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Jesus wouldn’t turn away gays I read a news story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on May 31 stating that the First Baptist Church in Gravel Ridge has revoked the Charter of the Boy Scouts and will no longer allow these young men to meet in the Church because the Scouts are permitting openly gay Scouts to join the Troop. The pastor, Tim Reed, stated that the troop would be falling short on its responsibility to respect the aims of its chartering organization, the First Baptist Church. Pastor Reed, in my opinion your church has fallen short on your organization’s promise to Jesus. Jesus would never turn away a gay man or woman for any reason. Jesus welcomed all into his presence. What are you afraid of? If you think that otherwise heterosexual boys will become gay because they meet and interact with a gay boy you are ill-informed. Gay is not a choice. By your logic there should be no men coaching a girls’ sports team, lest the girls be tempted to have a sex change. I am a Christian. I believe that God is the Father of all human beings, red and yellow, black and white, gay and straight, rich and poor. I also believe that Jesus is his son and that he was sent to teach us how to live our lives in a way that brings us closer to God. It is not enough just to believe this, it is important that we live our lives guided by the teachings of Jesus. So, Pastor Reed let me remind you of the teachings of Jesus: Judge not lest you be judged. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Welcome unto me the children. Love your enemy. May God bless and open your heart. Butch Stone Maumelle

From the web: In response to the Arkansas Reporter “Sister who opposed Faubus dies” by Roy Reed: Roy Reed is pretty good with facts, but not so good when he tries to explain them, which I suppose is the difference between a journalist and a historian. The Faubus family had, as we all know, a socialist upbringing, which taught racial equality. This Faubus daughter then married a man who was not white. Why, then, does Reed attribute her “sensitivity to issues of race and ethnicity” to her marriage? Why not assume instead that sensitivity, as well as her willingness to marry outside her ethnicity, originated with her socialist upbringing? Reed’s very sympathetic (maybe a little too sympathetic) biography of Faubus makes it clear that Faubus himself was not a raving racist like Fob James or Jim Johnson but, like George 4

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Wallace, an opportunist who abandoned core principles for political gain. Possibly this is of a piece with his characterization of Commonwealth College as “a self-help school popular mainly with Socialists.” Commonwealth was founded by socialists and spent its history working for the labor movement. Such collective action is precisely the opposite of self-help. Reed does not tell an accurate story when it comes to the virtues of socialism. John A Arkansawyer What Orval Faubus did in 1957 was not a governor gone all mavericky. He was doing

exactly ... EXACTLY ... what his constituency wanted him to do. The majority of those who elected him governor six times did not want their schools integrated. They were just fine with the “separate but equal” approach. Studied in context with the times, Faubus was a hero for those favoring racial segregation in the schools, the lunch counters, the movie houses, and so on. Was it right? Of course not and certainly not in retrospect, but those were different times. It’s really unfortunate that transitional period was so awkward in Arkansas as in many other Southern states, but Faubus is hardly the evil Satan he’s made out to

be by egg-headed historians who are just fine with hanging the racist label on him. Faubus was not a racist. Far from it. What he was was a consummate politician who was thrust into a no-win situation. And now the descendants of that constituency that favored Faubus’ actions make themselves feel good by castigating the man at the center of the crisis. They’re happy to place the blame for the entire sordid Central High affair squarely at his feet, and certainly there was no place for him to pass the buck. But let’s not fool ourselves into forgetting that it was our parents, our grandparents, our aunts, uncles and assorted cousins whose bidding Faubus was doing. He and his legacy wear the mantle but it is all of us, or at least our ancestors, who equally share the blame for this scar on Arkansas. Orval Eugene Faubus just put a face on it, and his memory will forever be tainted by it. That’s truly a shame. HolyGuano In response to Max Brantley’s column, “Tom Cotton: too extreme for Arkansas?”: As someone from one of the earlier Tea Party groups in NWA, Cotton has some sound ideas that are just what the country needs. Things like his handling of the debt problem were excellent. Sooner or later it will crash, unless there are some hard considerations of the waste that is inherent in any state endeavor. His sandbagging of the relief efforts was a worthy cause, as it showed that DC liberals cannot find a penny to cut from their favorite programs to help folks in need. Libs make a nice play about supposed GOP heartlessness, but libs like Max don’t show any heart when they cannot find a program worthy of cutting to fund disaster relief. On the other hand, Cotton has some truly despicable values regarding his disgracing of the U.S. Constitution. His latest wish to punish family members for the crimes of their fathers and uncles is an epic failure of the first order. This kind of idiocy puts him in the same vein as Todd Akin and his “legitimate rape” belief. If there was someone running with brains enough and sense enough to avoid Cotton’s rank stupidity, we might just be able to gut union thuggery, hopefully tighten controls on immigrants from troubled countries, such as Iran, Chechnya and other terrorist havens. Sadly, neither side has any stellar examples of thinking politicians, which has always been the problem. Steven E

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he senator sounds like Gov. Orval Faubus in the ’50s, when he was resisting racial integration. No matter the cost to himself politically, Faubus promised, he would not kowtow to the NAACP and the Urban League, he would stand fast against the forces of Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole, he would not flee even a virtual army (well, nine) of black schoolchildren. He kept his promise, and — who could have guessed it? — did not suffer politically, but was elected again and again. Pryor is up for re-election next year, and hoping his defiance of the mayor of New York will stand him in good stead. (He got in a gig at President Obama, for good measure. What might Faubus have accomplished if he’d had a black president to dare?) Pryor might want to go further and threaten to punch Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the nose if the mayor shows up in Little Rock, as a mayor of Chicago once threatened to do to the king of England if he came to town. For all the senator’s courage, we know someone he will not pick a fight with, and will kowtow to tirelessly, and that is the NRA. There’s valor, and there’s discretion. A PERSON COULD FILE his income tax return with less time and trouble than will be required to vote under Arkansas’s new voter-restriction law. Rules proposed by Secretary of State Mark Martin to implement the law “define proof of identity as a document or identification card that shows the person’s name and photograph, has an expiration date within the last four years and is issued by the U.S., the state or an Arkansas higher-education institution. People seeking an identification card through their county clerk would submit an application that includes information about their residence, height, weight, eye color and hair color. The application includes an oath swearing that the applicant does not have any of the allowable identification. It must be signed in front of a notary ... ” The rules go on and on. Martin is a yellow-dog Republican, as are the legislators who enacted the new law, which is intended to discourage voting by people who might vote Democratic — the poor, the elderly, minorities. Republicans believe that voting booths, like country clubs, should be exclusive.


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“I think people in Arkansas are ready for me to fight back. We know that these are outside groups, that it’s the mayor of New York City that’s paying for people to come here to be part of this. We know that; we know how they play the game. The truth is I’m here to represent Arkansas and I’m not going to kowtow to the mayor of New York City regardless of what he wants or how much money he spends here.” —Sen. Mark Pryor, responding to television advertisements criticizing his vote against gun-control legislation.

WHERE IN ARKANSAS?: Know where this slice of life in Arkansas is? Send along the answer to Times photographer Brian Chilson and win a prize. Once a month in this space, we’ll post a shot from a relatively obscure spot in Arkansas for Times readers to identify. We also invite photographers to contribute submissions of both mystery and other pictures to our eyeonarkansas Flickr group. Write to to guess this week’s photo or for more information. Last month’s winner was John Herzog who correctly guessed the photo was of bird houses behind the Clinton Museum Center in Riverfront Park.

Coming out at Boys State


’ve been among the speakers at Arkansas Boys State for 20 years. I talk about my left-leaning ideas. Conservative young men take vigorous exception, particularly on social issues such as abortion and sexual orientation. Things are improving. I don’t get hissed and booed anymore. (Lt. Gov. Mark Darr did this year tweet approvingly a message from a nephew in the audience that the “flaming liberal” speaker he was listening to should be slapped.) I also get lots of thankyous afterward. In early years, the thanks often came in furtive asides from one or two kids. Boys State was updated this year with the ability to instantly poll the phone-carrying crowd. So I tried the 400 or so delegates on three hot-button questions: • Gay marriage — 62-38 against. (That’s still 13 points better than the 75 percent anti-gay-marriage amendment vote in 2004). • Right to a pre-viability abortion (the prevailing law, in other words) — 62-38 against. • Medical marijuana — 50-50. I’d hoped for better on gay marriage, but I still detected a great deal more tolerance toward gay people, if not marriage, than in years past. Only one Boys Stater quoted Leviticus to me (and I do believe he was wearing a blend of a synthetic fabric and cotton, which, I noted, Leviticus also prohibits). I’d particularly hoped to soften the voters by reading a letter I’d received recently on Facebook. It follows:

Max. Way back in 1997 or so, you spoke at UCA for the Boys State conference. Among all of the Legion guys and college-aged counselors during that period on campus, I clearly remember your short talk. Being a political/civic government type of “camp” full of boisterous and confident teenaged young men, I received a near-constant barrage of anti-gay sentiment. But then the editor of that weekly liberal newspaper called the Arkansas Times spoke. We had never heard of your paper back in Russellville.

As a young gay kid in the sea of animosity, your talk affirmed your support for gay people. It’s been so long that the specifics have been lost to me but I’ll always remember that you were the lone supportive voice MAX during Boys State. BRANTLEY Later on during the camp, I would go on to meet my first boyfriend at Boys State. Today I’m happily married to my husband and now live in San Francisco and I’m active in the local PFLAG chapter. You were the adult in the room who contradicted my idea that everyone must feel like these anti-gay, very conservative young men and Legion guys feel. It was so refreshing and it confirmed that I simply lived in a part of the world where I was definitely in the minority. In the years since, I’ve seen Arkansas move step by step towards more understanding (the Arkansas legislature notwithstanding) and who knows how many other young men of 16 have similarly been affected by your talks at similar events and your columns? Thanks Max. Brandon Brock Footnote: Brock posted my Arkansas Blog account of my Boys State appearance on his Facebook page. Soon after, the young man with whom he’d had his first date chimed in with a friendly greeting. Better yet, one of the counselors this year told me that he’d been outraged, too, at my speech at his Boys State delegate year. He, too, quoted Leviticus. Then he went to college. His views changed. He joined the Gay Straight Alliance. Hearts and minds can change. Particularly when an idea that’s feared or loathed takes a human face. I wondered how that Leviticus-quoter felt if he happened to be in one of the Boys State groups that I’m told included openly gay boys this year. Loving, I hope, if that Bible he quoted really does mean anything.


God, Jason Rapert and Obamacare


hen someone lamented the starvation of millions in the Ukraine, Joseph Stalin is supposed to have observed that “one death is a tragedy, but a million deaths is only a statistic.” Stalin’s point is an apt one. We may find one person’s hardships compelling, but our compassion tends to dissolve in the face of an abstraction like “50 million.” The legislature’s huge vote — 28-7 in the Senate and 77-19 in the House — to provide government-paid health insurance for 250,000 low-income working adults and implement a law that people in Arkansas are supposed to loathe is the most shocking turnaround in modern Arkansas history. Democratic Gov. Dale Bumpers corralled three-fourths of both legislative houses in 1971 for the only increase in the personal income tax in history, but all except four of the 135 lawmakers belonged to Bumpers’ party. Here we have Republicans controlling both houses

of the legislature. Except for a few ideas for slowing medical inflation, the Affordable Care Act has a ERNEST single purpose, to DUMAS provide insurance to the 50 million Americans — 504,200 of them in Arkansas — who don’t have it, principally because they can’t afford it or they are denied it by insurance companies. The Republican case was that it was more Big Government, and it seemed that at least half the country was with them. That 50 million and Arkansas’s 504,200 might be down and out but they were part of Mitt Romney’s famous 47 percent who were takers, slackers and whiners. Across the South and Midwest, where Republicans were in control, they took advantage of the one opening the U.S. Supreme Court gave them for disrupting Obamacare. That was to deny health

Pryor should thank Bloomberg


n the unlikely event that Mark Pryor wins re-election as Arkansas’s senior U.S. senator in 2014, he should send New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a thank-you gift. Something like a sugary 44 ounce Big Gulp or a case of Dr. Pepper. Offering His Honor a 30-06 deer rifle would be churlish. Unlike liberal groups who scared up a primary opponent for former Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln in 2010, predictably helping her lose to a cookie-cutter GOP conservative, Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns has given the beleaguered Democrat, well, a target to shoot at. Angered with Pryor’s Senate vote against broadening background checks for gun sales—one of four Democrats to do so — Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been running TV ads in Arkansas citing the murder of state Democratic Party chair Bill Gwatney by a deranged gunman in 2008. Narrated by former Democratic Party official Angela Bradford-Barnes, the commercial expresses the disgust of just about every Arkansas Democrat I know with what they saw as Pryor’s cowardly vote. “The Caspar Milquetoast of Arkansas politics,” one acerbic columnist dubbed him. “When my dear innocent friend was shot

to death, I didn’t blame guns,” Bradford-Barnes says, “I blamed a system that makes it so terribly easy for criminals or GENE the dangerous menLYONS tally ill to buy guns.” Pryor has said that he found the politicizing of his friend’s murder “disgusting.” Maybe he did. Tactically speaking, the problem with the Bloomberg ad is that just about every Democrat I know lives either in Hillcrest, basically the Upper West Side of Little Rock, or in the college town of Fayetteville — completely atypical of Arkansas voters generally. They can be as disgusted as they like. But they have exactly nowhere to go. Blanche Lincoln carried Hillcrest handily against Rep. John Boozman in 2010. She lost statewide 58 to 37 percent. President Obama also carried Pulaski County (Little Rock) in 2010; Mitt Romney won Arkansas by 24 points. So you can see Pryor’s dilemma. Meanwhile, the billionaire-coddling Club for Growth (or “Club for Greed” as former Gov. Mike Huckabee once called it) has also been hammering the Arkansas Demo-

insurance to a large group of Americans who were eligible for Medicaid, the statefederal program for the poor and disabled. Only the Arkansas legislature didn’t oblige, although one or two other Republican legislatures may follow. Forty-two of the 72 Republican lawmakers and all the Democrats voted for it. Governor Beebe, a Democrat, gets credit for his deft hand, patience and occasional sellout on outrageous Republican bills, and credit must go also to community hospitals, doctors and business groups that pleaded that the state not reject a big economic stimulus. But there was another element. The governor’s office, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Arkansas Community Institute found faces to humanize those big impersonal numbers. Faye Graham of North Little Rock was one of them. Graham, 54, is the only person in three generations of her cancerprone family to have survived it, and she is still battling. A teacher and educational consultant who reared four children and saw them through Yale and Wellesley, she has at times been homeless and dependent on her children and friends. She can’t get a full-time job but she earns about $16,000

a year teaching a class at Pulaski Technical College and tutoring adult illiterates and ACT test takers. She lost the insurance that paid for her treatment and scans and all that is available is the temporary Obamacare plan for people with pre-existing conditions. The premiums would be $15,000 a year and it would cover only 80 percent of costs if she could afford it. Graham spoke at a Capitol rally and legislative hearings, and several Republican legislators found Graham and her story compelling. Gracious, articulate and witty, she didn’t fit the taker and whiner model. She grew up in a Republican family and described most of her life as very comfortable, although misfortune and homelessness have made her a liberal Democrat. One who took an interest was Sen. Jason Rapert, the conservative firebrand whose attacks on Obamacare and the Muslim-loving president made national news. Rapert had not voted for the Medicaid implementation but he promised to vote for the critical appropriation bill and also to round up the last votes needed from hard-line Republicans. “He is not the monster they make him out to be,” Graham said. “I truly think God put Jason Rapert there to get this done.”

crat with TV ads blaming him for President Obama’s supposedly runaway spending. But more about that to come. Do I think Pryor’s vote against background checks was cowardly? I did then. However, Democrats like The Daily Beast’s Mike Tomasky, who cite polls showing strong majorities of Arkansans favoring universal background checks, may be overlooking the difference between a mild preference expressed to a telephone pollster and a conviction strong enough to hold against a barrage of paranoid NRA propaganda. Can a majority of Arkansans be convinced that bogeyman Obama is coming to confiscate their guns? I wouldn’t bet against it in Arkansas or any state it borders upon — Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee or even Missouri. Simply put, fear and loathing of President Obama has reached cult-like proportions across the region, and there’s little Mark Pryor can do about it before November 2014. Almost everywhere you go — dentists’ offices, auto dealers, fitness centers, airports — the waiting room TV is tuned to Fox News, and people are swallowing it whole. So more than a year early, Sen. Pryor has come out swinging against his dream opponent: Michael Bloomberg. Even though no Republican rival has yet declared, he’s begun airing a 30-second TV spot complaining that, “The mayor of New York City is running ads against me because I opposed President Obama’s gun control legislation.”

The commercial ends with the senator striking a belligerent pose: “No one from New York or Washington tells me what to do,” he growls. “I listen to Arkansas.” Take that, limousine liberals! As much as the vote, it was the impression of weakness that may have been Pryor’s greatest liability. Months of unanswered Club for Growth ads also didn’t help. Now the question is whether he can carry the fight to his presumptive, albeit undeclared, GOP opponent Rep. Tom Cotton, the favored candidate of the aforementioned Club for Greed. Also of GOP kingmaker Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, whose greatest hits as a political prognosticator include the Iraq War and Sarah Palin. The hand-picked selection, that is, of another passel of New York/Washington elitists. A superficially appealing candidate with impressive credentials, Cotton also appears to be a stone right-wing zealot who not only voted against federal disaster aid for storm victims, but recently proposed a law punishing relatives of lawbreakers — parents, siblings, aunts and uncles — for their transgressions. In a word, a crackpot. Basically, Pryor’s got to portray himself as an advocate of the Arkansas Way — a moderate Democrat like his father, former Sen. David Pryor, like Dale Bumpers, and Bill Clinton — a just-folks pragmatist beset by condescending outsiders, and one who’ll fight for you as hard as he fights for himself. A longshot? Definitely. But it’s been done before.

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Goodbye, Old Paint I’ve read that the abbreviation “GOP,” short for “Grand Old Party,” a nickname of the Republican Party, may be on the way out, some newspapers now banning it. (A fan of GOP says he’s heard that newspapers may be on the way out.) GOP has long been beloved of pundits and, especially, headline writers. It fits the available space better than “Republicans” or “Republican Party.” Though GOP’s been around a long time, some editors apparently are objecting that many readers don’t know what the letters stand for. That’s true, but then it’s always been true, and most people who read the kind of articles that use “GOP” learn pretty quickly who it refers to. William Safire is supposed to have said that he knew what a DVD was even though he didn’t know what the letters stood for. Part of the problem may be that there’s no comparable term for Democrats, although I’m pretty sure I’ve seen “Dems” in headlines, but that too wouldn’t be greatly missed. I never got in the habit of using GOP. I always thought it smacked of journalese; you never heard anybody say GOP on the street. Besides, the Republican Party is not particularly old, as political parties go — the Democratic Party is

much older — and I never found it particularly grand, though some of its members were. And it’s getting DOUG less grand every SMITH day. The party of Dwight Eisenhower seems noble by comparison. Apparently, “Grand Old Party” was first used in the 1880s by Republicanleaning newspapers, which most newspapers were (and are). I looked for some ringing quotation connected to it, something like “Give me the Grand Old Party or I’ll kick your butt. — James G. Blaine.” But I couldn’t find one. Lincoln was the first and last Republican who could say things worth remembering. “The motto for the Boy Scouts of America is ‘Be prepared.’ Because of incorrect information from The New York Times, the motto was incorrectly stated in an article Friday about the group’s decision to allow gay youths to participate in its activities.” It’s not “Take it easy”?


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ing storms caused widespread flash flooding. In Scott County, Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer Joel Campora were killed trying to rescue two women from their Y City home. They and the women died as the home collapsed from the water, a Game and Fish spokesman said. MARTHA SHOFFNER. The plan for the former state treasurer to plead guilty to a federal extortion charge fell apart when she wouldn’t admit to elements of the crime in questioning by federal Judge Leon Holmes. He refused to accept her guilty plea. LT. GOV. MARK DARR. The lieutenant governor tweeted a screen shot of a text exchange between him and his nephew during Times senior editor Max Brantley’s annual speech to Arkansas Boys State (see more on page 6), where Brantley outlined his progressive ideals. The tweet said, “Even my nephew at Arkansas Boys State knows crap when he hears it.” The accompanying screenshot included a text from Darr’s nephew that said, “Some flaming liberal is speaking right now and needs [sic] slapped,” followed by one, presumably from Darr, that said, “Do it.”


An impossible woman THE OBSERVER WAS IN SOUTH ARKANSAS for a funeral on Monday, that of Spouse’s Great-Aunt Edith, who had lived a good, long life before shuffling off her mortal coil in a nursing home down there. The Observer has fears, and one of them is living so long that all the people who really knew us have passed. That’s what apparently happened to this ol’ gal in large measure. After a life that was surely full of passion and anger and love and laughter, the most anyone could recall about her by the time the coffin was closed was that she was kind. There are worse things you could be recalled for than kindness, of course, but to The Observer, it was still a minor kind of tragedy. Monday found us in our Sunday best, sitting in a chapel before a coffin, listening to a preacher offer vague homilies because he’d only met the deceased twice in his life, and never for more than a few minutes. As The Observer later told Spouse and Junior: If it looks like that’s going to happen when we die, put some rocks in our pockets and dump us in the river. Because, The Observer warned, if we have to sit through listening to someone talk about how great a guy we probably were, we’re going to come back and haunt their asses. Unpacking once we got back to Little Rock, Spouse tossed her bag on the bed, and a pulp romance novel popped out, one of those numbers with a frilly-bodiced young lady and a shirtless hunk on the cover. “An Impossible Woman,” the title declared. Being a nosy sort and never knowing Spouse to indulge in flowery novels, The Observer couldn’t help but inquire. Spouse had gone with her sister and mother to the nursing home the night before the funeral to clear out her greataunt’s personal belongings. Beside the bed, “An Impossible Woman” was on the nightstand, half-finished. Spouse, a great lover of the written word herself, decided that it was too poetic to leave. While the rest of the books in the room were carted off for donation, this is the one she kept: an unfinished book with dog-eared corner, never to be completed by a woman who had lived so long that her past had drifted

right out from under her like smoke. And so, “An Impossible Woman” will go into our big bookshelves in the dining room, and there it will stay: Aunt Edith’s last book. Years from now, we will touch the spine sometimes while scanning the shelves for something else. We will see the title. We will remember the reader, and the story, and we will wonder what drew her to that particular book; whether she saw something of herself in it, or someone else, or someone she wished she could have been. And just for a second, while our fingers hover there, she’ll live again. OVER ON THE ARKANSAS BLOG, Yours Truly is helping ride herd over a new semi-regular feature called “L.R. Confidential.” The idea is simple: we give total anonymity to our fellow Arkansans so they can tell the truth about their lives that they would normally never tell. We interview them, type it all up, fold it together into a narrative in the style of our ol’ pal Studs Terkel, and then we’ll serve it sans byline. On deck this week: what it’s like to be a Hooters Girl, they of the skimpy orange shorts, tight T-shirts and Olympic-level wing deboning skill. Go check it out. It’s enlightening. There is power in anonymity as The Observer. Ours is a society that has enshrined the doctrine of free speech, but we are also a society that has enshrined the Binary Doctrines of Free Shame and Plentiful Repercussion. If you can think it, do it, speak it, work it, make your no-no places tingle with it, wear it or whisper it, chances are there is somebody, somewhere who thinks you’re a bad person for doing so. That said, we know that understanding is built around the bones of honesty. And so, as a public service, The Observer will extend the wide cloak of our anonymity, so that those souls in our society who could never tell the truth about their lives, their jobs, their kinks or their struggles can do just that. All we require is complete honesty. In exchange: confession, and as much absolution as we can offer. Interesting and interested? Drop us a line at the Arkansas Times (arktimes@

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Capitol Zoning nixes fence rule change Ah, the great fence debate. Remember Gabe Holmstrom, chief of staff for the state House of Representatives, wanted to build a fence around his Quapaw Quarter house. He found out — as a restorer of another graceful downtown renovation project had earlier — that rules for the Capitol Zoning District limit front yard fences to 40 inches. He wanted eight inches more, enough to keep his dog from escaping. But rather than seek a waiver (no certainty based on another restorer’s experience), he influenced legislative hardball. First, the budget of the Capitol Zoning District Commission, a state agency, got held up. Then Rep. Nate Bell offered legislation to abolish the Commission entirely. Ultimately, something of a compromise was reached. CZDC got its budget. The abolition bill died. The Commission held a hearing on changing the fence rule — to 48 inches for front yards and from six to eight feet for backyard fences. Arguments were heard, among them that, despite the 40-inch rule, all manner of larger unsightly fences existed in the district. But preservationists urged retention of the rule, which they said was in keeping with historic appearances. Various committees split on the issues. Last week, a climactic chapter in the story: The Capitol Zoning District Commission voted 9 to 0 not to change the fence rule. You have to wonder if buried in that unanimous vote was just a little bit of blowback at the political meddling that had occurred. Or maybe they merely were persuaded by the staff’s recommendation in favor of status quo. The question now is whether that vote is the final chapter. There’s another legislative session in January and state agency budgets will again be up for approval.

Polling tort reform The Times has reported that Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is polling members on their thoughts about an initiated constitutional amendment on “tort reform” since the Arkansas legislature failed to put one on the ballot. The measure would make it much harder to sue for damages and likely transfer important procedural control from the courts to the legislature. That way, meddling would be possible as needed should a plaintiff still manage to get lucky and win damage recovery now and then. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 10

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UNBOWED: Members of Gould Citizens Advisory Council at their first meeting after being banned from meeting by the Gould City Council in 2011.

Change from the ground up The Arkansas Public Policy Panel celebrates its 50th anniversary. BY DAVID RAMSEY


n the town of Gould just two years ago, most who surveyed the scene would conclude that the government was broken. Years of mismanagement in the town of 1,300, about 30 miles southeast of Pine Bluff, had led to a city bankruptcy and crippling IRS debt. Two of the City Council members were holding office illegally, and many citizens had lost faith in the democratic process. Irregularities at the ballot box included candidates and candidate family members literally looking over voters’ ballots at the polls. Things came to a head when the City Council passed an ordinance banning a civic group, the Gould Citizens Advisory Council (GCAC), from meeting in the city. Working with help from allies across the state, the GCAC fought back and eventually got the unconstitutional ordinance repealed and the ineligible City Council members removed. The

GCAC ran its own slate of candidates for the city council, and they won in a landslide last November. “It shows the power of the community getting together,” Curtis Mangrum, the GCAC chair said. This success story of local grassroots citizen advocacy was made possible in part by the community-organizing work of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, a non-profit social-justice organization in the state that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. (A celebration willbe held at Philander Smith College on Saturday evening, June 15. Tickets are available via the panel’s website.) The GCAC is one of many groups in Arkansas that have been nurtured and supported by the panel, which has been one of the state’s strongest voices for progressive causes both locally and at the state legislature. “For so long, we really were not

engaged,” Mangrum said. “With the help of the panel, we became educated on the political process. We didn’t know the power that we had.” The panel’s roots are humble — it began in 1963 when a diverse group of mothers of school-age children began travelling the state as the Panel of American Women. They held public discussions on desegregation and multiculturalism. The guiding principles of the panel’s work today can be seen in those early efforts, Executive Director Bill Kopsky said. Often facing hostile audiences, the women didn’t try to preach a political message; they focused on telling their personal stories and taking people’s questions seriously no matter where they came from. “It’s a lot easier to misunderstand someone who you don’t know,” Kopsky said. “So a big part of our strategy is to build relationships across lines of diversity.” In the 1970s, under the direction of Brownie Ledbetter, the panel began to implement programming in public schools and eventually broadened its focus beyond education to other justice and equity issues in state policy. (It changed its name to the Arkansas Public Policy Panel in 1987.) Its major focus by the 1980s was an effort at progressive tax reform. The panel received a grant to study the tax system in the state and it was brought on as a policy advisory arm of then-Gov. Bill Clinton’s commission on tax reform. But when the tax-reform effort collapsed under resistance from the business community, it “led to some soul searching on the panel,” Kopsky said. “The analysis was that we’d clearly demonstrated how wrong the tax system and other issues were. But being right is not always enough. What Arkansas really needed was more people involved in the process to move the kind of fairness and equity issues that we care about.” The panel began to transition from policy research toward a focus on community organizing and coalition building. These form the two main tracks of the panel’s work today: local organizing and advocating for progressive change in the state legislature via a broad statewide coalition known as the Citizens First Congress. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19





Q. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police may take DNA samples from persons arrested for serious crimes without having to get a court order, likening the DNA samples to fingerprints. May police personnel in Arkansas take DNA samples from persons arrested for serious crimes without a court order? A. Arkansas is one of 28 states that collects DNA samples for use in a forensic identification database, according to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. DNA is collected under the so-called “Juli’s Law,” enacted in 2009 and amended in 2011, which requires the police to take DNA samples at the time of detention from persons arrested for capital murder, murder in the first degree, kidnapping, rape or sexual assault in the first or second degree. The law was named for Juli Busken, a 21-year-old Benton native who was killed in 1996 and whose killer was apprehended as a result of a DNA match. The AG’s office joined every state AG in an amicus brief filed in support of the Supreme Court case decided Monday, Maryland v. King. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was among

the minority in the 5-4 vote, gave a scathing dissent from the bench, saying he fears police will begin to take DNA swabs for all arrests. “Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision,” he told the majority, “your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.” Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the State Police, said that agency is reviewing its policy, which now requires state troopers to get consent or a court order before taking a DNA sample, to see if it complies with state and federal law. Asked about LRPD policy on DNA swabs, Sgt. Cassandra Davis emailed the Times that “No one from the department is prepared to speak on this issue at this time.”

Q. Please tell me why this abandoned piece of junk — two pieces actually — from a storm gets to stay in the Little Maumelle/Arkansas River from a storm years ago? #too long # personal responsibility #eyesore. A. The two half-sunken houseboats in the Little Maumelle channel that you can see from the I-430 bridge — and, indeed, which are visible on Google Earth — get to stay there because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not been able to persuade the boat owners to move them. The Corps is hoping a civil prosecution might budge the boats. The houseboats, and other debris, washed out of their slips at the privately-owned Pinnacle Valley Marina on the Little Maumelle during the May 1, 2011, flood. The Corps of Engineers is not authorized to remove boats from the Arkansas River unless they are in the river’s navigation channel, and in fact did have to remove debris deposited just upstream of the

Murray Lock and Dam after that flood. The marina cleaned up the flood debris around its docks, but requires boat owners to have insurance to take care of sunken boats. The Corps, which got no response to letters to the boat owners instructing them to salvage the boats by a deadline last year, has referred its information to the federal Department of Justice. Federal law allows the Corps to withhold the names of the boat owners. If the DOJ take the boat owners to court, their names will be made public then. Should the boats get flushed into the navigation system, the Corps can haul them out.

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INSIDER, CONT. Want to take the chamber’s poll? Go to Should the link get disabled, we’ve posted a screenshot of the survey. It’s likely less about testing sentiment on tort reform — business is FOR — than about testing willingness to pay for the sure-to-be expensive campaign.

Yelp director: Tech park should be downtown

Local politicos will remember Luther Lowe, who was in town recently leading a social-media training session. The Fayetteville native worked for retired Gen. Wesley Clark and the state Democratic Party in the mid-aughts before taking a position in 2008 at Yelp, the online business directory and review platform. His current position is director of business outreach and public policy, which largely involves explaining what Yelp does to policymakers, Lowe said last week. He’s also working to convince government agencies to use Yelp as a platform for garnering feedback from the citizens it serves as well as figuring out different ways the company can use open government datasets. For instance, Yelp recently created an open-data standard for information on restaurant health-inspection scores (it’s currently only available in the San Francisco area). Lowe said the company was inspired by the geographic-information standards Google helped define with Google Maps. Lowe still keeps tabs on politics and tech in Arkansas. His take on the tech park? It should be downtown. “You imagine pitching to a company like Yelp or Twitter or any cool young tech company. They don’t want to be in a strip mall. They want to be somewhere with a sense of vibrancy, where you’re catering to a younger demographic and you’re flanked by a cool, hip scene.” Lowe thinks Arkansas has a natural predisposition to become a tech player. “If you look at innovative companies, it’s the Arkansas way. We’re independent, scrappy, innovative people. We have the DNA for tech entrepreneurship. Acxiom in downtown Little Rock is a great symbol of that. “I dream about coming back to Little Rock and poaching some guys from Acxiom and getting space in the LaHarpe building, getting a ping pong table and a keg and going for it.” When a reporter said that sort of impulse might be an argument against the tech-park vision, Lowe said he understood the vision was fairly undefined. Which is true. “What I’m imagining is an incubator,” he said. “That kind of tech park would be a definite magnet. Free rent and Internet — that’s huge.”

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City’s fears, grant process and attitude work against group houses for alcoholics, addicts. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


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sk former Chicagoan Mike Godfrey, 27, what Oxford House is and he’ll tell you it’s an organization that helped place him and five other men recovering from alcohol and substance abuse in a home where peer support keeps them sober, and that it’s working. Ask people who live near the rent house at 101 Plaza Drive just off Markham west of the Park Plaza Shopping Center that Godfrey and his roommates share what Oxford House is and they’ll say it’s an organization whose representatives were abrasive and told them only four men lived in the 1,780-square-foot house, which was not true. That they believe the men are being taken advantage of, since the six are paying $100 a week to live in a house that rents for $1,200 a month, twice as much as the rental fee and more if additional men move in. That their attempt to negotiate limits on the number of residents per house and houses per neighborhood was refused. Residents and members of the city Board of Directors alike are particularly unhappy with what they perceive as an arrogant attitude taken by persons linked to Oxford House Inc. — including Jack (known as “Daddy Jack”) Fryer of Little Rock, himself a recovering alcoholic who was incarcerated just under two years in the Department of Community Corrections for a series of DUIs — who have brought it to their attention that under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Little Rock can’t regulate Oxford Houses more strictly than it does other homes for the handicapped. Oxford House representatives have argued that they don’t even need to get a special-use permit

101 PLAZA DRIVE: The Oxford House in Plaza Heights, home to six men.

for the houses. Oxford House allies have said Little Rock could accommodate 30 or 40 such homes. That group homes housing felons and some who have mental illness as well as drug and alcohol addictions could multiply in middleclass neighborhoods has some city directors and residents worried. Yes, says Oxford House Inc. CEO Paul Molloy, “We’re arrogant.” But Molloy, who founded the 38-yearold non-profit headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., said in an interview with the Times, “We help people get clean and sober and help people stay clean and sober.” “Our hustle is not about money,” as some have suggested, Molloy says. “It saved my life.”



xford House Inc., which operates 1,607 transitional houses in 45 states, opened its first self-supporting recovery homes in Arkansas in 2010, including one at Brookside Drive and Markham Street in Little Rock. Little Rock’s second house — at 101 Plaza Drive — was chartered, in Oxford House parlance, in 2011. The houses flew mostly under the radar in Little Rock until last year. Several things changed in 2012: Neighbors became aware they were living next to group homes, though no special-use permits had been issued for them. At the same time, a member

of a state board that approves grants to providers of drug and alcohol abuse treatment began to question state officials why a grant to Oxford House Inc. had never come before it for approval. In March, Teresa Belew, a member of the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council of the Department of Human Services, learned that a $70,000 grant to Oxford House for December 2011 through June 2012 had been awarded. It “just showed up on the financial report,” Belew said. The grant was for an outreach worker to make the non-profit known to communities and potential referral sources and open five new recovery houses, three for men and two for women. The council knew the state was

that Oxford House Inc. was legally operating the group home, but the city required Fryer to seek a special-use permit for Brookside from the Planning Commission, which he did, successfully, in February 2012. The permit requirement troubled Jackson Longan, regional director of Oxford House based in Oklahoma. In January 2012, he wrote Julie Meyer, a policy analyst of the Division of Behavioral Health Services, that “In Little Rock, Jack Fryer and his board have been vital to the opening and sustaining of the two houses here. In fact, he and his team are very close to getting a third house (the first house in

cerns and the city’s reaction to being forced to allow the houses.



n an effort to smooth things over with the Plaza Heights neighborhood, since the group home at 101 Plaza was also operating without a permit, Fryer, local Oxford House lawyer Mike Shannon, then-outreach director Chris Hart and a DBHS staffer met with neighbors at the house in October 2012. It had been a year since the house had opened. Neighbors were unaware until then it was a group house and some were upset to learn about it. The reactions


working with Oxford House on a grant — Republican state Rep. John Burris of Harrison had been pushing for it since 2011 — but members expected it would be awarded in a competitive process. Instead, the grant was awarded as a sole-source. Belew began requesting information on the grant under the Freedom of Information Act, she said, after she could get no answers from the Division of Behavioral Health Services on how the grant was funded and what it paid for. Meanwhile, neighbors of the Oxford House rental at 102 Brookside Drive (which becomes John Barrow south of Markham) began to com-

102 BROOKSIDE DRIVE: The first Oxford House in Little Rock, opened in 2010, permitted in 2012.

plain to code enforcement about yard upkeep at the house. In a recent interview, Fryer said Oxford House Inc. employees “recommended” that he not apply for a permit when he opened the Brookside house in 2010. (Fryer was not an employee of Oxford House Inc. but was representing the homeowner, Sandy Rogers, incorporated as Arox LLC. However, he worked closely with Oxford House in their “propagation,” as the non-profit’s regional director put it in an email to DHS.) “Things went real well for about six months,” Fryer said, but then the code complaints began to come in, and he decided to meet with city Planning and Development Director Tony Bozynski. Bozynski, Fryer said, was “well aware”

Little Rock for women). The city of Little Rock is becoming a problem by requiring us to apply for a special use permit and I fear that if we cannot get the city to back down than [sic] we may have difficulties opening more houses in this area.” Despite Longan’s worries, an appeal filed by neighbors of the Brookside house to the City Board of the special-use permit failed. City Attorney Tom Carpenter cautioned directors that to deny the permit would violate federal law. But what was brewing for Oxford House expansion in Arkansas was a perfect storm, thanks to the way the state had handled the grant, the way individuals affiliated with Oxford House handled neighborhood con-

of some neighbors, said Plaza Heights crime watch coordinator Allen Klak, who attended the meeting, were almost “irrational.” But, he said, Fryer and Shannon were “aggressive” and “arrogant” in relaying to the neighborhood that nothing could prevent them from operating a group home there, and that the home could house felons convicted of any type of crime. Klak, a native of Poland who fought against Communism before moving to the United States 28 years ago, said he understood the federal-law protection of the recovery houses. “But you have to do something right for the people,” he said. He and others began to meet regularly about the Oxford House issue. Former state Rep. Kathy Webb, who served on the legislature’s Alcohol and Substance

Abuse task force for four years and who lives in Plaza Heights, got involved, and Scott Swanson of Harrison, an owner of Oxford Houses and a friend of Webb’s, also met with neighbors. There were older single women in the neighborhood, long-time residents, who were “terrified,” Klak said. But the group finally reached consensus that “we had to be civil” and work with Oxford House representatives to see if the number of residents, and houses as well, could be limited. Before the Nov. 29 meeting of the Planning Commission, when the Oxford House special-use permit application for the Plaza Drive house was scheduled to be heard, Webb thought she had worked out an agreement with Oxford House regional director Longan that the number of residents at the house would be limited to six and that no more than two houses would be opened in one neighborhood. Those were promises he could not keep, Longan later explained to Webb in an email. The Oxford House permit application said the house would house up to seven men at 101 Plaza. Longan contacted Webb the evening after the commission met. “I apologize, but I have made a decision to lower the bed count without approving it with the Oxford House central Office. Paul Molloy, our CEO, and Steve Polland, our lead attorney have informed me that the house charter will not be lowered to six and we can make no agreement to limit the number of houses we put into the neighborhood. ... I made a decision that was not mine to make and I did it in haste.” The neighborhood felt betrayed. Webb, who remains a supporter of the Oxford House model and says the need for such houses is significant, replied to Longan’s apology that “all the good will we worked so hard to develop is gone. No one in this neighborhood will trust anything anyone from OH says again. ... [T]hey feel like the folks at OH are a bunch of deceitful, ram-it-down the throats of whatever neighborhood they decide to enter.” Webb also complained in an email to Fryer that “several neighbors expressed a great deal of unhappiness about your behavior at the neighborhood meeting.”



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while drunk, and fellow alcoholics in a halfway house that went bust took over the lease so they could prolong the support that group living gave them. Molloy believed the self-governance was crucial to real recovery. That’s why Oxford Houses have no in-house supervisors. Residents run the houses democratically: There is a president, a treasurer, a comptroller and a chore coordinator. They hold regular meetings, and decide who may move in with them. They can also expel anyone who’s not abiding by house rules. Each house is chartered as an unincorporated association with its own bank account and tax ID number. Houses are expected to pay $50 a month to the home office, Oxford House Inc., to help the national organization with expenses. (The fee isn’t required, Molloy said, “but we put an Irish Catholic guilt trip on them” to pay it, and about one in four responds.) Dollars left over after rent and utilities are paid may be spent on items for the house like televisions or barbecue grills; the dollars stay with the house. Some 75 to 80 percent of the residents of Oxford Houses have done jail time, Molloy said. More than half, 63 percent, are homeless when they enter. Some suffer from mental illness as well as addiction. There are 10 Oxford Houses in Arkansas, located in middleclass neighborhoods convenient to public transportation and away from iffy areas where substance abuse is common. Oxford House Inc. is included on the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s list of “evidence-based” transitional facilities, and the only such SAMHSA-listed organization in Arkansas, which is why it earned a sole-source grant, DHS spokesperson Amy Webb said. Oxford House Inc. says 65 to 70 percent of the alumni of its self-help houses stay sober and substance-free and cites a two-year study in Illinois by DePaul University that found a relapse rate of 31 percent compared to 64 percent of persons who were treated as outpatients or through other means. All the Arkansas houses but the Little Rock houses are located in Northwest Arkansas. The first was a house at 1206 N. 25th St. (“Easy Street”) in Rogers, which opened April 1, 2010. There is another in Bentonville, one in Fayetteville, two in Harrison, and three in Springdale. (Molloy said that Walmart heiress Alice Walton, whose reported problems with alcohol include a DUI in 2011 and another several years ago in which a pedestrian was killed, was a supporter of the organization early on.)







FATHER’S DAY DONE HER RESEARCH: Alcohol and Drug Council member Teresa Belew’s questions put Oxford House grant in spotlight.



embers of the City Board of Directors have chafed at the federal Fair Housing Act regulation that defines recovering alcoholics and drug abusers as “handicapped” and says they may not be discriminated against, a law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995. City Attorney Tom Carpenter had to caution the board at its April 2 meeting that the city could be sued if it created special restrictions for Oxford Houses. The city requires only that group homes meet certain square footage requirements and obtain a special-use permit; up to eight non-related individuals may live in group homes. The caution came during board debate on a resolution to rescind the Planning Commission’s approval of a

special-use permit for the house on Plaza Drive. Ward 5 Director Lance Hines took Mike Shannon, a lawyer who spoke on behalf of Oxford House, to task, saying the group was trying to “bulldoze” its way into the neighborhood. Hines said the federal law was a “perversion” that needed changing and went so far as to mention that he’d been reading up on nullification (a tactic states have attempted, always unsuccessfully, to override federal laws). Among those speaking against the permit were Klak, who appealed the permit, approved by the Planning Commission in January, and Jeanette Krohn. Krohn noted that the Plaza Heights neighborhood did not object to a “legitimate” substance abuse recovery location, one that would include supervision and recovery programming. She said the neighborhood had “negotiated” a fair agreement CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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with representatives of the non-profit that the number of residents would be limited and had no objections to the four residents she believed were then living in the house. She noted that the house on Plaza Drive had been bought out of foreclosure for $60,000 and that the requirement that each resident “fork over” $100 a week in rent meant that Oxford House was a not a charity, “but a money-making bonanza” for the owners. Krohn also asked what was to prevent Oxford House from “jamming in 15, 20 or even more residents” if the city accepted the premise that the Fair Housing Act shields the organization from city regulation and expressed concern about where a felon ejected from the house would go. (Little Rock code does not limit the number of handicapped residents in a group home except by square footage requirements per person.) Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council member Belew also spoke, telling the board she’d done “a great deal of research” on Oxford House and said the city should be aware that one of the goals of Oxford House is to create new Oxford Houses, and that under the non-profit’s rules, any two Oxford House residents may start another. “It feels like kudzu,” she said. (Fryer has said the city could accommodate 30 to 40 Oxford Houses. He may have been speaking of the Central Arkansas area. CEO Molloy said it is a “rule of thumb” that it takes a population of 20,000 to support one house, so strictly speaking Little Rock, which has a population just under 200,000, could support 10 Oxford Houses.) Plaza house resident Godfrey defended the house and its residents, telling the board that what it was hearing was “way off what I’m living in my life. ... My recovery is based on my roommates who’ll kick me out” if he breaks house rules, he told the board. Godfrey acknowledged that two of the six in the house were convicted felons, but said the house would not tolerate bad behavior. He said the board had already voted out “one bad seed who was bringing the house down.” Directors, most acknowledging they risked being sued if they were to overturn the Planning Commission’s permit approval, denied the resolution to rescind the permit by a vote of 7 present to 2 for. Only Hines and Fortson voted to rescind. Had the directors voted to rescind the permit, the city could have found itself in the same boat as Jonesboro, which in 2011 lost a federal court case after it denied an application to house eight handicapped children and two house

parents in a group home. It cost the city $90,000. Oxford House has also won cases contesting where the homes could locate and how many the houses could accommodate in Washington state and Connecticut. In an interview, City Director Dean Kumpuris said his “issue” with Oxford Houses is the lack of balance. “It is skewed in a way where neighbors don’t have any input at all. ... It’s an issue of fairness.” The other issue, he said, is “whether the state ought to be [funding] it ... taking taxpayer dollars to put people in neighborhoods” where taxpayers may not want them. “The neighborhoods and the individuals have no way of participating in the decision on the location. That’s the hardest part of the whole thing.” Oxford House finally made a concession to the neighbors of the Plaza Drive house, withdrawing its plan to open a third house a block away at 6800 W. Markham, though not until March. It was to have been for women. Outreach director Randy Baxter and Longan were not allowed to speak with the Times for this story. CEO Molloy was surprised to learn from this reporter that the 6800 W. Markham house was no longer in the picture. “My general position is we don’t back away,” he said.



he state, however, has backed away from Oxford House. At its April meeting, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council voted to not contract with the non-profit in the 2014 fiscal year. It directed that a request for applications or proposals for recovery houses be drawn up by DBHS so other agencies that offer transitional services could get a shot at a contract. The council voted after member Frank Vega, director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention at DHS, told it that “the division may not have followed correct procedure in issuing the subgrant.” The grants were administered under former DBHS director Jennifer Gallaher, an early supporter of Oxford House. DHS spokesperson Webb said Vega was referring to the fact that the grants for Oxford House outreach never went before the council, since Gallaher did not believe a grant for recovery services would be required to. DHS lawyers, however, informed Gallaher that it should have. Even staffers were in the dark about some aspects of the Oxford House grant — especially its funding. There were repeated questions by staff on where the


KLAK: Plaza Heights resident appealed special use permit.

money for the grants — termed subgrants and written by staff for the non-profit — would come from. Oxford House itself assumed the grants were “pre-approved.” Swanson, of Harrison, complained to program advisor Julie Meyer in November 2011 that the “old director” of DBHS — Joe Hill — “was told to find the $$$ to fund it — he did not do that and now it has been almost a year since this was approved.” If any grant was approved in 2010, it was in theory only. In response to a Dec. 6 request for a purchase-order number for the grant, which had officially begun Dec. 1, fiscal support supervisor Earlene Buchanan asked program coordinator Tim Bodisbaugh, “Are you sure? No funds!” In March 2012, program advisor Meyer emailed Gallaher saying, “There’s no money for Oxford House!” (She was likely referring to the subgrant that the division planned to award Oxford House for the 2013 fiscal year starting July 2012.) Gallaher responded that DBHS “may have to cut contracts in other areas” to pay for the grant. “Gonna sting a little,” she said. On March 12, 2012, Rose Jones, assistant chief fiscal officer, emailed DHBS’ Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Director Ann Brown that the $70,000 for Oxford House would be transferred from ADAP (OADAP, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention) administration to make up for a deficit in state general revenue obligations. “If the desire is to continue funding this organization, we need to look at reallocating current contracts to include any obligation to Oxford House.” Right up until the issuing of the 2013 grant — which was for $70,000 to be paid over 11 months starting July 1, 2012 — Meyer was concerned about funding, writing Oxford House regional director Longan that “the tricky part is figuring out how to fund it. Not likely by July 1.”

Amy Webb said that because there was no legislation allocating money for Oxford House and no line item in the DBHS budget for “recovery services,” the division funded the grants from state general revenues and shifted dollars from OADAP to its budget because “that office was being disbanded and reorganized ... it was a natural place to get the funds.” No other contracts were cut. Council member Belew also questioned why Oxford House was receiving $10,000 a month under the 2012 grant without producing documents supporting their expenses. Reply: The terms of the subgrant did not require the grantee to provide them. Invoices from Oxford House Inc. from December 2011 to April 2012 provided to the Times under the state Freedom of Information law show that the outreach grant was paying for consultation with the central office in Maryland, a percentage of “office time” for handling insurance and government withholding, “overhead” costs, travel for office staff, and a portion of office expenses along with the salary of the outreach worker. Webb said it was not uncommon for grants to be apportioned in that manner, though council member Belew questioned that. Longan, invited to address the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Coordinating Council in April just 48 hours before it met, said that Oxford House had hired a new outreach director because the non-profit had “started out pretty slow” in meeting its goal of opening five new houses. He said the permit issue in Little Rock was a “challenge,” and said Oxford House was “parting ways” with Fryer, whose attitude he described as “very in-your-face,” a “strong-arm mentality” that “created a wedge” with the community. Longan said there was new momentum, with investors calling to open new

houses in Springdale, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Conway, Hot Springs, Fort Smith and Texarkana. He conceded a dip in the “success rate” to 75 percent. Under questioning, he said that people who leave Oxford Houses voluntarily are considered successes, though they aren’t tracked by the non-profit. Longan said he and outreach director Baxter were “unaware” of troubles with the contract and were suffering the “negative consequences” from it. He warned that Oxford House would lose “quality control if we lose this funding,” and said that in Missouri, 15 percent of their houses had to shut when there was no outreach director to maintain quality control. Belew, who has collected piles of documents on Oxford House, had harsh words for Longan, who she called “disingenuous.” She said the Plaza Heights neighborhood had been treated poorly, that it had tried to reach an accommodation with Oxford House for four residents rather than fighting them altogether. “I make a motion they not be funded another nickel, not one more dime,” Belew said. The council voted unanimously to draw up a contract for recovery services that clearly stated what the grantee was expected to deliver and develop a request for proposals. The agency does not expect to be able to grant any awards for recovery until Jan. 1, 2014. “That is all I have ever asked for, is a fair shot” for other providers, Belew said. “We’re going to follow the rules and we’re going to do it right,” Vega told the council. “And if I say something about the rules and say we’re going to follow the rules and it offends you I’m sorry. I don’t look good in orange.”



odfrey was writing in his journal in tiny, neat handwriting when a reporter called at 101 Plaza Drive a couple of weeks ago. He invited the reporter in to see the house, with its recently mopped kitchen floor and minimum of clutter. He declined to be interviewed, but commented, “We’re just like anybody else,” and said he would ask folks, what if your sons needed help? He said he was glad he was not “in the ghetto,” with all its temptations, trying to recover. He also said a friend in Chicago had called, wanting him to come back and work in a restaurant there, but he was going to decline. “I need to get more firmly grounded.” Outreach director Baxter also took a call, but declined comment, except to say “I hope things work out for Arkansas.”

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CHANGE FROM GROUND UP, CONT. On the local track, the panel has evolved from focusing on particular issues to a “place-based model” that aims to empower sustainable local community groups that are engaged with the political process and involved in local government. “Our organizing model is getting as many people around the table as possible from all parts of the community,” Organizing Director Bernadette Devone said. “We want a shared vision in that community, and then we begin to help them develop leadership skills through a strategic planning process where they are working together to come up with an action plan. The main goal in that process is to allow people to develop their voice, become more engaged and civicminded, and to begin to start addressing the issues that are plaguing their cities.” The panel offers resources and training, support staff, and access to a network of allies across the state, but Devone and Kopsky stressed that the process is driven from the ground up in the communities they work in. “Our organizers, we are not the leaders, we are the people that assist the local leaders in getting things done,” Devone said. “We come in and educate them about the political process. Once we’ve done that, we stand back and let it roll.” “The panel helped us get organized,” said Joe Britton, chair of the Concerned Citizens of Monticello, which formed several years ago with help from the panel. “Our elected officials were making decisions on our behalf without consulting us.” CCM members organized the first open candidate forums the community had ever had, started a newsletter, and began attending local city council and school board meetings. Britton has already seen a change. Their representatives in local government are “more responsive to us,” he said. “It’s different when you go as one person, but when you go as a collective group, it makes them pay attention.” Groups like CCM and GCAC in Gould aren’t just working for change locally, they’re also active at the state General Assembly during the legislative session. “Once we get people involved at the local level, the next step is to go to the Capitol and work to get some bills and legislation passed that benefits our community,” GCAC chair Curtis Mangrum said. GCAC was a key driver in getting laws passed to double the number of statewide election monitors and mandate training for all poll workers. The panel started the Citizens First Congress 15 years ago to work on pro-

gressive issues at the state legislature. The coalition now includes more than 50 advocacy groups, both local organizations like those in Monticello and Gould as well as larger statewide groups like the Arkansas Education Association. Prior to each legislative session, representatives from member groups meet to choose an agenda focusing on key priorities and pool resources during the session to advance that agenda. “The beauty of the Congress is getting folks that are stepping outside of their individual interests and seeing the connection and realization that their issues are my issues and my issues are their issues,” CFC Co-Chair Mark Robertson said. Robertson’s focus is energy efficiency, and he helped educate members in the southeastern part of the state on energy issues at a regional caucus meeting in the Delta. Having advocates from all over the state, and from groups normally focused on other issues, was key to the CFC’s success in getting energyefficiency bills passed this session, he said. “From an elected official’s perspective, any time they can see a broad base of support or opposition on an issue coming from a diverse group, that adds a lot of credibility and clout.” Interns from the panel read every bill during the session, both to help the CFC take positions and form action plans, but also to take a watchdog role during the session. “Part of our goal is to share that information with the public through Facebook, through our website, through email,” Kopsky said, noting that thousands of bills are filed over the course of several months and it’s nearly impossible to follow for citizens at home. “We want to make it easier for the public to be involved.” That means keeping people engaged through bulletins during the session and a post-session scorecard, and also bringing hundreds of people to the Capitol to participate in the state political process for the first time each session. Through trial and error, the panel’s strategy has changed a lot in the last 50 years, but “a commitment to diverse folks working together to make this state better is still paramount,” Kopsky said. He acknowledges the challenges for a progressive group working in an increasingly conservative state but notes that the panel has a long history of tenacity. “I think this past legislative session just confirmed to us more than ever that having engaged grassroots community folks is the only way you can make progress in this political climate,” he said. “We’re going to continue to deepen and expand.”

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A Natural State of Mind

30 Years of Improving Ark ansas’s Health In 1983, among the hundreds of pines and oaks that adorn the mountainside area that sits between Interstates 40 and 430 near Maumelle, a commitment to the health of Arkansans was begun. On this 18-acre wooded area, The BridgeWay Hospital opened to its first patients. Through the beauty of the natural surroundings and the caring approach of its first physicians, nurses and staff, The BridgeWay began a compassionate focus to improve the mental and behavioral health of children, adolescents and adults. It has been a journey that has continued for 30 years.


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presence in Arkansas and

beyond, it is almost certain you, your

family or your co-workers know something about The BridgeWay. By employing or teaching thousands of Arkansans who work in fields of




substance abuse and social work, it is possible someone you know has worked or served at The BridgeWay. And through the treatment of thousands of people since 1983, it is highly likely that you know someone who has a natural connection with The BridgeWay.



Kristin As she caught glimpse of the sunlight filtered through the hundreds of trees that line the hills at The BridgeWay Hospital, Kristin quickly realized this place was like none she had seen before. The area’s serenity and charm left Kristin with a profound impression of hope. “It was beautiful there,” Kristin said, now eight years after her stay. “I did not know what to expect, but being nestled in the woods gave all of us a sense of peace, even though many of us lived just a few miles away.” She is quick to tell you the comfort of the environment and the profound sense of security she felt those first

In addition to being knowledgeable and experienced, employees are both passionate and compassionate in providing care for patients.

moments after she arrived were the reasons she initially decided to stay. Kristin, who took her first drink of alcohol at age 9, suffered with alcoholism for nearly 20 years. In high school, she had placed her faith in herself, in others, and finally, in no one. During her first year in college, Kristin drank so much that

The BridgeWay is led by the best and brightest minds in behavioral health care, including board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, mobile assessors, addiction counselors, registered Each patient receives a full medical history nurses and certified recreational therapists. and physical by some of the leading boardcertified medical internists in the state.

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she would miss days of classes, but never a party. She was depressed, but did not know it. She was hurting, but would not admit it. And she was slowly dying from alcoholism, but she did not seem to care. Kristin, like many of those who suffer from addictions, tried to “recover” before and failed. But on this early summer morning, Kristin had made a decision to give recovery a chance once again — this time at The BridgeWay. Looking back, she is thankful that she did.

Commonness of Chemical Abuse According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, there are 1.8 million annual admissions to treatment for the abuse of alcohol and drugs in the U.S.

Before arriving at The BridgeWay, Kristin was scared she wouldn’t make it through the recovery process again. Since her last try at recovery, she had given birth to a beautiful baby girl, and she wanted to get better for her little one. She had something to live for and so much to prove. Kristin simply needed the right place to get her on the path to recovery. After what she calls a “long night of staring at the phone,” Kristin found the strength to call The BridgeWay at 3:30 a.m. “I thought I would leave a message, but someone was there to answer the phone to help me,” she said. During her groups, Kristin opened up about her multiple relapses and difficult challenges with alcoholism. She admitted her self-pro-


claimed “love for the drink” damaged almost every relationship she ever had. Her friends — even those who once went drinking with her — stopped answering her calls. Her siblings scheduled holiday events around Kristin so their children wouldn’t see her drinking. And her parents, who once drove 225 miles to bail Kristin out of jail after a DUI, told her they could no longer support her. Kristin attended groups focused on the 12 steps of recovery at The BridgeWay. She attended AA groups, both on campus and off, as part of the structured program. With the help of The BridgeWay’s physician (a certified addictionologist), therapists and nurses, Kristin fought her addiction through a proven rehabilitation process. She met others in the program who faced similar addictions and found support through them. Although she still sometimes has the urge to drink again, she has remained sober for eight years. The reputation of The BridgeWay as a leader in substance abuse treatment provided Kristin with the confidence that she made the right choice to remain sober for these eight years. Today, Kristin is an administrative assistant and active at her daughter’s school. She re-married three years ago and volunteers in her church and with various organizations dedicated to helping others with addictions. When you ask Kristin about her time at The BridgeWay, you can see the emotion as her eyes well with tears. She breathed deeply to gain her composure and said, “The BridgeWay saved my life! When no one else cared, they cared enough to save me!”

Chemical Dependency Programs Inpatient Treatment for Addictive Diseases. Serving adults ages 18 and older who are struggling with emotional difficulties and substance abuse. Based upon the 12-step program, the goals of the program are to educate the patients in the disease concept of chemical dependency and develop an understanding of their decision-making skills and relapse prevention so they lead productive lives within their communities. Services of this program include medical detoxification, crisis stabilization, extended rehabilitation or treatment for dual diagnosis. Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Addictive Diseases. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for addictive diseases provides an intensive educational and therapeutic option for treating chemical dependency for adults ages 18 and older. The goal of the 12-week program is to assist people in addressing the day-to-day problems associated with substance abuse, including alcohol, prescription medication and other drugs. With day and evening options, the program is designed to minimize the disruption at work and home while supporting the person’s needs for comprehensive treatment in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Patient-centered and family- For children and adolescents, focused visitation is available an outdoor playground features several times each week. slides, monkey bars and climbing areas, a basketball court, and Patients enjoy picturesque benches and tables for leisure time. views along hiking trails as they take steps toward healthier lives.

A full-size gymnasium is located on The BridgeWay campus for patients of all ages to engage in basketball, volleyball and other activities.

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Navigating Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy and activity levels that affect a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks, and according to NIMH, 82.9 percent of adult cases are classified as severe. ened. He was eating only every other day and would stay awake for days on end. And then one day, he simply walked away from his home without warning, without reason and without any plan at all.

his monthly disability check. But adjusting to independent living proved difficult for Robert and he began to stop taking his medications regularly. After just a few weeks of living on his own, Robert’s manic episodes height-

Embarrassed, scared and confused, Adult Suicide Rates Robert managed to cooperate with Are Soaring the staff who helped him that afternoon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide “I didn’t always look like this, you rate among middle-aged Americans know,” he mumbled as he pulled on rose 28 percent in a decade, and the holes in his weathered jacket. these deaths are preventable through awareness and intervention. “I didn’t always look like this either,” said the intake worker, pointing to her own graying hair. Robert paused and Robert exhibited symptoms of his let out a massive sigh. It was in that chronic condition a few years after moment that Robert and his brother his initial visit and was readmitted (as he would later confess) felt sure for a few days to stabilize his medicaThe BridgeWay would be able to help. tions again. He continues to live in the group home and visits with his family, When he arrived at The BridgeWay, who come to see him every other week. Robert’s mood shifted from mania Robert knows that there is no cure for to depression. For the first two days his bipolar disorder. But thanks to his of his stay, Robert was unwilling to treatment at The BridgeWay, he now participate in the group activities, knows how to successfully function in but did visit with his psychiatrist and life with the diagnosis, how to monitherapist. He expressed to his thera- tor his medications before there is a pist, and then later in group, that he problem and how to speak to his famwas disappointed in himself and wor- ily when he needs them. Thanks to his ried he couldn’t tell his brother living relationship with The BridgeWay, he alone was not what he wanted to do. knows there is a special place that can help him if he ever needs to ask. “Besides, what kind of person doesn’t want to live on their own,” he said in his group session one afternoon.

Located within CedarStone, the original building of The BridgeWay, the lobby features a breathtaking view of the Ouachita Mountains’ foothills.

In addition to a panoramic view, The BridgeWay’s café provides healthy home-style cooking prepared under the supervision of a licensed dietician.

Robert “I don’t want to live anymore” were the first words Robert uttered to intake staff upon his arrival at The BridgeWay. He was brought to The BridgeWay on a Saturday afternoon by his brother after an intense three-day search that involved dozens of family, friends and law enforcement personnel. Robert was sleeping under a bridge earlier that day and did not even know his own name when the police found him. Robert, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his early 20s, was attempting to live on his own for the first time in nearly 10 years. His brother and sister helped him with his dayto-day living arrangements and with



Robert’s medications were restarted and he began to feel better rather quickly. He served as a leader in group sessions, and candidly expressed his fears of living alone to his brother in a family session alongside his therapist. At visitation later in the week, his brother noted that Robert smiled for the first time in months. He knew Robert’s appetite was back when he couldn’t stop talking about the fried chicken and homemade rolls he had eaten for dinner in the hospital’s café. And he knew the group living facility The BridgeWay staff helped him find would be both structured and close to home.

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Jack Still wearing his suit and tie from work, Jack, a 40-something father of four, arrived at The BridgeWay full of anxiety, drenched in hopelessness and carrying a handful of pain pills he had taken from his wife’s side of the medicine cabinet. Jack was clutching the pills so hard that his knuckles were turning white. He was shaking as if he was freezing, even though it was 80 degrees outside. “Let me put those away for you, Jack,” said a polite voice sitting across the table from him. As Jack handed the pills over to the nurse, he said, “I want those back. My wife may need them.” Jack didn’t realize he had nearly committed suicide just a few hours before he arrived at The BridgeWay. But that was Jack — always worried more about everyone else in his life than his own. It was what he did best, but it had finally taken its toll on his emotional and physical health. Jack was overrun with emotional thoughts he had never experienced before. In addition to the shaking, Jack had a terrible headache and he could not remember most of the day.

“How did I get here?” he asked his psychiatrist. It was then that Jack was told how his teenage son found him inside the garage slumped over in his car. Jack was breathing, but was almost unconscious. And he was mumbling, “I don’t want to do it anymore.” Being the business and operations manager for a large corporation is a tough job. Jack worked hard for the past decade to finally receive that promotion. It required long hours at work, a longer commute and much more responsibility. Over time, Jack had trouble balancing home life with work.

The residential treatment center for adolescents is unique in that the setting is small to allow for greater individual attention.

For the young and young at heart, patients participate in groups focused on arts, crafts, exercises and other recreational activities.

One of Arkansas’s longestrunning Alcoholic Anonymous groups meets on The BridgeWay campus each week.

While at The BridgeWay, children and adolescents are encouraged to continue their studies though an award-winning school certified by the Arkansas Department of Education.

his long strolls during the fresh air breaks and the breakfast, lunch and Depression Difficulties dinner breaks off the unit in the café. His therapist spoke extensively with More than being sad, major Jack’s family about ways they could depressive disorder is one of the help him cope with stress, and Jack most common mental disorders in even opened up to them about how the United States, and 30.4 percent he needed to take some time for of adult and 5 percent of children himself once in a while. To alleviate and adolescents cases are considered his worry over his career, Jack’s psysevere, according to NIMH. chiatrist wrote a profound letter to his boss explaining how Jack could “Just choosing the tie I wanted to continue to be a great employee. wear every day was stressful to me,” Jack said. “Everything I did at home Jack’s life was still busy when he was and at work was scrutinized. ‘Go discharged from The BridgeWay. His here,’ ‘do this,’ ‘finish that,’ was all job was still stressful and he still I ever remember hearing. And then worried about his wife and children. I just didn’t want to hear anything!” But Jack had learned something new. He learned it was all right to be vulWhen Jack was admitted to The nerable, because all of us have vulBridgeWay, he recalled how the emo- nerabilities. Many of the people he tional roller coaster escalated. He met while a patient at The Bridgementioned on more than one occa- Way — some of whom he still speaks sion how he felt embarrassed about to — carried many of the same burhaving to stay in the hospital. He dens he carried. He learned that inwent through bouts of anger, express- stead of piling on the stressors, it ing how he thought it was “unfair” to was acceptable — and healthy — to leave his family who needed him. He ask for help. experienced worry over losing his job and his family because of the stigma “The BridgeWay knows how to do it this might leave behind. Most of all, right,” Jack said. “They take you in, he was saddened that his young son no matter what you did or where you found him in such a bad place. came from, and allow you to make the experience your very own. When After a few days in the program at I look at my family, I know that life The BridgeWay, Jack learned how is worth living because my doctors, to relax and cope better with stress. nurses and therapists at The BridgeHe learned, through group therapy Way helped me to understand that.” sessions, how to better express himself and ask for help. Jack enjoyed

Adult Inpatient/Outpatient Programs Inpatient Services for Adults. The BridgeWay offers two inpatient programs that serve adults ages 18 and older. While one program treats chronic mental health issues, the other treats acute mental health issues. Although each program is highly specialized and short-term, the goals are to stabilize the adult’s behavior so they may return home and lead fruitful lives. ECT Services for Adults. While 60 percent of those who are severely depressed improve with medication and therapy, 90 percent improve with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Available to adults age 18 and older, The BridgeWay offers ECT as a form of treatment for major depression as well as other issues. ECT has been found to decrease and relieve depression among adults. ECT is available on an inpatient or outpatient basis under the close supervision of an experienced psychiatrist.

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When Davis’ hometown therapist called The BridgeWay during her session with him, she was concerned for his well-being and safety. Earlier that day, Davis told his best friend he should find some other people to “hang out with” in case he was no longer around. He was depressed to the point of hopelessness, but no one — including Davis — really noticed. Davis recently stopped attending baseball practices and gave up on his grades by ignoring homework assignments and staying home on test days. When Davis decided to skip class one afternoon, he was found at a local pool hall smoking cigarettes and trying to buy alcohol.

Davis Davis was like many other adolescents his age. He enjoyed sports, liked video games and loved junk food. He was a slender 14-year-old who wanted to be what every other youngster that age wants to be: grown up! Davis had always been “high-strung” according to his mother — a young single mom with three other children to care for. But Davis was behaving much differently than he had in the past and it was clear he needed help.

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Many of Arkansas’s best psychiatrists, nurses and therapists began their careers at The BridgeWay and continue to support the education of students and interns who are entering the health care field.

When Davis arrived at The BridgeWay for an assessment, he became extremely agitated with his mother, whom he felt had betrayed him. As a result, he smashed his fist through his mother’s car window and yelled obscenities at everyone within yards of him. His aggressiveness continued even when he saw his baby sister, whom he adored.

Early Intervention is Essential Research from the National Institute of Mental Health (MINH) shows that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. “Stop crying! Stop crying, you big baby,” he said to her over and over. Davis’ depression was masked by aggression, which is common in many adolescents struggling with the burdens of being a teenager.

Consistently reinvesting in the community, The BridgeWay provides training to the MidSouth School, associated with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; the Behavioral Health Institute and Arkansas Department of Health and Human For health care professionals, The Services, as well as other entities. BridgeWay offers a quarterly Lunch and Learn series.

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Anxiety Awareness Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations, yet according to the NIMH, 28 percent of adult and 5.9 percent of adolescent cases reflect severe anxiety. Within minutes of his outburst, a team of BridgeWay staff members arrived from all over the hospital to aid in Davis’ care. “They came from everywhere,” Davis recalled. “But it was clear they came to help me.” Davis calmed down while visiting with the admissions staff, and began to discuss how he felt. “I’m so scared,” Davis told them. The admissions staff walked with Davis and his mother to the unit and allowed him some time to visit with his family before finding his room. Upon entering the unit, Davis quickly noticed the space’s bright colors and openness. His room was painted with a purple accent wall, which he would later tell his nurse was his favorite color. The window to his room allowed plenty of light in and the group room had a large television and DVDs. Davis was able to stay on top of his coursework through the school located on The BridgeWay campus, and told his BridgeWay teachers he really wanted to get back to making good grades. He loved the recreational therapy groups offered in the afternoon and even participated in art classes offered as part of the education program. In a short time, Davis began to feel more “at


home,” and his mood and appearance stabilized. A few days after Davis’ discharge, his mother called to thank the staff for their work with Davis. “I just didn’t see he was struggling so much. That was not the Davis I knew,” his mother said through her tears. “But I just kept hearing from the staff at The BridgeWay that we would all help Davis together. And you did that very well.” Davis completed school that year on the honor roll and played second base for his baseball team. Through the support of his family, he remained on the medications he started while at The BridgeWay and continued therapy once a week. Davis went on to graduate from high school in 2009 and is currently in college working on his degree in psychology. “I want to help others who have some of the same struggles I faced a few years ago,” Davis said. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll come work for The BridgeWay one day.”

Children & Adolescent Programs Teen Suicide Ranked as the third leading cause of death among teens, suicide claims the lives of about 1,800 young people under the age of 20 annually, and these deaths are preventable through awareness and intervention, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Bridges. An outpatient program serving children and adolescents, ages 4- 21, and their families who are experiencing an acute crisis. The goal of this program is to assist in stabilizing the child’s or adolescent’s behavior so they may transition to more traditional outpatient services and, whenever possible, keep the family intact. Inpatient Treatment for Children. For children ages 4-12 struggling with behavioral issues, The BridgeWay offers acute inpatient services set within a safe and structured environment. The goal of the program is to stabilize the child’s behavior while involving the family so they may grow and rejoin their family or caregivers.

In order to develop a patient-centered treatment plan and assist with discharge planning, The BridgeWay partners with Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, hospitals, mental health centers and The Wolfe Street Foundation, among others. So that employees are equipped with the latest trends in health care, The BridgeWay works closely with the Arkansas Hospital Association, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Inpatient Treatment for Adolescents. Adolescents, ages 13-17, experiencing emotional difficulties may benefit from round-the-clock inpatient care. Program goals include working with the family in order to stabilize the adolescent’s behavior so they may return to home and school. Transitional Treatment for Adolescents. For adolescents ages 12-17 who are struggling with chronic issues, The BridgeWay offers the Transitional Program designed to explore and process underlying issues so they may return to their family or caregivers within a period of three to six months. The program is based upon developing, nurturing and sustaining four core traits among residents: introspection, making gains, goal-oriented and success-driven.

Whether it’s the iconic cedar and rock building affectionately referred to as CedarStone or the 540-foot outdoor breezeway that connects the hospital, The BridgeWay is as naturally beautiful today as it was 30 years ago. Three years of renovations have further enhanced the natural beauty of the surroundings. From the new windows and bathrooms in every patient room to the newly designed and welcoming lobby to the new furniture, there is sense of connection to help get patients on the path to recovery. But amidst all the renovations, two things remain the same: the serenity and charm of the landscape and the quality treatment provided to patients from all walks of life.

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As we acknowledge our 30th year of service to Arkansans, we look forward to continuing to provide quality care to the families of our state.‌it is a natural state of mind. Jason Miller, Chief Operating Officer

As a society we know more about our mental health than we have at any other time in our lives. As informed citizens we better understand addictions, depression and behavioral disorders. In the health care community, we now know treatments that work and behavioral health programs that make a major impact on the well-being of a person. We are better at being patients and thus no longer settle for mediocrity. And, as active participants in our health, we easily recognize The BridgeWay Hosptial as a place that stands alone as a behavioral health care pioneer in the state of Arkansas. For 30 years, The BridgeWay has touched the lives of many. For patients like Kristin, Robert, Davis and Jack, The BridgeWay provided professional treatment for addiction, depression, aggression, anxiety and serious mental illness. For countless families, The BridgeWay has connected them with services to help their loved ones reconnect with their lives. For the hundreds of professionals who have referred a patient, The BridgeWay

continues to provide them with a helping hand 24 hours a day. For the thousands of people who will need quality behavorial health care in the future, The BridgeWay serves as a natural choice for a compreshensive approach nestled just inside the wooded hills of Central Arkansas. The BridgeWay will find a way to connect with you and get you on the path to recovery. For Arkansans, it has been a natural state of mind for 30 years.

To learn more about the programs and services provided by The BridgeWay, call 1-800-245-0011 or visit

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PUPPET POWER: The cast of “Avenue Q.”

creating a community and helping each other through this crazy time called ‘after college’ when you’re trying to find yourself and deciding what your purpose is.” Without giving away too much, the storyline centers on a recent English grad named Princeton. He needs to find an apartment in the city. He starts looking at Avenue A, but can’t find anything he can afford until he works his way down to Avenue Q, which looks like a neglected version of Sesame Street, Harper said. Princeton finds a love interest in Kate Monster, but, as so often happens in real life, things get complicated. Other characters of note: Rod the (per-



t’s no overstatement to say that “Avenue Q” — one of the biggest musical hits in decades — is one the most highly anticipated shows of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s current season. The musical, which opened on Broadway in March 2003, ran for more than six years and 2,500 performances. It won three Tony Awards in 2004 (out of six nominations), for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. Critics and audiences raved, and the show went on to gross more than $117 million. For those of you who aren’t familiar with “Avenue Q,” it stars a passel of puppets that cuss, drink too much and sing songs with titles such as “The Internet is for Porn” and “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.” Most folks are already familiar with the hit musical, thus the excitement (plus there’s the Arkansas connection: Fayetteville native Jason Moore directed the original production). When announcing this season last year, Rep Artistic Producing Director Bob Hupp said he’d been trying to get the rights to produce the musical for six years. “Yes, there is some puppet sex in the show,” he acknowledged. So this is not the Rep production to bring your kids to, puppets or no. But director Robert Harper, who helmed “Avenue Q” in 2011 at the Phoenix Theatre, where he is associate artistic director, said he thinks the overall message at the heart of the story will shine through and connect with audiences, even in a more conservative state like Arkansas. “I think the challenge of doing a show like this — that’s not necessarily in a metropolitan area — is to pay close attention to the heart of the piece and the message, so that you are really landing the original intent and not making the subject matter or the language the star,” he said. “It’s really about this group of monsters and humans and human puppets all coming together,

haps closeted) Republican, Trekkie the porn-loving monster, Mrs. Thistletwat, the Bad Idea Bears, Lucy the Slut and, uh, Gary Coleman. So what is it like for the actors who must not only portray these roles, but also operate the puppets and bring them to life onstage while remembering their lines, songs, blocking and more? “Ridiculously hard,” said Bailey Means, who plays Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. Ethan Paulini (who was in the Rep’s productions of “White Christmas,” “The Who’s Tommy” and “The Full Monty”) had done “Avenue Q” previously, but as part of a summer stock season, “so it was

very fast and furious,” he said. “This is a lot more of a process and a lot more detailed. The last time I did it, we didn’t get to work with Rick Lyon.” Lyon, a puppeteer who worked for many years for the Jim Henson Co., designed the puppets for “Avenue Q.” He also originated the roles of Nicky, Trekkie and one of the Bad Idea Bears, and he worked with the Rep’s cast on learning how to bring the puppets to life. “It was amazing,” Paulini said of working with Lyon, “just the attention to detail and the tiny little things that can make such a huge difference between it being a puppet and being alive.” Will Holly, also a Rep veteran, echoed that sentiment. “He started with the bare bones basics,” Holly said. “We were just looking in the mirror with our hands like this … we would have little eyeballs on our fingers to give it focus and we just worked on simply syllables at first — counting, singing, making sure that the words were coming out correctly.” After that they worked on head movements and the sort of subtler gestures that really bring a puppet to life, he said. And the fact that it is puppets delivering these at times profanity-strewn lines makes it funnier and more direct than if it were humans saying them, Means said. “If it was just humans giving this message,” Leah Monzillo (Mrs. T, a Bad News Bear) said,“in the way that it’s given in the show, nobody would enjoy it for two hours.” Harper noted that in polite society, sometimes we’re “trained to be too careful with some subject matter.” At times, political correctness and social niceties can hinder communication. But when it’s a puppet talking about a taboo subject — say, Internet porn or loud sex — people are more open and able to laugh and be honest. “I really do think the big message of this piece is that your purpose is oftentimes helping the people you love and giving of yourself in service, whatever that means to you,” Harper said. “Because, as humans, I think that’s where we can make the biggest difference.”

“Avenue Q” opens Friday and runs through June 30, with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25-$50.

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THE NEW ISSUE OF FLUKE, THE LONG-RUNNING FANZINE published by former Dogtowner Matthew Thompson, is on the stands now. Issue No. 11 (40 pages half-size, stapled, offset print) has a fascinating interview by Mark Lewis with railyard legend and renowned mail artist Buz Blurr, a.k.a. Russell Butler, a native of Gurdon. Butler is responsible for the ubiquitous “Colossus of Roads” boxcar moniker, seen on the cover of the new issue of Fluke. Also included in this issue: an interview with hardcore legends Negative Approach, a personal appreciation of hardcore from Mark “Sledge” Howe, an interview with Little Rock punks The Bad Years and much more. It’s $4 and you can get it by PayPal to flukezine@, or send cash or money order to Fluke Fanzine, PO Box 1547, Phoenix AZ 85001. HAROLD OTT’S PSYCH OF THE SOUTH LABEL KEEPS THE BEYONDOBSCURE Arkansas garage rock nuggets coming with the fourth installment of the “Lost Souls” series. This one boasts 22 songs that are “100% uncomped, unreleased, unknown acetates and tapes from Arkansas 1965-1968,” including tracks from The Vipers, The Coachmen, The Tuesday Blues, The Barons, The Loved Ones, The Federal Union, The Stepin’ Stones, The Villigers, The Sons of Soul, Barnsley & Bradley and the hilariously named Steppendog. The booklet is packed with photos, handbills and other ephemera from that long-ago era, including the type of highly detailed liner notes that we’ve come to expect from the label and that are appreciated by obsessive garage-rock enthusiasts. You can get the album directly through the Pysch of the South website on CD ($15) or download it on a variety of formats ($10). It’s also on Spotify and if you’re vinyl-inclined, there will be a limited-edition LP available this summer with the first 14 tracks. THE OXFORD AMERICAN is bringing critically adored folk singer Iris DeMent to its South on Main venue at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $45 and go on sale Saturday, June 8, at noon. DeMent — who was born in Paragould — will also perform at the Fayetteville Roots Festival (Aug. 22-25), which has a hell of a lineup this year, including Del McCoury, dobro guru Jerry Douglas, the great Mary Gauthier and many more.

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1 p.m. Mulberry Mountain. $91-$507.

So maybe the organizers of this here festival were merely referencing the Dylan tune of the same name when they were deciding what to call a country music festival located at Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, but there was dang sure some actual thunder on that mountain for last week’s Wakarusa festival hosted at the same location. Who knows how the weather will turn out for this festival? Such is the nature of outdoor events. Anyways, the inaugural Thunder on the Mountain is brought to you by Pipeline Productions, the same folks who produce Wakarusa and the Harvest Music Festival. But if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say there probably won’t be too much in the way of audience overlap between those two events and this one. Headliners at Thunder on the Mountain include Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Big and Rich, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson, Thompson Square, Pat Green, Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew Band and many more. There’s also going to be canoeing, fishing, hiking and lots more. RB

BEER FOR THE HORSES: Toby Keith headlines Thunder on the Mountain, Thursday through Saturday at Mulberry Mountain near Ozark.



7:30 p.m. Outdoors, The Village at Hendrix. Pay what you can.

It’s June now, which means, among other things, that Shakespeare lovers in Arkansas are in for a treat: The return of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, which brings in dozens of professional actors and other stage talents to produce several of The Bard’s works, as well as another play. This year, AST brings us “Much Ado About Nothing,” “King Lear,” “A Midsummer



Night’s Dream” and “Oliver!”, the musical based on the Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.” The festival takes place at The Village at Hendrix, Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas and at an outdoor spot in the Argenta Arts District. Things kick off this year on Thursday at The Village (east of Hendrix College’s main campus) with “Much Ado About Nothing,” which will be performed June 6-8 and June 14 and 16. It will be performed June 21-22 in Argenta. All performances of this play are pay-what-you-can. “Oliver!” opens Wednesday at Reynolds, and runs June 13, 15, 25 and 28. RB

Who doesn’t love wine, right? And I’m not talking about your Night Train or your Wild Irish Rose. I’m talking about the good stuff — wines that have subtle notes of aloe and creosote and minerally noses and herbal smokiness and bright apple finishes that dance on the palate before dissolving into a charred blackberry finish that lingers for days and so forth. Well if you’re into the good stuff, then you should defi-

nitely clear off your calendar for this Friday, because your good pals at the Arkansas Times are going to throw down with some very excellent wines — more than 200 of them, in fact. And what goes better with vino than food and music? So we’ve got food lined up from Argenta Market, Cafe Bossa Nova, Crush Wine Bar, The Italian Kitchen at Lulav and Reno’s Argenta Cafe, and music from Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and The Rex Bell Trio featuring Kasie Lunsford. In case you missed it, our cover story from last week had all the details. Check it out at celebratethegrape. RB

records, but one day, she heard this song on the radio that she really dug. It had a great rhythm and nice harmonies and it was called “One Toke Over the Line.” It mentioned Jesus, so how could it not be wholesome, right? A duo called Dale and Gail even sang a version of it on the Lawrence Welk Show (seriously — this happened, just YouTube it). So she went to Walmart and bought the 45 for $0.77. Well, it’d be another several, several years

before my mom learned what a “toke” was, and another many years before I’d find that record, along with the only other single she had ever purchased — “Close to You” by The Carpenters. After my grandmother died, we were cleaning out her house, and those two 45s had been stuck in a chest of drawers. I’ve got them both, and I listened to “One Toke Over the Line” and you know what? It’s a great song. But you know what else?

Brewer and Shipley had a bunch of great songs, released on several albums. If you dig folky country rock in the vein of “Workingman’s Dead” or CSNY, definitely check out “Weeds” and “Tarkio Road.” Tom Shipley and Mike Brewer have been keeping on keeping on after all these years. This show is free and it’s from 5-7 p.m. and I don’t think there’s any opening band, which in my opinion is how every single concert should be. RB

6 p.m. Sixth and Main in Argenta. $25 adv., $30 door.



5 p.m. Basin Spring Park, Eureka Springs. Free.

To be real candid about it, my mom is not exactly the most hip musical connoisseur. Back in 1970 or so, about the time The Stooges were recording “Fun House” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” was just hitting the shelves, my mom was a sophomore in high school. She was definitely not listening to either of those 32

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THURSDAY 6/6 Get set for some virtuosic blues-jamming with Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band, who’ll headline at Cajun’s Wharf, with happy hour tunes courtesy of Steve Bates, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Ohio indie-poppers Bad Veins join Alexander & The Grapes and Nick Brumley for a show at Maxine’s, 7 p.m., $5. Heavy modern rockers Hurt are back in town for a show at Revolution, 18-andolder, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. The Meshugga Klezmer Band brings the crazy goodtime klezmer tunes to The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. Mississippi duo Water Liars are back in town for show at White Water Tavern with Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, 9:30 p.m. Water Liars also play in Hot Springs on Saturday, with Ben Franks & The Bible Belt Boys and Brian Martin, Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door.



7:30 p.m. Barton Coliseum. $50-$100.

Last year, you could’ve seen Future at Revolution for $20. That was before he became the rapper of the moment, though. If anyone not named Jay-Z or Kanye can command $50, he might be it. Like no one since 50 Cent, Future’s managed to go pop without entirely alienating folks who like their hip-hop with a harder edge. What’s his formula? An elastic notion of rapping. Sometimes Big Boi-esque speed rap. Sometimes a mumbled slow-roll. Sometimes heavily vocoder-ed T-Pain-style half-crooning. It’s a vocal range that allows him to take aesthetic chances. Like on his massive hit, “Turn on the Lights,” a halfsung, heavily processed torch song that’s just about the sappiest thing you’ll hear on the radio today (though I can say from experience, even with lyrics like “And if I get the number, you know I can’t wait to dial it/And if we get together, girl, you know we gonna be wylin,’ ” once you’ve


FUTURE FEATURE: Future performs at Barton Coliseum Friday night.

listened to it a couple of times, it becomes hard to switch stations). Some credit for the song’s success has to go to producer du jour Mike WiLL Made It, who’s also behind “Bugatti,” the smash single from Florida rapper Ace Hood. Its swelling, synth-driven chorus recalls the wild-out

days of Lil Jon, but Future, half-singing and heavily Auto-Tuned, makes it way weirder and druggy than crunk ever was. Also, Ace Hood (“Hustle Hard”) murders it. Seeing him and Future do “Bugatti” together on stage might be enough to warrant the ticket price for a lot of fans. LM




9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.

There’s some seriously great playing on some very, very good tunes on the new Amy Garland album, “Hang a Light.” The singer/songwriter hosts the “Backroads” show on KABF-FM 88.3 (Fridays from 5-7 p.m.) and she’s been a fixture on the Americana/roots scene for quite some time now. Her tunes would no doubt fit in seamlessly on one of her shows, tucked in somewhere between a Patty Griffin song and maybe something by Willie Nelson. The album boasts a murderer’s row of great local talent (lots of Salty Dogs on here), including her husband Bart Angel, Mike Nelson and Nick Devlin, who produced the set. Other guests include Bonnie Montgomery, Jeff Coleman, Brad Williams, Shannon Boshears, Isaac Alexander, RJ Looney and Amy Williams. Highlights: “Blood Still Here in My Veins” kicks things off with an almost Dire Straits-backing-Nanci-Griffith vibe. “Runaway Boy” hits a sentimental sweet spot that’ll tug on your heartstrings without ever seeming maudlin. “Mama’s Tired” is a satisfying kiss-off

Memphis singer/songwriter Amy LaVere brings her jazzy Americana and gorgeous, singular voice to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. Folk/blues singer John Fulbright plays at Stickyz, with Ruston Kelly, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $10. Over at Revolution, you can get The Prince & Michael Experience tribute to the two pop giants, 9 p.m., $10 21 and older, $15 ages 18-20. The Weekend Theater opens its production of “13,” an all-ages musical comedy in which a transplant to a small-town Indiana has to figure out how to survive the school year, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through June 23.

‘HANG A LIGHT’: Amy Garland plays an album release show at White Water Tavern Saturday night.

with a killer central riff. Garland and crew take Rowland Salley’s “Killing the Blues” (notably covered by John Prine and on that ubiquitous Robert Plant and Alison Krauss collab) and make it their

own. This album release show will no doubt be a special night, with lots of guests getting up on stage to join Garland for a round. Bonnie Montgomery opens the show. RB

Two of the biggest rappers around are at Barton Coliseum tonight, but Stuttgart’s Arkansas Bo could probably out-rap both of ’em. He’s celebrating the release of his new album, “My Pahtnaz Nem,” at Club Utopia, 9 p.m., $10 (ladies $5 before 10:30 p.m.). Say, how about some live music and dancing for grownups in a non-smoking environment? That sound good? Well it’s exactly what the Little Rock Music Party is offering, along with beer and wine, which will be available, Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7-10:30 p.m., $6. Earl & Them, featuring the great Earl Cate, are playing an 18-and-older gig at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8. Opera in the Rock presents a Gala Concert at the Arkansas Arts Center, 8 p.m., $65-$100 (a limited number of student tickets are available for $35). Vagabond Swing and Uncle Joe and The Backsliders’ Choir will soundtrack your good-time-having at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will honor inductees Bill Carter, Louie Shelton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mike Utley and Gary Weir, Hot Springs Convention Center, 6 p.m., $75. Former Razorback and professional basketball player Sidney Moncrief will sign copies of his books at CALS Children’s Library, 2 p.m., free.

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AFTER DARK All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to Small City Economic Leadership Empowerment Summit. The Summit is geared toward strengthening small municipalities by building stronger leadership among city leaders and toward building a network for small municipalities. University of Central Arkansas, 8 a.m., $50-$60. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501666-3600.



Amore, Fight the Quiet, Siversa. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Bad Veins, Alexander & The Grapes, Nick Brumley. Maxine’s, 7 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Hot Springs Music Festival. Classical music festival featuring 20 concerts and more than 250 open rehearsals at venues all over Hot Springs. Check website for full schedule. Downtown Hot Springs, through June 15. Hurt. 18-and-older. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jerry Joseph, Jeff Crosby & Refugees. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band (headliner), Steve Bates (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Josh Sullivan. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke and line dancing lessons. W.T. Bubba’s Country Tavern, first Thursday of every month, 9 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2528. Karaoke Thursday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Thursday of every month, free before 9 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Karaoke with Larry the Table Guy. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Little Rock Irish Song Session. Dugan’s Pub, first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., free. 401 E. 3rd St. 501-920-8534. Meshugga Klezmer Band. The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Moonshine Bandits, 870 Underground, 5 Point Cove. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Pat McCrackin. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. 34

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



COUNTRY SINGER: Easton Corbin comes to Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs on Saturday, 8 p.m., $50-$60. Ryan Couron opens the show. Sawyer Brown. Oaklawn, 7 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. www.oaklawn. com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thunder on the Mountain. Featuring Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich and many more. Mulberry Mountain, $91-$507. 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark. Water Liars, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400.


Mike Merryfield. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555.


“Avenue Q” panel discussion. Featuring cast and crew of Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of the Tony-winning musical. Clinton School of Public Service, noon. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. Flavor of the Park. Sample food and drinks from Hot Springs restaurants. Historic Downtown Farmers Market Pavilion, 6-8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. 121 Orange St., Hot Springs. Hillcrest Shop & Sip. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, first Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. www.hillcrestmerchants. com. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Fully Charged. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $21-$51. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizo-

2 Hole Punch. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. 30-Something Party Fridays. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Friday of every month, free before 10 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501301-1200. Amy LaVere. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Andy Tanas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Brian Nahlen. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. Canvas. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Crisis (headliner), Third 7 (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 6. John Fulbright, Ruston Kelly. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Mayday by Midnight. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $7. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Mother Hubbard and The Regulators. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Nikki Parrish. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. North Little Rock Community Concert Band. Lakewood Village Amphitheatre, 7 p.m., free. Lakewood Village, NLR. The Prince & Michael Experience. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 21 and older, $15 ages 18-20. 300


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


Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. Perpetual Motion Dance: “Water Won’t Wait.” ReCreation Studios, 8 p.m., $10-$20. 608 N. Main St. 501-701-3622. recreationstudios. Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape. Featuring more than 200 wines, food from Argenta Market, Cafe Bossa Nova, Crush Wine Bar, The Italian Kitchen at Lulav and Reno’s Argenta Cafe, and music from Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and The Rex Bell Trio featuring Kasie Lunsford. Argenta Farmers Market, 6-9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 door. 6th and Main St., NLR. “The Future of Progressive Politics in Arkansas.” Featuring state Rep. Warwick Sabin, with Q&A to follow. RSVP at Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7-9 p.m., free. 1818 Reservoir Road. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street. North Little Rock Chamber’s FYI Luncheon. North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. 100 Main St., NLR. 501-371-0116. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Fully Charged. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $21-$51. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizo- Sandwiching in History tour of the Little Rock YMCA. Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 12 p.m., free. 524 Broadway St. 246-3145.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 6.



17th Annual Flag Day Concert. Featuring the Little Rock Wind Symphony. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. Amy Garland (album release), Bonnie Montgomery. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Brewer and Shipley. Basin Spring Park, 5-7 p.m., free. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See June 7. Cornerstone Celebrates 10 Years. With Runaway Planet. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. DJs Playboy Steve, Lawler, Platinumb, Whitman Bransford. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. Earl & Them. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Easton Corbin. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Future, Ace Hood. Tickets available at Barton Coliseum, 7:30 p.m., $50-$100. 2600 Howard St. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 6. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Len Holton. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m., free. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Little Rock Music Party. Live music and dancing for grownups in a non-smoking environment. Beer and wine available. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7-10:30 p.m., $6. 1818 Reservoir Road. Neverthought. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Opera in the Rock Presents a Gala Concert. A limited number of student tickets are available for $35. Arkansas Arts Center, 8 p.m., $65-$100. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Rodge Arnold. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. Say It Ain’t So (headliner), Gregg Madden

(happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. The Sound of the Mountain, Chasing Pictures, Catskill Kids, John Neal’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Express. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $6 21 and older, $8 ages 18-20. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. Steve Bates, Midas Coven. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. Strangely Familiar. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Travel Guide, Japanese Game Show. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Vagabond Swing, Uncle Joe and The Backsliders’ Choir. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.


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


Little Rock West Coast Dance Club. Dance lessons. Singles welcome. Ernie Biggs, 7 p.m., $2. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-247-5240. www. Perpetual Motion Dance: “Water Won’t Wait.” ReCreation Studios, 8 p.m.., $10-$20. 608 N. Main St. 501-701-3622. recreationstudios.


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President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Sylo, A Traitor’s Funeral. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Water Liars, Ben Franks & The Bible Belt Boys, Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Cosby, RadRadRiot. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.

Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inductees include Bill Carter, Louie Shelton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mike Utley, Gary Weir. Hot Springs Convention Center, 6 p.m., $75. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501321-2027. Backyard Gourmet. Bring your own utensils and enjoy food from Oak Street Bistro and Za Za, with music from Fire & Brimstone, Handmade Moments and Contra-Dancing. Faulkner County Library, 5-8 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. CASA Hope & Justice Dice Run. Open to motorcycles, classic cars, hot rods, trucks, tractors. 236 Factory Road, 8 a.m., $10-$15. 236 Factory Road, Clinton. 501-253-4026. www.HopeAndJustice. org. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Lake Leatherwood XTERRA Festival. Includes several races, climbs and other events. Lake Leatherwood City Park. 1303 CR 204, Eureka Springs. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. One Step 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Kids Run. Benefits Rush Hour [Traffic], a charity that provides resources for survivors of human trafficking and raises awareness of trafficking in Arkansas. Big Dam Bridge, NLR Side, 7:30 a.m. 4000 Cooks Landing Rd., NLR. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Fully Charged. Verizon Arena, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., $21-$51. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501975-9001.


Sidney Moncrief. The former Razorback and professional basketball player will sign copies of his books. CALS Children’s Library, 2 p.m., free. 4800 W. 10th St.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 6.



Goemagot, Animals Killing People, Slamphetamine, Splattered in Traffic. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 6. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Primer 55. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196.


Perpetual Motion Dance: “Water Won’t Wait.” ReCreation Studios, 2 p.m., $10-$20. 608 N. Main St. 501-701-3622. recreationstudios.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Fully Charged. Verizon Arena, 1 and 5 p.m., $21-$51. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 6.



Hot Springs Concert Band 2013 Concert Series. Whittington Park,, 6:30 p.m., free. Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-984-1678. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 6. Irish Traditional Music Session. Open to all musi36

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cians, dancers and listeners. “SloPlay” session begins at 6 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and Fourth Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. John Burnette. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351.


Preservation Conversations: “ASU’s Heritage Sites Program and Arkansas Delta Byways.” Rachel Miller and Anita Reddig are guest speakers. Curran Hall, 5 p.m. 615 E. Capitol. 501-3703290.


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


Finding Family Facts. Rhonda Stewart’s genealogy research class for beginners. Arkansas Studies Institute, second Monday of every month, 3:30 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700 . Sustainability Weekend. See June 6.



Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 6. Jason Charles Miller, Downday, DNR. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Open Music Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Shawn James & The Shapeshifters. Bear’s Den Pizza, 8:30 p.m., free. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


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


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Jody Veit-Edrington, Riverfest 2013 Festival Chairman • Charles A. Wigginton, Riverfest 2013 Chairman of the Board Ford Motor Company - The Official & Exclusive Automotive Partner • Riverfest 2013 Committee & Board of Directors The Little Rock Parks & Recreation Employees • 3000 Festival Volunteers

105.1 The Wolf A-1 Laminating Aaron & Jennifer Reed ABC Enforcement Abigail Howe AC Delco Ace Glass ACOSTA Sales Acxiom Corporation Volunteers AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company Air Magic Fireworks Alecia & Mike Castleberry Alice 107.7 FM Alice Cooner Alpha Sigma Tau, UCA Chapter Volunteers ALPS – Andina Café & Coffee Roastery Andrea Newton Angie & Jordan Johnson Ann Lewis April & John Findlay Argenta Community Theatre - ACT Arita & Tom Jewart ARK Running Club Arkansas Army National Guard Arkansas Arts Center Arkansas Arts Council Arts-On-Tour Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield Volunteers Arkansas Cancer Coalition Arkansas Children’s Hospital Arkansas Craft Distributors Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas Democratic Party Arkansas Department of Human Services Volunteers Arkansas Federal Credit Union Arkansas Forestry Association Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Arkansas Garden Center – Sherwood Arkansas Graphics Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Arkansas Human Development Corporation Volunteers Arkansas Pediatric Clinic Volunteers Arkansas Picture Booth Arkansas Portable Toilets Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin Arkansas Specialty Spine Center Arkansas State Fire Marshall Arkansas State Police Arkansas Times Arkansas Trailer Art Kellam Arvest Arvest Volunteers Ashley & Jason Parker Ashli Ahrens & Kelley Bass AT&T Pioneers Volunteers Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Office Austin Grimes AY Magazine B98.5 FM Bad Boy Mowers Bale Chevrolet BancorpSouth Bank of America Barbara & Jim Daugherty Barbara Jean Ben E. Keith Company Best Buy Beth & Ted Rice

Big Whiskey Bill Cobb Black Girls Run Blue Coast Burrito Bobby Roberts Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Company Bray Gourmet Deli and Catering Bray Sheet Metal Company Brenda Majors Catering Bruce Cochran and Custom Beverage Bruce Murphy, M.D - Arkansas Heart Hospital Bud Light Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts By Invitation Only Cabot Café and Cake Corner Capital City Traffic Control Cardinal Health Volunteers Catering to You Catfish Farmers of Arkansas Cathe Talpas Cathy Mayton Catlett Tower Partnership CED/Consolidated Electrical Distributors CenterPoint Energy Central Arkansas Library System Central Arkansas Security Central Arkansas Transit Authority Central Arkansas Water CH & Billie Thomas Charlie Staggs Cheers “In the Heights” Chester Phillips Chris King Chris Thomas Cindy Pugh City of Little Rock City of North Little Rock Clinton Foundation & Presidential Center Coca-Cola Bottling Company Comcast Cable Coulson Foundation Courtney & Kim Swindler Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. Crow Burlingame Co. Custom Beverage Daddy’s Deli & Catering Daniel & Tiffany Robinson Datamax/Micro Debbie Shock & The Clinton Center Staff Delta Dental Deltic Timber Democrat Printing & Lithograph Company Democratic Party of Arkansas Digital Print & Imaging Of Little Rock Direct Buy DNT Media Donna Bressinck DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Kiwanis Club Volunteers Downtown Little Rock Partnership Downtown Riverside RV Park Dustin Curry East-Harding, Inc. Edwards Food Giant Entergy Eric Rob & Isaac Eric’s Elite Guide Service Fast Signs First Security Bank

Fiser Kubota/Twin City Tractor & Equipment, Inc. Fox 16 News Frank & Paula Parke Fresh Talk 93.3 FM Friday, Eldredge, & Clark LLP Gale Hess Garth Martin Gay and Randy Wyatt George Wittenberg, III – 2013 Festival Artist Gina Marchese Pharis Glazers Distributors Glen & Jennifer Day Go! Running Goff Distribution & Warehouse Company, Inc. Golden Corral North Little Rock Golden Eagle of Arkansas Green Tree Nursery and Produce Hardee’s Heather & Scott Allmendinger Heifer International Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski Hola Arkansas Holy Souls CYM Home Depot Horton Brothers Printing Company HP Hugg & Hall Equipment IBERIABANK IBERIABANK Volunteers Imperial Ice Company Insalaco Tenenbaum Enterprises Iriana’s Pizza J & M Foods J.A. Riggs Tractor Company Jack and Jill Fun Zone Jack Links Beef Jerky Jackson Salon at Midtowne James “Bushy” Johnston James Hyatt and his 1931 Ford Fire Truck Jeffery Sand Company Jennifer and Robert Forrest Jerry Henson JM Associates JM Malone & Sons Joe Strack John & Angelica Rogers John Antle John Hathaway Johnsonville Brats JPMS Cox PLLC Julie & David Shindler Junior League of Little Rock KABF 88.3 FM KABZ – 103.7 The Buzz KARK-TV Channel 4 KARN News Radio 102.9 FM Kathleen Joiner Kathy Hester KATV Channel 7 Katy & Justin Hunt Kawasaki Sports Center KDJE – 100.3 The Edge Keith Nigro Ken Calhoun KHLR – HeartBeat 106.7 FM Kim & John Cook KIPR-FM “Power 92” JAMS Kirk Bradshaw KKPT – The Point 94.1 FM KOKY 102.1 FM

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Robert Thomas Rodney Peel Rotoract Volunteers Sandy and Tod Alstadt Schulze and Burch Biscuit Company Shelia & Larry Vaught Sherry & Harrigan Wortsmith Sigma Phi Epsilon, UCA Chapter Volunteers Simple Focus Snell Prosthetic & Ortho Lab Southern Journeys Southern Office Services Spin Streak St. Vincent Health System Staley, Inc. Staley, Inc. – Jason Stormoe Steve Bentley Steve Nipper Stickyz & The Rev Room Stuart Cobb Stuart Vess Sufficient Grounds Cafe Summerwinds Resort Sunbelt Convention Services Super Retriever Series, Shannon Nardi & Staff Suzon Awbry System Scale Corporation Taggart Foster Currence Gray Architects Tarco, Inc. Target Volunteers TCPrint Solutions Teresa Osam The Source 93.3 Sports The Voice 96.5 FM Thomas & Thomas LLP Thomas & Thomas LLP Volunteers Thompson Electric THV Channel 11 Tim Heiple Tom-FM 94.9 Trio’s UAMS Young Professionals Auxiliary Volunteers United States Coast Guard Auxiliary United States Marines Value Stream Environmental Services Velva French Verizon Arena Vickey & Jim Metrailer Vickie & Greg Hart Villa Marre Vines Media LLC Wahl Razors Walgreens Walmart Walter Hussman War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field Waste Management Wendy & Ted Saer What’s Waggin Whole Foods Whole Hog Café and Catering Company, North Little Rock Witt Stephens Nature Center Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP Wyck Nisbett Xfinity Xtra Lease Yarnell’s Ice Cream Company Your Mama’s Good Food

JUNE 14 Butler Center Galleries

401 President Clinton Avenue • 320-5790

Gypsy Bistro 200 S. rIVer MArKeT AVe, STE. 150 • 501.375.3500 DIZZySGyPSyBISTro.NeT

Exhibition Opening

Get a Simple Landscape: Drawings by Jerry Phillips

The 2nd Friday Of Each Month, 5-8 pm

Reflections in Silver: Silverpoint Drawings of Aj Smith & Marjorie Williams-Smith

June 12, 2013 – August 3, 2013 Heare Fine Art Celebrates 25 Years! Friday, June 14, 2013 Artists’ Reception – Matinee Reception 1-3pm 2nd Friday Art Nite 5-8pm

“Rose and Pin,” Marjorie Williams-Smith, Silverpoint, 5 5/8” x 3 15/16” (top) “Maxx in Sunlight,” Aj Smith, Silverpoint 16” x 14” (bottom)

Featured Artist

Gourmet. Your Way. All Day.

300 Third Tower • 501-375-3333

Join us for painting class at 6:30 in the Courtyard lobby area. Hosted by Spirited Art Little Rock

Register online at 521 President Clinton Ave. River Market District (501) 975-9800

1001 Wright Ave. Suite C Little Rock, AR 501-372-6822

Marlene Gremillion Galleries

Arkansas League of Artists

Spring Show

Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun – By Appointment

Arkansas Made Opening reception with live music by Parkstone

Through June 29 Cox Creative Center

FrEE TrOllEy ridEs!➧

120 River Market Avenue • 918- 3093


GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221 Come by during 2nd Friday Art Night for an exclusive sneak peek inside our

Gino Hollander Gallery Grand opening June 27th.

Join Us 5-8pm



 Fine Art  Cocktails & Wine  Hor d’oeuvres

Pyramid Place nd & Center New works by2Gallery 221St artists: Gino Hollander, (501) 801-0211

200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351 A museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage

The Old State House Museum Presents

Geoffrey Robson and David Gerstein

Playing Duos by Kodaly and Handel Friday, June 14 • 5–8 p.m. Free Admission

Drivers Legal Plan

Pyramid Place Jennifer Cox Coleman, EMILE 2nd “H & Center StEAT” BY OT S (501) 801-0211 and Mary Ann Stafford. CATHERINE RODGERS

♦ Fine Art ♦ Cocktails & Wine ♦ Hors d’oeuvres ♦


JUNE 6, 2013


Drivers Legal Plan

The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.


sEcONd Friday arT NighT, JUNE 14

These venues will be open late. There’s plenty of parking and a free Trolley to each of the locations. Don’t miss it – lots of fun!

free parking at 3rd & Cumberland free street parking all over downtown and behind the river Market (Paid parking available for modest fee.)

Juneteenth CelebRAtion KiCKoff

theatrical performance of Voices from the front Porch by S. Juain Young and Artists united two showings at 6 and 7 p.m. free admission. Refreshments provided.

501 W. Ninth St. · Little Rock • 501.683.3593

ing session for people who work in the environmental field. Ciao Baci, 5:30-7 p.m. 605 N. Beechwood St. 501-603-0238. www.greendrinks. org. Spanish Wine Tasting. The Joint, 6-8 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


Vino’s Picture Show: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com.


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



Argenta Downtown Council’s 6th Annual Luncheon. Keynote speaker is Lee Fisher, president of CEO for Cities. RSVP to dhardcastle@ Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 2 Riverfront Place, NLR. 501-3719000.


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

Meet the Author: Mark Christ. The author will discuss his book, “Civil War Arkansas 1863 The Battle for a State.” Laman Library, 7 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720.

WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Renaissance in the Wild.” See June 10.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 6.




N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.

Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. The Dig, Amasa Hines, The Coasts. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Hot Springs Music Festival. See June 6. Jazz in the Park: TwiceSax. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Karen Jr. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila (Maumelle Blvd.), June 12, 7 p.m.; June 26, 7 p.m. 9847 Maumelle Blvd., NLR. 501-758-4432. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, June 12-13, 7:30 p.m.; June 14-15, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301



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


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, June 12, 7:10 p.m.; June 13, 6:10 p.m.; June 14, 7:10 p.m.; June 15, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


WILD! Summer Arts Camps: “Renaissance in the Wild.” See June 10.


Sustainability Weekend. See June 6.


“13.” A transplant to a small town in Indiana has to figure out how to survive the school year in this all-ages musical comedy. The Weekend Theater, through June 23: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501374-3761. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing.” Hendrix College, Thu., June 6, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 8, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 16, 7:30 p.m., pay what you can. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: “Oliver!.” Musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel “Oliver Twist.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Wed., June 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 15, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., June 25, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $27. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. “Avenue Q.” The Tony-winning comedy puppet musical; contains adult language and content. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through June 30: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. Red Octopus Theater presents: “Electric Octopus!.” Recommended for mature audiCONTINUED ON PAGE 40

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings from the Iveagh Bequest, June 7-Sept. 8, $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 military, $6 students, free to members; “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1; “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Nancy Dickins, featured artist for June. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, opens 7 p.m. June 7 with reception; “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Flow,” 29 works using water as a theme by William Theophilus Brown, Harry Callahan, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Morris, Wayne Thiebaud and Neil Welliver, June 11-July 26, Gallery II and III; “Sacred Symbols in Sequins,” sequined Vodou flags, banners, portraits, bottles, through July 26, Gallery I. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Paintings and pastels by Linda Shearer and Joyce Weaver, through June, reception 5-9 p.m. June 7. 501-623-6401. BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Paintings by Tom Richard, photographs by David Rackley, reception 5-9 p.m. June. 7. 501-318-2787. BLUE ROCK STUDIO/GALLERY, 262 Hideaway Hills Drive: “Search for Identity/The Age of

AFTER DARK, CONT. Innocence,” primitive fiber sculptures by Barbara Cade, through June 15. 501-262-4065. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: 2013 “Small Works on Paper,” reception 5-9 p.m. June 7. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-6240489.


The Arkansas Arts Council is taking entries for the 2014 “Small Works on Paper” exhibition. Mary Kennedy, CEO of the Mid-American Arts Alliance, will be juror. Deadline is July 26. For more information, go to arkansasarts. org or call 324-9766. The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is extending its deadline for submission of works for the 65th “River Valley Invitational” through June 17. Submissions can be any media, including installation, and should focus on nature. First, second and third place winners will win approximately $10,000 in cash and awards. For more information, go to


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


BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat. 320-5700. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Prehistoric Daydreams,” recent work by Brad Cushman and Amy Edgington, through July 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Glennray Tutor, Pinkney Herbert, Guy Bell, Ed Rice, John Hartley, Robyn Horn, Daniel Blagg, Rebecca Thompson and others,

through July 9. 664-2787. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition,” featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan, through June 15. 758-1720. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY I, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., and STEPHANO’S II, 1813 N. Grant St.: Work by Shelby Brewer, Angela Turney, V.L. Cox, John Kushmaul, Cyndi Yeager, Aaron Caldwell, Char DeMoro and Jennifer Wilson. 614-7113. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.


HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Reflected by Three: William Detmers, Scott Lykens and G. Tara-Casciano,” prints, ceramics, sculpture, through Aug. 4; “Painting in the Open Air: Day and Night,” paintings by Jason Sacran, through July 7, “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: JapaneseAmerican Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Stirring the Soul of History, Vol. 1” newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams; “Forty Years of Fortitude,” exhibit on Arkansas’s African-American legislators of the modern era, through June 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593.

MRS. MUSTERS AS HEBE’: Sir Joshua Reynolds’ 1782 portrait of model Sophia Catherine Musters as the Greek goddess of youth is part of the “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London” exhibition that opens Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center. The exhibition includes a self-portrait of Rembrandt and other works by the masters of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

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‘AFTER EARTH’: Will and Jaden Smith star.

The Fresh Prince steps in it in the future ‘After Earth’ is a low-grade B-movie, but your 10-year-old might like it. BY SAM EIFLING


fter Earth” has gotten some of the worst blowback of any movie this year, most of it justifiably. People like to scoff at anything that M. Night Shyamalan, the alleged director, puts his name on; I could write that “After Earth” is Shyamalan’s worst movie since his last one, but of course Adam Sandler has also been working lately. The father-son team of Will and Jaden Smith carries a whiff of cutesie nepotism, and the elder Smith’s dalliances with Scientology have spurred some critics (notably New York magazine’s blog Vulture) to dissect “After Earth” as an allegory for L. Ron Hubbard’s quackpot spiritual Ponzi scheme. The bad vibes sent “After Earth” to the worst opening weekend of Will Smith’s film career — not even the Fresh Prince can rescue a Scientology-influenced M. Night Shyamalan project, and ultimately, for that, perhaps we can be thankful. But if one demographic stands to miss out as we shuttle “After Earth” into the Razzies dustbin of big-budget flops, it’s the 9-to12-year-old boys for whom this movie was rightly made. Those lads don’t care about the baggage, and they don’t particularly notice completely asinine story wrinkles that would make the average 17-year-old splutter with laughter from the rear rows. No, to them it might just be cool that a kid and his dad crash a space ship onto earth in the future and the kid has to brave all sorts of jungle menaces to save them both. We can complicate matters further, but when you can assume the action is the only moving premise (and not some 100-minute Trojan Horse advert for a Hollywood church of mail-order rubbish) then you can enjoy the film on its outnumbered merits. The Smiths play a general and his headstrong son, living in a future where humans have so spoilt the planet that we have to up and move to another. Earth must’ve gotten really rough, because on the new

world, Nova Prime, an alien species sends rampaging monsters to kill us in piles. The monsters, blind, find us by the scent of our fear (kids, you might want to look up the word “pheromone” before plonking down your ticket money). The elder Smith revolutionized the war by suppressing his fear so completely that he became undetectable in battle, thus inventing the ninjalike technique of “ghosting.” The son feels he has big shoes to fill, and there’s tension; the normally duty-bound father, trying not to be such a distant jerk, decides to let the kid tag along on what should be a milk run to some other planet. But then the ship runs into trouble, finds itself near Earth, tries to crash-land and breaks apart in the atmosphere. None of the other crew survives. With the father’s legs broken, the son has to go alone to a chunk of the ship some 60 miles away and send up a distress signal, else they’re toast. Danger is everywhere — the atmosphere is a mess, the whole place freezes each night, huge birds and cats and apes and leeches lurk, and of course a blind human-killing monster escaped from the ship in the crash. The boy has swords and gadgets and his father in his ear directing his movements. He’s Robinson Crusoe with all the accouterments of an Xbox game character. There’s a lot here for a child to consider: how to relate to a parent in times of trouble, how to handle fear, how to make wise decisions, what to do when a pack of wild baboons chases you through a forest. In the right frame of tween mind, there are worse ways to blow a hot Saturday afternoon. That said, the plot, the story points, the acting, the direction, the score — they all shout B-movie. That doesn’t mean “After Earth” totally fails; it just waddles as a wide target when it stars an A-list actor. Like our heroes as they were making the fateful decision to enter this poisoned planet’s atmosphere: You’ve been warned.


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SPINACH STEALS THE SHOW: Salut’s chicken cannelloni.

Simple, but delicious Salut Bistro serves up tasty Italian fare.


t its best, Italian food is simple: well-cooked pastas and sauces that rely more on fresh ingredients than complex recipes to make a good meal. Too many modern Italian restaurants take this traditional simplicity and use it as a cover for laziness, producing dull food overwhelmed with bland tomatoes and an overabundance of melted cheese. The folks at Salut Bistro avoid these mistakes by keeping things light and combining quality ingredients to create bright, vibrant flavors — flavors we were rather surprised to find in a small restaurant tucked away in an anonymous-looking office building on North University Avenue. The bistro made fans of us even before we placed our appetizer order with a small loaf of hot garlic bread and a red pepper pesto that blew us away with the clean, sharp flavor of fresh basil. We savored every bite of the buttery bread. Having had our taste buds primed for basil, we turned our attention to a large

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in and of itself, this salad was one of the best bites we had all evening. Our second starter, steamed mussels ($12), was a nice contrast to the light salad, with shellfish, roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions floating in a heavenly broth of white wine and saffron. The deep, rich flavor of the tomatoes and onions was the perfect match for the earthy flavor of mussels, and while we came across one or two bites that were a touch too fishy for our taste, overall the dish was good. Two slices of grilled bread were put to good use mopping up that saffron-scented broth, and we found ourselves wishing we hadn’t been so eager with the first plate of bread we’d received. Moving on to our main course, we decided to go for a dish seen on many Italian menus, eggplant Parmesan ($12), and one we’ve not seen before, chicken cannelloni ($15). Being more familiar with the Italian-sausage version of cannelloni, we were quite pleased with this shredded chicken version, covered in a rich tomato sauce. Even better than the sauce, however, was the large pile of fried spinach leaves topping the dish. Each leaf was still perfectly green, as if it were fresh, but fried to a light, crisp texture that was compelling in flavor and color. We discussed for some time how the kitchen managed to get the leaves to stay so green while getting them so crisp. At any rate, it was a delicious discovery. The eggplant Parmesan, two massive pieces of breaded eggplant served with fettuccine, was even more successful, a good balance of eggplant, cheese and sauce. Having been burned by bittertasting eggplant in the past, we were hesitant to order this dish, but each bite was sweet and good, despite a rind that was a bit tough at times. The breading held up reasonably well to the sauce, although things got a little mushy in the middle. The pasta served with the eggplant was cooked to perfection. We left the small restaurant enamored with its dimly lit, intimate setting, and pleased with the quality of service we received. The small complaints we had were made rather trivial by the overall meal experience, and it was clear to us that there is a high level of skill operating in the kitchen. The office building setting is a bit off-putting at first, but once we settled into our meal of fresh, simple food, everything seemed just right.

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All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOSTON’S Ribs and gourmet pizza star at this restaurant/sports bar. 3201 Bankhead Dr. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seatyourself Cajun joint that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Down-home done right. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. BUTCHER SHOP Large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS It’s never been better, with a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare,


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served in massive portions. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-4487. LD Mon.-Fri. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. FROSTOP A ‘50s-style drive-in has been resurrected, with big and juicy burgers and great irregularly cut fries. 4131 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Mouth-watering

burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. IZZY’S Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care, if rarely far from the middle of the culinary road. With full vegan and gluten-free menus. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. J & S CAFETERIA Home-cooking, with daily specials. Also offers burgers from the grill or a salad bar. 601 S Gaines St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-378-2206. L Mon.-Fri. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily, BR Sun. MOOYAH BURGERS Kid-friendly, fast-casual restaurant with beef, veggie and turkey burgers and shakes. 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 190. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-1091. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE It’s


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self-service, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. ROUTE 66 DINER Kid-friendly ’50s diner with a menu of classics, including chicken and waffles. 7710 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3366. BLD Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN This Southwest Little Rock restaurant specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish. 8824 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-0300. LD daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. YANCEY’S CAFETERIA Soul food served with a Southern attitude. 1523 Martin Luther King Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-372-9292. LD Tue.-Sat. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. BL Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646444. LD Mon.-Sat.


A. W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Traditional Chinese dishes, several Thai dishes and a variety of sushi rolls. 17000 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE Offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL Tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-9888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham CONTINUED ON PAGE 46

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Finedining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat. RJ TAO RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE Upscale Asian and exotic fare — like Kangaroo burgers and African prawns. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. D Mon.-Sat. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7770. LD daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.


CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven

Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.


ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-219-8787. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC.

$-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from Ireland. Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). TAJ MAHAL Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-8814796. LD daily. TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE Fast casual chain that offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.


BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular

Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2249079. D Mon.-Sat. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice, call-your-own ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.


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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. nation entree choices plus creative salads and other dishes. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Mon.-Sat. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). With breakfast, too. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily. SENOR TEQUILA Typical cheap Mexcian dishes with great service. Good margaritas. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily. 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432. TACO MEXICO These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun. TACOS GUANAJUATO Pork, beef, adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon. TAQUERIA THALIA Try this taco truck on the weekends, when the special could be anything from posole to menudo to shrimp cocktail. 4500 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $.

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DAN’S I-30 DINER Home cooking and blue plate specials are the best things to choose at this diner. 17018 Interstate 30. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-778-4116. BL Tue.-Sat. LA VALENTINA There are touches of authenticity on La Valentina’s “real Mexican” menu, including specialties like palmadas meat pies, but otherwise you’ll find tacos, burritos, chimichangas and the like here. 1217 Ferguson Drive. Benton. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-776-1113. LD daily. SULLIVAN’S DINER Tasty chicken fried steak and other home cookin’ standards paired with well-executed Thai dishes. 520 Lillian St. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-778-4630. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun.


DOMOYAKI Hibachi grill and sushi bar near the interstate. Now serving bubble tea. 505 E. Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-764-0074. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. THE FISH HOUSE The other entrees and the many side orders are decent, but this place is

all about catfish. 116 S. Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-327-9901. LD Mon.-Sun. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. JADE CHINA Traditional Chinese fare, some with a surprising application of ham. 559 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-329-5121. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS IV “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 786 Elsinger Boulevard. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3295010. LD Mon-Sat. SHORTY’S Burgers, dogs and shake joint. 1101 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-329-9213. LD Mon.-Sat. STOBY’S Great homemade cheese dip and big, sloppy Stoby sandwiches with umpteen choices of meats, cheeses and breads. 805 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-5447. BLD Mon.-Sat. TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT Besides the hibachi offerings, Tokyo also has tempura, teriyaki and a great seaweed salad. Their combination platters are a great value; besides an entree, also comes with soup, salad, haru-

maki (spring rolls) and vegetable tempura. 716 Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-6868. BL daily.


BELLE ARTI RISTORANTE Ambitious menu of lavish delights in a film-noir setting; excellent desserts. 719 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-624-7474. LD. DON JUAN’S Mex-style enchiladas, runny white cheese dip, great guacamole and great service. 1311 Albert Pike Road No. A. Hot Springs. No alcohol, All CC. 501-321-0766. LD. FACCI’S This longtime favorite of the Oaklawn crowd offers an all-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch, lots of sandwiches and pasta and extraordinary Italian dishes for dinner. 2900 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-623-9049. LD Wed. only. FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. 5101 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-525-7437. LD. HAWGS PIZZA PUB Good pizza and other Italian food, a wide selection of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches in an all-Razorback motif. 1442 Airport Road. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-767-4240. LD. june 6, 2013 47 47 JUNE 6, 2013


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