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Spurious SCOTUS So fears have come to pass. After the Citizens United court comes the antiequality court, rejection of DOMA not withstanding. Married partners of every stripe still may have hurdle after hurdle to voting thrown up in their faces. The whole post-racism thing was started by folks who knew it was a smokescreen. Disingenuous, as any Southerner knows. Disingenuous in the majority opinion about the Voting Rights Act, in which they claim no need for such remedies any longer. Don’t they know that the explicitly expressed “Southern strategy” of the Republicans is still in force? Now this court limits community rights to regulate development. As Justice Kagan explains in her dissent, “the decision will very likely encourage local government officials to avoid any discussion with developers related to permit conditions that, in the end, might have let both sides find common ground on building projects that are good for the community and environmentally sound. Rather than risk a lawsuit through an attempt at compromise, many municipalities will simply reject development applications outright — or, worse, accept development plans they shouldn’t.” A friend of mine posted on Facebook that SCOTUS doesn’t work for you and me. Hard to see how he is wrong, or a conspiracy freak. Was the DOMA decision an effort to cravenly divert attention from these decisions? An examination of the celebration of Marriage Rights on Facebook would indicate a coincidence if not a conscious effort. Once again, we see the benefit to Republicans from the George W. Bush court appointees. My code to submit this letter online was very close to “specious,” but the majority opinions might be better classified as spurious. Jay Sims Little Rock

Memories of the Voting Rights Act In July 1965 I went to the World’s Fair in New York City. It was my first real trip outside Arkansas — I was 15. My sister drove and we made intermediate stops in Williamsburg, Va., and Washington and met our parents in Washington. My father shared a friendship with then-Congressman Oren Harris. At that time you had to physically appear before the Supreme Court of the United States in order to be admitted to practice there. It was a very moving experience for some4

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one who even at that age already wanted to be a lawyer. What was even more moving for someone who was totally infatuated with politics was that we obtained congressional passes and were present in the House Chamber when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. It was certainly a time of high drama and there were huge numbers of spectators who wanted to be present. Unless you had a particular pass, which we did, you were only permitted to stay 15 minutes so that you could say you were present when history was made. I doubt that anyone in Washington or

possibly the country would have anticipated that the heirs of the Warren Court would 47 years later, during the second term of the first African-American president, strike down one of the essential elements of that legislation. I have fortunately lived long enough to see part of that vision come true — an African-American president. I have unfortunately lived long enough to see the legislation that was a significant part of the progression that enabled this country to elect its first African-American president be gutted. Don A. Eilbott Little Rock

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Library board should pass over Clinton Unfortunately, my schedule would not permit me to attend last week’s Central Arkansas Library System board meeting. It saddens me that the board decided not to reconsider naming the new Children’s Library after someone other than former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. Our city and state have become so polarized on political matters and figures that we have overlooked what really matters: investing in people and developing our cities and state with a “one for all and all for one” motto. There have been, and are, so many outstanding Arkansans and natives of Little Rock who have invested in the health and growth of our children, our people as a whole, and our state. And, they have done so without recognition or need for it. It was my hope that the board would hear the voices in the community who offered names of other trailblazers and leaders in our community who are not only natives of Little Rock and/or Arkansas, but offer our children of today hope that their lives will have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the people in their city and state. I was hoping that rather than “business as usual,” the Central Arkansas Library System Board would see the need to promote the name of a not so well known trailblazer from Little Rock who has charted paths and changed lives in ways that should be recognized and honored. Not sure if the signs have already gone to print or not, but if not, there is still time to re-think yesterday’s decision and restore hope to Little Rock and Arkansas that we will start making decisions for our city and stare that reflect that we are bigger than political parties and figures, we are richer than the wealthiest in Arkansas, and we are visionaries who are wiser than those who make unwise decisions and continue to see things through tunnel vision, because we are humble enough to say we have erred and willing to correct our mistakes. Hoping this letter helps the board see that we can be the change we want to see in this world by reversing its decision. Anika Whitfield Little Rock

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he Arkansas Republican Party, in its first year as the majority party in the Arkansas legislature, now has its eyes on the judicial branch. At the Republican Party State Committee last Saturday, the chair of an existing Republican Judicial Review Committee said a PAC would soon be established to financially support and endorse judicial candidates. Johnny Rhoda of Clinton, who boasts of a mail order Ph.D. from an on-line diploma mill, was quoted in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as saying: “The Arkansas judicial establishment is today dominated by judges who do not reflect nor represent the views and values of Arkansas voters. “As we have seen in our federal courts and with increasing frequency in our state courts, good legislation is sometimes overturned by our judicial branch, which seems to substitute the judgment of judges for that of our Legislature or our people,” he said, without citing examples. You can be sure he wasn’t thinking of the Republican U.S. Supreme Court majority that overturned civil rights legislation. Unconstitutional legislation has been overturned by courts since 1803. What Republicans want are judges who understand they are NOT to overturn legislation enacted by Republicans, only that from Democratic majorities. Thus, a Republican PAC will be formed to elect judges who follow the Republican Party’s rigid philosophy: Guns may not be regulated, but women’s medical rights may be. Corporations’ rights are at least equal to those of human beings, except when damaged human beings are seeking court redress for corporate injuries. Constitutional rights end at arrest in criminal cases. The Republican Party of Arkansas once was in the vanguard of the movement to make judicial elections in the state nonpartisan. The reason wasn’t good government, but diminishing the filing fees that then flowed from predominantly Democratic candidates to the Democratic Party. More recently, Republicans have also led the charge for successful legislation to make prosecutors run in non-partisan elections. Republicans also pushed, unsuccessfully, a bill to make sheriffs run without party label. The stated aim was “nonpartisan” justice. With what they perceive as a rising Republican majority in the state, Republicans would prefer the old partisan system, where labels would guarantee elections. But that would seem hypocritical even for them. Instead, they now seek a nonpartisan judicial system in which only Republicans are elected. The process is well underway. Appeals Court Judge Rhonda Wood, who’s flouted ethical rules before by using former Gov. Mike Huckabee as a campaign tout, wants to move up to Supreme Court. Her pal from Conway, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, is aiming for a Court of Appeals seat. They’ve already turned up politicking at Republican Party gatherings. GOP PAC man Johnny Rhoda has them on his Rolodex, you may be sure.

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Gay marriage: 1st person Max Brantley gives his space today to an Arkansas Blog contributor who uses the pen name Mrs. Sistertoldja. She’s a Little Rock woman who was married in a state where samesex marriage is legal.


have to admit, we’ve been in a giddy state since 9:08 a.m. on Wednesday.  Thanks to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion, anti-gay marriage states should be falling like dominoes. Of course, it won’t be by referendum. Southern states will be forced to do this by the courts, as usual.  I’m a born-and-bred Southern belle from Alabama but I can’t understand why Southerners keep making the same mistakes. Is hate and bigotry confined primarily to one part of the country? Since the court ruled, it’s even more unpopular to be a gay-hater than it was last week. Take my brother and mother, both of whom know I’m married. Last year at this time, neither was for marriage equality although both sent us a wedding gift — a coffee pot (her) and some steak knives (him). You know, the types of gifts you would send to a third cousin you don’t particularly like. I didn’t get a gift from my other three siblings or my father because they are evangelical Christians who think I should be thrown in a lake of fire for being gay. My brother and mother have called to acknowledge the Defense of Marriage Act ruling. The gist of the conversations was, “Good for you. Remember, we’ve been in your corner all along.’’ WIES [Wife in Enlightened States] and I had a long conversation about this. My wife isn’t a big fan of either of them, but basically said, “Oh, that’s fine. Let them think they’re progressive on this issue.’’ She’s probably right. BUT, now that it’s not cool to be on the wrong side of history, I don’t particularly like the fence-jumpers who were anti-gay last week and want to appear enlightened this week. It reminds me of the soror-

ity sisters who showed up all decked out at the keg party, but who didn’t participate in the car wash to buy the keg.  Call me crazy, but I wanted my mom and brother to be supportive of my marriage because it was the right thing to do, not because a 75-year-old, white, straight, Republican man who was appointed by Ronald Reagan said it was. Despite the break-neck speed of civil-rights developments, gay people over a certain age are permanently scarred. We were brought up to believe that being gay was akin to being a serial-killing, kitten-stomping devil. WIES’ mother died three years ago and never fully accepted her daughter, even though WIES loved her unconditionally and supported her financially. My parents confronted me at age 17 about being a lesbian when my girlfriend and I got caught kissing by a third party, who called both sets of parents. Because we knew to have steady boyfriends at all times for cover, I said, “Jill was upset because she had just broken up with Bill. I was only hugging her because she was crying. As y’all know, Richard is my boyfriend. I would never kiss a girl. Yuck!’’ I could see the relief in my parents’ eyes. I then went about my business as an honor student, cheerleader-athlete who later went to Vanderbilt, while also maintaining a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend. Otherwise, I would’ve been sent to a “Pray the Gay Away Camp.’’ After I got out of college, I knew I could never move home again and be who I was. WIES and I live in progressive Hillcrest. We love to walk the trails around Allsopp Park and she’ll grab my hand like any hetero spouse would. I immediately cringe and look around hoping we won’t be caught. She’ll say, “Nobody can see me holding your hand. It’s okay. Relax. We’re just holding hands.’’ I’m pushing 48 and I don’t know if I’ll ever shake the feeling of having to hide. We older gays are scarred for life, but it’s okay. Equality is at our door step.


Same-sex rights in Arkansas’s future


lthough they are guaranteed in the Constitution, actually granting basic liberties to broad swaths of people, whom we may call the socially unappreciated, has been a long and tortuous process. The country’s founding documents, from declarations by the original colonies to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution itself, carried soaring phrases about legal equality and the right of due process for everyone. Still, slavery endured until the Constitution was amended specifically to prohibit it, and legal equality for black people was not fully recognized as a right until the nation was 175 years old, when the Supreme Court and Congress outlawed segregation as a violation of the Constitution. Women were regarded as chattel not deserving of the rights belonging to white men until the Constitution was amended to give them voting rights and the courts and the legislative branches gradually recognized that the due process and equal-protection clauses of the fifth and 14th amendments applied equally to women as to men. Fifteen states, including Arkansas, have blocked ratification of an amendment that would formalize legal equality for women

as the 13th and 14th amendments did for black men. The arduous process of making constitutional freeERNEST doms real, which is DUMAS the great story of the American Experiment, advanced another step last week when the Supreme Court, by the narrowest margin, ruled that gay and lesbian Americans also were free to be who they are and to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual men and women, including the benefits of marriage. Well, it sort of ruled that way. It hinted that it would like to rule that way flatly but needs a little more time and a little more pushing before holding that states like Arkansas cannot outlaw same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships. The court’s majority opinion in the order invalidating key provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is not particularly admirable for its pussyfooting, but it had its soaring moments and it did declare what the Constitution has always made manifest; that denying to gay and lesbian couples a right and benefit that the

Passing up Blueway would be loss to all Arkansans


he National Blueway designation of the Interior as for the White River would bring the this coun���������� try’s secstate resources for conservation ef- ond Blueway. This forts that would give landowners, hunting well-deserved desand fishing enthusiasts, and anyone who ignation recognizes enjoys the outdoors a cleaner and more the efforts of many DEBBIE beautiful place to enjoy. partners already DOSS At a legislative hearing last week, sev- working within the GUEST COLUMNIST eral state agencies and conservation watershed for many groups who had previously supported years to utilize, conserve and restore the the Blueway program requested that the White River and its tributaries.  Department of the Interior remove the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, designation because of a slew of misinfor- “The resources made available through mation being circulated by various groups this designation will support and promote in the state. This is unfortunate and sad- needed conservation efforts and bolster dening. We cannot afford to miss out on valuable economic growth and job creopportunities like this that would bring ation in years to come.” Recently though, misinformation has funding to our state, create jobs, protect our natural resources, and make our state spread about the true purpose of the Bluemore beautiful. way program. The agencies and conservaLast year, 26 stakeholders, including tion groups that withdrew their support lawmakers, conservation districts and have said the decision was based on conorganizations, businesses, recreation cerns from landowners. Some fear that groups and others, nominated the White federal forces are lining up for, at worse, a River for inclusion in the National Blueway takeover of personal property and at best System. On Jan. 8 of this year the White a program of crippling legislation that will River was designated by the Secretary severely limit what landowners can do

heterosexual majority enjoys is both unjust and unconstitutional when the federal government does it. What it failed to do, either in invalidating parts of DOMA or in rejecting an appeal of court orders invalidating California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, is to say flatly that the states cannot discriminate against same-sex couples. That will come in fairly short order. The majority opinion obliquely invites challenges to state marriage bans, as the churlish dissenter Antonin Scalia pointed out. If it is hateful and unjust for the federal government to refuse marital bliss to same-sex couples, Scalia asked, how in the world can it be constitutionally permissible for states to do it? He is obviously right. Scalia himself and the other Republican justices except for Anthony Kennedy believe such discrimination is fine, or at least permissibly unjust under the Constitution. Scalia famously believes the Constitution should be interpreted exactly as the men who wrote it intended it to be interpreted, which was that the inalienable rights in the Constitution applied only to white men — in the context of the moment, white heterosexual men. Criticism or praise of the decision has to be directed toward one man — Kennedy. As the swing vote, he got to stamp the opinion with his own political sensibilities. The other four might have made the order more straightforward.

So where does Arkansas and the other states that rushed to ban same-sex unions a decade or so ago stand in that process? It is moving more glacially than the rest of the country, or at least the rest outside the South. The movement for gay civil rights, which picked up steam when gays and lesbians were encouraged to come out of the closet and to “out” the hypocrites among them, transformed the debate. Millions learned that their beloved sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, classmates and neighbors were gay and were otherwise no different. The Arkansas legislature passed a law in the 1970s criminalizing homosexual acts, and it would still be on the books now were it not for the popularly elected Arkansas Supreme Court, which in 2002 declared it violative of the Arkansas Constitution’s equal-protection clause . “The police power may not be used to enforce a majority morality on persons whose conduct does not harm others,” the court said. That was the ARKANSAS Supreme Court. A challenge to the Arkansas marriage ban seems undeniable and, in the end, likely to prevail. Yes, our federal appellate circuit in 2006 upheld a Nebraska law like Arkansas’s amendment because it said that, though perhaps it was unjust, no justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had ever said that refusing to recognize same-sex unions violated due process or equal protection. That is no longer true.

on their own property. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Blueway program has no regulatory authority. It has no power over private property, land use or water rights. It is simply a recognition program. The secretarial order clearly states, “Nothing in this Order is intended to authorize or affect the use of private property. Nothing in this order is intended to be the basis for the exercise of any new regulatory authority, nor shall this initiative or any designation pursuant to this order affect or interfere with … the laws of any state or tribe relating to the control, appropriation, use or distribution of water or water rights.” The National Blueway System supports voluntary land and water conservation and management practices. The program is locally led and federally supported, and it provides an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to work together. It is intended to support sustainable local economies that are dependent on healthy and functional rivers for tourism, recreation, commerce, agriculture and community pride, and was created to enable all our citizens to more easily benefit from a special place where we live, work, and play together. The Arkansas Canoe Club is still hopeful that there is a way forward for the Blue-

way program, but with the loss of support from state agencies and other conservation groups, it may not be possible. Regardless, there must be a way forward to make sure that Arkansas puts a priority on conservation efforts and doesn’t miss out on opportunities like this in the future. We must have a decision-making process in this state that is driven by rational discourse and factual information rather than rumors and conspiracy theories. We know there are many Arkansans who want to see our state’s uniquely beautiful and pristine lakes, rivers, and streams protected for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. We urge you to talk with your friends, your family members, and your public officials about the importance of conservation efforts like the Blueway program. We must work hard to build a better understanding of the value that these programs bring both to anyone who enjoy areas like the White River, as well as to the local economies who benefit from increased tourism and jobs created by conservation projects. The future of our precious natural resources depends on it.

Debbie Doss is the conservation chair of the Arkansas Canoe Club.

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THE KOOKS. In the face of hysteria stoked by anti-government groups, state and private conservation agencies withdrew their support of the federal Blueway designation for the White River. The voluntary designation would’ve helped coordinate conservation efforts. Critics falsely claimed it would amount to a government land-grab. See more on page 10. W.P. SOOIE. Remember W.P. Sooie, the pot-bellied pig that Little Rock Animal Control tried to evict from its home with Jyll Latham? The Times wrote about the travails of the pig and Latham, who thought an exemption for ownership of pot-bellied pigs in a section of Little Rock municipal code allowed her to keep it in a residential neighborhood. But Little Rock Animal Control said the pig fell under the category of “livestock” and couldn’t be housed in the city. The case went to court last week with Judge Alice Lightle ruling the pig could stay, despite a neighbor’s complaint of insufficient sanitation of the output of the 58-pound porker. A MOVE TOWARDS EQUALITY. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage, gay rights organization Arkansans for Equality submitted a proposal to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel

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MAYNARD MAYOR GARY HART. In a video captured on a clip camera worn by Maynard Police Chief Lonnie Cline and then supplied to a news station, Mayor Hart seems to say, “If it’s got tits, you got problems. You know what I’m staying? At my house, maybe not yours, but at my house, if you got tits, you got problems (laughs).” He was apparently directing his comments to female members of the city council. They’ve asked the mayor to resign. He’s refused. The mayor told news station KAIT that what he’d actually said on the video was, “If it’s got tires and wheels it’s got problems.”


Back to the future THE OBSERVER DOESN’T MAKE a whole lot of endorsements in this space. We figure you get enough of that in the rest of the world, chockfull as it is with advertisements for diet shakes, warshing powders, syrupy sodas, Liquid Plumber, wang enhancers, loud toys, sticky rollers to pick up dog hair, collector plates and the very last, premium, complete, all-encompassing documentary set about Dubya-Dubya Two that you will ever need to buy, ever. That said, when The Observer comes to stand behind a product or service, we say so. And the geek that Yours Truly is and once was can stand fully behind Sherwood’s Z82 Retrocade, which is located on East Kiehl Avenue in Sherwood. Long story short, Z82 Retrocade is a video arcade, the kind that once stunk of feet, teenage hormones and fried wiring in malls and bowling alleys all across this great land before console gaming laid low the idea of sharing a joystick with strangers. The long answer, though, is that Z82 is more like a playable museum, featuring almost 50 meticulously restored cabinet arcade games from the age before anybody had ever heard of Nintendo and Xbox, all in a setting that’s easily 12,000 points and a 1-up beyond the decor and cleanliness of the arcades of old. Some of the relics available for pew-pewing there are ancient enough that they were around before almost anybody had ever heard of the personal computer, including old granddads from Atari featuring rudimentary stick-figure graphics and credits that date them all the way back to the Carter administration. That’s a long time, kids. The owners must have a crucifix personally blessed by the Robot Pope to keep all those electrical gremlins at bay. The Observer was a great haunter of arcades back in our youth, and spent many a quarter fighting off the 2-D horde. We have been brokenhearted in the past few decades to

see that great geekstitution go the way of the Automat Diner. There was power in that space, The Observer believes: that sweltering, sticky-carpeted place where even kids who weren’t coordinated enough to do sports or talented enough to do music could show their skill for others for the price of a quarter. It was magic, we tell ya. Magic. Junior, who has grown up in this modern future where his timetravelin’ Old Man woke up shipwrecked, knows nothing of all that, even though he’s a gamer through and through. To our knowledge, up until Sunday, he’d never played Pac Man, or Donkey Kong, or Dig Dug, or Centipede, or Defender, or any of the other games that swallowed so much of his Dear Ol’ Dad’s youth and pocket change. Once we heard about Z82 on Doctor Zuckerberg’s Fantabulous Electric Book of Countenances, however, we knew we had to visit. It’s summertime and the livin’s easy, so it took some cajoling to get Junior into actual, non-fleece pants and out the door. Once we got to Z82 and paid our seven-fitty to get in (all the games work at the push of a button once you’ve paid the cover charge), however, it was clear he’d come home to some distant but still recognizable land. Soon, Junior and Pops were shoulder to shoulder playing Mortal Kombat, his favorite of the day. The Old Lion of Enterprise Lanes was schooling him at first, drawing on our word-of-mouth wisdom of back flips and spear throws, gleaned in another age. Soon, though, our futuristic boy called on his secret weapon: his Old Man’s smart phone, that piece of tech that would have seemed like a dream to The Observer and all the rest who played that game the first go-round. After that, he soon threw Raiden’s lighting attack on his Opponent, teleported behind, and then soundly kicked ass until we cried cheat. It was magic, we tell ya. Magic.


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The historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage had scant immediate application in Arkansas because they didn’t apply to the constitutional amendment that bans marriage and same-sex civil unions in Arkansas. But the majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, combined with court rulings in other states, has given some hope that a successful legal challenge could be mounted on equal protection grounds to the Arkansas ban. Jack Wagoner, a Little Rock trial lawyer, posted a note on his Facebook page after the ruling that said he’d represent free any same sex couple that tried and failed to obtain a marriage license in Pulaski County. Subsequent mentions on the Facebook page of Arkansans for Equality, which has begun an amendment petition drive to repeal the marriage ban in 2014, and the Arkansas Blog drew wide attention to his offer. Now, he says, “I have plenty of interested plaintiffs.” The Arkansas Public Law Center, which supports public interest litigation, has taken an interest in the case. Wagoner, married and the father of two, is already an ACLU co-operating lawyer on a child custody case in which a divorced father has been denied overnight visits by his 12-year-old son because the father has a long-term same-sex domestic partner. Arkansas law frowns on cohabitation in visitation, but this father can’t “cure” that problem in Arkansas because same-sex marriage is illegal. Wagoner told the Arkansas Blog why he’s interested in challenging the constitutional marriage ban: “1. I missed the ’60s and the black people are already pretty well taken care of; “2. It defies common sense to think that being gay is a ‘choice.’ People are just gay or they’re not. So we should not discriminate against them; “3. I hate the religious right, and anything that gets under their skin is great sport to me, and; “4. There are times when my job gives me an opportunity to make a difference somewhere. I feel good about championing causes of the oppressed, the underdog, and the people that are being fucked with by the majority because they are different or have different ideas. The essence of freedom is the ability to live your life as you see fit and believe what you want rather than being forced to do whatever the majority dictates. People need to be left alone unless they’re really hurting someone. There is no evidence that gay marriage or gay parenting hurts anyone.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10

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Suit possible on Arkansas marriage ban

HAMMER: Feds shouldn’t act to conserve without local input.

No way to Blueway, agency heads say Won’t fight the current to stop White River designation. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


ike dominoes, state and private conservation agencies heads fell before a legislative committee last week, renouncing one by one the Blueway designation they’d supported last year for the White River. Each announcement — from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, the state Game and Fish Commission, the Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, Ozark Water Watch and the Arkansas Waterways Commission — was met with huge applause from 70-plus people packing the hearing room. Many of them were followers of Secure Arkansas, an anti-government group that believes the Blueway was a federal “land-grab” and one more step toward United Nations domination of humanity. The Blueway designation was designed to create a platform for agencies with diverse agendas — like irrigation for the Grand Prairie in the

southern part of the river, the protection of trout fisheries in the northern part of the river, navigation, wetland restoration — to join forces in seeking federal aid for the river and its watershed. The Blueway designation is not regulatory, nor does it affect private property. Tell that to Secure Arkansas. Jeannie Burlsworth, who testified before the committee and took pains to characterize the Nature Conservancy, which works worldwide, as an “international organization,” with all the threat to the nation that that implies, said the Blueway designation would create “a nexus of power that the American public has never seen.” Burlsworth several years ago took on bike-trail funding as a government plot to take away American’s cars, and once wrote that “globalist water masters” from the World Bank were trying to seize Lake Maumelle. The com-

mittee had no questions for her after she spoke; even the legislators looked uncomfortable with her presentation. All the agency heads who came before the Joint Committee on City, County and Local Affairs last Wednesday told legislators that the Blueway Designation was a good thing for Arkansas. They pulled back to protect the relationships the agencies have built with private landowners on conservation work. Randy Young, the director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, said the “stakeholders,” those supporting the designation — including besides those who appeared the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Ducks Unlimited, The Conservation Fund, Audubon, the Arkansas Canoe Club, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the cities of Augusta and Clarendon, Arkansas, local businesses, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior and the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture — had “heard rumblings for several weeks” about opposition to the designation and decided in the hours leading up to the committee hearing to ask the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw the designation, awarded in January. Blueway foe Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who had called the hearing to address the designation, did not know until they spoke that the stakeholders were going to step back from it. The designation of the White River as the second Blueway in the nation was announced with much fanfare in January at a press conference at the Peabody Hotel by agency and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who praised the project as making sure the river would be “a great resource” for decades to come. But in the past few weeks, stakeholders were hearing from “from local, state and federally elected officials,” Young said in an interview, that private landowners in the watershed were taken by surprise by the designation and irritated that they “hadn’t been asked to participate” in the nomination on the front end. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18


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A happy end to a protest

COX AND HARDIN: Bringing farming back to St. Joseph’s.



FARM INCUBATOR AT ST. JOSEPH’S Jody Hardin brings the idea to board hoping to rescue orphanage property.

The return of Dr. Maxwell Sniffingwell



he St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, which includes the imposing Charles Thompson-designed stone and brick building on a hill high off Camp Robinson Road, served as an orphanage from 1910 until 1978. But after the orphanage and the daycare that succeeded it closed, St. Joseph became a kind of orphan itself, and the Catholic Diocese of Arkansas decided in 2008 to sell the property. It left the door open, however, to divine intervention, saying that if an interested party came forward with a business plan to use the 80,000-square-foot building and its 70 acres, the Diocese would consider holding on to the property. Thus was the non-profit St. Joseph Center created, by a group of people who hoped to find a way to use the property in keeping with its mission of education. The group now leases the building, which is used as a retreat space, but has a deadline of Sept. 1 to present the diocese a viable plan for the old orphanage. So when Jody Hardin showed up recently with an idea to return the property to the working farm it once was and teach organic farming there, he must have seemed heaven-sent. The idea was well matched to the Center’s board’s desires, chair Sandra DeCoursey said, to create something “sustainable” and to be “serving God and community.” Hardin, who comes from a multi-generational farm family in Grady, was the founder of Argenta Market in

Remember Will Phillips? He’s the West Fork fifth grader who got in a spot of trouble — but held his ground — for refusing to join Pledge of Allegiance exercises, as is his constitutional right. Liberty and justice for all means all, Will believed. And that included gay people. He and his family had gay friends. He was dismayed by those who wanted to make them second-class citizens. Said Will, then 10: “I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer. I really don’t feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.” The story drew national attention. He was featured on national TV. The ACLU honored him. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, Will, now 13, ended his protest by reciting the Pledge after the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade on Saturday in Fayetteville.


North Little Rock and was instrumental in getting the certified farmer’s market open across the street from the market. He has left his own business, Hardin’s Market in Scott, to devote his attention to the St. Joseph plan. The St. Joseph’s farm/school would be developed along the model of the Intervale Center in Vermont, with a farm incubator, a bakery, a “food hub” where area farmers could converge to sell their product and a school offering a variety of courses, such as how to farm organically, grow certain foods, getting food to market and so forth. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on Sunday about the formation of a PAC to elect judicial candidates, Americans for Judicial Excellence. The PAC was announced at a Republican Party state committee meeting. It was commented on approvingly by Party Chair Doyle Webb, who you might recall led an effort to push a slate of judicial candidates a few years ago. Already this year, we know there are judicial candidates who’ve long branded themselves as Republicans who’ll be receiving this PAC’s approval — Rhonda Wood for Supreme Court and her pal Mike Maggio, for Court of Appeals. Who is leading this effort to elect judges? Johnny Rhoda of Clinton. And who better to determine the qualifications of a judge than a Ph.D. like Johnny Rhoda? Remember Dr. Rhoda, a leader in the Tim Griffin campaign and a plaintiff in a Republican Party lawsuit? He has a Ph.D. in business administration from Belford University, a fact Griffin trumpeted in naming Rhoda a campaign lieutenant. As it happens, another resident of Clinton, Ark., also has a Ph.D. from Belford University. We’ve featured him a time or two before. He’s Dr. Maxwell Sniffingwell, the beloved bulldog of a Clinton veterinarian. The vet got the dog his Belford degree by mail order.

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hey tell us to leave our personal problems at the door, and that’s really hard. It’s even hard for managers. Everybody has their bad days, and when you’re having a terrible day and then you have to go home and take a shower and make yourself all pretty to go to work at Hooters, you feel better about yourself, but it’s not easy. Being a Hooters Girl is constant acting. They want us to be the all-American cheerleader, bubbly, have our lip gloss on, always smiling. They want us all to conform to this image and this standard, but then the customers love our individuality. You have to balance what the manager wants and what the customer wants. You have to put on a facade. The week after my exboyfriend and I broke up, it was so hard for me to put on that uniform and that facade. But I knew I had to do it, so I just worked my way through it. I just put myself in a different mental state. I took reality out of it and went into Hooters Girl Mode. There’s a common misconception that we’re a titty bar, but that’s not how it is. We have families in. On Sunday, we have a church rush come in. I have regulars that are an older couple, and they love us and love the food. They just love hanging out with us. They’ll come about twice a week and they’re awesome. They’re not there for the entertainment or the women. They’re


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there for the food and because they love us. We have a meeting before every shift, and in that shift meeting, they remind us of the specials, they remind us that we need to get customer surveys done, and then we do what’s called “Image Check.” They go down the line, we turn a circle, and our bosses make sure that our shoes are clean, our socks are clean, we don’t have rips in our tights, our shirts aren’t faded. If anything’s wrong with our uniform, we have to fix it before we go out on the floor. They also check our hair and makeup and make sure we’re always picture perfect. I was a little nervous going through that the first couple of times, having a manager look me over — especially somebody who was as old as my father. At first, it was kind of like: Are they going to be looking at me like that? But after a few times, it was all professional and that nervousness of Image Check became goofy. We joke with our managers during the check now. The first day is the most nerve-racking. The first day I wore my uniform, I was out on the floor, and I was nervous. But then I got into work mode. Any girl likes compliments. Any girl likes guys looking at her. You get lots of compliments, lots of numbers, lots of men wanting to go out with you. I have a few regulars who come in on a daily or weekly basis who have become very CONTINUED ON PAGE 16



started using cocaine in the ’80s, when I was in maybe the eighth grade. My pot dealer was the cliche pot dealer for kids: a college student with an upstairs apartment where one wall was covered with albums. I started smoking pot over there with the college guys. I was very different than other kids when I was in high school. I was already a big reader and thinker, and I started going over there and smoking pot. I don’t know how they started using cocaine, but I was there at the beginning of them using it too. Suddenly they had a Florida connection, and everybody started using cocaine. I started snorting cocaine. It didn’t take me very long to progress to shooting cocaine. Once I started shooting cocaine, I fell in absolute love with the needle. After that, I would put anything in there to try and shoot it. My grandmother had a prescription for Valium, and I remember trying to break down the pills to shoot them. By the way, you can’t do that. It’s impossible for me to deny the relationship between genetics and addiction. Both my grandfathers were extreme alcoholics. At 12 years old, my dad would have

to be the boss of the grown hired hands because his dad would leave their farm for a month getting drunk and chasing whores. It’s all the way through my family. My older sister literally drank herself to death. I was in the 11th grade when I first tried heroin — maybe 16. There was a guy that used to go up to that apartment, too. He was into smack. He’d come from California. I went there one day to see my dealer to try and buy cocaine, and he was sitting in the driveway, and he said, “I’ve got some dope.” Part of his gig was, he liked to shoot dope next to playgrounds, where mothers were walking back and forth in front of the car where he’d shoot. He got off better that way — the thrill of that. So the first time I shot heroin, there were 60 people swarming back and forth around me. The nod was so much better. I’d gotten the same opiate high before from pills, but it wasn’t the same intensity. Pills also didn’t have the same amount of romance attached to them. I had read Burroughs and those guys, and I really had romanticized the idea of the Artist Junkie from those books that are on the black list in

the high school library. I fell in love with heroin. It was like a warm hug. I really did buy into the idea of mind-expansion through chemicals — the whole teenage angst, pissed off at the world, and “I’m not going to live past 30, so screw it,” mentality. It was the extreme. Nearly everybody I associated with got high in some way or other, even if they just drank a bit. The thought of being the guy who shot dope — being bigger and more than everybody else — was very appealing to me. I just wanted to try everything. I was already addicted by then. I’d just moved up to the Big Boy. I was able to fool people. Right out of high school, I joined the Army. Oddly enough, I was a medic. It worked out very well for me. I had to initiate I.V.’s and give shots and that’s the toughest week of training for a medic. By then, I could shoot dope riding down a gravel road in the backseat of a car in the dark. It really wasn’t a problem for me. The old sergeants who had been in Vietnam, who were teaching those classes, they caught on immediately. They knew what my deal was. There was a guy in my basic training

class, and I remember his eyes lighting up in acknowledgement: You’re the same as me. I was 17, and that weekend, he carried me into San Antonio, and I started getting smack there. He knew everybody and everywhere to get Chiba. That’s what the Mexicans called it. I did whatever I had to do to get high. I stole many, many times to buy dope. I don’t steal now, and I don’t think it’s my nature to be a thief. People always ask me what I went to prison for, and I’ve been a few times, and I always say “dope.” The charges weren’t always dope charges, but every time, it was either possession of dope or theft to procure dope, or writing bad checks to get dope. I did anything I had to do. I carried my wife to truck stops to suck dicks so I could have dope. She wanted dope too, don’t get me wrong, but nothing was out of bounds. I never turned gay tricks, but I promise you that if I’d been dopesick long enough, I would have thought about it. Dopesick is the worst. When you come down off heroin, it’s different for everybody, but it’s never good. Some people kick way harder than others. I have a difficult time with it. I always kept a bottle of dilaudid in the house for emergencies in case something came up and we couldn’t get smack. You believe you’re going to die. It’s painful. It’s painful in your bones. You’re nauseous. You can’t poop — heroin makes you constipated in a big way. It’s the most miserable thing in the world. If shooting heroin is the best feeling in the world, waking up the next day without heroin is the worst feeling in the world. I don’t have a great story for why I quit. I was living out in the streets, and the dope in Little Rock was just getting worse and worse and worse. Then about that same time, several people died. At first, we thought they were OD’ing on cocaine, but there was some bad heroin in town. Four or five people had died. If the dope had stayed good, I might have never got clean. But I didn’t want to keep going to all that effort to keep buying baby laxative. I love dope. I wish I could use dope the rest of my life. I don’t have any qualms about my drug use. But there are consequences that come along with it that are expensive. I’m a habitual criminal by law — The Big Bitch, they call it, the extreme habitual offender. Because I’ve been in trouble so many times, the sentences started getting longer and longer. I had so many misdemeanor shoplifting charges that I was catching a year for shoplifting at Walmart. The last time I went to the joint, I stole the change out of somebody’s ashtray and got sentenced to four years in prison. The first offer they CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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n esthetician is someone specializing in skin care — facials, hair removal, laser treatments, chemical peels, makeup, medical-spa treatments. The focus is usually on the face, but you can also do body treatments. I primarily work with machines. I do a bunch of skin tightening and laser hair removal, for the full body. Not every esthetician gets in to skin tightening. You have to have a separate certification. I use something called a Venus Freeze, which is a radio frequency machine with magnetic pulses.


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On your face and neck it restores collagen, restores elasticity and tightens you, and gets rid of wrinkles. For your body it’s a circumference reduction and cellulite reduction. It performs a type of lipolysis on the cellular level, so it’s shrinking the fat in your cells. It looks kind of like a probe. It feels good — it’s like a warm massage. A big part of what I do is enhancing vanity and I know that. People want to look younger, feel younger, and I provide that. But I also have women come in with full beards and they’re 25, and that can be horrible for them. I

get rid of that, which is a really rewarding part of my job. They don’t have to feel humiliated every day. Or I have acne clients come in and they’ve been on Accutane and dermatologists don’t know what to do with them. We do acne treatments that really help their skin and they don’t feel so miserable, they’re not in pain. We help people and I feel good about that. I went to esthetician school — nobody knows what that means so I just call it “skin school” — for four months. We studied the science — chemistry, anatomy, learning all the

bones and the arteries, learning about the different layers of skin, skin analysis. Skin type is based on the size of the pores, and each skin type has to have a different treatment. And the other half is the practical part, learning how to do treatments and facials, learning how to work with clients. We practiced on creepy mannequin heads, then on each other. My hands were rigid and awkward at first, but the more I did it, the more it flowed, and my hands were like Gumby. That’s a big part of it: the feel of your hands for the person. You want to make them comfortable. It’s all about them. Facials are a luxury and you want to enhance that experience for them. My school was very traditional but sometimes I worried about new-agey mumbo jumbo. One teacher told me she cured her friend’s cancer with her brain. I complained to the director of the school. Skin school’s not cheap! You want to make sure it’s legit and that you’re not getting duped. Moving from mannequins and other students to real clients was terrifying at first. In skin school, it’s people coming in straight off the street to get services cheaply, and it can be anybody. The school was in a nice neighborhood and I thought I’d be working with uppity people, but it was super rough. People would come in on drugs, or with crackpipe burns on their mouths, or they wanted a bikini wax but hadn’t showered in weeks. That kind of killed my sparkle a little bit! But in my job now, I don’t have to worry about stuff like that. A big part of what I do is provide a luxury experience for well-to-do women. Most of them are older. The skin tightening and facials, they feel good. A lot times it’s partly therapy for these women. Some women come in to see me and I’m honest: I don’t really need to do anything with them. But they don’t care, they have the money, and it’s just a time for them to treat themselves. I really had no idea that this world existed. It’s all about youth. People like what I do because it’s non-invasive. They’re avoiding all these facelifts. But people are willing to put in their money and invest their time into trying to stop the clock or reverse it. It’s like working your way backwards. People are in it to win it — blood, sweat, and tears — they spend the money and they look amazing. It’s totally worth it. Do I ever feel ridiculous? I think at first it was like, “I can’t believe I do this.” Now, I feel good about it. These CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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guess I don’t really have an estimate on the number of people who come into my studio to record who don’t even know how to tune their guitars, but it’s way more than you’d think. Or if they more or less know how to tune their guitars, they’ll often have a really lackadaisical approach to it, like, “Oh hey man, play me your E.” Well, dude (and it’s usually a dude) I hate to break it to you, but you don’t have perfect pitch. Use a tuner. There’s always one sitting around. Hell, everybody has an iPhone or an Android these days. There’s absolutely no excuse for not using a tuner. I feel like a lot of the time, there’s a certain level of being an amateur where it’s like, you’re trying to be too cool or something. “Nah, we’ll get it man. Don’t worry, we’ll nail it.” But in actuality, no, you probably won’t nail it. Beyond that, one of the more frustrating parts of my job is that bands will come in that haven’t even practiced recently, much less played shows. Like they just will not have their shit even remotely together. The songs might not even be finished. I had a young guy come in recently, a songwriter. And his songs were fine. But he had asked his cousin’s band to come in and back him up in the studio and none of these guys had even heard the songs. Not once. And there’s really only so much tweaking I can do while they jack around. I’ll say, “OK, why don’t you run through it a

couple times and while you’re doing that I’ll be placing these mics.” But eventually I’m just sitting there with my thumb up my ass like, “Well, OK guys, I’m rolling just in case we get that magic take. If y’all somehow miraculously do a pass of the entire song, I’ll have it recorded.” But so much of the time I’ll just be sitting around and looking at my iPhone because they’re still trying to learn the song in the studio. And it sucks for them because they’re wasting money, whereas they could have gotten together for even one single practice session and put pen to paper to write down a skeleton of the song to look at while they’re recording. That’s not cheating, you know. I mean, if you have to write down, “verse, chorus, verse, louder on this part,” whatever, that’s fine. It’ll save us time and you money. I very much encourage that kind of homework. I should stress though that not all bands that come into my studio are that green. Many of them have their material down stone cold, and in a weird way, if they’ve got the songs down really solid, it frees them up to be more creative. They can think about a particular song rather than spending their time worrying about just getting through it, and I can concentrate more on how it sounds and not the fact that they’re not playing it well. But I will say this: of the bands that have their shit together, it’s nearly always the

groups of older dudes who have less time on their hands because they have kids and jobs and wives. And yet somehow they always seem to find a way to get their shit together. I don’t know if that’s just because they’re better players and it comes more naturally to them, but I think it’s really that they’ve rehearsed more. They’ve budgeted their time and they’re not too busy hanging out at the bar trying to get laid. Or whatever, I don’t know what kids do these days. Smoke reefer and play video games? It’s just a matter of priorities, I suppose. If I had to give some advice to bands getting ready to go into the studio, it’d be pretty simple: practice and patience. Practice your songs and have them down so tight you don’t even have to think about them. And be patient with the engineer. You’re in the studio to record an album, and we’re in the studio trying to make your songs sound the best they possibly can. Our name might go on this thing too, and the last thing we want is for someone who knows what the hell they’re doing to listen to it and go, “Whoa, I can’t believe he let them get away with that.” This isn’t some ego battle or pissing contest. If me or some other engineer suggests something in a given scenario, it’s because we’ve encountered it a million times and we know what works and what’s going to sound good. After all, that’s why you’re paying us, right?



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close friends with me. I’ve taken regulars up on offers to hang out after I’ve known them a few months, but I’ve never really gone on a date with a customer. It’s more of just hanging out with other Hooter Girls and regulars. There are girls who do work there and find a man that they would like to go out with, but I’m just not that type. I go to work for work, not to pick up men. We’re paid like normal waitresses, so my whole check pretty much goes to taxes and I live on my tips. My checks are always zero dollars because of the taxes. If you have a bad night, you’re not getting paid out. You just hope the next night is better. Our managers expect us to make about $100 in tips per shift. Sometimes that doesn’t happen, but by the end of the week it pretty much evens out. Some weeks, I make several hundred dollars, and other weeks I only make a couple hundred dollars. But at the end of the year, when I’m doing my taxes, I make more than any of my friends who are in college and I normally work less

hours. I work three to four days a week, and I’m still making more money than most of my friends my age. There are nights when I’ll walk out with only $20 bucks if we’re dead, but then I’ll have a night where I’ll make $200. It all evens out. There’s regulars who come in by themselves who are awesome — who don’t disrespect us. I feel like they’ve been socially awkward their whole lives. He’s probably single. He’s probably been single his whole life, and he just wants to see a few hot chicks and drink some beer. They come in because they want attention and they know that’s what we’re going to give them, because they’re paying for that — which, you know, kinda sounds like prostitution! (laughs) I feel like when you’re talking to a customer you know or a customer who has been there for several hours, you can get real and you can share a little more about your life. Customers will share stories with me. But then there are also those guys who you don’t want to make comments to you because they make really creepy ones. When you approach the table, you can

tell just by reading body language and how they look at you and the tone of their voice whether the guy is like that. You smile and you laugh off the nasty comments and you try to make it a joke and you deal with it. You act as professional as you can. You just can’t get mad at them. You kinda feel sorry for them. Normally, those guys tip the worst. I personally haven’t had to deal with someone groping me, but I have had Hooters girl friends who it has happened to. The moment that it happens, we’re required by our policies to tell a manager, and that customer is to pay their tab and leave the building, because that is not something that Hooters condones or will put up with. I’ve known girls who’ve gone to the manager, and I’ve known girls who were too embarrassed. They just kind of laughed it off and kept waiting on the table because they thought the tip was more important. If it happened to me, I would most definitely report it. I’d go straight to my manager and say: “Get this dude out of here.” I respect myself, and I think of it as if my dad is always standing there watching me.

Would he appreciate that and how would he react? I definitely want people to respect me. We’re not bimbos. That’s a common misconception. There are a lot of people who come into Hooters who believe we’re just Hooters Girls, and that’s all we do. Most of us are in college. I work with mothers who are raising children by working at Hooters. Hooters supports us, and supports their kids. Not all Hooters Girls are intelligent, but I think a lot of the bimbo-ness is when girls act like they’re stupid because they know they can get better tips that way. A lot of the girls are a lot more intelligent than they act on the floor, but they feel like that’s what the customers want. Personally, I take different approaches with different tables. Of course, I’m going to treat a table of military men different than I’m going to treat a family. But I find that if customers do start asking questions, they prefer that I’m intelligent. Being intelligent impresses everybody more. It’s like: “Wow, she’s hot AND she’s got brains.” So I normally don’t play the bimbo act. Unless I mess up an order.



get to me. But I’ve had men come in wanting laser hair removal on their bikini line and no, I don’t work with male genitalia. I mean, would I need to have the door open? Would I need to have a chaperone? A bucket of ice? If the wind blows … how do you maintain bedside manner? I know myself. It’s not because I’m immature, but maybe I am about that. You have to hold the skin taut, so just imagine. The area they want are their balls. Basically this guy wants me to manhandle his privates. My boss said, “Well if they’re willing to pay $4,000…” But I’m not willing to do that. We can hire another esthetician just for the balls. I was weirded out by some of the anti-aging stuff at first. But now it’s my business — you kinda gotta dip in the Kool-Aid a little bit. I get lasered now. If I wasn’t in this business, I wouldn’t be able to afford any of this. I’m very fortunate to have it at my disposal so if I break out I can go get a laser and zap something. I don’t do a lot of the injective oils and stuff like that but I’m definitely way more into my skin and what I’m putting on my skin and the types of products I’m using. I can’t even talk about the mirror time while I’m at work waiting for another client — I’m like “Oh god, my circles under my eyes are so bad, what am I going to do?” You can’t help it. It’s made me more self-conscious, which I didn’t think would happen.

It’s definitely an adjustment. I try to keep myself in check. I have lines on my face, but I have to seriously take a step back and just remember that I’m young, it’s all good. I don’t need Botox all over my face. Sometimes I think I’m 60 because that’s all I look at. It’s a delusion. I do the skin tightening to myself. Sometimes I’ll do it before I go out of town for a wedding, like I need to perk my face up. I’ll be honest, summer’s been going on so I’ve been doing it a little more on my body. It’s definitely addictive, because it’s relaxing and feels so good, but it’s also doing something for you. So yeah, I have to remind myself: I’m young, just go to the gym, don’t just rely on all these machines. But it’s tempting to do that. I keep bugging the other girl in the office: “You need to learn this machine so you can tighten up my butt.” Stuff like that that’s just crazy. It’s like, OK, stop. I’m from Little Rock, but this job has shown me a whole other world that I had no idea about. A lot of what I do every day is really about spoiling wealthy, older women. And you know what, why shouldn’t they spoil themselves? They’ve earned it. I think they deserve it. I don’t blame them. I don’t know how I’m going to be when I’m their age. I don’t know if I’ll be scared or want to fight it as much as I can. A lot of people think aging is graceful. Well, that’s great. But some people don’t.




came to me with was 15 years in prison, for stealing about a buck and a half out of an ashtray, from a car that was unlocked with the windows down. By then, I’d started smoking more and more crack to kind of deaden my mind in between fixes, and crack is not fun. It’s not comfortable. There’s nothing good about it. It’s a shitty high — you’re never happy. You’re either too high or not high enough. There’s never a time when somebody’s smoking crack and they say, “Ahhh! This is just right! This is just what I wanted.” I was drinking constantly. It was just too much effort. Copping dope was my job. I wanted a chance. In my heart and soul, I’m a writer, not a junkie. For years, they lived side by side. But eventually the junkie took over, and the writer took the back seat. I wanted a chance for the writer to drive the Cadillac and see what happens. I don’t know if I’ll go back to it. I always have before. I don’t count days. I don’t make promises. I’ve been in 19 different rehabs. I’ve let down everybody in my life so many times, saying, “This time I’m going to get clean. This time I’m going to do right.” I don’t even say it anymore. I don’t even say it. I don’t make promises that I won’t go back to the joint, that I won’t suddenly start tricking out the next chick that will talk to me. I’m not making any promises. But it’s 9:30 in the morning, and I haven’t gotten high today. 16

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 women could go to anybody. I’m really grateful that they choose to spend their time and money with me. It’s actually a really big compliment because they could afford to go to Dallas or California or New York. I’ve gotten to know a lot of them. They give me presents for my birthday. They invite me to dinner. A lot of it is trying to relate to them and trying to understand where they’re coming from. I don’t really judge anymore and I think it’s made me a nicer person. It’s all very intimate. I’m so close my eyelashes could hit their faces sometimes. And you want clients to feel good about themselves. I’m there to restore their confidence. A lot of people come in and they hate themselves and they’re mean to their face. They feel down and out. We listen to music and talk about what’s going on in their life. It does turn into a friendship. When I’m done, I always want to hug it out. Why not? We’ve been this close. It’s basically like you’re ending a date each time. The laser hair removal is the least glamorous part of my job. Of course women want their bikinis done, but I was like a deer in headlights at first — you have to kind of get up in their personal space and it’s an adjustment being right in front of vaginas. It’s fine now, there’s nothing that can really

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Young called the designation a “no-brainer” that would have allowed groups that don’t always work well together because of their varying agendas to share ideas. He said it would have made water projects in the Grand Prairie and Bayou Meto areas “more competitive.” “This is a framework for us to have more opportunity to [come together]. … The more you get to know each other there’s a better chance of success.” Young said he had not been contacted by the Secure Arkansas group, but said he believed they had brought it to the attention of legislators. “To me, the group in the audience, they have historically had concerns of government ownership of land.” The order for the designation says: “Nothing in this Order is intended to authorize or affect the use of private property. Nothing in this Order is intended to be the basis for the exercise of any new regulatory authority, nor shall this initiative or any designation pursuant to this Order affect or interfere with any Federal, state, local, and tribal government jurisdiction or applicable law including interstate compacts relating to water or the laws of any state or tribe relating to the control, appropriation, use or distribution of water or water rights.” Young told the legislators he was “personally satisfied” that the designation meant what it said. He believed the designation would give the state “leverage” to get more federal dollars for ANRC projects, and that collaboration framework was a “big plus.” Mike Armstrong, deputy director of Game and Fish, called the Blueway Designation program “prestigious” and “well-intentioned and much appreciated,” and said it would have given the state “enhanced consideration” for funding for many projects, including the “minimum flow” project to protect fisheries. But, he added, 80 percent of the game and fish his agency regulates is on private property, and maintaining good relations to promote non-regulatory partnerships was more important. Jason Milks of the Arkansas chapter of the Nature Conservancy said he believed in the “purest spirit” of the Blueway idea, which he said would provide Arkansas better standing to compete for some of the billion dollars the federal government spends yearly on conservation issues, but TNC didn’t want to lose “critical local support.” Likewise from David Casaletto of Ozark Water Watch and Gene Higginbotham of the Arkansas Waterways Commission.

Even the Arkansas Farm Bureau, represented by Beau Bishop, said it was “hard to say the designation is a bad thing. It’s not.” The agency heads all said they’d “learned a lesson” that local involvement should have been sought on the front end. “If this comes back, it will have to come back through the landowners,” Young said. The stakeholders had planned to hold public hearings as a next step, Armstrong said, but hoots from the audience indicated they didn’t believe him. The agencies have until July 31 to sign a memorandum of understanding designating how they would work together on the Blueway. Irvin took issue with the language of the designation, calling it problematic and ambiguous, a viewpoint USDA representative Michael Sullivan said he sympathized with. But he said the designation did not alter federal law and should be read in context. Rep. John Hutchison, R-Harrisburg, also a foe of the Blueway with a conspiratorial bent, asked the Nature Conservancy’s Milks, “Is it true that The Nature Conservancy’s [mission] is to take farmland out of production?” “No,” Milks answered. Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representative Keith Weaver if the Environmental Protection Agency would be involved, and Weaver said it was not but could in the future be interested in the Blueway’s work. That, Hammer said, would be a problem for farmers. A couple of legislators weren’t going with the flow, including Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, who said, “I don’t recall any attention being given to this during the [legislative] session.” Now, “all of a sudden it’s a big issue.” She said she’d heard concerns about “Agenda 21 ... wild and crazy kinds of things,” referring to the Tea Party belief that environmental laws are a communist plot promulgated by the United Nations. She was booed, and added “in my opinion.” She wondered if Arkansas was going to have to return any of the $13 million the federal government has provided Arkansas for soil and water conservation projects in the White River area, to which one person in the hearing room injected, “Who cares?” (The answer was no.) Hammer made a motion that federal agencies consult the Legislative Council before they make any plans to enhance conservation, sustainable farming, or provide any other benefits in the White River watershed, which passed the committee unanimously.

THE BIG PICTURE, CONT. The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas included St. Joseph’s, built in 1910, on its Most Endangered Places list this year. Hardin, in consultation with Polk Stanley Wilcox architects, believes restoration of St. Joseph’s building for classroom space (and to house other non-profits) will cost $5 million to $7 million. He said he will get the farm operation off the ground first. The budget for the farm should be about $125,000 a

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year, he estimates. Hardin’s operation would be for-profit, and the educational component non-profit. The board would have to grant him a sublease to operate. Cattle roam St. Joseph’s pastures — within the city limits of North Little Rock — now, but Hardin does not plan to get into ranching. He may, however, use the cow pies in a demonstration in how to fertilize fields. Hardin wants to raise goats in St. Joseph’s dairy and sell goat cheese as one of the farm’s “cash cows,” he said, but for now North Little Rock doesn’t allow swine or goats in the city limits. Hardin found out last week however that another farming interest has asked the Planning Commission to create a special permit to raise the animals on farms of two acres or more. “How lucky can I be? This is a miracle,” Hardin said. Lynette Cox, a well-known artist with a background in advertising and experience in farming who said “putting my butt on a tractor makes me the happiest girl in the world,” is working with Hardin as event-and-social-media coordinator and press handler. She intends eventually to use some of the space in the former orphanage to do art projects, just one way the center could involve kids in the St. Joseph farm. One of the first projects at St. Joseph’s, Hardin said, will be a demonstration by the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma on how to eradicate Bermuda grass organically by growing annual sorghum. But first, Hardin and Cox hope to grow a crop of vigorous grants and foundation gifts.

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earcy native Bonnie Montgomery moved back to her home state in 2009 and quickly became one of the most active and industrious musicians around. Her opera “Billy Blythe” earned national attention and was staged in Little Rock and New York City. She began collaborating with Gossip co-founder Nathan Howdeshell on her country and rockabilly inspired songs, touring the U.S. and Europe opening for his band. Montgomery has released one vinyl EP on Howdeshell’s Fast Weapons record label, with a follow-up out this weekend. She and her band perform at a record release show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at White Water Tavern. Tell me a little bit about your new EP, “Joy.” I’m really excited about it. It’s just

two songs, but I feel like they’re very strong. They’re the first songs where we recorded everything all the way through with Jason Weinheimer at Fellowship Hall Sound. I’m really, really pleased with the quality and production and engineering and everything. That’s who we want to keep working with. We brought in some amazing musicians. Of course Nathan did all the guitar work and he writes the parts for that and I love that he does that. We got Alex Piazza on the steel guitar. He plays with The Good Time Ramblers. And then some guys I work with through the opera played some string instruments and laid down some extra parts on the slow song, “Daddy’s.” I just feel like it is really strong and I feel like Jason captures my voice, which has been a long process for me in the studio. I was really, really pleased with that. CONTINUED ON PAGE 31

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A&E NEWS BALLET ARKANSAS HAS GROWN BY JETES AND BOUNDS since 2010, more than doubling the size of its professional company (now at 11) and nearly doubling its budget (now $472,900). Now, it would like to take the next big leap: To its own rehearsal space in the Arkansas Building on Main Street, part of the four-building redo undertaken by Scott Reed. To do that, Ballet Arkansas announced last week that it hopes to raise $200,000, and it’s a quarter of the way there. Executive Director Lauren Strother got a call two years ago from Mayor Mark Stodola to talk about a Creative Corridor downtown that would concentrate the performing arts along Main Street. It sounded great, but the company had higher priorities back then. Today, with the Creative Corridor idea attracting The Rep (which has signed a letter of intent for space for a black box theater) and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (which has a lease) to Reed’s Main Street properties, Strother said it was “now or never,� and the organization is negotiating with Reed to lease 1,815 square feet in the building, built in 1897 and currently stripped down to the studs. The Ballet Arkansas studio will have a glass storefront, which means folks on the street can watch the dancers practice. Strother said she believes that pointing up the dancers’ athleticism — she says they can do everything brawny sportsmen can do, and do it gracefully — will help shed ballet’s elitist label and grow Little Rock’s appetite for the art form. She also believes that a downtown location, with The Rep and the symphony as neighbors, will attract a higher caliber of dancer as well. Now, Ballet Arkansas rehearses in studio space generously provided for free by Jana Beard, owner of Shuffles Dance Studio. Ballet Arkansas hopes to get a grant to help pay for the sprung floor the rehearsal space will need, but it needs money to install the floor’s marley surface, mirrors, portable barres, a sound system and furnish offices and a dancer’s lounge in the basement, next to the planned future home of Kent Walker’s artisan cheese-making operation. If all goes as choreographed, Ballet Arkansas will sign a five-year lease with Reed and by the end of the five years have grown so much that it will need even more space.

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INDIE HEROES VAMPIRE WEEKEND ARE THE LATEST HIP, buzz-worthy act coming to the Walton Arts Center’s Arkansas Music Pavilion (located for now at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville). Queens of the Stone Age and Savages (Oct. 8) and Alabama Shakes (Sept. 6) were announced previously. The Brooklyn-based critic’s darlings play at the AMP on Sept. 25. Burgeoning pop star Sky Ferreira opens. That “Everything Is Embarrassing� song she has is pretty earworm-y. Tickets are $36.50 in advance and $40 the day of the show. Buy them by calling 479-443-5600 or at

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Noon. Riverfront Park. Free.

Independence Day is upon us once more, my fellow Americans. It’s that special time of year when we as a nation take a day off from toil (well, most of us do, or a goodly number of us anyway) to quietly reflect upon the nature of freedom, and to contemplate the awesome responsibility that comes with living in a representative republic — a place where one person’s vote can determine the outcome of an election and thus the fate of a nation, a place where anyone, regardless of his background (well, technically anyone 35 or older who was born on U.S. soil) could grow up to become president. I know most of you will probably observe the holiday the same way I always do: by retiring to a leather chair in my book-lined study, Sousa’s “Marches” on the Hi-Fi, a glass of warm milk and cognac in one hand and a dog-eared copy of de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” in the other. But I’ll allow that there are other avenues to observe the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. For example, the daily newspaper organizes a festival down on the banks of the Arkansas, with all manner of common-type attractions — food vendors and automobile exhibitions and singing competitions and what-haveyou. The local orchestra will perform popular works, and the whole affair typically concludes with a display of amateur rocketry and pyrotechnics of the sort pioneered by the Chinese (although purportedly all of those discharged are manufactured on these shores). The unwashed masses are allowed in for free and are encouraged to bring along a chair or blanket upon which to rest their weary bones. They are strongly discouraged from bringing in their own libations, explosives or livestock, though the Lord knows some of them will try.





8 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $5.

Dudes, this one is gonna be especially, epically ragin’: Hailing from Peoria, Ill., the psychonautical metallurgists known collectively as Minsk have returned. Apparently, the band, formed more than a decade ago, was on a sort of hiatus for a couple of years there. But that is over, and fans can rest easy in the knowledge

that another key group of explorers has decided to continue voyaging into realms of cerebral heaviness. The band just released its most recent album, 2009’s “With Echoes in the Movement of Stone,” on a swank double LP, and apparently work on a follow-up album is under way. “With Echoes” is an ambitious, sprawling work of psychedelic metal that combines numerous elements to create an impos-

ing sound: the pounding percussion and stoicism of Neurosis; the deep-space psych-churn of Hawkwind (to whom Minsk paid tribute on 2010’s “Hawkwind Triad”); the Sturm und Drang und clang of such industrial pioneers as Missing Foundation or maybe early Swans. Also performing: The Sound of the Mountain, Mainland Divide and Enchiridion.



9 p.m. Discovery Nightclub. $10-$15.

And the Three 6 Mafia-related concert train just keeps rolling through Little Rock. Last month saw performances from Three 6 founder Juicy J at the Metroplex, preceded by a show from longtime affiliate Project Pat at Juanita’s. Now we get Memphis stalwarts 8ball & MJG, who broke out in the early ’90s with “Comin’ Out Hard,” and were featured on the Three 6 hit “Stay Fly.” Back in 2010, the Memphis duo signed to TI’s Grand Hustle label, releasing “Ten Toes Down.” The album boasted production from David Banner and Drumma Boy, among others, and guest spots from Soulja Boy, Bun B, Slim Thug, Lil Boosie and a host of others. Expect the duo to go on stage late. This show has Power 92’s Cain da Ladies Man hosting, along with a host of Discovery veterans keeping things bumping ’til dawn, including g-force, Platinumb, Nicky V, BdubS and Automatic.

MEMPHIS MAINSTAYS: 8ball & MJG perform at Discovery Nightclub Saturday.



8 p.m. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater. $50-$60.

You know, I ain’t much for their politics (rebel flags and Fox News BS all the way) and “Free Bird” could never be played again and it’d be just fine with me, but I will cop to digging some Lynyrd Skynyrd. The original pre-crash albums are all solid, even if some of the tunes 22

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have been played to death. But Skynyrd nowadays? Meh. The band undoubtedly didn’t make a great impression at last year’s Riverfest. Times contributor Jim Harris panned the show, which was supposed to be a two-hour set, but was apparently a phoned-in snoozer. The band played for an hour, left the stage, then came back for “a rote version of ‘Free Bird’ before heading back to their

bus (the one with the stars and bars flag and ‘God and Guns’ emblazoned on the side), having done their obligatory 75 minutes,” Harris wrote. “I’ve seen Lynyrd Skynyrd on one side or the other of the river, indoors and out, at least a dozen times, and this show would rate OK, if not underwhelming — a going-through-the-motions effort with lead singer Johnny Van Zant, young-

est brother of group co-founder, the late Ronnie Van Zant, lacking his usual raucous pep.” Maybe it was just an off night, and now the band is primed and ready to tear through some inspired performances. I wouldn’t be surprised if Skynyrd circa 2013 is more about cashing in on a long-ago legacy while they still can, but I bet most diehards won’t be so critical.


THURSDAY 7/4 The Historic Arkansas Museum’s Annual Frontier Fourth of July includes an oldtime parade, living history performances, crafts and more, 2-4 p.m. If you’re downtown at Pops on the River and need a break from the huge crowds, The Joint hosts “The Music Factory presents a July 4 Musical Extravaganza,” featuring Michael Leonard Witham, Miss Paris, John Burnette, John Willis, Ray Wittenberg, Ryan Howard, Charlotte Taylor, Heather Smith and The Music Factory with Bill McCumber and Wythe Walker, 7 p.m., $10. The High Berry U.S. Blues Festival kicks off, with headliners Terrapin Flyer (featuring former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten), Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, FreeVerse, Isayah’s All-Stars, Low Society and more, Byrd’s Adventure Center in Ozark, $60 for a four-day pass.


SEE THE LIGHT: Seattle quartet La Luz plays at White Water Tavern Sunday night.



9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

Seattle quartet La Luz has been playing together for only a year and change but the band has already been the subject of a gushing profile in The Stranger, released a cassette EP on Burger Records, a single on Suicide Squeeze and earned nods from every-

one from the au courant tastemakers at Pitchfork to the DIY-or-die sticklers at Maximumrocknroll. As for the band’s sound, think reverb-drenched tendencies of the sort indulged in by the likes of The Mantles or The Fresh and Onlys or some of the other retrominded west coast acts of the last few years, but with a more pronounced surfrock vibe (twangy six-string, burbling

Farfisa). Their hauntingly beautiful singing is clearly inspired by the girl group sounds of early ’60s performers like The Crystals and The Ronettes, and it has a similarly timeless quality as well. Check out La Luz’s “Damp Face” EP, streaming on their bandcamp. Isaac Alexander and The Coasts round out this excellent bill for a rare Sunday night White Water Tavern show.



Noon. Clinton School of Public Service. Free.

It’s no secret that we here at the Times are big fans of Arkansas native and political wunderkind Chad Griffin, who now heads the Human Rights Campaign, which is one of the most prominent LGBTQ civil rights organizations in the country. Most readers will be familiar with the major points on Griffin’s CV: native of Hope, youngest White House staffer ever, powerhouse political consultant. Last year, Griffin was ranked No. 20 on Out Magazine’s Power 50 List. This year, he moved up four spots to No. 16, with the magazine noting that under Griffin’s leadership, “the HRC not only raised millions, it worked closely with other organizations, strategically giving large sums to ballot initiatives and seeing successes in Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, and Maine — what Griffin and his team branded an ‘equality landslide.’ ” Griffin will discuss last week’s momentous Supreme Court rulings, which struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed Cali-

Hip-hop lovers will want to check out The OD Upscale, featuring performances from some of the state’s most notable talents, including Big Piph, Asylum, Rah Howard, Young King, S.A. and Frankie Da Spitta, Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. ImprovLittleRock winds down its current season with “The Greatest Hits Reunion Finale!” at The Public Theatre, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m., $8. White Water Tavern hosts The Summer Solstice Dance Party featuring Baldego and Joshua Asante, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY 7/6 For an evening of third-wave ska and punk sounds, get over to Revolution, for an 18-and-older featuring New Jersey vets Streetlight Manifesto, with Rodeo Ruby Love and Empty Orchestra, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. Stella Luss and Magnolia Sons play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Out at Sky Modern Japanese in Pleasant Ridge, you can check out “Sky Suite Fourth of July Celebration,” the official launch party for The Bow Tie Haberdashery, with sounds by DJ Klassik, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.


SCOTUS DISCUSSION: Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin will discuss the recent Supreme Court rulings concerning same-sex marriage Monday at The Clinton School of Public Service.

fornia’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The talk is free, but reservations, via publicprograms@clintonschool. or 683-5239, are encouraged.

Check out the no-wave-inspired sounds of Color Club and their brother band, the classic hardcore revivalists R.I.O.T.S. at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Red dirt country troubadours Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen break it all down and get acoustic on their annual “Hold My Beer and Watch This Tour,” which stops off at Revolution for an 18-and-older show, 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of.

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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jazz in the Park: The Johnny Burnette Group. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Lee Greenwood. Oaklawn, 7 p.m. 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, Bijoux and Mordecai Whitley. Montego Cafe, 8 p.m., $10-$15. 315 Main St. 501-3721555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­ di­ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030.


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


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


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COUNTRY CHARITY: Arkansas native, rising country star, gun enthusiast: Justin Moore is all these things and more. And on Monday, he plays a benefit for the tornado victims of Moore, Okla., with openers Rodge and East on 40, Juanita’s, 7:45 p.m., $25. Movies in the Park: “The Dark Knight.” Coolers allowed, no glass containers. Concessions available, cash only. Movie begins at sunset. First Security Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave.


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


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



Blues For A Cause. With Anthony Gomes, Redd Velvet, Jack Rowell Jr., Joe Pitts Band, The Saints of Yesterday and Brian Austin Blues Band. Pine Bluff Regional Park, 12:45 p.m., free. Cecil Moseley Drive, Pine Bluff. High Berry U.S. Blues Festival. Featuring Terrapin Flyer, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, FreeVerse, Isayah’s AllStars, Low Society and more. Byrd’s Adventure Center, July 4-7, $60 (four-day pass). 7037 Cass Oark Road, Ozark. “The Music Factory presents a July 4 Musical Extravaganza.” With Michael Leonard Witham, Miss Paris, John Burnette, John Willis, Ray

Wittenberg, Ryan Howard, Charlotte Taylor, Heather Smith and The Music Factory with Bill McCumber and Wythe Walker. Includes intermission for fireworks display. The Joint, 7 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Pat McCrackin. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Annual Frontier Fourth of July. Includes old-time parade, living history performances, crafts and more. Historic Arkansas Museum, 2-4 p.m. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. Ice Cream Social Plus. With ice cream, popcorn, lemonade, cookies and music from the Quapaw Brass Quintet. Crest Park, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Kavanaugh Boulevard between Palm and Beechwood streets. “Pops on the River.” With a variety of activities, including The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performing at 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Riverfront Park, noon-9:30 p.m. 400 President Clinton Avenue.


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



30-Something Party Fridays. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Friday of every month, free before 10 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Andy Tanas. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. CS Lexum, OILs. All-ages. 8-Bit Taproom, 9 p.m., $5. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Ghost Town Blues Band. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. The Hi-Balls. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. High Berry U.S. Blues Festival. See July 4. The OD Upscale. With Big Piph, Asylum, Rah Howard, Young King, S.A., Frankie Da Spitta. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Shari Bales Band. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. The Sound of the Mountain, Minsk, Mainland Divide, Enchiridion. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Summer Solstice Dance Party featuring Baldego & Joshua Asante. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. Whistle Pigs, Chucky Waggs. Maxine’s, 8:30 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


ImprovLittleRock: “The Greatest Hits Reunion Finale!” The Public Theatre, July 5-6, 10 p.m., $8. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Mark Klein. The Loony Bin, July 5-6, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-221-7568.

Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5 from before 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-2452 or email artscenter@centurytel. net. River Valley Arts Center, Every third Friday, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. 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.



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8Ball and MJG, Cain Tha Ladies Man, g-force, Platinumb, Nicky V, BdubS and Automatic. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10-$15. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. Bobby Jealousy, Collin Vs. Adam. Maxine’s, 8:30 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Bonnie Montgomery (record release). White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See July 5. Galaxicon, Tanks, Sumokem. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501376-1819. High Berry U.S. Blues Festival. See July 4. Jam Rock Saturday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Low Society. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Max Taylor. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. New Era Saturdays. 21-and-older. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m., $5 cover until 11 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welCONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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come. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Raising Grey. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Stella Luss, Magnolia Sons. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Streetlight Manifesto, Rodeo Ruby Love, Empty Orchestra. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


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ImprovLittleRock: “The Greatest Hits Reunion Finale!” The Public Theatre, 10 p.m., $8. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. The Main Thing: “Wiener Day at the Rollercade.” Original two-act play from The Joint’s resident comedy troupe. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-3720205. Mark Klein. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.

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


Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. “Sky Suite Fourth of July Celebration.” Official launch party for The Bow Tie Haberdashery, with DJ Klassik. Sky Modern Japanese, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. 501-224-4300.







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High Berry U.S. Blues Festival. See July 4. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . La Luz, Isaac Alexander, The Coasts. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. M.O.D., Vore, Snakedriver, Lifer. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. “The St. Luke’s Festival of the Senses.” Performance from The Wild Beats piano trio. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., free. 228 Spring St., Hot Springs. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196.


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



Erra. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Hot Springs Concert Band 2013 Concert Series. Whittington Park, July 8, 6:30 p.m.; July 22, 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 5, 6 p.m.; Aug. 19, 6 p.m., free. Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-984-1678. Irish Traditional Music Session. Open to all musicians, dancers and listeners. “SloPlay” session begins at 6 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and Fourth Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Justin Moore, Rodge, East on 40. Benefit for tornado victims of Moore, Okla. Juanita’s, 7:45 p.m., $25. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228.


American Taekwondo Association. Statehouse Convention Center, July 8-14. 7 Statehouse Plaza. “What the Supreme Court Rulings Mean for Gay Rights.” A conversation with Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


WILDKids Read! Children ages 5-7 (must have completed kindergarten) will enjoy books, activities and projects with instructor Christen Bufford. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 9 a.m.noon., $150. 20919 Denny Road. WILDKids Sing! Children ages 7-11 will learn about singing solo, duets and chorus with instructor Leslie Harper. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, noon-5 p.m., $175. 20919 Denny Road.


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



Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, through July 30: 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Jack Bruno, American Pooh. 8-Bit Taproom, 9 p.m. 901 Towne Oaks Drive. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322

AFTER DARK, CONT. President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Midwest Caravan, Victor Olston. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501375-8400. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. Vino’s Picture Show: “Psycho.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


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


American Taekwondo Association. Statehouse Convention Center, through July 14. 7 Statehouse Plaza. worlds. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 26: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Little Rock Green Drinks. Informal networking session for people who work in the environmental field. Ciao Baci, 5:30-7 p.m. 605 N. Beechwood St. 501-603-0238. Schlafly Beer Tasting. The Joint, 7 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. www. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.


WILDKids Read!. See July 8.

AT HOT SPRINGS GALLERY WALK: David Rackley’s photo-oil tinted photographs are on exhibit at Blue Moon Fine Art Gallery, which will like other Hot Springs galleries will be open 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 5, for the monthly Gallery Walk. Also showing at Blue Moon is Tom Richard, professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Other galleries participating in Gallery walk are Artists Workshop Gallery (paintings and collages by Jim Reimer and Bonnie Ricci), Artists Workshop Gallery (paintings by Dan Thornhill and Matthew Hasty), the Fine Arts Center and other galleries along Central Avenue.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Ben Coulter. The Tavern Sports Grill, July 10, 7 p.m.; July 27, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Color Club, R.I.O.T.S.. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. Cruzway. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710

Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Jazz in the Park: UA Monticello Jazz Combo. No coolers allowed, beer and wine for sale onsite. Bring chairs or blankets. Riverfront Park, 5:30 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 1: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe,

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Adam Hunter, Sam Demaris. The Loony Bin, July 10-11, 7:30 p.m.; July 12-13, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. See July 3.


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


American Taekwondo Association. Statehouse Convention Center, through July 14. 7 Statehouse Plaza.


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


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Opera in the Ozarks: “Elixir of Love.” Arend Arts Center, Sun., July 7, 4 p.m., $20. 1901 S.E. J St., Bentonville. Inspiration Point, Fri., July 5, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 13, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Madama Butterfly.” Inspiration Point, Wed., July 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 9, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 17, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. Opera in the Ozarks: “Pirates of Penzance.” Inspiration Point, Mon., July 8, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., July 10, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 18, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. 16311 Hwy. 62 W., Eureka Springs. “Southern Crossroads.” A Depression-era family of traveling musicians won’t let an out-ofbusiness theater stop the show from going

on. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through July 14: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131.


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ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Their Handbags (1900-1999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “7,” seventh exhibition featuring creations by artists and non-artists from found materials, gallery open Saturdays and Sundays through July to create work. 663-2222. HOT SPRINGS ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Paintings and collages by Jim Reimer and Bonnie Ricci, through July, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. July 5. 501-623-6401. BLUE MOON ART GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Paintings by Tom Richard, hand-tinted photographs by David Rackley, through July, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. July 5. 501-318-2787. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Fine Arts Center Members Exhibit,” July 5-27, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. July 5. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central Ave.: Paintings by Dan Thornhill and Matthew Hasty, July 5-31, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. July 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. “MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 425 Central Ave.: “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” colored pencil drawings by Linda Palmer, July 7-Aug. 24. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. $5. 501-609-9966.


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


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings from the Iveagh Bequest, through Sept. 8, $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 military, $6 students, free to members; “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11

AFTER DARK, CONT. a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5816 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Arkansas Artists & Their Works,” sculpture by Andy Huss, raku vessels by Winston Taylor, collaborative works by Megan Chapman and Stewart Bremner, paintings by Missy Wilkinson. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29, “Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Show,” through July 27; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Painting Arkansas,” works by John Wooldridge, through Aug. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 2241335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Dream Weavers.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez) and Eric Freeman. 992-1099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: New work by Gino Hollander, Jennifer Cox Coleman, EMILE and Mary Ann Stafford. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Prehistoric Daydreams,” recent work by Brad Cushman and Amy Edgington, through July 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Best of the South,” work by Carroll Cloar, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Theora Hamblett, Glennray Tutor, Pinkney Herbert, Guy Bell, Ed Rice, John Hartley, Robyn Horn, Daniel Blagg, Rebecca Thompson and others, through July 13. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Reflections in Silver: Silverpoint Drawings by Aj Smith and Marjorie Williams-Smith,” through Aug. 3. 372-6822. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “The Wild Ones,” paintings of animals, through July. 6604006. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: “Relic,” new work by Emily Galusha, also work by Lisa Krannichfeld and Dan Thornhill. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 225-6257. PAINT BOX GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP, 705 Main St., NLR: Jewelry by P.J. Bryant. 374-2848. STATE CAPITOL: “Spanning the Century (and more),” photographs of historic bridges by Maxine Payne, drawings, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Highway and Transportation Department, through August. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY I, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., and STEPHANO’S II, 1813 N. Grant St.: Work by Shelby Brewer, Angela Turney, V.L. Cox, John Kushmaul, Cyndi Yeager, Aaron Caldwell, Char DeMoro and Jennifer Wilson. 614-7113. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Flow,” 29 works using water as a theme by William Theophilus Brown, Harry Callahan, Joel Meyerowitz, Robert Morris, Wayne Thiebaud and Neil Welliver, through July 26, Gallery CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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BENTONVILLE C RY S TA L B R I D G E S M U S E U M O F AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art,” work by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and others, through Sept. 30; “Surveying George Washington,” historical documents, through Sept. 30; “Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection,” through Aug. 12; “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life,” five 19th century paintings by American and European artists, including two from the Louvre Museum in Paris, through Aug. 12; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. 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., noon-4 p.m. Sun. FAYETTEVILLE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “MFA Group Exhibition,” through July 19, work in a variety of media. FORT SMITH FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM: “High Fiber: Women to Watch 2013,” fiber art by Louise Halsey, Barbara Cade, Jennifer Libby, Jane Hartfield and Deborah Kuster, through July 7; “Gerry Stecca: Tree Wraps,” installation with clothespins; “Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos,” through July 7. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 479-784-2787. HARRISON ARTISTS OF THE OZARKS, 124 ½ N. Willow St.: Work by Amelia Renkel, Ann Graffy, Christy Dillard, Helen McAllister, Sandy Williams and D. Savannah George. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. 870-429-1683. HOT SPRINGS GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Splash of Glass: A James Hayes Art Glass Installation,” 225 pieces of art glass in 13 areas of the garden, through September. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 501-262-9300. 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. Noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 501-766-7584.


ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: “Captain’s Cabin Exhibit,” photographs, biographies, sea stories from the crew, and personal artifacts, through August. 371-8320. ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. 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.: “Tribute to George Washington,” Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights from Mount Vernon, handwritten correspondence and the 1797 Gilbert Stuart portrait on loan from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, through July 12; “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1; “Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard,” more than 40 original black and white images by photographer Herman Leonard, who documented the evolution of jazz form from the 1940s through post-Hurricane Katrina, with photographs of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, through July 21. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Arkansas Made,” “Reflected by Three: William Detmers, Scott Lykens and G. Tara-Casciano,” prints, ceramics, sculpture, through Aug. 4; “Painting in the Open Air: Day and Night,” paintings by Jason Sacran, through July 7, “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29; “Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838-2013,” study gallery, through July 12. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Undaunted Courage, Proven Loyalty: Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II,” through August. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Stirring the Soul of History, Vol. 1” newly acquired art by Lee Anthony, Barbara Higgins Bond, Danny Campbell, Ariston Jacks, Henri Linton, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Bryan Massey, A.J. Smith, Ed Wade and Susan Williams. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure, through March 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission.

CATCHING UP WITH BONNIE MONTGOMERY, CONT. You’ve been working a lot with your fellow Searcyite Nathan Howdeshell. Are y’all collaborating on songwriting at all, or is it mainly a production and performance collaboration? It’s mostly production and performance. He writes the guitar parts on the songs I write, and since we’ve been working together I’ve written a handful of new ones. Usually I just go through my same process and then bring the song to him and see what he wants to add to it.

two people on this enormous stage. I would go sell my merch afterwards and I got so many sweet French people and German people who really loved it. It was so exciting. Were you well taken care of over there? Yes. Of course, being with Gossip I had it made in the shade, because I was with them and they’re so well loved over there. Basically their backstage was my backstage, so we were definitely taken care of.

Are you planning for an album Do you think that experience has anytime soon or are you planning opened doors for you in terms of on filling a jukebox with singles getting your music out there and first? touring? I am dying to do an LP. We’re waitDefinitely. I definitely made a lot ing to kind of see how this goes and more fans, everywhere I played. I was surprised, that part was really where this EP might take me, and then we’re definitely lookgood and it’s opened up opportunities for ing forward to doing “I am dying an LP, because I have touring too. Making enough material. I’m friends with bands to do an LP. that want to go out dying to do it. We’re waiting on the road together, to kind of see Tell me about and meeting bookhow this goes some of the highing people and venlights from your ues and finding out and where this globetrotting tours which parts of the EP might take country and the with Gossip. me, and then It was such a thrill world are receptive we’re definitely to share the stage to what I’m doing is with them and there really cool. Toronto looking forward were many shows w a s amazingly to doing an that were amazing. excited about what LP, because I One of the big highwe were doing. have enough lights was in Madison, Wis. My very Are you working material. I’m new Martin acoustic on anything operadying to do it.” had a problem with related these days? the pickup, which The country is very unusual for music has kept me Martin. Luckily Nathan has a really so busy that I have to put opera stuff on the shelf, and honestly I hate that. sweet guitar tech who took care of that for me. But before he could get I wish that I were steamrolling ahead to it we had to play a show and no on something. But I started on this one had a backup acoustic. So I got idea of an opera about the West Memto play Nathan’s Firebird and plug in phis Three. I wrote three themes and and go electric. That was so thrilling we did a showcase with those three and fun and scary, it was really one of themes and some singers April before the big highlights because the audilast. Out in Seattle, I met up with Jason Baldwin and Holly, his girlfriend. They ence loved it and it worked. It actually made me wonder if I should go were really excited about it, so I don’t electric, but really it’s just a matter know. That might kick start me. If they of hauling an amp around. And I love want to share some of their story, that the acoustic, it keeps me grounded in could be really cool. I think what’s my roots, the folk and country roots interesting are the love stories in the that I love so much. And then Brookwhole case. But I had to switch gears, lyn, all of New York was just a wild, honestly because of money. Opera is fun show. Then in Europe it was just just not doing so great with funding, so unbelievable because [Gossip] plays in with country music I get paid most of these enormous arenas as big as Verithe time, so I just had to go with that. zon Arena. And there we were, just Which is not bad at all, I’m loving it.

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he Heat” is that rare and wonderful sort of movie in which the characters haven’t the faintest notion they’re in a comedy. They all arrived locked and loaded for a police procedural about an odd-couple pairing: a Felix of an FBI agent with an Oscar of a Boston beat cop reluctantly teaming up to take down some shady drug kingpin. Except the terminally uptight fed is Sandra Bullock, who quietly packs some formidable comedic chops. And the scrub on the beat is Melissa McCarthy, who is such a physical comedy tour-de-force, such a vulgarian whirlwind, that the film lurches into the delightfully ridiculous with her every scene. With the exception of her Red Sawwwwwks-loving family, no one else in “The Heat” registers much of a chuckle until they bump into McCarthy. Director Paul Feig (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Bridesmaids”) hands the heavy lifting to her, and the comedienne lugs the entire enterprise into utter delirium. What laughs don’t belong to McCarthy fall to Bullock’s special agent, a highachieving Yalie without so much as a cat to call her own (she hijacks her neighbor’s tabby for fridge-ready snapshots). She parachutes into Boston with a promotion on her mind, hoping to stop some psycho who keeps carving his enemies into little chunks. There she runs afoul of McCarthy, a shoeleather cop whose idea of serving/protecting involves phoning the wife when she catches a john soliciting some hanky-panky, and running down a smalltime dealer in her crapbox hooptie. But the FBI has info and the Boston officer knows the streets. The two separately unbearable women must, yes, work together to catch

the bad guy. Yeah, so the plot is a veritable shotgun shack (look in the front, see clear through to the back) and the script leans on some reductive stereotypes (against albinism, foremost). Screenwriter Katie Dippold has written episodes of “Mad TV” and “Parks and Recreation,” and there is almost a sketch-comedy feel to the scenes, which seem mostly designed to give McCarthy chances to dog-cuss Bullock. At least “The Heat” avoids the maudlin touches that made McCarthy’s last vehicle, the uneven but lucrative “Identity Thief,” such a simpering dud. Not that she can’t pluck a heartstring. It’s just that she’s more fun as a violent, crude mess of a human. How much of that owes to her body type, and obvious contrast to her fellow leading lady, could make for a real debate. Why should the teen-skinny Bullock, who’s pushing 50, still get cast as the brittle Ivy Leaguer while McCarthy, who’s as full-figured as any leading lady in Hollywood, yet again becomes the oafish malcontent? To its credit, “The Heat” doesn’t pick on McCarthy’s size for laughs, except as parcel to her physical comedy. A lighter actress with her talents might be just as adept at slow-hurdling a chain-link fence or clambering through the open windows of closely parked cars — but it’s hard to imagine such a performer being funnier than McCarthy, cursing like a prison guard as she careens from one humiliating fix to the next. As an actress she seems to follow the old advice, the best advice, to work it if you got it. That unique physique is but one of several bullets in her clip, and she has no shame about firing them all, usually while aiming at some dirtbag’s crotch.

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ STONE’S THROW BREWING, the microbrewery gearing up to open at 402 E. Ninth St. that we told you about back in April, hoped to receive its beer permit on Monday, co-owner Ian Beard said. The end of July is the current target for opening the brewery and taproom, which will have a bar and tables and chairs that’ll accommodate about 25. Beard and his three partners — Theron Cash, Brad McLaurin and Shawn Tobin — plan to brew their first batch over the Fourth of July holiday. After that, Beard said it would then take a matter of weeks to sufficiently test equipment and build up enough inventory to supply customers. A custom bar has taken longer to build than promised, and that could delay opening past July. A Kickstarter campaign raised the brewery $23,215 (the initial goal was $10,000). Beard said it represents a “significant portion” of the investment in the business. He and his partners invested equal amounts before the fundraising. Each partner has a full time job, so the brewery will only be open on nights and weekends. There’ll be eight taps. At least initially, Stone’s Throw will only produce four varieties. The other taps will be filled by breweries from Arkansas — Core, Diamond Bear, Fossil Cove and Saddlebock. Once Stone’s Throw gets its production fully underway, the plan is to distribute around Central Arkansas. Flying Saucer and other restaurants have already expressed interest.




1620 SAVOY The revamping of this enduring West Little Rock landmark restaurant has breathed considerable new life into 1620 Savoy. It’s a very different look and feel than the original, and the food is still high-quality and painstakingly prepared — a wide-ranging dinner menu that’s sure to please almost everyone. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2211620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. ADAMS CATFISH & CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-3744265. L Tue.-Sat. ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and such in this trainthemed restaurant, where an elaborately engi34

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A LOT GOING ON: The “House Special” from Mellow Mushroom.

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or a pizza chain that’s been around for nearly 40 years, with locations stretching from coast to coast, it’s remarkable to see how much excitement has surrounded the recent opening of the West Little Rock outpost of Mellow Mushroom. They must be doing something special to have gained such a loyal following before even opening their doors. Stepping inside, it’s easy to see why the place might appeal to families and the younger, hipper crowds — the spacious interior is brightly lit, with thousands of watts of neon lighting buzzing throughout the dining area, illuminating the faux-psychedelic signage and wall art, with loud music streaming from nearly every direction. Adults will quickly be drawn to the sizable bar and lounge area featuring an extensive list of signature craft beers, plus dozens more on draft and in the bottle. But perhaps it’s Mellow Mushroom’s approach to pizza that has set them apart , with an interesting list of “specialty” pies, many of which are a far cry from your commonplace, ho-hum cheese and pepperoni.

Our first visit began with their popular “pretzel” starter ($4.79). Of the handful of flavor options, we chose garlic and Parmesan. These were little more than Mellow Mushroom’s basic pizza dough, twisted into the traditional pretzel knot, baked up and doused with cheese and garlic butter. Unfortunately, they came to us slightly over-baked, leaving them chewy and tough, rather than soft and golden brown as a good pretzel should be. The meatballs appetizer ($6.99) we had on a subsequent trip was much better. Three large meatballs are seared on the flat-top, split and stuffed with a hunk of mozzarella, then drenched in red sauce and topped with breadcrumbs, shaved Parmesan, and fresh basil. They were soft, slightly spicy and flavorful, complimented nicely by the tangy, acidic tomato sauce and melted mozzarella — an excellent way to begin the evening’s eating. On our first walk down the Mushroom’s “specialty” pizza list we stopped at “Gourmet White” and the restaurant’s version of the classic supreme, the “House Special.” The Gourmet White ($12.49) starts with a base of olive oil and

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16103 Chenal Parkway 379-9157 QUICK BITE When the waits are long, save yourself some time by taking a seat at the bar or within the lounge — it’s all open seating. Take out is always a good option, as well, and they handle the orders efficiently and in a timely manner. Not in the mood for pizza? They’ve got a number of options to satisfy: calzones, big salads (with a “build-your-own” option), and over a dozen baked hoagies — the “Spiked Sausage” hoagie really caught our eye, with crumbled sausage cooked in beer, grilled onions and green peppers. Vegetarians will find plenty to love about the place as well, and many gluten free options are also available. HOURS 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. OTHER INFO Full bar, credit cards accepted

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garlic (no red sauce). It comes topped with a trio of provolone, feta and mozzarella cheeses and finished with sliced onions and both sun-dried and Roma tomatoes. The blend of cheeses was lovely, all nicely melted, creamy and rich. The feta was nicely balanced with the other ingredients. The baked tomatoes were a nice touch and the thinly sliced onions were similarly tender and delightful. The House Special ($12.99) was a weighty combination of pepperoni, sausage, ham, ground beef, Applewood-smoked bacon, mushrooms, black olives, Roma tomatoes, green peppers and onions. There was a lot going on here, but the pie was also enjoyable — we were especially happy to find our bacon nicely crisp. Still, we preferred the white pie over the heavy-handed supreme. On both pies, the crust came out nicely baked, golden brown, with a crisp exterior and soft chewy interior. A respectable crust, indeed — key to any exemplary pizza pie. But a return visit to Mellow Mushroom yielded the best pie of all, the “Holy Shiitake” ($12.49). Again, this pizza is constructed with a base of their delightful olive oil and garlic spread with a blend of two cheeses: mozzarella and a sharp, aged Italian cow’s milk cheese known as Montamore. At the heart of the pie is a sumptuous trio of mushrooms: Shiitake, button, and Portobello. Caramelized onions and fresh chives join the mix. It’s finished with a drizzle of garlic aioli and black truffle oil. The generous portion of mushrooms provides enough meatiness to satisfy even the most ravenous carnivore, and the addition of fragrant truffle oil — from the fanciest of fungi —gives the pie an earthy, slightly floral flavor. Mellow Mushroom offers just over a dozen specialty pizzas, many with flavor combinations you won’t find anywhere else in these parts. Its “Red Skin Potato Pie,” for example, comes topped with sliced, roasted red potatoes, smoked bacon, sour cream and spicy ranch dressing, and the “Bayou Bleu” is garnished with grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage. It even ventures into Asian territory with its “Thai Dye” pie, with grilled curry chicken, basil, cucumbers, and sweet Thai chili sauce. Many of these things we’d never imagine would work on a pizza, but folks continue to gobble them down, so we’re not judging —and we’re excited to try them all.


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neered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. BL Wed.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. 11525 Cantrell

Road. 501-228-0444. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles - 30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BOOKENDS CAFE A great spot to enjoy lunch


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with friends or a casual cup of coffee and a favorite book. Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501- 918-3091. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2233000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CHEERS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG’S CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. Open late. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1303. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint in the heart of North Little Rock’s Argenta district. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVID’S BUTCHER BOY BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. 4000 McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0387. LD Mon.-Sat. E’S BISTRO Despite the name, think tearoom rather than bistro — there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS A fancy charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. Limited seating

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hearsay ➥ Little Rock lost a shopping institution June 29 when PINKY PUNKY closed its doors for the last time. Owners Caroline Cossey and Lou New decided to end the store’s 40-year run about three weeks ago. Cossey said her recent back surgery was the deciding factor for her to retire. “Lou wanted to retire, and after [the surgery], I took a few steps on the concrete floor and knew it wasn’t going to work,” she said. The partners considered selling, but decided the easiest course of action would be to close, with the summer lull as a perfect time to go out on top. Cossey and her mother Nell started the store with Nell’s sister. It was the go-to place during the 70’s disco era for dresses to dance in, and since then has provided special occasion wear and other eclectic fashion for three generations of women. The customer response has been sad, Cossey said. “Lots of crying – and then we cry, too. They say, ‘you’re an icon’, but icons need to retire, too.” New will spend time traveling, while Cossey said she’ll take it easy and “get my health back.” ➥ Other major changes happening at PLEASANT RIDGE TOWN CENTER stores include a streamlined inventory at VESTA’S, which will focus on clothing, shoes and accessories. The store will no longer carry furniture, linens or gifts, which are currently marked down 50 percent. ➥ Speaking of sales, BARBARA

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casual wear marked down 40 percent. ➥ Make plans to attend the fifth annual LITTLE ROCK FASHION WEEK, scheduled for July 15-20. Events are scheduled each day at different venues around Little Rock and North Little Rock. The main event is LRFW’s Big Night: Posh Expression vs. Young & Fabulous, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 20 at Robinson Center. Tickets to LRFW 5 are available at,, Hearne Fine Art, Gallery 26, Uncle T’s and The Treasure Chest in Pine Bluff. For more information about the schedule of events, addresses, and fashion designers’ labels visit LittleRockFashionWeek. com or contact Adeeja Anderson at 36

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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. is available. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite B. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-671-6328. L Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes, daily specials and breakfast. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2440975. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants still in the same location and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-708-7203. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MARIE’S MILFORD TRACK II Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. The Bavarian Reuben, a traditional Reuben made with Boar’s Head corned beef, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, Muenster cheese and marble rye, is among the best we’ve had in town. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7536960. BL daily. NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE Gourmet sandwiches, salads and pizzas. 4317 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8826. LD daily. ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Upscale self-serve national yogurt chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-4522. LD daily. PACKET HOUSE GRILL Owner/chef Wes Ellis delivers the goods with an up-to-date take on sophisticated Southern cuisine served up in a stunning environment that dresses up the historic house with a modern, comfortable feel. 1406 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1578. LD Tue.-Fri., D Sat. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “allnatural,” “non-fat,” “gluten-free” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy

restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 124 W. Capitol. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. SUGIE’S Catfish and all the trimmings. 4729 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-5700414. LD daily. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Smoothies, sandwiches and salads. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2242233. BLD daily; 524 Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 246-3145. BLD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m.) 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-376-2233. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-786-6555. LD Mon.-Fri., BLD Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WAYNE’S FISH & BURGERS TO GO Offers generously-portioned soulfood plate lunches and dinners - meat, two sides, corn bread - for $6. 2221 South Cedar St. 501-663-9901. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue.-Fri., L Fri.


BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. BLD Sun.-Sat. CHI DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green

beans are still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, American-ized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-6657. LD Mon.-Sat. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain. 317 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-4424. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Court. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-9454802. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.


CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. A plate lunch special is now available. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far CONTINUED ON PAGE 38


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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good burgers, picnic-worth deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sun. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-2242057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.


ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively

true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TASTE OF ASIA Delicious Indian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Perhaps the best samosas in town. Buffet at lunch. 2629 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-4665. LD daily.


DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low

price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 1122 S. Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-8683911. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a nondescript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily.


CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. LD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-8688822. LD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steakcentered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily.

ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here — everything from cabeza (steamed beef head) to lengua (beef tongue) to suadero (thin-sliced beef brisket). The Torta Cubano is a belly-buster. It’s a sandwich made with chorizo, pastor, grilled hot dogs and a fried egg. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. LA CASA REAL 11121 N Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. 501-219-4689. LD Mon.-Sat. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. LONCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck in West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-1883. L Mon.-Sat.


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Waterproofing & Restoration Co. looking for skilled workers. Caulkers,Window Glazing, Concrete Patching, Masonry Work, Epoxy & Urethane, Coatings, Painters, Stucco, etc.

Contact Alan @ 501-492-6802

15” custom made saddle stallion brand basket weave brown with green seat, blanket, silver conchos, breast piece, 2 bridles, hackmore, regular bit and saddle stand. $275 For more information call James at


Employment ReseaRch associate The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR is seeking a candidate who will be responsible for assisting Principal Investigator, project site researchers, and other senior team members with developing research protocols and related instruments, including assisting in identifying, collecting, preparing and analyzing data; planning/ implementing, dissemination, translation, and application of results; determination of matches and tracing outcome from returns from various Agencies. Research Associate will participate in Interviewing, Editing and Storage of Data Collected; will collate data from Agencies for determination of vital status and for tracing. Responsible for maintenance of DatStat Database; will also assist in modification and pilot testing of draft questionnaires. Conduct literature review, and related library duties. Master in Public Health or Social Sciences plus 3 years’ experience conducting research and research-related activities in a health-related or academic/university setting. Proficiency in software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and Outlook) and excellent writing skills required. PhD preferred. Reference number 50044281. Apply online at www.

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

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


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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. MARISCOS EL JAROCHO Try the Camarones a la Diabla (grilled shrimp in a smoky pepper sauce) or the Cocktail de Campechana (shrimp, octopus and oyster in a cilantro and onionlaced tomato sauce). 7319 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-3535. Serving BLD Wed.-Mon. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where you’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 13924 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL A “build-yourown-burrito” place, with several tacos and nachos to choose from as well. Wash it down with a beer from their large selection. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3378. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. ROCK ’N TACOS California-style cuisine that’s noticeably better than others in its class. Fish tacos are treated with the respect they deserve, served fresh and hot. Tamales are a house specialty and are worth sampling as well; both pork and beef warrant attention. Street style tacos are small, but substantial, and always helped by a trip to the salsa mini-bar. Burritos are stuffed full, fat and heavy, and more than a respectably sized meal. 11121 North Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-3461. LD Mon.-Sat. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. SUPER 7 GROCERY STORE This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-219-2373. BLD daily. SUPERMERCADO SIN FRONTERAS Shiny, large Mexican grocery with a bakery and restaurant attached. 4918 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-4206. BLD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco


EL HUASTECO Reasonably priced Mexican fare. 720 S. Salem Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-764-1665. LD Mon.-Sun. EL PARIAN Traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites are offered by this Arkansas restaurant chain. 2585 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-513-1313. LD Mon.-Sun. FABY’S RESTAURANT Nuevo Mexican and Continental cuisine meet and shake hands at Faby’s. The hand-patted, housemade tortillas are worth the visit alone. 2915 Dave Ward. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5151. LD Mon.-Sun. LA HUERTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Standard Mexican fare with an emphasis on family favorites. 1052 Harrison Street. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-762-0202. LD Mon.-Fri. LOS AMIGOS Authentic Mexican food where everything is as fresh and tasty as it is filling. At lunch, go for the $4.99 all-you-can-eat special. 2850 Prince St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-7919. LD daily. MARKETPLACE GRILL Big servings of steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza and other rich comfort-style foods. 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. MIKE’S PLACE Delicious New Orleansinspired steaks and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. 808 Front St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-269-6493. LD daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.


DEVITO’S You absolutely cannot go wrong with the trout here -- whether it’s the decadent Trout Italiano, the smoky Chargrilled Trout or the cornmeal encrusted Trout Fingers. DeVito’s housemade marinara is also a winner. 5 Center St. Eureka Springs. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-253-6807. D. ERMILIO’S Great mix-and-match pasta and sauces, all done with fresh ingredients and creativity. Warm service in a classy atmosphere. 26 White St. Eureka Springs. 479-253-8806. LD. GASKINS’ CABIN Solid American food highlighted by the fish specials and prime rib. Highway 23 North. Eureka Springs. 479-2535466. D. MYRTIE MAE’S Hearty country breakfasts, sandwiches and Arkansas-style dinner plates. May be the second best fried chicken in the state. 207 W. Van Buren. Eureka Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 479-253-9768. BLD.

truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that). TAQUERIA Y CARNICERIA GUADALAJARA Cheap, delicious tacos, tamales and more. Always bustling. 3811 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9991. BLD daily.



BROWN’S COUNTRY STORE AND RESTAURANT The multitude of offerings on Brown’s 100-foot-long buffet range from better than adequate to pretty dadgum good. 18718 I-30 North. Benton. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-778-5033. BLD daily. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. All CC. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun.

THE HIVE The chef describes the menu as “High South,” with offerings like pimento cheese, “Arkansas Trail Mix” of pecans, soybeans, black walnuts and cheddar straws, grits, etc. You must have the frisee, egg or no. The pork chop is great. 200 N.E. A St. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 479-286-6575. BD daily, L Mon.-Fri. PETIT BISTRO Owner Dario Amini and chef Dane Mane serve haute cuisine in a little cobblestone house transformed into chic eatery outside Bentonville. The chateaubriand steak salad was divine; our companion, who eats here every chance she can get, was enjoying her shrimp and polenta. When the weather’s nice, the back patio looks out on woods and a brook and is a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine. Desserts look scrumptious, especially the pumpkin brulee. 2702 N. Walton Blvd. Bentonville. Full bar, All CC. 479-464-9278. LD Mon.-Fri, D Sat.

EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-3278445. LD Mon.-Sun.



A TASTE OF THAI Terrific Thai food, from the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts. Only

the brave should venture into the “rated 5” hot sauce realm. 31 E. Center St. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479-251-1800. LD Mon.-Sat. ARSAGA’S FAYETTEVILLE COFFEE ROASTERS A locally owned and operated chain of Fayetteville-area coffeeshops featuring hot coffee and chai, sweet pastries, sandwiches and live performances by area musicians. 1852 N. Crossover Road. Fayetteville. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (479) 527-0690. BLD daily. DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. 479-442-9671. MARKETPLACE GRILL Appetizers set on fire, Italian chips, funky low-fat dressings, prime rib and pasta in big ceramic bowls, the fare is a combination of old standbys and new-age twists. Also at 3000 Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. 4201 N. Shiloh. Fayetteville. No alcohol. 479-7505200. LD 600 Skyline Dr. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-0011. LD Daily. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken in all shapes and sizes with sauces. Also locations in Rogers, 3600 W. Walnut Street; and Conway, 550 Salem Road. 2120 N. College Ave. Fayetteville. All CC. $$-$$$. 479- 443-7546. LD 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.; 550 Salem Road. Conway. All CC. $$-$$$. 501-450-7546. LD Mon.-Sun.


ARLINGTON HOTEL Massive seafood buffet on Friday nights, breakfast buffet daily, served in the splendor of a grand old hotel. 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. BLD. THE BLEU MONKEY GRILL High end, artfully prepared pastas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers are one of the hallmarks of this classy/ casual newcomer to the Hot Springs dining scene. Stay for the interesting dessert menu. 4263 Central Ave. Hot Springs. Full bar, All CC. 501-520-4800. LD daily. CAJUN BOILERS Expertly prepared boiled shrimp, crawfish and such, served in a fun atmosphere. 2806 Albert Pike. Hot Springs. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-767-5695. D Tue.-Sat. HOT SPRINGS BRAU HAUS All the usual schnitzels are available, an inviting bar awaits as you enter, and the brick-walled place has a lot of history and coziness. 801 Central Ave. Hot Springs. 501-624-7866. LD. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Hot Springs. 501-525-0919. LD.

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invites you to join

Dr. David Lipschitz as he completes a monthly series of talks on lifelong health “Caring for Caregivers” Monday, July 15 Noon Dr. David’s greatest goal is to educate the public about aging. Most importantly, he aims to empower people with the tools to live longer, happier and healthier lives. Lunch will be served. This event is free but seating is limited. Please call Wendy Hudgeons for reservations at 501-492-2911 or email

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