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From the web In response to “The heart(less) of the Arkansas Republican Party” Why is the cost of the GED rising so dramatically? Follow the money — straight to Pearson testing. The same folks who are requiring school districts across the country to dramatically and expensively upgrade technology to “better” test everyone have partnered with GED testing services to require significant technology to take the GED test. Instead of arguing if the state should continue to pay for students’ GED testing because those folks “should have” taken advantage of public education when they had the chance, perhaps we should ask why those costs have gone up so much and who is going to make a sizable profit from this dramatic increase in fees! Is there any proof that the current test, a cheap paper-and-pencil test, is not satisfactory? Is there any proof this new computerized test will be better? I think our priorities as a state should be to help as many people as possible acquire a diploma or a GED. Pricing people out of taking a GED exam is penny wise and pound foolish. Inthetrenches In response to “Coming: Behind-thescenes account of 1980 Titan missile accident in Damascus, Ark” I remember standing in the student’s lounge at Tulane watching the news account. One of my classmates asked if I knew where Damascus was. “Yeah,” I said. “ I know exactly where that missile silo is. My grandparents live 10 miles from there.” Silence. Bopbamboom In response to “Gun control group to spend $350,000 against Pryor” Pryor’s been disappointing on a LOT of issues. I’m not saying Cotton isn’t worse. I’m saying that if you decide that your job as a Senator is to be a limp wind sock for the NRA, you
have to expect this type of reaction. I’m sick and tired of being asked to vote for someone because the other guy could be worse. Archaeopteryx Mayor Bloomberg and his Madison Avenue consultants have a thing or two to learn about Arkansas politics. Radical Centrist At least we know the enemy with Cotton. I’m sick of being ashamed of Democrats in name only like Pryor. At least with Cotton we know he is a whacked out gun nut who wants to kill everyone who disagrees with him. I think Cotton is so extreme he helps the long-term cause. Pryor is much more dangerous in the long run and voting for the lesser of two evils makes everyone hate politics and politicians. Joshua Drake Man, I’m not in love with Pryor either, but if the Mayors Against Illegal Guns think that someone to the left of Pryor can beat him in a primary and then win a general, or that any Republican candidate for an Arkansas Senate seat will have stronger positions on gun issues than Pryor does, they’re crazier than Tom Cotton. Boxy What the hell is it with Arkansas and mediocrity? It’s as if the Democratic Party went on autopilot in 1992 still living on memories of Bill Clinton. Jason Willet’s NEA Mafia of 2006 brought us Martha Shoffner and Dustin McDaniel. The lack of support for Joyce Elliot and Bill Halter by the rural party apparatchiks. The embarrassment of having to trot out Gene Jeffress as the 4th District standard-bearer only to be “cottonfodder” by the Koch Brothers/CFG/ ALEC’s hand-picked candidate. There is still plenty of deadwood in much of the Democratic Party of Arkansas’s rural delegates. It’s not 1966 anymore. LinCo Progressive
In response to “Tom Cotton’s attack on the Constitution” Tom Cotton came from a very old and well respected Yell County family. His grandmother was one of the most beautiful, classy and beloved women around. She knew Yell County history inside and out and I used to listen to her eloquent stories for hours. His parents are hardworking, kind, very attractive, civicand community-minded people who are known and are respected by most everyone around. It would be hard, if not impossible to find anything negative to say about Tom’s family. Had either of Tom’s parents run for any office, I, as well as most of the county, would have been out campaigning every day for them. But they didn’t run. Their son who grew up here, but left as soon as he graduated from high school, never to return except for brief visits, did run. Unless someone knew the son from high school, no one really “knew” him as an adult. But because the parents are so wellrespected and highly regarded, many people voted for the son, based on his military service, first class education, the fact he is an “R”, and had unlimited out of state resources to paint a high gloss picture of all of the above. It was hoped and assumed that “the apple didn’t fall from the tree.” Many Democrats crossed over and voted for the son of their lifelong friends. So, no, the parents should not be blamed for Tom’s extremist views. He developed those through his many years and life experiences outside of Arkansas because he hasn’t lived here in 19 years. On the other hand, there are people around here who think and feel just as he does, and as long as those people can get the votes out, these are the people who will be elected. But his choices as an adult cannot be blamed on his family. You couldn’t find nicer people than his parents. Mountain Girl Tall Talking “Rotten” Cotton is at it again! If the Club for Growth pup-
peteers provide him with a script, his mouth will say whatever they want it too. Is Constitutional Law still taught in Law School? Having seen some of the legislation offered by “Bullet” Bob Ballinger and now “Rotten” Cotton, it just makes me wonder. RYD In response to “Loca Luna loses court challenge of parking plan for The Fold” Like Kissinger said, restaurant politics are so vicious because the steaks are so small... Bulkington Wait, is Loca Luna doing this just to block a new (and great; my wife and I had some very tasty tacos there on Sunday night) restaurant from opening down the street from them? If so, this gives me another reason not to eat there. That and their crappy menu that hasn’t changed in over 10 years. pittoftheozarks I had brunch at Loca Luna the other day. The hollandaise was a sight to behold: lime green and watery. I would tackle THAT problem before I try to run off another restaurant. Blue State In response to “The Chamber of Commerce crusade to curtail lawsuits” Zook’s “widely recognized problem” is an urban myth created by the insurance industry and promulgated by the multimillionaire mainstream media. I assume he has no problem with an Arkansas jury sentencing an Arkansan to death. Cutting insurance company profits, on the other hand, that would be serious. Silverback66
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t’s easy to see how Mike Huckabee could be friends with Tony Orlando and Yakov Smirnoff. He has more musical talent than Orlando and he’s funnier than Yakov. There’s no envy to restrain his warm feelings. Huckabee arranged for his new buddies to make endorsement videos for Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan, who is running for state treasurer with Huckabee as the chairman of his campaign committee. Some readers, especially younger ones, may need introducing to the celebrities making these celebrity endorsements. Yakov is a comedian who came to America from Russia and achieved some popularity in the 1980s telling anti-Russian jokes. Truth is, we don’t remember much about him except the accent and that his surname reminded us of an old and best-forgotten dirty joke. He now lives and performs at Branson, as does Orlando. If Yakov is forgettable, Tony Orlando lives in infamy. Performing in the ’70s as the lead singer of a group called Tony Orlando and Dawn, he perpetrated two numbers that made the list of “100 Worst Songs of the 20th Century” compiled by the Institute for Good Taste. One was “Knock Three Times” and the other was “Tie a Yellow Ribbon.” They were played constantly, long after they should have been suppressed, and they stuck in the head unpleasantly. Arkansans cannot look forward to hearing them again. 6
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his state would be in awful shape if the people who run the colleges and universities were as goofy as the ones who run the legislative branch of state government. They are not, though, and all across Arkansas, boards of trustees of public colleges and universities are opting out of a new state law that would allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. Amazingly, the law permits the institutions to opt out. The NRA must have nodded off. Among those choosing not to arm their faculty and staff are the two largest university systems, the University of Arkansas System, which encompasses five universities, five community colleges and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Arkansas State University System, which encompasses Arkansas State University at Jonesboro and three community colleges. Other schools that have chosen not to carry are Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, Henderson State University at Arkadelphia and Northwest Arkansas Community College at Bentonville. We think it was Chancellor Joel Anderson of UALR who said he didn’t understand how putting more guns on campus would make the campus safer. The NRA has tried many times to explain this paradox and failed every time. (The NRA may be nursing hurt feelings this week. Besides the higher-education rebuff, the NRA saw, for the first time, an Arkansas politician being criticized, heavily and publicly, for caving in to the NRA. Such cave-ins are usually applauded, which is probably what U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor expected when he became one of only four Democratic senators to vote against a mild gun-control bill. Instead, a well-financed guncontrol group gave Pryor the back of its hand in stinging television ads.)
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he shadow race for U.S. Senate continues. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, so far officially unchallenged, has drawn a high-dollar TV campaign from Michael Bloomberg’s gun control lobby for siding with the NRA. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Arkansan who came back to the state two years ago to rent a house and run for 4th District Congress to represent the Club for Growth, is widely expected to be Pryor’s likely Republican opponent. He’s been grabbing the spotlight, in sometimes wacky ways. • PAIN IS GOOD: Soon after taking office, Cotton was sanguine about a debt default — and the resulting market crash and pain. He figured it might be a good thing if it led to massive reductions in federal benefit spending. • SELECTIVE MEMORY: Cotton politicized the Boston terror bombings by asserting that there’d been several terror attacks on Obama’s watch, but none (he formed a big theatrical zero with his hand) on the watch of George W. Bush. He overlooked several incidents during the Bush reign and said you couldn’t count that little incident when planes flew into a couple of New York skyscrapers. • HEARTLESS IN THE HEARTLAND: Cotton joined a rump minority of teabaggers in opposing storm relief legislation for Hurricane Sandy victims unless someone else paid. Will he exhibit such budget rigor on the next Arkansas tornado? • PRESUMPTION OF GUILT: Last week, Cotton drew objections even from the Republican committee chair for his idea to automatically expand financial penalties against Iranians who violate U.S. sanctions to anyone related to those Iranians in the third-degree. This would include great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Cotton caught so much grief that his office endeavored to alibi. He had not proposed “legislation,” the office said, merely an “amendment.” It was aimed only at Iranians, not American citizens. The language of the amendment was not clear on the citizenship point, but was un-American all the same. We have a Constitution
that presumes innocence. Courts have ruled that the Fifth Amendment’s due process applies to non-citizens. The Constitution also explicitly rejects “corruption of blood,” or guilt based on MAX kinship. BRANTLEY Cotton’s mindset — that firstname.lastname@example.org zens of other countries are children of lesser gods — is precisely the sort of thinking that brings U.S. military prison scandals, torture and a decline in worldwide respect. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pounced on Cotton’s latest. “To call Tom Cotton an extreme ideologue is not overstating anything,” said a spokesman for the committee. No, it is plain fact. Add to his bill of particulars support for prosecution of reporters who write stories about U.S. foreign intrigue as well as extremism on guns, abortion and Obamacare (which many of his Republican legislative supporters in Arkansas just voted to implement). Is being an extremist bad? Republicans are running hard against Pryor’s mushiness, as exhibited by occasional wobbles — at least by comparison with Republican rigidity — on guns, abortion, organized labor, taxes and more. I think the average Arkansan wobbles a bit, too. The polls indicate Arkansans don’t like abortion much, for example. But no poll yet has said the state is ready to make it illegal. The polls also indicate that Arkansans join the rest of the country in accepting some regulation of guns, despite the gun inerrancy of most politicians. So the apparent choice for 2014: An extreme D.C. carpetbagger who abandoned Arkansas until opportunity presented itself? Or a mushy centrist, but a known quantity with a warm and fuzzy name? I’m not yet convinced extremism is a winning theme for Democrats. But we DO have three defeated legislative stooges — Mauch, Fuqua and Hubbard — to lend at least a little support to the theory that Tom Cotton could be made the Shemp of 2014.
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he most underplayed news story of the season — maybe since the first newspaper in 59 B.C. — has to be the story from Hawaii the other day that a climate observatory recorded the highest carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere in three million years. Carbon dioxide is the life-sustaining greenhouse gas that climate scientists say has been rising since the onset of the industrial age, and much more swiftly lately, toward atmospheric levels that threaten harm to life on the planet. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette played the story at the bottom of page two, which is reserved for corrections and the detritus of national news. Most newspapers gave it no more prominence than that, if any at all, and our state paper’s handling was understandable. Its editorial page subscribes to the theory that global warming is a hoax created by a lot of scientists overly invested in self-importance and some leftists who want to do America harm. A poll would likely show that most Arkansans believe that, too. The carbon industry — coal, oil, gas and a few utilities — has spent a lot of money for two decades building that consensus.
The last four presidents — two Republicans and two Democrats — believed the science and pledged ERNEST to protect the DUMAS planet for their grandchildren, but none did very much, perhaps seeing the need to surrender to political reality. The rationale for inaction has been that some harsh set of conditions or a cataclysmic event would shock the nation and the world into accepting reality before it was too late to halt the march to climate Armageddon. Clearly, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s May 9 reading of 400 parts of carbon dioxide per million is not that shocking event, however cataclysmic it sounded. Four hundred parts per million was a level scientists said was the tipping point, although no one can be sure. Many scientists say nations should try to move the reading back to at least 350 parts per million to avoid devastating climate impacts. It was 280 ppm at the dawn of the industrial age. A geophysicist at the oceanogra-
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udging by the caterwauling of many in the national media, you’d think Orwell’s Big Brother had taken over the White House. The Justice Department’s issuance of subpoenas to press organizations to find out who in the government had leaked classified information to the Associated Press and to Fox News reporter James Rosen has First Amendment purists in an uproar. The way some of them carry on, you’d think the light of freedom had been extinguished. Writing in London’s The Guardian, indefatigable civil libertarian Glenn Greewald opines that “It is virtually impossible at this point to overstate the threat posed by the Obama DOJ to press freedoms.” Media Matters’ normally unflappable Eric Boehlert sounds similarly overwrought: “Whether it was the Department of Justice’s wild overreach in seizing phone records of more than 20 separate telephone lines used by Associated Press editors and reporters, or the Department’s more focused, yet even more troubling, information grab of a Fox News reporter, the practice is wrong and shortsighted. It’s also un-American.” Un-American, mind you. Almost needless to say, Republicans sensing an Obama weakness are going along for the ride — even many who thought Bush attorney general Alberto Gonzales’ threat
to prosecute New York Times reporters for revealing the existence of a massive NSA eavesdropping operation was a GENE terrific idea. LYONS Over on Fox News, they’re accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of perjury because he told Congress the DOJ wouldn’t prosecute journalists for publishing information, but did sign off on a subpoena arguing that Rosen might have violated the Espionage Act. Earth to Fox News: as anybody who’s read two John Le Carre novels understands, journalists (or people posing as journalists) have worked as spies and agents provocateur since the invention of newspapers. A press ID isn’t a universal “Get Out of Jail Free” card. Besides, Rosen’s not being prosecuted. The DOJ is using his emails urging a State Department source to “expose muddle-headed foreign policy” by turning over classified intelligence about North Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship to prosecute the alleged leaker. His friends say Rosen’s a wonderful family man. That’s a good thing, because judging by his journalistic tradecraft, he’d be apt to copy his wife and her mother on an email to his mistress.
phy institution that runs the Mauna Loa observatory for NOAA said the 400 reading meant that the world was losing the race to keep carbon levels from reaching disastrous levels. Carbon molecules stay in the atmosphere for 50 to 200 years. Anticipating the 400-ppm reading, the warming deniers’ champion, Princeton physicist William Happer, wrote in the Wall Street Journal editorial section a day earlier that climate fears were hooey and that the earth has been a lot hotter and that life survived. CO2 levels are climbing and the earth is heating, Happer said, but one doesn’t necessarily cause the other. Besides, “warming and more CO2 will be good for mankind.” Melting polar icecaps, rising oceans, droughts, floods and more frequent catastrophic weather events should not deter us from seeking the promised land of a warmer planet. Here in remote Arkansas, every effort is being made to keep us moving toward that happy day. In case people might be getting the wrong idea from all the climate news, Randy Zook, president of the State Chamber of Commerce, wrote a piece for the Democrat-Gazette last week warning that terrible damage was about to be inflicted on Arkansas by the Environmental Protection Agency, which wants to cap car-
bon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Supreme Court said years ago that the Clean Air act obliged government to regulate greenhouse gases. Nearly everywhere in the U.S. except Arkansas utilities and government have scaled back coal-based power development. The EPA rules won’t discommode a single Arkansas homeowner or business, but Zook warned that we will no longer have electricity that we can afford. Our congressman Tim Griffin, deterred only briefly by the Exxon-Mobil tar-sands pipeline catastrophe in the heart of his district, rejoined the effort to get the president to approve the giant tar-sands pipeline across the heart of the country, which would enable Canada to develop its tar sands and give the biggest impetus yet to global warming. Griffin was elected by $220,000 of carbon-industry money, including $4,000 from Exxon Mobil, but the entire Arkansas congressional delegation joins him. All six also join the oil and coal industries in opposing the EPA rules. The unstated argument is that electricity costs might go up a little and that our prosperity should not suffer a whit to preserve a healthy planet for our greatgrandchildren. The great search of our time is for a moral philosophy to justify selfishness.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The way many in the press are hyperventilating, most would apparently have had no problem with a 1944 headline reading: “Allies Plan June 6 Normandy Landing, Sources Say.” My point’s that unless you think the United States has no dangerous enemies and therefore no legitimate national security secrets whatsoever, the content of both disputed stories should trouble you. Nor are the Justice Department’s reasons for prosecuting them obscure or malign. In a Slate forum, University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner, author of “Terror in the Balance: Security, Liberty, and the Courts ” explains: “The May 2012 AP story that’s at issue disclosed that the CIA thwarted a terrorist plot to plant a bomb on a plane flying to the United States from Yemen ... [A]nyone who read the story could infer that U.S. or foreign agents had penetrated al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate. Even if AP delayed publication…the information disclosed may have put the lives of agents in danger or disclosed intelligence methods or simply made foreign intelligence agencies yet again doubt the U.S. government’s ability to keep secrets. The story identifies its sources as U.S. government officials, who clearly violated federal secrecy law.” As the New York Times later documented, a Saudi intelligence agent infiltrated al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He volunteered to carry a newly designed bomb aboard a US-bound airliner, but
delivered it to the CIA instead. The AP story blew his cover, endangering lives, and inhibiting the search for the bomb maker himself. Some scoop, eh? The allegedly terrible violation of the AP’s rights came after a months-long investigation of 550 possible sources. It involved investigators scrutinizing three days of telephone logs to see if possible suspects had talked to reporters. Nobody’s been arrested. You’d hope that even the braggart CIA leaker would be smarter than to leave a trail of breadcrumbs. As for James Rosen and Fox News, the phrase that doubtless caught investigators’ eyes in an otherwise humdrum story about North Korea’s planned responses to UN sanctions was “the Central Intelligence Agency has learned, through sources inside North Korea.” That would be paranoid, nuclear-armed North Korea, which as Reuters columnist Jack Shafer put it, no doubt commenced its own “leak probe that made the U.S. investigation look like the prosecution of a parking ticket.” Shafer suspects that even Fox would retract the story if it could. My own experience of Washington journalism has persuaded me that the actual practices of news organizations bear little relationship to the high-minded rhetoric they employ whenever their prerogatives are threatened. Forced to choose, I’d sooner trust my rights and freedoms to an independent judiciary. www.arktimes.com
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uring President Obama’s recent speech to the black men who graduated from Morehouse College he uttered this amazing statement: “Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination. And moreover, you have to remember that whatever you’ve gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured — and they overcame them.” Obama is president of the United States at a time when the New York City Police Department is being sued for a “stop and frisk” policy that targeted black and brown people. For him to tell young black men who have struggled already against adversity that “nobody cares if you’ve suffered some discrimination” demonstrates a mindset that is prevalent, to be sure, but is unmistakably oppressive and unjust. The ethical responsibility (since Mr. Obama chose to talk about responsibility) of people blessed with power and influence is to use those blessings to relieve suffering, not ignore it by claiming nobody cares. If anyone must care, it must be the people with the power to lift barriers, confront unjust practices and policies, and grant relief to people whose opportunities and lives have been hurt by them. It remains Obama’s job as president to remind the nation that racism, sexism and other forms of injustice still matter and must not be ignored. Imagine the outcry had Obama told a group of Latino graduates that “nobody cares about discrimination.” Or imagine the furor had he told female graduates of West Point, the Naval Academy, or the Air Force Academy that “nobody cares about discrimination” in the face of glaring reports about rapes, sexual harassment, and other mistreatment of women in the military. Morehouse graduates already know that many people don’t care about their historical and personal struggles against oppression. They should have been congratulated for persevering to this point in the face of oppression. Beyond that, however, Obama should have used his “bully pulpit” to proclaim that his administration will help them fight injustice, poverty, and other forces that have often sidelined ambitious and able-minded people of color. Then he should have returned to Washington and backed up his rhetoric with executive action. President Obama could have reminded the nation that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Morehouse Man, murdered while he labored for economic
justice for working people, and that working people continue to see their hopes attacked. Instead WENDELL of using global GRIFFEN GUEST COLUMN economics as an excuse for ignoring those among us who have suffered undeserved hardships, he should have reminded these men and the wider society that our nation and the world will never enjoy peace or prosperity so long as the privileged few ignore the pain and hardships suffered daily by the unprivileged masses. That message would have kept faith with Morehouse Men such as Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Howard Thurman. They never allowed us to use racism and discrimination as excuses. Yet they also never suggested to black people or the wider society that racism and discrimination are excusable. President Obama delivered a politically popular speech because his remarks pandered to the myth of meritocracy that has long been the mantra of white privilege. Perhaps he doesn’t know that a myth isn’t reality. Perhaps he doesn’t believe that the myth can or should be exposed as flawed and hurtful. Perhaps he knows (he is an educated fellow in many ways) but has decided that he would rather use his power and influence to perpetuate the myth rather than challenge it and denounce its continuing impact on the nation those Morehouse graduates must contend with. Sadly, Obama is popular because he is crafty enough to use Martin Luther King’s name, alma mater and memory to divert our attention from the harsh and ongoing realities of injustice and oppression that King spent his life challenging and which, at last, killed him. Obama is undoubtedly a skillful rhetorician. But it is saddening and infuriating to realize he has aligned his administration with the insensitive and insincere views of the privileged rather than obey the Biblical mandate to define justice and prosperity from the perspective of those who are vulnerable. According to Jesus, King, Mays, Thurman, and the legacy of the Biblical prophets, that is the true definition of a righteous (just) political leader and society, not pandering oratory.
Wendell Griffen is a Pulaski County circuit judge, pastor of the New Millennium Church and a former justice on the Arkansas Appeals Court.
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Lighten the load She avoided the dangerously glutenladen pastries, but was struck by a trolley on leaving the restaurant: “It quickly became apparent that the Hastings Cutoff was no place for ladened wagons.” In American English, those wagons were laden (that is, “heavily loaded”). Garner’s Modern American Usage says, “Although ladened is permissible in Scottish English, it is a solecism elsewhere. E.g.: ‘She stares out from the magazine cover, line-free, mascara-ladened [read laden] and pouting … ’ ” Full mettle jacket: “Beebe says the campaign will test the candidates’ metal by fire. He noted curve balls would be thrown at the candidates and how they responded would serve as a test for potential voters.” (Courtesy of Max Brantley) Shut up, TED’s talking: “There were TED talks on how to be a creative person.” What TED is this, I wondered. Ted E. Bare is usually pretty close-mouthed. Teds Williams and Kennedy have crossed the bar. I had to consult Wikipedia for the answer: “TED (Technology, Entertainment,
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Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the DOUG slogan ‘ideas worth SMITH email@example.com spreading’. ... TED talks address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. … Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.” Doing research on our sister state of Michigan, I came across the state motto, and was taken by it: “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” Honest and unpretentious, not promising more than it can deliver — that’s the kind of state motto I like. Any state that might be looking for a new motto (Arkansas has changed its several times) would do well to emulate Michigan. “Could be worse” is pretty good, and so is “Not South Carolina.” Although people make fun of Texas, the state’s motto (“Fascism and Western Wear”) is apt.
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It was a good week for ... RIVERFEST. Mild weather brought the hordes out. Organizers said more than 250,000 passed through the gates over the three days of the festival. GOOFBALL ENDORSEMENTS. Dennis Milligan, famous for once saying what the U.S. needed was another 9/11 to get right about terrorism, is a Republican candidate for state treasurer, not mayor of Branson, Mo. Nonetheless, he’s trumpeting endorsements from Branson nostalgia acts Tony Orlando and Yakov Smirnoff.
It was a bad week for ... U.S. SEN. MARK PRYOR. A guncontrol group backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is following through with plans to buy TV time — $350,000 worth — criticizing U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor for helping defeat some modest gun measures recently, particularly universal background checks. The group’s first ad alludes to the shooting death of former State Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney. It features Angela Bradford Barnes, chief financial officer of the Arkansas Democratic Party at the time.
U.S. REP. TOM COTTON. The congressman, a regular in our “bad week” category, introduced perhaps his wackiest idea yet — an amendment to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 that would punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran with up to 20 years in prison. There’d be no investigation. Cotton’s amendment would punish spouses as well as “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids.” The U.S. Constitution expressly prohibits punishing treason based on family ties. SEARCY COUNTY SHERIFF AND COLLECTOR KENNY CASSELL. The Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a lower court and said Cassell’s 1979 conviction on a federal misdemeanor theft charge for stealing Cornish hens from a Tyson’s interstate shipment made him ineligible to hold office. The Supreme Court has now made it clear several times that a misdemeanor can meet the 1874 Constitution’s definition of an infamous crime that makes someone ineligible for Arkansas office. EDUCATION. The federal sequestration spending cuts that took effect March 1 will cost Arkansas $18.5 million in 2013, according to Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. A bit more than half the money will be cut from Title I programs for disadvantaged students. Early childhood education programs such as Head Start have also taken a hit.
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Here’s a happy update on the story of Bryant Huddleston, the Imboden native and California TV producer whose tentative invitation to speak at the Sloan-Hendrix High School graduation fell apart because a couple of school board members (and many in the community apparently) didn’t think it right to have a gay man speak to high school graduates, including his sister. His father, a retired state trooper and school board member, suggested his son as a speaker. After board members objected, the school superintendent decided to have no outside speaker, breaking a long tradition of speakers that included a Church of Christ preacher and a representative of the local electric company office. Huddleston reports that Philander Smith College has invited him to speak at the school’s “Bless the Mic” series. Said Huddleston via Facebook, “This invitation is probably one of the greatest gifts I’ll ever receive. Because it speaks directly to the message. It speaks to how I hope most young people today think. They want a future free of any kind of silly intolerance that would get in the way of their personal achievements or those of their friends and family — gay or straight. I never in a million years thought I would become an advocate for change. I vote and I support causes that benefit my family, but I now believe my unfortunate situation was meant to be heard.” Huddleston has said his message would have been about the value of education and, in honor of his sister, urging women forward particularly. He said he hadn’t intended to talk about sexual issues.
Sequester shuts bathrooms down The state Health Department has conveyed concerns about the lack of sanitary facilities along the Buffalo National River at Ponca to the Department of the Interior, though the state has no say over federal policy. The concerns were first expressed by ornithologist Joe Neal (“Birds of Arkansas”), who led supporters of the Ozark Natural Science Center on a field trip to Ponca recently and discovered the facilities at the Ponca low water bridge locked. Neal wrote on the state bird listserv that “I was shocked that even the basic vault toilet there is locked because of Congress flat-lining Park Service budgets. Toilets are locked, even with a record-shattering Wall CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12
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Huddleston to speak in Arkansas after all
THE FAMILY: Doyle Faubus, Bonnie Lou Faubus Salcido, Gov. Orval Faubus and Elvin C. Faubus.
Sister who opposed Faubus dies Bonnie Lou Faubus Salcido publicly called out her brother for blocking the integration of Central High. BY ROY REED
ne more chapter of the 1957 Central High School story came to a close this month in California. Bonnie Lou Faubus Salcido, Orval Faubus’ youngest sister, died May 9 in Fresno. She was 93. Salcido was responsible for a minor but intriguing footnote to the constitutional crisis provoked by her brother. At the height of the international uproar over his attempt to block the integration of Central High, she spoke out against him. She was the only member of his large family to do that — publicly, at least. In the fall of 1957, she was quoted in a paper in California, where she had lived for several years, as being
disappointed in her brother’s action. She said in so many words that he had been raised better than that. Their father brought up his children to believe in racial equality, she said. Word of her position spread quickly to Arkansas. Her brother was annoyed and told her so. There were hard feelings between them for many years after. They reconciled during his last years, and he sent her a letter saying that he loved and respected her. I met Salcido about 25 years ago after I started work on a biography of the former governor. I interviewed her at her home in Madera, then kept in touch with her the rest of her life
by mail. I became quite fond of her. She once visited my home in Hogeye. Salcido and her brother were among the seven children of John Samuel Faubus, who became well known in the Ozarks as an organizer for the Socialist Party. He was once arrested, but not imprisoned, for opposing America’s involvement in World War I. There are still among us those who will remember that Orval’s Socialist upbringing caused him trouble in his first race for governor. His opponent, Gov. Francis Cherry, made public the fact that Orval had attended a “Communist” school. That referred to Commonwealth College near Mena, a self-help school popular mainly with Socialists but also with a number of Communist Party members. That was in the early 1930s. The issue backfired for Cherry and Faubus was elected. Orval himself probably never became a member of the Socialist Party, but he traveled the mountains with his father debating the advantages of socialism over capitalism. Even after he left the governor’s office, he was still willing to admit CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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MOST ENDANGERED Last week, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas announced its 2013 list of Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places. “The 2013 list of endangered places highlights distinctive sites throughout Arkansas that represent important aspects of Arkansas’s culture and history. Though each circumstance is different, each of these places is important to the community where it is located and each is worth saving,” said Vanessa McKuin, executive director of the alliance, in a release. For more on the endangered places visit preservearkansas.org.
Hantz (1950) and Durst (1951) Houses 855 & 857 Fairview St. Fayetteville, Washington County The expansion of the University of Arkansas campus threatens these two adjacent mid-century modern houses designed by two of the foundational figures in the development of the university’s architecture school. Arkansas’s most famous architect, E. Fay Jones, designed the Hantz house while he was a student at Fayetteville, before he went off to Rice and fell under the sway of Frank Lloyd Wright. John Williams, the founder of the university’s architecture program, designed the Durst house, for David Durst, then the chair of the Fine Arts Department. Later, under Jones’ leadership, the UA architectural program became a school; it’s now known as the Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Ferguson House (1861) 416 N. Third St., Augusta, Woodruff County James P. and Maria Alcorn Ferguson built this manse in 1861 with hand-cut virgin pine and cypress. It stayed in the family for more than a century, but is currently vacant and somewhat dilapidated. Park Hill Elementary School (1924) 3801 J.F.K. Blvd., North Little Rock Park Hill Elementary, the oldest school building in use in the North Little Rock School District, is scheduled to close in two years as part of a restructuring plan within the district. The Park Hill neighborhood association is concerned that when that time comes, the district will demolish the community anchor rather than renovating it for another use.
St. Joseph’s Home (1910) 6800 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock Designed by famed Arkansas architect Charles Thompson, whose creations include Little Rock City Hall and the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville, this 56,000-squarefoot structure operated as an orphanage until 1978 and later served as a day care and retreat center. The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock considered selling the property in 2008. In response, a group of preservationists formed the non-profit St. Joseph Center of Arkansas Inc. to assume fiscal and management responsibility while trying to come up with a plan for the building and surrounding property.
Frith-Plunkett House (c. 1858) 801 Main St., Des Arc, Prairie County During the Civil War, many buildings in Des Arc were burned or moved to nearby DeValls Bluff. The Frith-Plunkett house survived because it was used as a hospital during the war. The current owner bought the house — Des Arc’s oldest residence — in 2002 to save it from demolition, but has only been able to take small steps toward renovating it.
County Roundtop Filling Station, a.k.a. Happy’s Service Station (1936) Old state Hwy. 67, Sherwood The Justin Matthews Co., which developed many neighborhoods in North Little Rock, built this small gas station for the Pierce Oil company. W.D. “Happy” Williford operated the station from 1936 until 1981, when he retired. In 2008, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sherwood History and Heritage Commission hopes to restore the building for use as a police substation and possibly a history museum for Sherwood. Wynne Opera House (c. 1900) 218 S. Front St., Wynne, Cross County Initially used as a grocery on the first floor and an opera house in the second floor, the building later served as temporary courthouse, a hardware store and a tin shop. But for the last 40 years, little has been done to it. The Wynne Downtown Revitalization Committee and Cross County Historical Society fear that if it isn’t stabilized soon, it will be lost, and they are working to raise support for saving it.
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INSIDER, CONT. Street boom and a reported 37 trillion dollars stashed in tax-evading Cayman Island bank accounts.” The letter was picked up and forwarded to the Health Department’s legal counsel, Reginald Rogers, who wrote the Interior, “Apparently, there are concerns about human waste in the area. Are you aware of this? Have you undertaken measures to protect public health? Please respond to the concerns.” There had been no response as of Tuesday. Caven Clark, the public information officer and chief of resources and education for the river, said there are facilities available at the Ponca Elk Education Center, which is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday and every day during October. He also noted that there have never been facilities for people who float the Buffalo; the Park Service recommends that people “go where it’s vegetated,” he said. Because of years of decreasing budgets and the federal sequester, the Park Service has 23 vacant positions, including nine summer temporary maintenance positions. The park interpreter staff has been reduced from six two years ago and three last year to zero. “The sequester was the icing on the cake of several years of diminishing resources,” Clark said. However, thanks to volunteers from the Scenic Highway 14 Association and the Back Country Horsemen, the park will be able to reopen the restroom at Rush campground and the South Maumee campground.
Devout and porn-loving The Little Rock metropolitan area is a place with a rich and deep religious tradition. It ranked 10th on a recent Gallup tracking poll of the “most religious” cities in the United States, with 54 percent describing themselves as very religious. Had we edged up one more point, we’d have been in a tie for 4th. Pornhub, an online pornography site, took the Gallup list and ranked the religious cities by per capita visits to the site, which markets hardcore videos, between Dec. 1, 2012, and April 30. Buzzfeed compiled the results in a handsome spread complete with photos. Little Rock/North Little Rock/ Conway came in at No. 3, with 18.8 Pornhub views per capita. This doesn’t mean there are any websurfing hypocrites here. It just might be that the not-so-religious are really fond of Pornhub. It should be noted, though, that Montgomery, Ala., where 64 percent say they are very religious, ranked No. 2 with 21.9 Pornhub views per capita. Their irreligious must really, really like Pornhub. www.arktimes.com
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FRUIT OF THE VINE C It will let you uncork at Celebrate the Grape. alling all oenophiles, grape nuts and wine lovers. You’ll want to mark Friday, June 7, down in your calendar. That’s when the Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape is happening in downtown North Little Rock, in the Argenta Farmer’s Market space, at Sixth and Main streets. There’ll be more than 200 wines (see a full list on page 16) representing all the major categories and varieties, from buttery chardonnays from Napa to rustic malbecs from Argentina. Think of it like a liquid buffet — a chance to sample a good slice of what’s on the market for the price of one nice bottle of wine. Even better, the ticket price includes delicious
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food from Argenta Market, Cafe Bossa Nova, Crush Wine Bar, The Italian Kitchen at Lulav and Reno’s Argenta Cafe, and music from Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and The Rex Bell Trio featuring Kasie Lunsford. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Buy them at celebratethegrape2013.eventbrite.com. Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape is sponsored by Mercedes of Little Rock, Riverside Subaru, and EGP PLLC Accounting Firm and benefits the Argenta Arts District. Read on for a look at industry trends in Central Arkansas and short profiles of some of the key wineries participating in Celebrate the Grape.
VERY SPECIAL VINO A look at several of the top wineries appearing at Celebrate the Grape. BY ROBERT BELL, DAVID KOON, LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK AND DAVID RAMSEY
ALTA VISTA Combining the winemaking passion of the Old World with the unique grapes of Argentina, Alta Vista made a huge splash with the release of its malbec in 1998; the entire production sold out within a few hours and helped to spark a new tradition of top-quality Argentine wines. The d’Aulan family traces its roots to 13th century European nobility and owned a prominent Champagne house for more than a century. Count Patrick d’Aulan joined forces with Jean-Michel Arcaute, the late Bordeaux winemaker widely considered a visionary genius in the trade, to seek out interesting terroirs (the climate and geography of a place that make for distinctive grapes). They purchased vineyards in the Mendoza and Salta regions in Argentina, with exquisite conditions for the emblematic malbec and torrontes grapes. Based in the heart of Chacras de Coria, a small town just south of Mendoza city, the winery was originally built in the 19th century and was fully restored in 2003. Employing classic aging techniques and cutting-edge vine-growing technology, Alta Vista has managed a perfect French-Argentine fusion. In addition to malbec and torrontes, they’ll be pouring cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. DR.
BELL WINE CELLARS
The signature wine of Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, Calif., Clone 6 Cabernet, first crushed in 1991 by viticulturist Anthony Bell, will be poured at Celebrate the Grape. Bell developed Clone 6 as part of a cabernet sauvignon clone trial at Beaulieu Vineyards, where he worked more than a decade before founding Bell Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley. The Clone 6 rootstock (history available at bellwine.com) was found in an overgrown and abandoned wine grape experimental field station. Clone 6’s aging process begins in the barrel for two years. The Napa Valley vineyard’s claret, blended from select barrels of its cabernet, and its rose, produced from syrah juice, will also be poured. The vineyard’s production has grown from 500 cases in 1991 to 15,000 today; Arkansas is Bell’s biggest market outside California. LNP. BELL WINE CELLARS
CHARLES SMITH WINES
Sure, you can’t judge a book by its cover. But Charles Smith certainly does not look the part of “respected winemaker.” He’s not the tanned, perfectly coiffed patriarch with the top three buttons undone on his very expensive shirt, smiling and looking off into the distance, surveying the glorious CHARLES SMITH vineyard over which he presides. No, Smith is more like the enfant terrible of American winemakers, brash and bold, clad in a black T-shirt and jeans, unafraid of the sort of heroic partying that would flatten lesser men. Makes sense, though. Dude used to manage independent rock bands and he takes a similarly punk-rock, no-BS approach to winemaking, summed up by a quote featured prominently on the company’s website: “It’s just wine, drink it.” But don’t let that seeming nonchalance fool you: Smith loves wine deeply, and many of his creations have earned big-time accolades from wine-world heavyweights like Robert Parker. His Modernist Project wines are made to be consumed “without delay” and usually fall in the $12-$20 range. The popular Kung Fu Girl Riesling “kicks ass with tons of complexity,” and the Boom Boom! Syrah’s “fruit explodes in your mouth!” Both of these will be poured at Celebrate the Grape, along with the Eve Chardonnay, VINO Pinot Grigio, Velvet Devil Merlot, Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, Secco Bianco and Secco Sparkling Moscato. RB. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
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CELEBRATE THE GRAPE WINE LIST More than 200 wines will be poured by distributors at the event.
Black Stallion Cabernet Black Stallion Chardonnay Lockwood Liquid Velvet Round Pound Rutherford Cabernet Scott Family Chardonnay Bell Clone 6 Cabernet Bell Rose Bell Claret Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Noble Vines 181 Merlot Noble Vines 1 Red Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay Sequana Santa Lucia Pinot Noir Sequana Russian River Pinot Noir Eberle Full Boar Red Eberle Zinfandel Chamisol Stainless Chardonnay Cryptic Red Luigi Bosca Malbec Luigi Bosca Malbec DOC Massimo Sauvignon Blanc Massimo Malbec Accordeon Malbec Accordeon Torrontes Swinto Old Vine Malbec Concha Grande Reserve Chardonnay Concha Grande Reserve Cabernet Vins de Gironde Chat Mayne Pargade Blanc Vins de Gironde Chat Mayne Pargade Red Vins de Gironde Baron De Luze Vins de Gironde Chat Pontet Fumet Heritages Rouge Heritages Rose Heritages Blanc Massimo Rioja Clos de Nouys Vouvray Sec Clos de Nouys Vouvray Demi-Sec Cavicchioli Lambrusco Evohe Garnacha Von Buhl Jazz Riesling Volpetti Cesanese Rosso Sequin Pinot Grigio Sequin Moscato Sequin Rose Cavicchioli Sparkling Voga Sparkling Pinot Grigio Stella Rosa Peach Stella Rosa Rosso Stellina di Notte Prosecco St. James Mango St. James Blackberry St. James Blueberry Croctails Sweet Tea Croctails Golden Margarita Croctails Strawberry Daquiri Croctails Mojito Handcraft Cabernet Handcraft Petite Sirah Handcraft Chardonnay Handcraft Pinot Noir Bogle Essential Red Hess Sauvignon Blanc Hess Treo Trivento Malbec Trivento Chardonnay Trivento Cabernet 16
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Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay Charles Smith VINO Pinot Grigio Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Secco Sparkling Moscato Secco Bianco Grayson Cellars Chardonnay Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Grayson Cellars Merlot Grayson Cellars Pinot Noir Grayson Cellars Zinfandel Block 9 Pinot Noir Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc Robertson Winery Chardonnay Robertson Winery Pintotage Robertson Winery Shiraz-MouvedreViognier Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rosa di Rosa Rosa di Bianca
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CONSTELLATION BRANDS With diverse holdings in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, Constellation Brands is the leading premium wine producer in the world. Based in upstate New York, the company recently acquired the iconic Italian brand Ruffino, which has produced wine from 600 hectares of illustrious Tuscan vineyards for more than a century. Don’t miss the famous Ruffino Chianti, and also be sure to sample its prosecco. Made from glera (Prosecco) grapes from hilly Valdobbiadene, it was introduced for the first time just two years ago and is already a hit among enthusiasts of bubblies from Italy’s cooler northern region. Among other wines that Constellation will be pouring: Rex Goliath’s great-value pinot noir; chardonnay from Simi, a winery with family roots in Tuscany that has been producing wine in Sonoma County since the 19th century and the Estancia cab, from vineyards in Paso Robles, Calif., one of the country’s premier locations for cabernet sauvignon grapes. DR.
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hat’s new in the wine business in Central Arkansas? A lot of things that wine snobs probably don’t want anything to do with. Take the emergence of sweet wines. “It’s one of the most amazing things that’s happened in the last six to seven years,” said Jerry Harrod, vice president of sales for Moon Distributing, one of the larger alcohol distributors in the state. Moscato, a sweet, semi-sparkling wine made from the Muscat variety of grape, has been especially popular. “I think it’s a lot of new wine drinkers who’re coming in for the first time and want to experience wine,” Harrod said of those driving the Moscato boom. “Those people will eventually gravitate to dryer wines as they continue to consume wines.” James Cripps and partner Bruce Cochran built their six-year-old wine and spirits distribution business, Custom Beverage, around a red sparkling wine similar to a Moscato called Rosa di Rosa. “Six years ago you couldn’t give a sweet wine away, and now it’s brought so many people into the wine consumer category,” Cripps said. “[The new consumers] never drank wine that they liked before and suddenly they found something that, just because it’s sweet, they can drink. I think it’s part of Coca-Cola culture.” Another explanation for its popularity? Hip-hop. Rappers have long extolled high-end drinks like Cristal and Courvoisier. For reasons unknown, in recent years they’ve gravitated to the more affordable Moscato. Drake, Gucci Mane, Kanye West and Soulja Boy have all name-dropped the wine. Nelly’s crew, the St. Lunatics, developed its own brand, Freaky Moscato. There’s been some backlash. A blogger on Bon Appetit wrote a post last year entitled, “I’m Sick of Rappers Influencing Wine Sales.” Bargain hunters and people looking to take wine on-the-go are pushing another trend — the emergence of higher-end box wine. “People are always looking for something consistent for a good price,” said Shell Cameron, spirits manager for Central Distributors. “Packaging, as far as being able to take wine places, is really important. Arkansas is an outdoor state.
We like a good time on lakes and rivers and go camping. I think that’s why box wines have found a niche in Arkansas.” That you can find better quality box wine than in the past makes a big difference too, Cameron said. When box wines first debuted in the ’70s, they were generic and inexpensive, according to David Cone, sales director for Glazer’s, the state’s largest alcohol distributor. That phase ended with the emergence of Constellation Brand’s Black Box in the ’90s, he said. “It’s their line-up of fine wines, sourced from places like Monterey County. It’s not inexpensive — in the $25 to $28 range — until you break it down and realize it’s equivalent to four bottles of wine. You don’t have to worry about resealing it. It collapses, so no oxygen gets in. And it lasts for weeks.” Central Distributors’ Cameron and Moon’s Harrod said wine served in Tetra Paks — 500 ml cartons (as compared to 750 ml bottles) that claim to be environmentally friendly and are more portable than glass bottles — are gaining hold in the market, too. As with any product, branding is important. “Traditionally women have not been the buyers of alcohol, but that’s changed industry-wide,” said Cameron. Which is why you see wines with names like Simply Naked, Go Girl, Skinny Girl and Naked Grape. Cripps said with so many wine drinkers in their 60s now, the market is really focused on targeting the next generation, the 21 to 35 range. “I get telephone calls about every week from someone who has a new label and a new way to reach the younger demographic.” Cripps said he’s seeing the hot price point for wine as somewhere in the $9.99 to $25 range. Oddly, he said there’s a drop off until $60 and above. “I have wines that are $150, and they do really well. Try to sell a $50 wine — that’s the tough one.” Traditionalists don’t have to worry about the culture of wine shifting beneath their feet too much. Cripps said he saw numbers for wine-industry-wide recently and chardonnay and cabernet were still the top sellers. But Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir are gaining ground. “They’re still not quite on top, but they’re certainly getting closer. I think that’s typically a younger drinker.”
DELICATO FAMILY VINEYARDS As anybody who loves a glass of wine knows, wine is always better when it’s paired with a good story, and they don’t come a whole lot better than the one behind Delicato Family Vineyards. After immigrating to the U.S. alone and penniless in 1919 at only 16, Gaspare Indelicato moved to California. Eventually he bought a dairy in Manteca, Calif., and planted his first vineyard there, selling his grapes to home winemakers during Prohibition. Once Prohibition was repealed, Indelicato decided to sell his vino commercially, and in 1935, with the help of his brother-in-law and their twin-sister wives, he set up a press in a hay barn and turned out the first, 3,400-gallon batch. It’s the humble rootstock from which an empire has grown. Now run by third-generation winemakers, Delicato Family Vineyards is the parent company of a dozen premium wineries, in addition to the Delicato label. Four DFV brands will be featured at Celebrate the Grape. Noble Vines will feature its cabernet, merlot, red, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Massimo Prestige Vineyards will be pouring a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, rioja from Spain, and malbec from Argentina. Napa Valley boutique winery Black Stallion Estate will be pouring its cabernet and chardonnay. Meanwhile, Handcraft Artisan Collection, featuring wines created by vintner Cheryl Indelicato, will be pouring its cabernet, petite sirah, chardonnay and pinot noir. DK. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
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If you are of a certain age, the E.&J. Gallo label may conjure up jug Chablis and wine by the tanker trailer, instead of the slim 750 ml corked bottle of artisanal pinot grigio. After all, Gallo also makes Thunderbird and Night Train Express. But some years back, the 80-year-old winery, which enjoys a full 25 percent of the entire American wine market, decided to lift its glass (and its profile) to wines grown by small wineries in the Napa Valley and internationally. It now owns some 60 labels, giving small vintners the juice they needed to stay in business. For example, in 2011 Gallo bought the Central Coast winery Edna Valley, which will be represented at Celebrate the Grape with a cabernet, a chardonnay, a sauvignon blanc and a pinot noir. The globe’s vineyards are also represented in Gallo labels to be poured: the Italian sparkling wine La Marca Prosecco, a dry Spanish white (Martin Codax Albarino) and a Spanish red (Las Rocas Garnacha), and a sweet German riesling from Polka Dot. Also from California: Gallo’s Mirassou Sunset Red blend, Louis Martini Cabernet, Red Rock Merlot and The Naked Grape Pinot Noir. LNP.
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SEAN MINOR WINES An education may require a fine vintner to be a bit nomadic. The resumes of the best show them bouncing from winery to winery and region to region as they pick up skills and techniques. Sean Minor of Sean Minor Wines is definitely one of those nomadic winemakers. Born in Kansas, Minor got his start at Napa’s Beaulieu Vineyards, then moved on to King Estate Winery in Oregon. In the cool Pacific Northwest, Minor learned what he calls “site-specific viticulture,” working with the land and climate to create unique and flavorful wines in what would seem like lessthan-ideal conditions. In 2001, Minor and his family returned to California, where he managed Renwood Winery. In 2005, Minor felt he was finally able to do his own thing, and started Sean Minor Wines. Later, he started the Four Bears label. Headquartered near Sacramento, Minor pulls grapes from small vineyards in cooler areas along the California coast and processes them at a cooperative production facility in the Napa Valley. Critics and diners seem SEAN MINOR to think he’s learned a thing or three in all that traveling. The April 2013 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine listed two Sean Minor wines among the top 50 best-selling restaurant wines of 2012, and its pinot noir earned the 17th spot in a poll of more than 200 fine-dining restaurants. Best of all, most Sean Minor Wines retail for less than $20 bucks a bottle, which makes them taste even better. At Celebrate the Grape, Sean Minor Wines will be offering its Red Blend, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carneros Pinot Noir, while Central Coast pinot noir, Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon, Central Coast chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from Minor’s Four Bears label will be poured. DK.
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that socialism was not all bad. Take the U.S. Postal Service, he told me. That’s socialism. The only other member of Orval’s family who spoke out against his action at Central High was his father. But Sam, who had experienced firsthand the wrath of cranky neighbors and enraged political opponents, told his son in private what he thought. He also wrote letters to the Arkansas Gazette attacking his son’s actions, but he signed them with a fictitious name, Jimmie Higgins. That was an inside joke among his old Socialist comrades. A “Jimmie Higgins” was the term given an ordinary party member, one who did the filing and knocked on doors. Orval confessed to me before he died in 1994 that he had been annoyed by what he considered familial disloyalty. I think he took it better from his famously outspoken father than from the sister who was 10 years his junior. Salcido was a liberal Democrat all her life. Her first political hero was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Her father shifted his allegiance from the Socialists to the Democratic Party when Roosevelt’s New Deal was installed.) Salcido was born Bonnie Faubus Feb. 13, 1920. She added Lou as her middle name later. She said in a letter to me that their father had not bothered with his four daughters’ names but had made sure his three sons were named to honor Socialist heroes. Orval’s middle name was Eugene after Eugene Debs, a militant opponent of World War I and a longtime Socialist Party leader. His brother Darrow Doyle — who lives in Fayetteville and is now Orval’s only surviving sibling — was named for the great left-wing lawyer Clarence Darrow. The other brother, Elvin Carl, was named after Karl Marx, according to Salcido. Her own personal history may explain her sensitivity to issues of race and ethnicity. She was married to a Latino man for more than 50 years. Raul Salcido was her boss in a California defense plant during World War II. They eloped to get married. He died last January. Bonnie never lost her affection for Orval in spite of their differences. In a letter to me in 2009, she said, “From what I hear from others, he was a pretty good governor. But what he did in 1957 broke my heart. I was shocked. He knew how I felt but I never fought with him. ... He left a scar on the state of Arkansas that will remain forever.”
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EN ROUTE Lift a glass of stout to Guinness’ collection of masterworks coming to the Arts Center. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
ou have heard that Guinness is good for you. Here’s why: If it weren’t for Edward Cecil Guinness, a selfportrait by Rembrandt van Rijn might not be on display at the Arkansas Arts Center starting June 7, along with paintings by J.M.W. Turner, Anthony Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds. “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London” contains 48 works by some of the greatest names in art of the 17th through
to Great Britain upon his death, is being spruced up. The star of the show is the Rembrandt, one of the last self-portraits the Dutch master painted and the second largest. It dates to around 1665 and shows the artist holding his palette, an unusual pose for one of his self-portraits. When the painting was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in April 2012, the New York Times arts writer described it as “wonderful almost beyond words.” But even without the Rembrandt, the exhibition, which Arts Center Director Todd Herman managed to land for the Arts Center though Little Rock wasn’t on the original tour schedule, would be special. Imagine the Townsend Wolfe and Jeannette Rockefeller galleries hung with imposing full-length portraits of these grande dames: “Princess Henrietta of Lorraine, Attended by a Page” (1634) by Van Dyke, which is 84 3/8 inches by 50 3/4 inches, or a little over 7 feet tall by over 4 feet wide; the taller “Mary, Countess Howe” (ca. 1764) by Gainsborough, a 95-inch-by-61-inch porREMBRANDT, BY REMBRANDT: One of the Dutch trait of the lady in flowing master’s last self-portraits. pink silks and white lace; and “Mrs. Musters as Hebe” the 19th centuries, Dutch, Flemish and (1785) by Reynolds, a gorgeous 94-inchEnglish. The collection — which Guinby-57-inch depiction of the lady as the ness’ beer wealth allowed him to accumuGreek goddess of youth, feeding an eagle late, is on tour in the United States while from a golden bowl. Herman described Kenwood House, bought by Guinness to these masterful portraits, and others in display his art and, like the art, donated the exhibition, as having “wall-power.” 24
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‘PRINCESS HENRIETTA OF LORRAINE’: 17th century portrait by Anthony Van Dyke.
Besides the portraits, visitors to the show will see a Turner seascape, “The Iveagh Seapiece” (1803), a painting by Britain’s famed Romantic painter whose mastery of light is unparalleled; an Edwin Landseer painting of boys racing on their horses and followed by dogs, “The Hon. E.S. Russell and His Brother” (1834); and a Joseph Wright of Derby chiaroscuro “Two Girls Dressing a Kitten by Candlelight” (1768-70), which though it sounds saccharine is actually sardonically sexual. For real sweetness, there is Sir Thomas Lawrence’s “Miss Murray” (1824-26), a portrait of a child in ribbons and lace holding flowers in her skirt. There will also be
works by Francois Boucher, Albert Cuyp, Francesco Guardi and others. The stop in Arkansas is the last for the exhibition, which has traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Julius Bryant, Keeper of the Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will give a lecture, “Kenwood: From Guinness to Gainsboroughs,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the lecture hall. The exhibition will run through Sept. 8. Exhibition tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for military and $6 for students. Lecture tickets are $10. Arts Center members get in free to both.
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THURSDAY 5/30-SUNDAY 6/2
11 a.m. Mulberry Mountain. $150-$660.
It’s a bummer, but there just aren’t too many times or places where one can unfurl one’s freak flag, hoist it waaaay up high — super, duper, ultra, mega high — and just proceed to let it fly, free from concerns about any squares, prudes, nags, scolds, authoritariantypes or what-have-you coming along to try to toss a bucket of cold harshness on your good times. But brothers and sisters, there is one such place and time, and that place is Mulberry Mountain, and that time is called Wakarusa. This marks the festival’s 10th year, and the fifth year that it has been hosted in Arkansas, having been relocated from its original home in Kansas on account of harassment from the authorities. But
the site near Ozark is private property, which means more privacy and less intrusion from you-know-whos. That said, they’ll be hanging around the vicinity for sure. So take some smart precautions: Drive cautiously (but not, you know, like suspiciously so), make sure you’ve got all your insurance info and registration, make sure you don’t have a tail light out or anything else that might make you an easy mark. And have fun. It’s a beautiful location, and if you’re into the jam-band, electronic or bluegrass scenes, there will be a ridiculous amount of music for you to enjoy. This year’s headliners are Snoop Lion, Widespread Panic, Dispatch, The Black Crowes, Gogol Bordello, Son Volt, Umphrey’s McGee and STS9, among many, many other acts. Full schedule at Wakarusa.com.
ETHNO-FOLK PUNK: Gogol Bordello performs at Wakarusa Saturday night.
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Flown” perfectly captures the sevenpiece band’s amp-destroying blues/ soulful classic rock hybrid. The album was recorded by Billy Anderson, who is, bar none, one of the best metal producers working. Just for full disclosure: I wrote some press materials for the band, but not for any money or other con-
sideration — only because I think the album is start-to-finish killer. It’s crushingly heavy, but with real-deal emotional turmoil at its core — a combination that’s tough to get right. And on this record, Iron Tongue absolutely nails it. Opening the show will be Opportunist and J.Kutchma and The Five Fifths.
Any of you budding singer/songwriters out there probably ought to go to this here gathering and take really good notes, because the collected wisdom and decades of experience on hand will be mighty. The Keith Sykes Weekend boasts a lineup of artists who have penned hits for a plethora of notable performers. You’ve got Sykes, of course, who’s written tunes for Jimmy Buffet (“Volcano”), The Judds and many others. Roger Cook co-wrote the Coca-Cola jingle “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)” and the Don Williams hit “I Believe in You.” Dickey Lee has written songs for George Strait and Reba McEntire. Larry Joe Taylor is responsible for writing cuts for Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn and others. Jerry Lee Lewis, Mel Tillis, Rick Nelson and many others have recorded tracks by Buzz Cason. There will be several other songsmiths performing as well. The weekend kicks off with a concert Friday night and keeps rolling Saturday with the Bloody Mary Guitar Pull with Jedd Zimmerman and Delta Joe Sanders at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Sykes will interview Lee about his work at 3 p.m., and there’s another concert Saturday night at 8 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Hip-hop/alt-rock hybrid Flobots comes to Juanita’s, with Wheelchair Sports Camp, Flint Eastwood and Big Dam Horns, 9 p.m., $12. This Holy House brings the dramatic guitar-fueled indie rock to The Joint, 9 p.m., $5.
FRIDAY 5/31-SATURDAY 6/1
WINGSPUR BENEFIT WITH KINKY FRIEDMAN
You’ve gotta love ol’ Kinky Friedman. With his band The Texas Jewboys, he cut a number of left-field country albums, racking up satirical classics like “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews like Jesus Anymore.” The perpetually cigarchomping entertainer has also penned a raft of detective novels, an etiquette guide and collections of assorted other writings (best book title: “Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned”). Oh yeah, and then there was his 2006 run for governor of Texas, which surely produced some of the finest campaign slogans never to be focusgrouped to death, among them “How Hard Could it Be?” and “My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy.” The Kinkster is also a kind-hearted friend of the animals, having founded Utopia Animal Rescue
Friday 8 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $30. Saturday 8 p.m. White Water Tavern. $30.
THE KINKSTER: Kinky Friedman plays two benefit shows this weekend, Friday at Argenta Community Theater and Saturday at White Water Tavern.
Ranch over there in Medina, Texas. He also serves on the board of the nonprofit Wing Spur Wild Horses, a sanctuary for a group of wild Mustangs located out at Wye Mountain. These two concerts
are fundraisers for Wing Spur, so you can get some entertainment and know that you’re helping a good cause as well. Oh, and the tickets are tax deductible, if you’re so inclined.
THE BAD YEARS, CROOKED ROOTS
1 p.m. The Pink House (1605 Robinson Ave.).
10TH ANNUAL CONWAY PRIDE
LEGACIES & LUNCH: BILL CARTER
This is rad: Vino’s hosts two generations of Little Rock punks Saturday, with a record release show for the forthcoming split 7” (which, FYI, is the most punk of all formats) with The Bad Years and Crooked Roots, two bands made up of young dudes who were but gleams in their parents’ eyes back when bands like Trusty, 12ft.6, Chino Horde, Chalk and Econochrist were cutting their teeth in the early ’90s Little Rock punk scene. The Bad Years side is represented by “Westbound,” a fist-pumping nug of Lookout! Recordsstyle pop-punk that recalls Pinhead Gunpowder and explores that familiar feeling of wanting to pack a bag and get the hell outta town. Crooked Roots opts for a quiet/loud/quiet meditation on anxiety and self-doubt. Also on the bill is The Canehill Engagement, a country/punk project featuring, among others, Max Recordings head honcho Burt Taggart on the drums. Max is releasing the record, which seems appropriate, as does the venue, which holds a special place in Little Rock’s punk history.
A lot can change in a decade. When longtime partners John Schenck and Robert Loyd and other organizers of Conway Pride held their first parade 10 years ago, it was largely a protest march against the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that makes gay people second-class citizens. According to Schenck, in subsequent years, they faced protesters, a City Council meeting to decide if the event was “divisive,” and even tons of cow manure spread on the streets outside of their house. He noted that last year, there were 800 attendees and not even one protester. “I think this really shows how much Arkansas has changed over the last nine years,” he said via e-mail. “And I would like to think that myself and my husband of 38 years have helped move this community in to the present.” There will be music, vendors and of course the parade, and The Lantern Theatre is producing “The Laramie Project” as well (see calendar for times). This year’s event promises to be another great celebration for the LGBTQ community and their allies, and another milestone in the march toward equality.
8 p.m. Vino’s.
Noon. Main Library. Free.
If you’re a Stones fan and you haven’t yet read Keith Richards’ autobiography “Life,” you are missing out on an incredibly entertaining tale. The whole first chapter takes place in Arkansas, after Richards, Ron Wood and their associates were arrested in 1975 in Fordyce. The Stones’ legal counsel was Arkansas native Bill Carter, an attorney who had an utterly mind-blowing career that included a stint in the Secret Service, working for a burgeoning little shipping company called Federal Express and helping Rep. Wilbur Mills negotiate with the State Department to allow the Stones entry into the country (they’d been barred entry after the ’72 tour on account of rioting at their concerts). Carter would represent the band from 1973-1990. He also represented a bevy of country music superstars, including Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Rodney Crowell and many others. This will be a very cool opportunity to hear firsthand from a legendary figure, so pack a lunch and get ready for some great stories.
If you’ve always wanted to get “The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” without all the hassle of inventing time travel, check out Zoso. The band is eerily good at recreating the look and, most importantly, the sound of the Zep, 18-and-older, Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. Shreveportbased “fuzz-folk” outfit Gashcat comes to the Spa City for a show at Maxine’s with Ghost Foot and Fitra, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. If you’ve been needing some work done on your teeth but your wallet is a bit light, the Arkansas State Dental Association Mission of Mercy could help, with free cleanings, fillings and extractions, with no eligibility or income requirements. It’s first-come, first-served and open to children and adults. Spanish translators are available. All children must be accompanied by a guardian, Henderson State University, Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. The 69th Annual Arkansas Writers’ Conference includes keynote speaker Deborah Mathis, Laura Parker Castoro and many more, Holiday Inn Presidential, 8 a.m. May 31, 7:30 a.m. June 1, $30 per day.
Downtown Music Hall hosts the Help Harper Benefit Show, a benefit for the family of the late Brandon Helms, with performances from Becoming Saints, Vail, Descended from Wolves, Rawhead, Lifer and Tides of Anareta. 7 p.m. Discovery hosts rapper MIMS, with DJ Feelgood, Cain da Ladies Man and more, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10 before midnight, $15 after. It’s time to bust out the spandex and the extra-strength hairspray, because Hot Lix is bringing all the hairmetal hits you love to Stickyz for an 18-and-older show, 9:30 p.m., $6. Revolution hosts an evening of outre rock debauchery, with Androids of Ex-Lovers, Ginsu Wives and Booyah! Dad, 9 p.m., $7 21 and older, $10 18-20.
The Hot Springs Music Festival kicks off two weeks of classical music performances Sunday, including 20 concerts and more than 250 open rehearsals at venues all over the city. Check HotMusic.org for full schedule. Through June 15. www.arktimes.com
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4 Elementz (headliner), Dean Agus (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Flobots, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Flint Eastwood, Big Dam Horns. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12. 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. Jason and the Punknecks. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through : 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, through June 27: 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. newks.com. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. senor-tequila.com. Spring Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through June 1, $12 per day, $12 for overnight camping. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501662-4918. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. This Holy House. The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Wakarusa. Featuring Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, STS9, Snoop Lion and more. Mulberry Mountain, -June 2, $150-$660. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark. www.wakarusa.com.
Christine Stedman, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m.; through June 1, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600. woodlawnshoppes.blogspot.com.
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DAWN PATROL: Night Ranger brings the pop-metal hits to Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater Saturday night, 7 p.m., $50-$60.
Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio Missions. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 31
Blake Ryan. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Brian Ramsey. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Chris DeClerk. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Class of ‘87. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. www.1620savoy.com. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Gashcat, Ghost Foot, Fitra. Maxine’s, 8 p.m.,
$5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Iron Tongue (album release), Opportunist. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. JD. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock. Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef, Mo Brothers. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Keith Sykes Weekend. Featuring Keith Sykes, Dickey Lee, Roger Cook, Buzz Cason, Larry Joe Taylor, Jed Zimmerman, Grace Askew, Michael Hearne, Nancy Apple, Spider Murphy. Arlington Hotel, May 31, 8 p.m.; June 1, 10:30 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m., $60 (full pass). 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Kinky Friedman in A Benefit for WingSpur Wild Horses. Argenta Community Theater, 8 p.m., $30 (tax-deductible). 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. Nickle Biscuit. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Red Devil Lies, Switchbach. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. Crush Wine Bar, 9 p.m., $10-$15. 318 Main
St., NLR. 501-374-9463. www.facebook.com/ pages/North-Little-Rock-AR/Crush-WineBar/125442286602. Spring Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through June 1, $12 per day, $12 for overnight camping. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501662-4918. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. montegocafe.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Third Degree (headliner), Steve Bates (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through June 1, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com. Zoso -- The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com.
Christine Stedman, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, through June 1, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com. The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501372-1228. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
2013 Arkansas State Dental Association Mission of Mercy. Free cleanings, fillings and extractions, with no eligibility or income requirements. First-come, first-served, open to children and adults. Spanish translators available. All children must be accompanied by a guardian. Henderson State University, May 31-June 1, 6 a.m. 1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia. www. arkansasmissionofmercy.org. Arkansas Local Food Network’s Southern Roots: An Evening of Local Food and Farmers. Oxford American, 6-9 p.m., $60. 1300 Main St. arlocalfoodnetwork.org. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi Hooks. Dickey-Stephens Park, May 31, 7:10 p.m.; June 1, 7:10 p.m.; June 2, 2:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Alize. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Androids of Ex Lovers, Ginsu Wives, Booyah! Dad. Revolution, 9 p.m., $7 21 and older, $10 18-20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Bad Years, Crooked Roots, The Canehill Engagement. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Brian Ramsey. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See May. 31. Exit 123. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Help Harper Benefit Show. Benefit for the family of Brandon Helms, with Becoming Saints, Vail, Descended from Wolves, Rawhead, Lifer, Tides of Anareta. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Hot Lix. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com. Jam Rock Saturday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. 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. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Keith Sykes Weekend. See May. 31. Kinky Friedman in A Benefit for WingSpur Wild Horses. White Water Tavern, 8 p.m., $30 (tax-deductible). 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Mayday by Midnight. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. cregeens.com. MIMS, DJ Feelgood, Cain da Ladies Man. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10 before midnight, $15 after. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. www.latenightdisco.com.
Christine Stedman, Tommy Thompson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com. The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. thejointinlittlerock.com.
Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www. arstreetswing.com.
2013 Arkansas State Dental Association Mission of Mercy. See May. 31. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Salutes the Troops. Golf tournament is $300 per four-man team. Fundraiser for Arkansas military families also includes games and children’s activities and a concert at 7 p.m. with Riverbilly Band and Tragikly White. Greystone Country Club, 7:30 a.m., free. 57 Greystone Blvd., Cabot. 501-941-4444. www. golfgreystonecc.com. CAR’s 9th Annual Corazon Event. Art auction to benefit the Center for Artistic Revolution.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi Hooks. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 1, 7:10 p.m.; June 2, 2:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
69th Annual Arkansas Writers’ Conference. Includes keynote speaker Deborah Mathis, Laura Parker Castoro and more. Holiday Inn Presidential, 7:30 a.m., $30 per day. 600 I-30. 501375-2100. www.arkansaswritersconference.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Cold World, Tough Luck, Pit of Vice, Bitter Times, Victim of Pain, Crimewave. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownmusichall.com. Hot Springs Music Festival. Classical music festival featuring 20 concerts and more than 250 open rehearsals at venues all over Hot Springs. Check website for full schedule. Downtown Hot Springs, June 2-15. Central Avenue, Hot Springs. hotmusic.org. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Little Rock Wind Symphony’s Chamber Players: “Sunday Serenade.” St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3 p.m., $8-$10. 2223 Durwood Road. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. www.lonestarsteakhouse.com. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
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Sustainability Weekend. Arkansas Craft School and Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT classes at Tomahawk Creek Farm, 10 miles southeast of Mountain View, include earth oven building, dyeing, organic skincare, fermented foods,straw bale gardening, hydroponics. Check websites for more information. Mountain View square, through July 2. Mountain View, Mountain View. 870-269-8397. www.arkansascraftschool. org;www.meadowcreeklink.com.
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Boswell-Mourot Fine Art, 6 p.m. 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-664-0030. www.boswellmourot.com. CARTI Tour de Rock. Fundraising bicycle ride for CARTI, with family rides and advanced courses. Burns Park, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., $35-$40. 2700 Willow St., NLR. 501-791-8537. Cheetah Chase 5K/1K. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $25. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www. littlerockzoo.com. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Millie M. Brooks Library opening. With games, a puppet show and more. Millie M. Brooks Library, 10 a.m. 13024 Hwy. 365 S., Wrightsville. Scott Connections 15th Annual Spring Dinner. Proceeds support Scott Settlement. Home of Robin Orsi, 5-8 p.m., $65. 11631 Rob Bell Road, Scott. Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis. With 1.4mile walk, live entertainment, children’s activities, fire trucks and more. Clinton Presidential Center, 5-7 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-1699. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
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69th Annual Arkansas Writers’ Conference. Includes keynote speaker Deborah Mathis, Laura Parker Castoro and more. Holiday Inn Presidential, May 31, 8 a.m.; June 1, 7:30 a.m., $30 per day. 600 I-30. 501-375-2100. www.arkansaswritersconference.org.
New Era Saturdays. 21-and-older. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m., $5 cover until 11 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Night Ranger, Firehouse. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 7 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. fcl.org. Playing with Karma, Calcabrina, Minerva, Turdy Jones. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Rare Remedy, Dam Johnson’s, Fortune N Flames, My Brother My Friend. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Sam Walker. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www. latenightdisco.com. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Spring Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through, $12 per day, $12 for overnight camping. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-6624918. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. William Furry, Bill Rintz and John Van Orman. Farm-to-table dinner ($35) starts at 5 p.m. Call 870-269-8397 for reservations. Tomahawk Creek Farm, 7 p.m., $10. 543 Cochran Road, Mountain View.
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RIVERFEST 2013 PHOTOS BY BRIAN CHILSON
iverfest 2013 went off more or less without any hitches. Aside from a relatively brief downpour late Sunday afternoon, the weather was perfect, especially compared to the much hotter temperatures last year. Riverfest board member Kelley Bass told the Times that attendance this year was 252,000, the highest in four years. Several of the vendors reported that they had good sales, Bass said. Times photographer Brian Chilson, tireless as ever, provided us with hundreds of great photos of all the music, food and fun.
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A reminder from our friends at Golden Eagle of Arkansas: Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Golden Eagle encourages everyone to use a designated driver over holiday weekends as well as any and every time alcohol is part of your party plans.
It’s “Pay What You Can Night” at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Be among the first to catch Avenue Q in advance of opening night on June 7. Called “an ingenious combination of ‘The Real World’ and ‘Sesame Street,’” by The New Yorker, it’s an adults-only, laugh-out-loud show that closes out the Rep’s season. Avenue Q runs through June 30. For ticket information and show times, visit www.therep.org.
J U N EF UN! Food, Music, Entertainment and everything else that’s
The Arkansas Arts Center hosts a member reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the muchanticipated exhibit, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London. The event will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. The exhibit opens on June 7 and runs through September 8. Visit www.arkarts.com for more info. n Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs hosts the first in its series of “Glorious Glass” Garden Parties from 6-8 p.m. The event showcases the new Splash of Glass exhibit, featuring unique art by James Hayes. A delicious Tex-Mex meal will be provided by Bleu Monkey and libations, including signature margaritas, will be served at the cash bar. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. For a schedule of upcoming garden parties, visit www.garvangardens.org.
Live on the Levee welcomes Bobby Rush with special guests Tyrannosaurus Chicken to historic Cherry Street in downtown Helena-West Helena. Admission is $30. Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 870-338-8327. n The new exhibit “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” opens at the Old State House and will showcase the state’s ties to Hollywood through movies and television. Visit www.oldstatehouse.com for more info.
opens at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. A comedy set in the Great Depression, the play follows a traveling family of musicians who believe the show must go on. The show runs through July 20. For tickets and show times, visit www. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
Celebrity Attractions brings Jersey Boys to Robinson Center Music Hall. This 2006 Tony Award-winning musical showcases Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. Recommended for mature audiences. For tickets and show times, visit www.celebrityattractions.com.
Springs Blues Festival
featuring an impressive lineup of headliners, including The Nighthawks, Cedric Burnside, The Chicago Blues Revue, EG Knight, Victor Wainwright and many more. Weekend passes are now on sale online at www. eurekaspringsblues.com.
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre hosts BrewHaHa with pizza and beer in the Main Lobby at 6 p.m. in advance of the 7 p.m. performance of Avenue Q. For tickets, visit www.therep.org.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
returns to the Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs as part of the park’s summer concert series. Additional acts taking the stage this summer include Night Ranger with Firehouse (June 1); Easton Corbin (June 8); Building 429 (June 14); TobyMac (June 15); and Little Big Town (June 22). Concerts are free with admission. Visit www.magicsprings.com for details.
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The 10th annual Conway Pride Parade and Festival takes place from
2-6 p.m. The parade begins at the Pink House (1605 Robinson Avenue) and continues to Simon Park (805 Front Street) where there will be live music by local entertainers.
Celebrate the Grape takes place at
the Argenta Farmers Market space from 6-9 p.m. The festival features hundreds of varieties of wine plus food from Argenta Market, Reno’s, Crush Wine Bar, Café Bossa Nova and more. Sponsored by the Arkansas Times and presented by Mercedes of Little Rock, Riverside Subaru and EGP Certified Accountants, the event is $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. For tickets, visit celebratethegrape2013.eventbrite.com.
Don’t miss the Eureka
The Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) presents the 9th annual Corazon Heart-Art Auction at Boswell Mourot Fine Art at 6 p.m. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. with proceeds benefitting CAR and its programs, including outreach for LBGTQ youth, ages 13-22. For more information, visit www. artisticrevolution.org or call 501-244-9690. Boswell Mourot is located at 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. n Run like a big cat at the Cheetah Chase 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Little Rock Zoo. The race courses through Hillcrest before returning to the zoo where participants will enjoy free admission to the zoo. Runners are encouraged to dress-up in fun, family-friendly, animal-themed attire for a chance to win best costume. Preregistration is $25. Day-of registration is $35. For more info, visit www.littlerockzoo.com.
The Museum of Discovery hosts Tinkerfest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event features more than 40 activities involving “tinkering,” ranging from dissembling a car to creating costumes out of cardboard to having a 3D replica of yourself turned into an animated comic book strip. Admission is free for museum members. For nonmembers, it’s $10 for adults and $8 for children. n Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts the annual Juneteenth celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For the latest on this upcoming event, visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com.
Military night sponsored by budweiser
at Dickey Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Come out and support our troops and root on the Travs! $1.00 tickets for military and their families with military ID. First 250 people 21 and over will receive Budweiser hats and koozies. Friday, June 28th at 7:10 p.m.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre performances throughout June: Much
Ado About Nothing at The Village at Hendrix on June 6th; Oliver! in Reynolds Perf Hall on June 12th; King Lear in Reynolds on June 20th; and Midsummer Night’s Dream in Reynolds on June 26th.
MILITARY NIGHT Sponsored By
Come out and support our troops and root on the Travs! $1.00 tickets for military and their families with military ID. First 250 people 21 and over will receive If you’re looking for a good reasonBudweiser to hit the this summer, make hatsroad and koozies. plans to attend the Bentonia Blues Festival in Friday, June 28thon AtJune 7:10 15 p.m. At Dickey Stephens Park In North Little Rock. Yazoo County, Mississippi. The festival began in 1972 on a farm just up the road from the world-famous Blue Front Cafe. Since that time, the festival has grown from an attendance of a couple hundred to nearly 10,000. Performers include Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, David Raye, Shane Pruitt Band, Spider Murphy and Val McKnight and more. Admission is $10 and includes free parking. For more info, “like” Bentonia Blues Festival on Facebook.
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10th Annual Conway Pride. Includes vendors, entertainment, live music and more. The Pink House, 1 p.m. 1605 Robinson Ave., Conway. Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. thebernicegarden.org. Little Rock Full Figure Fashion Week(end): The Wiz of the Runway. At the Donaghey Ballroom, with local and national designers of full-figured fashion. UALR, 7 p.m., $20-$35. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-541-8796. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.
Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. www.littlerocksalsa.com.
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Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Made in the Market cooking class. In the Bill and Margaret Clark Room. Call for reservations River Market, 6-8 p.m., $25. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi Hooks. Dickey-Stephens Park, 2:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www. travs.com.
Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 2. Irish Traditional Music Session. “SloPlay” begins at 6 p.m. Public session begins at 7 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Monday of every month. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Northern Faces, HRVRD. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theater preview of “Oliver!” Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. fcl.org. Hot Rod Power Tour. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Noon-7 p.m., Free admission, $90 to register a vehicle. 2600 Howard St. 877413-6515. www.hotrod.com.
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Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 2. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Lilly Hiatt, Mark Currey, Cliff Hutchison. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock.com. Lust for Teens, Pharmakon, Puce Mary. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Open Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. ferneaurestaurant.com. The See. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www.bearsdenpizza.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The
“Love Free or Die.” Laman Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www. lamanlibrary.org.
CAR Presents The Ninth Annual Corazón Heart-Art Auction Boswell-Mourot Fine Art
5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. little rock saturday, June 1 Preview Party at 6pm silent Auction Begins at 7pm For more information, please contact CAR at 501.224.9690 Facebook: Center For Artistic Revolution www.ArtisticRevolution.org email@example.com All proceeds go to support CAR and its programs such as the DYSC program for LGBTQ youth ages 13-22, the LMH Drop-in Center, the only such space for LGBTQ youth in Arkansas, Safe Schools and much more.
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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 2. Jazz in the Park: Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www.montegocafe.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. montegocafe.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. ferneaurestaurant.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local comedians of the comedy collective Comedi ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. uarkbowl.com.
Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 7 p.m., $4 for members, $7 for guests. 12th & Cleveland CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
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Legacies & Lunch: Bill Carter. Main Library, 12 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. www.cals.lib.ar.us.
Wednesday Night Poetry. 21-and-older show. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909. maxineslive.com/shows. html.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER
“Avenue Q.” The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through June 30: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. www. therep.org. “The Laramie Project.” Lantern Theatre, May 30-June 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 2, 5:30 p.m., $10. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. www.conwayarts.org/index.html. “Steel Magnolias.” Comedy about six Southern women who meet at a local beauty parlor to discuss their lives. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through June 9: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
RUSSELLVILLE RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: Oils by members of the Lemley House Art Guild, opens with reception 1-3 p.m. June 2, show through June 28. 479-968-2452.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational” through June 7. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 in cash and awards. For more information, go to www.fsram.org/exhibitions.
More art listings can be found in the calendar at www.arktimes.com
NEW EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: Lecture “Kenwood: From Guinness to Gainsboroughs,” by Julius Bryant, 6-7 p.m. June 6, $10, free to members; exhibition “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” paintings from the Iveagh Bequest, opens the following day; “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; works by Museum School instructors in jewelry and small metals, Museum School Gallery, through June 2; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5816 Kavanaugh Blvd.: 9th annual “Corazon Heart-Art Auction,” benefit for the Center for Artistc Revolution, preview 6 p.m., auction 7 p.m. June 1, more information at 244-9690; “Arkansas Artists & Their Works,” sculpture by Andy Huss, raku vessels by Winston Taylor, collaborative works by Megan Chapman and Stewart Bremner, paintings by Missy Wilkinson. 664-0030. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Go West Young Man,” through June, drawing for free giclee 7 p.m. June 20. 660-4006. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Stirring the Soul of History,” newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams, unveiling 5:30-8 p.m. May 30 in celebration of museum’s 5th anniversary, third floor auditorium; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY I, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., and STEPHANO’S II, 1813 N. Grant St.: New artists Shelby Brewer,
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HOT SPRINGS TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORARY SALON OF FINE ART, 204 Exchange St.: Champagne reception in honor of Carolyn Taylor’s retirement 1-5 p.m. June 2, all purchases 25 percent off. 501-624-0516.
The Thea Foundation is registering for its July art camps for 3rd-6th graders and 7th-9th graders with teacher Christy Langenhammer. Session I runs July 8-11 and 15-18 and Session II runs July 22-25 and July 29-Aug. 1. Limit is 15 a class and tuition is $100. Registration deadline is July 3. For more information, go to theafoundation.org/theas-art-class.
Angela Turney, V.L. Cox, John Kushmaul, Cyndi Yeager, Aaron Caldwell, Char DeMoro and Jennifer Wilson. 614-7113.
BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: 22nd annual “Southern Watercolorists Special Open Membership Exhibit,” through June 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Dream Weavers.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. 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,” juried exhibition, through June 28. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221, 2nd and Center Sts.: “A Spring Celebration,” featured artist Gino Hollander, through May. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Prehistoric Daydreams,” recent work by Brad Cushman and Amy Edgington, through July 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Kinfolk and the Apothecary Dream,” drawings and collages of the artist’s family with images of the Elaine race riot by Angela Davis Johnson, through June. 663-2222. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Glennray Tutor, Pinkney Herbert, Guy Bell, Ed Rice, John Hartley, Robyn Horn, Daniel Blagg, Rebecca Thompson and CONTINUED ON PAGE 38
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Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London
arkarts.com Rembrandt van Rijn Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1665 Oil on canvas 45 3/4 x 38 1/4 in. Kenwood House, English Heritage, Iveagh Bequest (88028836) Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts
become a member of the arkansas arts center today and enjoy a free members-only preview and reception on june 6 at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and English Heritage and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Artsand the Humanities with additional funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane. This event is presented in Arkansas by Bank of the Ozarks, Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. and the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The event is sponsored in Arkansas by Chucki and Curt Bradbury, Sandra and Bob Connor, Remmel T. Dickinson and Lisenne Rockefeller.
Garden Parties Bleu Monkey June 6 • 6 p.m. “Margaritas & Tex-Mex” $30 members / $35 non-members Reservations required: call 501-262-9300
Smokin’ in Style July 11 • 6 p.m. “Beer & BBQ” $30 members / $35 non-members Reservations required: call 501-262-9300
Beers to 40 Years The Friends of KLRE/KUAR Board of Directors invite you to a special fundraising party to celebrate 40 years of public radio in central Arkansas.
Thursday, May 30th 6 – 9 pm Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock Proceeds from the “Beers to 40 Years” Anniversary Celebration will support the 40th Anniversary Equipment Fund. Tickets cost $40 and are available at kuar.org
Open 9–6 Daily • 550 Arkridge Road 800-366-4664 • garvangardens.org www.arktimes.com
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Netflix pix: revenge! BY DAVID KOON
s there anything more satisfying than “ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” watching a character take a just and (1968): Sergio Leone’s return to spaghetti righteous revenge on someone who westerns after he sank into retirement, has smugly screwed them over at some “Once Upon a Time in the West,” is a deep, time in the past? Not in this writer’s book. I complicated film about brutality, the desire love the cinema of revenge, and Netflix In- for revenge and how that dog can turn its stant happens to have a crop of Revengers teeth on us if we aren’t careful. Central to that includes some of the best ever made: the plot is a late-career Henry Fonda, tossing off his good-guy persona in favor of “OLDBOY” (2003): A third of Korean playing the villainous Frank, a hired gun director Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance for the railroad. After Frank commits the Trilogy, “Oldboy” tells the tale of office mass murder of a holdout landowner and drone Oh Dae-Su. After a drunken night his family, he is pursued by an unnamed, out with friends, Oh Dae Su is scooped up harmonica-playing gunfighter played by by mysterious men. When he wakes up, Charles Bronson. Harmonica, it turns out, he’s in what appears to be a windowless has spent his whole life on a samurai-like hotel room with an iron door. He spends quest that I won’t spoil for you. That quest the next 15 years there, in near-total con- soon comes to an end in the dusty town finement. In that time, Oh Dae-Su trains of Flagstone. Though “Once Upon a Time his body and mind, readying himself to in the West” was too complicated to be a both take revenge and solve the mystery hit at the time of its release, it has since of why he was kidnapped. When he finally been recognized as Leone’s masterpiece, gets out, he does both, but doesn’t like and maybe the best Western of all time. what he finds at the end of his quest. Win- The sweaty, complex and dirty world of ner of the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes iffy morality is a nice place to visit, but Film Festival, “Oldboy” is a truly amaz- you definitely wouldn’t want to live there. ing, heartbreaking film, part mystery, part action flick, part tragedy. Easily one of OTHERS: the best revenge flicks ever made, it also “MEMENTO” (2000): Guy Pearce stars in contains one of the best action sequences director Christopher Nolan’s brain-bendever conceived: Oh Dae-Su laying the beat- ing revenge tale about a former insurance down on maybe 50 guys in a hallway using investigator who is searching for the man only a claw hammer. A word to the squea- who raped and killed his wife. The trick is, mish, however: While “Oldboy” is excel- due to a head injury, the guy can’t make lent, Seoul ain’t Hollywood. If you can’t new memories. Just to save you some constomach involuntary tooth pulling, live fusion: half the film (in black and white) octopus eating, and/or one of the most runs forward, while the other half (in shocking, taboo-demolishing endings in color) skips backwards. One of the most modern film, look elsewhere. mind-blowing twists in film is on tap when those two timelines collide in the middle. “THE CROW” (1994): In this dark, comic book-inspired action flick, the late Bran- “CARRIE” (1976): Brian De Palma’s disdon Lee stars as Eric Draven, an up-and- turbing take on the debut novel by Stecoming rock-and-roll frontman who lives phen King, with Sissy Spacek playing in what appears to be a heavily-stylized bullied, socially-crippled high schooler Detroit. A year after Eric and his comely Carrie White. Little do her tormentors girlfriend are murdered by cartoonish know, Carrie can move things with her organized crime figures looking to drive mind, and when they push her over the them out of their apartment building, Eric edge during what is supposed to be her rises from the grave with the help of a time to shine as prom queen, the telekimysterious crow, slathers on some white netic shit hits the fan. warpaint and skintight leather, and goes on a roaring, semi-immortal rampage “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE” (1978): As against those who put him in the ground. bloody and brutal as 1970s grindhouse Though Lee’s acting is mostly wooden, cinema gets, “I Spit on Your Grave” isn’t he’s physically a dynamo, and did a lot of for the faint of heart, but it is interesting to his stunts (one of which led to his death look at as a kind of primal scream against when a gun that was supposed to be fir- sexual violence and the victim-blaming ing blanks was loaded with a real bullet). that was commonplace in rape cases at the Though it’s not great cinema, it’s definitely time. It’s the story of a young writer who satisfying, with a romantic, supernatu- is gang-raped by a group of hayseeds after ral storyline and a dynamite early ’90’s renting a cabin in the middle of nowhere. punk and alt-rock soundtrack. Definitely Narrowly escaping with her life, she exacts a guilty pleasure. a terrible sort of justice.
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Many thanks to
Representative Warwick Sabin and Senator Jon Woods
for sponsoring The Ethics Amendment (Issue 3) and the 2013 General Assembly for referring it to be voted on at the November 4, 2014 general election.
SENATOR JON WOODS
REPRESENTATIVE WARWICK SABIN
Here are the five things Issue 3 does: 1. Prohibits campaign contributions from corporations and unions 2. Prohibits members of the general assembly from becoming a lobbyist until two years after they leave office 3. Bans gifts from lobbyists to members of the general assembly and all constitutional officers 4. Prohibits the members of the general assembly from setting their own salaries and establishes an independent citizens commission to set the salaries 5. Modifies the term limits for members of the general assembly
AFTER DARK, CONT. others, through July 9. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Beautiful Uprising,” new woodcuts by LaToya Hobbs, through June 8. 372-6822. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Robin Parker, featured artist for May. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “Relic,” new work by Emily Galusha, also work by Lisa Krannichfeld and Dan Thornhill. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: “Cityscapes,” paintings by Marty Smith; gourds by Dawn Clark.
STUDIOMAIN, 1423 Main St.: “From Bauhaus to Our Haus,” 20th century architecture. TERRY HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY, 7th and Rock Sts.: “Learning to See: Students of Stephen Cefalo,” 46 figurative works by the artist’s students at UALR and the Arts Center, through June 2. 765-7688. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Sacred Symbols in Sequins,” sequined Vodou flags, banners, portraits, bottles, through July 26, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977.
FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “MFA Group Exhibition,” through July 19, work in a variety of media.
BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American
HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Sheliah Halderman, Teresa Widdifield, paintings, through May. 501-623-6401. BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.:
Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.
“Ra ku (noun): Definition — pleasure/comfort/ contentment,” ceramics by Kelly Edwards; new work by Mark Hatfield, through May. 501318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas’ Historic Structures,” work from the “Plein Air Festival,” through May. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Splash of Glass: A James Hayes Art Glass Installation,” 225 pieces of art glass in 13 areas of the garden, through September. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 501-262-9300. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: “Fresh Paint,” new work by René Hein, Dolores Justus, Rebecca Thompson and Emily Wood, through June 1. 501-321-2335. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Fabio Inverni, paintings. 501-318-4278. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 626 Central Ave.: “Hot Springs Plein Air Festival Exhibition,” through June 2. 501-624-0489.
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yths, rumors and supposed rules about wine abound: Wines with corks are better than those with screw caps. Wine gets better with age, and must be expensive to be worth drinking. For the inexperienced and unknowledgeable, these fallacies can be intimidating turn-offs. Even casual wine drinkers may not know as much as they think. Learning a few basics can lead to a better understanding and an appreciation for one of the finer things in life. “Sometimes the rules and snobbery around wine can be pretentious,” said Clark Trim, owner of Colonial Wine & Spirits in Little Rock. Before individuals let perceived pretentions interfere with their learning and enjoyment, he recommends that individuals “keep an open mind about trying new things and broaden their wine experience slowly and comfortably.” “Many find themselves in social situations associated with work, or just with family and friends, and suddenly are responsible for ordering wine for dinner or special occasions. It can be an intimidating process. By learning a little about wine, basic rules of pairing wines with foods and the tasting process, the experience will become more comfortable and impressive to your guests.” First and foremost, individuals should drink what they like. For the novice looking to discover their likes and dislikes, some good
“starter” wines include riesling, moscato, Chenin blanc and Rosa di Rosa, Trim said. Before buying a whole bottle, he recommends finding a wine store that offers tastings or joining a wine tasting club. “Above all remember, if you don’t try, you will never know what you might be missing out on that you really, really like,” he said. Good wines are available at all price points, so it’s important to have a budget in mind when wine shopping. And, don’t be shy about asking questions and for recommendations within that budget from staff at wine stores. “There are no dumb questions,” Trim said. “Don’t worry about the correct pronunciation. Words like ‘Gewurztraminer’ are difficult, but don’t let them be intimidating. Wine is about enjoyment and fun.”
CORKS V. SCREW CAPS
A common myth is that wines with screw caps are not as good as wines with corks. Wines that are aged or that will be stored in a cellar for years should have corks, while screw caps are used for wines that will be consumed soon after bottling. Because of over-harvesting, good-quality cork has become more expensive and difficult to obtain in recent years, leading some wineries to turn to screw caps or cork alternatives, like plastic, Trim said.
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“Consumers are beginning to understand screw caps now, and there is not nearly the negative connotations associated with them as four to five years ago,” he said. Screw-cap wines are best for everyday drinking and are easy to open. Opening wine with a cork is a little trickier. The proper way, Trim said is to start with a “nice and clean” cut of the foil around the neck to reveal the cork. Tilt the corkscrew about 45 degrees from the bottle and place the tip in the center of the cork. Turn the corkscrew clockwise and bring it upright; continue until the edge of the tool is on the lip of the bottle. Apply an upward motion to slowly remove the cork from the bottle.
“Pouring is an art practiced by professionals and enthusiasts,” Trim said. “The thing I find important is confidence, control and style.” When pouring, the bottle should be held with the bottom just below the rim of the glass. Gently raise the bottom of the bottle until wine flows slowly and carefully. Slow pouring can eliminate drips and help judge how much wine is in the glass. A 750-mililiter bottle of wine should provide five, 5-ounce servings. There is also much discussion about whether the bottle should ever touch the glass. Trim said he prefers the two not to touch, but has seen it happen in restaurants all over the world. A few other things to remember is to pour slowly, only fill a glass about three-quarters full or less and always make sure the bottle’s label can be seen – “be proud of what you are serving and show it off,” he said.
WINE & FOOD PAIRINGS
We’ve all heard that certain wines must be enjoyed with certain foods. While there is some truth to that, it is not an absolute. What’s most important is that wine and food are in harmony. “One should not overpower the other. It should complement,” Trim said. “If you have spent a day or more planning, shopping and preparing a nice meal, you don’t want to choose a wine that will overpower your culinary creation.” A good tip is to pair “like-styled food with the same styled wine,” Trim said. Some examples include hearty red wines with grilled or roasted beef, white wine with fish dishes and sweet wines with sweet foods. To get more confident in creating wine and food pairings, pay attention to how the two are served at restaurants.
HILLCREST SHOPPING & DINING POURING TIP A 750-mililiter bottle of wine should produce five, 5-ounce servings, but pouring this out consistently can be tricky. You must first know your glass. Practice by measuring out 5 ounces of water and pouring it into the wine glass. Make a mental note of what 5 ounces looks like in the glass, so that you can replicate it each time you pour wine. Remember that a proper pour does not go to the top of the glass.
Local wine merchants can also be a great resource for helping with food and wine pairings, he said. “Before you know it, you will become more and more comfortable coming up with interesting pairings,” Trim said.
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The most essential accessory is a good wine tool, or corkscrew. There are lots to choose from in all price ranges. Trim recommends a “waiters tool,” which includes both a corkscrew and foil cutter. Good glassware is also necessary to enjoying wine. Trim said size and shape of glasses can deliver “aromas and flavors precisely to the areas of the nose and palate that maximize the flavor experience of wine.” Having an array of different types of glasses is not practical for everyone, so Trim recommends a “pear-shaped bowl glass” for everyday wine enjoyment, and a fluted glass for Champagne or sparkling wine. A glass decanter for red wine is a great addition to a set of wine tools, though not essential to enjoying wine. Trim said decanting allows wine to air and speeds up the process of breathing, which can release the flavors and aromas. Other useful accessories include a vacuum sealer to store leftover wine, pouring disks to help stop drips and a server’s towel to catch drips. Much of Trim’s knowledge about wine came from his background in hospitality and living in Europe for 10 years, but he said the process of learning and discovery never ends. He continues traveling to wine regions all over the world, studying wines and techniques, and of course, tasting lots of wine along the way. “The journey from beginning to learn about and enjoy wine is one of never ending challenge and fun,” he said. “It’s a hard job, but as they say, someone has to do it.”
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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN is now open in the River Market. Long a Memphis-area staple, the restaurant expanded into Brentwood (outside of Nashville) last year and will open a new outlet in Austin later this year. The Little Rock location, at 300 President Clinton, held a soft opening last week. Our Eat Arkansas food blogger Michael Roberts stopped in for an early taste and said Gus’s lives up to the hype. “First bite was cayenne pepper, paprika, and the deep, clean taste of peanut oil. Second bite was all chicken, moist and flavorful without being heavy or greasy. Gus’s was a complete success, with even the tenderloin section of the breast winding up just as juicy as the top. This fried chicken actually tasted like chicken, and was a pleasure to eat even after the crust had been stripped away. And at around $7 a plate, this is easily the best meal deal in the River Market.” The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 372-2211.
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HAVE IT YOUR WAY: Mix and match fillings and sauces with Chuy’s custom enchilada plate.
Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s a hit Texas-sized portions, atmosphere appeal.
ex-Mex” is a term loosely thrown about in all parts of the country regardless of proximity or affiliation with the Lone Star State. Many have wrongly dismissed “Tex-Mex” as a catchall term for Americanized, low quality, cheese-and-chili heavy dishes only barely resembling their more authentic relatives. But if you buy into the notion that Tex-Mex is an entity unto itself, with a heritage and tradition distinguishing it from other iterations of Americanized or authentic Mexican food, then it’s reasonable to imagine that one of Texas’ most popular and farthest-reaching franchises might be able to shed some light on what exactly classic Tex-Mex is. And so, Little Rock welcomes its first branch of the Tex-Mex chain, Chuy’s — a favorite of many a Texan, and particularly a Longhorn, for more than 30 years now. Chuy’s does a fine job at capturing the essence of Tex-Mex cooking, serving up those dishes that have made this cuisine an endearing part of American culture. It’s a queso-soaked, beefloving, frozen-margarita world and although it’s only been a few weeks since this place opened its doors to
16001 Chenal Parkway 821-2489 QUICK BITE Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., Chuy’s offers happy hour featuring numerous specials — margaritas, martinis, and mojitos — and a clever little set-up it affectionately named the “nacho car.” Here, half of a classic automobile protrudes through one of the walls, its trunk open wide, with a complimentary do-it-yourself nacho bar contained within, featuring chips, queso, refried beans, ground beef, and salsa. It’s surprisingly good considering its complimentary nature — just do your best to not to fill up before you’re actually going to sit down for dinner, a task that’s not always easy to execute. HOURS 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO Credit cards accepted, full bar.
Arkansas, the masses are flooding in to get a taste of what Chuy’s has to offer. Chuy’s (pronounced “chewy’s”) strives to immerse diners in the entire Tex-Mex experience, with brightly-
colored, quirky (often bordering on weird) decor, hot flour tortillas, and a whole lot of cheese. Its servings are ample and combination platters monster-sized — if you leave Chuy’s hungry, you did something wrong. Chuy’s will start you off with a seemingly never-ending supply of chips and salsa. The thin, white corn chips are served hot and crisp — indeed, you can nearly always spot one of the staff making rounds throughout the restaurant, delivering fresh chips to any party running low. The salsa is a blend of fresh, whole tomatoes, jalapenos and lime juice. It’s a decent, but mild, salsa. In addition to the chips and salsa, it’s not a bad idea to start off with some of the chile con queso ($5.99). This house blend of melted cheeses is flavored by green chilies and fire-roasted tomatoes. It’s creamy and smooth, flavorful, and not heavy or waxy as other poorer versions of the cheese dip might be. Unfortunately, the house guacamole ($5.89) was a standard blend of avocado, tomato, onions and cilantro that was lacking in flavor. Lastly, there’s the creamy jalapeno ranch dip. The dip was tasty, and some at our table wanted to dip our entire meal in the stuff. It’s basically ranch dressing with a bit of spice, but it was a nice side to complement the salsa, cheese dip and guacamole already at the table. Perhaps no other dish typifies Tex-Mex more than enchiladas, and Chuy’s does well in this regard, offering cheese, ground beef and shredded chicken varieties. The menu touts a short list of around a half-dozen sauces to use to smother your enchiladas — the waitstaff will gladly bring you samples of each if you’re having trouble deciding. We went with the custom enchilada plate ($9.29), where we could mix and match fillings and sauces. The red chili with seasoned beef is a classic Tex-Mex combination — it’s a solid choice, spicy and thick, and makes a nice accompaniment to the cheese enchiladas. But we were more impressed with our chicken enchiladas, stuffed full of melted jack cheese, and topped with their “deluxe tomatillo” sauce — a creamy blend of tomatillos, cilantro, and sour cream. Chuy’s is also quite proud of its “Boom-Boom” sauce — a cheese-heavy sauce, with roasted New
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Mexican green chilies, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and lime juice. Though the name is a little corny, the concoction was excellent on both ground beef and shredded chicken enchiladas — rich, creamy and spicy, with a hint of citrus. Combination plates will always be a crowd pleaser among diners looking to get more variety in their meal, and Chuy’s offers plenty of gut-busting platters to satiate even the hungriest patrons. These Texassized plates are filled with any combination of tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, chalupas and tamales, and every plate is piled high with food, sometimes to the point of embarrassment. The “Elvis Presley Memorial Combo” ($10.69) is a solid option for anyone wanting to nab a few enchiladas with an added beef taco and tostada chips smothered in queso. We opted for the soft taco, which is particularly tasty — constructed from soft, handmade flour tortillas that may be the single greatest thing on the entire Chuy’s menu. You can watch through a glass window a small group of Latina women making them by hand and tossing them on a rotating flattop stove. The tacos are hefty but delightfully good, stuffed to the gills with seasoned beef, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Lastly, we could not resist the Baja tacos ($8.99), made with those fantastic flour tortillas, but this time filled with hot, freshly fried white fish. The fish was soft and flaky, with a crispy batter, accompanied by shredded red cabbage and creamy jalapeno dressing — we’d certainly order these again on a return visit. Chuy’s is certainly not “authentic” Mexican cuisine — nor is it trying to be. It’s not locally sourced, seasonal, or organic. It’s a chain — a lot of what you get is expected, but you can bank on it being consistent. It’s well staffed, its employees well trained, friendly, and welcoming. It’s reasonably priced and its portions will likely leave no one wanting for more. On the entryway doors, Chuy’s proudly displays the declaration, “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s,” and it’s clear this restaurant would like Central Arkansas to embrace it as its own, despite its Texan ancestry.
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ASHLEY’S The premier fine dining restaurant in Little Rock marries Southern traditionalism and haute cuisine. The menu is often daring and always delicious. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BELWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm at this lostin-time hole in the wall. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BL Mon.-Fri. BEV & GUY’S FISH & CHICKEN Seating is limited to eight, so customers might want to consider the carry-out option. This restaurant specializes in fried catfish fillets and chicken and all the trimmings. 3319 John Barrow Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-224-2981. L Fri.-Sat. D Thu., Sat., Sun. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items at Chris Bray’s delicatessen, which serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, stuffed potatoes and salads and sells the turkey spreads to go. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large wine list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine — olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. Happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-9463. D Mon.-Sat. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for wellcooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-7583516. D Tue.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are out of this world. The tree-shaded, light-strung deck is a popular destination. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXON ROAD BLUES CAFE Sandwiches, burgers and salads. 1505 W. Dixon Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-888-2233. BLD Mon.-Sat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 44
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fried chicken wings served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LE POPS GOURMET ICE LOLLIES Delicious, homemade iced lollies (or popsicle for those who aren’t afraid of the trademark.) 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-554-3936. L Mon.-Sat. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. Bread is baked in-house, and there are several veggie options. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. Killer jukebox. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and several meatand-two options for lunch and dinner. 202 Keightley Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ‘50s setting at today’s prices. 8026 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 11602 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. THE RELAY This grill offers a short menu, which includes chicken strips, French fries, hamburgers, jalapeno poppers and cheese sticks. 12225 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-4559919. LD daily. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty
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burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. Breakfast and Sunday brunch, too. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner and pub grub until the wee hours. But there’s no latenight food on Wednesday! 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in home style buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. It’s all-youcan-eat. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-375-3216. L Mon.-Fri. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-3344. LD daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken tenders and wings served fast. Better than the Colonel. 4500 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-907-0111. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-3242999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI High-quality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without. 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. BL Tue.-Fri., BLD Sat. (close at 5pm). WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-7665. L Fri.-Sun., D daily. WINGSTOP It’s all about wings. The joint features 10 flavors of chicken flappers for almost any palate. 11321 West Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9464. LD daily.
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A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent pan-Asian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8215398. LD daily. CHINA INN Massive Chinese buffet overflows with meaty and fresh dishes. 2629 Lakewood Village Place. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2288. LD daily. CURRY IN A HURRY Home-style Indian food with a focus on fresh ingredients and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. Try the Tom Kha Kai and white wine alligator. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-562-7900. LD daily. NEW CHINA A burgeoning line of massive buffets, with hibachi grill, sushi, mounds of Chinese food and soft serve ice cream. 4617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8988. LD daily. 2104 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1888. LD Mon.-Sun. PHO THANH MY The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. TOKYO HOUSE Defying stereotypes, this Japanese buffet serves up a broad range of fresh, slightly exotic fare as well as more standard shrimp and steak options. 11 Shackleford Dr. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-4286. LD daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 46
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CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. The sandwiches are basic, and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily.
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CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous hand-tossed New York style pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat.
THE ITALIAN KITCHEN AT LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro with excellent Italian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. PIZZERIA SANTA LUCIA A mobile pizza oven, imported from Italy, that churns out fine pies. 1401 S Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-666-1885. Various times. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-851-0880. LD daily. 3324 Pike Avenue. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-5997. LD daily. 4001 McCain Park Drive. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-2900. LD daily. 5524 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-5524. LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.
BROWNING’S MEXICAN GRILL Large, renovated space is a Heights hangout. Some holdover items in name only but recast fresher and tastier. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9956. LD daily, BR Sat-Sun. CANON GRILL Tex-Mex, pasta, sandwiches and salads. The varied main-course menu rarely disappoints, though it’s not as spicy as
competitors’. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2068. LD daily. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL Burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads are the four main courses of choice — and there are four meats and several other options for filling them. 11525 Cantrell Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-2210018. LD daily. COTIJA’S A massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, white cheese dip and sweet red and fiery-hot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. LA REGIONAL The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world. Bring your Spanish/English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily. LAS AMERICAS Guatemalan and Mexican fare. Try the hearty tamales wrapped in banana leaves. 8622 Chicot Road. $-$$. 501-565-0266. LD daily. PEPE’S Better than average Tex-Mex. Try the chicken chimichanga. 5900 W 12th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-296-9494. LD Mon.-Sat. SENOR TEQUILA Cheap, serviceable Tex-Mex. 2000 S University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-660-4413. LD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina. Freshly baked pan dulce, Mexican-bottled Cokes, first-rate guacamole, inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer, No CC. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA II Stand out taco truck fare, with meat options standard and exotic. 7521 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-744-0680. LD Tue.-Sun.
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Every Day Is Wine Day At Regular price $7.99 $7.49 $13.99
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We do our best to hold sale prices as long as possible (unless noted as a “Til It’s Gone...”) ITEMS Moon Mountain Citrus Vodka 750ml (’Til It’s Gone...) Malibu Sunshine L (’Til It’s Gone...) Smirnoff Sorbet Light 750ml (Mango-Passion Fruit, Raspberry-Pomegranate, Lemon) Rocktown Arkansas Lightening Apple Pie 750ml Sobieski Vodka 1.75L (’Til It’s Gone...) Luksusowa Vodka 1.75L Bulleit Rye & Straight Bourbon 750ml 360 Vodka 1.75L St. Brendan’s Irish Cream 1.75L Jagermeister 750ml Courvosier VS Cognac 750ml El Mayor Tequila Blanco 750ml 901 Tequila Blanco 750ml (’Til It’s Gone...) Jack Daniel’s 750ml Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum 1.75L Milagro Silver Tequila 750ml Knob Creek Bourbon 750ml Beefeater Gin 1.75L Chinaco Blanco & Reposado 750ml (’Til It’s Gone...) Stolichnaya Vodka 1.75L Glenlivet 750ml Balvenie Doublewood Scotch 750ml (’Til It’s Gone...) Gentlemen Jack 1.75L Glenlivet 1.75L
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REGULAR PRICE $17.99 $19.99
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Franzia 5L Box Our Franzia prices are already the lowest in town. Buy a case of 4 and get 10% off for even more savings! TOP TIER
Item Cabernet, Merlot
Closeouts, Inventory Reductions and Blowouts for new vintages
SALE PRICE $7.99 $9.99
$17.99 $16.99 $22.99 $29.99 $40.99
TIL IT’S GONE...
Items sale price Lindeman’s 750ml (Chardonnay) $3.99 Spanish Demon 750ml (Tempranillo) $3.99 The Skinny Vine 750ml (Chardonnay) $3.99 Be 750ml (Chardonnay, Pink Moscato, Riesling) $5.99 Bodega Elena 750ml (Chardonnay, Malbec) $5.99 Candoni 750ml (Chianti) $5.99 Heritages Cotes Du Rhone 750ml (Blanc, Rose) $5.99 Man Vintners 750ml (Chenin Blanc) $5.99 Rias Baixas 750ml (Albarino) $5.99 Silvae Tinto 750ml (Monastrell) $5.99 Wirra Wirra 750ml (Red Blend) $5.99 Haras 750ml (Carmenere) $7.99 Hob Nob 750ml (Pinot Noir) $7.99 Hogue Genesis 750ml (Riesling) $7.99 Robert Hall 750ml (Sauvignon Blanc) $7.99 Solane 750ml (Valpolicella) $7.99 Edna Valley 750ml (Cabernet) $9.99 Y3 Tareau 750ml (Red Blend) $11.99
middle TIER Chardonnay, White Grenache, White Merlot, White Zinfandel $15.99 LOWER TIER Chillable Red, Sunset Blush, Crisp White, Fruity Red Sangria $12.99 Everyday Specials Item SALE PRICE Black Box 3L Box (Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Moscato) $19.99
By CASE $15.29 $14.39 $11.69 REGULAR PRICE $23.99
NEW CRAFT BEERS TO THE MARKET
Catheral Sqaure Brewery Blue Pants Brewery Schlafly Brewing Company O’Fallon Brewery Green Flash Brewing Company Core Brewing Company (Springdale, AR) Prairie Artisan Ales
Tommyknocker Brewery Finch’s Beer Company Abbey Beverage Company Amigo’s (UK) Viru (Estonia) The Fort Collins Brewery
We still have all the other great craft beer favorites and all their new seasonal brews.
High Quality Selection For Our Mix-A-Six Program $8.99
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Items sale price Rex Goliath 750ml (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Malbec) $5.99 Liberty Creek 1.5L (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sweet Red, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio) $5.99 Gnarly Head 750ml (Merlot, Chardonnay) $5.99 Cellar 8 750ml (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio) $6.99 Cupcake 750ml (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Velvet, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Sweet Riesling) $9.99 Blackstone 750ml (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir) $7.99 Pennywise 750ml (Petite Sirah, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) $7.99 Leese-Fitch 750ml (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc) $7.99 Red Diamond 750ml (Temperamental Red Blend) $7.99 Clean Slate 750ml (Riesling) $7.99 Ménage à Trois 750ml (Red Blend, Rose, Pinot Grigio) $7.99 Domino 1.5L $7.99 (Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel) Hogue 750ml (Late Harvest Riesling) $8.99 Finca El Origen 750ml (Malbec) $8.99 Matua 750ml (Sauvignon Blanc) $9.99 Columbia Crest Grand Estates 750ml (Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay) $9.99 Apothic 750ml (Red Blend, White Blend) $9.99 14 Hands 750ml (Cabernet) $9.99 Clos Du Bois 750ml (Chardonnay, Red Blend) $9.99 Ecco Domani 750ml (Pinot Grigio) $9.99 Haraszthy 750ml (Zinfandel) $10.99 Rex Goliath 1.5L (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) $10.99 Clos Du Bois 750ml (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) $11.99 Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills 750ml $11.99 (Cabernet, Merlot, Le Chevaux Red Blend) Butternut 750ml (Chardonnay) $12.99 Il Conte 750ml (Moscato D’Asti, Stella Rosa, Stella Berry, Stella Peach) $12.99 7 Deadly Zins 750ml (Zinfandel) $12.99 Aqua Pumpkin 750ml (Chardonnay) $13.99 Parcel 41 750ml (Merlot) $13.99 Coppola Diamond Series 750ml $13.99 (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend) Cavit 1.5L (Pinot Grigio) $14.99 Schug 750ml (Pinot Noir) $15.99 Meomi 750ml (Pinot Noir) $19.99 Mer Soleil Silver (Ceramic Bottle) 750ml (Unoaked Chardonnay) $24.99
Lower prices everyday than most stores “Wine Day” discount price
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