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NEW TIMES THERE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN Bentonville booms because of Walmart.
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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CASH IN ON MODERN DAY GOLD RUSH! By Jason Delong
Gold and silver pour into yesterday’s Roadshow due to highest prices in 40 years.
STAFF WRITER Yesterday at the Howard Johnson, hundreds lined up to cash in antiques, collectibles, gold and jewelry at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow. The free event is in Conway all week, buying gold, silver, antiques and collectibles. One visitor I spoke with yesterday said, “It’s unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in
“IT’S UNBELIEVABLE, I BROUGHT IN SOME OLD COINS THAT HAD BEEN IN A LITTLE CIGAR BOX FOR YEARS AND SOME OLD HERRINGBONE NECKLACES—IN LESS THAN FIFTEEN MINUTES I LEFT WITH A CHECK FOR $700.” a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces—in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $700. That stuff has been in my jewelry box and dresser for at least 20 years.” Another gentleman brought in an old Fender guitar his father had bought years ago. The man said, “Dad had less than fifty bucks in that guitar.” The Roadshow specialist that assisted him made a few phone calls and a veterinarian in Seattle, Washington bought
If you go to the Roadshow, you can cash-in your items for competitive prices. Roadshow representatives will be available to assess and purchase your items at the Howard Johnson, this week through Saturday, in Conway.
the guitar for $5,700.00. The seller continued, “I got another $150.00 for a broken necklace and an old class ring. It’s not every day that someone comes to town bringing six thousand dollars with your name on it.” Jeff Parsons, President of the Treasure Hunters Roadshow commented, “Lots of people have items that they know are valuable but just don’t know where to sell them. Old toys, trains, swords,guitars, pocket watches or just about anything old is valuable to collectors. These collectors are will-
ing to pay big money for those items that they are looking for.” This week’s Roadshow is the best place to get connected with those collectors. The process is free and anyone can bring items down to the event. If the Roadshow specialists find items that their collectors are interested in, offers will be made to purchase them. About 80% of the guests that attend the show end up selling one or more items at the event. Antiques and collectibles are not the only items the Roadshow is buying. “Gold and silver markets are soaring,” says Archie Davis, a Roadshow representative. “Broken jewelry and gold and silver coins add up very quickly. I just finished working with a gentleman that had an old class ring, two bracelets and a handful of silver dollars. His check was for over $650.00. I would say that there were well over 100 people in here yesterday that sold their scrap gold.” The Roadshow continues today starting at 9am. The event is free and no appointment is needed.
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WHAT WE BUY COINS Any and all coins made before 1964. All conditions wanted!
WE BUY SCRAP GOLD & GOLD JEWELRY
GOLD & SILVER PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH for platinum, gold and silver: broken jewelry,, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Krugerrands, gold bars, Canadian Maple Leafs, etc. JEWELRY Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, all types of stones and metals, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. (including broken jewelry) Early costume jewelry wanted. WRIST & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others. TOYS, TRAINS, DOLLS All makers and types of toys made before 1965: Hot Wheels, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, Battery Toys, Mickey Mouse, train sets—Marklin, American Flyer, Lionel, Hafner, all other trains, Barbie dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple characters, German. MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc: swords, badges, clothes, photos, medals, knives, gear, letters. The older the swords, the better.
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THE INSIDER New director pay n The Arkansas Arts Center will offer new director Todd Herman a base salary of $160,000 a year, and will review his salary and performance yearly, according to a draft letter prepared by the Arts Center financial office. Heather Haywood, spokesman for the Arts Center, said no final contract has been signed yet. Herman, who will start work July 5, will no doubt be eligible for bonuses based on performance, as was Dr. Ellen (Nan) Plummer, who resigned in 2010 after eight years as director. Plummer was earning $165,375 when she left. He’ll receive standard Arts Center benefits, travel reimbursements and four weeks paid vacation a year. The Arts Center will also provide up to $10,000 in moving expenses for Herman, who lives in South Carolina, where he has been chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art. The Arts Center will provide “petfriendly” housing for up to three months, or whenever Herman’s house in South Carolina is sold, whichever is less.
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n The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette classified section on Sunday included a request for applications to serve as special counsel for the Little Rock Housing Authority, to handle an alleged claim of employment discrimination. A copy on the LRHA website doesn’t give many details, other than that the special counsel will be “determining the factual and legal merits of a claim of alleged employment discrimination and reporting factual findings and legal conclusions” to the LRHA board of commissioners. The request doesn’t specificy whether the alleged discrimination is related to race, sex, religion or national origin. A call to the LRHA for more information was returned by Edward Armstrong, an attorney with the firm of Wright, Lindsey and Jennings, which represents the LRHA. Armstrong said that because the claim to be investigated involves a personnel matter, he couldn’t speak on the actual incident. He said the LRHA has decided to seek an outside counsel because the claim involves what might be a perceived as a conflict of interest if handled by in-house counsel. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 8, 2011 3
Contents A home for LGBT homeless
n A local non-profit is currently raising money to build a shelter for one of Arkansas’s most vulnerable groups: homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. The shelter, called “Lucie’s Place,” will provide long-term housing for young adults, age 18-25. A project of The Living and Affected Corporation, a gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender advocacy group based in Little Rock, the shelter is to be named after Lucie Marie Hamilton, a transgender woman from Arkansas who died in 2009. The plan is to allow LGBT youth to live at the shelter for up to two years while they get their lives together, with housing free for the first year
The P.A. that saved the WM3 n Joe Berlinger, one of didn’t have the right equipthe directors behind the ment, they were wondering “Paradise Lost” films about about the P.A. system. We the West Memphis Three, chimed in and said, ‘If you took part in a panel discuslet us film, we can provide sion last week at the Little a really sophisticated P.A. Rock Film Festival about system.’ I honestly believe the ways the media had that was the thing that influenced the case. One atturned it all. They knew that BERLINGER: tendee asked Berlinger how we wanted to film and they Good sound. the filmmakers were finally were considering it and we able to win the court’s apwere already half way there, proval – after months of trying – to reso I don’t want to lay it all on that. But ... cord the trial of Damien Echols and Jawe installed a very professional P.A. sysson Baldwin. Berlinger said he had never tem that made the trial so good to hear, discussed the topic publicly. courtesy of HBO. That was the thing that “It was two weeks before the trial tipped it over the edge. I think those guys and we still hadn’t gotten permission,” probably rue the day that it happened. he said. “We were filming a meeting And thank God we got that footage, bewhere [local officials] were talking about cause these guys would literally be dead security. Because there was a change and there would be no story,” (for more of venue to Corning and the courtroom go to arktimes.com/wm3media).
and $150 per month for the second. During their stay, residents will receive assistance with job searches, school applications and filing for public aid. Bowen Lambda, a UALR Law School group that volunteers on LGBT issues, will offer legal services. This summer, organizers plan to hold a series of fundraisers, with the goal of raising $20,000 — about a quarter of the projected cost to get Lucie’s Place up and running. Their next monthly meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Boulevard Bread, 1417 Main St. in Little Rock. For more information or to make a donation, visit www. luciesplace.org.
Arkansas Medicaid ranks low n Only five state Medicaid programs spend less per patient than Arkansas’s, according to a consumer activist group. The Public Citizen Health Letter published the results of a study of Medicaid payments. Medicaid helps pay for health care for low-income people. Each state runs its own Medicaid program — though both state and federal funds are used — and sets standards for how much will be spent and what services covered. Public Citizen said that Arkansas was the sixth “least generous” state, with an average Medicaid payment of $3,617 per enrollee. California was the “least generous” state, with an average payment of $2,701, followed by Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. The “most generous” state for Medicaid payments was Rhode Island, with an average payment of $8,796 per enrollee. New York was second at $8,450.
In conflict with FOIA law, the Little Rock Police Department has long charged a fee for printing burglary and incident reports. — By David Koon
10 A tale of two cities
Will Bentonville usurp Fayetteville as Northwest Arkansas’s leading city? — By Doug Smith
28 LRFF rewind
Our take on the fifth annual Little Rock Film Festival. — By Lindsey Millar, Leslie Newell Peacock and John Tarpley
DEPARTMENTS 3 The Insider 4 Smart Talk 5 The Observer 6 Letters 7 Orval 8-15 News 16 Opinion 18 Arts & Entertainment 33 Dining 37 Crossword/ Tom Tomorrow 46 Lancaster
Words VOLUME 37, NUMBER 40
n Where have the dials gone, Joe Dimaggio? “Dimaggio would stay in the hotel room [in the summer of 1941], and he and Gomez would put on the radio and order up steak.” Obviously written by someone who doesn’t remember old-time radio. Somebody who does remember would write “he and Gomez would turn on the radio.” When TV first came along, it was turned on too. I guess now it’s put on, or punched on, or entered on, or something. Dials are disappearing like clocks with faces. I read the other day that the word “clockwise” is vanishing from the language because younger people don’t know what it means. n E-mail from eureka4me: 4 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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“In the April 27 issue, you wrote ‘The word [uber] is all over these days – usually with an umlaut, but we don’t do unlauts at the Times.’ I assume that you meant umlauts because unlauts in Germany means dishonesty — sure hope you don’t do that at the Times either.” Far from it, Eu. Your assumption about “umlauts” is correct. After receiving your message, I checked the office German-English dictionary. I couldn’t find unlaut, but I did find unlauter, and sure enough, it means
all those things that the Times fights against — “dishonest, unfair, squalid, Republican.” Well, maybe the dictionary didn’t actually say “Republican,” but that’s the logical extension. n E-mail from Max Brantley: “I hate how the race tracks and casinos refuse to refer to slot machines, poker, blackjack, roulette, etc., as gambling. Instead, it’s gaming, which is somehow cleaner. Now this has taken hold in the media. Here’s a Twitter from KTHV. ‘On THV at noon a new study shows 15 percent of women who file for divorce cite their hubby’s gaming. Is this enough for divorce?’ Right. Many a wife’s said, ‘If you game away the grocery money one more time, I’m leaving your sorry butt.’ ” Let the gaming be ended.
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The Observer made a trip to Washington, Ark., a couple of weekends ago, the closest thing to Williamsburg that you’ll find in Arkansas. The Confederate capital, now a state park, has restored and imported from nearby several houses from the early 19th century so that now the park is beginning to resemble the town it once was. The state’s largest magnolia tree (planted in 1839) is there; it has spread its limbs so far into the road that runs by it that the road’s been closed. Trees need preserving too. The horse-drawn buggies that now give the tourists rides can pass by, but not cars. You can park nearby, though, and walk over to stand under this champion. It’s Washington, we’re told, not Old Washington. But we’ll always call it Old Washington because of our halcyon days there in the 1980s with the amateur archeological crews that dug in back yards of the extant historic homes looking for where the kitchens and wells and privies once stood. The pace of the town mimics the 1800s and delivers instant relaxation. The food at the quaint Tavern is approximately 1,000 times better than you’ll find at any other state park eatery. There’s a courthouse and a WPA-era gym and a forge and the Bowie knife and the oldest Methodist church in Arkansas. Service starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday. If you get there early, you can ring the bell to summon the faithful. We got to stay in an 1840s cabin owned by one of those bell-ringing, history-loving Washingtoners. The cabin was hauled to his farm from a place called Blue Bayou near Lockesburg. We ate by candlelight. We drank coffee from old transfer print china. We studied the pasture, with its baaing sheep and bleating goats. Other historic cabins, a barn. Honking geese, some ducks. So Constable. Except for the camel. The camel came to the farm a couple of years ago from Missouri. Don’t ask us to explain that. There was a giraffe once too, but it expired. The camel, called something that sounded like Saeed, is an amazing creature that makes amazing noises. It did not spit at us. It did look at us funny. It strikes the people in Washington as funny too. They call the farm — what
else? — Camelot. There will be another archeological dig there starting this weekend, in the town’s now empty mercantile block. You can go down and take a peek and see what the state Archeological Survey, powered by the amateur Archeological Society, is adding to what we know about Washington. It’s one of the great things about Arkansas, this reconstructed town. And there’s a legal limit to the snow there, we hear.
A few weeks back, The Observer wrote about designated driving our cuz and a friend out to Jimmy Doyle’s Country Club on I-40, an oldline joint that might be the area’s purest remaining expression of the country/ western honky tonk. We use that phrase with all the love and respect of one who craves The Authentic. As seen in that dispatch, we loved the vibe of the place in general, with its big dance floor, neon, back room full of pool tables, and laid-back clientele, but had especially good things to say about the band. They rocked 1970s outlaw country and bluesy numbers all night, with the lead vocalist — a bearded, 6-foot-5 mountain of a guy in a black suit — pulling off the greatest cover of “Blue Spanish Eyes” (including the falsetto high notes) we’ve ever heard, while simultaneously managing to be one of the best guitar players we’ve ever seen live and in person. Over the weekend, we got a call from one of his friends. The guitarist is named Wendell Craig, and he’s part of the Arkansas River Bottom Band, the standing, Saturday night house band for Jimmy Doyle’s. Craig has been kicking around Arkansas music for years, the friend told us. Back in the day, he used to be an Elvis impersonator. Though we’re pretty sure he’s got a few inches of height on The King, we’d still pay good folding cash to see him T.C.B. in the lamb chop sideburns and the spangly jumpsuit. If you get a chance, get out to the club some Saturday night, pay your $5 cover, buy a pitcher of beer, and catch Wendell and the rest of the band. They take requests (if it’s Waylon, Willie, Johnny, Hank or Elvis, they can probably swing it) and they’re pretty dang fine.
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In defense of Stanley Reed I am writing to comment on your editorial, “The decks run red,” in the June 1 edition of the Times regarding the selection of a new University of Arkansas President. There were several glaring misrepresentations and falsehoods stated therein. First, the Arkansas Farm Bureau is composed of over 200,000 citizens of the state from every county including Pulaski. These men and women meet monthly in their home counties to discuss issues relevant to their livelihood and life and family, as well as their community and the state. Then delegates are selected to attend an Annual Convention to inform the elected Officers and Directors of ARFB through an open debate and parliamentary voting process what issues the delegates agree with or disagree with. The stand that the ARFB takes on any issue whether state or national comes from the members, not the board of directors, nor the lobbying component, which is essential part of any organization that wants to be heard in this great country of ours. Yes, the concerns of most of these folks is about agriculture and rural affairs. They are also concerned about wildlife habitat, human health, and yes, animal welfare. The ARFB fully supported the current law regarding animal cruelty that is enforced today. Another fact for you to ponder is that agribusiness is the largest industry in this state and many others. Furthermore, the raw materials used to produce almost any industrial product from cars to corn is not sales taxed. By the way, what do anti-gay laws and animal cruelty have to do with education? Higher education is what we are discussing, isn’t it? Now to the despicable characterization of Mr. Stanley Reed, “a farmer of sorts.” How absurd. Did you know that he grew up on a small farm in Marianna on which he worked until he came to the U of A for college in 1969? No doubt he worked on the farm during the summer. He earned an engineering degree and law degree. Then he married his lovely wife Charlene and went back to farming with a vision and determination to succeed in this business like no other. Isn’t that what we all aspire to do? Well he did succeed by the sweat of his brow and risked losing or winning each year to do it, like any businessman. From a small farmer he became a big one, but he earned it. Think of Sam Walton on a smaller scale. Anything wrong with that? He has served with distinction as president of both the Arkansas Farm Bureau 6 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
and the U of A Board of Trustees. He is the most decent, honest, smartest man I have ever had the good fortune to know. A true gentleman that would not stoop to answer this flagrant slander presented in your paper. But, I will! Go pick on someone else. Nathan Gregory Augusta
Parking solution There’s an easy way to solve the parking mess on President Clinton Avenue that was mentioned in Smart Talk last week. The solution is to just ban most ordinary drivers! Instead of dealing with phys-
ically fit drivers hogging the spaces, the city ought to turn all the parking spots on Clinton Avenue and Main Street into handicapped spots, with loading and unloading zones every 100 to 200 yards, or just at the corners and middle of the block. Plus motorcycle parking spread out after every three or four parking spots. This would cut down on parking hogs. But most importantly, it would allow disabled people who don’t use an electric chair to enjoy the River Market without walking long distances from public parking lots a block or two away! There are many people who have medical problems that prevent them from enjoying the river front
parks and attractions like the Discovery Museum. Motorcycle owners will feel their bikes are safe with special mini-slots for motorcycles. Just make the slots about 3.5-feet wide so riders can park and safely move around. And, if all the spaces aren’t being used at night, then that would just make it easier for people to see the names of the businesses and make it easier for people to cross from one side of the street to the other. If the city does this and increases handicapped spots by the bridge and park areas then more older and disabled people will be interested in going down there. If you agree, speak up and tell the mayor. Keith Weber Jacksonville
Stifling freedoms The Russellville Middle School yearbook in Arkansas listed in addition to Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden and Charles Manson also George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as “The Top Five Worst People of All Time,” which naturally caused quite an uproar. Perhaps the yearbook should add the Russellville School District to that list, as it unceremoniously covered that “top five” list with black duct tape, which stifled free speech and freedom of the press, which is even a more deplorable action than the printing of that “top five” list. Kenneth L. Zimmerman Huntington Beach, Calif.
Chicken litter and downtown revival
Way to go Polly D. Davis of Scott with your truthful comments about chicken litter and the (un)Natural State. Time Arkansas began cleaning things up and protecting its citizens. But on another note, I was so pleased to read about Jason Meier and Myles Roberson and their plans for the old Sterling Store. I have recently settled in Argenta because of all the improvements I see and use. I can walk to Argenta’s Farmers Market as well as just across the river to Little Rock’s. I love Argenta Market and it’s only two blocks from me. I also really like the old post office, the trolley, libraries and restaurants that are not fast food joints. We could use another nice market with organic foods — what about a Fresh Market or Whole Foods or an expanded “Argenta Market II”? We need good, close services for all the people that now live downtown and will continue to move to this renewed and revitalized area. Sharon Roberts North Little Rock Submit letters to The Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE WEEK THAT WAS JUNE 1-7 IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR...
THE LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL. In its fifth year, the festival once again rolled out the red carpet for an impressive assortment of films from all over the world. Now it’s time for city leaders to give the festival a permanent theater home, where it can show films year-round. H.L. MCGILL. The recently fired director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the state-run museum about the black experience in Arkansas, was rehired after special-interest groups, including the Legislative Black Caucus, intervened with the governor. MIKE HUCKABEE. Just two weeks after announcing that he would not run for president, the former governor left himself some wiggle room to change his mind. After telling reporters after a Clinton School visit “everything is still open,” he said, “I’m not going to make some definitive, categorical statement that later would have to be explained if there was something later to be explained even though now I have no reason to think that there would be anything that would have to be explained.” WASTE MANAGEMENT. The Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District approved a new 10-year recycling contract with the company that cuts service to customers down from weekly to every two weeks and raises rates by 56 cents a month. The new arrangement would pose a significant burden for ratepayers, but it will represent a massive windfall for Waste Management. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR...
FREE SPEECH. The Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason sued the Central Transit Authority and its advertising agency in federal court for refusing more than $5,000 in bus advertising aimed at atheists and agnostics. The ads, which ask, “Are you good without God? Millions are,” have run in 36 markets, including Fayetteville. TIM CLARK AND MICHAEL NELLUMS. Pulaski County School Board member Gwen Williams filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages after a sheriff’s investigation found that her fellow Board members Tim Clark and Mills High Principal Michael Nellums worked together on a plot discredit her. 8 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Open, sesame LRPD: All reports $10, unless you know magic words. BY DAVID KOON
n For years, the Little Rock Police Department has been charging the public $10 each for burglary reports, incident reports and other printed materials, in what might be a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act — or at least a case of governmental fleecing. The Little Rock city attorney says those same materials, all public information, can be obtained from the LRPD for the physical cost of copying by invoking the FOI law. However, police don’t inform record-seekers of that fact. As stated in the FOI statute, law enforcement agencies are allowed to charge up to $10 for vehicle-related reports. For all other records, the amount that can be charged for documents is limited to the cost of materials and the amount of time spent in copying the items — the latter indexed to the salary of the lowest-paid employee available who can run the copy machine. The law says that the custodian of records can furnish free or reduced-charge copies at his or her discretion. The LRPD provides copies of their reports to most local media agencies for free. Meg Matthews, spokesperson for the City of Little Rock, said that in 2010, the LRPD took in $286,192 from the sale of police reports. Matthews said the sales
records can’t be electronically sorted between vehicle-related reports and all others, so she couldn’t determine how much of that total came HASTINGS from records that would have been available for the cost of copying had seekers known about the FOI. Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said that all police reports generated by the department have been $10 for as long as he can remember. “If you’re a victim, it’s free. Anybody else, they’re 10 bucks,” Hastings said. “We didn’t just decide to arbitrarily start charging for those. There’s been a city ordinance around forever.” Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter perused the FOI law after an inquiry from Arkansas Times. “I’ve looked up some statutes, and I’m having some of the same concerns you’re having,” Carpenter said. “I’ve made a request over there [at the LRPD] saying where are you charging this from, and what’s the basis for it?” After speaking with the police department, Carpenter said they told him, “the
Decision on lottery data halted Accountability at risk, new commissioners say. BY GERARD MATTHEWS
n Arkansas lottery staffers seemed surprised late last week when two new lottery commissioners, Bruce Engstrom and Steve Faris, sat in on a meeting between the lottery’s retail division and representatives from the state Department of Information Systems (DIS). The lottery held the meeting to request that DIS turn over historical data on retailer contracts to be housed on the lottery’s own system, run by Intralot, a Greece-based company that holds the lottery’s online gaming contact. Engstrom and Faris were concerned that removing that data from a state-run
system to one backed by Intralot would result in a lack of accountability. Faris suggested the lottery should not take action on the matFARIS ter until it could be discussed before the full commission. Engstrom said after the meeting that this was an important decision and lottery commissioners should have been notified.
policy is that the police report is $10, unless you seek it under FOI.” Carpenter said he doesn’t think there’s any part of the law that requires police to inform those seeking records that they could get them cheaper by invoking the FOI. In a follow-up call to Hastings, he said the department would abide by whatever Carpenter thought on the issue. He deferred to Carpenter when asked whether it would be proper to inform record-seekers of the FOI. The $10 charge for police reports doesn’t sit well with Paul Carr, who runs the local news and satire blog “Forbidden Hillcrest,” and is in the process of setting up another blog at www.stationxray.com, which will post the audio of Little Rock police radio dispatches to crime scenes, as captured from scanners. Carr said he originally hoped to publish police reports on the Station X-Ray site, but abandoned that idea after he learned he would be charged for each report. “When I went down there, it was 10 bucks a pop, which really surprised me,” Carr said. “I thought these were public records.” Carr said he tried to call Hastings to discuss the matter several times, but his phone calls were never returned. “If it was some rare thing I guess I could cough up $10,” Carr said. “But with the FOI, my understanding is that they’re supposed to charge whatever it costs to produce the document. Ten dollars is out of line.” John Tull is a Little Rock attorney who Continued on page 15
The commissioners also expressed their unhappiness that lottery director Ernie Passailaigue was not present. The Arkansas Lottery Commission met on Monday. Following the meeting, Passailaigue said his staff would do whatever commissioners asked. “What we have found out is that maybe every time we propose a work order with DIS, or any time we close one out, we run it by the commission,” Passailiague said. “We’re fine with that. It’s part of the routine of doing business. If they want to be advised every time we approve a work order or close one, we’ll do it. Like I said, they’re our boss.” Neither Engstrom nor Faris addressed the matter of transferring data from DIS to the lottery’s “back office system” during the commission meeting Monday afternoon. During last week’s meeting, both commissioners asked many questions in an Continued on page 15
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IS BENTONVILLE THE NEW FAYETTEVILLE? BENTONVILLE — On the Bentonville town square, there’s a statue of a Confederate soldier with the inscription “They Fought For Home and Fatherland.” Would they be chagrined, these 19th-century Southern warriors, to find the fatherland today overrun with Yankees? Maybe not, when they saw the prosperity the newcomers brought. Bentonville booms, has been doing so for a couple of decades now, and seems likely to continue. So does most of Northwest Arkansas, for that matter. There are other contributors, but the biggest reason for this growth is, of course, Walmart. We say “of course,” because a person would have to be immensely unobservant not to notice that the world’s largest commercial enterprise is headquartered in Bentonville, Ark. Some 1,200 to 1,400 companies have established operations in the Bentonville area specifically to sell to the giant retailer. As a prominent go-getter in nearby Fayetteville says, “When Walmart asked its vendors to come, and they came, it changed Northwest Arkansas forever. And for the better.” That’s an interesting comment from a Fayettevillian, because to most Arkansans, for most of the state’s existence, “Northwest Arkansas” meant “Fayetteville,” home of the University of Arkansas, site of Arkansas Razorback football games, the biggest and liveliest town in the region. It’s still the biggest, but barely, and may lose that distinction in the 2020 census. Other cities in Benton and Washington Counties are growing faster — Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville — and Bentonville in particular has the kind of momentum that might threaten Fayetteville’s status as the queen city of the Northwest. Already Walmart’s home base, Bentonville is adding a big, new world-class art museum, and a center for the performing arts that will surpass Fayetteville’s as the largest in the region. A lavish, almost unprecedented, hotel is in the works. Even in smaller ways, Bentonville excels. The Bentonville High School football team, which once competed several levels below Fayetteville, is now the state champion of the top classification of Arkansas high school football.
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BENTONVILLE PROUD: Mayor McCaslin sees even bluer skies ahead for his city.
Well, they still don’t have the Razorbacks.
IN THE BEGINNING: The Walmart Visitors Center, across the street from the Confederate statue. “I don’t know of another city anywhere that has a brighter future than Bentonville,” says Mayor Bob McCaslin. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, being built by Alice Walton of the Walmart Waltons, and scheduled to open in November, “is on a scale that few people comprehend. This is on a Moscow, Paris or London scale. It will be the premier collection of American art, housed in an architectural wonder. It’s a first for Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas, the state and the world. It’s estimated to draw an additional 250,000 visitors a year to the region. New businesses will be born catering to cultured tastes, new restaurants will open. A new hotel is being developed close to the museum. The only one like it today is in Louisville, Ky., and that hotel is rated number one in the U.S. by Conde Nast.” Bentonville has already undergone enormous change — “Over the last several years, one out of every seven homes sold in Arkansas was sold in Benton County,” McCaslin says — but what’s coming, according to the mayor, will be “the greatest change the city has experienced in a short period of time.” If Fayetteville city leaders begrudge any of Bentonville’s good fortune, they hide it well. “What’s good for Bentonville is good for Fayetteville,” says the ebullient Lioneld Jordan, Fayetteville’s mayor. “I still believe Fayetteville is the hub of Northwest Arkansas, but the cities
of this region have grown together.” Jordan says Crystal Bridges will bring visitors to Fayetteville restaurants, the most varied in the region, and Fayetteville’s entertainment district, energized by the U of A students. Steve Clark, president of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, agrees. (Clark is the man who said that Walmart had changed Northwest Arkansas forever and for the better. He’s also the former attorney general of Arkansas.) “Northwest Arkansas has become a region, not just cities connected by a highway,” Clark says. “We don’t look for the differences, we look for the similarities.” Such as, the benefit that everyone derives from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, built in 1988 after years of struggle, with considerable input from the Walton family. Northwest Arkansas used to be hard to get to, by air or ground. Now, “We have three nonstop flights to New York every day,” Clark says. And it’s not as though Fayetteville lacked attractions of its own. “The University of Arkansas is now one of the highest-ranking research institutions in the country,” Clark says. “We have great medical care here, great parks, a great quality of life.” When he was growing up (in East Arkansas), Fayetteville was a sleepy little university town, Clark said, just as Austin, Texas, was once a sleepy university town. He thinks Fayetteville is chang-
ing the way that Austin did. Clark tactfully doesn’t dwell on it, though he could, but Fayetteville, as a university town, is a little freer-thinking than the rest of Washington and Benton Counties, a little more tolerant of different lifestyles. And Washington County is wet. Even with all the out-of-staters who’ve moved in, Benton County remains technically a “dry” county, though it’s popularly said to be the wettest dry county in Arkansas. Getting a drink in Benton County is easy, if not legal. Obviously, the wet-dry issue is still considered dangerous by politicians. The mayors of both Bentonville and Rogers decline to take stands. Fayetteville residents also are considerably more likely to vote Democratic than their neighbors. A growing population in the Northwest, combined with a shrinking population elsewhere, necessitates changes in congressional-district boundaries, to assure that the districts remain roughly equal in population. A considerable row developed while the state legislature was redrawing the boundaries early this year. One proposal would have separated Fayetteville from its Northwest Arkansas neighbors in the Third Congressional District and placed the city in the Fourth Congressional District, which is mostly South Arkansas. Committed to regionalism, Northwest Arkansas officials were roundly opposed. Continued on page 12
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Losing those little-town blues The northwest corner of Arkansas, Benton and Washington Counties, was still quiet and roomy 30 years ago. A retiree come back to the region would find much has changed. Once lightly populated, Benton County is now the second most populous county in the state, and growing, with a population of 221,339 in the 2010 census, up a whopping 44.3 percent from 2000. Pulaski, in Central Arkansas, is still the biggest county in the state and Little Rock still the biggest city, by a wide margin, but Washington and Benton Counties are now home to four of the 10 largest cities in the state. Fayetteville, with a population of 73,580 is third, behind Little Rock and Fort Smith; Fayetteville’s next-door neighbor, Springdale, is fourth at 69,797; Rogers is eighth, at 55,924, and Bentonville is 10th at 35,301. (The population of Bentonville was 2,900 in 1950, when Sam Walton opened a store there.) School districts have grown proportionately. The Springdale School District’s enrollment is second only to the Little Rock District’s in Arkansas. Teams from Benton and Washington Counties used to be overmatched against Pulaski County schools in Arkansas high-school athletics. Now they do the overmatching. This growth is even more remarkable in that it has come while much of the rest of the state, Southern and Eastern Arkansas particularly, has been losing population rapidly. The contrast is stark.
During the political campaigns this year, a Northwest Arkansas politician said that going from Northwest Arkansas to South Arkansas was like going to a different country, and he didn’t mean it in a complimentary way. The remark was criticized, and it was clearly demagoguery, but demagoguery with an element of truth in it. Drive from Memphis to Bentonville, and you notice that even the highway rest stops become cleaner and better maintained as you move north and west.
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Presumably, the proposal would have helped the Democratic Party by moving more Democrats into the Fourth District, the only district now held by the Democrats. The Third District is widely considered to be Republican for evermore. Even so, Clark and Jordan, both Democrats, opposed the plan — their Republican counterparts in the area, were, of course, equally strongly opposed — and Clark went to Little Rock to lobby against it. The plan was defeated. Some Fayetteville residents aren’t as friendly toward their Northwest Arkansas neighbors as Clark and Jordan are. When a reporter told a Fayetteville friend that he’d spent the day in Benton County, she expressed sympathy. And, although elected officials in both cities deny knowledge of it, some Fayetteville residents look down on Springdale the way some Little Rock residents look down on North Little Rock. During one of Fayetteville’s periodic battles between developers and preservationists, a preservationist suggested that people who wanted Fayetteville to look like Springdale should go live in Springdale. Clark acknowledges that Fayetteville has a stronger sense of the past than its Northwest Arkansas neighbors. “The others weren’t big enough in the past to have that keen a sense,” he says. (He adds that Little Rock is almost too big to appreciate
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Fayetteville will get a new 600-seat theater adjacent to the existing Walton Center. The proposal did not sit well with the Fayetteville city attorney, Kit Williams, who said the center’s agreement with the city of Fayetteville would be violated by the construction of a larger center elsewhere. He threatened litigation, and a resolution was introduced before the Fayetteville City
Council that could have endangered the new plan. But the resolution was defeated by a 6-2 vote. Williams, who said he was concerned about the quality of the offerings at Fayetteville after a larger center was opened in Bentonville, has quieted down. Both Mayor Jordan and the Fayetteville C of C were opposed to the resolution and to litigation over the arts center. Unfailingly positive — he posts a positive quotation on Facebook every day — Jordan says the cities of Northwest Arkansas should always be working together, not fighting each other. Clark says he’s thrilled by the development of the new 600-seat theater. “It gives us a size of venue that means we can book different kinds of acts,” Clark said, and will put more people in the entertainment district each night. One for all and all for one is the official line of Northwest Arkansas. Mayor Greg Hines of Rogers, which is next door to Bentonville, said he stood beside Bentonville Mayor McCaslin when the announcement was made that the new performing arts center would be built in Bentonville — stood there, even though, Hines says, “Rogers wanted that thing too.” The new center will be good for the whole region, Hines says, just as Springdale’s new minor-league baseball team is good for the whole region. A lifelong resident of Rogers, Hines was a member of the City Council before he became mayor in January. That’s when the previous mayor, Steve Womack, went to Washington as the new congressman from the Third District. A conservative Republican, like all Benton County officeholders, Womack was probably best known for his role in allowing Rogers police officers to help enforce federal immigration laws. The city’s large and growing Latino population, in an area that had been all-WASP, was not happy with this. “Diversity is important for the city’s continued growth,” Hines says, but the growth in the Latino population brought new challenges. The city has had to train emergency personnel to communicate with people who don’t speak English, he says. And, “When the Latinos came, we saw crime patterns we hadn’t seen before.” Organized drug dealing increased, and so did gang activity. “We’re just trying to foster a safe community,” Hines says. All the other cities in the area had someone or something special to lean on, Hines says. Springdale had Tyson Foods and Jones Truck Lines, Fayetteville had the University, Bentonville had “Walmart and the philanthropic spirit of the Walton Family.” Rogers lacked that kind of supContinued on page 14
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COMING SOON: Construction on Crystal Bridges.
OVERSHADOWED SOON: A new performing arts center in Bentonville will surpass the Walton Center in Fayetteville. port, Hines says. “We all just stay involved here. It’s not one person and not one entity. Examples of public and private partnership, city and school district partnership, are phenomenal. The high school baseball team plays on a city ballfield. The school district and the city partner in providing tennis courts. This has been going on for 30-plus years.” And in that time, Rogers has become “the retail and restaurant center for the region.” Rogers gets spillover from those crucial elements in other cities too. Many Walmart and Walmart-related employees live in Rogers rather than Bentonville. Many of the Latino workers attracted to Northwest Arkansas by the poultry plants of Tyson and others settle in Rogers as well as Springdale. Of all the growing towns in Northwest
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Arkansas, Springdale is the growingest, according to Mayor Doug Sprouse. “We’ve had the biggest numeric growth in the state since 2000 — 24,000 people.” And a big part of it has been Latino. The city is now around 35 percent Latino. Rogers has a similar percentage. “There are sure challenges” when the Latino population grows that much that fast, Sprouse said. “I think we’ve handled it well.” He was a member of the school board for 10 years, while the schools struggled with the problem of students who didn’t speak English. The Springdale School District is the second largest employer in town, behind only Tyson. The City of Springdale has passed a tough graffiti ordinance, to deal with a problem largely brought to the community by Latinos. Nonetheless, “The diversity has
been good for Springdale,” Sprouse says. “I grew up here, and it’s a much different place now. I’m glad my kids got a chance to grow up with kids different from themselves.” He’s proud of Arvest Ballpark, home of the class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals. “It’s good for the whole area. We’ve had nights when Arvest sold out at the same time the Razorbacks sold out.” Someday — not yet — Latinos may vote in sufficient number to alter the conservative-Republican ethos of the Third District. (Though not as numerous at Latinos, other ethnic groups have arrived in Northwest Arkansas too, usually because of Walmart — Indians, Asians, AfricanAmericans.) There’s been Republican sentiment in Northwest Arkansas since before the
Civil War, but the area was still generally Democratic until a bunch of Republican Midwesterners began arriving in the 1950s and ’60s, some looking for cheap retirement property, some plant owners looking for cheap labor. The Third District went Republican for the first time since Reconstruction in 1967, to the surprise of many observers, and it’s only gotten more Republican since. Benton County voters are the most partisan in the state. And why is that? Mayor McCaslin says it’s because there are a lot of people like him. “I am a subscriber to the founding principles. As a retired businessman, I believe in a free market. I don’t think anybody is ‘entitled’ to anything. This area doesn’t believe that government is the answer to all problems. [Has any person, Democrat or otherwise, ever said that government is the answer to all problems?] Walmart should be a poster child for entrepreneurism. Sam Walton used his own ideas, his own capital. He didn’t have subsidies. ... In the ’50s, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between the parties. Now the difference is clear.” But what if the difference could be made less clear? Steve Clark thinks that a Democrat could still be elected from the Third District, “but it’d have to be a Blue Dog Democrat.” “When people move here, they want to stay,” Mayor Sprouse says. “Even in a bad economy, it’s still better than other places. We’re going to work hard to make the prosperity continue. We have infrastructure needs in Northwest Arkansas. We need to expand [Interstate] 540. We need a Highway 412 bypass for those heading east and west across the top part of our state. Funding has to follow the cars. I know other areas have needs too, but ‘build it and they will come’ doesn’t always work. We need to take care of the areas that are producing jobs.”
Continued from page 8 serves as counsel for the Arkansas Press Association. He called the LRPD policy “disappointing.” Tull said he receives calls all the time from people about the FOI, but this one is a first for him. “This is the first I know of, where apparently a public agency has been aware of what the law is, but has not voluntarily offered the charge that would be due if a request was made specifically pursuant to the [FOI] law.” Tull notes the issue falls into a legal “gray area.” While he said the Arkansas Supreme Court has “clearly held” that it’s illegal to charge in excess of the cost of production and materials when an FOI request is made, he added that police officials could argue that it isn’t a request under the FOI law unless the FOI law is mentioned. “If there’s any part of our city that needs money,” Tull said, “it’s certainly the police force. But I don’t think that’s a good precedent to set as far as following the letter of the law or the spirit of the law.”
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Continued from page 8 attempt to find out why the data transfer was necessary. Lottery Vice President of Administration Ernestine Middleton said the lottery wanted to house the data to eliminate redundancies and make it more readily available for auditors. “[Intralot has] all of our data,” Middleton said. “They’ve been running our application process from the very beginning. When we asked DIS to do this, it was for the renewal process. Now we’ve got the renewal process where it needs to be. The only thing we need is for DIS to give us the historical data so when the auditors come in we can show them what happened with a particular retailer.” Rick Lee, the lottery’s licensing manager, also said housing the data on the lottery’s back office system would make it easier to provide information to auditors. However, Michael Hyde, the lottery’s auditor, later said he had not requested such a move and was not even aware of the meeting between retail staff and DIS until shortly before it happened. Faris, a former state legislator, said the issue was not about redundancy, but transparency. “This is a major decision and as a commissioner, I don’t know enough about this to say it’s OK,” Faris said. “I do know I just came out of the legislative arena and a lot of things that were happening over here were questioned in various ways by legislative audit and the oversight committee. It never hurts to put the brakes on something like this.”
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Editorial n That pundits should designate Sen. John Boozman to succeed Jack Kevorkian as “Dr. Death” seems, in a way, inevitable. Like Kevorkian, Boozman believes the populace could stand a little thinning-out. Both men were trained in health care, Kevorkian as a medical doctor, Boozman as an optometrist. Both ran for Congress. Yet there are differences between the two that should not be overlooked. Kevorkian thought the decision on when to die should be made by the individual, that people like himself should do no more than provide assistance to make the individual’s departure as painless as possible. Boozman would take a more pro-active role. He and his fellow Republicans who’ve voted to end Medicare have effectively said that people who can’t pay for their own medical needs should bed down for The Big Sleep as a group, ready or not. This is in some ways a more efficient approach, dealing as it does with death in volume, and without those medical technicalities that can stretch the process out so. Too, the Boozman plan is kinder to insurance companies, whose profits are lessened when they’re undersold by a federal government that doesn’t pay enormous salaries to executives, and that carries on as if a poor man’s life were as valuable as a rich one’s. Boozman and his party, embedded in their culture of death, will not go along with that.
NOISY STOP: Katie Jones, 4, of Searcy plugs her ears as Union Pacific’s No. 844 steam locomotive stops in Bald Knob on Monday. The legendary train is due in North Little Rock at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday and will be on display there from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday before heading to Russellville.
Surrender, hell! n “High Noon” would not be so uplifting a movie if Gary Cooper had decided to back down from the bad guys because people told him there’d be trouble if he didn’t. Things would have been different and better at Little Rock in 1957 if authorities had announced in the beginning that they’d enforce the Constitution even if troublemakers objected, instead of caving in to putative mobs in the street. Sometimes you have to confront the bullies. Government officials at Little Rock, of all places, should know that. Yet here is the Central Arkansas Transit Authority refusing to sell pro-atheism advertising on its buses, and offering as its excuse the fear that non-atheists would vandalize the bus company’s equipment. Advertising on buses by churches is common, and nobody worries that atheists might be offended. We rely on the police and the prosecuting attorney to deal with any law-breaking nonbelievers. The same should be true for pious thugs. The group seeking the atheistic advertising has gone to court, but it shouldn’t have to. Run the ads, CATA, and if vandals cause trouble, punish the vandals. Don’t let them run the bus company. Non-vandals have rights too.
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Pray for CATA n Are you good with the Central Arkansas Transit Authority? I’m not. It’s real simple. The bus company, heavily subsidized by local tax money, turned down more than $5,000 in bus advertising because its designated ad agency didn’t like the religious content of the message shown here. The United Coalition for Reason wanted to run it, as a tame statement that atheists and agnostics are not bad people. Lydia Robertson, who runs the ad agency with the contract to handle bus advertising, effectively nixed the deal by demanding a $36,000 damage deposit. No damage deposit has been asked of two churches that advertise on CATA buses — Geyer Springs First Baptist and Fellowship Bible. Robertson said she feared vandalism. “... in reality, Arkansas is the buckle of the Bible Belt and I can easily envision zealots or upstanding citizens with a strong faith acting out.” Sad to say, Robertson’s view of Christianity is not without some anecdotal justification. Do unto us as we wish, or “upstanding” Christians will beat you, silence you or otherwise cram their beliefs down your throat. It is no defense for CATA to say the ad decision was that of a private agent, not the public bus company. The decision was made in consultation with CATA, e-mails show. Robertson made it clear she would stall and fight back with her own attorney (in increasingly shrill and combative emails) to drive off the atheists’ advertising. It was a dark day for the First Amendment that
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atheists had to file a suit in federal court to run such an innocuous message. It was a dark day for CATA’s integrity when it sent its attorney out to argue that he didn’t believe the atheists really wanted to run the ad, they just wanted a lawsuit. Paid advertising in 36 other markets, including Fayetteville, is sufficient rebuttal of that lame argument. I support public transit. I think we don’t support it sufficiently with tax money. I like Betty Wineland. But I don’t like governmental suppression of unpopular messages, be it advertising for the bus company itself (quite unpopular among the Tea Party types) or for a small band of atheists who threaten society with nothing more dangerous than a little free thinking. (I know. A little enlightenment can be a dangerous thing.) Wineland tells me at press time that she hopes for a resolution of the dispute short of a trial and that this was her desire all along. “It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way,” she said. There’s a simple gauge of these professed good intentions: Run the ad on CATA buses, with the same damage deposit required of churches — zero.
The good Huckabee n Whatever his iniquities as a politician and propagandist, you have to credit Mike Huckabee with one endearing quality that sets him apart from his Republican brethren. He is capable of occasional honesty about the burning issues of the day. It is a muted honesty, to be sure, but it still distinguishes him from all the other Republicans who are or were or want to run for president. OK, you can except Ron Paul from the generalization, but he hardly counts. Huckabee was speaking at the Clinton Library last week plugging his new book and he said Republicans ought to own up to some responsibility for the massive federal debt. The venue might have made him do it — the Clinton School had invited him and he was high in his praise of it — but he has said something like that before, though always in an understated way. Two months ago on his radio show, he said, “I never understood when it became a mark of conservatism to run up debt on your children’s credit card instead of biting the bullet and paying your own bills.” It was something of an apologia for his own many tax increases as governor of Arkansas, for which he has been savaged by the millionaire wing of his party, and, I would like to think, a rebuke to all the Republicans who loved cutting taxes in the last decade and now want to do lots more of it while denouncing the deficits, as if they started when Barack Obama took office.
Ernest Dumas Huckabee noted that Ronald Reagan had raised taxes a number of times. Sadly, as soon as Huckabee got back to the Fox studios, he was back on message — the Republican message. Much of his Sunday night TV show was given to demagoguing the sideshow of the week, Sen. Tom Coburn’s latest diatribe against scientists and the National Science Foundation and the long-ago famous study of “sick shrimp on treadmills.” Grinning, he repeated Coburn’s silly descriptions of the research project (the study of the immune response of crustaceans like shrimp to disease was considered important for the giant maritime industry on the Gulf Coast). But what if he had instead belabored the point he made in Little Rock, if only a little? He might have at least changed the dialogue in his former state, where no one — neither Democrat nor Republican — has been willing to even hint at the truth since the black man with the exotic name became president. That truth is that the trillion-plus deficits and the $14 trillion debt are primarily a Republican concoction. Huckabee’s Little Rock remarks implied that Republicans bore only part of
The audacity of Paul Ryan’s whining n At some point if the nation is to solve its problems, one of the political parties is going to have to forgo getting revenge for the preceding rhetorical dishonesty of the other. The cycle must be broken. But U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s audacious whining to President Obama last week in the White House presented neither the best time nor the best place. Obama can turn the cheek another day. Ryan got his feelings hurt that the White House called his Medicare-ending voucher plan a Medicare-ending voucher plan. So, in what Republicans called a dramatic moment, he confronted the president in Obama’s gathering Wednesday at the White House with Republican House members. Ryan asked the president to stop misrepresenting his plan. Obama was said to have chuckled that he knew a little about misrepresentations
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and to have acknowledged that we need cooperation on entitlement reform. Later his press spokesman, Jay Carney, said the White House calls Ryan’s plan a voucher plan because that’s what it is. Indeed, Ryan would end government single-pay health insurance for persons reaching retirement age 10 years from now. He would direct these seniors-to-be into the private health insurance marketplace where they would get their insurance subsidized by a government payment based on a sliding scale according to personal means. That’s a voucher. It’s every bit as much
the responsibility for the debt and maybe not the largest part. But the arithmetic and history are so simple that most Americans have no trouble grasping it. Deficits and an accumulating debt are the products of one or both of two factors, declining government revenues and rising government spending. The facts: Revenues — The first round of Republican tax cuts occurred in 2001. It took six years until federal income taxes returned to the level of 2000, which was a little over $1 trillion. That annual shortfall is built into today’s deficits and will be forever, until the tax rates are changed. That accounts for some $2.5 trillion of the current $14 trillion debt. Then the economic collapse in 2007 brought on by President Bush and his party accounted directly for more than $1.5 trillion of the debt at the end of 2010. The government’s tax receipts fell from nearly $2.6 trillion in fiscal 2007 to $2.1 trillion in 2009. They still are nowhere close to 2007 and won’t be for two more years, or much longer if the Republican House succeeds in engineering a double-dip recession. That shortfall every year adds to the debt. Spending — The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which were financed by debt rather than taxes, added more than $1 trillion to the debt. Total defense spending, including the wars, has risen from less than $200 billion a year when Bush took office to more than $700 billion a year. The Republican Medicare expansion in 2003 to enrich insurance and pharmaceutical companies, also paid for by debt instead of new taxes, accounts for about $100 billion a year in new debt.
But the Republican mantra, proclaimed by Arkansas’s three Republican congressmen and one senator, is that Obama’s spending accounts for the deficit and the only solution is to end Medicare as an entitlement, require the elderly and disabled to buy medical insurance, cut environmental and education spending, and cut rich people’s and corporations’ taxes. (Obama’s real contribution to the deficits: extended unemployment benefits and his stimulus program, which cut taxes and spent $300 billion over three years shoring up state and local governments and creating private-industry jobs.) No one much disputes the Republican theology in Arkansas — except the nouveau Floridian Mike Huckabee. But the polls show that in most of the country, if not Arkansas, people get it. One national poll after another has shown that people believe Bush rather than Obama is responsible for the recession and the big deficits. An April poll showed 41 percent blaming Bush and 14 percent Obama. And by huge majorities — more than 70 percent — they think restoring 2001-level taxes on high incomes and corporations must be part of deficit reduction. Even rank-and-file Republicans believe it. President Reagan’s budget chief said it had to happen. Alan Greenspan, the Republican economic guru for 30 years, said all taxes should be restored to their 2001 levels (even then they were at one of the lowest levels since 1929) rather than gut programs. What the Republicans, and the country, need is a bold Mike Huckabee but one who would tell the truth all the time.
a voucher as a government payment to a private school toward the admission of an underprivileged student. But Republicans don’t like the word — voucher — even as they have long championed it in precise terms for education. For Medicare, they prefer “premium support.” This probably has to do with some Frank Luntz focus group. Ryan’s plan is much more thoroughly a voucher system than the federal tax on estates is a death tax, to cite a long-deft Republican trick. An estate tax is merely a reduction in the very highest margins of the very highest inheritances. The dead guy does not pay. He is gone. His lucky heirs get a little less of a lot. As it happens, Ryan also challenged the president for having said in speeches, one of which Ryan was forced to sit through, that House Republicans risked putting old people in the street and lopping off vital aid for disadvantaged and sick children. Ryan had more of a point there. At the least, the president was guilty of exaggeration and of scare tactics. But Ryan was making this point to a man whom Republicans have called a so-
cialist and a Muslim and a non-citizen. He was making it to a man whose health care reform bill the Republicans called “government-run” when it plainly is to be privately run. He was making it to a man whose own proposed cuts in Medicare, a governmentrun health care plan that Republicans defended only months ago when it suited their purposes, got subjected to the vicious lie that they would entail “death panels” that would decide which sick old people to let die in order to stay within the budget. It’s hard to say you’re sorry for an ugly exaggeration when you’ve endured so much more of the same, and worse. What we need is a mediator and arbiter to say it’s time for simultaneous mutual consent by which both sides would stop whining about past lies and stop countering those old lies with new ones. Only the American people, whatever adults are among them, stand in a position to insist on, and impose, this mediation and arbitration. It’s up to them. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 8, 2011 17
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HITCHCOCK ON THE STAGE The Rep debuts ‘39 Steps.’
‘THE 39 STEPS’:Nikki Coble stars as Annabella Schmidt and Avery Clark as Richard Hannay in The Rep’s production.
BY WERNER TRIESCHMANN
he 39 Steps” is a play based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the same name. Arkansas Repertory Theatre artistic director Bob Hupp, who is directing the Rep’s upcoming production of “The 39 Steps,” calls the adaptation “a love letter to the theater.” “The premise of the show is that four actors are re-enacting Alfred Hitchcock’s film,” Hupp said. The production has many notable aspects, including the return of Avery Clark, the Arkansas native who wowed many with his funny, searing bow as the title character in the Rep’s well-received production of “Hamlet.” For “The 39 Steps” Clark is playing Richard Hannay, the ordinary man caught in the middle of extraordinary circumstances. Anybody halfway familiar with Hitchcock understands this is a recurring type in the director’s work. Clark is the only actor in “The 39 Steps” with a single role. Nikki Coble, who was Ophelia to Clark’s Hamlet at the Rep, plays three different women while Jason Guy and Jason Collins, billed as Clown No. 1 and Clown No. 2 respectively, take on more than 100 different roles between them. “The play functions on so many levels,” Hupp said. “It 18 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
The 39 Steps
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 26, with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Preview performances 7 p.m. June 8 and 9 with pre-show director talk with Bob Hupp at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $25 www.therep.org
is a spy story. It is a spoof. That spoof sits on the backs of these four actors. They don’t get any help. It’s a tour de force for the actors.” The play adaptation doesn’t avoid what would only seem possible on film — including a scene inside and on top of a speeding train — and that is part of its appeal. The actors create these high-wire events — including a car chase and a sprint across an elevated bridge — with a minimal number of props. “There is lots of slapstick comedy,” said Hupp. “There’s lots of physical humor, but the special effects, if you will, are created through the invention of the actors and those few things they can lay their hands on. The thing that
we come away with is, ‘Wow, I can’t believe they just did that.’ ” Hupp said that while the paces the actors are put through are rigorous and the costume changes will require Herculean efforts, his aim is for “The 39 Steps,” to add up to more than just “precision drills.” “There is a madcap, zany quality to the show, but if we can’t capture that emotional connection then we don’t care about the characters and it just becomes an appreciation of their physical skills but that’s not the whole play.” As for Clark, he doesn’t feel like he can make a comparison between Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark and Hitchcock’s ordinary man caught in a spy ring. “They are completely and totally different beasts,” Clark said. “Both of the characters carry the weight of the storyline. Where in Hamlet I got more of the payoff at the end, in this show it’s the clowns, these guys who get the payoff. In this show I am more of the straight man.” Guy, one of those clowns who will be making lightning fast costume changes and dizzying character shifts, agreed. “We are the underdogs, I think. You have to root for us to pull it off for the show to work.”
Q&A with Joe Johnson BY LINDSEY MILLAR
Why’d you decide to get involved in Hoop Jams? It’s a chance to give back a little and show my appreciation for what the state and the city of Little Rock have done for me. Hoop Jams seems to be an effort to resurrect the spirit of Hoop Fest. Did you play in it when you were younger? I grew up playing Hoop Fest. I went to every one, and I played in it three times, and we won it all three years. You think there’ll be a lockout? I hope not. The player’s union met [last week] in Miami and from my understanding there’s been progress. I think we will lockout, but by the time pre-season hits, we will be back playing. Would you consider playing in China or Russia or elsewhere abroad if you’re locked out? I’ve thought about that. That’s something I would love to do. I think it would be a challenge and something different. I’ve talked to my agent about it. But it’s the liability — if you go over there and get hurt, your contract is void. During the Arkansas coaching search, you publicly came out in favor of Mike Anderson and said that he was the man to “get the program back where it needs to be.” I played under Coach Anderson two years, and he taught me so much on the court and off the court. On the court, he had no favorites. Everybody was equal. He treated me with the same respect as the last man on the bench. I thought he was a great player’s coach. The way he communicated to me might’ve been a little different from how he communicated to you depending on how we handled it. You can’t jump on every guy as a player. Some guys get down, or some it might rev them up. When you said “get the program back where it needs to be,” did you mean that it needs to return to the run-andgun, aggressive defense, 40 Minutes of Hell style? I think it does. Honestly, it’s hard for us to get a true big man. With the athletes we always get — guys that can score and run up and down the court all day long — I think it fits perfect for Coach A. He’s great at getting those guys.
n This Saturday and Sunday, Joe Johnson serves as honorary chairman of Hoop Jams, a three-on-three basketball tournament sponsored by Arkansas Baptist College at the Clinton Presidential Center (see more on page 21). In advance of the tournament, the former Razorback and perennial NBA All-Star sat down with the Times to talk about the possibility of a lockout, what Mike Anderson’s return means for the Hogs and his future acting plans.
JOE JOHNSON: Future sitcom star? I’m positive that he’ll get us back to where we need to be. Does this get you back in the program more? Yeah, definitely. Nothing against Stan Heath and Pelphrey, but I didn’t play for them. Now with Coach A, I’m going to be up there more and try to be more hands on with him. You’ve still got, basketball gods willing, a number of years left in the tank to play professionally. Still, have you thought about what you might do after retirement? I got big plans, baby (laughs). My agent and publicist are in LA, so I’m thinking of trying to get this acting bug going, maybe do some sitcoms, have a couple of cameos and see how that goes, Or who knows, maybe when I’m done I’ll go up there and do some coaching? When I’m not in LA acting, I could be in Fayetteville coaching (laughs). I think that a lot of people would be surprised to hear that you’re interested in acting because you’re such a low-key dude. I think that’s what plays a big part. That’s why I could do it. You could be the straight man. (Laughs) I heard you’ve got a shark tank in your condo on Third Street. Yeah. They’re not in there now because the tank is getting cleaned out. When I was first getting my condo built, I thought that would be cool. What kind of sharks are they? Honestly, I have no idea. But they’re not like Jaws? No, they’re baby sharks. I feel like that would be the ultimate pick-up line, ‘Hey, wanna come and see my shark tank?’ (Laughs) It would be a good one, huh? I may’ve gotten away with it a few times.
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■ to-dolist BY JOHN TARPLEY
THE BLACK ANGELS 9 p.m., Stickyz. $10.
n Breathlessly and with a Southern drawl still intact, The Black Angels mine those chemical, aluminum balloon sounds from the brooding parts of the late ’60s. Flower power it ain’t. Over the course of three albums, the band has drawn from ’90s sonic alchemists Spiritualized; their Austin, Texas, psych forebears 13th Floor Elevators; and, there’s no doubt, the band that spawned every other great band of the last 45 years: The Velvet Underground. (The band’s logo nods at Lou & Co., too, with its inverted picture of femme fatale Nico.) All this fuzzy, sludge-y, unrushed swagger gets fermented with a trip-hop beat and — presto bango! — you’ve got a great soundtrack for your next witch coven group grope. The band’s newest album, “Phosphene Dream,” is a terribly-named but unbelievable-sounding album that opens with the band’s best track yet, “Bad Vibrations.” YouTube has a video, filmed by Billboard, of the band conjuring up the song on a downtown rooftop. Check it out. If you’re in, there are tons more where that came from.
HOT SPRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL
VENUS IN FUZZ: Texas psychedelica returns to little rock when The Black Angels bring reverbing rock to Stickyz this Wednesday, June 8. ride: 999 Eyes house act The Damned Band, whose music has been described as “a circus train that wrecked into a hobo camp where wandering Jews and Gypsies from Eastern Europe have been learning Irish drinking songs from Tom Waits.”
Throughout Hot Springs.
n Now in its 16th year, the Hot Springs Music Festival, one of the premier classical music festivals in the South, is poised for even more growth. Last year, the festival drew 20,000 attendees over its two-week run and, thanks to radio broadcasts, reached 6.4 million listeners nationwide. 2010 even saw a recording by the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony find its way into the premiere episode of “Treme.” The festival boasts a new music advisor this season, as well; Peter Bay, director and conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, takes the reins this time around. This year’s festival boasts nightly recitals in venues throughout town, culminating on Saturday, June 18, with the Festival Symphony Orchestra performing a 7:30 p.m. recital of pieces by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Brahms and Schonberg at the Hot Springs Fieldhouse. Festival passes are available for a $125 donation; individual tickets range from free to $15. Go to hotmusic.org for a complete schedule and 20 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
SAMUEL LOCKE-WARD FREAKS OF THE INDUSTRY: Samantha X (left) and “The Lobster Girl” (right) come to Juanita’s with the reset of the 999 Eyes Freakshow troupe this Wednesday, June 8. ticket prices.
999 EYES FREAKSHOW 9 p.m., Juanita’s. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
n Somewhere up in that big carnival in the sky, Tod Browning is smiling a thin, creepy smile at the 999 Eyes troupe. Freak-shows may be alive and well — tune into TLC lately? — but the old “gawk and holler” school of human oddities has been on the decline since its
heyday as a staple of oceanside boardwalks. (Send your best Snookie joke to email@example.com.) This traveling show, however, features stars with “genetic human anomalies.” You’ve got The Lobster Girl, a bona fide cutie with fingers more crustacean claw than human hand; Peg-O the Leg-O, “the modern-day Elephant Man,” and a few more self-explanatory performers: The Dancing Dwarf, the Gentle Giant, the Giant-Handed Man. Also along for the
9 p.m., ACAC.
n Maybe it’s because I’m a devotee of the “chubby dudes with crushes, acoustic guitars and Asperger’s, probably” school of music. Maybe it’s because I’m a junkie for excavating hidden gems of music. Or maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for a good pop chorus. Either way, this Samuel Locke-Ward fella has caught my ear big time. A hyper-prolific home recorder not afraid of genre-hopping, he’s been described as the songwriter that “is to Iowa City as Daniel Johnston is to Waller, Texas.” Sweet and cherubic one song, potty-mouthed
■ inbrief THURSDAY 6/9
‘ALL THAT JAZZ’: John O’Hurley (center) highlights the touring production of “Chicago,” which comes to Robinson Center Music Hall for a two-night stand Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-15.
SAM THE MAN: Prolific underground singer/songwriter Samuel Locke-Ward brings his witty, beautifully-crafted style of melodic pop to the ACAC, this Thursday. and sarcastic the next, all with a wide streak of Comic-Con frump, he’s definitely “house show music,” a left-field savant for the hungry-eared. And if your ears are like mine, he may be one of your favorite discoveries of the year, as well. Fans of R. Stevie Moore, Roy Wood, Calvin Johnson, The Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, et al: this guy’s for you.
RIVERTOP PARTY 8 p.m., The Peabody. $5.
n This Friday, we here at the Times are going up, up, up to the upper terrace of The Peabody for this week’s Rivertop Party to promote our iPhone app Cocktail Compass. Surely you’ve downloaded it, right? If not, make sure you
get it before the party because there’ll be drink specials, including $1 beers, available for all those who show Rivertop Party bartenders their app. To further entice you, we’ve lined up three of our perennial favorites from the local music scene — not to mention three of the biggest giants in Arkansas music — for the night. Epiphany and One Night Stand meld live jazz and rock with hiphop from the eclectic emcee, Epiphany, and soul from local diva Gina Gee. Ear Fear is the ambitious brotherly duo of Adrian and Bobby Tillman, also known, respectively, as local rap guru 607 and, well, Bobby. The guys just released their newest album, “Art Class,” on their Bandcamp website. And rounding out the bill: Tyrannosaurus Chicken, the dance floor-starting psychedelta (or — try this one on for size — “Dixiedelica”) duo that gets noticeably more amazing every time I see them. And I, like so many other folks, see them every single chance I can. Times, cheap beer, stellar music: come say hi, wontcha?
HOOP JAMS 2011
Clinton Center. Free to watch.
n Friends who know miles more about basketball than I do tell me that this year’s NBA talent may be the strongest in the history of the league. And I’m inclined to believe them. It’s been a great season and I’m sad to see it end — my heart says “go Mavs” while my brain says “don’t be a clown: Heat in six” — but I can’t be the only person who’s sick of seeing every single game go thusly: underdogs dominate the first 45 minutes before the other team, looking like the “Space Jam” Monsters, goes ham for 180 seconds to
win. Sure, it’s incredible talent and amazing athleticism, but still no alarms and no surprises: Yawn. Fortunately, this weekend, the Clinton School is hosting twodays of basketball with the inaugural, state-wide three-on-three tournament, “Hoop Jams.” On top of three-on-three games, the weekend also offers a slamdunk contest, a three-point contest, a celebrity basketball game and appearances from Joe Johnson, the Little Rock native and five-time NBA All-Star. All proceeds from the weekend benefit community development and education programs organized by the Clinton Presidential Center and Arkansas Baptist College. Schedules, not available at press time, will be listed at hoopjamslr.com.
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $22-$52.
n Can Celebrity Attractions and Broadway in Little Rock at large continue its successes of the past year? If there’s a show that’ll keep up the trend, it’ll be “Chicago,” a tried-and-true classic if there is one. For the uninitiated, the musical follows working-girl chorus dancer Roxie Hart, who, after killing her partner-in-adultery, winds up in jail, befriending Velma, a sultry vaudeville star and soon-to-be tabloid superstar. Filling this production’s role of sensationalist lawyer Billy Flynn is John O’Hurley, the “Dancing With the Stars” all-star, former “Family Feud” host and, most famously, the eccentric J. Peterman, maybe the best supporting character in the entire “Seinfeld” universe. The touring revival production will give Tuesday and Wednesday performances, both at 7:30 p.m.
n Boogie Bones, who you know as Paul Morphis, DJ Bennett and Graeme Higgins of Damn Bullets, teams up with David’s Pegasus, one of Fayetteville’s best bands, at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Parachute, fresh off of an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” comes to Revolution with a couple of Los Angeles acts, Universal-Motown indie rock Damato and M.O.R. popper Kevin Hammond, 9 p.m., $10. David Olney, whose songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris and Del McCoury, among many others, teams up with Nashville guitarist Sergio Webb for a free show at Maxine’s, 9 p.m. At North Little Rock’s North Shore Riverwalk, Riverflicks returns with a sundown screening of “Iron Man 2,” 7 p.m., free. And at the Public Theater, the Red Octopus Theater comedy troupe offers up “Camp Allawallaoctopus!” 8 p.m., $10.
n The weekend kicks off with a load of dubstep when Los Angeles’ drumand-bass devotee gone dub, DJ Bare, teams up with Little Rock’s Wolf-EWolf at Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $10. Elise Davis plays a free solo show at the Heights wine bar, By the Glass, 8 p.m. Vino’s goes country when Larry Cheshier Jr. and Cody Ives Band take to the backroom, 9 p.m., $7. It’s been a while, but Wicked Good are returning to White Water Tavern for a long overdue night of bare-bones rock, 10 p.m. Thomas East, who you can hear on Stones Throw/Now-Again Records’ upcoming True Soul Records compilation, handles the weekend’s musical offerings at Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. And The Edge 100.3 and Juanita’s bring heavy modern rock to town with Crossfade and Pop Evil, 9 p.m., $17.
n Magic Springs hosts two Radio Disney big-timers (and — like seriously serious — Justin Bieber cohorts) when Allstar Weekend and Kicking Daisies bring their sugar-rushed pop-punk to Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, free with paid admission or $5-$10 plus paid admission for reserved seating. The Little Rock Wind Symphony offers up a free “Stars and Stripes Celebration” at MacArthur Park, 7 p.m. Midtown Billiards gets uncharacteristically jazzy with Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, 12:30 p.m., $8 non-members. And at Reno’s Argenta Cafe, the Mockingbird Hillbilly Band brings whacked-out hill music to the neighborhood, 9 p.m. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 8, 2011 21
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Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Doubleheader to make up for the rained-out May 1 match. Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.
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Almost Infamous. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. markhamst.com. Boogie Bones, David’s Pegasus. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. 22 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
FRIDAY, JUNE 10 MUSIC
DUDES’ DUDES: This Saturday, June 11, the Faulkner County Film Society takes to Conway’s Faulkner County Library to spotlight the cinematic partnership between director John Huston and the guy who epitomizes “movie star,” Humphrey Bogart. Starting at 5 p.m., the film society screens 1948’s “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and 1951’s “The African Queen.” The Carrier, Former Thieves, God City Destroyers, Motives, Lifer. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. D-Mite and Tho-d Studios Showcase. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. David Olney and Sergio Webb. Maxine’s, 8 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. “V.I.P. Thursdays” with DJs SilkySlim and Derrty Deja Blu. Sway, 8 p.m., $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. The Gettys (headliner), Notron Acoustic (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. “Hip-Hop Night.” Vino’s, Every other Thursday, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8.
Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. www.zacks-place.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-nhowl.com. Parachute, Damato, Kevin Hammond. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Rena Wren & Company. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. Samuel Locke-Ward, Each & Everys, Coolzey.
Movies in the Park: “Star Trek.” Riverfest Amphitheatre, 7 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave.
“Curtain Call for a Cause.” A cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and variety show to benefit Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled. For tickets or more information, visit aeddinc. org. Argenta Community Theater, 6 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. argentacommunitytheater.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 9, 7:10 p.m.; June 10, 6 p.m.; June 11, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
John Roy. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; June 10, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; June 11, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.
John Roy. The Loony Bin, through June 9, 8 p.m.; June 10, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; June 11, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-2285555. www.loonybincomedy.com. Red Octopus Theater: “‘Camp’ Allawallaoctopus!” The Public Theatre, June 9-11, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www. thepublictheatre.com.
Riverflicks: “Iron Man 2.” North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., free. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. www.northlittlerock. org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 999 Eyes. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. www.juanitas.com. Acoustic Open Mic with Andy Warr. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. The Black Angels. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8:30 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. The annual classical music festival returns to Hot Springs, offering nightly recitals at venues throughout town. Through June 18. Infantree. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Monastics, Mutation of Thursday. Mediums Art Lounge, 9 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
ACAC, 9 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. acacarkansas.wordpress.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.
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Bare, Wolf-E-Wolf. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows. homestead.com. Brent & Adam (headliner), Ramona (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Crossfade, Pop Evil. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Donna Massey & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. The David Crowder Band. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $27. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. www. arkansasmusicpavilion.com. Elise Davis. By the Glass, 8 p.m., free. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-9463. www.btgbar.com. HoneyShine. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 nonmembers. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8. Larry Cheshier Jr., Cody Ives Band. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com. Michael “Roosterboy” Shipp. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. PG-13. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/ locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Pop Tart Monkeys. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, June 10-11, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Roger Creager. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ryan Couron. Denton’s Trotline, June 10-11, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, June 10-11, 7 p.m.; June 24-25, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom. com. VooDoo Sauce. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. White Collar Criminals. Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr.com. Wicked Good. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com.
John Roy. The Loony Bin, June 10, 8 and 10:30 p.m.;
JUNE 22: Lucero. 8 p.m., $15 adv., $17 d.o.s Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. JULY 20: CJ Ramone. 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Downtown Music Hall, 211 W. Capitol. 376-1819. OCT. 4: Taylor Swift. 7 p.m., $27-$71. Verizon Arena. 975-9000, verizonarena.com. June 11, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy. com. Red Octopus Theater: “‘Camp’ Allawallaoctopus!” The Public Theatre, through June 11, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com.
LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/ SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 10, 6 p.m.; June 11, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 MUSIC
All Star Weekend, Kicking Daisies. Magic Springs-Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Big Daddy. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Cory Fontaine. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/ stores/littlerock. Damn Arkansan, Joe Sundell. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8. “Inferno” with DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu, Greyhound. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Jacob Reyes, Jarod Lawler (disco); VJ g-force (hip-hop); Crash Meadows (lobby). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $12. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. www.latenightdisco.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Little Rock Wind Symphony: “A Stars and Stripes Celebration.” MacArthur Park, 7 p.m., free. 503 East Ninth Street. Mockingbird Hillbilly Band. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www. renosargentacafe.com. Penguin Dilemma (headliner), Greg Madden (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Pop Tart Monkeys. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Raising Grey. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www.foxandhound.com/locations/north-little-rock.aspx. Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Ryan Couron. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Sychosys, Cult of the Flag. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Taylor Made. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/ CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through
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John Roy. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com. Red Octopus Theater: “‘Camp’ Allawallaoctopus!” The Public Theatre, 8 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com.
Asian Festival 2011. Food, entertainment, games, silent auctions and more. For more information, visit ARAsianFestival.com. Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, 10 a.m., $3. 6420 Colonel Glenn Rd. 501-562-3336. Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd.
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Faulkner County Film Society: “John Huston and Humphrey Bogart.” The iconic actor/director duo is highlighted in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “The African Queen.” Faulkner County Library, 5 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org.
Janet Carson. The coordinator for the Arkansas Master Gardener program speaks. Laman Library, 10 a.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com. CARTI Tour de Rock. Cycling enthusiasts ride between 10 and 100-miles. For more information, visit carti.com. Burns Park, 7 a.m., $30 adv., $35 d.o.e. 2700 Willow St., NLR. 501-791-8537. Hoop Jams. The inaugural year for the statewide 3-on-3 basketball tournament. For registration or more information, visit HoopJams2011.com. Clinton Presidential Center, June 11-12. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter. org.
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“Good Gardens.” A monthly garden program. Laman Library, through Oct. 6: second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 MUSIC
Fire & Brimstone. Hilton Garden Inn, 11 a.m. 4100 Glover Lane, NLR. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls.com. “Margarita Sunday.” With Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Dell Smith, Cliff Aaron and Joel Crutcher. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Natural State Brass Band. Immanuel Baptist Church, 3 p.m. 501 N. Shackelford Road. Stardust Big Band. Arlington Hotel, 3 p.m., $8. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, June 12-July 15, 7 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
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■ media Following Arkansas Business Does it matter how many Twitter followers you have? BY GERARD MATTHEWS
n In what can only be described as the journalistic equivalent of a kindergartner taunting the other kids on the play ground with a loud “nanny-nanny-boo-boo,” Arkansas Business published a story last week extolling its masterful use of the social networking service Twitter. The article, which appeared under the headline “Arkansas Business Publishing Group Has Key Presence On Twitter,” said that “... compared with other prominent media outlets, Arkansas Business tweets are clearly reaching the most people, with 8,179 followers last week ... @ArkansasOnline, the online presence of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has 4,409 followers. Arkansas Times Editor Max Brantley, meanwhile, who tweets as @ArkansasBlog, had 3,387 followers last week. Stephens Media Group’s @ArkansasNews had 2,911 followers.” The story seemed a little odd to us for a couple of reasons. Horn-tooting aside, it’s not very easy to get a handle on social media influence. To say that one outlet’s tweets are “clearly reaching” more people is difficult at best. The article also left out local TV news outlets that do pretty well on the social media service (KTHV has over 7,000 followers, for example). That’s not taking anything away from Arkansas Business. It has a very active and informative feed. Like its name implies, Arkansas Business’ tweets are all
Continued from page 23 Hoop Jams. See June 11.
MONDAY, JUNE 13 MUSIC
Audrey Kelley. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8:30 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens.com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8. J. Roddy Walston & the Business. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Championship Midget Wrestling. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com.
“Babies.” One year in the life of four newborns around the world. Laman Library, 6 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. 24 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
business, usually consisting of a simple headline and a link. But we did find it curious that a niche publication had a far greater number of followers than the statewide newspaper, the Arkansas DemocratGazette. A couple of factors are likely at work here. One, if you’re interested in Arkansas news, whether you live in the area or you’re an ex-pat who wants to stay informed, AB’s Twitter feed is a good place to look. It’s updated many times a day and often links to AP content, something a lot of other feeds don’t do. Also, most D-G articles are still behind a pay wall, which probably discourages a lot of followers. Arkansas Business is also “listed” more than any other news outlet in Central Arkansas. Twitter users can create lists like “Arkansas News” or “Business News.” Users can then follow the lists and receive all tweets included therein. AB is listed 433 times, followed distantly by KTHV and KARK at 263 times each. That can definitely help build followers. Lance Turner, interactive editor at Arkansas Business, says the weekly high number of followers is due simply to being on Twitter early and often. “We’ve never really promoted it,” Turner says. “In fact, we’ve talked a lot around here about how we just don’t really promote our social media stuff all that well, in print or online. I think with Twit-
Twitalyzer News Outlet Followers Following Tweets Listed Impact Score Arkansas Busines 8220 785 7614 433 1.7 @ArkBusiness Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 4505 5 23000 198 2.6 @ArkansasOnline Arkansas Times 3462 140 3123 180 1.2 @ArkansasBlog KATV 4804 42 17070 248 2.2 @KATVnews KTHV 7109 99 14278 263 2.7 @TodaysTHV KARK 5126 136 11443 263 2.7 @KARK4News Fox 16 3599 247 6629 215 2 @Fox16News Arkansas News Bureau 2951 14 172 154 0.6 @ArkansasNews Talk Business 2055 1001 4298 118 0.7 @RobyBrock
ter we’ve been lucky, and we were breaking a lot of news. We were on it when [former state Democratic Party chief] Bill Gwatney was shot. I was on it at that time. When news was breaking on that I was putting out updates on Twitter and I think that helped.” Of course the real question is this: Does your number of followers even matter? The experts say no. Even Evan Williams, one of Twitter’s founders, has said that the number of followers can be a fairly flawed measurement of someone’s impact on the social networking site. Someone with a smaller number of followers may interact with other users more, have their tweets re-tweeted more often or update his account more frequently, making him a more “influential” user. One company has tried to get a handle on who really has an impact on their Twitter network. Twitalyzer has come up with
a measure called an impact score. It’s a 0 to 100 index that takes into account the number of followers, the number of times a user is mentioned, the number of times a user is re-tweeted and the frequency with which they update their account. An extremely influential user would have a score close to 100 percent. How do local outlets measure up? When you look at Twitalyzer’s impact score, KTHV and KARK (both come in at 2.7 percent) rank as more influential than Arkansas Business (1.7). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette also comes in higher at 2.6. The Arkansas Blog account (@arkansasblog) comes in somewhere around the bottom, with a score of 1.2 percent. So just judging by followers may not be the best way to compare meaningful influence. As for my own personal account? It’s pretty bad, piddling around 0.3 percent. Please follow me at @gerardmatthews.
1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings.com. Cody Canada & the Departed. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. The Carper Family. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern. com. Deas Vail, Falcon Scott. Downtown Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Dixie Bee Liners. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas. com. Grayson Shelton and War Chief, May The Peace Of The Sea Be With You, Burning the Past. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5 over 21, $10 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jocko Deal. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, through July 15, 7 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. www.revroom.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14
Charity Bingo Tuesday. ACAC, 6:30 p.m. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. acacarkansas.wordpress.com. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Tales from the South. Featured storyteller is author Jay Jennings. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. To make a reservation, please call 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe, 7 p.m. Authors tell true stories. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. To make a reservation, please call 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe, 7 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www.starvingartistcafe.net.
Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. “Brothers in Arms: A Tribute to Reggie McClellan.” With live music from Mr. Happy, Tragikly White, 3rd Degree, Jeff Coleman & the Feeders, 7 Toed Pete, Iron Tongue. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Hot Springs Music Festival 2011. See June 8. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, through July 15, 7 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 MUSIC
Acoustic Open Mic with Andy Warr. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-
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■ artnotes Mosaic Templars head is back Governor intervened in museum firing.
BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK
n A museum director who was fired in March was back on the job Monday after supporters of the museum and members of the Black Legislative Caucus asked Gov. Mike Beebe to intervene. H.L. McGill was fired as director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, in March because of “unsatisfactory job performance on many levels,” including his failure to get a grant proposal in on time, his supervisor, Deputy Director of Museums Trey Berry, wrote. The Black Legislative Caucus, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Advisory Board and community activists, including advisory board head John Cain, went to the governor after the firing. “The governor is generally reluctant to get involved in any agency personnel matters,” Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said. “In this case, we had a number of other parties reach out to us who were affiliated with the Cultural Center.” After meetings with McGill’s advocates and his supervisors at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which operates the museum, the governor felt “Mr. McGill’s termination may have been hasty and an additional review and opportunity for him to carry out his duties would be the most prudent course.” The $11.4 million Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, which has history exhibits on African Americans in Arkansas, including the Ninth Street business district and the fraternal organization that was created there, and a collection of art by black Arkansans, opened in 2008. It has had two directors since its opening; Constance Sarto, who left in March 2010, and McGill, who was hired in December 2010. One-time deputy director Heather Zbinden acted as director in the interim. There have been many reports of friction between Zbinden, who now works at the Old State House, and McGill. Zbinden is white; McGill is black, and in a speech prepared for the black caucus (but never delivered) he wrote that “shocking things” happened at the museum “and would never have happened to a white director.” He said that included slammed doors and profanities hurled his way. But Berry and DAH director Cathie Matthews said in interviews last week that race did not play a role. Matthews said she has “no concerns” about race-
related issues at the museum. In his “desk notes” in McGill’s personnel file, Berry writes that he informed McGill that his No. 1 goal was to complete the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, one that the previous director had failed to submit, demoralizing the staff. In later notes, Berry said he was concerned that McGill didn’t answer e-mails and displeased with McGill’s response that it wasn’t his work style to check his e-mail all day. After McGill’s dismissal, Berry found 252 unopened emails from MTCC and DAH staff on McGill’s computer. In January, after the museum missed the deadline to file the IMLS grant, Berry put McGill on a two-year “disciplinary action.” McGill, interviewed last week, said Berry’s accusations were false and that it was Zbinden’s failure, not his, that the grant deadline was missed. He said she refused to get in touch with grant partners the Friday before the deadline and set up the grant application at grants.gov incorrectly, so that when he tried to file the grant on deadline, he wasn’t granted authority. However, an e-mail from Zbinden to McGill the Friday before the deadline said that the partners were for an old grant, would not fit with the new grant proposal, and that she didn’t have any partnership ideas for the new grant. Berry also complained in his notes that he was told McGill missed a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce at which he was supposed to speak. But chamber representative Judy Knod said McGill was in attendance. She couldn’t recall if he spoke, but said she didn’t believe he was on the agenda as a speaker. Berry, who will be McGill’s supervisor until August, when he leaves to become the dean of liberal arts at Southern Arkansas University, has set goals for McGill to meet over the next few months. Among them are that the director meet with the staff this week and hear their concerns; conduct a search for an assistant director and a finance director, both of which positions are now empty, and set the museum’s rental policies and fees at a price the public can afford, but that will cover wear and tear on the museum. “I’m all for second chances,” Berry told a reporter last week. “I’m willing to work with him.”
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GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” paintings by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Glennray Tutor and others. 6642787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Portraits in eight media by Arkansas artists, including Rex Deloney, Aj Smith, Bisa Butler, Edward Wade, Stephen Cefalo, Larry Hampton, LaToya Hobbs, Loni Harshaw, Marjorie Williams-Smith, Le Ron McAdoo, Bryan Massey Sr., Caroline Brown and Jacoby Warlick, through June 7. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Reflections,” paintings by Dan Thornhill and students Joyce Hasse and London Farrar; also jewelry by Coco Cohen, through mid-June. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. L&L BECK GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Go West, Young Man!” paintings by Louis Beck. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 660-4006. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Art and jewelry by members of artists’ cooperative. 265-0422. M2GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): “Westland: The Life and Art of Tim West,” artwork by West, photographs by Diana Michelle Hausam, with documentary filming. 2256257. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Buddy Whitlock, featured artist, also work by Lola Abellan, Mary Allison, Georges Artaud, Theresa Cates, Caroline’s Closet, Kelly Edwards, Jane Hankins, James Hayes, Amy Hill-Imler, Morris Howard, Jim Johnson, Annette Kagy, Capt. Robert Lumpp, Joe Martin, Pat Matthews and others.10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. REFLECTIONS GALLERY AND FINE FRAMING, 11220 Rodney Parham Road: Work by local and national artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 227-5659. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STATE CAPITOL: “Arkansans in the Korean War,” 32 photographs, lower-level foyer. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. STEPHANO’S FINE ART, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Stephano, Patrick Cunningham, Liz Kemp, Jeff Waddle, B.J. Aguiar, Kelley Wise, Steve Thomas, Jeannie Clifton. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 563-4218. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St.: Bre and David Harris, Brett Anderson, sculpture; Guy Bell, paintings. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Works from the UALR Permanent Collection,” Galleries I and II, through June 24. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Chad Oppenhuizen, Dan McRaven, Gretchen Hendricks, Rachel Carroccio, Kenny Roberts, Taylor Bellot, Jim Cooper and Sue Moore. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Square Plaza: Sean Fitzgibbon, acrylics; William M. Flanagan, watercolors; Sharon Killian, pastels; Hank Kaminsky, sculpture, through June. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. WALTON ARTS CENTER, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery: “Garden as Muse,” works by Sally Apfelbaum, Markus Baenziger, Syd Carpenter, Lois Dodd and Sarah McEneaney, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, through June 4. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 479-571-2747. n Hot Springs AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: “Flora, Fowl and Fauna,” paintings by Jimmy Leach. 501-624-055. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel, Sue Shields, Caryl Joy Young, Priscilla Cunningham, Trey McCarley, Pati Trippel, Janis Gill Ward and others. 501-915-8912. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Equine
bronzes by Jan Woods. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: New paintings by Donnie Copeland, also work by Robin Hazard-Bishop, Mike Elsass, Steve Griffith, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Tony Saladino and Rebecca Thompson. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. LEGACY GALLERY, 804 Central Ave.: Landscapes by Carole Katchen. 501-624-1044. n Perryville SUDS GALLERY, Courthouse Square: Paintings by Dottie Morrissey, Alma Gipson, Al Garrett Jr., Phyllis Loftin, Alene Otts, Mauretta Frantz, Raylene Finkbeiner, Kathy Williams and Evelyn Garrett. Noon6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 Main St.: “Living Spherically,” paintings by Matt Miller; “Archetypical Debris,” paintings by Kim and Laurie Foster, through July 1, McCuistion-Matthews Gallery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-751-5441.
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ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Elvis,” memorabilia from films, including Elvis’ red MG from “Blue Hawaii,” through Aug. 21; “Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer,” 56 black and white images taken in 1956 by RCA Victor photojournalist, through Sept. 11; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 3708000. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: Exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South,” works by 55 AfricanAmerican artists, through Aug. 11; exhibits on African-Americans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683– 3593. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www.calicorockmuseum. com. n England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. n Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MonSat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. n Morrilton MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. n Scott PLANTATION AGRICULTURE MUSEUM, U.S. 165 S and Hwy. 161: Artifacts and interactive exhibits on farming in the Arkansas Delta. $3 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 501-961-1409. SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 351-0300. www.scottconnections. org.
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NEW MOVIES Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG) – A girl sets out to have the best summer of her life with the help of her little brother and their gregarious aunt. Breckenridge: 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:15, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:30, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45. Riverdale 10: 11:25, 1:45, 4:00, 6:10, 8:20. Midnight in Paris (PG-13) – Woody Allen’s 41st movie takes a modern-day screenwriter back to the legendary Paris of the 1920s to rub elbows with the cultural and literary icons he admires. With Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. Skateland (PG-13) – A coming-of-age tale about a teen-aged manager of a Reagan-era skating rink in east Texas. With Shiloh Fernandez and Ashley Greene. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:15. Super 8 (PG-13) – After a group of friends films a train wreck in a small Ohio town, inexplicable things begin happening around the crash site and locals start to disappear into thin air. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Breckenridge: 12:00, 12:45, 2:35, 4:00, 5:10, 7:00, 7:45, 10:20. Rave: 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. Riverdale 10: 11:30, 2:00, 4:25, 6:45, 9:10. RETURNING THIS WEEK The Beaver (PG-13) – A down and out executive and family man tackles his debilitating depression with the help of a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson. Directed by Jodie Foster. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 6:45, 9:15. Bridesmaids (R) — After her best friend gets engaged, a broke, lovelorn maid of honor has to fake her way through crazy bridesmaid rituals. With Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Breckenridge: 12:35, 4:25, 7:25, 10:10. Chenal 9: 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:10, 10:25. Rave: 1:20, 4:35, 7:35, 10:30. Riverdale 10: 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05. Fast Five (PG-13) – The fifth installation of the “Fast and the Furious” series sees the crew in Rio, stuck between a drug lord and a tenacious federal agent. With Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Rave: 12:25, 3:55, 7:10, 10:15. Riverdale 10: 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15. Gnomeo and Juliet (G) – Romeo and Juliet with gnomes. Voiced by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine. Movies 10: 1:00, 3:10, 5:25. The Hangover Part II (R) – The Wolf Pack ends up blacking out and having to retrace the night before again. This time in Asia. With Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. Breckenridge: 12:10, 1:05, 2:30, 4:15, 4:55, 7:20, 7:50, 9:55, 10:15. Chenal 9: 11:20, 2:05, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55. Rave: 1:05, 1:35, 2:20, 4:05, 4:40,
5:20, 5:55, 6:40, 7:20, 7:55, 8:35, 9:25, 9:55, 10:35. Riverdale 10: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:05, 9:55. Hanna (PG-13) – A 16-year-old girl, raised by her CIA agent father to be a master assassin, embarks on a mission across Europe. With Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett. Movies 10: 2:40, 7:25. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil (PG) – Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are called upon to track down the kidnapped duo of Hansel and Gretel. Voiced by Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 7:05, 9:30. Hop (PG) – The day before he’s scheduled to take over the family business, E.B., the teen-age son of the Easter Bunny, runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of being a rock drummer. Voiced by Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie. Movies 10: 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. I Am (NR) – Four short films about identity and dignity in the modern Indian world. With Juhi Chawla and Manisha Koirala. Market Street: 4:25, 9:00. In a Better World (R) – In Denmark, a bullied 10year old is befriended by the school’s new kid, a Brit who can’t cope with the recent death of his mother. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. Directed by Susanne Bier. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:15. Jumping the Broom (PG-13) – Two AfricanAmerican families from different socioeconomic backgrounds spend a wedding weekend together in Martha’s Vineyard. With Angela Bassett and Laz Alonzo. Breckenridge: 4:10, 9:30. Rave: 12:40, 3:35, 7:00. Riverdale 10: 11:45, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50. Kung-Fu Panda 2 (PG) – Po (Jack Black) is living it up as The Dragon Warrior, but a mysterious villain threatens to ruin his plans. Breckenridge: 12:40, 2:50, 5:05, 7:40, 9:50 (2D); 12:05, 2:10, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35 (3D). Chenal 9: 11:05, 1:20, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30. Rave: 1:45, 2:30, 4:15, 6:45, 7:30, 9:15 (2D); 12:15, 3:15, 5:00, 5:45, 8:15, 10:00 (3D). Riverdale 10: 11:05, 1:00, 3:05, 5:50, 7:05, 9:15. Limitless (PG-13) – A metropolitan copywriter runs from a group of assassins after discovering and taking a top-secret drug that gives him superhuman abilities. With Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) – This is the fifth Madea movie and the 10th flick Tyler Perry’s made in five years. Five. Years. Directed, written by and starring Tyler Perry. Riverdale 10: 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) — Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who forces him onboard her ship to find the Fountain of Youth. Breckenridge: 12:15, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05. Chenal 9: 12:45, 3:45, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 12:30, 1:15, 3:45, 6:55, 7:40, 10:10 (2D); 1:55, 4:25, 5:10,
8:30 (3D). Priest (PG-13) – A legendary warrior-priest breaks his religious vows in order to save his niece from a pack of vampires. With Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet. Rave: 9:50. Prom (PG) – High school prom night sees couples come together, come apart and secrets get spilled. With Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell. Movies 10: 12:35, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20. Rango (PG) – A quixotic chameleon has to succeed at being the daredevil he thinks he is after winding up in an old West town. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. Rio (G) – A domesticated macaw from suburban Minnesota takes to Rio de Janeiro to find the freewheeling bird of his dreams. Voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway. Movies 10: 1:25, 3:45, 6:05, 8:25 (2D); 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 (3D). Scream 4 (R) – When Sidney Prescott, now a selfhelp author, returns to Woodsboro, the masked killer emerges from hiding to wreak havoc on the small town yet again. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox. Movies 10: 7:40, 10:15. Soul Surfer (PG) – In spite of losing an arm in a shark attack, a teen-age girl with a passion for surfing returns to the ocean. With AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Movies 10: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10. Source Code (PG-13) – A celebrated soldier wakes up in a stranger’s body and discovers he’s part of a top-secret government mission to stop a bombing in downtown Chicago. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. Movies 10: 12:10, 5:10, 10:00. Thor (PG-13) – The comic book hero comes to life as the cocky warrior gets banished to Earth and has to defend humans from impending doom. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Breckenridge: 12:50, 6:50. Chenal 9: 11:00, 2:00, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 (3D). Rave: 1:40, 4:55, 8:10, 10:35. Riverdale 10: 11:50 Winter in Wartime (PG-13) – A 14-year-old in Nazi-occupied Holland comes to the aid of a wounded British paratrooper. Directed by Martin Koolhoven. Market Street: 2:15, 6:45. X-Men: First Class (PG-13) – Professor Xavier’s gifted students explore their new-found powers as the Cold War reaches a fever pitch. With James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Breckenridge: 12:30, 1:00, 4:05, 4:30, 7:05, 7:30, 10:00, 10:25. Chenal 9: 11:00, 1:00, 1:50, 4:05, 4:40, 7:05, 7:35, 10:05, 10:30. Rave: 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 7:15, 8:00, 8:45, 10:30. Riverdale 10: 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.
Oxford American Best Southern Film: “The Last Mountain” (dir. Bill Haney) Golden Rock for Best Narrative: “Natural Selection” (dir. Robbie Pickering) Golden Rock for Best Documentary: “Marathon Boy” (dir. Gemma Atwal) Arkansas Times Audience Award: “The Interupters” (dir. Steve James) Jury Award: “Dogsweat” (dir. Hossein Keshavarz) Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Arkansas Film: “The Orderly” (dir. Daniel Campbell) Diamond Award: Hal Needham Made in Arkansas Best Directors: The Miller brothers for “Pillow” Made in Arkansas Best Actor: Dustin Alford in “Foot Soldier” World Shorts: “The Man Who Knew How To Fly” (dir. Robi Michael) Arkansas Music Video: Pillow Fight “Get Your Shit Together (Pity Party)” (dir. Matthew and Todd Wolfe)
‘THE LAST RIDE’: Familiar faces and places, but that’s about it.
Little Rock Film Fest 2011 recap Another great festival. BY LINDSEY MILLAR, LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK AND JOHN TARPLEY
n This is starting to become a familiar story: As it has in previous years, the Little Rock Film Festival outdid itself again in 2011. Attendance was up slightly from last year, according to executive director Jack Lofton. More filmmakers than ever before attended. In fact, all but a small handful of the more than 100 films that screened were accompanied by a director, producer or star (or some combination thereof). The quality of Arkansas films, particularly short narratives, seems to have risen dramatically. And for those who like to talk film until the wee hours, once again there was an exhausting slate of parties and after-parties all across town. Our complaints might sound familiar, too. Crowds often overwhelmed the relatively small Riverdale 10 Theater, where the majority of the screenings were held. Which meant that finding the line for a certain movie could be frustratingly difficult. Ditto for figuring out the complicated three-tiered pass structure, which afforded a gradation of “unlimited access” to — as best we could figure — films, films and parties and films, parties and VIP areas in parties. Still, if you bought the lowest tier pass for $40 and managed to navigate the lines, you had access to the entire program. Even at a price $10 higher than last year, that’s
an outrageously good window into modern international film.
Prize winners and more “The Last Mountain,” a documentary about the catastrophic effects of coal mining that we sadly didn’t catch, was presented the $10,000 Oxford American Southern Film Award at the Arkansas Times Festival Gala on Sunday night. (See a complete list of winners below.) Our preview coverage of the festival gave a heads up on the other films that won major awards. “Natural Selection,” which took home nearly all the major prizes at SXSW, won the Golden Rock Award for Narrative Feature. Tonally, it fits somewhere in between “Harold and Maude” and “Napoleon Dynamite” — it’s a highly stylized, oddball character study. But unlike those films and much to its credit, it doesn’t keep the quirk from letting in real human emotion. Large credit’s surely due to Robbie Pickering, the young debut director who spoke, charmingly and confessionally after the screening about making the movie. (It took him six years to get it made. His mom and, more metaphorically, birth theory inspired the film.) But it’s the acting that really sells the film. Rachael Harris, whose name you probably don’t know even though you’ve
seen her in dozens of roles, is absolutely fantastic as Linda White, the dutiful, Christian wife of a man who thinks it’s a sin to spill his seed into her barren womb. And Matt O’Leary kills as Raymond, the loveable junky who Linda believes was born from her husband’s artificially inseminated sperm. Yeah, it’s pretty wacky, and the first half of the movie plays like a drunk live-action version of “Looney Tunes,” with Pickering hilariously beating the hell out of Raymond, who thinks he’s escaping, but is really always pursuing, Linda’s chirpy, oblivious Road Runner. Don’t Google Golden Rock Winner for Documentary “Marathon Boy.” Don’t Google “Budhia Singh” and for godssakes don’t even type “Biranchi Das” into your search bar lest you ruin one of the strangest, most provocative and debatable documentaries in recent memory. Director Gemma Atwal spent five years following the complex relationship between Budhia, the Slumdog Steve Prefontaine who became the most famous toddler in India by running six half-marathons by the age of four, and his foster father Biranchi, the trainer-turned-national controversy. What begins as a heartwarmer of a story about a precocious boy plucked out of the slums to become a national icon takes a slow turn into troublesome territory as Budhia is pushed into performing increasingly radical runs in front of thousands of admirers lining the streets and hordes of media cameras, all lassoed in by Biranchi, a born PR wizard embraced by the people as an inspiration and labeled by the government’s child welfare agencies as a possible child exploiter. Atwai does an admirable job of con-
structing a colorful think piece out of complex questions about objective and subjective truths, questionable intentions, media’s influence and the nature of poverty in the slums of India. More so, the director should be applauded for providing a removed, impartial take on the hotly debated wonderboy, provoking questions and, thankfully, never once editorializing. The movie’s wild and the ending is a top-tier shocker. The conversations after the lights come up are great. HBO produced the doc, so if you missed it, you’ll have a second chance at some point on the pay-cable channel. Other films that really stuck with us: The French narrative “Fleurs du Mal” about romance and revolution and social media. It follows the budding romance of a Parisian bellboy and an Iranian whose attention is focused on her native Tehran during the 2009 Green Revolution. We’ve been curious and excited to see how the omnipresence of social media will come to affect — for better or worse — the language of film. “The Social Network” employed social media only peripherally. Godard flirted with it in “Film Socialisme” and “Catfish” strangled us with it. But director David Dusa intertwines his movie with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Google Image Search with an almost organic elegance that complements, never overwhelms, the story. The documentary “Disfarmer” is a great movie, superbly timed and edited, with terrific interviews of down-to-earth Arkansans and New York collectors and gallery owners against a backdrop of the images portrait photographer Mike Meyer made. It’s built on an incredible story — a man who claims he was delivered to a family by tornado becomes a misanthrope, changes his last name to Disfarmer (as in anti-farmer, townspeople speculate), shoots 25-cent photographs of the people of Heber Springs and surrounds during the Depression and World War II and becomes, posthumously, declared one of the greatest American photographers of all times. Continued on page 31 www.arktimes.com • JUNE 8, 2011 29
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Continued from page 29 The minute “Pillow” started to roll, the audience broke into applause. They knew about the short film either by experience or reputation; it won the narrative shorts category in the Oxford, Miss., film festival earlier this year and ended up winning the Miller brothers the best directors prize in the Made in Arkansas category at the LRFF. The nicely crafted short — made in the Delta in about 115 degrees, producer Miles B. Miller related after the showing — is about two brothers, one big and dumb, one short and mean, who capture an angel with a kite and saw off her wings to make a pillow for their demanding mother. Their dirty hot trudge down a dirt road between two heathazy cornfields — a scene shot in the dead browns and yellows of mid-summer — will make anyone who’s ever been to the Delta uncomfortable (it apparently caused some of the crew to pass out). The morally and intellectually bereft brothers, the mother’s grating cries of “Pillow! Pillow! Pillow!” and the disgusting contents of the family fridge land this family squarely in a surreal South that is weirdly familiar. Yet the film is funny and its ending one of wonderfully icky revenge. David Koon is one of our own at the Arkansas Times, so you might think we’re a little prejudiced when we tell you that the film he wrote, “Ballerina,” proves him to be the reincarnation of Rod Serling — and that’s a very good thing. But since you’ve read his work in the newspaper, you know we’re not exaggerating. The Bryan Stafford-directed film, shot in black and white, has two perfectly cast men, a perfect set and a compelling sci-fi storyline that contemplates a future that depends on filicide and has the “Twilight Zone”-worthy chilling one-liner at the end. Who knows what we are capable of? The ending frames, of giggling little girls at their ballet lesson, is perfect. A transvestite God is just one of the fine things about Jon Bryant Crawford’s short film about a traveling Bible salesman. That could be trite, but “Foot Soldier,” which also features Natalie Canerday as a trailertrash seductress, carries it off by not harping on it. Our pale and devout Bible thumper, who punishes himself when he fails to sell a Bible by putting rocks in his stiff black shoes, is transformed by the knowledge that people prefer a little joy with their scripture. It was a drama with a happy ending, which seemed brave indeed after a day of shorts about butchery (though the zombie short “Never Stop Running” was fairly hilarious) and death, and one of the best shorts screened. One we didn’t love so much was Harry Thomason’s “The Last Ride,” which kicked off the festival last Wednesday with great fanfare. Though if you’re a part of the Arkansas film community, you’ll probably want to see it. For one, it’s a great primer on shooting a period road trip movie with-
‘MARATHON BOY’: Conversation starter. out leaving Pulaski County. You’ll watch it like you’re on a scavenger hunt: There’s the covered bridge in Burns Park. There’s downtown Argenta, even with brief glimpses of Cregeen’s Irish Pub and Cornerstone Pub, standing in for downtown Knoxville, with North Little Rock City Hall doubling as a hotel. That’s the bridge at the Old Mill that the main characters pee off of during a roadside bathroom break. And that’s Cuz Fisher’s, reborn briefly, for a diner scene. Also, you’ll find plenty of familiar faces in the cast: Ray McKinnon, Natalie Canerday, Graham Gordy, David Bazzel, Gary Newton, Greg Spradlin, Jennifer Pierce and the late Rick Dial, just to name a few. Otherwise, we can’t think of any other reason to recommend this fictionalized take on the last days of Hank Williams. There’s no character development. No conflict that’s not formulaic. And the only action — some wild highway driving and a bar fight — looks like something out of a “Dukes of Hazzard” episode. The film hinges on the relationship between Hank Williams and Silas Combs, the clueless young mechanic hired to drive him to a series of concerts. Williams is ailing, drunk and ornery. Combs is fresh-faced and earnest. This is a formula you’ve seen before. But perhaps never this claustrophobically (most of the scenes take place in a Cadillac) with so little meaningful dialogue. Here’s the narrative arc, drawn from actual lines, or at least our memory of them (all are close): “You got a name, boy?” “You ever had a woman?” “I ain’t never had a friend my whole life.” “Are you my friend?” You can probably guess what happens next. As for the Little Rock Film Festival, what happens next is still being sorted out, though year-round programming is a given. Look for updates and more coverage of this year’s fest at arktimes.com/lrff.
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n After opening just before Memorial Day in the former home of Flying Burrito, Harry and Jorge’s was closed early this week with paper over its windows. According to Arkansas Business, that seems likely to have something to do with a recent lawsuit filed by owner Daniel Bryant’s former franchisors, Flying Burrito owners Mike Rohrbach and Archie Shaffer IV, which asks for an injunction, claiming that Bryant’s agreement prohibited him from running another Mexican restaurant in the space on Clinton Avenue for two years. Arkansas Business also reported that they filed suit alleging $100,000 in back franchise royalties owed. The Times has not been able to reach Daniel Bryant for comment.
Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards
LITTLE ROCK/ N. LITTLE ROCK AMERICAN 65TH STREET DINER Blue collar, meat-and-two-veg lunch spot with cheap desserts and a breakfast buffet. But hurry — breakfast closes down at 9 a.m. on the dot, and the restaurant doesn’t reopen until 10 a.m. for lunch. 3201 West 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-7800. BL Mon.-Fri. ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Wonderful soups and fish dishes. Extensive wine list. Affordable lunch menu. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BLACK ANGUS Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. BLD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSCOS This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations
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■ dining Defying expectations Tokyo House delivers a delicious Japanese buffet. n We love good sushi. But we never dreamed that there would be a place in these parts where artistic and creative sushi could be had at a bargain flat-rate price. We are happy to report we were wrong. Tokyo House opened recently in the location that formerly housed a number of Jerry Barakat operations on Shackleford Drive, including Rockston’s, Gaucho’s and Tony Roma’s. Inside are two buffet areas. We stopped in for both lunch ($9.95 a person) and dinner ($18.95). On our lunch visit we were surprised to find more than two dozen maki rolls on the cold buffet; not just standards like spicy tuna and Philadelphia rolls but a selection of high-end rolls such as Green River, Spicy Mama, Rainbow and thick Vegetable rolls. There were tempura shrimp and avocado filled temaki (hand rolled cones), beautiful ika (squid) nigiri and pockets of gunkanmaki topped with masago (smelt roe), along with cold octopus and seaweed salads. Our dining companions feasted on the cold buffet, not realizing that just beyond a wall lay a full spread hot buffet. At this spread, we found strips of excellent hibachi steak, strips of sirloin seasoned with soy and cooked to medium with a bit of pink in the center. The grilled calamari really shone — tender, non-rubbery and expertly prepared. We also enjoyed crab cakes, tempura-battered shrimp and vegetables, slightly pungent shumai and savory dumplings. The lunch buffet surprised us. We were satisfied beyond our expectations. Would the evening buffet, which cost nearly twice as much, be worthy of the extra price? We are happy to report that yes, it’s worth the elevated price. On the hot buffet, items such as lamb chops, fat udon noodles, chicken teriyaki and grilled shrimp on skewers come out at night. Plus, ribeye steak slices still pink in the middle, grilled salmon medallions and shrimp with zucchini, asparagus and carrots. And the cold buffet featured the likes of crab legs and oysters on the half shell. But all that could be overlooked by the mastery of three sushi chefs trying to outdo each other behind the cold buffet. They produced beautiful creations one after another: a delicate Queen Roll in pink rice paper with tuna, avocado and tempura crumbles topped with a tiny dab of Japanese mayo and shaped into beautiful flowers. An alluring Tiger Eye Roll filled with spicy tuna and topped with avocado, salmon and fat ikura (salmon roe). There were a dozen types of nigiri, too, including tako (octopus), saba (mackerel) and a fantastic peppered seared tuna; more
TIGER EYE ROLL: Filled with spicy tuna and topped with avocado, salmon and fat ikura. hand rolls and even sculpted cucumber cups full of spiced scallops. Six types of sashimi were offered on seashell-shaped plates, some of the freshest we’ve encountered in these parts. We were stunned by one uramaki (rice on the outside) filled with tempura battered chicken and crabstick, topped with salmon and a touch of a mango-sweet sauce. We have never encountered anything like it, but we will ask for it next time. Each meal can be rounded out with ice cream. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are offered, but we couldn’t resist the handdipped green tea ice cream, the perfect palate cleanser. We suspect we will be growing fat on Tokyo House’s buffet in months to come. The service was excellent and we’re still shaking our heads over how good a sushi and hot foods buffet could be.
Tokyo House 11 Shackleford Drive 501-219-4286 tokyohouselr.com Quick bite
Tokyo House also offers an extensive designer sushi roll menu with rolls ranging up to $14, a selection of appetizers and menu service on most of the items found on its buffet. Unless you’re on a diet or have a craving for designer rolls, we suggest sticking with the buffet — most of the items are available there.
Lunch buffet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner buffet: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday.
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Q&A with Fleming Stockton of Your Mama’s Good Food BY CAROLINE MILLAR
n Your Mama’s Good Food, one of Little Rock’s most beloved meat and threes, has been serving up some of our favorite home cooking for two decades. I met recently with owner Fleming Stockton, who runs and co-owns the business with his wife Barbara, to talk about his early days of veganism (!), flipping burgers, serving political celebrities during the Clinton campaign days and much more. Tell me a little about your background. Did you grow up eating good food? I’m actually writing a book called “So You Think You Can Own a Restaurant,” and my first chapter is about how the fry oil and hamburgers got in my blood. I was about 16 years old and worked in a Dairy Queen, making burgers, shakes and malts, and it kind of got in my blood. Then about nine years later I was up in Fayetteville and started with this pizza company called Kids Pizza Parlor, on Dickson Street, the biggest place in town, so I got the pizza in my blood. Then I moved back down to Little Rock and worked for Pizza Hut and I started the first delivery system in Little Rock — this was like 1972 — and then I became the manager of Shakey’s Pizza Parlor, which is where Dixie Cafe is now. So basically I’ve kind of stayed in the restaurant business. Were you always cooking at these places? No, no. I’ve done everything. Most of the pizza places I managed, but I’ve done door hosting, bartending, dessert shift — I’ve done it all. In the mid-’70s in Fayetteville I was a strict vegetarian. I was into Eastern religion and meditation. 34 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
You were such a hippie! I am a hippie! I had to learn how to cook because nobody else cooked vegan food at that time. What were you cooking then? Spanish rice, vegetables, peas, beans, rice, tofu. The first thing I did when I [quit being vegan] was buy the juiciest steak I could get my hands on. In 1989, I had been waiting tables, made a really good living at it and worked for The Terrace, back when the Terrace was one of the places. And I just got tired of working for other people so I said, ‘Hey, I want to open my own restaurant,’ and I hooked up with this guy I had met waiting tables at The Terrace. His name was Chuck Pointer, who also like me, had been in the restaurant business most all of his life. He was an outstanding cook and invited me over one night and served me his meatloaf, and I hated meatloaf, but it was the best meatloaf I had ever put in my mouth, and that’s how it all got started. I would say that 60 percent of our recipes are his and 40 percent I either got from somebody else or developed on my own. But I never started out to be the cook. I always wanted to be the entrepreneur. I wanted to own this restaurant and count all the chips. But it didn’t work out that way. Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted to serve at your restaurant? Yeah, I read an article — it was a bad mistake — in the Arkansas Gazette, where they said comfort food, or “soul” food, was going to be the next cuisine of the ’90s. And I said, ‘Well, maybe that’s not a bad idea. Maybe I’ll do that.’ But what I didn’t understand was that your food costs for this kind of operation are much higher
than say for pizza or hamburgers. Food costs for hamburgers and pizza are only like 15 or 20 percent and we were like 35 percent. We use quality products. We don’t use canned vegetables. We use frozen vegetables or fresh vegetables and dried beans that we soak overnight. We don’t use canned goods. The chicken fried chicken and country fried steak are frozen products but everything else we do ourselves. How do you season your food? What I use is bases. And Chuck taught me that. It’s chicken-based, beef- or hambased. The base has salt in it but it also has the flavor. It’s like a stock but the dry version. You add the water. Is that how you do your greens? I put other things in the greens, but I’m not giving away my recipes. But everything I make is made with a base. We do turnips and spinach. On vegetables, the only combination we do is a squash medley of zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and onions, and we saute it. Then we do a medley of vegetables for primavera pasta and I have a special seasoning packet for that. Let’s talk about your glorious rolls. They’re as big as your head. There’s nothing like them. The rolls were invented by a young man, Joe, who used to work at The Terrace and at Zach’s Place on University. He did their home cookin’, and then he came to work for me. He married a Native American and moved with her back to a reservation in Oklahoma. Are you the sole baker of the rolls? Oh yeah, I’m the only one. Let me
rephrase that. About three years after Joe initially invented those rolls there was a girl who worked for us — great, great cook — and she made the rolls for three years. There’s actually two other guys who know and they were brothers — one of them is dead and the other I haven’t seen in seven or eight years. You’ll never find him and he’s probably forgotten the recipe. What happens if you’re sick or can’t come to work? Do you ever hear the expression SOL? How did you come up with the restaurant’s name? I don’t know if you remember, but back in the ’90s the cool thing to say was “your mama” so I named it Your Mama’s. What was business like in the ’90s? Your Mama’s was a favorite in the Clinton days. When the Clinton campaign hit we just went over the top. People were coming in 30 minutes after we closed and begging for leftovers. It was incredible. This was 1992. Who were the regulars then? James Carville, Diane Sawyer, Brit Hume, [George] Stephanopoulos, the head of the Democratic National Committee — all came in every day. Hillary ate with us but Bill never did. He recommended us and talked about us — as a matter of fact when Air Force One flew in, and they had a press corps thing, we were invited to cater that, but Bill never did eat with us. Hillary did because the Rose Law firm [was] just down the street; we had a lot of Rose Law firm lawyers. And the man who supposedly committed suicide — Vince Foster — ate with us almost every single day What’s it like running a business with your wife, Barbara? It’s a miracle we’re still together, it really is and I’ll tell you this — if it hadn’t been for her, we wouldn’t have been a success. She is the business end, and I’m the idea man. She runs the front and is indispensable and I couldn’t have made it without her. What does Barbara make here? She makes the key lime pie, Neiman Marcus cookies, strawberry shortcake — real shortcake, not sweet, and nothing spongy — banana pudding and the salads. Who does the cooking at home? She does. I used to do the cooking but after you do it every day — I live in that kitchen — I just get tired of it. I should help her more often. But sometimes I’m so sick of food I don’t want to eat. What will you do when you retire? I want to write. Barbara wants to garden. Especially at our age, you get to a point where there’s not much time left and you want some quality time. I’m a frustrated artist. To see an extended version of this interview, visit arktimes.com/yourmamas.
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Join Kelly Ferguson, one of Arkansas’s top social media marketing executives June 24 for an introduction to social media marketing using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to sell your product or service.
Marketing Hasn’t Changed But the Tools Are New! Facebook, Twitter and the hundreds of other social media platforms are powerful new marketing tools and they are free, but you need to know how to use them. This two hour presentation by the Director of Social Media Marketing at the Arkansas Times will help you master this new and valuable technology. Kelly Ferguson • How NOT to use social media. Knowing social media business etiquette is the difference between success and failure. Here are the most common social media pitfalls. • How to find, monitor and respond to reviews and public postings about your business. Consumers are not only posting reviews on restaurants and hotels at Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor, there are more and more sites that host reviews of doctors, lawyers and other professionals. • How to take possession of your Google business page and use it as a powerful marketing tool. You have one whether you know it or not and in many cases, people are posting reviews of your business on it.
• How to employ videos, YouTube and photos to show your product or service using Facebook and other social media sites. • How to use FourSquare, Gowalla and other GPS-driven locational social media sites to attract and sell new customers with specials and contests. In the last 24 hours, over 2,000 people “checked in’ to a business in Little Rock using FourSquare. Did they check into your business looking for a special and find nothing? • How to reinforce what you are already doing to promote your business with these new social media platforms. • Learn how to use social media to compliment your website and occasionally, to replace it.
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of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 4502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710164. BL Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BD Mon.-Sat. B Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Market-area hotspot. 300 W. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/ lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE Downtown’s premier soup-and-sandwich stop at lunch, and a set dinner spot on Friday night to give a little creative outlet to chef supreme David Williams. Beef, chicken and fish are served with continental flair. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it down-
■ UPDATE KHALIL’S PUB AND GRILL The name sounds Middle Eastern, but don’t look for belly dancers at Khalil’s. Pay more attention to the “pub and grill” part of the name. Actually, the menu covers a lot of territory. One of us had bangers and mash for lunch, and they were good bangers too, like the ones we’ve had at pubs in England. The other entree was fish tacos, also tasty. The menu didn’t say what kind of fish. Cod, possibly. We also liked the bierocks we had for an appetizer. (“German meat turnovers pastry baked with a savory beef, onions and cabbage filling.”) They’ve got seafood, they’ve got sandwiches, they’ve got sauerbraten. We’ll be back. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 224-0224 Full bar CC Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-midnight $$ home country cooking. Just be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-0141. BL Sun.-Fri. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. Don’t miss the bourbon pecan pie — it’s a winner. 11220 Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. Also at Bowman Curve. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Rd. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-224-3377. LD daily. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu Thu.-Sat. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. D Tue.-Sat. FLYING SAUCER Beer, with dozens on tap, is the big draw at this popular River Market venue, but the food’s good, too. Sandwiches, including a great Reuben, salads, quesadillas and the bratwurst are dependable. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7468. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’ oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2254487. LD daily. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly break-
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fasts and lunch specials. The half pound burger is a twohander for the average working Joe. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. FROSTOP A ’50s-style drive-in has been resurrected, with big and juicy burgers and great irregularly cut fries. Superb service, too. 4131 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-4535. BLD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s 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. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. GRAMPA’S CATFISH HOUSE A longtime local favorite for fried fish, hush puppies and good sides. 9219 Stagecoach Road. 501-407-0000. LD. HAYESTACK CAFE Southern cooking, po’boys and hearty breakfasts with an emphasis on family recipes. 27024 Kanis Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-821-0070. BLD Tue.-Sun. HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey and lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-227-5555. LD Mon.-Sat. HUNKA PIE A drive-up diner with burgers, salads, soups and a number of different pies, available whole or by the slice, fresh baked daily. 7706 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-612-4754. LD Mon.-Sat. (closes at 7 p.m.). KIERRE’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN Excellent home-cooking joint for huge helpings of meat loaf and chicken-fried steak, cooked-down vegetables and wonderful homemade pies and cakes. Breakfasts feature omelets, pancakes, French toast and more. 6 Collins Place. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-0923. BLD Tue.-Fri., BL Sat. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD Mon.-Sat. MCBRIDE’S CAFE AND BAKERY Owners Chet and Vicki McBride have been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch specials based on their family recipes for two decades in this popular eatery at Baptist Health’s Little Rock campus. The desserts and barbecue sandwiches are not to be missed. 9501 Lile Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-340-3833. BL Mon.-Fri. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s self-service, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Mon.-Fri. D daily. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications, finished with butter and served sizzling hot. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar. 501-7710808. LD Mon.-Sat. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. STARLITE DINER Breakfast and the ice cream-loaded shakes and desserts star here. 250 E. Military Road. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0465. BLD. STICKYZ ROCK ’N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7707. LD Mon-Sat. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, plus basic beer food. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6639802. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat. VIEUX CARRE A pleasant spot in Hillcrest with specialty salads, steak and seafood. The soup of the day is a good bet. At lunch, the menu includes an all-vegetable sandwich and a half-pound cheeseburger. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun.
WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. $$. 501-244-9550. D Tue.-Sat. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6444. LD Mon.-Sat. ZIN URBAN WINE & BEER BAR A snazzy, cosmopolitan yet comfortable, relaxed place to enjoy fine wines and beers while noshing on superb meats, cheeses and amazing goat cheese-stuffed figs. 300 River Market Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-246-4876. D daily.
ASIAN CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-in-one: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 1. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD. PAPA SUSHI Hibachi grill with large sushi menu and Korean specialties. 17200 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try to authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4000. L Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sun. SEOUL A full line of sushi and soft tofu stews plus a variety of Korean dishes, mainly marinated and grilled meats teamed with vegetables served with rice in bibimbap style in a sizzling-hot bowl. 5923 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-7222. LD Mon.-Sat. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.
BARBECUE CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5624949. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat.
EUROPEAN / ETHNIC AMRUTH AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE Indian restaurant with numerous spicy, vegetarian dishes. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-2244567. LD daily. DUGAN’S PUB The atmosphere is great, complete with plenty of bar seating and tables. There’s also a fireplace to warm you up on a cold day. The fried stuff is good. Try the mozzarella sticks. 403 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. (501) 881-4796. LD daily. TERRACE ON THE GREEN This Greek-Italian-Thai-and-
BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-century-old establishment balances continuity with innovation in delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-4700. D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brick-walled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-3763463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. SHOTGUN DAN’S Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-your-own ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. BLD daily.
MEXICAN BLUE COAST BURRITO You will become a lover of fish tacos here, but there are plenty of other fresh coastal Mex choices served up fast-food cafeteria style in cool surroundings. Don’t miss the Baja fruit tea. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. 4613 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-8033. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Veracruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-280-0407. LD daily. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 1300 S. Main St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. RUMBA Mexi-Cuban spot in the River Market area, this restaurant and bar has a broad menu that includes tacos and enchiladas, tapas, Cuban-style sandwiches. Specialty drinks are available also. 300 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-823-0090 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. SENOR TEQUILA Authentic dishes with great service and prices, and maybe the best margarita in town. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432. TACO MEXICO Tacos have to be ordered at least two at a time, but that’s not an impediment. These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun.
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whatever restaurant has a huge menu, and you can rely on each dish to be good, some to be excellent. Portions are ample. Patio for warm-weather dining. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.
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AROUND ARKANSAS CONWAY HART’S SEAFOOD Southern fried fish and seafood buffet over the weekend. 2125 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-329-8586. D Thu.-Sat., L Sun. JADE CHINA Traditional Chinese fare, some with a surprising application of ham. 559 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5121. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS PALMAS IV “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 786 Elsinger Boulevard. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-5010. LD Mon-Sat. SHORTY’S` Burgers, dogs and shake joint. 1101 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-9213. LD Mon.-Sat. STOBY’S Great homemade cheese dip and big, sloppy Stoby sandwiches with umpteen choices of meats, cheeses and breads. 805 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-5447. BLD Mon.-Sat. 405 W. Parkway. Russellville. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-968-3816. BLD Mon.-Sat.
HOT SPRINGS BELLE ARTI RISTORANTE Ambitious menu of lavish delights in a film-noir setting; excellent desserts. 719 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7474. LD. FACCI’S This longtime favorite of the Oaklawn crowd offers an all-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch, lots of sandwiches and pasta and extraordinary Italian dishes for dinner. 2900 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-623-9049. LD Wed. only. FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. Boisterous, family style place. 5101 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-525-7437. LD. MCCLARD’S Considered by many to be the best barbecue in Arkansas — ribs, pork, beef and great tamales, too. 505 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. 501-624-9586. LD. www.arktimes.com • JUNE 8, 2011 37
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he wedding season is now in full swing, which means that Lisa Garrett, owner of Tulle in Sherwood, is one busy lady. A Sherwood native, Garrett opened Tulle in 2009, a boon to her hometown and brides all over the area. Lisa loves her job and her boutique’s locale. (She notes that Tulle is conveniently located next to a tanning salon for her customers who go in for that sun-kissed look.) We caught up with Lisa between fittings and consultations for this CUE and A. Continued on page 41
Gossamer Chiffon creates a stunning physique with asymmetrical ruching throughout the bodice and flowing into the A-line skirt. A ravishing handmade floral embellishment highlighting the side waist adds a feminine touch to the simple beauty of this look.
➥ On your mark ... get set ... go! On Saturday, June 18, 7:30 a.m., GO! RUNNING hosts the Go! Mile at Burns Park with a Men & Women’s Mile and Mini-mile for Kids 9 and under. Proceeds benefit the Winston Penn Wardlaw Memorial Fund, providing scholarships to young men who want to attend Catholic High School. ➥ Company closes. THE KAVANAUGH CO., an art/ refinished furniture studio in Hillcrest, has closed its doors. ➥ Get gown. Save up to 60% on wedding gowns at PROPOSAL’S month-long sample sale. ➥ Culinary couples. KREBS BROTHERS RESTAURANT STORE in North Little Rock recently added wedding registries to its repertoire. ➥ Teen scene. EGGSHELLS in the Heights offers a Summer Cooking Camp for teens, June 13-17, 1:30-4:30 p.m. This class will offer teens a foundation in ingredients, methods and tools for both cooking and baking. Teens take home a personalized recipe book, extra tastes and a cooking utensil. ➥ Many cooks in the kitchen. KITCHEN CO. offers several classes this week: June 9, Aaron Walters Sushi, June 10, Beth Robinson Bang Boom Shrimp, June 15, Karol Zoeller Shrimp Picata, garlic asparagus, cheese bread and blueberry cobbler. All classes are from 6-8 p.m. ➥ Remember this. SECOND FRIDAY ART NIGHT, June 10, 5-8 p.m., attend the opening reception for Forgotten Places, an exhibit of photography by Rhonda Berry and Diana Michelle Hausam at Historic Arkansas Museum with live music by Bonnie Montgomery Trucking. ➥ Socialites, delight! VINTAGE SOCIALITE, owned by Solita Johnson, is set to open in the space once occupied by Minx in Hillcrest. They welcomed visitors for first Thursday but will hopefully have a Grand Opening next week. Hours will be Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Saturday 10ish-6 p.m. Johnson is a real estate agent at Pulaski Heights Realty (next door) and wife of Evolve owner Josh Davis.
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Finding the just right ring for him and her
hhhh, the romance of the ring. An engagement ring and wedding band are probably the most important pieces of jewelry you will ever buy. No pressure, right? Fortunately, we’ve searched high and low to bring you some real gems from around town. Whether you go timeless, trendy or somewhere in between, you can find what you’re looking for at local jewelers. When it comes to engagement ring diamonds, memorize “the four C’s”—cut, color, clarity and carat. The cut refers to the angles of the facets in the stone, which determines the diamond’s brilliance and shape. In addition to the cut, engagement rings come in a variety of shapes, including round, princess, emerald and pear. Color, obviously, refers to the stone’s hue. Diamonds can run the gamut of colors from colorless to light yellow or brown. Clarity depends on how free of imperfections the ring’s stone is. Finally, carat refers to the diamond’s size. Another important factor in shopping for rings is metal. You can find engagement and wedding bands in a variety of metals, including platinum, gold, titanium, palladium and even recycled metals. (We don’t suggest going for a gumball machine ring, as romantic as that sounds.) Once you’ve figured out your stone’s style, it’s time to determine the ring’s setting. Some of the most popular engagement ring settings: prong (where the stone is held by three to six “claws”), bezel (where a metal rim surrounds the perimeter of the stone) and channel (where stones are sandwiched together in a channel in the band, a popular look for wedding bands). A parting piece of advice: Just because you and your fiance are a perfect match doesn’t mean your rings need to be. Feel free to pick wedding bands that reflect each of your style sensibilities and tastes.
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or her own wedding, quirky shoe designer Charlotte Dellal chose leopard-print pumps as her “something new,” with blue piping along the heels for the “something blue.” Her retro-glam shoe brand, Charlotte Olympia, now includes a nuptial-minded collection with shoes like the Dolly and Paloma (shown here). “I think there’s a big gap in the bridal market,” Dellal remarked in a recent interview. “So much thought goes into the lingerie and bouquet. Why not your shoes, too?” And how! Gone are the days when bridesmaids have to wear diedto match pumps and brides white, off-white or any-kind-ofwhite silk shoes. How tired! We at CUE also give you permission to wear what you please under your wedding dress—be it leopard print, stilettos or siren red wedges. Little Rock is home to specialty shoe boutiques like Solemates and stores like Shoe Connection that carry a wider variety. All of our favorite local boutiques—like Box Turtle and Vesta’s—carry cute shoes, too.
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igh-end designers and decorators have long relied on C&F Flooring in Riverdale to meet their flooring needs, but individuals also value this excellent resource. We recently visited C&F to talk trends in the world of flooring. When it comes to rugs, owner Carol Auger says, “We sell a lot of the really swell stuff like wool, which is renewable, green, and has a wonderful feel and natural properties for people with allergies. You’re not going to have off-gassing as with synthetic carpets. Wool is a big thing for us in terms of soft goods.” (No one wants a gassy rug, am I right?) In terms of tile and stone, Carol reports, “We’re seeing more rectangles . . .the format is larger now than typical 12x12. We’ve always seen them in the big format in natural stone but are now seeing more of them in ceramic, too.” She adds that glass tile remains popular and that subway tiles have long been a favorite. Carol then points to a thick slab of what looks like hardwood but is actually stone. She explains that this handsome product from Emser is gaining
Glass tile allows for creativity. Meow! in popularity, especially in gray. It offers the look of hardwood with the easy maintenance that ceramic tile affords. If real wood is your thing, Carol says bamboo is increasingly the wood of choice for those interested in renewable resources. There are different types of bamboo, different aging processes, and thereby different levels of softness or hardness. Of course, the C&F and staff can help guide you to find just the right product for you. C&F Carpet & Flooring 2206 Cantrell Road (501) 399-9909 candfcarpet.com
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n the recent Wall Street Journal article “The Diet that Shook Up Tennis?” journalist Tom Perrotta considers if rising superstar Novak Djokovic rose to the top of the tennis world because of his gluten-free diet, which some believe sharpens mental acuity as well as provides other health benefits. First things first, however: What exactly is gluten? Though it sounds like something you might find stuck on the sole of your shoe, gluten refers to storage proteins used in the production of grains. Those with gluten sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis) have to avoid wheat, rye and barley. (There are also those with an allergy, which differs from celiac disease.) Options in Central Arkansas continue to grow as more people go gluten free. According to centralarkansasgig. 44 JUNE 8, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
org, the go-to resource for all local GF news and a support group, a handful of restaurants in Arkansas participate in the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP), which means they have meal preparation guidelines, employee awareness posters and sources for gluten-free foods. Those restaurants are Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Mama Fu’s (Bentonville) and Outback Steakhouse. Red Mango (the popular Heights frozen yogurt shop) has gone a step further, using gluten free ingredients certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization. Anne Luther, manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Central Arkansas, advises, however, “Remember, eating out is risky; cross-contamination can still occur even if there is a gluten-free menu.” She applauds Lilly’s Dim Sum for its efforts to avoid cross-contamination and cites U.S. Pizza as an offender.
LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS Locally owned restaurants that don’t participate in GFRAP but do offer GF options on their menus include: American Pie Pizza, Cafe Bossa Nova and Rosalia’s Bakery, Green Cuisine, Izzy’s, Lilly’s Dim Sum, Sharea Soup (a catering service) and U.S. Pizza. CHAIN RESTAURANTS National and regional chains that have GF items on their menus: Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Cantina Laredo, Carino’s, Chili’s, Cozymel’s, Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, Olive Garden, On the Border, Palio’s, P.F. Chang’s and Pei Wei Asian Diner, Red Robin, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Shorty Small’s and Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro. GROCERY STORES While mainstream grocery stores like Kroger are slowly becoming hip to GF products, Whole Foods and Drug Em-
porium offers the widest and most varied selection. (Kinnikinnick frozen items and Glutino pretzels are favorites.) SHAREA SOUP Sharea Wheeler, chef and owner of catering service Sharea Soup, has been delivering GF soups and salads in Little Rock for two years and plans to open a permanent location in the near future. Wheeler says her focus has always been on a diverse and healthy diet. “My menu changes every week. Most of my customers are health conscious and are concerned about maintaining their weight or losing weight. I cook for meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and people on a gluten free diet.” As the gluten-free diet has become more popular, customers have requested that she label her gluten-free options, Wheeler says. Now, when she makes something with pasta or bread,
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she’s begun offering a gluten-free option. “I am very flexible and can work with any diet, restrictions or allergies. I also use locally grown produce when possible; I just started using produce from Dunbar Community Garden and have my own organic vegetable, fruit and herb garden.” Wheeler e-mails the menu to customers before the beginning of every week with the following week’s offerings. Her gluten-free meals include such dishes as Summer Vegetable Soup, Watermelon Cucumber Mint Soup with Jalapenos and Tzatziki Potato Salad with gold potatoes, non-fat Greek yogurt, low-fat mayo, cucumbers and red chiles. Visit www.shareasoup.com for more info and to place orders. DEMPSEY BAKERY The gluten-sensitive of Little Rock will rejoice when, next month, the city’s first GF bakery opens its doors. Paula Dempsey, known to those in the advertising-PR world as part of Dempsey Film Group, will open Dempsey Bakery at Fourth and Cross Streets. The swell space, designed by Herron-Horton Architects of Little Rock, will also include a place for public meetings and classes. The bakery will offer several kinds of bread, pies, cookies and cupcakes, as well as specialty cakes that can be ordered for unique dietary needs. Dempsey’s passion for gluten-free goods has come as the result of a familywide need for those products. “Between eight adults and five children, we are all gluten-free,” says
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Dempsey of her extended family. “We have one grandchild whose diet is nearly vegan due to food intolerances.” From this child’s unique needs came the idea of Jacob’s Line, a series of baked products that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, corn, rice, refined sugar and tapioca. The basic bread in this line, which Dempsey describes as “like a 12-grain from Boulevard [Bread], only a bit denser,” will likely be called Everyone’s Bread. “There are so many people who need this sort of thing, and we want to provide a place they can just walk in and buy something without worrying,” she says. You can hear Dempsey talk about her gluten-free offerings and taste samples of her goods at the bakery from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, June 20. Check www. centralarkansasgig.org for updates.
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Hot tips n Not the weary recycling job you get in other venues, these are all-new tips for coping with a summer that’s already a son-ofa-bitch. Get an early start on your cryonics. Go hang for a spell with Ted Williams’ head. Paint you some tunnels on the sides of old buildings and that frozen beer train will come through, bringing instant icy weather. Go to Alaska and get Sarah Palin to take you on one of those snow-pack hunting trips to shoot baby wild animals from a helicopter. Cold, in more ways than one. Sometimes of an evening, when you’re sitting out in the glider, you can catch a faint cool breeze from the simultaneous whirring of the billions of mosquito wings that have you surrounded. An expression still heard among oldtimers around here is “hotter than a two-dollar cookstove.” Those things do get mighty hot, and it’s a heat that lingers, so if you still have one, and still use it, it might be time for an upgrade. Take a nostalgic look back at the first season of Ice-Road Truckers. When there was still an ice road over what is now a semitropical lagoon. Before climate change was revealed as a hoax. Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They got through their extremeheat experience, though their oven was
Bob L ancaster seven times hotter than the ordinary Babylonian execution furnace. About like last Sunday, in other words. Drifting along with tumbling tumbleweed is contraindicated. Unless it has a/c. Smoke only menthol cigarettes. Or if you’re going to stop altogether, go cold turkey. Get as close as you can to your congressman’s heart. Get yourself a boat and some water skis and go out and jump a shark. That’s what Fonz did and he was always cool. (Of course here in landlocked Arkansas, we don’t have many sharks to jump. We do have a few large alligators, but I don’t know how jumping the gator compares with jumping the shark on the coolness chart. Also, alas, some of our big gators are of the farm-raised variety — milder dispositioned, and largely indifferent to being jumped over.) If worse comes to worst, check out any one of the three extant Arkansas nudist colonies, my recommendation being the four-star Gadda da Vita over near Siloam
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