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LR Central leads in AP n Newsweek recently updated its annual ranking of the country’s best open admission public high schools, a ranking based on the percentage of students who take Advanced Placement or similar high school courses. The theory is that the more students are exposed to more advanced courses, the better prepared they are likely to be. Little Rock Central High School again led the list of Arkansas high schools (12) that made the list of 2,000 high schools. The Arkansas schools’ rankings: 93, Little Rock Central 411, Har-Ber Springdale 448, Fayetteville 589, Bentonville 843, Lake Hamilton 884, Southside Fort Smith 1037, Conway 1148, Rogers 1186, Greenbrier 1410, Jonesboro 1430, Springdale 1574, Pea Ridge

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The Lincoln-Boozman outlook

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n The Rasmussen poll was the first to surface with a reading on the November match between Rep. John Boozman and U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln for her Boozman lincoln Senate seat. The outlook wasn’t good for Lincoln: 61-32 Boozman, the poll said. Nobody questions a lead for Boozman. But Lincoln supporters can take some hope from Nate Silver, whose is one of the most respected places for poll analysis. He ranks Rasmussen low on account of persistent bias for Republicans. This was particularly apparent in the 2000 Bush-Gore election. Rasmussen was the worst of all pollsters that year, missing its election calls by an average of 5.7 points and getting seven states wrong. Silver concluded some of this was a result of bias because of excessively high predictions of Bush margins.

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Lonoke deputies recently busted an alleged house of prostitution (women advertised massages for sale) in a prosperous Cabot suburb. It seemed to be an example of how the Internet has shifted prostitution from the streets to homes, but this case promises some legal wrinkles before it’s over. — By Gerard Matthews

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n The Board of the Little Rock Zoo recently rejected Mayor Mark Stodola’s appeal that the Zoo adopt a no-smoking policy in keeping with that of other city parks. The Board not only decided to continue to allow smoking in designated areas, but decreed that the board wouldn’t discuss the matter again for at least a year. Leading the Zoo board’s rejection of a no-smoking policy was lobbyist/political consultant J.J. Vigneault. Among Vigneault’s clients over the years has been R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco giant. He also once handled financial affairs for Action America, a nonprofit set up to funnel speaking fees to then-Lt. Gov. Mike Huckabee in such a way that sources of the money would be kept secret. Vigneault later revealed that some of the money came from Big Tobacco. In recent years, Vigneault’s Arkansas lobbying has mostly been for the telecom industry. But old habits die hard, particularly when it comes to smoking at the Little Rock Zoo, one of the state’s top family — cough, cough — attractions.

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n Scott Trotter, a lawyer who’s not a fan of lotteries, points out that they seem to have gained respectability in a rather short period of time. A 1979 edition of Black’s Law Dictionary says that a lottery is “An unlawful gambling scheme ... by which a person for a consideration is permitted to receive a prize or nothing as may be determined predominantly by chance.” The 2004 edition of Black’s defines a lottery as “A method of raising revenues, especially state government revenues, by selling tickets and giving prizes (usually large cash prizes) to those who hold tickets with winning numbers that are drawn at random.” Whether a lottery is “unlawful” depends on what state you’re in — the lottery was unlawful in Arkansas until 4 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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voters legalized it in 2008 — so I can see why that was dropped. But I would have left “gambling” in there somewhere. n The new Associated Press Stylebook says that henceforth AP will use mic as the shortened form of microphone. For many years — probably since the microphone was invented — mike was the standard short form. Mike conveyed the proper pronunciation better than mic. But younger, more literal-minded readers evidently decided that no variation in

spelling would be allowed, and those are the people most likely to be reading, and writing, about mics today. (See, mikes is a better plural too.) The current AP usage Web site is changed to website in the new stylebook. But e-mail, with the hyphen, remains as is. Good choices, both. n An elderly friend gave me an item from the AARP magazine about old expressions that are still seen and heard occasionally, but whose origins are unknown to most of the people using them. Such as: “Put through the wringer.” When this one shows up now, it’s likely to be missing a w. “Carbon copy.” My friend says that newspaper reporters once made carbon copies of their stories and gave these to AP. Hard to imagine. “Hung out to dry.” Drying has become an indoor sport.

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close calls on the road before. Recently, though, we had one without even leaving the house. Weekend before last, Mrs. Observer decided to head to the wilds of far North Pulaski County to visit our auntie, who has a palatial spread (and an always-welcome pool) out there in the sticks. Spouse always stays late when she goes visiting, and coming home that Saturday night around 11:30, she was motoring through North Little Rock, following along behind another car. In an instant, the taillights she was following swerved away, and The Love of My Life was confronted by oncoming headlights. Thinking quick, she dodged just in time. Instead of a head-on collision, the drunken fool at the wheel of the other car managed to scrape down the side of her poor little Honda, mangling a hind wheel and spinning her around in the street. As far as anyone could tell, the guy never touched the brakes until a nearby curb brought him to a stop. No wonder. He was so drunk that he couldn’t even stand for the sobriety test when the cops got there — another idiot who thought a pre-midnight beer run was more important than the lives of others. Yours Truly doesn’t want to know just how close we came to dealing with the funeral home instead of the body shop, but it sure got us thinking about these fragile lives of ours. These bodies are slight vessels in the grand scheme of things; naked, unprotected, not too much more corporeal than the souls they contain. Add to that our nearly-unique quirk for loving others — some of them more than ourselves — and it’s a wonder that any of us can function at all. Even so, most of us do. We go on in the face of fear, understanding that without love there is no humanity, and that the price of love is potential agony. The point, friends, is: Tell those you love that you love them. Do it. Do it now. Things break. They fall apart. They come at you like oncoming headlights, faster than you can make a phone call.

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crummy teeth. Though we brush and floss and do all the other preventative stuff that doesn’t seem to prevent anything where our cranial jewelry box is concerned, our choppers keep right on in their steady march to hell. We blame genetics. Speaking of hell, The Observer had one of our famous, Defcon 1-grade toothaches last weekend, the worst yet. We’d had a back molar with some troubles for awhile, but hoped we could stave off getting it fixed until the bank account had a little more substance. Obviously, we let it go too far. It went nuclear on Friday night, long after the dentist was closed — starting as an ache that soon progressed into a knife-in-jaw twist worthy of the Seventh Circle. Pulling a John Wayne and poopooing the Missus’ suggestions that we call one of the pricey emergency dentists in the phone book, we simply doused the tooth with loads of ice water to keep it hovering at “mindnumbingly painful” instead of “Saw IV.” Problem was, once we quit drinking, it blew up again. Problem with THAT was: we couldn’t sleep. Bleary-eyed by Monday morning, we called our dentist, only to find that he was out of town. He did, however, call in some scripts, assuring that the antibiotics and goofballs would help us out in short order. They didn’t, something that only dawned on your old pal after the other dentists in town were closed, again. Long story short: By the time we came home on Tuesday at around 1 p.m. with a big wad of gauze in our mouth and hit the hay, The Observer had been awake for 74 straight hours – a new personal record for us, even from back in our party-hardy days. Trust us when we say: things get a little “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” when you’ve been awake that long. Further trust us: When you’ve been awake for 70 hours-plus, your pillow will be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. Yes, even more beautiful than that. And that.

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Basic geography In his June 10 column, John Brummett declares that cheese dip, with its apparent genesis at the Mexico Chiquito restaurant in Prothro Junction, is “a Little Rock thing.” Well, I’m sitting here in my domicile in downtown Dogtown, looking at a map, and I’m pretty sure that Prothro Junction isn’t on his side of the river. Not by a fair piece. The denizens of the south side have periodically exhibited a disturbing penchant for slapping their brand name on choice cuts that are geographically ours — Alltel Arena, Dickey-Stephens Park, and now the iconic appetizer from one of our home-grown franchises. Could be it’s lingering resentment from when we trounced their fancy-pants lawyers at the state Supreme Court back in NineteenAught-Four and took back Argenta. But really it has ever been thus, bigger cities laying claim to anything noteworthy found in the smaller burgs that share their orbit, if not their boundaries. Yet has North Little Rock tried to affix its moniker to the River Market? Sims Bar-B-Que? Mark Stodola? Indeed not. All I ask, as a hometown partisan, is

Cheers, jeers for Dumas

Ernie Dumas has done it again. Week after week he does outstanding analysis of US politics. He deserves even wider circulation. I encourage him or you to submit his “What socialism?” as an op-ed piece to the New York Times (and to the Pulitzer board). I urge your readers to copy it from your website and send it to 100 of their closest friends as I did. Just a small example: “Scary times always breed popular delusions and this season’s is socialism. ...The letters to the big newspapers are full of this nonsense, and it is the mantra of Republican candidates for everything from county judge to Congress ... socialism is government ownership of the means of producing ... and distributing the goods. ... our circumstances are exactly the opposite ... corporatism, ... management of the economy and society by large industrial and commercial organizations. That is the drift of modern U.S. history, at least the past 30 years.” Dumas is as good as any of the New York Times writers, including the several

who have won Pulitzers. Robert Johnston Little Rock In his June 10 column “What socialism?”, Ernest Dumas tells us that all the talk of socialism is not true, much to his chagrin, and that we actually live in the age of corporatism. He’s got it partially right. Elements of socialism have crept in, to be sure. The government is now in the automotive business, owning 61 percent of General Motors and 10 percent of Chrysler. What we really live in is the age of crony capitalism, which I define as management of the economy and society by a symbiotic joint partnership between big government and big business,. The flaw in Mr. Dumas’s analysis is that he apparently never asks himself how large corporations could control society or an entire economy absent the protection of governments. It’s massive and expensive government regulations that protect a handful of health insurers from smaller competition in most states and that allow them to monopolize those markets. It’s the existence of mass quantities of government Medicare and student loan checks flooding the market that drive up the prices of health care and secondary education, hurting the very people they’re intended to help. It was the government’s incestuous relationship with the big banks at the expense of smaller,

more responsible banks that resulted in the bailouts. It was government’s intervention into mortgage finance by way of the government-created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that placed the seal of approval on subprime lending. And it was government’s monopoly over monetary policy via the Federal Reserve that led to financial collapse. Most people never think about the fact that the setting of interest rates is almost entirely a function of government, not the free market. Does anyone seriously believe that the teaser rates that Wall Street and its mortgage originators used to lure subprime borrowers would have been possible absent Alan Greenspan’s keeping short-term interest rates dangerously low for far too long? Or that interest rates would have ever been that low or remained that low had rates been set by the free market? And does anyone really think that subprime borrowing could have taken off like it did had not Fannie and Freddie either originated or backed over 50 percent of all mortgages in the country, including a large percentage of subprime mortgages? Mr. Dumas blames free-market capitalism for the ills that were actually brought on by crony capitalism and the unintended consequences of previous government intervention. Richie Graham Little Rock


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A T T O R N E Y GENERAL DUSTIN MCDANIEL. He argued in federal court that the state’s creation of majority white charter schools in Pulaski County doesn’t violate the state’s 1989 promise not to contribute to segregation in Pulaski County’s majority black conventional public schools. Right. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE TIM GRIFFIN. He touted Arkansas’s low labor costs (read: low wages) as an economic development incentive. He could have added lax environmental enforcement; discrimination on account of sexual orientation; corporate-friendly taxes; high tax burdens on workers, and other “incentives” to lure the right sorts of businesses. T h e S O U T H E R N BA P T I S T CONVENTION. Staying in step with its support of yore for slavery and segregation, the church group expressed opposition to gays in the military and, effectively, expressed support for employment discrimination against gay people. Gays in the military would put straight people “in a very awkward position,” said one delegate from Arkansas. Because? LITTLE ROCK MAYOR MARK STODOLA. The Zoo rejected his no-smoking policy. The City Board turned back his idea to have a “no-knock” registry on door-to-door sales. Other cities in Central Arkansas are moving aggressively to take the State Fair from Little Rock. And talk builds of a potential November opponent for the mayor, completing his first term as “strong mayor” under new city powers. 8 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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Not fit for broadband Even with expansions, some communities left out. By Gerard Matthews

n In 2009, as part of the economic stimulus package, $2.5 billion was allocated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide broadband Internet service to unserved and underserved communities. The idea was to increase economic development, spur investment and improve the quality of life for those in rural areas. However, some small communities that have the most to gain will still be left behind. Take southwest Searcy County, for example. Michael Horton decided to return to his hometown of Snowball, just south of the Buffalo River in Northwest Arkansas, after finishing his graduate studies at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife like the quiet surroundings, the farm life, working in the garden. But there’s one thing he misses about Fayetteville: high-speed Internet. When Horton heard stimulus funds would be allocated for rural broadband, he got excited. “I figured this is a sure deal,” Horton says. “There’s no way we’re not going to come away with some of that because that was always the excuse that was given by the phone company. It wasn’t profitable. So if the government is going to subsidize the cost of this, then surely towns like Snowball and Witt Springs is where it’s going to end up. Well, it turns out that’s not the case.” Windstream, the company that serves southwest Searcy County, applied for $7.2 million in federal funds to bring broadband to rural communities. The communications company applied for funds to be used in towns like Bigelow, Crossett, Dalark, Elkins, Green Forest, Greenbrier, Harrison, Little Italy, Mulberry, Perryville, Quitman, Sheridan, and Westfork. Snowball wasn’t on the list. “I don’t know how they define rural,” Horton says. “Just colloquially I can tell you what it means and it’s certainly not Elkins and Greenbrier. It’s farm areas, mountainous country, very low population per square mile.” James T. Meister, vice president of state government affairs at Windstream, says that even though towns like Snowball and Witt Springs met the grant’s qualifications, it’s still not economically viable to offer broadband Internet there. But isn’t that what the grant is for, customers like Horton wonder? To fund projects companies might not otherwise find profitable? “Absolutely it is,” says Meister. “However we’re looking at a cost, just to

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DETERMINED: Horton says broadband internet is vitally important to his community. get there, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million. We’ve looked at it very closely and we just cannot make those numbers work. And I say that even with 75 percent grant funding. It’s just the number of people vs. the capital expenditure, and the ongoing expenditures that it requires, would just never make sense.” Horton says the people of Snowball have been asking for high-speed service for years. One of those people is Tim Hayes. Hayes lives in Snowball and is the I.T. manager at Superior Forestry Service in Tilly, where broadband is available, but with limitations. “It’s a wireless connection that’s line-ofsight so even vegetation will stop it,” Hayes says. “We would have a lot of use for it here for our employees to be able to log in and do some work during the evenings or during an ice storm, but it’s just not available. Even with the wireless, we don’t have enough bandwidth to do video-conferencing or virtual private networking or anything like that.” Hayes says broadband Internet would be good not just for the business community but for everyone. Marvin Switzer agrees. He’s a resident of Snowball and a father of three. He says his kids could really use a better Internet connection to help them with their school work. “Well, the Internet’s just a big deal now,” he says. “They need it for school and the dial-up just doesn’t cut it anymore. It takes too long to pull anything up. I get so aggravated every time I sit down on it that I don’t even use it at the house.” There might be hope yet, Meister says. The Federal Communications Commission is working on a National Broadband Plan, an ambitious venture that would bring broad-

band to every American, even those in rural areas. “Believe me, we hear our customers’ concerns and we live in some of those communities too,” Meister says. “That is why we are meeting with the FCC on a weekly basis, trying to make sure that this national broadband plan is structured in such a way that it helps us reach those communities. And we see that as our best hope for being able to do that.” Horton sees the national plan as a “pie in the sky” idea and plans to continue his fight to help bring broadband to his community. But according to Meister, infrastructure costs remain, including laying down more fiber-optic cable to their central office in the area. “Telecommunication companies like Windstream like to talk about it because it allows them to kick the can down the road. In areas like southwest Searcy County, every household has a landline, meaning most of the work for DSL service is already finished,” Horton says. “I love it here, I was raised here and I’ve got a hundred years of family history here and I would like to continue to live here,” Horton says. “But if we plan on having a family in a few years, I don’t want my child living as a second class citizen because the phone company decided five or 10 years ago that we weren’t good enough to provide broadband service to.”


n A June 17 article about the Second Congressional District race mentioned the Democratic and Republican nominees but failed to mention a third candidate, Lance Levi of Little Rock, an independent.

Toltec draws a crowd eager to unearth the Indian past. By LesLie NeweLL Peacock

volunteer labor to explore the remnants of a mound and structure just touched on in 1978, during a field school conducted by longtime Toltec archeologist Dr. Martha Rolingson, who retired several years ago. Toltec — the site has nothing to do with the Toltecs of Mexico, it should be noted — is Arkansas’s largest and earliest surviving mound complex. It is one of two state archeological parks, the other being Parkin, on the St. Francis River in eastern Arkansas, a significant site presumed to have been visited by the first European explorers to Arkansas. At least 700 years before the Spanish crossed the Mississippi, the Indians of what is now Central Arkansas were building, in stages, a place of ceremony, games, feasting and burial beside an oxbow of the Arkansas River. The lake and a comma-shaped earthen wall surround 18

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n It was a stifling 91 degrees F. last Thursday under the sunscreens erected at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park to shade, and perhaps preserve from heat stroke, the dozens of people working there. Huge swaths of black plastic laid over pits here and there radiated heat. A crop duster dove a field away, and archeologists’ brows furrowed, considering whether their volunteers might be dusted with malathion. The volunteers, who’d paid to work, had been at it since 6:30 a.m., roused an hour earlier from their tents located in a steamy grove just off the park’s visitor’s center. A legal secretary from Hot Springs sprayed her face with water from a pink bottle, turning dust to mud. She and the Hendrix College junior she’d spent the past couple of days within a 1-by-2 meter hole were hot, dirty and exultant. “We just learned that bone when it burns is really white,” college student Marissa Moyer said with more excitement than you might imagine. That’s generally the rule at the Arkansas Archeological Society’s summer training digs: Enthusiastic amateurs, beside themselves over discovering that dirt can be deciphered, that it can yield not just objects like carved bone hairpins and red-slipped pots and arrowheads the size of a thumbnail but a mental image of a house, a fireplace, the building blocks of an earthen mound, a way of life. This year, around 170 souls from all over Arkansas and eight other states, descended on the state park just outside Scott to work with the professional archeologists of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, just as they have every year since 1967. Dr. Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey, who runs the Survey’s station at Toltec and who is directing the dig, is using the

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ship of the earlier structures to the later mounds. Only three of those mounds were mounds, and the nature of all the activities spared the plow of the American farmers that took place there over the centuries — who came much later, though remnants to “connect the dots” across the site. It is of a couple of others can be detected and unusual in that it looks like later Indian another has been reconstructed for visisites but predates them by hundreds of tors. years — “It’s [later] Mississippian on the The crew of amateurs, a diverse outside but not on the inside,” Blakneyassembly of folks of all ages, looked at the Bailey said. splotchy soil they’d dug into beneath the The training dig — which included disturbed plow zone and, thanks to their classes in animal bone identification, basic training, knew exactly what they were techniques, site stewardship and other looking at — dirt dumped in basketloads topics — ended Sunday. Blakney-Bailey about 900 A.D. to build what’s referred will go from excavated unit to unit to cast to as Mound D. “That is so cool,” gushed her professional eye on what her amateur Veronica Sammon, the legal secretary workforce has uncovered for her, and who was spending her vacation with begin the slow work of translation of soil her husband making square holes in the colors and associated artifacts, the scatter ground. of variously decorated potsherds, the bone Even cooler: The large burned strucremains, retrieved seeds, the stone points ture that was beginning to be revealed. and tools, to Indian history. Blakney-Bailey expects that the Indians “I’m a big picture kind of person,” of the Plum Bayou culture here intentionBlakney-Bailey said. Her goal, two years ally covered the structure’s floor with into her career there, is to learn “not just orange clay dug from beneath the humus, about Toltec but how it fits in with other for aesthetic reasons — as can be seen in contemporary sites in the Southeast,” and Ozark mounds — that may have been tied to “add flesh to the bones.” to ritual as well as to create a surface that She feels a sense of urgency for a portion would resist erosion. What appears to be of the site adjacent to the oxbow, called woven cane was retrieved from the excaMound Pond. Part of the site is eroding vation of the structure, which predates the into the lake, and the crew at what’s called mound by 100 years. Mound P has been recovering important Toltec is a huge site — 110 acres — artifacts — large red-slipped potsherds that and though it has been studied for 35 years, indicate ancient commerce with people in it will take many more to understand the sequence of construction, the relation- 4.5" Eastern Arkansas — from the water.

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SEX: industry O Neighborhood watch: Complaints of increased traffic in the Greystone neighborhood in Cabot led to a prostitution investigation.

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n May 12, the Lonoke County sheriff’s office arrested two women and one man, all charged with prostitution or the solicitation thereof, in the sleepy, prosperous Greystone neighborhood of Cabot. The bust grabbed quick headlines. Two women allegedly running an Internet-advertised prostitution business in an unlikely setting was a natural. But questions linger about how law enforcement officials finally made a case to try to stop it. The final chapter isn’t written. Charges are pending, defendants have lawyers prepared to fight them and the outcome may not be as open and shut as many had assumed.

massages to some people],” Kulesa says. “They denied The basics, from a Lonoke County sheriff’s news release, the prostitution charges, but here they were on the Internet are simple enough. Deputies served a search warrant at 105 advertising with pictures that were pretty provocative. It Ridgecrest Square in the Greystone subdivision. Arrested wasn’t someone standing in a white smock with a towel there were 33-year-old A.E. Samontry and 40-year-old over their arm like a professional masseuse. It was a girl Pornpiemon Phouangmany, U.S. citizens of Laotian descent. lying on the bed with a bikini bottom on. But I guess that A 46-year-old North Little Rock man, Jerry Richard, was will be up to a judge to decide.” arrested for patronizing a prostitute. The investigation began Blakely said both Samontry and Phouangmany were because of complaints from neighbors about the amount of good tenants who kept the place clean and always paid traffic in the neighborhood. their rent on time. They always paid in checks, he says, The suspects were quickly released on bond. The offenses other than a couple of times, when they paid their entire are misdemeanors, with relatively minor penalties. monthly rent in $20 bills, which he found a little odd. He Further reporting raised interesting angles in the case. says, as do others in the neighborhood, that he hardly ever For one, the man charged with solicitation does not fit the saw the women living at the house next door. typical john-prostitute profile. He’s the former husband of Jolene Payne lives across the street from 105 Ridgecrest. one of the women. She was the most vigilant of the neighbors in trying to get The setting has media appeal. Greystone is a quiet slice of something done about the incessant traffic. She continually suburbia on Cabot’s northwest side, off Highway 5. It’s full called the police, sheriff’s office and whoever else would of new brick homes and borders a country club with a lush listen, until something was done. golf course. Lawns are manicured, driveways are swept and “I called everybody and their brother. I literally did,” little bicycles with pink tassels hanging from the handlebars Payne says. “We called the cops for them blocking our lie on their sides in front yards along the street. It is a far driveway. Every time the police showed up we told them, cry from the seamy “strolls” of big cities where prostitutes ‘There’s a John over there right now. Go do something about gather. (Think the gritty portions of Roosevelt Road in Little it.’ They kept telling us they couldn’t do anything, that we Rock, a historic hotspot for the flesh trade.) didn’t have any proof. I mean, they pay their rent “I’ve been with the sheriff’s office for 16 years in $20 bills. How is that not suspicious? How is and this is the first prostitution case that I’ve worked, that not proof?” I guess you could say,” says Lt. Jim Kulesa with the sheriff’s office. “It was a surprise and the media and But, of course, a ready supply of cash money isn’t public response to it has been, well, I guess everybody proof of prostitution. Law enforcement officials say thought it was kind of funny. It’s not something you prostitution is a difficult crime to enforce precisely see every day.” because it’s so hard to prove, without testimony The women who were arrested have said they from, for example, undercover officers. were running a massage business out of their home. “Knowing what’s going on and proving it are They do not appear on the state list of licensed mastwo different things,” Kulesa says. “It’s hard because sage therapists. you’re dealing with an entrapment issue. In other The women have entered not guilty pleas. A sign words, the girl has to be the one to bring up the that once sat on the side of Highway 5 advertising the idea of sex for money. If you go in there and you the arrested: From left, Jerry Richard, Pompiemon Phouangmany business has been taken down. Advertisements were basically tell her, ‘I’ll give you money for sex,’ then and A.E. Samontry. also placed on the site, an Internet that’s entrapment.” site like Craigslist where classifieds and personal ads The Internet has made it easier and more discreet can be placed, but the Cabot ads are no longer there. There episode of prostitution rather than, say, rekindling of an to procure sex for money at private locations. The advertisremain, however, many other suggestive ads from women in old flame? ing, however, also makes it easier to track and find potential Reggie Koch, a Little Rock attorney who represents prostitutes. “Advertising is helpful,” says Lt. Terry Hastings Arkansas offering massage and other intimate services. Kevin Blakely lived next door and rented the house Richard, says the two are still, as far as he knows, in a rela- of the Little Rock Police Department, “for obvious reasons.” to the two women for two years. He said it’s possible the tionship and were not having sex at the time of the arrest. But it’s still not cut-and-dried. “We all pay for sex,” Koch says jokingly. “I mean, we women could have been running a legitimate business, but “If someone says on a website ‘anything goes,’ then you all pay for sex, right? He pays her every month because he have to determine what ‘anything’ means,” Hastings says. the circumstantial evidence suggested otherwise. “Until somebody can prove that they were doing some- still owes her from their divorce. It’s part of their agreement. “If it’s involving sex, just because you say that on a website thing illegal it’s just hearsay,” Blakely says. “As we started They have always had, other than when they were pissed doesn’t mean that you’re going to get arrested. There would to really pay attention, because of the frequency of the cars, off at each other, a relationship.” have to be an offer.” Kulesa insists the evidence is there. your mind starts to wonder if it’s drugs or what it could be. The LRPD vice squad stays busy on old-fashioned street “We have some evidence to show that it wasn’t just [two prostitution. Since January of 2009, the LRPD has made But after three or four months of watching them you’re pretty sure what’s going on, because it’s always one male people getting back together],” Kulesa says. “Basically there 268 prostitution arrests, none Internet-related. But Hastings in the vehicle and he’s always there for 45 minutes or an was some information that he was actually paying. I can’t says the Internet is still a useful tool for investigators. hour. So after awhile you think about it and you only come go into detail on that because it’s still a pending case, but “We do stings quite often where we go out and arrest to the one conclusion. I think the police feel they have we have enough to show there was a financial arrangement prostitutes where we use undercover officers for that,” he made prior.” enough evidence.” says. “In most cases, that’s how it gets done. The Internet “I assume they have some information somewhere about stuff is useful information, but other than that, it’s just getting The Lonoke County case wasn’t like most prostitution cases in which an officer goes undercover and waits something,” Koch says, “but my guy certainly wasn’t hiring out there on the street, figuring out where the prostitutes for an offer to be made. The search warrant was based on her as a prostitute. I don’t know what’s going to happen with are and going to arrest them. We use the Internet to track it conversations with two men who had admitted to paying the girls, but my guy, that’s his ex-wife and I think they’re but we won’t reveal to you how we do that.” for sex, but weren’t arrested themselves. Kulesa says he going to have trouble. If the district court finds him guilty The catalyst for most prostitution investigations is we’ll certainly go to a jury trial and I don’t think there’s 12 complaints. In 2007, North Little Rock Police made five doesn’t know why. Little Rock attorney Dan Hancock is representing both people in Arkansas that will find him guilty of this unless arrests related to online prostitution offers, all after receivwomen in the case. He says he doesn’t know why the men they get something incredibly unforeseen.” ing complaints. According to an NLRPD spokesman, in the Lt. Kulesa says there was more to the case than just past two years no Internet-related arrests have been made weren’t arrested either. “It seems a little odd that they’re arresting my clients as statements from the two unidentified johns. He couldn’t because of a lack of complaints. In April of this year, a opposed to people who have admitted to paying someone go into detail because the case is awaiting trial, but said White County woman was arrested after sheriff’s deputies the ads on weren’t your typical therapeutic received numerous complaints about an ad she placed on for sex, which is illegal,” Hancock says. Then there’s the matter of Richard’s former marriage massage ads. Craigslist. “Yeah, it’s a possibility [they were actually giving to Samontry. How did deputies conclude that this was an Continued on page 12

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uffled, and at the other end of the phone line, I hear a faint “I have to take this call, OK. Just leave the money there on the table.” This is how our conversation started. To learn more about how prostitution has moved from the street corner to the less-easily-policed land of the Internet, I rang the number of a Little Rock woman who advertises on offering, among other things, a “girlfriend experience.” We’ll call her Heather. Heather says that for a price, over $100 an hour, “anything goes.” I can’t confirm her story, of course, only what she said in her phone interview. She’s a young single mother, speaks with a soft country accent and says she posts ads on Backpage to feed her three kids. “I really want to stop doing this but it’s a lot of money,” she says. “I make about $1,500 a day. I’ve quit once and tried to go and work at a gas station but they were only paying me like $225 per week. I guess you could call it prostitution, if that’s the

way people want to look at it. I see it more as taking care of my family.” After being busted for prostitution, Heather’s a little more careful about which clients she accepts, although her ad isn’t subtle. Photographs show her, clothed, in provocative poses. “I get a lot of calls using the site, and being the only girl that does dominatrix and anal, I make a lot more money than a lot of the other girls. So I’m able to support my family. I’m just trying to survive,” she says. Heather was arrested as part of a sting operation after meeting an undercover cop at a motel, which is why she only does incalls now, where the customers come to her. She says without an avenue like Backpage, prostitution wouldn’t be an option for her. “Like a hooker walkin’ the street? I wouldn’t do that because you’ll end up getting killed or something. This way I’m able to screen my clients and I don’t do out-calls. I don’t try to get busted. I try to be discreet. I don’t have too many people coming to my house each day and I have a lot of repeat clients already,” she says.

The continued prevalence of Arkansas sex offers on-line suggests enforcement is generally a low priority. Other crimes demand more urgent attention. The punishment is relatively slight, particularly against the low risk of being arrested. Prostitution is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Promoting prostitution is a class A misdemeanor ($2,500 and up to one year in jail). That’s a punishment that some don’t think fits the crime. Kulesa says if Samontry and Phouangmany don’t want to appear in court, they can just pay the fine and leave. “It’s only a misdemeanor, so that’s only about a $200 fine [in most cases]. They’ll probably just leave. I think they had plans to leave the state anyway at the time of their arrest,” he says. Payne, the neighbor who tried for so long to get the authorities to pay attention, says the punishment isn’t enough. “There should be a heavier penalty,” Payne says, “because what’s $100 to a prostitute? It’s like telling a drug dealer he only has to pay a $100 fine. He’s just going to turn around and make it back. And there’s kids right there [pointing to the house next door]. You don’t need that around your children. There needs to be a stricter penalty. They should have done jail time personally.” But according to John Huggins of the Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, the only way promoting prostitution classifies as a felony is if a promoter uses physical force or intimidation or if a minor is involved. A trial date has been set for Aug. 19 in Lonoke County District Court. Until then, life goes on in Greystone. The house at 105 Ridgecrest is up for sale and Blakely is eager to have a new tenant. Samontry and Phouangmany moved out shortly after their arrest. “We told them if they weren’t going to buy the house then they needed to move out,” Blakely says. “They protested because they said they had done nothing wrong. Of course 12 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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NEW GROUND: Prostitution cases are uncommon to the Lonoke County Sheriff Department. they were running a business with everyone watching them. So I kinda figured they had to move anyway to continue doing what they were doing.” Payne says she can “definitely handle normal,” and likes the absence of traffic. Patton Hawkins, another neighbor, says it’s nice to see patrol cars cruising down the streets of his neighborhood, something he never saw before. His family likes the added sense of security.

When Hawkins thinks about his former neighbors he shakes his head. “Here’s another thing about our neighborhood: How many people know their neighbor anymore?” he asks. “Short of a couple of people I couldn’t tell you anything about them, where they work or anything. I mean, as long as I don’t smell meth or they’re not out in the yard doing something bad, why would I care?”

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Editorial n When a black president defends the American people against a giant oil company, vilification by Republicans is pretty much assured. During congressional hearings on the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologized to BP, the company responsible for the disaster. Non-Republicans thought BP should be doing the apologizing, but Barton professed outrage that BP, after meeting with President Obama, had agreed to establish a $20 billion fund to pay damages. “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House,” Barton said, apparently referring to a president favoring Americans over corporations. That didn’t happen during the Bush administration. (Bush, Cheney, Barton — Texans may be the worst of all Republicans.) “It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown,” Barton went on. The revelation that he’s accepted huge campaign contributions from the oil industry — $1.5 million, more than any other House member — was entirely expected. If it can be said that President Obama is shaking down oil companies, it can surely be said that oil companies are bribing congressmen. Every Democratic candidate this fall — every Joyce Elliott, every Blanche Lincoln — should point out that her opponent belongs to a party that indulges people who say America should apologize for being victimized.

Over-protective n Malcontents keep dreaming up “rights” that don’t exist in the Constitution — the right to text while driving, the right to smoke at the zoo, the right to talk during movies. The Rev. Bobby Clark of Mansfield believes there’s a right not to feel awkward, at least for some Americans. “I don’t think we need the gays in the military,” Clark told a national meeting of Southern Baptists. “I just think it puts them [heterosexuals] in a very awkward situation.” Clark is the pastor of Abbott Baptist Church, but he talks like a trial lawyer scrabbling for new things to sue over. Imagine if we could file lawsuits against all the people who’d made us uncomfortable. The snooty blonde in sales, the people at the next table talking too loudly about matters too personal, might get their comeuppance, yes. But our judicial system would collapse from overwork. Anarchy would prevail. Anarchy is worse than awkwardness. Brother Clark and his congregation could stand instruction in the liberties that we as Americans possess, and the ones that we don’t. The ACLU would be willing to fill the pulpit at Abbott Baptist Church some Sunday, and for only a modest love offering.

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KICK STARTED: American Taekwondo Association competitors perform a demonstration on Monday. Little Rock plays host to the ATA’s World Championships this week.

Keet’s residency n Is the Republican candidate for governor, Jim Keet, eligible to run? A reader on our Arkansas Blog raised this question last week, pointing to the Arkansas Constitution. It says, “No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor except a citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of thirty years, and shall have been seven years a resident of this state.” Jim Keet is 61. Born in Missouri, he came to Arkansas in 1975 to work in the restaurant business and eventually was elected to terms in both the Arkansas House and Arkansas Senate. He has been a resident of the state for well more than seven years, all told. But he has not been a resident of Arkansas for the last seven years. Keet became a registered voter in Florida in 2003, after moving to the Florida Panhandle to manage Barnhill’s Buffet, a restaurant chain. He struck a deal to sell the chain, for an undisclosed amount, in 2005. He continued to be a legal resident of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and voted in Florida elections. Keet told me he stayed in Florida after the restaurant chain sold because two children remained in school in Florida and he was trying to sell his house there. He did have continuing business interests here. “Anybody who ever asked, I’d always say I’m here [Florida] on a mission, but Arkansas is my home.” Keet added that his decision to settle in Florida – and remain there after the sale of his restaurant investment – had nothing to do with taxes. Florida has no state income or capital gains tax. Keet moved back to Little Rock in early 2009 and began working on opening the Taziki’s Greek restaurant. He registered to vote in Arkansas in January 2010. Voting registration was one of the factors considered by the Arkansas Supreme Court when it rejected a challenge to Bill Halter’s eligibility to

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run for lieutenant governor in 2006. (The eligibility requirement is the same as that for governor.) Halter had been away from Arkansas for years, many of them working for the Clinton administration. The Supreme Court wrote: “[T]he many actions taken by… Halter to retain his connection to Arkansas, including voting in Arkansas, maintaining an Arkansas driver’s license, and filing Arkansas income taxes, do not demonstrate an intent to abandon his residency in Arkansas, nor an intent to establish residency in any other state. ...” Keet can’t produce the same sort of supporting evidence, beyond his professed general intent. So then comes the question of whether the seven years of residency must immediately precede a candidacy for governor. The state Supreme Court dodged that issue in the Halter case: “In reaching this decision, we need not address plaintiff’s additional argument that the trial court erred in concluding that Halter was not required to have an actual place of abode in ARKANSAS for the seven years ‘immediately preceding’ the election. As we uphold the trial court’s finding that Halter never abandoned his domicile in Arkansas, we must necessarily conclude that Halter clearly met the seven-year requirement in Ark. Const. art. 6, § 5, as amended, irrespective of whether those seven years must be spent in Arkansas in the years immediately preceding the election or in any given seven years.” I’m sympathetic to the cumulative residency argument, but I’m not the Supreme Court. Keet, for his part, said through a spokesman that he is “fully qualified” and “easily meets the legal requirements.”

Elliott v. Griffin n Unless you’re hypnotized by the competition between a chameleon Democrat and a mannequin Republican, forget about the campaign for the U. S. Senate for a while. The really intriguing election, the one that will tell us and the world more about who we are, is for Congress from the Second District. That is the race between state Senator Joyce Elliott, the Democrat, and Tim Griffin, a political stealth agent who burst on the public three years ago as the cat’s paw in the big Justice Department scandal that forced the resignation of the attorney general of the United States. The conventional wisdom is that Elliott can’t win because she is black, a woman and represents Little Rock’s liberal precincts while the rest of Pulaski County and the outlying counties are conservative and Republican. After all, the story goes, Rep. Vic Snyder won seven terms by winning Pulaski County big and getting just enough votes in the other seven counties to squeak by. What chance would Elliott have? It is phony wisdom. Snyder split the district with Bud Cummins in his first race in 1996, four counties each, although he won easily. In the next six elections Snyder lost only five of 48 counties, including the home counties of his Republican opponents, and those by small margins. But the big question that worried Democrats have been asking is whether an

Ernest Dumas African American woman, no matter how popular she is in her city, can get elected in a heavily white district. Arkansas is the only state of the old Confederacy never to have been represented in Congress by a black person. Superb black candidates in the First and Second districts did not come close. Snyder, who knows the district very well, says whether a black woman can win is the wrong question. He framed the right question a little differently. I’ll frame it this way: Can a brilliant woman who has a sterling record of problem solving in a body of conservative white men defeat a political functionary whose scheming personal ambition humiliated an administration and brought down the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer? Does that put too fine a point on Tim Griffin’s accomplishments to date? What else recommends him for the job of representing the 700,000 people of central Arkansas in Washington, where the job is to work with the rest of Congress to get things done? Griffin’s career in Washington was not solving problems but finding the tools to destroy members of the other party. He did opposition research for the Republican

A rare spontaneous moment n I had a good seat for the luncheon Friday of the Political Animals Club at the Governor’s Mansion. It provided a view of political spontaneity, now nearly extinct in this tightly controlled era of what the consultants call “message discipline.” From a center-row table about threefourths of the way back in the great hall that Janet Huckabee built, I peered straight ahead at the speaker, Tim Griffin. He’s the Republican candidate for Congress in the 2nd District who was an operative for the national Republican Party and later a deputy in the George W. Bush White House toiling under Karl Rove. Conservatives love him. Democrats detest or fear him. At the table directly in front of me — in the foreground of the speaker — sat state Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, the Democratic candidate for this office, the one Vic Snyder is vacating after 14 years. Liberals love her. Republicans fear her. Griffin was delivering standard conservative boilerplate, including a broadside on that dormant notion for organizing unions by mere filing of cards, or “card check.” He said

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Arkansas, and the South generally, had long enjoyed a job-luring advantage by having few union members and a right-to-work law forbidding closed union shops, producing low labor costs. Those were advantages we needed to keep, he said. At that moment, when Griffin said that a low cost for labor was something we need to continue in Arkansas, I saw Elliott turn her head abruptly. She looked across the round table at an ally and raised an eyebrow. That concept that Griffin espoused — that we can lure jobs because our people work for less in wages and benefits — goes wholly counter to the essence of Elliott’s politics. As a former public school teacher and teachers union leader, she is devoted to the premise of lifting the state through the empowerment of individuals via improved education and with compassionate helping hands for the disadvantaged. She doesn’t

Party, searching records for offhand remarks that Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and others might have made that could be twisted into something stupid or outrageous and feeding them to the media. He developed tricky ways to keep people from voting for Democrats, such as getting their voter registrations canceled if they were off fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. He was so good at it that he was promoted to the White House, where he was a scout for Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s political manager. Griffin wanted a political career of his own, and that’s when it got dicey. Rove decided a few U. S. attorneys were not using their prosecutorial powers in the best interests of their party, by either prosecuting Republicans or else not charging Democrats, and the Justice Department was instructed to get rid of them. First, they fired Carol Lam, who had sent the popular Republican congressman Duke Cunningham to prison for eight years for taking more than $2 million in bribes from defense contractors. Then they fired seven others, including the aforementioned Bud Cummins, a thoroughly good Republican. Federal prosecutors are political appointees but the rules of justice had always been that politics ended when they were sworn in. Even-handed justice was their sworn duty. When the firestorm broke, the first line of defense at the Justice Department and the White House was to lie. Cummins, like the others, was dismissed for poor job perfor-

mance, they said. But Cummins, like the others, had rave job evaluations. Finally, at least in Cummins’ case, it was admitted that the White House political office, namely Karl Rove, just wanted to give Tim Griffin a leg up. Being a U. S. attorney is a good stepping-stone to elective office. Griffin sent Rove a grateful email: “Btw my wife is pregnant. We are thinking about naming him karl. Lol.” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales couldn’t give up the lie totally. He assured Arkansas’s two senators that Griffin would be appointed in the usual way and appear before the Judiciary Committee to answer question like every other political appointee. But Griffin was not going to answer any questions. Emails subsequently showed that they planned all along to put Griffin in the office by a never-used secret provision of the Patriot Act, which allowed him to bypass confirmation questioning. Senators Pryor and Lincoln, joined by conservative Republican senators, called for Gonzales to resign. Eventually he did. Griffin got to be the U. S. attorney for the eastern district for a few months, resigning when the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee decided to question him about his vote-suppression activities in the 2000 election. So the better question is, how likely and logical is it that voters will elect a person to work for them in Congress who could never stand to answer questions from the men and women who would be his colleagues?

want Arkansas to be a site for a kind of domestic out-sourcing. This is classic right-left issue. Griffin thinks our precarious economy needs jobs and that it’s good that we can attract them by offering discounted costs to those providing those jobs, including, yes, the costs of our workers. He sees human development in a kind of macro way by which the state attracts investment and employment by our relatively inexpensive requirements in pay and benefits for our people. Elliott thinks we need to develop our human capital directly and value it more than that. If cheap labor is the secret to riches, then she wonders whose riches we’re talking about and why Arkansas didn’t get wealthy a long time ago. She sees human development in a kind of micro way by which each individual is given reason to aspire to be valued at full price. She thinks it sends the wrong message to ask people to come here because our people work cheap. Griffin thinks it’s bad for the state if unionizing is made easier. Elliott doesn’t support card check, but she doesn’t begrudge workers the right to form unions. It won’t surprise regular readers for me to say I see it more Elliott’s way than Griffin’s. It also shouldn’t surprise regular readers for me to say I welcome and embrace this kind of relevant, productive difference.

I don’t recoil at Griffin’s view or demonize him for it; in fact, I understand and appreciate what he’s saying, especially in a broader context of our advantages in the cost of living and in the cost of doing business — a context he sought to emphasize in a softening follow-up written statement his campaign sent me. But what I liked most was this rare and revealing spontaneity in two competing political candidates. They were not engaged in strategic tit-fortat via expensive, misleading, exploitative and cynical mailers or television commercials. He said from a podium what he thought and she revealed in a raised eyebrow from the audience what she thought of what he said, then elaborated for inquiring reporters afterward. May there be more such moments, in this race and others, maybe even when it’s Elliott’s turn at the same podium this week. P.S. — Here’s another political development, also apparently spontaneous, that I witnessed at this event: The moment Griffin finished speaking, a woman walked straight to Elliott and handed her a check for $500. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. • june 24, 2010 15

Anthony Fletcher, M.D. Georgetown University

Fred Meadors, M.D. Baylor College of Medicine

Ali Krisht, M.D. Emory University

Kathleen Sitarik, M.D. Duke University

Carlos Roman, M.D. Tulane University

Lowry Barnes, M.D. Harvard

John Brizzolara, M.D. University of Arkansas

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Move Over Jillian Michaels It’s Time To Get Fit The Wright Way


cientific research has proven that working out with a trainer is more productive than working out alone, and trainers don’t come any more spirited than Kaytee Wright of Northside Fitness. A life-long athlete, Kaytee is a firm believer in the life-changing effects that exercise can have on people both physically and mentally. “My goal in personal training,” she says, “ is to inspire others to have a love for their workouts by making fitness, fun and exercise a part of a healthy lifestyle.” She’s passionate about her work, and has the credentials to boot. She says,” I’m nationally-certified though the Cooper Institute, a National Federation of Professional Trainer for Personal Training, IYCA International Youth Conditioning, with nutrition courses through Cooper, spinning and an aerobic instructor in kickboxing, Swiss ball, golf conditioning and boot camp. I’m also CPR and AED Certified.” If one-on-one training isn’t your (gym)bag, group training or boot camp might fit the bill. Kaytee also runs a Women’s Boot Camp geared towards all fitness levels. “Women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in this program,” she says. All activities are structured so that you can choose the

appropriate intensity for your fitness level. “My class is designed to make exercise and fitness a permanent part of your lifestyle,” she adds. She says that Boot Camp is the quickest and easiest way to jump-start your fitness program and quickly lose pounds and inches. In the process, you’ll also make new friends and look and feel great in just four short weeks. Kaytee reminds us, however, that 75% of maintaining a healthy weight is nutrition. To that end, she offers the following guidelines. “If you’re not eating right, it’s not going to make a difference,” she says definitively. So if you’re ready to commit and get fit, let Kaytee be your guide.

BASIC DIETARY GUIDELINES TO OBSERVE FOR A HEALTHIER DIET • Eat more frequently throughout the day. You should eat a BALANCED meal or snack approximately every 3 to 3.5 hours throughout the day beginning with the breakfast meal. You should be eating four or five times a day optimally! • Eat reasonable portion sizes. Make each portion of food on your plate no bigger than the size of your fist. • Eat lean protein sources regularly. Very

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he Institute of Medicine (IOM) revised their pregnancy weight gain recommendations in May 2009. The recommendations are dependent upon your body size or body mass index (BMI). During the first trimester, most women gain about one pound per month. During the second and third trimesters, most women gain about ½ to 1 pound per week. Of course, check with your doctor on the right amount of weight that you should gain. Gaining the right amount of weight decreases the chance of complications while pregnant

and it makes it easier to lose the “baby weight” after birth. Babies born to mothers who gain the recommended weight tend to be healthier at birth with fewer complications during delivery. Unfortunately, being pregnant doesn’t mean you can eat for two. Most of the daily extra calories you need during the second and third trimester can be found in a daily extra half

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igh quality child care and early childhood education sets the stage for how well our children learn, how they think of themselves and how they interact with their world. We as parents, child care providers, educators and citizens have a responsibility to make sure all of our children have the very best experiences they can. Better Beginnings, Arkansas’s Quality Rating Improvement System, has been developed to do just that. Better Beginnings emphasizes parents’ understanding of the value of quality child care while providing them with an on-line vehicle

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state’s short-term economic growth. Those who consider Arkansas as a future site for their businesses will look favorably on the availability of quality child care services for their families and their employees. For more information, contact the DHS/ Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education: 501-682-4891, TDD 501-1550,

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veryone seems to understand what to do with their skin in the winter: it feels dry so they moisturize. However the summer months, between the heat and humidity, seem to perplex even the most committed skincare product mavens out there. “How do I keep my skin looking great?” is a common question I get come July every year. These are the tips I give when dealing with the heat waves and : • In the summer, shower or bath at night when it’s coolest, using a gentle and balancing facial cleanser (one of my favorites is Collective Wellbeing Hydrating Gel Cleanser). • Exfoliate your skin at least once a week but no more often than every other day. Enzyme scrubs are a great pick for hot weather (such as Alba Sea Algae Enzyme Facial Scrub). • After your evening shower, use a light to moderate

weight moisturizer and apply to neck as well. If you get a moderate amount of sun, save the alpha hydroxy and glycolic acid containing moisturizers for the winter months. (My pick is Pangea Organics Chamomile & Orange Blossom Facial Cream). • Be smart in the sun. Use a sunscreen intended for the face (which means doesn’t clog pores) and don’t forget protecting the delicate skin on your eyelids and lips. (Desert Essence Mineral sunscreen is a great choice). • Stay hydrated and eat well! Your skin will keep a healthy glow and repair better when you nourish it from within. Fresh fruits and veggies and lots of water is an time tested trick for naturally glowing skin.

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University Women’s Health Center: Putting the You in UAMS ll women deserve the opportunity to access the best health care possible—and that care can be found at UAMS. At the University Women’s Health Center, women can receive complete gynecological services along with normal and high-risk obstetric care (OB/GYN) in a cheerful, comfortable environment. The Center’s staff is committed to helping patients live a healthier


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Amy Phillips, M.D. Assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am often told that that my patients prefer a female doctor. I think they feel more comfortable discussing very private issues, such as sexual problems, with a female. I think they feel like a female doctor can identify with them better. I’m not sure if I approach pregnancy and delivery any differently than other physicians, especially since I don’t have children yet. I can say that I try to make my patients feel as comfortable as possible with me so they feel free to ask any questions, and if they have concerns during the pregnancy or during delivery, they feel confident that I will be straight forward with them. I’ve been in practice two years. No kids yet but likely soon!

Nirvana Manning, M.D. Assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I do think women offer a unique perspective in this specialty in particular. I think we certainly can offer empathy, as many of us have experienced many of the same joys and fears during pregnancy. We can share in the devastation of infertility or loss of a pregnancy. I

life and providing current, comprehensive information to help them make informed health care decisions. Whether you want to maintain your healthy lifestyle or are having health problems, you can benefit from the many services the Center has to offer. Those services include: high-risk maternity services, on-site lab and family planning, annual exams, Medicaid assistance, certified Spanish interpreters, childbirth classes and

health education. It’s no secret that when choosing an OB or OB/GYN, many women prefer a female doctor—and the Center offers personalized care from some of the state’s top female obstetricians and gynecologists. We recently caught up with some of them to ask about women providing quality health care for other women, motherhood and the female perspective on medicine.

Nirvana Manning

Katrina Davis

Dora Mah

do think there is a population of women that prefer having a woman take care of them from pregnancy thru menopause just knowing that we’ve been thru the same thing. I have been in practice for three years at UAMS. I am married to Thomas Manning, a Dermatologist at Little Rock Dermatology, and we have two children ages 3 and 10 months.

the majority of the patients who come to see me prefer a female physician. . . . But, I know several male OB/GYNs who have great rapport with their patients. I do, however, get a lot of patients with sensitive diagnoses such as sexual dysfunction or history of sexual assault that say that they feel more comfortable discussing these issues with a woman. I completed by OBGYN residency at UAMS in 1998. I was in private practice in Hot Springs for four years. I have been on staff at UAMS for nearly eight years. I have been married for 16 years. My husband and I have 12- and 10-year-old daughters.

I think there is a growing portion of the current generation of young females that have expressed preferences for a female OB. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I’m hearing this more often. It could be the fact that there are more options these days of having a female doctor. Or it could be the fact that we live in the age of “girl power” and that by seeing a female doctor there may be some underlying sense of empowerment, encouragement and a sisterhood. I have to say that I’m a little biased because I have such respect for my male colleagues and have equally as much confidence and trust in them as I do with my female colleagues. I’ve been a faculty member with the Department of Ob/Gyn at UAMS since July 2009. I finished my residency at UAMS in June 2009. I’m currently the 3rd year Medical Student Clerkship Director for Ob/ Gyn at UAMS. As for my personal background, I’m engaged to Dr. Michael Smith who is also an Ob/Gyn with the Department of Ob/Gyn at UAMS. We are both Arkansas natives; he’s from Hot Springs, and I’m from Lake Village. I do not have any children, but I do look forward to having children in the future . . . [and] I look forward to many, many more years at UAMS.

Katrina Davis, M.D. Associate professor in the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I can’t speak for all physicians who are female or male for that matter. I know phenomenal OB/GYNs of both genders. But, I think that more than me being a woman, there are things that I have experienced personally that definitely affect how I approach my patients. I have had two preterm deliveries; a cesarean section; a vaginal delivery; and I breastfed. I spent 10 weeks on hospital bed rest with one pregnancy and 6 months visiting my child in the NICU with the other. So, on each of those topics, I bring my personal experience to the table, and I think that it helps me help my patients with not only the physical aspects of those situations, but the psychological issues. Because I am a female, it is likely that

Dora Mah, M.D. Assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It would be hard for me to speak from a man’s perspective, but I don’t think that I approach pregnancy and delivery any differently than my male colleagues as far as practices and relationships with patients are concerned. I do tend to take on a maternal role when counseling and caring for my patients, particularly when it comes to my adolescent patients. I want my patients to feel at home with me and know that, even though I am the OB, we are all equal partners in making this pregnancy the best it can be.



Delta Dental of Arkansas e know what it’s like…high school dances and first boyfriends; late nights in college and receiving your degree; your first job and trying to make ends meet; the most beautiful wedding and then you’re expecting; kids’ soccer games and, before you know


it, you are in your golden years enjoying grandkids at your feet. You live an incredibly busy life, so who has time to think about oral health care? Well here is a secret: by keeping regular dentist visits and brushing and flossing daily, you are on the fast track for

YOUR ADULTHOOD You are generally a healthy person during this stage of your life, and you are also extremely busy. By following these easy preventative measures now, you can save yourself from a lot of pain and money later on in life. • Brush your teeth twice a day to help remove tooth decay and gum disease. • Floss daily to help remove plaque and food from between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. A buildup of plaque in-between your teeth can cause gum disease which is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss! • Get regular dental cleanings to remove plaque and also to help prevent many

preventing major problems in the future. And according to new studies, keeping your mouth healthy will result in more than a great smile—it might help your overall health. Delta Dental of Arkansas is trying to help you keep healthy oral habits through all the different stages

in your life so you can spend your time thinking about more important things. Whether you are getting ready for that high school dance or you are playing games with your grandchildren, we want you to have a beautiful smile for all these moments in your life.

diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers. Recent studies have linked hear t attacks and strokes to gum disease. • Get your cavities filled. Tooth decay does not go away on its own, and will only get worse if left untreated. If cavities are ignored, then more extensive and expensive treatment will be needed to save the tooth.

YOUR PREGNANCY Delta Dental of Arkansas wants to help you have a

healthy, bouncing baby. Some studies indicate a correlation between the presence of periodontal disease and pre-term, low birth-weight babies. To help prevent periodontal disease or to keep it under control while you are pregnant, Delta Dental offers plans that will allow two additional cleanings per benefit year. This means you could receive up to four cleanings within the same benefit period;

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YOUR CHILDREN Raising your children is a very important part of your life, and takes a tremendous amount of time. While you are busy helping with homework and after school activities, Delta Dental of Arkansas is busy helping your kids have healthy teeth. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today—five times more prevalent than asthma. Oral pain is also one of the main reasons kids are absent from school. To help keep your child out of pain and in the classroom, Delta Dental of Arkansas recommends: • Your child’s first dental check-up to occur right after their first tooth arrives. Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. Oral bacteria can live in your child’s gums so it won’t go away just because your child looses a tooth. • At least two dentist visits per year to remove plaque and other cavity causing bacteria, to receive sealants to protect their teeth from tooth decay and other preventative services. • Make sure your child receives adequate fluoride exposure through fluoride toothpaste, fluoridated water and fluoride treatments from the dentist. • Start teaching your children healthy oral habits early so they will continue these habits for their lifetime. • Be a good example for your children. If they see you brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist, they will be much more likely to do the same. • Help your child receive dental care until they have their own way to support themselves. The most recent healthcare reform will require medical insurance plans to cover dependents up to the age of 26, but oral health care is exempt from this condition. However, Delta Dental understands how healthy oral habits sometimes lose priority during transitional periods in young adults’ lives. That is why Delta Dental is proud to offer plans that will continue to cover young adults as dependents under their parents’ plans up to the age of 26.

YOUR GOLDEN YEARS Heart disease and diabetes are two of the most prevalent diseases among US adults. Studies are currently being conducted to show the relationship between the presence of periodontal disease and the acceleration of problems with both heart disease and diabetes. In fact, dentists are increasingly becoming part of the medical

teams for patients with these diseases. Your dentist can detect many of these diseases, as well as oral cancers and other dental problems, just through your routine checkups. Delta Dental of Arkansas provides plans that will help you fight heart disease and diabetes by giving you two extra cleanings per benefit year. It is our hope that these additional cleanings will help keep periodontal disease nonexistent or under control so you can better manage your heart disease or diabetes. Delta Dental also encourages you to continue your regular dental cleanings.

DELTA DENTAL OF ARKANSAS REACHES OUT One of Delta Dental’s core objectives is to provide access to oral health care and education to every Arkansan. This is an integral part of our mission which is why we invest hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in programs that meet the general and oral health needs of Arkansans and that educate kids and parents alike about the importance of oral health. Here are a few ways we are doing this: • Through a relationship between Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Delta Dental of Arkansas, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides free dental care and educational services to underserved children in their own neighborhoods. • Arkansas Mission of Mercy is a two-day clinic that provides free dental care to anyone regardless of financial income. As a primary sponsor, Delta Dental is proud to have been a part of providing millions of dollars worth of free care to over 6,000 people the last 4 years. We also support many year round free dental clinics across the state. • Delta Dental is working to get water fluoridation in every community across the state. We are excited about our latest achievement in El Dorado, Arkansas, where our contribution of $100,000 will be presented this week to help bring fluoridated water to those Arkansans in the very near future. As a busy woman in today’s world, you might feel like you don’t have time to worry about your teeth. But as you can see, it is so impor tant that you keep your mouth healthy. Delta Dental of Arkansas wants you to be happy and healthy throughout your entire life so please follow our tips and if you would like any information on our dental plans, please call 1-800-814-3451 or visit our website at

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ith its breathtaking views and tranquil forested setting, you would never guess that Woodland Heights is a mere stone’s throw from Interstate 630 and other major arteries of the Greater Little Rock metropolitan area. Woodland Heights offers the best of both worlds – a secluded living environment and immediate access to a bustling city. When you desire to venture out in search of exciting dining, cultural or social opportunities you do not have to travel far. Woodland Heights is also just minutes away from three of Arkansas’ top medical facilities. This first-class retirement community offers many daily activities such as water aerobics, Tai Chi, “Peppi & Peppi Lite” as well as a “Happy Half Hour” social before dinner every evening. Because the health and well-being of Residents are top priorities, Woodland Heights also has a Fitness & Activities Director, an on-site modern fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Just a few of the fabulous amenities offered are a beautiful library, billiards room & game room, beauty salon & barber shop and chapel. Marketing Director Teresa Grimes becomes ver y enthusiastic when talking about this upscale independent-living community. Her passion for Woodland Heights infuses her every word. She effuses, “We have had a sterling reputation for 27 years and have so much to offer – nightly gourmet dining with delicious meals prepared by Executive Chef Mark Elliotte, Continental Breakfast Plus, scheduled transportation to

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ust because you’re 65, you don’t immediately have to buy a Cadillac and start going to the beauty parlor to get your hair set. And just because you’re 21, you don’t have to have long, flowing locks like Crystal Gayle. Below, Jimmy Armstrong of Salon Avatar shares his love of a classic, versatile look that suits all ages and styles. “I believe that the bob—invented by Antoine of Paris in 1907 when he cut the hair of a young actress to make her look more ‘boyish’—has proven to be the most timeless and long-lived hairstyle,” he opines. Jimmy adds, “Antoine later collaborated with Coco Chanel on her revolutionary look for women in the 1920s.” Jimmy explains that a bob can be any length, from just above ear to shoulder length, with any number of variations — with bangs or without, with layers or one length. “The bob, in all its variations, has always been one of my favorite looks for women,” he says. For More Information Call 501-661-1616 or visit

The classic bob. Timeless.

r. John H. Dean has been a practicing dentist in North Little Rock for over 15 years. His emphasis is in implants, root canals and one-appointment, all-ceramic natural crowns. Unlike many dentists, however, he also offers sedation dentistry to relax high-anxiety patients. After extensive training out of state, Dean received his Conscious Sedation License, something few dentists can claim. Referring to sedation dentistry, Dean says, “We’ve been doing it for five years now. We sedate with pills or IV sedation, and you won’t have any memory [of the procedure].” Dean’s services, pardon the pun, fill a niche in the market. He explains that instead of going to an oral surgeon, which can be costly, patients can get wisdom teeth extracted in his office. “You can save up to $1,000,” he says. “Plus, unlike most oral surgeons, we take insurance, so patients only have to pay 80%.” He explains that, unlike dentists, oral sur-

geons also require payment, sometimes upwards of $2,000, up front. Dean recommends that teenagers and college age kids get wisdom teeth removed during the summer months so there’s ample time to recover, and says that sedation offers “a comfortable way to do it.” He advises that, as a preventative measure, wisdom teeth should be removed earlier rather than later because, if not, it can lead to future problems. “Moms with young teenagers or college age kids should think about extraction,” he says, before wisdom teeth erupt—and interrupt the school year. Dean says that sedation can also be used during for root canals, crowns or regular extractions to minimize pain and anxiety and make any trip to the dentist stress-free. 4601 Fairway Avenue North Little Rock, AR 72116-8052 (501) 758-8282

Baptist Health Healthcare for Women at Any Age


hildbirth, breast cancer, osteoporosis, nutrition—with each new phase of a woman’s life come different health concerns. Baptist Health understands that women have special needs; that’s why they employ specific women’s health specialists to meet every need of the female body. Younger women may want to know about reproductive issues, while menopause, osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer are likely concerns for women as they grow older. No matter what your age or your condition, the women’s centers are there to help with trained women’s health specialists, support groups, education services and even womenspecific surgery units. Dr. Bruce White, a family practice physician with Baptist Health, sees women of all stripes at his clinic. We recently caught up with him to discuss what he sees as the major health issues women face as they progress through life.

a major concern at this age unless there’s a family history, White says, “It’s important to monitor breasts and be aware of changes.”

30S AND 40S “Hyper tension, cholesterol, diabetes are issues . . . Hormonal issues are still there, there’s just a different side of them

EARLY 20S “ If they’re generally healthy, they’re concerned with hormonal issues, birth control ... some sexual issues.” Though breast cancer isn’t

Dr. Bruce White and patient.

now as some women get into perimenopausal. . . . some may be experiencing hot flashes, etc.,” says White. He also notes that heart disease kills more women than breast cancer and often appears at this time.” If you have a family histor y,” he says, “we need to worry about prevention of heart disease.”

50S AND 60S “Most women will go through menopause in their mid-50s,” White explains. Though hormone therapies have become controversial, White says they do have their place, “Hormone therapies need to be determined on an individual basis.” As far as osteoporosis, White stresses the importance of careful monitoring and trying “to pick it up when it’s osteopenia before it gets to the point where it’s osteoporosis.” He also says that he advises younger patients to maintain calcium intake because “You loose bone density rapidly at menopause, when you lose the hormones that drive calcium into the bones.” As to the recent controversy regarding when women should get mammograms, White responds emphatically, “Definitely by age 40 you should be getting routine screening mammograms.” Speaking to patients of all ages, White says you cannot overstate the importance of family history. “People need to be aware of their family history and not think they are bullet proof just because they’re 20.” For more info on what screenings are needed when, or for a physician referral, call Baptist Health HealthLine at BAPTIST (2278478) or visit



St. Vincent: Serving Families and Communities A LABOR OF LOVE


rom the moment you arrive at the St. Vincent Center for Women and Children, you become a par t of a long tradition of distinguished healthcare. We’ve been helping moms bring their babies into the world for more than 120 years. You will have the support of the entire staff throughout your stay, because we want the birth of your baby to be a labor of love. For your comfort, during labor and delivery, you’ll have your own private, spacious home-like birthing suite. Family and friends have a large waiting room that comfortably accommodates adults and children. And because we know how important family members are in a child’s development, you have the option of having dad and sisters and brothers rooming in with

features more than 20 entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you’ll be served by our friendly and well-trained wait staff. With our state-of-the art infant security system and electronic monitoring you can always feel assured your baby is safe. And you can rest comfortably knowing that your nurse is well informed about you and your baby and eager to meet both your needs. If your baby is born sooner than expected or has other special needs, you can take comfort in knowing that the state’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is at St. Vincent. Our NICU nurses have an average of more than 20 years experience caring for your baby’s special needs. Our Level Three NICU status means we are equipped to care for the sickest babies. When your baby leaves the

St. Vincent Center for Women and Children and to sharing the joy and excitement that the birth of your baby will bring. For more information or to pre-register for admission visit To register for a childbirth or breastfeeding class call 552-BABY.

CHOOSING A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FOR YOUR FAMILY If you’re looking for a primary care physician consider a St. Vincent Family Clinic doctor. For more than 40 years the dedicated physicians and staff of St. Vincent Family Clinics have been building strong health care relationships with generations of Little Rock-area families. Our clinic physicians have the support of St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock and

St. Vincent Family Clinic/Rodney Parham 10000 Rodney Parham Little Rock, AR 72227 501-221-0888 Hours 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday The Family Clinic/Jacksonville 1110 West Main Street Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-982-2108 Hours 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday St. Vincent Family Clinic/Chenal 1811 Rahling Road, Suite 120 Little Rock, AR 72223 501-552-8150 Hours 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday

WE’RE WHERE YOU NEED US The Clinic at Walmar t operated by St. Vincent Health System now has four locations for your family’s basic health care needs. The clinics provide fast, affordable service such as check-ups, screenings and minor injuries. In addition your family will find affordably priced acute and preventive care for common health ailments treatable without urgent or emergency care, including sore throats, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, earaches, bladder infections, insect bites and stings, cholesterol screening, blood sugar testing, drug screening and routine physicals. The clinics are staffed by licensed health care providers, during convenient hours, including the weekend, so families can receive quality care without a long wait. It also helps ease the burden on emergency rooms, which aren’t designed to treat everyday illnesses like sore throats. The clinics are open for walk-in service Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

you and your new baby in one of our suites at an additional cost. The suite is furnished with a queen-size sleeper sofa, sleep chair, desk, 36-inch cable television, DVD/CD player, refrigerator, coffeemaker, microwave and Internet access. The spacious family room has plush carpeting, and crown molding. Or you may choose to spend your time in one of our private rooms. All rooms at St. Vincent are private. Our team includes skilled nursing professionals to care for you and your baby. Starting in July, your meals will be prepared at your request with a simple phone call any time between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. You’ll order meals from a bedside menu that

St. Vincent NICU to go home you’ll be given a personal photo scrapbook of your baby’s treatment and progress. The St. Vincent Center for Women and Children strives to make your stay as special as the arrival of the new baby. St. Vincent celebrates the miracle of new life by attending not only to the needs of the baby and parents, but also by involving all significant people influencing the life and health of a new baby. Childbir th Education and breastfeeding preparation classes are offered for patients, siblings, caregivers and the community to better prepare for childbirth and your child’s growth and development. We look for ward to your stay at the


St. Vincent/Nor th in Sherwood to ensure your medical needs are met in specialty areas such as cardiology, or thopaedics, neurosurger y, urology, oncology, general surgery, women’s and children’s services and senior health. For your convenience, the St. Vincent Family Clinics also offer a variety of on-site laboratory, radiology and diagnostic services. The Family Clinic/South University 4202 South University Little Rock, AR 72204 501-562-4838 Hours 8am - 7pm Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm Saturday • 1pm - 5pm Sunday

The Clinics at Walmart Operated by St. Vincent 19301 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72223 501-552-6475 12001 Maumelle Blvd No Little Rock, AR 72113 501-552-6480 9053 Highway 107 Sherwood, AR 72120 501-552-6485 Opens July 6, 2010 400 Bryant Avenue Bryant, AR 72022 501-552-6490

CARTI Inspired cancer care for the whole journey

Pediatric cancer survivors receiving radiation treatment at CARTI can choose to participate in CARTI Kids. A CARTI Ray of Hope outreach program, CARTI Kid activities offer childhood cancer survivors to meet, interact and share experiences with their peers while enjoying activities and events such as survivor retreats, holiday parties and annual summer trips. Here, pediatric cancer survivors Kendall Meins, of DeWitt, and Amelia Floriani, of Malvern, explore the City Museum on the CARTI Kids 2009 trip to St. Louis, MO.


ith one of the leading radiation therapy programs in the country, Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute treats all types of cancer with radiation. In fact, over the past 20 years, CARTI has treated almost 9,500 for breast cancer alone (one of top three cancers treated at CARTI). The range of services provided by CARTI, however, is far greater than just radiation therapy. CARTI believes strongly in caring for the patient as a whole, including a concern for each patient’s physical, emotional and financial well-being. Because of that, they provide a number of services outside the lines of actual treatment. Olivia Wyatt, Counseling and Resources Coordinator for CARTI says, “For years we were limited in what we could offer patients, but as medical and supportive services grew and improved, and communities rallied around cancer patients, we now have more resources to assist our patients.” The CARTI “Ray of Hope“ Network provides a broad scope of assistance to meet the many and diverse needs of those fighting cancer, as well as helping the family members who support them. “When you see a patient walk in here for an evaluation,” explains Wyatt, “you know they are overwhelmed. We do not look at just the patient, but at the whole family because cancer affects the whole family. . . . We are there for the patient and family every step of the way.” Describing Ray of Hope, she says, “We like to make sure CARTI patients have all their concrete needs met as well, since these concerns are an overwhelming part of their lives when seeking treatment for cancer. Some of the major concerns a patient may face along with their diagnosis are, financial concerns, transportation, and housing for patients that live outside of the treatment area, emotional support, and coordination of discharge plans from area hospitals and coordination of care

with area medical clinics. The Counseling and Resources department offers assistance for supportive programs and services to alleviate as many of the patient and family members concerns during the treatment so the patient may have fewer worries, and concentrate more on healing.

For FREE information on Child Care in your area, call the Child Care Referral Line at 1-800-445-3316 or 1-501-682-9699.

Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education This information is provided as a public service only and in no way implies any recommendation or endorsement by the Division, the Commission or any personnel of any facility listed. Visit our website at:

RAY OF HOPE PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Patient Assistance Programs Patients diagnosed with cancer face psychosocial problems ranging from transportation needs to family concerns. CARTI’s resource coordinators provide specialized services designed to facilitate treatment and improve quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Massage Therapy To help reduce the stress and tension that patients can sometimes experience during, before and after treatment, CARTI refers them to a local, licensed massage therapist specially trained in oncology. Survivor Retreats CARTI offers several free cancer survivor retreats for those undergoing radiation therapy. CancerAnswers This public education program is held each spring and fall throughout Arkansas to offer patients and their caregivers coping skills in dealing with their illness. CARTI Kids Program The CARTI Kids Program provides a support system for pediatric cancer patients who have received radiation therapy at CARTI. The program runs through the age of 18 and includes current and former patients. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • JUNE 24, 2010

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Renaissance man: A variety of projects keep Amman Abbasi busy.

Amman apart Restaurant owner, musician and filmmaker — Amman Abbasi does it all.


hat you’ve likely never heard of Amman Abbasi, who has achieved international acclaim for his music, owes to several factors. For one, he’s never played a headlining show in Little Rock, and it’s rare that you’ll spot him out and about. He’s too busy. Since late last year, the 22-year-old has been managing Masala Grill + Teahouse, a Pakistani restaurant he opened with help from his parents. But you may not know him mainly because he’s famous within a relatively arcane corner of contemporary music.

Under the name The Abbasi Brothers, Amman and his brother Yousuf — who lives in New York — make electronic music that’s taken them to Iceland to work with Sigur Ros and earned them praise in WIRED magazine. Their debut album, “Something Like Nostalgia,” topped the charts in Japan. It’s music Amman said is partly inspired by cinema — there are clear echoes of David Lynch’s composer of choice, Angelo Badalamenti — and driven by “spontaneity, small observations in life that subconsciously come out through the music.”

Sonically, it’s an instrumental-only mixture of strings, guitar, piano, electronic sounds and ambient noise. The songs don’t follow conventional structure, but instead sort of slowly coalesce, layering flourishes of noise and sparse electronic percussion to create dynamic tension throughout. If you had to stick a label on the music, the elusive “post-rock” tag would fit, but it seems more personal and sincere than some of the other, more grandiose acts typically grouped under that umbrella. It’s contemplative, relaxing but engaging, the ideal soundtrack for a

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long drive or an evening of reading. After releasing “Something Like Nostalgia,” the brothers scored two documentaries, “Warrior Champions,” the latest work from Little Rock’s Renaud brothers, and “The Wall,” about the construction of a 700-mile long fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. Working on film was more of a challenge than making an album, Amman said. “[The music was] all about experimentation, scoring the scene in your own head. With the films, the scene determines Continued on page 35 • june 24, 2010 29

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8 p.m., The Village. $13 adv., $16 d.o.s.

n I swear, sometimes you can practically see the neighborhood’s pubescent boys peeking through the cracks of these girls’ backyard fence. Made up of three sisters, their brother and their cousin, the family DuPree have built a name for themselves by painting ethereal portraits of the hidden nooks in suburbia, all melancholic, harmony-heavy and smelling of swimming pools and hot Toyota suede. The bulk of it is attractive stuff, written with wide-eyed minor chords and no shortage of a Stevie Nicks sense of wonderment, all the while resonating with a Sunday morning chastity that’s at once coy and mysterious. Yeah, it’s a band with a low-emission engine, fueled by that type of evocative imagery. And, through it all, it’s not really a bad thing. They’re supported by orchestral indie prog-pop from fellow Tyler, Texans The Lion & The Sail and a solo set from the youngest of the family, Christie DuPree.



6 p.m., Music Fort Smith. $6.

n When A+ Setup released its debut LP,

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Eisley brings a mystical, suburban soundtrack to Little Rock. “Language,” in 2006, the band put out, bar none, one of the best, most essential Arkansas albums of the aughts. About the last thing you’d expect to zoom out of Booneville, it’s a frayed-edge album of catchy dance commanders with serious post-punk jitters, all jammed to critical mass with some of the wryest lyrics this side of Manchester, England. (“My baby joined the Ottoman Empire/She’s marching away/She doesn’t need a man when we’ve got a country.”) And live? They were the realest of deals, ripping a shimmy out of even the most stone-y of regulars. It was a band out to dominate an audience, not just three dudes playing dress-up for a Factory Records party. But after two years with a replacement drummer and an unexpected break-up, A+ Setup has reunited (now with an additional member on keyboards) and the state is all the better for it. Their re-debut goes down at Music Fort Smith this Friday at a fund-raiser to benefit the

burgeoning West Arkansas music venue. If you’re in for a Friday night road trip, you could do a lot worse than trucking up the interstate for the post-punk resurrection. A slew of bands lead the way, with indie surf rock from Taifas, indie poppers Physical Science, an acoustic set from No Hickeys and soundtrack-rock from Silent Waits the Archer.


9 p.m., Revolution. $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.

n It’s damn near impossible to find Drive-By Truckers’ name in print without finding a Skynyrd reference trailing behind. But heavy are the shoulders that wear Ronnie Van Zant’s “Tonight’s the Night” shirt. For the last number of years, the Athens, Georgia, act has been the mayor of Southern rock — even though the band shrugs off that idea. But you can’t very well have songs called “Dead, Drunk and

Naked” and “You and Your Crystal Meth” without being as Southern as a barbecue behind a baptismal. Their sound is a threeguitar powerhouse drawl that sounds like it could be recorded 10 miles away from wherever you’re reading this right now. It’s sweat-glazed and highly relatable. In fact, I bet when the band’s principal songwriters, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, were teen-agers, they could burp the tracklist to Molly Hatchet’s “Greatest Hits” and maybe even fart all the major characters in the Snopes trilogy. But what’s most astounding about the big-time cult is their ambition seemingly knows no bounds — we’re talking “let’s make a two-disc concept album about the decline of the South in the 1970s, using Lynyrd Skynyrd as a metaphor” ambitious. It’s that kind of work ethic that makes Drive-By Truckers worthy of every bit of their enormous, feverish fanbase. Songbird Amy Wood opens the night.



8:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $15.

‘THE BIG TO-DO’: Southern rock overlords, Drive-By Truckers, swing through town to celebrate Revolution’s birthday. 30 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

n Since 1977, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has gone from a second-line Crescent City outfit to a house band, named after their Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club, to one of the most influential troupes to ever spread the good news of NOLA. And now the band’s back on the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary re-release of its epochal release, 1984’s “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now,” the debut that popularized New Orleans brass bands far beyond the reach of Louisiana (especially Europe and, as fellow “Treme” fans know, Japan) thanks to the funk and soul file mixed in the brass collage of sound. Since, DDBB has become favorites at jam festivals, provided backup for Elvis Costello, featured on Modest Mouse’s breakout album, “Good News for People Who Love Bad News,” and recorded Marvin Gaye’s album “What’s Going On” in its entirety as a response to

study, a criticism of society’s decaying morality and an indictment against mass apathy that, like “The Wire,” is played out on a taut chain made of unforgiving sociopaths and players in a corrupt civic system. So how exactly did this type of dank pessimism manage to gross over half a billion dollars at domestic box offices alone? Because it’s one of the best, most engrossing action movies since “Jaws” and it’s meant to be seen on the biggest screen you can plop down in front of. Done and done. Go see it again. PIZZA, PIZZA: Little Rock’s new go-to guys for goofy slack-rock release their debut LP this Saturday at White Water Tavern. the aftermath of Katrina. Other than that, the band’s always a safe bet for a huge damn chunk of fun. Beloved pop-slop weirdos Appetite for Orange provide a head-scratchingly appropriate opener for the night’s buck jumping.


9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

n If you just heard the sound of breaking glass, that’d was me, blasting my impartiality out the window. For months now, I’ve been evangelical — into this keyboard and to friends — about Life Size Pizza. It’s my single favorite local band and one of the most divisive acts this town’s ever bickered about. Either you love the fellas’ goofy, drunken stabs at that weird space between hyper slack-rock and hedonistic garage or — hopefully not — you’re the type that’ll shrug off to the other room with the rest of the joyless, tin-hearted, arm-crossing bums who just don’t deserve rock ’n’ roll. Yeah, they jack riffs from B-52s’ “Rock Lobster” (“Rock and Roll”) and The White Stripes’ “Hello Operator,” (“Eddie’s Song”), yeah, they’re usually sloppier than not and sure, sometimes it gets downright impossible to hear lead singer/drummer Jack to the Future mumble into his mic. That may not be everyone’s bag, but those into LSP’s forbears from K Records or their local uncles-in-spirit, The Rockin’ Guys, know this band’s the real deal. No other act is going to sing an ode to Jesus with lines like “fuck you, hippie, he’s pure of heart/and he’s good at Quiz Bowl ’cause he’s really, really smart/ He’s Jesus/He’s our man.” And now, after months of gigging, the guys finally release their debut, “Queer Ideas.” It’s an addictively repeatable affair, crammed with engaging, dynamic tracks about love, banjos, blue laws and being on the lam as seen through a hilarious, totally Southern lens a la Charles Portis. It’s a ridiculous affair; I love the hell out of their unassuming brilliance and hope you do, too. The raucous drum and bass duo Androids of Ex-Lovers open alongside the stumbling proto-garage outfit, Frown Pow’r.



8:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.

n In the theaters, we’re a nation that likes our sugar extra sickly sweet and our lovey with as much dovey as possible. So how in the world did a movie so nihilistic, so unwaveringly dark and with such a complete lack of resolution manage to resonate with an entire country? After all, towards the end, when Batman harnessed Patriot Act technology by tapping into every cell phone in Gotham, it was hardly a fist-pumping moment of superhero ingenuity. With that scene, not only did the Adam West archetype get thrown from the highest tower of Arkham Asylum, the entire popular superhero mythos, the sum of all comic book cartoon levity was run out of town with it. This movie is a stark character


8 p.m., The Village. $17 adv., $20 d.o.s.

n Best known for its unavoidable 1997 hit — and one of the better late-’90s M.O.R. singles — “All For You,” the act refused to follow its one-hit wonder comrades into the dark, instead steadily releasing albums since, each keeping in step with a carefree, Southern-kissed vibe of optimism and long afternoons. In fact, their last album, “Release,” is their most successful, highestcharting so far. This all, thanks to the sound that resonates with the radio-ready set and, surprisingly, with an unlikely audience in the jammier factions of the college-aged crowd, in spite of the fact that Sister Hazel is not a jam band by any stretch of the headphones. It’s a familiar sound, inoffensive almost to a fault and easily digestible, filling ears without ever nourishing them. But in the realm of musical junk food, you could do worse than this Gainesville, Fla., troupe. Femme poppers Aslyn open the night.

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n Band of Heathens, an Austin-based crew of roots rockers, visits Sticky Fingerz alongside the smooth drawl of Fayetteville’s Matt Stell & The Crashers, 9 p.m., $7. Wayland Holyfield, Arkansas native and Nashville songwriter with a list of admirers from Anne Murray to George Strait, goes to the AETN studios to record an episode of “Front Row with …” accompanied by a sterling list of backing musicians, 6:30 p.m., free. North Little Rock’s ongoing RiverFlicks series shows “Coraline” on the North Shore Riverwalk, sundown, free. Town Pump brings throwback folk-grass duo Tyrannosaurus Chicken, 10 p.m., $3. Roots rocking collective American Aquarium come to White Water, 9 p.m., $7. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” the Rep’s production of Lieber & Stoller jukebox musical, returns, 8 p.m., $20-$40.


n Pianist Chuck Dodson releases his newest classical jazz album, “The Wildwood Sessions,” at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, performing alongside his studio-accompanied cellist and violinist, 7 p.m., $5. “American Idol” contestant Charity Vance shares the Juanita’s stage with heartfelt pop outfit Benjamin’s Army, 9 p.m., $9. Monthly dance party Cool Shoes returns with DJs Risky Biz, Cameron Holifield and Patrick Malpractice, Downtown Music Hall, 10 p.m., $5-$8. Midtown continues booking the occasional local band with rockabillies Josh the Devil & The Sinners and omnipresent Little Rock favorites Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, 12:30 a.m., $5. “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the classic rock opera, continues its stand at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $18.


BAD MAN, BATMAN: This week’s installment of “Movies in the Park” brings the modern classic “The Dark Knight.”

n ACAC throws “Dance ’til You Disintegrate,” a fund-raiser for its annual July fashion show with music by DJs Cameron Holifield and Michael Inscoe at Union, 9 p.m., $3 members, $5 nonmembers. The long-standing free music paper, Nightflying, celebrates its 30th year in publication with an Arkie-packed anniversary party in Fayetteville at George’s Majestic with Southern soul pioneers The Cate Brothers, Fayetteville songstress Tiffany Christopher, anthemic pop act A Good Fight and American Aquarium, 9 p.m., $5. The smooth trumpet soul and R&B of Rodney Block & Co. comes to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. The late-night blurriness at Midtown Billiards gets a soundtrack from Austin bar-rockers Uncle Lucius, 12:30 a.m., $5 non-members. Rena Wren brings her brand of bouncy, poppy country to Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. Country rockers Jason Greenlaw and The Groove take to Bill St., 10 p.m., $5. • june 24, 2010 31



All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to calendar@arktimes. com.

The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.

‘PHAREWELL TO THE PHARAOHS’: With the Arts Center set to send its troubled, but critically acclaimed “World of the Pharaohs” exhibit packing on July 5, your opportunities to catch the show are dwindling. This party, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, looks to be your best opportunity. Sponsored by the Times, it’s a members-only party, but non-members can join, at a $10 discount, for $45 and get all the benefits of membership in the year to come (like admission to parties and special events and discounts). There’ll be free martinis and hors d’oeuvres and music by jazz band Gypsy Blue.

June 22-July 18

The much-anticipated third installment in the Tuna series!


Jim Wand. Considered one of the best hypnotists in the world, the psychology Ph.D performs. Oaklawn, 7:30 p.m., $15. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. “Pharewell to the Pharaohs.” A farewell party for the “World of the Pharaohs” exhibit. Arkansas Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., free for members, $35 nonmembers. MacArthur Park.


RiverFlicks: “Coraline.” North Shore Riverwalk, 32 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Y-Flyer 2010 National Championship. A fiveday sailing festival with junior and senior regattas, races, parties and seminars. Grande Maumelle Sailing Club, through 6/25. 12000 Maumelle Harbor Rd.


“Summer Arts Blast.” Campers in rising grades 1-5 will experience literary, culinary, visual, musical, theater and horticultural arts in a natural setting. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, through 6/25, 9 a.m., $100. 20919 Denny Road. 501-8217275. Travelers Youth Baseball Camp. Travelers coaching staff and players instruct on hitting, throwing, catching and running. Dickey-Stephens Park, 9:30 a.m., $120. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.





inVerse. A bi-monthly poetry read and meet for local and area slam poets. ACAC, 7:30 p.m., $5. 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2974.


THURSDAY, JUNE 24 4 Elements (headliner), Darryl Edwards (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. AETN Presents “Front Row with Wayland Holyfiend and Friends.” Public taping for AETN’s music series. RSVP to UCA, 6:30 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. American Aquarium. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. Band of Heathens, Matt Stell & The Crashers. 21 plus. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Dave Williams & Co.. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Eisley, Lion & The Sail, Christie Dupree. The Village, 8 p.m., $13-$16. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Blvd. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Notion, Flash LaRue, Catskill Kids. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. Pop Pistol, Secret Cities. Maxine’s, 9:30 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. Thirsty Thursdays. 21 and up. Revolution, 8 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Town Pump, 9 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802.

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The Big John Miller Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Change Today, Kills and Thrills, Through the Fire, Hollywood Homicide, The Curse Follows, Still Reign, Fire to Reason. Soundstage, 8 p.m., $6. 1008 Oak St., Conway. Charity Vance, Benjamin’s Army. All ages. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $9. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. Chuck Dodson CD Release Party. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Cool Shoes with DJs Risky Biz, Cameron Holifield, Patrick Malpractice. Downtown Music Hall, 10 p.m., $5-$8. 215 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Craig Wilson. Quapaw Bath House, 6 p.m., $10. 413 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-609-9822. www. Drive-By Truckers. 18 plus. Revolution, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Elise Davis (headliner), Carl & Mia (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30pm. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. First Class Fridays. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Josh the Devil & the Sinners, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. Midtown Billiards, 11:30 p.m., $5 non-members. 1316 Main Street. 501-3729990. Leg Up Promotions 3rd Anniversary with Sychosys, Monoxide Project, Finding Jimmy Hoffa, Iron Ton, Flaming Daeth Fearies. The Village, 8 p.m., $8. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. Mister Lucky. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Nick Carter. Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Rivertop Party with Tragikly White and Crisis. The Peabody Little Rock, 8 p.m., $5. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. Sarah Hughes. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. whitewatertavern. Seth Freeman, Chris Gulley. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. A+ Setup reunion show with Taifas,

Upcoming events Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at unless otherwise noted. JUNE 16-JULY 3: Arkansas Shakespeare Festival. The annual festival presents “Comedy of Errors,” “Henry V,” “Dracula” and “Alice in Wonderland.” $20. UCA, Conway. 501-269-4815, JULY 15: Robert Plant and Band of Joy. 8 p.m., $65-$85. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 666-1761, ticketmaster. com. JULY 29: Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston. 7 p.m., $31-$51. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-7453000, JUNE 21-23: “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy and friends hit the stage in this adaptation of the movie classic. 7:30 p.m., $27-$52. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 244-8800, JULY 20: WWE Smackdown. 6:30 p.m., $17-$62. Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, AUG. 10: Built to Spill. 8:30 p.m. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-0300, SEPT. 30: Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato. 7 p.m., $40-$93, V.I.P. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, OCT. 7-9: Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival. B.B. King, Dr. John, Taj Mahal and many more. $25. Downtown Helena. Physical Science, No Hickeys, Silent Waits the Archer, Dumbelldoor. Music Fort Smith, 6 p.m., $6. N. 4th St. & D. St, Fort Smith. Stephanie Bettman. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $10. 1032 Park Avenue, Mountain View. Steve Bates. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 9 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. Tiffany Christopher. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $5. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Typhoid Mary. Underground Pub, 10 p.m., $5. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-707-2537. www.


The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-7559. www.travs. com. ATA World Championships Opening Ceremonies. Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $22. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster. com. Y-Flyer 2010 National Championship. See June 24.


Entertainment Night 2010: “My Brother’s Keeper.” A fund-raiser with comedy, poetry, theater, music and dancing. Kitchen Express, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.e. 4600 Asher Ave. 501-5418548.


“Summer Arts Blast.” See June 24. Travelers Youth Baseball Camp. See June 24.

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Adrenaline. Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. After Eden. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Arkansas River Blues Society. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-

1782. BushDog. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $5. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Cody Belew & the Mercers (headliner), Sarah Hughes (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. “Dance ’til You Disintegrate” Fund-raiser. Fund-raiser for July’s ACAC Fashion Show with DJs Cameron Holifield and Michael Inscoe. Union, 9 p.m., $3-$5. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 501-6618311. Daylight Dimlight. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Weakness for Blondes. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $15. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Eisley, Lion & The Sail, Christie Dupree. All ages. The Village, 8 p.m., $13 adv., $16 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. Ginsu Wives, Prizzy Prizzy Please, Halloween Swim Team, Narwhal Party, Ooh Barracuda. The Enjoy Life, 9 p.m., $7. 805 W. 4th St., NLR. 501-414-0195. Jason Greenlaw & the Groove. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 10 p.m., $5. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Justin Sane (disco), Steve (lobby). Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. Life Size Pizza CD Release Show with Androids of Ex-Lovers, Frown Pow’r. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Nightflying 30th Anniversary Bash with The Cate Brothers, Tiffany Christopher, American Aquarium, The Good Fight. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8 p.m., $5. 519 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Rena Wren. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $5. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Rodney Block & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Shitfire CD release show with Crankbait, Knee Deep, Fathom Down. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Steep Banks, The Neeper Boys, Chris Stillman. 18 plus. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. Uncle Lucius. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5 non-members. 1316 Main Street. 501-372-9990. Whale Fire, Mega Matt, (clap!) Kidz Pop, The Long Tangles. All ages. ACAC, 8:30 p.m., $5. 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2974.

Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Moonlight Lake Cruise. A nighttime cruise around Lake Maumelle. Jolly Roger’s Marina, 8 p.m., $10 adults, $5 kids. 11800 Maumelle Harbour Road, Roland. 501-868-5806. www.ArkansasStateParks. com/PinnacleMountain. R.K. Gun & Knife Show. All ages. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 9 a.m., Adults, $8; children, $2. 2600 Howard Street. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 9 a.m., $8 adults, $2 children. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341. www. Super Summer Saturdays. Programs and activities related to the Center’s Summer exhibit, “Nature Unleashed.” Clinton Presidential Center, 10 a.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000.


The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Moonlight Lake Cruise. A nighttime cruise around Lake Maumelle. Jolly Roger’s Marina, 6/26, 8 p.m., $10 adults, $5 kids. 11800 Maumelle Harbour Rd, Roland. 501-868-5806. www. R.K. Gun & Knife Show. See June 26.

The Sandman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $7-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. Arkansas Boating Education Safety Course. A six-hour course reviewing boating law, classification, registration, flotation devices, rules and etiquette, maintenance and accident avoidance. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 9 a.m., free. 400 Clinton Ave. 907-0636. Breakfast at the Farm. A morning buffet and guided tour of the Little Rock Zoo’s farm animals. Little Rock Zoo, 8 a.m., $13-$22. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. Brownie Ledbetter Honorary Banquet. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel’s annual banquet and awards presentation honors the late Brownie Ledbetter and features guest speaker Dr. Ozell Sutton. Arkansas 4-H Center, 5 p.m., $35. 1 4-H Way. 501-376-7913. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. 7 a.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501- 379-9980. www.

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Dreamland Drive-In: “The Outlaw.” Dreamland Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $5 per person, $20 per car. 800 W. 9th St. Little Rock’s Down-Home Neighborhood Bar

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Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-7559. www.travs. com.


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sAtURDAY, JUne 26 Arkansas Boating Education Safety Course. Teaches fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 9 a.m. Free. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636.


Breakfast at the Farm. Little Rock Zoo, 8:30 p.m., $12.85-$21.95. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-6662406.

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The Bad Choices open blues jam. Fox and Hound, 4 p.m., free. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. LR Gangstarz, Rob Lee, Q-Dunn, SDOTB, Demeritrious, Swagg, Ray G, Timelessworld. All ages. Juanita’s, 5 p.m., $9 adv., $12 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Successful Sundays with One Stone Reggae Crew, Tawanna Campbell, Tricia Reed. Ernie Biggs, 8 p.m., $10 early admission. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m.. 2721 Kavanuagh Blvd. 501-663-1196.



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Amonry Silverston, Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde. ACAC, 8 p.m., $5. 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2974. The Bartley Brothers. Atkins Celebration Hall, $10. 101 South Pruett St., Paragould. Monday Night Jazz with the Diana Herold

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Opera in the Ozarks June 18, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Center

n Eureka Springs’ Opera in the Ozarks opened its 60th season with Puccini’s “Tosca” last Friday. Set in Rome in the Napoleonic era, the opera tells the story of Floria Tosca (sung on opening night by a vocally and visually stunning Sarah Jacobi), an actress in a relationship with the artist/activist Mario Cavaradossi (Nephi Sanchez). This story of romance and political intrigue also involves Angelotti (Kyle Wheatley), an escaped political prisoner whom Cavaradossi hides at his villa. Detained by Scarpia, the chief of police (Chris O’Rear), Cavaradossi implores Tosca, who has also been summoned, not to tell what she knows of the arrangement. But when her lover is tortured within her hearing, she caves and reveals the hiding place. Cavaradossi still isn’t out of the woods, however, and Scarpia will only release him in return for Tosca’s sexual favors. She pretends to comply, but manages to free herself and – she thinks – Cavaradossi. “Tosca” is a good choice for first-time opera-goers with its glamorous heroine, hapless hero and treacherous villain. The action moves right along and the arias are short but achingly beautiful, especially Tosca’s “Vissi d’Arte” and Cavaradossi’s “E Lucevan e Stelle.” First-timers at Opera in the Ozarks are always surprised by the quality of productions at the little outdoor theater. Comments such as “I wasn’t expecting anything like this” are not unusual. Paula Consdorf’s costumes for “Tosca” are gorgeous, though Matthew Helpert’s ambitious sets make the small stage seem a little cluttered, especially in Act I. All the singers in the opening night’s “Tosca” were good, but Jacobi pretty much owned the show. Since most roles are sung by different singers on different nights, however, readers attending subsequent performances may hear Tiffany Hamilton or Sonia Kazarova in the title role of Tosca. This season’s talent roster represents all regions of the United States (with a baritone from Mexico and one from Colombia), including several singers from Arkansas. Tenor Perry Davis Harper of Paragould, who gives a fine performance as Scarpia’s henchman, Spoletta, also did makeup for the production. Sara Widzer’s stage direction is generally excellent, especially in the last scene of Act I when most of the cast is assembled on the small stage. A notable exception is the dramatic scene at the end of Act II. Played down left almost on the curtain of the stage,

Continued from page 29 it was difficult to see from our seats in Row nied by his own servant, the identical twin H near the back of the house. of Dromeo. The presence of these two pairs Opera in the Ozarks is an all-apprentice of twins results in a cavalcade of humorous program, making it unusual – possibly even mishaps, replete with mistaken identities unique – among summer opera festivals. and a full serving of slapstick gags. Some of the singers are college students, Which is one of the production’s but some have already launched professtrong points, at least for those who like sional careers. So the mezzo-soprano slapstick: There’s a lot of theatrically singing “Carmen” in Eureka Springs this cartoonish beating-up of Dromeo, the summer might be heard a few seasons show’s punching bag, who flops about on down the road in Houston, Chicago or stage as though he was made of rubber even New York. Alumnus Carroll Freeman (as though they were made of rubber, that was cast as Alfredo in “La Traviata” at the is). That’s another part of this show that’s New York City Opera just five years after performing that role with Opera in the Ozarks. The Opera in the Ozarks season continues with performances of “Carmen” (also a good choice for first-time operagoers) June 25 and 30 and July 2, 6, 10 and 14 (3 p.m. at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville). “Tosca” will next be performed at 3 p.m. June 27 at the Arend Arts Center. Additional performances will be July 1, 5, 8 and 16. “Don Giovanni” will open June 26 with additional performances June ‘COMEDY OF ERRORS’: Paul Saylor and Josh Rice star 29 and July 3, 7, 9, 12 and at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival. 15. All performances are at 7:15 p.m. at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts executed very cleverly — rather than use Center, 16311 Highway 62 West in Eureka separate actors for each twin, requiring Springs unless otherwise noted. greater suspension of disbelief from the Artistic director Roger Cantrell audience, there’s only one actor for both conducts the orchestra. Sur-titles clearly Antipholuses and both Dromeos. The visible throughout the theater offer English problem of the twins confronting each translations of the music. other in the final scene is craftily resolved — Helen Austin in a gag that stays in line with the wackiness of the rest of the show. And wacky it certainly is. The costumes, in bright colors, don’t adhere to any particular setting or period, and Arkansas Shakespeare Festival the cast is followed around by a pair of June 19, Reynolds Performance Hall, bouncing minstrels who act as a kind of UCA vaudevillian chorus. One feature that might annoy some is the lack of any theme to the n There are a lot of things to like about setting — Ephesus has been updated to a Shakespeare, not least of which is the vaguely Southern small town in the early flexibility of his plays. The Arkansas 20th century, but the characters seem to Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The exist in some indefinable Shakespearean Comedy of Errors” has certainly taken ether, conforming more to quirky caricaadvantage of this flexibility to come up tures than the demands of their setting. But with a loudly colorful and goofily anachShakespeare is flexible, after all, and this ronistic show. is a play about the farcical committing of “The Comedy of Errors” is one of errors. Shakespeare’s first plays and has long been It’s an amusing bit of Shakespeare, to be considered by scholars to lack academic sure, and if you want to expose your kids depth — a quality that any tired English to the bard but don’t think that “Henry V,” student might find very appealing. It tells the Festival’s other option, is quite the right the story of Antipholus of Syracuse and entry point to his oeuvre, “The Comedy of his slave, Dromeo, arriving in Ephesus, the Errors” will work just fine. It shows again former looking for his long lost brother; the June 26 at 7 p.m. and July 3 at 2 p.m. brother turns out to be an identical twin, — Bernard Reed also named Antipholus, who is accompabobby kelly



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your creativity.” While he enjoys making music, Amman said his ultimate goal is to make feature films with his brother. They are at work on a film project now; they’ll release it before they put out their follow-up to “Something Like Nostalgia.” Amman’s love of film has led him to donate his time and talents to the Little Rock Film Festival, which he’s been involved with since high school and where he currently assists as a coordinator. Of course, Masala Grill takes up most of his time in town. “It’s so much work, day and night, mental and physical. I love the challenge, and it excites me knowing that the restaurant is doing well.” Starting a restaurant has been a lifelong dream for Amman, and he credits his parents, Zahid and Shabnam, for Masala’s early success. Amman, who attended Hendrix College for a spell, lived in New York for a time to pursue music and film work before returning to Little Rock to open the restaurant and help with the film festival. He said he enjoys the atmosphere in Little Rock and said that the city provides inspiration for his work: “Little Rock is unique. A lot of my really creative stuff has come out of Arkansas. You can drive 20 minutes and stop seeing concrete, and that’s very important to me.” He plans to continue to live here while traveling to New York and Reykjavik for future recording opportunities as they arise. If you’ve already heard “Something Like Nostalgia” and are waiting for more, Amman has several recent releases and others in the works. He released an EP in January with Josh Varnedore called “Places,” which is out on Dynamophone Recordings, and The Brothers recorded a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” for the charity compilation, “Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies.” Last month, Amman released an EP under his own name, “i mi$$ 3v3rything,” on Cximple Recordings, an imprint he and his brother created (until a vinyl release in August, it’s only available digitally in the U.S.). Recorded in Reykjavik with Sigur Ros’ Jonsi, in Little Rock with Lucky Dog’s Charles Wyrick and in the studio he and his brother share in Manhattan, the EP finds him branching into folk modes, with occasional vocals, guitar and piano. In October, he plans to follow it up with a full-length. The next time you head over to Masala for a cup of tea or the lunch buffet, remember to bring your laptop and headphones, and check out some of Amman’s music online. It will draw you in, slowly but surely, and soon your ears and your taste buds will be in tune, soaking in complex flavors all at once. Both come highly recommended. • june 24, 2010 35

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REVIVED: ‘Futurama’ returns to Comedy Central. FUTURAMA: NEW EPISODES Comedy Central, Thursdays at 9 p.m. n For the most part, there are no do-overs in television. If that series you love gets canceled — no matter how sharp the writing, no matter how great the characters, no matter how dreamy the leads — that’s usually the end of it. Ratings are king, and if you can’t get those, you’re usually out for good. I say “usually,” because we’re about to see a rare TV Lazarus trick with the return of new episodes for the cartoon “Futurama.” The show debuted on Fox in 1999, and looked like a sure thing — especially given that the brain behind it was Matt Groening, who also helms a little show called “The Simpsons.” Too, the plot was funny: In 1999 a pizza delivery guy named Phillip J. Fry (voice of Billy West) gets accidentally frozen in a cryogenic chamber, only to wake up 1,000 years later. There in the future, he meets his many-times-great-grandnephew, Professor Farnsworth. Farnsworth, a kind of mad scientist, runs a galactic shipping company. Soon, Fry is making interplanetary comedy with pals Captain Leela (voice of Katy West) and wisecracking robot Bender (voice of John DiMaggio). The show had a decent run on Fox, lasting about 4 years before the network pulled the plug. Reruns of Futurama went to the late night “Adult Swim” block on Cartoon Network. That would have been that, but the show has managed to build up enough of an audience on Adult Swim that cable took a second look. Comedy Central got involved, and now the show will return with 26 new episodes. Next up: my letter writing campaign to Fox, asking them to consider re-firing “The X-Files” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Cross your fingers, geeks. — David Koon JAMES MAY’S TOY STORIES BBC America, Mondays at 9 p.m. n Those familiar with the best car-themed show in the world — BBC’s “Top Gear” — will know James May, the straight man to TG’s more hip hosts Jeremy Clarkson 36 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

and Richard Hammond. He’s in the driver’s seat, however, for his new show, an ode to childhood playthings. Every week, May and a group of engineers will take on the challenge of using everyday toys to build something bigger, better or more extravagant than humble beginnings have any right to aspire to. On one show, for example, May and a group of volunteers lay three miles of slot car track to create a replica of a famous raceway — breaking a World Record in the process. Another week, with the help of the company that makes the iconic Erector Set building toys, they bolt together a bridge using only the holey metal strips — which May then uses to cross a canal. How about a life-sized house built from 3 million Lego bricks, a scale train set with 10 MILES of track, or a vividly colored garden built solely from modeling clay? The one I’m most looking forward to, however, is an episode that should bring a smile to anyone (like me) who spent many a childhood hour hunched over the scattered pieces of a plastic jet, meticulously fitting the parts together with model glue: With the help of British model company Airfix, May and friends build a life-sized, all-plastic replica of a Spitfire fighter plane from World War II. Sure, it’s child’s play, but there ain’t nothing wrong with that. — David Koon TRUE BLOOD HBO, Sundays at 8 p.m. n Tedium, thy name is the first two episodes of the third season of “True Blood.” Sure, some things have happened. Vampire Bill got kidnapped by vampire-blood-addled werewolves. Eric’s given Sookie a lot of lusty looks. Sam visited Arkansas, where he enjoyed some brotherly hazing from his shifter sibling, who leaves Sam for roadkill. Well and good all. But as has often been the case with “True Blood,” this stuff of crackling soap mystery is served with too many attempts at real pathos that, at their best, transcend into comedy (see Jessica’s would-be boyfriend Hoyt, who tries to sell Jessica on a relationship based on fighting their “natures,” where Jessica would fight her urge to bite people and drink their blood and Hoyt would fight his urge to be a momma’s boy) and at their worst, suggest a mystery soap on TNT. Thankfully, most of the angst is residual, left over from late season plot developments last year. “True Blood” can right its ship by simply getting on with it. More vampire v. werewolf tussles. More vampire politics. More sex. More of the “What Sookie is” revealed, though, so-help-me if she is The One Who Can Fix Everything in the Supernatural World I’m leaving Bon Temps for Sunday night baseball. — Lindsey Millar Read weekly recaps of “True Blood” on Rock Candy.

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‘Wizard of Oz’

Robinson Center Music Hall, June 21

n “People come and go so quickly here!” exclaims Kansas expat Dorothy Gale after her first whirlwind minutes in a strange new land spent talking to munchkins and witches good and bad. This line also speaks to one of the reasons for the endurance of L. Frank Baum’s American fable — it is a tale filled with incident. And to add to the proof that “The Wizard of Oz” never quite grows old, a touring stage adaptation has settled down for a short run at the Robinson Center Music Hall. Celebrity Attractions, with this booking of the “Wizard of Oz,” is no doubt reminding theatergoers that it’s bringing “Wicked” — the wildly popular modern take on “Wizard” — to Little Rock in the fall. This “Wizard,” directed by Nigel West, is the 1980 Royal Shakespeare adaptation of the classic film musical. This version stays true to the movie but adds the infamous number “The Jitterbug” that was cut from the film. This version also comes to town touting its dazzling special effects. On stage the net result is a tight, fast moving and more-or-less faithful recreation of the beloved film by a very capable and professional young cast. You could practically keep a scorecard on which actors were staying close to the interpretations found in the 1939 movie. Jesse Coleman, as the Cowardly Lion, channels Bert Lahr but gets plenty of laughs anyway. But Cassie Okenka’s Dorothy seems very much to have taken out all the diva and camp built around Judy Garland and the role. Instead her Dorothy is direct, innocent and sings as sweet as a bell, especially “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” All the actors were upstaged by Toto (a terrier named Dusty) who trotted

on to “awws” from the crowd practically to the end. (And many in the audience were likely there to cheer on members of local Shuffles and Ballet II studios who are part of the large dance ensemble.) Those special effects were as plentiful — though maybe not as dazzling — as

‘WIZARD OF OZ’: Cassie Okenka and Noah Aberlin star. promised. There’s all manner of flying and explosions (parents are hereby warned that this family tale was clearly vivid or maybe just loud enough to scare lots of little ones into crying on opening night) and static sets were supported by video projections on big scenes. The last projection, when Dorothy returns to Kansas, went on way too long and was punctuated by animated red slippers clicking over and over again. Yet, this “The Wizard of Oz” stays true to the strengths of the story, which are bolstered by the now classic songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg. It will appeal to those who know the movie backward and forwards and those who have never taken the trip down the yellow brick road. — Werner Trieschmann

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n Marcus Pinkney, former owner of The Factory and pharmaceutical rep by day, is returning to familiar real estate. In July, he and a silent partner plan to open Sway, an “upscale” dance club, at 412 Louisiana, the former home of The Factory and, most recently, SpeakEasy. Elements of Design and Lighting Innovations have been contracted to help transform the 3,500 square-foot space into what Pinkney said is the sort of dance club you’d see in a larger city. The floor plan sounds promising: A dance floor in the middle of the room, framed by seating raised four to six feet and looking down into the floor. The rear of the building will offer a

600-square-foot patio — the only place where smoking will be allowed. Initially, Sway will be open Thursday through Saturday, though Pinkey says he’s already talking with a promoter about doing live music for Wednesday happy hour. Thursday tentatively is ’80s and ’90s night. Otherwise, the soundtrack will largely tilt towards house music. It’ll be open, to those 21 and up, until 2 a.m. except on Friday, when it’ll close at 1 a.m. n Jeff Nichols, the Little Rock native who wrote and directed “Shotgun Stories,” is currently at work on a followup in northern Ohio. Michael Shannon, Continued on page 39


Continued from page 33 Quartet. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $8. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. The Rocketboys, Monster Heart, Kilroy. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $5. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and Second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.


Underground Comedy. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., free. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


Remington College Blood Drive. Remington College has partnered with America’s Blood Centers and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America for a series of blood drives that focus on the need for minority donors, with a focus on African-Americans. Remington College-Little Rock, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. 19 Remington Drive. 501-312-0007. www.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-7559.


Paws in the Vineyard. A silent auction with hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting to benefit CARE for animals. RSVP by credit card to 603-2273. Metropolitan National Bank, 5 p.m., $30. 5500 Kavanaugh Blvd.


Agent Orange, Juicehead, Well Well Well. All ages. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Brian & Nick. The Afterthought, 5:30 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. The Glyph & The Battle Lion. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. Hank III, Assjack, Izzy Cox. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $5. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Tuesday. The Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724.


“Latin Night!” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090.


Clover Bite. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Greg Madden. The Afterthought, 5:30 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Grupo Fantasma. All ages. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Render the Rampage, Images Collide. Soundstage, 8 p.m., $6. 1008 Oak St., Conway. Sister Hazel, Aslyn. The Village, 8 p.m., $17

adv., $20 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-5700300. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474.


The Chinaman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Movies in the Park — “The Dark Knight.” Park opens at 6:30 p.m. Riverfront Park. Free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. www.moviesintheparklr. net.


Summer Art Camp. See June 29.


“Hand to Hand Stage Combat.” Part of the “Theatre 4 Days” workshop series, this installment teaches techniques in stage combat, physical awareness and safety. Ages 13-21. RSVP to Angie

Gilbert, or 501-416-5463 The Public Theater, 1:30 p.m., $75. 616 Center Street. 374-7529.


Dash Rip Rock. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. The Eagles. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $47-$152. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. The Gettys (headliner), Brent & Adam (happy hour). The Afterthought, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30pm. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Blvd. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999.

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Fridays May 14 - June 25

Tragikly White CRISIS Boom Kinetic DJ G-Force Epiphany The Venus Mission DJ’s Kookieman & Tre’ Day

Rock on the River. 8 p.m. until after midnight * $5 cover


Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. See June 26. Farmers Market. See June 26


Meet the Author: Paula Morell. The founder of “Tales of the South” and owner of Temenos Publishing speaks to Laman Library. William F. Laman Library, 6:30 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 758-1720.


Summer Art Camp. Art specialist Mona Brossett will teach printmaking and mosaic to children ages 7-9 (before noon) and 10-12 (afternoon). Ketz Gallery, $110. 705 Main St., NLR. 501-529-6330.


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CELEBRATING OUR 10th YEAR! Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits

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PleAse Give – r 2:15 4:20 7:15 9:20 Amanda Peet, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt

the seCret in their eyes – r 1:45 4:00 6:45 9:00

Academy Award Winner – Best Foreign Language Film

hArry Brown – r 2:00 4:20 7:15 9:20

NEW MOVIES Grown Ups (PG-13) — Five old basketball teammates act like kids again after their high school coach passes away. Breckenridge: 12:00, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50. Chenal 9: 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:15, 9:50. Lakewood: 11:05, 1:35, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50. Knight and Day (PG-13) — When a spy realizes he wasn’t supposed to survive his last assignment, he teams with an unassuming stranger to escape. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:20, 7:40, 10:10. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:45, 4:25, 7:20, 9:50. Lakewood: 10:50, 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 10:00. Mother and Child (R) — Three women with lives all affected by adoption find common ground as their stories begin to overlap. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:20.

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the Girl with the drAGon tAttoo – nr 1:30 4:15 7:00 European Film Awards, Palm Springs Film Fest





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RETURNING THIS WEEK The A-Team (PG-13) — Four former Special Forces soldiers look to clear their name with the U.S. military after finding themselves framed and on the lam. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20. Chenal 9: 11:24, 2:10, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10. Lakewood: 10:55, 1:45, 4:20, 7:25, 9:55. Alice in Wonderland (PG) — Tim Burton’s 3D sequel to the Carroll classic finds Alice back in the rabbit hole as a rebellious 19-year-old. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Animalopolis (NR) — A half-hour film of goofy animals being goofy in enormous 3D. Aerospace IMAX: 11:00, 7:00 Fri.; 1:00, 3:00, 7:00 Sat. The Back-Up Plan (PG-13) — Jennifer Lopez stars as a single woman who meets the man of her dreams hours after artificially conceiving twins. Movies 10: 4:55, 7:20, 9:50. Clash of the Titans (PG-13) — Perseus, son of Zeus, leads a band of warriors into uncharted dimensions while attempting to defeat the evil Hades, God of the Underworld. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15. Death at a Funeral (PG-13) — A funeral for a family patriarch goes haywire, being constantly disrupted by a series of accidents, missteps, idiocy and blackmail. Movies 10: 1:00, 3:10, 5:35, 7:45, 10:20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) — Greg, a 6th-grade runt, can’t stand the ceaseless bullying, wedgies and swirlies he puts up with at school, so he retreats to his journal and his imagination. Movies 10: 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40. Furry Vengeance (PG) — An Oregon real estate developer’s plans to erect a subdivision go awry when forest creatures take to action. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:45. Get Him to the Greek (R) — A dopey record company intern finds himself caught in a drugand-sex-fueled caper as he tries to bring an unruly British rock star to America. Breckenridge: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15. Chenal 9: 5:00. Lakewood: 10:55, 4:10, 9:55. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) — When a shabby pair of investigators look into a decadesold missing person case, they discover grotesque family secrets. Market Street: 1:30, 4:15, 7:00. Harry Brown (R) — A Marine veteran and modest Brit seeks vengeance after his best friend is murdered by a pack of thugs. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:20. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) — A timid young Viking, raised to slay dragons by his heroic father, ends up befriending one he tried to slay. Movies 10: 12:00, 1:05, 2:20, 3:35, 4:40, 5:45, 7:00, 8:05, 9:20, 10:25. Iron Man 2 (PG-13) — The libertine superhero returns, facing off with an evil Russian copycat, an old rival and the government. Chenal 9: 11:15, 2:15, 7:20, 10:05. Jonah Hex (PG-13) — A bounty hunter on the lam is hired by the government to stop a terrorist bent on world destruction. Breckenridge: 12:05, 2:15,

POW, BOOM, ETC.: In “Knight and Day,” Tom Cruise hops back in the action-star role as a super-spy who narrowly escaped a mission intended to kill him. Teaming up with an unwitting, uninvolved flirt (played by Cameron Diaz), the two have to race across the globe to stay one step ahead of trouble. (Psst … it’s “Charade” all over again.) 4:45, 7:35, 9:35. Chenal 9: 11:30, 1:45, 4:10, 7:25, 9:40. Lakewood: 1:40, 7:15. The Karate Kid (PG) — A reboot of the 1985 classic sees the Kid as a Detroit-transplant in China, learning kung fu from the hand of his apartment maintenance man. Breckenridge: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:10. Lakewood: 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10. Killers (PG-13) — Years after an undercover assassin settles down in the suburbs, he and his wife discover a plot to kill him. Breckenridge: 1:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:30. Lakewood: 11:05, 1:35, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50. The Last Song (PG) — Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear star in this father/daughter tale in which an alienated teen is forced to spend a summer in Georgia with her pianist father. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. Letters to Juliet (PG) — An American in Italy takes it upon herself to help a number of anonymous, lovelorn women who left letters at the fictional Capulet courtyard in Verona. Breckenridge: 1:25, 4:25, 6:50, 9:30. Marmaduke (PG) — The funny pages’ Great Dane turns his family’s cross-country move into a never-ending series of disasters. Breckenridge: 11:55, 2:05, 4:15. A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) — Remake of the 1984 horror classic in which a murderer uses the dream world to take revenge on the children of the lynch mob that killed him. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:45. Oceans (G) — An ecological drama/documentary about the amazing underwater world and threats to ocean life. Movies 10: 12:35, 3:00, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Please Give (R) — A family in a Manhattan apartment complex try to bond with their stubborn, elderly next door neighbor. Market Street: 2:15, 4:20, 7:15, 9:20. Robin Hood (PG-13) — The legendary marksman and people’s hero leads a gang of marauders against corrupt governmental heads. Breckenridge:

1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05. The Secret in Their Eyes (R) — A federal justice agent finds himself rapt by a missing person case from the 1970s in this, the Oscar winner for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. Sex and the City 2 (R) — The four feisty Manhattanites take to Abu Dhabi to ward off midlife crises. Breckenridge: 6:45, 9:55. Shrek Forever After (PG) — The final movie of the series has the ogre stuck in Far Far Away, in which ogres are hunted and Rumpelstiltskin is king. Breckenridge: 11:45, 2:00, 4:30, 6:55, 9:25. Toy Story 3 (G) — Donated to a daycare center after their owner leaves for college, the beloved gang of toys rally together for one last escape. Breckenridge: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45. Chenal 9: 11:20, 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45 (3D); 11:00, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25 (IMAX 3D)). Lakewood: 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7:30, 10:00 (2D); 11:00, 1:25, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30 (3D) Wildfire: Feel the Heat (NR) — Discover how firefighters all over the planet fight the biggest, hottest fires on the planet. Aerospace IMAX: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 8:00 (Sat.). Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, IMAX Theater: Aerospace Education Center, 376-4629, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, Dickinson Theaters Lakewood 8: Lakewood Village, 758-5354,

■ artnotes Good art, bad air V.I.T.A.L. lives at musty mansion. By Leslie Newell Peacock

‘TOY STORY 3’: The rare third installment of a trilogy that’s good.

■ moviereview Pixar wins again ‘Toy Story 3’ is the rare excellent final chapter in a trilogy. n I hate reviewing films after their release. It’s an unfortunate necessity for a weekly paper — we can’t make it to press in time unless we’re lucky enough to see a critic’s screening at least a couple of weeks in advance, which rarely happens. I loathe that fact right now, because I want to tell you all about “Toy Story 3,” and damned if you haven’t already seen it. Not that you’d be waiting for me or anybody to tell you. Either you have kids or you appreciate brilliant filmmaking, in which case I’m a week late and ten dollars short, or else you’re an idiot and hate things that are good, in which case I have no use for you. Because “Toy Story 3” is amazing, and I wish I could have been the one to buoy your expectations. Good three-quels are as rare as the unassisted triple plays in baseball. They almost never happen. But they are never, never this good. You’ll be laughing and cheering before you’re five minutes in. If you’re not 6 years old, you’ll feel like it. And it rarely lets up from there. We’re now approaching the end of the toys’ relationship with their boy, Andy. He’s grown up, he’s leaving for college, and he has to decide whether to take them along, put them in the attic, or throw them away. As for the toys, they’re torn between their love for Andy and their need to be played with, and so they make the hard choice to leave for a daycare center full of new children. This of course is where things start to go very wrong. The film is a love song to the difficulties of setting aside childish things without losing what is young within you. It, like

everything else Pixar has made, is a celebration of imagination and family and exuberance and inexorable love. It’s about that small but very bright corner of our hearts that has somehow remained uncorrupted by experience. And it is funny and thrilling and heartbreaking. Quite a relief, seeing such a perfect end to the franchise that invented feature-length CGI-animated movies, because those toys deserved nothing less. And if I’m jealous of those daily paper critics who got to tell you all about it on Friday morning, that is nothing compared to the seething but smiling envy I felt toward the theater of cheering children I saw it with. They get to grow up with these movies, and then they get to see them again as adults. It’s then that they’ll realize what a gift stories like these are. What’s the downside? Well, the movie does get a touch bleak once or twice, dark enough that very little ones could get scared. Even those scenes are brimming with love, but bear it in mind. And then there’s the 3-D. Subtly used here, not in-your-face, which was refreshing ... until I realized that meant it was unnecessary. You won’t miss anything if you see the flat version, except maybe the let-down headache. But that’s praising with faint damnation. It’s a kids’ movie that’s smart enough not to play down to kids or fall back on cheap laughs. It contains actual wit and tragedy. If you don’t get choked up at least once, you’re a robot. Go see it, or I won’t talk to you. — Matthew Reed

n There’s no exhibit banner out front, the iron gate is tough to work and you’ll be the only one there, but if you want to see some art by and about black Arkansans, head to the Terry Mansion at 7th and Rock Streets. V.I.T.A.L. — Visual Images That Affect Lives — is an AfricanAmerican artists’ collective and the show and sale at the mansion is its first. The collective is composed of the experienced, the newly recognized and the emerging, artists finding their voice. The work ranges from primitive to offbeat, and much of it is fine. At the top of their game are Rex V.I.T.A.L. ART: This work by Ariston Jacks is part Deloney and Ariston Jacks, sure of of an exhibit at the Terry Mansion by members of hand and skilled with their mediums. a new artists’ collective. The self-taught Melverue Abraham contributes folk art that spills into the R Crumb. Abraham’s strongest works are abstract at times, illustration at others and is her black acrylic on paper compositions, magnetic. LaToya Hobbs, who just gradu- including the terrific and so-primitive-it’sated from UALR with a degree in studio art, modern “Carpenter,” which unfortunately is exhibiting her strong portraits of strong has already sold. Her “A Time to Plant” is women; Kalari Turner, a fashion designer, reminiscent of woodcut illustration; her “A borrows from her career to create mixed- Rebirthing in Haiti,” is a loose and whimmedia pieces. Michael Worsham, a graduate sical painting of a woman with banana student at UALR, is showing his oversized frond hair. There is a drawback to the exhibit space: portraits, including the improbably aqua A musty smell in the building is nearly and attention-grabbing “Roshanda.” All are colorists, especially Deloney, overpowering until your nose gets used to who though he works figuratively is often it. (The guard assured us the vents had been off the palette reservation, creating, for checked for mold and that they were clear.) example, “Complements of Harlem,” a The antebellum Terry Mansion — more scene of men on the street rendered entirely properly the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House in orange and blue. His small watercolor — has been the red-haired stepchild of the “Botswana Brothers” revels in the ochres, Arkansas Arts Center, which exhibited fine reds and yellows that make up the African crafts there until 2003. It’s showing neglect, face and is rendered in delicate strokes; it and the Arts Center — or the city, to whom is a fine little work. Jacks is exploiting his it was deeded for use as a cultural center — significant linear talents with small complex needs to either treat it with respect, or find cartoons, detailed and symbolic, like a black someone who will.

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Continued from page 36 the Oscar-nominated actor who starred in “Shotgun Stories,” is again in the lead. Jessica Chastain, who stars in Terrence Malick’s forthcoming (fingers-crossed) “Tree of Life,” co-stars along with Kathy Baker. Ohio native Tyler Davidson is producing. And Adam Stone returns as director of photography. n After bringing old school kings Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh to Revolution

this April, local promoter Chris Bowen has booked hip-hop godfathers Whodini to play Revolution on Friday, July 2. Tickets went on sale this Tuesday. n Mary Steenburgen is slated to star (and sing) in “Outlaw Country,” a new FX pilot drama placed in the precarious world of Nashville music and Southern crime. n MovieMaker magazine has named Little Rock Film Fest among its 25 festivals worth the entry fee. • june 24, 2010 39


Continued from page 37 Summer Solstice Dance Party with DJ Seth Baldy. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. Thirsty Thursdays. 21 and up. Revolution, 8 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom. com.


The Chinaman. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Hillcrest Sip & Shop. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, First Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. www.hillcrestmerchants. com. Little Rock Multitap gaming night. A bi-monthly video competition night. ACAC, third Saturday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m., $5 membership fee. 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2974.


RiverFlicks: “The Lovely Bones.” North Shore Riverwalk, 8 p.m., free. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www.


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Summer Art Camp. See June 29.


“Acting for the Singer/Singing for the Actor.” Part of the “Theatre 4 Days” workshop series, this installment teaches musical theater techniques, finding proper voice and how to “sell” a song. Ages 10 and up. The Public Theater, 10 a.m., $75. 616 Center Street. 374-7529. RSVP to Angie Gilbert, angshann@ or 501-416-5463

call for entries Auditions for The Weekend Theatre’s fall and winter productions of “Crumbs From the Table of Joy,” “Dog Sees God,” The Controversy of Vallavolid” and “Speech and Debate” will be held Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. and Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Actors need only audition for one play. The Weekend Theater, 10 a.m.; 7 p.m., free. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Auditions for the Arkansas Arts Center production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” are open to actors ages 8 and up. No preparatory material is required. A small school photo is appreciated. Arkansas Arts Center, 2 p.m. June 25.

this week in theater “Alice in Wonderland.” In this new three-actor interpretation of the children’s classic, the young English girl finds herself in a nonsensical, magical land of evil queens, talking rabbits and mad hatters. UCA, 6/25-26, 2 p.m.; Fri 7/2, 2 p.m.; Sat 7/3, 10 a.m.. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Comedy of Errors.” One of Shakespeare’s earliest, shortest and certainly funniest plays, two sets of identical twins find themselves in cases of mistaken identities. UCA, Sat 6/26, 7:30 p.m.; Sat 7/3, 2 p.m., $10-$20. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Dracula.” The stage adaptation of the bloodsucking, Bram Stoker classic of the gothic genre in which a mysterious count unleashes attacks on a number of the the upper crust. UCA, 6/2425, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6/27, 7:30 p.m.; 6/30-7/1, 7:30 p.m.; Sat 7/3, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Fables and Fairy Tales: Happily Ever After.” Part of the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival’s “Theatre 4 Days” workshop series, this installment explores basic concepts of acting and storytelling, starting where the classic stories end. Ages 9-12. RSVP to Angie Gilbert, or 501-416-5463. The Public Theater, Mon 6/28, 40 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

11 a.m.-6 p.m., $75. 616 Center Street. 374-7529. “Henry V.” The young and brash King Henry V of England takes his nation to war with France and experiences the true costs and tragedies of conflict firsthand. UCA, Sun 6/27, 2 p.m.; Fri 7/2, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first Broadway collaboration uses rock opera to follow the last seven days in Christ’s life. The Weekend Theater, Through 7/3: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m., $18. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “Not Your Mama’s Shakespeare: Shakespeare is Fun!.” Part of the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival’s “Theatre 4 Days” workshop series, this installment explores acting techniques for the works of Shakespeare. RSVP to Angie Gilbert, angshann@ or 501-416-5463 The Public Theater, Tue 6/29, 1-8:30 p.m., $75. 616 Center Street. 374-7529. Opera in the Ozarks: “Don Giovanni.” Inspiration Point, Sat 6/26, 7:15 p.m.; Tue 6/29, 7:15 p.m.; Sat 7/3, 7:15 p.m.; Wed 7/7, 7:15 p.m.; Fri 7/9, 7:15 p.m.; Mon 7/12, 7:15 p.m.; Thu 7/15, 7:15 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Carmen.” Inspiration Point, Fri 6/25, 7:15 p.m.; Wed 6/30, 7:15 p.m.; Fri 7/2, 7:15 p.m.; Tue 7/6, 7:15 p.m.; Wed 7/14, 7:15 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Tosca.” Inspiration Point, Thu 7/1, 7:15 p.m.; Mon 7/5, 7:15 p.m.; Thu 7/8, 7:15 p.m.; Fri 7/16, 7:15 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. “Red, White and Tuna.” In the third installment of the “Tuna” series, residents of Texas’ thirdsmallest town getting ready for the Fourth of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. (Times listed are for dinner; plays begin 1:45 after.) Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, Through 7/18: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Wed 7/7, 11 a.m.; Wed 7/14, 11 a.m., $22-$30. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” The ’50s pop classics of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, through June 27. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. $20-40. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St. 378-0405, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Through 6/27. 601 Main Street. 378-0405. www.

Galleries, MuseuMs New exhibits, upcoming events CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “19th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Open Membership Exhibit,” opens with reception 2-4 p.m. June 27, through July 31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Summer Reflections,” acrylics and pastels by Susan Harris and Lois Davis. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-noon Sun. 375-2342. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Groovy Summer Show,” 1960s rock band posters from the permanent collection, through July 20, Gallery III, 2nd floor Fine Arts Building. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. WILLIAM F. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration,” 40 original illustrations by Maurice Sendak, Ralph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, William Steig, Lois Lenski, Tomie DePaola, Chris Van Allsburg and others, through Aug. 11. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 758-1720.

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed,” artifacts from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through July 5, $14 on “Matinee Mondays” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. and also 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Fri., otherwise $22 adults, $14 students, $5 off coupon at; “The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf,” through Aug. 22; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000.

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■The Promenade at Chenal’s summer concert series continues on Friday, July 9 with a performance by CRISIS. The concert is free. Bring a blanket or chair, kick back and enjoy the show. While you’re at the Promenade, browse summer collections at various boutiques and shops and dine at one of the Promenade’s popular restaurants, including Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro or Bravo! Cucina Italiana. Stop by Maggie Moo’s for a refreshing ice cream treat on a hot summer night. The Promenade at Chenal is located at 17711 Chenal Pkwy. For more information, visit


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■The Little Rock Zoo is hosting its Wild Wonders Animal Show every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. now through Labor Day. The show features freeflying birds, reptiles and mammals. Breakfast with Animals continues with Breakfast at the Farm on Saturday, June 26 and Breakfast with Primates on Saturday, July 24. This unique series allows guests a special up close and personal experience with some of the Zoo’s most interesting residents. Seating is limited. Prior reservations are required. Breakfast with Animals begins at 8 a.m. sharp. For prices, visit breakfast. The Little Rock Zoo is located at 1 Jonesboro Dr. in Little Rock. Call 501-6662406 or visit for more information. ■ Red White and Tuna is currently running at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse now through Sunday, July 18. The third installment in the Tuna series finds the residents of Texas’ third smallest town preparing for the Fourth of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. On Tuesday, July 20, Murry’s presents one of the most beloved musicals of all time and winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, with Annie, the story of a spunky orphan whose journey to find her parents takes her from an orphanage to the president’s office. Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday, dinner at 6 p.m., curtain at 7:45 p.m.; Sunday and special Wednesday matinees, dinner at 11 a.m., curtain at 12:45 p.m.; and Sunday evenings, dinner at 5:30 p.m., curtain at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $28-$32 for adults and $22 for children under 15. Murry’s is located at 6323 Colonel Glenn Rd. in Little Rock. For more information, visit or call 501-562-3131. ■ Enter the magical world of Alice’s Wonderland, including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Queen’s Croquet Grounds, the Hall of Mirrors and the Mushroom Forest, at the Arkansas Museum of Discovery. Now through Wednesday, September 8, visitors will tour this mystical world and learn the science behind each curious adventure. Also on display this summer and fall, The Masks of Guerrero interpret Mexican traditions, religious themes and celebrations, such as Day of the Dead and Day of the Holy Cross. Come see this diverse collection of masks and learn about their historical significance. These events are free with general admission. The Museum of Discovery is located at 500 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock. For more information, visit or call 501-396-7050.



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HOT SPRINGS EATS Award-winning Cafe 1217 is known for its gourmet eat-in and carryout meals. Chef Diana and husband Shane also operate Taco Mama, located next to the café. House specials include fish tacos and Rosey’s hand rolled tamales. Café 1217 is open 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sat. Taco Mama is open Mon.-Sat. from 10:30 a.m.8:30 p.m. Located at 1217 and 1209 Malvern Ave. A Hot Springs favorite since 1975, Rod’s Pizza Cellar is home of the Godfather pizza. The restaurant, located at 3350 Central Avenue, also serves salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza, all made with love. Wine and beer are available. 3350 Central Ave. Chef Russ Jefferson, proprietor of long time Little Rock seafood restaurant S.O.B’s, welcomes you to the Hot Springs Oyster Bar and Cajun Restaurant – where you can enjoy all of your New Orleans favorites, including fresh oysters daily. Free parking available in the parking deck behind the restaurant. Dinner is served Tues.-Sat. beginning at 5 p.m. Lunch is available on Fri. from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Family owned and operated, McClard’s Bar-B-Q was established in Hot Springs National Park in 1928. Whether stopping in for succulent pulled pork or to purchase the restaurant’s world famous barbeque sauce, patrons travel from far and wide for McClard’s.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT For the best in live music, there’s only one name in town: Maxine’s. Don’t miss indie rockers Pop Pistol on Thursday, June 24. Maxine’s hosts Chuck Dodson CD Release Party on Friday, June 25. Wighead headlines a show on Saturday, June 26 with Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth supporting. Atlanta’s Americana hero Adam Arcuragi performs on Wednesday, June 30. Maxine’s is located at 700 Central Avenue. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.maxineslive. com or call 501-321-0909 for more information. Justus Fine Art welcomes the summer season with new work by Steve Griffith, Dolores Justus, and Rebecca Thompson and many others during the month of June. Works by Kari Albright, Michael Ashley, Robin Hazard-Bishop, Elizabeth Borné, Cynthia Bowers, Hugh View the equine works of Bob Snider at Gallery Central Dunnahoe, Mike Elsass, Robert in downtown Hot Springs. Frank, Steve Griffith and Tony Saladino are on display at the gallery. Justus Fine Art is located at 827-A Central Avenue. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit This month, Gallery Central’s featured artist is talented landscape painter Charles Harrington. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the International Society of Acrylic painters, Harrington devotes his time to painting, writing and conducting painting workshops. Gallery Central also presents Horses! Horses! Horses! with paintings, sculptures and glass work by equine artists. Gallery Central is located at 800 Central Avenue. Visit for more information. American Art Gallery represents local, regional, national and international artists and is a Thomas Kinkade (Painter of Light) Showcase Gallery. Located at 724 Central Avenue, the gallery boasts more than 4,000 square feet on two levels of viewing space and houses works by Redlin, Barnhouse, Bush, Hanks, Govinder, Peterson and many more. Visit www. to learn more. Learn about Hot Springs’ most notorious visitors, including Owen “Owney The Killer” Madden, at the Gangster Museum of America. The museum is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $4 for children 6-12. Children under 6 get in free. The Gangster Museum of America is located at 113 Central Avenue. For more information, visit or call 501-318-1717.



Memphis is just a short drive down I-40 and what better way to take in one of the South’s best music cities than with a trip down memory lane. This year, Graceland is celebrating Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday. In honor of this special celebration, in the month of July, they are offering a summer promotion of 50% off up to four adult and children’s platinum tour passes when you present the coupon included in this issue of “Arkansas Times” This is a great time to visit Memphis and see where The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lives. Visit www. for more information.

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n Last week, ZaZa started construction on its second location, a 4,000-squarefoot space in the new mixed-use development The Village at Hendrix. John Beachboard, who co-owns the restaurant with Scott McGehee, said it will be “unlike anything Conway has right now.” In addition to the wood-oven pizza, salad and gelato you’ll find at the Heights location, the Conway outlet will feature a full bar and a juice bar, with 4-foot-tall Italian juice machines for limes and oranges, which will be used to make what Beachboard called the best “fresh squeezed margaritas, madras, mojitos, caipirinhas and cocktails Conway has seen.” Even with an expanded drink menu and its location, Beachboard said that the restaurant will remain “very, very family friendly.” The target date for the restaurant to open is Sept. 24. A liquor permit for the Heights location is pending, Beachboard said.

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65TH STREET DINER Blue collar, meat-and-two-veg lunch spot with cheap desserts and a breakfast buffet. 3201 West 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-7800. BL Mon.-Fri. ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups and fish dishes. Extensive wine list. Affordable lunch menu. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-6039630. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BLACK ANGUS Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fr. BOSCOS This River Market does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-9071881. LD daily. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 401 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 400 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential

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■ dining The little grocery that could Argenta Market puts Arkansas food on table. n North Little Rock’s artsy Argenta neighborhood has added a foodie feather to its cap with the addition of the Argenta Market, a Whole Foods-style grocery in miniature at the corner of 5th and Main. The message: Eat local, eat healthy and yes, you can buy your Tide here too. Its deli features sandwiches and salads and fresh meats, and there are tables to sit at in the small, sunny dining area at the front. The first thing you may be wondering about: What’s it going to cost to shop there? The answer: Not more than at any small grocery, and maybe even less, for now at least. A big stack of ripe cantaloupes, as big as basketballs, greeted us at the door when we visited last week. Grown just down the road at Hardin Farms, they were irresistible and at $2.50 maybe a little less expensive than comparable ’loupes at the Farmers Market south of the river — and a lot less, given the volume, than the $3 brandywine tomato ($3.99 a pound) there we also had to have. We lunched, ordering a roast beef sandwich on ciabatta, which came with homemade potato chips ($6.99). (The special was corndogs, made in-house, two per order.) Argenta doesn’t skimp on the sandwich meat — the sandwich was more than an inch thick; we could only eat half at one sitting. Our choice was a big improvement over the muffaletta we had a couple weeks back, which, mysteriously, was made with whole, unpitted olives rather than olive salad. We didn’t lose any teeth, but we were a little unnerved wondering what the next bite might bring. Our cohort had a BLT on sourdough (also $6.99), and Argenta was as generous with the rashers as it was with the roast beef. The bacon was great — the deli told us it was Wright brand, which it orders in bulk. Oddly, Argenta doesn’t sell the Wright bacon at the deli, perhaps because it’s not locavorous, like the Petit Jean and Newman Farm (from Missouri) products it does sell. The sandwich menu is large, and includes a Cuban (pork and ham), club, Reuben, fish tacos, the aforementioned chomper-challenging muffaletta and other meaty treats. You can get water and tea at the deli (served in Styrofoam cups, sadly) or other drinks from the cooler cases up front. There’s

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plenty of beef: Argenta Market doesn’t skimp on its roast beef sandwich. also potato, egg, tuna, eggplant and quinoa salads; fresh meats, including flank steak strips wrapped around asparagus, spinachstuffed pork, ribeye steaks, hamburger, sausages; seafood, including mussels and shrimps and fish, and so forth. We strolled the store looking for unusual items, and were transported to the late, great Cordell’s when we spied snail shells and canned escargot in the tall plastic cylinder ($16.89 — our deli-experienced cohort said, “You never sell them, but you have to carry them”). Someone affiliated with Argenta Market (perhaps co-founder Jody Hardin of Hardin Farms or manager Neal Augustine) really likes ice cream, we’re guessing, because the selection is huge for a little store. Besides theYarnell’s (including “Woo Pig Chewy”) and Ben and Jerry’s are, for example, sangria and champagne flavored Wine Cellar Sorbets ($7.39). Amy’s, maker of excellent organic Mexican and Indian frozen dinners ($5.59), is well represented; her salsa and frozen cakes are here too. Looking for spicy peanut butter? You got it, from Peanut Butter & Co. Dill pickles? North Pulaski brand is here. Organic baby food? Find Oh Baby in the meat case, along with Newman Farms beef, osso bucco, duck breast, and buffalo. Want homemade ketchup? A half pint sells for $2.99. You can also buy wine from small California and Arkansas wineries, which is lovely, and Diamond Bear beer. Boulevard Bakery supplies Argenta Market with its

unsurpassable baguettes, monkey bread and other treats. Fresh fruits — including Arkansas peaches, blueberries and raspberries — and local lettuces and vegetables, are available, as well as Arkansas dairy products, though you’ll pay an astonishing $7 a gallon for Seven Doves whole milk — or won’t, as the case may be. We picked up the “fully loaded” Creekstone Black Angus Garden Burgers, loaded with chopped peppers, to grill at home; there are various prepared dishes, like grilled chickens, various lasagnas, stuffed potatos and burritos, to take home as well. Argenta Market is conveniently located across from a huge parking area on the east side of Main, though that fills up with farmers when the Certified Farmer’s Market operates on Saturdays.

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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 47 Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 4502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710164. BL daily. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BD Mon.-Sat. B Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 W. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/ lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE Downtown’s premier soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch, and a set dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with continental flair. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS A great variety of sandwiches, meal-sized salads and homemade soups, many of the items heart-smart. Great desserts, too. 11220 Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 South Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. Also at Bowman Curve. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-3377. LD daily. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu Thu.-Sat. 2601 Kavanaugh. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. D Tue.-Sat. FLYING SAUCER Beer, with dozens on tap, is the big draw at this popular River Market venue, but the food’s good, too. Sandwiches, including a great Reuben, salads, quesadillas and the bratwurst are dependable. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7468. LD daily. FOX AND HOUND Sports bar with bar munchies to watch games by. 2800 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-8300. LD daily. FRONTIER DINER Order at the counter for home-cooked plate lunches, burgers and delicious pies. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. FROSTOP A ’50s-style drive-in has been resurrected, with big and juicy burgers and great irregularly cut fries. Superb service, too. 4131 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GRAMPA’S CATFISH HOUSE A longtime local favorite for fried fish, hush puppies and good sides. 9219 Stagecoach Road. 407-0000. LD. HAYESTACK CAFE Southern cooking, po’boys and hearty breakfasts with an emphasis on family recipes. 27024 Kanis Road. Ferndale. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-821-0700. BLD Tue.-Sun. HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey and lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-227-5555. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOP Old line dairy bar with burgers, fries and milkshakes. 7706 Cantrell. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2276505. LD Mon.-Sat. HUNKA PIE Twenty to 25 different kinds of fresh baked pie daily. Plus, Krispy Kreme donuts in the morning, coffee, milk and cheesecake. 304 N. Main St. NLR. All CC. $-$$. 501-612-4754. BL Mon.-Sat. (closes at 6 p.m.). JUST LIKE MOM’S Daily specials include mom’s goulash, lemon pepper chicken over rice and garlic roast beef, with generous sides of pinto beans, cornbread, potatoes. 3140 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-833-0402. BLD Mon.-Fri. B Sat. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD Mon.-Sat. MCBRIDE’S CAFE AND BAKERY Owners Chet and Vicki McBride have been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch specials based on their family recipes for two decades in this popular eatery at Baptist Health’s Little Rock campus. The desserts and barbecue sandwiches are not to be missed. 9501 Lile Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-340-

■ update THE HOP This old-line dairy bar, now under new ownership, suffers from a couple of unfortunate setbacks. For one, it’s a burger-rich stretch of road with Arkansas Burger Company, Crazee’s and the Purple Cow all nearby. Two, without the luxury of inside seating, the picnic table outside leaves something to be desired for those of us who love the A.C. But the ultimate shortcoming here is the food. Other burgers in the area are just better. We tried the “Ropin’ Bill Burger,” a quarter-pounder with white cheese, ropin’ ranch sauce (a combination of ranch and pepper sauce), lettuce, tomato and onion. While the sauce gave it a bit of a kick the burger’s seasoning overpowered. Fresh-cut fries make for a nice side. One thing to surely stay away from here is the fried pickle appetizer. Our pickles had been fried to the point of non-existence. All that remained was a little salty fried shell that tasted like a deep-fried Lay’s potato chip. 7706 Cantrell Rd. No alcohol. CC. $. 907-5135. LD Mon.-Sat. 3833. BL Mon.-Fri. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s self-service, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. L Mon.-Fri. D daily. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks delivered fresh from Chicago twice a week are salted, peppered, seared in an infra-red oven and then buttered for a meat-eater’s dream chowdown. There’s more to like also: crab cakes and shrimp bisque and chops and chicken and lobster tail. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-375-7285. D Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar. 501-7710808. LD Mon.-Sat. SHAKE’S FROZEN CUSTARD Frozen custard, concretes, sundaes. 5508 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-753-5407. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD daily. BR Sun. STICKY FINGERZ ROCK ’N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. 501-372-7707. LD daily. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Pastries, bagels at breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, salads at lunch. 120 Commerce St. No alcohol. $-$$. 501-372-0969. BL Mon.-Sat. TOWN PUMP Soup specials daily for lunch and a dependable burger, plus basic beer food. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE Besides the 45 different smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy), salads and “tortizzas.” Good food, healthy drinks, long line at lunch but it moves fast. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-9444307. BLD daily. WHOLE FOODS MARKET Good sandwiches, soups and hummus to go; an enormous number of hot and cold entrees from the deli; extensive juice bar. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-312-2326. BLD daily. WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. $$. 501-2449550. D Tue.-Sat. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 402 S. Louisiana St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. L Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6444. LD Mon.-Sat.

AsiAn CHANG THAI AND ASIAN CUISINE One of the few Thai restaurants in Central Arkansas. Skip the pan-Asian buffet and order off the menu. Don’t miss the exotic mieng kham appetizer; you won’t find anything that covers as many taste sensations in one bite. 9830 Highway 107. Sherwood. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-835-4488. LD Sun.-Fri., D Sat. CHINESE PAVILION HUNAN RESTAURANT A longtime favorite in Chinese restaurant polls, it’s one of the earliest Asian eateries on the north shore. 8000 Hwy. 107. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-835-8723. LD Tue.-Sun. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and

Sekisui offer their best in a three-in-one: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable conclusion. It’s a restaurant where you choose all the ingredients that will be blended together and cooked on a massive round grill. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2232695. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars with a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. 868-3688. LD. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try to authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-663-4000. L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sun. SAKURA Standard Japanese steakhouse and sushi fare — it’s hard to go wrong choosing from the extensive menu. Also in Bryant. 4011 E. Kiehl Ave. Sherwood. No alcohol, All CC. 501-834-3546. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.

BArBecue CHATZ CAFE ‘Cut and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5624949. LD Mon.-Sat. JO-JO’S BAR-B-Q The smoky aroma of Jo-Jo’s standard ’cue has shifted from Levy to Sherwood. 3400 Burks. Sherwood. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-812-5656. LD Mon.-Sat. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD Mon.-Sat. 1400 S.E. Walton Blvd. Bentonville; 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD Mon.-Sat. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227. LD Mon.-Sat. 150 E. Oak St. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat.

europeAn / ethnic AMRUTH AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Indian restaurant with numerous spicy, vegetarian dishes. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2244567. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090.

LD Mon.-Sat. LAYLA’S Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). 612 Office Park Drive. Bryant. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-847-5455. LD Mon.-Sat. MASALA GRILL AND TEAHOUSE A delicious traditional Pakistani buffet, plus menu items like a chicken tikka wrap (marinated broiled chicken rolled in naan) and a chutney burger. 9108 Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-414-0643. LD Tue.-Sat., L Sun. MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE Gyros, falafel and souvlaki plates, as well as hummus, tabouleh, eggplant dip and other dishes — wonderful food at wonderful prices. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1662. L daily. TERRACE ON THE GREEN This Greek-Italian-Thai-andwhatever restaurant has a huge menu, and you can rely on each dish to be good, some to be excellent. Portions are ample. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. UNDERGROUND PUB Hearty, tasty British pub-style fare, including exceptional custom-made sausages, crunchy fish and chips and a decent Reuben. Inviting bar with an impressive draft beer and single-malt whiskey selection. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-7072537. LD Mon.-Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the new Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily.

ItalIan BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-centuryold establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italianflavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. OLD CHICAGO PASTA & PIZZA This national chain offers lots of pizzas, pastas and beer. 4305 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-6262. LD daily. 1010 Main St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-6262. LD daily. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD Mon.-Sat. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ’n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily.

MexIcan CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal décor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 1300 S. Main St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. ON THE BORDER This latest Brinker chain offering — in a cheery, colorful setting — has great Tex-Mex food and a menu that offers some specialty chicken, shrimp and fish dishes. 11721 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-217-9275. LD daily.

RUMBA Mexi-Cuban spot in the River Market area, this restaurant and bar has a broad menu that includes tacos and enchiladas, tapas, Cuban-style sandwiches. Specialty drinks are available also. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-823-0090 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. SENOR TEQUILA Authentic dishes with great service and prices, and maybe the best margarita in town. Multiple locations: 4304 Camp Robinson Road, NLR, 791-3888; 9847 Maumelle Blvd., Maumelle. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily.

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THE BREWERY Coffeehouse serves soup, salads and sandwiches 2159B Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-2678. BL Mon.-Sat. D Mon.-Fri. DOMOYAKI Hibachi grill and sushi bar near the interstate. Now serving bubble tea. 505 E. Dave Ward Drive. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-764-0074. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. EL CHARRITO Decent spread of Mexican items. 502 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-450-6460. LD. THE FISH HOUSE The other entrees and the many side orders are decent, but this place is all about catfish. 116 S. Harkrider. Conway. 501-327-9901. LD. HART’S SEAFOOD Southern fried fish and seafood buffet over the weekend. 2125 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-329-8586. D Thu.-Sat., L Sun. JADE CHINA Traditional Chinese fare, some with a surprising application of ham. 559 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5121. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS IV “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 786 Elsinger Boulevard. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-5010. LD Mon-Sat. MEAN BEAN CAFE & RESTAURANT Offers a mean bean burrito and mean coffee beans and, meanest of all, homemade pie. The Reuben might be the best in Arkansas. 2501 Highway 286 West. Conway. 501-336-9272. LD. THE PASTA HOUSE Pasta and seafood. 2751 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-7640032. LD. STOBY’S Great homemade cheese dip and big, sloppy Stoby sandwiches with umpteen choices of meats, cheeses and breads. 805 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-5447. BLD Mon.-Sat. 405 W. Parkway. Russellville. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-968-3816. BLD Mon.-Sat. STROMBOLI’S Locally owned purveyor of NY style pizzas and strombolis. 2665 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-3700. LD daily. TIFFANY’S SOUL FOOD Opened in 2010, this eatery specializes in soul food classics like fried chicken, smothered pork chops and hot water corn bread. 1101 Mill Street. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-7685. LD Mon.-Fri. TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT Besides the hibachi offerings, Tokyo also has tempura, teriyaki and a great seaweed salad. Their combination platters are a great value; besides an entree, also comes with soup, salad, harumaki (spring rolls) and vegetable tempura. No sushi, though. 716 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-6868. BL daily.

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Hot SprIngS CHEF PAUL’S Haute cuisine in a strip-mall setting. Top quality presentation and service. Freshest fish you’ll find in this area, great meats, exquisite desserts. 4330 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-520-4187. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. Boisterous, family style place. 5101 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-7437. LD. HAWGS PIZZA PUB Good pizza and other Italian food, a wide selection of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches in an all-Razorback motif. 1442 Airport Road. Hot Springs. 501-767-4240. LD. HUNAN PALACE Dependable Chinese cuisine, good soups, nice priced combos for two or three. 4737 Central Ave. No. 104. Hot Springs. 501-525-3344. LD. J’S ITALIAN VILLA Pasta, fresh fish and beef specials. Appetizers and salads are terrific, as are the desserts. 4826 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-1121. D. KREAM KASTLE DRIVE INN Revisit the past with a stop at this classic spot on U.S. 70 East. Burgers, dogs, cones and shakes the way they’re supposed to be made, at prices to like. 15922 Highway 70 East, Lonsdale. Hot Springs. 501-939-2350. LD. MCCLARD’S Considered by many to be the best barbecue in Arkansas — ribs, pork, beef and great tamales, too. 505 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. 501-624-9586. LD. OAKLAWN LAGNIAPPE’S BUFFET Small, overpriced and with an underwhelming variety of bland choices, the buffet in Oaklawn’s expanded gaming complex leaves a lot to be desired. If you’re hungry, hit the shops under the race track grandstands instead 2705 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-623-4411. BLD daily. ROCKY’S CORNER Knock-out pizza at ahopping eatery across the street from Oaklawn Park. 2600 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-0199. LD. STUBBY’S Doesn’t short you on near perfect pork and beef: lean, flavorful, smoky. 3024 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-1552. LD.

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Food for Thought

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Cajun’s Wharf

Food and fun for everyone when you pair Cajun’s Wharf’s succulent seafood and steak with the ever-evolving live entertainment. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood or aged Angus beef while listening to the rolling Arkansas River on the famously fantastic deck! They also boast an award-winning wine list.

Denton’s Trotline

Attention: Members and Guests. Denton’s Trotline is known for their award winning catfish and seafood buffet. Outstanding appetizer menu. Family owned, featuring a newly remodeled building with live music. Full service catering available.


DENTON’S CaTfiSh & SEafOOD BuffET — 24 Years In Business —

We Cater • Carry-Outs available hours: Tues-Thurs 4:00-8:30pm • fri-Sat 4:00-9:00pm


2400 Cantrell Road 501-375-5351

2150 Congo Rd. Benton, 501-416-2349 Open Tues, Wed & Thurs 4-9 Fri & Sat 4-11


220 West 6th St. 501-374-5100 Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Tues-Sat 5-10pm V Lounge til 1am, Thurs-Sat

2150 Congo Rd. • Benton from Little Rock to Exit 118 to Congo Rd. Overpass across i-30


17711 Chenal Parkway, Suite I-101 501-821-1144

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro 200 S. Commerce, Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm

1900 N Grant St Heights 501-663-8999


FROM: TO: CO.: Arkansas Times CO.: Prime aged beef and Fresh seafood specials every week. PH: (501) 375-2985 ext. scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, FAX: over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection FAX: (501) 375-9565 downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday AT to check 10/26 PUBLICATION:______________________ ISSUE DATE:____________ wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure out the Bistro Burger during lunch. ES ARTIST:________

Ya Ya’s is both sophisticated and whimsical. Mosaic tile floors, stone columns and fabric covered wall panels while heavy beamed ceilings, hand blown chandeliers and curvy wroughtiron railings add a whimsical flair. The menu is inspired by a combination of Italian, French, Spanish and Greek cuisines. Mediterranean Euro Delights share the menu with pizzas from our wood-burning oven, rich creative pastas and an array of the freshest of seafood dishes and innovative meat entrees. Live music resumes on the patio this spring. Join us for live, local music through the week. Don’t forget our Sunday Brunch ($16.95 & only $13.95 for the early bird special, 10 am to 11 am). Reservations are preferred.

Casa Manana Taqueria

400 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-6637 6820 Cantrell Road • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • 501-868-8822

Ump’s Pub & Grill

Whether the Travs are at home or on the road, come enjoy the unique Dickey-Stephens Park Atmosphere at Ump’s, an upscale sports pub and restaurant, featuring sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, good times and more! Come treat yourself to a meal prepared by Chef’s Ball award winning sous chef Richard Lindsey. Open 6 days a week for lunch, 11am-2pm. Open nightly for all Travellers home games. Regular dinner hours Friday and Saturday only.

Capers Restaurant

Indulge in the culinary creations and intimate environment that define Capers Restaurant. Food and wine enthusiasts agree Capers’ sophisticated approach to dining is key to it’s many accolades including receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years running.

Copper Grill & Grocery

An endless array of delicious dishes available in the Grill or grab your Gourmet-to-Go from the Grocery. Offering products by French Farm, Bella Cucina & Bittersweet Herb that promise to turn any recipe into a memorable masterpiece Copper Grill & Grocery is a wonderland for the gourmand.

Gadwall’s Grill

Still serving up high-quality burgers and home-made fries. Enjoy good food in a relaxed setting. Now offering outdoor seating on the deck. Serving cheese dip, nachos, platter meals, sandwiches and fried pies. Happy hour domestic draft beer from 3-6pm.


This is a first class establishment. SO has some of the best steaks and seafood in the city, including oysters from the east and west coasts. Their menu has been updated and features a fantastic selection of cheeses like port salut, stilton, murcia and pecorino. Don’t forget to check out the extensive wine list.

Butcher Shop

Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.

Dickey-Stephens Park Broadway at the bridge North Little Rock T O (501) ❑ 324-BALL (2255) NP ❑

14502 Cantrell Road 501-868-7600

300 West 3rd Street 501-375-3333

7311 North Hills Blvd. North Little Rock (501) 834-1840

For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled Gadwall's Grill West 14710 Cantrell Road, Suite 1A turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo Little Rock, AR • 868-4746 mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. • Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?

Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar. THIS AD HAS INCURRED PRODUCTION CHARGES


Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials • Monday: Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry. Tuesday: Pot Roast. Wednesday: Meatloaf. Thursday: BBQ Plate or Shepherd’s Pie. Friday & Saturday: Fried Catfish.

10907 N. Rodney Parham Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm 501-228-7800

chinese Fantastic China

Black Angus

Open daily. 11 am - close Sunday Brunch. 11 am to 2 pm 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1464

Shackleford & Hermitage Rd. (501) 312-2748

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Hunka Pie


ARKANSAS TIMES Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from Box 34010, Little Rock AR 72203 the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seemP.O. endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana.

St. North Little Rock (inside Galaxy Furniture Store) 501-612-4754 Mon-Sat 10am-6pm www. hunkapie


asian Lilly’s Dimsum Then Some

Look no further…voted Best Asian again by the Arkansas Times readers. Lilly’s serves up extraordinary dishes made from the freshest, premium local and organic ingredients. Also enjoy warm and inviting ambiance as you dine on any one of the tasty house specialties. Sundays are wine day: all wine by the bottle, half off.

Super King Buffet

One of central Arkansas’s largest Chinese buffets, we offer all your favorites with our sushi bar and Mongolian Grill included for one low price. Our dinner and all-day Sunday buffet include your lunch favorites as well as all-you-can eat crab legs, whole steamed fish, barbecue spare ribs, crispy jumbo shrimp and grilled steaks. Take-out buffet and menu available.

11121 Rodney Parham 501-716-2700

Super King Buffet

4000 Springhill Plaza Ct. North Little Rock (Just past Wal-Mart on McCain) 501-945-4802 Sun-Thurs 11am to 9:30pm Fri & Sat 11am to 10:30pm

Mediterranean star of india

North Shackleford Road 501-227-9900


9501 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-7272

Authentic North Indian Cuisine at its very best! Vegetable and Non-vegetable Buffet daily with Special. Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Mention this ad for a complimentary Indian Mango Drink.

Enjoy regional specialties such as Lentil soup, a huge serving of yummy Hummus, Baba Ghannnouj or Tabbouleh. And don’t forget about the Gyros, they’re sure to be heroes in your book!

june 24, 2010 • advertising supplement to ARKANSAS TIMES

Hunka Pie specializes in premium hand-crafted pies. We welcome all pie lovers to come share a slice today! Call ahead for whole pie orders. Join us for Retro Mondays... Slice of Strawberry Pie $2. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Velvet Lips Chocolate Cream, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Chocolate Pecan, Coconut Custard, key Lime, French Apple Pie & more.

Signature_______________________________________________________________Date__________________________ PLEASE RETURN THIS SIGNED PROOF PROMPTLY! 304 N. Main

Sonny Williams

If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999

Faded Rose

Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.

500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 DINNER MON - SAT 5:00 - 11:00 pm PIANO BAR TUES - THU 7:00 - 11:00 pm FRI & SAT 7:00 - Late

400 N. Bowman 501-224-3377 1619 Rebsamen 501-663-9734 Open Sunday

brew pub Vino’s Pizza•Pub•Brewery 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)

Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!















June 24, 2010

Great location, great price make this home a must-see open Sunday

2 pm - 4 pm

This home at 123 N. Summit is a perfect fit for singles, newlyweds or retirees. Located in the Union Depot subdivision next to the Arkansas School for the Blind, it is only minutes away from UAMS & ACH, Hillcrest, downtown and the Riverdale area. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom and 2,050 square feet of space. An open floor plan makes for easy living. There is lots of natural light and beautiful cherry wood laminate flooring throughout. The large great room with a wood-burning fireplace and custom lighting make this home stand out. The home also features a separate office, a large galley kitchen and lots of closet and storage space. A special bonus is the 21’x17.6’ heated and cooled sunroom with vaulted ceiling. This space also has two walls of windows, tile flooring, water-proofed walls and a sunken Jacuzzi hot tub. Other highlights include an oversized two-car garage, a covered front porch, rear deck and large fenced yard.

The greatroom offers much.

Custom lighting stands out.

There have been many updates throughout the home. A new tank-less hot water heater guarantees instant hot water on demand and a new sink, dishwasher and counters provide something extra for the kitchen. Other updates include new plumbing and electrical wiring throughout, new windows, a built-in computer network, audio/video and IR remote with outdoor video from your television and audio system wired throughout. While the landscaping is incomplete, the sellers are offering a landscaping allowance to complete the front yard or they will have it completed to the buyer’s satisfaction prior to the closing. If you’d like to live near Hillcrest in a completely remodeled and updated home, this home is a must see. It is offered for $139,900 and is listed with Clyde Butler of Coldwell Banker RPM. An open house is planned for Sunday, June 27 from 2-4 p.m. For a private tour, call Clyde at 501-240-4300.

The sunroom has a sunken hot tub.

The home has laminate flooring. • june 24, 2010 51



123 N. SUMMIT STREET Totally updated!! 2050 sq ft, 2 BRs + Office, 21X17.6 ft Sunroom with sunken hot tub, cherry wood laminate flooring, all new plumbing & electrical wiring, new kitchen counters, sink & dishwasher, new tank-less H2’0 heater, wired for computer network, audio/video and IR remote. Located in Union Depot next to AR School for the Blind.

Downtown $212,000 Architectural design • Modern features • 12th Floor Skyline View Featured 4 times in At Home in Arkansas!

Call Gerald White, 680-3640 or Mary Johnson, 952-4318. Visit for more pictures & info. Gold Star Realty

CLYDE A. BUTLER 501.240.4300

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52 june 24, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES


Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $106,000 Voigt, Gary Voigt, L1604, River Market Tower HPR, $265,000. Douglas R. Brader, Stacie Brader to James B. Skipworth, Angela L. Skipworth, 6840 Gap Point Cir., Sherwood, $264,000. John Wright Construction Co, Inc. to Mary J. Willard, 108 Riverview Dr., Maumelle, $259,000. Paul L. DeYoub, Nancy J. DeYoub to Faith H. Richard, Jeff S. Richard, 15 Westchester Cove, $255,000. Linda M. Vaughan, Edward C. Vaughan to Matthew B. Karpoff, Shannon K. Karpoff, L10, Stonewood, $253,000. Carroll G. Strickland & Beverly Ann Strickland Joint Revocable Trust, Carroll G. Strickland, Beverly A. Strickland, Steven K. Strickland, Margaret J. Strickland to Craig Cox, Shyron R. Cox, NE SE 6-3N-15W, SE NE 6-3N-15W, $250,000. Jerrod A. Pinkston, Hannah J. Pinkston to John M. Burkhead, Carrie F. Burkhead, 10606 Crestdale Ln., $250,000. John Wright Construction Co. Inc. to Christopher M. Dickens, 113 Corondelet Ln., Maumelle, $250,000. Elizabeth Haman to Gerald M. Dover, Elizabeth M. Dover, 5200 G St., $246,667. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Jacqueline D. Boen, 15 Longleaf Cove, $245,000. Colonel Glenn Bo wman Road Development to LLEJ I LLC, N/2 21-1N13W, $244,000. Matt Taylor, Shannon Taylor to Britt Skarda, Karen Skarda, 6 Wingate Dr., $240,000. Donna J. Blake to Terry G. King Revocable Trust, Terry G. King, Robin B. King Revocable Trust, Robin B. King, 20 Carrollton Ct., $240,000. Alice B. Fryer to Jack Thomas Fryer & Alice B. Fryer Family Living Trust, Alice B. Fryer, 3105 Painted Valley Dr., $239,000. J. Martin Homes Inc. to Timothy James, Emma James, 44 Waters Edge Dr., Cabot, $235,000. Steve Lucchi, Mary J. Lucchi to Rebecca F. Galloway, 4525 N. Lookout St., $235,000. Bernard E. Kaiser, III, Teri Kaiser to Terry Burnett, Vicki Burnett, SW SW 5-2N-14W, $228,000. Eriverto Velazquez, Amy Velazquez to James A. Smith, 9401 Harmony Dr., Sherwood, $225,000. Lydia A. Hocutt to Betty G. Dungan Revocable Trust, Betty G. Dungan, L28R, Hunters Green Estates, $220,000. Thomas W. Bond, Gabriel Bond to

Joan R. Zumwalt, LB B14, Crestview, $217,000. Virginia D. Strohmeyer-Miles to Michael Vanness, Lisa Phillips, 16 Rocky Valley Cove, $211,000. John D. Williams, II to David Bennett, Sarah Bradford, L87, Overlook Park Section B, $210,000. Sarah J. Newland to Geoffrey L. Paddack, 5114 F St., $208,000. Lauren C. Weintraub to Edward A. Smith, Becky L. Simpson, 7611 Choctaw Rd., $200,000. Mary V. Neill to James L. Martine, II, Norma Martine, 11403 Gila Valley Dr., $200,000. Wassell Family Trust, Irene M. Wassell to Eric Wassell, Stacie Wassell, L32 B53, Lakewood, $200,000. David R. Fern, Kimberly D. Fern to Thomas F. Beane, Jane M. Beane, 4 Poydras Dr., $199,000. Hometime Builders, Inc. to Keith Peterson, 44 Bentley Cir., $197,000. Mario A. Cleves, Alice L. Cleves to John D. Bradshaw, Jamie L. Bradshaw, 118 Chambord Dr., Maumelle, $195,000. Michelle H. Smoot, Shawn N. Smoot to Logan B. Lackey, II, Amanda E. Lackey, 1502 Biscayne Dr., $194,000. Peggy S. Parker, Judith K. Bonner to George Lawson, Jr., Jennifer Lawson, 12253 Rivercrest Dr., $190,000. Jim Rorie, Patria Rorie to CitiMortgage, Inc., 4709 Hampton Rd., NLR, $189,816. Paul Hastings, Jr. to Pamela D. Jones, Laura J. Stone, 1115 W. 24Th St., $185,000. Lloyd C. Meeks, Kara D. Meeks to Stella F. Cameron, 9 Cherry Leaf Cove, $182,000. Delores Shelden to Jacqueolyn Smith Walter Living Trust, Jacqueolyn S. Walter, L81, Sturbridge Phase II, $180,000. Sue M. Freeman to Charlotte Brunner, 3 Cherry Leaf Cove, $180,000. Robert C. White, Claudia C. White to Chanda Weber, Todd Weber, 8505 Leatrice Dr., $178,000. Brad A. Nelson, Maria Marquez-Nelson to Jeremy W. Rotton, Staci L. Thurman, 13701 Ivy Point Dr., $177,000. Sanders Enterprises, Inc. to Emmerson R. Sisk, Pam Sisk, 19 Justice Ln., $176,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Simmons First Bank Of Hot Springs, L1, Roy May, $175,000. Kristopher P. Magnuson, Lindsey M. Magnuson to Kristina R. Gray, 1501 Cherry Brook Dr., $174,000. ERC Land Development Group LLC to

QUAPAW TOWER Condo with architectural design, modern features and fabulous features. Shoji-style doors are a fantastic feature of the unit. Listed with Gold Star Realty. Call Gerald White at 501-680-3640 or Mary Johnson at 501-952-4318 for pricing or more info.

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Martin M. Rhodes, Patricia J. Rhodes to David L. Matthews, Susan S. Matthews, 1814 N. Spruce St., $1,000,000. Tower LR YMCA LLC to Buckhead Investments LLC, L1-3 & 10-12 B115, Original City Of Little Rock , $925,000. Hundley Family Limited Partnership to Gene A. Ludwig, NW NE 18-2N-13W, NE NW 18-2N-13W, $884,000. Rausch Coleman Arkansas Developers LLC to Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC, Ls133-136, 138-140, 155-166 & 181-190, Faulkner Crossing Phase III, $883,000. Byron Holmes, Terri Holmes to Tracy Y. Smith, L6 B95, Chenal Valley, $804,000. HRH Builders Inc. to Kristopher P. Magnuson, 3312 Buckhorn Trail, $436,000. Heather S. Jackson-Letterman, Jason T. Letterman to Margaret McLellan, Robert H. Ebert, II, 4908 Lee Ave., $430,000. Rosmuck LLC to TMB Of Little Rock LLC, 9421 W. Markham St., $415,000. Michael J. Wolcott, Christine M. Wolcott to Patrick Kircher, Kellie Kircher, 23307 Greystone Manor Dr., $394,000. Phase III, Inc. to Joseph E. Smith, Bobbie H. Smith, L2 B1, Chevaux Court Phase 2A, $335,000. James E. Dockery, Lois B. Dockery to Maureen P. Ruggiero, Felice A. Ruggiero, Florence D. Lindstrom, Karl A. Lindstrom, 3901 Valley View Dr., $330,000. Nathan Nolen, Misty Nolen to Zhihua Xu, 12 Windrush Pt., $329,000. Lorna Wagoner to John M. Moore, II, Amanda D. Moore, 3016 N. Pierce St., $325,000. Bradd C. Worden, W. L. Worden to Brian Hohertz, 13501 Foxfield Ln., $320,000. Kenneth J. Rapier, Barbara Rapier to Gloria Ward, 11120 Garrison Rd., $318,000. Christopher Stainton, Beth Stainton to Carl Gudenius, Laurie Lowe, 1724 N. Monroe St., $300,000. Phillip A. Barton, Melanie Barton to John D. Moore, Shelli Moore, 198 Marseille Dr., Maumelle, $288,000. Woodhaven Homes, Inc. to Pamela L. Pope, Jasmine L. Pope, 2609 Whitewood Dr., Sherwood, $287,000. Shekhar Jindal, Preeti Jindal to Jeffrey P. Whitlow, Ashley B. Whitlow, 3 Gravelle Dr., $270,000. River Market Tower LLC to Phyllis

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Eric R. James, 145 Pleasantwood Dr., Maumelle, $171,000. Rachel L. Deason, Rachel L. Snider, Matt Deason to Goran Kostenarov, Brandee Moss, 11919 Shady Ridge Dr., $168,000. Gary A. Edwards, Valerie S. Edwards to Lynn Braswell, 185 Diamond Pointe Dr., Maumelle, $167,000. Highlander Investments LLC to Christopher K. Oholendt, 8 S. Sweet Bay Ct., $165,000. Rick Newton, Jeannie Newton to C. S. Powers, L142, Riverland, $165,000. Katherine C. Clement to Zhenqiang Su, 17 Forest Brook Ct., $164,000. Jeffrey S. Richard, Faith H. Richard to Linda K. Giger, 12 Honey Locust Ct., $162,000. Bayview Loan Servicing LLC to Lester W. Fleming, 15001 Mail Route Rd., $161,000. Richard J. Moore, Mary B. Moore to Douglas E. Graves, 117 Pamela Ln., Sherwood, $160,000. Robin Murphy, Lynn Murphy to Curtis Arnold, Nancy Arnold, Ls11-12 B2, Clendennins, $160,000. Kenneth L. Young to Don M. Dobbins, 2421 Gunpowder Rd., $160,000. John Gilbreath to David S. Baxter, 3025 Miracle Heights Cove, Sherwood, $155,000. Kenneth Amburgy, Tracy D. Amburgy to Christopher D. Purnell, L3 B4, Pinehurst, $155,000. Billy S. Vann to Andrew S. Rogers, 318 Alanbrook Ave., Sherwood, $154,000. Brent E. Wurfel to Kris S. Upton, Karen S. Upton, 2506 Riverfront Dr., $154,000. Robert & Patricia Leach Revocable Trust to Rachel A. Giese, 7100 Ohio St. Apt. 3, $154,000. Jessie R. Wilbourn to Kirsten Bartlow, 2700 Crouchwood Rd., $154,000. R. L. Woods to Stefanie D. Feller, Cole E. Feller, 1 Tomahawk Rd., $152,000. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Ruby Shepherd, 1108 Yarrow Dr., NLR, $147,000. Timothy D. Adams, Lauren E. Adams to Jennifer L. Halliday, Luke G. Johnson, 4200 Idlewild Ave., NLR, $144,000. Andrew Youngbauer, Abby E. Loyd, Abby E. Youngbauer to Rebecca Lambeth, John Anderson, 107 S. Park St., $144,000. Stagecoach Crossing LLC to Robert K. Smith, 61 Bracey Cir., $143,000. AllGood Custom Homes LLC to Major H. Adkinson, Renee Adkinson, 908 Mesquite Trail, Jacksonville,

$143,000. Robert Massey, Michaela Massey to Luke Woodruff, Christy Woodruff, 10581 Stoneridge Ct., Sherwood, $142,000. Amanda Wherry, Amanda Carter, Shaun T. Carter to Pamela J. Truemper, Zachary T. Truemper, 7 Manor Cir., $140,000. Nuage Residential Contractors LLC to Christopher G. Williams, Celestina R. Williams, 1909 Windridge Ct., Sherwood, $139,000. Samuel C. Wisener, Jennifer Wisener to Hannah McMahon, 105 Willow Grove Ct., Sherwood, $139,000. Gary J. Wynne, Marlis Wynne to Elizabeth A. Shelnutt, 3724 Vinson Rd., $138,000. T. N. James, Amy James to James Henderson, Ashley McLelland, 107 Sunset Ln., NLR, $137,000. Maria E. Estaun, Maria E. Villalon, Herman Estaun to Richard H. Walser, 6400 Longwood Rd., $136,000. Scott A. Irish, Nam S. Irish to Jason L. Jenkins, 5 Newbury Ln., Jacksonville, $135,000. William W. Young, Jackie L. Young to Anthony D. Wimberly, 14 Meadow Ridge Loop, Maumelle, $134,000. Shelia McCullough, Allan McCullough to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, 108 N. Claremont Ave., Sherwood, $133,451. Sarah I. Shirley to Clifford W. Hollon, Kelly L. Hollon, 15802 Colonel Glenn Rd., $130,000. Raymond Vaturro, Elizabeth Vaturro to Faruk Yelen, Ayse Yelen, 3 Summerhill Ct., $130,000. Therese M. Free to Paul K. McClain, Ruth L. McClain, 208 W. 21St St., $130,000. John P. Buzzard, Mandy L. Buzzard to Federal National Mortgage Association, 2510 Peach Tree Dr., $129,742. Douglas R. Shaul, Samantha L. Shaul to Anthony Picard, 15 Prospect Trail, NLR, 129,000. Guppie LLC to George T. Johnson, Elizabeth L. Johnson, 200 Walnut St., $129,000. Oliver C. Berkow to William A. Whiting, Jr., 1315 Kavanaugh Blvd., $129,000. Stacy L. Joshua-Smith, Michael L. Smith to Michael D. Lafarlett, 18 North Valley Dr., Jacksonville, $129,000. John J. Trainor, David T. Namir to Margaret Ege, 6505 Sandpiper Dr., $128,000. William R. Pendleton, Jr. to Michael D. Wilson, 219 Beckwood Dr., $126,000. Frank P. Blair, III, Theresa S. Blair to Kent Walker, 5220 Lakeview Rd., NLR,

$125,000. Mollie M. Wiseman to Alyssa L. Loyd, 5708 C St., $125,000. Ginger G. Stafford to Patricia F. Brooks, 11 Tall Pine Cove, $125,000. Swint Trust No.1, Dorothy M. Swint to George A. Hasty, III, Karen Hasty, 103 Silverbrook Dr., Sherwood, $125,000. Ethel Willis, Ramonica McGhee to Bank Of England Mortgage Company, 41 Pin Oak Loop, Maumelle, $123,384. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to Wyketa L. Kinard, 49 Forest Cir., $122,000. John D. Bradshaw, III, Jamie L. Bradshaw, Jamie L. Beecher to Cashonna Perry, 10 Mine Hill Dr., NLR, $122,000. Entropy Systems, Inc. to Cherish S. Hoggard, 1109 Southedge Dr., $121,000. Lafayette Plaza LLC to Jeffrey L. Stinson, 523 S. Louisiana St., $120,000. Claudia A. Counts to William F. Parrish, 7504 N St., $119,000. Brian L. Ragsdale, Miranda M. Ragsdale to Brad S. Bryan, 93 Cinnamon Dr., Sherwood, $119,000. Charles S. Green to Martini N. Brown, 4916 Timberland Dr., $118,000. Michael A. Meyer, Shana Meyer to Lawrence E. Watkins, Heather A. Watkins, 8016 Oak Ridge Rd., Sherwood, $117,000. City Of Little Rock Housing Authority to Reginia Wilton, 16 New Horizon Ln., $115,000. Henry D. Castro, Destra A. Castro to Theresa L. Sontag, L25, Northwood, $115,000. CBM Appraisals, Inc. to XChange LLC, 127 Vernon Ave., $115,000. Cuong C. Ly to Linda J. Johnson, 11008 Bull Run Dr., Mabelvale, $115,000. Mary Compton, Brian Compton to Elizabeth N. Bickell, L8, West Markham Street, $114,000. Justin M. Fultz, Rachel L. Fultz to Rocktonja R. Bell, 4805 Westwood Ave., $111,000. Dorothy L. Henderson to Arnoldo Soliz, Ley V. Soliz, 14 Glenbrook Pl., Sherwood, $110,000. Carole Y. Moore to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L280, Cammack Wood, $107,100. Christy B. Hooten, Andrea Hooten, AC Hooten Revocable Trust to Rita J. Rheams, 44 Broadmoor Dr., $106,000.

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730 SLOPE - $279,000. New - Must See! 4BR/3BA, gameroom, computer area, custom tile shower, granite countertops, wood & tile. MLS# 10251178 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501730-1100 or 501-679-1103.

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Spent n Our last jingo lingo war was a few years ago against France. The French had refused to send troops to be blown up alongside ours in Iraq, or some such treachery. By way of retaliation, we renamed French fries “freedom fries,” some of our patriotic breakfast places took French toast off their menu boards, and our snootier winos agreed to move over from French to Yellowtail. We didn’t go so far as to dress up as Indians and dump costly frog vintages into our harbors but we probably would have if Fox News had got aboard earlier. The YouTube with Rand Paul and Scott Brown in warpaint up there on deck tomahawking Lafite-Rothschilds. We forgave the French in time — I guess we did: Obama probably pardoned them by executive order, and apologized — and now there are stirrings of a similar campaign against the British, on account of the big Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It began with Stephen Colbert, the comedian, proposing last week that we show our disdain for British Petroleum’s handling of the spill by renaming English muffins “freedom muffins” and then eschewing them altogether. That won’t be much of a problem for me. They’ll just go on the list with jugged hare and spotted dick. I suspect the Colbert initiative was just parody, like everything else he does, but

Bob L ancaster there might be an idea there worth pursuing, if not very far. For example, we might give the English horn — a dark orchestral instrument, cousin of the oboe — another name. By Congressional resolution, with Royal concurrence, it would become Stacy horn. This in honor of Thomas Stacy, by consensus the world’s best-ever English horn player. This Stacy is an American, which should chap them, and a native Arkie, a true provincial, having grown up in sun-baked Augusta, which should chap them even more. We could disallow calling an English accent an English accent. Dub it a bloke accent, or a limey accent. Something jocular and faintly derisive. Giving them to know we aren’t impressed by it, and don’t feel defensive because we don’t have one. In fact we’re glad we don’t have one. Because if we did, some neck around here would hear us talking and say, “Hey! This sumbitch is English! Get ‘im, boys!” We’d come to be seen as sludger cads who out of sheer greed go round tarballing the dreams


of small people who pretty much live for the prospect of one more time-share summer getaway to Destin or Panama City. We should hooraw them a little more, and a little more boisterously, about Yorktown. Steer their bovine braggadocio from John Bull to John Cow. Not let them get by a minute longer with claiming, over and over, endlessly, to the music of “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” that Lloyd George knew their father, and their father knew Lloyd George. Censure them for plagiarizing “My Country Tis of Thee” for their national anthem. Redesignate the English setter as an Irish setter and vice versa. (Cruel, I know, but in context not underserved.) Let them (or rather make them) go on calling English peas English peas, though. English peas have a quality that makes them simply nationality non-transferrable. That taste of ground-up manse lichens or pureed yew moss. With the telltale soupcon of grasshopper. Also continue calling English sparrows English sparrows — considering that they’ve done for our car hoods and patio furniture what BP’s bubblin’ crude has done for our marshes and beaches. (That comparison might be unfair to the birds, however, since no feathered biped has ever affected to pity the small people it has just shat on and then pipped off to the yacht races.) We should hoot them for their Twit Olympics, for their long run of silly historians from Gibbon to Toynbee, for the



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