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PCA cars abound I’ll admit the recent hike in my property taxes has a bit to do with my complaint. Lately, I see Pulaski County assessor cars everywhere. Not the same car, but different, late model American cars tooling around town — the grocery store, gas station, Target. I see them on weekends and in the evenings. As I drove to work on a recent morning — in my own car — I saw a PCA car around 7:30 a.m. crossing the Broadway Bridge, headed toward downtown LR. Was it an assessment emergency that pulled him from his bed? Maybe somewhere in our city a house suddenly became more valuable and needed a stat assessment. I see the cars parked overnight in driveways. I need to know why the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office needs a fleet of vehicles for employees. Not a good use of my ever-increasing tax dollars. Tomye Modlin  Little Rock

at Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and three days later another 60,000 died when an atom bomb was dropped at Nagasaki. It is useful to remember these horrific acts in which tens of thousands died an agonizing death. An annual observance serves as an act of atonement, or perhaps it affords a moment of accountability, or both. It was our government, after all, that undertook these deeds. And even if one claims that the bomb was necessary to save American soldiers who might otherwise have had to face a land invasion of Japan, we were the ones who opened this Pandora’s Box of thinking that, in war, anything is justi-

fied as a means towards an end. America has embraced nuclear weapons as the cornerstone of U.S. national security ever since, and particularly during the years of the Cold War. But President Obama urged placing the idea of a nuclear-free world on the agenda early in his administration; both ACPJ and WAND see this as a wake-up call, as a time that history can be made by eliminating nuclear weapons by 2020, the goal set at an international conference held in Hiroshima in 2010. The New Start treaty, the first bilateral arms control agreement in a decade

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‘Disgusted’ by Miss Arkansas coverage I have never read such a malicious, distasteful newspaper article in my life (“Musing over Miss Arkansas,” July 18). [Cheree Franco] is invited to sit front row and watch these women who have worked countless hours trying to make a difference through community service and volunteer work only to be mocked. The world needs more people like these contestants. There is much more to them than just mud-faced make-up and bleached blonde hair. I’m sure Franco had no idea what she was in for when she was face to face with these women. Sounds like she was a little overwhelmed with intimidation. Miss Arkansas contestants have that effect on people. Her article reflected nothing but her insecurities. I expected more class from a fellow Arkansan and a newspaper covering this event. I think you owe the entire Miss Arkansas Organization and all the contestants an apology. Deree Mitchell Gravette

For a nuclear-weapon-free world Every year individuals and communities across our country take time out on Aug. 6 to commemorate the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Two groups in Little Rock, the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice (ACPJ) and Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), annually hold a event for this purpose that is open to the public. The United States is the only country to have used a nuclear weapon on a civilian population. More than 100,000 persons — men, women and children — died 4

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that we signed with the Russians in 2010, calls for a modest nuclear reduction in warheads (up to 1,550), and so will help, it is assumed, make the world safer. Each country is guaranteed continued insight into the other’s strategic arsenals, with regular inspections. It allows even for a limited national missile defense program and the expenditure of funds (up to $100 billion!) to refurbish nuclear weapons and delivery systems. July 16 marked the 67th anniversary of the first nuclear test explosion in New Mexico. This took place less than a month before the bombing of Hiroshima. In the years that followed the U.S. conducted 1,030 nuclear test explosions — more than any other country in the world. It has been shown that radioactive fallout from this testing has negatively impacted health all across America and the globe. We should renew, immediately, our commitment to achieve a permanent ban on nuclear weapons testing by ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Some 150 countries have already signed on. Our ratification will enhance our own security by adding a key tool — the prohibition of tests — to current efforts to stop the spread of such weapons. By eliminating the testing option for new or potential nuclear states, we make it much harder for proliferation to take place. It is virtually impossible for any state to detonate a nuclear test explosion without being detected. A testing ban also will make it harder for countries (and terrorists) to develop smaller and deadlier nuclear weapons technology. Not ratifying puts the U.S. in a league with India, Pakistan, North Korea, Egypt and China. We have the largest nuclear arsenal in the world and can afford to take a strong leadership role. But, we can’t easily ask others to not test while refusing to commit to the same ourselves. We remember the events of August 1945, commemorate the terrible losses in human life and recommit our country to seeing that it never happens again. America needs to ratify the CTBT now. Nuclear weapons are no longer acceptable. A planet free of nuclear weapons is the kind of world we’ve promised to pass on to our children and grandchildren. We urge our senators, Sen. John Boozman and Sen. Mark Pryor, to help us take this step right now, moving us closer to ridding the world of the ghastly scourge of nuclear weapons. Bob Estes Chairman, Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice Little Rock

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BRIAN CHILSON

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im Griffin usually does his dirty work behind the scenes, as in his undermining of a U.S. attorney here so that Tim could get the job for himself, and his scheme to deny black people a vote in Florida. He knows that it’s safer away from the front lines. But something has emboldened him, ideology or substance or simple meanness, and he has charged to a leader’s position in the class warfare his party is waging against American workers. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has approved a Griffin-sponsored bill that would prohibit new federal regulations to protect workers. The bill does not actually repeal existing laws and regulations that protect workers’ lives, health and compensation, but it’s a step in that direction, the premise being that any protection for workers is an unnecessary annoyance to their employers, who vote Republican. To paraphrase Griffin, slightly: “Hardworking American corporations deserve a regulatory system that doesn’t limit profits just because a little blood is spilled in the manufacturing process.” There are dissenters, though not the sort Griffin would pay attention to, being unaffiliated with his party. The nonpartisan Office of Management and Budget says that Griffin’s bill “would undermine critical public health and safety protections, introduce needless complexity and uncertainty in agency decision-making, and interfere with agency performance of statutory mandates.” Griffin’s bill would block, among others, regulations to ensure that power plants comply with the Clean Air Act, to protect workers from beryllium exposure, to make the food supply safer, to ensure Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive compensation owed to them for extended deployments, to track medical devices so patients can be made aware of recalls, to establish the rules for bird-hunting season, and to protect people from another Wall Street meltdown. The president of the consumer group Common Cause, Robert Weissman, says Griffin’s bill “is a gift to the corporate criminal and wrongdoer lobby.” There are still enough honest men and women in the Senate to block passage of the bill in that chamber, and even if it should somehow get through, there’s still an honest man in the White House to veto it. That could change in the November elections. The Great Outsourcer, Mitt Romney, has made plain his belief that unless Americans modify or abandon their insistence on decent wages and hours, on a safe shop without child labor, then their jobs should go where workers are not so picky — Asia, maybe, or Latin America. Class warfare is real and vicious. One of America’s two major political parties is under the control of people who believe that working-class Americans are too well-paid, and too independent. That’s why they want to break the teachers’ union and the other public-employee unions. The private-employee unions are staggering already. With their deep pockets, the corporate bosses have purchased the loyalty of quasipopulist groups like the Tea Party, who hate public workers of modest means more than they hate the malefactors of great wealth. The malefactors pay better. Tim Griffin gets it.

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The Republican future

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he Arkansas Republican Party adopted a campaign platform Saturday, mostly a list of things it opposes or fears — abortion, gays, immigrants, universal health care, sex education, egalitarian public schools. Then there’s taxes. The original platform plank: “Replace the state income tax with a more equitable method such as increasing the state sales tax. Everyone would pay the same percentage and would know they are paying their fair share for the government services available to all citizens. The maximum increase in state sales tax would be limited to no more than 2 percent.” Though edited to avoid the damaging sales tax alternative, it’s still voodoo economics. Slashing the income tax would be nothing but a windfall to the rich. In the year ended June 30, the individual income tax produced $2.9 billion and the corporate income tax produced $435 million. (Yes. The people bear far more of the income tax burden. Republicans say Arkansas is unfriendly to business, though it favors business in tax filing gimmickry, assesses no estate tax and gives away untold sums in corporate welfare.) So, eliminate $3.3 billion in income taxes. Simple arithmetic shows why they decided to not talk specifically about using sales tax as a makeup. The existing sales tax — 6 percent on most purchases, 1.5 percent on groceries and 2.75 percent on manufacturers’ utilities (another one of those business-friendly Arkansas tax features) — produced about $2.1 billion last year. To raise an additional $3.3 billion would mean a 150 percent increase in the existing rate, to 15 percent on blue jeans, cars and refrigerators; 3.75 percent on groceries and almost 6 percent on manufacturers’ utilities. In the original version, Republicans would have held the sales tax increase to 2 percentage points, not even a fourth of what’s required to maintain current revenues. That means a budget cut of more than $2 billion annually. Kansas is about to live the dream. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican legislature slashed

the income tax and eliminated many deductions. A non-partisan analysis says Kansas is going to have to reduce spending by $4.5 billion over the next five years to pay for this soak-the-poor tax MAX cut. Brownback insists Kansas BRANTLEY maxbrantley@arktimes.com will come out ahead as a job creators’ paradise. But skeptics say this would require more than a half-million new jobs. It’s folly. Republicans want to slash government spending. If they win a legislative majority in November, they’ll start with medical care for children, pregnant moms, the elderly and the working poor. State employee pensions will soon follow. Until the Republicans can get better judges in place, the constitution might preserve education spending at the grade school level, but college students can expect whopping tuition increases. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who fired up the Arkansas Republican platform conferees last weekend, is currently presiding over the mortal wounding of the LSU health system in the name of Tea Party-style governance. Think UAMS. Voters might think they want this. Wait until grandma gets kicked out of her nursing home and college becomes an unaffordable luxury. Arkansas’s graduated income tax was a model when it was adopted in the 1970s. But inflation obliterated the differences in the income brackets and the current top bracket of $32,600 isn’t high income. The solution is to widen the brackets and add a higher step at the top, but that’s not going to happen, no matter which party controls the legislature. In today’s climate, Mike Beebe-style status quoism passes for a brave progressive agenda. With a mere 51 percent vote necessary to override a veto, he might as well head for the golf course if the reactionary Republicans do take control in November.


BRIAN CHILSON

OPINION

Back to Bush with Romney

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ere is the most implausible scenar- fathered all those io in presidential history: Nearly policies, in two four years after voters vented their glaring ways. rage over fiscal, domestic and foreign poli- Though they cies that had wrecked the U.S. and world share a penchant economies, the country is poised to elect for stunning gaffes, ERNEST a candidate who promises a return to all Romney has none DUMAS those policies. of Bush’s frat-boy Mitt Romney thinks his taxes, at 14 per- likeability. And he doesn’t share Bush’s stubcent, are too high, and his remedy for the born adherence to principles, honorable or stagnant job market is to slash the taxes of misguided. No politician in memory has rich investors like himself even more and reversed himself like Romney on nearly make up for it by sharply cutting spend- every issue of consequence or been as willing on programs for the poor and middle ing to take any stand that might round up class. He vows to repeal the restraints that a few votes — like his praise this week for Congress and President Obama placed on everything Israeli, including its tightly run financial houses whose recklessness and government health service for all. greed destroyed people’s livelihoods and Still, he’s an even bet to win the presihopes. If you give financiers a free hand dency and to take with him a congressional to make money like they did in the past party equally committed to all the policies decade, he says, this time the manna will of the Bush-Cheney decade. rain upon all of us. Why that will have happened will be the Abroad, Romney embraces Dick subject of intense historical analysis long Cheney’s policies of taking it to the Mus- after the country discovers the results of lims, wherever they are, with tough threats its third or fourth experiment with trickleand bold risks for new and more dangerous down economics and its second with showwars. Voters repudiated John McCain four ing the Arabs and Iranians who’s boss. How years ago for exactly those threats and for did the Democrats and Barack Obama, who standing firmly behind George W. Bush’s reaped the spoils of the public wrath in 2008, foreign policies. let it happen? Why wait for the analysis? Romney is different from Bush, who We saw it coming. There will be a thousand

Remembering the past for a more just future

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t is natural to try to forget painful or were arrested for embarrassing events — it’s true for the murder. To an individual and it’s true for a com- avoid mob justice, munity. officials relocated For several generations, most residents the men to Texarof Little Rock did not know the story of kana until their triJAY John Carter as it was kept under wraps by als could occur. A BARTH the white community. But many African- penal farm escapee American residents knew. The story of the named John Carter took their place in the last known lynching in Little Rock was rabid white community’s bull’s-eye after passed down through oral history, in the being accused of a sexual assault on two African-American community, commu- women in a rural area near where I-630 nicated from parent to child as a warning and I-430 now converge. of the worst traits of the intricate system An armed group searched for Carter, of apartheid in which they were growing found him, hung him from a telephone pole up in the state’s capitol city. and shot him. Cars then dragged Carter’s John Carter was brutally lynched in body through the streets of the city, finally the spring of 1927, in a period of intense stopping at 9th and Broadway — then the racial tension in the city. This high tension heart of the city’s African-American busihad begun with the discovery of the body ness community. The horror continued of a 12-year-old white girl in the belfry of as a crowd estimated at 5,000 whites conthe First Presbyterian Church in down- verged on the area, setting Carter’s nowtown Little Rock. The church janitor, who mangled body afire and keeping the fire found the body, and his biracial nephew stoked with furniture from black busi-

explanations, but the three big ones have affairs, exceed those of the first term of already been thoroughly analyzed, here every president in the past century except among other places. Roosevelt and Johnson. Besides the bigIf Romney wins it will be because too gest economic stimulus since the Depresmany people still don’t have jobs, which sion and the still reviled universal health depresses the employed and the jobless insurance, itself a goal of 10 prior presidents, alike. The economy was hemorrhaging here are the notable ones: sweeping regu750,000 jobs a month and heading into a lations of Wall Street to prevent another depression in January 2009 when Barack banking collapse and bailout, tough new Obama decided that a quick stimulus of consumer protections on the credit-card $750 billion, more than a third of it tax cuts, industry, bold reform of student aid, an end was all that Republicans and some in his to Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a own party would stand for. new START treaty with Russia, a big expanAll the highway and infrastructure work sion of national service, a big increase in and the big infusion of Medicaid and local protection of American wilderness, an end job assistance did prime the pump and stall to the war in Iraq, a new terrorist strategy the freefall in Arkansas, but nationally it in Afghanistan that killed Osama bin Laden needed to be far bigger to overcome the and most of the al Qaeda leadership, a drawhousing depression. The president seemed down of troops in Afghanistan, tightened to know that, but he was persuaded that the sanctions against Iran over its nuclear propublic alarm over the $1.4 trillion addition to gram, military and commercial alliances in the debt that the Bush administration itself the Pacific to curb China’s growing power … was forecasting for that year could not be His failure to sell them, especially the assuaged. It was the biggest blunder of his health reforms, constitutes a stunning failadministration, although who can surmise ure of will and judgment for a man who had now that Congress would have approved a shown a magical gift for messaging in 2008. stimulus of the magnitude that was needed? His strange lapse on health reform, The second and third were Obama’s where he left the field to the propaganda failure to sell his works to the people — the machine of insurance and pharmaceutical historic health-insurance reform and then industries, right-wing interests and the U.S. all the other achievements that were barely Chamber of Commerce, to tell the Amerinoticed, hardly proclaimed and now unre- can people what Obamacare did, was the membered. An ABC-Washington Post poll blueprint. He had asked Congress — both in January showed that 52 percent of peo- houses and parties — to undertake reforms ple, when asked what Barack Obama had of health reform, banking and credit-card accomplished responded nothing or little. regulation, student aid and the rest, and The magnitude of the achievements, he seemed to expect Congress to sell them. It doesn’t work that way. in laws, executive decisions and foreign nesses and churches in the neighborhood. surrounding Carter’s death. A memorial Thus, the vigilante attack on one accused in Duluth, Minn., serves as one example criminal became an attack on the entire of a city that has created a tasteful public African American community. memorial to a lynching that was central to While absent from the official commu- that city’s racial history. The memorial in nity history of Little Rock for most of the Little Rock should not be just about one 20th century — despite its widespread cov- murder, however. It should include an erage in national newspapers at the time admission of the city’s secular sin in cre— historians have begun to retell the story ating a system where the killing of John of Carter’s murder in recent years. Those Carter could occur and perpetuating a syswriters have not just recounted the events tem after 1927 that would allow more genbut recognized their importance in shap- erations of black residents to fear for their ing African-American perceptions of what personal safety simply because of the color it meant to be a resident of a white-domi- of their skin. nated S outhern city. In many ways, the tale Building on last year’s vote to rescind of John Carter played the role that the kill- the city resolution praising Governor ing of Emmett Till, the Chicago teen killed Faubus for trying to block the Little Rock while visiting relatives in Mississippi in Nine’s entrance into Central High, the Lit1955 for “whistling” at a white woman, did tle Rock City Board should work to create elsewhere in the South. Members of the a representative task force to ascertain the Little Rock Nine report the Carter lynch- manner in which the Carter incident could ing’s centrality to the worries about their most appropriately be remembered with own safety in the midst of the 1957 Crisis. a physical marker. While a small display on the event can Until then, as you sit in your car at the be found inside the Mosaic Templars Cul- light on that corner or at one of the fasttural Center on that corner, it’s time for food restaurant drive-thru windows that Little Rock to remember what happened in dot the area around it, think of the events 1927 with a public marker at 9th and Broad- of 85 years ago. More importantly, think way. This visible marker should include a of their long-term meaning for this comfrank narrative recounting of the events munity. www.arktimes.com

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The semi-rhetorical question edition

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efore Pearls devotes itself completely to 2012 football season preview mode, this week we assess, through a series of yet unanswerable queries, whether these Hogs can survive a turbulent off-season and excel this fall. • What kind of legacy will Tyler Wilson leave? He owns one of the best all-around seasons of quarterbacking ever at Fayetteville, has demonstrated maturity so advanced that even the head coach’s abrupt dismissal hasn’t caused nearly the level of alarm expected, and owns the single-game records for pass completions and yardage. But because 2011 represented his first year as a starter, Wilson does not find himself situated highly on career statistical ledgers, and his opening act was not totally above reproach. At times during his career, ball security has been an issue and occasionally that has been a function of not releasing quickly enough under duress. He was blessed with an incredible receiving corps last year and will have to develop a rhythm with mostly green targets this year. And speaking of that... • Who provides Cobi Hamilton support on the outside? We know now that it will not be the troubled Marquel Wade, nor will Quinta Funderburk or Maudrecus Humphrey have anything to say about it. Neither Javontee Herndon nor Julian Horton has caught a touchdown pass since arriving, and Keante Minor got no real reps last year. This columnist’s money is on Owasso, Okla. product Keon Hatcher to become a standout as a true freshman. This position has been an embarrassment of riches for three years running, so the sudden paucity of proven depth there is an issue that demands immediate correction, especially since Hamilton has never been the primary target in his own right. • Will Darius Winston finally live up to his otherworldly potential, or will he be an afterthought by midseason? The Camden Fairview product has been maddeningly erratic, rarely showing the kind of ball skills that made him a top-shelf cornerback recruit in 2008. He has always had the build and the quickness to excel, but seemingly lost confidence when the learning curve for being an SEC shutdown corner proved high. If Winston channels the setbacks of his first three years into something positive, he and Tevin Mitchel could be

a formidable pair in the secondary, especially with the underrated Eric Bennett still manning safety. BEAU • Can Alonzo WILCOX Highsmith be an All-American? The transfer shined last season after he worked his way into the starting middle linebacker role before the 2011 season began. He was the impact player that the Hogs have missed there for years, consistently involving himself in plays behind the line (12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks) and displaying a great sense of timing for big plays, his touchdown return on a fumble against LSU being the most dramatic example. By the time he had finished terrorizing Collin Klein at the Cotton Bowl, Highsmith seemed to be asserting that he was ready to emerge as the Hogs’ defensive anchor for his senior campaign. As is often said in the summer of many players, Highsmith looks the part and has designs on parlaying his last year in Fayetteville into the kind of sustained NFL career his father had. • Who on Earth takes Joe Adams’ place? Spoiled to having the nation’s most electric punt returner and “gadget” player, Arkansas faces a serious special teams concern this fall with Adams now a Carolina Panther. Wade was the natural successor; beyond that, it seems like the best fit might be one of the true freshmen (i.e., Defonta Lowe, Will Hines) instead of an experienced skill player who would be at risk. • Is John L. Smith a Larry Coker for the modern age? Coker inherited Butch Davis’ revamp at Miami and promptly won a national championship (should have been two) to begin his head coaching career. Smith has returned to Fayetteville with ample head coaching chops, the same genial nature that made Coker a great shortterm breath of fresh air in a cutthroat business, and no real desire to get in the way of his assistants. Coker was never regarded as a Saban-level guru, but rather as a pleasant and decent man who had great fortune and timing. Smith professes that he wants to retain the crown beyond his eight-month contract, and I suspect he would be perfectly content to have a reputation like that of Coker if he could have the jewelry that accompanied it.


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to some other place. “Nevertheless,” Success With Words says, “it is always correct to say emigrated from DOUG and immigrated SMITH to, and far less dougsmith@arktimes.com troublesome than thinking about missing words.” Not to me. Picking one word — say, immigrate — and riding it both to and from would be less troublesome. Like flog through a goose: “Cities taking a flogging from geese,” the rather curious headline said. I realize that flog is often used figuratively, especially by headline writers, and that the writer here wasn’t saying that geese are literally beating the cities with whips or sticks. Flog in headlines more commonly means “criticize severely,” as in “Beebe flogs Darr; long overdue, legislators say.” But even a figurative flogging doesn’t seem right when you’re talking about geese, and about what the geese are actually doing to the cities. “We’ve got to get rid of this flog!” I imagine a mayor exclaiming. “Cities taking a fouling from geese” might work as a headline.

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It was a good week for… CONWAY. PrivacyStar, a company that provides privacy for smartphone users, announced that, as part of its expansion of its corporate headquarters in downtown Conway, it will add 121 jobs at an average hourly wage of $38 over the next two years. MAIN STREET LITTLE ROCK. A joint venture between Moses Tucker and the Doyle Rogers Co. to redevelop the old Blass department store at Fourth and Main closed on $20 million in financing. Construction will start Aug. 15. The Mann project — named for the building architect George Mann — is to be completed June 2013. It includes 90,000 square feet in the building at Fourth and Main and a three-story annex. Some 65,000 square feet is already pre-leased by Arkansas Child Support Enforcement. It will also have 8,000 square feet of retail space and 19 loft apartments. A 400-space parking deck is to be built on the west side of the buildings.

It was a bad week for… MICHAEL DYER. The football phenom and Little Rock Christian graduate was abruptly dismissed from the Arkansas State football team after 10

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Arkansas State officials learned of a March traffic stop in White County, where, though Dyer was only cited for speeding, it was revealed by the Jonesboro Sun that the state trooper who made the stop found another person in the car with a handgun and a substance believed to be marijuana. Dyer, who played at Auburn through his sophomore season, left the school after admitting during a trial of another man that his gun was used in a robbery and that he had smoked marijuana. THE ARKANSAS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. Director Scott Bennett told the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock that they and their consulting engineers don’t know what they’re talking about. The one and only solution for what the Highway Department perceives is a problem with the Broadway Bridge is to tear it down and replace it with an ugly piece of concrete similar to, say, the homely Main Street span. Mayors Mark Stodola and Pat Hays had proposed, following the construction of a new bridge, to convert the Broadway Bridge into a glorious public plaza between Dickey-Stephens Park and the Robinson Music Hall. It would be Little Rock’s own version of New York’s wildly popular High Line railroad-to-park conversion.


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Megaguana vs. Hillcrest SOMEBODY FORWARDED The

Observer the following plea from the Hillcrest Residents Association posting board the other day. We’ve redacted certain details so the hapless pet owner doesn’t get any calls from PETA: “We lost a small green iguana at XXXX Lee Avenue. The situation is probably hopeless, but if you happen to spot an iguana in the area, please call Seth at XXX-XXXX.” The Observer — being a stubborn believer in the hook-handed madman who terrorizes local teen-age snoggers at Lover’s Lanes, and who always checks our Coke bottles thoroughly for mummified mice in the bottom before imbibing — sincerely fears that Seth’s iguana may well descend into the sewers of Hillcrest, where it can grow to enormous size. Count on a reporter to sit around wishing the other size-99W iguana-hide shoe would drop, but our bet is you won’t see that sucker until it emerges as 100-feet of scales and bad attitude to terrorize the populace during Hillcrest Harvest Fest in a few years, requiring a call-out of the National Guard and possibly a visit from Godzilla and/or Mecha-Godzilla. Then again, that might not be a bad thing. Not only could downtown Little Rock use a Megaguana vs. Godzilla dust-up to clear the decks for more development (maybe solving the problem of what to do with the Broadway Bridge in the process), that’s a story Yours Truly could get excited about, even with all these years between the present and our go-get-’em-tiger days. Heck, we might even stand on the corner and shout “EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!” for that. Good luck, young lizard. See you in a few years. THE OBSERVER GOT ANOTHER VISIT

this week from Justin Booth, the homeless poet from Little Rock we told you about a few weeks back — the guy whose book we bought in the Rivermarket for $5 simply because he was selling it instead of asking for handouts, but which stopped us dead in our tracks within a block with the loveliness and emotional depth of the poetry contained inside. Justin is taking part in a poetry reading at Vino’s Brewpub on Seventh Street next Sunday night, starting at 7 p.m. In

preparation, he’d printed out a satchel-full of copies of his chapbook. The Observer had asked for more copies the last time we saw him a few weeks back. Yesterday, he braved the hottest day of the year so far to bring some up to the Times. When I met him in the lobby, he looked bad. Sunburnt. Bloodshot. He thanked me profusely for bringing attention to his work, then signed the four copies I bought, his hands shaking so hard the whole time that he could barely write. He said he didn’t want to have a drink before coming up, but he would get one as soon as he left. He said he was working on laying out a new chapbook. He made a joke about drinking himself to death. Soon after, we shook hands, and said our goodbyes. He hit the elevator button with my $20 in his hand and descended back to the burning noon street, awash in cheap whiskey. Godspeed, and amen. Rock and a hard place. The Devil and the deep blue sea. In lieu of one of The Observer’s faithless, heathen prayers for those who wander, here’s another poem from Justin Booth’s book, “Hookers, Ex-Wives and Other Lovers”: OLD AGE IS CARRION Should have died young like James Dean, or Jesus. The coolest ones die for the masses sacrifice self for mob love, O.D. watching co-dependent, white pantied cuties wrestle in the Jungle Room. The shock value of teen rebellion followed by a lifetime of anti-establishment; fistfights, and felonies, fashionable leather jackets, black T’s, flashfire love affairs, girls barely legal, women shockingly mature, tattoos and avant-garde attitudes on art, and literature, and fornication. Wasted. Should have died in a motorbike wreck. Martyred Hepcat like Jesus or Elvis.

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Lawrence Hamilton, the dancer, director and singer who left New York for his home state of Arkansas 10 years ago, is returning to New York, he said Tuesday. “There’s no work here,” Hamilton said. He’ll leave in September to perform in James Still’s one-man show “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” at the University of South Carolina and will go to Washington, D.C., in October to work with Jessye Norman for a January performance of Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Works” at the National Cathedral. Hamilton worked with Norman conducting and arranging her 1997 TV special “Jessye Norman Sings for the Healing of AIDS.” Former Philander Smith College director Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed asked Hamilton, who enjoyed a 20-year career on the New York stage performing in “Timbuktu,” “The Wiz,” “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Ragtime” and other productions, to return too Arkansas to work with Philander Smith College. There he was the director of choral activities and, later, director of cultural affairs. He’s appeared in productions to numerous to list since coming home for what was supposed to be a one-year commitment. He’s done many charity performances, which he says he’s enjoyed, but “I’m going to end up being the charity” if he stays, he said. Dying funding for the arts and a lack of interest — he cited the quarterfull audience at a Robinson performance with Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson and other celebrities as an example — has forced his move. “If you write about me,” Hamilton, 57, said, “Tell everybody how grateful I am for their love and support and being in my corner.” And he added, “Arkansas will always run deep in me,” quoting Wayland Holyfield’s song.

School lobby backed by Walton Gary Newton, until recently a Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce employee, has started a think tank/lobby/special interest group on education called Arkansas Learns. Newton has long been a critic of the Little Rock School District and worked unsuccessfully on legislation in 2011 to change CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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SPEAKING UP: Some members of the Harrison High School Diversity Council.

Harrison fights racist reputation Local task force and high school diversity council lead the way. BY CHEREE FRANCO

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arrison, population 13,000, nestles among the hills of the Ozarks. The economy is bolstered by industrial jobs, beef farming and tourists passing through to entertaining destinations. Median income is just over $34,000, nearly 60 percent of families own their homes, and social events center around school, church and family. The surrounding country is flush with trails and river outposts. In town, there is the usual sprawl — fast food restaurants, banks, a newly renovated hospital, the second Walmart ever, a community college and a large FedEx operation. There’s a restored 1920s Spanish Revival hotel and a courthouse square ringed with consignment shops, a boot store, a diner and an old theater. But Harrison’s reputation is tarnished by a tragic past and a current post office box. Harrison has long had a reputation for harboring racists. It’s a reputation that many residents are working to change. A century ago, Harrison was one of several Southern “sundown” towns, places where signs warned non-whites

to get out by dusk. Since the 1990s, Thomas Robb, the self-proclaimed leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has operated his white power paraphernalia website from Zinc, about 10 miles up Highway 7 from Harrison. Zinc is too tiny to support its own post office, so Robb uses a Harrison P.O. box. It’s a hapless association for a city where everyone knows everyone, and yet most residents wouldn’t recognize Robb if they saw him. Some wouldn’t even recognize him by name. A decade ago, Harrison’s thenmayor, Bob Reynolds, and other city leaders formed the Race Task Force. According to founding members Layne Ragsdale and Patty Methvin, the Task Force was spawned by a letter from a Fayetteville attorney to the editor of the Harrison Daily Times. On Halloween in 2002, the Fayetteville Middle School football team played the Harrison Middle School in Harrison. Afterwards the Fayetteville team went to the local McDonald’s, which had a tradition of doling out free ice cream to anyone in costume. A group of teen-agers was

there, draped in sheets, and some of the Fayetteville players worried that these “ghosts” were actually Klan members. “The letter was about how sad it was that the Klan was at McDonald’s, or something to that effect,” said Methvin, who now heads the Chamber of Commerce. “That was when we realized there was a reputation out there that we weren’t aware of internally. We rarely see anybody from the Klan, and so to know that some people think that was the standard, that most people in Harrison are racist, that was a shock for us.” Ragsdale worked for the Chamber back in 2002. She remembered how upset Reynolds was about the attorney’s letter and how angry local ministers were over a statement Robb had made to national press: “I represent the white Christians of the area.” Reynolds and a group of ministers held the first Task Force meeting in early 2003. “I was there because the mayor asked me to attend, but I didn’t see it as a big deal,” said Ragsdale. “I thought, every town has a history, we’re not racist now, why are we doing this?” The first meeting was advertised in the paper. Five elderly men, strangers to the other attendees, came. “They were very adamant,” Ragsdale said. “They kept saying we didn’t need any such organization [as a race task force], we were going to ruin the community, and on and on. I walked into that meeting thinking, OK, I have to do this, and I walked out thinking, unless we do something, that’s our public image out there. That’s going to attract people like these men. They retired here because they had that image of Harrison. We needed to do something for the future of our community, so that 10 or 25 years down the road, we will portray the Harrison we know, instead of allowing those negative forces to be the only ones talking about our town.” Now the Task Force meets monthly, with an attendance of about 20 and a mailing list of 70. The first year of the Task Force, the Board of Education spontaneously decided that students should have Martin Luther King Jr. day off, and several businesses organized service projects for that day. Because Harrison once had an African Methodist Episcopal church, in 2004 the Task Force reached out to an AME congregation in Helena. Harrison residents CONTINUED ON PAGE 32


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2. On July 26, a Texarkana animal shelter announced they were seeking homes for a group of special critters. What kind of animals were they? A) 103 speckled garter snakes found mating in a gas-station toilet. B) Four mules trained to high dive in State Fair exhibitions. C) 38 nearly-identical weeniedogs, surrendered by an elderly owner. D) Two irritable Komodo Dragons seized from the private zoo of a local drug dealer. 3. Someone spray painted hateful graffiti all over the walls of a church in Arkana last week. Which of these slogans (complete with misspelling) was included? A) “Hail Satin!” B) “Jezus loves Chuck!” C) “The Delvil was here.” D) “Heven wont have me, cuz I work at Pitza Hutt.”

4. Twelve-year-old Matthew Cline of Maumelle recently won $40,000 on Kid’s Week of the game show “Jeopardy.” What was his final winning answer (in the form of a question)? A) “Who is Thomas Edison?” B) “What is Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major?” C) “What is ‘Atomic Dog’ by George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars?” D) “We meet again, Trebek. Afraid?”

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INSIDER, CONT. the method of election of School Board members so that it would resemble Little Rock government — with at-large seats (far more expensive to contest) holding the balance of power, a structural change that would have concentrated power in the hands of those with the money and upended the current black majority on the board. Who’s putting up the money to finance this new organization? We asked Newton about his financial supporters and aims. No response. But he has a Facebook page. Note that it is an “alliance of employers” — as opposed to employees. Note that early friends are the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, the Arkansas State Teachers Association, an anti-Arkansas Education Association group, and — surprise! — the Walton Family Foundation. Get it? Indeed, Newton’s blog reports that initial funding (amount not disclosed) comes from a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. He says his organization will be “independent and self-sustaining.” He doesn’t identify the source of continuing funding, but if it includes the Little Rock Chamber, we hope he’ll send a thank-you note to city taxpayers who subsidize it. From his blog: “The Governor has often said, that ‘education and economic development are inseparable.’ By allying with chambers, economic development organizations, and employers across the state, Arkansas Learns intends to put that statement into action.” Ally with teachers? Students? What do they know? Sounds like a newly minted lobbyist to us.

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5. Following the mass theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee stepped forward to blame the carnage on a certain aspect of American society. Who or what did he blame? A) Scientists’ stubborn insistence that the earth doesn’t actually revolve around his head. B) Lack of mandatory “How to Spot Bugs**t Crazy” courses for gun store employees. C) A country that thinks it’s fine to sell military-grade assault rifles at the same place you buy fishing poles and live bait. D) Lack of prayer in schools.

Jose Hernandez, the artist responsible for the cover image on last week’s Times, was locked out of his Dedicated Art Studio at 320 W. Seventh Street for what the city said were code, zoning and fire safety violations, according to a detailed news release from a friend of and occasional contributor to the Times, Leonard Stern. Efforts are underway to cure issues with the city — and the landlord as well — so that the studio can reopen Sept. 1 as an art studio and gallery and venue for performances. It’s going to take some help, but many volunteers have risen to the cause.

CORRECTION In last week’s Big Picture (“Arkansans in the Olympics”), we misspelled Para-Olympian Mary Allison Milford’s name. www.arktimes.com

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NOT FOR SALE 10 ALTERNATIVES TO NEIGHBORHOOD WIPEOUT THE TECH PARK BOARD COULD CONSIDER.

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n theory, the board of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority, which has been wed to the idea of flattening a neighborhood for construction of a biotech business park, is now open to suggestions for alternative, non-residential, locations. There’s a form for those who would propose them on the Authority website (www.lrtechpark. com); submission deadline is Aug. 31.

Their newfound openness was brought about by an ordinance proposed by City Director Dean Kumpuris and passed in June that pointed to fears in Ward 2 that the Authority would exercise its power of eminent domain to remove unwilling residents from their homes. The board recommended the Authority conduct a six-month study of alternative sites. The board has no real power over the Authority — it was created by state legislation and reports to no one — but the city has influence in the amount of $22 million in sales tax receipts, which it’s pledged to pay the Authority over the next 10 years. After the ordinance passed, City Director Joan Adcock later told residents of the Forest Hills neighborhood, which like two areas in Fair Park was being targeted by the Authority and which was fighting the move with its public “NOT FOR SALE” campaign, they’d won. But last week, an Authority-appointed subcommittee of representatives from housing agencies and the neighborhoods stirred up fears again. Its agenda: Making relocation easier. The Authority board maintains the three neighborhood sites — 60 acres just north of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus that includes the Methodist Children’s Home; 39.25 acres south of 12th Street roughly tucked between Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and Franklin Elementary, and 40.8 acres north of 12th, east of Jonesboro Drive and south of Interstate 630 — are perfect choices because of their location between tech park’s two university sponsors, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and UALR, and to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which isn’t a sponsor but which has committed to putting $125,000 in the tech board pot. Preparing the 60-acre “UALR site,” as it’s identified by Crafton Tull, the civil engineering firm hired by the Authority board to study the sites, would require the removal of 128 residential and commercial structures; the 39.5-acre “12th Street South Side” site would require the removal of 131 residences and commercial structures, and the 14

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40.8-acre “12th Street North Side” site in Forest Hills would require the removal of 150 residential and commercial structures. (In all cases, the number of commercial structures is negligible, but the Crafton Tull report didn’t differentiate.) On the basis of what it’s been told by tech park managers Angle Technology Group, which identified the two Fair Park sites in its 2009 report to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce (board member Dickson Flake selected the Forest Hills site), the Authority board says the park should be no more than a 5-minute commute from the universities if it is to succeed. (Residents of the Forest Hills neighborhood, directly across I-630 from UAMS, suspect that another reason their neighborhood is being considered is that it would allow the med school, which has expanded all it can north of the interstate, to spread south.) The Times did a little checking into what land is available that might meet the board’s 5-minute distance. Since it can take more than 5 minutes to simply leave a parking deck at UAMS or hike to a car at UALR, the times listed here are for interstate travel and, for times to UALR, road access. Most of these properties are on the market and will be proposed to the Authority board, sellers say. Prices should be compared to the $9 million in site acquisition that the Authority has budgeted. If an alternative site is not chosen, residents of the selected neighborhood location, which will include elderly and lowincome residents, all of whom are paying a city sales tax that will help pay to level their houses, will have two options: Sell their homes, some of them lived in for decades, to the Authority for “fair market value,” an amount almost certainly less than they would need to move to similar housing in a similar neighborhood, or hire lawyers to fight the Authority’s exercise of eminent domain in court. The Times proposals, as they might be marketed to the Authority board by commercial realtors:


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RIVERFRONT PLAZA, BUILDINGS 2 AND 3 • $16 to $18 a square foot • 105,886 square feet at 1 Allied Drive • All utilities • 5 minutes to UAMS, 10 minutes to UALR UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn has spoken approvingly of the former Alltel properties, both for the beauty of their location and the fact that they’re ready to move into. Advantages: These two properties (available for sale or lease by different realtors) combined would provide enough square footage for three buildings under the Authority’s plan, which plans to construct a 100,000-square-foot building in the first phase of development. They’re wired, a hill away from UAMS and on beautiful property on the Arkansas River. There is undeveloped acreage available on nearby Riverfront Drive, including 1.2 acres ($719,523) and 3.2 acres ($2 million), for expansion. The location would require a drive up a two-lane road to get to UAMS, but Rahn doesn’t think a distance restriction makes much sense anyway, since collaborators will be driving no matter what their destination … unless of course UAMS decided to make it possible for researchers to walk to the tech park, in which case the former Ray Winder Field, now owned by the university, would work. Residential relocation required: Zero.

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This shopping center is partly leased, but realtor Hank Kelley of Flake and Kelley said he’s looking at whether property there (including the site of the unoccupied Cinema 150) and acrePROPOSED SITE age to the east, including land already owned by UALR, could be combined to appeal to the Authority board. This could be the real deal: The board of the University District Development Corp. (a separate entity from UALR) has voted to consider a proposal with Kelley. Drawback: Would take some wheeling and dealing — but why appoint the head of the Chamber of Commerce (Jay Chesshir) and a realtor (Dickson Flake) to the Authority board if not to promote wheeling and dealing? Advantage: Directly across from UALR on a corner that the Flake and Kelley brochure says is passed by 39,000 vehicles a day. If the Authority could purchase the shopping center, it could use storefronts as ready-to-move in office space while planning for development of property to the east, on the other side of UALR’s Village dorms and soccer field. High visibility. Residential relocation required: One, possibly.

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THE VILLAGE AT BRODIE CREEK • 26.08 acres available • Price not disclosed • 5 minutes to UAMS, 8 to UALR Cleared and leveled acreage on Col. Glenn Plaza Drive near I-430 is next door to the nursing school for Baptist Health, which, while not a partner in the Technology Park, may have an interest in the biotech work expected to go on there. Drawback: Will require the clearing of trees. Advantages: If some trees are left, the campus could be as park-like as the Authority claims it would like to see, though plans for the neighborhoods include bulldozing everything. Realtor Hank Kelley says this area offers a clean slate for tech park designers to work from.

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LITTLE ROCK RIVERPORT LAND • I-440 at Lindsey Road • 118 acres • $3.5 million • 13 minutes to UAMS, 17 to UALR Visiting venture capitalists and scientists from out of state would have easy access to this great swath of undeveloped land right on I-440. Though it’s 7 minutes farther than the Authority’s limit, the land would be the choice for big thinkers: The Authority of the future would never have to look for property on which to expand, because it’s all here. Advantage: Good price for such a huge amount of land. Residential relocation required: zero.


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HEART OFN! DOWNTOW THE ARKANSAS BUILDING, THE BOYLE BUILDING AND THE MM COHN BUILDING • 196,000 square feet • $2.6 million • All utilities, with access to fiber optics. • 5 minutes from UAMS, 9 from UALR The tech park Authority could learn its ABCs (Arkansas, Boyle and Cohn) of building reuse and make a Main-Street-supporting Mayor Mark Stodola happy at the same time by buying up these three contiguous buildings on Main. There’s enough square footage to accommodate two buildings (as envisioned by the Authority). Advantage: Downtown synergy, with loft living and an entertainment district within blocks. Possible research investors officed nearby. Residential relocation required: zero.

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• 27 acres near Shackleford Crossing and 36th street • $3.3 million • 66 acres between 36th and Colonel Glenn (access east of Clear Channel Metroplex) • $3.5 million • Water, sewer, electricity on the 27-acre parcel • 5 minutes to UAMS, 8 to UALR

It’s only one building and it’s landlocked, but this former furniture store is larger than the building the Authority plans to construct in its first phase and it requires no land-leveling, home-buying or utility-line-laying. If the Authority had tech companies champing at the bit to move in, this would be a good place to start. If the “park” succeeds, there will be venture capital to expand elsewhere — right? Advantages: Great visibility, near UALR and UAMS. Residential relocation required: Zero.

For $6.8 million, or $2 million less than it says it will spend to acquire residential property for the tech park, the Authority could buy these two parcels, which surround the Shackleford Crossing shopping center. The 66-acre parcel has two access points, on Col. Glenn and 36th Street, both just east of Interstate 430; the 27-acre parcel fronts 36th Street. Advantages: What a deal. The smaller parcel has sewer, water and utilities installed. A boon to Ward 6. Residential relocation required: Zero.

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Epiphany and Ferocious take lessons to Gambia.

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he Times did a Q&A with Little Rock’s Epiphany, a regular presence on the Arkansas hip-hop scene for years, about his trip with producer Ferocious to Gambia in Western Africa at the behest of the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Banjul. This version has been edited for length. What prompted your recent trip to Gambia? The U.S. Embassy. I had a friend from school, and about three years ago they contacted me and were like, “Hey, we’d like you to come down here and teach,” and they said they just had to get the money together, and eight weeks ago they contacted me and were like, “Hey, if you still want to do it, we want you to teach, work with the artists, arrange a show,” and I was like, “cool.” The teaching aspect was going to middle school and teaching about the aspects of hip-hop. Then I worked with 10 of the top Gambian artists there to create new music. And the show actually ended up being 18

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real dope because they ended up linking with a third party corporation, Africell. It ended up I was the feature and there were 6,000 to 7,000 people there. It was crazy, and there were billboards in the street and everything like that. It was way more than what I expected. It went from teaching to this huge concert. Did you teach the kids? In terms of teaching, each class was two to three hours. I taught them the four elements of hip-hop. Because all they know there is Drake, Lil Wayne and Kanye. They don’t even know any of the aspects besides MCing and DJing. I also went down with a producer named Ferocious. So he went on the production team to talk a lot about the DJing aspect. We made it really interactive. We made them choose hip-hop names to represent themselves and made them write a rap. We taught them the premises of production work. We spoke on the three main factors you can take from the culture of hip-hop and use in your everyday life — creativity, discipline and communication.

How was the concert? The concert was great. When we got there, we had a huge press conference. It was a huge stage, two big video monitors on the side. Also, the Gambian artists each had 10-minute slots and I had a 45-minute slot, but because I know so much stuff works off of familiarity, I integrated them in my show, so actually it wasn’t just me. In all my songs I would replace one of my verses and have them come out. So I had about 15 special artists come out. So if I had a hook that was like a singing hook, I would have one of them come out and sing in their native tongue of Wolof/Mandinka, so it was pretty much an integration of their style and mine. And actually in the middle — they said they were beat boys, but they acted almost more like street performers. They were on stage flipping off of each other’s shoulders and spinning on their heads and throwing each other around. It was real cool. What were some of your most memorable experiences from the trip? There are three of them. The show

was on Saturday, and we flew out Tuesday night and we had one more class to teach on Tuesday, and so it was a class on the outskirts of Banjul, so it was definitely more impoverished, and it was all female. And we were tired. So it was one of those things where it was like, we’ll finish it up, but we were definitely tired. We weren’t as amped as we were for other stuff. So we got to the school and did our talk. It went really well and the students, you could tell they were way more disciplined and attentive than the other students. One of their traditions is to have one of their students come up and give appreciation. So they chose four students. And one came up and was real meek and was stumbling over her words and the teacher was like, “Since you don’t want to come out of your shell, say your poem.” So she said it again, and the girl transformed and started doing the Maya Angelou poem “Phenomenal Woman,” so it was like this meek, 13-yearold all of a sudden is not just acting out the words, but is believing every word of “Do my curves, my hips intimidate you,” and all that stuff. And so one, it was just impactful because, after she finished, she was a different person, she was confident, she was speaking articulately. When we had them all do raps, we helped her believe from our story that you can accomplish anything. She really was encouraged by our coming there. So kind of just to put it in perspective, from one, with this being done in this school that’s in no-man’s-land, with the teacher out there and the confidence that she’s given these girls that are like the bottom of the bottom of the totem pole. And the aspect that you take for granted is how far a three-hour lesson or conversation can go. Because she was inspired, she talked about what she was going to do, and it was just humbling. You realize how small, yet how large of an impact you make. So, that was actually number one. The second one was just the show in general, but even more specifically we worked with a live band up there called Humanity Stars, which was a band from Banjul. We worked with them and made up an original song. It was their traditional music, and I did a rap over it. And so because it was the traditional music and it was a real catchy hook, by the end of the show everybody was singing along, and so it was like the whole crowd was singing and chanting with us. That was definitely number two. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32


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Your favorite Little Rock chefs have put together a variety of specials for the month of August that are great values on the city’s most delicious dining.

Arkansas Burger Co 7410 Cantrell Road 501.663.0600 www.facebook.com/ ArkansasBurgerCompany $1 Off Any Lunch Or Dinner Platter

Cafe Bossa Nova  2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501.614.6682 www.cafebossanova.com $1 Off Fejoida on Saturdays 20% Off Bottles of Wine (Lunch and Dinner)

Copper Grill 300 E 3rd St., Suite 101 501.375.3333 www.coppergrillandgrocery.com $12 Prix Fixe 3 Course Lunch Menu $30 Prix Fixe 3 Course Dinner Menu 

B-Side 11121 N. Rodney Parham 501.716.2700 A Full Order Of Beignets For The Price Of A Half Order

Cajun’s Wharf 2400 Cantrell Road 501.375.5351 www.cajunswharf.com $30 Prix Fixe 3 Course Dinner Menu

Big Orange 17809 Chenal Parkway 501.821.1515 www.facebook.com/bigorangeburger Good Morning Vietnam Burger:  Shaved Cucumber, Pepper Salad, Cilantro, Mint, Fresh Jalapeno, and Hoisin Sauce. Deliciously spicy, sweet and tangy! $10

Camp David I-30 & 6th St 501.975.CAMP(2267) Inside Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center $1 Off Dinner Entrée

Curry in a Hurry 11121 North Rodney Parham Road 501.224.4567 www.curryinahurryar.com Monday - Free Appetizer with purchase of two entrees Wednesday - 1/2 off bottles of Wine Thursday - $5 Off when you spend $25 or more. Friday - Free dessert with purchase of anything. Try our weekly Lunch Buffet at $7.95 or our Sunday Dinner Buffet at $10.95 $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon

Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill 225 East Markham Street 501.324.2449 www.bigwhiskeys.com Half Price Appetizer With The Purchase Of An Entrée Black Angus 10907 North Rodney Parham Road 501.228.7800 www.blackanguscafe.com Two hamburger steak dinners for $12.50. Bray Gourmet Deli and Catering 323 Center Street 501.353.1045 www.braygourmet.com Bray’s Smoked Turkey Spread: Your choice of original, Cajun, jalapeno or dill spread. Served with lettuce and tomato on choice of sourdough, marble rye, white or wheat $5.29. Bumpy’s Texmex Grill & Cantina 400 N Bowman Rd, Ste. A28 501.379.8327 www.bumpysmexican.com Free Appetizer With Purchase Of 2 Entrees Lunch And Dinner Butcher Shop 10825 Hermitage Road 501.312.2748 www.thebutchershoplittlerock.com Half Price Drinks And Appetizers In The Bar

Capers 14502 Cantrell Road 501.868.7600 www.capersrestaurant.com $30 Prix Fixe 3 Course Dinner Menu  Casa Mañana 6820 Cantrell Road 501.280.9888 www.casamananamexicanfood.com Get a free small Cheese Dip when you spend $15 or more at Casa Mañana Chip’s 9801 West Markham Street 501.225.4346 www.chips-barbecue.com Free piece of Pie with purchase of dinner or platter from 4:30-8 M-Sat Ciao Baci 605 Beechwood Street 501.603.0238 www.ciaobaci.org 20% off all bottles of wine  Community Bakery 1200 Main Street 501.375.6418 www.communitybakery.com Iced Coffee, Iced Latte, Espresso Frappe, Espresso Milkshake, Fruit Smoothie. Present ad for $1 OFF.

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro 200 River Market Avenue # 150 501.375.3500 www.dizzysgypsybistro.net Half Price Cheese Dip and All Other Appetizers $1 Off Adult Beverages, Tea and Soda Doe’s Eat Place 1023 West Markham Street 501.376.1195 www.doeseatplace.com Feed 2 on a 2 lb. T-Bone with all the trimmings, only $33 Dugan’s Pub 401 East 3rd Street 501.244.0542 www.duganspublr.com $8.95 Fish And Chips Far East Asian Cuisine & Bar Pleasant Ridge West Shopping Center 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road, Suite 100 501.219.9399 www.fareastasiancuisine.com Free Eggroll With Dinner Entrée Forbidden Garden 14810 Cantrell Road 501.868.8149 www.facebook.com/ForbiddenGardenAR $1 Off glass of wine

Graffiti’s Italian Restaurant 7811 Cantrell Road #6 501.224.9079 www.littlerockgraffitis.net Summer salad special with feta and spiced pecans featuring citrus vinaigrette $11.50. With chicken, salmon, or shrimp for $18.50 or beef for $26.50. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria 313 President Clinton Ave. 501.374.1441 www.gusanospizza.com $7.49 Lunch Special - 8” One Topping Pizza, Side Salad and Soft Drink. Happy Hour 4-7pm - Half off appetizers, $1 off all draft beers, $2 well drinks, $2 domestic bottles. Hillcrest Artisan Meats 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501.671.6328 (MEAT) www.facebook.com/HillcrestArtisanMeats “Olli-Day” Every Friday. Olli Salami Out Of Virginia, 20% Off. Also Featuring Daily Sandwich And Soup Specials. The Hop 201 E. Markham 501.224.0975 $1 Off Cheeseburger Combo Meal Iriana’s Pizza 201 E. Markham 501.374.3656 www.irianaspizza.com 15% Off Any Whole Pizza Layla’s Gyros And Pizzeria 9501 N. Rodney Parham • 501.227.7272 8201 Ranch Blvd. • 501.868.8226 www.laylasgyro.com Gyro Sandwich, Fries & Drink $6.65 Lilly’s Dim Sum And Then Some 11121 N. Rodney Parham 501.716.2700 www.lillysdimsum.com All You Can Eat Dim Sum Made To Order And $3 Microbrew Specials On Saturdays From 12-4. Sunday 50% Off Every Bottle Of Wine All Day. $5 Glass Of Wine On Tuesdays And Wednesdays.


Be sure to ask your server about Little Rock Restaurant Month Specials! Loblolly Creamery 1423 Main Street (Inside Green Corner Store) 501.396.9609 www.loblollycreamery.com Beat The August Heat With $1 Off Anything At The Soda Fountain Loca Luna 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. 501.663.4666 www.localuna.com Monday: Surf or Turf 7 oz. Angus Filet or Sea Bass Filet with Sides $16.95 Tuesday: Large Pizza $9 & $2 Draft Beer Wednesday: Lady’s Night Happy Hour $2 Domestic Bottle Beer, $4 House Wine, Margaritas & Cosmos Thursday: Guy’s Happy Hour $2 Domestic Bottle Beer, $4 House Wine, Margaritas & Cosmos Sundays: Kid’s 12 and under Eat Free From Kids menu with adult entrée order. Loganberry Frozen Yogurt 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. 501.868.8194 www.facebook.com/ LoganberryFrozenYogurt 10% Off All Yogurt Sales Markham Street Grill & Pub 11321 W Markham St # 6 501.224.2010 www.markhamst.com Serving Brunch Saturday And Sunday 11-3. Featuring A Bloody Mary Bar And $1.50 Mimosas. Mexico Chiquito 13924 Cantrell Rd. 501.217.0700 www.mexicochiquito.net From $2 off to buy one get one free deals - Text 90210 For Daily Discounts & New Menu Items Mexico Chiquito Mex-To-Go 11406 W. Markham www.mexicochiquito.net Cheese Dip And Salsa With Chips, Entreé And Soft Drink $5.29 (Punch Extra) NYPD Pizza 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. 501.868.3911 www.facebook.com/NYPDPizzaLittleRock Yonker Sticks – Free With Purchase Of Two

Entrees. Our Yonker Sticks Are Made Fresh Daily With A Mixture Of Garlic, Herbs, And Mozzarella Cheese. Dipped In Homemade Marinara. The Oyster Bar 3003 W. Markham 501.666.7100 www.LRoysterbar.com $2 Off Lb Of Shrimp $1 Off Half Lb Of Shrimp The Pantry 11401 Rodney Parham 501.353.1875 www.littlerockpantry.com Dinner Only - Spend $25 before tax and gratuity per person and receive a $10 gift certificate valid on the next visit. Pizza Café 1517 Rebsamen Park 501.664.6133 www.pizzacafe.wetpaint.com $1 Off Pizzas Anytime Rocket Twenty One Restaurant 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., Hillcrest (501) 603-9208 www.twentyonerestaurant.com Steak & Mushroom Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette on Mixed Greens $8.90 Lunch M-F 11-2; Dinner M-Sat 5-10; Live Music Fri-Sat 10-1am Red Door 3701 Old Cantrell Rd. 501.666.8482 www.reddoorrestaurant.net Monday: All Bottles of Wine under $28 are Half OFF Tuesday: All appetizers are Half price Wednesday: Steak Night 7 oz. Angus Filet with Sides $16.95 Thursday: Ladies Happy Hour $2 Domestic Bottle Beer, $4 House Wine, Margaritas & Cosmos Redbones Downtown 300 President Clinton Ave. 501.372.2211 www.facebook.com/Redbones-Downtown $1 Off Hurricanes. $1 Off Po Boys

The Root Café 1500 S. Main 501.414.0423 www.therootcafe.com Free Chocolate Chip Cookie With Lunch Purchase Rosalia’s Family Bakery 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501.319.7035 www.facebook.com/RosaliasFamilyBakery 1/2 off on Specialty Coffee Drinks Salut Bistro 1501 N. University Ave., Suite 160 501.660.4200 www.salut-bistro.com $39 Prix Fixe 3 Course Meal for 2 people from The Classic Italian Menu. Sharing an Appetizer and Dessert Sky Modern Japanese 11525 Cantrell Rd. • Pleasant Ridge Town Center 501.224.4300 www.skylittlerock.com Happy Hour Sunday-Wednesday 5-7pm and Thursday-Saturday 9pm-Close. Every Second Drink Is $1. Ladies Night On Thursday. SO Restaurant-Bar 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501.663.1464 www.sorestaurantbar.com 3 course prix fixe menu $40

Terry’s Restaurant 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501.663.4154 www.facebook.com/ Terrysfinerfoodstherestaurant Half Priced Lunch Tartines (Open Faced Sandwiches On Imported Poilane Bread With Small Green Salad) Trio’s 8201 Cantrell Rd. 501.221.3330 www.triosrestaurant.com Dog Days Of Summer - Bring your doggie to dine with you on our patio after 5:30 and receive a goody bag filled with canine treats from Hollywood Feeds.* Lunch Deal - Peck’s Special Salad or Trio’s Chicken Salad, beverage, dessert $15 plus tax.* Dinner Deal - Old School Favorites: your choice of appetizer, soup or salad, Chicken Enchiladas, Shrimp Enchiladas, Voodoo Pasta or Thai Shrimp Curry, beverage and dessert  $26 plus tax ...celebrating our 26th anniversary this month!*  *Specials good thru August 31.  Dinein only, no carry out and the customer must ask for the Restaurant Month special. Union Bistro 3421 Old Cantrell Rd. 501.353.0360 www.unionbistrolittlerock.com $35 Dinner For Two – includes choice of one small plate, two Entrees and a dessert.

Sonny Williams’ Steak Room 500 President Clinton Ave. 501.324.2999 www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com 25% off all Premier Auction wines.

West End Smokehouse & Tavern 215 North Shackleford Road 501.224.7665 www.westendsmokehouse.net Free hour of Billiards with lunch or dinner purchase.

Star Of India 301 N. Shackleford Rd. 501.716.2700 www.lrstarofindia.com 15% Off Dinner Entree 

WT Bubba’s 500 President Clinton Ave. 501.224.2277 www.wtbubbas.com Free Appetizer With Minimum $10 Purchase

Sushi Café 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501.663.9888 www.sushicaferocks.com Sunday-Thursday: Chef’s Special, 2 For $50

YaYas EuroBistro 17711 Chenal Parkway 501.821.1144 www.yayasar.com Select Appetizers: 2 For 1 From 3-5:30 PM


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THURSDAY 8/2

MALCOLM HOLCOMBE

9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $7.

FOR THE LOVE OF ART: Will Downing plays the final night of Art Porter Music Education festival on Saturday at Clear Channel Metroplex.

WEDNESDAY 8/1

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Various times and venues. $20-$50.

Art Porter Music Education Inc. was created to continue the legacy of the late Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr. The nonprofit offers scholarships to promising young Arkansas musicians. The elder Porter was a teacher and notable player in the Little Rock scene. The younger Porter grew up playing music and was in his father’s band for years before striking out on a success-

ful solo career, including several albums on PolyGram and Verve Records. His life and music career were tragically cut short in 1996, when he was killed in a boating accident in Thailand. This week-long festival, which got started Monday, is in its second year. It’s the primary fundraiser for the APME and includes concerts at several venues. On Wednesday, Sway hosts shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with Little Rock born bassist James Leary, who played with Porter Sr. as well as numerous jazz legends

such as Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pharaoh Sanders and many others. On Thursday, the Porter Players are at The Afterthought for a free jam session starting at 8 p.m. Pianist Alex Bugnon, who played the festival last year, is at Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $25. And on Saturday, the festivities wrap up with a big show at Clear Channel Metroplex, featuring jazz and R&B vocalist Will Downing, The Fingerprints Band and Lex Porter, the grandson of Porter Sr. and the nephew of Porter Jr.

I’m pretty sure that the Times has written a preview of every show that Malcolm Holcombe has played in Little Rock. We might have missed one somewhere along the line, but I doubt it. So by now, regular readers ought to be familiar with the North Carolina native. But there’s always a straggler here and there, and those poor souls don’t deserve to be left out. So to recap: Malcolm Holcombe is a helluva songwriter, as gifted with the haunting dirge as he is with the quiet folk meditation. As a guit-box picker, he’s fleet-fingered as they come, and he has this unconventional approach to the instrument — namely, he smacks it like a drum and every so often he’ll pluck one of the high strings so hard it sounds like a ricochet in an old Western movie. He’s a rascally teller of stories that don’t add up on the front side, but instead sneak in the back and drop a cherry bomb down the kitchen sink while you’re still on the front porch trying to figure out what the hell. He has a gravelly growl, enough make even the meanest and most unscrupulous of tow-truck drivers apologize and then let down their rig, backpedaling the whole time — “Sorry man, sorry, my mistake.” Holcombe’s latest record, “Down the River,” is great. It’s got guest vocal spots from Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle and has some other big-deal musicians playing on it too, and as usual, the songwriting quality is high. But as good as his recordings are, seeing Holcombe play live is an experience on another level. He can create a vibe in the room like very few other performers I’ve ever seen.

FRIDAY 8/3

BATTERY — MASTERS OF METALLICA

9 p.m. Revolution. $8 adv., $10 day of.

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ka-chunked it into the tape deck of my cheap Sanyo boom box, and what came out of the speakers a few seconds later would forever warp my mind and my sensibilities and my view of the world and of politics and most especially of music and what it could be. But on their breakthrough 1991 self-titled album,

Metallica went soft. I felt heartbroken and betrayed and tried in vain to like the album, but to no avail. But still, the first four Metallica albums are, to my mind, four of the greatest albums of all time. I never got to see Metallica during their heyday, though some friends swear that they still kill live. I don’t know, maybe a

tribute band is as close to the real Metallica experience as one can get. This one, called Battery after the classic “Master of Puppets” track, has opened for the actual Metallica. They played Metallica songs and Metallica played the cover songs they’d recorded for their “Garage Inc.” album. This show is 18-and-older.


IN BRIEF

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If you’ve got an itching for some funky, swampy blues rock, J.J. Grey & Mofro should be able to take care of that for you. The Florida native plays Neumeier’s Rib Room in Fort Smith, with opener Van Ghost, 8 p.m., $15. For something a bit more on the jazz side, Handmade Moments plays Cajun’s Wharf, $5 after 8:30 p.m. Movies in the Park screens “Annie,” Riverfest Amphitheatre, sundown, free.

FRIDAY 8/3

SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER

9 p.m. Juanita’s. $20.

Pop fans will likely remember Sixpence None the Richer from the CCM group’s huge hit “Kiss Me,” which I thought was a Cardigans song for the longest time. In 1999, the band had a hit with a cover of The La’s “There She Goes,” which put a contemporary sheen on the original’s vintage production and Byrdsy jangle. In 2003, Sixpence struck adult contemporary gold again with a cover of the Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” The core duo of Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum broke up in 2004, but reunited a few years later. “Lost in Transition,” the band’s sixth studio album, is due out next week. The opening bands are Sleeperstar and Satellite.

THURSDAY 8/2

THERE THEY GO: Sixpence None the Richer plays at Juanita’s Friday night.

FRIDAY 8/3

FRIDAY 8/3

GLITCHCON 2012

11:30 a.m. Bentonville Doubletree Guest Suites. $20-$45.

Do you need approximately 56 to 72 hours of LARP, CCG, cosplay, steampunk, sci-fi, anime, video games and more? Then you’d best get yourself and all your assorted gear up to Bentonville this weekend for GlitchCon 2012: The Last Con on Alderaan. This fan convention is a three-day celebration of all those aforementioned things (Alderaan is the planet that Princess Leia hails from, non-geeks). In addition to all the gaming and the cos-

Chef Lee Richardson presents “Breaking the Chain: Finding and Defining America’s Food Culture in The Natural State,” Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m., free. Get a jolt of healthy, revitalizing rock, with Laundry for the Apocalypse and Booyah! Dad, The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. San Antonio’s excellent indie pop trio Girl in a Coma is back in Hot Springs, for a show at Maxine’s with Black Box Revelation, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. The Last Band Standing battle of the bands continues at Revolution, with God City Destroyers, Atma, Dirty Finger and After the Fifth, 9 p.m., free over 21, $5 under 21.

tume contest, there will be guest speakers. One of the guest speakers is Charles Martinet, an actor and public speaker who has also done voiceover work for numerous video games, including the voices of Mario, Wario, Luigi and Donkey Kong for the Nintendo 64. I would estimate that I’ve heard Martinet’s voice saying, “Hey, it’s me, Mario on Nintendo 64!” at least 40 hundred million times. It was during a brief, nearly life-ruining stint working the overnight shift at Toys ’R’ Us. There was a Nintendo 64 display unit that repeated this phrase

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THE WICKED GOOD

over and over at top volume all night as we restocked the shelves. Nobody could figure out how to turn the damn thing off or even how to lower the volume, and to this day, the haunting refrain echoes in my mind’s ear. I can hear it even now … Anyways, other guests include HALO voice talent Steve Downes, sci-fi and YA authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta and many more. There’ll be music from DJs Azrael and Infam0us and most importantly, plenty of chances for hot nerd-on-nerd action at the sure-to-be raging afterparties.

SATURDAY 8/4

MC CHRIS

10 p.m. White Water Tavern.

9 p.m. Juanita’s. $13 adv., $15 door.

OK ya’ll, this right here is a good ol’ fashioned rock show, the kind that people will tell stories about in years to come, the kind that’ll make your ears ring and your liver cry out for mercy (maybe), the kind that’ll result in legendary bar tabs. The Wicked Good, as you’re no doubt already aware, is one of the state’s finest rock ’n’ roll organizations. You might not know that this will be the band’s final performance with singer and guitarist David Slade. So to ensure a proper send-off, this show promises to be an extra hard-rocking affair. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Also performing will be the bruising and contusing Jab Jab Suckerpunch and the awesomely named Peckerwolf.

So I suppose I have to mention the whole imbroglio that erupted a couple of weeks back around writer, voice actor and nerdcore practitioner MC Chris. Basically, a fan at one of his shows in Philadelphia tweeted that he didn’t like opening act Richie Branson and then MC Chris got mad about that tweet and he called the dude out by name and kicked him out of the show, and then a ton of angry Internet users used the Internet to attack him for kicking the dude out, and then he used the Internet to issue a tearful apology and then all these other people used the Internet to be mean to him and make fun of his tearful apology. I guess it was a fairly big deal for a second, but anyways, moving on, MC Chris is on a tour right now with sci fi- and video game-themed metal band Powerglove and rapper Richie Branson.

Laman Library kicks off Lamanpalooza, its annual end-of-summer bash featuring food, games, giveaways (including an iPad 2 and Xbox360 Kinect) and live music from Marshall Mitchell and The Rockets, 5-8:30 p.m., free. Salsa dancers take note, because Calle Soul: Salsa de Verdad returns to Browning’s Mexican Food, 10 p.m., $10. The Arkansas Travelers kick off a four-game series against their in-state rivals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dickey-Stephens Park, $6-$12.

SATURDAY 8/4

Guns — Justin Moore loves them and sings songs about how much he loves them. The Poyen native and rising Nashville star plays Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters play the final post-game concert of the year at Dickey-Stephens Park, starting at the Hook Slide Corner, after the 7:10 p.m. Travelers game, $6-$12. Earl & Them, featuring Earl Cate, and Audrey Dean Kelley play at Cajun’s Wharf. Kelley’s set starts at 5 p.m. and Earl & Them start at 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Synthpunk trio Color Club plays White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. The Brick Fields Band brings its funky Eureka Springs party music to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. www.arktimes.com

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1

MUSIC

Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Handmade Moments. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 cover charge after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. JJ Grey & Mofro, Van Ghost. Neumeier’s Rib Room, 8 p.m., $15 + tax. 817 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith. 479-494-7427. www.RibRoom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Kat & Chuck. Thirst n’ Howl. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. ferneaurestaurant.com. Stuart Thomas, Jeff Betnar. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. The Woodies. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. A Work of Art — A Jazz Reunion. Sway, $20$40. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582.

COMEDY

The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Todd Yohn. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; Aug. 3, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

DANCE

On Friday, Conway’s Don’t Stop Please plays an 18-and-older album release show for “Crowded Car,” its latest EP of eclectic indie folk, with Fayetteville’s The 1 Oz. Jig, Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. Main Library, noon, free. 100 S. Rock St. www. cals.lib.ar.us.

FILM

Movies in the Park: “Annie.” Film begins at sundown. Riverfest Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., free. 400 President Clinton Ave.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m.. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.

CAMPS

Kids Cook! and Create!. Camps promoting learning through the arts for students ages 6-12. Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, through Aug. 3, 9 a.m. 20919 Denny Road. Museum of Discovery Summer Camps. Rocket Science, Your Evil Genius, Amazing Bugs, Tinkering Academy, all 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for ages 4 to 13. Prices vary; register at 501-5373073. Museum of Discovery. 500 Clinton Ave. 396-7050, 1-800-880-6475. www.amod.org. Watercolor like Stained Glass. Ages 16 and up. Walton Arts Center, through Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479443-5600.

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MUSIC

“After 7.” Includes open mic performances, live band, drink specials and more. Porter’s Jazz Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-324-1900. www. portersjazzcafe.com. Alize (headliner), Dillan Cate (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. Dogtown Thursday Open Mic Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. EletroniQ. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Fire & Brimstone Duo. Browning’s Mexican Food, 6-9 p.m. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6639956. www.browningsmexicangrill.com. Girl in a Coma, Black Box Revelation. 21-andolder. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub. com. God City, Destroyers, Atma, Dirty Finger, After the Fifth. Revolution, 9 p.m., free over 21, $5 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. revroom.com. Goodnight Neverland, Framing the Red, Freakinyeah. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St.

501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Harper. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www. markhamst.com. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Karaoke Thursday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Thursday of every month, free before 9 p.m., $5 after 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. Laundry for the Apocalypse, Booyah, Dad!. 21-and-older. The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Lyle Dudley. 18-and-older. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www. thirst-n-howl.com. Malcolm Holcombe. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Rockusaurus. Senor Tequila, 7 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Trey Johnson. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Vex. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $6. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Wagner & Tomas. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. A Work of Art — Porter Players Jam Session. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.

COMEDY

Todd Yohn. The Loony Bin, Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; Aug. 3, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Hillcrest Shop & Sip. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, first Thursday of every month, 5-10 p.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. www.hillcrestmerchants.com. Lee Richardson. Chef Richardson presents “Breaking the Chain: Finding and Defining America’s Food Culture in The Natural State.” Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. clintonschool.uasys.edu.

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.

SPORTS

EVENTS

BOOKS

Arkansas Foodbank Summer Feeding Sites. Two meals a day served at the Billy Mitchell Boys and Girls Club, Thrasher Boys and Girls Club, Penick Boys and Girls Club and Dalton Whetstone Boys and Girls Club in Central Arkansas, and the Boys and Girls Club in Benton in Saline County. Arkansas Foodbank, through Aug. 20: 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., free. 4301 W. 65th St. 501-565-8121. www.arkansasfoodbank.org. Legacies & Lunch: “Invation or Liberation? The Civil War in Arkansas.” Bring a sack

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Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com.

John T. Evans. The author of “Kidnapped: A True Story of an American Family Held Hostage by the U.S. Embassy” will sign copies of his book. Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar, 6 p.m. 300 River Market Ave. 501-246-4876. www.kidnappedfamily.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3

MUSIC

30-Something Party Fridays. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Friday of every month, free before


10 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501301-1200. Amore, The Sinners. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Battery — Masters of Metallica. 18-andolder. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. Blaqq Out Entertainment Birthday Bash. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Bluesboy Jag and His Cigar Box Guitars. Dogtown Coffee and Cookery, 6 p.m., free. 6725 John F. Kennedy Blvd., NLR. 501-833-3850. www.facebook.com/pages/Dogtown-Coffeeand-Cookery. Calle Soul: Salsa de Verdad. Browning’s Mexican Food, 10 p.m., $10. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501663-9956. www.browningsmexicangrill.com. Deviator. Soundstage, 8 p.m., $7. 1008 Oak St., Conway. DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Don’t Stop Please (album release), 1 Oz. Jig. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. www.stickyz.com. Earl & Them, Evan & The Naturals. George’s Majestic Lounge, 6 and 7 p.m. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. “The Flow Fridays.” Twelve Modern Lounge, 8 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. 501-301-1200. FreeVerse Duo. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Gary Hutchins Trio. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Hi-Balls. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Marshall Mitchell. Laman Library, 5:30 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www. lamanlibrary.org. Mike Headtrip. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Moonshine Mafia. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. The Rockets. Laman Library, 7 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.lamanlibrary.org. Sixpence None The Richer, Sleeperstar, Satellite. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Trustees. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. www.markhamst.com. Wicked Good, Peckerwolf. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. A Work of Art — Keys on the River with Alex Bugnon. Cajun’s Wharf, $25 G.A., $40 VIP. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. cajunswharf.com. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. flyingdd.com.

COMEDY

The Main Thing. Sketch comedy show. The

Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Todd Yohn. The Loony Bin, Aug. 3, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. loonybincomedy.com.

EVENTS

Arkansas Foodbank Summer Feeding Sites. See Aug. 1. Food Truck Fridays. Three food trucks on the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue. Main Street, Little Rock, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Main St. 501-375-0121. GlitchCon 2012: The Last Con on Alderaan!. A fandom oriented convention focusing on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, and Anime. Double Tree, Aug. 3-5. 301 SE Walton Blvd., Bentonville. 479-845-7770. Lamanpalooza. An end-of-summer bash. Laman Library, 5 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-7581720. www.lamanlibrary.org. 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. Lunch & Learn: Little Rock Recycles. Learn about the city’s new single-stream recycling program. Bring a lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. River Market Books & Gifts, 12 p.m. 120 Commerce St. 501-918-3093. Sandwiching in History: Gus Blass Wholesale Co. Building. Gus Blass Building, 12 p.m. 315 S. Main St. Zoo Story Time. Little Rock Zoo, through Aug. 31: 10 a.m. 1 Jonesboro Dr. 501-666-2406. www. littlerockzoo.com.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, Aug. 3, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 4, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 5, 6 p.m. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

MUSIC

The Ariels Band. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Brick Fields Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Color Club. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Earl & Them (headliner), Audrey Dean Kelley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Gil Franklin. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Gorilla Music — Finals. Downtown Music Hall, 3 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Gum Springs Southern Soul Festival. Featuring Calvin Richardson, Ramona Smith, Big John Miller Band, The Hall Brothers Band, The On Call Band and more. Richard L. Bryant Family Park, $15. 326 Hillcrest St., Gum Springs. 214476-2231. Jam Rock Saturday. Twelve Modern Lounge, first Saturday of every month, 9 p.m. 1900 W.

Third St. 501-301-1200. Jason Burnett. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. thetavernsportsgrill.com. Jeff Ivy. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m., $10. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Justin Moore. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. “KISS Saturdays” with DJs Deja Blu, Greyhound and Silky Slim. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. MC Chris, Powerglove, Richie Branson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 at door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Mike Snider. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $20. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. 870269-3851. 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 at the Library. Every Saturday through Aug. 25. Faulkner County Library, free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. fcl.org. Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www. latenightdisco.com. Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Tuxedo Flamethrowers. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters. Performance after the 7:10 p.m. Arkansas Travelers game. Dickey-Stephens Park, $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501664-1555. www.travs.com. The Woodsies. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. A Work of Art — FingerPrints Band, Lex Porter, Will Downing. Metroplex Event Center, $35 G.A., $50 VIP. 2305 S. 8th St., Rogers. 479636-5333. www.metroplexeventcenter.com.

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The Main Thing. Sketch comedy show. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Todd Yohn. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. www.loonybincomedy.com.

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EVENTS

Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Street, NLR. Bright Ideas “Back to School Bash.” Bright Ideas Enrichment Center, 10 a.m., $1. 6 Otter Creek Court. ottercreek@brightideasco.net. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. GlitchCon 2012: The Last Con on Alderaan!. See Aug. 3. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 27: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. rivermarket.info. NPC Arkansas State Championships Prejudging. Championships at 7 p.m. Robinson Center, 11 a.m. 426 W. Markham St. 501-3764781. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/robinson/. Super Summer Saturdays. Free family event celebrating baseball. Clinton Presidential Center, through Aug. 11: 10 a.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.

SPORTS

Arkansas Travelers vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Dickey-Stephens Park, Aug. 4, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 5, 6 p.m. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. Soul Spirit Zumba with Ashan. Soul Spirit Zumba fuses Latin rhythms with soulful inspirational music. Canvas Community Art Gallery, 9:30-10:30 a.m., $5. 1111 W. 7th St. 501-4140368.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

MUSIC

Benefit Concert for Tyler Tradewell. Performances by Asteios, Ashes of Augustine, The Tristan Betrayal and Mary Bells Day of Doom Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501246-4340. www.hiberniairishtavern.com. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 . Summer Concert Series: The Toneadoes. Faulkner County Library, 2 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.fcl.org. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.

EVENTS

Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market. The Bernice Garden, through Oct. 14: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. 501-617-2511. www.thebernicegarden.org. GlitchCon 2012: The Last Con on Alderaan!. See Aug. 3. “Live from the Back Room.” Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com.

SPORTS

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MONDAY, AUGUST 6

MUSIC

501 Kids Summer Showcase featuring Renee’. Performances by Yong Blaze, Charles Johnson, Antonio Childress, PVC and Bad Girlz Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom.com. 7th Street Peep Show. Featuring three or four bands per night. Bands sign up at 6:30 p.m. and play 35-minute sets (including setup) on a first come, first served basis. House band is The Sinners. Solo artists, DJs and all other performers welcome. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $1. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Jazz@Afterthought featuring Kaleb Greene. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl.com. Reggae Nites. Featuring DJ Hy-C playing roots, reggae and dancehall. Pleazures Martini and Grill Lounge, 6 p.m., $7-$10. 1318 Main St. 501-376-7777. www.facebook.com/pleazures. bargrill. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Touch, Grateful Dead Tribute. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyz.com.

EVENTS

Arkansas Foodbank Summer Feeding Sites. See Aug. 1.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7

MUSIC

Booyah! Dad, Tiger High. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.whitewatertavern.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www.maxinespub.com. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jeff Long. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-3151717. Ken Goodman. Woodlands Auditorium, 7 p.m., $10. 1101 De Soto Blvd., Hot Springs Village. 501-922-4231. www.hsvwoodlands.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. www.copelandsofneworleans.com. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. ferneaurestaurant.com. Top of the Rock Chorus rehearsal. Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church, 7-10 p.m. 7351 Warden Road, Sherwood. 501-231-1119. www. topoftherockchorus.org. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Tuesday Night Jazz/Blues Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com.


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A tribute to whom? Sculpture in Riverfront Park misses mark. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK

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hy can’t Little Rock install a sculpture that, either in execution and subject or both, springs from an artist we call one of our own? Riverfront Park, the airport, War Memorial Stadium, the Old Statehouse, the Convention Center are replete with sculpture by Western artists who have in common their affiliation with a Loveland, Colo., gallery and guild. The latest example: The “Native Knowledge” sculpture installed at La Petite Roche plaza at the Junction Bridge, near what’s left of the Little Rock. Donated to the city by the “Sculpture at the River Market” non-profit, which has set itself up as the arbiter of public art in Little Rock, Denny Haskew’s sculpture features three Indian faces emerging

from stone slabs, each with a title: “Give of Yourself,” “Respect all that is Natural,” and “Observe Nature.” A press release announcing the sculpture’s installation in June said the sculpture was “a tribute to the Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw Native American Cultures of Arkansas.” That’s funny, because the same sculpture was previously dedicated to the elders of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, a California tribe, when it was installed in front of the Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego. I don’t know who it was dedicated to in Durango, Colo., where it stands at the entrance to the Fort Lewis College (and is named “The Greeters”) — the Southern Ute, maybe? — or at the Marianne Butte Golf Course in Loveland. (An eagle theme would have been a good idea for a golf course, it

seems to me.) There are engravings on the backs of the stone said to symbolize the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw. The reliefs couldn’t have been done in consultation with the tribes: The chief, who has what I guess is a Caddoan design on his back, is wearing a Plains Indian feather headdress. Wrong headgear. (Wonder what the Barona wore, now that I think of it?) Haskew is Potawatomi, which shouldn’t exclude him from crafting art about other tribes or indeed anything at all, but didn’t it bother him to say these sculptures were erected in tribute to Arkansas’s tribes? (He did consult with a couple of tribes on the symbols carved on the back of the reliefs, according to records at the Parks and Recreation Department.) So, again, I ask. Is there no Arkansas sculptor or Caddo, Quapaw or Osage sculptor, or even a Tunican (depending on which archeologist you side with) who could have created a sculpture with an Arkansas identity here? For $50,000, a price quoted for the piece in one article, seems like you could have found someone.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Wraith, This Chaos Inside, Silence The Messenger, Wretched. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownmusichall.com.

DANCE

“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090. www.revroom.com.

EVENTS

Arkansas Foodbank Summer Feeding Sites. See Aug. 1. Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 27: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-375-2552. rivermarket.info. Tales from the South. Authors tell true sto-

ries; 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.starvingartistcafe.net. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock.

FILM

Vino’s Picture Show: “Invasion USA.” Vino’s, 7 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. vinosbrewpub.com.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER

“The Full Monty.” A group of unemployed

steelworkers find an unconventional way to make some money, revitalizing their selfesteem in the process. This musical is based on the hit British film of the same name. The Weekend Theater, through Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., $16-$20. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www. weekendtheater.org. “Little Rock and a Hard Place.” The Main Thing theater presents its play about a man who dies in a car accident and is sent to Little Rock by St. Peter to earn his wings by helping the city. The Joint, through Aug. 31: Fri., Sat., 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. thejointinlittlerock.com. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Lantern Theatre, Thu., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 3, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 4, 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 5, 2 p.m., $6. 1021 Van

Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. www.conwayarts.org/index.html. “The Sound of Music.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical is the story of the Von Trapp family and how their governess, Maria, brings music, hope and prayer into their lives in pre-World War II Austria. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Aug. 26: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., $15-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.

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Riverdale: 9:05 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:25, 3:35, 5:45, 8:00, 10:05. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) – Third gloomy Batman flick from director Christopher Nolan. Breckenridge: 11:10 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:10, 2:50, 3:20, 3:50, 6:30, 7:30, 8:00, 10:00. Lakewood 8: 11:00 a.m., noon, 2:30, 4:00, 6:30, 7:30, 9:55. Rave: 9:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:30, 1:25, 2:25, 3:25, 4:15, 5:10, 6:15, 7:15, 8:00, 8:45, 9:50, 10:50, 11:45. Riverdale: 9:30 a.m., 1:20, 5:35, 9:15. Dark Shadows (PG-13) – Kinda like Dracula goes to “Austin Powers,” starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, directed by Tim Burton. Nah, baby. Movies 10: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20. Darling Companion (PG-13) – Diane Keaton is unhappily married to Kevin Kline, so she adopts a stray dog but then it runs away and she has to go find it. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00. The Hunger Games (PG-13) – Teen-lit version of “The Running Man,” starring Jennifer Lawrence. Movies 10: 12:40, 3:40, 7:00, 10:00. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) – Latest iteration in the series about a crew of wacky animated animals. Breckenridge: noon, 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 9:55 (2D), 11:30 a.m., 2:00, 4:25 (3D). Lakewood 8: 11:15 a.m., 1:35, 4:05, 7:20, 9:25. Rave: 9:05 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 (2D), 10:15 a.m., 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:10 (3D). Riverdale: 9:10 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:30, 3:45, 5:55, 8:10. The Intouchables (R) – An improbable friendship blossoms between a rich disabled man and his ex-con caretaker. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. The Lorax (PG) – A 3D CGI adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:50, 4:55, 7:35, 9:45. Magic Mike (R) – Former male stripper Channing Tatum stars as a male stripper in a story inspired by Tatum’s former life as a male stripper. Rave: 8:30, 11:10. Men in Black 3 (PG-13) – This go-round, they’ve got to travel backwards in time or something. Movies 10: 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:40 (2D), 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:50 (3D). Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) – With Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Bruce Willis, from director Wes Anderson. Breckenridge: 12:05, 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40. People Like Us (PG-13) – Family drama/comedy about a twenty-something salesman who must confront a family secret after the sudden death of his father. Movies 10: 12:20, 4:15, 7:30, 10:15. Prometheus (R) – Shiny sci-fi from Ridley Scott.

Supposed to be an “Alien” prequel. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10. Safety Not Guaranteed (R) – A trio of reporters follows a strange lead on a lark, but unexpectedly uncovers a fascinating character. Market Street: 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:00. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) – Dark and foreboding Snow White reboot No. 2 for the year, this time with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Movies 10: 12:30, 4:10, 7:20, 10:05. Step Up Revolution (PG-13) – That’ll do, “Step Up” franchise, that’ll do. Breckenridge: 11:50 a.m., 4:45, 10:10 (2D), 2:15, 7:40 (3D). Lakewood 8: 11:30 a.m., 4:30, 9:50 (2D), 1:50, 7:25 (3D). Rave: 11:15 a.m., noon, 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 (2D), 9:30 a.m., 12:05, 2:45, 5:25, 8:10, 10:40 (3D). Riverdale: 9:20 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:50, 4:05, 6:25, 8:50. Ted (R) – From the mind of the inescapable Seth MacFarlane, the story of a talking teddy bear named Ted. Breckenridge: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15. Lakewood 8: 11:05 a.m., 4:15, 10:00. Rave: 11:25 a.m., 2:10, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30. Riverdale: 9:40 a.m., 12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) – Latest product churned out by the Tyler Perry machine. Rave: 10:20 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:25. Riverdale: 9:15 a.m., noon, 2:45, 5:30, 8:45. The Watch (R) – Bunch of dudes form a neighborhood watch group on account of they think there’s going to be an alien invasion, which, fortunately for the movie, there is. Breckenridge: 11:45 a.m. (open-captioned), 2:10, 4:35, 7:25, 9:50. Lakewood 8: 11:10 a.m., 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:35. Rave: 9:50 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:25, 11:15. Riverdale: 9:25 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1:55, 4:10, 6:30, 9:00. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 758-5354, www.fandango.com. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com.


MOVIE REVIEW

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f you’re male, of a certain age, and dig on sci-fi and action flicks from the golden age of big, stupid scifi and action (call it The Schwarzenvandammestallone Era), you probably have some fond memories of the 1990 version of “Total Recall,” and not just because it featured a mutant woman with three boobies. Though it was camp as only Ahnuld Schwarzenegger in his prime could deliver, complete with cheesy one liners, “Total Recall” was really ahead of its time on a deeper level, gently asking the viewer to question what is “real” in the film long before flicks like “The Matrix,” “Inception” and “Memento” took that concept fullbore. A bit of warning: It’s probably impossible to talk about the new remake of “Total Recall” without some gentle spoilers, so if you really want to see it, you’ve never seen the original, and you tend to get the red-ass if somebody breathes a word of a plot before you see a film with your own eyes, you might want to stop reading now. While there are quite a few similarities between the old and new versions of “Total Recall” (which are, in turn, loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s 1966 sci-fi short “We Can Remember For You Wholesale”), there are some striking differences, many of which actually make the new “Total” a good bit better than the original. In the new remake, Colin Farrell stars as Doug Quaid, a likeable robocop assembly line worker toiling in The United Federation of Britain after a daily commute from Australia through the center of the earth on a giant suppository/transit device called “The Fall.” In this nightmare future we’re all headed for, the depletion of resources has led to global chemical warfare, which has succeeded in destroying every habitable landmass except for Britain and Australia (sorry, Sweden!). With the world’s remaining population crammed onto these two tiny spots, the world has become divided further by the elite, wealthy ruling class in Britain — led by the devious Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad”) — and a filthy, multi-ethnic peasant class on the other side of the world in “The Colony.” To escape from the “Blade Runner”esque nightmare of living like rats in a continent-sized mega city, Colonyfolk have taken to going to a place called Rekall,

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which — for a fee — will give you pleasant memories of trips, fantasies or derring-do. Bored with his life on the assembly line Doug blows off stories that the Rekall process can give you brain damage and heads on over. There, he asks for the secret agent special. In the middle of the procedure, though, it’s revealed that he really IS a secret agent, then with the agents bursting in and then the killing and the shooting and the mayhem, oy! Or, wait ... did any of it happen at all? Is Quaid really a secret agent on the run, or is he a guy trapped inside his own fantasy? I won’t go much more into it for the sake of preserving the plot, but that’s the question the film asks, and in a lot more explicit terms than the original. Colin Farrell is good here as a thoroughly confused guy who is running flat-out for most of the film, never knowing who to trust and often forced to literally fight for his life against people he thought loved him. Cranston is suitably slimy as Cohaagen as well. The real stars of the show, however — as in any big, dumb summer movie — are the fairly spectacular action and the special effects, featuring a gritty vision of a cramped and worn-out future world, along with wonderfully claustrophobic chase scenes through tight spaces that look like Hell’s sub-basement (bonus: Little Miss Ta-TaTas makes an appearance as well. Twelveyear-olds rejoice). Too, there’s always that lingering, unsettling question that we deal with right along with Quaid: Is it live, or is it Memorex? If this were Oscar season, some might question whether the characters in “Total Recall” were people you could really care about, whether the plot really held water, whether it was much ado about nothing. But it’s not. It’s summer, and you have to grade on the summer curve. You have to ask yourself: Does it hold my interest? Does it excite from time to time? Does it entertain? Does it keep me from looking at the clock on my phone until the popcorn bucket is empty? My take is that the answer for “Total Recall” on all of the above is: yes. If you’re a hardcore fan of sci-fi and action, you could definitely do worse.

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MOVIE REVIEW

‘THE WATCH’: Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Vince Vaughn star.

Gleefully dumb But ‘The Watch’ works. BY SAM EIFLING

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arely does a film as genuinely dopey as “The Watch” profess just how genuinely dopey it is. In just about every scene and conscious choice it makes, “The Watch” tacitly acknowledges that it doesn’t have much to say and doesn’t have a greater purpose on this earth than to be a puerile R-rated sci-fi action buddy comedy. It marshals its resources toward simply being the best not-all-that-great movie it can be. As a result, “The Watch” manages to be surprisingly watchable and guiltily funny. Take the story, for instance. At no point are you expected to seriously believe that an alien invasion in smalltown Ohio is plausible, or that its first victim should be a security guard in a Costco. But there’s your premise. Ben Stiller plays the store manager who’s also so enraptured with the idea of club-based civic engagement that his response is to form a neighborhood watch group to pick up where the derelict small-town cops (Will Forte, chiefly) have chosen to leave off. Three guys sign on: affable construction dude Vince Vaughn, unbalanced wannabe cop Jonah Hill and prim goat-horny Richard Ayoade (of the U.K. version of “The IT Crowd”). Stiller, true to his form, plays the cluelessly type-A marm while the other guys clearly prefer male bonding to investigating murders per se. But the script — by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad”) — deftly pushes the action ahead while allowing those friendships to grow with the kind of unexpected bro sincerity that even the filthiest comedies in the Judd Apatow school usually incorporate. Director Akiva Schaffer of “Saturday Night Live” makes a cameo

that suggests this ethos in a particularly self-effacing and literal fashion, appearing with his Lonely Island accomplices and credited as Casual Wanker No. 3. No mistake, this is a guys’ movie, predicated on male fantasies: an alien invasion that needs to be solved with firearms, relentlessly forward sexual partners, a pool table in the basement. Female characters — a wife trying to conceive, a teen-aged daughter, a nosy mom — torment the men as they drink and crack wise and kind of try to save humankind, boys being boys. Even when they happen upon a shiny orb-weapon they find they can’t activate it unless they all poke fingers into its various nooks. Freud would’ve had a lot to say about that particular method of evaporating cows and tractors via alien death ray. Nothing against Stiller and Ayoade, but Vaughn’s performance generally, and especially his friendship with Hill, provides the bulk of the giggles here. He plays a character that Hollywood tends to ignore but which happens to supply much of its profits: the hard-working, firmly middle-class, none-too-sophisticated family man who lives in a landlocked state and is equally entranced by 3D flatscreens and Budweiser. His idea of a good time is honest and simple, and even though he does have a quick enough wit to rip off a couple of nice lines once in a while, he tends to approach his friends and his family with a high degree of earnestness. David Brooks would drool at this rendition of an American consumerist father. Vaughn just gives him energy that winds up feeling oddly patriotic in its dignity. You’ll root for him and his merry band of mopes to save the world.

AFTER DARK, CONT. and Diana Ashley. 664-0030. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals,” memorabilia, including World Series trophies, rings and Stan Musial’s restored uniform (Aug. 3), through Sept. 16; “Dorothy Howell Rodham and Virginia Clinton Kelley,” through Nov. 25; permanent exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: Dollar Day at the Museum, first 1,000 visitors pay only $1, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 5; “Astronomy: It’s a Blast,” through Sept. 17; “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 12 and older, $8 ages 1-11, free under 1. 396-7050. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 600 Museum Way: “Declaration: Birth of America,” 1776 broadside announcing the Declaration of Independence, and other Revolutionary War documents, through Sept. 17; “Focus: The Portrait, Picturing Women at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” paintings by James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent and George Bellows, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, through June 2, 2013; “American Encounters: Thomas Cole and the Narrative Landscape,” six paintings, including two from the Louvre Museum, through Aug. 13, discussion of the paintings 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 5, Great Hall; “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision,” 45 paintings from the New-York Historical Society, through Sept. 3, 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. Tickets free but timed; reserve at 479-418-5700. EL DORADO SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th St.: “Color: Irresistible Delight,” 43 pastel paintings by Virmarie DePoyster, also abstract paintings by Ann Trimble, Aug. 2-29, reception and talk by DePoyster 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 870-862-5474. FAYETTEVILLE FAYETTEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 401 W. Mountain St.: “Hush,” paintings by Megan Chapman, reception 3-5 p.m. Aug. 4, show through Sept. 4. HOT SPRINGS ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Large-scale oil sketches and installation, “Left,” by Gabrielle Ray, through August. Summer hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. 501-625-3001. ARTCHURCH STUDIO, 301 Whittington: Artwork by studio and new artists. Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. 655-0836. BLUE MOON, 718 Central Ave.: “sUZI mADE,” mixed media pieces by Suzi Dennis, through August, Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. 501-318-2787. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: New work by Jason Gammell, Tracee Gentry. Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. 501-318-4278. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 Central A: Rene Hein, Dolores Justus, Donnie Copeland, Steve Griffith, Mike Elsass, Robyn Horn and others.

Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. 501-321-2335. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 425 Central Ave.: “The Lost Highway: Constructions in Miniature by David Rose,” through Oct. 13. Gallery Walk reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3. 501-609-9966. SPRINGDALE ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 S. Main St.: 18th annual “Regional Art Exhibition,” juried show of work from 10-state area, Aug. 2-30, reception 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11. 479-7515441.

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Tattoo Witness: Photographs by Mark Perrott,” 25 large-scale black and white photographs of tattoed men and women, documenting tattoos over 25 years, with murals painted by Arkansas tattoo artists Robert Berry, Richard Moore, Caleb Pritchett, Chris Thomas, Brooke and Ryan Cook, Nancy Miller and Scott Diffee, through Sept. 9; “The Rockefeller Influence,” 57 works donated or loaned by the Rockefeller family, through Aug. 19; “11th National Drawing Invitational: New York, Singular Drawings,” through Sept. 9, curated by Charlotta Kotik; “The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft,” through Aug. 5; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute: “Invasion or Liberation? The Civil War in Arkansas,” letters, diaries, photographs, and artifacts, Concordia Hall; “Pattern in Perspective: Recent Work by Carly Dahl and Dustyn Bork,” through Sept. 29; “Small Town: Portraits of a Disappearing America,” through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Outside the Pale: The Architecture of Fay Jones,” artifacts from the Old State House Museum and Special Collections at the University of Arkansas, through Aug. 25. 758-1720.

ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITS

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Barbie Doll: The 11 ½-inch American Icon,” from the Strojek Family collection; “A Collective Vision,” recent acquisitions, through March 2013; “Creating the Elements of Discovery: Tim Imhauser, Jason Powers and Emily Wood,” sculpture, drawings and paintings, through Aug. 5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Vietnam: America’s Conflict,” other military exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “A Voice through the Viewfinder: Images of Arkansas’ Black Community by Ralph Armstrong,” through Jan. 5, 2013; permanent exhibits on AfricanAmerican entrepreneurial history in Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” 18 Civil War flags; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. More gallery and museum listings at www. arktimes.com.

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HIP-HOP AMBASSADORS, CONT. And number three was just the experience, especially for Ferocious, it was his first time out of the country, and we both agreed it was like a hopefully not “once-in-a-lifetime,” but a “first-in-alifetime” experience. How long were you there? Ten days. We had eight- to 12-hour workdays, get up at 8 a.m. and sometimes get back at 10 p.m., but I was talking about hip-hop, and the studio, and we were recording in the studio with the artists as well, and performing — it was great. It was like the life that I’m aiming to do a lot more of regularly. And it was in a foreign, beautiful land with good food. You said it was kind of a cultural exchange. What did you take away from their culture? More than anything, they had a real positive vibe. A lot of it could have been

based off of the fact that this was a special occasion, but it was this kind of sincerity among the artists who worked together. Because the vibe was positive, even when we hit potholes, they were easy to get through. Because everybody was really on some, “we’re trying to get an end-product of our art.” That was from the artists more or less. From the students, that was encouragement. For me, I’m big on people who experience other cultures, it was one of those things where you realize how big the world is and how you can play a part in it, so to speak. So it was like, here is this dude from Pine Bluff, Ark., who’s speaking to these kids, who are hanging onto every word, in Banjul, Gambia, and who at the end want autographs and everything like that. So even the artists who they know or hear about, who started from wherever they started from, are impacting them over here. So it was kind

of like the importance of every move, the interconnectedness or just the web of life. Everything you do does matter and affects somebody. Going on some physics type, equal-and-opposite-reaction stuff. What’s the Gambian hip-hop scene like? It’s cool. Most of it is still influenced by other musical genres. They were really big on dancehall, reggae and some of the traditional sounds, so in terms of their Top 10, two or three of them sounded very Americanized, like westernized. The rest of them were very much dancehall reggae influenced, implementing a lot of the culture in the look and the style of Western hip-hop, even more so than it was in the music. It was almost like they pick and take what they want because a lot of times they would rap in English and switch to their native tongue then they would

implement in dancehall elements so they kind of like bastardized it to make it their own creation. Do you want to go back? That’s the goal. So now not only do I want to go back, I also want to try somewhere new. I know if I go somewhere new it might be a different experience because one of the reasons the concert went so well is because they linked with a third party corporation, which is not always a guarantee. So the embassy will always put on a show, but it won’t have as much impact because they’re not promoters, so it’d be way, way different. But I’d like to go to a different area, and if I get anywhere in the area of Africa, I’m going to try to go back. That’s the goal, to go back, because you get to build some relationships. I’m working on a song getting on the radio up there and stuff like that. The goal is definitely to go back.

HARRISON FIGHTS RACIST REPUTATION, CONT. From page 12 raised enough money for the church to repave its parking lot, and about a dozen residents spent a weekend in Helena, helping the congregation renovate their church. As a thank you, the church choir performed a concert on the Harrison Courthouse bandstand. In 2004, the Task Force began sponsoring an annual scholarship for a minority student at North Arkansas College, a community college in Harrison. Then in 2007, the Task Force created Central High 50th Anniversary posters that were placed in local businesses and sponsored a full page commemorative notice in the newspaper. It also sponsored a handful of public screenings of “Banished,” a documentary about sundown towns, and a screening of “Mississippi Innocence,” a documentary about two men freed through the Mississippi Innocence Project, followed by a question and answer period. The Task Force has put together a traveling exhibit on the history of Harrison that includes prominent black families and homesteaders. One member has made contact with a black Harrison descendant — a retired AT&T worker living in New Jersey, whom they hope to bring to Harrison for a visit. In February 2011, students were bused in from all over the state to participate in the Task Force-organized Nonviolence Youth Summit, part of Arkansas’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission’s annual conference. Right now, preparations are underway for the 2012 Youth Summit. There have been independent efforts, as well. In 2006 a music pro32

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ducer named Scott Hoffman collected nearly 1,200 signatures on a public declaration that read: “We the undersigned citizens of Harrison, Arkansas, and surrounding areas do hereby denounce the blatant racism and bigotry of a very small minority in our community. We stand for respect, harmony and acceptance of all people.” Hoffman ran the declaration as a full page ad in the Harrison Daily Times. Harrison’s minorities are growing in visibility. According to the 2010 census, Harrison is 0.3 percent black (about 34 residents), 0.6 percent American Indian, 0.7 percent Asian and 2.2 percent Latino. The Task Force has two black members, transplants who retired in Harrison and regularly attend meetings. The president of North Arkansas College, Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott, is Native American, and Dr. Ali Abdelaal, an oncologist and one of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s most prominent staff members, is Egyptian. Last year the School Board developed a minority staff recruitment plan, as mandated by Arkansas law, because the number of minority students rose to 5 percent. And in 2008, Anne Millburn, the Harrison High School counselor, started a diversity council. To join, students must fill out an application specifying why they want to be a part of the council. Last year the council had 52 members, including two minority students. This year, there are 35 members and three minority students. FedEx, the largest employer in Harrison, has a national diversity council with an active Harrison chapter. FedEx sponsored the 2011 Nonviolence Youth

Summit, and for the first few years, FedEx representatives trained the high school diversity council. Now Millburn handles this on her own, tackling issues like bullying, cliques and respect for people of all ethnicities, genders, religions and sexual orientation. Members of the diversity council say they encounter negative perceptions of Harrison when they participate in events with other schools. This summer, senior Maggie Langston attended Arkansas Governor’s School. “One guy wrote in my yearbook after Governor School, ‘Sorry I called you a Klan member, you’re an awesome artist,’ so apparently I changed his opinion. … He called me a racist because I lived in Harrison, and I defended it. Then the next day, he said he talked to somebody who went through Harrison and saw a ton of Confederate flags. And I said, ‘You must have missed Harrison, then.’ I just kind of let it go, but I attempted to subtly change his mind.” The diversity council said that the 22 minority students at Harrison High are as accepted as anyone else, with plenty of party invitations and dates to prom. Last year, a black senior named Isaiah moved in with a white family when his family left town. He wanted to finish his sports seasons and graduate with his class. “If anything, maybe [minorities] are even a little bit more popular, because we’re trying not to show that we’re racist,” Maggie said. Seth Chaney, an 18-year-old, darkskinned Brazilian studying to be a paramedic at North Arkansas College, has lived in Harrison since he was a toddler.

His adoptive parents are white, and his mom is a bilingual doctor. Growing up, he was the only non-white kid at his private school. “All my buddies are white. Two of my buddies are halfMexican. They all went to Harrison. Of course, you get the backwoods, redneck hillbillies that don’t know anything, but I haven’t really experienced anything [like racism],” he said. Another student, Eric Spradlin, leads Chi Alpha, a Christian student organization. He said he’s never met Thom Robb, but that Robb “used to go to church with my grandma, till she told him he was wrong in his viewpoints, and she never spoke to him again.” “The KKK, they’re not really a threat. They kind of disbanded from how the movies portray them,” Chaney added. A few months ago, Elliott moved from Missouri to accept her position at North Arkansas College. Both her church and her Rotary Club are multiethnic, and she’s spearheaded a new minority recruitment plan at the college. Even as overall enrollment is shrinking, minority enrollment is growing. She refuses to mention the KKK by name. “A lot of people judge Harrison that have never actually set foot in Harrison. And I think that’s unfair. You’re entitled to your opinion, but come visit the community, come talk to the people and then make up your mind. I’m passionate about it, because I chose to live here. I wouldn’t choose to live and work in a community that’s racist. … From what I can tell, our minorities are much more involved and much more a part of this community than Mr. Thom Robb, or whatever his name is,” she said.


Dining

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PILED HIGH: A slab of peanut butter pie from Cafe Klaser.

Spring for dessert Much to like about Heber Springs’ Cafe Klaser. HEBER SPRINGS — You might expect to run into all sorts of people drawn to this resort town by the allure of boating and sunning on Greers Ferry Lake, trout fishing in the frigid waters of the Little Red River and the beauty of the rolling, wooded countryside. But one thing you might not expect to run into in Heber is a chef who spent six years learning his craft at the renowned Breakers Resort in Palm Beach and three years as executive chef at the Country Club of Little Rock, among other high-profile positions. Since 1998, Chef Billy Klaser has operated Cafe Klaser, first in a small spot downtown and for the last nine years in a larger, sprawling location on the Little Red with a huge patio overlooking the water. While the chef learned his trade cooking haute cuisine in a white-tablecloth environment, Cafe Klaser is not a finedining restaurant. That’s not to say it’s not a fine restaurant, but it’s certainly not hoitytoity. This is small-town Arkansas, after all, and while Klaser’s customers surely include moneyed sorts who own big lake houses, locals and regular working-class Joes are the bread and butter. So there’s a salad bar, a home cooking-focused buffet at Sunday lunch, and you’ll find burgers, salads, fried seafood dinners and steaks on the menu — as well as a few specialties that take the sophistication level up a few notches. What you’ll also find at Cafe Klaser is booze — a rarity in a dry county not teeming with private clubs. One person in your party will have to pony up $10 for the annual membership, not too steep if you have a thirsty group but likely not a surcharge one guy who wants a single Bud Light will be willing to pay. Of course, you don’t have to join the club to dine. Cafe Klaser is billed as “home of the STUFFED steak” on its menu and sign,

Cafe Klaser

1414 Wilburn Road 501-206-0688 QUICK BITE Go directly to the dessert case when you arrive to reserve a piece of the homemade pie you think you might want an hour or so down the road — or risk your favorite being sold out by dessert time. HOURS 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO Private club with full bar. (You don’t have to join to dine, only to drink.) All CC accepted.

and at the table next to us six of the eight ordered the dish — which comes as one five-ounce fillet ($16.95) or two five-ounce fillets ($22.95). So who were we to pass on the house specialty? A nice piece of beef tenderloin is split, stuffed with rice and crawfish, wrapped in bacon, grilled and then smothered with a spicy cream sauce liberally studded with crawfish tails. Our dining companion ordered his steak medium-well, so we’re confident we didn’t taste the best representation of the dish, through no fault of the chef’s. It wasn’t as tender or succulent as it would have been medium-rare, but the concept is a winner. And the sauce, while rich with zing — and crawfish — doesn’t overwhelm the taste of the beef. Only hungry enough for one fillet? Order the pair and take one home. In our opinion, Klaser should tout his restaurant as “home of the WALLEYE.” A huge slab — 12 ounces easy — of this tender white fish is served grilled, blackened or sauteed, as we got it. Exceedingly tender

and moist, the fish by itself is a winner, with herbs lightly applied, but what makes this dish is that the fish is served over a bed of sauteed fresh spinach accompanied by a large helping of couscous accented with English peas and small pieces of carrots and red bell peppers. This dish did scream “fine dining” and at $18.95 it made two meals. On the more pedestrian side, we also tried the fried shrimp dinner — six shrimp served with fries, hush puppies and slaw for $12.95 (you can get 10 shrimp for $18.95). These were clearly food-service pre-fab shrimp — butterflied thin enough to easily get tough in the fryer. They weren’t awful, but they were just standard-issue, paling considerably compared to the walleye. The fries and tooperfectly-shaped hush puppies were also surely straight from the freezer. But that misstep was quickly forgotten when the desserts — all homemade on premises — arrived. The peanut butter pie … OMG! A four-inch slab of rich but light peanut butter cream filling sits on a crushed chocolate cookie crust, topped with whipped cream that is dotted with plenty of peanuts, chocolate chips and what were either butterscotch or caramel chips. For good measure, a nice layer of those same salty/sweet delectables was inserted about midway down the peanut butter cream stack. There are also chocolate pie, lemon pie and coconut meringues (all three sold out by the time we got there), key lime pie, cheesecake and chocolate pecan pie. All are $4.50 for a slice and $14.95 for a whole. And there are always several pies o’ the day. We chose a fabulous blueberry and banana pie on graham cracker crust and an apple pie that included raisins and large hunks of walnut. If the peanut butter was a 10, the blueberry/banana was an 8.5 and the apple was a 6 (we’re not big on raisins). Cafe Klaser’s menu is a big one with something for almost everyone — from quesadillas, gumbo, fried pickles and frog legs on the appetizer menu; fajita, Caesar and chicken salad on the salad menu; rib-eyes and strips; a Reuben, BLT and seafood po-boys; blackened and lemonpepper catfish; four pasta dishes and all those great pies. Chef Klaser’s high-brow background serves him well in all he prepares — and there are standouts like the walleye — but he has adapted his style to his clientele, and that’s why he’s still thriving 14 years after opening his original restaurant.

SAD NEWS, BUT LONG EXPECTED. Local market Hestand’s

in the Heights will close on Friday. It has been squeezed by competitors big and small, most recently by the new Walmart down the hill. Custom meat, local produce, good food prepared on-site, interesting items from local bakers and suppliers and a good selection of hard-to-find Cajun ingredients (andouille, boudin, roux) were among the pluses, plus easy access, Sunday hours and super friendly people. Terry’s, the venerable carriage trade grocer nearby, remains a good alternative to the megamarkets and, like Hestand’s, still continues charge accounts. Owner Rodney Getchell cited his own health and the competitive squeeze as reasons for closing after 17 years in the Heights. He’s the third generation of a grocery business with roots back to 1923 in Pine Bluff. Good folks. Good store. Fond farewell.

DINING CAPSULES

AMERICAN

ARGENTA MARKET Deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. L daily, D Mon.-Sat., B Sat., BR Sun. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-0600. LD Tue.-Sat. ASHLEY’S The premier fine dining restaurant in Little Rock marries Southern traditionalism and haute cuisine. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-3747474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. BELWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm at this lost-in-time hole in the wall. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BL Mon.-Fri. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BURGER MAMA’S Big burgers and oversized onion rings headline the menu. 7710 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2495. LD daily. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for well-cooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 www.arktimes.com

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CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER Premium black Angus cheeseburgers, with five different sizes and nine cheese options. 11525 Cantrell Rd. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-490-2433. LD daily. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are also available. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-6030238. D Mon.-Sat. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar foods. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. CUPCAKES ON KAVANAUGH Gourmet cupcakes and coffee. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-2253. LD Tue.-Sat. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2253. LD Tue.-Sat. DEMPSEY BAKERY Bakery with sit down area, serving coffee and specializing in gluten-, nutand soy-free baked goods. 323 Cross St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-2257. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3761195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar with lots of TVs, pub grub and regular drink specials. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-3768. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N. Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE A comfortable gastropub, where you’ll find traditional fare like burgers and fish and chips alongside Thai green curry and gumbo. 722 N. Palm St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4500. D daily, BR and L Sat.-Sun. JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts for 30 years. Chicken salad’s among the best in town. 5116 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3354. L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Sat. (drive-through only). KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6634666. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. LULAV Downtown bistro with continental and Asian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. BL Mon.-Fri., D daily. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Bread is baked in-house, and there are several veggie options. 10809 Executive Center Drive, Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-2257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. OZARK COUNTRY RESTAURANT Specializes in big country breakfasts and pancakes plus sandwiches and several meat-and-two options for lunch and dinner. 202 Keightley Drive. No 34

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alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7319. B daily, L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. PORTER’S JAZZ CAFE Nice takes on Southern cuisine are joined by chicken wings and a fabulous burger. 315 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-324-1900. D Thu-Sun. PURPLE COW DINER Cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes in a ’50s setting at today’s prices. 8026 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun 11602 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale Italian for dinner and pub grub until the wee hours. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2243344. LD daily. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks,

chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BL daily. D Mon.-Fri. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI Highquality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without. 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. LD Tue.-Sat. (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.). UNION BISTRO Casual upscale bistro and lounge with a new American menu of tapas and entrees. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-353-0360. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees (grilled chicken, steaks and such) are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-7665. L Fri.-Sun., D daily. WINGSTOP It’s all about wings. The joint features ten flavors of chicken flappers for

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ASIAN

CURRY IN A HURRY Home-style Indian food with a focus on fresh ingredients and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Tue.-Sat. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-5627900. LD daily. PHO THANH MY The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6667070. D daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.

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CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. Serving Little Rock since 1923. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7539650. LD Mon.-Sat.

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4 SQUARE CAFE AND GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2442622. BLD daily. ARABICA HOOKAH CAFE This eatery and grocery store offers kebabs and salads and what might be the best kefte kebab in Central Arkansas. Halal butcher on duty. 3400 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-8011. LD daily. CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales and an Irish inspired menu. Live music on weekends and $5 cover on Saturdays. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3767468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LE O ’S GR E E K CAS T LE Wonderful Mediterranean food plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters


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ITALIAN

CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6635355. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CIAO Casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. GRADY’S PIZZAS AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic.6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous hand-tossed New York style pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too. 201 E. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. PIERRE’S GOURMET PIZZA CO. EXPRESS KITCHEN The first RV entry into mobile food truck scene. With a broad menu of pizza, calzones, salads and subs. 760 C Edgewood Drive. No alcohol, No CC. $$. 501-410-0377. L Mon.-Fri. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. Count on being here for awhile. It takes half an hour to get your pizza, since it’s cooked in an old fashioned stone hearth oven. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8510880. LD daily. 3324 Pike Avenue. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-5997. LD daily. 4001 McCain Park Drive. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-2900. LD daily. 5524 John F Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-5524. LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-8347530. D Tue.-Sat.

LATINO

BROWNING’S MEXICAN FOOD New rendition of a 65-year institution in Little Rock is a totally different experience. Some holdover items in name only but recast fresher and tastier. Large menu with some hits and some misses. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9956. LD daily. CANON GRILL Tex-Mex, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Creative appetizers come in huge quantities, and the varied main-course menu rarely disappoints, though it’s not as spicy as competitors’. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2068. LD daily. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL Burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads are the four main courses of choice — and there are four meats and several other options for filling them. Sizes are uniformly massive, quality is uniformly strong, and prices are uniformly low. 11525 Cantrell Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-221-0018. LD daily. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fiery-hot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2440733. L Mon.-Sat. EL JALAPENO TEX-MEX GRILL Tex-Mex, with a lunch buffet 220 W 4th St. 501-244-0001. LAS MARGARITAS Sparse offerings at this taco truck. No chicken, for instance. Try the veggie quesadilla. 7308 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Tue.-Thu. LA REGIONAL A full-service grocery store catering to SWLR’s Latino community, it’s the small grill tucked away in the back corner that should excite lovers of adventurous cuisine. The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world (try the El Salvadorian papusas, they’re great). Bring your Spanish/English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina from the owners, to freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexican-bottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexicanstyle seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer, No CC. $. 501-562-3951. LD Tue.-Thu. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA II Stand out taco truck fare, with meat options standard and exotic. 7521 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-744-0680. LD Tue.-Sun.

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K, today’s topic: guns but nothing new to say about it. The same old same old. Another graveyard filled, this one in Colorado, and always the same old same old. The early line as always was, it’s too soon after the event to talk about what might be an appropriate response. That “too soon” always magically flips over at some point to become “too late.” Then everybody forgets about it till the next event. And in the interval between too soon and too late, the media distract from the pertinent question of what to do about it by running around saying that what everyone involved in the matter wants to know is why. Au contraire. Not everyone wants to know why. Nobody wants to know why. There is no why. The why is how idiot pundits amuse themselves and free advertising for quack shrinks. There might be one why worth asking here. Why does this have to keep happening? Why do we do nothing as a people, as a nation, to keep it from happening again and again? Why do we pretend that the same old same old (too early, too late, why) is an adequate response and not an unconscionable moral evasion? (I know, I know that’s three whys, not one.) As long as the matter is left in charge

of bought-and-paidfor politicians, the only response you’re going to get is on the order of the FEMA response to Katrina. BOB Lame, in other LANCASTER words. There’s not going to be any debate on the gun problem. There’s not going to be any real attempt at defining the gun problem. There’s only going to be nonsense. The prevailing same old same old will continue to be that there’s not a gun problem. There’s no elephant in the parlor. And the next psycho clown with orange hair can proceed with every confidence that he can perk right along toward his wacko scheme’s fulfillment. Even when one of their own is targeted, the bought-and-paid-fors will give the ambulatory remains a big round of applause, but you don’t have to wonder for long whose side they’re really on. They’ll pat Gabby on what’s left of her head, then go and cash the check from Wayne. Even when it’s their own kahuna, peerless leader, sainted even, when he gets in the crosshairs and winds up rassling copperjacketed Mr. Grim, the paralyzing ambivalence obtains, sets the narrative on auto-blah

blah blah blah blah, and the implicated gat stays on the market, the bought stay bought (maybe with a little supplementary encouragement), and America hunkers down, turns up its collar against the cold inevitability of what and where and who next. That time the ruint head they patted belonged to one Jim Brady, and they actually humored him briefly, but then too the same old same old resumed, too soon, too late, and why, setting the stage for the gunslain little girls stacked like cordwood outside the Jonesboro schoolhouse. Here’s something I wonder about. If the 9/11 terrists hadn’t been furriners — if they’d been regular old home-grown dues-paying members of the Cold Dead Hand, don’t you just know that the aftermath argument of the bought-and-paid–fors would have been the too-soon, too-late, and why rigamarole, followed by this from hq: “Well, the Founding Fathers obviously looked with approval on using boxcutters to jack flying machines and crash them into large buildings, with considerable ‘collateral damage,’ or else they wouldn’t have implied it so strongly in the Second Amendment.” I’m thinking the best hope for meaningful action on the gun problem might lie with the Supreme Court. If it can rule that a corporation is a person — and it did rule that — then it would be no great stretch for it to rule that a gun is a person. I’ve known lots of guns that had considerable more personality than a lot of the

corporations I’ve known. At 13, I had a Red Ryder BB gun that was about a thousand times more personable than Exxon. And I’m guessing that every gun I’ve ever owned had more of recognizable personhood about it than a human fetus a couple of seconds after conception. That would suggest, according to Supreme Court logic, that guns have more constitutional personhood than, say, discount merchandising superstores; that they’re more nearly human, and therefore more nearly qualified to vote — in consideration of which fact, who among us would be surprised to learn that Congressman Griffin has been off somewhere caging guns that have been adjudged to have Democratic leanings or ethnocentric sympathies? If a gun is a person, then it’s firing off a round of ammo could and probably should be construed as that ersatz but constitutionally umbrellaed “person’s” speech. The First Amendment guarantees free speech for guns, Walmart, and natural-born American citizens. The free exercise of religion would extend to guns also, so they wouldn’t have to wait for some bloviator packer to take them into church. The freedom to peaceably assemble might not liberate them completely, however, from Some Assembly Required. Justice Scalia indicated over the weekend that he has further observations to make in this area. Don’t know about you but I can hardly wait.

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