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Speaking up Thanks for speaking up for area public schools in your Sept. 12 article “Schools: Winners and losers.” At Parkview, National Merit finalists study along with a broad-based group of academically talented high-achievers. Over 67 percent of the class of 2013 received scholarships averaging more than $33,000 each. One would be hard-pressed to find better percentages. The class of 2014 outscored the class of 2013 during spring AP testing so we are looking forward to even greater successes in the future. Thanks for the kind words and your attempts to dispel the negative stereotypes that plague our public schools. Patricia G. Treadway Little Rock

From the web: In response to the article “Stand up for Bill Maher” (Sept. 12): If wanting to listen to this scumbag is terrible, paying to listen to him is horrible plus 1,000. I can’t imagine enough people attending this to pay his transportation here. I would not have thought there would be enough people in the whole state to make it worth his trip. I guess I overestimate the citizens of Arkansas. God Bless THEM anyway. pat72209 From the Arkansas Blog, “Legislature gets Westerman’s $220,000 welfare study. It’s a doozy, with cuts of hundreds of millions from Medicaid to nursing homes” (Sept. 20): I have never seen, in my 79 years, so much hatred against poor people. I have tried to figure out why Republicans actually hate poor people so much. What I have decided is that Republicans realize that the fact that there are still poor people in the world disproves the Republican theory of economics — that benefits to the people at the top will trickle down to the people at the bottom of the economic scale. Since there are still people at the bottom who have not benefitted from the trickle-down theory, Republicans are infuriated that they stand as living evidence that their economic theories are, as described by George H.W. Bush, “voodoo economics.” Therefore, they believe that they must punish those who disprove their pet theories. I am so tired of Republicans. I think we will see in the 2014 elections a big Democratic surge nationwide, but this will not happen in Arkansas, where prejudice still reigns supreme. Plainjim From the Arkansas Blog, “The legisla4

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ture’s pork barrel scam pays for park for Mayberry family” (Sept. 20): I refer you all to the “Tim Griffin rule,” which states that political party membership is the determining factor for right and wrong. It is legal and moral for a Republican to use taxpayer money for things that would be illegal and immoral if a Democrat did them, simply because Republicans are doing the will of God and Democrats hate freedom. Given that our state legislature is controlled by Republicans, it is quite proper for them to tax the people and use the money to improve their personal property, buy guns,

or go on vacation. I_AM_THE_NRA This article is beyond frustrating to me. Andy and Julie Mayberry are great people and to slam them for trying to get a public park in East End infuriates me. I am a resident of Saline County and live in East End. I attended the Saline Quorum Court meeting along with several other East End residents. Not ONE SINGLE person came to this meeting to oppose this park. We all want a park for our children. It’s ridiculous that we have to drive to Bryant, Benton or Little Rock for our kids to play

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araphrasing Grantland Rice: “In dramatic lore, the Four Horsemen are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Crawford, Griffin, Womack and Cotton.” Arkansas’s four congressmen stood like stone walls against food stamps last week, and in the process against half a million of their own constituents. None of this feed-the-hungry business for these merciless equestrians, none of your tired old “morality” malarkey. All four voted to cut spending on food stamps by nearly $4 billion annually nationwide. They’ll let the underprivileged dine on knuckle sandwiches instead. As of last January, 509,000 Arkansans — one in six — received food stamps. Three-quarters of those recipients are in families with children; nearly half are children themselves. One-third of the recipients are in families with elderly or disabled members; 12 percent are disabled themselves, six percent are elderly. Nineteen percent of the Arkansas population lives below the poverty line, including 26 percent of all children, and 11 percent of all elderly. Nineteen percent of Arkansas households struggle to afford a nutritionally adequate diet. The average monthly benefit for each Arkansas household receiving food stamps is $122. The average benefit per person per meal is $1.35. Think what $1.35 buys at the supermarket these days. There was a time when even Republicans voted for food stamps, finding it difficult to oppose sustenance for the needy. Today’s Republicans, like Arkansas’s congressmen, are made of sterner stuff. 6

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ne felt like cheering when Julie Mayberry cited the generosity of six state legislators, all supporting her plan to build a handicappedaccessible public park in Saline County. Awesome they were, she said. “[Rep.] Ann Clemmer gave $4,000. Sen. Alan Clark gave $10,000. [Rep.] Andy Davis did $5,700. [Rep.] Kim Hammer did $5,000.” Mrs. Mayberry’s own husband, Rep. Andy Mayberry, and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson were even more open-handed, each “giving” $50,000 to the project. It became easier to hold the applause when one learned that these donations were not coming from the legislators’ own pockets but from Arkansas taxpayers, and that the legislators were channeling public money to the park in such a way as to circumvent a constitutional prohibition against local legislation. This involves a fairly complicated process that requires the approval of local planning districts, all of which obligingly give their approval, unwilling to offend local legislators, and it’s a clear violation of the spirit of the law. It’s easy to be a cheerful giver when you’re being praised for giving somebody else’s money. Mrs. Mayberry might come back seeking funds to erect statues of the Stalwart Six in the new park. They’d be glad to “give” again, we’re sure.

IN-FLIGHT REFUEL: Jon Nichols shared this photo of a hummingbird with our Eye On Arkansas Flickr group.

Elections for thee, not me


he Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page last Saturday lamented the low turnout in school board elections. Only 1,500 voters in the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts turned out with three contested seats. The editorial added support to the campaign by Gary Newton to move school elections to a regular election day. Newton is employed by at least two Walton-fortune-financed groups, the pro-charter school Arkansas Learns and Arkansans for Education Reform. His work, coincidentally, earned Newton a High Profile feature in the Sunday Democrat-Gazette. Publisher Walter Hussman is a supporter — financially and otherwise — of the charter school movement. He sold his former Arkansas Gazette building to eStem Charter School and a son-inlaw is employed in the legal battle to create more charter schools in Arkansas. The argument about moving school elections is an old one. Advocates think bigger turnouts would beat more school tax increases and give special interest money a lot more clout in school board races. But my issue isn’t election timing. It’s hypocrisy. Wrote the Democrat-Gazette editorialist: “Most school boards in the state — and those who manipulate them — prefer having their elections when most of the rest of us aren’t paying attention. That way, they don’t have to deal with an overly enthusiastic public messing around with delicate matters like voting and the like. That should be left to a select few, i.e., themselves. Can’t have the public being overly involved in the public’s business. That would come dangerously close to democracy.” This from the same newspaper and same lobby groups that are trying to establish dozens of charter schools — each an independent school district operated with public money. The Billionaire Boys Club (Waltons, Stephenses, Hussman, Murphy scions) particularly thirsts to get these quasi-private schools established in Pulaski County, the better to cripple the Little Rock School District and its teachers union.

Charter schools have NO elected school boards and receive precious little outside oversight except periodic reviews by the state Board of Education (its power recently diminished by the legislature at the MAX behest of Walton lobbyists). They BRANTLEY are often operated by profit-making private corporations, whose corporate workings are shielded from public inspection. Many only grudgingly comply with the open records law that applies to them. They operate more like private schools than public schools. Their founders call the shots. Or the control comes from private management corporations — their internal workings removed from public inspection entirely. Newton, for example, is promoting the hiring of a private Texas charter school operator to run the white-flight middle school he’s trying to get approved in upscale West Little Rock. The D-G and Gary Newton would be more credible when they invoke the “public’s business” and “democracy” if they also believed in a democratic process for charter school governance. They don’t. Don’t be confused if a charter school defender tries to alibi that charter schools don’t have local property taxes and thus should somehow be exempt from public accountability. Property ownership isn’t required to vote in the U.S. Not yet, anyway. Also, the state school finance system favors charters in this respect. Every regular public school district is required to help meet the state school foundation minimum, now about $6,300 per child, with a contribution of at least 25 mills of local property tax. The state pays the rest. Charter schools get the full $6,300 reimbursement with no property tax contribution. Given that total subsidy, maybe the entire state should vote on school boards for charter schools. They’re paying for them. Doesn’t that make them the public’s business? And wouldn’t that be democratic?


The lingering politics of race

Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights and Taxes on American Politics,” Thomas and Mary Edsall argued that a variety of social welfare programs became racialized after their creation or expansion during the Great Society era when African Americans were becoming more visible in American life; thus, taxes, social welfare programs, and race all became linked together in a politically potent “chain reaction.” Front and center was the food stamp program, used continuously during the Reagan era as an exemplar of the “problem” of big government. It’s back, with all its implied racial elements. While Cotton’s use of the food stamp issue is old school, Griffin’s implicit racial appeal is a bit more creative. At his “Sweet Tea with Tim” community events over the last several months, Griffin has regularly attacked a program that he terms the “Obamaphone” scheme. Just as with food stamps, the program is not an Obama administration creation. Instead, it is a program, called Lifeline, that goes back to 1984 when the FCC began working to provide phone service for low-income Americans to aid them during emergencies and as they sought out employment. For the last 17 years, the program has been funded by a surcharge on all phone users. (It’s in that list of charges on your monthly mobile bill.) Just under

200,000 Arkansans are served by the program, the majority of whom are seniors or veterans. With the demise of landlines, the program has shifted resources to providing cheap cell phones to recipients, and that is the special target of Griffin, who is the lead sponsor on legislation to outlaw this component of the program. The racial linkages to this program go back to a fall 2012 video trumpeted on conservative media outlets in which an African American woman from Cleveland wildly blares, “[Obama] gave us a phone, he’s gonna do more!”; with that, she became the “cell phone queen,” an echo of Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen.” Fortunately, there is a recipe to undermine the effectiveness of these race-based attacks — to bring their racial elements to the attention of voters. Once the racial nature of implicit appeals is highlighted, researchers like Mendelberg have found voters are repelled as if the appeals were explicit in the first place. However, this is where Arkansas Democrats are caught in a trap. Noting the racial elements of the attacks inevitably means bringing up President Obama, perennially unpopular in many parts of the state. Arkansas Democrats would prefer to localize politics. To make Republicans pay the price for race-based appeals, however, it is crucial to expose the appeals for what they are.

to repeal the law of the land by defunding it. If that were the case, no law [would be] safe.” No federal court could rule otherwise. It’s a separation of powers issue. These principles are so fundamental to Amerilaw by the president. can governance that even the Wall Street Journal reminds GOP hotheads that for all Without proselytizing at all, everyone the three-ring thrills provided by Sen. Cruz immediately realand his allies, “the only real way to repeal the law is to win elections.” izes what an absurd The irony is that even if House Republiexercise in futility GENE cans ended up forcing a government shutall this nonsense LYONS really is.” down, the rollout of the Affordable Care A narrow Republican majority in the Act wouldn’t be much affected. Like Social House can’t void the Affordable Care Act Security and Medicare, Obamacare has its any more than 54 Senate Democrats can own dedicated funding stream that Conforce everybody in Oklahoma to eat broc- gress can alter only by amending the law coli. Anybody who tells you differently is a — again requiring the cooperation of both flim-flam artist. the Senate and White House. Such as Newt Gingrich. The presiding An even greater irony, many have genius of the 1996 GOP government shut- pointed out, is that if Republicans really down went on ABC’s “This Week” to deliver believed the law will prove a terrible failpseudo-historical profundity: “Under our ure, these last-minute theatrics wouldn’t be constitutional system going all the way back necessary. Their actual fear is that once the to Magna Carta in 1215, the people’s house notoriously uninformed American public is allowed to say to the king we ain’t giving gets first-hand experience with the Affordyou money.” able Care Act, they’re going to like it just fine. Actually, the U.S. Constitution of 1789 How else to explain the deceptive, Kochmakes no provision for a king. Neither, as funded TV ad campaign that coincides with former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Cruz’s Last Stand? Are people so gullible Reich has reminded Gingrich, does it “allow that they’re fooled by a horror film scenario a majority of the House of Representatives featuring a creepy Uncle Sam with a specu-

lum? “Don’t let the government play doctor,” indeed. Does that pleasant grandmotherly cancer victim really not grasp the differences between private health insurance reform and a “government takeover” of medical care? Maybe so, and maybe not. I’m inclined to suspect that the real objection to Obamacare isn’t so much the law’s contents as its sponsor and its perceived beneficiaries: the undeserving poor. Veteran political scientist Norm Ornstein recently told The Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers that “the bizarreness of this monomaniacal focus on Obamacare, given that it is fundamentally a Republican program from the 1990s mixed in with Romneycare,” says it all. “Obamacare relies on the private sector; there is no public option. That you are willing to bring the country to its knees to sabotage it … just shows this is a party that has gone off the rails.” Meanwhile, establishment Republicans are growing restive. Writing in The Hill, former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) complains that “These are folks who have never governed and are not inclined to do so. Rather, their goals are improved fundraising and, in some cases, individual advancement. They have hit on an issue that plays well on the stump, producing numerous effective oneliners.”


e have reached a point where The two most direct appeals to voters based visible Republican on race are no longer effective members of the vote-getters. All except the relatively small Arkansas House delnumber of racial extremists recognize that egation — Tom Cotsuch rhetoric is contrary to the ideal of ton and Tim Griffin JAY equality and are repelled by demagoguery — are both engagBARTH of the type that moved voters so powerfully ing in just that sort in the middle decades of the last century. of politics as they begin their campaigns, That said, as evidenced in “The Race respectively, for the U.S. Senate and for Card,” political psychologist Tali Mendel- reelection to Congress. Their appeals are berg’s excellent work from several years racially tinged enough to move white votback, race-based appeals still have the ers, while maintaining plausible deniability power to move large numbers of Ameri- about the troubling elements. can voters. This is when the appeals are Cotton’s favorite topic of the moment is implicit rather than explicit. Such implicit the “Obama food stamp program.” Cotton appeals activate hidden racial stereotypes has become his party’s media point person in voters without raising the sort of psycho- on the issue, having led the charge to break logical red flags that scare them off. the SNAP nutrition program away from the The entrance of President Obama onto farm bill and then to remove an estimated the national stage has activated a flurry of 3.8 million recipients from the program. realpolitik uses of such group-based rheto- He continually ties the nearly 50-year-old ric and imagery in campaigns, as well as an program to the current president. As Cotupsurge of new research on the power of ton put it recently in an NPR interview: such implicit appeals. Some of that research “Mark Pryor voted for a food stamp bill. I has shown (unsurprisingly considering the want farm programs that are designed to race-scarred history of the region) that the help Arkansas’s farmers without holding efforts have particular effectiveness with them hostage to Barack Obama’s food stamp Southern whites. program.” In their classic book “Chain

The absurdity of the push to repeal Obamacare


irst they lie to you, and then they ask you for money. That’s the essence of the great Tea Party/Ted Cruz crusade to “defund” Obamacare, a political and constitutional impossibility. The question was settled, probably for good, when President Obama won re-election in 2012 and Democrats kept control of the Senate. Instead, it’s about TV face time and harvesting donations from gullible voters misled both about the Affordable Care Act itself and Sen. Cruz’s nonexistent chances of ending it. Amid all the melodramatic TV chatter, the estimable blogger Digby puts it in terms everybody should understand. She has a friend in the insurance industry whose company has been getting thousands of calls from frightened policyholders who fear that the hullabaloo in Washington could result in their losing health coverage. “I asked her what calmed people down,” Digby writes, “and she says she tells everyone to think about their high school civics class and remember that laws have to be passed by both houses and signed into

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Discontented “The folly of studying, say, English lit has become something of an Internet cliche — the stuff of sneering ‘Worst Majors’ listicles that seem always to be sponsored by personal-finance websites.” Some words that are new to us have to be explained. Some others are clear as soon as we first encounter them. Listicle is such a one. Though it’s too new for most dictionaries, we know immediately that it’s a piece of writing posing as an article — on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines — that consists mostly of a long list of people or things that are considered notable by the writer for some reason. Anyone who still reads has seen thousands of these things: “Stickiest movie-theater floors.” “Worst Central Arkansas drum majors.” Listicle is a useful word; I like it. There are people who would say that a listicle is a form of content. I wouldn’t say that, because I feel the same way about content as does John R. MacArthur, the publisher of Harper’s magazine: “I was immediately suspicious of the Internet being touted, in the late 1990s, as a miraculously efficient publishing platform because of the Web’s capacity for massive copyright viola-

tion. But what disturbed me more as a publisher and a writer was the ugly commodification of writDOUG ing itself — the SMITH renaming of prose and poetry as something called ‘content.’ Suddenly, my colleagues and competitors were reducing well-wrought sentences and stories to the level of screws and bolts. Not only was ‘content’ an empty and offensive word, but my fellow publishers also proposed to give it away free in the quest for more advertising. Instead of honoring the reader, writer, and editor, this new approach to the publishing business insulted them, both by devaluing their work and by feeding it — with little or no remuneration — to search engines, which in turn feed information to advertising agencies (and, as it turns out, the government).” To thine own selfie be true: “Rihanna’s selfie sparks candal”. I’m advised that a selfie is a self-photograph posted on the Internet. Still researching Rihanna.


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ETHICS REFORM. Democrats and Republicans each floated proposed reforms and Gov. Mike Beebe said he’d call a special session if consensus could be reached. That’s promising if partisanship doesn’t get in the way. TEACHERS INSURANCE. Beebe also said he’d call a special session to fix the state public school employees health insurance program if lawmakers could agree on a solution soon. Without a change in the plan, school employees will see about a 50 percent hike in premiums beginning Jan. 1. PREVENTING A MAYFLOWER-TYPE SPILL IN LAKE MAUMELLE. Central Arkansas Water (CAW) said it would consider suing Exxon if the federal agency that regulates pipelines doesn’t take aggressive action against the company over its violations of the Pipeline Safety Act. Generally, CAW contends that Exxon hasn’t sufficiently maintained, inspected or monitored its pipeline in the Lake Maumelle watershed. CAW also argues that Exxon hasn’t taken sufficient steps to mitigate a possible spill in the watershed by not adding a second shutoff valve. 8

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THE MARCH TOWARDS OBAMACARE. The Arkansas Insurance Department released the rate plans available on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The rates appear to be lower than predicted. Arkansans will be able to sign up for the new plans beginning Oct. 1, whether or not the Republicans shut down the federal government as a consequence of their crackpot gambit to defund Obamacare.

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THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS. Despite leading by 17 in the fourth quarter, the football Hogs still managed to find a way to lose against Rutgers. Things don’t get any easier in the weeks to come, as they face a murderers’ row of SEC opponents. FREE PARKING IN THE RIVER MARKET. Parking meters will go online in eight blocks of President Clinton Avenue, Sherman Street and River Market Avenue beginning Sept. 30. The fee will be $1.25 per hour and two hours will be the limit a car is allowed in a space. The rules will be in effect from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The machines will take credit cards.


THE OBSERVER RECENTLY spent a weekend way down yonder in New Orleans and — between the soft-shell crab, wailing trombones and Sazerac cocktails — he thought about Little Rock: Could New Orleans offer some guidance to Little Rock, even though culturally we could never claim the gumbo of influences that make New Orleans such a tourist mecca. We stayed downtown, in the warehouse district that underwent a modest resurgence during the World’s Fair years ago but has accelerated noticeably in recent years. People now live in the warehouse district. Restaurants and bars serve neighbors as well as tourists. Retail shops have opened on former skid rows. Professionals — lawyers, engineers, architects — have opened offices in rehabilitated old buildings. Streetcars full of people come and go from the district at all hours. Some deliver professionals. Some deliver uniformed workers for the hospitality industry. Why couldn’t Little Rock continue on its own, similar path? We’ve seen rehab and new building downtown. A small residential community is growing. We even have a convenience store! We have a streetcar line and bus service, sadly underused. Why couldn’t it be used? We have a handsome period neighborhood nearby to ogle. The Quapaw Quarter isn’t St. Charles Avenue, but it’s not bad. What would I do if I could wave a magic wand? I’d tell Mayor Mark Stodola to lead. I’d tell him to tell the Tech Park board to quit fiddling around. Downtown is the logical place to start the enterprise and there’d be not a peep about neighborhood disruption. Financier Warren Stephens has vacant lots on Main Street aplenty for development. He might donate some ground, as he did the ballpark land in North Little Rock, for a $22 million city-financed tech park building that would instantly put Little Rock in the business incubation business (and provide a lift to neighboring Stephens property). More people — professional and technical types — would want to live near such a development. Some people might also like the idea of a mass transit commute. More residents and more offices would inevitably mean more ser-

vice and restaurant business. Threat of hurricane damage is small. Let us dream. THE OBSERVER WENT OUT TO DINNER last Saturday night. Our party went in two cars. When the other driver arrived, he walked up to the table and said, “Well, I got hit up by the guy from Camden who needs gas again.” The guy from Camden? Gas? AGAIN? Lightbulb-in-brain moment. The Observer had gone grocery shopping at the Kroger on Cantrell Road a few weeks ago. As The Observer rolled a shopping cart to his car, a car pulled alongside. It was a clean, nearly new Chevy. The driver, a clean-cut young white man in a button-up shirt and slacks, rolled down his window. He said something like this: “I just got up and found someone stole my wallet from the car. I know it was really stupid to leave it there. I work for Lion Oil company.” [At this point, he displayed a laminated photo ID card.] “I’m broke. They took my money and credit cards. I need some gas to get back home to Camden. I’m really sorry. I’ll pay you back. Is there any way you could help?” The Observer had a single $20. He just handed over the bill. It was Sunday. The young man thanked The Observer profusely. He asked how he could pay the money back. The Observer gave him his name. “Just go to You’ll find an address. Send a check.” No check ever arrived. A hard-luck traveler isn’t exactly a new trick for panhandling. But the new car. The clean-cut young man. Camden. This fellow apparently has been working parking lots for a good while. It’s a pretty good object lesson in human psychology. Might people be a softer touch for a deserving looking crime victim from Camden than for a grimy street person, clearly scrounging for beer money? It all made The Observer feel better about providing a high-priced breakfast, including a large cafe mocha, to a panhandler who stopped him the next day outside Boulevard Bread on Main. You may recall The Observer’s hand got called when he volunteered breakfast instead of money. It could be he really was hungry.






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playing out of sheer necessity, and they both were exposed in New Jersey, which means you can be certain that BEAU all these remaining WILCOX teams to the South will find those same avenues to exploit. In the secondary, the Razorbacks are skilled but not steady, and the lack of corner depth behind Mitchel and Will Hines is going to be an issue later if it isn’t already. Offensively, Derby’s a man of modest talent but he isn’t helped by a receiving unit that is simply too thin and too small to make an impact. Imagine for a moment that the Iowa transfer, picked on mercilessly for two weeks for his seeming tentativeness, had someone remotely reliable on the outside. Tyler Wilson’s growth into the starting role in 2011-12 was aided substantially by the presence of receiving stalwarts who had literally every aspect of the position — hands, route-running, courage between the hashes and legs to go long — blanketed. It was hardly fair to expect Brandon Allen to get much mileage out of this crew; it stands to reason Derby wasn’t going to suddenly find a bunch of open targets. To be honest, it was a little surprising that Jim Chaney invested enough faith in Derby to have him chuck it 26 times in a relatively hostile road environment after he was only permitted to throw six passes in the Southern Mississippi win. Nonconference play ended, then, on a much lower note than it began. Arkansas doesn’t have to start its SEC slate with Alabama, which had become a tiresome custom for obvious reasons, but instead gets something that is arguably tougher to deal with, a Texas A&M team that loved nothing more than seeing Rutgers’ Gary Nova shake off concussion effects to have yet another monster game against the Hogs. Johnny Manziel is far more gifted and dangerous, and even if the Hogs have the benefit of a rocking crowd at Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday night and a brilliant defensive gameplan, the uncertain status of Allen and the known limitations of Derby do make this an even more daunting prospect now. The question is whether Hog fans will, after another loss, start to effuse the same rhetoric that makes Clay Travis such a marksman. It’s going to be the test that Bret Bielema may have not fully anticipated: Can he soldier through these valleys enough to make everyone appreciate the peaks he promises later? Some magic in the Ozarks on Saturday night would undoubtedly take the sting down many notches, and breathe vigor back into the people who want the new head coach to thrive.

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Ethics v. partisanship Might the Arkansas Legislature get serious about ethics reform to burnish an image in need of scrubbing after the Paul Bookout and Mark Darr scandals over campaign misspending (among others)? Maybe. If partisanship doesn’t get in the way. Republicans and Democrats have been working for several weeks on ethics legislation. They’ve reached out to some people long outspoken on the subject about potential legislation. Monday, the action began, but it came with a heavy dose of partisanship from both sides. An ad hoc committee of Democrats sent out a news release on their ethics ideas and invited Republicans to join them. They said they wanted legislation to end the use of campaign contributions to attend campaign fund-raisers by other politicians; to prohibit multiple contributions from the same corporate source under different corporate names; for active Ethics Commission review of campaign filings, and for more transparent navigable public databases of campaign finance data. Later in the day, the House Republican Caucus issued a news release under the name of Rep. Bruce Westerman, majority leader and congressional candidate. They invited the Democrats to join them. Westerman made it clear that he didn’t appreciate the Democrats issuing something unilaterally first and then blamed any shortcomings in the current system on years of Democratic control. Not a good start to kumbaya-singing on the issue. Nonetheless, the Republicans claimed some similarly good ideas were under study: Mandatory electronic filing of campaign reports; no more “ticketed events” for swapping campaign contributions; reducing or eliminating the reporting threshold for campaign expenditures; addressing carryover campaign surpluses, which have been widely abused. Political sniping has been done. Now is the time for meeting of the minds. Gov. Mike Beebe has even indicated he’d put the issue on a special session call if consensus existed. That might be wishful thinking, given CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 12

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Obamacare rates lower than expected Some will see rate hikes but situations vary. BY DAVID RAMSEY


n Monday, the Arkansas Insurance Department released the plans that will be available on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the new regulated marketplace where consumers will buy private health insurance, with enrollment beginning next month. The prices came in lower than expected, though some people who currently buy insurance on the private market will see higher premiums than the cheapest plans they can find today. There will be 71 plans offered, divided into levels based on coverage and price — bronze, silver, gold — with gold being the most expensive and offering the most coverage. Bronze plans are cheaper but could lead to more out-of-pocket costs when consumers use medical services. Specific details of the plans, such as deductibles and provider networks, had not been released as the Times goes to press, but should be available from the Insurance Department this week. Premium prices depend on age and region of the state (see map) so there is a lot of variance. Here are just a couple of examples: • For a 25-year-old non-smoker in Central Arkansas, a bronze plan is available for a monthly premium of $182, a silver for $231, gold for $264. We’ll call him Gus, and we’ll return to him in a minute. • For a family of four in Central Arkansas — mom and dad are 40-year-old nonsmokers and they have two kids — a bronze plan for the whole family is available for a monthly premium of $693, silver for $879, gold for $1,007. We’ll call this family the Joneses. Those rates are the sticker prices, but many consumers will qualify for subsidies and end up paying less (more on that below). You can get a full look at all the rates online at The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace was created as part of the national healthcare law and as a handy shorthand, these plans are often called Obamacare

Central - Rating Area 1 Northeast - Rating Area 2 Northwest - Rating Area 3 South Central - Rating Area 4 plans. Here’s what that means: Four private insurance companies, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield, QualChoice and Centene, are offering plans on the marketplace. Because of Obamacare, all of these plans must cover 10 essential health benefits (stuff like maternity care and prescription drugs), and insurance companies are no longer allowed to deny coverage or charge higher prices based on pre-existing health conditions. They’re also no longer allowed to charge higher prices for women — all of the rates released on Monday apply to either gender. These plans are for people buying their own insurance on the private market, either directly from an insurance company or through a broker. This doesn’t impact the overwhelming majority of people — 80 percent of Americans — who get insurance either from an employer or from a big public program like Medicaid or Medicare.

Southeast - Rating Area 5 Southwest - Rating Area 6 West Central - Rating Area 7

There are three major takeaways from the plan prices: 1. The premiums appear to be in line with — or lower than — the actuarial projections that the Department of Human Services used to predict the cost of the “private option,” the state’s unique plan for Medicaid expansion. DHS has not yet begun an analysis comparing the projections with the premiums; the comparison is complicated because of the variance between ages and regions. If the premiums are lower than the actuarial predictions, then the total gross cost of expanding Medicaid via the “private option” would be significantly less than projected during the legislative debate. For the state of Arkansas, that would mean the total net projected savings to the state’s bottom line would be even higher than the current projection of almost $670 million in savings over 10 years. For the federal government, CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES Plans may cost less than you think.

The Arkansas Insurance Department released prices earlier this week for the new Obamacare plans that will be sold on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. But don’t just look at the sticker price — for many, the premium prices will be reduced automatically by subsidies. WHO ARE THESE PLANS FOR? Only for people who buy their own private insurance or are currently uninsured, NOT for people that get insurance from their employer or through a public program like Medicare or the existing Medicaid program. WHO GETS SUBSIDIES? Subsidies are available on a sliding scale to people between 139 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $15,000 to $46,000 for an individual, or $31,000 to $94,000 for a family of four). People above 400 FPL will have to pay the full sticker price. THE “PRIVATE OPTION”: People below 139 percent FPL will choose among certain plans on the marketplace and pay zero premiums, via the “private option” for Medicaid expansion. MANY PEOPLE SHOPPING ON THE MARKETPLACE WON’T PAY STICKER PRICE: • Around 87 percent of uninsured adults eligible to shop on the Marketplace will be eligible for subsidies (95 percent if we include the “private option” folks). • Around half of those currently buying their own

private insurance (and 70 percent of young adults currently buying their own private insurance) will be eligible.



HOW DO YOU CALCULATE RATES? Each individual in a family unit has his or her own premium price. So to find out the price for our family of four below, we have to add up the premiums for mom, dad, and the two kids. You can see all the rates here: • The Duggar Rule. Okay, we made up that name, but only the three oldest kids get counted in a family’s premium price. Any kids after that do not add to the premium.


HOW DO YOU CALCULATE SUBSIDIES? Subsidies are based on income level and family size and are benchmarked to the second-cheapest Silver plan. Subsidies can be used for a more expensive plan, in which case you may pay more than your “expected family contribution.” Or they can be used for a less expensive plan, in which case you’ll pay less. Below are three examples of people in Central Arkansas: a 30-year-old individual, a married 60-year-old couple, and a family of four: mom and dad are 40 and they have two kids. We looked at the cheapest Bronze and cheapest Silver plans available in Central Arkansas — what’s the sticker price and what’s the price after subsidies?
































$45,960 or higher




































$62,040 or higher




































$94,200 or higher





* Children below 200 percent of FPL qualify for ARKids. We assumed eligible kids enroll in ARKids, so the family only has to purchase plans for the parents.

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INSIDER, CONT. the partisanship that came with the opening round of discussion. But, in the end, the press releases don’t count. The proposed legislation and the roll call votes will tell who believes in ethics and who doesn’t.

Bond issue groundwork The Little Rock Board of Directors won’t vote until Oct. 1 on calling a Dec. 10 election on a bond issue of up to $73 million to renovate the Robinson Center, but backers are already preparing the campaign talking points. Telephone pollsters from Opinion Research Associates have been in the field asking questions testing talking points for the bond campaign. Among the reasons being tested for reasons to vote for the bond issue: It will improve the quality of the music hall for concerts and shows (fewer, but better seats); it won’t require a tax increase (the existing hamburger tax will pay for it because an old bond issue to which part of the tax is pledged is expiring); a significant amount of the tax is paid by non-Little Rock residents; tourism is good for the city; the tax won’t go up. If the bonds are approved and sold, work would begin next summer and take about two years. Some of the cost of the bonds will be for relocating people that currently use the offices and other rooms in the WPA-era structure. The work would lower the stage and add a glass-walled area around the north side of the building, overlooking the Arkansas River. Some premier event space is contemplated.

CORRECTION In last week’s “Ask the Times” we stated that people who choose to enroll or renew in a non-Obamacare plan in late 2013 would face a penalty in 2014 when the law goes into effect. In fact, plans currently available on the private market should meet the minimum essential coverage standard mandated by the law and will not incur a penalty. It is the special 364-day plans (such as “Essential Blue Freedom” from Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield) that will incur a penalty. For full explanation, see here: obamacare.

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LACY: Her SNAP food assistance is crucial to keeping her head above water.

WORKINGMAN’S BLUES Hard work, low pay, no getting ahead: The most the minimum wage promises. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


f you work a minimum-wage job — $7.25 an hour is the federal rate — for 40 hours a week, your yearly earnings are $15,080. If you support only yourself, that puts you a tad over the federal poverty rate, but under the “living wage” rate for Pulaski County as calculated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you support one or more other people on the minimum wage, you fall below the poverty line. Some people would argue that you’re not meant to be able to live on the minimum wage, though that was Congress’ intention when it passed the first minimum wage law in 1938. Others, like the Rev. Steve Copley, say the minimum should be a wage you can live on: “It’s not right when people work hard and play by the rules and fall behind and can’t make a living.” Most Arkansans agree with Copley, a poll conducted by the AFSCME (the public employees 14

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union) earlier this year indicates. More than half — 54 percent — of those polled would “definitely” like to see the state minimum wage raised from $6.25 (a rate that applies to a small number of employees) to $8.50 an hour, with annual indexing to inflation. Another 19 percent were “probably for” a raise. But despite the poll showing 73 percent of Arkansans were for or likely for a modest raise, a proposal by Rep. Butch Wilkins, D-Bono, to raise the state rate even less — from $6.25 to $8.25 an hour — couldn’t get out of committee in the last legislative session. It failed by one vote. The arguments against it were the same used the last time Arkansas raised the minimum wage, in 2006, under Gov. Mike Huckabee: It would hurt small business. Former Republican state Rep. Dan Greenberg went so far as to suggest that a raise in the minimum wage would be “cruelty in the guise of compassion,” making it harder for persons with-

out college degrees to get a job. Given the broad support the survey suggested, Copley and Give Arkansas a Raise Now, a coalition of groups — faith-based, labor, civil rights, hunger groups, individuals — will try to put a hike in the minimum wage to a vote in the 2014 General Election. The ballot will propose a minimum wage of $8.50 an hour, tied to the consumer price index. They expect to get the ballot title before the attorney general soon and start the petition drive once the title is approved. Copley said they’ll try to get 100,000 names to make sure they have the minimum of 78,000 legal voters required to get on the ballot. ◆◆◆


ven $8.50 wouldn’t approach what the minimum wage would be if it had been tied to inflation in the past four

decades The federal minimum wage in 1968 had the buying power of $10.74 in today’s dollars. A study by Pew Research found that the number of people who make the minimum wage is low: about 4 percent of hourly workers nationally. The South fares worse: Arkansas is in the Census Bureau region with the highest rate of minimumwage workers, with about 7.3 percent of hourly workers making the federal wage or less. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of Arkansans who are making hourly wages of $7.25 an hour or less is 50,000. There is a feeling that people making the minimum wage are mostly teens and those whose education ended at high school. Here’s the real breakdown: Nearly half, 49 percent, are adult women. Twenty-eight percent are adult men. Teen-agers account for 24 percent. It is true that persons who have only a highschool degree or less make up most of those working for minimum wage — 59 percent. However, one in three — 34 percent — has some college hours or an associate degree. Seven percent have a bachelor’s degree. Low-wage earners also have a hard time getting full-time jobs. Sixty-four percent of the nation’s minimum wage jobs are part-time, the Pew study found. (Employers can avoid offering health benefits to employees who work less than 30 hours a week.)

and got a medical assistant diploma from Remington College — and is in a payback program that cost her $250 this month, $125 next month and $40 in subsequent months. Lacy drives a 1999 GMC Suburban she bought last year — “it was the cheapest car on the lot,” she says — but never has enough money to fill it up, since a full tank costs around $120. She said she puts in $20 and $10 as she goes. So if you consider this month’s $250 truck payment, the $250 college loan program sign-up and another $100 for gas, Lacy’s expenses this month will be $1,345 — more than she will take in this month. The federal government keeps the wolf from

to be secure, and to return to school to become a licensed practical nurse. That would require that she get more student loans, however, which is not something she wants to do. She has turned to Our House, a shelter for the working poor, for help on how to stay out of the shelter. They have provided budgeting advice. ◆◆◆


ilnail Howard, 28, is also working two jobs, for a total of 55 hours to 65 hours a week. She’s not sure she can keep it up. She’d like to spend time with her three children, ages 9, 4 and 2 years. There was a




hat means someone like Courtney Lacy, 28, of Little Rock has to work two jobs, and even with two jobs, thanks to variable hours, she’s still in a tight spot. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lacy takes care of children at the Kidzone daycare; in the afternoon, she works on an on-call basis taking care of older people at a retirement home in Sherwood. At Kidzone, Lacy makes $8.25 an hour, which is $1 more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and would be considered a “living wage” for a single person working 40 hours a week. But Lacy can get only about 25 hours at the daycare, which brings in around $206 a week, or $824 a month. Lacy also has three children, ages 5, 7 and 9. The MIT study puts a living wage for a family that includes one adult and three children in Pulaski County at $27.31 an hour. In a good month, Lacy makes another $400 or so from the retirement home. The pay there is $9 an hour, but she can’t count on regular hours— she was not working there at all the week this reporter talked to her. Her two paychecks combined produced about $1,224 before taxes last month, she estimated. Here’s where it goes: $400 a month in rent for her one-story house at 15th and Ringo streets; $90 for water, sewer and trash; $65 for electricity, $35 for gas, $55 for her telephone. She pays $100 a month in insurance on her car and has three more car payments to make, a total of $600. She has credit card debt of $6,000, which she is not yet paying off. She also has student loan debt of $6,000 — she attended, but didn’t graduate, from Pulaski Technical College

COPLEY: Says “it’s not right” when people work hard and can’t make a living.

Lacy’s door. She qualifies for $521 a month in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to buy groceries, though that could change, since the program will be cut in November and faces more cuts if the U.S. Senate approves a House measure passed last week to cut $40 billion from the program over the next 10 years. (Arkansas’s House delegation, all Republicans, voted in favor of the cuts, a move predicted to affect one in six Arkansans.) Lacy says she can feed the family of four on that “if I budget my money right.” Her children qualify for ARKids First health insurance, which uses Medicaid funds. (Her health plan: “Home remedies.”) Lacy would like to make just a bit more money

time in her life when the father of her third child was around and helped with expenses. That is no longer the case. Howard had dreams at one time. She graduated from Hall High, where she was a member of the Arkansas Young Artist Association. She went to UALR for a year to study criminal justice. She thought she would be a lawyer, a “power attorney.” Instead, she became a mother, the baby’s father her high school sweetheart. He split when the baby was born, and she began a repeating series of minimum-wage jobs, new boyfriends, a couple more babies and more abandonment. “I feel it’s like a curse,” she observed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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HOWARD: Works two jobs to support three children.

At one point, after the father of her 2-year-old left, Howard moved into Our House. But while she thinks the program is beneficial, it made her feel defeated. The women around her, she said, had been physically and mentally abused. “It was a wake-up call,” she said. She now lives with her brother and pays her brother-in-law to look after her kids when she’s working. It was noon when she talked to a reporter; she had not yet gone to bed from her job at Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell. (It’s the fourth fast-food restaurant that’s employed Howard — she’s worked Wendy’s and Rally’s as well. Her best job was at McDonald’s — $9.50 an hour — but she said the hours conflicted with getting her kids to school on time.) The KFC job is full-time; she makes $8 an hour. Her home-health job with Carelink, which she started only last week, is part-time and pays $7.25 and mileage. Howard pays her brother $500 a month in rent and utilities. She pays $160 a month for childcare. Her phone bill is $60. She drives a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and pays for gas and insurance. She has credit card debt, but doesn’t think she can afford the legal costs of filing for bankruptcy. A hike in the wage just to $8.25 would help, she said. “I’d love to have a decent 9

to 5 or 6 job,” she said. Her children complain that she doesn’t take them anywhere for fun. She’d like to be home to “check their homework, have movie nights.” She’s frustrated. She’s even considered whether it would be best for her children to give them up, but “I can’t see myself giving up my kids.” Soon, she sighed, it’s going to be Christmas. Howard drew a sketch of an eye in this reporter’s notebook. “The eyes always tell a story,” she wrote by the side. “Just look.” Her own were tired. ◆◆◆


ebra Pendergrass, 45, thinks she’ll have to get a second job, now that her husband has retired. She works at Burger King. She started at $7.50 an hour but now makes $8.25. Sometimes she works 20 hours a week, sometimes fewer. Her last paycheck, for 57 hours of work, was for $472, but after taxes $386. She applied at the Dollar General store but hasn’t heard back. Pendergrass’ husband receives a Social Security check of $500 a month, which covers their mortgage debt. When he was working as a construction worker, she said,




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“he made pretty good,” though he didn’t work a lot in winter. After he retired, the couple had to go to their church pantry for food. “We had never done it before,” she said. Her monthly bills include utilities, phone, gas for the car. She has no health insurance, so she is working on a payment plan for the medical bill she owes for treatment of reflux and a bout of irritable bowel syndrome last year. Pendergrass has had to cash in her small 401(k) — which she had through Burger King — to make ends meet. “I get depressed a lot,” Pendergrass said. “Sometimes I get so far behind” on their bills. The SNAP program will help her family as well. Her church health center helps pay for the Nexium she takes for the reflux. ◆◆◆


rkansas last raised the state minimum wage, to $6.25, (which applies only to persons whose employer engages in no interstate commerce, employs no more than three people and has a business volume of less than $500,000) in 2006. (Employers of persons who earn tips may pay less, but if their employees’ tips don’t bring the pay to $7.25 an hour, the employer must make it up.) Rep. Wilkins told the members of the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee that it was his constituents that he met going door to door during his campaign that persuaded him to introduce his bill to raise the state wage to $8.25. “If I thought it was damaging to the economy I wouldn’t be here,” he said, “but I can’t imagine what these people are going through.” State Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork, however, said raising the minimum wage would cost jobs, because small business employers wouldn’t be able to afford to keep their workers on. Rep. David Meeks, R-Conway, called the bill “noble,” but he’d heard from businesses that they’d pass the cost on to their customers. “How do you respond to that?” he asked Wilkins. “Studies just don’t indicate that,” Wilkins replied. “There’s no proof” that happens. State AFL-CIO President Alan Hughes, who was part of the group working to raise the minimum wage in 2005, told the committee, “I’ve been at this table several times. Last time we heard the same stories, pros and cons. But think back when it passed: Did you see all that happen on the bad side? The only thing new about [this discussion] is you sitting at this table ... Did you see all those horrible things happen? We’d have to go another two years before we can do this again. ... Everything is going up. I’m

hearing from my members saying we’ve got to do something for those who are lowincome. I’m asking you to consider those who are struggling. ... [We’re] only asking you to raise it a dollar.” Brett Kincaid, outreach director for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, also testified for Rep. Wilkins’ bill, saying it would help those that cook their lunches and clean their schools. Follow along on Instagram: In an interview last week, Kincaid noted @paperscissorslittlerock the close correlation between poverty and poor school performance and future earnDowntown Little Rock 300 River Market Ave, Ste 105 ing potential. “There’s really no question about how important it is to raise family LOW FIDELITY LOGO [RED] LOW FIDELITY LOGO [BLUE] wages and income to get more families ** Kincaid The Low Fidelity logos are out of poverty,” said. There is meant no to provide a more efficient and cost effective variation. We recommend that these variations be used for printing and all stamp applications. correlation, on**the other hand, to wage increases and economic downturns, he said. “American workers are the job creators,” he said. If they are paid more, they can spend more. Copley said studies show that when people are paid more, they are more productive. They see a correlation between hard work and pay. Otherwise, if you’re never going to get ahead, your morale suffers. ‘When we’ve looked at every time the minimum wage is increased, we really don’t see any loss of jobs.” ◆◆◆


rguments against raising the minimum wage are particularly tough to swallow if you consider the enormous disparity in wealth in America today. Corporate profits hit a record in 2012 as a share of U.S. economic output, a study of Internal Revenue Service data by three major universities concluded. The wealthiest Americans had income gains of 20 percent — and 95 percent of those gains went to the top 1 percent of Americans as measured by wealth. The rest of America in 2012: Incomes rose 1 percent. The current American economy has been compared to the Gilded Age when a few families — the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Astors and others — held such enormous wealth. Today we have the Walton heirs, who famously hold more wealth than the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined — many of whom, ironically, work for the Waltons. One in five people (nearly 600,000) in the Waltons’ home state live in poverty, according to Census figures and one in three jobs is low-wage. In Arkansas in 2012, the lowest-paid jobs were in the restaurant service industry. The average wage was at or above the minimum now being proposed, ranging CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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from $8.26 to $8.44, according to the Arkansas Occupational Employment and Wages publication of the state Department of Workforce Services. Montine McNulty, director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, which lobbies for the restaurant, lodging and tourism industry, said the association opposed the $2 increase in the state minimum wage that Rep. Wilkins’ bill would have implemented. “I’m really here to speak on behalf of the mom and pop employers,� she told the house committee, who are faced with high fuel, employment taxes, “increased regulation� and labor costs. She said there was “fear and uncertainty about what it’s going to cost businesses for health care. All of those things make [a raise in the minimum wage] a really scary thing. ... I feel hours would be cut. ... A lot pay wages based on what demand is and what they have to pay to get good employees. That’s a good way to do it.� But here’s what Bryan Rucker, 25, an assistant manager at a Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food outlet in Little Rock, thinks: If he could offer his employees $8.25 an hour, his employer might even save money. “$7.25 is a slap in the face,� Rucker said. He said higher wages give people a “greater incentive to work.� Rucker says he tries to pay starting wages at $7.50, a bit higher than the federal minimum of $7.25. “A dollar an hour [extra] would be significant,� he said. “If you’re good, I try to give you as many hours as I can,� Rucker said “If I had a crew of three who worked really hard,

I wouldn’t have to work extra people.� Some minimum wage workers, Rucker said, come in “angry at the world,� put in their four hours and leave. Those folks may not stick around. He has a cashier, on the other hand, who works so hard and has been so helpful she’s already gotten a promotion. Rucker knows what it’s like to work hard. After he got out of the Army, he worked two jobs, as a tattoo artist and at Sports Academy. He made pretty good money, thanks to long hours and decent pay from the tattoo job and long hours, on top of the 20 to 30 hours at Sports Academy. But he had to give up the tattooing thanks to wrist strain from his Army job as a machine gunner, so he moved to Walmart, where he was paid $7.65 an hour and worked full-time, and kept the part-time job at Sports Academy as well. Rucker quit those jobs to go back to school to complete his bachelor’s degree in music (he plays saxophone and euphonium), but he still worked, this time at Bale Honda. After he got the degree, he got the management job at Taco BellKentucky Fried Chicken, where he is paid a salary of $29,030 a year. He works 50 hours a week, which works out to a little over $10 an hour. When he works more than 50 hours a week, he’s paid what he calls “Chinese overtime� — $5 for every extra hour. Rucker is paying for his fiancee’s tuition at Remington and supporting her child and his child on the pay. Would his employers be supportive of raising the minimum wage? No, he says. They believe they’d lose money.


ernment, it would mean a lower net cost. 2. Arkansas continues the national trend of premiums coming in lower than the average rate predicted by the Congressional Budget Office. That means the cost to consumers and the overall cost of Obamacare is less than expected. 3. For some healthy people currently buying cheap plans on the private market, rates are going up.  That last bit is already being trumpeted by Obamacare opponents. But simply comparing premium prices pre- and post-Obamacare obscures some key points. The plans released show the sticker prices, but most people shopping on the marketplace will pay less than that, sometimes dramatically so. That’s because subsidies will automatically lower the price. Subsidies are available on a sliding scale to people between 139 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $15,000 to $46,000 for an individual, or $31,000 to $94,000 for a family of four). People below 139 percent FPL will pay zero for premiums, via the “private option.” Most of the currently uninsured that will shop on the exchange will qualify for subsidies and about half of those who currently have private insurance will qualify for subsidies (see more on The Big Picture on page 13.) To get an idea of how the subsidies work in practice, imagine that the 25-yearold mentioned above, Gus, is making $25,000. If he chose the cheapest bronze plan, the subsidies would drop his premium from $182 to just $85.54 a month. Or imagine that the Joneses, our family of four, have a household income of $75,000. If they wanted to buy a silver plan for the whole family, the sticker price would be $879 per month. But after subsidies, the family would only have to pay $556. And if they applied their subsidies to the cheapest bronze plan, the price would drop from $693 per month all the way down to $370.13. The second thing to keep in mind is that while healthy people will likely see rates go up, people with pre-existing conditions will often see rates go down, or find that they can now get coverage when they were previously denied. The cheapest rates available on the private market preObamacare only exist because the market excludes or price gouges people that are sick. There’s a tradeoff here: the law aims to provide coverage and security for everyone, but that means sacrificing the cheapest rates for currently healthy people. Finally, if comparing Obamacare plans to the cheapest plans now available, it’s important to note that the Obamacare plans will offer more coverage and more protections. In fact, if people end up hav-

ing health issues, they will often save on total health costs, including out of pocket costs, even if they’re paying more for premiums. And people will no longer risk losing coverage if they become sick. Even taking all of that context into consideration, it’s still the case that many healthy people will have to pay more for private insurance. Let’s take one last look at Gus and the Joneses. Currently, on the pre-Obamacare private market, what rates are offered by the dominant carrier, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield? Using the Blue Cross Blue Shield website, it’s possible to get premium quotes by age and gender to find out. These quotes assume that Gus and the Joneses have no health issues that might bring up their premiums. The premium varies depending on deductible, so we’ll look at a high-deductible and a low-deductible plan. For Gus, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a plan with a monthly premium of $71 ($1,000 deductible) or $47 ($5,000 deductible). For the Joneses, it offers a plan for $433.19 ($1,000 deductible) or $290.67 ($5,000 deductible). Those are much lower than the sticker price for Obamacare plans. Healthy people that are too affluent to qualify for subsidies will see a major rate hike, particularly those that benefit most from price discrimination on the current market: men and young people. Even some lower-income people receiving subsidies to offset the cost will see an increase on net. Much will depend on each consumer’s individual situation, but some may experience “rate shock.” Consumers that don’t get health insurance through an employer or a public program have a few options. They can sign up for one of the Obamacare plans. They can renew or enroll in a 2013 private plan and hang on to the old plan at the old rate for one last year. Or they can go without health insurance and pay a penalty. That penalty is whichever is greater: $95 or one percent of income above the tax-filing threshold ($10,000 for an individual, $20,000 for a married couple). The penalty gets higher in future years. Here’s the big question, the one that goes to the heart of whether Obamacare will work or not: Will consumers who don’t get health insurance through a job or a public program think that the Obamacare plans are a good deal? Or a good enough deal given that the alternative is paying a penalty? The fate of Obamacare comes down not to the pundits and policymakers shouting on both sides, but to those consumers. Enrollment starts Oct. 1 and goes through the end of March.

























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success while attending school and also to have that success translate to the job market. Recruiters for some of the most popular nursing programs in the state tell what they offer and more. Arkansas Tech University

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At Arkansas Tech, we believe nursing is a caring relationship that facilitates health and healing.

College recruitment starts early. My mission as the recruiter is to serve as the primary point of contact and to provide educational presentations at various events around Arkansas and the surrounding areas. My purpose is to assist prospective students with the admissions process and make them better prepared and more competitive when it is time to apply to UAMS CON. If anyone is interested please feel free to contact us at 501.686.5224 or by email at

Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas Kathleen Barta, Ed.D. - Graduate Coordinator, Kelly Vowell Johnson, MSN - Undergraduate Coordinator, Holly VanWinkle, MSN - RN-BSN Coordinator

The University of Arkansas prepares people for meaningful and challenging careers in nursing where they can make a difference every day. We help you give patient-centered care, lead at the bedside and on interdisciplinary teams, search for the best way to give care to keep patients safe and improve their quality of life, and find satisfaction as a professional nurse. Graduates of the baccalaureate program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as registered nurses. The online RN-BSN program provides career advancement for currently licensed registered nurses. Our online graduate programs offer BSN-prepared nurses an opportunity to become nurse educators or advanced practice nurses (adult/geriatric acute care NP or CNS). Post-MSN APNs can also complete their DNP program online with only 34-39 credits.

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Healthcare professionals in today’s world must be well-rounded individuals with a commitment to personal and professional excellence. The ideal healthcare professional has strong critical thinking skills and enjoys continued learning and growth. The individual has a personal belief in citizenship and makes healthy, responsible decisions about their lifestyle. Ultimately, being a healthcare professional is about caring for people, sometimes on their worst day. The ideal healthcare professional finds self worth and joy in caring for others and making a positive impact in a patient’s life.

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Nursing is one of those rare career fields that is as much ART, as it is SCIENCE. For more than 40 years the UALR Department of Nursing has educated and guided aspiring nurses towards this noble profession. We offer an ASN, BSN, LPN-to-RN fast-track, and BSN completion program. My advice for students is to take ownership and get as much information as possible about the nursing profession and each nursing school before making your decision. Do this early and often! For more information about the UALR Department of Nursing or to schedule an advising appointment, visit or email

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Our belief at Baptist Health is that we are a healing ministry. We provide quality patient care services to all Arkansans with a caring and comforting heart. That is why we are Arkansans’ choice for their healthcare needs. We have a variety of nursing opportunities, from a Level III NICU to 90-bed Critical Care area. Baptist Health offers top quality benefits for employees. We look for nurses who not only think critically but are compassionate and service-oriented. We want to offer a “World Class” environment for everyone. To view job opportunities, log on to:

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There is a circle of excellence that surrounds everyone who works at UAMS. It starts with respect and ends with excellence and it’s what we expect from those who chose a career at Arkansas’s only academic medical center. We offer unique opportunities combined with salary and benefits plus the personal satisfaction you receive working at UAMS – it’s hard to beat. That’s why more than 10,000 employees enjoy a career for life. To join our team, log on to:

In recent issues we started asking what made nurses decide to enter the field. Because of its popularity, we brought the feature back again this year. We talked to several nurses to find out what made them decide to spend their lives caring for others. Look for their stories throughout the issue in the specially marked “Why I Became a Nurse” boxes.

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ec a Why I B At Practice Plus our values consist of Service, Honesty, Respect, Stewardship, and Performance. It is very important to me as I am hiring new employees that they not only have the needed skills to assist and take care of our patients, but that they have a servant’s heart to empathize and give the absolute BEST service available.

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As Arkansas’s only pediatric health care center and one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, we offer a wide range of opportunities for nurses from direct patient care to staff education, research and evidence based practice, administration, nursing information and much more. When you walk through the main entrance, you see a statement: “Fear not illness… this place of Care, Love and Hope is for you.” This statement reflects our culture and guides our practice each and every day that we enter the hall. When considering potential employees, we look for individuals who have a true passion for providing care, love and hope in the profession of pediatric nursing.

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he coming years will be ones of tremendous change for the nursing profession. Three years ago, an organization called the Institute of Medicine issued a major report called “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report called for sweeping changes in how nurses are educated and what roles they are prepared to and allowed to play in reforming and improving health care. Its four main messages are: • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States. • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

“One of the coolest things to me about what the Institute of Medicine recognized is that nursing, as the largest segment of the health care workforce, should be full partners in decision making because we have an important contribution to make,” said Tammy Jones, associate chief nursing officer at the UAMS Medical Center. “Nurses have a bird’s-eye view of what is really going on with bedside care. The IOM was smart in recognizing that there are lots of people with the potential to contribute to making things better.” The challenge, she added, is figuring out how to translate that recognition into real change. That’s where the Arkansas Action Coalition comes in. Along with the report, the IOM developed an action plan that included steps for Congress, state legislatures, hospitals, universities and

other stakeholders. In Arkansas, the Action Coalition is spearheading efforts to make the IOM’s recommendations a reality. One of the main recommendations of the report is that the nursing workforce should be more educated across the board. Specifically, it called for 80 percent of nurses to have Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees by the year 2020, and for the number of nurses with doctoral degrees to double in that same amount of time. “The IOM is saying if we’ve got all these people with all this knowledge, and they’re not educated to contribute at the highest level, we’ve got a problem,” Jones said. “With so many nurses on the front lines of care, we want them to be positioned to reach their full potential both clinically and in leading the way in health care reform.” The IOM also recommended strengthening the curriculum in nursing education, Jones said – making sure nurses learn about health policy, informatics, financial metrics and other topics not thought to be directly related to bedside patient care. “Twenty years ago, that was unheard of,” she said. To be full partners as the IOM recommends, nurses need to be able to problem-solve and think outside the box, Jones said. “We have to balance our focus on quality patient care with looking at how to provide that care more efficiently. Higher education and training — that’s how you gain that skill set.” The 80 percent BSN rate is a lofty goal, Jones acknowledged. UAMS’ nursing staff currently is in line with the national average at 50 percent, and 57 percent of Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s nursing staff have BSNs. Statewide, though, only about 28 percent of nurses have a bachelor’s degree. With nurses in such high demand nationwide, it’s not realistic to simply start requiring new registered nurses to have a BSN, Jones said. Arkansas still has a number of associate degree and diploma programs that prepare RNs, and those programs currently have a place in nursing

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education even as the trend toward requiring BSNs grows. “What we want to do is not have them stop there,” said Dr. Cheryl Schmidt, associate professor at UAMS’ College of Nursing and one of three co-leaders of the Arkansas Action Coalition. Arkansas’s colleges and universities already offer programs that allow nurses to advance one educational level at a time — from licensed practical nurse to an associate degree, for example — but those programs need to be designed so that nurses can progress seamlessly all the way through a bachelor’s degree, she said. “If you have an LPN to associate degree program, they will stop there,” Schmidt said. UAMS has streamlined its education program so nurses can more easily move through bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Jones said. UALR recently reorganized its nursing education into what’s called a ladder program, said Brenda Womack, interim chair of the school’s nursing department. It’s structured so that students first earn an associate degree, but then can progress straight into a 12-month BSN completion track. Baptist Health School of Nursing, one of only two diploma nursing programs left in the state, is also making changes in line with the push for more education, said Stacy Palmer, a member of the school’s faculty. The school already partners with Arkansas Tech University to provide a bridge program that makes it easier for Baptist’s diploma graduates to go back to school and earn a BSN. Plans are in the works for Baptist to transition from a diploma program to an associate degree program, Palmer said. They’ve set a target date of fall 2014 for the first associate degree class to start. “Diploma programs are fading out,” Palmer said. “Our ultimate goal is to offer the best education to our students.” Nationwide, the number of RNs who have returned to school to get a BSN has skyrocketed — from about 35,000 in 2004 to more than 100,000 in 2012, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

A large part of increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses is supporting working nurses when they return to school, said Dr. Debra Jeffs, director of academic nursing education at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and a co-leader of the Arkansas Action Coalition’s education workgroup. One of the ways ACH has increased its BSN nurses is by providing individual advisement to nurses about returning to school, Jeffs said. They work to find the best program match for the nurse in terms of his or her career goals and life circumstances. Money, of course, is also an issue, Schmidt said. “If you’ve got a single-parent LPN with three kids, where do they get the money to go back to school?” she asked. There are scholarships and loans, and many employers provide tuition discounts or reimbursements, but many nurses still need to keep working while they go back to school. It adds up to a sizable burden. “You need to eat and sleep, too,” she said. Still, raising the number of BSNprepared nurses at a hospital has a very real effect, Jeffs said. ACH raised its BSN rate by 10 percentage points in three years,

Why I Became A


I’ve always been one to nurture and comfort and care. I always wanted to go into medicine, and I thought I could get more of the intimate experience as a nurse. Being there for the patients on more than one level has drawn me to the career. Krista Covert, RN, Baptist Health Medical Center

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PrActice PLus is a great place to work... in fact, it’s the employer of choice in our region. We are driven by our Christian values, and known for our professionalism she said, and a recent study showed that an increase of that size in a hospital results in fewer complications for surgical patients and a lower surgical mortality rate. “We’re thrilled that we have this increase,” she said. Leadership development is another major focus of the Future of Nursing report. It recommends expanding opportunities for nurses to lead collaborative improvement efforts and building capacity for nurses to lead change to advance health. The Arkansas Action Coalition is working on a number of projects related to leadership development, said Dr. Angela Green, interim chief nursing officer and senior vice president for patient care services at ACH and co-leader of the coalition’s leadership development arm. Among others, the coalition is seeking funding for a summer leadership extern program for nursing students, developing strategies to increase Arkansas nurses’ participation in national leadership development programs, and working to increase opportunities for nurses to fill board of directors positions in health care or health care related organizations. “I am very excited about the work of the Arkansas Action Coalition, as it provides an opportunity to systematically and strategically maximize the impact of nursing on health and health care in Arkansas,” Green said. Another thrust of the IOM report is that nurses should be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training. In that vein, the Arkansas Action Coalition has been working to remove restrictions on nurse practitioners. Current state law allows nurse practitioners to provide some forms of routine care to patients — including prescribing many medications — but requires them to “collaborate” with a physician. Many states have already gotten

rid of that restriction, Schmidt said, but so far efforts to change the law in Arkansas — most recently, last spring — have failed in the state legislature.

Nationwide, the number of RNs who have returned to school to get a BSN has skyrocketed — from about 35,000 in 2004 to more than 100,000 in 2012.

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Removing the requirement would allow nurse practitioners to better serve patients in rural areas that might not have any local physicians to collaborate with, Schmidt said. Such areas already have severe shortages of primary care providers, and nurse practitioners have the training and education to provide routine primary care, she said. Schmidt said she’s hopeful that younger physicians, who’ve come up in an era when nurses had more responsibility and autonomy, won’t be as territorial as some of their older colleagues. “I think the next generation of physicians is going to be very different,” she said. “They’ve grown up in an interprofessional environment.” There are signs of change, she said. For instance, pharmacists are now allowed to give flu shots and take customers’ blood pressure — a change from long-established rules. Allowing non-physicians to provide such important but routine care frees up the limited number of primary care doctors to handle more complex patients. “It’s usually a turf issue,” Schmidt said. “But they really should look at what’s good for the patient.”

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One career, many possibilities From bedside to boardroom, nurses fill a host of roles


hen you picture a nurse in your mind, what do you see? Someone giving medicine to a person in a hospital bed, or handing a scalpel to a surgeon in the operating room? Maybe someone taking a child’s temperature in a doctor’s office? Those are all accurate pictures, of course—but they’re only a very small part of it. Today, the nursing profession encompasses an enormous range of jobs, specialties and education levels. As April Robinson, who hires nurses for the Baptist Health system, put it: “‘Nursing’ is just a starting point to go to whatever you want to do.” Most nurses do start out providing bedside care to patients in hospitals or nursing homes. Once they’ve laid that foundation of basic experience, though, they can move into any number of specialty areas of care, or out of direct patient care completely. Nurses can work for insurance companies, law firms, school districts or other community organizations. They can work in hospital administration, or earn an advanced practice degree and become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. They can spend their careers doing research, teaching other nurses, working with information systems, or, as Jamie Peacock does, evaluating the quality of care other nurses provide to patients at the hospital where she works. “I check all the quality measures that

apply to nursing,” said Peacock, who became a nurse 20 years ago after a career in teaching. As director of quality programs for nursing at UAMS, She monitors data and conducts evaluation, and oversees patient education and complaints. “It’s a multifaceted job,” she said. “I work with some really smart people.” The wide-open nature of the profession is very appealing to Matt Burgess, a recent graduate of UALR’s associate degree in nursing program. He currently works at Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital, where he cares for patients with complicated, long-term health problems. “I like my job now, but in three or five years I can do something totally different,” he said. “I could work with babies or do mental health. There are a lot of clinical areas I’d be interested in working in.” Robinson said she encourages nursing students to try to get jobs as aides in areas they think they might want to work in when they get their nursing license. It allows them to test the waters before committing to a full-time job, she said, and it also makes them more marketable when they begin the job search. “With a new graduate, if you have experience as an aide in a certain area, that will help you get a job in that area faster,” she said. “They’re familiar with that atmosphere and we know they already thrived in it.” Kara Christensen, a specialty nurse in

Whether looking to attend school for two years or four,

Degrees of Nursing

part-time or full, Arkansas’s


colleges and universities have a number of programs that will get you on the path to a nursing career.

Associate degree programs, offered by two-year and four-year colleges and universities, must meet the requirements of a regional accreditation association and be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. At the completion of the program, the student is awarded an associate of science (AS) or associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree. The graduate is then eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse.

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the neurology department at ACH, took a similar route to her job. She’d always wanted to work at ACH and got a job as a patient care aide while she was in nursing school. By the time she graduated, she was working as an aide in the neurology clinic, and simply transitioned to a nursing position there. She provides inpatient and outpatient care, including talking to patients’ families on the phone about their children’s symptoms and conditions. “We still draw blood and other basic stuff, but it’s more about finding out what the families need and getting it for them.” Sara Jones, a clinical assistant professor at the UAMS College of Nursing and the specialty coordinator for the college’s mental health nurse practitioner program, earned a PhD in nursing. That degree taught her how to conduct research within the health care arena from the special perspective of nursing. “It’s a very holistic approach,” she said. “We look at the mental, emotional, physical and family contexts, the culture.” Jones began working as a research assistant while she was studying for her bachelor’s degree in nursing, with plans to specialize in psychiatric nursing. One day she sat in on a court hearing at the State Hospital and listened to psychiatric patients testify for themselves in court. She decided then that what she really wanted to do was investigate why those patients do what they do. Now, in addition to


Baccalaureate programs must be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and are usually offered by four-year colleges or universities. Students typically take four to five years to complete the degree requirements. At the completion of the program, the student is awarded the bachelor of science (BS) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. He or she is then eligible to take the NCLEX to become a registered nurse (RN).


Master’s degree programs are offered by fouryear colleges and universities for students who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. These advanced degrees prepare

teaching at UAMS, she does research with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, mostly adolescent males. Her research touches on possible connections between brain structure and behavior, as well as what kind of assessments and treatments work best. She’s also earned an advanced practice degree in mental health and eventually wants to work providing psychiatric services to the homeless. Lori Cline, another member of the faculty at UAMS’s College of Nursing, also spends one morning a week working as a group therapist at the Community Mental Health Center in Little Rock. The clinic’s other group therapists are all psychiatrists, social workers or licensed counselors. Cline has a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, and she said she believes her nursing background brings something unique to the table. “I can talk to these patients about their medications, where a social worker might not know that much about medications,” she said. “I talk a lot about mind/body wellness, exercise and nutrition. I can bring a whole-body focus to the group.”

“‘Nursing’ is just a starting point to go to whatever you want to do.”

nurses to take on a variety of specialized roles, including nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist.


The doctoral degree is the highest educational degree available in nursing. Some programs require students to complete a master’s degree first, while others are designed for students who have completed only a bachelor’s degree. There are two main options for doctoral degrees. The PhD, or doctor of philosophy, focuses on preparing nurses to work in researchbased fields. The doctor of nursing practice, or DNP, is a clinical degree that focuses on nursing practice.

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From teaching to palliative care and everything in between, a nursing degree opens the door for many job opportunities.

Why I Became A


As I was growing up, for several years of my life I was raised by my grandmother. I saw how she nursed her parents. I knew right then I wanted to give something back to society. I wanted to be a nurse. Many of her patients also have physical health issues, like high blood pressure and diabetes. Because she’s a nurse, she can answer questions about those issues too. Velisa Charles, a student in UALR’s online RN-to-BSN program, started her career as a certified nursing assistant working in a nursing home. As she completed more education, she stayed in long-term care at first, and then moved to an RN position as a medical/surgical nurse — providing general patient care in a hospital — and now works in oncology, caring for patients who are fighting cancer. “Most of their prognoses are pretty grim, but sometimes you get a patient in there that we’re able to do more with, and that makes the job worth it,” she said. Still, she said she misses long-term care. “I’ve always liked working with the elderly,” she said. “They have so much to offer. They’ve lived so much, and the stories they tell… They’ve done their job, and now it’s time for someone to take care of them.” Lori Hendrix, a mother of two who’s making a career change to nursing, is working on her associate degree at UALR. The wide variety of job possibilities is one of the most appealing aspects of nursing, she said. “There are so many opportunities once you graduate,” she said. “There are so many fields you can go into. I’m getting a great foundation at UALR and I’m ready to explore what all’s out there.”

NURSING LICENSE LEVELS licensed Pr ac tical nurse

Both private and public two-year and four-year institutions offer practical nurse programs, which generally take 12 months to complete. Upon completion, the student receives a certificate and is eligible to take the NCLEX licensing exam and become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs typically work in long-term care, home health and doctor’s offices, although some hospitals employ LPNs as well.

Carla Chapman, RN, Baptist Health Medical Center

It all started with my grandmother. She was the mother of 12 and the grandmother of many, many more. Her compassion, warmth, determination, and eagerness to help others were palpable as I grew up watching her. She would help anyone regardless of race, creed, or social status. Those virtues spilled over onto me. I became a nurse because I love making a difference in the lives of my patients and their families. Helping people gives me a feeling of self-fulfillment, as it is my God-given talent. This is why I am currently working on a master of science in nursing degree. My long term goal is to have an even more in-depth understanding of the human body and play a more active role in promoting and maintaining optimal health. Shakeylla S. Allen, RN, UAMS neurological ICU

Registered nursE

Both two-year and four-year colleges and universities offer registered nurse programs that are divided into two categories: an associate’s degree and a baccalaureate degree. There are also diploma programs that prepare students to become registered nurses without earning an associate’s or baccalaureate degree. Before going to work, the graduate is required to pass a licensing examination.

collaboration with a physician. APNs must pass an advanced licensing exam and may work as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists or other specialty areas.

My first days of being a “real nurse” were spent questioning my decision to become that nurse. The overwhelming feeling of how will I ever instinctively KNOW what to do, when to do it and how to do it? That thought tends to linger for a few days. Then, you start to have rewarding experiences… relieving a patient’s pain, calming fears, drying tears, or saving a life. Before you know it, you’ve moved on and accomplished something you never thought you could just a short time ago. Now that I know I can be successful in my attempts to better others, I am more eager than ever to continue my career as a practicing nurse. I know I made the right decision. Julia Weatherford, RN, UAMS emergency department


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Why I Became A


I was just 19. I grew up in a neighborhood where there were a lot of older people. I was the one who would always ride my bike to the store when Ms. Smith needed something. I also had a lot of friends and family who were nurses and were inspirational. Velisa Charles, RN, student in UALR RN-to-BSN program

I became interested in nursing while volunteering as a liaison in a Kuwaiti maternity hospital. When I returned to the United States, I decided to leave teaching and pursue a degree in nursing. What other profession has so many avenues to grow in knowledge while serving others? You cannot become bored because there is always much more to learn. Jamie Peacock, MSN, RN, director of quality programs for nursing, UAMS

I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 8 or 9 years old. I just remember watching my aunt — she was nurse, and I looked up to her a lot — and knew I wanted to help people. Nursing is my passion, and for anybody who has that heart for helping people, it’s a great job. There’s not very many days that I leave here that I don’t feel good about what I do. Sarah Duck, BSN, RN, labor and delivery, Conway Regional Medical Center

I grew up in McCrory, which has less than 2,000 people. We had one physician with a nurse practitioner who worked with him. She had been on the transport team for Children’s and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard. I knew from early on, about age 12, that I wanted to be a nurse. That same year, my brother had a stomach virus that turned out to be rotavirus and he came to Children’ s for three days. It was such a big deal. I knew I wanted to work at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I never had any doubt. Kara Christensen, RN, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, neurology

Jeff Carmack, director of the simulation lab at UALR, can watch students “take care” of “patients” in a hospital-like setting.

Expanding with the times


s the nursing profession grows and evolves, Arkansas’s nursing education programs grow and evolve with it. One of the most recent examples is the new 22-bed simulation hospital at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It occupies the bottom floor of the nursing department’s new $6.5 million building. High-tech simulation is becoming a more and more important part of nursing education, said Brenda Womack, interim chair of UALR’s nursing department. Simulation mannequins can be programmed to act out just about any health issue instructors can dream up, and they have another key advantage: “In a real hospital, if a student is doing something wrong, clearly you have to stop that,” she said. “In simulation you can go ahead and let them mess up, and they can see the consequences.” UALR’s simulation area is set up like a real — if small — hospital. It includes labor and delivery, pediatrics, general medical/ surgical, and complex care areas. Most of the simulations involve mannequins, but paid actors are sometimes brought in for mental health-related scenarios and to help students learn “soft skills” like

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Nursing programs grow to fit the needs of Arkansans

communication and empathy. Instructors sit in a control room and watch students take care of the “patients,” and then discuss with them later what went right or wrong. “What this facility has brought to our students is a real increase in fidelity and realism,” said Jeff Carmack, a nursing faculty member and director of the simulation lab. Part of that is the highfidelity simulation mannequins and the true-to-life medical delivery system, but it’s also in the realistic design of the space. “We really went out of our way to make sure students saw a hospital room when they walked in,” Carmack said. The new nursing department building also includes two theater-style classrooms that hold 95 students each, and all classrooms are equipped with smartboards and other modern technology, Womack said. The nursing department is planning to host an open house Oct. 27. “It is a state-of-the-art facility,” Womack said. “We’re hoping to really showcase it.” The University of Central Arkansas is also working with Conway Regional Medical Center to create the Center for Collaborative Healthcare Education, a planned state-of-the-art building that both

institutions will use for nursing education activities. “It’s something the department of nursing started exploring a few years ago,” said Dr. Pam Ashcraft, assistant nursing professor at UCA. “Our focus was really trying to find a way to help bridge the gap between education and practice — between being a nursing student and actually being a nurse.” Many UCA nursing students already do some of their hands-on clinical education at Conway Regional, Ashcraft said. This partnership would go further. “It would be a shared building that would house our nursing department and our student classrooms, but Conway Regional would also have facilities there, like nursing outreach or continuing education,” she said. Having a shared space will give UCA nursing students more chances to interact with Conway Regional staff and for the two institutions to share resources, Ashcraft said. “It would be a good opportunity to work together,” she said.

Bringing research into the real world Doctor of Nursing Practice degree focuses on improving patient care


s the nursing profession in general moves toward encouraging all nurses to pursue further education, more and more nursing schools are offering a new degree called the doctor of nursing practice, or DNP. In Arkansas, two schools — the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences — admitted the first students to their new DNP programs this fall. Arkansas State University is planning to start its first class in January, and the University of Central Arkansas will be launching a DNP program in 2014 as well. The doctor of nursing practice degree is at the same level as a PhD, but has a very different focus. While PhD programs focus on research, the DNP focuses on the practice of nursing itself — much like physical therapists’ and physicians’ degrees. Courses address topics such as health policy, finance, quality of nursing, leadership and translating research into clinical practice. “The DNP allows the graduate to implement research findings into practice,” said Dr. Donna Gullette, associate dean for practice and director of Master of Nursing Science programs at the UAMS College of Nursing. “The DNP graduate is a leader.

They’re educated to impact change in the health care arena.” There’s a huge movement toward DNP programs nationwide, said Julie Meaux, professor of nursing and director of the DNP program at UCA. “The thought is that, particularly, advanced practice nurses are underdegreed — that the level of their education and responsibility exceeds a master’s degree,” Meaux said. Initially, the four Arkansas schools had been talking about working together to create a single DNP program in the state, Meaux said. “After several years we realized with the number of students out there, it was not feasible to do that,” she said. “If we were going to serve our communities of interest, it was better for us each to offer a program.” Each of the four programs is slightly different in its focus and entry requirements. Three of the four require a master’s degree, but the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is offering a BSNto-DNP track as well. At UAMS, the 19 students who started the DNP program this fall are advanced practice nurses (APNs), meaning they have a master’s degree and have passed an

advanced practice licensing exam. There’s a high demand among APNs in Arkansas who want to get a DNP degree, Gullette said. That demand is being driven, in part, by the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, which recommended doubling the number of nurses with doctoral degrees nationwide. The goal, Gullette said, is to ensure that nurses are practicing to the fullest potential of their education and abilities.

improvements,” she said. Advanced practice nurses already know the issues that face the particular patient population they work with, Gullette said. The DNP degree will give them the skills to go back to their area of practice and implement change and quality improvements to help those patients. Too often, she said, valuable research findings don’t make the move from paper to practice in a timely fashion — if at all. “We really need someone who can say,

“Nurses are in an ideal position because they interface with specialists across the system,” Full-time students at UAMS will be able to complete the DNP program in about two-anda-half years, Gullette said. That includes 34 to 36 credit hours of coursework plus a capstone project. The complexity of modern health care requires an additional skill set for advanced practice nurses, said Dr. Kathleen Barta, associate professor of nursing at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. “We need to equip them to examine outcomes for groups of patients and systems to identify areas needing

‘This is what’s been studied over here, and this is how it can apply in practice,’” Gullette said. The DNP degree will also position nurses to lead interprofessional health care teams and not only deliver care, but to evaluate it as well, Barta said. “Nurses are in an ideal position because they interface with specialists across the system,” she said. “They merge the patient’s response to inputs from all team members and help provide a holistic view of what happens. They help broker conversations between the patient, family and team.”

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Years/Public Private


Degree Offered

Arkansas State University - Jonesboro · 870-972-3074 (nursing) · 870-972-3024 (admissions)

4 yr public




Arkansas Tech University, Russellville · 479-968-0383

4 yr public



BSN-4yrs, RN to BSN-1yr, MSN2yrs

Harding University, Searcy · 1-800-477-4407, 501-279-4682

4 yr private



BSN 4 yrs

Henderson State University, Arkadelphia · 870-230-5015

4 yr public



4 yrs

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia · 870-235-4040

4 yr public


BSN, Online RN-BSN Completion and ADN

4 yrs BSN 2yrs/ADN, 2-4 yrs online RN-BSN Completion program

University of Arkanasas, Fayetteville · 479-575-3904

4 yr public


BSN, RN-BSN, LPN-BSN, MSN (online program)

4 yrs***

UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock · 501-569-8081

4 yr public


BSN, RN-BSN Completion

7 semester BSN, 3 semester RN to BSN Completion

University of Central Arkansas, Conway · 501-450-3119

4 yr public



4 yrs/BSN, MSN varies, PMC varies

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith · 479-788-7861, 1-888-512-LION

4 yr public



4 yrs for BSN/Varies for RN-BSN

University of Arkansas at Monticello · 870-460-1069

4 yr public



1 to 4 yrs

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock · 501-686-5224

4 yr public


BSN, MNSc, Ph.D, DNP. Post Masters options available

BSN generic: 2 yrs+1 summer/ RN to BSN: 1 yr full time/ MNSC& Ph.D:students have up to 6 yrs to complete degree requirements

Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville · 870-824-6253 · Paragould · 870-239-3200 · Burdette · 870-563-5110

2 yr public



2 year

Arkansas State University - Jonesboro · 870-972-3074 (nursing) · 870-972-3024 (admissions)

4 yr public


Traditional LPN-AASN (Traditional AASN offered at ASU Mountain Home, ASU Beebe, West Memphis)


Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark · 479-667-2117





East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City · 870-633-4480

2 yr public



2 yrs

National Park Community College, Hot Springs · 501-760-4290

2 yr public


AS in Nursing

2 yrs

Mississippi County Community College, Blytheville · 870-762-1020

2 yr public


AAS in Nursing

2 yrs

North Arkansas College, Harrison · 870-743-3000

2 yr public


AAS in Nursing-traditional. LPN, LPN-RN

RN-2 yr; LPN-RN-1yr; PN-1yr

Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville · 479-636-9222, 800-995-6922

2 yr public



4 semesters

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena, Dewitt, Stuttgart · Helena 870-3386474 x1254; DeWitt 1-870-946-3506 x1611; Stuttgart 1-870-673-4201 x1809

2 yr public


AAS, technical certificate/PN

AAS 72 credit hrs, PN 54 credit hrs

Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff · 870-543-5917

2 yr public


AAS: RN, Generic RN & LPN/Paramedic to RN. Technical Certificate: PN

PN-1 yr, Generic RN-5 Semesters

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville · 870-612-2000, 800-508-7878

2 yr public


AAS-Generic RN and LPN to RN-traditional and online tracks, PN 11 mos, Generic RN program is Program (Technical Certificate) Generic RN Program 16 mos.

University of Arkansas Community College at Hope · 870-777-5722

2 yr public



12 months (excludes prerequisites)

UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock · 501-569-8081

4 yr public



4 semesters

Baptist Health Schools Little Rock · 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046

private, faith-based


diploma/LPN, diploma/RN

RN traditonal track 3yrs. RN express track 2yrs. LPN 1yr. RN Accelerated 1yr (LPNs or Paramedics).

Jefferson Reg. Med. Center School of Nursing, Pine Bluff · 870-541-7850


24 months


2 years core courses

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark · 479-667-2117



AAS in Allied Health-Practical Nursing

3 semesters

Baptist Health Schools Little Rock · 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046



diploma/LPN, diploma/RN

2 semester LPN

Black River Technical College, Pocahontas · 870-248-4000

2 yr public


AAS/RN, Certificate/PN, Certificate of Proficiency/Nursing Assistant

AAS/RN 3 semesters, Certificate/PN 3semesters, Certificate of Proficiency/ Nursing Assistant 4 weeks.

Cossatot Community College of the UA, De Queen, Nashville · 870-584-4471, 800-844-4471

2 yr public



De Queen 11 mos Day Program, Nashville 18 mos evening program

Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville · 870-824-6253 · Paragould · 870-239-3200 · Burdette · 870-563-5110



Certificate of Practical Nursing

13 months

ASU Technical Center, Jonesboro · 870-932-2176




11 mos

Arkansas State University - Beebe · ASU Searcy Campus 501-207-6214



Certificate LPN

11 mos

Arkansas State University - Mountain Home · 870-508-6266



AAS-LPN/Paramedic to RN, certificate/PN, CNA

11-22 mos

Arkansas State University - Newport · 870-680-8710



Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

1 yr

Northwest Technical Institute, Springdale · 479-751-8824




3 sem. & 1 Summer session (includes Pre-Reqs)

College of the Ouachitas, Malvern · 800-337-0266 ext 1200

2 yr public


Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medication Administration - Certified (MA-C), Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

1-3 semesters

Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute · Forrest City · 870-633-5411




LPN: 40 wks, CNA: 12 wks

Ozarka College, Melbourne · 870-368-7371

2 yr public



11-18 mos

University of Arkansas Comm. College at Morrilton · 501-354-2465

2 public


LPN-certificates AAS-LPN, RN

3 semesters - 2yr

Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock · 501-812-2200

2 yr public


Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing/PN

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Dollars & sense Paying for your nursing education There’s no way around it — nursing school isn’t cheap. Fortunately, there are a number of financial aid programs that can help you cover your costs while keeping debt to a minimum. One of the first places to look is at the school itself. Arkansas’s colleges and universities have a number of scholarships, some of which are specifically for nursing students. One such program is the Pat and Willard Walker scholarships at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The scholarships provide aid for four semesters to help cover the cost of tuition. One of the recipients of that scholarship is Lori Hendrix, 36, who’s pursing an associate degree in nursing. “I’m really thankful for that scholarship,” she said. At Arkansas Tech University, about 15 to 20 nursing students each semester benefit from scholarships that come directly through the nursing department, said Dr. Rebecca Burris, the department chair. There are also statewide scholarships available to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree and haven’t already earned a four-year degree in another area. Many hospitals in Arkansas also offer some tuition reimbursement for employees who go back to school. “That’s getting more and more common because a lot of the acute care organizations are looking to encourage nurses to go back to school and continue their education,” said Velisa Charles, a student in the online RNto-BSN program at UALR. The nationwide nursing shortage has also prompted the federal and state governments to develop loan/scholarship programs that help pay student nurses’ tuition in exchange for a commitment to work a certain number of years in an area with a critical nurse shortage. Sara Jones, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said she’s been able to pay for her entire graduate education with a combination of stipends from UAMS and loans from the Arkansas Graduate Nursing Education Student Loan and Scholarship Program. This program aims to increase the number of advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists and nurse educators in the state. One of the keys to maximizing your financial aid options is getting an early start, said Becky Parnell, interim chair of the nursing department at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in Magnolia. Many scholarship programs have application deadlines that are much earlier than the start of the school year, and it can take a while to gather all the necessary information. “Start searching now,” she said. “Funds are available through private scholarships and most schools have great financial aid counselors.” SAU financial aid staff will work closely with each student to maximize their financial aid, she said.

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Avoiding the stumbling blocks Plan and prepare for challenges outside the classroom

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tacy Palmer has seen it dozens of times: “When our students start nursing school, their whole lives crumble around them.” Palmer, who’s on the faculty at the Baptist Health School of Nursing, lost her mother and grandfather shortly after she began nursing classes. She’s seen plenty of other students struggle too. For many nursing students, the challenges of nursing school aren’t limited to the classroom. Finances, time management, balancing family with work and school — pressures in all of these areas can make it difficult for even the most motivated and accomplished nursing students to earn their degrees. Fortunately, students can take some simple steps to help them stay on track. Financial difficulties are probably the biggest issue most students face, Palmer said. Students may count on being able to work full time while they go to school, only to realize halfway through that nursing school is tougher than they anticipated. They may need to cut back on their work hours, but feel like they can’t afford to. What’s the answer? Palmer advises students to plan not to work full time, and instead to be prepared to take out a loan. Students should think about their finances and put pen to paper to figure out how much money they need to cover tuition and living expenses. Becky Parnell, chair of the nursing department at Southern Arkansas University

in Magnolia, is currently doing research that focuses on student success in nursing school. Her advice: Find out what type of learning style works best for you — you can find a free learning style test online — and let that guide the type of study methods and tools you use. “For example, a student who is an auditory learner should ask the faculty member if they can record their lecture or take notes and then record themselves reading the notes,” she said. “Also, I would strongly suggest frequent communication with their faculty members. Faculty are experts at what they do, and they know how to help a student be successful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” It’s common for nursing students to be raising families while they’re in school — either because nursing is a second career or because they’re going back to school later in adulthood to pursue a higher degree. It’s not easy to maintain a balance between home and school. For students who have a choice, it’s usually better to put off marriage and family until after they’ve finished their educations, said Rebecca Burris, chair of the nursing department at Arkansas Tech University. “It does interfere with their ability to study and concentrate and get their school work done,” she said. “And it’s hard when clinical starts at 6:30 in the morning and you can’t traditionally find daycare at that time.” Ayasha Stewart, director of the women’s nurse practitioner program at the UAMS College of Nursing, said she always advises

younger students to take their time and not hurry into marriage. And for those who are already married, Stewart, who is divorced, has advice as well. “I give them all the things I did wrong,” she said. “I tell them they need to communicate better with their partner and make sure they’re supportive, and if not, maybe they need to rethink this.” Lori Hendrix, 36, is juggling caring for two children while she pursues an associate degree in nursing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also lives an hourand-a-half away from UALR. Prioritizing isn’t easy, she said. “I did not pick my clinical rotation by what I wanted to see or who the instructor was,” she said. “I based it on what was the best schedule for my kids, what kept me with them as much as possible.” Hendrix said time management is one of her strengths, but that she has had to learn to let go of stress and perfectionism. “Sometimes you’re not going to make an A. I’ve learned to accept that,” she said. Nursing school requires more clock hours per credit hour than other fields of study, said Brenda Womack, interim chair of UALR’s nursing department. “That means normal students would expect to study two hours for a one-hour course, but our requirement is three hours. That throws them off a bit. They have to do a lot of extra work to prepare to go to clinicals and take care of patients, and then do a lot of documentation when they

leave. It’s hard to have enough time on the clock to study when you have children and jobs.” UALR has a student success coordinator on staff to help connect students to community agencies and resources that might be able to help with the students’ needs, Womack said. Usually it just comes down to planning, said Velisa Charles, an oncology nurse who is enrolled in UALR’s RN-to-BSN program. Her faith and strong family support helped keep her in school while she took care of her small children, but planning was the key, she said. “When my children were little I would have to study with them at 6, 7 o’clock in the evening when they were doing their homework, then put them to bed and be up at 2 or 3 in the morning studying for myself. It was hard, but it can be done,” she said. “One of the things I always tell the young ladies I talk to: You have to make a plan for yourself. You have to plan things out and stay organized. If you start something and it’s working for you, don’t change that. I had a plan for what me and my children had to do. Once we got on our little routine it worked out for me.” Matt Burgess, an RN at Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital, said nursing students must be determined and self-confident. “Once you’re in school, just keep going,” he said. “Believe in yourself. Being a nurse is so much better than being in nursing school. It’s difficult — it needs to be difficult — but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Once a nurse, always a student Education lasts a lifetime for nurses


f you’re looking for a career where you can get a degree, find a job and then never darken the door of a classroom again, nursing probably isn’t for you. For most nurses, education is a careerlong endeavor. It starts with the initial training to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN). While in past decades nurses might have stopped there, today a growing number of nurses go back to school after they start working to earn higher degrees and certifications to better prepare themselves for the increasingly complex world of health care. In addition, all LPNs, RNs and advanced practice nurses (APNs) in Arkansas must complete continuing education requirements to renew their licenses every two years. Continuing education could involve taking a college class, attending a conference, participating in training sessions held at the workplace or even taking online courses. There’s a good reason for all the extra education, said Jamie Peacock, director of quality programs for nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Health care changes so quickly, she said, and nurses can’t provide the best care unless they keep up with current trends and practices.

“You can’t not do it and be safe,” she said. “You have to keep yourself educated to be expert in your specialty. It’s one of those things where the more you know, the more you find out you need to know. We never finish learning.” Peacock herself is a good example of lifelong learning. After earning a bachelor’s degree and working as a teacher for a number of years, she moved into health care 20 years ago as a diploma nurse, the quickest route to becoming a registered nurse. Eventually, as she wanted to move up in her career, she went back to school to earn a master’s degree, which she completed last year. There are several possible routes for entering the nursing profession, some of which take longer and cost more than others. Which one is right for you depends on your life circumstances and ultimate career goals. Velisa Charles got her first job as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a nursing home in 1989 after taking a short course at what was then called Delta Career College. Fresh from high school, she needed to start working as soon as possible, and she didn’t feel ready to commit to college. In 2000, she completed coursework at Southeast

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Arkansas College to become an LPN; six years later she went back to complete an associate’s degree and become an RN. Now she’s enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s online RNto-BSN program. Having a BSN will qualify her for management positions at the hospital where she now works, she said, as well as allow her to teach classes in LPN programs. She may even go on to pursue a master’s degree eventually, she said. “It’s been like a stepping stone process for me,” she said. “Those are opportunities that I’m really looking forward to doing once I get this degree.” While more and more nursing jobs are requiring a bachelor’s degree, many nursing students still need or want to enter the profession in a shorter time period than it takes to earn a BSN. Students can become registered nurses through diploma programs, such as Baptist Health School of Nursing, and through associate degree programs, offered at a number of community colleges and four-year universities around the state. Once they’re in the RN workforce, they can continue their educations through an RN-to-BSN completion program. “A higher education opens doors,” said Becky Parnell, interim chair of the nursing department at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. “It provides the student with the background knowledge and critical thinking to be successful in many different areas of the nursing profession.”

These programs are typically offered completely online. Online education works so well for nursing degrees because nurses typically learn all the hands-on clinical skills they need in their initial RN training, said Brenda Womack, interim chair of the nursing department at UALR. After that, coursework focuses on other skills, such as leadership and management, cost analyses, community assessments, health care policy and research — knowledge that is essential for nurses to fulfill their potential as members of the health care team. Most of the nurses pursuing BSNs at UALR are working RNs, she said. “Most of it has to do with leadership and management skills,” she said. “They’re already solid nurses in terms of patient care.” Being able to take classes online can also take away some of the awkwardness that older nurses might feel going back to a college campus, Peacock said. “Online education is really, really wonderful because you’re on the same level playing field with everyone else,” she said. “They don’t know how old you are or what you look like. It’s all based on your knowledge and writing skills. That’s the best.” Beyond the bachelor’s level, nurses can pursue a growing range of graduate degrees. For example, APNs, which include nurse practitioners, are nurses who have earned at least a master’s degree and passed an advanced practice licensing exam. In Arkansas, APNs can provide primary care to patients in

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I graduated from high school in 2004 and went to UALR for two or three years. I kind of had a couple different majors, but I didn’t get a degree. I worked at a call center for a few years and thought I just needed to do something different. I wasn’t making any money, and the work I was doing was not meaningful to me. I always heard that nursing was a great career, and I thought, well, I can do that. I got into nursing school and I got into more than what I expected. People don’t realize how much responsibility nurses actually have. Matt Burgess, RN, Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital

degrees with the goal of becoming nurse educators or administrators. More and more nurses are going even further and pursuing doctoral degrees. Jeff Carmack is one of them. Carmack worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and a volunteer firefighter before he decided to go into nursing. He started out with an associate degree from UALR in 2007, then completed a BSN at UALR and a master’s degree at UCA. Now a member of the UALR faculty and director of the nursing department’s simulation lab, Carmack is studying to get a doctor of nursing practice degree in education from a university in North Carolina. “My ultimate goal is to continue to look at ways simulation can bridge the gap between new research findings and how to apply those to the bedside,” he said. “It usually takes 17 years for something that a nurse finds in researching a topic to get to the bedside. The role of the doctor of nursing practice is to reduce that time.” Certification is another important part of lifelong learning for nurses. There are a number of certifications that nurses can get in just about every area of nursing, such as labor and delivery, operating room, nurse education, oncology and many more. Nurses typically have to have worked a certain number of hours in their specialty area of certification, taken extra training and passed a certification exam, and be actively practicing in that specialty. Certifications usually are valid for two to four years, and nurses have to fulfill certain education and work requirements

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which can run several hundred dollars. Peacock, who has a certification in quality, maintains a database at UAMS of which nurses are certified and in what specialty. More than 300 nurses at UAMS are certified in their area of practice. UAMS supports certification by providing review courses and continuing education hours and reimbursing nurses for the cost of taking one certification exam. Nurses who pass their certification exam receive an increase in their hourly pay rate. Regardless of whether they want to go back to school to earn a higher degree or pursue certification, all licensed nurses have to complete continuing education requirements to keep their licenses. They have three choices: Complete 15 hours of approved continuing education activities, hold a current nationally recognized certification, or complete one college credit hour course in nursing with a grade of C or better. Advanced practice nurses who prescribe medications must complete five additional contact hours of continuing education related to that area. It’s not hard to find 15 hours’ worth of continuing education every two years, Peacock said. “We provide a lot of those contact hours here within our organization,” she said of UAMS. “We have training and

education here for our staff.” Attending conferences is another way nurses meet continuing education requirements. Kara Christensen, a neurology specialty nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, recently attended a conference on spinal muscular atrophy, with funding from a private foundation. No matter what your career or education goals, if you become a nurse,

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and terrors. The excitement of meeting new people, the nervousness

their first days, either in nursing school, on a clinical rotation, or on

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the job. Their memories combine to tell a story of hard work paying

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you’re responsible for the health and well being of other people —

realizing you’re going to make it after all.

my own. Your first day of clinical, school, or work, you’re going to look like a deer in the headlights and be terrified. But it does get better, and eventually you realize you know what you’re doing.

Marilyn Caldwell, BSN, RN UAMS endoscopy lab I remember my first day for work and wanting to look like a nurse should, all pretty, dressed in white and, mind you, new both inside and out, and thinking, I’m going to take care of people! I really felt good about the whole thing. I headed off to work. It was pouring down rain and there was a little mud puddle that had actually turned into a bigger mud puddle. Instead of figuring out how to go around it, I slipped and fell right into it, mud and all.  I’m lying there and it worth it? Why even go in? It’s your first day — they’ll probably fire you for being late and think you’re irresponsible. But I got up, went back inside, put the muddy clothes into a bag, stopped crying and got cleaned up again and went to work. My nursing cap, needless to say, did not have any mud on it and my charge nurse could see the stained make-up from my tears. I was waiting on her to send me home but she never did. It is the compassion of nurses that will keep you in nursing. I never showed her the uniform and she never asked me why I was late.  Being a nurse has been very rewarding and the highlight of my career. The only thing that I wish had done differently is gone around the mud puddle. 

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Matt Burgess, RN Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital I had no idea what to expect my first day on the floor. Before you start actually working with patients, you go through a week and a half of hospital orientation, just listening to people talk. That’s a lot of time to sit there and get nervous. My first day was shadowing another nurse, just orienting to the unit and the routine of patient care. I was still just terrified. After working there almost three months, I’m finally starting to feel like can handle this on 20 Advertising Supplement to Arkansas Times – Nurses Guide 2013

Krista Covert, RN Baptist Health Medical Center My first day on a clinical rotation, I was scared to death. Having to touch someone for the first time is kind of intimidating. I didn’t want to do something wrong and make myself look bad. Having good teachers and preceptors* eased that nervousness.

Lori Cline, MS, RN UAMS College of Nursing faculty My first day as a licensed nurse, what I remember is just

feeling overwhelmed. Just this thought, I’m never going to get this right. All the things I have to remember and how coordinated and how organized my thinking has to be. I remember going out and sitting in the car at the end of my shift and thinking, this is just not for me. It took many months before I felt confident and organized, where I could take care of my patients but also handle any emergency and counter any disruptions in my routine. Hopefully now there’s been so much in the nursing literature about nurses eating their young, so much about doing more to help these new graduates, that that won’t be their experience. When students come talk to me and say Ms. Cline, I got a job, I’ll say, tell me about the staff. Who’s going to be your preceptor? What are your colleagues like? You need to think about that — the people you can go to who will support you during those trying first weeks.

Carla Chapman, RN Baptist Health Medical Center My first clinical experience was at Davis Life Care Center. My first day, I had to give this lady an enema. As I was putting the enema in, she let go. It went in my hair, my face, everywhere. That is something I will never forget. She didn’t ever talk or anything, but that time I got a smile out of her and she laughed. I had to go back the next day. I had to really want to be a nurse, I’m telling you.

Stacy Palmer, MSN, RN Baptist School of Nursing faculty I joined the faculty in 2002. I was one of those people who feared public speaking. The first time you step in front of those students in the classroom, it is a bit overwhelming. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a nurse or your skill set. In back of your mind, you think, these people probably know more than I do, and they’re LPNs. But you get through it. My first day as a nurse was in critical care. I was so excited and so thankful to have that position. When I went through the critical care rotation in school, I thought, this is what I want to do the rest of my life. I felt like a real nurse, I felt like I was learning things. When I went in there as a new nurse, my feeling more so than anything was excitement. The pay wasn’t necessarily great, but it was what I wanted to do.

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Ayasha Stewart Kara Christensen, RN Arkansas Children’s Hospital, neurology specialty nurse My first day of clinical, it was a regular Tuesday. I had to be at Conway Regional Medical Center at 6:30 in the morning. I was giving a lady a bed bath and the TV was on CNN. They were showing the Twin Towers being hit by a plane. That was my very first day.

Sara Jones, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC Clinical assistant professor at and specialty coordinator for the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program, UAMS College of Nursing I started nursing school in Ohio, and moved here in 2003. My first clinical days were at the Cleveland Clinic. That’s pretty scary. You’re prepared but everything is brand new and everything is a new experience. You don’t get used to it even when you’ve been doing clinical for a whole semester. You still feel like the newbie because you’re still learning. My first day of work, I had

gotten what was my dream job, as a nurse on a psychiatric ward. It was exactly what I wanted to do. For me it was extremely rewarding. I felt like it was all finally paying off, and that I was getting to do what I felt was meant to do.

Velisa Charles, RN Student in UALR’s RN-to-BSN program I was really excited my first day at the hospital where I’m currently working. I had never been in that type of setting before — I had always been in longterm care or home health, something of that nature. I knew I was walking into a whole new entity of nursing, acute care vs. long-term care. I was excited and scared at the same time. I had preceptors who had been seasoned nurses for years and had a wealth of experience and were patient, took their time and showed me the things I needed to know to become a productive team member. It worked out well. There was one patient who stuck out the most. She was 38 years old, and she had had gastric bypass surgery years


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prior to that, and it wasn’t working. She had developed an abdominal infection and things were not looking good for her. We were working with her to try to stabilize her condition. At that time I was around that age, and I thought, that could me lying in that bed. What would I want someone to do for me? In between my nursing duties I just kind of hung around her, listened to her concerns, and offered a little bit of advice to her as a person. She eventually was able to overcome that infection and return home. She was 38 years old and that really did something to me — she was my age and she was really, really, really sick.

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I was in school in Fayetteville and I was really young, probably 21. Back then the first clinical experience you had was in a nursing home, so you could see people who had long charts and figure out what’s happening. Of course, my instructor assigned me to a patient who had a colostomy. Back then, it was the old kind of bag that you had to take off and clean out, then put back. They weren’t disposable. So I walk in, I’m doing my assessment, and the instructor says, “What are you going to do about that colostomy bag? It’s full.” I said, “I guess clean it?” Yep. I took it off, I did what I was supposed to do, and then I threw up all over the place. It was awful. I remember it vividly. To this day, smells get to me. I went home that night and I think I called my parents and said, I don’t think I can do this. My dad said, “You’re not a quitter — go back, try it again, and see what happens.” I went back and had a different patient the next day, and she was just the sweetest — much better. I thought, I can do this. Years later my dad had to have an ileostomy. I just sucked it up and dealt with it, and I was better able to take care of my dad.

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My first day as a nurse was filled with many different emotions. I was fortunate enough to work under my manager for sixand-a-half years as an unlicensed assistive personnel before being hired as a nurse. This experience made my transition as a nurse easier than most new grads. But the one thing that stood out the most on my first day (and the subsequent days that followed) was all the support and congratulations I received from the physicians, and more importantly, my co-workers. The encouraging words and support I received were immensely appreciated while I attended nursing school. An instrumental figure during this time was my manager,

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Norman R. Swope, BSN, RN, OCN UAMS, stem cell transplant My first day as a preceptor was one of the oddest first preceptor days I could ever imagine. A previous employee had asked for me. This happened to be a nurse who worked on our unit while I was a nursing student. I walked into that first day like a brand new nurse. I was worried about sounding like a moron to one of the nurses I previously looked up to. Instead when I inquired as to why I was specifically requested, her answer was the most flattering I could imagine. She had talked to a lot of my co-workers and wanted to learn how to manage her time, as I was really good with that skill. Her comment put back a lot of confidence in me to know that I am doing exactly what I am meant to do.

Sarah Duck, BSN, RN Conway Regional Medical Center, labor and delivery I definitely remember my first day on the floor. I think I followed the wrong preceptor around for half a day before the right preceptor came and found me. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for my first preceptor I would have chickened out and gone somewhere else. But I knew that was the type of nurse I wanted to be — the kind who helped new nurses.

Lori Anderson, RN UAMS, perinatal My first day as a nurse, I was scheduled to start at 5:30 a.m. I was very excited and to be honest, a little bit nervous, so I actually arrived early, at 5 a.m. The nurse at the front desk smiled and said, “How can I help you?” I told her I was a new hire and was starting my orientation and would be working with my preceptor in pre-op. Since I was early, she gave me a quick tour of the unit and then my preceptor arrived and we were off and running. We prepared the operating room for the expectant moms scheduled for cesarean sections. The first patient arrived at 6 a.m. and I didn’t look up until 9 a.m. and wondered what the next five hours would have in store. My preceptor took me on a quick break and then we began assisting other nurses with discharges. It was a long journey getting to my first day as a nurse, going to college, juggling family

commitments, and passing the licensing exam. My day ended at 2 p.m. and as I was driving home, I smiled and thought to myself, “It was all worth it. I finally worked my first real day as a registered nurse!”

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The Conway Alliance for the Arts hosts the 7th annual Conway Arts Fest. Local arts organizations, including departments from each of Conway’s three colleges, will host artful events throughout the city. Don’t miss “Light up the Night” on Friday, Oct. 4 and “Art in the Park” on Saturday, Oct. 5. Both events will be held at Simon Park. All events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule, visit

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at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 East 9th Street, October 1, 11:00 a.m. Featuring guest speaker SGT Piero Lopez. Presented by The Office of Governor Mike Beebe The Arkansas National Guard and The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.


Billed as a downtown chow-down, this year’s Main Street Food Truck Festival will feature more than 30 food vendors plus Etsy craft vendors, a beer garden, Heifer International children’s plaza, live music and more. The fun will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Main Street in Little Rock. Call 501-375-0121 for more info.

DennyWest, Wildwood’s one-day outdoor Americana acoustic music festival, features

children and family entertainment. Gates open for lunch and free hayrides at noon. Afternoon events are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for kids 5 and under. Evening tickets, starting at 5 pm, $20 for adults, $10 for teens, $5 for children 12 and under. For more information or call 501-821-7275


Helena. Headliners include Gregg Allman, Robert Clay and Marcia Ball. Travel with the Arkansas Times on the party bus on Oct. 12. For $99, you can hop a ride; enjoy food and drinks en route and admission to the festival. To claim your spot, call Kelly Lyles at 501-375-2985 or to make reservations.

Verizon Arena hosts Joyce Meyer Ministries, Oct. 10-12. The event includes free inspirational sessions as well as worship led by Phil Wickman. For more information, visit

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the family at The Little Rock Zoo. Bring your kids to the zoo for rides, crafts and entertainment for the whole family. Visit for details.

Celebrity Attractions presents Wicked at Robinson Center Music Hall. Winner of more than 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster. The musical takes you on an enchanted journey to Oz to tell the story of two girls who would become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. For tickets and show times, visit



Bon Jovi plays Verizon Arena

on their “Because We Can” Tour. The last time the band was in Central Arkansas was at Barton Coliseum on their 1993 “Keep the Faith” Tour. Tickets are $24-$159.50 and are available through Ticketmaster online at or by phone at 800-745-3000.


In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center’s upcoming exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade,” The Rep is thrilled to announce the production of the revealing Rothko bio-drama Red. The Rep’s first-time partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center provides a depth of artistic exploration never before offered to Little Rock audiences. For tickets and show times, visit



The Klocks perform live in

concert at CenterStage Event Center at Choctaw Casino. Show time is 9 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. Choctaw Casino is located in Pocola, Okla., just 25 minutes from Fort Smith. Visit www. for more info.


Rena Wren and the Good Guys will perform at Laman

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse presents Dial M for Murder, the play that inspired the world famous Hitchcock thriller. For showtimes and reservations, call 501-562-3131 or visit

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The King Biscuit Blues Festival takes place in Helena-West



Library at 7 p.m. as part of the Live at Laman free concert series, every second Thursday of the month.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs live at the Argenta Community Theatre on October 10 at 7 p.m. as part of a concert series presented by Judy Kohn Tenenbaum, which includes two additional performances, February 13, 2014 and May 8, 2014. Tickets are $20. Or attend all three for $50. Purchase tickets online at


The Arkansas State Fair rolls into town and includes all of your favorite events, such as PBR Bull Riding, livestock competitions, food vendors, rides, carnival games, live music and much more. Gates open at 11 a.m. daily. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Visit www. for a list of attractions and events plus discounts and promotions.

Join us for the Arkansas Times Farmto-Table Dinner Party at the Historic Arkansas Museum on October 19 from 6-9 p.m. Chef Travis McConnell, formerly of the Capital Bar and Grill and the man behind Butcher and Public, will prepare the meal. Enjoy music by Stephen Koch and a tour of the historic grounds under a full moon and stars. Call Kelly Lyles at 501-492-3979 or email kellylyles@arktimes. com to reserve your spot at the table.


Eureka Springs hosts the 66th annual Ozark Folk Festival with free music, arts and crafts, a singer-songwriter contest, folk festival parade, Queen’s Contest, Barefoot Ball and more. Visit www .ozarkfolkfestival. com for a complete schedule of events.


The Little Rock Zoo hosts an adultsonly Boo at the Zoo preview party from 6-9 p.m. Visit www.littlerockzoo. com for details. Verizon Arena hosts Luke Bryan with special guests Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. Tickets are $40 and $66 and available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster. com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Road Trip: Hot Springs

You’ll have several reasons to get away to Hot Springs this month, beginning with the 3rd Annual Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival, Oct. 4-5. The event has grown to become a quirky mix of music, art, food and fun. Featured acts include the Memphis Dawls, Kentucky Knife Fight, Brian Martin, Adam Faucett and Luella and the Sun. Admission is $5. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival returns Oct. 11-20 at the Arlington Hotel. Highlights include Good Ol’ Freda, a portrait of The Beatles longtime secretary and fanclub manager, Freda Kelly; Mama Called about Arkansas-born, famed Alabama football coach, Bear Bryant; and 1, a look at the evolution of Formula One racing. General admission is $5. Day passes are $20. Passes to special events and parties are also available. For more info, visit Magic Springs Water and Theme Park presents its annual Magic Screams, Saturdays and Sundays in October. The all-ages Halloween-themed event can get pretty spooky after dark with haunted houses and scary characters traipsing about. Consider yourself forewarned. For more info, call 501-624-0100. september 26, 2013


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ARKANSAS CELEBRATES ITS SOUNDS D With Dan Hicks, Tav Falco and Collin Raye.

an Hicks and the Hot Licks and Collin Raye will be the headliners Friday and Saturday when the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies presents its second annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. By hosting the free festival, David Stricklin, head of the Central Arkansas Library’s Butler Center, said, “We are celebrating what we think is one of Arkansas’s greatest exports — music. Arkansas, pound for pound, has had a greater impact on American music than a whole lot of states.” If you don’t believe him, Stricklin has got a book to sell you. In September, Butler Center Books published the “Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music,” a collection of entries culled from the department’s online Encyclopedia of Arkansas. It’s an essential volume for any self-respecting music aficionado, full of pithy, authoritative entries on well-known artists — like Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Sister Rosetta Tharpe — as well as essays on stuff you probably don’t know about. Like “The Fayetteville Polka,” a composition written by an Austrian violinist, Ferdinand Zellner — who came to America with Swedish soprano Jenny Lind as part of a P.T. Barnum production and ended up sticking around in Arkansas — that may be the first sheet music published in Arkansas. Or Elton Britt, the yodeling country singer from Searcy County who learned the breath control necessary for yodeling by practicing holding his breath underwater, according to the encyclopedia. That combination of the familiar and the more unknown is at the heart of the booking philosophy of festival director John Miller. “We want to celebrate the things people know and love about familiar bands, but also celebrate some folks on the rise,” he said. Friday night’s lineup, which takes place at the River Market pavilions, might tilt to the more obscure side, but it’s unquestionably worth your time. Like Douglas MacArthur, the night’s headliner, Dan Hicks (8:30 p.m.), was born in Little Rock to a military man, but moved away at such a young age he hasn’t been identified with 46

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FRIDAY, RIVER MARKET PAVILIONS 6 p.m. The Smittle Band 7 p.m. Tav Falco & Panther Burns 8:30 p.m. Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

SATURDAY, FIRST SECURITY AMPHITHEATER Noon: Sound of the Mountain 1 p.m.: The 1 Oz. Jig 2:15 p.m.: Messy Sparkles 3:30 p.m.: Epiphany and Tomorrow Maybe 4:45 p.m.: War Chief 6 p.m.: Mountain Sprout 7:15 p.m.: Bonnie Montgomery 8:30 p.m.: Glen Campbell Tribute 9:30 p.m.: Collin Raye

the state as much as others. Miller guesses Hicks hasn’t played Central Arkansas in two decades. For the last 45 years, Hicks, often backed by The Hot Licks, has carved a unique path through so many genres, he’s often described as unclassifiable. Hicks has called his style “folk jazz,” but David Smay’s description, from a 2007 Oxford American profile, seems most apt: “[T]here was a time from the ’20s through the ’40s when swing — ‘hot rhythm’ — rippled through every form of popular music. That’s the music Dan Hicks plays, and there’s no single word for it because it wasn’t limited to any one genre. Django Reinhardt … Hank Garland, the Boswell Sisters … and Bing Crosby all swung. You can make yourself nutty trying to define what Dan Hicks is. Then again, you could just say: Dan Hicks swings. And while he may be an idler and a roue, nobody’s written ten better songs about breezing down the road than Dan Hicks.” Hicks and the Hot Licks are preceded by Tav Falco and Panther Burns (7:15 p.m.), another band that’s hard to characterize, though often credited as a pioneer in “psychobilly,” a psychedelic take on rockabilly. Falco grew up near Gurdon and lives in Paris (France) now,

but he’s most closely associated with Memphis, where he apprenticed with famed photographer William Eggleston and formed the Panther Burns, a revolving cast of musicians that included Alex Chilton and Jim Dickinson in its earliest incarnation. There’s no cooler Arkansas musician. He’ll give a free reading from “Mondo Memphis,” his encyclopedia of underground Memphis, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Darragh Center of the Main Library. The Smittle Band, which might be described as jazzflecked Americana, opens Friday night’s event. Managers of country balladeer Collin Raye, Saturday night’s headliner, weren’t quite sold on the festival until they heard about a planned tribute to Glen Campbell, Stricklin said. Turns out that De Queen-born Raye has a tribute album to Delight-born Campbell due out this fall. So fans will get a double dose of Raye. He’ll participate in a tribute to Campbell at 8:30 p.m., which will feature traditional country chanteuse Bonnie Montgomery and others, before playing his own set at 9:30 p.m. The rest of the full day’s line-up offers something for just about any musical taste: Russellville’s Sound of the Mountain specializes in heavy, instrumental post-rock. Fayetteville’s 1 Oz. Jig does jam-y funk. Messy Sparkles is a one-man band from Fayetteville, who uses a drum kit, samplers and peedals to create improvisatory electro pop. Epiphany, who the Times picked for its recent Visionary Arkansans issue, is one of the state’s finest rappers; he’ll be backed by his band Tomorrow Maybe. (On Saturday, he and local producer Ferocious will also be hosting two hip-hop songwriting and production workshops on the fourth level of the Main Library for kids ages 7 to 12 at 1 p.m. and for teens 13 and older at 2 p.m.) Little Rock’s War Chief plays good-time rock ’n’ roll. Mountain Sprout, partially based in Eureka Springs, is a self-described “highly energetic hillbilly music machine.” Stricklin and Miller both say they expect to expand the Arkansas Sounds footprint into more regular programming next year, after the library’s Arcade Theater opens in the River Market.

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A&E NEWS CALLING ALL PARROTHEADS: Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band will return to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena at 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets, $48.50 to $159, go on sale Sept. 27. HAT-TIP TO ARKANSAS TIMES commentator Norma Bates for pointing out that the original mononymous pop-diva, Cher, will swing through Arkansas on her “Dressed to Kill” tour. She’ll perform at Verizon Arena March 28, according to her website. Verizon hasn’t announced the show yet, so no word on when tickets go on sale.

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MOUNTAIN MAN, a slow-talking repairman on the popular “Duck Dynasty” reality show, will be the “starter” of Hot Springs’ 11th annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. “We thought it would be a nice touch to have a guy be the official starter who talks so slowly that the parade could be over by the time he tells the crowd his name,” Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said in a press release. “Mountain Man fits the bill perfectly.” Jim Belushi will be the parade grand marshal. FUNNY MAN BRAD NEELY — creator of “Wizard People, Dear Reader,” “Baby Cakes,” Creased Comics and Adult Swim’s “China, IL” — is from Arkansas. The Times profiled him back when he was a big part of superdeluxe. com, a now defunct comedy site that was created to compete with Funny or Die. At the time, we wondered if Neely’s work might find a “South Park”-sized audience. Not long after, he went to work as a writer for “South Park,” before his own show, “China, IL” debuted on Adult Swim in 2011. It began its second season Sept. 22. The Onion’s A.V. Club recently interviewed Neely and, for some reason, asked him almost exclusively about Arkansas. Here’s one of the best parts: “There’s a lot of guns and death and nature and dirt, but in a very clean way. Whenever I think about the real parts of me, the core of me, I think about Arkansas. I think about pine trees and blood and my mom singing and my dad killing animals. [Laughs.] That seems like Arkansas to me.”

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The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with a panel about the Six Pioneers, the African-American students who desegregated the University of Arkansas School of Law. The event featured George Haley, the only surviving member of the group, and a man who went on to a distinguished career, working with Thurgood Marshall and taking on various roles in seven presidential administrations, including as U.S. ambassador to The Gambia. On Wednesday, activist Annie Abrams was to be honored at an event with keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain activist Medgar Evers. The film fest continues Thursday at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Gideon’s Army,” which tells the story of three young public defenders and the herculean tasks they face. On Friday at 6 p.m., there will be a showing of the documentary “Medgar Evers: An Unsung Hero.” Saturday’s screenings start at noon with “Beyond Galilee,” which focuses on the Civil Rights movement in Shreveport; “George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire” screens at 3 p.m., and at 6 p.m., there will be a showing of “Central Park Five,” which looks at the 1989 case of five young black and Latino men who were wrongly convicted of rape. All of those screenings are free and are at the Historic Arkansas Museum.



Not trying to sound the alarm here or anything, but I think Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet just might be going pro on us. Not that that’s a bad thing. However it must be noted that there’s a serious amount of sheen on their brand-new album, “I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.” It’s not just in terms of the production (though it is much, uh, slicker than past material), but the songwriting itself seems a little more, dare I say grown-up? “I’m Rich” has tons of the soaring choruses and triumphant quad-guitar

weedly-weedly-weedly-weedlies we’ve all come to expect from this outfit (check out “Ugliest Son” for a fine example), but there are more serious concerns expressed on this new album than a mere “Ghost with a Boner” drinkin’ their beer. Also on the bill: The So So Glos, who were in town a while back opening for Titus Andronicus. They’ve got a power-pop-punk sound that’s refreshing like an icecold beer for your ears, or, well, you know what I mean. You should track down their very excellent song “Lost Weekend” — there has never been a better lead-off song for a killer mixtape ever.



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Horror film buffs here in Arkansas have it pretty good. First came the Little Rock Horror Picture Show, and now there’s the new Hot Springs Horror Film Festival, which will bring four days of blood, guts, suspense and screams to the Spa City. The scene of the crime will be the Central Theater, where dozens of short and feature-length films will be screened, including several made right here in Arkansas and many that will be accompanied by Q&A’s with some of the films’ creators. There are far too many screenings and related events to list here, but Thursday night will see the Arkansas premiere of “Contracted,” the new flick from Natural State native Eric England, whose 2011 backwoods slasher “Madison County” was particularly unnerving if you’ve ever spent much time in Madison County. Check out for the full schedule. 48

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HONKY-TONK OUTFIT: Son Volt plays at Revolution Saturday night.



9 p.m. Revolution. $17 adv., $20 day of.

By now it’s a familiar story: Groundbreaking, critically adored band breaks up because two of the principal egos come to loggerheads (a.k.a. “creative differences”), calling it quits just as they’re really starting to take off. Such was the case with Uncle Tupelo, whose Jeff Tweedy went on to form the pop-oriented Wilco and whose Jay Farrar founded the decidedly more country-informed Son Volt. Farrar is one of the real-deal originators of the post-’70s country-rock sound. Along with his previous band’s records, Son Volt’s debut album, “Trace,”

is indisputably one of the cornerstones of that sound. Every grizzled, denim-clad songwriter who picked up a guitar to write some earnest alt-country tunes at any point in the last 20 years was inspired by Son Volt whether or not he or she was aware of it. The band’s most recent album, “Honky Tonk,” might be the purest distillation of Farrar’s musical vision: Contemporary country music that’s authentic without seeming concerned about authenticity, embracing of its influences without wearing them on its sleeve, confident without being cocky and just really good. Opening the show will be Colonel Ford.





9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.

Richmond, Va., band Windhand put out a really killer album last year. That self-titled, self-released debut was a slab of cut-above sludgy doom metal. On the strength of that record and an excellent live show, the band signed to Relapse Records and this year released its sophomore disc, “Soma.” Whereas that first album was quite good and all, this new one is a major step forward. In the most basic sense, they’re still churning out lumbering doom metal, but there’s a vortex-like quality on “Soma” that is the mark of a band

HEAVY HAND: Windhand plays at White Water Tavern Monday.

really coming into its own — the riffs are near trance-inducing, the solos are searing yet they are also deeply soulful, the tracks are loooong but never bog down nor feel like they’ve overstayed

their welcome. Recommended. Opening this show will be the heavy-amp blues abuse of Iron Tongue and the epic, classic rock-inspired crushingness of Sumokem.



9 p.m. White Water Tavern.

Richard Buckner is that rare singer/ songwriter who has the soul of a folk/ country artist like Townes or maybe Fred Neil, but also embraces the restless, experimental bent of explorers such as

Sonic Youth. He’s on tour now for his brand-new long-player, “Surrounded.” The record was written all on an electronic autoharp and fleshed out in the studio with other instruments, samples, loops and various synthesizer swishes and swooshes. “Ambient Americana,” critic

Fred Thomas called the new record. But despite the electronically generated tones that shimmer through, “Surrounded” is still classic Buckner: unhurried, slightly elusive, not many rough edges. Adam Faucett is without a doubt the best possible choice to open this show.



8:30 p.m. Revolution. $15.

Back in the aught-three to aughtfive timeframe, it seemed like there was this small crop of smarty-pants indie rock bands that wore their hearts on their sleeves and had worn out their copies of “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” and/or most of the Springsteen catalog, going from relative obscurity to critical darlings in pretty short order. To a disinterested observer, Okkervil River always seemed like the most down-to-earth of the bunch and the easiest ones to root for. The Austin, Texas, outfit wasn’t melodramatic and humorless like the Arcade Fire, nor were they all “look-at-how-literarywe-are” a la The Decembrists, nor were they as navel-gazing and precious as Bright Eyes. The band started gaining traction in 2005 with “Black Sheep Boy,” but really hit a homerun in 2007 with “The Stage Names.” Subsequent albums have also been both popular and warmly received by critics, includ-

It’s sold out, but comedy legend Bill Cosby will be doing his thing at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. Ahead of his performances at Arkansas Sounds (see page 46) and Maxine’s, Arkansas native and psychobilly originator Tav Falco will read from his book “Ghosts Behind the Sun: Splendor, Enigma & Death: Mondo Memphis Volume 1,” 6 p.m., Main Library. Fans of professional wrestling might want to check out TNA Presents Impact Wrestling Live, featuring wrestling stars Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy and more, Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $18-$128. It’s your last chance to check out “Pal Joey” at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $47-$57. The Loony Bin celebrates its 20th birthday with a string of performances from funnyman Chris Porter, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $7-$10.


Horatio Sanz and Arkansas native, Razorbacks supporter and Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Besser will make you laugh for free at the University of Arkansas, 7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall hosts a memorial show for Brandon Clendenin with Every Knee Shall Bow, Red Devil Lies, A Darkend Era and Revengeance, 6:30 p.m., $10. The Annual Legends Balloon Rally has hot air balloons of course, but also: Styx will perform Friday at 8 p.m. and Travis Tritt will perform Saturday at 8 p.m., Hot Springs National Park Memorial Field Airport, free. Conway ArtsFest gets rolling Friday, with events throughout the city (full schedule at, Simon Park, through Oct. 5.


At “100 Miles & More,” riders and non-riders alike can celebrate the Big Dam Bridge 100 with Runaway Planet, Diamond Bear beer, a pig roast, rider meet-and-greet and more at a block party, Main and 2nd streets, after the race, $40. The 5th Annual Family Fun Fest includes live music, games, handson activities, vendors and more, DickeyStephens Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $5, free for 12 and younger.


Is there a more appropriate way to observe the Lord’s day and keep it holy than going to see Hank III at Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of? No, there is not.

DOWN BY THE RIVER: Austin, Texas, rock ensemble Okkervil River plays at Revolution Wednesday.

ing the recent “The Silver Gymnasium,” a concept album about founder Will Sheff’s hometown, tiny Meriden, N.H. Opener Nashville singer/songwriter Torres — a.k.a. Mackenzie Scott

— writes haunting, spare tunes that recall P.J. Harvey at her most open and spookiest. If you’ve got a farm to spare, you might wanna bet it on her to be a next big thing.


Synth-pop chanteuse Nedelle Torrisi performs at The Undercroft, the new venue at Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., $5. Former Auburn football coach Gene Chizik is at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, 11:30 a.m., Embassy Suites, $20-$30.

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4 West, Sam Morris. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Ben Byers (happy hour), Raising Gray (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Granger Smith. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 3: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Kevin Fowler, Jason Eady. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Krush Thursdays with DJ Kavaleer. Club Climax, free before 11 p.m. 824 W. Capitol. 501-554-3437. Mad Nomad. The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Michael Eubanks. Newk’s Express Cafe, 6:30 p.m. 4317 Warden Road, NLR. 501-753-8826. Mother Merey and The Black Dirt. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Open jam with The Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. RockUsaurus. Senor Tequila, 7-9 p.m. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-224-5505. www. Rodge Arnold. The Tavern Sports Grill, 7:30-10:30 p.m. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Shawn James and the Shapeshifters. Maxine’s. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Strange Vine. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Winston Family Orchestra. With Mount Desert Island and Andrew Morgan. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400.


Bill Cosby. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m. 350 S. Donaghey, Conway. Chris Porter. The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


TNA Presents Impact Wrestling Live. Professional wrestling stars Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy and more. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $18-$128. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. 50

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CERTIFIED GUITAR PLAYER: Tommy Emmanuel returns to UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall Tuesday for an evening of firebrand acoustic guitar wizardry, 7:30 p.m., $50.


Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. Film screenings, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and awards at various venues and times. 501-538-0766 or www. for more information. Downtown Hot Springs, $10-$85. “The House I Live In.” University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 6 p.m. 2801 S. University. Reel Civil Rights Film Festival. Various films and times, for full schedule. Historic Arkansas Museum, through Sept. 28. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351.


“Confronting a Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.” With Timothy Massad, assistant secretary for financial stability with the U.S. Treasury. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239. Harvey Lacey. Inventor of the Ubuntu-Blox, a brick made from recycled plastic bags and Styrofoam. UCA College of Business Auditorium, 1:40-2:30 p.m. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.


2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. Age categories from 50- to 100-years. Events from archery to basketball, shuffleboard to weightlifting. Various venues and times, for more information. Downtown Hot Springs, through Oct. 6.


“Bliss.” Benefit for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with food and live auction by Craig O’Neill. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 7 p.m., $30. 310 W. 17th St. Fifth Annual Shine a Light on Literacy Event. First Lady Ginger Beebe will be recognized for her work with Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Governor’s Mansion, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., $50. 1800 Center St. 501-377-1121. “A Vintage Affair for MS.” Wine tasting and auction benefiting The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Next Level Events, 6 p.m., $100. 1400 W. Markham St. 501-376-9746.


Banned Books Week. A week-long celebration

of the freedom to read and the importance of First Amendment rights. 501-918-3000 for more information. Main Library, through Sept. 28. 100 S. Rock St. “Ghosts Behind the Sun: Splendor, Enigma, and Death” reading. Author and musician Tav Falco will read from his new book. Main Library, 6:30 p.m. 100 S. Rock St.


Puppet Theater Workshop. 501-327-7482 to register. Faulkner County Library, through Oct. 3: 4 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.



Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. Performances by Arkansas bands in the River Market pavilions Friday evening and First Security Amphitheater all day Saturday. for more information. 6 p.m.; Sept. 28, 12 p.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. The Blackout. Revolution, 10 p.m., $10 after 11 pm. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Chris Henry. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:30-11:30 p.m. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. www. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. Dance night, with DJs, drink specials and bar menu, until 2 a.m. 1620 Savoy, 10 p.m. 1620 Market St. 501-221-1620. Conway Symphony Orchestra annual community concert. Kick-off event for Conway ArtsFest with selections by Rossini, Rogers and Hammerstein, Tchaikovsky and more. Simon Park, 7:30 p.m. Front and Main, Conway. Diarrhea Planet, The So So Glos. 18-and-older. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Dylan Scott. Juanita’s, 6 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Friday night at Sway. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Full House (happy hour), Pat Green (headliner). George’s Majestic Lounge, 6-8 p.m., 10 p.m., $25 headliner. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives. White

Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th St. 501375-8400. Josh Stewart. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Mark Currey. Mugs Cafe, 6:30 p.m., $5. 515 Main Street, NLR. Memorial Event for Brandon Clendenin. With Every Knee Shall Bow, Red Devil Lies, A Darkend Era, and Revengeance. Downtown Music Hall, 6:30 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. One More Time: The Sounds of Daft Punk. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $10. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Richie Johnson (happy hour), Tonya Leeks (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Sheldon Wheaton, Maeo, Matt Sammons, Kenn Young. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. Some Guy Named Robb. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Stephen Chopek. Vino’s. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. Tav Falco and Panther Burns, Bloodless Cooties. Maxine’s, $10. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. “YOLO.” Featuring four DJs and beach volleyball, 18-and-older. Flying DD, $5. 4601 S. University. 501-773-9990.


Chris Porter. The Loony Bin, through Sept. 28, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, through Oct. 19: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. Upright Citizens Brigade featuring Horatio Sanz and Matt Besser. University of Arkansas, 7 p.m. 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


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


20th Annual Taste of the Town. Dickey-Stephens Park, 5-7 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. Annual Legends Balloon Rally. Styx will perform Friday at 8 p.m., Travis Tritt will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. Balloon competitions and flights all weekend. Hot Springs National Park Memorial Field Airport, Sept. 27-28. 525 Airport Road. Conway ArtsFest. Local arts organizations and departments from Conway’s colleges host events throughout the city. For full schedule, Simon Park, Sept. 27-Oct. 5. Front and Main. Fantastic Friday. Literary and music event, refreshments included. For reservations, call 479-968-



Banned Books Week. See Sept. 26. “The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes.” Author Conevery Bolton Valencius will discuss and sign her book. Clinton School of Public Service, 12 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Table for Two: Beef Marsala. Includes a demonstration by Executive Chef Robert Hall, candlelit dinner and dessert, overnight lodging and continental breakfast. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, 5 p.m., $200 per couple. 1 Rockefeller Drive, Morrilton. 501-727-5435.



870 Underground. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Aaron Carter. George’s Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $12. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-4424226. Almost Infamous. The Tavern Sports Grill, 8:3011:30 p.m. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. See Sept. 27. Boom! Kinetic. George’s Majestic Lounge. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Brian Ramsey (happy hour), PG-13 (headliner). Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Club Nights at 1620 Savoy. See Sept. 27. Fatal 13, White Collar Sideshow. Hot Springs Horror Show after party. Maxine’s, $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Fundraiser for Veterans of Central Arkansas. Featuring Rodger King, Keith Holland, Lisa Lamoureux and ACHE WATER. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $10. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. GLOW in the DISCO. DJs Big Brown, Sex with Robots, Sleepy Genius, Brandon Peck and more.


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Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., $10. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Intruders. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. “Jazz at ZIN.” With Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and Bijoux. Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar, 9 p.m., $10. 300 River Market Ave. 501-2464876. Jeff Coleman and The Feeders. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. Jon and Joy. Mugs Cafe, 6:30 p.m., $5. 515 Main Street, NLR. K.I.S.S. Saturdays. Featuring DJ Silky Slim. Dress code enforced. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-492-9802. Macy Kate. Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Major Major Major. Bear’s Den Pizza, 9 p.m. 235 Farris Road, Conway. 501-328-5556. Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument. All ages welcome. Faulkner County Library, 9:30 a.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Scar the Martyr. Juanita’s, 11 p.m. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Sheldon Wheaton, Maeo, Matt Sammons, Kenn Young. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. Singer/Songwriters Showcase. Parrot Beach Cafe, 2-7 p.m., free. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Son Volt. Colonel Ford opens featuring members of Son Volt. Revolution, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-8230090. Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Strangely Familiar. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.

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2452 or email River Valley Arts Center, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. 1001 E. B St., Russellville. 479-968-2452. www. Get Down Downtown in Searcy. With Live music, vendors and children’s activities. Billy Dean will perform on Saturday evening. Downtown Searcy, Sept. 27, 6-10 p.m.; Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 300 N. Spruce St., Searcy. Hot Spring National Park Kennel Club Dog Show. Hot Springs Convention Center, Sept. 27, 5 p.m. 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. 501-321-2027. 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. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. Capitol and Main, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Street.


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Chris Porter. The Loony Bin, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $8-$12. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501228-5555. The Main Thing presents “Arkansanity.” Original two-act comedy play lampooning life in Arkansas. The Joint, through Oct. 19: 8 p.m., $20. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205.


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


“100 Miles & More.” With live music from Runaway Planet, Diamond Bear beer, pig roast, rider meetand-greet and more. Capital Hotel, after the Big Dam Bridge 100., $40. 111 W. Markham St. 501374-7474. 5th Annual Family Fun Fest. With live music, games, hands-on activities, vendors and more. Dickey-Stephens Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $5, free for 12 and younger. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501372-5959. CONTINUED ON PAGE 52

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Annual Legends Balloon Rally. See Sept. 27. Argenta Farmers Market. Argenta, 7 a.m.-noon. Main Street, NLR. Conway ArtsFest. See Sept. 27. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Get Down Downtown in Searcy. See Sept. 27. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Hot Spring National Park Kennel Club Dog Show. See Sept. 27. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. “Masonic Tales from the Crypt.” Tour to feature interesting men and women in Arkansas’ history. Mount Holly Cemetery, 2-5 p.m. 1200 Broadway. West Little Rock Farmer’s Market. 1-7 p.m.,

Hot Springs Horror Film Festival. See Sept. 26. Reel Civil Rights Film Festival. See Sept. 26.

Author Fair. Regional authors will read their work to mark the end of Banned Books week. Faulkner County Library, 1-5 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. Banned Books Week. See Sept. 26.




Gorilla Music. Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Hank III. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Michael Eubanks. Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 7 p.m. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-8898. Reggae Sundays with First Impressions. Stickyz

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2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. See Sept. 26. Big Dam Bridge 100. 15-100 mile courses through the Little Rock and North Little Rock trail systems. to register. Big Dam Bridge, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 7600 Rebsamen Park Road. University of Arkansas vs. Texas A&M University. University of Arkansas, $55. 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 7:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


Bernice Garden Farmers Market. The Bernice Garden, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1401 S. Main St. www. Conway ArtsFest. See Sept. 27. Hot Spring National Park Kennel Club Dog Show. See Sept. 27. “Live from the Back Room.” Spoken word event. Vino’s, 7 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www.


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Janice Wenger on the Fortepiano. ASU, 7:30 p.m. 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. Nedelle Torrisi. Christ Episcopal Church, 8 p.m., $5. 509 Scott St. 501-375-2342. Windhand, Iron Tongue, Sumokem. White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400.


Conway ArtsFest. See Sept. 27.


“Broken Circle Breakdown.” Part of the GATHR film series, the story of the trails of an oppositesattract relationship. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m., $10. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-312-8900.


“Arkansas Model to Improve Health Coverage” panel discussion. Clinton School of Public Service, noon. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501683-5239.


2013 Arkansas Senior Olympics. See Sept. 26. Little Rock Touchdown Club: Gene Chizik. Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 nonmembers. 11301 Financial Centre. 501-312-9000.


“Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress.” Former congressman and author Tom Allen will discuss and sign his book. Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.



Elise Davis. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 3: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s Restaurant of Little Rock, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501312-1616. Open Mic Night. The Joint, 8-11 p.m., free. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501-372-0205. The Orwells. Juanita’s, 9 p.m. 614 President Clinton 52

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

“Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency.” Symposium with speakers, including President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and United Nations Ambassador Madeleine Albright, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wesley Clark and others. Event is by invitation only. Clinton Presidential Center, 1-4:30 p.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Conway ArtsFest. See Sept. 27. Hispanic Heritage Month Program. Event honoring Hispanic service in our nation’s armed forces. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 503 E. 9th St. 376-4602. Little Rock Farmers Market. River Market Pavilions, 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 3752552. “Open Enrollment Kickoff.” The Arkansas Insurance Department, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, will host the Open Enrollment Kickoff Oct. 1 to mark the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Clinton School of Public Service, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www.clintonschool. “Orval Faubus and the Language of Segregation: Sexualized Violence and Racial Anxiety During the Little Rock Crisis.” Lecture from Prof. Lisa Corrigan will be hosted at Dickinson Auditorium. UALR, 5:30 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories; schedule available on website. Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Call for reservations. Starving Artist Cafe, 5 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-8032. www.beerknurd. com/stores/littlerock.

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“The Graduates/Los Graduados.” Screening of the film that explores the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis. Laman Library, 6:30 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. www.


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Puppet Theater Workshop. 501-327-7482 to register. Faulkner County Library, 4 p.m. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.



Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Brian and Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.cajunswharf. com. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Oct. 3: 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Mateo, Dave Lovett. Willy D’s Dueling Piano Bar. 322 President Clinton Ave. 501-244-9550. www. Okkervil River. With Torres. Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Richard Buckner, Adam Faucett. White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. 2500 W. 7th St. 501-375-8400. www. Ricky David Tripp. Rocket Twenty One, 5:30 p.m. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-603-9208. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Walter Henderson Group. South on Main, 7:30 p.m. 1304 Main Street. 501-244-9660.


The Joint Venture. Improv comedy group. The Joint, 8 p.m., $5. 301 Main St. No. 102, NLR. 501372-0205.


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





“Building the Economy through Livable Communities: Little Rock’s Partnership with EPA, HUD, and DOT.” A panel discussion. Clinton School of Public Service, Noon., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239. www. Conway ArtsFest. See Sept. 27. Conway ArtsFest Night of Music and Literature. Featuring Oxford American contributor Nickole Brown, Jay Jennings, UCA’s Toad Suck Review editors and Conway band Frass will perform. Table Mesa Bistro, 8 p.m. 1117 Oak St. QQA Annual Membership Meeting. RSVP to Historic Arkansas Museum, 5:30 p.m. 200 E. Third St. 501-324-9351. www. UALR College of Business Distinguished Alumni Luncheon. Little Rock Marriott, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $100. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-569-3393. ry


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“4,000 Miles.” A 21-year-old college dropout named Leo and his 91-year-old communist grandmother find a way to live together in her Greenwich Village apartment. Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, through Oct. 13: Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m., $10-$24. 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. “Amateurs.” A community theater group gathers for a cast party after the opening of a big show only to learn the local critic has died before publishing his review. Lantern Theatre, through Sept. 29: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m., $12. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. www. “Lost in Yonkers.” Neil Simon’s classic about two boys left to contend with their dysfunctional family and the strange new world of Yonkers, N.Y. The Public Theatre, through Sept. 29: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $6-$16. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. “Pal Joey.” A reconceived version of the 1940 Rodgers & Hart musical, from director Peter Schneider. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Sept. 29: Wed., Thu., Sun., 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $47-$57. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Pinkalicious The Musical.” The story of a little girl whose obsession with the color pink goes a little too far. Arkansas Arts Center, through Oct. 6: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 2 p.m., $12.50. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. “Tuna Does Vegas.” A conservative radio host and his wife renew their vows in Vegas, a small Texas town comes along for the ride, hilarity ensues. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Sept. 29: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Wicked.” Return of the popular Broadway musical, telling the story of Oz before Dorothy’s arrival. Robinson Center Music Hall, through Oct. 5: Tue.-Thu., Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Sat., Sun., 2 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m., $43-$144. Markham and Broadway.



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risoners,” an entertaining if not ing, and as such, the movie derives much always satisfying thriller, pits its of its power from its often pedestrian sets. Perhaps its most moving scene comes in protagonists against one another a painfully ordinary meeting room inside like two scorpions in a jelly jar. Hugh Jackthe police station, where Gyllenhaal must man plays a religious carpenter whose flip a series of photos of bloodied clothes young daughter and a friend go missing for Jackman to identify. The room could on Thanksgiving. Enter Jake Gyllenhaal, a solitary, self-possessed cop whose only hardly be more plain, and nothing is there lead, initially, is a beat-up RV that’d been to prepare the father for the task at hand, making it a damn effective choice of enviseen around the families’ neighborhood. rons. The driver of the RV turns out to be a softminded weirdo named Alex, played with At two-and-a-half hours, “Prisoners” a spooky vacancy by Paul Dano. has time to pursue real answers to the quesWhat follows is a case study in what criminologists call tunnel vision, a pitfall of law enforcement in particular and life in general. “Prisoners” outdoes most of its crime-and-consequence cinematic cousins by rotating the dynamic between the cop and the bereaved father by a quarter-turn. Convinced of Alex’s guilt and furious at the cops’ unwillingness to see the same, Jackman turns vigi- ‘PRISONERS’: Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star. lante, darkly. Meanwhile Gyllenhaal — a convincing investigator in tions it poses. It also has time to indulge in a a role that rhymes with his turn in “Zodiac” couple of WTF twists that seem too indul— has to worry about the father while rungent by half. The word that comes to mind ning down other leads. As the days flip past, is gimmicky, the sort of plot flourishes that the chance of finding the girls wanes, and mark films that don’t have characters this both men turn to more extreme measures good. Even the secondary roles here — Terto ferret out information. rence Howard as the father of the second The first hour or so of “Prisoners” gives girl, foremost — are plausible and textured. you the quite enjoyable stress of realizThe tension between Jackman and Gyllening you’re in a story richly conceived and haal, who are driving at perpendicular purexecuted. The screenplay is by Aaron poses for a seemingly common goal, works Guzikowski, who also wrote the mostly well. Unlike “Zodiac,” though, which was fun 2012 “Contraband,” and until the story based on real police work and journalism, worlds in which dead ends are often just takes some turns that make you wonder just how intricate the local abduction-andthat, “Prisoners” contrives to connect every molestation scene could possibly be, he stray plot element, every shard of luck and builds a fantastic little mouse trap, fraught guesswork. This is the domain of clunky with moral squish. TV cop serials more than gritty crime thrillTo this material, director Dennis Vilers, and it’s where, for all its skill, “Prisoners” misses greatness. The people it puts leneuve brings a keen sense of tone to his at the heart of an Amber Alert death race choice of locations and shots. “Prisoners” avoids revealing much about its geography; feel real, and you can believe them. The filmed in Georgia and set in Pennsylvania, flaw, at the bottom of everything, is that this smallish town could be any in America oh-so-impressive mousetrap. Build one where people hunt deer in cold weather too fancy, and we mice start to eye it with suspicion. and watch the Lions play on Thanksgiv-

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Dining WHAT’S COOKIN’ PALATES PREPARE for food from A to Z: North Little Rock serves up its 20th annual “Taste of the Town” Thursday, Sept. 26, at Dickey-Stephens Park. From 5-7 p.m., folks can get a “taste” from 33 NLR eateries and food suppliers, from American Pizza to Zaffino’s. (In between: Argenta Market, Ben E. Keith Foods, Blue Bell Creameries, Blue Coast Burrito, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Cotham’s Mercantile, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Diamond Bear Brewery, Doe’s Eat Place, Fox & Hound, Glazer’s, Golden Corral, Golden Eagle of Arkansas, Hooters, Las Palmas, Little Caesars, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Newk’s Express Cafe, Pancetta Regional Kitchen & Wine Bar, Panera Bread, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, Premium Refreshment, Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School, Santo Coyote, Tropical Smoothie Cafe-NLR, Two Sisters Catering, Tyson Foods, Verizon Arena Catering and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase online at the Taste of the Town link on Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce scholarship programs. Find more information at A NEW FARMER’S MARKET is coming to town, and this time it’s in West Little Rock. Barnhill Orchards, Laughing Stock Farms/ Hardin Foods Two, Little Rock Urban Farming and North Pulaski Farms will sell locallygrown produce from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday until Oct. 26 at the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway. The kickoff for Farmer’s Market West this Saturday (Sept. 28) is “Feed & Be Fed,” sponsored by local farmers and Arkansas Rice Depot. Shoppers who donate nonperishable items to the Rice Depot will receive a free produce item of their choice. The market, next to J. Crew, will feature live music, restaurant samplings and more. WANT TO SEE a sustainable restaurant and whole-animal butcher shop open in Little Rock? Then go to the crowd-funding site and check out chef Travis McConnell’s bid to make Butcher and Public a bricks and mortar enterprise in Little Rock. McConnell, who helped develop the Capital Bar and Grill menu and has held hog roasts, believes using every part of the animal is a way of showing respect to the animal that help feeds us. He’s using Kickstarter to raise the start-up money to buy the equipment he needs to offer classes in meat-processing and sausage-making and get connected to the community. He has a place in mind where he’d like to go into business, but isn’t ready to say where it might be. 58

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TIME FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT: Table 28’s tongue and cheek.

Come to the table 28 is a 10 on the dining scale.


s they moved into the former Vesuvio Bistro space — in the Best Western Governor’s Suites in West Little Rock — the folks behind Table 28 knew they had a tough act to follow. Thankfully, executive chef Scott Rains is not afraid to take a few risks — willing to flavor his menu with tasty bits you won’t find anywhere else in Central Arkansas. He brings a love for this region’s abundant local produce, meats and artisanal products to Table 28. He’s committed to sourcing local ingredients whenever possible and hopes his restaurant can continue to foster a strong relationship between local producers and the burgeoning Little Rock restaurant scene. Table 28’s menu starts with a dozen or so “small plates,” a tapas-style selection ideal for sharing. We first sampled the “Quail Bird Lollipops” ($11) — ground, seasoned quail, formed into meatballs and sauteed until slightly crisp. These are topped with a rich and spicy Tabasco butter and gorgonzola fondue. The quail was soft and flavorful, the Tabasco and gorgonzola played together extremely well. A fabulous beginning to the meal. We continued with a spectacular oxtail dish ($9). Oxtail is a soft, fatty meat and, when properly prepared (as this dish was), it’s delicious. This dish featured braised oxtail resting on a slice of crusty, chewy bread, topped with a horseradish

Table 28

1501 Merrill Drive Little Rock 224-2828 QUICK BITE Table 28, as the name implies, houses 28 tables for dinner only. Twentyseven of these are standard dinner tables, but one table, “Table 28,” is a specially-reserved “chef’s table” where Chef Scott Rains will personally prepare a six-course meal paired with wine. A large percentage of the proceeds from the chef’s table will be donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A spot here will cost $200 and anyone can get a seat without a minimum number of guests in a party. HOURS 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. OTHER INFO Credit cards, full bar.

cream, and fried onion strings. The garnishments were perfectly complementary to the meat. But we were absolutely floored by the “Crispy Squid Filet” ($12). This was squid unlike anything we’d ever tasted. Delicate and yielding, its consistency approached that of a soft, melted cheese. Its flavor was mild, not fishy, and each long, thin, strip of squid was perfectly breaded and fried

crisp. It came paired with a ginger-chile dipping sauce. Absolutely lovely. Salads included a nicely done Caesar kale ($7) with parmesan, salty anchovies, and house-made croutons using Boulevard bread. Even better was our “Warm Bread Salad” ($8), with crispy sauteed cubes of bread, bright red and orange grape tomatoes, sweet onion, tomato basil and crescenza (a soft, creamy cow’s cheese similar to brie). We’ve probably never wolfed down salads with as much enthusiasm, and it quickly became clear that greens are not an afterthought at Table 28. When entrees were served, nothing could have prepared us for the presentation of the aged ribeye “Tomahawk” ($59). The size alone was staggering. This slab of beef is as large as your face and comes dangling on a foot-long bone. This is a celebration steak. It was decorated with thinly-sliced, fried onion rings, paired with a bleu cheese fondue. It was an absolute showstopper. Not only was the ribeye visually appealing, it was cooked perfectly, a gorgeous mediumrare. Don’t be surprised if this steak becomes a local legend. Our server highly recommended the “Tongue and Cheek,” ($24) touting it as one of the chef’s signature dishes. Here beef cheek and tongue are slow-cooked in red wine for hours until the mixture practically crumbles under a fork. The beef is topped with crispy fried leeks and horseradish cream, and finished with a handful of baby greens. It’s no surprise that Chef Rains is particularly fond of it. Our sides included creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes ($6) flavored with boursin. The result is a smooth, buttery potato dish that had us singing its praises with every spoonful. The fried Brussels sprouts ($6) are studded with crisp bacon and toasted pecans. Frying the sprouts gives them a slightly burnt, nutty flavor and renders them tender and soft inside. We were filling up fast, but we could not stop eating them. We finished with a fine dessert course. Most notable was the sticky toffee pudding ($8). This is a thick, dark, and sweet cake-like pudding, served warm in a deep ramekin. It comes topped with whipped cream, blackberries, and crunchy hazelnuts. It was bliss. The texture of the pudding was perfect — creamy, moist, a little runny — and the perfect end to an extraordinary meal.

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ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixed-price, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. THE AFTERTHOUGHT CAFE A pleasant spot in Hillcrest with specialty salads, steak and seafood. The soup of the day is a good bet. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1196. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., BR Sun. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. BLACK ANGUS CAFE Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Thu.-Fri. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seatyourself Cajun joint that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-5951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232. BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5100. BL Mon.-Sat. BUTCHER SHOP Several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-3122748. D daily. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat. CAPERS It’s never been better, with a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All

CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-4487. LD Mon.-Fri. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. IZZY’S Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care, if rarely far from the middle of the culinary road. With full vegan and gluten-free menus. 5601 Ranch Drive. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-4311. LD Mon.-Sat. J & S CAFETERIA Home-cooking, with daily specials. 601 S Gaines St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-378-2206. L Mon.-Fri. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily, BR Sun. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE It’s self-service, simple and good with sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads. 12111 W. Markham St. #366. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-4677. BL Mon.-Sat. BR Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-2900. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. BL Mon.-Fri.





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Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT Offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Finedining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. LD Sun.-Thu., D Fri.-Sat. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7770. LD daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily.


CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427. LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-5025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.


CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D 60

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


BRUNO’S ITALIAN BISTRO Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. 315 N. Bowman Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5000. L,D Mon.-Sat. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2249079. D Mon.-Sat. JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Great pizza served up in a family-friendly, sports-themed environment. 16101 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-868-3250. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD daily. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-833-1077. LD Mon.-Sat. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily.


JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Mon.-Sat. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. LOCAL LIME Tasty gourmet Mex from the folks who brought you Big Orange and ZaZa. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-448-2226. LD daily. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). With breakfast, too. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. LD daily. TACOS GUANAJUATO Pork, beef, adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon. TAQUERIA EL PALENQUE Solid authentic Mexican food. Try the al pastor burrito. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-3120045. Serving LD Tue.-Sun. TAQUERIA THALIA Try this taco truck on the weekends, when the special could be anything from posole to menudo to shrimp cocktail. 4500 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-563-3679. LD Wed.-Mon.


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George Sellers sculpted a Razorback especially for the pop-up shop at About Vase.

➥ Be sure to head down to Riverdale and see the GEORGE SELLERS pop-up shop at ABOUT VASE. If you’re not familiar with the term, a pop-up shop is a temporary retail George Sellers space that creates a unique environment to draw customers to a product line or designer. Sellers is a Dallas-based artist that creates ornate conceptual sculpture and furniture for clients all over the country. About Vase owner Richard Estelita said Sellers is the “go-to guy” for artistic reproCaryatid freize made ductions of architectural for a private residence. pieces. So if you want an amazing mantelpiece that matches the ornate design of your ceiling medallion, Sellers is the person to call. He can also replace missing or damaged pieces on existing architectural elements. In addition to his custom projects, Sellers has an impressive line of home décor, sculptures and furniture that you browse at the pop-up shop. In honor of his company’s visit to Little Rock, Sellers sculpted a Razorback especially for this shop and it is available as a figure or bookends. The pop-up shop opened Sept. 19 and will run through Oct. 19. ➥ Local farmers and the ARKANSAS RICE DEPOT are teaming up for Feed and Be Fed, an event that will kick off a new farmers market in West Little Rock. The event is from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the courtyard next to J. Crew at THE PROMENADE AT CHENAL. Customers who donate a non-perishable food item to the Rice Depot at the event will receive one free produce item of their choice. ➥ The Farmers Market West will be at the shopping center from 1-7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26. Participating farms include BARNHILL ORCHARDS, LAUGHING STOCK FARMS/HARDIN FARM’S TOO, LITTLE ROCK URBAN FARMING AND NORTH PULASKI FARMS. ➥ BOX TURTLE will host a Brave Design trunk show from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Brave Design creates jewelry to remind wearers of how beautiful, strong and brave they are. Drinks, treats and discounts will also be available at the trunk show.

Making Choices ‘Living Proof’ shows students the real life impact of drunk driving BY LISA LAKEY


t wasn’t supposed to happen to me,” she said. Donned in athletic gear, showing numerous scars including what remains of her left arm, Sarah Panzau-Evans spoke to juniors and seniors at Pulaski Academy on September 12, telling why her life is “Living Proof” of the dangers of drinking and driving. A former top college volleyball player, PanzauEvans’ life came to a screeching halt in 2003 when she made the decision to drive herself home with a blood alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The 21-year-old was propelled from the vehicle, separating her left arm from her body. Believed to have no chance at survival, Panzau-Evans was about to be pronounced dead on the scene when her body gave a small gasp, a small sign of the fighter that was in her and the battle for her life that had only begun. Since her recovery, which included more than 30 surgeries, Panzau-Evans has devoted her life to speaking to teens and college students about how poor life choices can have lasting consequences. “I don’t just get up here and tell them what to do, ‘don’t drink, don’t do this, don’t do that.’ They hear that all the time,” she said. “Statistics don’t resonate with them because they’re just numbers. I think the main message that stands out is if they make that first poor choice to drink underage, not to make the second one and get behind the wheel.” As tears mixed with laughter, all eyes and ears followed her through the gym. Witty humor and raw emotional stories combined with graphic photos from the crash and her recovery, created a speech unlike what many students had heard before. Isaure Ajarrista, a 17-year-old senior, said the photos taken at the scene of the crash are not something she will forget easily. “She has proof that drinking and driving is really stupid and just not worth it,” she said. “You just have to think about your decision twice.” The mental image of state troopers showing up at the door of Panzau-Evans’ mother early in the morning is what struck a chord with Hunter Paddie, a 17-year-old senior. “I have a real connection with my mom,” he said.

“I couldn’t imagine doing that to my mom because she loves me and my brother so much that having her offspring suffer, it’s like her own suffering, but going through it twice.” While Panzau-Evans’ message is aimed at high school and college students, she reminded them that their parents are their No. 1 resource and to always call them instead of getting behind the wheel or riding with someone who has been drinking. “One thing I think is so important is [parents] need to stay involved in their kids’ lives,” she said. “There’s only so much you can do as a parent, because unfortunately when the time comes the kids are going to have to make the decision. I think they need to keep open communication about always being there for their child.” Panzau-Evans travels throughout the country telling her “Living Proof” story as part of a corporate social responsibility program of Anheuser-Busch. Golden Eagle of Arkansas, an independent distributor, organized the event at Pulaski Academy. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES

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AFTER DARK, CONT. Kordsmeier Storefront, Chestnut and Oak, Sept. 30-Oct. 5; “Angle of Repose,” paintings on found paper by Maysey Craddock, and “Nature/Nurture,” photographs by Jennifer Shaw; interactive sculptures “Chandelier Harps” and “The Pool” by Jen Lewin, 5 p.m. Oct. 3, Baum Gallery, UCA, lecture by Lewin 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3; Conway Schools Art Exhibit, Oct. 4-5, American Management Corp., 824 Front St.; ArtsFest Marketplace, 11 a.m. Oct. 5. www. FAYETTEVILLE THE DEPOT, 548 W. Dickson St.: “Continuum,” paintings by Kathy P. Thompson, “Reclaimed … Old to new and Back Again,” encaustic with photographs by Cindy Arsaga, Sept. 30-Nov. 2, reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 3, First Thursday in Fayetteville.


The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is accepting entries for its “Portraits of Hope” exhibition Oct. 24-Nov. 30. All proceeds from sales will benefit the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 13. Call 479-784-2787 for more information. The Conway Alliance for the Arts is accepting applications for its 2013 ArtsFest Marketplace at Art in Simon Park Oct. 5, the culmination of 2013 ArtsFest activities starting Sept. 27. Applications are available at www.artsinconway. org. The Palette Art League is accepting entries from artists of all ages to the annual Turkey Trot Festival’s art show and competition. Entries will be accepted between noon and 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and will be exhibited until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12. There will be an entry fee. For more information go to or call 870-656-2057.


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “50 Works / 50 Weeks / 50 Years,” Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, through 2013; “Ryan Sniegocki: Museum School Ceramic Artist in Residence,” pottery; “Interwoven,” works on paper and crafts from the permanent collection, through Nov. 17. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5816 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Windows,” new work by Peggy Port, through Sept. 28. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Abstract AR(t),” work by Dustyn Bork, Megan Chapman, Donnie Copeland, Don Lee, Jill Storthz and Steven Wise, through Nov. 23; “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition,” through Oct. 27; “Get a Simple Landscape,” drawings by Jerry Phillips, through Sept. 29. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5700. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: 4th annual Arkansas League of Artists juried exhibition, through Oct. 29. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 224-1335. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Paintings from the Arkansas League of Artists and Local Colour. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. COX CREATIVE CENTER, 120 River Market Ave.: “Equinox,” works by artists published in UALR’s journal of literature and art. 918-3093. THE EDGE, 301B President Clinton Ave.: Paintings by Avila (Fernando Gomez), Eric Freeman, James

Hayes, Jerry Colburn, St. Joseph Thomason and Stephen Drive. 992-1099. ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES, 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Paintings by Barry Thomas and Arden Boyce. 664-7746. GALLERY 221 & ART STUDIOS 221, Pyramid Place: “Rockstars & Razorbacks: A Tribute to Life and Liberty,” work by Tyler Arnold; also work by EMILE, Kathi Crouch and others. 801-0211. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “Mapping the Darkness,” photographs by Ray Chanslor and Rita Henry, photographs and drawings by Betsy Emil, through Oct. 26. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.Sat. 664-8996. GALLERY 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Edgy & Goofy,” collage and mixed media work by Amy Edgington and Byron Werner, through Oct. 19. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 663-2222. GINO HOLLANDER GALLERY, 2nd and Center: Paintings and works on paper by Gino Hollander. 801-0211. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “Recovery: The World Trade Center Recovery Operation,” 65 photographs and 56 recovered artifacts from the 911 attack, from the New York State Museum, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 758-1720. L&L BECK, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: “14 Holes of Golf,” paintings by Louis Beck, September. 660-4006. PAINT BOX GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: Oneyear anniversary celebration with work by Anne K. Lyon, Tad Price, Phil Leonard, Maura Miller, Dan Bowe and Ali Stinespring, prints from Rogers Photo Archives. 374-2848. STEPHANO’S I, 5501 Kavanaugh: Paintings and sculpture by new gallery artists by Morgan Coven and Marianne Hennigar. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri.,

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 664-7113. STEPHANO’S II, BA Framer, 1813 N. Grant St.: Kristin Eyfell, paintings, through Oct. 6. 661-0687. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University: “Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals,” wearable objects and sculptural objects, Gallery I, through Oct. 2. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., also, after Labor Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-3182. BENTONVILLE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, One Museum Way: “This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s,” 44 paintings, prints and photographs with digital audio tour featuring musical selections by Fayetteville Roots Festival director Bryan Hembree, through Jan. 6; “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art,” work by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and others, through Sept. 30; “Surveying George Washington,” historical documents, through Sept. 30; permanent collection of American masterworks spanning four centuries. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Thu., Sat.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 479-418-5700. CONWAY HENDRIX COLLEGE: “The Plan Keeps Coming Up Again,” painting and printmaking by Dustyn Bork, Art Building A Gallery, through Sept. 27. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 501-505-1562. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, Baum Gallery: “Nature/Nurture,” photographs by Jennifer Shaw; “Angle of Repose,” photographs by Maysey Craddock; “Artistic Eye: Works from the Personal Collections of the Art Faculty,” through Oct. 27. McCastlain Hall 143. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10-7 p.m.

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ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: 371-8320. ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 663-4328. 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.: “And Freedom for All: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” photographs by Stanley Tretick of

the 1963 march, through Nov. 17; “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and others, and other couture pieces, through Dec. 1. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. ESSE, 1510 S. Main St.: “What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags (1900-1999),” purses from the collection of Anita Davis, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $10-$8. 916-9022. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Reflections from the Monday Studio Artists,” work by Hot Springs Village artists Shirley R. Anderson, Barbara Seibel, Sue Shields and Caryl Joy Young, through Nov. 3; “Heeding the Call: The Firefighter Collection of Johnny Reep,” through Jan. 5; “The Sense of Nature: David Mudrinich, John Van Horn and Judy Wright Walter,” through Oct. 6; “Jason A. Smith: Stills”; “Arkansas Made,” ongoing; “The Curious World of Patent Models,” through Sept. 29. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS

MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “The Colors That Bind: Regimental Flags of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry and the 37th Arkansas Infantry,” through Oct. 19. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: “Wiggle Worms,” science program for pre-K children 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. every Tue., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”, the state’s ties to Hollywood, including costumes, scripts, film footage, photographs and more, through March 1, 2015; “Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing up in Arkansas from 1890 to 1980,” oral histories about community, family, work, school and leisure, through March 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission.

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