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Open letter to U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford First of all, I find it rather telling that the only health or women’s concern that you have an issue category for on your contact page is abortion. That says a lot about your focus. I wrote you before about HR 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which I realize passed the House, and which is probably unconstitutional, given that finding about multiple state bills that have come before the courts. Your answer to me contained the following paragraph, and I want to address this. “While I appreciate and respect your point of view, I recognize the importance of all life. I believe it is vital that we protect the lives of unborn children who cannot protect themselves. Every American needs to be reminded that at the center of our struggle is the protection of all human life. We cannot live in a nation where some human life is valued and other life is not. “HR 1797 does provide an exception where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. There is also an exception for cases of pregnancies from rape or incest if reported to the appropriate law enforcement or government authorities. This bill will stop future situations like that of the Kermit Gosnell case.” Sir, it is your opinion that a fetus is a child. Not everyone shares that opinion. Not everyone shares your religious viewpoint, not even all other Christians. Religious viewpoints are well and good as guides for living your own life. They are not so good for writing legislation that affects millions of people who believe differently. You are not legislating just for Arkansas, where many share your views, but

the whole nation, where, frankly, the majority do not. And if all life is sacred and precious, when can we expect you and your fellow pro-life representatives to introduce a bill to ban capital punishment nationally? Given the number of people — living, breathing, fully conscious people — who have been exonerated of the crimes that put them on death row, wouldn’t this be even more important? And if all life is sacred and precious, why do so many of you conservative legislators wish to cut the safety net for children who are already born and living hungry and/or homeless? Or cut the safety net for us older Americans, for that matter? What do you think Jesus would think about the way “the least of these” are treated in America today? Wouldn’t feeding them now, and working on jobs, like you all promised, be more productive? Getting people back to work at jobs that pay a living wage would do more to take care of children than trying to legislate women’s health care. If we are to value all life and not just fetuses, then the above questions deserve to be considered. As to Kermit Gosnell, you are wrong. You were a toddler when Roe was settled. I was a young woman, and I remember pre-Roe. Gosnell is a quack and an evil man, but cutting off access to legal abortions will not put an end to his ilk — it will increase their numbers exponentially. Because when abortion is illegal, women still get abortions, and people like Gosnell are the only alternative. Many desperate women died before Roe, and many more will die as access is cut off to abortion. I am not “pro-abortion.” I don’t think many people are. But the best answer is better availability of birth control — free for women who need it. This is not the place for religious arguments. Religious freedom is being

invoked to shepherd in all kinds of sectarian legislation. Women’s health care is not negotiable. It is between her and her doctor, not her and Congress. And those of us who understand this will never rest. Char Leverette Evening Shade

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In response to our reporting on the Arkansas Blog on the mistrial in the manslaughter trial of former Little Rock Police Department officer Josh Hastings: Having had the opportunity to serve on several juries over the years, both criminal and civil, I learned that even if you are in the courtroom when all the evidence is presented, the picture is not always crystal clear. To rely on newspaper or blog accounts of what was said in the courtroom is so inadequate as to be laughable for those who think they can render judgment in absentia. Only the folks in that courtroom who heard all the evidence can search their souls and decide what they believe happened — and they may still reach a wrong conclusion. But we know this — for good reason all law enforcement agencies have very specific rules regarding when deadly force can be used. That’s why officers undergo rigorous training. The question here is whether or not Josh Hastings violated LRPD policy in his use of deadly force. If he did and since someone lost his life (the quality or direction of that life is irrelevant), Hastings must be held accountable just as you or I would be if we violated the law. The evidence may show Hastings had no other choice than to fire to save his own life — a justifiable shooting. Or the evidence may show he shot when he had one or more other, legal options — an unjustifiable shooting. It appears



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Still untruthful “Regardless of your personal belief, I would hope that stopping atrocities against little babies is something that we can agree to put an end to.” — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noern, R-S.D., speaking in the House on behalf of an anti-abortion bill. r to put it another way, as Rep. Noern might have said, “Regardless of your personal belief, I would hope that you shutting up about your personal belief and letting me decide these things is something we can all agree to.” Rep. Noern was disappointed in that regard. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., responded to her by saying that the bill Noern supported was “yet another attempt to endanger women. It is disrespectful to women, it is unsafe for families and it is unconstitutional.” Nonetheless, the bill passed the House, 228-196, and sailed on to certain defeat in the Senate. All four of Arkansas’s U.S. representatives, all of them Republican, voted for the bill, predictably. In support of bad legislation, they move together like synchronized swimmers. As is customary with anti-abortion bills and their supporters, Rep. Noern was less than honest in her presentation. After the usual chaff about “atrocities” and “murders,” she didn’t dwell on the fact that the bill subjects doctors found guilty to up to five years in prison, but imposes no criminal penalty on their patients. If abortion is really murder, one would expect that the person who initiated and arranged the murder, who transported the “victim” to the “hit man,” would be punished at least as severely. That is how murder for hire is treated in other aspects of our criminal justice system. But the supporters of anti-abortion legislation, Reps. Noern, Crawford, Griffin, Womack and Cotton among them, know the American people wouldn’t stand for execution of women already suffering from their decision to have an abortion. So the supporters of the legislation have to lie about it. Again and again.



n reflection, we may have overstated the case in describing the Arkansas delegation of the House of Representatives as looking like a synchronized swimming team in its enthusiastic yet precise support of bad bills. Occasionally, one spots the ostentatious leg sticking out of the water at an inappropriate time. That would be Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, a flighty sort. It’s not that he doesn’t want to do wrong, it’s that he sometimes has difficulty identifying the greater wrong so that he can get behind it. The conventional wisdom in Arkansas and in Washington was that loyal Republicans should support the farm bill. Most Republicans fell loyally into line, including Arkansas’s Crawford, Griffin and Womack. Cotton voted against it, following the wishes of the deep-pocketed, hard-hearted anti-tax groups that give him money. Although the bill cut food stamps, which help feed poor people, it didn’t cut the stamps as much as Cotton and his friends would like. Cotton evidently believes he can prosper politically by voting against poor people in a poor state. With an inattentive electorate, it’s worked before. 6

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MISTRIAL: Former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings walks into the Pulaski County Courthouse on Sunday. A circuit court jury was unable to reach a verdict in the manslaughter trial of Hastings for his fatal shooting of Bobby Moore, 15, last August.

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Pulaski circuit court jury hung 10-2 in favor of a negligent homicide conviction for former Little Rock Police Officer Josh Hastings, who gunned down the driver of a car on an apartment complex parking lot last August while investigating car burglaries. Hastings wasn’t sure who was in the car, though he had some reason to believe it was car burglars. He also told a story about the shooting that — based on expert testimony and testimony from the dead 15-year-old driver’s companions — seemed inconsistent with the facts. A majority of the jury saw it that way, we know from reporting by the Times’ David Koon. They didn’t think Hastings was in danger from the car. They think he acted recklessly. They considered it all carefully over two days and favored conviction on a lesser charge of negligent homicide — Hastings also was charged with a more serious manslaughter charge — was appropriate. But two female holdouts opposed any conviction from the first. By one juror’s account, they simply couldn’t get past Hastings badge. The holdouts reportedly said that Hastings had prevented future crimes by killing Bobby Moore, 15. I shouldn’t need to tell you that this isn’t a legal justification for use of deadly force — prophylactic execution. Bobby Moore had a nasty police record at a young age. His juvenile companions were offenders, too. Defense Attorney Bill James managed to make much of that, though he had been instructed not to do so by the judge and was fined $25,000 for contempt of court for ignoring the order to shut up about juvenile records. The prosecution — in its first prosecution of a police killing in my 40 years in Little Rock — followed the rules. It did not, because it legally could not, introduce abundant evidence of Hastings poor work. He was fired not only for failing to follow department rules on use of deadly force in this shooting. He also was fired for inadequate

response to an unrelated burglary and for not telling the truth to supervisors about it. He’d also been suspended six times in five years for offenses ranging from sleeping on duty, to leaving his MAX patrol area, to failure to appear BRANTLEY as a witness at scheduled court hearings. I saw positives in the mistrial. A white cop shot a young black thug in the dark of night and trotted out the tried-and-true police defense that he was threatened. But the police and prosecutor did a thorough investigation and filed charges. An all-white jury then came within a hair of conviction. Even some law-and-order types conceded — while shedding few tears for the dead youth — that Hastings’ judgment was questionable and some said they believed that his father’s position as an admired police captain undoubtedly gave young Josh an edge in the department on previous troubles. The prosecution will retry the case. Whatever the outcome, Hastings is unlikely to get his job back. That, by the way, will be a decision fully supported by his record, not a reaction to the current legal controversy over allegations of racially unequal treatment of both cops and suspects by the LRPD. The reported attitude of the holdout jurors indicates how thin the blue line is between the law and vigilante justice. Cases like Hastings’ — prosecution for use of deadly force — are rare. Not rare are garden variety police rousts of equally unpleasant suspects in the dark of night. These should always get the same rigorous review that the Hastings case received. Cops who disrespect the boundaries of the law should get no more leniency than teenage carjackers. Happily, at least 10 Pulaski County jurors demonstrated this week that they believe that.


Cotton and ilk: Let lazy kids starve


he Sermon on the Mount, or at least the part about the meek inheriting the earth, is so utterly out of fashion. If that judgment is too sweeping, let’s narrow it to just the Republican Party or, if you insist, to the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas and a few other bailiwicks around the country. The 2013 farm bill furnishes the parable for this little homily. Because the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives fell out among themselves over how severely the nation’s poor people ought to be punished for their laziness, America’s farm bill, a year late already, crashed last week. The bill, which would set the nation’s food and nutrition policies for the next five years, failed 195-234, and a compromise with the Senate already looked hopeless. Arkansas and its congressional delegation are a microcosm of the problem. All four congressmen are Republicans and critical in varying degrees of the big nutrition program, formerly called food stamps, that helps millions of people, about

551,000 of them in Arkansas, buy groceries. Three of them — Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick ERNEST Crawford — voted DUMAS for the farm bill. They would have liked to cut much more than $21 billion from food aid to the poor over 10 years, but that is the sum that Republican leaders thought could be passed while preserving government subsidies and insurance for farmers. It turned out that the party’s extreme right wing, including Arkansas’s Tom Cotton of the Fourth District, wanted the poor to be punished much more than $21 billion, and they voted against the bill and defeated it. Most Democrats opposed the bill because it slashed food aid so drastically, but they were hardly a factor. Because it has such a high percentage of people who are poor, disabled and unhealthy, Arkansas depends on food aid more than almost any state. And about

Taking no position in Syria


ometimes it appears that everybody in Washington yearns for an action-hero president to make them feel important. That’s never more apparent than during a crisis like the Syrian civil war President Obama stands accused of “dithering” about. Of course, his chief journalistic accusers are columnists Maureen Dowd and Charles Krauthammer, of the New York Times and Washington Post respectively. Dowd turns everything into a movie scenario. She wrote a column about George W. Bush’s 2003 “Mission Accomplished” aircraft carrier stunt that’s almost too embarrassing to quote. “Out bounded the cocky, rule-breaking, daredevil flyboy, a man navigating the Highway to the Danger Zone,” Dowd wrote. “He flashed that famous all-American grin as he swaggered around the deck of the aircraft carrier in his olive flight suit, ejection harness between his legs, helmet tucked under his arm, awestruck crew crowding around.” Sure there was mockery in Dowd’s “Top Gun” take on Bush’s “joystick politics,” but hero-worship too. Here’s how her imaginary flyboy summed up America’s adventure in Iraq. “Aggression breeds patriotism, and patriotism curbs dissent. Aggression has made Democrats cower, the press purr and the world quake. Aggression — you mark

my words — will not only save humanity, but it will soon color all the states Republican red.” So how did that GENE work out? LYONS Ten years later, Krauthammer thinks things would have worked out better if the U.S. still had troops occupying Iraq — the better to menace Iran and Syria too, formerly Saddam Hussein’s job. Obama, he opines, “simply does not understand that if America withdraws from the scene, it creates a vacuum that invites hostile outside intervention. A superpower’s role in a regional conflict is deterrence.” Also known as perpetual war in the Middle East. Even Bill Clinton famously piled on, which is what set Dowd off. At a public forum in New York, he explained that Obama risked looking “like a total wuss” if he blamed opinion polls showing that 80 percent of Americans oppose U.S. intervention in Syria for his own indecisiveness. Clinton said that presidents sometimes have to act, “and hope to God you can sell it.” It’s not clear that Clinton spelled out exactly what a take-charge guy like himself would be doing in Syria — which may

a third of the 511,000 Arkansans who receive help with groceries live in Cotton’s district. It’s a good bet that most of the adults — or those who bothered to vote — cast their votes for Cotton without a clue that he stood for anything more than guns, war against Muslims and hostility to the president of the United States. The battle over the farm bill was a continuation of the big issue in the presidential campaign, when Mitt Romney characterized 47 percent of Americans as slackers and moochers because they earned too little money to owe federal income taxes. In the farm-bill debate, the food-aid recipients were the slackers and moochers who didn’t deserve the government’s bounty. Real deserving Americans benefited from the rest of the farm bill, which would have gone mostly to farmers and 15 companies that insure their crops against market and natural failures. The case against the poor was that the government’s food aid encouraged them not to get jobs. The government’s food assistance has soared since the financial and job-market crash in 2008. Millions remain unemployed or holders of parttime and less remunerative jobs than they had before the crash. But the argument is all wrong. Two-

thirds of food aid goes to children, the elderly or disabled. The overwhelming majority of recipients who are able to work hold jobs, though they may be part-time and minimum-wage jobs. The percentage of recipients who work has been increasing for a dozen years. The poster child for my Beatitudes theme was Congressman Stephen Fincher across the river in Tennessee, who recited Thessalonians to show why most poor people shouldn’t get food aid: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” (Paul actually was chastising the nuts who were refusing to work while awaiting Christ’s imminent return and Judgment Day.) But, unhappy as he was, Fincher, unlike Cotton, at least voted for the bill that carried less-than-draconian cuts for the poor so that the rest of the bill — the producer subsidies and federal crop insurance — would be funded. Why? Congressman Fincher’s farming enterprises took in $3.48 million from the taxpayers between 1999 and 2012. Last year, the government gave him only $70,574, which was still $193 a day. The average poor Tennessee moocher gets $132.20 of grocery vouchers for a full month.

be a good thing, given his wife’s key role in the Obama administration’s wait-andsee policy. Indeed the former secretary of state’s pronouncement at a 2012 conference in Istanbul that dictator Bashar al Assad needed to leave Syria contributed mightily to the White House’s predicament. Taking sides in a sectarian civil war while refusing to get involved wasn’t terribly clever. That Clinton reportedly urged Obama to arm anti-Assad Sunni rebels makes the diplomatic blunder no less egregious. Now that the Syrian dictator, with Russian and Iranian assistance, seems on the verge of defeating his enemies, President Obama has agreed to provide small arms to rebel groups — something unlikely to prove decisive. Asked how he imagined Syria after Assad, a rebel commander told the New York Times’ Bill Keller “maybe Somalia plus Afghanistan.” In short, chaos and slaughter, a horrifying prospect to the crusading editor, who nevertheless thinks Obama needs to get the U.S. more deeply involved in deciding which mob of Syrian religious fanatics gets to massacre its enemies. Perhaps sensitive to criticism, President Obama gave an extraordinarily frank interview to CBS’s Charlie Rose. “This argument that somehow if we had gone in earlier or heavier in some fashion,” he said, “that the tragedy and chaos taking place in Syria

wouldn’t be taking place, I think is wrong.” In essence, the president argues that there are no good options in Syria and never were. Would establishing a no-fly zone, for example, mean bombing Damascus? What about civilian casualties? And what happens if chemical weapons stored there get hit? “Unless you’ve been involved in those conversations,” he said, “then it’s kind of hard for you to understand the complexity of the situation and how we have to not rush into one more war in the Middle East.” In other words, no Barack Obama doll to match the official “TOP GUN George W. Bush 12 Inch Action Figure in Flight Suit” available from Also, however, no 10-year occupation of Syria, no thousands of American dead and hundreds of billions of dollars lost in the desert. Instead, Daniel W. Drezner argues in Foreign Policy, Obama’s stalling constitutes a kind of cynical realpolitik American presidents can’t openly admit: “[t]his is simply the United States engaging in its own form of asymmetric warfare. For the low, low price of aiding and arming the rebels, the U.S. preoccupies all of its adversaries in the Middle East.” Here’s what Obama ought to say, a friend wrote recently: “My fellow Americans. I don’t give a rat’s [posterior] who wins the civil war in Syria. And neither should you. Thank you and good night.” In effect, he has.

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A MISTRIAL. A jury couldn’t arrive at a unanimous verdict in the manslaughter trial of former Little Rock Police Officer Josh Hastings in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old. Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen has scheduled a retrial for mid-September. KEN DUKE. The 44-year-old Hope native and professional golfer won his first PGA tournament on Sunday. LOTTERY EXPANSION TALK. In the face of stagnant revenue, the Arkansas Lottery Commission is revisiting the idea of allowing video lottery games such as keno, which offer repeat, fast, all-day gambling action. They could constitute mini-casinos of a sort in convenience stores or wherever they might be located. Various politicians and religious groups have loudly protested the addition of such games to the lottery lineup. Some questions exist on whether or not they could be instituted under the law. The commission will look at other states with the added games. It will stir a political fury in some quarters.

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being either in need of a stiff drink or psychiatric meds:

THE OBSERVER SPENT the entirety of last week — seven days straight — dug in at the Pulaski County Courthouse, stationed there for the manslaughter trial of a Little Rock police officer who stands accused of killing a boy he didn’t have to. You can read all about it in this issue, in fact, and make your own decisions. As some talking heads of questionable repute once said: We report, you decide. All last week, Your Correspondent — long a legal geek but not quite enough of one to want to shell out for law school — waited. We waited through voir dire. We waited, a little more enthralled, through opening arguments and testimony. We waited through breaks and recesses and lunch, furiously texting dispatches back to our waiting colleagues, who beamed them out to you while we cracked our aching thumbs. At last, on Saturday, with closing arguments done, we waited for the jury to file out and begin their solemn duty. And then, we waited some more. The rest of the day Saturday. Most of the day Sunday, the courthouse largely abandoned in favor of more Godly houses of consideration and judgment. In the hallway outside the jury room door, we waited. Notes came in and out. Attorneys filed stone-faced in and out of the courtroom. The door to the jury room was unlocked and locked. Water pitchers went in full and came out empty. A crowd of reporters and looky-loos and family members of the victim and defendant gathered in the hallway as the hours dragged on, sometimes so loud that they had to be sternly shushed by the bailiffs, other times standing silent as a vigil when it looked like something, anything, was about to happen, but didn’t. In our boredom, The Observer tried to read the tea-leaves: bailiffs putting on and taking off their jackets, notes to the judge folded crookedly or square, the jingle of keys, attorneys’ faces. As a group, we all took turns staring at the door, which stayed stubbornly closed — the sealed tomb of Tutankhamun, concealing mysteries. At one point, The Observer went into the bathroom, and noticed a paperclip in the urinal. So bored were we that we snapped a picture of it, risking dropping our phone in the john. So bored were we that we wrote the following poem about it, beaming it via our unbaptized phone out to our friends on Mr. Zuckerberg’s Book O’ Face. Said friends pronounced Your Correspondent stir crazy,

PAPERCLIP IN THE URINAL: A BORED AT THE COURTHOUSE POEM How did you get there Little paperclip Left to rust Lost to your days Of holding together What is bound to fall apart? What document did you corner? Divorce? Division? Civil action? Dire condemnation Printed and stamped in triplicate In this echoing hall where light is bounced off marble To try and blind Revenge? Is it weird That I’m standing here, In this quiet Sunday Bathroom, thinking this About a paperclip in the pisser? And so, needing meds or drink, we waited. Outside, the clouds grew and receded, drifting across the mirrored face of a nearby building, which we decided looked like a darker chunk of sky. Once, it rained. Finally, as Sunday pushed on toward dusk, the jury and the public were summoned back to the courtroom, to learn from the jury foreperson that they were hopelessly deadlocked. Judge Wendell Griffen, looking as weary as the rest of us by then, declared a mistrial, dismissed the jury with thanks, set new court dates, handled other business, and then ushered us all back out into the cold, cruel world again. Standing on the corner outside the courthouse in the slanting sun, we thought: What a thing this system we have is. What a miracle. Though some are sure to argue, The Observer still has faith that it’s truly still that mirror to blind fork-tongued Revenge, the enemy of Justice we talked about in our moment of urinal contemplation. A little cloudy and tarnished, perhaps, but still bouncing light into all this darkness. Sure, it takes a while, and we can’t always get there. Sunday afternoon proves that. But sooner or later, we have to have faith that the wheel will turn, the sun will rise, and the door to that room will open, for good or ill.

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The morning after Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen declared a mistrial in the manslaughter trial of former Little Rock Police Department Officer Josh Hastings, one of the 12 jurors in the case told the Arkansas Times that two women who hung the jury seemed reluctant to consider that Hastings might be guilty. The juror asked that we keep her name confidential for fear of reprisal. The jury spent all of three days, Wednesday through Friday of last week, and part of Saturday hearing every detail of 20 seconds in two peoples’ lives: the moment early on Aug. 12, 2012, in which Officer Hastings killed teenage burglar Bobby Moore as Moore tried to drive away from the Shadow Lakes apartment complex in West Little Rock, where Moore’s two friends said the three boys were stealing from parked cars. The stories told by Hastings and Moore’s friends, Keontay Walker and Jeremiah Johnson, differ radically. Hastings said that Moore tried to run him over as Moore drove out of the complex in a Honda Civic. Hastings told investigators the car was going 25-30 miles an hour toward him when he shot Moore and jumped out of the way. Hastings told police the Civic then drove past him, over a four-inch curb and up a 33-degree slope studded with dinner-plate-sized rocks before coasting backward off the slope, down the driveway, and crashing into a parked car. Walker and Johnson told a different story. They testified that after Hastings identified himself and stepped into the road, Moore brought the Honda to a stop or almost to a stop. They said Moore was putting the car into reverse when Hastings fired three times. One shot hit the car. One shot went through Moore’s finger, and lodged in his chest. The last hit Moore above the left ear, passing through his brain left to right. The prosecution claimed it was the killing shot that proved the teenage witnesses’ story: that Moore was coming a stop and looking back over his shoulder to reverse. The defense contended that the bullet pathway — from left to right — could have been caused by Moore’s recoiling from the first bullet that hit him, a theory the associate state medical examiner testified was “plausible,” but “not as good” as the prosecution theory. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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The Hastings mistrial

TESTING IN MAYFLOWER: An Exxon contractor conducts air monitoring tests.

How much benzene is too much? Absence of clear federal guidelines and long-term studies make oil fume threats hard to determine. But Arkansas’s safety level far exceeds one national measure. BY LISA SONG

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ince 2010, at least three ruptured pipelines have spilled oil and fouled the air in U.S. neighborhoods, forcing officials to decide quickly whether local residents would be harmed by breathing the fumes. But because there are no clear federal guidelines saying if or when the public should be evacuated during an oil spill, health officials had to use a patchwork of scientific and regulatory data designed for other situations. As a result, residents of the three communities received different levels of protection. No houses were evacuated in Salt Lake City, where a ruptured pipeline leaked 33,000 gallons of medium grade crude oil before it was discovered on the morning of June 12, 2010. The oil ran down Red Butte Creek, past neighborhoods where windows were left open in the summer heat. The fumes, which are known to cause drowsiness, left some people so lethargic

that they didn’t wake up until after noon. In Marshall, Mich., officials called for a voluntary evacuation after more than a million gallons of heavy Canadian crude spilled into the Kalamazoo River on July 25, 2010. But they agonized over the decision for four days before making that recommendation. In Mayflower, authorities quickly evacuated 22 families after a broken pipeline leaked what ExxonMobil said was 200,000 gallons of heavy crude on March 29, 2013. But people living in the same subdivision, just a few blocks away, were not asked to leave. Neither were the residents of the lakeside community where the oil eventually pooled and where the cleanup continues today. After each of these spills, people complained of headaches, nausea and respiratory problems — short-term symptoms that health experts say are common after any chemical spill and usually disappear

as the air clears. What health experts don’t know, however, is whether the fumes could also trigger long-term health problems that become evident only years or decades later. That gap will be increasingly important, because over the next few years the industry plans to build or expand������������������������������������  more than 10,000 ������������������������� miles of oil pipelines — including the Keystone XL. Many of these pipelines will go through or near populated areas. For instance, the Michigan pipeline that ruptured in 2010 — Enbridge Inc.’s line 6B — is being replaced with a larger line that will pass so close to some homes that one family is losing part of its back deck. But despite the pipeline boom, there are no plans to conduct long-term health studies in Mayflower, Marshall or Salt Lake City. There also doesn’t appear to be any momentum to set federal guidelines for chemical exposures at oil spills to better equip health officials for future emergencies.  “The key question that people have — ‘Will I be affected 20 years later given my two-week exposure’ — is something no one can answer,” said Judi Krzyzanowski, an environmental consultant in Ontario, Canada, who studies air pollution from oil and gas development. “If people in Mayflower develop cancer five years from now, it will be nearly impossible to point a finger at the oil spill.”  Crude oil typically contains more than 1,000 chemicals, many of them hazardous to humans. Of particular concern is benzene. Small amounts of benzene from car exhaust and cigarette smoke are commonly found in the air. But increased exposure is known to cause leukemia and neurological problems. Despite decades of research, it’s difficult to determine exactly how much benzene is too much. Although the federal government offers dozens of guidelines for benzene concentrations in air and water, each comes with different caveats and none is designed for oil spills in residential neighborhoods. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), for instance, estimates that people can be exposed to air containing 9 parts per billion (ppb) of benzene for up to two weeks, or 6 ppb for up to a year, without a “likely” increase in harmful health effects. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34




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he Arkansas Times is excited to announce a new partnership with Pulitzer Prize-winning InsideClimate News to undertake a deep reporting project on the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower. It’s been three months since the spill. ExxonMobil and local officials have said all visible freestanding oil has been removed and cleanup efforts have transitioned from “emergency” to “remediation.” Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said recently that it looked like ExxonMobil had made the area better than it was before. But many questions remain. THE MUCK: In the oiled Northwoods neighborhood of Mayflower. ExxonMobil has yet to explain what the adjacent article last week. Its coverage of the 2010 caused the 22-foot-long gash in the pipeEnbridge Spill in Marshall, Mich., won it a Pulitzer this line. Estimates of the number of barrels of oil spilled year. Its staff has the institutional knowledge necessary vary dramatically, from ExxonMobil’s latest estimate of to close the knowledge gap that ExxonMobil enjoys 147,000 gallons to one lawsuit’s contention of 420,000 with most other journalists (not to mention state and gallons. The federal agency that regulates pipelines has local officials). declined to provide information on the integrity of the What’s kept the Times and InsideClimate News from pipeline to Arkansas officials. covering the spill sufficiently is a lack of resources. We ExxonMobil continues to insist that no oil escaped both have small staffs and limited budgets. So we’re from the cove into the main body of Lake Conway, even turning to a new funding model. Together, we’re trying though internal documents acquired by Greenpeace to raise a little more than $25,000 to pay for two jourthrough a Freedom of Information request show that nalists — InsideClimate’s Elizabeth McGowan, who was the company’s own water tests indicated rising levels part of the Pulitzer team, and Times of benzene and other contaminants contributor Sam Eifling, a Fayetteville throughout the lake. native who’s worked for Arkansas The spilled oil includes toxic chemiDONATE NOW Business and contributed to the likes cals such as benzene, hydrogen sulfide Via of Slate and the Columbia Journalism and toluene — and dozens of area Review — to come and spend several residents have complained of headmonths aggressively reporting all aspects of the story. aches, stomach aches, nasal bleeding and hives. Each staff will provide support, and we’ll collaborate on Getting to the bottom of these issues obviously photo and video projects. Sam and Elizabeth will work matters deeply to the people of Mayflower. It also has independently and collaboratively when appropriate. broader state impact — the 65-year-old pipeline travels They’ll file regular dispatches from the scene as well as through the Lake Maumelle watershed, the source of longer features. We’ll publish everything jointly. drinking water for more than 400,000 Central ArkanWe’re crowdfunding through the site, a sans. Furthermore, the question of pipeline safety is nonprofit that’s focused on environmental projects. especially pertinent nationally as the debate over the Because of ioby’s nonprofit status, all donations to the Keystone XL pipeline continues. project are tax deductible. Unlike Kickstarter and other This is a tremendously important story — and it’s crowdsourcing sites, ioby doesn’t require us to set a been significantly under-reported. Why? Small outlets fundraising deadline, but we’re eager to meet our goal like the Times can’t afford to devote a staffer to the and get our reporters on the ground. After only a day story full time. It’s also extremely complicated, so even and a half of fundraising on ioby, we’d already raised the larger organizations that are covering it regularly $7,400. struggle to delve deeply enough. If you agree that the Mayflower spill deserves agWe’re excited to be teaming with InsideClimate gressive coverage, we hope you’ll help us reach our News because it’s one of the few outlets that has been goal by July 4, and support independent media for doing yeoman’s work on the spill, though largely from Independence Day. thousands of miles away. InsideClimate News published

The judge had instructed the jury that self-defense was not a defense for Hasting’s action. “From what I could tell, and what several others observed,” the juror said of the holdouts on the jury, “when we tried to get them to explain to us how he was not guilty — how he couldn’t have known that firing into that car would result in the death of someone — they kept coming back to: ‘Well, the car’s coming at him.’ We were like: ‘That’s self-defense. You can’t use that.’ ” After a very close reading of the manslaughter law, many of the jurors decided that Hastings’ guilt or innocence depended upon what he was thinking at the time he fired his weapon. “Then it was: ‘Well, he’s preventing future crimes,’ ” the juror said of the holdouts. “That’s scary, to think that they’re saying it’s OK for a police officer to shoot into a car because they’re preventing future crime.” “They were biased,” the juror said. “I really feel like they were, because they couldn’t get past the badge.” “To me,” the juror said, “not guilty would be that he had no idea and no reasonable person would have any clue that shooting into an occupied vehicle would result in serious injury or death of someone. Obviously a police officer or any reasonable person would know that shooting into an occupied vehicle is going to result in serious injury or death of someone.” The juror said that she believes Jeremiah Johnson and Keontay Walker told a mixture of “truth and lies,” but said that their testimony, when connected with the wound to the left side of Bobby Moore’s head, convinced her that Moore was putting the car into reverse when he was shot. She said one of the jurors made the point that “when you’re trying to run something over, you’re looking straight at it. I feel like he was getting ready to throw it in reverse.” When the jury went home from deliberations the first night, the juror said, there were three people who were voting not guilty. The next morning, she said, there were only the two holdouts. “They kept saying ... ‘He’s a police officer. They were suspects,’ “ the juror said. “But what stuck in our minds was: He lost sight of those suspects. He had no idea if they came on foot or in a car. Yes, he identified three black males in a car, but that could have been three black males going to work in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 35

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r a B e d i Gu BAR GUIDE

BOOZE CRUISE The Times surveys the area’s finest watering holes.


n a letter to his friend Andre Morellet dated 1779, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards. There it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Far be it from us to argue with the guy on the C-note. So yes, thou heathens, there is a God, and He sends His love in bottles, kegs and cans. Building on what Ol’ Ben said, our dear ol’ daddies told us you can see The Good Lord in the bottom of an empty pint glass, schooner, shot glass or wine bottle every once in a

while if you squint and hold your mouth just right, which is why we’ve spent so much time reverently searching for the Almighty at our local watering holes over the years. That’s what we told the preacher, anyway. The document you see before you is our annual Arkansas Times Bar Guide, our yearly handbook to the dimmest, dive-iest, classiest, most wine-stained, most beer-soaked, most shaken-not-stirred bars, saloons, gin-joints and speakeasies in Central Arkansas. Take a minute to peruse it — download it in our handy iPhone and Android app Cocktail Compass — and then get out there and drink up. The search for spiritual fulfillment shouldn’t be delayed by a single minute.





Exceptional Pub Grub

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HIP ON HOPS 8-BIT TAPROOM/PROFESSOR BOWL Here’s something you probably didn’t know. Professor Bowl, the bowling alley in the multi-columned spread off Reservoir Road that looks like anything but a bowling alley (more likely suspects: a country country club, an almost-megachurch, a small town, no-tell motel), has one of the best beer lists in town. Better yet, it has the most affordable beer list in town. Each of the 17 drafts cost $3, and each of the 250 bottles cost $3.50. That’s average, or possibly a bit high, for Bud and the like, but just about unheard of for craft beer. Last month, Professor Bowl expanded that philosophy into its former downstairs special events space and opened a separate bar from the 12

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bowling alley. It’s a concept not yet fully realized. As the name 8-Bit suggests, it’s meant to be videogame themed, but as of last week, there was only one arcade game and one pinball game. More are coming, we were told. About 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday, the large bar was so deserted we feared it closed. It turned out to be just slow. When there’s live music, a regular occurrence (see for an upcoming schedule), it’s apparently hoppin’. On Tuesdays, especially. That’s when there’s music, all drafts are a $1 for a pint (!) and there’s no cover. Promoter Casey Jones said he’s trying to recreate Arkansas Rockers night, a bygone tradition at White Water Tavern. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. 224-9040. Beer only downstairs. Beer and wine only upstairs. 5 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Thu. and Sat., 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. Happy hour 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tue.

BOSCOS This brewpub should have a special place in your beer-loving heart for, if nothing else, being one of the few places in town where you can buy beer and take it home on Sunday. Boscos keeps eight inhouse brews on tap, including a Bombay IPA, a Nut Brown Ale and a Scottish Ale. You can take ’em home in a growler for $10 plus a refundable $3 deposit. If you’re looking for a spot to drink away from home, Boscos’ rectangular bar and surrounding lounge-area have a good, laid back vibe. Even better: the elevated deck that overlooks the First Security Amphitheatre and the Arkansas River. 500 President Clinton Ave. 9071881. Full bar. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour: 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

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Sports On TV


FLYING SAUCER Try as you might to resist — it’s often packed, with people you might not want to hang out with (e.g. tourists, bikers) and the dress code for the all-female wait staff is Hootersesque — the Saucer remains the mecca of beer in Central Arkansas. With a beer list that takes about five minutes to get through (including an unrivaled 75 on tap), regular appearances by brewers from around the country holding special tastings (the owner of Finch Beer out of Chicago was just in town) and a steady stream of happy hour specials, the River Market outlet of the regional chain demands regular visits from any self-respecting beer aficionado. The dark, low-slung basement doesn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere, but it can be a nice refuge from the crowds. Weekday happy hour, when it’s usually easy to get a table in the front of the bar for peoplewatching on President Clinton Avenue, is the best time to visit. For the beer lover who likes to feel like he’s accomplishing something and has $18, there’s the Saucer’s U.F.O. Club. Once you drink 300 beers (keeping track of them via a magnetic card), you get a party and a special plate with your name on it on the wall. 323 President Clinton Ave. 372-8032. Full bar. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.midnight Sun. Happy hour: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon., 4-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 4-8 p.m. Fri. VINO’S Long considered a hot spot for music in the city, Vino’s is better known these days for some of the tastiest and most experimental craft brews in the state.


DIAMOND BEAR After several prior attempts to move to a new location in North Little Rock fell through, Central Arkansas’s largest brewer finally found a new spot this week. Just days ago, Diamond Bear closed on a 15,000-square-foot space on 600 N. Broadway in North Little Rock. That’s more than double their current digs. The move’s still several months away. Until then, its Cross Street home is a fine place to grab a pint. There are only a couple of tables and a small bar top, but unless you happen in on a rare weekend afternoon, that’s enough space for you and a buddy or two to knock back a few of Diamond Bear’s delicious Pale Ales. Take beer to go — either in package or growler — during weekend retail hours. Better yet, take the lively brewery tour, offered at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and then take some beer home. The tour also comes with free samples and a free Diamond Bear pint glass. 323 S. Cross St. Beer only. Noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.


Under the direction of brewmaster Josiah Moody, the pub has kept the quality of its old favorites high while introducing different brews for every season. Look for local ingredients such as hops, lavender and even Trinidad scorpion peppers from Dunbar Community Gardens to show up in some of Moody’s brews, as well as a growing collaboration with Loblolly Creamery for movies and beer floats in the back room every Tuesday. Or enjoy a pint and a smoke on the two-story deck and back patio. The venue still hosts local music, although not as often as in the past, but pizza by the slice, sandwiches, and massive calzones make this a perfect spot to enjoy some good food and a locally made pint — only $3.25 during happy hour. 923 W. 7th St. 375-8466. Beer and wine. 11 a.m.11 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. daily. ALSO: CREGEEN’S Irish-themed pub with a large selection of beer on tap and bottled British beers and ales, and a menu featuring their popular fish and chips and Guinness beef stew. Sunday brunch. Draft and bottle beer of the week at $3. Live music on weekends and $5 cover on Saturdays. 301 Main St., NLR. 376-7468. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight Sun. MELLOW MUSHROOM With 40 beers on

draft and another 35 in bottle, including most all of the local and regional brews you’d want, this new, much-beloved pizza chain is poised to be a popular West Little Rock watering hole in its own right. 16103 Chenal Pkwy. 3799157. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. PROST The calmer, lounge-ier cousin to Willy D’s and Deep, two bars that’re connected to Prost via a hallway and stairs. With a strong beer menu and plenty of TVs. 322 President Clinton Blvd., LR 244-9550. Full bar. 4 p.m.2a.m. Tues.-Fri., 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat.


MIDTOWN BILLARDS Midtown is waiting for you. You could make the wise choice. Call it a night and go home. After all, you said, just a few hours ago, that this wasn’t “a Midtown night.” You don’t really need one more beer. Likely no good will come of chatting up one more stranger. You’ll be in worse shape tomorrow if you stay up one more hour. You certainly don’t need to wake up smelling like Midtown. And you know, or you ought to know, that this one questionable decision — to go to Midtown — will only lead to a flurry of additional questionable decisions. You will be a fool among fools. But it is late, and the bar is closing, and you’re not ready

to go home. And you know that throughout the city, bars are closing and people are not ready to go home. And via the vagaries of liquor licensing in Little Rock, they will all come to one place. You will join them, all walks of life, all wanting a little more out of the night. Just a little more. They are your brethren. You may do something wild, or something regrettable, or something inspired. Or not. You will eat a burger, and it will be life-affirming, or at least that’s how you will remember it. 1316 Main St. 3729990. Full bar. 3 p.m.-5 a.m. daily. Happy hour: 3-8 p.m. daily. TOWN PUMP This Riverdale watering hole is a bit like a perfectly broken-in pair of jeans — familiar, comfortable, unpretentious and, in an ideal world, appropriate for all occasions. Alas, we don’t live in an ideal world, and as such you probably shouldn’t wear your faded 501s to a job interview. But unlike those jeans, the Town Pump is just right for damn near any scenario. Boys/Girls Nite Out? For sure. Post-work beer ’n’ burgers? Of course. First date? Absolutely. First anniversary? Eh ... They’ve got pretty much any reasonable beer request covered, plus a totally serviceable liquor selection, scrumptious chicken wings (and really, a good menu CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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With 40 beers on tap and 30 bottles, Mellow Mushroom knows craft beer like we know craft pizza. Come in and join our beer club to be rewarded for drinking our liquid gold. While you’re here, prepare for summer with a large Maui Wowie pizza! Happy Hour M-F, 3-6 pM $1 oFF all draFts, wells and House wine. 16103 Chenal Pkwy • West Little Rock 501-379-9157 •

overall), shuffleboard, occasional live music and karaoke. Lord, do they have karaoke. Just as a heads-up: It is every Tuesday night and the first Friday night of the month and it is fierce. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a local radio personality just nailing Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802. Full bar. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Mon., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tue., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Wed., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Imagine a bar so comfortable and easy-going that time just up and froze, say around 1975. The regulars stayed glued to their chairs. The vibe — friendly, unfussy, smoky — just kept on keeping on. The place didn’t redecorate, because why mess with a well-worn and funky home away from home? Wallpaper and wood panel straight out of a rotary club luncheon hall. The whole place adorned with what appear to be the life possessions of a redneck dandy who split his time between hunting and racket sports. And okay, Spectator’s Grill and Pub only opened in 1990, but you get the idea. This is a no-frills Levy neighborhood bar that doesn’t fool with trying to be anything other than what it is. The beer is cold. The booths are comfortable. The breaded-and-fried pork loin sandwich is reliably tasty. You’ve got pool, darts, pinball, shuffleboard and the big game on TV. The customers are dog loyal, and they all know each other, and if you should happen to walk in, well, they’d like to know you too. Heck, it’s all so cozy you might just never leave. 1012 W. 34th St., NLR. 791-0990. 11 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.


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Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Let’s just stipulate right off: the White Water Tavern is awesome, and you know it. It’s the best bar in Little Rock, if you ask us; it’s the best bar in the world, if you ask us and we’re drunk at White Water. These pages have chronicled our love for this dive turned quasi-community center and recounted its legends and tried and tried to explain why it’s so damn special. We’ve done so umpteen times, no sense rehashing. Best to keep it personal: White Water is anchored in memories, and yours may vary from ours. Or if you don’t have those memories just yet, shoot, head down there. Cheap beer and lovely folks and sweet live music await. Plus a million other things. It’ll be great. Always has been. 2500 W. 7th St. 375-8400. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. ALSO PIZZA D’ ACTION Perhaps the most polarizing bar in town. If you smoke, or don’t mind the smell of decades of unventilated cigarette smoke, it’s the greatest neighborhood bar ever, with loyal patrons, cheap drinks, pool, ping-pong (!), darts, good pizza and comfortably worn booths. If you don’t like the smell of smoke, it’s a hole. 2919 W. Markham St. 666-5403. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.midnight Sun. Happy hour: 4-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. TRAX Trax, a.k.a. Sidetracks, is a gay bar in Argenta but straights are welcome. Besides the full bar, there’s pool, a claw grabby machine, Trivia Night on Monday and the kitchen

W.T. BUBBA’S COUNTRY TAVERN If you like drinking beer from the back of a flatbed truck and like the country bar scene too, you can do both at this unusually outfitted watering hole in the basement of the Museum Center. Fried pickles and fried bologna are on the menu along with burgers and wings. Live music Friday and Saturday with no cover. 500 President Clinton Ave. 244-2528. Full bar. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tue.-Fri., 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.


THE AFTERTHOUGHT The Afterthought has long been a fixture in the Little Rock bar-scape. The cozy little neighborhood establishment is a reflection of its Hillcrest surroundings: classic, upscale-ish but never snooty, comfortable for a wide variety of folks. You know, a bit like Hillcrest. The bar is attached to the Southern bistro Vieux Carre. The business changed hands recently, purchased by Little Rock businessman Joe Gillespie. As our Eat Arkansas blog noted, chef and manager David Bennett had decided to exit, with Greg Wallis, formerly of YaYa’s Euro Bistro, taking over the kitchen. As for The Afterthought, don’t expect lots of changes. There will still be brunch on the weekends (including the Sunday jazz brunch), monthly wine tastings with Bruce Cochran and James Cripps, jazz on Mondays, open-mic night on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays and a variety of different acts on Friday and Saturday nights. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196. Full bar. 4:30 p.m.-close Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Happy hour: 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. JUANITA’S While Juanita’s will forever be known mostly for live music and big

ol’ heaping plates of Tex-Mex fare, the bar has one of the nicer tequila selections in town. So if you, like certain members of the Times staff, are enthralled with that complex, ambrosial spirit derived from the blue agave, Juanita’s will serve you well. As far as the eats go, well, you probably know what to expect. It’s certainly not fancy interior Mexican cuisine. But that’s just fine with many folks, because some days just call out for a pile of tacos, enchiladas, chili relleno, tamales, quesadillas, burritos or some combination of the above, accompanied by portions of Spanish rice and refried beans and washed down with a couple of frosty cervezas. 614 President Clinton Ave. 3721228. Full bar. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Upstairs venue hours vary by event. REVOLUTION As the younger, slightly larger sibling of Stickyz (see below), Revolution operates on a similar model — booze and food on one side, booze and food and live music on the other. In the case of Revolution, the food is more West Coast than Deep South, though you can get cheese dip (and God bless cheese dip). The beer and liquor selection is totally solid, and while we haven’t tried the somewhat recently overhauled menu (with a focus on unconventional tacos), it’s probably a safe bet that anything you get will be enjoyable. Tacos that sound intriguing: Shanghai Surprise (Sriracha-grilled shrimp), Tijuana Two Step (grilled shrimp, chorizo, queso fresco) and the Lil Rock (fried green tomatoes, lettuce, jack cheese, bacon, ranch). 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Full bar. 4-10 p.m. Mon., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Venue CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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side closes by 2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 1 a.m. Sat. and midnight Sun. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. STICKYZ It’s been said before, but it probably bears repeating because duh: crispy fried chicken tenders and frosty booze go together like, well, crispy fried chicken tenders and frosty booze. You really can’t break it down any further than that. It’s such a winning combo that it’s impossible to imagine that Stickyz would ever mess with it. After all, they’ve already got like a dozen different flavors of crispy fried chicken tenders (along with several varieties of dipping sauces). Why tamper with perfection? Oh, and did I mention that these crunchy delicacies are served with a flaky, buttery biscuit? Because that’s the one little extra touch that sends you off to Flavor Town with a smile on your face and grease on your fingertips. That said, there are also other menu options, all of which range from sturdy to stellar (the gumbo is actually really good). Of course, there’s the live music component, with a steady rotation of local and touring bands. But let’s say you’re just in the mood for some grub and a drink and maybe a little SportsCenter on the tube. Well brothers and sisters, you can have that too, as Stickyz boasts two separate sides, one given over to music on a nearnightly basis and the other geared toward getting a bite to eat and something to wash it down with. It’s the best of both worlds. 107 River Market Ave. 372-7707. Full bar. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Mon., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. ALSO CAJUN’S WHARF During warm weather

months, this Little Rock mainstay is fairly undeniable. Why? Its massive, tiered deck offers one of the only views of the Arkansas River. It’s especially known as a hotspot for singles looking to mingle. 2400 Cantrell Road. 3755351. Full bar. 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Wed., 4:30 p.m.-close Thu.-Fri., 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. ERNIE BIGGS This dueling piano bar serves up those Billy Joel-tinged memories that have been the go-to choice for River Market nightlife for about as long as there’s been a River Market. Live music every night, with a DJ playing upstairs Wed. and Fri.-Sat. If you want to show off your pipes, Thursday is “Keyboard Karaoke.” 327 President Clinton Ave. 372-4782. Full bar. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Cover $5-$10 Wed., Fri.-Sat. Drink specials Sun.-Thu. WILLY D’S Another long-time River Market piano bar, where locals and tourists congregate to get sloppy and sing. Menu features solid bar food and is in the process of being revamped to include upscale burgers and entrees. 322 President Clinton Ave. 244-9550. Full bar. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Tue.-Fri., 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Cover $5 Fri.-Sat. gets you in to Willy D’s, Prost, and Deep. Daily drink specials vary; happy hour all night Tuesday.


DISCOVERY With roots that extend back to the actual days of disco, “Disco” has long been the place people go when they should be going home, but can’t shake the itch to dance, dance, dance. Only open on Saturdays, the cavernous warehouse in Riverdale offers different dance areas for different tastes — true club music in one spot, contemporary pop and hip-hop in another. Another reason to prolong your Saturday night on the town: Lately, they’ve been booking big-name rap

BAR GUIDE acts like Twista and the Ying-Yang Twins for shows that start around 2:30 a.m. Although it regularly wins Best Gay Bar in our annual Best of Arkansas poll, Disco long ago broadened its appeal, though it still remains gay friendly. 1021 Jessie Road. 666-2744. Full bar. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Sat. JIMMY DOYLE’S COUNTRY CLUB If David Lynch ever makes an outlaw country movie, he’ll set it at Jimmy Doyle’s Country Club, the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction honky tonk way out on I-40 on the outskirts of North Little Rock. Tucked between trucks stops off the interstate, the imposing brick building might be mistaken for a porn emporium if not for the marquee. Inside, it’s 10,000 square feet of weird. They have dozens of tables set up with white table cloths and a mammoth red velvet curtain behind the stage, so for a moment you might think you’ve accidently crashed a prom — only nearly everyone is over 50, whiskey drunk, and telling raunchy tall tales. Once upon a time, folks like Marty Stuart performed here and there’s still something grand and magisterial about the whole affair. Nowadays the entertainment is simple rowdy fun: usually karaoke on Friday nights and the Arkansas River Bottom band on Saturdays, featuring one-time B-level country star Jimmy Doyle himself. The crowd is urban cowboys and truckers and old-timers, and on a good night, it’s a raucous scene with two-stepping all over the dance floor. Or on a quieter night, go talk up Jimmy Doyle (you’ll know him by the snow-white mullet pompadour) and get your fill of too-goodto-check stories of the bad old days on the road, encounters with short women

with unusual names, etc. A one-of-a-kind Arkansas landmark, pure redneck psychedelia: our favorite bar in the state to meet unhinged characters and possibly our favorite bar in the wide world to sing David Allen Coe karaoke. 11800 Maybelline Road, NLR. 945-9042. Full bar. 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

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ALSO CLUB ELEVATIONS “The club on the hill” in Southwest Little Rock is where the restless gather to dance and eat free soul food until the wee hours. With pool tables, a nicesized dance floor and “sexy dress” contests on Saturdays. 7200 Colonel Glenn Road. 562-3317. Full bar. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Thu.-Mon. DEEP A dance-club bar underneath Willy D’s, with DJ spinning, big dance floor, and a long bar for schmoozers and wallflowers. A $5 cover gets you in to Deep, Willy D’s, and Prost, so you can pack your sing-along, lounging, and booty-shaking into one night. 322 President Clinton Ave. 244-9550. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thu.-Fri., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. ELECTRIC COWBOY A cultural experience that’s required of anyone who’s still limber enough for a night on the town. All ages and ethnicities converge on this warehouse in West Little Rock to ride the mechanical bull and dance to the “Cupid Shuffle” on the basketball-court-sized dance floor. 9515 Interstate 30. 562-6000. Full bar. 7:30 p.m.-5 a.m. (or close) Wed.-Sun. Daily drink specials. SWAY A sleek, downtown dance club that regularly hosts theme events and after parties. There’s a smoking patio out back. 412 Louisiana St. 907-2582. Full bar. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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BAR GUIDE TRINITI Formerly known as Backstreet, this gay-friendly club features two dance floors, pool tables and a drag show. 1021 Jessie Road. 664-2744. Full bar. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri.

GAME TIME BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL We long suspected the location at the west end of the River Market strip of bars was under the influence of a curse, given the fate of two other watering holes that came and went from there over the years — the first one sleek and snazzy, the other quaint and casual, with a red bicycle parked on the sign over the door. Big Whiskey’s American Bar and Grill seems to have broken the bad ju-ju, staying put and taking full advantage of the corner of Cumberland and Markham’s prime bit of stroll-watching real estate. The newest in a small chain of bar-and-grill restaurants that started in Springfield, Mo., Big Whiskey’s is friendly, classy and pub-like all at the same time, a place to grab a beer with friends or savor an appetizer or entree. Given that Big Whiskey’s is planted just across the parking lot from the Arkansas Times, we must admit we’ve sampled more than a few items from their bar and menu, and found all to be good. As a bonus, we’ve further found that Big Whiskey’s attracts a slightly older crowd on weekends, which is a good thing if you don’t relish the thought of blaring music and jostling for bar space with college kids at the places just up the street. 225 E. Markham St. 324-2449. Full bar. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. daily. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. GUSANO’S For several years now, this

writer been lobbying the City Fathers to rechristen the first block of President Clinton Ave. Lewinsky Row, to no avail. Come down there on a Friday or Saturday night, and you’ll see why we might push for that, with young folks in clothing of various degrees of tightness partying and milling about everywhere. No impeachable offenses that we can see, but it’s clear a lot of folks are having a very good time. Right in the middle of that row is Gusano’s ChicagoStyle Pizzeria, a large, old-timey joint that features some of the more unique food offerings in the River Market, including a new menu of calzones, specialty pizzas and one of the few Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas around. While you probably wouldn’t want to eat one of those babies while on your way to a white-linen party, it’s some fine, sloppy eating for those who don’t mind being seen in public in a bib. The roots of what’s grown into a regional chain with seven outlets in three states, Gusano’s was started in 2004 by Little Rock’s Ben Biesenthal, a native of Chicago who pined for the gooey pizzas of his homeland. Since the place was started, it has slotted in nicely among the other bars and restaurants along the River Market strip, well-known as a place to catch the game or a UFC fight on TV and enjoy a pizza and a cold beer. 313 President Clinton Ave. 374-1441. Full bar. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (thirty minutes after midnight) Saturday. Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and all day Thu. ZACK’S PLACE Hemingway might have extolled the virtues of a clean, well-lighted place, but we’re willing to bet that Papa wouldn’t have minded settling into to the

dim and comforting confines of this South University institution. Zack’s is a bar as it was meant to be: music, pool, darts and a half-a-dozen televisions playing whatever games happen to be on at the time. From mixed drinks, beer, and an almost insanely long list of shooters, Zack’s is the place where you can either settle into a quiet corner with a stiff one — or get out on the floor for some of the karaoke they put on every Tuesday and Saturday. The bar also makes a pretty mean hamburger, and remains one of the last great refuges for the smoking class in the city. 1400 S. University. 664-6444. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 2-7 p.m. daily. ALSO BUFFALO WILD WINGS A mancave on steroids, Little Rock’s link in the Buffalo chain features more TVs than a house on “Cribs,” a patio for outdoor dining, karaoke on Tuesday and Saturday nights, a full menu of burgers and other goodies, plus wings from “mild” to “paint stripper.” Venture into their upper reaches of their wing hot zone at your own risk. 14800 Cantrell Road. 868-5279. Full bar. 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. FLYING DD The only bar in town where you can drink and watch, or participate in, sand volleyball. League games happen on Sunday. 4601 South University Ave. 773-9990. Full bar. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. 1. 6 p.m.-midnight Sun. FOX AND HOUND BAR AND GRILL For

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those who prefer their booze with a side of diversion, it’s hard to beat the Fox and Hound, which features 10 pool tables, two dart boards, lots of TVs, plus live music, karaoke and open mic on selected nights (check foxandhound. com for details). They’ve got great bar food too. 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 7538300. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL As West Little Rock stretches ever toward the horizon, bar culture is catching up to the westward flight, including The Tavern, in the Chenal Promenade. With 16 beers on tap and a menu of wings, sandwiches, salads and pub grub. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 830-2100. 11 a.m-11 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Anybody who says West Little Rock can’t do hip hasn’t been to West End Smokehouse, Shackleford’s hip-and-with-it nightspot that seems to be the place to congregate for those looking for fun, food and a longneck in that neck of the woods. 215 N. Shackleford Road. 224-7665. Full bar. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.Sat. Happy hour: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.


BIG ORANGE Big Orange has the reputation as a place serving upscale burgers cooked to perfection and some of Little Rock’s best fries and shakes. And while that’s all true, there has been some serious research done by resident bar geniuses Lee Edwards and Dylan Yelenich in


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order to build one of the most impressive collection of liquors around. Each cocktail on the menu is the result of finding the best quality and combination of liquor and mixer to make a complete flavor profile. There are no pre-bottled mixers here, just fresh squeezed juices, homemade syrups, and some of the most knowledgeable bar backs in town. Enjoy these drinks in the attractive dining room or outside on their spacious patio, or if mixed drinks aren’t your thing, rest assured that the beer selection at Big Orange is just as impressive as the hard stuff. And in a couple of weeks all this will be available at Big Orange II, in the Midtowne shopping center on Markham and University. 17809 Chenal Parkway. 821-1515. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Don’t be deterred by the doormen, or the wood paneling, or the white tablecloths. Powerbrokers mix it up here, but so do discerning drinkers in jeans and tennis shoes. They come together for outstanding food that’s relatively cheap for what it is (the burger, for instance, is among the best in town—and made from grass-fed beef for those who care about such things — and only $11), and for a drink menu that’s nearly unrivaled in town. Last we checked, it’s the only Little Rock bar to carry Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve, perhaps the most revered (and scarce) bourbon on the market. You can’t go wrong with the cocktail menu — if you can find a better summer drink than the Capital’s Pimm’s Cup, let us know. But don’t just rely on the cocktail menu. Ask the bartenders questions; they’re knowledgeable and courteous. 111 Markham St. 374-7474.  Full bar. 11 a.m.-close daily.

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COPPER GRILL Primarily a restaurant, Copper Grill is also a popular downtown watering hole that has its own neighborhood built in, since it’s on the ground floor of condominium tower 300 Third, with 12 floors of customers. It’s a sunny, modern blond-wood affair that in addition to the dining tables has a long bar and a small area with comfy chairs, though you can’t really sink into them if you want to converse with your confreres in drink. We perched on their edges instead for a recent after-work cocktail confab. It was a Thursday, so the restaurant filled up quickly and kept the wait staff busy, leaving us in the capable, if overworked, hands of the bartender. We had four different cocktails among us, though one didn’t really count, since it was well vodka (McCormick) that CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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our calorie-conscious friend mixed with her own diet soda. The standout was the sophisticated, refreshing and delicious Gin Harvest, made with Brandon’s gin, agave syrup, muddled basil and lime and a “splash” of soda. It was the kind of cocktail you dress up for (preferably in a summery sort of outfit, seersucker for men, cotton pique for women) and not one we’ve seen on any other drinks menu. The blueberry lemontini (Stolichnaya Blu Beri and lemonade, with dried blueberries in the bottom of the glass) was just the thing for the almost 22-year-old in our midst; the more mature Cosmopolitan (with Stoly, Cointreau, lime and cranberry juice) was a crisp, barely sweet and aesthetically lovely drink that wasn’t shy on the booze. One can also order an organic Cosmopolitan mixed with Prairie organic vodka and organic cranberry juice. Except at happy hour, drinks run $8.50 to $11 (a Rose Margarita made with rose-infused tequila, St. Germain Elderflower liquor, Monin Rose syrup and fresh lime juice, garnished with a “hibiscus salt” rim). The confetti dip — a sort of cheese dip filled with chopped vegetables and doused with a bit of jalepeno — served with very salty pita chips kept us from getting too unruly, and the bartender also brought us a plate of grilled vegetables for the carb-shunning member of our party along with a fresh glass of Stoly to replace the McCormick. Our six drinks and two appetizers ran about $57, thanks to happy hour prices of $5 for the mixed drinks. Wines are $3 and well drinks $2.50 at happy hour. Copper Grill is known for its excellent cooking, including burgers, sweet-potato fries, fish tacos, homemade macaroni and cheese and fancier fare. 300 E. Third. 375-3333. Full bar. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. THE FOLD This converted garage in Riverdale advertises drinks and “botanas,” a Spanish word meaning snacks. With a build-your-own margarita menu, The Fold provides numerous combinations of tequila, mezcal, and mixers to fit nearly any taste and budget. Non-margarita fans aren’t ignored either, with several signature drinks highlighting the restaurant’s attention to quality, fresh ingredients. The “snack” side of the menu is a little pricy to fit the usual definition of the word, but there are plenty of tacos, salsas, and varieties of ceviche available to help soak up all that booze. The patio makes nice use of the restaurant’s limited space, with free wi-fi that stretches out to even the furthest tables. 3501 Old Cantrell. 916-9706. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Sat, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Tue.Thu., Sun., 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. daily. 22

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LOCAL LIME More than six months after the folks behind Big Orange and ZaZa opened their take on tacos, it can still be a challenge to find a table at Local Lime. But here’s a pro-tip: There’s almost always room at the bar. Which is nice since Local Lime’s marble-topped, U-shaped bar is one of the city’s best. It’s got comfy padded seats. The lighting is cool. There’s a steer skull mounted in the middle of the liquor shelves. Ah yes, the liquor shelves. They’re filled with perhaps the area’s best selections of tequila and mezcal (along with all the other basics). In keeping with that theme, there’s no better warm weather cocktail menu. Local Lime features nine variations of margarita, including a frozen margarita that’s billed as “Arkansas’s best frozen margarita.” Those who want to expand their cocktail horizons can try a Mexican Mule, a pineapple mojito made from muddled grilled pineapple or a Bloody Maria that features Reposado Tequila and Sangria along with more typical ingredients. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Happy hour: 2-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. MADURO It’s only been a year and change since Maduro opened up on Main Street, but the cigar-friendly bar already has the feeling of an established favorite spot. It’s got the amenities of a swanky, upscale joint (fantastic booze selection, hip decor, overstuffed

leather chairs) yet it maintains a very relaxed and welcoming vibe. And, of course, you have to factor in that there just aren’t that many drinking establishments where one can fire up an Ashton Cabinet and not get a funny look. If you want to enjoy your smoke with a nice single malt scotch or rum, Maduro is at the top of the list of places in Central Arkansas. Early on a recent Saturday night, the place was populated by a good-sized crowd of cigar smokers sitting around those aforementioned comfy chairs. We sat at the bar and enjoyed our first taste of Espolon Reposado, a very tasty tequila. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable, offering some recommendations for rum. As for the cigars, well, we’re no experts, but judging from the selection and quality of liquor (the bar boasted more types of Laphroaig than we’ve seen anywhere else), the stogie options likely range from the good-but-affordable all the way up to true high-roller fare. Little Rock was obviously in need of a good cigar bar, and Maduro has stepped in to fill that need. 109 Main St. 374-3710. Full bar. 3-11 p.m. Mon.Thu., 3 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sun. Happy hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. MONTEGO CAFE Helping to bring Main Street back to life with an island flair, Montego Cafe is an excellent combination of Caribbean food, deceptively strong rum drinks, and live music. Bar staples like pizza

or nachos can be “made Rasta” with a dose of Montego’s jerk seasoning, but it’s the jerk wings, fish tacos, and fried plantains that will make this a spot for good food. Mojitos and other sweet drinks comprise most of the menu, but the cafe also boasts a wide variety of beers for lovers of liquid bread. Even better are the happy hour drink specials, with $6 pitchers and discounted drinks available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily — with the occasional extension to accommodate the sporting events that might run later. 315 Main St. 372-1555. Full bar. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Tue., 11 a.m.-2 am. Wed.-Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Sun. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. daily. ALSO 1620 SAVOY The fine dining restaurant 1620 got a new owner, a new name and a new look last year, adding a patio and a second bar, the Savoy Lounge. The dining room menu ranges from $8 appetizers to a $50 “cowboy-cut” 26 ounce-ribeye, set to live jazz Thursday through Sunday. There’s also a DJ on the patio Thursday through Sunday. Thursday night is Ladies’ Night, with drink and appetizer specials. 1620 Market St. 221-1620. 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., bar stays open to midnight Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 5-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. NEXT BISTRO Popular with a younger, often quite loud crowd, Next isn’t anyone’s idea of a quiet neighborhood bar. The patio offers some respite from the noise, as well as a CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

BAR GUIDE place for smokers, but it can be hard to get anyone’s attention at the bar when the place is busy. The food portion of the menu has been on-and-off depending on who is on staff to make it, but the martinis are among some of the best in the city. 2611 Kavanaugh. 663-6398. Full bar. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tue.-Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. ROCKET TWENTY-ONE Burgers, blackened chicken, fish tacos by day, filet mignon and rack of lamb by night, set in a chic modern dining room complete with oversized fish tank. Now offering live music and valet parking. Private dining room available, two patios. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9208. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-close (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.). Mon.-Sat. Happy hour: 5-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Upscale piano bar where the business crowd picks up their well-made cocktails and well-cooked steaks. Oh, and a little birdie told us new Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema has been known to stop by and order a “Walmart,” a cocktail of his own concoction involving Diet Coke, vodka and Bailey’s. Live piano daily. 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999. 5-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Happy hour: 5-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.


ZIN URBAN Perhaps in an alternate universe, the development of the River Market took a different course: tailored suits and cocktail dresses in lieu of tank tops and cutoff jeans, swanky lounges instead of boozy piano bars, a vibe more Bryant Park than Bryant. Zin Urban — with its ultramodern decor and excellent wine selection — occupies this unlikely universe, though it manages to be as inviting as it is sleek. The atmosphere is clean and mellow and the music is low (electronic, inoffensive, maybe some flutes), so you can focus your attention on fine wine and good conversation. The staff is knowledgeable and happy to lend a hand if you don’t know your tannins from your midpalate, and you can try out your inner sommelier with a menu featuring light snacks, including a variety of artisanal meats and cheeses. “Wine flights” are available with a tasting sampler of multiple wines of a specific region or varietal “in order to get a feel for breadth and depth.” Wine tastings with samples from around the world on Wednesday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; date-night deal with wine and tapas on Saturday nights. 300 River Market Ave. 246-4876. Beer and wine only. 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 4-11 p.m. Thu., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. ALSO BY THE GLASS A Heights wine bar with an ample meat and cheese menu and live music to drink wine by. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. 6639463. 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 4-11 p.m. Thu., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 24

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CRUSH WINE BAR Crush Wine Bar isn’t fooling around: Its wine menu has 80 wines by the bottle and 40 by the glass. Tapas-style appetizers of meats and cheeses. All-night happy hours on select wines, beer and tapas vary daily. 318 Main St., NLR. 374-9463. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. THE ITALIAN KITCHEN AT LULAV Owner Matt Lile decided to go Italian this year (hence the name change), with dishes from both Northern and Southern Italy and a new wine menu. 220 W. 6th St. 374-5100. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-close Mon.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Mon.Sun. Lounge (special events only): 5 p.m.-close Mon.-Sat. Happy hour: 5-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. SO The food is so upscale here, with a focus on seafood (black grouper, Kumamoto oysters, John Dory), culinary wizardry (like pistachio cream cheese-filled chocolate crepes with Guajillo pepper cherries jubilee) and a deep wine list. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1464. Full bar. Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., dinner 4 p.m.-close Mon.-Sun. Happy hour: 5-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME DUGAN’S PUB A hint at the things that are sure to be happening in coming years on the south side of the River Market District, Dugan’s pub is probably just the kind of relaxed, friendly watering hole that condo-builders envisioned springing up in the shadows of the nearby residential towers when those buildings were still on the drawing board. Situated at the corner of Third and Rock streets, it’s a lovely little place, with big picture windows and patios on each side that make it perfect for people watching, a fireplace for chilly nights, a beautiful curved bar, plentiful stained glass, and a preponderance of dark wood on the inside. For those seeking something more intimate, the bar has several cozy nooks with tables inside. The loveproject of former Markham St. Grill and Bistro owner Don Dugan, the bar somehow manages to feel both modern and vintage at the same time. The menu has a little something for everyone, from pub grub to burgers to bar fare, plus a nice slate of traditional Irish goodies like corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and Guinness-sauteed chicken. For those on a liquid diet, they also feature all the pourables, including Guinness on tap, 14 different varieties of Irish whiskey, 13 different scotches, and a whole bunch of domestic suds. They’ve also got karaoke on Wednesday nights, trivia on Tuesdays, and dart boards. 401 E. Third St. 244-0542. Full bar. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

THE HOUSE Once upon a time in pub-loving England, someone decided that if you’re going to sit down and enjoy a nice pint, you might like some delicious food to go with it. Nothing wrong with fish and chips or bangers and mash, mind you, but might as well put some effort in and do it well. And thus the gastropub was born, eventually crossing the pond to the New World to pop up in foodie-friendly cities across these United States. The House has the formula down pat. Rotating selection of great beer on tap, including interesting local options? Check. Cozy, laid-back atmosphere, equally comfortable for putting one back with dinner or having one too many on a big night out? Yup. Outstandingly made comfort food with a gourmet touch on old favorites? Yes indeed. And yeah, we get it, there’s something about the word “gastropub” that might make you suspicious of silly fads and upcharges, but listen: good beer is good, and it’s even better with knockout sweet-potato waffle fries served with house-made curry ketchup. The House goes all-in on decadent fantasy food and has some of the best (and most inventive) burgers in town, including one dusted and grilled with Guillermo’s espresso and topped with mole sauce, the “Birds Nest” served egg-ina-basket style, and a Mac & Cheese burger that is, well, ridiculous. Served on brioche buns from Arkansas Fresh Bakery to complete the gluttonous joy. Service is always friendly; we keep hearing complaints that it can be inattentive, but either we lucked out on recent visits or we were too burgerstuffed and beer-blissed to notice. 722 N. Palm St. 663-4500. Full bar (fancy cocktails and impressive rotating whiskey selection if you’re not in the mood for a pint). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (lunch served 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner served 5-10:30 p.m., drinks only otherwise), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (brunch served 10 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 5-10:30 p.m., drinks only otherwise). Happy hour: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. ALSO

BAR LOUIE Here’s something unusual: With the Bar Louie mobile phone app, you can send a friend a drink! “Friends don’t let friends go thirsty,” the bar declares. 11525 Cantrell Road. 228-0444. Full bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight Sun. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. HIBERNIA Irish-owned bar and restaurant serves fish and chips, bangers and mash and a full Irish breakfast, just as an example of its authenticity. Traditional Irish music on first and third Monday evenings, second and fourth Sunday afternoons, Songwriter Sunday third Sunday, live music the rest of the week. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 246-4340. Full bar. 3 p.m.-close Mon.-Fri.,

11 a.m.-close Sat.-Sun. Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. THE HILLCREST FOUNTAIN Smokerfriendly neighborhood bar, with a loyal following and a rollicking patio. They have pool and shuffleboard, and while they don’t serve food, you can BYOF. Note: you can call the phone number, but you will only get a busy signal. 2809 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-9818. Beer and wine. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Wed., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thu.-Sat. Opens at noon on Sundays during football season. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB Live music, Razorbacks on the television and buckets of beer to wash down the mahimahi and 50-cent wings: It doesn’t get more Arkansan than that. 11321 W. Markham St. 224-2010. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. MISS KITTY’S SALOON A welcoming, gayfriendly bar with (smoking allowed, FYI) that offers a wide variety of good times, from foosball and pinball to karaoke (Wednesdays), trivia night (Thursday) and weekly talent and drag shows. 307 W. 7th St. 3744699. Full bar. Wed.-Sun. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. THE PANTRY A few German/Hungarian specialties like grilled bratwurst, weiner schnitzel and Goulash share the menu with paninis, burgers, steak, Cuban sandwiches and lasagna and are paired with a generous beer list, an equally generous wine list and cocktail specials (and we do mean special, i.e. Dark Tail, a combination of Old Rasputin Stout, XO Cafe Coffee Liqueur, Sambuca Rinse and coffee bitters). Coffees too. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. 353-1875. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 4-midnight Mon.Sat., bar 4-close Mon.-Sat. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. and after 10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. RENO’S Music, good pub grub in a cozy neighborhood bar that allows smoking. 312 Main St., NLR. 376-2900. Full bar. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. SALUT BISTRO Located in the bottom floor of the Prospect Place office tower off North University, Salut is an Italian restaurant by day and a late-night club until the wee hours (closing time is 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday). The light-strung deck is the place to try Salut’s inventive drinks, too, like the Queen Bee (Jack Daniels, honey, muddled mint, orange juice, fresh lemon and Sprite). If you have one at lunch, you can then waddle over to U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin’s office in the lobby and give him a piece of your mind. 1501 N. University Ave. 660-4200. 11 a.m.2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tue., 5 p.m.-5 a.m. Fri.-Sat.-Sat. Happy hour: 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Thu.-Sat. TWELVE MODERN LOUNGE The only club in town where 21-24 year-olds aren’t welcome. Twenty-five is the cut-off. Twelve regularly hosts after-parties and special events. 1900 W. Third St. 301-1200. Full bar. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun. Happy hour: all night on Sunday.

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Table of Contents Patient Protection pg. 3 how the aca affects you pg. 4 Affordable Care act uniquely suited to benefit arkansas pg. 5 The History of healthcare reform in the U.S. pg. 5

Patient Protection - 3

How the Affordable Care Act Affects you - 4

Affordable Care Act Uniquely Suited to Benefit Arkansas - 5

Health insurance marketplace - 6

Health insurance marketplace pg. 6 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE pg. 6 data PG. 7

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How the Affordable Care Act is Already Helping

How the Affordable Care Act Will Help Consumers in the Future

• Children can stay on their parents’ insurance policy until age 26.

Patient Protection

• Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage of a child under age 19 due to health conditions. • Lifetime benefit limits are eliminated, and annual benefit limits on insurance coverage are regulated until 2014.

Patient protection earned top billing when Congress titled the healthcare reform law. The provisions safeguarding patients apply to everyone in the country, not just those who are uninsured.

• Rescinding coverage by insurance companies is prohibited unless due to fraud.

• Coverage can’t be denied to anyone who has a pre-existing condition, such as cancer, diabetes or heart trouble. • No insurance policy for anyone in America can limit annual or lifetime benefits. • Premiums cannot be increased due to gender, health conditions or personal health history. • Premiums can only be increased due to age, geography, and tobacco use.

• Preventive services (such as mammograms, colonoscopies, wellness visits, etc.) are covered at no cost to the consumer.

• Elimination of “donut hole” charges by 2020.

• Rebates on monthly premiums are paid to consumers if the insurance company does not pay enough on health insurance claims ($11 million paid to Arkansas consumers in the first 2 years).

• Primary care physicians will be paid at least 100% of Medicare payment rates for primary care services.

• Eligibility determinations are “real time.”

• Coverage is available for early retirees (age 55-64). • 446,000 Arkansans not enrolled in Medicare Advantage will see decreased premiums. • More than a half-million Arkansans benefit from discounts on Medicare Part D drugs purchased in so-called “donut hole.”

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How the Affordable care act affects you

My family is already insured through my employer. Will I be affected?

I have Medicare. Will my benefits cost more or less?

Many insurance policies now cap a person’s lifetime benefits, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) says they can no longer be capped. The law also removes the annual limits on benefits that your insurance may now impose. Your insurance provider will no longer be able to stop your coverage or raise your premium because of a pre-existing condition. Sons and daughters now can be kept on your insurance until they are 26 years old.

Less. The ACA, starting last year, closes the so-called “donut hole” year by year until it disappears in 2020, saving some seniors more than $1,000 each per year

I run a small business. Must I provide insurance to my employees or else pay a penalty?

If you have fewer than 50 full-time employees or the equivalent of that (100 half-time employees, for example), the law does not require you to provide insurance, nor does I do not have insurance through my work, it levy a penalty for failing to provide it. If and I cannot afford to buy an individual you have 50 or more full-time employees, policy for my family or myself. How will the or the equivalent in part-time workers, you Marketplace help me? must provide quality, affordable insurance for your full-time employees or else you must This fall, the new Health Insurance Mar- pay an additional income tax of $2,000 per Also, your insurance company must give re- ketplace will give you a choice among an ar- full-time employee. The first 30 employees bates if it fails to spend a certain percentage ray of insurance plans that fit your family’s are excluded in calculating the tax. (80%–85%) of the premiums on healthcare needs and your pocketbook—with financial Is absolutely everyone required to have assistance if you meet income eligibility. each year.

My family is insured through an individual policy, which is expensive. Can I switch plans? Your insurance will not be affected, but you may be helped because more insurance plans will be available in Arkansas through the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the ACA. In Arkansas, you can access the Marketplace through the Arkansas Health Connector. The competition among more companies and more plans tends to drive down premiums and out-of-pocket costs. If you see a plan in the Marketplace that is better or cheaper, you may switch to the plan. You will not be eligible for financial assistance unless your family income is no more than 400% of the federal poverty level. 4

insurance or pay the penalty?

Starting Oct. 1, you will be able to shop for an insurance plan online, by telephone, by mail or in person by contacting a qualified insurance agent or visiting one of the many organizations around the state serving as In-Person Assisters, or “guides,” to help you through the enrollment process.

I have no health insurance, but my family and I are in good health. I don’t want to buy insurance. Do I have to?

No. There are a few exemptions, such as if you are in the country illegally or are in prison, or you are a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or a religious sect that is recognized as conscientiously opposed to health insurance benefits.

I have military insurance (either VA or active military), so will the ACA affect me?

No. Your insurance provides the required You can choose not to buy insurance. Instead, coverage. The same is true of nearly all govyou will pay a penalty to the federal govern- ernment employee insurance programs. ment each year that you and your family are not insured.

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History of healthcare reform in the U.S. & Arkansas

President Roosevelt ponders including national health insurance in a sweeping social insurance bill that became Social Security, but omits it because of opposition.


President Truman endorses universal health insurance but fails to pass it.

Affordable Care Act Uniquely Suited to Benefit Arkansas

No other state will have as large a share of its population that will be helped by the ACA, no other state will receive quite the economic boost, and few, if any, states will bear as light a load of taxes that pay for the reforms as will Arkansas. Rather than the spending burden many feared, the ACA will produce large savings for the state.


budgets. The government will provide financial assistance on the premiums for families meeting income eligibility. The plans will take effect in January, 2014.

Every year, Arkansas ranks among the unhealthiest five states in the union, based on a variety of measurements such as the number of people with bloodpressure ailments, obesity, diabeThe Arkansas legislature in April tes, smoking, etc. voted to expand Medicaid as called for in the ACA. This was accom- Since more people in Arkansas plished with an approach tailored need insurance and medical care, for the Natural State by covering the Arkansas will experience a large poorest Arkansans through private infusion of federal dollars starthealth insurance plans. The bill, ing in January. With 75 percent of called the Arkansas Health Care Arkansans earning less than 400 Independence Act, overwhelmingly percent of the poverty level, Arpassed and was signed into law by kansas has the highest percentage Gov. Mike Beebe. of its citizens in the nation who are eligible for federal assistance With the Arkansas Health Care In- in paying insurance premiums. dependence Act, our state has positioned itself as a national leader in The impact will go far beyond healthcare reform. No other state that. A major purpose and effect is attempting such a unique ap- of the ACA and the Arkansas proach in implementing the ACA. law is to end unreimbursed care at hospitals, clinics and doctors’ The ACA also establishes a Mar- offices. More patients being covketplace in each state, including ered will infuse much-needed Arkansas, in which insurance resources into those hospitals. companies, starting this fall, will Arkansas’s rural hospitals have offer a range of insurance plans. been struggling with uncompenUninsured people can shop for sated care and they will receive a plan that suits their needs and welcome relief.



Workplace health insurance grows, primarily in large industries under union agreements.

Congress passes and President Johnson signs a bill masterminded by Rep. Wilbur Mills of Arkansas that establishes Medicare and the joint state-federal Medicaid program.

1971 Under Gov. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas greatly expands health and social services by matching federal funds under Medicaid.

1973 President Nixon outlines a universal health insurance bill to Congress, calling for all employers to buy insurance for their employees. The plan goes nowhere.

1993 President Clinton puts first lady Hillary Clinton in charge of developing a bill to provide health insurance to all. The bill fails.

1997 Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signs a bill to create ARKids First, which expands Medicaid to cover more children.

The Massachusetts Legislature adopts a universal health-care plan proposed by Gov. Mitt Romney and backed by Sen. Edward Kennedy that requires people 2006 to buy health insurance and covers adults under 150 percent of the poverty line through Medicaid.



Gov. Mike Beebe, joined by Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature, signs the Arkansas Health Care Independence Act.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, based on the Massachusetts model, is signed into law by President Obama.

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open enrollment from Oct. 1 through March ple calculations of how much of the pre31. There will be a new enrollment period ev- mium will be borne by the customer and ery year. how much the federal government will pay in the form of tax credits. The Arkansas the health insurance Insurance premiums in Arkansas doubled Insurance Department’s Arkansas Health between 2000 and 2010, the year Congress Connector will help Arkansans enroll in a marketplace enacted the law, while the number of unin- plan that best meets their needs. sured people rose, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson. Every plan must provide at least these 10 essential benefits: outpatient care; emerThis meant that a smaller and smaller part of gency treatment; hospitalization; prescripthe population bought insurance but paid for tion drugs; maternity and newborn care; more and more of the medical costs of people mental health and substance-abuse treatThe “affordable care” half of the Patient Pro- who were uninsured and got charity care ment; rehabilitative and habilitative care; tection and Affordable Care Act is least un- from clinics, hospitals and doctors. laboratory services; preventive and wellderstood in the lengthy law. ness services; and pediatric services in“The idea of the Affordable Care Act is that cluding vision and dental care. Plans may The Affordable Care Act builds on the U.S. you bring everybody in, the good risks and also cover other services. system by making private insurance more af- the bad risks, the well and the sick, and fordable for low- and middle-income families spread the risk over a larger number of peoand by giving strong incentives to buy it. ple,” Thompson said. “That is the only way to Financial Assistance make the health insurance system work.” The incentives are that (1) the government will help you pay the premiums with ad- The goal of the Marketplace is to have a num- Individual plans with total annual premium cost of $5,600 133 150 200 250 300 400 vance tax credits if your family income is no ber of insurance companies offering compet- FPL % Annual Income ($) 15,281 17,235 22,980 28,725 34,470 45,960 more than four times the poverty level (about ing plans, which will hold premiums down Income % for premium 3 4 6.3 8.05 9.5 9.5 $94,000 for a family of four), and (2) most and stretch benefits. Five insurance compa- Consumer payment ($) 458 689 1,448 2,312 3,275 4,366 people who decline to buy insurance will nies indicated to the state Insurance Depart- Subsidy ($) 5,142 4,911 4,152 3,288 2,325 1,234 have to pay a penalty when they file their in- ment in early June that they would each offer come tax returns. medical plans. Four companies plan to offer Family of four with total annual premium cost of $15,700 pediatric dental plans. Other companies have FPL % 133 150 200 250 300 400 Fifty million or so Americans—more than expressed an interest and may enter the mar- Annual Income ($) 31,322 35,325 47,100 58,875 70,650 94,200 500,000 of them in Arkansas—can start ket later. There will be competing plans of- Income % for premium 3 4 6.3 8.05 9.5 9.5 Consumer payment ($) 940 1,413 2,967 4,739 6,711 8,949 shopping on Oct. 1, 2013, in a new Health In- fered in all 75 counties. Subsidy ($) 14,760 14,287 12,733 10,961 8,989 6,751 surance Marketplace for an insurance policy that will fit their families’ needs and budgets. Each company must accept every person who Advance tax credits paid directly to insurance carriers Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014. applies, regardless of their health or age, and subsidize premiums on plans purchased through the can never stop a person’s coverage if he or Marketplace. Consumers can access the Marketplace on- she becomes ill. line through the Arkansas Health Connector or by contacting insurance agents or In- If a person goes online starting Oct. 1, there Tax credits vary and are based on your income. Person Assisters (guides) by telephone, mail, will be simple descriptions of the benefits or in face-to-face visits. The Marketplace, and costs of each plan and how the insur- The amount you pay depends on where your income falls which will allow people to compare the costs ance company will spend the money. There relative to the 2013 Federal Poverty Level (FPL). and benefits of a number of plans, will offer will be easy comparisons of plans and sim6

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The Affordable Care Act and the Arkansas Health Care Independence Act will help Arkansans get the treatment they need and help hospitals stay in business. This data demonstrates the need and the assistance on the way. Sources: The Rand Corporation, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement,, Act 1497 of 2013, and


16.5% of Arkansas residents

report they could not see a doctor due to cost. For those without insurance:

67% Uninsured Americans who have been without coverage for 2 or more years.



Uninsured Americans who don’t know about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

26% of working-age Arkansans are uninsured.

Adults are more likely to die from trauma or other acute conditions like heart attacks and strokes.

Percent of bankruptcies in the U.S. which are due to medical debt.

Over $338 million TH E I M PAC T O F I N SU FFICI E NT H E ALTH I N SU R AN CE

Adults are more likely to be diagnosed with later-staged cancer due to delays in seeking care.

Estimated amount of uncompensated care costs to Arkansas hospitals in 2010.



Nationally, 47 percent of all indebted households indicated out-of-pocket medical expenses contributed to their credit card debt.

TH E I M PAC T O F TH E AFFO R DAB LE C AR E AC T A 2013 study by the Rand Health Corporation on the economic impact of the ACA in Arkansas predicted that by 2016: At least

$550 Million Annual increase to Arkansas gross domestic product (GDP)

2,300 Lives saved each year


Cost for Medicaid coverage expansion paid by the federal government, not Arkansas taxpayers. Begins at 100% and will gradually reduce to no less than 90%. Through 2016




2020 and thereafter




































New jobs created

Up to $67 million annually will be saved in Arkansas because of a reduction of costs for uncompensated care.

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But those guidelines don’t cover the risk of cancer, and they are “not intended to define clean up or action levels for ATSDR or other Agencies,” according to ATSDR’s website. Other federal guidelines limit the amount of benzene that manufacturing plants can emit, or set standards for transporting benzene on the nation’s highways. Standards have also been created for people who handle benzene on a daily basis in a workplace setting. But those guidelines are for healthy adults wearing respirators — not for children, pregnant women and other vulnerable members of the general public. “It’s a mess,” said Aaron Bernstein, a pediatrician and associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health. “I know from experience that this kind of thing is a regulatory morass.” Without specific rules to help them, health authorities confronted with oil spills usually turn to these disparate guidelines and scientific studies to decide whether an evacuation is needed. They also take into account the unique characteristics of each spill, including the proximity of the oil to homes and weather conditions that can affect how quickly the fumes dissipate. During the Michigan spill, that burden fell to Calhoun County public health director Jim Rutherford, who had more experience coordinating food inspections and school nurse programs than handling chemical disasters. His department didn’t even have the proper air monitoring equipment, so he turned to state and federal regulators for help. Their instruments measured benzene readings in the nearby community that ranged from less than 50 ppb to 200 ppb. Data gathered far from homes but directly over patches of spilled oil showed benzene concentrations of more than 6,000 ppb. But none of the regulators could give Rutherford a definitive answer on whether to evacuate, because none of the existing guidelines applied to their specific situation. Finally, Rutherford called for a voluntary evacuation based on benzene readings that spiked above 200 ppb. He lifted the recommendation about three weeks later, after benzene readings were consistently below 6 ppb. In Arkansas, health officials decided that Mayflower residents could return to their subdivision when benzene levels in and around their homes dropped to below 50 ppb. (Most of the 22 evacuated homes have been cleared for reentry, although none of the families have returned.) But people nearby complained of headaches, nausea and other health problems even after officials announced 34

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online that contaminants in the air were “below levels likely to cause health effects for the general population.” Dr. William Mason, chief of emergency response at the Arkansas Department of Health, told InsideClimate News that people outside the evacuation area could have left their homes if they had wanted to. In many cases, ExxonMobil — the company responsible for the spill — was willing to pay their hotel bills. Enbridge Inc., the company responsible for the Michigan spill, made a similar offer. Robin Carbaugh, an ombudswoman appointed by Salt Lake City’s mayor to help residents after the Utah spill, said voluntary evacuations can be problematic because people are reluctant to trust their own judgment. Many people complained to Carbaugh about headaches, fainting spells and even episodes of temporary blindness. But when she advised them to evacuate or seek medical attention, she said they often backtracked, saying, ‘Well, I could just be making this up.’ ” The problem, Carbaugh said, is that people are afraid to look weak and they don’t want to make a fuss if regulators say the air is safe. Carbaugh said she sympathizes with public officials who must base their evacuation decisions on the patchwork of available science, but she also believes the experiences of individual residents should be respected and somehow incorporated into policy recommendations. “We have a situation in Utah, Arkansas and Michigan where groups of people who don’t know each other are having the same problems,” Carbaugh said. “The question is, what are public officials learning from these experiences?”

Arkansas sets benzene guideline of 50 ppb After oil spills, public health decisions usually fall to county or state officials. In

Mayflower, those decisions were made by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), which set a benzene threshold of 50 ppb. Lori Simmons, who heads the agency’s environmental epidemiology section, said the ADH calculated that a member of the general public could be exposed to air with up to 50 ppb of benzene for up to six months without long-term health effects. InsideClimate News tried to compare that 50 ppb guideline with guidelines established by other agencies, but found that it was virtually impossible to make a direct comparison. Some guidelines were designed to protect people from certain health effects but not others. Many, like the ATSDR guidelines, come with disclaimers saying they aren’t supposed to be used to define what’s safe and not safe. The EPA, for instance, estimates that people continuously exposed to 4 to 13 ppb of benzene over a lifetime have no greater than a 1 in 10,000 increased chance of developing cancer. To avoid noncancerous blood disorders, the EPA recommends that people be exposed to less than 9 ppb per day over the course of a lifetime. But the agency’s website notes that the 9 ppb reference dose is “not a direct estimator of risk, but rather a reference point to gauge the potential for effects.” When it comes to worker safety, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends a maximum average exposure of up to 100 ppb over an 8-hour workday. But because the standard applies to healthy adults who are often wearing respirators — and who are being paid for their occupational risks — health experts say members of the general public need stronger protections. Simmons, the ADH scientist, said the actual benzene levels in Mayflower were nowhere near 50 ppb most of the time after the spill. According to data from an Exxon contractor, benzene levels outside

the immediate cleanup areas have generally been below 50 ppb since April 4, although readings hit 50 ppb on April 5 and April 8. (The EPA also tested the air in Mayflower, but it only released air monitoring results for volatile organic compounds — a class of chemicals that includes benzene — not the results for benzene alone.) The 50 ppb was set as the re-entry level for indoor and outdoor air quality and is “expected to be below any public health hazard,” said ADH spokesman Ed Barham. Experts interviewed by InsideClimate News stressed the difficulty in comparing different guidelines — but they all said ADH’s benzene levels are alarmingly high. Given that ATSDR finds 9 ppb over two weeks to be worrisome, ADH’s assessment of 50 ppb over six months “doesn’t make sense,” said Bernstein, the Harvard public health expert. Compared to ATSDR’s screening levels, the ADH allows for both a higher level of exposure and a longer exposure period, he said. “It should definitely be a cause for concern,” said Wilma Subra, an environmental consultant and a MacArthur “genius” grant recipient who regularly works with communities impacted by oil spills. “Benzene is a known carcinogen. To establish a level that high over a six-month period is unbelievable.” Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment, a nonprofit that promotes clean air initiatives, doesn’t think even ATSDR’s guidelines are strong enough. Not only do they exclude cancer, but they also don’t account for the fact that some people are inherently more sensitive to environmental toxins, he said. Nor do they factor in the risks faced by pregnant women and developing fetuses. Studies show that pregnant women exposed to high levels of chemicals give birth to babies with decreased intellect and behavioral disorders, he said. “I can virtually guarantee you [the 9 ppb] has no relevance to what’s safe for a pregnant mother.” Arkansas health department spokesman Barham said the agency’s benzene standard accounted for the vulnerability of children but not for fetal exposure. In an email, he said ADH’s levels are “site-specific dose equation[s]” that should not be compared with ATSDR’s 9 ppb or 6 ppb guidelines, because those guidelines are “screening values only and are not indicators of health effects.” ATSDR’s website says its guidelines “are intended to serve as a screening tool to help public health professionals decide where to look more closely. … Exposure to a level above the [guideline] does not

HOW MUCH BENZENE IS TOO MUCH, CONT. mean that adverse health effects will occur.” Nic Brescia, the EPA’s federal on-scene-coordinator in Mayflower, declined to comment on Arkansas’s benzene guideline. “I’m not tied into that,” he said. “I’m just tied into giving ADH the [air monitoring] information, and they review it and they make the decision on if it’s above or below a certain level.”

Arkansas vs. Alberta benzene guidelines Arkansas’s benzene threshold is also considerably higher than the guidelines used in Alberta, Canada, where the heavy crude oil that spilled in Arkansas and Michigan was extracted. Alberta has a one-hour ambient air quality objective of no more than 9 ppb. But as with many of the U.S. guidelines, that standard wasn’t designed for emergencies involving the general public. Instead, it’s used to model air quality from industrial sources, said Bob Myrick, air policy manager of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, the provincial agency that manages natural resources. If a company designs a piece of equipment for a natural gas plant, for example, it would ensure that benzene levels don’t exceed 9 ppb on average over the course of an hour. Myrick said Alberta’s ambient air objective was derived from existing scientific studies and established with input from industry, environmental

organizations and regulators. “Based on the literature, there has been an indicator of some kind of human health effect” when benzene levels exceed 9 ppb an hour, he said. Myrick declined to comment on whether the levels Arkansas set are too high. Barham said via email that Alberta’s ambient air objective is a guideline, while his agency’s number is “a sitespecific emergency response incident level.” He did not respond when asked for further explanation. In hopes of getting more clarification on the Arkansas levels, InsideClimate News contacted the Centers for Disease Control. Spokesman Jay Dempsey initially said the 50 ppb level Arkansas calculated is in line with ATSDR guidelines. (ATSDR is a division of the CDC.) InsideClimate then provided him with information about Alberta’s standards, which he passed on to CDC toxicologists. Later, Dempsey said in an email that he could only comment on how ATSDR creates its own guidelines, and that InsideClimate would “need to discuss ADH’s rationale for seemingly setting a larger concentration with a representative from ADH.” When InsideClimate News asked ATSDR about the difference between its 9 ppb screening level and the 50 ppb benzene guideline used in Arkansas, an ATSDR spokeswoman said the agency had examined Arkansas’s guideline and

concurred with the state’s decision.

Need for a long-term health study Some of the confusion over what’s considered safe at a spill site can be attributed to the general challenge of studying toxic exposure. Krzyzanowski, the Ontariobased consultant, said the science is inherently imperfect because it is based primarily on rodent and tissue culture studies. That means rats that typically live only a few years are used to study what might happen to humans decades after a brief exposure. “You can’t test on people … and people are not rats,” she said. Scientists adjust for the uncertainty by being extra cautious, said Bernstein of Harvard. ATSDR’s screening levels, for example, are based on studies that found harmful health effects in rodents exposed to 10,000 ppb of benzene. The agency set a much lower concentration of 9 ppb for humans. “If we’re going to use these in some ways arbitrary tests to discern what’s safe and not safe, then ATSDR is going well beyond what’s considered to be safe,” Bernstein said. “That being said, benzene is nasty and you don’t want anyone to be exposed to it if they don’t have to.” He pointed to an additional risk posed by oil spills: Most lab studies are conducted on one chemical at a time, but oil spills release hundreds of different volatile com-

pounds. Residents in Mayflower, Marshall and Salt Lake City were exposed to all of them at once, and little is known about their combined health effects. In fact, the health effects of some of the chemicals found in crude oil haven’t been studied at all. “Science knows very little about the long-term effects of these toxic substances,” he said. “How much, how often, how long is a very difficult question.” The confusion over the difference between Arkansas’s benzene guideline and guidelines set by federal agencies “is not new. We need to learn from our mistakes.” Both Bernstein and Moench, the Utah physician, say a full-scale follow up study should be launched in Mayflower, even though it would be costly and difficult to conduct. “Every person who has symptoms of short-term exposure deserves to be a subject of a [long-term] study,” Moench said. “Those people need to be followed for 20 years for a variety of chronic diseases — heart, brain, kidneys, you name it.” The science may be flawed, he said, but “what science we do have sends a very concerning message.” After the Utah spill, Moench was part of a physicians’ group that called for Chevron, the company responsible for the accident, to fund a $2 million long-term health study. Another group demanded a $15 million long-term study. Chevron and Salt Lake City reached a $4.5 million settlement in September 2011, but the agreement did not include a health study.



HASTINGS: Hung jury led to a mistrial.

morning. To me, that was the unjustifiable risk: What if you’re wrong?” During deliberations on Saturday, according to the juror, the majority of the jury members who were willing to convict favored manslaughter over the lesser available charge of negligent homicide. By Sunday afternoon, those willing to convict had reached a consensus that Hastings was guilty of negligent homicide because they couldn’t be 100 percent sure of Hastings’ thoughts at the time of the shooting. The juror said she was convinced Hastings was lying about the car jumping a curb and going up the rocky slope. “That car did not go up on that slope,” she said. “That was another thing: Obviously the car was not going at 25 miles an hour, because obviously it would have gone much further up the slope. There would have been evidence of the rocks puncturing the car. It would not have been just scratched.

It would have punched holes in that air dam.” The juror said she believed that it’s possible the car “bumped the curb” and then rolled back, “but to me that also proved to me beyond a reasonable doubt that he had another choice that night: [Hastings] could have gotten out of the way.” When the other jurors told the holdouts that Hastings could have jumped out of the way instead of firing, the juror said the two replied that a dumpster beside the slope blocked Hastings’ escape — something the juror said wasn’t supported by the evidence. The juror called the deliberations “very, very, very frustrating,” but said that the jury should have been able to reach a verdict. “Nobody wants to convict a police officer,” she said. “Nobody wants that. They are there to protect us, but they still have a set of rules. Like [Prosecutor Emily] Abbott said: there’s rules of engagement. I feel like he broke the rules of engagement.”

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ANGEL ON FIRE: Faucett to release fourth studio album.



FROM ADAM L ittle Rock has an absolutely vibrant music scene, one of the best in the country, I believe. In fact, Arkansas has more great bands than I am allotted space in this story to list. We are overflowing with talent. But for right now, I’d like to focus on just one: Adam Faucett. To describe Faucett for newcomers, think Mark Kozelek or Gordon Lightfoot, but with the voice of an angel that’s been set on fire and the look and soul of a feral biker. Think brilliant lyrics sung by a voice that’s ever-soslightly smoky, yet shakes the heavens like Gabriel’s trumpet. Think songwriting on par with your favorite band or singer, and think a well-honed, intro36

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spective sound that settles in the soul and lingers there long after the song has ended. Faucett, 32, got his start in Benton, with his terrific (and sadly underappreciated) band, Taught the Rabbits. I was introduced to his music years ago when a friend handed me a Taught the Rabbits CD and said, “Watch out for Adam Faucett. He’s really good.” When that band fell apart, as bands so often do, Faucett, on a whim, decided to relocate to Chicago. “I went there with the idea that I was gonna do folk music,” he said. “Not because I listened to a bunch of folk music or anybody inspired me. I just knew I could play with my fingers and

Singer/songwriter Faucett is on his way. BY AARON SARLO

scream.” He wrote an album’s worth of music, and returned to Little Rock to record his first solo outing, “The Great Basking Shark.” “I recorded ‘Basking Shark’ in three days — two days of recording and one day of mixing. That’s why it sounds like shit,” he said, laughing heartily. Selfdeprecation aside, “The Great Basking Shark” does not, in fact, sound like shit. It’s actually a stunning debut record — lustrous, dark and soulful. After releasing the album, Faucett practically lived on the road, touring ceaselessly. “I literally thought that I would die in my minivan with, probably 800 [copies of] ‘Basking Shark’ in it. It was pretty fucking punk rock.” With an air of well-

earned satisfaction, he noted, “I sold all of those records on that tour, and I was able to afford to put out another record, and that was “Show Me Magic, Show Me Out.’ ” It was Faucett’s second record, released in 2008. Songs from that record like “Look Out Below!!” are full of hook-y charm and depth, and they outline Faucett’s burgeoning mastery in songwriting. Immediately following the release of “Show Me Magic,” Faucett returned to his life on the road, eventually selling enough records to be able to release another studio album, the critically acclaimed “More Like a Temple,” which racked up accolades from coast to coast almost instantly upon its release in 2011. In the years since he started, Adam Faucett has released three full-length records, recorded sessions for the venerable indie clearinghouse Daytrotter and for The Attic Sessions, continually toured the United States, regularly played festivals, appeared on compilation albums, toured Europe and shared the stage with some of the brightest and best in music today. “I’m really witnessing kind of a growing coast-to-coast thing, gatherings of people here and there that are into it. It’s like something’s happening right now for me, or with me, or whatever,” Faucett sheepishly acknowledged recently. “People are kind of coming out of nowhere with opportunities that, you know, just weren’t there a year ago.” Later this year, Faucett will release his fourth studio record, once again on his own. Recently, I had the privilege of hearing some unmixed tracks from it, and it is a remarkable work. If Faucett’s previous albums featured two or three unforgettable tracks draped on a backdrop of bucolic beauty, his new record is, simply put, wall-to-wall hits. It is a “Nevermind.” It is a “Rumours.” It is a “Soft Bulletin.” It is Adam Faucett’s best album yet. Songs like “Melanie,” “Walking Home Late,” “Daydrinker,” and “Benton” are those types of songs that sound as though they already existed, and were just waiting for you to be the last person on Earth to hear them. Luckily for those of us who are familiar with Faucett’s remarkable body of work, we’ll all be able to hear them soon: Faucett will perform July 12 at Maxine’s in Hot Springs and July 20 at the White Water Tavern.

ROCK CANDY Check out the Times’ A&E blog

A&E NEWS THE WALTON ARTS CENTER’S ARKANSAS MUSIC PAVILION will host the hotter-’n-a-two-dollar-pistol Alabama Shakes on Sept. 6. The young band shot to near-instant popularity long about last year, gaining a substantial buzz even before the actual release of their full-length debut, “Boys & Girls.” It’s a safe bet that this concert, like many of the band’s other dates, will sell out quickly. Tickets are $39 in advance or $41 on the day of. They go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, June 28, and you can get them online or by calling 479-443-5600. TWO OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS CREATIVE WRITING MASTERS of fine arts program’s most successful recent alumni in the literary world are poised to make a big splash the TV world. Nic Pizzaloto (‘04) put out a short story collection, “Here and the Yellow Sea,” and smart noir novel, “Galveston,” both of which were well-received, before getting into TV. He wrote a few episodes of “The Killing” that aired in 2011 and is currently at work on “True Detective,” an HBO miniseries he’s writing and executive producing. In it, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as detectives on a 17-year hunt for a serial killer. It’s due early next year. Meanwhile, Tony Tost (‘05) put out “Invisible Bride,” a Walt Whitman Award-winning book of poetry, and a book on Johnny Cash’s “American Recordings,” before he got into TV. He’s currently on the writing staff of A&E’s “Longmire,” and he’s got a show in development with Showtime about truckers and criminals (or maybe criminal truckers?) called “Heartland Trucking.” FOR SOME REASON, BILL MAHER — COMEDIAN, FILMMAKER, TV producer, political commentator and host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” — has decided to try to bring his acerbic wit and withering put-downs to all of us slack-jawed, illiterate hillbillies here in Arkansas on Sept. 14 at Robinson Center Music Hall. Aw, heck. Knowing us, we probably won’t really “get” his jokes and so forth. Oh sure, we’ll probably eventually figure out when it is we’re supposed to laugh. A few nervous, ignorant titters will pepper the gaping, post-punchline chasms your more edumacated crowds would fill with confident and sophisticated chuckles. Oh man, let’s don’t embarrass ourselves too much in front of Bill, y’all. Seriously, we need to to get this right. What can we do to prove that we’re deserving of his urbane sensibilities and shiny, bespoke vestments? Hey, here’s a great idea: How about we get ol’ U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor down there for some kind of on-stage banter! They’re probably good buddies after Mark was interviewed for Bill’s movie about churches or whatever it was. That went so well. If Mark’s not available, maybe we just get U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. He seems like he’s a real good sport and a sensible guy, and Bill likes him too. It’ll be a hoot! You know, maybe this won’t be so bad after all. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in a “pre-sale” (whatever that is) and for the “General Public” beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28. They’re gonna run you $60-$86.

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7:30 p.m. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $27.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre continues its 2013 season with one of the Bard’s most highly acclaimed works, the dark, philosophically complex “King Lear.” The titular ruler seeks to divide his kingdom, apportioning it to his daughters on the basis of which one loves him most. He finds only empty flattery, betrayal, trickery and, of course,

tragedy. Rebekah Scallet, producing artistic director of AST and the one at the helm of this production, has been enthralled by “King Lear” since college. According to her director’s note, Scallet enrolled in “Advanced Shakespeare” expecting to delve deep into more obscure works such as “Troilus and Cressida,” only to learn that the entire semester would be spent solely on “King Lear.” “I thought, ‘A whole semester on one play? How is that possible? What will talk about all those classes?’ I was in for an adventure, though, because

not only did we have plenty to talk about, I left that class thinking I could spend at least two or three more semesters exploring the play. I also left with a strong desire to direct it: to engage with the text in a performance context and continue on the road to discovery and understanding.” Scallet has gotten her chance to direct the great tragedy. Given the general acclaim that AST has earned over the last several years, I predict it will be an illuminating performance. Check the calendar listings for more performance dates.



8:30 p.m. Revolution. $8.

PAGING DR. GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks at Robinson Center Music Hall Thursday.



6 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. Free.

Medical correspondents don’t come much more qualified than Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The Michigander is an author, MD and host for CNN. He notably turned down an offer from the Obama administration to become surgeon general. He’s had his fair share of critics, including filmmaker Michael Moore. But seriously, let’s get real. The dude is a practicing neurosurgeon, and more than once, he’s leapt into action to save someone’s life while in the course of reporting a story in, say, Iraq or immediately after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. I suppose Gupta’s actions could be seen as some sort of violation of journalistic neutrality and blah-blah-blah. Whatever. I bet he’ll have an interesting lecture in store. It’s going to be about “the intersection of media and medicine,” according to the Clinton School of Public Service. It’s part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series. 38

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Oh man, this all-ages show is gonna be a do-not-miss for metal fiends. You’ve got Snakedriver, the totally badass purveyors of crusty, metallic hardcore in the vein of His Hero is Gone or Despise You (though the band is becoming increasingly more musically complex). You’ve got 2013 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain, bringing in the sweepingly cinematic and cerebral post-rock heaviness. You’ve got Memphis stalwarts The Dirty Streets with their amp-exploding power-trio psych-blooze damage. And then you’ve got Rwake, who probably don’t need much of an introduction in these pages. The band has released four albums, at least four of which are unquestionably classics of inspired, inventive Southern metal. This show will be the first to feature three guitarists, with former member Chris Newman rejoining the ranks for what’s sure to be a triple-threat

VOICES OF OMENS: Rwake performs at Revolution Friday night.

six-string metal meltdown. Rwake will be playing tunes off their most recent long-player, “Rest,” as well as cuts

from “Voices of Omens,” including the epic “Leviticus” and “Of Grievous Abominations.”

lovers showing up to sample dozens of delicious brews. Our Heritage Hog Roast saw some unseasonable, hell, just downright weird weather, but it was a great time nonetheless. Our inaugural wine event, Celebrate the Grape, was a sellout. And now, we’ll be offering y’all a chance to enjoy a stellar meal in the country, under the stars and with delightful company and

live music. Country Club of Little Rock chef Brian Kearns (whose team won our Heritage Hog Roast) has crafted a compelling four-course meal, preceded by champagne and canapes. The always lovely and entertaining Bonnie Montgomery will perform. It’s gonna be a very good time, so don’t miss out. Buy tickets and get more info at arktimes. com/farmtotable.



5:30 p.m. Scott Plantation Settlement. $110.

You might have noticed over the last few months that the Arkansas Times has been putting on some fun events. Our Craft Beer Festival last October was a hit, with hundreds of thirsty beer-





9 p.m. Revolution. $5.

FIFTY SHADES OF BRAY: “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” comes to Walton Arts Center Saturday night.



8 p.m. Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville. $20-$45.

If ever there were a cultural phenomenon that was ripe for mercilessly sadistic mockery, it is the so-called erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I mean seriously, y’all. I know that the reception to the book was largely all like, “ooh, BDSM, how controversial,” and that a good number of critics took issue with its depiction of dom-sub relation-

ships or whatever. But remember this thing started off as “Twilight” fan fiction. Now, that would be a pretty clever put-down right there, only it’s actually true. Here’s another pretty good one, from Salman Rushdie: “I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.’ ” So the only reasonable response to the novel — aside from the bummer of realizing just how banal so many people’s lives are — is laughter. Thus, “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody,” which is apparently a pretty good bet for a fun girls’ night out.

Here’s the sort of show you can go to and rock out with your friends and throw down and all that, but you’ll also be supporting a great cause. That way, the next morning, when you’re all hungover and feeling like a truck drove through your cranium, you can look back and think, “OK, I don’t feel so great right now, but dammit, it was worth it!” That’s because Arkansans For Equality is a worthy cause. The nonprofit works to ensure equality for all Arkansans, with a mission to “repeal any legislation codifying discrimination in the state of Arkansas.” With the legislature we’ve got now, they’ll likely have their hands full. It’s also potentially a huge week for the cause, with the Supreme Court expected to hand down a verdict regarding marriage equality. As of press time, that verdict was still unknown, but here’s hoping that the justices will rule in favor of equal treatment under the law, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. But getting back to the show, this benefit concert features rock machine Magic Hassle, punk/glam/powerpop outfit Glittercore and psychedelic improv explorers Herding Kittens.



5:30 p.m. Oaklawn. Free.

OK, so technically this celebration doesn’t officially fall on the actual Independence Day. That’d be the fourth. But to complain about extending Our Nation’s Most Important Holiday (other than Christmas — you’ll always be No. 1, JC!) you’d have to really be some kind of

freedom-hatin’, coconut-water-drinkin’, local-food-eatin’, Bikram-yoga-practicin’, Agenda 21-supportin’, fact-believin’, blackhelicopter-denyin’, 30-round-magazine outlawin’, totally-unfair-IRS-scrutinyapprovin’, fluoridation-favorin’, Pledgeof-Allegiance-not-sayin’, Max-Brantleyreadin’ liberal. There, I said it. If you take issue with a Fourth of July celebration

taking place on the Third of July, you hate America. And the only way you can prove otherwise is to get on over to Oaklawn’s Spa Blast and be up front at the Lee Greenwood concert, singing along to every word of “God Bless the U.S.A.” while the fireworks are bursting overhead and the Lord Almighty Himself is looking down on it all and nodding his head in approval.

Arkansas singer/songwriter Adam Faucett plays a free show at Maxine’s, 8 p.m. Psych-country psychos The Frontier Circus take all your favorite country classics and garage-rock nuggets and wring ’em through a feedback-warped blender. They play with Booyah! Dad and Ghost Dance, White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. Country duo Love and Theft are back in town, for a show at Juanita’s, with The Railers, Rodge & The Dirt Road Republic and East on 40, 8:30 p.m., $15. The locally produced film “Loyalty” looks intriguing. It screens at Riverdale 10 Cinema, 7 p.m., $5. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts has what’s sure to be a fun-filled family evening, with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters. Picnicking begins at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m., $35-$65.

FRIDAY 6/28 Mississippi bluesman Lightnin’ Malcolm returns to the familiar stage at White Water Tavern. It’s sure to be a good time for fans of Hill Country blues, 9 p.m., $10. The Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere continues with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra’s “Russian Masterpieces” program, 7 p.m., $10$25. If you’re looking for a bit of goodtime getdown music, John Michael Vance & The Delta Funk can hook you up with that. The Beckham Brothers also perform, 18-and-older, Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. Or maybe some “country fried psychedelic rock ’n’ roll” is more your speed. In that case, you’re advised to check out Jonesboro’s Starroy at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. Over at The Afterthought, The Good Time Ramblers will keep things rollicking along with an evening of their soulful alt-country, 9 p.m., $7.

SATURDAY 6/29 If a missing Fogerty isn’t a deterrent for your enjoyment of CCR tunes, Magic Springs hosts Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 8 p.m., $50-$60. Acclaimed Oklahoma singer/songwriter Fiawna Forte brings some upbeat rock ’n’ roll to Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m. Over at White Water Tavern, you can catch a triple-billing of great local acts, with Year of the Tiger, Collin vs. Adam and Knox Hamilton, 10 p.m. For you death metal and hardcore mosh-maniacs, check out Motives, playing an albumrelease show with Bitter Times, Victim of Pain, Abandon the Artifice, Slamphetamine and Splattered in Traffic, Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 (includes CD).

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Aces Wild (headliner), Joey Farr (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Adam Faucett. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “Chamber Series.” Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, 7 p.m., $10. 504 Memorial Drive, Bella Vista. 479-855-6598. Booyah! Dad, The Frontier Circus, Ghost Dance. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Funkanites. The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. #Kicks Kids, Brandon Richardson, Hi-Def, YKeedo, LabRatz. Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Lord Huron, Escondido. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Love and Theft, The Railers, Rodge & The Dirt Road Republic, East on 40. Juanita’s, 8:30 p.m., $15. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters. Picnicking begins at 6 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 6 p.m., $35-$65. 20919 Denny Road. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Triple Feature: Kris Shaw, Mark Matusoff, Matt Holt. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. 40

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ON FYA: Acclaimed R&B singer Mya comes to Discovery Nightclub Saturday. Also performing will be Nicky Parrish, Rodney Block/Black Superman Experience, Brandon Peck, Sleepy, JMZ Dean, Crawley, Dominique & The Disco Dolls and more, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10-$15.


Firehouse Hostel and Museum Fundraiser. Includes hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and live music from Swamp Donkey. MacArthur Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25. 503 E. Ninth St. Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Call 501-683-5239 for reservations. Robinson Center Music Hall, 6 p.m., free. Markham and Broadway. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600.


“Loyalty.” Riverdale 10 Cinema, 7 p.m., $5. 2600 Cantrell Road. 501-296-9955.


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


WILDKids Yoga!. Yoga camp for ages 6-12, with instructor Rhonda Robinette. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 2-5 p.m., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


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



The Arkansas Jazz Experience: Dr. i.j. Routen. Includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar

available. Quapaw Bath House, 6 p.m., $10-$15. 413 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-609-9822. Artosphere Festival Orchestra: “Russian Masterpieces.” Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $10-$25. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600. At War’s End, This Tragic Day, Minerva, Prosevere, Playing With Karma. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Big Stack Acoustic. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Blackwater, Ragdoll. The Squid & Whale Pub, June 28-29, 7 p.m. 10 Center St. / 37 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7147. Chris DeClerk. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Class of ‘87. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, June 28-29, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Good Time Ramblers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. John Michael Vance & The Delta Funk, The Beckham Brothers. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Lightnin’ Malcolm. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Markus Pearson. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Rwake, The Dirty Streets, The Sound of the Mountain, Snakedriver. All-ages. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $8. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. Schools, Billy Swayze, The Mansion Family. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Starroy. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Triple Feature: Kris Shaw, Mark Matusoff, Matt Holt. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.



Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


WILDKids Yoga!. Yoga camp for ages 6-12, with instructor Rhonda Robinette. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 2-5 p.m., $150. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 27.



Andy Tanas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Arkansans For Equality Benefit Show. 18-andolder, with Magic Hassle, Glittercore, Calcabrina and Herding Kittens. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Blackwater, Ragdoll. The Squid & Whale Pub, 7 p.m. 10 Center St. / 37 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7147. The Burning of Rome, Baby Bee, The Revolutioners, Amore. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Charlotte Taylor with The Mercers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See June 28. Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Fiawna Forte. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Garza Mac Guthrie. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Honkysuckle, Gumbo ce Soir. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Jason Campbell & Singletree. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717.

K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. The Mansion Family. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz. com. Motives (album release), Bitter Times, Victim of Pain, Abandon the Artifice, Slamphetamine, Splattered in Traffic. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 (includes CD). 211 W. Capitol. 501376-1819. Music in the Park: Fer Goodness Sakes. Lake Catherine State Park, 7:30 p.m., free. 1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs. MYA, Nicky Parrish, Rodney Block/Black Superman Experience. Plus, Brandon Peck, Sleepy, JMZ Dean, Crawley, Dominique & The Disco Dolls and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10 before midnight, $15 afterward. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Rhonda Vincent and The Rage. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $25-$38. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Stew and Stacy. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Strange Deranger. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Third Degree. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501224-7665. Year of the Tiger, Collin Vs. Adam, Knox Hamilton. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-3758400.

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Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www.


Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Times Farm to Table Dinner Party. Includes drinks and four-course meal from Country Club of Little Rock chef Brian Kearns and live music from Bonnie Montgomery. Call 501-375-2985 for tickets. Scott Plantation Settlement, 5:30 p.m., $110. CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

Come out and support our troops and root on the Travs! $1.00 tickets for military and their families with military ID. First 250 people 21 and over will receive Budweister hats and koozies.

Friday, June 28th at 7:10 p.m. At Dickey Stephens Park in North Little Rock.


The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Triple Feature: Kris Shaw, Mark Matusoff, Matt Holt. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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AFTER DARK, CONT. Build a Giant Puppet workshop. For ages 8 and older. CALS Children’s Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 4800 W. 10th St. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552.


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


Sustainability Weekend. See June 27.



Flameing Daeth Fearies, Metal Flake. All-ages. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Gorilla Music Presents: Battle of the Bands. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $7 adv., $9 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Stardust Big Band. Arlington Hotel, 3 p.m., $8, free for students younger than 18. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6:10 p.m, $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 27.



Irish Traditional Music Session. “SloPlay” begins at 6 p.m. Public session begins at 7 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Monday of every month. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2464340. My Ticket Home, For All I Am, Sylar, 3D Arcade, Through the Looking Glass. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. Performance will be recorded for an upcoming episode of “AETN Presents: On the Front Row.” Arkansas Educational Television Network, 7 p.m., free. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.


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


Troupe d’Jour’s Midsummer Shakespeare Camp. Acting camp for ages 6-18. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $295. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 27.



The Broken Hipsters. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Damn Arkansan, Joe Sundell. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501328-5556. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Mouth of the South, Ludicia, Enter the Dojo. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $11. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


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


Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


Troupe d’Jour’s Midsummer Shakespeare Camp. Acting camp for ages 6-18. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $295. 20919 Denny Road.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 27.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jazz in the Park: The Johnny Burnette Group. CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lee Greenwood. Oaklawn, 7 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn. com. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


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


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


Legacies & Lunch: Dr. Scott Lien. Lien presents a lecture titled “The High Costs of Arkansas’s Early Banks.” Main Library, 12 p.m., free. 100 S. Rock St. Spa Blast. Fireworks show, rides, concessions and concert from Lee Greenwood. Oaklawn, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411.


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


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


Troupe d’Jour’s Midsummer Shakespeare Camp. Acting camp for ages 6-18. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $295. 20919 Denny Road.




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Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Thu., June 27, 2 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 2 p.m., $10. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “King Lear.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Thu., June 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 30, 2 p.m., $27. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Oliver!” Musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel “Oliver Twist.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Fri., June 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $27. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.

“Avenue Q.” The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical. Contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through June 30: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. Opera in the Ozarks: “Elixir of Love.” Inspiration Point, Fri., June 28, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., July 1, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 5, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 13, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Madama Butterfly.” Inspiration Point, Sat., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 9, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 17, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Pirates of Penzance.” Arend Arts Center, Sun., June 30, 4 p.m., $20. 1901 S.E. J St., Bentonville. Inspiration Point, Thu., June 27, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 2, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., July 8, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 10, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 18, 7:30 p.m., $20$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. “Southern Crossroads.” A Depression-era family of traveling musicians won’t let an out-ofbusiness theater stop the show from going on. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through July 14: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody.” Walton Arts Center, Sat., June 29, 8 p.m., $20-$45. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600.


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CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Painting Arkansas,” works by John Wooldridge, opens with reception 6-8 p.m. June 28, show through Aug. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 2241335. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Tribute to George Washington,” Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights from Mount Vernon, handwritten correspondence and the 1797 Gilbert Stuart portrait on loan from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, June 29-July 12, reception 6:30 p.m. June 28 with author Joseph Ellis and Mount Vernon president Curt Viebranz, reserve at; “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1; “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander, grand opening 5-8 p.m. June 27. 801-0211. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Baseball Leagues,” photographs of AfricanAmerican baseball from the 1800s to 1960s, June 28-Aug. 24. 758-1720. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Go West Young Man,” through June, “The Wild Ones,” paintings of animals, July 1-31. 660-4006. CONTINUED ON PAGE 47

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Enjoy pizza and beers in the Rep’s Main Lobby as part of BrewHaHa. The event begins at 6 p.m. in advance of the 7 p.m. showing of Avenue Q. This hilarious musical closes out the Rep’s season, so it’s not to be missed. Tickets are $30-$55 and available online at

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Join us for our Arkansas Times’ Farm to Table Dinner Party this Saturday night beginning with a champagne pouring at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a delicious meal prepared by Brian Kearns, executive chef of The Country Club of Little Rock. The family-style feast takes place at the Scott Plantation Settlement in Scott, Arkansas. Bonnie Montgomery will perform. Tickets are $110/person. Visit for more info.

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The 30th annual Pops on the River takes place at the Riverfest Amphitheater. The event begins at noon with food trucks, a car show and kid-friendly events in the River Market pavilions. Gates to the amphitheater will open at 5:30 p.m., and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform. The event concludes with a fireworks display on the Arkansas River. Admission is free.


Legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at Timberland Amphitheater at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park in Hot Springs. Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Skynyrd is touring in support of their latest album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed. The concert is free with general admission to the park. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit


Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs hosts “Smokin’ in Style,” a BBQ supper from 6-8 p.m. This outdoor garden party is part of a series showcasing James Hayes’ “Splash of Glass.” Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Advance reservations and pre-payment required. Call 501-262-9300 or visit www. n Charles Woods performs at Laman Library at 7 p.m. A lifelong musician, Woods learned to play music in the church and grew to become a master of gospel, soul and the blues. The free concert is part of the Live at Laman series. Call 501-771-1995 for more info.


Verizon Arena hosts the ATA World Ceremony featuring the first-ever ATA Worldwide Team Sparring Competition. Team Competition Finals and the Traditional Master Ceremony will also take place during the World Ceremony. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.50-$41.50 and available through Ticketmaster online at or by phone at 800-745-3000.


Murry’s Dinner Playhouse presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. This Pulitzer Prize winner spins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical island naval base during World War II as two couples - U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque, along with Lt. Joe Cable and a young local native girl fall in love. For tickets and show times, visit www.


Movies in the Park presents Big starring Tom Hanks. This free summer movie series takes place every Wednesday night at sundown. For a complete schedule, visit www.


The Arkansas Arts Center hosts

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A heady zombie plague Brad Pitt vehicle ‘World War Z’ takes walking dead down new path. BY SAM EIFLING


ne of the quietly clever moments of “World War Z” comes early, when the hero, played by Brad Pitt, battles his way through a zombie onslaught in the worst apartment building stairwell in Newark. He emerges onto the roof and, as his family watches, runs to the edge, half-leaning off the high-rise, and counts to twelve, explaining to them that he got some zombie blood in his mouth. If he’s going to turn “Zeke,” as soldiers come to nickname the zombies, he knows it’s going to happen in a matter of seconds, and he wants to have an exit handy. The zombies in “World War Z” are some of the most ferocious the genre has ever seen: full-sprint fast, hungry, heedless and instantly contagious. No wait-and-see, keep-him-under-observation — the line from terrified human to terrorizing zombie is no wider than the line between life and death itself. That speed of transmission is what makes “World War Z” perhaps the first zombie movie that’s more epidemiological than supernatural. Pitt’s superdad is a retired United Nations expert in conflict zones, and as he tries to suss out the solution to the world zombie epidemic, he’s more interested in causes and quirks, less in the military response. It’s a tack that works because the zombies are too much for the military to handle. All the militaries, in fact. This is a divergence of degree from the source material, Max Brooks’ 2006 novel, which did detail the political and military solutions to the zombie plague. (Spoiler: Many zombie heads are crushed with heavy implements.) But from these newer, even more overwhelming zombies are those mind-popping scenes of zombies sluicing over walls and careening through narrow streets — zombies as locust swarm, zombies as avalanche, zombies as wildfire. For as brainy as “World War Z” is at times, it’s most successful when it confronts you with this raw unnatural force of nature. The bloat of the $190 million reported budget for this film is evident in the digital effects, which at times resemble a hellish version of a “Where’s Waldo?” tableau. If not in its particulars (or even in its characters) the film at least stays true to the most chilling theme of the book: the

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devastation wrought by panic. We see explosions and wrecks and general chaos well ahead of the zombies themselves, and when everyone eats by looting and thieving, only the looters and thieves will survive. When Pitt tries to explain this to a Spanish-speaking family, he reduces it to the simple phrase “movement is life.” Just as the undead keep running, so must everyone else. Director Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” “Finding Neverland”) keeps the super zombie freak-out close-ups to a relative minimum. Less than the fear of a single zombie attack is the totality of the worldwide devastation. Josef Stalin is credited with the evil quip that one dead is a tragedy, where 20 million dead is a statistic. Maybe so, but the looming possibility of 7 billion undead is one scary stat. Pitt gets to carry the one-man burden; his wife (Mireille Enos) and kids are safe on an aircraft carrier just so long as he’s out chasing the mystery of how anyone is going to survive. His world shrinks as the catastrophe grows. Like news, pandemics are ultimately local. It’s all a crackling ride, in sum. But if you’re not quite moved by the family story at the center of “World War Z,” that’s only natural. In its version of events, you were probably eaten alive by your own family days earlier.

AFTER DARK, CONT. STATE CAPITOL: “Spanning the Century (and more),” photographs of historic bridges by Maxine Payne, drawings, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Highway and Transportation Department, through August. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art,” work by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and others, June 29-Sept. 30, talk by curator Holly Connor 4-5 p.m. June 29; “Surveying George Washington,” historical documents, June 29-Sept. 30; “A Skyview of Modern, Rural America 1920-1940,” lecture by Tyson scholar Jason Weems, 5-6 p.m. July 1, $10 non-members; “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.

Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29, “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Arkansas League of Artists Spring Show,” through June 29. 918-3093. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Gino Hollander, Jennifer Cox Coleman, EMILE and Mary Ann Stafford. 801-0211. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Kinfolk and the Apothecary Dream,” drawings and collages of the artist’s family with images of the Elaine race riot by Angela Davis Johnson,

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The Palette Art League in Yellville announces its 5th annual PAL Art Expo for artists 18 and over. Entries should be delivered to PAL’s Fine Art between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday July 8. The show will run July 9-17. For more information call 870-405-6316. The Hot Springs Fine Arts Center is calling for entries to the 2013 Hot Springs Photography Competition. Deadline for submission is July 9. The competition is open to all photographers 16 years and older. Judge will be Chuck Dodson; submissions should be in JPG form. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information go to or call 501-624-0489. The show will hang for the month of August. The Arkansas Arts Council is taking entries for the 2014 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition. Mary Kennedy, CEOI of the Mid-American Arts Alliance, will be juror. Deadline is July 26. For more information, go to or call 324-9766.


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

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IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE WARM, but if it weren’t you might not have ripe homegrown heirloom tomatoes, fresh corn, eggplant, summer squash and all the rest of summer’s bounty. So wear something cool and check out the Arkansas Times’ Farm to Table Dinner served Southern style June 29 at the Scott Plantation Settlement. Country Club of Little Rock Chef Brian Kearns, who proved his talent with swine at the Times’ Heritage Hog roast, will be smoking up three Old Spots from Scott Heritage Farms down the road for the main course. The tomatoes come from publisher/farmer Alan Leveritt’s farm up in North Pulaski County. The feta is from Kent Walker, the peaches from Barnhill Orchards, the vegetables from Scott Heritage and the ice cream from Loblolly. The wine is from California, varying with each of the four courses. Champagne and canapes will start the evening off at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be over at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $110, and may be purchased at atfarmtotable. or by calling Kelly Lyles at 375-2985.

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heers in the Heights predates the TV show “Cheers” by a few years, so it wasn’t conceived as a neighborhood spot where “everybody knows your name.” But that’s kind of what it is. Sure, patrons flock to Cheers from all over town and beyond for lunch and dinner, but there’s a definite comfybut-trendy Heights feel to the place. A table of 40-something women whose outfits would suggest two had just finished yoga class and two had come straight from the tennis court had a waitress snap their picture as they sipped Chardonnay. Surely it was on Facebook moments later. A neighborhood dad in a CCLR cap and his two kids snuck up rather silently as he pulled their electric golf cart into the parking lot. On the other side of the enclosed patio — the plastic sheeting rolled up on this pleasant late-spring day — three tables encroached a bit into the next-door parking lot, as three older regulars took advantage of the open air to fire up cigarettes. It’s a homey place, and the tight confines in the restaurant’s interior mean



ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixed-price, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws, but you can get a veggie burger as well as fried chicken, curried falafel and blacked tilapia sandwiches, plus creative meal-sized salads. Shakes and floats are indulgences for all ages. Adults will find a huge bar including craft beers and esoteric wine. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. BLACK ANGUS CAFE Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily.

SOLID STARTER: New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp.

everyone must be comfortable with one another — including the kitchen staff, as you must invade that space to find the bathrooms. If you have to wait you likely can strike up a conversation with Samantha Tanner, who on our lunch visit was the final quality-control check before each plate left the kitchen in the hands of the veteran, friendly wait staff. It’s a boisterous bistro but not too loud to carry on a conversation. Cheers had a long life as a simpler, smaller burger-centric spot before the Tanners took over, expanding the menu, adding more of a Cajun influ-

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ence, enhancing the patio and solidifying Cheers’ reputation as one of the city’s best mid-priced restaurants. Cheers has a “dinner” section of the menu, but those items can be ordered before 5 p.m., and the rest of the menu is available day or night, so Cheers can be as affordable as you want it to be all day long. Cheese dip is ubiquitous in Arkansas — one reason we love this state — and Cheers’ is a reasonable representation: orange, silky smooth, mildly but interestingly spiced with just a hint of heat. It’s $5.50 for a decent size “small” bowl and $6.50 for large. The New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp appetizer ($11.50) is very close to what you find in the namesake city. We were thrilled there were 15 plump shrimp, swimming in a red pepper flakeladen, oily sauce — perfect for dipping with the accompanying bread. The dish could have used a bit of salt but otherwise was on target. Any self-respecting Little Rock restaurant better have a good burger, and Cheers definitely does: A juicy, likely 1/3-pound patty cooked just as requested (just-pink medium), served on a soft, buttery brioche bun delivered by the amazing Arkansas Fresh bakery ($7.50). With rings of purple onion, fresh leaf lettuce and gooed up with mayo and melted pepper jack, served with non-greasy, homemade chips — damn, it was fine. The grilled salmon salad ($13) was a

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BOSTON’S Ribs, gourmet pizza star at this restaurant/sports bar located at the Holiday Inn by the airport. TVs in separate sports bar area. 3201 Bankhead Dr. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seatyourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Downhome done right. Check out the yams, mac-and-cheese, greens, purple-hull peas, cornbread, wings, catfish and all the rest. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. 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. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Marketarea hotspot. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme, home cooking being the most popular. Owner Dave Williams does all the cooking and his son, Dave also, plays saxophone and fronts the band that plays most Friday nights. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it down-home country cooking. Just CONTINUED ON PAGE 50





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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. Don’t miss the bourbon pecan pie — it’s a winner. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FLYING SAUCER A popular River Market hangout thanks to its almost 200 beers (including 75 on tap) and more than decent bar food. It’s now non-smoking, so families are welcome. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-8032. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’ oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2254487. LD Mon.-Fri. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. The half pound burger is a two-hander for the average working Joe. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. 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. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s mouthwatering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-8341840. LD daily. IZZY’S Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care, if rarely far from the middle of the culinary road. With full vegan and gluten-free menus. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. J & S CAFETERIA Home-cooking, with daily specials. Also offers burgers from the grill or a salad bar. 601 S Gaines St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-378-2206. L Mon.-Fri. LOGANBERRY FROZEN YOGURT Self-serve frozen yogurt. 6015 Chenoceau Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8194. LD daily. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily, BR Sun. 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. $. 501-340-3833. BL Mon.-Fri. 50

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MOOYAH BURGERS Kid-friendly, fast-casual restaurant with beef, veggie and turkey burgers, a burger bar and shakes. 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 190. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-8681091. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s self-service, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night in downtown Argenta. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-3762900. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications, finished with butter and served sizzling hot. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROBERT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL If you’re looking for a burger, you won’t find it here. This establishment specializes in fried chicken dinners, served with their own special trimmings. 7212 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-568-2566. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. ROUTE 66 DINER Kid-friendly ‘50s diner with a menu of classics, including chicken and waffles. 7710 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3366. BLD 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, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7707. LD Mon-Sun. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, good wings, great fries, other bar food, plate lunches, full bar. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9802. 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 Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. VIEUX CARRE A pleasant spot in Hillcrest with specialty salads, steak and seafood. The soup of the day is a good bet. At lunch, the menu includes an all-vegetable sandwich and a half-pound cheeseburger. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun. WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show.

Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-9550. D Tue.-Sat. W.T. BUBBA’S COUNTRY TAVERN Sloppy Joe’s, a fried bologna sandwich, a nacho bar and burgers and such feature on the menu of this bubba-themed River Market bar. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-2528. 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. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-3721811. BL Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646444. LD Mon.-Sat. ZIN URBAN WINE & BEER BAR It’s cosmopolitan yet comfortable, a relaxed place to enjoy fine wines and beers while noshing on superb meats, cheeses and amazing goat cheesestuffed figs. 300 River Market Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-246-4876. D daily.


A. W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Traditional Chinese dishes, several Thai dishes and a variety of sushi rolls. 17000 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-inone: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable, Subwaystyle conclusion. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-2695. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a wellstocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat. RJ TAO RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE Upscale Asian and exotic fare - like Kangaroo burgers and African prawns - from the Chi family. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. D Mon.-Sat. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try the authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8687770. LD daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$.

501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.


CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-4949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.


ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. Particularly if you’re ordering something that features charred meat, like a kabab or gyros. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-219-8787. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. The chicken fingers and burgers stand out. Irish breakfast all day. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaugh-

DINING CAPSULES, CONT. tered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a onemile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-8814796. LD daily. TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE Fast casual chain that offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights that include a very affordable collection of starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, chicken and fish at lunch and a more upscale dining experience with top-notch table service at dinner. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.


BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Extensive menu. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2249079. D Mon.-Sat. JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Great pizza served up in a family-friendly, sports-themed environment. Special Saturday and Sunday brunch served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Flat-screen TVs throughout and even a cage for shooting basketballs and playing ping-pong. 16101 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-8683250. LD daily. 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. $$. 501-329-6262. LD daily. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily 14710 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-2600. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD daily. THE PIZZA JOINT Cracker-thin crusts with a tempting variety of traditional or nontraditional toppings. Just off Cantrell Road. 6100 Stones Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-9108. D daily. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North

Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S PIZZA Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-2249519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.


for a Family-Friendly Cookout includes 7:30pm Dinner, 8:00pm Family Friendly Movie, 9:30pm Private Outdoor Fireworks Viewing General admission prices $45 adults, $25 children 6-11 and 5 & under free VIP Viewing Prices Reserved seating in a VIP area $55 adults, $35 children 6-11 Purchase tickets online at For more information please call 501-399-8009 Visit for our special overnight Fireworks BBQ package


BLUE COAST BURRITO You will become a lover of fish tacos here, but there are plenty of other fresh coastal Mex choices served up fast-food cafeteria style in cool surroundings. Don’t miss the Baja fruit tea. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. 4613 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-8033. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily, BR Sun. CHUY’S Good Tex-Mex. We’re especially fond of the enchiladas, and always appreciate restaurants that make their own tortillas. 16001 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-2489. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Mon.-Sat. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. LOCAL LIME Tasty gourmet Mex from the folks who brought you Big Orange and ZaZa. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-448-2226. LD daily. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). With breakfast, too. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily. SENOR TEQUILA Typical cheap Mexcian dishes with great service. Good margaritas. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily. 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432.

Special Presentation JULY 2 • 6pm – 8pm

Bill & Margaret Clark Room 3rd Floor of the River Market’s ottenheimer Market hall

Enjoy exclusive cooking classes in the River Market, using fresh, locally-grown ingredients from the Farmers’ Market. Classes are demonstration style with group participation. Cost is $25 per person, per class.

Join Executive Chef Chris Stroup of the new Little Rock Marriott for an evening of delightful cooking while he demonstrates how to make a watermelon and tomato salad with local feta vinaigrette dressing.

Call 501-375-2552 for reservations – seating is limited.

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➥ The ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER’S MUSEUM STORE has a great selection of items related to the museum’s current exhibit: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London.” Treasures include enamel tea pots and premium Earl Grey teabags, as well as a book about the exhibit titled, “Treasures of the Kenwood House, London — wonderful book explaining the history of the Kenwood House and photos from the collection including Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and more.” The store also has reproductions of the famous British posters responsible for the “Keep Calm and …” Internet meme. The posters were first produced in 1939, when Britain was on the brink of World War II. The British government’s Ministry of Information commissioned a series of propaganda posters to reassure the population they would be defended at all costs — the posters proclaimed, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. The Treasures of Kenwood House exhibition will be at the museum until Sept. 8, and feature 48 masterpieces by the greatest artists of their periods, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W. Turner and more. For more information on the exhibit or to purchase tickets, visit www.arkarts. com. ➥ There’s still time to take advantage of THE TOGGERY’S 10 percent off school uniforms promotion — the sale ends June 30. Shoppers can take advantage of the reduced prices in both stores and online (use the promotion code 10OFF). ➥L&L BECK GALLERY’S July exhibit is “The Wild Ones,” a series of paintings of wild animals in appropriate settings. A piece titled, “Wolf,” will be the giclée giveaway of the month. The exhibit will run through the month of July, and the giclée drawing will be at 7 p.m. July 18. 52 JUNE 27, 2013

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Add a little humor to your cookout with a “Just Chillin’ and Grillin’” cook’s towel and grilling-themed outdoor mug (Available at Rhea Drug, 2801 Kavanaugh in Little Rock)


backyard barbecue is the quintessential celebration of the Fourth of July. For a full-on patriotic cookout, a 100-percent American-made, Arkansas-assembled Portable Kitchen Grill found at Krebs Brothers Restaurant Store is just the cooker. Portable Kitchen Grills are a combo charcoal grill and smoker. Made of aluminum, rather than stamped steel like most, the grills are a stand-out because they don’t rust and the quarter-inchthick exterior, air-tight interior and movable vents reflect heat and allow for even cooking, “like a convection oven,” said company owner Paul James. Cooking on Portable Kitchens can be “low and slow” or “high and fast,” thanks to its design, he said. While it all depends on what’s cooking, most anything is possible, whether the chef is grilling burgers or chops, or slow cooking Boston butt, beef brisket or turkeys. Native Arkansans may remember the original Portable Kitchen Grill, also made in the state and likely a fixture at many a barbecue from the early 1950s until it went off the market in the late 1970s. Growing up in West Memphis in the 1960s, James fondly remembers uncles and neighbors cooking on the Portable Kitchen, though his own father never owned one. As an adult, James found a Portable Kitchen at a garage sale and said he was constantly asked about it. He said he always thought they were the best grills. Continued on page 54

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organic winter wheat grown on sustainable farm and water from Snake River aquifers. Along with sustainable farming, American Harvest’s producers are also committed to supporting the environment through using windgenerated power and recyclable glass. The brand behind American Harvest is Sidney Frank Importing Co., also known for Jägermeister. Ask for American Harvest at your favorite liquor store, restaurant or bar.

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VERY BERRY HARVEST This refreshing cocktail is a perfect cookout companion. Make it local by visiting farmers’ markets to find delicious freshly picked Arkansas blackberries and raspberries.

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HOW TO MIX In a cocktail glass combine all ingredients except ginger beer and gently muddle. Add crushed ice and gently swizzle. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a blackberry and raspberry on a cocktail pick and fresh mint sprigs.

Go Hog-wild at your next cookout with this trivet (Available at Krebs Brothers Restaurant Store, 4310 Landers Road in North Little Rock)

This grill topper is perfect for grilling veggies, fish and small items (Available at Krebs Brothers Restaurant Store, 4310 Landers Road in North Little Rock)

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GREAT GRILLING TIPS Grilling tasty meals takes experience and practice, said Paul James, maker of the Portable Kitchen Grill. Here’s what you need to know to have a top-notch cookout. • Research what you’re grilling to understand cooking temperatures and times. Consult cookbooks, search online or ask the butcher for help. • Prepare the meat. This is where research comes in handy. For example, pounding out a chicken breast creates an even surface, which decreases cooking time and the chances that it will be overcooked. • Be patient. Smoking or getting a good fire going takes time. Also, once the meat is on the grill, leave it alone and let it cook. • Don’t overcook. Again, research appropriate cooking times. A common grilling mistake is drying out the meat.

“So many people recognized it and asked where I found it,” he said. “It’s something that needed to be brought back.” So, James, an attorney, researched the grill’s patent and bought the rights to it. He was even able to find some of the craftsmen who made the original. Portable Kitchen Grills re-entered the market in 1999. The grill’s parts are made in other states, but everything is assembled in Little Rock. It’s taken a while for the grills, which retail for $299, to re-establish a foothold. The original Portable Kitchen sold about 30,000 units a year and had a “strong identity in the South,” James said. Now, about 1,500 grills are sold yearly, but sales are already up 40 percent this year, he said. Grills have been sold in all 50 states and elsewhere, like Australia and Denmark. Right now, there is only one Portable Kitchen model, but James hopes to introduce others in the future. The company is a small family business, run by James, who still practices law full time, his wife, Sarah, and sister, Martha James, who handles day-to-day operations. All marketing has been word-of-mouth, and sometimes playing the nostalgia card. “We have a kind of cult following,” Paul James said. “People grew up with the grills and are happy to see them back on the market. It brings back memories.” He said the U.S. Army purchased thousands of the original grills during the Vietnam War, and he has heard from former servicemen, who have shared their memories. “It’s an American-made product that we can be proud of,” James said. “And, the Fourth is the time to barbecue.”

Meat claws are a great tool for easily handling what’s on the grill.

Add a little spice with a roasted garlic peppercorn dry rub for meat and fish.

A wireless grilling thermometer is a must-have accessory.

Find the Portable Kitchen Grill and the products above at Krebs Brothers Restaurant Store, 4310 Landers Road in North Little Rock.

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Employment PHONE OPERATORS From Home. Must have dedicated land line And great voice. 18+ Up to $16.20 per hour. Flex hrs/ some Wknds 1-800-403-7772 HElP WANTEd! Make extra money in our free ever popular homemailer program, includes valuable guidebook! Start immediately! Genuine! 888-2921120

Waterproofing & Restoration Co. looking for skilled workers.

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Citizens Fire Academy

Beginning July 1st through August 30th, the Little Rock Fire Department will be accepting donations of box fans to help keep the citizens of Little Rock cool during the intense heat of the summer months. You may donate a box fan by dropping it off at any Little Rock Fire Station. For more information, call (501)918-3710.

The Little Rock Fire Department will begin accepting applications for the 2013 Citizens Fire Academy starting July 8th through August 9th. There are limited spaces available, so apply now. The academy is a great opportunity to firsthand how Firefighters work and function within our organization. To apply, contact the Fire Department at (501)918-3710.


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Methamphetamine Or Cocaine Users Are you seeking treatment for a problem with methamphetamine or cocaine use? You may be eligible to participate in a UAMS research study of a medication to help prevent relapse. Participation includes up to 12 weeks of outpatient treatment and possibly a two-week stay at the Recovery Centers of Arkansas. Participation is at no cost to you and you will be compensated for your time during the study.

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