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COMMENT ment of traditional outdoor activities, which is a loss of life as we’ve known it, in our little valley. Pam Fowler Jasper

Suggested dogma Hog stench ruins tradition By now, most of Arkansas knows about the factory hog farm of 6,500 pigs located in the Buffalo River watershed on Big Creek in Mt. Judea. You’ve read about the pollution and the threat to America’s first National River. But what you haven’t heard is how the C&H Hog Farm affects local people living at ground zero. Last week I took my mom and aunt to the old Sexton Cemetery in Mt. Judea. It’s a sweet tradition; they gather their whisk brooms and cleaning supplies and go to the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried, and sweep off and wash the headstones, remove last year’s decorations and replace them with their new, carefully selected flowers. They fuss over the flowers, trying to arrange them to their prettiest and secure them so a strong wind won’t blow them away. It’s more precious to me every year, watching their little crooked backs tending the resting places of their family and where they too will rest someday. We arrived at the cemetery, and it looked lovely. It was all mowed and manicured, with the big trees serenely shading the quiet plot of ground. I like coming here. My father and brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents, who were the first white people to settle in Big Creek Valley, are all buried here. If you could just take it all in with your eyes, it’d be a perfect scene; but we stepped out of the car to a horrendous and overwhelming stench of hog manure. It turned a wonderful tradition into an extremely unpleasant task. I had to tie a scarf over my face to breathe as we worked quickly to escape back into our car. Ordinarily we would stay a while after decorating and share memories or funny stories of our loved ones, or just quietly ponder and enjoy the sweet smell of blooming honeysuckle. But not this time. It seems our concerns have become a reality — truly sad indeed. This Memorial Day, I mourn not only our loved ones who have passed on, but also I mourn our loss of enjoy4

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I am a Catholic. I’ve heard arguments against homosexual relationships and gay marriage my whole life. While I appreciate the “hate the sin, not the sinner” rhetoric that attempts to promote love and not hate, I’m not sure the two sentiments are compat-

ible. I’m also not convinced that the Church’s anti-gay marriage stance isn’t based on fear and intransigence. So here’s what needs to happen. The standards that homosexuals are held to must be placed on all people. The Church says that a true marriage is between a man and a woman who are open to God’s gift of life. Sex is for procreation, and homosexuality is wrong because it will never lead to new life. What if a heterosexual couple cannot or will not have children? Catholics must work to ban all marriages that will not lead to

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childbearing. This includes marriage between couples where one or both are infertile or utilizing artificial birth control. Gay marriage is also decried because it is “unnatural” and goes against “tradition.” Sex using artificial birth control is by definition unnatural. And while methods of artificial birth control have been around throughout history (much like homosexual relations), they do not fit the Church’s definition of traditional. Banning these marriages will promote marriages the Church claims to be interested in. Or, we could all admit to the hypocrisy involved with bans on same-sex marriage and focus on the true moral issues our state faces: poverty, poor health and low educational attainment. Marisa Nelson Little Rock

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When Kenton Buckner, the Louisville assistant police chief who was hired last week to become Little Rock’s next chief, was in town for interviewing for the job, he talked of seeking out partners in the churches, the community, social service agencies and schools to address crime roots. At the public meeting at which he spoke, he touted work he’d done in Louisville in community policing. City Director Ken Richardson, who represents a neighborhood with a high crime rate, where a rising police substation on 12th Street could be a game-changer for the neighborhood, spoke highly after the visit of Buckner’s remarks on targeting at-risk kids and getting offenders back into productive roles. Buckner, who is black, also addressed the unhappiness in some parts of the black community about police tactics. He said he was a leader who’d admit mistakes and work on the healing process. “You hold me accountable,” he was quoted in the Arkansas DemocratGazette. That all sounds promising. Clip and save for later.

Still for alcohol Anybody who grew up out in the wilds of Arkansas knows that the only people “dry counties” benefit are bootleggers, county line liquor store owners, and the police departments who get to make DUI stops of those on the mass, 15-minutes-to-midnight Saturday night exodus to Schlitzburg. People who want to drink are going to drink, end of story, and our social experiment with Prohibition should have died with Eliot Ness and Al Capone. Instead, Arkansas is still a crazy quilt of wet and dry counties, a reality that serves no purpose other than to enrich a few and enforce the will of a mostly long-dead teetotaler minority that’s still imposing their Bible-ribbon-thin view of morality from the grave. A group spearheaded by Little Rock lawyer David Couch is currently collecting signatures on a petition to put a measure on the ballot that, if passed, would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 counties in the state. Sign it if you get the chance. It’s time.

Remember Nate Steel The car wreck that is the Republican primary runoff election between Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling has become hard to watch even for comedy’s sake. The candidates’ arguments have lately focused on matters almost wholly irrelevant to the office. Who loves guns more, for example. Or who has less regard for same-sex couples seeking equal rights under the law? Rutledge doesn’t miss an opportunity to mention Sterling’s legal work for a seller of online porn. Sterling doesn’t miss an opportunity to mention Rutledge’s occasional votes in Democratic primaries back in the day when there was little at issue in Republican primaries. Sterling is the worst candidate for his refusal to repudiate dark money support for his advocacy of a Kill the Witness (Stand Your Ground) law for gun homicide protection, but that doesn’t make Rutledge worth rooting for. 6

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oters motivated by religious beliefs are invariably sincere. But it doesn’t mean they aren’t useful foils. A couple of good examples concern drinking and gambling. Despite legislators’ frequent invocation of the religiosity of Arkansans, a resounding majority approved a state lottery. Arkansas was late to the party, one of the reasons it topped out in sales even sooner than expected. This has been a convenient whipping boy for the church lobby, led by the likes of that gay hate group, the Family Council. They’ve been busy stoking up opposition to lottery ideas to reinvigorate sales, such as by adding quick-play options, akin to keno. This fight is being waged in other states. Bipartisan legislation was recently passed in Minnesota to ban online gambling options. The governor vetoed the bill. The legislature may have been worried less about state predation than preventing new competition for existing gambling venues. It’s an interesting coincidence that the duopoly casinos in Arkansas — at Southland in West Memphis and Oaklawn in Hot Springs — recently commissioned a study to praise their economic contribution to the state while the lottery fights a battle with legislators to expand. It’s also interesting that Arkansas legislators are nearly apoplectic about some electronic lottery games but legislation to allow Internet gambling at the racinos passed with little protest. It’s also unsurprising. The tracks have used powerful lobbying and legal sophistry (slot machines are not slot machines but electronic games of skill) to enhance profits. But casinos, too, have to worry about overexposure. Harrah’s recently quit Tunica, Miss. You CAN have too much of a good thing. Two casinos in Arkansas is enough, the owners think. No need for the Arkansas Lottery to set up little mini-casinos in Arkansas shops and bars. You see similar themes at work when it comes to alcohol. About half the counties in Arkansas ban retail sale

of alcohol, even a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best. A Bible-thumping legislator also passed legislation to make it devilishly hard to vote a dry county wet — a high petition signature requirement. But MAX enough money and determinaBRANTLEY tion can get it done. Wet tions have succeeded in counties ranging from Clark to Benton. A group led by a former Walmart executive and the head of the retail grocers association is currently leading a drive to take some rich targets wet — Saline, Faulkner and Craighead. All three counties are damp, with “private clubs” galore selling drinks. The usual suspects are miffed. Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, a Baptist preacher on the side, was outraged that alcohol petitioning had occurred in Faulkner County without consulting him. He tried to discourage petitioning along about the time he got $4,000 in campaign contributions from Bruce Hawkins’ lobbying firm and its PAC, financed in part by his lobbying client, the Conway County Legal Beverage Association. That’s the Conway County booze and beer sellers. They profit immensely from bordering dry Faulkner. A lobbyist for Hawkins is an officer of a campaign formed to fight legal sales in Faulkner. The county line liquor stores across Arkansas are going to be busy trying to protect their multimilliondollar oases. The grocery retailers are joining a campaign for a constitutional amendment to allow sale of alcohol in all of Arkansas’s counties. I like its chances, given that the majority of Arkansans live in wet counties already. The churchmen and women will be prominent in opposition. But the political might and money will come from booze peddlers attempting to protect their turf and the politicians, like Rapert, that they support. Keep the faith. But follow the money.


Independent judiciary: Rapert doesn’t get it


hat do Alexander Hamilton, state Sen. Jason Rapert of Bigelow and the opinion editors at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette have in common? Not much. For two weeks, the statewide newspaper had given Pulaski Circuit Judge Chris Piazza as thorough a verbal whipping as you can lay on a judge for doing what the law requires him to do, decide lawsuits, after he held that state laws prohibiting legal recognition of same-sex partnerships violated their constitutional protections. Then Sunday the paper gave nearly two full pages of its opinion section to Rapert for an amazing screed against Piazza, the homosexual “lobby” and assorted critics of the senator. The giant piece — it ran to nearly 3,000 words and was decorated with patriotic art and headline (“We the People”) — began with Abraham Lincoln, closed with George Washington and along the way liberally invoked Thomas Jefferson, “the founding fathers” and Ronald Reagan. None of them ever had a word to say that bore on whether same-sex couples deserved to have legal protections or whether judges could

or ought to rule that they did. Notably missing was the one sainted historical figure who was relevant ERNEST to the whole DUMAS controversy. That is Hamilton, the greatest constitutionalist. He directed the writing of the Federalist Papers on the proposed constitution and wrote all the essays explaining the need for a coequal judicial branch with the power and will to review decisions of the other branches and to protect the rights of minorities. That is what the outsized controversy over Piazza’s decision is all about — whether courts have the power to annul laws passed by legislatures or by a majority of voters if they violate the Constitution. Rapert says courts don’t have that power and claims a good part of the legislature is in his corner. Hamilton established the power of judicial review in the most famous Federalist tract, the Supreme Court affirmed it in 1803 and thousands of courts have exercised the

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eceiving a bevy of attention in the aftermath of this year’s political primary season was the fact that Republican primary voters outnumbered those casting votes on the Democratic side for the first time ever (“for the first time since Reconstruction” was regularly misused, as primaries did not replace elitedominated party conventions until several decades later). No matter the distinctive elements of the 2014 cycle that prodded the turnout dynamics, it’s a noteworthy historical fact that marks the cementing of two-party competition in the state. Lost in the conversations about overall turnout patterns, however, were some important changes in the geographical sources for Republican primary votes. In 2006, fully one-third of Republican primary votes came from two counties in Northwest Arkansas: Benton and Washington. Four years later, the proportion of primary votes from those counties had dropped to one in four. This May, Benton and Washington counties accounted for just over 16 percent of GOP primary votes. To where did the voting power in the GOP primary electorate relocate? First, the fast-growing donut of counties around Pulaski; the three largest of those

counties (Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline) in 2014 accounted for slightly more votes than the two mega-counties of JAY Northwest ArkanBARTH sas. Second, areas of Northwest Arkansas developing as their own donut around Benton and Washington counties; booming subdivisions in Crawford and Franklin counties make them increasingly Republican. Third, the mostly rural counties running along the diagonal of counties from southwest to northeast jumping the Little Rock metropolitan area; Northeast Arkansas saw a particular increase in GOP activity in the Obama era. In short, aside from a handful of Delta counties, the Arkansas Republican party is now a statewide party. During the era when Northwest Arkansas dominated Republican primary voting, the state GOP was almost predestined to nominate candidates from that quadrant of the state. While there were exceptions to this rule (the most notable one being Mike Huckabee), the norm was for candidates to win party nominations on the strength of Northwest Arkansas and then have

power for two centuries. The newspaper’s position is not so clear on anything about Piazza’s decision except that he is incompetent and out of control. Uniformly, judges all across America for the past nine months have rendered the same decision, but it is safe to say none has gotten such a savaging as Piazza, a judge who has been elected to the bench for 23 years without a whiff of scandal and who enjoys a record of approval by superior courts that is about as unsullied as a trial judge can have. So what did Hamilton, who is honored above all the founders for his bravery, political principle and intellectual acuity, have to say about this mess? This, in Federalist 78: “The independence of the judges may be an essential safeguard against the effects of occasional ill humors in the society. These sometimes extend no farther than to the injury of the private rights of particular classes of citizens, by unjust and partial laws.” Does that describe the situation with same-sex partnerships just about perfectly? Piazza is not really the object of the screeds. The Arkansas Supreme Court is. The seven justices will decide the issue, perhaps as early as this winter but whenever it can no longer prolong the ordeal. The justices are all elected or else serving

interim appointments. The founders gave federal judges lifetime appointments, contingent on good behavior, to assure them of independence from the political branches and from the electorate. Some of the states, like Arkansas, disagreed with the founders on an independent judiciary and elect their judges. Will the Arkansas supremes get the message from the editorials and columns from the only statewide medium and from legislative screeds? You bet. Except those approaching 70, they are looking at re-election or, in the case of Justice Courtney Goodson, running for chief justice. Another new justice in January, Rhonda Wood, has bigger political ambitions. Can they afford to throw their careers on the rocks by legalizing same-sex marriages or civil unions? Twice in the last dozen years, the state Supreme Court has upheld the principle in Piazza’s decision, that the government cannot deny couples rights that others enjoy simply because they are of the same sex. Not one of the 10 justices who participated in those decisions said the government could punish couples for homosexual conduct or deny them adoption and foster-parenting privileges. The court has not always been so independent or, shall we say, courageous.

tremendous difficulty reaching beyond the region to access voters elsewhere in the state sufficient to win general elections. In 2006, for instance, state Sen. Jim Holt won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor with a healthy majority of the vote (beating former U.S. prosecutor Chuck Banks, a candidate with real general election appeal); Holt was swamped by Bill Halter. This year, Little Rock’s Tim Griffin won his own nomination for that office without a runoff and starts the general election campaign as a strong favorite, particularly because of his proven ability to win votes outside of Northwest Arkansas. The changing role of Northwest Arkansas in the GOP universe is important enough. Lurking just below the surface are social changes in that corner of the state that portend larger ramifications for electoral dynamics in Arkansas. Starting around 1980, burgeoning numbers of in-migrants to Northwest Arkansas for retirement and for jobs with companies such as Walmart and its suppliers brought with them economically and socially conservative attitudes that built upon a historical base of Republicanism in the region. As the jobs for Northwest Arkansas-based companies have become more technologically sophisticated, however, a new type of in-migrant has emerged to fill them. These members of the creative class help

to support the emerging cultural offerings orbiting the mammoth Crystal Bridges Museum complex. These creative types are voters who voted for President Obama in large numbers whether they were living in northern Virginia, Seattle, or, yes, Northwest Arkansas. For years, Democrats have known that making some inroads into Northwest Arkansas was crucial to the party’s longterm standing in the state. Many thought that mobilization of Latino voters could be the key to turning the tide in the 479 area code. Instead, it now appears that some important alterations in the worldviews of new voters more than growing Latino mobilization could create inroads for the Democrats in this vote-rich region. To find those new Democratic voters in the transient population of Northwest Arkansas requires a massive data collection effort accompanied by an even more massive field operation. In all likelihood, state Democrats will make only small inroads in Northwest Arkansas in 2014. And, let’s not be mistaken: The megacounties of Northwest Arkansas remain sources of a huge trove of Republican votes. However, as one veteran GOP operative has told me, it is Northwest Arkansas that makes him more than a little agitated as he thinks about the future of Arkansas politics.

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Accuracy off the tee unencumbered by paralyzing idealism, true, but Blessings is an exception: It is a work of concentrated idealism unencumbered by economic or spatial logic, or by self-doubt. The clubhouse is a strange masterpiece, a pile of rectangles, a set-piece from a Russian science-fiction film. It looks like an art museum, or like a dentist’s office designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It looks, somehow, like a church. The men’s locker room is four times the size of the women’s. The Observer had eggs Benedict, though it wasn’t called that, and my relative had chocolate chip pancakes. I also ate half of one of the pancakes and it was delicious. The place was quiet and surprisingly empty, which only added to the sense of spirituality. We were the elect. There was only one other person in the dining room, a man wearing Oakley sunglasses, a striped polo and golf cleats. He looked out at the expanse of the course from the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows that lined the back wall, as if mentally preparing himself for Blessings, where accuracy off the tee is a must. The clubhouse walls were covered in paintings, including some by the artist George Dombek, his series on rustic barns. Dombek grew up in Paris, Arkansas. In an interview with the magazine Western Art and Architecture, he said, “The last hour of daylight I like to walk around my property and look at how I can improve and work the landscape. I don’t separate living from art. To me, all of it is one and the same.” Walking through the corridors of Blessings, admiring its bathrooms, you can only conclude that John H. Tyson feels similarly. Among his other accomplishments, which include the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the International Faith and Spirit at Work Award, Tyson has also, intriguingly, served on the Board of the Walden Woods Project, which aims to “preserve the land, literature and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau.” It would be fascinating to know how Tyson became interested in Thoreau, where he sees the areas of overlap in their philosophies. The experience of Blessings, the fact of its existence, suggests at least one possible area. Speaking to a crowd about Thoreau’s personality, Emerson once said, “Positively small parties were much better, and a party of one was best of all.”

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DON TYSON DIED on Jan. 6, 2011, and afterward Willie Nelson dedicated a concert to his friend. He called it the “No Bad Days” picnic, a reference to Don’s outlook on life. He was survived by three daughters, Carla, Cheryl and Joslyn, and a son, John H. Tyson, who took over the family business after his father’s death. The family business was chickens. In an interview with NPR not long ago, the author Christopher Leonard mentioned Don while discussing his book on the chicken industry, titled “The Meat Racket.” “I think he was a genius,” Leonard said. “Don Tyson had the ability to see the world as it did not yet exist.” John H. Tyson is not a genius, but he is a collector of modern art, a former cocaine addict and an evangelical Christian. His religious awakening was swift and dramatic, and it arrived along with an incident of divine inspiration. Namely, it was revealed to John H. Tyson that he was to build a country club and golf course, one of the finest in the country, and so he did build one, along Clear Creek in Fayetteville, and he named it Blessings. Wikipedia calls Blessings “one of the most difficult golf courses in the U.S.,” and notes that “accuracy off the tee is a must.” The Observer visited Blessings on a recent Sunday morning. The club is private, but a relative is a member and invited us along for breakfast. Her membership, she said, was what is called a “social membership,” meaning that it does not cover the world-renowned golf course (she doesn’t play), but does cover access to the clubhouse, its gym and swimming pool. It costs $70 per month. Tyson enlisted the architect Marlon Blackwell to design the clubhouse, which was to be modern in the sense of the de Koonings and Warhols that Tyson purchased at auction. Blackwell, who has been called a “radical ruralist,” is the subject of a 2005 monograph called “An Architecture of the Ozarks” (the reference is to the Arkansas writer Donald Harington). “A builder, not a critic,” David Buege wrote in his introduction to the book, “Marlon Blackwell is inclined to accept the conditions of this world as they are, with all of their messy contradictions, and to work with or around those unencumbered by paralyzing idealism.” John H. Tyson was and is generally

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Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, also a Baptist pastor, wrote a response on Facebook to Sen. Jason Rapert’s lengthy op-ed in the Sunday Arkansas Democrat-Gazette defending his opposition to marriage equality and criticism of Judge Chris Piazza for striking down the ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Griffen begins, “In his essay, Mr. Rapert made several claims that deserve comment because they are inaccurate, false, and glaring evidence of his bigotry. “Rapert’s appeal to sectarianism is both disingenuous and pernicious. Like any demagogue, he knows how to appeal to base fears, superstition, and falsehoods about homosexuality. He enlisted the company of like-minded black Christian clergy to create a visual image intended to make his major premise acceptable across racial lines. Of course, a false premise is false no matter who accepts it, but that’s of no concern to Rapert or the editorial staff of the Democrat-Gazette.” There’s lots more, including a sharp challenge of Rapert’s core assertion that the majority will is just. “Racial segregation in public education was lawful by popular vote in Arkansas, across the South, and practiced elsewhere with the force of law. The U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional 60 years ago last month in Brown v. Board of Education. Racial gerrymandering of electoral districts was lawful by popular vote. The U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional almost a half century ago in Gomillion v. Lightfoot and Baker v. Carr. Judge Piazza’s recent rulings are correctly understood in the light of these and similar decisions.” The judge has some instruction for Rapert, too, on the role of an independent judiciary. Bro. Rapert’s judicial recall list may’ve grown by one.

Ghost office employee finds new gig

One of the four employees on the lieutenant governor’s $300,000 payroll who’ve had little or nothing to do since Mark Darr resigned Feb. 1 has found another job — just down the hallway at the state House of Representatives. Amber Pool, who was paid $57,564 as Darr’s director of communications, has been hired in an assistant execuCONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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Making the law work for ordinary people Vincent Morris and Arkansas Legal Services work to fill ‘justice gap.’ BY DAVID RAMSEY


magine you have a civil legal matter. It could be a divorce, an issue with child support, debts, identity theft, a small claims dispute, a problem with a landlord. What do you do? If you have the resources, the first step is obvious: Hire a lawyer.

But what if you can’t afford an attorney? That could mean you’re stuck trying to navigate the legal system on your own, a process likely to prove impossibly confusing for most non-lawyers, and one in which a simple mistake could lead to adverse consequences. The result often amounts to a troubling split: a justice system for those who can afford an attorney and one for those who can’t. Trying to figure out how to provide access to justice and legal services for low-income Arkansans has been a focus for Arkansas Legal Services Partnership Director Vincent Morris for the last 10 years. Morris was recently honored with the 2014 Innovations in Equal Justice Award by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association for his role in developing technological solutions to provide legal resources to poor Arkansans. In a criminal matter, defendants are legally entitled to a public defender if they can’t afford an attorney. No such guarantee exists for low-income people in civil matters, including potentially lifealtering problems, such as legal issues related to domestic violence, child custody, or housing foreclosures. In civil matters, two legal aid organizations, which combined cover the entire state — the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas — provide legal services for Arkansans who make less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level (that’s around $15,000 for an individual or $30,000 for a family of four). These legal aid organizations serviced around 15,000 clients last year. But because of limited capacity, they had to turn away another


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15,000 people. These were people who qualified by income and had a legal problem, but legal aid simply didn’t have the resources to help them. On top of that are thousands more of the working poor who

fall in what legal access advocates call the “justice gap” — people who make a little too much to qualify for legal aid but not enough to realistically afford to hire an attorney. “About half of all Arkansans make less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level,” said Amy Johnson, executive director of Arkansas Access to Justice. “They would have to choose between paying for an attorney and paying for basic necessities.” Morris began as an eight-week intern at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services in 2003, while he was still a law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Bowen School of Law. A former carpenter, Morris taught himself computer programming. “I came from a builder perspective,” he said. “I thought, I could build a house, I can build anything — I can teach myself programming.” He got a grant to develop technological solutions to legal access issues and began the work of revamping of the state website for legal aid services. At the time, the site amounted to little more than a business card. Morris built it into a hub of legal resources — for pro bono attorneys, legal aid attorneys and for the general public. Morris convinced court

clerks and judges to refer people who were looking for basic legal resources, and used search-engine optimization techniques to make sure that folks looking for legal information in Arkansas on Google found it. The site, which can be found at, now gets almost one million page views per year. “The first thing we had to do was get a really good, viable, highly trafficked website up,” Morris said. “It’s all about content — providing legal information, as well as actual legal resources, to folks for free.” Morris writes all of the content at a fifthto-eighth-grade reading level, no easy task when it comes to complicated legal jargon. “It’s pretty challenging,” Morris said. “Lawyers use a lot of Latin. Like most people don’t know what pro se [representing oneself in a legal matter] means.”

One of Morris’ most successful projects has been the development of an “automated documents” program, which generates packets of needed forms for particular legal situations. The program walks users through a series of questions in the style of a program like TurboTax. There’s even a cartoon of a person walking down a path, step by step, until reaching the courthouse. At the end of the process, the user gets all of the forms he needs, in order, along with instructions about exactly what to do — where to take them, how many copies he needs, and so forth. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34



THE INQUIZATOR: RITA SKLAR Rita Sklar has been the director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas for 20 years. The New York native has led Arkansans’ battle to maintain their rights at the legislature, in the courts and in one-to-one communications. Under her guidance, the ACLU has challenged the new Voter ID law that even its proponents admit is a tool to help Republican candidates, successfully overturned the 12-week abortion ban legislated in 2013 and the state’s ban on foster care and adoption by same-sex couples, and fought for free speech and against state-imposed religion in school and at the Capitol. To do that kind of work for 20 years in Arkansas, you have to have a sense of humor.

Where did you go to college and what was your major? Which year? I went to one college and three universities over 10 years, and wound up with a major in religious studies and a minor in “how to pay student loans off for the rest of your adult life.” How the heck did a New Yorker like you end up in Arkansas? Are you an Arkansan or a New Yorker now? Like the traditional woman I am, I followed my man (now ex-man) whither he wentest. I’m a New Arkansan. Is there anyone you would deny a civil liberty to? Or like to? Hitler. Really. And maybe whoever came up with the idea of putting TVs in restaurants. Do you ever regret working for the ACLU and not as a brain surgeon or in a similarly lucrative profession? I tried brain surgery once. Icky poo! What was the best piece of advice you ever gave anyone, and did he or she take it, and is he or she grateful? Never give advice. No and no. What was the worst piece of advice you ever got? Follow your dreams. What do you do now that you never dreamed you would do as a teenager growing up in New York? I grow flowers. I kayak and go camping. I go into the

INSIDER, CONT. tive secretary/receptionist slot in the Arkansas House of Representatives and will be paid $41,500. House spokeswoman Cecillea PondMayo said a staff member (Kyla Walters, who made $71,400) had departed and that created an opening. The decision to hire Pool “was made in consultation with Speaker [Davy] Carter and House Management Chair/Speaker-designate [Jeremy] Gillam.” She added: “We are glad to have her on board and appreciate the experience she brings with her.” At last report, Darr staff members Bruce Campbell ($75,132), Josh Curtis ($51,564) and Raeanne Gardner ($33,660) were still reporting to the office to draw their pay though they have nothing to do. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux, acting on authority not found in law but not formally challenged by anyone, decreed that the Darr staff could stay on the payroll through June 30. Darr, who’s been low profile since his departure in an expense account (campaign and public) scandal, has some loose ends. He’s yet to pay money Legislative Audit says he owes for billing the state for personal expenses. He’s paying an Ethics Commission fine over time. A law enforcement investigation of those matters continues.

woods. I work for the ACLU. And I live somewhere other than New York or Paris. Have your good looks ever gotten you anywhere? Newark, N.J. Who was the most famous person you ever dated? Bela Fleck. I went to see him play in a bluegrass band in New Jersey. My father was waiting outside with a baseball bat when he dropped me off at 1 a.m. No second date. :-( Who was the most famous person you ever turned down for a date? Alexander Godunov, who committed suicide 15 years later. If you could change one thing about Little Rock, what would it be? More sidewalks. And more live music venues! That’s two.  Do you expect the day will come when you no longer spend a miserable several months at the state Capitol every year? If you do, what will be the first cruise you take? First of all, I cherish each and every moment I have the honor and opportunity to spend at the state Capitol. The Mediterranean. Is there a legislator who you believe will someday ditch the Republican Party and become someone who understands that we the people are the government and that when we help our fellow man, all of us benefit? I don’t understand the question. Everyone in both parties believes that.

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Five to follow Artists with stories to tell. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


t’s a fool’s errand to put a limit on the number of artists whose work you’d urge people to dash out and see. Once you start naming names, someone will be left out, and that someone will be miffed. But who could possibly, in one story, write about every Arkansas artist who creates work of enduring quality? Especially in a newspaper. So, for the sake of brevity and the cost of newsprint, I decided to limit myself to writing about five artists whose work, I believe, bears close attention. Why five? I don’t know. Maybe I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold. To narrow down the field I decided not to write about emerging artists — though one profiled here has not exhibited in Arkansas yet. They aren’t laurel-headed either, like David Bailin or Anita Huffington or George Dombek or Warren Criswell or Robyn Horn. (Or Kevin Kresse or Aj Smith or Marjorie WilliamsSmith or V.L. Cox or Evan Lindquist … see how much trouble you can get into when you start to name names?) They are not sculptors, ceramicists


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or contemporary craftsmen. They are not photographers, though Arkansas has an abundance of terrific photographers. They aren’t conceptual artists — I could have written about Rachel Trusty (her wonderful stuffed baby-faced chicks, for example) or Holly Laws (her dogtag project) or John Salvest (a huge talent who deserves an entire book for his conceptual work), but didn’t. Other Arkansas artists will have their day in the sunlight this paper beams, but it’s not this day. Instead, I have chosen five narrative artists. The South (and I’m not saying Arkansas is particularly Southern, but we share some characteristics of our neighbors east and south) has a strong storytelling tradition and the artists I write about here tell stories visually. It doesn’t matter if the viewer can read the artist’s mind; interpretation is welcome. One artist is a slight exception to the narrative theme, but his body of work, scenes of present day Little Rock, is creating a historical narrative that future generations will cherish. Let’s start with him.

JOHN KUSHMAUL John Kushmaul, 42, is well known to, he guesses, 2,000 people who live in and around Little Rock, those moving in the sphere of art and music. That’s too small a number. Kushmaul has had a studio over Vino’s Brewpub for 16 years, where he turns out often large paintings of what he sees around him: buildings, bridges, the trolley, the River Market district. A fire escape. The skyline. The view of I-630 from Woodrow Street. Things we might consider banal. Thanks to his painterly style, his well-handled colors that may be scumbled here, saturated there, the paintings are not banal. Kushmaul’s not a new kid on the block; he sells one to two paintings a month, he says, and is affiliated with several galleries. He has made a living on his paintings alone, but bookending that time he has worked in television, at KTHV, KARK and FOX 16, sometimes as a producer, sometimes as a weekend assignment editor. He works in TV now because he was “burned out on the crushing poverty” of making a living on art alone. His studio — a true garret encompassing two rooms and a hallway with bad ceilings and worn, ancient linoleum — is packed with paintings in various stages of completion. The black-eyed pea aroma of fermenting hops from Vino’s below fills the rooms where Kushmaul is creating an urban narrative: Little Rock of the late 20th and early 21st century. Some structures he’s painted no longer exist. He is the only painter I can think of who has painted a demonstration at a congressman’s Little Rock office (Blanche Lincoln’s). Kushmaul says creating a record is not what he’s after. “I’m not trying to create the story of Little Rock in paint,” he says. Nevertheless, he is painting pictures whose appeal to future generations will be more than aesthetic, in the way we enjoy not just the style of Impressionists but the beauty of their period in time. Kushmaul’s thoughts are as varied as the colors of his palette. He says he’s a “little bit proud” of his work, and pleased that he’s “built a nice little life for myself.” But he professes insecurity and sometimes wonders if he is doing all he should be doing. He worries that he’s poor at promoting his work (he posts few images of his paintings on Facebook and doesn’t maintain a webpage). He is in, he says, “the midst of a great, wonderful failure.” But, Kushmaul adds, “all of life is failure eventually.” Yes, we’ll all shuffle off the mortal coil, but Kushmaul’s paintings will live on. You can find his work at Gallery 26, the Butler Center Galleries and Stephano’s Fine Art.



URBAN LANDSCAPE: Kushmaul (above) paints what he sees around him — downtown Little Rock.

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When Delita Martin was a child in Conroe, Texas, her grandmother lived with the family, taking care of Martin while her mother worked. While Texana Williams entertained Martin with stories, Martin cut out squares of quilting fabric for her grandmother. Some of the stories were about a little girl named Luna who lived on the moon. The Luna tales would change with the phases of the moon. As Martin aged, she came to realize that her grandmother’s stories were parables, a way of teaching her about life. Martin, 41, pays tribute to her grandmother with her series “I Come From Women Who Could Fly,” now on exhibit at the Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff. The large works mix multiple layers of inked linoleum images; handmade silkscreened papers are sewn to the surface to represent clothing. (Her grandmother taught her the stitch she uses.) The resulting works are complex, beautiful drawings in vibrant color. The series took her a year to complete (and took over the dining room floor, where, absent a big enough press, she stood on the plates to print the works). The exhibition embodies the “magical realism that happened to me as a child. … I’ve pieced together the stories like she [her grandmother] pieced together the quilts.” And because the time spent with her grandmother was often at night, many of the works “have a blue, evening quality,” the artist said. One day after school when Martin was only 12, her father, a painter and carpenter, met her, packed up her drawings between two pieces of heavy paper — “a sad portfolio,” she described it — and drove her to Texas Southern University in Houston to meet famed African-American muralist John Biggers, who founded Texas Southern’s art department. “John Biggers gave me my first critique,” Martin said, smiling. She was thrilled to see Biggers’ images of African-American women. They were “wearing head scarves ... like crowns. It wasn’t this mammy image,” but dignified, and it was something she had not seen before, she said. Biggers was “very animated,” praising her style and giving her advice she took to heart: “Do not ever miss an opportunity to uplift your people through your work.” You can find Martin’s work at Boswell-Mourot Fine Art. 14

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SHE CAME FROM WOMEN WHO COULD FLY: Now Delita Martin’s career is taking flight.



SERIOUS: An incident he survived was a ‘turning point’ for Bell.



Guy Bell, 34, is a mostly self-taught artist who always enjoyed drawing and painting — T-shirts in high school and political cartoons at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He began to get serious, however, when someone put a gun to his head — literally — several years ago. It was a home invasion, a case of mistaken identity. One of the intruders aimed at Bell’s head and “BACK OVER THE TRACKS” pulled the trigger. “The gun didn’t go off,” Bell said. “It was a turning point” took from neo-Renaissance artist Stephen in his career as an artist. “Over the next Cefalo on mixing paint. Much of his work is what he calls “idealized landscapes” — year I got my act together.” His first painting after the experience was an oil he calls not actually of real places — in which a bit “Solitude,” depicting a man walking away of the always man-made intrudes, usually from a chair and a nearby skull and into in the form of cell towers or other towers the horizon. Bell has worked for a wine affixed with blinking lights — commenting distributer and for UPS and other odd on the loss of untouched nature. Not all of jobs; but he quit all that about a month ago his work is narrative — though his dogs to devote his time to painting. His formal in the back of pickup trucks, the motion training is limited to a couple of classes he indicated by the dog’s flying ears, are a

scene from our Arkansas story. And some of his narratives are hidden: He writes words into the underpainted layers, words he said he’d “better not” reveal. We’ll leave that to future restoration workers. “Mostly I like showing a moment in dreams … the place between conscious and unconscious” where the impossible and the real coexist. He is a talented colorist, his skies pink and blue and orange, and he sees in his work an element of abstraction (a good example: “Hillside Vineyard,” in which a pink and aqua sky is separated from deep blue-green red fields below by a garish complementary horizon of orange and blue — a Rothko-like division of the picture plane into three). Bell got a berth at Greg Thompson Fine Art by approaching painter William Dunlap after a talk Dunlap, also represented by Thompson, gave at the Arts Center. Bell showed Dunlap pictures of his work on his cell phone. Did the trick.

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As a 29-year-old who has not exhibited in Arkansas before, Grace Ramsey might be called an “emerging” artist, except for the fact that she has emerged elsewhere, in Louisiana, where she got her MFA from Tulane University, and Alabama, where she has also exhibited. She was one of 15 national artists in 2012 to receive the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award of $15,000. Ramsey moved to Arkansas in 2012 with her husband, David (who writes for the Arkansas Times); she now teaches at the Arkansas Arts Center. Her work — flat, hard-edged and edgy — employs a highly symbolic, fantasy narrative for the viewers to work out. Raised Southern Baptist, Ramsey thought religion answered all her questions; it “provided me with stories” that explained life. But she lost her faith and then “I had to figure out new stories,” which she expresses with her art. On a three-month “art tour” of Europe, Ramsey found herself drawn to early Renaissance paintings about martyrs — “so gruesome and so powerful” — including depictions of the tortured St. Agatha, holding her breasts on a plate. That inspired Ramsey’s painting of a woman seated at a table across from her infant; her severed breast lies on a plate. For Ramsey, the work expresses a fear of motherhood, which, to a lesser degree than poor Agatha, involves a bit of martyrdom. Others have seen it as a portrayal of the pain of breastfeeding. “That’s what I love with narrative work,” Ramsey said. People bring their own stories to it. Another of Ramsey’s paintings, of a woman seated on a couch beside the severed head of a unicorn, its blood seeping into a corner of her dress, could be read as the death of girlhood dreams. But in either case — severed breasts or unicorn head — the work rises above storytelling thanks to the precision of Ramsey’s line, her unusual palette, and the juxtaposition of flat areas, like cutouts, against otherwise normal perspective. “I’m interested in seeing how far I can pull away from reality but retain a sense of reality,” Ramsey said.

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3 ACTORS, 37 PLAYS, 97 MINUTES Serious talent meets over-the-top comedy in The Rep’s “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr.” BY BENJAMIN HARDY



he Arkansas Repertory Theatre closes out its 2014 season with a production that touches on Shakespeare’s entire body of drama in a little over an hour and a half of stage time. The promo art for “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” says it all — the iconic engraving of the playwright defaced, that thinly mustachioed Elizabethan poker face topped by a big red clown nose. Still, comedy or not, the concept triggers a reflexive spasm of insecurity for some of us. Do I have to know all 37 plays in order to get it? What if I’ve read, uh, significantly fewer? Don’t worry. Even if your last direct exposure to the Shakespeare canon was a forced march through “Julius Caesar” back in 10th grade English, you’re still welcome at “Wllm Shkspr,” which opens June 6. Actors Avery Clark and Ethan Paulini — both of whom have performed at the Rep five times in the past few years — recently sat down with the Times to assuage your fears. (The third member of the cast, Patrick Halley, was at a doctor’s appointment.) “It may actually be more fun not to know Shakespeare,” Clark said. “If you know the plays, you get the inside jokes. If you don’t know them, you get to see how ridiculous they


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really are … it’s poking fun at him as much as it’s honoring him.” The result is both parody and tribute, a “love letter to Shakespeare” that’s ultimately accessible to anybody. “I really think kids would love it. It’s a great show to bring a kid who’s interested in theater especially,” Clark said. “If I had seen this show in junior high or high school, I would have loved Shakespeare. I didn’t like Shakespeare till I was, like, out of college.” And look at him now. A Fort Smith native and Fayetteville grad, Clark’s previous performances at the Rep include the titular leads in 2010’s “Hamlet” and 2012’s “Henry V.” Dark and heavy roles, to be sure — which makes them all the better to be lampooned. “I’m kind of the straight man,” he explained. “[Because] I played Hamlet here four years ago, I’m also poking fun at myself. I discuss my reviews and stuff on stage.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 33

POKING FUN AT HIMSELF: Avery Clark in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).”

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choose the winners of the $2,500 Grand Award and the $750 Delta Awards. The Contemporaries group will award $250 to the artist the group chooses. Arkansas artists whose work will be included are DebiLynn Fendley of Arkadelphia; Sheila Cantrell of Batesville, Louis Watts of Bentonville; Jeff Sharp of Bryant; Jessica Camp and Deborah Kuster of Conway; Moises Menendez of El Dorado; Cindy Arsaga, Jessica Westhafer and Phoebe Lickwar of Fayetteville; Charles Steiner of Fort Smith; Daniel Cassity of Hot Springs; David Bailin, Darrell Berry, Taimur Amin Cleary, Angela Davis Johnson, Ted Grimmett, Stephen Murphree, Ian Park, Robert Reep, Katherine Rutter, Cathryn Slater, Katherine Strause, Robin Tucker and Hubert Weldon of Little Rock; Dennis McCann of Maumelle; Kandy Jones and Steven Rockwell of North Little Rock; Jerome Mazyck and Glenn Beasley of Sherwood; Jason Sacran of Magazine; Margaret Harrell and Carole Smith of Mountain View; Neal Harrington of Russellville, and John Lasater IV of Siloam Springs. There will be a reception for the Delta and the photography show “Susan Paulson: Wilmot” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 26. Rutenberg will give a lecture prior to the reception at 6 p.m. Lecture tickets are $15 for nonmembers and will include admission to the reception. The Delta runs through Sept. 28. The Delta, which has always been described as a show for artists from Arkansas and contiguous states, is now being described as an exhibition of work by artists of the Mississippi Delta region. This year’s exhibition includes one artist from a non-contiguous state, Andrew Blanchard of South Carolina, which may explain the new definition.

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6 p.m. Argenta Community Theatre. $20.

Argenta Community Theatre wants a new movie screen, and it is in all of our best interests that it gets one. Why would we not want to enable another good, alternative local film venue? Also, rarely do fundraising benefits offer such a variety of entertainment. From 6-7 p.m., country singer and local favorite Mandy McBryde will be playing live in the lobby with Michael Hall. There will be live acrobats as well, and a silent auction. At 7 p.m., Precipice Theatre will present its production of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” the play that Robert Altman filmed in 1985 (the soundtrack of which is responsible for the great Sandy Rogers song “Fool for Love”). Following that, there will be an afterparty with music by the John Burnette Band, Charlotte Taylor and 2 Lane Blacktop. Here I’ll remind you again that there will be acrobats at this thing.

MOUNTAIN MUSIC: The 11th Annual Wakarusa Music Festival will be held at Mulberry Mountain Thursday through Sunday, $179.





10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $6.

Comparing songs to short stories is usually pretentious, or an indicator of a really boring song — they do different things, use different tools, set up totally different expectations. It sometimes makes sense though, and it isn’t a question of genre. The comparison seems applicable in the case of Oakland rapper Too $hort, as well as, say, Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall. Nashvillebased singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon is in this lineage, sharing that sharp and lucid storytelling instinct. He’s also been compared to William Carlos Williams by no less than Peter Guralnick, and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which is something he shows off on songs like “Colfax,” a remarkable, 10-minute Young Adult epic. Sample lyric: “Staring out at the pine trees and red clay, the country stores where inevitably an old dough-faced man would be standing outside staring at us like his life going by.” It works better in context. Isaac Alexander will open. 22

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Mulberry Mountain. $179.

I took the Pig Trail home from Fayetteville this weekend and got held up by a pair of semi-trucks toting sections of what looked like a Ferris wheel. I was already feeling carsick from the drive (those absurdly winding curves) when the strangeness of this set in, and I turned and noticed Mulberry Mountain to my left. It was like I’d wandered onto the set of an Ozark-themed Fellini film, all bright primary colors and gorgeous, rustic terrain and tents going up — and why the Ferris wheel? Obviously it’s because

it’s time for the 11th Annual Wakarusa Music Festival, which will be held at the mountain this weekend and will feature The Flaming Lips, BASSNECTAR, The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Dr. Dog, Umphrey’s McGee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Rusko and really just so many bands, some of which sound made-up (Cowgirl’s Train Set? The Pimps of Joytime?). Tickets and passes of all varieties, prices and hierarchies are available now at their site. There will also be daily yoga, workshops on hooping and world music, theme days (e.g. “Rep Your State,” “Friday Night

Disco”), interactive installations, hiking, recycling, fishing and, apparently, a Ferris wheel. Also, according to the festival’s website, a Sasquatch? For those of you averse to the grime, smeared face-paint and bug-bitten exhaustion of the outdoor music festival lifestyle, Wakarusa is this year offering a special glamping option (that’s “glamour camping” for those of you who don’t watch HGTV), with room-andboard prices ranging from $650 to $1,000 (plus a $300 renter’s deposit). At their gift shop you can purchase a poster of a deer with three eyes or a beer koozie that says “Where music meets mother nature.”

Argentina, Italy, South Africa, Germany, Portugal and other places wines come from will be available at the Argenta Farmers’ Market Friday night, alongside music by Lagniappe and food from seven participating restaurants: Little Greek,

Cucina Italian, Arkansas Fresh Bakery, Lulav, Two Sisters Cafe, Crush Wine Bar and artisan cheesemaker Kent Walker. Proceeds benefit the Argenta Arts Foundation. If this sounds like your scene, don’t dawdle; tickets sold out last year.



6 p.m. Argenta Farmers Market. $40 adv., $50 day of.

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10:30 a.m. Henderson Middle School. Donations.

Here’s a chance to replace all the deeply embedded, junior-high-based negative associations you have with dodgeball with some much better and more socially productive ones: One of Little Rock’s most

worthy causes, Global Kids Arkansas, a nonprofit that aims to introduce urban youth to international issues and offer various opportunities for “civic and global engagement,” is hosting its inaugural Charity Dodgeball Tournament. Global Kids hosts Youth Foreign Policy Summer Institutes in New York City and Washington, D.C., and Little Rock is a part because of the persistent efforts of local rap favorite

Big Piph, who got involved with the program after his recent trips to Africa. “I’m a firm believer that when you do a non-touristy overseas trip you come back impacted, and usually that impact makes you want to have a positive effect on the rest of the world, your immediate surroundings and yourself,” he told the Times last year. Individual players can participate for $20, and teams of 6-8 can sign up for $150.

practitioner of the old-fashioned art of biography,” will be at the Clinton Center Tuesday to discuss and sign his most recent book, “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence.” It’s familiar territory for Ellis, who has spent the bulk of

his career writing about the Founding Fathers in critically acclaimed bestsellers like “His Excellency: George Washington,” “Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation” and “American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson.”



6 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center. Free.

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis, whom the New York Times has called an “eloquent champion and brilliant

Local jazz groups Foliage and Twice Sax will be at The Joint at 9 p.m., and Austin-based country group Mickey and The Motorcars will be at Stickyz at 9 p.m., $12. At Maxine’s in Hot Springs, Mark Edgar Stuart and Grace Askew will play a free show with Jacob Furr. Comedian Tim Pulnik will pull a weekend stand (through Saturday) at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $7-$10.

FRIDAY 6/6 The LRFF and eStem Arcade Teen Filmmaker Lab will be held at the Ron Robinson Theater at 5 p.m., featuring poetry and short films. Amasa Hines will be at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, $6, and the Artosphere Festival, at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, will host its final concert of the season, “Scandinavian Masterworks,” 8 p.m., $10-$25. Local comedy troupe The Main Thing will premiere their new show, “Just Shut Up and Drive,” at The Joint, which will be playing Fridays and Saturdays throughout June, 8 p.m., $20. Local post-punk group Bombay Harambee will be at Vino’s at 9 p.m., $6, with Duckstronaut and Dead Anchors, and the following night they’ll be at JR’s Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville with Comfortable Brother and The Chads, 9 p.m.


MOONSHINE JUNGLE: Bruno Mars will be at Verizon Arena 8 p.m. Tuesday, $66-$99.



8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $66-$99.

For those of you who skipped the Super Bowl or have avoided using the Internet (or entering a public space) for the past four years, Bruno Mars is a Hawaiian who looks like Sal Mineo and makes hits that at their best sound

like Commodores singles (“Treasure”) or Phil Collins singles (“Gorilla”), but sometimes just sound like overdetermined 21st century pop slush. He’s upbeat and famous and very wealthy. Scrolling through his YouTube videos (which are surprisingly ambitious), you get the sense that you have to just make a decision on whether you like him or

not, that it’s totally arbitrary and either alternative makes complete sense. So, I guess I like him. His mother used to be a hula dancer and his father nicknamed him “Bruno” after the legendary WWE wrestler Bruno Sammartino. He also had a cameo in the 1992 Nicolas Cage movie “Honeymoon in Vegas.” He’s credited as “Little Elvis.”

The Cheetah Chase 5K will be held at the Little Rock Zoo at 8 a.m., $8-$12. The inaugural AnimeCon Arkansas, which will feature special guests (voice actors and game designers, etc.), will be held at the Clarion Hotel Medical Center Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m., $25. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a free panel discussion titled “Teaching African American History in Arkansas Schools: The Current Reality,” at 9:30 a.m. The Little Rock Wind Symphony will present “A Stars and Stripes Celebration” at MacArthur Park at 7 p.m. Eighteenyear-old pop singer Austin Mahone, who is somehow signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label and is also officially a “digital and brand strategist” for Aquafina’s new teen-oriented line of bottled sparkling water, will be at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $49.99-$54.99. ZOSO, the self-proclaimed “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,” will be at Revolution at 9:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. Rusty Shackle, a folk rock group from Wales (Monmouthshire, specifically, if that means anything to you), will be at White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m.

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LRFF and eStem Arcade Teen Filmmaker Lab. Ron Robinson Theater, 5 p.m. 1 Pulaski Way. 501-320-5703.



Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.


Cypress Creek Park Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through June 7. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. www. Foliage, Twice Sax. The Joint, 9 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Hot Springs Music Festival Season XIX. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 14, $150. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke and line dancing lessons. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Kevin Gordon, Isaac Alexander. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $6. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-5543437. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Mark Edgar Stuart and Grace Askew, Jacob Furr. Maxine’s, Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8559. Mickey and The Motorcars. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. 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. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Wakarusa 2014. Camp-out and music festival featuring The Flaming Lips, The String Cheese Incident, STS9, BASSNECTAR, Umphrey’s McGee, Dr. Dog, and many others. Mulberry Mountain, $179. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark.


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


Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Hillcrest Shop & Sip. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours and live music. 5 p.m. 501666-3600. 24

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STAY RECKLESS: Austin Lucas will be at the White Water Tavern 9 p.m. Wednesday.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.


Screaming For the Screen. A fundraiser to help the ACT purchase a movie screen, with music by Mandy McBryde and Michael Hall. Argenta Community Theater, 6 p.m., $20. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443.


The Basics of Bread. Pulaski Technical College — South Campus, 5:30 p.m., $75. Exit 128, I-30.



Amasa Hines. Maxine’s, $6. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Artosphere Finale Concert: Scandinavian Masterworks. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600. Bombay Harambee, Duckstronaut, Dead Anchors. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $6. 923 W. 7th St. 501375-8466. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. Cypress Creek Park Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through June 7. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. www. Hot Springs Music Festival Season XIX. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 14, $150. Joe Giles and The Homewreckers, The Shotgun Billys. George’s Majestic Lounge, Free. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Mulehead. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Ras Levi’s “Jamaica Me Crazy” Birthday Bash. Featuring Tim Anthony, Butterly, Darril “Harp”

Edwards, Joe’l Buckley. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Witchsister, Theta Thereom, Animal Noise. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479-444-6100.


“Just Shut Up and Drive.” Original comedy by The Main Thing. The Joint, through June 28: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Tim Pulnik. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


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


Celebrate the Grape. Sample more than 300 wines, with food and live music. Argenta Farmers Market, 6 p.m., $40 adv., $50 day of. 600 Main St., NLR. 501-231-0094. celebratethegrape2014. Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email artscenter@centurytel. net. River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. LGBTQ/SGL weekly meeting. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group, 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, through June 13: 11 a.m. Main Street.

Austin Mahone. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $49.99-$54.99. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Blake Shelton. Walmart AMP Grand Opening Arkansas Music Pavilion, Sold Out. 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Bombay Harambee, Comfortable Brother, The Chads. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479-444-6100. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See June 6. Cypress Creek Park Bluegrass Festival. Cypress Creek Park, through. Cypress Creek Avenue, Adona. 501-662-4918. www.Cypresscreekpark. com. Hot Springs Music Festival Season XIX. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 14, $150. Jam Rock Saturday. Twelve Modern Lounge, 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. 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. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Little Rock Wind Symphony, “A Stars and Stripes Celebration.” MacArthur Park, 7 p.m. 503 E. Ninth St. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. New Era Saturdays. 21-and-older. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m., $5 cover until 11 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Rusty Shackle. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. The Vail, Siversa, Falling Awake. Maxine’s, $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Vore 20th Anniversary. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $5. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226.



Cheetah Chase 5K. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $9-$12. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. www.


Inaugural Global Kids Charity Dodgeball Tournament. Henderson Middle School, 10:30 a.m., Donations. 401 John Barrow Road. 501447-2800.


Hot Springs Music Festival Season XIX. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 14, $150. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Successful Sunday. The Italian Kitchen at Lulav, 8 p.m., $5-$10. 220 A W. 6th St. 501-374-5100.


AnimeCon Central. Clarion Hotel Medical Center, 9 a.m., $25. 925 S. University Ave. www. Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Bernice Garden, 10 a.m. 1401 S. Main St. Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


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Arkansas Travelers vs. NW Arkansas. DickeyStephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.


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40th Annual Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. All-Arkansas Preps Awards Banquet. Featuring keynote speaker Drew Brees. Statehouse Convention Center, 6:30 p.m., $75. 7 Statehouse Plaza. AnimeCon Central. Clarion Hotel Medical Center, June 7-8, 9 a.m., $25. 925 S. University Ave. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta Farmers Market, 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. 501-8317881. Day of Mindfulness. Ecumenical Buddhist Society, 8 a.m., $65. 1015 W. 2nd St. 501-3767056. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Historic Neighborhoods Tour. Bike tour of historic neighborhoods includes bike, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 9 a.m., $8-$28. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-6137001. Little Rock Queer Prom. South on Main, 10 p.m., $10. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. www. Pork & Bourbon Tour. Bike tour includes bicycle, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 11:30 a.m., $35-$45. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. “Teaching African American History in Arkansas Schools: The Current Reality.” Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9:30 a.m., Free. 501 W. 9th St. 501-683-3593.



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Allan Ward. The author will sign his latest book, “Civil Rights Brothers: The Journey of Albert Porter and Allan Ward.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 1 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www. Ed Bethune. The former congressman will sign his new book, “Gay Panic in the Ozarks.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 4 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198.

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“Just Shut Up and Drive.” Original comedy by The Main Thing. The Joint, through June 28: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Tim Pulnik. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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Blameshift, At War’s End. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501372-1228. Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Bruno Mars. The “Moonshine Jungle” Tour. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $66-$99. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Coyote Union, Clockwork. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Glittercore, Mad Nomad. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Hot Springs Music Festival Season XIX. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 14, $150. Central Avenue, Hot Springs. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Jeff Ling. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsrestaurantlittlerock. com. Music Jam. Hosted by Elliott Griffen and Joseph Fuller. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.

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Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Little Rock Green Drinks. Informal networking session for people who work in the environmental field. Ciao Baci, 5:30-7 p.m. 605 N. Beechwood St. 501-603-0238. www.greendrinks. org. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


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Joseph Ellis. A lecture and book signing by the Pulitzer prize winning historian. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., Free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000.

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Acoustic Open Mic. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Austin Lucas. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. BoyMeetsWorld, Wreckless Endeavor, My Brother My Friend. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. The Color Morale, Ice Nine Kills, Scare Don’t Fear, More Than Sparrows. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $14 adv., $16 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Hot Springs Music Festival Season XIX. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 14, $150. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Open Mic Nite with Deuce. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Terravita, Jrabbit, Kichen, Don Jiggweed, Broseph $talin. Revolution, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090.


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


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Geocaching. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636.


“Man of Steel.” Movies in the Park. Riverfront Park, 8:30 p.m., Free. 400 President Clinton Avenue.


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“Caroline, or Change.” The Weekend Theater, through June 22: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www. “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through June 29: Sun., 2 p.m.; Wed., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m., $30-$35. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel.” Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through June 15: Tue.-Sat., 7:35 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $25-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. Shakespeare Unplugged. South on Main, Tue., June 10, 7:30 p.m. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Festival. With staged reading performances of “B Side: Myself,” “Just Like Us,” “Disfarmer” and “What God Hath Wrought” Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Sat., June 7, 3 and 6 p.m.; Sun., June 8, 2 and 5 p.m., $7. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405.



ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: 53rd “Beaux Arts Ball,” celebrating 100th anniversary of Fine Arts Club, 7 p.m. June 7, tickets $150, 396-0383 or beauxartsball; “Woodworking Instructors Exhibition,” Museum School Gallery, through July 6; “Young Arkansas Artists,” artwork by Arkansas students K-12, through July 27; “InCiteful Clay,” 35 ceramic sculptures that offer social commentary, through June 29, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARTGROUP GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: First Friday open house 4-8 p.m. June 6. 11 a.m-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m-9 p.m. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Spotlight Lecture: Ursula von Rydingsvard,” about her work “Unraveling,” 4-6 p.m. June 8, Great Hall, free, reserve at aspx; “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” drawings, sketches, videos, photographs and scale models, through Sept. 1; “Anglo-American Portraiture in an Age of Revolution,” five paintings, including works from the Musee de Louvre, the High Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation, through Sept. 15; “The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism,” works by Paul Gaugin, Andre Derain, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and others, through July 7; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Tue. 479-418-5700. EL DORADO SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th

AFTER DARK, CONT. St.: “Tides and Currents: Contemporary Art Along the Gulf Coast,” works in many media by 15 artists, through June 28; closing reception 6-8 p.m. June 28. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 479-862-5474. FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM, 1601 Rogers Ave.: 66th annual “River Valley Invitational,” preview and awards ceremony 5-7 p.m. June 5, show June 6-Sept. 14; “Carol Dickie: An Artist’s Journey,” through Aug. 10. 479-784-2787. HOT SPRINGS 810 CENTRAL AVE.: “Earthbound,” selected works 1974-2014 by Barbara Sloan, 5-9 p.m. June 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7, by appointment June 8. 501-623-5802. ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: “In Perfect Balance — Metals in Motion,” kinetic sculptures by Gerald Lee Delvan, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. June 6. 501-655-0604. ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 610 A Central Ave.: Jan Briggs, Pat Langewis, watercolors, through June, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. June 6. 623-6401. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Kay Aclin, Suzi Dennis, Thad Flenniken, Caren Garner and others. Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. June 6. 318-2787. EMERGENT ARTS, 341-A Whittington Ave.: “OVOLUTION: Paper Dolls,” group exhibit by female artists, through June 20; Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m., Paper Dolls Fashion Show 8:30 p.m. June 6. 501-655-0836 FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Art & Music Exhibition,” work inspired by the Hot Springs Music Festival repertoire, through June 17, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. June 6. 501624-0489. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Dennis McCann, paintings, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. June 6. 318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: “See the Sound,” music-inspired graphite and acrylic on wood by Emily Wood, through June, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. June 6. Also work by Taimur Cleary, Matthew Hasty, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Dan Thornhill, Rebecca Thompson and others. 501-321-2335.

Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 992-1099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Greg Lahti, also Tyler Arnold, Kathi Couch, Emile, Gino Hollander, Sean LeCrone, Mary Ann Stafford, Byron Taylor, Siri Hollander and Rae Ann Bayless. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Recent Works by Arkansas Society of Printmakers,” including Robert Bean, Warren Criswell, Debi Fendley, Melissa Gill, Jorey May Greene, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Samantha Kosakowski, David O’Brien, Sherry O’Rorke, Jessi Perren, Shannon Rogers,

Dominique Simmons, Tom Sullivan and David Warren, through July 12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Southern Women Artists Exhibition,” work by Sheila Cotton, Louise Halsey, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Linda Palmer, Rebecca Thompson and others, through June 14. 6642787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: More than 40 illustrations on oil and canvas by author/ artist Kadir Nelson, through June 7. 372-6822. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Go West, Young Man!” June exhibit, giclee giveaway 7 p.m. June 19. 660-4006.

MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St., NLR: “Strangers Now and Then,” paintings and drawings by Robert Bean, through June 17. 379-9101. RIVER CITY COFFEE, 2913 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Byron Taylor, watercolors, through June 15. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 661-1496. ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1000 N. Mississippi St.: “Icons in Transformation,” 100 expressionist works by Ludmila Pawlowska, through Aug. 17, percentage of sales proceeds to Artist-in-Residence program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 225-4203. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University Ave.: “Recent Work by Laura Raborn and Sandra Sell,” paintings and woodwork, M.A. thesis exhibition, through June 26. 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 32


BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Everyday Details,” new work by Dennis McCann and Jason McCann, through June 21. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. BOULEVARD BREAD, River Market: Paintings by members of Co-Op Art, through June. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome,” through Aug. 23; “Detachment: Work by Robert Reep,” through July 24; “2nd annual Arkansas Printmakers Membership Exhibition,” through June 28. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 3205790. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Painting Arkansas — Finale,” new work by John Wooldridge, through June 21. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings by Dee Schulten, Dr. Lacy Frasier and Sue Henley. 375-2342. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric

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hen Seth MacFarlane decided to mash up a spaghetti Western with an off-color comedy, he must’ve known the comparisons to “Blazing Saddles” would follow, as surely as his runaway animated smash “Family Guy” will forever be held up against “The Simpsons.” MacFarlane, like Mel Brooks, takes a strong hand in his movies — in “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” he directs, produces, writes and stars. Unlike Brooks, though, MacFarlane doesn’t know when to take a light touch. “Million Ways” generates its share of laughs, through the occasionally wellcrafted gag. Between those gems you’ll find lazy writing, indifferent editing, rote cinematography — heck, there ain’t even much of a plot. The score is big and fun and Western. Charlize Theron casually steals her every scene, as an ingenue carved from saddle leather. If that’s enough to warrant your $11.50, by all means, go West. MacFarlane stars as Albert, a sheep farmer who sucks at sheep farming, which happens to be the thing he’s best at. He doesn’t belong in the 1880s Arizona frontier any more than a dog belongs at a piano, and he knows it. He manages to talk himself out of getting plugged in a gun duel, then gets promptly dumped for general lack of manly creds by his girlfriend, the real-live Disney princess Amanda Seyfried. Albert whinges to his best friend Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) — himself beset by woman troubles, as a chaste Christian whose betrothed is a prolific prostitute played by Sarah Silverman — and mopes until he comes across Theron. She’s ostensibly an outlaw by way of a reluctant marriage to the baddest dude in the territory, Clinch (Liam Neeson), and she’s in town to scope out a heist.

She and Albert bond over what a dump the West is, and she takes him on as a charity case as he tries to win back his hot ex, who in prompt fashion has taken up with the local dandy, Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), a moustachery owner and facile marksman. Albert proposes a duel; his mustachioed rival accepts. He is going to die. Now, in a MacFarlane production, as any “Family Guy” fan could admit, the story as such is really just an excuse to hang nonsensical and/or profane jokes on the screen. In “Million Ways,” most of those riffs revolve around the multifold dangers and indignities of living in the frontier. Albert goes on versions of this tirade more than once, and sure enough, the West delivers. People die: in a freak ice-dropping accident; in a freak camera-exploding accident; getting shot for no reason (much like modern Arizona!); breaking deadly wind; getting gored by a rampaging bull; etc. All of this is not in itself bad comedic fodder, a canvas of gallows humor. Yet the writing sags and MacFarlane’s delivery comes off as an extended spitball session. You can see him ad-libbing versions of these lines at a pitch meeting over brunch somewhere and, satisfied his riffing is worth the bazillion dollars he scrounged for this farce, resting on his laurels. Much of the script works this way, treading the line between off-the-cuff and downright unrehearsed. The dialogue serves the tone — it’s jangly, abrupt, reflexively profane. It reminds us that Albert, who speaks and thinks like someone from 2014, doesn’t belong on the frontier of 130 years ago. MacFarlane, too, seems like he’d rather be somewhere else. A good director makes it look effortless. MacFarlane just seems not to have worked all that hard.







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AFTER DARK, CONT. a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. FAYETTEVILLE BOTTLE ROCKET GALLERY, 1495 Finger Road: “Makeshift Theatre,” photographs by Logan Rollins. 479-466-7406. THE DEPOT, 548 W. Dickson St.: “Natural Synchronicity,” paintings by Colleen Poplawski, Natalie Brown and Jessica Westhafer, through June. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. 479-443-9900. LALALAND, 641 Martin Luther King Blvd.: “Women of DAPA (Drawing and Painting Association of the UA),” Raven Halfmoon, Ashley Byers, Carrie Gibson, Mia Buonaiuto, Ashley Lindsey, Jessica Lynnlani Westhafer, Emily Chase, and Natalie Brown. WALTON ARTS CENTER: “Translating Earth, Transforming Sea,” sculpture by Shawn Bitters and Joan Hall and 3-D painting by Laura Moriarity, through June 21, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. HARRISON ARTISTS OF THE OZARKS, 124½ N. Willow St.: Work by Amelia Renkel, Ann Graffy, Christy Dillard, Helen McAllister, Sandy Williams and D. Savannah George. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. 870-429-1683.


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desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Chihuly,” studio glass, through Jan. 5, 2015; permanent exhibits on the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (1900-1999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. 3rd St.: “Co-Opt,” work by UALR student artists Taimur Cleary, Jennifer Perren and Mesilla Smith; “Patterns from the Ozarks: Contemporary Ceramics, Quilts and Folk Art Painting,” works by Karen Harmony, Jo Smith and Blakely Wilson, through June 8; “A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America,” through June 22; “Arkansas Made,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS M I L I TA R Y H I S T O R Y , M a c A r t h u r Park: “American Posters of World War I”; permanent exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 501 W. 9th St.: “Repurposed Wonders: The Sculpture of Danny Campbell,” permanent and changing exhibits on black entrepreneurship in Arkansas. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050.

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That is, the three actors play themselves in “Wllm Shkspr.” The conceit is that the trio is traveling to the Rep for a performance when their truck breaks down in Stuttgart. Naturally, they decide to put on a show right then and there for the townsfolk (meaning you, audience member). “We’re three people trying to do all the Shakespeare plays who don’t know them very well,” Clark said. “Like, for ‘Macbeth’, we have a really bad Scottish accent, because we don’t know what else to do. That’s what ‘Macbeth’ is to us — it’s bad Scottish accents. We just put ‘Mac’ in front of everything and roll our Rs a lot.” “The characters are trying to find their own way into [the material], the way the audience would be,” Paulini added. Paulini’s career has tended toward somewhat lighter fare, including the Rep’s production of “Avenue Q” in 2013. Again, that presents an opportunity for self-parody: in “Wllm Shkspr,” Paulini-the-character knows almost nothing about Shakespeare. He sprints through about 35 roles over the course of the night, racing through costume changes, mangling Shakespearean dialogue and providing a foil to Clark’s intellectual pretensions. “You get caught up in the academia,”

“You get caught up in the academia, I get caught up in vomit and wigs.” he told Clark during the interview. “I get caught up in vomit and wigs.” It’s fun but deceptively tough to play a skewed version of yourself on stage, Paulini said. “In most shows, you get to hide behind a character, and here you really don’t. Even when you’re playing the character, it’s Ethan playing Gertrude and Avery playing Hamlet, not necessarily Hamlet or Gertrude.” Clark and Paulini describe Patrick Halley, the third actor, as the MC of the evening — “the engine that keeps us moving forward.” Of the three, Paulini said, Halley is also the most adept at improv, which is a small but crucial component of the show. “A solid 10 percent is based on what the audience gives us, and what the other actors give us,” Paulini said. “Things change every day and it’s kind of nice to have that open-ended liberty.” Though the other 90 percent of “Wllm Shkspr” is rehearsed, the writing isn’t static. The three actors and Rep director

Nicole Capri have refreshed the script to add current events, pop culture references, and “plenty of Arkansas jokes,” Clark said. That’s by design of the original writers of the play, who fully encourage theater companies who purchase the rights to the script to run wild with revisions. Clark, who has met the writers, describes them as “total California surfer dudes.” “I think they kind of said, ‘We want to do a show the way that British people think American actors perform Shakespeare,’” he said. The perceived ostentation of the Bard’s work — including, of course, the pretension of that name, “the Bard” — can repel or intimidate audiences, even the theatrically inclined (such as young Avery Clark). But Shakespeare wrote to entertain and move the public at large, not a narrow cultural elite. That’s exactly why the universe of tropes and phrases he invented has come to suffuse the English language so thoroughly. As gratuitously silly as “Wllm Shkspr” may be, part of the point of the play is to deflate


the sonorous pomp that surrounds Shakespeare’s legacy and expose a bit of the vitality beneath, in all its beauty and coarseness. “Back in Shakespeare’s time, his most popular play was ‘Titus Andronicus,’ which was just a bloodbath. It’s just blood everywhere,” Clark noted. Indeed, “Titus Andronicus” is filled with as much gore as a Tarantino movie; it’s an unhinged spiral of revenge that culminates in the title character grinding the bones of two of his enemies into flour … which is then baked into a pie for their mother. “We do it as a cooking show,” Clark said proudly. Breaking and remaking that overly hallowed material, drawing out its latent camp and silliness, and, above all, playing with the stuff — that might be the best tribute possible to Shakespeare. “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” runs through June 29. Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30 in advance, or $25 to $40 at the door; kids’ tickets are half off. The Rep’s Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp will host a panel discussion with the play’s three leads at noon Thursday, June 5, at the Clinton School of Public Service.

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Continued from page 10 “You get the whole thing that you would need for a simple legal action — something that’s simple to an attorney, but to someone trying to figure it out, it’s not simple at all,” Morris said.

Morris also does work with pro bono and legal aid attorneys, but this particular program is geared toward people who for whatever reason have to represent themselves — because they can’t afford an attorney, or even because they’re in an emergency situation and don’t have immediate access to legal help, such as domestic violence victims who need to get an order of protection. The program doesn’t offer legal

advice, and only covers relatively simple matters. Morris is forthright that it’s no substitute for a lawyer and isn’t ideal for every scenario. It amounts to triage: helping make the legal system more navigable for those who have no option but pro se. “It would be great to have an attorney for everyone,” Morris said. “But there were more than 15,000 that legal aid [organizations] had to turn away. The hardest part in legal aid is saying no. These are people who we either can’t help because of capacity or it’s outside our case priority. For instance, we don’t do divorces anymore unless there’s domestic violence. [The form packet program] is not the primary option. It’s designed for all the overflow. It just broke my heart that we had to say no to all these people who need help.” Morris’ brand of triage is crucial in courtrooms that are seeing increases in clients representing themselves (in a recent survey by Arkansas Access to Justice, 83 percent of judges said they had seen such an increase, with 78 percent saying that pro se representation led to negative outcomes). Prior to the self-help form packets, many of these folks would show up to court empty handed or with forms incorrectly filled out or the wrong forms entirely (some had even paid for help from an online service like LegalZoom only to find out that it wasn’t applicable to Arkansasspecific law). This is the void that fills: helping people get the basics right. The demand for the self-help form packets has been incredible. In 2012 there were 52,800 total family law filings in Arkansas; gen-

erated 12,400 form packets for users. That amounts to 23.5 percent of all the filings. Meanwhile, for the type of divorce supported by the program — no

property and no supportive children — there were 15,500 filings statewide, and generated forms for 10,821 users, a whopping 70 percent. The caveat here is that not necessarily everyone who generated forms actually filed — the courts don’t track how many people used forms from arlegalservices. org. Still, the program has clearly provided resource help to a huge chunk of people in need of legal services. In the recent survey of circuit court judges by Arkansas Access to Justice, more than 70 percent said that pro se litigants had used the self-help resources and more than 60 percent said these resources had benefited their courtrooms. Morris has received 17 grants in his time as director of the Arkansas Legal Services Partnership and director of the Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership. In addition to the self-help form packets program, Morris has spearheaded numerous other projects using technology to increase access to legal resources and information. He has partnered with libraries to help provide a means for low-income people without Internet access to use the arlegalservices. org site. Live chat is provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help users navigate the resources on the site and find out what kinds of legal help might be available. LegalTube, a YouTube channel with more than 50,000 views so far, uses video to convey legal information. A new project, Court Help, grew out of Morris’ realization that in addition to forms and instructions, people needed basic information about the procedures of court. “There are two areas of law, substantive law and then procedural — all the little rules, like a basketball game,” Morris said. “When do you stand up, when do you sit down, when do you present?” Johnson, of Arkansas Access for Justice, helps staff the live chats. “People get on it every single day, and say, ‘I don’t have anything,’ ” she said. “ ‘I have no money. My kids are being taken away from me, I have nowhere to turn.’ This is a place for people who have nowhere to turn to get some information, to get some help for something that they would otherwise be completely lost without.” “The law can be creative, it can be

innovative and it can be noble,” Morris said. “The oath of an Arkansas attorney, it’s on my wall, and I look at it once a week. There’s a paragraph that says, ‘I will not reject from any consideration to myself the cause of the impoverished, the defenseless, or the oppressed. I will endeavor always to advance the cause of justice.’ All these projects that we do, that’s my motivation.”

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Cilantro’s sweetens local Mex scene Entrees are good, but dessert makes it stand out.


e tried out the newest of yet another one of these “traditional” Mexican restaurants to open in Central Arkansas, and to our surprise we discovered one of the best dessert items to be found in any eatery around here, Mexican or otherwise. The Cilantro Grill’s menu says its pecan cheesecake is homemade, and our waiter insisted that was true. All we can say is, three “Oles” to the pastry chef. We could imagine coming to Cilantro’s just for this decadent offering, with a handful of pecans covering a heavenly cheesecake and chocolate sauce and a lighter chocolaty sauce drizzled around the plate, plus the requisite whipped cream and a strawberry to boot. See, we love our cheesecake. We’ve been known to have Carnegie Deli cheesecake airmailed to Little Rock for special occasions we love it so much. So, cheesecake has to be darned good to get our attention, and Cilantro’s was that good. What about the Mexican food, you ask? It was good, too. None of the entrees stood out, but what we sampled was satisfying. What did stand out were the great prices for some of the better items we had, such as the tableside-made guacamole ($5.99), which is four bucks cheaper than the exact same preparation done at

a highfalutin Mexican joint in midtown Little Rock and every bit as good) to the Cilantro’s Margarita — made, we were told, with three different tequilas including Patron — that came in under $6 and was as good a margarita on the rocks as you’ll get in town. In fact, don’t go cheap with the $3.50 basic margarita but splurge a little for the much better Cilantro’s specialty. And if neither of those are what you’re looking for, they also have fruit-flavored margaritas as well. Cilantro’s will surprise you in more ways. When we pulled up to the modest storefront in Lakewood Village, we expected a taqueria-style place. But once through the door, we were amazed to gaze upon a immense space of tables, booths and bar that stretched deep into a area that could house a bowling alley. We needed a couple of platoons of Santa Ana’s army to tackle the many dinner choices available at Cilantro’s. Frankly, trying to pick between various presentations of fajitas, or steak, chicken or seafood — not to mention the basic enchilada platter that always works in a pinch — was too much, so we counted on our waiter for suggestions. Turns out, he said, he’s a gringo from Grapevine and the only seafood he even cares for is shrimp when it accompanies a

QUICK BITE Cilantro’s Grill, which opened about a month ago, offers a lunch menu covering a lot of the usual lunchtime favorites from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Its dinner menu has a wide array of choices for any diner, not just the typical Mexican offerings, including grilled fish (salmon, tilapia). HOURS 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar. Credit cards accepted.

crawfish boil, so we were on our own if we wanted to try any of the seafood dishes. The camarones de ajo (a delightful garlicky butter sauce poured over eight large shrimp) won out, though we were awfully tempted to try the salmon tacos. Tortillas did not accompany the dish, but they should; luckily, we had some with our other specialty so our shrimp eater didn’t go lacking. Our honest waiter was keen on the chicken version of the ajo, but he also gave high marks to the chile Colorado, so we took that route. We’ve had better, to be honest, as we’d hoped for a spicier, thicker sauce (this was like red enchilada sauce), and the steak was partially ground. The dish worked perfectly with the freshly steamed flour tortillas that came with it, but we like a chunkier cut of beef in our Colorado. Both dinner orders were served on modern, rectangular plates sectioned with rice and, in the case of the shrimp, some perfectly steamed vegetables. The rice that came with the shrimp was flavored with a broth that took basic Mexican rice to a whole new level. Not so with the chile Colorado plate, however. For that, we got the usual refried beans and the orange-tinted rice. It was only when that fabulous dessert came that Cilantro’s firmly separated itself from our usual Mexican haunts. Count us in to return if nothing else for more tableside guac, that awesome margarita and pecan cheesecake. But if American-style cheesecake seems oddly placed among tacos and burritos, there are Mexican desserts like the “choco” flan.

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Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-2622. BLD daily. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. Try the cheese dip. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-0600. LD Tue.-Sat. BELLWOOD 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. THE BLIND PIG Tasty bar food, including Zweigle’s brand hot dogs. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Full bar, CC. $-$$. 501-868-8194. D: Tue.-Sun., L Sat.-Sun. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT Chef/owner Peter Brave was doing “farm to table” before most of us knew the term. His focus is on fresh, highquality ingredients prepared elegantly but simply. Ordering the fish special is never a bad choice. His chocolate creme brulee sets the pace. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors — original, jalapeno, cajun and dill — and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items at Chris Bray’s delicatessen, which serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, stuffed potatoes and salads and sells the turkey spreads to go. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. 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. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for wellcooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are out of this world. The treeshaded, light-strung deck is a popular destination. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-1195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FILIBUSTER’S BISTRO & LOUNGE Sandwiches, salads in the Legacy Hotel. 625 W. Capitol Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-374-0100. D Mon.-Fri. GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN The best fried chicken in town. Go for chicken and waffles on Sundays. 300 President Clinton Ave. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-2211. LD daily. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. Follow the mobs. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N Rodney


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Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. Bread is baked in-house, and there are several veggie options. 10809 Executive Center Drive, Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sat.

NATCHEZ RESTAURANT Smart, elegant takes on Southern classics. 323 Center St. Beer, Wine, CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1167. L Tue.-Fri., D Wed.-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. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. Breakfast and Sunday brunch, too. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-414-0423. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in

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home-style buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. It’s all-you-can-eat. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-3753216. L Mon.-Fri. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Steak gets pricey, though. Menu is seasonal. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. SOUTH ON MAIN Fine, innovative takes on Southern fare in a casual, but well-appointed setting. 1304 Main St. Full bar, CC. $-$$. 501-244-9660. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. TABLE 28 Excellent fine dining with lots of creative flourishes. Branch out and try the Crispy Squid Filet and Quail Bird Lollipops. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, CC. $$$-$$$$. 224-2828. D Mon.-Sat.


A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent panAsian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHINESE KITCHEN Good Chinese takeout. Try the Cantonese press duck. 11401 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-2242100. LD Tue.-Sun. MIKE’S CAFE VIETNAMESE Cheap Vietnamese that could use some more spice, typically. The pho is good. 5501 Asher Ave. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-562-1515. LD daily. 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. PHO THANH MY It says “Vietnamese noodle soup” on the sign out front, and that’s what you should order. 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. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. Nice wine selection, also serves sake and specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.


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. Better known for the incredible family recipe pies and cheesecakes, which come tall and wide. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 5506 Baseline Road. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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➥ Don’t forget to get your tickets for the SIMI WINE DINNER scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 11 at COPPER GRILL. The dinner features Susan Lueker, the director of winemaking for Simi Winery and a native Arkansan, who will tell the story of the celebrated 135-year-old winery. She’s teamed up with Copper Grill chef Jacquelyn Gooding-Peske to pair Simi Winery wines with a delicious four-course dinner. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by calling 501-375-3333. ➥ The next night on June 12, head over to FOSTER’S BAR on the second floor of The Rep for SCHLAFLY BEER NIGHT from 5:30-7 p.m. before The Rep’s production of “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)”. The event, sponsored by the Times, will feature music by Finger Food with Steve Davison and Mickey Rigby. Buy tickets by calling 501-378-0405 or online at ➥ CANTRELL GALLERY will host a new exhibit of photography by Paul Caldwell, “The Places in Arkansas That Keep Calling Me Back” from June 27 through Aug. 14. There will be a preview party where you can meet the artist from 6-8 p.m. June 27. The public is invited to attend and admission is free. ➥ Members of THE GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER’S loyalty program have the opportunity to redeem their Dirt Dollars now through June 15. Dirt Dollars can be used for up to 50 percent of a purchase. For more information on how to earn and spend Dirt Dollars, visit ➥ THE PROMENADE AT CHENAL recently announced that construction has begun for a 24,000 square-foot HOMEGOODS store at the West Little Rock shopping center. The new store will be located on one of the shopping center’s outparcels just across from McDonald’s. HomeGoods, which also has stores in Hot Springs and Rogers, is a one-stop shopping destination that showcases an ever-changing assortment of high-quality, unique home fashions and finest home basics from around the world. The store is scheduled to open in fall 2014. ➥ On display at PARK PLAZA MALL is “AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: LIFE PORTRAITS,” the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, Chas Fagan. Accompanying the portraits are biographical sketches and photographs contributed by the White House Historical Association that capture each president’s time in the White House, as well as historic front pages of newspapers announcing presidential election results. 38

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ANATOLIA RESTAURANT Middle of the road Mediterranean fare. 315 N. Bowman Road. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-219-9090. L Tue.-Sun., D Tue.-Sat. CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. Specialties include fish ‘n’ chips and Guinness beef stew. Live music on weekends and $5 cover on Saturdays, special brunch on Sunday. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). L E O ’ S G R E E K C A S T L E Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabouleh — plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Breakfast offerings are expanded with gyro meat, pitas and triple berry pancakes. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close

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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. Little Rock standard for two decades. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.- Fri, D Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. 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 handtossed 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. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding.

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COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fieryhot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. FONDA MEXICAN CUISINE Authentic Mex. The guisado (Mexican stew) is excellent. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-3134120. LD Tue.-Sun. LA REGIONAL A full-service grocery store catering to SWLR’s Latino community, it’s the small grill tucked away in the back corner that should excite lovers of adventurous cuisine. The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world (try the El Salvadorian papusas, they’re great). Bring your Spanish/ English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily. LOS TORITOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican fare in East End. 1022 Angel Court. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-261-7823. LD daily. RIVERIA MAYA Tasty, cheap Mexican food. Try the Enchiladas con Chorizo. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 663-4800. 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. BLD daily.

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