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Gains for equality I’m a member of the 2001 Academic All-Star class, from Rector, Ark. I grew up on a family cotton farm in the Delta, worked as an architect/ planner in Chicago and Washington, D.C., for six years after college, and am now wrapping up a master’s degree in Environmental Management at Yale. Even though I have lived away from Arkansas since 2001, I have diligently followed the Arkansas Times on Facebook. Your reporting always represents our state in a way that makes me very proud, and as a gay man, I have never been more proud of the Arkansas Times than I have been over the last several days. Growing up gay in the Delta was a difficult challenge for me, and there is a real catharsis in seeing the cover image and headline of this week’s paper. The times are changing, and it’s hard not to feel very optimistic about our future. Thank you for all that you do for our state and for offering your progressive voice to the mix. Cary Simmons New Haven, Conn. The Arkansas Supreme Court predictably stayed Piazza’s ruling, effectively halting the further issuance of licenses to same-sex couples across the state immediately. The case is effectively moved forward in the appeals process that puts into question whether or not there will be a final ruling by the end of the year, much less prior to the election in November. But this brief opening of the equality window, in a state that has developed its reputation over decades as a backwards bastion of prejudice and intolerance, was extremely important in the natural evolution of this matter, both on a state and national level. For the first time, Arkansans witnessed some of their friends, neighbors and co-workers rejoice in the opportunity to embrace equality after a lifetime of being denied it. Images of normal families — families that were in no way dissimilar to ones on every block of every neighborhood in each town, country and region across the state — were filling every broadcast and front page as the door of equality repeatedly opened and closed throughout the week in different county clerks’ offices statewide. In many cases this newfound freedom to marry was enjoyed by couples that 4
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had spent decades in committed relationships that made up the majority of their earthly lives. Lives that were lived right here in Arkansas. Couples that entire communities had known and led their lives alongside. People who had never been afforded the dignity to express such things beyond hushed whispers behind closed doors or even left unspoken altogether. Young couples with children who every day go through the motions of life alongside everyone else and have problems and concerns as banal as
any family living in the Natural State today. And yet, as these groundbreaking unions legally came into being, and the light of tolerance and compassionate humanity shone brightly for the first time in our state, the world did not end. No one woke up to find their own marriage doomed as a result of some of their neighbors sharing their love between each other and friends. No communities were snatched into the depths of the earth through the gaping jaws of hell as retribution for allow-
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ing such unions to take place. All in all, it was a pretty normal week otherwise. And this is extremely important. The court of public opinion on same-sex marriage in Arkansas is still lagging the national trends. But that should not preclude a judge from ruling to strike down laws that he views personally as an infringement on the constitutional rights of a segment of Arkansas’s population that has historically suffered marginalization, bigotry and vitriolic hate speech from others in their communities. Growing up LGBT in Arkansas is not a fun or easy task, and anyone you talk to can attest to that. However, this newfound expression of the freedom to marry raising its head, albeit briefly, across the Bible Belt for the very first time should not be overlooked. This is big, and people know it. It’s worth remembering that historically Arkansan courts were ahead of state public opinion in matters of Arkansas state law on issues as varied as segregation, interracial marriage and discrimination. History has judged this, in hindsight through the lens of time, as favorable and just. Why should this issue be any different? Although often forgotten, it is still legal for any LGBT person across the state of Arkansas to be fired from their job or discriminated against in their housing or community. And here there is no federal protection either ,and the state is nowhere near even considering such measures given the strict control of the newly elected Republican majorities of both houses of the state legislature and their vehement opposition to granting any perceived “special” rights to the LGBT minority. So at some point in the near future, a newly legal same-sex family in Arkansas could be broken apart by one or both parents losing their job, or by being thrown out of their house because their landlord simply doesn’t like people like them. Until such point as a federal discrimination law is in place, Arkansas will most likely not press ahead on this front, regardless of public opinion. Benjamin Lord Bangkok, Thailand
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Cognitive dissonance It appears likely that the Arkansas General Assembly will once again come together for a special session to fix the state’s public school employee insurance fund. In January, the legislature applied a Band-Aid. A more substantive policy fix is now needed. Last week, a legislative panel tasked with doing just that released its recommendation for making the program solvent: Part-time school employees should move to the state’s private option. It’s a sensible plan that could shore up the school employee insurance fund. Sen. Jim Hendren (R-Gravette) should be commended for leading the policy charge. The only problem? Hendren is one of the most vocal opponents of the private option. He described fixing the insurance fund as a “mathematics problem.” Maybe he can use those math skills next time a vote on the private option comes up.
For Alcohol Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has now approved the form of a proposed constitutional amendment by Little Rock lawyer David Couch that would allow the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages everywhere in Arkansas. It would wipe out local dry jurisdictions and leave regulation — but not prohibition — of the sale of alcohol to the legislature. About half the state is nominally dry, though most counties have some private club outlets. The petition drive to obtain 78,133 signatures by July 7 to appear on the ballot is likely to be successful, with the money the campaign is likely to have behind it. Let’s hope so. It’s time to end Arkansas’s crazy quilt of alcohol laws. 6
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Arkansas, progressive beacon? Not too long ago, Arkansas seemed locked in conservative retrenchment. Voters opposed President Obama at the polls more widely than in nearly every state. A bigoted same-sex marriage ban passed with overwhelming support at the polls. Republicans won control of the Arkansas General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction. Yet somehow, Arkansas is now the only state in the Deep South to offer expanded health care to its poorest citizens and, at least for a week, the first Southern state to allow same-sex marriages. Tuesday’s elections (decided after the Arkansas Times went to press) could cloud the future of the private option, Arkansas’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, but the longer it’s in place and benefitting real people, the state budget and the broader economy, the harder it’ll be to repeal. Still, we worry. That Arkansas and every other state will recognize marriage equality in the not too distant future seems much more inevitable. Already this week, federal judges struck down bans in Oregon and Pennsylvania. Challenges to similar bans are working their way through courts in every state where same-sex marriage is not allowed, aside from Montana and North Dakota. A majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. Soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will again consider the constitutionality of samesex marriage and, as long as Justice Anthony Kennedy remains the swing vote, it will rule for equality.
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appy day. Unless there’s a runoff somewhere out in the state, judicial elections are over for another year. I wrote this before polls closed, but could Arkansas have had a better illustration of the folly of electing judges than this year? The fun started with Circuit Judge Mike Maggio of Conway. He was headed to unopposed election to the Arkansas Court of Appeals until word surfaced that he’d said sexist, bigoted, stupid things — repeatedly — on an LSU fan website. He also revealed confidential matters in his court. He probably could have dodged that indiscretion but for an even more unseemly happening. With help from Republican political fixer Gilbert Baker, a nursing home jillionaire in Fort Smith pushed a bunch of money into Maggio’s campaign at the moment Maggio was preparing to reduce a nursing home damage verdict against the very same man by a cool $4.2 million. Multiple investigations continue. Maggio, the scourge of welfare deadbeats in his court, is drawing $140,000 from Arkansas taxpayers while suspended from judicial duties. A deadbeat, in other words. An honorable man would resign. But he’s been on the teat too long for honest toil. Judicial races smelled a good bit like an ill-kempt nursing home in more than one race. The same nursing home fat cat poured more than $100,000 into Supreme Court races. Nursing home money accounted for about half the money raised by Rhonda Wood, a Maggio pal from Conway, in her uncontested race for court. Nursing homes really like Faulkner County. They accounted for $3 of every $4 collected by candidate Doralee Chandler; $20,000 of Judge David Clark’s money, and $8,000 of candidate Troy Braswell’s money. All these candidates — Maggio, Wood and the Faulkner bunch — also shared campaign tactics. Through the code words “conservative” and “values” and attendance at Republican Party events, candidates aimed to
send a message that they are part of Arkansas’s growing Republican majority (judges now run as nonpartisans). Vote for them and the implied message is you won’t have to worry about a judge who MAX might allow abortion to remain BRANTLEY firstname.lastname@example.org legal or allow a couple of women to marry. There was some unseemly bickering and trickery in a batch of lawsuits aimed at disqualifying one candidate or the other for failing to pay bar dues in a timely fashion or, in one case, not having practiced law for an extended period before making a race for judge. The Supreme Court — all of them late on their own bar dues at one time or another in their careers — found a dodge around the delinquent payments. They made an even more fanciful dodge around the core question presented in the case of the candidate without active legal service for six years before filing for election. Justice Donald Corbin, departing for retirement at the end of this year, called it like he and a lot of observers saw it — “results oriented” jurisprudence. When judges are popularly elected, outcomes are too easily influenced by dirty money, and judges as a result are too prone to tailor the law to desired results. See, for dirty money, the uncommonly dishonest campaign raised by an anonymously financed Virginia group that trashed Supreme Court candidate Tim Cullen, an Eagle Scout, as a fan of child pornography. They are also too easily spooked by legislative demagogues. See the Supreme Court’s hurry-up stay of Chris Piazza’s marriage equality ruling on the day the legislature was trying to stoke the fire for a drive to impeach Piazza — or any other judge — who displeases fire breathers like Sen. Jason Rapert. If we keep electing judges we’ll see more of this, not less. Particularly if the slimy tactics produced victories Tuesday.
Obamacare’s good news boon to its GOP backers
ews on the health care front lately seemed heaven-sent for Republican politicians who found themselves on the defensive in this week’s primary for having implemented one of the two big features of Obamacare — actually both of them. It was all good news. After only three months of Obamacare’s big initiatives — expanded Medicaid for the very poor and subsidized insurance for those with modest incomes — Arkansas hospitals reported that emergency-room visits were down, the number of uninsured patients treated at the hospitals was down a dramatic 24 percent and the number of uninsured people who had to be hospitalized was down an amazing 30 percent. After the original March 31 cutoff, in spite of efforts by the legislature to stop people from getting insurance, tens of thousands more enrolled in insurance plans, and by the end of 2014 the number of Arkansans without insurance and ready access to medical care will be cut in half. That will be truly historic for a state that through-
10 years than originally forecast and reduce the projected federal budget deficit even more than it had figured when the Affordable Care Act passed. The CBO calculated that Obamacare would cover more people over the next 25 years — roughly 25 million — than it had first forecast. But most of that is the kind of good news, human news, that Republicans figure to be useless in a primary where true believers — Obama is evil, his deeds malevolent — would dominate. So the Republicans who were targeted by the Koch brothers and others because they voted to implement Obamacare and the private option braved it in the election without recounting how much good they had already done for tens of thousands of Arkansans and the medical institutions that are central to the life of the state. By now, all the scare stories about Obamacare — pulling the plug on grandma, reduced Medicare benefits, ending doctor-patient relations, government control of medical procedures — have been abandoned and in Arkansas it’s down to one: It’s going to bankrupt the country and saddle Arkansas with mammoth obligations when the federal government withdraws funding
for Medicaid. That was the attack on the majority of Republicans who had voted to expand Medicaid to poor childless working adults. You will remember that they came up with the idea of converting the Medicaid expansion into basic Obamacare by pushing the uninsured poor into the costlier private insurance exchanges, which was a bonanza for the hospitals and doctors — and patients, too, because doctors are more likely to see them if they will be paid at the higher rates of private carriers. If the critics were wrong about the original scare stories, they were even more off base with the budget bogeyman. While Medicaid expansion will increase federal spending, overall the health reform act will reduce the federal deficit and, in the case of Arkansas, also improve the state government’s bottom line. The federal government is an unreliable partner, the argument went, and the state one day will be left holding the bag for all or a much bigger share of Medicaid costs. The opposite is true. Owing precisely to the reliability of Uncle Sam, the dollar cemented its future as the world’s reserve currency in the global
state voicing their sudden sense that they could indeed have a future in Arkansas. The comments came all week: in converwere able to marry, sations at coffee shops, in Facebook posts, producing a series and second-hand in conversations with of images that elicparents trying to not become too excited ited synchronous that their relocated kids might someday grins and tears come home to Arkansas. While some of in those who saw these voices were LGBT, just as many JAY them. were straight persons who, despite their BARTH Particularly love of Arkansas, have had difficulty seestriking was that many of those who ing themselves living in a place that is on showed up at courthouses to publicly the wrong side of the civil rights issue of commit to one another were folks who their time and were deeply proud that had not been involved directly in any their home state was suddenly on the LGBT activism before that moment. They right side of history. evidenced the many forms that ArkanFor too long, Arkansas has drained sas’s same-sex couples take: from the creative energy when young people leave septuagenarian lesbian couple together the state. And, as urban studies scholar for decades to the couple who are work Richard Florida has convincingly argued, colleagues in a rural fire department to large numbers of those who “engage in the urban gay men with an adorable and creative problem-solving” are the direct adoring child. Through taking this step, and indirect keys to a vibrant 21st centhey all became permanent agents of tury economy. (The fact that Arkansas’s social change, for we know that when week of marriage overlapped with the neighbors have ongoing contact with gay Little Rock Film Festival — tangible evicouples they begin to shift their views on dence of the quality of life the work of LGBT rights. this “creative class” brings to a place Just as moving as the images of this — made this point strikingly.) The Univariety of Arkansas couples were the versity of Arkansas System’s announcecomments of young Arkansans and ment, following years of advocacy efforts, Arkansas natives now living outside the that it would recognize same-sex mar-
riages for purposes of providing benefits to its workers was perhaps the most emphatic moment of the week in the positive impact of the ruling in promoting a “creative class” presence in Arkansas. Over recent years, candidates for faculty positions have turned down positions on campuses in the system and others have left the state because of the preexisting ban on domestic partner benefits. This policy shift changes the game in recruiting and retaining those faculty, exemplars of the creative spirit that Florida identifies as being so vital. As Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Grant Tennille presciently put it well last year in voicing his personal support for marriage equality: “I believe that the most vibrant economies in the world are the ones that are the most free and the most equal. I think Arkansas has a real opportunity here to lead the South.” Last week, initiated by Judge Piazza, Arkansas engaged in just that sort of leadership. Though probably not as jerky as the events of the momentous May week just finished, there will be more twists and turns to the story of same-sex marriage in Arkansas in the months ahead. But, the week just completed cannot be undone and it bodes well for our future.
out its history has ranked at the bottom of unhealthy populations. Arkansas’s rural and regional hosERNEST pitals have been DUMAS saved, the charity care they had to write off or pass along to the rest of us in the form of charges and premiums sharply reduced and soon to be virtually eliminated when the rest of the working poor are insured. It also turned out that, in spite of the insurance companies’ alarms and efforts by the Koch brothers and others to discourage young people from getting insurance, lots of them enrolled through Arkansas’s private Medicaid insurance or the subsidized exchange, which may mean that insurance premiums in the next sign-up period will not rise and may even fall. And the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected that Obamacare will cost $104 billion less over the next
A game-changing week
tarting with Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s initial ruling at 4:51 p.m. on Friday, May 9, and ending with the state Supreme Court’s succinct stay of his ruling at 4:30 p.m. the following Friday, Arkansas experienced marriage equality. While lasting just minutes short of one week, Arkansas’s unexpectedly becoming the first state in the South in which same-sex marriages took place has the promise to reshape Arkansas for years to come and in ways that go beyond LGBT rights. Since the June 2013 Windsor decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s been clear that marriage equality would eventually come to Arkansas. However, most assumed, even if there were a positive court ruling along the way, that Arkansas’s state constitutionally mandated practice of denying marriage to some would last until the Supreme Court issues its culminating decision making marriage equality the law of the land. Instead, Judge Piazza’s refusal to stay his initial decision — both at the time of the ruling and again later in the week — and the good work of a handful of county clerks meant that over 500 same-sex couples
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ecently Arkansas saw a whirlwind of same sex couples rushing to courthouses around the state in an effort to enter into the bonds of matrimony with their significant other. Afraid that the courts would stay the issuance of marriage licenses, couples have had to hurry their weddings with little or no time to bring together their family and friends. I personally know many of these couples. My heart is filled with joy at their happiness. It’s a cultural tradition we were taught in childhood — that you will meet that special someone, fall in love and one day marry them. But then we grew up and discovered that if the special someone we met and fell in love with was of the same gender, then it didn’t really mean us. When we came to understand this, it was a painful discovery on multiple fronts. Not only could we not engage in the marriage ceremonies that were reminiscent of those we had grown up seeing all of our lives, we were also be being denied all of the legal rights associated with marriage. It meant that the 1,138 civil laws that are attached to marriage are not for us; it meant that we couldn’t be listed as joint parents when we have children as a couple. It meant that we couldn’t access the benefits of marriage that are provided for many employees and their spouses. It meant that we needed complicated and expensive legal documents to protect our property and family in the event one of us fell ill or, worse yet, died, and it meant that despite paying the same tax dollars, we would be denied full civil and human rights. Being denied the rights of marriage reinforces all of the rhetoric of homophobia that has made too many of our fellow Arkansans believe that it is OK to harm us with law, words and deed. Throughout our lives we are bullied in school and even into our adult years. It is more than likely that a great many of us will suffer some form of physical harm to ourselves and/or our property. Some of us will be disowned, kicked out of our homes, and far too many of us will not make it through. The inequities that LGBTQ people face in Arkansas, as well as many other parts of the country, don’t stop with marriage. We are vulnerable regarding employment, housing and accessing public accommodations because we are not included in the civil rights laws of this nation, nor this state. If we are any combination of people of color, poor, trans-
gender, immigrant, youth or elderly, then our disenfranchisement as LGBTQ people is compounded RANDI M. by institutional ROMO oppression that GUEST COLUMNIST squeezes our lives even harder. The mistreatment of the LGBTQ community has been deeply rooted in political gain by those who have cloaked their avarice in scripture and holy water. They have tried to render us as an “other” — to be feared and denied equality. The reality is that the only real fear is that which LGBTQ people endure. Fear is an integral part of our lives, sometimes front and center, other times lurking in the background because you never know when someone will target you with word, law or deed. Yet despite these many struggles and barriers, we live our lives with courage and hope, for it takes fortitude to live in a world that denies you at every turn. We continue to fall in love, create our families and live and work in our communities. As I watch the events unfolding around marriage equality, my heart feels as if it will burst from all of the happiness. Couples, some with their children, laughing and smiling, saying “I do.” Tears pouring freely because at last they are able to wed, gaining all of the emotional and practical well-being that this brings to their family. The courts will have another go before it’s all finalized in regard to marriage equality. To be sure there will sadly be those who will continue to vilify us and actively seek to deny our access to equality, using our lives and families as political footballs. However, I am hopeful, as Arkansas bends, however grudgingly, toward the end of the moral arc of justice, that our equality is within reach. It is long past the time for Arkansas to embrace all of its residents and remove the multiple barriers to full inclusion. And we as a state will ultimately be the better for it. Because we in the LGBTQ community are, as we have ever been, your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. We too are Arkansas.
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ON A RECENT SATURDAY MORNING The Observer decided to buy a car, and so looked up the directions to a preowned vehicle dealership and secured a ride from my girlfriend, who wasn’t busy. We drove around awhile looking for the dealership’s Toyota branch — I’ve wrecked a Toyota before, and know them to be basically functional — but it was difficult to locate in the hive of car lots all slotted together in a strange grid, each of them apparently owned or at least overseen by a person named Steve Landers, whom we never met. It was one of the first hot days of the year in Little Rock, and sunlight beamed down at us from the enormous chrome car logos that differentiated the various lots. We found the Toyota area nestled behind the Scion zone, across the interstate from the Dodge and Jeep buildings. As we approached, we became aware of a small fleet of golf carts positioned on either side of the entrance facing inward, their drivers wearing sunglasses and identical Steve Landers polos, all of them eyeing us blankly and silently. We rolled down our windows to meet their gazes, but they said nothing. Without warning, one of the golf carts suddenly broke rank and lined up behind us, waving us forward. This, we would learn, was Carl. Carl showed us where to park, shook our hands and said, “Hop on,” and we did. We glided through the rows of cars now, taking it all in from the back of Carl’s cart. We had to admit it was a smooth ride. Our destination was a gold Corolla, the only thing they had that fit in the Venn diagram of price and reliability we worked out with Carl as we drove. He wasn’t happy with our price point, clearly considered it the mark of a buyer lacking imagination, but we were steadfast, and so approached the Corolla in a kind of awkward stalemate. It was clean and looked gorgeous, but I tried my best to grimace, as I had always assumed used car buyers should do, for bargaining purposes. As we had been advised, we requested a CARFAX report, and Carl dutifully rode off into the humidity to print one off. When he returned, he was sighing, clutching
a stack of pages and couldn’t make eye contact. The report wasn’t good. “This car isn’t for sale, folks,” he said, apologizing and giving us each a business card before dropping us back off at the car we’d arrived in. We should have gone home. Thinking back on this moment now, we know that to be true: We should have gone home. There was still the matter of buying a vehicle, though, and we had gotten the itch. There were other dealerships, other Carls. It was early in the day. We pulled out of the Landers lot and made our way to the second entry on the dealer list we’d put together that morning, a North Little Rock operation called North Point Toyota. This time, at the entrance, we were comforted by the sight of the golf carts, as they seemed to signify professionalism and opportunity. Only an honest man would drive a golf cart, is what a persuasive voice said somewhere deep down in the subconscious and eternal conversation I hold with myself. Our salesperson here was again chosen arbitrarily, he just happened to gesture first from behind the wheel of his cart. His name was Kami, and he was happy to see us. We outlined our expectations again, and unlike Carl, Kami took it in stride. Nothing wrong with affordability in his eyes – price was only an abstraction anyway, it was flexible. His only concern was my happiness. Did I want anything to drink? Coffee? He showed us another Corolla, a silver one that seemed to succeed precisely where the previous one had failed. The CARFAX report checked out, the test drive went well. It had passed all of the dealership’s rigorous mechanical and safety inspections, Kami assured us. I used my fake grimace again, and he was kind enough to let me think it helped. We went back and forth and I bought it. The next morning it wouldn’t start. I called the number on Kami’s business card. “Did you try all the keys?” he asked, absurdly. I took it to a garage on 8th Street called Foster’s, and after looking it over, the mechanic there asked me if I’d already bought it. When I told him yes, he shook his head, whistled and lit a cigarette. It was raining. I grimaced, a real one this time. He asked if I needed a ride to work, and I told him I guess I did.
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On May 17, UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Mara Leveritt, who graduated from UALR 40 years ago. Anderson taught her then. Mara Leveritt is the co-founder, godmother, senior editor, awardwinner and, still, conscience of the Arkansas Times, which itself came to life as a scrappy newsprint magazine 40 years ago this fall. Would we still be here today without her immense contributions? Doubtful. Thanks and congratulations, Dr. Leveritt. Mara continues her work on a trilogy of books on the West Memphis 3, her passion and obsession and a key part of the lifeline that saved three wrongly convicted East Arkansas youths. If that story is her fame and glory, be assured that it was really a small part of her legacy of advocacy, compassion and courage here. UALR put the commencement on YouTube; you can watch it at arktimes. com/mara.
Bethune pens ‘Gay Panic’ Former 2nd District Republican Rep. Ed Bethune has just published a novel, “Gay Panic in the Ozarks.” No, it’s not a quickie roman a clef about same-sex marriage in Eureka Springs. From the online description at Amazon: “Wounds and prejudices stemming from the Civil War, the Great Depression and other conflicts run deep in the Ozark hill country. These frailties, like the scab of a putrid wound, will from time to time reopen and ooze pus. In the tumultuous year of 1968, a farmer stumbles onto the gruesome scene of a hate crime: the lynching of a young gay man whose mangled body has been left hanging from a tree. Clues abound, but the investigation withers and dies. Thirty-eight years later, Aubrey Hatfield and the citizens of Campbell County get a second chance to grapple with man’s greatest vice — the refusal to see wrong and do something about it. The life journey of protagonist Aubrey Hatfield contrasts the culture of the turbulent Sixties with today’s culture, and ponders how we should adapt to or resist the ever-changing notions of right and wrong. Thus, Gay Panic in CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10
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IN DEEP: Koy Butler at 4404 Arlington Road in North Little Rock.
House of woe State investigating North Little Rock over rejection of adult care home. BY RICH SHUMATE
he stately gray brick house with black plantation shutters sits alongside a quiet, curved street in Little Rock’s upscale Leawood neighborhood, indistinguishable from the homes around it. Inside, two of the women who live there sit around the kitchen table, family style, with their caretaker and two visitors, enjoying a lunch of roast beef and potatoes, washed down with iced tea. A partially finished jigsaw puzzle rests on a table in the adjacent dining room. Meanwhile, a dozen miles away on Arlington Road in North Little Rock, a more modest red brick ranch house in the Lakewood neighborhood that was in the remodeling process sits half finished and abandoned. Weeds poke up through the concrete in the driveway, and a giant dumpster outside overflows with construction waste. Koy Butler owns both of these houses.
He intended the second to be like the first — a place where up to three elderly disabled people receive around-theclock care in a home setting, surrounded by their own furniture and prized possessions, rather than the sterile environment of a nursing home. But Butler’s House of Three, as he calls it, ran into a bureaucratic buzzsaw in North Little Rock, fueled by neighborhood politics, leaving him marooned with an unfinished project. Frustrated, Butler filed a complaint with the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, which is now investigating whether the city violated state and federal fair housing laws by requiring Butler to seek rezoning of the property for his adult care home, which both the Planning Commission and the City Council rejected. Butler and his attorney, Dana McClain, contend the federal Fair
Housing Act prohibits cities from using zoning rules to treat housing for the disabled differently from housing for anyone else. Butler now wants the city to pay $553,000 to make him whole financially. “I just don’t see why the city is dragging their feet,” he said. “I’ve got so much invested in that house that I can’t move forward until that’s off my balance sheet.” To add insult to injury, on one of his many trips to City Hall to untangle the mess, he was hit by a car on Main Street, leaving him with a cast on his foot. In an interview, North Little Rock City Attorney C. Jason Carter conceded “absolutely” the city could have done a better job of dealing with Butler’s request. But he said the root of the problem was that the city had never previously been faced with a project of this type in a residential neighborhood. “I’d call this a case of first impression in North Little Rock,” Carter said. “And we were stumbling our way through it.” Butler, who has worked in the nursing home industry and is also an alderman in Lonoke, opened his first House of Three in Leawood in 2013. It’s a for-profit business, but he said it’s also something of a mission. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
ASK THE TIMES Q. Why can’t I get Yuengling beer in Arkansas?
A. Alcohol is one of the most heavily regulated commodities sold in the United States, with each state setting up its own regulatory system. In some states — known as alcoholic beverage control states — the state itself is the only wholesaler. Arkansas instead uses a semi-privatized “three-tier system.” The three tiers for beer in Arkansas are: 1) the manufacturer — the brewer, whether a giant company like Anheuser-Busch, a craft microbrewery like Schlafly or something in between, like Yuengling; 2) the wholesaler — companies like Glazer’s or Arkansas Craft, which distribute the beer in the state; and 3) the retailer — convenience stores, liquor stores, restaurants and bars. The manufacturer sells to the distributor, the distributor sells to the retailer, and the retailer sells to consumers. The impetus for a new beer coming into the state could come from any of the tiers. A brewery might decide it wants to enter the market and try to find a wholesaler to distribute the beer, either statewide or in a given area. Or wholesalers that think the market might be strong for a particular beer might try to convince a brewery to come in to the state. Retailers can also push wholesalers on this front — for example, South on Main wanted to offer Abita Light, previously not sold in Arkansas. The restaurant contacted Glazer’s, Glazer’s contacted Abita, and all of a sudden Abita Light was in town. That can have a ripple effect, too, since the distributor then has to sell it to any other retailer that wants to offer it. But just because a wholesaler or a retailer (or consumers) want a beer in town doesn’t mean that it will make economic sense for a brewery to sell in town. Jumping through all of the regulatory hoops to bring a beer into the state — plus the costs of permitting and registration, taxes and fees, transportation and marketing, and so on — is only going to make sense if they can sell a lot of volume. If there’s just niche interest in a beer, you probably won’t see that beer sold in the state. “I get it all the time,” said John Crow, owner of 107 Liquor in Sherwood. “Customers come in and they just got back from Alaska or a trip to California or somewhere and they say, ‘I had this beer, can you find it?’ Nine times out of 10 (probably close to 10 out of 10), no, we can’t —
because that’s just not distributed in Arkansas and it might not ever be distributed.” Often, the bigger issue for craft beers is capacity — microbreweries may not be able to produce enough beer for multiple markets. “There’s just so many cans of beer they can create,” said Arkansas ABC Director Michael Langley. That means they’ll pick and choose markets, and sometimes a city like Little Rock misses out. “Arkansas is a relatively small market,” Crow said. “So we get passed over a lot. Oftentimes we’re one of the last states to get different new products.” That brings us to Yuengling. The regional brewery, with manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida, has to keep up with explosive growth in 15 states east of the Mississippi, plus the District of Columbia. Meeting that demand is the company’s focus as opposed to expanding (and smaller craft breweries are doing the same, only in even smaller areas). If Yuengling does expand, Arkansas won’t necessarily be its first choice. “Texas sells about 10 times the amount of beer that Arkansas does,” Langley noted. “If you’re Yuengling, where are you going to send your beer? We’re just a small state. But the market [for craft beers] has expanded in the last four or five years because a variety of wholesalers have gotten involved — Arkansas Craft, Gladwell Distributing. We have a much larger selection than we had three or four years ago.” ABC’s role is not to maximize the number of choices for consumers, Langley said, but he said more products in the market would be positive. “If Yuengling wanted to come in, we would let Yuengling come in. We appreciate the fact that beer is a commodity, and the more options you have, you grow your fan base and establish the longevity of the commodity.” And that commodity, Langley pointed out, supports jobs at the various retailers, not to mention bringing in tens of millions of dollars in revenue. Of course, when it comes to smaller craft brews, part of the appeal is that they’re not a mass-produced product, distributed worldwide. By definition, craft brewers are never going to be giant,” Crow said. “Most of these places don’t want to be big — they just want to be as good as they can be.”
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INSIDER, CONT. the Ozarks is a disturbing story of the culture war that society is waging on itself. Brusque but humane, the novel examines love, hate, morality, honor, and duty—the things that inform and shape our destiny.” The Arkansas Times asked Bethune by email for a bit more indication of where the novel goes in terms of taking sides on the issue of gay rights, plus his own thoughts on the subject, including marriage. He rose in the party in the Rockefeller era, a gentler time for the party. Bethune responded: “I’m betting you will like my novel.” He pointed to a news release for a comment on placing the novel in modern context. “The papers, blogs, and airwaves are full of hot arguments about gay marriage. The ‘culture war’ is obsessing America and the noise gets louder every day. “My book is not about gay marriage, but it does consider the wide range of cultural changes that have occurred since the 1960s. It digs deep, going beyond superficial political issues to the root causes of prejudice, the ugly force that bedevils humankind.” But, he added, on the personal question: “As for me personally, I believe marriage is meant to be for one man and one woman.” Bethune, who practiced law in Washington after his time in Congress, now lives in Little Rock with his wife, Lana.
Photo ID required You don’t think D.C.-style politics — militant partisanship and superaggressive message control — have come to Little Rock? We got a small chuckle after learning a photo ID and campaign-issued press credentials would be required to attend one of the election night watch parties for Tuesday’s Republican primary. For a candidate for lieutenant governor. In the party room of a pizza joint. Whose party? Who else but Karl Rove’s boy, Tim Griffin. Last time the Times needed a credential for an election night watch party was 1992, so we could stand within a few yards of the next president of the United States. The Secret Service insisted. The next Mark Darr can’t be too careful. www.arktimes.com
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HOUSE OF WOE, CONT. “It’s just more of a personable option, and I just wanted to take care of them more individually,” he said. “I want to make a living taking care of people. That’s what I’ve always done.” W.C. Maynard’s wife, Jenny, is a resident of the Leawood home, which he said was a vast improvement over her previous care environments. “It’s the best place we’ve ever found,” he said. “That’s why we’re here. I’d give (Butler) an A-plus” The House of Three is what is known as an adult family home, designed as an alternative to institutional care. The residents live together as a family with an in-house caregiver. “We know that seniors want to live in their own homes, or, short of that, in their own communities,” said Krista Hughes, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services. “All data shows that people would like to remain in the least restrictive environment possible.” These types of homes, while well established in other parts of the country, are fairly new to Arkansas. Hughes said there are only three homes of this kind in the state specifically approved for Medicaid funding, although there
are likely many more homes like the House of Three where elderly disabled people are paying for their care privately. The total number is unknown because state law only requires care homes to be licensed if there are more than three people living there. An aging population is increasing the need for long-term care for the elderly. Statewide, there are more than 21,000 elderly and disabled people who use Medicaid long-term services, with thousands more receiving private care. And people in nursing homes often don’t actually need the intensive level of care they provide, Hughes said. “In many cases, it’s simply because there were not options available in their communities,” she said. “We are trying to develop this model of supported housing.” Hughes, who spoke on Butler’s behalf before the City Council, said she was concerned the city’s denial “could easily discourage other people” who might want to provide such housing alternatives. “What Koy is trying to do is simply have an extended family environment for people who want to live there,” she said. Butler also ran into red tape in Little
Rock when he first sought approval for the Leawood House of Three. The city initially told Butler he would have to get a special use permit but eventually decided an adult care home fits within the city’s definition of a family residence — and that the federal Fair Housing Act prevents the city from placing restrictions on housing for the disabled that it doesn’t place on housing for the people who are not. So last August, Butler decided to buy the house on Arlington Road, which was zoned R-1, the most restrictive category for residential housing in North Little Rock. Before he could complete the purchase, he sought confirmation from Planning Director Robert Voyles that the House of Three would be allowed under the existing zoning. “I am of the opinion that your description of the House of Three complies with the definition of family as described in the North Little Rock Zoning Ordinance,” Voyles replied in an email. A week later, Voyles wrote Butler back to say that based on consultations with the city’s legal staff, “I retract my previous statements.” He informed Butler he would need to get the property rezoned to R-2 and get a special use permit.
The city’s objection was that Butler was operating a for-profit business. Under North Little Rock’s zoning ordinance, a family residence is defined as nonprofit. However, R-1 zoning does allow home-based businesses, as long as they are subordinate to the residential use and don’t change the “residential character” of the structure. (City business licenses have been issued to a telemarketing firm and a plumber located within a block of Butler’s Arlington Drive house.) And if Butler were merely renting out the house as a landlord for a profit, he could rent to up to five unrelated people without having his property rezoned. Why the different treatment for Butler? “I think because he’s not just renting the property out. He’s providing services,” Carter said. Carter also said city officials were unclear whether Butler would also be providing housing to elderly people who aren’t disabled, who would not be eligible for federal disability protection. But Butler said he always made it clear House of Three residents would all be disabled. A letter he sent to Voyles in August said all residents “will have a physical or mental impairment that
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HOUSE OF WOE, CONT. substantially limits one or more major life activities, thus leaving them handicapped by the Fair Housing Act.” By the time Butler learned of the city’s objections, he had already purchased the home and begun renovations, based on Voyles’ initial email. Carter conceded the city sent Butler mixed signals. “You never want to give people conflicting information. You always want to be as clear as possible. And obviously, this is not one of those cases,” he said. “Local government needs to have predictable processes, and that’s how we could have done this better.” However, Carter also pointed to a 1997 Arkansas Supreme Court case, Russellville vs. Hodges, in which the high court ruled against a property owner who built an illegal trailer park based on a faulty interpretation of zoning regulations by a city official. The court ruled the city could force the trailer park to be removed because the official didn’t have the power to waive the regulations on his own. But McClain said the Russellville case isn’t applicable because his dispute with the city isn’t about zoning, it’s about housing discrimination against the disabled. After the city’s change of position left
him no other option, Butler did apply for the rezoning and special use permit. When his neighbors in Lakewood found out about it, they started to object, complaining an adult care home would lower their property values. “I had people call and leave me ugly messages on the phone and send me emails,” he said. Among the groups objecting was the Lakewood Property Owners Association. Ken Sullivan, the association’s executive director, said “our objection is that we didn’t want it to be rezoned.” Asked if the association would have objected to the city allowing the House of Three to operate as a permitted use under R-1 zoning, as was done in Little Rock, Sullivan said “I can’t really speak to that.” “We were opposed to it being rezoned as a business,” he said. When the rezoning came up last December, it drew a standing-roomonly crowd to the City Council chambers. Most of those on hand, including family members of House of Three residents, supported Butler. But the City Council voted 6-2 against the rezoning, based on the concerns about precedent of allowing a business use in what is an R-1 neighborhood. That’s when con-
struction on the half-finished House of Three came to a halt. The question now before the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is whether North Little Rock violated fair housing laws. Butler believes the city did, pointing to a document on the U.S. Department of Justice’s website that lays out the following scenario: “Suppose a city’s zoning ordinance defines a ‘family’ to include up to six unrelated persons living together as a household unit, and gives such a group of unrelated persons the right to live in any zoning district without special permission. If that ordinance also disallows a group home for six or fewer people with disabilities in a certain district or requires this home to seek a use permit, such requirements would conflict with the Fair Housing Act.” In 2011, Jonesboro lost a federal court case after it denied an application to house eight handicapped children and two house parents in a group home. It cost the city $90,000. In 2003, the city of Sedona, Ariz., was forced to pay $530,000 to the operator of a residential home for recovering drug addicts, who are considered disabled under federal law. After the home had been purchased, the city turned down a
use permit when neighbors complained. The Little Rock City Board of Directors initially balked at applications by Oxford House Inc. to set up group homes in residential neighborhoods for recovering drug users and alcoholics, but relented once it became familiar with the Fair Housing Act. Its defining ordinance for home occupancy does not include the nonprofit requirement. The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission was expected to issue a ruling on Butler’s complaint in mid-March but extended the deadline “to make additional efforts to conciliate [settle] the complaint,” according to a letter the commission sent to Butler. A decision still has not been reached. Carter said city officials have met with the commission’s staff, which has already prompted a change in the way North Little Rock will handle these types of requests going forward. According to Carter, the city was informed it was required by federal law to have a process in place for making reasonable accommodations for housing for the disabled, which the city lacked. So under a new procedure approved by the City Council in March, a property owner who wants to operate a home CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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Continued from page 13 for disabled residents can make a free application for a “reasonable accommodation” to the city’s Board of Adjustment. Applicants have to prove they are entitled to protection under the Fair Housing Act, show how the city’s regulations inhibit that protection and prove the accommodation they are seeking is reasonable. Rulings by the Board of Adjustment can be appealed to Pulaski County Circuit Court. While that takes the City Council out of the loop, the city can still appeal rulings it doesn’t like. Carter said that had a reasonable accommodation policy been in place 2:42 PM when Butler sought approval of the House of Three, the problems he experienced could have been avoided. “When we didn’t have one, we steered Mr. Butler in the best direction that we could have steered him,” Carter said. Alderman Murry Witcher, who supported the House of Three when it came before the City Council in December, said once the state investigation is complete, he expects the council to consider additional changes to accommodate adult group homes, which he believes are needed in the city. “At that time, we’ll have to address it,” he said. “I think whatever that language is, it will be something that both the [state] folks and the city attorney will agree.” In a memorandum prepared for North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith in January, Voyles suggested three options: Removing the “nonprofit” requirement
from the definition of family housing, amending the zoning ordinance to allow group homes as a defined under federal law as a permitted use or allowing adult care homes to operate as a home business. So far, none of those changes have been adopted. McClain said she believed the city’s new reasonable accommodations process still didn’t meet the requirements of the federal law. “It’s quite vague in terms of how they’re going to actually proceed with it,” she said, adding the new process still puts an “overly cumbersome” obstacle in the way of disabled people who need housing by forcing them to get permission from the Board of Adjustment or appeal to Circuit Court. Carter disagreed. “I don’t think that it does run afoul of the Fair Housing Act, and I don’t think it’s too vague,” he said. As for Butler, he said he had so soured on his experience dealing with North Little Rock that he no longer wanted to operate the House of Three on Arlington Road. However, he does want the city to purchase the house from him, reimburse him for the money he spent on remodeling it and pay his legal fees and other expenses — a bill that, as of this writing, exceeds $553,000. He said he also wanted assurances from the city that what happened to him won’t happen to anyone else. “I wasn’t surprised that there was some opposition because it’s a change,” he said. “I was surprised the attorneys for the city didn’t take a closer look at the Fair Housing Act.”
DUMAS, CONT. Continued from page 7 financial crash, counter to conservative economic predictions. The U.S. has never faltered on its social obligations: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any the rest. The threat, such as it is, comes from the Republicans, including the whole Arkansas House delegation, who have voted to privatize Medicare and turn more of the costs over to elderly patients and to shift Medicaid to the states with declining block grants. If Republicans were to gain a big congressional majority and a cold-hearted president, the threat to the state’s budget solvency could come to pass. Otherwise, an Arkansas budget crisis will be of legislators’ own making, not Obamacare’s.
But the real good news for the GOP Samaritans of the private option lay in the thousands of stories of Arkansas people whose lives were changed since last fall by gaining access, finally, to life-saving and life–improving surgery and therapy. David Ramsey gave the accounts of a number of them in the Arkansas Times, and only the most flinthearted could fail to be touched. Some were returning to the workforce, their optimism restored. Could it be that when the Kaiser Foundation does its analyses in 2017 Arkansas will no longer be around the bottom in all the indices of health, like deaths per 1,000 people and treatment availability? Though only private citizens by then, the Republican private-option folks can take quiet satisfaction.
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DOWN BY THE RIVER CEELO, FIREWORKS, DOGS DOING INTERESTING THINGS HIGHLIGHT THIS YEAR’S RIVERFEST. BY JIM HARRIS, LINDSEY MILLAR, DAVID RAMSEY, WILL STEPHENSON AND MORGAN SYKES
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t this year’s Riverfest, the colossal live music showcase and all-around cultural spectacle mounted every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Little Rock, there will be fire-eaters, East African acrobats and Hank Williams Jr. There will be face-painting and a rock wall, a fleet of food trucks and a dog circus. CeeLo Green will be performing, as will Salt-NPepa and Chicago and Buckcherry. There will obviously be fireworks. It is the festival’s 37th consecutive year, and DeAnna Korte’s 10th as its executive director. “It really comes down now to Mother Nature,” Korte told the Times in an interview on the eve of the event’s set-up. “She really wields the hand. We can plan and do our part to make sure everything’s good, but then Mother Nature will decide how the weekend goes. You can’t control it, you just have to say a prayer and hope the weather holds out.” The trucks bearing tents arrived last Thurs-
day, May 15, followed by the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, who prepared the festival area and shipped in more equipment. The grounds were wired for electricity, and the vendors started moving in on Monday. But as Korte explains, this is just the culmination of a process that began a year ago. “Myself, I’m already thinking about next year,” she says. “I think that’s what makes the event a success every year, the planning never stops.” It is thanks to a combination of “Southern hospitality” and a “good reputation in the festival industry,” Korte says, that Riverfest is able to book artists of CeeLo’s and Chicago’s caliber, a particularly difficult proposition given the desirability of Memorial Day weekend for big events. But aside from the lineup of celebrity performers, a list that also includes groups like The Fray, Three Days Grace, The Wallflowers and Lee Brice, Riverfest also marks one of the biggest local music platforms of the year, a rare
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opportunity to see Arkansas favorites like Big Piph, Mulehead, Iron Tongue and Jim Mize on a huge scale. Moreover, Korte emphasizes, “it’s not just about the music.” Parents and grandparents are honored guests here, and kids are at a special advantage. The Family Stage, in Heifer Village, will feature the Jesse White Tumbling Team, an iconic Chicago institution since 1959, and the Kenya Safari Acrobats, who jump through hoops, narrowly avoid all manner of flaming objects and contort themselves in fantastical displays of imaginative athletic prowess — all to a Benga beat. The Yarnell’s Kidzone Stage will host a range of all-ages attractions (ventriloquists, ice cream eating contests, kazoos), as will the Deltic Timber Kidzone area (animalthemed arts and crafts, toddler drum circles, bubbles). There will be a 5K “fun run” downtown (8 a.m. Saturday), a beer and wine tasting at the River Market Pavilions (5:30 p.m. Thursday), a bag toss at Heifer International that costs $100 (the grand prize is $1,500), a poker run and
bike show for the leather vest set (10 a.m. Saturday) and, as Korte reminded us, “Everyone loves a Ferris wheel,” so there’s one of those, too. Darren McFadden will be on hand signing autographs, and we’ve already mentioned fireworks, but again: fireworks. The festival also features a dizzying, curiously extensive number of dog-related activities, from Jonathan Offi’s “World Famous” team of “canine athletes” (rescue dogs with an impressive repertoire of tricks and stunts, performing every day of the event) to the Crown Championship of the Super Retriever Series, essentially a diving event for dogs, who are persuaded to repeatedly leap into a swimming pool for our amusement. Also don’t miss the well-titled “ ‘Cirque du Pup’ Pooch Parade” Saturday morning at 9:30, which will be followed by the “Weenie Dog Derby.” Don’t be thrown by the name, either: As Korte explained, “We don’t discriminate, so any short-legged dog can participate.” And she means it. According to the Riverfest website, last year’s winner was a Pomeranian.
“We’re opening Arkansas and Little Rock up to a lot of people who may not have had another reason to come down here,” Korte said, and at this they’ve already succeeded, selling tickets in 30 different states (and as far away as Toronto). “It’s the usual stress,” she said, musing on the enormity of the enterprise facing her and her team. “I think one of the amazing things is that it takes 10 days to set up, and then it’s all going to come down in one. When you come back to work on Tuesday, you won’t even be able to tell that we were here.” WS
8 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)
Riverfest has served as a launching pad of sorts for some of the now bigger names in country music. Remember when an unknown Carrie Underwood performed on the Main Stage? Jason Aldean has made a few visits. There are CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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SACRED STEEL: Robert Randolph and The Family Band will play the Bud Light Stage 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
plenty more. Easton Corbin may be that next country music star you can say you saw at Riverfest. He signed his first record contract at age 27 in 2009 and one year later had two No. 1 country hits, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” Corbin followed that up with the album “All Over the Road” in late 2012, and that record spawned two more singles for the Florida native. The TV show “Hee Haw” was Corbin’s initial inspiration, and he was fortunate enough to get guitar lessons from session musician Pee Wee Melton when he was 14. Not long after that, he was landing music festival slots. When Nashville took notice, it put him on tour with Brad Paisley. Corbin has a third studio album due out this year, “Clockwork.” JH
9:30 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)
Lee Brice has paid his dues over his 34 years to get his chance at being a Nashville hitter, and he made the most of it in 2012 with his first No. 1 single, “A Woman Like You.” Before that, his “Love Like Crazy” was Billboard’s Top Country Song of 2010 and charted for 56 weeks on the Hot Country Songs list. Brice followed up “A Woman Like You” with chart-toppers “Hard to Love” and “I Drive Your Truck,” all off his second 18
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album. His writing work with Garth Brooks, Adam Gregory, the Eli Young Band and Tim McGraw has led to singles that also bolstered his growing rep in Nashville. Brice (like McGraw or Trace Adkins) looks like a football player or someone who could serve as his own security; it was an arm injury suffered playing college football at Clemson (he was a long-snapper) that ended his athletic career and turned him toward music. He had already been writing his own songs on guitar or piano since he was a kid, though, and he’d developed his voice singing in church. Turns out football’s loss was country’s gain. JH
9:30 p.m., Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage (First Security Amphitheater)
When Chicago first graced these parts in 1973 or thereabouts, they were among pop’s power groups of the day, but they approached playing live like they were a pops orchestra, all inwardly focused, all their hits played rote, then off the stage to the next show. What changed through the years, what made Chicago a more vital stage band and not just a recording phenomenon, was the suddenly shifting lineup — for better or worse. Underrated rock guitarist Terry Kath, who seemed to be
in his own world on stage, accidentally killed himself at about the time Chicago first fell from being pop favorites in the late 1970s. Producer David Foster took over and emphasized Peter Cetera’s syrupy-sweet “new” sound; the ballad-heavy Chicago marked the band’s restoration atop the charts in the first half of the 1980s. Cetera then went his happy solo way, and others helped Chicago’s originals forge on. The core of the band, though, is still in place and, as you’ll know if you saw the Grammys in February, still driving the band: pianist/keyboardist Robert Lamm, trombonist Jimmy Pankow, trumpeter Lee Loughnane and sax/flautist Walter Parazaider. When you cut away all that has been Chicago for 47 years, what still remains is this foursome, the heart of a band that grew up mostly at DePaul University, then blew up on the national scene with its pumping brass section and catchy, often thought-provoking, politicallytinged songs, many written by Lamm or Pankow. As one of music’s biggest sellers of all time, they’ve topped 100 million records sold, and they’re at Riverfest as the event’s annual big nostalgia act, to appeal to the graying hairs (like this writer). It figures they’ll know to trot out a long set of classics that still resonate 40-plus years later: “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Beginnings,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Feeling Stronger Every Day,” etc. JH CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
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ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND
6:15 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)
There was some thought among music aficionados back 10 years or so ago that Robert Randolph was blowing up nationally and might end up being this generation’s Sly and the Family Stone, if not a Dave Matthews or Ben Harper-type big festival act, one that by now would be out of reach for performing a Little Rock concert. Not that RRFB has underachieved or anything, it’s just that Riverfest and medium-sized festivals are what they do best, bringing together the masses for a rocking funk jam. Outside of “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That,” hit songs haven’t really been this band’s thing, but the show is still as spectacular is it was to anybody that saw Randolph and crew open for Eric Clapton here years ago. Randolph, of course, rocks the pedal-steel guitar in a very soulful and un-countrified sort of way, and that powers a band that connects to a crowd ready to get up and move. Expect a raucous version of “Shake Your Hips” during their Riverfest show, maybe with the ladies encouraged to join the band on stage. T-Bone Burnett produced the band’s 2010 album, “We Walk This Road.” JH
8:15 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)
Riverfest is designed as a crowd pleaser. That means booking all the most popular genres. But it’s also designed with a relatively small talent budget, which means that the lineup is a mixture of name stars (CeeLo Green) and acts whose peak has passed and now play county fairs and festivals you’ve never heard of? Judging by past experience, this won’t temper the enthusiasm of the Riverfest crowd. Can’t get The Black Keys or AC/DC? There’s always Buckcherry. They come with plenty of rock ’n’ roll bona fides. They’re named for a spoonerism of Chuck Berry. Or rather a drag queen named Buck Cherry. Lead singer Josh Todd and lead guitarist Keith Nelson performed for a while with ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in a band that would later become Velvet Revolver before Slash fired Todd and Nelson and hired Scott Weiland. Their most popular songs are called “Crazy Bitch” (“You’re crazy bitch / But you fuck so good, I’m on top of it”) and “Sorry” (“Cause everything inside it never comes out right / And when I see you cry it makes me want to die”). What else could you want? LM
THREE DAYS GRACE
9:45 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)
Three Days Grace is a rock quartet from Ontario fond of leather, black and facial hair. Consisting of Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst, Barry Stock and Matt Walst, the band favors melodic yet lyrically dark alt-metal. Their 20
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HOT, COOL AND VICIOUS: Salt-N-Pepa will play the Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage 8 p.m. Saturday.
biggest hit, “I Hate Everything About You,” should be familiar to those who were anguished, Hot Topic-loving high school students in the mid-2000s. Other standouts include “Break” and “Animal I Have Become.” The band recently underwent some changes in lineup, with Matt Walst replacing longtime vocalist Adam Gontier in March, and it recently released the single “Painkiller,” its first recording with Walst. Fans of introspective altmetal should check these dudes out. MS
8 p.m., Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage (First Security Amphitheater)
Salt-N-Pepa, the stretchy-pant-loving and doorknockerearring-sporting trio of ladies from Queens, N.Y., is responsible for jams that we all know and love: “Whattaman,” “Shoop,” “Push It” and “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Salt, Pepa and their DJ, Spinderella, conquered the charts (and some challenging fashions) in the late ’80s and early ’90s as one of hip-hop’s pioneering acts, male or female. Notable for injecting a little feminism into their booty-shaking as they parsed some rather raunchy topics from a woman’s point of view, they secured American Music Award nominations, a Grammy and something a little more elusive for women in hip-hop: respect. The trio disbanded in the late ’90s, but reunited in 2009 and have since shared the stage with everyone from Biz Markie to Public Enemy. So don’t even pretend you don’t know the words (I’ve seen what happens in an adequately drunk room when “Push It” comes
on) and watch some of rap’s trailblazers do their thing. MS
9:45 p.m., Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage (First Security Amphitheater)
Back when “Dirty South” was the name of a song instead of a catch-all brand, Outkast and Goodie Mob brought a jolt of creativity and regional pride to rap in the mid-’90s. Goodie Mob was a great group (if not historically great like Outkast), but it was clear even then that CeeLo Green’s talents were bigger than one group, or even one genre. He sang and slurred and rapped his way through scene-stealing verses with country swagger and something too often lacking in the rap and R&B of the time: soul. (His contribution to an Outkast song still stands for me as one of rap’s most jarringly tender opening lines: “I don’t recall ever graduating at all / Sometimes I feel I’m just a disappointment to y’all.”) The rest is history: five Grammy awards for solo work and Gnarls Barkley, his soul collaboration with producer Danger Mouse; the hit “Crazy,” which at times has felt like the most ubiquitous song on the planet; a solo track with such infectious Motown vibes that it was a mammoth hit even though it was called “Fuck You”; reality television stints and a Super Bowl halftime show with Madonna. He’s also a dynamite live performer, a bundle of manic energy — I was once on the receiving end of a CeeLo stage dive in the Goodie Mob days and collapsed beneath his weight. He’s a big dude, so watch out. DR
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7:45 p.m., Bud Light Stage (Clinton Presidential Center)
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SCARS AND STORIES: The Fray will play the Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
about cars, which made it a good song for driving around. Or rather it was about a dead girl who left the singer heartbroken and reckless, which made it a good song for making out in the back seat. Considering all these factors, plus the fact that schools in parts of Arkansas at the time (and probably still to this day) taught abstinence rather than sex ed, if you were a teenager fooling around in a back seat and your abstinence learning didn’t stick and you ended up with a love child, he/she was probably conceived while “One Headlight” played from the car stereo. Hopefully things have worked out for you and your backseat lover and the son/daughter that resulted from Jakob Dylan’s jangly angst. Regardless, congratulations, your son/daughter is nearly grown up! Maybe even a new high school graduate! You should celebrate by taking him/her to Riverfest to celebrate, where for old times’ sake The Wallflowers will surely play “One Headlight.” LM
7:45 p.m., Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage (First Security Amphitheater)
If as teenager in the late ’90s, in the days just before the Internet started working well, your only source of escape was your car, and you listened to the radio in that car (this being the pre-Internet-working-well era, when music was expensive and difficult to steal), and you fooled around with your girl/boyfriend in the backseat of that car, The Wallflower’s “One Headlight” was a part of your soundtrack. It was played more often and for a longer time than any pop song in modern history, according to my memory. It was
9:30 p.m., Coors Light / Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage (First Security Amphitheater)
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What do you do when you’re a legend’s son? If you’re Hank Williams Jr., you create a caricature of yourself so vividly compelling that you become a legend in your own right: a whiskey-drinking, gun-toting cartoon in a cowboy hat, hamming his way through what turned out, almost in spite of himself, to be some of the best country songs of the last 40 years. Bocephus brought a kind of punk-rock teenage fury to country music (his various takes on the “Country Boy Can Survive” theme actually remind me of Tupac’s anger and anthemic pride on a slightly different outlaw identity theme). Is that carrying on the “family tradition”? Yes indeed: By going rogue, Hank Jr. turned out to be every bit the American original that his father was. Sometimes, yes, a dude that committed to the joys of being a redneck will find himself in some uncomfortably retrograde territory. But Bocephus at his best is rollicking fun and a sly songwriter: honky-tonk good times, hangover despair and salt-of-the-earth spirit. If you can’t drunkenly sing along to “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” I can’t help you. DR
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Jamey Johnson could easily be confused with one of the “Duck Dynasty” brothers with long gray-tinged beard, flowing hair and his outdoorsy appearance. He’s a sometimesstoryteller on the stage with music likened to that of Trace Adkins, John Michael Montgomery, Arkansan Joe Nichols and other country standouts who’ve played Riverfest in recent years. His second album (and first with Mercury Nashville) was the well-received, gold-certified “That Lonesome Song” in 2008. Included on the record was the Top 10 hit “In Color” and another single, “High Cost of Living.” The southeast Alabama native and former Marine has since released two more albums, the critically acclaimed “The Guitar Song” in 2010, then 2012’s “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran,” which was nominated for a Grammy award. He also penned “I Got My Game On,” which served as Trace Adkins’ return to the top of the country charts in 2007 after a 10-year absence. Johnson has toured with Adkins, as well as Kid Rock; he’ll handle opening for Hank Jr. JH
The Fray, hailing from Denver, Colo., are purveyors of piano-driven modern rock that everyone from your 14-yearold cousin to your otherwise disapproving grandmother can find palatable and everyone else, at least recognizable. Favoring mid-tempo arrangements and ballads, the group (consisting of Joe King, Isaac Slade, Dave Welsh and Ben Wysocki) formed in 2002. They are perhaps best known for their omnipresent soft-rock anthem from 2005, “How to Save a Life,” a song I seemed to encounter in every waiting room ever during its reign. It was an international sensation, hitting the charts in a diverse swath of countries including the UK, New Zealand and Sweden. The fellows reportedly met and connected while leading worship services at their church, and their discography includes acoustic renderings of Christmas carols (and also, perhaps incongruously, a collaboration with Timbaland). They’re currently in the midst of a national tour to promote their latest album, “Helios.” MS
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RIVERFEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE COORS LIGHT/ ARKANSAS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION STAGE
BUD LIGHT STAGE
STICKYZ MUSIC STAGE
(CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER)
(CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER)
FRIDAY 5/23 6:45 p.m. The 1 oz. Jig 8:15 p.m. Muck Sticky 9 p.m. Big Brown 9:45 p.m. Grandtheft
(FIRST SECURITY AMPHITHEATER)
FRIDAY 5/23 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Goose Big Dam Horns Chicago
SATURDAY 5/24 11:30 a.m. Rock & Stroll Band Winner 12:45 p.m. Carnie Barkers 2:15 p.m. Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain 3:45 p.m. FreeVerse 5:15 p.m. Magnolia Sons 6:45 p.m. Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe 8 p.m. Salt-N-Pepa 9:45 p.m. CeeLo Green
2 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 9 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
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SUNDAY 5/25 Beckham Brothers Barrett Baber Andy Frasco Earl & Them The Wallflowers First Security Fireworks Display The Fray
6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Elise Davis Easton Corbin Lee Brice
SATURDAY 5/24 1 p.m. Twelve Tone Elevator 2:15 p.m. Mad Nomad 3:30 p.m. Iron Tongue 4:45 p.m. Steepwater 6:15 p.m. Robert Randolph and The Family Band 8:15 p.m. Buckcherry 9:45 p.m. Three Days Grace SUNDAY 5/25 1:45 p.m. Blane Howard 9:45 p.m. Hank Williams, Jr. 3:15 p.m. Luke Williams 4:45 p.m. Lucious Spiller Band 6:15 p.m. Clare Dunn 7:45 p.m. Jamey Johnson 9 p.m. First Security Fireworks Display
SATURDAY 5/24 12:30 p.m. Brown Soul Shoes 1:45 p.m. Coyote Union 3 p.m. Jim Mize 4:15 p.m. Grace Askew 5:30 p.m. Quaker City Night Hawks 6:45 p.m. Mulehead 8:15 p.m. Jonathan Tyler 9:45 p.m. Cody Canada and The Departed
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 4 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m.
SUNDAY 5/25 Midwest Caravan Canopy Climbers SW/MM/NG Knox Hamilton The Tontons Diarrhea Planet First Security Fireworks Display Surfer Blood
RIVERFEST FAST FACTS HOURS: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday ADMISSION: $20 in advance for a 3-day pass, $35 on the website & $40 at the gate for a 3-day pass, children 10 & under are admitted free with a paid adult admission. That ticket price not only gets you into the festival for 3 days, but into every concert each day. All patrons must have an admission wristband. Tickets are sold at Walgreens for $20 for a 3-day pass (while supplies last). Tickets will be exchanged at the Admission Gates for a wristband.
PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: For $4 ($3 with a non-perishable food item to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank) roundtrip, you can ride the Riverfest Shuttle from Riverfest bus stops located in Little Rock on the east side of War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field at the corner of West Markham and Fair Park (near the Little Rock Zoo) or in North Little Rock at the parking lot at Lakewood Middle School, 2300 Lakeview Road (behind Target on McCain). The War Memorial shuttle will deliver and pick up at the Main Gateway in Little Rock; the North Little Rock shuttle will deliver and pick up at the Clinton Presidential Center Gateway at Third and Kumpuris streets. There is no charge for the return trip. Most shuttles are wheelchair accessible.
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WHAT NOT TO BRING: Coolers, containers, cans, food or glass bottles, laser pointers, camelbacks, audio recording devices, professional photography equipment, cameras with detachable lenses, video recorders, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, motorized vehicles of any type, large cane umbrellas or umbrellas with a point, concealed weapons of any type. All bags/backpacks will be subject to a security search.
FIRST AID: Riverfest has two first aid stations on site sponsored by St. Vincent Health System: one located near the amphitheater and one at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.
RIVERFEST RECYCLES: Riverfest Recycles encourages festivalgoers to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans, which are typically just discarded. Festivalgoers can stop by the recycling tent, located on the walkway behind the Museum Center between the First Security Amphitheater and the Clinton Library, and pick up a recycling bag. While enjoying Riverfest, attendees are encouraged to fill their recycling bags with at least 20 recyclable items and return it to the Recycling Tent for a chance to win a prize. With each full bag returned to the Recycling Tent, attendees earn a chance to spin the prize wheel. Prizes on the wheel include T-shirts, hats, corndogs, and many more fun prizes, including a few premium prizes. In addition to collecting recyclables, all festivalgoers are asked to make use of the numerous recycling containers located throughout the park. After hours, the Riverfest recycling committee and volunteers, along with the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, will retrieve cans and plastic bottles from recycling containers, and any cans that may not have made it to the containers.
The Clinton Center is proud to be part of Arkansas’ Largest Music Festival. Be a part of history and visit the Center while at Riverfest!
• During Riverfest, admission to the Center is $2 off, and free for children ages 6 & under. • Center open Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday, 1-5 p.m. • Free parking and shuttles for Center visitors during Riverfest located on 5th Street, between Collins and Rector. • Center adjacent to Family Zone at Heifer International.
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Wyndham Hotel Willow
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
NORTH LITTLE ROCK
Chamber of Commerce
Statehouse Convention Center
Yarnell’s Dip Station U.S. ARMY Exhibit
Verizon Karaoke ofUniversity Arkansas Stage Athletics Edwards Food Giant Food Court
Coors Light/Arkansas Federal Credit Union Stage
Yarnell’s Dip Station
Witt Stephens Nature Center
Ford Fusion War Memorial 2014 Tour Shuttle Drop-off
CATA Trolley to North Little Rock
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
La Harpe’s Landing
U.S. Marines Exhibit
DATAMAX VIP Pavilion
Yarnell’s Dip Station
President Clinton Ave CenterPoint Energy
University of Arkansas Athletics Main Gateway
Hardee’s Exhibit Oaklawn Gaming
Bobby’s Bike Hike Bike Parking
VIP Check-In Tent
Volunteer Check-In Kaufman Lumber Company Everett Buick Gateway Gateway
RIver Market Parking Deck
Official Festival Hotel
Bank of America Gateway
Papa John’s Eat-In Tent
Little Rock Marriott
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD Exhibit
Official Festival Hotel
Yarnell’s Kids Crafts KidZone Stage Peabody
River Market Avenue
Arkansas Game and Fish Aquarium
Deltic Timber KidZone Area
Main Street Bridge
First Security Bank Fireworks Display Sunday 9pm
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River Trail Bike Rentals
Ruff on the Rive Pooch Parade Saturday 9:30am Acxiom
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Arts Entertainment AND
Fiddler Violet Hensley
Treasures Revealed Films showcase Arts Council craft honorees. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
irst off, it was a very good thing that the Arkansas Arts Council decided in 2002 to begin to recognize Arkansas artisans who’ve devoted years to keeping a traditional craft form alive and handing it down to the next generation. These Arkansas Living Treasures, as they are called by the Arts Council, are the craftsman’s version of MacArthur fellows, people with a certain genius in making rocking chairs, knives, woodwork and other fine things. 26
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Now, the Arts Council’s collaboration with the Historic Arkansas Museum has done us another good turn by creating documentaries of 11 of the Living Treasures, so we can know the potter in Hot Springs, the chair maker in Bear, the quilter in Conway and so forth a little better. The docs’ debut screening is coming up Wednesday, May 28, at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Arcade Building. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. before the 6:30 p.m. screening start. Admission is free. The shorts, executive produced by Swannee Bennett and produced by Car-
oline Millar of HAM with Jennifer Carman, were made over the course of about 14 months starting in 2013. Profiled are fiddler Violet Hensley, basketmaker Leon Niehues, chair maker Dallas Bump, potters Jim Larkin, Winston Taylor and Peter Lippincott, quilter Irma Gail Hatcher, master bladesmith J.R. Cook, woodworkers Doug Stowe and Robyn Horn and wood planemaker Larry Williams. Joe York’s short “74 Fiddles” deserves its own award for craftsmanship for capturing the charmingly peculiar Violet Hensley, a 96-year-old Yellville resident who at the time of filming was working on her 74th fiddle. The white-haired and whiskered fiddle-maker puts her left fist up to the camera lens and announces, “See, that’s danger,” and then, with her right, “that’s death.” Henley alternately sings; plays, sometimes atop her head (“I play it my way”), and talks about seeing her father build fiddles and figuring at age 5 she could do the same. It’s not biography, but the way she speaks and the stories she tells — like the tale about her horse that lived 26 years and whose head is carved into the head of one of her fiddles — are a window into a singular, marvelous personality and make us wonder what other unknowns with a unique devotion to craft are out there. Niehues, Larkin, Taylor, Lippincott and Stowe are well known to Arkansas’s
fans of the handcrafted; less so is Dallas Bump, another nonagenarian whose family has been making chairs for four generations in Bear (Garland County). Filmed in Bump’s ancient workshop and shown at last year’s Little Rock Film Festival, “Bump” (also directed by York) is a laid-back look at the chair-maker; his nephew, who joined the family business after the sawmill where he worked went out of business, and his nephew’s wife, who weaves the seats and backs. The craft itself is the focus of “Blade of Damascus” (Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films), as the jovial Cook, of Nashville, explains the process of making the super strong steel blades. Williams, a Eureka Springs planemaker who with Don McConnell supplies “period-appropriate” tools to Williamsburg, touts the “magical” planes made in the late 18th century (“The Perfect Plane,” Nathan Willis), “the most sophisticated planes ever made”; potter Taylor demonstrates raku (film by Kat Wilson). Fine art woodworker Robyn Horn maintains that she majored in art “because that was the easiest way to graduate,” and thank goodness she did; “Suspension of Disbelief” (York) is a terrific profile of Horn and her work. In the “Craft Artist” (York), Niehues talks about the evolution of his baskets into sculptural objects. Each documentary offers a little bit of knowledge about crafts, people and good goings on Arkansas.
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A&E NEWS THE EIGHTH LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL came to a close Sunday night with a screening of “Devil’s Knot” and a Closing Night Awards Gala held at the Old State House Museum. “Korengal” won the Arkansas Times Audience Award; “Virunga”won the Golden Rock Award for Best Documentary; “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” won the Golden Rock Award for Best Narrative; “Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls” won the award for Best “Made in Arkansas” Film; Mathew Van Dyke won the Special Jury Award for Extraordinary Courage in Filmmaking for his “Point and Shoot.” “Stop the Pounding Heart” won the Best Southern Film award; “Ne Me Quitte Pas” won the first-ever Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Nonfiction; John Hockaday won the Best “Made in Arkansas” Director award for “Stuck”; Ed Lowry won the Best Actor/Actress “Made in Arkansas” Award for his performance in “Matter of Honor”; “King of Size” won the award for Best World Short, and Connor Leach won the Youth Filmmaking Award for “Consequences.” LAST WEEK, UCA released the details of its 15th anniversary season at the Reynolds Performance Hall, with a public appearances lineup that includes Broadway musicals, lecturers, musicians, family programs and comedians. The list includes Randy Newman performing live with the Conway Symphony Orchestra; a lecture by Common (presented by Power 92 FM); Ricky Skaggs; The Blue Man Group; Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”); The Harlem Gospel Choir; a cappella group Straight No Chaser; a performance by the Las Vegas-based Cirque Mechanics (“Pedal Punk”); a lecture by the best-selling author Jessica Fellowes, and a theatrical program that includes plays and musicals such as “Sister Act,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “The Great Gatsby.” The season will kick off in September with a performance by country musicians Steve Azar and Deana Carter. More information is available at uca.edu/ publicappearances.
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7 p.m. Barnes and Noble. Free.
Webster “Webb” Hubbell — the former Little Rock mayor, Arkansas State Supreme Court justice, Associate Attorney General of the U.S. and top-shelf Friend of Bill who fell hard during the Whitewater investigations over some hinky client billing — will be in Little Rock May 22-24 to help promote his debut mystery/thriller, “When Men Betray.” Set in Little Rock and featuring the adventures of attorney Jack Patterson, the book revolves around Patterson’s dogged attempts to puzzle out the truth behind the assassination of a U.S. senator on live TV. We would say an investigation like that sounds like a job for Ken Starr, but not many folks probably want to read a murder mystery in which the biggest revelation is that the government spent 50-million bucks to figure out that a guy got some wicked oral from an intern. Hubbell will kick off the Little Rock leg of his book tour with an interview on KABZ-FM 103.7 The Buzz starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 22. That night, at 7 p.m., he’ll have a book signing at the Little Rock Barnes and Noble location, 11500 Financial Center Parkway. Hubbell will be on hand for another signing starting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Wordsworth Books at 5930 R St. in Little Rock. Finally, on Saturday, May 24, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a two-hour lecture and reading by Hubbell at North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange St. DK
BY DAVID KOON AND WILL STEPHENSON
THURSDAY 5/22 – FRIDAY 5/23
9 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville. $20.
Lucero, the beloved Memphis altcountry band, will pull a two-night stand in Fayetteville this weekend, and given frontman Ben Nichols’ Little Rock roots, it’s hard not to consider the tim-
ing a kind of deliberate Riverfest protest. Nichols, whose lyrics range from classic, hard-bitten genre tropes (“Smoking cigarettes more than I should/my hands won’t stop shaking and that can’t be good”), to the locally specific (“White Water Tavern nights … There’s no finer mess to be found”) to the baroque (the
self-released solo record, “The Last Pale Light in the West,” directly inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian”), is an always-engaging songwriter and also an enthusiastic booster of Arkansas culture. Central Arkansans who need a break from the noise this weekend could do worse than head north. WS
BOBBY BARE JR.
10 p.m. White Water Tavern.
I read online that Bobby Bare Jr. grew up next door to George Jones and Tammy Wynette, which would be surprising if it weren’t for his name. He’s the son of Bobby Bare the elder, the Nashville legend who made hits out of songs by Kristofferson and Tom T. Hall, got Waylon Jennings a record deal and cut the definitive version of “500 Miles Away from Home,” among others. There is a video on YouTube of Bare Sr. playing a duet with his 8-year-old son (“Daddy, What If”) and it’s so adorable it’s almost impossible to watch. But Bare Jr. (who used to be the frontman of a band called Bare Jr.) is also a great songwriter these days, and a totally distinct artist. His voice is more vulnerable, he leaves the cracks and mistakes and strain on the tape. He’ll share a bill with folk trio The Memphis Dawls. WS
SHAME ON ME: Bobby Bare Jr. will be at the White Water Tavern 10 p.m. Friday with The Memphis Dawls, $10.
FRIDAY 5/23 – SUNDAY 5/25
STICKYZ RIVERFEST STAGE
6:45 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Riverfest is a massive endeavor (see page 16), with world-class, top-shelf touring acts to go with its litany of athletic, 28
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cultural and dog-related events. But for those of you averse to famous people, or to massive swarms of face-painted, hulahooping fans, there is the Stickyz stage, home to a kind of alternative Riverfest. Here, the headliners are DJ and Diplo-
affiliate Grandtheft (9:45 p.m. Friday), alt-country stalwarts Cody Canada and The Departed (9:45 p.m. Saturday) and Florida indie rock group Surfer Blood (10 p.m. Sunday). And then there are the openers, which include Mulehead (6:45
p.m. Saturday), Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet (8 p.m. Sunday) and a semi-rare appearance by the great Jim Mize (3 p.m. Saturday), who alone would be worth the Riverfest wristband. Really, go see Jim Mize. WS
THURSDAY 5/22 SATURDAY 5/24
SPA CITY METALFEST
1 p.m. Low Key Arts, Hot Springs. $15 adv., $20 day of.
Anyone skipping town to dodge the local influx of festival-goers should cross a pleasant weekend in Hot Springs off their list of options, as a whole legion of a very different breed
of fan will descend on Low Key Arts this weekend for the 4th Annual Spa City MetalFest. Headliners will include Little Rock’s own Living Sacrifice, the Christian death metal pioneers who’ve been at it since the late ’80s, and Tulsa’s The Agony Scene, freshly reunited after going on hiatus in 2008. Also on
the lineup are Little Rock favorites Iron Tongue, alongside Smoke Signals, Abandon the Artifice, Snakedriver and Bitter Times. Let the names wash over you, like bleak poetry: Splattered in Traffic, Napalm Christ, In Serpents I Sleep. Doors will open at noon. WS
probably become as famous as the filmmaker’s since his murder in 1997 (he was only 24, which doesn’t seem true but it is). Usually that silhouette comes with a crown — he was the King of New York, as he never tired of reminding us. His death remains officially unsolved, and you can spend a fascinating few days in
the back channels of the rap Internet digging into the conspiracy theories, but why not listen to the music instead? The event will feature caviar for breakfast, champagne bubble baths and musical performances by locals Gadah, The Bolly Bros., Big Ced Dibiase and Asylum the Crow.WS
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
10 p.m. 521 Southern Cafe.
This weekend, 521 Southern Cafe will celebrate the birthday of the man who once called himself the “rap Alfred Hitchcock” and whose silhouette has
Artist Stacy Levy will give a free lecture, “Working Earthworks: How Art Can Take On Function,” at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville at 6:30 p.m. San Francisco papermaker and book artist Drew Cameron will lead a three-day workshop on the Combat Paper Project, a nonprofit that trains veterans in papermaking, at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History through Saturday, May 24. Comedian Daniel Dugar will be at the Loony Bin through Saturday, doing two shows a day, at 7:30 p.m. and at 10 p.m., $7-$10. The Pretty Reckless, a band fronted by actress Taylor Momsen (best known for her role on “Gossip Girl”), will be at Revolution at 8:30 p.m. with Heaven’s Basement, $15-$50. Montana-based electronic producer TERABYTE, who claims to be influenced equally by House music and “big mountainous terrain,” will be at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY 5/23 The Arkansas Travelers will face off against the Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:10 p.m., before playing three consecutive home games against the San Antonio Missions the following three nights, $6-$12. Piano prodigy Colton Peltier will give a performance at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado at 7:30 p.m., $25-$50. Locals Rouxster and The Ledbetters will be at the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $7, and Texas pop-country songwriter William Clark Green will be at Stickyz, 10 p.m., $5. Tragikly White Band will be at Revolution at 10 p.m., $7, and Foulplay Cabaret will host a burlesque night at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, $10-$12.
DEVIN THE DUDE
9 p.m. Club Elevations. $15.
I once got into an argument with my neighbor’s weed dealer over which Devin the Dude album was the best, which was stupid: Obviously the weed dealer was the authority there, his conclusion the only correct one. Still, he rooted for 2002’s “Just Tryin’ ta Live” and me for its followup, 2004’s “To tha X-Treme,” and I’d debate it all over again today. It’s one of the saddest rap records ever, a chronicle of addiction and anxiety and failed relationships, and it all sounds so good. I don’t have much to say about songs like “Cooter Brown” or “Anythang” or lines like, “I’m higher than a thumbtack on a flyer of Reba McEntire,” because they don’t need my help. He’s painted as a stoner with broad humor, which is true, but he doesn’t get enough credit for his grief and his sensitivity. The quintessential Devin song, though, might be “What a Job,” featuring Snoop Dogg and Andre 3000, from 2007’s “Waitin’ to Inhale.” It’s about gratitude, about how thankful he is to rap for a living. He thanks the record label employees, the studio engineers, the fans. He sounds like he’s doing well. WS
INHALE: Devin the Dude will be at Club Elevations 9 p.m. Sunday, $15.
Fiddlin’ Billy Matthews, winner of the 2013 Arkansas Old Time Fiddle Championship, will play two shows with The Old Time Players at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m., $12-$19.50. The last of the Thick Syrup Records Anniversary shows will feature Bloodless Cooties, Ezra Lbs and Trophy Boyfriends and will be at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, $5. Conway’s Don’t Stop Please will be at Revolution at 9 p.m. with Stiff Necked Fools, $7. Stephen Neeper and the Wild Hearts will be at Stickyz at 9:30 p.m., $5-$10, and local country songwriter Amy Garland will bring her band to White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m., $5. www.arktimes.com
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Bad Veins, Amanda Avery. Maxine’s, Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Indie Music Night. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Lucero. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479442-4226. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8559. newks.com. Mr. Lucky (headliner), Alex Sumerlin (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Open Fields. The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. The Pretty Reckless, Heaven’s Basement. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15-$50. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www.senor-tequila.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Terabyte. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.
Daniel Dugar. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.
“Working Earthworks: How Art Can Take On Function.” A lecture by artist Stacy Levy. Walton Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., free. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. 30
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THICK SYRUP: Bloodless Cooties will be at Maxine’s in Hot Springs Saturday night, with Ezra Lbs and Trophy Boyfriends, $5.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
Webb Hubbell. Former Little Rock Mayor and Clinton Administration official will discuss his new thriller “When Men Betray.” Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m., free. 11500 Financial Center Parkway. 501-954-7646. www.barnesandnoble.com.
Combat Paper Project Workshop with Drew Cameron. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, free. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www.arkmilitaryheritage.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 23
Bobby Bare Jr., The Memphis Dawls. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. www.1620savoy.com. Colton Peltier. A performance by piano prodigy Colton Peltier. South Arkansas Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $25-$50. 110 E. 5th St., El
Dorado. 870-862-5474. Crashing Broadway. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Hazy Nation (headliner), Lance Daniels (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Lucero. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479442-4226. Riverfest 2014. Featuring Chicago, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin and more. First Security Amphitheater and other stages, $20 adv., $40 at gate. 400 President Clinton Ave. Rouxster, The Ledbetters. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tragikly White Band. Revolution, 10 p.m., $7. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. William Clark Green. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Secret Society Friday. Zodiac Love, “Night of the Gemini.” 521 Southern Cafe, 10 p.m.
521 Center St. 501-413-2182.
Daniel Dugar. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-221-7568. www.blsdance.org. Foulplay Cabaret Burlesque. Maxine’s, $10$12. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. maxinespub.com. “Salsa Night.” Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. centralarkansasnaturecenter.com. LGBTQ/SGL weekly meeting. 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. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group, 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St.
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SATURDAY, MAY 24
4th Annual Spa City MetalFest. Featuring Living Sacrifice, The Agony Scene, Iron Tongue, Smoke Signals, Abandon the Artifice, Snakedriver and more. Low Key Arts, noon, $15 adv., $20 day of. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. Amy Garland Band. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Bloodless Cooties, Ezra Lbs, Trophy Boyfriends. Maxine’s, $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See May 23. Crashing Broadway. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, through, $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse. net. Don’t Stop Please, Stiff Necked Fools. Revolution, 9 p.m., $7. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Fiddlin’ Billy Mathews and The Old Time Players. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1 and 7 p.m., $12-$19.50. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., 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. 501823-0090. revroom.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Notorious B.I.G. Birthday Tribute. Featuring performances by Gadah, The Bolly Bros., Big Ced Dibiase and Asylum. 521 Southern Cafe, 10 p.m. 521 Center St. 501-413-2182. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-3277482. www.fcl.org. Riverfest 2014. Featuring Three Days Grade, Buckcherry, Robert Randolph and the Family
Daniel Dugar. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
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Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.arstreetswing.com. TPO, “Bleu.” Walton Arts Center, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., $6. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.
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Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. 501831-7881. www.argentaartsdistrict.org/ argenta-farmers-market. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. centralarkansasnaturecenter.com. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd.
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Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
Webb Hubbell. Former Little Rock Mayor and Clinton Administration official will discuss his new thriller “When Men Betray.” Laman Library, 3 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org.
Combat Paper Project Workshop with Drew Cameron. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, free. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www.arkmilitaryheritage.com.
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Andy Frasco. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m., $5-$10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Devin the Dude. Club Elevations, 9 p.m., $15. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
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Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
Band, CeeLo Green, Salt-N-Pepa and more. First Security Amphitheater and other stages. $20 adv., $40 at game. 400 President Clinton Ave. riverfestarkansas.com. Shannon Bosheads (headliner), Bass and Brown (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG.
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‘GODZILLA’: Godzilla stars.
‘Godzilla’ roars again It’s a largely successful revival. BY SAM EIFLING
he last time we saw Godzilla, 16 years ago, he was a fleet, raptoresque creature arriving in New York for no real reason other than to re-enact “Jurassic Park” in Madison Square Garden. The movie was, in a word, gawdawful, a paint-by-numbers hack job that, if you get high enough on a rainy Sunday to actually watch, will remind you of all the patty-cake silliness that used to go into action movies. Do not watch it, as it will force you to curse the entire 1990s in your heart. Post-9/11 disaster movies shifted away from the cartoony, because there was no longer a question of what obliterating a section of a major city looked 32
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like. It looks like the worst thing ever. And so when you got, ostensibly, a nonGodzilla movie that was really a Godzilla movie, i.e. “Cloverfield,” it was no longer enough to be merely exciting. It had to be terrifying, if it were going to attract sober adults. The new “Godzilla,” delightfully, is everything its immediate predecessor wasn’t. Parts of it are twist-your-guts frightening. The big guy himself has never looked better; scaly and raw yet hydrodynamic. The humans are mostly disposable, alas, even if Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche team up for an impossibly fraught few moments early in the film. But the monster has a rea-
AFTER DARK, CONT. son for being here, sort of, other than as mutant fallout from nuclear tests in the Pacific. This “Godzilla” sets aside some of the environmental moralizing in favor of agnostic awesomeness. The monster’s here because nuclear tests woke up a couple of very old fellow kaiju (rough translation: nigh-invincible city-munching creatures). These big bugs feed on radiation, and are drawn to nuclear plants. They’re gonna make us all dead unless Godzilla can stop ’em. Any Godzilla movie that requires more than a 20-word synopsis is already overthinking itself. We’ve moved past the discussion, as a planet, of whether we need to continue lighting off nukes; only North Korea, the scamp, has tested any this century. So moving past the nuclear themes, we find that Godzilla has some loose connection here to climate change. It’s not worth trying to wrap your head around. We’re told by a Godzilla-fearing scientist (Ken Watanabe) that the monster is nature’s way of restoring balance amid turmoil, and if that’s the case, then we could take this fire-spewing behemoth as a sign that nature will always overpower us, and that we best not piss her off, happy Earth Day to you, too. Of course, the corollary to casting Godzilla as Mother Nature’s avatar is that we want to root for the monster — for who wants to see nature get trounced? Director Gareth Edwards and writer Max Borenstein give us a version of Godzilla here that still stomps mudholes through Honolulu and San Francisco, with a bit of smashy-smash around Japan and Las Vegas just for fun, without any of the letdown that even proper monster movies usually entail. This way, we get to root for the military (Aaron Taylor-Johnson is your perfectly serviceable serviceman lead) in tandem with the title character. Anyway, Kaiju fights are far and away more entertaining than watching yet another salvo of missiles and bullets plonk harmlessly off the beast’s hide. Guns are not terribly fun to watch. Bombs neither. They kill people, real people, all the time, and ask almost nothing of your imagination or of your capacity to wonder. Oh, but, now! Hulking monstrosities loosely representing the forever-tension between man’s race to master the universe’s most destructive possibilities (radiation, played here by wicked kaiju) and nature’s power to seek equilibrium, even if attained through violent means (embodied in Godzilla) is a damn fine afternoon at the movies. It’ll really make you stop and think. Or, even better, it won’t.
7200 Colonel Glenn Road. 501-562-3317. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Riverfest 2014. Featureing The Fray, The Wallflowers, Hank W illiams Jr., Jamey Johnson and more. First Security Amphitheater and other stages. $20 adv., $40 at game. 400 President Clinton Ave. riverfestarkansas.com.
Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Bernice Garden, 10 a.m. 1401 S. Main St. www.thebernicegarden.org. Civil War on the Sylamore. Featuring period music and presentations by costumed lecturers. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 6 p.m., $5. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. www. centralarkansasnaturecenter.com. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio. DickeyStephens Park, 5:30 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
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Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Monday Night Jazz. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio. DickeyStephens Park, 2:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
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Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Jeff Ling. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. khalilspub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-3724782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford
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The Center for Artistic Revolution is seeking heart-shaped or heart-referencing works of art for its 10th annual “Corazon,” a benefit for the work of CAR. One entry will be used in promotional materials; deadline for application to be that entry is May 23. Deadline for other completed work is June 13. The event is set for 7 p.m. June 28 at Boswell-Mourot Fine Art, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.
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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: 53rd “Young Arkansas Artists,” artwork by Arkansas students K-12, through July 27; “InCiteful Clay,” 35 ceramic sculptures that offer social commentary, through June 29, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery, “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South,” 70 paintings by the late Arkansas native, through June 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOULEVARD BREAD, River Market: Paintings by members of Co-Op Art, through June. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome,” through Aug. 23; “Detachment: Work by Robert Reep,” through July 24; “2nd annual Arkansas Printmakers Membership Exhibition,” through June 28; “Southern Voices,” contemporary quilts by the Studio Art Quilts Associates, through May 24. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Painting Arkansas — Finale,” new work by John Wooldridge, through June 21. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings by Dee Schulten, Dr. Lacy Frasier and Sue Henley. 375-2342. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: Arkansas League of Artists’ “Spring Members Show,” juror Kevin Kresse, through May 918-3093.
THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 9921099. E L L E N G O L D E N A N T I Q U E S , 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Greg Lahti, also Tyler Arnold, Kathi Couch, Emile, Gino Hollander, Sean LeCrone, Mary Ann Stafford, Byron Taylor, Siri Hollander and Rae Ann Bayless. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Recent Works by Arkansas Society of Printmakers,” including Robert Bean, Warren Criswell, Debi Fendley, Melissa Gill, Jorey May Greene, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Samantha Kosakowski, David O’Brien, Sherry O’Rorke, Jessi Perren, Shannon Rogers, Dominique Simmons, Tom Sullivan and David Warren, through July 12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Turnings: The Art and Function of Turned Wood,” work by Vernon Oberle, John Wilkins, Ken Glasscock, Charles Kokes, Gene Sperling, Bob Revell, Tim Hogan and Dick Easter, through May. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Southern Women Artists Exhibition,” work by Sheila Cotton, Louise Halsey, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Linda Palmer, Rebecca Thompson and others, through June 14. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: More than 40 illustrations on oil and canvas by author/artist Kadir Nelson, through June 7. 372-6822. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Backyard Birds,” through May 6604006. MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St., NLR: “Strangers Now and Then,” paintings and drawings by Robert Bean, through June 17. 379-9101. ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1000 N. Mississippi St.: “Icons in Transformation,” 100 expressionist works by Ludmila Pawlowska, through Aug. 17, percentage of sales proceeds to Artist-in-Residence program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 225-4203.
STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 1813 N. Grant: Bronze sculpture by actor/artist Tony Dow, paintings by Stephano, through June 1. 563-4218. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “The Refinery,” “Art Department” exhibit of watercolors by Lisa Krannichfeld, through May 30. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University Ave.: “Recent Work by Laura Raborn and Sandra Sell,” paintings and woodwork, M.A. thesis exhibition, through June 26; “Revision, Missing, Listen, Light, Fly: Drawings by David Bailin,” charcoal and mixed media drawings, Gallery II, through May 30. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. BENTON DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Dianne Roberts, classes. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. BENTONVILLE C RY S TA L B R I D G E S M U S E U M O F AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Anglo-American Portraiture in an Age of Revolution,” five paintings, including works from the Musee de Louvre, the High Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation, through Sept. 15; “The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism,” works by Paul Gaugin, Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and others, through July 7; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Tue. 479418-5700. CALICO ROCK CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. FAYETTEVILLE BOTTLE ROCKET GALLERY, 1495 Finger Road: “Makeshift Theatre,” photographs by Logan Rollins. 479-466-7406. THE DEPOT, 548 W. Dickson St.: “Point Scratch Squint,” paintings by Benjamin Lowery, through May 29, with installation by Ben Flowers and Luke Knox. 479-587-9100.
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AFTER DARK, CONT. LALALAND, 641 Martin Luther King Blvd.: “Women of DAPA (Drawing and Painting Association of the UA),” Raven Halfmoon, Ashley Byers, Carrie Gibson, Mia Buonaiuto, Ashley Lindsey, Jessica Lynnlani Westhafer, Emily Chase, and Natalie Brown. WALTON ARTS CENTER: “Translating Earth, Transforming Sea,” sculpture by Shawn Bitters and Joan Hall and 3-D painting by Laura Moriarity, through June 21, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave.: “Coin,” installation by Dayton Castleman, through May 25. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787. HARRISON ARTISTS OF THE OZARKS, 124½ N. Willow St.: Work by Amelia Renkel, Ann Graffy, Christy Dillard, Helen McAllister, Sandy Williams and D. Savannah George. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. 870-429-1683. HELENA DELTA CULTURAL CENTER, 141 Cherry St.: “Songs from the Fields,” exhibit about Delta music; “We Must Stand or Fall Alone: The Civil War in Arkansas,” women’s journals, slave narratives, letters from soldiers, uniforms and weapons, through June 28. 870-338-4350. HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 610 A Central Ave.: Joann Kunath, pastels, and Teresa Widdifield, paintings, through May 623-6401. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Suzi Dennis, paintings. 318-2787. EMERGENT ARTS, 341-A Whittington Ave.: “Tohoku —Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers,” through May 30. 501655-0836 FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Art & Music Exhibition,” work inspired by the Hot Springs Music Festival repertoire, through June 17. 501-624-0489. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Paintings by Robin Hazard-Bishop, Jacqueline Ellens, Doyle Young. 318-4278.. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Tony Saladino, abstract paintings; also work by Matthew Hasty, Rene Hein, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Rebecca Thompson, Emily Wood and Taimur Cleary, through May 501-321-2335. PERRYVILLE SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584. PINE BLUFF ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 Main St.: “Shaping Our World,” science exhibit on acts of nature, through August. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat. 870-536-3375.
ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITS
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MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. 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.: “Chihuly,” studio glass, through Jan. 5, 2015; permanent exhibits on the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (19001999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. 3rd St.: “Co-Opt,” work by UALR student artists Taimur Cleary, Jennifer Perren and Mesilla Smith; “Patterns from the Ozarks: Contemporary Ceramics, Quilts and Folk Art Painting,” works by Karen Harmony, Jo Smith and Blakely Wilson, through June 8; “A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America,” through June 22; “Arkansas Made,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS M I L I TA R Y H I S T O R Y , M a c A r t h u r Park: “American Posters of World War I”; permanent exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 501 W. 9th St.: “Repurposed Wonders: The Sculpture of Danny Campbell,” permanent and changing exhibits on black entrepreneurship in Arkansas. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “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: “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015. 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. 907-0636. ENGLAND TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. EUREKA SPRINGS EUREKA FINE ART GALLERY, 63 N. Main St.: Cynthia Kresse, pastels, through May 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 479-363-6000. JACKSONVILLE JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: 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.
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MILLE FIORI: Glass flowers — sort of — at the Clinton Center.
Chihuly at Clinton Center Morphic resonance: seaforms, flowers. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
f you have not been to an exhibition of Chihuly glass — and it’s the rare person who hasn’t, but just in case — there’s no question that you must get to the Clinton Presidential Center to see the three exhibits inside and the red glass reeds outside. If you are familiar with Chihuly’s work and think you’ve seen enough that maybe you can skip this show, you’re wrong. Seeing is believing all over again, and though there are many imitators out there to dull the senses to the brightly colored blown-glass squiggle, the work at the Clinton Center — a grouping of mille fiori glass, a green and blue tower and a darkened gallery full of luminous work — wows. The mille fiori grouping on the first floor in the Garden View room is made up of 500 pieces of glass blown into shapes that are not quite trumpet flowers, not quite birds, but whose shape and flow and positioning are a fantastic version of a garden. The glass within the glass — the patterns and color that make the stripes and edges and patches — are wondrous.
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The gallery space on the third floor includes 18 tableaux of seaforms made between 1980 and 2002 accompanied by the drawings that Chihuly — injured in a car wreck and later surfing — made to show his team of glassmakers what he wanted to accomplish. Shells within shells in deeply saturated color and exquisite clear forms with scallops of translucent white are transcendent. Asked if he’d discovered something new to make glass do, the Pilchuck Glass School co-founder said he’s begun to create what he called Rocolo forms, which he described as big coils of glass, each weighing 140 pounds. It’s hard to imaging something so full of light being so hefty. At night, check out the glass reeds placed in the fountains at the entrance to the museum. Entry to the exhibition requires a ticket to the museum, $7 for adults, $5 for college students, seniors and retired military and $3 for youth ages 6-17. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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n what photographers are calling a “David vs. Goliath” situation, the widow of a photographer who with his father shot hundreds of pictures of the Walton family from 1950 to 1994 is being sued by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the Walton family to have negatives, proofs and prints turned over to them. Robert A. Huff and his son, David A. Huff, owners of Bob’s Studio of Photography in Fayetteville and both now deceased, photographed members of the Walton family from 1950 to 1994 in their studio. The Walton family, suing as Crystal Lands LLC, maintains that the studio kept the negatives and proofs as a courtesy to the family, but that they are the intellectual property of the Waltons. Defendant Helen B.M. Huff, widow of David Huff, has filed a counterclaim, saying she holds the copyright to the photos and asking the court to stop Walmart from using the photographs without her permission. Huff says Bob and David Huff were independent contractors, using their own equipment, lenses, lights and backdrops; controlled the positions of their subjects; chose and developed the film or hired the processing company; and provided a copyright notice to the Walton family notifying them that they owned “exclusive rights to reproduce” the pictures. Wal-Mart Stores, filing as The Walmart Museum, and Crystal Lands filed suit March 28 in Benton County Circuit Court, but attorneys for Huff, citing federal copyright law, were able to remove the case to federal court in the Western District of Arkansas. Federal Judge Timothy L. Brooks has scheduled a case management hearing for July 7. The Waltons claim the pictures were taken under their “supervision” and that they thus hold intellectual property rights to more than 200 photographs in six boxes, including those shot at the studio as well as photos taken to the studio for restoration. The plaintiffs are asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the Walmart Museum and the family
own the photographs and, whatever the result of the case is, to prevent Huff from making commercial use of the pictures. PPA Today, the website of the Professional Photographers Association, reported on the lawsuit on its website May 12. The PPA claims that the Waltons offered Helen Huff $2,000 for the photographs, but Huff’s attorneys, Amy Martin and John Everett of the Everett, Wales and Comstock firm in Fayetteville, declined to confirm the offer. PPA Today noted in its article the Natkin v. Winfrey case, in which Oprah Winfrey claimed to own photographs taken on her set, but lost when the court ruled the photographers were not under “work-for-hire” contracts. Martin and Everett also maintain that Bob’s Studio’s arrangement with the Waltons was also not a “work-for-hire” contract. David Trust, CEO of the PPA, made the “David vs. Goliath” comparison, and said the suit “would set a terrible precedent and goes, flat out, against copyright law.” Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove issued this statement on Monday: “As you can imagine, many of the photos go back many years and commemorate the history, heritage and culture of our company. We believe that some of the photos that Bob’s Studio has belong to Walmart. All we want is for the court to make it clear who rightfully owns these photographs. We tried very hard to resolve this without involving the courts. We never wanted the issue to reach this point and we’ve done everything possible to avoid this.”
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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ OUR FOOD BLOG, Eat Arkansas, recently reported on the opening of “The Pie Shop at Terry’s,” a small in-house pie operation run by Jeremy and Jacquelyn Pittman of Palette Catering Co. in Terry’s Finer Foods in the Heights. Now more pie is in the plans for the Pittmans: pizza pie. Regulars of The Restaurant at Terry’s, the adjoining French-style bistro previously located on the south side of the building, will have likely already noticed that the restaurant has moved to the north side of the building. This has freed up the small space it once occupied. Along with their partner/pizza mastermind, Georges Launet, the Pittmans will be bringing Pizzeria Santa Lucia to this location. You probably already know Pizzeria Santa Lucia as the mobile pizza oven dishing out authentic Neapolitan pizza. Launet and the Pittmans have been making a name for themselves over the last year, hauling their large pizza oven around Little Rock, serving up what some would consider the most authentic Neapolitan pie in town. Now, Pizzeria Santa Lucia will also have a brick-andmortar location at Terry’s. A bar will line the entire length of one side of the restaurant. In one corner will be a Mario Acunto wood-burning oven, constructed and imported from Naples, Italy. A large community dining table will be placed in the center of the restaurant, and several smaller tables will be placed in the back of the restaurant. The oven is expected to arrive in around five weeks. The Santa Lucia folks expect to have all construction complete by the time it arrives, so we can probably expect the restaurant to open in around two months. Hours will be 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The menu will be similar to what is currently being served by Santa Lucia. Launet will continue to create a number of seasonal specialty pies, but they are expecting an “expanded menu” on Friday and Saturday nights. There will be some non-pizza items — charcuterie, olives and pickles, bar snacks, and a variety of pies by the slice from the adjacent pie shop. The space will also boast a full bar. Expect an emphasis on craft beer and a sizable wine list. SUPERIOR BATHHOUSE BREWERY AND DISTILLERY in Hot Springs took another important step toward Spa City Beervana on Friday when it received its CONTINUED ON PAGE 41
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CLASSIC CAJUN DONE RIGHT: At Maddie’s Place.
Meet us at Maddie’s Riverdale restaurant hits all the right marks.
bout a year ago, we’d enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Maddie’s — you just can’t beat a dozen perfectly fried, somewhat spicy, battered and succulent oysters served with the thinnest shoestring fries ever, plus iced tea or soft drink for $10, including tax. We only got about halfway through the plate and asked for our upbeat waitress to box up the leftovers and make sure to include the cup of spicy remoulade. Amazingly we had regained our appetite by the time we got home, but upon opening our to-go box we saw there was no remoulade. We had to run a nearby errand anyway, so we called Maddie’s and were told they’d have some remoulade ready for us when we returned. But that wasn’t all that awaited us. Somebody had made the decision to fry us up another full dozen oysters with new fries and a double dose of remoulade — no charge. Amazed, we half-heartedly protested but then accepted their largesse ... and never forgot that loyaltygenerating customer service decision.
Still, we would never keep coming back if the experience wasn’t excellent in almost every way. Owner/chef Brian Deloney has serious credentials: Culinary Institute of America grad, schooled under Emeril Lagasse at NOLA and then Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas, returned with his wife, Angela, to start a family back in his hometown of Little Rock, helping reopen Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel before debuting Maddie’s Place in February 2009. Like so many young chefs today, Deloney doesn’t try to complicate things, dishing up tried-and-true preparations of classic Cajun dishes, making almost everything from scratch and using topquality ingredients. For example: the batter for those fried oysters — as well as the catfish, shrimp and crawfish? A cornmeal/corn flour combo dosed liberally with a Creole seasoning from Ozark Spice Co., made by the Benton company according to Deloney’s specifications. Those amazing shoestring fries? Cut fresh daily. The dozen po-boys? Served
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on the famed Leidenheimer bread like the best in New Orleans. Desserts? All house-invented and house-made. The “pecan pie” is like none you’ve had — finely chopped pecans, Karo, sugar, butter, just like usual, but with a light graham cracker crust and served very warm. Peanut butter chocolate pie is a tall rascal — a fudgy layer below a huge stack of peanut butter mousse topped with whipped cream drizzled with chocolate and caramel (each $6.50). Deloney has gradually changed the menu over the years, and the most recent tweaks debut next week. A review of
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WHAT’S COOKIN’, CONT. menus current and coming shows the addition of a new starter: potato gnocchi “crawfish boil” with corn and Andouille, and the exit of tasso and roasted chicken grit balls and pickle fries. Among entrees, it’s in with seared pork shoulder, seared red fish and crispy chicken thighs and out with paneed pork loin. The crispy chicken thighs join braised chicken thighs as entrees, and if they’re anywhere close to as good, we’ll rejoice. (Each dish is $17.) Three ample braised thighs swimming in a natural broth reduction are accompanied by to-die-for smoked bacon and goat cheese risotto. The realization of how much juicier and flavorful chicken thighs are than breasts has taken a while, but people seem now to be getting it. We began our dinner with a worldclass appetizer: braised ribeye and blue cheese meat pies with jalapeno ranch and spicy carrot slaw ($9.25). The pies are packed with diced ribeye and blue cheese, cooked in puff pastry. There are two cakes to an order, and they’re large and filling. The steak is pot roast tender, and blue cheese mellows well when melted. The full dinner menu is also served at lunch, but it’s hard not to go for one of the three lunch specials (detailed in the accompanying Quick Bite). The fried plate we chose featured a full dozen plump oysters, which served raw on the half shell will cost you a lot more than $10 at most places, without the shoestring fries, drink and tax that are included in the $10 tariff. Our buddy got the fried shrimp po-boy and was also a happy counter as he found a dozen shrimp piled high and even falling out of the huge sandwich dressed with lettuce, tomato and that same spicy remoulade. After five years, Maddie’s Place is entrenched in the local dining scene, and the place was packed with a short wait at Wednesday dinner and Friday lunch. Service is friendly but not overbearing. The restaurant is named for the eldest of the Deloneys’ children, and their in-house Austin’s Bar honors the younger. The kid knows good beer and wine, apparently, and a stellar Acadie draft, created by Bayou Teche brewery in Louisiana, accompanied our dinner. The wine list is larger than you might expect at a Cajun joint. Good stuff all the way around.
Arkansas Native Brewer’s permit from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The permit allows Superior to brew and sell beer made on premises. After extensive renovations, Superior opened as a bar and grill last July, with the goal of brewing their own suds from the hot spring water that was once used for the baths. Rose Cranson, Superior’s owner and “distillatrix,” said the brewery is waiting on final approval from officials with Hot Springs National Park on several construction projects in the works, including plumbing and sprinkler installation, and getting the brewery’s steam boiler online. This week, Cranson said, workers are installing a series of steel I-beams underneath the brewery floor to support the weight of the tanks. “Basically we have 97-year-old concrete,” she said. “Obviously, it’s structurally sound, but it wasn’t built to stand 3,000-pound objects sitting on it. That’s the project of the week.” Cranson said she couldn’t say when brewing would begin since she’s at the mercy of contractors and permitting. “Every time I answer that, I’m off by about three months. I don’t think my margin of error is that big anymore, but hopefully in the next few months we’ll be testing. I’m not going to release beer I’m not happy with, so with our system and everything, I want to be really picky.” The good news for beer lovers is that the issuance of the Native Brewer’s Permit means that Superior can start selling growlers — half-gallon jugs, filled on site — of any Arkansas-brewed beers. Cranson said they plan to soon. “My staff isn’t quite trained to do that yet,” Cranson said, “but Memorial Day weekend is coming up and I’ve got a whole pallet full of growlers coming. We’ll be filling those as soon as we can implement the equipment and the staff training we need.” Cranson said Superior Brewery will be participating in the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31 (go to hscraftbeerfest.com for more info), and will have “small home batches” of its forthcoming recipes available for sampling, including an IPA and a Kolsch. “We’ve got about 20 gallons of beer to bring to the festival,” she said. “We’re excited to let people try some of our beer, even if it’s small-scale stuff.”
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ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixed-price, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws, but you can get a veggie burger as well as fried chicken, curried falafel and blackened tilapia sandwiches, plus creative meal-sized salads. Shakes and floats are indulgences for all ages. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. 207 N. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3798715. LD daily. BLACK ANGUS CAFE Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade desserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Fri. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOSTON’S Ribs and gourmet pizzas star at this restaurant/sports bar located at the Holiday Inn by the airport. TVs in separate sports bar area. 3201 Bankhead Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3755100. BL Mon.-Sat.; 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Downhome done right. Check out the yams, mac-and-cheese, greens, purple-hull peas, cornbread, wings, catfish and all the rest. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. BROWN SUGAR BAKESHOP Fabulous cupcakes, brownies and cakes offered five days a week until they’re sold out. 419 E. 3rd St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3724009. LD Tue.-Sat. (close at 5:30 p.m.).
BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CACHE RESTAURANT Cache provides a stunning experience on the well-presented plates and in terms of atmosphere, glitz and general feel. It doesn’t feel like anyplace else in Little Rock, and it’s not priced like much of anywhere else in Little Rock, either. But there are options to keep the tab in the reasonable range. 425 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-8500265. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEDDAR’S Large selection of somewhat standard American casual cafe choices, many of which are made from scratch. Portions are large and prices are very reasonable. 400 South University. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-7578. LD daily. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPELAND’S RESTAURANT OF LITTLE ROCK The full-service restaurant chain started by the founder of Popeye’s delivers the same good biscuits, the same dependable frying and a New Orleans vibe in piped music and decor. You can eat red beans and rice for a price in the single digits or pay near $40 for a choice slab of ribeye, with crab, shrimp and fish in between. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-1616. LD daily. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme, home cooking being the most popular. Owner Dave Williams does all the cooking and his son, Dave also, plays saxophone and fronts the band that plays most Friday nights. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it down-home country cooking. Just be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. CONTINUED ON PAGE 44
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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. Don’t miss the bourbon pecan pie — it’s a winner. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The New Orleansinspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FLYING SAUCER A popular River Market hangout thanks to its almost 200 beers (including 75 on tap) and more than decent bar food. It’s now non-smoking, so families are welcome. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-8032. LD daily. FOX AND HOUND Sports bar that serves pub food. 2800 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-8300. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’s oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-4487. LD daily. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. The half-pound burger is a two-hander for the average working Joe. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. GADWALL’S GRILL Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with crackerthin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. B Fri.-Sun. IZZY’S It’s bright, clean and casual, with snappy team service of all his standbys — sandwiches and fries, lots of fresh salads, pasta about a dozen ways, hand-rolled tamales and brick oven pizzas. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. LITTLEFIELD’S CAFE The owners of the Starlite Diner have moved their cafe to the Kroger Shopping Center on JFK, where they are still serving breakfast all day, as well as plate lunches, burgers and sandwiches. 6929 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol. 501-771-2036. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily. MCBRIDE’S CAFE AND BAKERY Owners Chet and Vicki McBride have been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch specials based on their family recipes for two decades in this popular eatery at Baptist Health’s Little Rock campus. The desserts and barbecue sandwiches are not to be missed. 9501 Lile Drive. No alcohol, All CC. 44
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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. $. 501-340-3833. BL Mon.-Fri. MOOYAH BURGERS Kid-friendly, fastcasual restaurant with beef, veggie and turkey burgers, a burger bar and shakes. 10825 Kanis Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-313-4905. LD daily.; 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 190. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-1091 10825 Kanis Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-313-4905. LD daily. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s selfservice, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2284677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night in downtown Argenta. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-2900. LD Mon.-Sat. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications, finished with butter and served sizzling hot. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROBERT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL If you’re looking for a burger, you won’t find it here. This establishment specializes in fried chicken dinners, served with their own special trimmings. 7212 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-568-2566. LD Tue.-Sat., D Mon., Sun. ROCKET TWENTY ONE The former Hillcrest fine-dining restaurant, now in a new location by the Riverfront Wyndham hotel. 2 Riverfront Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultrahearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN This Southwest Little Rock restaurant specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish, all served with the traditional fixings. 8824 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5650300. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7707. LD daily. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, good wings, great fries, other bar food, plate lunches, full bar. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9802. LD daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All
CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-9550. D Tue.-Sat. W.T. BUBBA’S COUNTRY TAVERN Sloppy Joe’s, a fried bologna sandwich, a nacho bar and burgers and such feature on the menu of this bubba-themed River Market bar. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-2528. LD daily. YANCEY’S CAFETERIA Soul food served with a Southern attitude. 1523 Martin Luther King Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-3729292. LD Tue.-Sat.
YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. L Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6444. LD Mon.-Sat. ZIN URBAN WINE & BEER BAR This is the kind of sophisticated place you would expect to find in a bar on the ground floor of the Tuf-Nut lofts downtown. It’s cosmopolitan yet comfortable, a relaxed place to enjoy fine wines and beers while noshing on superb meats, cheeses and amazing goat cheese-stuffed figs. 300 River Market Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-246-
4876. D daily.
CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-6047777. LD Mon.-Sat. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a threein-one: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sitdown dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, CONTINUED ON PAGE 48
Yellow Fever, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Cholera, Flu and Hookworm A Fascinating History of Arkansas’s 200 Year Battle Against Disease and Pestilence
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hearsay ➥ BILLY GINOCCHIO, a certi-
fied executive chef and an instructor at PULASKI TECH’S CULINARY SCHOOL, will host a series of community cooking classes as part of Pulaski Tech’s continuing education program. Classes cost $75 each and are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 5 – The Basics of Bread June 12 – The Southern Way with Chicken June 19 – Flatbreads and Pizzas July 10 – Artisan Breads at Home July 17 – The Art of the Sandwich July 24 – Cooking with Craft Beer You can sign up for as many classes as you wish to take. To register, visit www.pulaskitech.edu/ continuing_education/. ➥ THE GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER’S summer hours kicked in May 19; Good Earth will now be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. ➥ WHITE GOAT has scheduled furniture painting classes featuring Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Intro classes will be from 6-8 p.m. May 22, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. May 29 and 6-8 p.m. June 26. The advanced class will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 17. Cost for the intro class is $85 and $100 for the advanced class. Registration fee includes materials cost. Call 501-603-9460 to reserve your spot. ➥ ARKANSAS ENTERPRISES FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED will present CURTAIN CALL 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. May 29 at the Argenta Community Theater is North Little Rock. There will be a dinner and a show, along with a reception, a silent auction arts and crafts as well as a seated dinner. Individual tickets are $100. Tickets are available online and by phone (501-801-3646 or 501-681-6644). Stage level and VIP reserved tables are available as well as individual tickets. VIP tickets include a private bar and dining area, a VIP menu and mezzanine seating. Proceeds from Curtain Call for a Cause go to benefit the AEDD Children’s Learning Center in North Little Rock and the AEDD Adult Skills Training Center in Little Rock.
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the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable, Subway-style conclusion. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2232695. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2276498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue.-Sun. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slowsmoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5624949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-9455551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily. 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.
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ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. Particularly
if you’re ordering something that features charred meat, like a kabab or gyros. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-219-8787. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. The chicken fingers and burgers stand out. Irish breakfast all day. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Sat., L Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-881-4796. LD daily. TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE Fast casual chain that offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily. 12800 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-225-1829. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN K I T C H E N A broad selection of Mediterranean delights that include a very affordable collection of starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, chicken and fish at lunch and a more upscale dining experience with top-notch table service at dinner. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a datenight affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8211144. LD daily, BR Sun.
BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Extensive, delicious menu from Little Rock standby. 310 Main St. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-7866. D Tue.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-
popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Great pizza served up in a family-friendly, sportsthemed environment. Special Saturday and Sunday brunch served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Flat-screen TVs throughout and even a cage for shooting basketballs and playing ping-pong. 16101 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-3250. LD daily. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily 14710 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-2600. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD daily. THE PIZZA JOINT Cracker-thin crusts with a tempting variety of traditional or nontraditional toppings. Just off Cantrell Road. 6100 Stones Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-9108. D daily. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3763463. D Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S PIZZA Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-3758466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-your-own ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.
CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily, BR Sun. CHUY’S Good Tex-Mex. We’re especially fond of the enchiladas, and always appreciate restaurants that make their own tortillas. 16001 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-2489. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of
DINING CAPSULES, CONT. combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Tue.-Sat. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. LOCAL LIME Tasty gourmet Mex from the folks who brought you Big Orange and ZaZa. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-448-2226. LD daily. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). With breakfast, too. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. BLD daily. SENOR TEQUILA Typical cheap Mexican dishes with great service. Good margaritas. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily. 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432; 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8687642. LD daily. TACO MEXICO Tacos have to be ordered at least two at a time, but that’s not an impediment. These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun. TA C O S G U A N A J U AT O P o r k , b e e f , adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon.
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