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More Bell bashing I am a resident of Massachusetts and the aunt of Lauren Rousseau. You might recognize her name; her body was blown apart by some of the 154 shots of the Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle that Adam Lanza used in his massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There were 20 innocent children and 5 other adults also murdered that day. Rep. Nate Bell’s Twitter regarding the need for “AR-15s to stay safe� during the search for the Tsarnaev brothers is reprehensible. His comments later of “I regret the poor choice of timing� were not, in fact ill-timed. He used them in exactly the kind of situation that might bring vigilantestyle forces out of the safety of their homes to get revenge on perpetrators. Our trained servicemen and women are experts at protecting citizens in these situations, not angry mobs. I know that his comments do not represent the views of most of his constituents. It is their duty, then, to demand his resignation. I ask you to vote in a representative who can honor all citizens, along with the Constitution, with good sense and dignity. Pauline Leukhardt Westford, Mass. In response to Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell’s tweet wondering, “How many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?� Perhaps some liberals did. I cannot speak for all, but I believe I speak for most when I say we weren’t cowering, we were standing proud. Proud of the first responders, among them police, firefighters, EMTs and military personnel along with the volunteers and bystanders who ran into the blast site instead of away from it. Proud of our medical professionals who spent countless hours working

to put torn bodies back together. The actions of all of these people are the reason there weren’t more deaths. Proud that I live in a city where people think of others first before themselves. Proud of the citizens of Boston who opened their doors to runners who could not return to hotel rooms. Proud of our governor, our mayor, our police commissioner and law enforcement from Boston and so many surrounding towns who put their life on the line tracking the two suspects to protect the public from further danger. Make no mistake Mr. Bell, the Boston liberals were not cowering. We were standing tall and proud. While it was a horrific week in Boston, I have never been more proud of this city and the “Boston liberals� who reside here. Your apology falls on deaf ears. Yes, your timing was certainly off, but make no mistake, so were your words. I would think the people of Arkansas deserve better than to be represented by you. And certainly the people of Boston deserved better. Pam Robinson Boston I am writing in regard to Gene Lyons’ column on Rep. Nate Bell (“Nate Bell doesn’t know Boston,� April 25). Our Gannett-owned newspaper, the Hattiesburg American, seems to love Mr. Lyons’ columns. I disagree with their choice of columnists, but he is always good for making very clear the hypocrisy of liberals like Mr. Lyons. The hypocrisy of Mr. Lyons and his so-called friends is when confronted with what they viewed as an “insensitive� remark, they immediately resort to calling names and stereotyping people in Arkansas and the South. Mr. Lyons then resorts to what I am sure was meant as a compliment on shipping Mr. Bell to Mississippi! Shame, Shame! Of course, we

all know, all of us from the South, that ANY remark or opinion (in opposition of liberals, that is) is not allowed! I would submit that the timing of Mr. Bell’s comments was bad, but I wonder what those people in the area where the terrorists were hiding felt? I am sure Mr. Lyons knows what Mr. Bell was suggesting. It is too bad that Mr. Lyons and his friends can’t stomach any opposing comments without going immediately to stereotyping. Charlie Breithaupt Petal, Miss.

No more single-story schools There are seldom multilevel schools. School administrators regularly plunk down these large, single, at the most two-story buildings in neighborhoods according to population demands. Each building must have its own workers and, in Little Rock, that means around 50 separate staffs. Instead, we should focus on education parks. Visit any of the multigrade private schools or the local universities to get a sense of what could be. Or visit Children’s Hospital and observe a campus in the process of expanding. One of the best aspects of a campus is controlled entrances and exits. Besides housing, many levels on one campus promote a dual use. That means the local governments and school districts share many facilities and costs. Why should libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, athletic and recreational facilities be used just during school and only by students? Moreover, why should all of these expensive facilities only be open for nine months? In a dual-use space, the public becomes involved in the park. Involvement translates into care and concern for the park. Are the leaders of this community disposed to do like school officials and ignore the idea

of building education parks? On the other hand, is there someone ready to provide a forum to possibly birth a unique vision of a vibrant public school? Readers of this little paper are the visionary types, so perhaps this letter might generate some action. Otherwise, we will continue doing what we do best — the same old, same old coupled with inaction. Do a couple of new single-story schools change anything? Yes, but only for a few hundred kids attending a new school. There will be no impact upon the city as a whole. The new schools will be built as cheaply as possible except for something flashy to draw positive attention. They will not be the memorable structures like those of the past when a school represented community pride instead of a warehouse for children. Is there any group or person willing to flesh out the vision of education parks before it goes to the grave and is forever forgotten? Richard Emmel Little Rock

Cotton, crazy Congressman Tom Cotton must be running a race with Sen. Ted Cruz for the biggest idiot or sickest member of Congress. To say that President Obama was supposed to have prevented the underwear bomber from blowing up his pants and the nut at Fort Hood from killing fellow soldiers is preposterous. Steve Wheeler North Little Rock

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here’s an old and morbid joke whose punch line is, “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” It came to mind after U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle recklessly compared President Obama’s record for holding off terrorists with that of Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. Bush’s record was practically impeccable, Cotton said, except for 9/11. Exceptions don’t come any taller than 9/11. Three thousand Americans died in the greatest terrorist attack that ever occurred on American soil, and it happened on George Bush’s watch. Still, right-wingers like Cotton try to turn Bush into a peacekeeper. One of the most chowder-headed of the Washington pundits wrote a couple of days ago that Bush’s legacy was “He kept us safe,” the pundit overlooking both 9/11 and the thousands who’ve died in the bloody warfare that Bush led, or lied, America into afterward. Such revisionists are shameless. Except for that one night, John Wilkes Booth didn’t shoot any presidents, but his is not a legacy to boast of.


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he city of Beebe or Mike Beebe? It’s not an easy question. They’re both from White County, both have their merits, and their advocates. The town has gained fame for its dead birds; the man as a competent and moderate governor, perhaps the last of his kind. If you were playing a football game, against the Bald Knob Bulldogs, say, the city and its Beebe (High School) Badgers would be the better choice; Mike Beebe alone would have little chance of defeating 11 much younger athletes. But if you’re planning a statue on the Capitol grounds, we’d give the edge to the governor. We’ve spoken before of his good work in guiding an affordable health-care bill safely through a Republican-infested legislature. Since then, he’s added another star to his crown — three stars, actually — by vetoing bills that would have distorted state election processes so as to favor the Republican Party. One bill would give frighteningly broad powers to the hotly partisan Secretary of State Mark Martin, so that he could “investigate” alleged violations of election laws. Martin is the most Republican Republican in Arkansas except for Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest, the sponsor of the bills that Beebe vetoed. To expect nonpartisanship from either of them is like expecting table manners from a hog. The concept is foreign. But some Republicans do understand, and election officials from both parties urged Beebe to veto King’s “election reform” package, just as the governor earlier vetoed King’s bill to discourage voting by minorities, the elderly and the poor, groups that are inclined to vote Democratic. The legislature overrode that veto — only a simple majority is required — and it’s possible the legislators will return from recess and override these latest vetoes too. But the governor has done what he could; the history books and any statues will note it. As for the other Beebe, it will still be “Home of the Badgers,” and deceased birds. There should be a festival in there someplace.

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Nuts about guns


S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said on Fox News Sunday that he wanted to try again to get Senate approval of the modest legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases. Not good news for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, if Manchin is successful. He’s already painted himself into a political corner. Pryor was one of four Democrats who prevented a vote on the majority-supported legislation. Was he lauded for his action by those who oppose all gun regulation? No. The Republican Party said Pryor’s record was rife with contradictions on guns; that he’s not to be trusted. The gun control campaign led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reported to be considering unloading a bucket of money to defeat Pryor in 2014 so as to make him an example. David Letterman made Pryor his “Stooge of the Night” for his vote. He noted that in Pryor’s days as a state representative he’d voted for some legislation that amounted to gun control, at least by the very narrow definition that now applies. “I don’t take gun advice from the mayor of New York City,” Pryor jabbed back. But is Pryor doing what Arkansas voters demand? A poll conducted for a bipartisan mayors’ group found that 84 percent of Arkansas residents want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check. The gun enthusiasts scoff at the numbers. They may be right at least as far as enthusiasm is concerned. The last time the Arkansas Poll at the University of Arkansas sampled sentiment — in 2010 before several infamous gun massacres — 51 percent said they were satisfied with gun laws as they were, 28 percent wanted them stricter and only 15 percent wanted them less strict. Given the lack of hunger for loosening gun laws, how do you explain the recent Arkansas legislative session at which 15 bills were passed to do just that, particularly at a time when legislators in many other

states were moving in the opposite direction? It certainly isn’t that guns have made Arkansas safer and more will make us safer still. The suicide by firearm rate is much higher in MAX Arkansas than in other states. So, BRANTLEY too, is the rate at which women are slain by intimate partners with a gun. Gun trafficking is also lower in states that require background checks. More guns mean more gunshot wounds, the statistics show, whether by crime or accident. I’d like to think the Arkansas legislature’s votes reflect the ardor of a minority, the gun lobby, and the timidity of legislators. I’d like to think the Arkansas Poll is more reflective of middle-of-the-road Arkansas attitudes. So what’s so bad with Mark Pryor emulating the Arkansas legislature? It discourages his moderate and liberal base. It wins no friends on the fringe. He becomes uncomfortably reminiscent of Blanche Lincoln, leaping toward Republican positions just in time for election. Mark Pryor could have made a principled and brave case for expanded background checks — and still voted against assault weapon and large ammo magazine bans. He didn’t and he isn’t likely to flipflop should Manchin give him a do-over. As I wrote earlier on the Arkansas Blog, Pryor’s decision was wrong as a matter of policy, wrong as a matter of courage and, worst of all for him, wrong as a matter of politics. He will lose votes. Lots of them — to the Green Party, to non-votes and even to some gun owners who find the NRA position too extreme. The power of the bullies will increase. The Bloomberg group may spend its money against Pryor and claim a scalp, but it will be a self-inflicted haircut. If he is defeated, his successor will be someone even worse — and not just on guns.


The perils of accommodation


he hardest thing about any political campaign,” Adlai Stevenson said at the end of his last race, “is how to win without proving yourself unworthy of winning.” That dilemma faces every politician, and few confront it perfectly, but the challenge is especially hard for the professional centrist in times, like now, when extremism carries the day. So with the hardest battles of their 22-year political careers in the offing, Sen. Mark Pryor and former Congressman Mike Ross are turning themselves inside out adjusting to what they imagine are the hard realities of the season. It is not going so well for Pryor, and it is too early to tell for Ross. Pryor and Ross define centrism. In remarkably similar careers since 1990, when both were elected to the legislature, they have toiled to be seen as hewing to the middle and even to the Republican right on occasion but still, like good Democrats, generally voting for working folks and the middle class on economic and social matters. They arrive at the straddle, more often than not, by voting or siding vocally with the Republicans on agitable issues like guns,

abortion and gays. Now, Ross is running for governor and must win a Democratic primary next May to ERNEST face a right-wing DUMAS Republican in the general election, probably the GOP’s threetime retread, Asa Hutchinson. With little to worry about in a Democratic primary, Pryor sees himself in a battle with a farright Republican, probably Tom Cotton, a freshman congressman. The danger for the centrist is for voters to see him or her as a politician without a core, who will toss principle aside for the support of an interest group. It happened to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who tried to make herself indistinguishable from her Republican foe. She voted for the Affordable Care Act, which she helped write, but refused to defend it to Arkansas voters and then cast a meaningless vote against it on reconciliation to make people believe she really opposed it. She was rewarded with fewer than 37 percent of the votes. The role of centrist actually looked natural for Mark Pryor, who never seemed to

Race doesn’t fit in a checkbox


amentably, the Boston Marathon bombing re-opened some of the most poisonous arguments in American life. Specifically, are the Tsarnaev brothers “white”? It’s a meaningless question. Some hotheads couldn’t wait to declare all Muslims suspect. Certain thinkers on the left (David Sirota, Salon) argued against collective guilt while oddly lamenting that “white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated” for the crimes of Caucasian psycho killers. Should they be? Anyway, I’d previously treated the theme of ethnicity as destiny in a column about which racial ID boxes President Obama should have checked on his 2010 census form. Everybody knows Obama’s mother was a white woman from Kansas, his father an exchange student from Kenya. But there’s no box labeled “African-American.” So the president checked “black.” He could also have checked “white,” but chose not to. This decision disappointed a unique student group at the University of Maryland, although most understood it. Recently profiled in the New York Times, the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association could with equal accuracy be called “Students Whose Mothers Were Asked Insulting Questions by Busybodies at the Supermarket.”

Questions like the one my sainted mother put to my wife’s mother at our wedding: “What nationality are you GENE people, anyway?” LYONS But I’m getting ahead of myself. The Maryland group strikes me as entirely benign. Asked which boxes she checks, vice-president Michelle Lopez-Mullins, age 20, says “It depends on the day, and it depends on the options.” Lopez-Mullins, the Times reports, is a one-woman U.N., “Chinese and Peruvian on one side, and white and American Indian on the other.” As a child, she says even friends asked hurtful questions, such as “What are you?” and “Where are you from?” To lessen the sting, she and her friends play a “who’s what?” guessing game among themselves. “Now when people ask what I am, I say, ‘How much time do you have?’” Lopez-Mullins said. “Race will not automatically tell you my story.” My view is that race alone never tells you anybody’s story. But then I once got summoned into the registrar’s office for identifying my race as “1500 meter freestyle” on an official form. They explained that Civil Rights laws made an accurate response necessary. In

be on a mission. He exhibited no burning desire to fix social and economic injustice as a state legislator, attorney general or U.S. senator and instead was a guy who wanted first to get along and work things out peaceably. He foiled his party again and again by joining soft Republicans and conservative Democrats looking for a third way. Then came the mass murder of children and teachers at Sandy Hook, which seemed briefly to be a national catharsis. People were ready to take small steps to stop the carnage in schools, streets and workplaces. But back in Arkansas, the legislature was whooping through bill after bill on guns, a dozen in all, and not one to regulate them as the Second Amendment mandates but to make them more prevalent. So Pryor announced that he was unequivocally opposed to banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. When the legislation in the Senate came down chiefly to universal mandatory background checks on people buying guns, Pryor voted with three Democrats and most Republicans to prevent even a vote on it. Criticism rained upon him, from the president by inference, and from Democratic leaders, organizations that had sprung up to advocate new gun rules and constituents in Arkansas. Was Pryor voting the wishes of most

Arkansans, in spite of the lopsided national polls? Who knows? But it hardly matters. The overwhelming sense is that he did it not out of conviction but to oblige the National Rifle Association and its cadre of true believers in Arkansas, who probably were not going to vote for him anyway. It is hard to see how he helped himself. Ross has a different problem, proving to the progressive constituency in the Democratic primary next spring that he is a real Democrat on women’s and social issues, in spite of his voting record in Congress. He reassures private conclaves of Democrats that he would veto the bills foisted on him by the reactionary legislators just like Governor Beebe sometimes does. Yes, he voted against the Medicare prescription drug program because it was a Republican give-away to the insurance and drug companies and against Obamacare because voters in his district were strongly opposed. Ross led the congressional gun caucus but switched after the Sandy Hook massacre and said it was time to ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips. What will he say now that he is a politician again and his opponent, if he wins the Democratic nomination, will be a bigger darling of the NRA? How do you win without proving yourself unworthy?

other contexts I might have joked, “I only look white. Actually, I’m Irish.” Reading 18th and 19th century accounts taught me that every racist slur against black slaves in America, was also made by the English about Irish Catholic peasants. The native Irish, their overseers thought, were physically powerful, gifted at singing and dancing, but also dumb, lazy, insolent, sexually promiscuous and smelly. These shortcomings, as Swift made clear in his immortal satire “A Modest Proposal,” recommending fattening Irish children like piglets for slaughter, made their virtual enslavement inevitable. But that was long ago and far away. Anyway, back to President Obama, who’s written books about his mixed inheritance. It appears to me that along with his great intelligence, Obama’s mixed background helped make him an intellectual counterpuncher — watchful, laconic, and leery of zealotry, a born mediator. Like a man behind a mask, Obama watches people watch him. Checking the “black” box on the census form, however, was the politically canny choice. Americans aren’t far from the days when absurd categories like “mulatto,” “quadroon,” and “octoroon” could determine people’s fate. Sadly, had he checked the “white” box too, many voters would have resented it. My own choices were simpler. Raised to think of myself as Irish before American — all eight of my great-grandparents emi-

grated during the late 19th century, hunkering down in ethnic enclaves within walking distance of salt water — I was taught that there was a proper “Irish” opinion on every imaginable topic. To dissent was to be labeled inauthentic, a traitor to one’s heritage. Over time, however, I decided that if there’s one single, overriding “Irish” trait, it’s yelling at the dinner table. My kinfolk disagreed passionately about damn near everything. Meanwhile, back in the Old Country, people kept killing each other over 17th century religious issues. I once asked a (Catholic) friend in Belfast how the antagonists told each other apart, as they all resembled my cousins. It’s the shoes, she said, and the accents. The shoes! Sorry granddad, it’s a foreign country. (People in the Irish Republic often find their American cousins’ pugnacity alarming.) But here’s the thing: People don’t know these things unless I tell them. With regard to President Obama, black’s an ethnicity people make it harder to resign from. Even so, all demands for racial and ethnic groupthink are inherently crippling. All racial arguments are reactionary — signs not of strength, but weakness. It’s not merely possible to honor one’s heritage without denigrating anybody else’s; to me, it’s the essence of Americanism. Those Maryland kids with their Heinz57 genes aren’t in any way victims. Their thinking is way ahead of most of us.

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U.S. SEN. MARK PRYOR. Criticism and a bit of ridicule continued to rain down on the Arkansas Democrat for standing with the NRA and his Republican colleagues against expanding buyer

background checks to gun show sales. LOTTERY REPORTING. Net revenue from sales of lottery tickets is down 10 percent from its peak this year, the Lottery Commission reported. The scholarships the sales fund have dropped from $5,000 in the initial year of the lottery to $2,000 this year for entering freshmen. Arkansans are wising up to the odds. Sure bet: While lottery sales will keep sliding, college tuition will continue to go up. ANIMAL SURVIVAL IN AN OILED MARSH. Exxon reports that the number of animals suffocated and poisoned by the Mayflower oil spill is about 700. That’s just the bodies the company can account for, of course; the number of animals living in the despoiled Lake Conway cove is exponentially larger. None of the former human inhabitants of the Mayflower subdivision slick have chosen to return home, no matter the cosmetic changes made to the neighborhood. BREAKING INTO CARS. Police fatally shot an 18-year-old suspected of stealing from cars near Forest Heights Middle School after the suspect opened fire on an officer pursuing him on foot, a police spokesperson. Two accomplices were arrested and charged with capital murder, theft by receiving, auto breaking and entering and fleeing.


Accidents SPRING IS UPON US AT LAST, it seems, fingers crossed and no takebacksies, Ma Nature. We were beginning to wonder if it would ever get here, seeing as how we had to break out the jacket once again last weekend when a front pushed through and had us rushing to switch back on the heater. This weather! Seems like when The Observer was a kid, it wasn’t like this. One or two snowy afternoons in the wintertime, one or two 100-plus degree days in the summertime, and mostly OK in between, plus or minus a few tornadoes and an ice storm. These days, though, it seems like everything is going nuts. We fully expect to have a few more of those skyscraper-wilting heat waves this summer, with Little Rock looking more like Death Valley than a Southern city hovering in the generally mild zone between the Midwest and the miasma of Louisiana. If our fair burg follows the trend of past years and breaks the all-time heat record several times in July and August, The Observer may have to either live underground or think about moving someplace cooler, like Brazil. That, however, is all in the future for now. Sweet spring is, for the moment, here. Outside our window as we write this, the day is sunny and cool. The Farmer’s Market down by the river started up today, with the promise of fat, succulent strawberries and tomatoes. We love the winter — the antlerized trees and bonfireworthy nights that remind The Observer so much of growing up winters down in Saline County — but by the time that silver-skirted maiden is out the door, we’re always glad to see her go. Always glad to see her smiling sister, arrayed in honey and green. Sorry, Summer. The Observer’s dance card is full for now. We’ll catch you later. THE OBSERVER’S LOVELY BRIDE had a wreck the other day, not a bad one, but a wreck. She was motoring slowly down Capitol Avenue with Junior in her Honda — forever known as Black Phillip, worthy successor to Green Phillip, who perished in the great Pike Avenue Crash of 2010 — when a young girl in an SUV pulled up to a stop sign on Booker Street, stopped, then motored on, right

into Spouse’s path. When The Observer got to the scene, we saw that Black Phillip was fixable but well and truly busted, bumper dang nigh ripped off, one eye smashed, the hood wrinkled and a sad, steaming puddle of coolant growing between the front tires. The other driver, a young lady still in high school, was nearly inconsolable. A softball player, she’d been lost and looking for Lamar Porter Field when she came to the stop sign at Capitol and Booker and then motored on. Spouse had calmed her down by the time we got there, doing everything but make Junior turn pirouettes to show they were OK, but the young motorist was still sniffling and puffy with tears, looking very young and worried and small. The Observer wanted to say: We’ve been there, sister. We wanted to tell her about standing in a ditch at her age with our own Old Man, staring at wreckage, and being told: “This is why we buy insurance.” But we didn’t. Sometimes, it is best to remain a bystander. When the young lady’s parents showed up, they asked after the welfare of Spouse and Junior and looked at The Observer with pained, apologetic grins. Later, after the tow truck had hauled Black Phillip off to glory, the girl’s mother would thank Spouse with tears in her eyes for being so nice to her daughter after the accident. The idea that she had worried anything less would happen made The Observer’s heart hurt a bit for what our society has become. That thank you was still in the future, though. In that moment, they clustered around their crying daughter and enfolded her, she clearly a little girl again in their minds, she clearly a little girl again in her own mind, and everyone involved seeking comfort. The Observer, whose sole remaining soft spot seems to be people expressing love and relief, had to look away. Junior was nearby, surveying the damage — Black Phillip’s smashed grin and chipped paint. Staring at the car, we clapped an arm around Junior’s broadening shoulders, and said: “This is why we buy insurance.” Then we snuck in a hug, just like when he was 5.



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Results from an Environmental Protection Agency-certified laboratory “show quite clearly” that oil from the March 30 rupture of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline has reached Lake Conway and Palarm Creek, the “Remember Mayflower Coalition” announced in a conference call Monday, four weeks after the rupture. Some 200,000 gallons of Canadian crude flowed into the Northwoods subdivision of Mayflower, and some of the oil drained into a cove of Lake Conway, despoiling it. April Lane, with the Faulkner County Citizen’s Advisory Group and project manager of the Faulkner County Bucket Brigade, said the official lab report will be available in about 10 days, but said the results “clearly identified the fingerprint of the tar sands oil in the main body of the lake and the outflow at Palarm Creek.” Lane also said that air sampling conducted March 30 at Mayflower detected more than two dozen chemicals in the air, some of them carcinogens. Coalition organizer J.P. Strother said that the group believes it’s vital that the Pegasus pipeline be moved out of the Lake Maumelle watershed. He thanked U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin for working to move the pipeline out of the watershed. Emily Harris, who is also a member of the Faulkner County Citizen’s Advisory Group, said there has been “a serious lack of information and community outreach” on ExxonMobil’s part since the spill. “As long as the current Pegasus pipeline stays where it is, we should expect more of the same,” Harris said. “We need to demand a better response plan with new and more appropriate technology, personal protection equipment for our first responders, and information for our vulnerable populations. We have to improve the community notification process and share information in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner to these people who are really suffering from a lack of information.” Lane said follow-up air samples taken April 2 showed “dramatically lower” levels of harmful compounds, and testing on April 3 didn’t pick up anything CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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The latest from Mayflower

LIVESTOCK?: Jyll Latham with her pig, W.P. Sooie.

A pig tale LR resident prepares to fight City Hall — and seemingly contradictory ordinances — for her non-traditional pet. BY DAVID KOON


merica is a country that loves to argue. Chocolate vs. vanilla. Democrat vs. Republican. Imported vs. domestic. When it comes to the choice of a pet, though, things can get especially heated. Though the debate between dog versus cat will probably rage until Judgment Day, most people who come to love an animal, no matter what the species, would be ready to fight if their pet was threatened. Little Rock resident Jyll Latham says she plans to do just that for her small Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named W.P. Sooie. With an exemption for ownership of pot-bellied pigs in a section of the Little Rock municipal code that prohibits keeping hogs in the city, it would seem Latham’s petite porker would have the law on his side. Animal Control and the Little Rock city attorney, however, say that no matter how big the pig, it falls under the category of “livestock” and has to go. It will be up to a judge to decide on May 8. Latham has owned W.P. Sooie for 10 months. At 58 pounds and about the size of a medium-sized dog, he fits right in with the other pets Latham owns. He wears a collar and a leash, loves miniature marshmallows and sits on command. Latham has pictures of Sooie perched on

Santa’s lap at Christmas, and said he was housebroken much quicker than any pet she’s ever owned. “He’s smart,” Latham said. “He likes people. ... He went tailgating with us last September. People just love him. They usually do a double take and say: ‘Oh, God! It’s a pig!’ He’ll grunt at them, and he’s just as happy as he can be.” Latham was a renter when she purchased Sooie. She said that prior to buying her pet she researched the Little Rock municipal code, and found that the prohibition on keeping hogs in the city has an exemption for pot-bellied pigs. Confident that she could legally have the pig in the city limits, she bought the tiny swine. When she decided to move earlier this year, Latham said, she knew she probably couldn’t find another apartment that would allow her unusual pet, so she bought a home in a neighborhood north of I-630 near Barrow Road, and moved in at the end of March. Right away, Sooie picked a spot in the backyard to do his unmentionable pig business — beside a chain link fence that’s less than fifteen feet from the back door of Latham’s neighbor, Donald Rawls. Rawls told Arkansas Times that the smell was an issue almost immediately. “I don’t have anything against the pig,”

Rawls said. “I want her to clean up after the pig. First month she lived here, she didn’t do too good of a job of that.” After trying several methods to keep the pig away from the fence, Rawls said he asked a friend who was going to the Little Rock City Board meeting to inquire whether there was an ordinance that could be enforced. Rawls said that’s the only inquiry he has made with the city regarding the pig. He said it was never his intention to have Latham’s pet removed from her home. “I didn’t know there was any kind of regulation that said she couldn’t have a pig,” Rawls said. “I’m not up on pig law.” Latham said that the first Little Rock Animal Services worker who came to the house looked over the yard and Sooie, then gave her an all-clear to keep him. Believing the issue was settled, Latham said she didn’t get that worker’s name. Then, on April 5, Latham got an enforcement notice from animal services, stating that she was in violation of the city ordinance regarding “Keeping of Prohibited Animals,” with a notation reading: “You have 7 days to remove your Pig out of city limits or we will.” On April 24, an animal services officer returned, issuing Latham a citation for violation of city ordinance 6-43, which deals with “Keeping of Livestock.” The citation compels her to appear in the Little Rock District Court’s Environmental Court on May 8. The Keeping of Livestock subsection, which Latham said she didn’t consider before buying Sooie because he’s clearly not “livestock,” reads: “It shall be unlawful to keep cows, goats, horses, or other hoofed animals in a pen or lot within three hundred feet of any residence other than the residence of the livestock owner or business establishment.” Tracy Roark is the manager of Little Rock Animal Services. He said that the exemption for Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs in the “Hogs Prohibited” subsection doesn’t negate Sooie’s status as a “hoofed animal” that is subject to the “Keeping of Livestock” ordinance. Roark said it is legal to have a pot-bellied pig in the city limits only if the pig is kept at least 300 feet from the nearest neighbor. Latham’s yard isn’t that large. While Roark couldn’t recall any other issues with pot-bellied pigs in the city, in 2007, an owner of two pygmy goats who lived on Wolfe Street in Little Rock was fined under the ordinance, and eventually lost an appeal. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18




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MUD SLINGING “Mud,” the third feature-length film from Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, was released in town last Friday. Here’s what critics, the film’s actors, and Nichols himself are saying.

ON SET: Jeff Nichols with Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey and Jacob Lofland.

“A newly minted American classic. … In three features over the course of six years, Mr. Nichols has offered a vision of American life that is regional, though never provincial. But ‘Mud’ suggests that there’s nowhere he can’t go. It’s a movie that holds out hope for the movies’ future.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal “Nichols’ next film will likely be even better — and so will the one after that. Because this isn’t just a movie. It’s the firm confirmation of a career.” — Stephen Whitty, New Jersey Star-Ledger “Mr. Nichols’s screenplay is perhaps a little too heavily plotted, especially toward the end, when everything comes together neatly and noisily, but he more than compensates with graceful rhythm, an unfussy eye for natural beauty and a sure sense of character and place. …A good story is not just about some crazy stuff that happens but also about the voice that does the telling. And Mr. Nichols’s voice is a distinctive and welcome presence in American film.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times “It’s a film about getting your heart broken and how we recover from that. It’s also about ... a dying way of life in the South. “As the whole United States gets a little more homogenized and everybody gets cable TV and everything gets pumped in from the rest of the world, whatever was unique about the South, it changes. That’s not to say it totally goes away, but it’s definitely changing. You can go from one town to another and there’s a Best Buy and a Home Depot and a McDonald’s and it all kind of looks the same. There’s a character development that happens — everyone begins to talk the same, sound the same, and listen to the same music. And that culture becomes less unique.” — Nichols

INSIDER, CONT. harmful. She said the result on April 3 could have been due to windy conditions that day. Lane said a full list of the chemicals detected in the March 30 air sample will be available soon. She said they weren’t able to conduct more testing since April 3 because their funding for the project had run out. Northwoods subdivision resident Jennifer Kirby spoke about being evacuated from the neighborhood following the spill. Kirby, who said she lives “one street over” from the spill site and was at home with her 7-month-old when the pipeline ruptured, said she and her family have been staying with family and friends since then, and have decided to put their house on the market after being told by ExxonMobil that the company wouldn’t purchase the house. Kirby said she went back to the house two days ago to get some belongings, and while neither she nor her husband could smell any odor, they both came away from the house with a headache. “That tells me there’s either something in the air or something in our home that’s not right,” Kirby said.

Blue dog blues

“Having grown up in Tennessee, I don’t read a lot of Southern writing that’s very authentic. I thought [Nichols] did an incredible job of telling a story about two young boys in the contemporary South.” — Reese Witherspoon “I’ve got my own philosophies about life, and about how to go about life and approach it. …‘Just keep living’ is a bit of a compass for me…Mud, he’s a little more astrologic. He’s stepped in piles of crap so many times in his life he now believes it’s good luck. …There have been characters I’ve met, most of them probably in the rural South, that had little bits of knowledge like Mud, but nobody as fully committed, with a full constitution like Mud. If he ever came to the so-called mainland and got off of the proverbial island and was reined in by civilization, I don’t think he’d survive. He’s really getting his knowledge from the stars, from the rivers, from Mother Nature.” — Matthew McConaughey on the character, Mud, that Nichols wrote with McConaughey in mind.

Many Democrats had been hoping Democratic state Sen. Bruce Maloch, a Magnolia banker, would make a run for 4th District Congress if Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton runs for U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, as many expect. It’s not to be. Maloch sent along a copy of a note he sent to Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Will Bond. It encapsulates the difficult political climate in Arkansas. “I’m out. Told [former U.S. Rep.] Mike Ross and DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] last week. Combination of issues — work, family, probably having a tough race every 2 years in this district, etc. People like Ross, Dan Boren (OK) and Heath Shuler (NC), all blue dogs who left Congress on their own, attests to the frustration. May be more important now to try to keep some balance in Ark even if it did flip Republican.” He added in a note to the Times: “Hope we can get a good candidate.”

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BURRIS: Political wunderkind.

DISMANG: Hard negotiator.

RUNNING THE OPTION How Arkansas flipped the script on the Medicaid expansion debate.



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SANDERS: Conservative idea man.


f you see a crowd at the Capitol, it usually means something controversial is about to happen. Maybe there’s an abortion bill in committee. Or maybe one prominent lawmaker is having a spat with another and wants to talk some trash to the media. But late in the afternoon on Feb. 26, the swarm of journalists, cameramen, lobbyists and hangers-on gathered outside of the governor’s conference room were there to get some nitty-gritty policy details. Behind the conference-room doors, the governor was talking to about 20 legislators. He had just returned from Washington, where he had met with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to ask whether the federal government would grant the state some flexibility in tackling Medicaid expansion. Now he was relaying the results to local lawmakers. The debate over Medicaid expansion had cycled around and around and seemed to be going nowhere. The governor wanted to move forward, but he needed three-fourths approval from the legislature, which was controlled by Republicans dead set against it. As legislators and state officials slowly began to exit the conference room, there was a bit of confusion. The news from Washington was good, that much was clear. But the details seemed so different from everything that had been publicly discussed so far that reporters weren’t quite sure what had happened. Finally Gov. Mike Beebe ambled out of the conference room to meet the press, with the satisfied look he sometimes gets when he is very pleased with what he is about to say. He let the scrum gather around him, and he smiled. At the tail end of a long career, he was enjoying himself. What had the feds offered? “Basically,” he said, “they’ve agreed to give us about everything we’ve asked for.”


name guaranteed to derail any political discussion in Arkansas — that it took some hope. +++ uring the 2012 election cycle, Republicans in Arkansas were fired up. For one thing, it looked like they were going to be able to take control of the legislature after being out of power for more than a century. For another, they were hopeful that Republicans nationally could vote out President Obama and repeal his healthcare law, a man and a piece of legislation that had inspired incredible fury among conservative Arkansans. In fact, Obama and taking back the Arkansas legislature were explicitly tied together — a common campaign theme was fighting Obama and Obamacare from Little Rock.


Department of Human Services released an analysis on the fiscal impact, projecting hundreds of millions in savings to the state’s bottom line, with the savings continuing even as the match rate went down to 90 percent. The RAND Corp. released a study projecting that the state would add thousands of jobs, save thousands of lives and add a half-billion dollars annually in economic stimulus to the state GDP. None of it seemed to matter to Arkansas Republicans. They tried out lots of arguments against expansion, some coherent, some not. For many, given the tone of the campaign (“our view is that supporting Medicaid expansion is really embracing President Obama’s law,” as one party leader put it), the politics

whether to use it,” he said. Listing all of expansion’s benefits, he said, “We just have to say yes.” It was a strong speech, generally well received, and it made the substantive case for Medicaid expansion in starkly political terms. Some key Republicans in the audience, however, felt that Beebe was missing the mark. For them, all of the talk of “Obamacare” was beside the point, even condescending. Sen. Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), Sen. David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) had done their homework on healthcare policy, and they had a chip on their shoulders. They were infuriated when people — whether it was fellow lawmakers, hospital administrators, or this newspaper — called expansion a “no-brainer.” They


+++ ast week, the governor signed into law bills that accept federal money through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand healthcare coverage to low-income people in Arkansas. You’d be forgiven if your eyes have glazed over from time to time over the course of this long and often confusing debate. Healthcare reform is a subject that can get complicated quickly, with a lot of acronyms and numbers and jargon. It also has a real impact on real people’s lives. One in four Arkansans between the ages of 19 and 64 does not have health insurance; more than 200,000 of the state’s citizens will be gaining coverage from expansion. The decision will also have an outsized impact on the state’s fiscal future — the state will have hundreds of millions more in its coffers because of expansion, along with the economic impact of billions in federal spending in Arkansas. Whatever your position, it was one of the biggest questions before the legislature in years, if not decades. That question was turned on its head by the “private option” (that’s the common nickname for the new framework that HHS gave Arkansas the go-ahead to pursue). The private option achieves expansion of coverage using private insurance companies on the healthcare exchange instead of Medicaid. This new approach has gotten Arkansas national attention, representing the possibility of a third way for states trying to decide whether to go forward with expansion or stick with the status quo. Here at home, it turned Republicans who had been ferocious critics of the Affordable Care Act into advocates of using billions of dollars in government assistance to help the poor secure healthcare access. Without the private option, Medicaid expansion was all but dead in Arkansas. Now the state may well be the only one in Dixie to do right by its people. With states across the country filing into “yes” or “no” camps on expansion, how did Arkansas forge a different path? It took a group of clever and obstinate young Republican legislators who refused to go along with Medicaid expansion but weren’t ready to close the door on other ideas. They helped force a crafty veteran Democratic governor who was eager to go forward with expansion to consider alternative approaches. Throw in tireless and creative state health officials who happened to have a cozy relationship with their federal counterparts. Probably some luck. And, among everyone involved, it took a slightly crazy, seemingly unjustified optimism that somehow a solution was possible. You might even say — at the risk of conjuring up Barack Obama, a

DAVY CARTER: First Republican lawmaker to endorse the private option.

They wanted to take the country back. Well, they got Arkansas, but not the country. Obama was re-elected and the president’s healthcare reform act was the law of the land, with many of its key components set to go into effect in 2014. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court threw everyone a curveball with a ruling in June that upheld the law but allowed states to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid (see page 15 for a fuller explanation). Beebe announced support for expansion in September, but he couldn’t move ahead unilaterally — he needed a supermajority of the General Assembly to approve. A coalition of powerful interests in the state — particularly hospitals — began lining up in support of expansion. The

surrounding the healthcare law were toxic. “Coming into the session, we had a lot of people that had put themselves into a position where they’re fighting Obamacare, whatever that means,” Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said. In his state of the state speech, Beebe gave the hard sell on expansion. He made the humanitarian case for the working poor, the fiscal case for the state, and the economic case for hospitals, jobs, and attracting small businesses. “The benefits, costs and insurance mandates that you like or dislike about the law many call Obamacare will continue going into effect this year and the next,” he said. The legislature had the opportunity to do the right thing for the state, Beebe said. “The money is available, it’s our decision

heard Beebe’s line “we just have to say yes” as insulting, suggesting an abdication of their responsibility as legislators. They understood that real harm was coming to the state if no action at all was taken. But they also believed that they had a principled objection to Medicaid expansion that was more thoughtful and nuanced than simple anti-Obamacare partisanship. Sanders recalls a conversation he had with an administration official a few weeks before Beebe’s speech: “I said, understand, our opposition to Medicaid expansion is not some crazy, right-wing, ‘there’s a Muslim Kenyan socialist in the White House’ thing. That’s not us. We don’t think this works for Arkansas.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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like a teenager plowing through the “Twilight” series, and is passionate to the point of obsession about nearly every big-picture conservative reform idea ever. He speaks in manic bursts and thinks in very sweeping, very longrange, very ambitious terms (“We are just getting started in a brave new world of policy in the United States”). All of them are smart and a little bit wonky. All of them are politically combative. All of them are extremely conservative. And all of them — if you take them at their word — were never, ever going to vote for full expansion of the traditional Medicaid program. In the first few months after the election, legislators were met with a barrage of arguments from key political

that the Medicaid program simply didn’t work, and from their perspective, expansion would only exacerbate the problems. Meanwhile, any talk of “free money” from the federal government was anathema to conservative dogma. When Beebe met with a group of legislators from both parties on Feb. 11, the meeting began with much the same dynamic as the state of the state — the governor making the hard sell, Republicans crossing their arms. Republicans saw it as an opportunity, as Burris puts it, to say, “No, and here’s why.” From their perspective, this meeting was the moment when the governor understood that traditional Medicaid expansion simply wasn’t on the table (expansion proponents

the wrong behavior among beneficiaries; they think it will inevitably lead to runaway costs; they think it gobbles up taxpayer money while delivering low-quality service. One can argue with them until the cows come home on these points, but once you realize how deeply held their worldview is, it becomes clear why Medicaid expansion as traditionally conceived was always going to be a nearly impossible sell to this crew. But this was also the key to unlocking a third way in Arkansas: This group of Republicans turned out to be much more open to government spending to increase healthcare access if it came as part of a transition from a public program to a more market-based


+++ e cannot know for sure what would have happened in a counterfactual, but it’s highly likely that without the “private option,” Medicaid expansion would have been impossible. And the “private option” came to be in large part because of pushback from three key Republicans. Dismang, a jovial backslapper by disposition, is a hard-handed negotiator; he faced political pressure with White County Medical Center in his district, but was one of the most forceful lawmakers in the early going, tangling with the stakeholders pushing for Medicaid expansion. He’s viewed as one of the legislature’s hardest workers and has been open to pragmatic problem-solving despite his consistently hard-right political orientation. Back in November, when many in his party were still relying on ready-made slogans, Dismang was researching the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act. His comfort getting into the weeds of policy detail established him as a key voice of Republican opposition to expansion even before the session started. Burris is a 27-year-old political wunderkind who first ran for office in 2008 at the suggestion of Sen. Michael Lamoureux, who happened to see him at the drive-thru at Wendy’s where Burris, then a College Republican at Pulaski Tech, was working as a manager. He was elected as the youngest legislator in decades and has devoted himself to the General Assembly full-time ever since. He’s quick on his feet, with a sharp, biting sense of humor, but if someone like Beebe was looking for compromise, Burris was probably not the first person he thought of. He is an aggressive, bullheaded legislator who likes to pick fights with liberals and has the talent to spar with the best. He once asked why the media portrayed him as angry (Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett rarely mentions his name without including the apt “pugnacious” as modifier). A reporter suggested that it looked like he wanted to punch someone during committee meetings. He responded that people should stop saying things that made him want to punch someone. Sanders practiced his policy chops as a conservative commentator for local television and print media before going into politics. He inherited the passion for right-wing ideas of his hero William F. Buckley, and also the cosmopolitan flair — his dapper getups even feature matching socks for his colorful collars and pocket hankies. He digests material from conservative blogs and think tanks

LAMOUREUX: “The principal” had a good working relationship with Beebe (right).

insiders, hospitals, and the business community. While the makeup of the legislature — and at least in some districts, the electorate — was ideologically opposed, the major interests in the state were united in support of Medicaid expansion. Because the fiscal case for the state was so strong, many expansion proponents felt that once the facts were digested, they would win the argument. In the final analysis, was the legislature really prepared to turn down billions in federal stimulus money? But Burris, Dismang and Sanders believed that they had as good a handle on the facts as anyone, and they were absolutely prepared to turn down the feds’ offer. They were true believers

view it differently, saying they were not ready to give up hope if that was the only way forward). In any case, hearing the Republican arguments also represented an opportunity for Beebe and his team. His staff took notes on their questions and concerns. They knew what Republicans were saying no to. Was there anything they would say yes to? +++ f you’ve ever heard a conservative rail against Medicaid, or any public program for the poor, you’ll be familiar with the complaints lodged by Burris, Dismang and Sanders. They think the program is rife with waste and inefficiency; they think it incentivizes


approach using private companies. Liberals were motivated by the expansion part of Medicaid expansion — access to healthcare for the poor. If they could take out the Medicaid part, Burris, Dismang and Sanders were willing to be partners. This isn’t really so surprising. Before Obamacare got labeled socialism, healthcare exchange marketplaces were once considered a conservative alternative approach to expanding healthcare coverage (made famous by Republican Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts). As Sanders is fond of mentioning, ideas about “premium support” have often come from the Republican side. Congress

To understand the policy decision Arkansas faced, here are some basics you need to know. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or “Obamacare” as some call it) does lots and lots of things but there are two big ones when it comes to expanding healthcare coverage: 1) It expands the Medicaid program up to anyone who makes under 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,856 for an individual). It does this via generous matching rates: the feds foot the full bill for the first three years; the match rate slowly declines to 90 percent in 2020. That means a lot of money and a lot more people covered in a state like Arkansas, where the current eligibility line is 17 percent FPL ($1,953) for parents, and childless adults don’t qualify no matter how poor they are. 2) It creates exchanges — regulated marketplaces where people can buy health insurance. Folks between 100 and 400 percent of the FPL (between $11,490 and $45,960) will be heavily subsidized by the government to help them purchase insurance on the exchange.   Number two above is coming no matter what. What the Supreme Court did was make number one suddenly uncertain. Each individual state would decide whether it wanted to expand Medicaid or not.

had actually considered an exchangebased approach for expansion in the Affordable Care Act itself before rejecting it as too expensive (private premiums are typically costlier than Medicaid). Though Sanders and company are undoubtedly ideologues, they are not entirely rigid. You might call them pragmatic federalists — they weren’t willing to just accept the federal policy on Medicaid expansion, but they were willing to negotiate (in contrast to the middle-finger federalism of someone like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was content to simply say no). They also saw an opportunity to put what they viewed as a conservative stamp on healthcare reform that is inevitably coming down the pipeline. “Republicans have always been timid to play in the world of social welfare policy,” Sanders said. “They’re always quick to throw rocks at it. They will not go in and get their hands dirty.” For Sanders and company, simply walking away amounted to ceding policy territory to liberals whose ideas they were likely to loathe. That’s not to say that they were immediately looking for a deal. One of the many ironies in the development of the “private option” is that its roots come not from compromise proposals but from arguments against Medicaid expansion. As Burris points out, if you are sharpening your policy arguments about why you believe something is a bad idea, it’s only natural to begin to start thinking about what should be done instead. In the first Senate committee meeting on expansion, a heated

confrontation between Dismang and an administration official ended up opening the door to more creative thinking. Dismang focused on a quirk in the ACA that came about after the Supreme Court’s ruling: In states that opted for expansion, people between 100 to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be covered under Medicaid; in states that didn’t expand, they would instead be eligible to buy subsidized insurance on the exchange. Dismang argued that people in the 100-138 group would want to be able to buy subsidized private insurance and that by expanding, the state would be taking that “right” away. Beebe’s team saw an opening — if Republicans wanted the 100-138 group to go on the exchange, could that be part of a middle-ground deal on expansion? The problem was that the feds had been clear that the obvious solution — expanding Medicaid partially, but not all the way to 138 — was legally impossible if states wanted the ACA’s match rates. Any deal would need federal approval. Beebe announced that he would meet with Sebelius when he was in D.C. for the governor’s conference in late February, and that he was willing to ask for any form of flexibility that would still achieve the underlying goals of expansion. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville) speculated that Beebe might be “uniquely situated to get a little extra negotiation power for our state” but it was hard to know why this would be the case. If the feds gave Arkansas a deal, they’d have to give all states a deal.

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In the weeks before the meeting with Sebelius, a few signs started trickling in from other states that perhaps there was a little wiggle room after all. No one was more tapped in to these developments than Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison, a whip-smart health economist who had worked as a Medicaid director in Kansas (as well as a healthcare researcher for the state under then-Gov. Sebelius) and had spent three years as a Medicaid budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget. Allison had a passion for innovative healthcare policies and few in the country had a better handle on both existing Medicaid research and the spectrum of what might be legally and practically doable. He also had connections. He served as president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors in 2012, an organization that he helped found. He was in constant communication with other state Medicaid directors and had developed a close working relationship with key officials at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In communicating with the feds, Allison began to realize there might be flexibility for some kind of privatized approach. In the week before the meeting in D.C., emails between DHS officials and members of Beebe’s team expressed hope for a “grand bargain” sending some of the expansion pool to the exchange. The day before they left, the governor and DHS officials met with key Republican lawmakers to try to hammer out just what their request to Sebelius would be. Lamoureux remembers Burris being aggressive at the meeting (“not looking for common ground, looking for John Burris ground”), but noticed a change in the governor and DHS. Burris and company were shooting for the moon; now the administration was ready to bend. “The governor is a smart negotiator,” Lamoureux says. “At that point, it was looking like we were heading toward nothing. At some point in his mind, he decided to take a different path.” The yes-or-no debate had shifted completely to exploring the boundaries of what might be possible. The day before, the governor of Florida had come out for expansion — Florida’s situation wasn’t analogous to Arkansas’s but it would use a privatized approach, which seemed like a crack in the door. Allison had been in touch with Ohio’s Medicaid director, and he described some of what the state hoped to eventually do with moving people on to the exchange. These were

long-term goals, not yet public, but the Republicans in the room grew excited as Allison discussed the concept of covering people through the exchange, even moving some in the existing Medicaid program to private plans. As he got in to the details, Burris turned around. “That’s not Medicaid expansion at all,” he said. The room got quiet and the governor leaned forward. “Talk to me,” he said. Over the course of that meeting, and a second meeting immediately thereafter in Dismang’s office, the lawmakers and officials hammered out the details of their big ask to the feds. It was bigger than anyone could have predicted the week before: Could they achieve Medicaid expansion without expanding the state’s traditional Medicaid program, entirely through private companies on the exchange? +++ hen the governor returned with the news from the feds, it was like “pushing the re-set button,” as Speaker of the House Davy Carter (R-Cabot) put it. Immediately after the meeting, Carter rushed to cancel a contract with an outside consultant that Republicans had planned to hire to evaluate the costs of traditional Medicaid expansion. This new option still amounted to accepting federal money to provide health insurance to the poor, but the means to do so had different implications for providers, carriers, beneficiaries and the healthcare system as a whole. After months of contentious debate, it was time to debate a new policy, with only about six weeks left in the session. With the private option in play, the old sparring partners became new allies. The governor’s office, DHS staff, and Surgeon General Joe Thompson worked closely with Burris, Dismang and Sanders to craft the legislation. “We all felt like we were pulling in the same direction at that point,” DHS director John Selig said. If Burris, Dismang and Sanders were the foot soldiers designated to hammer out policy details, Carter and Lamoureux were the generals tasked with seeing that the legislation got the needed supermajority. Both were seen as relative moderates within the party who had been at least open-minded about the expansion question and both had strong working relationships with Beebe. Lamoureux had a calm and forbearing style, nicknamed the “principal” because of his peacekeeping role in the Senate, where the often touchy and cantankerous members could resemble a high-school class. Carter, meanwhile, was fiery,


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impatient with inaction and occasionally impulsive. He was the first Republican lawmaker to publicly endorse the new approach and once he did, his hyper-competitive drive was key in wrangling the needed votes. There is a broad consensus on both sides of the aisle that expansion never would have happened without Carter as speaker. But prior to the private option, he could run hot and cold. According to multiple lawmakers, during the debate over traditional Medicaid expansion, he was prepared on several occasions to announce that expansion simply was not going to happen, before being talked down. On the other hand, the week before finding out about the private option, he may have been close to endorsing traditional Medicaid expansion. According to multiple lawmakers, Carter approached the Democratic leadership about striking a deal — if he rallied support for full Medicaid expansion, would they rally support for a capital gains tax cut? Carter met that week with former Medicaid director Ray Hanley, an expansion advocate. In an email to Selig, Hanley wrote, “clear to me [Carter] is looking for a path forward on expansion. ... Told him I could actually make case that expansion is the ‘antiObamacare.’ ... He liked that.” (Carter remembers the meeting with Hanley but doesn’t remember that discussion; he said does not recall either considering an announcement taking expansion off

the table or approaching Democrats about a deal.) Once the private option was announced, it seemed for a little while like getting the votes wouldn’t be nearly the slog that everyone had anticipated. In the first month or so, there was very little in the way of conservative criticism of the plan in the state. Few had stronger anti-Obamacare bona fides and conservative cred than Burris, Dismang and Sanders, and they were very effective pitchmen within the party. Even ultra-right-wingers like Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) were talking positively about the private option (Bell eventually voted against it). But as the bills were filed and started to work their way through committee, the tide began to turn on the right. Tea Party activists began grumbling, and some Republican legislators announced that they were still not satisfied with the new approach. The Arkansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group that spent more than a million dollars in the last legislative election, was cagey for weeks after the private option was announced, but came out against it in early April, complete with an advertisement featuring Nancy Pelosi that almost felt nostalgic. They peppered town halls and social media with objections from the right flank, and even flew in a former Romney healthcare advisor to address a small town hall in Benton the night before the vote in the House. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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In the final weeks, House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs), originally a co-sponsor on the bills, came out against the plan. He had always been the most skeptical of the group involved; his preferred approach to problems was geared more toward “cut” than “reform.” Although he knows the numbers well enough to know that the choice to expand has no meaningful impact on the national debt, he has always had what he calls a moral objection to accepting federal deficit spending. Perhaps Westerman could simply never get past that. But there may also have been a political calculation — his decision came shortly after AFP’s announcement and in the wake of burgeoning opposition among the Tea Party faithful. If Westerman, who had worked alongside the bill’s architects and seemed to give tacit approval about the direction they were going, could swoop in to kill the private option, he’d emerge as a hero to rightwingers dead set against any form of expansion. While the major three Republicans behind the bill were magnanimous about Westerman’s move, many other lawmakers in their caucus were furious. Some privately speculated that Westerman had thrown his colleagues — who had taken considerable political risk — under the bus in order to pursue a run for Congress in the Fourth District (which may have an open seat if U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton decides to run for Senate). Townhalls were hastily scheduled in the weeks before the vote, and anxious observers on both sides checked in on members’ Facebook and Twitter accounts to see if positions were flipping. In the hallways at the Capitol, “what’s your count?” replaced “hello” as the greeting. The truth was that by the time you heard a count, it had already shifted, as legislators changed their minds by the hour. It was like “trying

WESTERMAN: Eventually came out against the plan despite being an original co-sponsor.

to nail Jell-O to the wall,” one lobbyist said. As many as 20 votes in the House were considered in play by both sides as it came down to the wire. The debates often felt more like a conservative political conference than a state legislature nearly evenly divided by party. Republicans debated Republicans about the future of the Republican Party. Democrats were almost totally silent. This was by design — the situation was viewed as so delicate for Republicans accepting money from the federal healthcare law that any voice from the left was seen as risky business. “If we were hashing it out with them in the mix it wouldn’t have happened,” Lamoureux says. “For 15 weeks, to hold their breath, that’s discipline. They were able to do what they needed to do, not what they wanted to.” The Democrats would have to be content to be the unsung heroes biting their tongues, the base votes that never wavered. “The end goal was the important thing,” Democratic Majority Leader Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) said. “Let’s get these quarter million people insured.” For Republicans, things got testy,

and things got personal. Kenneth Ryan James, a former flack for Congressman Tim Griffin ostensibly working as a consultant for the Republican caucus, allied himself with Westerman and was heard to say, after the House delayed consideration of the bill when supporters didn’t have the votes, “Bruce 1, Davy 0.” Some Republicans loyal to Rep. Terry Rice (R-Waldron), who had run for speaker only to have Carter usurp the office with Democratic support, reportedly refused to support expansion out of spite over Carter. Expansion opponents claimed shady arm-twisting, and Westerman accused unnamed colleagues of betraying their principles for “30 pieces of silver.” On the Senate side, key lawmakers had to be kept away from Sen. Missy Irvin to avoid a frustrated shouting match on the morning of the vote. Irvin had previously lobbied House members to vote for the private option, then surprised expansion proponents by flipping to a no. That morning, she announced she could be a yes if they would consider some changes, based on hand-written notes that she had only a hazy understanding of. When

lawmakers objected to the last-minute shenanigans, she responded, “Do you want my vote or not?” Cooler heads prevailed and Sanders, Burris, and Allison were called in to get last-minute amendments added. They represented no significant substantive change; one of them was to add Irvin’s name to the bill. In the end, the bills passed with two votes to spare in the House and one to spare in the Senate. The most powerful voices bringing Republicans on board to offer a safety net for the working poor came from three bellicose hard-liners who never met a government program they didn’t want to cut. To this day, they fall into involuntary tics of apocalyptic fear when the Affordable Care Act comes up (Burris: “it’s the worst ... a terrible, terrible, terrible bill ... it’s going to have wrecking implications”; Sanders: “can’t stand it ... atrocious ... worst legislation passed, easily, in the last 50 years”). Of course, the private option takes advantage of federal funding that comes out of the ACA and uses a key tenet of the ACA — subsidized healthcare exchanges — to achieve coverage. Spinners on every side will be working overtime, with dramatic talk of capitulating to Obamacare, saving us from Obamacare and everything in between. All of which will likely be so much noise to the folks in this state who will no longer be going without health insurance because they can’t afford it. If politics is the art of the possible, we’ve seen some serious artistry in the last few months. That’s what this story is about, but it’s not why it matters. Arkansas is one of the stingiest states in the nation when it comes to covering the healthcare of its poorest citizens; come Jan. 1, that will no longer be true. Of course the road was circuitous and maddening, to a destination as improbable as that.

A PIG TALE, CONT. “I can’t say, OK, you can have this small [pig],” Roark said. “The code reads as it reads, and I have to enforce that code. ... People complain, and we have to react based on what the code says.” Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter supports Roark’s opinion that codes 6-41 and 6-43 should actually be read in conjunction. “It sounds like they’ve cited them and I think they’ve got a reasonable interpretation of the ordinance,” Carpenter said. “If [Latham] wants to fight them, she’ll go before Judge [Mark D.] Leverett and 18

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he either agrees with them or he doesn’t.” Little Rock lawyer Ryan Lazenby, who will represent Latham and her pig when the case goes to Little Rock District Court on May 8, said the two ordinances are clearly at odds. He said pot-bellied pigs are pets, not livestock, a point made by the specific exemption for pot-bellied pigs written into the Little Rock code. “It’s a mess,” he said. “That’s all I can say about it. The city doesn’t have a clear stance on it, and that should really be fixed.” While waiting for her court date, Jyll

Latham has started a support page for Sooie on Facebook at SaveSooie, which has 250 “likes” as of this writing. She spent $500 to secure the services of an attorney, and said she expects to spend more on legal fees before it’s over. “I was never planning on hiring a lawyer for my pig,” she said, “but I would fight just as hard for my kids.” Latham said she doesn’t have a lot of alternatives for what to do with Sooie if her court date doesn’t go his way. Latham, who said she has worked as an animal rescue

volunteer in the past, knows that if placing a homeless dog or cat is hard, placing a homeless pig might be doubly hard. She’s optimistic, saying she’ll appeal if the court finds against her, but she’s clearly worried about the future of the pig she calls her “little buddy.” “He’s not a barnyard animal,” she said. “He wouldn’t be happy in a barnyard. The breeder would probably take him back, but he’d live outside and wouldn’t be happy with that. That’s not how he’s used to living. He’s absolutely an inside pet.”

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o most Arkansans, Cajun French is a foreign language. But that doesn’t mean Arkansans can’t relate to the Lost Bayou Ramblers, who will perform at the Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast on May 4. Hailing from about 50 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, the Lost Bayou Ramblers feature a mix of traditional Cajun music (Cajun accordion, fiddle and triangle with a waltz or two-step beat), blues and rock ’n’ roll. “We started off playing traditional Cajun music, and it was definitely important to have a good handle on the essentials of the music, and we had been playing for a couple of decades,” said Louis Michot, who founded the band with his brother, Andre. “Our live shows just kept getting wilder and wilder and more and more experimental and spontaneous, and our recordings were staying more traditional. So we really just decided to pull the stopper and let it flow.” The resulting river of creativity is on display on the band’s newest album, “Mammoth Waltz.” So does Michot think the band has freed itself from the constraints of traditional Cajun music with the new album? “Yeah, definitely. I think this album, as much as we’ve been always geared that way, this album has really solidified who we are and how people perceive us and that we really are into creating a musical experience,” Michot said. “For one thing, it’s open to the crowd,” Michot said. “The more and more the crowd is into it, the more crazy 20

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we’re going to get, and then just being open to different sonic-scapes we make with our instruments.” The result is “psychedelic,” say some of the band members, who draw inspiration from artists like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to accomplish the final product. “We have the accordion running through pedals, feeding it through the amp, and there are fiddles. There’s definitely feedback and interesting things coming out of the amps that you wouldn’t normally hear from a Cajun band.” “Mammoth Waltz” includes 11 original songs, all with the common thread of Cajun French lyrics. “The language barrier is definitely there, but I think that given that the subject matter is a lot of blues,” he said, “it’s either about love, or it’s about the ecological things.” The album has the potential to resonate with Arkansans in more ways than one. “All of the songs are real, and they’re about real things in my life, and when I’m singing them, I’m feeling and I’m remembering where I was when I wrote that every time,” Michot said. “That’s really what carries the message across the song because whether or not you can understand French, you can definitely feel what I’m talking about even if you can’t understand the exact words.” Two songs in particular may strike a chord with Arkansans in the wake of the Exxon Pegasus pipeline spill. Both “Marée Noir” (“The black tide is a bad dream / The oilfields are floating while the marshes are

drowning / We thought we’d never see it, but the black tide is here”) and “Bastille” refer to the BP oil spill in the gulf, which devastated the Louisiana ecosystem. “When I write songs, they come very quick, and the oil spill lasted so long that a couple of months into it, I was writing material for the album, and it would just not stop,” Louis said. “They couldn’t plug it; it just kept pouring into our gulf so every morning it was just a depressing situation. Really just the ongoing stress that we all felt during that situation was my inspiration, thinking about the people that were closer to it than we were.” But despite the sometimes gloomy subject matter — they’re influenced by the blues, after all — the Lost Bayou Ramblers certainly know how to get a party started and keep it going. Lost Bayou Ramblers will headline the Heritage Hog Roast with a full set beginning at 8 p.m. They’ll follow a full entertainment line-up throughout the day: singer/ songwriter Mandy McBryde (12:45-2 p.m.), Memphis bluesman Davis Coen (2:15-3:30 p.m.), singer/songwriter Bonnie Montgomery (3:45-5 p.m.), improv from The Joint (5-5:30 p.m.), blues-inflected pop rock group Riverboat Crime (5:30-6:45 p.m.) and Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain (7-8 p.m.). Tickets to the festival are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. After 7 p.m., tickets to hear music are $10. Get advanced tickets at

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OXFORD AMERICAN’S NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD-WINNING video series, SoLost, has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the magazine announced last week. One of the latest in the series features famed Little Rock architectural photographer Tim Hursley rhapsodizing about a broken-down silo in Hale County, Ala. SoLost won the National Magazine Award for Video in 2011, and is among five finalists for this year’s award. THE BODY HAS A NEW THREESONG EP OUT THIS WEEK called “Master, We Perish.” Reviews have been positive, with Popdose noting that the three songs “aren’t just punishing but incredibly unique as well.” CVLT Nation called the EP “clearly an example of the band revving their engine for the next full-length and it certainly lays down a haunting and invigorating gauntlet for things to come.” Its run of 500 CD copies sold out in probably about nine seconds. The vinyl version will be available soon. They’ll have it with them on their upcoming two-month tour. In other Body news, the duo signed to the Thrill Jockey label, which will release its new album this fall, which, right on. That’s a good label. Also, they’ve released two ultracreepy videos, both directed by Richard Rankin, for songs from the new EP. Check out “Worship” and “The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash” at Probably you’ll want to skip that last one if you’re easily upset by imagery of awful things such as, say, a mass-suicide crime-scene investigation scene. Oh, The Body. Where will your fascination with all things horrific and gruesome take us next?

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8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $39-$147.

Is there another band that rose to fame during the Classic Rock Decade — let’s call it 1970-1980 — for which there is broader consensus than Fleetwood Mac? (Side note: I’m referring to the Buckingham/Nicks lineup of the band; the earlier incarnations certainly had their merits, e.g. 1969’s majestic “Then Play On”). Sure, you’ll hear people dis the giants from that era all the time. The Eagles were and are huge, and sold a ton of records. But they also inspire passionate hatred. Ditto for your Billy Joels and your Elton Johns and your Peter Framptons. But have you ever heard any credible person (basically anybody who’s not a gadfly, curmudgeon, spoilsport or stick in the mud) claim that Fleetwood Mac sucks? No, you have not. And why is that? It’s because the band made music that was sophisticated and catchy, but also real and human. They were massively popular and despite the ubiquity of many of the group’s hits, I never change the dial when “Rhiannon” or “Go Your Own Way” or “Dreams” comes on, even though I’ve heard ’em a zillion times. The band’s hits are simply indelible parts of the pop landscape, one of the few groups that just about everyone can agree on.

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Noon. Sixth and Main streets in Argenta. $10-$30.

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So before you head on over to the inaugural Arkansas Times’ Heritage Hog Roast in Argenta, you should definitely stop by the 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens. As Daniel Walker noted on Eat Arkansas (which should definitely be part of your daily blog reading), the event promises live music (from Grupo F5, Chico Style and Niris), dancing, kids’ activities, games and, of course, delicious food and drinks. If you guessed that that last part meant food trucks, well DING!-DING!-DING! We have a winner! The festival boasts “the best in gourmet food trucks, as well as the best international and authentic Mexican food from around the city served right in Downtown Little Rock.” There will be Mexican beers available (and some domestics too), as well as real-deal, authentic margaritas. All proceeds from the event will go toward higher education scholarships, including the Patricia Guardado Scholarship fund at UALR.

So surely, by now, you’ve heard about the Arkansas Times’ Heritage Hog Roast, right? Y’all, this is going to be an epic celebration of slow-cooked, smoky pork. Seriously, there are going to be 11 teams roasting 125-lb. heritage-breed hogs from Falling Sky Farm and Freckle Face Farm, each team competing to see who can create the most succulent, melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece of porcine perfection, along with scrumptious side dishes. That means you can sample from 11 different approaches to winning from some of the tastiest and most celebrated chefs and restaurants in the area. But do you wanna know a secret? Everyone is going to be a winner at this thing, because here’s why: hundreds of pounds of delicious pork and side dishes + wine and excellent craft beers from Schlafly + a fantastic lineup of music, including The Lost Bayou Ramblers = Yes! Awesome!

Little Rock community radio station KABF-FM 88.3 recently announced some lineup and scheduling changes, part of a “reorganization to better serve its listeners and the community on the eve of its 29th year on the air,” according to a press release. That means the addition of some new shows (a drive-time music show), the return of some established programs and, of course, fundraising. The spring pledge drive starts Saturday and goes through May 18. They’re kicking things off with a pledge drive concert (18-and-older) that boasts a great lineup of music, emceed by Shoog Radio host Cheyenne Matthews, Ursula and Adam Hogg, with performances from Amy Garland and Nick Devlin, Color Club, Big Piph and Ezra Lbs. If you care about KABF and want to see it continue, show your support by making a tax-deductible donation.



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Little Rock’s Whale Fire has its debut full-length out this week, and will be showcasing the tunes at this here album release show. It’s called “Before You Run,” and you might be familiar with some of the tunes, includ22

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ing “Dream of Me” and “The Fabric,” which were released on a 7” single in September. Those tracks were solid as a single, but I think they might work even better in the opening half of the album, especially “Dream of Me,” which kicks the record off with an emotional start. The fifth track, “Take Fire,” kicks up

the tempo a bit, giving way to “U Will Find,” a jaunty, gentle folk number with the reverb-drenched atmospherics and lush singing that the band has made its calling card. The album closes with the nine-minute “All Gone, All Along,” a shuffling rumination that includes an awesome head fake of feedback and

warped sound effects before winding its way to a coda that lingers perhaps just a touch too long. That very minor criticism aside, it’s clear the band has put a lot of work and thought into the album and you can hear that in the end result. Opening up the show will be Whale Fire’s fellow travelers The See.



House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will discuss current affairs at the Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. You can help support historic preservation in Arkansas while also filling your belly with beer and mudbugs, at the annual Preservation Crustaceans Crawfish Boil, presented by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, 5:30-9 p.m., $40. Deathmetal vets Vore play Downtown Music Hall, with Fallen Empire, Giant of the Mountain, Everscathed and Abandon the Artifice, 7 p.m., $8.


THE DUDES: Titus Andronicus plays at Stickyz Tuesday.



9 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 day of.

Titus Andronicus, of New Jersey, is one of the latest in a long line of boozy, melodic punk rock bands that stretches from The Clash and The Pogues and The Replacements up through Dillinger Four and Against Me! and The Hold Steady (they share D4’s affinity for long, absurd, often hilarious song

titles, e.g., “Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter”). Titus Andronicus has a much grander and weirder scope and vision than most of those comparisons would lead you to believe. Just give a spin to the band’s 2010 album “The Monitor,” a loose concept album about the Civil War, interspersed with bits of speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. The band’s latest, 2012’s “Local Business,” starts with a trifecta of

punk anthems that’s as exciting as anything I’ve heard in a good while. They crib from “Personality Crisis” on the 69-second instrumental “Food Fight!” only to move seamlessly into the personal and candid eight-minute epic, “My Eating Disorder,” about frontman Patrick Stickles’ battle with Selective Eating Disorder. The band is on tour with power-pop-informed punks The So So Glos out of Brooklyn.




8:30 p.m. Revolution. $13 adv., $15 day of.

At this point, bands that mix it up at the intersection of country, folk, blues, hillbilly, ragtime, rock ’n’ roll and punk aren’t really a novelty anymore. That’s just a normal thing, now that everyone figured out it was all pretty similar to begin with and stopped acting like genres are these walls that are necessary to keep things separate. What a silly way to be that was, right? The Devil Makes Three is one of the bands that figured that out about a decade ago. They’re a trio out of Santa Cruz, Calif., and their drummer-less, allstring approach doesn’t keep them from

If you dig ragtime and early jazz and string bands and so forth, don’t miss Pokey LaFarge at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $8. LaFarge has a new LP coming out this summer on Jack White’s Third Man Records, so keep an eye out for that. “Dinner on the Grounds” is a fundraising dinner to benefit Our House, with live music from Lagniappe, Terry House, 6:30 p.m., $150. The rockabilly trio Eskimo Brothers comes to Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Country hit-maker Mark Chesnutt plays an all-ages concert at Juanita’s, with Jason Campbell & Singletree and Brandi Shae opening, 10 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. The Joint will satisfy your need for live rock ’n’ roll, with Dangerous Idiots and Go Fast, 9 p.m., $5. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers bring their neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop hybrid back to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. Folky faves Don’t Stop Please (now based in Fayetteville) perform with Flipoff Pirates at an 18-andolder show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5.

YOU AND ME: The Devil Makes Three plays at Revolution Wednesday.

kicking up a ruckus. Just give a listen to any of the band’s albums, but especially their live sets, “A Little Bit Faster and a Little Bit Worse” from 2006 or 2011’s “Stomp and Smash.” Also on this bill is

Jonny Fritz, (formerly known as Jonny Corndawg), a country performer with a gentle lilt and a yen for humorous tunes. He’s got a new album out: “Dad Country” on ATO Records.

Fans of women’s full-tackle football will want to check out the local Arkansas Banshees as they take on the Memphis Dynasty, Catholic High School, 12:30 p.m., $5. Up in Fayetteville, Old Crow Medicine Show plays at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $32-$77. The May Festival of the Arts has kicked off up in Eureka Springs, with a month of art, music, live performance and more. There’s Drumming in the Park at Basin Spring Park, 6-7 p.m. and the Ozarks Chorale Spring Concert at The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $10. The great James McMurtry plays an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, with Jonny Burke, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. Diamond State Chorus presents “Celebrate Harmony” at Argenta Community Theater, 2 and 7 p.m., $13-$15.

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Adrenaline (headliner), Shannon McClung (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. The Down and Outs, Dead Celt Society Band. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Funkanites. The Joint, 9 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Heath Wright. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through May 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke and line dancing lessons. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, first Thursday of every month, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Karaoke night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Thursday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Thursday of every month, free before 9 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-5543437. Kyng, IO Echo. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $3. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Little Rock Irish Song Session. Dugan’s Pub, first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., free. 401 E. 3rd St. 501-920-8534. Mark Edgar Stuart, Jim Mize. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Rodge Arnold. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Vore, Fallen Empire, Giant of the Mountain, Everscathed, Abandon the Artifice. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.


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


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BLUES FOR LOU: Pine Bluff native and longtime Memphis music fixture Mark Edgar Stuart plays at White Water Tavern with the great Jim Mize, Thursday, 9 p.m., $5.


Arkansas Preservation Conference: “Placemaking and the Power of Preservation.” With Ethan Kent, vice president, “Project for Public Spaces.” North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, noon-1:30 p.m., $40. 100 Main St., NLR. 501-372-4757. Hillcrest Shop & Sip. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, first Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. Hot Springs Plein Air Festival. Arts festival at locations throughout the city. Downtown Hot Springs. 501-624-0489. “How Can I Afford Retirement?” workshop. Register at Oley E. Rooker Library, 3: 6:30 p.m., free. 11 Otter Creek Court. 501907-5991. Nancy Pelosi. The House Democratic Leader will discuss current affairs. Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Permaculture Film & Discussion Series. Film and discussion series about permaculture, on the fifth floor of the library Main Library,

Continues through 2, free. 100 S. Rock St. www. Pioneer Days. Garland County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., $2 per carload. Higdon Ferry Road, off the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway, Hot Springs. 501-276-8283. Preservation Crustaceans Crawfish Boil. Presented by Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, 5:30-9 p.m., $40. 6800 Camp Robinson Road, NLR. 501-993-4560. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m.; May 3, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555.



30-Something Party Fridays. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Friday of every month, free before

10 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501301-1200. Amore, No Commercials. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Bluesboy Jag & the Juke Joint Zombies. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst. com. Class of ‘87 Band (headliner), Alex Summerlin (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Dangerous Idiots, Go Fast. The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Don’t Stop Please, Flipoff Pirates. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Eskimo Brothers. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Fleetwood Mac. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $39$147. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Hell or Highwater. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Mark Chesnutt, Jason Campbell & Singletree, Brandi Shae. All-ages. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $22 adv., $25 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Matthew Huff. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 21 and older, $12 ages 18-20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray. The Cavern, 8 p.m. 316 W. B St., Russellville. North Little Rock Community Concert Band. Lakewood Village Amphitheatre, 7 p.m., free. Lakewood Village, NLR. Pokey LaFarge. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $8. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Rodge Arnold. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Sirraf. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Southern Gospel Festival. Overnight camping is $12 per night, concession stands will be open. Cypress Creek Park, May 3, 6 p.m.; May 4, noon; May 5, 6 p.m., free, donations accepted. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. The Swinging Franks. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, May 3-4, 7 p.m.; May 31-June 1, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliams-


Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. Salsa Night. Begins with 30-40 minute salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Dedication. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, 11:30 a.m., free, online RSVP required. One Airport Road. 501-372-3439. Conference on School and Community Gardening. CALS Children’s Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 4800 W. 10th St. Cruisin’ in the Rock. River Market Pavilions, 6-9 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Dinner On The Grounds. Fundraising dinner to benefit Our House, with live music from Lagniappe. Terry House, 6:30 p.m., $150. 7th and Rock Streets. 501-374-7883 ext. 228. www. Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. Hot Springs Plein Air Festival. See May 2. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Fifth and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Table for Two: Stuffed Quail. Cooking course includes dinner, overnight stay and continental breakfast. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 5 p.m., $200 (couple). 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 501-727-5435.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com. MacArthur Park 5K. Lawn party after the race, with music and local vendors. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 7 p.m., $25. 503 E. 9th St. 3764602.



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Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Southern Gospel Festival. See May. 3. Stephen Neeper Band. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-3285556. Steve Bates. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through May 4, 7 p.m.; through June 1, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Tonya Leeks (headliner) Gregg Madden (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Whale Fire (album release), The See. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400.

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Michael Malone. UARK Bowl, 8 and 10:30 p.m., $7. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-3012030. The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.

p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Big Dam Horns. The Joint, 9 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Brian Nahlen. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. Chris Gulley. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See May. 3. Corey Smith. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Diamond State Chorus: “Celebrate Harmony.” Argenta Community Theater, 2 and 7 p.m., $13$15. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-791-7464. Good Vibes. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jam Rock Saturday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. James McMurtry, Jonny Burke. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707. Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band, Super Water Sympathy, Joseph Huber. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Josh Green. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. KABF Pledge Drive Launch Party. 18-andolder, with Color Club, Big Piph, Ezra Lbs., Amy Garland & Nick Devlin, Ursula, Adam Hogg Revolution, 8 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Kentucky Derby Party with Jason Campbell. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. May Festival of the Arts: Drumming in the Park. Basin Spring Park, 6-7 p.m. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. May Festival of the Arts: Ozarks Chorale Spring Concert. The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $10. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. 870-423-9251. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 1412 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs. 501-321-4221. New Era Saturdays. 21-and-older. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m., $5 cover until 11 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Old Crow Medicine Show. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $32-$77. 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.

Ad Name: Bud Light with a Twist Item #: PLB201110112 “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


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


15th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. With live entertainment, games, food trucks, Mexican beer and more. In case of rain, event will be held Sunday. Clinton Presidential Center, noon-8 p.m., free admission. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-551-4456. 2nd annual “Family Health Fest.” Includes a blood drive, health advice, games and more. The Promenade at Chenal, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-5552. 2nd annual “Dance Party for the Center for Artistic Revolution.” Fundraiser, with music from S.J. Tucker and Big Bad Gina. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 1818 Reservoir Road. www. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Food Bloggers Bake Sale. Bake sale at Sixth and Main streets, benefiting No Kid Hungry. Argenta, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast. Eleven teams from some of the region’s best restaurants will roast whole heritage breed hogs and serve up a variety of side dishes. Beer and wine available. Live music from The Lost Bayou Ramblers and many more. Food is served from 3-7 p.m. Entry after 7 p.m. is $10. Argenta Farmers Market, noon-10 p.m., $25 adv., $30 door. 6th and Main St., NLR. 501-375-2985. “Dances Around The World.” Benefit for Harmony Health Clinic, with Indian dinner availCONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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able for $10. Pulaski Academy Performing Arts Center, 6-9:30 p.m., free, donations accepted. 12701 Hinson Road. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Hot Springs Plein Air Festival. See May 2. Kentucky Derby Watch Party. Benefits UAMS’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, hosted in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center. UAMS, 4-6:30 p.m., $30 adv., $40 door. 4301 W. Markham St. 501-686-7327. Little Rock Fashion Week Model Search. Males and females of all ages and sizes. Wear plain black t-shirt/tank top with no prints or logos, jeans, no make-up, and no accessories. Ladies bring heels. Holiday Inn Presidential, 2-5 p.m. 600 I-30. 501-375-2100. littlerockfashionweek. com/models.php. May Festival of the Arts: Artrageous Parade. Downtown Eureka Springs, 2 p.m. Philander Smith Commencement Ceremony with Dr. Terrence Roberts. Statehouse Convention Center, 10 a.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Spring Rummage Sale. War Memorial Stadium, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., free. 1 Stadium Drive. 501538-8033. Turkish Food Festival. Raindrop Turkish House, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 1501 Market St. 501-2232155.


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Arkansas Banshees vs. Memphis Dynasty. Women’s full-tackle football. Catholic High School, 12:30 p.m., $5. 6300 Father Tribou St. 501-664-3939.


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Karen Carlson. Former Miss Arkansas and Miss America runner up will discuss her career and recent audio book. WordsWorth Books & Co., 1-3 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198.



Bayside, The Supporting Cast, Evacuate the City. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Cinco de Mayo with Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Delbert McClinton. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $25-$75. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; first and third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2464340. The Itals. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Ozark Folk Center State Park 40th Anniversary Celebration. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1-4 p.m. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Southern Gospel Festival. See May 3. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh


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Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. Bike Bash Dash. Includes bicycling scavenger hunt, bike wash, vendors, drawings for prizes and more. Riverfront Park, 11:30 a.m. 400 President Clinton Avenue. 501-375-2252. Hot Springs Plein Air Festival. See May 2. Little Rock Fashion Week Model Search. See May 4. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. May Festival of the Arts: Tales from the South — Eureka Stories! The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, 2 p.m., $25. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7444.



Central Arkansas NSAI Songwriters Showcase. Khalil’s Pub, 7-9:45 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Irish Traditional Music Session. “SloPlay” begins at 6 p.m. Public session begins at 7 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Monday of every month. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; first and third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Josiah Leming. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Order of the Owl. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Ryan Bingham, The Wild Feathers. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


Eric Peasah. Presentation from the founder of Right To Be Free, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing children and women who are victims of slavery, exploitation and other oppressive conditions. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239.



Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam Fundraiser. Thirst n’ Howl, through May 28: 7:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, through May 28: 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Creations, Deserters, Mureau, Kublai Khan, Achaia. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through May 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Red, We as Human, Southbound. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Shawn James & The Shapeshifters. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Sick Puppies. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479442-4226. Titus Andronicus, So So Glos. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


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


Job fair. Job seekers should bring at least 50 copies of their resume, dress professionally and be well groomed. Statehouse Convention Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Made in the Market: Herbs. Cooking course hosted at River Market Hall, Bill and Margaret Clark Room. River Market Pavilions, 6-8 p.m., $25. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


“The Revolutionary Optimists.” Laman Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-7581720.

through May 30: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Sick Puppies, Amsterdam, The Revolutioners. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20 adv., $22 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Smokey. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Steve Bates. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Mikey Mason, Jodi White. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


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


UniverSoul Circus. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, May 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; May 10, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; May 11, 12, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; May 12, 1, 4 and 7 p.m., $16-$25. 2600 Howard St. 501-3728341 ext. 8206.




Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. The Devil Makes Three, Jonny Fritz. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room,

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


Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre: “James and the Giant Peach.” Arkansas Arts Center, through May 12: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. Auditions for “Bare.” The Weekend Theater,

Sun., May 5, 6 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-3743761. Auditions for “Pal Joey.” Email Peter Mensky at to schedule an audition. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Sat., May 4. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Death of a Salesman.” Arthur Miller’s tragic masterwork, which has been widely hailed as the greatest American play. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through May 12: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Next to Normal.” The critically acclaimed musical drama about a family’s struggle with mental illness. Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, through May 12: Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m., $10-$22. 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “The Paris Letter.” Jon Robin Baitz’s story of Wall Street powerhouse Sandy Sonenberg, who finds his personal and professional life threatened by the unraveling secrets of his past. The Weekend Theater, through May 18: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761. “See How They Run.” A former American actress and wife of the vicar shakes things up in a sleepy English village. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through May 12: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “The Smell of the Kill.” New dark comedy from Michele Lowe about three malicious wives and their miserable husbands. The Public Theatre, through May 12: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $12-$14. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529.

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EUREKA SPRINGS ARTIFACTS GALLERY, 37 Spring St.: Diedre West, paintings, demonstration, noon-4 p.m. May 4. 479-363-6660. ARTRAGEOUS PARADE, Downtown Eureka: May Festival of the Arts kick-off, 2-2:30 p.m. May 4. BASIN SPRING PARK: “Creative Energy Project Lighting Ceremony,” lighting community-made spherical sculpture, 7-10 p.m. May 4. COTTAGE INN, 450 W. Van Buren: Barbara Kennedy, paintings, reception 4-6 p.m. May 2. 479-253-5282. CHELSEA’S, 10 Mountain St.: “Drink and Draw with Robert Norman,” 7-11:45 p.m. May 8. DEVITO’S FINE DINING, Center Street: Artist Robert Norman, reception, 4-6 p.m. May 2. 479-253-6807. MAY 4 GALLERY STROLL, downtown galleries: Van Hollow Pottery at Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring St., 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; “Springs and Parks of Eureka,” photographs by Barb Kerbox, Jewel Box Gallery, 40 Spring St., 2-5 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. FAYETTEVILLE LALALAND GALLERY, 641 MLK Blvd.: “Stranded in Hypothesis,” paintings by Shannon Vance, 7-9 p.m. May 4.


FORT SMITH FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM: “High Fiber: Women to Watch 2013,” fiber art by Louise Halsey, Barbara Cade, Jennifer Libby, Jane Hartfield and Deborah Kuster, reception 5-7 p.m. May 2, show through July 7; “Gerry Stecca: Tree Wraps,” installation with clothespins; “Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos,” through July 7. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787.


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Tabriz,” biennial fund-raiser, includes “Moroccan Market Silent Auction” 6 p.m. May 2 (tickets $50), black-tie “Super Silent Auction and Gala Dinner” 6 p.m. May 4 (tickets $750), “Studio Party: A 50th Anniversary Ball” 9 p.m. May 4 (tickets $100, included in gala ticket); “Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie,” 100 ceramic pieces in various forms and drawings, through May 5; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition,” art by Arkansas students K-12, through May 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: 22nd annual “Mid-Southern Watercolorists Special Open Membership Exhibit,” May 5-June 22, reception 2-4 p.m. May 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CARL MILLER HOUSE, 1400 Spring St.: Panorama oil painting and other works by Matthew Lopas, 4-8 p.m. May 3. 501-733-3772. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK Blvd., NLR: 2nd annual “Spring Fling,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4.

HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Sheliah Halderman, Teresa Widdifield, paintings, through May. Reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, Gallery Walk. BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Ra ku (noun): Definition — pleasure/comfort/ contentment,” ceramics by Kelly Edwards, through May; new paintings by Marc Hatfield. Reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, Gallery Walk. 501318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas’ Historic Structures,” work from the “Plein Air Festival,” May 3-31. Reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, Gallery Walk. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: “Fresh Paint,” new work by René Hein, Dolores Justus,


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COTTER BIG SPRING PARK: “Plein Air on the White River,” May 2-4; “Quick Draw” painting contest, May 3, reception, art show, awards 1-4 p.m. May 4, in conjunction with Cotter Trout Festival. 870-424-0151.

More art listings can be found in the calendar at

MAY 2013

TERRY HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY, 7TH and Rock Sts.: “Learning to See: Students of Stephen Cefalo,” 46 figurative works by the artist’s students at UALR and the Arts Center, May 3-June 2, reception 3-5 p.m. May 5. 765-7688.






AFTER DARK, CONT. Rebecca Thompson and Emily Wood, through June 1. Reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, Gallery Walk. 501-321-2335. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Fabio Inverni, paintings. Reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, Gallery Walk. 501-318-4278. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 626 Central Ave.: “Hot Springs Plein Air Festival Exhibition,” May 5-June 2. 501-624-0489. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORARY SALON OF FINE ART, 204 Exchange St.: Paintings by regional and Arkansas artists. Reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, Gallery Walk. 501-624-0516. JACKSONVILLE JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: “Civil War in Arkansas Symposium,” talks by Alan Thompson, Mark Christ, Tom Ezel and Jamie Brandon, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4; Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. RUSSELLVILLE RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: “Small Works on Paper,” ceramics by Winston Taylor, reception 1-3 p.m. May 5. 479-968-2452.


The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational” through June 7. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 in cash and awards. For more information, go to


BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “No I’m Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective,” cartoons by Michael Jukes. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. 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. E L L E N G O L D E N A NT I Q U E S, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “A Spring Celebration,” featured artist Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “The World is Flat,” recent paintings by Stephen Cefalo, through May 11. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GORRELL GALLERY OF FINE ART, 201 W. 4th St.: Work by established and emerging artists, including Doug Gorrell. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. 607-2225. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Beautiful Uprising,” new woodcuts by LaToya Hobbs, through June 8, artist reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. May 17, artist talk 11 a.m. May 18, “Relevance of Hair” discussion 1:30 p.m. May 18. 372-6822. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Backyard Birds,” through May, giclee giveaway 7 p.m. May 16. 660-4006. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell: Sixth anniversary show featuring work by Liz Noble, Steve Adair, Cate Wood Burton and other artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257.

PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: “Cityscapes,” paintings by Marty Smith; gourds by Dawn Clark. THEA CENTER, 401 Main St., NLR: Pen and ink drawings by Mary Ann Stafford, through May 18, reception 5-9 p.m. May 18. 9 a.m.noon, 1-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Recent paintings by Michael Worsham, through May 10; “BFA Thesis Project Exhibition No. 1,” with Megan Douglas, Morgan Hill, Jade Chauvin, Myriam Saavedra and Cameron Richards, through May 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977.


ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29; “Hidden Arkansas,” photographs by 11 members of the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, through May 5; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12; “Phenomena of Change: Lee Cowan, Mary Ann Stafford and Maria Botti Villegas,” through May 5; “Perfect Balance,” paintings by Marty Smith. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “The Inauguration of Hope,” life-sized sculpture of the First Family by Ed Dwight; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body,” through May 26; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission.

MAY 2, 2013


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Up-cycled Jewelry

Gypsy Bistro

5–8 p.m.

Free Admission

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Gourmet. Your Way. All Day.

The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Featuring works of art from ArtGroup Maumelle.

free trolley rides!

521 President Clinton Ave. River Market District (501) 975-9800

These venues will be open late. There’s plenty of parking and a free trolley to each of the locations. Don’t miss it – lots of fun! Free parking at 3rd & Cumberland Free street parking all over downtown and behind the River Market (Paid parking available for modest fee.) 30 may 2, 2013

Opening reception for two new exhibits Live music by the Rolling Blackouts

A museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage



CELEBRATE! 5-8PM  Fine Art  Cocktails & Wine  Hor d’oeuvres Pyramid Place

Join 5-8pmSt 2nd U & sCenter Featured Exhibit “A Spring Celebration” thru May 31 Featured Artist Gino Hollander

Includes new works recently added by Gallery 221 artists: Gino Hollander, “H OT S EAT ” BY EMILE, Sean LeCrone, and Mary Ann Stafford. CATHERINE RODGERS

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New Works by Latoya Hobbs

Create an artful bracelet from found supplies


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April 16, 2013–June 8, 2013 Matinee Reception: Friday, May 17 1:30-3:30pm Artist Reception: Friday, May 17 5:30-8:30pm Artist Talk: Saturday, May 18 11am Latoya Hobbs Chelsea, 2012 Wood Cut Relief Print 44 ¾” x 28”

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Tech talks that matter Made By Few comes to the Clinton Center. BY LINDSEY MILLAR


rlton Lowry is not your average event planner. For one, he’s a 31-year-old web designer with plug earrings and a big beard, who works from home in Little Rock, or wherever he feels like working. He’s also not in it for the money. Several years ago, before he started organizing conferences, he sold his car to raise money to open a communal workspace for programmers and entrepreneurs in Conway. It didn’t work out, but he wasn’t bothered. He seems genuinely more concerned with community building and inspiring people to think differently. On Saturday, May 4, his latest event, Made By Few, will do what city leaders have long salivated over — bring tech-savvy, entrepreneurial folks from all over the country to the Clinton Presidential Center. The gist of the tech conference is simple: five speakers — one designer, one developer, one entrepreneur, one “inspiring person” and someone from Arkansas — and a whole lot of mixing and mingling. Crystal Beasley is the Arkansas speaker. She’s a Paragould native, who’s currently working as a senior UX designer (user interface) at Mozilla. Aaron Draplin, of Draplin Design Co., who’s perhaps most known for his Field Notes series of notebooks, will fill the inspirational position. Jake Nickell, one of the co-founders of the crowdsourced design company Threadless, which prints designs chosen by its online community on T-shirts and other items, is the entrepreneur. James White, a Nova Scotian graphic designer who’s done work for Google, Nike and Toyota, is the

designer. And Micah Baldwin will fill the developer slot. He’s the CEO of Graphicly, an automated platform for publishing digital, especially visual, content. It’s all about “putting people in a room together and getting them inspired,” Lowry said. “Conferences happen all the time. This isn’t going to be your normal conference. This is going to be something that shakes your bones. There are going to be some people who leave thinking differently.” The conference runs from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Local 3D printer company QU-BD will be on hand with 3D printers churning out Made By Few swag. The $125 ticket includes pastries in the morning and lunch. It also gets attendees into a Friday night event, Designed by Few, where three Arkansas designers will conceive a brand concept and a logo for the North Little Rock non-profit Art Connection in a timed competition in front of a live audience. The event, open only to Made By Few ticketholders, happens at 7 p.m. in the Bill and Margaret Clark room of the Ottenheimer Hall in the River Market. Jeremy Teff, Brittany Hallmark and the Times’ own Bryan Moats are the competitors. Will Collins of Fayetteville’s Archetype Productions; Chris Kendrick, senior art director at Stone Ward; and Matt Owen, CJRW art director, will judge. On Saturday, after the conference, the Argenta Arts Foundation is sponsoring an after-party by the submarine in North Little Rock. There’ll be an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and music by Bonnie Montgomery and Justin Vinson. It starts at 7 p.m. More info at

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MAY 2, 2013



Argenta Farmers Market Plaza 6th & Main St., Downtown North Little Rock (across from the Argenta Market)

SCHEDULE — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Food Serving

Dine on 11 pit roasted, whole,

Mandy McBryde, Davis Coen, Bonnie Montgomery, Riverboat Crime, The Sound of the Mountain HEADLINER

heritage breed hogs from Falling Sky Farm Saturday,


Grammy nominated Cajun band from South Louisiana

May 4th beginning at 3 p.m. Doors open at noon with craft beers and wine available.




— 3:30 — Celebrity Judges will choose the winner based on style, flavor and presentation. — 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — $10 entrance allowed after 7 p.m. for Live Music and Beer & Wine Garden.

BEER & WINE GARDEN Gated festival area selling beer & wine ($5 each) beginning at Noon and closing at 10 p.m.



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Nichols scores with ‘Mud’




The Arkansas-set tale should be a crowd pleaser.

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ud” starts with a boat in a tree. It’s a thing of otherworldly beauty — seafoam blue and white and perched, as if on calm waters, snuggly between branches high above the forest floor of an island on the Mississippi River. Teen-age running buddies Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) have snuck away from their minders in early morning hours, perilously crossing the swirling river in a johnboat, to have a look. They’d like to claim it for their own, but there’s a problem — signs point to someone already living in the boat. That someone, the boys quickly learn, is the titular Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a leathery, wild-maned stranger with crosses in the heels of his boots (“to ward off evil spirits”) and snakes tattooed across his arms (to remind him not to get bit). He’s hiding on the island from some bad men while he waits to reunite with the love of his life (Reese Witherspoon). If this sounds like the prelude to a retelling of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” it’s purposeful. Jeff Nichols, the Arkansas-born director of this Southeast Arkansas-set film, reportedly had his cast read “Huck Finn” on the set. Not, it turns out, for plot notes — Nichols ultimately carves his own narrative path — but presumably to get that electric sense of youthful adventure running up against the mean world that Twain explored so fruitfully. It’s a tension that animates “Mud.” Other themes will be familiar to those who’ve followed what Nichols calls his Arkansas trilogy of films (never mind that his second movie, “Take Shelter,” was made in Ohio because of financing): The bonds of family and the contours of masculinity loom large. In “Mud,” 14-year-old Ellis is trying to make sense of all the above. His father (Ray McKinnon) and mother (Sarah Paulson) appear to be on their way towards splitting up, an event that would be doubly traumatic to Ellis because it would mean leaving the houseboat on the river where the family lives and moving to town. Meanwhile, he’s crushing on May Pearl (Bonnie Sturdivant), a high school girl who all but towers over him. When Ellis spots another boy harassing May Pearl in the way that dumbass teen-age boys sometimes mistake for flirting, he sees a damsel in distress and swoops in to pop the boy in the face. Later, when Mud tells him he’s on the run after protecting his woman, Ellis finds a kindred spirit and father figure. Mud’s girlfriend, Juniper, fell for the wrong guy, who knocked her up and then knocked her around within an inch of her life, Mud

‘MUD’: Matthew McConaughey stars.

tells Ellis. So Mud killed the abuser. Now the man’s no-good, well-connected daddy (Joe Don Baker — “the real-deal triplesix Scratch himself,” Mud calls him) has bounty hunters out to kill Mud. Gradually, Ellis, dragging Neckbone along, comes under Mud’s sway. McConaughey gets top billing here for good reason. It’s the high point for him on a recent run of strong roles. Nichols gives him room to be weird. His dialogue matches his natural, drawled-out, stoney charisma better than any role since he was Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused,” and he delivers it with a timing that’s all his own. Witherspoon, the other A-Lister, is solid in what’s ultimately a bit part, slumming it here in a grimy role for the first time since the mid-’90s. The rest of the name players of the ensemble — McKinnon, Paulson, Sam Shepard as Mud’s surrogate father and Michael Shannon as Neckbone’s goofball uncle and caretaker — are strong as well. But it’s the young boys, Sheridan and Lofland, who carry the film. Sheridan came recommended after he made his debut as the boy who grows up to be Sean Penn in Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life.” Lofland is a newcomer from Yell County who answered a casting call. They each give remarkably understated, naturalistic performances. It’s hard to think of better teen-age leads. Sheridan, with his hooded eyes doing most of the work, plays Ellis with a quiet intensity (until he erupts). Lofland’s Neckbone usually wears a toothy grin; he’s the comic foil always working an angle. Their friendship is utterly convincing. “Mud” is the biggest film Arkansas’s ever seen. It cost more, has more star wattage and, based on early response, is likely to do better at the box office than anything that’s come before. It’s clearly of a piece with Nichols’ earlier work — in a good way, by my lights. But because of its plot and stars, “Mud” is almost certain to be his biggest crowd pleaser, the movie that introduces Nichols to the mainstream. It’s PG-13 and, aside from some gentle cussing and some flashes of violence, it’s a story that’s likely to be appreciated by all ages. Go see it.



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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR for Saturday, May 4. That’s when the Arkansas Times and Argenta Arts District present the first Heritage Hog Roast, at the Argenta Farmer’s Market at Sixth and Main streets in North Little Rock. Eleven teams of local chefs are taking part in the cook-off, roasting 125- to 140-lb. heritage-breed hogs from Falling Sky Farm and Freckle Face Farm. They’ll start cooking in the wee hours (or possibly even the night before) over specially-constructed outdoor pits. Argenta Market, Cafe Bossa Nova, the Capital Hotel, the Country Club of Little Rock, the Italian Kitchen at Lulav, Local Lime, Maddie’s Place, Reno’s Argenta Cafe, Ristorante Capeo, The Root Cafe and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are fielding teams. Gates open at noon; there will be music starting at 12:45 p.m. At 3 p.m. each team will serve up portions of their hog and two sides to ticketholders. They’ll also prepare plates for celebrity judges Max Brantley, Rep. Eddie Armstrong, Alice 107.7’s Pool Boy, KARK’s Jessica Dean and Chef Donnie Ferneau. The pork will be judged on appearance, taste and texture. The winner, who’ll receive $1,000 and a custom-made trophy in the shape of a hog by artist Kandy Jones, will be announced at 3:30 p.m. The feasting will last until 7 p.m. or until food runs out, but the festival will continue until 10 p.m., with the Grammy-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers headlining at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. After 7 p.m., tickets to hear music are $10. Get advanced tickets at heritagewholehogroast. Thanks to Ben E. Keith for generous sponsorship. THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION ALLIANCE OF ARKANSAS hosts its annual crawfish boil fundraiser, Preservation Crustaceans, on May 2 at the historic St. Joseph’s Center, 6800 Camp Robinson Road in North Little Rock. Tickets are $40. Buy them at the event or in advance at Guided tours of St. Joseph’s Home will be offered at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The crawfish boil runs from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The ticket price includes libations.



1620 SAVOY The food is high-quality and painstakingly prepared — a wide-ranging dinner menu that’s sure to please almost everyone. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun.


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MORE THAN BBQ: The smoked burger at Hardin’s.

Good grub at Hardin’s Scott outpost serves up barbecue and local edibles.


eople in the food world these days are always talking about “farm to table” as if that’s some kind of new concept. For us, the idea of serving vegetables that are only hours from the vine is just what we call “springtime,” and it’s something we look forward to every year. Central Arkansas has a wealth of growers who sell at the local markets, but the people behind Hardin Farms might have the most diverse portfolio of edibles around. From the first berries of spring to the last pumpkins of fall, the Hardin family has provided us with some fine meals over the years — a welcome boon to city dwellers without a patch of ground to till. While the main Hardin farms are down in Grady, the family operates an outpost in Scott. There, at the cutely-named “Hardin Farms and Market Too,” we’ve found that there’s something even better than cooking up a mess of fresh food from the family farm — having the family farmer cook it for you. And while their little country store is a wonderland of fresh flowers and crafts, it’s the smell of the smokehouse out back that had us floating toward the door, hypnotized and in need of barbecue. We walked back to the small dining area and were met with a friendly invitation to try some samples — which turned out to be whole smoked ribs and huge slabs of smoked sausage. Now we’ve eaten at

Hardin Farms and Market Too 15235 Hwy. 165 Scott 501-961-1100

QUICK BITE No time to sit down to eat? Check out the selection of prepared frozen meals, frozen vegetables, and homecanned goods that make up the “market” side of Hardin’s. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. OTHER INFO All major credit cards, no alcohol

quite a few barbecue joints in our time, but never has one offered us a bone to gnaw gratis while our order was prepared. Having enjoyed our sample rib, we ordered a couple more as part of the Sampler Plate ($9.99), a smorgasbord that included pulled pork, smoked brisket and those excellent ribs coupled with sides of barbecue beans and slaw. The ribs were meaty and moist, and the smoked brisket was leaner than we generally expect from that cut of beef. The real star of the plate, the pulled pork, shouldn’t come as a surprise to any long-time eater of

Arkansas ’cue — this is a state in love with all things porcine. This pork could almost be described as “chipped” rather than “pulled,” with small bits of the smoky meat piled high on the plate. We bypassed the sweet house sauce for a bottle of spicier Arkansas-made Hawg Wash sauce, and the result was tangy, spicy forkful after forkful of excellent pork, eased on its way with bites of Texas toast and generous swallows of sweet tea. Hardin’s smokehouse magic doesn’t stop with traditional barbecue, either. The burger fan in our group found a lot to love in the half-pound Smoked Burger ($8.99). In a world where the described weight of a burger on the menu is taken before cooking, we found ourselves wondering if this one was still a full half-pound even after a trip to the smoker — it’s a seriously huge burger. The only downside to the plate was the fries were of the frozen, crinklecut variety; we figure that any place billing itself as a farm restaurant could at least find a few taters to chop up by hand. Still, with the size of that lean, juicy burger, we didn’t have that much room for fries anyway. Looking for something lighter on the menu to try, we settled on the Smoked Chicken Wrap ($7.99), and were treated to a large deli-style wrap full of lettuce, tomato, and chicken. The chicken here was, like the pork, chopped very fine, a style that worked well with the wrap format. Lastly, the kids in our group wanted something simple, and the Smoked Turkey Sandwich ($6.99) was just perfect for that. This is a turkey sandwich like we might make ourselves the day after Thanksgiving: slab of smoked turkey, slab of tomato, just enough mayo to keep things together, and all put between two slices of toast. We couldn’t help but beg the kids for a small taste, and they kindly treated us to a mouthful of moist smoked turkey. Like many of Hardin’s other meats, the turkey is available in the deli to take home, and even despite our full stomachs it was hard to resist having them cut us a pound for later. What’s going on at Hardin Farms and Market Too isn’t fine dining, and that’s just fine with us. As this year’s growing season goes on, we’ll be keeping an eye on its ever-changing menu to get each crop freshly-made right when it’s harvested. It’s the perfect place to make yourself eat your vegetables — or to throw all caution to the wind and gorge yourself on smoked meats to your heart’s content. We recommend doing both, repeatedly.

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ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders. An elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS Plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. B-SIDE The little breakfast place turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun. BAR LOUIE Features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-228-0444. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL Menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. E’S BISTRO Think tearoom rather than bistro. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0975. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat.

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MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6604040. LD Tue.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. PACKET HOUSE GRILL An up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. D Tue.-Sat. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue.-Fri., L Fri.

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BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3748081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are prepared with care. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service CONTINUED ON PAGE 36


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never fail to please. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-6657. LD Mon.-Sat. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.

CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q Features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.


ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY The menu stays relatively true to Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night. 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily.


DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6642239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily.


ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. MERCADO SAN JOSE One of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. ROCK ’N TACOS California-style cuisine that’s noticeably better than others in its class. 11121 North Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-3461. LD Mon.-Sat. SUPERMERCADO SIN FRONTERAS Mexican grocery with a bakery and restaurant attached. 4918 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-5624206. BLD daily.


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Opening Night Film & After-Party SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner

Short Term 12

directed by LRFF alum Destin Daniel Cretton This film is told through the eyes of Grace, a young supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers. This lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. Destin Daniel Cretton and break-out star Keith Stanfield will be there for a Q&A and Bonnie Montgomery will perform at the After-Party. Buying a Gold Pass to the festival gets you in, too!

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Saturday May 4th • 12-8pm william jefferson clinton presidential center park Enjoy live entertainment, folkloric ballet, Mariachis, zumba and salsa dance, face painting, inflatable bouncers, children games, piñatas, youth soccer, golf and tennis clinics, international and authentic Mexican food trucks, Mexican beer and Margaritaville.

Plenty Of Fun For All Ages! All proceeds from the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta go towards higher education scholarships.

➥ Do not forget to hit the HILLCREST SHOP ’N SIP on May 2. Hillcrest merchants like BOX TURTLE, THE SHOPPES AT WOODLAWN, HILLCREST AND DESIGNER JEWELRY AND RHEA DRUG will be open until 8 p.m. for your shopping in sipping pleasure. The shop ‘n sip happens the first Thursday of every month in Hillcrest. ➥ Save the date for an amazing exhibit coming to the ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER this summer: Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London will be at the Arts Center beginning June 7 and will run through Sept. 8. This exhibition features 48 works representing the greatest artists of their periods, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W. Turner and more. Most of these paintings have never traveled to the States before, and many of them have rarely been seen outside Kenwood House. There will be a member reception featuring cocktails, food and music, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 6 at the museum. For more information, visit

➥ Enjoy the recent good weather on the deck at STICKYZ ROCK ’N ROLL CHICKEN SHACK and park for free. For a limited time only, Stickyz customers who park at the deck on River Market Avenue during the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays can get their parking tickets validated. Of course, a great deal like this is for a limited time only. Check with Stickyz staff for details. ➥ Get a free two-stage knife sharpener when you purchase $100 or more of Wusthof Pro knives at KREBS BROTHERS KITCHEN STORE. ➥ “MADE IN THE MARKET,” a new series of culinary/cooking classes will be take place the first Tuesday of each month, from 6-8 p.m., in the newly renovated demonstration kitchen on the third floor of Ottenheimer Market Hall. Guest chefs and local experts will conduct classes utilizing local produce from the Little Rock Farmers’ Market. The cost is $25 per person, or season tickets are available for $160. For more information, call the River Market offices at 501-375-2552 or go to www.


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The Board of Commissioners, Central Arkansas Water (CAW), is seeking letters of interest and resumés from Little Rock residents interested in serving on the Board. CAW is the largest public water supplier in the state of Arkansas and serves the Greater Little Rock-North Little Rock area. The water commissioners have full and complete authority to manage, operate, improve, extend and maintain the water works and distribution system and have full and complete charge of the water plan. The governing board consists of seven members who serve seven-year terms. The Board appointee for the existing vacancy will fill a seven year term beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2020. In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. §25-20-301, the Board must consist of four residents of Little Rock and three residents of North Little Rock. The current vacancy is for a Little Rock representative. CAW is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all areas of our operations and on the CAW Board of Commissioners. All interested Little Rock residents are encouraged to apply and should submit a letter of interest and resumé by 12 p.m. (noon) Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Resumés will be accepted until filled. Submit to:

Apply now: Candidates must have a clear background and clean driving record. Email resumes to: Thornita Armstrong at:


Board of Commissioners Central Arkansas Water C/O Becky Wahlgreen, Chief Administrative Officer P.O. Box 1789 Little Rock, AR 72203 Telephone: 501-377-1357

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Send résumé to Jamie Rankins, 501-686-6606, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Dept of Family & Preventative Medicine 4301 W. Markham, Slot 530, Little Rock, AR 72205. EOE.

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COUNSELOR/CASE MANAGER - Non-profit organization seeks experienced, career-oriented candidate for Counselor/Case Manager/Counselor in Training. Works under the supervision of the Director of treatment for assigned program; responsible for direct treatment, the continuity of services to individuals and the process of linking clients with resources all within compliance of state licensure and CARF accreditation standards. This position is full time and offers full company benefits with growth potential. Must have a minimum of a Bachelor level degree in the field of psychology, social work, mental health or substance abuse, CADC certification and knowledge of the dynamics of substance abuse & evidenced-based treatment for substance abuse disorders. Compensation to be determined by education and experience.  Send resumes and current phone number for contact to

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Methamphetamine Or Cocaine Users Are you seeking treatment for a problem with methamphetamine or cocaine use? You may be eligible to participate in a UAMS research study of a medication to help prevent relapse. Participation includes up to 12 weeks of outpatient treatment and possibly a two-week stay at the Recovery Centers of Arkansas. Participation is at no cost to you and you will be compensated for your time during the study.

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CLINICIAN - Non-profit organization seeks experienced, careeroriented candidate for Clinician position. Works under the supervision of the Clinical Director for assigned program; responsible for direct treatment, the continuity of services to individuals and the process of linking clients with resources all within compliance of state licensure and CARF accreditation standards. This position is full time and offers full company benefits with growth potential. Must have a minimum of a Master’s level degree in the field of psychology, social work, mental health or substance abuse, possess comparable licensure/certification and knowledge of the dynamics of substance abuse & evidenced-based treatment for substance abuse disorders. Compensation to be determined by education and experience.  Send resumes and current phone number for contact to


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