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n Max Brantley’s column last week reported news of the city of North Little Rock’s effort to settle a lawsuit by the North Little Rock School District over the city’s effort to create a tax increment finance district. Mayor Pat Hays and others have been pressuring the school district to settle the lawsuit by threatening various forms of financial punishment. The district sued because the city failed to follow statutory guidelines in a last-minute ploy at the end of 2008 to create the TIF district to capture property taxes on the new Enclave apartment project. Hays wants the money, which otherwise would go to schools, to build a parking deck for a new hotel downtown. Hays may bring the school district to heel, but he has others to contend with. Greg Hopkins, attorney for businessman Frank Fletcher and prominent attorney Sam Hilburn, among others making the same legal argument as the school district, says his clients weren’t informed by City Attorney Jason Carter about the proposed settlement and won’t agree to it. Joining disconnected pieces of property by claiming connecting streets are part of a single TIF district is wrong, Hopkins said. “It’s bad public policy and we will not settle,” Hopkins said. Fletcher owns a downtown hotel. He objects, understandably, to the city taking school taxes to provide a parking deck for a competitor. Carter refuses to talk to the Times.

For appointments

n Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Brown got national exposure last week when The New York Times published his letter reacting to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s advocacy of gubernatorial appointment from recommendations by a nominating commission and then retention elections. “In my view, this simply presents an opportunity for a different kind of politics and one that inevitably occurs behind closed doors,” Brown wrote. “What pressures would be brought to bear on such a commission and the governor? We would not know. At least, judicial elections, with all their flaws, occur in the bright light of day, and the people have a voice in selecting who will decide their cases.” He said public financing of judicial elections would be one way to reform the election process.

A mother’s love

n Word comes from the Monty Davenport campaign for state land commissioner that his mother hoped to be back out campaigning for her son before the Democratic primary runoff June 8. Why’s this a big deal? Davenport’s mother, Berneta, 84, fell and broke her hip last week while going door to door inYellville. After a brief hospital stay, she’s home readying to knock again.

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Contents

8 History lesson for

The debate debate n It was a story that played out over the Internet and daily press in between our weekly editons, but, for the record, the Arkansas Times and Channel 4 did endeavor to arrange one final debate between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, Democratic runoff opponents for Lincoln’s Senate seat. We proposed June 3. The Halter camp accepted (and was open to just about any other time). The Lincoln camp said June 1-8 was out because she already had plans for statewide touring then. That left May 27 and the Memorial Day weekend. Was any time acceptable to Lincoln? Lincoln tried to seize the initiative by saying she wouldn’t debate unless Halter would give a yes or no answer on union-backed card check legislation that Lincoln once supported but now opposes. He’s said repeatedly that the bill is no longer relevant. He also said Lincoln was simply trying to find an excuse not to debate. Blame who you will. There was no debate. They had met three times previously.

Do endorsements matter? n Nobody spurns an endorsement, but nobody is quite sure of their value either. The Democratic primary runoff for the 1st District congressional nomination might provide insight. Tim Wooldridge led the balloting with 38 percent of the vote. Chad Causey finished second, with 27 percent. Third- and fourth-place finishers David Cook and Steve Bryles, with 15 and SURE WINNER?: 10 percent respectively, have endorsed Congressional Causey. Add them up and Causey wins, candidate Chad with 52 percent, right? (Two other candi- Causey. dates, who received 9 percent of the vote, have not indicated a runoff preference.) Tune back in June 8.

Charlie Daniels

A free-lance writer whose passion is finding and correcting errors in major media and public displays, hit the jackpot on a lesson for students prepared by the Arkansas secretary of state. — By Mark Powell

10 LR Film Festival

Southern roots will be prominent at this year’s Little Rock Film Festival. We’ve got the must-see films and a complete schedule of events. University of Arkansas: Shouldn’t go changing.

Learning, thy name is UA n Until a conservative group called the American Council of Trustees and Alumni began to warn the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville not to lower its academic standing, most Arkansans probably didn’t know what stellar standing the UA had. According to ACTA, the core curriculum required of arts and sciences students at Fayetteville is one of the strongest in the country. ACTA evaluated 100 major institutions on their requirements in the fields of English composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. UA was one of only five institutions to get an “A” rating. The others were City University of New York-Brooklyn College, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and the United States Military Academy. Among the institutions receiving an “F” were the University of California at Berkeley, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Vanderbilt University and Yale. The UA is considering reducing the number of required courses in its core curriculum, to more nearly match the requirements at other institutions. The study will likely continue through the summer, according to UA officials.

18 Blanche Lincoln’s example

It’s been a tough election season for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, but she stood out last week in declaring support for repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” — By Max Brantley

Departments 3 The Insider 4 Smart Talk 5 The Observer 6 Letters 7 Orval 8-17 News 18 Opinion 21 Arts & Entertainment 39 Dining 45 Crossword/ Tom Tomorrow 46 Lancaster

Words VOLUME 36, NUMBER 39

n “Ronald Reagan spent twenty-five years on the lecture circuit, honing his toastmaster’s chops to such burnished perfection that any kid in the 1980s could imitate his amiable head tilts and the soothing susurrus that bathed his every line.” Susurrus is onomatopoeic; the word sounds like the thing it refers to – “a soft murmuring or rustling sound, a whisper.” n Hi (“Pop”) Fligh writes: “Why do we say someone or something peculiar is out of left field or out in left field? How did left field come to be home of the strange?” Good question, Pop (if I may address you informally). I’ve wondered myself. Some say it has to do with left field’s 4 june 3, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

Doug smith doug@arktimes.com

remoteness from the heart of the game, but right field is just as remote, and in the lower levels of baseball, more likely to be occupied by an athletic misfit. I can vouch for the truth of a column by Ron Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle (quoted in Paul Dickson’s New Baseball Dictionary): “There was but one position to which the clods, the kids with glasses, the little guys, the sissies, the ones that got good grades, the kids who played with girls, were exiled. That would be right field,

the Siberia of my youth. Right field was the back of the bus, the slow-learners class, the children’s department, a sideshow . . . Anyone directed to play right field would have given anything to ‘be out in left field.’ ” There’s no sure answer to Mr. Fligh’s question, further proof of the adage “Questions are easy. Answers are hard.” Dickson cites a couple of theories: (1) “The phrase was an insult heaped on kids who were stupid enough to buy left-field seats in Yankee Stadium, which for many years would have put them far away from a right fielder named Babe Ruth,” and (2) “The phrase was a specific reference to the fact that there was a mental hospital, the Neuropsychiatric Institute, in back of left field in the old West Side Park in Chicago.”

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Neither mad dog nor

Englishman, The Observer will go out in the noonday sun, if it’s absolutely necessary, but he won’t go without his hat. The Observer began wearing headgear during the summer a few years back. This summer, the preferred topper is a newsboy-style cap, neutral in color, ordered via Internet from a New York hat shop that might well be patronized by stars of film and television, for all The Observer knows. “It’s very chic,” associates have told him; some say it complements a natural charm. But function, not fashion, is what causes The Observer to go hatted. He realized, finally, that the top of his head was becoming more exposed with every passing year, and that he was suffering more intensely from sunburned scalp. Useful though they are, caps, like umbrellas, are easy to leave on the lunch table, unnoticed. Last week, after a seasonably light meal of chicken livers and rice covered with cream gravy, The Observer took his check to the cashier at Franke’s Cafeteria, paid his bill, walked down the hall and out the cafeteria doors into the large main hall of the Regions Bank building. He traversed that hall as well, then turned into the big bank lobby, and was halfway across, headed for an outside door, when he heard a voice behind him, calling “Sir! Sir!” He turned and saw a young man approaching, smiling and carrying The Observer’s cap. Olympians have won medals for covering less distance in more time. He’d been a diner at the next table, we realized as we thanked him. Only after he was gone did we think of offering a reward, but we’re pretty sure he wouldn’t have taken it. Protected now, we left the bank building, and trudged through 90-degree sunshine back to the Times building. Entering, we wondered if The Observer could have made it without the cap. “Lookin’ good,” the receptionist said.

It’s time to register for

The Observer’s Hall High class reunion and we’re conflicted. It was a long time ago we slipped down the hallways of Hall High, passing trigonometry thanks to Susie ... Susie ... . See, that’s why we are afraid to go. How could we forget the last name of the brilliant girl we sat next to, who helped

us through cosines and all those problems containing numbers, which we just can’t use? We’ll never forget certain things, of course — the candidate for class president who put duct tape on his mouth because the administration censored his speech and who gave the speech later at Reservoir Park. (Strangely, he did not grow up to be a politician. Last The Observer heard, he was in divinity school.) But at a party celebrating our daughter’s high school graduation over the weekend, someone asked us to sing the Hall High alma mater. We weren’t even aware Hall High had an alma mater, but it apparently did, because one of our fellow alums burst into song. (I do know my daughter’s alma mater. It’s catchy.) So do we gamely go to the graduation and try to make our glances at our former classmates’ nametags surreptitious and lament that most of the world has a better memory than we? We know you’ve asked yourself this question. Answers?

Memorial Day weekend, 2010.

The Observer had a little barbecue, a little beer, a little time in the old swimming hole. Floating on our back in a serene pool, watching the clouds drift on high, we took a few minutes to reflect over all the things this country has to offer cowards likeYours Truly, a lot of that thanks to folks unafraid to storm machine gun emplacements and crawl through barbed wire. The Observer’s maternal grandfather died just before we were born, but family lore is that Truitt Evans — a boy who drove to town from a hamlet up in the hills a few days after Pearl Harbor — was one of the first wave of American soldiers to see Nagasaki after the bomb did its grim work there. He would only talk about it when drunk, Ma Observer says, and then only haltingly: of the blackened bodies; of the crunch of charred bone; of those unlucky enough to survive the blast. War is hell, the man said, and he was right. Though the last 50 years have often seen America engage in conflicts that are more about political will than protecting these physical shores, one thing stays the same: Young men walking hand in hand with Death, far from home. Though The Observer doesn’t always agree with why they’re out there: Thanks for being out there. Though we don’t know what we think about God: God bless you, and keep you safe.

Get decked!

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Letters arktimes@arktimes.com

Supreme Court and religion I read with great surprise the unsigned editorial regarding the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court and the potential addition of another “religious Jew” to the court. I am not a fan of the current court majority and I share your fears about potential erosion of the wall of separation between church and state. That wall simultaneously protects us from religious tyranny and protects the church from civil intrusion. On that point I agree with your assessment of the current court. What I disagree with and, frankly, found both offensive and out of character for your editorial board is the characterization of the whole of the Catholic church as “a sect that disrespects the wall of separation.” You parlay a disagreement with six paleoconservative judges into a judgment on hundreds of millions of men and women, many of whom do not necessarily agree with the pronouncements from Justice Roberts, et al. The kind of intolerance and narrowminded characterization in your editorial has shaken my confidence in the Arkansas Times staff and its ability to be a voice for toleration

in our community. It is one thing to disagree with someone’s beliefs. It is quite another to be dismissive and derisive. Your point about the court is well taken. Your characterization of the justices and their fellow Catholics is factually wrong and beneath the Times. Rev. Dr. Robert Wm. Lowry Batesville

we should look to candidates who have an unselfish desire to serve others, build alliances, encourage new ideas and promote community. Joyce Elliott for Congress and Terry Hollingsworth as state representative offer that opportunity. Deborah Springer Suttlar Little Rock

Rock followers

Flag etiquette

After reading the article about the former 3/5ths of Evanescence members’ new band, We Are the Fallen, I had a bit of an issue with Ben Moody’s line “we created that genre.” Yes, Ben, Amy and company may have kicked in the door to let in the American copycat, female-fronted, symphonic goth metal bands, but create it? My guess is he had never heard The Gathering (established 1989), Lacuna Coil (est. 1994), or Nightwish (est. 1996). Go pick up a copy of “Mandylion,” “In A Reverie,” and “Oceanborn” and find out. When it comes to the heavier and less mainstream side of rock and metal, the Europeans are always 5+ years into it before the States catches on. Bryan Bedgood Sherwood

Endorsements

There are those who chose to run for office because of a need to rejuvenate aging egos or just run for power. However,

While driving down in Little Rock recently, I noticed an American flag at a car dealership was flying at half-staff. Other American flags around town were at fullstaff. When queried about the reason, the manager said that a family member had died and that they were flying the flag to show respect. I said I wasn’t sure that was appropriate. He said that the dealership owned the flag and could fly the flag any way they wanted. I checked with the governor’s office and was told that the governor can order the American flag to be flown at half-staff if an Arkansas military member was killed in action; otherwise, the orders to lower the flag come from federal proclamation. There are no penalties for those that choose to do their own thing. I called back the dealership and was forwarded to a manager who informed me that the American flag was being flown at half-staff to honor his grandfather’s death.

I expressed my sorrow about his death, and informed him that the American flag should be flown at full staff. He then told me that “even if President Obama himself told him to raise the flag, he wouldn’t do it.” Sometimes the line between anarchism and patriotism blurs. I regret that the dealership chooses to ignore the proper presentation of the American flag. I know there is a program to teach “flag etiquette” to Arkansas grade schoolers. Perhaps, there should be a program to teach flag etiquette to business people, as well. Jeffrey Short, Colonel (retired), USAFR Malvern

Why the sweet peas?

Sixty-five years later, why don’t the sweet peas have a sweet odor? I realize this is not an earth-shaking problem, but it saddens my heart. Of course, I do not have a clue as to why they don’t fill the room with wonderful smell, but no flowers, except the gardenia, still retain a gorgeous odor. Roses, no, and almost every lovely flower I know have “lost it.” Yep, I am old, and may have lost some of my hearing and sight, but never the old nasal smell. Have we, as the human race, so screwed up this wonderful world we have killed everything that matters? Beverly A. Clary Little Rock

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The WEEK THAT was M a y 2 6 - j u ne 1 , 2 0 1 0 It was a good week for …

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ROBBIE WILLS. The 2nd District Congressional candidate unloaded an attack mailer on his Democratic runoff opponent, Joyce Elliott, after promising he’d run a positive campaign. God, guns and abortion were the theme of a piece at best disingenuous, at worst dishonest. YARD PARKING. A new Little Rock ordinance took effect that bans parking of any type of vehicle on yards. Enforcement prospects for a cashstrapped city: Uncertain. The UNIVERSITY OFARKANSAS. Its so-called school reform experts continued to churn out propaganda to prop up the Walton-financed attack on the Little Rock School District. Their own numbers show that charter schools in Pulaski County are whiter and have fewer poor students than the Little Rock School District. But the UA experts conclude this doesn’t contribute to segregation in the Little Rock School District. Little Rock attorney Clay Fendley said the study should be “an embarrassment to the university.” Yep. MARTIN LUTHER KING. A Pine Bluff alderman has run into broad opposition for his proposal to rename a major street for the late civil rights leader. Too much hassle, people on Hazel Street say. LAND COMMISSIONER MARK WILCOX. Just in time for his runoff contest with Pat O’Brien for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, the Democrat-Gazette reported that Wilcox had not one, but two state vehicles in use at his Greenbrier farm. 8 june 3, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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Fact-checking Charlie Daniels Researcher finds a marred education project. By Mark w. powell

implementation. Today we have the same elected successor. However briefly, n March 21, researching voting-rights or greater concerns about election fairness, she was senator. development for U.S. minorities, I Googled integrity and electronic security. “1940: Native Americans are made citi“U.S. Native American suffrage.” The March 22 I tried to report these issues to zens by an act of Congress. However, in very first return was a page of Arkansas Daniels’ office, asking for Deputy Secretary New Mexico and Arizona Native Americans Secretary of State Charlie Daniels titled “A of State Janet Harris. An aide named cannot vote because they do not pay propChronology of American Suffrage 1776Yvonne, who at first refused to identify erty taxes.” (A later passage cited these 2002.” herself, refused connection because I’m not bans’ defeat after a 1947 court case.) I study media and other public-informa“with” a firm, agency, etc. But Harris did That’s a multilayered mess of commistion accuracy, and see many faulty “authoricome on, immediately making clear she sion and omission. Daniels’ webpage told us tative” reports. I often contact errant outlets wasn’t inclined to correct Yvonne let alone or at least strongly implied no Indians were to seek corrections and document response behavior. It’s often defensive and uncooperative. Here’s a partial sampling of Daniels’ page. More may have been wrong; I took little time to research all possible errors. What’s here raises questions I usually ask. For starters: Who wrote this? How were they chosen and what are they paid? How long was this site up? Were there other complaints and how were they addressed? NO LONGER ON-LINE: The secretary of state’s factually challenged presentation on suffrage. The page was chronological the site. I’d cited one error — Jackson/ citizens before 1940, and New Mexico and and I’ll go chronologically, not in order of Johnson — when Harris’ response became Arizona were the (only) states still pushing fault: so sarcastic I hung up. In following weeks back. All wrong: “1865: A Civil Rights Act [sic] defines I found the site unchanged. But when I 1924’s Indian Citizenship Act (Snyder citizenship and prohibits discrimination checked in mid-May for the first time in Act) gave citizenship to Indians hencebased on race. President Andrew Jackson at least a month, it was gone. forth born in the U.S. But since the 14th vetoes the bill, however the Republican What happened in that time? I contacted Amendment has a hedge about U.S. Congress overrides the veto.” the Democrat-Gazette and Commercial “jurisdiction” (conveniently construed Andrew Jackson, whose name adorns an to exclude some Indian “nations”), and era and a political style, was a great soldier, Appeal. They didn’t write about it, but excluded “Indians not taxed” from appora senator and more, elected president in perhaps that encouraged the decision to tionment, it did take 1940’s Nationality Act 1828 and 1832. Vice President Andrew remove the page. to conclusively make citizens of all people Johnson, a very different critter, succeeded (Editor’s note: Deputy Secretary of born in the U.S. But noting 1940 as Daniels on Lincoln’s death almost 30 years after State Harris said that when she asked does, without mention of 1924, is wrong. Jackson left office. Powell for the specific document where the Further, other Western states continued to “1872: Susan B. Anthony [...] is arrested errors appeared that he told her she could deny at least some Indian voting. According for violating a law that forbids the votes of Google it as he had. She said he became to the ACLU and others, Indians on reserconfederates [sic] or traitors.” upset and eventually hung up. “After he vations could not vote in Utah until 1957 Susan B.: traitor and — Confederate? got off the phone I found it. It was a docuand Colorado until 1970. Nonsense, as presented. She was prosecuted ment we’d done several years ago for “1955: Orval E. Faubus was the first for voting while female, for “knowingly, children. I had historians look at it. There Arkansas governor to serve six terms wrongfully, and unlawfully […] without were some inaccuracies.” She said the page (1955-1976).” having a lawful right to vote […] being then was removed from the web after historians Faubus was elected in 1954 to the first and there a person of the female sex.” completed the check and it is undergoing of six two-year terms. He took office in “1931: Arkansan Hattie Caraway revision. “We were happy to look at it,” January 1955 and served through January assumed her husband’s U.S. Senate seat, she said. “When we make mistakes, we 1967. after his death, becoming the first female try to fix them.”) “2002: The Help America Vote Act is U.S. senator. She was elected in her own signed in as a law by President George right in 1932.” Powell, of Arlington, Va., is a jourW. Bush totally overhauling the election Wrong. The first woman senator, nalist who published columns in U.S. and system.” Rebecca Felton, was appointed by Canadian newspapers in the 1990s. His Really? Not just overhauled, but totally? Georgia’s governor on a senator’s death — more recent work to report uncorrected Forget the laughable adverb; did the act not her husband or relative — and famously factual errors in major media and other even “overhaul” elections? Many acts sworn Nov. 21, 1922. 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film feast ‘how to fold a flag’: War documentary plays Thursday at Riverdale.

With more movies than ever before and a new $10,000 prize, the Little Rock Film Fest has a new clear direction.

by lindsey millar

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he Little Rock Film Festival has, in past years, framed itself as “a filmmaker’s festival,” “a community experience” and an “event” augmented by parties and special guests that keep the city atwitter. It’s still all those things, according to festival director Jack Lofton, but in its fourth year, it’s landed on a motto that seems to have staying power: “an international festival with the Southern experience.” The new focus is already on display. On Wednesday, the five-day festival kicked off with a screening of “Winter’s Bone,” the Ozarks-set Sundance Grand Jury winner that’s competing for the LRFF’s new Best Southern film award, a $10,000 prize sponsored by the Oxford American. Pair that award with what Lofton describes as the festival’s “Southern hospitality” — that it pays for filmmakers’ travel and accommodations and hosts nightly parties for them with free food and booze, largesse not usually extended by a festival of its size — and there you go,

the Southern experience. The “international” side of the formula remains unchanged from years past. The programming remains thrillingly diverse, with everything from a documentary about Chinese cab drivers to an Arkansas-made narrative short about a crazed hot sauce magnate among the line-up. Some 100 films will screen today through Sunday (that’s up from 85 last year) at venues throughout Little Rock, mostly at Riverdale 10 and the Clinton School (see page 13). They’ll be accompanied, more often than not, by their filmmakers. Near 60 will travel from far and wide to join 40 or so from Arkansas. There’ll be panel discussions and workshops and most screenings will be followed by questions and answer sessions. Plus, there’s a gang of special events. Among the highlights: Thursday, the annual Movies in the Park series hosts a special free sundown screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou” at DickeyStephens Park. On Friday at 10:30 p.m., there’s

a late night river cruise on the Arkansas Queen, where Bear Colony, Chase Pagan, Stella Fancy and DJ Cameron Holifield will perform. “Project Runway’s” Anthony Williams hosts a fashion show at the Peabody on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.; DJ Cameron Holifield provides the soundtrack. Also on Saturday, the Arkansas Music Video Competition returns to Revolution at 9 p.m., with performances by Ace Spade and the Whores of Babylon, Brian Frazier, Michael Witham, Floor Plan, The Winston Family Orchestra and DJ/VJ g-force. The Arkansas Times-sponsored gala moves to Sunday this year. Awards will be presented there at 5:30 p.m. All of the parties require either a ticket or a party pass, which also affords access to all films. The party pass does not, however, provide entry to the gala, which costs $75. The LRFF website, littlerockfilmfestival.org, offers a handy interactive feature that lets you plan your schedule. You’ll need the help. This year’s lineup is easily the festival’s best.


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Our must-sees for this year’s festival.

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“ALAMAR” Dir.: Pedro Gonzales-Rubio, 70 min.

n Having already garnered a number of awards in, amongst others, the Rotterdam International and Miami Film Festivals, this minimalist piece of cinema verite is the topic of much cineaste chatter for the way it delicately treads the line between fiction and non-fiction. In fact, after the film’s premiere, newcomer Gonzales-Rubio couldn’t escape being asked whether “Alamar” is a feature or documentary film, to which he replied “I just think of it as a film.” Very loosely dramatized, it follows an actual father in real life circumstances as he takes his aging father and his five-year old child on a days-long Mayan fishing trip before his ex-wife returns to her native Rome with their son. Taking cues from remodernist heroes like Bela Tarr and Gus Van Sant, this nautical, coming-of-age meditation on masculinity and cultural identity may not be the fastest-paced film, but the beautifully colored, bittersweet trailer is one of the most hypnotically engaging and promising of the entire festival. Riverdale, 1:15 p.m., Thu. June 3; Riverdale, 3 p.m., Sun. June 6. “ARCADIA LOST” Dir.: Phedon Papamichel, 93 min.

n The latest directorial effort from celebrated cinematographer and director of photography Phedon Papamichel (“Sideways,” “Walk the Line,” “W.”) takes him back to his native country to show the story of two teenage stepsiblings, a guarded, sarcastic

‘Alamar’: Blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction. young photographer and his dour but newly sexually empowered stepsister. Stuck in rural Greece after a car wreck, they have to rely on a drunken American expat drifter (played by Nick Nolte) as a guide as they traverse the ancient landscape to return to civilization. Little Rock plays home to the world premiere of “Arcadia Lost” and, as such, the little information about the film is closely guarded. But doesn’t that pique

your curiosity even more? It certainly does for us. Director Papamichel and others will be on hand during the festival. Riverdale, 8 p.m., Fri. June 4. “CITIZEN ARCHITECT: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RURAL STUDIO” Dir.: Sam Wainwright Douglas, 90 min.

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MORE TO SEE n Like years past, when it previewed the likes of “Knocked Up” and “(500) Days of Summer,” the LRFF has several bigger-budgeted films it’ll screen outside of competition. “Get Him to the Greek” (8 p.m. Thursday, Riverdale 10) isn’t a sequel to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” even though it also stars Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, who reprises the character Aldous Snow, an amalgam of all the greatest wacky rock-star-excess qualities. The vigilante thriller “Harry Brown” (9:45 p.m., Saturday, Riverdale 10) isn’t a sequel either, but if you enjoyed watching Michael Caine kick ass in films in the ’70s, you’ll probably like him kicking ass in his 70s. For headier fare, the Clinton School’s documentary series at Sturgis Hall holds great promise. Aside from the two we mentioned in the adjacent list, there’s Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim’s (“Inconvenient Truth,” “It Might Get Loud”) latest, “Waiting for Superman” (3 p.m. Sunday),

‘GET HIM TO THE GREEK’: Jonah Hill and Russell Brand star in this comedy. which surveys public education today. As well as the Billy Bob Thornton-narrated “My Run,” (3:30 p.m. Saturday) about a man who once ran from Minneapolis to Atlanta in 75 straight days, and “The Last Survivor” (12:30 p.m. Sunday), which follows survivors of four different genocides. More docs that’ve piqued our interest: “Big River Man” (12:30 p.m. Friday, Riverdale) about a barrel of a

and fifth-generation Mississippian “Sambo” Mockbee founded the radical, charitable Rural Studio to lead his students in an ongoing project to provide residents of Alabama’s “Black Belt,” one of the most impoverished areas in North America, with houses that are “warm, dry and noble.” Also, beautiful examples of modernist architecture built on a budget — good-hearted Fallingwaters speckContinued on page 12

50-year-old Slovenian man who swims all 3,300 miles of the Amazon. The Drive-By Truckers documentary “The Secret to a Happy Ending” (7:45 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Riverdale). And “I Am Comic” (10 p.m. Thursday, 12:45 p.m. Friday, Riverdale), interviews with comics like Sarah Silverman, Bobcat Goldthwait and Nick Kroll on process, what life’s like on the road and such. As far as Arkansas-related film goes, we’ll be front and center for the teaser footage of “Arkansas Traveler” (6:40 p.m. Thursday Riverdale) a Civil War film set in Arkansas and Missouri co-directed by “Deadwood” vet Sean Bridgers. If you liked “Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board,” you’ll want to check out the latest short from campaign advisors Ray McKinnon and Graham Gordy, “Spanola Pepper Sauce Company” (6:20 p.m. Friday, 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Riverdale). It’s about the deranged head of a hot sauce empire (Gordy). And Tim Jackson’s documentary “Looking for Lurch” (3 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Friday) is sure to gain extra resonance after the recent death of the African Watusi steer subject, who long called Arkansas home. www.arktimes.com • june 3, 2010 11


‘passenger pigeons’: Deals with disaster. ing a rural, post-apocalyptic neighborhood completely crippled by poverty. The Rural Studio participants not only worked, they lived, ate, played (a lot of baseball with) and socialized with the community at large. Now, if you’re one of the folks that finds “Extreme Makeover” a bit garish, you’d probably scoff at this writeup. But don’t worry — the movie opens with archival footage of one of the residents chastising one of the students for being opportunistic. It’s a feel-good, but a smart one that acknowledges its own controversies. Also, it’s my pick for the one Clinton School of Public Service Showcase film you can’t miss. Clinton School of Public Service, 12:30 p.m. Sat., June 5.   “THE COLONEL’S BRIDE” Dir.: Brent Stewart, 74 min.

n Another deliberately paced meditation on kinship and loss, this one takes a bit more of a subtly twisted slant than “Alamar,” thanks to the direction of Brent Stewart, cohort to one of the great American cinematic provocateurs, Harmony Korine. The dimly lit, melancholic character study sees a Vietnam veteran turned real-estate broker in Tennessee wed a much younger Vietnamese mail-order bride to quell his uneasiness about his war. It’s sure to slowly tug a tear and a smirk or two from anyone with even a hint of sympathy for the lonelier of our neighbors. Prospective viewers, look out for the “I doh” scene. Riverdale, 5:45 p.m., Sat. June 5 12 june 3, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

“HOW TO FOLD A FLAG” Dir.: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, 85 min.

n The fourth and final of their series of acclaimed documentaries about the second Gulf War, Epperlein and Tucker’s “How to Fold a Flag” follows four disparate soldiers returning home to find a wrecked veterans system and a country whose idea of appreciation barely extends past yellow ribbon bumper stickers. Unsentimental and never simplistic, beautifully shot and paced, it’s as affectingly humane as any war documentary you’ll find anywhere this year. Sticking with four members of the same company — now a cage fighter/single dad, a college student/ stoner, a school teacher/congressional candidate and a convenience store attendant/ metal singer — we see the contrasts in their returns home and the unfortunate common threads that still bind. By simply filming the

four complex characters and avoiding any patronizing hero worship or piety, the film becomes a no-frills snapshot of four brave men lost in a system gone awry. Riverdale, 4:15 p.m., Thu. June 3. “PASSENGER PIGEONS”

from the film, soundtracked by live recording of a primitive Baptist gospel quartet. If that’s any indication of the feel of the movie as a whole, expect a fantastic, clever one. Riverdale, 5:15 p.m., Thu. June 3; Riverdale, 7:45 p.m., Fri. June 4

Dir.: Martha Stephens, 106 min.

“RACING DREAMS”

n Poignant in the shadow of the recent West Virginia coal mine deaths, “Passenger Pigeons” interweaves four different stories surrounding an accidental death of a young man in an Appalachian mine: his brother, driving cross-country for the burial; two coal company executives, sent to inspect the mine, who end up camping in the woods; a young, concerned couple on vacation during the closure, and activists from Washington, D.C., in town to protest a mountaintop removal. The trailer is a series of brief vignettes culled

Dir.: Marshall Curry, 94 mins.

n Think of it as “Spellbound” with nitrous oxide. Or “Mad Hot Ballroom” in the fast lane. Or just watch the trailer and join in on the anticipation for this movie that’s zooming around the Times office. Following three preteen NASCAR hopefuls in the World Kart Association (think mutton bustin’ rodeos for racing) throughout the course of a season. They zoom around the track in pint-sized race cars and, of course, keep their turbulent, pubescent tempers in check in the face of tumultuous home lives, demands at school, racing practice and, well, puberty. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser, this one took home the Best Documentary award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Riverdale, 11:30 a.m., Fri. June 4; Riverdale, 11:30 a.m., Sat. June 5. “REGENERATION” Dir.: Philip Montgomery, 81 mins.

‘the colonel’s bride’: A tearjerker about kinship and loss.

n “The current generation is caught up in a crisis like no other with no purpose…” That statement opens the trailer for “Regeneration,” an exploration of the apathy of the youngest (and, yes, my) generation towards the ongoing, unrivaled worldwide


embedded: Filmmakers got almost unlimited access to soldiers and battles in Afghani war documentary “Restrepo.” vroom: “Racing Dreams” follows child racers. disarray that busies the thoughts of the thoughtful yet, for much of the “Millenials,” stops just short of…well, something. That’s what this documentary aims to discuss. Why is there such widespread passivity about global conflicts, corporate injustice, corrupt governments, civil rights, and on and on. Media? Education? Parents? Did we inherit a culture of selfishness from generations past? Why is it that, when faced with damning, documented evidence about, say, the 2000 elections, we choose to shrug it off and log back in to Facebook? Are the problems so widespread, overwhelming and complex that most (subconsciously?) choose to retreat? What’s the difference between the current generation and those of the ’60s and The Great Generation? It’s

a hefty question, no doubt, but one that this film will attempt to tackle with the help of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and, surprisingly, Talib Kweli. Clinton School of Public Service, 8 p.m., Sun. June 6. “RESTREPO” Dir.: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger, 70 min.

n If there’s one film about America’s ongoing Afghani war that will be shown in classrooms decades from now, it’s hard to imagine this Sundance Grand Jury winner not being it. Hetherington and Junger, two prime examples of adventure journalists, dug their boots in for a year with a 15-man platoon in the Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous areas in the war.

‘Tiny Furniture’: SXSW awarded it Best Narrative Film.

Steering away from any political debates or interviews with families or natives in the crossfire, the two documentarians kept their cameras solely focused on the soldiers and their experiences while traversing the dangerous terrain beside them every step of the way. Even more fascinating, the government gave the two an almost limitless access to the soldiers and battles during filming. Riverdale, 3:45 p.m., Fri. June 4; Riverdale, 3 p.m., Sun. June 6. “TINY FURNITURE” Dir.: Lena Dunham, 98 min.

n Is this the one? The one that can explore that post-collegiate coming-of-age restlessness and frustration without falling to twee overdramatics? (“This song will change your life,” anyone?) On the surface, it looks like another intolerable, all too familiar

urban, upper-middle class “woe is me” digthis-ennui failure that clogs Netflix instant watch. But judging from the trailer — and the Best Narrative Film Award it bagged at SXSW — expect a bitingly funny film from a young, female Woody Allen (the 23-year -old Dunham tackles the writer/director/lead trifecta). As a recent film theory graduate, Aura returns to her artist mother’s Tribeca loft, gets stuck in a hostess job and hops in bed, a bit awkwardly, with an egotistic coworker. It seems the widespread verdict is the same as mine: don’t judge a movie by (the font on its) cover. Riverdale, 5:15 p.m., Fri. June 4; Riverdale, 8 p.m., Sat. June 5. “WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY” Dir.: Don Hahn, 86 min.

n It’s a well-documented fact that Disney went through a bit of a slump in quality in the late ’80s. “Oliver & Company,” remember? “The Black Cauldron,” which was beat at the box-office by “The Care Bear Movie,” is certainly no exception. “Waking Sleeping Beauty” is about, well, Disney getting its ass back in gear to make “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and its early ’90s classics. The documentary uses home videos and archival interviews to document executive tensions in the boardrooms and the physical and emotional exhaustion in the art studios, it’s a fascinatingly (sometime unsettlingly) intimate, rare peek behind a tense era in America’s most familiar institution. Call it a “Hearts of Darkness” with Francis Ford in red shorts and mouse ears. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a young Tim Burton, whose jowly, but boyish, face had to have been the inspiration for Max in “A Goofy Movie.” Riverdale, 1 p.m., Thu. June 3; Riverdale, 12:30 p.m., Sat. June 5. www.arktimes.com • june 3, 2010 13


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e not deceived. Prophets still walk among us. We have a bad habit these days of calling them liars, or pushing them off cliffs made of our own insecurities, but they do. One of that breed was the late stand-up comedian Bill Hicks, who died in Little Rock in 1994 from pancreatic cancer. He was only 32 years old at the time, but his biting wit and unflinching pronouncements on the failings of American society have made him a comic’s comic to this day. Huge in Europe and gaining a loyal following in the United States when he passed, Hicks was well on his way to becoming one of the titans, installed alongside folks like Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Charlie Chaplin in the grinning pantheon. As is, he’s remembered as one of

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the greats taken too soon — a man whose cerebral, angry, tough-love style makes today’s crop of corny puppeteers, faux-rednecks and culture-obsessed bitch-and-gripers seem more than a little bloodless by comparison. Hicks’ story is retold, beginning to end, in the new documentary “American: The Bill Hicks Story.” Made entirely from standup routine footage, interviews with Hicks’ family and friends, and carefully-animated still photographs, it’s a truly great documentary which does what all great biographic documentaries do: makes you want to climb in bed with the subject, spoon, and have him whisper the truth into your ear. As seen in the film, Hicks was always much bigger in the UK than in America. Though there’s some question of whether our “Daily Show” world would have caught up to him by now, in the 1980s and early ’90s

Gone too soon: “American: The Bill Hicks Story” tells the story of the comedian’s life. his no-bullshit approach to topics ranging from abortion to psychedelic drugs to the Iraq War was a little too much for American audiences to handle. As a result, Hicks often found himself playing 900-seat theatres in Britain, only to return to half-full comedy clubs in the States — not to mention belligerent drunks in the parking lot, many of whom didn’t take kindly to his opinions. Famously, his last appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman Show was pulled because his subject matter was too hot, even for a latenight audience. It’s a measure of the comedians’ cult status that Letterman apologized to Hicks’ mother and finally showed the routine in its entirety last year. We’re thinking folks aren’t going to be worried whether a Larry the Cable Guy set didn’t air a decade and a half after the fact. The film and its amazing look are the brainchild of British filmmakers Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock. Though Hicks’ connection to Little Rock is fairly thin — his family (but not Hicks) moved here from Houston when he was 17, and Hicks returned to his parents’ house just before his death in February, 1994 — Matt Harlock said the city played an important role in his life. There are many scenes from the doc shot in Little Rock. “Bill and Little Rock have a special connection,” Harlock said. “Hicks was a Southerner through and through.” Co-director Thomas says that American audiences might have finally caught up with Hicks’ attitudes by now, and figures that he could have been able to find more mainstream acceptance in the U.S. had he lived. Thomas said that the film’s colorful, photo-animated

style — part Ken Burns, part acid trip — arose out of a desire to tell Hicks’ story in a unique way. It was a decision that would cost both he and Harlock four years, much of that spent painstakingly crafting the CGI used to bring still photos of Hicks to life. “As Bill’s story was so unique, the challenge was in finding a strong enough new way to tell it,” Thomas said. “We knew there was a huge archive of photos of Bill and so the idea of an animated photographic storytelling approach arose, eschewing talking heads and allowing the viewer to be fully immersed into the world of the characters, much closer in form to a narrative method.” Given that Bill Hicks was a man who so often criticized America — the military; our obsession with status and consumption; the prejudices woven into our societal DNA — it might strike some as odd that the film about his life is called “American.” Harlock, however, doesn’t see it that way. “Bill was captivated from an early age with the promise of the American Dream,” Harlock said. “It seemed to him that the American people ignored or were apathertic to the vice-like grip that American religion, big business and the media had on them and he wanted to do something about it. He wanted to offer them a new way of seeing their world.”

American: The Bill Hicks Story Riverdale 10 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 3:15 p.m. Friday, June 4

To watch the trailer and for more information about the film, visit the official website at: www.americanthemovie.com


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LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE n Screenings, excluding the opening night film, are $5 suggested donation per film. A $25 pass grants priority access to all screenings (excluding the opening night film), panel discussions and some events. Or, for $50, festival goers can purchase a special party pass that affords access to all screenings and special events, including nightly parties where complimentary food and drink will be provided, but excluding the gala. Or a $200 VIP pass, available in limited number, provides the same access as the party pass, but with priority seating, access to the filmmaker lounge and the Arkansas Times-sponsored gala. Individual tickets to the opening night film, opening night after party, fashion show and closing night gala are also available, all via littlerockfilmfestival.org. Tickets and festival passes purchased in advance can be picked up at screening locations, where they can also be purchased. W E D N E S D A Y, J U N E 2 ❑ 5:30 p.m.: VIP Opening Night Reception, Cajun’s Wharf. VIP pass required. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “Winter’s Bone,” dir. Debra Granik, narrative feature, 100 min., Riverdale 10. Party pass required. ❑ 9:00 p.m.: Oxford American Opening Night After-Party, Terry House Mansion. Party pass required. T H U R S D A Y, J U N E 3 ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Lost Dogs,” dir. Hudson Dunlap, narrative feature, 88 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:00 p.m.: “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” dir. Don Hahn, narrative feature, 86 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:15 p.m.: “Alamar,” dir. Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, narrative feature, 73 min., Riverdale 10. 1:30 p.m.: Shorts Program 1: The Things We Do For Love, shorts competition, 76 min., see next six listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Mixtape,” dir. Luke Snellin. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Little Ripper,” dir. Jarrod Boord. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “She’s a Fox,” dir. Cameron Sawyer. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Maneki Neko,” dir. German Talavera.. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Context,” dir. Kimberly Rice. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Shadows in the Wind,” dir. Julia Guillen-Creagh. ❑ 2:30 p.m.: “Beijing Taxi,” dir. Miao Wang, documentary, 78 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:30 p.m.: “Silent Night,” dir. Warren McCullough, narrative feature, 35 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: “Contact,” dir. Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, documentary, 78 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: “Looking for Lurch,” dir. Tim Jackson, 78 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: Shorts Program 3: Some Call It Art, shorts competition, 68 min., see next six listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Fancy,” dir. Chris Olsen. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Goin’ Nowhere Fast,” dir. Shawn Adams. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “The Architect,” dir. Joshua Demers. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Dacil,” dir. Adrian Silvestre. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “A Pattern of Prophecies: an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,” dir. Laurel Petty. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “History of Made Up Things,” dir. Ashley Eberbach. ❑ 4:00 p.m.: Marketing Your Film via Social Media, panel discussion, 60 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 4:15 p.m.: “How to Fold a Flag,” dir. Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, documentary, 85 min., Riverdale 10. 5:00 p.m.: “Etienne!” dir. Jeff Mizushima, narrative feature, 87 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: Arkansas Narrative Shorts 1, 60 min., see next five listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “The Mount Nebo Chicken Fry,” dir. Frances Tisworth. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “Sleepwalker,” dir. Jordan Faulkner. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “The Bloodstone Diaries: Sleeper,” dir. Gerry Bruno. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “Sleeping with Charlie Kaufman,” dir. J. Roland Kelly. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “Ouachita Rising,” dir. Brent Williamson. ❑ 5:15 p.m.: “Passenger Pigeons,” dir. Martha Stephens, narrative feature, 106 min., Riverdale 10. 16 june 3, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

❑ 6:30 p.m.: Arkansas Documentary Shorts, see next three listings, 75 min., Riverdale 10. 6:30 p.m.: “In Queso Fever: A Movie About Cheese Dip,” dir. Nick Rogers. ❑ 6:30 p.m.: “Knocked Out?” dir. Jesse Abdenour. ❑ 6:30 p.m.: “Crater People,” dir. Josh Sims. ❑ 6:40 p.m.: “Arkansas Traveler” dir. Sean Bridgers and Michael Hemschoot, screening of teaser footage from forthcoming narrative feature, 40 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 6:45 p.m.: “Camp Victory, Afghanistan,” dir. Carol Dysinger, documentary, 84 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: Cookout, Dickey-Stephens Park. Party pass required. ❑ 7:30 p.m.: “American: The Bill Hicks Story,” dir. Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas, documentary, 90 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Get Him to the Greek,” dir. Nicholas Stoller, narrative feature, 109 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: Shorts Program 4: The Bitter End, shorts competition, 73 min., see next eight listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Pini Banini’s Razor,” dir. Dan Chapman. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Mr Lewis,” dir. Louisa Fielden. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Junko’s Shamisen,” dir. Solomon Friedman. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Red Light,” dir. Shaune Harrison. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Skylight,” dir. David Baas. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Sapsucker,” dir. Christopher Holmes. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Reign of Death,” dir. Matthew Savage. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Road to Moloch,” dir. Robert Glickert. ❑ 8:30 p.m.: Movies in the Park Presents: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” dir. Ethan and Joel Coen, narrative feature, 106 min., Dickey-Stephens Park. Starts at sundown. ❑ 9:35 p.m.: Shorts Program 6: Up the Violent Escalator, spotlight shorts, 70 min., see next four listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 9:35 p.m.: “The Climactic Death of Dark Ninja,” dir. Peter Craig. ❑ 9:35 p.m.: “K-7,” dir. Christopher Leone. ❑ 9:35 p.m.: “Kirksdale,” dir. Ryan Spindell. ❑ 9:35 p.m.: “Tag 26,” dir. Andreas Samland. ❑ 10:00 p.m.: “I Am Comic,” dir. Jordan Brady, documentary, 87 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 10:00 p.m.: Movies in the Park After-Party, Cornerstone Pub and Grill. Party pass required.

F R I D A Y, J U N E 4 ❑ 11:30 a.m.: “Racing Dreams,” dir. Marshall Curry, documentary, 94 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Big River Man,” dir. John Maringouin, documentary, 100 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: Shorts Program 5: The Mostly Documentary Program, shorts competition, 97 min., see next four listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Oro Verde (Green Gold),” dir. Estela Roberta Sanchez. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Solitary/Release,” dir., Holden Abigail Osborne. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Bout That Bout,” dir., Nico Sabenorio, Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Pillars of Hope,” dir., Imraan Ismail, Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:45 p.m.: “I Am Comic,” dir. Jordan Brady, documentary, 87 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “P-Star Rising,” dir. Gabriel Noble, documentary, 83 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:45 p.m.: Arkansas Documentary Shorts, 83 min., see next three listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:45 p.m.: “In Queso Fever: A Movie About Cheese Dip,” dir. Nick Rogers, Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:45 p.m.: “Knocked Out?” dir. Jesse Abdenour, Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:45 p.m.: “Crater People,” dir. Josh Sims, Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:45 p.m.: “Obselidia,” dir. Dianne Bell, narrative feature, 96 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:15 p.m.: “American: The Bill Hicks Story,” dir. Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas documentary, 90 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:45 p.m.: “Restrepo,” dir. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, documentary, 90 min., Riverdale 10.

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❑ 8:05 p.m.: “Table at Luigi’s,” dir. Joe Dull, narrative feature, 88 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 10:30 p.m.: Filmmaker Riverboat Party on the Arkansas River, Arkansas Queen. Party pass required. S A T U R D A Y, J U N E 5 ❑ 9:00 a.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Video Race, orientation for kids, 60 min., Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 10:00 a.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Brunch, brunch for kids, 60 min., Peabody Little Rock. ❑ 10:30 a.m.: Acting for the Camera, talk, 60 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 11:30 a.m.: “Racing Dreams,” dir. Marshall Curry, documentary, 94 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 11:30 a.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Workshops, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 11:30 a.m.: Film Trends: Fads or the Future? panel discussion, 60 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Wo Ai Ni Mommy,” dir. Stephanie Wang-Breal, documentary, 77 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: Shorts Program 4: The Bitter End, shorts competition, 73 min., see next eight listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Pini Banini’s Razor,” dir. Dan Chapman. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Mr Lewis,” dir. Louisa Fielden. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Junko’s Shamisen,” dir. Solomon Friedman. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Red Light,” dir. Shaune Harrison. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Skylight,” dir. David Baas. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Sapsucker,” dir. Christopher Holmes. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Reign of Death,” dir. Matthew Savage. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: “Road to Moloch,” dir. Robert Glickert. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio,” dir. Sam Wainwright Douglas, documentary, 90 min., Clinton School of Public Service. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” dir. Don Hahn, documentary, 86 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:45 p.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Workshops, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Legacy,” dir. Thomas Ikimi, narrative feature, 95 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 2:00 p.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Films, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 2:30 p.m.: “Speaking in Tongues,” dir. Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, documentary, 60 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: “Louder than a Bomb,” dir. Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, documentary, 97 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “My Run,” dir. Tim VandeSteeg, documentary, 85 min., Clinton School of Public Service. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “The Secret to a Happy Ending: A Documentary about the Drive-By Truckers,” dir. Barr Weissman, documentary, 101 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: Arkansas Narrative Shorts 1, 61 min., see next five listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “The Mount Nebo Chicken Fry,” dir. Frances Tisworth. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “Sleepwalker,” dir. Jordan Faulkner. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “The Bloodstone Diaries: Sleeper,”


dir. Gerry Bruno. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “Sleeping with Charlie Kaufman,” dir. J. Roland Kelly. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “Ouachita Rising,” dir. Brent Williamson. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Pitch Sessions, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 4:15 p.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Workshops, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 4:30 p.m.: “Happythankyoumoreplease,” Josh Radnor, spotlight, 100 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: Shorts Program 6: Up the Violent Escalator, spotlight shorts, 70 min., see next four listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “The Climactic Death of Dark Ninja,” dir. Peter Craig. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “K-7,” dir. Christopher Leone. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “Kirksdale,” dir. Ryan Spindell. ❑ 5:00 p.m.: “Tag 26,” dir. Andreas Samland. ❑ 5:30 p.m.: “Camp Victory, Afghanistan,” dir. Carol Dysinger, documentary, 84 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 5:45 p.m.: “The Colonel’s Bride,” dir. Brent Stewart, narrative feature, 74 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “Five Star Day,” dir. Danny Buday, narrative feature, 94 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: Shorts Program 3: Some Call It Art, shorts competition, 68 min., see next six listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “Fancy,” dir. Chris Olsen. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “Goin’ Nowhere Fast,” dir. Shawn Adams. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “The Architect,” dir. Joshua Demers. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “Dacil,” dir. Adrian Silvestre. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “A Pattern of Prophecies: an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,” dir. Laurel Petty. ❑ 7:00 p.m.: “History of Made Up Things,” dir. Ashley Eberbach. ❑ 7:30 p.m.: “Black, White, and Blues,” dir. Mario Van Peebles, narrative feature, 91 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “Tiny Furniture,” dir. Lena Dunham, narrative feature, 98 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: Shorts Program 1: The Things We Do For Love, shorts competition, 76 min., see next six listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: “Mixtape,” dir. Luke Snellin. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: “Little Ripper,” dir. Jarrod Boord. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: “She’s a Fox,” dir. Cameron Sawyer. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: “Maneki Neko,” dir. German Talavera. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: “Context,” dir. Kimberly Rice. ❑ 8:35 p.m.: “Shadows in the Wind,” dir. Julia Guillen-Creagh. ❑ 9:30 p.m.: “Obselidia,” dir. Dianne Bell, narrative feature, 96 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 9:30 p.m.: Fashion Show, Peabody Little Rock. Party pass required. ❑ 9:45 p.m.: “Harry Brown,” dir. Daniel Barber, narrative feature, 97 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 10:30 p.m.: Arkansas Music Video Competition, Revolution Music Room. S U N D A Y, J U N E 6 ❑ 9:30 a.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Video Race Editing, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 11:00 a.m.: Who Wants My Film?: The Reality of Distribution, panel discussion, Riverdale 10.

❑ 11:30 a.m.: “Silent Storytellers,” dir. Hop Litzwire, documentary, 60 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Jerry Van Dyke’s Arkansas,” dir. Shirley Van Dyke, 38 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: Shorts Program 2: Less Than Certain, shorts competition, 80 min., see next six listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “The Greims,” dir. Peter Bolte. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Edge of the Desert,” dir. Lea Nakonechny. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Amateur,” dir. Daniel Trevino. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Smog,” dir. Clara Kraft Isono. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “The Visitors,” dir. Samina Akbari. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Down In Number 5,” dir. Kim Spurlock. ❑ 12:00 p.m.: “Louder than a Bomb,” dir. Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel documentary, 97 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 12:15 p.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Mobile Film School Pitch Session, Lisa McWilliams, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “The Last Survivor,” dir. Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman, documentary, 88 min., Clinton School of Public Service. ❑ 12:30 p.m.: “Etienne!” dir. Jeff Mizushima, narrative feature, 87 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Irene,” dir. David Bogard, narrative feature, 40 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:30 p.m.: “Speaking in Tongues,” dir. Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, documentary, 60 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:50 p.m.: Arkansas Narrative Shorts 2, 75 min., see next five listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 1:50 p.m.: “Rumby in the Jungy,” dir. Terrell Case, Timothy Lucas Wistrand, Matthew Corey Gattin. ❑ 1:50 p.m.: “Spanola Pepper Sauce Company,” dir. Ray McKinnon, Graham Gordy. ❑ 1:50 p.m.: “The Inner Path,” dir. Michael Sutterfield. ❑ 1:50 p.m.: “Six Feet of Separation,” dir. Kurt Armstrong. ❑ 1:50 p.m.: “Antiquities,” dir. Daniel Campbell. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: “Alamar,” dir. Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, narrative feature, 73 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: “Restrepo,” dir. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, 70 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: LRFF YOUTH! Prize Winners, 60 min., Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. ❑ 3:00 p.m.: “Waiting for Superman,” dir. Davis Guggenheim, documentary, Clinton School of Public Service. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: Shorts Program #5: The Mostly Documentary Program, shorts competition, 97 min., see next four listings, Riverdale 10. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Oro Verde (Green Gold),” dir. Estela Roberta Sanchez. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Solitary/Release,” dir. Holden Abigail Osborne. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Bout That Bout,” dir. Nico Sabenorio. ❑ 3:20 p.m.: “Pillars of Hope,” dir. Imraan Ismail. ❑ 3:30 p.m.: “P-Star Rising,” dir. Gabriel Noble, documentary, 83 min., Riverdale 10. ❑ 5:30 p.m.: Festival Gala and Awards Ceremony Sponsored by the Arkansas Times, Clinton Library. ❑ 8:00 p.m.: “ReGeneration,” dir. Philip Montgomery, documentary, Clinton School of Public Service. ❑ 10:00 p.m.: Closing Night Party, Copper Grill. Party pass required.

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n The Arkansas Times has endorsed these candidates in the election Tusday, June 8. All are running in the Democratic primary: JOYCE ELLIOTT for U.S. representative from the Second Congressional District. BILL HALTER for United States Senate. MONTY DAVENPORT for state land commissioner. JOHN W. WALKER, for the state House of Representatives, District 34. WILANDRA DEAN for re-election to the Pulaski County Quorum Court, District 5. Early voting is underway.

n The closing days of a political campaign bring out the worst in bad people. Robbie Wills has unleashed his inner Tim Griffin, and that’s about as worst as it gets. Griffin is the far-right political opportunist and Karl Rove protege who has won the Republican nomination for the Second Congressional District seat, and who awaits the winner of the Democratic primary, either Wills or Joyce Elliott. Wills seems to have decided that people who admire Tim Griffin should get to vote for him Tuesday, not have to wait until November. Wills has mailed a grotesque circular – grotesque for a Democratic primary, anyway – to voters in the Second District. He accuses Elliott of, among other things, wanting to “outlaw prayer in schools.” He includes a photograph of a small child, hands clasped and eyes closed. He also includes three photographs of Elliott – there are none of Wills on Wills’ flier – lest anyone forget that she is, you know, black. Neither Elliott nor Wills could outlaw prayer in schools if they did want, of course, and Elliott hasn’t tried. She has resisted government-ordered prayer, which is to say she believes in freedom of religion, as is guaranteed by the First Amendment. Wills says Elliott holds “extreme abortion views.” He means that she supports the Roe v. Wade decision of the Unites States Supreme Court, which gave women some measure of control over their own bodies. Finally, he says that Elliott has insufficiently protected “our gun rights.” The “our” is an apparent reference to the National Rifle Association, a rich and reckless lobby group that is the only source for Wills’ charge. He has essentially given up on winning real Democrats to his side. Joyce Elliott is the last person standing in the Democratic primary, and standing tall.

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PACKED: Record crowds assembled in downtown Little Rock for Riverfest last weekend.

Lincoln’s grace note n The runoff between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic Senate nomination has become a tiresome and bitter spectacle of competing caricatures. Lincoln has fared worse, polls indicate. I’ve thought this has partly been a result of a fractured campaign strategy that overlooked the senator’s greatest strength — essential decency. Happily, that trait was on display last week as Congress took up legislation to repeal the don’t ask, don’t tell policy that bans military service by openly gay people. Implementation of open service in the military would be left to the Pentagon, no sooner than February 2011. The military would first complete by Dec. 1 a study of the impact. Public opinion polls say 75 percent of U.S. people favor military service by acknowledged homosexuals. As repeal co-sponsor U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder has noted, thousands are serving now, though they are forced to mask their identities — and pretend they don’t have loved ones of the same sex at home — for fear of losing their jobs. Republicans don’t believe the polls, they believe their prejudices. They’ve united to make this a campaign issue, led by the erratic Sen. John McCain. Only five Republicans joined the repeal vote in the House last week. Sadly, only one Arkansan of any party was in that number, Snyder. Republican Rep. John Boozman, naturally, continued to support discrimination against gay men and women in arms. It’s hardly surprising because he also supports the legality of workplace discrimination against gay people in all jobs, from doctor to dishwasher. More disappointing, though not surprising, were the “no” votes of U.S. Reps. Marion Berry and Mike Ross. Berry, who owes Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a repeal backer, said he just didn’t know how he felt about the service of gays in the military. But he doesn’t want to harm former aide Chad Causey’s chances of winning

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election to his seat. Causey is facing a committed homophobe, Tim Wooldridge, in the runoff. Berry didn’t want to give Wooldridge a wedge. Ross said he thinks the ban on open gay service is “working.” Working? Some 14,000 capable troops have been forced out of the military, sometimes only because someone snitched on their private sex life. Ross also says he prefers to defer to the military — just not to military people like Rep. Patrick Murphy, repeal sponsor and an Iraq vet, or the heroic Joint Chiefs chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, who also favors repeal. Which brings us to Blanche Lincoln. Sen. Mark Pryor took a powder similar to Mike Ross. He won’t vote for repeal until a military study is done (presumably the hope is for a study that upholds continuing discrimination). Senator Lincoln, however, said she’ll vote to repeal the law, even knowing that a runoff victory will put her up against homophobe Boozman in the fall. Said Lincoln: “Military readiness remains my top priority. I trust our military leaders to make the right decision on this issue.  I am satisfied that a workable compromise has been reached between the Pentagon and Congress that will ensure a smooth transition based on certification by military leaders that military readiness will not be affected if the policy is repealed.  I am prepared to vote for this compromise, which enables our military leadership to determine the policy on this issue moving forward.” It’s decent. It’s fair. It’s right. Mark Pryor, Marion Berry and Mike Ross should read the words of the honorable lady from Arkansas and hang their heads in shame.


Trash in the mail n Something about an 8½x12-inch mailer, which is the preferred political communication this season, makes the spirit sink. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and their surrogates have bombarded households with them for two months, and if even one of them didn’t badly distort the facts I overlooked it. But maybe the worst one, or at least the most shocking, arrived last week from the campaign of state Rep. Robbie Wills, who is in a runoff with state Sen. Joyce Elliott for U. S. representative from the Second District. You know it is from Robbie Wills because in small letters, the tiniest on either side of the flyer, it says “Paid for by Robbie Wills for Congress.” Otherwise Wills is not mentioned. It’s almost as if he didn’t want you to know. It is shocking for several reasons. Wills had said he was not going to engage in negative advertising. It doesn’t sound like Wills, who has been a pretty progressive lawmaker. It is the sort of right-wing Republican literature that you can expect to see assailing Wills or Elliott in the fall when Tim Griffin cranks up his sleaze machine. And it is a terribly risky calculation. The flyer turns off tens of thousands of Democratic voters, including many who voted for Wills because they thought that he was more electable. It put a surge into Elliott’s fundraising.

Ernest Dumas In short, it looks like desperation. Wills trailed Elliott in the first primary and the demographics of the runoff voting do not look particularly favorable. But the flyer was supposed to energize conservative voters, w h o m i g h t It is a variation otherwise stay at of the reliable home, and it may Republican work. The mailer theme in this was intended decade, God, for conservative Guns and urban voters and rural voters in the Gays, except outlying counties that it leaves — and men. The off gays. flyer was usually addressed to men. Elliott’s photograph appears not once but three times on the front and back, which a cynic might suspect was a subtle way to remind voters that she is an African-American. “Joyce Elliott’s Values. . . Are They

Smelly politics n They’re talking excrement in the Democratic runoff for Congress from the 1st District. That is not a metaphor, though it well could be. Tim Wooldridge, gay-bashing Republican and public lobbyist seeking this nominally Democratic nomination, tells the Paragould newspaper that he’s best qualified because he, unlike his runoff opponent, is married, has kids and has changed diapers. That opponent, Chad Causey, did not respond. But his campaign director did — this being a common tactic these days, like campaign manager Steve Patterson saying all the harsh stuff for Blanche Lincoln so she can concentrate on trying to remember whether she’s supposed to be for or against Barack Obama. Evidently seeking to elevate the public dialogue, the Causey surrogate put out a statement to this effect: “Chad was raised by a single mother who worked two and three jobs and had a much younger brother whose diapers he helped change growing up. This line of attack sure smells disingenuous at best, and of the stuff contained by dirty diapers

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at worst.” I’m wondFor the time ering if the real winner in that being, though, exchange isn’t the advantage the Republican ought to go nominee for Congress over to Causey, there, the farm former chief of radio guy named staff to Marion Rick Crawford. For the time Berry, simply being, though, because the advantage he isn’t the ought to go to Causey, former syrupy chief of staff blowhard and to Marion trivialist that Berry, simply because he Wooldridge is. isn’t the syrupy blowhard and trivialist that Wooldridge is. Here’s the essence of Wooldridge’s

Yours?” it asks. Then it says she has fought to stop hunting and outlaw prayer in the schools and that she holds “extreme abortion views.” It is a variation of the reliable Republican theme in this decade, God, Guns and Gays, except that it leaves off gays. Guns are a proven vote getter, although Rep. Vic Snyder kept getting re-elected with a poor rating by the National Rifle Association. “Joyce Elliott has opposed and fought against our Arkansas tradition of hunting and 2nd Amendment rights,” the flyer says. The National Rifle Association gave her a low rating. Elliott, of course, says she does not oppose hunting and has never favored impinging on a person’s right to own a firearm. She even told the Arkansas Family Council what it wanted to hear, that she favored Second Amendment rights. It is true that she voted against a couple of the Family Council’s abortion bills, which were aimed at testing the limits of a woman’s constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. The bills had no practical, little legal but big political effects. One bill dealt with so-called “partial-birth abortions,” which are performed when the woman’s health is endangered and which are virtually nonexistent. The flyer says Elliott wanted to outlaw school prayer. Officially sponsored prayer in school has been outlawed by the Supreme Court for 40 years and by the Bible for 20 centuries. The bill sought to

expand the permitted religious activities in schools beyond those recognized by the courts as constitutionally permissible. That is beyond the legislature’s ability. It is a good legislator who recognizes that and chooses not to join the demagoguery. Finally, Wills said Elliott, who had been an ally in the House of Representatives, was rated one of the least effective senators in Arkansas. She went to the Senate last year after three terms in the House of Representatives, where she was remarkably effective and recognized even by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette as one of the most effective legislators. In her first session in the Senate last year she passed 40 percent of the bills she sponsored, a ratio that ranked her 25th of the 35 senators. But the proper measure is not the percentage of bills passed but the quality and importance. Some legislators sponsor three or four bills of local relevance and pass them. As a freshman, she was the Democratic leader of the Senate, which is some recognition of the esteem of her colleagues. Wills, the speaker of the House of Representatives, can legitimately claim that he was even more effective. That would make a nice flyer. Even as speaker, he managed some of the biggest bills, including the lottery-implementing legislation. He was a key lawmaker in pushing through worthy tax increases. If he wins the nomination he will see himself savaged in ways as unfair as his attacks on Joyce Elliott.

campaign: He is a devout member of the Church of Christ, a fundamentalist religion where the members tend to stick together politically and which has a strong presence in this economically populist, culturally conservative and nominally Democratic region. I can say that because I was brought up in this denomination. We were told we were the only ones going to heaven. Sometimes on a Sunday before an election the man making the announcements would remind us there’d be voting on Tuesday and that so-and-so was “a member of the church.” Wooldridge’s message is that his daddy knows how to fix a carburetor in an old pickup and that he himself is a pure Arkansas old boy who drives a tractor instead of a fancy car and wears work clothes instead of a tuxedo. When pressed on an issue, he’ll inevitably spout some conservative superficiality and banality, such as that employers ought to be able to fire gay people just for being gay because being gay is a behavioral choice and a sin. Now he wants to say he’s the better choice in this runoff because he is married and Causey, a much-younger man who was engaged to be wed the last time I talked with him, isn’t.

By the way, just so you know: As a young state representative, Wooldridge put in a bill to reinstate public hangings. A thing like that bears reminding. Four years ago, Wooldridge thought he would parlay this kind of hokum into the lieutenant governorship, at which point he’d be in line to infest the Governor’s Mansion after Mike Beebe. But that outsider rascal Bill Halter messed that up, spending $1 million or so to buy that office and foil Wooldridge’s best-laid plans. At that point, Wooldridge somehow talked state college presidents into hiring him as their lobbyist for the association they were forming. So he’s hung out in Little Rock trying to tap more of your tax money for higher education. All of that is simply to say that history is perhaps in the making. The 1st District hasn’t been represented in Congress by a Republican since Reconstruction. But now it has two chances in three remaining candidates. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • june 3, 2010 19


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big lineup: The Black Keys are one of several highlights of this year’s Wakarusa festival.

Mountain music W wakarusa returns to mulberry mountain. hen Brett Mosiman, the organizer and director of the music festival Wakarusa, says that he has sold tickets in all 50 states, his interviewer responds with some enthusiasm: Travel very far in this country and it gets hard to find people who have visited the Natural State, so it’s great to have a reason for them to drop by. “We’re from Kansas so we get that same thing,” Mosiman replies. “The difference being, when they get to Arkansas they say, ‘It’s really beautiful here.’ ” This will be the second year for the festival in its new digs atop Mulberry

Mountain, surrounded by the Ozark National Forest. (So remote is the location that its stated address, Ozark, is a full 20 miles to the south.) Its previous location, west of Lawrence, Kan., was in a state park, and was probably perfectly pleasant, but was, after all, in a state park in Kansas. Being on private land gives organizers greater latitude, Mosiman said, and for a camping festival, being in the mountains gives festival-goers great options: kayaking, hiking to waterfalls, fishing in stocked ponds, swimming — basically your usual roster of June fun in Arkansas. The middle of nowhere is often where everyone wants to be but no one has the time to reach.

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Now, whether anyone bails on the music to go skinny-dipping will depend on how much they care for the lineup. Headliners include some of the go-to jam bands of the past decade — Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Blues Traveler — beside a swath of other genres, from electronica (STS9 and Mark Farina) to blues (Black Joe Lewis) and straightahead rock ’n’ roll (The Black Keys, playing a week before they grace Bonnaroo, a festival five times larger than Wakarusa). “You can expect to come here and leave knowing your favorite two, three, five new bands,” Mosiman said. “You’re going to find

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bands here you haven’t heard of before you came, but halfway through the set you’ll think, ‘Oh my god, how did I not know of these people?’ ” Arkansan audiences will recognize some of the acts: Southern rock badass Hayes Carll is the sort to rattle the rafters at the White Water Tavern, and Eureka Springs’ Mountain Sprout will play in Fayetteville and Eureka in the days after Waka. Others are from points more distant: Holland’s own Kraak & Smaak; Duluth, Minn., bluegrass outfit Trampled by Turtles; the Heavy Pets out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Dweezil Zappa playing the music of his father, Frank Zappa (given MySpace location: Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, Calif.). In all, 150 artists will be playing 250 sets on five stages almost non-stop from 9 a.m. Thursday to midnight Sunday, including a gospel bluegrass set by Big Smith at the churching hour that morning. The usual festival protocol applies: Don’t bring dogs, glass bottles or fireworks. If you’re going to check out headphones at the silent disco, you need an ID. If it rains, help people set up camp. Share your sunscreen. Offer drunks water. These last points aren’t mandatory, but they are becoming a good festival citizen. “These people live for this, and they get it,” Mosiman said. “You leave the city and the rat race and the hundreds of e-mails a day. There’s a magic about getting to true nature under a waterfall or on top of a mountain. It’s a real spiritual thing.” If you’re unable to take in the spiritual aspect, you may at least avail yourself of the aesthetic: The inimitable Todd Snider will be stopping at the Rev Room in Little Rock the night after his Thursday set at Wakarusa. That means when he sings about “tree-huggin’, lovemakin’, pro-choice’n’, gay-weddin’, Widespread-diggin’ hippies like me” on Friday night, most of said hippies will be off in the woods, dancing barefoot to Umphrey’s McGee and conserving at least a modicum of energy for Widespread’s show on Saturday. www.arktimes.com • june 3, 2010 21


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By Lindsey Millar and John Tarpley

T H U R S D AY 6 / 3

EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES WEEKEND

7 p.m., The Auditorium (and other locations), Eureka Springs. $15-$199.

  n Head north, blues aficionados. A solid chunk of the modern blues scene is scheduled Thursday through Sunday at just about every venue in Eureka Springs. John Hammond, who’s been a force in the genre for nearly half a century and who T-Bone Burnett calls a virtuoso, leads off the festivities, with a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Auditorium with Bob Margolin, the Boston-born blues guitarist famous for backing Muddy Waters in the ’70s. Charlie Musselwhite, another white bluesman who came to prominence in the ’60s (he partied with Elvis as a teen-ager, called John Hooker his best friend and played on Tom Waits records, according to the London Times), headlines at 7 p.m. on Friday at The Auditorium, with support by his band The Tablerockers as well as special guests Shawn “Lil Slim” Hold and Kelley Hunt. Saturday, The Auditorium features multiple WC Handyaward winning blues act Magic Slim and the Teardrops and more at 3 p.m. To see the complete lineup and buy advance tickets, visit kcblues.info/ESBlues/. LM.

F R I D AY 6 / 4

JOHN PRINE


8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $48-$60.



  n Listen, John Prine is the closest thing to a songwriting god that America has; I mean that with all sincerity. In 21 albums released over four decades, the man hasn’t wasted a lyric nor played through a dry patch. He’s spent his career mumbling up witty, transcendent lyrics that have challenged any and every songwriter since. He inspired thousands, challenged other songwriters with his delicately written albums and, I’m convinced, made even more throw down their guitars and hang up their folksy aspirations after being intimidated by the man. (I certainly did.) Cash held him in the highest of regards and Dylan compares him to Proust. Doubtless, he’s the songwriter’s songwriter with a massive discography just waiting to be piled through, loved on and obsessed over by the uninitiated. He’s impossible to dislike and certainly hard not to place on a pedestal like I just did. In short: GO. JT.


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A SONGWRITER’S SONGWRITER: John Prine.

TODD SNIDER


8:30 p.m., Revolution. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.



  n Without even listening to the music, here’s one way to tell the difference between a real country singer worth a damn and a cougar charmer who sings snake-oil jingles with a twang and calls it country: Go to the singer’s Wikipedia page, look at his discography. If they have four or more albums and the majority haven’t placed on the Billboard country charts, you’re probably in business. Admittedly, that’s a narrow way of looking at things, but it’ll work more often than not, especially in the case of Todd Snider, the hedonistic, dippy hippie troubadour who carries the torch of Arlo Guthrie and, yep, John Prine. Take his song “Conservative Christian Right-Wing Republican Straight White American Males,” a laidback blow of bong smoke in the face of the CCRWRSWAMs that keep his brand of faithful country under their boot spurs. Great songs, terrible timing: Todd Snider

and John Prine playing at the same time, five blocks away from each other, presents an unenviable Sophie’s Choice for fans. Either way, expect a lot of coin flipping Friday night or cross your fingers for them to join each other on their respective stages for a song or two. And buy a drink for Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi after the show; it does double duty as opener and backing band. JT.

  

showmanship. Furthermore, if in a low point of your career, you won the “Gong Show,” by playing your theme song while

S U N D AY 6 / 6

GUITAR SHORTY

8:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.

n If you are a 70-year-old blues man named Guitar Shorty, chances are you can play a pretty mean blues guitar. Better yet, if in the early days of your career, you spent a year in Ray Charles’ band, recorded under the direction of Willie Dixon and played in both Guitar Slim and Sam Cooke’s band, chances are you know a little something about

BONA FIDE: Guitar Shorty plays Sticky Fingerz.


■ inbrief THURSDAY 6/3

n Memphis nu-metal outfit Saliva makes up a canceled Little Rock gig at Revolution; local acts Iron Tongue and Afternoon Delight open, 7:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Cajun’s Wharf gets Some Guy Named Robb for the happy hour detail, 6 p.m., and Eoff Brothers for the later crowd, 9:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. J-One Productions’ “In Too Deep” party returns yet again to Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. In Hillcrest, this month’s Shop and Sip offers up browsing, buying and boozing, 5 p.m.; afterwards, the Little Rock Jazz Quintet plays their weekly engagement at Ferneau, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY 6/4

IN BETWEEN A DAYDREAM AND AN ANXIETY ATTACK: Woven Bones. balanced on your head, chance nothing, you are a god. Bow down, blues geeks. LM.

M O N D AY 6 / 7

  

SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD


9 p.m., Juanita’s. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.



  n Like a lot of thrash-grass bands, these guys are an affair straight from Dr. Frankenstein’s jam room. Finetuned vocal cords from the Grand Old Opry, wild hair from CBGBs and flying fingers straight from the Sunset Strip. Their signature sound: fast, faster, rub some twang up in it, do it again. Sure, the guys have mellowed a bit since their beginnings in 1998, now taking their shot glass of moonshine technique back to a sloe gin fizz sway, but their innate, rural goofiness is still in the strings. They’re coming off of a weekend’s worth of daily Wakarusa gigs, so it’s safe to expect spirits to be, well, high. Arkansas bluegrass fixtures The Crumbs — self-described as “drunkbilly, nastygrass”—kick off the night with their pure-grain, woodsy rumblings. JT.

anxiety attack: surreal and weightless pop with a lingering sense of dread. (Albeit an exciting, kind-of-sexy sense of dread.) Their skeletal take on vitriolic fuzzpop is meant to convey a vibe moreso than share a melody (they’re too cool for melody) but, the songs, all mumbled and nasally, manage to slink off to a corner of your head and stick there. Yet what separates this band from the recent critical mass of other lo-fi garage revivalists is that these guys sprang to relative fame from the lean jangle of a handful of songs released on fewer small-run 7” records than you can count on one hand. Now, with a proper full-length to hustle, they’re back in town, again with local indie-throwback outfit Magic Hassle. JT.



W E D N E S D AY 6 / 9


MOVIES IN THE PARK: ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ 
 Sundown, Riverfront Park. Free.

n After being rained out not once, but

two years in a row, it was apparent that God’s attentions were squarely focused on keeping Little Rock at bay from the apotheosis of teenage rebellion, Chicago’s false idol himself, “Ferris Bueller.” But it was OK. Ferris, Cameron and Sloane were slated to kick off the 2010 Movies in the Park series. But the Lord works in mysterious ways. He decided another rainstorm would be predictable, so He tried his hand at distribution laws — and it worked, leaving our town Ferris-less yet another year. Call it density — I mean, destiny — but another mid-’80s classic has taken its place — another note-perfect, infinitely rewatchable movie centered around teenage recklessness and a bitchin’ car: “Back to the Future.” It’s the epitome of crowd pleaser, literally with something for everyone. Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like “Back to the Future”? I haven’t. So make like a tree and get out of your house Wednesday night. This is one of the greats, meant to be seen projected in front of a crowd. It’s free, it’s temperate and it’s BYOB for those of age. JT.

T U E S D AY 6 / 8



WOVEN BONES


9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. Donations.



n Austin’s new blog-darling has treated Little Rock to a handful of house shows in the last few months, summoning the snotty, garage waggle of The Cramps through layers upon layers of vertigoinducing reverb. It’s a sound that exists somewhere between a daydream and an

n Celebrated singer-songwriter and jam fest favorite Bob Schneider plays Juanita’s with co-ed pop act Smile Smile, 10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Conway’s Soundstage gets a great metal lineup with local favorites Pallbearer, prog-dosed Still Reign and Vilonia thrash act The Curse Follows supporting for the kickoff show for Fire to Reason’s summer tour, 8 p.m., $6. After a week’s hiatus for Riverfest, the weekly Rivertop Party at the Peabody is back with emcee extraordinaire Epiphany and omnipresent DJ g-force, 8 p.m., $5. Local country act Ryan Couron is still CMT-ready; he’s taking his act (and his gear truck with his face on the side) to Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5. In Hot Springs, Low Key Arts shows cult-classic action flick “Point Blank” alongside art inspired by the movie, 7:30 p.m. Lollipop Shoppe bakes together glam, hard rock and prog in a decidedly odd, curiously catchy recipe; they’re at Vino’s, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY 6/5

n Expect a crowd at White Water Tavern when local favorites Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth play with throwback country act, Nashville’s The Avery Set, 9:30 p.m. Texas country hero Pat Green plays Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs with the soul-infused Western music of Randy Houser and the summery sound of Mark McKinney, 8 p.m., $5-$10. Flying Saucer hosts the dense, melodic bluegrass tunes of The Crumbs, 9 p.m. ACAC invites local competitive video gamers to test their button-mashing skills for their Little Rock Multitap Game Night, 6:30 p.m., $5. For the club contingency, Discovery brings in DJs Michael Shane and Brandon Peck to spin in the disco and lobby, respectively, 9 p.m., $10.

GREAT SCOTT!: Michael J. Fox and ‘Back to the Future’ kick off Movies in the Park. www.arktimes.com • june 3, 2010 23


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THURSDAY, JUNE 3 MUSIC

Adam Hambrick. 8 p.m. Gusano’s Conway, 2915 Dave Ward Drive, Conway. 501-329-1100, gusanospizza.com. Bushdog. 9 p.m., $5. Electric Cowboy, 9513 I-30. 560-6000, www.electriccowboy.com. DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/ bogiescounterpoint. Eoff Brothers (headliner), Some Guy Named Robb (happy hour). 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m. $5 after 8:30. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, www.cajunswharf.com. Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. A four-day event featuring national and regional blues acts at various clubs and auditoriums around town. Weekend passes $100-$200, individual passes $5-$30. Various locations. eurekaspringsblues. com. Festival Chamber Players. 7:30 p.m., free. First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. hotmusic.org. Flying Balloon-o Brothers. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Jackson Taylor, Sam Silva & The Good. 9:30 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz.com. Jill Stringham Band. 8 p.m., $5. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. All ages. J-One Productions’ “In Too Deep” Party. 9 p.m. Deep Ultra Lounge, 322 Clinton Ave. 2449550. Little Rock Jazz Quintet. 8 p.m. Ferneau, 2601 Kavanaugh. 603-9208, ferneaurestaurant. com. Mr. Lucky. 8 p.m. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Saliva, Iron Tongue, Afternoon Delight. 7:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, www. rumbarevolution.com. She’s The Antagonist, Skyler House, This Is Jacob. 8 p.m., $7. 9 p.m. Vino’s 923 W. 7th St. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, capitalhotel. com/CBG.

EVENTS

4th Annual Little Rock Film Festival. The annual event includes screenings, workshops, parties and panels at various locations. $30 festival pass, $5 screenings. Full schedule on page 16. littlerockfilmfestival.org. Flavor of the Park. Showcase of area food establishments, caterers, and other entertainment businesses. 5 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Hot Springs Farmers Market, 121 Orange 24 june 3, 2010 • ARKAnSAS TIMeS

AT BOSWELL-MOUROT: This pastel and other work by Judith Hudson, watercolors and woodblock prints of trees by Anne Haley, and ceramic sculpture inspired by Omo tribesmen by Diana Ashley go on exhibit June 5 at the gallery, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day; the show will hang until June 26. St., Hot Springs. hotspringschamber.com. Hillcrest Sip & Shop. Neighborhood event takes place first Thursday of each month on and off Kavanaugh Boulevard. 5 p.m. hillcrestmerchants.com.

COMEDY

Adam Hunter. 8 p.m., $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy. com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 MUSIC

A Skylit Drive, Tides of Man, Abandon All Ships, I Set My Friends on Fire. 8 p.m., $12. Downtown Music, 211 W. Capitol. 376-

1819, downtownshows.homestead.com. Big John Miller. 8 p.m. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717, lovedentons.com. Big Uns. 6 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge.com. Bob Schneider, Smile Smile. 10 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 3743271, juanitas.com. 18 plus. Bushdog. 9 p.m., $5. West End, 215 N. Shackelford. 224-7665, www. westendsmokehouse.com. Covershot (headliner), Carl & Mia (happy hour). 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. A four-day event featuring national and regional blues acts at various clubs and auditoriums around town. Weekend passes $100-$200, individual passes $5-$30. Various locations. eurekaspringsblues. com. First Class Fridays. 9 p.m. Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave. j-oneproductionsinc. com. Foxx. 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, www.cstonepub.com. Highball. 9 p.m., $5. Underground Pub, 500 President Clinton Ave. 707-2537, www. theundergroundpub.com. Jeff Coleman. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. John Prine. 8 p.m., $49-$60. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. Lollipop Factory. 9 p.m. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. Mare Carmody and Courtney Sheppard. 8:30, free. Capi’s, 11525 Cantrell Road. 2259600, capisrestaurant.com. Rivertop Party with Epiphany and DJ g-force. 8 p.m., $5. Peabody Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza. 975-7276, rivertopparty. com. Rob Moore. 8 p.m., $5. Cregeen’s, 301 Main St., NLR. 374-7468, cregeens.com. Ryan Couron. 10 p.m., $5. Fox and Hound, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 753-8300. Still Reign, Pallbearer, The Curse Follows, Fire to Reason. 8 p.m., $6. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. www.soundstageshows. com. The Crumbs. 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 323 Clinton Ave. 372-7468, beerknurd.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 8:30 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, capitalhotel. com/CBG. Todd Snider, Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi. 8:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 8230090, www.rumbarevolution.com. William Staggers. 9 p.m., $7. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar. com.

EVENTS

4th Annual Little Rock Film Festival. See June 3.

COMEDY

Adam Hunter. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m., $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.

FILM

“Point Break.” 7:30 p.m. Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. valleyofthevapors.com.

SPORTS

Arkansas Diamonds vs. Amarillo Venom. 7 p.m., $12-$50. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-7453000, www.ticketmaster.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 MUSIC

Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, The Avery Set. 9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, myspace.com/ whitewatertavern. Butterfly featuring Irie Soul & Onyx. 9:30 p.m., $5 early admission. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www.stickyfingerz. com. Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. A fourday event featuring national and regional blues acts at venues around town. Weekend passes $100-$200, individual passes $5-$30. Various locations. eurekaspringsblues.com. Freeworld. 12:30 a.m., $5 non-members. Midtown Billiards, 1316 Main St. 372-9990, midtownar.com. Jason Helms Band. 8 p.m. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717, lovedentons.com. Jawbone & Jolene. 10 p.m., $3. Town Pump, 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802. Jeff Coleman. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jet 420 (headliner), Lyle Dudley (happy


UpcOMiNg EvENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. JUNE 16-JULY 3: Arkansas Shakespeare Festival. The annual festival presents “Comedy of Errors,” “Henry V,” “Dracula” and “Alice in Wonderland.” $20. UCA, Conway. 501-2694815, arkshakes.com. JULY 15: Robert Plant and Band of Joy. 8 p.m., $65-$85. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 666-1761, ticketmaster.com. JULY 29: Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston. 7 p.m., $31-$51. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-7453000, www.ticketmaster.com. JUNE 21-23: “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy and friends hit the stage in this adaptation of the movie classic. 7:30 p.m., $27-$52. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 2448800, celebrityattractions.com JULY 20: WWE Smackdown. 6:30 p.m., $17-$62. Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, verizonarena.com. AUG. 10: Built to Spill. 8:30 p.m. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-0300, thevillagelive. com. SEPT. 30: Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato. 7 p.m., $40-$93, V.I.P. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. OCT. 7-9: Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival. B.B. King, Dr. John, Taj Mahal and many more. $25. Downtown Helena. bluesandheritagefest.com. hour). 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Meshugga Klezmer Band. 8 p.m., $8. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Michael Shane (disco), Brandon Peck (lobby). 9 p.m., $10. Discovery, 1021 Jessie Road. 664-4784, latenightdisco.com. Mr. Happy. 9 p.m., $5. West End, 215 N. Shackelford. 224-7665, www. westendsmokehouse.com. Oona Love. 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, www.cstonepub. com. Pat Green, Randy Houser, Marc McKinney. 8 p.m., $5-$10. Magic Springs-Timberwood, 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 870-6240100, magicsprings.com. Raising Grey. 10 p.m., $5. Fox and Hound, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 753-8300. Shannon McClung. 8 p.m., $5. Cregeen’s, 301 Main St., NLR. 374-7468, cregeens.com. Starlite Promotions Rap Showcase. 8 p.m., $7. Downtown Music, 211 W. Capitol. 376-1819, downtownshows.homestead.com. Stereo Sound, Against the Tides, Bombing of Guernica, PCFL Chaos. 8 p.m., $6. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. www.soundstageshows.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 8:30 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, capitalhotel. com/CBG. Will Gunselman. 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 323 Clinton Ave. 372-7468, beerknurd.com.

EVENTS

21st North Arkansas Ancestor Fair. Geneological studies festival, information exchange. 9 a.m., Searcy Counter Civic Center, 515 Zack Road, Marshall. 870-448-3308, www. ancestorfair.us. 4th Annual Little Rock Film Festival. See June 3. Cabot Community Theatre’s “Play in a Day.” Kids create a play in 3 hours and then perform for the public in the evening. $5 participant, $3 audience. Ages 5-8, 9 a.m.; ages 9-12, 1 p.m.; performance, 7:30 p.m. Cabot Community Theater, 204 N. First St., Cabot. 941-2266, www.cabotcommunitytheatre.org. Dress for Success Little Rock. An inventory sale to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career networking. 8 a.m. Village Commons, 1423-C S. Main St. dressforsuccess.org.

Jumbo Gumbo Cook Off. An outdoor event of music, children’s entertainment and competition among local amateur cooking teams. Music from Tragikly White. 4 p.m., $15 adults, $5 children. Pleasant Ridge Town Center, Cantrell Road. jumbogumbocookoff.com. Little Rock Multitap Gaming Night. A video game night for multiple players to test their skills. 6:30 p.m., $5. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, myspace.com/ acacarkansas. Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant. A competition for married women. Hot Springs Convention Center. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-520-4243, mrsarkansas.org. Scott Connections Fundraiser 2010. The annual to benefit the historic Scott Plantation Settlement, featuring food, music by the Ted Ludwig Trio and auctions. 4 p.m. Morris Home, Plantation Lake Road. 663-4563, scottconnections.org.

COMEDY

Adam Hunter. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m., $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com. Anger Loves Comedy Tour with Angry Patrick, Eric Myers, Jennifer Christman. 9 p.m., $10. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 3743271, juanitas.com. 18 plus.

SUNDAY, JUNE 6 MUSIC

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. See June 5. Follow That Bird, Beast. 10 p.m. The Exchange, 100 Exchange St., Hot Springs. myspace.com/theexchangevenue. Guitar Shorty. 8:30 p.m., $10. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www. stickyfingerz.com. Little Rock Wind Symphony’s Chamber Players present “Diversions with Gabrieli & Friends.” 3 p.m., $5-$10. St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive. 666-0777, lrwindsymphony.org. Natural State Brass Band. 3 p.m. Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road. nsbb.org. Onward to Olympas, Before There Was Rosalyn. 9 p.m. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. 11 a.m. Vieux Carre, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. The Natural State Brass Band with Douglas Yeo. 3 p.m., free. Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford. 765-1638.

EVENTS

“Farm to Table” Benefit for Certified Arkansas Farmers’ Market. A six-course meal with wine pairings from elite chefs and farmers from around the state. 6 p.m., $150. Ashley’s, 111 W. Markham. 370-0711, newamericanacuisine.com. 4th Annual Little Rock Film Festival. See June 3. Arkansas Chamber Singers Garden Benefit. Chamber singing accompanied by dinner and a garden tour. 6:30 p.m., Coulson Residence, 4 E. Palisades Drive. 377-1121, archambersingers.org. BBQ fund-raiser for Felder Farms, Dunbar Community Garden. Food, drinks, farmers market and kids activities. Music by Kevin Kerby, Stella Fancy, Mega Matt. Noon, $25 adults, $10 children. Boulevard Bread Co., 1920 N. Grant St. 663-5951. Conway Pride Parade and Festival. An annual parade to promote LGBT acceptance. 1 p.m. Simon Park, downtown Conway. conwaypride.com. Sunset Lake Cruise. A scenic boat trip around Lake Maumelle. 7:30 p.m., $10 adv. Jolly Roger’s Marina, 11800 Maumelle Harbour Road, Roland. 868-5806, arkansasstateparks. org/pinnaclemountain.

MONDAY, JUNE 7 MUSIC

Emery, Kiros, Sent By Raves, Queens

Club. 7:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-0300, thevillagelive.com. Givingtreeband, Passafire, Simplified. 8 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge.com. Memphis May Fire, I Am Abomination, Jamie’s Elsewheres, Legend Has It. 9 p.m. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub. com. Monday Night Jazz with the Dave Rogers Trio. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Richie Johnson. 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Split Lip Rayfield, The Crumbs. 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 8

Live Music Saturday, June 5 BRotHeR ANDy & His Big DAmN moutH tHe AveRy set (NAsHviLLe,tN) tueSday, June 8 mAgic HAssLe WoveN BoNes (AustiN, texAs) thurSday, June 10 tHe FRoNtieR ciRcus Big siLveR tueSday, June 15 cHeAp giRLs (LANsiNg, micHigAN) o pioNeeRs (toRoNto, cANADA)

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Brown Bag Lecture: Cindy Grisham. ASU graduate student lecture, “A Peculiar Partnership in the Arkansas Delta.” Noon, free. Old State House Museum. 324-9685, oldstate. org.

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Cindy Woolf. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Foundation, Backtrack, Harm’s Way, Hardside, Results. 8 p.m., $6. Soundstage, 1008 Oak St., Conway. www.soundstageshows. com. Greg Madden. 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Lucious Spiller Band. 8:30 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www. stickyfingerz.com. Puddin’head. 5:30 p.m., free. Town Pump,. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, capitalhotel. com/CBG.

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Louis Johnson. 8 p.m. $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.

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Movies in the Park: “Back to the Future.” 9 p.m., free. Riverfront Park. moviesintheparklr. net.

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Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas. 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. DickeyStephens Park. travs.com.

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SINGING THE HITS: Amy Miller Brennan, Alltrinna Grayson, Morgan Smith and Krisha Marcano star in the Leiber-Stoller jukebox musical, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” at The Rep.

Jukebox redux The Rep stages the popular Leiber-Stoller musical ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe.’ By Werner Trieschmann

n Jukebox musicals — the theatrical genre that’s built on the rock and pop hits of the past — have been around long enough that a pattern has emerged. The creative forces behind each show usually take one of two paths — they either concoct a storyline that ties hit songs together, or they simply present the hits together with nothing more than a presentational sheen. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” the exceedingly popular, Tonynominated jukebox musical featuring the memorable tunes of the songwriting pair Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, falls in the latter category; it’s more akin to a concert than an old-fashioned, dialogue-fortified musical. The 39 songs that comprise the show are a solid chunk of ’50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll with “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Charlie Brown,” “On Broadway” and “Stand By Me” as some of the highlights. Leiber and Stoller’s material ended up on the glittery resumes of black and white stars from Elvis to The Coasters to Peggy Lee. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is bringing back “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and its nostalgic good time due to multiple requests from patrons. The Rep’s freshfaced cast — nine in all — are mostly musical theater babies though Alltrinna Grayson has credits that reach into the worlds of Broadway and pop music. Grayson has performed with Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass and Natalie Cole and is featured on Bobby Womack’s hit “No Matter How High I Get.” The Rep’s young singers say performance is at the heart of their rendition of this jukebox show even as there’s no overt storyline. “For the audience it will feel kind of

concert-ish but for us it will feel like the theater because we have to bring out the emotion in the material,” says Matthew Ragas. “As actors, we are still playing these songs.” Ragas also feels that the powerful memories generated by Leiber and Stoller’s music will do the work of a traditional plot. “I think the audience has their own story with this music,” he notes. Eric LaJuan Summers finds himself in Arkansas after recently completing a stint in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. He even received a glowing notice in the New York Times for his performance. “My music teacher said whether you want to be an actor or not, if you’re a musician, you’re an actor,” says Summers. “You know most people who sing, they are giving you a feeling and a story. Hopefully the audience for [‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’] will get the fun of a concert but the feeling of a heartfelt play.” The Rep’s cast agrees that while Leiber and Stoller’s songs are cherished totems for an older generation the melodies and lyrics aren’t so unfamiliar. Classic rock stations haven’t gone anywhere. Elvis is long dead but still lives through the airwaves. “I grew up to this music,” says Ragas. “This is music my mother cleaned the house to.”

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Continued from page 25 White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Clutch, Never Get Caught, Lionize, Bakerton Group. 8 p.m., $20 adv., $24 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-0300, thevillagelive.com. Don Burns. 10 p.m., $3. Town Pump, 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802. Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Jim King Open Mic Night. 8 p.m. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. J-One Productions’ “In Too Deep” Party. 9 p.m. Deep Ultra Lounge, 322 Clinton Ave. 2449550. Mike Shipp Band. 8 p.m. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717, lovedentons.com. Still on the Hill. 7 p.m., free. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange St., NLR. Free. 758-1720. laman.net. Strangelove (headliner), Josh Green (happy hour). 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 3755351, cajunswharf.com. The Dirt Drifters. 9:30 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, www. stickyfingerz.com. The Glyph, Luster. 9 p.m., $5. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. 18 plus. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, capitalhotel. com/CBG. Train. 8 p.m., $5-$10. Magic SpringsTimberwood, 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. 870-624-0100, magicsprings.com.

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Super Summer Skate Extravaganza. Fundraiser for PEACE’s first annual Epilepsy Walk. 6 p.m., $5. Arkansas Skatium, 1311 S. Bowman Road. 240-2095.

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Louis Johnson. 8 p.m. $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy. com.

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Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas. 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. Dickey-Stephens Park. travs.com.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER “Over the River and through the Woods.” A comedy in which two loving but overbearing sets of grandparents scheme to keep their beloved grandson close to home, through June 20. Dinner: 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Lunch: 11 a.m. Sun. and special Wed. matinees. Curtain: 7:45 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 12:40 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun. $30-$32. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 5623131, murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” A musical tribute to American culture with the songs of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, through June 27. 7 p.m. Wed.; 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sun.; $20-$40. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St. 3780405, therep.org.

June 3-July 24, reception 5-8 p.m. June 4. n Hot Springs Galleries on and off Central Avenue will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 4, for the Hot Springs Gallery Walk. BLUE MOON, 718 Central Ave.: Cassie Edmonds, mosaics, stained glass, through June. 501-318-2787. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Emily Wood, paintings; Ken Vonk, turned wood, through June. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501624-7726. n Yellville P.A.L. FINE ART GALLERY, 300 Hwy. 62: Keith R. Probert, photographs, through June, reception noon-2 p.m. June 12. 870-405-6316. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

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Michael Ashley and Dolores Justus. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. LINDA PALMER GALLERY, 800 B Central Ave.: Linda Palmer, Doyle Young, Ellen Alderson, Peter Lippincott, Sara Tole and Jan Leek. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 501-620-3063. RICIANO ART GALLERY, 833 Central Ave.: Riciano, Lacey Riciano and other artists. 9 a.m.6 p.m. daily. 501-339-3751. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORANEA, 204 Exchange St.: Area and regional artists. 6240516. n Yellville P.A.L.’s FINE ART GALLERY, 300 Hwy. 62 W.: Clay sculpture by Anni Worster, including “Rainbow on the White” platter to be raffled in June at Cotter Trout Festival; paintings and prints by Janet Goodyear. 870-405-6316.

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CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: 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. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “John Chiaromonte and Maribeth Anders: The Responsibility of Internal Forces,” “National League of American Pen Women Juried Exhibit,” sculpture and painting, through June 6. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Warrior: Vietnam Portraits by Two Guys from Hall,” photos by Jim Guy Tucker and Bruce Wesson, through November; 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: Exhibits on AfricanAmericans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, Dunbar High School, entrepreneurs, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Alice’s Wonderland,” hands-on science, math exhibit featuring characters from Lewis Carroll’s story, for ages 3 to 10, through Sept. 15; interactive science exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and up, children under 1 free, “Pay What You Can” second Sunday of every month. 396-7050. www.museumofdiscovery.org. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image; “Badges, Bandits & Bars: Arkansas Law & Justice,” state’s history of crime and punishment, through March 2011. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. 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.: “Ansel Adams: Early Works,” through Aug. 1, $5. $5, $4 for seniors. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 501-6099955. n Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY

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NEW MOVIES Get Him to the Greek (R) — A dopey young insurance adjuster finds himself caught in a drug and sex-fueled caper as he tries to bring an unruly British rock star to America. Chenal 9: 11:20, 1:45, 4:05, 7:20, 9:50. Rave: 7:45, 10:30. Killers (PG-13) — Years after an undercover assassin settles down in the suburbs, he and his wife discover a plot to kill him. Looking for Eric (NR) — A postman on the verge on a nervous breakdown receives some life coaching from his hero, Eric Cantona, the soccer great in a role as himself. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 6:45, 9:00. Marmaduke (PG) — The funny pages’ Great Dane turns his family’s cross-country move into a never-ending series of disasters. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:25, 4:25, 7:15, 9:20. Rave: 7:00, 9:35. Splice (R) — Ignoring ethical boundaries, two young scientists create a monster by splicing together human and animal DNA. Chenal 9: 11:35, 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:05. RETURNING THIS WEEK Alice in Wonderland (PG) — Tim Burton’s 3D sequel to the Carroll classic finds Alice back in the rabbit hole as a rebellious 19-yearold. Animalopolis (NR) — A half-hour film of goofy animals being goofy in enormous 3D. Aerospace IMAX: 11:00, 7:00 Fri.; 1:00, 3:00, 7:00 Sat. The Art of the Steal (NR) — A documentary chronicling the liquidation of a reclusive art collector’s private museum, valued at $25 million. Market Street: 2:00, 7:15. Babies (PG) — Four babies from different parts of the globe are documented from birth to first birthday. Market Street: 2:15, 4:20, 7:15, 9:20. The Back-Up Plan (PG-13) — Jennifer Lopez stars as a single woman who meets the man of her dreams hours after artificially conceiving twins. The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) — A down and out bounty hunter lands a dream job when he’s assigned to track down his exwife, a bail-hopping crime reporter. Casino Jack and the United States of Money (R) — A darkly funny look at Jack Abramoff, the imprisoned and disgraced lobbyist, and the politicians that did business with him. Market Street: 4:20, 9:20. Clash of the Titans (PG-13) — Perseus, son of Zeus, leads a band of warriors into uncharted dimensions while attempting to defeat the evil Hades, God of the Underworld. City Island (PG-13) — An overly secretive, dysfunctional family finds itself tangled in a comedic web of half-truths and alibis. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:20. The Crazies (R) — A rural town’s water supply is mysteriously contaminated, turning the residents into psychopaths. Date Night (PG-13) — When a bored couple tries for a romantic evening in New York City, a case of mistaken identity sends them off into a night of danger. Death at a Funeral (PG-13) — A funeral for a family patriarch is constantly disrupted by a series of accidents, missteps, idiocy and blackmail.

SNOW DAY: Reviving the character from 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) is back in “Get Him to the Greek”’ as a hedonistic Britpop star in need of a comeback. When his manager gives record company intern Aaron (Jonah Hill) 72 hours to get Aldous from London to L.A. for an anniversary concert sure to revive his career, the youngster finds himself ensnared in the rock star’s crazy lifestyle. Furry Vengeance (PG) — An Oregon real estate developer’s plans to erect a subdivision go awry when forest creatures take to action. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) — When a shabby pair of investigators look into a decades-old missing person case, they discover grotesque family secrets. Market Street: 1:30, 4:15, 7:00. Hot Tub Time Machine (R) — Four best friends, bored with adult life, take a ski vacation only to find themselves transported back to 1986. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) — A timid young Viking, raised to slay dragons by his heroic father, ends up befriending one he tried to slay. Iron Man 2 (PG-13) — The libertine superhero returns, facing off with an evil Russian copycat, an old rival and the government. Chenal 9: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30; 10:00 (IMAX). Just Wright (PG) — A physical therapist finds herself falling for the professional basketball player in her care. Letters to Juliet (PG) — An American in Italy takes it upon herself to help a number of anonymous, lovelorn women who left letters at the fictional Capulet courtyard in Verona. MacGruber (R) — A bumbling special operative is asked to return to the job to track down a warhead stolen by his dirty-named arch nemesis. A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) — Remake of the 1984 horror classic in which a murderer uses the dream world to take revenge on the children of the lynch mob that killed him. Oceans (G) — An ecological drama/ documentary about the amazing underwater world and threats to ocean life. Our Family Wedding (PG-13) — When a young couple returns home from college to announce their marriage plans, their parents lob hot-headed insults at each other and play tug-of-war over their children’s wedding. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) — A dyslexic, ADHD high school student discovers he’s a descendant of Poseidon and finds himself entangled in a war of mythical proportions. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) — A prince must band with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from

unleashing a deadly, magical sandstorm. Chenal 9: 11:00, 2:00, 4:30, 7:25, 9:55. Robin Hood (PG-13) — The legendary marksman and people’s hero leads a gang of marauders against corrupt governmental heads. Chenal 9: 12:30, 3:30, 7:05, 10:10. Sex and the City 2 (R) — The four feisty Manhattanites take to Abu Dhabi to ward off mid-life crises. Chenal 9: 12:00, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10. Shrek Forever After (PG) — The final movie of the series has the ogre stuck in Far Far Away, in which ogres are hunted and Rumpelstiltskin is king. Chenal 9: 11:05, 1:35, 4:15, 7:00 (IMAX). Shutter Island (R) — Two U.S. marshals travel to a secluded mental asylum to find an escaped patient and end up discovering a vast conspiracy. The Spy Next Door (PG) — A CIA spook retires to marry his girlfriend and must gain approval of her kids, who mistakenly download top secret documents, making the family a Russian target. Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) — When four couples get together for their annual vacation in the Bahamas, their rest and relaxation is interrupted by an ex-husband determined to reunite with his remarried wife. Wildfire: Feel the Heat (NR) — Discover how firefighters all over the planet fight the biggest, hottest fires on the planet. Aerospace IMAX: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 8:00 Fri.; 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 8:00 Sat. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. IMAX Theater: Aerospace Education Center, 376-4629, www.aerospaced.org. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, 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. Dickinson Theaters Lakewood 8: Lakewood Village, 758-5354, www.fandango.com.


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‘PRINCE OF PERSIA’: Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton star. n “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is one more critic-proof movie for the pile, one that you’ve likely made up your mind about. If you’ve played the games and loved them enough, or if you’ve got kids who are begging you to take them, then you’re going. You expect it’ll be at least a little cheesy, that it’ll be the usual summer more-spectacle-than-film fare, and your greatest hope will be that it gets the whole running-jumping-climbingfalling thing down well enough. That, after all, was the entire point of the game. And at that it succeeds. Well enough, anyway. The script’s pretty awful, though not of George Lucas proportions. The acting’s fine enough — there’s

only so much even Ben Kingsley can do with a paint-by-numbers character, and what is it with him and bad movies lately? And yes, there’s the running and bounding swarthy men with eyeliner. Eddie Izzard would be proud. Here’s your standard “hero destined for greatness learns magic karate” plot: A young slum orphan named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is adopted by the Persian king after a Show of Bravery and grows up a brother to the king’s two birth sons. They go off to War with Somebody, and on the way decide to go to War with Somebody Else, even though the king warned them not to. None of that matters more than for us to understand that Dastan Is Awesome At Fighting, and that there may be a

Dastardly Plot for him to get caught in. After we learn of Dastan’s awesomeness, he gets his hands on a Mystical Dagger which, when used correctly, dispenses magic sand that turns back time. This dagger is of course at the center of the Dastardly Plot, and Dastan must now be Really Super Awesome if he’s going to defeat it. You will be unsurprised to learn that he is. Also, there’s a Super Hot Lady who hates him but will love him. And some half-ninja, half-ring-wraith assassins with snakes, which is not as cool as it sounds. “Prince of Persia” distinguishes itself by showing us no actual Persians, but not by standing as one more mile marker down the road toward the ultimate and inevitable blurring of the boundary between film and games into the hybrid medium of “interactive film.” The movie is, after all, just one setup after another for a filmed version of the game that’s played for you. Personally, I think that when fully realized, interactive film will be a promising field of entertainment, but we’ll have to do better on the storytelling end of things than this. You see, gaping plot holes and bad dialogue are generally forgiven in both games and movies if the creators can give us something memorable in exchange (hence “Star Wars” and the “Prince of Persia” games), but this particular film can’t give us either a passable script or action and CGI sequences that we haven’t seen a thousand times before. So if you’re just nutso about the games or are willing to indulge your kids, go. It isn’t awful, merely forgettable. But if you were hoping for anything more, well, your Xbox will give you a lot more entertainment for the money. — Matthew Reed

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Continued from page 35 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. 501241-1943. 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. 501727-5427. n Rogers ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “Buried Dreams: “Coin Harvey and Monte Ne,” photographs; “Rogers AutoBiography: An Automotive History of Rogers,” through 2011; “Of Promise and Pain: Life Between the Wars,” through June. 479-6211154. n Scott PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. 165 S and Hwy. 161: Artifacts and interactive exhibits on farming in the Arkansas Delta. $3 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-961-1409. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 3510300. www.scottconnections.org. n Springdale SHILOH MUSEUM OF OZARK HISTORY, 118 W. Johnson Ave.: “Answering the Call,” history of the Springdale Fire Department, through Sept. 18; “Carl Smith’s Fayetteville,” photographs from the 1910s-1950s, through Aug. 21; “All Dressed Up,” men’s, women’s and children’s fancy clothing, through January 2011. 479-750-8165.

Call for artists The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs announces a June 16 deadline for artists wishing to be in its “The Sea of Love” waterthemed show. The show is open to both twodimensional work and sculpture. There is no entry fee, but a there will be a $10 hanging fee for all pieces accepted into the show. To apply, e-mail The Fine Arts Center at hsfac610@ sbcglobal.net. CDs can be mailed to The Fine Arts Center, PO Box 6263, or entries can be dropped off at our new gallery at 626 Central Ave. For more information and/or to download the prospectus visit www.hsfac.com.

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ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups and fish dishes. Extensive wine list. On Mondays and Tuesdays get three courses for the fixed price of $22.50. It’s a bargain. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 603-9630 D Mon.-Sat. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar. CC $-$$ 221-9400 LD Mon.-Sat. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. Embassy Suites Hotel. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 312-9000 LD daily. BEST IMPRESSIONS Soup, salad and sandwiches are always on the menu in the Arkansas Arts Center café, and we’ve never had a bad soup of the day here. But there are also entrees you might usually see at dinner, too. Plus, a strong dessert menu. 501 East Ninth Street (Arkansas Arts Center) Full bar CC $$ 907-5946 L Tues.-Sun. BLACK ANGUS Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol. CC $ 228-7800 LD Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes, dinners to go — all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. CC $-$$$ 663-5951 BLD Mon.-Sat.; River Market Hall, beer and wine, CC $-$$$ 374-1232, BL Mon.-Sat.; College of

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■ dining Wingding Buffalo Wild Wings opens its first franchise in Little Rock; the masses flock. rooms ($4.99) and crispy n Some restaurants have southwest dippers (which the luck, don’t they? were described on the menu The Little Rock as “tortilla dippers” but come market was primed for the out fried and in the shape of arrival of its first Buffalo chicken nuggets). There are Wild Wings, a sports bar also wraps, ribs and chicken franchise, thanks to an sandwiches. The fries, no avalanche of national small matter in our opinion, commercials. Landing in are thin cut and not spiced a nicely visible spot on like you find in many chains the Highway 10 corridor — that’s probably for the across the street from best as most of the food is Taylor Loop was fortuitous loaded with spices already. as well. Most of the wealth During our lunch trip, our concentrated in the Chenal neighborhoods has to pass prime location: The restaurant is located on Cantrell across from friend ordered the honey BBQ bacon chicken sandby Buffalo Wild Wings’ Taylor Loop. wich ($7.99 with fries) and front door on its way to wasn’t very impressed. He declared the anywhere else in town. Not surprisingly, underway game featuring a lovable basethe restaurant has been pretty much packed ball team from a windy city. In minutes chicken a bit dry and gave it a B minus.  we had our game up on one of the bigger since it opened on Mother’s Day.  But the lack of subtly of the chicken will screens, which is about the size of a pool hardly matter to fans in the seats of Buffalo And we’re going out on a fat limb to Wild Wings. The full bar is groaning with predict that it will stay that way. You may table.  beer selections and the games are always not like wings or want to watch every Buffalo Wild Wings’ menu is domion. That is likely more than enough. possible sporting event on, approximately, nated by the food you would expect out of one gazillion screens, but there are plenty a sports bar — wings, burgers and assorted who do. We aren’t even in the heavy fried foods. The wings, which you can sports-watching time for Arkansas. When order as traditional (the minimum of six the football Razorbacks and the NFL kick for $4.99) or boneless (eight for $7.49), 14800 Cantrell Road back into gear, the Wild Wings crew might are the starring attraction and can be 868-5279 need a crowbar and some grease (which slathered with one of 14 sauces that start they ought to have on hand) to accommoat Sweet BBQ and slide up the heat scale Quick bite A sports bar on steroids with numerous humonto Blazin’. We aren’t gluttons for punishdate the masses.  gous TVs and a menu full of thirst-inducing items. ment, so the hottest wings we ordered were The restaurant space is open with high The wings, which can be slathered with one of the Parmesan Garlic (the next sauce up the ceiling and a glass partition that separates 14 sauces, are the starring attraction and will undoubtedly have fans. scale is Medium) and found them plenty the dining room with tables and half a spicy and hot, not to mention satisfying. dozen booths from the bar. The flat screen Hours Good luck to those willing to take on the TVs cover practically every inch of wall 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.12:30 a.m. Sunday Blazin’ wings. space and are tuned to ESPN or some kind There is an extensive selection of appeof sports-related programming. During Other info Credit cards accepted. A full bar loaded with a tizers including popcorn shrimp (¾ pound our stop at lunch, we asked our waitress if wide beer selection. basket for $7.99), roasted garlic mushthey could turn one of the screens to a justbrian chilson

n On Monday, June 7, Bar Louie opens in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center in the space formerly occupied by Crew. The “neighborhood” restaurant and bar claims on its website to specialize in “oversized sandwiches” and “artfully concocted signature cocktails.”

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n Bravo! Cucina Italiana is now open in the Promenade at Chenal in West Little Rock. The white-tablecloth Italian chain offers indoor seating for up to 250, plus an outdoor terrace and a private dining room. Entrees range from $10 to $28. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. until closing Monday through Friday. The phone number is 821-2485.

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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 39 Public Health, 401 W. Markham St. No alcohol CC $-$$$ 526-6661 BL Mon.-Fri. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock. Full bar CC $-$$ 753-6860 LD Wed.-Sat., D Mon.-Tue. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine – olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Wine and beer. CC $$ 501-663-WINE (9463) 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant has a new look to go with great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find some of the best nightly entertainment in town. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 375-5351 D Mon.-Sat. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickle, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 663-7224 LD Mon.-Sat. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for well-cooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs, NLR. Beer. CC $-$$ 758-3516. D Tues.-Sat. COFFEE BEANERY CAFE Come for the coffee first, but the sandwiches and desserts are good, too. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol. CC $$ 821-7747 BLD daily. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 Main St., 375-7105; 270 S. Shackleford, 224-1656. No alcohol. CC $-$$ BLD daily. COPELAND’S The full service restaurant chain started by the founder of Popeye’s delivers the same good biscuits, the same dependable frying and a New Orleans vibe in piped music and décor. You can eat red beans and rice for a price in the single digits or pay near $40 for a choice slab of ribeye, with crab, shrimp and fish in between. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 312-1616. LD. $$-$$$ Full bar. CC. COPPER GRILL A sunny and ultra-modern restaurant in downtown’s most chic condo tower offers comfort food (fried mac-and-cheese), burgers and sophisticated appetizers and entrees geared solidly for the middle of the dining spectrum. Grilled meats and fish, hearty side dishes and big salads ― everything served with a generous hand. Fresh fish, grilled expertly, is a top choice. But sandwiches, big salads and even fried catfish offer a little something for everyone. Desserts are made from scratch. 300 E. Third. Full bar. CC $$-$$$. 375-3333 LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. All-youcan-eat catfish on weekend nights. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $$ 372-8816 BL Mon.-Fri. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 376-1195 LD Mon.-Fri, D Sat. DOUBLETREE PLAZA BAR & GRILL Heaping breakfast and lunch buffets in the elegant lobby restaurant. Markham and Broadway. Full bar. CC $$ 372-4371 BLD daily. FATSAM’S LOUISIANA CAFÉ Louisiana native James Meadors, a former teacher/part-time caterer has gone fulltime into the food business, with a brightly decorated oasis of good cheer and cheap, heaping plates of Louisianainfluenced food in a corner of the River Market food hall. The lineup changes daily, but expect to find a steam table full of rib-stickers – shrimp Creole, etouffee, jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo and po boys with chicken, spicy pork or catfish. A big cobbler might be bubbling in the convection oven. Get you some of that, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. 244-4720. CC $ LD Mon.-Sat. FRANKE’S Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Locations in the Regions Bank Building, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 225-4487 LD daily. FRONTIER DINER Order at the counter for home-cooked plate lunches, burgers and delicious pies. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol. CC $ 565-6414 BL Mon.-Sat. GRUMPY’S Try the Wednesday night bonanza: large, fresh oysters on the half-shell and hefty shrimp for a quarter a pop. Rib special on Mondays. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar. CC $-$$ 225-3768 LD Mon.-Sat. IZZY’S It’s bright, clean and casual, with snappy team service of all his standbys — sandwiches and fries, lots of fresh salads, pasta about a dozen ways, hand-rolled tamales and (night only) brick oven pizzas. Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care, if rarely far from the middle of the culinary road. 5601 Ranch Drive, off Highway. Beer and Wine CC $-$$ 868-4311 LD Mon. - Sat. LULAV AND V LOUNGE A Mediterranean-California fusion eatery, and the delicious flavors are like none you’ll experience anywhere in the city. Good fish, veal, daring salads and much more. Plus, a hot bar to see and be seen. 220 A W. 6th St. Full Bar. CC $$-$$$ 374-5100 LD

Tue.-Sun. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Drive, Searcy Building. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 223-2257 BL Mon.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees highlight other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar. CC $$ 221-3883 BLD (breakfast served until 4 p.m.) daily. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milkshakes — in a ’50s setting at today’s prices. 8026 Cantrell Road, 221-3555; 11602 Chenal Parkway, 224-4433. Beer, “adult” milkshakes. CC $-$$ BLD daily. RED LOBSTER Top-grossing restaurant in Central Arkansas, a crowd favorite for fried and sauteed shrimp and more seafood. 3707 McCain Blvd., NLR, 753-4000; 8407 W. Markham St., 224-0940. Full bar. CC $$ LD daily. ROCKS GRILL Bounteous buffets at lunch and Sunday brunch, while steaks, seafood and chicken are the main draws at dinner, mostly for travelers. Holiday Inn Select, 201 S. Shackleford. Full bar. CC $-$$$ 223-3000 BLD daily. ROCKSTONS AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL Steaks, ribs and other meaty entrees are the stars here at this outpost of Jerry Barakat’s restaurant empire. 11 Shackleford Drive, 954-8787. Full bar $$-$$$ CC LD daily RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave., NLR. Full bar. CC $-$$ 771-0808 D Mon.-Sat. SALUT! Pleasantly quirky menu here — rosemary barbecued shrimp on seared polenta, gnocchi in a cream sauce with asparagus and red onion, short ribs ravioli and Low Country shrimp and grits. Patio dining. 1501 N. University. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 660-4200 L Mon.-Fri. D Wed.-Sun. SAN FRANCISCO BREAD CO. Breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soups and a hot cup of joe, or a iced glass of tea. 101 S. Bowman Road (corner of West Markham and Bowman). No alcohol. CC $-$$ 537-0200 BLD daily. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 4317 Warden Road, NLR, 753-8111; 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road, 224-3344. Full bar. CC $$ LD daily. STARVING ARTIST CAFE An important addition in helping Argenta achieve restaurant ―critical mass,― this is a fun, creative, affordable and consistently excellent locally owned spot. Lunches are downright cheap, while the quality at dinner is impressive for the generally lessthan-$20 entrée price tag. 411 Main St., NLR. Full bar. CC. $$ 372-7976 LD Tue.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and french fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fast-food cousins. 1623 Main St. Beer. No CC 372-8735 L Mon.-Fri. THE HOP You half expect the Fonz to stroll by this oldfashioned dairy bar, where the shakes are thick, the cones tall and the burgers good and greasy. 7706 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. $-$$ 219-2200 LD Mon.-Sat. TRIO’S Still great after 20 years. You can’t go wrong with custom sandwiches, Peck Special Salad or chicken salad at lunch; the enchiladas and voodoo pasta at dinner, or the monumentally rich list of tempting desserts. 8201 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat. UNION RESTAURANT Tasty tapas dishes are really only part of the draw at this rather trendy late-night spot with a great wine list, a full complement of specialty drinks and a chic atmosphere that belies its sub-shop beginnings. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar CC $$ 661-8311 D daily. WHOLE FOODS MARKET Good sandwiches, soups and hummus to go; an enormous number of hot and cold entrees from the deli. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 312-2326 BLD daily. YOUNG’S CATFISH RESTAURANT You can’t go wrong with this longtime favorite. 3400 E. Broadway, NLR. No alcohol. $-$$ 372-7441 LD Mon.-Sat.

ASIAN ASIAN PALACE BUFFET Formerly Dragon Palace Buffet, this sister restaurant to China King Buffet, features the delicious Mongolian grill, sushi, crab legs and Asian and American items. Bowman Station, Hermitage and Bowman. Beer and wine. CC $ 225-0095 LD daily. CHINA INN Massive Chinese buffet overflows with meaty and fresh dishes, augmented at dinner by boiled shrimp, oysters on the half shell and snow crab legs (all you want cheap). 2629 Lakewood Village Place, NLR. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 771-2288 LD daily. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-in-one: teppanyaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village, NLR. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 812-9888 LD daily. FORBIDDEN CITY The Park Plaza Mall staple has fast and friendly service, offering up good lo mein at lunch and Cantonese and Hunan dishes. Markham and University. Full bar. CC $ 663-9099 LD daily. a KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI BAR Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller with its sushi offerings than grill fare. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 225-5999 D daily. KOPAN BULGOGI & SUSHI. Cabot’s entry into Korean/


Japanese style food does well when it comes to delicious food at reasonable prices, but the wait for dinner can be unbearable. Go for the bulgogi — thin strips of beef marinated in housemade sauce — and for the kebabs, but skip the salad or soup. 701 West Main Street in Cabot. Alcohol. CC. $$. (501) 843-2002 LD Mon.-Sat. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. Full bar. CC $$ 868-3688 LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad Thai. You order from the cashier, get your own tea, silverware and fortune cookies, and they bring your piping hot food to your cozy table. Midtowne Little Rock, West Markham Street and University Avenue. Wine and beer. CC $-$$ 280-9423 LD daily. SAMURAI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE A hibachi grill that transcends typical fare. With a pricey sushi menu, too. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 224-5533 LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi, traditional Japanese, the fun hibachi style of Japanese and an overwhelming assortment of entrees. Nice wine selection, sake, specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 221-7070 LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI BAR The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 666-7070 LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Toyko cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar. CC. $$-$$$ 663-9888 LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat.-Sun.

BARBECUE CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE Beef, pork, sausage and chicken ― all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender back ribs star. Side dishes are top quality. 915 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, wine. CC $ 372-4227 L Mon.-Fri. CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with tangy sauce. Pie is tall and tasty. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol. CC $$ 225-4346 LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat — loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. The sandwiches are basic and the sweet, thick sauce is fine. 35th and Schaer streets, NLR. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 753-9650 LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKE SHACK BAR-B-Q The beef and pork sandwiches are the best bet. Interstate 40 at Maumelle/Morgan exit (Exit 142), Maumelle. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 803-4935 LD Mon.-Sat. THREE SAM’S The Sams – a father-mother-son team all known as Sam – dish up impossibly huge piles of barbecue at this friendly joint in downtown Mabelvale. Everything here is homemade, including the skin-on potato salad and a stellar dessert lineup including homemade fudge, good lemon icebox pie and double nut pound cake topped with caramel sauce. It’s a busy place at lunch, but service is with a smile. 10508 Mann Road, Mabelvale. 407-0345. $ CC No alcohol L Mon.-Fri. D Thu.-Fri (until 7 p.m.). WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans to slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway, NLR. Beer. CC $-$$ 945-5551 LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat.

EUROPEAN / ETHNIC ALIBASHA GRILL This Mediterranean eatery specializes in large portions of kebabs, gyros, and shawarma served up with a tasty minted Jerusalem salad and rice or hummus. More for the American palate than most. 302 North Shackleford. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 217-3855 LD Thurs-Tues L Wed. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts ― all quite good ― as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 105 Full bar. CC $$ 614-6682 LD Tue.-Sun. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE The Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are cigar pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Road Suite 914 Little Rock Alcohol pending CC $$ 223-9332 LD daily. LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabbouleh — plus dependable hamburgers in this charming tiny eatery; there’s outdoor dining for fresh air fans or the claustrophobic. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 666-7414 BLD Mon.-Sat. THE PANTRY Bratwurst, wienerschnitzel, Czech dumplings and a “Rustic Bowl” one-pot meal are what set this restaurant apart from the town’s regular out-to-eat offerings. The setting is more elegant than you might suppose from consulting the menu at www.littlerockpantry.com. You can get dinners to go here after 4:45 p.m., too. 353-1875, 11401 Rodney Parham Road. $$-$$$ All CC Full bar. D Mon.-Sat.

ITALIAN AMERICAN PIE PIZZA Handmade pizza on perfect thin

crust with varied toppings, and inexpensive. We liked the olive-oil-based margherita and supreme, plus there are salads, sandwiches and appetizers ― all under $6. 9708 Maumelle Blvd., Maumelle, 758-8800; 4830 North Hills Blvd., NLR, 753-0081. Beer and wine. CC $ LD daily. CIAO Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Beer and wine. CC $$ 372-0238 L Mon.-Fri. D Thu-Sat. DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. Delivery available. 6706 Cantrell Road and 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. (Pick-up and delivery only location at 10720 Rodney Parham Road). Beer and wine. CC $$ 664-2239 LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deepdish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. CC $-$$ 374-1441 LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. An always-filled lunch spot at 11th and Center streets downtown on weekdays, 372-6004, no alcohol; 12911 Cantrell Road, 224-8804, no alcohol, LD daily; 5933 JFK Blvd., 812-5353, beer and wine LD Mon.-Sat; and the original at 10312 Chicot Road, 565-6006, no alcohol, LD daily. CC $ 565-6006. OW PIZZA Formerly part of the “Olde World” trio of restaurants, these two locations serve up good pizzas in a variety of ways, sandwiches, big salads and now offering various pastas and appetizer breads. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 1706 W. Markham St., 374-5504 LD Mon.-Fri. (close at 7 p.m.); 8201 Ranch Blvd., 868-1100 LD daily. ROCKY’S PUB A little taste of Philly, right in North Little Rock, with authentic cheesesteak sandwiches, hoagies, salads and the like. But you’d be remiss not to try the Italian specialties whipped up at night, such as the proscuitto piselli verdi. 6909 JFK Blvd., NLR. Full bar. $$ CC 833-1077 LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations: 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606 LD daily; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606 LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun.; and 10923 W. Markham St., 224-9519 LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. Beer and wine. CC $$ 224-9519 . ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. $$ Beer and wine 661-9292 CC LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding, and the desserts don’t miss, either. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave., NLR. Beer and wine. CC $$-$$$ 834-7530 D Tue.-Sat.

MEXICAN CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back at the Cantrell location. Small stand in the River Market (400 President Clinton Ave., 372-6637). 18321 Cantrell Road, 868-8822. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$ 280-9888 LD daily. Also B on Sat. and Sun. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 7111 JFK Blvd., NLR. Full bar. CC $-$$ 835-7876 LD daily. EL PORTON Very good Mex for the price and a wideranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar. CC $$ 223-8588 LD daily. FLYING BURRITO A trendy-looking walk-up-and-order spot in the River Market district for tacos, burritos and the like, with various styles of tortillas and add-ons. The bar looks impressive, too. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. CC $-$$ 372-7272 LD daily. LA REGIONAL A small grill is tucked away in this fullservice grocery store catering to SWLR’s Latino community, and it offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world (try the El Salvadorian pupusas, they’re great). 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 565-4440 BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 13924 Cantrell, 217-0700, full bar; 4511 Camp Robinson Road, NLR, 771-1604, full bar; 1524 W. Main St., Jacksonville, 982-0533, no alcohol. Takeout only from 102 S. Rodney Parham, 224-8600, and 11406 W. Markham, 217-0647. All CC $$ LD daily. PONCHO’S VILLA It serves all the familiar Tex-Mex plates that Nancy Johnson has been serving up for going on three decades, most of them at restaurants on Broadway in North Little Rock. We recommend the stuffed and fried jalapenos. Plate lunches, hamburgers and highly touted fried shrimp are among other choices on a broad, cheap menu. 123 S. Jeff Davis, Jacksonville. No alcohol. No CC $ 241-0656. LD Mon.-Sat. SENOR TEQUILA Authentic dishes with great service and prices, and maybe the best margarita in town. Multiple locations: 4304 Camp Robinson Road, NLR, 791-3888;

9847 Maumelle Blvd., Maumelle, 758-4432; 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road, 224-5505; 2000 S. University Ave., 660-4413; 1101 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock, 954-7780. CC Full bar. $$ 224-5505 LD daily.

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MEAN BEAN CAFE & RESTAURANT Offers a mean bean burrito and mean coffee beans and, meanest of all, homemade pie. The Reuben might be the best in Arkansas. 2501 Highway 286 West. No alcohol. CC $$ 501-336-9272 LD Mon.-Fri. OAK STREET BISTRO Creativity is the hallmark of the massive lunch menu — nothing earth-shaking but a creative combining of interesting ingredients to fashion some great sandwiches and salads. The desserts also are excellent. 713 Oak St. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 501-450-9908 L Mon.-Sat., D Fri.-Sat.

DES ARC DONDIE’S WHITE RIVER PRINCESS Buffet features huge, crispy catfish fillets, decent-sized boiled shrimp and fantastic chicken strips. Marion Street on the riverfront. No alcohol. CC $$ 870-256-3311 D Thu.-Sat.

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MonDay Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry TueSDay Pot Roast 10907 N. Rodney Parham • 228-7800 Mon-Sat 10:30 am - 9 pm

FAYETTEVILLE AREA 36 CLUB Diverse menu — more than 80 items — of good food, ranging from grilled shrimp salad to spinach fettucini with chicken to pasta jambalaya to a spicy tandoori chicken. A lively place on Arkansas’s liveliest street. The next-door Bistro V, its sister restaurant, has been incorporated into a quieter dining side of the club. 300 W. Dickson St. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 479-521-4402 or 479-442-9682 LD Tue.-Fri., D Sat. A TASTE OF THAI Terrific Thai food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Only the brave should venture into the “rated 5” hot sauce realm. 31 E. Center St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 479-251-1800 LD Mon.-Sat. CABLE CAR PIZZA Thick, crispy crust, tons of cheese and 27 toppings. Maybe the best pizza in town. 2630 E. Citizens Drive, Suite 7 (Near Highways 265-45). Beer only CC $$ 479-444-7600 LD daily. CAFE RUE ORLEANS Top quality Creole food and a couple of Cajun specialties (a soupy gumbo, a spicy and rich etouffee) from a cook who learned her tricks in Lafayette, La., and the Crescent City. Best entree is the eggplant Napoleon. Oyster bar downstairs to make your wait for a dining table pleasant. 1150 N. College Ave. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 479-443-2777 LD Wed.-Sat. ELENITA’S MEXICAN CAFE Some of the most flavorful and reasonably priced authentic Mexican food in town. 727 S. School St. No alcohol. CC $$ 479-443-6612 LD daily. FISH CITY GRILL The thing you want to order here are the Oyster Nachos, the chain’s specialty starter that combines fried oysters, chipotle tartar sauce and fresh pico de gallo. It’s spicy enough to make you want to drain your beer and original enough to make you come back for more. The place is nicely done up with colorful paintings on brick walls, a pretty bar and a television set you can watch the Hogs on. 2203 S. Promenade Blvd. 479-636-8833. CC $$ Full bar. LD daily. JAMES AT THE MILL “Ozark Plateau Cuisine” is creative, uses local ingredients and is pleasantly presented in a vertical manner. Impeccable food in an impeccable setting. 3906 Greathouse Springs Road. Full bar. CC $$$ 479-4431400 LD Mon.-Sat. PESTO CAFE This nice little Italian restaurant in, yes, a roadside motel offers all the traditional dishes, including a nice eggplant parmesan. 1830 N. College Ave. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 479-582-3330 LD daily. SOUL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE We called it “upscale soul,” the owner/chef calls it “international eclectic cuisine with strong Southern influences.” Whatever it is, it’s different and interesting. The menu includes ribs, a catch of the week, a very popular three-sausage soup, and award-winning sweet potato pie. 3878 N. Crossover Rd. (479) 442-0800 CC Full bar $$-$$$ LD Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.

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HOT SPRINGS CAFE 1217 Great gourmet meals served over-thecounter. Bustling at lunch. 1217 Malvern Ave., Suite B. No alcohol (BYO wine and glasses). CC $-$$ 501-318-1094 LD Mon.-Sat. KREAM KASTLE DRIVE INN Revisit the past with a stop at this classic spot on U.S. 70 East. Burgers, dogs, cones and shakes the way they’re supposed to be made, at prices to like. 15922 Highway 70 East, Lonsdale. No alcohol. No CC $ 501-939-2350 LD daily. LA HACIENDA Authentic Mexican food; array of entrees. 3836 Central Ave. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 501-525-8203 LD daily. PORTERHOUSE Another Spa City entry by Joe Gargano, focusing on beef and seafood. The high-quality beef is served virtually untouched by seasoning, unless you ask for it. 707 Central Ave. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 501-321-8282 D Mon.-Sat. ROD’S PIZZA CELLAR Terrific handmade pizzas highlighted by the Godfather, a whopper. Lunch specials are a steal. 3350 Central Ave. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 501-3212313 LD Tue.-Sun. STUBBY’S Doesn’t short you on near-perfect pork and beef: lean, flavorful, smoky. 3024 Central Ave. Beer. CC $-$$ 501-624-1552 LD daily.

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

Denton’s Trotline

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

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YaYas

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

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

1900 N Grant St Heights 501-663-8999

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

Casa Manana Taqueria

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

Ump’s Pub & Grill

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

Capers Restaurant

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

Copper Grill & Grocery

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

Gadwall’s Grill

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

SO

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

Butcher Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Black Angus

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

Shackleford & Hermitage Rd. (501) 312-2748

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Hunka Pie

HUNKA PIE

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

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

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asian Lilly’s Dimsum Then Some

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

Super King Buffet

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

11121 Rodney Parham 501-716-2700

Super King Buffet

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

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North Shackleford Road 501-227-9900

Layla’s

9501 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-7272

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

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

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

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Sonny Williams

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

Faded Rose

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

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

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

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

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


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Quapaw Tower is a unique property combining history, charm, convenience and value. Unit 12J is one of the most unique condo units available in the area, maximizing space and design aesthetic. The architectural design combines a multi-purpose kitchen/dining/living room area which features sleek, modern cabinets that double as living room storage and custom stainless countertops that double as a dining table. Other kitchen features include German sink & faucet, refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher drawers plus additional multi-purpose appliances. The bedroom is a calm oasis with shoji-style sliding doors opening from two vantage points into the living room, as well as opening into a spacious walk-in closet, the bathroom and additional floor-to-ceiling closets. The bathroom features tile from Waterworks, including heated floors, and a unique toilet & sink from

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Shoji-style doors separate the condo.

Simas of Italy, with a Gerberit flushing mechanism and a one-off Wenge cistern enclosure and floating vanity. Four individual flow controls manage a total of eight Kohler water tile shower heads. This unit has been featured four times in “At Home Arkansas”, including the showcase cover of a special designer’s issue. The condo was featured in an article on maximizing small spaces for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Style section. It has also been included in the Chandler & Associates School of Design class tour, the bi-annual Quapaw Tower Tour of Homes and was a particular favorite in the 2008 Downtown Little Rock Partnership tour. It is offered for $212,000 and is listed with Gold Star Realty. Call Gerald White at 501-680-3640 or Mary Johnson at 501-952-4318 for pricing or a private tour. Visit WWW.LRCONDO.COM for additional information and more pictures.

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

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Midtown 16 RESERVOIR HEIGHTS CONDO - $129,900. 2BR/2BA, 1384 SF. Great open floorplan and stress free living. Condo fees includes pool access. Qualifies for $8K tax credit. Seller to pay $2500 towards closing costs and 6 months condo dues w/ acceptable offer. Call John, Pulaski Heights Realty, for showing at 993-5442.

Capitol View/ Stiffts Station 123 N. SUMMIT - Rare find close to ACH, UAMS, & Hillcrest. 2 BRs and a separate office, 2050 SF. Totally updated including cherry wood laminate flooring throughout, all new plumbing & electrical wiring, new kitchen counters, sink & dishwasher, new tank-less H2’ 0 heater, wired for computer network, audio/video and IR remote, a deck, fenced yard and oversized 2 car garage. A 21X17.6 ft sunroom w/vaulted ceiling, tile floor, water proof walls, lots of windows and sunken Jacuzzi hot tub. Located in Union Depot next to AR School for the Blind. Call Clyde Butler of CBRPM at 240-4300.

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Foxcroft 16 RIDING RD - Wonderful family home 5/6BR, in-law/nanny quarters. Walk to the Racquet Club - Jefferson Schools. K. Rector, CBRPM, 519-4439

Hillcrest 4916 HILLCREST AVE Nicely updated home on oversized lot. Updates include: new roof (March ‘10), refinished hardwoods, new laundry room, new windows, new paint throughout. Other features include two driveways for extra off-street parking, lots of deck space for entertaining, fenced back yard with large storage shed and kid’s playset. The kitchen has gorgeous cherry cabinets with solid surface countertops and stainless appliances. Walk-in closet and double vanity in the MBR! Call John Selva with Pulaski Heights Realty at 993-5442.

Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $106,000 Miles M. Goggans to Worth J. Gibson, Stacy Gibson, 16 Greathouse Bend, $950,000. J. Martin Homes Inc. to Melanie M. Ryals, L14 B13, Woodlands Edge, $400,000. Rickey G. Acklin, Jeannetta Acklin, Dorothy J. Ottinger to Kirk Wasson, Doye Wasson, 15 Meadow Crest Dr., Sherwood, $380,000. Thomas M. Singleton, Laura E. Singleton to John M. Jewell, 211 Crystal Ct., $380,000. Betty S. Fussell, James A. Patton, Lando T. Patton, Rosalie Patton, Lando Thomas to Benny Payne, Georgia Payne, S/2 SE 16-1N-14W, $350,000. Mary M. Garner Trust, Agnes L. Martin to Richsmith Holdings LLC, SW NE 3-1S-13W, NW 2-1S-13W, SE NE 3-1S-13W, SW NW 2-1S-13W, $350,000. Willard B. Gatewood, II, Amy R. Gatewood to Jerry Evans, Joie Wallis, 18523 Dallas Ln., $333,000. Howard B. Holmes, Robin Holmes to Gary L. Stoops, Sharon R. Stoops, 68 Montagne Ct., $333,000. Montagne Court Construction Inc. to Aimee Claire Hillis Revocable Trust, Aimee C. Hillis, L29, Montagne Court Phase 5, $330,000. Robin Reynolds-Armstrong, Russell H. Armstrong to Patrick Spivey, Elizabeth Spivey, 6 Huntington Rd., $320,000. Isbell Quality Home Builders Inc. to Pamela D. Evans, Christopher T. Francis, 9241 Johnson Dr., Sherwood, $308,000. Robert J. Wilson Revocable Trust, Robert J. Wilson, Eleanor W. Wilson Revocable Trust, Eleanor W. Wilson to Danny Oldham, Suzanne Oldham, L8A, Robinwood Unrecorded, $290,000. 44 june 3, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

Boyd Homes Inc. to Rodney B. Block, Jean C. Block, 1411 Center St., $289,000. Paul A. Cantrell, Mary J. Cantrell to Jett & Georganne Ricks Family Corp, 12 Lenon Dr., $289,000. Brett Smith, Jacqueline Smith to Daniel J. Santoro, Sarah C. Santoro, 4916 Hillcrest Ave., $287,000. Carl E. Simmons, Kelly D. Simmons to Federal National Mortgage Association, 63 Norfork Dr., Maumelle, $280,724. John Wright Construction Co. Inc. to Warren A. McGee, Iris M. McGee, 111 Corondelet Ln., Maumelle, $270,000. Billy Hartness Construction Company Inc. to Susan C. Crisp, L2, The Willows, $267,000. Paul H. Harvel, Barbara Harvel to Matthew Osborn, 18 Perdido Cir., $250,000. Mary M. Garner Trust, Agnes L. Martin to Orchards At Mabelvale LP, SE NE 3-1S-13W, SW NE 3-1S-13W, $250,000. Andrew T. Mentzer, Katherine D. Mentzer to Mary Rutherford, 2715 N. Pierce St., $250,000. Taypac Homes Inc. to Kimberly A. Driggers, Daniel Driggers, 114 Baronne Way, Maumelle, $247,000. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Joshua L. Simpson, Lauren S. Simpson, 114 Taylor Park Loop, $236,000. Blake A. McCord, Virginia L. McCord to James M. Hollis, Cathryn C. Hollis, 9249 Johnson Dr., Sherwood, $235,000. Betty S. Fussell, James A. Patton, Lando T. Patton, Rosalie Patton to Rodney Payne, 20700 Lawson Rd., $235,000. Legacy Builders LLC to Robbie Williams, Carolyn Williams, L6, Kenwood Estates Phase 2, $226,000. C Street Group LLC to Jason

Bolden, Sarah Keith-Bolden, 3423 W. 7th St., $220,000. Henry Cowles, Alison Cowles to Glen R. Polite, Elizabeth G. Polite, 13612 Longtree Dr., $215,000. Freddy H. James, Patricia James to Brian D. Smith, Sarah Smith, 1200 Talihana Dr., NLR, $207,000. Tona R. Duncan to Mark A. Baer, 12 Vantage Dr., Maumelle, $204,000. Joann B. Crowe to Phillip K. Jacuzzi, Heather M. Lienhart, 2 6 1 7 C h a r t e r O a k D r. , $197,000. Demario K. Smith, Lawanda Smith to Maz N. Mohamed, 136 Congressional Dr., $195,000. Patrick Spivey, Elizabeth Spivey to Jason Rawn, Kelli Rawn, 11 Myrtle Ln., $192,000. John S. Holtzman, II to Misty D. Philpott, 4624 Jones Loop Rd., $191,000. Sanders Enterprises Inc. to Gary Germaine, 21 Justice Ln., $187,000. Peter P. Laven, Holly Laven to Justin L. Patterson, Kimberley B. Patterson, 120 Brown St., $185,000. Timothy F. Singer, Sarah H. Singer to Nancy Morgan, Henry Fletcher, 8910 Peters Rd., Cabot, $185,000. Siobhan K. Cooper, Richard S . C o o p e r, L i a m S c h e n k , Joan F. Kennelly to Jussus D. Sanchez, 1123 N. Monroe St., $180,000,. Myron McWherter, III, Clarissa M. McWherter to Ellacathrine Whaley, 2115 Sandlewood Ln., $180,000. Michael Rose, Rebecca Rose to Felipe Zabala, 7 W. Point Dr., Maumelle, $179,000. Marcus R. Fitts, Shelia Fitts to Debra D. Gore, George A. Gore, 6 Evert Ct., $176,000. Jerri L. Noble to Regina L.

Woods, 329 Cambridge Place Dr., $174,000. John D. Barnett, Andrea L. Barnett to Thomas Tkaczuk, Lauren Tkaczuk, 13615 Woodbrook Dr., $173,000. Jett Ricks Construction LLC to Brent A. Bufford, Christen E. Bufford, 33 Coachlight Dr., $173,000. Ryan L. Bartholomew, Heather K. Bartholomew to Justin Long, 1320 Cherry Brook Dr., $173,000. Dwight J. Barnett, Lisa A. Barnett to Leah M. Dague, 2204 Corsica Ct., NLR, $173,000. David Reding, Frances Reding to Marla D. Tidwell, 4818 Lafayette Ave., $170,000. Matthew R. Thorpe, Akina Thorpe to Federal National Mortga ge Associa tion, 65 Prospect Trail, NLR, $167,389. David L. Bibbs to Lorraine M. McKelvey, 2812 Dalewood Rd., $166,000. National Bank Of Arkansas to Kevin S. Little, Rebecca H. Little, 112 Nantucket Loop, Maumelle, $165,000. Julia R. Spinnatopedro, Jason Pedro to Jared Jones, Kelsey L. Jones, 1804 Reveille Cir., Jacksonville, $163,000. Ginger Roell to CitiMortgage Inc., 1200 Loretta Ln., $162,000. Daniel R. McKillips, Jamie McKillips to Shannon L. Donley, Lawrence A. Donley, Jr., 1720 Gamble Rd., $159,000. Shafii Construction Co. to Amanda Webb, L7 B9, Gibralter Heights, $159,000. James Hoskins, Julie Hoskins to CitiMortgage Inc., 6511 Countryside Dr., NLR, $155,037. William L. Burkepile, Janice H. Burkepile to Kenneth Habetz, 523 S. Mississippi St., $155,000.

Timothy M. Ausbrooks to Monica L. Bratton, 3512 Loch Ln., NLR, $155,000. Pamela R. Capel to Catherine S. Nichols, 13109 Shadow Lake Dr., $154,000. Kevin J. Fagot, Sarah J. Cullen to Justin B. Meatte, Madaline V. Meatte, 89 Westfield Loop, $154,000. Cameron Arnold, Molly Arnold, Molly Atkins to Deidre L. Wyrick, 5 High Point Cove, $153,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Centennial Bank, 500 W. 31St St., $152,850. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Rosyna R. Stewart, 1204 Yarrow Dr., NLR, $150,000. 5600 JFK, LLC to Sara E. Calicott, 2 Sun Valley Rd., $148,000. John E. Heller, II, Roberta D. Heller to Taylor M. Butker, Alice Butker, 7 Birchwood Cir., $147,000. Parrish G. Hurley, Jeanette L. Hurley to Bryan G. Smith, L98, Stoneledge Phase 2, $146,000. Robert N. Fendley, Kimber Fendley to Rachel Barton, L38, Aspen Highlands, $145,000. E. A. Baker, Joynelle Baker to Bruce L. Hundley, 57 Flintwood Dr., $145,000. Kelli K. Rawn, Jason Rawn to Beth A. Avery, L88, Treasure Hill Section 2, $145,000. Shane D. Mathews, Alissa K. Mathews to Gary W. Dollar, Deborah K. Dollar, 3501 N. Olive St., NLR, $140,000. Julia F. Buckingham to US Bank NA, L64, Faulkner Crossing Phase 1, $139,822. Smart Structures LLC, Smart Structures Distributing LLC to Daniel Hernandez, 5 Piney Cove Manor, Maumelle, $139,000. Allen B. Oates to Heather N. Hall, 4430 Rosemont Dr., NLR,

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Not sure why n An alleged fragment of the original “little rock” was relocated then “dedicated” the other day in the hope that the publicity would lure some tourists. It surprised me a little to hear that there are apparently tourist hordes out there who’ll go out of their way — by a considerable distance, too — to see a chunk off an old rock that achieved distinction in the first place by being unimposing. But maybe there are, and maybe they will. If you and yours are among this horde, I want to nominate some other lesser-known Natural State attractions you might want to check out. Starting with, given your predilection for gawking at unexceptional rocks, the scattering of bauxite boulders in the shoulder stubble along the old Bauxite cutoff between Bryant and Shaw in Saline County. These are as dull a bunch of rocks as exist in Christendom. They’re big enough so you couldn’t easily make off with a passel of them, but small enough so you could sit on one and have your picture snapped, to send back home with the message: “Here I am sitting on a rock in Arkansas. Not sure why. Wish you were here.” Trailered locals have moved a few of smaller of these stones into their yards and hand-painted their addresses on them, or other warning messages such as “Bad

Bob L ancaster Dog” or “Keep Out.” I also saw “Srs. ’87” on one of them. Probably from Benton, Bauxite, or Bryant HS, middle-aged now, saved, with grandkids, monthly payments for the duration, fading dreams. This rubble isn’t Mount Rushmore — it’s not Rock City — but if you’re a tourist of the easy-going and relatively undemanding type, you might like it better than a hacking cough. If you’re able to avoid the abundant poison oak and spreading adders in the spaces between rocks. Other notable rocks with minimal touristic allure here in Arkansas include the piles of fracked shale in Cleburne and nearby counties; the Lawrence County courthousesquare meteorite said to have fallen on the same night that the Stars Fell on Alabama; the Calico Rock; the Dardanelle Rock, which used to have a big water tank atop it, giving residents down below such municipal water pressure that just by turning on a faucet they could whang dents into their washtubs; the madstone at Mt. Ida with the highestever Boone & Crockett rating; David O.

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