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Cash Rules The Man in Black wins big in our
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n The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported last weekend that it appeared there were no longer any candidates for a federal district judge vacancy in the western district of Arkansas, where Judge Harry Barnes has retired. Arkansas’s senators had recommended Caroline Craven, a federal magistrate in Texas; Carlton Jones, a Texarkana prosecutor, and Susan Hickey of El Dorado, Barnes’ law clerk. Craven has withdrawn, the newspaper said, as has Jones, who’s been elected prosecuting attorney. The article suggested Hickey was also no longer in the running because Gov. Mike Beebe appointed her last week to fill a state circuit judgeship vacated by the death of Carol Anthony. Or is she? Multiple sources tell us that Hickey has in recent days still been undergoing background checks for potential nomination to the federal bench by President Obama. Friends think her appointment by Beebe, which would last no longer than the end of 2012, would build her resume for the federal judgeship. Then there’s the mystery on a judgeship in Little Rock, where Little Rock lawyers Denise Hoggard, Chris Heller and Amy Russell were recommended by the senators. Hoggard was viewed as a frontrunner as the pick of senior Sen. Blanche Lincoln, but all seemingly have run into White House resistance. Now lawyers are wondering what happens if Lincoln loses to John Boozman. Will Pryor, then in charge of judicial recommendations from Arkansas, step up again for Russell, wife of his former chief of staff Bob Russell? Russell’s record as a past financial contributor to George W. Bush leaves a sour taste with many Democrats.
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n The Arkansas Times doesn’t make a habit of announcing weddings, but when they are not accepted for the pages of the statewide daily, we will consider exceptions. Thus we are happy to announce the Aug. 20 marriage of former Arkansan Edward Pope, 53, and Ruben Tanoira, 44, in Buenos Aires. Pope may be the first American man to marry in Argentina since a July law change that allowed people of the same sex to marry there. Pope is a graduate of the former North Little Rock Northeast High School, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and American University Law School. His work experience includes six years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers and 11 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He is the son of Margaret Hartley of North Little Rock and the late Carl Pope. Tanoira is a professional translator and employee of Argentina’s national airline. They’ll live in Buenos Aires.
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Eyeless in the sky n The Hope School District has spent $540,000 in federal stimulus money to put surveillance cameras in most classrooms for added safety and security. Superintendent Kenneth Muldrew admitted, however, that nobody is likely to be monitoring the cameras very often, rendering them largely valueless for immediate safety concerns. As yet, no word on whether Hope students will object to increased monitoring on a civil liberties basis. At one school in England (where use of surveillance cameras is ubiquitous) students staged a walkout until the cameras were removed.
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Strolling with the oldies HOTEL IN THE RYE? NLR hopes for hotel in old Rye Furniture location.
Opposition continues to land swap n The North Little Rock City Council last week, with Mayor Pat Hays breaking a tie, approved a swap of four city land parcels for the old Rye Furniture property. Hays hopes to see private developers build a hotel there and he’d have the city build a parking deck with school tax money, parking fees and as yet unidentified other sources. Approval of the deal didn’t end Wyndham Hotel owner Frank Fletcher’s opposition. He doesn’t want to see the city subsidize a parking deck for a next-door neighbor and told columnist Max Brantley recently that he might mount a referendum campaign to overturn the deal. After the vote, he said in an e-mail: “The time we would sponsor a referendum would be if the city voted to spend city money to build a parking deck for a private developer.” Fletcher said he didn’t expect the hotel plan to come together and “the developers simply got the City to take a dead building off their hands in exchange for 4 good parcels of land they will develop one at a time or sell to other developers.”
n Just in time for an autumn stroll, Oakland Fraternal Cemeteries in east Little Rock has a new walking tour that uses modern technology to bring visitors the history behind some of the more famous residents of the seven-cemetery complex. Visitors can pick up a map of the cemeteries from the sexton’s office, dial a number on their cell phone, and hear a recorded tour guide tell about 80 influential figures who are buried there. Started during the Civil War, the Oakland Fraternal Cemeteries now contain more than 32,000 graves, and some of the city’s most elaborate Victorian grave markers. The recordings include interviews with descendants. Oakland promotions director Lakresha Diaz said some of the stories include the owner of what was once the largest illegal gambling house in Central Arkansas, numerous politicians and the notorious Tom Slaughter, a prison escapee, murderer and thief who was so infamous that after he was killed in 1921, 5,000 people showed up to view his body and souvenir hunters chipped away a good portion of his headstone.
n An item here last week about National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists in Pulaski County inadvertently omitted the three at Mount St. Mary Academy.
The fiery death of Hannah Dowdie, who was not quite 2, came with the backdrop of a difficult custody decision. Now the state is enmeshed in another custody dispute with the Dowdie family over her two younger sisters. — By David Koon
9 Rape case up in air
The apparent suicide of a woman found hanged in the county jail complicates prosecution of a rape charge she filed against a former deputy. — By David Koon
10 Arkansas music, quantified
Johnny Cash comes out on top in our Arkansas Music Poll. — John Tarpley
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Words n Parker Westbrook writes: “What is the plural of the modern word condominium? I note that the plural of stadium, according to my most recent copy of Webster’s Dictionary (1943!) is stadia. Is the plural of condominium condominia?” My old Random House, published only slightly more recently than 1943, says the plural is condominiums. The Random House also says that the more common plural of stadium is stadiums, although it lists stadia too. Garner’s Modern American Usage offers sound advice on the pluralization of words that were imported into English from other languages: “If in doubt, use the native-English plural ending in –s.” I long wondered whether condominium properly applied to the apartment house or to an individual apartment within. I finally found the energy to look it up. The answer 4 SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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is “both.” But it’s probably simpler to call an apartment an apartment, whether it’s owned or rented. n From the ABA Journal, published by the American Bar Association: “Three dissenting justices — it used to be four — are breaking with their brethren on the issue of apostrophes. “Frank Wagner, the soon-to-be-retired reporter of decisions for the Supreme Court, revealed the split in a two-part interview with the National Law Journal. The job of his office includes checking opinions for typos, misspellings, grammat-
ical errors and deviations from Supreme Court rules. “But there’s no use in changing apostrophes of dissenting justices who disagree with the court’s prevailing rule on possessives that requires an apostrophe-only after the final ‘s’ in ‘Congress.’ “Wagner tells the NLJ that over the years, four justices informed his office that they preferred ‘Congress’s’ and he sees no reason to impose conformity. One of the dissenters has since left the court.” The Arkansas Times generally follows the apostrophe-only rule popularized by the Associated Press, but because the final s in Arkansas is silent, we insist on Arkansas’s. n Whose end is up? “Arkansas has opened as a 2½-point underdog over Georgia for Saturday’s 11 a.m. Central game.”
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who’s lucky enough to be retired while he still has the strength to climb the bluffs of Emerald Park in North Little Rock hit the trail there last week. (He’d finished Swiffering the bathrooms earlier, which he did gladly, since he wasn’t behind a desk. That’s how elated he is to be retired.) Somewhere in the middle of his hike, he noticed a woman on the twisty path. There was something odd about her, he decided. For one thing, she was smoking a cigarette. Few folks pause in their exercise routine to smoke. Nor would she make eye contact with him, and he’s a friendly-looking fellow. A little further on he saw something else weird. In the middle of the woods, lying in the leaves maybe a mile from civilization, was a Magnavox television. (That’s what he said, Magnavox.) New. Big. Too big for the woman to have carried it … but maybe she was just a lookout. Someone was going to a whole lot of trouble to burgle a home, our friend decided. Most thieves hereabouts just back their vans up to our houses to clean us out. Seldom do they go to the trouble to lug our valuables into the woods first. Maybe these thieves were from out of town. Our friend hit the trail back home.
This is, without a doubt,
The Observer’s favorite time of year: after the heat of summer has faded, but before the chill of fall has swept in — the in-between time; that few precious weeks in mid-September when God is rewinding His clock. It is lovely to be outdoors, still warm in the daytime but delicious at night, the temperature just perfect for these mortal bodies of ours, as if someone, somewhere wants us to be truly happy. We are in the middle place ourselves these days: too old and sour to enjoy the summer, too achy about the joints to enjoy the winter. And so, here we are in the time of year that The Observer can truly enjoy. We’ll get another few precious months come spring, then it’s back to feeling like a sponge someone is in the process of wringing out. The Observer tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors around this time of year, often sitting on the front porch of The Observatory in the red wooden armchair we rescued five years ago from the curb and rehabbed with a coat of paint. The moon, in particular, is
beautiful at night, ringed with a halo of mist and fanned by the trees. The breeze comes down Maple Street. The leaves move. Across the road, we can see the coal of our neighbor’s cigarette in the dark. A car whooshes past. A dog barks. It is, we think, a beautiful moment to be alive, and here, and free.
The Observer was on hand at
the UALR Bowen School of Law earlier this week to hear five out of the nine U.S. attorneys who were ousted from office during the Bush administration for political reasons talk about the scandal and its ultimate effect on the U.S. Department of Justice. One panelist said the Bush administration had turned the D.O.J. into a “laughing stock.” Everyone in attendance wanted to hear from Bud Cummins, the former U.S. attorney from Little Rock, who was fired to help Karl Rove political hit man Tim Griffin pad his resume for a future political career. Ultimately, Cummins didn’t have much to say about Griffin, but the event was an interesting one. One particular, and unexpected, highlight came when John McKay, former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, discussed his thoughts on amending the process of appointing future U.S. attorneys. “Another [suggestion] might be that U.S. attorneys, as has been the practice, would not be removed for anything other than for cause — dereliction of duty, committing a crime in office,” McKay said. “I think one U.S. attorney was removed for biting a stripper. And when I got the phone call — of course they gave us no information as to why we were being removed — I think we all asked. In my head I said, ‘Well, I don’t think I bit a stripper.’ ” Just when we thought the roar of laughter in the room couldn’t get any louder, Carol Lam, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, quickly interjected, “But at the end of the day John was thinking, ‘Well, I’m fired anyway, I might as well have bitten a stripper.’ ” Although all panelists said the real issue wasn’t losing their jobs, but the politicization of the D.O.J., it still must have been a shock to the system to get fired out of the blue. We guess you just have to laugh to keep from crying.
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Your Sept. 7 excerpt, “A Place for Women,” from Brock Thompson’s book “The Unnatural State: Arkansas and the Queer South” attempts to give some history of the Razordykes collective of the Women’s Center of the University of Arkansas during the late 1970’s. As a founding member of the collective, I note there are several factual errors and some of his conclusions appear to be historically inaccurate interpretations of events. First the Women’s Center never included a battered women’s shelter. Second, the University of Arkansas solicited the community’s Women’s Center and offered funding for them to move to campus because the U of A needed to add women’s programming. Third, Mr. Thompson’s time line is off, collapsing incidents that happened over almost a two-year period within a few months. Most importantly, however, the assertion the Lesbian Rap Group had become disillusioned with the politics of the Women’s Center, whether earlier or later in the struggles with the University, is a total fabrication. The Lesbian Rap Group changed its name to the Razordykes at its third meeting. This very small group knew each other well, had nothing to discuss, and had decided to engage in a consciousness raising action before disbanding: ask for funding, be denied and write a letter of protest to the University newspaper, The Traveler. To our amazement, we were funded for a total of three funding cycles, grew in numbers, provided speakers to university classes, bought books and a film, and planned two social functions each year (a fall cotillion and a spring mixer). Members of the Razordykes did not see themselves as “alienated” from the feminist politics of the Women’s Center — as women, the politics of sexism, the right to choice and the right to selfdetermination were no less important to us as lesbians than they were to any other woman. There was no rift between our collective and the Women’s Center’s politics — we were part of the Women’s Center’s politics. Also, contrary to Mr. Thompson’s statements, the Razordykes primarily refused to change our name because we realized the attacks and criticisms weren’t about our name. It was about homophobia being used to attack a feminist organization. The cost of this struggle was unthinkable — threatening the very existence of the Women’s Center and its collectives, including Rape Crisis. I know there were wise women who rightfully and angrily saw the destruction of so many good things for women seeming to hinge on a group of young and politically naive women (the Razordykes), however, 6 SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
the bigger picture of what was happening was clear, even at the time. Finally, Mr. Thompson is confused in his knowledge of the women’s land movement in Northwest Arkansas, and draws an erroneous conclusion. The women’s land movement had nothing to do with the Women’s Center’s struggles with the University. Many, many women from the land movement supported the Women’s Center and the Razordykes collective — but the women’s land movement was thriving before all this happened and continued to thrive after it happened. The two things were not related. Lydia Walker Springdale
Dumas off mark
Ernest Dumas was uncharacteristically off the mark Sept. 9 regarding his “… prosecuting lawbreakers in the Eastern District of Arkansas.” Rather, of course, those involved are hapless suspects and defendants who are not only the apple of their mothers’ eyes but also presumed innocent. Also, having catalogued some of the sins of Tim Griffin, Joyce Elliott’s opponent in the Second Congressional District race, that Mr. Dumas would throw in the towel in Ms. Elliott’s behalf, this idea: Not so fast, please. Spread the truth around and keep the faith for goshsakes. Bill Steinkamp Hot Springs
Troubled by judge
I talked to Max Brantley and asked him if he would like to have a story about a court case in Searcy County Circuit Court. He told me he didn’t want to go there. So, the next day I receive in the mail the Arkansas Times with a story in The Week That Was, August 18-24, that the very judge, Judge Mike Maggio, who rendered the decision in Marshall in favor of the good old rich boys, was at the same time having “financial difficulties.” The case involved this lady who took a fence-line dispute to Circuit Court. Adjacent property owners had put up a fence across her property. She had it surveyed by the best surveyor in the state of Arkansas. The defendants claimed that the fence line was agreed to years ago and since then her husband has died of a heart attack after fighting this problem for seven years. The judge declared that the fence line would stay and she “didn’t prove the survey.” The judge also is letting the defense lawyer write up the case results, which means she will be subject to paying the attorney’s fees and the cost of putting the fence back up. She will be fenced off from 10 acres of her property and the defendant will, as always, be cutting timber off her property or whatever, while she pays taxes on it. I want to know why a survey line is not the same as a fence line in the state of Arkansas. All my neighbors say this is the way it has always been and you can’t do
anything about it. Is there anyone in this state who really cares about justice? Tom Mayfield Snowball
Lethal injection stalled
In all the discussion of lethal injection protocols, no one has focused on the supplier of the key component, the drug sodium thiopental. Hospira Incorporated, the only supplier of the drug in this country, has been unable to obtain the active ingredient for the drug and apparently will not make new shipments until 2011. Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has held off signing two death warrants because his state’s supply of the drug expires Oct. 1. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections recently tried to substitute another drug for the sodium thiopental for the execution of Jeffrey Matthews. His attorney challenged that substitution and a federal judge stayed the execution. Arkansas uses essentially the same protocol for lethal injections as Kentucky. Maybe now is the time for a moratorium on execution in our state while we review the death penalty to see if it is effective public policy. David L. Rickard Little Rock
Pulaski school woes
The parents, grandparents, guardians and others should be appalled at the leadership of the Pulaski County Special School District. The bell times were not well thought out and caused more problems than the solutions intended. The Board has not shown fiscal restraint with Board members who have not repaid funds to the district. The Board has made a debacle of its attempt to replace the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers as a bargaining agent for teachers with a personnel committee voted down by over 80 percent of the teachers. If the loss of 1,000 students this year is correct, that equates to roughly a $6 million shortfall. How does the District make up that much of a shortfall, while paying legal fees to fight the recognition of PACT? I can only hope the voters go the polls and I can only hope that the incumbents are defeated. I can also only hope that those elected do a better job and help restore some legitimacy to the second largest school district in the state. I’m sure the legislative audit committee is reviewing all of this and will ask about it in September when the PCSSD is due to report back to them. The only people happy about the turmoil in the PCSSD are the Little Rock School District Board and administration. Richard L. Moss Jacksonville
Now that Arkansas is experiencing a wave of gas exploration, drilling and land leasing, I think you need to draw your attention to the conditions of our highways that the equipment uses to
facilitate these activities. The trucks are ruining our highways. I can put up with the noise at all hours. I can easily deal with the smells their exhausts leave behind. But their destruction of my front yard and the intersection before my property is something I would expect that the Arkansas Highway Department would — and should — take into account The grass once grew all the way to the road’s edge. Now there are MANY FEET from that road’s edge used by these wideload trucks requiring to turn into the side roads leading to their drilling points. And the asphalt edges are slowly being eroded by these trucks. Once winter comes these highways will be patched. Patching is hardly the answer to destruction. These are NOT simple wear-and-tear issues. These are specifically caused by these drilling companies. The areas are easily seen while driving on our smaller highways. They carve out feet upon feet of landscape, tearing our roads inch by inch, and placing a load upon the surface that the surfaces were not designed to take. They have even knocked down street markers and signs. The gas company trucks may pay their duty in taxes to travel. But when they cause a burden beyond the general taxation for general travel, it is time for your department to investigate, repair and be reimbursed for that destruction. Richard Lewis Faulkner County
Come the Republicans
Everybody’s talking about what will happen if the Republicans take over the House and the Senate in the elections coming up in November. Let me look into my crystal ball. First thing the Republicans will do is put away worry about the “children and grandchildren.” They only need them when the Democrats are trying to pass legislation. Second: get out that list of bills that have to be rescinded. For instance, financial reform. Also health care reform. Citizens again will be able to choose among hundreds of insurance policies that can only be cancelled if you are sick. They’ll want tax cuts for the rich. They’ll build more expensive embassies, like the $700 billion one in Baghdad. I can also see a bunch of soldiers sitting around with nothing to do. That’s not good. You just know that somewhere in the world they’ll find someone may just have a WMD or is thinking about getting one. In November, if we hear them singing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” it’s really deja vu all over again. Gene Forsyth Hot Springs 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 email@example.com. We also accept faxes at 375-3623. Please include a hometown and telephone number.
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S e p t. 1 5 - 2 1 , 2 0 1 0 It was a good week for …
RYAN MALLETT. The Heisman hopeful quarterback threw a game-winning touchdown pass to cap a sparkling performance as the Hogs beat Georgia 31-24. FLIPFLOPS. Republican Tim Griffin, a candidate for 2nd District Congress, retracted the fulsome praise he gave to the 30 percent national sales tax during the Republican primary while appearing on a wingnut radio show. He’s done some homework since, he claims, and decided it’s not so hot after all. In other words, reasonable people are now paying attention. It was a bad week fo r …
MIKE HUCKABEE. He compared people with preexisting medical conditions to burned houses or wrecked cars and scoffed at legislation requiring insurance coverage for them. JANET HUCKABEE. Speaking of wrecked cars: Her lane change on Interstate 30 was cited by State Police for causing a multi-vehicle wreck. She said she was not at fault and not talking on a cell phone as a witness said and will contest the careless driving ticket. The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. The fiscally distressed district purchased $16,000 worth of iPads for school board members, not many months after equipping them with laptop computers. PULASKI SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CHARLIE WOOD. He posted a suggested endorsement of his candidacy on a Facebook page as if it had been written by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The anti-union Wood, who could have been expected to be received favorably by the D-G, didn’t get the plug. SALINE COUNTY KIDS. The operator of a court program in Saline County to help abused and neglected kids was arrested for diverting money from the program to run an illegal gambling house. The ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION. Its vehicles have long outnumbered its workforce, the tally now standing at 658-613 and nobody at the royal fiefdom seems much concerned about it. 8 september 23, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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Two little girls, and the ghost of a third DHS, family struggle over the sisters of murdered Hannah Dowdie. by David Koon
n For Chuck Dowdie, losing his granddaughter Hannah was a crushing blow. Losing two more may be too much to bear. Hannah Dowdie was slain along with her father Michael Palmer, near Sweet Home on Dec. 12. Police say that after Michael Palmer was shot, the not-quite-2-year-old girl was strapped into her car seat, dowsed with gasoline and burned alive by cousins Daniel and Robert Gatrell, after her father ran afoul of former friend Robert Gatrell over a scheme to steal some tires. Her death came after a custody case in which the Arkansas Department of Human Services worked to remove her from the home of a foster family in Malvern who wanted to adopt her, instead awarding her to her AUNT AND UNCLE: Charles and Tiffany Dowdie, with a photograph of their niece, Hannah. father — a man who the come in. After they left, the hearing was held to everything from mood swings to auditory foster parents argued couldn’t adequately without them. On Oct. 19, Chuck will return hallucinations — but refused to take meditake care of Hannah, who was often sick. to Arkansas to face a charge of interfering cine to control it. Kayla eventually pleaded The day after she was officially placed in his with the custody of Jane, who was given to guilty to filing a false police report and custody, she was killed. him by Kayla soon after the girl’s birth — second-degree battery, and her parental rights Though the DHS argued in defense of but before the girl was officially taken by to Hannah were terminated in June 2009. family placement in the wake of that crime, the state. The baby lived in Mississippi with Soon after Hannah’s death, Mary was taken saying the law and their policies stress reuniCharles and Tiffany Dowdie for a week in from Kayla, and discussions about stripping fication with parents and relatives even in early July before being removed under her parental rights to Jane began before the cases where neglect and abuse have been court order by social workers and returned girl was born. noted, Chuck Dowdie and his family said to Arkansas, where she was placed in foster The Dowdies said the biological father the agency is now fighting to make sure they care. During that week, after DHS discovof Jane and Mary is not seeking custody. don’t get guardianship of Hannah Dowdie’s ered that Kayla had given the girl to Chuck Kayla’s brother Charles and his wife, Tiffany two younger sisters, who have both been Dowdie, a bench warrant for him was issued Williams-Dowdie, who live in Southaven, placed in foster care. To help protect their by Judge Arnold. Chuck Dowdie refused to Miss., said they tried to become guardians privacy, we will refer to the younger of the talk about that charge or the incident leading of Hannah, taking foster parent training and two girls as Jane, and the older as Mary. to it, but said that it stems from a misundergetting a home study done, but were denied. The biggest issue, the Dowdies say, is standing. Their petition to adopt Mary through DHS that DHS appears to believe they will allow While limiting Kayla’s access to the was denied in July, but they have filed another contact between the two girls and their mother girls is a legitimate concern, her grandfather petition for a regular adoption that doesn’t Kayla Dowdie, who is Chuck’s daughter. At said that DHS is not giving the family the involve DHS. Their petition seeking guardthe same time, however, they said they’ve chance to prove that they can and will keep ianship of Jane has been denied, and they never been interviewed by the DHS in order her away. have appealed. to make their case that they won’t. “Family just wants to take care of family, They said the process has been frustrating Chuck said that Kayla was placed on and it doesn’t feel like we’re being given the and confusing. In the case of Mary, the first medication for mental issues in the sixth opportunity or the same opportunity other five times the Dowdies traveled to Benton for or seventh grade. Hannah was taken from people are being given,” he said. “They just hearings they were informed upon arriving Kayla in April 2008 at the age of three don’t know our family. They haven’t taken that the proceedings had been canceled or months, after police say Kayla admitted the time to know us.” continued. In another instance, they came burning the girl with a cigarette and trying Chuck said Kayla usually calls his son for a hearing regarding the adoption of Mary, to blame the injury on a neighbor. At the Charles by phone once a week, but stresses but were told that the hearing was canceled time, the caseworker noted that Kayla had Continued on page 9 because paperwork from the DHS didn’t schizo-affective disorder — which can lead
The WEEK THAT was
Deputy rape case Still under review. By David Koon
n The Pulaski County prosecuting attorney’s office is still exploring whether to proceed with the case against a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy accused of raping a female inmate who later committed suicide in jail. But it acknowledges difficulties in proceeding. Jessie Edwards, 28, was found hanging from a sheet in her cell at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center on Aug. 23, three hours after arriving at the jail. She had been ordered held on a contempt of court charge by Circuit Judge Chris Piazza after testing positive for drugs in violation of her terms of release on previous charges related to attempting to obtain prescription drugs by fraud. According to a sheriff’s investigation
concluded in January, Edwards told police that on Dec. 18, 2009, while she was being held in the basement cells at the Pulaski County Courthouse awaiting a hearing, Pulaski County Deputy Willie Owens first groped her, then followed her into a cell and had sex with her. Edwards told investigators the sex was not consensual, but said she didn’t resist because she was too frightened. Edwards said that when Owens left the room to get a cloth for her to clean up with, she took some of his semen and wiped it on her bra to keep as evidence. Later, the State Crime Lab matched the fluid on Edwards’ bra to DNA swabs collected from Owens during the investigation. In January, Owens was arrested on one count of rape — a charge that could send him
to jail for up to 10 years. He pleaded not guilty, and was released on $50,000 bail. He was later fired from the sheriff’s office after an official hearing. Lt. Carl Minden, spokesman for the Pulaski County sheriff’s office, said the investigation into Edwards’ death is still open, but to date officials have given no indication of evidence of foul play. Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
ask the questions: If the judge terminates the parental rights ... what will you do to ensure the safety between this child and a mother who no longer has rights under the law? That becomes a factor. I only mention it because it’s not only about, ‘is the home clean?’ ” Munsell said that the law gives preference to family placement because living with family members is often a more familiar and loving environment than a foster home can provide. A significant number of foster children are eventually placed with extended family members, she said, something she said would not be the case if DHS always assumed the family would let the child have contact with a parent who had been deemed a threat. “Often times,” Munsell said, “that part comes down to taking the family’s assurances that they will protect the child and they won’t allow that child to be subject to the parents that have proved to be such a risk ... It’s not about proving a negative. You do have to do your best to make an assessment and see how it goes.” For now, the Dowdies are in a holding pattern, waiting on Chuck’s hearing in October. Using their tax return money, Tiffany and Charles have hired an attorney to represent their interests — something they said they probably should have done with Hannah. There is, Charles said, no such thing as a “Custody for Dummies” book. Sitting in a West Little Rock coffee shop after an hours-long hearing and still with the drive back to Mississippi to come, they all looked tired and frustrated. “We’ve spent thousands of dollars on attorneys, and to get out here,” Tiffany Williams-Dowdie said, “because we feel the best place for these girls is with family. We are willing and able and capable and stable enough to take care of these children, and we don’t understand why they’re putting a wall up. It hurts.”
GRANDFATHER: Chuck Dowdie.
that they have no face-to-face contact with her on a regular basis. If those phone calls are a problem for DHS, Chuck said, they can be limited as well. Another issue is who would care for the two girls if they were placed in the Dowdies’ custody. The Dowdies are working people, so Chuck’s mother Lois, who is 83 and has diabetes, would likely be the girls’ primary caregiver during the day. “I feel like they’re holding a lot of this against me,” Lois Dowdie said. “Age means a lot. I have diabetes, and I take medication for it. But a lot of people have diabetes that take care of their own children. There’s no reason I should be deprived of taking care of my own grandchildren because I have diabetes.” Given what happened to his granddaughter and the role the DHS had to play in that case, Chuck Dowdie believes the agency is treating them differently than they would any other family seeking custody of their relatives. “It’s almost like they’re overcautious about things,” he said. “They’re gun shy, to put it in that vernacular, because they’re scared about making another mistake.” Julie Munsell is a spokesperson for the DHS. While she said she couldn’t talk directly about the two girls or the Dowdies’ efforts to win guardianship or custody, she would talk about cases like theirs. Munsell said that while the DHS does seek to place children with relatives “by policy, by mission and by law,” the safety and welfare of the child is a priority. In cases where a biological parent is a danger, she said, a team of people decides whether or not a potential guardian in the person’s extended family can be trusted to keep their kin away from the child. Many people are involved in helping make that determination, Munsell said, from caseworkers to the judge. “[Caseworkers] will
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VICTIM: Jessie Edwards’rape allegation still under review.
John Johnson said that his office is still pursuing the case against Owens, though they are “taking a step back and seeing what we can do with it” in light of Edwards’ death. One issue, Johnson said, is that in the case of a rape allegation, penetration must be proven (in the lesser charge of sexual assault, sexual contact of any kind must be proven). Also, though there are statements from Edwards on file regarding her allegations of rape, Johnson said many of those might be thrown out due to an exception to the rules against hearsay testimony. Also problematic, Johnson said, is that prosecutors would have to prove to a jury that the sex that allegedly occurred between Edwards and Owens was non-consensual. Without Edwards’ testimony, that could prove exceedingly difficult. “Just because she’s gone doesn’t mean we’re going to say OK, well, too bad so sad,” Johnson said. “We’re going to see what we can do, but it certainly made it harder.”
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GREATEST ARKANSAS ACTS
According to 100 of the state’s finest musicians, critics, DJs and scholars. GREATEST ARKANSAS ALBUMS
JOHNNY CASH “AT FOLSOM PRISON”
AMERICAN PRINCES “OTHER PEOPLE”
AL GREEN “LET’S STAY TOGETHER”
ISAAC ALEXANDER “SEE THRU ME”
LOUIS JORDAN “BEST OF”
LEVON HELM “DIRT FARMER”
MULEHEAD “THE GOSPEL ACCORDION II”
THE GUNBUNNIES “PAW PAW PATCH”
PHARAOH SANDERS “KARMA” RWAKE “VOICES OF OMENS”
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johnny cash, al green, american princes and ho-hum win big in the arkansas music poll.
Cover artist Little Rock native Nate Powell is the Eisner award-winning author of “Swallow Me Whole” and the former party starter in Soophie Nun Squad.
BY THE NUMBERS Quick And The Dead
By John Tarpley
ver the past three months, the Arkansas Times contacted hundreds of people who’ve made an impact on the musical landscape of Arkansas — critics, DJs, historians, musicians, record store owners, super fans — and asked them to contribute a list of their picks for the “greatest Arkansas music acts” and “greatest Arkansas albums.” Having to quantify the rich, influential and enormously eclectic history of music in Arkansas, we quickly discovered, is no small task. How can one compare William Grant Still, the early African-American composer, to, say, Chino Horde, a massively influential, early-’90s punk band? Or the ultra-prolific, Harvard-lecturing rapper 607 to Bob Dorough, Miles Davis cohort and “Schoolhouse Rock!” composer? A number shied away from our request. But nearly 100 took on the
daunting task, and for that, we’re extremely grateful. From their responses emerged a fascinating mix of consensus and farreaching variety. The former we’ve spotlighted below with lists devoted to acts, albums and local acts. To get a sense of the latter in its full breadth, visit our companion section online at arktimes.com/arkansasmusicpoll, where you can see the full list of more than 250 nominated acts and more than 350 nominated albums as well as individual polls — many with explanatory notes — from each member of our voting academy. And let us know what you think about the results. You can voice your opinion in our readers poll (arktimes.com/readersmusicpoll) and find further conversations going on the Times entertainment blog, Rock Candy (arktimes.com/blogs/rockcandy), on Twitter (@rockcandies) and on Facebook (facebook.com/rockcandies).
Methodology The results were calculated based on an inversely weighted point scale, where a first place vote counts as 10 points, a second place vote counts as 9 and so on. Our only qualification for inclusion was that acts or albums must be largely helmed by an Arkansan or Arkansans. We tried to avoid providing further guidance, and voters interpreted the rule with varying degrees of rigidity. The only spot where we disqualified a top 10 finisher based on that rule was with The Band’s “Music from the Big Pink,” an album made by four Canadians and one Arkansan.
Living – 83%
1. Johnny Cash
Dead – 17%
Deceased nominated acts
Nominated acts still alive
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Was there ever any doubt? Johnny Cash, that regal, weathered monument served 46 tumultuous years as the poet laureate of redemption and damnation, revolutionizing and ultimately defining the singer/songwriter tradition. Will there ever again be another figure who looms as large over the American musical landscape? Is it even conceivable that we’ll ever see another artist who transcends musical cultures like the Man in Black? He’s the great uniter, beloved by, yes, the country world, but
idolized by punk, rap, metal and beyond. He’s undeniably the greatest musician Arkansas ever produced but, beyond that, is he the greatest, most influential American musician, period? Watching video of Cash as a wiry 23-year-old, sweating through “Folsom Prison Blues” suggests that if he was, it took him years to realize it. But even then, from his first, hectic Sun sessions in 1955 to his final, frail American Recordings session, recorded days before his death in 2003, the sharecropper’s son from Kingsland maintained a mythical status that’s only grown larger since his passing.
Al Green’s ’70s albums by popularity* 1972 Let’s Stay Together
1972 I’m Still In Love With You 1973 Call Me 1977 The Belle Album
1971 Gets Next To You
1974 Explores Your Mind * According to the Arkansas Music Poll.
2. Al Green
BY THE NUMBERS
In 1974, Al Green, with a mangled, broken hand in a silk sling, hit the Soul Train stage in support of his new album, that future classic “Call Me.” Now, it’s hard to tell specifically what he was high on — other than just “a bunch” — as he turned the Lord’s Prayer into a slurred, stumbling intro before purring and howling, gorgeously, through “Jesus is Waiting,” a righteous booty jam in every sense. What easily could have been a humiliating disaster of a performance instead became one of the most thrilling performances ever televised. It’s definitely one of the most notorious. Does Al Green contradict himself? Of course! Al Green contains multitudes! The sensuousness, the playfulness, the bold, graceful electricity of it all is still jarring. All at once, he’s a man of the flesh, a man of the cloth and a man of mischief. But above all, he’ll forever be known as the great Southern soul man, a vocalist in the ranks of Pavarotti and Piaf.
Lee Anthony’s top 10 1. Al Green 2. Johnnie Taylor 3. Louis Jordan 4. Glen Campbell 5. Black Oak Arkansas 6. Albert King 7. Larry Davis 8. Calvin Leavy 9. O.C. Smith 10. Johnny Cash Lee Anthony founded True Soul Records, Arkansas’ greatest soul label, in 1968.
3. Levon Helm
Paul La Raia
Around 2000, when complications from throat cancer put Levon Helm’s primitive tenor in jeopardy, not only a great voice hung in the balance; a living record of a bygone, Turkey Scratch, Arkansas dialect, clipped and round, was at stake. It’s that instantly recognizable voice that rings through some of the greatest tracks from his time in The Band. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight” — each an untouchable classic due in large part to that Helm twang. But still, he doesn’t consider himself a singer. Your favorite drummer’s favorite drummer defines himself as a drummer who’ll use a mic if absolutely necessary. There’s never been another who could drum and sing, simultaneously, with as much style as Levon, the reedy metronome jiving and bobbing away behind his kit. And he’s still at it, drumming and, against the odds, singing again. Now in Woodstock, N.Y., he opens up the barn-studio, adjacent to his house, for weekly Midnight Rambles, hours-long jams featuring a rotating cast of musicians. All of whom, you can bet, owe a debt of gratitude to St. Levon, the toothy-grinned, gentleman saint of new Americana. Continued on page 14
Tav Falco’s Top 10 1. Ronnie Hawkins 2. Sonny Boy Williamson 3. Pharoah Sanders 4. Calvin Leary 5. Pat Hare 6. Albert King 7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe 8. Jim Dickinson 9. Junior Wells 10. Charlie Rich Born in Gurdon and currently living in Vienna, Tav Falco has led the internationally renowned Panther Burns for 30 years.
Ben Nichols’ Top 10 1. Johnny Cash 2. American Princes 3. Al Green 4. Trusty 5. Levon Helm 6. Louis Jordan 7. Kevin Kerby 8. Jim Dickinson 9. Chino Horde 10. Dale Hawkins Little Rock native Ben Nichols is the lead singer of Lucero.
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BY THE NUMBERS Five nominated albums you probably don’t own* Elton and Betty “Hard, Deep Sex Explosion” Molten Lava “Hot Liquid Rock” Conlon Nancarrow “Studies for Player Piano” Mr. Bear “These Machines” O.C. Smith “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp”
*But you should!
The music industry isn’t known for being just. But one day, when up becomes down, white goes black and the powers that be rediscover great music, the world will love Ho-Hum the way Little Rock loves Ho-Hum. There was a small glimmer of hope that would happen in 1996 when Universal released the band’s debut, “Local.” But a departmental shift at the label left the Ho-Hum without promotional support, and the band parted ways with the label. Back home, Ho-Hum became a cottage industry unto itself with Playadel, its own imprint label; and over the next 10 years, the band released nine albums full of gorgeous and deceptively witty Southern pop. Few acts are as prolific, even fewer are as outright beloved. Perhaps accidentally, Ho-Hum even spearheaded the model for local music success: bands good enough to be known nationally, but content to remain hometown heroes.
6. American Princes
Harold Ott’s Top 10 1. V/A “The Vaden Rock ‘n’ Roll Story” 2. V/A “The Little Rock Sound” 3. Cedell Davis “Feel Like Doin’ Something Wrong” 4. Paulette Interpretation “Paulette Interpretation” 5. Metal Mike, Alison, and Julia “Surf City or Bust” 6. Knowbody Else “Knowbody Else” 7. David Wright’s Original Home Band “David Wright’s Original Home Band” 8. Living Sacrifice “Living Sacrifice” 9. Tom & Jerry plus Barbara “The Club Live” 10. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth “Mystic Indian Hitmakers” Harold Ott is the state’s foremost expert on psychedelic rock.
The 2000s were an odd time for indie rock. With the arbiters of musical taste disavowing the rock sounds of the ’90s, bands needed an angle, some sort of quirkiness or at least a sub-genre to tuck themselves into before even thinking about finding that gold standard known as buzz. Which made it a bad time to be an unpresumptuous electric guitar band. That’s why the national acclaim that fell on American Princes — in Spin, NPR, Magnet — was a testament to the unembellished craftsmanship that defines their insightful, whip-smart songwriting. Rockers, yes, but with lyrics like “I don’t care about real love/I just want a world that’ll bear its own weight,” the Princes prove, time and time again, that there are still fresh, literate revelations about youth, love, helplessness and hope in rock ’n’ roll.
Matt Besser explains his four favorite albums 1. Trusty “Trusty” The forefathers of the independent music scene that is still going today. 2. Black Oak Arkansas “Black Oak Arkansas” I’ll never forget listening to my “Black Oak Arkansas” record and “Hot & Nasty” comes on. I’m cranking it loud. My parents run in and ask “What’s that?!” “Umm...it’s ‘Hot & Nasty’.” 3. Johnny Cash “American Recordings” 4. The Gossip “Arkansas Heat” I was so psyched that The Gossip wrote a song about Arkansas. It was a negative song, but at least it was a song with Arkansas in the title. There should be more of those.
Now that Dolemite has gone to heaven, Matt Besser may be the funniest living Arkansan. He co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade with Amy Poehler and others.
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5. Louis Jordan
He’s the biggest music star of the WWII era, a madcap innovator of juke blues and one of the first to cross over into the mainstream from the “race” charts, tacking 54 singles to the Billboards and spending a quarter of the 1940s in the top spot. Also —and there’s really no way to put this except bluntly — Louis Jordan is responsible for R&B and rock ’n’ roll. All of it. If there’s a musical pioneer to be found in Arkansas’s history, it’s this visionary Brinkley bandleader. His radical take on “Saturday Night Fish Fry” is on the generally acknowledged “first rock song ever” short list, and it’s no stretch to say that his recordings of “Pettin’ and Pokin’ “ and “Look Out Sister,” among others, provide the genetic code for what would evolve into rap. His influence has been analyzed so closely, his legacy dissected so many times over, that it’s become easy to forget that Jordan simply created some of the most ecstatic, hilarious and damn fun music ever.
top 10 albums Johnny Cash, Al Green and Ho-Hum dominated the top spots in our album poll. To mix it up, we limited one act to one album in this list.
1. Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison” The be-all, end-all, quintessential live recording was carved into the tapes at 9:40 a.m. and recorded in a mess hall, with Cash unsure if Clive Davis would fulfill the promise to fire him for the “prank.” Like all great live albums, it bolts the listener down in the middle of the crowd. It’s one of the greatest albums, ever, period. “Sooie!”
2. American Princes “Other People” Some may scoff at the Princes’ last record being ranked so high, but few, if any, albums have defined the character of the Little Rock sound quite like this one. It wasn’t named the greatest album of the year by Magnet Magazine for nothing.
3. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”
7. Glen Campbell
He provided guitar for “Pet Sounds” in 1965, worked with Frank Sinatra in 1966, sold more music than The Beatles in ’69 and has released no fewer than three canonical albums — “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman.” But even as a household name with 50 million records sold, Glen Campbell still gets slighted. His output is well known, but not adequately appreciated. But why? Perhaps the baby-faced Delight native is so ubiquitous that we think we’ve already heard everything he has to offer. Maybe he’s been stubbornly dismissed by many as a cheesy, square-jawed holdover from a baubled era of easy listening country-pop. But his late-’60s work with songwriter Jimmy Webb and producer/arranger Al De Lory is undeniable. Together, the three welded the lonesome yodel of Jimmie Rodgers to the grandiose, kitchen sink melodrama of Scott Walker, giving way to some of the most gorgeous pop music ever recorded. Forget what you thought about the Rhinestone Cowboy, if anyone deserves a renaissance, it’s Glen.
Recorded when he was 25, this is the album that kicked off Al Green’s classic period and is still considered a soul classic of the highest caliber. The title track contains three of the greatest minutes of pop music ever recorded, the cover of the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” is restrained Green at his best and, between the singles, there’s no gristle to be found.
4. Ho-Hum “Sanduleak” Few bands have ever been able to balance “catchy,” “effortless” and “smart” as well as Ho-Hum. And this, the group’s second album, is the best example of just that. “Fake Pop Minefield” is a power-pop earwig of the highest degree and, 12 years since its release, “Things Like That Are a Drag” still sounds like the best sequel to Big Star’s “Thirteen” ever made.
5. The Gunbunnies “Paw Paw Patch” Produced by the legendary Jim Dickinson and signed to Virgin Records after being singled out by CMJ as the “Best Unsigned Band” of 1986, the band formerly known as When Michael Jackson Rears His Flaming Head released this debut, cut a follow-up and then vanished (Max Recordings finally released the sophomore album last year). A local album with a cult following if there ever was one.
6. Isaac Alexander “See Thru Me” Between drumming for Boondogs, serving as front man for both The Easys and Big Silver and being a bad-ass ad man, Isaac Alexander managed to find the time in 2008 to write and record an instant classic that’s a tastefully spare, devastatingly melodic trip through surviving adulthood. Funny, self-deprecating and everything else you’ve come to expect from the workhorse.
7. Louis Jordan “Best Of” Usually, we’d adhere to the “ ‘Best of’ albums are for people who don’t care about music” adage, but “The King of the Jukebox” ruled before the era of the album, so he gets a pass. The subject of countless compilations, this no-frills single-disc offers up 20 of his absolute best but inevitably leads to dropping even more money on a more complete collection.
8. Levon Helm “Dirt Farmer” It marked his first solo album in a quarter of a century, his first after throat cancer took his voice, his first after a fire took 80 percent of his studio, and by gum if it doesn’t sound like the album he’d been waiting to make his whole life. Loaded with the traditionals he learned as a boy in Turkey Scratch, Levon Helm’s new rasp and old drums shine, heartier and wiser than ever.
8. Pharoah Sanders
The high schooler who wore fake mustaches and sunglasses to sneak into Little Rock jazz clubs found himself, at 24, blowing dissonant tenor sax beside John Coltrane and Sun Ra. Soon after, he became a demigod of free jazz, known for his chaotic, abrasive form and self-composed tribal rhythms. Few, if any, artists since have been able to deliver the same sort of shamanic power. In albums like “Thembi” and “Black Unity,” both released in 1971, Sanders manages to very nearly immolate free jazz, stretching it to its furthest limits in a squawking, screaming, strangely therapeutic deconstruction of African, Latin and Aboriginal groove. In a word, he’s furious. When he starts blowing with such volume and speed, you can practically hear his saxophone giving out. Even today, at 69, Sanders is taxing the limits of the instrument, thrillingly. Continued on page 16
9. Mulehead “The Gospel Accordion II” A rollicking, amplified trip through religion, hangovers and general bastardry. It’s Kevin Kerby at his most acerbic. And drunk. They sing to Pontius Pilate, Satan and trifling women with lyrical footnotes and guitar solos. Also, it’s possibly the funniest album title to ever come out of Arkansas.
10. Pharoah Sanders “Karma”/ Rwake “Voices of Omens” Tied for the final spot, these two albums may be disparate upon first glance, but once you find the similarities in their sonic mayhem — Pharoah practically shrieking into his saxophone, Rwake blasting away through their amps, tribal drums abound — you’ll find that Arkansas, time and time again, does chaotic noise beautifully.
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The 10 greatest local bands We just couldn’t resist the chance to tally up another list. From the Towncraft era of the late-’80s to bands currently hoofing from venue to venue, here are 10 acts that give Little Rock the unexpected, notorious musical heritage it enjoys nationwide.
Whodathunkit? Scene changed forever by OBU football hosses. Wickedly smart, tastefully experimental, infinitely catchy: Arkansas’s Big Star and Guided by Voices, forever deserving of hyperbole.
2. American Princes
Living up to the name, Princes create intricate, passionate, beautifully crafted college rock. All releases and musicians are reliably stellar.
Four kids mixed hardcore energy with Beatles harmonies, ended up a cornerstone of Little Rock’s “Towncraft Era,” then signed to D.C. punk label Dischord. Wow.
4. Soophie Nun Squad Twisted and ambitious, Soophie’s rotating cast juxtaposed hip-hop and Saturday morning cartoons, traded in punk rage for smiles and “cinderblocks.” And the Dadaists were pleased.
trusty 9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
5. Kevin Kerby/ Mulehead
A woman shredding an electric guitar, a non-sexualized African-American pop star, a gospel singer who filtered Church of God in Christ hymns through the lens of the devil’s music. One of the original musical alchemists, few artists have ever been as sensational or as joyously controversial as Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Thrashing and slapping away at her signature Gibson SG, a horned guitar that even looks like the devil, the Sister signed to the legendary Decca Records at 23 and went on to incite thousands while inspiring many more. (Look no further than her recording of “All Alone” to find where Bob Dylan discovered his signature yarp.) What could have been a novelty act footnote for the era instead has defied all reasonable expectations: Sister Rosetta became a superstar and influenced — and continues to influence — generations in her wake.
LR’s clever, smart-assed poet laureate dominated the locals poll: Mulehead landed at No. 5 while Kerby came in at No. 6. Both specialize in country-tinged ballads and make everyone look lazy by comparison.
6. Velvet Kente
Unceasingly praised — and rightfully so — for its unhinged, ineffably cool rock/folk/funk/jazz alchemy. And respected for the skills of joshua, prophesying front man and songwriter extraordinaire.
soophie nun squad
The CNN-featured, Harvardlecturing brainiac behind 34 (!) albums and the world’s first palindrome rap, continues to prove, as he says, “your favorite rapper’s stupid.”
10. Sonny Boy Williamson
8. Chino Horde
The linchpin of LR’s ambitious early ’90s punk/DIY culture with a band full of future MVPs. Early emo punk doesn’t get better than “Song No. 1.”
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Thick, tarry, unquestionably Southern sludge metal loved — and respected — the world (yep, the world) over. Smart and primal, the band set the new definition for doom.
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Aleck Miller was notorious for bloating stories about himself with legends and lies in order to throw would-be bloodhound biographers off his trail. Or maybe just to amuse himself. Did he really tour the South with Robert Johnson? Was he really a 6-year-old minister? One thing blues scholars can agree on is that the man now known as Sonny Boy Williamson II was a bit of a bastard. Beyond his mean-tempered sarcasm and enthusiasm for threatening people with knives, he shamelessly lifted his name from an already long-established Chicago bluesman in order to give himself a quick boost of recognition. And it worked. That famous piece of identity theft led to him being the face of King Biscuit Time, universally adored as far through the Delta as KFFA’s Helena broadcasting tower could reach. Years later, he found himself on Chicago’s famous Chess label and touring England with The Yardbirds, The Animals and Led Zeppelin. Who says theft doesn’t pay?
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Editorial n Mike Huckabee was in town to endorse his fellow Floridian, Jim Keet, for governor – of Arkansas – and said he wished he was running for something himself. Many find comfort in the knowledge that he’s not. A near-moderate at one time, Huckabee has grown more and more spooky since he’s been able to devote his full time to Republican politics. There are no near-moderates left in that party. Karl Rove, who helped steal presidential elections for the Right, is too far Left for the Teabagging element. (More Arkansas-Florida connection: Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Second District, is a Rove protege and made his unsavory reputation in the Sunshine State, keeping ballots away from Democratic voters. On the other hand, John Boozman, the Republican candidate for the Senate, has no strong link to Florida, and only a vague idea of where it is.) Like Huckabee, Keet has degenerated with his party, yet there’s still a trace of stability about him that may annoy the Teabaggers. They probably like his casual attitude toward taxes, though. Failure to pay and failure to assess seem fairly common occurrences with Keet, who says that the missus is supposed to keep an eye on things like that. We imagine an aide to Governor Keet advising him, “Governor, we forgot to collect the sales tax last month,” and Keet shouting “DOODY!” We can’t imagine Huckabee shouting “JANET!” Mrs. Huckabee is not the sort to be shouted at. A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would make Governor Keet a better citizen, or at least a more alert one. Coburn’s bill would require members of Congress to disclose any delinquent taxes and to have their wages garnished until the debt is paid. It could be amended to cover governors.
Kinder, gentler n “Murky legalities are nothing new when it comes to medical marijuana. Using marijuana with or without a prescription remains illegal under federal law. But a recent memo from the U.S. Justice Department suggests that the Obama administration won’t prosecute marijuana users who are abiding by state laws.” In the Bush administration, drug warrior Asa Hutchinson targeted bedridden sufferers who were using state-approved marijuana to relieve their pain. “Those who can’t run are the easiest to catch” was the Drug Enforcement Administration motto in those dark days. Medical marijuana is not on the ballot in Arkansas this year, but one day it will be. And when it is, it will be approved by Arkansas voters. We’re not all as mean as Hutchinson.
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HUCK: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee talks to media Sunday at the state’s Republican “Victory Party” in downton Little Rock.
What the Huck? n It’s a given that health care reform is political poison. But even Republicans have said elements of it have merit. For example, one Republican alternative would have made it illegal to deny insurance coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. So it was somewhat surprising when Mike Huckabee tore into this part of the law Saturday at the Value Voters Summit — a Washington cattle for the Religious Right and other extremists: “It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee said. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, ‘I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.’ He’d say, ‘Tell me about your house.’ ‘Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.’ And he’ll say ‘I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.’ Well, no preexisting conditions.” It was classic Huckstering, worth a quick chuckle only if you didn’t listen very closely. The health care legislation includes mandated coverage so that people will have insurance before they get sick. A bigger pool of insured will spread the cost of treatment over more people and hold costs down. Plus, comparing people with pre-existing medical conditions to burned houses (or wrecked cars, which Huckabee also did) is just wrong. As a Little Rock lawyer observed on our Arkansas Blog, “Gov. Huckabee’s analogy fails because health insurance — even when it applies to pre-existing conditions — is an agreement to reimburse for or pay medical costs incurred in the future. It is not at all like insuring a house that has already burned down, an event that has already occurred.” If you insure a child with asthma, you’re
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not providing reimbursement for asthma, you’re buying coverage for possible costs of a future asthma attack. Children’s needs are important because, beginning this week, insurance companies are no longer able to deny coverage for kids based on pre-existing conditions. The prohibition extends to all by 2014. Some polling shows that majority opposition to health care reform falls apart when respondents learn repeal would cancel this significant advancement. And yet there was Huckabee, aiming straight at one of the most popular parts of the bill. Maybe it was just the old Rove strategy of attacking an opponent’s strength. So far, Huckabee’s lame analogy has won him nearly universal condemnation on the web (though, oddly, hardly a mention in Arkansas news coverage.) Many commentators found it particularly callous position from a former preacher. Rick Ungar of Forbes wrote that “Huckabee’s remarks today, dripping with sarcasm and lacking feeling for Americans with serious medical challenges, are far from befitting a man who not only seeks to be a national leader but presumes to minister the Word of God.” Huckabee has acknowledged his propensity to push a metaphor or joke too far. But this wasn’t about cow flatulence; it was about life and death. The effect of Mike Huckabee’s message couldn’t be clearer. Those who can’t afford health coverage — the child born with a grave medical problem, the woman whose breast cancer recurs after a period of remission – can just die. No death panel required. Welcome to “values,” circa 2010.
Sound bites v. issues n If you distilled the congressional elections in Arkansas down to their essence, it would be this: Republicans own the sound bites and Democrats own the issues. But that is not how it looks, is it? Republicans utter their sound bites, all variations of the theme that Democrats want to tax and spend while they want to cut and save. Even Rep. John Boozman, the Senate candidate, can make it sound plausible. The Democrats meantime are afflicted by the old disease of Democrats, at least in this region: terminal timidity. Voters would love their issues, but the Democrats temporize, apologize and offer a halfhearted defense of their and their party’s stand on the big issues. They don’t sound like they are terribly more knowledgeable about the issues than the Republicans. Well, state Sen. Joyce Elliott in the Second District sounds pretty sure of things, but that’s it. Sen. Blanche Lincoln has found her voice on a few things like Social Security and the goofy plan embraced by Arkansas Republicans to shift taxes dramatically from the rich and corporations to the middle class through something hilariously named the Fair Tax. But she doesn’t take Boozman on energetically on the big issues. If she and the Democratic House candidates did take them on and found the simple and effective way to do it, Boozman, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, Rick Crawford and Beth Anne Rankin would get the votes of
Ernest Dumas diehard Republicans and no more. Let’s take the two big issues — healthcare reform and the permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts. The Republicans — I think all five stand united on this — say that on both issues the Democrats are just out to raise people’s taxes during bad times. Great sound bites, and the evidence is that they have worked. But let’s see who is right on the facts. First, extension of the Bush tax cuts, which expire on Dec. 31: Congress may act by then but if it does not it will be the urgent first thing on the agenda when the new Congress is sworn in with all these Republicans. The tax cuts, which went mostly to people with very high incomes, define the Republicans. They were the signal achievement of the six-year Republican reign in Washington — that and two wars. The Democrats support, though timidly, President Obama’s plan to extend the reduced tax rates from the Bush years and Obama’s own tax cuts that were included in the 2009 recovery act except for single people earning more than $200,000 a year and couples earning more than $250,000. Those taxpayers would continue to get
Tim Griffin’s character By Gerard Matthews
n A group of five U.S. attorneys ousted during the Bush administration shakeup of the Justice Department in 2006, including Bud Cummins of Little Rock, participated in a panel discussion this week at the UALR Law School. They criticized the Bush White House, but stepped generally around the subject of Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove protege who was installed for a time as U.S. attorney in Little Rock after Cummins was shoved out. Afterward, former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton of Arizona wasn’t so reticent in a telephone interview with the Times. He said Griffin’s character should be considered by voters choosing between Republican Griffin and Democrat Joyce Elliott in the race for 2nd District Congress. “Character matters,” Charlton said. “And I don’t think people change over a short period of time. Most people can change their ways over a long period of time and a good bit of reflection, but I think Mr. Griffin is the same person today as he was when he sought the position of U.S. attorney. The true Griffin is the individual we saw reflected in e-mails he was sending to Karl Rove, for
example, saying he would name his first child after Rove if it was a boy, or slandering Bud or crying at the Clinton Library in a talk about public service. Those are examples of the individual that now wants to represent Arkansas in congress.” “ … I’ve seen the video in which Mr. Griffin wept as he said he no longer felt that public service was worthwhile and it struck me as more than ironic that he was in that state of mind after he had essentially destroyed Bud Cummins’ chance to stay in office as U.S. attorney even though Bud was doing a terrific job. He had slandered Bud while he was a U.S. attorney and used his position with Karl Rove to move Bud out of office. Bud handled it very much like a gentleman and with a great deal of grace and I don’t think I could say the same of Mr. Griffin. More Q&A: So you think Griffin’s character deserves more attention? It deserves attention. It’s all part of his record. I saw his quote where he said he wants to move forward and that’s good as well, but I think it’s a maxim that makes
all the tax cuts enjoyed by the other 98 percent of Americans but not the extra tax cut of about 3 percent that Bush and the Republican Congress gave them in 2001 and 2003. All five Republicans, as best as I can tell, support the Republican plan embodied in SB 3773. It would continue the extra tax cut on the rich and virtually eliminate the tax on great estates, but it would not continue the Obama tax cuts for middle- and low-income working families that were embodied in the earned income and child tax credits. So how will each of those work out for Arkansas families? Boozman, Griffin, Womack, Rankin and Crawford would force more than 98 percent of Arkansans to pay more taxes than they would pay under the Obama/Democratic plan. (Congressman Mike Ross of the Fourth District supports both plans.) Citizens for Tax Justice applied the tax rates under each plan to the latest Treasury Department summary of the filings of the roughly 1.2 million Arkansans who filed income tax returns. Here is how much more or less in taxes a family in each category of Arkansas tax filers will pay on average under the Republican plan than under the Obama/ Democratic plan: Lowest 20%: $178 more Second 20%: $120 more Middle 20%: $165 more Fourth 20%: $39 more Next 15%: $0 Next 4%: $27 less Richest 1%: $22,048 less Only the richest 5 percent would fare better under the Republicans, a whop-
ping $22,048 for the average millionaire. Nearly everyone else fares better under the Democrats. See how Boozman and the rest defend that? All that they can truthfully say is, those are the people we represent. They couch it differently. Those richest 5 percent are small businessmen who create the jobs for everyone else, they say. But that is simply and provably not true. Oh, yes, what about those high taxes under the new health-care reform law? Most Arkansans will pay neither higher nor lower taxes. But some 280,000 families will be eligible for substantial tax cuts — the tax credits for families that earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line (roughly $88,000 this year for a family of four). Some 130,000 families who have no insurance now will claim the tax credits, which will be applied directly to their insurance premiums, when they or their employers purchase insurance under the low-cost state exchanges. Another 150,000 who are insured now will have their taxes lowered to help pay for their insurance when they enter the exchange. Families USA calls it the biggest middle-class tax cut in history. Republicans are committed to repealing it. The real tax increases? Fewer than 18,000 of the richest Arkansans will pay a higher Medicare tax — less than 1 percent — and also pay the little Medicare tax on their unearned income for the first time. They are the taxpayers who now enjoy the lowest effective tax rates of everyone. How would you like to defend that posture?You would stick with the sound bite and hope the other side lies doggo.
sense to me that the past is often prologue. It could be true for Mr. Griffin and I think it’s worth voters being aware of that fact. What about the people who are going to say, “This guy’s just trying to smear Griffin,” or “He’s just a liberal with an agenda?” I’m a registered Republican, have been since I was 18 years of age. I’ll match my conservative credentials against anyone’s. I’m not picking a dog in this congressional race. But I do think that if anybody’s going to consider whether Tim Griffin is the right person to run for this seat, it’s got to involve more than who hates Nancy Pelosi the most. It’s got to be, ‘Who’s the person with the sufficient character.’And maybe at the end of the day that is Mr. Griffin, but it deserves discussion and examination. You don’t think this has been sufficiently reported? I don’t think it has been, at least in the articles that I’ve read and it seems to be batted down pretty quickly with remarks like, “I’m focusing on the future.” That’s a worthwhile response, but I think he ought to sit down and talk about what his role was and what he did and how he justifies that. In your mind, what were some of Griffin’s most egregious offenses? I think one of the things that he did was spread the rumors around the White
House that Bud Cummins was not a good U.S. attorney. When the inspector general’s report came out and they asked people about the source of that rumor, it all pointed back to Mr. Griffin. He was the sole source of that information. He, for example, lied about the number of trials he had when he was in JAG [the reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps]. I’m a career prosecutor. I think how many prosecutions and felony jury trials you’ve had means something, especially for anyone who wants to take the job of U.S. attorney. If you misrepresent that, then you need to be held to account for that. I think the fact that he was at a mind at one point in time to emotionally claim that he would never be in public service again because it wasn’t worth it, and to now be vigorously running for office, I think that’s worth examination. I don’t know if he was telling the truth then or telling the truth now. That’s an inconsistency that I think ought to be explored. But in your mind it all comes down to character? It is absolutely an issue of character. Editor’s note: Cummins, a lifelong Republican and former congressional candidate, declined to say who he’d be supporting in this year’s congressional contest. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 19
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across it while scanning the radio, you likely either quickly moved on to something a little more comfortable, or you found yourself resisting the urge to turn the dial because you just had to know what the hell it was coming through your speakers. As hosts Donavan Suitt and Byron Werner say, “There is a stagnancy in the human ear that we want to correct.” Suitt and Werner are the hosts of Rural War Room, the radio show, and they make up the core of the musical group of the same name. They also run the record label, which produces and distributes the music of mostly avant-garde or
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The multi-faceted music of Rural War Room. kitschy Arkansas artists (like Elton and Betty White). Their paths crossed at a convention for the Church of the SubGenius, a sort-of religion based on parody of region and mainstream society. Said Suitt about their chance encounter, and their general philosophy on life and their music: “If something happens that you think is a coincidence, it’s monumental. It means you’re in the right place at the right time, and you should go with it.” Werner had been working in California on various jobs, notably creating special effects for “Star Wars” and Continued on page 28 www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 21
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ROBERT EARL KEEN 8:30 p.m., The Village. $21 adv., $25 d.o.s.
n For the better part of 25 years, Robert Earl Keen has been the very definition of troubadour, a Lone Star musician with his dial permanently set to “tour.” In fact, he’s been too busy zigzagging the country with his long-time backing band to bother getting an inroad into the Nashville country music grinder. But it’s paid off in the spades known as reverence. He has legions upon squads of followers and imitators alike and now gets mentioned in the same ranks as Jimmie Dale Gilmore or Townes Van Zandt; he’s pretty much the most successful Texas English major ever. And no doubt he has an author’s wicked wit behind his cowboy chords. Who else is going to whip up something like “The Great Hank,” a song about a Hank Williams impersonator getting drunk in a sequined dress and lipstick? JT.
INVISIBLE CHILDREN/ CARTI KIDS BENEFITS 7:30 p.m., Juanita’s. Donations.
n It’s a weekend of benefit concerts at Juanita’s. On Friday, Invisible Children, a group seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers, is the recipient of donations. At 7:30 p.m., the documentary “Go: The Schools for Schools Movie” screens. It
NEW FRONT ON FRIDAY: The Moving Front celebrate the releases of “Everyday Dissonance” at White Water Tavern. follows 20 young Americans who travel to Uganda to help rebuild schools. A concert immediately follows, with music by locals Falcon Scott, Sean Michel, Badhand and Stephen Neeper & the Breakthrough. Last year, the UAMS students who organized this weekend’s concert raised $8,700 on behalf of Invisible Children. Saturday, the beneficiary is CARTI Kids, a support network for pediatric cancer survivors who receive treatment at CARTI. The lineup includes Free Micah, Catskill Kids, Knox
Hamilton and Inner City Lights. Both concerts are open to all ages. LM
THE MOVING FRONT 9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
n Has any local album in recent memory been more anticipated? Nearly three years after it released a widely adored
self-titled debut, The Moving Front is finally ready to unleash its follow-up, “Everyday Dissonance.” A promising title from a group of post-punk polemicists, to be sure. That we’re only now seeing the album (with cover art by this week’s Times’ cover artist Nate Powell!) owes to several factors, including the band’s assiduousness; it spent months on end with engineer Jason Weinheimer at Lucky Dog Audio Post tweaking. Also, lately the ’Front’s managed to hold onto guitarists about as well as Spinal Tap kept drummers. First Jeff Matika joined for about a day before he got called up to the bigs with Green Day. Then founding member Mark Lewis sort of moved to Austin. And then Scott Cook, who replaced Matika, started working with Julian Lennon and traveling around the country. Saturday, look for all of them to be onstage for at least a little while, along with other special guests, like joshua from Velvet Kente. From the band’s Facebook event for the concert: “Have you ever been in The Moving Front? Well, you can be again, just show up to our practice a few times, ‘cause it’s gonna be like mothership connection up there but with less funk, no spacecraft, and a lot more beer.” Magic Hassle and joshua open. LM.
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n Social commentator, champion of hip-hop, Georgetown professor and a rare example of a modern-day public intellectual, Michael Eric Dyson opens up Philander Smith’s “Bless the Mic” series in the M.L. Harris Auditorium, 7 p.m. Canadian three-piece AIDS Wolf combines no-wave, hardcore punk and spazzing synths at Downtown Music; brand-new locals Heart Takers and garage-punkers Shoplift open, 9 p.m., $5. At Juanita’s, The Backsliders take The Pretenders out on a dirt road truck ride, metaphorically. They play at 9 p.m., $5. Femme-fronted New Englanders Grand Evolution take to Vino’s alongside hooky New Orleanians Herrington, 8 p.m., $8. Bluesman and soon-to-be featured artist at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (the King Biscuit Festival) Willie “Big Eyes” Smith plays a set in Benton for the back porch crowd at Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. The River City Men’s Chorus performs at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. And, as always, the River Market district hosts the weekly parties “Posh” and “In Too Deep” at Ernie Biggs and Deep Ultra Lounge, respectively, 9 p.m.
COUNTRY COMEBACK: LeAnn Rimes comes to UCA Sunday. in the spotlight since selling 8 million copies of her debut as a 13-year-old. Eight million. That’s the equivalent to her selling one copy of her album for every single minute since she was born. Since, she’s managed to stay relevant in country music circles, putting her name on 15 releases, singing for heads of state and winning two Grammies. Recently, she’s become a staple of the grocery-store lines after an affair put her face on every celeb rag in America. However, she and new boyfriend Eddie Cibrian have become the Tracy and Hepburn of the Lifetime Channel since, so, y’know, she’s got that going for her. Now the longtime country star is coming to UCA as part of this season’s Public Appearances series. Rimes is set to perform an afternoon acoustic set of songs from her upcoming album — her first in three years — “Lady and Gentlemen,” which has the former child star covering love songs from Merle Travis (“Sixteen Tons”) to George Jones (“He Stopped Loving Her Today”). JT.
night “Out House” sessions with DJs like Jeremy Rowlett, Spencer Rx, Unique, Julian Jones, Balance and Paul Grass. On the mid-level, some of Central Arkansas’s biggest DJs —Ewell vs. Jared, Brown vs. JustinSane, Sleepy vs. Michael Shane —battle it out, and on the lower level, DJs like VampireGuts, James Dean, Stepchild and Wolf-E-Wolf from Cool Shoes and School of Dub play bass-heavy stuff for you to wobble to. There’s a dock party from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and the Queen sails from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Call 374-4944 for tickets. LM.
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‘I’M ON A BOAT’ 5 p.m., Arkansas Queen. $15 general, $25 VIP.
n The Arkansas Queen has hosted dozens of concerts, hundreds of brunch and dinner cruises and countless parties. But Sunday’s get-down might be the first all-out dance party to come to the Queen. That means more than 25 area DJs spread throughout the boat’s three levels. The top deck will be an extension of Rumba’s Friday
‘IN MY SLEEP, I’M A VIKING’: Lo-fi threepiece Times New Viking brings its fuzzed-out take on indie pop to White Water Tavern.
this trio for years. When some bands were trying to hunt down some insta-cred by trying to squeeze into the lo-fi, bedroommade sounds of the early ’90s, Times New Viking managed to wear the DIY ethos like a tailor-made suit. The reckless guitar-pop, played, seemingly, through yard sale instruments, is so melodic and uninhibited that it simply wouldn’t sound right if it wasn’t recorded through a $10 Ampeg 2-track recorder. Now the unlikely heroes are signed to Matador Records, a big-time small label if there ever was one, and Times New Viking’s blown-out transistor radio pop has made the Columbus, Ohio, trio one of the most venerated acts in the whole, spotty indie rock universe. Buzzy, new locals Reptar open the show alongside brand new lo-fi act Heart Takers. JT.
‘THE THREE PHANTOMS’ 7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $30-$40.
n Who needs a full Broadway show? Just give me the good stuff. That’s the premise of “The Three Phantoms,” a concert that brings together three Broadway vets — Craig Schulman, Brad Little and Gary Mauer — who’ve all logged many, many performances (3,000 all together) as the Phantom of the Opera. Another plus to a greatest hits show: no need to stick to just one show. Look, also, for songs from “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon.” The Conway Symphony Orchestra performs in support. LM.
n The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View kicks off two days of catgut and rosin with the Arkansas State Fiddle Championship, $10. Monthly dance party Cool Shoes returns to the Downtown Music with DJs Kichen, Sleek, Cameron Holifield, and Risky Biz jockeying the discs, 10 p.m., $5, $8 under 21. Two parts Techno-Squid Eats Parliament, one part Trusty, Dangerous Idiots, the self-described gulch-rockers, play Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. Cody Belew and the Mercers take to the river with a show on the Arkansas Queen, 9 p.m., $15. Joey Farr and the Fuggins Wheat Band begin their two-night stint at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 nonmembers. At the River Market Pavilions, the Arkansas Federation of Skaters hosts Skate Jam 2010, 6:30 p.m.
n Melvins-loving hard-dance duo Androids of Ex-Lovers play at the Town Pump with the long-awaited reformation of Coach, the Hendrix-formed college rockers, 10 p.m., $3. The Village brings a Hip-Hop Showcase, hosted by Nina James and Epiphany, featuring DJ Discipline, 4x4 Crew, Sean Fresh and many more of Little Rock’s best microphone masters, 9 p.m., $10. In Hot Springs, Maxine’s hosts Rural War Room, the wacked-out experimental duo; Dragoon, the garage trio of Trusty’s Bobby Matthews and two former Grifters, and Star and Micey, Memphis’ young folk/gospel outfit, 9 p.m., $5. www.arktimes.com • SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 23
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FERNEAU (DINNER ONLY) www.ferneaurestaurant.com 2601 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 603-9208
BEST IMPRESSIONS (LUNCH AND BRUNCH ONLY) www.bestimpressionsrestaurant.com 501 East 9th Street • (501) 907-5946
LULAV www.lulaveatery.com 220 West 6th Street • (501) 374-5100
CAFE BOSSA NOVA www.cafebossanova.com 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 614-6682
SUSHI CAFE www.sushicaferocks.com 5823 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-9888
CAPI’S www.capisrestaurant.com 11525 Cantrell Road • (501) 225-9600
SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM (DINNER ONLY) www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com 500 President Clinton Avenue #100 • (501) 324-2999
CAPRICCIO GRILL www.peabodylittlerock.com 3 Statehouse Plaza • (501) 399-8000
TERRY’S THE RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 5018 Kavanaugh • (501) 663-4154
CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS www.cheersith.com 2010 North Van Buren Street • (501) 663-5937 CIAO BACI (DINNER ONLY) www.ciaobaci.org 605 Beechwood Street • (501) 603-0238
LUNCH $12 2 COURSES
TRIO’S RESTAURANT & CATERING www.triosrestaurant.com 8201 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3330 VIEUX CARRE www.vieuxcarrecafe.com 2721 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 663-1196
DINNER $25 3 COURSES
ACADIA www.acadiahillcrest.com 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 202 • (501) 603-9630
CAJUN’S WHARF (DINNER ONLY) www.cajunswharf.com 2400 Cantrell Road • (501) 375-5351
B-SIDE (BREAKFAST/BRUNCH ONLY) 11121 Rodney Parham (Market Street Shopping Center) (501) 554-0914
CAPERS www.capersrestaurant.com 14502 Cantrell Road • (501) 868-7600
THE BUTCHER SHOP STEAKHOUSE (DINNER ONLY) www.thebutchershop.com 10825 Hermitage Road • (501) 312-2748
COPPER GRILL & GROCERY www.coppergrillandgrocery.com 300 East 3rd Street • (501) 375-3333
CAFE 201 Crownplazalittlerock.com 201 S. Shackleford Road • (501) 223.3000
COPELAND’S www.copelandsofneworleans.com 2602 South Shackleford Road • (501) 312-1616
www.experiencelittlerockdining.com Menu Items differ with each restaurant. Tax and gratuity not included
LUNCH $12 2 COURSES
DINNER $25 3 COURSES
DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO 200 River Market Ave. • (501) 375-3500 DIVERSION TAPAS RESTAURANT (DINNER ONLY) 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 200 • (501) 414-0409
LOCA LUNA RESTAURANT www.localuna.com 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 663-4666 THE PANTRY www.littlerockpantry.com 11401 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 353-1875
THE HOUSE 722 N. Palmprix Street • (501) 663-4500 Special fixe menus at reduced prices at these Little Rock restaurants. RED DOOR www.reddoorrestaurant.net JUANITA’S CAFÉ & BAR 3519 Old Cantrell Road • (501) 666-8482 www.juanitas.com 1300 Main Street • (501) 372-122 SALUT! 1501 North University Avenue • (501) 660-4200 LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME www.lillysdimsum.com 11121 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 716-2700
LUNCH $7 2 COURSES
DINNER $15 3 COURSES
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 www.purplecowlr.com 8026 Cantrell Road • (501) 221-3555 11602 Chenal Parkway • (501) 224-4433
BLACK ANGUS 10907 North Rodney Parham Road • (501) 228-7800 BURGE’S www.smokedturkeys.com 5620 R Street • (501) 666-1660
THE VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT www.thevillaitalian.net 12111 W. Markham, 310 Rock Creek Square (501) 219-2244
DAMGOODE PIES www.damgoodepies.com 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard • (501) 664-2239
UNDERGROUND PUB www.theundergroundpub.com 500 President Clinton Avenue • (501) 707-2537
THE HOP DINER (LUNCH ONLY) 201 East Markham Street • (501) 244-0975
ZACK’S PLACE www.zacks-place.com 1400 S. University • (501) 664-6444
IRIANA’S 201 E. Markham St. • (501) 374-3656
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Music
AIDS Wolf, Shoplift, Heart Takers. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $5. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival Benefit. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. B.B. King. Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $58-$100. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. The Backsliders, Joe Pitts Band. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. D-Mite and Tho’d Studios Showcase. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Dave Williams & Co. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. DJ SilkySlim. Sway, $3. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. The Gettys (headliner), Lyle Dudley (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Grand Evolution, Herrington. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. The Hold Steady, Wintersleep, Cotton Jones. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $18. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. J-One Presents: “In Too Deep.” Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Nate Hancock and the Declaration, Kory Montgomery Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. “Posh.” Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs. com. Quiet Company. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. River City Men’s Chorus. Trinity United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. 1101 North Mississippi St. 501-6662813. www.tumclr.org. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www. capitalhotel.com/CBG. Three Day Flight. Town Pump, 10 p.m. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717.
Dan Chopin. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 25, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
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Party. An evening of food, music and art as The Bernice Garden debuts five new sculptures. The Bernice Garden, 5:30:30 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www.thebernicegarden.org. PRSA 2010 Prism Awards. The program, conducted by the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., $40-$50. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org. Remington College Blood Drive. Remington College and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America team up to increase the number of minority blood donors. For more information, call 800-4486405 or visit 3lives.com. Remington College-Little Rock, 9 a.m. p.m. and 4 p.m. 19 Remington Drive. 501-312-0007. www.remingtoncollege.edu. “Runway For a Cause.” A high-energy luncheon and fashion show with breast cancer survivors as runway models. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research in Arkansas. For more information, call 244-9700 or visit aymag.com. Clear Channel Metroplex, 11 a.m. p.m., $50. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. www.clearchannelmetroplex. com.
KANYE’S APPRENTICE: Since catching West’s attention as a 17-year-old, Detroitbased rapper Big Sean released three all-star mixtapes, established himself as a hip-hop fashionisto and, some hip-hop heads argue, was stylistically plagiarized by Drake, rap’s newest megastar. He hits Juanita’s this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $15 at scoremoreshows.com. event featuring 30 local restaurants, caterers and drink distributors. Verizon Arena, 5:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.e. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. ACAC’s “Dining With the Stars.” A threecourse meal and silent auction to benefit ACAC and its new permanent headquarters on historic Main Street. Guests include Korto Momolu, Lawrence Hamilton, Jamie Davidson, Robert Baker, Celia Anderson, Graham Gordy and more. For tickets, call 244-2979 or visit ACACArkansas.org/events. ACAC, 7 p.m., $75. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. “Agents of Change: Preserving Our S t r u c t u re s , O u r S t o r i e s a n d O u r Communities.” Symposium moderated by Dr.
Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, and featuring keynote speakers Gail Etienne-Stripling, Leona Tate and Tessie Williams, collectively known as the McDonough 3 for their integration of the New Orleans junior high school, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (check-in at 8:30 a.m.). Register before Sept. 21 by calling 501-374-1957 or 501-683-3593. A box lunch may be reserved for $10. The event is being sponsored by the Mosaic Templars Center and the Central High School National Historic Site. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, through Sept. 25. 501 W. 9th St. 501-376-4602. www.mosaictemplarscenter.com. Bernice Garden Fall Fest and Sculpture
Delilah Montoya. Lecture by artist in conjunction with exhibit “El Grito (The Cry for Independence),” Fine Arts Building. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 6 p.m. 2801 S. University. 501-569-8977 (Fine Arts Gallery). www.ualr.edu. John Avlon, John Cowan, Kiki McClain, Mark McKinnon. The four discuss their new venture, “No Labels,” which brings Democrats, Republicans and Independents together to talk policy. 683-5239 to reserve seats. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. The celebrated Georgetown sociology professor, author and cultural critic speaks at the M.L. Harris Auditorium as part of the school’s “Bless the Mic” series. Philander Smith College, 7 p.m. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr. Simon Critchley. The professor of philosophy explores humor’s role in broader social and humanistic concerns in his lecture, “How to Laugh at Foreigners.” Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Music
Arkansas State Fiddle Championship. Two days of competition and music from fiddlers Pete Brown, Travis Inman, Roger Fountain, The Acouticatz and more. For more information, visit arkansasfolkcenter.com. Ozark Folk Center State Park, Sept. 24-25, $10. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. Big John Miller Band. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ume. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $18 adv., $20 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Brian & Nick. Thirst n’ Howl, 9 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Rd. 501-379-8189. www.tnhrocks.com. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Clint Black. Hot Springs National Park Memorial Field Airport, 7:30 p.m. 525 Airport Road, Hot Springs. Cody Belew and the Mercers. Arkansas Queen, 9 p.m., $15. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. Cool Shoes with DJs Kichen, Sleek, Cameron Holifield, Risky Biz. Downtown Music Hall, 10 p.m., $5 regular, $8 under 21. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Dangerous Idiots. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Dry County. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Final Fridays: “The Domino Effect.” Lulav, 10 p.m. 220 A W. 6th St. 501-374-5100. www.lulaveatery.com. Fire to Reason, Lasting Era, Hollywood Homicide. Soundstage, 7 p.m., $8. 1008 Oak
UPcoMing EvEnTS Concert tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. 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, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. OCT 1: Michael Franti & Spearhead. 9 p.m., $25 adv., $28 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-3033, thevillagelive.com. OCT. 10: Nickelback. 6 p.m., $55.95-$80.35. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. OCT 15: Blitzen Trapper. 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ace. 823-0090, rumbarevolution.com. OCT. 21: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie. 7 p.m., $39.75-$49.75. Verizon Arena. 800-7453000, ticketmaster.com. OCT 23: Pat Green. 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ace. 823-0090, rumbarevolution.com. OCT. 28: Al Green. 7 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza. 376-4781, pollstar.com. NOV. 19: Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com. St., Conway. First Class Fridays. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Forty-Two (headliners), Shannon McClung (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf.com. Get Down Downtown. The 3rd annual Main Street Searcy Festival, with music by Mark Wills, The Elise Davis Band, Montgomery Trucking and more. Downtown Searcy, Sept. 24, 5:45 p.m.; Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m., Free. 300 N. Spruce St., Searcy. Harrison Hudson, Sam Walker. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Invisible Children Benefit with Falcon Scott, Bad Hand, Sean Michel, Stephen Neeper and the Breakthrough. Juanita’s, 8 p.m., free. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. Joey Farr and the Fuggins Wheat Band. Midtown Billiards, Sept. 24-25, 10 p.m. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990‚Äé. midtownar.com. KABF benefit. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub.com. Lackadaisies, The Dirty Lungs. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Lyle Dudley. Capi’s, 8:30 p.m., free. 11525 Cantrell Suite 917. 501-225-9600. www.capisrestaurant.com. Raising Grey. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Robert Earl Keen. The Village, 8:30 p.m., $21 adv., $25 d.o.s. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-5700300. www.thevillagelive.com. The Sarah Hughes Band. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern. Shannon McClung. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, through Sept. 25, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-3767468. www.cregeens.com. Stoney LaRue. George’s Majestic Lounge, 10 p.m., $17. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Telepath, Stardust Output. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Sept. 24-25, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-
2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Tonya Leeks & Co. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com.
Dan Chopin. The Loony Bin, Sept. 24, 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sept. 25, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy. com.
4th Annual South End Civil Rights Summit. A joint venture of churches, businesses, organizations and community members, exploring education reform, civil rights and community health. For more information, call 661-0562 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Reed Memorial CME Church, 8:30 a.m. p.m. 3101 S. Izard St. 6th Annual Skate Jam. The annual Arkansas Federation of Skaters meet and greet. For more information, e-mail e-mail email@example.com. River Market Pavilions, 6:30:30 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. “Agents of Change: Preserving Our Structures, Our Stories and Our Communities.” See Sep. 23. Disney Live!: “Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show.” Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Verizon Arena, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., $19.75-$58.20. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. Haunted Evening Tour. A two-hour tour exploring at locations sad to be the city’s most haunted and a visit with paranormal investigators. Visit hauntedtoursoflittlerock.com for more information. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, every Friday through Dec. 3. 7 p.m., $25. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. www.arkmilitaryheritage. com. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and Straight Ally Youth and Young Adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. WorldFest 2010. A day-long festival of music, dance, food and activities to celebrate the cultural diversity of Arkansas. Clinton Presidential Center, 9 a.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Avenue. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
Tim Dale, Joe Foy. The political science professors discuss dissent in popular culture as explored in their new book, “Homer Simpson Marches on Washington.” Reserve seats at firstname.lastname@example.org or 683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. www.clintonschool.uasys.edu.
“Artists for Ovaries.” Art auction to benefit the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition, with art by Virmarie DePoyster, James Hayes, Theresa Cates, Emily Wood, Amy Lasseigne, Millers Mud Mill and others; wine, beer, “teal”-tinis and hors d’oeuvres by Simply the Best Catering. Event is above Bill St. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 5:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724.
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Androids of Ex-Lovers, Coach. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-6639802. Arkansas Hip-Hop Showcase with Nina James, Epiphany, DJ Discipline, 4x4 Crew, Big Drew, Sean Fresh and more. The Village, 9 p.m., $10. 3915 S. University Ave. 501-570-0300. www.thevillagelive.com. Arkansas State Fiddle Championship. See Sep. 24. Carti Kids Benefit with Free Micah, Catskill Kids, Knox Hamilton, Inner City Lights. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., free. 1300 S. Main St. 501-3721228. www.juanitas.com. Charlie Daniels Band. Hot Springs National Park Memorial Field Airport, 7:30 p.m. 525 Airport Road, Hot Springs. The Dirty Lungs, A+ Setup, Pink Drapes, Egyptr. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. DJ Ja’Lee. Sway, 5 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582.
Get Down Downtown. See Sep. 24. Happenstance. Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 501-663-9802. Interstate Buffalo. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Jay Jackson Band (headliner), Bud Summers (happy hour). The Afterthought, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Joey Farr and the Fuggins Wheat Band. Midtown Billiards, 10 p.m. 1316 Main St. 501-3729990. midtownar.com. Josh Green. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., free. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.beerknurd.com/stores/littlerock. Josh the Devil and the Sinners, The Weisenheimers, Outstanding Red Team. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows. homestead.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. “Luxe.” Bill St. Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. The Moving Front record release show with Magic Hassle, joshua. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace. com/whitewatertavern. Memphis Yahoos. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. www.westendsmokehouse.net. Michael Shane (disco), Steve (lobby), Lawanda Jackson and Whitney Paige (theater). Discovery Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. www.latenightdisco. com. Mojo Depot. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Rwake, The Unbeheld, Zucura, Pallbearer. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $8. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. revroom.com. Ramona Smith & Co. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. afterthoughtbar.com. Rural War Room, Dragoon, Star & Micey. Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub.com. Shannon Boshears. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. www.markhamst.com. Shannon McClung. Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., free. 301 Main St., NLR. 501-376-7468. www. cregeens.com. Strangelove. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Young Suave, Youngzell, Vincent Von Vega, Proffit, Queen Lady D, Sub 1. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 p.m., $10. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-217-5113. www.clearchannelmetroplex.com.
Dan Chopin. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $6-$9. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. www.loonybincomedy.com.
“Agents of Change: Preserving Our S t r u c t u re s , O u r S t o r i e s a n d O u r Communities.” See Sep. 23. Beyond Boundaries “Mane Event.” A fundraiser to benefit Beyond Boundaries, an equineassisted therapy center for children & adults with a variety of special needs. For more information, visit beyondboundariesar.com. River Market Pavilions, 7 p.m., $50/person, $75/couple. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Big Dam Bridge 100. The annual cycling tour through Little Rock and outlying towns returns. For more information or to register, visit bigdambridge100.com. 7 a.m. 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.
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The man behind The Hold Steady on fame, Ben Nichols and Little Rock at large.
“Poltergeist” before moving to Little Rock. Werner’s screen work includes the shot where Luke shoots the torpedoes into the exhaust shaft in “Star Wars” and the scene where the hands come out of the TV in “Poltergeist.” “I got tired of staring at a screen all day long,” Werner said to explain his move. Suitt was born in Little Rock and was a member of the Red Octopus theater troupe, and also worked with the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group in New York with fellow Little Rock native Matt Besser. The duo began broadcasting in 2004, choosing “Rural War Room” as a name that would make for an interesting station identification. Their goal with the radio show is purely to expose the audience to music it wouldn’t normally have access to. They have possibly the broadest range of any radio show in existence; they play anything and everything they can get their hands on, including many foreign imports. “If you don’t understand the language, you only hear the voice as an instrument. You can connect with the emotion more,” Werner said. In addition to their love of collecting and playing strange and exotic records, Suitt and Werner also share an interest in sound manipulation and experimental recording, which they have each been doing since their teens. Through their work on the radio show, they began experimenting together, and with the addition of a handful of musicians they met through the Internet, they decided to form what they call a “cyberband.” Which means they pass tracks back and forth amongst members so that they can collaborate across oceans. Along with Werner and Suitt, the group consists of Maurizio “ErMan” Mansuetti from Italy, Moimer Papalescu from the Czech Republic and several other part-time collaborators from across the world, who are all accomplished musicians in their home countries with several projects of their own. The group’s slogan, “World Wide Weird,” echoes their international roots and their desire to expose the rest of the world to strange new sounds and new musical ideas. Suitt and Werner use techniques like “hand spinning,” which is done by switching off the motor on the turntable and using the hands to control the speed of the record, often slowing to a pace that makes the original sample impossible to decipher. They’ll spin records until sounds start to coalesce and interact in the right ways (or they find the right sound at the right time). They then send the track back and forth between themselves and international members, who add synthesized instruments, theremin and other flourishes. The track might get remixed multiple
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Q. Which one? n No one’s going to accuse The Hold A. “We are our only saviors” [from Steady of eclecticism. “Constructive Summer”], right next to a Over the course of five albums, the bird flying out of a cage. At times, stuff like Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis band that can be overwhelming, a lot of times of 30-somethings has stuck to the tradiit’s cool, but mostly, it’s just flattering that tional rock rituals that hold a guitar solo people feel some kinship and appreciation around every corner and a drum fill for the music. between each verse. But on the other hand, no one’s going Q. Speaking of folks whose lyrics end to accuse The Hold Steady of being up in tattoo guns: Ben Nichols sang on ordinary, either. Heck, they’re regularly your last album, huh? accused of being one of the best bands A. Yeah! Little Rock guy! in America. And that’s an indictment I’ll take part of any day. Q. Yep! How’d you hook up? You can credit Craig Finn for just A. Well, I was a fan of Lucero before that. Since 2004, he’s become an unlikely hero for rock music. He’s an unabashedly Catholic 39-yearold who looks like a Harvest Foods m a n a g e r. A n d instead of singing, he exclaims, half Elmer Gantry, half hip-hop. He’s as much of a poet-author as he is a lyricist; all of his songs are a thread in an epic, non-linear song cycle about a gang of drunken, aimless Midwesterners. The lyrics, when not concerned with bad THEY’RE BACK: Craig Finn and The Hold Steady return to sex, hard drugs and Little Rock on Thursday. strange redempI met him. When we were working on tion, read like a summer syllabus, referthe “Stay Positive” album, I kept hearing encing Berryman, Tennyson, Kerouac another voice on “Constructive Summer” and Yeats. and “Magazines.” We were in the studio and The literate anti-rocker Finn spoke to he texted, saying he was coming to town to the Times in advance of The Hold Steady’s play a solo show. So I just said “Ben, come upcoming show at Revolution, their first on down and sing on this.” in Little Rock in three years. Lucero’s one of my favorite bands. We’ve only played together once, but it feels Q. You’re known for being this relatlike we should a whole lot more. We always able, everyday guy, but you’ve become go out to see them when they’re in town. a bit of an icon because of — and in spite of — it. What’s it like trying to Q. So, I’m not going to embarrass reconcile those two personalities? myself by telling you how many times A. It’s something I’m trying to get I’ve seen you guys, but of all the places better at. Like, if we’re playing a show I’ve seen The Hold Steady play, it seems and I’m walking down the street towards Little Rock goes craziest. the club, chances are there���s going to be A. Yeah, Little Rock is wild. Columbia, people outside who know who I am. But Missouri; Toronto, those are other wild if I’m at home in Brooklyn, in a coffee towns, but Little Rock is particularly wild. shop, it kinda scares me because you want But we haven’t been there in a long while. to be as good to everyone as possible, but Sometimes it’s just the night, though. at the same time, you don’t always want When the moon’s full, y’know? to be “on,” so to speak. Like, just yesterday I was standing in The Hold Steady plays Revolution on line at Dunkin’ Donuts when this girl next Thursday, Sept. 23, under, as it would to me slaps my arm and says “hey, Craig, happen, a full moon. I just got this tattoo of your lyrics.” 28 SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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times by various members. Once the track is finished, Papalescu handles the mastering. Understanding the process that went into the recording of their new record, “The Flaming Yawn,” (look for the pun), might help you understand the actual music, but it doesn’t really prepare you for what you’ll hear. The closest known relatives to the songs on the album are probably by musical deconstructionists DEVO, 1980s sound collage outfit Negativland or the infamous “Revolution 9” from the Beatles’ self-titled, so-called “White Album.” Don’t let that scare you off, though; even if you found yourself skipping “Revolution 9,” you could still end up getting lost in one of “The Flaming Yawn’s” 14 tracks, unable to let go of the feelings that these mixed and mashed sounds produce. As Suitt said, “We’re trying to trigger memories with sound, to get people to use parts of their brain that they don’t normally use.” Highlights from the album include “Bubbling With Delight,” which incorporates a duel of sorts between theremin master Mansuetti and “Theremina,” a female singer who mimics the theremin’s signature sound with her voice, and the title track, which samples spoken word from a record entitled “Teach Yourself ESP.” Werner also designed the album’s artwork. The image is actually a photograph of a collage made out of discarded wrapping paper that’s been hole-punched. Werner’s physical collages mirror the group’s sound collages, each made by manipulating old discarded or dismissed materials into something striking and new. You can find “The Flaming Yawn” and the band’s previous album and EP on its website www.ruralwarroom.com or on iTunes and Amazon. Along with the new album, Rural War Room has several other projects in the works. They collaborated with the Japanese group PEVO for a song on the upcoming DEVO tribute compilation, “DEVOtional 2010,” released Aug. 28. They are also currently working on “Timothy Rah Rah,” a tribute album to counterculture figure Tim Leary, which should be released later this year. If you want a chance to see them in action live on stage, Suitt and Werner will be performing as Rural War Room at Maxine’s in Hot Springs on Saturday, Sept. 25. If you feel like you’re up for an adventure or a challenge, definitely check out Rural War Room from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesdays on KABF, or download some of the cyberband’s tracks. You may not like everything you hear, but chances are you won’t get bored. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll happen to hear the right sounds at the right time and your chance encounter with Rural War Room will lead you down unexpected and rewarding paths through the landscape of the weird.
Continued from page 27 501-379-9980. www.argentamarket.com. 13th Annual Newport Depot Days. This year, the annual festival honors the rock ‘n’ roll pioneers who played the Jackson County circuit and Highway 64. Music from Ronnie McDowell, Sonny Burgess, Ace Cannon, D.J. Fontana and more. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Family Fiesta. A family-friendly day of crafts, food, music and art from Mexico. For more information, visit arkarts.com. Arkansas Arts Center, 1 p.m., $5/person. MacArthur Park. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts.com. Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Legends Balloon Rally 2010. The annual weekend of hot air balloons and music. Visit hotsprings.org for more information. Hot Springs National Park Memorial Field Airport, Sept. 25-26. 525 Airport Road, Hot Springs. “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk. A park walk to raise money and awareness about suicide prevention. Riverfront Park, 9 a.m. 400 President Clinton Avenue. Ovarian Cancer Survivors Retreat. Hosted at the Rockefeller Cancer Institute, “Shout About the Disease that Whispers” promotes complementary and conventional approaches in the care of women with gynecological cancers. Pamela J.B. Stone, M.D., delivers the keynote address. More information at uamshealth.com. University of Arkansas Medical School, 7:30 a.m. p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. UAMS Campus. UAMS Ageless Health Fair. At the Reynolds School for Aging, UAMS geriatric specialists provide free health assessments, including balance and gait, blood pressure, medications, memory, mood, nutrition and body mass index. More information at uamshealth.com. University of Arkansas Medical School, 8 a.m. p.m., free. UAMS Campus. WineAux Toga Party. Live music, food and wines are abound at this annual bacchanal. For more information, call 800-588-WINE (9463). Chateau aux Arc, 10 a.m. p.m., $10. 8045 Hwy. 186, Altus. 479-4684400. www.chateauauxarc.com.
Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. khalilspub.com.
Mexican Food Festival. The national and Arkansan Mexican Restaurant Associations host an evening of food, drinks and music. For more information, visit arkansasmexico2010.com. DickeyStephens Park, 7 p.m. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.travs.com. Recovery Jam. A community event to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental disorders, treatment and recovery with live entertainment, a talent showcase, door prizes and free food. River Market Pavilions, 4 p.m., $10. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info.
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Chris Denny, Chase Pagan. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Let’s Get It, Dreamfast, EKG. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 215 W.
Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Spoken, I Am Empire, Siversa. Vino’s, 7 p.m., $7. 923 W. Seventh St. 501-375-8466. www.vinosbrewpub.com. Tequila Tuesdays with DJ Hy-C. Bill St. Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-353-1724. Times New Viking, Reptar, The Heart Takers. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090. www.revroom.com.
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The Bad Choices open blues jam. Khalil’s Pub, 5 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-2240224. www.khalilspub.com. Big Sean, Mickey Facts, Freesol. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $15. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www. juanitas.com. LeeAnn Rimes. UCA, 4 p.m., $40-$50. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Successful Sundays. Ernie Biggs, 9 p.m. 307 Clinton Ave. 501-372-4782. littlerock.erniebiggs. com. Sunday Funday: “I’m On a Boat” Dance Party. Dock pre-party from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Arkansas Queen, 9:30 p.m., $25. 100 Riverfront Park Drive, NLR. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.vieuxcarrecafe.com. Umphrey’s McGee, Speakeasy. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $25. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226.
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Atilla, Close Your Eyes, Our Friends Fall Silent, Siege the City. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 215 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Grand Prairie. Collins Theater, 7 p.m. 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould. Monday Night Jazz with Steve Struthers, Brian Wolverton, Dave Rogers. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub,
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like Joe Blow for a week, performing and often screwing up at menial tasks (“He kin wear a suit, but he can’t run no forklift like me!”) for a few days. After that, the newly unmasked boss proves himself and his company to be caring, loving souls by doling out promotions and other goodies to the underlings he’s met along the way. While CBS insists that no one featured on the show is being paid by the network to appear, it definitely would not surprise me to learn that the street runs the other way; that these companies are actually paying CBS to be featured on the show, given how much public goodwill the sight of a CEO giving a free education to a struggling single mom might provide them. Does that possibility piss me off? A little. Here’s how much:You know how Al Jolson performed in blackface? I am officially coining the word “Peasantface.” Yes, I’m taking this way too seriously. It is, after all, just a show — and a reality show at that. But the whole Great Depression Part Deux thing and all the Tea Baggers shouting the economic equivalent of “Let Us Eat Cake!” has got me wanting
n I know a lot of people love the CBS show “Undercover Boss” — the show that supposedly features CEOs working anonymously with the rank and file of their companies for a week to learn what it’s like in the trenches — but I find its “ain’t rich folks just like us?” message a little hollow. For one thing, the bosses that get sent into the field have a full camera crew in tow. Even if I were to buy the idea that your average employee is stupid enough to be “real” while there’s a camera crew around, capturing every word, fart and declaration of managerial stupidity, I have a very hard time believing that the army of public relations people and image consultants at your average billion dollar corporation would allow filming for national broadcast to occur without making a few discrete phone calls to let Bob out on the loading dock in on the fact that he’s representing the company before an audience of 30 million people. Call me crazy, but in a world where a video clip ‘UNDERCOVER BOSS’: A scene from last can go viral in 10 seconds and cost season. your company $15 million dollars to go Che on the corporate types who got worth of business overnight, something us in this gatdamn mess. Given that, all I tells me they’re giving the warehouse boor can think of while watching “Undercover who likes to tell jokes about brown people Boss” is: Thanks, boss! You helped one the week off when the “Undercover Boss” person, or two or three, with the camera crew is in the house. there to capture every sniffle and tear. Whatever the case, I’ve learned enough But how about all the other poorly paid, to know that if something has become struggling and underappreciated folks an honest to goodness sensation like who work for your company? What about “Undercover Boss,” you’d better listen. the ones that didn’t get some face time And what it says to me, with the ghost of and a hug from Boss Hog while wearing Tom Joad always whispering in my liberal a company-logo T-shirt on primetime little ear, is that the American public is CBS? What about them? much too ready to swallow propaganda, That said, this week is the debut of especially when it’s packaged with a box “Undercover Boss,” season two. Featured of Kleenex and a stirring soundtrack. bosses include the CEO and chairman The message of “Undercover Boss,” in of Chiquita brands picking cabbage, the case you didn’t hear it over the sound of senior VP of NASCAR changing tires ringing cash registers, is this: Attention, real fast and the CEO and president of citizen! The higher-ups are just like you Direct TV putting up satellite dishes. ... which you would soon discover if you For a week. After that, it’s back to were ever to scale the fence at the country their executive washrooms, walnutclub and get to know them. paneled offices, and million-dollar Since that might really screw up somecountry homes, where they can bask body’s tee time, CBS instead brings the in the joy of having helped. Makes you mountain to Mohammed, giving giant proud to be an American, don’t it? corporations millions of dollars in adver— David Koon tising by making the guys at the top look
Pigskin sociology n Complex books transcend simple marketing. Which means that complex books are often a casualty of our commercial age. No matter how badly the publishers of Jay Jennings’ “Carry the Rock” want it to be the next “Friday Night Lights” in terms of sales, it will most likely never reach such heights, because it’s a better book. “Carry The Rock” would succeed were it simply a straightforward summary of Bernie Cox’s Central High Tigers’ 2007 season. But the book’s subtitle — “Race, Football, and the Soul of an American City” — indicate that Jennings, a former reporter for Sports Illustrated and a contributor to the New York Times, has broader ambitions. We’re just a page or two into the prologue when we realize we’re in the hands of a discerning and expert storyteller. The sweeping opening gives way to a multi-tiered narrative that isn’t just great sportswriting, but chronicles the history of a team, a school and a city that, 50 years later, is still trying to come to terms with its most harrowing and/or calcifying event. This is not an undemanding story about a football team; it’s a rich portrait of a complicated place and its people. There are many interesting characters in the book, but perhaps none as compelling as the fiery but principled 30-year-veteran coach Bernie Cox. By most accounts, Cox’s approach would be considered an outmoded, smashmouth, three-yards-and-a cloud-of-dust type offense. It’s an offense that lives and dies by its personnel, and in 2007, one that lacked the type of big, bruising running back that had made it so successful in years past. Through the team’s and Cox’s struggles, we bear witness to how the nature of high school football has changed over the years. The NFL mentality trickled down to college football years ago and has now fully permeated even the high school ranks. Wins and losses have always mattered, of course, but coaches used to also teach classes. It’s only in recent years
that a high school coach’s job depends entirely on their record since the school’s success in its major sports teams are the biggest advertisement for the school itself (...as if success on a court or field equals success for your son or daughter in the classroom). But why did Jennings choose this team and why this season? Why football at all, for that matter, to tell the story of our city? We all know the story of Gov. Orval Faubus fighting the desegregation of Central High in 1957, but what we may not know is that he chose to completely shut down all Little Rock high schools in 1958 rather than integrate further. More preposterous to our modern sensibilities, the Central Tigers still played football that season and, subsequently, were runnersup in the state championship. The Greeks wrote about their gods, and we write about our religions, secular or otherwise, and what would be a more fitting foundation for this story than a football team on the 50-year anniversary of that famous 1957 ordeal?
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calendar This is mostly a book about a football team, but the team and the school in 2007 become a bellwether for how far we have, or haven’t, come. Little Rock has obviously, inevitably, been far more integrated in recent years than in 1957, just as we were more integrated in 1957 than in the days of the 1927 lynching of John Carter, which Jennings illustrates as the other quintessential racial touchstone of central Arkansas history. That said, integration doesn’t equal cohesion, even 50 years later. There may be racial collaboration on the field, but Jennings says that interracial friendships at Central are still the exception rather than the rule. More than anything, the concept of race is something that permeates everything, yet exists mostly under the surface, unaddressed, but unabated. In this regard, despite the Central High Crisis being one of the most publicized and catalogued events of the Civil Rights era, Central becomes not some racist exception, but a microcosm for almost every other high school in America. The arc of history may bend toward progress, but it’s long enough, slow enough, and ebbs and flows enough, that it often doesn’t look like progress at all. Where “Friday Night Lights” is good reportage that reads like a novel, “Carry The Rock” is more like a briskly-paced sociology book. Jennings deserves a broad audience with this effort; whether he gets one or not doesn’t change the fact that he has told a more absorbing, elaborate and haunting story than some simple seasonon-the-brink account. Ultimately, what Jennings portrays through his deft narrative is not what we hoped we would be at this point, but what we are. He gives us a rare and accessed look into high school football in Little Rock, but also into the lives of its people, which are as intricate and sometimes as afflicted as the city itself. It’s a book about class and education, but ultimately, it’s a pitch-perfect portrait of what was once our most publicized failing, yet may now be our most hidden wound.
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Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www.rivermarket.info. Science Cafe. This installment of Science Cafe discusses “Acoustics: The Science of Sound.” The Afterthought, 9 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com.
John Hofmeister. The former president of Shell Oil discusses his new book, “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider.” Reserve seats at publicprograms@clintonschool. uasys.edu or 501-683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.
Jeanette Walls. The best-selling author of “The Glass Castle” speaks in Staples Auditorium. Hendrix College, 7 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www.hendrix.edu.
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Acoustic Open Mic with Kat Hood. The Afterthought, 8 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Brian & Nick. The Afterthought, 5:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6631196. www.afterthoughtbar.com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz.com. My Children, My Bride. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12. 215 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead.com. Octopus Project, Starfucker. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 1300 S. Main St. 501-372-1228. www.juanitas.com. Phobia, Wormrot, Sons of Tonatiuh. ACAC, 8 p.m., $8. 608 Main St. 501-244-2974. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 W. President Clinton Ave. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Ty Segall, Shoplift, Pink Drapes. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.myspace.com/whitewatertavern.
Dan Menaker. The author discusses his book, “A
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n The press, the mayor of Bentonville, the director of state Parks and Tourism and his tourism director, academic folk — all the important people of the world — were sitting on the edge of their chairs last week at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art site expecting to hear Don Bacigalupi announce the date the museum will finally open. That, they thought, was the reason they were there, with a peek at the progress of the museum Alice Walton is building and filling, as the backdrop. But Bacigalupi surprised everyone by saying he couldn’t announce the date just yet. Soon, he said. Nevertheless, the museum’s “Sneak Peek” event offered a jaw-dropping view of Alice Walton’s colossal art project. That the museum has already been six years in construction gives some idea of the immensity of the project. Once envisioned as a museum with 100,000-plus square feet of public space, Crystal Bridges has grown to 217,000-plus square feet. That includes architect Moshe Safdie’s arcing, bridgeconnected buildings housing five permanent galleries, the glass-fronted three-story library, administration and temporary gallery building, and a glass-enclosed gathering space for 300 people (dubbed “the turtle” for its roof shape), all built around two ponds to be fed by Crystal Creek (which was dry last week, but one wouldn’t put it past Walton to pump a little water in). The woods surrounding the whole will be laced with three miles of interconnecting hiking and biking trails. In a quick interview after the announcements, Bacigalupi, who Walton hired last year as director, talked about Walton’s
embrace of later contemporary art (much of which is large). Bacigalupi’s hand can be seen in Walton’s evolution; since he came on board, Crystal Bridges has announced acquisitions of works by startling racially provocative silhouette artist Kara Walker; fantasy realists Tom Uttech and Walton Ford, glass artist Karen LaMonte and installation artist Devorah Sperber and other living artists. Bacigalupi’s focus is as much on what the museum can do for art education as on the collection: He said artists “articulate important topics” for the public; he hopes Crystal Bridges will have a statewide effect on how art is taught and thought about and will make clear its ability to promote creative thinking in all areas. Two acquisitions of pop art that Bacigalupi announced at last week’s event reflect Walton’s reach as a collector: Andy Warhol’s 1985 painting “Dolly Parton” and Roy Lichtenstein’s 1966 sculpture “Standing Explosion Red.” The works aren’t daring by today’s lights, but more fully elaborate the American art picture that Walton begins to paint with her 18th century works. (She once said the collection wouldn’t include work made after the mid-century.) A third announced work, acquired on the eve of the event, Bacigalupi said, was Benjamin West’s “Cupid and Psyche.” West painted in the 17th and 18th centuries; this 1808 scene of a naked Psyche languishing in Cupid’s arms might fill a content, if not an era, gap in the Crystal Bridges collection: nudity. But who knows? Bacigalupi said only about 10 percent of the collection has been made public. So far, 62 works have been announced or talked about.
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Continued from page 31 Good Talk,” which chronicles the origin of language and social talk and explains how good conversations work. Reserve seats at publicprograms@ clintonschool.uasys.edu or 501-683-5239. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. uasys.edu.
This Week in TheaTer “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Mark Twain’s adventures of Tom Sawyer, the mischievous young hero, and friends in a small town on the Mississippi River. Arkansas Arts Center, through Oct. 3: Fri, 7 p.m.; Sat, 3 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m., $11-$14. MacArthur Park. 501-372-4000. www.arkarts. com. “Crumbs from the Table of Joy.” A widower finds himself in the middle of a culture clash after moving his family to 1950s Brooklyn. The Weekend Theater, Fri., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., $10-$14. 1001 W. 7th St. 501-374-3761. www.weekendtheater.org. “Evita.” A musical retelling of Evita Peron, second wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron, who rose from obscurity to political power and found herself the spiritual leader of the torn country. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Oct. 3: Wed, Thu, 7 p.m.; Fri, Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 and 7 p.m., $20-$40. 601 Main St. 378-0405. www.therep.org/. “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.; Sun, 5:30 p.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m., $22-$30. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
MuseuMs, galleries New exhibits, gallery events ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park:
“Family Fiesta,” Mexican food, music and art activities, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 25, $5 per person, $20 per family; “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, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth; “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. BERNICE GARDEN, 1401 S. Main St.: Sculpture party and Fall Fest, unveiling of five new sculptures by Bre Harris, Joe Barnett, John Mark Van Horn, Kwendeche and Terry and Maritza Bean, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. BILL ST. PUB, 614 President Clinton Ave.: “Artists for Ovaries,” art auction of work by Virmarie DePoyster, James Hayes, Theresa Cates, Emily Wood, Millers Mud Mill and others to benefit Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 24, $20 in advance, $20 at the door, hors d’oeuvres and wine, beer and “teal”-tinis. Event is above the pub. HEIFER INTERNATIONAL: “Art Beyond Borders,” artworks by artists from Monaco, Austria, India, the Seychelles, South African, Vanuatu, the Vatican, China, Egypt and the U.S., through Sept. 25 in Heifer Village; family activities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25. 800-696-1918. MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: “Agents of Change: Preserving Our Structures, Stories and Our Communities,” symposium moderated by Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25 (registration begins 8:30 a.m.); box lunch $10, call 374-1957 for more information; “The Fine Art of Jazz,” photographs of Kansas City jazz musicians by Dan White; 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. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: Lectures by Delilah Montoya, 6 p.m. Sept. 23; Benito Huerta, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30; “El Grito (The Cry for Independence),” contemporary work by Mexican-Americans, Gallery I and II, through Oct. 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 569-8977. VIEUX CARRE, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Photographs on canvas by Dr. Charles W. Clogston, reception 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23. n Conway UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: “Baum MFA Biennial Competitive Exhibition: Paintings by Balingit-Lefils and McFarlane,” juried show of work by recent graduates Ananda Balingit-Lefils and Daniel McFarlane; “Fantastic Realities: Photography by Julie Blackmon,” digitally manipulated photos, artist’s lecture 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, McCastlain Hall; “Aqua Bomb,” installation by visiting professor Sandra Luckett. All through Oct. 28 in the Baum Gallery. 501-450-5793. n Fayetteville GEORGE DOMBECK OPEN STUDIO, 844 Blue Springs Road, Goshen: New series “Birdland” and “The Nude in Sticks,” as well as earlier work, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25, 2-6 p.m. Sept. 26, also 2-6 p.m. Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10. 479-442-8976. Map to studio at www.georgedombek.com. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS: “At the Edge of Eden,” paintings by Terry Rowlett, Fine Arts Center Gallery, through Oct. 1, talk by artist 5 p.m. Sept. 23. 479-575-7987. n Rogers ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music 19721981,” photographs by Henry Horenstein, through Nov. 6, gallery talk by Dr. Robert Cochran, author of “Our Own Sweet Sounds: A Celebration of Popular Music in Arkansas,” 4 p.m. Sept. 25; “Buried Dreams: “Coin Harvey and Monte Ne,” photographs; “Rogers Auto-Biography: An Automotive History of Rogers,” through 2011. 479-621-1154.
n Stuttgart STUTTGART JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: 54th Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts, artwork in all media and creative writing, Sept. 24-26, fish fry Friday night, awards 3 p.m. Sunday, school gymnasium. 870-673-1781.
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ARGENTA ART MARKET, 510 Main St., NLR: Outdoor artists and crafters market, 8 a.m. to noon every Sat. ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime,” photographs and text by Maxine Payne, through Dec. 10; Arkansas League of Artists juried show, through Nov. 27; “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.: Tonya McNair, mixed media on canvas; Kyle Boswell, glass and metal; Eric Freeman, works on paper and panel, through September. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0030. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “L’esprit de la Fleurs and the People I Have Known,” paint on tarpaper by Rhonda Hicks, ceramics by Sarah Noebels, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CANVASCOMMUNITY, 1111 W. 7th: “Portraits of Hope,” photos of missing children, portraits of those children with age progression, through September. 5-7 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri. www.canvascommunityonline.org. 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: “95% in the Moment,” photographs by Rita Henry, Nancy Nolan and Adrienne Taylor, through Oct. 30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St.,
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‘THE TOWN’: Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner star.
n moviereview Cahps and rahbbahs Ben Affleck scores with Boston heist flick ‘The Town.’ n Before “The Town,” you’d never guess the only director who could make a palatable Ben Affleck vehicle would be … Ben Affleck. His grizzled, chiseled mug is everywhere in this heistfest (in this blue-collar criminal Boston, it’s always 5 o’clock on someone’s face), and yet, by dint of the movie’s sheer momentum – and this is critical – you won’t want to throw your beer at the screen every time he opens his mouth or attempts to squint meaningfully. No, “The Town,” Affleck’s homage to Charlestown, a Boston neighborhood the film claims is the cradle of bank and
armored car robbers, actually puts him to good use as Doug MacRay, the brains and charisma in a quartet of crooks who begin the film by donning skeleton masks and knocking over a bank with near-predatory precision. The only hitch is MacRay’s best friend, a barely hinged ex-con named James Coughlin (a ferocious Jeremy Renner, of “Hurt Locker” fame). He savages a bank employee and then scoops up manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) as collateral in case they’re pinched. The thieves escape without further incident, but after releasing the blindfolded brunette, Coughlin decides he’d rather not
have any loose ends. To keep Coughlin in check, MacRay volunteers to feel her out. Reconnoitering leads to more rendezvous, and he winds up feeling other things in addition. He’s not the first to fall for a pair of doe eyes and full lips – that classic hostagenext-door type. But it’s a problem, since she’s cooperating with the feds, represented here in the person of Jon Hamm, playing an agent named Frawley. On its way to a cracking good crime tale, “The Town” commits only two serious sins of its own. The first is that the plot, while fun, doesn’t feature anything you could even generously refer to as a “twist.” The second is that in several scenes it outfits Don Draper with a name badge on a lanyard. The indignity is visceral. At least if the path ain’t hard to see coming, there is joy in the execution. A car chase scene becomes sublime in the Gordian Knot of paved hallways that Boston calls streets; like much of the rest of the film’s action, it has been edited with enough restraint to keep it from devolving into a flickering flipbook. South of Affleck, Hamm and Hall, the supporting cast is plenty homely enough to pass for native Bostonians, with the inestimable Chris Cooper and Pete Postlethwaite standing out with brief and wonderfully poisonous turns as inveterate crooks. Like Coughlin, they’re bad guys with bad pasts and worse futures, and “The Town” feels most realistically sinister in these dark tales. Before it devolves into Dillingerian bullet storms, “The Town” succeeds in selling the rogue appeal of the gangster life. It’s not that shooting and stealing are in themselves seductive pursuits, though they may be. It’s that only the very best of friends will do the worst of things with you, and for you. Companions come and go, but an accomplice is with you for 30-to-life. — Sam Eifling
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Continued from page 33 NLR: “Barry Thomas: Arkansas Landscapes,” Nov. 13. 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: “3 Women Who Paint,” work by Virmarie DePoyster, Holly Reding and Emily Wood; also work by other contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-2772. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Paintings by Rene Hein, through Nov. 1. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works,” 30 pieces from past “Small Works” exhibits, through 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. LOCAL COLOUR GALLERY, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Tracee Gentry, featured artist for September. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. 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. M2GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: “Altered Perceptions,” mixed media work by Sean Fitzgibbon, photography by Don House, also jewelry and handbags, through Oct. 2. 225-6257. 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. TOBY FAIRLEY FINE ART, 5507 Ranch Drive, Suite 103: Contemporary Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. or by appointment. 868-9882. n Benton DIANNE ROBERTS ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, 110 N. Market St.: Area artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 860-7467. HERZFELD LIBRARY, Saline County Library: Paintings by Theda Scribner, through September. 501-778-4766. n Bentonville CRYSTAL BRIDGES AT THE MASSEY, 125 W. Central Ave.: “Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders,” photojournalist’s portrayal of the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, through October. 479-418-5700.
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A boy named
Be still my heart By Derek Jenkins
n The Hogs finally played a meaningful against the wounded ducks. opponent last Saturday, and it near killed Lucky for the Hogs, most analysts me. You must understand: I live in hockey haven’t put the East under a microscope, country now, most people I know couldn’t and many still respect a road win in care less about sports to begin with, and the SEC enough to pause in wonder at my wife went to schools that don’t even Mallett’s fantastic final drive between the have football teams. I watch the game hedges. It was a truly Heisman-worthy alone with my dog, and my dog is starting marvel that speaks directly to his compoto show signs of concern. I’m just not sure under the lights, to say nothing of exhibiting healthy behavior. his raw ability. People have a tendency Neither are the Hogs. A win is a win of talking about him as if he were only a is only a win until next week. If the Hogs specimen, an arm without a head. No one can’t convert third downs, the winning can look at that final drive and come away will end. They were 4 of 12 on Saturday, doubting Mallett. We’re through potential and those are generally losing numbers. and on to greatness. Winning this particular game doesn’t This upcoming contest against change that fact. Alabama on the Hill will lay everything I’d focus on the successes if I felt like bare. The needling inconsistencies could it was reflected in Petrino’s playcalling. turn into grand stabbing daggers against Clearly, he’s intent on running the ball, an opponent like the Tide. Alabama has and his intentions are good, but they’ve not only a good offense, but one of the best so far been for naught. The in the country, ranked ninth Hogs wrung a meager 53 overall. Mark Ingram hasn’t The needling yards out of 23 tries last missed a beat. Julio Jones Saturday, averaging 2.3 inconsistencies is healthy again and someyards per attempt. All of thing fierce, the Venom to could turn into the failed conversions in Joe Adams’ Spiderman. grand the fourth quarter began Tr e n t R i c h a r d s o n i s with a failed first down ready to assert himself at stabbing rush. The possessions in any moment. And Greg daggers question ate up about four McElroy is playing like a against an minutes off the clock. In veteran. This arsenal has the interim, Georgia came already chalked up over opponent like within 20 yards of Blair fifteen hundred yards of the Tide. Walsh winning another total offense, with it pretty game with his leg. much evenly split between I preached the necesthe passing and the rushing sity of running the ball against Todd game. As good as our defense has been, Grantham’s 4-3 last week, but Petrino’s Mallett and the offense can’t subject it to motivation in the fourth with a two-score much over 30 minutes on the field with lead had to be about clock management. these beasts. Grinding out a win, as they say. But the That means moving the chains against only thing we ground down was our a Nick Saban defense. The Tide only defense. And our sputtering, flooded return three starters — one of whom offensive possessions also backed our missed much of last year with an injury special teams into a corner, though they incurred against the Hogs — and the fresh answered the call on every account. faces have yet to face a significant chalI’ll admit it: Part of my trouble with lenge. Petrino is likely eager to test the winning a game by the skin of clenched young secondary, and one hopes that the teeth is about perception. It’s hard to see barrage will be ceaseless. No matter how other teams go out and make statements well the Razorback defense plays, Mallett against quality opponents, as several and company will find themselves needing programs did in the past two weeks, and to outscore that explosive offense. Things then look closely at our various failures like field position and tempo matter more without trepidation. Much of the SEC than balance and time of possession in a will wither under scrutiny this year, and race. Once the pistol fires, a stalled running standout teams need to assert themselves game may have to get left behind. 36 SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES
Continued from page 35 n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, Hwy. 5 at White River Bridge: Paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber art, wood, ceramics and other crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. calicorocket.org/artists. 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, all through September. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. www.fayettevilleunderground.com. n Hot Springs ALISON PARSONS GALLERY, 802 Central Ave.: Paintings by Parsons. 501-625-3001. AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Jimmy Leach, Jamie Carter, Govinder, Marlene Gremillion, Margaret Kipp and others. 501-6240550. ARTCHURCH STUDIO, 301 Whittington Ave.: New paintings by Katherine Strause, through September. ATTRACTION CENTRAL GALLERY, 264 Central Ave.: Work in all media by Hot Springs artists. 501-463-4932. BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: Raku by Kelly Edwards, through September. 501-318-2787. CAROLE KATCHEN ART GALLERY, 618 W. Grand Ave.: Paintings, pastels, sculpture by Katchen. 501-617-4494. FOX PASS POTTERY, 379 Fox Pass Cut-off: Pottery by Jim and Barbara Larkin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 501-623-9906. GALLERY CENTRAL, 800 Central Ave.: Sandy Hubler, paintings, and work by other Hot Springs artists. 501-318-4278. 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. LINDA PALMER GALLERY, 800 B Central Ave.: Linda Palmer, Doyle Young, Ellen Alderson, Peter Lippincott, Sara Tole and Jan Leek. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 501-620-3063. TAYLOR’S CONTEMPORANEA, 204 Exchange St.: Area and regional artists. 624-0516. THE GALLERY @404B, 404B Central Ave.: Photography by Kat Ryals and Thomas Petillo. n Jonesboro ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY: “True Grit,” work by Judith Brodsky, Peter Campus, Warrington Colescott, Larry Edwards and Lee Friedlander, through Oct. 3, Bradbury Gallery. Noon-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 870-972-2567. n Lake Village GUACHOYA CULTURAL ART CENTER, 1652 Hwy. 65 & 82 South: “Delta Ladies Exhibit,” sculpture by Diana Ashley, woodcuts by Anne Haley, through Sept. 28. n MOUNTAIN VIEW OZARK FOLK CENTER STATE PARK: “Assembled Art Project,” community project to fill out wire-framed creature next to the Smokehouse, through September. 870-269-3851. n Pine Bluff ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER FOR SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS, 701 Main St.: “Pine Bluff Art League,” annual juried show, through Oct. 23; “GPS: Mapping Arkansas,” children’s science exhibit, through Sept. 27. 870-536-3375. n Springdale ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS, 214 S. Main St.: “Free to Fly,” paintings by Mindy Lacefield, through Oct. 3; “Night Visions,” paintings by Steve Horan, through Oct. 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 479-751-5441. 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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ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, NLR: Tours of the USS Razorback submarine. 10
a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 371-8320. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Headed to the White House,” exhibit on the election process, through Nov. 21; Standing exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Natural Wonders: Paintings and Drawings by Laura Terry,” through Dec. 5; “Aspects of Abstraction,” paintings by Donnie Copeland, sculpture by Gene Sparling, through October; “Unprivate Mail: Arkansas Postcards and Cryptic Messages,” through Sept. 26. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “In Search of Pancho Villa,” artifacts from soldiers of the period, medals and original sketches of the Mexican Punitive Expedition, the United States retaliatory action in 1916 against the Mexican general who attacked a small border town in New Mexico, through December; “Warrior: Vietnam Portraits by Two Guys from Hall,” photos by Jim Guy Tucker and Bruce Wesson, through November; exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!” through Jan. 9; interactive science exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and up, children under 1 free, “Pay What You Can” second Sunday of every month. 396-7050. www. museumofdiscovery.org. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image; “Badges, Bandits & Bars: Arkansas Law & Justice,” state’s history of crime and punishment, through March 2011. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. n Calico Rock CALICO ROCK MUSEUM, Main Street: Displays on Native American cultures, steamboats, the railroad, and local history. www.calicorockmuseum. com. n England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. n Hot Springs MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 425 Central Ave.: “Expressions of Love,” paintings by Hessam Abrishami, through November; “Living in Three Centuries: The Face of Age,” photographs by Mark Story; also work by Steve Kaufman, L.M. Chan, Nick Japaridze and Renzo. $5, $4 for seniors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 501-609-9955. n Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; F-105, Vietnam era plane (“The Thud”); the Civil War Battle of Reed’s Bridge, Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. n Morrilton MUSEUM OF AUTOMOBILES, Petit Jean Mountain: Permanent exhibit of more than 50 cars from 1904-1967 depicting the evolution of the automobile. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 7 days. 501-727-5427. n Russellville RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER, 1001 E. B St.: Work by sculptor Virginia Berner, artist-in-residence Winston Taylor, students Abbey Harris, Heather Beckwith, Janice Miles, Kristen Taylor, Carla Swanson, Susan Harmon, Anita Allen and Gus Sprague and Hector art teacher Carolyn Shockley. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 479-968-2452.
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n The Tuf-Nut Shops, on the corner of River Market Avenue and Third Street, is getting two new tenants on November 1. Brown Sugar Bakeshop, a dessert bakery located in the River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall for the last year, plans to move and expand its menu and hours. Run by sisters Kristi and April Williams, who operated a cake-decorating business, April’s Cakes, for eight years prior to opening Brown Sugar, the bakery will offer Jamaican and Cuban coffee, gourmet cupcakes and pies in its new location. Its hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Nearby, Troy Deal and Michael Puckett will open Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar. Further details weren’t available at press time.
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 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
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■ dining Lulav deserves national exposure Chef Lewis Curtis’ appearance on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ bound to be a bump. n No matter how Lewis Curtis fares on “Hell’s Kitchen,” Lulav’s executive chef is a winner just by being chosen as a contestant on the popular Fox reality show. And, by association, Lulav will be a winner, too. The new season with Curtis and company enduring the bombast of surly host/chef Gordon Ramsey debuted Sept. 22, and by now the eclectic, pleasantly funky/chic bistro on Sixth Street surely has seen a nice bump in business. Based on a recent quiet Monday dinner, Lulav is ready for the increased scrutiny and judgment of new and returning customers. And with only a smattering of folks there when we had dinner and only one to-go customer stopping by the next morning when we tried the still relatively-new Lulav “bistro breakfast,” the “Hell’s Kitchen” publicity infusion is well timed. Lulav’s dinner menu is small, but every item is appealing, and narrowing down choices is tough, just as you’d want it to be. We began with two outstanding appetizers. The brandy cream shrimp ($13) is a musthave, the tail-on crustaceans cooked to perfectly tender and the brandy providing just the right amount of kick. You’ll find yourself sopping every thimbleful of sauce with the accompanying pita points. We also tried the foccacia del Giorgio ($9), which really is more like a world-class French bread pizza – chopped vegetables and cheese layered with top-quality Italian meats. Half made it home for a next-day brown-bag lunch. Our entrees were almost as beautiful as they were delicious, prompting a couple of iPhone food shots (my kingdom for a flash!). For lovers of delicate, flaky white fish, walleye can’t be beat. And Lulav doesn’t try any tricks, pan-searing a thick fillet, garnishing it with fresh dill and artfully placing it atop a bed of creamy, cheesy grits. Pork tenderloin has become ubiquitous and often mundane, but not at Lulav. Two
keys to this dish — the blood-red, rich, cranberry-based demiglaze that accented but didn’t overwhelm, and fleshy gnocchi on the side. We’ll see whether the breakfast experiment lasts. It seems logical to think there’d be downtown demand, and there is limited supply, but based on our one trip either the word hasn’t gotten out or folks are hustling just to get to their offices on time. Frankly, there was little about our Lulav breakfast to distinguish it. The $5 tab for the basic breakfast is very reasonable, and there’s little arguing with two eggs over easy, a couple of well-crisped, spicy sausage patties; a small mound of hash browns with a sprig of rosemary and two nice slabs of toast. But it wasn’t revolutionary. The Spanish omelet ($7) also was solid but didn’t redefine or elevate the genre. And the blueberry muffin ($2) we took to the office for later was truly unexceptional – large, a bit dry and shy on berries; Otis Spunkmeyer does better work. Its downtown status means lunch is the hoppin’est meal at Lulav, and while we didn’t make lunch this go-round, we remain big fans of the wide selection of smallish bistro burgers and many of the creative sandwiches. There is much good news for Lulav
No Mundaneness Here: Lulav’s grilled lamb, topped with a fresh berry compote garnished with Arkansas micro greens and corn shoots. beyond the short-term benefits of “Hell’s Kitchen” exposure and even the long-term foundation built by serving creative, wellprepared food, including: 1) it’s a cool place to hang out; a historic building that’s well appointed; 2) it has fun happy hours including weekly martini and wine tasting specials; 3) it’s got a built-in clientele with Arkansas Rep goers; 4) it’s a see-and-beseen kind of place. Veterans and newcomers will find plenty to like there.
220 W. Sixth St. 374-5100 Quick bite
Consider stopping between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when for $8 you can get eight “tasting pours” of different wines featured on Lulav’s list.
Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, dinner 5 to 10 p.m. nightly, lounge 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
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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, LITTLE ROCK’S WORLD FAMOUS RESTAURANT All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and 400 N. Bowman Road 501-224-3377 • 1619 Rebsamen Road 501-663-9734 sides, including green tomato pickle, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and t he right wine, t he right t ime fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD YOUR STORE NAME HERE Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD Daily. ➤➤➤ Kat Robinson’s Eat Arkansas Blog is all FORKS, CORKS DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast AND MORE @ arktimes.com buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, things food. Contributing writers include ARKANSAS sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with local chefs, foodies and an assortment of hot stuff happens four choices of meats and eight veggies. 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Plus, daily specials and desserts. 201 E. • Lor autatincil dolutpat. Andre dunt utpat. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0975. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES IllinoisRIVERMARKET BAR & GRILLbased sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s | UNSUBSCRIBE | between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2837. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-6960. BL daily. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Rose City soul food spot owned by Leon and Loreta Bell serves typical meat-and-two options: smothered pork chops, pigs feet, yams, greens. GUIDING PRINCIPLES The desserts are delectable; the dinner menu includes an • Full Service Neighborhood Grocery • Commitment to Local Farmers all-you-can eat choice (as long as advance payment is • Fair and Competitive Pricing • Five Star Customer Service 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 521 Main St. Argenta Arts District choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. 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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. 501-3753420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATOR’S GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with a cultural focus, hence the name. You might catch a painter discussing his work, a writer with a new book, or a guitarist playing flamenco or finger-style at lunch or dinner while you munch on delicious shrimp crepes or sip on potato and leek soup like you’d find in New York. Dinner menu changes daily, and they have an intriguing wine list. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. LD Tue.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 1401 W. Capital. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE Besides the 45 different smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy), salads and “tortizzas.” Good food, healthy drinks, long line at lunch but it moves fast. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, cheap pub food. With vegetarian options. 2500 W. 7th. Full bar, All CC. $. 501-375-8400. 11 a.m until close Mon.-Sat.
AsiAn BENIHANA — THE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-3748081. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available daily until 3 p.m. Multiple LR locations, including 5110 W. Markham St., 501-604-7777, with delivery; a Chi’s Express at 17200 Chenal Parkway, 501-821-8000, and the original: 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. EASTERN FLAMES Maki rolls and half rolls, fresh nigiri and sashimi, katsu, lunch boxes and a nice variety of sake grace the menu at this sushi bar. 7710 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-227-7222. LD Mon.-Sat. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. HUNAN BALCONY The owner of New Fun Ree has combined forces with the Dragon China folks to create a formidable offering with buffet or menu items. 2817 Cantrell Road. 666-8889. LD. HUNAN ORIENTAL CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care in very nice surroundings out west. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2239966. LD daily. IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The sushi is good, while the Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2255999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. P.F. CHANG’S Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain that has people waiting in line for hours; make a reservation instead and get seated immediately at a table and enjoy some terrific flavors and presentations. 317 S. Shackleford. Full bar. 501-225-4424. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 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
BarBecue CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. 915 W. Capitol Ave. All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0012. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7247. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat. HB’S BAR B.Q. Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. L Mon.-Fri. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustardbrown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. Also on John Barrow and Geyer Springs. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. 501-5628844. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKE SHACK BAR-B-Q Another relative of the Shack, a legendary and long-gone Little Rock barbecue place. The beef and pork sandwiches are the best bet. Interstate 40 at Maumelle/Morgan exit (Exit 142). Maumelle. 501-8034935. LD Mon.-Sat. SMOKEY JOE’S BAR-B-QUE A steady supplier of smoked meat for many a moon. 824 Military Road. Benton. 501-315-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. THREE SAM’S The Sams – a father-mother-son team all known as Sam – dish up impossibly huge piles of barbecue at this friendly joint in downtown Mabelvale. Everything here is homemade, including the skin-on potato salad and a stellar dessert lineup. 10508 Mann Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-407-0345. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri.
european / ethnic ALBASHA GRILL Mediterranean eatery that specializes in large portions of kebabs, gyros, and shawarma served up with a tasty minted Jerusalem salad and rice or hummus. More for the American palate than most. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-3855. LD Thu.-Tue. L Wed. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY 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.
italian DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deepdish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LA BELLA LUNA Authentic Italian cuisine. 915 Front St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. 501-205-0888. LD Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your
table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 10312 Chicot Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5656006. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. LUIGI’S PIZZARIA Excellent thin-crust pizza; whopping, well-spiced calzones; ample hoagies; and pasta with tomatoey, sweet marinara sauce. 8310 Chicot Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-562-9863. LD Mon.-Sat. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. 6015 Chenonceau Boulevard, Suite 1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD daily. PRESS 1’S PIZZA Massive pies, tasty appetizers and cold beer at this homey, oft-overlooked Sherwood pizza shack. 8403 Highway 107. Sherwood. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 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. $-$$. 501-868-3770. LD Mon.-Sat, L Sun. CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. B Sat.-Sun., LD daily. 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. B Sat.-Sun, LD daily. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-7100. LD daily. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mex served in huge portions. 1315 Breckenridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2242550. LD daily. 201 Skyline Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. (501) 327-6553. LD daily. EL NOPAL Mexican American fare. 700 W. Capitol Ave. 501-372-9999. BL Mon.-Fri. EL PORTON Very good Mex for the price and a wideranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions — even more enticing. The homemade pickled cucumbers that come on the side of every order are reason enough to visit. 4318 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-7650. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4720 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LUNCHERIA MEXICANA ALICIA The best taco truck West Little Rock. Located in the Walmart parking lot on Bowman. 620 S. Bowman. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-6121883. L Mon.-Sat. MI RANCHITO This growing Arkansas-owned chain offers great variety and super-sized meals with solid Tex-Mex, with the typical white cheese dip, only spicier, and more flavor to the regular entree fare. 1520 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: Fresh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real thing. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. No alcohol. $. 501-219-2373. LD daily. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas.
11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that).
■ NEW haMMontree’S Can a restaurant that serves grilled cheese sandwiches be gourmet? Yes it can, if it’s Hammontree’s. We had the best caprese (mozzarella, pesto, tomato bruschetta and the “House Cheese blend” on delicious toasted sourdough) eVer at this pretty bar and restaurant near the Hog Haus. Also on the menu: brie’s Company (grilled apple, brie, gouda, caramelized onions and fig jam — imagine!), the rajin’ Cajun (andouille sausage, poblano peppers, three alarm Colby jack and the house blend), east of edam (edam, blue cheese, bacon, avocado, baby spinach) and eight others. We had half a caprese (huge) with a salad dressed in a tahini vinaigrette. excellent. there are also salads and turkey burgers and soups (crawfish bisque the day we went, but it was too hot outside to contemplate) and make your own items on the menu. there’s outdoor seating along the front. Why can’t Little rock have a place like this? 326 N. West Ave., 479-521-1669. LD mon.-sat. Full bar.
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your cozy table. 205 N. University Ave. All CC. $$. 501-2809423. 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.
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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!
Copper Grill & Grocery
An endless array of delicious dishes available in the Grill or grab your Gourmet-to-Go from the Grocery. Offering products by French Farm, Bella Cucina & Bittersweet Herb that promise to turn any recipe into a memorable masterpiece Copper Grill & Grocery is a wonderland for the gourmand.
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.
“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.
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!
Brunch Sunday 11 am to 4 pm Lunch Mon-Sat 11 am to 4 pm Dinner Mon-Sat 4 pm to close 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1464
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.
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.
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.
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?
Capers Restaurant 14502 Cantrell Road 501-868-7600
chinese Fantastic China
Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials • Monday: Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry. Tuesday: Pot Roast. Wednesday: Meatloaf. Thursday: BBQ Plate or Shepherd’s Pie. Friday & Saturday: Fried Catfish.
10907 N. Rodney Parham Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm Breakfast 6-10:30am 501-228-7800
2150 Congo Rd. • Benton from Little Rock to Exit 118 to Congo Rd. Overpass across i-30
304 N. Main St. North Little Rock (inside Galaxy Furniture Store) 501-612-4754 Tues-Sat 10am - 6pm www. hunkapie.com www.facebook.com/ hunkapie
323 President Clinton Ave 501-372-8032
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!
42 september 23, 2010 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES
steak Sonny Williams
If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999
Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.
500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 DINNER MON - SAT 5:00 - 11:00 pm PIANO BAR TUES - THU 7:00 - 11:00 pm FRI & SAT 7:00 - Late
400 N. Bowman 501-224-3377 1619 Rebsamen 501-663-9734 Open Sunday
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Living is easy in this traditional home at 2 Cape Cod in West Little Rock’s Pebble Beach Park subdivision. This 3,200 square foot home has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half bathrooms and sits on a corner lot on a cul-de-sac. Families with children will be excited about the school district too. This address is zoned for the new Don Roberts Elementary School. You’ll be amazed by the interior of this home. The great room is the place to be, curled up with a book or surrounded by friends. It has classic library paneling, newer carpet, a gas-log fireplace and a wet bar. This room connects to a large heated and cooled sunroom. A formal living area has a decorative fireplace and parquet floors. The formal dining area opens to the deck in the backyard creating a great space for family gatherings.
Enjoy the tree-filled lot.
The kitchen has beautiful cabinetry.
The spacious kitchen is stunning with new granite tiles and unique flooring. Beautiful custom cabinetry provides plenty of storage space and a fold out pantry also helps with the task. Also, you can enjoy informal meals staring out the bay window in the breakfast area. All the bedrooms are upstairs. The over-sized master suite has a fireplace, walk-in closet, a Whirlpool tub with a separate shower, double sinks and new light fixtures. Two of the other bedrooms have built-in desks and spacious closets. A well-built home in a great location, you have to see it to truly appreciate it. It is offered for at sale at $249,900 and is listed with Jean Noell of Coldwell Banker RPM. Call Jean at 501-350-3297 for additional information and photos. You may also email her at email@example.com or visit www.cbrpm.com/jnoell.
Parquet flooring is nice in the formal living room.
The greatroom is cozy. www.arktimes.com • September 23, 2010 43
REAL ESTATE by neighborhood TO ADVERTISE, CALL TIFFANY HOLLAND AT 375-2985 JUST FINISHED CONDO • MOVE-IN READY! OPEN HOUSE • SUNDAY, 2-4 PM!
Spectacular Showcase Home
5 Statehouse Plaza
(next to the Doubletree Hotel) Modern • Contemporary • Gorgeous Come See for Yourself
Susan Desselle 501.772.7100
14015 RIDGE POINT DRIVE
Custom-built by Rick Ferguson, this approximately 6,000 SF home sits on three acres, overlooks beautiful Lake Maumelle and is on a cul-desac. Open floor plan with formal and informal rooms features 4BR/4BA plus two half baths, an ofﬁce with French doors, formal living room, three woodburning ﬁreplaces, Brazilian granite and stainless appliances.
Jean Noell 501.350.3297 www.cbrpm/jnoell firstname.lastname@example.org
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Arkansas times presents PULASKI COUNTY Real Estate sales over $101,000 Commissioner In Circuit to Bank Of Little Rock, 2715 Valley Park Dr., $1,489,420. Elizabeth B. Powell, David M. Powell to Mary A. Browne, 4623 Crestwood Dr., $615,000. Robert M. Lumsden, Janet T. Lumsden to David M. Powell, Elizabeth B. Powell, 5001 Stonewall Rd., $580,000. Ernie Cline, Karen Cline to William J. Meek, Gail L. Eisenhauer, L3, Greathouse Bend Estates Phase II, $565,000. Kevin A. Rice, Cynthia Rice to Prudential Relocation Inc., 1601 Wetherborne Dr., $474,000. Prudential Reloca tion Inc. to Stanley J. Harris, Betty E. Harris, 1601 Wetherborne Dr., $474,000. Jason D. Prather, Rosemary B. Prather to J. G. Crosland, Melodye P. C r o s l a n d , 8 P o r t l a n d R d . , $408,000. Woodhaven Homes Inc. to Kevin M. Paskey, Diane M. Paskey, 194 Majestic Cir., Maumelle, $390,000. David H. Kelley, Tracie J. Kelley to Jeffrey D. Conner, Erin C. Conner, L3, Woodsong, $380,000. Robert C. Moore, Keely P. Moore to Michael T. Morgan, Angela L. Morgan, 30 Margeaux Dr., $359,000. Prudential Relocation, Inc. to Glynna K. Strode, 18 Kansa Cir., Maumelle, $345,000. Eric Ardoin, Ashlie L. Ardoin to Lisa Sigler, 129 Tahoe Dr., Maumelle, $333,000. Douglas Harpole, Stephanie Harpole to Sheila K. Hensley, 7 Woodberry Rd., $330,000. T. W. Holmes, Inc. to Dianna W. Pyle, 67 Montagne Ct., $325,000. Brian S. Evans, Kristy K. Evans to Scott H. Smith, Anita C. Smith, L30, Longlea Manor, $320,000. Elwood R. Cole, Catherine S. Cole to April M. Crocker, 5 Northwest Ct., $310,000. David A. Gray, Sandra K. Gray to Mitchell L. Henson, Amber D. Henson, 148 Challain Dr., $305,000.
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Scott K. Gleason, Leslie Gleason to Jeremy A. Hinton, 466 Midland St., $303,000. Benjamin C. McMinn to American Civil Liberties Union of AR, 904 W. 2nd St., $300,000. Troy Hoskovec, Marci Hoskovec to Carl T. Davis, Larissa J. Davis, 140 Maumelle Valley Dr., Maumelle, $291,000. Mary A. Seda to Jack M. Coleman, Jana S. Coleman, 316 Red River Dr., Sherwood, $290,000. Beverly J. Housewirth, Lee Housewirth to Crystal E. Reid, Allan Siebert, 33 Bouresse Ct., $288,000. Taypac Homes LLC to Laura L. Jones, 112 Baronne Way, Maumelle, $285,000. W. R. Stallard, Dorothy M. Stallard to Alan J. Liverance, Casandra L. Liverance, 2732 Whitewood Dr., Sherwood, $281,000. Medlock Construction Co. Inc. to Jerad Pinkava, Victoria Pinkava, 2340 Miramonte Dr., Sherwood, $270,000. Billy E. Ball, Patricia G. Ball to Ricky L. Bufford, Pamela S. Bufford, Ls1-2, Clayton Turner, $269,000. John Wright Construction Co. Inc. to Stephanie R. Eddington, Kenneth Eddington, 115 Corondelet Ln., Maumelle, $265,000. Santro Corp. Inc. to Jon P. Lemay, Carla G. Lemay, L49 B1, Sienna Lake , $264,000. Renaissance Homes Inc. to Kevin M. Knight, Lauren A. Knight, 146 Cabanel Dr., Maumelle, $255,000. Homebank Of Arkansas to Bayou Investments LLC, NW SW 12-1S13W, $255,000. Boe Acquisition Company Inc. to Ronald R. Webb, Tina D. Webb, 14202 Old River Rd., Scott, $250,000. Ryan J. Corker, Heather G. Corker to Danny B. Tran, 114 Breckenridge Ln., Maumelle, $249,000. Andrew M. Steinkamp, Myra K. Steinkamp to Charles B. Milligan, Loni M. Milligan, 110 Baronne Way,
Maumelle, $248,000. James H. Landers, Linda J. Landers to Mocktooth LLC, L210A, Blandford Building HPR, $245,000. Michael H. Waterhouse, Shirley A. Waterhouse to Peter W. Seidel, Karen L. Seidel, 108 Stonehill Dr., Sherwood, $240,000. Dinda T. Hemphill, Michael R. Hemphill to Annie Tucker, 3505 Sevier Dr., NLR, $230,000. Aunine Hughes to Mary E. Dorsett Revocable Trust, 373 Mountain Terrace Cir., Maumelle, $228,000. HSBC Bank USA to Ruby Warren, Lisa Lufkin, Larry Lufkin, 7 Thrush River Cir., NLR, $227,000. Riviera Partners LLC to Steve E. Nicholson, 3700 Old Cantrell Rd., $220,000. James A. Wallis, Emily H. Wallis to Aunine Hughes, L124, Waterside Replat, $217,000. Ed K. Willis to Santillo Properties LLC, L4, Sheraton Court Towhhomes HPR, $215,000. Edward J. Vanderburg, Sarah M. Vanderburg to Lee A. Villa, Kathleen A. Villa, 2201 Huntleigh Ct., $215,000. US Bank National Association to Michelle Keahey, 150 Summit Valley Cir., Maumelle, $213,000. Clay Glasgow, Jennifer R. Glasgow to John W. Hardin, Ariel Hardin, 12373 Rivercrest Dr., $205,000. Jerry D. McDowell, Laura S. McDowell to Jonathan W. Beavers, Tracy L. Beavers, 3512 Pope Ave., NLR, $197,000. William Coyle, Deborah L. Coyle to Edward J. Wryobeck, 150 Deauville Dr., Maumelle, $196,000. Michael K. Gilstrap, Cheryl Gilstrap to Kimberly H. Smalling, 2 Myrtle Ln., $194,000. Sterling H. Fuller, Lena M. Fuller to David R. Watson, Jr., Sara T. Watson, SE SW 18-2N-14W, $192,000. Jon P. Lemay, Carla G. Lemay to Clyde S. Graves, Ingrid M. Graves, 19 Lou Ellen Dr., $192,000. Ted L. Ruth, Irene Ruth to Howard
D. Braswell, Cathy L. Braswell, 21 Courtside Pl., $188,000. Martha J. Hartzell to Melinda Y. B a r b e e , 1 7 We s t g l e n C o v e , $185,000. Dirk J. Barriere, Joy L. Barriere to Lee A. Jennings, 3055 Shady Side Dr., Sherwood, $180,000. Homebank of Arkansas to PR Capitol Group Inc., 6100 S. University Ave., $179,000. Wells Brothers LLC to Beverly A. Roachell, William J. Mourot, L7 B11, Pfeifer, $175,000. Aaron Cunningham, Jessica Cunningham to Kevin McChurch, 2 2 Pa r k r i d g e D r. , M a u m e l l e , $170,000. Steven C. Ratcliffe, Florence E. Ratcliffe to Sandra L. Sell, 11210 Oak Hill Rd., $169,000. Rebekah Price Construction, Inc. to Harriet Bland, Sammy Burgie, 71 Woodridge Dr., $168,000. Tony Meredith, Sandra M. Meredith to One Bank & Trust, 13700 Hansfield Cir., NLR, $167,875. G. S. DC, LP to Pattycakes Playcare Inc., 8212 Frenchmans Ln., $165,000. Richard Craig, Mar y K. Craig to Terence Lee, 18 Vixen Trail, Jacksonville, $164,000. B r o o k s Fa m i l y Tr u s t , D o n a l d C. Brooks, Mamie L. Brooks to Julia Williamson, Louise Williams, 9 Ridgewell Rd., Sherwood, $162,000. Jennifer K. Walls, Jennifer M. King, Sam Walls to Joshua S. Combs, Allison M. Riggle, 4015 Sugar Maple Ln., $158,000. John C. Frank, Julie A. Frank to Michael Watlington, Laura Watlington, 704 N. Hughes St., $156,000. Kenneth A. Youngkin, Lorraine M. Youngkin to Lakeela S. Webb, 14008 Knighton Cove, NLR, $149,000. Linda M. Pinckney, Linda P. Coursey to Esther M. Rivera, 211 N. Fillmore St., $145,000. Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation to Carroll G. Strickland
& Beverly Ann Strickland Joint Revocable Trust, Carroll G. Strickland, Beverly A. Strickland, NW NW 4-3N15W, $142,000. JMS Development LLC to Randy C. Harris, Tina K. Harris, 4411 John Harden Dr., Jacksonville, $140,000. Manuel Salgueiro, Wendy Salgueiro to Regions Bank, Regions Mortgage, L93, Ellis Acres, $137,694. US Bank NA to Mark W. Freiermuth, 12 Elmcrest Ct., $137,000. Jeremy E. Norman, Julianna S. Norman to Michael S. Williams, Nghia Pham, L11 B16, Indian Hills, $135,000. Solita J. Davis, Solita J. Johnson, Joshua Davis to Walter D. Davidson, Rhonda G. Davidson, 1609 Calgary Trail, $134,000. Josh Chambers, Shanna Chambers to Christopher R. O’Quin, Sasha Mulherin, Roger O’Quin, 219 W. G Ave., NLR, $133,000. Karen K. Diner to Pa tricia H. Bayliss, L1301, Andover Square HPR Phase 3, $133,000. Kristen Wagner, Chad W. Wagner to Jordan Coleman, Katie Coleman, 101 Gilbert Dr., $130,000. JMac Properties Of Arkansas LLC to Shanna Miller, 3213 N. Cypress St., NLR, $128,000. Charles R. Davis, Wanda F. Davis to Nicholas A. Harmon, 705 Nottingham Cove, Jacksonville, $128,000. Commissioner In Circuit to Arvest Mortgage Company, L40, Crooked Creek Phase 1, $127,286. Mike Puckett, Kristi Puckett to Bank Of New York Trust Company NA, 1402 Silver Creek Dr., Sherwood, $125,000. Anita M. Pride to John D. Smith, 5507 Lakeview Rd., NLR, $125,000. Leslie Udouj to Wayne Glover, Rachel Glover, L359, Pleasant View Phase VI-A, $124,000. Robert E. Hines, Cheri A. Hines, Cheri A. Ga tewood to Phillip A. Johnson, Shuquin Chen, 11815
Birchwood Dr., $124,000. Paul D. White, Tonya S. White to Richard C. Eidson, 14 Misty Ct., $123,000. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Constance L. Johnson, 1114 Aster Dr., NLR, $123,000. Rickey Olive to Secretar y Of Veterans Affairs, 2024 E. Dixon Rd., $122,274. Staci D. Champion, Wesley T. Champion to CitiMortga ge Inc., 141 King Pine Rd., Sherwood, $121,403. Kroencke Construction Inc. to Lindsey Bartlett, 715 E. Martin St., Jacksonville, $121,000. Angela E. Richard, Dustin W. Richard to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, L58, Southern Hills, $120,082. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Lafanta M. Jackson, 1216 Bittercress Dr., NLR, $120,000. Rausch Coleman Mid Ark LLC to Randall B. Beamon, 1209 Anemone Dr., NLR, $120,000. Cristobal Renteria, Jery Cardona to CitiMortgage, Inc., 2900 Romine Rd., $116,074. Martha Pennington, Martha Flynn to Michael K. Gilbert, Carrie N. Gilbert, L7R, Marline Replat, $114,000. Eugene Zakrzewski, Robin Zakrzewski to Dana M. Vickerson, 1209 Nicole Dr., NLR, $112,000. Dan J. Ray, Kathryn Ray, Natalie Bishop, Michael Bishop to Charles A. Smith, Brandi M. Davison, 7 Maryton Park Cove, $111,000. Debra A. Turner to Federal National Mortgage Association, 16 Lakeside Dr., $110,650. Brent M. Stroud, Elizabeth L. Hall to Aaron Grimm, 100 Melrose Cir., NLR, $107,000. James K. Raible to Brett M. Brownderville, 610 Hemphill Rd., Sherwood, $105,000. Marc D. Sposeep, Tommie L. Sposeep to Paula M. Edens, L155, Arbor Oaks Phase 3, $101,000.
No. 0826 LOTS FOR SALE - Greenbrier. 1/3-1/2 acres starting at $23K. Trees, all utilities. Just 8 miles from Conway. 501-472-5807
Rentals GREENBRIER - 4BR/2BA house on large lot, 1800 SF, 3 yrs old - $1350/ mo with 1-yr lease. Call Linda Roster White Real Estate 501-730-1100.
Commercial LEASE COMMERCIAL BUILDING 4000 SF, 3 overhead doors, heated, hwy frontage in Greenbrier. $1600/mo with 1-yr lease. Call Linda Roster White Real Estate 501-730-1100.
Downtown Historic District
910 WELCH - $95,000. 3BR/2BA w/hardwoods, French doors, fresh paint & sits on 3 lots. Blocks from Presidential Library & Heifer. Jean Noell, CBRPM, 350-3297
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14615 BROWN BEAR DR $299,900. Great 4BR/2.5BA, approx. 3015 SF home in the new Don Roberts School District. Plenty of space for the entire family. Formal dining room, office, family room & eat-in kitchen all downstairs. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets and master bath & closet are huge. Side-loading garage & fully fenced yard. Call Bob Bushmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing. 9 LISA COURT - $174,900. This 3BR/2BA approx. 1770 SF, 1-level home in Marlow Manor is super clean & move-in ready! Updates include new HVAC, hardwoods & carpet in bedrooms. Large eat-in kitchen, open family room & fully fenced yard make this a perfect starter home or great for someone looking to downsize. Call Bob Busmiaer of Pulaski Heights Realty @ 501-352-0156 for more info or a private showing.
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Neighboring Communities 400 S. VALENTINE - $109,900. 2BR/1BA updated in 2008 with HVAC, roof, kitchen, bath, flooring, paint, lighting, etc. Large fenced yard w/great deck. Walking distance to UAMS & Hillcrest. Call JoJo Carter 773-9949 or www.pulaskiheightsrealty.com for more info.
4101 C ST - $229,000. 3BR/2BA, 1836SF. Recently renovated! Enter MLS# 10255320 on www.PulaskiHeightsRealty. com for more photos. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442 423 N. VAN BUREN - $174,900. Over 2700 total SF. Buy now & have renter offset your mortgage payment. Main level is 2BR/2BA, 1500 SF. Upstairs studio rental is approx 550 SF ($525/ mo.) Also, has 700+SF walkout basement. New Paint! Owner is licensed agent. Call John, Pulaski Heights Realty, at 993-5442 for more info.
West Little Rock
9204 CYNTHIA - $122,500. 4BR/2BA, 1426 SF. Great two-story home centrally located. New paint, new lighting fixtures & other updates throughout. Large fenced backyard. John Selva, Pulaski Heights Realty, 993-5442
GREERS FERRY LAKE - Spectacular view! 5 acres. Utilities, covenants, seller financing. Owner/agent. 501825-6200
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Fair play n Our county fair starts today — a relic, hanging on — and here are some preliminary anticipatory notes. If it doesn’t cool off at least a little, I might not even go. I’ll not enter the poetry contest again and risk another fourth-place finish behind two Ninth Grade girls and a cornfed local yokel whose announced aspiration is to be the Arkansas Ruben Dario. I’m guessing Betty White and Warren Buffet still ride the rides, but the thrill is gone for ol’ moi — grounded since the 19th century, it seems like — and I’ll just watch from a safe distance with my blue pop and cotton candy and corndog. I’m torn whether to enter a landscape “painting” of mine in the fine arts category as a kind of homage to my agricultural roots. It’s a painting without paint — rather with several thousand dried black-eyed peas glued to the canvas in artistic imitation of the grainfield in Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting titled Christina’s World. In my picture, the old house and outbuildings, and Christina herself, are also black-eyed peas, cleverly clustered and individually bleached to run the brown hue gamut from umber to wheat. I’m not saying the art judges at our fair don’t know their stuff, but I’m afraid it’d be like the poetry, with my witty, cosm-
Bob L ancaster politan Christina’s Pea World earning only an honorable mention ribbon behind some goitered charismatic’s paint-by-numbers Jesus at the Well and a grade-schooler’s crayoned Nemo torn raggedly out of a coloring book. Just about all my major artistic initiatives end up in that same crapper. Not a pretty sight, an old-timer with hairless shins and thin black socks out there chasing the greased pig with the onegallused barefoot lads and the scrap-iron tomboys — so I reckon with regret I’ll let go of that long-time attraction, too. Maybe they don’t even have the greased-pig chase anymore. Maybe it’s been a decade or three. That sort of variable reality zoom is one of the few consolations. Nor will I invest another substantial portion of the family fortune in trying to nab a stuffed tiger or rhinestone cigarette lighter with the miniature crane in the glass box. (Losses in that whoremonger, I’ve found out the hard way, are not taxdeductible.)
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