Trieschmann asked if he could bring “Disfarmer” back to add 30 more minutes of scenes, the length it needs to be if it has any hope of being picked up by professional theater companies, he said. Among the other featured plays, “They Want” (4 p.m. Saturday), Minne-
apolis playwright Alan Berk’s modern retelling of Aeschylus’ trilogy “The Ortesia,” centers on “a debt of vengeance forged by fateful choices made by the head of the household, the nation’s powerful Minister of War;” New York playwright John Walch’s “In the Book Of” (3 p.m. Sunday) re-imagines of The Book of Ruth in modern day Afghanistan and Mississippi; and “Look Away” (7 p.m. Sunday), TheatreSquared artistic director and Porter Prize winner Robert Ford’s drama, set in rural Arkansas in the ’30s. The play focuses on two African-American teen-agers who seek refuge from a lynch mob in the plantation home of an eccentric family. All performances at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St. in North Little Rock, will be followed by talk-back sessions with the playwright, director and actors. Tickets to each cost $7, or $20 for all four. The Fayetteville edition of the New Play Fest begins on Thursday and Friday at the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, with the same actors, directors and plays, except for Robert Ford’s “The Spiritualist,” which will play only in Fayetteville. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival includes various improv and youthoriented programming. Go to theatre2.org for a complete schedule.
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FOO FIGHTERS/ MOTORHEAD
7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $23-$48
n Twenty years ago, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” debuted and modern rock radio has been heard through a distortion pedal ever since. Sixteen years ago, in the months following Kurt Cobain’s “fade away,” Nirvana’s drummer released a block of home-recorded punk-poppery under the dashed-off name Foo Fighters. And now, in 2011, Dave Grohl may just be modern rock’s elder sage, a Gen-X McCartney for Nirvana’s answer to Wings. Now days, every radio rocker rocks like Foo Fighters. But no one does it nearly as well. Sure, the Foo’s run of singles is the pudding with the proof, but I suspect that what keeps us all coming back (and what keeps the band relevant long after a reasonable expiration date) is that Grohl & Co. either still love the joy of rock music or do one helluva job faking it. We bet it’s the former; these guys keep their ears in the arena and everything between firmly in the rock clubs. Warming up the crowd: Motorhead. Has there ever been a better opener in the history of Verizon/Alltel? Don’t get it wrong: we’re all excited for Foo Fighters, but we’re really going to worship at the altar of St. Lemmy.
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FREE LOVE VIRGINS 8 p.m., Prost. $5.
n Twenty years ago, sometime around the time “Smells Like Teen Spirit” debuted and, locally, the old Towncraft guard was thrashing away at the Belvedere, five Little Rockians (Justin Bank, Chope Chappell, James Donato, John Slater and Kelsey Stout) passed over angst chic for sounds right out of Athens, Ga., and NME Magazine. Admittedly, Free Love Virgins didn’t change the world with their brand of jangle-pop (they had to change their name to FLV to play Riverfest ’92 to appease the morality police), but they had a such a good time doing it that, 16 years after their break-up, the guys are re-banding for a one-nightonly reunion. Expect tracks from their 1991 album, “Garden” (available for free at bit.ly/freelovevirgins), and a good bit of Cameron Crowe-shaped rock nostalgia. One Free Love Virgin opens the night with his new outfit, Justin Bank and the Royal Electric. 22 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
THE DAVES WE KNOW: Foo Fighters brings the “Wasting Light” tour to Alltel Arena this Wednesday. Also along for the ride: heavy metal greats Motorhead.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL
11 a.m., Annunciation Greek Episcopal Church.
n Now in its 27th year, we can call the Greek Food Festival an Arkansas institution, right? Once a year, what’s essentially the best Greek restaurant in the state opens for three days, offering Mediterranean cuisine from gyros to pastitso (a Greek lasagna), sourota (a nutty pastry) to dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and that unbelievable mystery salad dressing, prepared and bottled at the church, that you wouldn’t be wrong to stock up on while it’s available. While we assume most people will be happy with nothing more than mouthfuls of olives and goat meat, the festival also offers dance and music from the Greek-American Folk Dance Society, the Dubkeh Middle Eastern Dancers and more. As always, the three-day-long event donates profits to a number of area charities. And this year, folks on the go can again make togo orders online at the festival website, GreekFoodFest.com.
‘HANDS FOR HAITI’ BENEFIT
7 p.m., Clinton Presidential Center. $25 minimum donation
n It’s too real a fact that it’s been almost a year and a half since 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and the country is
still in a precarious balance, with sickness still abound, the government as unsteady as ever (which is saying a lot) and a bulk of its population still displaced. However, a team from Arkansas consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a translator and a microfinancier (don’t discount the importance of sustainability), is aiming its sights towards the country and, this Friday, a number of area musicians are helping with the cause. The Clinton Center will host members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Amy Garland Band, Paul Morphis, and Bonnie Montgomery Trucking, all performing to help launch the local “Hands for Haiti” team to under-assisted parts of Port-au-Prince. The group asks for a minimum donation of $25, but doors open at 9 p.m. for “paywhat-you-can” admission.
THICK SYRUP RECORDS ANNIVERSARY SHOW 10 p.m., White Water Tavern.
n The label named after a high school dare involving ipecac has seen a lot in its five years. Since releasing a small run of Nathan Browningham’s “Gotta Get It Outta Here” EP (yep, more scatology), the label has been home to more than a few new local classics, launched its own Little Rock-centric iconography in the omnipresent tattoos of label owner Travis McElroy’s bearded head, and, most recently, taken a turn for the international, releasing new music from Jad and David
Fair of the great Half Japanese. Thick Syrup’s most recent release, “ ’78 LTD,” has stirred up interest from as far away as Japan thanks to the compilation’s line-up, which includes members of Pearl Jam, Sebadoh, The Descendents and other ’90s college rock greats. At this point, the label’s trajectory may be pointed outside of state, if not national, boundaries. But this weekend, Thick Syrup birthday parties with friends over two nights. Friday, the label blows candles at White Water Tavern, with performances from early Thick Syrup band San Antokyo, newer supergroup Sweet Eagle, and Bryan Frazier, replete with full band. Frazier will also be releasing “Thick and Thin: A Collection, 2003-2010,” a compilation of singles, demos, outtakes and b-sides from the local pop songwriter. The following night, Thick Syrup drives it down the street to Hot Springs for a second night of partying at Maxine’s. The Reparations, the roots rockers fresh off of releasing their latest album, “Ride or Die,” joins the lumbering rockers of Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth.
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GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS 7:30 p.m., Revolution. $20
n No need to mince words: This group of Vermont roots rockers is getting big with
may not have found arena-rock glory like others in the Garage Rock High class of 2001, but their brand of dusty 45” rock has stayed fuzzy and thick with Detroit by-way-of London ’60s rock. Since debuting, their sound has been embraced by Jack White and his Third Man roster; two-thirds of the band is also in The Raconteurs. Jeff the Brotherhood, on the other hand, is just now finding a strong footing aboveground. The Nashville drums-and-guitar duo may be stuck in the shadow of The Black Keys, but its style of psych-garage adds a fistful of punk swagger to the old blues formula.
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. Donations.
NIGHTOWLS: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals return to Revolution for the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour this Sunday night. a quickness. Right now, they’re toeing the precipice of major mainstream success. Think Kings of Leon as fronted by a Bonnie Raitt/Nancy Wilson/Beyonce hybrid who flirts with glam. Or maybe a younger Black Crowes with more mascara. (Rather, gender-appropriate make-up, that is.) It’s a band that wears its influences with pride, as well, not afraid to launch into a cover from its forebears (“White Rabbit,” “Pain in My Heart”), its contemporaries (My Morning Jacket’s “Golden” is known to get Nocturnal) or from the left field altogether (“Oye Como Va?!”) This show, one of many from the band in the last year, is part of the self-explanatory Bonnaroo Buzz Tour. GP and the Nocturnals are joined by echo-poppers Futurebirds, reedy hipster bluesman Gary Clark and “This American Life”featured comedian Julian McCullough.
p.m., with a one-day only matinee on Thursday at 1 p.m.
THE GREENHORNES/ JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD 9:30 p.m., Stickyz. $10
n If making garage rock was as easy as The Greenhornes and Jeff the Brotherhood make it look, we’d all be sideburns deep in co-eds and ditch weed. The Cincinnati, Ohio, trio of The Greenhornes
n A few months ago, while talking about the band formerly known as Reptar, we said in a town rich with throwback rockers, it’s refreshing to hear a fiercely fashionable, ultra-current band ready for blogs, not bars. And it’s a statement we still stand by. These guys specialize in jittery, Internet-era Americana that’s driving, melodic and deceptively complex. We’ve spent the bulk of the year playing and re-playing their two released songs, “Peleliu” and “Queen of the Brodeo.” It’s a scant number of releases, even for a group of newbies, but what Sea Nanners lacks in output, it makes up for in replay value. Tuesday sees the band debut its first release: the “Queen of the Brodeo” 7”, containing the aforementioned tracks. If you’re the type, like me, who tends to press the “repeat” button, you’ll be well served to buy two.
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‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’
n Juanita’s hosts a big singer/songwriter night with folkman Jonathan Edwards, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Adam Faucett, Arkansas’s folkswamp soul-brother and voice behind one of the best albums of the year, anywhere, “More Like a Temple,” heads to Hot Springs for a free show at Maxine’s, 9 p.m. Revolution hosts a night of indie rock from indie-soul act Portugal the Man, summer pop from Telekinesis and the breakbeat and skronk rock of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Cornerstone Pub hosts its regular hiphop night with the D-Mite and Tho-d Studios Showcase, 8:30 p.m.
n The Rivertop Party returns to the Peabody for another week, featuring music from Party Planet and emcee and DJ action from local rapper Epiphany, 8 p.m., $5. The African Children’s Choir, seen on “American Idol” and “The Tonight Show,” raises money for African charities at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Dreamland Ballroom hosts “Jazz for Peace,” featuring music from Nick Dellaratta and an assortment of local jazz musicians, 7 p.m., $35. Verizon Arena goes gospel for a night when the “Gaither Family Homecoming” lands in town, 7 p.m., $26-$37. Revolution goes red dirt country with the always-popular Casey Donahew Band, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Vino’s offers up melodic, minor key indie from Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finalists This Holy House and acoustic rootsiness from Damn Arkansan, 9 p.m., $8. “Foreign Tongues Friday” returns to Mediums Art Lounge with neo-soul from local Buddafli, hip-hop from Osyrus Bolly and many more, 9 p.m., $10. And, at the Weekend Theater, “Good Boys and True” returns for its final weekend, 7:30 p.m., $14.
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $27-$57
n No doubt about it, this is one of the most successful Broadway productions of all time. In fact, now in its 17th year, it’s the eighth most successful Broadway production ever. This national tour, however, stands apart from the ones in years past: The show’s original creative and production teams that are responsible for the play’s initial successes were brought back into the fold to re-tool and re-invent the touring show. The Disney classic stays in town for three days, returning on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30
SEVEN INCHES AND COUNTING: Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finalists Sea Nanners release the “Queen of the Brodeo” 7” at White Water Tavern.
n Bonnie Montgomery takes to White Water for a benefit to raise funds for those affected by flooding in her native White County, 10 p.m. The Arkansas River Blues Society hosts a jam at the Cornerstone Pub and Grill, led by local blues act Unseen Eye, 8 p.m., $5. Perennial party band Boom Kinetic gets the night started at Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. At the Afterthought, long-time Times favorite Jim Mize is joined by local Chris Michaels for a rare show, 9 p.m., $7. Sway gets down with its weekly “Inferno” party; DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu and Greyhound man the decks, 10 p.m. www.arktimes.com • MAY 18, 2011
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Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4-8 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs.
Alex Reymundo. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; May 20, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; May 21, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Dhani Jones. The NFL linebacker discusses his nonprofit organization, “Bow Tie Cause.” To reserve seats, call 683-5239 or e-mail publicprograms@ clintonschool.uasys.edu. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m.; May 19, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
THURSDAY, MAY 19 MUSIC
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Alex Reymundo. The Loony Bin, through May 19, 8 p.m.; May 20, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; May 21, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Blind Mary, Decay Awaits, Veridium. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 over 21, $10 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Darryl Edwards. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Biffy Clyro. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $23-$47. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. Foundation, Motives, Pose No Threat, No Way Home, Await the Aftermath. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Javelina, Holy Angel, Brother Andy. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lance Daniels. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, through May 25: 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
Lyle Dudley & the Rhythmistics. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. “Music in the Garden” with Mockingbird Hillbilly Band. Dunbar Community Garden, 5:30 p.m., $5. 1800 S. Chester. Not Tonight Josephine. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-nhowl.com. Portugal the Man, Telekinesis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Velcro Pygmies. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. westendsmokehouse.net.
Mark Doty. Main Library, 6:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. www.cals.lib.ar.us.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 20 MUSIC
‘SING US A SONG’: Pianist Jim Witter joins the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra this weekend for “The Piano Men,” a pop revue of the greatest hits by Billy Joel and Elton John, from “Crocodile Rock” to “Rocket Man.” Saturday’s performance starts at 8 p.m. at the Robinson Center Music Hall, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. $20-$65.
hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Adam Faucett. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Auricle, Crooked Roots, They Were All Goliaths, I Am As We Speak. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Broken End Stero. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $8. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.
D-Mite and Tho-d Studios Showcase. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. “V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJs SilkySlim and Derrty Deja Blu. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jonathan Edwards. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. www.zacks-place.com.
African Children’s Choir. Lakewood United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. 1922 Topf Road, NLR. The Alleluya Ringers. First United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. 723 Center St. Ashley McBryde. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. markhamst.com. Casey Donahew Band. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. Damn Arkansan, This Holy House. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $8. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. “Foreign Tongues Friday.” With Buddafli, Osyrus Bolly, Coffy, A.P.O.L.L.O., T.J., Ron Mc, Scorpio. Mediums Art Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Free Love Virgins, Justin Band & the Royal Electric, Mutual Admiration Society. Prost, 8 p.m. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. “A Gaither Family Homecoming.” Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $26.50-$36.50. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena.com. “Jazz for Peace.” Featuring Nick DellaRatta and local jazz musicians. Dreamland Ballroom, 7 p.m., $35. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700. Gas Station Disco. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Jeff Bates, Luke Williams, Ryan Couron, Victoria Taylor. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, May 20-21, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Joe Pitts Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. John Sutton Band (headliner), Some Guy Named Robb (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Oona Love, Super Water Sympathy. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. Rivertop Party with Party Planet. The Peabody Little Rock, 8 p.m., $5. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-9064000. www.peabodylittlerock.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. MAY 27-29: Riverfest 2011. Downtown Little Rock. riverfestarkansas.com. JUNE 6: The Swingin’ Utters. 10 p.m. White Water Tavern, 3500 W. 7th St. 375-8400, whitewatertavern.com. JUNE 7: The Sword. 9 p.m., $14 adv., $16 d.o.s. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. JUNE 22: Lucero. 8 p.m., $15 adv., $17 d.o.s Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. JULY 20: CJ Ramone. 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Downtown Music Hall, 211 W. Capitol. 376-1819. OCT. 4: Taylor Swift. 7 p.m., $27-$71. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com. Smokey Lane Trio. Oaklawn, May 20-21, 8 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www. oaklawn.com. Steele Junior. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Thick Syrup Records Anniversary Show. With Sweet Eagle, Bryan Frazier, San Antokyo. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Unseen Eye. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com.
Alex Reymundo. The Loony Bin, May 20, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; May 21, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy. com.
Arkansas Mission of Mercy. Delta Dental and the Arkansas State Dental Association offer dental cleanings, fillings and extractions for children and adults of all ages. The clinic opens at 6 a.m. and patients will be served on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 501-2732 or visit arkansasdentistry. org. Statehouse Convention Center, free. 7 Statehouse Plaza. “Cruisin’ in the Rock.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles and cruisers compete for awards. For more information, call 370-3201 or visit CruisinLittleRock.com. River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Greek Food Festival. The largest ethnic festival in the state returns with food, drinks and live entertainment. For more information, visit greekfoodfest.com. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, May 20-21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; May 22, noon-6 p.m. 1100 Napa Valley Drive. 501-221-5300. “Hands for Haiti.” Live music from Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Amy Garland Band, Paul Morphis and Bonnie Montgomery Trucking. Proceeds to benefit a local aid team deploying to Port-au-Prince. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $25 minimum donation. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Kaleidoscope Grief Center’s Camp Healing Hearts. For children 5-18 and their families who have lost loved ones. For more information, call 661-0720 (ext. 7170) or visit methodistfamily.org. Camp Aldersgate, May 20-21, 5 p.m., free. 2000 Aldersgate Road. 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. 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St.
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After Eden (headliner), Lyle Dudley (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. Arkansas River Blues Society Jam with Unseen Eye. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “The Piano Men.” Pianist Jim Witter performs Billy Joel and Elton John’s hits along with the ASO. For tickets and more information, call 666-1761 or visit arkansassymphony. org. Robinson Center Music Hall, May 21, 8 p.m.; May 22, 3 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. Ashley McBryde. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. Boom Kinetic. Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, The Reparations. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. “Inferno” with DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu, Greyhound. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jim Mize and Chris Michael. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Runner Runner, Sunderland. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $6. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Scott Myers. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Shannon Boshears Band. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. www.markhamst.com. Smokey Lane Trio. Oaklawn, 8 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com. Subdue. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG.
Alex Reymundo. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Greek Food Festival. See May 20. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Kaleidoscope Grief Center’s Camp Healing Hearts. See May 20.
Private CorPorate LunCheons Well Done!
Dino Dash. The 12th annual 5K run/walk and 1K family fun run returns. Museum of Discovery, 8 a.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050. www.amod.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 22 MUSIC
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “The Piano Men.” See May 21. Carlos Mencia. The Loony Bin, 7 p.m., $25. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Fire & Brimstone. Hilton Garden Inn, 11 a.m. 4100 Glover Lane, NLR. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Gary Clark Jr., The Futurebirds. Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls.com. “Margarita Sunday.” With Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Dell Smith, Cliff Aaron and Joel Crutcher. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. “S.I.N. on Sunday” with Underclaire, Year of the Tiger, Falcon Scott. Ernie Biggs, 10 p.m. 307
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Hot Springs film festival plagued by debt All but one staffer furloughed. BY LINDSEY MILLAR
n Dan Anderson, interim executive director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, said last Thursday he expected the Internet to be shut off at the institute’s headquarters in the Malco Theater in downtown Hot Springs due to non-payment. The nonprofit institute is currently around $30,000 in debt, according to Anderson, and paying even basic expenses has become trying. Interim HSDFI board chairman Dennis Simpson intervened on Friday to ensure that the Internet remained on and said the board was working on a plan to get back on firm footing. A little less than a month ago, the HSDFI board of director’s voted to furlough the institute’s full-time executive director and three more part time employees — an assistant festival director, an accounting director and a graphic designer — until the institute could afford to pay them again. Sissi Bennett, the board chair, and Doug Gulley, the vice chair, resigned in protest, according to Anderson. The Times reached Bennett’s husband, who said she’d been in a car accident and was unavailable to talk. Gulley said he couldn’t talk until he returned from vacation later this week. Simpson said the institute racked up debt because of too many small programs that weren’t sustaining themselves and because of the staffing required to maintain those programs. In November, Simpson
said the board asked former Executive Director Malinda Herr-Chambliss to cease all non-essential programs. Nonetheless, he said the board was notified of 14 new programs in March. Herr-Chambliss said many, if not all, of the programs were required by grants or sponsorships. She blamed the institute’s current problems, in part, on the failure to raise projected funds at its annual Arkansas Cultural Enrichment fundraising event last spring and the three-and-a-half month furlough period for all staff save the financial director that followed. Herr-Chambliss also said the board had become disengaged, noting that “the aggressive deterioration” of the board became evident in January. Asked if she would come back after the furloughs, Herr-Chambliss said, “I can’t answer that question at this time.” Interim Director Anderson, who previously served as program director, said that he was retained to ensure that planning for the festival in October continues. He works part-time and makes $12 an hour, which qualifies him for food stamps. He blamed the debt, in part, on overdue hotel bills related to filmmaker hospitality during last year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and staff costs. More filmmakers came to the festival than organizers expected, he said. “We weren’t exactly giving them the
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Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Stardust Big Band. Arlington Hotel, May 22, 3 p.m.; June 12, 3 p.m., $8. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
Just Communities of Arkansas Annual Gathering of Friends. The Father Joseph H. Biltz Award will be presented to Joyce Hardy, Freeman McKindra Sr. and Grif Stockley for their many years of work to create positive social change. For reservations, e-mail email@example.com. Main Library, 5:30 p.m., $50. 100 S. Rock St. www.cals.lib.ar.us.
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Greek Food Festival. See May 20.
MONDAY, MAY 23 MUSIC
Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m.
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Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind Golf Classic. For more information, visit albgolf.eventbrite.com. Country Club of Arkansas, 11 a.m., $135. 3 Country Club Circle, Maumelle.
TUESDAY, MAY 24 MUSIC
Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through : 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central
family farm. Just basic necessities that filmmakers expect from a renowned film festival. But we overspent.” Simpson said that in his time with the institute he’d seen three significant financial downturns. This is familiar territory for non-profits, he said. “We have a $1.1 million, 65,000-squarefoot building that’s mostly paid for. The problem is liquidity. Keeping cash in the door,” Simpson said. Still, as dire as the immediate financial outlook is, Anderson said he’s confident that the documentary festival will indeed celebrate its 20th anniversary in the fall. The board is in the process of talking to people about getting an equity loan, SimpAve., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. The Greenhornes, Jeff the Brotherhood. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Sea Nanners, Whale Fire, Troubadour. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. www.revroom.com.
son said. And according to Anderson, the institute recently received verbal confirmation of a large government grant. Simpson said the board had been forced to furlough much of its staff in the past, but the media didn’t report it. He said he is committed to being transparent. “We’re in a new mode, with a new face, and our goal is to be transparent and open.” The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, held annually in the fall, is considered one of the premier documentary festivals in the country. According to the institute, it’s also one of the longest running in the world, second only to a festival in Amsterdam. Since its inception, some 400,000 have attended.
Charity Bingo Tuesday. ACAC, 6:30 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. acacarkansas.wordpress.com. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 MUSIC
Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Ben & Doug. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “The Spence Brothers in 1861.” Mark Christ discusses the experience of two Arkadelphia brothers who enlisted in the
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To Anger n The Dalai Lama appeared in Fayetteville last Wednesday afternoon before a crowd of 10,000 people. Around the same time, I was in Little Rock, flinging my cell phone across the room. This is a story about our wishes and what happens to them when we come into contact with the world. Every story that’s ever been told is about that. Expectations thwarted. Obstacles arising. Dreams shattered. Things happen. Simple things. The cat crawls on you all night and you can’t sleep. The baby’s teething. Your dog throws up in the hall. At breakfast, you jam your finger. Burn your hand. Hit your head on the cabinet. You back into the neighbor’s car pulling out of the driveway. It’s just a crack in the plastic of the bumper, but you’ll get the call later in the day that it costs $1,100 to replace. You get to work and your hands are full and your key won’t open in the door. The umbrella is half-folded at your side, funneling the rain down your pants leg. At your desk, you get blamed for someone else’s mistake. You forgot your lunch. There’s been an overdraft on your account. You get home and someone threw trash in your yard. You go to pick it up and step in dog shit. As you’re looking at your shoe and hopping up onto the steps onefooted so as not to make things worse, you step in shit with your other shoe. Totally different pile. Maybe a totally different dog. ... Yeah, definitely. Bigger dog. If I had listened to the Lama last week, maybe I could’ve spared myself such a ridiculous outburst. At the very least, I wouldn’t have to buy a new phone. But while I believe in peace and equanimity — I would love to be the composed monk at the top of the pendulum simply observing the emotions and struggles of others rather than the beleaguered dullard at the bottom of the pendulum being flung around by the slings and arrows of life — I would like to make a brief benediction to anger, or at least to what it reveals. Maturity is learning to accept the world on its own terms, and tranquility and self-possession are admirable, but there’s something to be said for engagement. After all, most of us would take an afternoon with an engaged 4-year-old over a levelheaded 40-year-old any day. Because of their curiosity. Because of their appetites. Children are fascinating because they’re fascinated, and we love them because they live intensely and that intensity is nothing if not proof of their love of life. In other words, no one ever threw a tantrum who didn’t care, and having expectations and hopes is a sign that life is worth living. After all, what is anger if not some tongue-tied attempt at justice? What is depression if not a desire to desire something? Anything at all? My phone should always work. My
Graham Gordy As you’re looking at your shoe and hopping up onto the steps one-footed so as not to make things worse, you step in shit with your other shoe. Totally different pile. Maybe a totally different dog. ... Yeah, definitely. Bigger dog. 3-year-old should never hurl gallons of water out of the bathtub while I’m retrieving her pajamas. My car windows should roll up and down with ease through the life of the car. I should always get the meal I order and traffic accidents should never make me late. Oh, and I should never struggle for security, I should always be loved unconditionally, and the people I care about most should never die before their time. One of the great contradictions of existence is that, despite our general continuity and contentment, there are unannounced catastrophes strong enough to blow some of us off course and destroy others of us, seemingly whimsically. Expecting to avoid these calamities, or living as if they don’t exist, is as ridiculous as me yelling at the crack in the sidewalk that tripped me up. You laugh at me when I do this, and rightfully so, because I’m refusing to accept what the world is really like. Take another day. You wake up. You get your chores done, errands run. The grass is cut. The days are long. You make a big, slow brunch for friends. You drink strong coffee. You pick tomatoes off a vine you planted. You stretch on the porch. Read the paper. The sun warms you. You hear the rattle of the icy Bloody Mary being brought to you from the hands of the person you love. The guests are gone by 2 and you slip into clean sheets and get a twohour nap. That we get frustrated when life challenges us is a testament to the fact that life is generally pretty good. If we grow furious at a flat tire, it’s because we assume we live in a world where tires don’t go flat. Or at least not our tires. We believe that some such world exists. Another world. A higher world. In other words, anger is proof that we have ideals. That reliability and routine are the norm. That morality and justice, if not natural to the world, are natural to our characters and our desires.
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FRONTLINE: WIKILEAKS 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 AETN n It is the human condition, we suppose, that all of us who live long enough will feel like we just stepped out of our time machine here in a future where everything seems faster, brighter and more complicated than it should be. This writer sure feels that way from time to time, and we’ve had the Internet most of our life. We can only imagine what you strange visitors from the time of three-station TV and AM radio must feel like. One of the great leaps that we ARE happy about is the newfound accessibility of information. With just a few clicks of the keyboard, we can find things that it would have taken a dedicated reporter a day of phone tag to track down 30 years ago. With all that information, however, comes a number of ethical questions. How much information is TOO MUCH? The point on that argument right now has a lot to do with Wikileaks, the purloined, leaked and clandestine-circulated information clearinghouse run by Julian Assange. Founded in 2006 and drawing its information from both corporate and governmental whistleblowers all over the world, Wikileaks stands to change the way the world gets its information. Some say Assange and Wikileaks engage in straight up espionage, putting intelligence assets and soldiers at risk, and should be prosecuted. Others say they’re the vanguard of free speech, toppling the old information gatekeepers who have kept the public ignorant and misinformed for decades. Here, the always-informative PBS series “Frontline” explores how Assange and Wikileaks have changed the information landscape for good and for ill, and where we go from here. NETFLIX PIX: ARKANSAS MADE! n There’s a squat-ton of made-in-Arkansas movies on Netflix Instant, available to watch at the touch of a button. Some of them are actually pretty good. Check it out: GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) — Yeah, we know this one doesn’t quite count, given that the only shot of Arkansas in the film is a bit of stock footage of the Old Mill in North Little Rock, but lots of Arkies claim their piece of 28 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
BLOODY MAMA (1970) — Roger Corman’s crimesplotation flick about Ma Barker (Shelley Winters) and her gang of miscreant sons, who shoot their way through the Depression. Look for a very green Robert De Niro as her glue-sniffing young’un. Shot near Little Rock and Mountain Home. BOX CAR BERTHA (1972) — Corman returned to Arkansas to produce another crime yarn, this time with a young whippersnapper of a director named Martin Scorsese at the helm. With Barbara Hershey in the title role of a Depression-era, train-robbing gun moll. Filmed in and around Camden. A SOLDIER’S STORY (1984) — After a black soldier is murdered in a small Louisiana town, a black military attorney is brought in to investigate. Starring a young Denzel Washington, and filmed at Fort Chaffee and Clarendon. END OF THE LINE (1987) — After they learn their railroad is about to be shut down, two engineers steal a locomotive and drive it cross-country to see the president of the company. Starring Levon Helm, Kevin Bacon and Wilford Brimley. Shot in Scott, Benton, Lonoke and North Little Rock. BILOXI BLUES (1988) — After joining the Army, a naive New York kid (Matthew Broderick) gets shipped off to Mississippi for basic training, and butts heads with his possibly-insane drill sergeant (Christopher Walken). Directed by Mike Nichols, from a screenplay by Neil Simon. Shot at Fort Chaffee and Van Buren. ONE FALSE MOVE (1992) — After an L.A. drug deal goes bad, a trio of criminals flee back home to Arkansas, where violence soon follows them. Written by Billy Bob Thornton, and filmed near Brinkley SLING BLADE (1996) — The tale of a former mental patient who committed a terrible crime, and what he does to protect the boy who is his only friend. Billy Bob Thornton won an Oscar for his screenplay and was nominated for best actor. The film was shot mostly in Benton. ELIZABETHTOWN (2005) — After losing millions of dollars for his company, a designer goes home to bury his father and meets an unconventional woman. Directed by Cameron Crowe, with some scenes filmed in Eureka Springs. — David Koon
Continued from page 26 Confederate service, based on their letters from the period. Old State House Museum, noon. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.oldstatehouse.com. Cory Branan. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Intimate Stranger. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lance Daniels. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, through : 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Monkhouse. Benefit for Miss Beverly’s House (MissBeverlysHouse.com). White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. The Verve Pipe. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Wanda Jackson, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs. Revolution, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio Missions. Dickey-Stephens Park, May 25-26, 7:10 p.m.; May 27, 6 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555. www.travs.com.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER “Alice in Wonderland.” Arkansas Festival Ballet presents the storybook ballet classic. For more information, call 227-5320 or visit arkansasdance. com. Arkansas Arts Center, May 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 22, 2 p.m., $20 general, $15 children and students. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts. com. “Always Patsy Cline.” A revue of the legendary country singer’s greatest hits as told through her correspondence with fan Louise Seger. For tickets or more information, call 562-3131 or visit murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through June 8: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. Arkansas New Play Fest 2011. Theater Squared brings the second part of its 3rd annual theater festival (first part in Fayetteville) to Argenta Theater with “They Want” by Alan Berks, 4 p.m. May 21; “Disfarmer by Werner Trieschman, 8 p.m. May 21; “In The Book Of” by John Walch, 3 p.m. May 22, and “Look Away” by John Ford, 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit theatre2.org. Argenta Community Theater, May 20-22. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-3531443. argentacommunitytheater.org. Arkansas New Play Fest 2011 (Fayetteville). “Disfarmer” by Werner Trieschmann, “The Spiritualist” by Robert Ford, “They Want” by Alan Berks, “In the Book of” by John Walch, works in progress, comedy improv, all at the Nadine Baum Studios. Go to theatre2.org/arkansas-new-play-fest for dates and times. Walton Arts Center, May 19-22, $7 readings, $10 improv, $30 festival. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Beauty and the Beast.” Disney’s classic re-telling of the classic fairy tale. Robinson Center Music Hall, May 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., May 26, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www. littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson. “Good Boys and True.” An all-male boarding school is torn apart when a disturbing videotape involving a respected prep-school senior is found on campus. By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. For tickets or more information, call 374-3761 or visit weekendtheater.org. The Weekend Theater, through May 23: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $14 general, $10 students and seniors. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.
weekendtheater.org. “The Odd Couple.” Neil Simon’s play about mismatched, middle-aged roommates as re-imagined with women. For tickets or more information, visit maumelleplayers.org. Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, through May 21, 7 p.m.; Sun., May 22, 2 p.m., $12. 449 Millwood Circle, Maumelle. “Plaza Suite.” Neil Simon comedy. Pocket Community Theater, through May 22: Sun., 2:30 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs. “Til Beth Do Us Part.” For tickets or more information on the Community Theater of Little Rock, call 410-2283 or visit ctlr-act.org. The Public Theatre, through May 29: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $14 general. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. thepublictheatre.com. “Witness for the Prosecution.” An Agatha Christie murder mystery following the plight of a man accused of murdering a spinster for her money. Royal Theatre, through May 21, 7 p.m.; Sun., May 22, 2 p.m., $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students. 111 S. Market St., Benton.
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ARKANSAS ART GALLERY, Fifth and Main, NLR: Emily Willman Sloan, photographs, open 5-8 p.m. May 20, Argenta Artwalk. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Monet in the 1980s,” lecture by Kimberly A. Jones of the National Gallery of Art, reception 6 p.m., talk 6:30 p.m. May 19, in conjunction with “Impressionists and Their Influence.” $5. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Elena Petroukhina, Astrid Sohn and J. River Caton, opens with reception 5-9 p.m. May 20. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Amber Uptigrove, Sulac, new work, opens with reception 7-10 p.m. May 21, show through July 9. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Women’s Luncheon” with talk, “Confessions of an Itinerant Painter,” by William Dunlap, noon May 20, $15, “Best of the South,” opens with reception 5-8 p.m. May 20, Argenta ArtWalk; gallery talk with Dr. Richard Gruber of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Dunlap and Glennray Tutor 1 p.m. May 21, tickets $10, at bestofthesouthtalk. eventbrite.com. 664-2787. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Reflections,” paintings by Dan Thornhill and students Joyce Hasse and London Farrar; also jewelry by Coco Cohen, opens with reception and woodturning demonstration by Vernon Oberle for children 5-8 p.m. May 20, Argenta ArtWalk, through mid-June. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. PULASKI HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 4724 Hillcrest Ave.: Matt McLeod, paintings, sculpture, drawings, 5:30-9 p.m. May 20, portion of proceeds to benefit Our House and Pulaski Heights Christian. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St.: Bre and David Harris, Brett Anderson, sculpture; Guy Bell, paintings, artist demonstrations, 5-8 p.m. May 20, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Works from the UALR Permanent Collection,” Galleries I and II, May 18-June 24. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. n Eureka Springs 83 SPRING STREET GALLERY: Bronze sculpture by Mark and Eli Hopkins, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. 479-253-8310. ARVEST BANK, 151 E. Van Buren: “Bank on Art,” work by more than 40 artists, 6-8 p.m. May 19. 479-253-3600. EUREKA THYME, 19 Spring St.: Diana Harvey, oils, 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. receptions May 21. 479-363-9600. OUT ON MAIN GALLERY, 1 Basin Spring Ave.: Cynthia Hale, glass art, 2-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. receptions May 21. 479-253-8449. THE JEWEL BOX, 77 Spring St.: Wayne Schmidt, silver and stone jewelry, 6-9 p.m. reception May 21. 479-253-7828. WHITE STREET STUDIO WALK: 21st annual
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Continued from page 28 show features work by artists, including Eleanor Lux, Karen Foster, Doug Stowe, Zeek Taylor, Mary Springer and others, at 15 stops along White Street, 4-10 p.m. May 20. firstname.lastname@example.org. ZARKS GALLERY, 67 Spring St.: “Shea Yetta: Soul, Therapy, Love, Passion and Sorrow — Katrina’s Legacy,” work made of fragments of the artist’s home, which was destroyed by the hurricane, 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. receptions May 21. 479-2532626. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 Main St.: “First There Is a Mountain, Then There Is No Mountain, Then There Is …,” paintings by Cindy Wiseman, through May 31. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-751-5441.
ACAC, 608 Main St.: Work by the Local Catz Group, Bethanie Stellman, Mesk, x3mex, chapin, Jason Harrington, alien 15, Josh Henderson, Michael Schaeffer, Joanna Tilley, Dap Star, Lisa Krannichfeld and Robert Messenger, through May. 1-5 p.m. Tue.Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 398-9474. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something,” daguerreotype photographs by Chuck Close, poems by Bob Holman, through July 26; “The Impressionists and Their Influence,” paintings and works on paper from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, private collections and the Arts Center Foundation collection, through June 26, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 youth, members free; “Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution,” wood sculpture, through July 3; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: Arkansas Art Educators’ “State Youth Art Show 2011,” through July 30, main gallery; “Norwood Creech: Selected Works from the Northeastern Arkansas Delta,” through June 18, Mezzanine Gallery; “Book Arts,” handmade books and journals, through May 28, Atrium Gallery. 9 a.m.6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5791. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Lee Nora Parlor’s Painted Photo Album,” oils inspired by photos in the artist’s grandmother’s album, through May 28. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Arkansas Pastel Society Member Spring Show,” work by Shirley Anderson, S. Caruthers, Gertrude Casciano, Lois Davis, Marlene Gremillion, Sheilah Halderman, Mary Nancy Henry, Susan Hurst, Melanie Johnston, Sister Maria Liebeck, Jo Magee, Diana Shearon, Cathy Span, Mary Ann Stafford, Debbie Strobel, Teresa Widdifield and Caryl Joy Young. 3752342. 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.: “Blank,” printmaking exhibition by UALR students; “Little Rock Is Working,” photography contest. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Portraits in eight media by Arkansas artists, including Rex Deloney, Aj Smith, Bisa Butler, Edward Wade, Stephen Cefalo, Larry Hampton, LaToya Hobbs, Loni Harshaw, Marjorie Williams-Smith, Le Ron McAdoo, Bryan Massey Sr., Caroline Brown and Jacoby Warlick, through June 7. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “The Wild Ones,” oils and carvings of animals by Louis Beck, through May. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Visions of the Universe,” drawings and diagrams by Galileo and other astronomers, images by the Hubble Space Telescope, through May 20; “Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation,” oral histories, through May 25. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 771-1995. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative. 501-265-0422. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): “Westland: The Life and Art of Tim West,” artwork by West, photographs by Diana 30 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
Michelle Hausam, with documentary filming. 2256257. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Buddy Whitlock, featured artist, also work by Lola Abellan, Mary Allison, Georges Artaud, Theresa Cates, Caroline’s Closet, Kelly Edwards, Jane Hankins, James Hayes, Amy Hill-Imler, Morris Howard, Jim Johnson, Annette Kagy, Capt. Robert Lumpp, Joe Martin, Pat Matthews and others.10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. REFLECTIONS GALLERY AND FINE FRAMING, 11220 Rodney Parham Road: Work by local and national artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 227-5659. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Stephano, Patrick Cunningham, Liz Kemp, Jeff Waddle, B.J. Aguiar, Kelley Wise, Steve Thomas, Jeannie Clifton. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 563-4218. TERRY HOUSE, 7th and Rock Sts.: “Arkansas League of Artists Spring Members Show,” through May. 372-4000. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellot, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. n Bentonville sUgAR GALLERY, 114 W. Central Ave.: “Augmenters and Interlopers,” work by UA art department adjunct faculty Amjad Faur, Sean Fitzgibbon, Sonia Davis Gutierrez, Hank Kaminsky, Sam King, Stephanie Pierce, Adam Posnak, Amanda Salov, Jinsoo Son, and Cindy Wiseman, through May 29. 2-6 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-273-5305. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. n Eureka Springs EUREKA SPRINGS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 95 S. Main: Photographs by Betty Maffei, through May. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 479253-9417. FUSION SQUARED, 84 Spring St.: John Rinehart, fused glass, through May. 479-253-4999. LOVIN’ OVEN BAKERIA, 121 E. Van Buren: Paintings by Jody Stephenson, through May. 479253-0123. MAIN STAGE CREATIVE COMMUNITY CENTER, 67 N. Main: “Shrine On,” shrines by Dee Garrett, John Rankine, Ralph “Mr. Shrine” Wilson and Susan Shore, through May 29. 479-981-1636. STUDIO 62, 335 W. Van Buren: Sixth annual “Art as Prayer,” work by several artists, through May, open daily except Tue. 479-363-9209. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: Craig Munro and Stewart Bremner, photography; Matthew Depper, paintings; Kevin Arnold, paintings; Cheri Bohn, wood and stained glass, through May. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FINE ARTS CENTER: “Jacqueline Golden: Inner Nature of Art,” through May. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 479-575-7987. WALTON ARTS CENTER, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery: “Garden as Muse,” works by Sally Apfelbaum, Markus Baenziger, Syd Carpenter, Lois Dodd and Sarah McEneaney, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, through June 4. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 479-571-2747. n Helena DELTA CULTURAL CENTER, 141 Cherry St.: “Nothing but the Blues,” watercolor portraits by Laurie Goldstein-Warren, through May. n Hot Springs AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: “Flora, Fowl and Fauna,” paintings by Jimmy Leach. 501-624-055. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Mr.
Frito Lay Explains Color Theory,” paintings by Tom Richard, through May. 501-318-2787. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Watercolors by Gary Weeter, through May; also work by Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel, Sue Shields, Caryl Joy Young, Priscilla Cunningham, Trey McCarley, Pati Trippel, Janis Gill Ward and others. 501-915-8912. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Equine bronzes by Jan Woods. 501-318-4278. GARLAND COUNTY LIBRARY, 1427 Malvern Ave.: 6th annual “Traditional Art Guild Juried Exhibit,” through May 30. email@example.com. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Civil War — Songs and Correspondences Visualized,” art inspired by Civil War artifacts, through May 28. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Wed.-Sat. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: New paintings by Donnie Copeland, also work by Robin Hazard-Bishop, Mike Elsass, Steve Griffith, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Tony Saladino and Rebecca Thompson. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. LEGACY GALLERY, 804 Central Ave.: Landscapes by Carole Katchen. 501-624-1044. n Lake Village GUACHOYA CULTURAL ART CENTER, 1652 Hwy. 65 and 82 S: “My Life, My Landscape,” paintings, pastels and mixed media by Virmarie DePoyster, through May 27. Noon-5 p.m Tue., Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. 870-265-6077 n Russellville RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: Paintings by Marion Hotz, Bonnie Peyton, Irene Roberts and Pat Aures, through May. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 479-968-2452.
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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.: “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” through May 22; “Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures,” two original engravings of the Declaration of Independence produced by Benjamin Owen Tyler in 1818 and William J. Stone in 1823, through May 22; “Historical Figures of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars,” figurines by George Stuart, through May 22; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 41st Annual Exhibition,” through Aug. 13, Trinity Gallery; “Reel to Real: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Civil War in Arkansas,” artifacts from the Shaw-Tumblin collection, including costumes and screen tests, along with artifacts from the HAM collection, including slave narratives, uniforms and more; through April 30, 2012; “Empty Spaces,” digital media by Jasmine Greer, through June 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “In Search of Pancho Villa,” artifacts from soldiers of the period, medals and original sketches of the Mexican Punitive Expedition, the United States retaliatory action in 1916 against the Mexican general who attacked a small border town in New Mexico, through May; exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 3764602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South,” works by 55 AfricanAmerican artists, through Aug. 11; exhibits on African-Americans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683– 3593. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “An Enduring Union,” artifacts documenting the post-war Confederate and Union veteran reunions in the state; “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685.
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n Movies in the Park announced the 2011 lineup for its very popular — and free! — summer movie series this week. Shows start at dusk on June 1 at the Riverfest Amphitheatre. Looks like a pretty good slate of flicks, with old faves (“Ghostbusters,” “Dirty Dancing”), kids’ fare (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”) and newish hits (“The Hangover,” “True Grit”). For those wondering which version of Rooster Cogburn will show up — the Duke or the Dude — it’s Bridges, dude. n Jeff Nichols’s latest film, “Take Shelter,” debuted at Cannes on Sunday. No word yet on how it was received, but there is news from the festival: Nichols and long-time Christopher Nolan producer Aaron Ryder and Terrence Malick producer Sarah Green will work together on Nichols’ next film, “Mud.” “Star Trek” star Chris Pine is in talks to star. n More and more details are trickling out about this year’s Little Rock Film Festival. Joe Berlinger, director and producer of the “Paradise Lost” West Memphis Three documentaries, will be on hand for a showing of the first film. He will also be featured as part of a panel discussion on the media and the West Memphis Three. “Smokey and the Bandit,” the 1977 film starring Burt Reynolds, will close out the festival with a Movies in the Park showing. Hal Needham, the film’s director, will be in attendance. Needham will sign copies of his book, “Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, BoneBreaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life.” He will also be honored at the LRFF gala for his lifetime’s work as a stuntman and director. Stay tuned to Rock Candy for future LRFF announcements. n Friends and family of Luke Hunsicker, a local musician and artist who died of brain cancer last year, will host an art show to benefit the Lucas Clayton Hunsicker Scholarship Fund. The installment will be held at the THEA Center for the Arts in North Little Rock from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and showcase Hunsicker’s works. Admission is $10. All proceeds from the event will go to the scholarship fund, which provides a yearly stipend to a Parkview High School senior planning to pursue education in the arts.
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IN DEEP: Johnny Depp returns, this time with Penelope Cruz as the tricky Angelica, for the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” installment, “On Stranger Tides.”
movielistings All theater listings run Friday to Thursday unless otherwise noted.
Check www.arktimes.com for updates. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Rave listings were incomplete; Riverdale listings were not available at press time. NEW MOVIES Bloodworth (R) — Forty years after he left his family, E. F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) returns to his Tennessee home to a crazy wife, angry sons and the woman of his dreams (Hillary Duff). Market Street: 2:15, 4:25, 6:45, 9:00. Kill the Irishman (R) — The story of Irish thug Danny Greene, who worked with the mob in Cleveland during the 1970s. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) — Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who forces him onboard her ship to find the Fountain of Youth. Rave: 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:30 p.m. (3D). Breckenridge 12: 10:30 a.m., 1:40, 7:50, 10:55 (2D); 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:30 (3D) Fri.; 10:35 (Sat. only), 1:40, 4:45, 7:50, 10:55 Sat.-Sun. (2D); 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:30 Sun. Chenal 9: 12:01, 10:00, 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45 (IMAX), 12:01, 12:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:15. RETURNING THIS WEEK African Cats (G) – Two families of big cats in the wild African landscape are documented raising their young. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Rave: 10:50. Arthur (PG-13) – A drunken playboy in heavy-duty arrested development has to choose between an enormous inheritance and the woman he falls for.
With Russell Brand and Greta Gerwig. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05. Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) – When Earth is brutally attacked by extraterrestrial forces, a platoon of Marines must defend Los Angeles, the final stronghold on the planet. With Aaron Eckhart, Ne-Yo. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:10, 7:00, 9:40. Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son (PG13) — FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) reassumes his deep-cover alter-ego Big Momma to go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:30, 5:50, 7:30, 10:00. Bridesmaids (R) — After her best friend gets engaged, a broke, lovelorn maid of honor has to fake her way through crazy bridesmaid rituals. With Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Breckenridge: 11:10 a.m. (Sat. only), 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (PG) – “Wimpy” Greg and his bullying older brother Rodrick have to deal with their parents’ efforts to make a brotherly bond. With Zachary Gordon. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35. Fast Five (PG-13) – The fifth installation of the “Fast and the Furious” series sees the crew in Rio, stuck between a drug lord and a tenacious federal agent. With Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Breckenridge: 10:50, 1:30, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10. Chenal 9: 12:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:55. Gnomeo and Juliet (G) – Romeo and Juliet with gnomes. Voiced by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine. Movies 10: 1:15, 3:25, 5:35, 7:40, 9:55 (3D). I Am (NR) – Four short films about identity and
dignity in the modern Indian world. With Juhi Chawla and Manisha Koirala. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:15. I Am Number Four (PG-13) – A teen-age fugitive with special powers is on the run from agents trying to kill him. With Alex Smith and Timothy Olyphant. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10. Jumping the Broom (PG-13) – Two AfricanAmerican families from different socioeconomic backgrounds spend a wedding weekend together in Martha’s Vineyard. With Angela Bassett and Laz Alonzo. Breckenridge: (10:45 Fri.-Sat.), 1:05, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:35, 10:10. Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) – This is the fifth Madea movie and the 10th flick Tyler Perry’s made in five years. Five. Years. Directed, written by and starring Tyler Perry. Breckenridge: 1:35, 7:05. Miral (R) – An orphaned Palestinian girl finds herself sucked into the middle of Arab-Israeli conflict. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. The Music Never Stopped (PG) – A father struggles to bond with an estranged son who, after suffering from a brain tumor, cannot form new memories. Market Street: 4:15, 9:15. Of Gods & Men (R) – Threatened by a group of fundamental terrorists, a group of Trappist monks in Algeria must decide whether to flee or hold their ground. Directed by Xavier Beauvois. Market Street: 1:45, 7:00. Potiche (R) – A trophy wife takes control of an embattled business after her husband, the company president, is taken hostage by striking employees. With Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 6:45, 9:15. Priest (PG-13) – A legendary warrior-priest breaks his religious vows in order to save his niece from a pack of vampires. With Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet. Breckenridge: 10:45 (Fri.-Sat.), 1:20, 4:15, 7:45, 10:00. Chenal 9: 10:30, 12:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35. Rango (PG-13) — A village girl finds herself in danger when her village decides to hunt a werewolf. Movies 10: 1:10, 4:00, 7:05, 9:30. Red Riding Hood (PG-13) – In a medieval village that’s haunted by a werewolf, a girl falls for an outcast orphan even though her parents arranged her to marry a wealthy young man. With Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman. Movies 10: 1:10, 4:00, 7:05, 9:30. Rio (G) – A domesticated macaw from suburban Minnesota takes to Rio de Janeiro to find the freewheeling bird of his dreams. Voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway. Breckenridge: 11:05 (Fri.Sat.), 1:10, 4:05, 7:40, 9:55. Chenal 9: 10:15, 12:30, 4:10, 7:05, 9:30 (3D). Something Borrowed (PG-13) – A perpetually single urbanite falls in love with her best friend’s new fiance. With Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Breckenridge: 10:30 a.m., 1:45, 4:40, 7:15, 10:05. Chenal 9: 11:30, 2:00, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20. Soul Surfer (PG) – In spite of losing an arm in a shark attack, a teen-age girl with a passion for surfing returns to the ocean. With AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Rave: 1:35, 4:15, 7:20, 10:00. Thor (PG-13) – The comic book hero comes to life as the cocky warrior gets banished to Earth and has to defend humans from impending doom. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Breckenridge: 1:35, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 (2D); 10:20, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05. Water For Elephants (PG-13) – After his parents are killed, a young veterinarian joins a traveling circus to tend to its animals. With Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Breckenridge: 10:25 (Fri.-Sat.) 4:25, 9:50. Win, Win (R) – A volunteer high school wrestling coach finds himself entwined in a student’s unsavory family life. With Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan. Market Street: 4:15, 9:15. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 8212616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 6870499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
‘BRIDESMAIDS’: Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendonCovey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig star.
■ moviereview Judd Apatow discovers women And scores with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in ‘Bridesmaids.’ n Anyone who ever slagged Judd Apatow for stacking his comedies overwhelmingly in favor of dudehood (only in a universe with a man at its center does Seth Rogen get Katherine Heigl knocked up) may take heart that he listened. Either that, or sharing the producing credits with four other people, two of them women, lightened his touch on the comedienne-driven “Bridesmaids.” Gone are the three gears for women (loons or nags or sexpots), replaced by a half-dozen excellent female roles. Comedies don’t usually give this much latitude to women. Also, perhaps not coincidentally, comedies usually are nowhere near this funny. Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, trudging through a life of quiet desperation in Milwaukee. She has no boyfriend but does have dreamy Jon Hamm making overconfident love to her and then shooing her to the stoop. She lost her bakery in the recession and splits an apartment with goony British siblings to keep from moving in with her mother (Jill Clayburgh). At least she has her best friend since forever, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), who — o! bittersweet joy! — finally gets engaged to her longtime boyfriend. As the maid of honor, Annie meets the rest of the bridal party: the Disney-honeymooning Becca (Ellie Kemper); the weary mother of three Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey); the sister of the groom, Megan, played by Melissa McCarthy, whose physicality and physique recall Chris Farley, only wittier; and Helen (Rose Byrne), who makes Annie’s hackles rise. Helen also refers to Lillian as a best friend, and her charm, poise, wealth, taste and penchant for upstaging Annie seem positively effortless. Thus
we set off on a journey in two parts. The first is Annie trying to hold her deteriorating life together, even as she flakily woos a gentle and good-humored cop named Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd). The second is a frenemy relationship burgeoning between the aggressively perfect Helen and the ever more marginalized Annie. The screenplay (by Wiig and Annie Mumalo, who both have those co-producer credits as well) navigates neatly between the hilarious and the poignant. “Bridesmaids” is the comedy for the thinking person who also wants to see women throw up into one another’s hair, or to discuss the displeasure of having penises brandished too close to their faces. But it’s more than just bodily-functionalia that drives the story. If Wiig and Rudolph aren’t actually donate-a-kidney friends in real life, they sure fake it well. This is not, in any serious way, a romantic comedy, but their camaraderie has that sort of easy spark. Wiig’s oeuvre wouldn’t suggest that she could pull off a semi-dramatic lead as deftly as she does, nor would director Paul Feig appear to be certain to transfer his TV chops from the likes of “Freaks and Geeks,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Arrested Development” to features. Yet it all clicks. If anything “Bridesmaids” tends to err on the side of dawdling; it would have felt crisper if it were less patient. At more than two hours long, it indulges a few gags for a beat too long. That’s mostly a quibble. Pretty much whatever “Bridesmaids” tries, works. It gets more laughs in more ways than almost anything in recent memory. The fair sex just got its “Hangover.” — Sam Eifling
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n ZaZa’s John Beachboard and Scott McGehee plan to open a new restaurant in August in the Promenade at Chenal. Big Orange: Burgers, Salads and Milkshakes is headed for a 3,450-square-foot space originally constructed for the chain Blanc Burgers at 17809 Chenal Parkway, next door to Bravo Cucina. The restaurant will offer a balance of healthy and indulgent fare, McGehee said. That means a dozen burger options, made with a choice of beef, veggie or turkey patties; a fish sandwich; a chicken sandwich McGehee promises will be the best in town; a broad, ZaZa-style salad menu, and a dozen gourmet milkshakes and floats. There’ll be 12 to 20 beers on tap, a broad wine selection and a lot of old-fashioned soda, too. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and Saturday and Sunday for brunch, where McGehee said he’s focused on serving the best biscuits and pancakes in town. Big Orange will try to bridge the gap between casual, sit-down dining and the fast casual setting of ZaZa. That means employing kitchen technology that will allow the restaurant to cook a burger in five minutes and point-of-sale, handheld computer systems that allow waiters to send orders immediately to the kitchen and swipe credit cards when it’s time for the bill. n The food truck explosion continues. Nearly two weeks ago, Chan Pethaperumal and his wife, Poorni Muthaian, opened Banana Leaf, a mobile kitchen that serves Indian food. The couple hail from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. But Chan said last week that the Banana Leaf menu covers all regions of India. It includes such fare as dosas, kati rolls, biryani, coconut rice and vegetable pilau with tandoori chicken. The menu will rotate, he said, with daily specials listed on Facebook and Twitter (@bananaleaflr). Chan said he expects to be truly mobile with the truck, but at least in the near future, it will be at 201 A St., two blocks behind the Exxon on the corner of Van Buren and Markham. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 501-227-0860. 34 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
■ dining Training day All Aboard features meals by train, but not much else. n The new restaurant All chatting (rather civilly Aboard is a bit confoundchatting), the trains clacking. It is, without a doubt, clack-clacking along an engineering marvel. overhead, and the tiny Small, custom-built loelevators whirring up and comotives run on a track down, my companion up near the ceiling. When and I had trouble hearing your order is up in the one another, even though kitchen, the cook loads it we were sitting literally into a tray, then puts the a table-width apart in a tray onto an aluminum booth. Not the place for sling under one of the a quiet lunch date then, locomotives. A very sobut thankfully our food phisticated computer then arrived quickly. sends it zipping on its Was it delivered by way, winding around the train? Damn straight it restaurant until it reaches was. The system at All your table (where you Aboard works amazingly have previously inserted well. Replace the colorful a special key, provided trains with Vader-black by the front counter, into trapezoids, and it’s somea computerized doo-dad). thing you’d imagine them using in the mess hall on The train drops off your the Death Star — shiny, food and continues on, quick and efficient. That never stopping. The meal said, our food turned out is then slowly lowered to be nothing to write down from the ceiling to home about. The cheeseyour table by a tiny elevaburger was OK, with a tor on polished rails. See NEXT STOP, YOUR DIGESTIVE TRACT: All Aboard delivers food by train. thin-ish patty, but gained a video of it in action at points by being served on arktimes.com/allaboard. a soft roll with red onion and other fresh topIf that sounds complicated, it is. As mixed by waterfall — why would a respings. Companion liked her wrap as well, somebody who has built a thing or two in taurant intentionally put itself tens of thouand bragged on the fries, but again: It didn’t his day, this writer knows what kind of work sands of dollars in the hole before the first set her world on fire. Ditto on the pita and went into making the trains run on time at cheeseburger or basket of fries is sold just to hummus, which were good, but still a little All Aboard. You don’t just run down to the be able to say that? I’m not being sarcastic disappointing just because of the smallish Food-Serving Locomotive Supply Store or snotty. I’m honestly asking. Because no portion size. and buy “Food-Serving Locomotive B” matter how cool it is, here’s the facts, Casey In short, though All Aboard is undoubtto fit your space. Every part of the system Jones: Unless you’re an engineer (the strucedly a feat of engineering, one that took a lot in All Aboard — and there is a lot of it — tural kind, not the kind who drives a choomore brain power than we’ve got on hand had to be designed and fabricated and fitted choo), a 5-year-old train buff or the parent to figure out, it’s still a restaurant, and good and tested and installed, then tested again, of said train buff, once you’ve seen a meal restaurants are — first and foremost — suptweaked, tested again, tweaked, tested again delivered by locomotive, what’s the incenposed to be about food. While it’ll probably ... ad infinitum. There’s gotta be a quarter tive to ever come back to All Aboard again? be a sure-fire hit with kids and worth at least mile of polished aluminum rail hanging It probably won’t help that the menu at one visit for adults just to see the machine at from the ceiling, all of it held up by dozens All Aboard seems a bit like an afterthought work, for most everybody else, we predict, of bent aluminum struts and secured to the — a sideshow to the wonderful toys. Their it’ll just seem like a lot of clickity-clack. wall with dozens of welded steel supports. breakfast menu is, in total: two sandwiches, They probably spent enough on nuts and two egg dishes, cinnamon rolls, cold cereal bolts alone to pay for a fair-to-middlin’ used and fruit. The lunch offerings are similarly Toyota. Then there’s the computer program spare: cheeseburger, turkey burger, veggie it takes to run it all: that HAL 9000-like burger, chicken sandwich and a turkey club, brain to know when and where to drop off followed by three wraps (chicken, turkey 6813 Cantrell Road (next to the food, and when to bring the trains back and veggie), four salads, a soup of the day Stein Mart) to the station, and how to know not to dump and a kid’s menu ... and that’s pretty much it. 501-975-7401 a cup of steaming chili on Aunt Nellie’s During our lunch visit, we tried the cheeseBRIAN CHILSON
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head while rounding a turn. Looking at it, once you get past the initial shock that it works, the biggest question is: Why? Other than the novelty of food delivery by train — which seems to be something like Willy Wonka bragging that his chocolate is the only chocolate in the world
burger with a side of fries ($8), while our friend got her ticket punched on a grilled chicken wrap ($8). We also split an order of red pepper hummus and pita bread ($7). A problem arose while we were waiting for our food. All Aboard is in a rather echo-ey space, and between other diners
Did we mention the food is delivered by train? Also, there are cookies and brownies for dessert.
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Restaurant capsules Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.
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ITALIAN BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-century-old establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, 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. BLD daily.
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EUROPEAN / ETHNIC AMRUTH AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Indian restaurant with numerous spicy, vegetarian dishes. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2244567. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB The atmosphere is great, complete with plenty of bar seating and tables. There’s also a fireplace to warm you up on a cold day. The fried stuff is good. Try the mozzarella sticks. 403 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. LAYLA’S Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2277272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). 612 Office Park Drive. Bryant. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-847-5455. LD Mon.-Sat. TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. (501) 881-4796. LD daily. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.
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e recently visited this serene and airy downtown condo in the River Market Tower and discovered that having a home both modern and warm is indeed possible. Interior designer Kate East, ASID, LEED AP—with AMR Architects, Inc.—explains how she accomplished this feat. CUE: Though modern and sleek, this space also feels cozy. How did you do it? Kate East: The owner has a collection of fabrics and yarns with which she creates beautiful pillows and throws. I collaborated with her on the base design, which is a neutral palette of soft colors, and reflective surfaces that create a backdrop for the colors and textures that her textiles and artwork bring to the space. Lamp lighting, soft gauzy curtains and a mixture of furniture styles prevent the contemporary interior from feeling too harsh. The use of flexible, ample cabinetry for storage and small appliances makes the 700-square-foot space keep its ‘cozy’ feel without seeming cluttered or tight. Continued on page 40
The owner has made the space her own and softened the edges with handmade throws and pillows. (Love the jumble of yarn balls in the bowl atop the table!) The gleaming concrete floors were scored and polished to look like stone.
hearsay ➥ Flower power. The 20% off sale at TIPTON AND HURST, now celebrating their 125th year, continues. ➥ The creative kitchen. KITCHEN CO. offers a wealth of classes; all take place from 6-8 p.m.: May 18, learn to make a New Orleans staple, Muffaletta Picnic Sandwich with New Orleans Pasta Salad and Watermelon Cucumber Gazpacho; May 19, Outdoor Grilling class; May 20, learn to make Blueberry Surprise French Toast and Mushroom Asparagus Quiche served with Fresh Melon and lime; May 23, Grilled Citrus Shrimp, Avocado Salad with Pink Grapefruit, Jalapeno Monterey Jack Rice Casserole and Lime Mint Mojitos; May 24, break out the chopsticks for a fun “Hands-On” class in which you’ll learn to make fried rice and roll your own eggrolls. ➥ Fashion flourishes in the Ozarks. The Ozark Couture Fashion Show takes place on May 20 in Fayetteville at the WALTON ARTS CENTER BRADBERRY AMPHITHEATER. ➥ A trio of artists. Visit BOSWELL MOUROT FINE ART for an opening reception, Friday, May 20, 5-9 p.m. to see the work of Elena Petroukhina, Astrid Sohn and J. River Caton. The exhibit will run until June 10. ➥ Oven hot deals! KITCHEN CO. celebrates their third year with their biggest sale ever, 20-60% off. Select LeCreuset, cookbooks, tables and bakeware 50% off. ➥ Bliss out. The newest shop to open its doors in the Heights is BLISS BOUTIQUE. Owner Sara Loye sold her shop in Hot Springs, Madison’s Closet, and now brings clothes, accessories and bath products to this Little Rock location. Loye says that everything in the store is under $100. ➥ Good style is in the jeans. Denim Week at BAUMANS continues until May 21. They’ve marked these brands 30% off: Diesel, AG, Jean Shop, Hiltl, Façonnable, Earnest Sewn and A.P.C. ➥ Mad for plaid. Enjoy 50% off plaid and madras shorts at GREENHAWS. Regular price $68, now $34! ➥ Hark! Important retail news: BRASWELLL & SON FINE & ESTATE JEWELRY has a new Conway location at the corner of Oak and Harkrider. ➥ Suit yourself. Check out the Peter Millar (NOT “the guy with the smile”) and Samuelsohn showings May 20-21 at BAUMANS. Special incentive: $200 off made-to-measure Samuelsohn suit or sportcoat and slacks combination. Plus register to win $500 worth of Peter Millar products. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES • MAY 18, 2011 39
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CUE: What kind materials were used throughout the condo? KE: We had the concrete floors scored and polished to look like stone. The millwork is clear stained maple with Ceasarstone Quartz countertops. In the bathroom we used subway tile on the walls and installed a wood sink from Whitehaus (Aeri). The ceilings were left bare concrete with the exception of the sheetrock areas to cover the HVAC. CUE: Tell us about your lighting choices. KE: We worked on the lighting plan together to incorporate track lighting, can lights and sconces for the bathroom. CUE: Did you find the furnishings locally?
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KE: The only piece we bought locally is the sofa, which is a two-piece modular sofa from Soho Modern that we recovered. We purchased the armchair from the B&B Italia store in Dallas; it’s from the Kalos collection of the Maxalto line. CUE: Where did the fabrics come from? KE: Some came from Cynthia East Fabrics; the throws are knitted using yarns from Yarn Mart in the Heights. CUE: Is the pretty, diaphanous interior curtain used to delineate space? KE: Yes, since this is a studio space, the curtain creates a small bit of privacy and prevents people being able to see into the condo from the front door. The fabric is from Knoll Textiles. For those who equate contemporary with stark, this chic dwelling proves otherwise. With the right décor and furnishings, modernity and hominess can co-exist.
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location, location, location 3rd Street’s got it down BY KATHERINE WYRICK
ver the past several years, downtown Little Rock has developed a distinct neighborhood feel. This realization struck me on a recent stroll down President Clinton Ave., when, latte in hand, I saw within a block’s span a dog walker (in reflective vest), buskers, diverse pedestrian traffic and even a mime (!). Feeling like a bonafide city dweller, I experienced a small swell of pride and found myself standing a little taller in my clunky boots. This ever-evolving neighborhood, which now offers myriad housing options, has much to recommend it. There is, of course,
the bustling Farmer’s Market as well as over 15 local restaurants, a dozen or so bars and clubs, art galleries and small retail shops. (The Clinton Museum Store, managed by Connie Fails, is a personal favorite.) Cultural options also abound: The Museum of Discovery (reopening in the fall after renovation), the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, the public library and Butler Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and a growing system of walking and biking trails. So whether your idea of fun is popping fried shrimp at The Flying Fish and catching a show at the Rev Room or enjoying a wine tasting at the über-stylish Zin Bar on 3rd. and hearing a speaker at the Clinton School, downtown is the place to be. So many merchants now line 3rd Street and River Market Ave., they formed an association this past fall to keep the good energy
going. Andrea Jenkins, Manager of Copper Grill, says that the Third Street Merchants’ Association, headed by Daniel Mote, Manager of Hampton Inn & Suites, just threw a successful block party and have more planned for the future. Since the arrival of Dugan’s Pub, they also now host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Jenkins says, “We’re trying to create excitement and synergy in the neighborhood.” Businesses on River Market Ave. now include A Party to Go-Go, Lulu’s Tanning Salon, Zin, Jasmine Nail Salon and Physique Spa. Around the corner on 3rd, there’s the delectable Brown Sugar Bakery and Workplace Resources, a certified Herman Miller dealer providing ecofriendly office design and furnishings. (The sleek chairs in the window add to the emerging urban vibe.) Third St. is even home to a very cool modern-day apothecary, The Green Pharmacy. Now, that’s what I call progress.
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ure, you gladly gave up that high-maintenance lawn when you moved downtown, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still enjoy some greenery. Planters are an excellent choice for city gardeners; from simple to elaborate, the possibilities are endless. You can go for a modern look—like bright green grass in a stark white container—or a more formal arrangement—think matching urns filled with cascading flowers flanking an entry-way. The Good Earth has a variety of options, in all shapes and sizes, from basic terra cotta to galvanized steel. Here we offer but a few suggestions. VEG OUT: Instead of flowers, try putting vegetables in a planter or pot. They can be visually pleasing, and growing them on your own makes sound economic sense. You can even mix vegetables and flowers in the same container for a delightful contrast. Baby lettuce looks lovely and can be nibbled straight form the pot. Cherry tomatoes and other fruiting vegetables, including peppers or eggplant, can also be easily grown in containers, as can root vegetables such as baby carrots, radishes or spring onions. BECOME AN HERBIVORE: Consider potted herbs; they’re fragrant, pretty and, of course, edible.
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CONTAIN YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Almost anything can be transformed into a container, and though I’m not a fan of the cowboy-boot-turned planter, I do like getting creative with everyday household items. If a standard terra cotta pot is too bland for you, an old watering can or child’s wagon can be repurposed for planting.
Hanging or standing baskets look lush and gorgeous.
GARDEN IN ANY SPACE: This one’s key for downtown residents. Even the smallest space can be enhanced by a container garden. Fire escapes, stoops, small terraces, all are better with plants and flowers. Whatever space limitations you have, you can design a container garden that will thrive. YOU’RE SO SHALLOW: Shallowrooted, hearty succulents are perfect for the beginning container gardener and they blend well with an urban, modern look. ENJOY INSTANT GRATIFICATION: In a short time you can go to a local nursery like Good Earth, pick out a sampling of flowering plants, fill a container with them and voilà! A bright spot that perks up any room or outdoor area and lifts the spirits.
Less showy, a simple ivy still adds a touch of green.
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SEAFOOD Cajun’s Wharf 2400 Cantrell Road 501-375-5351
Food and fun for everyone when you pair Cajun’s Wharf’s succulent seafood and steak with the ever-evolving live entertainment. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood or aged Angus beef while listening to the rolling Arkansas River on the famously fantastic deck! They also boast an award-winning wine list.
220 West 6th St. 501-374-5100 Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 am -10:30 am Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Tues-Sat 5-10pm V Lounge til 1am, Thurs-Sat
Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro
200 S. River Market Ave., Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm dizzysgypsybistro.net
Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Jump start your day with bistro breakfast from Lulav featuring scrumptious omlettes, pancakes and more. For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?
Indulge in the culinary creations and intimate environment that define Capers Restaurant. Food and wine enthusiasts agree Capers’ sophisticated approach to dining is key to it’s many accolades including receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years running.
Whether you’re looking for a casual dinner, a gourmet experience or the perfect business lunch, Copper Grill is the choice urban restaurant for Little Rock’s food enthusiasts. It’s where you can let go and relax in the comfortable dining room, enjoy a glass of wine at the lively bar or share a spread of appetizers outside on the street-side patio. No matter if you’re on the go or off the clock, Copper Grill is your downtown dining destination.
Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.
“A great place to hangout, experience great beer and authentic German specialties”. The Flying Saucer definitely offers a unique range of domestic and international draft and bottled beers, carrying over 80 beers on draft and 120+ different bottled beers, many which are seasonal. Accompanying their unique beer line-up is a menu packed with flare. Bratwurst is the house specialty served with German coleslaw, or you can try Brat Con Queso or Beer Brat Nachos. Be sure to leave room for dessert:Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float offers the best of both worlds.
The crispy off the griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family friendly stop and will keep you coming back. The casual atmosphere will have everyone feeling right at home. The options are endless for whatever dining mood you are in. Grilled Tuna Steak sandwhich to a loaded foot long hotdog to the crispy chicken tender salad. Buffalo Grill does not disappoint. Fast and friendly staff. Very affordable prices!
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Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar. Hunan Oriental Cuisine is a Little Rock institution that has been serving great Chinese food for over 24 years. Come dine in a calm, relaxed atmosphere where the food can be enjoyed as it was meant to be enjoyed; fresh right out of the kitchen. Or, if you prefer to order takeout, be prepared to come pick up your food quickly, since most orders are ready in 10 to 15 minutes. Lunch Specials are available everyday. Try something different. You never know what you might come to like.
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Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seem endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana. New South of the border comfort food menu with Southwestern and authentic Mexican specialties. Quesos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas and tamales steamed in banana leaves. Eclectic brunch menu Saturday and Sunday. Creative cocktails, exceptional wine list. Live music Friday nights at 8:30. Serving Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 to close.
Brazilian Café Bossa Nova 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-614-6682 Tues-Sat 11am-9pm Sunday Brunch 10:30-2pm
Try something different! Café Bossa Nova serves up cozy atmosphere and unique Brazilian dishes guaranteed to satisfy and served with that special Latin flare. Don’t deny yourself one of the delectable desserts prepared fresh daily or for an A+ apertif, drink in the authentic flavor of the country in the Caipirinha~a perfect blend of lime, sugar and Brazilian sugar cane rum. Dine with them tonight!
brew pub Vino’s Pizza•Pub•Brewery 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)
Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!
JAPANESE BENIHANA THE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 2 Riverfront Place North Little Rock 501-374-8081 Lunch Sun.-Fri. Dinner daily
Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. Full bar.
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Circular cuisine for pizza connoisseurs, fresh ingredients are expertly prepared and served by passionate restaurateurs who take time to know their customers. Organic baby green salads, pasta al dente, calzones, subs as well as authentic New York cheesecake served on the patio overlooking the lush Chenal Valley.
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If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999
Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.
The staff of the award winning Riverfront Steakhouse pride themselves in serving prime steaks prepared using a special process which results in a distinctive flavor. The atmosphere at the Riverfront Steakhouse is elegant and relaxed and the service is second to none. The Riverfront Steakhouse is an excellent choice for parties, entertaining business associates or a romantic dinner for two. Call 501-375-7825 for reservations or go to www.opentable. com. Located in the Wyndham Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR 72114.
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asian panda Garden
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Fresh, flavorful, all-you-can-eat sushi. With fresh and authentic Chinese dishes, nice decor, great dessert choices and excellent sushi, Panda Garden raises the bar.
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rom wholesome, organic wooden blocks to tawdry, nose-less Bratz dolls, Little Rock and its environs offer toys to suit many tastes. Sadly, one of the best toy stores, Toy Up, closed its doors earlier this year, but there are other fine options. Big box stores, of course, abound — Toys R Us, Target and Wal-Mart — but don’t expect to find knowledgeable employees who understand the difference between Playmobil and Lego or can answer questions like, “What should I get my hyperactive 5-year-old nephew?” For that kind of service, you’ll have to visit the following shops.
EQUALLY FUN FOR GROWN-UPS Cheeky Marshmallows Located in the basement of beloved local boutique Box Turtle, this space comes close to filling the niche that Toy Up left 44 MAY 18, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
behind. Named after the owners’ dogs, this sweet shop has a superlative selection of artfully displayed toys and candy, both with a retro bent, plus gifts for hip babies (like locally made onesies). We especially love the antique bathtub full of Ugly Dolls! Adults will enjoy the retro pinball machine — and shopping upstairs while the kids (if well behaved) hang out below. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-1167. CC accepted. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
OLD SCHOOL Heights Toy Center One of the oldest family-owned toy stores around, HTC remains an institution in this upscale neighborhood. Pre-recession, they expanded into the space next door and offered elaborate puppet shows and activities, but have since returned to
their original size and single purpose — being purveyors of toys, both classic and contemporary. They also offer gift wish lists and personalized items. 5918 R St. 663-8383. heightstoycenter. com. CC accepted. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
NOT JUST FOR SCHOOL The Knowledge Tree This store carries full lines of teacher aids and school supplies but also has educational toys, board games, stickers and a great selection of instruments and puppets. It also has many small items for stocking stuffers, Easter baskets, or just those occasions when you’re in need of a smaller something. 825 N. University Ave. 663-2877. www. theknowledgetree.com. CC accepted. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
MORE THAN CLOTHES The Toggery Back in the day, Tot to Teen Shoes and The Toggery met all your wardrobe needs if you were 13 and under — a pair of red Keds and some Topsiders, and you were ready for the school year. Tot to Teen has long since gone the way of many family-owned local retailers, but The Toggery, founded in 1948, is still going strong and has even expanded its inventory and added a location. It’s the go-to store for school uniforms, hair bows and all things smocked, but in recent years it’s added books and toys. (FYI: It has the best backpacks in town.) Note that a little over a year ago their second store moved from its Rodney Parham location to a much nicer space in Pleasant Ridge. Uniforms are only available at the new store. Pleasant
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in midsentence of an uneventful scene like somebody had pulled a plu— John Keats asked only to be allowed “to cease upon the midnight with no pain,” but was obliged to expire at age 25 of unspeakable suffering brought on by TB and idiot doctoring. Such pointless injustices won’t sully World No. 2, new and improved. At the top of the Don’t Forget list: clean underwear. Can’t ever have too many socks. And having a flashlight handy is never a bad idea. The last thing ever might be your reaching for it. And man up. Go out with head held high. Something to read, in case there’s residual time to kill during the transition. I’m not one who’d give much thought to the last meal, but it would include a couple of apricot fried pies. Relocations are hard for me, so I’m uneasy about this, despite the unlikelihood. You can probably tell. I’ve heard the Creator made the present world for practice — so He’d know what to put in the next one and what to leave out. If it’s not presumptuous I’ve got a few suggestions for things to leave out of the do-over. Wasps. Cabotry. Tourette’s. Ideology. Blatherskite. Machismo. Holiers-than-thou. Those little crinkly paper cups that the
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