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Land ownership is skin deep, residents find. By Gerard Matthews Page 12
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n The Little Rock Housing Authority has been heard from regarding incidents in which David Jones, a neighbor of the highrise, LRHA-run Parris Towers at 18th and Broadway, had his car, pets and even himself sniped at by someone in the building with a high-powered pellet gun. As we related last week, Jones’ 1977 Ferrari 308 has been peppered with lead pellets all summer, denting the body work, chipping the paint, and breaking one window. The culprit also shot Jones’ dog, Kodi Bear, and has been bold enough to plug away at Jones himself as he worked in the back yard of his house. Jones managed to catch a few seconds of video of the sniper, who leaned from the window of a seventh floor laundry room and capped off a few shots with a black pistol before disappearing back inside. The video resolution was not high enough to identify the person. Our story apparently didn’t deter the shooter. In a posting on the Arkansas Blog, Jones said three days after our story ran, he was trying to do paint and bodywork on his car when the sniper shot at him again, missing his head by a foot and almost managing to shoot out the rear window of the car. “Divot #128 to add to the list of repairs,” Jones wrote. “Yes, I said one hundred and twenty eight shots at the car ... I am at a loss, as my car and house are under constant attack, my dog is scarred from being hit by a rain of pellets, and each new day brings no relief.” In the same post, Jones said he has been contacted by residents of Parris Towers who claim that some there know who is doing the shooting, but won’t come forward for fear of retaliation from the shooter and the LRHA. When our story went to press Aug. 3, several calls to the Little Rock Housing Authority had gone unreturned. In a letter faxed to the Times Aug. 10, LRHA executive director Shelly Ehenger said they are working to catch the culprit. Ehenger said rentals at the 250-apartment Parris Towers are restricted to those 50 years and older, except for five tenants who have lived there since before LRHA requested the age restriction from Housing and Urban Development. She said all applicants are screened for criminal and prior rental history. Ehenger added that there have been several actions taken by LRHA at Parris Towers in response to the pellet sniping, including hiring an additional security guard, securing the window of the seventh floor laundry room where Jones caught video of the shooter leaning out before taking a shot, and posting a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the sniper. This is in addition to the $500 David Jones said he’d pay for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. Police said detectives are working on the case, but have no arrests to report. People with information can call detectives at 371-4660. Continued on page 11
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Contents Athletic emphasis in schools
QUOTABLE: Arkansas native and gay rights activist Chad Griffin.
Big day for Chad Griffin n Aug. 4 was a big day for Chad Griffin, the Arkadelphia native and former Clinton aide who’s now a California public relations executive. He’s been fighting the California ban on gay marriage from ballot proposition through the current lawsuit. He lined up lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson to press the case for unconstitutionality of the ban. A federal district court in San Francisco last week agreed, though appeals lie ahead. We featured Griffin in an article last year. He was widely quoted after last week’s court ruling as president of the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which put the lawsuit in motion. “This decision follows the founding constitutional principle that every American is to be treated equally under the law. No law may violate the U.S. Constitution, and our courts were established to protect against unfair laws,” said Griffin. “Today was an example of our nation living up to its founding ideals.”
n The state Board of Education this week discussed the continued monitoring of legally required accurate reporting of athletic spending by public school districts. Under the auditors’ inspection, reporting has gotten better, the Board was told, but both the Pulaski and North Little Rock school districts were cited for actual expenditures in excess of reported spending for three consecutive years. Interesting, too, are the differences in spending among districts. Following are some of the top-spending districts in the state, ranked by total dollars in 2008-09, but also with per student spending, based on current enrollment data. School District Total Per pupil Fort Smith $4.7 million $340 Benton $3.4 million $741* Rogers $3.3 million $239 West Memphis $2.8 million $472 Pulaski County $2.7 million $157 Bentonville $2.3 million $176 Van Buren $2.2 million $376 Little Rock $2 million $82 Cabot $1.9 million $192 North Little Rock $1.5 million $164 Conway $1.3 million $143 Fayetteville $1.1 million $128 *Benton’s numbers were swollen by a $2.2 million construction project.
8 Blood and money in
A fight over a multi-million-dollar estate figured in a Little Rock woman’s assault on her stepdaughter at her Texas home. The civil and criminal cases have now been settled. — By Leslie Newell Peacock
9 Pay rankles ASU
Arkansas State University faculty members are grumbling about the special pay deal worked out for former ASU President Les Wyatt. — By Doug Smith
16 Billionaires target LR schools
It’s an outrage. A group of the state’s wealthiest men have started unfairly attacking Little Rock public schools as a way to promote their support for unlimited charter schools in Pulaski County. — Editorial
Put that thing away! n Thanks to KFSM in Fort Smith for reporting on the complaint of Nicole House, who was ejected from a courtroom at the Crawford County Courthouse in Van Buren because she was breastfeeding her daughter. House, who was scheduled as a witness in the case being tried, was ordered out by a bailiff. She was told she could find an appropriate place, but the courtroom wasn’t it. Circuit Judge Mike Medlock said he didn’t instruct the bailiff, but a certain level of decorum is necessary in court and some actions can be distracting. Said House of the bailiff telling her to leave the courtroom: “He really embarrassed me like maybe it was shameful for somebody to breastfeed, and I don’t feel that it is.” Arkansas law specifically allows breastfeeding in public, but that doesn’t restrict BREASTFEEDING: A Fort Smith bailiff says the what a judge might hold to be inappropriate in court. courtroom is not the place for it.
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Words n Jerry Robbins of Ann Arbor, Mich., writes: “In the July 8 issue of the Times, [a well-loved columnist] stated, ‘If there was money at stake …’ Shouldn’t that be ‘If there WERE money at stake …’? Or does the Times syle manual support the abandonment of the use of the subjunctive?” The Times style manual is kept under lock and key at the Smithsonian, like Dillinger’s relic, but I don’t believe that it calls for total abandonment. It may call for tough love. Some authorities believe the subjunctive should be used only in discussing a circumstance that is clearly contrary to fact, such as, “If I were you.” In the example Robbins cites, the writer may have felt there was a question about whether money would or would not be at stake, and therefore 4 august 12, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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chose was. But I’m just guessing here. n “Many Arkansans have lost plenty in the economic downturn and it is infuriating to hear government fat cats rubbing it in their noses.” Ray White writes, “I believe the phrase is ‘rubbing their noses in it.’ ” So do I. Though ’twould be unpleasant either way, I suppose. (OK, the ’twould is for a friend who cottons to words like whilst and amongst. Methinks he’ll go for ’twould too.)
The relentless White also nabbed “Most of the participants ... had never stepped foot in the South.” He notes that set foot is the real deal, and asks “Don’t linguists have a name for a phrase that is misunderstood and then the misunderstanding overtakes the original?” They may, but I can’t find it. Unless White is thinking of mondegreen (“a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung”), but a mondegreen never drives out the original. Some people may say “for all intensive purposes” but it doesn’t replace “for all intents and purposes” in standard English. Everyone who’s interested probably already knows that the word mondegreen comes from “Lady Mondegreen,” a mishearing of a line from an old folk song, “laid him on the green.”
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If youâ€™re often in the River
Bubbles, for animals that strangle their Market, like The Observer, you may prey and then swallow it whole. But have noticed by now a man called Wesley Woodward insists that theyâ€™re actually Woodward. You probably wouldnâ€™t know affectionate creatures that only become him by name. Youâ€™d know him, instead, aggressive when you â€œmess with their as the guy with a boa constrictor draped groceries.â€? Itâ€™s also not a good idea to fool with them while theyâ€™re eating. around his neck. Such a sight can be jarring for those â€œAffectionateâ€? is perhaps not the word who are easily startled by snakes, but The most River Market bystanders would Observer was feeling gutsy and decided choose, but keeping a close eye on to strike up a conversation with the snake Herman, we see that heâ€™s pretty docile man. We ran into him outside of the and is just hanging out. Before we know Green Grass bodega, in front of which he it, Woodward has relieved his shoulders can often be found. Looped fashionably and Herman is coiling himself around The around his neck was a mottled brown boa Observer. The boa was surprisingly heavy, his that was later introduced as Herman, one of three snakes that accompany him up scales cool and smooth under our touch. He was like one giant muscle that moves and down Clinton Avenue. Woodward, 47, has lived in Little Rock on its own. His head, small and arrowsince the beginning of June, we learned. shaped, hovered around our head, flicking the tongue back Previously heâ€™d and forth. OK, been in New so the average pet Orleans (his owner wouldnâ€™t T-shirt declares refer to Herman him â€œProud to as â€œaffectionate,â€? swim homeâ€?), but he sure as hell and he was is pretty cool. raised on a farm Handing the in Oregon. At snake back to a young age he developed an SnakeS on a man: Wesley Woodward Woodward, we interest in snakes and his pet snakes frequent Clinton Avenue. asked how it is he ended up in Little and spiders, the sorts of things that usually make people Rock, of all places. It turns out he works recoil, and 10 years ago, when he was for a talent agency based in New Orleans working at a nightclub on Bourbon Street, called Carl Mack Presents; part of his a man offered to sell him a snake. That job is to promote the company, as well snake turned out to be Herman, who was as work gigs in which he and his snakes wrapped around one of Woodwardâ€™s arms make appearances. Herman, apparently, as we spoke to him. Herman, he explained, has been on quite a few stages in French had been malnourished and was unable to Quarter strip clubs, and appeared in a grow to full length. Thought not trained as music video for the local rapper 607. In a veterinarian or herpetologist, Woodward the meantime, Woodward tries to raise nursed the snake back to health, thus awareness about snakes â€” he doesnâ€™t setting him on the path that would lead to want people to think theyâ€™re vicious or his conversation with The Observer at the slimy â€” and picks up tips in the River Market from daring passersby who want smoothie counter of Green Grass. Over the years he has adopted other to touch or hold whichever snake he has snakes, usually from owners who were that day. As we left Green Grass with Woodward unaware of how big a snake can get and decided they were too much to handle. and Herman, a troop of teen-aged girls Woodward finds new owners for most wandered by. Their reaction to the boa was of the unwanted pets, but some he keeps. just as one would expect â€” lots of gasps, Besides Herman, he has Bubbles, another giggles and â€œewws.â€? Out came the cell boa, and Mango, a yellow Burmese phones and digital cameras like lightning. python. All of them are about eight feet Itâ€™s funny that although most people revile poor Herman, the first thing they want to long, and theyâ€™re still growing. Awfully cuddly names, Herman and do is take a picture of him.
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Wrong mountains The writer of the story about Miss Arkansas and Patsy Montana is a little mixed up on the mountain ranges of Arkansas. Patsy Montana (Ruby R. Blevins) was born in Union Township in Garland County and grew up in Hope, where her father, Gus Blevins, worked with the Postal Service. In the 1930s, she sang with the Texas Playboys, a musical group, and in 1937, her song “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” sold more than a million copies (a national first) and this really established her as Patsy Montana. Patsy’s ancestors had lived in Pike County (now Howard County). All of these locations are in the Ouachita Mountains. You wrote that she was an Ozarks native. Patsy’s grandmother, Rebecca Frances Watson Blevins, was the sister of my great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Watson Westbrook. They were all from the Ouachitas, thus Ouachitans. Parker Westbrook Little Rock
The real Tim Griffin
Congratulations, Mr. Dumas, for
your piece on Tim Griffin. Thank you for directing our attention to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a group dedicated to outmoded and politically incorrect notions like truth and honesty. There is really nothing special about Mr. Griffin. As we know, he does not want for company from either side of the aisle. But in a sense, Mr. Griffin is special, given interesting connections in the Bush White House and the fact that he claims to want to represent Central Arkansas voters in Congress. The burden is on him — as for anyone regardless of party stripe or “ideological loyalty” — to clarify matters. So why isn’t he clarifying matters? The first time that I heard the name Tim Griffin was when I first passed his office downtown over a year ago. From his poster out front I knew that this was a man who understands the power of persuasion (a blue-red poster with just a person’s name plants the notion that the candidate is maybe a “centrist” or is “different from the rest”). But thanks to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and Mr. Dumas, Arkansans can start finding out about Mr. Griffin. Oh, and by the way, there is ample YouTube coverage of his exploits. When people vote for someone on the basis of looks, a cool campaign poster, or flashy rhetoric (or in Mr. Griffin’s case,
the lack of rhetoric) and the candidate turns out to be not what was expected, they have only themselves to blame. I am tired of armchair citizens bleating, “oh but so-and-so promised us...” But they always seem to find an outlet (the latest media creation being the tea party). Or a scapegoat. But do they think for themselves? Of course, well-informed and serious citizens can be deceived, especially in our employee-at-will, vote-flipping age. But let’s make it difficult to happen! But that’s up to citizens who want to take citizenship seriously. As Mr. Dumas shows, the truth is not always pretty and is often “boring” (which I reckon could be one reason why so little of it exists). But it is the truth all the same. And if it is not the truth, then why don’t people like Mr. Griffin explain why not? There’s nothing wrong with that, is there? Anthony Newkirk North Little Rock
I strongly suggest you change Ernest Dumas’ picture in the Arkansas Times. It makes him look like a very unpleasant person. My assumption is that he is, but that’s not really fair. I should not come to that conclusion based on a meanlooking picture along with the vitriol in his essays. In person, he might be an
absolute delight! The same goes for Max Brantley. It’s just that Ernest’s picture needs more urgency. May I humbly suggest, at least as a good faith try and as lame as it might be ... the photographer can simply request, “say cheese.” If that doesn’t work, try something we used to do with one of my boys, who, for whatever reason, refused to smile for any picture for any reason. Just before the picture is taken, someone can reach up and tickle from behind. If particularly ticklish, all the better! A smile makes everything more civil. Michael Cope Little Rock
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The WEEK THAT was au g u s t 1 1 - 1 8 , 2 0 1 0 It was a good week for …
SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN. She was credited with passage of a major increase in child nutrition spending, the first real increase in decades. School lunches could become more nutritious. POLITICAL NUTJOBS. Secure Arkansas, the anti-immigrant group, said a sales tax proposed to build a fair complex in Benton was a threat to freedom and liberty. Republican Mark Martin, a candidate for secretary of state and a Secure Arkansas favorite, raised the specter of Pakistani style violence and election turmoil should he not be elected. Cue Twilight Zone theme. HYPOCRISY. The right-wing religionists at the Family Council bristled at a federal judge’s ruling overturning the California ban on gay marriage. They said it was wrong to overturn the will of the people. Hypocrisy alert: The Family Council has sued and otherwise acted several times to overturn things it doesn’t like – such as the wildly popular state lottery. P. ALLEN SMITH. The Little Rockbased gardening expert was hailed in a huge feature in the New York Times as the “Martha Stewart of the South.” It was a bad week for …
The ARKANSAS STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. It joined an effort to tear down Little Rock public schools to advance a procharter school agenda of some of the state’s richest men. (See editorial.) The LITTLE ROCK REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. They tacitly joined the attack on local schools, though it’s sure poison to local development. RANDEEP and SANGEETA MANN. The physician and his wife were convicted of federal charges stemming from the near-fatal bombing of a West Memphis doctor, Trent Pierce. Pierce was chairman of the state Medical Board when it disciplined Mann for rules violations. BREASTFEEDING. A woman was ejected from a Crawford County circuit courtroom, where she was scheduled to be a witness, for breast-feeding her baby. 8 august 12, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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BEITZEL AND DAUGHTER: Annamarie, 2 years old in this picture, was 14 months and in the car in the garage while her mother was attacked.
Assault on stepdaughter ends in guilty plea LR woman avoids jail sentence in Texas. By Leslie Newell Peacock
n When Janet Hundley, dressed in black and wearing two pairs of gloves, accosted her stepdaughter in her stepdaughter’s Austin, Texas, garage in January 2009 and beat her with a hammer, what was she thinking would happen to the 14-monthold still strapped in a car seat nearby? That’s one thing among many things that Pam Ward wonders. Ward is the former wife of Little Rock oil and gas company owner John Hundley Jr. and the mother of Heather Hundley Beitzel, who was returning to her home after dropping off an older daughter at school when Hundley attacked her with a claw hammer. (The 14-month-old was unharmed.) On June 14, a year and five months after the bludgeoning, Janet Hundley, 54, pleaded guilty in Travis County District Court in Texas to attempted murder, felony level 2. She was placed on community supervision for 10 years, and electronic monitoring for two. She was ordered to reimburse Beitzel for $10,337.19 in hospital expenses and pay a $10,000 fine, a supervision fee and court costs. She was also ordered to perform 400 hours community service, to undergo assessment in a family violence program, take an anger management class, undergo counseling, to have no contact with Beitzel and to stay away from the city of Austin. She is to avoid drugs, alcohol and controlled substances, and will be required to submit urine samples. Hundley hit Beitzel numerous times in the head with the hammer, yelling that
HAPPIER DAYS: John Hundley Jr. and Janet Hundley with their granddaughter, Alexandra, six months before Janet’s attack on Alexandra’s mother. Beitzel had made her life miserable. The apparent motive: money. Two months earlier, Beitzel had sued her father for allegedly misappropriating funds from a trust inheritance. The Hundley family has been prominent in Little Rock. John Hundley Sr. was an orthopedic surgeon who had a large thoroughbred farm west of Little Rock, near Pinnacle Mountain. John Hundley Jr. and Janet Hundley own Hundley Hydrocarbons, an oil and gas exploration and natural gas distribution business. They made a couple of high profile real estate transactions in 2006, selling 150 acres on County Farm Road for $2.79 million and another 58 acres for $884,000, both owned by the Hundley Family Limited
Partnership. Hundley Sr. died in 1995 and his wife, Jeanice, died in 2008. Their estates, worth between $3.5 million and $4.5 million according to documents filed in the suit, named Heather Hundley Beitzel and John Hundley Jr. as heirs, with two-thirds of the assets to go to Hundley Jr. and one third to Beitzel. Beitzel became concerned about the management of the estates — family trusts and the HFLP — in 2007, after her grandmother reported to Beitzel that Hundley Jr. had told her that the trusts were “out of money.” In her lawsuit, Beitzel alleged that Jeanice Hundley complained that Hundley Jr. was supporting Janet Hundley’s children with funds from the trust, had reduced her personal grooming allowance and wanted to fire an aide to Jeanice. Jeanice Hundley reported to Beitzel, according to allegations in the suit, that “John is stealing from me.” Beitzel said her father was evasive when asked about the condition of the trusts and would not provide an accounting. Beitzel also alleged that Hundley Jr. used money from the trust funds to buy homes in Little Rock and San Marco, Fla. Hundley acknowledged borrowing $730,000 from the Hundley Family Limited Partnership and $475,000 from the Hundley Sr. trust to purchase his condominium in San Marco. Hundley maintained that the loans were made with Jeanice Hundley’s approval and would be taken into account when the trust was closed and assets were distributed. As part of a settlement agreement mediated in January, Beitzel was to receive $1.7 million from the trusts and Hundley Sr.’s war medals, according to court documents. Final terms of the settlement, agreed to in March, were not disclosed. Beitzel gave up further claims on the estate. Also as part of the settlement, Hundley proposed and Beitzel agreed that she would not oppose probation for Janet Hundley. It was about 8 a.m. Jan. 14, 2009, when Heather Beitzel, 36, pulled her SUV into the garage of her home on Agape Lane. She had just dropped her 7-year-old daughter, Alexandra, at school, and was dressed in sweats and house shoes; 14-month-old Annamarie was in her car seat in the car. When Beitzel got out of her car, she was surprised to see her stepmother standing there, dressed in black. Janet Hundley had a claw hammer in her hand, Beitzel said, and was wearing latex gloves under black leather gloves. Hundley yelled at Beitzel, “I hate you, you ruined everything,” and came after her, hitting her repeatedly in the head with the hammer and kicking her. Continued on page 11
Halter reflects Answers questions on the campaign, his future. by Gerard Matthews
A lot of people thought you were going to win. What happened? I do think it’s interesting that when we entered the race, the conventional wisdom was that there was a heavy advantage to Sen. Lincoln, the incumbent. And then we ran a very good race and a bunch of people at the end believed we were going to win… Certainly, contributing factors were the fact that there were 100,000 fewer voters on runoff day than on primary day. If you
look at the models and so forth and you look at where those votes came from, where folks didn’t turn out and so forth, then very clearly fewer of our voters turned out than turned out for Sen. Lincoln. There was also structural things in that, geographic things as well. There were runoffs in the first and second congressional districts and there was a lot of interest in those primaries, but less on the ballot where we were very strong. So it’s a number of things like that.
n Lt. Gov. Bill Halter began sitting down with reporters last week to talk about his loss to Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic Senate primary and his future. He’ll leave office with nowhere to go in early January. Halter professes little surprise at his defeat — he knew it would be close, he said — but some surprise about how negative the campaign became. He still endorsed Lincoln in her fall race against Republican Rep. John Boozman. Halter says he has no firm job or future political plans. But he will stay in Arkansas. Although he seems at peace with the outcome, he can quickly shift into campaign mode, defending his positions and highlighting differences between him and Lincoln. And he has things to say about his difficult relationship with some of the Democratic Party establishment.
REFLECTIONS: The race was not fought on a left-right spectrum. The conventional wisdom was that there was a lot of outside money coming in, that you were being supported by the far left. But you lost Pulaski County. This was something I discussed during the campaign that just did not get picked up and I’ll say the exact same thing that I’ve been saying for months. The idea that this was a liberal — that this race was being conducted on a left-right spectrum — really does not convey what was going on in the race. It was about, whose side are you on? Who is fighting for middle-class families? Who’s willing to take on powerful interests? It was a more populist versus corporatist race than any other sort of dimensions. If you look at where the turnout was heavy for us, it was in a lot of rural areas across Arkansas and what was being expressed there by those voters was a significant amount of discontent with the way things were going in Washington.
You mentioned President Obama’s endorsement. President Clinton came down for a Lincoln rally and told the audience their votes were being manipulated. You used to work for Clinton and I just wonder if that hurt, politically or personally, and how much impact did he have? Certainly any time you have an endorsement by a president in a party primary that’s going to have an impact. How much of an impact? You can’t really know. We knew that Sen. Lincoln had President Clinton’s endorsement before we even entered the race. That was not an unknown to us going into the race. It seems like the Democratic establishment in the state — the elected officials, longtime party volunteers — didn’t really like you for some reason, or tended to
support Lincoln. It also seemed to me that you had a lot of support from younger Democrats. Is there any truth to the idea that a rift exists between the Democratic establishment and Bill Halter? That’s where I’m going to have to go through it with you and give you a bunch of comments. Because I think this is something that gets exaggerated. First, we had Democratic state legislators that endorsed us, county officials, mayors, activists, people that worked in the Democratic committees across the state that were actively for us. We had very key parts of the Democratic Party, broadly, that were supportive of us. I think when you talk about representatives of working men and women, those folks that have been involved with the Democratic Party for a long time. I think if you look at groups that have traditionally been identified Continued on page 10
Wyatt’s pay as professor riles other ASU faculty Former president is worth it, chancellor says. By Doug Smith
n Les Wyatt has stepped down from president to professor at Arkansas State University, but he’ll be an unusually well-paid professor, a circumstance that displeases some other faculty members, already concerned about what they see as a great disparity between administrative pay and faculty pay at ASU. Wyatt resigned as president of the ASU system June 30. (Robert L. Potts is serving as interim president while the Board of Trustees seeks a fulltime successor to Wyatt.) On July 1, Wyatt was appointed to the position of professor of higher education and art at an annual salary of $115,600. The contract was signed by Wyatt and G. Daniel Howard, interim chancellor at ASU-Jonesboro, where Wyatt will teach. According to the contract, Wyatt’s duties for the first six months will be set by Chancellor Howard and may include “campus assignments in regular and/ or extended day classes, off-campus
assignments, other campus assignments, and/or a combination of any of these.” For the second six months, he’ll teach a graduate course in educational leadership. WYATT: ASU’s sixJohn B. Zibluk, figure professor. a journalism professor at Jonesboro, is among those disgruntled by the Wyatt contract. A full professor himself, he said he was paid only 45 percent of Wyatt’s salary — that would be about $54,000 — “despite the fact that I have won national and state ‘educator of the year’ awards … I have been awarded small raises three times in the last five years, and they have all been rescinded because the university said it couldn’t afford it. ... There is a major disparity between administrator salaries and faculty-staff salaries. That
disparity undermines the faculty buy-in to administrative proposals. It’s a statewide trend, even a national trend. Administrative salaries are going up like corporate CEO’s, faculty salaries are staying down, like workers at the corporation.” The Finance Committee of the Faculty Senate at Jonesboro reported that faculty salaries there were below the average for the Southern Regional Education Board, which consists of 16 states. The committee also found that the percentage of students taught by assistant, associate and full professors was decreasing, while the percentage taught by instructors and “supplemental faculty” (adjuncts, teaching assistants, etc.) was increasing. Chancellor Howard agreed that faculty salaries at Jonesboro are below the SREB averages, “like other institutions in the state.” “We need additional funding,” Howard said. “We’re looking for philanthropic contributions.” Howard defended Wyatt’s contract. The Arkansas Times was unable to reach Wyatt. It’s a 12-month contract, Howard
said, and most faculty contracts are for nine months. A full professor on a ninemonth contract could make as much as $86,700 at ASU, Howard said (most make much less). That becomes $115,600 for a 12-month contract. There’s another full professor with a 12-month contract in the College of Education and he’s paid exactly the same as Wyatt, Howard said. Wyatt will be working on many projects, including the study of different models of distance learning, Howard said. He said Wyatt had a theoretical background in art in addition to his many years of experience as an administrator, including the presidency of a state university system. “Wouldn’t he be more valuable than a 30-year-old professor who’s just obtained his doctorate degree?” Even though he’ll be paid more than other ASU professors, Wyatt will still be taking a big cut in compensation. A 2008 study by the state Department of Higher Education found Wyatt to be the best-compensated college administrator in Arkansas, with pay and perks worth $540,610 a year. www.arktimes.com • august 12, 2010 9
Continued from page 9 with the Democratic Party, they were with us as well. I think the clear distinction that you drew in your question about this side versus this side, I don’t think that holds. Let’s go to some of these other folks. The attorney general. You have written and others have written and it’s been reported over and over again that we were widely viewed as rivals for the governorship or some other office. So I don’t think it should be a surprise. The other people who were supportive of Sen. Lincoln, who were elected officials, they identified with Sen. Lincoln and endorsed her even before I got into the race. So you don’t expect people to reverse themselves. Were you surprised by the outcome? What other surprises were there? I didn’t have a view about what the outcome was going to be on election night. All these things are based on probabilities, but you don’t have 100 percent certainty of anything. We were watching the election returns as they came in and it became increasingly clear what the outcome was going to be. What about the level of negativity? I don’t know that I was surprised by the level of negativity but I was disappointed by it. My view is the charges that were leveled
against me — and I’m not talking about policy positions, I’m talking about my face in a pill bottle or the claim I had a prescription drug problem or that I was involved with shady drug deals — those are just smears flat-out, and lies. So I was disappointed in that. The outsourcing charge was completely bogus as a number of news organizations have pointed out. I was disappointed and surprised, and I believe that it is dangerous, to have the ability for outside groups, like Americans For Job Security, to intervene in a race, run millions of dollars in negative ads and not have anyone know or be able to find out who’s actually funding those ads. I think that is an egregious loophole in the law or violation of the law depending on what you believe the current law is. And I think it’s dangerous for our democracy. I do have those sorts of thoughts. People ask me what I would do differently. The main answer to that question is that it would have been better if we had started the campaign earlier. What we tried to accomplish in that period of time — it’s difficult to accomplish under any circumstance, but in that period of time I think it’s very, very hard. I think we were all surprised by the entry of D.C. Morrison into the race. That was completely out of the blue and since that time his endorsement of Republican candidate after Republican candidate really does call into question what he was doing in the race in the first place. Some of my political
advisors believe that had he not been in the race in the primary on May 18, we would have had a better outcome. Do you have any future political plans? I have no plans as we sit here today. If you were to run again for something, do you think party support would be there? Do you think any bridges have been burned? There are folks who vote in Democratic Party primaries who have voted for me this time and came up to me and said we’re with you again if you run for something else. What is your job outlook at the moment? I have not reached any agreements with anyone and have really not begun the process of looking, although I will begin that process. I’ve been more focused in the last few weeks that the members of my staff have things underway for their transition and I feel good about where we sit right now about those folks going on to do other things and I’ll now focus on what’s next for me. I have to go make a living to support my family and that’s what I’m going to go do. Do you plan to actively campaign for Sen. Lincoln? I indicated at the Jefferson Jackson dinner — during the day at the convention and the
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JJ dinner at night — who I was voting for and indicated to people why. We have real principled differences between Democratic candidates and Republican candidates. That’s not to say that Democratic candidates agree on all issues because obviously we don’t. But there are significant differences. And as I said in both of those speeches, the differences between Sen. Lincoln and myself are modest compared to the differences between the Republican agenda and the Democratic agenda for the country. I also believe it’s fair to point out that I was running for the opportunity to have the Democratic nomination and thereby run for the Senate on that party label. That choice was made a long time ago, which was a principled choice reflective of what I think are some big issues for the country. So I’m going to be supporting Democratic candidates. I’ve had the opportunity to work for and will work for Democratic candidates. What I do for those folks is largely dependent upon what I feel comfortable doing but also what they ask me to do. I think the assumption, from a lot of the more progressive groups, was that if you were elected you were going to vote with the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party straight down the line. I actually disagree with you there. I don’t think that was the assumption of the groups. Continued on page 11
We had extensive conversations with a lot of folks. If they were paying attention then they knew my positions on fiscal policy, which I viewed as common sense, not left-right. The idea that we can continue to run deficits that are high single-digit percentages of GDP, it’s just not viable… I think you can make a very compelling argument and persuade people no matter where they place themselves on an ideological dimension. I think a big distinction is who is willing to stand up to special interest groups… I think the desire right now for folks is someone who will stand up on their behalf and will, when necessary, not only take a principled stand, but fight. And I don’t think folks are seeing a whole lot of that in Washington right now
and that’s a source of real frustration. I think one of the things that really has been missed by the national media framing of this race as a left-right — that wasn’t how we campaigned. It wasn’t how the votes turned out and it’s really not what’s on the mind of voters. At least not in my experience ... If you look at this whole liberal/conservative thing, I’m more conservative than Sen. Lincoln on some issues and more progressive on other issues. It wasn’t a face-off in that way. I would say, in terms of fiscal policy, I’m more conservative than Sen. Lincoln. I would say that, in terms of tax policy, there were obviously differences that came out in the race whether it be the estate tax or the extension of those tax cuts or whatever it is, where there were some profound differences between us. I think that was something the national media missed.
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Continued from page 8 Beitzel was able to wrest the hammer away from Hundley, but her stepmother then began to choke her. “I screamed ‘What are you doing?’ She looked at me with evil eyes and said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ ” Beitzel said that was when she realized she was going to be “dead on the floor of my garage if I didn’t fight back.” Beitzel said she then made a “splitsecond decision”: That she would leave her 14-month-old in the car and run inside to call 911 if she could get past Hundley. She did manage to get inside her house, and called the police. She also called her neighbor, who came over with a gun and held Janet Hundley until police could arrive. The baby was untouched. Beitzel suffered deep lacerations to the scalp, scratches on her body and bruises down her back. She went to an Austin hospital, where she got seven staples in her head and was treated for concussion. At the sentencing, Heather Beitzel and her husband, Derek, addressed the court. Heather restated some of the facts of the case because she wanted her father, who was in the courtroom, to hear them. Derek told Janet Hundley that she was a “fortunate woman that I wasn’t home and that she will leave here to go home instead of a cage.” Adding to Heather Beitzel’s physical blows was the emotional hit delivered by her father. He came to Austin after the attack, but his intent was to bail out Janet Hundley. He did not call Beitzel then nor has he since. Ward, Heather Beitzel’s mother and John Hundley’s ex-wife, said the event was “devastating.” Of her ex-husband, she said, “In my wildest imagination, no matter what he’s ever done, I never dreamed he would turn his back on his child.” Alexandra Beitzel has required counseling, her mother said. John Hundley declined to talk about the criminal case except to say that he thought the verdict was fair.
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n North Little Rock Alderman Beth White says her Christian prayer before the opening of business Monday night of the City Council was not in violation of the city’s agreement with the ACLU. The Arkansas chapter of the ACLU asked North Little Rock to end its unconstitutional practice of opening council meetings with sectarian prayer. The ACLU issued a statement in July that the city would include a statement on its meeting agenda that the prayers given during council meetings reflected only the personal faith of the speaker and were not intended to proselytize. The city also agreed to rotate prayers to include other faiths, according to the ACLU statement, but White said she wasn’t aware of an agreement to rotate prayers. The ACLU restated its belief that ending the practice of prayer was the best way the city could avoid promoting one religion over another. White said she was just praying for herself. “I am praying as Beth White as opposed to praying for everybody.” Holly Dickson, the ACLU lawyer who issued the statement, said if the city continues to offer Christian prayer to the exclusion of other faiths “we’ll have to respond.” She said that some aldermen were receptive to the idea that such prayer is “not just illegal, but bad practice” and disrespectful of the people of North Little Rock.
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Drillers’ rights top landowners. By Gerard Matthews
BEFORE AND AFTER: In just weeks Paul Yanke’s horse pasture (top) has been replaced by a natural gas-drilling operation. 12 august 12, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
roblems related to natural gas drilling are well known here in Arkansas. Ever since companies moved in to exploit the Fayetteville Shale several years ago, residents have complained about dirty water, the number of semi trucks running up and down their small country roads, the methods used to dispose of drilling waste and the noise created by drills and compressor stations. All bad stuff for sure, but all in the name of job creation and royalty payments. But what most people still may not realize is that if they don’t own the mineral rights to their land, and the gas company does, there is nothing they can do to stop the gas company from setting up a drilling operation on the property. Because of the way land has been acquired in Arkansas over the years, many landowners own only the surface rights on their property. But Arkansas law makes the mineral estate dominant to the surface estate. Otherwise, those who hold the mineral rights would never be able to extract the minerals. It’s a concept that’s becoming more and more familiar to Paul and Ashley Yanke. “Chesapeake [Energy] came out here about two and a half months ago and said, ‘We’re putting a pad there,’ ” says Paul Yanke. “So I asked him, in not so eloquent terms, ‘So you’re here to tell me we’re effed?’ And he said, ‘Yes, we’re putting the pad right there.’ ” “Right there” was in the middle of a horse ranch near Mount Vernon, in Faulkner County. It’s beautiful land, with long sloping green fields, big old oak trees and a couple of streams running through the middle of it all. The couple bought the land seven years ago and built their dream house, along with a slowly but steadily growing business taking care of horses and rehabilitating their injuries. It’s peaceful and quiet, which is exactly why they bought it. Or at least it used to be. “We have over a million dollars worth of horses in that pasture that aren’t ours,” Paul Yanke says. “Most of these horses have been in stalls or on the road their entire lives. We have one that’s 17 years old that needs some mental rehabilitation. This is a resort for them. So it’s going to be no more resort. It would be like sitting at the bar at
Club Med and have someone hammering something right next to you.” The Yankes are worried about what damage might ultimately be done to their property, but most of all they’re worried about their business. What was a quiet place for the animals has turned into what the Yankes call a “war zone.” “Do you think if people that had these expensive horses here knew, do you think they would want their horses around this?” Ashley Yanke asks. “There are always people out there and there’s always something going on. That’s why these horses are here: to get away from that.” The Yankes did what they could to keep Chesapeake off their land, hiring a lawyer and trying to at least come away with some concessions. It was a losing battle. After being told by their attorney that signing the contract offered by Chesapeake was their only option, Paul Yanke said his wife did so reluctantly and while in tears. Bulldozers rolled onto their property about two weeks ago and within a matter of days a rig was up on their land complete with all the trailers, trucks and traffic that go along with it. Litter has also become a problem. Paper fast-food bags, Coke bottles and aluminum cans now line the road leading to the gas well pad, prompting one neighbor to put up a cardboard sign that read, “Pick your trash up fucking gas field!”
“It’s unbelievable,” Paul Yanke says. “It will never be the same. It’s going to mess up the creek and everything. And how about the land? How are we supposed to sell this place? Who would want to live here with a pad on their place?” “We just feel like we were being tricked throughout this whole process,” Ashley Yanke says. “I’m still stuck on the fact that when property is sold then the minerals aren’t yours. It should go with your property.” And that’s a common sentiment, says Cliff McKinney, a Little Rock attorney who specializes in real estate law. “Most people don’t even realize it,” McKinney says. “Even if you do a title search on your property and look at the previous history of it, unless you go all the way back, you might not even know that somebody owns your mineral rights. I tell my clients you should assume you do not own your mineral rights.” The record of what happened to most people’s mineral rights can go back as far as 200 years. In the 1800s railroad companies owned a lot of land in Arkansas and often held on to mineral rights once they sold that property. “Railroads got paid by the government in land. If they would agree to extend a railroad to a certain area, the government would give them land in exchange. And the Continued on page 14
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PROBLEMS PILE UP: Litter lines the road leading up to the gas-drilling pad, prompting one neighbor to deliver a message. www.arktimes.com • August 12, 2010 13
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Continued from page 13 railroads would sell that land off and that’s how they made their money. When they sold it off, they sold the surface rights, but they reserved the rights to any minerals under that property,” McKinney says. So how do you know if you own your mineral rights or not? Well, finding out isn’t easy and it will cost you, usually somewhere around $2,000, to know for sure. All the documents are stored in the county records, so theoretically you could find them yourself. However, doing so is easier said than done. “The records are kept in such a way that it’s really hard for an individual to look that up,” McKinney says. “It’s particularly difficult because you’re talking about records that go back to the 1800s. Sometimes they’re hard to read, or they’re indexed in such a way that’s difficult to find. There are legal descriptions which the average person can’t read.” The best solution, McKinney says, is to hire a landman (or land woman), someone who performs these types of searches for a living. They can be found using a Google search of the county name and “landman.” However they did it, Chesapeake and other drilling companies have found out who owns mineral rights in the Fayetteville Shale and acquired them. Landmen, lawyers, gas companies. The Yankes feel like the deck is stacked against the common landowner.
“Everybody except for the gas company is the little guy,” Paul Yanke says. “We were going up against a 10,000-pound gorilla with unlimited funds. They have lawyers on staff. It’s insurmountable. We’re fortunate that we have more resources than a lot of other people in the area, but they could bleed us dry. When you’re a multi-million dollar company you can easily bleed a homeowner dry.” And they’re not alone. Teresa Collinsworth is a nurse who lives near Conway. She’s lived on her 10 acres, half of which is now taken up by a gas well pad, for the last 13 years. She and her husband signed a lease agreement with Chesapeake to set up a well pad on their property and begin to drill after representatives from Chesapeake initially said the couple owned the mineral rights. Then the drilling began. When the royalty payments never came, she began to get suspicious. “We already had three wells that were pumping and weren’t getting anything from them and we couldn’t figure out why. When we called them they said that under further investigation we didn’t have our mineral rights,” Collinsworth says. “It looks like some of our mineral rights were purchased a month before they came back and signed with us. So during their investigation to see whether or not we owned the mineral rights, it looks like they purchased some kind of mineral rights. It’s just the screwiest thing I’ve ever been through. They’re conning people is what they’re doing.” The Times tried to get in touch with representatives from Chesapeake numer-
ous times, but requests for interviews and more information regarding their practices were ignored. “I mean, I’m an educated person,” Collinsworth says. “But when it comes to this kind of stuff, they have their trickery ways, and they do things legally, but they’re tricking people is what they’re doing. People need to know there are lawyers out there that deal specifically with this stuff. We didn’t know there were mineral rights lawyers out there. When these people start approaching you, then you need to get somebody to handle this business for you.” And that really is the best thing to do, McKinney says. “The law in general is such that it’s very hard for individuals who don’t have legal counsel to work their way through the system. The best thing you can do is consult with a lawyer. A lot of lawyers, if you call them up, will talk to you on the phone for free. Or a consultation will cost a couple hundred dollars. I’ve had to give a lot of clients the bad news that ‘I’m not going to be able to help you here, or we’re going to have to spend a lot more money.’ ” Aside from legal counsel, there’s really no one else to turn to. After Paul Yanke was contacted by Chesapeake, he called Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s office to see if there was anything that could be done. The senator’s office told the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission about the situation, but the commission has little authority in these matters. “Usually when someone contacts their senators, they refer them to us or ask us to look into it,” says Shane Khoury, Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission deputy director and general counsel. “In most cases like that, that’s not an area where the commission has any authority. The law being the way it is, we can’t deny a permit based on a surface owner’s complaint.” Ultimately, the Yankes were able to get a few concessions from Chesapeake in their contract, but they’re not permitted by the terms of their contract to reveal exactly what those concessions were. The company also paid $10,000, a normal fee for the “reasonable use” of the land. But for the most part, Paul Yanke still feels the contract favors Chesapeake. “In their agreement, most of the contract is about releasing them from liability and holding them harmless,” Yanke says. “Basically, they can do whatever they want and I can’t do anything. That worries me because I have a business. I have over a million dollars worth of horses that I don’t own. If something happens to them there’s no way I can say, oh that’s OK, there’s no way I’m blaming you, Chesapeake.” “From a business end, we started thinking, okay, what are our options? I mean we still do live in America, so we should be able to have a voice. I don’t want their money. I just want them to leave me alone.”
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Editorial n The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, which nominally exists to encourage business development in Arkansas, notified selected people last week of the creation of a “grassroots” group to attack the Little Rock School District. The Chamber doesn’t think the word is getting out sufficiently loudly enough that the state’s largest school district REALLY SUCKS. It’s a lie, of course. For all its problems, the Little Rock School District produces a glittering array of scholars every year. Yes, the gap between black and white students persists — here and everywhere — though some improvement was noted in the latest testing. The Chamber chooses not to tell this story. The new group, Speak Up for Schools: Better Schools for a Better Little Rock, prefers to describe as a “waste” all state spending on Little Rock schools. It seeks also to minimize the damage that charter schools have done to the middle-class population of the Little Rock School District, a resegregating effect that breaks the state’s federal court promise to stop promoting segregation. Ultra-wealthy Arkansans are furious that the School District has, again, turned to the federal courts for protection. Why? Because the court action could frustrate billionaires intent on turning their pet ideas about education into state policy, particularly unlimited creation of inefficient charter schools, most unproven and often poorly run. The likes of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman, Stephens Inc. heir Jackson T. Stephens Jr., Walmart heir Jim Walton and Murphy Oil heir Claiborne Deming are accustomed to getting their way and punishing dissent. They’re lobbying the legislature to remove the state cap on charter schools. They target Little Rock for charter schools for the same reason robbers target banks. That’s where the money is — thousands of students with which to capture state millions to spend THEIR way. Example: The eStem charter school partially financed by Walton money in a building owned by Hussman and felicitously stocked on opening with whiter, richer and better performing students than those in the Little Rock School District. Surprise. Kids from stable families score better on standardized tests. It’s stupid that the Chamber has given industrial competitors nationwide a bullet to shoot in Arkansas’s butt (its advertisement of Little Rock’s terrible schools). It’s also a grave insult to the thousands of students, parents and teachers who’ve toiled — successfully — in Little Rock public schools. The rich men don’t care. Their children don’t venture among the poor children and union teachers of Little Rock schools. More troubling still is the silence from the taxpayer-subsidized Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Billionaire Club’s strategy will leave Little Rock with cratered public schools that beg industrial prospects to look elsewhere. Maybe the Little Rock Chamber should join the flight to Cabot, too.
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GUILTY: Sangeeta Mann leaves the federal courthouse after she and her husband, Dr. Randeep Mann, were convicted in a near-fatal bombing. The man on the right is unidentified.
Marriage Equality’s ‘Sheroes’ n We begin to understand fully the power of gender roles in shaping our lives as we head out into the world during our elementary years. My own elementary years correlated with the time in American history when our society had its most telling conversation (really a yelling match) about the role that gender should have in our lives and in our laws. The cultural high point of this movement came in September 1973 when Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match before a sell-out Astrodome crowd and 40 million TV viewers. Raised in a home where “women’s lib” was both promoted nonstop (by my grandmother) and practiced (by my mother), I remember the months of build-up to that extravaganza and King’s threeset domination of Riggs well. Not coincidentally, the Equal Rights Amendment was roaring towards apparent ratification at that same moment. But, within months of King’s victory, a cultural backlash to feminism developed and the ERA was stopped in Southern state legislatures, with the inane but effective arguments of Phyllis Schlafly used by male legislators to justify their “no” votes. This past week, however, we were reminded that while that battle for constitutional reform was lost, the war for social transformation fought by women like Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug at the national level, and Brownie Ledbetter and Diane Blair here in Arkansas, has been won. Throughout federal District Judge Vaughn Walker’s 138-page decision striking down Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that barred same-sex marriage in California, he chronicles the shift from a time when “[w]omen were seen as suited to raise children and men were seen as suited to provide for the family” and contends that such an “archaic” view of gender roles would be necessary to justify the state’s discriminatory amendment. Social historians’ testimony guided Walker to conclude that through the flurry of changes to gender-based laws and the accompanying alterations in public attitude since the 1970s, “[m]arriage was
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thus transformed from a male-dominated institution into an institution recognizing men and women as equals.” As Walker sums up, “The evidence shows that the movement of marriage away from a gendered institution and toward an institution free from statemandated gender roles reflects an evolution in the understanding of gender rather than a change in marriage.” It is that “evolution” that led him to his sweeping decision that Proposition 8 has no rational basis in law. We see the impact of the women’s rights activists of the past every day. Without their work to shatter gender roles, I would lack the opportunity to work with valued colleagues and students who would have been absent from academic settings before the 1970s. And we all would be denied the talents of public servants shut out simply because of their sex. But, in Judge Walker’s opinion, the breadth of the women’s-rights movement’s impact is brought into sharp focus. Sixty years ago, another reclusive federal district judge, J. Waites Waring of South Carolina, wrote a dissent in a case evaluating his state’s segregation of classrooms. Four years later, Waring’s logic and rhetoric permeated Chief Justice Warren’s opinion in the Brown decision. While the legal path will be complicated, there is now a significant likelihood that Judge Walker’s opinion in the Perry case will play a similar role in the fight for marriage equality. While written by Walker, it is crucial to recognize that this vital step in the creation of a more just America was really drafted by the “sheroes” of my youth. Jay Barth is the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics at Hendrix College.
When math fails, GOP lies n In a rational world where two plus two always equaled four there would be one idea today that would be so compelling and popular that every politician would have to be for it. The consequences of discarding the idea are so frightful and apparent that it ought to be political suicide to follow that course. But reason in political discourse took flight years ago, and it is possible to argue that sound mathematical equations and rudimentary logic are probably wrong if they produce results that you don’t like. You can also simply supply people the wrong facts and convince lots of them of the better results that the error produces. The compelling idea is that the country needs to let the Bush tax cuts on the rich expire next year as President Bush and Congress intended when they made the cuts in 2001 and 2003. Is that rational? The tax cuts plunged the country into the deepest deficit spending in history and produced the poorest economic growth in modern times (in terms of job creation). Everyone finally is persuaded that the debt growth threatens the nation’s survival, and returning the tax rates on the top 2 percent of the country’s taxpayers to the levels of 2001 would shave $1 trillion from the national debt over the next 10 years and larger sums in succeeding decades. The vast majority of Americans think
Ernest Dumas Congress went too far in the serial tax cuts for the rich and that the super rich particularly are responsible for the nation’s economic grief and should pay more taxes because of it. But you can’t tell that from the public debate. Republicans, all but a few in their congressional quotient, think they can turn in their favor the issue of keeping the tax cuts. It makes no sense, but don’t count them out. The Republicans don’t argue, at the moment, that the rich need to pay low tax rates. They say now is not the time to raise the top marginal tax rate 3 percent because those people would stop going out and creating jobs. Like they are now? The fact is that the tax cuts did not lead to job creation and restoring the tax to 2000 levels won’t stop it. The Republican candidates for Congress in Arkansas repeat the national theme, that restoring the tax on upper incomes will kill small businesses. It is nonsense. Fewer than 2 percent of tax returns reporting smallbusiness income are filed by taxpayers earning more than $170,000 a year and
Pondering the ‘Razorback Subsidy’ n This story encompasses everything right, wrong or in between with our politics. Key characters range from top White House officials to Arkansas farmers. So let’s tell it. U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln is an at-risk Democratic incumbent recently ascended to the chairmanship of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Thus she is positioned to deliver largesse to the state’s farmers. The federal Agriculture Department has regulatory authority from 2008 to help farmers formally determined to have been beset by weather-related losses. But, because the bureaucracy works slowly, the department is still in the process of designing implementation. Lincoln tires of waiting and puts a rider in the small business bill directing $1.5 billion to special disaster relief to farmers. The rider defines eligibility through a percentage-loss calculation for crops in 2009. The formula happens to make large Arkansas farmers the leading recipients. Big Arkansas farmers would see their subsidies increased by 50 percent or more. Call it the “Razorback Subsidy.”
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Lincoln’s Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. John Boozman, joins nearly all Republicans in opposing the idea, citing this mantra: “It’s not paid for.” Republicans are banking — smartly so far — on the premise that pivotal independent voters are weary of the deficit explosion and determined to resist the politics as usual that has helped cause it. By this irony, Lincoln risks deeper political trouble every time she successfully directs more money to the state. Boozman stresses that he lovesArkansas farmers, one of whom, Stanley Reed of Marianna, is his campaign chairman. By one calculation, Boozman has a higher rating from the Farm Bureau than Lincoln, mostly over trade issues. So Lincoln picks up the phone and the caller is Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to President Obama. He tells her not to worry because the White House will direct the
families earning more than $210,000, which are the top brackets. The tax would be restored only on individuals earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000. Those arguments won’t fly with many people, so Republicans fall back on a surer strategy. They just lie about what the president proposes to do. Here’s John Boozman, the Senate candidate: “We’re 151 days away from a tax hike that will impact every American. The Tax Foundation estimates Arkansans on average will have to pay $1,400 more in taxes.” And Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District: “In just 155 days, tax relief for American families and small businesses is set to expire, resulting in the largest tax increase in our nation’s history.” They insinuate that the president and the Democrats will restore all the taxes, not simply those on high incomes. The only person who wants to restore all the taxes is Alan Greenspan, the Republican former Fed chairman who was until now the fount of all wisdom on economic matters for his party. Congress passed the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 after Greenspan placed his reluctant imprimatur on them. Now he says they all must be repealed to get the country back on track. But that is not what the president proposes to do. The 2001-level taxes (and 2003 on investment income), which were histori-
cally low, will be restored on fewer than 2 percent of taxpayers, the only Americans who have experienced large income gains the past eight years. Two thirds of the nation’s total income gains from 2002 to 2007, when the recession began, flowed to the top 1 percent of U. S. households, who will account for nearly all the revenue gains under President Obama’s plan. A middleincome Arkansas family will not pay a cent more in taxes. The impact is especially poignant for Arkansas. Here is an issue that tells you who a politician’s real constituency is. Who will he represent when the chips are down? Of some 1.2 million Arkansas individuals and families who file federal tax returns, no more than 15,000 — fewer than 1.5 percent — would pay a dime more in taxes if Congress adopts the Obama plan. Here are the best figures: In 2006, the last year for which the Treasury Department has figures, only 19,309 Arkansans reported adjusted gross incomes of more than $200,000. All but 2,000 of them filed joint returns, which means their threshold would be $250,000 gross income, not $200,000. If Congress does not enact the Obama plan or something like it, middle-class families will indeed see a small tax increase next year. Eventually, that will have to happen to get the deficit under control but the Republican strategy will perversely produce it in January.
Office of Management and Budget to find a way to get her farmers that $1.5 billion out of existing money in the Agriculture Department through administrative means. He does this because, as it turns out, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whom Lincoln never counts on as much of an ally, is going to excise her $1.5 billion from the small business bill. He’s trying to nab a few Republican votes and head off a filibuster. A few Republicans have indicated Lincoln’s rider is their main objection. Emanuel needs Lincoln to stay on board with the small business bill. The White House would prefer not to undercut her main political calling card back home. Anyway, the White House owes her because she cast one deciding procedural vote for health care reform. The Senate is not democratic, for reasons beyond the 60-vote filibuster rule. Committees can work openly and vote in public to draft bills that Reid has the singular authority to change arbitrarily, as in this case. Republicans filibuster the bill anyway, finding something else objectionable, because that’s just the way they are. Boozman says he can’t imagine how or by what authority the White House intends to find and redirect an extra $1.5 billion within the Agriculture Department. This circumvents Congress and the law, he says. We can’t keep living
on the Visa card, he says. Lincoln boasts that she’s the squeaky wheel and that she can squeak a little louder because she’s the agriculture chairman. Her staff produces a list of 19 administratively executed disaster expenditures for farmers over the years that had no direct bill from the Congress, including one for $900 million in 2004 for livestock losses. So here’s your political choice: You can go with the highly placed senator who can bring special bucks to Arkansas farmers. Or you can go with her Republican challenger who says we can’t keep finding ways to work the system to spend a borrowed billion here and a borrowed billion there. Oh, and a postscript, typically an afterthought, some might say: Black farmers have been waiting for years for more than a billion dollars in agreed-to compensatory USDA payments for past discriminatory practices in farm aid. Nobody has been able to find for them the amount of money that Emanuel assured Lincoln the OMB could gather up for her. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • AUGUST 12, 2010 17
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WOOF: William Wegman’s videos feature Weimaraners.
Weird film The Arkansas Underground Film Fest returns to Hot Springs. B y L i n d s e y M illa r
n between Kermit and Big Bird, Jim Henson took some time off from Muppet-making to dip his toe into the avant-garde. The result, “Time Piece” (1965), is a zany meditation on the nature of time, filled with scenes of Henson — who writes, directs and stars — painting an elephant pink, riding a pogo stick and running a lot, sometimes dressed as Abe Lincoln. It’s a fascinating window into the development of a great artist: utterly bizarre, but like Henson’s best work, long on goofy charm. That’s the idea behind “Famous Firsts,” a program that kicks off the Arkansas Underground Film Festival this weekend at the Malco Theatre in Hot Springs. Along with Henson, the program (6 p.m., Friday) includes shorts by David Lynch, Guy Maddin, Roman Polanksi and Martin Scorsese, all made when the directors were, as festival director Dan
Anderson says, “nobodies.” Anderson, the 27-year-old program director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, first came to Hot Springs two years ago with his traveling experimental film festival, Bearded Child. He liked Hot Springs and decided to return and, ultimately, stick around when the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute hired him to put on last year’s underground festival and, later, to come aboard as institute program director. In everything he’s worked on — including the documentary fest and the HSDFI’s summer film series — he’s injected a welcome dose of the weird into the programming. But the ARKUFF is Anderson’s opportunity to really indulge that tendency. Like last year, the three-day festival celebrates experimental film that exists in the margins of popular culture. Though, as with “Famous Firsts,” Anderson makes it a point to book works from known filmmakers and artists,
though they’re rarely the films for which they’re famous. One possible exception: David Lynch’s surrealist cult classic, “Eraserhead” (9:15 p.m., Friday). More towards the margins, on Friday, “Arkansas’s Finest” (7:15 p.m.) celebrates two of the state’s underground stars: Locust Bayou’s Phil Chambliss, whose sensibility suggests that he is Lynch’s exponentially weirder Southern cousin; and Nancy Silver, a filmmaker Anderson compares favorably to Chambliss who’s recently become something of a cult star in the UK underground. Saturday, Yoshie Sakai, an experimental filmmaker from California, will be in attendance as an installation of her short films runs on a loop. She stars in them all as an “unassuming underdog lost in a complicated world full of obstacles.” Possibly the most accessible program of the weekend — particularly for families — is the William Wegman retrospective (2 p.m., Saturday). A multi-media artist famous for working with Weimaraners, Wegman was also, according to Anderson, a pioneering video artist. Many of the videos included in the retrospective star Wegman’s delightfully deadpan dogs, often with Wegman offering dry voiceovers. The program concludes with “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold,” a terrifically funny, spot-on parody of the Hardy
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Boys books, with Weimaraners playing all parts. Later Saturday, “Riot Girrl” (3:30 p.m.) features cult icon Sadie Benning’s diarystyle home movies shot on a Fisher-Price PXL-2000 toy camera and twee art star Miranda July’s pre-“You, Me, and Everyone We Know” experimental video, “Nest of Tens.” The contemporary cinema program “Abstractions and Dreams” (5 p.m.) includes a film by Anderson called “Bird Nest” that he and co-director Bobby Missile made with analog video mixers. If you are a true-blue avant-garde cinephile, you’ll want to make sure and catch Saturday night’s line-up. Shown in 16mm, “Avant-Garde Classics” (6:30 p.m.) features shorts by Bruce Conner, including “Looking for Mushrooms” (with Timothy Leary), and Kenneth Anger, whose tour of the supernatural and occult, “Invocation of My Demon Brother,” has a Moog-laden soundtrack courtesy of Mick Jagger. Largely because of that film, Anderson warns that the program is intended for mature audiences only. Saturday’s schedule starts to wind down with a 16mm print of “The Hart of London” (7:50 p.m.), a 79-minute feature that avant-garde godfather Stan Brakhage hailed as “one of the greatest films ever made,” followed by new films from Matthew Silver and Mara Mattuschka (9:30 p.m.), which Anderson calls “perhaps the most bizarre program of the festival.” Sunday, Andrew Busti, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, offers a workshop introduction to super 8mm and 16mm and its application to experimental film (noon to 6 p.m., $15-$25). At 8 p.m., the festival shifts to the Low Key Arts Building (118 Arbor St.), where contemporary films highlighting the “American Bizarre” and the short films of the Hungarian Buharov brothers screen. Anderson says that fans of the surrealist puppetry of the Brothers Quay will want to catch the Buharov brothers. On Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m., Low Key Arts hosts dance parties with visuals. Admission is $7 or free with a VIP pass. Admission is $7 per day or $10 for a VIP pass, which also affords access to the workshop at a discounted price. www.arktimes.com • AUGUST 12, 2010 19
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LAURA AND LISA LING
11 a.m., Clinton Museum Store. Free.
n It’s one of the scariest stories of international tension in recent memory. When Laura Ling and fellow news producer Euna Lee went to the Chinese/North Korean border to film a documentary about North Korean defectors, their guide took them north, past one of the most tense borders in the world, to visit a safe house in dangerous ground. Warily, the two soon backtracked south and were knocked out by the butts of two North Korean army-issue rifles, only to wake up in custody of the most diplomatically isolated country in the world. That’s horrific enough by any standards. But soon, the two roving journalists were ordered to 12 years of hard labor with no appeal or chance of parole in a country where they couldn’t speak a word of the language, unsure if they’d live to see the end of their sentence. Laura Ling’s sister (and well-known TV journalist), Lisa, soon spearheaded a campaign to free the two, President Clinton hopped on board and the rest is history, soon written into a celebrated memoir written by the Ling sisters, titled “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.” They’re visiting the Clinton Museum to discuss those tense weeks and sign copies of their new book.
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9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.
n Little Rock likes Gringo Star and I suspect, judging from its regular jaunts into
town, the band formerly known as A Fir-Ju Well is pretty fond of us, too. Truth be told, it’s one of the best out-of-state bands to stay in touch with the local venue circuit. Maybe it’s because the band’s sentimental about our neck of the woods. Or maybe it’s because the group’s jangly, British invasion sound is guaranteed to pack music halls with sugar-toothed pop fans. The band is charming down to a formula, full of all the ’60s idiosyncrasies the Davies brothers earwigged into your lobes as a child: taut harmonies, tambourines by the dozens and all the shaggy-headed swagger you can shake a Rickenbacker at. At its best, it’s a band worthy to sit at the same table as its Atlantabased peers (and recent tourmate) Black Lips. At worst, it’s a fantastic throwback band that’ll make even the most assless shimmy along. Openers Catskill Kids are doing a great job sporting the crown as Little Rock’s “promising, brand new buzz band.” Fronted by the Cronks, a local brother and sister duo hailing from Australia, the act works in that tense, restrained, hook-heavy sound done so well by Montrealers and the Quebecois. Expect a lot from these young guns. The night’s bill is rounded out by fellow co-ed act, This Holy House, a moody, melodic Conway outfit that should be no stranger to regulars with a taste for the melancholic.
KABF RENT PARTY 3 p.m., Parrot Beach Cafe. $5 suggested donation.
BRIT LICKS: Gringo Star jangles and bops its way back to Little Rock on Friday night. n You may have heard, or read if community radio and eclectic music needs lines between thundering Texas blues, you picked up last week’s issue of a fast infusion of money to keep the doors chunky Delta stomp and the soul fretting the Times, that KABF is in a helluva way. open and its frequency alive. Thankfully, of B.B. King. It’s that type of amplified We’ll leave the specifics to the front pages the station has a strong base of supporters dexterity that’s kept Ellis on the road and of the paper; just know that Little Rock’s who also know how to bring out a crowd, in the studio going on three decades now, long-standing, non-corporate voice for including local veterans Amy Garland recording with legendary producer Tom and Brent Labeau, who team up for a duo Dowd (John Coltrane, Otis Redding) and set, religious revisionists Gospel Outlaws, playing more than 150 shows a year all blues act The Cruize Brothers, and over the county. With that kind of practice, many more to be announced. Thrillingly, you can feel safe expecting to see a master as always, living blues legend Cedell of his craft this week when his itinerary Davis returns to town with backing brings him to the back porch of Denton’s band, Brethren. They’re asking for a $5 Trotline in Benton. suggested donation, but we suspect that’s just them being humble: Peel off a couple extra bills for the station.
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n In a world of music consistently divvied up into self-inflicted genres, Tinsley Ellis and his guitar manage to straddle the
11 a.m., 7 p.m.; Robinson Center Music Hall. $27.95-$67.15.
n Was last weekend’s Strongman Championships in Hot Springs not enough to sate your appetite for tight-skinned, snake-veined muscle men? Really? It wasn’t? Well, you’re in luck, so wake up and smell the protein shakes. The National Physique Committee’s in Little
n Anthemic pop-rockers Thriving Ivory headline a three-act bill at Juanita’s that includes “Rock Star: Supernova” contestant Ryan Star and folk-driven locals Free Micah, 9 p.m., $12.50 adv., $15 d.o.s. Vino’s is the go-to spot for up-andcoming troubadours; the brewpub offers an open mic night at 8 p.m., free. Local songcrafter Adam Faucett heads to Hot Springs for a free show at Maxine’s alongside prog-y instrumentalists Sound of the Mountain, 9 p.m. Alan Hunt Band takes its twang-heavy country rock to Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. The Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio smooths things out at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5, while the Ted Ludwig Trio jazzes up the Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free.
FRIDAY 8/13 THE ’PUS: Local comedy troupe Red Octopus debuts its new show, “Beach Blanket Blowout.” Rock this weekend, taking over Robinson Center Music Hall for a men and women’s bodybuilding event. The qualifiers set for Saturday will send the three most chiseled competitors to the NPC’s national championship, buffing it up with the buffest and best of the rest across the nation. Pre-judging begins at 11 a.m., with tickets for $27.95; the final competition starts at 7 p.m. with tickets from $34.05 to $39.20.
thing that has the misfortune of being in its crosshairs. For this production, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello get the send-up in “Beach Blanket Trilogy,” the audience learns how to sing themselves free of trouble in “The Lion Queen” and Charo and Charles Nelson Reilly re-enact the goriest scenes from “Friday the 13th.” The show resumes Thursday, Aug. 19, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 21.
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8 p.m., The Public Theatre. $10.
n In its 19th season, Little Rock’s oldest sketch comedy troupe, Red Octopus, is back with its summer installment and ready to lampoon just about any and every-
9 p.m., Juanita’s. $7.
n After touring relentlessly for the better part of the last decade, this self-described “Dirty Old One Man Band” has made quite a reputation for himself as a beer-soaked, hard-ass troubadour. He also proved he’s not the man to try to keep down. As the story goes, he took to stage in a wheelchair,
with broken legs, a shattered arm, stitches from intestinal surgery and an I.V. by his side one month after a Mack truck laid into him, head on, at 75 m.p.h. It’s that type of stubborn-headed immediacy that grumbles through his music. He’s a bizarre, footstomping minister of Delta blues and D.C. punk, a rambling shit-talker with a back catalog of sloppy riffs and loud harmonica. Little Rock and its legions of alt-country devotees, if you weren’t already, consider yourself on alert. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, local Southern gothic deconstructionists, open alongside Joey and Kelly Kneiser, a ex-husband and wife duo from Little Rock favorites Glossary.
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9 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
DIRTY OLD ONE MAN BAND: Scott H. Biram returns to town this Saturday for a night of beer-drenched cowpunk.
n Pato Banton’s name was a two-part endeavor. The reggae toaster from Birmingham, England, was dubbed Pato, “wise owl” in Kingston patois, by his father and “Banton,” lingo for a great reggae DJ toaster, by the peers he left in the dust. The wise owl’s been around the game for decades, having regularly worked on duets with Sting, an outspoken fan; collaborated with reggae god Mad Professor for his debut album, “Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton,” and contributed to one of the best albums of the ’80s, “Special Beat Service” by The (English) Beat. Reggae acts in Little Rock may be regular, but this good-vibe throwback show should be a thrill for the hot steppers, rood boys and sistren alike. Butterfly featuring Irie Soul opens.
n Guns n’ Roses tribute band, Guns 4 Roses, sha-na-na-nas Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. Downtown Music hosts its first night of Synfest V with a slate of local metal acts, including Between Crows and Thieves, Das Gift, A Plea For Mercy, Land of Mines and more, 7 p.m., $7. Cool Shoes’ DJ Shawn Lee takes his wheels of steel to Hot Springs’ Low Key Arts building, spinning for the Arkansas Underground Film Festival after party, 11 p.m., $7 or free with ARKUFF ticket stub. Late night/early morning at Midtown Billiards gets soundtracked by bluegrass wunderkinds The Crumbs, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members; they play Cajun’s Wharf earlier that afternoon at 5:30 p.m.
n Local Southern rockers/whiskey hounds Jeff Coleman and the Feeders lay into White Water with visiting Memphians The Dirty Streets, 10 p.m. Discovery hosts the Annual Miss Gay Arkansas Pageant in its theater while DJ Brandon Peck mans the lobby and DJ Lydia Prim rocks the disco, 10 p.m., $10. Arlington Hotel offers up An Evening With Grady Nichols, saxophonist extraordinaire, 6:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Bar-rockers abound with PG-13 at Bill St. Pub and Grill, 10 p.m., $5; Highball at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free; and the Joe Cain Band performing at West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. The Lucious Spiller Band takes its rain-checked, weekly Wednesday stint to Saturday night at Sticky Fingerz; expect Prince songs, 9:30 p.m., $5. At Midtown Billiards, two of the best Little Rock has to offer rock away with Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth and Underclaire slated to play for the dawn-chasers, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. www.arktimes.com • AUGUST 12, 2010 21
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 Music
Adam Faucett, Sound of the Mountain. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Alan Hunt Band. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Brenn. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. stickyfingerz.com. Diamond State Chorus. William F. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jason Greenlaw. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 7 p.m., free. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Jim King Open Mic. Vino’s, 8 p.m., free. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch. Magic Springs-Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $29.99$49.99. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. “Posh.” Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-3747474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thriving Ivory, Ryan Star, Free Micah. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12.50 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Trademark (headliner), Rob & Tyndall (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Travis Linville Duo. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/ whitewatertavern.
Gabriel Rutledge. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com. Red Octopus Presents “Beach Blanket Bingo.” The Public Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; also Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. $10. 616 Center St. 501-3747529. www.thepublictheatre.com.
World of Warcraft Meet and Greet. Main Library, 2 p.m., free. 100 S. Rock St. www.cals.lib. ar.us.
Laura and Lisa Ling. The sister journalists visit the Clinton Museum Store to sign “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and 22 AUGUST 12, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
42 TURNS 64: The Clinton Presidential Library celebrates its namesake’s birthday on Saturday, Aug.14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission, free audio tours throughout the day and free backpacks filled with school supplies for the first 500 kids through the door.
the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.” Clinton Presidential Center, 11 a.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Used Book Sale. Dee Brown Library. 6325 Baseline Road.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 Music
Adam Faucett, Sound of the Mountain. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Brenn, Ali Harter, Johnny Bertram and The
Golden Bicycles, Redwood. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $7. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. The Crumbs. Midtown Billiards, Aug. 14, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-3729990. midtownar.com. DJ Shawn Lee. Low Key Arts, 11 p.m., free with admission stub from ARKUFF. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. Eoff Brothers (headliner), The Crumbs (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30pm. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Exit Strategy. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312
N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. First Class Fridays. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. The Gettys. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Gringo Star, This Holy House, Catskill Kids. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Guns 4 Roses. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. The Hi-Balls. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Jeff Coleman. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Jocaine McCuin Band. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-7538300. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. KABF Rent Party with Cedell Davis and Brethern, The Cruize Brothers, Mike Dollins, Gospel Outlaws and more. Fundraiser for KABF. Parrot Beach Cafe, 3 p.m., $5. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Off With Their Heads, The Arrivals. Low Key Arts, 9 p.m., $7. 118 Arbor St., Hot Springs. The Paperboys. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010. www.markhamst.com. Strawberry Swing, Tate Smth, J.A.M.E.. Soundstage, 7 p.m., $6. 1008 Oak St., Conway. Synfest V with Between Crows and Thieves, Eddie and the Defiantz, Das Gift, A Plea For Mercy, Land of Mines, Wishtribe, Driven to Madness. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $7. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows. homestead.com. Taylor Made. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Team Lieblong. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Aug. 13-14, 7 p.m.; Aug. 27-28, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Tim Meitzen. Grumpy’s Too, Aug. 13-14, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Tonya Leeks & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Tragikly White. The Promenade at Chenal, 6 p.m., free. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-5552. chenalshopping.com. Veara, I Am Abomination, Stereo Sound, The Supporting Cast. The Village, 7:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-5700300. www.thevillagelive.com. The Weatherfolk. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com.
Gabriel Rutledge. The Loony Bin, Aug. 13, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 14, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy. com. Red Octopus Presents “Beach Blanket Bingo.” The Public Theatre, through Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre.com.
11th Annual Ozark Deaf Timberfest. Sponsored by Little Rock Association of the Deaf Inc., this two-day event offers lumberjack games and competitions for the whole family. Byrd’s Adventure Center, Aug. 13-14. 7037 Cass Oark Road, Ozark. Arkansas Kennel Club Dog Show. Three days of multi-breed competitions with up to 1,000 dogs competing each day. Visit arkansaskennelclub.com for more information. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Aug. 13-15. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www.arkansasstatefair.com.
2nd Annual Arkansas Underground Film
UpcOMiNG EvENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. AUG. 20: Deftones. 7 p.m., $36.60-$41.75. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. AUG. 21: Brooks & Dunn. 7:30 p.m., $35-$70. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. AUG. 27-28: Mulehead. 10 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. Seventh. 375-8400, myspace. com/whitewatertavern. SEPT. 4: Keith Sweat, Montell Jordan, Next, 7:30 p.m., $35-75. Riverfest Amphitheatre. SEPT. 23: The Hold Steady, $18. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 523-0090, revroom. com. OCT. 10: Nickelback. 6 p.m., $55.95-$80.35. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, pollstar.com. Festival. Three days of experimental film from David Lynch, Guy Maddin, William Wegman, Kenneth Anger and more. Malco Theater, Aug. 13-15, $7 per night, $10 weekend V.I.P. 817 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-6200.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 Music
Ashley McBryde. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 10 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. www.renosargentacafe.com. Brandon Peck (lobby), Lydia Prim (disco), Annual Miss Gay Arkansas Pageant (theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco.com. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Underclaire. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 p.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar.com. Donna Massey & The Blue-Eyed Soul (headliner), Lyle Dudley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Electric Courage Machine, Mira Loma and The Bad Vibes, Underclaire. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. An Evening with Grady Nichols. Arlington Hotel, 6:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-7771. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 9 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. cregeens.com. Highball. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Jason Greenlaw & the Groove. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Jeff Coleman and The Feeders, The Dirty Streets. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Jenny Meets Jessica, In Ground Zero, Spinning Jenny, Chosen View, Jessica Seven. The Village, 6:30 p.m. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive.com. Joe Cain Band. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. KSSN Colgate Challenge. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5-$10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Native America, Moment of Fierce Determination. Soundstage, 7 p.m., $6. 1008 Oak St., Conway. PG-13. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 10 p.m., $5. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724.
Rep the Rock Rite Nite. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Scott H. Biram, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Joey and Kelly Kneiser. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $7. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. www.juanitas.com. Shannon McClung. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. The Swinging Franks. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Synfest V wtih Evacuate the City, Bolt, Shitfire, Iron Ton, Out of Ashes, Sychosys, A Darkened Era. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $7. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 14, 7 p.m.; through Aug. 28, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Tim Meitzen. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Tinsley Ellis. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Voodoo Sauce. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. The Wiyos. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $12. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View.
Gabriel Rutledge. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com. Red Octopus Presents “Beach Blanket Bingo.” The Public Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $10. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. www.thepublictheatre. com.
11th Annual Ozark Deaf Timberfest. See Aug. 13. Arkansas Kennel Club Dog Show. See Aug. 13. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. Argenta Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501-379-9980. www.argentamarket.com. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Super Summer Saturdays. Programs and activities related to the Center’s summer exhibit, “Nature Unleashed.” Clinton Presidential Center, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.; Aug. 28, 10 a.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
2nd Annual Arkansas Underground Film Festival. See Aug. 13.
Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi Hooks. Dickey-Stephens Park, Aug. 14, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 15, 6 p.m.; Aug. 16, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-7559. www. travs.com. NPC Bodybuilding Championships. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m. Markham and Broadway. www.littlerockmeetings.com/conv-centers/ robinson.
Angels of Mercy Fund-raiser. A fund-raiser for young homeless adults, featuring food, speakers and music from the Rodney Block Ensemble. Restaurant 1620, 6:30 p.m., $65. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620.
Arkansas Book & Paper Show. More than 40 exhibitors showcase their books and documents pertaining to Arkansas. Jacksonville Community Center, Aug. 14-15, $5. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. Mark Spitzer and Robin Becker. Spitzer signs
his book, “Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America’s Most Misunderstood Fish,” and Becker signs “Brains: A Zombie Memoir.” Hastings, 2 p.m., free. 1360 Old Morrilton Hwy., Conway. Monica Hudson. The author signs copies of her new book, “Changed! In the Heat of Fire.” WordsWorth Books & Co., 3 p.m., free. 5920 R St.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 Music
Ministry of Love, Before the Fall, With Legions. Soundstage, 7 p.m., $6. 1008 Oak St., Conway. Riverboat Crime, Echo Canyon. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $5. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Shadows Fall, Rwake, A Darkened Era, And the Angels Were Silent. The Village, 7:30 p.m., $12.50 adv., $15 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive.com. Successful Sundays. Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs. com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
Arkansas Kennel Club Dog Show. See Aug. 13. River Cities Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party. A kick-off party to celebrate the start of River Cities Restaurant Week. For details, visit rcrestaurantweek.com. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 3 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.e. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724.
2nd Annual Arkansas Underground Film Festival. See Aug. 13.
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Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi Hooks. Dickey-Stephens Park, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.; Aug. 16, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-7559. www.travs.com.
Arkansas Book & Paper Show. See Aug. 14.
MONDAY, AUGUST 16 Music
Framing Hanley, Transmit Now, Tetanus. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Monday night Jazz with Brandy Herbert, Dave Rogers, Brian Wolverton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Shadows Fall. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8 p.m., $12. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226.
Underground Comedy Night. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., free. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com.
River Cities Restaurant Week. River Cities Restaurant Week, a fund-raiser for Arkansas Hospice, features nearly 30 local dining establishments, many with exclusive prixe-fixe specials for the event. For details, visit www.rcrestaurantweek. com. Aug. 16-21.
To the 3rd Annual
River Cities Restaurant Week
Kick-Off Party 3-5 p.m.
Sunday, August 15
Bill Street Bar & Grill Banquet hall
Sample Restaurant Week Fare from participating eateries Enjoy live music and auctions Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door Kids 12 & younger are free
Arkansas Travelers vs. Corpus Christi Hooks. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-7559. www. travs.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17 Music
Birds and Batteries, Six Gallery. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free. 2400
All Proceeds Benefit Arkansas Hospice For tickets, visit rcrestaurantweek.com or call Jan at 748-3304
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Continued from page 23 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Charlotte Thistle. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $6. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.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. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Reckless Ones, Josh the Devil. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107
Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. Tantric, Amsterdam. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. We Should Whisper, Teen Hearts, outRAGEus. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. www.revroom.com.
Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m.
400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. River Cities Restaurant Week. See Aug. 16. The ROOT Cafe “Canning Kitchen” Summer Workshop. ROOT’s third annual summer series of food preservation workshops. Christ Episcopal Church, Aug. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $10. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342.
George Crozier. The executive director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab discusses the effects of the Gulf oil spill. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-6835239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 Music
Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Clinton Museum Store
Book Signing for Laura Ling & Lisa Ling
Laura Ling and Lisa Ling will sign their new book, “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home,” about Laura’s imprisonment and Lisa’s unrelenting campaign to get her sister released.
Friday, August 13 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Clinton Museum Store 610 President Clinton Ave. To pre-order, please contact the Clinton Museum Store at 501-748-0400
Special parking instructions: Park at the Clinton Center and take the Clinton Museum Store Shuttle! The shuttle pick-ups will be at the front door of the Clinton Library.
1200 President Clinton Avenue • Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 • 501-374-4242 • clintonpresidentialcenter.org
501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. All Called Liar, Dead River. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Fire and Brimstone. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30pm. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. www.cajunswharf.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Pato Banton, Butterfly and Irie Soul. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Reckless Ones. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-3747474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Dan O’Sullivan. The Loony Bin, Aug. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Aug. 20, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 21, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
River Cities Restaurant Week. See Aug. 16.
ThiS WEEk iN ThEATEr “Gridiron.” Arkansas lawyers, politicos and public figures are sent up in this musical comedy by the Arkansas Bar Association. Reception 6 p.m. opening night. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Aug. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 20, 7 and 9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 7 and 9 p.m., $60 opening night, $40-$35, $25 final performance. 601 Main St. 378-0405. www. therep.org. “In Love With Broadway.” Conway Dinner Theater presents a night of Broadway hits from “South Pacific” to “Rent.” Oak Street Bistro caters. Dinner at 6:15 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, through Aug. 15, 6:15 p.m., $30. 2310 East Oak St., Conway. “True West.” Brothers clash when Austin, working on a film script he recently sold, is interrupted by Lee, a demented petty thief. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Austin’s producer, who then wants Austin to junk his love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale. Pocket Community Theater, Aug. 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m., $5-$8. 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs.
GAllEriES, MUSEUMS New exhibits, gallery events ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Degrees of Density: Selections from the Flatfiles of the Kentler International Drawing Space,” 54 contemporary drawings, through Aug. 22; “The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf,” through Aug. 22; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Raices,” new mixed media work by x3mex about Mexican independence, atrium gallery, opening reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 13, 2nd Friday Art Night, runs through Nov. 30; “Luke Anguhadluq: Inuit Artist,” from the J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Mezzanine Gallery, through Oct. 9; “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 40th annual Juried Exhibition,” Main Gallery, through Aug. 28. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: Free admission and free backpacks filled with school supplies for first 500 children in door for Clinton birthday celebration Aug. 14; “Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters,” interactive displays and animation on earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes from the Field Museum, through Sept.
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The backsliding vegetarian n “My God, how is this potato salad so delicious? ... Wait. Is that bacon?” A vegetarian friend was in town from Los Angeles and he’d never been to the South. He’d certainly never known the decadent glory of adding bacon, ham hock or “drippings” to anything. I had than the South. For every boat race off warned him, giving my four rules of Martha’s Vineyard that Northerners ordering as a vegetarian in the South: engage in, there are a few thousand 1) If you don’t want meat in something glorious rednecks sweltering over — be it mac ’n’ cheese or Cap’n Crunch outdoor grills, competing for shiny, — always say so. 2) Yes, the beans have swine-topped trophies. Within a short meat in them. They just do. 3) God yes, drive of my house, I can have the best the chili has meat in it, and please shut burgers I’ve ever eaten, at Arkansas the hell up before you get us kicked out Burger here in Little Rock, or CJ’s of this tailgate. 4) Finally, if you order Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville, or the house salad, make sure you tell them Cotham’s in Scott. I can eat my favorite to leave off the chicken fingers. barbecue just down the road at Whole There are 10 million vegetarians in Hog or at Craig’s in DeVall’s Bluff. I America, and at least 6 of those are in can drive a couple of hours east to Gus’ Arkansas. We’re in the Bible Belt. We in Memphis and have a plate of fried may do the other six Deadly Sins pretty chicken that, yes, is worth driving to well, but even Caligula never ate a deepMemphis to get. fried turkey. We have gluttony knocked. Does the level of my carnivorous And keep your fork, lotus-eaters, there’s delight, or the lack of convenience for (fried) pie. better vegetarian food, I was a vegetarian for make my backsliding okay? my last five years in New Probably not. The Michael York — and for my first two And here’s Pollans and “Food, Inc.’s” months back in Arkansas. of the world are becoming Initially the decision to the other become a vegetarian mostly thing: Meat is harder to ignore, and few of us can say with a straight had to do with what I’d read awesome, and face any longer that the about the meat industry, meat industry is humane. but it also had to do with nobody does That leaves me where convenience. I realized meat better I typically reside, in the that almost all the meat I than the South. morally fuzzy middle. was eating was fish, and if On a national level, the I didn’t have to cut dairy meat industry isn’t going from my diet, with a few to disappear, but the hope more conscious choices would be that through the pressure of here and there, I too could become a fullconsumers and (the saner) animal rights fledged (half-assed?), sanctimonious, groups, the lives of the animals we eat bleeding-hearted hippie. could be as happy as possible and their The decision to break my vegetarian deaths could be made more swift and vow was also about convenience (and, if painless. I’m being honest, pulled-pork nachos). On a personal level, getting this down Go ahead. Order the “veggie sandwich” on paper is a good reminder of just how at most Arkansas eateries. I dare you. weak my arguments against vegetariAs much as I love iceberg lettuce with anism actually are. They essentially brown edges, pale, regrettable tomatoes come down to “It’s hard.” and Hellmann’s mayonnaise, a man can’t So, I hope meat production becomes live on bland alone. (And don’t send more humane and transparent and that letters, please. There are fantastic vegethe South (and Arkansas specifically) tarian dishes at several local restaurants, increases its vegetarian options. As for but, from what I’ve seen, not enough me, I’m going to try to make the meatless inexpensive options to live on.) choices more often, and choose the meat Also, eating meat is more sociable, I buy more conscientiously. Thoreau especially in the South. How many party said, “I have no doubt that it is part of the hosts enjoy hearing the words “dietary destiny of the human race, in its gradual requirements”? And if you choose to improvement, to leave off eating animals suffer quietly, you’re left eating a plate ...” And I hope he’s right. In the meanof Rice Krispie Treats, some waffle-cut time, I’ll be fighting what’s bound to be, pickles, Ruffles, and your Solo cup. at least occasionally, a losing battle with And here’s the other thing: Meat is those pulled-pork nachos. awesome, and nobody does meat better
New on Rock Candy n Two of the pop music world’s biggest names are headlining a benefit for the West Memphis Three at the end of the month in Little Rock. Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines are coming to Vedder the Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 28. Wednesday, those on the WM3 supporter maines e-mail list will get a link to the ticket vendor. If any tickets remain early next week, they’ll be made available to the general public. General admission is $95 and VIP is $500. The church holds just under 700. A message from a member of Arkansas Take Action, the group that helped wrangle this event: Don’t call Quapaw Quarter UMC to ask about tickets. The church doesn’t have anything to with ticket sales. n Our annual Toast of the Town readers’ poll is now live at arktimes. com/toastofthetown10. For this second annual edition, you can cast votes for categories like the best bar, the best bartender, the best martini, the coldest beer and the best local brewery, in the Little Rock area and beyond. Voting is open until Sept. 13. The results will be announced Oct. 14. As usual, you can only vote once per IP address.
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n Director Tony Scott (“Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder”) is considering directing “The Associate,” John Grisham’s 2009 legal thriller. The book’s already been adapted by William Monahan (“The Departed”) and actor Shia LaBeouf has long been signed up to star. Between 1993 and 2004, eight of Grisham’s books were adapted for the big screen, but none of his last 11 has made it to the big screen. n Mulehead, Little Rock’s favorite act in the late ’90s and early aughts, is reuniting for a two-night stand at White Water on Aug. 28-29. The reunion almost happened for Riverfest, but then Mulehead got bumped for Uncle Kracker! Advance $10 tickets are available via lastchancerecords.com. Be warned: These will sell out. www.arktimes.com • AUGUST 12, 2010 25
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RETURNING THIS WEEK The A-Team (PG-13) — Four former Special Forces soldiers look to clear their name with the 2.125” X 2.8125" THUR 8/12 U.S. military after finding themselves framed and on LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS TIMES the lam. Movies 10: 12:45, 3:50, 7:15, 9:55. SUB 1 Animalopolis (NR) — A half-hour film of goofy animals being goofy in enormous 3D. Aerospace IMAX: 11:00, 7:00APPROVED Fri.; 1:00, 3:00, 7:00 Sat. ART Artist: (circle one:) AE: (circle one:) Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Freelance 2 Jay Rochelle Angela Maria (PG) — TheAE never-ending war between canine and APPROVED Trevor feline comes to a ceasefire when they have to join Freelance 3 Staci Steve Josh Julie Tim Northside WomeN’s CLIENT APPROVED forces to defeat a rogue cat spy. Breckenridge: 1:35, Boot Camp is the 4:30. Rave: 11:40, 2:05, 4:50. Riverdale: 11:35, 1:45, QuiCkest, easiest 3:55, 6:05, 8:05, 9:55. Deadline: Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) — A young man Way to Jumpstart your FitNess takes a job as a caretaker at the cemetery where program. his younger brother is buried. Breckenridge: 9:35. Chenal 9: 9:15. Rave: 12:40, 7:25. A specialized program of fitness Despicable Me (PG) — A skittish criminal masterinstruction, nutritional counseling mind hiding in the suburbs plans to steal the moon, provided by Certified Class Instructor/ if only he can keep three orphaned girls away. Personal Trainer Kaytee Wright. Breckenridge: 1:45, 4:10, 6:50. Chenal 9: 11:30, LoCATIon: 1:55, 4:10, 7:00. Rave: 11:20, 1:50, 4:10, 6:35, 9:15 Lakewood nLR, 5:15am M,W,F (3D). Riverdale: 11:20, 1:30, 3:35, 5:40, 7:45, 9:50. Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) — A rising executive finds the perfect dinner mate in a clumsy, dimwitted IRS agent. Breckenridge: 1:50, 4:50, mon., tue.,and thur., 6Pm-7Pm 7:30, 10:10. Chenal 9: 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, neW WomenS claSS at 9:15am, 9:45. Lakewood: 11:00, 1:40, 4:15, 7:15, 9:50. Rave: Bring your child, 2 and uP. 11:00, 1:40, 4:55, 7:55, 10:55. Riverdale: 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30. Grown Ups (PG-13) — Five old basketball teammates act like kids again after their high school coach passes away. Riverdale: 11:05, 1:15, 3:30, For more information and the 5:45, 7:55, 10:05. I Am Love (R) — Turn of the millennium Milan sees Women’s Boot camp calendar, the fall of the bourgeoisie. Market Street: 1:45, 4:15, visit www.northsidefitness.net 6:45, 9:00. Inception (PG-13) — A corporate spy enters competitors’ dreams to extract company secrets A c h i ev e . B e l i ev e . S u cc e e d. in this surrealist revision of heist films. Breckenridge: 1:30, 4:40, 7:50. Chenal 9: 12:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 (IMAX). Lakewood: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. Rave: 12:25, 3:45, 7:05, 10:25. Riverdale: 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:30. Iron Man 2 (PG-13) — The libertine superhero SWim Suit SeaSon iS cloSer returns, facing off with an evil Russian copycat, than you thinK!! it iS not to an old rival and the government. Movies 10: 2:30, late to get in ShaPe! 7:35.
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POW, BANG, BOOM: Sylvester Stallone returns to the director’s seat for “The Expendables,” a testosterone (and action star) packed shoot-em-up about a gang of mercenaries hired to overthrow a South American dictator. Stallone’s joined by Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and many, many more. The Karate Kid (PG) — A reboot of the 1985 classic sees the Kid as a Detroit-transplant in China, learning kung fu from the hand of his apartment maintenance man. Movies 10: 12:20, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. The Kids are All Right (R) — Two children in a non-traditional family discover their birth father to the chagrin of their two mothers. Rave: 11:35, 2:50, 5:40, 8:20, 10:50. Killers (PG-13) — Years after an undercover assassin settles down in the suburbs, he and his wife discover a plot to kill him. Movies 10: 12:10, 5:15, 10:20. Knight and Day (PG-13) — When a spy realizes he wasn’t supposed to survive his last assignment, he teams with an unassuming stranger to escape. Movies 10: 12:00, 2:35, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15. The Living Sea (NR) — An underwater tour of Palau, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Red Sea. Aerospace Imax: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 (Thu.); 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, 9:00 (Fri.); 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00 (Sat.). Marmaduke (PG) — The funny pages’ Great Dane turns his family’s cross-country move into a neverending series of disasters. Movies 10: 12:35, 2:45, 5:00, 7:25, 9:35. Mother and Child (R) — Three women with lives all affected by adoption find common ground as their stories begin to overlap. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50. The Other Guys (PG-13) — Two polar opposite policemen in the NYPD take the chance to work with the street smart cops they idolize, but things go downhill fast. Breckenridge: 1:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:05. Chenal 9: 11:20, 2:00, 4:35, 7:05, 9:40. Lakewood: 11:15, 1:45, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55. Rave: 12:30, 1:20, 2:15, 3:00, 4:00, 5:10, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:35, 9:20, 10:20, 11:10. Riverdale: 11:25, 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:05. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) — A prince must band with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a deadly, magical sandstorm. Movies 10: 12:50, 2:10, 3:25, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Ramona and Beezus (G) — Beverly Cleary’s famous Quimby sisters go through misadventures and mistakes to save their family. Breckenridge: 1:10, 4:05, 7:05, 9:30. Salt (PG-13) — A CIA officer has to go on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian double agent. Breckenridge: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:40. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:35, 4:45, 7:30, 10:05. Lakewood: 11:10, 1:35, 4:25, 7:25, 9:45. Rave: 11:05, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40, 9:55. Riverdale: 11:00, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00. Shrek Forever After (PG) — The final movie of the series has the ogre stuck in Far Far Away, in
which ogres are hunted and Rumpelstiltskin is king. Movies 10: 12:05, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7:10, 8:10, 9:25, 10:25. Solitary Man (R) — A successful car magnate crumbles as his personal and professional indiscretions catch up with him. Market Street: 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) — A master sorcerer recruits an ordinary guy to help him defend New York City from his arch-rival. Breckenridge: 7:10, 9:40. Rave: 12:10, 2:40. Step Up 3-D (PG-13) — The third installment of the popular dance movies has the street dancers facing off against the world’s best. Breckenridge: 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 9:55. Chenal 9: 11:15, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35. Lakewood: 11:05, 1:35, 4:00, 7:10, 9:40. Rave: 11:10, 1:55, 4:30, 5:30, 7:10, 8:10, 9:50, 10:40. Toy Story 3 (G) — Donated to a daycare center after their owner leaves for college, the beloved gang of toys rallies together for one last escape. Breckenridge: 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25. Rave: 11:30 (3D). Thrill Ride (NR) — This IMAX movie takes viewers on some of the fastest, scariest roller coaster rides on earth. Aerospace IMAX: 1:00 (Thu.); 1:00, 8:00 (Fri.); 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 8:00 (Sat.). The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) — The third installment of the “Twilight” series finds Bella graduating high school, torn between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. Rave: 4:25, 10:00. Wildfire: Feel the Heat (NR) — Discover how firefighters all over the planet fight the biggest, hottest fires on the planet. Aerospace IMAX: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 8:00 (Sat.). Winter’s Bone (R) — A 17-year-old girl tracks her deadbeat father through the Ozarks after he abandons his family. 2010 winner of LRFF’s Golden Rock award. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 9:20. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, www.dtmovies.com. Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, www.cinemark.com. Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, www.riverdale10.com. IMAX Theater: Aerospace Education Center, 376-4629, www.aerospaced.org. Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, www.marketstreetcinema.net. Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, www.ravemotionpictures.com. Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango.com. Dickinson Theaters Lakewood 8: Lakewood Village, 758-5354, www.fandango.com.
‘Exit through thE gift shop’: Graffiti artist Banksy explores the world of street art in his new documentary.
n moviereview Old masters Artist Banksy sprays up a winning doc. n I had heard, of course, of Banksy. If you’re even sorta-kinda plugged into the world of art, it’s hard not to have heard of him, the British graffiti artist who took his work — mostly made with spray cans and hand-cut stencils — from the streets to the high-end galleries of London, L.A. and New York. Though I think most graffiti is the work of burnouts with too much time on their hands, I’m a big fan of Banksy’s art: wry, ironic, often hilarious, intensely political and pop-culture-obsessed. He’s one of the guys out there, like Chuck Berry and Van Gogh before him, who took meager tools and turned them into
something transcendent. When I heard Banksy was doing a movie about street art, I didn’t know what to expect. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. His film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” is brilliant — though, like a lot of his work, it comes at you from an angle you never see coming until it’s on top of you. The film follows the fortunes of Thierry Guetta, AKA Mr. Brainwash. A naturalized Frenchman living in L.A. who made a good living selling castoff clothes to fashion-forward hipsters, Guetta has a compulsion that borders on obsession: to
record every moment of his waking life on video (why he does it is a fascinating bit of psychology, as seen in the film). In the late 1990s, Guetta’s cousin Space Invader was part of a loose-knit group of street artists trying to elevate graffiti to something more, riding the rise of the Internet to share their vision with the world (Invader, for example, makes mosaics of lo-fi game characters of the 1980s and affixes them — illegally — in public places). Through Invader, Guetta began filming the L.A. street art movement in its infancy, following artists as they scaled fences and buildings to bring their stenciled, pasted-on and sprayed-on art to the masses, whether the public wanted it or not. Even though they often got arrested and their art was whitewashed or chiseled off within days, they persevered. There’s something pure about that. Through this world, Guetta eventually
met Banksy, who was emerging as one of the true geniuses of outsider graffiti art. As the movement developed and street artists began making multi-million dollar sales in galleries, Banksy told Guetta that he should go ahead and finish the street art documentary he had been saying he would make for years. The result: an unwatchable train wreck. Eventually, Banksy took over the project, telling Guetta that he should instead pursue his own burgeoning street art career as his alter ego, Mr. Brainwash. I’m not going to spoil the result of that advice for you, but suffice it to say that what Guetta does next is enough to make even the most diehard supporter of culture ask some deep questions: What is art? Why do we want it? What determines which art sells for millions and which ends up on the curb? The answers to those questions, as the film proves, often have absolutely nothing to do with creativity and talent. For his part, Banksy goes at Guetta’s story with the same ironic eye that pervades his work. It’s obvious he has a love/hate relationship with his former friend, co-conspirator and protege — especially given that he undoubtedly understands that it was his advice that creates what Guetta/Mr. Brainwash eventually becomes. Banksy and other artists seen in the film come down a bit hard at times on Guetta’s art — which does have some interesting twists, even if it’s mostly a straight-up and unapologetic rip-off of everyone he admires. That said, the film is just about perfect. Through this very simple story about a man’s obsession with capturing everything, Banksy manages to encapsulate one of the most elusive ideas about art and why we seek it out: that what makes a painting valuable is not what the artist puts onto the canvas, but what we do in response. — David Koon
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Continued from page 24 6; standing exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “You Fit into Me: Works by David Carpenter and Lindsey Maestri,” through Sept. 5; “Unprivate Mail: Arkansas Postcards and Cryptic Messages,” through Sept. 26. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. J.W. WIGGINS NATIVE AMERICAN ART GALLERY, UALR Sequoyah Center, 500 University Plaza: “Traditional Native American Art of Oklahoma,” paintings in the Studio or Flat style of the 1920s and ’30s by Archie Blackowl, Blackbear Bosin, Woody Crumbo, Fred Beaver and others, through Sept. 17. 569-8336. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: Jewelry by Lauren Embree; also work by Amy Laser, Charles James, Jason Gammel, Stephen Boatright, William Mayes Flanagan, Gloria Lewis and others. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 225-5257. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “El Grito (The Cry for Independence),” contemporary work by Mexican-Americans, Gallery I and II, Aug. 16-Oct. 10; “Drawings of Mexico by Louis Freund,” Gallery III, Aug. 16-Sept. 22. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. n Hot Springs JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: “Art Studies,” small studies along with final works by Robin Hazard-Bishop, Donnie Copeland, Hugh Dunnahoe, Dolores Justus and Steve Griffith; also work by Kari Albright, Michael Ashley, Elizabeth Borne, Cynthia Bowers, Mike Elsass, Robert Frank, Robyn Horn, Tony Saladino, Rebecca Thompson, and others, through August. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335.
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ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Stories You’ve Never Heard: New Works by Collin Miles,” through August. ARGENTA ART MARKET, 510 Main St., NLR: Outdoor artists and crafters market, 8 a.m. to noon every Sat. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER COMMUNITY GALLERY, Terry House, 7th and Rock Sts.: “V.I.T.A.L. Artists Collective Inaugural Exhibit,” work by Melverue Abraham, Rex Deloney, LaToya Hobbs, Ariston Jacks, Kalari Turner and Michael Worsham, through Aug. 28. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: New work by 25 national, international and Arkansas artists, highlighting mixed media on canvas work of Darlyne Chauve, through August. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Canvas and Color,” paintings by LifeQuest artists Sam Caruthers, Jennifer Coleman, Jim Conard, Anne Crow, Sharon Franke, Barbara Howes, Susie Henley, Nell Johnson, Marty Kauer, Herb Monsonan, Nancy Irving Smith, Mary Lou Ward and Suzanne Warren, through Sept. 4. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CANVAS COMMUNITY ART GALLERY, 1111 W. 7th St.: Work by Little Rock photographers Andy Stringfellow, Brad Burleson, Caity Bentley, Fara Free Bottoms, Patrick Shownes, Shelby Brewer, Thomas Hudson and Tom Baker, through August. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Summer Members Show,” work by Arkansas Pastel Society members Shirley Anderson, Ruth Byrn, S. Caruthers, Gertrude Casciano, Lois Davis, Marlene Gremillion, Sheliah Halderman, Mary Nancy Henry, Susan Hurst, Melanie Johnston, Sr. Maria Liebeck, Sue F. Lopez, Anne K. Lyon, Nancy Martin, Diana L. Shearon, Cathy Spann, Mary Ann Stafford and Debbie Strobel. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-noon Sun. 375-2342. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 28 AUGUST 12, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Becki Lamascus and Katherine Strause, recent works, through Sept. 14. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Roger Carlisle: Light in the Landscape.” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Paintings by Larry Hampton and other artists. 372-6822. HEIGHTS GALLERY, 5801 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 664-2772. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Robin Parker, paintings, through August; other work by artists in cooperative. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Tim Jacob, paintings, 529-6330. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Work by Twin, Robin Steves, Brady Taylor, Georges Artaud, Lola, Jim Johnson, Amy Hill-Imler, James Hayes and Theresa Cates. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road. Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Bronzes by Tony Dows, paintings by new gallery artist Jared Vaughn, work in all media by other artists. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 563-4218. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St.: “Thea Summer Art Program Exhibition,” work by students ages 8-18 in all media, through Aug. 12; area artists’ open studios in THEArtists Gallery (2nd floor), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. TOBY FAIRLEY FINE ART, 5507 Ranch Drive, Suite 103: Contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. or by appointment. 868-9882. WILLIAM F. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 758-1720. n Benton BOB HERZFELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1800 Smithers Drive: Sarah Johnson, paintings, through August. 501-778-4766. DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Area artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. n Bentonville CRYSTAL BRIDGES AT THE MASSEY, 125 W. Central: “Transforming Tradition: Pottery from Mata Ortiz,” Field Museum exhibit, through Aug. 29. 479-418-5700. n El Dorado SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th St.: “Collaboration: Two Decades of African American Art,” work from Hearne Fine Art and the collection of Garbo Hearne, through Aug. 30, reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28. 870-862-5474. n Forrest City EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE: “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works,” 30 works from the annual Arts Council exhibit 1989-1997, through Aug. 27. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. n Fort Smith MILLER BRANCH LIBRARY: Tessa Freeman, photo studies of women. 479-646-3945. n Hot Springs ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Paintings by Parsons. 501-625-3001. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Jimmy Leach, Jamie Carter, Govinder, Marlene Gremillion, Margaret Kipp and others. 501-6240550. ATTRACTION CENTRAL GALLERY, 264 Central Ave.: Work in all media by Hot Springs artists. 501-463-4932. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Caren Garner, paintings, through August. 501-318-2787. CAROLE KATCHEN ART GALLERY, 618 W. Grand Ave.: Paintings, pastels, sculpture by Katchen. 501-617-4494. FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave.: “Sea of Love” themed exhibition. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-624-0489. FOX PASS POTTERY, 379 Fox Pass Cut-off: Pottery by Jim and Barbara Larkin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-623-9906. GALLERY 726, 726 Central Ave.: Caryl Joy
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■ artnotes Celebrating Mexico Exhibits at UALR, ASI mark anniversaries. By Leslie Newell Peacock
Mexican Art since 1910” at the Arkansas n Art exhibits about Mexico and its battles Arts Center on Sept. 1, featuring work for independence and just rule dominate by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, new gallery openings this week, the Jose Guadalupe Posada, Manuel Manilla, opening salvos in a city-wide celebration Arnold Belkin, Pedro Coronel, Jose Luis that will include concerts, lectures and a Cuevas, Rocio Maldonado, Julio Galan festival over the next several months. and others. On Oct. 21, UALR will open Arkansas Celebrates Mexico 2010 the exhibit “Nosotras: Portraits of Latinas” marks the 200th anniversary of “El Grito,” in Gallery I. the Sept. 16, 1810, call to arms delivered by a Roman Catholic priest that fueled the fight for independence from Spain, and n Work by Americans who see the the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of mainstream population as immigrants dictator Porfirio Diaz in 1910. is on exhibit at Dr. J.W. Wiggins’ Native The newly renovated Galleries I and II at American Art Gallery in the Sequoyah the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Research Center of UALR. “Traditional Fine Arts Building will be hung with work by 28 Chicano artists in the exhibit “El Grito,” which opens Aug. 16. Gallery director Brad Cushman and assistant Nathan Larson pulled together the work, which deals with identity and “notions of borders and boundaries,” over the past year and a half. Included in the show will be glass and mixed media by brothers Jamex and Einar de la Torre (born Guadalajara, work in California), conceptual art by Camilo Ontiveros (born Rosario, Sinaloa, M ex i c o , wo r k s i n California), lithographs by Manuel Guerra (born IN ‘EL GRITO’: Hugo Crosthwaite’s drawing at UALR. El Paso) and work by muralist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado (born in Native American Art of Oklahoma” Juarez, raised in El Paso) and drawings by features work done in the 1920s and ’30s Hugo Crosthwaite (born Tijuana, works in by Archie Blackowl, Blackbear Bosin, California). Woody Crumbo, Fred Beaver and others. Also opening Aug. 16 at UALR is The gallery, in University Plaza, rotates “Drawings of Mexico,” an exhibit of drawexhibits of work from Wiggins’ extraorings made by art department founder Louis dinary collection of 20th century and Freund in the late 1950s at archeological contemporary Native Americans. The sites in Mexico. That show is in Gallery show runs through Sept. 17. III. “El Grito” runs through Oct. 10, n The Bernice Garden and the Historic “Drawings of Mexico” through Sept. 22. Arkansas Museum also have 2nd Friday On Friday, Aug. 13, the Arkansas Art Night events scheduled from 5 p.m. to Studies Institute opens “Raices,” a show of 8 p.m. The Bernice Garden, the sculpture socially-conscious mixed media work by plaza at the corner of Daisy Bates and South X3MX (formerly Ch3mex), an artist born Main, will host Art in the Park, which will in Mexico and raised in Jonesboro. The include art, locally-grown produce, food artist showed at the Arkansas Community and beverages. HAM will open “Aspects Arts Cooperative last year. ASI will host a of Abstraction,” two-dimensional work reception for the artist from 5-8 p.m. as part by Donnie Copeland and woodwork by of the 2nd Friday Art Night gallery walk. Gene Sparling, and feature live music by Coming up: “A Century of Revolution: the Gentlemen Jazz.
Legal laughs ‘Gridiron’ returns to The Rep with politicians in its sights. By Bernard reed
n People may not think lawyers are very funny, though they are the butt of many jokes. In Little Rock, though, they turn the tables, making fun of politicians and one another in the biennial musical comedy revue “The Gridiron,” put on by the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The idea for “The Gridiron” originated in Washington, D.C., where a group of journalists called the Gridiron Club put on a musical sketch show to make fun of politicians. The concept evolved into similar programs throughout the United States. Arkansas’s has been commandeered by lawyers; the bar has put on the show for more than 60 years. Its 2010 production, “A View from the Bar,” premieres next Wednesday night at The Rep. For the last 16 years, “The Gridiron” has been produced by Circuit Judge Mary McGowan, who is working with a cast made up of lawyers, paralegals, and their spouses. “It’s always a lot of fun to produce, especially since it’s a musical comedy,” she said. Then, laughing, “Or at least, I hope it’s a comedy.” Rehearsals began right after the Fourth of July and were six days a week. Although there are no professional actors on the cast, McGowan insists that lawyers make pretty good thespians, what with their courtroom drama and generally argumentative nature. This year’s cast is the largest it’s ever been — 66 people, including newcomers and those returning to the “Gridiron” stage. The Rep is in charge of all other theatrical functions, such as lighting, set design, and stage management. Lori Isner of the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre conducts an eight-piece orchestra. The show’s satire focuses on Arkansas political and legal figures, although it doesn’t leave out national players. This year the story takes place at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs during a meeting of the Arkansas Bar Association; it includes
Continued from page 28 Young, acrylics and pastels, through August. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-7726. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Sandy Hubler, paintings, and work by other Hot Springs artists. 501-318-4278. HOT SPRINGS CONVENTION CENTER, 134 Convention Blvd.: “Hot Springs: A Journey Through History,” photos. Open daily. 501-3212027. LINDA PALMER GALLERY, 800 B Central Ave.: Linda Palmer, Doyle Young, Ellen Alderson, Peter Lippincott, Sara Tole and Jan Leek. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 501-620-3063. RICIANO ART GALLERY, 833 Central Ave.: Riciano, Lacey Riciano and other artists. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 501-339-3751. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORANEA, 204 Exchange
a visit by the cast of the daytime talk show “The View” — thus the title of the show. The names of the writers are kept secret in order to protect their reputations as satirists, although McGowan promises it’s never too stinging. “I’ve dealt with complaints before, and I’ve had to be apologetic, but it’s important to remember that it’s satire,” she said. “If you’re spoofed, you’ve got to roll with it. “Some have a much better sense of humor. I had an attorney tell me that now that he was made fun of in ‘Gridiron,’ he feels like he’s important enough to have made it as a lawyer.” McGowan herself was spoofed several years ago. She hopes, however, that the jokes are not so exclusive that those who aren’t part of the legal community won’t get them. The audience, which McGowan says goes up and down in number depending on the year, is made up mostly of lawyers, along with political junkies and ordinary theatergoers who expect a good night out at The Rep. In her experience, there have been plenty of laughs. “I’ve been told that some audience members couldn’t hear the lines after a joke because they were laughing so hard.” Gridiron 2010’s “A View from the Bar” opens next Wednesday, Aug. 18. A cocktail reception at 6 p.m. precedes the performance at 8 p.m. Curtain is 8 p.m. on Thursday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $60 on opening night and $40 for A seats and $35 for B seats for all remaining performances but the final, which you can see for $25. St.: Area and regional artists. 624-0516. WILLOUGHBY HOUSE, 1250 Central Ave.: Angie Stickels, pottery, through August. 501-625-7338. n Lake Village GUACHOYA CULTURAL ART CENTER, 1652 Hwy. 65 & 82 South: “Delta Ladies Exhibit,” multimedia by Kathy Davis Day, pottery by Rebecca Potter and Delta landscapes by Shelby Nunnery, through Aug. 27. 1-6 p.m. Tue., Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. 870-265-6077. n Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 Main St.: “Pine Bluff Art League,” annual juried show, through Oct. 23; “GPS: Mapping Arkansas,” children’s science exhibit, through Sept. 27. 870-536-3375. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 215 S. Main St.:, McCuistion-Matthews and Smith galleries. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-751-5441.
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Morningside does right by the roll-with-a-hole. n Bagels seem simple. But this chewy bread — which we associate with the bustling lifestyle of New York City — can be the drabbest of all drab foods. There is no such thing as a good grocery store bagel, for example, and even fresh bagels can fall short. When it comes to bagels, it’s best to be a snob, because the real thing is so good. Central Arkansas is a tough place to live if you’re snobby about bagels, but thankfully there’s a place to go that’s baking and boiling their own and doing it right: Morningside, in Maumelle. Morningside’s owners, David and Roxanne Tackett, were big fans of New York Bagel, which baked and boiled its own bagels. When New York Bagel owner Jay Ramsey began to focus less on bagels and more on his catering franchise, the Tacketts decided to get in the bagel business. In 2007 they did, using New York Bagel’s equipment. Morningside is ahead of the curve when it comes to variety — there are 17 different types, in case a plain one won’t cut it. Among our favorites: the “everything” bagel, the asiago cheese bagel and the onion bagel. These are some solid, hearty and flavorful bagels. And at $1.25 each, they’re not pricey. Even the cream cheese choices are diverse — there are such flavors as jalapeno and chocolate available. The plain cream cheese is by far the best — it goes well with most of the bagels, and was of a smooth, spreadable consistency. At $1.20 for 2 ounces, just enough for a single bagel, it’s not cheap, but well worth it. Morningside also serves bagel sandwiches. There’s not much to them, but they’re ample enough for a full breakfast or lunch. One of the best was the turkey sandwich ($5.15), with smoked turkey and Provolone on a spinach Parmesan bagel — it wasn’t loaded down, but enough to make it a square meal. Let us not forget the lox ($6.95), the standard by which any bagel joint should be judged. Topped with capers and red onions, it was delicious, especially with that fluffy cream cheese. For the non-bagel crowd there are several different kinds of muffins ($2.25) and cookies ($.75), also cooked fresh in the Morningside kitchen. There’s coffee, too, locally roasted by Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds. Unless you go through Maumelle often, it’s a bit out of the way, but worth it. It’s busiest for breakfast (there’s a drivethrough window that gets a lot of attention), but during lunchtime it’s quiet and relaxed.
n For all the vegetarians frustrated by the lack of options around town, something to anticipate: Likely by October, Lori Moore plans to open Green Cuisine, a mobile vegetarian food cart that, at least initially, she’ll be parking in a vacant lot at Sixth and Chester. Moore, who has worked as the catering manager for Moe’s Southwest Grill in Little Rock and owned pizza franchises in Texas, plans to serve a revolving menu that will include items like a roasted veggie sandwich, a riceball, quinoa, hummus and sweet potato chips. She says she expects to start only serving lunch and expand as her customer base does. We’ll keep you posted as the opening date nears.
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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 31 almost schizophrenic. All sampled was unexceptional but not offensive in a very generic sort of way. The way-aboveaverage aspects: friendly, attentive servers/bartenders and broad, creative beer/cocktail selection. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB The signature item is the wings, with a variety of sauces, plus burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads and fish dishes. 115 Audubon Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8039500. LD daily. BILL ST. GRILL AND PUB Massive burgers, batter dipped French fries, inventive appetizers and other pub grub. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-353-1724. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with maybe the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. BD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickle, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD Daily. CRACKER BARREL Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Drive. NLR. 945-9373. BLD. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. All-you-can-eat catfish on weekend nights. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. HEAVENLY HAM Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Sat. (until 6 p.m.). THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes and breakfast. Plus, daily specials and desserts. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0975. JASON’S DELI A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po’ boys and pitas), salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart healthy and light dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine. $-$$. 501-954-8700. BLD daily. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES Illinoisbased sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2837. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare -- burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-6960. BL daily. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Rose City soul food spot owned by Leon and Loreta Bell serves typical meat-and-two options: smothered pork chops, pigs feet, yams, greens. The desserts are delectable; the dinner menu includes an
■ update CAFE 201 Judging from the rather light crowds the couple of times we were there, the lunch buffet at Cafe 201 isn’t getting as much attention as it deserves. The Italian sausage with peppers and onions was as good as similar dishes we’ve had in places that purported to be fulltime Italian restaurants, and we liked the sautéed zucchini too. The roasted potatoes were OK. There’s a good salad selection. The fruit salad (melons, pineapples, strawberries, etc.) was just the thing for a hot summer day. Add iced tea, a roll and bread pudding for dessert, and the total was $13.09. Not bad, for a hotel restaurant, and the café is in the Crowne Plaza. Chicken parmesan and beef lasagna are other entrees we’ve noticed. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Wine and beer CC $$ 223-3000 BLD daily. all-you-can eat choice (as long as advance payment is made and no doggy bags are expected). 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain that’s appeal lies in adjectives like “all-natural,” “non-fat,” “glutenfree” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. It’s a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SAN FRANCISCO BREAD CO. Breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soups and a hot cup of joe, or a iced glass of tea. Across from the Statehouse Convention Center. 101 Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7322. BLD daily. SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT Longtime political activist and restaurateur Robert “Say” McIntosh serves up big plates of soul food, plus burgers, barbecue and his famous sweet potato pie. 2801 W. 7th Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6656. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-375-3420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATOR’S GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with a cultural focus, hence the name. You might catch a painter discussing his work, a writer with a new book, or a guitarist playing flamenco or finger-style at lunch or dinner while you munch on delicious shrimp crepes or sip on potato and leek soup like you’d find in New York. Dinner menu changes daily, and they have an intriguing wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. LD Tue.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 1401 W. Capital. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE Besides the 45 different smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy), salads and “tortizzas.” Good food, healthy drinks, long line at lunch but it moves fast. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily. UMP’S PUB AND GRILL American food for folks enjoying the most American pastime, with game day specials of chicken wings and buckets of beer. 400 W. Broadway inside Dickey-Stephens Park. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-324-2255. In season: LD all game days, L Mon.-Sat., D Fri.-Sat. Off season: LD Mon.-Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, cheap pub food. With vegetarian options. 2500 W. 7th. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-375-8400. 11 a.m until close Mon.-Sat.
AsiAn BENIHANA — THE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-3748081. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available daily until 3 p.m. Multiple LR locations, including
5110 W. Markham St., 501-604-7777, with delivery; a Chi’s Express at 17200 Chenal Parkway, 501-821-8000, and the original: 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. EASTERN FLAMES Maki rolls and half rolls, fresh nigiri and sashimi, katsu, lunch boxes and a nice variety of sake grace the menu at this sushi bar. 7710 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-227-7222. LD Mon.-Sat. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. HUNAN BALCONY The owner of New Fun Ree has combined forces with the Dragon China folks to create a formidable offering with buffet or menu items. 2817 Cantrell Road. 666-8889. LD. HUNAN ORIENTAL CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care in very nice surroundings out west. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2239966. LD daily. IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The sushi is good, while the Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. P.F. CHANG’S Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain that has people waiting in line for hours; make a reservation instead and get seated immediately at a table and enjoy some terrific flavors and presentations. 317 S. Shackleford. Full bar. 501-225-4424. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. You order from the cashier, get your own tea, silver ware and fortune cookies, and they bring you piping hot food to your cozy table. 205 N. University Ave. All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Ct. NLR. All CC. $-$$. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, the best in town, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.
BArBecue CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. 915 W. Capitol Ave. All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0012. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7247. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat. HB’S BAR B.Q. Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. L Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustardbrown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. Also on John Barrow and Geyer Springs. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKE SHACK BAR-B-Q Another relative of the Shack, a legendary and long-gone Little Rock barbecue place. The
beef and pork sandwiches are the best bet. Interstate 40 at Maumelle/Morgan exit (Exit 142). Maumelle. 501-8034935. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. THREE SAM’S The Sams – a father-mother-son team all known as Sam – dish up impossibly huge piles of barbecue at this friendly joint in downtown Mabelvale. Everything here is homemade, including the skin-on potato salad and a stellar dessert lineup. 10508 Mann Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-407-0345. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri.
EuropEan / Ethnic ALBASHA GRILL Mediterranean eatery that specializes in large portions of kebabs, gyros, and shawarma served up with a tasty minted Jerusalem salad and rice or hummus. More for the American palate than most. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-3855. LD Thu.-Tue. L Wed. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Bratwurst, wienerschnitzel, Czech dumplings and a “Rustic Bowl” one-pot meal are what set this restaurant apart from the town’s regular out-to-eat offerings. The setting is more elegant than you might suppose from consulting the menu at www.littlerockpantry.com. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TAZIKI’S This sole Arkansas location of the chain offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Rd. All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily.
italian DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deepdish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LA BELLA LUNA Authentic Italian cuisine. 915 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-205-0888. LD Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 10312 Chicot Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5656006. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. LUIGI’S PIZZARIA Excellent thin-crust pizza; whopping, well-spiced calzones; ample hoagies; and pasta with tomatoey, sweet marinara sauce. 8310 Chicot Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-562-9863. LD Mon.-Sat. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. 6015 Chenonceau Boulevard, Suite 1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD daily. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a non-descript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.
MExican BLUE COAST BURRITO You will become a lover of fish tacos here, but there are plenty of other fresh coastal Mex choices served up fast-food cafeteria style in cool surroundings. Don’t miss the Baja fruit tea. 4613 E. McCain Blvd. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-8033. LD Mon.-Sat. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. CACTUS JACK’S This inoffensive Mexican-esque effort on McCain has everything you’ve come to expect from the average Mexican restaurant. Ample portions, if not ample seasoning. 4120 East McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5888. LD daily. CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. B Sat.-Sun., LD daily. 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. B Sat.-Sun, LD daily. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All
CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-7100. LD daily. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mex served in huge portions. 1315 Breckenridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2242550. LD daily. 201 Skyline Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. (501) 327-6553. LD daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. EL PORTON Very good Mex for the price and a wideranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions — even more enticing. The homemade pickled cucumbers that come on the side of every order are reason enough to visit. 4318 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-7650. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4720 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LUNCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-6121883. L Mon.-Sat. MI RANCHITO This growing Arkansas-owned chain offers great variety and super-sized meals with solid Tex-Mex, with the typical white cheese dip, only spicier, and more flavor to the regular entree fare. 1520 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: Fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real thing. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. No alcohol. $. 501-219-2373. LD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that).
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EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-8445. LD Mon.-Sun. EL CHICO Tex-Mex and Ark-Mex favorites, a Central Arkansas tradition. Multiple locations statewide. 201 Skyline Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. (501) 327-6553. LD daily. EL HUASTECO Reasonably priced Mexican fare. 720 S. Salem Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7641665. LD Mon.-Sun. EL ACAPULCO Tex-Mex served in hefty portions in a colorful atmosphere. 201 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-327-8445. LD Mon.-Sun. EL PARIAN Traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites are offered by this Arkansas restaurant chain. 2585 Donaghey. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5131313. LD Mon.-Sun. EL CHICO Tex-Mex and Ark-Mex favorites, a Central Arkansas tradition. Multiple locations statewide. 201 Skyline Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. (501) 327-6553. LD daily. FABY’S RESTAURANT Nuevo Mexican and Continental cuisine meet and shake hands at Faby’s. The hand-patted, housemade tortillas are worth the visit alone. 2915 Dave Ward. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-329-5151. LD Mon.-Sun. EL HUASTECO Reasonably priced Mexican fare. 720 S. Salem Road. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7641665. LD Mon.-Sun.
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Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar.
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400 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-6637 6820 Cantrell Road • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • 501-868-8822
Lilly’s Dimsum Then Some 11121 Rodney Parham 501-716-2700
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Indulge in the culinary creations and intimate environment that define Capers Restaurant. Food and wine enthusiasts agree Capers’ sophisticated approach to dining is key to it’s many accolades including receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years running.
Copper Grill & Grocery
An endless array of delicious dishes available in the Grill or grab your Gourmet-to-Go from the Grocery. Offering products by French Farm, Bella Cucina & Bittersweet Herb that promise to turn any recipe into a memorable masterpiece Copper Grill & Grocery is a wonderland for the gourmand.
Still serving up high-quality burgers and home-made fries. Enjoy good food in a relaxed setting. Now offering outdoor seating on the deck. Serving cheese dip, nachos, platter meals, sandwiches and fried pies. Happy hour domestic draft beer from 3-6pm.
Contemporary metropolitan bistro meets Southern smalltown hospitality in a neighborhood bar. SO offers the best in fresh seafood and hand-cut rustic meats, complimented by an extensive and diverse wine list, recognized by Wine Spectator with their Award of Excellence. Whether casual dinners, special occasions, meetings with clients, or private parties, our service will impress. Open daily 11am.
Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.
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Look no further…voted Best Asian again by the Arkansas Signature_______________________________________________________________Date__________________________ Times readers. Lilly’s serves up extraordinary dishes made PLEASE RETURN THIS SIGNED PROOF PROMPTLY! from the freshest, premium local and organic ingredients. ARKANSAS TIMES 304 N. Main St. P.O. Box 34010, Also enjoy warm and inviting ambiance as you dine on Little Rock AR 72203 North Little Rock any one of the tasty house specialties. Sundays are wine (inside Galaxy Furniture Store) day: all wine by the bottle, half off. 501-612-4754 Tues-Sat 10am - 6pm www. hunkapie.com One of central Arkansas’s largest Chinese buffets, we offer www.facebook.com/ hunkapie all your favorites with our sushi bar and Mongolian Grill
included for one low price. Our dinner and all-day Sunday buffet include your lunch favorites as well as all-you-can eat crab legs, whole steamed fish, barbecue spare ribs, crispy jumbo shrimp and grilled steaks. Take-out buffet and menu available.
Authentic North Indian Cuisine at its very best! Vegetable and Non-vegetable Buffet daily with Special. Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Mention this ad for a complimentary Indian Mango Drink.
Enjoy regional specialties such as Lentil soup, a huge serving of yummy Hummus, Baba Ghannnouj or Tabbouleh. And don’t forget about the Gyros, they’re sure to be heroes in your book!
Brazilian Café Bossa Nova
Whether the Travs are at home or on the road, come enjoy the unique Dickey-Stephens Park Atmosphere at Ump’s, an upscale sports pub and restaurant, featuring sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, good times and more! Come treat yourself to a meal prepared by Chef’s Ball award winning sous chef Richard Lindsey. Open 6 days a week for lunch, 11am-2pm. Open nightly for all Travellers home games. Regular dinner hours Friday and Saturday only.
7311 North Hills Blvd. North Little Rock (501) 834-1840
Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. • Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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Ump’s Pub & Grill
300 West 3rd Street 501-375-3333
Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seem endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana.
Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials • Monday: Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry. Tuesday: Pot Roast. Wednesday: Meatloaf. Thursday: BBQ Plate or Shepherd’s Pie. Friday & Saturday: Fried Catfish.
10907 N. Rodney Parham Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm Breakfast 6-10:30am 501-228-7800
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Try something different! Café Bossa Nova serves up cozy atmosphere and unique Brazilian dishes guaranteed to satisfy and served with that special Latin flare. Don’t deny yourself one of the delectable desserts prepared fresh daily or for an A+ apertif, drink in the authentic flavor of the country in the Caipirinha~a perfect blend of lime, sugar and Brazilian sugar cane rum. Dine with them tonight!
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Hunka Pie specializes in premium hand-crafted pies. We welcome all pie lovers to come share a slice today! Call ahead for whole pie orders. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Velvet Lips Chocolate Cream, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Chocolate Pecan, Coconut Custard, key Lime, French Apple Pie & more. Now Serving Lunch! Monster Frito Pie, Spinach & Feta Greek Pie, Toasted Artichoke Sandwich.
steak Sonny Williams
If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999
Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.
500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 DINNER MON - SAT 5:00 - 11:00 pm PIANO BAR TUES - THU 7:00 - 11:00 pm FRI & SAT 7:00 - Late
400 N. Bowman 501-224-3377 1619 Rebsamen 501-663-9734 Open Sunday
brew pub Vino’s Pizza•Pub•Brewery 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)
Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!
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Located at 610 Daisy Bates, you’ll find this beautiful home in the heart of the Governor’s Mansion area. Conveniently located in historic downtown, you are only minutes away from the farmers market and all of the wonderful shops and restaurants downtown living has to offer. This extensively remodeled 1885 historic Victorian home has four bedrooms and two-and-one-half bathrooms with all of the features desired by buyers today. Hardwood floors throughout the house and ceilings spanning from 10 and 12 feet pay homage to the historic charm this home has to offer. The remodeled kitchen features all of the amenities desired by the modern chef. The rich cherry cabinets coupled with a spacious pantry provide plenty of storage. Custom lighting along with all new appliances makes preparing meals for family and friends a relaxing and rewarding experience. Enjoy your meals on the new deck, in the cozy breakfast nook or seated in the grand dining room.
There is ample natural lighting.
The grand dining room has window seating.
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise in the first floor master suite with four large windows, 12-foot ceilings and beautiful carpeting. The spacious bedrooms on the second floor are joined by a bathroom boasting two sinks, an oversized tub and walk-in shower. Head outside to enjoy the extensive landscaping, privacy fence extending around the property and newly built deck. Spend your evenings relaxing on the front porch surrounded by perennials and a white picket fence. You can’t go wrong with any of these outdoor options. Take advantage of the fun downtown living has to offer or unwind in all the comfort and charm this home has in store. It is offered at $229,500 and is listed with Ray Scott of the Charlotte John Company. He looks forward to helping you call this lovely property your home. Visit the open house planned for August 15, from 2-4 p.m. to check out this home for yourself. For a private tour, call Ray at 501-240-1442. For more information on this one-of-kind property, visit www.610DaisyBates.com.
New appliances are in the remodeled kitchen.
An opulent palette of colors is throughout the home.
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REAL ESTATE by neighborhood TO ADVERTISE, CALL TIFFANY HOLLAND AT 375-2985 Land LOTS FOR SALE - Greenbrier. 1/3-1/2 acres starting at $23K. Trees, all utilities. Just 8 miles from Conway. 501-472-5807
Beautifully Updated Home in Leawood!
Governor’s Mansion District 610 DAISY BATES - $229,500. Extensively remodeled 1885 Victorian home featuring 4BR/2.5BA and lots of extras. Ray Scott, The Charlotte John Company, 501-240-1442.
Peace & Quiet Close to Everything
7918 ILLINOIS - $174,900. Well maintained, one-level home in a great neighborhood. Updated kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances & travertine floors. Bathrooms have marble countertops & travertine floors. Roomy bedrooms have hardwood floors. Many updates make this home move-in ready! Anna Kaye Roehrenbeck, The Charlotte John Company, 501-993-1834
10 Fredonia Court
Beautiful 3BR/2BA home with cathedral ceilings and all the extras homeowners are looking for! Located in a secluded cul-de-sac in Mayﬂower, you’ll have easy interstate access to Conway and Little Rock while enjoying the peace and quiet Mayﬂower has to offer. Visit www.10FredoniaCourt.com to see additional photos of this beautiful property.
To schedule a private showing call Ray Scott today!
7918 Illinois — $179,500 This stunning 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Little Rock’s Midtown boasts the updates sought after by today’s buyers! Enjoy the spacious kitchen with granite tile countertops, stainless steel appliances and travertine floors. You’ll find hardwood floors and large closets with built-in organizers in the bedrooms and marble countertops and travertine floors in both baths. The extra large utility/laundry room offers additional storage with new cabinets and shelving. To top off this move-in ready home, you’ll find a fully fenced yard, new roof and gutters with guards. This is one home you won’t want to miss!
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Realtor The Charlotte John Co.
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Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $105,000 Kevin Case, Anglea Case to Clifton W. Hildesheim, Yin Liu, 28 Bella Rosa Ct., $630,000. Daniel Knight, Chet Roberts to Andrew Adkins, Jennifer Adkins, L16R, Ranch Hill, $599,000. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP to Baitang Ning, Silvia Ning, 4 Maisons Dr., $520,000. Jeffrey M. Wilson, Melissa R. Wilson to Eric M. Paul, Jennifer J. Paul, 315 Crystal Ct., $500,000. Michael D. Desselle, Susan T. Desselle to Philip A. Shell, Leah Lasley-Shell, L103, Robinwood, $479,000. Matthew E. Cox, Stephanee D. Cox to Harrison J. Jones, II, Rachel Jones, 79 Marcella Dr., $429,000. Moira E. Donnell to Ronnie T. Collins, II, Margaret G. Collins, 6 Laval Ct., $383,000. Thomas J. Browne, Deborah B. Bro wne to Prudential Relocation Inc., L101, Osage Falls, $365,000. Donald J. Rottman, Mallory L. Rottman to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, 10 Longlea Cove, $363,017. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Paula S. Strother, Ron W. Strother Irrevocable Trust IV, Community First Trust Company, L27 B55, Chenal Valley, $350,000. Christi Wilson, Veronica D. 36 August 12, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
Battaglia to John B. Collins, Kimberly A. Collins, L23 B20, Woodlands Edge, $332,000. Terry DuBose, Lucy DuBose to Caroline C. Lewis, 129 N. Woodrow St., $330,000. Charles G. Bonner, Brenda C. Bonner to R. Street Springdale LLC, Ls1-4 B6, Springdale, $310,000. Matthew C. Hoffman, Lorraine B. Hoffman to Owais A. Shamsi, Saira B. Wasique, 2 5 Vi l l a g e G r o v e R d . , $309,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Summit Bank, L3 B17, Midland Hills, $302,000. Johnson Hatchett LLP to Arkansas Forestry Association, 1213 W. 4th St., $298,000. Caroline C. Lewis to Harvey Godwin, Rhea Godwin, 409 N. Palm St., $280,000. Patricia C. Hayes, Robert T. James to Heather ParkerFoster, Matthew J. Foster, 2120 S. Spring St., $274,000. Bosley Construction Inc. to Subhash Pandat, Kusum Pandat, L49R, Garrett Glen, $267,061. Joseph P. Sweeden, Patricia Hawkins-Sweeden to Susan C. McDougal, Robyn Horn, 6220 Southwind Dr., NLR, $262,000. James R. Price, Sheila K. Price to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L1, Lawrence, $259,102. Denton Properties, Inc.
to William S. Sandlin, 1403 Kavanaugh Blvd., $254,000. Jeremy Scaife, Rebecca Scaife to Joel M. Harrison, II, Sarah L. Harrison, 10908 Yo s e m i t e V a l l e y D r. , $254,000. ODS Enterprises LLC to Tomeka Toney, 3200 Village East Dr., NLR, $250,000. Matthew D. Burns, Lori J. Burns to Natalie B. Hendrickson, 4015 Wesley Dr., $250,000. Jerron R. Ashley, Cameca L. Ashley to Audrey S. Wolfe, Jr., 413 Pin Oak Ct., Jacksonville, $248,000. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Robin Gamewell, 6 Longleaf Cove, $245,000. Eric Dufis, Sabine Dufis to Shawn Whiteley, Melissa Whiteley, 13701 Pompano Dr., $235,000. Marty J. Baham, Lloyd Wells to Kelly M. Vangundy, Katherine E. Vangundy, 122 Montpellier Dr., Maumelle, $232,000. Joan C. Teis, Timothy L. Teis to James Kendig, Karen Kendig, 14204 Westbury Dr., $230,000. Jepter L. Jordan, Mattie B. Jordan to Regions Bank, Regions Mortgage, L101, St Charles, $220,052. Terrace R. Phelps, Louise M. Phelps to Julie A. Chastain, Terry L. Chastain, 809 W. A Ave., NLR, $216,667.
B&S Investments LLC to Stephen M. Fulton, Jennifer L. Fulton, 11223 Yosemite Valley Dr., $214,000. William E. Parker to Tamara D. Lott, 318 Rosetta St., $204,000. Rhett C. Gore, Meghan O. Gore, Richard L. Gore, Amanda Gore to Robbie W. Bush, Teresa Smith-Bush, 38 Pennsylvania Ct., $203,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Homebank Of Arkansas, N/2 NW SW 12-1S-13W, $200,000. Barbara Ivey, Billy J. Ivey to Carmon D. Taylor, Janice S. Taylor, 12002 Zion Hill Rd., Cabot, $195,000. Eutaw Horton, Inc. to Ryan S. Stubenrauch, Jennifer M. Stubenrauch, 2113 Reveille Cir., Jacksonville, $182,000. Michael E. Lanari, Frances C. Lanari to Cheryl Watkins, 21 Warwick Rd., $178,000. Jackie D. Danford, Jr., Angela S. Danford to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L1 B14, Overbrook, $166,112. Spears Custom Homes LLC to Orlando R. Moore, Lacey L. Moore, 8714 Bobcat Ct., Sherwood, $162,000. David W. Horton, Checola M. Horton to Arzell L. Phillips, 1 1 0 0 5 H i n o r i D r. , N L R , $162,000. Anthony Neff to Brenda Rhoads, 13 Eagle Point Dr.,
Sherwood, $159,000. Ralph Guyton, Sheila Guyton to HSBC Bank USA NA, L161, Otter Creek Community Phase I, $157,529. Deltic Timber Corp. to Raouf Kassissieh, Tamara Kassissieh, L6 B115, Chenal Valley, $157,000. Joyce L. Jordan to Katherine J. Crowder, 1600 Kellogg Acres Rd., Sherwood, $157,000. Craig Custom Construction LLC to Jo yce L. Jordan, 2116 Sage Meadows Cir., Sherwood, $155,000. Kate Wang, Kate Chagnon, Yao Wang to Sarah E. Sneed, 4208 A St., $152,000. Kathleen Wikstrom, Kathleen Hiserodt to Ginger Y. Kimes, L6 B210, Park Hill NLR, $150,000. Graham Smith Construction LLC to Brenda V. Nesbitt, 801 Stagecoach Village, $145,000. Jerry W. Williams, Pearlie Williams to Charles A. Musgrove, Emily S. Musgrove, 1807 Osceola Dr., NLR, $145,000. Commissioner In Circuit to IberiaBank FSB, SW 26-3N14W, $145,000. Joe M. Fowler, Lindsay Fowler to Ashley N. Sharp, 3 Greenview Ct., Sherwood, $140,000. William S. Sandlin to Crystal M. Farley, 919 Mcadoo St., $137,000.
Barbara H. Elam, Jerry L. Elam to Anita D. Williams, 1109 Stevenson Cove, Jacksonville, $135,000. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Christian D. Cummings, Shanita M. Cummings, 1217 Aster Dr., NLR, $135,000. Secretary Of Veterans Affairs to Brian C. Smith, Eleanore Smith, 4315 Spring Glen Dr., Sherwood, $135,000. Stephen D. Evans, Tracy L. Evans to Zakery Holder, Jessica Holder, 8406 Merriwood Ct., Sherwood, $123,000. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Angela Bradford, L38, Valley Oaks Court, $122,000. Marty Boren to Secretary Of Veterans Affairs, 8607 Patricia Lynn Ln., Sherwood, $121,002. Demarco J. Bell to Federal National Mortgage Association, 5409 Hawthorne Rd., $116,555. Better Community Development, Inc., Black Community Developers, Inc. to Janice F. Moragne, 1707 Cloverdale Rd., Jacksonville, $116,000. William T. Worsham, Jr., Sherrelliene R. Worsham to Jeffery H. Jenkins, Winston L. Jenkins, L10R, Silica Valley Replat, $109,000. Carol A. Counts, Jeannie L. Mathis, Mark W. Mathis to Adrienne Q. Hippolyte, 1607 N. University Ave., $105,000.
123 N. SUMMIT - Rare find close to ACH, UAMS, & Hillcrest. 2 BRs and a separate office, 2050 SF. Totally updated including cherry wood laminate flooring throughout, all new plumbing & electrical wiring, new kitchen counters, sink & dishwasher, new tank-less H2’ 0 heater, wired for computer network, audio/video and IR remote, a deck, fenced yard and oversized 2 car garage. A 21X17.6 ft sunroom w/vaulted ceiling, tile floor, water proof walls, lots of windows and sunken Jacuzzi hot tub. Located in Union Depot next to AR School for the Blind. Call Clyde Butler of CBRPM at 240-4300.
21854 WILLIAM BRANDON DRIVE - $168,500. Enjoy country living on five level acres only 15 minutes from downtown Little Rock! Like-new home with 4BR/2BA, wood-burning fireplace, granite counters, stainless appliances & more! Call Clyde Butler of CBRPM at 501-240-4300.
1440 BYRON - $219,000. Spotless! 4BR/2BA, large family room, lots of counter space & cabinets. Awesome backsplash, gorgeous landscaping. MLS# 10252436 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103.
4101 C ST - $229,000. 3BR/2BA, 1836SF. Recently renovated! Enter MLS# 10255320 on www.PulaskiHeightsRealty. com for more photos. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442
4214 C STREET - $149,900. 2BR/1BA starter home, 1166 SF. Walk to UAMS or shopping on Kavanaugh. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501993-5442.
4924 HILLCREST AVE - $475,000. 3BR/3BA plus 3-car garage. 2600 SF. Recently renovated home on large corner lot. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-993-5442.
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423 n. Van buren - $174,900. Over 2700 total SF. Buy now & have renter offset your mortgage payment. Main level is 2BR/2BA, 1500 SF. Upstairs studio rental is approx 550 SF ($525/mo.) Also, has 700+SF walkout basement. New Paint! Owner is licensed agent. Call John, Pulaski Heights Realty, at 993-5442 for more info.
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215 CHAPEL CREEK - Energy star rated 3BR/2BA fantastic 10’ ceilings, stone fireplace, extensive trim, breakfast bar, hardwood floors, granite countertops. New Construction. $219,900 MLS# 10258240 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-7301100 or 501-679-1103. 31 BERNARD - 3BR/2BA newly remodeled (paint, carpet, appliances, countertops, backsplash, kitchen sink & faucet, light fixtures). Huge LR with cathedral ceiling and fireplace, fenced yard. $153,000 MLS# 10253781 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103. 730 SLOPE - $279,000. New - Must See! 4BR/3BA, gameroom, computer area, custom tile shower, granite countertops, wood & tile. MLS# 10251178 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501679-1103.
Greenbrier 26 VALMONT - 3BR/2BA with huge kitchen, lots of cabinets & counter space, walkin pantry. Stained concrete floors, covered porch, walk kids to school. $149,900 MLS# 10254807 Linda Roster White Real Estate,501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103.
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1313 SUNSET - $92,000. Well kept and close to schools. Surprisingly huge backyard. Beautiful garden, covered patio. MLS# 10257183 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103.
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37 INDIAN SPRINGS - New construction 3BR/2BA with gas FP, breakfast bar, tile backsplash, smooth top cooking surface, master jet tub, deck with view. $152,000 MLS# 10253103 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-679-1103. 5 COUNTRY COVE - $375,000. 5BR/4.5BA country estate. Perfect for horses! Den w/ FP, granite counters in kitchen. More land available. MLS# 10238516 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501679-1103.
Mayflower 10 FREDONIA CT - Beautiful 3BR/2BA home with cathedral ceilings and all the extras homeowners are looking for! Easy interstate access to Conway and Little Rock. Visit www.10FredoniaCourt.com to see additional photos of this beautiful property. Ray Scott, The Charlotte John Company, 501-240-1442
712 N. WALNUT - $162,500. 2BR/1BA in the heart of Hillcrest. Just 1/2 block of Kavanaugh. Renovated kitchen w/custom maple cabinets, tile floors, solid surface counters. Enter MLS 10257444 at www. PulaskiHeightsRealty.com
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Thumb down n I’m sorry but most of you won’t be invited. I know it’s a big disappointment, but hey, five or ten years from now, most of the worst pain will be gone. By 2030, 2040 at the latest, there’ll be only scar tissue. Now it’s not your fault. Nothing you did or didn’t do or could’ve done. There’s simply a large element of the arbitrary at work in a free democratic society where nobody’s automatically in and nobody’s automatically out. You’re either invited or you’re not. It’s Calvinist if you’re inclined that way, Darwinian if you’re not. There’s no magic trick or secret prayer that’ll improve your chances. Fate doesn’t work that way. It’s deaf to your imploring as it is to the wails of the crazy. It does what it does and you and all your aspirations are just debris kicked up in the process. The dog barks and the caravan moves on. A few things you might try to get on your Maker’s good side. Sacrifice the choice cuts. Love your neighbor — not easy, I know. Read better books. Clip and dispose of your own toenails. Do good to those trying to rip you off. Share your root beer with ol’ Sneaky Snake. If your pals have nicknamed you B.O. Plenty, take steps. Give your cell phone to some mendicant, who’ll probably try to eat it.
Bob L ancaster
None of this will put that invitation in your shirt pocket, but it’ll put you on a better road. In this context, if there’s a felony involved, whether you were acquitted or convicted is a lesser factor than what the charge was. Some criminal charges are just too disgraceful to bounce all the way back from, just as some bankruptcies… . No, never mind that. You can bounce all the way back from any bankruptcy, and from any number of them. Look at the ruin that was once Sheriff Hot Dog. The oldtimer yonder clerking in the liquor store. A picture of respectability now. But no invitation in his in-box, I’d bet money. Also strictly in this unhappy context, where the pope gets his shoes matters considerably more than how many millions his benighted policies have brought to despair. But on the other hand, if you’re Tony Alamo, it doesn’t matter where you get your kickers — or which species of reptile contributed the skin
for them. Here’s a prediction: no invitation for either the Holy Father or the Holy Dick. My preference would be no thumpers at all — no smokers either — and I reckon I do get the final say. I can’t tell you who’s been invited or will be invited, but I can share just a few insider suspicions about who hasn’t been and won’t be. Thumb down for Elvis Presley of Star City. A non-invitee even if he’s elected governor in November, which I assume he will be. A stellar name’s just not enough. Down also for the River City anchor who recently reported herself to have been electrocuted by a faulty hairdryer. It’s not that such shocking overstatement is an automatic disqualifier. It isn’t. Wally Hall there on his stool has surely been electrocuted 50 times — no telling how many times a vicarious magician has seesawed him half in two, neither — and it didn’t get him marked off the list. Something did, but not that. Down also for anyone who’s done both of these things (1) Stage a gaudy, sanctimonious reprise wedding to supercede the old one just to bag a new wagonload of wedding presents, and maybe secondarily to get a tighter clutch on the driftier super-sanctimonious vote; and (2) grant clemency to safely-put-away monsters so they can scurry out scot-free to become serial killers. Again, the Great
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Scorer might not’ve X’ed him from the list for either offense. But taken together, there’s just no way. He was as screwed as Paris Hilton. The orange guy from Ohio who wants to be Speaker of the House gets a thumb down because I don’t invite orange people, or morons, or Ohians. The last Ohian I liked was U.S. Grant. I liked James Thurber’s cartoons, but I understand I wouldn’t have liked James Thurber personally inasmuch as he was a hateful old son-of-a-bitch. Witt and Jack Stephens liked John Glenn a lot, but he was a little too struck on himself for my taste, especially there toward the end. Is he still alive? If so, here’s a Soup Nazitype heads up for you, John: No invitation for you! No Buffets or Gateses or McDucks. No Waltons, either, which means Blanche Lincoln wouldn’t be interested in attending, even if she were on the list, which of course she isn’t. In your dreams, BL, even though I do like those initials. Looks like thumbs down for just about the whole kaboodle, which is what I was trying to say there at the start. I don’t even know if I’m on the list, and it’s my list. In fact, I’m certain I’m not on it. I wasn’t even one of the late cuts. Scar tissue for ol’ moi also! It’s like the man who built my house wouldn’t build his own for fear that his work wouldn’t be up to his own high standards.
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