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The case for 5 a.m. Seven reasons why closing the late-night clubs is a bad idea for Little Rock

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Democrats and poverty Why do liberals hate the poor? You somehow equate being unwilling to give up American sovereignty and not leaving our southern border unsecured as “Heartless” (Week That Was, Aug. 7). The reality is that Democrats want the borders open for no other reason than to provide a future voting base of poor and are willing to work with corporatist whore Chamber of Commerce Republicans who want to please their corporate masters by increasing the supply of cheaper labor. Why is this bad? Main reason is it creates a labor surplus for the entry-level jobs needed by the youth currently here and for blacks of all ages. You can’t increase the supply of a commodity and expect it to hold its value. Democrats are complicit in creating a surplus of low skilled labor. Liberal leaders don’t care who they hurt and are willing to work with open border Republicans to get unregistered Democrats. Why blacks don’t hold Democrats accountable for what is a tag-team attack on the poor I don’t understand. You keep repeating the absurd meme that conservatives hate the poor and minorities when conservatives want everyone to succeed. Keeping people poor makes no sense from an economic standpoint. We do have real evidence that Democrats support policy that hurts the poor (amnesty anyone?) and LBJ famously stated “I’ll have them ni**ers voting Democrat for the next 200 hundred years ...” when he started the War on Poverty. Add to that liberals insisting blacks be confined to seriously underperforming public schools as a payoff to the teachers’ unions and it’s hard to believe blacks think Democrats actually want to help them. I’ll believe liberals want to help the poor when Democrats start designing policy that doesn’t create more government dependency. Brice Hammerstein Sherwood

From the web In response to Will Stephenson’s Aug. 6 cover story, “Where were you on Pharoah Sanders Day?”: Wow, I am a rabid jazz fan and after living in LR for more than 10 years, and I did not know that he was a native! 4

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For those interested, Clark Terry, a huge legend of the jazz world, is currently residing in Pine Bluff, and seemingly fighting some health difficulties admirably. Anyway, the most recent recordings I’ve heard with Sanders are on Kenny Garrett’s “Beyond the Wall” and “Sketches of MD.” The man is 70-plus years old and still recording with the biggest, forward-looking musicians — that should tell you something. munkle

In response to Max Brantley’s Arkansas Blog post, “Think early closing for private clubs would depress crime? Try this”: I assume that if they offer a proposal to cut the hours of business for legitimate businesses, there will be an accompanying budget cut in the police department budget since obviously there isn’t a need for more to sit in donut shops waiting for those nonexistent calls? Floating shutting River Market hours at 9 p.m. and eliminating those late-evening activities on the riverfront will further cut

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the need for police. Why, you can do that Fourth of July celebration from noon to 3 p.m. and stop a lot of complaints from noise to drunk partygoers. What a great opportunity for the nannies on the City Board to turn the clock back to 1850! couldn’t be better Another stupid political machination by a small-minded politician(s). And I’m not particularly a supporter of late, late-night clubs. If you want to see the crime rate drop, you’ve got to actually study crime. This is been hinted at during these discussions, but never really addressed: Do a comprehensive study of crime in Little Rock/Central Arkansas. Study ALL the callouts by police and the types of crimes they investigate. Then let the people know what’s going on in their city. Then you would know what to do to actually make a difference in crime in our fair city. Cherry-picking the problems that happen at places that have the least political support only positions a politician for re-election. It’s not going to have any serious impact on crime. It’s all about the next election. Not about making anyone safer. Perplexed When I was younger, much younger, my father was complaining about me staying out past midnight. I didn’t understand what the issue was. I never got in trouble and my friends and I weren’t doing anything wrong. Simply spending time together. He said there wasn’t anything to be doing past 10 anyway. I asked him what he did after 10. He replied in a high-pitched really-sockingp-it-to-me tone, “I’m in bed”! I simply and calmly replied, “Then how do you know what there is to do after 10?” As angry as he was his argument was over. Just because the elders of this city are fast asleep during the night doesn’t mean that’s when the monsters are out. I work for the city in “emergency public service,” and I assure you, first-hand, nightclubs contribute very little to all of the problems we tend to during the night. The fact that they would even say this is laughable and proves, at least to me, that those that are in favor of this proposal are completely out of touch with the reality of what goes on throughout the night in this city. AtomicBang









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Draft Mike? We have a feeling he’ll be golfing in Searcy, but the one Democratic politician who seems immune to the dead-red tide in Arkansas is Gov. Mike Beebe. A Public Policy Polling survey released last week found Beebe leading Republican Sen. John Boozman in a speculative 2016 Senate matchup 46-40.

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Quote of the week “We didn’t run. We ran the plays. Oh my God, all the old coaches that beat me, they said, ‘Man, your team is very well coached. …’ But I was losing! I didn’t like that, and I started biting, grabbing, slapping, trying to create turnovers, try to win the possession war.” — Former Razorback basketball coach Nolan Richardson, in his acceptance speech after his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last Friday, on his first season in Arkansas, just before his helter-skelter “40 Minutes of Hell” style was born.

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Dogtown left The most liberal town in Arkansas: North Little Rock. At least according to survey data compiled across the country by political data analytics company Clarity Campaign Labs. Most conservative: Marshall, up in Searcy County. We should note, however, that Marshall has the oldest drive-in movie theater in the state, a quality-of-life factor transcending politics.

The judicial election problem Lame-duck Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said recently that Arkansas judges should be appointed rather than elected. The issue in a nutshell: 1) Appointment is preferable to election; 2) Appointment doesn’t remove judges from politics; 3) Appointment ain’t going to happen in Arkansas; 4) Secretly supplied money will play an increasing role in judicial politics; 5) More often than not, corporate money will prevail; 6) Every now and then a thoroughly disreputable judge will do him/herself in (Tiger Droppings, anyone?). Voters too often are none the wiser to such scoundrels.


oney talked at last week’s Little Rock Board of Directors meeting. Asked to choose between the eloquent opposition of the city’s own professional planning staff and the people of Broadmoor, Fair Park, Point O’ Woods and the historic University Park neighborhood (developed for the city’s then-emerging black professional class), five of 10 directors and Mayor Mark Stodola (all white) voted for Murphy Oil. All three black directors were on the other side, with Joan Adcock and B.J. Wyrick. Stodola, Stacy Hurst, Dean Kumpuris, Gene Fortson, Lance Hines and Brad Cazort approved a vast 20-pump Murphy Oil malt liquor and Slim Jim outlet (convenience store) at the foot of homes in University Park. This is on a site where Doug Brandon for years quietly sold high-end furniture. The decision wrecks dreams of redevelopment of University Avenue south of I-630. Director Hurst never would have allowed it in her University protectorate north of I-630, home now to spiffy shopping centers thanks to a planning process she championed. Murphy offered no case for a zoning variance except

its profits. There are six such gas/ store operations within roughly a mile radius. It brings no benefit, only harm, to the neighborhood. It will spur no future development. max Murphy’s Wayne Gibson, brantley a school board member in El Dorado, got off on the wrong foot by insulting the public’s intelligence. He claimed the store would spur economic development and city tax revenues. Out of the same mouth he claimed it would create no additional traffic because it would draw only from existing traffic. A new store doesn’t make cars in a city use more gas or their drivers buy more Honey Buns. Murphy will take business from competitors. Then Gibson talked of Murphy’s corporate citizenship and its funding of the El Dorado Promise, a college scholarship for every graduate of El Dorado public schools. Bad idea. Murphy, to the giant oil company’s credit, has kept its global home in El Dorado. It has invested heavily to Continued on page 12


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Cotton’s ‘some folks’: Obamacare helps 230,000 Arkansans


olitics depends to an unfortunate extent on popular delusion, and those who practice it most effectively practice it best upon themselves. Obamacare and Arkansas’s peculiar version of it, the “private option,” furnish a good case study. Gallup released a survey last week that generated the best headlines for Arkansas in years. “Best state in America: Arkansas ...” began the headline in the Washington Post’s political tipsheet. Gallup reported that Arkansas had reduced the number of its uninsured more than any other state since the last big element of Obamacare kicked in last fall. No one could have been surprised because Arkansas had lagged every state but Texas in the proportion of its people who were uninsured and thus without sure access to medical care when they got sick, so any significant progress would

be dramatic. Also, among the states with the highest share of poor, only Arkansas and Kentucky impleERNEST mented the facet DUMAS of Obamacare that insures the poorest of the poor. A year ago, 22.5 percent of adults were uninsured, one of the highest rates in the country, but the share of uninsured had fallen to 12.4 percent early this summer. In other words, the uninsured were reduced by nearly half in nine months. Medicaid enrollment grows by the week, and by next spring, after the second enrollment period for the subsidized private insurance market, Arkansas should have one of the highest rates of medical coverage in the country, which will be dramatic for a state that has always been

Ross needs to go for the heart


n recent years, neuroscience has entered the discipline of political science, providing us new insights into what is going on inside citizens’ brains as they ponder politics. Among other things, that research has provided clear evidence of what those of us who have been around politics for a long time know well — emotions are more powerful than rationality in molding political attitudes. While the head matters in guiding voting decisions, the heart typically matters even more. An inability to nudge the passions of Arkansas voters helps to explain the quandary facing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross as the campaign for governor enters the stretch run. When the 2014 election season began, most expected that Ross would lead the Democratic ticket, running a few points ahead of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. Thus, if Pryor could keep his race against Congressman Tom Cotton close, Ross was well positioned to edge former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (perceived as the weaker GOP candidate and less able to take full advantage of a pro-GOP nationalization of the race). Instead, in polling across the last several months, Ross has

run several points behind Pryor, with the senator surprising national and state political observers by stayjay ing even with the barth deeply ideological Cotton; in contrast, Ross has consistently trailed Hutchinson by a handful of points. Ross has run a steady campaign, consistently besting Hutchinson in fundraising and making no identifiable mistakes. Moreover, Ross has made a clear, logical argument for his candidacy as a continuation of the pragmatic progressivism that has made Mike Beebe the most popular governor in America across his nearly eight years in office. That overarching theme has been fleshed out by his articulation of stances on specific issues that are thoroughly popular with voters who decide Arkansas electoral outcomes: unwaveringly supporting the private option, advocating an increase in the state minimum wage, prioritizing an investment in universally accessible prekindergarten education and presenting a plan for tax cuts that will continue to

measured, by statistics and legend, as the unhealthiest place in the union. The statistics only imply that this is a very good thing because libertarians say government-insured coverage accounts for nothing but bigger government. But progress is actually measurable in human terms. The Arkansas Hospital Association reported that emergency-room visits since the first of the year had dropped 25 percent and that hospital admissions were down even more. That was supposed to happen theoretically as insured people visited the doctor before their illness drove them to the ER and then to an extended charity stay at the hospital. Back to the politics. Both Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, and Rep. Davy Carter, the Republican Speaker of the House, quickly crafted statements touting the Gallup survey as proof that legislators and the governor did the right thing when they adopted the “private option” for covering Arkansas’s adult poor. Other Republican lawmakers who favored it were proud, and the Arkansas surgeon general, the state’s chief health advocate, said it was a banner day for Arkansas.

The bipartisan bragging was justifiable, but not unreservedly. The private option accounted for most of the gains in coverage but other factors were in play, too. And all of them — the private option, pure Medicaid for the frail, 38,000 adults and families privately insured through the new insurance market, coverage for young adults on their parents’ plans, renewed coverage for people with preexisting conditions — are traceable to a single act: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Yes, Obamacare. None of the statements from politicians even mentioned Obamacare or that the private option was even remotely related, although Beebe made passing mention of the Affordable Care Act. As far as I can tell, every Republican politician in Arkansas has condemned Obamacare to perdition and virtually every Republican candidate for office runs against President Obama and the law that opponents gave the sobriquet “Obamacare.” Beebe and most Democratic officials haven’t uttered a kind

make the Arkansas tax code marginally more progressive. In terms of making a rational argument for his candidacy, Ross has done everything right. The problem: While the “head” has been present in abundance, the “heart” has been lacking from Ross campaign communications to date. In dramatic contrast with the Beebe 2006 campaign’s emotionally potent advertisements (featuring his rise from a tar-paper shack and the linkage of his waitress mom’s working life to the minimum wage), it is difficult to recapture any moment from an advertisement run by the Ross campaign (or any of the groups advertising on his behalf) to date. The absence of emotional resonance in the ads helps to explain why the Ross campaign lags no matter how many things it has done correctly. As Washington Post political writer Chris Cillizza put it recently: “In an age in which political ads never really stop and fast-forwarding through commercials is all the rage, making commercials that stand out is the coin of the realm.” The cacophony created by the U.S. Senate race has created a challenge for any other candidate on the ballot in getting their message across on television. Because Ross is both less known statewide and is a Democrat in a time when generic Republicans are advantaged in Arkansas, it’s a particular problem for him. Still, several issues that have been

a focus of the Ross campaign in recent weeks — domestic violence, most obviously — present opportunities for the sort of emotionally impactful advertising that could break through the campaign clutter. With the Senate race clogging the airwaves for the remainder of the campaign, the Ross team will also have to seek out other avenues for communication with voters. Fortunately for him, there is more than one way to skin the emotional cat during a campaign. As someone who saw the potency of an emotional-laden ad in the closing days of my own campaign a few years back, radio advertising — comparatively inexpensive to produce and easier to target toward demographic subgroups of voters — may be one answer to Ross’ communications quandary. Viral web advertising and direct mail provide other outlets for more cheaply communicating with targeted groups of voters. Often those more targeted communications can speak to subgroups of voters in a way that emotionally resonates. With his Republican opponent apparently maxed out short of a majority based on polling across the months, Mike Ross maintains a path to the governorship. With just over 80 days left, the key is for him to add emotional artistry to the technical merit of his candidacy.

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he second phase of the Arkansas football schedule is predictably nasty. When things went sharply south in 2013, it was largely due to a horrid four-game stretch in October that was earmarked by all the customary trappings of a team in the throes of collapse. The Hogs were hopelessly outclassed and did themselves no favors by being sloppy and, at least on a couple of occasions, appearing to have no interest in finishing out games with any measure of pride. That was abundantly evident when Alabama and South Carolina tuned them up and set them down a pretty rough path to the finish. The good news is that the guts of this 2014 slate won’t bear witness to a quitter, though it won’t seem to be ripe territory for much in the way of inspired football, either. If Pearls’ forecast in the last edition — a 3-1 start for the squad against the most unconventional early-season battery of opponents in a long while — had you thoroughly convinced I was teletyping from the moon, have no such trepidation. We’ll fall back toward Earth a bit during the middle part of this trilogy. The schedule just lends itself to that kind of malaise. Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium, Sept. 27: It’s not hard to forget that the Hogs had a clean three-year sweep of a then-Big 12 foe from 2009 to 2011 in Arlington, Texas, and it’s just as easily remembered that once the lopsided Bobby Petrino-Mike Sherman battle of wits had left the sidelines, the Aggies punished Arkansas so badly at Kyle Field in an SEC matchup in 2012 that the margin of victory was greater than the Razorbacks’ three wins in JerryWorld combined. That was in essence the coming-out party for Johnny Manziel, and he was steady if a more ancillary figure last year when the Aggies extracted a much tougher win over the Hogs. Accordingly the 2014 matchup returns to Arlington, for a neutral -site matchup and represents the start of another epoch in the teams’ rivalry. There’s no Johnny Football and no Mike Evans out there this time, but the Aggies still have a wealth of tragically unheralded tailbacks that will again play a substantive role in Kevin Sumlin’s attack. These Hogs won’t feel quite as comfy in the space-age confines as Petrino’s squads did, but it will be an entertaining shootout of sorts. The end result is a scoreline that looks similar to the one of a year ago, where Jim Chaney’s offense gamely tries to play catch-up but is ultimately punchless over the last critical period. Aggies 41, Hogs 30. Alabama, Oct. 11: Yes, it’s 104-0, a

squeaker tilted toward the poor, luckless Tide, in the post-Petrino years. Matching 52-0 blastings notBEAU withstanding, hear WILCOX me out: This will be a game of which Hog fans can and will be proud. Don’t mistake this for ordaining a miracle, but note that things look murkier for Bama right now than they’re used to. Despite being absurdly talented as is the custom, this is an offseason of uncertainty by the program’s untenable standard: They’re facing a massive question mark at quarterback trying to replace A.J. McCarron, and the defense got awfully porous late last year in a two-game skid to end what long seemed destined to be a three-peat season. The absence of McCarron’s self-assured moxie means that top-shelf targets like Amari Cooper have to work a little harder to get loose, and early on in 2014 it’s still going to be a chore. The backfield is obviously not a problem with T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry having all the appearance of a three-headed monster, but Arkansas fans make Reynolds Razorback Stadium imposing for a change. For the first time since the Tide escaped Fayetteville with a narrow comeback win four years ago, the Hogs’ home-field advantage is palpable. The defense plays out of its mind for a good three quarters and the offense ensures that there won’t be another shutout, but it’s still not quite enough in the end to keep Arkansas from falling to the Tide for the eighth straight season. Crimson Tide 28, Razorbacks 27. Georgia, Oct. 18: The SEC game in Little Rock this fall is a critical one for the reasons above. If Arkansas sits 3-3, 0-3 at the midway point, the fear of another precipitous fall lingers even though there’s been cause for celebration at the effort put forth. The Bulldogs mark the third straight opponent that is trying to groom a replacement signalcaller, a terribly unenviable spot to be in. At this stage of the year, Georgia won’t be making the same progress in this realm as the Aggies or Tide, and it will hurt the Dawgs. This is a War Memorial crowd that matters, one that senses it could be curtains for the old venue soon enough, at least as far as games of gravity are concerned. There will be urgency on the sidelines and in the seats, and it will motivate the team beautifully. The Hogs’ determination takes the Continued on page 33

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he Observer has been thinking a lot about guilt and innocence recently, a cerebral by-product of a story I’m working on about a guy who spent a lot of years in the Concrete Hotel for a crime he may well have not committed in the first place, put there partially on the word of a cop who later resigned after admitting he cooked up evidence in a very similar case. Stay tuned for that one in the Arkansas Times soon. I am, in general, a guilty sort. A confession then, after all these long years: When I was 6 years old, already a scribbler, Santa brought me a diary with a lock. You cannot imagine, dear friend, how thrilled I was with the prospect of having a place to write things beyond the grasping, ammunition-gathering eyes of my older brother. The Lad Observer wrote little snippets of my day in that diary for two weeks — all my secret fears, unspoken slights and desires, which ain’t much when you’re 6 years old. If The Observer had a second birth as a writer, it was there. Writing, writing, writing, sometimes long after supposed lights out, by the yellow glow of Pa’s tar-spattered G.I. flashlight. I learned the delicious feeling of words curling out of my brain and through the Mercury dime-sized spot all writers have in the middle of their foreheads; of seeing thoughts manifest themselves. I learned of the power of revealing the truth. I learned to trust the truth to see me through. Then, I lost the key. Lost? Filched by my asshat brother? Who knows, but it was gone. Oh, I could have pried open the lock with one of the old, nicked screwdrivers that lurked in the bottom of Pa’s toolbox. But what use is a locking diary with a broken lock? So, sadly, I put it away for awhile, in that world before step-by-step YouTube videos on how to pick diary clasps. A few days later, while accompanying Ma and Pa on their weekly jaunt to the Safeway store, The Boy Observer was wandering the aisles, no doubt sucking on a root beer barrel bought from the honor system nickel candy bins, when I saw a stack of diaries just like mine, this being surely the same place Santa had purchased mine. I moved in closer and saw that to each, strung to the clasp by a hair of white

twine, was a key. Under the covers at night before lights out for real, I had studied every groove of that key, concealer of all my mysteries. These were exactly the same. My allowance was gone by then, spent on root beer barrels and slushies at Markrum’s store and who knows what, and I knew Ma would never buy me another when the other wasn’t even half full yet. Just break the lock, she’d say, not understanding what that lock meant to me — which was, of course, everything. Before I could think, I did the unthinkable. The twine broke with a “tik” and then the key was in my pocket, heavy, so hot on my leg that I thrust a sweaty hand in after it and crushed it in my fist. I found my parents and walked with them, guilty hand in shameful pocket, silent and tormented as they paid for the groceries. I was sure a klaxon would sound as we walked out, searchlights raking the aisles like in the old black-and-white prison break movies Pa watched on TV. But none did. I almost made it home before I ratted myself out, Pa pulling Ma’s pea green Pontiac onto the shoulder near a stony rock quarry as I tearfully confessed my crime. I tried to explain and failed. Finally, I produced the key, which lay damnably on my varnished palm. Everybody in the car stared at it in silence but me, weeping inconsolably, entombed in the green vinyl hell of a mile-deep Bonneville backseat. After dropping off Ma, siblings and the groceries at home, Pa drove me back to the Safeway, not angry but quietly disappointed, which is worse. There, I was gently marched inside and made to apologize and return the key to a balding assistant store manager who looked like he was sent over from a Norman Rockwell painting called “Guilty Little Shit Returns What He Stole.” Thirty-four years later, and the shame of that moment has never left me. It has obliterated the fate of the diary altogether, whether I went ahead and jimmied the lock or just cast it into the burn barrel out back with the trash. The key is everything now, and still haloed in neon guilt. The Observer has never, for instance, told that story to anyone, not even my wife. But now I have told it to you.

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Mother Jones has obtained a lengthy memo written by Jason Cline, for a time the leader of the Arkansas chapter of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, a major Tea Party political organizing group. As Mother Jones puts it, some in the Tea Party movement think it is withering and losing steam, particularly among the older people who powered it to some election successes. But the article is also interesting to Arkansas political junkies, for Cline’s disagreements with Teresa Oelke, the former leader of the Arkansas AFP chapter who’s risen in the Koch organization, and for some of the personal squabbling within the AFP bureaucracy. Oh yeah, there’s plenty of bureaucracy. In the memo, Cline addresses concerns that he’s a sexist and prejudiced against older people. He denies the accusations, though he makes it clear that he believes recruitment of younger people is important to the cause. Cline writes in response that he was not biased against elderly activists but rather sought out younger activists for AFP-Arkansas due to a drop-off in support among older Tea Party followers. He explains: “We have a declining tea party engagement and we need to engage new forms of activists. The comment [made by Cline to a fellow activist] was specifically, ‘These old people are not gonna get it done. These kids are workers.’ Not in the sense that they can’t accomplish it, but that there are too few of them.” The problem of declining support from older Tea Partiers, Cline continues, is a national problem. “On my very first phone call with Jen Stefano as my new [AFP] regional director, I asked her if declining tea party engagement was just an Arkansas problem or if everyone was experiencing that. Her comment was that it’s a problem everywhere.” Stefano is a national regional director for AFP and a regular on Fox News. Cameos of other figures in the memo include references to Phyllis Bell, wife of Rep. Nate Bell, the Tea Party-style Republican from Mena, who was not renewed as a contract worker for AFP (Cline said Phyllis Bell wanted to be deputy director of the Arkansas organization; he said that didn’t fit with the direction he wanted to take the staff, plus her husband was a legislator), and Bobby Ballinger Jr., who sought but didn’t get a job on the AFP payroll. His father, Rep. Bob Ballinger, is another Tea Party Republican legislator. Continued on page 11


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NO TURNS: Busier times at the Kirby-Kanis intersection are difficult for drivers.

Crowding on Kanis Development too much for two lanes, residents say. By Leslie Newell Peacock


anis Road, the minor east-west arterial in West Little Rock that until just a decade or so ago was mostly a two-lane route through undeveloped woods, is scheduled to be widened, in two phases, from its intersection with Shackleford Road west to its intersection with Gamble Road, starting next year. (East of Shackleford, where Baptist Hospital and several large medical clinics are located, Kanis has already been widened to five lanes.) A stretch between Shackleford and Bowman will be five lanes, with a center turn lane. Bowman to Gamble will be a three-lane, with a turn lane in the center. But west of Gamble, widening Kanis is not yet on the city’s radar screen, especially since a section of the road is outside the city limits. People who live near the three-street intersection of Kanis, Kirby and Cooper Orbit — where there is no stop sign — already have a hard time, they say, with traffic, thanks to new housing development and traffic from Baker Elementary School when

school is in session. The state Highway and Transportation Department estimates annual average daily traffic at that intersection at 11,000 cars. By comparison, that’s 1,000 more cars a day than on another minor north-west corridor, the two-lane Van Buren Street between Kavanaugh Boulevard and West Markham Street. That number could grow substantially, if apartment projects approved and in the works for Kanis near the Kirby-Kanis-Cooper Orbit intersection are approved. Already approved is the Panther Branch Addition, a 188-unit apartment development on 7.82 acres on Kanis close to its intersection with Kirby. It would include 326 parking spaces, and entrance and exit would be off Kanis. The land is not in the city limits; the developer will apply for annexation to the city. Kanis Road roughly, though not exactly, forms the boundary between the city and the county.

Though about half of the acreage was zoned MF-6, which would have restricted development to six units per acre, the remainder of the land was zoned C-1, Neighborhood Commercial, which would have allowed 36 units per acre by right. Based on the zoning, city planning staff said, the development could have accommodated 190 units. Still, there was neighborhood opposition to the planned residential development, particularly from residents of Cooper Orbit Road, who say they have trouble turning onto Kanis during peak travel time — rush hours and when Baker Elementary lets out — because it’s so busy and there is no stoplight at the intersection. Residents also were unhappy that a service road the developer will build, Panther Branch Drive, will dead end at the rear of single-family homes on Cooper Orbit. That could be a “magnet” for criminals, Cooper Orbit resident Melanie Strigel complained in a June email to the City Board of Directors, which approved 7 to 3 the Panther Branch planned residential district July 1. Directors B.J. Wyrick, Joan Adcock and Doris Wright were the three dissenters. Also planned for Kanis Road: the 288-unit Lofts at Kanis Creek development a half mile down Kanis to the west. The proposal is expected to come before the Planning Commission Sept. 18. This property is also not in the city, nor is it contiguous with the city boundary, so to be annexed (for city services) the neighboring Chenal Pet Palace, which it abuts, would have to be annexed first. Donna James with the city planning commission said several other developers have made preliminary contact with the department about other development plans in the area: • At the intersection of Kanis and Pride Valley, just past Baker Elementary School, developers would like to rezone land zoned for office for multifamily, to allow 300 units on 12 acres. • At Kanis and Baker Lane, across from the school, a Lazenby Development planned residential development has been approved for Continued on page 12




Inconsequential News Quiz: Dirty Jobs edition

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1) In Mountain Home last week, an elderly motorist who lost control of his sedan managed to race through an elevated parking lot before jumping almost entirely over another street, where the car hit something rather surprising. What did the driver hit? A) Three helicopters. B) A one-man Japanese submarine on display since its capture in World War II. C) A fiberglass statue of bluegrass banjoist Clayton “Big Tuna” Altuna. D) A prize-winning milk cow being groomed for the Founders Day parade. 2) On Aug. 4, the Little Rock Police Department sent out a release about an incident involving Ammo, one of their K-9 dogs. What happened? A) While home alone at his handler's house, Ammo was able to escape his pen, jump a six-foot privacy fence, cross the street and bite two neighbors, one of whom required hospital treatment for his injuries. B) Conduct unbecoming an officer with a very cute Schnauzer. C) Stole a stash of Milkbones from the evidence locker. D) Vigorously humped the leg of new LRPD Chief Kenton Buckner. 3) Last week, a Google Street View car — one of the colorful little hatchbacks with a camera on the roof that crisscross the country, providing the photos for Google's Street View service — was involved in an incident in Little Rock that necessitated a police response. What happened? A) A two-car accident in Hillcrest that left one car spun off the road and the Google Streetview car bumperless. B) Tea Party members attacked the car with rocks and sticks, claiming it was an information-gathering device for the "Marxist Kenyan Socialist in the White House." C) Driver took a wrong turn and disappeared through a thin spot between reality and cyberspace. Again. D) Sen. Jason Rapert commandeered the car, then wrote legislation saying any woman seeking an abortion in Arkansas must allow him to take a quick spin through her uterus. 4) Up in Fayetteville last week, at least two dozen Christians, including some pastors, turned out to speak against an ordinance proposed by city Alderman Matthew Petty. What is the aim of the ordinance? A) To ban employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the city. B) To allow the planting of two crops in the same field and the wearing of two different fabrics at the same time, which is also forbidden in Leviticus along with the gay stuff. C) To facilitate reconciliation between fundamentalist Christians and lions by locking them both in the same room until the lions apologize for the whole Roman Colosseum thing. D) To require anybody quoting the Bible to prove through testing that they read the whole thing, not just the parts that agree with them. 5) After a Facebook outcry, a beloved Prairie Grove landmark that had been knocked over by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel back in June has been reinstalled. What was the landmark? A) One of the last remaining phone booths in Arkansas. B) Carved cypress bust of Bill Clinton's old squeeze Gennifer Flowers, who grew up there. C) Twenty-foot statue of Mary Steenburgen, made out of mufflers and exhaust pipe. D) Giant cast-iron skillet used to cook the world's biggest omelet in 1981. 6) Recently, Mike Rowe of the TV show "Dirty Jobs" wrote on his Facebook page that he's seeking an uncommonly dirty job in Arkansas. What's the job he wants? A) Lafayette County Judge. B) Drain unclogger at Little Rock Wastewater's main sewage treatment plant (snorkel and wetsuit provided). C) Goldfish semen collector at Pool Fisheries in Lonoke. D) End-of-day foot massage boy for Fordyce dogcatcher and postman Harry "Hairy" Clenche.

ASMSA lands bitcoin gift

Luther Lowe, a graduate of Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs and now director of public policy at Yelp, has given $10,000 in bitcoin to ASMSA. Bitcoin? It’s cryptocurrency. Another way to pay for transactions in the digital age. Yelp? It’s a dandy online tool for mapping and finding and rating stuff, such as restaurants. The gift? Said to be the first of its kind to be accepted by the University of Arkansas Foundation, which includes ASMSA among the campuses it supports. It’s believed to be the first high school to receive such a gift. Lowe has served on the ASMSA board of visitors. Said a news release: “Lowe’s gift will allow ASMSA to create a computer science seminar focusing on bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and collective computing, the first high school course focused entirely on the topics in Arkansas and the United States. Like many of ASMSA’s hallmark courses, the class will feature an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. A combination of mathematics, computer science, humanities and economics faculty will collaborate on the course development and delivery. The gift will also support other elements of the school’s computer science, digital learning and outreach programs.” ASMSA is a residential high school with competitive admission. No football team, but a lot of smart kids who regularly win recognition in the Times’ Academic All-Stars contest and go on to much bigger, brainier things. At graduation last May, Lowe made another $10,000 gift and issued another $10,000 gift challenge, which was matched by school supporters.

Honorable a possible FERC appointee

John Norris has announced his resignation as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and this has renewed talk about the possibility that Colette Honorable, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, could be appointed by President Obama to replace Norris. Norris was reconfirmed in 2012 for a term expiring in 2017. Honorable has not commented about talk of her potential appointment. The FERC can be a big deal. It was a very big deal in the early 1980s when it saddled Arkansas with paying for part of the cost of the Grand Gulf power plant in Mississippi. Entergy Arkansas operates independently now and there have been many other changes in the regulation system since then.

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Brantley, Cont. preserve the public schools. It’s not just about education. It is also to stop white flight from El Dorado to suburban school districts. Little Rock is another story. Here, Murphy money developed Chenal Valley, the huge upscale residential development in western Little Rock. In the 1980s, the Murphy development company, Deltic Timber Corp., struck a deal with the devil in the form of city leaders to win a huge annexation without joining the Little Rock School District. The majority white Pulaski County District would provide its schools. Chenal Valley has been a business success and it’s a lovely place. The westward sprawl has also contributed to Little Rock school resegregation and core city decay. Murphy got its annexation and more annexations. It also got huge city investments in a major arterial street and no fees for Chenal’s impact on city services, from police and fire to parks and sewers. But that’s not all. The Murphy fortune is also being invested today in creating charter schools (a brand-new one will open this month amid Murphy property in Chenal Valley) that skim more fortunate kids from Little Rock public schools, to the detriment of those left behind. One of the key backers of the charter school attack on Little Rock schools is Claiborne Deming, former Murphy CEO. He also was one of the first contributors, with a $2,000 check, to Stacy Hurst’s Republican campaign for state legislature. A couple of other Murphys have pitched in $2,000 more — so far. Dickson Flake, who packaged the real estate deal for Murphy Oil, is a $500 contributor to Hurst. Hurst offered no public explanation for her vote to benefit campaign contributors. Later she said through a campaign spokesman, echoing Hines, that the corner is a commercial node. The gas pumps will be 300 feet from University Park houses, she said. That’s an argument — a poor one — for mitigation of damages to the neighborhood, but it still lacks positive reason for the project. Stacy Hurst would be unhappy, undoubtedly, if a convenience store, rather than the Country Club of Little Rock, was 300 feet from her home. The neighbors were well prepared and ignored. City Director Doris Wright and Joan Adcock were pointed and astute in defending the neighborhoods. One of the most eloquent opponents was Pam Powell, who recently visited another convenience store once touted as economic development — a Kum & Go a few blocks down University at Colonel Glenn Road. Its presence 12

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helped spark creation of a 10-man police unit that now circles the area to put out crime brush fires. Powell visited at 11 p.m. and found three patrol cars on premises with another just departing. Powell will soon be able to look down from her home on something similar (and if Dickson Flake continues to have his way) a “residence” motel next door. A “flophouse,” some neighbors fear. Powell has a well-tended 2,000-squarefoot house on property that the assessor values at $127,500. It carries a $1,787 tax bill, or about 20 cents per square foot of her 9,000-square foot lot. Old real estate hands know where I’m going — to another bit of public favoritism for the Murphys. The Murphy family acquired the Chenal land and much, much more as scrub timber acreage years ago for pennies. That land is carried on the tax books as agricultural acreage — not at its much higher development value. Example: The Murphy’s Deltic Timber arm recently sold 4.9 acres of vacant land in western Little Rock to a bank looking to build a new branch for $23.99 a square foot. Powell’s property is worth only $14, though it includes a house. But the Murphy land is taxed at less than a penny a square foot, while Powell pays 20 cents on less valuable property. Pam Powell, in other words, is effectively subsidizing city services for the Murphys, who’ve now been allowed to degrade her property value as well. The big picture: A family that has profited enormously from Little Rock thanks to favorable annexation, tax and school treatment and which is contributing indirectly and directly to decay of the inner city and the Little Rock schools got still another favor last week — an anti-competitive favor at that. And not a single man or woman among the city directors had the guts to stand up and explain why. Mayor Mark Stodola has not responded to my request for an explanation. He should be sheepish. He appointed the Planning Commission that has voted for developers over neighborhoods. Opponents to the gas station say commissioners have also been rude and condescending. The gold rules in Little Rock.

And speaking of connections

I’ve been critical here of Director Stacy Hurst. She is running as a Republican for an open House seat also being sought by Democrat Clarke Tucker. Her supporters think it is unfair of me to write critically of her because I support Clarke Tucker.

Crowding on kanis, Cont. It’s true that I’m likely to support Tucker. It’s also true that I went to college with his father, Rett, and that his mother, Becky, worked for my wife when she was a judge. My wife has given Clarke Tucker campaign contributions and volunteered in his campaign. Is an opinion writer allowed to support one candidate and criticize another only so long as he doesn’t know the candidates personally or so long as no family members contribute tangible support? I don’t see it that way. Readers may judge otherwise. I’ve known Clarke since he was a child and then as a student body and organization leader at Central High, Harvard and the University of Arkansas Law School. He and I shared an admiration for and friendship with his law dean, Dick Atkinson. Tucker had no doubt he’d run as a Democrat, on philosophical grounds similar to my own. Stacy Hurst, on the other hand, considered running as a Democrat until financier Warren Stephens counseled her against it. She has been a competent, studious and energetic city director, if rarely a leader. Her judgment on political parties was followed by another decision more clearly flawed — she allowed the disreputable Gilbert Baker to serve as a bundler for campaign money. It included fat checks from Michael Morton, the nursing home baron immersed in the Mike Maggio judicial scandal. Hurst has declared she’ll be a moderate. It will be hard in a party with no demonstrated affection for moderation. She did forthrightly declare support for the private option Obamacare Medicaid expansion. But there’s no courage in that. Obamacare would easily win a referendum in a legislative district packed with health industry employees and where Barack Obama led the presidential ticket in 2012. So, yes. Absent policy surprises before November I’ll likely support Tucker (who doesn’t represent my district). My wife will continue, as ever, to do what she thinks is right for her. In defense, I can say that I only seek progressive government in return — not a convenience store. I’d add that personal knowledge can cut both ways. I have college friends and relatives with children I wouldn’t support for dogcatcher. And while disclosures are on the table: Dean Kumpuris, also at Washington and Lee during my college years there, joined Hurst in the indefensible Murphy Oil vote. He’s not on the ballot this year. Good thing for him.

32 detached single-family homes. • The Capital Hills Apartments on Cooper Orbit, which has built 156 units in its first phase, is expected to build between 300 and 400 more units in its second phase. Altogether, it’s been approved for 528 units. It’s 1.3 miles from the intersection with Kanis and the Panther Branch development. • Woodlands Edge, which can be accessed by Woodlands Trail just east of the Kanis-Cooper OrbitKirby intersection, plans to add 32 houses to the development. • The 72-unit Rowan Park Apartments on Kirby Road, less than 1/10 of a mile from the Kirby-Kanis intersection, is expected to expand north on Kirby. Survey stakes can be seen along the road. There are also rumors, residents near Kanis say, that 40 more acres adjacent to the Lofts at Kanis Creek now zoned single-family may be for sale. Added together, there are plans for 840 new apartments clustered along a two-mile stretch of Kanis Road. Why all the development on this stretch of Kanis, a formerly rural area with no bus service and few shopping amenities save the Valero station at Kirby and Kanis? Cathi Watkins, who lives in Spring Valley Manor off Cooper Orbit, believes it’s because there’s no overlay district — as there is on Highway 10 — imposing 100-foot setbacks and 40-foot landscaping strips and other requirements on developers. Watkins and Jena McDonnell, the Spring Valley Manor Property Owners Association president, have expressed their fears to the Planning Commission and the board that the city is taking a parcel-by-parcel approach to development in the area, rather than looking at the “big picture.” McDonnell is organizing a letter-writing campaign. Watkins said she’s “appalled” at the moves by the city to allow the development. The neighborhood, she said, “was built in 1960s, tucked in between two big hills. Now, slowly the city is coming out here. I don’t think it needs to be [high] density like downtown.” City Director Adcock said she believed that developers have a responsibility to make improvements to roadways as they add traffic to them and noted that the developers of the McDonald’s restaurant at Markham and University spent $250,000 to improve access not just to it but to the Chik-fil-A west of McDonald’s on Markham. (Two city directors, Dean Kumpuris and Stacy Hurst, opposed the McDonald’s development despite the $250,000 offer.)

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DANCE ALL NIGHT: Patrons of Electric Cowboy.

The case for 5 a.m. Seven reasons why closing clubs at 5 a.m. is a bad idea for Little Rock. By David Koon and Benjamin Hardy


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n Little Rock, for the time being, it’s still possible to stay out drinking and dancing ’til the break of dawn. That soon could be history. For months now, the City Board of Directors has been discussing the possibility of forcing all clubs in Little Rock to close by 2 a.m. The discussion is aimed at the few nightspots that are currently allowed to stay open until 5 a.m. by virtue of possessing one of the few grandfathered-in Class B Private Club licenses, which the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board stopped issuing in 2001. There are 13 Class B licenses in Little Rock, only eight of which are connected to an active nightclub: Triniti, Salut, Paper Moon, Midtown Billiards, Jazzi’s, Club Elevations, Discovery and Electric Cowboy. (Jazzi’s elects to close at 3 a.m.) One ordinance that would shut

down late-night clubbing is the work of at-large City Director Joan Adcock, a longtime foe of the clubs. A counterproposal presented to City Manager Bruce Moore by an association of private clubs would allow the clubs to stay open until 5 a.m., but would require a contingent of off-duty police officers on site, with the option to require more on a case-by-case basis if the Little Rock Police Department deems it necessary. Directors Brad Cazort and Gene Fortson were to introduce a report at Tuesday’s Little Rock Board of Directors agenda meeting, after the Arkansas Times’ press deadline; they wouldn’t release any details before the meeting. On a recent Saturday morning visit to three of the 5 a.m. clubs — Midtown Billiards, Electric Cowboy and Club Elevations — we saw easily more than 1,000 people out between the hours of

2 a.m. and 5 a.m. The crowds we saw skewed young, and the off-duty police and security contingent overseeing them was large. We’re not ashamed to say that there have been times in the past when we were among those crowds. There’s been a lot of fear-mongering recently about the 5 a.m. clubs — from opponents saying they are hotspots of crime to a recent story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which Cazort (escorted on an exploratory jaunt to the 5 a.m. clubs by two undercover vice cops) called the wall-to-wall crowd at Midtown “a huge public safety issue” because they were allegedly beyond the capacity set by the fire marshal. But there are great and, dare we say it, important reasons to keep the clubs open all night. Just to be clear,

we’re not just pushing protectionism for those with Class B licenses, either. If we had our way, we’d let any bar or club that wants to do so stay open until dawn, and we believe it would still be a good thing for Little Rock. No foolin’. Here’s why:

1 Because great cities have great nightlife. We’ve got a couple hundred thousand tourists a year streaming through Little Rock these days, and those are just the overnighters. That’s not counting all the people who drive in from the hinterlands on the weekends to party and listen to music. Have you been on President Clinton Avenue around midnight on a Saturday lately? It’s a zoo down there, man. Enough spangley outfits, revving motorcycles, stripper shoes, big hair and questionable undergarments to stage “Jersey Shore: The Musical” right this minute. Some people want to party. They want to dress up and drench themselves in sweet smellums. They want to drink and laugh and sweat and listen to music and have a good time. Some of them even want to do all that stuff ’til dawn. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, there’s something right about it, especially if we want to help this city break the Bible Belt stereotype that has the rest of the world thinking Arkansas is still “Li’l Abner” meets “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Three little hours might not seem like much, but to the tourists who stay up until 2 a.m. only to find their entertainment options from then until daybreak are limited to Waffle House, it’s a big deal. Do we really want to take the first step toward the re-podunkification of Little Rock, led by the same kind of prudes who wrote the Blue Laws back in the day to help make sure everybody kept the Sabbath holy whether they wanted to or not? Here’s the facts, ma’am: When people travel to a city, they don’t take home fond memories of Johnny Gubmint knocking the drink out of their hand, yanking the plug on the jukebox and telling them it’s time to go to bed. Sure, there is bound to be some drunken bad behavior associated with keeping these Little Rock clubs open until 5 a.m. (though not as much as you may have been led to believe).

But that, friends, is the cost of making sure Little Rock keeps a reputation as a city that doesn’t roll up the sidewalks when the chickens go to roost.

2 Because the “public safety” argument is a red herring. Since some on the City Board started talking about trying to limit the hours of the 5 a.m. clubs, the core of their argument has been about concern for public safety — that the clubs are associated with bad behavior. “Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” has been the rallying cry of those wanting to close latenight clubs, who are always ready to trot out the number of police calls to these venues between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Crime is being caused by the nogoodniks who frequent these clubs! If only they were at home watching funny cat videos on YouTube! Well, before we pronounce Electric Cowboy a hive of scum and villainy, consider the following comparison. The Arkansas Times made a Freedom of Information Act request to the LRPD for all requests for police assistance made from the Walmart Supercenter stores at 8801 Baseline Road and 2700 Shackleford Road. Let’s just say that if public safety is the issue, then the City Board better get its big pants on and tell Walmart it will have to close for the public good as well. There were a total of 413 police calls made to the eight clubs with active Class B permits in 2013. Meanwhile, there were 692 calls made to the Walmart Supercenter at 8801 Baseline Road alone, and that particular store actually closes from midnight to 6 a.m. every night. There were 596 calls made to the 24-hour Walmart Supercenter at 2700 Shackleford in 2013, with police responding 46 times between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. last year. That’s almost 8 percent of the yearly police calls to that location, and Uncle Wally sells duct tape, butcher knives, shovels, sheet plastic, thong underwear, Nyquil and Billy Ray Cyrus albums all night long. Oh, the humanity! Meanwhile, the clubs themselves have also compiled some figures. The Arkansas Licensed Beverage Association (ALBA) — a coalition consisting of Elevations, Discovery, Triniti, Electric Cowboy and Midtown — says the num-

ber of total LRPD calls made to all the 5 a.m. clubs in 2013 was less than 0.3 percent of the 146,668 calls the department received last year. That’s three-tenths of 1 percent. Not exactly a crime wave. If the argument for closing the 5 a.m. clubs is one of safety, then the city needs to stop playing favorites and close Walmart and everything else at 2 a.m. From there, they can order lights-out after “Jimmy Kimmel” and have the vet put a microchip in everybody’s neck in case any of us get lost. But seriously, folks: One of the reasons we live in Arkansas’s biggest city is because if we get a hankering for lime sherbet at 3:30 in the morning, we can have it. Same with ordering a beer. If you want to have a 24-hour economy, let’s have a 24-hour economy. It’s a good thing. It allows adults to make choices on when they spend their money. If a small percentage of those adults run afoul of the law, deal with them, whatever the venue.

3 Because adults generally don’t want other adults to set their bedtime. Like City Director Adcock, we don’t generally frequent nightclubs at 3 in the morning. But we understand that laws shouldn’t be decided by what we, personally, don’t like to do. The list of things that are (and should be) legal but that you yourself have absolutely no interest in doing is a long one, and the composition of that list varies according to who you are. It’s guaranteed that there are activities out there that interest lots of people but leave you cold, perhaps baffled, maybe even a little disgusted. That’s fine; you’re allowed to think those whose sense of decorum doesn’t match yours are a bunch of deviants. You can think anything you want. It’s when you start trying to use the hammer and tongs of the law to straighten out the supposedly kinked behavior of others that the problems begin to surface. Actually, we’re upset on a daily basis by questionable behavior we see around us. We’re dismayed by individuals who sink the cost of a new West Little Rock McMansion into a garageful of shiny antique cars or a NASA-level home entertainment system. Or who spend a beautiful fall day chain-smoking their way through a 12-hour slot-machine

If you want to have a 24-hour economy, let’s have a 24-hour economy. It’s a good thing. It allows adults to make choices on when they spend their money. If a small percentage of those adults run afoul of the law, deal with them, whatever the venue.

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start reg ulating when and where adults can meet in privately owned spaces, you better have a damn good reason. The best argument against drifting over to Midtown in the middle of the night is the self-evident one: There’s a good chance you’ll spend too much of Saturday with your ashtray-scented head drooping over a cup of coffee while you lament the futility of your life. Fine. But that’s an argument to be made to your drunk friends who want to keep the party going at 2 a.m. — not one to be imposed on the public by city officials with a weird concern over our collective bedtime.

you’re not very willing, probably, to get up and get the kids off to school, or visit and spend time with the family. One thing we desperately need in this city and this state and this country is more family time.” Somebody go dig up Carrie Nation and retrieve her hatchet. As hard as it might be to believe, some people don’t even have kids. Even among those who do, the City Board isn’t going to fix or break the art of parenting by passing an ordinance to make sure mom and dad are in their PJs by 2:30 a.m. so they can spring out of bed the next morning to fix French toast. Good parenting is an issue that must be addressed by individuals and families, not by the edict of an elected official. But we digress.

SAVE THE NIGHT: Revelers at Elevations.

If a 2 a.m. closing time for clubs would make for a safer city, how about making an even safer one by closing everything down at midnight? Better yet, a blanket citywide curfew after dusk. Think of all the police resources that would be saved! Absurd? It follows from the same premise with which Adcock and her ilk begin: Public safety trumps free assembly. Crime is no joke, but neither is the First Amendment. The Founding Fathers probably weren’t envisioning the early morning dance f loor at Discovery when they articulated the right to assemble, but the g ist still sta nds. When you

4 Because legislating morality doesn’t work, and might actually hurt in this case. Witness the following quote from Adcock that Arkansas Times reporter David Ramsey collected back in January for a story he did on the push to shutter the late-night clubs: “Lots of people, when you go out and drink until 5 a.m., then you go home and

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binge at the Isle of Capri. Or anyone who keeps the thermostat set at 78 in the winter and 65 in the summer. But while we may loudly complain about the things that offend our sensibilities, we’re not trying to pass laws prohibiting people from doing them unless there’s serious public harm at stake. If all this sounds a little libertarian ... well, it is. This attempt to close the 5 a.m. clubs is one of those cases where civil-liberties-minded folks from the left and the right should be able to find common ground. We don’t like the idea of being nannied for no good reason any more than Rand Paul does.

Better yet, a blanket citywide curfew after dusk. Think of all the police resources that would be saved! Absurd? It follows from the same premise with which Adcock and her ilk begin: Public safety trumps free assembly.

If the grand, national experiment of Prohibition and the 35-year boondoggle of the war on drugs have taught us nothing else, it’s that you can’t make people conform to a narrow view of morality with a gavel. Sure, as a good attorney told us once: All laws are moral laws in the end. But there’s a difference between making sure people don’t do outright evil by the rest of mankind, and using the law to make them do what you, personally, think is best for them. Here’s a radical idea: Having latenight clubs might actually keep Little Rock and its citizens safer. Your average politician and policeman are shaking their heads right now, clucking over our naivety. But bear with us. Continued on page 18

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Punishing the law-abiding majority for the misdeeds of the small minority of law-breaking knuckleheads is not only an ass-backward way to go about crime suppression, it takes away the beneficial effects of giving people who do want to stay up late a well-lit place to congregate. Nightclubs, no matter what you may think of them from afar, are at least somewhat regulated. There are people there whose job it is to remain sober, to bust up fights, to keep out underage drinkers and to call a cab for someone who is blotto. Bartenders, floor managers, bouncers and private security (typically off-duty police officers) are a constant. You close the latenight clubs, and you’re just going to drive their customers to neighborhood house parties and other less-than-legal venues, where nobody will be checking for weapons and under-age I.D.’s at the door, where there will be much less supervision by the sober, and where folks will be a whole lot more likely to get up to the kind of reckless, dangerous, maybe even illegal nonsense that would never fly in an establishment with a rare and precious 5 a.m. liquor license on the wall. Yes, some people do stupid and illegal stuff late at night. By all means, arrest them for it. But until a person steps over that line, let’s resist the urge to do pre-emptive strikes on peoples’ choices. That kind of thinking rarely leads to better outcomes, sends a bad message about the law, and punishes exactly the wrong people.

5 Because closing the clubs will cost people their jobs, and cost the city tax revenue. According to ALBA, the association of club owners, four of its five member clubs collect the majority of their revenue between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. If Adcock’s ordinance passes, some may well have to close down entirely. That will throw a lot of people out of work: bartenders, janitors, bouncers and even cops who make extra money working off duty. Elevations makes 53 percent of its total revenue after 2 a.m. For Discovery, the figure is 87 percent of total revenue. For Triniti, it’s 83 percent; for Midtown Billiards, 80 percent. You can believe Continued on page 20


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If Adcock’s ordinance passes, some may well have to close down entirely. That will throw a lot of people out of work: bartenders, janitors, bouncers and even cops who make extra money working off duty.

those figures or not, but we suggest you go to any of these places at midnight and then return at 3 a.m. and look at the difference in the size of the crowd. Then ask yourself if those businesses, which ALBA says employ over 150 of your neighbors, can survive being shuttered at 2 a.m. Jake Udell is a co-owner of Club Elevations at 7200 Col. Glenn Road. The club, which primarily serves an AfricanAmerican clientele, was packed when we visited around 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning in July, the bass from the speakers thumping so loud it made the hair on this reporter’s arms vibrate. Sitting in his office under a bank of screens showing the views of 34 security cameras inside and outside the club, Udell said that in addition to bartenders, DJs and other staff, Elevations employs 28 security guards inside and five off-duty police officers outside. “If we had to close at 2 o’clock, I’d have to fire half my staff,” Udell said. “That’s the main thing. A lot of people would be out of jobs. My people and police officers, because we wouldn’t be able to afford to keep them. We have so many employees here who depend on Elevations, and we depend on the customers.” Garrett Voth has worked at Electric Cowboy since last August, first as a floor man and currently as the dress code enforcer at the door. Asked what he thought would happen to the club if it were forced to close at 2 a.m., Voth said, “We’re going to end up closing, most definitely. We’re on a separate side of town, and most people want to go downtown. There’s no way Electric Cowboy can compete, in my opinion.”

Voth said he and around 25 other people at the club stand to lose their jobs. Once the club is gone, he said, Little Rock will lose revenue from the taxes on the money spent by Electric Cowboy employees, annual taxes paid by the club, the taxes on the liquor purchased by the 5 a.m. clubs and sold to guests, and more. With the dance floor full in the club over his shoulder, we asked Voth where he thought all those people would be if they weren’t at Electric Cowboy. “They would be at Waffle House three hours earlier and in the middle of the street causing trouble,” he said. “When the City Board says that 5 a.m. causes more trouble, I don’t believe that. When you start closing down at 2 a.m. on everybody who is used to being out until 5, now they have another three hours to do whatever they want. That’s bad.”

6 Because some people work until midnight or later. Most of the patrons we approached on our tour of late-night clubs had caught wind of the 2 a.m. proposal. There weren’t many fans. “I work in food service, at P.F. Chang’s,” Jared Snowden, a customer at the Electric Cowboy, said early one Saturday morning. “I get off at 11 p.m. or midnight some nights. By the time I go home and jump in the shower and change clothes, I have an hour or an

hour and a half before the bars close. “We should have the ability to choose where we go late at night. If you’re an adult, you should be able to choose when and where you drink.” To the service workers who toil away their evening hours attending to the thirst and hunger of 9-to-5ers, the city’s proposal is more than an inconvenience. It’s an insult. Ask anyone who’s ever been a waiter: When you’ve just finished an eight-hour second shift with a long string of jerk customers transferring their own workday frustrations onto your deferential, indentured ass, you deserve a drink. At Midtown, the Times spoke to five people crammed into a tiny booth next to the door. All of them work after hours in bars and restaurants around town, and the late-night clubs are their domain. “I know half the people in here, and most of them work in the service industry,” said one man in his early 30s, gesturing toward the crowd. “They get off at midnight or 2 a.m. and they want to go out, too. I want to hang out right here and have a drink after work. What’s wrong with that? All work and no play, what’s that? That’s chaos.” Plenty of other lines of work entail late nights too — nurses and paramedics, janitors and taxi drivers, even security guards and cops — but it’s the low-wage folks who mix your drinks, bus your dishes and cook your lo mein who would be most affected by the city ordinance. Census data shows there are about 21,000 service workers employed in the Little Rock area. Many of them work late into the



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evenings. We think a commenter on the Times blog said it well, in a rant directed toward Director Adcock: “The hours of these Revenue Generating Businesses ... which provide respite to those who have had to endure and serve pointlessly demanding people (hint, hint), do not put any unnecessary or undue stress on this city in any way. Plus, after dealing with people like you, the service industry needs to decompress ... trust me on this! The fact that you clearly show no regard for the recreational needs of this sector reveals to me your lack of regard for these people and the jobs they do.”

in your youth, we downright pity you. There is a tragedy, we think, in the idea that the 50- and 60-somethings on the City Board might be considering taking the experience of being in a bar at 4 a.m. away from the people of Little Rock, especially because some of the best memories of our lives were made in the early morning hours, and in some of the same nightclubs they’re considering closing at 2 a.m. for the vaunted good of the city. Yes, there are stupid choices made in the darkness before the dawn, even some reckless and dangerous choices.

But wherever failure is an option, life lessons are plentiful. Allowing young people to hang with friends, do adult things, and make those right and wrong choices that will shape the right and wrong choices they make as older taxpayers is a good thing for Little Rock, not a bad thing. If they break the law, arrest them and make them pay the penalty. But until then, let them — and all of us — have the space to have those experiences. David Ramsey also contributed to this story.

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Because being out late is FUN, and people deserve that experience. Believe it or not, this — by our way of thinking — is the most important point of all. It’s simply not true that nothing good happens after 2 a.m. Oh, we’ve had bad times at late-night bars. We’ve also had moments of deep friendship, of inspiration, of resonant conversation, of creative epiphany, of loony storytelling fodder. We’ve made new friends and had fascinating encounters with strangers we never saw again. Public spaces are vital to cities because they foster community and possibility. That stuff happens after 2 a.m., too — and sometimes it happens with a special energy peculiar to the late night, and to the late-night crowd. There’s an allure to the deep of the night, especially when you’re young. When you’re 23 or 24 — even when you’re 29 or 30 — you still acutely remember the disappointment of being told it’s bedtime. It’s a magic moment when you realize that nobody else is making decisions for you but you. For our more seasoned readers: Think back. Before serious relationships. Before mortgages. Before responsibility, car notes, kids and dogs, when all you needed was a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and whatever was left over for beer and cover charges after your share of the rent. Think back, more vintage friends, to a time when every one of us could hang out in a bar and laugh with friends until dawn, catch three hours of sleep, take two Tylenol and still go be productive at work. If you didn’t have at least a taste of that experience

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A SCENE FROM ‘ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA’: Our House residents Michelle Evans (right) and Hastings Bransford (middle), with volunteer Crystal Mercer (left).

Our House takes on the Bard Homeless adults do Shakespeare at the Shelter. By Clayton Gentry


ur House, a shelter for the working homeless on Roosevelt Road that houses approximately 120 people on any given night, hosted its third annual Shakespeare at the Shelter program Friday

and Saturday night, with residents and alumni performing a collection of brief monologues and other bits from “Othello,” “Julius Caesar,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “A Midsummer Night’s

Dream.” The two showings marked the culmination of a summer-long Shakespeare educational experience for a group of about 10 residents. The program began in June with an Introduction to Shakespeare workshop run by Roslyn Knutson, retired professor of Shakespeare at UALR. In late June, residents and volunteers attended a production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Argenta branch of the William F. Laman Public Library. After that show, residents who remained interested in the program determined roles that would suit them with the help of the program’s producer, Joy Ritchey, and director Ganelle Holman.

“We don’t turn anybody away, and there’s no audition process,” said Ritchey, who also serves as the shelter’s grants manager. “We work with each resident to figure out what part they should be. Some residents know what they want to do, but others don’t, and we help them explore that.” They rehearsed every Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. for almost two full months until last week’s production. The brunt of the work for the cast, Ritchey said, was in learning the early modern language, getting the jokes and memorizing the lines. Many cast members practiced their lines outside of that Sunday window. Resident Kevin Kirkpatrick, for example, who hosted the show Continued on page 28


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a&E news Little Rock native David Gordon Green, best known (depending on your age, predilections and drug habits) either for art-house dramas like “George Washington” or for stoner comedies like “Pineapple Express” or “Eastbound and Down,” has signed on to direct a new TV show produced by Steven Soderbergh for Amazon Studios. The show will star Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, Oliver Cooper and Gage Golightly. The pilot was written by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs (who wrote Soderbergh’s “The Knick”). “Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of ‘Behind the Candelabra’ and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately,” Soderbergh told BusinessWire. “Then, while we were on the set of ‘The Knick’ he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, ‘This is ready to go, let’s find a director.’ We very quickly agreed to approach David because the humor was sharp without being mean, and we felt he would understand and appreciate that.” According to “‘Red Oaks’ is set in 1985, and features college student David Myers, who is both reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. Myers gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey and while there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit coworkers and wealthy club members …” Little Rock’s Pallbearer, “doom’s next big thing” according to Decibel magazine, which featured the band on the cover of its latest issue, has a new record on the way, the follow-up to its ecstatically wellreviewed 2012 release “Sorrow and Extinction.” The new album, “Foundations of Burden” (named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork), comes out Aug. 19, and Pallbearer will play a Little Rock record release at the Rev Room Aug. 22, alongside Plebeian Grandstand, Reproacher and Napalm Christ. Pitchfork Advance will be streaming the record all week at advance.

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7 p.m. Verizon Arena. $10-$60.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus will return to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena with a new show extravagantly titled “Super Circus Heroes.” The press release cites “unbelievable animal talent” and stresses that there will be “no computer generated animations.” The award-winning Italian clown Davis Vassallo will be on hand portraying a character named Mr. Boredom, as will the “Shaolin Warriors of China” and the “high-flying Cuban Comets.”

The “Twin Titans” will be there, those “two brave Bulgarian men with bulging biceps and unwavering strength,” as will the “Silver Satellites,” who “fly at lightning speed on roller skates.” There will be sword fighting, courtesy of “The Lopez Family,” and dogs riding horses. Circuses aren’t traditionally known for having compelling plots, but this one actually seems sort of poignant to me: “... real life superheroes from around the globe [here] not to fight crime, but to battle boredom.” I’m considerably less bored just reading about it. WS



7 p.m. Convocation Center, Arkansas State University. SOLD OUT.

You think you’ve heard enough about Johnny Cash, and then one day former L.A. Times rock critic Robert Hilburn comes to town to give a presentation about his new Cash biography, and in passing mentions a shelved 1984 novelty song called “The Chicken in Black.” Cash and his label tried to disappear this thing (though Hilburn claims it was initially made in good faith, as a bid for a late-career hit in the “Boy Named Sue” realm), but you can watch the video on YouTube. It’s actually a little upsetting: Cash gets a brain transplant that turns him into a thief,

while a mad scientist puts Cash’s old brain in the body of a chicken, who performs as the Man in Black. It just goes to show: Cash and his music are endlessly fascinating. There will always be more dark corners and strange career digressions worth exploring. So this festival — the proceeds from which will go to support the completion of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Ark., and a college scholarship in Cash’s name — is a beautiful, righteous cause. And the headliners this year include Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare. The Arkansas Times is doing our part to support the event by hosting bus trips to the festival, featuring live music and beer and wine. WS

Hearne Fine Art. Free (exhibit), $5 (performance).

“Indigo Visions” at Hearne Fine Art is an exhibition that serves both as a showcase for 26 emerging and established artists and as backdrop for a short multimedia performance piece, “A Dream Ritual Retrieval,” by Little Rock composer Ryan Gaston. Combined, they promise to make Hearne Fine Art one of the weekend’s more innovative art destinations. “Dream Ritual” opens with two shows, at 7 and 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the gallery; at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 there will be a panel discussion, “What is Your Catalyst for Creativity?” and a reception for the artists of “Indigo Visions” at 5 p.m. “Dream Ritual” repeats at 7 and 8 p.m. Aug. 16, 22-23, 29-30 and at 3 p.m.

Aug. 17, 24 and 31. Here’s how the creator of “A Dream Ritual Retrieval” describes the work: “Performers wander through the audience; musicians tear up their parts and defy their director; the conductor actively mocks the audience — it emanates the spirit of Satie and Duchamp. Musicians rattle paper, whisper at one another, yawn and shout while electronic hubbub evokes images of a surreal river — while our narrator strains to remember the dream from which she had just woken… It is a monodrama in the spirit of Maxwell-Davies’ ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King,’ Ligeti’s ‘Mysteries of the Macabre,’ and Zappa’s ‘Food Gathering in Post-Industrial America 1992.’” Got that? Can you see it in your head? While the exhibition is a pop-up inspired by the “Dream,” don’t drop in for the performances; reserve at 3725824. A $5 donation gets you in. LNP



5-8 p.m. Main Street, North Little Rock. Free.

Mugs Cafe, the Thea Foundation, Greg Thompson Fine Art and the Laman Library Argenta Branch are just a few of the Main Street stops for the monthly after-hours lubricated gallery stroll on Friday. Mugs (515 Main St.) is showing work by Lilia Hernandez, Justin Bryant and Logan Hunter in a show called “Come as You Are”; Greg Thomp-

son (429 Main) continues his summer show of work by Southern artists from Arkansas and the region, Thea (401 Main) features paintings by John Harlan Norris, and Laman Library (420 Main) hosts ceramicist Celia Storey. Laman’s event will be extra fun for gallery goers, who’ll get a chance to take part in Storey’s next Claymation video. She’ll provide the scripts. Also, veer off the main drag to 204 E. Fourth St. to see what’s on the walls at Art Connections, the arts-careers-for-teens venture in the Innovation Hub. LNP



7:30 p.m. Walmart AMP. $24-$79.

Music critic Robert Christgau’s original review of the first Boston album was a masterpiece of concision. The review reads, in full, “When informed that someone has achieved an American synthesis of Led Zeppelin and Yes, all I can do is hold my ears and say gosh.” Boston founder and producer Tom Scholz, meanwhile, was once asked whether his own son enjoyed Boston’s music, and replied, “I think he does, but he’s such a nice kid DON’T LOOK BACK: Boston will be at the Walmart AMP 7:30 p.m. Friday, $24-$79. 24

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that he would pretend he did even if he didn’t.” After founding lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide in 2007, he was replaced by a Boston fanatic named Tommy DeCarlo, who lived in North Carolina and posted apparently outstanding Boston covers on his MySpace page. More recently, in the 2008 presidential election, Mike Huckabee used “More Than a Feeling” as his theme song. Scholz was unhappy about it and sent him a letter requesting he stop, but Huckabee just ignored him. WS

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THURSDAY 8/14 Comedian Louis Johnson will be at the Loony Bin through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (with 10 p.m. sets Friday and Saturday), $7-$10. The Afterthought will host locals Duckstronaut (reportedly their last show for a while) and Sea Nanners (with a new lineup) at 9 p.m., $5. Lincoln Durham, the self-proclaimed “Obnoxious Southern-Gothic Scary-Blues Revival-Punk One-Man-Band,” will be at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Isaac Alexander and Big Silver will be at White Water Tavern with Jesse Aycock, 9:30 p.m., $5.


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9 p.m. Sway. $5-$7.

In recent weeks we’ve written about the local rappers and producers behind the Trill Clinton and Good Vibes showcases, and how they’ve struggled to find a venue interested in reviving the series. Enter Sway, the nightclub on Louisiana Street owned by Jason Wiest, who heard about this

crowd’s difficulties and stepped in to offer a space. The lineup for the first comeback showcase is pretty stunning: Kari Faux, BLACK PARTY, the Young Gods of America crew (Goon Des Garcons, Fresco Grey), Rodney Cole, Vile Pack and Nick Ward. The official justification for the show is the recent release of two great mixtapes: Kari Faux’s

“Laugh Now, Die Later” (one of the best records of the year) and Hector $lash’s “Cocaine Demon.” Locally, these are some of the people working hardest to keep the ball rolling this year, sonically. They’re onto something, and you should at least be aware of it, lest you confine yourself to the dustbin of Little Rock cultural history, etc. WS



7 p.m. First Security Amphitheater. $34.61-$141.24.

There is the Young Jeezy who stands outside malls in Atlanta handing out mountains of free turkeys to fans or anyone who needs one on Thanksgiving Day. There is the Young Jeezy whose career benefited, in the sense of commercial viability, from his association with the now largely defunct

drug trafficking organization known as the Black Mafia Family. There is the Young Jeezy who called himself the Snowman and pioneered the notion of “Thug Motivation.” When he records, despite his wealth and fame, he sleeps on the couch, eats ramen noodles and works his way through bags of identical white T’s. He worries, nowadays, about his potential, his audience. As he told Grantland a couple of years ago, “It’s

bigger than just me rapping for the cats that was on the corner with me. Now people listen to me in Israel, in Pakistan. How do you reach all these people with the same message?” He will, though. He’s the Lee Marvin of hiphop, its Robert De Niro in “Heat.” In a 2008 interview, Kanye West explained his creative process by invoking the phrase “What Would Jeezy Do?” But really, who knows? WS

goth fanbase, which is exclusive to Florida. “The last thing we need is vampire groupies,” he says grimly. On the cover of the issue, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are making weird faces. Toadies appear in a list that includes contemporaries like Garbage, Afghan Whigs and Perry Farrell. “The Alternative to Alternative,” reads the caption. “Rock’s Newest Rulebreak-

ers.” Sometimes they are called “alternative rock” or “post-grunge.” Sometimes they sound a little like the Pixies but with less flexibility, less surrealism. Sometimes they sound like the Presidents of the United States of America. Their biggest hit was “Possum Kingdoms,” originally featured in an episode of “Beavis and “Butt-head.” You can play it on “Guitar Hero,” too. WS



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Kevin Kerby will play at The Undercroft (at Christ Episcopal Church on Scott Street), 8 p.m., $10. Athens, Ga., indie rock band New Madrid will be at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $7. That Arkansas Weather will be at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., and East Texas, Billboard-charting country group Whiskey Myers will be at Revolution with Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts, 9 p.m., $15. Locals Bombay Harambee and Swampbird will be at White Water Tavern with Fayetteville’s High Magic, 10 p.m., $6.

SATURDAY 8/16 The Milk Run 5K, benefiting local breastfeeding support groups, will start at Murray Park at 7 a.m., $25. The River City Comic Expo, featuring comics illustrators and writers such as James O’Barr, Larry Hama, Kevin Maguire, Michael Golden, Renee Witterstaetter and more, will kick off at the Clear Channel Metroplex at 10 a.m., $5. Ninety-nineyear-old fiddle player (and fiddle maker) Violet Hensley will perform at the Ozark Folk Center State Park at 7 p.m., $12. Seattle-based Christian metal band Demon Hunter will be at Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. Local art-rock band Ginsu Wives (who recently released an EP in the form of a prescription pill bottle) will be at Vino’s with The Casual Pleasures and Channel 8, 9 p.m., $5.

SUNDAY 8/17 Gorilla Music’s Battle of the Bands will start at Juanita’s at 4 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. The Tragic Thrills will be at Revolution at 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. San Antonio indie rock band Advance Cassette will be at Vino’s with The Freebies, Oh Cathy and Fruitless, 7 p.m., $5.

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American Aquarium, Dead Strangs. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Big Silver, Jessey Aycock. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. Bombay Harambee. The Joint, 9:30 p.m. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Duckstronaut, Sea Nanners. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. Forge the City, Amity and Oak. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Irish Traditional Music Sessions. Dugan’s Pub, 7-9 p.m. 401 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Katmandu (headliner), Alex Summerlin (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Lincoln Durham. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Mayday by Midnight (headliner), Chris DeClerk (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8559. Open Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 8 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. “You Sing It.” The Joint, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


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Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Presents “Super Circus Heroes.” Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $10-$60. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001.

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Center, 6:30 p.m., $5. 705 E. Siebenmorgan, Conway. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. That Arkansas Weather. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Whiskey Myers, Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


Bombay Harambee, High Magic, Swampbird. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $6. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Boston. Walmart AMP, 7:30 p.m., $24-$79. 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers. 479-443-5600. www. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Kevin Kerby. The Undercroft. Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., $10. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. New Madrid. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn. ASU Convocation Center, 7 p.m. 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. 870-972-2781. Route 66. Agora Conference and Special Event


Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


“Salsa Night.” Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. LGBTQ/SGL weekly meeting. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14-23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group, 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Presents “Super Circus Heroes.” Verizon Arena, through Aug. 17, 7 p.m., $10-$60. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR.

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Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Aug. 15. Crisis (headliner), Trey Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Demon Hunter, Veridia. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Ginsu Wives, The Casual Pleasures, Channel 8. Vino’s, 9 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Grim Creeper, Tele-byte Ctrl. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479444-6100. Hot Lix. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke. Casa Mexicana, 7 p.m. 6929 JFK Blvd., NLR. 501-835-7876. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. Revolution, 9 p.m.12:45 a.m., free. (All ages, on the restaurant side.) 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Ramona Smith. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 9 p.m., $8. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. The Toadies, Black Pistol Fire. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $20. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Trill Clinton. Featuring Kari Faux, BLACK PARTY, Goon des Garcons, Fresco Grey, Rodney Cole, Vile Pack and Nick Ward. Sway, 9 p.m., $5-$7. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Violet Hensley. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $12. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Young Jeezy. First Security Amphitheater, 7 p.m., $34.61-$141.24. 400 President Clinton Ave.


Louis Johnson. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


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


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Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. 43rd annual Miss Gay Arkansas America


The Milk Run 5K. Murray Park, 7 a.m., $20 adv., $25 day of. Rebsamen Park Road.


Genealogy Workshop. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 10 a.m., free. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. Songwriting Workshop. With Joe West and Jamie Teachenor. MERMAIDS, noon, $150. 1815 Green Acres, Fayetteville. 479-443-3737.

SUNDAY, Aug. 17


Advance Cassette, The Freebies, Oh Cathy, Fruitless. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501375-8466. Gorilla Music Presents: Battle of the Bands. Juanita’s, 4 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Irish Traditional Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, first and third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501246-4340. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 ‎. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu.

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Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Monday Night Jazz. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com.

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Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. The CBGB. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Elitist, Enter the Dojo, Smoke Signals, Auspicious. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Jeff Ling. Khalil’s Pub, 6 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Music Jam. Hosted by Elliott Griffen and Joseph Fuller. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Whores, Snakedriver. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. Continued on page 31

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2014 Fall Bridal Show. Statehouse Convention Center, 12:30 p.m., $7. 7 Statehouse Plaza. Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. Bernice Garden, 10 a.m. 1401 S. Main St. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Presents “Super Circus Heroes.” Verizon Arena, 1 p.m., 5 p.m., $10-$60. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501975-9001.


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“Under Two Governments: A Seminar on Civil War Arkansas in 1864.” Old State House Museum, 9 a.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501324-9685.

Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. The Tragic Thrills, Air Traffic Controller. Revolution, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com.

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Pageant. Argenta Community Theater, 8 p.m., $25. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443. Argenta Farmers Market. 7 a.m. 6th and Main St., NLR. 501-831-7881. www.argentaartsdistrict. org/argenta-farmers-market/. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Handful of Hearts Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament. Arkansas Arts Center, $75. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Historic Neighborhoods Tour. Bike tour of historic neighborhoods includes bike, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 9 a.m., $8-$28. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Pork & Bourbon Tour. Bike tour includes bicycle, guide, helmets and maps. Bobby’s Bike Hike, 11:30 a.m., $35-$45. 400 President Clinton Ave. 501-613-7001. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Presents “Super Circus Heroes.” Verizon Arena, through Aug. 17, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., $10-$60. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. verizonarena. com. River City Comic Expo. Featuring Larry Hama, Kevin Maquire, Michael Golden, Renee Witterstaetter, James O’Barr and other guests. Clear Channel Metroplex, 10 a.m., $5. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113.

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with fellow resident Richard Taylor, said he would practice with Taylor around the shelter whenever the two found each other during a free minute. Ritchey also discussed the way the production accommodates the often-transient nature of homelessness. “People do drop out,” she said. “But we’re able to accommodate that based on the way we have it set up — that’s why we do it in a series of monologues. If somebody disappears in the middle of the [program], we can still have a show. Usually by the time we’re a month out from the show, we have a core group.” Our House resident Crystal Cresanto, who played Puck, actually dropped in. She arrived at the shelter in July, a month into the two-month rehearsal process. She took a job at the Little Learners Child Development Center, which provides programming for the children of shelter residents. While the children slept, she would practice her lines to the tune of soft music. “I played classical music in the background,” she said. “They say that if you play classical music while you’re trying to study or learning lines, it stimulates brain cells in the back. I’ve done that for my son to get him to do his homework.” In the week before production, the residents rehearsed twice, the stage was set, lights and ceiling-flag decorations went up, and more than 50 chairs were positioned. By the time the Saturday night production rolled around, the intake room, where the show took place, could accommodate standing room only, and barely that. Ritchey said the room was chosen intentionally. “It’s the first place people come when they come into the shelter,” she said. “It’s where they do all their paperwork and have all their bags searched. It’s a place where people are often having a dark moment. We try to make that as soft a landing as possible, but often it’s a difficult moment.” Shakespeare at the Shelter, she said, makes that room a space of hope a nd creat ive ex pression . Ritchey also said that while she considered hosting the program in the new, $5 million children’s center, she decided instead that this was an opportunity to draw in the community to witness a group of people who are often overlooked: “single, homeless adults.”

“Being in that physical space matters because it’s where people live,” Ritchey said. “People who’ve never seen a shelter before, even wellmeaning people who have compassion but who might be scared to come on Roosevelt — we can kind of lure them in with this program. Then the stigma goes away, and then they want to come serve a dinner or take a tour.” And the show went off without a hitch. Kirkpatrick and Taylor earned various rounds of applause for their repartee and wit as co-hosts. Other players included Hastings Bransford, Herbert Denson, Michelle Evans, Ashley Shaw, Mary Shue, Kelly Lopez, Crystal Mercer and Cresanto. “I just had a ball,” Cresanto said, who ended the show with Puck’s famous monologue, “If we shadows have offended —” “Because I knew I could close it out with a bang,” she said. The performance earned a standing ovation from the crowd, and after the lights went up, cast members sat on the stage and fielded questions from the audience about the show, about life in the shelter and about homelessness in general. Denson, who played Mark Antony in “Julius Caesar,” joked that he “should have been on bloopers” because he forgot his lines during Thursday’s rehearsal. His Saturday night showing, however, was flawless. “It really sparked a love I have for theater,” Bransford said. He played a very convincing Nick Bottom, the ass in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” whose song enchants the fairy queen Titania. Kirkpatrick, a U.S. Army veteran who fought in Afghanistan, echoed a similar sentiment. “This play has really given me an opportunity to reach out to everybody else, to pay back to the shelter something that they’ve done for me, and to decompress,” he said. “And that can be very important.” Cresanto said that in the process of studying the character of Robin Goodfellow, both through her own monolog ue and through Mickey Rooney’s 1935 film depiction of the character, she found a person she might’ve been surprised to discover: herself. “Playing Puck, I was mysterious, quiet and troubled, and it kind of blended everything to show everybody that even though I had a troubled past, this is me,” she said. “I could overcome anything.”

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he new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — distinguished here from the 1990 classic of the same title, and oh but how the odometer does spin — is borderline watchable, despite what every bone in your body would tell you to expect. Michael Bay, one of the movie’s producers, has made a recent career of exhuming ’80s kids’ childhood memories so as to drench them with napalm, splatter them with pixels and charge admission to their immolation. Watching his “Transformers” franchise is like being thrown into a running dryer full of lit fireworks. His take on the turtles also skews bombastic (who the hell else would even bother to make them bulletproof?) while the story itself is thin enough to wrap leftovers in. Yet it all skips along without a care, packed with quality fighting, jokes that land, viscerally expressive turtles, some actual pathos. These turtles are just teens, you see, even if they are mutant ninjas. Megan Fox stars as April O’Neil, a greenhorn broadcast reporter who’s more interested in large-scale chemical hijackings by a criminal outfit called the Foot than the fluffy garbage her bosses

send her to cover. She gets a whiff of a vigilante response to the Foot and discovers, on her lonesome, that the criminal syndicate is being thwarted by a quartet of enormous talking reptiles. This draws the attention of a shady captain of industry who has been pursuing the Foot after losing his science lab, including April’s father, to a fire years earlier. Spoiler alert, he’s played by William Fichtner, so you pretty much know already that he may not be, like, the best good guy ever. The nominal villain, the Shredder, is played by someone enormous named Tohoru Masamune and is mostly encased in a samurai outfit composed of all the sharpest chrome parts of a restaurant supply store. He stomps everyone he fights, including the person-sized rat, Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub), who adopted and trained all the turtles as they mutated through infancy and tweenhood. You hate to see Shredder whup the kindly old sensei but, then again, sewer rat and all. Will Arnett plays Megan Fox’s news sidekick, along the way proving anew that “Arrested Development” stars deserve more work. This is, technically, a comic book

movie: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird conceived of these heroes in the early ’80s as what could’ve been another obscure title on a rack still crowded with pulpy paper, in the days before home video game consoles really blasted off. For whatever reason — not least, the gonzo joy of their very title — the turtles broke out into a merchandizing bonanza: Saturday morning cartoon, wildly popular action figures, a decent live-action movie starring Jim Henson creatures (followed by degrading sequels), video games, a cereal, Halloween costumes, all the rest. They subsided after having run their course; but, like Star Wars, even between sequels and TV adaptations, they never quite went away. The sheer quantity of TMNT-themed commerce weighs on the story, of course. As in the original movie, Raphael, the most popular turtle, gets his own little subplot. The turtles appear in their tricked-out ride, the Party Wagon, just long enough to encourage all children who want to fire tiny missiles out of a plastic van to look ahead for the inevitable toy. Pester your parents, kiddos! These hulking, gnarly turtles are ready to fight a billion battles in sandboxes and bathtubs and minivan backseats. Their personalities are sketched only quickly in this incarnation. Another 10 minutes given to them talking and hanging out would have done wonders for this movie, to shade their characters, to show us why we should care. But then, maybe that hard work of storytelling has been 30 years in the making. By now, we’re into stories about turtle ninja teenage mutants or we’re not.

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Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

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after dark, cont. Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Stand-Up Tuesday. Hosted by Adam Hogg. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7:30 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501823-0090.


Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions, 3–7 p.m., some vendors come early. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


Coach Bret Bielema. Little Rock Touchdown Club Embassy Suites, 11:50 a.m. 11301 Financial Centre. $60 memberships, $20 for buffet. 501312-9000.


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Acoustic Open Mic. Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Deerpeople, Dividend. The Lightbulb Club, 9 p.m. 21 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville. 479-444-6100. The Eskimo Brothers. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Interstate Thirty. South on Main, 7:30 p.m., free. 1304 Main St. 501-244-9660. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. John Calvin Abney, Poor Uncle Fatty, Brother Andy. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Live music. No cover charge Sun.-Tue. and Thu. Ernie Biggs. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. The London Quireboys, Iron Tongue. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Open Mic Nite with Deuce. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Steve Bates. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com.

Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


Jason Russell. The Loony Bin, Aug. 20-23, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 22-23, 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www. The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $7. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205.


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


Geocaching. The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 8:30 a.m. 602 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-0636.


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


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa. Dickey-Stephens Park, through Aug. 22, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.

New museum and gallery exhibits, events

ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: Friends of Contemporary Craft Conversation series with jeweler Thomas Mann, 5 p.m. Aug. 17, $5 FOCC members, $10 nonmembers; “Ode to Joy — Meditations in Lines,” illustrated lecture by Victor Ekpuk in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture Aug. 21, free to members, $10 to nonmembers; “12th national Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines,” through Oct. 5; “Inspiration to Illumination: Recent Work by Museum School Photography Instructors,” through Oct. 26, Museum School Gallery; 56th annual “Delta Exhibition,” works by 65 artists from Arkansas and surrounding states, through Sept. 28, “Susan Paulsen: Wilmot,” photographs, through Sept. 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. ART GROUP GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Town Center): Work by Bob Snider, Aug. 14-16, reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 14. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Death, Grieving and Rebirth,” jewelry by Katherine Friend, reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 16, show through Aug. 19, donations to CARTI accepted; “The Places in Arkansas That Keep Calling Me Back,” photographs by Paul Caldwell, through Aug. 14; new landscapes and urban scenes by Barry Lindley. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat. 224-1335. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St.:

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after dark, cont. “Summer Show,” works by artists from Arkansas and the South, including Glennray Tutor, Kendall Stallings, Sheila Cotton, Robyn Horn, Ed Rice, Joseph Piccillo, William Dunlap, Guy Bell, Sammy Peters and others, reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Panel discussion, “What is Your Catalyst for Creativity?” 3 p.m. Aug. 16, reception for exhibit “Indigo Visions” 5 p.m. Aug. 16, premiere of multimedia performance piece “A Dream Retrieval Ritual,” 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 3 p.m. Aug. 17, 24, 31, $5 donation, reservations required. 372-5824. LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA, 420 Main St.: Pottery demonstration by Celia Storey, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk;

“Quiltmakers in Contemporary America,” 15 quilts, through Aug. 16. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat. 687-1061. MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St.: “Come as Your Are,” figurative work, abstractions, portraits in a variety of media by Lilia Hernandez, Justin Bryant and Logan Hunter, opens with reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15, Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk, show through Sept. 16. 442-7778. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: “John Harlan Norris: Cast,” artist’s take on occupational portraiture, part of The Art Department series of works by young professionals, open 5-8 p.m. Aug. 15, Third Friday ArtWalk. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “Piranesi and Perspectives of Rome,” Gallery I, Aug. 18-Oct. 5; “Teaching a Canary to Sing,” sculptural installation by Catherine Siri Nugent,

Aug. 18-Sept. 28; “Small Works on Paper,” Gallery III, Aug. 15-Sept. 26. Reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. Hot Springs FINE ARTS CENTER, 626 Central Ave. and Prospect: “Color, Line & Form,” contemporary abstraction, Aug. 15-Sept. 27. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-624-0489. Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKASAS, 701 S. Main St.: “2014 Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition,” reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 14 (prizes to be awarded 5:30 p.m. by juror Dennis McCann), show through Nov. 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri.,

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Call for artists

Gallery 360 at 900 S. Rodney Parham Road is looking for art made from found, recycled and re-purposed materials for its show “Artists Scrounging,” to run Sept. 20-Nov. 1. Artists interested in participating should call Jay King at 993-0012 or email StudioMAIN is taking applications from artists for sculpture to be placed in three areas of Main Street between 12th and 17th streets. For more information contact James Meyer, or 374-5300, or go to www. Proposals are due by Dec. 15. ArtsFest is now taking applications for booths for the “Art in the Park” event set for Oct. 4 in Conway’s Simon Park. Prizes will be awarded to non-student and student artists. For more information, contact The Palette Art League, 300 Hwy. 62 W. in Yellville, invites quilters to participate in the Crooked Creek Quilters Guild Quilt Show to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22-23. For more information call Maddie Kiefer at 870-405-0966.

Continuing gallery exhibits, Central Arkansas

ARKANSAS CAPITAL CORP. GROUP, 200 River Market Ave., Suite 400: “Bold Contrasts: Works by Tod Switch, Matt McLeod and Robert Bean.” 374-9247. BOSWELL MOUROT, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Grace Ramsey, paintings. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock History Lives,” blueprints and photographs; “Home Demonstration Clubs or How Women Saved the South,” paintings by Katherine Strause, through Sept. 11; “State Youth Art Show 2014: An Exhibition by the Arkansas Art Educators,” through Aug. 30; “Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome,” through Aug. 23. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings by Dee Schulten, Dr. Lacy Frasier and Sue Henley. 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. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: A Thousand Words Gallery features artwork by CALS employees. 918-3093. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 992-1099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: Arkansas artists’ cooperative, with galleries on first and second floors. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Recent works by Marcus McAllister and Laura Fanning, through Sept. 6. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 6648996. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by

dumas, cont. word for Obamacare since the tide of ads in 2009 and 2010 convinced Arkansans that it was a plot to take over the medical system, destroy people’s Medicare, empower government to make medical decisions instead of doctors, and ration medical care — none of which were borne out by the law. The authors of the private option — the government buys insurance for the healthy poor in the Obamacare private market rather than enrolling them in ordinary Medicaid — insist that it is NOT Obamacare. They argue the point so earnestly that they must have deluded themselves into believing it. But it is the essence of Obamacare. Both Medicare and Medicaid have always provided options for private insurance, and a few states have used it for some Medicaid programs. But even Rep. Tom Cotton, the Republican Senate candidate who has made Obamacare the bedrock of his campaign, acknowledged after the Gallup report that Obamacare had “no doubt helped some people” but that it was far outweighed by the enormous harm to the rest. The people it had hurt: people who had lost their jobs and “access to their doctor.” There is not a bit of evidence that those things have happened. Insurance companies canceled substandard policies of several hundred people last fall rather than give them the protections in Obamacare on Jan. 1, but most of them got better insurance in the market. Obamacare helped only “some people” in Arkansas? Let’s tally them up: • Two hundred thirty thousand adults who didn’t have it have obtained

insurance. • Since 2012 between 125,000 and 200,000 others have shared $17,740,412 in rebates from their insurers, as Obamacare requires when the insurance companies use more than 15 or 20 percent of people’s insurance premiums on overhead, promotion and profits. That’s a lot of spending money circulated in the Arkansas economy. • Arkansas seniors have pocketed some $125 million in drug savings since 2011 owing to Obamacare’s gradual closing of the donut hole in Medicare drug coverage — the threshold where the sick pick up the full cost of their drugs. And seniors can now get preventive screenings at no out-of-pocket cost. • Several thousand children have been added to the Medicaid and private rolls, many because of Obamacare’s directive that no child be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, many of them from birth. • Thousands of young adults up to the age of 26 were added to the plans of their parents in 2010-11. • Every Arkansan who has enjoyed health coverage has the peace of mind of knowing, should they ever become aware of Obamacare, that their insurance can never be canceled or their benefits suspended by lifetime or annual caps or be denied insurance for a medical condition. Obamacare will continue to be an administrative nightmare for the government, as any universal system linking tax credits and private markets is bound to be, but helping only “some people”? Pure delusion.

after dark, cont. Gino Hollander. 801-0211. L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Impersonating the Impressionists,” paintings by Louis Beck, through August, free giclee giveaway 7 p.m. Aug. 21. 660-4006. LOCAL COLOUR, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Rotating work by 27 artists in collective. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. MUGS CAFE, 515 Main St., NLR: Quapaw Quarter Figure Drawing Group exhibit, work by Tim Ellison, Judith Faust, Jennifer Freeman, Jeannie Hursley, Marty Justice, Bonnie Nickol, Diana Shearon and Dominique Simmons, through Aug. 24. 379-9101. ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1000 N. Mississippi St.: “Icons in Transformation,” 100 expressionist works by Ludmila Pawlowska, through Aug. 17, percentage of sales proceeds to Artist-in-Residence program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 225-4203. SIXTH STREET LIBRARY, Christ Church, 509 Scott St.: “Common Ground,” ceramics made from Arkansas clay paired with sites of origin

by Fletcher Larkin, Beth Lambert and Jaman Matthews, through September. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-noon Fri. sixthstreetlibrary. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 1813 N. Grant St.: New work by John Little, Andrea Peterson and Lisa Ruggiero. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 19 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 563-4218 STUDIOMAIN, 1423 S. Main St.: “Community Center Design Competition.” www.facebook. com/

Pearls about swine, cont. form of Brandon Allen, who plays so well it leads to an uncommon early lead. Not even a big effort by Georgia tailback Todd Gurley can thwart Arkansas on this Saturday. Hogs 34, Bulldogs 21. Alabama-Birmingam, Oct. 25: Finally, a slight reprieve, no disrespect to the Blazers. This is the rejuvenator game at the end of a grueling stretch, and it is hyper-important for a team that wants to return to a bowl game. Arkansas will be lethargic and error-prone in an alarmingly bad first quarter. Then Korliss Marshall explodes. The sophomore is off to the races for two long

TD runs in the second quarter. He winds up setting a school record for yards per carry in a single game, eclipsing the 200yard mark on only 10 rushes. It’s probably the messiest rout in recent memory, but it feels just fine to get to five wins with November looming. The Razorbacks enter the season’s final month feeling strong, not ailing much and knowing they have a decent postseason shot in their collective grasp. Hogs 52, Blazers 23. We’ll answer the question as to just how good or bad the end is next week, and preview Auburn the following issue.






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Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Work by Dianne Roberts, classes. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, U.S. Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442.

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Dining What’s cookin’

The Stephens have one-upped the Waltons: What was once Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel has reopened as One Eleven at the Capital, the result of a three-month makeover by new hotel chef Joel Antunes and not to be confused with Eleven, the restaurant at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Elegant but accessible is the idea, realized with an a la carte menu that features lunches in the $15 to $25 range and dinners from $25 to $45. One Eleven (which is, of course, the hotel’s address on Markham) has a new look as well, thanks to a zinc bar, new artwork, fresh paint and the removal of a partition that once divided the room in half. Breakfast and brunch menus have been revamped as well, and the lobby features a new coffee bar. Find the same fine dining — Norwegian smoked salmon, Maine Oysters Rockefeller, pork cheeks, risotto with fresh green peas and black truffle — as chef Antunes makes his mark. One Eleven was also hotel owner the Stephens family’s original business address on Main; Eleven at the Alice Walton-founded Crystal Bridges refers to the museum’s opening, 11/11/2011.

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ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixed-price, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to 34

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Still tasty after all these years Ristorante Capeo thrives in Argenta.


he Argenta neighborhood in downtown North Little Rock is thriving as a hub of art, theater and innovation. But it’s had its share of restaurant casualties, not surprising in such a fickle industry. Starving Artist is gone, as is Cornerstone (really more a bar than a restaurant) and Argenta Market, the successor to Argenta Seafood Co. Argenta Seafood opened to significant fanfare in 2007 but lasted little more than a year. It was the second project by Eric and Brian Isaac, who four years earlier had opened Ristorante Capeo at 425 Main St. — a neighborhood pioneer. But while Argenta Seafood and its successor are just memories, Ristorante Capeo hasn’t just survived — it has thrived. A full house on a Tuesday evening in early August proved that. We brought area newcomers who, like us, enjoyed the thin, crisp Ferrara breadsticks available on the table with smears of soft butter. They also enjoyed the voluminous wine list that leans Italian but has plenty of other choices. A half-bottle of Francis Coppola chardonnay was a value at $17. You can enjoy a meal at Capeo no matter how deeply financially committed you are. There are intriguing choices in the $7-$11 range on the antipasti/appetizers list, and you can center a meal around the pastas on the primi piatti/first-plate section, most at $10-$11. Or go ahead and step up to the secondi piatti/second-plate entrees ($22-$45). We started with the “fried fish” ($9.50): calamari, scallop pieces and shrimp in a light batter with a significant dose of Italian herbs. There was only one shrimp, but the squid and scallops were bounteous. “The Hunter” ($11.50) is a charcuterie plate featuring high-quality prosciutto, mortadella, salami and capicola with a half-link of fennel-heavy homemade Italian sausage. Accompanying are tomatoes (high-quality, in-season stuff), peppers, olives and artichoke. We’ve made a meal of it before and will again.

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The 2nd annual Latino Food and Music Festival, which brings South American soul to the Argenta Farmers Market at Fifth and Main in North Little Rock, is Sept. 13, only a month away. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., vendors will sell food based on the cuisine of El Salvador, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil to the strains of eightpiece salsa band Calle Soul. You can enjoy a margarita while doing the cha cha or other wonderful dance moves, or stick to beer, wine or soft drinks. Tickets are $15 in advance (buy them at arkansastimes. com/latinofood) or $20 at the door; kids 12 and under will get in free. The Argenta Arts District benefit is sponsored by Arkansas Times, El Latino, Budweiser and the Argenta Downtown Council and presented by Edwards Food Giant.


Ristorante Capeo 425 Main St. North Little Rock 376-3463

QUICK BITE If you want to make Capeo a less expensive dining experience, consider getting either an appetizer or a “first plate” as your main course. You’ll find excellent cuisine served as a not-so-small-plate portion at reasonable prices. HOURS 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar, all credit cards accepted.

Our guests chose the lamb shank ($26) and the veal scallopini ($30). Both opted for a salad — one house, one Caesar — which added $7 and $8 to their tabs, respectively, for smallish, standard-issue versions of each. The innocent sounding “would you like your veal on a bed of spaghetti?” added another $5 to the tab for what looked like about 30 cents worth of noodles. The veal scallopini wasn’t as thinly pounded as most, but was flavorful. There were a few fatty bites, but with artichokes, tomatoes and portabellas, overall the veal got a thumbs-up. The lamb shank was rich, fall-off-the-bone tender and served with hunks of potatoes in a potent broth. One guest stayed with the first-plate section, choosing spaghetti carbonara ($10) for his entree. Capeo’s carbonara

was a different take — not at all creamy like the menu suggested and with not much discernable cheese. Rather it was a lighter, lemonier version of the classic dish with plenty of parsley and just a few crispy bites of pancetta. Different, but tasty. We inquired and learned the panna cotta, creme brulee and tiramisu are made in-house, while the chocolate mousse, sorbetto and gelato are not. We opted for one local honey and saffron panna cotta ($7) and three forks. It’s a creamier, looser version of custard, a rich “cooked cream” with a good dose of vanilla and accented with blueberries. Besides the bread sticks, Capeo serves crusty, artisan bread straight from the oven. It chooses not to put salt and pepper on the table, which is fine, but an offer of cracked black pepper on entrees would be appreciated. Ristorante Capeo is an altogether comfortable and friendly place. The atmosphere across both dining rooms is pleasantly boisterous, lively but not too loud to drown out conversation. Exposed brick walls are adorned with nicely framed art posters and prints. The light is low but sufficient. Combine the ambiance and food and it’s not hard to understand why Capeo is still rocking after more than a decade. A postscript: The combo groceryrestaurant space that was Argenta Market is to be reborn soon as Good Food by Ferneau and Travis McConnell’s Butcher and Public.

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exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws, but you can get a veggie burger as well as fried chicken, curried falafel and blackened tilapia sandwiches, plus creative meal-sized salads. Shakes and floats are indulgences for all ages. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. 207 N. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-379-8715. LD daily. BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BLACK ANGUS CAFE Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade desserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Fri. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, it has entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOSTON’S Ribs and gourmet pizza star at this restaurant/sports bar located at the Holiday Inn by the airport. TVs in separate sports bar area. 3201 Bankhead Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seatyourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat.; 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Down-home done right. Check out the yams, mac-andcheese, greens, purple-hull peas, cornbread, wings, catfish and all the rest. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. BROWN SUGAR BAKESHOP Fabulous cupcakes, brownies and cakes offered five days a week until they’re sold out. 419 E. 3rd St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4009. LD Tue.-Sat. (close at 5:30 p.m.). BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to


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perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. CACHE RESTAURANT Cache provides a stunning experience on the well-presented plates and in terms of atmosphere, glitz and general feel. It doesn’t feel like anyplace else in Little Rock, and it’s not priced like much of anywhere else in Little Rock either. But there are options to keep the tab in the reasonable range. 425 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-850-0265. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell

Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily, BR Sun. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — ­ seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEDDAR’S Large selection of somewhat standard American casual cafe choices, many of which are made from scratch. Portions are

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large and prices are very reasonable. 400 South University. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-7578. LD daily. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPELAND’S RESTAURANT OF LITTLE ROCK The full-service restaurant chain started by the founder of Popeye’s delivers the same good biscuits, the same dependable frying and a New Orleans vibe in piped music and decor. You can eat red beans and rice for a price in the single digits or pay near $40 for a choice slab of ribeye, with crab, shrimp and fish in between. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-1616. LD daily. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Marketarea hotspot. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme, home cooking being the most popular. Owner Dave Williams does all the cooking and his son, Dave also, plays saxophone and fronts the band that plays most Friday nights. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it down-home country cooking. Just be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent breakfast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. Don’t miss the bourbon pecan pie — it’s a winner. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FLYING SAUCER A popular River Market hangout thanks to its almost 200 beers (including 75 on tap) and more than decent bar food. It’s nonsmoking, so families are welcome. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-8032. LD daily. FOX AND HOUND Sports bar that serves pub food. 2800 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All Continued on page 38

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$2 off any platters. (LD) House salad or soup, any entrée, any Buy a meal, get a “Lil” engineers meal 7410 Cantrell Rd 663-0600 dessert $25. (LD) for 1/2 off. (LD) 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 663-1196 6813 Cantrell Rd 975-7401

Drink specials daily. Monday night, Kids eat free. Wed: Wine Day – 1/2 price selected bottle wine. Thur: Ladies Night – 1/2 price selected appetizers. (LD) 17717 Chenal Pkwy, Ste. 101 821-5398 •





BBQ sandwich with chips $6. (LD) 5506 Baseline Rd 562-9635

Try it with turkey! Get any burger with a turkey patty for $1 off. (LD) 17809 Chenal Pkwy, Ste. G-101. 821-1515 • Midtown: 207 N. University Ave, Ste. 100. 379-8715

Half off appetizer with purchase of any entrée. (LD) 225 E. Markham St. 324-2449

Free dessert with purchase of steak dinner. (LD) 10907 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 228-7800

$1 off dinner and a drink. 301 N. Shackleford Rd, Ste. E-1 224-9500





$5 off a $25 food purchase. (LD) 3201 Bankhead Dr 235-2000

Pesto grilled cheese combo – sandwich, potato salad and canned soda $5.75. (BL) 120 River Market Blvd. 918-3091

3 course dinner for $16.95. (D) 17815 Chenal Parkway 821-2485

BRAY GOURMET DELI & CATERING Leader of the group Friday: The leader of the group of 3 or more dine-in customers will receive a free entrée. (BL) 323 Center St., Ste. 150 353-1045 •





1/2 price drinks and appetizers from 5pm-7pm Mon-Fri, bar area only. (D) 10825 Hermitage Rd. • 312-2748

Lunch Buffet – Buy one get one free. (L) 201 S. Shackelford 223-3000

Moqueca (Regularly priced at $28.69) for $25 during the month of August. (LD) 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-6682

15% off any grill sandwich. (L) 1 World Ave. (Heifer Village) 907-8801




Free fountain drink with purchase of sandwich or wraps. (LD) 405 Pres. Clinton Ave. 244-2622


$5 appetizer with the purchase of any entrée $15 or more. Dine in only. (LD) 500 Pres. Clinton Ave, Ste. 105 907-1881

BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY Buy one order of spaghetti and meat sauce, get two meatballs free! (D) 310 Main St. 372-7866

CAJUN’S WHARF $15 Prix Fixe 2-course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. 2400 Cantrell Rd. 375-5351

CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL $1 off fried green local tomatoes 4-6pm every day. 111 W. Markham 370-7013


$2 Miller Lite draft, $3 house wines and $4 liquor. (LD) 600 I-30 and 6th St. • 975-CAMP(2267)


One free cheese dip or guacamole with purchase of an entrée. Buy 2 dinners and 2 drinks – $5 off. (LD) 25 Rahling Circle 821-2740

Fajitas para Dos – Dinner for two with appetizer and sizzling skillets of fajitas $59.99 (LD) 201 Univ. Ave. Midtown Shopping Center • 280-0407



10% off any entrée. (L) 915 W. Capitol Ave. 372-4227

Free small cheese dip with purchase of two or more entrees. (LD) 6820 Cantrell Rd. 280-9888 18321 Cantrell Rd. 868-8822



Buy a dinner, platter or entree at regular price and receive a free slice of pie (cheesecake excluded). (LD) 9801 W. Markham St. 225-4346

Four-course chef’s tasting menu and wine paring $40. (D) 605 N. Beechwood St. 603-0238

$1 off iced coffee, iced latte, espresso frappe, espresso milkshake, fruit smoothie. (BL) Downtown: 1200 Main St. • 375-7105 Free cookie of your choice with any purchase. (BL) WLR:


270 S. Shackleford Rd. 224-1656 •


CAPERS $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. (D) 14502 Cantrell Rd 868-7600


15% off your order. (LD) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 372-6637

Buy creamy chicken spaghetti and 2 veggies with drink for $8.50 and get a second plate for half price. (LD) 8801 Colonel Glenn Road 562-4949



$15 Prix Fixe 2-course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. 300 E. 3rd St. # 101 • 375-3333

$1 off Cajun shrimp dinner. (LD) 12005 Westhaven Dr. 954-7427(RIBS)





Free small cheese dip with the purchase of an entrée. (LD) 406 S. Louisiana St.. 371-0733 Find us on Facebook

Free cheese dip with a $10 food purchase. (LD) 7626 Cantrell Rd. 221-9696

Order a margherita pizza and we will donate $1 to Dunbar Gardens. Purchase any pizza and get any appetizer for half off, excluding wings. (LD) 6706 Cantrell Rd. • 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 10720 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 664-2239 •





Buy 3 casseroles and get one free. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 224-2639

1/2 price cheese dip with the order of two or more entrees. (LD) 200 River Market Ave. 375-3500

8 oz. filet with Arkansas toast, potatoes and soaked salad $35. (LD) 1023 W. Markham St. 376-1195





Hula Poppers – 6 jalapeños filled with cheese and shrimp & bacon $9.99. (LD) 511 Pres. Clinton Ave. 375-3474

Fabulous lunch specials, including tea or soda for $7.99. Mon-Fri, 11 am-4 pm only. Ask your server for details. (L) 323 Pres. Clinton Ave. 372-7468

Free Habanero Queso with the purchase of a taco plate. No substitutions. One per table. (LD) 3501 Old Cantrell Rd. 916-9706

$1 off wine. (LD) 14810 Cantrell Rd. 868-8149

Free sugar cookie with lunch purchase. (L) 323 S. Cross St. 375-2257

DUGAN’S PUB 1/2 price appetizers from 4-7pm Mon.-Thur. (D) 401 E. 3rd St. 244-0542

Buy 1, get 1/2 off on #2 breakfast combo: Eggs, a biscuit, bacon or sausage and home fried potatoes. (B) 824 W. Capitol Ave. 372-8816

Turkey, apple, bacon on Woodstock bread with sriracha mayo, with chips and a pickle $7. (L) 210 Center St. 372-3283

DOUBLETREE PLAZA BAR & GRILLE Club sandwich and fries $10 11am-2pm • 5-10pm $10. (LD) 1023 W. Markham St. 372-4371



1/2 off fresh fruit smoothie with the purchase of sandwich or wrap. (L) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 244-9964

Buy 1, get 1 50% off. (LD) 12318 Chenal Parkway 223-2695

HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS 10% off any sandwich and $1 off any dinner to go (M-F 4:30-6pm) (LD) 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd., Ste. B 671-6328




Buy one get one half off (excludes existing specials). (LD) 9219 Stagecoach Rd. 407-0000

Philly cheesesteak with fries and drink $9.95. (LD) 925 S. University Ave. 664-5020

Ask about whole beans coffee Peru Andes Reserve. $5 off of one pound of coffee, your choice of beans. (BLD) 10700 Rodney Parham Rd. • 228-4448





$1 off any combo (L) 201 E. Markham 224-0975

15% off any whole pizza. (LD) 201 E. Markham St. 374-3656

14” pizza (up to 3 toppings) with a side of Razorback Sticks with cheese $13.95. (LD) 16101 Cantrell Rd. 868-3250

Buy one lunch entree, get one of equal or less value for 50% off. Tues- Fri 4-7pm House Margaritas $2.50, $1 off all beer. (L) 614 Pres. Clinton Ave. 372-1228 •





Fajita’s for two, small cheese dip and two soft drinks $22.95. (LD) 11121 N. Rodney Parham 219-4689

Buy any Sub Sandwich and get the 2nd for 1/2 price. (L) 1122 S. Center St. 372-6004

Enchiladas Supremas or Rancheros $6.99. $1 off any kids meal (10 years and younger). (LD) 10402 Stagecoach Rd, Ste. J 455-8500

Get $5 off when you spend $25 or more (cannot be used with any other offer). (LD) 8201 Ranch Blvd. • 868-8226 9501 N Rodney Parham • 227-7772

$.75 Pabst. (BLD) 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-7414





Free chocolate dip with purchase of a pop. (LD) 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 313-9558

Free Guacamole with purchase of two entrees. (LD) 3024 Cantrell Rd. 661-0600

25% off Chinese spring rolls. (LD) 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 716-2700

Buy one pita/salad/platter and get second pita/salad/platter of equal or lesser value for 50% off. (LD) 11525 Cantrell Rd, Ste. 905 223-5300







“Lunch Pronto”: Come in Mon-Fri for lunch and order off the pronto menu, get a free soda or tea. (L) 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 448-2226

50% off any appetizer or dessert with purchase of any two entrees. (LD) 14524 Cantrell Rd, Ste. 110 367-8082

Burgers, fries and a fountain drink $8.49. (LD) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 376-3354

Two can dine for $16.99 (1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 desserts) (LD) 13924 Cantrell Rd. 217-0700

$1 off wines by the glass on Wednesday evenings. (D) 6323 Colonel Glenn Rd. 562-3131






One free dessert with the purchase of two entrees at dinner. Please let your server know. (D) 27 Rahling Circle 821-1838

$1 off any regularly priced sandwich. (BLD) 12111 W. Markham, Ste. 366 228-4677

Free dessert of your choice. One per table. Dinner only. Just say Savor the City. (D) 11401 N Rodney Parham 353-1875

$2 off a medium Paxton’s Favorite pizza pie. (LD) 13420 Otter Creek Pkwy. 455-4242

$2 domestics all day Monday and Tuesday. (LD) 1517 Rebsamen Park Rd • 664-6133 14710 Cantrell Rd • 868-2600






Tuna salad sandwich and chips $5.25. (LD) Main Library, 5th Floor, 100 Rock St. 918-3023

Free 1-scoop ice cream sundae with the purchase of an entrée. (LD) 8026 Cantrell Rd. • 221-3555 11602 Chenal Pkwy. • 224-4433

Mon: 1/2 off all bottled wine under $28. (D) Tues: 1/2 off all appetizers. (LD) Wed: Filet Night - $19.95 Creekstone Angus Filet (D) 3701 Cantrell Rd • 666-8482



Buy 1 milkshake at full price and get a 2nd one at 1/2 price. (L) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 224-2326

Weekday Breakfast Special: 20% off your breakfast entree. Available Tues-Fri, 7-11 am. (B) 1500 S Main St. 414-0423

SCALLIONS RESTAURANT Arkansas stuffed tomato: Arkansas homegrown tomato filled with a choice of chicken, tuna, or shrimp salad, soup or fruit and a fresh poppyseed muffin $10.95 ($11.95 for shrimp salad). (L) 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-6468 •


15% off dinner entrée. (D) 301 N Shackleford Rd., Ste. C4 227-9900

TRACY CAKES Buy 3 Cupcakes, Get 1 Free. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 227-4243


Mon: 1/2 off all wine under $28. Tues: $9 large pizza, $2 draft. Wed: Cheeseburger Night – CreekStone Angus $7.95. (LD) 3519 Old Cantrell Rd 663-4666 •

Mention Little Rock Restaurant Month and receive $1 off smoothies. (LD) 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 663-2500

Frozen Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas $5. Small Queso and Salsa w/ fried Tortilla Chips & TWO Tempting Taco Plates $19.99. (LD)




A free piece of cheese bread for every $5 you spend at Rosalia’s during the month of August. (BLD) 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. • 719-7035

Free dessert with purchase of two dinner entrees. (D) 1501 N. University Ave. 660-4200

Free flan with purchase of $15 or more. (LD) 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd. # 110 225-1300


SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP Biscuit & Gravy 99¢. (B) Homemade cookies 2 for $1 (L) 101 E Capitol Ave., Ste 116 375-3420



Sun-Thur, 5-7pm: All fried rolls $6.50; All featured cocktails $5; Seared diver scallops $3 off. (D) 11525 Cantrell Rd. 224-4300




Sun-Thur: Chef’s Special, 2 Adults for $50 (sushi only) (LD) 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9888

Ask for the appetizer and drink specials Mon-Fri 4-6pm. (D) 1501 Merrill Drive 224-2828





“Good Ass” Smoothie $4.25 (L) 400 Pres. Clinton Ave. 838-3634

Margaritas $5: “Karaoke Night” Thursday 7pm-12am. (LD) 1400 S. University Ave. 664-6444 Find us on Facebook!

“Summer Cold Snap”: $1 off a large gelato. (LD) 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9292

Ask your server about our $5-$7-$9 specials for Savor the City. (LD) 107 River Market Ave 372-7707 Lunch: 1/2 off spinach dip OR dessert. Dinner: 4 -course dinner for $28. Any appetizer, house or Caesar salad. Entrees: Farmer’s Market Splendor, Shrimp or Chicken Enchiladas, Voodoo Pasta or Chicken special - plus dessert. (LD)

8201 Cantrell Rd, Ste. 100 221-3330 •

20% off all appetizers. (D) 500 Pres. Clinton Ave, Ste. 100 324-2999

300 Pres. Clinton Ave. 823-0091 •

$2 off the Blue Plate lunch special. (L) 1304 Main St. 244-9660

TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE 20% off all tickets Sun-Thurs after 5pm. Just say, “New Taziki’s coming in September.” (D) 12800 Chenal Pkwy • 225-1829 8200 Cantrell Rd • 227-8291

dining capsules, CONT. CC. $$. 501-753-8300. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate-lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’s oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2254487. LD daily. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. The half-pound burger is a two-hander for the average working Joe. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. GADWALL’S GRILL Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. B Fri.-Sun. GIGI’S CUPCAKES This Nashville-based chain’s entries into the artisan-cupcake sweetstakes are as luxurious in presentation as they are in sugar quantity. 416 S. University Ave., Suite 120. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-614-7012. BLD daily. GUILLERMO’S GOURMET COFFEE Serves gourmet coffee, lunch, beer, wine and tapas. Beans are roasted in house, and the espresso is probably the best in town. Happy hour is $1 off beer and $5 wine, from 5–8 p.m. every day. 10700 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine. 501-228-4448. BL daily. HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey and lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-227-5555. LD Mon.-Sun. IZZY’S It’s bright, clean and casual, with snappy team service of all his standbys — sandwiches and fries, lots of fresh salads, pasta about a dozen ways, hand-rolled tamales and brick oven pizzas. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. LITTLEFIELD’S CAFE The owners of the Starlite Diner have moved their cafe to the Kroger Shopping Center on JFK, where they are still serving breakfast all day, as well as plate lunches, burgers and sandwiches. 6929 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol. 501-771-2036. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily. MCBRIDE’S CAFE AND BAKERY Owners Chet and Vicki McBride have been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch specials based on their family recipes for two decades in this popular eatery at Baptist Health’s Little Rock campus. The desserts and barbecue sandwiches are not to be missed. 9501 Lile Drive. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-340-3833. BL Mon.-Fri. MOOYAH BURGERS Kid-friendly, fast-casual restaurant with beef, veggie and turkey burgers, a burger bar and shakes. 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 190. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-8681091 10825 Kanis Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-313-4905. LD daily. NEWK’S EATERY 314 S. University Avenue, Suite 180. Beer, All CC. 601-982-1160. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s selfservice, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 38

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40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night in downtown Argenta. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-3762900. LD Mon.-Sat. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications, finished with butter and served sizzling hot. 2 Riverfront Place. Items from Frank Fletcher’s Rocket 21 have been folded into the menu. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROBERT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL If you’re looking for a burger, you won’t find it here. This establishment specializes in fried chicken dinners, served with their own special trimmings. 7212 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-568-2566. LD Tue.-Sat., D Mon., Sun. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN This Southwest Little Rock restaurant specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish, all served with the traditional fixings. 8824 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-0300. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7707. LD daily. TEXAS ROADHOUSE Following in the lines of those loud, peanuts-on-the-table steak joints, but the steaks are better here than we’ve had at similar stops. Good burgers, too. 3601 Warden Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-7714230. D daily, L Sat.-Sun. 2620 S. Shackleford Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-2427. D Mon.-Fri., LD Sat.-Sun. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, good wings, great fries, other bar food, plate lunches, full bar. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9802. LD daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. WHOLE FOODS MARKET Good sandwiches, soups and hummus to go; an enormous number of hot and cold entrees from the deli; extensive juice bar. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-312-2326. BLD daily. WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-9550. D Tue.-Sat.

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR PUBLIC RELEASE Little Rock School District today announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Local school officials will use the following size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

FREE MEALS REDUCED PRICE MEALS Family Size ..............................................................Yearly ...................................................... Yearly 1............................................................................$15,171 ................................................... $21,590 2............................................................................$20,449 ................................................... $29,101 3............................................................................$25,727 ................................................... $36,612 4............................................................................$31,005 ................................................... $44,123 5............................................................................$36,283 ................................................... $51,634 6............................................................................$41,561 ................................................... $59,145 7............................................................................$46,839 ................................................... $66,656 8............................................................................$52,117 ................................................... $74,167 Each add’l family member add: ...........................$5,278 ..................................................... $7,511 Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. The application packet is being provided to all students. Additional packets are available at the principal’s office in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. Applications from families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) need only list the children’s names for which the application is made, respective SNAP case number, name of household member receiving SNAP benefits and the signature of an adult household member. Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway through LRSD’s Migrant Education Program are eligible for free meals based on being involved in the MEP program. All other households that would qualify based upon income must show the names of all household members related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends), the amount of gross income each person receives in a month, the frequency of pay, and source. Each household member who does not have income must indicate zero income on the application. An application without the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult’s social security number-or check the box if the adult does not have a social security number is incomplete and cannot be processed. The information on the application may be verified by the school or other program officials at any time during the school year. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is categorically eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for meals, they should complete the application using the instructions for households that have foster and non-foster children residing in the home. Under the provision of the Policy Statement, applications will be processed and eligibility determined. If a parent is dissatisfied with the decision, a request may be made to discuss it with the determining official. A formal appeal may be made either orally or in writing to Ms. Lilly Bouie, Child Nutrition Director, 1501 Jones Street, Little Rock, AR 72202, for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for SNAP benefits, you may fill out an application at that time. Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) case for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. USDA Non-discrimination Statement: The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form , found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 8778339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Little Rock School District Meal Benefits for 2014-2015 School Year

Made Possible by Federally Funded Programs, Arkansas Act 1220 & Act 1910 The following thirty-three schools are participating in the base-year Provision 2-Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program for 20142015. Bale, Baseline, Booker, Brady, Carver, Chicot, Dodd, Franklin, Geyer Springs, M.L. King, Mabelvale Elementary, McDermott, Meadowcliff, Otter Creek, Rockefeller, Romine, Stephens, Terry, Wakefield, Washington, Watson, Western Hills, Wilson, Woodruff, Cloverdale, Dunbar, Forest Heights STEM Academy, Henderson, Mabelvale Middle, Hall, Hamilton, McClellan and J.A. Fair. While breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge to children attending one of these schools, a household application is still needed. Applications will be distributed this year and will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price percentages to be used in non-base years of the program. Again meals will be served to all students at these schools at no charge regardless of the eligibility status. The Provision 2 programs are federally funded programs which enables LRSD to provide no-cost breakfast and lunch to every student enrolled at their respective school regardless of income. The program is funded via federal reimbursements through the Arkansas Department of Education. The reimbursements received cover the costs incurred for serving these meals at no cost to our students. The Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program promotes the increased consumption of high quality, nutritious breakfast meals. The following schools will continue the BIC program this year: Bale, Brady, Baseline, Franklin, Chicot, Forest Heights, Geyer Springs, Mabelvale Elem, Meadowcliff, Rockefeller, Romine, Stephens, Wakefield, Washington, Watson, Wilson, and Woodruff. Studies have shown students participating in BIC have improved attendance and punctuality, increased attention and memory recall and improved math, reading and standardized test scores. Again this year LRSD will participate in the Reduced Co-Pay Subsidy provided by ACT 1910. If you apply for free or reduced meal benefits and your household qualifies for “reduced” meals this year, the breakfast and lunch meal will be offered to your student at “no cost” at any school site in the Little Rock School District. No money is required for reduced meals, effective August 18, 2014 through June 4, 2015. If you have not applied for meal benefits this school year, please complete an application for eligibility determination. The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs. If you have any questions about any of these programs, please contact the LRSD Child Nutrition Department at 501-447-2450.

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