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n Federal Judge Brian Miller has made heads swivel twice now – first by ordering an end to millions in state desegregation aid to Pulaski County schools and then, last Friday, by removing himself from the Pulaski County school desegregation case. Miller didn’t fully explain, but said his hometown ties in Helena left him with opinions that prevented him from continuing. Helena-West Helena, along with the Pulaski County School District, a party in the deseg case, were put in state trusteeship. Miller’s brother was removed from the Helena-West Helena School Board and a friend was removed as superintendent. But here’s another relationship of interest. Miller is currently chairman of the board of the Southern Bancorp Capital Partners, a nonprofit arm of the Southern Bancorp. The nonprofit has pumped money into Phillips County schools, including the KIPP Academy charter school. The Bancorp itself, where Miller served eight years as a board member, has provided financing to a number of charter schools, including the Lighthouse and eStem schools in Pulaski County. Until Friday, Miller, in addition to having ruled that the state was wasting its money on Pulaski County school districts, had under consideration an argument by the Little Rock School District that the state had encouraged resegregation in Pulaski by creation of the open enrollment charter schools here. The bank board doesn’t make loan decisions. But his long relationship to an organization pushing alternatives to the Pulaski schools raises questions. He didn’t respond to a written inquiry on the subject.
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NRA anthem n Rising country star and Poyen (Grant County) native Justin Moore released his sophomore album, “Outlaws Like Me,” last week. A self-described redneck, Moore’s built his career on two of country music’s most popular tropes: He’s a hellraiser with a heart of gold who loves singing about the joys of small town living. One more audience he’s likely to reach on his new album — gun nuts. Here’s a sample of a few lyrics from Moore’s “Guns”: These days I go down to Walmart and they sell ’em in the back Some people want to take ’em away Why don’t you go bust those boys that’s selling crack? Guns! Whether Remingtons or Glocks Come on man it ain’t like I’m a slingin’ ’em on the block I’m gonna tell you once and listen son As long as I’m alive and breathing, you won’t take my guns
More than a year after a flood on the Little Missouri River killed 20 people, the Albert Pike Recreation Area remains closed for swimming without explanation. — By David Koon
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n With a June 5 article about the then-upcoming Little Rock Film Festival, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a publicity photograph from the 1973 movie “White Lightning,” which was filmed in Arkansas. The photograph was of Burt Reynolds, the movie’s star, with his arms around a woman the D-G identified as the actress Diane Ladd. That was really the actress Jennifer Billingsley, who, as her on-line biography notes, “graduated with honors from Fort Smith Senior High School in Arkansas,” class of 1958. She was the female lead in “White Lightning.” An accompanying D-G article about movie actors from Arkansas didn’t mention Billingsley either. A friend and former Fort Smith High classmate, Brian A. Snow, saw the error and notified the Times. Billingsley appeared in a Broadway musical, “Carnival,” where she caught the eye of Life magazine, and then in a number of movies and television shows. Her film debut came in “Lady in a Cage,” with Olivia de Haviland and James Caan. At one time, she had a recurring part on the soap opera “General Hospital.” But apparently her acting career came to an end in the late ’70s. The Times was unable to speak with her, but Snow says she’s living in California.
n The Rohwer cemetery, the final resting place for internees who died at the Japanese-American prison camp and which includes monuments to them and to war dead, is showing its age. Its paths are gone, vandals have removed some of the ornate base of the once-grand obelisk erected in honor of the internees, a tree is growing up through the World War II monument to Japanese-American soldiers who died in action. The headstones, made of sand cement, and the urns that were to hold flowers and candles in front of the graves have begun to crumble. But thanks to a $250,000 grant from the National Park Service awarded to UALR history professor Johanna Miller Lewis, the cemetery is getting restored. Lewis will work with architect John Greer of Witsell, Evans, Rasco to start stabilizing monuments and headstones. Lewis lauded student Tamisha Cheatham, who wrote the grant as her master’s thesis in public history. The park service also awarded $93,000 to Arkansas State University for an interpretive project at the relocation camp and the Central Arkansas Library System received $67,000 to preserve and display the collection of art made by internees that it received earlier this year.
An excerpt from retired Supreme Court Justice Tom Glaze’s new book “Waiting for the Cemetery Vote” tells of a time in Searcy County when votes could be had at a price. — By Tom Glaze
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n Nitpicking nitty-gritty: “WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not the sort who leaves readers wondering what he really thinks, especially when it comes to members of Congress. ... ‘Fuzzy, leave-the-details-to-be-sorted-out-by-the-courts legislation is attractive to the congressman who wants credit for addressing a national problem but does not have the time (or perhaps the votes) to grapple with the nitty-gritty,’ Scalia wrote.” Everything has gotten more casual, including Supreme Court opinions. A slang term, nitty-gritty was new, hippie and faintly disreputable when it entered wide usage in the 1960s. I vaguely remember a story to the effect that the bourgeoisie who took up the expression didn’t know what it really meant, and wouldn’t have taken it up 4 JUNE 29, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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if they had known. But I don’t remember what the forbidden meaning was supposed to be, and neither does anyone else, apparently. Dictionaries today agree that get down to the nitty-gritty means simply get down to the basics, get down to brass tacks. The only source I’ve found that even hints at anything shady in nitty-gritty’s past is Stuart Berg Flexner’s “Listening To America,” published in 1982: “Get down to the nitty-gritty, to get down to the hard facts or hard bargaining, 1963, when it was first popularized by black militants in the Civil
Rights movement (it may have originally referred to the gritlike nits or small lice that are hard to get out of one’s hair and scalp or to a black English term for the anus).” Sounds like Justice Scalia might qualify as nitty-gritty himself. He’s hard to get out of America’s hair, and he’s a major ... well, you know. n Lo, the poor preposition: “In a medieval village that’s haunted by a werewolf, a girl falls for an outcast orphan even though her parents arranged her to marry a wealthy young man.” At one time, we could have assumed that the for that should be between “arranged” and “her” was omitted accidentally. Now I’m not so sure, what with people graduating high school and buying a couple dozen eggs.
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The Observer is joining a gym right now, one of those temples of doubt and pain that all our experience in life has taught us to avoid. It’s not that we’re adverse to exercise — we used to get quite a lot of it back in our Strapping Young Lad Days, up until the point when we got Educated and slovenly. The problem, we suppose, is that we don’t necessarily like the idea of pointlessness, and a lot of workin’ out feels just like that. A goal is something we can get behind — move that pile of horse dung from over there to over here, pick up that hammer and carve that block of granite into a presentable likeness of Milton Berle — and if we’ve got to expend some ugly fat doing it, so much the better. We don’t know, however, how we’ll feel about walking endless miles on a treadmill — especially one that’s not even connected by a series of cloth belts and pulleys to a pea sheller or corn thresher or Granny’s washin’ machine. It all seems so ... what’s the word we’re looking for ... First World. Believe us when we say: we’re about 99.7 percent sure that the majority of people in Guatemala and Somalia and Pakistan are not spending their time building machines to fake the feeling of walking up stairs. They just, you know, actually walk up stairs, or at least don’t eat all the crap that makes them need to walk up stairs in the first place. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know: The reward for exercise is health; maybe a few more years kicking around planet earth; endorphins — not to mention the exhilaration of not looking like the less-attractive brother of Dom DeLuise when we face the mirror. We can live with that, we guess. Here’s an idea: maybe we should tape a stick to the brim of our hat and tie a corndog to it. That’ll get us motivated. Either that, or lead to some calorie-burning wrasslin’ with other poor saps at the gym.
By the time the clouds finally opened up last Tuesday and doused downtown Little Rock with rain, it had been so long that The Observer barely remembered what it looked like. Summer in Arkansas is no picnic, friends. After it’s been in the trip-digits for a week or more, we find our self actively wondering how folks used to do it back
in the old days before air conditioning. Then we remind the ol’ brainpan that Yours Truly grew up in a house without AC. Our father was a roofer, and somewhere along the way, he’d gotten the idea that if you slept in an air conditioned house, you were more likely to get heatstroke on a hot roof the next day. Maybe there was something to that. He was a smart ol’ cuss. Until we were 19, The Observer made do with box fans and ceiling fans and copious porch-sittin’, just like our forebears of old. When Ma and Pa remodeled their house — a big, two-storey saltbox out in the wilds of Saline County — they blessed it with porches all around; some screened, some open. We spent nearly every teen-age night of our life there on the front porch in a swing, listening to the crickets and the swish of the ceiling fans and the creak of the chains. It definitely made us the person we are: prone to sit out in the heat and simmer on July nights, long after everybody else on our block has fled inside. We remember the summer rains. When you grow up without air conditioning, you tend to remember the rain. We recall the rain in June, July and August with the same love and reverence the Israelites must have remembered Manna. Every black cloud on the horizon was a cause for hope — and not only because Daddy made his living fixing leaks. We remember standing on Ma’s porch, leaning against a turned porch post, comfortable and strong in our own skin as only a 16 or 17 or 18 year old can be, watching the dogs romp and shake in the downpour, the water standing on the brick walk and in Ma’s flower beds in puddles. We remember sticking our hand out into the drip from the roof — gutterless — and then bringing the cool water to the back of our neck. We were too young and green back then to think “This is what it is to be alive,” but we think it now. All these years. All these years. The house sold, the dogs dead, our father 10 years in the grave. But The Observer is still here, and so is the rain. We’re going to stop writing now, and go down to the parking lot, and stick our hands in it. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 29, 2011 5
Clarifying position I enjoyed my recent interview with Leslie Peacock about the pro-life legislative efforts during the 88th Arkansas General Assembly. It was an extremely busy and important session especially for pro-life legislation. Leslie did a great job explaining the major bills contained in the Arkansas Right to Life legislative agenda. She was very thorough in her reporting; however, I do want to comment on a few things in her report that I feel your readers should understand. Arkansas Right to Life has no position on the emergency contraceptive commonly referred to as Plan B. Leslie and I did not discuss it during our interview, if we had she would have been clear on our position. Perhaps she spoke to another source, if so that person should have been identified. There are many who claim to be the voice of the Pro-life movement in Arkansas, but they do not speak for Arkansas Right to Life, the voice of the unborn since 1974, nor our parent organization the National Right to Life Committee formed in 1968. The article also noted that Arkansas was “one of only 13 states to have made abortion legal prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973.” That is incorrect. When Roe goes, our pre-Jan. 22, 1973, Arkansas law banning abortion except in life-of-the-mother cases will be the law in Arkansas. Ms. Peacock also mentioned an Arkansas law on viability inferring that abortions in Arkansas are only legal “up to the first day of the 26th week of pregnancy or in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.” This is not the case. Peacock is just like most of the general public who are either misinformed or simply uneducated about the companion case of Doe v. Bolton that was decided with Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, 1973, that defined “health” of the mother as a compelling factor in abortion after viability citing physical, emotional, psychological and familial indicators legalizing abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy for virtually any reason, in Arkansas and every other state in our nation. That is the law of the land and it is the law that Arkansas Right to Life, the oldest and largest pro-life organization, the voice of the pro-life movement in Arkansas, is committed to ending. Our struggle to end abortion won’t stop when Roe falls, it will just be beginning. Rose Mimms Executive Director Arkansas Right to Life
Dumb rule The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department, that model of efficiency and quality, recently imposed one of the dumbest rules ever, of course with the aid 6 JUNE 29, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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This is a litmus test for me locally in 2012 at the voting booth. Too many people in public office take for granted what the rest of us can’t when it doesn’t affect them. Incumbents, here we go again; eventually some of you might have to get a real job and work for a living. Roy Fuchs Hot Springs
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There’s a real simple thing that friends and foes of the Pulaski County Special School District can do to show they care about local schools after U.S. District Judge Brian Miller’s deseg decision and the state takeover of the district: Just give! Give your money, give your time, give what services your business provides or donate the services of employees. Everyone knows the Sandy Reed Auditorium was hit hard and other parts of North Pulaski High School damaged in the April tornado. But think about this: not even a financially wealthy school district like Cabot, much less PCSSD, would be able to replace everything that is damaged. Sure insurance will cover a lot of the district buildings and property. But what about personal property owned by the teachers or previously supplied by groups like the band boosters? Church and community groups, including the Jacksonville Educational Foundation, need to show Judge Miller and Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell that the area cares enough to spend our money and time. It might provide the evidence they want to show Jacksonville can support its own district. A simple donation/loan contract with the state and district to specify that anything that is donated on loan to North Pulaski and other Jacksonville schools would satisfy any concerns about PCSSD misusing your donation by moving it to another school! So, here’s a challenge to all the churches and groups especially those who always complain about the schools. Put your money where your mouth is. Give now. Ask PCSSD’s acting boss, Bobby Lester, what you can do that the district or its builders won’t be doing at North Pulaski or other schools. Ask the teachers what they need when the band, choir and drama department resume using the destroyed Sandy Reed Auditorium. Electronic equipment? Props? Perhaps, a few seats without arms or movable arms to replace the extremely narrow seats. Or a business could donate automated lights in restrooms that come on whenever someone enters — just like at Jacksonville’s new library — so that people can see when they enter instead of being in the dark. If you agree, speak up, get your family, church and other groups involved. And give. Keith Weber Jacksonville
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THE PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Though many nettlesome questions remain in the state’s takeover of the district — particularly on what the state’s position will be in district lawsuits — it gained some degree of stability on Tuesday when Education Director Tom Kimbrell named Dr. Jerry Guess, previously a 15-year veteran of the Camden Fairview School District, to lead the district. RAIN Much of Central Arkansas got a much-needed soak on Tuesday. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR…
FILLING THE VACANT FEDERAL JUDGESHIP IN LITTLE ROCK The White House has asked U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor for a new list of candidates to fill the seat, vacant since October 2008. With selection, background checking, nominating and confirming still to come, the likelihood of the position being filled during the president’s first term is looking uncertain. FAYETTEVILLE SHALE An article in the New York Times found that natural gas companies, including some with holdings in Arkansas, have grossly overstated the productivity of their wells and provided unreasonable forecasts for future prospects. MARK MARTIN Maybe we should just go ahead and make a permanent spot for the bumbling secretary of state herein. This week comes word that his office has added a disclaimer of gibberish meant to undermine FOI requests of email. A sample passage: “Opinions, statements, and assertions in this e-mail are not intended for public release. In the event of public release, the public is advised to treat this e-mail with caution, as any and all e-mail is subject to later revision (including revision that may not be transmitted by e-mail); matters set forth herein are effective only as of the date and time on the e-mail itself.” 8 JUNE 29, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS Federal District Judge Brian Miller, who made the unexpected and since-stayed ruling to halt state desegregation payments to Pulaski County school districts, disqualified himself from hearing the case. The case will fall to federal Judge Price Marshall of Jonesboro.
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Still waters Little Missouri swimming area closed, local business suffers. BY DAVID KOON
n In the middle of the night on June 11, 2010, the Little Missouri River surged over its banks and swallowed the sleeping campers at Camp Albert Pike Recreation Area in Montgomery County. The water rose over 15 feet in less than an hour, the current snatching husbands away from
wives, and children away from mothers and fathers. Twenty people died in the tragedy, eight of them under the age of 10. While nobody likes to talk about dollars and cents in the face of such a horror, residents and business owners near the Recreation Area say they have to
The Times has a new editor Millar replaces Brantley. n Lindsey Millar, formerly the lifestyle editor of the Arkansas Times, has been promoted to editor, taking the place of Max Brantley. Brantley, who has been editor for nearly 20 years, will take senior status; he’ll continue to write a column and be the editor of the Arkansas Blog, the Times’ daily online source for news and commentary. Millar, 31, joined the Times staff in 2007. He previously worked at the Localist, Little Rock Monthly, the Oxford American and the Arkansas DemocratGazette. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Virginia and is a native of Searcy.
Brantley became editor of the Times in December 1991, after the closure of the Arkansas Gazette, where he’d worked for 19 years. He oversaw the Times’ change from THE BOSS: monthly magazine New editor to weekly newspa- Lindsey Millar. per in April 1992. “There’s no one in Arkansas journalism with the institutional wisdom of Max Brantley,” Millar said. “I don’t think anyone could hope to truly replace him.
speak up about the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to barricade a popular swimming area there — closed without explanation on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend this year and closed since then. One business owner says the closure of the swimming area has hurt what remaining business he has left. Almost as frustrating, he says, is that the government isn’t answering questions as to why. The swimming area, situated in a bend of the Little Missouri and described in the writings of Albert Pike, features slate and granite rocks, a beach, and deep, clear water. The beauty of the spot has made it popular with tourists from South Arkansas, North Louisiana and Southeast Texas. It lies about a mile from Loop D, where the majority of the deaths occurred in the 2010 flood. Albert Pike Recreation Area has been closed to overnight use since the flood, with officials debating whether it will ever open again to campers. Mike Graves is the publisher of the Glenwood Herald, The Nashville News, and the Montgomery County News. Even the reporters at his papers can’t get through to the U.S. Forest Service for an explanation. The Arkansas Times’ repeated attempts at contacting someone with the Forest Service to discuss the closure of the swimming area went unreturned as well. “I was going to jump in [the swimming hole] and our editor was going to take a picture of them leading me off in cuffs Continued on page 15
Luckily, I won’t have to. I’m counting on reporting on the Arkansas Blog and daily counsel from him for years to come.” Millar said that despite the challenges that media now face, he’s confident the Times will continue to grow because of its “creative and tenacious staff,” the publisher’s “spirit of innovation” and because the Times is committed to covering important stories that are often ignored elsewhere. Brantley, 61, said he decided last year that “it would be good for the paper if I stepped aside.” He pointed to Millar’s development of the Times’ new website and other technological advances, including podcasts and online databases, and his design changes. Millar is also “a contributor of sharp writing and smart and collegial editing, and he’s also brought a number of new free-lance voices to our pages.” “The Arkansas Times has been an important voice in this community for almost 37 years. I couldn’t feel better about the future,” Brantley said.
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Memoir of an election crusader
The day the vote-buying stopped In 1976, the fixers finally got tired of swapping cash and whiskey for votes in Searcy County. BY TOM GLAZE
Tom Glaze: An eyewitness to voting history.
his week, the Times is pleased to run an excerpt from retired Supreme Court Justice Tom Glaze’s new book from the University of Arkansas Press, “Waiting for the Cemetery Vote.” It’s a memoir that focuses on Glaze’s long work to end election fraud in Arkansas. Times’ columnist Ernest Dumas collaborated with Glaze in the writing of the book. And the book is sprinkled liberally with the work of the late George Fisher, who became the Times’ editorial cartoonist after the death of the Arkansas Gazette. No book on Arkansas election fraud would be complete without tales from Conway County, where the legendary Sheriff Marlin Hawkins raised election chicanery almost to an art form, if of the dark political arts. And Glaze was in the thick of that sometimes violent battle. But it also includes a rousing account of 19th century vote fraud, to set the stage for what was to come. As the UA Press catalogue notes: “Glaze describes the manipulation of absentee ballots and poll-tax receipts; votes cast by the dead, children, and animals; forgeries of ballots from nursing homes; and threats to body or livelihood made to anyone who would dare question these activities or monitor elections. Deceptive practices used to control election results were disturbingly brazen in the gubernatorial elections in the 1960s and were especially egregious in Conway and Searcy Counties in the 1970s and in special elections for the state Senate in Faulkner, Conway, and Van Buren Counties. “A clean-election movement began in the early 1970s, led not by party or political leaders but by individual citizens. These vigilant and courageous Arkansans undertook to do what their public institutions persistently failed to: insure that elections for public office were honest and that the will of the people was scrupulously obliged.” Glaze, who served 22 years on the Supreme Court, closes on a somewhat down note, with accounts of modern-day voting problems and political corruption that reached into the court system during his Supreme Court days. But there’s little doubt that things have improved from many situations Glaze observed, including in our excerpt, the open buying of votes in Searcy County. There it was a bipartisan pastime. The paperback is now in bookstores. It costs $19.95.
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few weeks after the 1976 Democratic as he was, or else they were distrustful of a young Little runoff in Conway County, I received a Rock lawyer who wanted them to put down on paper call from Rex Elliott of Marshall, who how they had for years violated the law. None of them said he was active on the Searcy County would own up to ever paying for a vote or taking money Republican Committee. He had followed the Conway or whiskey for their votes or knowing anyone who did. I County battles in the newspapers and he thought electold Rex that it was pointless to file a voting-fraud suit if tion conduct in his county merited as much attention as no one was willing to testify that they had brokered votes Conway County’s. He wondered if The Election Law Inbecause I was quite sure that no one on the other side, stitute could undertake the same legal action at Marshall whom we would name in the suit, would admit it. Withthat produced stunning results in Morrilton. He described out a proffer of proof, no judge was going to entertain the the vote-buying system and admitted that he and the Recomplaint or our petition for a restraining order. A few publican leadership as well as Democrats had bribed votdays later, Rex showed up at my office in Little Rock ers for years. They were tired of it and Rex thought most with two longtime Republican election workers, John Eapeople wanted to have honest elections as long as everyton and Olas Taylor, who were willing to tell their stories one else was made to live by the rules, too. He gave me for the record. I got a court reporter and we recorded the the names of a number of people who would tell about depositions of all three men. Rex supplied a list of dozthe vote buying and participate in ens of people whom he personally a lawsuit if I would bring one like had paid for their votes during the the Conway County suit. I drove years he was running for sheriff, up to Marshall to meet him and or running the vote-buying operahis wife, Fern, and the people who tion for the Republicans: people were ready to blow the lid off the who distributed cash to voters for vote-buying scheme. him, election judges and clerks Rex was an unlikely maverwho had voted people inside the ick. He was a friendly, easy-going polling place, or observed the votbear of a man, six-foot-four and ing and distributed the tokens. He 275 pounds, who was developidentified Republican candidates ing an ample belly after giving up and workers and their Democratic his twenty-five-year career as a counterparts who pooled money JUDGE GLAZE: The author. long-haul truck driver and taking for the bribes and distributed the up the sedentary life of radio. He payoffs to voters. and Fern had a band in the ’50s that performed country Taylor, who had served a couple of terms as the and western and gospel music around the country. Rex county treasurer in the late 1950s, and Eaton gave simiplayed guitar and bass and sang. Sometimes he played lar accounts. They told not only about vote buying but with Wayne Raney, the harmonica legend from Wolf all sorts of illegal acts. Although the voting age was then Bayou north of Heber Springs. Raney performed on 21, Eaton said he started voting when he was 16 and XERF, the big Clear Channel station at Del Rio, Texas, that later, when he became an election judge, he and the as Wayne Raney and the Delmore Brothers and popuother officials allowed anyone who showed up to vote larized “A Fast Train Through Arkansas” and “The Del whether they were of age, had a poll tax or, later, had Rio Boogie.” Raney was impressed with Elliott’s richeven registered to vote. All the ballots were tossed into timbred voice and gift for easy gab and kept telling him the ballot box and counted. It didn’t matter. No one ever to get into radio because he had known far less talented double-checked the registration affidavits to see if the men who made it big. Elliott took his advice. He convertpeople who signed at the polls matched the number of ed the garage that housed his trucks into a radio station, votes cast. No one, Democrat or Republican, ever blew of which he was the owner, manager and chief on-air the whistle on the other side. voice. He also got into politics, although without much Rex said that the Republican candidates typically personal success. He lost two races for sheriff. would raise $20,000 to $30,000 among them to pay Rex’s friends did not seem as disquieted by the fraud voters and the Democrats usually raised about the same
amount. The candidates of a party would get together before the election and pool their money, usually $5,000 from the candidates for sheriff and county judge and smaller amounts for other offices. Someone would handle the cash and be responsible for the distribution to voters on election day or the day before. The evening before the election they would make the rounds of homes of people who regularly sold their votes to close the deal, although much of the bargaining took place on election day. In party primaries and in school elections, there were different methods but the bartering took place in nearly all elections. Rex estimated that a third of the votes in a typical general election were bought. Rex described how it went.
Creek was the biggest box in the county. You can’t ... I don’t care who or where, you can put her right in the election down here in Little Rock if you are voting ballots, and I’ll guarantee you she can mark more ballots and pull more crooked stuff than anybody you’ve got down here.
Q: How do you make sure that that person votes your list? A: We’ve got a man on the inside. We have to have a judge inside. Of course, the judges are usually about the same ones, just like the same guys that handle the money [and] the same people sell out year to year. The man inside will have different codes. One time it might be a grain of corn that he gives the man, and when he brings back this yellow grain of corn, for instance, we know the man voted right because our judge probably got to mark his ballot or he stood and looked over his shoulder. That way we sure didn’t want to spend money for a vote we didn’t get. Sometimes if the other side gets wise to this and they go to giving out grains of corn we will change and give out maybe a penny, a new penny, or just different codes that we used to know that the man voted right. Some cases, when you take them to the door, you walk close enough that you can see inside the polling place and see how they vote, to see if the judges are getting to mark their ballot or looking over their shoulder. Sometimes, the [election] judge will nod his head back at you that they voted right. Q: Who designates the judge inside the polling place? A: Most usually the candidates and the chairman of the party. They get together and try to decide who is the best for all concerned because sometimes you get a judge that may not be for one on that ticket. You’ve got to be careful when you are buying votes. You want to let every man’s money get what he pays for.
In party primaries and in school elections, there were different methods but the bartering took place in nearly all elections. Rex estimated that a third of the votes in a typical general election were bought.
Eaton described the haggling with voters over the price for voting for the Republican candidates. The price tended to go up during the day of the election.
They will come to you or they will say, “How much you’uns paying? You tell them and they will say, ‘Well, the other side is paying more.’ Or they will say, ‘That’s not enough, I’ll wait until it gets higher.’ You are standing out there bidding them off all day like you are buying cattle. The most he ever paid for a vote, Eaton said, was $75, although it was typical for a person to demand $100 for his and his wife’s votes. Eaton served as an election judge several times and usually marked the ballots for people who had sold their votes, although a few people insisted on marking their own ballots because they did not want others to know that they had sold their vote. He named his own sister Geneva, who had married a Republican politician, a former sheriff, as one of the craftiest vote manipulators in the county. She was a judge for every election in the box at Bear Creek, about a dozen miles southwest of Marshall on State Route 27. Bear
One old-timer thought the vote buying got started in the Depression because people needed a few dollars to buy shoes for their kids. A man always had a need for a few easy dollars. Elmer Gregory, who lived on a rural route near St. Joe, said he and a hunting buddy noticed a walkie-talkie set on sale for $39.95 at a store in Marshall, and they figured it would come in handy in the deer woods. They had no particular interest in the election but they went to the St. Joe box on election day and haggled with the vote buyers until the price got to $40. They took the $40, voted Republican, and bought the walkie-talkie set. Whether you were a Democrat or a Republican, the key to the system was a clutch of judges and clerks in every precinct who were dependable and resourceful. When a candidate put his money into the pool to buy votes, he deserved the assurance that people whose votes he had bought actually voted for him. Thus if a man came in to vote for the Republican slate but identified one of the candidates as someone he disliked and didn’t want to vote for, the judge marking the ballot for him would mark all the races except that one and then distract the man in conversation, mark it for the candidate who had paid, rip off the stub, and deposit the ballot and stub while the voter wasn’t watching. So it was important, Eaton said, to have the right judges and clerks for your side in each box so that you got all the votes for your side, legal or illegal, that were possible or at least that you had paid for. He said you had to be ready to beat down the other side, sometimes literally, if there were protests: Well, if you get a precinct set up just right you pretty well run it. The other candidates can sit there and object but still that don’t do them no good. I know I went down to Leslie one night to watch the vote count down there. Well, they was pulling some stuff off down there and I had a pistol on me and I just pulled it out and I backed them all up against the wall until help got down there to help me with it. If you’ve got the right people in there they will try, the other side, but if they don’t have enough strength they will try to argue against it but it don’t make any difference, you go ahead and run it the way you want to. If you are not hooked up that way, you do the best you can do.
Rex brought along a petition signed by fifty “voters and businessmen of Searcy County” saying they were dissatisfied with illegal-voting practices in the county and wanted them stopped. “These voting practices include Continued on page 12
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TEACHING DEMOCRACY: Sometimes you lecture, sometimes you litigate. buying and selling of votes, the gathering of candidates around polling places, and the casting of ballots other than one’s own,” it said. “We feel the time has come to end this type of activity and return to the lawful casting of votes and set the local political scene back upon the right path.” A few days later, he brought affidavits from several people recounting efforts to buy their votes or observing payments to voters. Armed with all that evidence, I announced at a press conference in Little Rock that I would file a federal lawsuit to stop the vote buying and other illegal practices, and direct poll watchers to monitor the general election inside every precinct in the county. I filed the suit in mid-September, six weeks before the election, and the case was assigned to Judge Terry Shell, who had issued the decree in the Conway County election suit in the spring. The plaintiffs were 88 residents of Searcy County and six TEL Institute supporters from around the state, including the redoubtable Blytheville newspaperman Hank Haines. The suit listed a number of illegal election practices, including the sale of votes for cash and whiskey, and contended that they violated the equal-protection rights of all voters in Searcy County and the rest of Arkansas
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because people were entitled to have their own votes counted and not diluted by fraudulent ballots. I asked for a speedy hearing, an order forbidding the practices in the general election, and the assignment of poll watchers inside every box in the county. The suit named the three county election commissioners—Will Goggin, another Democrat, and the Republican commissioner—and the county clerk, who was the voter registrar and supervisor and custodian of absentee votes. Judge Shell scheduled a hearing for Sept. 28, and I had subpoenas issued for the four defendants and a number of others who we believed were involved in the vote buying for both parties. They all showed up, sullen and nervous, at the United States Courthouse at Little Rock that morning with their attorneys, Gail O. Matthews and J. D. Patterson of Little Rock. Gail called to me in the hallway outside the courtroom. He said we needed to get some things worked out. It’s a little late, I said, because we’re going to trial in a few minutes. “There’s not going to be a trial,” Matthews said. Everyone in Searcy County, he said, knew that the vote buying and the other practices were normal occurrences and had been going on, as far as anyone knew,
since before any of them were born. But they were not going to get on the stand and admit they had committed felonies or lie about it. So he had advised all of them to take the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. Everyone, he said, was amenable to just stopping the whole mess. I notified Judge Shell that we had compromised the case, and we drafted a consent decree, which the judge signed that afternoon. They would admit the corruption but they wanted the order to say that while they knew about them, they did not personally participate in any of the illegal acts. The decree ordered an end to all the illegalities, directed the county to require all the judges and clerks for the November election to attend a seminar that I would conduct on how to administer an election and to properly count and record votes, and ordered county officials to allow poll watchers from outside the county to observe the election from inside every polling place. Copies of the order were to be given to every candidate for office and every election official in the county. Although I was apprehensive, the seminar for judges and clerks and other election officials in a courtroom at Marshall actually went well. I thought many seemed resentful but a number of the of-
ficials asked good questions. I explained exactly what the law required them to do in each polling place and in the clerk’s office, and I emphasized the penalties for violating the law, especially any effort to influence a person’s vote with cash, intoxicating spirits or other favors or participating in any way in such a scheme. Forty poll watchers, mostly students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, watched the voting and counting that day. I had gotten myself into a situation that might be perceived as a conflict of interest, so I excused myself as the attorney in the lawsuit the week before the election and Jack Lavey, a Little Rock labor and employment lawyer, supervised the poll-watching operation. He and Walter Davidson, another Little Rock lawyer who was president of Common Cause, would handle the suit for the next two years. Republicans had swept the Democrats from power in the 1974 election and they won this one by big margins. They obviously realized that they enjoyed a natural advantage even without the dissemination of cash and whiskey, which accounted for the sudden interest of so many of them in clean elections. TEL Institute petitioned Judge Shell in 1977 and 1978 to order poll watchers for school elections, primaries, and the general election, and he did. A final consent decree in 1979 directed the county to keep elections free of taint in the future. Rex Elliott continued his campaign to clean up the elections. He heard about a county that had bought new voting machines and was casting off its old ones. Rex and a friend pooled their money and bought a half-dozen used machines, and brought them back to Marshall. Parts of the county cast their ballots on voting machines for the first time in 1978. I was never so naïve as to believe that they were always or ever simon-pure or that the sheer physical danger of electioneering ever subsided. In a school election in September 1976 watched over by our poll watchers, an election judge parked outside the school at St. Joe where the election was held. Robert Dittrich, a law student at Little Rock who would later become prosecuting attorney for life in southeast Arkansas, asked why the school was closed for the day. It was closed, the election judge told him, so that in the event of gunplay no children would get in the way. When the election official returned to her car alongside Dittrich after the vote counting, two of her tires had been slashed. When she pulled a pistol from her glove compartment and marched across the school lot and back into the school, Dittrich figured that his
work was done and headed down US Highway 65 for home.
udge Shell’s decree and the ’76 election regrettably did not foreclose my further education on the Byzantine politics and electioneering in those hills. In the late evening of Feb. 9, nearly nine months before the election, Billy Joe Holder, a six-term Democratic sheriff who had lost to the Republican Loren Reeves in 1974, was watching television while his wife, June, sat across the living room crocheting. Someone put a shotgun barrel against the window screen, aimed between the potted plants on the windowsill, and shot Holder in the head. The big redhead, who had been the nation’s youngest sheriff when he was first elected in 1950, died en route to the hospital. Someone had cut the telephone wire to the Holder house, and to call the state police his wife had to use a police radio in Holder’s car. He had gotten a job as an agent of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board after his defeat. June wouldn’t let Sheriff Reeves in the house when he came the next day. Nearly five months later, the police arrested Robert A. Baysinger, a local bootlegger, his wife, Nina, and two other men, Charles Dye and Norman Keith Sutterfield, and charged them with involvement in Holder’s murder. Baysinger supposedly hired Sutterfield to kill Holder because Holder had arrested his wife for bootlegging and the others were accomplices to the murder. Baysinger would be tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without parole, but the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed his conviction because of the misuse of a recorded admission of his involvement. He was tried again and acquitted. Charges against the alleged triggerman, Sutterfield, were dropped because he produced witnesses who said they drank beer with him in Missouri the evening of the shooting, and charges were dropped against the other two as well. Except for Baysinger’s short time in prison after his original conviction, no one was ever punished for Holder’s murder. Sheriff Reeves was an instant suspect after the murder and spent the summer and fall loudly protesting the whisper campaign against him by the Democrats, especially my old friend and law school classmate Kenneth R. Smith, who had been the prosecuting attorney for the Fourteenth Circuit since 1973. My first venture into election sleuthing had been in the summer of 1964, when I went to Yellville Continued on page 14
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to investigate a whiskey-for-votes scam in Smith’s race for state representative. Two weeks before the ’76 election, in which Reeves was running for reelection, the prosecutor charged Reeves with being an accessory to the murder of his political enemy and hindering the prosecution of the murderers. Reeves said it was all politics aimed at defeating him in the election. Voters must have believed him because they re-elected him 2,263 to 1,392, a much bigger margin than his victory over Holder two years earlier. Holder’s embittered wife ran against the Republican county clerk and she, too, was beaten badly. There was no sympathy for a widow in that county, and there had been rumors, encouraged by Sheriff Reeves, that she was the real culprit in her husband’s death. Reeves asked me to defend him, and although I had little real experience as a criminal lawyer, I agreed. I figured that I would need help and associated Richard Mays, who had little more experience than I had, as co-counsel. It was a good thing. When I collapsed during the trial, from the heat, tension, exhaustion or something, Richard was able to take over for a day. I made it back for the closing arguments. Sheriff Reeves, as I would discover, did not have the most endearing alibis, but the state did not have any direct evidence linking him with his political enemy’s murder. The previous fall, Baysinger had told Reeves that he wanted to kill Holder for arresting his wife and he wondered if Reeves would like to invest in putting his old political foe out of his way for good. Weeks before Holder’s murder, Baysinger met Sheriff Reeves on the bank of the Buffalo River at the US Highway 65 bridge north of Marshall and asked if he had thought any more about their earlier conversation. Reeves would later tell the FBI and juries at two trials that Baysinger had asked him that day for $2,000 to “take care of it” but that he had refused and told Baysinger that he shouldn’t kill Holder. For four and a half months after Holder’s murder, the sheriff told no one about the conversations although the state police and FBI questioned him extensively. He told the investigators that Baysinger was a hunting buddy and wouldn’t kill anybody. Reeves finally told them about the conversations and agreed to collaborate in taping a conversation with Baysinger in the parking lot of the Sunset Cafe at US Highway 65 and State Route 27 at Marshall, in which Baysinger told the sheriff that he had hired a Conway man, Sutterfield, to kill Holder. On the stand, Reeves said he had kept silent because Baysinger had told him the day after the murder
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The sheriff denied it all. He did admit that he had bought three gallons of moonshine in 1974 to bribe people to vote for him rather than Holder but insisted that he had made no promise not to arrest them after he got elected. that he had “damned sure better keep my mouth shut” or the bootlegger would sell his pickup truck to get enough money to hire someone to kill him, too. “I said I wouldn’t say nothing,” the sheriff testified. We told the jury in our closing argument that he had good reason to be terrified because while the six-footfour sheriff was a big and powerful man, he was no match for an assassin’s rifle. Throughout all the trials, politics and electioneering and whiskey were unifying threads. The prosecution insinuated that despite his victory, Reeves was so embittered by the 1974 election that he tried to block Holder’s hiring as an Alcoholic Beverage Control agent. They tried to prove that Reeves had set up a phony raid on Baysinger’s still to stymie Holder and that Sheriff Reeves had agreed to let
the moonshiners operate undisturbed in exchange for their support against Holder. The sheriff denied it all. He did admit that he had bought three gallons of moonshine in 1974 to bribe people to vote for him rather than Holder but insisted that he had made no promise not to arrest them after he got elected. Aside from the circumstantial evidence of Reeves’s enmity for Holder and his association with Baysinger, the state’s case was weak. I had a vague feeling starting from the voir dire of prospective jurors that the evidence was not going to make much difference either way. Community feelings were going to decide it. Most people were convinced, if they wanted to be, that the charges against the sheriff were politically motivated, perhaps because everything in Searcy County was
politically motivated. One of the state’s star witnesses was FBI agent Jack Knox, who would investigate the sheriff off and on for another five years. On cross-examination, Knox insisted that the charges had nothing to do with the approaching election in the sheriff’s race. Mays then asked him if he had not confided to the local Farrah Fawcett look-alike, with whom he had struck up a warm friendship, that the charges had been timed to influence the election. The young woman, who must have reminded the FBI man of Jill Munroe, Fawcett’s role in the then-popular TV series Charlie’s Angels, was in the courtroom. The agent hung his head and muttered something. The judge asked him to speak up. “Yes,” he said. The jury acquitted the sheriff on the murder charges but could not reach a verdict on whether he had impeded the investigation. He was tried again for hindering the investigation and the second jury acquitted him, too. The violence didn’t end with the acquittals. A few months later, someone fired a shotgun at Baysinger as he was on the highway near Harriet. Someone parked a pickup truck with explosives in the carport of Sutterfield’s father at Big Flat. As for Sheriff Reeves, he kept winning and getting charged with felonies until 1982. Richard Mays defended him in 1978 on federal charges of bagging and selling marijuana that his deputies had confiscated in raids. Reeves was the prime suspect in a state police and FBI investigation of the death of a teenager whose body was found in a car that had wrecked and burned on a county road a few miles north of Marshall in November 1979, but no charges were ever filed. “The FBI likes to look at me,” the sheriff told a reporter for the Arkansas Gazette. The FBI, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and the state police nailed him again in 1982, and this time he and a deputy sheriff were convicted in US District Court at Fort Smith of distributing marijuana. The trial followed the general election by two months. This time the sheriff lost. Clean elections aren’t guaranteed to produce clean government or even very desirable results. They can only give the public the satisfaction of knowing that the wishes of people who cared enough to vote were reflected with the maximum possible accuracy. The people of Searcy County got reasonably honest elections in 1976 and 1978 and they were happy about it, but I would not warrant that votes were never sold again.
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Editorial n As Hutchinsons go (not far enough, in our opinion), we’d considered Donna relatively inoffensive, perhaps a cut above her relations. Now it appears we’ve been too generous in our estimation of the state representative from Bella Vista. This is a mistake we’ve made before with Republican legislators, striving as we do to give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe one day we’ll be able to see them at first glance as they really are, and not as we’d like them to be – that is, responsible, well-informed, truthful. We’re slowly catching on that any one of those qualities will get a person thrown out of the modern Republican/Tea Party. Over Gov. Mike Beebe’s objections, the legislature this year approved $35 million in tax cuts, mostly initiated by Republicans. Republicans of the past, the kind who could balance a checkbook, knew that if you reduce government income, government outgo will have to shrink too. Sure enough, the Department of Human Services has announced that it must cut in half the state’s payments to foster parents who care for children with behavior and emotional problems. (These children have no lobbyists, unlike the corporate interests the tax-cutters aim to please.) Fearing the blame that she and her colleagues deserve, Hutchinson has accused the governor, who’d tried to protect DHS and other worthy state programs from the tax-cutters, of being the guilty party. Michele Bachmann could not have been more reckless or cynical. Governor Beebe noted as much in his near-perfect response: “Rep. Hutchinson’s comments are the worst kind of demagoguery and represent one of the most troubling issues we face in politics today: There are too many politicians at all levels of government who campaign for and vote for tax cuts, who then want to run and hide, or blame someone else, when the inevitable spending cuts follow.” The politicians he spoke of have their journalistic enablers, we confess. Commentators in the national media refuse to admit that the Republican effort to destroy Medicare is an effort to destroy Medicare, and they attack those who let the truth slip out. When Republican congressmen propose to reduce funding for programs that fight infant mortality in poor countries, TV correspondents bristle at the suggestion that children kept alive by these programs will die without them. Actions have consequences. There is no free lunch. Representative Hutchinson has yet to learn these simple lessons. We, on the other hand, along with Governor Beebe, now know painfully well the sort of dirty business that rightwing lawmakers indulge in. How to get them to stop is the question.
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PROTEST IN GRAFFITI: A convenience store at 1901 Wright Ave — closed by court order as a nuisance on June 22, less than a week after a murder in the parking lot there — now features protest signs and graffiti apparently placed there by the owner. The graffiti implies that the owner was unwelcome because he is Muslim.
The changing Times n Elsewhere in this week’s Arkansas Times, an article notes a change in leadership. I’m stepping down as editor, a job I’ve held since the Times became a weekly the first week of May 1992. Lindsey Millar, who’s overseen feature coverage (and much more), will be taking over. This completes a transition that began last summer, when I told the editorial staff that I’d be giving up this job in a year. The date was mostly arbitrary, the traditional start of state government’s fiscal year and not long after my 61st birthday. The change falls four weeks shy of 1,000 issues of the Times with me as editor, but what difference would round numbers make? I had an opportunity last summer to spend a lot of time in thought. My daughter was hospitalized in New York with a dangerous infection. I passed the slow, nervous hours in the NYU med center ICU doing my editing duties from afar, by computer and my first-ever cell phone (an iPhone that instantly proved its utility). I decided then, as I contemplated all the life-anddeath facts you contemplate in dire health situations, that the time was near for change — for me and the newspaper. The Times has a small staff, but it’s rich in talent. Stepping aside seemed a way to open up avenues for others to advance. Change — and new ideas — can be good things. We are no longer just a weekly newspaper, but a media company with a dynamic website and a growing roster of new features. The redesigned and more useful website and many of the new features — including a growing database of public information and weekly podcasts — are the products of the drive and ingenuity of Lindsey Miller. He is particularly well-suited to respond to the changes upending the old order of news media. He’s an Arkansas native. He has broad interests. He has the same commitment to preserving an alternative voice in Arkansas that brought me to the Times almost 20 years ago. The core of this publication has always
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THEN: 996 issues later, a new editor. been vigorous, progressive commentary and public interest reporting. That is not going to change. I’m not going anywhere, by the way. I’ll continue to write a column. I’ll continue to blog seven days a week. I hope to do more original reporting for the Arkansas Blog. Yes, I hope to travel more, without the burden of editing tasks that in the past went undone or were dumped on others. I didn’t just go to work for the Times in December 1991. I invested in it and its mission. A new generation of leadership protects that investment. I’ve never felt better about the future.
Big trucks roll over Beebe, legislature n It is nearly impossible to believe that a powerful lobbying group could be falsehearted and harder still to believe that the Arkansas legislature and Governor Beebe could be rolled by a big special interest, but we were left last week to contemplate those possibilities. It seemed almost too good, too noble, to be true at the time, but the Arkansas Trucking Association went to the state Highway Commission, the legislature and the governor last winter volunteering to pay a higher tax on diesel, five cents a gallon. It rarely happens that someone volunteers to pay higher taxes. The primary highway routes that the trucks travel are crumbling under the pounding of the heavy rigs, and the new levy on diesel would support a $1.1 billion bond issue to repair and improve them. Fuelefficient vehicles and high gasoline prices are shrinking the state’s maintenance revenues. But the industry wanted a little tax concession to balance their sacrifice. So in the spring the association worked out a deal with the legislature and governor. The industry would support the tax increase at a special election that Governor Beebe would call. The quid pro quo
Ernest Dumas was that the legislature would pass and Beebe would sign an act to exempt their big tractors and trailers from state sales and use taxes. Many anti-tax Republicans supported the diesel tax increase because it would be left to the voters and because there would be a tax cut in the bargain, too. But last week the association told Beebe that he should not call the election on the diesel tax because it had conducted a poll showing that Arkansas voters were overwhelmingly opposed to the trucks paying more taxes for tearing up the roads. The election, you see, would simply be a waste of taxpayers’ money. But it wants to keep the tax exemption, which it now views as a separate matter from the diesel tax. The sales tax exemption is not subject to the people’s vote. That law is on the books, though the legislature could repeal it. People of a low and suspicious nature
Texan wooed by Arkansas kook caucus n Texas Gov. Rick Perry represents everything that 20 of the most extreme rightwing Republicans in the Arkansas State House of Representatives want in their next president. So they sent this near-tea partier a public letter the other day imploring him to do his country the noble favor of seeking the presidency, a prospect he seems to be edging toward. Perry spoke at a tea party rally in April 2009 at which some participants were yelling for Texas to secede from these great and proud United States. Afterward a reporter asked Perry what he thought about all that secession racket. Perry said that he didn’t endorse it, but that Texans were an independent lot and that you never knew what might happen if President Obama did not stop over-spending and pushing the government to exert too much control over our lives. This means that Perry may soon be the first post-Civil War American presidential candidate to have spoken openly of the
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prospect of his home state’s illegal secession from the country he would be offering to lead. It all sounds odder than it actually is, most likely. The best explanation is that Perry was merely fearful of the tea party and used his silly answer to appease the zanies to whom he had just spoken. That should be reassuring, knowing, that is, that Perry is a pandering fraidy-cat rather than one seriously pondering the partial dissolution of America. Perry is against the very idea of an income tax, which Texas does not have, and has even said that the greatest mistake the federal government ever made was granting itself the constitutional authority to take portions of personal incomes.
smelled a rat. The truckers merely wanted a tax cut and the offer of a diesel-tax hike was a ruse to get it. But the industry says that is not so. The association purported to be disappointed that the electorate was against the truckers paying higher taxes to repair the roads they damaged. That could be the case. Or some in the industry might have awakened to the realities that their nobler elements had created. Governor Beebe was making no accusations, but he seemed to be a trifle irked. He said if there was not going to be a diesel tax there would not be a tax exemption either. He would ask the legislature to repeal it. The legislative sponsors of the bills said they would seek repeal, too. But getting a majority vote to repeal a tax cut will not be a snap even if that was the understanding all along. Not many Republicans are going to vote to end a tax break for an industry. If the industry goes to the mat it can keep its exemption. If the exemption took money away from the schools, medical care and colleges, the industry would win that battle easily. But a proviso in the act transfers money from the highway fund to the general fund to offset the loss of sales tax revenues. The highway lobby will not take that loss sitting down. A suspicious person would wonder about the truckers’ poll. To the average motorist, the big tractor rigs are the bane of the roadways. It makes little sense that he would not want the big trucks to pay to
repair the roads they tear up. The alternative is that motorists or the general public ultimately pay higher taxes to get the work done. Polls can be made to show whatever the sponsor wants them to show. People know that the heavy rigs do the road damage, but they are not attuned to the arcane details of highway legislation. They respond to how much the polltaker tells them. For example, does the polltaker tell them that farmers would be exempt from paying the tax on their diesel fuel and that most of the taxes would be paid by the big trucks? Governor Beebe ought to call the election anyway. Without the big trucks paying a small part of their share of road improvements, who in the world will vote to pay higher taxes themselves, through a general sales tax, to build a system of superhighways that could not be maintained? That is the second part of the program, and it will automatically go to the voters in 2012. If the trucking industry genuinely favors the diesel tax, who would spend the big money to defeat it—well, other than Americans for Prosperity, the billionaire boys club founded by the billionaire Koch brothers? It would stir the tea-party faithful to get out and vote against a tax on a big industry, but who else? If the anti-tax hysteria is as pervasive as the truckers say and people are blinded to their own self-interest, we are in worse shape than we imagined.
But it is simply a fact that a tax on incomes with a rate that rises according to income is the most efficient and fair way to generate money for government services. Sales taxes hit poor people hardest. Natural resource taxes have their place, but they are unequal from place to place and, after all, they rely on depletion of nonrenewable resources. Some people like sin taxes, on alcohol and cigarettes, but those put the government in the position of depending on destructive citizen behavior. Income taxes that exempt the lowest incomes and with rates that rise as incomes rise — they’re hated, yes, and they can be made unfair by exemptions and deductions and credits. But they’re hard to beat for money collected reliably and universally. It is a standard Republican thing to want to cut income taxes in a way that would return most of the dollars to the richest people. But to want to do away with the income tax altogether — well, it will certainly net you a preemptive endorsement from the kook caucus of the state House of Representatives up in Arkansas. We’re talking there about people like the backslid columnist, David Sanders, and those Meeks boys from Conway and that Biviano fellow from Searcy who had
that fender-bender outside the Capitol Hotel one recent Saturday night. Perry also has consented to all that churchifying of the school textbooks by his state’s elected Board of Education. He just appointed a member to the chairmanship of that board who insists on teaching creationism. Perry plans on hosting a mass Christian prayer rally in Houston in August. Perry also just vetoed a bill to make it against the law to drive a car and send a text message at the same time. He called this attempt at life-saving “government meddling.” Perhaps his free and independent nation of Texas would permit no silly seat belts, either. If Perry runs, he will be the best Republican candidate. That is because he balances the rightward-appealing kookiness of Michele Bachmann with an admittedly stellar job creation record in Texas that trumps anything the mainstream Mitt Romney can say or claim to have done. So bring it on, Obama v. Perry, the great American debate — apologetic liberalism versus a semi-libertarian and conservative Christian theocracy. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 29, 2011 17
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Crispin Glover comes to town
Avant-garde film to screen in Little Rock, Hot Springs. BY ROBERT BELL
hile most moviegoers are probably familiar with Crispin Hellion Glover from his singular roles in “Back to the Future,” “River’s Edge,” “Willard” and the “Charlie’s Angels” films, his reputation as a creator of startlingly out-there films and books is more well-known among cinema buffs. His films “What Is It?” (2005) and “It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine” (2007) are part of a trilogy, and have earned plaudits from a bevy of film critics, several of whom have put the films in the rarified company of legends like Fellini, Buñuel and Werner Herzog. Glover will be in Central Arkansas this weekend to screen “It Is Fine!” at Market Street Cinema in Little Rock on Saturday and the Malco in Hot Springs on Sunday. “It Is Fine!” was directed by Glover and David Brothers and stars Steven C. Stewart, who wrote the script in the late ’70s and had severe cerebral palsy. His character has a fixation on women with long hair, and over the course of the film he seduces and murders several of same, including a mother and then her teen-age daughter. Glover has said that Stewart – who died in 2000, shortly after the film was shot – “wanted to show that handicapped people are human, sexual and can be horrible.” Glover was awestruck by the script, which he first encountered in 1987. “I am relieved to have gotten this film finally completed, because ever since I read the screenplay in 1987, I knew I had to produce the film and also produce it correctly,” he told the Arkansas Times via e-mail. “I would not have felt right about myself if I had not gotten Steve’s film made, I would have felt that I had done something wrong and that I had actually done a bad thing if I had not gotten it made.” Glover wrote that “It Is Fine!” “will probably be the best film I will have anything to do with in my entire career.” Now, before you fire up your Netflix or OnDemand or BitTorrent (shame on you!) to try to watch Glover’s films in the confines of your home, there’s one thing you should
know: Don’t bother. You’ll only see these films by attending one of his screenings. Glover outlined several reasons for eschewing the conventional model of theatrical/home release for his films. “There are benefits and drawbacks about self-distributing my own films,” he wrote. “In this economy, it seems like touring with the live show and showing the films with a book signing is a very good basic safety net for recouping the monies I have invested in the films.” This model, which he said follows in the steps of Vaudeville entertainers, allows him to prevent piracy and supervise the monetary intake of the films. But there are beneficial aspects of touring with the shows beyond the monetary concerns. After all, how many celebrated filmmakers can say they’ve been in the room with every person who has ever watched their movies? Prior to screening “It Is Fine!” Glover will present a dramatic narration of an hour-long slide show featuring excerpts from eight of his books. After the film, he’ll answer audience questions and sign copies of his books. You can check out trailers for the films and find a tour schedule at www.crispinglover.com, although squares, prudes and, of course, children, should probably steer clear. Everyone else should take advantage of this rare opportunity to see a highly touted film in the presence of its creator. Read the Times’ interview with Glover at arktimes.com/ crispinglover.
OUT THERE: Steven C. Stewart wrote and starred in Crispin Glover's 2007 film "It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine." Glover (below) will screen the film Saturday night in Little Rock and Sunday night in Hot Springs.
Slide show with dramatic narration, screening of “It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine” and a Q&A and booksigning with Crispin Glover. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Market Street Cinema 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Malco Theater in Hot Springs. Both shows are $20, cash only, no presales.
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10 p.m., White Water Tavern, $5.
n You might remember the ’90s Chicago skronk-meisters of U.S. Maple, who released several albums of art-damaged freakout via the Drag City and Skin Graft labels. Todd Rittmann, guit-slinger for the aforementioned act, is now in Dead Rider, a band that travels somewhat similar territory, but with a bit creepier vibe. Twitchy, nervous beats back up menacing synth tones, anguished guitar/ saxophone interplay and some beautiful singing from Andrea Faught. Check out the hypnotic, spaghetti-Western guitar snaking around on “Dear Blocks” from the band’s recently released “The Raw Dents.” Spin scribe Joe Gross wrote that Dead Rider’s latest sounds “… like Scott Walker staggering through the desert, preaching the gospel of Beefheart.” That’s an apt description, as the album reminded this writer, too, of later period Walker, he of nightmarescapes like “Tilt” and “The Drift.” Fayetteville bludgeoners Egypter open the show.
CHANNELING THE KILLER: Jason D. Williams chases the boogie-woogie, piano-pounding legacy of Jerry Lee Lewis at Revolution.
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n Though he was born in El Dorado, Jason D. Williams is a genuine Memphis Madman, a hyperactive, convulsive piano pounder who draws deeply from the musical traditions of his adopted city. He got his start at the tender age of 16, playing in the backup band of another Arkansas native, the legendary Sleepy LaBeef. Of course, Williams’ rockabilly repertoire, manic playing, spastic stage presence and wild shock of blond hair make comparisons to Jerry Lee Lewis unavoidable. And he performs a litany of the Killer’s hits, including “Great Balls of Fire” and “Drinkin’ Wine Spodee-O-Dee.” He’s shared the stage with his forefather. There’s a great clip online of Williams, Lewis and Mickey Gilley playing “What’d I Say?” on Music City Tonight. This should be a highenergy show, with plenty of boogiewoogie, rock ’n’ roll and kicked-over piano stools.
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RYAN COURON 9 p.m., Juanita’s, $10.
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9 p.m., Revolution, $10 adv., $15 d.o.s.
FAMILIAR FACE, NEW STAGE: Little Rock country singer Ryan Couron gets to christen the stage at Juanita’s new home in the River Market. be hard pressed to find a performer more poised to break through to bigger stages than Ryan Couron. The 20-something Little Rocker, who impressed us in the 2011 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, charts similar waters as Nashville titans like Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt. As far as local live music venues go, Juanita’s has been among the more storied places to play in the capital city. So getting to break in Juanita’s new stage at 614 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market is a fairly auspicious gig, and Couron seems like a great fit. He gigs often and has a solid following, but even if you don’t think country music is your thing, it’ll be a great opportunity to check out the
new room and the beginning of the next chapter of a renowned venue.
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MATT BAUER AND DANA FALCONBERRY
6 p.m., Artchurch Studio, $10.
n If you dig sparsely gorgeous folk tunes with mostly acoustic instrumentation, hushed singing and sweetly sad melodies, the last decade or so has been good to you, what with your Iron & Wines and Bon Ivers and Fleet Foxeses and Devendra Banharts and M. Wards,
not to mention continuous, excellent output from their predecessors such as Will Oldham and Bill Callahan. All of which is to say, if that sort of thing is your bag, you’ll want to check out Matt Bauer and Dana Falconberry. Bauer is a Brooklyn-based singer and picker of the banjo and guitar who’s earned acclaim from a variety of sources, including Thrasher Magazine (!). Falconberry is out of Austin, but is a Hendrix alumna who has played the area often, so you might already be familiar with her. The two began collaborating in recent months and have been on a goddang gigantic tour since early June. They’ve got a positively beautiful two-song EP on bandcamp.com right now that reminds this writer of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s incredible, way underrated “Master and Everyone” from back in aught-three.
R. STEVIE MOORE
9 p.m., White Water Tavern, $7.
n People: Please, please, please do not miss this show. That is, if you have any interest whatsoever in the work of a bona fide pop genius who’s been toiling away on the margins of the musical landscape for 30-some-odd years, releasing thousands of songs scattered across 400-plus cassettes and CD-Rs. When he was just a teen-ager, R. Stevie Moore began recording his own bizarro pop tunes of just about every flavor you could imagine, from proggy guitar shredding to Byrds-y jangle to raging rockers and new wave ravers and unnerving, plaintive spoken-word interludes and everything that falls between
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7 p.m., Ozark Folk Center State Park, $35.
CROSS-COUNTRY COLLABORATORS: Dana Falconberry and Matt Bauer bring their beautiful harmonies and delicate, folky arrangements to the Art Church in Hot Springs.
n The question of who was the first country rock band is a subject of intense debate among guys who don’t have girlfriends and spend too much time at the record store. Was it Gram Parsons’ International Submarine Band or The Byrds circa “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” or Michael Nesmith’s post-Monkees outfit The First National Band? Though they weren’t the first, the case could be made that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was the truest country rock band. Take a listen to 1972’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” an album littered with top-tier country guests like Mother Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson. Now that’s country. Or a rock band playing country. Or something. Anyway, what’s not up for debate is that the band is one of the longest running of the first wave of such acts. Although the years have seen some lineup changes, the core trio of founders Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden and longtime member John McEuen remains.
POPS ON THE RIVER
5:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre, Free.
HOME-TAPING IS SAVING MUSIC: And it’s all thanks to twisted pop pioneers like R. Stevie Moore, who plays at The White Water Tavern. those points. And he hasn’t stopped since then. See, these cats like Moore and Bob Pollard can’t really help it. The muse is screaming in their ears and the only way to shut her up is to churn out pop gem after frazzled, fractured, warped pop gem. Lucky us. To be sure, there’s some rough surrounding the diamonds, such as the occasional sharp turn into a lengthy piece of tape experiment/musique concrete, but the mine is deep and it is well worth exploring. You might get lost in there, but you probably won’t miss the outside world. So God bless fellow traveler Ariel Pink, who cites Moore’s influence on his own brand of mutated AM sounds and has helped shine a light on his sonic forbearer. While Moore has played occasional live shows over the years, this is his first full-scale tour, and he’s backed by Tropical Ooze, from Brooklyn. Little Rock’s Sea Nanners open the show.
Once more, with feeling: Do not miss this.
SPA CITY METAL FEST 5 p.m., Maxine’s, $8 adv., $10 door
n Now this right here is what you call a good ol’ fashioned grip of Arkansas metal bands, headlined by one of the state’s best acts of any era or genre. If you don’t know Rwake by now, you need to get out from under that mossy rock. The sludge band’s 2002 album “Hell is a Door to the Sun” was just remixed, remastered and reissued by Relapse Records, and the group is set to drop “Rest,” its fourth album, later this summer. This show starts early. After all, including Rwake there are eight bands on the bill: From Which We Came, Legions Await, Murder in August, Seemless, This Island Earth, Vail and She Breathes Fire.
n Even the most Godless, America-hating, terrorist-coddling, climate-change-insisting, gun-grabbing, Kenyan-born-presidentsupporting, lamestream-media-believing, big-government-loving, tofu-dog-eating, tinfoil-hat-mocking, wealth-redistributing, latte-sipping, hybrid-driving, capital-“L” Liberals love a bitchin’ fireworks display. They can’t even help it, overpowered as they are by the expression of our nation’s singular badassness via the radiant splendor of bombs bursting in air. Now don’t even bother trying to verify that statement with any so-called evidence, because it’s not based on some egghead professor’s junk science. Rather, it’s purely a bald, faith-based assertion by a Real American, and is therefore undeniably true. Don’t forget to vote in the finals for Oh, Say! Can You Sing? at 6:30 p.m. (Democracy!). Amphitheater seating is first-come, first-served (Manifest Destiny!), but bring a blanket or folding chair (Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps!). No pets and no coolers, as vendors will be selling refreshments (The Free Market!). And even though it seems like some sorta socialist handout, it’s free to get in. Cash and non-perishable food donations will be accepted on behalf of hunger relief organization Arkansas Rice Depot.
n Kick back and relax to the sounds of DJ Greyhound in the comfy confines of Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. Sway offers a cure for the summertime blues with DJs Sleepy Genius and Silky Slim, 9 p.m., $5. Singer and songwriter Adam Faucett explores the outer edges of desperation, heartache and wonder, returning to bring us nuggets of the finest folk-rock you’re likely to encounter anywhere, Maxine’s, 9 p.m., free. Check out a comedy about three con artists being thwarted by their elderly mark in “Everybody Loves Opal” at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. through July 23, $23-$33. Check calendar for other times. It’s your last chance to catch the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Othello” at 7:30 p.m., UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall.
n The Arkansas Shakespeare Theater brings The Bard’s comic romp “As You Like It” to the Argenta Community Theater for the first of four performances, 7:30 p.m., $25-$35. It’s a big damn mess of rock ’n’ roll with San Antokyo, Brother Andy and The Drunken Angels at the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. Gold Diggin’ Mothers pay tribute to the Southern indie-boogie giants Kings of Leon at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. Get your dance on with DJs Frankie Vega, Bobby Rainmaker, Ewell and Joseph Holmes at Downtown Music, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Blues breakouts NeverTrain join host and emcee Epiphany for a rooftop party at the Peabody, 8 p.m., $5. Nine Lives Spent rocks the Fox and Hound at 9 p.m., $5. Catch some early fireworks for free at Spa Blast!, 5 p.m., Oaklawn. Based on the memoirs of famed burlesque striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, “Gypsy” returns to The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $12-$20.
n Throw Down aboard the Arkansas Queen with The One Love Crew’s “All Everything Party Cruise,” with plenty of R&B, reggae, blues, hip hop and old school jams, 10:30 p.m., 100 Riverfront Park Drive, $25. All aboard for Mojo Depot, which headlines an evening of bluesy funkified jamming at Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. Big-time country chart-topper Rodney Atkins takes to the stage at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., free with paid admission or an extra $5-$10 for reserved seating. Check out “Moonlight and Magnolias,” a farce that depicts the last-minute re-write of the entire script of “Gone With the Wind,” at Hot Springs’ Central Theatre, 8 p.m., $22.50. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 29, 2011 21
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 MUSIC
Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Darryl Edwards. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Knee Deep, Attack the Mind, Critical Mass. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Matt Sammons, Sheldon Wheaton. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. www.willydspianobar.com. Mayday By Midnight. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Monkhouse. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $2. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
Valarie Storm. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; June 30, 8 p.m.; July 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; July 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Poker Championship. The build-up to the $25,000 Arkansas Poker Tournament began June 13 with the first of 20 qualifying rounds to be held over the course of 10 weeks. Oaklawn Park will host a poker tournament every Monday and Wednesday through Aug. 17. The top 60 qualifiers will go head-to-head in the final set for Wed., Aug. 24. The final will offer $25,000 in guaranteed prize money with at least $10,000 going to the winner. Oaklawn, through Aug. 17: 5:30 p.m., $60 buy-in amount. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-6234411, ext. 602. www.oaklawn.com. Science Cafe: “Up, Up & Away — Atmospheric Science.” The Afterthought, 7 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com.
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bands from Little Rock and the surrounding areas. Mediums Art Lounge, through Aug. 17: 6:30 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Audrey Kelley. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. Dead Rider, Egypter. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. “V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJs SilkySlim and Derrty Deja Blu. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jason D. Williams. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. www.zacks-place.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Not in the Face. Vino’s, 9 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-nhowl.com. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
Valarie Storm. The Loony Bin, June 30, 8 p.m.; July 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; July 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Dreamland Drive-In: “The Blues Brothers.” Dreamland Ballroom, 8 p.m. 800 W. 9th St. 501-2555700. Riverflicks: “How to Train Your Dragon.” North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www. northlittlerock.org.
INVASION OF THE MCs: New York-based underground M.C. Louis Logic brings his old-school-sampling, lovin’- and drinkin’-themed jams to Stickyz. Logic’s latest, “Me & Everyone You Know,” is true to its name, featuring collaborations with other artists on every track. Connecticut polymath and mile-a-minute rapper Ceschi Ramos and Little Rock’s indefatigable Renaissance man 607 open the show, which starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Cover is $10.
Beginning Yarn Spinning Class. Glenda Hershberger, spinner and teacher at the Ozark Folk Center, will teach a class about how to make a variety of yarns. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 10 a.m., $225. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. 870-269-3851.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30 MUSIC
“BLISS.” Music by DJ Klassik. Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave.
“Sway’s Summer Cure.” DJs Sleepy Genius and Silky Slim play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582.
4 Elementz (headliner), Mayday by Midnight (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Adam Faucett. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Alternative Wednesdays. Features alternative
FRIDAY, JULY 1 MUSIC
DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Frankie Vega, Bobby Rainmaker, Ewell, Joseph Holmes. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Tim Anthony and Friends. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
1 Oz. Jig. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. D-Mite and Tho-d Studios Showcase. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Gold Diggin’ Mothers — Kings of Leon Tribute. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Joecephus. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Mister Lucky. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. NeverTrain, Epiphany. The Peabody Little Rock, 8 p.m., $5. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. www. peabodylittlerock.com. Nine Lives Spent. Fox And Hound, 9 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. North Little Rock Community Concert Band. Lakewood Village Amphitheatre, 7 p.m. Lakewood Village, NLR. Romalice (headliner), Ben & Doug (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Ryan Couron. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Salt & Pepper Band. Oaklawn, 9 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. JULY 20: CJ Ramone. 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Downtown Music Hall, 211 W. Capitol. 376-1819. OCT. 4: Taylor Swift. 7 p.m., $27-$71. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com. San Antokyo, Brother Andy, Drunken Angels. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. $5. www. whitewatertavern.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. White Chocolate. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net.
Valarie Storm. The Loony Bin, July 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; July 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
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. Patriotic Spectacular. Includes live music, face painting and inflatables for kids and a fireworks display. Jacksonville High School, 6:30 p.m. 2400 Linda Lane, Jacksonville. Spa Blast! Fireworks, live music, mini airshow, and more family fun. No coolers, refreshments will be sold. Oaklawn, 5 p.m., Free. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 2 MUSIC
“All Everything Party Cruise.” The One Love Crew presents a party on the Arkansas River, featuring R&B, reggae, blues, hip hop and old school jams. Arkansas Queen, 10:30 p.m., $25. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. 501-744-8842. www.arkansasqueen.com. “Inferno.” DJs Silky Slim, Greyhound, Deja Blu play Hip Hop and R&B, plus drink specials. Sway, 9 p.m., $10. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Dana Falconberry and Matt Bauer. Artchurch Studio, 6 p.m., $10. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-463-9890. www.artchurch.org. Dayton Waters. Oaklawn, 9 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn.com. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Espantapujaros, Chase Hamberlin. Vino’s, 9 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. The Gettys. Fox And Hound, 9 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. “Inferno” with DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu, Greyhound. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Jay Jackson Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Max Taylor. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www. westendsmokehouse.net. Mojo Depot (headliner), Jim Mills (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. R. Stevie Moore, Tropical Ooze. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. whitewatertavern.com. Rodney Atkins. Magic Springs, Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Spa City Metal Fest. Featuring Rwake, From Which We Came, Legions Await, Murder in August, Seemless,
This Island Earth, Vail, She Breathes Fire. Maxine’s, 5 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
Valarie Storm. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Hot Springs Firework Display. Free fireworks display over Lake Hamilton. Power Boats Inc., 8 p.m., Free. 4931 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-525-1166. www.powerboatsinc.com. Old-Time Family Fun & Games. Includes food, fun and games throughout the day. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 10:30 a.m., $10 adults, $6 kids 6-12. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View.
SUNDAY, JULY 3 MUSIC
Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls.com. “Margarita Sunday.” With Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Dell Smith, Cliff Aaron and Joel Crutcher. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. www.juanitas.com. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $35. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com. Third Degree. Fox And Hound, 9 p.m., Free. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx.
Evening Canoe Float. Explore the Big Maumelle River on a guided canoe float. Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 7 p.m., $35. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road. 501-868-5806. www.arkansasstateparks.com/ PinnacleMountain.
MONDAY, JULY 4 MUSIC
Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Touch — Grateful Dead Tribute. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com.
Arkansas Poker Championship. See June 29. Fun on the Fourth!. Family fun and games, with tug-of-water, water balloon volleyball, relay races and more. Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 10 a.m., Free. 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road. 501-868-5806. Pops on the River. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs at 8:30, followed by fireworks at about 9:30. Cash and non-perishable food donations are accepted on behalf of Arkansas Rice Depot. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no fireworks, coolers or pets. Riverfest Amphitheatre, 5:30 p.m., Free. 400 President Clinton Ave.
TUESDAY, JULY 5 MUSIC
Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Joyce Manor. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows. homestead.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314
Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Louis Logic, Ceschi Ramos, 607. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. www.revroom.com.
Charity Bingo Tuesday. ACAC, 6:30 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. acacarkansas.wordpress.com. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; get schedule at www.talesfromthesouth.com. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Reserve at 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe, 7 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net.
Beginners Genealogy Workshop. Learn the basics of family history research, including how to fill out pedigree charts, finding sources and searching records. Faulkner County Library, through July 26: 2 p.m., Free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 MUSIC
Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bernard Allison. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Mayday By Midnight. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Steve Bates. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
The Sandman. The Loony Bin, July 6-8, 8 p.m.; July 8, 10:30 p.m.; July 9, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $8-$13. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
Arkansas Poker Championship. See June 29.
THIS WEEK IN THEATER Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Webber and Rice’s classic rock musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph, the boy who is sold into slavery and escapes to find more trials and tribulations on his way back home. For tickets or more information, visit arkshakes.com. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, through July 2, 2 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: “As You Like It.” Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece follows Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, as she
falls in love with Orlando, a disinherited family friend, and exiles herself in the Forest of Arden. For more information, visit arkshakes.com. Argenta Community Theater, July 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org. Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: “Othello.” William Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores ambition, fame, jealousy, sex and war during the Venetian/ Turkish wars of the 1500s. For tickets or more information, visit arkshakes.com. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, through June 30, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Festival: “The Tortoise and the Hare.” A children’s theater retelling of Aesop’s timeless fable about a foot race between cocky hare and a deliberate turtle. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, through July 2, 10 a.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Improv at the Library with Armadillo Rodeo. High school students from all over central Arkansas perform in this improv troupe. Faulkner County Library, Wed., July 6, 7 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. “Christmas Belles.” The 2011 Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre season continues at Harding University with “Christmas Belles.” The Futrelle sisters are back in this comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. This time, they’re trying to pull off a perfect Christmas program. Things get Southern crazy with squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. All shows are at the Ulrey Performing Arts Center and begin with a buffet dinner. Harding University, Thu., June 30, 6:30 p.m.; July 1-3, 6:30 p.m.; July 7-9, 6:30 p.m., $25. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy. 501-279-4580. www.hardingtickets.com. “Everybody Loves Opal.” A comedy about three con artists who attempt to take out a hefty life-insurance policy on wacky recluse Opal Kronkie and then speed her demise, only to be thwarted by her oddball antics. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through July 2, 6 p.m.; Wed., June 29, 11 a.m.; Sun., July 3, 5:30 p.m.; through July 9, 6 p.m.; Wed., July 6, 11 a.m.; Sun., July 10, 5:30 p.m.; through July 16, 6 p.m.; Wed., July 13, 11 a.m.; Sun., July 17, 5:30 p.m.; through July 23, 6 p.m.; Sun., July 24, 5:30 p.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Gypsy.” Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous burlesque striptease artist, whose mother, Rose, became synonymous with the “ultimate showbusiness mother.” The Weekend Theater, through July 10: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org. “Moonlight and Magnolias.” A farce of the lastminute re-write of the entire script for “Gone With the Wind.” Central Theatre, through July 2: Wed., Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; through July 3, 2 p.m., $22.50. 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Die Fledermaus.” Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée. It will be sung in English. Inspiration Point, Wed., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 2, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 5, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 8, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 21, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Arend Arts Center, Sun., July 3, 4 p.m., $20-$25. 1901 S.E. J St., Bentonville. 479-253-8595. www.opera. org. One of Mozart’s most famous operas, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is a continuation of the plot of The Barber of Seville, several years later, and recounts a single “day of madness” in the palace of the Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. It will be sung in Italian, with translation presented. Inspiration Point, Thu., June 30, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 7, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 16, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 20, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. 479-253-8595. www.opera.org. Opera in the Ozarks: “Little Women.” Mark Adamo’s Little Women is adapted from American author Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of a young woman’s understandable but doomed struggle to prevent life from taking her beloved sisters away from her. Inspiration Point, Fri., July 1, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 9, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 13, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 22, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. 479-253-8595. www.opera.org.
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The parent problem n I grew up down the street from a terrible human being. That’s the only way I know to put it. Let’s call him Mike. When we were 8 years old, Mike ran up behind me and smacked me across the back of the head with a sawed-off broomstick for no reason. When we were 10, I watched him hold a 7-yearold girl’s head under water until we had to stop him. At 12, he stole my bike, took it apart, and sold the parts. The story doesn’t end any better. Mike remained violent and thieving into adulthood, until his family disowned him and he wound up in prison. Right before my daughter was born, I couldn’t stop thinking about this guy. He haunted me. Mike came from a home with two loving parents and compassionate siblings. He wanted for nothing. When he got into trouble early on, his family was there to discipline but support him. And yet Mike turned out to be a total shit. His depravity, seemingly, couldn’t be helped. I’m reminded of an article by David Dobbs in The Atlantic a year ago called “The Science of Success.” It establishes a distinction between “dandelion children” and “orchid children,” saying that some of us have genes that provide us the ability to take root and survive anywhere while others make us fragile and fickle, yet with the potential to thrive spectacularly with the right care. In other words, “... children who suffer most from bad environments also profit the most from good ones.” The problem, of course, comes in determining what the “right care” is. After all, nature is only part (Half? More? Less? Who knows really?) of the equation. This month’s Atlantic cover article is called “How the Cult of Self-Esteem Is Ruining our Kids.” The basic gist is that our parents have raised (and we risk raising) a generation of unhappy adults because we were all coddled and never given boundaries as children. In other words, our “helicopter parents” hovered over us to such a degree, endorsed and encouraged all we did (no matter how lame or failing it may’ve been), and protected us from pain and unhappiness so much as children, that they deprived us of happiness as adults. As a parent, your first response is, “So we should go back to neglect? Not protect them from harm? Call them ‘failures’ when they founder? ...That’s easy, but isn’t that what made our parents the way they are in the first place?” Of course that’s not what the article is prescribing. As a matter of fact, the author is smart enough to know that she can’t be any more prescriptive than to say, “Set more limits. Let your children
Graham Gordy To paraphrase Dobbs, have my little girl’s genes bestowed her sturdy ground or a slippery foundation? Am I providing her a springboard for success or a trap door? I have no idea. And it keeps me up at night.
experience and process their pain. Prepare your kids to leave you everyday.” I think about that kid Mike and I wonder what toxic combination of nature/nurture dealt him his fate. I admit that I don’t really know what went on within the walls of that house. I also have no idea if he suffered from some sort of risk allele that made him particularly vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. But my daughter strikes me as being uncommonly sensitive, which leaves me, as it does any parent, in abject fear that I might push her too hard or not enough, encourage her too much or too little or make her grow up too fast or never at all. The cliche about science is that it generally provides just enough information to leave us more bewildered than when we started. I usually challenge this position, but in this case I have to agree. To paraphrase Dobbs, have my little girl’s genes bestowed her sturdy ground or a slippery foundation? Am I providing her a springboard for success or a trap door? I have no idea. And it keeps me up at night. So, we’re left going by feeling. It feels right when I give my daughter boundaries; it doesn’t when I let her run rampant. It feels right when I hug her after she falls; it doesn’t when I swoop in and try to prevent her from ever hurting. It feels right when I praise her for something she draws; it doesn’t when I try to urge her into a hobby to make up for my failures. For now, at least, maybe that feeling is enough. Maybe it doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that.
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CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “A Little More Conversation: Elvis Presley,” first in threepart series will focus on Arkansas’s Rock ’n’ Roll Highway, noon June 30, reserve at 748-0425; “Elvis,” memorabilia from films, including Elvis’ red MG from “Blue Hawaii,” through Aug. 21; “Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer,” 56 black and white images taken in 1956 by RCA Victor photojournalist, through Sept. 11; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Pick Your Favorite,” paintings by Louis Beck, July 1-30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: New work by Stephano, Thom Bierdz, Tony Dow, Kelley Naylor-Wise, Michael A. Darr, Mike Gaines, G. Peebles, Steven Thomas, Alexis Silk, Paula Wallace and Ron Logan. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 563-4218. n Hot Springs BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Raku pottery by Kelly Edwards, opens with Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. July 1, show through July 30. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: “Celebrating Summer,” new paintings by Dolores Justus and Robin Hazard-Bishop, with work by Hugh Dunnaho, Mike Elsass, Steve Griffith and Rebecca Thompson, opens with reception 5-9 p.m. July 1, Gallery Walk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. n Mountain View ARKANSAS CRAFT SCHOOL: Class in doll and other figurine woodcarving with Janet DentonCordell, July 5-8, $525. 870-269-8397.
Whitlock, featured artist, also work by Lola Abellan, Mary Allison, Georges Artaud, Theresa Cates, Caroline’s Closet, Kelly Edwards, Jane Hankins, James Hayes, Amy Hill-Imler, Morris Howard, Jim Johnson, Annette Kagy, Capt. Robert Lumpp, Joe Martin, Pat Matthews and others.10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. REFLECTIONS GALLERY AND FINE FRAMING, 11220 Rodney Parham Road: Work by local and national artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 227-5659. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks,
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution,” wood sculpture, through July 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “The Art of Robin Tucker,” Atrium Gallery; “V.I.T.A.L. (Visual Images that Affect Lives),” work by Melverue Abraham, Rex Deloney, LaToya Hobbs, Ariston Jacks, Kalari Turner and Michael Worsham, Concordia Hall, through Aug. 27; Arkansas Art Educators’ “State Youth Art Show 2011,” through July 30, Main Gallery. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5791. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “20th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Open Membership Exhibit,” through July 16. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market (formerly Commerce): “Civil War Arkansas, 18611865,” traveling exhibit of images of people, places and battles, second floor, through June. 918-3090. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Amber Uptigrove, Sulac, new work through July 9. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” paintings by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Glennray Tutor and others. 664-2787. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Tim Jacob, “puddle paintings,” through mid-July. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Feelin’ Groovy: Rock and Roll Graphics, 1966-1970,” through Aug. 21. 758-1720. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative. 265-0422. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): “Westland: The Life and Art of Tim West,” artwork by West, photographs by Diana Michelle Hausam. 225-6257. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Buddy
Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellot, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. HERZFELD LIBRARY, Saline County Library: Students of Pat Reed, Benton artist, through June. 501-778-4766. n Bentonville SUGAR GALLERY, 114 W. Central Ave.: “Lines Across,” collaboration by students in the UA School of Architecture and the Fulbright College, through July 23. 2-7 p.m. Fri., 10-2 p.m. Sat. 479-273-5305. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Square Plaza: Sean Fitzgibbon, acrylics; William M. Flanagan, watercolors; Sharon Killian, pastels; Hank Kaminsky,
sculpture, through June. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. n Heber Springs BOTTLE TREE GALLERY, 514 W. Main St.: Work by Maeve Croghan, Jonathan Harris, George Wittenberg. 501-590-8840. n Hot Springs AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: “Flora, Fowl and Fauna,” paintings by Jimmy Leach. 501-624-055. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel, Sue Shields, Caryl Joy Young, Priscilla Cunningham, Trey McCarley, Pati Trippel, Janis Gill Ward and others. 501-915-8912. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Equine bronzes by Jan Woods. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: New paintings by Donnie Copeland, also work by Robin Hazard-Bishop, Mike Elsass, Steve Griffith, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Tony Saladino and Rebecca
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Showtimes for Lakewood were not available at press time. Check www.arktimes.com for updates. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. NEW MOVIES Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) — Werner Herzog films some of humanity’s oldest pictorial creations inside the Chauvet caves in southern France in this documentary. Market Street: 2:15, 4:25, 7:00, 9:00. Hesher (R) — Joseph Gordon Levitt stars in the title role as a long-haired, misanthropic loner. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:15. Larry Crowne (PG-13) — Tom Hanks stars in this Tom Hanks-directed rom-com as a victim of corporate downsizing who decides to enroll in college, where he meets Julia Roberts. Breckenridge: 11:50, 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:40, 4:15, 7:30, 9:50. Rave: 10:10, 1:50, 4:40, 7:15, 10:00. Monte Carlo (PG) — Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester go to Europe, flirt with young bachelors and party on yachts. Breckenridge: 11:25, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45. Chenal 9: 10:40, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40. Rave: 10:30, 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:20. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) Robots disguised as cars and planes and such try to blow each other up. Again. Breckenridge: 12:00, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20 (2D), 12:45, 4:10, 7:30, 10:50 (3D). Chenal 9: 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:20 (2D), 10:00, 1:30, 5:15, 9:00 (IMAX 3D). Rave: 11:10, 12:30, 2:45, 4:15, 6:30, 8:00, 10:15, 11:45 (2D), 12:15, 9:15, 11:30, 12:00, 1:00, 3:15, 3:45, 4:45, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 10:45, 11:15 (3D). RETURNING THIS WEEK Bad Teacher (R) – Cameron Diaz plays a bad teacher who suddenly becomes motivated to improve her students’ test scores through the magic of incentive pay. Breckenridge: 11:30, 2:10, 4:25, 7:45, 10:00. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:45, 4:45, 7:35, 9:45. Rave: 9:35, 11:15, 12:10, 2:15, 5:05, 7:10, 7:45, 10:30. Bridesmaids (R) — After her best friend gets engaged, a broke, lovelorn maid of honor has to fake her way through crazy bridesmaid rituals. With Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Breckenridge: 12:10, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10. Rave: 9:30 a.m. Cars 2 (G) – A group of animated talking cars travel abroad for the inaugural World Grand Prix in this Pixar sequel. Breckenridge: 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 11:45 (2D), 11:15, 2:00, 4:45, 7:20, 10:20 (3D). Chenal 9: 10:45, 1:35, 4:30, 7:45, 10:25 (2D), 10:15, 1:00, 4:00, 7:15, 9:50 (3D). Rave: 9:10, 11:45, 12:05, 2:45, 3:05, 5:45, 5:55, 9:00, 11:55
(2D), 10:45, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00 (3D). Everything Must Go (R) — Will Ferrell stars as an alcoholic who holds a yard sale in his front yard after losing his wife and job in this Raymond Carver adaptation. Market Street: 4:15, 9:15. Green Lantern (PG-13) — Ryan Reynolds stars as the DC Comics superhero in this sci-fi action flick that also stars Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. Breckenridge: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:50, 10:25 (2D), 12:35, 4:00, 7:05, 10:05 (3D). Chenal 9: 10:50, 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:30 (3D). Rave: 12:00, 5:40, 11:10 (2D), 9:05, 2:55, 8:25 (3D). The Hangover Part II (R) – The Wolf Pack ends up blacking out and having to retrace the night before again. This time in Asia. With Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. Rave: 8:45, 11:30. Hop (PG) – The day before he’s scheduled to take over the family business, E.B., the teen-age son of the Easter Bunny, runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being a rock drummer. Voiced by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie. Movies 10: 12:45, 3:00, 5:15. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil (PG) – Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are called upon to track down the kidnapped duo of Hansel and Gretel. Voiced by Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:30, 5:00. Incendies (R) – After the death of their mother, a brother and sister embark upon a journey to the Middle East and uncover truths about their family’s mysterious past. Market Street: 1:45, 6:45. Kung-Fu Panda 2 (PG) – Po (Jack Black) is living it up as The Dragon Warrior, but a mysterious villain threatens to ruin his plans. Rave: 9:25 a.m. Limitless (PG-13) – A metropolitan copywriter runs from a group of assassins after discovering and taking a top-secret drug that gives him superhuman abilities. With Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. Movies 10: 7:30, 10:00. The Lincoln Lawyer (R) — Matthew McConaughey plays a lawyer who works out of the back of his Lincoln in this adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel. Movies 10: 7:05, 9:55. Meek’s Cutoff (PG) – Michelle Williams stars in this tale of a group of westward voyagers led astray by their guide in the high plains desert. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 6:45, 9:15. Midnight in Paris (PG-13) — Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams hang out with literary heavyweights of the 1920s in Paris. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. Rave: 12:25 a.m., 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55. Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG) — Jim Carrey plays a businessman whose life takes a turn for the ridiculous after he inherits six penguins. Breckenridge: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:40, 9:55. Rave:
10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:55, 10:50. Pirates: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) — Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow, this time with Penelope Cruz and mermaids to contend with. Rave: 3:20, 9:40. Priest (PG-13) — A warrior priest looks for his niece in a violent dystopia. Movies 10: 12:35, 2:50, 5:05. Rango (PG) – A quixotic chameleon has to succeed at being the daredevil he thinks he is after winding up in an old West town. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. Rio (G) – A domesticated macaw from suburban Minnesota takes to Rio de Janeiro to find the freewheeling bird of his dreams. Voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway. Movies 10: 1:25, 3:45, 6:05, 8:25 (2D), 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 (3D). Something Borrowed (PG-13) – A perpetually single urbanite falls in love with her best friend’s new fiancé. With Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Movies 10: 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05. Soul Surfer (PG) – In spite of losing an arm in a shark attack, a teen-age girl with a passion for surfing returns to the ocean. With AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Movies 10: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10. Super 8 (PG-13) – After a group of friends films a train wreck in a small Ohio town, inexplicable things begin happening around the crash site and locals start to disappear into thin air. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Breckenridge: 11:40, 2:15, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10. Chenal 9: 10:20, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00. Rave: 9:20, 12:25, 3:50, 7:20, 10:40. Tree of Life (PG-13) — A spectral examination of childhood and memory from master director Terrence Malick. Rave: 9:00, 12:20, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) — Tyler Perry goes in drag once again as the matriarch of a dysfunctional clan. Movies 10: 12:10, 2:45, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15. Water for Elephants (PG-13) — Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson make googly eyes at each other in this period movie set in the circus. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:40. X-Men: First Class (PG-13) – Professor Xavier’s gifted students explore their new-found powers as the Cold War reaches a fever pitch. With James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Rave: 9:50, 1:05, 4:20, 7:35, 10:55. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
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‘BAD TEACHER’: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake star.
■ moviereview When teachers go bad Cameron Diaz winningly plays a selfish jerk in ‘Bad Teacher.’ n There’s a point in “Bad Teacher” when it begins to transition from a flagrantly rulebending dark comedy to something still delightfully vulgar but more formulaic. Cameron Diaz’ foul-mouthed, pot-smoking, hard-drinking, gold-digging seventhgrade teacher Elizabeth Halsey is having a heart-to-heart with the gym teacher, played aptly by Jason Segel. She asks him how he wound up as a junior high gym teacher, and he gives an answer of some quiet desperation, explaining how most of the world starts in a place, aims for a better place and settles in the middle. Then he flips the question and asks, with a degree of sarcasm, What went wrong in your life that you ended up educating children? If there’s a thread of honest inquiry in a dirtbag comedy that exists mostly to put a hot blonde in situations of casual misanthropy, it’s that question, of why school warps everyone who sets foot inside. The caricatures of junior high educators (Phyllis Smith, of “The Office,” is terrific as a meek, mentally soft teacher) seem to be drawn directly from caricatures of students we’ve seen ad nauseum: the granola kid, the overachiever, the naïf. None of the adults seem like full adults — they’re all former kids who probably weren’t the greatest students in junior high now condemned to a life of instructing the next generation. That sounds like a hell on par with prison, which is what makes Diaz’ turn so fun. Finally, it’s not just the ex-jock washouts and do-gooders and burnt-out failed authors teaching 11-year-olds. It’s also the lusty boozehound who doesn’t learn kids’ names, cusses like a one-woman union hall and writhes around in soapy daisy dukes for the carwash fund-raiser. Everyone knew a couple of bad kids, back in the day. No one ever thought they’d teach. There’s about as much backstory
here as in your average cereal commercial: Miss Halsey finds herself stuck as a teacher when her rich husband-to-be nixes their engagement. The His and Hers Mercedes life she had planned when she quit her teaching job vanishes, and she’s condemned to return to school, fixated now on saving up for a breast augmentation that will land her another sugar daddy. She skips meetings, insults students and shows movies every day in class. (All school-related, though: “Stand and Deliver,” “Dangerous Minds,” a proper nosethumbing by director Jake Kasdan to preachy school flicks.) This draws the ire of her across-the-hall rival, Miss Squirrel, played as a shrill goody-goody by Lucy Punch. When the twerpy but loaded substitute Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) arrives, a twisted love triangle ensues, leading to one of the most hilariously terrible acoustic guitar ballads ever committed to film, by the very game Timberlake. When Halsey forces her students to cram before a big state exam that could mean a pay bonus, we also get to see Thomas Lennon (of “The State” troupe, once upon a time) as a greasy state ed functionary. In the last 15 minutes the story sort of twirls around in a circle and falls over, dizzy and disoriented. But the plot exists only as a canvas for as many lewd and foul gags as can be crammed into an hour and a half. The cast, especially Diaz, really sells this world, and it mostly works: Teachers as the dim, craven, selfish, infantilized, manipulative jerks we all imagined they really were when we were stuck in public school. Now that we’re older, and actually know grownups who have chosen, bless ’em, to educate children for a living, it’s a fair assessment to say many of them will probably find “Bad Teacher” cathartic and, at times, effing hilarious. — Sam Eifling
Thompson. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. LEGACY GALLERY, 804 Central Ave.: Landscapes by Carole Katchen. 501-624-1044. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORANEA, 204 Exchange St.: Sui Hoe Khoo, paintings. 501-624-0516. n Perryville SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 Main St.: “Living Spherically,” paintings by Matt Miller; “Archetypical Debris,” paintings by Kim and Laurie Foster, through July 1, McCuistion-Matthews Gallery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-7515441. n Memphis DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS, 4339 Park Ave.: “Jean-Louis Forain: La Comedie Parisienne,” through Oct. 9. $7 adults, $5 seniors and students. 901-761-5250, www.dixon.org.
ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITS
ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Forgotten Places: Rhonda Berry and Diana Michelle Hausam,” photographs, through Aug. 7; “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 41st Annual Exhibition,” through Aug. 13, Trinity Gallery; “Reel to Real: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Civil War in Arkansas,” artifacts from the Shaw-Tumblin collection, including costumes and screen tests, along with artifacts from the HAM collection, including slave narratives, uniforms and more; through April 30, 2012. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 3249351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: Exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South,” works by 55 African-American artists, through Aug. 11; exhibits
on African-Americans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.Sat. 683–3593. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “An Enduring Union,” artifacts documenting the postwar Confederate and Union veteran reunions in the state; “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 3249685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www.calicorockmuseum. com. n England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. n Hot Springs MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 425 Central Ave.: “Organic Fiction,” paintings inspired by patterns in nature, by Hava Gurevich, through June. 501-609-9966 n Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. n Morrilton MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. n Pottsville POTTS INN, 25 E. Ash St.: Preserved 1850s stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, with period furnishings, log structures, hat museum, doll museum, doctor’s office, antique farm equipment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5 adults, $2 students, 5 and under free. 479-968-9369. n Rogers ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. Second St.: “What’s Cooking: Two Centuries of American Foodways,” photographs, illustrations, cookbooks, cooking utensils and appliances, tableware, hands-on “what’s it” activity featuring cooking gadgets of the past, through Aug. 20. 479621-1154, rogersarkansas.com/museum.
‘CELEBRATING SUMMER’: That’s the name of the exhibit of new paintings by Dolores Justus and Robin Hazard-Bishop at Justus Fine Art, 827 A Central Ave., Hot Springs. Justus Fine Art, Blue Moon Gallery (showing raku by Kelly Edwards) and other galleries will be open 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 1, for the city’s monthly Gallery Walk. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 29, 2011 27
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Food, Music, Entertainment and everything else that’s the fourth
Celebrate the 4th of July
at the U.S.S. Razorback submarine at Riverfront Park in North Little Rock. Sponsored by Arkansas WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions) and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the event starts at 7 p.m. and features live music, a picnic supper and a fireworks display. Call 501225-1323 for more info. Since 1975, Rod’s Pizza Cellar in Hot Springs has been proudly serving up the best pie in town. Celebrate their birthday on July 4th with live music, specials and more. Visit www.facebook.com/RodsPizza for details. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library offers free admission on the 4th of July. View the latest exhibit, Elvis at 21, showcasing a rare collection of photographs of Elvis Presley. Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 501-3744242 for more info.
Pops on the River at the Riverfront Amphitheatre is the state’s largest 4th of July celebration. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m. followed by a dazzling fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Lawn chairs permitted. No coolers, fireworks or pets in the park. For more information, call 501-378-3807.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rick Springfield has sold over 19 million records and had 17 Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl.” Come sing along to your favorite songs when he plays the Timberwood Amphitheater as part of Magic Springs Water and Theme Park’s 2011 Pepsi Concert Series. The concert is free with general admission, which is available online at magicsprings.com.
Open seven days a week, every day
june 28 THROUGH JULY 24
is an opportunity to tour the Gangster Museum of America where you can relive
Everybody Loves Opal is showing at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. Three rascals named Gloria, Bradford and Solomon decide Opal Kronkie needs lots of insurance, a rapid demise and Gloria to name them as beneficiaries. Opal proves to have more lives than a cat in this comedy for the whole family. Visit www.murrysdinnerplayhouse.com for show times and prices. Call 501-562-3131 for reservations.
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Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre presents As You Like It at ACT in NLR. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35 go to arkshakes.com/tickets. 501-353-1443 for more information. July 1-3, include The Tortoise and the Hare at 10 a.m., Friday through Sunday; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Both plays presented at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Visit arkshakes.com/calendar.
Market Street Cinema screens Airplane as part of its classic movie series, every second Tuesday of the month. All shows start at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5. Cold beer and wine are available. Call 501312-8900 for details or visit marketstreetcinema.net.
the days when the rich, the famous and the notorious vacationed in the Spa City. Now in its fourth year, the museum has recently relocated to a bigger and better space at 510 Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs. The gift shop, called The Hatterie, gets you in the spirit the era by offering a variety of men’s and women’s hats. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit tgmoa.com.
Country star Blake Shelton might have won Male Vocalist of the Year at last year’s Country Music Awards, but it is his role as a judge on NBC’s The Voice that has made him a household name. Shelton plays the Timberwood Amphitheater as part of the 2011 Pepsi Concert Series at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park. The concert is free with general admission, which is available online at magicsprings.com.
L Word” on Showtime — presented by RealityRox.com at Cajun’s Wharf, 9pm – close. VERY LIMITED VIP package. The VIP pre-party begins at 8pm. Hang with Tracy and your crew in a private VIP room at Cajun’s. Free beer, wine, and munchies. $35 VIP Tickets Include: VIP Admission, Private Meet & Greet, Free Beer & Wine (during private meet & greet only), Free Admission into main event at Cajun’s. Call or email to reserve your VIP spots at 323.244.1250 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is 21+.
with six #1 hits, multiple Billboard awards and more than 15 million albums sold. They’ve toured 32 countries in the past six years. They make a stop in Hot Springs to play the Timberwood Amphitheater as part of Magic Springs Water and Theme Park’s 2011 Pepsi Concert Series. The concert is free with general admission, which is available online at magicsprings.com.
The L Night — hosted by Tracy Ryerson of the “Real
The Little Rock Zoo hosts Breakfast with Lorikeets at 8 a.m. The event includes a breakfast buffet and chat with a zookeeper. Seating is limited. For members, the cost is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. For non-members, it is $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for children. While you’re there, make sure to stop by and greet the new elephants, Zina and Jewel. They join Ellen, who has lived at the zoo since 1954, after the death of her companion Mary, a 60-year-old elephant who passed away in May. Zina and Jewel were donated by the Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation. Come say hello! For more information, visit littlerockzoo.com.
Neighborhood ART and Shopping late Nights!
Make plans to hit Shop-n-Sip in Hillcrest Thursday, July 7; 2nd Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock Friday, July 8; Argenta Art Walk on Friday, July 15 and Happy Hour in the Heights Thursday, July 21. Shops and galleries stay open late. Plus—enjoy street art, entertainment and all around fun! All sponsored by Arkansas Times!
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Club Sway, where Little Rock parties, celebrates its one year anniversary. This is sure to be the biggest party of the summer with the best drink specials and the hottest dance music all night long. “Like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ clubsway to keep up with the latest announcements about their big weekend. Club Sway is located at 412 Louisiana Street in downtown Little Rock. Free parking at 4th and Louisiana.
Arkansas Travelers Games All home games at Dickey Stephens Park in North Little Rock
July 7-9, 7:10 p.m. Travelers vs. Midland Rockhounds July 10, 6 p.m., July 11-12, 7:10 p.m. Travelers vs. Frisco Roughriders July 18-21, 7:10 p.m. Travelers vs. NWA Naturals July 29-30, 7:10 p.m., July 31, 6 p.m. Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers
n Juanita’s, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and venue that was a fixture on South Main Street for years, plans to open in its new River Market location by the end of the week. General manager James Snyder said that initially the restaurant will stick to its current schedule, where it offers lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, dinner 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but may expand service in the near future. Local country singer Ryan Couron will open the venue space on Friday with a performance that starts at 10 p.m. The new address is 614 President Clinton Ave. The phone number remains 372-1228.
Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards
LITTLE ROCK/ N. LITTLE ROCK AMERICAN 65TH STREET DINER Blue collar, meat-and-two-veg lunch spot with cheap desserts and a breakfast buffet. But hurry — breakfast closes down at 9 a.m. on the dot, and the restaurant doesn’t reopen until 10 a.m. for lunch. 3201 West 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-7800. BL Mon.-Fri. ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixedprice, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BLACK ANGUS Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2287800. BLD 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 This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-9071881. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself 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
■ dining Banana Leaf will win you over The Indian mobile kitchen inspires devotion. n Now we’re on our way. Little Rock’s burgeoning food truck scene, long rich in tacos and, more recently, hot dogs and fancy sandwiches, is inching closer to the big city ideal. We’re approaching ethnic diversity thanks to Banana Leaf, the Indian food truck that’s set up residence near the corner of Van Buren and Markham. If there are any would-be truckers out there wrestling with the proper model, they could do worse than following Banana Leaf’s lead. Husband and wife owners Chan Pethaperumal and Poorni Muthaian offer a menu with several constants — a drink, the deliciously sweet and creamy mango lassi ($2.50), along with three varieties of dosa ($2.99-$3.99), the griddled fermented crepe popular in Chan’s and Poorni’s native south India — as well as two or three rotating daily specials, always with a vegetarian option. Like all good food trucks, Banana Leaf distributes its daily menu via Facebook (facebook.com/ bananaleaflr) and Twitter (@bananaleaflr). By focusing on just a few items, the mobile kitchen is able to turn out orders in a matter of minutes; it changes its menu daily for variety. It’s a strategy that keeps those who know and love Indian food coming back, we’ve observed. For those without much experience with Indian food, these dishes could bring the barrier down; once someone knows the joys of Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower fritters in a spicy sauce), for instance, a novice becomes a convert. So far Banana Leaf has never let us down. We’ll have whatever’s on the menu. So far that’s been: halal chicken biryani ($6.99) with baghara baingan, a terrific eggplant and peanut curry; raita, the smooth, yogurt-based condiment that makes everything better; a thin, almost crispy masala dosa ($3.99), stuffed with potatoes, peas, cumin and other delicious spices we couldn’t identify and accompa-
nied by a spicy tomato chutney, a sweet coconut chutney, and sambar, a lentil stew that’s ideal for dipping. We’ve also had spinach and onion pakora ($1.99), fried, slender morsels as irresistible as French fries and served with coconut chutney for dipping, and, what may be the best lunch deal in town, the kati roll ($3.99), a wheat flatbread wrap filled with spiced chicken, onions and a coriander and mint chutney vaguely reminiscent of tzatziki. And also paneer tikka masala ($6.99), a curry made with green pepper, onions, tomatoes and blocks of dense and delicious Indian curd cheese. All were good and, aside from our first visit, when there were maybe a dozen people at the truck waiting to order or waiting for their food and our order of the daily special took 10 minutes, we’ve never had to wait more than five minutes or so. Even for items made on the griddle. Still, Chan
selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-6635951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 401 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BLD Mon.-Fri (closes at 6 p.m.), BL 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. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-9752267. BLD daily. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood,
steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 4502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710164. BL 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, All CC. $-$$. 501-3757105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BD Mon.-Sat. B Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 W. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE Downtown’s premier soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch, and a set dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with continental flair. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri.
BANANA LEAF: Indian food on the go.
Banana Leaf 201 A. St. 227-0860
The daily special, usually served with rice, should fill up most appetites. But if you’re hungry and eating with others, get a couple of dosas or an order of pakora. There are few places in town where you can eat this well so cheaply.
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Cash only; take-away only
and Poorni suggest calling in orders in advance. The couple says they may be truly mobile with the truck at some point, but at least in the near future, it will remain at 201 A St., two blocks behind the Exxon on the corner of Van Buren and Markham. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it downhome country cooking. Just 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. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Sun.-Fri. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. Don’t miss the bourbon pecan pie — it’s a winner. 11220 Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2256893. 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. Also at Bowman Curve. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Rd. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-224-3377. LD daily. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu Thu.-Sat. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$.
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CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-in-one: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. 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. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable, Subway-style conclusion. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2232695. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD daily. 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. Beer, Wine, 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 well-stocked sushi bar to way-outwest Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD. PAPA SUSHI Hibachi grill with large sushi menu and Korean specialties. 17200 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try to authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4000. L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sun. SEOUL A full line of sushi and soft tofu stews plus a variety of Korean dishes, mainly marinated and grilled meats teamed with vegetables served with rice in bibimbap style in a sizzling-hot bowl. 5923 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2277222. LD Mon.-Sat. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
BARBECUE CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-4949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 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.
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smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6444. LD Mon.-Sat. ZIN URBAN WINE & BEER BAR A snazzy, cosmopolitan yet comfortable, relaxed place to enjoy fine wines and beers while noshing on superb meats, cheeses and amazing goat cheese-stuffed figs. 300 River Market Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-246-4876. D daily.
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EUROPEAN / ETHNIC AMRUTH AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Indian restaurant with numerous spicy, vegetarian dishes. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2244567. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB The atmosphere is great, complete with plenty of bar seating and tables. There’s also a fireplace to warm you up on a cold day. The fried stuff is good. Try the mozzarella sticks. 403 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 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. $$. 501-246-4340. LAYLA’S Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2277272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). 612 Office Park Drive. Bryant. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-847-5455. LD Mon.-Sat. TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. (501) 881-4796. LD daily. TERRACE ON THE GREEN This Greek-Italian-Thai-and-whatever restaurant has a huge menu, and you can rely on each dish to be good, some to be excellent. Portions are ample. Patio for warm-weather dining. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a datenight 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.
ITALIAN BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun.
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BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-century-old establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italianflavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. 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. $-$$. 501-666-
5403. LD daily. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2249519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 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-your-own
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. BLD daily.
MEXICAN 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. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat.
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RUMBA Mexi-Cuban spot in the River Market area, this restaurant and bar has a broad menu that includes tacos and enchiladas, tapas, Cuban-style sandwiches. Specialty drinks are available also. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-823-0090 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. SENOR TEQUILA Authentic dishes with great service and prices, and maybe the best margarita in town. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432. TACO MEXICO Tacos have to be ordered at least two at a time, but that’s not an impediment. These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun. TACOS GUANAJUATO Pork, beef, adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon.
AROUND ARKANSAS CONWAY DOMOYAKI Hibachi grill and sushi bar near the interstate. Now serving bubble tea. 505 E. Dave Ward Drive. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-764-0074. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. EL CHARRITO Decent spread of Mexican items. 502 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-450-6460. LD Mon.-Sun. THE FISH HOUSE The other entrees and the many side orders are decent, but this place is all about catfish. 116 S. Harkrider. Conway. 501-327-9901. LD Mon.-Sun. HART’S SEAFOOD Southern fried fish and seafood buffet over the weekend. 2125 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-329-8586. D Thu.-Sat., L Sun. JADE CHINA Traditional Chinese fare, some with a surprising application of ham. 559 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5121. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS IV “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 786 Elsinger Boulevard. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-5010. LD Mon-Sat. OAK STREET BISTRO The Conway eatery known for its creative flair with sandwiches and salads is now open for dinner and has a liquor license. Check out the massive menu; the desserts are excellent. 800 4th Ave. Conway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-9908. L daily, D Thu-Sat. SHORTY’S Burgers, dogs and shake joint. 1101 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-9213. LD Mon.-Sat. STOBY’S Great homemade cheese dip and big, sloppy Stoby sandwiches with umpteen choices of meats, cheeses and breads. 805 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-5447. BLD Mon.-Sat. 405 W. Parkway. Russellville. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-968-3816. BLD Mon.-Sat. STROMBOLI’S Locally owned purveyor of NY style pizzas and strombolis. 605 Salem Rd. Suite 9. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-3700. LD daily. TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT Besides the hibachi offerings, Tokyo also has tempura, teriyaki and a great seaweed salad. Their combination platters are a great value; besides an entree, also comes with soup, salad, harumaki (spring rolls) and vegetable tempura. No sushi, though. 716 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-6868. BL daily.
HOT SPRINGS BELLE ARTI RISTORANTE Ambitious menu of lavish delights in a film-noir setting; excellent desserts. 719 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7474. LD. CHEF PAUL’S Haute cuisine in a strip-mall setting. Top quality presentation and service. Freshest fish you’ll find in this area, great meats, exquisite desserts. 4330 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-520-4187. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. DON JUAN’S Mex-style enchiladas, runny white cheese dip, great guacamole and great service in strip-mall locale. 1311 Albert Pike Road No. A. Hot Springs. 501-321-0766. LD. FACCI’S This longtime favorite of the Oaklawn crowd offers an all-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch, lots of sandwiches and pasta and extraordinary Italian dishes for dinner. 2900 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-623-9049. LD Wed. only. FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. Boisterous, family style place. 5101 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-7437. LD. HAWGS PIZZA PUB Good pizza and other Italian food, a wide selection of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches in an all-Razorback motif. 1442 Airport Road. Hot Springs. 501-767-4240. LD. HUNAN PALACE Dependable Chinese cuisine, good soups, nice priced combos for two or three. 4737 Central Ave. No. 104. Hot Springs. 501-525-3344. LD. MCCLARD’S Considered by many to be the best barbecue in Arkansas — ribs, pork, beef and great tamales, too. 505 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. 501-624-9586. LD. POMPEII CAFE Bubbling over with gourmet pizzas, steaks and pasta. 2012 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-318-3287. LD. PURITY BARBECUE Good smoked meats, very affordable, and don’t miss out on the crock of beans. 1000 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs. 501-623-4006. LD. ROCKY’S CORNER Knock-out pizza at ahopping eatery across the street from Oaklawn Park. 2600 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-0199. LD.
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Owner Cindy Hedges (left) and former owner Kay Kilbury proudly stand before their impressive selection of yarn.
The Yarn Mart embraces trends and tradition
BY KATHERINE WYRICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN CHILSON
here’s something comforting about this place—the bright balls of yarn nesting in the shelves along wall, the wooden kitchen table strewn with patterns and projects in various stages of completion. And then there is the always-warm welcome offered by the ebullient (and hilarious) Cindy Hedges, Yarn Mart’s owner for the past six years. Since opening its doors in 1964, this store has seen interest in knitting ebb and flow. A constant, however, is the round table that sits squarely at its center, around which women have gathered for decades to visit and knit. It is the heart of the store. “The Yarn Mart provides a community for women,” says customer Helen Harrison. “There is such camaraderie around that table ... We all receive encouragement from each other. It’s a place for people to connect, a place where friendships are made and nurtured.”
In recent years the younger set has learned what many a grandmother already knew—knitting is cool. Over the past five years, knitting has experienced a surge in popularity. “When I bought the business from Kay [Kilbury], there was a really big boom,” says Cindy. “I went to market, and you couldn’t walk.” She adds, however, that the initial fervor has waned, “This year I went, and no one was there.” Kay, wearing a yellow smock with a daisy and her name hand-painted on it, is quick to insist that “Knitting is still huge.” One only has to look at the abundance of knitting blogs and web sites, books, and hipster magazines to find proof of this. (My personal favorite: Mason-Dixon Knitting, blog and book.) Cindy attributes the boom, in part, to the Internet. “Lots of younger knitters use the internet to buy yarn and get instructions ... It’s broadened the scope of knitting,” she says. Continued on page 34
➥ Beck to basics. L & L BECK GALLERY’S July exhibit will be “Pick Your Favorite,” a series of both artist and patron favorites from previous exhibits. ➥ War games. Check out Second Friday Art Night at HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM. The opening reception for the 10th Annual Eclectic Collector Series, Playing at War: Children’s Civil War Era Toys, will be on July 8, 5-8 p.m. Live music by the Ban Lauck Band. The exhibit continues through January 12, 2012. Don’t forget that The Museum Store has scads of unique goods, from miniature collectible Civil War soldiers to hand-crafted pioneer games. ➥ A rose by any other name would smell as cheap. Nothing freshens up a room faster than flowers, and for a short time, you can find red roses on sale for $11.99 a dozen at Tipton & Hurst (through July 2). Available at TIPTON & HURST locations in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Conway.
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YARN MART Continued from page 33
When Cindy bought the store, there were only three main yarn suppliers, but many niche companies have sprung up since then. “Cindy has increased the amount of yarn in here by several fold,” says Kay. “Too much... . Too much yarn in here,” deadpans Cindy looking over the top of her glasses at a scarf in her hands. You can now find yarn made from corn, soy, bamboo and even, perhaps strangest of all, milk protein. “That’s just weird,” says Cindy. “We have lots more young people knitting now than we did, and we’ve got lots more yarn than we did. The variety is just unbelievable,” observes Kay, who has perhaps seen the business change more than anyone. She bought the store in 1976 when it was two doors down (in the space currently occupied by Caracalla) and well on its way to becoming the Heights institution it is today. As one might suspect, Kay and Cindy have gathered a wealth of anecdotes over the years: the man—yes, there are a few—who would pull up in front of the store to have someone run his needlepoint out to him. Or the time they almost lost a regular customer. Kay relates a story that sounds as if came from the pages of a southern novel: they once had a customer who didn’t knit well, but just wanted an excuse to hang out at the store. One day, while sitting at the table, she complained of being hot and proceeded to remove her wig, fall over and pass out on the floor. “We thought she was dead,” Kay explains matter-of-factly. They called the fire department down the street, but by the time they got there she had roused, so they waved the firemen on, “Nevermind! ... She’s
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not dead.” The very next day, the woman came back to retrieve her knitting. “We thought after that, she was through ever coming in here, but there she was,” recalls Kay. And this is just but one yarn that has become part of Yarn Mart lore. So what is it that makes knitting so compelling? The thing that keeps someone coming back even after a near death experience? “Most knit for the pleasure of knitting and the pleasure of giving somebody something you’ve done... .,” Kay opines. I wonder aloud if it’s also a meditative thing, prompting Kay to offer this insight, “It’s a social thing. People get together and knit, to visit and knit... . . It’s not like other handwork. People don’t get together and needlepoint.” “I do think it’s meditative,” interjects Cindy. “There’s a nice rhythm to it... . I do it anytime I can.” She’s actually knitting as we speak, making a gorgeous cobalt scarf—out of milk yarn—that curves in the middle and will drape over the shoulders when finished. Cindy continues, “Knitting is also very portable. You can be in your car, at the airport, the ballet ... I-40 from here to Memphis is great for knitting.” Kay and Cindy don’t, of course, condone knitting while driving ... that said, “If the light’s red, you might as well knit a few stitches,” says Kay with a hint of mischief. I’m learning that if you’re a true knitter, your hands are never idle. “We don’t think you should ever leave home without your knitting,” Kay declares. “Oh, I would never,” responds Cindy. 5711 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 666-6505 www.theyarnmart.com
www.downtowndogz.com BY KATHERINE WYRICK PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN CHILSON
shop dogs (n.) A feature profiling our canine friends in retail. (Not just limited to dogs. Other species—cats, canaries, lizards—will appear here, too.)
Meg, in the front office, cast a demure glance at her owner.
In Memoriam The doyenne of Downtown Dogz bids adieu
adly, the sweet Westie we recently photographed for this feature, Meg, passed away shortly after our visit. She was 14. Owner Stephanie Rogers says that she will be sorely missed as Downtown Dogz greeter and friend to all. Though we’d just met, I was taken by Meg’s poise and charm. Despite having just had a bath, she looked a bit scruffy around the edges—which is just the way I like my terriers to look. She was an old lady, but not so old that she didn’t still love a roll in the dirt (which she had apparently indulged in after her bath). This (mostly) white West High Land Terrier sat upright in an office chair, regally presiding over the entryway of her domain. Her sometimes companion, Tornado, an old fellow himself, hung back behind the desk. The two of them together looked like kindly aged proprietors of a canine inn. Tornado, joints aching, briefly ventured out front, until a frisky cat tore by, sending him back behind the counter. Meg probably won’t miss those crazy cat antics, but one imagines that she will miss her workplace team, Tornado and Stephanie included. Stephanie adopted Meg about a year ago, when Meg’s family moved away and couldn’t keep her. Stephanie, who also trains and fosters dogs, has an ever-rotating cast of animals in her care, but over the past year Meg was a constant. They took to each other instantly and shared a special bond—the kind you make at life’s end, when you don’t have time for nonsense. “Normally I would have adopted her out,” says Stephanie, “but I kept her.” As if in gratitude, Meg followed her everywhere, to and from the grooming table, outside and beyond. She was Stephanie’s sidekick, and a familiar face to those who visited Downtown Dogz.
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Red Mango Red Mango and the Heights are a match made in boutiquestyle heaven. The store strives for retro chic (but not, apparently, for giving customers many places to sit; a massive couch takes up most of the seating area). The slogan is “Treat Yourself Well” and the health benefits of Red Mango’s selection are proclaimed loud and often. The yogurt is served from behind a counter and only six flavors are offered at a time, but Red Mango does deserve props for having a dark chocolate flavor that actually tastes like dark chocolate. Other flavors include black cherry, Madagascar vanilla and pomegranate. 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2500. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 36 JUNE 29, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
TCBY This Little Rock-founded (now Utah-based) institution is a venerable cathedral to ice-cream-style frozen yogurt (complete with an ice cream cone stained glass window). But lately the chain has been making strides toward the healthier side of froyo with new flavors that embrace their identity as yogurt in all its tart and live cultured glory. An offering currently available only at the Little Rock and Harrison locations is “Yovana,” a creamy (not frozen) parfait with berry toppings, that stands in marked contrast to the cones and cakes on display. Flavors include old fashioned vanilla, classic tart and white chocolate mousse.11418 W. Markham St. 221-9020. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 7 a.m.-midnight Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.
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ne needs only to remember that the Metropolitan Bank Tower in downtown Little Rock was once called TCBY Tower to know that Central Arkansas is a place that cares about its “froyo.” Nowadays, frozen yogurt tends to be offered in two varieties: one follows the “This Can’t Be Yogurt!” mantra that strives to approximate ice cream down to the sugary flavors and candy toppings. The other bandies about the health benefits of their frozen treats and offers more tart flavors with slices of fresh fruit. Note that often the flavors offered at these stores rotate regularly.
FRESH CUP a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Orange Leaf The mural of Little Rock (including area schools) inside Orange Leaf is positively adorable. Seating is plentiful and cromprises funky low chairs and stools as well as outdoor seating. The flavors are standard variety and self-served. The “toppings bar” offers a large selection, including plenty of fruit. A discount is offered for customers who check in on Facebook. Among the flavors are mango, pineap-
Yogurt Mountain Taking the place of an old Verizon store in West Little Rock, Yogurt Mountain is one of the newest self-serve, pay-by-the-ounce froyo locations in Central Arkansas. Toppings are mostly candy, but a few not-very-freshlooking fruits are available, too. Has a community board which, when we visited, included the card for Little Rock Roller Derby (as featured in a previous Natives Guide) and a silent auction for commemorative framed pictures of Ryan Mallett and Ronald Reagan. Flavors include pomegranate energy tart, a three chocolate mix and key lime pie. 12315 Chenal Parkway. 219-0814. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.midnight Fri.-Sat. Three Flamingos Candy toppings and ice cream flavors reign supreme at Three Flamingos, yet its “Wall of Knowledge” provides detailed dietary information, which is more than you will find at most places. Every purchase includes a stamp card, which if filled with 10 pink flamingos equals a free small yogurt from any of its locations in North Little Rock, Hot Springs, Conway or Cabot. Among the flavors are strawberry cheesecake, watermelon sorbet and old fashioned peanut butter. 6929 John F. Kennedy Blvd., NLR. 835-4411.
Fresh Cup The feeling we get from sitting inside Fresh Cup is of being in a big empty swimming pool. It is cavernous and empty with mosaic tiles that call to mind chlorine soaked summers. A television advertises local events and something called the “Fresh Cup VIP Club,” which involves sending a text message to the number 90210. Flavors include Jolly Rancher Tropical Tremor Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet (yikes), Reese’s Peanut Butter, New York Cheesecake and Snickerdoodle. The caramel Dulce de Leche flavor was quite wonderful. Free wi-fi. 4816 North Hills Blvd., North Little Rock. 753-7993. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Key West The framed photo of Jimmy Buffet says it all: Key West is an icecream-style store heavy on Kokomo schmaltz and pastel island paradise complete with palm trees, flamingos, paper lanterns and a Conch Republic flag. Fruit offerings are scarce, but the “Candy Corner” can satisfy any artificial-flavor craving. Flavors include espresso, birthday cake and tropical sorbet. Free wi-fi. 105 Country Club Parkway, Maumelle. 803-9074. Noon-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., noon-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. The Dreamy Spoon We would not have found this place if our token Maumelle friend (everyone has one, right?) had not led us to it. And what a find the Dreamy Spoon is: It’s locally owned and meticulously decorated with an impressive mural, yet the atmosphere is quiet and subdued. The self-serve selection is plentiful and the toppings are well-stocked to match. According to its website, it occasionally offers a cactus-flavored confection. Flavors include acai berry, bubble gum and pistachio. Free wi-fi. 115 Audubon Drive, Maumelle. 851-2448. Noon- 9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., noon-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun.
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Freedoms n With the Fourth of July coming up, I’ve been thinking about freedom, as I’m sure you have. We’re bound to be the freest bunch of sapsuckers in this country that ever was. We have freedoms out the Bob Burns bazoo. So many that we couldn’t possibly count them all. But let’s at least try to tote up some of the major ones, the really important ones. Starting with a personal favorite, the freedom to retreat into idiosyncracy as the darkness descends. What I’ve been doing for several years now. And these – The freedom to closely inspect the nads on statues as long as they’re certified works of art. The freedom to diversify your portfolio if there’s still anything in it. The freedom to glom off your folks at least until they get your children raised. The freedom to elide the pledge and make all their old recto-versos draw up. The freedom to live in Cabot and act like that’s normal. The freedom to disencumber; to simplify; occasionally to molt. The freedom to commit or pursue just about any sort of damfoolery as long as it doesn’t cross the line into malicious mischief or public nuisance.
Bob L ancaster The fast-disappearing freedom to communicate in traditional English prose. The even faster disappearing freedom to bargain collectively. The freedom, perhaps a civic duty, to laugh not so much with them as at them. The freedom to aspire to that stratospheric income level at which you not only no longer have to pay taxes but you get subsidies from the taxes of the poor saps who do. The freedom to e-send your proudest crotch shots to jailbait. The freedom to noogie your little brother whenever you feel like it, or gay people with short-cropped hair but not if they have AIDS. The freedom to suck the heads of crawfish if you think you just have to. The freedom to hyperbolize worse than anybody anywhere ever has. The freedom to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. The freedom to flee Standard Umpstead for the greener pastures of Gepp.
The freedom to put a new corncob in the outhouse might near every day. The freedom to bottle-rocket right through the burn ban. The freedom to ambulance-chase if you think there’s someone in there with mesothelioma. The freedom to search for ways to retard the aging process that aren’t downright pathetic. The freedom to try to stir up a stink when there’s not one current. The freedom to garden naked in the moonlight. The freedom to riposte those already overmatched. The freedom to violate community decency standards with your message T-shirt as long as it’s funny and not just gross. The freedom to choose between onion rings and “real onion rings,” the most intriguing menu option at the Whippet Restaurant at Prattsville. The freedom to use the grocery money to buy the baby daddy rims. The freedom to wait six months for the new better cheaper version to come out, and then six more for the next one, etc. The freedom to have a lawyer appointed to represent you for free if you can’t afford to hire a good one. The freedom to double-tap zombies caught disemboweling your spouse. The freedom to weed-eat.
The freedom to shoot watermelon seeds at the earlobes of drowsing geezers. The freedom to bogart your doobies. The freedom to hit that reset button if you can’t pay your debts or just don’t want to. The freedom to make your own reproductive decisions, including the Duggar and Roe options. The freedom to catapult cowpies at Westboro Baptist sign-carriers as a way of telling them to have a nice day. The freedom to diddle children if you have the collar for it and sympathetic superiors. The much underused freedom to mute. The freedom to wish others happy holidays in whatever words you want to. The freedom to make up your own facts to support opinions previously made up by other Einsteins of similar kidney. The freedom to expect divine intervention eventually against this great invading host of pencil-neck geeks. The freedom to ask the judge in your case to use Sharia law if you think it might help you beat the rap. The freedom to refudiate airheads. The freedom to yo-yo for crappie. The freedom to blame the smell in the elevator on somebody else. Note: Freedoms cited here seem synonymous with prerogatives, and I don’t know if that’s what the Signers had in mind or not. Probably not.
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Sylvia, Chip & Stella These three pups were abandoned in rural Arkansas. Hard to believe, looking at their precious faces. They were covered in ticks, fleas and had sores all over them. Thank God we found them in time to save them. We are grateful to our wonderful foster Mom, Kelley B. who took them in immediately and has given them all the care they needed to recover from their misery and become the happy, healthy pups they are, ready for their new homes.
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