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Oxford House support Read your article about Oxford House in Little Rock with considerable interest. My wife and I opened the first Oxford House in Arkansas back in March of 2008 — very similar reaction from most of the community up here at that time. Fear of “addicts” living next door in a nice community enveloped our little country town, and many town hall type meetings were held to talk this over. It has now been five-plus years, and we have three Oxford Houses in Harrison, and hopefully more on the way. Virtually every community leader is a solid supporter of this concept, as they have seen that it works. We have had not one issue with the police or sheriff’s office. Matter of fact, the Boone County sheriff is a big supporter of this concept, as is the police chief of Harrison. Also our mayor, both current and past; our Chamber of Commerce president; the CEO of the Hospital, heads of many local churches; most of the City Council, head of the economic development committee, etc. You get the point — now that our community has had a little time to observe what really happens in an Oxford House, i.e., the miracle of recovery, and a total commitment to a different life on the part of each member, we have decided to embrace, as a community, this approach to dealing with our out-of-control drug problem. Texas has just spent a year investigating the Oxford House model, and just last month committed $1.2 million to fund multiple outreach workers. There are multiple outreach workers in Oklahoma (80 houses), Louisiana (70 houses), Tennessee has just hired 2 outreach workers, Kansas has a thriving outreach program (75 houses), there are 150 houses in North Carolina, South Carolina has begun an Oxford House outreach network, etc. What do these states know that we don’t seem to see yet? There are almost 1,700 houses in 45 states, and other countries have approached Oxford House and asked for help in implementing their model abroad. This is a 40-year-old organi-

zation whose only goal is to help individuals achieve long-term recovery. I do not work for Oxford House, but my wife and I feel fortunate to own a couple. Watching people get their self-esteem back through long-term recovery is a beautiful thing. If something else worked, we would have tried it up here in Harrison, but this is the best model by far that we could find, and most importantly, it works! Scott Swanson Harrison

Criticism of Obama undeserved This is in response to Judge Wendell Griffin’s criticism of President Obama’s speech (May 30) to the graduating class at Morehouse College last month. I have listened to the speech three times to understand the objections of Judge Griffin. However, as a 66-year-old African-American male, I am in complete agreement with the content of the speech, and more specifically the challenge and opportunities posed that await the talented graduates of Morehouse. The points articulated by the president were no different from the advice that I received from my parents, my church and my community as a child growing into adulthood. Was the president’s speech addressed solely to Morehouse graduates, or to blacks or both? I feel the speech was appropriately targeted for both audiences. It was a charge and a reminder for us to give our very best in order to realize utmost achievements for our families and our communities. The charge is not easy, and as African Americans we already know that. But the rich legacy of Morehouse men mentioned in the president’s speech has laid the path/shown the way to achieve despite all the odds. Nevertheless, some viewed the speech as motivational and inspirational and the “reminder of things we’ve heard many times,” while others such as Judge Griffin had a contrary opinion. In stating his criticism, I hoped that Judge Griffin would have shared advice on

what challenged/motivated him to be successful. What prompted and inspired him in achieving his professional goals? What “reminders” and other messages would he suggest to replace parts of the president’s speech that he found objectionable? I would suggest that Judge Griffin listen to the recent commencement speeches last month from the First Lady at Bowie State, Bill Clinton at Howard University, Corey Booker at Yale or former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at Bard College. Collectively, the speeches have similar content to the president’s message at Morehouse, specifically encouraging continued accomplishment and contribution among the new generation of college graduates. I have my disagreements with some of President Obama’s policies, but the commencement speech at Morehouse is not one of them. Louis Portlock Little Rock

Apt Middle East take How refreshing it was to read an informed column (May 23) concerning the Sunni Shia divide in the Middle East. Much of the struggle there can be attributed to that divide. Yet, most commentators seem to be ignorant of this divisive element. So thanks to Ernest Dumas for illustrating the important dynamic of Sunni Shia differences in understanding the past as well as the present in Middle Eastern affairs. David Swearingen Martinsville, Va.

From the web In response to “No open doors for Oxford House” (cover story, June 6): So these convicts and addicts. These “investors” and “outreach directors.” These legislators who are pushing no-bid grant awards to pet providers — they would be OK with a house full of “recovering” child molesters in their neighborhood, right? As long as the perverts mopped the floor and

voted on whose turn it was to take the trash out, I mean. Richard Roe In response to the Arkansas Blog post “Blanche Lincoln on Mark Pryor’s election chances” (June 9): Let’s suppose that Lincoln had faced no primary challenge. In that scenario, she might have voted against cloture on the Obamacare debate, thus killing the legislation. She would been condemned by many of her fellow Democrats, but she could have advertised — “She stopped Obamacare in the U.S. Senate.” I think she could have run a competitive race for re-election with that ad, and possibly survived. Of course, we’ll never know for sure. The narrative has changed over time. When Lincoln was running for re-election, she was portrayed as “the deciding vote on Obamacare.” Now that ultimate appellation is given to Pryor in the current ads. radical centrist Sorry, Pryor-haters. You are as far removed from reality as the right wingnuts. Run a truly liberal candidate and you hand the seat to the Republicans. Just travel around the state a little bit and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The fact that I wish it weren’t true doesn’t change it. Just like the right-wingers want to wish climate change isn’t real doesn’t lower the amount of CO2 in the air or heal the hole in the ozone. What if handing the Pryor seat to the Republicans shifts control of the Senate to the Republicans? Then they control committee chairs, confirmation processes, etc. The stakes are too high. Pryor’s the only one with half a chance to keep the seat out of Republican hands. And half a chance is better than no chance at all. Perplexed

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Regnat Populus “Democracy is rule by the people, after all, not rule by Goldman Sachs, Walmart or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.” — Robert Weissman, president of the publicinterest group Public Citizen.


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omebody wants to talk about football coaches and “thugs,” do they? Well, let’s talk. What would you call a head football coach at a major state university who physically attacks a player on the other team during a nationally televised game? “Thug” would fit nicely, wouldn’t it? That shameful assault did not occur at the University of Arkansas, whose coach was recently accused of thuggery by the president of Ohio State University. No, the coach/mugger was Woody Hays, and he was coaching at none other than Ohio State University. A more recent OSU coach had to resign after it was learned that his players were receiving improper benefits and that he knew about it and kept quiet. A cheater at least, if not a thug. In Fayetteville, coaches adhere to a higher standard of behavior. Despite the sordid history of football coaches at Ohio State, OSU President Gordon Gee was moved to malign the new U of A coach, Bret Bielema. Gee said he’d been told that Bielema left his previous coaching job at the University of Wisconsin “just ahead of the sheriff.” Furthermore, Gee said, the athletic director at UW called Bielema a thug. The Wisconsin athletic director denied saying any such thing. No warrants have been served on Bielema by any Wisconsin sheriff. Gee subsequently apologized and resigned, under pressure, but the stain he left at Columbus will not be easily removed. The Ohio State Board of Trustees needs to engage a president who values education as well as football. Admittedly, this will be a departure from Big 10 tradition, but if Ohio State leads, Michigan and the rest might follow. 6

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hat Democracy is rule by the people was once considered self-evident in this country, but that changed with the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case. By a 5-4 vote, the Court overturned decades of political tradition and judicial precedent to find that corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited sums to promote or defeat candidates. To restore democracy in America, the Citizens United decision must be overcome. The sentiment to do so appears to be growing. More than 135 members of Congress (no Arkansans, unfortunately) have expressed support for a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. Arkansans should ask their elected representatives to stand up for democracy. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Thirteen state legislatures have called for adoption of such an amendment. Arkansas’s is not among them, of course. In the legislative session just ended, Arkansas lawmakers put partisanship above patriotism and voted to restrict democracy further, by making it harder for people to vote. A terrible thing, especially in a state with a motto such as ours.

SEMI-PRO: Arkansas Xtra’s Eli Nelson sheds a tackle Saturday during the semi-professional Elite League championship game at J.A. Fair. Austin topped Arkansas 42-26.

Pryor and the politics of provincialism


rovincialism — that sense that Arkansans have limited use for the world beyond Arkansas’s borders — has been a defining characteristic of the state’s politics and society for its entire existence. Territorial Gov. John Pope characterized it as “a terrified truculence toward new ideas from outside.” More recently, provincialism has shaped the political careers of a father and son named Pryor who have achieved statewide success. As Mark Pryor’s public statements and advertising blitz in recent days have shown, he intends to ride the sentiment through one more election in 2014. In the most devastating event of his political career, David Pryor lost a race for the U.S. Senate in 1972 primarily as a result of veteran U.S. Sen. John McClellan hammering Pryor on campaign contributions from outside labor unions. Just two nights before the runoff vote that would propel McClellan to an upset win, the veteran senator ridiculed Pryor’s contention that Arkansans had dipped into their cookie jars to send him small donations. McClellan closed the debate: “This is no cookie jar nickels and dimes. … Big, out-of-state contributions to Pryor. They total $79,877.16. … Yes, that’s a cookie jar — quite a cookie jar indeed.” With this lesson learned about the potency of provincialism in Arkansas campaigns, David Pryor turned the tables on Congressman Jim Guy Tucker in a U.S. Senate runoff election six years later. Pryor hammered Congressman Jim Guy Tucker for his lack of allegiance to “those values we treasure in Arkansas.” “Almost three-quarters of the time,” Pryor’s closing ads trumpeted, “Jim Guy Tucker disagreed with his fellow Southerners and voted with Northern liberals in Congress …” Pryor won the primary handily to capture McClellan’s seat. As he followed his father to the Senate in 2002, Mark Pryor employed the same tactics. The first Pryor ad in that race against Sen. Tim Hutchinson closed with him raising the plaque from his father’s Senate office desk, saying, “Arkansas Comes First.” It was to be the mantra for the Pryor campaign. As the fall campaign began, the state Democratic Party began a series of ads that was the second punch in Pryor’s provincialist strategy. All carried the tagline “Washington Has Changed Tim Hutchinson.” A focus on Hutchinson’s “change” meant making the case that a “callous” Hutchinson, who had voted against federal pro-

grams popular in the state, was “not one of us.” Of course, the attacks on Hutchinson’s “change” also served as a double entendre with an eye to the Republican’s divorce. These skillfully choreographed messages JAY allowed Mark Pryor to stay posiBARTH tive and parochial while his allies echoed the parochial and poked subtly at the personal. In a race destined to be the toughest fight of Pryor’s Senate career, the younger Pryor has returned to familiar turf in responding to attack ads from both the right and left in recent days. Using New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (the primary funder of a large-scale advertising buy focused on Pryor’s vote against expanded background checks for gun buyers) as a foil, Pryor opened his campaign with an attack on the outsider’s attempts to influence Arkansas politics: “I approve this ad because no one from New York or Washington tells me what to do,” he concludes. “I listen to Arkansas.” The attacks from the right have centered on Pryor’s votes for the passage of Obamacare. Here, too, Pryor has played the Arkansas card by attaching himself to the unique “private option” plan for expanding health access. While Pryor is once again playing the politics of provincialism that is in his political DNA and has served him, his father and others so well over the years, the world has changed from the days when folks actually believed that Arkansas was the only state that could survive if a fence were built around it to prevent anything from coming in or going out. While more provincial than most places, Arkansans now recognize their innerconnectedness with the rest of the country and world and the value of those connections. Moreover, from Bill Clinton’s presidency to the reshaping of Arkansas politics by the Obama presidency, the state’s politics have proved newly permeable to outside forces. While Arkansas may still “come first,” we now regularly see elections where national tides overwhelm such parochial interests. It may be the most promising script available to Pryor, but it’s less potent than at any point in the state’s history.

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Internet tax makes GOP choose


hen the disciple Matthew wrote that “No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other,” he had not reckoned on 21st century Republicans — or, for that matter, Democrats. Honoring two masters can be done, but it counts on a degree of forgiveness by one or the other. The tempest in Congress over the Internet sales tax bill is an illustration. The U.S. Senate last month passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would let states like Arkansas collect the sales tax from large online companies that sell products in the state. People have always owed the sales tax or use tax on the purchases, but the U.S. Supreme Court said in 1992 that states couldn’t make on-line merchants collect and remit the tax unless Congress gave its OK. The bill passed 69-27 with 21 Republicans, including Arkansas’s John Boozman, joining independents and Democrats, including Arkansas’s Mark Pryor. Arkansas’s senators heard the siren call of

Wal-Mart Inc. and other big retailers like Dillard’s, which have lost sizable parts of their business to Internet ERNEST sales. Who knows, DUMAS Boozman and Pryor may have been thinking also about how good it would be for the state treasury, which has seen tax collections winnowed by the Internet and an array of other taxavoidance schemes, but probably not. Their votes put them at odds with the godfathers of the modern Republican Party, the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, which oppose the Internet tax bill because it might help some level of government, which they believe unfairly favors the poor and middle class over the rich. They may have been right about some past incarnation of government but not so much today’s. But Boozman knows Grover Norquist, the head of the Club for Growth, and the Koch brothers, who control Americans

Hysteria over leaks


py work holds deep allure for many people. My own career as a secret agent began as an outgrowth of training beagle hunting dogs. See, I needed new antennas for the little radio transmitters in the animals’ collars — which combined with a directional antenna and multi-channel receiver helped me bring the little rascals home alive at day’s end. You wouldn’t believe some of the scrapes those dogs could get into. One time, we found three beagles inside a beaver dam fighting a cornered raccoon. Had we not intervened, he’d probably have drowned them. So anyway, I called customer service at Wildlife Materials Inc., to order the antennas. Ever the subversive, I made a joke about buckling a tracking collar to the bumper of my wife’s car. Long, painful silence. “Um, sir, we’re not supposed to talk about that.” Oh well. Of course these days, that technology’s way out of date for marital espionage. You can’t make a beagle carry a cell phone, but most wives cling to theirs 24/7. With the right software and a wi-fi connection, you can track her whereabouts in real time from your friendly neighborhood tavern, and even message her at the No Tell Motel

to say you’re stuck at the office. Unless she’s also tracking you, in which case all bets are off. GENE Of course, my LYONS own wife’s phone is lost half the time. I sometimes wish the National Security Agency weren’t too busy monitoring guys calling 1-900-HotVirgins over in Yemen to help her find it. She’s forever sitting on the fool thing and ringing me accidentally. Mostly I get to listen to her singing along with Carly Simon on the car radio. But let’s get halfway serious about this NSA business. First, where has everybody been since 2006, when USA Today first revealed the existence of large scale NSA telephone data-mining? That was objectionable in two big ways: the Bush White House acted unilaterally, without the court supervision required by law, and it was also indulging in warrantless wire-taps. Congress fixed that in 2008, permitting statistical analysis of telephone traffic, but requiring both ongoing FISA Court oversight and search warrants for actual eavesdropping. After his customary tapdancing, Sen. Barack Obama supported the bill. Hearing no announcement that

for Prosperity, will give him a pass on this The speaker of the House said he would transgression. They would work to defeat not let the bill out of the House. Pryor even if he had gone with them. The Club for Growth and Americans for It may be a little dicier for a few Prosperity may not be so charitable with Republicans in the House of Representatives. Crawford, who has strayed from orthodoxy Wal-Mart and the Walton family have been on a few other matters, like taxing the generous with the delegation — $15,000 rich to close the budget gap. They have last year to Rep. Steve Womack, the same tea partiers hunting for an opponent for as for Boozman, who wasn’t going to have Crawford in the 2014 Republican primary. an election for four years; $10,000 to Rep. Still, only Womack would beard the lion Tim Griffin; and $2,500 each to Rep. Rick in his den. Womack said his constituents — Crawford and the victorious Republican in read that Wal-Mart executives — told him South Arkansas, Tom Cotton. “Grover Norquist did not elect you” so he is Directly or indirectly, the Kochs and listening to people who want Internet sales Norquist also supported all of them. taxed and remitted to the state. So Womack, sometimes known as the I doubt many working people told him Congressman from Wal-Mart, is the lead they wanted their Internet purchases taxed, sponsor of the Internet bill in the House. but it is the right thing to do and not just Crawford signed on ostentatiously as because it is fair to Wal-Mart and other a cosponsor and Griffin sort of furtively. hometown merchants, who must collect Griffin is a darling of both billionaire clubs, and remit sales taxes and who have lost so he has to be more careful. business to the tax-free online sellers. Cotton, favored by only $2,500 from Congress decided after the Supreme the Waltons but heavily by the billionaires, Court decision to lay off state taxes for a is the only one who said he would oppose few years to allow fledgling e-commerce the bill. to develop. Internet merchants are now But here’s where the real forgiveness as sophisticated as Wal-Mart, maybe more. comes in. All know that the House will Congress should listen to Wal-Mart, not not pass the bill, so why not cut the because the Waltons are needy but because transgressors a little slack and let them cast it’s the right thing to do for the states and a pointless vote for their local sponsors? the taxpayers. the Obama White House had canceled the program, a person would have to be awfully naive to imagine NSA had gone out of business. The court order produced with a great flourish by Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian mainly confirmed that the system appears to be working as designed. So why the hyperventilating? The way some people are carrying on, you’d think the KGB or East German Stasi had set up shop in the White House — which definitely isn’t how people would act if they really feared tyranny. Greenwald himself rather specializes in hyperventilation. It’s a rare terrorist attack that isn’t immediately followed by a Greenwald essay pointing out that Norwegian civilians or off-duty British soldiers are no less legitimate targets than Pakistani children — true enough in an abstract moral sense, but of vanishing political usefulness. However, when a reporter begins a profile by praising his own work as “one of the most significant leaks in US political history,” a skeptic is apt to wince. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t have taken Edward Snowden (or any single source) at face value. There are plenty of clues even in The Guardian hagiography that not everything may be exactly as it seems. Running to China seeking freedom? China? Then there’s this: Any NSA analyst “at any time can target anyone, any selector,

anywhere,” Snowden said. “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if I had a personal email.” Now me, I don’t think a NSA computer tech can wiretap a federal judge any more than I think a bank teller can transfer the judge’s bank account to her boyfriend without getting caught. Sure enough, Robert Dietz, a former CIA and NSA lawyer, told the Los Angeles Times the claim was “complete and utter” falsehood. “First of all it’s illegal,” he said. “There is enormous oversight. They have keystroke auditing. There are, from time to time, cases in which some analyst is [angry] at his ex-wife and looks at the wrong thing and he is caught and fired.” Which is basically where we came in. Fourth Amendment purists are living in a dream world. Neither cellphones nor lunatics using airliners as weapons existed in Ben Franklin’s day. If you want privacy as defined in the 18th century, it’s easy: no phones, no Internet (and certainly no Facebook or Twitter) no credit cards or bank accounts, no EZ-pass, no nothing. But if you want government to have any chance to defeat mass-casualty terror attacks, surrendering raw phone data isn’t much of a concession. Besides, there are far more efficient ways of targeting enemies of the state than trying to make something of who they’ve talked to on the phone.

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To Of and Of Not Elaine Scott spotted what she tactfully its thriving factocalls “an unfortunate juxtaposition” in the ries and whaling May 23 Arkansas Times. Sitting right next station. All but one to the “Words” column was an ad that said, factory has since “Thank you to all of our sponsors, audiences closed.” That was and volunteers for an amazing 7th Annual the caption under DOUG LRFF! We couldn’t of done it without you!” a photograph in SMITH Unfortunate indeed. I’m reminded of a National famous quote — well, semi-famous — attrib- graphic. The caputed to Joe Jacobs, once a prominent figure tion writer was misled by “one.” One is in the sporting world: “I should of stood what’s still open. More than one are closed. in bed.” According to Bartlett’s, this was The verb should be plural — have not has. “After leaving a sickbed to attend the World A little later, in the body of the article, the Series in Detroit [October 1935] and betting Geographic got it right: “All but one of Skroon the loser.” va’s fish factories have closed, the most An article (not in the Times) by a woman recent in 2000.” whose husband had enrolled in college “The founder of Defense Distributed at a comparatively advanced age caught apparently describes himself as a cryptoBonnie Luck’s eye. “I’m going to miss not anarchist.” Michael Klossner writes: having my husband there every day, but “ ‘Crypto-’ means ‘secret.’ If you describe I’m really proud of him,” the item said. Ms. yourself as something, it’s not a secret.” Luck asks “What does this sentence mean?” Years ago, Gore Vidal and William F. Good question. Had the writer posed it to Buckley were on television together disherself, she might have realized that the cussing politics and Vidal called Buckley a “not” doesn’t belong. “crypto-Nazi.” Buckley called Vidal a “queer” “Rich in natural beauty, Skrova boasted and threatened to punch him if Vidal ever the highest percentage of millionaires in called Buckley a Nazi again, crypto- or othall Norway as recently as 1980, thanks to erwise. Their feud continued until death. WEEK THAT WAS

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‘GAMES OF SKILL.’ Wagers on so-called “electronic games of skill” at Oaklawn in Hot Springs and Southland in West Memphis stand at $1.384 billion so far in 2013, according to figures from the Arkansas Racing Commission. Gamblers at Southland wagered $908.25 million on games like video poker and blackjack during the first five months of the year, while Oaklawn bettors laid out $476.27 million. That’s good news for the state, which has seen tax revenue from “game of skill” wagers increase by 32 percent over last year. Not so good for the gamblers. WINE LOVERS. More than 500 of them gathered in Argenta on Friday for the soldout Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape wine, food and jazz festival. More than 200 wines were available for sample. A PROTEST. About 200 people, many of them Walmart employees, marched from the Bentonville town square to Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to protest the labor policies of the discount giant during the company’s annual shareholders meeting, which drew more than 14,000 people this year. CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENTS. Highway commissioner and Little Rock businessman John Burkhalter and Little Rock School Board member Dianne Curry both 8

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announced as Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor. Sadly, Sen. Jason Rapert, who had said earlier that his family was “praying” over a run for the same position, announced that he would seek re-election as a senator, where he can do more damage. Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has not announced whether he’ll seek re-election. A DELAY. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration gave ExxonMobil an extension to deliver a final report on what caused the corporation’s Pegasus pipeline to rupture on March 29 in Mayflower. The report was initially due in mid-May.

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THE BRADLEY COUNTY PINK TOMATO FESTIVAL. The annual event, scheduled for this weekend in Warren, will have crafts, food and music — but only finger-food size tomatoes, since the weather has hampered the crop. U.S. REP. TOM COTTON. Never one to shy away from serving up half-baked ideas meant to stimulate the teabag vote, Arkansas’s Fourth District congressman accused President Barack Obama of “court packing” after Obama nominated three judges to the D.C. circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The president is constitutionally charged with nominating judges to fill vacancies on the federal bench, and there are three vacancies on the D.C. circuit.


Busted knuckles JUNIOR, WHO IS SHAPING UP TO BE QUITE A GEEK at the ripe old age of 13, recently informed Ma and Pa of his summertime ambition: to build his own gaming computer, with the terabytes and the rams and the overclocks and the gibbety-flibblety bits that will apparently make it into a cross between the WOPR supercomputer in “WarGames” and the supercharged desktop Anthony Michael Hall used to bring Kelly LeBrock to life in “Weird Science.” Yes, The Observer realizes how old those movies are. We were young when we saw them, and we’re getting older by the minute. Junior’s calm and well-reasoned explanations of what he plans to do have zoomed over the heads of his near-Luddite parents. It’s all very technical. Up until that moment, it had never quite occurred to Yours Truly that you could actually, you know, BUILD a computer all on your lonesome. We thought it was all done somewhere deep in the bowels of the earth, by workers in sparkling white cleanrooms and pristine white jumpsuits. Our kid, whose autobiography would be called “All-Day Bathrobe and Minimal Showering: The Adventure Begins” if he started it right now, could never wear one of those jumpsuits. He’d have a ketchup stain on that sucker quicker than you could say “Steve Wozniak.” When Junior started quoting the prices of components he wanted, we got a bit of a sticker shock, then we told him he’d have to work for it — told him he’d have to wash dishes and cut grass and take out the trash and generally turn his parents into reclining rajahs, who live only to be fanned and fed grapes. The Observer recalls having a similar conversation with our own Old Man, just after we’d purchased our first car: a 1963 Chevrolet with a straight six, a three-onthe-tree and a stuck clutch. We bought it at a yard sale from the second owner for $200, cash on the barrelhead. Twohundred clams was a lot of dough in those days, but we soon told Dear Old Dad that we wanted to spend even more: aluminum wheels and chrome go-gaws, a stick shifter and plush upholstery, paint, bodywork, a new engine, da woiks. Dad’s only demand, as we recall, was that it be painted white,

red or yellow. Sending his 16-year-old kid out in the world — can you believe they trusted us with unfettered drivers’ licenses at just-turned-16 back in those days? — he was all about high-visibility. So, work we did, and build we did, and cuss we did on the dirt floor of Dad’s unair-conditioned shop. The whole summer we turned 16, we worked a roofing crew all day, then turned bolts and busted knuckles deep down into the night while the radio played and the bugs threw themselves against our one droplight, The Greasemonkey Observer sometimes sweating an outline of our body into the dirt. By that fall, we had quite a few more scars, but we drove off in style: Hurst shifter in the floor, new upholstery, rebuilt carburetor, aluminum wheels with spinner caps, raised white letter tires and a new engine that ran like a sewing machine. Pearl white, just like Dad wanted. And suddenly, there we were: 38-yearsold, somebody’s father, sitting where our own father sat, listening to Junior lay out the plan for his own dream machine. Sometimes, as you know as you watch this space, The Observer feels like a time traveler in our own skin, as if we blinked to shift a bit of dust from our eye while stretched out underneath that beloved Chevy and woke up here, owner of a grey beard and a foreign car so space-age that we could never fix its ailments with a million years of wrenching and cussing. And so we will help him. We will slip money into his piggy bank on the sly when we can. We will hop from foot to foot with him whenever the mailman comes with his packages. We will assist in The Great Unboxing. We will peer over his shoulder as it all comes together. We will squint with him into the gleaming guts, and adjust the lamp to light his hands as he works. We will walk him through his busted knuckles, and pretend that we know what the hell we are talking about when he asks questions, and generally make a nuisance of our self. And when it is finished — pearl white for safety — we’ll help him fire it up and brag on the grace and beauty of the thing, and on his skill, and make smiling huzzahs to how that baby runs, just like a sewing machine.


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Economics of ‘private option’ Five health insurance carriers have sent letters of intent to the Arkansas Insurance Department that they plan to offer plans on the Arkansas health insurance exchange, known as the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM), which will begin in January of 2014 as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Carriers will submit full applications at the end of the month with proposed premium prices. Those prices will be key not just because of their impact on the private insurance market, but the impact on government spending. As part of the “private option” for Medicaid expansion, the government will cover the premiums of some 200,000 low-income people who will be newly eligible for coverage. Having five carriers will likely enhance competition and help drive down prices. But it won’t necessarily address the main thing keeping the state from having a competitive market today: the dominance of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, which currently controls 75 percent of the market. Whether the HIM will help other companies chip away at that market-share domination is an open question. The “private option” might actually exacerbate the problem. On the one hand, the market was doubled by the introduction of the Medicaid expansion pool brought onto the exchange via the “private option,” which helps attract more carriers to the exchange. But that also means that around 200,000 customers in the marketplace won’t be price sensitive at all, because the government will be picking up the full tab of the premium. The insurance companies will try to compete for them in other ways, but the Blue Cross brand-name recognition is a likely factor for a consumer not paying attention to the price. “Competition won’t be as tough if one firm has a big brand name advantage,” explained Martin Gaynor, professor of economics and health policy at Carnegie Mellon.

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A RABID SKUNK: Skunks are carriers of rabies.

Rabies on the ground Reports in Pulaski County are first in 30 years. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


or the first time more than 30 years, terrestrial rabies has been reported in Pulaski County, all five cases occurring in Maumelle and north of Maumelle and all skunks. Cases of rabies in 2012 and so far in 2013 show a marked increase over state averages, though state Public Health Veterinarian Susan Weinstein says she can only guess why that might be. In 2012, there were 131 reported cases of animal rabies, though the state was averaging only 47 a year since 1990, when cases began to be recorded. By the end of May this year, 92 cases had been reported. Dr. Weinstein said peak rabies season has passed, so she does not expect to see that many cases in the last half of the year. The state Health Department does not go out into the field to do random assessments but tests animals that are submitted to it by people who suspect the animals are ill, so “the amount we see doesn’t accurately reflect what might be out there in the wild,” Weinstein said. So far this year, 127 skunks have been brought to Weinstein; 87 of them tested positive for rabies. The other five cases were a bat, a cow, a

horse and two dogs. Bats and skunks are carriers of the disease; other animals that contract rabies have been bitten by a rabid skunk. In Pulaski County, “we’ve always had every year an occasional bat with rabies, two to five to six, but never rabies on the ground, skunk rabies.” That’s important, she said, because of the increased threat to humans who are bitten by dogs or cats. “It makes a difference in how we assess how serious is that dog bite. Before we didn’t have to worry about it being rabies, because [there had been] no terrestrial rabies [in the county] for 30 years.” Adding to the increased risk to humans is the unfortunate fact that many Arkansans don’t vaccinate their pets, especially if their pets live outdoors. There “seems to be a lack of responsibility toward our pets,” Weinstein said. She has kept vaccination data on bitten animals, “and for example, for this year, 158 dogs have been exposed to those positive skunks and eight cats.” Of the dogs, 47.5 percent had never been vaccinated, only 21 percent were current on their vaccinations and another 31 percent had been

vaccinated with an “over-the-counter” or out-of-date vaccine. “We do a far better job of vaccinating the dogs and cats we sleep with in the house,” Weinstein said, which “doesn’t make good medical sense,” since those are the ones least at risk of rabies. Rabies occurs west of a diagonal that bisects the state from southwest to northeast. The last case of human rabies in Arkansas was in 2004, when a person who received a transplanted organ contracted rabies and died. The case was of national interest because doctors had not suspected that solid organs could transmit rabies. The rabies case in Arkansas was detected after four people who received the transplanted organs from the victim here died within a month. Weinstein said that people are so fearful of rabies that even if the animal that has bitten them does not test positive, they will go ahead with the shots anyway. They are no longer the fabled horrible shots in the belly, but they are “unbelievably expensive,” Weinstein said.





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1. A recent Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article about Pine Bluff’s efforts to stamp out the fashion style in which underwear is exposed by sagging pants featured a strong candidate for the year’s best headline. What was the headline? A) “ ‘Plumber Cleavage’ Epidemic in Jefferson Co.” B) “Saggy Pants, Seeing France Targeted” C) “Britches Bitching Boils Over” D) “Pine Bluff Mayor: ‘Say No to Crack’ “ 2. The Cabot Police Department recently announced they’d busted a criminal enterprise in a quiet suburban neighborhood there. What was allegedly going on, according to the police? A) Teacup poodle fighting. B) Brothel. Again. C) A pot-dealing ring that involved eight people, including three minors. D) Smuggling under the Great Dome of Protection that covers the city. 3. Police say that a 75-year-old man from Northwest Arkansas was recently bilked of money and property by a woman who had convinced him she was a famous singer. Who was the woman allegedly impersonating? A) Bluegrass/country artist Alison Krauss. B) That dude who sounds like a foghorn from The Oak Ridge Boys. C) Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse. D) M.C. Hammer, with the woman having hired the actual M.C. Hammer to make the calls for $20 and two dozen scratch-off lottery tickets. 4. The sheriff of Searcy County was removed from office in early June over a 1979 misdemeanor theft conviction. What did he steal? A) Donuts B) Chickens C) Baton polish D) Joe Don Baker’s accent from the 1973 classic “Walking Tall” 5. On June 3, a 16-year-old Fort Smith boy was wounded in the shoulder when his friend accidentally shot him with a handgun. What game did the two tell police they were playing at the time of the shooting? A) “The NRA Freedom Game™” B) “Russellville Roulette” C) a “Zombie Game” D) “The Instant Orifice Game” 6. A murder-for-hire plot recently came to light in Northwest Arkansas, with police saying a woman there tried to hire another woman to kill her husband. According to police, how did she suggest he should be killed? A) Slip LSD into his drink at a bowling alley, then convince him to kill himself. B) Smeared with liquid meth and dropped off in Rose City. Let nature take its course. C) A cage, a bull, and a sexy cow costume. D) Lego block on the stairs. 7. According to police, which of the following was one of the things police say the woman allegedly offered as partial payment for having her husband offed? A) One full minute in her private “Tornado o’ Bucks!” chamber. B) A Winnebago. C) “The Big Lebowski” on Laserdisk. D) All you can eat pass for two at the local Western Sizzlin’


Mike Huckabee is advocating just that. Huckabee tweeted this week: “It’s time for churches to reject tax exempt status completely; freedom is more important than government financial favors.” So Huckabee wants pastors to be braver in their political statements from the pulpit. At the 2013 Pastors’ Conference in Houston, Huckabee advised them, “I think we need to recognize it may be time to quit worrying so much about the tax code and start thinking more about the truth of the living God, and if that means we give up our taxexempt status, I choose freedom more than I choose a deduction. I never gave a dime to God solely because it was a tax decision.” Maybe churches could take on the Huck PAC model, a tax-free way for Huckabee to accept tithes. Huckabee also commented on the sports world, complaining about the positive attention given to NBA player Jason Collins for coming out of the closet. “They proclaimed him a hero,” he said. “Where are the accolades for Tim Tebow who follows Jesus? He was told to shut up.”

Have a sidearm with your sub? A sticker on both doors of the fast-food sandwich shop Schlotzsky’s Deli in North Little Rock reads: “Firearms Welcome. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such a case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.” Still hungry?

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A DEATH IN THE VILLAGE More than a year and a half later, the murder of Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke still has residents puzzled.


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o matter how good forensic science gets, the truth at the core of our justice system hasn’t changed: Prosecutions are about not what you think you know, or what everyone believes, or what you feel in your heart of hearts. Prosecutions are about what you can prove. Which brings us to the murder of 46-year-old Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke. So far, the only person investigators have called a “person of interest” in the case is Natzke’s boyfriend at the time of her death, Kevin Duck. While Duck isn’t considered a suspect — and Duck is, of course, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law — the lead investigator on the case said all the information collected so far points to no one else. Attempts to reach Kevin Duck and his family members were unsuccessful. By all known accounts, Duck was the last person to see Natzke alive on Dec. 21, 2011, the night the couple suddenly left a Village Christmas party under mysterious circumstances, leaving Natzke’s purse, cigarettes and mother — who had ridden to the party with Natzke and Duck — behind. The next morning, Natzke’s car was found burned down to the hubs in the Ouachita National Forest. It would take another nine days and a volunteer search — organized and conducted without the help of the Hot Springs Village Police Department — before Natzke’s body was found, floating in a murky pond miles away. Over a year and a half later, the case remains unsolved. At this point, even Dawna Natzke’s mother has given up hope that anyone will ever be convicted of the crime. Behind the gates of Hot Springs Village, rumors still boil about the case. But with an investigation that some called botched from the start, will anyone ever be brought to justice?




riginally from St. John, Ind., Dawna Natzke and her husband, Todd, moved to Hot Springs Village — the 55-square mile gated town of around 13,000 residents, most of them retirees, which straddles the Garland/Saline County line — a few years after her mother and father, Homer and Doris Smith, retired there in 1989. Natzke worked as a waitress, then as a receptionist for a doctor’s office in the Village. Her mother recalls that even long after she’d left the receptionist job, Natzke remembered the patients and their ailments. “We would go shopping or go out to dinner or something,” Doris said, “and she was always charging across the room hugging someone and asking, ‘How’s your arm?’ or ‘How are you?’ or ‘Did your husband ever get his new car?’ Everyone remembered her.” In 1999, after Homer Smith’s health began to falter due to long-term dialysis treatments, Natzke volunteered to donate a kidney to him, an operation that meant cutting out at least one of her ribs, followed by a lengthy recovery. The new kidney allowed Homer Smith to live another 10 years. Eventually, Natzke took a job at the Hot Springs Village Police Department, working as a dispatcher for the seven years preceding her death. Court records say she separated from her husband in January 2011, with Todd Natzke filing for divorce in April of that year.

SMITH: Wants justice for her daughter.

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IN THE VILLAGE: The home from which Natzke diappeared.


After that, Natzke lived with two of her three sons in a house in the Village. Doris Smith said her daughter’s failed marriage left her depressed a lot of the time. One of the lone bright spots, she said, was that on Thursday nights, she and Natzke would go to Patsy’s Bar, near the East Gate of Hot Springs Village, to watch football. “Until the end of football season,” Doris said, “we went all the time. Kevin started coming in there, and she met him there.” A mechanic who worked at a Shell store in the Village, Kevin Duck met Natzke in May 2011, and they almost immediately hit it off. Duck was 27 at the time, almost 20 years Natzke’s junior. Natzke’s friend Cheryl Ansell, who lived just across the cul-de-sac from the house Natzke and Duck would eventually share, said Natzke’s friends didn’t think much about the age difference because it was obvious how Duck’s attention made Natzke feel. “You know what attracted her to him?” Ansell said. “He made her laugh for the first time in years. She deserved it.” A week and a half after Natzke and Duck met, Doris Smith said, Duck moved into Natzke’s house. Though the relationship was progressing quickly, both Smith and Ansell said it seemed like a good match. “He was really good to me, and good to Dawna,” Doris said. “She was very happy. He bought her the car that got burned — paid cash. ... It was an old car, but he was a mechanic and he went over it and fixed everything. He maintained all [Natzke’s sons’] vehicles.” In hindsight, however, Doris said there are things about Duck’s behavior that seem odd to her: “If we was sitting beside Dawna, he was rubbing her on the hand.” She added, “His attention was always with her.” Cheryl Ansell’s late husband, Jim, who worked at the Hot Springs Village Police Department with Natzke before his death from cancer, told Cheryl that he also found that aspect of Duck’s behavior strange. “[Natzke] told Jim that Kevin was always touching her,” Cheryl said. “He always had to be touching her. Jim told her: ‘There’s something wrong with somebody who always has to be touching you. There’s something wrong with that.’ She wouldn’t believe it.” According to Ansell and Smith, however, by the winter of 2011, the relationship had started to take a turn. They said that the night before the party at which Natzke was last seen,


Natzke told her sister that when she went back to work on Friday of that week, she planned to get together with Jim Ansell to see about putting Duck out of her home.


ust after 6 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 21, 2011, Natzke and Duck picked up Doris Smith in the Ford Escort station wagon Duck had bought for Natzke, all of them headed to a Christmas party at the hilltop home of then-Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association general manager Scott Randall. Smith said that when Natzke and Duck arrived at her house, she knew there was something on her daughter’s mind. “There was something wrong

with Dawna,” Smith said. “There was something wrong, and she would not say a word. Kevin was fine.” They got to the party, and things seemed to be going fine. Just after 10 p.m., Doris said, Natzke went outside to smoke. When she came back in, she was crying. Coming up and hugging her, Smith said, Natzke told her that she was crying over a legal situation involving her estranged husband. Still crying, Smith said, Natzke went into the bathroom, followed closely by her friend, Patty Hathaway. Doris said that Hathaway misunderstood why Natzke was crying, and assumed it was about Kevin and Dawna’s relationship. “Patty Hathaway realized something was happening,” Doris said, “so she went into the bathroom with Dawna. She didn’t know Kevin was outside the bathroom listening. Patty was screaming for Dawna to throw that S.O.B. out, get rid of him.” Arkansas Times’ attempts to contact Patty Hathaway were unsuccessful. At the time of the murder, however, Hathaway spoke to the Hot Springs Village Voice newspaper about the events leading up to Natzke’s disappearance. In a Jan. 4, 2012, story, Hathaway told the HSV Voice that after Natzke came out of the bathroom, she saw Duck and Natzke heading toward the front door. “It looked to me like he wanted to walk out the door and she

didn’t,” Hathaway said. After Natzke and Duck went outside, a neighbor of Scott Randall happened to be walking back from another Christmas party down the street. The neighbor told the Hot Springs Village Voice that from the darkened yard in front of the Randall home, she heard “a man’s voice uttering a single syllable over and over, approximately five times.” The woman struggled to describe the sound she heard, though she reportedly called it “maniacal, anguishing, hysterical, indistinguishable.” The woman said she didn’t hear a woman’s voice at any time. A few moments later, she heard a car squeal out of the Randall driveway and speed away into the dark.


oon after her daughter went outside, Doris Smith realized that she’d been left behind, along with Natzke’s glasses, cigarettes, and purse. Natzke’s cell phone was gone. To Smith’s knowledge, the phone has never been recovered. After waiting for her daughter to return for over an hour, Doris caught a ride home with a friend, got ready for bed, then laid awake fretfully in the dark. Smith said that at 2:21 a.m. — she wrote the time down in a battered telephone book — the phone rang. It was Kevin Duck. “He said: ‘Miss Doris?’ It was strange.

station wagon torched to a smoldering hull in the woods eight miles from the intersection of Highway 298 and Highway 7, the fire having burned so hot that parts of the aluminum engine block had melted into slag. According to the Hot Springs Village police timeline, the Forest Service didn’t notify them of their discovery until the morning of Dec. 24. On Friday, Dec. 23, Natzke’s son reported her missing, and the Hot Springs Village police began conducting interviews. On Christmas Eve, after the car was reported as found, Hot Springs Village PD conducted a search around the site where the car was burned, then a detective sent a flatbed truck to the scene, picked up Natzke’s car, and reportedly hauled it uncovered to the Hot Springs Village Police Department, where it wasn’t processed by technicians with the Arkansas State Crime Lab until four days later.



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rustrated with the pace of the search for Natzke, Patty Hathaway and other friends organized a volunteer search on Dec. 31. After a call was put out on social media, several hundred people showed up at the Jessieville High School gymnasium. No officers with the Hot Springs Village Police Department or the Garland County Sheriff’s Office attended. The highest ranking law enforcement officer there that day was Garland County Constable Bill Carpenter. Entering the gym at Jessieville, Carpenter said he was “blown away” by the number of volunteers, and their silence. “There were over 500 people there,” Carpenter said. “The whole side was loaded up and they were loading up the second side, and I could have went out there and thrown down a quarter and you could have heard it hit the floor. It was that quiet. It was eerie.” Asked if he was surprised that representatives of the Hot Springs Village Police Department weren’t there that day, Anderson said he wasn’t. “I just took it that everybody had been searching every day, day and night, and they were exhausted,” Anderson said. “They were saying, you know, ‘Knock yourself out. We’re going to take the day off and regroup.’ ” Also in attendance was Jeff Meek, a reporter with the Hot Springs Village Voice. A former basketball coach from the town of Minooka, Ill., Meek had never reported anything other than scores when he started with the Voice

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He never called me Miss Doris, he called me Mom, just like all Dawna’s friends,” Smith said. “He said: ‘Miss Doris, is Dawna there?’ And I said: ‘No, she’s with you. She left me at the party with no way home’ ... he hung up real quick there.” At 6:45 a.m., the phone rang again, and it was Kevin. “He said: ‘I was sleeping on the couch and Dawna left. I figured she was going back to the party to get you,’ ” Smith said, adding that Kevin hung up quickly again. Doris said her daughter — whose eyesight was so bad that she wore the strongest available contact lenses and “pop bottle glasses” otherwise — was afraid to drive after dark. None of the previous night’s drama was known to Cheryl Ansell when she went out to walk her dog around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22. Looking across the cul-de-sac to Nazke’s house, Ansell said she saw Natzke’s turquoise station wagon sitting in the driveway, adding that she noticed the dome light to the car had been left on. Ansell said she went back inside, and told her husband that if he wanted to ride to the police station with Natzke for his shift that started at 6 a.m., he’d better hurry. When they went out just before 6 a.m., however, the car was gone. When he got to work, Jim Ansell found out that Natzke was not scheduled to work that day. As dawn turned to morning, Patty Hathaway was concerned about her friend as well. At 8 a.m., Hathaway later told the Associated Press, she texted Natzke, saying that she was concerned about how Duck had “pushed” her out the door the night before. Around two hours later, Hathaway said, she got a text from Dawna’s number in reply: “He didn’t push me i fell and he caught me. I had taken a pain pill and was tour [sic] up.” Smith said her daughter never used the slang “tore up,” and her daughter’s texts were always heavily abbreviated, using “u” for “you” and so forth. According to an investigative timeline later distributed by the Hot Springs Village Police, Duck told investigators that after leaving the party, he and Natzke had gone home and he had gone to bed, leaving Natzke awake watching television. At 7:30 a.m. the morning after the party, according to the timeline, Duck said he woke up and found that Natzke and her car were gone, and assumed that she’d gone to work. At 11:15 a.m. Dec. 22, a U.S. Forest Service worker found Dawna Natzke’s


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seven years ago. He’s covered the Natzke murder like the dew since it happened. The Village, he said, is a place where lots of people wind up living “a second life.” He’s one of them. As Carpenter and a trained search and rescue volunteer from Saline County busted the searchers up into teams and gave them a crash course in how to look for a missing person, Meek said he overheard a man nearby say “Shell store.” Knowing that was where Kevin Duck worked, Meek eventually followed the man outside and asked if he could interview him. When the man identified himself, Meek was stunned. It was Luther Duck, Kevin Duck’s father. “He didn’t have a lot of flattering things to say about his son,” Meek said. “He said he had a history of violence, and there still may be some family matters there concerning his grandson.” As he was talking to Duck, Meek heard a gasp, and when he turned, he saw that the women who’d been handing out maps were sobbing. In less than 45 minutes, the searchers had found Dawna Natzke’s body floating in the edge of George Spiers Curve Pond, a muddy, cattailand-briar-ringed hole of water on West Main Haul Road, around six miles from where her car was found. At the scene, Constable Bill Carpenter said, you could see where someone had backed a vehicle down into the woods near the spot where the body was found. “All of a sudden,” Meek said, “there’s a lot of chatter about ‘they found her near a pond.’ Luther Duck leaned over in my ear and said: ‘I told the police to search that pond days ago.’ I said: ‘Hot Springs Village Police?’ And I remember he paused, and I thought he didn’t want to say, and then he said: ‘Yes.’ ” 16

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Meanwhile, in Hot Springs Village, Doris Smith soon learned that her daughter’s body had been found from the Internet. Though the chief of police and the pastor of her church came racing into the driveway with sirens blaring a few minutes later, it was too late. “It was already on Facebook,” Smith said. “I was laying in the middle of the floor, screaming... I thought she might be alive. That was no way to find out. They were trying to get to me, to tell me the proper way, to be with me.” On Jan. 4, 2012, Kevin Duck’s probation officer Courtney Thomas later testified, she found that the contact numbers that Duck had left with her office were inoperative. A State Police investigator working on the Natzke case located Duck in South Louisiana, and interviewed him there on Jan. 13. On Jan. 25, Hot Spring County Circuit Judge Chris Williams issued a warrant for Duck’s arrest on an alleged parole violation. Duck — who had previously worked on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico — was arrested at a hotel in Lake Charles, La., on Feb. 1 and extradited back to Arkansas the following week. Duck paid a $15,000 bond and was released on Feb. 28. During a March 27 hearing on the probation violation, Judge Williams found that Duck had committed three violations of the terms of his probation, and extended Duck’s probation by two years.


nce Dawna Natzke’s body was found, the investigation was handed over to the Garland County Sheriff’s Department. After that, Doris Smith said, it’s been hard to get any information from investigators about the case. She still doesn’t know how her daughter died. She never saw the body, though she

but he refused to comment much, saying he’d talked to Meek in the hopes that it would change things, but had been disappointed in the response. “The only thing that might have changed things [in Hot Springs Village],” Anderson said, “was if her body had been found on a golf course or in a golf course pond. Maybe people would have wanted some more answers. As long as we don’t interrupt anybody’s golf game, it’s not that big a deal.” Previously, Anderson had told the Hot Springs Village Voice: “The Hot Springs Village PD never did organize a full search. [Then-Chief Laroy] Cornett could have put 20 to 25 volunteers from the Village police and fire departments out there on any given day. Why did it take citizens to find her? Some of the officers that were working that weekend were not given information as to where Dawna was last seen or where to look.” Anderson told the Voice that when officers offered to organize their own search party to look for Natzke the day she was reported missing, they were “told to drive around the dead-end cul-de-sacs and look for Dawna’s car.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

“The only thing that might have changed things [in Hot Springs Village] was if her body had been found on a golf course or in a golf course pond. Maybe people would have wanted some more answers. As long as we don’t interrupt anybody’s golf game, it’s not that big a deal.”


heard Natzke was found wearing the same clothes, including a red sweater, that she was wearing at the Christmas Party. Though some have questioned the way the search for Dawna Natzke was handled, Doris Smith has nothing but good things to say about the Hot Springs Village Police Department and its search for her daughter. Officers were always at the house to fill her in on how the search for her daughter was progressing, Smith said. The FBI and Arkansas State Police were eventually brought in to assist with the investigation, but since Garland County took over, Smith said her phone calls to investigators are almost never returned. Jeff Meek, however, is not so sure the Hot Springs Village Police Department did all they could after Natzke’s disappearance. For a story marking the first anniversary of the murder, Meek interviewed former Hot Springs Village Police Officer Dale Anderson about the Natzke case. A retired law enforcement officer from Illinois, Anderson had been at the HSVPD at the time of the Natzke murder. Arkansas Times spoke to Anderson,

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Meek told Arkansas Times he later learned that the pond where Natzke’s body was found was, in fact, given at least a cursory search once and possibly twice by the Hot Springs Village Police. Still, he calls the question of why it took a week and a half and a volunteer search to find the body “unexplainable.” He said he also doesn’t understand why the car was brought back to the Village for processing. “Maybe there was nothing there anyway because of the heat of the fire,” Meek said, “but to put it on a flatbed and drive it 50 miles an hour for 10 miles down the road? If there was anything on there, it’s going to blow away.” Even with those seemingly unexplainable lapses, Meek said he doesn’t believe there was any kind of cover-up by Hot Springs Village or the HSVPD. “I’m convinced that the people who work in the Hot Springs Village Police Department loved Dawna Natzke,” Meek said. “She was truly one of their own. Which makes it all the more puzzling why the search seems to be slow in developing and why more wasn’t done. ... why a better job didn’t get done.” Hot Springs Village Interim Chief Ricky Middleton refused to comment on the search for Natzke, and referred all questions about the investigation to the Garland County Sheriff’s Office.


nvestigator Mike Wright with the Garland County Sheriff Office has been the lead detective on the case since Natzke’s body was found. When we spoke in early June, he said the investigation was drawing to a close. Just before press time, a spokesman for the Garland County Sherrif ’s Office said the investigative file had been forwarded to the Garland County prosecutor’s office. “We feel like we’ve investigated everything there is to investigate, and we’ve been in contact throughout the ordeal with the prosecutor’s office,” Wright said. “That’s what I’m working on as we speak. We’re getting the final, formal file ready to send over.” Asked whether Kevin Duck is considered a suspect in the case,

Wright said: “I can tell you that our investigation has led us to no other persons of interest.” Of his interviews with Duck, Wright said Duck was “cooperative,” but refused to say more. Wright said he couldn’t disclose how Natzke died, whether she was killed where she was found, or whether the evidence in the case leads investigators to believe that the killer had an accomplice. He said that the area where the car was burned was searched more than once, but nothing of evidentiary value was located there. At the pond, however, Wright said that investigators did locate “items of evidence,” but he couldn’t get into specifics. As for how long the investigation phase has taken, Wright said they have taken their time because they didn’t want to “jump the gun.” “We didn’t want to go off halfcocked and rush out and do something that later on would come back to bite us,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we did a thorough investigation and exhausted all the leads possible. Unfortunately, that takes a little time. You have witnesses who were once here who are not here, you try to track them down to do your interviews, and so forth.” Wright said he feels confident that the sheriff’s office has done the best investigation it can do in the case, and has done a thorough job. Asked what have been the biggest difficulties in solving the murder, Wright said: “The lack of actual witnesses and the lack of physical evidence.” Still, Wright is optimistic. “From my personal standpoint, I think there is enough there to move forward with a charge,” he said. “But then again, I look at it from the investigative side. I’m not in the position to have to actually prosecute it. In my years of doing this, I’ve walked over there with a case that I thought was a slam dunk, and it just fell to pieces. Conversely, I’ve walked over there with a case I didn’t feel very comfortable with at all and ended up getting a conviction on it. It’s hard to say, especially with a jury trial. You never know what 12 men and women are going to think.”

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or several years, Juneteenth in Little Rock meant a big concert downtown at Riverfest Park hosted by Power 92-FM. But what Juneteenth really celebrates — June 19, 1865, day that abolition of slavery was announced by federal troops to slaves in Galveston, Texas — was lost in all the live music. To be sure, there’s certainly nothing wrong with live music being a part of a larger holiday celebration. But for some critics, the annual gathering was all about the show. Two Little Rock filmmakers — Darrell Scott and Julian Walker — made a critical documentary about the concert in 2007. Since 2009, however, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has organized the city’s primary Juneteenth celebration. Sure, there’s live music and lots of other fun activities and it’s a good time. But the primary focus of the event is on the meaning of the holiday and the critical importance of knowing the history of slavery and the plight of African Americans to gain freedom. “We were approached with an opportunity from the community to partner with some other organizations to do a Juneteenth that was very community-focused and friendly and we felt that it was a good opportunity,” said Quantia Fletcher, assistant director of the center. “Especially because our mission is to preserve, to interpret, to collect and to celebrate the history of African Americans in Arkansas, and what better way than with the history of Juneteenth, which is all about the celebration of freedom of African Americans?” The festival started off with small steps, but the MTCC wants to expand, adding more days and different types 20

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Music lineup 11:45 a.m. — Gloryland Choir 1 p.m. — Akil Ato 1:30 p.m. — International Percussion Collection with Emerge 2 p.m. — Butterfly & Irie Soul 4:30 p.m. — Billy Jones Blues 6 p.m. — Stephen B. Steward Headliner — Isaac Carree

of events to attract a wide swath of the community. The organizers are also looking for sponsors to help the festival grow. “We want to expand by gaining major sponsors and major support from people in our state who really understand the importance of the Mosaic Templars’ mission, which is African-American history in Arkansas, but who also are interested in helping us partner to make the festival bigger and better,” she said. “We’d like to have more performers. We’d like to have performers on a larger scale. Everything that we offer on the day of is free. We’d like to continue to keep it free, but we really need sponsorship support.” This year, the Juneteenth celebration will include a theatrical performance Friday, June 14, all-day activities and music on Saturday, June 15, and a historical reenactment featuring an African-American Civil War regiment in full regalia on Thursday, June 20. Audiences will be able “to step back in time and hear the stories of what it was like to be a colored soldier or what it was like to be an African American around the time of slavery. What were they fighting for? What things were important to

them? It’s going to be interesting,” Fletcher said. The Friday performance is “Voices from the Front Porch,” written by S. Juain Young. There will be two performances starting at 6 p.m. “The purpose behind this theatrical performance is to take people back, for people to remember the struggle, for people to remember the importance of our ancestors and how they fought to obtain freedom and how their story is intertwined with ours,” Fletcher said. “And there’s a little bit of comedy in there as well, but basically, it’s going back to our great-grandmothers, listening to the stories they remember hearing from their family members.” The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, at Broadway and Ninth, is the reconstruction of the Mosaic Templars building that housed black businesses and the Mosaic Templars fraternity. Its exhibits focus on Arkansas black entrepreneurship and the once-thriving black business district that existed on and around Ninth Street. “Juneteenth is an opportunity for us to open our doors to business and allow vendors to be at their very best and continue the legacy of entrepreneurship, as well as history and music,” Fletcher said. Even though the celebration stems out of the AfricanAmerican experience, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center wants to reach everyone. “It’s definitely an opportunity for everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, to have a good time and to celebrate, but to also remember the importance of the date and also remember that we’re all one community, and we can get so much more done if we collectively work together,” Fletcher said. All events are free.

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A&E NEWS SUSAN ALTRUI, BOARD CHAIR OF THE HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM INSTITUTE, announced last week that the organization has sold the historic Malco Theater on Central Avenue to Rick Williams of Summit Properties. In an email announcing the sale, Altrui said the transaction “removes all debt owed on the theater and its related property by HSDFI and places it in the hands of an individual committed to renovating the building and making it available for future public use.” According to the Garland County assessor’s office, Williams bought the property on May 14 for $385,000. This year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (Oct. 11-20) will still take place at the Arlington Hotel, but organizers hope to schedule some screenings at the Malco, which was home to the festival for many years. Altrui told the Times that the sale of the Malco will retire all of the debt the HSDFI owed to Arvest Bank and the Central Business Improvement District, the bulk of which — two mortgages totaling $365,000 — was owed to Arvest. “It’s tremendous for us,” she said of the sale. “It releases us from a huge burden.” The organization still owes an asyet undetermined amount to various vendors who had not been paid in full from the 2010 and 2011 documentary festivals, and it is working to ensure those vendors are made whole. Altrui said that while they’d like to have some screenings at the Malco for this year’s festival, it will depend on whether the historic building is ready for use. She added that the HSDFI will remain at the Arlington for the foreseeable future. “We like the Arlington as a venue and do not intend to move,” she said. Rather, the festival will most likely take place at both venues in the near future, and will possibly expand to other locations up and down Central Avenue.

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Blues fans, set your coordinates for Carroll County, because there’s going to be a stout lineup at this year’s Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. At the top of the bill is The Chicago Blues Revue (Saturday night at The Auditorium), which includes John Primer, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Billy Flynn and BarrelHouse Chuck, all of whom have performed alongside such legendary figures as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins and many others. Among them all, they’ve earned a Grammy nod and multiple Blues Music Awards nominations and wins. Opening for the revue is E.G. Kight, a veteran player out of Georgia, who has shared stages with greats like B.B. King and Koko Taylor. She’s nicknamed the Georgia Songbird. The Nighthawks (Friday night at The Auditorium) have been playing since the early ’70s, turning out, solid, straightforward blues rock. Opening that show will be Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, a stylistically diverse guitarist who tours constantly. Times readers will no doubt be familiar with Mississippi’s Cedric Burnside, who’ll perform Friday night at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom (Burnside plays at White Water Tavern Saturday night). There are many more performances all weekend. Check for the full schedule.

BLUES IN THE HILLS: Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges plays Friday night at The Auditorium as part of the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.



9 p.m. Revolution. $10 minimum donation.

TYPO NEGATIVE: Jeff Deck, co-author of “The Great Typo Hunt,” will speak Thursday evening at Main Library.



6:30 p.m. Main Library. Free.

If your the typo person who gets P-O’d at the site of misused homophones, missspelings, creative abbrev., stray apostrophe’s, Mysterious Capitalizations, “enthusiastic” and “seemingly random” usage of “quotation marks,” or other such abuses of written language, you will likely sympathize with author Jeff Deck. In 2007, Deck and his colleague Benjamin D. Herson decided they had finally had enough with the typos, particularly on signs. So they 22

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embarked on a 10-week voyage across the country, armed with sharpies, correction fluid, dry erase markers and all other manner of materials, in order to right the wrongs found on as many signs as possible. They documented their journey and the result was “The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time,” which was published in 2011. Copy editors, English teachers, militant grammarians and their sympathizers should get a kick out of the book. Deck will give a presentation and sign books as well.

When longtime concert promoter Jeffry “Bushy” Hudnall died early this year, there was an outpouring of grief from the electronic music community. Even to an outsider, it was apparent how much Hudnall’s life and work meant to so many people. Promoter Mike Brown was very close to Hudnall, so he’s hosting a benefit to put a bench and plaque as a memorial to his late friend at the Belvedere Pavilion downtown. “Many

years ago this is where Bushy use to throw our Free Sunday parties,” Brown said via email. “He loved the area, even got married there. After they cremated him, there was never a plot, or place to visit. Through all the lives he touched, I felt this was a great way to keep his spirit alive for everyone he touched and future generations of music lovers.” The cost for the memorial is $3,000, and the proceeds from this 18-and-older show, which will feature more than 20 DJs, will go toward the project. The $10 donation is a minimum, and includes a memorial button.



5:30 p.m. Lamar Porter Field. $10.

Little Rock’s Lamar Porter Field is a treasure. The WPA-built ball field on Seventh Street was constructed in 1936 and is the oldest actively used baseball stadium in the state. It’s got such a classic ballpark look that it was used as a location for the 1984 WWII-era film “A Soldier’s Story.” It was where Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson — widely regarded as one

of, if not the, best third baseman of all time — played as a youngster. Robinson will be returning to his hometown to celebrate the field’s 77th birthday and kick off the fundraising effort to fully restore the park, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Tickets also include a hot dog, soft drink and a bag of popcorn, because this is a baseball park, after all. Robinson will be available to sign autographs for fans as well. Who could ask for a more wholesome, all-American time to be had this Saturday afternoon?





10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Discovery. $8-$10, free for members.

This sounds very cool, especially for those with young’uns (or young-atheart’uns): The 2nd Annual Tinkerfest. Organized by the Arkansas Discovery Network (a six-museum partnership

with the Museum of Discovery as its hub), Tinkerfest will see more than 40 stations set up where burgeoning engineers and inventors can, well, tinker on stuff. What sort of stuff? According to the MOD, “visitors will have the opportunity to create with 3D printers, disassemble a vehicle, meet

robot makers, participate in water balloon catapulting duels, build and launch rockets, learn to crochet, create a cardboard city and much more.” It doesn’t cost extra to attend Tinkerfest, but standard admission applies for non-members ($10 for adults, $8 for children).

an acoustic solo show). This one will feature a full-band lineup, with Josh Bentley on bass, Brian Bush on keyboards and Brad Brown on drums. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of “Dark Houses,” I recommend it. The album hits a total sweet spot hybrid of nervy post-punk and classic power pop. Check the blistering, epic “Cipher” or the slyly

infectious opener “Waste of Time.” And the fist-pumping-inducing “I Hope He Understands” just slays, pausing for a breath in the middle to get set up for some blistering, bitchin’ guitar soloing. Seriously. He’s got four tracks from the album streaming on his ReverbNation profile. Opening the show will be Peckerwolf and Winston Family Orchestra.



John McAteer — known to more than a few folks as Johnny Mac, solo artist and frontman for The Reds — released the album “Dark Houses” last summer, but hadn’t gotten to playing a recordrelease show until now (he did play



10 p.m. Juanita’s. $15 adv., $20 day of.

Longtime Memphis rapper and Three 6 Mafia associate Project Pat comes to town Saturday. He’s been pumping out the Dirty South jams at a steady clip since the ’90s, having earned his biggest hit with “Chickenhead” in 2001, after getting a lot of attention for his turn on the Three 6 classic “Sippin’ on Some Syrup.” His recent single “Gas,” from the upcoming mixtape “Cheez-N-Dope 2,” is as fine an example as you could ask for when it comes to banging, slow-rolling Southern hip-hop. It’s all booming bass and rattling clicks and sinister synthesizers. Opening the show will be Little Rock electro-pop outfit Collin Vs. Adam, which should make for an interesting show.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre continues, with its one non-Shakespearean show of the season, “Oliver!” The musical is based on the Dickens classic “Oliver Twist,” and it will be performed at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, $27. Fans of gothic folk are advised to check out Maxine’s, which will host folk/ blues-tinged duo Some Dark Holler and country-informed singer/songwriter Bonnie Whitmore, 8 p.m., free. Live at Laman continues this month with The Mercers and Charlotte Taylor, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. If you’re looking for some classic rock-inspired Red Dirt sounds, don’t miss Micky & The Motorcars. Oklahoma singer/songwriter Samantha Crain returns to White Water Tavern, with Parker Milsap, 9:30 p.m. If for some reason you’d like to observe a charlatan hoodwinking the bereaved and credulous live and in-person, you’re in luck, because “psychic” and TV host John Edward will be at Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $45-$95. Fans of sketch comedy will probably want to check out Red Octopus Theater’s “Electric Octopus,” 8 p.m. Thursday through Friday. Grown-ups only, as usual.


Here’s one that’s sure to pack out White Water Tavern: Cory Branan, performing with Pawtuckets alum Andy Grooms, 9:30 p.m. You can catch Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” on a pay-what-you-can basis at The Village at Hendrix, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Up in Northwest Arkansas, TheatreSquared presents its 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival, which includes staged readings of four new plays, a showcase of 10-minute plays by Arkansas high school students and the annual 24-Hour Play-Off, Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., $7-$10.


Magic Springs hosts Contemporary Christian Music star TobyMac, with Capital Kings, Timberwood Amphitheater, 9 p.m., $50-$60. 2013 Simply Red: A Night of Stars is a fundraiser for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation, with live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and more, Argenta Community Theater, 6:30-10:30 p.m., $60-$100. This year’s JeffersonJackson Dinner features keynote speaker Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Statehouse Convention Center, 7 p.m. Vintage goods buffs will want to head on over to the first South Main Vintage Market, which will have vintage and antique goods for sale, The Bernice Garden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


BLUFF CITY ICON: Memphis rap veteran Project Pat performs at Juanita’s Saturday night.

Jazz legend and “Schoolhouse Rock!” composer Bob Dorough will perform at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.

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Bonnie Whitmore, Some Dark Holler. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. Featuring Chicago Blues Revue, The Nighthawks, EG Knight, Cedric Burnside Project, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges and many others at venues all over Eureka Springs. Check website for schedule. The Auditorium, also June 14-16, $20-$35. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. www. Handmade Moments. The Joint, 9 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Hot Springs Music Festival. Classical music festival featuring 20 concerts and more than 250 open rehearsals at venues all over Hot Springs. Check website for full schedule. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 15. “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. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Dugan’s Pub, 7-9 p.m. 401 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Live at Laman: The Mercers with Charlotte Taylor. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Micky & The Motorcars. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Minor Decline, Weisenheimers, The Bad Years. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. 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. Samantha Crain, Parker Milsap. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Tragikly White (headliner), Chris Henry (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. 24

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RHYME-SLINGER: Chicago hip-hop legend Twista comes to Discovery Nightclub. He’ll go on stage late-ish, and all the regular Discovery fun is on the docket too, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10 before midnight, $15 after. Wayland, Found Fearless, Attack the Mind. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


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


Art of Wine Festival. Sample wines from around the world and food from local restaurants. Walton Arts Center, 6 p.m.; June 14, 7 p.m.; June 15, 6 p.m., $80-$200. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. John Edward: Psychic Medium. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $45-$95. Markham and Broadway. conv-centers/robinson. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, 6:10 p.m.; June 14, 7:10 p.m.; June 15, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Carl J. Barger. Presentation and book-signing with the author of “Dark Clouds over Alabama.”

Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Jeff Deck. The author of “The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time,” will speak as part of the 2013 Fred K. Darragh Jr. Distinguished Lecture. Main Library, 6:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. www.


WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Renaissance in the Wild.” Campers ages 9-12 will learn about Renaissance art, literature and theatre. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $200. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. Arkansas Craft School and Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT classes at Tomahawk Creek Farm, 10 miles southeast of Mountain View, include earth oven building, dyeing, organic skincare, fermented foods,straw bale gardening, hydroponics. Check websites for more information. Mountain View square, through July 2. Mountain View, Mountain View. 870-269-8397.;



Aces Wild. West End Smokehouse and Tavern,

10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. The Anatomy of Frank, Amanda Mora. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Big Dam Horns. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Bluesboy Jag & the Juke Joint Zombies. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8 p.m. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst. com. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Building 429. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Cory Branan, Andy Grooms. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. See June 13. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Hit n Run. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 13. Indie Music Night: Juneteenth Edition. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., free. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jeff Bates and Aaron Owens. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. The Josh Love Bluegrass Band. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501327-7482. PG-13 (headliner), Shannon McClung (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. St. Louis Irish Arts. Ozark Folk Center State Park, June 14, 7 p.m.; June 15, 2 and 7 p.m., $12. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Trey Hawkins Band. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Undying Luv: The Bushy Memorial Party. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 minimum donation. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205.


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., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


Art of Wine Festival. See June 13. 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. www.arvartscenter. org. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street. QQA Summer Suppers: Welcome to the Gayborhood. Progressive dinner at the historic homes of three gay Quapaw Quarter couples. 2300 State St., 6-9 p.m., $75. “Voices from the Front Porch.” Two theatrical performances presented by S. Juain Young & Artists United. Refreshments will be served.f Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 6 p.m., free. 501 W. 9th St. 501-376-4602.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, June 14, 7:10 p.m.; June 15, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Renaissance in the Wild.” See June 13.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 13.



Arkansas Super Jam. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. The Cedric Burnside Project. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $10. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400. Chrome Pony, Other Factors. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501328-5556. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See June 14. Crash Meadows (headliner), Brian Ramsey (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501375-5351. Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. See June 13. Fallen Within. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-

224-7665. Fire & Brimstone Music Duo. Gusano’s, 10 p.m. 313 President Clinton Ave. 501-374-1441. Franklin Devlin. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Gorilla Music Presents: Death Upon Relapse. All-ages. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 13. Jamie Lou Duo. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-8302100. John McAteer and Gentlemen Firesnakes, Peckerwolf, Winston Family Orchestra. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. 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. Lucious Spiller. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. Project Pat, Collin vs. Adam. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. St. Louis Irish Arts. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 2 and 7 p.m., $12. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. TobyMac, Capital Kings. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Twista, g-force, Ewell, Blade, Jeremy Rowlett. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10 before midnight, $15 after. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784.


Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205.

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2013 Simply Red: A Night of Stars. Fundraiser for Arkansas AIDS Foundation, with live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and more. Argenta Community Theater, 6:30-10:30 p.m., $60-$100. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Art of Wine Festival. See June 13. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Featuring keynote speaker Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 p.m. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Juneteenth Festival. Featuring children’s activities, Radio Disney, a rock-climbing wall, dancing, magic performances, live music and more. Gospel singer Isaac Carree will perform from 6-8 p.m. Seating is limited. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free. 501 W. 9th St. 501-376-4602. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Meet and Greet with Brooks Robinson. Fundraiser for the restoration of Lamar Porter Complex with a visit from the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer. Lamar Porter Field, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10. 3200 W. 7th St. 501-3714510. Second Annual Tinkerfest. More than 40 tinkering stations will be set up both inside and outside of the museum for a hands-on learning experience, with robot makers, 3D printers and more. Museum of Discovery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $10 for adults, $8 for children, free for members. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800880-6475. South Main Vintage Market. Vintage and antique goods for sale. The Bernice Garden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1401 S. Main St.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. Dickey-

Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 13.



Artosphere Festival Orchestra: Chamber Series. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $10. 224 N. East St., Fayetteville. Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. See June 13. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. Father’s Day at the Museum. Dads get in free with paid child. Museum of Discovery, 1-5 p.m., $10 adults, $8 ages 1-12, members free. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www. Father’s Day Fishing. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, Noon-4 p.m., free. 20919 Denny Road. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 16, 6:10 p.m.; June 17, 7:10 p.m.; June 18, 7:10 p.m.; June 19, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 13.




Artosphere Festival Orchestra: Chamber Series. Thorncrown Chapel, 7 p.m., $10. 12968 Hwy. 62 West, Eureka Springs. Bob Dorough. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Irish Traditional Music Session. “SloPlay” begins at 6 p.m. Public session begins at 7 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Monday of every month. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2464340. Island Patio Party with Fire & Brimstone. Ciao Baci, 6:30 p.m., No cover charge. 605 N. Beechwood St. 501-603-0238. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351.


“Love Free or Die.” Fayetteville Public Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 17, 7:10 p.m.; June 18, 7:10 p.m.; June 19, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555.


C.H.E.F. Culinary. Horticultural. Educational. Fun! Campers ages 12-18 will learn about food, cooking and the restaurant business, culminating in a meal they will prepare for their parents and friends. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $200. 20919 Denny Road. WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Let’s Rock.” Music, art and drama camp for children ages 6-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-noon., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 13.



Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road.

501-379-8189. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Mark Linksey, Andy Warr, William Blackart. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400. Monkeysoop, Safemother, Talking Liberties. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Open Music Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Venomous Maximus, Snakedriver, Terminus, God City Destroyers. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Wild Adriatic. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556.


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


Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


Ice Cream Social. Screening of “This is Spinal Tap,” plus root beer and beer floats, with ice cream from Loblolly Creamery. Vino’s, 7:30 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 18, 7:10 p.m.; June 19, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.


WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Let’s Rock.” Music, art and drama camp for children ages 6-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-noon., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 13.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Artosphere Festival Orchestra: Chamber Series. Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m., $10. 504 Memorial Drive, Bella Vista. 479-855-6598. Chris DeClerk. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Jazz in the Park: Adam Collins Group. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Scorned (album release). Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Smokey. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


Little Rock Bop Club. Beginning dance lessons for ages 10 and older. Singles welcome. Bess

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2013 National Underground Railroad Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is The War for Freedom: The Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Doubletree Hotel, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., $25-$250. 424 W. Markham. 402661-1590.


Movies in the Park: “Remember the Titans.” Coolers allowed, no glass containers. Concessions available, cash only. Movie begins at sunset. First Security Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave.


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


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555.


WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Let’s Rock.” Music, art and drama camp for children ages 6-11. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-noon., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 13.


“13.” A transplant to a small town in Indiana has to figure out how to survive the school year in this all-ages musical comedy. The Weekend Theater, through June 23: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761. 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival. Includes staged readings of four new plays, a showcase of 10-minute plays by Arkansas high school students and the annual 24-Hour Play-Off. Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, Fri., June 14, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., June 15, 2, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; Sun., June 16, 6:30 p.m., $7-$10. 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Outdoors, at The Village at Hendrix. Hendrix College, Fri., June 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 16, 7:30 p.m., Pay what you can. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Oliver!” Musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel “Oliver Twist.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Thu., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 15, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., June 25, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $27. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Auditions for “The River Niger,” “100 Saints You Should Know,” “Nora” and “A Clockwork Orange.” The Weekend Theater, Sat., June 15, 9 a.m.; Sun., June 16, 6 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761. Auditions for “The Tower.” Lantern Theatre, Mon., June 17, 6 p.m. Production dates are July 18-21. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 479-601-5562. “Avenue Q.” The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical. Contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through June 30: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2

AFTER DARK, CONT. p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Jersey Boys.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Wed., June 19, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 22, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Markham and Broadway. conv-centers/robinson. Red Octopus Theater presents: “Electric Octopus!.” Recommended for mature audiences. The Public Theatre, through June 15, 8 p.m., $8-$10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. “Southern Crossroads.” A Depression-era family of traveling musicians won’t let an out-ofbusiness theater stop the show from going on. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through July 14: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Steel Magnolias.” Comedy about six Southern women who meet at a local beauty parlor to discuss their lives. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through June 15: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. Youth Summer Theater Ensemble auditions. Prepare a short monologue not to exceed two minutes. Program runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, from June 25-Aug.21. Old State House Museum, 1-4 p.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685.


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BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, June 14-Sept. 29, gallery open 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night; “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, 521 President Clinton Ave.: Works by members of the ArtGroup Maumelle, featuring paintings by Betty McBurnett, artist demonstrations, 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night. 975-9800. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Arkansas League of Artists Spring Show,” through June 29, reception 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night. 918-3093. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Reflections in Silver: Silverpoint Drawings by Aj Smith and Marjorie Williams-Smith,” receptions 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night. 372-6822. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Gino Hollander, Jennifer Cox Coleman, EMILE and Mary Ann Stafford, reception 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night. 801-0211. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Arkansas Made,” opening reception 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night, with music by Parkstone; “Reflected by Three: William Detmers, Scott Lykens and G. Tara-Casciano,” prints, ceramics, sculpture, through Aug. 4; “Painting in the Open Air: Day and Night,” paintings by Jason Sacran, through July 7, “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 18382013,” study gallery, through July 12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: Juneteenth activities kicks off June 14 with “Voices from the Front Porch”

drama, 6 and 7 p.m., daylong event 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15, activities continues through June 20; “Stirring the Soul of History, Vol. 1” newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s AfricanAmerican legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: 2nd annual “Tinkerfest,” freeform experimenting with building things at 40 stations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15; “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: Geoffrey Robson and David Gerstein, duos by Kodaly and Handel, 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night; “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure, through March 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. STUDIOMAIN, 1423 Main St.: UALR student furniture, 5-8 p.m. June 14, 2nd Friday Art Night. EL DORADO SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER: Watercolors by Doris WmSon Mapes. 870862-5474.


The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is extending its deadline for submission of works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational” through June 17. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 in cash and awards. For more information, go to The Palette Art League in Yellville announces its 5th annual PAL Art Expo for artists 18 and over. Entries should be delivered to PAL’s Fine Art between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday July 8. The show will run July 9-17. For more information call 870-405-6316. The Hot Springs Fine Arts Center is calling for entries to the 2013 Hot Springs Photography Competition. Deadline for submission is July 9. The competition is open to all photographers 16 years and older. Judge will be Chuck Dodson; submissions should be in JPG form. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information go to or call 501-624-0489. The show will hang for the month of August. The Arkansas Arts Council is taking entries for the 2014 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition. Mary Kennedy, CEOI of the Mid-American Arts Alliance, will be juror. Deadline is July 26. For more information, go to or call 324-9766.


The Thea Foundation is registering for its July art camps for 3rd-6th graders and 7th-9th graders with teacher Christy Langenhammer. Session I runs July 8-11 and 15-18 and Session II runs July 22-25 and July 29-Aug. 1. Limit is 15 a class and tuition is $100. Registration deadline is July 3. For more information, go to theafoundation. org/theas-art-class. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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SHOP LOCAL hearsay ➥ BOX TURTLE will host a Jeri Warlick Handcrafted Jewelry Trunk Show from 5-8 p.m. June 28. Attendees will preview her latest one-ofa-kind “wearable art” creations that will showcase gemstones and other natural elements constructed of hand-spun metals. Warlick will showcase her designs at the NYC Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Show in collaboration with another Box Turtle local designer, Linda Rowe Thomas. ➥ Spring and summer sandals are on sale at SHOE CONNECTION for 25-50 percent off. ➥ Check out THE ITALIAN KITCHEN’S Wednesday night wine tasting with sommelier Jeff Yant from 5-6:30 p.m. For just $8, patrons get to sample and talk about eight different wines, with a new theme every week. There are also specially priced appetizers available to pair with the wines. ➥ After seven years, EVOLVE is closing its doors. A wall-to-wall liquidation sale is taking place now with prices slashed on all clothing. Fixtures, shelving and other materials are also available for sale. Evolve is located at 6800 Cantrell Road and will have regular hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday until everything is gone. ➥ The SOUTH MAIN ST. VINTAGE MARKET will open for business under the Bernice Gardens Farmers Market pavilion June 15. Dealing only in vintage, antique and upcycled/recycled items, this open-air, nota-flea-market will be at the farmers market the second Saturday of the month, weather permitting. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors interested in booth rental should email Liz Sanders at ➥ Learn the secrets of making gourmet ice pops from Laurie Harrison of Le Pops at a special class from 3-4 p.m. June 15 at WILLIAMSSONOMA. Get a 10 percent discount on purchases after attending a class. For more information, call 501-663-3019.


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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings from the Iveagh Bequest, through Sept. 8, $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 military, $6 students, free to members; “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Dream Weavers.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Glennray Tutor, Pinkney Herbert, Guy Bell, Ed Rice, John Hartley, Robyn Horn, Daniel Blagg, Rebecca Thompson and others, through July 9. 664-2787. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Flow,” 29 works using water as a theme by William Theophilus Brown, Harry Callahan, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Morris, Wayne Thiebaud and Neil Welliver, through July 26, Gallery II and III; “Sacred Symbols in Sequins,” sequined Vodou flags, banners, portraits, bottles, through July 26, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (summer hours). 569-8977. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.


ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1; “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: JapaneseAmerican Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602.

A&E NEWS, CONT. you might have gotten a flyer tucked underneath your windshield wiper advertising some kind of vaguely political (or perhaps vaguely apolitical — it was hard to tell) event called “United We Stand” that was going to take place at Verizon Arena on June 22. According to the handbill, the event was organized by a group called Free & Equal in order to “ROCK THE NATION AWAKE!” — the nation being asleep or looking at Facebook or otherwise not paying attention. According to its website, Free & Equal is a “non-profit formed to break the stranglehold of the two-party system and reform the electoral system throughout the United States.” Among the names that were slated for the event: wrestler-type and (supposedly) former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura, rock bands Saving Abel and Golden State, the utterly repellent Larry Pratt (executive director of the beyond-wingnut Gun Owners of America), Libertarian singer-songwriter Tatiana Moroz, Dan Johnson (who surely needs no introduction) and a host of other very famous and influential people. Well, sorry folks. Free & Equal has decided to move the megastar-studded shindig to Los Angeles. According to Christina Tobin, founder and chair of Free & Equal, the formerly North Little Rock-based event was a victim of its own success before it even started. “There has been an outpouring of support and interest in this event,” Tobin said in a press release, “By moving to Los Angeles we will be able to bring on even more A-list talent and reach a wider audience in keeping with our mission to spread electoral reform to all 50 states.” Make sense. It’s not like they could’ve organized events in both cities, right? Or booked some sort of “tour,” which would see the rally traveling to many different cities to raise awareness about the vital importance of whatever it is they’re all about, right? That would be insanity. Sorry, y’all. Verizon Arena and Central Arkansas simply weren’t big enough to contain the star-packed awesomeness of “United We Stand.” COUNTRY SINGER LUKE BRYAN WILL BRING HIS GENTEEL COUNTRY ANTHEMS to the Verizon Arena long about Oct. 17. Bryan performed at last weekend’s Thunder on the Mountain up near Ozark, and judging from some of the Facebook comments regarding photographs of him, he’s quite popular, particularly with the ladies. More than 1,600 people “liked” his photo. “He’s just one of the hottest most popular male country artists around,” said one commentator, while another wrote: “Um Luke OMG! Your freaking beautiful! U can shake it for me any day!” Several expressed dismay that they were not able to attend the festival and see Bryan perform: “Wish I was there stead of working,” and “Awwww man, I want to be there!” and so forth. Well folks, you’re all going to get a second chance. Opening the show will be Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. Tickets go on sale Friday and they’re going to run you $40-$66.

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‘Purged’ commentary Not much to dystopian fantasy. BY SAM EIFLING


n the annals of terrible American ideas — the War on Drugs, the sequester, chocolate bubble gum, “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?” — the worst may be the titular event of “The Purge.” Nine years from now U.S. unemployment and crime are at absurd lows, with the wee little catch that for one night a year, all violent crime is totally legal and even celebrated as patriotic. Twelve hours of murder sprees and violent beatings is all it takes, apparently, for people to “release the beast” and then simmer down for the other 364.5 days a year. It’s like shaking your sillies out, except with machetes and shotguns. “The Purge” plops us into the home of the Sandins on the big night. The dad (Ethan Hawke) is a home security salesman who actively supports the Purge but does not himself partake. Business has boomed, making him rich enough to live in a minimansion nestled on a quiet suburban culde-somewhere. The mom (a black-bobbed Lena Headey, still recognizable as Cersei from “Game of Thrones”) cooks dinner and then drinks a glass of wine. The daughter (Adelaide Kane) has a hunky boyfriend and a short plaid skirt. The son (Max Burkholder) likes tinkering with a remotecontrolled car with a camera. They seem like nice folks, if perhaps annoyingly flush. A neighbor says as much: All the security systems on the block helped pay for the new addition on the family’s house, and don’t you know that gets folks chirping with the Purge coming on? The implications of the Purge, as it’s presented, are slathered in violence and in class critique, and for the first 20 or 30 minutes, a fun clump of dread coagulates in your belly. Commentators in the movie point out, ever so sensibly, that the effects of his annual blood-orgy fall disproportionately on the poor, who can’t afford the fancy


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locks and bars and moats and portcullises and whatnot that the 1 percent deploy to repel the rabble. And then you think about how America actually works right now, and who does face violence, and about who could even push wanton massacre through Congress — what did those committee hearings sound like, anyway? — but oh, wait, more than two-thirds of the House actually did vote to authorize force in Iraq, speaking of bad ideas, so who knows, maybe America is capable of anything, and we should all wait till our concealed carries come through before braving such possible battle zones as barbecues and Sunday school and trickor-treating. Meanwhile, back in the actual movie, the promise of “The Purge” evaporates as it becomes clear that director/writer James DeMonaco has taken a ol’ big bite off of ’muricah and neglected to chew. In the hour after the Purge begins, at least one incredibly stupid (and ultimately unexplained) thing happens, followed by a more plausible event when a man outside (Edwin Hodge, billed in the credits as “bloody stranger”) calls out for help. Some highly unpleasant strangers, led by the smug elevated cheekbones of Rhys Wakefield, show up outside and insist that they’re coming inside. Then: cat-andmouse, a single ethical dilemma to hang the entire story on, cat-and-mouse, bangbang-axe-stab-bang-bang, etc. It’s several shades too dopey to be taken seriously, too tendentious to let you revel in its campiness. Crazy thing is, this movie cost a $3 million pittance to make and hauled in $34 million over its first weekend, tops in the country. It was a rare summer coup by a small-budget pic. It stomped “The Internship.” America has spoken, and it prefers a dystopian eat-the-rich fantasy over a comedy about finding work. ’Cause who these days believes the latter?

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Dining IF YOU ATTENDED THE ARKANSAS TIMES WHOLE HOG ROAST, you will remember that Brian Kearns came away with first place. Now the Times and the executive chef at the Country Club of Little Rock are teaming up for the Arkansas Times Farm to Table Dinner Party, a family-style (but elegant) dinner — including some of that top-rated hog — to be held at the Scott Plantation Settlement on Saturday, June 29. The evening will get off to a bubbly start at 5:30 p.m. with champagne and canapes before the four-course dinner on the grounds of the 19th century restoration. Dine on an heirloom tomato and melon salad featuring Kent Walker’s feta, ratatouille, heritage hog, heirloom tomato jam, and Barnhill Orchards peaches with Loblolly Creamery ice cream, all paired with wines. Arkansas country/folk talent Bonnie Montgomery will sing; dinner will be served from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If it rains (and when hasn’t it this year?) the event will be held July 13. Get tickets via VESUVIO’S BISTRO, the popular Italian restaurant tucked away in the Governor’s Suites Hotel on Merrill Drive, is moving to a refurbished stand-alone space at 1315 Breckenridge Drive, the former location of El Chico’s. The move, expected in mid-July, will let Vesuvio’s double its size as well as its visibility, co-owner Bill Criswell said, with seating for 160 and parking for 90. “We turn away so many people on the weekends, and we wanted to be in a standalone space as well,” Criswell said. His partner in Vesuvio’s is Santi Sacca. The bigger space means the bistro will be able to expand its menu, with more “protein” on the menu, like veal chops. Fabrizeo Castangia is chef. The expansion will mean more hires as well, both in the kitchen and out front. The new space will have a bar lounge for drinks and appetizers.




1620 SAVOY The revamping of this enduring West Little Rock landmark restaurant has breathed considerable new life into 1620 Savoy. It’s a very different look and feel than the original, and the food is still high-quality and painstakingly prepared -- a wide-ranging dinner menu that’s sure to please almost everyone. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2211620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. ADAMS CATFISH & CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little 34

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HERBACEOUS: The Italian beef sandwich from Lynn’s Chicago Foods.

Windy City import Lynn’s Italian beef a sandwich work seeking out.


ynn’s Chicago Foods is an unassuming establishment in Southwest Little Rock that has been serving many of Chicago’s honored foods to Arkansas for over 17 years. The restaurant may not be visually stunning — the building is worn, the simple interior is far from gorgeous — but what she lacks in looks she more than makes up for in her dining options. If you are hoping for a Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza, unfortunately, this is not the place to get it. Instead you’ll find Italian beef or Polish sausage sandwiches, and the iconic hot dog, as well as a smattering of other items not particularly native to Chicago including gyros, cheesesteaks, burgers, fried fish and hot wings. On a recent visit, we felt inclined to sample those items most associated with Chicago — first came the Italian beef sandwich ($6.05). This consisted of a sizable portion of thinly sliced beef which had clearly been wet-roasted for a considerable amount of time until the meat was tender and falling apart. The beef broth and its contents are heavily seasoned with garlic, oregano, and other spices, giving the beef an herbaceous, aromatic flavor. A stack of this beef, dripping with its own juices, gets wedged inside a chewy Italian-style roll. The entire sandwich is then dipped, oh-so-briefly, in the juices the meat cooked in. Not enough to completely saturate the bread or leave it a mushy, inedible mess, but just enough to slightly dampen the outer surface of the roll. The sandwich is finally topped with a small helping of giardiniera, a spicy pick-

Lynn’s Chicago Foods 6501 Geyer Springs Road 568-2646 QUICK BITE The Italian beef sandwich traditionally comes dipped in its own meat juices, but you can order your au jus on the side if you’d prefer to keep things a little cleaner and slightly more manageable. And just because the sign says “Chicago,” doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of Philly with their delightful cheesesteaks, or a glimpse of Greece in their gyros with tzatziki, tomato and onion. And while it’s certainly not Chicagoan, they serve up hot, crispy fried catfish dinners, just to remind you that you’re still in Arkansas. HOURS 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO No alcohol, credit cards accepted.

led blend of bell peppers, jalapeño, cauliflower, and celery. The end result was a thing of beauty. The beef, so tender and juicy, was teeming with flavor. The heavyhanded spices and vinegary touch of pickled vegetables create a mouth-watering flavor profile that makes this a sandwich difficult to put down once you begin to chow down. It’s a creation that does justice to the city that claims the Italian beef as her own. On a subsequent visit, we realized this same Italian beef sandwich could also be ordered with a juicy Polish

sausage nestled underneath the heap of beef. Though it seemed like it might be a bit overkill, we ordered this “combination beef” sandwich ($6.90) and found the Polish sausage to be a wonderful addition — heavy on fennel, slightly sweet, a little spice — it was perfection. We almost felt obligated to assess their attempt at the Chicago dog ($2.75). You know the breakdown: all-beef dog, poppyseed bun, yellow mustard, white onion, neon green relish, sport peppers, sliced tomatoes, dill pickle spear, and celery salt. Rarely, if ever, do you come across a hot-dog purveyor claiming to provide an authentic version who will vary too far from this time-tested formula. And no ketchup, that’ll get you in a whole heap of trouble. Lynn’s does a respectable job with this one. The vegetables all tasted fresh, each of the toppings was placed in their proper proportions. We would have preferred a slightly larger hot dog, as the one provided tended to get lost among the many toppings, but truthfully, this is only a minor qualm, as we thoroughly enjoyed the dog. We also tried their cheeseburger, which came in a combo with fries and a drink ($5.50). It was respectable, the beef was thick and hot, cooked through entirely. The condiments comprised the usual suspects: lettuce, tomato, American cheese, onion, pickle. It was rather heavy on mustard, but we found it enjoyable overall. The fries were clearly of the frozen, pre-cut variety, something we’d pass on with future visits. Lastly, we noticed an item we’d never seen before, presumably a native Chicago product that never made it too far out of Illinois. And so, we ordered up the “pizza puff” ($2.94). The item in question takes a mixture of cheese, tomato sauce, diced pepperoni and sausage and stuffs this into a layer of puff pastry dough. After a quick dip in the fryer, the pocket puffs up to create a shell with layers of golden brown, crispy pastry. They were fairly heavy on grease, and not something you’d want to eat everyday, but it’s hard to hate something this fatty, indulgent, and full of stringy cheese. Lynn’s Chicago Foods is not fancy, but it’s stayed in business for all these years because the food speaks for itself. It’s run by kind, welcoming folks who simply enjoy serving customers a small piece of the city they love — and there’s a whole lot to love about Lynn’s.

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Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-3744265. L Tue.-Sat. ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and such in this trainthemed restaurant, where an elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell Road. 501-228-0444. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles - 30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BOOKENDS CAFE A great spot to enjoy lunch with friends or a casual cup of coffee and a favorite book. Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501- 918-3091. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2233000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun.

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CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG’S CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. Open late. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1303. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint in the heart of North Little Rock’s Argenta district. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. (501) 945-9373. BLD daily. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. 4000 McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0387. LD Mon.-Sat. E’S BISTRO Despite the name, think tearoom rather than bistro -- there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. Limited seating is available. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2440975. JASON’S DELI A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po’ boys and pitas), salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart healthy and light dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Road. No CONTINUED ON PAGE 36


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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-8700. BLD daily. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES Illinois-based sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. 700 South Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-1600. LD daily. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants still in the same location and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-708-7203. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare -- burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MARIE’S MILFORD TRACK II Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. The Bavarian Reuben, a traditional Reuben made with Boar’s Head corned beef, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, Muenster cheese and marble rye, is among the best we’ve had in town. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily, BR Sun. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7536960. BL daily. NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE Gourmet sandwiches, salads and pizzas. 4317 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8826. LD daily. ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Upscale self-serve national yogurt chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-4522. LD daily. PACKET HOUSE GRILL Owner/chef Wes Ellis delivers the goods with an up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment that dresses up the historic house with a modern, comfortable feel. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. LD Tue.-Fri., D Sat. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “allnatural,” “non-fat,” “gluten-free” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. 36

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$-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner -- even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 124 W. Capitol. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. SUGIE’S Catfish and all the trimmings. 4729 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-5700414. LD daily. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. LD daily. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Smoothies, sandwiches and salads. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2242233. BLD daily; 524 Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 246-3145. BLD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m.) 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-376-2233. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WAYNE’S FISH & BURGERS TO GO Offers generously-portioned soulfood plate lunches and dinners - meat, two sides, corn bread - for $6. 2221 South Cedar St. 501-663-9901. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue.-Fri., L Fri.



the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-6657. LD Mon.-Sat. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain. 317 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-4424. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Court. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-9454802. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.


CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. A plate lunch special is now available. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri.

CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FAMOUS DAVE’S BBQ 225 North Shackleford Road. No alcohol. 501-221-3283. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good burgers, picnic-worth deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sun. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.


ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way -- buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Perhaps the best samosas in town. Buffet at lunch. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily.


DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38








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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 1122 S. Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-8683911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun.


CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. LD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-8688822. LD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steakcentered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily.

EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily. ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here -- everything from cabeza (steamed beef head) to lengua (beef tongue) to suadero (thin-sliced beef brisket). The Torta Cubano is a belly-buster. It’s a sandwich made with chorizo, pastor, grilled hot dogs and a fried egg. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. LONCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best

taco truck in West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-1883. L Mon.-Sat. MARISCOS EL JAROCHO Try the Camarones a la Diabla (grilled shrimp in a smoky pepper sauce) or the Cocktail de Campechana (shrimp, octopus and oyster in a cilantro and onionlaced tomato sauce). 7319 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-3535. Serving BLD Wed.-Mon. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where you’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 13924 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL A “build-yourown-burrito” place, with several tacos and nachos to choose from as well. Wash it down with a beer from their large selection. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3378. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. ROCK ’N TACOS California-style cuisine that’s noticeably better than others in its class. Fish tacos are treated with the respect they deserve, served fresh and hot. Tamales are a house specialty and are worth sampling as well; both

pork and beef warrant attention. Street style tacos are small, but substantial, and always helped by a trip to the salsa mini-bar. Burritos are stuffed full, fat and heavy, and more than a respectably sized meal. 11121 North Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-3461. LD Mon.-Sat. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. SUPER 7 GROCERY STORE This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-219-2373. BLD daily. SUPERMERCADO SIN FRONTERAS Shiny, large Mexican grocery with a bakery and restaurant attached. 4918 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-4206. BLD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that).


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entral Arkansas enjoys some of the purest and best tasting drinking water in America thanks to the pristine water quality of Lake Maumelle. And that is no accident.

Central Arkansas Water, with the support of local civic leaders and elected officials, works diligently to limit those activities around Lake Maumelle and its watershed that could degrade the quality and raise the cost of your drinking water. Because Lake

Although we are fortunate to have an abundant water supply in the metropolitan area, customers are encouraged to be good stewards of our water sources by practicing efďŹ cient outdoor water use. Customers are asked to alter timing of outdoor watering patterns to avoid the peak time of day demand during the hot summer months Maumelle is so clean, customers pay less becauseand less treatment to avoid operating sprinkler systems is required. Unregulated large scale between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. residential and commercial development in the watershed threatens our long term pipeline that recently future with slow chemical and ruptured near Lake pesticide runoff from lawns and Conway, spilling a large amount of oil. If we take streets. The Maumelle Watershed is over 80% forested providing it care of Lake Maumelle with priceless protection so long and its watershed, the as we don’t destroy it. lake will continue to Unplanned accidents are the provide our children greatest short term risk to our and grandchildren with drinking water supply. Recently some of the purest, Central Arkansas Water asked best tasting water in ExxonMobil Corp. to move over America. To learn more go to 13 miles of oil pipeline that goes through the watershed click on the Watershed CAW Ark Times Avoid The Peak Ad.indd 1 near the lake. That is the same Management tag.

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