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Obama is Bush squared Is it a prerequisite to writing for your publication that the writer must be a hack for the Democratic Party, wholly convinced of the righteousness of Barack Obama (no matter how many scandals and lies he’s embroiled in) and completely unable to discern the most obvious fact of government in the USA: that the twoparty system is a farce which plays both ends against the middle, shreds the Constitution with impunity and lies to the people they are supposed to serve at every turn? The level of political homerism for the radical left (which is currently dressed up as moderate) is sickening. Truth is, Obama is a horrible president, in terms of civil liberties he has become G.W. Bush squared, and the GOP is a neocon joke that serves only as the foil needed to preserve the illusion of choice at election time. It is pretty disappointing to see people who are purportedly journalists still hacking away slobbering with their unrequited love for a president who has proven that he is not at all above silencing dissent in the press. Journalism is supposed to hold politicians of all stripes accountable. The theme that is being pushed in your publication does not appear to live up to that standard any moreso than does Fox News or MSNBC. As a former resident who is proud to be from Arkansas this is disappointing to me. Kelcy Salisbury Denmark

Arming teachers bad idea I think it is not only wrong but dangerous and overly expensive for the

Clarksville (Arkansas) School District to train and arm 20 of its teachers and other staff to carry concealed weapons. Though mass shootings at schools generate a lot of headlines, their occurrences are rather rare. With teachers possessing firearms, there is a much greater chance of a student or staff member being accidentally shot than shot by an intruder.  Since teachers are not skilled and experienced shooters like police officers are, they are more likely to be poor shooters or be gun happy and shoot when they shouldn’t, which minimizes their effectiveness. This also may encourage unstable students to try to take a gun away from the teacher, knowing that he has one, to use on others.  There is also the danger that an unstable teacher may go ballistic and shoot at other teachers or students. Also, a single revolver won’t stand a chance against an intruder with a highpowered semi-automatic weapon. Having more guns to try to solve gun violence only makes it worse.   Kenneth L. Zimmerman Huntington Beach, Calif.

Biker responds In response to William G. Carlyle’s July 25 letter to the Arkansas Times: I am a cyclist. I lower healthcare costs for all. I am one more empty parking space. I am additional eyes on the street. I am a local business supporter. I am a worker. I am a teacher. I am a learner. I am a customer. I am a friend. I am a neighbor. I am a property owner. I am a more efficient user of public infrastructure. I am a believer in freedom, including freedom for people to choose how to travel instead of being forced to

use a car. I am a voter. I am a husband, son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandchild. I am a taxpayer. Other people like me are doctors, loan officers, air conditioner repairmen, cooks, traffic engineers, Blackhawk helicopter pilots, preachers, farmers, stoplight technicians, gardeners, Sunday school teachers, electric grid operators, volunteers, beer brewers, etc. We are not a “plague�; we are not “selfish fools�; we are not a “menace.� We are exactly like you, except we just choose to ride a bike sometimes. I suggest you do the same. Tim McKuin Little Rock

ALEC owns Republicans I find it reprehensible that the Arkansas state legislature has seen fit to cancel business as usual from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8 so that its Republican legislators can wine and dine in high fashion and expense-free in Chicago at the behest of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), all while receiving their next round of marching orders from national and multinational corporations. These bill models are then foisted upon the Arkansas people as original grassroots efforts when in reality they are anything but. Wake up, Arkansas! Your elected representatives now owe their allegiance and their political future to their corporate overlords, not to you. The Arkansas legislature has been sold out to the highest bidders. Brad Bailey Fayetteville

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epublican politicians do not empathize well. “My job is to get mine,” Ronald Reagan used to say. “I’m not my country’s keeper just because I’m in the White House.” A giant of indifference, his party loved him for it. There’s even a kind of Republican, colder than Reagan, who enjoys being rescued from stormy waters, then pulling the ladder up before anyone else can climb it. (If they can contrive to push overboard the person who saved them, so much the better. “Go be a Democrat, you sissy” they yell gleefully. Sometimes they use a different word.) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas benefited hugely from affirmative action in his shocking rise to the top of his profession. At the top, he’s a ruthless foe of affirmative action, even when watching his pornographic videos. “Long Dong Silver didn’t need affirmative action,” he likes to say. As a young man, Dick Cheney obtained dozens of student deferments to avoid military service in Vietnam. He explained that he had “other priorities” than serving his country in combat. Later, as secretary of defense (we still wonder if the appointment of a draft dodger to lead the Defense Department started as a joke, and then got out of hand) and as vice president, he arranged to send thousands of young Americans off to die unnecessarily. Many of these had other priorities too, presumably, not eager to lay down their lives to make politicians look good. Cheney explained that poor blacks and whites aren’t allowed priorities during Republican administrations. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, now seeking a U.S. Senate seat, is Republican through and through, convinced that American presidents have been too nice to the American people. Last week, he voted against loans for college students in need. He did so, even though he’d taken student loans himself to attend Harvard, of all places, and even though his vote shocked those members of his party only moderately cruel. Pressed for elaboration, he explained that President Obama was at fault. This was not Cotton’s first boldly cruel vote, though perhaps the most boldly hypocritical. He’s voted against food stamps, though many of his constituents will go hungry without them. He’s voted against health care for those same impoverished constituents. The modern Republican Party is largely built on hatred. As far back as the adoption of the Southern Strategy, Republicans decided no more Mr. Nice Guys. Mitt Romney said last year that 47 percent of Americans aren’t worth killing. Cotton clearly thinks Romney’s estimate is too low, and he’s more willing than Romney to chastise the unwanted. He could be a Republican star in the making, a great shame to his native state.  

SUNSET CRUISE: The Mark Twain Riverboat on the Arkansas River. Paul Barrows submitted this photo to our Eye On Arkansas Flickr website.

Beware your TV


ur print deadline fell before the beginning of the free barbecue in Dardanelle at which Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton was to announce his challenge of Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. I’m already depressed thinking about the avalanche of 30-second TV ads soon to descend on Arkansas. The campaigns themselves will spend millions. Millions more will be spent by other groups, some more shadowy than others. Most will intone end-of-theworld predictions about one candidate or the other. We likely will get a taste of positive politics. If Pryor indeed has no primary opposition, he might spend some millions with some aw-shucks footage of Mark Pryor, his famous father and his undeniably pleasant demeanor. Cotton will spend some time talking about his Yell County boyhood. You may be sure he’ll say a lot about his Army experience, with high-power weaponry on frequent display. But the news will mostly be bad. Negative advertising moves more voters than positive advertising and that’s how the election will be won — moving undecided voters. Cotton’s entry was heralded by release of a poll done for AFSCME, the public employees union. It showed Pryor leading Cotton, 43-35. But that’s a good distance short of 50 percent. Worse was Pryor’s favorability rating. It stood at 47-34 positive. Not as bad as Blanche Lincoln before her ill-fated re-election race, perhaps, but a sharp decline from 63-23 six years earlier. Republicans have spent millions beating him up. He’s also hurt by being yoked to Congress and President Obama. Democrats, Republicans and Obama are all viewed more unfavorably than favorably by Arkansas voters, Obama worst of all. 55 percent of those surveyed said they were less like to vote for someone who voted for the Affordable Care Act, as Mark Pryor did. Evidence of the benefits of that law is growing, but time runs short to turn opinion by 2014. Republican strategy is simple. Mark Pryor will

become a name synonymous with Barack Obama and Obamacare. What will Democrats do about Tom Cotton? Tear him down, too. His favorable rating is only 28-22 because so MAX few people, relatively speakBRANTLEY ing, know him well. But those unfavorables are already fairly high for an unknown and they’ll go higher. Democrats have unveiled a website ( with a simple theme — Tom Cotton: Too Reckless for Arkansas. There’s much to work with. Cotton would turn Medicare into a voucher program, inevitably reducing benefits. He’d privatize Social Security. He voted against the bill to reduce the cost of student college loans, though he enjoyed government-backed loan help when he went to Harvard. He voted against disaster aid for hurricane victims. He’s voted repeatedly against the interests of women — in the military, in equal pay, in medical autonomy. He voted against the farm bill and wants to slash food stamps, heavily used in Arkansas. Then there’s Obamacare. Cotton would kill it. He’d kill it even though his paid political director, Rep. John Burris, was an architect of the “private option” version of Obamacare passed by the Arkansas legislature. Ending Obamacare would devastate the private option and leave hundreds of thousands of Arkansans suffering. The list is not an exaggeration or caricature of his record. It’s fair game for attack. Cotton really believes he can do more for Arkansas by seeing to it that the federal government does far less, particularly by attacking the president’s groundbreaking initiative to move the U.S. toward universal health care. But do I really want to hear about it for 14 months? The prospect puts me in mind of the John Prine song: Blow up your TV.


Arkansas’s immigrant future


rkansas is an outlier in the big immigration debate, the assumption being that Republicans have it about right: White Arkansans hate the influx of immigrants, particularly Latinos, over the past 20 years and are in no mood to have life made any better for them. The politics of immigration seems particularly one-sided in Arkansas, as it is nearly everywhere in the Deep South. Only Sen. Mark Pryor in the Arkansas delegation voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate or favors anything like it in the House of Representatives. Pryor may pay for his boldness next year. His opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, is an extremist even among his Republican brethren on immigration, as on most other matters. Most Republicans, including the rest of the Arkansas congressional team, say vaguely they wouldn’t mind passing immigration reform, including a path to citizenship someday, but not one associated with Barack Obama. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, following the

Lest you say “Aha,” the state budget are paying taxes to take care of all those Mexicans who aren’t paying any taxes is not the true picture. The combined themselves. consumer spending and tax contribuBut immigration ought to be a burning tions from immigrants totaled $3.9 bilquestion, even in sleepy Arkansas. It is a lion in 2010. When you subtract the $556 fateful issue for a state whose economy million in government spending on the wishes of business and social welfare have been affected immigrants, that leaves a net positive and farm groups, by even the relatively small numbers of economic impact of $3.4 billion. Sure, a favored reforms immigrants and will be affected far more good chunk of that would be the spendless sweeping than in the decades ahead. ing of well-paid immigrant physicians the 2013 Senate bill The Winthrop Rockefeller Founda- and surgeons, mostly Asian, who make up 17 percent of the medical profession. (Pryor didn’t at the tion did a deep study of immigration’s ERNEST time) and she was impact on the state since 1990, and the The popular image of immigrants, DUMAS swamped in 2010, results defy the refrain that immigration particularly Latinos, is that they are although immigration was the least of — or what is called “illegal” immigration — slackers who somehow mooch off sociher problems. has been a great burden on us. If anything, ety. At the depth of the recession, 88 But neither Cotton nor Pryor is apt it has been a salvation, adding a little fillip percent of Latino men in Arkansas were to make too much of their differences to an economy that made it through the employed — higher than any immigrant on immigration because it is just not big recession better than most. group or native-born. that riveting in Arkansas and there are Take the question of whether all those Of course, they earn less because they more divisive and emotional issues to people who crossed the Mexican border typically hold low-wage jobs in manutalk about. Some of Cotton’s big-business and settled here have been a burden. The facturing, construction and agriculture. support likes immigration and backs foundation’s researchers concluded that That leads to the other “Aha.” They take something like amnesty. indeed the state government budget suf- jobs other people don’t want because the Immigrants make up only 5 percent fered very slightly. In 2010, immigrants pay is so meager. Unions have fought for of the Arkansas population, and all but directly paid $525 million in income, tougher immigration laws for that reaa third of them are in Pulaski and three small-business, property and highway- son: immigrants tend to restrain wages. big northwest Arkansas counties. Cot- user taxes but received services from the Unions came around, reluctantly, on the ton has a pocket of them in his little west state that exceeded their contributions immigration reform bill, which gives Arkansas county but for most Arkansans by $31 million, chiefly the public schools “illegal” immigrants a rugged 13-year path immigrants are someone else’s prob- but also jails and medical care at state- to citizenship and toughens enforcement. lem, although many believe that they subsidized hospitals. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

Cotton’s lesson for Obama


at lot of good it’s done Barack Obama to pose as The Great Compromiser. The more “Grand Bargains” he’s proposed, the further Republicans have fled in the opposite direction. Is it really possible that Obama mistook the U.S. government for the Harvard Law Review, where his reputation as a fair-minded mediator earned him universal respect? With yet another round of budgetary hostage-taking and government shutdowns threatened this autumn — throwing Americans out of work and stifling the economy — isn’t it time Obama adjusted to GOP radicalism? Historian Rick Perlstein (“Nixonland”) put it this way to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki: “The reason Obama’s rhetoric and his whole strategic approach to his presidency fails is because going back six years or more, he fundamentally misunderstands the Republican Party. He doesn’t understand [how] they behave, this kind of Leninist cell waiting in the mountains, waiting for the final apocalypse ...” “Barack Obama is constitutionally incapable of saying, ‘we have adversaries.’ That every time a Democratic presi-

dent comes in that they handle the government more effectively. Every time a Democratic president comes GENE in, they create LYONS more jobs than the Republicans. But to say that would be constitutionally impossible for Obama because he needs to tell this story about reconciliation — there is no Red America, there is no Blue America.” Nobody made Obama endorse deficit cutting as the centerpiece of his economic policy. But he ought to notice that with the federal budget deficit shrinking at an unprecedented rate — the FY2013 shortfall will be less than half of the $1.3 trillion gap George W. Bush left behind — GOP leaders keep falsifying reality. On “Fox News Sunday,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor brazenly insisted that Congress should be “focused on trying to deal with the ultimate problem, which is this growing deficit.” What’s worse? If Cantor knows he’s blowing smoke or doesn’t know? Neither did anybody make Obama embrace the misleading metaphor about

how in tough times governments need to tighten their belts like families. However, almost every family borrows to finance long-term purchases; government needs to invest for the future too. Unlike your family, the government can create money. It’s precisely when private enterprises can’t invest that government should. By accepting the “belt tightening” metaphor, Obama made it harder to credit the 2009 stimulus bill’s role in halting the economy’s free fall. With an allegedly “Socialist” president talking like a GOP banker, the radicalism of the Republican right has become invisible to many. In Arkansas, we have a Washington libertarian hero named Tom Cotton running for the U.S. Senate. Tax-hating billionaires are promoting him like an “American Idol” contestant. He announced from his (childhood) home in Yell County — one county west of where I live. Previous to World War II, this bucolic paradise was basically the Third World. Like much of the rural South, Yell County had hardly any paved roads, and no electricity, telephones or public utilities. Also no physicians, dentists nor even veterinarians. People grew what they ate using horse and mule power. They raised chick-

ens, butchered hogs and steers, canned vegetables, made their own clothing, music and booze. Education was rudimentary. It’s easy to be nostalgic about this kind of life if you’re never tried it. Then came the accursed federal government with its highway and bridge building, its rural electrification, sewer and water grants, its ag agents and crop insurance, its Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, its Ozark and Ouachita National Forests, its Arkansas River navigation system and Lake Dardanelle. State parks, public universities, Pell grants, student loans, food stamps, etc. All a terrible mistake, judging by Cotton’s rhetoric: wasteful government spending, encouraging parasitism and sloth. His campaign slogan may as well be: “Back to 1935.” He even voted to slash food stamps, which nearly 25 percent of his Yell County neighbors — nearly all white — receive. There are signs that the president may be coming around. In recent speeches, Obama has called for the kinds of public investments that once made this country the envy of the world. People have forgotten the economic policies that made America great. It’s the president’s job to remind them.

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N.M. Norton writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Times [July 25] we find that a federal court ruling in Ohio â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;deals directly with a fact circumstance identical to Arkansas â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Leaving aside the fact that whatever that thing was it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t identical to Arkansas (I reckon an apostrophe got dropped) what jarred me was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fact circumstance.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, a circumstance can modify a fact. In fact, that happens all the time and is part of how we lawyers make a living. But fact does not modify circumstance. You can have circumstances of almost infinite variety, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be damned if you can have a fact circumstance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like something Charlie Portis may have had Ray Midge say in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dog of the South,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which if intentional is high praise. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suspect it was.â&#x20AC;? That Dan McGrew was shot is a fact. There may been extenuating circumstances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Thursday, his spokesman Caroline Rabbit said Cotton was out of pocket.â&#x20AC;? Michael Klossner says that according to, out of pocket means out of funds. He thought it odd that a spokesman for U.S. Rep. and senatorial candidate Tom Cotton would say the Cotton camp was

broke, especially since Cotton is backed by some of the richest people in America. The rest of the counDOUG try will go broke SMITH before Tom Cotton does. Random House too says that out of pocket means â&#x20AC;&#x153;necessitating a cash paymentâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;without funds or assets.â&#x20AC;? But I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard it used the way Cottonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman apparently used it, to mean â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unavailable.â&#x20AC;? Urban Dictionary says I probably have heard it that way, but I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somehow over the past half year or so, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out of pocketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has become a new business catchphrase meaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unreachable, out of communication,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which is incorrect.â&#x20AC;? But if enough people say it often enough, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become correct. Considering the resources of Candidate Cottonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s billionaire patrons, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be hearing more about him being in-pocket than out-of-pocket. Klossner also wonders if a female mouthpiece is a spokesman or a spokeswoman. The Associated Press says either is acceptable, but not spokesperson.


It was a good week for ... SAFE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said state law would not allow the cowboys in the Clarksville School District to license staff, including teachers, as security guards so they can pack heat on the playground. Clarksvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superintendent of schools thinks the AG is wrong. SUPPORTERS OF A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE. A public employees union poll showed that 54 percent of Arkansans are â&#x20AC;&#x153;definitely forâ&#x20AC;? raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 and another 19 percent are â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably forâ&#x20AC;? it. TAX SUBSIDIES TO RIGHT-WINGERS. Common Cause reported that the Kochfunded American Legislative Exchange Council, which provides stencils for bills to weaken public schools, labor laws, clean air and other things that might cost the Kochs a penny or two, provides â&#x20AC;&#x153;scholarshipsâ&#x20AC;? for legislators to attend conventions, and then takes a tax deduction. SHRINKING COTTON. Sen. Mark Pryor began running an ad attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cottonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voting record as 8

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unfriendly to Arkansans and the Democratic Party created a website, meettomcotton. com, that calls him â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too Reckless for Arkansas.â&#x20AC;? Cotton was expected to announce Tuesday heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll run against Pryor for Senate. CONFUSING PRYOR WITH OBAMA. Republicans created an anti-Pryor website, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about that liberal African Barack Obama.

It was a bad week for ... ROOM AT THE JAIL. Not surprisingly, getting tough on absconders and other changes in the parole system the legislature called for have left the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prisons and jails full up. Question: Will the General Assembly allocate new dollars to expand detention centers? FEEDING HOGS IN THE BUFFALO RIVER WATERSHED. A coalition filed suit in federal court Tuesday to prevent the federal Farm Service Agency and the Small Business Administration from providing $3.4 million in loan guarantees to C&H Hog Farms. The suit claims the agencies did not provide public notice or undertake environmental studies that the law requires.


Brother, can you spare a mocha? THE OBSERVER WENT to the city gym in War Memorial Park last Sunday to work out. He was greeted as he left by a young boy, maybe 8 or 9, wearing swim trunks and a T-shirt. Could I spare $2 so he could join the shrieking crowds happily splashing in the War Memorial swimming pool across the way? The Observer doesn’t take money to the gym, only a membership card. What a sinking feeling, being unable to help a kid cool off on a hot July day, a kid reduced to begging at far too young an age. It reminded me of the streets of Mumbai. The kid turned away and hopped into the front seat of a Ford Explorer parked nearby. A young woman was at the wheel. I left. The experience undoubtedly played a role in a subsequent encounter the next morning. This time The Observer was leaving his car in the parking lot by the Bernice Garden on South Main. He was heading to Boulevard Bread. A young man, 20s maybe, stopped to say hello. “Haven’t I seen you on TV?” the young man asked. Before The Observer could answer, he nailed it. “Yes, I’ve seen you on that news commentary show on AETN.” Niceties out of the way, he continued: “I’m hungry. Could you buy me something to eat?” Oldest panhandling trick in the book, right? Claim hunger and then take any offering and apply it directly to something to drink. The Observer was too smart to bite on that. “Sure, I’ll buy you some something to eat. Come on with me.” To The Observer’s surprise, the young man followed. Inside, after careful consideration of the menu, the young man ordered a breakfast sandwich — including pancetta, heirloom tomato and other good things on some of Boulevard’s fine artisanal bread. Something to drink? Of course. “I’ll have a cafe mocha,” the young man said. The Observer, got a bagel and coffee and left Boulevard some $10 lighter and a touch wiser than expected. And still feeling badly about that hot little kid. SPEAKING OF WAR MEMORIAL PARK. We were driving down Markham Street by the stadium on a recent Saturday when we noticed a line of youth walking on the path where the tennis courts used to be, carrying extraordinarily bright silver objects, all of them exactly the same size

(the objects, not the youth). But the person in the car with us asked, “Why are all those people in their bathing suits?” The Observer whipped into the parking lot of the stadium to see what our passenger was talking about and almost drove into a circle of young people, all holding what we thought were silver trumpets. Indeed, all were in bathing suits as well. They were rehearsing, but stopped when we rolled down our window to ask why they were wearing bathing suits and blowing horns and who were they, anyway? They were the “Blue Coats,” a very tan young woman explained, and they always practice in swimsuits — two piece for the girls — when it’s hot. We looked up the Blue Coats, which is a drum and bugle (not trumpet) corps out of Canton, Ohio. It appears from its website that when marching, the young folks wear blue coats, unsurprisingly. Not swimsuits. But skimpy outfits make a lot of sense when you’re marching around in Arkansas … and young.

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THE OBSERVER WAS KICKING BACK, trying to stay cool the other day when a letter sailed in over the transom from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. They were offering to sell us a perfectly good bridge. No, really. This isn’t that scam they run on tourists up in New York City. Honest. We like to be specific in our language (what was it Ol’ Mr. Twain said about lightning versus the lightning bug?) so “sell” isn’t quite the word we’re looking for. More like “give, with likely a large cash outlay on the backend.” Seems the AHTD is moving ahead with a plan to tear down the circa 1941, 573-foot-by-36-foot Amboy Overpass on Highway 365 in PuCo. Though it doesn’t look all that historic in pictures, the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places, so they’re required by law to see if any “State, locality, or responsible private entity” wants it first, assuming that white-elephant-loving somebody will “preserve the historic integrity of and assume financial responsibly for the continued maintenance on the structure.” They do, however, offer to reimburse costs associated with modifying the concrete overpass for “recreational use.” So, anybody want a go-kart track, nudist resort, driving range, very short drag strip and/or box-turtle sanctuary in the sky? Call 501-569-2077.

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hinted last week that we’d entrench our hooves a bit deeper into the 2013 Razorback football season, and alas, the eternal jokester was not joking. Akin to the way Pearls completely misfired in a running series of month-by-month prognostication but a year ago, we go headlong into the first schedule that stares down Bret Bielema and his staff. The wrinkle here is immediate and significant: for the first time in well over a decade, Arkansas does not draw Alabama in September. The reshuffling of the conference slate may prove disastrous if the Hogs’ confidence really starts to wane once the leaves turn, but for right now, it’s another emblem of what is being pitched as a complete reboot of the program after very nearly a full calendar year of sorrows. Arkansas opens on Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Lafayette in Fayetteville, and for the first time in a while, it’s a kickoff game that seems way more foreboding than it should. The unknowns all amass on the Arkansas side of the ledger: How polished will a revamped offense run by a green quarterback be? Will the stands be bubbling over with cynicism the first time something bad happens? Who’s going to catch passes or take charge in the secondary? Meanwhile, ULL arrives with swagger. The Cajuns have a dynamic quarterback named Terrance Broadway whose acumen as a thrower and runner makes him a favorite for Sun Belt Player of the Year. It’s also a 9-4 team that won a bowl game and has a top-shelf tailback and field-stretching receiver coming back to make more midmajor ripples. I think this game will mirror Petrino’s nearly disastrous debut against the nondescript FCS team, Western Illinois, which ended with the Hogs winning by a sliver in 2008. If Arkansas manages to play with any semblance of efficiency and sharpness, it will be an unqualified miracle. Regardless, talent is talent, and Arkansas does have enough of it to crest this first hurdle. Hogs 31, Cajuns 24. The next week brings the now-customary lower-division foe into the state. Samford is a better-than-average little school, and trust that Coach Pat Sullivan knows what happened last September when the Razorbacks, then riding high, lollygagged into War Memorial Stadium. I don’t expect the Bulldogs to be as capable of crafting a repeat of the Louisiana-Monroe horrorshow, but we’re still in marvelously uncharted waters here. This, I predict, turns into the breakout moment for the obscenely talented back Alex

Collins, who starts to run with authority in the third quarter to bust open a closerthan-tolerable game. On the strength of BEAU two long TD runs by WILCOX the freshman, liberated after Joan Crawford coat-hangered his signing day experience, the Hogs stretch out the margin late to reach 2-0. Hogs 44, Bulldogs 17. It seems remarkably off-kilter to think that Southern Mississippi could be the easiest out of the bunch in a completely SEC-free September, but consider this: the Golden Eagles, which have a pretty appreciable football tradition to gloat about, just completed an 0-12 campaign, fired Ellis Johnson after that one miserable season and can’t yet be too certain about what they have in Todd Monken, the former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator who debuts as a head coach this fall. The rebuild in Hattiesburg is a more daunting one than what Bielema faces, even in a weaker league in a football-rich territory. Monken will likely guide the program well in these dark days, but Sept. 14 in Fayetteville is just gonna be nasty. Arkansas, buoyed by a 2-0 start and growing comfy, will absolutely vaporize the Golden Eagles, which leaves Fayetteville for a date with Boise State the following weekend. Brandon Allen shines with three scoring tosses while the defense forces five turnovers. Hogs 37, Eagles 13. The last non-conference tilt whisks the Hogs out of state and up to Piscataway, N.J. for the rematch with Rutgers on Sept. 21. Last year, the Scarlet Knights caught Arkansas prone and whipped, and Gary Nova picked apart the secondary to the tune of five scoring tosses and nearly 400 yards in the Rutgers win. Nova’s gone, along with tailback Jawan Jamison, so there’s some encouragement to be had there, to say nothing of the fact that Jamison was one of seven Knights to go in the NFL Draft. So, on the surface, it sounds like Kyle Flood is having to also take on the role of program reshaper. He does return a bona fide All-American receiver candidate in rangy Brandon Coleman, but the QB situation is in flux and Rutgers wasn’t exactly a highflying outfit with the erratic Nova at the helm. Arkansas will steal this one solely on the strength of its offensive line: two backs (Collins and Jonathan Williams) will hit the 100-yard rushing mark, and Allen will add a TD throw and a TD sneak for good measure. Hogs 27, Scarlet Knights 23.

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It was a big deal back in the days when Terry Hartwick was mayor that the Greyhound bus terminal relocated from Little Rock to East Washington Avenue in North Little Rock. For one thing, it dislocated a notorious night club that had long been a trouble spot. Times change. Now the bus terminal is a blot on the redeveloping downtown core. Loiterers are a problem. One businessman walked into a restroom to find a homeless man in undershorts, having a “shower” at a lavatory. It happens that Greyhound itself no longer likes to work from freestanding buildings, Hartwick says. It needs less space for the 15 or so buses that run through the city each day. It confirms that it is looking for a spot handy to an interstate — the Prothro Junction area is one suggestion — for a new facility. It would likely be a stopping point associated with another business, such as a fast food restaurant or service station. The bus company has had representatives in town searching for sites, but no firm deal has been struck. The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, now headed by Hartwick, and Mayor Joe Smith’s office have been encouraging. Should Greyhound leave its parcel behind (valued at just under $1 million by the assessor) it could be ripe for redevelopment by a bank or hotel, said Danny Bradley, Smith’s chief of staff.

Booze news Terry Hartwick had more news to report when we called him this week. He said his campaign to gather signatures for special elections on allowing alcohol sales in currently “dry” parts of North Little Rock is well underway. There are seven former precincts in the city in which sales are prohibited. Until a new state law this year, there was no way to call an election for the areas because they no longer exist under current governmental boundaries. Now Hartwick is targeting them all, particularly several that line JFK Boulevard through Park Hill, a commercial strip that he thinks would be ripe for restaurant development if alcohol sales were allowed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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A day at Jericho Way At long last, Little Rock opens a shelter. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


woman named Jacquie and a man named Arthur talked to a reporter Monday about how they ended up in Jericho Way, Little Rock’s long-in-the-works homeless day shelter that opened in late May. Jacquie, 57, found herself without a home and a job after quitting a part-time job at the University of Arkansas to care for her dying mother. Now, she’s glad to have a “cool, dry place.” Arthur, 24, said he came to Little Rock to get away from “Chi-rac,” which is what he said the gangs call Chicago, and overstayed his welcome at a cousin’s house. He’s been able to hook up with Washington Barber College, which provides free haircuts to shelter users, at Jericho. Both have been homeless for three months. Neither expects to be homeless forever. Jericho Way, hard by the railroad

tracks at East Thirtieth and Confederate and built as a railroad freight depot in 1929, remains a work in progress. The city purchased the building from the Union Rescue Mission, in August 2011, and has slowly worked to get the building in shape. Thieves set things back when they broke into the basement of the shelter just prior to its opening in May. They yanked copper tubing from the hot water heater, sending a river of 180-degree water into the basement for four hours, ruining donated furniture and the heating units. The thieves were scalded for their trouble, city Homeless Outreach Director Jimmy Pritchett said. Insurance covered the furniture and ruined sheet rock, but the city was still out $40,000. Pritchett is temporarily looking after the building until a program manager can

be hired. (An early deal with the Union Rescue Mission was canceled because of religious restrictions that it would have imposed on employees.) Pritchett expects furniture and computers to be delivered this week for staff offices. Already furnished are offices that other agencies, like Veterans Administration and the Disability Rights Center, can use. There are two caseworkers now. The numbers coming to Jericho Way have steadily increased since May, Pritchett said. Jacquie and Arthur were among about 40 people at the center Monday morning. They were black and white, men and women, young and old, some sleepy, some calm, some agitated. One woman was wrapped in a comforter. Another had her head on a table. Usually, between 50 and 70 men and women use the shelter; Pritchett said the numbers drop the first week of the month, when Social Security checks come in. After that money is spent, the numbers go up. Jericho Way operates on a budget of $340,000 — $250,000 from Little Rock, the rest from North Little Rock. (That money used to go to River Cities Ministries, which ran the twin cities’ homeless shelter starting in 2007. It still offers dental care and a pharmacy for the homeless.) Grants allowed the purchase of two CONTINUED ON PAGE 23






PLAY AT HOME. 1. The plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit over damage from the ExxonMobil pipeline break in Mayflower filed a response this week that included reference to a historical nuisance that will surely be memorable to many from Central Arkansas. What pain-in-the-ass of old did they dredge up from the dustbin of history? A) 1988 lawsuit over the stench of slaughtered elves used to make vanilla wafers at Jackson Cookie Co. in North Little Rock. B) 1936 Pulaski County lawsuit: He Who Smelt it v. He Who Dealt it. C) The massive Christmas light displays of Jennings Osborne, which caused prodigious traffic tie-ups along Cantrell Road. D) 1997 incident in which Max Brantley carefully picked out and ate all the marshmallows in Circuit Judge Ellen Brantley’s box of Lucky Charms.

2. In late July, a Trumann man who is paralyzed from the waist down awoke to find that the stray dog he’d adopted had done something very bad. What did the dog do? A) Invited over some bitches for Beggin’ Strips. Bitches love Beggin’ Strips. B) Ate one of his owner’s testicles. C) Rolled the car down the driveway in the middle of the night and went out joyriding. D) Learned to speak, and started blabbing all over town about how his master spends every Friday night frowning at his manboobs in despair. 3. The Republican National Committee has threatened to pull out of the 2016 presidential debates if NBC goes ahead with its plan to air a certain television program. What’s the topic of the program? A) Grainy, circa-1994 Newt Gingrich sex tape. We support their efforts. B) A planned miniseries about the life of Hillary Clinton, starring Diane Lane. C) Leaked campaign-trail footage of Mitt Romney at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser, explaining to donors how to properly cook and eat homeless people. D) Video of U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin without the rubber mask that normally conceals his true identity: merciless reptile warlord Q’axulparq of Planet Xerxes-5. 4. A Craighead County teen was arrested last week after pulling an online prank. What was the prank? A) Impersonated Alison Krauss, bilked an old dude out of all his money. Again. B) Had a friend take a picture of him pointing a pistol at the head of a bound and gagged 13-year-old, then posted it to Facebook. C) Want answer? Please to you kind sir, send check of cashier for amount $50,000 US dollar to Legitimate Businessman Biff Johnson, P.O. Box 4323, Abuja, Nigeria. D) Convinced millions of investors that was going to be the next Coca-Cola.

Hartwick said the county clerk is already counting signatures for two precincts and a couple more are nearing completion. He hopes to have petitions certified and elections called by late October or early November.

Another landmark comes down

Historic preservationists tried to blow the whistle Monday when the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services began tearing down a former laundry at Seventh and Cross Streets. The former Massery Laundry (it also had housed Howard’s and other cleaners) is listed as a contributing structure in the West Seventh Street Historic District. Vanessa Norton McKuin, executive director of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, said tax credits and brownfield grants potentially could have helped rehabilitate the structure. A MEMS spokesman said the agency had considered trying to salvage the building, but years of deposits of cleaning chemicals made that impractical, along with the advanced deterioration of the structure. MEMS is headquartered at Eighth and Cross. It hopes to expand its cramped quarters, if it can find the financing. The ambulance service is municipally created and governed, but is self-supporting through fees. Its plans are to use a cleared portion of the parcel on which the laundry sat, but use the “brownfield” portion for parking. Architectural plans are in the works.

Considering keno

6) A Bismarck man was recently arrested for allegedly leaving his 5-year-old son alone in a car in a dark parking lot, with the boy later found wandering around crying among the cars after midnight. Where did police say the dad went? A) Kidnapped by slave traders and put to work in a nail salon. B) Ran into a burning pet store to save all the kittens and puppies. C) Attempting to free a hiker whose arm had become wedged under a fallen boulder. D) Was inside hitting the “games of skill” at the Oaklawn racino. You almost saw that one coming, didn’t you? Answers: C, B, B, B, C, D

5. A woman from McAlmont reported last week that her 12-year-old grandson had been beaten by other kids at church camp. Why did the woman say her grandson was beaten? A) Planted two crops in the same field, as prohibited in Leviticus 19:19. B) Kids asked themselves: What would Jesus do? Decided Jesus would lay a beatdown. C) He had made fun of a camp counselor’s shot on the basketball court, at which time the counselor allegedly instructed other kids to beat him up. D) Kid put a few too many bedazzles on the wallet he made in the craft tent, so the preacher pronounced him gay.

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State Rep. Mark Perry of Jacksonville has asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for an official opinion on whether the Arkansas Lottery can offer keno games by video terminals. This is just a step on a long path. If the opinion is supportive, the Lottery Commission would have to approve. Legislators will be heard from and many oppose the idea. Many states with lotteries have added keno, which is often played in games parlors by people in chairs and at tables, playing all day rapidfire. Oregon puts the keno draws online, a new game every four minutes.

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Mayflower residents who live within sight of the ruptured pipeline say they’ve been ignored by ExxonMobil and government officials. BY SAM EIFLING


n the week after an oil spill strangled the air in Ann Jarrell’s neighborhood, tens of thousands of her bees either died or went mad. Jarrell has kept bees in her backyard since she moved to Mayflower almost two years ago. Living in the hamlet between Little Rock and Conway has afforded her the chance to be close to her daughter, Jennifer. Behind her three-bedroom brick home, at the corner of her small fenced-in yard, she tended to two beehives. Apiarists select and breed passive bees, and Jarrell’s were no different, until they were. ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29, pouring what the company says was at least 200,000 gallons of oil into Mayflower. For days, the stench blowing from the sour heavy Canadian crude was rank. It was the familiar smell of oil, intensified. “Burning tires,” Jarrell said. “It was just putrid. You’d smell it and you would gag.” But no one told her it could be any more worrisome than the oil-stink of hot asphalt. Early on, Jarrell called the Mayflower police to ask whether she was in danger. A man on the other end told her she was merely noticing an additive meant to alert people to a leak, like the artificial chemical that gives natural gas its distinct aroma. (That was flatly wrong.) A few days later, an Exxon employee working on the cleanup came near her house, and Jarrell asked about the smell. The woman told her not to fret. “I didn’t know what we were breathing in was toxic,” Jarrell said recently. “Nobody was giving us any information.” Jarrell stayed put in her house, some 300 yards from the rupture site in the Northwoods subdivision and about 200 yards west of homes that were under a mandatory evacuation order. So did Jarrell’s daughter, Jennifer, and Jennifer’s baby, Logan, who was 15 weeks old when the pipe broke. Just an additive, after all. Nothing to worry about. Only in late April would she


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learn, at an Earth Day meeting in nearby Conway where citizens swapped oil spill information, from a report by a Louisiana firm called the Subra Co., that the Wabasca Heavy Crude that Exxon was forcing through the old pipeline needed a formidable shot of lubricating chemicals, called diluents, to grease its passage. Together, the brew was brimming with polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which are a family of molecules that you don’t want in or on your body, and benzene, a carcinogen that causes a range of sicknesses with acute or prolonged exposure. It’s impossible to say how much of what spilled were aromatics, but even a conservative estimate would place tens of thousands of gallons of poison in the town’s air. In the days after the pipe rupture, air monitoring tests show, the surrounding neighborhood showed dangerous levels of benzene and possibly harmful levels of octane, cyclohexane, heptane, and hexane, along with detectible levels of toluene, butane, pentane and several other industrial chemicals. While the Mayflower Unified Command — a joint response body made up of state, federal and Exxon representatives — did evacuate some residents of the Northwoods subdivision and notified others, people who lived just a short distance west of those backyards weren’t told of the risks. But the bees provided a clue. Piles of oilstained bees turned up on the porch of one of the hives. Jarrell called the State Plant Board. Elizabeth Scott, one of the agency’s two full-time bee specialists, went with two other inspectors on April 5 to help move Jarrell’s two hives to a remote farm. She remembers it was late, and the ground was soggy. Even a week after the spill, Scott told the Times, “There was an odor in the whole town, like petroleum.” The next day, Jarrell took stock of the hives. She found them only half-full — tens of thousands of bees hadn’t survived the previous day in her yard — and those who remained were

highly aggressive. Normally, bees didn’t mind a visit. “These would go back, get more bees, and come back with a bigger group of bees to come after us,” Jarrell said. The move didn’t explain that personality shift. ♦♦♦


any people in the neighborhood, like Jarrell, didn’t understand the risks. That isn’t their fault. Not even environmental chemists can tell you exactly how harmful the chemicals in that pipeline were. Most doctors aren’t trained in environmental medicine that would prepare them to treat patients with chemical exposure and oil companies such as ExxonMobil consider the chemical formula proprietary anyway. Outside the Northwoods subdivision, where 22 of 62 homes were marked for mandatory evacuation, there’s scant evidence that anyone from Exxon, the Environmental Protection Agency or the state Department of Health showed any urgency to notify residents that they were breathing an unknown quantity of known poisons. No one in a seeming position to help them make an informed decision about their health or that of their kids and pets did so. “A mistake that was made — there’s blame to spread, including the state — is that we didn’t evacuate that whole neighborhood, making mandatory some parts of it and optional other parts of it,” Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says now. “When you see people now who say, ‘I wasn’t forced to leave so therefore I didn’t leave and I wish that I had, because I didn’t know how bad it was going to be,’ and now they’re claiming that they have still headaches and respiratory distress, children with respiratory distress ... one lesson to take from this is you err on the side of caution and you expand the evacuation area. You can always send people back sooner.”


The people who live on the wrong side of the fence that separates homes in Northwoods from the rest of the neighborhood were left to fend for themselves. The Exxon employee who talked to Jarrell might not have been so wrong: Low-level exposure likely would have been a mere nuisance. But that sharp early exposure to the airborne chemicals might’ve triggered nasty respiratory and digestive symptoms — especially in people who have weaker immune systems. By the time Jarrell and other neighbors got a full account of what they’d been exposed to, the damage was largely done. Now they’re stuck with the bills, the uncertainty, and because their exposure has been underplayed, a persistent stigma that they’re opportunists looking to exploit Exxon in court. Because who needs to strike oil when you can just strike benzene? Except that road is an unpleasant one. Jarrell had been suffering headaches for about a month before the oil erupted — a sign, she said, that the 67-year-old pipeline could have been leaking aromatics before it burst wide open — and those only intensified after the spill. It was a month before the community meeting where she first learned the pipe contained more than oil. She and her daughter fled with the baby. Jarrell has remained persistently sick with headaches and nausea; in June her doctor ordered an MRI because her aberrant thyroid levels were consistent with a brain tumor. (It came back negative.) The baby, now almost 8 months old, was diagnosed with a respiratory infection and now uses a steroid inhaler twice

daily. His immune response is out of whack. He developed a 102-degree fever after a mosquito bit him. His family is scared witless. “The oil went to the lake,” Jarrell said. “But the toxic fumes came to us.” ♦♦♦


arrell’s house backs up to the parking lot of the Mayflower Full Gospel Church. Inside the church are 13 pews, a rear room for Sunday school and a two-stair stage given to music: an organ, a Casio keyboard, a guitar, a drum set. The carpet underfoot doesn’t give. Ceiling fans spin overhead, accessible by pull chains that dangle above the aisle. Behind the pulpit, in a little apse, is a mural of John baptizing Jesus in the river Jordan, with the spirit of God, in dove form, hovering behind Christ. The decor on the windowless walls of the nave leans inspirational. One small tapestry reads, “When God Closes One Door He Opens Another.” On the opposing wall, a tapestry quotes Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!” On July 29, a Monday, the stage was dominated also by a collapsible screen onto which a little projector threw a photo of a bootprint in twiggy mud. Water gathered in the depression reflected the opalescent sheen of what you can only assume is oil. Digging up those shiny slicks is incredibly easy in Mayflower: Jab a stick into wet ground anyplace the oil has passed through and watch as sparkly bloblets leak up to the surface. After a good, stiff storm, the smell gets

strong, too. Rain may be dragging evaporated chemicals back to earth. When it rains, people in Mayflower say, they get headaches and queasy stomachs. They feel tired. They have trouble finding words. Such symptoms have lingered in the four months since the spill, and it’s getting harder for residents to disassociate them from the spill, even as any definitive medical link to chemical exposure grows ever more tenuous as time passes. A dozen people from Mayflower and other points in Faulkner and Pulaski counties gathered at the church to share stories and information on what to do now that Exxon’s presence in Mayflower has dwindled. It was a loose affair; people chatted. “What scared me,” one man said, “was they just said ‘oil.’ They didn’t say all those other chemicals.” A reply came from April Lane, a volunteer with the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group, which aims to connect citizens to state agencies: “They did that as long as they could.” The feeling in the room was that residents been shunted under a big, black rug. “We’re the forgotten few,” a mother of four named Genieve Long told the gathering. She lives near the cove of Lake Conway into which culverts directed the spilled oil and which has been bottled up, mostly. She complains of persistent migraines. She runs a Facebook page called Mayflower Arkansas Oil Spill dedicated to the aftermath of the spill. “We didn’t live in that subdivision, so we don’t count,” she continues. “But if you could smell it, you could be sickened by it.”

CONCERNED CITIZEN: Genieve Long runs the Mayflower Arkansas Oil Spill page on Facebook.


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SICK, TIRED: Linda Lynch (left) and son Scott Crow lived through toxic fumes in their neighborhood.


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sense of urgency or specificity about the risks of sticking around the neighborhood. Residents here wish they’d been nudged to decamp for a few days, or been told early on that benzene was being detected at hazardous levels just a few steps from their homes. “The fact they didn’t follow up with neighborhoods, like send one person to a neighborhood and check on people — what the hell,” Lane said. “I don’t understand why they didn’t do that, unless they just didn’t want to cause panic. I’m dumbfounded they haven’t gotten out in the community more.” With no health officials on hand at the church, the people did their best to fill any gaps themselves, by sharing news, passing around photos they’d shot and trying to decipher government pipeline reports. At lunch everyone convened to the church’s food pantry at the back for a potluck lunch. Then they returned to the church to continue comparing notes, and to commiserate. “I think the problem we’ve got is people think because we’re such a small town, we’re just a bunch of hicks who don’t have any God-given sense,” ARKANSAS TIMES

Linda Lynch, a church member who lives across the street, told the room from her pew. “There’s a lot of people who moved here in the last 10 or 15 years who retired like I have, and moved here to get into a smaller community, because I’ve got family who had been here for years. We’re not country hicks. We’re smart people. We’re educated.” Lynch’s voice, forceful, carried in the small vestibule. Her polite, tight cursive on an undated index card pinned to a cork board on the back wall informed parishioners her son Scott’s capital-c Cancer has returned, and asks for prayers. ♦♦♦


he Pegasus pipeline runs between Illinois and Texas, over streams, under rivers, through wilds, and under relatively few homes. The fact that it split open underneath a neighborhood would’ve been extraordinarily unlikely if it were a random event. An independent forensic metallurgical report on the faulty stretch of pipe made note of that coincidence, and gave a half-nod to possible causality: “During construction



Had public officials asked all people living near the oil to consider evacuating for a few days, it might’ve made a big difference for many of the people in the church. Residents have been unable to ask the Arkansas Department of Health directly why there was no contact from them; the state agency has declined invitations to the last four monthly grassroots community meetings. In an email, agency spokesman Ed Barham said that the agency began monitoring air the day of the spill. Only one of the tests around the spill site showed benzene as high as 50 parts per billion, and with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry the health department “calculated theoretical doses for infants, children and adults at this level for an extended period and determined that this level would not likely result in a longterm health risk,” Barham wrote. At a meeting organized by Unified Command soon after the spill, the department told citizens and the news media that anyone with symptoms should talk to a doctor or call the poison control center. What wasn’t communicated, perhaps despite the health department’s honest efforts, was any

of the homes, the pipeline may have experienced vehicle loadings caused by construction equipment and/or vehicles crossing the pipeline at multiple locations, including over the fractured segment.” All else equal, humans are safer keeping a distance from pipelines, and vice-versa. The reasons for energy infrastructure to be routed away from populated areas are obvious. In the ’60s, for instance, before Arkansas built Lake Maumelle some seven miles southwest of Mayflower, the state insisted Exxon move the Pegasus out of its original path. Now the pipeline merely runs through Maumelle’s watershed — one of 18 drinking water sources it traverses in Arkansas alone. State leaders insist Exxon move the Pegasus even further from the lake before the pipeline is restarted, if indeed it ever is, given that the pipeline’s failure threatens the drinking water source for 400,000 people in and around Little Rock. Because pipelines rarely run under neighborhoods, not a great deal is known about what happens to people when there is a break in one. Scott Crow, Linda Lynch’s son, lives next door

to his mother, across the street from the church on Snuggs Circle. On the day of the spill, when he heard oil was gushing out of the ground in Northwoods, his first thought was that someone had struck it rich. He grabbed a digital camera and tromped through the weeds that cover the pipeline’s easement. It took him five minutes to reach the black swamp. At the time, the smell didn’t alarm him much. “It was like being at the gas station and there being oil on the ground,” he said. “I figured it was probably about as dangerous as that, at the time, because there weren’t announcements coming saying you need to get out of town.” He posted photos to Facebook; news outlets that had been blocked from entering the subdivision picked them up. That night, he said, the smell became overpowering, “like being in a house on fire.” He began developing headaches, nausea. A few days later, he became dizzy while working in his yard and fell to his knees. The first indication that he could be in danger came from strangers writing to him online and saying, hey, you really ought not to breathe that stuff. “Before this I didn’t know the difference between the Keystone XL and a Keystone beer,” Crow said, referring to the controversial gas pipeline many times the size of Pegasus that is proposed to run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. “It wasn’t something I was studying up on.” Early town meetings weren’t much help. To Crow, it seemed that representatives from the state and from Exxon were more interested in keeping everyone calm than in addressing concerns directly. “Exxon finally, when they showed up, it felt like ‘Red Dawn,’ ” he said. “You felt like your town was being taken over and there wasn’t anything you could do about it. Any questions you asked it was like go back to your house.” At their first meeting with officials, falling as it did so close after the Good Friday pipeline break, residents who attended also got to take home a little Easter basket, courtesy of Exxon, for their troubles. It was mid-April before they got word — official word, via the news — that the pipeline contained known carcinogens and other chemicals that might explain the headaches and dizziness. It was an alarming revelation, not least because Crow had suffered a round of cancer two years earlier that cost him one testicle and left him monitoring a stable mass on the other. Crow and his wife, Barbara Bogard Crow, drove to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences medical center in Little Rock, they say, where they received two different receptions. Crow told his attending physician that he was worried about how close he was living to the oil spill. He underwent a few tests and emerged with no definitive diagnosis. Barbara, meanwhile, didn’t mention the oil spill. Doctors ran several tests and diagnosed her with bronchitis. Exxon’s claims department paid for that visit for the two of them but hasn’t answered their calls since. (Aaron Stryk, an Exxon spokesman, said in an email that all health claims from Mayflower are handled “on a case-by-case basis” and that “for all valid claims, we have paid all medical expenses.”) CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

These days, after a rain, Barbara’s tongue tingles with a metallic flavor. “I feel like anything on this side of Northwoods, they don’t care about,” Crow said. “If they’d let us know from the get-go, I could’ve gotten out of there for a while. Two weeks I’m out here breathing it and no one’s telling me? “There was a real good sense of community in Mayflower before all this happened. And now it’s like everybody picked a side. A lot of people, unless somebody drops dead and a doctor said, ‘The oil spill is what caused it,’ they’re not going to believe it. They think a lot of us are just troublemakers, and that’s just not the case.” Like others in his situation, Crow has deflected accusations that he’s angling for a handout. It wasn’t until a couple of days after the church meeting, more than four months after the spill, that Crow even signed with an attorney. And he hesitates to blames the spill, because who even knows with this sort of thing,

the eyes; another developed a “chronic wheeze.” Many of the people who sued live in the Northwoods subdivision and are covered by a range of benefits that Exxon has extended to those residents. Those include compensation for lost rental income, a promise to cover any drop in value for a house sold there in the next three years, moving expenses and an offer to buy outright the 22 homes that were under mandatory evacuation orders, at pre-spill prices. Exxon’s corporate communications underscore this emphasis on Northwoods. As the wind swirls, the difference between what’s in the subdivision and what’s immediately outside seems immaterial. There would seem to be an understandable preference to define the spill by the black stuff that stuck to driveways and yards, and less by the invisible hydrocarbons that went into people’s lungs and bloodstreams. “It was a couple of days before it started to sink into people,” Attorney General McDaniel said.











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wo months after the spill, a gaggle of people in Mayflower (though no one interviewed for this article) filed a lawsuit against Exxon, regulators, the subdivision developers — a net cast far and wide. Residents claimed devalued property, nuisance, expenses and the usual. The most alarming reading is in the suit’s details of health claims, which include, variously: sore throat, nausea, burning eyes, nosebleeds, “vomiting for several hours after the initial exposure,” severe headaches, blurred vision, loss of balance, insomnia, severe coughing, loss of appetite, diarrhea, aggravated asthma, rashes, shortness of breath, dizziness, watery eyes, pneumonia, bronchitis. People literally got as sick as dogs: The suit says a pet dog developed a “weeping discharge” from


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“A lot of people were under the impression there were 22 houses in the whole subdivision. That was just one half of one street. So to say that the 22 houses impacted, as if that is a declarative statement of the totality, that just became a refrain there for a while: ‘Twenty-two houses were evacuated.’ Well, yeah, 22 houses were mandatorily evacuated, but the folks right across the street, or right next door, even though they weren’t forced to evacuate that night, most of them left anyway, whether it was in the next 24 hours or in the next week. “Hindsight being 20/20,” he continues, “it would not have been unreasonable to double or even triple the number of mandatorily evacuated homes.” Perhaps no home outside the subdivision is closer to the spill site than that of Rex and Cynthia Stover, whose home at the end of Northside Drive sits one-eighth of a mile southwest from the rupture site. On a Saturday afternoon, Cynthia was found running a yard sale with her young

granddaughter, Madison. Box fans cooled the inside of her garage, where she noticed a visitor’s attention turned to a velvet portrait in the corner. “We’ve got lots of Elvis,” she said, smiling. She also apologized for how croaky she sounded: “This isn’t my real voice.” The night of the spill, she said, the fumes positively blared into their home. To get through the night, she helped herself to some of her husband’s bottled oxygen. He seems to have weathered the aftermath without any ill effects — a factor, perhaps, of his own immune system, or perhaps of his breathing prepackaged air. Since the spill she’s found herself feeling fatigued at her job, and she has developed a persistent, ratting cough. “It’s not very comfortable to wake up two or three times a night,” she said. Her granddaughter added, “I hear her, too.” The Stovers had been planning to sell this home, to retire and buy a motor home, to see the country and spend more time in Northwest Arkansas, near their granddaughter. Their proximity to a “major” spill, as the EPA has classified the accident, is likely to keep them in place longer than they’d intended. No one prodded them to pack up and skip town for a few days, and now, they expect, the market will keep them there all the longer. Their predicament inspires a question that seems easier to ask well after the spill, when everyone in the neighborhood wishes they’d found somewhere else to stay for a few days: Why, if things were so bad, did you not leave? Said Scott Crow: “I tried to give the situation the benefit of the doubt.” Maybe this is on account of trusting the authorities a little too much, or not understanding the potential risks, or not wanting to seem fearful. If McDaniel talks about lessons for the next such spill, in Arkansas or elsewhere, but especially in the South, one may be: Unless you explicitly advise people to do so, and explain the gravity of the dangers upfront, people’s nature is not to leave their homes. Many will stay, and if Mayflower is any indication, many will try to tough it out, not realizing that they could be imperiling their health. “I’m just as bad as everybody else out there,” Ann Jarrell said. “I kept thinking, ‘That’s their problem. They need to handle that.’ Well, I woke up one morning and realized, I am they. That’s when I started taking pictures and documenting everything I can. Because nobody’s going to do it for us.”

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1620 SAVOY 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620 Free Soufflé (Chocolate Jamaican Rum or Grand Marnier) with purchase of entrée.

American Pie Pizza 10912 Colonel Glenn Rd. #7000 501-225-1900 $5 off any purchase over $20 (not including alcohol) – Colonel Glenn location only.

4square Cafe and Gifts 405 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-2622 Buy any sandwich or wrap and get a free brownie.

B-Side 11121 N. Rodney Parham 501-716-2700 ½ Order Beignets with house made fruit coulis $3.

A.W. Lin’s Asian Cuisine 17717 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398 Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 3-7pm $2 draft beer, $2 special drinks, $3 house Sake. Half price selected appetizers and sushi. Monday - Thursday: Sushi special: buy one get one half off 3-7pm Sunday and Monday: kids eat free (12 and under) Thursday is Ladies Night: Sangria $4 glass & $18 pitcher (ladies only) Half price appetizer

Baseline Pit Stop Bar & Grill 5506 Baseline Rd. 501-562-9635 Two eggs any style and your choice of meat with hash browns, toast and a cup of coffee or soda for $6 from 8am to 10am. Ask about our daily lunch specials.

Acadia Restaurant 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9630 20 oz Blackened Porterhouse steak, served with a Crawfish Risotto and Roasted Garlic Compound Butter. $37.75 for Prix Fixe Entrée only or $41.75 for three courses. Afterthought Bistro & Bar (formerly Vieux Carré) 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196 Three Course Prix Fixe Menu $25 – Select from a range of options. Not valid with any other discount or coupon. Alcohol and gratuity not included. All Aboard Restaurant & Grill 6813 Cantrell Rd. 501-975-7401 Buy a meal, get a “Lil” engineers meal for half off.

Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill 225 E Markham St. 501-324-2449 $2 off any burger. Black Angus 10907 N Rodney Parham Rd 501-228-7800 $1 off a #6 Hickory Burger Combo (comes with fries and a drink).

Brave New Restaurant 2300 Cottondale Ln. #105 501-663-2677 Avocado Chicken Salad – All white meat grilled chicken breast, chopped and mixed with onions, celery, water chesnuts and seasonings, served with an avocado half, crustinis, and fruit and cheese for $10.50.

Bray Gourmet 323 Center St. 501-353-1045 Bray’s Smoked Turkey Spread: Your choice of original, Cajun, jalapeno, or dill spread. Served with lettuce and tomato on choice of sourdough, marble rye, white, or wheat for $5.29. Bravo! Cucina Italiana 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-2485 $7.95 lunch features Monday-Friday until 3pm. Browning’s Mexican Grill 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-9956 “Summer Plate” entrée $7.99.

Bobbie Jean’s Soul Food 3201 W. 56th St. 501-570-8585 $1 off all dinner plates.

Buffalo Grill 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd. 501-296-9535 Mahi Mahi Salad $8.99.

Bookends Café 120 River Market Ave. 501-918-3091 Turkey, Cheese, and Avocado Sandwich with Potato Salad $5.

Butcher Shop 10825 Hermitage Rd. 501-312-2748 Half price drinks and appetizers from 5-7pm Mon thru Fri. Bar area only.

Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-907-1881 $5 appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Dine in only, No carryout.

Café @ Heifer 1 World Ave. 501-907-8801 ½ Sandwich, Side and Drink for $6.99

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar 3201 Bankhead Dr. 501-235-2000 Kids Eat Free! Dine-in only. One kids menu meal item per adult.

Cafe Bossa Nova 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-614-668 Moqueca (regularly priced at $24) for $21.19 during the month of August. $1 off Fejoida on Saturdays.

Cafe Prego 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-5355 10% off your entire tab or 20% off bottles of wine. Cajun’s Wharf 2400 Cantrell Rd. 501-375-5351 $35 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu.

Camp David Interstate 30 & 6th Inside Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center 501-975-CAMP(2267) $2 Miller Lt Draft, $3 house wines, $4 house liquors from 4:30 to 6:30 daily. Canon Grill 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-664-2068 Free Cheese Dip with purchase of two Entrées, one per table. Cantina Cinco de Mayo 23 Rahling Rd., Suite A1 501-821-2740 Sun-Thurs: $3.49 Margaritas, 99¢ Draft Beer - Dos Equis & Blue Moon Fri & Sat: $2.99 Margaritas, Small Draft Beer 99¢ . Cantina Laredo 207 N University Ave. #300 501-280-0407 cantinalaredolittlerock Wednesday Special – Half price any wine by the glass, 4pm-close Thursday Special – Half price house Margarita for Ladies night, 4pm-close. Capers 14502 Cantrell Rd. 501-868-7600 $13 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu.

Casa Mañana 6820 Cantrell Rd. • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Rd. • 501-868-8822 400 President Clinton Ave, D • 501372-6637 15% off your order. Excluding alcohol. China Wok 10402 Stagecoach Rd., Ste. G 501-407-0833 Monday-Saturday 10:30am-3pm Lunch Special includes choice of entrée, pork fried rice and soup or can of soda for $5.25. Excludes egg foo young, special lo mein and Mongolian beef.

Cheers in the Heights 2010 N Van Buren St. 501-663-5937 A complimentary piece of carrot cake with the purchase of two entrées (Cheers in the Heights location only). Chi’s Too 5110 W. Markham 501-604-7777 One free appetizer ($6 value) of your choice with purchase of 2 complete dinner entrées (dine-in only). Ciao Baci 605 Beechwood 501-603-0238 Free Granita with purchase of any other dessert. Community Bakery 1200 Main St. 501-375-7105 $1 off Iced coffee, iced Latte, Espresso Frappe, Espresso milkshake, fruit smoothie. Community Bakery • WLR 270 S Shackleford Rd. 501-224-1656 Free cookie of your choice with any purchase.





Your favorite Little Rock chefs have put together a variety of specials for the month of August that are great values on the city’s most delicious dining. Attention - You Must Ask Your Server about these specials throughout August Copper Grill 300 E 3rd St. # 101 501-375-3333 $13 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month lunch menu. $30 Prix Fixe 3-course restaurant month dinner menu. Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 12005 Westhaven Dr. 501-954-7427 $1 off all Phil’s sandwiches. Curry in a Hurry 11121 N Rodney Parham Rd. 501-224-4567 Free soda with purchase of an entrée. Damgoode Pies 6706 Cantrell Rd. 501-664-2239 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-664-2274 10720 N Rodney Parham Rd. 501-664-2239 Dinner for Two – Any appetizer, 10” Signature Pie (or 3-topping build your own), and two drinks (or 2-liter) for $19.99. Dempsey Bakery 323 S Cross St. 501-375-2257 Free Sugar Cookie with lunch purchase. Doe’s Eat Place 1023 W Markham St. 501-376-1195 Salmon for two $40. Served with potatoes, toast and a salad. El Porton Mexican Restaurant 12111 W Markham St. #450 501-223-8588 5507 Ranch Dr 501-868-7333 Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-5 – Regular Margarita $2.95, 25 oz. Draft Beer $2.95 Lunch Special $5.99 Mon-Fri Entrée with Soft Drink

Famous Dave’s 225 N Shackleford Rd. 501-221-3283 $5 off purchase of $20.

Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria 313 President Clinton Ave. 501-374-1441 $7.49 Lunch Special – 8” One Topping Pizza, Side Salad and Soft Drink. Happy Hour 3-6pm - $2 domestic drafts 12oz. $3 well drinks.

Far East Asian Cuisine & Bar 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd. #100 Pleasant Ridge West Shopping Center 501-219-9399 Hillcrest Artisan Meats 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-671-6328 House wine and beer 50% off. Appetizers 30% off from 4:00 to 6:00, dine in only. “Olli-Day” Every Friday! 20% off Virginia’s Olli Salami. Also Forbidden Garden featuring daily sandwich and soup 14810 Cantrell Rd. specials. 501-868-8149 The Hop Diner ForbiddenGardenAR 201 E. Markham 501-224-0975 $1 off a glass of wine. $1 Off A Combo Meal (comes with fries The Fold Botanas & Bar & drink). 3501 Old Cantrell Rd. 501-916-9706 Iriana’s Pizza 201 E. Markham 501-374-3656 $6 House Margaritas and $15 Margarita pitchers for the remainder of August. 15% off any whole pizza. Genghis Grill 12318 Chenal Pkwy. 501-223-2695 Buy one bowl at regular price and get one for half price.

J. Gumbo’s 12911 Cantrell Rd., Ste 18 501-916-9635 Gumbo $5 + tax (excludes seafood gumbo).

Graffiti’s Italian Restaurant 7811 Cantrell Rd. 501-224-9079 One free appetizer with the purchase of two full entrées (only one per table).

Jimmy’s Serious Sandwiches 5116 West Markham 501-666-3354 From 4-8pm Only, dine in or carry out. Purchase a sandwich or salad and get one of the following for free: House Made Dessert, Serious Size A Sandwich, Extra Side Order, Soft Drink Or Iced Tea.

Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain 1423 Main St. 501-374-1111 Beat the August heat with $1 off anything at the Soda Fountain. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken 300 President Clinton Ave., Ste. D 501-372-2211 Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken! Now serving fried catfish for $9.50, Monday and Tuesday all day.

Jordan’s BarBQ 8912 Stagecoach Rd. 501-455-2800 2 piece fish dinner with fries, slaw, hushpuppies & a drink for $6.50. Regular size BBQ sandwich, pork or beef, with 2 select sides (beans, slaw, potato salad, corn or chips) & a drink for $6.50.

La Casa Real 11121 Rodney Parham #9-10A 501-219-4689 Buy one entrée and get the second half off (of equal or lesser value). La Hacienda 3024 Cantrell Rd. 501-661-0600 $2.99 Margaritas on Wednesday and Thursday Larry’s Pizza Downtown 1122 S. Center St. 501-372-6004 $1 off lunch buffet on Monday and Tuesday. Las Palmas III 10402 Stagecoach Rd. 501-455-8500 Combination Plate #1-15 $6.99 20% off Molcajete Cielo Mar, y Tiena; ½ off any Dinner Fajitas including Panillada Mexicana; $5 Patron Margaritas. Layla’s Gyros And Pizzeria 9501 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 501-227-7272 Lunch only: Gyro Sandwich, fries & drink $6.65. Leo’s Greek Castle 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-666-7414 Free baklava with purchase of a Gyro Platter after 5pm. Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some 11121 N. Rodney Parham, Ste. 35B 501-716-2700 Sunday: 50% off all wine bottles. Loca Luna 3519 Old Cantrell Rd. 501-663-4666 · Mon: Wine Night - ½ off all wine under $28 Tues: $9 large pizza, $2 draft. Wed: Lady’s Special happy hour - $2. Domestic Beer, $4 Margaritas, Wine, Martinis, Cozmo. Thurs: Men’s special happy hour - $2 Domestic Beer, $4 Margaritas, Wine, Martinis, Cozmo.

Mellow Mushroom 16103 Chenal Pkwy., Ste. 900 501-379-9157 westlittlerock ½ priced appetizers during late night happy hour 9-close. Mexico Chiquito 13924 Cantrell Rd. 501-217-0700 All you can eat taco dinners $9.99. Montego Café 315 Main St. 501-372-1555 Monday-Friday 4-7pm: ½ off any appetizer & all specialty drinks $5. The Oyster Bar 3003 W. Markham 501.666.7100 $2 Off a Lb of Shrimp $1 Off Half a Lb Of Shrimp Packet House Grill 1406 Cantrell Rd. 501-372-1578 Pan seared lamb with soft cheese polenta. 10% off. Pancetta Regional Kitchen & Wine Bar 3 Statehouse Plaza • In the Marriott 501-399-8000 Lunch: Charred salmon, spiced pecan green beans + cauliflower risotto $12.50 per person(includes soft beverage but not tax + tip) Dinner: Diver scallops, goat cheese polenta + sweet corn succotash $25 per person (includes dinner & dessert, but not tax + tip) Complimentary valet parking up to 2-½ hrs. The Pantry Restaurant 11401 N. Rodney Parham 501-353-1875 Enjoy 10% off lunch.

Your favorite Little Rock chefs have put together a variety of specials for the month of August that are great values on the city’s most delicious dining. Attention - You Must Ask Your Server about these specials throughout August Pho Thanh My Restaurant 302 N Shackleford 501-312-7498 ½ off an order of eggrolls with a purchase of $20 or more. Pizza Café 1517 Rebsamen Park 501-664-6133 $2 domestic beers all day Monday and Tuesday. The Pizza Joint 6100 Stone Rd. 501-868-9108 $5 Off any purchase over $20 (not including alcohol). Planet Smoothie 102A Markham Park Dr. 501-227-6399 PlanetSmoothieMarkham Any 12 oz. Smoothie $2.25, all day. Plaza Grille (Doubletree Hotel) 424 West Markham St. 501-372-4371 Penne Alfredo with shrimp $13.95. Prose Garden Café 100 Rock St. Main Library, 5th Floor 501-918-3023 Turkey, cheese & avocado sandwich with potato salad $5. Prost 120 Ottenheimer (River Market) 501-244-9550 Half-Priced appetizers 4-7pm when you mention restaurant month. The Purple Cow 8026 Cantrell Rd. 501-221-3555 11602 Chenal Pkwy. 501-224-4433 Free scoop of ice cream with purchase of entrée (Limit one per table).

RJ Tao 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. #G 501-603-0080/0082 Two can dine for $60. One sharing appetizer, 2 entrées (seafood or steak) and bottle of wine. Red Door Restaurant 3701 Cantrell Rd. 501-666-8482 Mon: Apps ½ Price With Entrée Tues: Wine Night - ½ off all wine under $28 a bottle. Wed: Filet Night- 7oz. Angus Tenderloin Filet $16.95 . Thurs: Ladies Special Happy Hour$2 domestic beer, $4 margaritas, martinis, wine & cozmo. Revolution Restaurant 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0091 Lunch Special: choice of seasoned beef, shredded chicken or fish tacos (grilled, blackened or fried), chips & salsa and soft drink $7.99. The Root Café 1500 S. Main St. 501-414-0423 Weekday Breakfast Special: Try our award-winning weekday breakfast and take 20% off of your breakfast entrée (available Tues-Fri 7-11am). Also featuring Saturday and Sunday brunch and full lunch menu Tuesday-Saturday. Rosalia’s Family Bakery 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-319-7035 RosaliasFamilyBakery Free small brewed coffee with purchase of specialty coffee drink. Salut Bistro 1501 N. University (In The Prospect Bldg.) 501-660-4200 Free dessert with purchase of 2 entrées.

Santo Coyote 11610 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Ste. 110 501-658-0140 $1.99 Margaritas on Wednesday. Free flan with purchase of $15 or more. Sky Modern Japanese 11525 Cantrell Rd. 501-224-4300 Sunday-Thursday 5-7pm: $4 house wine, $4.50 house rolls, $4 Drafts, $2 Domestics, $3 Imports. SO Restaurant-Bar 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1464 Three-course prix fixe menu - $65 Star Of India 301 N. Shackleford #C4 501-227-9900 15% Off dinner entrée. Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. 501-372-7707 Lunch Special: 4 of our famous hand-cut chicken fingers in 12 different varieties, choice of baked potato soup or chicken & sausage gumbo, 2 dipping sauces and soft drink $7.99. Sushi Cafe 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-9888 Sunday-Thursday: Chef’s special, 2 adults for $50 (Sushi Only). The Tavern Sports Grill 17815 Chenal Pkwy, Ste. F101 501-830-2100 Come try our new menu by Donnie Ferneau, plus $1 off drinks and $2.50 domestic pints from 3-7pm. On Thursday night: $10 buckets, $8 PBR buckets, $2.50 domestic pints all night.

Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill 14710 Cantrell Rd. 501-379-8189 10% off Home Cooked Blue Plate, daily from 11am – 2pm. Tracy Cakes 10301 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-4243 Buy 3 cupcakes get 1 free. Trio’s Restaurant 8201 Cantrell Rd. #100 501-221-3330 Buy one lunch entrée and receive a second entrée of equal or lessor value at half price. Dinner – Half off Trio’s “Old School” favorites including Shrimp Enchiladas, Chicken Enchiladas, VooDoo Pasta, Thai Shrimp Curry. Dog Days of Summer – Trio’s partners with Hollywood Feed across the street on Cantrell. All month, doggies dining on our patio receive free Doggy Goodie Bag. Tropical Smoothie 12911 Cantrell Rd. #19 501-224-1113 11900 Kanis Rd. 501-221-6773 10221 N. Rodney Parham 501-224-2233 524 S. Broadway St. 501-246-3145 410 S. University Ave. Ste. 140 501-240-1021 Half priced Smoothies from 3-5pm Monday-Friday. Vesuvio Bistro 1315 Breckenridge Dr. 501-225-0500 Costata Di Maiale Alla Milanese: Bone-in pork chop butterflied and pan fried, served with sautéed vegetables and potatoes for $28. Now open 4-10pm. Other nightly specials also available.

West End Smokehouse 215 N. Shackleford 501-224-7665 Every Friday: All sandwiches $5.99 from 11am-3pm. Free pool with purchase of $8.99 or more. Willy D’s Piano Bar 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550 Half priced appetizers 7-9 pm when you mention restaurant month. WT Bubba’s 500 President Clinton Ave. #40 501-244-2528 Free dessert with any food purchase. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro 17711 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-1144 Select appetizers: Two for one from 3-5:30pm Blue Summer Signature Cocktail $5 All Day for August Restaurant Month Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar 300 River Market Ave. #1 501-246-4876 Mention the Savor the City promo and receive 15% off all bottles of wine

A DAY AT JERICHO WAY, CONT. Continued from page 12 vans, one seating 13 and the other nine and wheelchair-equipped. They run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. picking up homeless men and women from their overnight shelters such as Abba House for women, the Salvation Army, the Union Rescue Mission, the Compassion Center, even Riverfront Park. (Their route is now being evaluated to make sure it reaches the most people, Pritchett said.) Clients are returned to their night-time homes starting at 3 p.m. In between, the vans transport the men and women to the Little Rock Community Health Center for mental health needs, the VA’s Drop-in Clinic on Main Street, the state Department of Human Services, the state Department of Workforce Services, the Social Security office, the housing authority, the library, River City Ministry for dental and pharmaceutical services and so forth. They are not transported to Riverfront Park or other places to hang out; the vans are used strictly for business, Pritchett said. The day center also offers two hot meals a day, breakfast and lunch. “Hot meals are very much loved by homeless people,” Pritchett said.

Right now, there is only one toilet and one shower, both handicapped accessible. When the money becomes available, the shelter will add more toilets and showers and perhaps a laundry. Linen company Ameripride Services Inc. donated towels, washcloths and bathmats to the shelter. Mayor Stodola would like to partner with a medical facility to get a clinic in the basement, Pritchett said, but that day is a long way off. Pritchett is amazed by the various ways people show up at the shelter, which is located many miles from the usual homeless haunts downtown. Some walk over from parts unknown; a Suburban pulled up at 5 a.m. last week and let four or five people out, Pritchett said. The homeless can’t come in high, drunk or have alcohol or weapons in their possession. They must pass through a metal detector, and there are two security guards on duty. They are not searched for drugs. Pritchett said there have been no fights, though the guards have banned a couple of men from the building for being belligerent. “I’ve always had a place to live,” said Jacquie, 57, who came to the shelter after

her mother died. She was once in graduate school to become a social worker and had a part-time job at UAMS, but quit both to take care of her mother in Crossett. Her father has dementia and won’t allow anyone to live with him. Two children live out of town; a son who lives in town provides her with a phone. She is divorced. She did not envision being homeless, she said. “My whole life has been taking care” of other people, she said, “and now here I am.” Jacquie will have a part-time job in fall doing intake interviews for a UAMS school nutrition program. She has applied at DHS for a couple of jobs she said, and she had hoped to apply for an Obamacare outreach job, but the program is unfunded. She lives at Abba House, which requires that residents be inside by 4:30 p.m., which means she can’t get a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job yet. “But I’ll tell you, there’s not a lot of jobs out there.” She’s met a lot of veterans at Jericho, Jacquie said, and that saddens her. She also feels bad for people who don’t have hobbies. She does: Quilting, and she resumed sewing squares of material together after her interview. (She also brings in scissors for cutting cloth;

apparently the guards don’t feel she presents a danger.) Arthur, 24, also has something to do: He carries his barber case around with him and cuts a fellow shelter user’s hair. He decided to pursue a certificate from the Washington Barber College after the van came to the shelter and took folks for free haircuts, part of the training for the college’s students. “It was a nice, clean, cool environment,” he said, and he asked the owner, Arlo Washington, if he could enroll. He’s now had two weeks of classes, and has a new pair of shoes, thanks to Washington, who gave him a pair he wasn’t wearing. “I love it,” Arthur said. “I’m doing great.” It wasn’t always that way. In Chicago, Arthur said, he’d been in gang wars, been shot at, fallen out of a window. His tattoos tell of his passion: Music. He says he plays tuba, trombone and electric bass. He learned, he said, in the marching band at Percy L. Julian High in Chicago. But the barber college, he says, “saved my life.” Pritchett’s hope is that all the day shelter will guide more of the homeless into jobs and a permanent home.

DUMAS, CONT. Continued from page 7 The Rockefeller team concluded that the Latinos lowered the wage bill of Arkansas manufacturers by $52 million in 2010, a savings they theorized was passed on to consumers. But it is the future that ought to concern. While non-citizen immigrants make

up only 5 percent of the population, they are 7 percent of workers and the figure will rise sharply even though immigration across the southern border has slowed to a crawl since 2009 and would slow further under the dramatically improved enforcement of the immigration bill. Children of immigrants make up not 5 but 10 percent of children in K-12 schools

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and the numbers will grow. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of Latino children grew by 38,000 while the number of non-Hispanic white children fell by 23,000. White family sizes are shrinking and immigrant family sizes are growing. Eighty-three percent of the Latino children, by the way, are citizens who were born in the United States.

They constitute a huge part of Arkansas’s economic and cultural future, and we ought to see to it that they have all the educational and economic opportunities that we can give them, for our own sake. Why would we want to keep them and their families in the shadows? Mike Huckabee saw the light. Where is he when we need him?

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Fayetteville’s Arkadia Retrocade packs ’em in. BY ZACH HOLLAND


ostalgia often makes me sick to my stomach. But it depends on the general type of nostalgia I’m experiencing. One is provoked by old photographs, ’80s country music and James Taylor, and it produces the same tilted, queasy feeling you get when riding a Tilta-Whirl on low speed. The preferable type is produced by driving old pickup trucks, watching Spielberg movies set in suburbia, listening to AC/DC tapes on a ghetto blaster and by playing arcade games. So a recent visit to Arkadia Retrocade, in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center in Fayetteville, was just the blast from the past I needed. Like Evelyn Hills, Arkadia offers a glimpse into the ’80s. It is not too cute or ironic. It’s just a great arcade, a place where you might’ve spent your childhood back when parents were allowed to drop their children off at a non-school-sponsored location for more than 10 minutes of unsupervised fun. One 34-year-old customer described it as the dream basement of her tween years.


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Arcade attendance declined in the late ’80s. Home video games began making leaps in technology and playability, stand up games could not compete with the extended game experience offered by home systems, and arcades were virtually wiped out (except in China and Japan, which still have thriving arcades). A North American resurgence in retro-arcades and barcades (serving alcohol) began in the ’90s, perhaps fueled by arcade gamers coming of age — Arkadia owner Shea Mathis, 38, said demographic research says that the most avid gamers are in their early 40s — and it has reached Arkansas with the opening of Dickson Street Social Club and Arkadia and the new Z82 Retrocade in Sherwood. I visited Arkadia around 8 p.m. on a recent Friday. I was greeted by a friendly doorman, paid my $5 all-day cover charge (cash only), and was free to game until I got a raging case of “Nintendo Thumb.” No quarters are needed. It’s your 10-yearold self’s dream come true. You are set

loose in the arcade with unlimited plays. You can finally afford to figure out how to win Dragon’s Lair! You can take a break, go next door to Hawaiian Brian’s for a meal (there’s also a snack bar in Arkadia), make a grocery run down to Ozark Natural Foods, run home for a nap, and come back for more gaming. Mathis said he keeps the price low to make it affordable for families. He gets by on volume. Stand-up games line the walls and there are two foosball tables at the front of the room. There is a riser in the middle of the room with tabletop arcade games and a couch/console TV/Atari station so authentic you can almost taste the LikM-Aid Fun Dip and chocolate milk. One young gamer of about 13 told me it was his first time ever to play Atari. But lo and behold, these kids seemed to be enjoying themselves playing these technologically inferior, often clumsy games. Graphics and playability have improved over the years, but the basic elements are not so different that they can’t be enjoyed by all.

That was my only concern upon hearing that a retro arcade was opening — that the clientele would be predominantly the same vintage as the machines — but I was pleasantly surprised to see all age groups in quantity, male and female, a demographic breakdown Mathis said is the norm. Arcades need young customers to bridge the gap between older clientele indulging memories of their youth to make a retro arcade into a thriving atmosphere and business. They need customers with expendable time and income, and without the kids it would be more akin to a bar than an arcade. Also, there is a tangible bond between generations as they enjoy each other’s pastimes. It reassures the older generation the younger has not strayed as far as feared. Parents tend to push the toys of their childhood toward their children, and Arkadia is a rare place where parents and children can go play together without one patronizing or indulging the other. Toward the back of the room is another “living room” Nintendo couch station, and, at the time of my visit, Mr. Drummond was lecturing Arnold and Willis on the overhead TV. Arkadia hosts parties and special events periodically, and party rooms stocked with board games are available for rent. If you rent the party room or the whole space after normal business hours, you can bring booze and your own food in, Mathis said. Since opening in late 2012, Arkadia has hosted a nationally ranked Donkey Kong champion (who almost kill-screened their machine), a wedding announcement, Street Fighter tournaments, and a rap video shoot among other birthday parties and special events. Due to space constraints and high maintenance costs, Arkadia does not, currently, have pinball, but it’s not ruling it out. It sprang for the good stand-up arcade games: Asteroids, Congo Bongo, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Double Dragon II, Galaga, Gauntlet, Rampage and Tetris and some 80 others. Mathis recently drove to Oklahoma to pick up the much-coveted Star Wars game. If you didn’t love one of these games, then you never spent more than 10 minutes in an arcade. Even if that’s the case, based on the younger customers I saw at Arkadia, that won’t stop you from losing yourself in the fuzzy glow of vintage technology. Vintage customers will forget that they came for a piece of the past and just play for a while.

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AS YOU PERHAPS HAVE HEARD BY NOW, BON JOVI is going to perform at Verizon Arena on Friday, Oct. 8. If there’s been a more obvious choice for a “girls’ night out” in the last year, (or at least one that doesn’t involve some combination of the words “Mike” and “Magic”) then we haven’t heard about it. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, and run from $34 to $160. Find out more at Faithful readers of the Times’ Rock Candy blog know that there are few things we love more than giving away tickets to go see concerts, plays, musicals, single-elimination ballet tournaments, kung fu recitals, experimental yodeling exhibitions, futuristic historical reenactments and so forth. We really do — we love giving away tickets to stuff. So with that in mind, we’ll have a drawing to give away two tickets to see Bon Jovi at Verizon. Here are the pertinent deets: To enter, email Put “BON JOVI” in the subject line. Put your name and phone number in the email so we can get ahold of you if you win. Also: you should go ahead and be a sport and only enter once. Entering a bunch of times or using different email addresses isn’t going to fool anybody. The deadline for emails is 5 p.m. Aug. 9. We’ll announce the winner on Rock Candy. The contest is not open to Arkansas Times or Verizon Arena employees.

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7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.

The Weekend Theater follows its production of the musical comedy “Monty Python’s Spamalot” with a work that is a bit more sober and one that, although it debuted in 1972, has significant parallels to the present day. “The River Niger,” by Joseph A. Walker, concerns Jeff Williams, a young Air Force soldier who returns to his Harlem home after flighttraining school, but not as the hero his struggling father had hoped he’d become. Tensions escalate as Williams becomes ensnared in a local gang conflict. The play earned some prestigious awards for Walker, including the Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Obie Award for Best American Play in 1973 and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1974. A film version was released in 1976, starring James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr. The Weekend Theater’s production, directed by Akasha Hull and Margaret Parker, runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 24. RB.





6 p.m. The Capital Hotel. $150-$550.

Here’s a rare opportunity to indulge in a delectable gourmet meal while also helping out folks who otherwise might not know where their next meal is going to come from: the No Kid Hungry Dinner will benefit the nonprofit Share Our Strength, which seeks to ensure access to healthy food for

kids who need it. Share Our Strength supports school meals, cooking and nutrition programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. SNAP helps feed poor kids and low-income elderly folks and has recently been under attack by the Club for Growth’s amoral errand boys in Congress, such as our own Tom Cotton. But getting back to this fund-



9 p.m. Maxine’s. $5.

Milwaukee synth-pop outfit The Fatty Acids just released a single called “Airsick,” which recalls, by turns, everything from Tame Impala’s psychedelic skygazing to Animal Collective’s spazzier moments to XTC’s propulsive percussion. Elsewheres, the band’s tune “Unscreened” is an all-over-the-place jumble of schizopop that I swear to you reminds me at times of the Violent Femmes in its dudeangstiness. Also on this bill: Little Rock alt-rock torch-carriers Glittercore, who earlier this year released their self-titled debut album, which you can check out on the band’s ReverbNation profile. Recommended cuts: “Lazarus,” “Unhinged,” and “Trippy 6ix.” RB.

BEER CITY BAND: Milwaukee’s The Fatty Acids play at Maxine’s Saturday.





9 p.m. Afterthought.

Arkansas’s greatest living songwriter returns to a Little Rock stage for the first time in recent memory on Friday with several added bonuses: He’s just wrapped the recording of his eagerly awaited third album, which Big Legal Mess plans to release sometime this fall. So he’ll likely be playing some new songs. Laurie Stirratt, a roots-rock hero in own right for her time in Blue Mountain, plays her first gig as part of Mize’s backing band. She’s on bass. Chris Michaels plays guitar and Dave Hoffpauir plays drums. Last bonus: Killer songwriter Kevin Gordon returns to town to open. LM. 26

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raiser, for the price of a nice meal out, you can enjoy culinary creations from such figures as Donnie Ferneau, Brian Deloney of Maddie’s Place, Kelli Marks of Sweet Love, John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., Matthew Bell of South on Main and several others. In addition to the food, fellowship and cocktails, you can also bid on auction items. RB.

3 p.m. First Security Amphitheatre. $27-$47.

FAMILY HOMECOMING: Lucero headlines the Lucero Family Picnic, Saturday at First Security Amphitheatre.

Here’s a safe bet: People will be coming into Little Rock from all over the country for the annual Lucero Family Picnic. The picnic got its start back in 2007 up in Batesville; this year’s event will truly be a family affair, as Lucero founder Ben Nichols’ younger brother Jeff Nichols will be on hand for a Q&A about the movie he directed and filmed in Arkansas, a film called “Mud” that you’ve probably heard about. Also, Guy Venable, father of Lucero guit-slinger Brian Venable, will perform. Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson is going to play as well. And, of course, Lucero will headline this shindig, performing its fan-fave album “Tennessee” in its entirety, along with what’s sure to be a rollicking set of numbers from the band’s deep catalog. RB.





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A couple months ago, Rod Bryan told me he’d discovered a connection between the Mayflower oil spill and Syrian arms dealing. A few weeks ago, he dropped off a copy of the Arkansas Times filled with doodles (the man on our cover got a mustache and a sheriff’s hat) that had a note written on the back that said, “Dear Arkansaw Times, I’ll pretend that u r a newspaper if u will believe I’m running for senator.”

A few days later, he wrote to ask why we hadn’t announced his senatorial campaign. A week later, he dropped off his new album, “Oilflower.” It’s good. Earworm-y songs about relationships and the Mayflower oil spill. Rod likes to describe his music as what bizarre pairings of musicians might sound like. “Merle Haggard backed by The Clean,” he’s probably said before. Here’s my stab at it: Say McIntosh fronts The Band. To celebrate the release of “Oilflower,” Bryan’s set up a mini-tour of local ven-

ues. He’ll play a CD release party at the Afterthought on Aug. 10. On Aug. 11, he’ll play experimental music with “whoever shows up” as The Western Meds at Gallery 360. Aug. 12 finds him and his band First Baptist Chemical at Vino’s. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Ho Hum will play White Water Tavern. Bryan’s described it as a Ho Hum family reunion, but fair warning, he’s also said it’ll mark the debut of the band’s new lead singer, Lynyrd Fogerty. Wonder who that could be? LM.

sives, amateur numismatists, comic book fiends and collectors of all stripes — y’all might want to check out the Arkansas Eclectic Vendors Market. Its Facebook page describes the two-day event in rhetorical fashion: “Where can you find jewelry, books, furniture, clothing, collectibles, plants, household items and more all in one place with great prices?” The great thing about flea markets and such is that you just never know what you’ll find. A dear friend and former roommate of mine used to have this cool thing that her mom bought at a flea market back in

the ’80s. It was a human skull. No kidding. This thing was the real deal right down to the missing teeth and cracks and some weird burn marks on the frontal and parietal bones. Oh, and did I mention that she didn’t realize at the time that she was buying a human skull? Yeah, she bought an antique infant casket that was made in the 19th century and when she got home and opened it, the skull was inside. So, I’m not saying that you’ll find an infant casket with a human skull inside this weekend, but who knows? You’ll probably find something cool. RB.



8 a.m.-5 p.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t understand why some of us would spend time digging through dusty old stacks and piles and shelves full of weird old stuff looking for a particular type of weird old thing (or a random weird old thing that you never knew you needed), then just move along. Everyone else — all you stamp collectors, vintage buffs, vinyl freaks, rare book obses-



5:30 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center. Free.

This man walked on the moon. He’s done a lot of other things in his life as well, including raising money for GOP candidates and saying that he doesn’t think global warming is caused by humans. But to reiterate: He walked on the moon. He even punched a guy who was hassling him and claiming he hadn’t really walked on the moon. Not that it’s good to punch people — I’m generally against it. It’s just that when you walked on the moon and then some tinfoil hat jackleg who lives in his mom’s basement comes along and tries to ambush you and say you were part of a hoax and that you didn’t really go to the moon when anyone with any damn sense at all knows that you did go to the moon, it’s probably pretty frustrating. So if you want to come hear Col. Aldrin speak, probably don’t try to tell him he didn’t go to the moon. He’ll speak with space journalist Leonard David, co-author with Aldrin of “Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.” To reserve a seat, call 501-683-5239 or email RB.

The venerable David Olney and Sergio Webb return to Central Arkansas. If you dig singer/songwriters with a sound that falls on the darker end of the spectrum and you haven’t checked out Olney’s stuff, you seriously need to correct that, 9 p.m., White Water Tavern. Stickyz hosts North Carolina alt-country/roots rabble-rousers Holy Ghost Tent Revival, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $6. Live at Laman brings in The Big John Miller Band, 7 p.m., Laman Library, free.

FRIDAY 8/9 CCM pioneer and Newsboy Peter Furler performs at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. Precipice Theatre begins its run of Arthur Miller’s acclaimed “All My Sons,” at The Public Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 18, $10-$13. Our House Shelter hosts “Shakespeare at the Shelter: And This Our Life,” a fundraising event in which residents of the shelter will perform famous scenes from some of the Bard’s best-known works, 7:30 p.m., Our House Shelter, $20. It’s party time for sure at Zodiac: Leo Edition with Raydar & Shaolin, an 18-and-older throwdown, with Platinumb, Kichen, Ewell, Crawley and D Mutiny, Revolution, 8 p.m., $5-$10. The Dangerous Idiots will be playing new material at Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5.

SATURDAY 8/10 Southern rockers Parmalee play an 18-and-older show at Revolution, with Curtis Grimes and Big Shane Thornton, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. DJ Jen Lasher helms the party ship at Discovery, with Big Brown, Enzo, Autumatic & The Tech Trix Go Go Dancers and all your usual Disco favorites, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10-$15. If you’re up Eureka Springs way, The Cate Brothers play a free show at Basin Spring Park with The Mike Sumler Band, 5 p.m. Bluegrass outfit Runaway Planet plays a free show at The Tavern, 7 p.m. Kings for a Cause features drag kings, drag queens, male impersonators, femme performers and other entertainers, Miss Kitty’s Saloon, 7 p.m., $5


MAN ON MOON: Col. Buzz Aldrin speaks at the Clinton Presidential Center Wednesday.

If you’re looking for a heroic dose of So-Cal “psychedelic hip-hop punk rock,” Juanita’s can help you out with that, as they’ve got Kottonmouth Kings, with 870 Underground and M.A.D. Entertainment, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of.

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and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, through Oct. 19: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.




Crown Larks, Bagheera, Crisco Kids. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. David Olney, Sergio Webb. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Dee Dee Jones. Ladies night, $5 after 9 p.m., free before. Montego Cafe, 8 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Holy Ghost Tent Revival. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. “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. Jocko Deal. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m.; Aug. 22, 8 p.m.; Aug. 29, 8 p.m., free. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Josh Green. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Karaoke with Kevin & Cara. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Live at Laman: Big John Miller Band. Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501758-1720. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Mozley, Winston Family Orchestra. The Joint, 8:30 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. 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, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


GU 88 Garret Uekman Foundation fundraiser. With “The Rural Genius.” The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $8. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. James Johann, Emily Galati. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Political Animals: Curtis Coleman. The Little Rock Club, 7 a.m., $20. 400 W. Capitol, 30th Floor. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 50128

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Ballroom Dancing. Free lessons begin at 7 p.m. Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center, 8-11 p.m., $7-$13. 12th & Cleveland streets. 501-2217568. Salsa Night. Begins with a one-hour salsa lesson. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228.


‘WALK ON THE OCEAN’: Alt-rock veterans Toad the Wet Sprocket perform at Juanita’s on Wednesday with season nine “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. 666-3600.



Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo, Kevin Kerby. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Amy Jo Savannah, Amanda Avery, Andy Grooms. Maxine’s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Ben and Doug. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Brian Nahlen. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. Canvas. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-2211620. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Mize Band, Kevin Gordon. The Afterthought,

9 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Mountain Sprout. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Peter Furler. Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $50-$60. 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs. Season of Evil, Joe Dunn Band, Burning Braylin. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Synergy, DJ Sleepy Genius. Montego Cafe, 8:30 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990. Zodiac: Leo Edition with Raydar & Shaolin. 18-and-older, with Platinumb, Kichen, Ewell, Crawley and D Mutiny. Revolution, 8 p.m., $5-$10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


James Johann, Emily Galati. The Loony Bin, 7:30

LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. No Kid Hungry Little Rock. Featuring some of the top chefs from around the South. Call 202649-4339 for more information. Capital Hotel, 6-10 p.m., $150-$550. 111 W. Markham St. 501374-7474.



Amasa Hines. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W 7th St. 501-375-8400. Cate Brothers Band, Mike Sumler Band. Basin Spring Park, 5 p.m., free. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Aug. 9. DJs Jen Lasher, Big Brown, Enzo, Autumatic & The Tech Trix Go Go Dancers. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10 before midnight, $15 after. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www. Evacuate the City, Obsidian, Vail, Dark from Day One. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $7 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. The Fatty Acids, Glittercore. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Gangsters, Gospel and Bluegrass. Presented by Fun City Chorus. Hot Springs Convention Center, 6 p.m., $15. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. Gil Franklin. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Highway 101. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $20-$30. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. 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. All-ages, on the restaurant side. Revolution, 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m., free. 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. Kublai Khan, Altars, Mouth of the South, Soundcult, Mutiny Upon Us. Downtown Music


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Arkansas Eclectic Vendors Market. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $4. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


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3rd Annual Watermelon Crawl. Benefit presented by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Society of Saint Andrew. Scott Melons and More, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 14519 Highway 165, Scott. Arabian Nights Spectacular. Presented by The Mirana Middle Eastern Dance Co. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m., $5-$8, free for students. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Eclectic Vendors Market. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $4. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. CALS Job Skills Workshop: Cover Letters. Call 501-918-3003 to register. Main Library, 1:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. DIVAS Inc. Kick-Off Soiree. Butler Galleries, Arkansas Studies Institute, 2-4 p.m. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5792. www. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Kings for a Cause. Featuring a drag kings, drag queens, male impersonators, femme perform-

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 The Boomers. Faulkner County Library, 2 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Head North, Shout it Out, The Supporting Cast, The Bad Years, Sick Sarcasm. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $8. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. Karaoke with DJ Sara. Hardrider Bar & Grill, 7 p.m., free. 6613 John Harden Drive, Cabot. 501-982-1939 ‎. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. The Afterthought Cafe, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.

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Irish Traditional Music Session. Open to all musicians, dancers and listeners. “SloPlay” session begins at 6 p.m. Hibernia Irish Tavern, second and Fourth Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. The Ones You Loved, Side Project. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Young Dubliners. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


DIVAS Inc. Girls Leadership Summit. For young women ages 11-18. Butler Galleries, Arkansas Studies Institute, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $60. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5792. www. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Auditions for Ballet Arkansas’s “The Nutcracker.” Check or call 501-223-5150 for more information. Shuffles & Ballet II, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $20. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-223-9224. 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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James Johann, Emily Galati. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, through Oct. 19: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.

ers and other entertainers. Miss Kitty’s Saloon, 7 p.m., $5. 307 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201. 501-374-4699. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. Made From Scratch: Simply Southern. Cooking class with guest chef Shane Henderson. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $80. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 501-727-5435. The Milk Run. Sponsored by the Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition. Murray Park, 7 a.m., $25. Rebsamen Park Road. 501-350-2353. South Main Vintage Market. Vintage and antique goods for sale. The Bernice Garden, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1401 S. Main St.

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Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Lucero Family Picnic. First Security Amphitheatre, 3 p.m., $27-$47. 400 President Clinton Ave. Parmalee, Curtis Grimes, Big Shane Thornton. 18-and-older. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Runaway Planet. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Steve Bates, Midas Coven. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


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Finding Family Facts. Beginner’s genealogy class. Main Library, 3:30-5 p.m., free. 100 S. Rock St.


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



For more information go to pa r t i c i pat i n g r e s ta u r a n t s reno’s argenta café eight-dollar lunch 376.2900 argenta market starving artist café 379.9980 372.7976 cornerstone pub & grill 374.1782 twenty-five-dollar dinner cregeen’s irish pub 376.7468

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Arkansas River Blues Society Blues Jam. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.; Aug. 30, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Ho Hum. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 322 President Clinton Blvd. 501-244-9550. Kottonmouth Kings, 870 Underground, M.A.D. Entertainment. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Open Music Jam. The Joint, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


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





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DIVAS Inc. Girls Leadership Summit. For young women ages 11-18. Butler Galleries, Arkansas Studies Institute, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $60. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5792. www. Fresh Pasta Cooking Class. With Scott McGehee. Eggshells Kitchen Co., 6-8 p.m., $50. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-664-6900. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. Little Rock Green Drinks. Informal networking session for people who work in the environmental field. Ciao Baci, 5:30-7 p.m. 605 N. Beechwood St. 501-603-0238. www.greendrinks. org. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.


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Holy Grail.” Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466.


Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio Missions. Dickey-Stephens Park, Aug. 13-15, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Heavy Glow, Black P****, Peckerwolf. 18-andolder. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. Karaoke Extravaganza. Includes drink and food specials and cash prizes. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m., $5. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Live Karaoke and Dueling Pianos. Featuring Dell Smith and William Staggers. Montego Cafe, 9 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. www. Motionless in White, Upon a Burning Body, Crown the Empire. Revolution, 8 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. www. Rodge Arnold. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lee DeWyze. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205. Standup Open Mic Night. Hosted by local come­di­ans of the com­edy col­lec­tive Come­di­ ans of NWA. UARK Bowl, 9 p.m., free. 644 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-301-2030. T Rexx. The Loony Bin, Aug. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 16-17, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.


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.


DIVAS Inc. Girls Leadership Summit. For young women ages 11-18. Butler Galleries, Arkansas Studies Institute, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $60. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5792. www. Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David. Lecture and book-signing. Clinton Presidential Center, 5:30 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000.




Arkansas Travelers vs. San Antonio Missions. Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $4-$12. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com.



“All My Sons.” Precipice Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s classic work. The Public Theatre, Aug. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 11, 2 p.m.; Aug. 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m., $10-$13. 616 Center St. 479-530-0723. Auditions for “Amateurs.” Production dates are Sept. 21-22 and 27-29. Lantern Theatre, Sat., Aug. 10, 10 a.m. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 479-601-5562. “The River Niger.” An Air Force soldier returns to his Harlem family, though not as the hero they anticipated. The Weekend Theater, through Aug. 24: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. “Shakespeare at the Shelter: And This Our LIfe.” Fundraiser with residents performing famous scenes from Shakespeare’s works. Our House Shelter, Aug. 9-10, 7:30 p.m., $20. 302 E. Roosevelt Road. 501-375-2416. “South Pacific.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Aug. 18: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131.

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ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Collecting Rembrandt: Perils and Pleasures One Hundred Years Ago,” lecture by Catherine B. Scallen, chair of the department of art and art history at Case Western Reserve, 6 p.m. Aug. 8, gallery open until 9 p.m., restaurant and shop open late, in conjunction with exhibit “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London.” 372-4000. ARKANSAS CAPITAL CORP. GROUP, 200 River Market Ave.: “Arkansas Tales: Visual Stories from Artist Robert Bean,” 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night. 374-9247. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition,” Aug. 9-Oct. 27, opening reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night with music by the Morange Trio; retail gallery featured artist Austin Grimes; “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29; “Creative Expressions,” work by individuals with mental illness at the Arkansas State Hospital, through Aug. 25. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “And Freedom for All: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” photographs by Stanley Tretick of the 1963 march, Aug. 10-Nov. 17; “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture

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Friday, August 9 Jim Mize and Kevin Gordon, 9 pm WATERCOLORISTS AT THE BUTLER CENTER: Carrie Waller’s “Reminiscence” is part of the 43rd annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists juried show that opens Friday, Aug. 9, in the Butler Center’s main gallery at the Arkansas Studies Institute. The reception is part of 2nd Friday Art Night events to be held from 5-8 p.m. at a number of downtown galleries. pieces, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. Museum will be free Aug. 17, President Clinton’s 67th birthday. 370-8000. COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, 521 Clinton Ave.: ArtGroup Maumelle, featuring work by Lori Weeks, with live entertainment and painting demonstration, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night. 975-9800. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: Open 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night; Arkansas League of Artists Signature Member Show, through August. 918-3095. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: Open 5-9 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night; “A Variety of Impressions,” with work by Jennifer Cox Coleman. 801-0211. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Open 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night; “Reflections in Silver: Silverpoint Drawings by Aj Smith and Marjorie Williams-Smith,” through Aug. 17, silverpoint drawing workshop by Williams-Smith, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 17, $75, register by Aug. 10, “Art of the Original Print” demonstration by Smith, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17, free. 372-6822.

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: Open 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night, with music by the John Burnette Band; “Heeding the Call: The Firefighter Collection of Johnny Reep”; “The Sense of Nature: David Mudrinich, John Van Horn and Judy Wright Walter,” “Jason A. Smith: Stills”; “Arkansas Made,” ongoing; “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Shades of Greatness,” collaborative art exhibition inspired by the history of the Negro Leagues, opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 with special guest William “Youngblood” McCrary, former Kansas City Monarchs teammate of Ernie Banks, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: Museum open 5-8 p.m., chamber music by Geoffrey Robson and David Gerstein, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night; “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film CONTINUED ON PAGE 33

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‘I’M SO EXCITED’: Javier Camara, Raul Arevalo and Carlos Areces star.

Almodovar returns to wackiness With slapstick ‘I’m So Excited.’ BY MIKE POWELL


edro Almodovar’s new movie, “I’m So Excited,” opens with the disclaimer that none of what we’re about to see has anything to do with reality. Minutes later, we’re on a plane, where a group of fabulously bored-looking flight attendants are giving safety instructions. It feels pretty real. Minutes after that, everyone in coach is asleep, having been given heavy sedatives. Shift to business class, where a small, smiling woman (Lola Duenas) approaches the cockpit and explains to the captains that she has psychic powers, and today is the day she will finally lose her virginity. The plane — chartered to fly from Spain to Mexico — is trapped in the air with faulty gear, and the pilots are circling to try to find somewhere to make an emergency landing. This doesn’t seem to worry them as much as it might in another kind of movie. The conceit of the plot — like the drugged passengers in coach and the stage-like sets of the cockpit and business section — are basically excuses to send a handful of strong personalities ricocheting around a small space with nowhere else to go. Absurdities escalate quickly. Two of the three male stewards — charm-

ing if reductive caricatures of gayness complete with a Pointer Sisters lip-sync routine — get wasted, while a third prays to a portable Catholic shrine he keeps in a briefcase. A young newlywed produces a condom from his ass filled with pills of mescaline, which are emptied into everyone’s cocktails by the stewards in order to encourage conversation. Several people orgasm. There are as many jokes about sex and drugs here as you might expect from a Judd Apatow production. Sample interaction, between the virgin psychic and the newlywed, whose wife is bouncing up and down on his lap, mid-coitus: “Are you doing it from the front or back?” “The front,” he says, gasping. Enlightened, she sneaks into coach and removes a sedated penis from a sleeping passenger’s pants and begins mimicking what she’s learned. In a shot characteristic of Almodovar’s ability to turn the willfully crass into the resplendently beautiful, we see the back of her head from his perspective, her hair cascading over half-open eyes. Part of what makes Almodovar’s best movies so special is his ability to represent this kind of humor in the context of movies that are otherwise dra-

matic. Crassness isn’t used to undercut drama, but to leaven it, demonstrating not only his range as a filmmaker but a real affection for the human spirit, which is often compelled either by resilience or just bad judgment to crack dick jokes in even the most gravely serious situations. So though he relieves himself of any responsibilities to real life, the movie’s richest scenes are when he seems incapable of ignoring it. Faced with the possibility that their time is running out, the characters decide to call loved ones, only to find out that the one working phone in business class is on perma-speaker, exposing private conversations to a small, interested public. After one of the captains — a repressed father of two — cheats on his wife with a steward, he asks him: What should I do? Call your wife, the steward says. Tell her you love her. Fighting back tears in front of a group of drunk strangers, he does. It’s in these scenes that Almodovar seems to acknowledge the responsibility of putting characters in a situation where they might not make it out. In the end, Almodovar hasn’t really set the bar high enough for you to care about whether the plane crashes or not, but in the interest of preserving the mystery, let’s just say that he takes full advantage of the thick, white firesuppression foam the aviation safety workers spray all over the tarmac. Like some of his earlier movies — particularly 1988’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and 1990’s “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” — “I’m So Excited” is a movie where all potential tragedy is surrendered to absurdity, and where characters are not explored for the richness of their lives as much as the wacky and unstable things they might do. Watching their various interconnecting storylines not quite coalesce can get tiring sometimes. Ditto the movie’s spastic late-game efforts to flesh out characters like Norma Boss, a failed actress turned professional madam who carries her weight as an uptight passenger but not an object of sympathy. But the movie is ultimately not for them. It is for the slapstick mescaline orgy, for the deflowered psychic, for the steward who wipes a blot of semen off the corner of another steward’s mouth, and for the three of them, lip-syncing the Pointer Sisters, wriggling down the aisles of business class on their backs, seeming to have forgotten they’re on a plane at all.

AFTER DARK, CONT. footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure, through March 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. PAPER SCISSORS LITTLE ROCK: 300 River Market Ave.: Work by local artists. Open 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY I, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., and STEPHANO’S II, 1813 N. Grant St.: “100 for $100 or under” art show to benefit Out of the Woods animal rescue, preview party 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Stephano’s II, $10 cover, music by CruzWay, 5-pound bag of quality dog food entitles participants to register for drawing for artworks; sale continues at both galleries 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 16-17. 614-7113. STUDIOMAIN, 1423 S. Main St.: Unveiling of 2013 Envision Little Rock competition entries, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2nd Friday Art Night. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Eric Forstmann, through Aug. 30, reception 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 8 with gallery talk by Forstmann at 7 p.m. and guest bartender Colter Puterbaugh of the Capital Hotel making signature cocktail for the event sales of prints of Forstmann’s “Six@3p.m.” will benefit Thea. The Funk a Nites will perform. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 379-9512. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “Bringing Home the Buffalo,” Scott Eccleston and Corrin Troutman will talk about Dr. Neil Compton’s battle for the Buffalo and his nursery for native plants near Crystal Spring, 3-4 p.m. Aug. 11. HOT SPRINGS GARVAN GARDENS, 550 Akridge Road: “Three Artists,” work by Millie Steveken, Cynthia Schanink and Pat Langwise, through August in the Magnolia Room; “Splash of Glass: A James Hayes Art Glass Installation,” 225 pieces of art glass in 13 areas of the garden, through September. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, $5 dogs on leash. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 501-262-9300. YELLVILLE P.A.L. FINE ART GALLERY, 300 Hwy. 62 W.: Featured artist for August: Dan Cohee. Reception 4-6 p.m. Aug. 9. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-noon Sat. 870-404-6316.


The Arkansas Pastel Society is accepting entries to its national exhibition, “Reflections in Pastel, “ set for Nov. 8-Feb 23 at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Deadline is Sept. 5. More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded, including a $1500 grand prize. The show will be juried by pastel artist Richard McKinley.  For more information email apsreflections@gmail. com. The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting entries for its “Portraits of Hope” exhibition Oct. 24-Nov. 30. All proceeds from sales will benefit the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 13. Call 479-784-2787 for more information.


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Dining LAST WEEK, WE TOUCHED BASE WITH CHRIS STROUP, the executive chef at Pancetta, the restaurant in the newly rebranded Little Rock Marriott on Markham, which used to be the Peabody. Stroup spent the past 12 years in the kitchens at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, working his way up to executive chef, a position he held for seven years before moving to Little Rock at the request of the general manager of the new Marriott, after the hotel was sold by the Peabody Hotel Group in June. Stroup is currently in the process of creating an entirely new menu for Pancetta, focusing on simple, local and fresh ingredients. He said he’s making every effort to avoid “hotel food.” “The hotel here previously had chicken parmigiana on the menu,” he said. “You can find that anywhere. We want to do something really different.” Stroup had a “soft-open” over the weekend, and plans to roll out the full dinner and lunch menu soon. “It’s [food that is] not trying to be something that it’s not,” Stroup said. “My food is simple. It speaks for itself, and it’s about what it is. Less is more, as far as the ingredients. I don’t try to fluff it. ... I don’t want to say ‘farm to table,’ because that’s so cliched these days, but I want to do the local thing as much as possible.” Stroup said he is buying as many of his ingredients as he can from small Arkansas suppliers, including Little Rock Urban Farming, Falling Sky Farms and others. Asked what diners can expect, Stroup said some of the recipes that will probably wind up on the menu include a porchetta sandwich with an in-house giardiniera and provolone on local ciabatta bread; a scratch-made stromboli with Petit Jean ham and salami; braised pork belly glazed with a reduction of Diamond Beer root beer, with homemade spoon bread, pickled radish and watercress, and a perfectfor-summer appetizer of heirloom tomatoes (full disclosure: raised on the north Pulaski farm of Arkansas Times gardener-in-chief Alan Leveritt) with homemade ricotta cheese and a basil sorbet. Truly memorable meals, Stroup said, are all about those kind of surprises. “It’s something different that you don’t expect from that restaurant,” he CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 36

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FEELING FRENCH: The Restaurant at Terry’s Finer Foods.

France in Little Rock Terry’s restaurant continues to impress.


ot all of us will be lucky enough to get to go to France. Those who cannot or choose not to visit will miss out on many wonderful things — art, architecture, food and wine to mention but a few. The simple pleasures are many in France, and the average Frenchman has access to much higher quality food staples than Americans demand; a tiny French “convenience” store features top-quality butter, milk, cheese, produce and wine — as good as high-priced specialty items in our country’s gourmet stores. One true delight of life in France is a leisurely meal in a classic French cafe or bistro. And thanks to Ellen and Lex Golden, died-in-the-wool Francophiles, anyone who can afford a nice restaurant meal can get that authentic French experience without leaving Little Rock. With their Restaurant at Terry’s Finer Foods in the Heights, the Goldens have nailed it. The tables and chairs came from France and are the ones you’ll see on the patios at every Parisian eatery. There

are 11 tables inside the cozy restaurant that connects to the grocery store and a dining area within the store. It’s an airy space with a high, pale wood plank ceiling, painted brick walls and a four-seat bar. It’s worth taking time to peruse the collection of wine bottles displayed along the window sills — bottles Lex Golden, who happened to be dining there the night we visited, told us he was primarily responsible for consuming. There are some amazing wines from stellar vintages and not all of them French. The Goldens have forged a close relationship with Steve Reynolds, proprietor and wine maker at Reynolds Family Winery, which is well worth visiting if you’re ever in Napa. Reynolds creates masterful white and red blends for Terry’s, and they are sold for the dirtcheap price of $21 and $28, respectively, better than you’ll find for estate-grown Napa Valley wines in liquor stores. We chose a bottle of the crisp, chardonnaydominated white. Like his counterparts in the kitch-

The Restaurant at Terry’s Finer Foods 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4154

QUICK BITE Ellen and Lex Golden, Terry’s owners, have forged a relationship with Steve Reynolds of Reynolds Family Winery, a fine Napa Valley winery. Reynolds creates Terry’s branded white and red blends, and they are sold at the restaurant for $21 and $28, respectively, which is cheaper than most estate-grown Napa Valley wines cost at a local liquor store. HOURS 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. OTHER INFO Full bar. CC accepted.

ens at French bistros, Terry’s head chef Jeffery Moore concentrates on simple concepts well executed using stellar ingredients. That theme rang true every culinary step of the way during our recent dinner. A basket of homemade bread — crisp on the outside and pleasingly soft on the inside — arrived with some excellent butter. Next came our two appetizers — the tomato and bread salad ($8 as that day’s appetizer special) and the mushroom tart ($6). The salad featured hunks of that good Terry’s bread soaked in balsamic vinegar and olive oil with

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DINING CAPSULES plenty of garlic. The small red and yellow tomatoes were tasty (though not quite ripe enough). The tart epitomizes the simple-but-elegant French theme at Terry’s. A bounty of nicely sauteed hunks of button mushrooms were still firm to the bite and served with shaved Parmesan and a hint of Provence herbs on a thin pastry crust. Bouillabaisse ($32) was the entree special. This rich, fish-based soup was first created by fishermen along the French Mediterranean coast who used the too-bony-to-sell fish from their catches and added herbs and tomatoes. Today it’s anything but a peasant’s dish, particularly the way it was served at Terry’s, which justified the price tag. Largish, probably three-ounce slabs of halibut, snapper and sea bass as well as five delectable, firm mussels were served with potatoes and leeks in a savory broth flavored with a wine reduction. It was a divine dish and maybe even better as leftover for the next day’s lunch. Our dining partner opted for the grilled salmon ($21), a huge (probably 7- or 8-ounce) filet served over risotto with creamy braised leeks, one of the highlights of the meal. The salmon was lightly herbed, crisp on the outside and almost creamy inside. Even with leftovers packed and sitting on our table, we still opted for dessert. The lavender creme brulee ($6) — served in a bowl — was like eating flowers ... with plenty of sugar and cream. The gateau au chocolate was a bit disappointing — three slightly dry brownie towers served with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with whipped cream; decent but not $6 decent. As one would expect from a French bistro, Terry’s dinner entrees include rotisserie chicken (quarter or half), duck confit, other fish dishes, plus veal, pork, lamb and steak. Escargot, foie gras, steak tartar and pate are logical among the appetizers. The lunch menu features several salads — including the classic Salad Nicoise ($13), a couple of sandwiches, a burger, a croque monsieur ($10) and a croque madame ($12). Eating at Terry’s really is like eating in France — not just because of what’s on the menu but also how it’s lovingly prepared and served.


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. THE AFTERTHOUGHT CAFE A pleasant spot in Hillcrest with specialty salads, steak and seafood. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. 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. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. 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. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat. BUTCHER SHOP Several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-3122748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS As good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too. 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. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 38



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WHAT’S COOKIN’, CONT. said. “We’re not a hotel restaurant. That’s the thing. With a braised pork belly and a local root beer glaze and house made spoon bread, you know that we’re taking a little bit of a local feel, and a little bit of the South, and a little bit of what’s new and kind of combining them all.” BUFFALO GRILL WEST, at Markham and Bowman Road, closed last week. Buffalo West — which seated 250, about three times more than the Rebsamen Park Road restaurant can — fell victim to a bad economy and competition from the growing restaurant market, owner Douglas Green said, “and me breaking my leg didn’t help.” (He’s had four surgeries since 2010 on the leg.) “I couldn’t maintain what I was doing ... couldn’t cut back without sacrificing what we do,” Green said. He said it was a difficult, emotional decision. Green was assistant manager at the Rebsamen Park store when it was owned by John Geiser. They opened Buffalo Grill West on Nov. 7, 1988, and Green later bought Geiser out. Green said he will be able to bring two and perhaps four employees who worked out west to the Rebsamen Park restaurant and was trying to help others find work.

DINING CAPSULES, CONT. varies in theme. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. GADWALL’S GRILL & PIZZA Mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. IZZY’S Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care. With full vegan and gluten-free menus. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily, BR Sun. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE Sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full

bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun.


A. W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Traditional Chinese dishes, several Thai dishes and a variety of sushi rolls. 17000 Chenal Pkwy. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-inone: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat.

RJ TAO RESTAURANT & ULTRA LOUNGE Upscale Asian and exotic fare - like Kangaroo burgers and African prawns - from the Chi family. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. D Mon.-Sat. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.


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DINING CAPSULES, CONT. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.


ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-219-8787. LD daily. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook

from Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare that has a devoted following. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). TAJ MAHAL Offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-881-4796. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO Translates comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.


BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes

inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily.


BLUE COAST BURRITO You will become a lover of fish tacos here, but there are plenty of other fresh coastal Mex choices

served up fast-food cafeteria style in cool surroundings. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. 4613 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-8033. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. CHUY’S Good Tex-Mex. We’re especially fond of the enchiladas, and always appreciate restaurants that make their own tortillas. 16001 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-2489. LD daily. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. LOCAL LIME Tasty gourmet Mex from the folks who brought you Big Orange and ZaZa. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-448-2226. LD daily. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily. TACOS GUANAJUATO Pork, beef, adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon. august 8, 2013 39 39 AUGUST 8, 2013


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