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Crystal Bridges research A recent blog post by Max Brantley wishes to express a variety of negative conclusions about a University of Arkansas study of the educational effect of school field trips to Crystal Bridges. Those of us in the museum field might look at the study from a different perspective. We are often asked to justify ourselves with more than the usual quality of life platitudes. “The society is better because of institutions like this” works for me, because it is true, but for those who want rigorously achieved results, the Crystal Bridges study is a blessing. Unless the researchers are lying about their process, we have excellent documentation in the study that museums can make a difference in several areas. Among the reasons that they used Crystal Bridges was the fact that they could control the variables. Those of us in museums that were not involved in the study will have no problem in citing the study as one more piece of evidence in favor of supporting museums — our museums. Relying on a possibly faulty memory of a presentation on the study at the Arkansas Museums Association meeting last March, I think I remember that empathy was increased by the museum visit. Maybe Mr. Brantley needs to visit museums more often. Bill Worthen Little Rock (Worthen is director of the Historic Arkansas Museum)

Visionary connection As always, enjoyed your “Visionary Arkansans” piece. Found a quick and (to me) interesting tidbit: Matt Price is the first Arkansan featured, and across the fold in the portion about Theo Witsell, there is a connection to Mr. Price. The “amateur botanist” mentioned for which Pelton’s rose gentian was named can only be Matt Price’s grandfather, whose photographs of wildflowers would be at home in any great museum of natural history. I just happened to observe this because I happen to be related to them myself. Arkansas is still kind of a small place. Chris Hoggard Little Rock

In response to an Arkansas blog citation of Ernie Dumas’ column on the dangers of putting guns in schools: Educators should not be furthering the wild-west “cowboy” story, thus amplifying the National Rifle Association’s contention that firearms are essential implements of manly heroism. I don’t want our schools SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

In response to an Arkansas blog item on University of Arkansas research on the value of a field trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: “For example, 88 percent of the students who saw the Eastman Johnson painting, At the Camp — Spinning Yarns and Whittling, knew when surveyed weeks later that the painting depicts abolitionists making maple syrup to under-

mine the sugar industry, which relied upon slave labor. Among students who saw Thomas Hart Benton’s Ploughing It Under, 79 percent could recall that it is a depiction of a farmer destroying his crops as part of a Depression-era price support program.” It would be extremely remarkable if students remembered two among hundreds of paintings in so much detail. Either they were prepped for the study, or the questions (no doubt multiple choice) were designed to be obvious. Sorry to be so negative but that doesn’t pass the smell test. TM

As a former AR public school teacher in the Ozarks, I can attest to the value of SOME field trips. Imagine exposing a young teen to her first escalator! Field trips are a teacher’s way of teaching outside the box for the teachers who use the opportunity to do so. However, as Maxifer mentions, it is much work on the teacher before, during, and after the trip. Getting qualified subs for my class was my biggest nightmare since I returned from one trip to find the substitute had “taught” the students “ain’t” was correct. Ugh. Charlene Elizabeth Jones In response to The Observer’s column about “Fiat Flux,” the writings of Dr. W.R. Bachelor edited by historian William D. Lindsey: Observer, I am very grateful for your kind review of my book about Wilson Bachelor, and I very much agree with you about his attractiveness as a writer and thinker. I did want to point out that you have my middle initial slightly wrong, though. It’s D. for Dennis and not B. for, well, the many things B. might stand for. Thank you again for your kind remarks about the book and for recommending Dr. Bachelor’s work to others. William D. Lindsey In response to an article in the Sept. 5 issue about Matt Bell’s Blue Hog reporting on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr’s problematic expense report: Some of us might call this the free market at work. Maybe Tolbert will look at the Democrats reports. It’s all good. From the other side of the aisle, kudos to Matt. Dreaming of a day when Matt outs Shoffner and Bookout and Tolbert outs Darr and Hutchinson, but for now the checks and balances of party competition will have to suffice. Theodosius

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om Cotton continues his mad rampage through Washington. How long will it be before security takes him into custody? Confinement of the congressman would actually be best for him, and even better for the rest of us. Cotton is on record against food stamps, student loans, functional government, protecting women against violence. (“Pour it on” seems to be his message to abusers, as if they needed encouragement.) The other Republican congressmen from Arkansas voted against a Democratic version of the Violence Against Women Act — they’re more concerned with being anti-Democrat than pro-women — but they at least voted for an inferior Republican version of the bill, so they could claim some sympathy for battered women. Cotton voted against both bills, his own party’s as well as the Democrats’. In response to Democratic criticism, a spokesman for Cotton said he questioned whether either bill could withstand a legal challenge. The congressman believes it’s better to take one’s time and get every comma in the right place than to rush to save women from beatings they may have been asking for in the first place. If somebody introduces a bill to feed starving children, Tom Cotton will vote against it. He’s making a name for himself, and it’s not the kind of name a sensible person would want.


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he fatal shooting of a 107-year-old man at Pine Bluff brought much attention to Arkansas, and, it’s rumored, could earn an “oldest victim” award from the NRA. But the state gunners are not resting on their oars. It appeared momentarily that a state law allowing school districts to arm teachers and other employees as “private security guards” might be toppled by an unfavorable attorney general’s opinion. But the state board that commissions private security guards leapt into action and voted to allow 13 school districts to continue using the law. About 60 school employees will be armed and roaming schoolyards as a result. Some of these schools are probably K through 12, raising the possibility that kindergartners could be brought down by promiscuous gunfire. If so, those would surely be among the youngest gunshot victims. The children who died at Newtown, Conn., were firstgraders, as we recall. We know what will happen if Arkansas children are harvested while attending school, and it won’t be legislative action to remove guns from the campus. Instead, legislators and the NRA will cry that what’s needed is more guns and more gunmen in school. They’ll get their way, too. No matter how many people are shot to death in America — and there were another baker’s dozen at Washington this week — lawmakers won’t offend gun lovers and gun manufacturers. Are they bought, or just scared? It’s disgraceful, either way. 6

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he University of Arkansas just can’t quit its bad habits. On the very week University of Arkansas officials faced a damaging audit before a legislative committee, it demonstrated again its disdain for public accountability. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette asked a simple question. How much did the University of Arkansas pay Southern Mississippi to play the Hogs last Saturday in Fayetteville? The university refused to say. Officials said the Hogs would be placed at a “competitive disadvantage” if compelled to disclose football game contracts. The information was readily available. The Hogs paid $975,000. AMemphis newspaper asked Southern Mississippi for the amount and it was promptly supplied, just as Arkansas State University routinely does. The subject came up at the legislative hearing at which the fired University of Arkansas spokesman John Diamond said he’d been instructed by Chancellor David Gearhart to shred documents related to deficit spending in the UA advancement division. Gearhart denied that and said Diamond was just disgruntled. No doubt, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t telling the truth. We already know Gearhart wasn’truthful when he told Arkansas Business when it broke the deficit story that the division always had a balanced budget when he was in charge. The legislative audit said he was six figures wrong. At the same hearing, auditors and legislators also noted that top university financial officials knew of problems in the division but failed to mention them to legislative auditors. State Rep. Andy Mayberry was quoted in the Democrat-Gazette: “I guess I fail to see what would be so proprietary in nature that the university would be so protective of that. But it seems to be part of a more overall approach or perhaps a lack of transparency, or maybe it’s just a perception of such.” Gearhart responded: “We believe it is a competitive disadvantage to us if

we released that information. We are trying to keep our expenses at the Razorback Foundation and intercollegiate athletics as low as we can, and our feeling is that this is information that would hurt us MAX in contract negotiations with other BRANTLEY teams.” Low cost? The UA has a $3 million football coach and just bought a $4 million airplane and is hitting up donors to build a $100 million football stadium expansion. But the real nonsense is this: The state Freedom of Information Act wasn’t written to protect the state, it was written to protect proprietary information of private companies when they seek assistance from the Economic Development Commission. Under the UA theory, it could keep secret details of any contract — including Gearhart’s. The University of Arkansas has argued this exception before — notably in keeping secret its negotiations with the Walton family for a $300 million contribution. The UA would have you believe that it always makes decisions in the public interest. You need look no farther than the university’s hiring of a former football coach’s mistress to know that mistakes are sometimes made. The Southern Miss contract? Did we pay too much? Could we have gotten a better opponent for less? The University has long hidden much of its business, using the private Razorback and University foundations to do its secret work. It doesn’t tolerate those who object. Ask John Diamond. But when a football game payday becomes an official secret, we’ve crossed a bridge too far. Legislators didn’t seem much inclined to cut the UA slack last week. Newly powerful Republicans, not part of the long-cosseted power structure, were in the vanguard of the questioners. It will be interesting to see if Republicans — as they institutionalize their power — will become as susceptible to the university’s charms (cut-rate football tickets, free parking, other entertainment) as others who came before them.


Guns in school increase danger


f there is a good side to tragedies like the massacre of children at the Sandy Hook school, it is that they stir laudable impulses to fix things so that it never happens here. But there is always the danger that the desperate fix itself will pose greater dangers than the distant chance that the horror will repeat itself right here, in your own school. Arming teachers, aides and principals to battle delusional people who enter the school with assault guns is just such a reaction. School arsenals may be the wave of the future in Arkansas after the state board that regulates private security companies authorized 14 schools to risk violating the law by arming part of their staffs. It’s illegal in Arkansas for employees to take guns to school. A state representative plans to revive legislation to change the law to let staffs carry sidearms in school, although it may be 2015 before he can get it introduced and passed. The legislature blocked the bill last spring. Arming school staffs is the National Rifle Association’s answer to the Con-

necticut massacre, the most horrific of the random school shootings the past 25 years. Gun-carrying teachers and ERNEST administrators is a DUMAS prospect that generally horrifies educators, including my own extended family of teachers, but the contemporary philosophy that the safest place in the world to be is where the most guns are usually carries the day when Southern and Western legislatures meet. The slaughter of tiny children seemed for a while to galvanize the country. Polls showed overwhelming support for tough background checks on gun buyers and restrictions on the sale of military-type weapons that can kill lots of people in seconds, the kind that are usually involved in random killings at schools, plants and public places. But nothing came of it. So you may understand why the school superintendent at small-town Clarksville, feeling it was a last resort for protecting

A win for diplomacy


efore you make the mistake of taking President Obama’s most strident critics regarding the Syrian deal too seriously, ponder this: With few exceptions, those calling the Russian-American agreement to eliminate Bashar al Assad’s nerve gas arsenal a capitulation, a sellout, and a shameful retreat also think bombing Damascus wouldn’t have been nearly enough. Nothing short of a boots-on-the-ground American invasion of Syria, would have satisfied these jokers. Prominent among them is Sen. John McCain, who views the diplomatic breakthrough as “an act of provocative weakness on America’s part.” McCain, who has vigorously supported all nine of the nation’s last three wars on about 316 TV talk shows, is never happy unless the U.S. is attacking somebody. Only violent solutions strike him as realistic. That’s probably the single biggest reason he never became president. Then there’s Eliot A. Cohen, founding father of the Project for a New American Century, a now-defunct Washington pressure group whose messianic schemes for a U.S. empire stretching from the Mediterranean to Afghanistan inspired the Iraq war. Featuring such luminaries as Dick Cheney,

Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, to these geniuses overthrowing Saddam Hussein was only the beginGENE ning. Next on their LYONS agenda was Iran, in case you wonder why the mad Ayatollahs have been tinkering with nukes. So anyway, just as President Obama was getting ready to ask Congress to endorse a punitive strike against Syrian chemical weapon sites, Cohen published a Washington Post column scolding Americans for their cowardice. The families of the war dead, he allowed, were entitled to sorrow. “But for the great mass of the American public,” he wrote “for their leaders and the elites who shape public opinion, ‘war-weariness’ is unearned cant, unworthy of a serious nation and dangerous in a violent world… Americans can change the channel if they find the images too disturbing.” Got that citizens? Shut up, pay your taxes and avert your eyes. Next the Obama administration pulled a large Russian rabbit out of its hat, leaving the neocons feeling foolish. For all the

the kids from unhinged townspeople, Last Sunday, a former collegiate athlete decided to arm people on his staff. The who was injured in a car wreck stumbled strapped schools don’t have the money to to a nearby house to get help, but the occuhire resource officers and he won’t have to pant was distressed by his appearance and supplement the paltry salaries of teachers called 911. When police arrived, the man who take on the extra duty of packing heat. shambled toward them and, figuring that Here is the terrible truth about guns in he must have a pistol, they gunned him schools or anywhere they are not in the down. He didn’t. All these were trained control of lawmen and security officers: lawmen, not laymen, and they did what They raise, not diminish, the prospect of their training seemed to require under suddeath and mayhem. If you carry a gun or den pressure. Tempests escalate when the keep one in the desk, at bedside or in the danger of guns is present. Schools will be glove compartment, the chances go up that no safe harbor. Veteran schoolteachers know that and some circumstance will cause you to use it, perhaps purposely but also mistakenly want no part of instant vigilante justice. or accidentally. Nowhere is that more true They’ll chance that their common sense than in schools, where confrontations and and skills will handle situations and that disagreements, from kids bringing pistols to providence will protect their charges from school to hallway fights and disputes with the rare madmen with assault rifles. A wise teachers, are everyday occurrences. They old country editor at Jonesboro, Roy Ockrarely end in killings. ert Jr., had it right about having a school But if you are armed and are commis- full of teachers and administrators toting sioned by the school to protect everyone, heat: “The idea of having more than 20 using or simply displaying your weapon armed guards in a school is as scary as havwill not be the last resort. Things will too ing none.” often escalate to that point and beyond. A sign that shows up at all the gun rallies, A Bible-quoting 107-year-old man who again last weekend in Washington, says: kept a bedside pistol for his safety became “Guns Save Lives.” They sometimes do, but unhinged when they came to move him of the 33,000 gun deaths each year in the to a new home in Pine Bluff last week and United States — the second highest rate in began firing wildly. They called the police, the world after Mexico — not one occurs where there is a vacuum of guns. who saw nothing to do but kill him.

hugger-mugger about “red-lines” and the Hmm… Isn’t something missing here? White House’s odd decision to position a Let’s go to the maps. It’s roughly 900 miles naval task force within striking range of from Tehran to Damascus via, oh yeah, Damascus before deciding to ask congres- Baghdad. See, it’s precisely the U.S. invasional permission, the end result was nev- sion of Iraq championed by Krauthammer ertheless remarkable. and his chums that created this supposedly Clumsy? Definitely. But it’s not a Bruce scary alliance. Sectarian strife among Sunni Willis movie; it’s a foreign policy. and Shiite Muslims has erupted there at “By hook or by crook,” Kevin Drum irregular intervals for almost 1,400 years. writes “Obama (a) raised the issue of Assad’s Shouldn’t these brilliant thinkers have chemical weapons to an international level, thought of that before now? (b) got Vladimir Putin (!) to take a lead role So what do the Russians want? In a word, in reining them in, (c) got Assad to join the stability. Unlike the U.S., Russia has a large chemical weapons ban and agree to give up Muslim minority. Roughly one in six Rushis stockpiles, and (d) [did] it all while keep- sians is Muslim. Like the Tsarnaev bothing military pressure as an active option, but ers of Boston, nearly all are Sunni. What without ever firing a shot.” Putin definitely doesn’t want is Chechen Mike Tomasky has it right: “If Assad separatists getting their hands on nerve gas. is mad enough to use [chemical weapons] Driving overland, Syria’s roughly as close to again, Obama won’t mess with Congress Chechnya as to Iran. or even Russia. He’ll be credited by most Can Putin be trusted? To do what’s observers…for having shown restraint the good for Russia, yes. As President Obama first time, and more people will agree at that explained to George Stephanopoulos, the point that Assad must be punished.” Cold War is over. “I don’t think that Mr. Then there’s Charles Krauthammer, Putin has the same values that we do,” he the Post columnist who accuses Obama of said. “But what I’ve also said to him directly “epic incompetence,” complaining that the is that we both have an interest in preventing Russians prefer to keep Bashar al Assad in chaos, we both have an interest in preventpower. He worries that “Assad is the key link ing terrorism. The situation in Syria right in the anti-Western Shiite crescent stretch- now is untenable.” ing from Tehran through Damascus and And he also quoted Ronald Reagan: Beirut to the Mediterranean.” “Trust, but verify.”

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TECH PARK PROGRESS. The interminable search for a location for the Little Rock Technology Park could be nearing the end. The Park Authority board selected three sites to consider: Main Street downtown, land at Interstate 630 and University Avenue currently occupied by Sears, and land adjacent to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that Chancellor Joel Anderson recently proposed. At the current rate of progress, a site will be selected in 2015. ANTI-ABORTION STATE LEGISLATORS. Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he wouldn’t award a contract to Planned Parenthood to help publicize the state’s new subsidized health coverage. Planned Parenthood is particularly well suited through its broad-based health offerings to reach people, particularly lower-income people, who might benefit from coverage. The work had nothing to do with abortion. Abortion wouldn’t have been mentioned. But anti-abortion legislators are on a crusade to put Planned Parenthood out of business because it has clinics that provide abortion (in Arkansas, only through pharmaceutical means).

THE LEGACY OF THE LITTLE ROCK NINE. The Little Rock Nine Foundation, established in 1997, announced the establishment of a scholarship fund at the Clinton School of Public Service. SPREADING WOO PIG SOOIE FEVER. The University of Arkansas announced a discovery by campus biological researchers: a new organism said to be useful in understanding the evolution of animals and fungi. Researchers named it Pygsuia biforma after the cheer.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. A legislative auditing committee ran UA officials through the wringer at a hearing on an audit of the university’s advancement division. Under oath, recently fired UA spokesman John Diamond told legislators that some key documents related to the advancement division’s budget deficit may have been ordered destroyed by Chancellor David Gearhart. Gearhart called the allegations “astounding” and “absurd.” At the conclusion of the meeting, legislators voted to have the state’s audit team look more deeply into the advancement division.

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The color of music UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK music professor Bob Boury met The Observer at the front door to his home in the Heights neighborhood with a compliment: “What a musical name you have,� he said. We sat down, the professor, artist Marjorie WilliamsSmith and The Observer, and watched as Boury matched up the letters in The Observer’s names to the Korean scale, which starts on G and includes a B flat (matched to the alphabet A through G, H through N and so forth). He played the name thusly on the piano and then improvised. He was right. It’s a very musical name; the result was lyrical and light. But it was darkness that Boury and Williams-Smith were after, there on their last of six sessions loosely meant to answer these questions: If you listen to a nocturne being played on the piano while you’re creating silverpoint drawings for an exhibit called “Nocturne,� what will the result be? What is the influence of music on art? Williams-Smith uses a stylus fitted with silver and other metals to draw, in meticulous detail, dried flowers. Because they’re dead (dried to retain some shape), the flowers don’t compete with Williams-Smith’s fine hand for beauty. Because she’s been drawing on paper primed with black gesso, the works in “Nocturne,� which will be shown at UALR’s Fine Arts Center starting Oct. 10, have a definite mood.  A nocturne, as all musicians know, is a piece of music usually composed in a minor key, with dreamy, lower notes and running notes, Boury said. There in Boury’s dining room — which is mostly piano — Williams-Smith has been drawing as Boury plays Chopin or Scarlatti and other pieces, including his own work. Sometimes she listens — she was this day, her head moving to the music — sometimes she doesn’t. At any rate, what has happened over the six sessions, she said, is a greater spontaneity. Normally Williams-Smith works in pencil first and then in silver or other metals, like copper, to create the image, a process that can take days. Maybe the

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music is informing the brain in the way a sketch would. The music has at times suggested color to Williams-Smith. “Sometimes I see a blue� in a musical piece, she said, which she may add to her drawing with a bit of conte crayon. It was a response that didn’t surprise Boury. Liszt famously saw color when he heard music, a neurological melding called synesthesia, as did Olivier Messiaen and Itzhak Perlman. For fun, Boury — using a key someone created matching notes to color as reported by musicians — has put to music color compositions by Marjorie. (Boury also finds inspiration in his alphabet system, using the name of God in various languages with various foreign scales in a composition.) Williams-Smith wants to carry the mood and rhythm of the nocturne into the physical set-up — the colors of the walls, the placement of the drawings — the “visual beat.� “I want it to be an experience,� she said. Boury may play during a reception for the show, which will run through Nov. 24 in Gallery II.  “I love to play for Marjorie,� Boury said. “We are the same personality type — introverted, intuitive.� Boury’s music has served artist Warren Criswell as well. Criswell has set some of his animations, such as “Fading,� to Boury’s work. Criswell says the following poem by Boury could have been written for “Fading,� set to Boury’s “Invisible Cities.� The clouds at sunset stand on end, Secret Alphabets in the air That speak a word, a line — a Psalm, Hebrew words without a sound. Like Smith, Boury has been teaching at UALR for more than three decades. Smith came from Washington, D.C., to Arkansas; Boury from Wheeling, W.Va. They see Arkansas as a place with plenty of creative people. “Sometimes it takes coming from somewhere else to recognize it,� Boury said.  Williams-Smith and her husband, artist Aj Smith, will be speaking at Saturday’s Festival of Ideas, 1 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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hat impeccable timing for Pearls to laud the heady guidance of Brandon Allen last week. The SI Cover Jinx ain’t got nothin’ on me. Allen tumbled into the end zone seemingly without incident Saturday, scoring the first TD of what wound up being a weird and uneven 24-3 Hog win over hapless Southern Mississippi. When he trotted off the field, arm dangling a little and a slight wince on his face, it was readily discernible that this “deep shoulder bruise” wasn’t the kind of injury that could be shaken off. Allen stood on the sidelines with his arm in a sling for the next 3 1/2 quarters. Transfer A.J. Derby finished out the win, and it was obvious that neither Bret Bielema nor Jim Chaney seemed inclined to keep the playbook splayed open for the kid. He got a little confidence from completing two short third-quarter throws, but mostly Derby’s arm was employed to hand off to Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, both of whom crossed the 100-yard mark again. If anything, Arkansas is sticking to this method of ball control with phenomenal results given the inexperience of those being entrusted with it. And yet, reality sets in. The Hogs’ combined margin of victory is an impressive 89-38...against three largely unimpressive foes. Allen was progressing beautifully and gaining swagger, only to ding himself in a most improbable manner. The forthcoming murderball schedule is so daunting that even optimal health at every position was going to be essential just for competition’s sake. Now that the Hogs face a game or two with Allen gone or limited at best, the bleakness of the forecast doubles. Derby was only allowed to throw six times against a porous Southern Miss D, which is less of an indictment of the young man’s skills and more of a safety measure afforded by having an opponent in the midst of a schoolworst losing skid. The Golden Eagles may have brighter days ahead under Todd Monken, but at present they are in such a shabby state that wasting playcalling creativity against them is, well, wasteful. Why should Chaney show any cards in a game like this? This is the facet of football that our fans often fail to grasp. At the risk

of being elementary in the analysis, how satisfied would you be if the Razorbacks chucked BEAU 50 passes and WILCOX rolled up that many points against Samford or Southern Miss? If you can win by being vanilla, you absolutely should. It may not generate SportsCenter footage to do things that way, but at this juncture, a team in mid-makeover like Arkansas simply won’t nudge its way into prominence. It will take a fairly massive tremor in October for that to occur. There’s no stated timetable on Allen’s absence or return to action right now, and the coy act in Fayetteville suggests that it’ll be Derby taking snaps against Rutgers this weekend in a road rematch that takes on far more curiosity and importance now. It isn’t simply the fact that Arkansas feels like it laid down last year in a 35-26 loss to the Scarlet Knights, but more of a sense that Rutgers has a great obstacle of its own that probably carries more impact on the team than Allen’s presumed absence would. The Knights’ seasoned signal caller, Gary Nova, tossed five TDs in the win last September, but is also ailing after getting a concussion against Eastern Michigan. Arkansas leans so hard on Collins and Williams that it still has strengths to assert if Derby is left to game-manage up in Piscataway. That said, it’s also a reasonable expectation that Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle will be more involved this weekend; nothing helps a nervous thrower quite like a pair of large and reliable targets in the middle of the field. This will be a monumental test without Allen, but let’s not mince words: It was going to be tough regardless. The Knights are a respectable program with a burgeoning tradition. You can deride East Coast football all you want, but Greg Schiano pushed this program to new heights and Kyle Flood seems well equipped to keep it there. The Hogs can’t assume anything and wouldn’t have, given their own known flaws, but if Allen is unable to wing it then they’ll likely enter this one with a plus sign on the Vegas line.

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ABUNDANT: Brazil has coffee, Hot Springs has rubber bands.

‘Holding your world together’: Rubber bands made at Hot Springs do it. BY DOUG SMITH


eople know about the racetrack, the amphibious Ducks, the gangster museum. It’s somewhat less common knowledge that Hot Springs is also home to the biggest rubber-band manufacturer in the United States. Alliance Rubber Company was founded in Alliance, Ohio, in 1923, by William H. Spencer, who moved the company to Hot Springs in 1944. Spencer’s daughter, Bonnie Spencer Swayze, now the president of Alliance, remembers her father cutting rubber bands from old inner tubes. That’s not the way it’s done now, when the company turns out 14 to 15 million pounds of rubber bands a year, in a variety of sizes, colors and strengths. (A band 10 inches long unstretched is the biggest.) Alliance buys its rubber from sellers in rubber-growing countries such as

Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, where they still have rubber plantations like the kind that used to appear in old Bette Davis movies, and where the rubber is harvested in pretty much the same old way, called “tapping.” An incision is made in the bark of the rubber tree. A fluid (latex) oozes out and is collected in a vessel attached to the tree. The latex is then refined into rubber ready for commercial processing. At the Alliance plant here, the unprocessed rubber is in blocks that resemble big chunks of cheese. The rubber first goes into a device elevated on a platform, where it’s heated and mixed with various chemicals — dyes, fillers, etc. When it’s finished there, it drops down to a milling machine below, now looking very much like huge gobs of dough. It’s cooled and squeezed flat, and after it leaves the milling machine, it’s cut into strips. The


The Internet has been buzzing about the Pea Ridge School District. Dozens of websites have picked up reporting that schools had banned attendance by three sibling children living in a foster family (two of them described as disabled) until the students were tested for HIV. School officials have refused to talk about the issue in depth except to say they had acted on advice of counsel. The district apparently learned inadvertently that the birth mother and another child had tested HIV positive and had sent the other three children home. This sparked outrage from the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, which termed the decision illegal and immoral. The law protects children with HIV from such discrimination. The school district suggested it was following guidance that it could bar children with communicable diseases. But HIV is not considered a communicable disease by health authorities. After the furor broke out, the district issued a statement Monday: “This rare requirement is due to certain actions and behaviors that place students and staff at risk. The district respects the privacy and confidentiality of all students. “It is very unfortunate that information regarding this situation is being released by outside organizations. “Our goal is to provide the best education for every student, including those in question, in a responsible, respectful and confidential manner.” Confidential maybe. But the Disability Rights Center disagreed on the other two counts. It noted that, even if the children were HIV positive, they must be allowed to attend school. “The fact that the foster families have to provide documentation that the children are HIV negative before entering the school is unlawful and immoral,” the group said in a statement. “It stigmatizes individuals with disabilities — or their ‘perceived’ disabilities, as there is no indication these individuals have HIV. There is only an unlawful fear that they do.” The school ban caused one child to miss his first football game of the season. Pea Ridge School District Superintendent Rick Neal said on Tuesday that the students were back in school and the issue had been “resolved.”


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strips are fed into an extruding machine that forces the rubber out in long, hollow tubes. The tubes are cut into bands of different sizes. After the extrusion process is completed, the bands made into their different lengths and types, sample bands from each batch are subjected to a variety of tests. There’s a machine, with a human operator, that stretches the bands. According to Jason Risner, Alliance’s marketing manager, “Our band has the softest stretch.” That means it will stretch a long way with little exertion. To tighten the stretch, one uses more filler and less rubber. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28





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bamacare is coming. Enrollment in the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace begins Oct. 1, with coverage set to start in January. But with the law gearing up, many still have questions about what the new coverage options mean for them. And we have answers! Here are a few queries we’ve received lately. (Note: All of the questions below are about the individual insurance market; if, like most people, you’re getting your insurance through an employer or through a public program like Medicaid or Medicare, you typically won’t see much change.) Have a question about Obamacare and how it impacts you? Send to


Are there any regulations in place for the marketplace that prevent insurers from raising their rates between the time when a new customer is approved for coverage and when the coverage goes into effect?


I know that under Obamacare, insurance companies will have to take everyone. They won’t be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. But what about price? Is there any regulation in place that limits insurers from gouging people with pre-existing conditions?


Yes. Under Obamacare, not only will plans not be able exclude people because of their health history, they also won’t be allowed to discriminate in price based on people’s health. You know the forms that you fill out with your medical history to sign up for insurance (“underwriting”)? No more. There are only four things that insurance companies can use to determine your premium price: • family situation (individual or family) • where you live (Arkansas is divided into seven rating areas) • whether you smoke (smokers can be charged 1.5 times more) • age (but insurers are limited to charging the oldest consumers no more than 3 times what they charge the youngest). This part of the law is known as “community rating.” Pre-Obamacare, insurers set premiums largely based on things like gender, health status and use of medical services (or used age as a factor at a higher rate than 3:1). Community rating is a major change from the status quo. Under Obamacare, for example, a nonsmoking 30-year-old in Little Rock will get the same rate as a healthy man or a cancer survivor or a pregnant woman.


Yes. Your rate will be guaranteed for the full calendar year. New rates will come out each year and go into effect each January. Obamacare will also offer protections to ensure that insurers can’t drop you from coverage (for example, the law will eliminate annual or lifetime dollar caps, so you won’t have to worry about suddenly losing coverage in the event of a catastrophe).

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My insurance company said that I could keep my plan for one more year instead of going to Obamacare. Is this a good deal?

If your current private plan has lower rates than the Obamacare plans, it’s possible to keep it for most of calendar year 2014. Likewise, healthy people currently without insurance looking for a cheap deal can sign up for a private plan not on the exchange in December and keep it for most of the calendar year. The law allows people to renew for a full year late in 2014, or to sign up for a new plan for 364 days on Dec. 31. Insurance carriers in Arkansas are promoting the practice. But be careful: Going this route means you won’t get subsidies and you will face the individual mandate penalty, something that insurance companies are not being clear to customers about. In 2014, the penalty is whichever is greater: $95 or 1 percent of household income above the filing threshold ($10,000 for an individual, $20,000 for married filing jointly). You also won’t be getting the additional coverage and consumer protections that come with Obamacare. For example, these plans may not offer maternity coverage, while Obamacare plans will. The “early renewal loophole” definitely may be a good option for some, but you’ll want to read the fine print (and likely do some math).

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Doctor sues over law targeting him The name of Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker should be familiar to longtime Arkansas Times readers. Mara Leveritt chronicled his challenge of a charge that he possessed child pornography in a problem-plagued prosecution (one prosecutor wasn’t licensed to practice law) marked by significant contradictions in the evidence. But he was convicted and the conviction upheld on appeal. He served a prison sentence and returned to Arkansas. He was thought of well enough that the Air Force gave him an honorable discharge and the state medical board restored his license to practice medicine without restriction, which he’s done since 2006, though he’s faced protests in several cities. He’s been providing medical care in Hope for several years and participating in the Medicaid program. This fact apparently didn’t sit well with either a legislator or perhaps a constituent of a legislator. Last year, the Division of Legislative Audit made an unusual inquiry to the Department of Human Services about Parker’s practice. DHS apparently rebuffed a suggestion to take action against Parker, because there was no rule under which it could take action. DHS also said it saw no point in Legislative Audit’s desire to add up how much money Parker had been paid by Medicaid over the years. Legislative Audit, at the suggestion of Republican legislators, thought otherwise. It did a special audit of the Medicaid program and instructions apparently included, for the first time, a review of Medicaid participants for sex offenders. The audit was released in February. It covered many topics, including the fact that Parker had been paid about $490,000 by Medicaid. Republican legislators expressed alarm. They emphasized the aggregate payments, not the $70,000-a-year payments the amount represented since 2006. After the audit, Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock introduced legislation to prevent Medicaid from paying anyone who was a sex offender. Parker is registered at the lowest level, for a crime that didn’t involve contact with a child. Sanders insists his legislation was aimed only at protecting children, not at Parker. Parker was the only Medicaid provider with a sex offense. The law, which took effect last month, thus has affected only one person — Parker. The bulk of his practice is providing medical services to people poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. Last week, he sued in federal court.

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Autumn sounds

B.B. King, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson highlight the fall music schedule. BY ROBERT BELL


ou know that any live music season that starts with Diarrhea Planet and ends with Smoke Up Johnny is going to be a very special one, and so it is with the 2013 fall slate of live music in Arkansas. And yes, that is the real, actual name of an actual, real band. On Sept. 27, Nashville punk outfit Diarrhea Planet returns to Little Rock for a show at Stickyz with openers The So So Glos. That same day sees the kickoff of the second edition of the two-day Arkansas Sounds Music Fest, presented by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and featuring Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Collin Raye, Tav Falco and Panther Burns, Bonnie Montgomery and more at First Security Amphitheater and the River Market pavilions. It’s all free. Also Sept. 27, John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives play White Water Tavern, country favorite Pat Green plays George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville and the irrepressible Tav Falco and Panther Burns head on down to Spa City for a show with The Bloodless Cooties at Maxine’s. On Sept. 28, alt-country veterans Son Volt and openers Colonel Ford will perform at Revolution. Many in that crowd will no doubt want to rest up, because the very next day, Sept. 29 that’d be, country/ punk/metal hellraiser Hank III will be in town for a show, also at Revolution. There’s a great metal show on tap for Sept. 30: Windhand, Iron Tongue and Sumokem will rattle the rafters at White Water Tavern. Also that evening, synthpop artist Nedelle Torrisi plays at The Undercroft, the new venue at Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., $5. Or if you’re up in Northwest Arkansas, NeedtoBreathe is at George’s. The date Oct. 1 is one to keep in mind if you’re into virtuosic acoustic guitar wizardry: Australian notable and Certified Guitar Player Tommy Emmanuel returns to Conway for a show at Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA. There’s a tough choice for fans of shaggy singer/songwriter-type rock on 14

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Oct. 2, as Okkervil River plays at Revolution and Richard Buckner and Adam Faucett play White Water Tavern. On Oct. 3, the highly acclaimed psychpop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays at Stickyz. Also that day, Memphis hip-hop stalwart Yo Gotti is at Juanita’s. for something a little more Baby-Boomeroriented, you can check out Three Dog Night at Oaklawn. Popular Christian singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin plays at Verizon Arena Oct. 4. For something a little more country flavored, The Josh Abbott Band and Tyler and the Tribe play Revolution. Or you metalheads can get a dose of psychedelic heaviness from Savannah, Ga.’s Kylesa at Downtown Music Hall. Also on Oct. 4, Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires return to White Water Tavern and up in Fayetteville, Anda Union, from Inner Mongolia, brings a group of 14 musicians performing on traditional

Mongolian instruments, or for something totally different at a WAC venue, classic rock giants ZZ Top get down to some rockin’ at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. On Oct. 4-5, the annual Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival returns to Hill Wheatley in Plaza Hot Springs, with two stages of music, artists, kids activities, food, beer and wine and more. Performers include Luella & The Sun, Adam Faucett, The Memphis Dawls, Telegraph Canyon and many others. The DennyWest Music Festival — Oct. 5 at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts — features Ukulele Bill, REAL Entertaining, Mister Morphis One Man Band, the Hartley Family Bluegrass Band, Posey Hill, the Mulligan Brothers, and BettySoo. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion returns to Little Rock for an Oct. 5 show at Stickyz, or over at White Water Tavern you can catch up-and-coming Portland, Ore., soul-punkers Magic

Mouth with Bonnie Montgomery. On Oct. 6, marijuana enthusiast and rapper Afroman is at George’s. King Biscuit alums might recognize Memphis singer/ songwriter Valerie June, whose new album “Pushin’ Against a Stone” is generating some significant buzz. June plays at Juanita’s on Oct. 7 with Matrimony and Steve Hester & Deja Voo Doo. Next day, same venue: alt-rock guitar lovers Silversun Pickups perform with openers Electric Guest. Here’s a good one: On Oct. 8, So-Cal hard-rock savants Queens of the Stone Age take to the stage at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville. The term “legendary” gets thrown around a good bit by music critics (including this one, sometimes), but here’s one for which that term is indisputably applicable: Oct. 9, the absolutely stone-cold legendary country singer/songwriter

FA L L A R T S 2 013 Billy Joe Shaver will perform at White Water Tavern with Bonnie Montgomery. Folks, this will be one of those donot-miss-under-any-circumstances shows (heads-up: there’s another one on Oct. 11, see below). Of course, this being Little Rock, it would have to happen on the same day that Shooter Jennings is in town, for a show at Revolution with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Leopold and His Fiction. Also that night: the outre rock theatrics of Electric Six, with My Jerusalem and Flaming Death Faeries at Stickyz. Here’s the other aforementioned don’tmiss show: On Oct. 11, bona fide gospel royalty Mavis Staples will perform at Christ Episcopal Church. Of course, many folks (including those who come for a ride on the Arkansas Times Blues Bus on Saturday, Oct. 12) will be heading on over to Helena for the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival (Oct. 10-12), with Marcia Ball, Robert Cray and Gregg Allman headlining. On Oct. 12-13, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents “Halloween Spooktacular,” featuring works by Wagner, Berlioz, Liszt and more at Robinson Center Music Hall. Also on Oct. 12, old-timey adherent Pokey LaFarge comes to South on Main. Nu-metal fiends will want to pay attention right about now: long about Oct. 14, Mushroomhead plays at Juanita’s. Thursday, Oct. 17, will provide an early start to a huge weekend of music, with Luke Bryan at Verizon Arena that evening, the Yonder Mountain Stringband’s Harvest Music Festival Oct. 17-19 at Mulberry Mountain, classic rock legends Black Oak Arkansas playing at Revolution Oct. 18 with Jocephus and The George Jonestown Massacre and Iron Tongue, ’80s hard-rock giants Bon Jovi at Verizon Arena Oct. 18 and Texasbased alt-rockers Blue October hitting up Juanita’s on Oct. 19. Revolution has a big show Oct. 23: indie rock mainstays Dawes and former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, whose new album “Southeastern” has been drawing universal rave reviews as being the best thing he’s ever recorded. The Conway Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of 2013 is Oct. 23 at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall. From Oct. 23-27, you can check out the 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival at various venues in Eureka Springs, highlighted by a visit from Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, featuring Michael Martin Murphy at The Auditorium on Oct. 26.


Come Oct. 24 y’all’d best be ready for “Grits and Glamour: Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan” at Reynolds Performance Hall. On Oct. 28, Stickyz hosts the kitchensink polka-fied eclecticism of Brave Combo. The next day, George’s Majestic Lounge will serve up a heap of Leftover Salmon. On Oct. 30 producers extraordinaire Blue Sky Black Death will be at Stickyz and prog-metal giants Coheed


and Cambria at Revolution, with Balance and Composure and I The Mighty. On Halloween, Nashville rockers The Wild Feathers are at Revolution. On Nov. 1, classic rock mainstays The Doobie Brothers are at the Walton Arts Center. Nov. 2 sees the return of the psychobilly veterans in Reverend Horton Heat, with Arkansas’s own Mountain Sprout and Shreveport’s Dirtfoot at Revolution. Also Nov. 2: a performance from Broadway star

and renowned soprano Audra McDonald at Reynolds Performance Hall. A few days later, Nov. 5 to be precise, Straight No Chaser returns to Reynolds. Nov. 8 will be an evening to bust out the suspenders and mustache wax, as neofolk superstars The Avett Brothers will perform at Verizon Arena. That same day, White Water Tavern hosts Patrick Sweany and Stickyz brings in Two Cow Garage. Nov. 9-10 sees the return of one of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s most popular programs: “Beethoven and Blue Jeans,” featuring pieces by Gulda and Beethoven at Robinson Center Music Hall. Also on Nov. 9, The Marcus Roberts Trio is at South on Main and UCA brings in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” to Reynolds Performance Hall. On Nov. 10, former SouthGang member Butch Walker comes to Revolution. Remember that whole “Harlem Shake” thing that was gripping the nation a few months ago? The track’s creator, Bauuer, will be at Juanita’s Nov. 14. On Nov. 16, Paul Thorn and Will Hoge perform at Revolution. Nov. 17 is a don’t-miss for pop fans: Pink brings her “Truth About Love Tour” to Verizon Arena. Also that day: guitar guru Steve Vai plays at Juanita’s. Here’s one that is sure to be a sold-out affair: a living legend, the Chairman of the Board himself, B.B. King plays at The Auditorium in Eureka Springs on Nov. 18. Fans of indie rock guitar heroics will surely mark Nov. 20 on their calendars for the Built to Spill show at Revolution. Another living legend, the great Willie Nelson, plays at Robinson Center Music Hall Nov. 21 (and at the Walton Arts Center on Nov. 26). Nov. 23 sees an intimate performance from Rosanne Cash at South on Main. Dec. 12 sees an always-welcome visit from the brilliant singer/songwriter Malcolm Holcombe at White Water Tavern. Next day, same venue: blues favorite Alvin Youngblood Hart. From Dec. 13-15, the Arkansas Chamber Singers present their holiday concert “Spirit of the Season,” with traditional carols and new works by Arkansas composers, at the Old State House Museum. You’ll really know it’s the holiday season by Dec. 20, as the TransSiberian Orchestra plays Verizon Arena and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra kicks off its “Happy Holidays” show (Dec. 20-22). And if all that doesn’t bring it home for you, maybe Smoke Up Johnny will at White Water Tavern on Dec. 21.

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2013 Schedule of Events Sept 26-Oct 5 Tuesday, October 1

Thursday, September 26

Saturday, September 28

5:00 PM, Public Lecture: Visiting Artist Dustyn Bork (mixed media and printmaking), Art Building A, Room A110, Hendrix College

7:30 PM, Play: Amateurs, Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle Street

6:00 PM, Reception: Visiting Artist Dustyn Bork, Art Building A, Hendrix College

Sunday, September 29 2:30 PM, Play: Amateurs, Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle Street

10 AM-5 PM, Art Exhibits: “Angle of Repose,” paintings on found paper by Maysey Craddock; “Nature/Nurture,” photos by Jennifer Shaw; “Artistic Eye: Works from the Personal Collections of the UCA Art Faculty,” Baum Gallery of Fine Art, McCastlain Hall, UCA On View, Conway League of Artists Art Display in Kordsmeier Storefront Windows, Chestnut and Oak Streets 7:00 pm, Author Leigh McLeroy, Reading and Book Signing, Burgess Auditorium, Central Baptist College 7:30 PM, Arkansas Saxophone Quartet Art and Music concert, Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle Street

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Wednesday, October 2 10 AM-5 PM, Art Exhibits: “Angle of Repose,” paintings on found paper by Maysey Craddock; “Nature/Nurture,” photos by Jennifer Shaw; “Artistic Eye: Works from the Personal Collections of the UCA Art Faculty,” Baum Gallery of Fine Art, McCastlain Hall, UCA 10 am- 4 PM, Conway Photography Club Exhibit, Conway City Hall, 1201 Oak Street On View, Conway League of Artists Art Display in Kordsmeier Storefront Windows, Chestnut and Oak Streets 3:00 PM, Dedication and reception of WWII memorial sculptures: Black Bear by Gary Keenan and Ring of Peace by Bryan Massey, Sr., Lobby, Wingo Hall, UCA

Friday, September 27

Monday, September 30

6:00 PM, Play: Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo by Judy B. Gross and directed by Ann Muse, Cabe Theatre, Hendrix College

10 AM-5 PM, Art Exhibits: “Angle of Repose,” paintings on found paper by Maysey Craddock; “Nature/Nurture,” photos by Jennifer Shaw; “Artistic Eye: Works from the Personal Collections of the UCA Art Faculty,” Baum Gallery of Fine Art, McCastlain Hall, UCA

7:00 PM, Unveiling of Yarn Bombed Caboose, Simon Park, downtown Conway 7:30 PM, Conway Symphony Orchestra Free Family Concert, Simon Park, downtown Conway 7:30 PM, Play: Amateurs, Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle Street 16 september 19, 2013


On View, Conway League of Artists Art Display in Kordsmeier Storefront Windows, Chestnut and Oak Streets 6:00 PM, Craft-In Event: “Guiding Us to You,” led by Hendrix College, La Lucha Space, 2035 Prince Street

10 am- 4 PM, Conway Photography Club Exhibit, Conway City Hall, 1201 Oak Street On View, Conway League of Artists Art Display in Kordsmeier Storefront Windows, Chestnut and Oak Streets 1:30 PM, Public Lecture by light/sound artist Jen Lewin, Art Lecture Hall, McCastlain Hall, 143, UCA 5-10 PM, Interactive sculpture: The Pool by Jen Lewin, Alumni Circle, UCA 5-10 PM, Interactive sculpture: Chandelier Harps by Jen Lewin, Simon Park 6 and 6:30 PM, Dance Performance: CORE Performance Company and Friends, The Pool and Chandelier Harps, Alumni Circle, UCA 7:30 PM, Cassatt String Quartet Concert, Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA 8 and 8:30 PM, Dance Performance: CORE Performance Company, Chandelier Harps, Simon Park, downtown Conway

Friday, October 4 10 AM-5 PM, Art Exhibits: “Angle of Repose,” paintings on found paper by Maysey Craddock; “Nature/Nurture,” photos by Jennifer Shaw; “Artistic Eye: Works from the Personal Collections of the UCA Art Faculty,” Baum Gallery, McCastlain Hall, UCA

8:00 PM, Night of Literature: Oxford American, Toad Suck Review, Aonian Extravaganza, Table Mesa Bistro Rooftop (formerly Michelangelo’s), 1117 Oak Street

Thursday, October 3 10 AM-5 PM, Art Exhibits: “Angle of Repose,” paintings on found paper by Maysey Craddock; “Nature/Nurture,” photos by Jennifer Shaw; “Artistic Eye: Works from the Personal Collections of the UCA Art Faculty,” Baum Gallery of Fine Art, McCastlain Hall, UCA

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10 am- 4 PM, Conway Photography Club Exhibit, Conway City Hall, 1201 Oak Street On View, Conway League of Artists Art Display in Kordsmeier Storefront Windows, Chestnut and Oak Streets

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6-8 PM, Independent Living Services Art Exhibit, Bob’s Grill, 1112 Oak Street 4-8 PM, Conway Schools Art Exhibit, American Management Corporation, Lobby, 824 Front Street 5-10 PM, Interactive sculpture: The Pool and Chandelier Harps by Jen Lewin, Alumni Circle, UCA

Sept. 27, 7:30pm

Symphony in Simon Park - FREE concert in downtown Conway to kick off ArtsFest week!

Jen Lewin The Pool

Nov. 16, 7:30pm 8-8:45 PM, Band: Matt Hectorne and the Family Tree

5-10 PM, Interactive sculpture: The Pool and Chandelier Harps by Jen Lewin, Alumni Circle, UCA

7:30 PM, ArtsFest Fun Run, End Simon Park

9-10:30, Band: Quad Killer

7-9 PM, Conway Film Festival, Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle Street

Saturday, October 5

7:30-8: 15 PM, UCA Dixieland Band, Jazz in the Park Festival, Chris Allen Stage, Simon Park

10 am- 4 PM, Conway Photography Club Exhibit, Conway City Hall, 1201 Oak Street

8:30-9:15 PM, Simona Donova and Michael Yoder Jazz Duo, Jazz in the Park Festival, Chris Allen Stage, Simon Park

On View, Conway League of Artists Art Display in Kordsmeier Storefront Windows, Chestnut and Oak Streets

9:30-10 30 PM, Community Jam Session, Jazz in the Park Festival, Chris Allen Stage, Simon Park

10 AM, Lightwire Theater presents: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & The Hare, electroluminescent puppetry family show, Reynolds Performance Hall, tickets $10 adults; $5 children, available at the Reynolds Box Office: (501) 450-3265;

8-9:30 PM, Poetry: Saturday Shorts, Lantern Theater, 2021 Van Ronkle Street

“Light up the Night,” (Adult arts activities in Simon Park featuring Light) 5-10 PM, Interactive sculpture: Chandelier Harps by Jen Lewin, Simon Park 5-10 PM, Graphite Guerrillas Contest 5-10 PM, Little Photo Booth 5-10 PM, Shadow Puppet Theater 5-10 PM, Stop Motion Film Booth 5-10 PM, Light Bomber Booth 5-10 PM, Hands-On Art Activity 5-10 PM, Light up the Night Passport Scavenger Hunt 5-10 PM, Light Installation by Scott Meador 5-10 PM, Hoopers 6-6:45 PM, Band: Albert Hoover 7-7:45 PM, Band: American Lions

Opening Night! Dec. 7, 7:30pm

Tinsel and Tutus Mar. 15, 2:00pm

Peter and the Wolf Children’s Concert April 19, 7:30pm

Beethoven on Fire Performances at Reynolds Performance Hall, except as noted. For concert information and tickets: • (501) 269-1066

11 AM-4 PM, Conway Schools Art Exhibit, American Management Corporation, Lobby 824 Front Street Art in the Park, Family-Friendly Activities in Simon Park 11 AM-4 PM, Art Marketplace, Simon Park 11 AM-3pm Music, Theater, Puppet Theater and Dance Performances on the Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park 11 AM-1 PM, Conway Civic Clubs Chili Cookoff, Simon Park 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, Open Nest at Blackbird Academy, 1058 Front Street 1-1:30, Marketplace Artist Submission Judging, Simon Park 11 AM-2 PM, Hands-on Art Activity: Including Sidewalk Chalk, Working with Clay, Bookmaking, Face Painting, Water Colors, Cardboard Guitars, Caricature Drawings by Robbie burton 11 AM-2 PM, Hands-on Music Activity: Instrument Petting Zoo

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Fine Art At UCA Fall Exhibits Feature: Maysey Craddock Jen Lewin Jennifer Shaw


10 AM-10 PM, Interactive sculpture: Chandelier Harps by Jen Lewin, Simon Park 1-3 PM, Conway Film Festival, Lantern Theater, 2021 Van Ronkle Street

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LIN: Stars in ‘Linsanity.’

Spa City cinema

New sports series, award-winners make this year’s Hot Springs Doc Fest a must-attend. BY LINDSEY MILLAR


his year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Oct. 11-20, features surely the festival’s best lineup ever. Multiple award winners from the likes of Sundance and Hot Docs are on the bill. A biographical look at Arkansas-born football legend Bear Bryant called “Mama Called” will make its world premiere. The Bryant film is part of the festival’s new sports documentary series, which also includes “The Big Shootout: The Life and Times of 1969,” about the storied national championship game between Arkansas and Texas. The festival’s biggest draw might be “Good Ol’ Freda,” a portrait of The Beatles longtime secretary and fan club manager, Freda Kelly, who’ll be in attendance on opening night. That the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) has managed to secure a lineup that seems likely to draw a large audience is quite an accomplishment considering the state of the organization last year. In February 2012, Arvest Bank filed a foreclosure suit over more than $300,000 on loans on the Malco Theater, the festival’s flagship venue and largest asset. To make matters worse, two 18

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months before the festival, a microburst storm rendered the Malco unusable for the event. But under the new leadership of Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI) board chairwoman Susan Altrui and interim festival director Courtney Pledger, organizers scrambled, securing use of the Arlington Hotel as the primary festival venue and rounding up enough donations to host what ultimately was a widely praised festival. In June of this year, the HSDFI sold the Malco to developer Rick Williams for $385,000. “The sale of the Malco was the best thing that could happen to the organization,” Altrui said. “With that off our books, it’s meant we don’t have a large debt saddling us down. That’s meant the organization can do what the organization is meant to do, which is putting on a world-class film festival.” Though Pledger is quick to deflect praise for the lineup to the “incredibly valuable screening committee,” her stamp is clear. A Hollywood producer with an animated film featuring the voice of Seth Rogen in the works for DreamWorks, Pledger offers both industry con-

nections and a sense for how successful festivals are built. Together with planning a lineup “to reach out to the broadest audience,” Pledger said she’s been focused on encouraging documentary filmmakers to come to Hot Springs. “When they realize what an amazing festival it is, they’ll tell their community of people how wonderful it is,” she said. Appealing to directors has helped the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) grow in stature in recent years. Pledger took another page from the Little Rock festival’s playbook — she added a unique hook to the programming. Where the LRFF has tried to separate itself from other festivals through special programming surrounding the South and humanitarian issues, Hot Springs this year will debut the McKinnis Sports Documentary series, named in honor of Jerry McKinnis, the outdoor sports TV pioneer. The series includes at least 11 features and at least six shorts. In addition to the Bear Bryant film and “The Big Shootout,” local audiences will be interested in “The Jim Lindsey Story,” a short about the Arkansas football great turned Northwest Arkansas real estate tycoon, and “The Iden-

tity Theft of Mitch Mustain,” about the heralded high school football star whose brief time playing for the Razorbacks inspired controversy. Mustain and director Matthew Wolfe will be in attendance. Other promising titles in the series: “1,” a look at the evolution of Formula One; “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” about the boxer’s conversion to Islam, refusal to serve in the military and exile from boxing; “Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story,” a look at the meteoric rise of the unheralded point guard in the NBA; and “Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop,” an ESPN 30 for 30 short that features footage from 1954 of the thenhigh school junior working as a bellhop at Kutscher’s Country Club, a Jewish resort in the Catskills, and playing on the club’s basketball team, coached at the time by Red Auerbach. (Full disclosure: I’m on the jury of the McKinnis series.) Despite the new sports focus, as usual, the festival includes mostly general interest fare. A few of the especially compelling looking titles: “Tales from the Organ Trade,” a look at the $500 million black market of organ trafficking, which screens in advance of its TV debut CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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Fall Arts Calendar LITTLE ROCK AND NORTH LITTLE ROCK BOOKS SEPT. 27: “The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes.” Author Conevery Bolton Valencius will discuss and sign her book. Clinton School of Public Service, noon. SEPT. 30: “Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress.” Former congressman and author Tom Allen will discuss and sign his book. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. NOV. 21: Arkansas Reading Association Literacy Conference. Two-day event for educators and others, with authors, literary specialists, speakers and small group sessions. Statehouse Convention Center, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

EVENTS SEPT. 26: Fifth Annual Shine a Light on Literacy Event. First Lady Ginger Beebe will be recognized for her work with Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Governor’s Mansion, 6-8 p.m., $50. OCT. 4-6: “At the Barre.” Arkansas Festival Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5; 2 p.m. Oct. 6. OCT. 5: 2013 Little Rock Pride Parade. Downtown Little Rock, 2 p.m. OCT. 12: Annual Fall Community Unity Pride Picnic. Games, kids crafts, free food, music and more in pavilions 7 and 8. Murray Park, 1 p.m. NOV. 1 Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival. With beer from nearly 50 craft breweries and food from local restaurants. 6-9 p.m., Argenta Farmers Market grounds. NOV. 12: Arkansas Cornbread Festival. With cornbread and side dish competitions, arts and homemade crafts, locally produced food and gifts and more. South Main Street, Little Rock, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. NOV. 15: Dancing into Dreamland. Dance competition and fundraiser to benefit for Dreamland Ballroom, 7 p.m., $65.

FILM SEPT. 24-SEPT. 28: Reel Civil Rights Film Festival. Appearances by Myrlie Evers-Williams and Reena Denise Evers-Everette, wife and daughter, respectively, of slain civil rights champion Medgar Evers. Various times. Philander Smith College and Historic Arkansas Museum. SEPT. 30: “Broken Circle Breakdown.” Part of the GATHR film series, the story of the trials of an opposites-attract relationship. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $10. OCT. 7: “Capital.” Part of the GATHR film series, the power struggle between a giant European investment bank and the American hedge fund that tries to take it over. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $10. OCT. 14: “Big Sur.” Part of the GATHR film series, a fictional recounting of Jack Kerouac’s visits to Big Sur. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $10.


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PINK: Drops into Verizon Arena Nov. 17 on her ‘The Truth About Love Tour.’ OCT. 21: “Autoluminescent.” Part of the GATHR film series, a documentary about Australian songwriter Rowland S. Howard. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $10.

MUSIC SEPT. 27: Diarrhea Planet, The So So Glos. 18-and-older, Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8. SEPT. 27: Arkansas Sounds Music Fest. Presented by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. With Collin Raye, Tav Falco and Panther Burns, Bonnie Montgomery and more. Downtown Little Rock, free. SEPT. 27: John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. SEPT. 27: Memorial Event for Brandon Clendenin. With Every Knee Shall Bow, Red Devil Lies, A Darkend Era, and Revengeance. Downtown Music Hall, 6:30 p.m., $10. SEPT. 28: Son Volt, Colonel Ford. Revolution, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. SEPT. 29: Hank III. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. SEPT. 30: Windhand, Iron Tongue, Sumokem. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. SEPT. 30: Nedelle Torrisi. Christ Episcopal Church,

8 p.m., $5. OCT. 1: The Sideshow Tragedy. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m OCT. 2: Okkervil River, Torres. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15. OCT. 2: Richard Buckner, Adam Faucett. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. OCT. 3: Ben Rector, Tyrone Wells. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of. OCT. 3: Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. OCT. 3: Yo Gotti. With YG, Ca$hout, Shy Glizzy, Zed Zilla and more. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $30 adv. OCT. 4: Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $25-$43. OCT. 4: Josh Abbott Band, Tyler and the Tribe. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $18 day of. OCT. 4: Kylesa. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 4: Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $7. OCT. 5: DennyWest Music Festival. With Ukulele Bill, REAL Entertaining, Mister Morphis One Man Band, the Hartley Family Bluegrass Band, Posey Hill, the Mulligan Brothers, and BettySoo Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 1 p.m., $5-$20.

OCT. 5: Chris Knight. With Ben Knight. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 5: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $15. OCT. 5: Magic Mouth, Bonnie Montgomery. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. OCT. 6: Matt Wertz. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 7: Valerie June, Matrimony, Steve Hester & Deja Voo Doo. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. OCT. 8: Ringworm. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 OCT. 8: Silversun Pickups, Electric Guest. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $30 adv., $35 day of. OCT. 9: Billy Joe Shaver, Bonnie Montgomery. White Water Tavern, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. OCT. 9: Electric Six, My Jerusalem, Flaming Death Faeries. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. OCT. 9: Shooter Jennings and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Leopold and His Fiction. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. OCT. 11: Mavis Staples. Christ Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $20-$35. OCT. 11: Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Love’s Soaring Spirit. Performing American composer Stephen Paulus’s new work “The Furnace of Love’s Fire.” St. James United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15. OCT. 11: Youngblood Brass Band. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. OCT. 12-3: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra “Halloween Spooktacular.” Performing pieces by Wagner, Berlioz, Liszt and more. Robinson Center Music Hall, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.; Oct. 13, 3 p.m., $18-$59. OCT. 12: Pokey LaFarge. South on Main, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. OCT. 12: Gregory Alan Isakov, Sanders Bohlke. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 13: Arkansas Chamber Singers: “Love’s Soaring Spirit.” Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $10-$18. OCT. 13: Cas Haley. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 14: Mushroomhead. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $18 day of. OCT. 16: St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. OCT. 17: Arkansas Chamber Singers: Tastes from Down Under. With wine and food from Australia and New Zealand. Greg Thompson Fine Art, 6 p.m., $50. OCT. 17: Luke Bryan. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $40-$66. OCT. 17: The Browning. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 18: Black Oak Arkansas, Jocephus and The George Jonestown Massacre, Iron Tongue. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 18: Bon Jovi. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $34$160. OCT. 18: Clenched Fist. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

ROTHKO ‘UNTITLED’: In “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade” exhibit at the Arts Center starting in October.

Rothko before Rothko

Also, at Crystal Bridges: Fisk collection. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


wo extraordinary exhibits will be in Arkansas this fall, which, happily, is something we’ve come to expect. Think of these two names: Mark Rothko. Georgia O’Keeffe. “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade” opens at the Arkansas Arts Center Oct. 25, and in the preface to the book about the show, the writer explains that the exhibition of the work of the famed abstract expressionist in the 1940s shows Rothko’s maturation from the figurative to the luminous color blocks he is most famous for. That writer is none other than Todd Herman, the Arts Center’s executive director, who was chief curator and organizer of the exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, where the exhibition debuted in September 2012. Herman was able to include an unpublished monograph about art by Rothko himself in the book; the exhibit allows a comparison of Rothko’s paintings, drawings and watercolors to his words. The

exhibition — some 40 pieces — includes work in which he references mythology, and then moves from an emphasis on the drawing to an emphasis on color. Also in the exhibition are works by Rothko contemporaries Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb and Clyfford Still. The works are on loan from the National Gallery in Washington. Also on view along with Rothko: “Face to Face: Artists’ Self-Portraits from the collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr.” and “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge.” Rothko, who took his own life, will be the subject of a lecture, “Rothko’s Dilemma: Beauty and Tragedy,” to be given by Dr. Bradford Collins, University of South Carolina associate professor of art history, at 6 p.m. Oct. 24. A member reception will follow. Non-members may attend the lecture and reception for $15. On Oct. 26, artist Catherine Rodgers will lead a workshop, “Paint Like Rothko — CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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FA L L A R T S 2 013 FALL ARTS CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 OCT. 19-20: Barber’s Violin Concerto. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by Theofanidis, Barber and Rachmaninoff. Robinson Center Music Hall, $14-$53. 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 3 p.m. Oct. 20. OCT. 19: Blue October. Juanita’s, 8:30 p.m., $27 adv., $32 day of. OCT. 19: Reckless Kelly. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. OCT. 19: Shinyribs. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. OCT. 22: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra “Visions of America.” Performing pieces by Dvorak, Barber and Theofanidis. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $23. OCT. 22: The Dirty Streets. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. OCT. 23: Dawes, Jason Isbell. Revolution, 9 p.m., $14 adv., $16 day of. OCT. 24: Death Jam 5000, Sw/mm/ng. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. OCT. 25: Charlie Robison. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 26: Lord T and Eloise. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. OCT. 28: Brave Combo. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. OCT. 29: Megan Michelle. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. OCT. 30: Blue Sky Black Death. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. OCT. 30: Coheed and Cambria, Balance and Composure, I The Mighty. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $28 adv., $31 day of. OCT. 31: The Wild Feathers. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. NOV. 1: Band of Heathens. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. NOV. 2: Motion City Soundtrack. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of. NOV. 2: Jim Mize. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. NOV. 2: Reverend Horton Heat, Mountain Sprout, Dirtfoot. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. NOV. 5: The Apache Relay, Jonathan Rice. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, $10. NOV. 5: The Mowgli’s, Kopecky Family Band, The Rocketboys. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. NOV. 7: Barrett Baber. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10.

NOV. 8: Avett Brothers. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $46-$53. NOV. 8: Patrick Sweany. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. NOV. 8: Two Cow Garage. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack. NOV. 9-10: Beethoven and Blue Jeans. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by Gulda and Beethoven. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m. Nov. 9, 3 p.m. Nov. 10. $14-$53. NOV. 9: Marcus Roberts Trio. South on Main, 8 p.m., $45. NOV. 9: Motel Mirrors. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. NOV. 10: Butch Walker. Revolution, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $18 day of. Revolution, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $18 day of. NOV. 11: Motel Mirrors. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. NOV. 12: Artist of Distinction: Inbal Segev. Pieces by Prokofiev, Villa Lobos and Enescu. Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m. NOV. 12: Mike and The Moonpies. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. NOV. 14: Bauuer. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $20. NOV. 16: Paul Thorn, Will Hoge. Revolution, 8 p.m., $20 NOV. 17: Pink. The Truth About Love Tour. Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $52-$118. NOV. 17: Steve Vai. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. NOV. 18: Wolvhammer. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. NOV. 20: Built to Spill. Revolution, 8 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. NOV. 21: Ha Ha Tonka. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. NOV. 21: Vore, Hod. Vino’s, midnight. NOV. 23: Rosanne Cash. South on Main, 8 p.m., $50. NOV. 30: Stiff Necked Fools. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. DEC. 7: Arkansas Chamber Singers 9th Annual Capitol Event. With dinner and silent auction, overlooking fireworks over the Capitol. The Little Rock Club, 5 p.m., $125. DEC. 10: Thy Art is Murder. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. DEC. 12: Malcolm Holcombe. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. DEC. 13: Alvin Youngblood Hart. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. DEC. 13-15: Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert: Spirit of the Season. With traditional carols and new works by Arkansas composers.

Old State House Museum, 3 p.m. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15. DEC. 20: Rwake,The Body. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. DEC. 20: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $45-$91. DEC. 21: Smoke Up Johnny. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

THEATER SEPT. 25-OCT. 6: “Wicked.” Return of the popular Broadway musical telling the story of Oz before Dorothy’s arrival. Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu., Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Thu., Sat.-Sun., $43-$144. OCT. 4-19: “Nora.” Ingmar Bergman’s interpretation of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $12-$16. OCT. 8-NOV. 9: “Dial M For Murder.” A whodunit inspired by the Hitchcock thriller starring Grace Kelly. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 11 a.m. Wed., Sun.; 5:30 p.m. Sun., $15-$35. OCT. 25-NOV. 10: “Red.” Biographical drama of painter Mark Rothko, directed by The Rep’s artistic director Robert Hupp. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $32-$57. NOV. 1-16: “A Clockwork Orange.” Based on the Anthony Burgess novel and the 1971 Kubrick film version. The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $12-$16. NOV. 12-DEC. 29: “Run For Your Wife.” Cab driver John Smith is mugged one day and is taken home by a helpful policeman, who takes him to the wrong home. It seems Smith has two homes and two wives, and according to his carefully laidout schedule he is supposed to be with wife No. 2. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 11 a.m. Wed., Sun.; 5:30 p.m. Sun., $15-$35. DEC. 4-29: “Because of Winn Dixie.” World premiere of new musical based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo about a young girl and a dog she finds at a Winn Dixie supermarket. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed.-Sun., 2 p.m. Sun., $47-$57. DEC. 6-22: “Scrooge! The Musical.” Musical version of the classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol.” The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., $16-$20.

VISUAL ARTS OCT. 25-FEB. 9: “Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade,” Arkansas Arts Center. OCT. 25-FEB. 9: “Face to Face: Artists’ Self-

Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch Jr.,” Arkansas Arts Center. OCT. 25-FEB. 9: “Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge,” Arkansas Arts Center. DEC. 6-JAN. 5: “45th Collectors Show and Sale,” Arkansas Arts Center. DEC. 13: “World’s Largest Bowie Knife Exhibit,” Historic Arkansas Museum.

BENTONVILLE NOV. 9-FEB. 3: “The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection,” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

CONWAY EVENTS OCT. 3: C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander. Arkansas native Wright, whose recent book, “One With Others,” won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry,” reads poetry along with her husband, Forrest Gander, whose 2011 book, “Core Samples from the World,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. OCT. 8: Paul Taylor Dance Company. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. NOV. 25: Lisa Ling. Veteran journalist and producer and former co-host of “The View.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $15.

MUSIC OCT. 1: Tommy Emmanuel. Tickets available through AETN Foundation at aetnfoundation. org/boxoffice. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $50. OCT. 23: Conway Symphony Orchestra Opening Night of 2013 Season. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. OCT. 24: “Grits and Glamour: Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. NOV. 2: Audra McDonald. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. NOV. 5: Straight No Chaser. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. DEC. 9: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party.” Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


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A ‘Wicked’ fall theater lineup

Plus, TheatreSquared’s ‘4,000 Miles,’ ‘Red’ at The Rep and more BY ROBERT BELL



‘WICKED’: Oz before Dorothy.

et’s just get this out of the way right here at the outset: “Wicked” is coming back to Little Rock (Sept. 25-Oct. 6) for another run at Robinson Center Music Hall. It’s one of the most popular musicals of the last, oh, eternity, and there will be 16 performances this go-around. Will that be enough to satisfy the masses of people who want to find out about what happened before Dorothy got her red slippers? In Fayetteville, TheatreSquared’s season continues at the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios with Amy Herzog’s “4,000 Miles” (Sept. 26-Oct. 13). This Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy concerns a 21-yearold college dropout who builds a relationship with his nonagenarian communist grandmother. The Weekend Theater produces “Nora” (Oct. 4-19), Ingmar Bergman’s interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” a tale of a repressed woman on the verge of leaving her family to find herself. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse offers mystery and intrigue with “Dial M For Murder” (Oct. 8-Nov. 9), a whodunit inspired by the Hitchcock thriller star-

ring Grace Kelly. If there’s a more lucrative enterprise than the combination of Disney stories and big-budget Broadway musicals, then it’s probably not legal. Case in point: the smash-hit Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which comes to the Walton Arts Center Oct. 18-20. This looks very cool: In collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Center, The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will produce “Red” (Oct. 25-Nov. 10) to complement the AAC’s upcoming exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade.” “Red,” a biographical drama about the famous painter, will be directed by The Rep’s artistic director Robert Hupp and will star Joe Graves. The Weekend Theater will stage “A Clockwork Orange” (Nov. 1-16), a play based on the Anthony Burgess novel and the 1971 Kubrick film version. Next up at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse will be “Run For Your Wife” (Nov. 12-Dec. 29), in which cab driver John Smith must face the consequences of his double life — and his two wives. Hendrix College’s Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, Daniel Stein, will direct a student production of his CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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THEATER NOV. 13-16: “Still. Going Forward Backward.” Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15, 2 p.m. Nov. 16, free. NOV. 18: “The Addams Family Musical.” Classic characters of the TV show with an original story and score. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40

COMEDY SEPT. 26: Bill Cosby. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m.

EUREKA SPRINGS OCT. 23-27: 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival. Various events and venues, for more information. Downtown Eureka Springs. OCT. 26: Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour. Featuring Michael Martin Murphy. The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $38-$85. NOV. 18: B.B. King. The Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $95-$135.


About Vase will be featuring the design artistry of George Sellers and Associates in our very first Pop-Up Shop beginning September 20th and running through October 19th. The Menagerie Vivante Pop-Up Shop will offer an array of George’s work including furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. A portion of all shop proceeds will benefit The Arkansas Arts Center.

SEPT. 27: Pat Green. George’s Majestic Lounge $30. SEPT. 30: NeedtoBreathe. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $26 OCT. 4: Anda Union. From Inner Mongolia, an acoustic group of 14 musicians performing on traditional Mongolian instruments. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $10 OCT. 4: ZZ Top. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $37-$47. OCT. 6: Afroman. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. OCT. 8: Queens of the Stone Age. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $35-$45. OCT. 12: Casey Donahue. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $23. OCT. 25: Wade Bowen. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m. OCT. 29: Leftover Salmon. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20. NOV. 1: The Doobie Brothers. Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $49-$79. NOV. 1: Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay. George’s Majestic Lounge, Nov. 1-2, 9 p.m., $25. NOV. 26: Willie Nelson and Family. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m.

THEATER SEPT. 26-OCT. 13: “4,000 Miles.” A 21-year-old college dropout named Leo and his 91-yearold communist grandmother find a way to live together in her Greenwich Village apartment. Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., $10-$24 OCT. 18-20: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Broadway musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 2 p.m. Oct.


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19-20, $39-59. NOV. 19-24: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” New musical based on the classic holiday movie. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. Nov. 19-21, 8 p.m. Nov. 22-23, 2 p.m. Nov. 23-24. DEC. 5-29: “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.” Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun.

FILM SEPT. 29: “The Jim Lindsey Story.” Fayetteville Public Library, 2 p.m.

COMEDY NOV. 9: Brian Regan. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $47.

FORT SMITH OCT. 27: Celtic Thunder. Fort Smith Convention Center, 5 p.m., $50-$150.

HELENA OCT. 10-12: King Biscuit Blues Festival. With Marcia Ball, Robert Cray and Gregg Allman headlining. Various times and venues, Downtown Helena.

HOT SPRINGS EVENTS SEPT. 27-28: Annual Legends Balloon Rally. Styx at 8 p.m. Fri., Travis Tritt at 8 p.m. Sat. Balloon competitions and flights all weekend. Hot Springs National Park Memorial Field Airport.

MUSIC SEPT. 27: Tav Falco and Panther Burns, Bloodless Cooties. Maxine’s, $10. SEPT. 28: Fatal 13, White Collar Sideshow. Hot Springs Horror Show after party. Maxine’s, $5. OCT. 3: Husky Burnette. Maxine’s, 9 p.m. OCT. 3: Three Dog Night. Oaklawn, 7 p.m. OCT. 4-5: Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival. With headliner Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass performing Saturday night and two stages of music, artists, kids activities, food, beer and wine. Hill Wheatley Plaza, 12 p.m. OCT. 5: Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes. Maxine’s, 11 p.m. OCT. 12: The Dirt Daubers, England in 1819. Maxine’s, 8 p.m. NOV. 2: Brutally Frank. Maxine’s, 8 p.m.

FILM SEPT. 26-29: Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. Film screenings, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and awards at various venues and times, $10-$85. OCT. 11-20: 22nd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. World-class film festival with filmmakers, workshops, panel discussions and other events. Arlington Hotel, $5-$175.

OZARK OCT. 17-19: Yonder Mountain Stringband’s Harvest Music Festival. Dozens of bands performing. Mulberry Mountain, $29 (Wednesday arrival)-$405 (VIP 3-day pass).

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SPA CITY CINEMA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 on HBO; “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” about a 92-year-old grandma who becomes a notorious jewel thief, and “This Ain’t No Mouse Music,” a profile of Arhoolie Records’ Chris Strachwitz, the man behind seminal recordings of the likes of Bukka White, Clifton Chenier and Mance Lipscomb. Altrui and Pledger hope that the Malco returns as a venue one day, but both say that the Arlington will continue to be the hub of the festival indefinitely. The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute, an umbrella nonprofit aimed at supporting film culture in the state that Pledger leads, lets the HSDFF use its

ROTHKO BEFORE ROTHKO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 Color: Complement, Shade, Tone and Tint,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; fee is $92 for members and $115 for non-members. More information on the workshop and a teacher academy set for Oct. 5 can be found on the Arts Center’s website,, or by calling 372-4000. The show runs through Feb. 9 in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, whose attempt to share, for $30 million, the Alfred Stieglitz Collec-

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state-of-the-art screens and projectors. Placed in a setting where festivalgoers can go into the lobby for a drink or a meal or even go up to their room for a break (the hotel will offer discounted rates for festivalgoers), the HSDFF works better in the Arlington than it did in the Malco, Altrui argues. Though with parties and other events up and down Hot Springs’ main drag, “the festival really becomes about Central Avenue,” Pledger said. Because of the relatively low cost of camera equipment and new means of securing financing and distribution, documentary film is a “growth industry” in the film business, Pledger said. “Because of the nature of the festival and its reputation and the uniqueness of Hot Springs, there is just huge, huge potential for the festival to grow.”

tion at the Fisk Museum sparked years of litigation and was finally successful, will show works from the Fisk starting Nov. 9. The show will include O’Keeffe’s wonderful “Radiator Building — Night, New York, 1927,” which should bring art lovers from all over to Bentonville. There are 101 pieces in the Stieglitz collection, donated to Fisk by Georgia O’Keeffe, the photographer’s wife; artists represented include French artists like Paul Cezanne. Paul Signac, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre-Auguste Renoir as well as Americans Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Alfred Maurer and, of course, Stieglitz and O’Keeffe.

holiday movie (and was well-received last year at The Rep). Speaking of The Rep, the state’s largest nonprofit professional theater company will host the world premiere of “Because of Winn Dixie” (Dec. 4-29), a new musical based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo about a young girl and a dog she finds at a Winn Dixie supermarket. TheatreSquared keeps up the holiday spirit with its production of “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens” (Dec. 5-29) at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. And on a similar theme, The Weekend Theater will stage “Scrooge! The Musical” (Dec. 6-22), a musical version of Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol.”


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“Our maintenance people and engineers had to retrofit a lot of the machinery here,” Risner said. “It’s not manufactured specifically for these uses.” Different plants have different processes. Most of the rubber-band manufacturing plants are overseas, and “I don’t think any of our overseas competitors use the same process we do.” In competition with those low-wage, overseas factories, “We never have the lowest price,” Risner said. But, he said, quality and service guarantee customers for Alliance. Would Alliance ever move overseas itself, as many American factories have done? “Not a chance,” Risner said. “We take pride in American craftsmanship.” The company’s web site promotes production in America, and it’s a nominee for a Martha Stewart “American-Made” award. The public can vote for Alliance at americanmade/nominee/80900. Voting runs through Sun., Sept. 22. The plant has 150 employees. Sixtytwo percent of them have been with the company longer than five years, Risner said. “We have very low turnover.” The workers are not unionized. Through independent distributors around the country, Alliance products are sold to the U.S. government, the Postal

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bands onto the barrel of the bat about three inches apart centered on ‘the sweet spot.’ The rubber bands will serve as a visual cue to help the hitter keep the sweet spot in the hitting zone.” “Jar Opener — Place a band around the lid and/or around the body of the jar. The band around the lid will improve your

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DOROTHY ‘Wicked’ blows into town Sept. 25.



ne of the characters enshrined in the shadowy pantheon of the greatest cinematic villains of all time has to be Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Many a child has been kept awake at night by the thought of that green face appearing at the window, flanked by flying monkeys. The musical “Wicked” — based on the 1995 book, “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz,” by Gregory Maguire — asks the viewer to look deeper than skin, and imagine the forces at work in creating that villainy: the story of Elphaba, who lives with discrimination and ridicule because of her green complexion. In the process of learning more about the forces that turned Elphaba from misunderstood girl to Toto-stealer and flying-monkey wrangler, the audience gets a lesson on outsiders, popularity, discrimination, prejudice and the frustration that can turn a normally good person “wicked.” It helps that it’s a lesson packaged in a dazzling emerald jewel box of a production, full of moody sets, magic and outrageous costumes. And music, of course. Always the music. The touring production of “Wicked” will be at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall Sept. 25 through Oct. 6. It will be the second visit to the state by the touring company, the last in 2010. Little Rock performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $48.50 to $144. John Hillner has been a member of the touring cast since June, playing the character Dr. Dillamond. Because this is Oz, where such things happen, Dillamond is a talking goat, the lone animal professor at Oz’s Shiz University, a magical college attended by Elphaba and her more conventionally-pretty sister, Glinda. Being 30

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an outsider who faces discrimination himself, Dillamond forms a bond with Elphaba. But soon he and other talking animals have their speech stripped from them in the course of a dastardly power play that will reshape the face of Oz. A veteran actor on Broadway, Hillner’s transformation for the part of Dr. Dillamond is a mixture of makeup and a latex facial prosthesis, plus hooflike mittens on his hands. As an actor, he said the extensive face-covering limits him somewhat. The real acting, however, comes in his getting across Dr. Dillamond’s confusion as his intelligence and speech are slowly taken from him due to the machinations of the villain in the story. “It is heartbreaking,” Hillner said. “There are various points where it happens to my character, and I don’t understand how it’s happening, but it comes out in the dialogue. It’s a very insidious kind of thing. ... People want to try to take away the differences in society. It’s very much parallel to what we live today.” The thread that runs through “Wicked” — society’s prejudice against those who are different and the need to overcome it — is a big part of the musical’s success and broad appeal, loved by women, men, young and old. Hillner and other principal actors offer backstage tours for audience members, with all the proceeds from the $75 tour and merchandise sales going to the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. During those tours, many audience members tell Hillner that “Wicked” has made them reconsider how those who are different are treated. His character is central to making that point. “Just being different is to be an object of ridicule,” he said. “Elphaba is green, so right off the bat, she’s pointed at and laughed at and jeered by her fellow students. I’m the object of ridicule. Basically, she and I carry the burden of fighting against prejudice and the kind

‘WICKED’: John Hillner stars as Dr. Dillamond.

of discrimination that can infect society. We find a bond. … We are connected by the fact that we are persecuted, and I share some of my discoveries of what’s happening in the Oz society with her and let her know she needs to watch her back.” While the characters in the musical will be familiar to anyone who has seen the 1939 MGM film, Hillner said “The Wizard of Oz” is not “Wicked.” The musical’s plotline and characters, he said, are “entirely more complex.” “What [‘Wicked’] does is explore the reasons and the insidious nature of what goes on behind what you see at the end of the movie. There’s a lot more that goes on,” he said. “What makes this woman [Elphaba] tick is the particular

relationship with Glinda the Good Witch. What actually happens between them is very enlightening as far as what goes on. When you see the movie and what happens at the end of the musical, you’ll understand why she does what she does. It’s not that she’s a bad witch.” Musicals, Hillner said, lend themselves to that kind of complexity, with multiple layers of experience and expression: dialogue, lyrics, music, choreography, costumes and sets. “The story is heightened by hearing it sung — hearing it sung by two people, hearing it sung by an entire cast,” Hillner said. “We’re telling a story to ourselves, and we’re passing it on to the audience. It’s verbal history, and it grabs us in a way that a play doesn’t.”

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Malik Bendjelloul, won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Critics heaped nearly universal praise on the film, which follows two obsessive South African fans of U.S. folk-singer Sixto Rodriguez, who cut two killer, utterly ignored psych/folk albums for the Sussex label in the early ’70s and then disappeared. Somehow, he became enormously popular in Apartheid-era South Africa (bonus trivia: he was also huge in Australia; I first learned

of him from my friend Paul, who lived in Brisbane back in the ’90s and while there befriended some kids in a band called Viva Rodriguez). These being the pre-ubiquitous-Internet days of the ’70s and ’80s, there had long been rumors that Rodriguez had self-immolated on stage. The film tells the story from the perspective of these fans, who longed to finally learn what had become of the man called Rodriguez, whose songs spoke to them so powerfully.

late September as the days grow shorter and Earth continues its orbit. Hillcrest’s HarvestFest is always a really fun way to commemorate this changing of the seasons, what with the music and vendors and food and seeing a bunch of people you know and oh yeah, cheese dip! There will be a cheese dip competition, because if there’s one thing the good people of

Arkansas love more than competition, it’s cheese dip. It’s in our blood, literally. There will also be a fashion show, vendors and live music. Performers include the great Jim Mize, John Willis, The Canehill Engagement and headliners CentroMatic, led by celebrated Texas songwriter Will Johnson. It’s fun for the whole family, you guys.



11 a.m. Hillcrest. Free.

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Have you read last week’s issue of the Times? The cover story, “Visionary Arkansans,” profiles 25 people who not only make this state what it is, but are shaping what it will become, through fields as disparate as tech-startups and botany, pastries and politics, retail and filmmaking. It’s a great issue and my esteemed colleagues at the Times put a huge amount of work into highlighting these fascinating folks. If your interest was piqued by one or more of these people, you’re likely in luck: On Saturday, a good number of them will be offering free presentations that will provide insight into their various careers, interests, causes and passions. You can check arktimes. com for the full schedule. Here are a handful of my own picks: 11 a.m., Epiphany: “Community Development through Hip-Hop”; Noon, Old State House Museum, Courtney Pledger: “Producing Big Budget Movies and Low Budget Festivals”; 1 p.m., Old State House Museum, Munnie Jordan: “What King Biscuit Means for Helena”; 2 p.m., Old State House Museum, panel discussion: “Rehabilitate or Incarcerate? Crime and Parole in Little Rock”; 3 p.m., Historic Arkansas Museum, Marlon Blackwell: “No Ideas, But In Things”; 4 p.m. Historic Arkansas Museum, Theo Witsell: “Arkansas’s Native Grasslands.”





8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$53.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2013-2014 season with a pro-

gram that features Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s timeless “Rite of Spring.” Martina Filjak will be the featured performer. The young pianist has been hailed by critics far and wide, with the New York

Times lauding her “Brilliant, sensitive and imaginative playing with resourcefulness of technique and naturalness of musicality” and called here “a striking individuality ... a pianist to watch.” The program will also be performed Sunday at 3 p.m.



7:30 p.m. Arkansas Music Pavilion. $37 adv., $40 day of.

A lot of the hip young folks on today’s scene dig this band called Vampire Weekend. Near as I can tell, they’re a quartet of young men who reside in Brooklyn, went to Columbia University, dress in a “preppy” fashion, sing about things like vacationing in Cape Cod and whose parents are probably classified by marketers as High Net Worth Individuals, or HNWIs. The band plays music that is a bit like Paul Simon’s “Graceland” in that it borrows heavily from African pop, but unlike Simon, VW has not, to my knowledge, enlisted any of the originators of this sound into their employ. Vampire Weekend’s first two albums prompted some amount of handwringing and furrowed-brow criticism about “cultural appropriation” and other


FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS: Vampire Weekend plays at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Wednesday.

things that adjunct professors like to jaw about. The band’s latest, “Modern Vampires of the City,” is apparently their “serious” third album, the one where they shed the trappings of their earlier

work and really come into their own, or, I don’t know. Sky Ferreira opens the show. She’s a model from L.A. who was born in 1992 and recently made a music video with Terry Richards.

The 10-year celebration of 100.3 The Edge radio features All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, Nonpoint, SOiL, Devour the Day and Heaven’s Basement, Juanita’s, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. Over at Downtown Music Hall, it’s a three-year celebration of Indie Music Night, the rare rap showcase that pays local artists. Grim Muzik’s YK and Shea Marie share the bill with @IMStephanJames of the 4X4 Crew and others, 9 p.m., $10. Bluegrass faves Runaway Planet bring their stringed sounds to White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. Green River Ordinance plays at Revolution with Four West and Caleb, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.


Acclaimed electronic dance music DJ Ana Sia is at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. The Good Time Ramblers bring their Southern-rock sounds to Stickyz, 8 p.m. Symphony in Simon Park is the kickoff of the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 season, with previews of future performances of Beethoven’s Fifth, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Bizet’s Carmen, Simon Park, 7:30 p.m.



9 p.m. Vino’s.

Here’s an idea: Combine the ugly misanthropy of Poison Idea, the gloomy atmospherics of early Joy Division or maybe Christian Death and the primal, raging-id rawness of “Funhouse”-era Stooges, then go and slather all of it in sheets of sinister guitar violence and a paranoid psychedelic haze that recalls Syd’s Pink Floyd. If all of that sounds totally badass to you, then brothers and sisters, please drop what you’re doing and go listen to Destruction Unit’s newest album, “Deep Trip” and also their previous release “Void” and also their recent EP “Two Strong Hits.” Then go see the band play at Vino’s with Tropical Body, Ukiah Drag and the mighty R.I.O.T.S.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosts an “Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music” Cocktail Party, a launch event for the publisher’s newest book, Main Library, 5:30 p.m. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers present “Orange Moon,” a musical celebration of jazz, blues and R&B, at The Joint, 9 p.m., $10. The Fifth Annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest features a performance from Ryk St. Vincent and the Package, The Bernice Garden, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. At the Contemporaries Group’s Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center, The Funkanites will perform, and food and beverages will be served, 5:30-8 p.m., $10-$25. If you’re in the vicinity of Fayetteville, you should probably know that Bikes, Blues & BBQ is going on and there will be a bazillion or so biker-types all over the region, revving their engines and so forth, through Sunday. Over at White Water Tavern, you can check out Joe Buck Yourself, with Adam Faucett and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, 9:30 p.m.


Journalist Eric Schlosser presents “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety” and will sign copies of his new book, Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m.


RIPPIN’ ’N’ TRIPPIN’: Destruction Unit plays at Vino’s Wednesday.

The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival Commemoration Reception is the opening event of the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, with special speaker George Haley, the only surviving member of the Six Pioneers, students who integrated the University of Arkansas Law School, Philander Smith College, 6 p.m.

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“Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music” Cocktail Party. Launch of the newest book from The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Main Library, 5:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St.




Andy Frasco, Mountain Sprout, Ben Miller Band. George’s Majestic Lounge. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Battle of the Bands Day 2. With Flatline Wake, At Wills End, Outlier and Between You and I. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Brian and Nick (happy hour), Mayday by Midnight (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Chris DeClerk. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. www.thirst-n-howl. com. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Dark Rooms (Daniel Hart). Maxine’s, 7 p.m. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Dee Dee Jones. Ladies night, $5 after 9 p.m., free before. Montego Cafe, 8 p.m. 315 Main St. 501372-1555. “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. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 3: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Joe Buck Yourself, Adam Faucett, Brother Andy and HIs Big Damn Mouth. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Little Ruckus, Control. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501375-8466. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Orange Moon. A musical celebration of jazz, blues and R&B with Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers. The Joint, 9 p.m., $10. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. Star Crows. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


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


Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., 34

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VALIENT EFFORT: North Carolina-based outer-space hard-rockers Valient Thorr perform at Downtown Music Hall Monday, 7 p.m., $12. Hot Springs. Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally. Various venues and events. for more information. Dickson and West streets, Fayetteville. Fifth Annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest. Ryk St. Vincent and the Package will perform. The Bernice Garden, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. Fountain Fest. The Funkanites will perform, food and beverages will be served. Arkansas Arts Center, 5:30-8 p.m., $10-$25. 501 E. 9th St. 501372-4000. Frank Deford. Friends of KLRE/KUAR public radio will host the sportswriter and public radio commentator. Evening includes dinner, talk and book signing. Embassy Suites, 7 p.m., $100. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Day. Mayor Mark Stodola will be on site to proclaim the day. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 11 a.m. 501 W. 9th St. 501-376-4602. Woodlawn Farmer’s Market. Shoppes on Woodlawn, 4:30 p.m. 4523 Woodlawn. 501-6663600. “Zoo Brew.” A selection of beers to sample along with food trucks on site. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. Little Rock Zoo, 6-9 p.m., $25. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406.


“Cans Film Festival.” Three films about hunger in America, sponsored by the Arkansas Foodbank. Screening 4-5 p.m. at Historic Arkansas museum,

Laman Library in North Little Rock 6-7:30 p.m. and Market Street Cinema 6-7 p.m. Historic Arkansas Museum, 4-7 p.m. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. “Searching for Sugarman.” Part of the the Argenta Film Series. Awarding-winning doc about the search for the elusive, almost rock-star Rodriguez. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-353-1443.


“Egypt in Crisis.” With Charles Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost, about the upcoming documentary to air on PBS’s Frontline. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239.


POETluck. Literary salon and potluck. The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 515 Spring St., Eureka Springs. 479-253-7444.


2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. Age categories from 50- to 100-years-old. Events from archery to basketball, shuffleboard to weightlifting. Various venues and times, for more information. Central Avenue, Hot Springs.


“Light the Night” Walk. The 1-mile walk benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Registration opens at 5:30 pm. First Security Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave.

All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies. Ten-year celebration of 100.3 The Edge radio. Also with Nonpoint, SOiL, Devour the Day and Heaven’s Basement. Juanita’s, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Andy Frasco, Mountain Sprout, Ben Miller Band. George’s Majestic Lounge. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Arkansas State Fiddle Championship. With a traditional old time Ozark competition and a contemporary style competition. for more information. Ozark Folk Center State Park, Sept. 20-21, $12-$20. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Brian Nahlen. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Canvas. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Choctaw Crawdads. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7 p.m. 1818 Reservoir Road. 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. The Foul Play Cabaret. Maxine’s, $12. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Funkanites. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Green River Ordinance. With Four West and Caleb. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Indie Music Night 3 Year Celebration. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Jamie Lou Duo. The Tavern Sports Grill. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Sept. 20-21, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501324-2999. Low Society. Midtown Billiards. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Morning View. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Pageantry. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Quiet Company. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $6-$8. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707. Richie Johnson (happy hour), Sol Def (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. River City Overdrive. Mugs Cafe, 6:30 p.m., $5. 515 Main Street, NLR. Runaway Planet. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400.

If you’re not HERE, we’re having more fun than you are! 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.



2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. See Sept. 19.



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American Lions. Bear’s Den Pizza, Sept. 21, 9 p.m.; Sept. 22, 11:45 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. www.bearsdenpizza. com. Ana Sia. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Andy Frasco, Mountain Sprout. George’s Majestic Lounge. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Arkansas State Fiddle Championship. See Sept. 20. Bluesboy Jag. The Tavern Sports Grill. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Cadillac Jackson, The Machete with Love, RK Ellis. Maxine’s, $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Sept. 20. Cutty Rye. Midtown Billiards. 1316 Main St. 501372-9990. Daryl “Harp” Edwards. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Four on the Floor, Dark From Day One, The Violet Hour, Synphormi. Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Good Time Ramblers. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501372-7707. Gregg Madden (happy hour), Rustenhaven (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Jeff Coleman. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Joe Pitts. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Mr. Happy. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Muddlestuds, Eddie and The Defiants, Wreckless Endeavor. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Murphy Lee. With DJs Deja Blu, G Force, Nicky V, Whitman and Noah Beaudin. Discovery Nightclub, $10 before midnight. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37

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Arkansas Genealogical Society 2013 Fall Seminar and Book Fair. Featuring national speaker J. Mark Lowe. For more information Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, Sept. 20, 5 p.m.; Sept. 21, 8 a.m., $20$55. 2 Riverfront Place, NLR. 501-371-9000. www. Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally. See Sept. 19. “Cruisin’ in the Rock.” 14th annual car show of Little Rock. River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Eureka Springs Motorcycle Art Show. Featuring art from the motorcycle crowd enjoying Bikes, Blues and BBQ weekend. The Auditorium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 36 Main St., Eureka Springs. Konsplosion! An Arkansas Comic-Con with guests, artists, vendors and speakers from the worlds of anime, gaming, and comics. Fort Smith Convention Center, Sept. 20-22, $15-$40. 55 S. 7th Street, Fort Smith. 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. 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Door Community Church 11th Annual Fall Conference. Speakers, authors and singers will perform. for more information. Open Door Community Church, Sept. 20-22. 709 W. Lee Avenue, Sherwood. 501833-9500. Second Annual Yogathon Arkansas. This event begins a weekend of more than 30 free yoga classes and workshops. for more information. Heifer Village, 6-7 p.m. 1 World Ave. 501-376-6836. Third Annual Food for Thought Unity Fair. Presented by the Arkansas Department of Health with local food truck vendors. War Memorial Stadium, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Stadium Drive. 501663-0775. The Weekend of Wonder festival. Magicians will performs in various venues, 501-623-6200 or for more informa-

Lisa Song. Winner of 2012 Pulitzer prize for National Reporting. Clinton School of Public Service, noon. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239.

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


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The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Tim Kidd. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.

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


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


3rd Annual Arkansas Paranormal Expo. Experts and speakers on a variety of topics such as Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts, psychics, exorcisms and so forth. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 9 a.m., $5. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www. 50th Anniversary of Downtown Little Rock Desegregation. Markers will be unveiled on the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail. Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Building, 10:30 a.m. 200 E. Markham St. 501-374-2001. www. AFS-USA Hang Out. A chance to learn more about studying abroad and intercultural programs. Little Rock Zoo, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 Jonesboro Drive. 501-666-2406. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Arkansas Genealogical Society 2013 Fall Seminar and Book Fair. Featuring national speaker J. Mark Lowe. For more information Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 8 a.m., $20-$55. 2 Riverfront Place, NLR. 501-371-9000. Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas. Various venues downtown, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free. arktimes. com for speaker schedule and to reserve seat. Bikes, Blues and BBQ Motorcycle Rally. See Sept. 19. Eureka Springs Motorcycle Art Show. See Sept. 20. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. HarvestFest in Hillcrest. Featuring cheese dip contest, car show, live music, vendors and more. Bird-watching walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Allsopp Park and there’s a pancake breakfast at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church from 9-11 a.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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Saturday night at Discovery. Featuring DJs, dancers and more. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-3758400. Symphony in Simon Park. Kick-off of Conway Symphony Orchestra 2013 season, with previews of future performances of Beethoven’s Fifth, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Bizet’s Carmen. Simon Park, 7:30 p.m. Front and Main, Conway. Tchaikovsky and the Rite of Spring. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $14-$53. Markham and Broadway. conv-centers/robinson. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.


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Crime farce ‘The Family’ works, improbably. BY SAM EIFLING


ne day a future generation of forensic cinephiles will exhume Robert De Niro’s career and find that, in fact, every character he ever played had Mob ties. The easy ones are the easy ones: “The Godfather Part II,” “Casino,” “Analyze This.” Trickier will be proving that his cantankerous patriarch in “Meet the Fockers” was actually running numbers for the Gambinis back in the day, or that Frankenstein’s monster hijacked cigarette trucks before he met his end by the lowercase-m mob. Consider “The Family” not only a chalkmark on the simple side of that ledger, but a road map for it. De Niro plays Giovanni, a retired mobster who along with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two teenaged kids (Dianna Agron and John D’Leo) lives low in France under the protective watch of the FBI. All four of the lead characters conceal, barely, a penchant for violence. The mother may casually torch a grocery store when a cashier sneers at Americans behind her back; the daughter breaks a tennis racket over a French lad’s head when he invites himself to touch the strap of her bra. But as a former mobster on the run from black-hatted assassins, De Niro has perhaps the shortest fuse of all. When he brandishes a baseball bat against a sleazy plumber while recalling an Al Capone quote (“The Untouchables”!) the inward turn seems complete. Even the De Niro characters who are trying to retire from organized crime continue to quote former gangsters De Niro once played. Like the characters they play, the cast and crew of “The Family” can’t escape their own resumes. Director Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “The Professional”) shares the writing credit with a “Sopranos” screenwriter. Tommy Lee Jones is the family’s FBI contact, another lawman in his long lineage of the same. De Niro manages to be funny

and charming and menacing but can’t quite disappear into Giovanni, perhaps because gangster characters are virtually synonymous with his face by now. “Scarface” alumna Pfeiffer, on the other hand, plays her mafiosa housewife with a touching world-weariness that suits the long-suffering partner of a marked man. The two parents and their two kids form a tight unit that does something relatively rare in film: They love one another deeply and wholly, as the only consistent features of a life on the run, and turn their anger outward from the family. They eat dinner together at the kitchen table every night. No one talks of the assaults, the arsons, the petty racketeering, even as everyone knows the shady stuff the others are capable of. They lie, but out of love, you see. There are a couple of memorable lines in “The Family” — an early one, delivered by the father, says that knowing how much money you’re worth is to know exactly when you’ll die — but the cleverness of the writing is in building tone, a far tougher accomplishment than simply unspooling zingers, the usual hallmark of the gangster comedy. Besson creates living, breathing characters, worthy of your emotional investment, while signaling throughout that he’s most interested in dark farce, and isn’t above taking shortcuts to get there. The preposterous sequence via which the New York boss learns the family’s whereabouts, in particular, is an extended wink and nudge. For this to work, the director seems to signal, we need to get the bad guys and the good guys together, even when the good guys are former bad guys who really don’t seem to be such bad guys. And of course the audience can’t put up a word of protest. We’ve seen this movie before, after all, if rarely in these shades, and only occasionally done so curiously well.

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Hillcrest, 11 a.m. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Konsplosion! See Sept. 20. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. Open Door Community Church 11th Annual Fall Conference. Speakers, authors and singers will perform. for more information. Open Door Community Church, through Sept. 22. 709 W.Lee Avenue, Sherwood. 501-833-9500. The Weekend of Wonder festival. See Sept. 20.


2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. See Sept. 19. 2013 Junction Bridge Regatta. Watch sailboat and rowing exhibition races from the Junction Bridge with music by Mojo Depot. Junction Bridge, 3:30 p.m. 200 Ottenheimer Plaza.


“Woof, Wag and Wine.” Benefits Out of the Woods Animals Rescue with dinner, drinks, live music, dancing, door prizes, silent auction and more. Historic YMCA, 7-11 p.m., $35 adv., $45 day of. 524 Broadway.


“Daughter of the White River” reading and book signing. Author Denise White Parkinson will read and sign copies of the book. WordsWorth Books & Co., 1 p.m. 5920 R St. 501-663-9198. www.


Educational Poultry Workshop by P. Allen Smith. Award-winning gardener will talk about the best practices for raising chickens in suburban area. Moss Mountain Farm, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 23800 Ross Hollow Road, Roland. 501-376-1894.



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American Lions. Bear’s Den Pizza, 11:45 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Bloomstorm, Jake Taylor, Maxine Meyers, Strayaway Incorporated. Downtown Music Hall, 5 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Reggae Sundays with First Impressions. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Rhonda Vincent and The Rage. The Fowler Center, 2 p.m., $6-$30. 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. 870.972.3471. Successful Sunday. Featuring live music and DJs. Montego Cafe, 7 p.m. 315 Main St. 501-372-1555. Swindle Boys: Sgt. Jason Swindle Memorial Show. All proceeds go to the family of Sgt. Swindle, who died in Afghanistan Sept. 2012. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Tab Benoit. George’s Majestic Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Tchaikovsky and the Rite of Spring. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $14-$53. Markham and Broadway. conv-centers/robinson.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. Konsplosion!. See Sept. 20. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Open Door Community Church 11th Annual Fall Conference. Speakers, authors and singers will perform. for more information. Open Door Community Church, through. 709 W. Lee Avenue, Sherwood. 501-833-9500. The Weekend of Wonder festival. See Sept. 20.


2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. See Sept. 19.


Banned Books Week. A week-long celebration of the freedom to read and the importance of First Amendment rights. 501-918-3000 for more information. Main Library, Sept. 22-28. 100 S. Rock St.



Arkansas Singer Songwriter Showcase. Featuring Wood Newton. Main Library, 6 p.m. 100 S. Rock St. David Cook. 8 p.m. Little Rock Touchdown Club: Houston Nutt. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 nonmembers. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000. Mickey Avalon. Revolution, 9 p.m., $16 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Night Jazz with Jay Payette Trio. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Valient Thorr. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.


“Pretty Old.” Part of the GATHR series, a documentary about competitors in the Miss Senior Sweetheart pageant. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $10. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900. www. “Sympathy Pains.” Narrative film made in collaboration with faculty, students and local actors in Conway and filmed at 36 locations in Arkansas. Red carpet events begin at 7 pm. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway.


2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. See Sept. 19.


Banned Books Week. See Sept. 22. “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety.” Author Eric Schlosser will discuss and sign his new book. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.



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winning 2013 sculptures, work by Danny Campbell, Steve Driver, Mia Hall and David Clemons, John Van Horn and Erika Drake, and Kerrick Hartman, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19. www. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, 9th and Broadway: “Fifth Anniversary Celebration,” 11 a.m. Sept. 19, with proclamation by Mayor Mark Stodola and cake and refreshments; “Shades of Greatness,” collaborative art exhibition inspired by the history of the Negro Leagues; permanent exhibits on African-American entrepreneurship in Arkansas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683-3593. PAINT BOX GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Oneyear anniversary celebration with work by Anne K. Lyon, Tad Price, Phil Leonard, Maura Miller, Dan Bowe and Ali Stinespring, prints from Rogers Photo Archives, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20, Argenta ArtWalk. 374-2848. STEPHANO’S I, 5501 Kavanaugh: Paintings and sculpture by new gallery artists by Morgan Coven and Marianne Hennigar. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 664-7113. STEPHANO’S II, BA Framer, 1813 N. Grant St.: Kristin Eyfell, paintings, opens with reception 6:30-8:30 pm. Sept. 19, show through Oct. 6. 661-0687. WESTOVER HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 6400 Richard B. Hardie Drive: Art show and sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21. 663-6383. FAYETTEVILLE BOTTLE ROCKET GALLERY, 1495 Finger Road: “Makeshift Theatre,” photographs by Logan Rollins, opens with reception 7 p.m. Sept. 20. 479-466-7406. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Mullins Library: “Reclaimed Surfaces,” paintings on found surfaces by Gregory Moore, through October. 479-575-7311. JONESBORO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, 320 University Loop West Circle: “Shaping Our World,” science exhibit developed by Arkansas Discovery Network, ASU Museum, through Feb. 16, 2014. 870-972-2074.


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. The Conway Alliance for the Arts is accepting applications for its 2013 ArtsFest Marketplace at Art in Simon Park Oct. 5, the culmination of 2013 ArtsFest activities starting Sept. 27. Applications are available at


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” photographs by Gordon Watkinson, through Sept. 22; “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “Ryan Sniegocki: Museum School Ceramic Artist in Residence,” pottery; “Interwoven,” works on paper and crafts from the permanent collection, through Nov. 17. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Abstract AR(t),” work by Dustyn Bork, Megan Chapman, Donnie Copeland, Don Lee, Jill Storthz and Steven Wise, through Nov. 23; “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition,”

through Oct. 27; “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings from the Arkansas League of Artists and Local Colour. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Equinox,” works by artists published in UALR’s journal of literature and art. 918-3093. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 992-1099. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Recovery: The World Trade Center Recovery Operation,” 65 photographs and 56 recovered artifacts from the 911 attack, from the New York State Museum, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 758-1720. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University: “Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals,” wearable objects and sculptural objects, Gallery I, through Oct. 2; “Figurative Forms: Work from the UALR Permanent Collection,” Gallery II, through Sept. 25. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., also, after Labor Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-3182. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s,” 44 paintings, prints and photographs with digital audio tour featuring musical selections by Fayetteville Roots Festival director Bryan Hembree, through Jan. 6; “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art,” work by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and others, through Sept. 30; “Surveying George Washington,” historical documents, through Sept. 30; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700.



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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ BEER LOVERS, clear your calendars. The Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival returns to the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Like last year, it’s an all-you-care-to-taste situation. We’ll have more than 250 brews from some 50 brewers across the country. There’ll also be food from Argenta Market, Cafe Bossa Nova, Cornerstone Pub, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Crush Wine Bar, The Fold, Argenta Cafe and Whole Hog Barbecue included in the ticket price. Bonnie Montgomery and The Good Time Ramblers will perform. Tickets, available via, run $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Word to the wise: Last year’s event sold out quickly, so don’t dawdle.


1315 Breckenridge Drive 246-5422 QUICK BITE Several of the restaurant’s regular menu items are fabulous, but don’t be afraid to venture into the “specials” selections. Here you’ll find some rare cuts of meat or fresh seafood of the day. Sample these items while you can; they may not show up again. You’ll always want to dazzle firsttime companions with the spaghetti chitarra and the presentation of the cheese wheel. It’s famous for good reason. HOURS 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN: Our annual Toast of the Town poll is now open for you to vote for your favorite watering hole, liquor store and beer. The poll closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Vote at RIVER CITY TEA, COFFEE AND CREAM, Hillcrest’s local Starbucks alternative, is moving a few blocks down the street, and will soon be under new ownership. Jeremy Bragg, who has managed River City for current owner Lisa Coleman for the past two years, will buy the store and move it to a new space at 2913 Kavanaugh Blvd., at the east end of the building that curves around behind Leo’s Greek Castle. Bragg hopes to have a soft opening in the new space by Thursday, Sept. 26, with a grand opening the evening of Hillcrest’s First Thursday Shop ’n’ Sip Oct. 3. Bragg said the new space will be a bit smaller than the previous location, at 2715 Kavanaugh, but will be more visible and will have more useable space. As a big bonus for coffee and tea sippers on the go, the new location will feature several parking slots out front, enabling quick caffeine pit stops. While the address is changing, Bragg promises that patrons will find more that’s the same than different at the new location, including familiar truffles, ice cream, coffee and tea drinks, plus loose-leaf dried teas and – new for the move – a selection of fine bagged teas. That said, Bragg plans to “focus a little less on the retail side of things and just a little bit more on the coffeehouse experience.” In addition to places to plug in a laptop and type, that “coffeehouse” feel will include adding a larger, 20-ounce size to the iced coffee and tea selections and a medium size – between the current 12-ounce and 20-ounce to-go cups – for hot beverage drinkers. “We do want to carry on the kind of quirky, Hillcrest, cozy charm that’s been a mainstay at this location for a long time,” Bragg said. “We’re trying to tie in some elements of the old and the new. It’ll still be mismatched and quirky and fun.” As we’ve previously reported, Mylo Coffee Co. will move into 2715 Kavanaugh and open sometime next year. 42

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PERFECT: Vesuvio’s bone-in veal chop.

Same Vesuvio Just in a bigger, better space.


t was time for a change. The small, quaint restaurant-in-a-hotel had defied all odds and reached the limits of its former space. Overcoming a particularly odd location in the basement of a Best Western in an entirely inconspicuous area of West Little Rock, Vesuvio was growing up and it was time to expand. They didn’t move far, just a short hop across Rodney Parham Road, taking over an old, brightly colored Mexican restaurant. But aside from an expanded dining area, devotees worried what changes might be in store for the new Vesuvio Bistro. Thankfully, not many. Fans of the former bistro may rest assured that the folks behind the restaurant’s success still know their way around a kitchen (even a new one), and are equally adept at attentively and impeccably serving their customers. The new Vesuvio is, of course, much more spacious, with more opportunities for seating larger groups. Indeed, the

new space seats around twice as many as the old, which means a shorter wait for tables and less chance for frustrated customers faced with difficult-to-obtain reservations at peak operating hours. But even with its increased capacity, Vesuvio has not lost its charm. The restaurant is carefully and wisely sectioned by large divider panels and an assortment of separate rooms. It gives the diners a sense of intimacy, despite the comparatively larger sprawl. Service, on our visit, was entirely on point. Knowledgeable, welcoming, and patient, the servers’ love for the restaurant came through in their attitudes and all were made to feel welcome in Vesuvio’s new home. To begin our meal, a few plates of complimentary tomato and onion bruschetta arrived at the table. The tomato was fresh and flavorful. The bread was on the crunchier side, but it was an encouraging start. We were more

impressed with the bread basket, which boasted a lovely kalamata olive tapenade — a salty, savory accompaniment we slathered generously across our soft, chewy bread. A lovely beginning to the evening; all were excited to continue on. A few “Chef’s Choice” antipasti plates ($30) hit the table for all to share. Each arrived with three cheeses, three cured meats and a small bowl of olives. Cheeses included a nutty fontina, a sharp peppercorn pecorino, and sweet, buttery asiago. The presented salumi included a spicy coppa, hot sopressata, and citterio bresaola (aged, dried, and seasoned beef). Each item was splendid, and while the portion size of each plate was sufficient for four to six people, everyone had to use a bit of restraint so as not to selfishly polish off the whole appetizer on his own. We thoroughly enjoyed our caprese salad ($10.75) as well. A large ball of fresh mozzarella came quartered and centered on a plate, surrounded by a flower-like arrangement of bright red tomato topped with shreds of basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The tomatoes tasted as if they were picked at the peak of freshness and all who sampled them fought for the last bite. The night’s specials proved to be the most successful. The bone-in veal chop ($38) was probably the most favorably received thing our group sampled all evening. It was nearly fork tender, the way any decent slab of veal should be. Rich, cooked to perfection inside with

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a nicely charred exterior, it came out slathered in a rub of roasted, minced garlic and parsley that only added to the deep, savory flavors of the meat. It was paired with creamy mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus. We hope this special goes into regular rotation. The pork osso bucco ($32) was another star of the evening. It was greeted at the table with many “oohs” and “ahhs,” given its stunning presentation and generous proportions. The large pork shank sat on end, a towering spectacle that caught the attention of everyone at the table. The meat was slowly braised and came served in a rich demi-glace flavored with pork drippings. The spaghetti chitarra ($18.75) has always been a popular dish at Vesuvio. It’s a bit of a spectacle, honestly, but it never fails to impress. Hot pasta alongside portabello mushrooms are thrown in a large wheel of parmigiano reggiano (which is so large it must be wheeled around on a small cart), stirred around a bit until well coated, and plated. Its popularity has probably been fueled a bit more by its entertainment value than strictly by its flavor, but it’s a solid pasta dish. We felt it lacked that biting saltiness you’d expect from a good parmigiano, but it was buttery and flavorful nonetheless. Our dessert course began with a splendid cheesecake made with ricotta ($6.50). The ricotta imparted a creamy, light texture to the cheesecake — it was less dense than a more traditional version. A dollop of cloud-like whipped cream rested on top, making this the clear winner among desserts at our table. The tiramisu ($6.50) was also well received. It had a tempered sweetness, but was utterly delightful. We were less impressed with our molten lava cake ($6.50), which was too dry for our liking, despite the fact that it was filled with dark chocolate fudge. Longtime fans of this legend among Little Rock Italian dining will not likely be disappointed with the changes at Vesuvio. For the most part, the menu is untouched, but a spacious new dining room and more comfortable accommodations for larger groups makes the change of space a wise move on the part of Vesuvio’s owners. It’s likely that Vesuvio will continue to thrive for years to come.




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hearsay ➥ RESTORE & AFTER, a fund-raising event benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Next Level Events. The event features furniture and home décor items from Habitat’s ReStore shops that have been transformed by local artists that will be sold during a silent auction. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Visit to purchase tickets. If you can’t make it to Restore & After, then be sure to head over to Habitat’s two RESTORE shops in Pulaski County — there’s one at 6700 S. University Ave. in Little Rock and at 2657 Pike Ave. in North Little Rock. You can find furniture, lighting fixtures, construction materials and even clothes and books — the stores are a treasure trove of donated items just waiting to be redone or upcycled. ➥ Grab and your gal pals and head to GO! RUNNING’S annual Diva Night, which begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 27. This ladiesonly event features a glass of wine — or try Go!’s signature event drink, the miGO!sa — and a little bit of shopping. Attendees will score big 30 percent off door buster deals, $15 Go! Cash cards for every $100 spent and a custom sports bra fitting. ➥ For the month of September, a haircut, style and deep conditioning treatment is $39 with select stylists at SALON KARIZMA. Another September special at the salon is a full set of eyelash extensions are only $65. For more information, call 501-2178953. ➥ Saturdays are the days to visit CYNTHIA EAST FABRICS. The store is now marking down a different item every Saturday for 20 percent off. The discount lasts only for that Saturday. The store is also offering periodic secret sales for its Facebook friends, so make sure to like their page. 44

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EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sandwiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. The housemade potato chips are da bomb. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. It’s self-service; wander on through the screen door and you’ll find a slick team of cooks and servers doing a creditable job of serving big crowds. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar with lots of TVs, pub grub and regular drink specials. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-3768. LD Mon.-Sat. HOMER’S Great vegetables, huge yeast rolls and killer cobblers. Follow the mobs. 2001 E. Roosevelt Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1400. BL Mon.-Fri. 9700 N Rodney Parham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-6637. LD Mon.-Sat. IRONHORSE SALOON Bar and grill offering juicy hamburgers and cheeseburgers. 9125 Mann Road. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-562-4464. LD daily. K. HALL AND SONS Neighborhood grocery store with excellent lunch counter. The cheeseburger is hard to beat. 1900 Wright Avenue. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-372-1513. BLD Mon.-Sat. (closes at 6 p.m.), BL Sun. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’Boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD daily. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. MILFORD TRACK Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill that serves breakfast and lunch. Hot entrees change daily and there are soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 10809 Executive Center Dr., Searcy Building. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2232257. BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, addictive po’ boys. Killer jukebox. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-7100. LD Mon.-Sat. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. Breakfast and Sunday brunch, too. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in home style buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. It’s all-you-can-eat. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-3753216. L Mon.-Fri. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Steak gets pricey, though. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat.

STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-4157. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. TERRI-LYNN’S BAR-B-Q AND DELI Highquality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without (the better bargain). 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. BL Tue.-Fri., BLD Sat. (close at 5pm).


A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent panAsian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-5398. LD daily. CHINESE KITCHEN Good Chinese takeout. Try the Cantonese press duck. 11401 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-2242100. LD Tue.-Sun. CURRY IN A HURRY Home-style Indian food with a focus on fresh ingredients and spices. 11121 North Rodney Parham. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-4567. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. Try the popular Tuna Tatari bento box. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-3017900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. Try the Tom Kha Kai and white wine alligator. They don’t have a full bar, but you can order beer, wine and sake. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD Mon.-Sun. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-562-7900. LD daily. PHO THANH MY It says “Vietnamese noodle soup” on the sign out front, and that’s what you should order. The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon, Wed.-Sun. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. Nice wine selection, also serves sake and specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.


CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. DIXIE PIG Pig salad is tough to beat. It comes with loads of chopped pork atop crisp iceberg, doused with that wonderful vinegar-based sauce. 900 West 35th St. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9650. LD Mon.-Sat. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast

and bologna sandwiches, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily.


CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-376-7468. LD daily. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-223-9332. LD daily. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). NEXT BISTRO & BAR Mediterranean food and drinks. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. 501-663-6398. D Tue.-Thu., Sat.


CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. Little Rock standard for 18 years. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL A chain restaurant with a large menu of pasta, chicken, beef, fish, unusual dishes like Italian nachos, and special dishes with a corporate bent. 11100 W Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2213150. LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat.


BROWNING’S MEXICAN GRILL New rendition of a 65-year institution in Little Rock is a totally different experience. Large, renovated space is a Heights hangout with a huge bar, sports on TV and live music on weekends. Some holdover items in name only but recast fresher and tastier. Large menu with some hits and some misses. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9956. LD daily, BR Sat-Sun. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fieryhot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. LA REGIONAL The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world. Bring your Spanish/English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily.




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