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Picking a president n The Arkansas State University chapter of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) says the process for seeking a new ASU president is flawed, the interim president defends the process, and the president of the ASU Faculty Senate says she’s more or less satisfied at this point. Saying that he was speaking on behalf of the executive committee of the AAUP at ASU, professor William Rowe sent fellow faculty members a memorandum in which he said that “the current search for a system president … is a serious breach of the principles of shared governance, and one which has no relation to what the AAUP considers to be best practices in institutional governance.” He told a reporter he was referring primarily to the lack of voting involvement by faculty members. The ASU Board of Trustees, which will make the final decision, created an advisory committee to help with the search. Originally, there was no faculty representation on the advisory committee, but the Board responded to a request from the Faculty Senate by adding four non-voting faculty “delegates” to the committee. The original 11 committee members include chancellors from various campuses in the ASU System, representatives of the alumni association and the ASU Foundation, the mayor of Jonesboro, and Robert L. Potts, the interim president. Potts is not a candidate for the full-time job. Faculty Senate President Beverly Boals Gilbert said the faculty was pleased with the amount of involvement it got, even though it might have wished for more. Potts said the lack of a vote for the faculty on the advisory committee was not important, because the committee was merely advisory. The only votes that will count are those of the trustees, he said. He noted that the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, also seeking a new president, hadn’t bothered to create an advisory committee. Rowe, a persistent gadfly, said the ASU chapter of the AAUP would seek advice and help from the AAUP national office in Washington. He told a reporter: “We have no idea who’s in charge here. Is it the board, is it the so-called president’s cabinet (private-citizen advisors), is it still Wyatt? [Leslie Wyatt resigned as ASU president and was hired as a professor.] … The rumors here run from holding the job for [Lt. Gov. Bill] Halter to waiting until [U.S. Sen. Blanche] Lincoln loses the election and giving her the job.”

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SHE’S GOT THE LOOK: Beth Anne Rankin’s new style seems familiar.

The Mama Grizzly look n It may only be coincidental, but former Miss Arkansas Beth Anne Rankin, the Republican candidate for Congress from the Fourth Congressional District, has a new look. Gone is a cascading, shoulder-length hairstyle. Now her hair is pulled back, with a few bangs on her forehead, just like the real Mama Grizzly, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. In, too, for Rankin, are severe eyeglasses, similar to models Palin favors. No word if she can see Russia from her home of Magnolia. Or just Bodcaw.

Correction n A Smart Talk item last week overstated the price of Razorback football tickets next year between the 40-yardlines. A $5,000 contribution is necessary for a first-time buyer to buy seats in that area, plus the face value of tickets. In the example used, it would cost a first-time buyer about $6,500 for four seats for seven home games at Fayetteville and Little Rock, or about $232 per ticket, not $295. The item erroneously included the new $300 per-seat midfield premium charge on top of the $5,000 contribution to the Razorback Foundation. The $300 charge is all that must be paid by existing season ticket holders.

n Hope watermelons got marquee play SMALLER IS in the New York Times’ dining section recently, but not for reasons you might BETTER: Melon think. Size still matters in Hope, but buyers want them not New York. The premium in the Big geared to city Apple is on little melons, not the monsters shoppers. for which Hope became famous. The University of Arkansas is busily adapting to changing times. Said the Times article: “These days, a good watermelon also has to ship well, which means a thick rind and a uniform shape. It has to be small enough so people pushing grocery carts in big-city stores will buy it. And it can’t have seeds. “All of that describes [UA plant pathologist Terry Kirkpatrick’s] his small hybrid triploid beauties with names like Precious Petite and Orchid Sweet. They are very likely the future for many watermelon farmers, but they are also heartbreakers for a lot of people around southwest Arkansas who miss the old-fashioned seeded melons that now grow in only a few fields.”

Protect the gar n UCA professor Mark Spitzer, who’s written a book about the alligator gar, is encouraging people to write the Conway Corporation to plead for an environmentally sensitive plan for a new sewage treatment plant on Tupelo Bayou. The bayou is home to what Switzer says is the largest known population of the giant fish, a species 300 million years old. The fish is in decline and Spitzer urges an environmental impact study on how the treatment plant might influence spawning and whether use of estrogen in wastewater treatment could turn male fish into female fish and affect population growth. Interested? Write Richard Arnold, CEO of the Conway Corporation at PO Box 99, Conway, AR 72033. Deadline is Sept. 6.

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November voters will have constitutional amendments to consider, including one that rolls up government bonds, energy efficiency and the perennial hot button, interest rate limits, in one complicated proposal. — By Doug Smith

10 Gay Arkansas

Excerpts from a new book from the University of Arkansas Press examines homosexuality and other sexual themes in the political and cultural life of the state. — By Brock Thompson

28 Rally for the WM3

Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Johnny Depp wow a sold-out crowd at Robinson. — By Gerard Matthews

Departments 3 The Insider 4 Smart Talk 5 The Observer 6 Letters 7 Orval 8-15 News 16 Opinion 19 Arts & Entertainment 39 Dining 45 Crossword/ Tom Tomorrow 46 Lancaster Cover photo courtesy of the Special Collections, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Words n Hardy Boys get the reboot: “The long-running Hardy Boys Mystery Stories series ended in 2005 and was replaced with a reboot series.” As a former fan of the Hardy Boys, I didn’t like the sound of this even while I wasn’t sure what it meant. I had to go to Wikipedia to find out what a reboot series is: “The term reboot, in media dealing with serial fiction, means to discard much or even all previous continuity in the series and start anew with fresh ideas. Effectively, all established fictive history is declared by the writer(s) to be null and void, or at least irrelevant to the new storyline, and the series starts over as if brand-new.” This media reboot comes from the computer reboot, meaning “to restart.” I suppose the Frank and Joe I knew have been replaced by tattoed louts with 4 SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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their underwear showing. Probably more into playing guitars than solving crimes. I don’t want to know what’s happened to Nancy Drew. n Hardy boy wins award: We picked him as a comer back at the start of the baseball season, and now Rowdy Hardy, a left-handed pitcher for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, has been named the winner of the 2010 Minors Monikor Madness Contest. The annual contest recognizes the best name in minor league baseball.

n Bring me the head of Jack Lewis: “Recent attempts to paint Harry Truman as a raging populist ignore significant portions of his presidency, such as his willingness to let the Office of Price Administration wither, his argument that Joseph McCarthy’s populist attack on the State Department (the senator’s demonization of the silver-spoon Ivy League elite) was dangerous, his building of the national-security state, and his dislike for labor unions in times of crisis. At one point, he talked of shooting John Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers.” Obviously written by someone not old enough to remember Lewis. Those who do know that, like John D. Rockefeller and John Q. Public, the great labor leader never appeared in public without his middle initial — “John L. Lewis.”

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The concert to raise awareness about the West Memphis 3 came

on the eve of The Observer’s child’s 19th birthday. That’s not what we were thinking about when we went. We were thinking about those poor sons of bitches who were sent to prison based on testimony by a certified whackjob who claimed to be an expert in Satanism, feeding the jury crap about the coming full moon and its role in the devil killings. Prior to the event, our only thought about our child was worry that our child might not forgive us for seeing Johnny Depp and Patti Smith live while she was otherwise engaged at college. After the concert video — featuring Damien Echols speaking from prison and author Mara Leveritt talking about the case — we started thinking about our kid’s life and those of the WM3. That those three teen-agers — Jessie Misskelley, Jason Baldwin and Echols — have been incarcerated for 17 years, nearly as long as she’s been alive. That while she went to summer camp and the beach and abroad, realized a love of music of all kinds, read books and went to movies, met people, spent (too many) hours on a computer, filled an iPod, and went to college they turned from boys to men locked in cells smaller than her bedroom, one of them facing a death sentence. The three little boys who were brutally killed that day in 1993 must be remembered. Have they gotten justice? Or were Misskelley, Baldwin and Echols themselves sacrificed, to a public that demanded swift action and retribution and were easy with blaming a kid named Damien who wore black T-shirts and his insignificant friends from insignificant families. The Observer was struck by the passion with which the celebrities pleaded, to come on Arkansas, this happened here, learn about this case, do something. It was nearly impossible to believe that Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines and Depp and Smith came to a stage at Robinson Auditorium to exhort Arkies to throw off their deadening familiarity with the case and, if they think the three should be free, do something. The state Supreme Court has been provided the sworn affidavit of a prosecutor who reveals that the jury foreman

provided information to his fellow jurors that had been inadmissible in court, about the confession by the feeble-minded Jessie Misskelley, a 16-year-old who had to be prompted to get the details right. A confession that had been recanted. Shortly, the court will decide whether that information and other forensic evidence should nullify the convictions. A hearing is set for Sept. 30.

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the daughter wasn’t too put out that her aged mother saw the incredibly sexy Depp (though some guys in the office don’t see it) play guitar and swagger like Jack Sparrow and she didn’t. But when she heard the old lady got to see Patti Smith, that was something different. Smith belted it out in that delicious low and sometimes furious voice, and controlled the stage. We know how old she is, because we saw her when we were young, and that was a long time ago. But she’s defied age. Her lyrics, her voice — nothing about her is less powerful than it was 40 years ago. It was beautiful.

We will add one curmudgeonly

complaint about Saturday night’s show. Although the crowd brought an overwhelming sense of purpose and energy, they also brought something else: their phones. We realize that seeing the likes of Depp, Maines, Vedder and Ben Harper share one stage is rare, but the glaring rectangle LCD screens hovered around the darkened theater like over-grown cancerous fireflies, distracting from the view. The smartphone screens seemed to entrance and hypnotize their owners as they stared directly at them the entire time, trying to get that perfect YouTube video. Others were more concerned with sending out Tweets about the night’s event or grabbing a perfect picture of themselves for their Facebook pages. What’s sad is that there really was something special happening on stage, a memory waiting to happen and something that’s not likely to come to Little Rock again in the near future. The Observer wanted to tap the person sitting in front of us on the shoulder and say, “You know, you don’t have to record this. It’s going on right up there.�

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Liberal colleges I don’t find it at all unusual that the faculty of most universities is populated with “Liberals and Democrats.” The faculty at most universities hold an advanced degree and that implies they have the ability to examine issues and facts and draw defendable conclusions, often with new insights into old questions. Human progress has almost always been driven by people who looked at the same information with an open mind and discovered new ways to do and think about things. Conservatives, on the other hand, already know everything worth knowing and see little reason to go beyond their comfortable current knowledge base, preferring instead to stifle new inquiries into current questions. If new questions do come to the fore, they spend their time changing the question to fit the answers that they already have. Political correctness is a scourge to both camps, though, denying the conservative the ability to openly and freely express things which he fervently believes, which may well be true, and denying the liberal the ability to openly discuss observed facts and seek realistic answers. We look to our schools for new informa-

tion. Tenure was instituted to protect the teacher who stepped outside of the comfort zone and wanted to seek new ideas and also to protect the teacher who wanted to defend the old ideas. Without an open and free discussion, it may be very hard to find the truth. Let’s open up the flood gates of honest discussion and seek real answers to the many real problems that face us as a nation and a species. Herb Hawn Little Rock Much as I was confused by the image on the cover of the Aug. 19 Arkansas Times (“liberals” equated with bombs?), Doug Smith’s article about university professors was interesting. I never understood where this notion of “liberal” or “leftist” or whatever-you-want-to-call-it bias in the university comes from. And who cares about bias if it is argued with evidence? After all, the university is supposed to nurture critical thought and open debate, isn’t it? Labels like “liberal,” “conservative,” and “leftist” are imprecise and thrown about carelessly. Professional rabble-rousers like David Horowitz make 18th-century conservatives like Edmund Burke and Alexander Hamilton turn in their graves. Unlike Robert Maranto, who appears to be honest about his work, Horowitz distracts attention from the real issue, which is the growth of corporate influence in academia. Maranto works in a Department of

Education Reform at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Imagine, an entire academic department that just happens to be financed by Walton money! Dr. Maranto is balanced to be sure. Years ago, he called for deploying the Marines in urban public schools. He has also published with the American Enterprise Institute (based on the name alone, the bias of this “think tank” is obvious). Or take the renowned Henry Kissinger. He wrote books at Harvard in the 1950s about the virtues of nuclear war. As an academic, Dr. Kissinger deserved to be protected by the principle of academic freedom. But this is unfortunately not the case for some left-wing academics. In 2007, for instance, political scientist Norman Finklestein was denied tenure at De Pauw University and Ward Churchill was fired from his professorship of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado. There were questions about their “research methods” but neither has advocated nuclear war. Whoever stifles debate and a free press — even one that tolerates cartoons of balding professors holding bombs — undermines democracy and betrays future generations. For only in open debate where “the chips fall where they may” can the truth win out. But that does not always suit powerful special interests. Anthony Newkirk North Little Rock

‘Gasland’ a winner My husband and I just viewed “Gasland” at the Clinton School of Public Service, and we were impressed at the high quality of research on this subject. It’s a documentary by a Pennsylvania man offered a lease to allow drilling a gas well on his property, using the fracking technology that proves to be ruinous. I know his roommate, an Arkie. He is not making this up. He comes to this state, and speaks to those suffering from nearby gas wells. Arkansas water is polluted; farmland lost. Compliments to the Times for its latest feature on the topic — “Drilled & Screwed.” There is a federal bill to erase exemptions Vice President Dick Cheney got for the industry, and to put this industry and its practices under the standards and regulations of the federal Safe Drinking WaterAct. It’s the FRAC bill — SB 1215 & HR 2766. Please write in support to your congressman and senators. Kathy Wells Little Rock Submit letters to The Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is maxbrantley@arktimes. com. We also accept faxes at 375-3623. Please include a hometown and telephone number.

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The WEST MEMPHIS THREE. The three men serving life for three 1993 slayings got a boost from a benefit concert that drew a sell-out crowd to Robinson Music Center to hear Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Patti Smith, Johnny Depp and more. SIMS BAR-B-Q. It got a celebrity endorsement. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s former pastor, spoke highly of the legendary restaurant after eating there while in town to preach at a local Baptist church. It was a bad week for …

JIM KEET. The Republican gubernatorial nominee’s story on how he managed to avoid paying property taxes for five years on his $135,000 airplane just doesn’t hold water. There is no legal way to avoid taxes in Arkansas by registering a plane in Nevada, as Keet claimed. REP. JOHN BOOZMAN. The U.S. Senate candidate said that just because he was a sponsor of legislation that would impose a 30 percent national sales tax it didn’t mean he supported it. Huh?? The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. It was sued for racial discrimination against black custodians. This in a school district led by a black superintendent and a majority black School Board. BAPTISM. A family baptism celebration in Fort Smith (at the Progressive Men’s Club) ran late into the night and ended with multiple gunshots, a pistol whipping and six arrests. Who said we don’t need guns in church? CHIVALRY. A Centerville man faces criminal charges for threatening to send nude pictures of a Bentonville teacher to her employer and husband if she didn’t pay him $2,500. The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. School Board member Charlie Wood, facing a tough re-election battle, took it upon himself to alert media to an unidentified person’s private sting operation against feuding Board member Gwen Williams. A careful lawful investigation would have made more sense. Unsourced material provided by Wood suggests Williams took $100 from a would-be school sidewalk contractor. Will the sleaze and back-biting in the troubled district never stop? 8 september 2, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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Interest and energy Issues combined in Amendment 2. By Doug Smith

n Proposed Amendment 2, which will be submitted to the voters at the general election Nov. 2, would raise the constitutional limit on interest that can be charged by retailers, remove entirely the interest limit on government bonds, and provide a new way for government agencies to finance bonds for energy-efficiency projects. That the amendment seems to cover a lot of ground is not accidental – it started out as three separate proposals. The legislature can refer three amendments to the voters at each general election. As the legislators met in regular session last year, it became apparent that two of those three would be an amendment to establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish, of which Sen. Steve Faris of Malvern was the lead sponsor, and an amendment making it easier for the state to issue bonds for new industrial plants, sponsored by House Speaker Robbie Wills of Conway. Rather than fight over the last remaining slot, Rep. Eddie Cheatham of Crossett, Rep. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia and Sen. Shane Broadway of Bryant decided to merge their proposals. The situation is complicated. Arkansas is the only state that has an interest rate cap tied to the federal discount rate. The Arkansas Constitution allows retail lenders to charge interest of five percent more than the federal discount rate, up to a maximum of 17 percent. The maximum rate for government bonds is two percent above the federal discount rate. But, those limitations have been temporarily overridden by federal legislation that was sponsored by Sen. Blanche Lincoln. (With the support of all other members of the Arkansas congressional delegation and Gov. Mike Beebe.) However, that federal legislation is set to expire Dec. 31, and the constitutional limit will be back in play. Cheatham said he was responding primarily to complaints from auto dealers, furniture dealers and people who buy and sell land on installment, all fearful of losing their exemption from the interest limit. When the discount rate fell to one-half of one percent (.5), the maximum rate these retailers could charge without their exemption would be 5.5 percent, Cheatham said, but when retailers borrow money from a bank, they have to pay a higher rate. Banks used to be subject to the constitutional limit, but they were exempted under federal legislation enacted in 1999. Amendment 2 would retain the 17 percent maximum, but remove the lower cap on non-bank consumer loans.

Amendment 2 also would remove all limits on interest for government bonds. When the maximum interest rate is only 2.5 percent, “You can’t issue a 30-year Broadway bond,” Maloch said, because people won’t buy 30-year bonds with that rate of return. If Amendment 2 isn’t approved by Arkansas voters, or the federal law extended, “Capital improvement projects by cities and counties will be out until interest rates go up,” Maloch said. To the argument that interest rates will reach intolerable heights without a governmentimposed maximum, Maloch says competition in the marketplace will keep that from happening. Unlike Arkansas, most states don’t put a maximum allowable interest rate in their state constitutions. If Amendment 2 is rejected by the voters, is it possible that Congress would extend Lincoln’s law? Possible, but not likely, according to Maloch. That law was enacted with the idea that Arkansans would get a chance to vote on the issue. Members of Congress prefer that matters such as this be resolved at the state level, rather than exposing themselves to criticism for using federal muscle on a state, Maloch said. An exception was made because Arkansas was in a unique situation after the discount rate fell so low. But it would be hard for a member from Arkansas to ask Congress to immediately override a vote of the people. Section 4 of Amendment 2 is Broadway’s work. It deals specifically with government bond issues for energy-efficiency projects. It says that such bonds can be secured by the savings resulting from the new efficiency, in addition to such other sources of revenue as the issuer may have. Government agencies dependent solely on tax revenue are hampered in making improvements to save energy, Broadway said, because of a constitutional question about whether general-revenue tax dollars can be used to secure bonds. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville was able to do extensive retrofitting because it has a source of revenue – student tuition and fees – other than taxes, Broadway said. Similarly, the Correction Department can pursue energyefficiency projects because it has farm income. Amendment 2 will allow other state,



city and county agencies to increase their energy efficiency by using the savings from the improvements to secure the necessary bond issues. “The taxpayer gains because the agency isn’t spending as much money on energy,” Broadway said, and over a period of time, the savings could amount to thousands or even millions of dollars. Retailers who would benefit from higher interest rates will presumably support Amendment 2. Cheatham said the state Chamber of Commerce was interested, and he expected to see ads in support of the amendment as the election draws near. City and county governments, through their respective associations, are likely to support Amendment 2 as well. All three legislators said they were unaware of organized opposition to the amendment. But the potential is there. Christopher D. Brockett, a Little Rock lawyer, told the Arkansas Times that the popular name of the amendment is misleading: The popular name is “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arkansas concerning the interest rate limits and the issuance of governmental bonds to finance energy-efficiency projects.” Brockett said he was in favor of energy efficiency, “but we don’t see how raising the interest on all loans would benefit energyefficiency programs.” Asked if there would be organized opposition to the amendment, he said that he and others, as yet unnamed, were studying it to determine what their next action should be. “We’re hoping that groups who were opposed to payday lenders will rally around this issue too.”

Corrections n Last week’s cover story mistakenly referred to Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas as Chief Turner in a couple of instances. It also said Sherwood’s sales tax was a half cent. Sherwood levies a 1 percent sales tax.

‘The Un-Natural State’ A new history from the UA Press chronicles gay and lesbian life in Arkansas. By Broc k Thompson

Politics: Enter homosexuality

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he Times this week presents four excerpts from a new book from the University of Arkansas Press, “The Un-Natural State” by Brock Thompson. His book is a study of gay and lesbian life in Arkansas in the 20th century, a weaving together of Arkansas history, dozens of oral histories, and Brock Thompson’s own story. Among other topics, Thompson analyzes the meaning of rural drag shows (a photo of one was used on his book cover and this week’s Times cover), including a description of a 1930s seasonal beauty pageant in Wilson, where white men in drag shared the stage with other white men in blackface, a suggestive mingling that went to the core of both racial transgression and sexual disobedience. These small-town entertainments put on in churches and schools emerged decades later in gay bars across the state as a lucrative business practice and a larger means of community expression, while in the same period the state’s sodomy law was rewritten to condemn sexual acts between those of the same sex in language similar to what was once used to denounce interracial sex. By then, as Thompson’s lead excerpt shows, homosexuality had already been put in play as a political issue. Thompson describes several lesbian communities established in the Ozark Mountains during the ’60s and ’70s and offers a substantial account of Eureka Springs’ informal status as the “gay capital of the Ozarks.” All excerpts are by Brock Thompson and from his new book, “The Un-Natural State.” They are reprinted with permission of the University of Arkansas Press,



n an early morning campaign stop, supporters for “Justice Jim” Johnson broke out in song. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System

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During the 1966 Arkansas gubernatorial campaign, race-baiter “Justice Jim” Johnson brought his fiery Southern political discourse to a new level. Trying desperately to paint his rival Winthrop Rockefeller as a “big-city queer,” Johnson succeeded in introducing Arkansans to a new type of social deviant.

The Rich Man from the Mountain With All of His Grace His Boots Made of Leather and His Panties of Lace With His Greedy Grin, All Over His Face His Hunger for Power That’s Held in His Paw Reaches for the State of Arkansas. ...

‘Victory Special’ train: Winthrop Rockefeller’s reelection campaign in 1968.

The man of boots of leather and panties of lace, the rich man from the mountain, Winthrop Rockefeller, was close to becoming the first Republican governor since Reconstruction. The well-heeled Rockefeller had come to Arkansas in the mid-fifties bringing with him no real political ambitions but hardly escaping his New York playboy image. Rumors of his possible sub rosa East Coast homosexuality soon followed him. Rockefeller purchased extensive farm lands and made his home atop scenic Petit Jean Mountain. Once there, rumors continued to spread. Some hinted that his mountain retreat was in actuality a haven for his rumored alcoholism and his vast stockpiles of pornography. When Orval Faubus suddenly announced his “retirement” from public office in 1966, a long and vicious battle ensued for his Democratic heir. From the Democratic primary election emerged “Justice Jim” Johnson, a race-baiter and the man considered by many to have pushed Faubus, whom he deemed Arkansas’s “nigger lover,” into the national showdown outside of Central High. Johnson had a formidable opponent in Rockefeller and immediately set out to discredit him on the grounds of his sexuality. Johnson had labeled Rockefeller as the “prissy sissy” and “winsome Winnie” since

his days as head of the Industrial D eve l o p m e n t Commission. In 1955, in Arkansas Faith, Johnson’s newsletter for his group the White Citizens Council, Johnson’s accu- Johnson: Spread s a t i o n s a s t o the rumor that Rockefeller’s Rockefeller was gay. sexuality were extremely subtle, but always called to mind the burning and irrevocably linked issues of race and sexuality. When he moved to Arkansas, Rockefeller brought his trusted aide, a black man, James E. Hudson, to run his ranch operations. Johnson’s publications described Hudson as a “wiry, balding negro who has been Winthrop’s right hand man since the two first teamed up as young men in New York City 18 years ago.” The publication states that Hudson was afforded so much respect and responsibility from Rockefeller that locals went along, “granting him a courtesy all too rare in most southern states.” The Arkansas Faith further reported, “they called him ‘Mister’.” From that point, Johnson would do more than hint at the nature of their relationship. The rumor that Rockefeller “sodomized black men” was now added to the litany of charges against him.

Editor’s note: Rumors about Rockefeller’s sexuality remained just that, rumors. One of his marriages produced a son.

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Though Johnson was a Southern Democrat in the strictest sense, his White Citizens Council began to circulate a publication entitled “Republicans for Better Government.” In it, Rockefeller was labeled with every term that might be considered incendiary in Southern politics, branding him everything from a socialist to a devout internationalist. On the front page, a picture of a “lithe, handsome, and nearly nude valentine” appeared next to a photograph of Rockefeller. In fact, the two were actually at the same function. Rockefeller was judging costumes at a 1949 Valentines ball benefiting the Urban League in New York City. The pictures originally appeared in Life magazine. Now, some 16 years later, they were being used to confuse the protected and currently under siege boundaries of race by painting Rockefeller as a sexual culprit and big city suspect who could further threaten such delicate boundaries. Johnson continued to campaign vigorously and used what he could to back this idea, but he was no longer subtle in speaking of Rockefeller’s supposed sexuality. An article entitled “Winthrop Rockefeller – A Homosexual??” cited various other “sources” to expose Rockefeller’s alleged “homophile nature.” The article begins with a source entitled The Secret Life of Walter Winchell that details Rockefeller’s supposed first visit to a New York City brothel in an effort to steer him towards heterosexism. He was 16, the source contended, and was sent there to “to be taught that all things could be bought for money and to be kept from the clutches of homosexuals.” Other sources hinted at something improper in the Rockefeller and Hudson relationship. The article featured an excerpt from a source entitled Rockefeller Public Enemy No. 1. In it, there was a rather dubious quotation from Rockefeller explaining his reasons for relocating to Arkansas. Rockefeller was quoted as stating that “my Army ‘boy friend,’ Jim Hudson, would not come to New York, so I went to Arkansas to be with him.” The article went on to use another source, Those Rockefeller Brothers, to allege that Hudson and Rockefeller had spent months touring the country by car and that “Winthrop calls Hudson his ‘assistant’ because he says he has never been able to think of any other title for the Negro.” Despite Johnson’s efforts, voters narrowly awarded Rockefeller the governor’s office in the 1966 election and he would go on to serve a difficult second term. Adding to his misery were the rumors of alcoholism that had dogged him most of his life. Though not successful in his bid for governor, “Justice Jim” Johnson had succeeded in creating a political discourse that combined race and sexuality and further brought it into the mainstream.

INTERESTING PAST: This rest area at Morgan, now closed, was once frequented by gay men seeking anonymous sexual encounters.



he interstate highway system, the great victory of the automotive lobby, begun in the 1950s, soon symbolized the postwar economic boom, connecting far-flung cities and the citizens therein, and the American love affair with the automobile and leisure in general. The highway rest area offered travelers services to aid them in their journey, including toilets, picnic facilities, tourist information, and other services along the interstate highways. The Morgan Rest Area was opened in October of 1973, at a cost of almost half a million dollars for this very purpose. It sat near mile marker 146 on Interstate 40, meaning it was 146 miles from the Oklahoma border to the west. From that point, it was 138 miles east to Memphis on Interstate 40, which now runs coast to coast. The Morgan Rest Area was at that time one of 36 rest areas in the state. In 1991, Robert Howard found himself on the road making his regular commute from Little Rock to the smaller bedroom communities surrounding the city. He now ran his own business, Self Image, Inc., a licensed massage and beauty service that offered in-home services to clients, some in Conway about 30 miles northwest of his home in Little Rock. He usually worked late, to accommodate clients after their workday. By the time he left his last client on February 1, 1991, it was almost 11:30 p.m. Howard stopped off to use the public toilets at the

Morgan Rest Area, sitting roughly halfway between Conway and Little Rock. The rest area already had a reputation. The fact that a great many men used the space for anonymous sexual encounters was not lost on Howard, nor was it lost on local law enforcement officers. Howard parked his car and entered the men’s toilets. He had noticed a few men loitering around the building and in the nearby woods that surrounded the rest area on one side. He paid little attention although he knew of the men’s intentions. Robert Howard is a gay man, but he did differ from the loitering individuals in that his intention was only to use the toilet for its intended purpose. Afterward, as he was walking back to his automobile, an attractive young man in his late twenties stopped him. Intrigued though not necessarily interested, Howard felt sympathy for the young cruiser and obliged him with idle chit-chat. The small talk took the usual route of first conversing about the weather, then rather abruptly, as Howard remembers, the young man propositioned him for oral sex. A bit put off, Howard told the young man that “cruising an interstate rest stop for sex was no way for a gay man to meet people.” The man persisted, asking Howard to join him in his car, although Howard kept declining and walked briskly away. At this point, the young man produced a badge from under his shirt, revealing himself to be a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy. Robert Howard

was under arrest for loitering for deviant sexual activity, a misdemeanor. Howard was not the only man arrested during the two-hour sheriff’s office sting that night. A total of eight men were arrested on various charges, including two for violation of the Arkansas sodomy statute. For many, especially those arrested on sodomy charges, the raid would seem peculiarly well timed. On Thursday Jan. 17, 1991, two weeks prior to Howard’s arrest, Arkansas State Sen. Vic Snyder introduced a bill into the legislature that quickly sparked opposition from his fellow legislators as well as various religious groups. Snyder, a Democrat representing, among other places, Pulaski County, introduced Senate Bill 125 aimed at removing homosexual activity between consenting adults from the state’s sodomy statute. Snyder’s bill would have left intact the bestiality portion of the law. Snyder, a Little Rock physician, noted that the law was contradictory to Arkansas’s efforts to contain the AIDS virus. Snyder stated that on the one hand, the state wished to stop the spread of AIDS by encouraging both homosexuals and heterosexuals to undergo blood tests and confide in their doctors, who promised confidentiality. On the other hand, Snyder pointed out, the activity that prompted their testing was deemed illegal Continued on page 12

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rock Thompson, who grew up in Conway, is a graduate of Hendrix College. He received his Ph.D. in American studies at King’s College, University of London. He now lives in Washington and works at the Library of Congress. His book is due in stores this month. He has several Arkansas book signings planned in November: • 6 p.m. Nov. 17, sponsored by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, in the East Room of the Main Little Rock Library. • 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville • 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Conway. • SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 11


Continued from page 11 by the state. Essentially, sodomy’s illegality would drive both it and testing for HIV/ AIDS underground, thereby creating a severe public health dilemma that Snyder contended the state was simply unprepared for. To have yourself tested would be tantamount to turning yourself in. An imposed silence on the gay community would equal death for many. Senate Bill 125 was first discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, where emotions ran high. Snyder pleaded with the committee not to “incorporate one moral perspective or one religious view” when considering the bill. After all the testimony was offered, the committee, without further discussion, voted on the bill on Jan. 20, 1991. The next day, the Arkansas Gazette ran a bold three-column headline: “Committee Rejects Sodomy Law Repeal.” The committee had given Snyder’s bill a rare unanimous do-not-pass motion. Snyder had no illusions concerning the chances of Senate Bill 125. Nevertheless, he felt it necessary to introduce the measure, hoping that subsequent attempts would prove successful. Later, as committee members were approached by Gazette reporters, many stated that they were simply following the wishes of their constituents, though they may have personally agreed with Snyder and his rationale for removing homosexuality from the sodomy law. Sen. Wayne Dowd of Texarkana, who offered the do-not-pass motion in the committee, explained with surprising candor that “what it comes down to is I guess I have a lack of backbone.” Dowd, an attorney in Texarkana, stated that as a lawyer and lawmaker, he felt that any legal challenge to the sodomy law would most likely see it declared unconstitutional by Arkansas courts. However, Dowd noted that he “had so many communications from constituents opposed to the bill that, trying to represent the people that elected me, I voted against it.” The day after the Gazette ran its frontpage story, Robert Howard was on his way to the Pulaski County jail. Both in the cramped confines of the back of a state trooper’s patrol car and within the holding cell, Howard was bombarded with antagonistic and homophobic remarks from the arresting officers, who called him “worthless” and “faggot.” He was released later on bond posted by his partner. To say that Howard and the other men arrested that night were in the wrong place at the wrong time would not begin to describe their predicament. Editor’s note: It would take a court ruling to strike down Arkansas’s sodomy law. The Morgan rest stop is now closed, in part to end its use as a place of sexual encounters. Budget constraints have further restricted stops along Arkansas interstates. 12 SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

WOMEN AT WORK: The hills of Arkansas became home in the 1970s for several lesbian communities. Here, the Arco Iris women work to erect permanent structures on their land. Founded in 1978 on 120 acres of land in the White River Valley, the commune is still in operation.


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iana Rivers chose the Arkansas Ozarks for the beauty of the land. She and other women like her looking to form a community sought land that was cheap, plentiful, had a long growing season, and little to no building codes. The isolated and largely untouched Ozarks supplied all these things in abundance. She had grown up in New Jersey. Then, turning 17 years old, she moved on to the “anonymous” New York City. She tried her hand at college, though she did not last long at New York’s Cooper Union. She quit after her first year when she rationalized her politics would have gotten her thrown out anyway.

WHAT A DRAG: Brock Thompson’s new history “The Un-Natural State” devotes attention to the popularity of drag shows in Arkansas in the 1930s, particularly in rural communities. An example is the “New Girl/ Old Girl Wedding” at Arkansas State Teachers college, now the University of Central Arkansas. Weddings were a frequent theme of the shows.

Afterwards, Rivers tried other communes across the country, moving from her native New Jersey to the Stoneybrook commune in upstate New York. Though it was a successful commune, a bad marriage drove Rivers cross-country, first to various communes in rural Oregon, then, as she came to realize her sexuality, to the Hog Farm, a growing lesbian commune in New Mexico. She had heard of communities in Arkansas and traveled there in the spring of 1970 to see them for herself. She made her way to the Sassafras, a feminist commune in rural Newton County in the lower Ozarks. Rivers remembers Sassafras being in a

constant state of turmoil, people coming and going, few wishing to stay on permanently. “It wasn’t pretty.” She recalls that the women there “were in a time of being very, very angry.” Those at Sassafras, according to Rivers, were caught up in “very angry feminism as they became aware of how oppressed women could be.” The commune would fail as most women there either came out of the closet and left Sassafras, or left and later came out. The Sassafras land was abandoned. Communes proved unsuccessful for various reasons, mainly due to the close proximity to others in which members

found themselves. Communes asked their residents to live in the same building, eat together and share finances, providing a much closer living situation than many had bargained for. An alternative to the commune for those interested in an intentional society was the construction of the community. Though much like a commune in that it depended on attracting those with shared ideas and social politics, there is one important difference between a planned commune and a planned community. A commune offered kindred spirits the sharing of land and ideals but hardly anything else. Communities offered separate homes and enough private space for separate lives. Diana Rivers saw this as a crucial distinction when she went on to form her own community. On land not too far from the failed Sassafras, still in the Ozarks and up the tremendously beautiful White River Valley towards Fayetteville, Rivers and other lesbians formed the Ozark Land Holders Association (OLHA), a name made deliberately ambiguous to keep locals in the dark as to their intentions. It was nearly a decade between the closing of Sassafras and the forming of the OLHA. Money, as in all planned communes and communities, proved to be the most important issue for those involved, but Rivers had this worked out. She had 140 acres not 20 miles from Fayetteville, and a seller not bothered that the buyers were lesbian separatists. Using money from a family inheritance, Rivers made the $30,000 down payment toward the total price of $100,000. Twenty women including Rivers bought in on the OLHA, at a membership fee of $5,000. With the membership, women were given a parcel of five acres of undeveloped land on which to build their home and otherwise do with as they saw fit. They also could host whomever they wanted, regardless of sex. The lesbian women were mainly professionals, school teachers, doctors and nurses who wished to live in a community close to Fayetteville where they

might continue their professional employment. To completely separate would cost too much, financially and perhaps physically. Working with a more flexible idea of separatism, the OLHA found a successful formula for separatist living: private plots within private land where inhabitants could sustain themselves financially with outside employment. To finance the building of her home and to back the community at large, Rivers found modest commercial success writing lesbian separatist fantasy, “wild women stories” she called them, which proved to be popular in the growing field of queer fiction. In the pages of her five novels, Rivers blended personal fantasy while advancing larger separatist politics. Through the series, Rivers tells the tale of the Hadra, women with strange powers, chief among them the ability to read the minds of other women. The Hadra, driven out of their villages and ostracized by their families, created separate communities far away from the larger, poisonous “patriarchal” society. Out of the pages pour stories of women communicating with each other without words, sharing land and labor, and depending on each other for their basic needs for survival and for comfort and companionship. In Rivers’ lesbian fantasies, the message was clear: any woman facing exclusion from a larger society had a fantastic option in separatism. Rivers’ narrative and her extraordinary solution, helping finance a separatist community through writing lesbian fantasies, employ the unique tactics and sheer determination to form space and identity. The name, the Ozark Land Holders Association, offered them a bit more privacy, though locals quickly figured them out. Still, the women were surprised by the lack of grief they encountered as word spread. The mountain folk they encountered, who themselves often felt queered by the larger urban society, proved to be gracious, helpful neighbors.

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Editor’s note: A handful of women remain on the OLHA property. • SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 13

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ay men could claim a variety of spaces reserved for them in and around Little Rock. Few such spaces in Arkansas were reserved for lesbians. The exception lay in the mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Settling around the then liberal college town of Fayetteville, a short drive from Eureka Springs, lesbians took advantage of a rise in feminist visibility among women attending the University of Arkansas. In many ways, Fayetteville was the epicenter of the feminist movement in Arkansas. During the 1970s, feminists in Fayetteville, through a combination of university funding and private donations, were able to secure a separate space from which to serve women’s needs in the area. The group had been operating out of various locations since 1972 but in the fall of 1978 the Fayetteville Women’s Center opened its doors at a new facility, a small converted house provided by the University just across from the football stadium. The new Women’s Center was advertised as “a space where women of the campus and community of Fayetteville can come together and relate to one another as women.” The center offered a rape crisis and pregnancy hotline, a battered- women’s shelter, a health collective, a women’s sports collective, a women’s coffeehouse, a chorus and other services. The center also provided space to a lesbian student group, the Lesbian Rap Group, that was advertised as a “group formed to help lesbians deal with social pressures concerning lifestyle and attempts to promote a more accurate image of lesbianism though educational programs.” The University of Arkansas provided the property and the bulk of the women’s center funds through student-generated accounts and the larger university budget. With university funds came less autonomy, but the women, desperate for funding, were willing to accept this. The group was progressive, and with funds and an allocation of a facility, members were most encouraged. However, things quickly soured within the first three months of the center’s creation. With the support of the women’s center, the Lesbian Rap Group found themselves growing in numbers and visibility on campus early in the fall semester. However, the lesbian student group grew increasingly disenchanted with the politics of the Women’s Center, which concentrated on issues such as abortion access and other feminist legal matters that the Rap Group deemed largely irrelevant to lesbians. While the center assured them that this was not the case, skepticism as to the motives and goals of the Women’s Center grew among politically involved lesbians on campus. A rift between the two groups only widened in the fall of 1978 when the Lesbian Rap Group decided to rechristen themselves as the “Razordykes,” capitalizing on the

popular University Razorback mascot, and began promoting lesbian goals on campus. Group leaders thought the name reflected both “gay pride and humor,” but for other students, it quickly became a name associated “with fear and hatred.” The Razordykes sought for class time from willing health and psychology faculty to deliver presentations on homosexuality and, using Women’s Center funds, purchased reading materials on gender and sexuality, distributing them around campus. The increased visibility of the Razordykes brought increased scrutiny by University of Arkansas officials of the rap group and the Women’s Center. Early in the semester, the Razordykes announced a potluck dinner at the Women’s Center to be followed by an open forum for discussing lesbian issues on campus. An advertisement for the dinner in the student newspaper, the Traveler, provoked a string of letters condemning the Razordykes, many of which also criticized the administration of the University of Arkansas for funding a group comprising “degenerates and perverts.” It was not long before the matter came to the attention of state legislators in Little Rock. Already having made their position on homosexuality clear through the reinstatement of the sodomy law the previous year, legislators put subtle pressure on state-appointed university administrators to close the Women’s Center and eliminate funding for the Razordykes. Alumni and University donors also began to raise concerns after an influential alumna, the wife of a wealthy local banker, was sent anonymously an invitation to a lesbian dance hosted by the Razordykes. It is not known whether a friend or foe of the group sent the invitation, but, nonetheless, frustration with the Razordykes and the center grew and put the future of the center in jeopardy. University administrators pleaded with group leaders to at least change their name to something “less volatile.” The Razorbacks mascot, in football and basketball, was a cherished and guarded image throughout the entire state, and university officials recognized this. Group leaders, ever obstinate in their politics, refused to even consider a name change. At the root of their stubbornness was the issue of self-determination, which went beyond simply wishing to name themselves what they pleased. They felt that to surrender and pick a name not so close to the one cherished by university officials, students, and alumni would be to acknowledge that they did not belong and that certain aspects of university life were entirely off-limits to queer students. In light of the women’s refusal, university administrators, stung by the unwanted attention from Little Rock and alumni regarding the Razordykes, acted to “get rid of the Women’s Center.” By October, two months after the center opened and two months after the potluck and lesbian forum was announced, the Associated

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that more than 80 percent of its users were students. However, the fact that 20 percent were not U of A students was enough for the student government to drastically cut the Women’s Center funding for the 197980 academic year. The student government took away the center’s facility, the off-campus house the university provided, and relocated the Women’s Center in a single room in the basement of the campus student union. In further discouragement, knowing that the Women’s Center acted as an umbrella organization that then dispersed funds to other, smaller groups such as the Razordykes, the student government openly encouraged other campus groups to solicit the Women’s Center for funds, whatever the groups’ political leanings. When campus anti-abortion groups began to ask for money from the center for their programs, the leaders refused to hear their request. In response, the student government accused the group of being a “feminist clique” and denied its funding for the next academic year altogether. Unable to secure enough funding from outside sources to carry on its programs, the Women’s Center closed its doors. Many Women’s Center advocates privately blamed the Razordykes for the closure, seeing the lesbian group as a lightning rod for unwelcome campus criticism. Many Razordykes considered the Women’s Center as unwilling to support its feminist allies in their time of need as campus pressure continued to mount. For the Razordykes, encouraging others to “come out” was at the heart of their political agenda; the very act of coming out, for them, was political. Whatever the reasons, the division between the two groups reflected a national trend in the feminist movement as lesbians felt increasingly disenfranchised by the larger feminist movement. The split of larger feminism and lesbian politics proved dramatic in Northwest Arkansas. It was also highly concentrated at the campus of the

by searching for land on which to establish separate lesbian-only communities. Almost a decade before the Women’s Center found itself at the center of controversy, lesbian women had been eyeing the Ozarks as a possible space to organize women’s communes and communities. Signs advertising lesbian land and the construction of lesbian communities in the rural Ozarks were oftentimes subtle. Land for Sale: 1,000 acres of land located in scenic Johnson County, Arkansas. Panoramic views of beautiful Boston Mountains. Nice retirement area. Write: H. E. Harvey, Rt. 1, Box 259, Stone Hill Rd., Clarksville, Ark. 72830.

The advertisement above was posted by Mr. H.E. Harvey in the classified section of Ms. magazine in the winter of 1972, the same year as the founding of the Women’s Center and some six years before it disbanded for good. Tucked away in the back pages of a popular feminist magazine lay an invitation to queer Arkansas: land for sale. A woman thumbing through Ms. could stumble upon new and subtle possibilities for queer formations in Arkansas. Searching for different outlets to queer identity, perhaps a rural one, women only need look at the small print to discover the possibility of establishing queer spaces in the Arkansas Ozarks. Lesbians, especially in rural areas, depended on such small print much more than gay men, who often had larger networks with access to information. Mountain spaces like the one advertised above, secluded and, perhaps more importantly, cheap, had been selling for sometime since the early 1970s to feminist groups and lesbian separatist organizations seeking freedom from the restrictions of an overly masculine world. Lesbians had lost their space at the university, but other spaces were being constructed in the surrounding mountains. • SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 15

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Editorial n Jim Keet has promised not to throw his wife under a bus, and that’s about the kindest thing we’ve heard from a Republican politician this year. Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin appears ready to eat her family if it becomes advantageous. John Boozman wants to throw everybody under a bus, except the very rich. The comparatively soft-hearted Keet said he wouldn’t commit vehicular homicide on wife Doody even though she was responsible for the family’s underpayment of Pulaski County taxes for several years. Her confusion is understandable considering that the Keets have lived in Florida much of the last decade, a circumstance that might have dissuaded some people from running for governor of Arkansas. It sounds like Keet will only live here if he can be governor. Has anybody asked whether he’s a Razorback fan or a Gator fan? Boozman is sponsoring a bill to levy a 30 percent national sales tax, on top of the state and local sales taxes already in effect. The sales tax is a regressive tax, hitting hardest those toward the lower end of the economic scale, who still must buy – and pay taxes on – the necessities of life. While adding the sales tax, Boozman would repeal the federal income tax, a progressive tax under which more is paid by those who can afford to pay more. His is the old Republican strategy of “Soak the Poor” carried to remarkably brutal lengths. He’s still capable of a little embarrassment, evidently. When it was revealed that Boozman was a co-sponsor of this atrocious legislation, he said that just because he put his name on the bill didn’t mean he was for it. He’s for it, all right, just as he’s for privatization of Social Security. Under the bus, old people, and no pleading for mercy. Mercy is for those who can pay for it.

Honor where due n The little town of Swifton has produced a number of estimable Arkansans and chose to honor one of them last week – the late George Kell – by naming the post office for him. Kell was a Hall of Fame baseball player and later a longtime announcer for his old team, the Detroit Tigers. Through it all, he maintained his home in Swifton, and put on no airs. It would be appropriate for Fayetteville to honor one of its outstanding citizens in similar fashion. Something should be named for Dr. William Harrison, who bravely provided abortions for thousands of desperate women before closing his medical practice recently because of poor health. A marker on College Avenue, perhaps? How about it, Fayetteville City Council?

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SPEAKING OUT: Eddie Vedder, Lorri Davis and Natalie Maines speak at a news conference prior to last Saturday’s “Voices for Justice” concert in support of the West Memphis 3. Davis is the wife of Damien Echols.

NLR’s strong mayor n North Little Rock’s Pat Hays is a strong mayor. Pushy and impetuous, too. Special parking for VIPs by the ballpark? He’ll take it, never mind the law. Grabbing school taxes for private property development? He’ll take it, never mind the law. Big increases in electric rates? He’ll lead the city into a deal to buy power from a coal-burning power plant that — surprise! — produces no significant savings. But Hays makes things happen. He’s got an arena, a ballpark and the reviving Argenta neighborhood to show for it. He’s also had the important help of broad-minded investors with deep pockets who’ve sunk a lot of their own money into Argenta. New residences, restaurants and businesses salute a clanging trolley in what was once mostly wasteland. Hays is rightfully grateful to the private developers. You can understand why he’s willing to entertain a swap of four city-owned properties for their currently vacant Rye Furniture building. Somewhere down the line, the investors might buy some of the Rye property back to build a hotel. The city would keep some of the property to build a parking deck for the hotel. Hays tried to shove this plan – absent innumerable explanatory details – through the City Council last week, but pulled back after some aldermen objected. Now it’s scheduled for a Sept. 13 vote. Leading the opposition is Wyndham hotel owner Frank Fletcher, who says he has $12 million sunk in his property (a neighbor to the Rye site) without a dime provided by the city to meet parking or other needs. He’s also running a hotel currently operating at 50 to 60 percent of occupancy. He fails to see the need for a new hotel subsidized by taxpayers. Fletcher is self-interested. But his questions deserve answers. Are the appraisals straight? What will the parking deck cost taxpayers and can it operate profitably? Where will the city come up

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with the $3 to $4.5 million for a 200- to 300-car deck, particularly if the city loses the lawsuit over the gerrymandered tax increment finance district Hays jammed through a compliant City Council on New Year’s Eve 2008 to poach school tax money for a deck. Even if Hays does salvage the TIF district (doubtful), it can’t produce the money necessary to pay for a parking deck because the apartment project Hays hoped to use as the property tax cash cow was assessed way under its expected value. Also: What will it cost to tear down the Rye building? Has there been an environmental assessment? What happens if the city gets hung with the Rye building and no hotel is built? How can the city claim the vacant Rye property has risen in value when property values generally have tanked? How will the city compensate for city employee parking spaces and parking revenue lost on the land swap? If a 130-room hotel is built, how does the city compensate for insufficient spaces in the deck (using its own planning guidelines for parking adequacy). What would a new hotel pay for space in the city’s deck? The city’s interest in further spurring a reviving downtown may persuade aldermen to approve this deal. But it deserves careful examination and answers to all questions. That hasn’t always been Mayor Hays’ style. Frank Fletcher, unlike some of the mayor’s other marks, can afford lawyers. He’s battling the TIF district and he says he’s prepared to back a referendum campaign should Hays authorize a public commitment to a parking deck for a competitor. Call him strong, too.

Boozman’s unfair tax n Both Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. John Boozman illustrated the wisdom of my advice a while back about how they should comport themselves in their race for the Senate, which was that Lincoln try to tell people what Boozman stood for and that he take the Fifth Amendment and stay home. Voters know little more about Boozman than that he is a Republican and he is not Lincoln, which is enough to get him elected easily if he doesn’t screw up too badly, as his brother did in the same race in 1998 and as he himself is prone to do. Boozman took the advice last week and said he wasn’t going to appear with Lincoln any more than the three times he had agreed to, which was too many. The week before he had demonstrated why that is smart. Lincoln made a good stab at illuminating Boozman’s philosophy, if it can be called that, and at giving people a peek at what he might do if he is their senator. She observed that he was a sponsor in the House of Representatives of the so-called Fair Tax, the 15-year-old plan to shift a huge part of the tax burden in the United States from corporations and the rich to the middle class. Confronted with his undeniable sponsorship of the foolish bill, Boozman said he merely sponsored it, which

Ernest Dumas didn’t necessarily mean Is there a he wanted it crack dealer to become law. in America He thought it was unfair who would that he should collect and be blamed for remit a sales something he sponsored tax on his when it was consignment? not yet a law. B o o z m a n ’s most famous supporter and the most famous backer of the Fair Tax is former Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose daughter is Boozman’s campaign manager. You will remember Huckabee’s explanation in 2008 of why he liked the Fair Tax so much. Instead of companies like BP and Goldman Sachs having to pay taxes on their profits, America’s pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers would collect a hefty sales tax from their clients and remit it to the government to help pay for Social Security and Medicare. It was a

Good music and bad juries n Pearl Jam’s front man, Eddie Vedder, sat on stage in front of 2,500 people at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock on Saturday night. Equipped only with a guitar, a foot stomp and his rich and reasonably famous baritone, he filled the hall with seriously good music.  Vedder brought with him the newest “super group,” calling itself Fistful of Mercy and comprising Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur and Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatle, George. If you are older like me, you probably can best understand when I relate that the significance of their partnership has been likened to that of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Oh, and there also was this: Johnny Depp, the best or second-best actor of his generation, kept walking on stage to read something or introduce someone or, at the end, play competent guitar himself. You can’t beat good music. It can inspire. It can thrill. It can transport.  But it can’t beat a horrible jury. I’m pretty sure Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley

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didn’t kill those three little boys in West Memphis in 1993. I’m absolutely positive the prosecution didn’t make the case against them.  Because of fear, the jury rushed to convict Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley and to give the death penalty to Echols, the leader and brains of the trio. The fear was of the horror of the act and of the creepy way the teenaged Echols dressed and acted and professed to believe.  People want to destroy what scares them. They are scared of values they don’t share and lifestyles they don’t understand. People also want a horrible crime to be solved. Acquittal would send everyone back to the starting line. Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley aren’t the only people sitting in jail on a flimsy

perfect illustration of how realistic the big sales tax plan is. Is there a crack dealer in America who would collect and remit a sales tax on his consignment? The Fair Tax is not a pointless sideshow. It reveals as well as anything a senator’s real constituency — to whom he or she thinks the government owes its greatest obligation, the privileged or the rest of us. Lincoln’s own record on that is not stellar but she can at least say it is better than Boozman’s. She has not favored giving Wall Street a share of Social Security or insurance companies a pipeline into the Medicare trust fund. Boozman’s bill would repeal corporate and individual income taxes, taxes on giant inheritances, payroll taxes and self-employment taxes and replace them with a 30 to 35 percent national sales tax on every commodity or service that anyone buys. Thirty percent is a conservative estimate because it assumes that the tax would not create a massive black market or cause tax evasion on a giant scale. If those things happened the tax rate would have to be adjusted upward until it produced the same amount of federal revenues that all the abolished taxes now produce. The Boozman bill specifies a sales tax rate of “only” 23 percent but it cleverly describes the tax rate as being on the “tax-inclusive” price of a commodity or service. That is not how anyone looks at the sales tax, although Lincoln knows so little about the proposal that she refers to

it as a 23 percent tax. The authors came up with a way to write the legislation to make the tax rate look as low as possible, though 23 percent looks pretty horrible. They calculated that it would take 23 percent of retail commerce in 1995 to pay all the government’s bills that year and give everyone regular checks to compensate them for the amount of taxes they would be paying on poverty-level living expenses. If you calculate it the way we calculate Arkansas’s 6 percent state sales tax — a percentage of the retail pre-tax price — it would be 30 percent. Independent analysis puts the real tax rate at 34 percent, and that assumes the tax could be collected universally. The federal government would depend on state revenue departments to collect the taxes and remit them to Washington. As the authors claim, a national sales tax would have some economic advantages over the current crazy quilt of taxes. But fairness is not one of them, unless you are a corporation or make more than $500,000 a year. That’s what Congressman Boozman would try to do if he’s in the rarefied company of 100. If it’s not, he ought to explain what he meant by sponsoring the bill and supporting the Social Security and Medicare privatization schemes. If it was just to curry favor with the big interests, Senator Lincoln at least could be philosophical about it. She’s done more than a little of that herself.

case that jurors chose to believe because they wanted to believe it. But they’re the only ones who got an HBO polemical documentary produced in their favor. They’re the only ones whose plight connected uncommonly with wealthy and generous celebrities.  Echols also is the only one to be visited by a woman from New York, a landscape architect named Lorrie Davis, who was inspired by the documentary and who so connected with the articulate, thoughtful and literary Echols that they are now married and she now lives in Little Rock. She told me a few years ago when she cleared me to visit with Echols on Death Row that Depp, who was seen as weird himself as a teenager in Kentucky, was itching to lend his celebrity to an event to raise money and awareness. She thought Saturday was the right time. On Sept. 30, the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether Echols is due a new trial.  Alas, a preconceiving jury issuing a convenient and unsupported ruling is not a reversible error. There must be new evidence or proof of procedural and prejudicial missteps by the professional officers of the law or the court.  Echols relies on new DNA evidence that says nothing physically connects him and the other two to the scene. He relies on

public statements by the trial judge, David Burnett, that suggest bias. And he relies on reports that his jury foreman influenced the jury by touting in deliberations a trialexcluded and recanted confession by Misskelley, who is mentally impaired. I suspect all three of these men will eventually get new trials and then get freed. But I’m not much expecting relief to come from the state Supreme Court.  The absence of genetic evidence does not actually prove or disprove anything. The Supreme Court so defends Burnett it appointed him a special judge to keep him on the case even after he declared as a candidate for the state Senate. Juries can’t possibly disregard all the things they are instructed to disregard. But the appeal could then be taken to federal court, where you can better make a fresh case that your rights got trampled. If the $50 I paid for two tickets for Saturday night’s show helps the cause, fine. But I was there for the music. I am sorry, though, that three probably innocent men have had to spend their adult lives in jail for me to get to hear it. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. • SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 17

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the band always envisioned a bigger version. In 2007, Dickey and Mills planned to escape Philadelphia to regroup in Prescott, Ariz. Dickey moved, but circumstances changed for Mills. No matter. Dickey found a new band: A Bob Wills cover act that toured the senior center circuit called The Prescott Playboys. He was the youngest member by 38 years. The fiddle player in the band was 92. “I knew who Bob Wills was, but I didn’t know many of his songs. I auditioned maybe 10 songs, and they asked me to join. The first show we played, we did 50 songs. I had no clue. Some of the structures I understood, but some of them were like a different language. It was a wonderful experience.” When Dickey returned to Philly, the band expanded its ranks, adding Patrick Marsceill, Tracy Stanton (Bardo Pond, Matt Pond PA) and Little Rock’s Sam Murphy (a local music hero in his own right for his work in Class of 84 and, especially, Chinese Girls). The expanded incarnation of Blood Feathers cut a sophomore album, “Goodness Gracious,” late last year that they’re currently touring behind. The album was released on Philebrity, a record label a Philly blogger and entertainment lawyer started. It’s an arrangement not far removed from Shake Ray Turbine’s deal with Little Rock-born File 13 Records — friends helping friends. “We tried to do the whole shopping thing for the first record, and I didn’t like it,” Dickey said. “I missed the idea of my friends doing it and being responsible for the ground rules and the physicality of getting the process done. Everyone involved lives within 10 blocks of each other. The organization is, in some sense, scattered, and the money isn’t there. The band is responsible for doing things it wouldn’t be in a lot of situations. But I don’t know, that seems like the way it should be.” Dickey said the band is upbeat about its prospects. “We’re on the road right now. We’re making money to keep us moving. And we’ve got studio time to start cutting track for the third record.” Something else that won’t hurt: In October, it’s playing a handful of dates with The Walkmen and AA Bondy. And possibly returning to the road with The Walkmen in the spring. Yet another reason to attend: Little Rock super group Greers Ferry — Isaac Alexander, Rob Bell, Joshua, Brad Williams, Zach Holland, John Crowley — offers sweet, sweet yacht rock in a rare performance in the opening slot.

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ere’s betting that you’ll be bragging to your friends in the not-too-distant future about how you once saw the Blood Feathers in concert at the intimate White Water Tavern. The Philly six-piece plays a brand of harmony-drenched boogie that’s oh, so, au courant. But in a timeless sort of way. There are three guitars, a bass guitar, drums, keys and a saxophone. And regular fourpart harmonies. With hints of blues, pysch rock, R&B, rockabilly and Western swing, it’s a sound that’s bound to affect even the wall-huggers. “It’ll be a dance party for certain,” co-lead singer/guitarist Ben Dickey said last week by phone. He and his mates were just outside of Asheville, en route to Chattanooga in a 1975 GMC RV (“just like the one in ‘Stripes’ ”), to play the fourth gig of their two-week tour through the Southeast and

10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 White Water Tavern, $5.

Chicago. “We’re bombastic. Everyone will feel like their pants are on fire.” That’s a promise a generation of Little Rock music fans are likely to take seriously. Back in the mid-’90s, Dickey was a central figure in the city’s punk/DIY scene. He played in a series of kinetic bands: Class of 84 (briefly), Dropout, Hiram Ragon Experience and, most notably, Shake Ray Turbine, a math-rock-y four-piece that spent time near or on top of the local music heap in the late-’90s before members moved to Philadelphia, where Dickey’s been, on and off, ever since.  Soon after the band relocated to Philly, it changed its name to The Unfixers. When it dissolved, Dickey formed Amen Booze Rooster, a rollicking folk-punk trio that Dickey brought to White Water in 2003, the last time he’s played Little Rock. When Amen Booze Rooster ended, Dickey took up with Drew Mills, a Philadelphia singer/songwriter (Aspera) he’d collaborated with since the late ’90s. Along with Mickey Walker and Quentin Stoltzfus (both of the Philly band Mazari), Dickey and Mills formed Blood Feathers and cut its debut, “Curse and Praise,” in 2006. It was well received, but Dickey said

Little Rock’s Ben Dickey and Sam Murphy bring their band Blood Feathers to White Water on Saturday. By Lindsey Millar

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7 p.m., Downtown Music. $12.

n Meet my housemate, Ethan. Ethan is a happy soul, a wildly intelligent, 6’4” Boston native studying law at UALR. Ethan loves bicycles, debating copyright law, photography and this stuff friends call “bean muck,” a muddy, grayish protein-bomb of boiled black beans and spice. More than all this, Ethan loves hardcore punk from his native Massachusetts, especially Bane. At least once a week, you can find Ethan, all high on bean muck, fistpumping by himself in the living room to his Bane 7”s. Ethan tells me the act is legendary in hardcore, thanks to the anthemic and defiantly positive voice they embody in a sea of angry punks. The other day, Ethan played me a few songs by the legends of the genre, like “Superhero,” a straight-edged praise for people who quit smoking, and “Swan Song,” a chunking shout-along specially made for live shows. Ethan was happy I liked the music as much as I did. Ethan also assures me that Bane fans are many. And passionate. And nice guys who refuse to hurt people at punk shows. Just like Ethan himself. From what Ethan told me, this should be a great show and a rare treat for hardcore fans in Arkansas. Take it from Ethan, our friendly neighborhood expert on all things hardcore: This is a must-do for punk aficionados. Bane is joined by tour mates Trapped Under Ice, Cruel Hand and Alpha and Omega. JT


6 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. $30 adv., $40 d.o.e.

n I bet Alexander Millar isn’t too happy with his state right now. The turn-of-thecentury Methodist minister and former Hendrix College president was the state’s leading advocate for prohibition and organizer of the Anti-Saloon League during his fun-hating time as Arkansas’s hall monitor. We can credit Phil Brandon and his Rock Town Distillery for Dr. Millar’s latest post-mortem disappointment (perhaps somewhere near having a great-greatgrandson who writes about debauchery for a living). Brandon has opened the state’s first legal distillery, specializing in small-batch, premium spirits forged from Arkansas water and grains. And after months of maturing in the distillery’s 250-gallon copper still, they’re ready to debut the latest addition to Little Rock’s alcoholic offerings with an open bar of the small-batch, hand-labeled liquors at the Arkansas Arts Center. The entry fee covers hors d’ouevres, too. JT 20 SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

HXC FROM MA.: Bane, hardcore punk legends from Massachusetts, come to Downtown Music for a much-anticipated show.


8 p.m., Juanita’s. $8.

n This “Bottle Rocket”referencing outfit of melodic soundscapers hails from McAllen, Texas. The group sounds like a lot of other ambitious Texas bands, but it’s set apart, consciously or not, by coming from one of the hottest — no, one of the most scorching — places in America, situated five minutes away from the Mexican border and, until recently, snow-free for over a century. See, if fellow orchestral rockers Arcade Fire evoke Canadian snow and bluster, Dignan tries for the sound of expansive heat and blisters. It’s a reverbed, harmonic type of noise, full of simple dynamism and choral tones ready to lay some ethereal loftiness in suburban familiarity. And with a touring schedule that keeps the four-piece nurturing its sound while on the road throughout half the year, you can expect a show tighter than a two-day-old sunburn. They’re joined by electric folk tour mates Farewell Flight (watch out for their killer cover of “Streets of Philadelphia”), local harmonic power-poppers Whale Fire and long-time bedroom rockers Bear Colony. JT

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ANDY WARR & HIS BIG DAMN MOUTH 9:30 p.m. Sticky Fingerz. $5.

n International mega-fame, late-night

FREAK OUT: Hellzapoppin’, the traveling sideshow revue, returns to Little Rock. booty calls from supermodels, sold-out stadiums and a complimentary U-Haul filled to the brim with enough top-of-theline drugs to make Lil’ Wayne look like Wayne Newton. These are, of course, a few minor advantages of winning the annual Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. However, the most prestigious and sought-after perk is a signature cocktail at Sticky Fingerz, named after the victor. This year, Brother Andy, Bad Chad and Johnny D. — three guys who know their way around a liquor store — are unveiling the bar’s new feature. What could it be? A Killians/ Hot Damn/sloe gin thing called Andy’s Big Red Beer-d? Warr-Steiner? Brother Andy and His Big Damn Shot of Gin? Tune in this Friday at Stickys for the thrilling conclusion. William Blackart, Adam Faucett’s partner-in-crime and one of the most criminally underexposed singer-songwriters in the state, opens

the show alongside the rough-shod country of J.R. Top and local garagecountry trio Jonathan Wilkins & The Reparations. JT



9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10

n One part Tod Browning, one part Tom Waits and a healthy dollop of Steve-O — that’s Hellzapoppin’, the world’s largest (and likely most famed) sideshow revue. The traveling troupe of walking oddities is led by Zamora, The Torture King, a 20-year vet of the gross-out industry and “Ripley’s”-featured master of mindover-matter known for sending kebablike skewers through his arms, face and chest, not to mention supporting his entire body weight on the tip of a

GRIM Muzik, of course, Little Rock’s largest rap clique. When GRIM last released a mixtape (2007’s “Who Do’s It? The Mixtape Vol. 3”), it counted 16 rappers and five in-house producers among its ranks. That number may’ve swelled since then, but you can always bank on one constant. Everyone forms like Voltron around co-CEO Kevin “YK” Mitchell, the group’s most visible producer. Historically, his style has been a sort of Southern brand of G-funk, heavy on bleeping synthesizers and Moog effects. I haven’t gotten a chance to preview “Who Do’s It? Volume 4,” but if the cover — a collage that merges together a “WILL WORK FOR FOOD” sign, a grisly photo of a bombed-out slum and the American flag — is any indication, GRIM might be bringing politics to the streets. Regardless, the clique gathers for a concert once every blue moon. And always brings friends. This time, they include Arkansas Bo, Bobby, Dirtbag, Frank Neeno, Ice Smilez, Jay Jamerson, Platinum Black and more. Don’t miss out. LM. SWINGER: Long-time R&B superstar Keith Sweat comes to the Riverfest Amphitheatre. joined by contortionist Viola LaLa Mia, emcee, song and dance man Bryce “The Govna” Graves and Chelsea NoPants, who — gentlemen, gird your loins — can swallow a pool stick. Local songstress Jessica Carder and metal overlords Iron Tongue open the show. JT


7:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $35-$75

n Riverfest Amphitheatre hosts a triptych of ’90s R&B stars on Saturday, the latest course served up to satiate Little Rock’s bottomless appetite for throwback bump ’n’ grind acts. New Jack swinger Keith Sweat has been a fixture on the R&B charts with 15 platinum albums on his wall and a handful of instantly-recognizable tracks like 1996’s “Twisted,” the old-school mega-hit, “I Want Her,” and his paean to eternal love (and doin’ it) which provides the tour its name, “Make it Last Forever.” He’s joined by Montell Jordan, the brain behind the Slick Rick-ribbing, timeless party-starter, “This Is How We Do It,” and Next, the Minneapolis one-hit wonders who were responsible for keeping their big hit, “Too Close,” in everyone’s ears during the spring of 1998. JT

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4 p.m., War Memorial Stadium. $10.

n This weekend, War Memorial plays home to Bootfest 2010, an annual fundraiser to benefit the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The cause: an enormous, bronze-tinted statue of three firemen to be placed in front of the state Capitol that, as of June 28, was 95 percent paid for. This year, the organization offers up a bill of six performers, headlined by John Conlee, the late-’70s, early ’80s country star. Also on the ticket: Matt Huff, the local singer-songwriter; SpinRad, a jam band out of Mountain Home; the electric country-rock of Cliff Hudson, Southern-fried bar-rockers Riverbilly and the 17-year-old Luke Williams. JT

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8 p.m., Cornerstone Pub. $5-$10. 

n It’s been so long since we last heard from Arkansas’s answer to the Wu-Tang Clan that there are probably young hip-hop heads out there who don’t know the response to the call “Who Do’s It?” It’s


Various locations.

n With a No. 17 AP ranking, Big Tex Mallett readying to tack a truck-load of Ws to our long-suffering record, and Coach “BMFP” refusing to end another season as a mere SEC spoiler, Razorback fans have plenty to be excited about for this, the most promising year for Arkansas football in recent memory. And to celebrate, RazorRock, the six-day pep-rally, beginning on Labor Day and leading up to our slaughter of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at War Memorial Stadium next Saturday. The highlights include Monday’s RazorRock Relay, a bike race in and around Riverfront Park that involves cycling and Razorback trivia; the same night’s RazorRock Foodie Festival at Dickey-Stephens, featuring food from a number of Argenta restaurants; Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame luncheons and workshops; and, the night before the Hogs kick-off Saturday, Oxford American’s “A Night of Arkansas Music,” featuring tunes from brilliant local songcraft Jim Mize, the throwback country twist of The Salty Dogs and the legendary True Soul Revue, who provided the “bass and brass” sound behind True Soul Records. See our calendar or visit for more information. Woo, pigs! JT

■ inbrief THURSDAY 9/2

n Austin comes to Sticky Fingerz when The Jungle Rockers bring their psychogarage-abilly racket to town, 9 p.m., $5. Blue Man Group, the three-piece performance art troupe, give the first of eight performances at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $58-$79. Down the street, electronic instrumentalists Sound Tribe Sector 9 co-headline Fayetteville’s Arkansas Music Pavilion with the wild techno-rock duo of Ghostland Observatory, 8 p.m., $23. Jeff Coleman and Friends take to The Afterthought to celebrate First Thursday in Hillcrest with a free show, 8 p.m. The River Market district hosts the weekly parties “Posh” and “In Too Deep” at Ernie Biggs and Deep Ultra Lounge, respectively, 9 p.m. Jazzy acoustic singer-songwriter Tiffany Christopher performs at the Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m.


n Goof-rockers Pop Tart Monkeys begin their three-night, Labor Day weekend stint at West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Twangy, countrysinging workhorse Ryan Couron plays Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5. Soul-man/ ladykiller William Staggers brings his funk-laced R&B to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Eric Somner, the folk-pop vagrant, comes to Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. The Village hosts a battle of the bands in which the winner gets an opening spot for hardemo act As I Lay Dying; Shadowvein, Trail of Sin, Poisonwood, The Last Shade, In the Fade, Once Exiled, Fear the Aftermath and Siege the City face off, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.


n The Frontier Circus, wild-out country deconstructionists born from The Rockin’ Guys, take to the Juanita’s stage with bluegrass outfit The Crumbs and local staples Pope County Bootleggers providing support, 9 p.m., $5. Bill St. Bar and Grill hosts an after party following the Keith Sweat show, 9 p.m. Cover band Penguin Dilemma reimagines Bowie, Dylan, Paul Simon and more with its acoustic guitars at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. At Discovery, Justin Sane mans the disco, g-force spins in the lobby and Jenna Sky, Roxy Starlight and Leah Alize strut in the theater, 10 p.m. Khalil’s Pub on Shackleford hosts a karaoke night, 7 p.m. At Revolution, jam-band heroes Tea Leaf Green play a boogalooed brand of rock music; Mississippi blues act Hill Country Revue opens the night, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. • SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 21


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1620 RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 1620 Market Street • (501) 221-1620

FERNEAU (DINNER ONLY) 2601 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 603-9208

BEST IMPRESSIONS (LUNCH AND BRUNCH ONLY) 501 East 9th Street • (501) 907-5946

LULAV 220 West 6th Street • (501) 374-5100

CAFE BOSSA NOVA 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 614-6682

SUSHI CAFE 5823 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-9888

CAPI’S 11525 Cantrell Road • (501) 225-9600

SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM (DINNER ONLY) 500 President Clinton Avenue #100 • (501) 324-2999

CAPRICCIO GRILL 3 Statehouse Plaza • (501) 399-8000

TERRY’S THE RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 5018 Kavanaugh • (501) 663-4154

CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS 2010 North Van Buren Street • (501) 663-5937 CIAO BACI (DINNER ONLY) 605 Beechwood Street • (501) 603-0238


TRIO’S RESTAURANT & CATERING 8201 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3330 VIEUX CARRE 2721 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-1196



ACADIA 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 202 • (501) 603-9630

CAFE 201 201 S. Shackleford Road • (501) 223.3000

B-SIDE (BREAKFAST/BRUNCH ONLY) 11121 Rodney Parham (Market Street Shopping Center) (501) 554-0914

CAJUN’S WHARF (DINNER ONLY) 2400 Cantrell Road • (501) 375-5351

BIG WHISKEY’S 225 East Markham Street • (501) 324-2449

CAPERS 14502 Cantrell Road • (501) 868-7600

THE BUTCHER SHOP STEAKHOUSE (DINNER ONLY) 10825 Hermitage Road • (501) 312-2748

COPPER GRILL & GROCERY 300 East 3rd Street • (501) 375-3333 Menu Items differ with each restaurant. Tax and gratuity not included





COPELAND’S 2602 South Shackleford Road • (501) 312-1616 DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO 200 River Market Ave. • (501) 375-3500

LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME 11121 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 716-2700 111 1 LOCA LUNA RESTAURANT 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 663-4666

Special prix fixe menus at reduced prices at these Little Rock restaurants. DIVERSION TAPAS RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 200 • (501) 414-0409 THE HOUSE 722 N. Palm Street • (501) 663-4500 JUANITA’S CAFÉ & BAR 1300 Main Street • (501) 372-122


THE PANTRY 11401 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 353-1875 RED DOOR 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 666-8482 SALUT! 1501 North University Avenue • (501) 660-4200



ALLEY OOPS 11900 Kanis Road • (501) 221-9400

PIZZA CAFE (LUNCH ONLY) 1517 Rebsamen Park Road • (501) 664-6133

COTIJA’S MEXICAN GRILL 406 S. Louisiana St. • (501) 244-0733

PURPLE COW 8026 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3555 11602 Chenal Parkway • (501) 224-4433

BLACK ANGUS 10907 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 228-7800 BURGE’S 5620 R Street • (501) 666-1660

THE VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 12111 W. Markham, 310 Rock Creek Square (501) 219-2244

DAMGOODE PIES 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 664-2239

UNDERGROUND PUB 500 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 707-2537

THE HOP DINER (LUNCH ONLY) 201 East Markham Street • (501) 244-0975

ZACK’S PLACE 1400 S. University • (501) 664-6444

IRIANA’S 201 E. Markham St. • (501) 374-3656 Menu Items differ with each restaurant. Tax and gratuity not included


Enjoy these great restaurants the entire month of September. Dine out frequently! Ask about the GET-N-THE-GAME survey and your chances to win promotional prizes from Little Rock restaurants, attractions and retail outlets. As well as a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Blockbuster Broadway hit, WICKED!




All events are in the Greater Little Rock area unless otherwise noted. To place an event in the Arkansas Times calendar, please e-mail the listing and all pertinent information, including date, time, location, price and contact information, to calendar@


The Jungle Rockers. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Bane, Trapped Under Ice, Cruel Hand, Alpha & Omega. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Blue Man Group. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m.; Sept. 3, 8 p.m.; Sept. 5, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sept. 9, 7 p.m.; Sept. 10, 7 p.m.; Sept. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. $59-$79. DJ Chucky P. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. DJ SilkySlim. Sway, $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Eric Somner. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jeff Coleman and Friends. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. “Posh.” Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. Seven Toed Pete (headliner), Andy Tanas (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. S o u n d Tr i b e S e c t o r 9 , G h o s t l a n d Observatory. Arkansas Music Pavillion, 8 p.m., $23. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. Steele Jessup. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m., free. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-3747474. Tiffany Christopher. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-2242010.


Spanky Brown. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Sept. 3, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


Brandon’s World Premiere. The first tasting of Brandon’s vodka and gin from Arkansas’s first craft distillery. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar with specialty drinks using Brandon’s vodka and gin, music by Tragikly White. Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., $30 adv., $40 d.o.e. MacArthur Park. 501-372-4000. Hillcrest Sip & Shop. Shops and restaurants offer discounts, later hours, and live music. Hillcrest, first Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. 26 SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

ORANGE YOU GLAD HE’S BACK?: Little Rock’s crush on John Paul Keith and his whip-tight backing band, The One Four Fives, is one of the worst-kept secrets in town. Raised on B.B., Chuck and Bo and deaf to The Beatles until high school, JPK&I-IV-Vs bring a twangy, ’50s Sun Records sound to the Memphis garage monolith. Expect his leagues of local devotees to pack the White Water Tavern at 10 p.m., Friday. And you uninitiated: consider yourself on alert. P.O.Box 251522. 501-666-3600. Little Rock Multitap gaming night. A bi-monthly video competition night. ACAC, third Saturday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m., $5 membership fee. 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 501-244-2974. www.


“Step Away From the Stone.” Riverdale hosts a six-day run of the locally produced and filmed film. Riverdale 10 Cinema. 2600 Cantrell Road. 501-296-9955.


Chris Yura. The founder of Sustain U, a company that creates clothes for universities using recycled materials and local labor, speaks about social, environmental and economic sustainability. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.


Janie and Wyatt Jones. The authors of “Arkansas Curiosities” share stories from their book. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.

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Andy Warr and His Big Damn Mouth, Jonathan Wilkins and The Reparations, J.R. Top, William Blackart. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Blue Man Group. Walton Arts Center, Sept. 3, 8 p.m.; Sept. 5, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sept. 9, 7 p.m.; Sept. 10, 7 p.m.; Sept. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. $59-$79. Charliehorse CD Release Party. George’s Majestic Lounge, 10 p.m. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly. Arkansas Music Pavillion, 7 p.m., $25. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. Dayton Waters. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. “Divas in the Rock” with Tawanna Campbell, Jeron, Tricia Reed, DJ Mike Blaze. Gusano’s, 9 p.m., $10. 313 President Clinton Ave. 501-3741441. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Driftwood, Mockingbird. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Eric Somner. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 nonmembers. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Fancy Chicks’ “Labor Day Jump Off Party.” Juanita’s, 9:30 p.m. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. First Class Fridays. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Hot Springs Blues Festival. With Mike Dollins, the Joe Pitts Band and Shemekia Copeland. For a complete schedule, visit or call 501-844-1022. Hill Wheatley Plaza, Sept. 3-4. Central Avenue downtown, Hot Springs. Jason Boland and the Stragglers. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. Jay Jackson. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. John Paul Keith and the One Two Fives. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-3758400. Make No Mistake (headliner), Jaime Patrick (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Olivia Burnett. Grumpy’s Too, 9 p.m., free. 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 501-225-9650. Pop Tart Monkeys. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Sept. 3-5, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Ryan Couron. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Sam Bush. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $15. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Shadowvein, Train of Sin, Poisonwood, THe Last Shade, In the Fade, Once Exiled, Fear the Aftermath, Seige the City. The Village, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. Steve Bates. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www.cregeens. com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www. William Staggers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


Spanky Brown. The Loony Bin, Sept. 3, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy. com.


Arkansas State Horse Show. Annual competition. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Sept. 3-6, $8.

UPcOMiNg EvENTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at unless otherwise noted. SEPT. 18: Vino’s 20th Anniversary with Ho-Hum, Ashtray Babyhead, Living Sacrifice, The Boondogs, Big Boss Line, The Baileys, Gino Delray. Vino’s, 923 W. 7th St. 375-8466, SEPT. 23: The Hold Steady, $18. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 523-0090, revroom. com. SEPT 24: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. 8:30 p.m., $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom. com. SEPT. 25: The Moving Front Record Release Show. 10 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th. 375-8400, OCT. 10: Nickelback. 6 p.m., $55.95-$80.35. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, OCT. 21: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie. 7 p.m., $39.75-$49.75. Verizon Arena. 800-7453000, OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change and Straight Ally Youth and Young Adults hold Friday evening meetings for youths age 14 to 23. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Little Rock Gamecon 2010. Three days of competitive gaming, LAN parties, speakers and more. More information at Doubletree Hotel, through Sept. 5, $20/day, $35/ event. 424 W. Markham. 501-372-4371.


“Step Away From the Stone.” See Sept. 2.


Afterglow (headliner), Tiffany Christopher (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. “The Beauty, Beast and Freaks” with Jessica Carder, Iron Tongue and Hellzapoppin. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Blood Feathers, Greers Ferry. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. The Crumbs. Midtown Billiards, Sept. 5, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990‚Äé. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. The Frontier Circus, The Crumbs, Pope County Bootleggers. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Grayson Shelton. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. Hot Springs Blues Festival. See Sept. 3. Jeff Coleman. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. Justin Sane (disco); g-force (lobby); Jenna Sky, Roxy Starlight, Leah Alize (theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $4. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Keith Sweat Afterparty. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Keith Sweat, Montell Jordan, Next. Riverfest Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $35-$75. 400 President Clinton Ave. Marty Stuart. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. $20.

Michael Leonard Witham. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Our Hero’s End, A Rotterdam November, Don’t Wake Aislin. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $6. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub. com. Penguin Dilemma. Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. Pop Tart Monkeys. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, through Sept. 5, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Randy Rogers Band. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $15. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Tea Leaf Green, Hill Country Review. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www. Tonya Leeks & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


Spanky Brown. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road.


22nd Annual Wrightsville Day Celebration. Parades, food, kids entertainment and music from Grim Musik, Shea Marie, Viva the Diva and more. Wrightsville City Hall, 10 a.m., free. 13022 Hwy. 365, Wrightsville. 501-897-4547. Arkansas State Horse Show. Annual competition. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Sept. 6, $8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. A weekly outdoor market featuring produce, meats and other foods from Arkansas farmers. Argenta Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., free. 521 N. Main St., NLR. 501-3799980. Energy and Climate Rally. Earth Cause Organization and Arkansas Clean Energy Works host a rally for Clean Energy and the Environment. Riverfront Park, 12 p.m. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Labor Day Weekend Celebration. A weekend of crafts, games, food and music. For more information, visit or call 870-269-3851 Ozark Folk Center State Park, Sept. 4-6. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Little Rock Gamecon 2010. See Sept. 3.


“Step Away From the Stone.” See Sept. 2.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, Sept. 4, 7:10 p.m.; Sept. 5, 2 p.m.; Sept. 6, 1 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Blue Man Group. Walton Arts Center, Sept. 5, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sept. 9, 7 p.m.; Sept. 10, 7 p.m.; Sept. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. $59-$79. Labor Day Sunset Jazz Cruise with J. White, Rodney Block, DJ Swift. Arkansas Queen, 9 p.m., $10. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. Pop Tart Monkeys. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. Reggae at the Riverfront with Ky-Mani Marley, Nikki Parish, Tricia Reed, Puerto Rican Sting, First Impressions, Joseph Israel. North Shore Riverwalk, 1 p.m., $27-$50. Riverwalk Drive, NLR. Successful Sundays. Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs. com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh

Blvd. 501-663-1196.

Live Music


Arkansas State Horse Show. Annual competition. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through Sept. 6, $8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Bootfest with John Conlee, Riverbilly, SpinRad, Cliff Hudson, Matt Huff, Luke Williams. War Memorial Stadium, 3 p.m., $10. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775. Labor Day Weekend Celebration. See Sept. 4. Little Rock Gamecon 2010. See Sept. 3.


“Step Away From the Stone.” See Sept. 2.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, Sept. 5, 2 p.m.; Sept. 6, 1 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-6641555.


Grim Musik. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782.


Arkansas State Horse Show. Annual competition. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, through, $8. 2600 Howard St. 501-372-8341 ext. 8206. www. Labor Day Weekend Celebration. See Sept. 4. RazorRock Foodie Festival. The Argenta Downtown Council hosts a food festival with offerings from the Argenta Market, Ristorante Capeo, Ferneau, Hunka Pie and more. Visit for more information. DickeyStephens Park, 4 p.m. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. RazorRock Relay. A bike relay in and around the Riverfront Parks tha combines cycling and Razorback trivia. Visit for more information. River Trails Rentals, 10 a.m. 200 S. Olive, NLR.


RazorRock Movie Night: “War Eagle, Arkansas.” Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:45 p.m. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs. com. “Step Away From the Stone.” See Sept. 2.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals. Dickey-Stephens Park, 1 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.

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Airbourne, New Medicine, Hail the Villain. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $13 adv., $15 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Life Size Pizza, Ginsu Wives, The Yipps. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., donations. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3531724. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. www.


Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.river-

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■ musicreviews ‘Voices for Justice’


VOICES FOR JUSTICE: Johnny Depp joined Eddie Vedder on stage in support of the West Memphis 3.

brian chilson

n You just had to be there. Saturday’s rally for the West Memphis Three was a success on every level. The sold-out crowd brought a lot of energy (and iPhones) and the performances were spot on. The night began with remarks from Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church Rev. Thompson Murray and Capi Peck, a founding member of the group Arkansas Take Action. The crowd also heard from Damien Echols’ wife, Lorri Davis, and saw a video message from long time WM3 supporter Henry Rollins. After the initial remarks, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder took the stage and played “Rise Up,” one of his tracks off the “Into the Wild” soundtrack, followed by a cover of Tom Waits’ “Rains on Me.” Vedder was the de facto master of ceremonies, providing back-up vocals or guitar for many of the night’s performances. After a song from Austin, Texas, songwriter Bill Carter, Vedder came back out to play a soulful rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They are a Changin’,” followed by a raucous version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Open All Night.” Then Johnny Depp took the stage to read a page from Damien Echols’ journal. For a moment, it appeared that organizers’ early fears that Depp’s celebrity might overshadow the event had some merit. Depp, trying to read through a passage from Echols’ journal about being shackled and not able to walk freely, was interrupted by shouts of “We love you, Johnny!” Depp, to his credit, stopped for a moment and asked the crowd, “We all know why we’re here, right?” One of the highlights of the night was a three-song set by Fistful of Mercy, made up of Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur. Harper’s lyrics soared over intricate guitar work by the entire band and the three-part harmonies were nothing short of sublime. Natalie Maines then took the stage for a four-song set of new material and covers. Before she started, Maines told the crowd, “This song’s for, well ... I don’t want to get myself in trouble again, so this goes out to whom it may concern.” Her beautiful take on Dan Wilson’s “Free Life” was particularly strong. Afterwards, Vedder and Maines sang a couple of songs, including a cover track from WM3 supporter John Doe called “The Golden State.” Maines and Vedder’s voices melded together perfectly, and the crowd sat in absolute silence for their rendition of James Taylor’s “Close Your Eyes.” Later, Depp came back out on stage to join Vedder on another of his solo tunes, “Society,” and played an impressive lead solo. Depp swaggered around the stage

brian chilson

Aug. 28, Robinson Center Music Hall

presence felt: Patti Smith owned the stage. like an experienced rock star but almost appeared to be a caricature of himself, rocking back and forth with his guitar strapped low and taking cigarette breaks during performances. Patti Smith, the final act of the night, was a force to be reckoned with. Talk about stage presence. Smith started by screwing up the guitar chords to “My Blakean Year,” saying “fuck it” and playing the rest of the tune a cappella. “Well, I fucked it up, but I haven’t fucked up as bad as the judicial system,” she told the audience and then spat on the stage. Smith stayed on for the rest of the set, leading up to an incredible finale where every musician came back out onstage for a rousing almost church-like rendition of her song “People Have the Power.” Organizers of the event said they

considered it a huge success. And even though the stage was filled with big names, no one could forget what the night was really about: freeing three wrongly convicted young men from prison. It was an experience I won’t soon forget and something we’re not likely to see around Little Rock for some time. For more information or to find out how you can help, visit Arkansas Take Action’s website at — Gerard Matthews

Bonnie Montgomery Aug. 26, AETN studios, Conway

n Arkansas is lucky Bonnie Montgomery decided to come home. Few artists have the range of talent coupled with such dedication to their home state as she does — and this unique combo was on full display at her performance last Thursday for a taping of AETN’s “On the Front Row” series. As Montgomery said herself, it was a night of firsts. It was the first time she’s given an operatic performance decked out in a floor-length gown and accompanied on piano. Then, switching gears and changing into gingham and cowboy boots, she deliv-

ered a full set of her satisfyingly raucous folk-rock. Charming the small crowd of 60 or so guests through the whole set, she cracked jokes, sang “Happy Birthday” to her Uncle Leon who was in attendance, and reveled in the fact that so many came “all the way to Conway” to see her play. With the support of her full band, Montgomery Trucking, she belted out songs driven by the Luther Perkins-style of her guitar player, chugging along in that 4/4 tempo, an almost indigenous sound to an Eastern Arkansan. Then she moved to the piano and captivated the room with her own unique style of tongue-in-cheek parlor ballads — songs that lament the slow pace of a new lover and the jet-lag-induced “Beijing Blues.” But the highlight of the evening was the aria Montgomery sang to open the show. It was the first time a piece from her opera, “Billy Blythe,” has been performed in front of an audience. Singing as Virginia Blythe Clinton, the former president’s mom, Montgomery’s voice embodied the grief of a woman who’s lost her husband and the determination of a woman with a young son to raise. It was striking. And if it’s any indication of what’s to come when the opera makes its debut, a whole lot more folks outside of Arkansas are going to take notice of Montgomery. Until then, go see her play and go often and be proud she’s one of our own. The broadcast of “AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Bonnie Montgomery and Montgomery Trucking” is scheduled for November. — Leigh Wood

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New Arkansas books mix sports and race and fact, fiction and country music. By Lindsey MiLLar

n September 14 brings the release of two much-anticipated books with Arkansas ties. “Carry the Rock: Race, Football and the Soul of an American City” (Rodale, hardcover, $25.99) by Little Rock reporter Jay Jennings (formerly a reporter with Sports Illustrated) weaves the story of Bernie Cox’s last winning season coaching the Central High football team with a nuanced, meticulously researched history of racial tension in Little Rock. And acclaimed novelist Rick Bass’ “Nashville Chrome” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $24) offers a fictionalized account of Arkansas’s first family of country, The Browns. The siblings Bonnie, Jim Ed and Maxine Brown, under the tutelage of Chet Atkins, achieved massive international success in the early ’60s. Bass charts the band’s rise, while looking back, through the eyes of a modern-day Maxine, as she dreams of returning to fame. Looking ahead a little farther, John Grisham’s umpteenth courtroom novel, “The Confession” (Doubleday, hardcover, $28.95), hits bookstores on Oct. 26. It’s about a killer who finds unexpected resistance, when, late in life, he decides to confess a brutal crime for which another man is scheduled to be executed. In the meantime, there’s always Grisham’s first young adult novel, “Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer.” Even farther down the road: The follow-up to the story collection “The View from the Seventh Layer,” by Little Rock novelist Kevin Brockmeier, has a release date. It’s a novel called “The Illumination” (Pantheon, hardcover, $24.99). Here’s a teaser: “What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes written by a husband to his wife passes into the keeping of a hospital patient, and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely.” n Hendrix College announced its 2010-11 public events calendar last week. Its slate of authors, which last year included Art Spiegelman and Francine Prose, is equally impressive this year.

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Unless indicated, event is a reading and/or book signing. Call the location for details. To list your event in the calendar, contact Lindsey Millar at “Books,” Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203, or by phone, 375-2985; fax, 375-3623, or e-mail, 2 Janie and Wyatt Jones (“Arkansas Curiosities”), 7 p.m., Faulkner County Library, Conway. 4 WordsWorth story time (for ages 2 to 5), 10 a.m., WW. 9 Daniel Hurley (“Diabetes Rising”), 6 p.m., CS. 11 WordsWorth story time (for ages 2 to 5), 10 a.m., WW. 14 Mike Tackett (Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News), 12 p.m., CS. 14 Carmen Deedy (“14 Cows for America”), 7 p.m., TBIB. 15 Sonia Nazario (“Enrique’s Journey”), 6 p.m., CS. 16 Jay Jennings (“Carry the Rock: Race, Football and the Soul of an American City”), 1:30 p.m., TBIB. 18 WordsWorth story time (for ages 2 to 5), 10 a.m., WW. 19 Phyl Brinkley (“Deliberate Parenting”), 3 p.m., WW. 24 Tim Dale and Joe Foy (“Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture”), 12 p.m., CS. 25 WordsWorth story time (for ages two to five), 10 a.m., WW. 27 Rheta Grimsley Johnson (“Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming”), 6:30 p.m., TBIB. 29 Dan Menaker (“A Good Talk”), 6 p.m., CS. 30 Jay Jennings (“Carry the Rock: Race, Football and the Soul of an American City”), 6 p.m., CS. 30 Benjamin Alire Saenz (“The Book of What Remains,” “Carry Me Like Water”), 7 p.m., Donaghey Student Center, room A, UALR. Area bookstores and libraries: BAM: Books-A-Million, 2747 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR, 771-7581 BN-LR: Barnes & Noble-Chenal, 11500 Financial Centre Parkway, 954-7648 BN-NLR: Barnes & Noble-North Little Rock, 4000 E. McCain Blvd., 771-1124 CS: Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, 1200 President Clinton Ave., 683-5200. ML: Main Library, 100 Rock St., 918-3000 RMBG: River Market Books and Gifts, Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce St., 918-3093 TBIB: That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W. Main St., Blytheville, 870-763-3333 WW: WordsWorth Books & Co., 5920 R St., 663-9198

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The Karate Kid (PG) — A reboot of the 1985 installment of the “Twilight” series finds Bella graduPiranha 3D (R) — When an underwater classic sees the Kid as a Detroit-transplant in China, ating high school, torn between vampire Edward and tremor frees scores of deadly piranhas, learning kung fu from the hand of his apartment werewolf Jacob. Movies 10: 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50. strangers must band together to save the maintenance man. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00. Toy Story 3 (G) — Donated to a daycare beach. Rave: 1:15, 3:30, 5:50, 8:20, 10:35. The Kids are All Right (R) — Two children in a center after their owner leaves for college, Predators (R) — The newest addition to the non-traditional family discover their birth father to the beloved gang of toys rallies together for “Predator” franchise sees a group of paramilithe chagrin of their two mothers (Annette Bening and one last escape. Rave: 11:35, 2:45, 5:45. tary experts try to outlast the ruthless, futuristic Julianne Moore). Market Street: 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. Predators. Movies 10: 1:35, 4:05, 7:40, 10:10. Knight and Day (PG-13) — When a spy realizes he Vampires Suck (PG-13) — Another spoof Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) wasn’t supposed to survive his last assignment, he movie, this time lambasting the “Twilight” craze. — A prince must band with a rival princess to stop teams with an unassuming stranger to escape. Tom Breckenridge: 1:45, 7:40. Rave: 7:45, 9:55. an angry ruler from unleashing a deadly, magical Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Movies 10: 4:30, 10:20. Wildfire: Feel the Heat (NR) — Discover sandstorm. Movies 10: 1:30, 7:25. The Last Exorcism (PG-13) — A disillusioned how firefighters all over the planet fight Ramona and Beezus (G) — Beverly Cleary’s Baptist minister allows a documentary crew to film the biggest, hottest fires on the planet. famous Quimby sisters go through misadhis final exorcism. 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■ moviereviews The ol’ switcheroo ‘The American’ ain’t what you think; Robert Duvall returns to his roots in ‘Get Low.’ n I love movie trailers almost as much as I love movies. There’s an art to the good trailer; the editor carving out a line here and a menacing villain there to leave you chomping at the bit to plunk down your seven bucks by the time “COMING SOON” appears on the screen. The problem with trailers, as with any freeze-dried version of a much larger article, is that they can sometimes be misleading, especially if the studio behind the film wants to convince you that a film is one thing (“The laff-out-loud comedy event of the season!”) when it’s actually another (“old people dying picturesquely while griping at each other”). Which brings us to the new George Clooney film, “The American.” Watch any of the various trailers released for the film, and you’d think it’s Clooney Does James Bond, featuring ol’ George aiming his loin-melting eyes down the sights of a sniper rifle, shooting from a racing motorbike with a silenced pistol, and being stalked by menacing killers. Yes, all that stuff is in there, but it’s not the whole story by a long shot. Clooney plays Jack, a mysterious gun-for-hire whose history is never really explained. The film opens on the shores of a frozen lake in Sweden, with Jack sharing a quiet fireside with a

woman who is apparently his girlfriend. Things go bad, however, when they go walking on the frozen lake, and a sniper takes a shot at them from the trees. Jack dispatches him quickly and efficiently. Given that it’s so early in the movie, it’s less of a spoiler and more of a description of character that, when his girlfriend turns to go phone the police at Jack’s insistence, he calmly stands and shoots her in the back of the head. From there, Jack goes to Italy to lie low, sure a group of “Swedes” (again, never explained) are on his tail. There, he accepts a job from a beautiful female assassin: build a compact sniper rifle/ silencer combo that can be broken down and hidden in a small attache case. In the month it takes to build the gun, he reads books on butterflies (he’s also got one tattooed between his shoulder blades, and identifies most species on sight), strikes up a friendship with the local priest, and slowly falls in love with a prostitute he frequents, even as he tries to push her away in order to maintain his lone-wolf lifestyle. Though “The American” turns out to be a fine movie, with a careful and subtly nuanced performance by Clooney, it’s probably going to wind up pleasing nobody. I walked into the theater expecting something akin

to “The Bourne Identity,” so it took me awhile to spring my mind out of KABOOM Mode and get into the idea that it’s really a character study. Yes, Clooney’s Jack is a horrendously dangerous man. He can kill with his bare hands (as he does at least once in the film). He murders a seemingly innocent woman in cold blood before the opening credits. He makes a deadly and illegal machine — along with mercurytipped bullets, which sound fantastically awful — then sells it to dangerous people without even asking what they plan to do with it. But “The American” is less about a killer of killers, and more about how dreadfully lonely it would be to exist as a person like Jack, a man haunted by all the blood on his hands whose survival depends on the idea that he can trust exactly no one. While that makes for an absolutely fascinating bit of acting in Clooney’s hands, the downfall of “The American” is that it has too much gunplay for audiences who want a character study, and too much character study for audiences looking for gunplay. That’s a shame, but kind of expected. Acceptance of moral complexity in film isn’t most people’s strong suit. — David Koon

‘Get Low’ n “Get Low” struck me as a suitable choice for Robert Duvall. It’s a return trip to that long-ago role that launched his film career: the eccentric hermit that everyone in town has a story about. As Boo Radley, Duvall gave the most scene-stealing performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — impressive, given that he didn’t have a single

line of dialogue. Now he’s treading that same ground, again carrying some words he can’t quite bring himself to say. Duvall plays Felix Bush, a shut-in who’s built himself a nice cabin and barn in the middle of 300 acres of undisturbed woods. He rarely goes to town, hasn’t had a visitor in 40 years, and usually shoots at those who try. He hunts his dinner, builds his own furniture and talks to his mule. One day the local preacher takes the risk of visiting Bush to inform him that an old friend of his has died of old age. Bush reflects on the nearness of his own death and hatches a plan: He wants to have his own funeral before he dies, and he wants everyone who’s ever heard a story about his past to come. He refuses to say why. His case is taken up by Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), an undertaker and carpetbagger whose funeral business is threatening to go broke. Quinn is impressed by Bush’s wad of cash and promises to deliver on that funeral party. It becomes clear early on that there’s a reason for Bush’s self-imposed exile. Something he’s never talked about and may not ever be able to. The story turns on that mystery, and I suppose if there’s one significant complaint about the film, it’s that it’s not terribly mysterious. You’ll likely have it figured out before the big reveal. But “Get Low” is not a whodunit and shouldn’t be judged as such. It’s a movie about love and redemption and the costs others sometimes pay for our decisions. Judged on those merits, it’s a pretty damn good film. Duvall is of course Duvall, which is to say he acts the hell out of the role. Same with Sissy Spacek, who plays an old friend and admirer of Bush’s. Bill Murray is Bill Murray, which is to say that he’s wonderful, but still discernible as Bill Murray. The writing and direction are equally solid, though the first 45 minutes or so of “Get Low” set a bar the rest of the story can’t quite reach. A touch disappointing, yes, but that’s not to say it’s not good — on the contrary, “Get Low” is by turns funny, touching, sad and something approaching tragic. There’s no shortage of pathos in the film’s climax, which works well enough, even if it lacked much of the power I’d been expecting. The ending is a bit too tidy and mystical for my tastes as well, but I can’t get into that too much without spoiling it for you, and this is a movie very much worth seeing. “Get Low” won’t be remembered as one of the great films of Duvall’s career, but it’s certainly the best he’s done in years. Not as worthy as Boo and Scout, no, but a fine way to spend an evening. — Matt Reed • SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 31

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n “Humane Borders Wa t e r S t a t i o n ,” Delilah Montoya’s documentary photograph of water tanks labeled “agua” along a dirt road in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, is one of the most affecting pieces in an exhibit of Chicano artworks at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The dimension of the photo — 45 5/8 inches wide, 18 inches tall — emphasizes how big, empty and arid this track is. It is Montoya’s grito, a cry for mercy and a rare depiction of actions on this side of the border to give the thirsty water, no questions asked. “Humane Borders” ‘ATLANTA’: A detail from Hugo Crosthwaite’s mural in “El is part of UALR’s Grito (A Cry for Independence).” exhibit named for the in Memphis, Camilo Oltiveros-altered Grito de Dolores, the road signs along California interstates) Mexican battle cry for independence. and fabric art (Margarita Cabrera’s cacti “El Grito (A Cry for Independence),” sewn from border patrol uniforms). There which is part of the Arkansas Mexico is also glasswork by Einar and Jamex de 2010 commemoration of the 100th la Torre and Vincent Valdez’ lithograph anniversary of the Mexican revolution series “Stations,” 10 images of boxers and 200th anniversary of independence, arranged as in the Stations of the Cross features work by contemporary artists (also from the Arts Center). from Mexico or with Mexican heritage Gallery director Brad Cushman and that addresses immigration. The works in assistant Nathan Larson deserve credit the show throw light on the maquiladoras for curating the exhibit: “El Grito” is as in Mexico that assemble “Made in the visually satisfying as it is informative. I USA” products with cheap labor, racist was still thinking about what I’d seen in attitudes and what people will go through the show when, on leaving the building, to make a better living and more. I glanced at the construction site north An enormous (13 by 10 ½ feet) of the Fine Arts Building. Every laborer graphite and charcoal mural by Hugo I saw was Hispanic. Ironically, they Crosthwaite (“Atlanta”) dominates the were taking down a fence, chain-link exhibit, though it is hard to absorb. surrounding a parking lot. Crosthwaite’s chaos is intentional — it As ever, a word about parking. There is his subject matter — and while his are no longer spaces on the drive that runs draftsmanship is representational, almost in front of the Fine Arts Building. Park in photographic, not all of the drawings are the Jack Stephens Arena parking lot. strictly realistic. One of the pieces in the show is from n The Laman Library gallery opens a the Arkansas Arts Center’s collection: new exhibit, “Small Works on Paper: Luis Jimenez watercolor and crayon on Retro Works,” 30 significant pieces from paper “The Good Shepherd.” Its subject past exhibits of the Arkansas Arts Council matter is Esequiel Hernandez Jr., an annual show, on Sept. 7. The works were 18-year-old shot to death while he was created between 1989 and 1997 and were tending goats near the border by Marines purchased with grants by International who thought he looked dangerous. Paper and donated to the Arts and Science “El Grito” includes a variety of media, Center of Southeast Arkansas in Pine including videos and photographs of Bluff. Laman’s exhibit is the final stop performance art (Richard Lou in front in a year of traveling for the show. of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest


Continued from page 27 The ROOT Cafe “Canning Kitchen” Summer Workshop. ROOT’s third annual summer series of food preservation workshops. Christ Episcopal Church, Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $10. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342.


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Bobby Johnson. The former head football coach at Vanderbilt University visits for the weekly meeting. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $10-$50. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000. Gen. Richard Myers. The former Joint Chief of Staff opens up Harding University’s Distinguished Lecture series, discussing his experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, post-Katrina New Orleans and more. For more information, call 501-279-4497. Harding University, 7:30 p.m. 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy.


Frank Jones. The local storyteller visits for his monthly yarn-spinning. Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. www.


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“Dona Barbara.” The 1943 classic screens as part of the UALR Mexican Film Festival. Arkansas Arts Center, 6:30 p.m., free. MacArthur Park. 501-3724000. “Step Away From the Stone.” See Sept. 2.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER “The 39 Steps.” A man bored with his life meets a woman who says she’s a spy; soon the two are on the run from a mysterious organization in this adaptation of the Hitchcock classic. For more information, visit Walton Arts Center, Sept. 3-5; Sept. 9-12; Sept. 16-19, $10-$28. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Smoke on the Mountain.” The original bluegrass gospel musical comedy about a service in a rural North Carolina Baptist church. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Oct. 10: Tue-Sat, 6 p.m.; second Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m.; Sun, 5:30 p.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m.,

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MUSEUMS, GALLERIES New exhibits, gallery events LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works,” 30 pieces from past “Small Works” exhibits, Sept. 7-Oct. 11. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 240-2327. M2GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: “Altered Perceptions,” mixed media work by Sean Fitzgibbon, photography by Don House, also jewelry and handbags, Sept. 2-Oct. 2. 225-6257. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: Opening reception for “The Fine Art of Jazz,” photographs of Kansas City jazz musicians by Dan White, 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, with live music; exhibits on African-Americans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, entrepreneurs, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. n Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, 1 E. Center St.: “North, West, East, South,” photographs by Thomas Petillo, Hive Gallery; Lin Chen, still lifes, Revolver Gallery; “Past Forward,” work by Jan Gosnell, Vault Gallery. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 2, show through September. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. n Hot Springs Galleries along Central Avenue will be open 5-9 p.m. Sept. 3 for Gallery Walk. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Raku by Kelly Edwards, through September. 501-3182787. JUSTUS FINE ART, 827 A Central Ave.: Abstract paintings, prints by Tony Saladino, through September; also work by Kari Albright, Michael Ashley, Elizabeth Borne, Robin Hazard-Bishop, Cynthia Bowers, Donnie Copeland, Hugh Dunnahoe and others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 501-321-2335. n Lake Village GUACHOYA CULTURAL ART CENTER, 1652 Hwy. 65 & 82 South: “Delta Ladies Exhibit,” sculpture by Diana Ashley, woodcuts by Anne Haley, opens with reception 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 3, runs through Sept. 28. n Yellville P.A.L. Fine Art Gallery, 300 Hwy. 62 West: Work by Michael Andrews, Mary Jane Turan, through September. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 870-4056316.

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ARGENTA ART MARKET, 510 Main St., NLR: Outdoor artists and crafters market, 8 a.m. to noon every Sat. ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910,” work by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose Guadelupe Posada, Manuel Manilla, Arnold Belkin, Pedro Coronel, Jose Luis Cuevas, Rocio Maldonado, Julian Galan and others from the collection of the University of Texas, through Nov. 21, Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery; “Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey,” large-scale ceramic figures, through Nov. 28, Jeannette Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe galleries; “Currents in Contemporary Art,” “Masterworks,” “Paul Signac Watercolors and Drawings,” ongoing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Raices,” new mixed media work by x3mex about Mexican independence, through Nov. 30; “Luke Anguhadluq: Inuit Artist,” from the J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Mezzanine Gallery, through Oct. 9. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. BOSWELL-MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: contemporary art and glass 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Canvas and Color,” paintings by LifeQuest artists Sam Caruthers, Jennifer Coleman, Jim Conard, Anne Crow, Sharon Franke, Barbara Howes, Susie Henley, Nell Johnson, Marty Kauer, Herb Monsonan,

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n And I mean worst-case scenario. For the sake of the thought experiment, I’m living in a world where the Hogs could go completely defeated within the conference. Only one non-conference game is worthy of mention, as losses in any of the others would be fluky and inexplicable and I can’t bear to take things that far. No, the most frightening thing about these prognostications is that they’re based within the realm of possibility. @Georgia (9/18/10) Georgia is the most notably “Eastern” of the SEC East teams. There is something patrician and entitled in their manner, something cold in their persistent quality. Every season they manage to convince themselves and others that they will be better than they turn out to be, and every season they fall short of those expectations — which is why, despite his sterling record as head coach, Mark Richt is always on a warming seat. That does not mean their improvement from last year is a lie. A.J. Green remains the best pure receiver in the country, and Georgia returns 10 of its offensive starters from 2010. Historically, the Bulldogs have dominated the Razorbacks, compiling a 9-3 record since the 1969 Sugar Bowl. Getting them early and on the road does not help the cause. Worst Case Scenario: A sickeningly familiar shootout that doesn’t go the Hogs’ way. L 41-52 Alabama (9/25/10) Defense wins championships, and last year it did just that. Nick Saban seems to have willed his young offense to success, but he had the advantage of fielding one of the best defenses in recent history. As should be expected from a team of that

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A Boy Named Sooie is commemorating the return of his weekly column (and exorcising his needling doubts about the upcoming season) by playing a little devil’s advocate. Week one focused on the potential problems facing an offense that many believe will be one of the best in the country. Week two focused on the potential redemption of a defense that many believe will be one of the worst in the conference. And week three spits in fate’s eye, casting about worstcase scenarios for every game on the 2010 schedule.

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caliber, there’s been a lot of turnover thanks to the NFL draft. Alabama lost eight starters on defense, most notably at its corners and line. But Saban’s a coach in the most basic sense: He’s a teacher. His reputation as a masterful defensive mind begins with his ability to coach skills, and primarily those of cover corners. It’s likely that the Tide secondary won’t miss a beat. And if anything, their down lineman will have the weight and athleticism to stop most running games. Add that to the most battle-tested offense since the 2009 Gators, and you have a team worthy of its ranking. Worst Case Scenario: A grinding, sputtering, old-school head banger that turns on special teams play. L 17-14 Bye Week Win or lose, the Hogs are gonna be licking their wounds. I can’t decide if this is the worst or the best time to get the bye. @Texas A&M (10/9/10) The Aggies have a persecution complex to rival our own, high expectations heading into a wide-open Big 12 and an explosive offensive attack. A quality non-conference win in Dallas could give them the edge come bowl season. Worst Case Scenario: The most exciting game you see all year, played on the gaudiest stage, culminating in a severalovertime loss. L 62-56 @Auburn (10/16/10) The team-most-likely-to-beat-Alabama is the favorite dark horse of every commentator who can’t imagine rooting for Arkansas, and for good reason. Gus Malzahn has about all the tools he needs to realize the offense of his most complicated dreams. Gene Chizick returns eight starters, including five seniors, on defense. If Cam Newton is half the quarterback folks expect him to be, then we’ve got worries. If Michael Dyer is our undoing, then my head is going to explode. Worst Case Scenario: Chizick turns the defense around; the shootout everyone expects fizzles into a lopsided loss. L 42-17 Ole Miss (10/23/10) The Right Reverend has looked pretty desperate in the off-season, and with good Continued on page 37

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Continued from page 35 reason. The talent Ed Orgeron left behind has thinned out, and before Jeremiah Masoli fell into his lap, Nutt himself was predicting a 6-6 season. Thing is, two or three of those wins would have been against opponents the Rebels had no business beating. We all know Houston Nutt wins games he shouldn’t. We all know that he can lean on a player like Masoli to carry his teams. We all know that this game means more than it should to everyone involved. It’s like televised therapy, and it will be as long as Nutt coaches in Oxford. We can only hope that most years motivation isn’t enough. Worst Case Scenario: Nutt unleashes Masoli after holding him back all season, the new look on offense gives the defense fits, and the Hogs lose in the final seconds on a blown call. L 33-31 Vanderbilt (10/30/10) Oh, who am I kidding? @South Carolina (11/6/10) I shared my nightmare about the Gamecocks a few weeks back. They’re my darkhorse. Spurrier always manages to turn the offense into a circus, wearing everyone down and causing a late-season swoon. But one year it’s all going to click — maybe a year like this one, when they have a returning starter under center — and when it does click, Ellis Johnson’s defense will be solid enough to win ball games. Worst Case Scenario: The veteran Gamecock defense completely disrupts the offense. Turnovers galore, ugh. L 21-18 @Mississippi State (11/20/10) Dan Mullen did what he could in his


Continued from page 33 Nancy Irving Smith, Mary Lou Ward and Suzanne Warren, through Sept. 4. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: “Summer Members Show,” work by Arkansas Pastel Society members Shirley Anderson, Ruth Byrn, S. Caruthers, Gertrude Casciano, Lois Davis, Marlene Gremillion, Sheliah Halderman, Mary Nancy Henry, Susan Hurst, Melanie Johnston, Sr. Maria Liebeck, Sue F. Lopez, Anne K. Lyon, Nancy Martin, Diana L. Shearon, Cathy Spann, Mary Ann Stafford and Debbie Strobel. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.noon Sun. 375-2342. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Becki Lamascus and Katherine Strause, recent works, through Sept. 14. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “Roger Carlisle: Light in the Landscape.” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Paintings by Larry Hampton and other artists. 372-6822. HEIGHTS GALLERY, 5801 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 664-2772. J.W. WIGGINS NATIVE AMERICAN ART

first year with the Bulldogs. It will always be hard to recruit the kind of playmakers he needs to Starkville, but he’s a talented enough coordinator to overcome his limitations. Florida’s offensive production nosedived after his exit, which tells you just how instrumental he was in that 2008 championship season. Now that he’s had a little time to fatten up the playbook and recruit to his needs, he’s bound to start winning some games. The rest of the conference can play hot potato with the Bulldogs for a while, but eventually somebody’s gonna get burned. Worst Case Scenario: Mullen keeps the defense confused; all those cowbells drive the offense to just enough distraction. L 35-31 LSU (11/27/10) For an utterly engineered rivalry, the Battle for the Boot sure plays out like a real one. It’s about raining on parades, and so far it’s mostly been the Razorbacks spoiling LSU’s Thanksgiving holiday. It’s hard to say whether talent will bail Les Miles out this season. The four returning starters on defense just means that John Chavis is going to have eight of his own players to coach. Plus, one of those returning starters is Patrick Patterson, the best corner at this level. The offense is more of an unknown, despite the return of Terrence Toliver and Jordan Jefferson, players who have so far played far below their potential. In any case, the Hogs have always had the advantage of coming into this game the underdog, the aggressor. This year that script might flip. Worst Case Scenario: The Hogs beat LSU in inspiring fashion, but it’s an empty victory in the scheme of things since they’ve already lost too many games to less worthy (or less well-respected) opponents. W 28-24 GALLERY, UALR Sequoyah Center, 500 University Plaza: “Traditional Native American Art of Oklahoma,” paintings in the Studio or Flat style of the 1920s and ’30s by Archie Blackowl, Blackbear Bosin, Woody Crumbo, Fred Beaver and others, through Sept. 17. 569-8336. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by members of artists’ cooperative. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Summertime Blues,” first anniversary celebration show and sale of work by John Kushmaul, Rene Hein, Michael Lindas and others, also continuation of “View from the Road,” paintings by Tim Jacob. 529-6330. RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK, NLR: Work by Twin, Robin Steves, Brady Taylor, Georges Artaud, Lola, Jim Johnson, Amy Hill-Imler, James Hayes and Theresa Cates. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. M2 GALLERY, 11525 Cantrell Road: Jewelry by Lauren Embree; also work by Amy Laser, Charles James, Jason Gammel, Stephen Boatright, William Mayes Flanagan, Gloria Lewis and others. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 225-5257. SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road. Work by area artists, including Sandy Hubler. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Bronzes by Tony Dows, paintings by new gallery artist Jared Vaughn, work in all media by other artists. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 563-4218.

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Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

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ADAMS CATFISH CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. LD Tue.-Sat. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000. LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party

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Palette mastering the art of to-go dining. n An old-fashioned neighborhood storefront at the corner of Tyler and Woodlawn, just beyond the Fair Park Early Childhood Center, houses the heart of Palette Gourmet to Go and Catering. Here chef owners Jacqueline Compton and Jeremy Pittman, who have built a good reputation with their wide range of catered foods over the past seven years, from nibbles to cakes, offer takeout meals (frozen and fresh) and desserts. We have it on good authority that Palette’s catered meals are exceptional. We found exceptional items at the storefront as well, especially its nice cold side dishes, perfect for this hell of a summer we just went through. For example: Couscous tossed with feta and chopped up roasted red bell peppers, squash and zucchini. This was a terrific side dish with great texture as well as flavor — chilled roasted vegetables relieved a roasted diner. And the broccoli salad, a cool combo of broccoli florets, pecans, dried red cherries and caramelized red onion in a tangy dressing. We make something like this salad at home, but Palette’s was good enough that we weren’t sorry we were getting it takeout — no asking “why did I order this when I can do it better myself?” We can’t. The snowpeas in roasted sesame seeds — a great partnership — were fresh and crunchy and a good choice on a dehydrating sizzler of a day. The fruit salad was a mix of fresh sweet pineapples and grapes chopped in portions that matched, so as not to overpower, the luscious blueberries; all fruit salads should be as sweet. You can get two of those sides with a $12 dinner; of the three entrees we’ve tried so far the most successful was a stirfried pork and cabbage dish, which we also ate cold. Less intriguing were a couple of seafood entrees — we sampled the tilapia and grilled shrimp. Here’s our problem with seafood entrees: How can you reheat them without turning them into rubber? It was suggested that we put them in the microwave at 80 percent for just a bit. Our microwave doesn’t have such a feature: It’s got just one setting, and it’s not a happy setting for fish. We popped the fish in for just a second and did not end up with rubber, but … we prefer seafood right off the grill or out of an oven. We will say that the purple cabbage coleslaw accompaniment was delicious. We actually got the fish for that very reason — to see if it was possible that we

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n A little less than two years after he purchased Juanita’s, Johnny Weaver has sold the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and venue to Jim O’Brien and Joe Cates. O’Brien, the brother of Pulaski County Clerk Pat O’Brien, brings more than 20 years of restaurant experience, including as the owner of Larry’s Pizza franchises and McDonald’s franchises. Cates, the former owner of Jo Jo’s BBQ in Sherwood, works by day as an account executive at Clear Channel and handles the events at the Metroplex. According to Juanita’s general manager James Synder, who helped put the deal together, the new owners are committed to improving the operation. By redoing the floors, upgrading the plates and flatware and possibly improving the patio in the rear of the venue space. New menu items could be coming, but look for the menu to remain largely the same, Synder said. After recently scaling back the nights it served dinner, Juanita’s had, in the last few weeks, quietly re-instituted dinner hours Tuesday through Saturday. Whether dinner on Monday returns or lunch, currently Monday through Friday only, returns to Saturday remains undecided, Snyder said.

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EAT YOUR VEGGIES: Palette’s sides and salads are full of flavor and texture. could take it home and make it work as well as the side dishes do. That perverse decision meant we did not try the rather delicious-looking (if on the small side) stuffed beef tenderloin. Palette’s frozen entrees let us down, though that may be the way of all frozen casseroles. The enchiladas were amazingly similar to Tex-Mex entrees we’ve gotten all over town, thanks to identical spices; nothing to write home about here. The spaghetti was better. The person we shared our dinner with found both too salty, but then he’s a health freak. Now here’s a warning: Don’t wait until late in the day (as we did) to go — you’ll miss out on some of the selections if you do. Now, for all you cupcake lovers out

there: Palette makes the best in town. They may not be as hugely (we’d say too generously) iced as some you’ll find in the cupcake shops, but they are far better — moist, delectable, and beautiful to boot. Our first cupcake sample had delicate petals on top, prettiest thing we ever saw, and the second a chocolate-vanilla swirl. They’re not always in the dessert case — but you’ll probably make more than one trip here. As well as cakes both sophisticated and kid-pleasing Palette also makes incredible iced sugar cookies, in the shapes of giraffes, lambs, horses, penguins, pumpkins, you name it. We see the influence here of “the boss,” the 1-year-old who runs the chefs.

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Restaurant capsules Continued from page 39 room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-554-0914. B Wed.-Fri.; BR Sat.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. All sampled was unexceptional but not offensive in a very generic sort of way. The way-above-average aspects: friendly, attentive servers/ bartenders and broad, creative beer/cocktail selection. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB The signature item is the wings, with a variety of sauces, plus burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads and fish dishes. 115 Audubon Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8039500. LD daily. BILL ST. GRILL AND PUB Massive burgers, batter dipped French fries, inventive appetizers and other pub grub. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-353-1724. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with maybe the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. BD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickle, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD Daily. CRACKER BARREL Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Drive. NLR. 945-9373. BLD. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. All-you-can-eat catfish on weekend nights. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. HEAVENLY HAM Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Sat. (until 6 p.m.). THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes and breakfast. Plus, daily specials and desserts. 201 E. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0975. JASON’S DELI A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po’ boys and pitas), salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart healthy and light dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine. $-$$. 501-954-8700. BLD daily. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES Illinoisbased sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2837. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare -- burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you

through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-6960. BL daily. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Rose City soul food spot owned by Leon and Loreta Bell serves typical meat-andtwo options: smothered pork chops, pigs feet, yams, greens. The desserts are delectable; the dinner menu includes an all-you-can eat choice (as long as advance payment is made and no doggy bags are expected). 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain that’s appeal lies in adjectives like “all-natural,” “non-fat,” “glutenfree” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. It’s a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SAN FRANCISCO BREAD CO. Breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soups and a hot cup of joe, or a iced glass of tea. Across from the Statehouse Convention Center. 101 Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-7322. BLD daily. SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT Longtime political activist and restaurateur Robert “Say” McIntosh serves up big plates of soul food, plus burgers, barbecue and his famous sweet potato pie. 2801 W. 7th Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6656. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-375-3420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATOR’S GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with a cultural focus, hence the name. You might catch a painter discussing his work, a writer with a new book, or a guitarist playing flamenco or finger-style at lunch or dinner while you munch on delicious shrimp crepes or sip on potato and leek soup like you’d find in New York. Dinner menu changes daily, and they have an intriguing wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Wine, All CC. $$. 501-3727976. LD Tue.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 1401 W. Capital. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE Besides the 45 different smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy), salads and “tortizzas.” Good food, healthy drinks, long line at lunch but it moves fast. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily. UMP’S PUB AND GRILL American food for folks enjoying the most American pastime, with game day specials of chicken wings and buckets of beer. 400 W. Broadway inside Dickey-Stephens Park. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-324-2255. In season: LD all game days, L Mon.-Sat., D Fri.-Sat. Off season: LD Mon.-Sat. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, cheap pub food. With vegetarian options. 2500 W. 7th. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-375-8400. 11 a.m until close Mon.-Sat.

AsiAn BENIHANA — THE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-3748081. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available daily until 3 p.m. Multiple LR locations, including 5110 W. Markham St., 501-604-7777, with delivery; a Chi’s Express at 17200 Chenal Parkway, 501-821-8000, and

iStanBul MeDiterranean reStaurant If you can survive the traffic on death-defying Highway 10, there’s no better place in town for a bulging, savory gyros sandwich than this pleasant ridge cafe. In spare, but modern and comfortable surroundings, you are served heaping portions of all the standards -- chickpea dip, eggplant dip, yogurt-cucumber dip, stuffed grape leaves, phyllo pastry stuffed with cheese and fried, spinach-and-cheese pastries and grilled meats. the names might be a little different. Nothing is called gyros, for example, but the juicy slices of seasoned beef and lamb stuffed in a pillowy soft, warm pita round with tomato, grilled onions and the yogurt sauce (known here as cacik) should be familiar to all. Another worthy sandwich is kofte: four moist and spicy meatballs replace the sliced beef and lamb for another filling lunch. sandwiches cost around $8, not cheap, but not bad when you consider their size and the huge accompanying mound of french fries. About the fries: they are as close as we’ve come in Little rock to classic european frites. they are fairly thick, but fried crisp, probably from a double frying, with a perfect soft core. A true pleasure. A lighter lunch delight is a mediterranean salad (including feta, onion and kalamata olives) adorned with the “doner” meat — the spit-roasted beef and lamb or chicken. sure there’s baklava. And turkish coffee. pleasant ridge town Center, 11525 Cantrell road. 223-9932 $ LD CC No alcohol. the original: 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. EASTERN FLAMES Maki rolls and half rolls, fresh nigiri and sashimi, katsu, lunch boxes and a nice variety of sake grace the menu at this sushi bar. 7710 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-227-7222. LD Mon.-Sat. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. HUNAN BALCONY The owner of New Fun Ree has combined forces with the Dragon China folks to create a formidable offering with buffet or menu items. 2817 Cantrell Road. 666-8889. LD. HUNAN ORIENTAL CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care in very nice surroundings out west. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2239966. LD daily. IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The sushi is good, while the Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2178888. LD Mon.-Sat. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. P.F. CHANG’S Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain that has people waiting in line for hours; make a reservation instead and get seated immediately at a table and enjoy some terrific flavors and presentations. 317 S. Shackleford. Full bar. 501-225-4424. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. You order from the cashier, get your own tea, silver ware and fortune cookies, and they bring you piping hot food to your cozy table. 205 N. University Ave. All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Ct. NLR. All CC. $-$$. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, the best in town, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.

HB’S BAR B.Q. Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. L Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustardbrown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. Also on John Barrow and Geyer Springs. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKE SHACK BAR-B-Q Another relative of the Shack, a legendary and long-gone Little Rock barbecue place. The beef and pork sandwiches are the best bet. Interstate 40 at Maumelle/Morgan exit (Exit 142). Maumelle. 501-8034935. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. THREE SAM’S The Sams – a father-mother-son team all known as Sam – dish up impossibly huge piles of barbecue at this friendly joint in downtown Mabelvale. Everything here is homemade, including the skin-on potato salad and a stellar dessert lineup. 10508 Mann Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-407-0345. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri.

european / ethnic ALBASHA GRILL Mediterranean eatery that specializes in large portions of kebabs, gyros, and shawarma served up with a tasty minted Jerusalem salad and rice or hummus. More for the American palate than most. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2173855. LD Thu.-Tue. L Wed. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way – buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TAZIKI’S This sole Arkansas location of the chain offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Rd. All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily.



CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. 915 W. Capitol Ave. All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-2650012. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7247. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat.

DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LA BELLA LUNA Authentic Italian cuisine. 915 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-205-0888. LD Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 10312 Chicot Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5656006. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC.

$-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. LUIGI’S PIZZARIA Excellent thin-crust pizza; whopping, well-spiced calzones; ample hoagies; and pasta with tomatoey, sweet marinara sauce. 8310 Chicot Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-562-9863. LD Mon.-Sat. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. 6015 Chenonceau Boulevard, Suite 1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD daily. PRESS 1’S PIZZA Massive pies, tasty appetizers and cold beer at this homey, oft-overlooked Sherwood pizza shack. 8403 Highway 107. Sherwood. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-835-5673. D Mon.-Sat. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a non-descript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.

Mexican BLUE COAST BURRITO You will become a lover of fish tacos here, but there are plenty of other fresh coastal Mex choices served up fast-food cafeteria style in cool surroundings. Don’t miss the Baja fruit tea. 4613 E. McCain Blvd. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-8033. LD Mon.-Sat. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. CACTUS JACK’S This inoffensive Mexican-esque effort on McCain has everything you’ve come to expect from the average Mexican restaurant. Ample portions, if not ample seasoning. 4120 East McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5888. LD daily. 11414 West Markham. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7556. LD daily. CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. B Sat.-Sun., LD daily. 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. B Sat.-Sun, LD daily. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-7100. LD daily. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mex served in huge portions. 1315 Breckenridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2242550. LD daily. 201 Skyline Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. (501) 327-6553. LD daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. EL PORTON Very good Mex for the price and a wideranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions — even more enticing. The homemade pickled cucumbers that come on the side of every order are reason enough to visit. 4318 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-5417650. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4720 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LUNCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-6121883. L Mon.-Sat. MI RANCHITO This growing Arkansas-owned chain offers great variety and super-sized meals with solid Tex-Mex, with the typical white cheese dip, only spicier, and more flavor to the regular entree fare. 1520 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: Fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real thing. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. No alcohol. $. 501-219-2373. LD daily.

el Jimador

ready-to-drink canned cocktails Margarita, Spicy Mango Margarita and Paloma tequila cocktails

Great for your ice chest & poolside, $1.99 everyday!

NWiNe & SPiriTS D eighborhoo

4526 Camp Robinson Road North Little Rock • (501) 791-2626 Next to HOGGS MEAT MARKET

drink local


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SEAFOOD CAJUN’S WHARF 2400 Cantrell Road 501-375-5351




DENTON’S TROTLINE 2150 Congo Rd. Benton, 501-416-2349 Open Tues, Wed & Thurs 4-9 Fri & Sat 4-11


Food and fun for everyone when you pair Cajun’s Wharf’s succulent seafood and steak with the ever-evolving live entertainment. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood or aged Angus beef while listening to the rolling Arkansas River on the famously fantastic deck! They also boast an award-winning wine list.

10907 N. Rodney Parham Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm Breakfast 6-10:30am 501-228-7800

Attention: Members and Guests. Denton’s Trotline is known for their award winning catfish and seafood buffet. Outstanding appetizer menu. Family owned, featuring a newly remodeled building with live music. Full service catering available.

LULAV 220 West 6th St. 501-374-5100 Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 am -10:30 am Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Tues-Sat 5-10pm V Lounge til 1am, Thurs-Sat

DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO 200 S. Commerce, Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm

14502 Cantrell Road 501-868-7600

Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Jump start your day with bistro breakfast from Lulav featuring scrumptious omlettes, pancakes and more.

COPPER GRILL & GROCERY 300 West 3rd Street 501-375-3333


For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?

Open daily. 11 am - close Sunday Brunch. 11 am to 2 pm 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1464


CHINESE FANTASTIC CHINA 1900 N Grant St Heights 501-663-8999

400 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-6637 6820 Cantrell Road • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • 501-868-8822

Shackleford & Hermitage Rd. (501) 312-2748

Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar.


Indulge in the culinary creations and intimate environment that define Capers Restaurant. Food and wine enthusiasts agree Capers’ sophisticated approach to dining is key to it’s many accolades including receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years running.



Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seem endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana.

Hunka Pie

Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials • Monday: Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry. Tuesday: Pot Roast. Wednesday: Meatloaf. Thursday: BBQ Plate or Shepherd’s Pie. Friday & Saturday: Fried Catfish.

An endless array of delicious dishes available in the Grill or grab your Gourmet-to-Go from the Grocery. Offering products by French Farm, Bella Cucina & Bittersweet Herb that promise to turn any recipe into a memorable masterpiece Copper Grill & Grocery is a wonderland for the gourmand.

Contemporary metropolitan bistro meets Southern smalltown hospitality in a neighborhood bar. SO offers the best in fresh seafood and hand-cut rustic meats, complimented by an extensive and diverse wine list, honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Whether casual dinners, special occasions, meetings with clients, or private parties, our service will impress. Reservations six and more. Private Lounge.

Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.

Hunka Pie specializes in premium hand-crafted pies. We welcome all pie lovers to come share a slice today! Call ahead for whole pie orders. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Velvet Lips Chocolate Cream, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Chocolate Pecan, Coconut Custard, key Lime, French Apple Pie & more. Now Serving Lunch! Monster Frito Pie, Spinach & Feta Greek Pie, Toasted Artichoke Sandwich.

HUNKA PIE 304 N. Main St. North Little Rock (inside Galaxy Furniture Store) 501-612-4754 Tues-Sat 10am - 6pm www. hunkapie

“A great place to hangout, experience great beer and authentic German specialties”. The Flying Saucer definitely offers a unique range of domestic and international draft and bottled beers, carrying over 80 beers on draft and 120+ different bottled beers, many which are seasonal. Accompanying their unique beer line-up is a menu packed with flare. Bratwurst is the house specialty served with German coleslaw, or you can try Brat Con Queso or Beer Brat Nachos. Be sure to leave room for dessert: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float offers the best of both worlds.

FLYING SAUCER CANON GRILL 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-664-2068

Stop in for Our ALL DAY LONG HAPPY HOUR SATURDAYS! Order up some homemade salsa & cheesedip with your happy hour beverage and stay for dinner! Tasty Quesadilla’s and Mexican chicken Pizza. There are menu items to accommodate those not in the Mexican food mood too. And of course, The Margarita cannot be missed!

323 President Clinton Ave 501-372-8032

MEDITERRANEAN LAYLA’S 9501 N. Rodney Parham 501-227-7272

Enjoy regional specialties such as Lentil soup, a huge serving of yummy Hummus, Baba Ghannnouj or Tabbouleh. And don’t forget about the Gyros, they’re sure to be heroes in your book!

400 N. Bowman Rd 501-224-0012 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd 501-296-9535 11am-9pm 11am-10pm Friday & Saturday

BRAZILIAN CAFÉ BOSSA NOVA 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd 501-614-6682 Tues-Sat 11am-9pm Sunday Brunch 10:30-2pm

Try something different! Café Bossa Nova serves up cozy atmosphere and unique Brazilian dishes guaranteed to satisfy and served with that special Latin flare. Don’t deny yourself one of the delectable desserts prepared fresh daily or for an A+ apertif, drink in the authentic flavor of the country in the Caipirinha~a perfect blend of lime, sugar and Brazilian sugar cane rum. Dine with them tonight!

BREW PUB VINO’S PIZZA•PUB•BREWERY 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)

Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!


The crispy off the griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family friendly stop and will keep you coming back. The casual atmosphere will have everyone feeling right at home. The options are endless for whatever dining mood you are in. Grilled Tuna Steak sandwhich to a loaded foot long hotdog to the crispy chicken tender salad. Buffalo Grill does not disappoint. Fast and friendly staff. Very affordable prices!


STEAK SONNY WILLIAMS 500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 DINNER MON - SAT 5:00 - 11:00 pm PIANO BAR TUES - THU 7:00 - 11:00 pm FRI & SAT 7:00 - Late

FADED ROSE 400 N. Bowman 501-224-3377 1619 Rebsamen 501-663-9734 OPEN SUNDAY

If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999

Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.















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Cruise the river from your own back door

Live in this one-of-a-kind riverfront resort at 64 Norfork in the Riverland/Belle River subdivision in Maumelle. It is on ¾ of an acre with three boat slips, double decks and picturesque views of the Arkansas River and Pinnacle Mountain. This soft contemporary home has an open floor plan that maximizes the view of the river from most rooms. This custom, one-owner home is in pristine condition. It features four bedrooms and three full bathrooms in approximately 2,880 square feet. Private balconies for the master suite and two of the other bedrooms are just the kind of features that make this home special. Those who like to entertain will enjoy the open great room and kitchen combination. It comes together with a two-sided fireplace. The eat-in kitchen features

a large center island with Jennair gas cooktop, an ice maker and a breakfast bar. Limestone tile and site-built cabinets of red oak wood are a couple of nice features you’ll also find in the kitchen. Extras really make this home special. Shoji screen doors, a Vermont skylight in the great room, low-e, thermo-pane Pella windows and a cantilever deck are a few of the custom details that make this property unique. Other great features include a circular drive, extensive landscaping and rock work near the waterfront, garage storage, a full sprinkler system and alarm. There is so much more to this home that it must be seen to be appreciated. It is offered for $599,000 and is listed with Lynn Pangburn of Coldwell Banker RPM. Call Lynn today at 501-352-2284 for more information or a private tour.

The home is light-filled.

Access the river from your own backyard.

Entertaining is easy here.

The home has an open floor plan. • September 2, 2010 43


My Listings Fit Every Lifestyle! 1 Hallen Court - $675,000 • Chenal Country Club custom patio home 6 Maisons - $624,900 • Chenal private nature lovers dream 64 Norfork - $599,000 • Arkansas Riverfront three boat slips 120 Quapaw Trail - $330,000 • Osage Falls pond and theater 6 Ozark Drive - $259,900 • Maumelle corner lot, 2925 SF, immaculate 151 Calais - $216,000 • Country Club of AR updated 2200 Andover Court - $149,000 • Condo with park backyard 8 Cliffwood - $79,900 • Scenic Hill totally updated Residential lot in West Little Rock - $49,000

Call me for more information on these great properties! LYNN PANGBURN



Land LOTS FOR SALE - Greenbrier. 1/3-1/2 acres starting at $23K. Trees, all utilities. Just 8 miles from Conway. 501472-5807

$208,000 / LEASE FOR $1200 mo Architectural design • Modern features • 12th Floor Skyline View Featured 4 times in At Home in Arkansas!

Call Gerald White, 680-3640 or Mary Johnson, 952-4318. Visit for more pictures & info. Gold Star Realty

Buying Lake Hamilton Condos! 501.664.6629

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Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $102,686 Excel Rodney Parham LLC to Eagle Summit Properties LLC, SE 34-2N-13W, $906,000. Paul E. Wylie, Carrie P. Wylie to M&A Residence Trust, 1800 Walnut Grove Rd., $510,000. Ludwig Law Firm PLC to Greg L. Hatcher Revocable Trust, Greg L. Hatcher, SW NE 7-2N-13W, $474,000. Roy Stephens, Jennifer Stephens to Rowan Development LLC, L13, Sachs Suburban, $453,000. Christopher C. Stratton, Naomi M. Stratton to Donald O. Goodlow, Jr., 128 Marseille Dr., Maumelle, $368,000. Todd Greer, Charlotte Greer to Michael D. Beranek, Maura M. Beranek, 22 Rosaires Way, $340,000. Elder Custom Homes, Inc. to Greg Rucker, Jamie Rucker, 124 Lake Valley Dr., Maumelle, $338,000. Gregg J. Herning, Cheryl L. Herning to Robert McCabe, Kelley McCabe, 202 Chalamont Ct., $334,000. Christi Willson, Veronica D. Battaglia to John B. Collins, Kimberly A. Collins, L23 B20, Woodlands Edge, $332,000.

Lynn Dickey Construction Inc. to Brian K. Watkins, April L. Watkins, 102 Tahoe Dr., Maumelle, $321,000. Hillcrest Properties Inc. to Sled Dog LLC, 619 Beechwood St., $295,000. James A. Pendleton, Sr. to Jerry L. Hyde, 9 Chevaux Cir., $288,000. Glen W. Cook to Prudential Relocation, Inc., 9533 W. Lake Cir., Sherwood, $271,000. Randy James Construction Company, Inc. to Brian Sieczkowski, Andrea Sieczkowski, 246 Summit Valley Cir., Maumelle, $270,000. C a s e y A . Wa g g o n e r, R e x Waggoner to James R. Templeton, Jr., 213 Maranes Cir., Maumelle, $265,000. Pancho Espejo, Lynn A. Espejo to Stephen A. Hudgens, 9533 W. Lake Cir., Sherwood, $263,000. Commissioner In Circuit to One Bank & Trust, 3010 Richland Dr., $260,800. Prudential Relocation Inc. to Benjamin T. Yielding, Julie Harris Yielding, 9533 W. Lake Cir., Sherwood, $260,000. Fuller Partners 2010 LLC to

Krista Scruggs, 113 Baronne Way, Maumelle, $248,000. D o n G o o d l o w, J r. , J o a n n Goodlow to Janice S. McNeil, Michael J. McNeil, 225 Deauville Dr., Maumelle, $248,000. Damgoode Properties LLC to Wilson Brandt, Ls1-2 B2, West Rock, $245,000. David R. Donley, Julie A. Donley to Federal National Mortgage Association, 2 Silverwood Ct., NLR, $241,610. Douglas P. Speer, Melinda R. Speer to Mark A. Blankenship, Robin R. Blankenship, 4403 Stone Creek Cove, $225,000. Reginald L. Clay to Matthew D. Collins, 221 Carnelian Dr., Sherwood, $223,000. Sandra G. Dunbar, Sandra D. Germany, Keith Dunbar to Kevin Bell, Jennifer Bell, 3600 Southshore Bay Cove, Sherwood, $218,000. Gage E. Handy, Carmen J. Handy to Leroy Hubbert, 100 Carnelian Dr., Sherwood, $208,000. Marion V. Gavin to Cherie N. Clark, 515 Ridgeway Dr., $200,000. Betty J. Bellando, Robert Hilton to Kenneth E. Garrison, Ann C.

Garrison, 18617 Fawn Tree Dr., $197,000. Ronald T. Adair, Amanda K. Adair to Joseph P. Sweeden, Patricia H. Sweeden, L30, Sheraton Park, $193,000. Ricky P. Villanueva, Melissa Q. Villanueva to Ritchie B. Holliman, Sr., 9533 W. Lake Cir., Sherwood, $189,000. Juahnuna L. Helms, J. M. Helms to Neko M. Gilbert, 164 Pebble Beach Dr., $188,000. Thomas C. McDonald, Jr. to Front Porch Investments LLC, L22, Edgewater Phase I, $168,832. Theresa I. McBride to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, L25 B15, Pleasant Valley, $167,920. Davisbuilt Inc. to Karen Farrior, 52 Crystalwood Dr., $165,000. Cope Homes Inc. to Eric L. Staton, Yvonne Staton, 917 Mesquite Trail, Jacksonville, $164,000. 5600 JFK LLC to Mark Ashley, 12124 Shawnee Forest Dr., $159,000. Robert L. Black, Jodene M. Black to Carl D. Wilcox & Melba J. Wilcox Revocable Trust, Carl D. Wilcox, Melba J. Wilcox, L6R, Collenwood

Phase I, $155,000. Michael A. Sonk, E. J. Sonk to Grace Morris, L33, Marlowe Manor Phase 1, $150,000. Damon M. Richards to David O. Roberts, Bobbi L. Roberts, 4 Hightrail Cove, Maumelle, $150,000. Patricia Simmons, Patricia G. Lewis to Mimi M. Wilson, 109 Secluded Cir., $142,000. Michael J. Motes, Leah Motes to Alphonso Price, 3112 Miracle Heights Cove, Sherwood, $141,000. Raymond L. Scott, Susan Scott to Brandon Brown, Tara ProtivaBrown, L7 B55, Pulaski Heights, $134,000. Martin Smith, Kara Smith to Hardin Salinas Holdings LLC, 120 S. Izard St., $130,000. Katherine M. Kernan, Katherine M. Soule to Darrell W. Penn, 1511 Pine Crest Dr., Jacksonville, $128,000. Jeffrey Kallhoff to Douglas K. Hinton, 1302 Oak Forest Dr., Jacksonville, $126,000. Pulaski Lands LLC to Bank Of America, SE NE 12-2N-12W, $125,000.

Bowden Boshears, Beth Boshears to Lilia Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, 1407 Kings Mountain Dr., $125,000. Dale W. Armstrong, II to Charles A. Cheatham, Brittany Cheatham, 4 Crest Ln., NLR, $124,000. Jack E. Greenwood, Jr., Patricia A. Greenwood to Joe L. Hester, Mary K. Hester, L36, Point West, $119,000. Angela M. Dougan, Angela Murray, John R. Dougan to Vanessa Horton, 1401 Cumberland St., $115,000. Susanne Gamble, Richard S. Gamble to Raymond L. Scott, Susan Scott, L7 B55, Pulaski Heights, $115,000. Jonathan K. Swaim to US Bank National Association, 14001 High Point Dr., $114,750. Leslie B. Taylor, Kristy Taylor to Sheila A. Conroy, 20200 E. Pinnacle Rd., Roland, $110,000. Michael Odom, Jamia Odom to Penny L. Cole, 14421 Saddle Wood Dr., NLR, $103,000. Linda L. Binz, Joe E. Binz to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, 620 Gillette Dr., $102,686.


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Capitol View/ Stiffts Station

4924 HILLCREST AVE - $475,000. 3BR/3BA plus 3-car garage. 2600 SF. Recently renovated home on large corner lot. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-993-5442.

123 N. SUMMIT - Rare find close to ACH, UAMS, & Hillcrest. 2 BRs and a separate office, 2050 SF. Totally updated including cherry wood laminate flooring throughout, all new plumbing & electrical wiring, new kitchen counters, sink & dishwasher, new tankless H2’ 0 heater, wired for computer network, audio/video and IR remote, a deck, fenced yard and oversized 2 car garage. A 21X17.6 ft sunroom w/vaulted ceiling, tile floor, water proof walls, lots of windows and sunken Jacuzzi hot tub. Located in Union Depot next to AR School for the Blind. Call Clyde Butler of CBRPM at 240-4300.

Neighboring Communities

Conway 31 BERNARD - $149,900. Sparkles and shines like new! 3BR/2BA, huge living room with cathedral ceiling, oversized breakfast area, wood-burning fireplace, large bedrooms, 2” blinds thru-out. Fenced yard. MLS# 10253781 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-7301100 or 501-679-1103

4101 C ST - $229,000. 3BR/2BA, 1836SF. Recently renovated! Enter MLS# 10255320 on www. for more photos. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442

730 SLOPE - $269,000. New - Must See! 4BR/3BA, gameroom, computer area, custom tile shower, granite countertops, wood & tile. MLS# 10251178 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501730-1100 or 501-679-1103.

Greenbrier 28 VALMONT - $169,900. Fantastic floor plan! 3BR/2BA new home. Large kitchen with hearthroom. Fireplace, beautiful floors and cabinets. Walk kids to school. MLS# 10262566 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-7301100 or 501-679-1103

712 N. WALNUT - $162,500. 2BR/1BA in the heart of Hillcrest. Just 1/2 block of Kavanaugh. Renovated kitchen w/ custom maple cabinets, tile floors, solid surface counters. Enter MLS 10257444 at

37 INDIAN SPRINGS - $152,000. New construction! Charming 3BR/2BA home w/gas fireplace, breakfast bar, tile backsplash, smooth top cooking surface. Jet tub, stained & scored concrete floors. Deck with view. MLS# 10253103 Linda Roster White Real Estate, 501-730-1100 or 501-6791103

4214 C STREET - $149,900. 2BR/1BA starter home, 1166 SF. Walk to UAMS or shopping on Kavanaugh. Call John Selva at Pulaski Heights Realty at 501-993-5442.




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Afterwords n Conventional wisdom (followed in parentheses by geezer muttering of a kind that readers of this column have come to expect). It’s never too late. (Yes, it is.) It’s not over till it’s over. (At the risk of repeating myself, yes, it is. Whether the Fat Lady has sung or not.) It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. (No, it’s the heat.) It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. (No, it’s whether you win or lose.) Know thyself. (No, thanks.) Love they neighbor. (That one, OK. That one, OK. That one, jury’s still out. That one, can’t see it. That one, not gonna happen. That one, no way, Jose. Etc.) It’s always darkest before the dawn. (No, it’s always darkest just after the power goes out and you can’t orient yourself and you know if you ever feel your way to the flashlight that the batteries will be dead.) There are no atheists in foxholes. (That’s where all the smart ones are.) The best things in life are free. (Some of them are. Not the Wild Turkey.) Beating on the vending machine won’t help. (Yeah, it will. It’s the only thing that will.) Honesty is the best policy. (It is if your object is keeping your story straight.)

Bob L ancaster A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (No, it usually starts with a phone call.) Philosophy bakes no bread. (Yeah, but, Bud Abbott says you can loaf down at the bakery and get paid for it.) It’s better to give than to receive. (Depends. Kicks in the arse with a hobnail boot, yes.) Absence makes the heart grow fonder. (What it really does is make the crotch begin to itch. Or the crouch, as Judge Mathis calls it.) Stupid is as stupid does. (And some of us does it so much better than others.) There’s no “I” in teamwork. (No, but there is in prick.) Enough is enough. (Case in point to the contrary: Duggars.) It’s the thought that counts. (Don’t know where that idea came from. Not from a Huckabee gift registry, that’s for sure.) There’s no fool like an old fool. (Age has nothing to do with it. Political affiliation, though — you betcha.)


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. (But all else failing, you can get him a pump.) We have nothing to fear but fear itself. (Maybe so, if you can accommodate to the idea of fear having a self.) The guilty dog always barks. (All the sons-a-bitches bark.) Snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s not a fire in the furnace. (Yes, it does.) Fortune favors the bold. (Nah, it’s a ratrace, then we all croak.) Marry in haste, repent at leisure. (Only in certain jurisdictions, though, if you’re gay.) Faith can move mountains. (Maybe for you. I can’t even get it to work on molehills.) Look before you leap. (Or just don’t leap.) Tomorrow is another day. (Yeah, they just keep on a-comin’.) The truth is out there. (And keeping company with a bad crowd.) You can run but you can’t hide. (Comes a time when you can’t run either.) It’s better to look good than to feel good. (Comes a time when this one just makes a body laugh.) There’s no free lunch. (But some places your drink and dessert are free with the buffet.) Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. (That’s a plan, now.) Two heads are better than one. (Debatable if they’re both yours.)





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